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It's official: Jon Batiste is leaving his role as bandleader at The Late Show after seven years. The multi-Grammy-winning, Album of the Year artist has led his Stay Human band for Stephen Colbert's show since it re-launched in 2015 . The news was announced by Colbert himself on air on Thursday. "Jon has decided to leave the show," he said. "But it’s for all the best reasons, including to continue

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which marks the US’s largest-ever investment in climate and clean energy at nearly $400 billion, is a clear environmental victory. But just how far that funding will go in cutting carbon emissions is yet to be seen, and the results are far less certain that some have claimed. Estimates predict that the bill’s mix of tax credits, grants, and loan programs could

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Xiaomi had a busy Thursday. It revealed a new slimmer foldable smartphone to go up against Samsung’s just-announced Galaxy Z Fold 4 , then made that appear dull when its own humanoid robot prototype walked on stage. The Xiaomi CyberOne is 177cm (5.8 feet) tall, weighs 52kg (115 pounds) and is, apparently, a Leo. It comes before Tesla’s humanoid vision arrived as a real-world prototype. But there’

The Meta Quest VR headsets are brilliant standalone VR systems packed with accessible games and experiences, but these affordable VR machines can do much more than you may realize. These are ten of the coolest features you should try today. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Here’s a video that any avgeek will appreciate. Wizz Air A321neo lands at Skiathos Airport There are some airports that are famous with avgeeks, which regularly get plane spotters. Probably the most well known is Princess Juliana International Airport in Sint Maarten (SXM), where people love to stand on Maho Beach and have planes fly right over their heads. Well, Skiathos Airport in Greece (JSI)

Amazon’s cash-cow cloud division AWS has launched a new service designed to help companies deploy their own private 5G networks — eventually, at least. AWS first announced AWS Private 5G in early preview late last year, but it’s now officially available to AWS customers starting in its U.S. East (Ohio), U.S. East (N. Virginia), and U.S. West (Oregon) regions, with plans to roll it out internation

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These software shortcuts will make your workday more productive. Your coworkers will appreciate them too.

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Google is rolling out a redesign of its email service. If you don't care for the new look, you can switch back—for now.

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Companies that once battled to hire employees close to home are now turning to Latin America and other markets for talent.

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The space agency’s upcoming lunar mission will launch the ambitious Artemis program, building on the landings 50 years ago.

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This is a first for a major airport, I think? Schiphol will compensate passengers who missed flights This has been a rough summer for travel , as many airlines and airports have been unable to cope with the increase in passenger demand. Things have been especially bad in Europe, with three major airports — Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS), Dublin (DUB), and London Heathrow (LHR) — getting the most attent

Nvidia’s graphics card shipments for 2022 could fall dramatically, at least if a new prediction is right. This comes from a DigiTimes report which claims that, going by forecasts from Taiwanese graphics card suppliers, Nvidia’s shipments for this year are set to fall by something like 40% to 50%. DigiTimes underlines that this will mean the amount of money raked in by Team Green will also drop su

It's no secret that Elden Ring houses significant unfinished content, and one modder's just highlighted this by accessing a pre-release build. A known figure in Soulsborne circles, modder Lance McDonald has been hard at work ever since Elden Ring 's launch back in February. Having previously datamined Elden Ring's November 2021 network test build — where he discovered you could originally get NPC

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You know a celebrity is good with their spicy wings when they go in for a second bite of Da Bomb , the dreaded eighth wing on First We Feast's Hot Ones . Neil Patrick Harris closes the latest season in style in the video above, calmly knocking back hot wing after hot wing while discussing escape rooms, How I Met Your Mother , and his new Netflix series Uncoupled . Is he the toughest wing-eating c

Google has been sanctioned A$60 million (around $40M+) in Australia over Android settings it had applied, dating back around five years, which were found — in a 2021 court ruling — to have mislead consumers about its location data collection. Australia’s Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) instigated proceedings against Google and its Australia subsidiary back in October 2019, going on to ta

Sonos has confirmed that it's delaying the launch of a new product – which we think is the long-rumored Sub Mini – after a "challenging" quarter in which the company has been hit by the effects of currency fluctuations and inflation. Sonos spokesperson Erin Pategas confirmed to The Verge that "an anticipated product launch" had been shifted from the fourth quarter of 2022 to the first quarter of

We've reached the final boss of restaurants serving the hungry, insatiable appetite of Instagram influencers: cat food, but for humans. Food for humans, inspired by food for cats Credit: Mashable / Molly Flores Fancy Feast, a brand of gourmet wet cat food that my cat Colby Jack adores but rarely receives, opened "Gatto Bianco by Fancy Feast." It's a New York-based limited-time pop-up restaurant t

For a "wearable" piece of technology, the Meta Quest 2 is pretty hard to wear out of the box. Ads for the virtual reality device will have you believe it's as easy to throw on as a hat or sunglasses, but that wasn't my reality. After a blissful 72-hour honeymoon period, I realized that, as much as I loved playing in it, I couldn't use the Quest 2 every day without a few adjustments. The headset w

The financial aid model more closely associated with coding boot camps has made its way to traditional universities. Now it's coming under scrutiny.

Gaming chairs often set themselves apart from office chairs in a few key areas: adjustability, style, and seat design. The Vertagear SL5000 holds true to that standard but breaks many others—namely in comfort and durability. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

South Korean president President Yoon Suk Yeol has pardoned Samsung heir Jay Y. Lee and has cleared him of bribery charges in hopes of revitalizing the country's economy. Lee was originally sentenced to five years in prison in 2017 after being found guilty of bribing public officials to back the merger of two Samsung affiliates, which would have solidified his control over the tech giant. He walk

Is there anything more terrifying than house guests who outstay their welcome? That's the opening premise for Duncan Birmingham's Who Invited Them , which sees a housewarming party gatecrashed by two strangers (Timothy Granaderos and Perry Mattfield) who give off increasingly sinister vibes. Melissa Tang and Ryan Hansen also star in this horror that comes with slice of comedy. Who Invited Them is

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The Motorola Razr 2022 has the potential to be the most exciting foldable phone of the year, so it’s disappointing that so far it’s only been announced for China. But a couple of leakers have chimed in to suggest it will hit Europe, and perhaps even go global. Roland Quandt – a leaker with a good track record – tweeted saying that it “sure is coming to Europe as well.” They sound very confident o

TL;DR: As of August 12, you can get the Amazon Web Services e-book Bundle when you pay what you want (see below for details) instead of its retail value of $35.99. Have you ever wanted to get a handle on Amazon Web Services but held back because of the hassle of instructional texts? AWS provides a suite of useful services for a variety of tech careers and industries, but the learning curve is ste

TL;DR: As of August 12, you can get an iBrave Cloud Web Hosting: Lifetime Subscription for just $99.99 instead of $2,997 — that's a 96% discount. Finding a good host for your website is like finding a good home for yourself. You more than likely want somewhere that’s secure, reliable, and hopefully not too expensive. Normally, hosting prices are month-to-month. However, if you’re planning on stay

The buoyant, body-swap-adjacent comedy Mack and Rita is Katie Aselton’s third time directing a feature-length film. And COVID precautions aside, it was a veritable romp in the park compared to her last outing, the rape-revenge thriller Black Rock , which premiered over 10 years ago at the Sundance Film Festival. That was her second film as a director, coming just two years after The Freebie , a m

Many of the best sitcoms of recent years follow the same basic formula: Assemble a crew of distinct and lovable characters, then have them work together to make the world a better place. Notable examples include Abbott Elementary , Parks and Recreation , and The Good Place . Now, Apple TV+'s Loot , starring Maya Rudolph as a billionaire attempting to be a philanthropist, is also trying its hand a

Makeup in the metaverse makes no sense to most people; beauty routines are deeply tangible experiences, and trying to virtually replicate either the process or results seems rather pointless. But what about metaverse makeup that becomes real, actual makeup? That's the type of metaverse beauty that virtual try-on services fall under. The tech is simple to understand: When shopping for certain prod

Moguls and investors from the tech industry, which endorses housing relief, banded together to object to a plan for multifamily homes near their estates in Atherton, Calif.

Carmakers may need several years to revamp their supply chains to meet new rules, but the legislation is still seen as a win for electric vehicles.

Gird your inboxes. A vote by the Federal Election Commission on Thursday indicates that more political spam emails may be coming for Gmail users. Read more...

The most effective horror films are the ones that tap into fears we can all connect to — and there aren't many things more unnerving than the idea of looking out the window at night and seeing someone staring back at you. Chloe Okuno's Watcher follows an American woman who moves with her partner to Bucharest, Romania, only to become obsessed with a stranger in the apartment opposite who appears t

If you're in the market for an Echo Show 8 but missed Amazon's Prime Day sales, don't despair. Right now, you can grab the latest second-generation model for $85 , a substantial 35 percent discount ($45 off) and just $10 than the record low price. At the same time, the Echo Show 5 is still on sale for $40 , for a savings of 53 percent But Echo Show 8 at Amazon - $85 The second-generation Show 8 e

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JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is a standardized format for representing structured data. Although JSON grew out of the JavaScript programming language, it’s now an ubiquitous method of data exchange between systems. Most modern-day APIs accept JSON requests and issue JSON responses so it’s useful to have a good working knowledge of the format and its features. Read This Article on How-To Geek

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Xiaomi has launched a humanoid robot called CyberOne. It can detect human emotion and create 3D visual reconstructions of the world. It also walks funnily. In a press release Thursday, the company announced the robot, which is actually a new iteration of an existing "Cyber" series of robots, as Xiaomi also has a quadruped robot called CyberDog. CyberOne is very different from its dog-like friend.

Tonight Show guest host Megan Thee Stallion completely took over Jimmy Fallon's interview with Natalia Dyer on Thursday, enthusiastically chatting to the Stranger Things actor about her character Nancy's love triangle with Steve and Jonathan. It seems that while other fans may be divided on which suitor they prefer, Stallion is firmly on Team Stancy. "Let's talk about it, though," said Stallion.

If you visit a website you see on Facebook and Instagram, you've likely noticed that you're not redirected to your browser of choice but rather a custom in-app browser. It turns out that those browsers inject javascript code into each website visited, allowing parent Meta to potentially track you across websites, researcher Felix Krause has discovered. "The Instagram app injects their tracking co

Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y. Lee will receive a presidential pardon on Monday, South Korea’s Ministry of Justice said, paving way for the heir to the country’s biggest company to regain power at the top. Lee was paroled from prison last year after serving 18 months in jail for bribing former South Korean president Park Geun-hye. The parole banned Lee from being employed for five years

Amazon is working on a television show compiling videos taken from Ring security cameras . Called Ring Nation , the clip show will be hosted by comedian Wanda Sykes and serve as an ever-timely reminder that privacy is eroding into nothing more than a vaguely remembered relic of the faded past. Deadline reports Ring Nation is scheduled to premiere Sept. 26 and will feature video from people's door

While the video industry seems to be doing just fine with its current digital technology, it is about to experience an irreversible shift in technology once again that will disrupt almost every aspect of the production process as we know it. This is an all too familiar shift for an industry that is just settling in from a similar earth-shaking evolution less than 20 years ago. At that time, it wa

Google is updating its search engine to cut down on misleading snippets and improve the ways it educates people by adding more contextual information. Put another way, Google's expanding its efforts to stamp out misinformation across its formidable search service. Snippets are the text you see highlighted at the top of a Search results page and are meant to provide a quick answer. While sources a

Fittingly for a camera that will be the last to bear the 'Olympus' badge, the OM System OM-1 is one of the best mirrorless cameras we've seen this year – and the rumors suggest it could soon get a smaller, more affordable sibling called the OM System OM-5. Seasoned fans of Olympus cameras, which were sold last year to an investment firm and re-born as OM System, will notice a familiar pattern in

Docker is one of the leading platforms for building and running software containers. It comes with everything you need to use containers on either a single host or multiple distributed nodes in Swarm mode. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Amazon's Echo Show 15 comes with a digital photo frame picture that enables it to display only photos or artwork, uninterrupted by random Alexa skill suggestions, recipes or your schedule. Only the 15.6-inch had that feature, though — until now. According to The Verge , the e-commerce giant has recently added its dedicated photo frame feature to all Echo Show Models in the US, the UK, Canada, Ger

You might understandably be pining for an iPhone 14 , but the iPhone Photography Awards 2022 has just landed to proved you don't really need that rumored 48MP camera to take incredible snaps. The annual competition, which runs independently from Apple but is now in its 15th year, has just announced its impressive winner's list. And it's by no means dominated by the latest iPhones, with the winner

Fitbit announced that it will discontinue the ability to sync your wearable device with PC and Macs, preventing users from downloading their own music from their computers onto their devices. Fitbit has declared it will kill the feature on October 13, writing on its site that “we're removing the option to sync your Fitbit device with the Fitbit Connect app on your computer. Download and use the F

TL;DR: 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. You can upgrade if you require more advanced features for streaming. Should you consider free VPNs? It's a common question without a straightforward answer. There are plenty of free VPNs out there worth considering, but to get

TL;DR: The 2022 Premium Project Management Super Prep Bundle is on sale for £49.65, saving you 93% on list price. Project management is one of those transferable skills that are usually pretty in-demand. It’s also a skill that could be hard to learn if you don’t have a dedicated teacher or a way to learn it in practice. To that effect, the 2022 Premium Project Management Super Prep Bundle could h

It's Friday and there's a fresh Wordle to solve — which means our daily Wordle help is here for you just in case you hit that pre-weekend wall. The answer to the August 12 Wordle, puzzle #419, can be found at the end of this article. Before you get there, though, there are a couple of subtle clues to help you narrow it down, and as you scroll down, you'll see we've gathered a selection of the bes

The Emmy campaign for Severance is clearly in full swing. Not only did The Late Show devote an entire segment of Thursday night's show to the AppleTV+ series — which is nominated for 14 of TV's pointiest and most prestigious award statuettes — but host Stephen Colbert also got to join the severed Macro Data Refinement team at Lululemon Lumon for a day, with three of the main cast members, on what

Love it or hate it, Amazon's strange palm-scanning checkout system is expanding to more Whole Foods stores, renewing talks (and concerns) about privacy.

histsciart : Happy Feathursday! Sunbird asities ( Neodrepanis coruscans ), natives of Madagascar, have distinctly curved bills and very short tails. SciArt by John Gerrard Keulemans for A Monograph of the Nectariniidae, or Family of Sun-birds (1876-1880) by George Ernest Shelley. View more in the Biodiversity Heritage Library ( @biodivlibrary ) with thanks to the Smithsonian Libraries and Archive

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It's been an up and down year for Elon Musk, and one statistic gathered about EV automaker Tesla might cause some concern for the world's richest man.

Enlarge (credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images ) The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its pandemic guidance today, offering slightly looser recommendations that likely won't change much about how Americans handle the pandemic these days. According to the updated guidance , people who are not up-to-date on their vaccinations —i.e., unvaccinated people or people who have not receive

Welp, you made it to Friday. You fought your way through another whole week, and now Quordle has the nerve to overheat your brain? At a time like this you need to be transitioning to the weekend, not beating your head against the wall because of four confusing words! The good news is: the Quordle answers are about to be revealed to you. But first, maybe glance at our strategy guide before you get

Stateful and Stateless are two different kinds of compute architecture that determine how an application manages long-lived processes. Some systems are naturally stateless whereas others have a bias towards stateful modelling. Whichever approach you pick, it will affect how engineering and operations teams build and maintain the solution. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Space Spies The US military says that Russia just launched a new satellite , called Kosmos 2558, specifically to shadow an orbital US reconnaissance satellite . Again. reports that Kosmos 2558, dubbed an "inspector satellite," was launched into the same orbit as US spy satellite USA 326 back on August 1. According to information gleaned by a Netherlands-based satellite tracking system c

The Xiaomi 12 Lite has a few bullet points on its spec sheet that suggest there's more to it than meets the eye, but how does it hold up during everyday use?

News that Meta turned over a teen's Messenger chats to law enforcement has caused some confusion among users who wonder whether their conversations are safe.

India's water situation requires a big investment in tech and many small projects on the ground.

Gamma Automotive enthusiast Jack Scarlett from the YouTube channel "Fully Charged" recently got a thorough tour of the Gamma, an outrageous-looking solar-powered vehicle that claims to be as efficient as electric vehicles get these days. The solar electric prototype was built by Aptera, a California-based startup. The company has already locked down more than 27,000 reservations for the sleek thr

Fanning The Tesla fanboys are not OK — and now, some of them are admitting as much. In interviews with New York Magazine , two Elon Musk stans with relatively sizable Twitter followings were accidentally hilarious when describing the moments they became Tesla-pilled. "Elon tweeted my video — of my car parking itself in my garage — and it was the first time I really had a big tweet," neuropsycholo

It’s been thirteen years since we first saw a 100,000 mile airline credit card offer. That became the gold standard for Oh My Goodness. We’ve seen bank cards with bigger offers in their own rewards programs, but the United Business Card was the first airline co-brand card ever to have a 150,000 mile initial bonus offer, introduced last year. That offer is back. Continue reading ...

MGM (which is owned by Amazon) is making a viral video show based on footage from Ring security cameras (also owned by Amazon). The syndicated television show, “Ring Nation,” is poised to be a modern-day, surveillance-tinged spin on “America’s Funniest Home Videos” with Wanda Sykes as host. According to a report in Deadline , the show will feature Ring footage of “neighbors saving neighbors, marr

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What was it about Catastrophe , the comedy/drama Sharon Horgan co-created with Rob Delaney, that made it so damn good? The sharp writing? The clever blend of genres? The fun story? All those things played a part, but it was the characters — in all their flawed, human, amusing glory — that truly elevated the show. Catastrophe is finished now, but Horgan is still busy writing, producing, and acting


Loungefly’s Liz DeSilva, VP of Creative, and Derrick Baca, VP of Business Development and Merchandising, are the minds behind the iconic mini-backpack line you see people wearing virtually everywhere, from conventions to theme parks to grocery stores. The versatility and imagery used on their products—including … Read more...

Enlarge / This is definitely not a Razer mouse—but you get the idea. (credit: calvio via Getty Images ) There has been a recent flurry of phishing attacks so surgically precise and well-executed that they've managed to fool some of the most aware people working in the cybersecurity industry. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, two-factor authentication provider Twilio, content delivery network Clo

Enlarge / Amazon's combining its endless reach with its constant surveillance—but for laughs. (credit: Getty Images) For some people, the term "Ring Nation" might evoke a warrantless surveillance dystopia overseen by an omnipotent megacorp. To Amazon-owned MGM , Ring Nation is a clip show hosted by comedian Wanda Sykes, featuring dancing delivery people and adorable pets. Deadline reports that th

Truepill , a platform that helps other companies offer diagnostics, telehealth services and prescriptions, has conducted its third mass layoff in a string of workforce reductions, sources tell TechCrunch. The layoff impacted about third of the company, or 175 people. The company did not respond to multiple requests for comment. One source says that Truepill’s entire U.K. team was laid off, as wel

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Stormy Weather Things are about to get stormy with our Sun — and it could spell trouble for satellite infrastructure. "Whatever you’ve experienced in the past two years doesn’t matter," space weather expert Tzu-Wei Fang of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association told crowds at the 36th Small Satellite Conference in Utah this week, per SpaceNews . "Whatever you learned the past two years

Back Order Multiple state officials are worried that supply chain shortages will worsen an already above-average hurricane season. On Saturday, Fox Business reported that transformers , which convert high voltage into low voltage usable in residential homes, are in short supply. "Transformers are a critical component for electric restoration and electric delivery. Some manufacturers were not even