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From an app to alert people to sirens, to organising supplies, tech firms are helping the war effort.

Engadget / 25min
Woot's following up its Xbox sale from a few days ago with a Prime-exclusive deal on the Nintendo Switch Lite . Prime members can get $10 off the handheld console, bringing it down to $190. You'll have to sign in with your Prime account credentials before you can add the Switch Lite to your cart and see the discount automatically applied at checkout. Buy Nintendo Switch Lite at Woot - $190 While

TechCrunch / 3min
As Finland mulls joining Nato in the wake of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, another bit of M&A is going down in the country. Today Netflix announced that it would be acquiring Next Games, a developer of mobile games in the country for a total value of €65 million ($72 million). Next Games is listed on the public markets in Helsinki, and the deal is being done as an all-cash share purcha

Meet Athenian , a new startup that analyzes your software delivery workflow and gives you insights. When companies adopt a tool like Athenian, they’re trying to find ways to ship new features at a faster pace and fix bugs more quickly. The startup raised a $6 million seed round led by Point Nine . Frst, Xavier Niel, 20VC, Abstraction Capital and Air Street Capital are also participating in the ro

Accel has announced its seventh India fund with $650 million to invest as the storied venture investor looks to double down on its bet on the world’s second largest internet market and also be more aggressive in the Southeast Asia region, two partners told TechCrunch in an interview. The unveiling of the new fund, whose first set of checks are expected to be wired within weeks, comes less than tw

Microsoft Ukraine Hours•
Microsoft has revealed that it discovered a new malware strain just a few hours before Russia began its invasion of neighboring Ukraine. In a new blog post , the software giant explained that one of its principal responsibilities as a software and cybersecurity company is to help defend both governments and countries from cyberattacks. As such, Microsoft has been paying close attention to the eve

After launching its service in the U.K. late last year , Gopuff is officially expanding to Europe starting with France. In addition to the Paris area, the instant grocery delivery service is now live in Marseille, Lille and Toulouse. There are more European countries on the company’s roadmap, such as Spain. For today’s market launch, the company is taking advantage of its acquisition of Dija — Di

Rivian Quad Motor 20%•
Engadget / 2h
Rivian has raised the original $67,500 base price of its quad-motor R1T electric picku p with large battery packs to $79,500 ( sans destination charges). That's a whopping $12,000 increase that will apply to most reservation holders except for those in the very final stages of purchase. The price of the R1S SUV (below) is also being hiked by $12,000 from $72,500 to $84,500. "Like most manufacture

BharatPe Ashneer Grover•
21TechCrunch / 2h
BharatPe co-founder Ashneer Grover and his relatives engaged in “extensive misappropriation of company funds” and “siphoned [off] money,” the Indian fintech startup said, citing review by independent advisors, the latest in a series of strange turns and publicly played out drama at one of the fastest growing firms in the country. The disclosure comes a day after Grover resigned from the startup’s

Thirty-five years ago today, the Canon EOS 650 arrived and changed the face of photography. It was Canon's first ever EOS camera, and while it might not look like a relative of the iPhone, it has a surprising amount in common with Apple's game-changer – it was a bold break from the past whose new twist on existing tech took its industry into a new era. To really understand how important the EOS 6

Toshiba Ceo Resigns Two•
The Japanese conglomerate Toshiba will now be helmed by its Chief Digital Officer Taro Shimada following the sudden departure of CEO Satoshi Tsunakawa. Before his second albeit brief stint as CEO began in April of last year , Tsunakawa was the company's chairman though he was first appointed to the role of chief executive officer back in 2016 before which, he was the head of its medical equipment

Apple Metropolis Esmail•
Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail will bring his long-awaited adaptation of Fritz Lang's 1927 science fiction classic Metropolis to Apple TV Plus , as reported by Deadline . The project, which has been in development since 2016 , was originally conceived as part of a huge content deal between Esmail Corp. and Universal Content Productions. Much like the last few seasons of the award-winning Mr. Robot,

Biden Congress Kids•
Engadget / 3h
In his first State of the Union address , President Biden has asked Congress to implement new laws to increase child safety on Facebook, TikTok and other social media platforms. "It's time to strengthen privacy protections, ban targeted advertising to children, demand tech companies stop collecting personal data on our children," he said on Tuesday evening. To get started on implementing those ch

Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: Amazon has launched a TikTok store with deals on viral and best-selling beauty products until March 7. If you're a dedicated follower of beauty videos on TikTok, you've probably come across the hashtag #tiktokmademebuy. A viral video can cause interest in a particular product to skyrocket overnight, with stocks quickly selling out. Amazon has seen this buzz and launched a TikTok store with

Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to SurveyRock Premium is on sale for £37.31, saving you 97% on list price. Like everything else in this day and age, successful businesses run on data. The more you understand the desires (and turn-offs) of your targeted consumers, the more likely you are to be able to deliver products, services, and experiences they enjoy. Surveys are a cost-efficient and instant w

Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: The Complete 2022 Python Programmer Bundle is on sale for £29.11, saving you 97% on list price. Think programming languages are tough to understand? Computer scientist Guido van Rossum used to think so, too. In 1989, feeling frustrated over the clunky language he used at work, he set out to create his own — something flexible and far less complex. That programming language became Python (n

Mashable / 3h
SAVE 49%: ExpressVPN offers strong connection speeds and reliable unblocking of top streaming sites like Netflix. A one-year subscription to ExpressVPN is on sale for £76.04, and includes an extra three months for free — 49% off for a limited time. ExpressVPN is regularly listed as the best VPN for accessing extra content on Netflix , and it's clear to see why. It offers strong connection speeds,

Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: Looking to secure your online world for free? ProtonVPN offers one of the best free cybersecurity services, with access to 24 servers in three countries, decent connection speeds, and a strict no-logging policy. Do you really need to pay for a VPN? It's a complicated question, because while there are free VPNs out there, you do need to cough up some cash for the very best services. If you

Agtech startup today announced it harvested a $10 million investment to make greenhouses smarter. The founders have set their eyes on a horizon where, driven by climate change and a rapid increase in global food demand as population continues to increase, more crops are being forced indoors to secure greater crop yields. You wouldn’t believe the amount of restraint it takes to not make

SlashGear / 5h
Sonos is back with the Roam SL, an update to its Roam speaker that retains the same portable design, but cuts the price - and one big feature.

Lithium Ion Battery•
A team of researchers has come up with a surprising new addition to the potential list of ingredients that could go in the batteries that could power next-generation portable devices like smartphones and laptops - sulfur, the active element that, when combined with hydrogen, gives rotten eggs their unique, hair-raising stench. More specifically, the team from Monash University in Australia, led b

Biden Americans COVID-19•
Engadget / 5h
During his first State of the Union address, President Biden announced that the same website where Americans could order free at-home covid tests will open up for a second round of distribution next week. The effort to mail out free tests began in mid-January , from an initial stockpile of 500,000,000. While the initiative was a welcome change — especially as an agreement between the White House

It's becoming standard across different industries to provide professional videos for various scenarios. We live in a “Creator economy” where people of all ages, from children to the elderly, have an array of digital content creation skills to record their stories or make content for a living. As this economy has matured, the need for simple, intuitive, and smart digital creativity solutions has

Apple Russia Ukraine•
500+Wired / 6h
The company joins the chorus of tech giants pushing back against Russian aggression.

Electric Capital $1B•
Fervor surrounding the opportunities in the crypto space has seemed to upend the venture world over the past couple years with major players shaking up how their firms are fundamentally organized in order to compete with so-called crypto native investment firms. While a plethora of breakout web3 funds popped up in the past several months, a smaller class of crypto VC firms working on their second

President Biden is announcing tonight during the State of the Union address that the U.S. is closing its airspace to Russian aircraft. This isn't nearly as significant to Russia as the closure of European airspace, though it does mean that Russian carriers won't be flying to the U.S. which was already made more difficult by the closure of Canadian airspace. But check out what Russian airlines now

Razor Icon Scooter•
SlashGear / 7h
Razor has revived its iconic kick scooter. The new version, which is called Icon, packs major electric upgrades and is designed for adult riders.

Russia American Airspace•
The U.S. is closing its airspace to Russian operators, following suit after a slew of allies did the same in the past three days. President Biden announced the move at Tuesday’s State of the Union address. “Tonight I am announcing that we will join our allies in closing off American airspace to all Russian flights, further isolating Russia and adding an additional squeeze on their economy,” Biden

SlashGear / 8h
The Cadillac InnerSpace is a stunning, futuristic look at what cars may one day have to offer. That said, not everyone is impressed by the electric vehicle.

34How-To Geek / 8h
Wyze Home Monitoring customers may get some weird notifications from 4 PM to 5 PM ET on March 2nd. That’s because Wyze is running a test to try and fix the Security Camera feature in Home Monitoring. Customers with iOS devices may receive critical security alerts during this test, and Android users might get unnecessary push notifications. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

BitConnect Kumbhani•
Engadget / 8h
SEC officials do not know the whereabouts of Satish Kumbhani, the founder of crypto trading platform BitConnect, who was charged last week with defrauding investors of $2.4 billion in a Ponzi scheme. This puts the SEC in quite a bind, since they have to serve the 36-year old entrepreneur with his court papers. In a court filing from Monday, the SEC stated that they did not have an address for Kum

GM Lordstown Motors•
25TechCrunch / 8h
General Motors sold its stake in Lordstown Motors, an electric vehicle startup that has struggled to get its first vehicle, the electric pickup truck Endurance, to production, reports the Detroit Free Press . GM’s 7.5 million shares of common stock, which was less than 5% of the company, had an initial equity value of $75 million. The automaker sold its stake in the fourth quarter of 2021 followi

SlashGear / 8h
Facebook and Twitter are cracking down on disinformation about Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine, announcing everything from restrictions to warning labels.

27TechCrunch / 8h
Yesterday, Mercury , which describes itself as a bank for startups, restricted several accounts linked to African tech startups, TechCrunch has learned. The number of companies involved with this restriction is unknown. But several sources told TechCrunch that they range from a dozen to 30 — including well established YC-backed startups and newer upstarts. According to our sources, Mercury did no

Umma Sandra Oh Sam Raimi•
Mashable / 9h
The official trailer for Umma has arrived, and the horror film looks to be exploring a deep-seated fear shared by many: the fear of turning into your mother. Umma follows Amanda (Sandra Oh), a mother who lives with her daughter (Fivel Stewart) on a secluded apiary in the U.S. Unfortunately their peace is disturbed when Amanda receives the remains of her own mother from Korea, reviving memories of

Apple Russia Ukraine•
23Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple has halted all sales of its products in Russia as a response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine, the company announced this afternoon. Online sales were halted immediately, while the company says it stopped shipping products into Russian retail channels at some point last week. Apple has also made changes to some of its services in response to the invasion; R

Nexon Founder Kim Jung•
Jung-ju Jay Kim, founder of South Korean gaming company Nexon, has passed away at age 54. On Tuesday, Nexon’s holding company NXC released a statement: “With deep sadness, Nexon mourns the unexpected death of its beloved founder, Jungju Jay Kim, who passed away in February.” His sudden death came as a big shock to South Korea’s gaming industry that sees Kim as an icon and a pioneer. The company d

Yahoo has completely ceased its operations in China now that web services company has ended support for its email service in the country. In a recent email sent out to customers, the company explained that it would soon close Yahoo Mail in China while advising them to switch to an alternative email service as soon as possible. Yahoo also recommended that users download their contacts, schedules a

European EU Russian•
200+The Points Guy / 9h
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information. United Airlines will no longer use Russian airspace for its flights to India, and is temporarily suspending two routes as a result. In a message to employees on Tuesday that was viewed by TPG and confirmed by an airline spokesperson, the carrier made clear that it was their decision to stop using the airspace — and not Russia’s. “Un

Biden Congress Kids•
26TechCrunch / 9h
In advance of President Biden’s first State of the Union address, the White House announced plans to address the nation’s mental health crisis , specifically calling out social media’s impact on kids and teens. This issue has been top-of-mind for some members of Congress, especially after whistleblower Frances Haugen leaked a trove of damning internal documents from Facebook (now Meta), including

Apple Russia Ukraine•
Apple is the latest firm to stop selling products in Russia and will limit Apple Pay and other services.

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PST, subscribe here . Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Akin to how it takes nation-states a little time to get sanctions up and running, tech companies don’t roll out responses to geopolitical changes in a moment. But today we have notes on what tech compani

SlashGear / 10h
Apple has announced plans to stop all product sales in Russia, citing the nation's invasion of Ukraine as the reason. Apple Pay has been limited, too.

Travel is not as easy as it used to be, given all the entry restrictions that have been put in place because of the pandemic. As I’ve been doing with my trip reports lately, I figured I’d share my experience with Oman’s entry requirements for our recent trip to the country . Let me highlight that travel restrictions are constantly changing, so you’ll always want to check official government guida

Turner Sports HBO Max•
Engadget / 10h
As part of a new eight-year deal between the United States Soccer Federation and Turner Sports parent company Warner Media, HBO Max will stream at least 20 US national team matches every year moving forward from 2023. The agreement will make the streaming platform and Turner Sports channels TBS and TNT the exclusive English-language home of World Cup qualifier games played by both the men’s and w

RT Europe Russia AS•
31TechCrunch / 10h
After days of mounting pressure on tech companies to take further action against Russia in the wake of its invasion into Ukraine, Apple today confirmed it will remove the Kremlin-based media outlets Russia Today (RT News) and Sputnik News from the App Store in all markets outside Russia itself. The changes follow other actions taken against these two state-owned media operations both in the EU an

100+Mashable / 10h
Restaurant reviews on Google have become a new digital territory in the fight against misinformation in Russia. On Feb. 28, the Twitter account @Konrad03249040 tweeted : "Get involved: find a random shop/cafe/restaurant in Russia in big city on google maps and write in the review what's really happening in Ukraine. Please spread the idea." The post tagged an account belonging to the hacktivist gr

Apple Russia Ukraine•
3KMashable / 10h
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and a slew of other Big Tech companies are continuing to take action over Russia's war in Ukraine. And now Apple has joined the response to the conflict. According to Apple , the company has "stopped all product sales in Russia." Those in Russia who attempt to buy an iPhone, Macbook, or other Apple product from its online store are provided a delivery date of "currentl

Mashable / 10h
At first glance, the snaky siphonophore may look like an immensely long — upwards of 160 feet — creature. It's actually a giant colony of creatures. New deep sea footage captured by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute shows a siphonophore in vivid detail. It looks somewhat like a giant, floating millipede. But it's composed of innumerable specialized organisms doing an assortment of thin

TechCrunch / 10h
Homebrew has a new cup of tea (or coffee, or beer, or beverage of your choosing). The venture capital firm is leaving its strictly seed-stage roots — and its traditional venture structure — and pursuing a more stage-agnostic evergreen model that is funded solely by Satya Patel and Hunter Walk , Homebrew’s general partners. “When we sat down together in 2021 to plan for Homebrew’s future, the most

TechCrunch / 10h
Raquel Urtasun, scientist, founder and CEO of autonomous vehicle technology company Waabi, launched her company in June 2021 , a time when it seemed like the AV industry was consolidating. Urtasun and her team of 40 in Toronto and California came out the gate swinging with an $83.5 million raise from a series of high-profile investors, including Uber, Aurora and Khosla Ventures. Waabi uses an AI-

If you’re an American Express member and currently hold airline elite status, check your inbox. Delta Air Lines is offering an exclusive Medallion status upgrade opportunity for select American Express cardholders. The targeted offer was emailed to eligible members, and TPG staffers have reported getting the offer with The Platinum Card® from American Express and the American Express EveryDay Pre

Rivian Dual Motor QM•
55TechCrunch / 10h
Rivian has raised the price of its all-electric R1T pickup by 17% and R1S SUV by about 20% as the newly public automaker tries to adjust to inflationary pressure, increases in the cost of raw materials and parts as well as a prolonged chip shortage. The price change, which was updated on the company’s website Tuesday afternoon, is part of Rivian’s broader plan to introduce a new dual-motor versio

CDC Americans Covid•
34Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge / Blood samples for COVID-19 antibody testing. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg ) An estimated 140 million people in the US—around 43 percent—have had COVID-19, according to the latest analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention using data from the end of January. The estimate of people infected with COVID-19 is nearly double the CDC's cumulative tally of cases reported at the en

300+Futurism / 10h
NASA’s plans to return astronauts to the Moon are turning out to be an absolute disaster. The first crewed trip to the lunar surface was initially scheduled to take place in 2024 . But according to a Tuesday status update and review of the agency’s Artemis program, that date will likely be pushed back by two years. Long story short, NASA is facing a growing and predictable budget crisis when it c

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Rivian Raises 20% Motor•
SlashGear / 11h
Rivian is raising its quad-motor R1T and R1S electric pickup and SUV prices, blaming supply chain issues caused by the pandemic and inflation.

TechCrunch / 11h
Today after the bell, locally focused social network Nextdoor reported its fourth-quarter earnings . The company combined with a SPAC last November , making today its first quarterly report since going public. In good news for both Nextdoor investors and the general SPAC market, the company managed to best revenue expectations, leading to modest share-price appreciation in after-hours trading thi

Google Soli Radar•
Radar, a nearly century-old technology, is turning out to be far more useful in modern computing and electronics than anyone might have thought. It's being added to light bulbs to help detect if someone has fallen and they can't get up, and was introduced in Google's Pixel 4 Android phone a few years ago to enable no-touch, gesture-based activities. Now, however, Google ATAP research is getting m

65X DDoS DoS Attacks•
48Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images ) Last August, academic researchers discovered a potent new method for knocking sites offline: a fleet of misconfigured servers more than 100,000 strong that can amplify floods of junk data to once-unthinkable sizes. These attacks, in many cases, could result in an infinite routing loop that causes a self-perpetuating flood of traffic. Now, content-delivery network A

Stellantis Europe 2030•
20TechCrunch / 11h
Stellantis, the automaker that owns Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep, Peugeot, Maserati and more, is rolling out a new plan that will help it become carbon net zero by 2038, with 50% reduction by 2030. At the same time, the automaker plans to double net revenues to $335 billion a year by 2030 and maintain double-digit profit margins as it ramps up efforts to electrify versions of its cars. Stella

40TechCrunch / 11h
Ardy Esmaeili Contributor Ardy Esmaeili, CPA is a startup tax accountant and tax services lead at Burkland . Would it surprise you to learn the government — federal and many states — is on your side when it comes to innovation? Yes, the very government that loves to collect taxes from you may be willing to give some of that money back through a particular credit that encourages innovation. The Re

Reddit Russia R/Russia•
41TechCrunch / 11h
As major social platforms grapple with an influx of misinformation around the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Reddit is having its own reckoning. On Tuesday, Reddit added the subreddit r/Russia to its quarantine list, restricting the community from popping up in search results and marking it with warning messages. The intermediate measure is the same step that Reddit took to rein in r/The_Donald , o

Russian Anonymous Ukraine•
The hacktivist collective Anonymous has thrown its hat in the ring and declared that the group is now at cyber war with both the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin. After Russia began its invasion of Ukraine , a Twitter user with the handle “Anonymous” reached out to their 7.4m followers to encourage hackers from around the world to begin targeting Russia. They also revealed that mem

Ukrainian Mapping DDoS•
Engadget / 11h
Liveuamap , a tool journalists and relief organizations have used to follow the conflict in Ukraine, was the target of a DDoS attack earlier today that lasted approximately 18 hours, according to The New York Times . The website was founded in 2014 by Ukrainian journalists and software developers and mainly operates out of the Eastern European country. At 12:48PM ET, Liveuamap said its website wa

SlashGear / 11h
MediaTek has officially unveiled its new Dimensity 8000 and 8100 SoCs, and 5G smartphones packing the chips should start hitting the market soon.

TechCrunch / 11h
Ali Partovi prides himself on the many relationships he has built throughout Silicon Valley as a highly successful entrepreneur and investor. For example, two years ago, Partovi launched a program through his nearly five-year-old networking organization and associated venture firm, Neo , wherein he connects computer engineering students he helps to vet to fast-growing companies like the design so

Kia America Currently EV•
Engadget / 11h
When your Kia electric vehicle is out of power, you can now order a technician who will arrive with a battery and charge it for you. The automaker is partnering with Currently, an on-demand mobile EV charging app, to service Kia customers in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose. While there’s no shortage of public chargers in these cities (San Jose has the highest number of public chargers per

500+Futurism / 11h
Metachronoverse Mark Zuckerberg has a newsflash for us all: the Metaverse is less of a place than, like, a point in time, man. The Facebook — now Meta — CEO dropped this kernel of wisdom during a new interview with tech podcaster Lex Fridman in which he gave an, uh, interesting response when asked about the potential for a metaverse “singularity moment.” “A lot of people think that the Metaverse

Spacex Three Russia NASA•
2KFuturism / 11h
NASA has awarded SpaceX contracts for three more Crew Dragon trips to the International Space Station, which brings the total number of crewed missions to the outpost for the company from six to nine, including the three successful operational trips from the last two years. The newly signed contract is an extension of the agency’s Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract, and will allow “

Bruce Greene, who’s worked with Funhaus, Rooster Teeth, and Inside Gaming, is currently hosting a charity subathon on Twitch with a unique twist. While he’s away, the Twitch chat is able to collaboratively play FromSoftware’s latest title, Elden Ring , from the stream’s chat interface. Subathons, which extend the stream with each new subscription to the channel, can last as long as a month, so st

Apple Russia Ukraine•
Engadget / 11h
Apple is doing more in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine beyond cutting off services . As BuzzFeed News ' John Paczkowski notes , the tech firm has halted "all product sales" in Russia after cutting off exports last week. Visit the company's Russian online store and every product is listed as unavailable. In a statement, Apple made clear this was in response to the invasion — the iPhone ma

LifeMiles is one of my favorite frequent flyer programs, thanks to the great redemption rates on Star Alliance partners, plus all the ways there are to earn miles with the program. Not only does LifeMiles often have promotions on purchased miles , but the program also partners with major transferable points currencies . A new bonus has just been introduced for transferring a partner points curren

200+The Points Guy / 11h
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information. If you truly want to maximize your miles, periodic transfer bonuses can offer lucrative opportunities for fantastic points redemptions . You can sometimes get up to 50% more value from your points by transferring them to a specific airline or hotel partner during one of these bonuses. To help make it easier for you to track these off

Apple Russia Ukraine•
35TechCrunch / 11h
Apple today confirmed that it has halted product sales in Russia following last week’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine. The news comes days after the hardware giant pulled Sputnik and RT News from the App Store and disabled some Apple Pay services in the country . Today’s news also finds its disabling certain Apple Maps features, following a similar move by Google . A spokesperson for the company

TechCrunch / 12h
When we published our last low-code/no-code investor survey in August 2020, the former president had decided to ban TikTok, Epic was filing antitrust cases against Apple and Google, and movie theaters around the U.S. were shuttering to slow the spread of the then-novel coronavirus. Seems like a long time ago. Since then, many of the key trends and themes we surfaced have come to pass: Airtable cl

Deleting games is the easiest way to free up your PlayStation 4’s storage space. You can delete your games’ save and capture data as well to make further space. We’ll show you how to do just that using various ways. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Engadget / 12h
Paramount+ is turning a year old , and the service is marking the occasion by offering some steep discounts to new subscribers. Sign up between now and March 7th with the code BIRTHDAY and you can try the ad-supported Essential plan at $1 per month for three months, or the ad-free Premium plan (with local CBS news) for $2 per month over the same period. Just remember that you'll jump to the norma

Qualcomm ByteDance XR•
TechCrunch / 12h
Pico, the Chinese virtual reality startup bought by TikTok parent ByteDance back in August , has struck a major partnership with Qualcomm to push further into the extended reality (XR) space. Pico’s XR products will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Spaces , the chipmaking giant’s developer program designed to make apps more ready for extended reality. Rather than immersing people in a digital

Ethernet David Boggs 71•
David Boggs, whose Ethernet protocol has worked its way into nearly every aspect of our daily lives, died of heart failure on February 19, 2022, in Palo Alto, California, at the age of 71. Boggs was an electrical engineer working at the Xerox PARC research lab in 1973, according to his New York Times obituary , when he met another young engineer named Bob Metcalfe, who was working with the lab's

Nintendo Switch Rewards•
SlashGear / 12h
Nintendo Switch adds a program in which gamers can "earn" My Nintendo Platinum Points they can then exchange for perks, digital items, and physical products.

500+Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge / A technician works on the Orion spacecraft, atop the SLS rocket, in January 2022. (credit: NASA) NASA Inspector General Paul Martin serves as an independent watchdog for the space agency's myriad activities. For nearly the entirety of his time as inspector general, since his appointment in 2009, Martin has tracked NASA's development of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft

Futurism / 12h
By now, you’ve probably noticed that most of your credit cards, debit cards, driver’s license , and even passport contain a microchip — usually either an EMV chip , which needs to be inserted, or an embedded Radio Frequency Technology (RFID) chip. RFID refers to a technology that uses radio waves and electromagnetic energy to send and receive data between RFID tags and readers wirelessly. While t

China Russia Ukraine•
2KFuturism / 12h
Russia’s space program Roscosmos has backed itself into a corner after the country invaded Ukraine. In response to the aggression, the United Sates announced a fresh wave of sanctions , many aimed at Russia’s space industry specifically, among other targets. The new restrictions have Russian leadership scrambling — with Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin turning to China for help. But whether China wi

Futurism / 12h
Luna, Amazon’s first game streaming service arena, is now officially available after a five-month invite-only period. Luna is launching with a library of over 100 games, and tight integration with Twitch, the world’s largest online game broadcasting platform. The service competes with Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming , Sony’s PlayStation Now , and Nvidia’s GeForce Now, and lets you play technically

SlashGear / 12h
The Felicity Ace cargo ship was burning for a week before it finally sank to the bottom of the sea, at around 220nm off the Azores, Portugal.

Media Russian Ukraine•
29Mashable / 12h
As Russia's war in Ukraine continues, the information war is picking up online. Fake news, photoshopped posts, manipulated media, and all sorts of propaganda and misinformation is being disseminated by both bad actors and those being duped by them. So, what are the big tech companies doing to help stop bad information from spreading? Mashable reached out to several major social media platforms in

Airbnb Ukrainian 100000•
66Mashable / 12h
As more than 500,000 Ukrainians flee their homes in light of the Russian invasion, many are in need of temporary shelter. To address the potential housing crisis, Airbnb and are offering free, short-term housing for 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. Tweet may have been deleted Airbnb has partnered with humanitarian organizations CARE , the International Rescue Committee , and HIAS , which of

Celeste Game Awards eBay•
Engadget / 12h
In 2018, Celeste won a Game Award for the best independent release of that year. For nearly four years since, that award has been missing, but now it’s on its way back to its rightful owners at Extremely OK Games thanks to YouTuber Ryan B. In a recent video s