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4KGizmodo / 13h
Now that The Book of Boba Fett / The Mandalorian season 2.5 is behind us, it’s time to look to the future—specifically, Obi-Wan Kenobi , thanks to this very first teaser trailer for the Disney+ show. The Star Wars TV series will not only star Ewan McGregor in the title role, but it will also see the Jedi knight come up… Read more...

Amazon Russia Ukraine•
500+TechCrunch / 13h
Amazon is suspending access to Prime Video for customers based in Russia amid the country’s invasion of Ukraine. In a blog post about the announcement, the company also noted that it has suspended the shipment of retail products to customers based in Russia and Belarus. Amazon will also no longer be accepting new Russia and Belarus-based AWS customers and Amazon third-party sellers. In addition,

Volkswagen VW Buzz•
400+How-To Geek / 12h
Hippies and classic car fans rejoice—the VW Microbus is back! Volkswagen debuted the modern Microbus, called the ID Buzz, during a livestream on March 9th. The vehicle will launch in Europe later this year, though it won’t sail across the pond until 2024. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Engadget / 18min
TikTok now has its own music distribution platform. The social network has launched SoundOn , which allows artists to upload their music directly to TikTok and to distribute it to various music streaming services. ByteDance, the app's parent company, won't be charging artists any distribution or transaction fees. Artists will get 100 percent of their royalties for an unlimited time when TikTok cr

TechCrunch / 29min
Sales teams and customer services people can spend a lot of time searching, logging and analyzing customer and market data. This takes a lot of time, requires them to sift through multiple sources, and is obviously subject to human error. Typically they will end up Googling, outsourcing to vendors, or coming up with a usually expensive automated solution. London-based Tactic thinks it has the ans

The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Mashable / 1h
Bob Odenkirk may be most known and beloved as the star of Better Call Saul and its big brother Breaking Bad , but he began his career in a comedy — as a writer on Saturday Night Live and other late night shows, and later as a performer on The Ben Stiller Show and Mr. Show With Bob and David . So it's no surprise than when challenged to give a TED Talk on a mystery topic, armed only with slides th

31TechCrunch / 1h
Antler East Africa , the Nairobi office of VC firm and venture builder Antler, has closed a $13.5 million fund to invest in early-stage tech startups in the region . The oversubscribed round — Antler intended to raise $10 million but ended up with an extra $3.5 million — has LPs that include Baillie Gifford, a well-known Tesla backer; family offices such as Canica; and institutional investors lik

Apple Studio Display•
Engadget / 1h
Apple's new 27-inch 5K Studio Display — including its 12-megapixel webcam and fancy speakers — should work just fine with Windows PCs, Apple has told The Verge . However, certain features enabled by the monitor's built-in A13 Bionic processor will only function on Macs, Apple said. There was never much doubt that the display itself would function on a PC, but the resolution may depend on your PC

Quantum computing has been something of a holy grail in the world of technology: in theory, it promises an unprecedented amount of processing power that could be used to solve the most complicated problems; in practice, most attempts at building the physical manifestation of the concept produce too many errors as a byproduct to make quantum computers productive at scale. Now a startup out of Fran

Just because you’re gaming on your phone, a dated computer, or a tablet doesn’t mean you’ve got to limit yourself to simple mobile games with lower-quality graphics. NVIDIA GeForce NOW can give you all the power you need to play modern titles at high quality on just about any device you want to game on. With GeForce NOW, you get the power of a gaming computer running in the cloud streamed straigh

34TechCrunch / 2h
Swobbee, a Berlin-based startup that’s working on commercializing battery swapping for micromobility vehicles, has raised a $6.5 million Series A led by new strategic investor EIT InnoEnergy, a major accelerator of sustainable energies in Europe that’s supported by the European Union. The startup will rely on both the funds and InnoEnergy’s network in the European green tech space to build out it

Azure AWS Flexera tCR•
As the cloud wars rage on, Microsoft Azure usage has finally surpassed that of AWS in several key areas according to a new report from Flexera . To compile its new Flexera 2022 State of the Cloud Report , the company surveyed 753 cloud decision makers and users from around the world last year to learn more about the public, private and multi-cloud market. According to the results of the survey, 8

Mashable / 3h
SAVE 67%: NordVPN is a secure service that can unblock extra content on top streaming sites like Netflix and Prime Video. A two-year subscription to NordVPN is on sale for £69.26, with up to two years of extra subscription time up for grabs. NordVPN is turning 10, and it wants to celebrate by giving gifts to subscribers. If you subscribe to a two-year plan, you'll get a one-month, one-year, or tw

Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: The 2022 Ultimate Learn Unreal Game Development Bundle is on sale for £26.62, saving you 96% on list price. If your passion for gaming has taken over and made you curious about how things work on the back end of your favourite levels and challenges, it may be time to consider a gaming career. It may sound like a dream job, but it's not impossible to achieve. In fact, it's easier (and cheap

Loco Catamaran Ventures•
Game streaming startup Loco said on Thursday it has raised $42 million as it looks to build, what it has told some investors, “Twitch for India.” Hashed, Makers Fund, Catamaran Ventures, Krafton, Lumikai, Korea Investment Partners and Hiro Capital invested in the startup’s Series A financing, which gives Loco a pre-money valuation of about $145 million, according to two sources familiar with the

Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: A two-year subscription to Pixlr Premium is on sale for £60, saving you 58% on list price. With the right editing tool, you can make a photo taken in your backyard look like a tropical holidasy. Being a talented photographer with a great eye doesn't hurt, but mastering a photo editing app is the trick to building up a compelling social feed that people want to follow. Sure, Photoshop is gr

Mashable / 3h
FREE BITCOIN COURSE: The Bitcoin University: Build and Grow Your Wealth with Bitcoin course is available for free on Udemy with the voucher code 51FBEE6519A60E831996 . The world of cryptocurrencies is complex. There's definitely a fairly steep learning curve with the technology, but once you better understand how things work, you can build and grow your personal wealth. We're not making any promi

Mashable / 3h
FREE NFT COURSE: We've lined up the best free NFT course available on Udemy, covering collections, marketplaces, minting, buying, selling, and security. We're sure you've got a lot of questions about NFTs, and we're not going to pretend to have all the answers. If you want to better understand this new technology, you should check out the Complete NFT Course on Udemy. It covers collections, marke

Pinocchio Tom Hanks•
Disney has given us our first look at its upcoming live-action Pinocchio movie, and we're pleased to see that the famous wooden boy himself looks absolutely identical to his animated counterpart. The new Pinocchio, which is set to arrive exclusively on the Disney Plus streaming service this September, is directed by Robert Zemeckis, the legendary filmmaker behind Back to the Future and Forrest Gu

Athletes Lore Mojo•
Mojo, a seven-month-old, New York-based company, says it’s looking to build a new sports stock market that lets fans bet on athletes just like stocks. Though the plan is to launch this fall, the young outfit has already raised $75 million in Series A funding led by Thrive Capital, with participation from renowned entrepreneur Marc Lore, MLB great Alex Rodriguez and Tiger Global. The investors are

United Airlines Return•
United Airlines imposed a strict vaccine requirement for employees ahead of the federal government pushing large employers and government contractors to do so. And they weren’t liberal about encouraging and approving exemptions the way that some other large airlines were. Continue reading ...

SlashGear / 6h
Are you tired of depending on basic external drives and hoping for the best? DOCKCASE aims to offer something better with its smart SSD enclosure.

Microsoft Windows OneDrive•
With the release of its latest round of Patch Tuesday updates, Microsoft has fixed a known issue that led to user data not being completely wiped after resetting a Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC. First discovered by Microsoft MVP Rudy Ooms back in February, the bug led to some user data remaining readable in the “Windows.old” folder following either a a remote or local wipe in Windows. At the same t

SlashGear / 7h
A company called Mindway AI has developed an artificial intelligence system that can spot problem gambling. Will this usher in a new era of intervention?

The most prominent effort was a version of Instagram for children.

After a lovely time in Oman, it was time to start the journey back to the United States. Of course my goal was to review something new, so I decided to build an itinerary that included Turkish Airlines’ A321neo and 737 8 MAX business class, as well as SAS’ A350-900 business class. So, how was Turkish Airlines’ business class experience? Fantastic, though at the same time it’s hard to judge an air

Sony PlayStation Russia•
200+TechCrunch / 7h
Sony is the latest company to pull business out of Russia in light of the country’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine. Sony’s gaming division Sony Interactive Entertainment announced Wednesday that it would cut off hardware shipments and software launches in Russia in light of the Russian government’s escalating hostilities. The company also noted that it would suspend access to the PlayStation sto

Eight PlayStation Sony•
Engadget / 7h
In November, former PlayStation IT security analyst Emma Majo filed a lawsuit against Sony, claiming the company discriminated against women at an institutional level. Majo alleged she was fired because she spoke up about gender bias at the studio, noting she was terminated shortly after submitting a signed statement to management detailing sexism she experienced there. Majo later filed the paper

Ukraine Prepares Data•
Engadget / 8h
Fears that Russia could steal top-secret government documents has caused Ukrainian authorities to explore potentially moving its data and servers to another country, reported Reuters . While the original plan is still to protect the country’s IT infrastructure, moving the most sensitive data to another location is a viable Plan B, Victor Zhora— the deputy chief of Ukraine's information protection

T. M. N. Mutant Turtles•
Enlarge / Exoprimal is a promising-looking new co-op battler from Capcom, and it's not just coming to PlayStation consoles. (credit: Capcom ) If you didn't catch Sony's latest State of Play video presentation, which concluded earlier today on YouTube , consider this a quick guide to the presentation's best reveals of previously unknown games—along with mostly good news for enthusiasts outside the

The transition to working from home during the pandemic drastically changed the way in which we use technology with the browser becoming one of the most important tools for remote work. Now as we've reached the two-year mark of the start of the pandemic, Mozilla has published a new blog post taking a closer look at which browser extensions were the most downloaded and used during the early days o

AI Ancient Greek Texts•
As if being a scholar in ancient Greek wasn’t hard enough fundamentally, the primary texts they rely on are frequently damaged beyond repair, being as they are thousands of years old. Historians may have a powerful new tool in Ithaca , a machine learning model built by DeepMind that makes surprisingly accurate guesses at missing words and the location and date of the text. It’s an unusual applica

200+Gizmodo / 8h
Today is not only the 10th anniversary of the release of Disney’s John Carter , it’s probably the 10th anniversary of the death of its sequel. Everyone involved with John Carter , which was based on a legendary series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, saw it as the start of a franchise . Even the film itself, which… Read more...

Gizmodo / 8h
Facebook announced Wednesday that it is rolling out new anti-misinformation features aimed at reducing the amplification of potentially harmful content spreading within Facebook Groups. Read more...

SlashGear / 8h
Tinder previously made it easier to avoid awkward matches. Now, the company has added low-cost background checks to its platform in a bid to increase safety.

Android 12L Pixel 12•
Enlarge / What covering the latest Android releases feels like. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Ars Technica ) Android is going to have a busy month, and this is probably the new normal going forward. So listen up. On Monday, Android 12L exited beta and launched as the new stable build of Android, with some version strings calling it " Android 12.1 ." Today, Google is launching another Android beta, the

Surely they won't be able to 'stand alone' continuing to develop in Russia, even if the moves competitors made are mostly symbolic. On the other hand perhaps their press release was delayed having to check first to make sure it didn't list Taiwan as a country . Continue reading ...

24TechCrunch / 8h
If you followed along with the 2021-22 Formula 1 season, you know that Netflix’s latest installment of Formula 1: Drive To Survive is certain to be a doozy. Luckily, the wait is nearly over. Drive To Survive Season 4 launches on March 11, and Netflix released the official trailer for the show today. Here’s the thing: There are few, if any shows, that have had quite the same impact on a sport as D

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 Wednesday, March 9, 2022! A few notes before we dive into the news: First, our Austin City Spotlight and pitch-off is coming together, so startups, this link is for you . And we just announced that Felicis Ventures’ Aydin Senku

RPG Valkyrie Elysium•
Square Enix will release the next entry in the cult-classic RPG series Valkyrie Profile later this year on PS5 , PS4 and PC. Revealed during PlayStation's March State of Play presentation, Valkyrie Elysium will be the first mainline entry in the series since 2009's Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume on the Nintendo DS. Set in an original fantasy world inspired by Norse mythology, the game lo

TDC RPG Final Fantasy•
Engadget / 9h
In 1997, Square Enix released one of the finest games of the original PlayStation era in Final Fantasy Tactics . Outside of a handful of remasters and spinoffs , however, the company has been reluctant to return to the genre in a meaningful way. And while we may never get a proper sequel to Tactics , the good news is Square Enix is working on a new tactical RPG. During Sony's most recent State of

March Xbox Quick Resume•
SlashGear / 9h
Xbox has announced a new update for the Xbox Series X|S consoles, adding three new features, two of which will likely prove very useful for many gamers.

In mid-February, Hilton Honors launched its current bonus on purchased points , which is potentially in line with the best offers we see from the program. This is a reminder of this promotion, as it’s due to expire in a couple of days. Promotion on purchased Hilton Honors points Through Friday, March 11, 2022, Hilton Honors is offering a bonus on purchased points . Different members are targeted

Gizmodo / 9h
Key members of an influential congressional committee asked the Justice Department to investigate Amazon for alleged obstruction Wednesday after the company allegedly went to great lengths to stall the committee’s recent antitrust probe. Lawmakers said the tech giant engaged in “potentially criminal conduct.” Read more...

Biden Executive Order US•
The US government plans to carefully examine the benefits and risks of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin following a new executive order from President Biden. While the executive order has now been signed by President Biden , the cryptocurrency market became aware of it early as the US Treasury accidentally released a statement calling the move “historic” the day before it was released. The now delet

Biden US Digital Dollar•
42Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | MirageC) President Joe Biden today issued an executive order that could lead to the US creating a digital currency. "My Administration places the highest urgency on research and development efforts into the potential design and deployment options of a United States CBDC [Central Bank Digital Currency]," the executive order said. "These efforts should include assess

27Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Some websites just can't take "no" for an answer. Instead of respecting visitors' choice to block third-party cookies—the identifiers that track browsing activity as a user moves from site to site—they find sneaky ways to bypass those settings. Now, makers of the Brave browser are taking action. Earlier this week, Brave Nightly—the testing and development version of

Engadget / 9h
Kids love to imitate the adults in their lives. That’s why you can find such odd items in the toy aisle as baby-sized irons, mops and vacuums. Now you can add more weirdo item to that list, one that has some members of the Engadget staff howling with laughter: A baby gamer chair. Yes, you read that right. Baby. Gamer. Chair. VTech , long-time purveyor of kiddie tablets and educational toys is now

Mashable / 9h
For me, it doesn't get much better than Sony confirming that Returnal , my personal Game of the Year for 2021 , is getting an expansion that lets two people play together. But there's plenty to like in the latest State of Play slate of reveals for upcoming PlayStation games. Want to repel a dinosaur invasion from the safety and comfort of a giant mech suit? Capcom's got you covered with Exoprimal

The official start of spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning your summer vacation — seriously. We know it might seem a little early to start locking in plans for travel in June, July and August. But pent-up demand for travel coupled with ongoing staffing shortages, reduced air loads and limited availability could spell a perfect storm of summer sellouts. For mo

Teenage Mutant Turtles•
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection will reintroduce 13 classic games featuring the adolescent reptiles to the PS5 and PS4 later this year. Announced during March's State of Play presentation, the upcoming compilation will port more than a dozen TMNT games that first appeared on the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Gameboy, and arcade machines to modern consoles. The games - which incl

200+Gizmodo / 9h
Much of the modus operandi of Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight in The Batman is about the theatricality of his fearsome image. “They think I’m hiding in the shadows, but I am the shadows,” Bruce monologues at one point. But it’s far from the Bat himself who provides the film’s most fearsome theatricality: it’s his ride . Read more...

Engadget / 9h
Sony's State of Play livestream today was short on major news, but there was one surprising nugget: Returnal is getting a beefy update on March 22nd. Returnal: Ascension adds co-op capabilities and a new survival mode to the game, and it'll be completely free. Returnal is a PlayStation 5 exclusive developed by Housemarque. It's a roguelike shooter where players are trapped in a time loop on a hos

Google Android App•
Gizmodo / 9h
Apps take up a ton of space. And although companies are making smartphones and tablets with more storage than ever before, the apps that fill them remain chock full of unnecessary bloat. Enter App Archiving for Android, announced today by Google. Read more...

Volkswagen ID Buzz•
400+Wired / 9h
VW's all-electric people carrier has finally been revealed. It's bursting with tech, can power your home, and even remembers how you drive.

SpaceX 48 Starlink•
34TechCrunch / 9h
​It’s up, up and away for another SpaceX Starlink mission. At 5:45 this morning PST, a Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral in Florida, adding 48 new satellites to SpaceX’s 2,000-strong constellation of internet-providing devices orbiting the Earth. This launch was the fourth for the booster, which landed on the drone ship “A Shortfall of Gravitas” in the Atla

Engadget / 9h
Even before its acquisition by The New York Times at the start of the year, Wordle had inspired countless imitators. In the weeks since then, the offshoots have only multiplied. Want to compete with 98 other players for bragging rights? There’s a Wordle clone for that. How about one that asks you to solve 16 puzzles at the same time? Look no further than Sedecordle . But if words aren’t your thin

Returnal Ascension•
PS5 roguelike Returnal will receive a hefty free update later this month, as announced in March's State of Play. Titled Returnal Ascension, the update will add campaign co-op, as well as a new campaign to play through with a buddy. Much of that campaign will be focused around a mysterious new tower, which you'll have to fight your way through to discover the fate of protagonist Selene. The tower

Futurism / 9h
Bodeg-don’t Remember the guy who started a company aiming to replace New York’s beloved bodegas, earning it the title of “America’s most hated startup”? Well, he’s back — and he wants to do pharma on the blockchain. Less than two months after stepping down as CEO from yet another startup, serial entrepreneur Ryan Breslow is, as The Information reports , back at it again. This time, he’s teaming u

Musk Satoshi Nakamoto•
37Futurism / 9h
Portman-d’oh Has Elon Musk stumbled on the source of the “Satoshi Nakamoto” pseudonym of Bitcoin’s mysterious creator? A meme the trollish Tesla and SpaceX CEO posted in the middle of the night offers a Satoshi Nakamoto theory that’s so galaxy-brained that, honestly, it just might be plausible. The commentary-free meme — which, naturally, Musk did not make himself and appears to have originated f

Gizmodo / 9h
Unless you’re willing to only handle your touchscreen devices or camera lenses while wearing gloves, fingerprint smudges are inevitable. But if you still refuse to live a life with grease-covered gadgets, the WaterBear looks like a smarter alternative to a microfiber cleaning cloth because it sticks right to your gear … Read more...

Roblox PlayStation•
A new job posting from Roblox hints that the company’s loose plans to expand to Sony’s gaming console are getting much closer to becoming a reality. The listing seeks a PlayStation console senior software engineer to develop a Roblox app for PlayStation — hardware that Roblox’s game platform-within-a-platform has yet to reach. The listing notes that the position will “help build and support our g

100+The Points Guy / 9h
The nation’s largest operator of Essential Air Service routes is making some changes because of the pilot shortage. SkyWest Airlines, which is also the nation’s largest regional airline, is changing the service pattern to 18 of the 49 EAS cities it currently services. Instead of operating as nonstops, the affected cities will now be served in multi-stop itineraries instead of solely with nonstop

We’ve written a handful of times in this real-estate boom about the collective obsession with Zillow doom-scrolling —looking at and dreaming about buying homes you definitely cannot afford . Zillow has now made it easier to compare the details of said homes with its new side-by-side tool, which gives you a snapshot of… Read more...

Exoprimal Dino Crisis•
Engadget / 10h
Just when you thought video games were getting too serious comes Capcom with Exoprimal, an entirely new IP that will see you and your friends facing off endless waves of dinosaurs that fall from the sky. In an absolutely bananas trailer the publisher showed off during Sony's State of Play presentation on Wednesday, we saw a game that looks like a mix of Anthem , Dino Crisis and Dynasty Warriors .

TechCrunch / 10h
Marjorie Radlo-Zandi Contributor Marjorie Radlo-Zandi is an entrepreneur, board member, mentor to startups and angel investor who shows early-stage businesses how to build and successfully scale their businesses. More posts by this contributor 5 essential factors for attracting angel investment 4 key strategies for succeeding at international expansion Understanding and presenting the size of the

UPDATE: It's now been confirmed that Exoprimal will also be coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, and Steam, alongside its previously announced PS4 and PS5 versions. The article below has been adjusted to reflect this new information. Capcom has lifted the veil on its newest third-person shooter, Exoprimal, which sees players take on enormous hordes of interdimensional dinosaurs, as r

EPA California Trump•
Engadget / 10h
California can now set its own emission standards under the Clean Air Act, the EPA announced today . The decision puts an end to a feud that began when automakers pushed the Trump administration to revisit fuel efficiency rules , which eventually led the former president to revoke California's waiver to declare its own standards in 2019. California is known for pushing stricter emissions requirem

Sony PlayStation State•
It's that time again, Sony is hosting one of its irregular State of Play gaming showcases. Instead of focusing on a single title like the most recent Gran Turismo 7 broadcast, tonight's presentation will feature multiple games. We're looking forward to hearing about some new games for the PS5 , but also updates on games like Final Fantasy XVI . Square Enix has been quiet on its next mega RPG sinc

100+Gizmodo / 10h
In recent years, Star Wars has had lots of fun telling tales of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s time on Tatooine between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. But never like this . The first trailer for the Disney+ limited series Obi-Wan Kenobi was just released and it looks like Kenobi’s old apprentice, Darth Vader, hired a legion of… Read more...

SlashGear / 10h
HEPA filters are great but come with some important limitations. Researchers recently tested an alternative filter, one designed to destroy COVID-19.

Microsoft Windows W11•
This week’s Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22572 brings plenty of quality of life fixes to the Dev Channel, all of which are detailed on the official Windows blog . These upcoming features were spotted by Windows Central and the most prominent is Microsoft Family and Clipchamp both becoming inbox apps, meaning they’ll be pre-loaded on Windows 11 machines moving forward. The former allows users

Star Trek STSNW Pike•
20Ars Technica / 10h
Anson Mount stars as USS Enterprise Capt. Christopher Pike in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds . Two major science fiction franchises went head-to-head today by dropping high-profile teasers. First, Disney+ dropped the first teaser for Obi-Wan Kenobi , the latest spinoff series in the Star Wars universe. Not to be outdone, Paramount+ has introduced the first teaser for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Lifehacker / 10h
If you have children, and no nearby family members clamoring to take them off your hands once in a while, you’ve probably been—or will be—in the market for childcare. There are a handful of different people who can offer in-home care to your little ones. But what’s the difference between the various providers—and how… Read more...

Six Nigeria Air Peace•
The project launches out of Lagos, Nigeria with six Nigerian carriers: Azman Air, United Nigeria Airline, Arik, Air Peace, and Max Air and hopes to unify the airlines of Africa. Continue reading ...

300+Gizmodo / 10h
British biotech firm Oxitec announced this week that it has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its genetically modified mosquitoes to be released in parts of Florida and in California, following the completion of a pilot program last year. The modified male insects are designed to… Read more...

One Bank Credit Card•
Editor’s note: This is a recurring post that has been updated with the latest information. Building credit as a college student is an essential step to a life of financial responsibility, helping you form a solid relationship with the money (and plastic!) in your wallet. The idea of opening up your own line of credit as a young adult can be daunting, but the short- and long-term benefits are unde

Apple Studio Display•
TechCrunch / 10h
Apple finally delivered what many have been asking for in the Apple enthusiast community: a first-party display that doesn’t cost a minimum of $5,000. The new 27-inch Studio Display instead costs $1,600, which is still a lot more than a lot of people want to pay for a monitor, but it’s still probably a welcome addition for many. Apple even put a whole-ass A13 chip inside, which is more powerful t

SlashGear / 10h
The legendary explorer ship Endurance was located in Antarctica after more than 100 years under the ice - and now we get to see it up close and personal.

Smartmatic Fox News•
Engadget / 10h
A judge has ruled that voting machine manufacturer Smartmatic can proceed with a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News and Rudy Giuliani. The company has accused them and others of making false claims that it rigged votes in favor of Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. Fox News parent Fox Corp, anchor Maria Bartiromo, former anchor Lou Dobbs , The Five host Jeanine Pirro and e

An algorithm built by European researchers could help farmers “speak pig” to improve the animals’ welfare.

Biden Executive Order US•
200+Futurism / 10h
President Joe Biden has issued a first-of-its-kind executive order (EO) to regulate cryptocurrencies. But it’s unclear what exactly will change — if anything at all. The White House announced the initiative in a statement on Wednesday and described it as the “first ever, whole-of-government approach to addressing the risk and harnessing the potential benefits of digital assets and their underlyin

Mashable / 10h
SAVE 36%: Life is much more fun when you block out the noise — and the Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds will help you do that. They're on sale at Amazon as of March 9 for $128, which is 36% less than their usual price of $199.99. For just over half the price of the AirPods Pro, you can get a pair of noise-canceling earbuds that have many of the same features. The Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds have Sony’s propri

100+Lifehacker / 10h
As long as there are computers, there will be bugs crawling around inside them. You know, metaphorically. Lucky for us Windows users, Microsoft has just squashed another batch of them. If you use a PC and you haven’t installed this update yet, you’re going to want to do so immediately. Read more...

SlashGear / 10h
Users on iOS running the latest version of the Twitter app can now access a system called Twitter Shops - for a limited number of merchants here in beta mode.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information. It was originally published on Aug. 7, 2021. School night tussles, ballet lessons, soccer practice. It sometimes feels like dinner prep takes a back seat when the afternoon hours are peppered with activities for busy families. Given that mealtime is also one of the best for quality conversations, what can be done to make the process

Sony PlayStation Russia•
Engadget / 11h
Sony is joining Microsoft in stopping Russian sales following the country's invasion of Ukraine. CNBC reports Sony has halted all PlayStation hardware and software sales in Russia, and has cut access to the digital PlayStation Store. The company called for "peace in Ukraine" and said it would donate $2 million to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees as well as Save the Children. The decision com

Italy Clearview AI•
Engadget / 11h
Italy’s data privacy watchdog said it will fine the controversial facial recognition firm Clearview AI for breaching EU law. An investigation by Garante, Italy’s data protection authority, found that the company’s database of 10 billion images of faces includes those of Italians and residents in Italy. The New York City-based firm is being fined €20 million, and will also have to delete any facia

29Gizmodo / 11h
Kickstarter has been used as a crowdfunding platform for tabletop role-playing games almost since its inception. In 2012, only three years after Kickstarter first launched, Jamie Chambers successfully ran a crowdfunding campaign in support of a new edition of the classic science fiction RPG, Metamorphosis . Read more...

Gizmodo / 11h
Financial giant BlackRock, which has fashioned itself as a leader in a global transition to cleaner energy, seems more than willing to shrug off its climate commitments and keep investing in dirty fuels behind closed doors, according to an email released this week. Read more...

Colossal $60M Series•
25TechCrunch / 11h
Colossal, the company known for its mission to resurrect a woolly mammoth (or at least, an elephant with some very mammoth-like traits), is back with $60 million in Series A funding. But despite the fanfare and cash, there’s not a ton of scientific progress to report. Colossal is spun out of the work of George Church , one of the creators of the Human Genome Project and a geneticist at Harvard an

20SlashGear / 11h
A leak of data suggests a new Samsung phone will look a whole lot like its release partner, the both of them likely headed for the midrange market this Spring.

Alienware 34 QD Oled•
I am generally pretty lucky in that I get to use all the nicest gaming monitors as soon as they're available. I've used extremely huge ultrawide monitors like the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 , and I've used smaller but extremely fast gaming monitors, too. As a general rule, I tend to gravitate to what makes games look the best rather than play the best because I like shiny things, but the Alienware AW

It was once hailed as the Giant of the Skies – an engineering wonder that embodied the old romance of continent-hopping air travel for all. But Airbus’ iconic A380 has suffered in a crowded market where cost-efficiency and sustainability are king and queen. The past half-decade has seen the gas-guzzling superjumbo jet trudge grimly toward the scrapyard as younger, more fashionable and fuel-effici

Colorado Peters MC•
100+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / Booking photos of Tina Peters (left) and Belinda Knisley (right) provided by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office after Peters and Knisley turned themselves in on March 9, 2022. (credit: Aurich Lawson) A grand jury in Colorado yesterday indicted Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters on 10 charges related to the leak of voting-system BIOS passwords and other confidential information that ended up be

Lifehacker / 11h
We probably all consider our dogs essential to our day-to-day lives and wish we could take them everywhere. Many dogs actually do have real jobs and go to work with their humans every day, whether they’re herding livestock, aiding search-and-rescue teams, or providing comfort to hospital patients. But not all working… Read more...

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Engadget / 11h
Today is a good day for sci-fi and space fantasy lovers. Paramount+ has shared a teaser trailer for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds , its offshoot of Discovery . The video provides a brief but telling glimpse of Captain Christopher Pike's tenure aboard the USS Enterprise, including his return to service and (what else?) the worlds his crew will see. There's a clear attempt to recreate the wonder yo

100+Gizmodo / 11h
A hidden impact crater in northwestern Greenland dates back some 58 million years, making it far older than previous estimates. The challenge now will be to find further evidence of what was surely a massively disruptive global-scale event. Read more...

100+Gizmodo / 11h
The rise of Oswald Cobblepot is set to expand the world of Warner Bros.’ The Batman on HBO Max. With the film grossing $134 million at the North American box office and $124 million internationally, this announcement comes after director Matt Reeves revealed that plans for a Gotham Central show have “evolved” into … Read more...

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1KFuturism / 11h
Air Attack Arachnophobes beware! According to the University of Georgia, giant spiders the size of your palm are set to parachute from the sky all over the Eastern United States this summer. The massive blue, black, and yellow arachnids, called Joro spiders, are set to “be all over power lines, in trees around town and even on your front porch come summer,” according to the university’s statement

Futurism / 11h
Some stargazers are happy to look, while others want to save far-off galaxies for the future with the best telescopes for astrophotography. Your choice of telescope comes, in part, down to what kind of astrophotography you want to do. A telescope that details the moon’s every last crevice is different from a model that lets you make the Andromeda Galaxy your next piece of wall art. Interplanetary

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64TechCrunch / 11h
The Biden White House showed off a new executive order on Wednesday regarding the regulation of cryptocurrencies. The order essentially lays out a broad strategy for how the government plans to balance consumer protection while ensuring that the United States continues to be a space for innovation in the sector. For those in the crypto sector concerned about aggressive government intervention, th

35Lifehacker / 11h
Nothing will make your heart sink faster than realizing you just sent a text to the wrong person. It happens to the best of us, and it’s a mistake you can’t undo—the recipient is going to read it. Those are the facts and you can’t change them. Read more...

Huawei UK Russia Ukraine•
The two directors are unhappy about the the company's failure to quickly condemn Russia's invasion.

100+The Points Guy / 11h
Beginning Thursday, travelers to Puerto Rico from within the United States will no longer have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter or enjoy the island, according to Discover Puerto Rico, the official tourism organization of the U.S. territory. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . 📢 We've got news. Starting Mar

TechCrunch / 11h
In theory, crypto white papers are staid, scientific documents intended to describe a complex, precise method for creating unique blockchain products. In practice, however, white papers are frequently a marketing play intended to help crypto startups generate earned media . Even so, they are still very much in demand — in certain situations. To find out which types of white papers resonate with p

SlashGear / 11h
The first trailer for Obi-Wan Kenobi is released by Lucasfilm and Disney, giving us a glimpse of what we have in store for the limited series premiering in May.

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Engadget / 12h
Twitter has begun testing two new features the company promises will improve the alt text experience on its platform. The company said it would spend about a month trialing the features, which add easy-to-access descriptions to images, before rolling them out globally at the start of April. As Twitter notes, adding a description or “alt text” to an image allows people with low vision or a cogniti

Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Welcome back to another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from all over the web includes a new deal on Sony's excellent (if confoundingly named) WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones, which are back down to $278 at several retailers. While we've seen these headphones fall as low as $248 over the holiday season and during events like Amazon Prime

PlayStation March 2022•
SlashGear / 12h
Make sure your internet speed is consistent and earmark about half an hour, as Sony's next State of Play live stream presentation is happening today.

Apple M1 Mac Studio•
Engadget / 12h
Did you wonder why Apple's Mac Studio weighs a full two pounds more (7.9lbs versus 5.9lbs) when you choose the M1 Ultra model instead of the baseline M1 Max version? There's a simple explanation for it — and no, it's not that the extra silicon weighs more. Apple explained to The Verge that the M1 Ultra variant uses a larger and heavier copper cooling system where the M1 Max can make do with an al

Microsoft just announced Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22572 for the Dev channel, and it comes with an exciting change: two new tools are becoming Inbox apps, which means they’ll be preinstalled on all Windows 11 PCs. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

300+The Points Guy / 12h
Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. Keeping track of the latest hotel bonuses can be difficult — especially if you’re juggling points and elite status with multiple programs. With that in mind, this guide covers current promotions across the major hotel chains. You can bookmark this page for regularly updated offers, links and other information about y

51Lifehacker / 12h
The server drops off your bill after you treat yourself to a big restaurant dinner. You pat your pockets for your wallet, mentally calculating the tip in your head—but you’re still patting your pockets. And you’re coming up empty. You don’t have your wallet. What now? Read more...

If you’re planning to run a small business selling items online—or if you’re planning on buying in bulk—then you should know what an MOQ is. Here’s what this term means and why it matters. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Amazon Russia Ukraine•
Engadget / 12h
Amazon is taking an even stronger stance against Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. The company announced today that it will suspend shipments of products in Russia and Belarus, as well as halt access to Prime Video in Russia. Additionally (though perhaps less impactful), Amazon also won't be taking more orders for its MMO New World in Russia. "Unlike some other U.S. technology providers,

Biden Executive Order US•
20Mashable / 12h
Crypto is the future, whether the White House likes it or not. That's the takeaway from an executive order on digital assets announced Wednesday morning. The broad document touches on a possible central bank digital currency, reducing the environmental impact of blockchain-dependent products, and, of course, potential additional cryptocurrency regulations. Its resigned tone suggests the Biden adm

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59Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge / Finally, we see Ewan McGregor return to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in... Disney+'s Obi-Wan Kenobi , debuting May 25. (credit: Disney / Lucasfilm ) Disney+ is about to fill its shortest-ever gap between live-action Star Wars TV series , thanks to a six-episode run of Obi-Wan Kenobi starting May 25. And with less than three months to go, Lucasfilm has finally dropped its first substantial

Shackleton Endurance•
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Endurance Enlarge / This is the stern of the good ship Endurance , which sank off the coast of Antarctica in 1915 after being crushed by pack ice. The Endurance22 expedition has located the shipwreck in pristine condition after nearly 107 years. (credit: Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust/NatGeo) In 1915, intrepid British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew were stranded for months on the

32Gizmodo / 12h
Heavy rain in Australia has caused flooding so dangerous and disruptive that Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared a national emergency this week. The flooding began in late February and has continued into March across the east coast states of New South Wales and Queensland. The disaster has killed 22 people so far,… Read more...

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Surprise, the Apple Mac Studio and Studio Display made their debut at the Apple March event this week, a showpiece for the new M1 Ultra processor and a major new workstation for creative professionals of all stripes. This all came as a surprise to many who were eagerly anticipating the announcement of an Apple M2 processor along with a bunch of new consumer-focused Mac products like a redesigned

The Apple Studio Display was announced at the March 2022 event and while it looks like a super impressive display - especially when it's backed up by an M1 Ultra -powered Mac Studio - you're going to have to pay a lot of money for accessories. This is most clear when it comes to its cables. As reported by MacRumors , the Studio Display comes with a 1.8-meter Thunderbolt 4 cable out of the box. Th

500+Futurism / 12h
The Pentagon’s investigations of UFOs are starting to sound more “X-Files” than anyone imagined. A new report based on interviews with several former officials involved with those investigations highlights just how out there the military’s interest in unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) — the rebranded term for UFOs — can be. Though details about the military’s dubious interest in s

Ukraine BAYC Ethereum•
100+Futurism / 12h
War of the Apes The Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), the second-most valuable NFT collection out there right now, announced this week that it’s donated $1 million in Ethereum to Ukraine. “It’s been inspiring seeing our community come together in support of Ukraine — almost $1 million in ETH has been donated to Ukraine by wallets containing a BAYC ecosystem NFT,” the collective wrote in a Tuesday twee

Kenobi Ewan McGregor•
Mashable / 12h
Is that "Duel of the Fates" you hear kicking up as this first look at the Disney+ Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi springs to life? You bet your ass it is. It makes sense, given that this is a homecoming for Ewan McGregor, who first played the series' titular Jedi Master in the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. This series picks up a decade after the events of that trilogy's third chapter, Revenge of the

200+Gizmodo / 12h
If you miss the days when Fox was running the X-Men movie s, then I have exceedingly bad news for you. Had the franchise not been in such jeopardy, and The New Mutants delayed for so long, you could have seen Mad Men and Baby Driver star Jon Hamm wearing what is arguably the most preposterous cape in the entirety of… Read more...

27Lifehacker / 12h
Moon fans and casual lunar observers: If everything goes according to plan, the full moon in March will rise on Friday, March 18. Known as the Worm Moon, it will be brightest at around 3:20 a.m. ET. This is the last full moon before spring begins on March 22, and thus it marks the end of an interminable winter. Read more...

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SlashGear / 12h
Square Enix has just kicked off its own music channel on YouTube, dubbed the SQUARE ENIX MUSIC Channel, and it's quite an impressive collection.

A woman dressed up as a Marriott housekeeper to convince a guest to open the door to their room. She rummaged around the room at the Four Points Sheraton Bellingham, Washington while pretending to provide ‘service’ – and stole car keys, a wallet, credit cards, and $2300 in cash. The arresting officer told her to turn the engine of her vehicle off – but she slammed it into reverse and drove off an