President Biden should care that no one can find the new PS5 or Xbox
I don’t know what you think of when you read the word “microchip” or “semiconductor,” but I think of the Cold War. In particular, I think of the microchips inside of the early guided missiles. Like author Stephen D. Bryen explains in his book Technology Security and National Power:... Read more
Like Facebook, Twitter keeps tweaking its Covid-19 vaccine misinformation policies
Like other social media companies, Twitter has banned harmful misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccines out of concern that it could make people more hesitant to get inoculated. Now, the social media platform is adding more layers to its approach. On Monday, Twitter said that posts deemed to be harmful... Read more
Verizon tells users to disable 5G to preserve battery, then deletes tweet
Enlarge / A Verizon booth at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles in September 2018. Verizon has spent years hyping 5G despite it bringing just a minor speed upgrade outside the limited areas where millimeter-wave spectrum has been deployed, but the carrier’s support team advised users yesterday to... Read more
Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro to feature bigger battery and 120Hz display, analyst predicts
Angela Lang/CNET Apple’s iPhone 13 lineup will feature smaller notches and bigger batteries. That’s according to an investors note on Monday from TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, as reported by MacRumors and CNBC.  Kuo reportedly expects the iPhone 13 lineup to include the same four models as the iPhone... Read more
Instagram Live Now Hosts More People With ‘Rooms’
Everything may be happening on screens these days, but people haven’t let that box them in. Musicians have made music videos on Zoom, with backup dancers performing choreography in their own separate squares. Public figures have given interviews on Clubhouse, with audience members asking heated questions from their homes.... Read more
Rivalry raises $20 million for sports and esports online betting
Rivalry has raised $20 million for its business of sports and esports betting. The company has a mobile and PC platform that makes it easy to place bets on sports and esports matches. Rivalry’s average customer is 25 years old, and it is going after esports and sports fans... Read more
Galaxy S21 vs. Pixel 5: Which Android phone should you buy?
Angela Lang/CNET Samsung’s Galaxy S21 is here, and it’s a solid all-round Android device. But the S21 is isn’t the only phone around with excellent cameras, a crisp display and dependable batteries. The S21 has joined the likes of the iPhone 12, Mi 11, and the Pixel 5 in an... Read more
Why a YouTube Chat About Chess Got Flagged for Hate Speech
Last June, Antonio Radić, the host of a YouTube chess channel with more than a million subscribers, was live-streaming an interview with the grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura when the broadcast suddenly cut out. Instead of a lively discussion about chess openings, famous games, and iconic players, viewers were told Radić’s... Read more
Connections and inspirations between science fiction, tech, and games
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. What happens when you put a science fiction writer, a venture capitalist, and a game journalist together? That was the premise behind our latest conversation on Oculus Venues and Zoom in a session dubbed... Read more
Is that a thylacine? Camera trap footage released but experts dismiss claims of rediscovery
Does the footage show a thylacine … or something else? Thylacine Awareness Group of Australia YouTube Is the Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, lurking in the wilds of Australia? The scientific consensus is that the carnivorous marsupial is long extinct, with the last known thylacine dying in captivity in 1936.... Read more