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Updated 2022-01-27 11:30
Spotify says it will remove Neil Young’s music instead of dropping Joe Rogan
Spotify "regrets Neil's decision"; Young objected to COVID misinformation.
Omicron’s wave is at least 386% taller than delta’s—and it’s crushing hospitals
Omicron wave's hospital admissions are 76% higher than delta's, CDC reports.
Android malware can factory-reset phones after draining bank accounts
First found in 2019, Brata keeps adding new forms of malice to its toolbox.
AG says he forced Amazon to shut down “unlawful price-fixing” program
Amazon suspended program amid investigation, is now forbidden from restarting it.
Valve confirms Steam Deck shipment, review dates: By the end of February
If your preorder landed in the first wave, Valve has payment instructions for you.
US Air Force spends $60 million on supersonic commercial airliner
"Overture would offer the valuable advantage of time."
Apple fixes major bugs in iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS software updates
There aren't any new features, but these issues had to be addressed expediently.
Huawei manages to launch the P50 internationally—at ridiculous prices
It's 35% more than Samsung, with no Google apps and a murky update future.
Major Windows 11 update, with taskbar tweaks and Android apps, coming in February
Notepad and Media Player redesigns will also be released to the public.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a breath of fresh air for a stale franchise
Legends rethinks the series' catching and battling without throwing them out.
Amazon ends widely mocked scheme that turned workers into Twitter “ambassadors”
Amazon's paid tweeters praised company, denied that workers urinate in bottles.
Today’s best deals: Apple AirPods Pro, MacBook Air, and more
Dealmaster also has Wacom tablets, AMD Ryzen CPUs, and Amazon's Fire TV Stick.
Chromebooks may borrow the Pixel’s battery-preservation trick
Feature would extend battery life span with AI.
Meta’s cryptocurrency ploy all but dead with Libra/Diem seeking to sell assets
Stablecoin raised concerns of “excessive concentration of economic power.”
Maserati wants its new MC20 supercar to rekindle that old magic
It re-enters the fray with cutting-edge technology and head-turning design.
European court overturns 12-year-old €1.06 billion fine against Intel
It's a major victory for Intel.
Nvidia RTX 3050 review: For an overpriced 1080p GPU, this could’ve been worse
Weird GPU lands in a bonkers market on the heels of the disappointing AMD RX 6500.
Fabs stretched thin as chip shortage shrinks inventories to just 5 days
Relief appears to be months, if not years, away.
A bug lurking for 12 years gives attackers root on every major Linux distro
It's likely only a matter of time before PwnKit is exploited in the wild.
A rare find: Archaeologists unearth 4,000-year-old board game in Oman
Team also unearthed remains of several large stone towers dating back to the Bronze Age.
Neil Young tells Spotify it can’t have both him and Joe Rogan anymore
Musician wants streaming platform to address "fake information" on vaccines.
Booby-trapped sites delivered potent new backdoor trojan to macOS users
Written from scratch, DazleSpy is the latest advanced piece of Mac malware.
OSHA will try a different route to a vaccine mandate for businesses
The Supreme Court blocked its first choice, but there are other options available.
Three new Star Wars video games are in development at EA, Respawn
EA's exclusivity deal with Lucasfilm is ending, but EA is still making new games.
WHO warns of potential for more variants as omicron subvariant found in US
"Learning to live with COVID cannot mean that we give this virus a free ride."
Starlink preps rugged user terminal that may avoid “thermal shutdown” problem
Fixed Earth station would bring Starlink to buildings in harsher environments.
Google drops FLoC after widespread opposition, pivots to “Topics API” plan
Google still wants to build tracking tech for advertisers directly into the browser.
New Logitech mechanical keyboards are conservative in looks and price
"Gaming keyboard" looks fit for work, too.
Beware—trolls are out to spoil tomorrow’s Wordle for you
One Twitter bot has been removed, but the threat remains.
Nvidia ready to abandon Arm acquisition, report says
Nvidia remains hopeful, but report paints different picture behind the scenes.
Emissions from aluminum production are bad news for solar energy
In some cases, producing one tonne of aluminum can result in 14 to 16 metric tons of CO.
Testing Intel’s 12th-gen Alder Lake laptop CPUs: Many cores make light work
The size of the speed improvements depends on the work you're doing.
To my surprise and elation, the Webb Space Telescope is really going to work
At times, it remains difficult to believe this is really happening.
Here’s what Apple might announce at a spring event this March
An iPhone SE, new iPads, and more ARM Macs? All possible.
90% of US has a poor diet, and 25% doesn’t exercise
Health industry loves to peddle pills and tricks, but Americans are missing the basics.
Dark Souls servers taken down following discovery of critical vulnerability
No interaction required. "I didn't even know that shit was possible," pwned player says.
AT&T announces multi-gigabit fiber: $110 a month for 2Gbps, $180 for 5Gbps
2Gbps and 5Gbps available to 5.2 million homes and businesses in 70+ metro areas.
Steam Deck will get the trippiest cloud-save functionality we’ve ever seen
Devs must update existing games to utilize handy new Dynamic Cloud Sync feature.
Kombucha cultures make excellent sustainable water filters, study finds
SCOBY-based membranes are more effective than commercial ones at preventing biofilms.
PC port of Ocarina of Time prepares for February release
Widescreen support, 60 fps, mods, and more planned for Windows version.
Spinning black holes may prefer to lean in sync
Black holes may be inclined to lean while merging, get kicked as a result.
Hactivists say they hacked Belarus rail system to stop Russian military buildup
If confirmed, the attack would be one of the first times ransomware has been used this way.
Latest Intel Arc GPU leaks: 3070 Ti-ish speeds, 5 different options for laptops
Intel's stab at the dedicated GPU market still looks promising.
Cargo ships could switch to renewable fuels, but it ain’t cheap (yet)
Using Europe as an example, the technical feasibility looks promising.
Acer toughens up its kid-focused Chromebook keyboards
Laptops come in screen sizes ranging from 11 to 14 inches, start at $350.
FCC chair plans to block exclusive deals that limit ISP choice in apartments
Plan would block sale-and-leaseback wiring deals and exclusive revenue sharing.
“Death Star” response from US would lock Russia out of 5G, advanced chips
Tech sanctions may be the new go-to foreign policy tool.
Google is reportedly planning a next-gen Chromecast with Google TV
The obvious upgrades would be more storage and AV1 support.
After 7 years, a spent Falcon 9 rocket stage is on course to hit the Moon
The impact could offer scientists a peek at the selenology of the Moon.
Bitcoin drops to six-month low as investors dump speculative assets
Cryptocurrencies tumble in wake of global stock sell-off, proposed Russian crypto ban.
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