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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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The Morning After: ‘Diablo Immortal’ arrives, with loot boxes

As long as you don’t live in certain countries, you’ll be able to play Blizzard’s latest Diablo game across mobile, console and PC starting today. Diablo Immortal actually snuck on to smartphone a day early and offers the waves of monsters and skill refinements fans will love. However, this is tempered by loot box mechanics, which means you’ll probably have to pay up to ensure your barbarian or magic-wielder can make it to the end-game.

Like many loot box systems, it’s intentionally messy: You’ll pay for crests for the opportunity (at varying probabilities) to pick up powerful gem add-ons — with differing degrees of power. Engadget’s Igor Bonifacic has played Immortal for a week and thinks there’s a good game here — especially for Diablo die-hard fans. But, ugh, loot boxes.

— Mat Smith

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Porsche pours more cash into EV supercar company Rimac

Part of $ 500 million in total investments.

Porsche is strengthening its relationship with EV supercar company Rimac, investing “eight figures” for a total ownership stake of 20 percent. The company has become a key supplier and collaborator on EVs built by Hyundai, Porsche and other mainstream automakers.

Last year, Rimac set up a joint venture with Porsche to run Bugatti after Volkswagen ceded ownership. The new entity, called Bugatti Rimac, recently unveiled the 1,914HP Rimac Nevera EV hypercar. Price TBC, but probably heart-attack inducing.

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The largest plant in the world is an ancient self-cloning seagrass

It covers 180 kilometers of Shark Bay in Australia.

Shark Bay, an Australian World Heritage Area, serves as home to animals that feed on its thriving seagrass. It turns out, that seagrass, called Poseidon’s ribbon weed, or Posidonia australis, is a single ancient plant that’s been cloning itself for 4,500 years.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia and Flinders University have found the seagrass stretching across 180 kilometers (112 miles) — the size of Cincinnati, as The New York Times notes — of Shark Bay is just a single plant.

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Mercedes debuts the final version of its F1-inspired 1,000HP hybrid hypercar

But you’re more likely to drive the new hybrid-only GLC.

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Mercedes is finally ready to show the finished version of its hybrid hypercar. The production Mercedes-AMG One now packs a Formula 1-derived, 1,063HP hybrid powertrain with a turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engine and four electric motors. The first customers should get their Mercedes-AMG One cars in the second half of 2022. Not that you’re going to buy one — all of the production models have been spoken for despite the $ 2.7 million price tag.

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‘Pokémon Scarlet’ and ‘Violet’ are coming to Switch on November 18th

The new games will feature four-player co-op.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the next mainline entries in Game Freak’s long-running RPG series, will come to Nintendo Switch on November 18th, The Pokémon Company announced today. In addition to including new creatures to catch, the two games will feature four-player multiplayer, allowing you and your friends to experience the game’s new region together. Game Freak promises Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will represent its first true open-world experience after the spin-off title Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

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The Morning After: Our favorite small kitchen gadgets

As we wrap up our Cooking Week on Engadget, my purchase of a milk frother is just one part of the Engadget team’s surprisingly broad selection of essential small kitchen gadgets — big spenders can scroll down to Breville’s bonkers induction cooker.

But back to me: Nespresso’s Barista Recipe Maker heats and froths your milk (or milk alternative) simply to upgrade your espressos or moka coffees into flat whites, cappuccinos and more. I’ve owned mine for a couple of years, and I love how easy it is to clean. The spin mechanism is magnet-based, too, so it’s less likely to break and should last plenty of summers filled with iced macchiatos.

We’re also cheerleading digital scales, a not-so-digital Microplane and some other coffee-making upgrades. For all the other kitchen-centric stories this week, you can find them here.

— Mat Smith

 

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The villain in Reddit’s GameStop investor saga is shutting down

Melvin Capital couldn’t survive the meme stock wars.

Melvin Capital, the hedge fund considered the nemesis of the meme stock affair encompassing GameStop, Blackberry and several others, is shutting down. Investors were told the “appropriate next step” after steep losses was to liquidate assets and return cash to investors. Its public bet against GameStop and other struggling companies made it one of the largest victims of a GameStop-centric investing spree by people coordinating across Reddit and social networks. As a result, the fund reported a 53 percent loss in January 2021.

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Roku teams up for its first outdoor TV

The 55-inch Element Roku TV is coming to Walmart.com for $ 1,300.

Roku has joined forces with Element to create a 55-inch outdoor TV, the companies announced. The Element Roku TV looks nigh-on identical to Element’s existing 55-inch Patio TV, just with a different OS. It offers a good but not spectacular 700 nits of brightness, along with 4K streaming and HDR. More importantly, though, it has tempered anti-glare glass to combat reflections and IP55 weather protection.

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Tesla Autopilot under investigation following crash that killed three people

US safety regulators are now probing more than 30 incidents.

Another Federal probe into Tesla’s Autopilot system is underway. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into more than 30 incidents involving Tesla’s Autopilot.

This follows an accident with a Model S, which occurred on May 12th in Newport Beach’s Mariners Mile strip. The EV reportedly struck a curb and ran into construction equipment, killing all three occupants. Three construction workers were also sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police declined to say whether Tesla’s Autopilot was involved.

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HP’s premium laptop revamp includes more OLED displays and new CPUs

Most Envy and Spectre notebooks are getting refreshed specs and features

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HP is bringing upgrades and updates across practically all of its premium notebooks, including clamshells and 2-in-1s. The two stars of the updated Envy line are the Envy x360 13.3-inch and the Envy 16-inch. There are OLED display options for both, and all of the new Envy laptops are also getting upgraded 5-megapixel webcams with head tracking and beamforming mics to help you look and sound your best during video calls. You even get native handwriting recognition and a hidden magnetic stylus mount on the side of the system.  

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Breville’s PolyScience Control Freak is a pricey yet precise induction cooktop

Also, it’s $ 1,500.

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Whether it’s a single burner or a full cooktop, induction tops heat faster than regular stovetops and offer more precise temperature control. Yes, yes, you can get a standalone burner for under $ 100, but there’s also Breville’s PolyScience Control Freak: a $ 1,500 induction device that reaches exact temps quickly and holds them there. The burner has a temperature range of 86 to 482 degrees Fahrenheit (30 to 250 Celsius). This gives you the option of everything from low-heat slow cooking to high-temp searing. We had to try it.

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The current-gen version of ‘The Witcher 3’ is now slated to arrive in late 2022

After many delays on what is a pretty old game.

The long-awaited PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt once again has a release window. The new edition, which is also coming to PC, is expected to arrive in the last three months of the year, according to CD Projekt Red. It will be a free upgrade if you own the respective last-gen version on PC, PS4 or Xbox One.

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The Morning After: Google and iFixit collaborate on parts to help you repair Pixel phones

Google is the latest phone maker to join Apple and Samsung in giving you resources to fix phones yourself. It’s partnering with the tinkerer of all tinkerers, iFixit, to provide official parts for Pixel phones later this year. Notably, the initiative will cover models ranging from the Pixel 2 (from 2017) through to the Pixel 6 Pro and beyond. According to the announcement, you’ll get access to a "full range" of components, like batteries, cameras and displays, whether you buy them individually or with iFixit’s own Fix Kit tools.

It’s shaping up to be an interesting year for people willing to repair their own phones. We still haven’t had a chance to see how Apple’s iPhone repair proposal will fare in real life — how hard is it going to be? — but Google is being smart by pairing with, arguably, the go-to people for those willing to take their phone’s life into their own hands.

— Mat Smith

 

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Hummer EV first drive

An enormous electric super truck

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The Hummer has always been ostentatious. So it’s no surprise the Hummer EV is not only large but also heavy, and really not all that efficient as an EV. But what it lacks in miles per kilowatt, it makes up for in over-the-top fun.

Roberto Baldwin got to drive the larger-than-life SUV, and it proved to be a capable off-roader that showcases GM’s Ultium platform. It is still, at its core, a Hummer.

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iOS 16 could include upgraded health tracking features

But don't expect an UI redesign.

The next major update of iOS could include “significant enhancements,” according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. In his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman anticipates iOS 16 will include an update to notifications and an assortment of new health-tracking features.

Gurman added that the Apple Watch’s watchOS 9 may include upgrades to its activity and health-tracking features, but stopped short of sharing specifics. Boo.

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ has the best opening weekend for a video game movie

Breaking the record set by… the first Sonic movie.

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With a $ 71 million debut at the domestic box office, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has set a new record for the US film debut of a video game adaptation, beating the previous high watermark set by its predecessor in 2020. The sequel made $ 57 million during its opening weekend, and Paramount now plans to expand this success into a cinematic universe. What have you done?

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Police got confused trying to pull over an autonomous Cruise vehicle

‘Step outside the vehicle, please.’

Since February, GM’s Cruise self-driving unit has offered public taxi rides across San Francisco. And so far, the service hasn’t had many issues. A video from April 2nd showed San Francisco police attempting to pull over a driverless Cruise vehicle in the city’s Richmond District, only for the car to temporarily take off.

Watch for the confusion.

Watch the first trailer for ‘Kingdom Hearts IV’

Disney, Final Fantasy and a kinda-Tokyo.

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During an event celebrating the franchise’s 20th anniversary, we got our first proper glimpse at the next Kingdom Hearts game. Kingdom Hearts IV marks the return of Sora after 2019’s Kingdom Hearts III seemingly concluded the story arc that began with the original game in 2002. The trailer showed Sora waking up in a city called Quadratum, a Tokyo-inspired city rendered in a semi-realistic way, marking a major artistic shift for the series. The city is soon attacked by a towering monster and the story-centric opening scenes seamlessly transition to gameplay… and fighting.

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The Morning After: Elon Musk is now Twitter’s largest shareholder

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey might not like what’s become of the internet. But the internet doesn’t stop moving. Elon Musk now owns part of Twitter, after purchasing $ 2.89 billion in stock, according to a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing spotted by CNBC. The purchase follows recent criticism by Musk over the social media site's free speech policies. Musk loves tweeting, so it makes sense beyond those criticisms. His tweets have even set off SEC lawsuits.

Musk is now the platform's largest shareholder, and he’s already inquiring into an edit button.

— Mat Smith

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LG's 2021 C1 OLED TVs are up to 32 percent off right now

No, not my TV!

The worst thing about buying something new, cutting-edge and kinda pricey is when it’s no longer new, cutting-edge and, well, on sale. So my awesome LG C1 OLED has just had substantial price cuts from the 48-inch model through to the 65-inch option. Sigh. Still, they’re great TVs with some notable specs for gamers, like 120Hz refresh rates and support for variable refresh rates.

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A Monkey Island sequel is incoming

From creator Ron Gilbert.

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One of the best video game series of all time is making a return in 2022 with some of its key original creatives on board. Return to Monkey Island is "a game by Ron Gilbert," who conceived the point-and-click comedy-adventure saga in the late '80s.

Gilbert wrote and directed the original game, The Secret of Monkey Island. He was director, programmer and designer on the sequel, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge.

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The UK plans to issue an official NFT

The government is moving to embrace stablecoins.

The UK government's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced the Royal Mint will issue an official NFT sometime this summer. 

Yeah. I’m British and I winced too.

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The DeLorean EV will be unveiled on August 18th

Italdesign helped shape the concept car.

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After years of teasing, the DeLorean Motor Company announced it’ll unveil an all-electric vehicle on August 18th, promising to share its official name at the same time. Details on the concept car are scant. The automaker is working with Italdesign, best known for its work with Volkswagen, to design the upcoming car.

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Samsung's 2022 TV lineup has something for everyone

Including its first new OLED TV in a decade.

The centerpiece of Samsung’s new TV family is the new QN900B, the centerpiece of the company’s Neo QLED 8K family. For 2022, Samsung has added 14-bit HDR mapping (up from 12-bit mapping on last year’s models) to improve picture detail in both bright and dark scenes. When combined with that massive 7,680 x 4,320 resolution, according to Sam Rutherford, the TV looks seriously sharp.

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The Morning After: Tech that helps with those New Year’s resolutions

Welcome to the new year. How are those resolutions coming along? (Don't worry, we can help.)

Contrary to my expectations, CES 2022 is still happening. However, the organizers have announced that the tech show will be cut short by a day, as COVID-19 cases continue to surge. It’s also kind of started early, with some big announcements from Samsung already, including putting NFTs into its TVs, and an upgraded eco TV remote that sips on your WiFi waves for energy.

Expect a week of hardware announcements, even if chances to play with and assess these new devices are a little limited without attendance in person.

-Mat Smith

Alienware's Concept Nyx is like a Plex server for your PC games

But will it appeal to anyone beyond PC gaming fanatics?

Alienware’s newest concept can be boiled down to a gaming server that runs on your home network. You could conceivably run two games at once on your television, as Engadget saw during a recent demo in NYC. Since all of the rendering and network processing is happening in your home, Nyx would also be a lower latency experience than traditional cloud gaming.

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This is a shiatsu hand massager for gamers

A hand warmer setting may help you get good.

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To help soothe their weary mitts, Japanese company Bauhutte has created a hand massager for gamers. The device works on either hand and has a 15-layer airbag for each finger and a shiatsu plate for the palm. There are two main options: a Shiatsu mode for the entire hand, and one that focuses on stretching fingers.

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The next AirPods Pro might support lossless audio

You might have an easier time finding your case, too.

Now that the third-generation AirPods offer some of the same features as the AirPods Pro, how will Apple’s higher-end wireless earbuds stand out? Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple is launching its second-generation Pro earbuds in the fall with support for Apple Lossless (ALAC) audio. Kuo expects the updated headphones will offer a "new form factor design" and that the new buds will supposedly include a charging case that can make sounds, much like AirTags, to help find it behind your couch cushions.

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Samsung’s latest remote turns router radio waves into energy

The 2022 Eco Remote has a white option to match Samsung's lifestyle TVs.

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Samsung has revamped the solar-charging remote it debuted at last year’s CES. Along with using light to top up the battery, Samsung says the latest Eco Remote can convert routers' radio waves into energy to stay fully charged. There's still a solar panel on the rear of the remote, which is also made with recycled materials. 

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Twitter bans Marjorie Taylor Greene's personal account

Due to repeatedly spreading COVID-19 misinformation.

Twitter has banned Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene's personal account after a fifth "strike" for spreading COVID-19 misinformation. A fifth strike means it’s a permanent ban.

In the past year, she claimed in July that COVID-19 wasn't dangerous unless you were over 65 or obese, and in August said vaccines were "failing" against the new coronavirus' Delta variant. Both statements were untrue. The posts respectively led to 12-hour and one-week suspensions. Her official account is still active as of this writing because it hasn't run afoul of Twitter's rules. Beyond that, she may have to wait around for TRUTH Social to finally launch.

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The tech industry's accessibility report card for 2021

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Samsung's 2022 QLED TVs include the first 144Hz 4K and 8K sets

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Samsung is putting NFTs in its smart TVs

Square Enix is investing in decentralized blockchain games

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The Morning After: Apple unveiled its $549 AirPods Max headphones

Despite it being December, Apple just won’t stop launching new devices and services. It blindsided most of us yesterday when it revealed its long-rumored AirPods Max — the company’s first over-ear headphones — along with a concrete launch date for Fi…
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The Morning After: Samsung might not release a new Galaxy Note next year

So Samsung might give the Galaxy Note series a break in 2021, according to a Reuters report, but the stylus (Samsung calls it an S-Pen, of course), compatible with Galaxy S devices, may well live on. The decision apparently comes due to a drop in dem…
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The Morning After: NASA looks at LTE for lunar missions

This week had a bit of everything, but Apple’s iPhone 12 series event took top billing. They bring support for a new wireless charging setup, but don’t have a revolutionary look on paper. Maybe that feeling will change once we’ve had some hands-on ti…
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The Morning After: The iPhone 12 has 5G, new sizes and MagSafe charging

The combined might of Apple (iPhone launch day) and Amazon (Prime Day) made for a hectic 24 hours in tech. But purchasing advice aside (there’s some of that below), I want to focus on Apple’s showcase from the afternoon. iPhones have 5G and have simu…
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The Morning After: We reviewed Google’s new Nest Audio smart speaker

It’s finally time for Apple to unveil this year’s new iPhones. Invitations have gone out for the “Hi, Speed” event on Tuesday, October 13th at 1PM ET where we expect to see Apple introduce its first new devices with 5G and the A14 Bionic chipset. Ch…
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The Morning After: Google unveiled new Pixels, Chromecast and more

Thank you, Google, for keeping your remote press conference mercifully short and to the point. Oddly, the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G phones — don’t confuse them — were given equal weighting with a new, prettier Chromecast dongle (with remote) and a new…
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The Morning After: AI-generated video plays out fake Wimbledon matchups

If you’re trying to make sense of the current climate for Big Tech, then Dan Cooper has some advice: look to the past. Specifically, he’s ready to rehash Microsoft’s antitrust battle over Internet Explorer in the late 90s, and infer what that means f…
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The Morning After: Apple started the public beta for watchOS 7

If you wanted a Microsoft Hololens but thought that headset was just too big, then maybe the Nreal Light glasses are for you. They advertise mixed reality tech in a much smaller package, and mostly deliver on it. They’re more stylish than Google Glas…
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The Morning After: Trump threatens to ‘ban’ TikTok

We didn’t even have to wait until August to find out who was behind that massive Twitter breach on July 15th. Florida authorities arrested a Tampa teenager as he and two others were charged with a litany of felonies in the attack that hijacked numero…
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The Morning After: Twitter hackers took over accounts for Elon, Obama and Apple

Twitter’s bad day started with a weird tweet from Elon Musk (not that unusual) and probably peaked when Barack Obama’s account suddenly posted a scam message begging for Bitcoin. Someone at Twitter decided to prevent all verified accounts from tweeti…
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The Morning After: Texas Instruments makes it harder to cheat on its calculators

Graphing calculators have clung on to school lives despite us all carrying around smartphones that are several magnitudes more powerful. (Let’s not even get into wearables.) In a bid to reduce cheating in exam settings, Texas Instruments is pulling s…
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The Morning After: A look at Dyson’s canceled electric car

The hopes and dreams of companies don’t always come true. The Nintendo PlayStation, that undersea electric railway, sometimes things just don’t work out. It’s always intriguing to see how far companies take research and prototypes before canning thei…
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The Morning After: What you actually need to play Stadia games in 4K

Besides getting Stadia running in 4K, I hope everyone is exercising restraint and good judgment as the effects of coronavirus continue to grow. Unsurprisingly, from our perspective, the effects have gone far beyond canceled trade shows and delayed br…
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The Morning After: ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ joins the free battle royale trend

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. This week, Westworld is back and despite my issues with how season two unfolded, I'm ready and waiting for season three. Aaron Paul and Marshawn Lynch are interesting additions to the cast, and with the robots v…
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The Morning After: MoviePass is bankrupt, and the Model Y ships in March

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. OK, who had 2020 in the MoviePass-death pool? Everyone? I guess the good news is that even though this movie theater subscription business (and its parent company) is going belly up, the concept has spread to ot…
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The Morning After: Vine is back, but now it’s Byte

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. This week took some interesting turns between a possible peek at the Xbox Series X back panel and rumors of an iPhone SE2. Among the stories below that you might have missed, we've also launched a series of smar…
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The Morning After: PewDiePie is taking a break from YouTube in 2020

Welcome back! This week should be less busy, with fewer oblong-shaped gadgets to discuss (we got the new Xbox and talked all about the Mac Pro last week). In the run-up to the holidays, there's simply not as much big tech news. If you're planning to…
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The Morning After: Google prepares its first Pixel ‘feature drop’

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. This morning, we're heading into Sony's last PlayStation event for the year, but first you should check out the new Ghostbusters trailer, and find out why it's such a big deal that Apple is coming back to CES. O…
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The Morning After: ‘Death Stranding’ is here — but is it a good game?

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. It's finally Death Stranding day, and if you're still on the fence about playing Hideo Kojima's latest project, perhaps our added perspective can help. Apple has released another update to iOS 13 that should mak…
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The Morning After: Listing ‘basically everything’ launching with Disney+

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. We spent most of yesterday watching Disney's Twitter account spam everything (we mean everything) that'll be live on Disney+ when it launches soon. Seminal works like, er, The Secret of the Magic Gourd, Million…
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The Morning After: Our 2019 Microsoft Surface event preview

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Microsoft's 2019 Surface event is just hours away, so before we kick off coverage at 10AM ET, it's time to lay out everything we're hoping to see unveiled. Also, Nintendo released a major upgrade for Super Mario…
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The Morning After: Google Assistant can read out your WhatsApp replies for you

Welcome to your Monday! This week, we've got Samsung's big Unpacked event (Galaxy Note incoming), as well as Disney reporting on how its expansion is faring so far. Over the weekend, you might have missed an E3 data breach that leaked thousands of re…
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The Morning After: FBI arrests woman for massive Capital One hack

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. We're barely clear of the big Equifax settlement, and Capital One has suffered a hack that exposed information for more than 100 million Americans. In other news, Google posted more details about its Pixel 4, an…
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The Morning After: Reviewing Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. It's time to find out if Apple's new MacBook Pro is worth the money, plus we'll break down the controversy over G2A's business model. Meanwhile, Nintendo slipped in a Switch upgrade and an iconic Braun product l…
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The Morning After: AMD’s pre-release Radeon RX 5700 price drop

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! While Steve Ballmer celebrates a couple of new LA Clippers arrivals, Microsoft spent this week dropping teasers for Windows 1.0. We also had some EV news from the Goodwood Festival of Sp…
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The Morning After: Jony Ive is leaving Apple

Hey, good morning! Welcome to Friday! We made it. The big news we're waking up to? Jony Ive is leaving Apple, launching his own design firm that will work with a number of companies. Including, er, Apple. Elsewhere, the Pentagon has a laser that can…
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The Morning After: AMD, NVIDIA and Intel do battle at Computex

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. While those in the US mark Memorial Day, Computex 2019 is in full swing with hardware from Intel, AMD, ARM and NVIDIA setting new performance and efficiency benchmarks for laptops and phones headed our way later…
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The Morning After: Huawei’s bad news and ‘Game of Thrones’

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. More bad news for Huawei, but the company seems prepared to face the repercussions of stalled US-China trade discussions. Elsewhere, Sony improved its great noise-cancelling cans in the best way possible: announ…
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The Morning After: OnePlus 7 Pro review

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Good morning, there! We've test-driven Mercedes' luxurious EV, reviewed the just-released OnePlus 7 Pro and heard about a dual-screened gaming laptop. We need a little more convincing on that last one.
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The Morning After: The Weather Channel got hacked

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Add The Weather Channel to the list of ransomware victims, and we have some news about the Google vs. Amazon tiff. Also, the Child's Play remake will have Chucky terrorizing people via their smart-home devices….
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The Morning After: Tesla will raise prices, but keep some of its stores

We've got the biggest stories from SXSW over the weekend, as well as news on more suspicious cryptocurrency dealings (to paraphrase, it was an elaborate pyramid scheme), and you've told us what you really thought about the Pixel 3.
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The Morning After: The problem with the Galaxy Fold

Welcome to your weekend! Did you hear? Foldable phones are a real thing. Beside Samsung's big Unpacked showcase, we re-reviewed PlayStation's streaming service, we need to (and do) talk about Huawei's rough year and dream of solar farms in space. MWC…
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The Morning After: Amazon drops ‘LotR’ hints

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! We're closing things out with a teaser from Amazon, as well as a preview of Samsung's big Galaxy S10 reveal. Some of the highlights from last week include a Zelda remake and our review o…
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The Morning After: IBM’s AI debate team

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the middle! Games-maker Activision Blizzard had its best year yet — but it's laying off hundreds of employees. IBM's AI failed to beat a human debating champion, and Niantic is turning Pokémon…
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The Morning After: Unlimited MoviePass part two

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Where were you when we defeated the robots? If you missed yesterday's Starcraft II stream, we'll fill you in on the details of DeepMind's latest gaming exploits. Also, MoviePass is ready to try unlimited tickets…
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The Morning After: Instagram experiments with our swipes

Friday already? That was quick! Not quick enough for Instagram, which faced blowback for an aggressive app design change (it was just a test — for now). As we scowl in Facebook's direction, a Fake Alexa setup app tricked parents around the world and…
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The Morning After: Facebook’s latest data leak

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! We regret to report there's more bad news to share about Facebook and how it's protecting your privacy. Some of the highlights from earlier this week include an incredible tech demo, tec…
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The Morning After: ‘The mother of all demos’

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Besides our usual suggestions of new TV shows, movies and games to watch this week, we've got a 50-year-old video that you really should see. Also, the second human-made object has entered interstellar space, pl…
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The Morning After: Netflix’s ‘Cowboy Bebop’ remake

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Good morning! Even more good news for anime fans with a Netflix sub. This time, it's Cowboy Bebop. There's also plenty of reports from the LA Auto Show, and a ketogenic-diet breath analyzer… that looks like a…
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The Morning After: Pixel ‘Night Mode’ sees in the dark

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. This morning, there's more bad news for Facebook, plus our joint investigation with Point is highlighting the way big tobacco markets smoking in the social-media era. Also, it's time to experience Night Mode on…
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The Morning After: ‘Fortnite’ cheat salesmen get sued

Welcome to the week! You can expect our verdict on Google's Pixel 3 series soon, and there are plenty more reviews coming very soon: Apple's cheaper iPhone XR isn't far away and then there are all those Microsoft Surface devices… For now, we've got…
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The Morning After: Goodbye, Google+

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Who's ready to meet the Pixel 3 (again)? Google's big hardware event is scheduled for today at 11 AM ET, and we'll be ready to show you everything we've already seen plus any surprises that are left in store. Un…
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The Morning After: Maximum iPhone excess

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Good morning! After Apple's big iPhone showcase, we've got a lot to tell you — even if the party was a spoiled a little early. There are three new phones, a new Watch and a powerful new chip from Apple. Meanwhi…
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The Morning After: A dating app data breach

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. We'll wrap up a short week with an appointment for Google's Pixel 3 event next month, a smart mirror containing the trapped spirit of a fitness instructor and a gaming router you can't blame for your K:D ratio….
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