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Activists say participation in the Beijing Games is a tacit endorsement of Chinas policies that violate human rights.

Motorola Defy (2021) in for review

Tough, rugged, reasonably priced and fairly-specced.

Halo Infinite's beta now has Spartan bots, and they're deadly

The Halo Infinite technical preview has been updated with Spartan-level bots, which are the hardest ones in the game. We hope you're ready.

Next-gen Thunderbolt 5 reportedly leaks, super-fast 80Gbps transfers await us

The next-gen Thunderbolt 5 specification has apparently leaked. The new interface could be doubling the throughput up to 80Gbps compared to 40 on the current gen, and will continue to use USB-C.

Google soon won’t let you sign in on very old Android devices

If you still have a device running Android 2.3.7 (the final version of Gingerbread) or older, Google wont let you sign in on that device starting September 27th. If youre on Android 3.0 or higher, though, youll still be able to log in.

Zoom Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Over ‘Zoombombing’

The videoconferencing company said it would pay $85 million to settle the suit, which claimed that it violated users privacy, in part by allowing hackers to interrupt online meetings.

Alvy Ray Smith is out to change how you think about pixels

The computer graphics pioneer and Pixar cofounders new book is about way more than computer graphics and Pixar.

American Raven Saunders protests oppression with "X" sign on Olympic podium

"It's not just about me," she said after her protest.

Australian Government Now Offering COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Certificates for Apple Wallet

The Australian government has introduced support for adding COVID-19 vaccination digital certificates to Apple Wallet via the Express Plus Medicare app on iOS.

Chinese cities test millions as COVID-19 cases surge

Health authorities battled to contain the country's most widespread coronavirus outbreak in months.

Phony Call Centers Tricking Users Into Installing Ransomware and Data-Stealers

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Starliner resets for next launch attempt after ISS problems

NASA and Boeing say theyre ready to make a second attempt to launch the companys CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight.

CNCF Publishes Latest Technology Radar Focused on Multicluster Management

CNCF published the fifth edition of the End User Technology Radar.

Colonial Looting of African Art: A Century in Exile

Colonial looting deprived African nations of most of their artistic treasures. Now they want them back. But it's easier to be said than done.

The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic gets up close and personal in leaked live images

Ahead of Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event, purported live images of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic model leaked online. The photos give us a better look at Wear OS on an actual device for the first time.

Experts’ Exodus from Kosovo Accreditation Body Sparks Blame Game

Three international members of Kosovos state body for accrediting of educational institutions have quit rather than declare their assets leaving the institution non-functional and sparking arguments.

Nest Thermostat Energy History missing from Nest app, Google working on fix

Over the weekend, Nest Thermostat owners using the Nest app have reported that Energy History is missing. This widespread issue comes as that data remains available on the actual device and in Google Home.

Supposed xCloud streaming box likely fake

We heard nearly a year ago that Microsoft is working on a Project xCloud streaming stick for your TV, and today a render is doing the rounds purporting to be depicting the device.

Visual Oxymorons

Christopher Thomas captures merry-go-rounds, ice cream cones, bubble gum machines, circus tents and wheels within desolate landscapes.

How much does a Tesla weigh? Comparing each model

Answering the popular question of "how much does a Tesla weigh?" with a detailed list of each of Tesla's current and future models.

Do you handle stress well? Thank your dad

Research finds that mice display the same stress responses as their fathers


Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

A huge AirPods redesign again said to be coming this fall

Apple looks set to refresh its AirPods as soon as this fall, as had previously been rumored. This time it's Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reporting that we should expect the earbuds to be made available around the same time as the iPhone 13 lineup.



Here are the best iPad deals right now

Hoping for a discount on one of Apples premium tablets? Whether youre looking for the latest base model, the iPad mini, the iPad Air, or the newest iPad Pro, were keeping a running list of all the best deals.

What are the best GameCube games, Monster Hunter: Rise sales, and more | Last of the Nintendogs 005

Last of the Nintendogs picks the best Nintendo GameCube games on this week's episode of the podcast and more.

Windows 10 will start blocking Potentially Unwanted Applications by default soon

Last year with the Windows 10 May 2020 Update Microsoft added Potentially Unwanted App blocking for everyone running Windows 10.

Windows 10 will automatically block potentially unwanted apps

Microsofts Windows Defender functionality has significantly improved since the release of Windows 10 in 2015.

Activision Blizzard sued for culture of gender discrimination, sexual harassment

Activision Blizzard, the maker of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Candy Crush, is the subject of a lawsuit filed in July by California that alleges that the company has fostered a "pervasive frat boy workplace culture" with "constant sexual ha...

Microsoft should bring Teams to the Xbox Series X|S

Microsoft makes the Xbox Series X and Series S. Microsoft makes Teams. I think it's about time that the company brings the two together to bring video calls to the living room.

All the best Galaxy S21 deals: Here's where to buy Samsung's latest phone

Samsung's all-new Galaxy S21 lineup is now available to order. If you want to be one of the first to get your hands on the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, or Galaxy S21 Ultra, we've got the details on all of the best places to make an order.

The Infrastructure Deal Is Not Not a Climate Bill

Here are five ways of looking at the Senates bipartisan proposal.

New ‘Google Identity Services’ consolidate sign-in for 3rd-party apps, includes ‘One Tap’

Where supported, Sign in with Google is a convenient way to log in to third-party services without having to keep track of different passwords.

Biden voices support for private sector vaccine requirements

Asked whether more cities and states should institute similar rules, Biden replied, "I do."

Day 11 recap: Simone Biles back with brave bronze on balance beam as records fall

The Olympic organizers investigate Belarus' treatment of an athlete who is now in diplomatic protection.

The Amazon union drive isn’t over yet

A unionization effort might get another chance, thanks to Amazons mailbox shenanigans.

Sony Xperia 5 III review


PowerVision PowerEgg X Drone Review: What In Tarnation Is This?

The PowerVision PowerEgg X tempts drone buyers with an extended feature set such as handheld recording, AI tracking, and waterproof housing.

Utilities Governed Like Empires

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Synbio unicorn Zymergen jettisons founding CEO, cuts guidance as customers report lead product doesn't work

Zymergen, just months off a $500 million IPO that put the synthetic bio firm in rarified air, has now ejected its founding CEO and downgraded its revenue forecasts after customers reported its lead film product doesn't work as advertised, the company said ...

Google Maps dark mode is finally coming to iPhones

On Tuesday, Google announced several new features for the Google Maps app on iOS, including dark mode and two widgets.

Apple to expand iPhone, iPad, and Mac monthly financing to Canada with Affirm partnership

Apple is teaming up with the popular buy now, pay later service Affirm to expand financing options for iPhone, iPad, and Mac buyers in Canada.

DHL to deploy 12 redesigned Alice ePlanes from Eviation; testing begins this year

DHL and Eviation today announced a pretty big moment in the developing history of electric aviation and specifically electric cargo aviation.

IKEA confirms HomeKit support for its new smart air purifiers

In addition to announcing its new smart air purifier, IKEA has confirmed that it will be compatible with Apple's HomeKit platform.

UK government could block NVIDIA's ARM takeover plans

The UK government could reject NVIDIA's takeover bid of ARM. Sources familiar with the matter say a CMA report, requested by the government, raises "worrying" national security concerns over the deal.

Then & Now Portraits of Centenarians

For his Faces of Century project, photographer Jan Langer made portraits of Czech people who are 100+ years old that mimic the style of photos of those same people 70 or 80 years before.

Intel-Based Mac Pro Gets New Graphics Cards

The Intel-based Mac Pro may be around for a good while yet, given that Apple has just released new graphics card modules for the high-end workstation Mac.

In the Infrastructure Bill, a Recognition: Climate Change Is a Crisis

For the first time, both parties have acknowledged by their actions, if not their words that the United States is unprepared for global warming and will need huge amounts of cash to cope.