WhatsApp begins testing a yellow pages-style business directory

By: The Verge

WhatsApp is piloting a new business directory in São Paulo, Brazil that lets users find local shops and services with a presence on the app, the service’s head Will Cathcart has announced. Screenshots show how WhatsApp will show businesses sorted by categories like “grocery store” and “restaurant,” before letting users chat directly with them. Reuters… Read more

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Alphabet’s Project Taara laser tech beamed 700TB of data across nearly 5km

By: The Verge

In January, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, shut down Project Loon, an initiative exploring using stratospheric helium balloons to distribute wireless internet (an attempt to use solar-powered drones folded in 2017). However, some technology developed as a part of the Loon project remained in development, specifically the Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) links that were originally… Read more

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How do you cross-examine a whistleblower?

By: The Verge

Getty Theranos lab assistant-turned-whistleblower Erika Cheung testifies in the Elizabeth Holmes wire fraud trial Erika Cheung, who took the stand yesterday for her direct testimony, which continued today, is known for being one of John Carreyrou’s sources for his blockbuster article about Theranos. You know, the article that’s part of the reason we are now… Read more

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Jensen Huang Makes Time 100 List of Influential People

By: Tom's Hardware

Home News (Image credit: Nvidia) The importance of technology is hard to overestimate these days, so it’s no surprise that three CEOS would make the Time 100 list of most influential people. This year’s list includes Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, along with Apple’s Tim Cook and Tesla’s Elon Musk. Apple is more than a PC… Read more

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Russian Company Develops 32-Bit RISC-V Microcontroller

By: Tom's Hardware

Home News (Image credit: Mikron) As we can see with the new Mikron MIK32 chip, the open-source RISC-V architecture opens doors for companies to redevelop existing microcontrollers. That’s becoming even more important as countries around the world look to wean themselves off of Western technologies. But just how feasible is that approach? Inherited from the… Read more

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Quick Look: ADATA EC700G RGB SATA/PCIe SSD Enclosure

By: Tech Power Up

I would like to thank ADATA for supplying the sample. The ADATA EC700G RGB NVMe Enclosure offers dual compatibility, so you may use it with either a SATA or NVMe M.2 drive. Along with its 10 Gbps USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C interface, it checks off all the same boxes as most other enclosures out there…. Read more

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The Apple rumors were wrong

By: The Verge

For many who follow tech news closely, Apple’s event on Tuesday had a few big surprises — not because there were completely unexpected announcements, but because we didn’t see things we really thought we’d be getting. Rumors that had enough smoke to be almost a sure-fire thing in previous years ended up falling flat. For… Read more

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Samsung begins mass-producing 90Hz OLED laptop screens

By: The Verge

Samsung Display is following through on its promise to ramp up OLED production. The company has begun mass-producing laptop-sized 90Hz OLED panels, which will appear in multiple upcoming 14-inch laptops from Asus. “The demand for laptops is increasing steadily as working from home and remote learning become the new norm,” Asus Vice General Manager Y.C…. Read more

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The iPhone 13 event was a case study in Tim Cook-era product refinement

By: The Verge

For the past ten years, Tim Cook’s greatest accomplishment as Apple CEO has been vastly more of the same. More iPhones, more iPhone accessories, more apps, and so much more money. While the Mac and iPad have occasionally fallen into disrepair, the company keeps coming back with new reasons to buy its greatest hits every… Read more

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Finally, some good news for Quibi

By: The Verge

Quibi’s zombie may finally be able to rest its weary head. The company’s successor has settled an ongoing feud with eternal thorn-in-its-side Eko. Eko, an interactive video company, and Quibi’s successor QBI Holdings announced today that they’d reached a settlement in the legal battle over Quibi’s perspective-shifting Turnstyle feature, which Eko alleged the streaming service… Read more

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T-Mobile execs miss the Galaxy Note as much as you do

By: The Verge

In the shadow of the iPhone 13, and an aggressive new “Forever Upgrade” plan to sell them, T-Mobile executives are complaining about Samsung’s phones, Fierce Wireless reports. Specifically, the lack of them. “Samsung has really fallen behind the eight ball relative to other OEMs on the global supply chain issue,” T-Mobile chief financial officer and… Read more

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Battlefield 2042 delayed by nearly a month

By: The Verge

Battlefield 2042, Dice’s upcoming entry in the Battlefield series, has been delayed by nearly a month, Dice parent company EA announced Wednesday. The game’s release date has been pushed from October 22nd to November 19th. “Building the next generation of Battlefield during a global pandemic has created unforeseen challenges for our development teams,” Oskar Gabrielson,… Read more

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Google’s rumored Pixel 6 Tensor processor sounds extremely weird

By: The Verge

Google is set to debut its first in-house smartphone chipset, the Tensor SoC, in its upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones. And if the latest report from XDA is correct, the Tensor’s rumored CPU setup could be very, very weird — even by Google standards. So far, Google has largely been hyping up… Read more

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Become a true impostor with an official Among Us costume

By: The Verge

Halloween is just around the corner, and if you still need a costume (smh if you haven’t gotten one yet, Halloween is 46 days away, what are you doing?) might I recommend the new official Among Us crewmate costumes? If you get one of these ridiculous inflatable outfits, you’ll surely fool everyone around you into… Read more

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Raspberry Pi Changes LED Color for Different PS5 Profiles

By: Tom's Hardware

Dynamic lighting can add an exciting level of immersion when implemented correctly and the Raspberry Pi is often the perfect vessel for adding more control over LED-focused projects. Today we’re looking at a clever creation shared to Reddit from maker Matthew Gregory who is using a Raspberry Pi to change the color of an LED… Read more

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