What data on money spent on travel, grocery shopping tells us about the pandemic recovery
You can paint a picture of the pandemic by what we bought or didn’t buy. You can learn a lot by looking at where we went or didn’t go. And as vaccines become more widely available and the end of the pandemic potentially draws near, you can also use... Read more
iOS 15 rumors: Release date, cool new features, device compatibility and more
Will iOS 15 look a lot like iOS 14? We aren’t yet sure. Patrick Holland/CNET We’re still waiting for Apple to release iOS 14.5, but that’s not stopping us from looking ahead to the next new version of the iPhone operating system: iOS 15. As usual, we’ll expect a... Read more
Microsoft Makes a $16 Billion Entry Into Health Care AI
When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke to investors Monday about his company’s plan to acquire speech-recognition specialist Nuance for $16 billion, he emphasized the importance of artificial intelligence in health care. Nuance’s software listens to doctor-patient conversations and transcribes speech into organized digitized medical notes. This helps explain the... Read more
The Blizzard Arcade Collection adds two games for free
Join GamesBeat Summit 2021 this April 28-29. Register for a free or VIP pass today. Blizzard Entertainment has released a free update today for The Blizzard Arcade Collection that adds two games: The Lost Vikings 2 and RPM Racing. The Blizzard Arcade Collection launched in February for PC, Switch,... Read more
OnePlus Watch Review: Good hardware plagued by bad software
The OnePlus Watch looks and feels like a premium smartwatch without the price tag to match. For $159 (£149, roughly AU$270) the OnePlus Watch offers basic smartwatch features like getting notifications from your phone, plus advanced health features like blood oxygen monitoring, high and low heart rate alerts and... Read more
Data Brokers Are a Threat to Democracy
You’ve probably never heard of Acxiom, but it likely knows you: The Arkansas firm claims to have data on 2.5 billion people around the world. And in the US, if someone’s interested in that information, there are virtually no restrictions on their ability to buy and then use it.... Read more
Latest Edelman survey rates trust in tech at a 21-year low
The technology sector plummeted from being the most trusted industry sector in 2020 to 9th place in 2021, according to the 21st annual analysis from communications firm Edelman. Lack of accountability and unwillingness to self-govern is eroding the public’s trust in technology. Trust in technology reached all-time lows in... Read more
How to appeal Facebook post moderation decisions to the Oversight Board
Starting Tuesday, Facebook and Instagram users have a new way to try to get offending Facebook posts removed. The oversight board, a court-like body that the company has created to handle its trickiest content moderation decisions, has announced that users can now appeal decisions made by Facebook to leave... Read more
Twitter bot helps COVID-19 vaccine hopefuls snag appointments
Sam Mendelson (left) and Daniel Stoiber, creators of CovaxSF.  For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website. For plenty of people in the US, setting up a COVID-19 vaccine appointment has meant sitting in front of a computer, endlessly refreshing multiple browsers... Read more
16 Mother’s Day Gifts We’ve Tried and Love (2021)
This Mother’s Day is a bit more hopeful than last year’s. Even if you and your parents can’t get the vaccine in time for the holiday, the odds are that you will be able to get it— if you want it!—quite soon. All it will take is a few... Read more