Bluesky Adds Direct Messaging, But It's No Signal Replacement Yet
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by Rob Pegoraro
3h ago
The decentralized platform checks off one of the most common feature requests from Twitter refugees, but it's a bare-bones experience for now. You now have yet another app that can contribute to your information overload: Twitter alternative Bluesky has rolled out direct messaging. Updating Bluesky’s Android or iOS apps or refreshing its website should add a chat-bubble icon to its toolbar. The default setting lets anybody you follow ..read more
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Prototype Amazon Project Kuiper Satellites Headed for a Fiery Demise
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by Michael Kan
3h ago
The upcoming 'deorbiting' test will help Amazon collect data on safely retiring future Project Kuiper satellites, which are designed to burn up in the Earth's atmosphere on re-entry. Amazon is preparing to complete one final journey for its prototype Project Kuiper satellites: Having them burn up in the Earth's atmosphere. The company is preparing to "deorbit" the KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2, which launched in October. Both have shown that Project Kuiper—a rival to Starlink—can ..read more
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Your Ultimate Privacy and Security Toolkit
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by Neil J. Rubenking
5h ago
Keeping your data secure and private requires more than just strong passwords and basic antivirus. For the best protection against every possible threat, this is everything you need. In 2024, many aspects of our daily lives are now digital. Whether we're working, reading the news, watching movies, managing finances, or even just talking to friends and family; much of what we do is mediated by the internet. And while generally speaking that's made our lives easier, it has ..read more
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SpaceX Pokes Holes in Cellular Starlink Interference Claims
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by Michael Kan
6h ago
The company alleges that rival Omnispace merely configured a satellite to detect radio activity from Starlink satellites, instead of actually experiencing interference. SpaceX is pushing back against accusations that the company’s cellular Starlink system for phones could interfere with other satellites. According to SpaceX, rival Omnispace is using rigged testing that fails to provide any evidence of harmful radio interference. It "only proves that SpaceX’s direct-to-cell satellites ..read more
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Dogs Playing in the NBA? Google's AI Overviews Are Already Spewing Nonsense
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by Emily Dreibelbis
7h ago
The expansion of Google's AI Overviews leads to a flood of social media posts showcasing its ridiculous responses. CEO Sundar Pichai admits the tech is not great at 'factuality.' Has a dog ever played in the NBA? Google's AI thinks so. What are some ways to keep cheese from sliding off pizza? Google recommends adding 1/8 cup of non-toxic glue, citing a sarcastic Reddit post from 2013. It's been just over ..read more
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IFixit Calls It Quits With Samsung Over High Prices—and Glue
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by Kate Irwin
7h ago
Effective June 17, iFixit will no longer partner with Samsung on repair parts and guides, in part because it doesn't think Samsung wants customers to be able to fix their phones 'at scale.' Repair site iFixit is ending its Samsung Repair Hub and formal collaboration with the tech giant next month, citing high costs and device designs that make them unnecessarily expensive to fix. "As we tried to build this ecosystem we consistently faced obstacles that made us doubt Samsung’s ..read more
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US to Resume Trump-Era Tariffs on Graphics Cards Assembled in China
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by Michael Kan
7h ago
The tariffs add a 25% duty on graphics cards, motherboards, and desktop PC cases. PC builders, beware: The Biden administration is preparing to resume tariffs on graphics cards and motherboards assembled in China. Over the past year, the US Trade Representative (USTR) has delayed restoring the Trump-era tariffs, which added a 25% duty on affected Chinese goods. The goal was ..read more
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TCL 50 XL 5G
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by Iyaz Akhtar
7h ago
A competent but unimpressive budget phone The $159.99 TCL 50 XL 5G is a budget phone with modern features like a big screen, the latest version of Android, and multiple cameras. It even packs some compelling extras like a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a charger in the box ..read more
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First Console War Epilogue: Atari Buys Intellivision Brand
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by Michael Kan
10h ago
Atari buys the brand and the rights to numerous Intellivision games, bringing an end to what some consider to be the first console war. An old-school video game rivalry has a new chapter with Atari acquiring the Intellivision brand, one of its long-time competitors. Atari purchased the brand and rights to over 200 Intellivision games to revitalize the video game properties. "Atari will seek to expand digital and physical distribution of ..read more
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5 Ways Copilot+ PCs Solve the Biggest Problems With AI PCs
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by Chris Hoffman
10h ago
Microsoft and PC makers finally give us real reasons to buy AI laptops. PC makers have been shipping AI PCs for months, but let's be honest: The AI laptop story hasn’t been very compelling. The machines are nice enough with their modern hardware, but the AI part of the package still needs work. Last month, I wrote about ..read more
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