Google Working on Browser for iOS That Would Break Apple’s App Store Rules

Google’s Chromium developers are working on an experimental web browser for iOS that would break Apple’s browser engine restrictions, The Register reports. The experimental browser, which is being actively pursued by developers, uses Google’s Blink engine. Yet if Google attempted to release it on the App Store, it would not pass Apple’s App Review process. […]

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The Secret to Making Concrete That Lasts 1,000 Years

Masic’s paper is the latest in a string of investigations into Roman concrete. Last year, he published research with Marie Jackson, a researcher at the University of Utah, that examined the 70-foot-tall tomb of first-century Roman noblewoman Caecilia Metella on the Appian Way, an ancient Roman road that runs across Italy. Their investigation revealed that the particular […]

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Review: Akko MOD 007S v2 is a fabulous gasket-mounted DIY keyboard that costs just $169

There’s a lot of excitement in the mechanical keyboard category these days. With an exhaustive selection of switches, layouts, materials, and accessories available, there is limitless choice if you want to customize a keyboard to your liking. This increase in options has led to more and more brands rolling out DIY keyboards — barebones models […]

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Microsoft just said it’s ‘infusing’ OpenAI in Microsoft Teams — here’s what that means

What you need to know Microsoft announced the general availability of Microsoft Teams Premium. The company outlined in an extensive blog post all the new features available, and many are coming in the second quarter of 2023. ‘Intelligent recap’ will automatically generate meeting notes, recommended tasks, and personalized highlights to help you get the most […]

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The Last Drug That Can Fight Gonorrhea Is Starting to Falter

To an unfamiliar eye, the press release from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health two weeks ago looked pretty routine. Its language was a little unnerving, maybe, but phrased carefully: Analysts had discovered a resident with a strain of gonorrhea that showed “reduced response to multiple antibiotics,” but that person—and a second with a similar infection—had […]

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Spotted a UFO? There’s an App for That

Of course, the challenge will be applying scientific standardization to something that might not be scientific at all. Eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable, and people interpret what they see based on factors like current events and their scientific, political, and cultural backgrounds. “The data you’re getting is socially constructed,” says University of Pennsylvania historian Kate Dorsch, […]

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ChatGPT just got an update that makes its responses more accurate

What you need to know ChatGPT recently received an update that improves the factuality of the tool and its math capabilities. Earlier this month, OpenAI added the ability to stop ChatGPT mid-response. ChatGPT has captured headlines by bringing the power of AI to a simplified and accessible interface. ChatGPT is a popular AI-powered chatbot that […]

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Hi-Fi Rush shatters the narrative that Xbox Game Pass hurts game sales

Console war never changes.  Microsoft’s surprise shadow drop Hi-Fi Rush is making waves. The rhythm-brawler is currently sitting at 88/100 on Metacritic (with our review on the way too), giving Microsoft a huge boost after what was a fairly anemic 2022 with regard to exclusive game releases.  Microsoft is gearing up to have a much […]

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Corning confirms that the Galaxy S23 series will pioneer Gorilla Glass Victus 2

Samsung had dibs on the original Gorilla Glass Victus, then the Galaxy S22 series was the first to introduce the improved Victus+ and now history is about to repeat itself. The upcoming Galaxy S23 models will be the first to feature the new Gorilla Glass Victus 2. Version 2 is focused on surviving drops, including […]

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Xbox’s quarterly results prove that pure on-paper value isn’t enough

Microsoft’s quarterly financials made for some sober reading.  Preceded by layoffs to the tune of thousands of people, Microsoft yesterday revealed its Q4 2022 earnings to investors, largely matching its predictions and warnings from the previous quarters.  Owing to accurate predictions, Microsoft’s share price rose by 5% in after hours trading on the results, as […]

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Apple Preparing to Re-Release Revamped HomeKit Architecture That Was Removed From iOS 16.2

Apple with the iOS 16.2 update introduced an updated underlying architecture for HomeKit and the Home app, but it was pulled a week after launch because of bugs and installation issues. At the time, Apple said the removal was temporary and that the upgrade option would “return soon.” It appears that Apple is nearly ready […]

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A veteran World of Warcraft lead confirms that Activision is to blame for rushed Blizzard games

What you need to know Activision-Blizzard is a megapublisher behind Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Candy Crush.  A veteran Blizzard developer and key architect for World of Warcraft has resigned in protest of Activision’s stack-ranking practices, which sees developers assigned a low-ranking based on a quota system.  Microsoft used to use stack-ranking, but […]

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Forget Galaxy S23, take a look at a Samsung phone that will sell a lot more

The launch of the Galaxy S23 series is something millions of folks have been waiting for, even though the leaks have pretty much made Samsung’s Unpacked event null and void as everyone already knows what to expect from the new phones. Of course, that isn’t to say everyone is going to buy a Galaxy S23-series […]

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EU warns TikTok that it should comply with its new online regulations or face a ban

EU is pressuring TikTok to comply with the newly adopted Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA is meant to improve content moderation on social media platforms, including creating transparency on why certain content was removed and how advertisers target users. European Commissioner Thierry Breton told Shou Zi Chew that TikTok must start adhering to the […]

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The Battery That Never Gets Flat

Humans are complex machines, with moving parts that bend, squish, stretch, flow, quiver, and beat. Scientists are now plugging into these energy sources to solve a common problem afflicting sensors, wearables, and implanted medical devices—the dreaded flat battery. Devices that are self-powered by design could be the solution, and researchers have discovered that the human […]

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Microsoft confirms that it’s cutting 10,000 jobs

What you need to know Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella confirmed that the company will cut 10,000 jobs by the end of FY23 Q3. The move was speculated yesterday and has since been confirmed by Nadella in a message sent out to Microsoft employees and shared with the public. The job cuts represent close […]

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There’s an Xbox game that costs $2,000 right now

What you need to know The Xbox game Ball Race 2: Ramp is currently listed at $2,000 on the Xbox store. Presumably, that is a pricing error and the game is meant to cost $20. There’s a good chance that the game’s developer entered a comma rather than a decimal point, though there’s always that […]

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Mac Apps That I’m Using in 2023

Before diving into the Mac apps that I’m using in 2023, I wanted to point out that there’s a very good chance that this list is subject to change. I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting apps, or I might just find myself wanting to go back to an “old and reliable” app […]

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When will Chinese Android manufacturers get it that specs don’t matter all that much?

It’s no secret that it’s not just Apple that Samsung has to compete against in the smartphone market. Samsung also has to go up against pretty much every Chinese manufacturer, especially in markets like India where Chinese manufacturers have taken a foothold thanks to how aggressively they price their phones while dangling dazzling impressive spec […]

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TM Roh to reveal details about a Galaxy-exclusive chipset that Samsung MX is developing

Samsung has reportedly secured an exclusive version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for the Galaxy S23 series, which runs its prime core at 3.36GHz instead of the usual 3.19GHz. However, we have also heard that the Samsung MX (Mobile eXperience) division has formed a team to develop an in-house chipset. We may learn more […]

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