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Global venture capital firms are pouring money into the semiconductor startups developing the next generation of chips. Semiconductors, which have become a valued asset, are used in virtually almost every industry, including 5G networks, automation, the Internet of Things, financials, smart homes, smart cities, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality and self-driving cars. Sunghyun Park , a forme

Ukraine Sanctions Western•
Enlarge (credit: vladimir18 | Getty Images) Russian companies have been plunged into a technological crisis by Western sanctions that have created severe bottlenecks in the supply of semiconductors, electrical equipment, and the hardware needed to power the nation’s data centers. Most of the world’s largest chip manufacturers, including Intel, Samsung, TSMC and Qualcomm, have halted business to R

Here's something you already knew: Apple is trying to make the iPad be a little bit more like a laptop. Yes, Apple has been adding various features to its tablets (especially the iPad Pro line) that make them more useful as actual work machines, but they're still very far from being a replacement for the MacBook. According to a new report by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman , however, Apple is planning a

Wordle #350? Where does the time go?! It seems it was just yesterday we began wondering why everyone was suddenly tweeting little yellow and green squares, and now we're nearly at a year's worth of Wordle . We'll continue to bring you daily tips, clues, and spoilers. If you just want the answer, bookmark this page for the solution to the June 4 Wordle . In the meantime, keep reading for some subt

Bosch’s venture arm just announced its fifth fund, saying it’s on the lookout for startups with the “potential to improve quality of life and conserve natural resources.” The new, $295 million (€250 million) investment vehicle ups the stakes from Bosch VC ‘s prior fund by about $53 million , yet the German firm’s global focus on deep tech remains much the same. For Bosch VC, that nebulous category

Xiaomi is elevating Alvin Tse, a veteran at the firm, as the General Manager for its India business as the Chinese technology group bolsters its efforts to fight increasing competition from rivals including Samsung and looks to smoothen its relationship with New Delhi. The appointment of Tse (pictured above), who until recently led Xiaomi’s Indonesia business, follows the transition of Manu Kumar

Harini Logan Scripps•
Fourteen-year-old Harini Logan blitzed through a tiebreaker spell-off to win the The Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, successfully spelling 21 words within 90 seconds. It was the first spell-off in the Spelling Bee's history, after the element was first introduced last year . This year the Spelling Bee started with 324 competitors, though by Thursday's final they were narrowed down to j

Google Location Reminders•
Google is delivering an emotional gut punch to the forgetful as it will soon remove location-based reminders. The company didn’t make a public announcement, but some eagle-eyed users noticed the change in the Google Assistant Help page . For those who don’t know or remember, you were able to create reminders to yourself according to a location. As an example, you could set a reminder to buy a gal

TL;DR: The 2022 Urban Sketching Course Bundle is on sale for £31.61, saving you 87% on list price. Imagine if you had something to do every time you went to the park this summer besides pop a bottle of rosé. You'd find yourself with a whole new hobby and outlet to let your creative juices flow. Whether you're visiting, just moved to a new place or have been admiring the city you live in for years

Street Fighter SF6•
A few months after confirming the existence of Street Fighter 6 , Capcom has revealed that the upcoming entry to the fighting franchise will come out in 2023 for the PS 5, PS 4, Xbox Series X|S and PC. Like the company promised in its initial teaser, the game will include Luke, a key DLC character for Street Fighter V, as well as fan favorites Ryu and Chun-Li. The video game developer previously

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi is gearing up to release its next flagship phone, one that will stand out from the crowd by sporting the unique red Leica logo.

EV 2022 Electric•
Gas prices are skyrocketing, and consumers are all asking the same question: can you really save money by replacing a gas car with an electric vehicle?

Samsung has seemingly leaked details about its upcoming Galaxy Watch 5 series, including one that indicates a certain feature is gone for good.

Apple Improve Retail•
Apple will make a number of changes to scheduling rules for its retail employees that the company believes will result in more flexible working hours, reported Bloomberg . The move arrives as Apple retail stores in Maryland and New York City are slated to hold union elections in the coming weeks. The changes will include changes to limits on the number of late shifts worked, consecutive days work

Coinbase Hiring Offers•
Coinbase announced today that it will extend its hiring freeze and revoke accepted offers from some candidates who haven’t started their roles yet. The third-largest crypto exchange by volume, Coinbase began to slow hiring two weeks ago , but this move is more drastic. “Adapting quickly and acting now will help us to successfully navigate this macro environment and emerge even stronger, enabling

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Join the other fast family, the Mario Bros. (if we may so call them), and their friends on Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge , the upcoming attraction set to open at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2023 . Sure, the Super Nintendo World attraction is technically a track and ride vehicle, but it’s still Mario Kart with all… Read more...

Xbox Sony 2 Microsoft•
Enlarge / We knew Sony was bullish about PC game launches in 2022, but we didn't think Spider-Man would be included. Great news for PC gamers. (credit: Sony / Insomniac / Nixxes) On Thursday, Sony's latest game-filled "State of Play" presentation included fantastic news for PC gamers: Its critically acclaimed Marvel's Spider-Man is coming to Windows PCs on August 12. The news arrived shortly afte

Final Fantasy FFX 2023•
Final Fantasy XVI is due to hit PlayStation 5 in the summer of 2023 — and Square Enix has a hot new trailer to prove it. The title's first gameplay trailer showcases the massive monsters called Eikons and the Dominant humans that inhabit them, and presents chaotic, cinematic battle scenes in a medieval-inspired world. FFXVI was officially revealed in September 2020 and developers promised to drop

Cruise San Francisco•
Cruise, the autonomous vehicle unit of General Motors, has finally been given the green light to start charging fares for its driverless robotaxi service in San Francisco. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted Thursday to award Cruise with a driverless deployment permit, the final hurdle the company needed to jump to begin operating its autonomous ride-hail service commercially.

Final Fantasy FFX 2023•
It’s been nearly two years since Final Fantasy 16’s reveal trailer, and since then, Square Enix has kept very quiet on the details of the new game’s world, battle system, and, well, everything really. In the new trailer for Final Fantasy 16 , we get a good look at a few of the RPG’s Eikons – summoned monsters that can fight alongside you, or against you – and how they feature in the game’s action

The budding 5G landscape is exciting, but it's not quite ready for prime time in every location. If you find your 5G speeds are too slow, you can turn it off.

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Under 5 June 21 WH•
Enlarge / White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha speaks alongside White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during the daily press briefing at the White House on June 02, 2022 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty | Kevin Dietsch ) COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 6 months to under five years—the only age group yet to be eligible for vaccination—is expected to get underwa

HP Dev One Pop!_OS•
Enlarge (credit: System76) HP released its Dev One Linux laptop today. Aimed at coders, the 14-inch clamshell comes at a lower price than previous Ubuntu-based HP clamshells. Starting at $1,099, the Dev One begins to keep costs low by opting for an AMD, rather than Intel, CPU and skipping the discrete graphics card. HP's last Linux laptops, part of its ZBook workstation lineup, went well over $2,

Mr. Zuckerberg, Meta’s chief executive, has restructured his company so that he no longer has a top deputy.

Ford Farley Online•
Ford head Jim Farley said the brand’s electric vehicles may shift to fixed prices and completely online sales. In a speech today at an IBM conference, Farley described a future where Ford dealerships would no longer stock inventory but serve as customer service centers for picking up online orders or repairing existing vehicles — with buyers also having the option for home delivery. In this hypot

Callisto Dead Space•
Sci-fi horror, The Callisto Protocol, got a new trailer during State of Play, as well as a deep dive about what makes it so scary. Dead Space creator, Glen Schofield, is "returning to his roots" with his self-proclaimed "all-new take on the sci-fi survival horror genre." And he isn't kidding. The trailer is a blend of cinematics, gameplay, and some extra pizazz thrown in for the show, and it look

Apple iPhone 14 RAM•
I'll tell you a secret: I was thinking of buying the aging iPhone XR recently when I was deciding whether I should go for a new iPhone 14 or just spend very little on one of the best iPhones I ever tested - albeit years ago.. I decided against it - mostly because I'm finishing a longer-term test of the iPhone 13 Pro Max and I'm intrigued as to what's coming with the iPhone 14 Max Then I read, to

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What is essentially kryptonite to the budget of a nerd who grew up in the ‘80s, Lego and Hasbro’s first collaboration is finally available, but is the brick-built version of Optimus Prime worthy of a spot in your collection? Read more...

Microsoft Says Employees•
Thursday afternoon, Microsoft's president and vice chair Brad Smith penned a blog post outlining four "principles" the company would be adopting in response to the recent wave of union efforts in the US. Admittedly it's surprising for a company this size in the tech industry to — in word or deed — strive for anything less than the complete destruction of any organizing effort. But Smith's post co

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Reno, Nevada, also known as the “Biggest Little City in the World,” has jumped on the Web3 bandwagon and is rolling out a new blockchain-based pilot program that promises to do what the blockchain does best: keep digital records of stuff. Read more...

Horizon Forbidden West•
As part of tonight’s State of Play, Sony’s irregular broadcast of PS5 game news, Guerilla games revealed some surprising news for Horizon Forbidden West fans – something players have been calling from since day one. The new update, which is releasing today, adds a whole spread of quality of life features to Horizon Forbidden West , but, most importantly, a New Game+ mode and an Ultra Hard difficu

It's still difficult to find the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles in stock, but Amazon is finally taking its own steps to fix that. Key to the effort? Invites.

Resident Evil 4 Remake•
Sony kicked off its latest State of Play with a reveal a lot of us horror fans have been waiting on: the Resident Evil 4 remake release date. Capcom has been finding a whole new audience for its classic horror series with the fantastic Resident Evil 2 Remake and Resident Evil 3 Remake (although the former is the real standout star of the two). We knew that the team was also working hard on a rema

“We have all seen the state of the market,” IRL CEO and co-founder Abraham Shafi wrote in a company-wide memo where the social app announced it would be dramatically cutting staff. Similar to dozens of startups over the past few weeks, IRL has just announced it’s laying off 25% of its team, or around 25 people, citing market dynamics. The cut comes around a year after the startup landed a $170 mi

Google Interview Warmup•
If you ever feel anxious before an important job interview, Google wants to help you with its new Interview Warmup tool. Interview Warmup helps you prepare for a job interview by asking you a series of questions chosen by “industry experts” to simulate real-life scenarios. From there, an AI will comb through your responses, pointing out patterns and talking points in your response. The idea is yo

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The dead speak! Weeks after all but leaving first-run theaters, Jared Leto’s Spider-Man spinoff Morbius is somehow, some way, returning to the big screen. ERC Box Office on Twitter first broke the news that on June 3, the film will be on over 1,000 screens across the U.S. Plus, a quick yet embarrassing Google search… Read more...

Resident Evil 4 Remake•
Capcom's oft-rumored, much-anticipated remake of Resident Evil 4 is officially a thing and it's heading to PS5, Xbox Series X and S, and PC via Steam on March 24th, 2023. The studio debuted a trailer for the project during the PlayStation State of Play live stream. The game will be a revamp of the original, beloved 2005 title starring Leon S. Kennedy and the president's daughter, Ashley Graham. A

Sony PlayStation State•
The Jubilee weekend State of Play is finally here, so pour yourself a tipple and buckle in for half an hour of announcements from Sony. This month's PlayStation State of Play is expected to give fans a look at some third-party games, as well as PSVR 2 games that are being worked on. We're expecting to hear more about Saints Row , and maybe Gotham Knights as well. The event is part of the Summer G

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here . Hello, and welcome to June 2, 2022. Where we are sitting, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and we are celebrating adding Becca Szkutak to the TechCrunch team. She’ll be covering venture capital and startup news for our subscription service, TechCrunch+. Yo

If you use them at the top-priced places you'll get 250,000 points' worth of free stays from a single credit card bonus. That's unheard of. (I usually see limited-time offers for this card at 100,000 points.) At my arguably very conservative last published points valuation 250,000 points are worth $1500. Continue reading ...

Enlarge / Tiny samples of the Hypatia stone next to a small coin. Rare type Ia supernovas are some of the most energetic events in the universe. Researchers found a consistent pattern of 15 elements in the Hypatia stone, unlike anything in our solar system or in the Milky Way (credit: Jan Kramers) In 1996, an archaeologist named Aly A. Barakat was doing fieldwork in an Egyptian desert and stumble

artandoddities : Don’t juggle cats if you actually have skin. It will not end well. Art by @melf_illustration.

Countless books and movies have been made based on the idea that we only use a small portion of our brain, but that idea has been debunked with hard science.

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It appears that Beavis and Butt-Head , stars of the much-loved ‘90s MTV animated series , have finally extracted themselves from their couch—but their horny snark is still very much intact. Witness this for yourself in the first trailer for Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe , the long-awaited to follow-up to the duo’s… Read more...

Policygenius , an insurtech that raised $125 million in a Series E round less than three months ago, has reportedly laid off about 25% of its staff. The number of employees affected is not confirmed but is believed to be around 170, according to multiple sources. One employee posted on LinkedIn today that he was among the 25% of staff that were let go. In a statement provided via email, Jennifer

Mozilla has added an official translation tool to Firefox that doesn’t rely on cloud processing to do its work, instead performing the machine learning–based process right on your own computer. It’s a huge step forward for a popular service tied strongly to giants like Google and Microsoft. The translation tool, called Firefox Translations , can be added to your browser here. It will need to down

Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft are ready to launch NASA's Crew-4 mission. (credit: Trevor Mahlmann) NASA said this week that it plans to purchase five additional Crew Dragon missions from SpaceX to carry astronauts to the International Space Station. Although the space agency's news release does not specifically say so, these may be the final flights NASA needs to keep the

Instagram Reels TikTok•
Instagram Reels, the company's alternative to TikTok, has just received a major update that adds several new features, including some from Stories.

"Gboard," Google's built-in keyboard software, allows users to access Android's handwriting-to-text function, including foreign-language capabilities.

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In December 1968, the Apollo 8 mission carried three astronauts on a trip around the Moon— further than anyone had ever gone before. For a mission that far, navigation was the biggest unknown factor. Had the spacecraft’s velocity been even a bit off, it would’ve crashed onto the far side of the Moon. Read more...

Amazon has become the latest big tech company to scale back its ambitions in the Chinese market, announcing Thursday that it would stop shipping its Kindle e-reader there and shutter its ebook store in the country in 2023. The company closed its ecommerce business there in 2019. Read more...

I highlight this because it raises interesting questions, I think. Airplane attire is nothing like it was when I was a young kid just after deregulation. But are costumes appropriate in the airport and on board? What if it's May 5th (Star Wars Day)? Should we all just 'come as we are'? Maybe so. Continue reading ...

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Passion Project Tosca Musk, the sister of Tesla CEO and richest person on Earth Elon Musk, has found her entrepreneurial footing as the CEO of a company called Passionflix, The New York Times reports in a new profile — which traffics in romance novels and erotic fan fiction. And we're here for it. Society has deemed romance and female desire as taboo for long enough. At the same time, romance nov

The streaming wars are no longer about which app and service you like using the most, but which one has the content library you want access to at the drop of a hat. Services like YouTube TV and Sling TV exist for folks who want a more traditional cable TV experience, like a live timeline to shuffle through and DVR… Read more...

Ferraris are rare and expensive, so Universal Studios had to improvise while filming its iconic 80's show, "Miami Vice."

There’s nothing stupider and more awesome than doing a donut in your car. Burning your tires and wrecking your engine to make a ton of smelly smoke and leave behind a circle of rubber on the blacktop is quintessentially American . Read more...

About an hour north of Manhattan, the leafy suburbs hold a surprise for local travelers hoping to find deals on airfare to Europe this summer. Play, a low-cost Icelandic airline, is expanding its service to New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) starting June 9; it will be the first international airline to serve SWF since 2019. Related: 7 reasons flying Iceland’s newest airline was a great

Columbus, Ohio’s technology job scene really took off in the early 2010s when the state made investments that enabled entrepreneurs to more easily start companies. Fast-forward to today, and companies of all sizes are attracting talent from all over the country thanks in part to Columbus’ low cost of living and young, skilled pool of talent. On this special episode of TechCrunch Live , I spoke wi

California Court Fish•
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A California judge ruled this week that bees can now be legally defined as “fish” under a state conservation law, but they’re still biologically bees (obviously). Read more...

RuneScape Phishing•
Naive Runescape players are being targeted by a dangerous phishing scam that targets their in-game valuables.. Cybersecurity researchers from Malwarebytes have spotted a brand new phishing campaign that starts with an email to Runescape players, pretending to be from Jagex support, the company that built, and maintains the game. In the email, the victim is warned that the email address associated

With so many devices using Bluetooth, being unable to connect with your iPhone can be seriously frustrating. Here's how to fix most Bluetooth errors in iOS.

Apple has delivered relatively major updates to iPadOS in the past, but according to this latest set of leaks, a software sea change might be in order.

Round-trip premium economy flights to Norway’s capital city, Oslo, are available from a handful of U.S. cities for travel starting in August through March 2023. Flights from New York City start under $600, more than half off the normal price for this route. Also, the other flights in this deal are all around 50% off, if not more, with all flights below $800. For more TPG news delivered each morni

Sony PlayStation State•
It's almost time to tune into what could be one of Sony's most important streaming events this year. The company is airing its PlayStation VR2-focused State of Play event today (June 2nd) at 6PM Eastern, and you watch live through YouTube (below) as well as through Twitch . The company will offer peeks at several PSVR2 games, some of which might be the 20 "major" titles promised for launch. You c

A new report from Datadog has found that serverless computing could be entering the mainstream with over half of all organizations using serverless on one of the three major clouds – Amazon, Microsoft and Google. The company found in a 2020 report that while some customers were using Lambda , Amazon’s function as a service (FaaS), the other clouds lagged behind. This year’s report showed that Dat

SAVE $120 : Cleaner carpets aren't a pipe dream. Walmart+ members can snag the Hoover Smart Wash Pet Complete Carpet Cleaner on sale for just $199 during Walmart+ Weekend — that's 37% in savings as of June 2 at 3 p.m. ET. Most pet parents have all but given up on ever having clean carpets. But it's not just a pipe dream. You just need the proper tool for the job: an actual carpet cleaner. As of J

Save $100 to $120: For Walmart+ members, the Apple Watch Nike SE (40mm, GPS) is 36% off and on sale for $179. The Apple Watch Nike Series 6 (44mm, GPS) is 28% off and on sale for $309. Snag both before the sale ends on June 5 at 7 p.m. ET. If you want to score an especially good deal on Apple gear, you wait for a shopping holiday. And while Cyber Week is still five months away and the exact date

SAVE $50: Did someone say frozen margaritas? Scoop up the handy Nutribullet blender and personal blender combo for just $99 — a 33% discount — as of June 2. This deal is a part of Walmart+ Weekend, so grab it while it lasts. Don't want to wait until Amazon Prime Day for sweet discounts? Now you don't have to. Walmart's new deals holiday, Walmart+ Weekend, is here as of June 2, and it includes som

Fitness is one of those areas where you can spend literally as much money as you have. There are gyms that cost $10 a month and there are gyms—sorry, boutique fitness studios —that will run you $50 or more per workout . There’s a similar wide open price range for clothes, apps, at-home equipment, and everything else. So… Read more...

Biologists and other scientists are confronted these days with a deep sea of data and a bewildering panoply of tools to apply to it — many of which require a specialist to operate. Hiring one is a challenge and farming out the work may take months … but LatchBio offers an option that can have you running your data through AlphaFold and other top-tier tools in seconds. The company just raised $28

uwmspeccoll : Staff Pick of the Week Collen Doran’ s A Distant Soil [ADS] was groundbreaking for being among the first comics to feature openly gay characters and gay romantic leads and explore questions of gender identity. It is also an important early example of a creator-owned comic. Doran is a foremost figure in comics self-publishing, known for her advocacy for creator rights in addition to

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Long before Webb even launched from French Guiana, we’ve been waiting for this moment: the first full-color images from this cutting-edge space telescope. NASA announced yesterday that those pictures will be available on July 12, along with some spectroscopic data. Read more...

Pinterest Yes AI SF•
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As Pinterest sets its eyes on improving the online shopping experience on its platform, the company announced this afternoon it’s acquiring the AI-powered shopping service for fashion known as The Yes , founded by e-commerce veteran and former Stitch Fix COO Julie Bornstein and technical co-founder, Amit Aggarwal. Deal terms were not disclosed, but the acquisition will help to establish a new str

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F-F-Falling If staring at this image down below ( here's a big version ) makes you feel like you're being swallowed by a black hole, you're not alone. According to a new paper in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, approximately 86 percent of people are likely to experience the same sensation. Optical illusions are nothing new, but most of them trick us into thinking that a static image

Therapy Pancreatic Cancer•
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In new research this week, an experimental treatment seems to have helped beat back a woman’s advanced pancreatic cancer. The woman’s tumors have since substantially shrunk in size and she has remained in stable health a year after the treatment—results that hold promise for a new approach to these kinds of often… Read more...

TPG loves a good transfer bonus . These promotions are an excellent way to catapult the value of your points and miles. The latest transfer bonus between Citi ThankYou Rewards and Qatar Airways is extra sweet. Not only can you use it to acquire bonus Qatar Avios, but with some strategy, you can also earn bonus British Airways Avios, Iberia Avios and Aer Lingus Avios. This promotion, which ends Ju

Tim Hortons Privacy•
Another food app has been caught sharing location data without asking. As CBC News reports , Canadian privacy authorities have determined that restaurant chain Tim Hortons collected "granular" location data through its mobile app without valid consent between May 2019 and August 2020. The coffee-and-donut giant was supposed to be using positional info from its partner Radar Labs for targeted ads,

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Arguably the most intriguing thing about the upcoming Jurassic World Dominion is the return of the original cast. Though Jurassic Park stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum all returned in previous sequels, they never returned all at once, and never on screen with the franchise’s new heroes. But that happens… Read more...

Enlarge (credit: Owl Labs) The Meeting Owl Pro is a videoconference device with an array of cameras and microphones that captures 360-degree video and audio and automatically focuses on whoever is speaking to make meetings more dynamic and inclusive. The consoles, which are slightly taller than an Amazon Alexa and bear the likeness of a tree owl, are widely used by state and local governments, co

When it comes to summer vacations, most people play it pretty safe. Beach vacations and road trips are the top two vacation plans just about every year , and it’s easy to understand why: These kinds of trips are fairly easy to organize, provide a range of activities, and can be pretty affordable even when the price of… Read more...

Given we’re currently all living at the mercy of spiking inflation and surging gas prices, it’s nice to know there are still a handful of simple ways we can lower on spending on regular household purchase without skimping too much on convenience, if only to give us the illusion we have any control over our financial… Read more...

Android Sound Amplifier•
Google has announced several new features that are coming to Android phones, including updates for Gboard stickers, Play Points and accessibility apps. Most notably, the company is bringing custom text stickers to all Android devices, after first launching them on Pixel phones in March. When you type, you’ll now be able to turn text into a custom sticker. Google says users will be able to type wh

OUR TOP DEAL PICKS FROM WALMART+ WEEKEND: BEST ROBOT VACUUM DEAL: iRobot Roomba i1+ self-emptying robot vacuum — $347 $599.99 (save $252.99) BEST TABLET DEAL: Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus — $499 $849 (save $350) BEST GAMING DEAL: Xbox Series S with extra Xbox wireless controller bundle — $299.99 $349.99 (save $50) The days of Amazon Prime Day getting all the attention are over. That's right, Walmar

St. Louis is officially reconnected with Europe . The city’s first transatlantic flight to continental Europe in nearly 20 years arrived at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Germany on Thursday morning. The eight-hour and 27-minute flight from St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) was operated by the German carrier Lufthansa . Lufthansa’s service is the culmination of years of effort by the airp

Ring Subscription Prices•
The price of Ring's cheapest security camera subscription plan has stayed flat at $3 a month since it was introduced in 2017. But soon, alongside increased video storage and some expanded features, the price of a Protect Basic subscription is going up by 99 cents. Ring says the rate hike will go into effect starting with your first bill on or after July 1st, 2022, bumping the price of a Protect B

Welcome to the third installment of a year-long series where Tarah Chieffi, TPG’s family travel reporter, shares her experience using various points, benefits, credits and access from her first-ever premium rewards credit card, The Platinum Card from American Express. Previous installments: Is the Amex Platinum worth it for a points and miles newbie? I booked a trip to find out 8 tips from a newb

DMC has officially introduced its anticipated DeLorean EV, a modern version of the iconic "Back to the Future" car that boasts some exciting features.

As Apple discontinues the iPod forever, we take a peek at how and why Apple's most massive iPod accessory failed after more than a year on the market.

Marriott has co-branded credit cards issued by both American Express and Chase. We’ve just seen two new welcome offers rolled out on the co-branded Chase cards, and one offer in particular is pretty incredible, as it offers five free night awards upon completing minimum spending. Let’s go over the details. Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card offer (five free night awards) The Marriott Bonvoy Bou

Image Credits: TechCrunch Is Terra’s Do Kwon the Bernie Madoff of crypto? Hello and welcome back to the Chain Reaction podcast, where we unpack and explain the latest crypto news, drama and trends, breaking it down block by block for the crypto curious. This week, Terra relaunched its Luna token after the dramatic implosion of its cryptocurrency and the associated stablecoin. The new token was ai

Super Nintendo World•
Universal Studios Hollywood is aiming to open Super Nintendo World sometime in early 2023, the theme park tweeted today. The Nintendo-themed amusement park is currently being built inside the existing Universal Studios theme park in California, and will feature rides, games and an immersive environment modeled after the Super Mario video game franchise. According to Disney Parks news site WDWNT ,

SAVE $200: Walmart+ members can grab 2020's 64GB Apple iPad Air on sale for just $399 during Walmart+ Weekend , which runs through June 5 at 7 p.m. EST. That's a 33% off its $599 MSRP (and its lowest price to date). Amazon is going to have to pull out all the stops if it wants its Prime Day deals on Apple devices to contend with the ones we're seeing for Walmart+ Weekend . Along with some cheap N

Save $250.99: As of June 2, Walmart is offering a special Walmart+ Weekend sale price of $347 on the iRobot Roomba i1+ . That matches its Black Friday 2021 price, which is a savings of nearly 50%. Reliable self-emptying robot vacuums typically linger past the $500 price point. While the two high-end self-emptying Roombas add a few hundred dollars to that, iRobot does offer two affordable self-emp

Winklevoss Gemini 10%•
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Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, AKA the Winklevoss Twins, AKA the “ Winklevii ,” are losing a bit of that crypto-based twinkle in their eyes. Read more...

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Warner Bros. is not going to throw away a movie that’s its Spider-Verse , its No Way Home , and its Multiverse of Madness rolled into one. That movie is DC’s The Flash , directed by Andy Muschietti and starring Ezra Miller. It’s widely expected to be Warner Bros.’ answer to the mega-popular Marvel multiverse movies, with… Read more...

Apple the App Store 2021•
New analysis indicates it’s gotten harder to get an app to the top of the App Store, in terms of downloads, over the past several years. According to new data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower , the number of downloads needed for an app to break into the No. 1 position on Apple’s iPhone App Store in the U.S. has climbed by 37% since 2019. Specifically, it estimates an app now requires appro

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A key use of giraffes’ long necks is necking, a form of combat in which two giraffes swing their necks at one another, slamming opponents with their heads, to establish dominance. Now, researchers have described a previously unknown giraffe ancestor with a similar anatomy for fighting, in the form of a reinforced,… Read more...

Multiverse Madness•
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has only been in theaters for a few weeks, but you won't need to wait much longer to catch the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie at home. It will start streaming on Disney+ on June 22nd at no extra cost to subscribers. Marvel Studios’ #DoctorStrange in the Multiverse of Madness is streaming June 22 on #DisneyPlus . — Disn

Lexus' controversial spindle grille is replaced with a potentially even more divisive design on the new RX, a bold choice for the automaker's best-selling SUV.


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There’s nothing better than turning on cruise control and relaxing to some music during a road trip. And while cruise control is useful, the latest premium feature you’ll want in your next vehicle is adaptive cruise control (ACC), and here’s why. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

OpenSea NFT Chastain•
There has been no shortage of conversations surrounding the NFT market after the seemingly quiet industry was elevated to the forefront of the crypto space in the last year as adoption accelerated. Until now, there hasn’t been any major blowback against the industry, aside from snide comments from people outside of the NFT space declaring there’s no real reason people would pay thousands of dolla

Quentin Tarantino Avary•
Four decades after famed film director Quentin Tarantino and his "Pulp Fiction" co-writer Roger Avary started their employment at Video Archives in 1983, the pair are reuniting once again to host a podcast exploring those seminal moments and the movies that influenced their later careers in The Video Archives Podcast, premiering on Sirius Stitcher later this summer. “We never imagined that 30 yea

Unreal Engine 5 C++•
A new tech demo was published recently showcasing what Fallout 5 could look like if developed using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5. The trailer comes courtesy of YouTuber Enfant Terrible , which reveals what Fallout 5 could look like if Bethesda taps into the full power and toolset of the new gaming engine. You can check out the video below and see it for yourself. If you’re interested in seeing mor

Tim Hortons Privacy•
The mobile app of Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons was found to have been tracking people even when it’s off, despite “misleading” the users to think otherwise. It was gathering user data, including their movement, places of living, as well as places of work. After a thorough investigation by state and provincial authorities, the iconic Canadian brand was found to be breaking the law on mobile t