The year of 1 trillion streams

Hello there! I hope you all had a nice break. Thanksgiving food is not my thing, but I did enjoy watching the last third of Saturday Night Fever with my parents and in-laws (shockingly depressing!).  Back to the grind. Today, Spotify Wrapped copycats make their debut and Google and iHeartMedia get a slap on the…

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How to buy an iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max for the holidays

If you’re hoping to buy an iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max in time to make it a holiday gift, you probably already know that the odds are against you. The standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are readily available across most Apple retail stores, but Apple’s flagship phones are much, much harder to…

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Current Starlink prices set to almost double in Ukraine

The price of a Starlink satellite terminal has almost doubled in Ukraine, according to a report from the Financial Times, following increased demand for the SpaceX satellite devices and targeted Russian attacks on the country’s electrical grid that have caused communications networks to fail. Starlink terminals in Ukraine are set to increase from the equivalent…

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Kraken crypto exchange lays off 30 percent of workforce

The cryptocurrency exchange Kraken announced job cuts today, affecting 30 percent of its workforce, or around 1,100 employees. In a blog post, Kraken CEO Jesse Powell says the firm made the decision to help it weather the “crypto winter.” Kraken, a platform that lets users buy, sell, and trade crypto, announced its plans to hire…

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The 12.9-inch M1 and M2 iPad Pros are down to their best prices yet

The problem with Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Sometimes a deal is so good, it’s gone before you can even hit the “checkout” button. Apple’s latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro was one of those devices that reached an all-time low during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but naturally it seemed to sell out quickly. Luckily, the…

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Honda is the latest automaker to bring hands-free highway driving tech to the US

Honda will bring its hands-free highway driver-assist technology to the US by the end of the decade, making it the latest automaker to offer partially automated driving tech to customers. Honda Sensing, the company’s Level 2 advanced driver-assist system (ADAS), is already available to car owners who have opted to add the feature to their…

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Netflix’s latest batch of mobile games includes Cats & Soup and a new Reigns

Netflix has once again quietly added some games to its mobile app — and there’s some cool stuff to dig into in this batch. Headlining the update is Reigns: Three Kingdoms, the latest entry in the card-swiping strategy series. This iteration is inspired by the 14th-century novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and according to…

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Spotify Wrapped 2022 is here, and it’s giving everyone a “music personality”

Spotify Wrapped is here, and with it, a slew of year-end charts, data, and graphics ripe for sharing. In addition to the standard personal data (top artists, songs, etc.), Spotify is providing listeners with social-friendly stats the company hopes will generate the kind of buzz it has in the past, spurring competitors like Apple Music…

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Willow is back, and he brought an incredibly fun show with him

The two biggest fantasy shows of the year this year were… not the fantasy stuff I grew up on. House of the Dragon had plenty of gore and dragons, but was largely a show about the political machinations of a big incestuous family, and The Lord of the Rings seemed to spend every moment focused…

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Sony introduces Mocopi motion-tracking wearables

Sony has announced Mocopi, a portable and lightweight motion capture system that can be used to control a digital avatar in real time within metaverse applications like VR Chat. The kit consists of six button-like tracking tags — one for your head, hip, both ankles, and both wrists — that use Bluetooth to pair with…

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