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Big tech's reckoning starts with an antitrust committee

Engadget - 9 hours 46 min ago
On July 27th, the CEOs of Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google -- the “GAFA” companies -- will testify in front of the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee. Getting those four people into the same room -- even virtually -- on the same day is somethin...

2021 Kia Sedona's interior molds premium and tech pretty well - Roadshow

CNET News - 9 hours 50 min ago
The Sedona, known as the Carnival in other parts of the world, sports a pretty good-looking cabin.

Google's true wireless Pixel Buds are now available outside of the US

Engadget - 10 hours 5 min ago
A few months after Google released its second-generation Pixel Buds in the US, they’re now on sale in some other countries. Folks in Canada, the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Singapore and Spain are among those who can get their han...

Star Wars: The Bad Batch hits Disney Plus in 2021 - CNET

CNET News - 10 hours 5 min ago
The quirky team of clones debuted in the final season of The Clone Wars earlier this year.

Apple Puts $400 Million Toward Affordable Housing

SlashDot - 10 hours 9 min ago
Apple announced Monday that it is allocating $400 million toward affordable housing and homeowner assistance programs in California this year, as part of the $2.5 billion commitment announced in November. From a report: The housing crisis has worsened in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, forcing states and cities to pause spending on affordable housing projects. Big Tech's wealth has been blamed by some for driving up housing prices in the San Francisco Bay Area and making it unaffordable for teachers, firefighters and other workers who support the region. Apple, along with Facebook, Google and Microsoft, committed a collective $5 billion to support affordable housing initiatives, but it ran into the reality that money alone can't solve the problem without changes to zoning and financing restrictions.

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T-Mobile CEO teases that its next 'un-carrier' event is coming this week - CNET

CNET News - 10 hours 12 min ago
A phone clock in a tweeted promo video hints when to expect news from T-Mobile.

Google will fund 100,000 online certification scholarships to help US workers get jobs - CNET

CNET News - 10 hours 16 min ago
The search giant also promises $10 million in job training grants.

The best microwaves for 2020 - CNET

CNET News - 10 hours 17 min ago
Whether it's perfect popcorn or last night's pizza, these microwaves are your best bets for making delicious food in a jiffy.

The best sunrise alarm clock for 2020 - CNET

CNET News - 10 hours 17 min ago
If you're tired of being jolted awake by beeping, try waking up to a faux-sunrise inside your bedroom.

Lego teases buildable NES set following leaks - CNET

CNET News - 10 hours 31 min ago
It'll apparently cost around $250 and come out Aug. 1.

Google makes it easier to add more info to Calendar events

Engadget - 10 hours 37 min ago
Google is making it easier for G Suite users to add info to Calendar events without having to click “more options.” Now, when users create an event, more editable fields will appear directly in the pop-up dialog.In G Suite, you’ll be able to grant gu...

Bottleneck for US Coronavirus Response: The Fax Machine

SlashDot - 10 hours 45 min ago
Public health officials in Houston are struggling to keep up with one of the nation's largest coronavirus outbreaks. They are desperate to trace cases and quarantine patients before they spread the virus to others. But first, they must negotiate with the office fax machine. From a report: The machine at the Harris County Public Health department in Houston recently became overwhelmed when one laboratory sent a large batch of test results, spraying hundreds of pages all over the floor. "Picture the image of hundreds of faxes coming through, and the machine just shooting out paper," said Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of the department. The county has so far recorded more than 40,000 coronavirus cases. Some doctors fax coronavirus tests to Dr. Shah's personal number, too. Those papers are put in an envelope marked "confidential" and walked to the epidemiology department. As hard as the United States works to control coronavirus, it keeps running into problems caused by its fragmented health system, a jumble of old and new technology, and data standards that don't meet epidemiologists' needs. Public health officials and private laboratories have managed to expand testing to more than half a million performed daily, but they do not have a system that can smoothly handle that avalanche of results.

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Blizzard releases an 'Overwatch' soundtrack that covers all 21 maps

Engadget - 10 hours 52 min ago
Rich, orchestral music is one of the hallmarks of Overwatch, and you can now listen to more of it outside of the game whenever you like. Blizzard has released a soundtrack album called Overwatch: Cities And Countries, which includes tunes linked to a...

'Flight Simulator' for PC arrives on August 18th

Engadget - 11 hours 3 min ago
Nearly one year after we first got our hands on a pre-alpha build of the next Flight Simulator, the game is almost complete. Microsoft Flight Simulator will arrive on PC on August 18th, and it will be available with Xbox Game Pass for PC (beta).The g...

iPhone slow down because of 'batterygate?' You could be eligible for a $25 settlement - CNET

CNET News - 11 hours 14 min ago
You'll need to know the serial number of your iPhone 6, 6S, SE or 7 to submit a claim.

Sony Xperia 1 ii review: Sony’s best phone in years

Engadget - 11 hours 16 min ago
Looking back at our original Xperia 1 review, I’m embarrassed to say I missed the mark. Yes, it wasn’t “sensible”, but it was Sony’s first attempt at building a phone that elevated the camera experience above everything else. Of course that wasn’t go...

Vivo's next gaming phone can fully charge in 15 minutes

Engadget - 11 hours 30 min ago
Vivo has used its lineup of iQOO gaming phones to push the envelope on smartphone tech for a while now, and it looks like the company has a significant new innovation in its next device. A video from the iQOO brand on Weibo shows a new device using t...

The Tesla Model Y is now thousands cheaper - Roadshow

CNET News - 11 hours 33 min ago
The Long Range AWD variant took a price cut of $3,000 this weekend as Tesla shuffles things around.

The Data-Driven Tech Engine at the Heart of Hollywood's Content Factories

SlashDot - 11 hours 34 min ago
America's studios, creators and marketers are relying, more than ever, on digital platforms that allow them to gauge what audiences like-- and would like to see more of. From a report: They're not just looking for test screenings, either. They're looking to check in with potential audiences at every stage of production, from before a script is written until the moment their new TV show, film or music video debuts. Ever since George Lucas ushered in the era of endless sequels (and prequels), Hollywood executives have tried to capitalize on the success of the Last Big Thing by churning out more of it. But content budgets are increasing far faster than established franchises can keep up. Netflix is projected to spend more on new and acquired content in 2020 -- $17 billion -- than Apple spent on research and development in 2019. With stakes that high, minimizing risk when creating new content "at scale" means treating it like any other mass-market product. Executives, producers, writers, directors and marketers need to be able to consistently craft programs that are more likely than not to find their target audiences. Critical approval and industry awards -- even box-office blowouts -- while nice, aren't the endgame for most.

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