2020 Ford Ranger FX4 review: Gets the job done

Ford’s midsize Ranger is perfectly fine, no more, no less.


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I want to love the Ford Ranger, I really do. But I just can’t. This isn’t to say Dearborn’s midsize pickup is bad. In some ways, this truck just feels a little underdone. It’s by no means an EcoSport-level rush job, but an extra year or so of product development work could have transformed what is a good vehicle into a truly great one.

Like

  • Simple and swift Sync 3 infotainment
  • Torque-rich turbocharged engine
  • Thronelike front seats

Don’t Like

  • Moody transmission
  • Stiff yet sloppy ride
  • Mushy brake pedal

Fortunately for Ford, the Ranger is a midpack offering in a segment of rather unexceptional (though popular) products. The Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon twins are nice, but they’re aging and far from amazing. At this point in its life, the ancient-though-soon-to-be-redesigned Nissan Frontier is basically a covered wagon that happens to have a spiffy new powertrain; and the Toyota Tacoma, while durable and massively popular, has never endeared itself to me, feeling both uncomfortable and crude. With the exception of Honda’s convention-defying Ridgeline and maybe the Jeep Gladiator (which can be shockingly expensive), I’m not a

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It’s not OK, Cupid: Security flaws could expose user data and more

Researchers found a number of vulnerabilities that could give attackers access to a treasure trove of personally identifying information about members.

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Research from Check Point Software have discovered a number of vulnerabilities in online dating service OK Cupid’s mobile app and website that could allow attackers to not only steal personal data, but take actions on a user’s behalf as well.

SEE: Zero trust security: A cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

The vulnerabilities in OKCupid that Check Point discovered allow a potential attacker to do five things: 

  • Expose user data stored in the OKCupid mobile app
  • Perform actions on behalf of the victim
  • Steal user profiles, private data, preferences, and personal characteristics 
  • Steal user authentication tokens, user IDs, email addresses, and other sensitive account information
  • Send all the exposed data to an attacker’s server

“We demonstrated that users’ private details, messages, and photos could be accessed and manipulated by a hacker, so every developer and user of a dating app should pause to reflect on the levels of security around the intimate details and images that they host and share on these platforms,” said Oded Vanunu, head of products vulnerability research at Check Point. 

The

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Gaming app company cites happy work culture for success

Clipwire Games was certified as a Great Place to Work in Canada after its success with Bingo Story.

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Billions of people across the world are using their smartphones far more now due to the coronavirus pandemic, and this trend is extending heavily to smartphone-based gaming.

According to a recent report from App Annie, mobile gaming is on track to surpass $100 billion across all mobile app stores in 2020, and casual mobile games comprised 82% of mobile downloads in 2019. Monthly time spent in all mobile games grew 40% year-over-year in Q2 2020–reaching a new all-time high of more than 200 billion hours during April 2020, AppAnnie reported.

SEE: Five skills you need to become a video game tester (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

There is no better example of this than Clipwire Games’ hit game Bingo Story, which has become the top grossing game in the US and Canadian app stores developed by a Canadian studio. 

Thanks to the massive success of Bingo Story and other games, the Toronto-based studio was certified as a Great Place to Work in Canada. In an interview, CEO and founder Ritesh Khanna spoke about the company’s recent success and how

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Next stimulus bill: HEALS Act contains much more than just another check

Proposals under consideration in Washington could provide financial support during the pandemic.


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The proposed HEALS Act that Senate Republicans rolled out on Monday includes a second stimulus check. But a payment of up to $1,200 for qualifying individuals is just one slice of the Senate stimulus proposal. If passed, it would also renew enhanced unemployment assistance, though offering significantly less financial support than March’s CARES Act, and pledge more than $100 billion to school reopening.

Some, however, think the next stimulus package could accomplish much more. On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted, “The GOP plan does not meet this moment.”

The final shape of the stimulus package will emerge through rounds of bipartisan negotiations that have already started. Here are the major pieces Democrats, Republicans and White House officials are pushing to include in the next stimulus package — and how likely we are to get them before Aug. 7, the last day before the Senate’s monthlong August recess.

This story updates constantly with new information.

Second stimulus check: Designed to spur

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