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Black Leopard, Red Wolf The first entry in novelist Marlon James’ Dark Star trilogy is not always an easy read. Yet, while his vision of a fictionalized Africa can be unsettling and visceral, it’s also utterly beguiling, an imaginative story that owes as much to African mythology and religion as it does the fantasy epics…

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Log4j is patched, but the exploits are just getting started

Peter Membrey, chief architect of ExpressVPN, remembers vividly seeing the news of the Log4j vulnerability break online. “As soon as I saw how you could exploit it, it was horrifying,” says Membrey. “Like one of those disaster movies where there’s a nuclear power plant, they find it’s going to melt down, but they can’t stop…

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OnePlus’ latest true wireless earbuds offer noise cancellation for $99

OnePlus’ latest pair of true wireless earbuds are the $99 OnePlus Buds Z2. They’re double the price of the $49.99 OnePlus Buds Z from last year but now benefit from active noise cancellation, a shorter stem, and a more lightweight construction. They’re available now in the US and will release in the UK and EU…

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Comcast adds a Ring-style video doorbell to its Xfinity Home package

For customers who’ve chosen to trust Comcast with their home security, it’s adding a new Xfinity Video Doorbell that pops up a notification both in your Xfinity app and on your TV through a Flex or X1 box when someone is at the door. There are many options for video doorbells these days, but Comcast’s…

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Chrome OS tablets are getting fancier but not better

If you go looking for a new Chromebook, you’ll find a lot of traditional clamshell laptop designs and some convertible models with 360-degree hinges. You may also find a couple tablet-first options, with thinner, lighter designs and detachable keyboards. These tablet models run Google’s Chrome OS software but mimic the hardware of Microsoft’s Surface Pro…

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Huawei’s P50 Pocket is a stylish clamshell foldable launching this month

Huawei is set to announce a new foldable phone later this month called the Huawei P50 Pocket, according to a post on the company’s official Weibo account. Unlike its previous Mate X foldables, which fold from a device the size of a tablet into a smartphone, the P50 Pocket has a clamshell design that folds…

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Try for a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X today from Target

Look, nobody is happy about the current state of new consoles and their availability. While the hunt for a good deal is something we’re all about, having to search just to find a normal, full-price product is a whole lot less fun. That’s why we are always doing our best to help you score a…

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Ford launches new EV charging project to help commercial customers go electric

Ford is launching a new project to help its commercial customers switch to electric vehicles by selling them EV charging installation equipment and software management tools. The automaker says it expects to sell over 300,000 electric vehicles to businesses and government agencies over the next decade. To help ease the transition, Ford is launching a…

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TikTok tests PC game streaming app that could let it take on Twitch

TikTok is testing a new piece of desktop streaming software called TikTok Live Studio that lets users broadcast live footage from games and other desktop applications, TechCrunch reports. The software is currently being tested with a small number of users across some Western markets, TikTok says, but its official page on TikTok’s site appears to…

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Adidas is launching an NFT collection with exclusive access to streetwear drops

Adidas is getting into the NFT game. The apparel company is launching a line of NFTs on Friday, called Into the Metaverse, which will offer buyers access to what’s essentially a very exclusive fan club. NFT holders will be able to purchase special merch drops, and Adidas says members will help to shape what kinds…

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