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Messenger’s end-to-end encrypted chats and calls are available to everyone

Messenger added end-to-end encrypted (E2EE) chatting in 2016 when it was still called Facebook Messenger, and Meta was still Facebook. Now many things have changed, but the optional feature is fully rolled out to everyone, with toggles to encrypt text messages as well as group chats and calls. Meta has discussed switching to E2EE as…

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Polar Grit X Pro review: a fitness watch that matches your fit

While modern smartwatches have made health tracking a priority, there’s still a subsection of watches that are all about fitness. You’ve seen them. They’re the hulking monstrosities worn by your really outdoorsy friend who’s always posting pics of their latest hike, ski trip, or running route. These fitness-first smartwatches generally have battery life measured in…

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Master & Dynamic MG20 review: pricey doesn’t mean good

Master & Dynamic has released a wireless gaming headset that could be easily mistaken for a set of deluxe headphones. It’s called the MG20, and compared to the likes of Sony’s 1000XM4 and Bose’s QC45s, it aims higher in terms of build quality, with materials like steel and leather in place of plastic and leatherette….

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Nvidia’s cloud gaming service arrives on LG TVs

Nvidia’s GeForce Now app for LG TVs has exited beta, the graphics card manufacturer announced today. The cloud gaming service was released in beta last November for select LG televisions, and lets you stream games off Nvidia’s servers bought on stores like Steam and the Epic Games Store. If you’ve got a compatible 2021 LG…

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Gaming-focused Chromebooks are in the works

Google’s ambitions for gaming-focused Chromebooks might be close to reality. After years of teasing Steam for Chrome OS and even Nvidia demoing support for DLSS and ray tracing on Arm-based Chromebooks, references to new gaming Chromebooks have now been spotted in test versions of Chrome OS. Google revealed two years ago that it was working…

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Amazon has disbanded the Twitter army it paid to tweet about how great Amazon is

Amazon has shuttered a controversial influence campaign in which it paid workers to tweet about how much they love working at Amazon, reports The Financial Times. Employees at the retailer’s warehouses (which it calls fulfillment centers) were paid to share positive impressions about the company and to deny widely-reported workplace failings — like employees being…

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Lamborghini releases its first NFT, which is the most Lamborghini thing ever

Lamborghini is accelerating into the world of the blockchain with the release of its first NFT (non-fungible token) next month. The Italian automaker, which is in the midst of an ambitious shift to hybrid and electric sports cars, announced that it would auction off a series of NFTs that it produced in collaboration with Swiss…

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YouTube announces 135 creators in its 2022 Black Voices Fund

YouTube is announcing 135 creators who will take part in the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, including a slate of 40 in the US and Canada. The fund provides one year of support, including seed funding for channels, development programs, workshops, and networking opportunities. “Black creators have played an important role in shaping the culture on YouTube….

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Spotify picks Joe Rogan over Neil Young

This week, Neil Young published an open letter demanding Spotify remove his music because he didn’t want to share the platform with podcaster Joe Rogan. It appears Young is getting his wish, as Spotify is now removing his music, according to The Wall Street Journal. “I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that…

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Discord recovers from two-hour outage

Discord experienced a widespread outage Wednesday afternoon, preventing many users from connecting to the communications app. The outage started at around 2:45PM ET and prevented users from joining calls or participating in text chats. “We are currently investigating a widespread API outage and are working to resolve this ASAP,” said the official Discord Twitter account….

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