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23 minutes ago | TNW
6 reasons the EU should force the iPhone to use USB-C
The European Commission is planning to force Apple (and others) to use USB-C for charging. It's about time USB-C be the one cable to rule them all.
59 minutes ago | Forbes
iPhone 13 Pro, Pro Max Review: The Best Video Cameras, Again
The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max bring improved battery life, night time photography, and amazing video capabilities—again.
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1 hour ago | TechRadar
Seagate is readying 2nd gen HAMR drives with 30TB capacity
Despite the fact that Seagate just started selling its 20TB HAMR drives in December of last year, the company is already working on 2nd generation HAMR drives with 30TB capacity.As reported by Tom's Hardware, the storage company has long been a strong proponent of heat-assisted magnetic record (HAMR) technology for years now. Seagate has even shipped thousands of these drives to select customers.For those unfamiliar with HAMR, by temporarily heating the disk material during the writing process, the technology significantly enhances the amount of data that can be stored on a magnetic hard drive which allows for more data to be written in the same area.While consumers have turned to faster solid-state drives (SSDs) for their storage needs, companies that operate exascale data centers continue to rely on hard disk drives (HDDs) for storing large amounts of data. For their use case, HAMR drives are the perfect solution as they can store even more data in the same 3.5-inch form factor.
1 hour ago | Forbes
You Think That Fresh Water Is Valuable On The Moon? Try The Earth!
Water is very likely to be the primary source of conflict as we develop the Moon and a even more frightening problem here on Earth.
2 hours ago | Forbes
This Week In XR: NReal Adds $100 Million To 5G MR War Chest
Nreal's $500 Light AR Smart glasss are coming to China and the US next year.
2 hours ago | Forbes
As Spotify Becomes The Top Dog In Podcast Directories, Google Lags Behind
A little more than third (31.7%) of all podcast listeners used Spotify to access their favorite shows, accounting for nearly 25 million downloads in August 2021.
3 hours ago | Forbes
Digital Storage At The Edge
Zadara zStorage for ZenLayer and Cloudian’s Streaming Feature Store provide storage for data protection and real time data interpretation at the edge.
3 hours ago | TechRadar
Nanoleaf Essentials Lightstrip review
UPDATE: The Nanoleaf Essentials Lightstrip had a few missing features at launch, namely music and screen syncing. Those have now been rolled out and we've updated our original review below to reflect that change.Stepping away from its light panels, Nanoleaf has gone back to basics with its Essentials A19 smart bulb and Essentials Lightstrip. What makes them both exciting offerings in the smart lighting market is their affordability without compromising on features.Like its bulb brother, the Nanoleaf Essentials Lightstrip is also compatible with Apple’s HomeKit and Google Assistant, it’s remarkably easy to set up and has its own little controller that can be wall-mounted to be used like a regular switchboard. It can definitely give Philips Hue’s Lightstrip Plus a run for its money, especially now (almost a year since its original launch in late 2020) that there's features like monitor syncing which was missing until the last round of firmware updates.
3 hours ago | Forbes
‘Super Mario Bros’ Movie: Chris Pratt, Jack Black, Anya Taylor-Joy Lead Star-Studded Cast
Ever wanted to hear Chris Pratt voice Mario?
5 hours ago | Bloomberg
Polkadot Founder on Uniting All Crypto Networks for a Web 3.0 Future
Sep.23 -- Gavin Wood, Polkadot Founder & Ethereum Co-Creator, joins Emily Chang to talk about the future of crypto and Polkadot’s ongoing adoption, and why looming regulation could be useful for the industry.
6 hours ago | Venture Beat
How do databases support AI algorithms?
Databases have always been able to do simple, clerical work like finding particular records that match some given criteria — say, all users who are between 20 and 30 years old. Lately database companies have been adding artificial intelligence routines into databases so the users can explore the power of these smarter, more sophisticated algorithms on their own data stored in the database.The AI algorithms are also finding a home below the surface, where the AI routines help optimize internal tasks like re-indexing or query planning. These new features are often billed as adding automation because they relieve the user of housekeeping work. Developers are encouraged to let them do their work and forget about them.
6 hours ago | Bloomberg
Stitch Fix Wants to Transform How We Shop Online
Sep.23 -- Stitch Fix CEO Elizabeth Spaulding talks to Emily Chang about the company’s quarterly earnings, their new shopping platform ‘Freestyle’, and how they are addressing criticism from their stylists.
6 hours ago | TechRadar
Semiconductor firms report shortage of workers, prolonging chip woes to 2022
The ongoing semiconductor shortage shows no signs of easing up if a new industry survey is any indication, with a majority of companies planning for the silicon glut to extend into the second half of 2022.The report, produced by IPC International, revealed that of the companies surveyed, only 10% reported that inventories from their suppliers were rising and that around four in five companies surveyed had difficulty finding the skilled labor they needed to improve production, and fully half of respondents reported "extreme difficulty.""The outlook over the next 6 months is expected to see little change," the report says. "Some 65% of firms expect labor costs to rise and only 23 percent expect the ease of recruiting and finding skilled talent to improve."The global chip shortage, brought on by a perfect storm of increasing demand for new electronic devices of all types in 2020 and the disruptions to supply chains and production facilities as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, has impacted everything from automobile manufacturing to the latest graphics cards and processors.
6 hours ago | Bloomberg
Twitter Adds Bitcoin Tipping, Pushes Further into NFTs
Sep.23 -- Strike CEO Jack Mallers speaks with Emily Chang about how his payment application will be powering Twitter's push into the crypto world, and about El Salvador recently adopting Bitcoin.
6 hours ago | Digital Trends
Splatoon 3’s story pits squids against returning mammals
A new lengthy trailer for Splatoon 3 shown during today’s Nintendo Direct showcase gave a solid hint towards what players can expect from the game’s strange story. While it’s been hinted that Splatoon takes place in a post-apocalyptic version of Earth, the third entry in the franchise will see the Inklings deal with the return of mammals to the world.The game itself takes place in Splatsville, a bustling metropolis populated by Inklings. It’s also where players will fight each other in the game’s main multiplayer mode, Turf War. Much like previous Splatoon games, two four-player teams compete against each other to cover as much ground as they can in their ink before a timer runs out. Whichever team has the most territory covered is the winner.Updating the game mode, Splatoon 3 will include new ways for players to paint the world, including a Star Wars Droideka-style mech, a bow and arrow that fires paint, and a grappling hook that leaves paint wherever the user lands.
6 hours ago | TechRadar
Super Mario Bros. movie release date and cast announced and it stars... Chris Pratt as Mario?
The full-length animated Super Mario Bros. movie release date is still far away – now scheduled for December 21, 2022 in North America, with other regions expected to premier the film during 'holiday 2021'.But Nintendo did announce the main cast at its most recent Nintendo Direct event, which includes familiar actors who will be lend their voices to the characters that inhabit the iconic Mushroom Kingdom.Guardians of the Galaxy's Star-Lord Chris Pratt will voice star-power-up loving Mario, The Queen's Gambit actress Anya Taylor-Joy will voice Princess Peach and 'wildcard' It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor Charlie Day will be everyone's favorite green-shirted sidekick, Luigi.Jack Black, no stranger to voice acting given his Kung Fu Panda animated films, will give us some gruff Bowser dialogue, Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key will voice Toad, and Seth Rogan will monkey around with Donkey Kong lines.
6 hours ago | TechRadar
BT TV Box Pro review
We tend not to expect much when it comes to the set top boxes from all-in-one TV and broadband providers. But BT has always sat among the big boys when it comes to its BT TV set top boxes, thanks to their inclusion of the excellent time-travelling YouView interface.The new BT TV Box Pro is a slick and capable set top box with an excellent search function, clever recommendation systems and top-tier cinematic features like 4K HDR visuals and Dolby Atmos sound.Wi-Fi enabled, with four tuners that let you record three shows at once whilst watching another, the BT TV Box Pro’s 1TB storage space is good for holding on to around 600 hours of (standard definition) recordings depending on their resolution quality.With access to premium TV channels from the likes of Sky, and with BT’s own sizeable sports offering in the form of BT Sport Ultimate, you’ll be hard pressed to find something you can’t watch on the BT TV Box Pro – especially considering major internet TV providers like Netflix and Amazon are built in. Even better, a universal search option lets you hunt for whatever show or movie you’re after from one centralised place, letting you search through all the providers at once rather than having to dive in and out of each individual app.
6 hours ago | BBC
Spying concerns fuel the market for more secure tech
Revelations about spyware have spurred interest in more secure phones and software.
6 hours ago | Digital Trends
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is adding The Roost in next update
The Roost café and its bird owner Brewster will soon be heading to your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Along with the iconic barista bird, there is more planned free content coming to the game via a free update in November. A Nintendo Direct fully dedicated to Animal Crossing: New Horizons will arrive sometime in October.Brewster is a pigeon that works at The Roost, a café usually found inside the museum in the Animal Crossing series. Brewster and The Roost have been in the series since Animal Crossing: Wild World. Usually, you can chat with Brewster and order a cup of coffee from him. In Animal Crossing: City Folk, you can give him Gyroids, which he will store for you.The Roost has been one of the most requested features in Animal Crossing: New Horizons since it launched last year, making this a particularly notable update for frustrated fans. No further information has been revealed yet, but the Animal Crossing: New Horizons dedicated Direct in October should answer all of our questions.
6 hours ago | Forbes
Quantum Dots Light Up The Brain
What are quantum dots and how are they being used to study neural cells and the brain? Scientists are looking at this nanotechnology to study cell biology, and someday, perhaps even as new clinical biomarkers and therapeutics.
6 hours ago | Digital Trends
Castlevania Advance Collection finally revives classic Game Boy Advance games
After weeks of rumors, the Castlevania Advance Collection will launch for the Nintendo Switch later today. Like its name suggests, it includes the three original games released on the Game Boy Advance: Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, and Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. It also features Castlevania: Dracula X, an SNES title based on Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.Circle of the Moon marked the iconic Castlevania series‘ debut on the Game Boy Advance in 2001. Harmony of Dissonance followed in 2002 and Aria of Sorrow in 2003. The three titles were popular enough that they rereleased on the Wii U in 2014. However, the Castlevania Advance Collection will be the first time they come to newer consoles.M2, a studio that already worked with Konami in the past on its Castlevania Anniversary Collection, is handling the new GBA collection. This includes implementing the newly announced rewind, quick save, and button-mapping options to improve gameplay for new players. Regional versions of the games, along with a gallery of never-before-seen artwork, also sweeten the deal.
7 hours ago | Digital Trends
Kirby and the Forgotten Land takes the series back to 3D
A new Kirby title is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2022. Kirby and the Forgotten Land was a surprise announcement by Nintendo at today’s Direct event, especially since the company stated that the stream would focus on games launching in winter 2021.Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the first mainline Kirby game since 2018’s Kirby Star Allies. The new title places Kirby in what seems to be a postapocalyptic world and brings him back into the world of 3D.The trailer shows us that Kirby won’t just be back in 3D, but in a 3D open world for the first time since Kirby Air Ride (if you count that game). We got to see tons of classic power-ups returning to the series such as sword, cutter, and spike. There are also hordes of new enemies making their debut in Kirby, including a giant ape and crocodile. Kirby is shown traveling through derelict environments, including an abandoned mall. The gameplay looks a bit like Super Mario Odyssey.
7 hours ago | TechRadar
Nintendo Switch Online to offer N64 and Genesis games with new subscription plan
Nintendo has announced a new subscription tier for Nintendo Switch Online that includes the ability to play classic N64 and Genesis games both online and in four-player local co-op.Due out in late October, Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack will include a number of fan favorites from the 32-bit and 64-bit eras of gaming including Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Streets of Rage, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Star Fox 64.Nintendo says the plan will be available for both new subscribers and current subscribers of the online service, but has yet to announce a price point for the new service.Finally, alongside the launch of the new subscription tier, Nintendo is creating two new wireless versions of the Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis controllers that will be available at launch for $49.99 (around £35, AU$70).
7 hours ago | Engadget
Online 'Expansion Pack' brings N64 and Genesis games to Nintendo Switch
Nintendo is rolling out a new membership plan for Switch Online, and it'll unlock a library of classic Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis titles. The new subscription tier will go live in October and Nintendo has not shared pricing details yet.Games in the Online Expansion Pack include Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Starfox 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Mario Tennis, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Ecco the Dolphin, Phantasy Star IV, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Streets of Rage 2, among other iconic titles. Additional N64 games will be added to the lineup over time, including Pokemon Snap, Banjo-Kazooie, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and Paper Mario. See a complete list of Expansion Pack titles at the end of the article.The Expansion Pack tier grants members all of the perks of a traditional Switch Online subscription, and it makes some classic games playable online for the first time. Mario Kart 64, for instance, will be playable online for up to four players.
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