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3 Alternative Uses for Your Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controllers

The Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controllers are capable of more than just gaming. If Joy-Con drift hasn’t made you bananas, then you can detach the controllers (on the bigger, non-Lite Switch) and use them in a variety of different ways. Here are three of the most useful ones we’ve found.Read more...
Tags: Android, Science, Technology, Bluetooth, Computing, Nintendo, Game Controller, Nintendo Switch, Joy Con, Gesture Recognition, Motion Controller, Video Game Consoles, Video Game Controllers, Technology Internet


Zoom's $85 Million Settlement Won't Change a Thing, but It Could Get You a Refund

Zoom—the video conferencing software that many of us have come to begrudgingly rely on in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic—agreed on Saturday to pay $85 million to settle a class-action suit brought on by the numerous privacy and security issues the platform refused to patch up. And like many settlements put out…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Technology, Privacy, Social Media, Software, Computing, Zoom, Terms Of Service, Lucy Koh, Internet Privacy, Web Conferencing, Video Software, Videotelephony, Technology Internet


Texas Instruments Adds Python to Its Latest Graphing Calculator

Graphing calculators have always been a fun way to get started with programming, though mostly in the form of games and cheat sheets. But now Texas Instruments is introducing a new TI-84 graphing calculator that supports programming in Python.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Computing, Computer Science, Texas Instruments, Calculator, Graphing Calculators, Ti 84, Technology Internet, Programmable Calculators, Ti 84 Graphing Calculator, Ti Basic, Z80, Ti Nspire Series, Ti 84 Plus Series, Ti 83 Premium Ce


Google Fi Purportedly Isn’t Letting Subscribers Call Poison Control for Some Weird Reason

Considering the amount of poisonous substances in this world, which can range from mundane things like nail polish to unlikely things like house plants, it’s pretty important to be able to call Poison Control if you’re exposed to something potentially toxic. Unfortunately, if you’re a Google Fi user, that might not be…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Chrome Os, Poison, Computing, Reddit, Operating Systems, Alphabet Inc, Poison Control Center, Computer Architecture


I Accidentally Recorded At Least 682 Gigabytes of Video of Myself Without My Knowledge

It’s happened to all of us: You’ve been browsing your hard drive and found hundreds of gigabytes of lengthy video files of the inside of your office, apparently filmed without your awareness. Dozens or possibly hundreds of hours of footage of whatever you’re up to when you don’t think you’re being observed, and you…Read more...
Tags: Science, Software, Webcam, Computing, Free Software, Dick, Edward Cullen, Tom McKay, OBS Studio, Andrew Couts, Videotelephony, Free And Open Source Software, Screencasting Software


Chipmaker for iPhone 13 and MacBook Pros Hit by Gas Contamination

You might not know Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. off the top of your head, but you definitely use gadgets featuring their chips. In fact, it’s the sole semiconductor supplier for Apple’s various devices. Now, Nikkei Asia is reporting TSMC’s most advanced factory for Apple processors has been hit by gas…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ipad, Asia, Science, Steve Jobs, Joe Biden, Intel, Macintosh, Mobile Phones, Tim Cook, Computing, TSMC, Apple Inc, Iphone 7, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co


Why DirectStorage Will Be a Game-Changer for Your Windows 11 PC

Windows 11 is on the way, bringing with it a fresh design and eliminating some features while adding new ones. One of the technologies that Microsoft’s next operating system is bringing with it is DirectStorage, promising super-fast loading times for next-gen SSD storage. Here’s everything you need to know about the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Microsoft, Computing, Nvidia, Virtual Reality, Amd, Solid State Drive, NVM Express, DirectX, Graphics Processing Unit, Application Programming Interfaces, Video Game Consoles, Home video game consoles, In Video Gaming, Xbox Series X And Series S


Google Is Booting 'Sugar Daddy' Apps From the Play Store

You probably wouldn’t expect to find references to “sugar daddies” in Google’s policy updates, but this week that’s exactly what happened. Android Police was first to note that Google quietly updated its inappropriate content policies in its Play Store to specifically forbid any apps meant to encourage “compensated…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Google Play Store, Science, Computing, Operating Systems, Ashley Madison, Mobile App, Quanta Computer, Computer Architecture, Sideloading, Mobile Linux, Likee, Cloud Clients, Computer Networking


Someone Made a Playable Clone of Pokémon for the Pebble Smartwatch

The Pebble was the first smartwatch that genuinely delivered on the promise of smart wearables, but despite a devoted user base, it was not long for this world, and was eventually bought by Fitbit. Despite the company no longer existing, the smartwatches still work just fine, and developers are still making apps for…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Smartwatches, Computing, Nintendo, Pokemon, Fitbit, Wearable Technology, Pebble, Github, Wearable Devices, Allen, Pebble smartwatch, Ubiquitous Computing, Wear OS, Wearable Computers


Amazon Warns That Older Kindles May Start Losing Cellular Service Later This Year

If you’re an owner of an older Kindle e-reader, your device may soon lose support for an important feature: internet access. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Verizon, Publishing, Science, Kindle, E Books, Amazon Kindle, Computing, Ebook, Electronic Paper, Ur, Digital Technology, E Reader, Technology Internet, Proprietary Hardware


Google and Facebook Will Require Employees to Be Vaccinated Before Office Reopening

At the start of the pandemic, Big Tech led the way in embracing remote work. Now, it’s also serving as a bellwether of how companies are planning to safely return to the office. But it doesn’t look like everyone is on the same page. While Google and Facebook announced today they will require all staffers to be…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Companies, Chrome Os, Tim Cook, Computing, Vaccination, Sundar Pichai, Apple Inc


Google Will Require All Apps on the Play Store to Have a Privacy Policy Starting in April 2022

Earlier this spring, Google announced the development of a new safety section coming to the Play Store next year, and today Google is now following up with more details on the kind of information apps will be required to provide including new mandatory privacy policies.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Human Rights, Privacy, Identity Management, Computing, App Store, Digital Rights, Terms Of Service, Internet Privacy, Privacy Law, Computer Architecture, Technology Internet, Disaster Accident


The World Isn't Ready for Health-Tracking Earbuds

Fitness-focused earbuds are nothing now, but they’re usually just sweat-resistant and bass-forward for powering through workouts. Amazfit’s new Powerbuds Pro take that to the next level. Design-wise, they’re more like Apple’s AirPods Pro, but with the added ability to track workouts, monitor your posture, warn you…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Science, Technology, Smartwatch, Headphones, Computing, Wearable Devices, Jaybird, iPhone accessories, Amazfit, AirPods, Fast Pair, Wearable Computers, Philips In Ear Headphoneheadset, Humancomputer Interaction


Instagram's New Settings Take Aim at Creepy Adults

As part of a slew of ongoing efforts to make Instagram less of a cesspool of awful content for awful people, the company announced a slew of new changes for accounts belonging to the teen and tweenage set meant to keep them safer on the platform. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Internet Privacy, Video Software, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Technology Internet


Oculus Quest 2 Sales Halted Due to Skin Irritation

Back in December, Facebook acknowledged that a small number of Oculus Quest 2 users experienced some kind of skin irritation due to the foam cushion in its headsets. Today, the company announced it’s temporarily halting sales of the Quest 2 and issued a joint voluntary recall with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Computing, Oculus, Virtual Reality, Wearable Devices, Andrew Bosworth, Mixed Reality, Irritation, Business Finance, Display technology, Virtual Reality Headsets


Facebook Is Mulling Linking Oculus Workouts With Apple Health

While Facebook and Apple haven’t been on the best terms as of late, the social media giant is reportedly considering letting Oculus users sync up their workout data to Apple Health, according to Bloomberg.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Health, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Fitness, Bloomberg, Software, Computing, Nintendo, Oculus, Apple Watch, Wearable Devices


Apple Health Might Soon Track Your VR Workouts

While Facebook and Apple haven’t been on the best terms as of late, the social media giant is reportedly considering letting Oculus users sync up their workout data to Apple Health, according to Bloomberg.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Health, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Fitness, Bloomberg, Software, Computing, Nintendo, Oculus, Apple Watch, Wearable Devices


Samsung's Massive Odyssey Neo G9 Is the New King of Gaming Monitors

Samsung’s been making gaming monitors for years now, but execs in the company’s display division say last year’s Odyssey G9 was its first flagship gaming monitor. Now there’s a new Odyssey in town, and from what we’ve seen so far, it handily claims the gaming monitor crown.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Samsung, Computing, Nvidia, Samsung Electronics, Twitch, FreeSync, Vesa, Displayport, Grover Cleveland, Computer Monitor, Harrington Jacket, NVIDIA G SYNC, Television Technology, Computer Peripherals


QR Menu Codes Are Everywhere—and Tracking You More Than You Think

If you’ve returned to the restaurants and bars that have reopened in your neighborhood lately, you might have noticed a new addition to the post-quarantine decor: QR codes. Everywhere. And as they’ve become more ubiquitous on the dining scene, so has the quiet tracking and targeting that they do. Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Communication, Computing, Menu, Barcode, Qr Code, Jay Stanley, Barcodes, Hypermedia, Technology Internet, Encodings, Records Management Technology, Automatic Identification And Data Capture


Leaked Surface Duo 2 Pics Show a Less Elegant Design but Hint at an Improved Camera

Last year’s Surface Duo was a bold attempt by Microsoft to spearhead a new type of mobile device, but like a lot of first-gen products, it didn’t quite hit the mark. But now a second model appears to be on the way and new leaked pics depict a device that trades out some sleekness for a more capable design. Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Microsoft, Smartphone, Computers, Computing, Microsoft Surface, Surface, Surface Duo, Technology Internet, Duo 2


WhatsApp Head Says New Pegasus Spyware Investigation Coincides With Its Findings From 2019 Attack

WhatsApp chief Will Cathcart has said that findings from the new investigation into NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware coincide with what the app learned about an attack on its users in 2019. Cathcart also questioned NSO’s claim that a list of thousands of phone numbers central to the investigation is an exaggeration,…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Social Media, Whatsapp, Spyware, Software, Computing, Pegasus, Espionage, End To End Encryption, Cathcart, NSO, NSO Group, Will Cathcart, Project Pegasus Revelations


New Update Lets You Block Spammers and Gross People on Google Drive

As with all things, the internet has its high points, such as adorable cats, and its low points, or spammers, trolls, and people who share abusive content. Many of us avoid these individuals, though it’s easier to do on some platforms than on others. Here’s some good news: If you’re having trouble with these kinds of…Read more...
Tags: Google, Google Drive, Science, Technology, Gmail, Cloud Storage, Google Search, Computing, World Wide Web, Spamming, Alphabet Inc, Google Account, Google Workspace, Technology Internet


Apple Music's Spatial Audio and Lossless Streaming Features Land on Android

Apple launched its Spatial Audio feature and lossless streaming support for Apple Music just over a month ago, and as of today, Android users can also get in on the action. Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ipad, Science, Technology, Ipads, Computing, Surround Sound, Digital Audio, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Laboratories, Information and Communications Technology, iPad 2, Spatial Audio, Ultra High Definition Television, Audio Codecs


Senators Put Section 230 in the Crosshairs in Battle Over Covid-19 Misinformation

For the past few years, we’ve seen companies like Facebook either endlessly shrug off the misinformation problems on their platforms or issue half-assed fixes meant to keep them in check. Now, they might have a little more motivation. On Thursday, two lawmakers introduced meant to strip back these…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Social Media, Software, Social Issues, Computing, Amy Klobuchar, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Misinformation, Deception, Section 230, Ben Ray, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Technology Internet


Beta-Testing Car Software Sounds Like a Bad Idea

If you drive a car that supports Android Auto, Google has opened a beta tester program to try the new features before everyone else. Once you opt into the beta, you can help Google test the features with your specific device and vehicle and share feedback to help the company improve the product. Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Spotify, Science, Smartphones, Computing, Operating Systems, Alphabet Inc, Computer Architecture, Android Auto Google, Here WeGo, Mobile Linux, Cloud Clients, In Car Entertainment, Technology Internet


Google Says Only Certain Smartwatches Can Upgrade to the Next-Gen Wear OS

After Google and Samsung announced they were partnering to build a new Wear OS, the biggest unanswered question was whether existing smartwatches would be able to upgrade to the platform. Today, Google clarified which smartwatches would be eligible in a Wear OS support forum—and if you’ve got an older Android watch…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Technology, Samsung, Smartwatches, Computing, Sonos, Qualcomm, Wearable Devices, Mobvoi, Exynos, Qualcomm Snapdragon, Computer Architecture, Ubiquitous Computing, Wear OS


Facebook Just Blocked the #VaccinesKill Hashtag Two Years Too Late

At least two years after it would have been politically prudent to do so, Facebook moved to block content under the #VaccinesKill hashtag on Wednesday. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Hashtag, Software, Computing, Biden, Operating Systems, Jen Psaki, Fake News, Video Software, Pseudohistory, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Technology Internet, Covid 19 Misinformation


Telegram CEO's Number Found on List of Potential NSO Spyware Targets

Pavel Durov, CEO and co-founder of chat platform Telegram, is the latest person to be swept up in the ongoing scandal involving the NSO Group.Read more...
Tags: Science, Spyware, Software, Computing, Amnesty International, Pegasus, Espionage, Telegram, Pavel Durov, Citizen Lab, Communication Software, Instant Messaging Clients, NSO Group, NSO Group Read, Cross Platform Software


Teens' Scheme to Takeover Twitter Handles Ends With Tragic Death in Swatting Incident

A troll conspiracy to capture a generic Twitter handle has resulted in death, Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN . According to the station, an underage extortionist going after the “@Tennessee” Twitter account placed a false 9-11 report (“swatting”) of a shooting at the home of 60-year-old handle owner Mark…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Abc, Social Media, Snapchat, Software, Computing, Nashville, Troll, Operating Systems, Mark, WKRN, Mark Herring, Swatting, WKRN TV, Law Crime


Qualcomm's Feeling the Heat Over Its Android Smartwatch Chips

There are a lot of reasons why Google’s Wear OS smartwatch platform has stagnated over the years, but a major factor was that the majority of its smartwatches were running on outdated processors from Qualcomm. But now that Google and Samsung have partnered to build a new platform—and Samsung’s new watches are rumored…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Verizon, Science, Technology, Samsung, Smartwatches, Computing, Vodafone, Qualcomm, Wearable Devices, Mobvoi, Qualcomm Snapdragon, Personal Digital Assistants, Wear OS, Wearable Computers



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