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Benchmarks show that at least one Galaxy Z Fold 4 variant is powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

Samsung hasn’t revealed when it will launch its fourth generation of foldables just yet but more details about the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 are steadily appearing. We’ve already seen the benchmarks revealing that the Flip 4 will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset (in the US at […]

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The Morning After: The world of cryptocurrency continues to wobble

Transaction freezes at Celsius Networks, which we reported on a few days ago, seem to be just the start of another stormy week in cryptocurrency. Binance has been sued over the collapse of the TerraUSD stablecoin, and Coinbase — one of the biggest cryptocurrency platforms — cut over 1,000 jobs ahead of difficult economic conditions. The layoffs were abrupt. Coinbase cut affected employees’ system access at the same time as the announcement, to prevent “rash decision[s]” by outgoing staff.

TerraUSD’s value collapsed in May, causing massive losses for investors, who trusted its classification as a stablecoin that’s supposed to maintain its value of $ 1 per coin. Unlike other stablecoins backed by real-world assets, though, TerraUSD is an “algorithmic” stablecoin not backed by fiat currency — like the US dollar.

Instead, it’s backed by a cryptocurrency called Luna and has a mechanism to restore its value to $ 1 if it ever falls. That’s the issue a Utah resident took against Binance, accusing it of falsely advertising TerraUSD as a safe asset, backed by fiat currency.

There’s a “crypto winter” coming, according to Coinbase’s chief Brian Armstrong — it’s just started in the summer.

— Mat Smith

 

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The best smartwatches

No, the Apple Watch isn’t your only option.

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The wearable world is heaving, but a few key players have muscled their way to the front of the pack. Maybe you want to reach for your phone less throughout the day, or maybe you want to stay connected but more discretely. Whatever the reason, we’ve laid out exactly what you need to look for and made several recommendations for your first steps into wearables, across iOS and Android.

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The UK just eliminated its EV rebate incentive

‘The government has always been clear the plug-in car grant was temporary.’

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The UK government has ended its plug-in car grant program, effective immediately. The scheme launched in 2011, with grants up to £5,000 ($ 6,089) or 25 percent of the cost of the car, which gradually reduced to £1,500 ($ 1,827) — until today. The grant ends on future sales but will still be honored for any buyers that already applied for it.

The UK government now plans to focus on charging stations but didn’t say if it planned to boost the £1.6 billion budget it had already set aside.

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WhatsApp finally makes moving from Android to iOS less painful

Many of us can relate.

If the thought of losing all your WhatsApp chat histories has kept you from making the jump to iOS, you no longer have to worry. Today, the app is adding a feature to help you move your content using Apple’s Move to iOS tool. The feature is available as a beta for now, so you may notice a few bugs during the transfer.

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The 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 will be available to pre-order on June 17th

The upgraded laptop will reach customers on June 24th.

Apple has announced it’ll start taking orders for the 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 on June 17th for deliveries on June 24th. The system starts at $ 1,299 ($ 1,199 for education) with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. In a sense, its greatest rival will come from Apple: the still-to-be-released MacBook Air M2. You won’t get a cooling fan or the longest possible runtime, but you will get a larger screen, a MagSafe power connection, more free ports and a slimmer, lighter chassis.

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Microsoft ends Internet Explorer support in Windows 10

It’s the end of an era you probably won’t miss.

Microsoft will no longer support the Internet Explorer 11 desktop app for Windows 10 as of, well, today. You’ll still receive IE11 support if you’re using Windows Server 2022 or an earlier OS release with a long-term service extension, but this marks the effective end of software updates for most of us.

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Apple TV will stream every MLS game for a decade, starting in 2023

You’ll need a separate subscription to catch every match.

Starting in 2023, Apple TV will be the only place to watch every Major League Soccer game for the next decade. Soccer fans around the world will be able to stream all of the league’s matches through the Apple TV app. Notably, there won’t be any restrictions or regional blackouts.

If you’re planning to watch every match, you masochist, you need to subscribe to a new MLS streaming service, which will only be available through the Apple TV app.

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Netflix is creating a real-world competition based on ‘Squid Game’

Just less bleak.

Variety reports that Netflix is creating a reality competition show, Squid Game: The Challenge, based on the Korean series. The 10-episode production will pit 456 people against each other in games both “inspired” by the show as well as new events.

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Twitch opens up ads program to more streamers and increases payout

More Twitch streamers will find invites to join the platform's Ads Incentive Program now that the company is opening up the opportunity to welcome "more… Partners than ever." In addition, Twitch will stop paying streamers in the program using a fixed CPM structure — instead, it will use a percentage-based revenue share model to increase ad payouts. When the streaming service launched the program in February, it promised creators a flat payout every month based on the hours they stream and the ads they serve per hour. A user who agrees to stream 40 hours per month, for instance, will earn $ 300 if they run 3 minutes of ads per hour.

The idea behind the flat payout is to eliminate the guesswork for creators who'd rather know how much they'll earn for the month. With this new model, though, creators will get 55 percent of the revenue from every ad that runs on their stream. Twitch says that represents a 50 to 150 percent increase in ad pay rate for the vast majority of creators on the platform.

While this rollout is meant to bring more Partners, who need to meet a pretty demanding set of requirements, into the fold, smaller streamers will also be able to benefit from the higher revenue structure soon. Starting in August, qualifying affiliates can also earn more money from the 55/45 split by agreeing to run 3 minutes of ads per hour and activating the setting in their Ads Manager. Further, an affiliate who opts in will be able to stream free of pre-roll ads, or those ads that play as soon as a stream begins for a user. 

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The FDA just approved an Apple Watch app to track Parkinson’s disease

The Apple Watch is already one of the best health wearables on the market. Now, it’s being turned into a tool for tracking Parkinson’s.
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Binance sued over the collapse of the TerraUSD stablecoin

A Utah resident has filed a lawsuit against Binance US and its CEO, accusing them of falsely advertising TerraUSD as a safe asset backed by fiat currency. The plaintiff named Jeffrey Lockhart alleged that because Binance isn't registered as a securities exchange with the US government, it has limited obligation to disclose information about assets traded on its platform. "Crypto exchanges made massive profits by flouting securities laws and causing real harm to real people," the law firm representing Lockhart said, according to Reuters.

A Binance spokesperson told the news organization, however, that the exchange is registered with the US Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and complies with all applicable regulations. "These assertions are without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously," they said. 

If you'll recall, TerraUSD's value collapsed in May, causing massive losses for investors who trusted its classification as a stablecoin that's supposed to maintain its value of $ 1 per coin. Unlike other stablecoins backed by real-world assets, though, TerraUSD is an "algorithmic" stablecoin that's not backed by fiat currency. Instead, it's backed by a cryptocurrency called Luna and has a mechanism in place to restore its value to $ 1 if it ever falls. Investors were enticed to invest their money into TerraUSD due to the opportunity to make money with the Anchor lending program, which promised annual yields of 20 percent for deposits of the coin. Terra's mechanism failed to protect its value, however, and it's currently being traded at less than one cent. 

Lockhart is hoping for his lawsuit to be registered as a class action on behalf of all investors who purchased Terra from Binance. The world's largest cryptocurrency exchange also paused bitcoin withdrawals for a few hours yesterday due to a "stuck on-chain transaction." That came days after reports emerged, claiming that Binance had become a hub for fraudsters and drug traffickers and had helped launder $ 2.35 billion in illicit funds.

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The Paper Laptop could be the e-paper device you didn’t know you needed

The Modos Paper Laptop is part e-paper and part laptop, allowing users a calmer and more humane computing experience, the company says.
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Michigan approves digital license plates by startup Reviver

Michigan drivers now have the option of adorning their cars with digital license plates, which can locate lost vehicles and receive public safety alerts — for a fee. Reviver, the maker of the connected plates, announced that Michigan residents and businesses can now purchase the device (known as the RPlate) online. Consumers can choose between two models: a battery-powered plate and a hard-wired plate that includes GPS. The plates have been available for sale in California and Arizona, and the company is aiming to make them available nationwide.

But what exactly is a digital license plate? The RPlate is essentially a license plate with an HD display and LTE connectivity (as well as GPS for the hard-wired model) that includes a number of security and personalization features. Drivers can switch between dark and light modes and select personalized messages to appear at the bottom. The GPS-enabled plate also includes telematic transponders, so it can locate a lost or stolen vehicle and send alerts to your smartphone if it detects suspicious movement. There’s a companion mobile app that allows drivers to track mileage and renew their vehicle registration online. 

Reviver's digital plate also includes a couple of security features that could be overkill for some. For example, there’s a “Valet Parking” mode that lets you monitor your car remotely while it is being parked by a valet attendant and a geofencing option for family members or employees who drive the car that sends alerts if they violate the travel boundaries.

The digital license plates don’t come cheap. Both models require a subscription ($ 19.95 per month for battery-powered and $ 24.95 per month for hard-wired) and cost an additional $ 150 if you elect to have a professional install the plate. The company is also working on a number of new features, including integration with toll roads, parking meters and additional DMV services.

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Google will expand the usefulness of voice commands beyond Android phones

Google has helped app creators make better use of Assistant voice commands over time, but its longstanding Conversational Actions framework for those commands has had its limits. It's primarily meant for conventional Android mobile devices, and it's voice-only — the technology won't help much on your smartwatch, or when you need some on-screen interaction. The company is taking steps to make voice control more useful across all its platforms, though. It's expanding the App Actions framework to be more helpful for the entire Android ecosystem, and it's phasing out the old system in the process.

The company is in the midst of integrating App Actions across all Android-based platforms, including automotive platforms and wearables. Assistant can now point you to the relevant apps for a given command even when you don't mention an app's name, or when you're looking for the right software in "All Apps" on a Pixel 6. And if you don't have the app necessary for a command, you'll be taken to the appropriate Play Store page. These will help developers by boosting demand for their apps, of course, but they'll also help you focus on accomplishing tasks rather than crafting the exact phrase you need.

Developers will have a strong incentive to embrace the newer technology. Google is sunsetting Conversational Actions in June 2023, and plans to "turn down" features like console analytics at that point. The extra year will give app producers the time to learn App Actions and otherwise transition away from the earlier approach.

You might have seen this shift coming. Conversational Actions was introduced five years ago, only to be supplemented by App Actions (in an initially limited form) in 2019 — Google has been priming itself for a handover like this for a while. And with Google committing to major expansions of platforms like Android Auto and Wear OS, upgraded voice functionality is that much more important for the company.

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The best mouse for the Apple iPad

Apple iPadOS supports almost all Bluetooth mice, as well as Apple’s Magic Mouse and trackpad. We round up the best best mice available for the Apple iPad.
Mobile | Digital Trends

The Xbox Cloud Gaming app is coming to Samsung Smart TVs in June

Many modern smart TVs already sport access to gaming services such as Google Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now and Microsoft is joining in with the news that its new Xbox app will soon be added to Samsung’s Gaming Hub. This means that you won’t need an Xbox gaming console in order to play smash hits […]

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Razer’s Kishi V2 Gaming Controller for Android is official with a $99 price tag

It’s been a while since Jared reviewed Razer’s Kishi Xbox Edition Gaming Controller that scratched “a lot of itches”, and now the brand is back with the ‘reimagined’ Kishi V2 which features refined controls and buttons as well as a new share button and easy access to Razer’s Nexus app. Already on sale for $ 99/€119, […]

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Satire, subversion, and Sonic the Hedgehog: What a hit YouTube series reveals about web culture

By repurposing in-game Sonic cutscenes and overdubbing amusing new lines, this YouTuber has found a winning formula for satirizing online culture.
Emerging Tech | Digital Trends

The best wireless keyboards for 2022

The best wireless keyboards have long battery lives and are comfortable. We have you covered with our favorite wireless keyboards and their best features.
Mobile | Digital Trends

The Spotify app is a mess, and audiobooks will only make it worse

The Spotify app has far too much clutter in its current version. The addition of audiobooks in the future seems like a disaster waiting to happen.
Mobile | Digital Trends

Telegram founder confirms paid features are coming soon

Those unlockable Telegram features that showed up with the app's beta version in May will soon be available for paying users. Telegram founder Pavel Durov has confirmed that the app is launching a subscription plan called Telegram Premium sometime this month. While Durov didn't discuss the specific benefits that come with the plan, he said it will give paying users extra features, speed and resources, as well as first access to the app's latest offerings. 

Durov explained that a lot of people have been asking the service to raise the limits on its chats, media and file uploads. However, doing so for everyone would lead to massive traffic and server costs beyond what it could afford. Telegram apparently came to the conclusion that the only way it could give its "most demanding fans" more while keeping its existing features free is to offer those raised limits as a paid option. 

The service's founder has also assured users in his announcement that Telegram will still be releasing new free features despite having a paid tier. Further, even free users will be able to enjoy some of the Premium option's new futures, including being able to view larger-than-usual documents, media and stickers sent by paying members. A previous report by tech publication Beebom says Premium subscribers will have the capability to upload files up to 4GB in size and will enjoy up to twice a non-paying users' limits when it comes to the number of channels they can join, among other things. Beebom also says a Premium subscription will cost $ 5 a month, though we won't know for sure until the option launches.

Durov ended his announcement with:

"While our experiments with privacy-focused ads in public one-to-many channels have been more successful than we expected, I believe that Telegram should be funded primarily by its users, not advertisers. This way our users will always remain our main priority."

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Official renders and specs leak for Samsung’s Galaxy XCover 6 Pro

If a regular smartphone isn’t tough enough to take to work or on adventures, Samsung has long offered a rugged series of phones with mid-range specifications as an option. The next iteration of this series is the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro and ahead of its launch there are leaked official renders and specifications to take […]

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Meta lawyers are reportedly investigating Sheryl Sandberg’s use of company resources

Meta’s lawyers are investigating outgoing COO Sheryl Sandberg amid claims she misused company resources, The Wall Street Journal reports. The paper says the investigation goes back “several years” and is scrutinizing Meta employees’ work on Sandberg’s personal projects.

When Sandberg first announced her departure from the company, The Wall Street Journal reported the company was examining whether she had improperly used company resources in planning her upcoming wedding. Now, WSJ has shed a little more light on the investigation.

Meta lawyers are reportedly looking at Facebook staff’s involvement with Sandberg’s foundation Lean In, and their work to help her promote her most recent book, Option B. The company is also investigating reports that Sandberg used Facebook staffers in an attempt to kill a negative story about her former partner, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick. The company could be looking to head off regulatory concerns that could arise if such work wasn’t properly disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Sandberg eventually “could be asked to repay the company for employee time spent on her personal work,” according to the report.

Meta declined to comment to The Wall Street Journal.

The investigation is indicative of just how much Sandberg’s status within the company has changed in recent years. As The WSJ points out, both Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg’s personal lives have been closely tied to the company. Meta spends millions of dollars every year on their personal security and travel expenses, and both executives have tapped Facebook employees to help with personal projects. That Sandberg is now facing scrutiny for these actions shows how much her influence has waned.

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There’s officially Nothing to see on July 12th at 11 AM ET/4 PM BST

Having previously promised that its debut smartphone would be announced sometime during July, Nothing has finally put a date on the launch event. July 16th is the date on which the Phone (1) will be unveiled, packing in such things as the Nothing Launcher, custom icons, and widgets, as well as an unspecified Snapdragon processor. […]

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Sonos’ Roam speaker is still 20 percent off, plus the rest of the week’s best tech deals

If you’re still looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift, you have a bunch of options that you can get for less right now. A rare sale on the Sonos Roam and Move speakers discounts them both by 20 percent, while a number of Apple devices are on sale, too. The Google Pixel 6 Pro smartphone is still $ 100 off, plus Solo Stove’s fire pits are up to 43 percent off. Here are the best tech deals from this week that you can still get today.

Sonos Roam

Sonos Roam portable speaker
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Sonos’ portable Roam speaker remains 20 percent off and down to just over $ 143. We gave it a score of 87 for its great audio quality, compact and durable design and ability to play stereo audio when two are paired together.

Buy Sonos Roam at Amazon – $ 143Buy Sonos Roam at Sonos – $ 143

Sonos Move

The outdoor-friendly Sonos Move is also 20 percent off and down to just under $ 320. It earned a score of 80 from us for its excellent sound quality, Bluetooth connectivity, weather-resistant design and great battery life.

Buy Sonos Move at Amazon – $ 320Buy Sonos Move at Sonos – $ 320

Sonos refurbished sale

Sonos Arc
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Sonos has discounted a bunch of refurbished speakers and soundbars. You can pick up the Arc soundbar for $ 718, or $ 180 less than the cost of a new model, and the Sonos Five speaker for $ 439, or $ 110 less than a new unit. Sonos’ refurbished program tests all devices to make sure they’re as good as new and these devices come with the same one-year warranty as new products do.

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Apple Watch Series 7

Both the 41mm and 45mm versions of the Apple Watch Series 7 are $ 70 off right now and down to record lows: $ 329 and $ 359, respectively. We gave the wearable a score of 90 for its larger display, faster charging capabilities and powerful watchOS 8 features.

Buy Apple Watch Series 7 at Amazon starting at $ 329

Apple Watch SE

The Apple Watch SE in 44mm is down to a record-low of $ 229 right now, or $ 80 off its normal price. We gave it a score of 88 for its powerful performance, comfortable design and handy watchOS features.

Buy Apple Watch SE at Amazon – $ 229

AirPods (3rd gen)

The latest AirPods are $ 30 off and down to $ 150, which is only $ 10 more than their all-time-low price. We gave the buds a score of 88 for their improved audio quality, more comfortable design and longer battery life.

Buy AirPods at Amazon – $ 150

Apple AirTags

A pack of four AirTags is down to $ 89 right now, or $ 10 off its regular price. If you have a few things you want to keep track of, this is a good opportunity to pick up a few AirTags that can help you do so. AirTags show you the location of your things in Apple’s Find My app, and if you have an iPhone that supports Precision Finding, it can lead you directly to your stuff.

Buy AirTags (4 pack) at Amazon – $ 89

Nintendo Switch Online bundle

SanDisk 128GB microSD card Nintendo Switch
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You can still get half off a bundle that includes a 12-month membership to Nintendo Switch Online’s Family plan and a 128GB SanDisk microSD card. Nintendo’s subscription includes cloud backup for game data, online gaming and access to a bunch of NES and SNES titles, while the microSD card will let you easily add more space to your Switch.

Buy Switch Online + microSD card bundle at Amazon – $ 35

Beats Fit Pro

Beats’ latest true wireless earbuds offer all of the best features from Apple’s new AirPods in a less polarizing design.
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The Beats Fit Pro earbuds are back on sale for $ 180, or $ 20 off their usual price. We gave them a score of 87 for their good sound quality, strong ANC and handy features provided by Apple’s H1 chipset.

Buy Beats Fit Pro at Amazon – $ 180

Google Nest Doorbell

A bunch of Google Nest devices are on sale for as low as $  80
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The battery-powered Nest Doorbell is on sale for $ 130 at Amazon right now, or nearly 30 percent off its normal price. This IoT device is easy to install since you don’t have to hardwire it, and it’ll send you alerts when someone shows up at your doorstep. You can also pick up the Nest Cam Outdoor for $ 129 or the Nest Cam Indoor for $ 80.

Buy Google Nest Cameras and Doorbells at Amazon

Google Pixel 6 Pro

The Google Pixel 6 Pro held in mid-air with its screen facing the camera.
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Google’s Pixel 6 Pro smartphone remains $ 100 off and down to $ 799. We gave the flagship a score of 91 for its excellent cameras, lightweight design and clever voice software.

Buy Pixel 6 Pro at Amazon – $ 799

Roku Ultra

Roku Ultra 2022
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The 2022 Roku Ultra is 20 percent off and down to a new low of $ 80. The updated set-top box just came out last month and it includes the new Voice Remote Pro with a rechargeable battery and a remote-finder feature, plus support for 4K, HDR10+ streaming. It’s also worth noting that the Roku Streambar remains on sale for $ 99.

Buy Roku Ultra at Amazon – $ 80Buy Roku Streambar at Amazon – $ 99

Solo Stove

You can get up to 43 percent off fire pits at Solo Stove right now.You’ll find the deepest discount on the big Yukon, which is $ 320 off and down to $ 400. We like these fire pits because they create much less smoke than their cheaper competitors and, out of the three models available, two of them are pretty portable, too.

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Roomba 694

iRobot’s Roomba 694 has dropped to $ 180, or $ 94 off its usual price. It earned a spot in our best affordable robot vacuums guide thanks to its good cleaning power and easy to use mobile app.

Buy Roomba 694 at Amazon – $ 180

Roomba j7+

iRobot’s Roomba j7+ is down to $ 599 at Amazon, or $ 200 off its normal price. We included the Roomba j7 in our best robot vaccums guide because it did a good job cleaning both carpeted and hard floors, plus it has good obstacle avoidance and an easy to use companion app. The j7+ adds a clean base into the mix, so the robot will automatically empty its bin into the clean base after every job.

Buy Roomba j7+ at Amazon – $ 599

Sony Days of Play sale

Sony’s Days of Play sale on Amazon discounts a bunch of PlayStation accessories, including all six PS DualSense controllers. You can pick up any of them, including the vibrantly colored ones, for $ 59, which is up to 21 percent off their normal prices.

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Anova Precision Cooker

Anova
Anova

Anova’s Precision Cooker sous vide machine is down to $ 133 right now, or 39 percent off its normal price. We like its easy to use onboard controls, WiFi connectivity and 1,000 watts of power.

Buy Anova Precision Cooker at Amazon – $ 133

Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones
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Sony’s WH-1000XM4 headphones are down to $ 278, which is 21 percent off its normal price. While Sony just came out with the XM5 headphones, these cans remain a good option for those that want excellent sound quality and ANC to match. Plus, you’ll save more than $ 100 compared to the XM5 if you pick up the XM4 while they’re on sale.

Buy WH-1000XM4 at Amazon – $ 278

Fitbit Father’s Day sale

Fitbit Charge 5 fitness tracker
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Fitbit has discounted most of its wearables ahead of Father’s Day, and if you spend $ 125 or more, you’ll get $ 20 off your next purchase before the end of June. The Charge 5 tracker is down to $ 130, while the Versa 3 is on sale for $ 170 and the Sense smartwatch has fallen to $ 200.

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June’s 2022 Pixel Feature Drop adds Real Tone Filters, a Vaccine Card shortcut, the Pocket Operator app, and more

Google’s latest Pixel Feature Drop brings a number of additional features, updates, and even a new app to its line-up of Pixel handsets. Already rolling out to eligible Pixel phones, the Feature Drop brings new alerts to At A Glance, the Vaccine Card shortcut, new Pride Month wallpapers, as well as the new Pocket Operator […]

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What is pixel binning? The Galaxy S22 feature that makes your photos great

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 series comes armed with up to 108MP cameras, but they deliver 12-megapixel photos using a tech called pixel binning. Here’s how it works.
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Save up to $50 on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 for Father’s Day 2022

Samsung is offering an up to $ 50 discount if you want to give the Galaxy Watch 4 or Galaxy Watch 4 Classic as a gift to your husband or dad for Father’s Day.
Mobile | Digital Trends

The most powerful OnePlus 10 Pro is coming to the U.S.

OnePlus is ready to release the top OnePlus 10 Pro phone in the U.S., more than a month after the basic version launched. Here’s what to expect.
Mobile | Digital Trends

Apple’s Mac Mini falls back to an all-time low of $570

The Mac Mini is already the most cost-effective way to get an M1-based Apple computer and right now, you can get an even better deal on one. Amazon has the 2020 Mac Mini M1 (with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage) on sale for $ 570 via a $ 99 checkout discount, matching the lowest price we've seen to date. 

Buy Mac Mini M1 at Amazon – $ 570

The Mini comes with an eight-core CPU, eight-core GPU, one more than you'll find in the base Air M1. It also packs a 16-core Neural Engine, so you can expect speedy performance, high energy efficiency and nearly instant wake times. It should provide enough power for most users, even content creators and it can even handle some gaming as well.

The exterior design of the Mac Mini is largely unchanged from the Intel model and that's a good thing. The small silver box will fit into nearly any desk setup without taking up too much space and it has a number of ports including two Thunderbolt connectors, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, an Ethernet connector and a headphone jack. 

Our biggest issue with the machine is its lack of upgradeability, as the RAM and SSD are soldered in place. If you can live with that, the Mac Mini M1 remains a good option for anyone in need of an updated, powerful desktop. It's best to act quickly though, as Apple deals often don't last long on Amazon.

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Capcom is using Stadia tech for a web-based ‘Resident Evil Village’ demo

Starting today, you can stream a free demo of Resident Evil Village from Capcom’s website, with no need for a fancy gaming PC, Xbox or PlayStation. The demo is similar to one that’s available on other platforms, which allows players to explore parts of the village and castle. This appetizer for one of last year’s biggest-selling games is powered by Immersive Stream for Games, a version of Stadia tech that Google is licensing to others.

The demo will work on just about any computer, as well as iOS and Android phones and tablets, as long as the device can handle high-definition video and you have a sturdy enough internet connection (with a download speed of at least 10Mbps). It runs on Chrome on Windows, macOS and Android. On iOS, you can try it on Safari. The resolution tops out at 1080p and there’s no HDR mode.

PlayStation DualShock 4 and Xbox One controllers are officially supported, but other peripherals might work. Alternatively, you can use touch controls on mobile or a mouse and keyboard. 

Resident Evil Village touch controls
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As with Stadia’s click-to-play trials, there’s no need to register to play the demo. It’s worth noting that you’ll be disconnected after 10 minutes of inactivity. There’s no save function, so you’ll need to restart from the beginning if you disconnect. You can play as many times as you like and there’s no time limit, unlike previous versions of the demo.

Capcom is Google’s second partner for Immersive Stream for Games. AT&T started offering its wireless customers free access to Batman: Arkham Asylum last October and Control: Ultimate Edition last month. Capcom seems more of a natural bedfellow, though.

Back in February, Insider reported that Google was looking to secure deals with Capcom, Peloton and others to build the licensing aspect of its game-streaming business. It was suggested that Capcom might use the tech to stream demos from its website, which turned out to be the case. This could even be a precursor to Capcom running its own game streaming storefront.

In other Resident Evil Village news, Capcom is bringing the game to Mac later this year. It’s also working on a version for the upcoming PlayStation VR2 headset.

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ZTE Axon 40 Ultra review: The best phone design of 2022

ZTE is taking another swing at the flagship market with the global launch of the Axon 40 Ultra. It’s one of their most striking designs yet with one of the best in-display cameras we’ve seen, with some new AI and software tweaks to round out the edges of the Axon line. Is this the year […]

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Galaxy S22 and Watch 4 get stunning new special editions that you can’t buy

Samsung continues its partnerships with gaming and fashion brands for its latest special-edition Galaxy products. This time, it’s Blizzard and Black Yak!
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WatchOS 9 will make typing on your Apple Watch less terrible

The Apple Watch Series 7’s cramped keyboard isn’t suited for typing long texts. With QuickType arriving on WatchOS 9, word prediction will offer some relief.
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Amazon VP tries to convince sellers to oppose antitrust bill

Amazon made an appeal to its third-party sellers to oppose a Senate antitrust reform bill aimed at helping their businesses. In a post on Amazon’s internal forum for third-party merchants, the company’s vice president of worldwide selling partner services Dharmesh Mehta urged sellers to oppose The American Innovation and Choice Online Act (S.2992), and asked them to contact their senators.

"As we have noted in previous communications to you throughout the past year, Congress is considering legislation, including S. 2992, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, that could jeopardize Amazon’s ability to operate a marketplace service and, as a result, your business’s ability to sell in our store," wrote Mehta. 

Just under 500 sellers have responded to Mehta’s post since Thursday, many of them unconvinced by Amazon’s claim that the Senate bill will harm their businesses. “The bill jeopardizes the way Amazon wants to operate. It would not jeopardize marketplaces. Amazon, get your own house in order before asking us as sellers to defend you,” wrote one seller.

“I am personally sick of the condescending posts by Amazon management directed at us. We are not morons and know how to read and think for ourselves,” wrote another seller.

Mehta’s attempt to recruit Amazon’s third-party sellers into unpaid lobbyists follows a wider push by the company against The American Innovation and Choice Online Act. Last week, a public-facing post by Amazon’s VP of Public Policy Brian Huseman warned of potentially degraded Prime membership benefits for customers if the bill passes into law; similar to Mehta, Huseman also suggested anti-trust action might "make it difficult to justify the risk of Amazon offering a marketplace in which selling partners can participate."

The Senate bill contains provisions intended to prevent tech giants like Amazon and Google from giving their own services preferential treatment, thus putting other businesses at a disadvantage. Amazon over the years has been accused of using a number of tactics to put third-party merchants at a disadvantage, including using sales data on third-party products to develop its own competing products and prioritizing products that use Prime shipping in search results.

Trade groups funded by Big Tech have spent millions in ads that frame the bill as an “innovation killer” and harmful to small businesses, reported the Washington Post. The ads run primarily in states represented by vulnerable Senate Democrats, in an effort to amp up pressure from their own constituents. The Senate is expected to vote on the S.2992 sometime this summer. The House Judiciary Committee passed a similar bill last year, but it has yet to be scheduled for a floor vote.

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Instagram’s grid pinning feature is now rolling out to all users

Following a test that began in April, Instagram has begun rolling out grid pinning, a new way for users to highlight posts they want others to see. When you pin an image or Reel, it will appear above the photo grid on your profile page. It’s possible to showcase up to three pieces of content in this way. To start pinning, tap on the three dots icon above an individual post and then select “pin to your profile.”

The release of grid pinning coincides with Instagram and Facebook adding new features to Reels. It’s now possible to add interactive stickers to your clips and import your own audio. Meta has also extended the maximum length of Reels to 90 seconds. Speaking to all the changes, Instagram head Adam Mosseri said they would make it easier for creators to engage and share their work with fans. He added the company was looking at more ways to give users control over their profile pages.

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Verizon throws shade at T-Mobile for its Un-Un-Carrier antics

When it comes to carriers there are no quarters to be given, it’s a dog-eat-dog environment and that’s the way they like it. It’s not unusual for carriers to throw shade at each other’s practices, and today we have Verizon venting about the Un-Un-carrier antics of its big rival, T-Mobile. In fairness, old magenta has […]

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Will your Apple Watch get watchOS 9? Here are the compatible models

This year’s release of watchOS 9 will mark the first time in two years that Apple is dropping support for an older Apple Watch model.
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TCL’s Stylus 5G aims to fill the void left by LG

When it comes to smartphones with a built-in stylus, your thoughts will almost certainly refer to Samsung’s Galaxy Note series which was the main exponent of the feature in the modern era before being ditched for foldable smartphones. LG’s popular Stylo series also sported a stylus in the affordable smartphone segment but since the brand […]

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The best 360-degree camera apps for iOS and Android

A 360-degree photo lets you observe a scene from a single point of view. We show you the best 360-degree camera apps for iOS and Android.
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The liberating, zen-like joy of keeping your phone on silent 24/7

The phone in your pocket is basically a hyper-optimized, always-on distraction machine — but who says you have to let it steal your attention all day?
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ASUS is prepping the ROG Phone 6 for launch in early July

Gaming smartphones are still a thing and ASUS’s ROG Phone series has been a popular exponent of the segment, and now we have news of its upcoming addition to the range and its launch date. As you might have guessed, it’s called the ROG Phone 6 and it’s going to be unveiled at an event […]

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Diablo Immortal rocks on the powerful Galaxy S22 Ultra

Got a Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, and wondering if all that power inside is enough to handle Diablo Immortal? It is, and this is what it’s like.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs. Galaxy Z Flip 3

Samsung has released its two latest folding phones, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. Which one should you buy? We found out.
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Right to repair in New York is about to become much easier

Manufacturers have often had a tight grip on repairs for phones, tablets, and other electronics. A new law in New York will soon change that for the better.
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Clubhouse lays off some employees amid strategic shift

Clubhouse has laid off some of its employees, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. It’s unclear exactly how many staff the company let go, but at least some now-former workers left voluntarily to pursue opportunities outside of Clubhouse. Among one of the more high-profile departures was Nina Gregory, a former National Public Radio editor who joined the company to head up its news partnerships initiative. Clubhouse also lost its community and international leads.

“A handful of roles were eliminated as part of streamlining our team, and a few individuals decided to pursue new opportunities,” a Clubhouse spokesperson told Bloomberg. “We are continuing to recruit for many roles across engineering, product and design.”

According to the outlet, the layoffs are part of a broader restructuring at Clubhouse as the company looks to rethink its growth strategy. Clubhouse found early success in the first year of the pandemic, thanks in part to the fact you needed an invite to start using the app. Unfortunately, it also quickly drew the attention of a handful of well-funded competitors, including Meta, Twitter and Spotify, all of which replicated the app’s core functionality within their own platforms. Clubhouse has done its best to offer the best live audio experience it can, adding features like real-time captioning and high-quality audio streaming to match and surpass its competitors, but it faces an uphill battle against tech giants.

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Choosing my kid’s first phone came with serious consequences

When my daughter was born 13 years ago, I never thought that choosing her technology platform would become one of those potentially life-altering decisions.
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How to track your sleep with an Apple Watch

Tracking your sleep with an Apple Watch is a great way to regulate your sleep time and feel rested all day. We show you how it’s done.
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Amazon’s consumer chief Dave Clark is departing the company

Dave Clark, who headed Amazon’s worldwide consumer operations, announced he is resigning after 23 years at the company. The former Kentucky warehouse manager was in charge of overseeing the company’s retail business as well as its warehouse and shipping operations, which expanded due to the pandemic. Clark tweeted the announcement today along with an email sent to his team, writing that he had discussed “transitioning out of Amazon” for some time with family and those close to him. Clark was promoted to his current role only last year, following the departure of longer-serving executive Jeff Wilke.

Clark’s resignation comes as the company is dealing with its first quarterly loss in seven years, a unionization push and more warehouse space than it needs. Clark was in charge of the company’s logistic operations, which he expanded as demand soared during the pandemic. The company reported in April that excess warehouse space would contribute to $ 10 billion in excess costs for the first half of 2022.

The executive regularly defended Amazon’s warehouse operations, even amid criticism of its unsafe working conditions. After John Oliver investigated Amazon warehouses in an episode of Last Week Tonight, Clark tweeted that Oliver was “wrong on Amazon” and that the company was “proud of the safe, quality work environment” of its facilities.

Clark’s resignation will be effective in July, according to a regulatory filing by Amazon. So far a successor has not been named.

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AT&T has your back this Father’s Day with these last-minute deals

Father’s Day is coming up and if you are still researching what to get your Dad this year then AT&T has your back with a bunch deals on devices ranging from Samsung’s Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Tab A7 Lite to the Galaxy Chromebook Go or Galaxy Watch 4. All you need to do is join […]

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Hyundai says it’s the first to pilot a large autonomous ship across the ocean

Autonomous ships just took a small but important step forward. Hyundai's Avikus subsidiary says it has completed the world's first autonomous navigation of a large ship across the ocean. The Prism Courage (pictured) left Freeport in the Gulf of Mexico on May 1st, and used Avikus' AI-powered HiNAS 2.0 system to steer the vessel for half of its roughly 12,427-mile journey to the Boryeong LNG Terminal in South Korea's western Chungcheong Province. The Level 2 self-steering tech was good enough to account for other ships, the weather and differing wave heights.

The autonomy spared the crew some work, of course, but it may also have helped the planet. Avikus claims HiNAS' optimal route planning improved the Prism Courage's fuel efficiency by about seven percent, and reduced emissions by five percent.

As you might have guessed, the feat didn't quite usher in an era of zero-crew shipping. The other half of the trip still required human navigation, and most of the route was in the open sea. It would have been tougher for an autonomous system to control the entire voyage, particularly in ports where docking and packed waterways would pose additional challenges.

Avikus plans to commercialize HiNAS 2.0 by the end of the year. And even if fully AI-driven shipping is nowhere on the horizon, the company hopes its Level 2 autonomy will mitigate crew shortages, improve safety and reduce the environmental impact of seaborne transportation. The firm also expects to bring this navigation to leisure boats, not just giant merchant ships. Your next pleasure ride aboard a cabin cruiser or yacht might not always require someone at the helm.

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iPadOS 16: Everything we know about the iPad’s next update

Apple will likely announce iPadOS 16 during the keynote presentation at WWDC 2022 on June 6, and here’s what we know about the software so far.
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[Deal] Save $20 on UGreen’s HiTune Wireless Earbuds with Bluetooth 5.0 and up to 27-hours of playback

Looking for a new pair of wireless earbuds that won’t blow the budget? UGreen’s HiTune Wireless Earbuds could be just what you need with up to 27-hours battery life, Bluetooth 5.0, support for lossless audio, and cVc noise-canceling technology. Usually priced at $ 39.99, you can snag them for just $ 19.99 on Amazon, saving $ 20 in […]

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‘Street Fighter 6’ arrives in 2023 with new modes and real-time commentary

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 described Luke as "a key player in the future of Street Fighter" who would help expand its world. 

Capcom is using its own RE Engine to develop the fighting game, and it says that gives it the capability to make sure finer details shine through, such as the look of individual muscles tensing up. The company also used the RE Engine to for its other popular titles, including Resident Evil Village, Devil May Cry 5 and Monster Hunter: Rise.

One of the features debuting with the title is Real Time Commentary, which will provide easy-to-understand explanations about gameplay for your matches. These commentaries will be voiced by notable Fighting Game Community commentators, starting with Jeremy "Vicious" Lopez and Aru, and they'll support subtitles in 13 languages.

It will also feature modes from previous entries, along with two new ones called World Tour and Battle Hub. In addition, Capcom is introducing Modern Control Type with Street Fighter 6 to make special moves easier to execute: It will allow you to perform special attacks simply by pressing the button for it along with directional input.

The company has yet to announce an exact release date for it, but you can watch a trailer for the game below:

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Everything (and we mean everything) to know about 5G on the iPhone

Shopping for a new iPhone? Here’s how to make sure you get one that will give you the best 5G performance and features.
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