IBM and Samsung say their new chip design could lead to week-long battery life on phones

IBM and Samsung have announced their latest advance in semiconductor design: a new way to stack transistors vertically on a chip (instead of lying flat on the surface of the semiconductor). The new Vertical Transport Field Effect Transistors (VTFET) design is meant to succeed the current FinFET technology that’s used for some of today’s most…

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T-Mobile’s Chromecast-like dongle has an ethernet port

T-Mobile’s TVision streaming service was not long for this world, but its name lives on in the TVision Hub — a $50 dongle with Google TV. It appears to function a lot like Google’s own Chromecast, but along with some T-Mobile branding, 9to5Google points out that it offers a feature you won’t find on Google’s…

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Instagram reportedly hit 2 billion active users but probably won’t admit it

Instagram has reportedly climbed to 2 billion monthly active users, that is according to anonymous employees who broke the news to CNBC. The Meta-owned company hasn’t — and probably won’t — officially disclosed these numbers, as it has spent the last several months under scrutiny for potentially causing harm to kids and teens. The last…

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Google is threatening to fire unvaccinated employees

Google employees who haven’t been vaccinated could be put on forced leave and then let go from the company if they fail to follow its COVID-19 rules, according to an internal memo obtained by CNBC. The policy will reportedly affect employees that would have fallen under the jurisdiction of President Biden’s vaccine mandate, which is…

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Rising temperatures are causing an unprecedented transformation in the Arctic

Climate change continues to create “cascading disruptions” in the Arctic as the region experiences rapid warming, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) writes in its 16th annual Arctic Report Card released earlier today. Pulling together the most recent data on temperature trends, sea ice cover, and more gathered in 2020 and 2021, this year’s…

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Six more women file lawsuits against Tesla, allege sexual harassment worsened by Musk’s tweets

Six more women who work at Tesla’s Fremont, California factory and service center have filed lawsuits against the company, according to a report from The Washington Post. Each woman has filed a separate lawsuit in the California Superior Court in Alameda County, alleging that they’re subject to a culture of sexual harassment at the workplace….

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The Verge’s 2021 holiday gift guide for creators

Rode Invisilav If you’re going to mic up another subject or yourself with a lavalier, it looks best to keep it off your lapel. That’s where the Rode’s Invisilav mounting system comes in.Price: $18 B&H Photo Ikea gaming hand Does a cooler headphone stand exist? No. Gamer hand is maximum gamer, maximum hand, and the…

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Leaked documents link Huawei to China’s domestic spying in Xinjiang

Huawei was involved in building technology for labor and reeducation camps, as well as surveillance systems in China’s Xinjiang region, according to PowerPoint presentations obtained and translated by The Washington Post. The report shows some of the ways the tech giant’s work may have been involved in the persecution against ethnic minorities in the region….

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The Verge’s 2021 gaming and entertainment holiday gift guide

Animal Crossing Monopoly Perhaps the most wholesome evolution of this capitalism-driven franchise, the adorable veneer of Animal Crossing might just be enough to prevent any board-flipping tantrums when you land on Boardwalk for the eighth time. Animal Crossing Monopoly replaces all the properties with adorable fruit, fossils, and bugs. Even the classic tokens have been…

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Judge denies California’s attempt to intervene in Activision Blizzard settlement

Today in federal court, a judge said she will deny the state of California’s attempt to intervene in the $18 million settlement between Activision Blizzard and the EEOC, according to a report from Bloomberg. The denial prevents the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing from joining the EEOC’s lawsuit against Activision Blizzard in order…

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