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Google’s latest Pixel 6 update breaks things, again

Google can’t seem to catch a break with software updates for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, the first phones that are powered by the company’s own Tensor chip. After having to pull an earlier update that caused a rash of bugs and connectivity issues for early buyers of the phones, Google tried to…

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Ferrari is Qualcomm’s latest partner to build smarter cars

Qualcomm has announced its latest automotive partner: none other than Ferrari, with whom it’ll be entering into a “strategic technology collaboration” that will (eventually) see Qualcomm’s automative technology make its way into future Ferrari cars. As part of the deal, Ferarri plans to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Digital Chassis suite in the future, although there are…

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The Super Bowl won’t be lit: no cannabis ads allowed

If a brand wants to reach — or offend — a large swath of Americans all at once, there are few better venues than a Super Bowl ad. There are plenty of brands advertising this year that wouldn’t have been allowed in the big game just a few years ago, such as hard liquor or…

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Peloton fired 2,800 employees and gave them free Peloton memberships

As Peloton announced it was firing 2,800 people Tuesday morning, its outgoing CEO outlined in a memo the “meaningful” severance package those who are losing their jobs will receive, and great news: it includes a complimentary Peloton membership for the next year. Because really, getting a shoutout from an instructor or showing up on the…

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Apple’s Tap to Pay feature lets newer iPhones accept contactless payments

Apple just announced plans to roll out Tap to Pay on iPhone, allowing businesses to use mobile devices as a payment terminal for contactless payments. A Bloomberg report from 2020 noted Apple’s acquisition of a startup, Mobeewave, focused on building this technology, and a rumor from the same outlet in January revealed it was getting…

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Samsung Unpacked 2022: all the news and rumors about the Galaxy S22 and Tab S8

Samsung is holding its Unpacked event on February 9th at 10AM ET / 7AM PT, where it’s expected to announce its Galaxy S22 line of phones, alongside new Tab S8 tablets. The leaks and rumors (and hints from Samsung itself) make it seem unlikely that we’ll be seeing a new Galaxy Note, but we could…

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It’s the end of the Note as we know it

Samsung’s first 2022 Galaxy Unpacked event hasn’t started yet, but we’ve already got a strong notion that the event spells the end of the Note series. We know this because Samsung has done everything except shout from the rooftops that the next S-series Ultra will absorb the Note and its built-in stylus. You can even…

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‘NFTs are a scam,’ says indie game store Itchio

The world of online creators is increasingly divided on the subject of NFTs, but indie game store Itchio has taken a firm and clear stance on the topic. “A few have asked about our stance on NFTs,” the company tweeted this week. “NFTs are a scam. If you think they are legitimately useful for anything…

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This custom Asus GPU keycap even comes with a trio of tiny spinning fans

If you can’t get your hands on a new GPU right now, you could at least have a miniature version sitting at your fingertips. As seen via Tom’s Hardware, a new custom keycap in the form of an Asus ROG Strix brand GPU is now on sale in China. It replaces the right-shift key on…

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UK porn sites could verify age using credit cards or passports in revived plans

The UK government has revived plans for porn sites to verify users’ ages — an initiative that was scrapped in 2019 due to technical challenges and criticism from privacy campaigners. The new rules will be part of the UK’s Online Safety Bill, a mammoth piece of legislation intended to reset how digital platforms are governed…

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