Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold price increase feels like manipulation
Microsoft is raising the price of Xbox Live Gold from $60 per year to $60 every six months. It included some caveats to that, and this increased fee doesn’t even affect Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. But it still seems like a miscalculation from a company that so often... Read more
The best indoor garden for every type of gardener in 2021
As the old proverb goes “no garden is without its weeds.” While that may be a sage metaphor, there is, in fact, an entire category of indoor gardens free from weeds, bugs and even soil in some cases: Indoor pod gardens fitted with LED grow lights and self-watering mechanisms... Read more
13 Best Weekend Deals: Laptops, Smartwatches, Switch Games and More
It’s become an involuntary tic to complain about staying home these days. Where I live though, there’s nothing new about staying indoors in January. There’s always this white stuff covering the ground, and my feet turn blue when I wear sandals. Weird. But here’s the thing, staying home can... Read more
AI Weekly: The Biden administration, algorithmic bias, and restoring the soul of America
This week, U.S. President Joe Biden spoke to the country about a need to restore the soul of America and reminded listeners of “what we owe our forebears, one another, and generations to follow.” Biden said he chose to run for president in reaction to a white supremacist rally... Read more
What’s in the Galaxy S21 box? Not much
We got our hands on a Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Ultra and a Galaxy SmartTag. Let’s take a look at what’s included in the boxes for each phone. Patrick Holland/CNET Aside from a charging cable and some documentation, the new Galaxy S21 series (like the iPhone 12 family) arrive... Read more
Chrome and Edge Want to Help Solve Your Password Problems
If you’re like lots of people, someone has probably nagged you to use a password manager and you still haven’t heeded the advice. Now, Chrome and Edge are coming to the rescue with beefed-up password management built directly into the browsers. Microsoft on Thursday announced a new password generator... Read more
PlayStation starts 2021 as king of TV ad impressions
PlayStation has continued its domination of gaming industry TV advertising into the new year, racking up over 425.7 million ad impressions from mid-December to mid-January — 44% of the industry’s total. Overall, 16 brands aired 51 spots more than 4,000 times during our measurement window, resulting in 962.7 million... Read more
WandaVision episode 3 Easter eggs and Marvel references on Disney Plus
Vision and Wanda are now in full color. Disney Plus Episode 3 of Marvel’s WandaVision, streaming now, bursts into color as the suburban sitcom surrealness hits the 1970s. From Quicksilver to SWORD, what Easter eggs and Marvel references does the third installment of the Disney Plus series reveal? New chapters of the nine-part... Read more
The FTC Cracks Down on Bot-Wielding Ticket Scalpers
This week, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. To commemorate the outgoing Donald Trump’s four years in office, we took a look at the most absurd, bizarre, or outright dangerous things Trump has said about cybersecurity. (At least he’s not saying them... Read more
Cashierless tech could detect shoplifting, but bias concerns abound
As the pandemic continues to rage around the world, it’s becoming clear that COVID-19 will endure longer than some health experts initially predicted. Owing in part to slow vaccine rollouts, rapidly spreading new strains, and politically charged rhetoric around social distancing, the novel coronavirus is likely to become endemic,... Read more