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Microsoft Defender finally feels like proper antivirus software for individuals

Microsoft has launched Microsoft Defender for individuals as a new online security application for Microsoft 365 subscribers.
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It looks like Google has postponed the Pixel foldable once again

Codenamed “Passport“, the Pixel foldable whose launch was delayed by Google in 2021 would appear to have once again been postponed. If you are feeling like this could be the Pixel Watch all over again, you are not alone. According to the Korean news outlet, TheElec, Google has decided to postpone the launch of the […]

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Mark Zuckerberg thinks this looks like a home office

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg — a real, human man who works — understands the plight of those who work remotely. The 37-year old founder of one of the world’s largest companies is actually working remotely as you read this. But unlike you or me, Zuckerberg’s home office is in the metaverse. Zuckerberg on Facebook today teased an upcoming software update to the Quest 2’s Horizon Home that includes a home office space. It looks kind of like a Blue Bottle Coffee, or maybe a dentist’s office. But it’s in VR, you see.

It’s becoming glaringly clear that Zuckerberg wants the future of work to look like the world’s most boring VR video game. It's less boot stamping on a human face forever, and more expensive, inconvenient solution in search of a problem. According to Zuckerberg, workers can use the metaverse office to take “Messenger calls, read emails or work on your next big project.” It’s also true that most of us can do those tasks just fine on our computers. But imagine the productivity boost you’ll get doing all these mundane tasks while strapped to a Quest 2 headset!

Meta’s Horizon, for those who don’t know, is a group of three social VR apps that rolled out last December. It includes Horizon Worlds (user-created experiences), Horizon Venues (sports and concerts) and Horizon Workrooms (work). They resemble 3D social playplaces, where users create their own avatars and interact with each other (all the while keeping a four-foot personal boundary from each other.) As of February, Worlds and Venues had around 300,000 users, against an estimated 10 million Quest 2 headsets sold. Dismal numbers, some might say. A company spokesperson would not disclose many people — including Meta employees — currently use Workrooms in any capacity.

Working in VR is still a relatively novel concept, mostly because it’s been terrible so far. If you’re curious about what kind of work applications are available in VR for Quest 2, there are still only a handful—two of which are Facebook and Instagram (both in beta). There are also apps for spreadsheets (Smartsheet), visual collaboration (MURAL), email (Spike) and VR versions of Dropbox and Slack.

If you want to know what it feels like to read your emails in VR, Lifewire took one for the team. While reading emails can become grating in the real world, the Quest 2 speedruns the experience and gets "uncomfortable after half an hour." Spike's VR app also lacks the ability to attach files to an email, a feature that has been available outside the metaverse since 1998.

While Workplaces might seem to an outsider like a complicated, physically nauseating way to perform tasks most people already hate doing, what matters most is how the product is being received by Meta's audience.

“I really don't see the point of it? Why would you need to do office work in a virtual world? It looks great for sure, but that's about it,” wrote one user in the comments to Zuckerberg's post.

From another enthused user: "How primal and old-fashioned. It looks like the futuristic spaces of the 80's lol. Who in their right mind will waste their time on this."

As dubious as a VR-enabled workspace may be, there’s still more interest than ever in all that virtual reality entails. IDC reported that more than 11.2 million VR/AR headsets were sold in 2021, a 92.1 percent increase from the year prior. The newly rebranded Meta Quest 2 (formerly known as the Oculus Quest 2) hit stores this week. The Quest 2 is currently the world’s best-selling VR headset, but that could change when Sony, Apple and other tech giants enter the space.

While we can't know for sure how much Meta has spent developing digital cubicles specifically, the company plans to sink at least $ 10 billion in metaverse projects this year alone. For reference, WeWork —essentially a mass subletter of actual, physical offices — went public on a valuation of $ 9 billion — although simply buying up companies may no longer be a viable growth strategy.

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SpaceX shows what a Starship launch would look like

Elon Musk has given SpaceX's first huge Starship update in years, and during his presentation, the company showed off what a launch with the massive launch system would look like. The Starship system is composed of the Starship spacecraft itself on top of a Super Heavy booster. SpaceX is working towards making it rapidly and fully reusable so as to make launches to the Moon and to Mars feasible. After making its way outside our planet, the booster will break off and return to its launch tower, where it will ideally be caught by the tower arms. As for the spacecraft, it will proceed to its destination before making its way back to Earth. 

Musk said the booster will spend six minutes in the air over all, two upon ascent and four for its return trip. In the future, the system could be reused every six to eight hours for three launches a day. SpaceX says achieving a fully and rapidly reusable system is "key to a future in which humanity is out exploring the stars." Musk also talked about how in-orbit refilling — not "refueling," since the vehicle's Raptor engines use more liquid oxygen than fuel — is essential for long-duration flights. 

The Super Heavy booster, Musk said, has more than twice the thrust of a Saturn V, the largest rocket to ever head to space so far. In its current iteration, it has 29 Raptor engines, but it could eventually have 33. Speaking of those engines, Raptor version 2 is a complete redesign of the first, costs half as much and needs fewer parts. The company is capable of manufacturing five to six a week at the moment, but it could apparently be capable of producing as many as seven by next month. 

Aside from being able to carry hundreds of tons, the Starship could revolutionize space travel if SpaceX can truly make launches as affordable as Musk said it could. He revealed during the event that a Starship launch could cost les than $ 10 million per flight, all in, within two to three years. That's significantly less than a Falcon 9 launch that costs around $ 60 million. 

SpaceX wants to launch the Starship from its Boca Chica, Texas facility called Starbase, where it's been building the rocket's prototype. It has yet to secure approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to do so, and Musk said the company doesn't know where things stand with the agency exactly. However, there's apparently a rough indication that the FAA will be come with its environmental assessment in March. SpaceX also expects the rocket to be ready by then, which means Starship's first orbital test flight could be on the horizon. 

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Oppo’s Find N is great, but I still like the Galaxy Z Fold 3

I have used the Oppo foldable for about a week alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3, mostly for web and media consumption. And here’s why I still prefer the latter.
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TCL’s NXTWEAR AIR wearable display is like a cinema on your face

The TCL NXTWEAR AIR has a pair of screens inside the sunglasses-like frame, showing the equivalent of a 140-inch screen right in front of your eyes.
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How the Huawei Watch GT 3 shows what an Apple Watch for Android would be like

You can’t use an Apple Watch with an Android phone, but what if Apple suddenly made it possible? The Huawei Watch GT 3 shows what it may be like.
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If You Hold Crypto, You NEED a Wallet like Ledger, Here’s Why

Own crypto? You should be using a hardware wallet like Ledger to secure your private keys.
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This is what Wear OS 3 looks like without Samsung’s One UI overlay

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 series is currently, and for the foreseeable future, the only way to experience the new unified Wear OS 3 platform but with its One UI overlay it’s not been clear what the ‘stock’ version actually looks like. This is the case no longer because an updated Wear OS 3 build has […]

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Facebook’s first-ever smartwatch reportedly looks like this

Facebook’s newly announced parent company, Meta, has reportedly been working on a smartwatch for much of this year. This is what it looks like.
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Facebook’s first-ever smartwatch reportedly looks like this

Facebook’s newly announced parent company, Meta, has reportedly been working on a smartwatch for much of this year. This is what it looks like …
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Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook 2 looks like its predecessor in leaked image

Samsung is apparently working on a follow-up to the Galaxy Chromebook it released earlier this year. And based on a photo leaked by Evan Blass (a.k.a. evleaks), it pretty much looks like its predecessor with some minor differences: Samsung has rearra…
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Is Samsung teasing what its next folding phones will look like?

Samsung is no stranger to staying at the forefront of technology, and they’ve long been a leader in display manufacturing. That paid off with the recent launch of foldable phones, which has seen Samsung take the crown from, well, pretty much everyone. They’re really one of the only manufacturers consistently making good foldable phones early […]

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You’ve never heard the Windows XP startup music sound like this

Windows XP, aka the operating system that people and corporations just won’t let go of even though they really should, has more to contribute to the world than occasional malware outbreaks. While so far it hasn’t been as celebrated as, say, Windows 9…
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Google Assistant will play podcasts from third-party services like Spotify

You might not have to depend on Google Podcasts if you’re asking Assistant to play your favorite serialized audio show. Android Police and its readers have discovered that Google is adding support for third-party podcast services, starting with Spoti…
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It looks like the OnePlus 8T will launch on October 14th

In a change from its usual strategy of launching two phones twice a year, it seems that this time around we will only see a OnePlus 8T announced, with the Pro model being jettisoned. The move comes as OnePlus tries to reconnect with its fans and return to what made its reputation – great hardware […]

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It looks like we may soon see the OnePlus Watch break cover

Years after first being mooted and then denied, it seems that OnePlus may well be prepping a smartwatch for launch. The rather imaginatively named OnePlus Watch was spotted making the rounds on a regulatory website which revealed its model number – W301GB. According to TechRadar, an ex-employee of OnePlus said that the company has “actively […]

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Looks like the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 could launch in the traditional slot in early October

Having finally launched the Pixel 4a earlier this week, Google also discontinued the Pixel 4 and 4 XL and is now rolling out the final Android 11 beta. It seems that a slip has been made along the way, giving us the date when we can expect the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 to […]

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Looks like AT&T will carry the weird Microsoft Surface Duo phone

While the Microsoft Surface Duo was originally announced back in October of 2019, Microsoft wasn’t planning on an immediate launch. It’s been tentatively scheduled for a holiday 2020 release, and it seems like we’re still going to hit that date, even with a pandemic. Additionally, it looks like Microsoft has courted AT&T into the folding […]

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Plex gets a little more like Netflix, now lets you skip TV show intros

Binge watching on Plex is about to get a little bit better. It was already pretty great, of course, and it’s one of our favorite services for cord-cutters, but trust us, it’s about to improve. Skip show intros with Plex The latest feature introduced with Plex Pass will now all you to skip TV show […]

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Xbox Game Bar’s new widgets link to apps like XSplit

Last year Microsoft added a Spotify integration to its Xbox Game Bar on the PC, and now it will be able to offer far more third-party support. That’s because it has introduced a new Game Bar Widget Store, as well as an SDK for outside developers to p…
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Motorola Edge+ gets leaked, and it looks like a beast

Motorola is ready to take a deep dive back into flagship phones, and no, we’re not talking about folding phones. Despite releasing literally a ton of budget-friendly and mid-range phones over the last couple years, they’ve been mostly absent in the high-end category. If you wanted a no-compromise device from Motorola, well, you just didn’t […]

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YouTube may offer sign-ups for premium subscriptions like Showtime

YouTube may take a cue from Amazon and Apple in letting you put all your streaming services in one place. The Information sources say YouTube has spent the past several months talking to "several" streaming providers about allowing sign-ups for thei…
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Mazda purposely limited its new EV to feel more like a gas car

Mazda not only limited the range of its first EV, the MX-30, it also took some of the fun out of it on purpose, too. The automaker said it tuned the torque deliver of the electric motor to feel less like an EV and more like a gasoline-powered car, ac…
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Segway’s latest EV prototype looks like Professor X’s wheelchair

Once you get past oddities like bread-making machines, CES is really wouldn't be what it is without some forward-looking mobility concepts. Case and point: next week Segway and owner Ninebot will show off a prototype electric vehicle called the S-Pod…
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Readers have spoken, and apparently people really like the Galaxy S10+

Samsung released its most recent flagship, the Galaxy S10+, after a decade of refining and perfecting the Galaxy lineup. With improvements to the screen, battery life and software, the $ 1,000 S10+ once again showed the company knows how to build a hi…
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Anker crams a Fire TV into a soundbar, in case you really don’t like Android TV

Anker has announced a new Nebula Soundbar that wants to do a little more than just make your TV sound better. Nope, this soundbar is more in line with JBL’s Link Bar, but with Amazon Fire TV instead of Android TV, for better or worse. It’s cheaper, too. The Nebula Soundbar is a 2.1 soundbar […]

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The new Galaxy Note 10 S Pen lasts longer and can be used like a wand

Besides all-day battery life and big displays, the Galaxy Note series is known for its built-in stylus, the S Pen. Since the first Galaxy Note made its appearance, the S Pen has come on in leaps and bounds in styling and functionality and is now also present on the recently launched Galaxy Tab S6. As […]

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Galaxy Note 10+ photos have leaked, looks like they were captured on a potato

It’s about that time where people start snapping photos of the yet unreleased Galaxy Note 10, showing everything off to people on the internet well before Samsung even has an official launch date for the phone. And, like all good leaked photos, the photos are exceptionally blurry despite modern smartphones sometimes being able to compete […]

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Looks like Samsung eventually wants to merge the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Note lines

The Galaxy Fold, despite struggling to actually enter the market, shows a ton of promise for smartphone design. It would allow phones to have much larger screens without significantly increasing the size of the phone in your pocket, and there are some pretty serious productivity implications there. And what better giant, productivity-focused phone to take […]

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YouTube Music can now play local files, just like your iPod in 2009

Google has added a staple feature to YouTube Music, turning it into music player that’s finally competitive with the Microsoft Zune and your old iPod that’s sitting in a drawer somewhere. Yep, YouTube Music can now play your local files instead of streaming everything. What year is it, again? This feature is long, long overdue, […]

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Samsung’s Galaxy A80 makes smartphones weird again, and we like it

Meet Samsung’s newest phone, the Galaxy A80. It’s strange, weird, and different, and it’s bringing some of the funky innovation back to smartphones that we’ve been missing for a few years. Sure, it’s probably going to be a commercial flop, but we love seeing phones like this again. This phone is built for the “era […]

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It’s taken 11 months but the Google Assistant can finally talk like John Legend

With Google I/O 2019 a little over a month away, it’s time to reflect back on a feature that was first promised at I/O 2018, which was the promise that the Google Assistant would soon be able to answer your requests using John Legend’s voice. Fast forward to April 2019 and John Legend’s voice is […]

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Netflix will take on Roald Dahl classics like ‘The BFG’ and ‘Matilda’

Roald Dahl's stories are headed to Netflix, as the company just announced a major deal with The Roald Dahl Story Company. A number of the author's beloved stories, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The BFG, are part of Netflix'…
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How Aardman made a WWI game look like an oil painting

Most video games set in the First or Second World War shoot for gritty realism. In Battlefield 1, for instance, there's an extraordinary amount of detail in every uniform, firearm and mud-filled trench. It's the visual fidelity, paired with addictive…
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AI robots can develop prejudices, just like us mere mortals

It's not only humans and animals that can hold biases against outsiders. Psychology and computer science researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cardiff University have discovered that artificial intelligence robots can develop…
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AI-altered video makes it look like you can dance

Can't pop-lock or Lindy Hop to save your life? Don't worry — AI could soon make it look like you're a dance superstar. UC Berkeley researchers have developed a deep learning system that translates dance moves from a source video to less-than-experie…
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YouTube Music starts rolling out today: 6 reasons you’re gonna like it

Last week we announced the new YouTube Music. Today, we’re excited to start rolling out early access of the new YouTube Music in the U.S., Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. To be the first to know when it’s available for you, head to music.youtube.com/coming-soon.
Here are six reasons we think you’re gonna like it:

  1. It’s ALL here. Not just music videos, but official albums, singles, remixes, live performances, covers and hard-to-find music you can only get on YouTube.
  2. Recommendations built for you. A home screen that dynamically adapts to provide recommendations based on what you’ve played before, where you are and what you’re doing. At the gym workin’ on that fitness? Escaping during your commute? The right music is right here, built just for you.
  3. Thousands of playlists across any genre, mood or activity. Try “Blogged 50” to discover new music or “Indie Under Pressure” to get the heart rate going.
  4. Smart search so we’ll find the song, even if you can’t remember what it’s called. “That rap song with flute”? We got you. You can also search by lyrics (even if they’re wrong). It’s “Starbucks lovers,” right?
  5. The hottest videos. We’ll keep you on top of what’s hot! The hottest videos in the world right now are right there, on their own dedicated Hotlist screen. Today in the U.S., it features Anderson.Paak, Jessie Reyez, and G-Eazy.
  6. No internet? No problem. Paid members can download music and listen ad-free and in the background. Plus, your Offline Mixtape automatically downloads songs you love just in case you forgot to.

To the Google Play Music users out there, nothing will change – you’ll still be able to access and add to all of your purchased music, uploads and playlists in Google Play Music just like always. For additional information on what we announced last week, be sure to check out our blog.

We can’t wait for music fans across the globe to get their hands on YouTube Music! If you’re interested in learning more and getting access, head to music.youtube.com/coming-soon.

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Kanye just played Twitter like a fiddle

Kanye West finally ended his social media hiatus this past weekend, nearly a year after he randomly deleted his Twitter and Instagram accounts. Over the past few days, the producer/rapper/fashion designer has sent out an avalanche of tweets ranging f…
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Tech giants like Google and Alibaba are working to save endangered species

Google, eBay and other technology leaders are aiming to protect the world's animals. Why? In a widely unregulated social-media world, many tech platforms have become a haven for the wildlife black market, a $ 20 billion industry. The sale of illegal…
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Twitter tries to explain why Trump’s posts aren’t like others

So if Twitter's rules ban "violent threats," then surely a tweet indicating that a country "won't be around much longer" from a user with the ability to make that happen would be deletion-worthy, right? As the company was forced to explain today, not…
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Einride’s self-driving truck looks like a giant freezer on wheels

Einride has just revealed the prototype of the T-pod, its autonomous electric truck. The Swedish company's self-driving vehicle can transport 15 standard pallets and can travel 124 miles on one charge. And because there's no need for a person to sit…
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It looks like Microsoft has a new Surface Pro after all

Microsoft VP Panos Panay recently said that "there's no such thing as a Surface Pro 5," and we now know what he meant by that. Images from uber-leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) and his article in Venture Beat show a device simply called the Surface Pro,…
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Twitch comments for pre-recorded videos are like a slow chatroom

If we've learned anything from experiments like Twitch Plays Pokemon, it's that a large part of the streaming site's success lies on the enthusiasm of its community. Twitch viewers don't just watch streams, they participate by flooding their favorite…
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Arm-mounted underwater jet drive looks like it came from a James Bond movie

Like something out of a James Bond movie, Scubalec is a new Kickstarter crowdfunding project for a handheld, arm-mounted personal jet drive, designed to propel intrepid users through the water.

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The Shaper by NOWA is a smartwatch that looks like a classic timepiece

Meet the Shaper by NOWA, a collection of watches for frequent fliers that connects to your smartphone for automatic time zone changing, activity and sleep tracking, all with the timeless look of an analogue face.

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Researchers develop a drone that swoops and lands like a bird

Watch out, birds. The drones are coming for your jobs. Researchers at BMT Defence Services (BMT) and the University of Bristol in Britain have built a fixed-wing UAV that can land as well as its avian counterparts, reports Popular Mechanics. Although…
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Lofree looks like a retro typewriter keyboard, but its tech is all 21st century

Lofree is a nostalgic yet decidedly new-age keyboard that combines style elements of the past with today’s innovations and advances. The first mechanical keyboard inspired by typewriters, it’s an elegant take on a generation past.

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Use your tablet like a laptop with $14 Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard

The Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard is now available for $ 14 on Amazon, a 46 percent discount off of its regular price. This superthin lightweight keyboard works with Windows, iOS, Android, Galaxy, and Kindle Fire tablets.

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This versatile drone can dive like a bird and jump like a flying fish

Created by prototype researchers at Imperial College London, AquaMAV is an aerial drone not only able to fly in the air, but also to dive into the water and then reemerge. Here’s how it works.

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