Googler who helped lead 2018 walkout will reportedly join the FTC

Former Google employee Meredith Whittaker could soon be working at the Federal Trade Commission as an AI policy advisor, according to a report by The Information. Whittaker may be best known for helping to organize a 2018 walkout at Google,... Read more

If you haven’t gotten a Switch N64 controller yet, you’ll have to wait until next year

The special Nintendo 64 controller for the Nintendo Switch briefly went on sale again on Tuesday, but if you missed buying one before they sold out, you won’t get a chance to pick one up until 2022, according to the... Read more

Blizzard co-lead Jen Oneal steps down three months after taking the role

Jen Oneal is stepping down as a co-lead of Blizzard just three months after taking the role in the wake of the sexual harassment lawsuit brought against Activision Blizzard by the state of California. Mike Ybarra, a former Xbox executive... Read more

Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV delayed again with no release date in sight

During Activision Blizzard’s third-quarter earnings call, the publisher announced that Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 will now launch later than expected. “As we have worked with new leadership in Blizzard and within the franchises themselves, particularly in certain key creative... Read more

Zillow is moving out of the home-selling business

Zillow has announced that it’s winding down the Zillows Offers program, a day after reports surfaced that it’s selling over 7,000 of the houses it purchased with the intent of flipping them to would-be home buyers. In a press release... Read more

How to create a signature for PDF documents on a Mac

These days, hard copy paperwork is fast becoming the exception rather than the rule, and more and more official papers are being turned into PDF documents. (PDF stands for Portable Document Format; it is a standard created by Adobe in... Read more

Nanoleaf’s Lines make it easy to color your walls with light

Indoor lighting has gone from functional to fun in the last few years, whether that involves simply screwing in a couple smart light bulbs or adding complicated, colorful effects that can change the entire mood of your home. Nanoleaf is... Read more

Microsoft is planning 3D metaverse apps for Xbox and gaming

Microsoft just announced its Microsoft Teams metaverse for meetings and video calls, but the company also has plans for gaming and entertainment. Speaking to Bloomberg TV, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says the software maker is “absolutely” focused on gaming for... Read more

Inscryption is part card game, part horror, and all-consuming

For my first session with Inscryption, knowing nothing about the game and only playing it on the recommendation of a trusted friend, I played for seven hours straight. It meant ignoring my adult responsibilities and most of my bodily functions... Read more

Dropbox is adding folders that will automatically organize for you

Dropbox is adding a feature that will let you add automation to folders so new files are automatically renamed, grouped into subfolders, or more. The feature is called, perhaps unsurprisingly, Automated Folders, and Dropbox says it can help you (and... Read more

Go read this investigation on the toxic air crisis plaguing American communities

More than 1,000 communities in the United States are hotspots for toxic air pollution that can cause cancer, according to an extensive new analysis from ProPublica. Over a quarter-million people are living in places with a level of cancer risk... Read more

Netflix Games starts global rollout on Android, with iOS ‘on the way’

We knew this was coming. Ever since the announcement Netflix was pursuing gaming content for its billion-dollar entertainment mega streaming platform, it was a matter of time before you could actually play games from the Netflix app. That day is... Read more

Facebook is shutting down its Face Recognition tagging program

Meta (formerly known as Facebook) is discontinuing Facebook’s Face Recognition feature following a lengthy privacy battle. Meta says the change will roll out in the coming weeks. As part of it, the company will stop using facial recognition algorithms to... Read more

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is shutting down next year

Niantic, the developers of the smash hit Pokémon Go, will be shutting down its Harry Potter-themed AR game Harry Potter: Wizard’s Unite on January 31st, 2022. The game will be pulled from the App Store, Google Play, and Galaxy Store... Read more

Nintendo is reportedly making 20 percent fewer Switches due to the chip shortage

The global chip shortage is rippling through all areas of technology, and its chokehold on electronics doesn’t seem to be easing up anytime soon. Nintendo is just one brand that continues to suffer due to the shortage, as a report... Read more

The free laptop program built into the Biden reconciliation plan

After months of negotiations, President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda advanced into its last phase of debate this week. The bipartisan infrastructure bill contains billions to expand high-speed broadband across the country, aiming to close the digital divide over... Read more

Fired #AppleToo organizer files labor charge against the company

Janneke Parrish, a leader of the #AppleToo movement, has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the company, alleging the tech giant fired her in retaliation for organizing. Parrish created the #AppleToo platform to help colleagues air their concerns with... Read more

The latest Oculus Quest update will help to prevent accidental dog punching

Fresh off of Meta’s Connect 2021 keynote, where Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was announced for Quest 2, the company announced the latest set of software feature updates arriving on Quest and Quest 2 headsets starting today. The biggest addition... Read more

Ford’s selling electric crate motors based on the one in the Mach-E

Ford has started selling an electric crate motor based on the one that powers the GT version of the Mustang Mach-E. The “Eluminator e-crate motor” makes 281 horsepower, 317 pound-feet of torque, and costs $3,900. The motor is just the... Read more

The PS5 and Xbox Series X are now available at Walmart

Walmart’s latest PS5 and Xbox Series X restocking event is back for a second day, following up yesterday’s replenishment of all these consoles. Today at 4PM ET / 1PM PT, Walmart will be selling the disc-based PlayStation 5, the disc-less... Read more

Red Arrows engineer unable to eject as jet crashed in ‘ball of flames’ seconds after take-off

Training regimes The panel inquiry found that a training manoeuvre designed to simulate an engine failure was being carried out when the plane stalled and crashed, because it was flying too low to recover. The coroner asked Sqn Ldr Morris... Read more

Oxford college changes name after £155m donation from female billionaire

The announcement was met with mixed feelings among Oxford dons. Dr Maria Kawthar Daouda, a lecturer in French literature at Oxford University, said that College names should not be altered simply because “a major gift has been made”. She said... Read more

Salmon served at Cop26 supplied by ‘environmentally-unfriendly’ US-owned fish farm

The thousands of delegates at Cop26 might just be choking on their Scottish smoked salmon. Campaigners have accused organisers of the Glasgow climate summit of serving up environmentally-unfriendly salmon supplied by a US-owned fish farm.  Loch Duart Ltd is the... Read more

Decolonising museum considers dropping term ‘discovery’

The National Museum of Scotland has said it had undertaken work to address how certain items ended up in its galleries. A spokeswoman said: “Our Discoveries Gallery has been reviewed and changes made to panels and interpretive text to better... Read more

Crypto coin riding Squid Game high craters after dizzying rally

Performers wear costumes inspired by the Netflix show “Squid Game” during a Halloween event at an amusement park in Beijing, China, October 30, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Nov 2 (Reuters) – A cryptocurrency named after the wildly popular Netflix drama “Squid... Read more