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  • Microsoft Announces New Windows 10 Start Menu Design, Updated Alt-Tab
    Microsoft is testing a number of Windows 10 upgrades to a small number of testers, including changes to the Alt-Tab function and a new Start menu design. The Verge reports: "We are freshening up the Start menu with a more streamlined design that remo…
    - 1 hour ago, 3 Jul 20, 10:00am -
  • Core of a Gas Planet Seen For the First Time
    A team of astronomers has discovered what they think are the rocky innards of a giant planet that's missing its thick atmosphere. Their findings have been published in the journal Nature. The BBC reports: Its radius is about three-and-a-half times la…
    - 4 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 7:00am -
  • Inside the Plot To Kill the Open Technology Fund
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from VICE News: [The Open Technology Fund is a U.S. government-funded nonprofit, which is part of the umbrella group called the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), which also controls Radio Free Asia and Voice of…
    - 8 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 3:30am -
  • Facebook Is Shutting Down TikTok Clone Lasso and Pinterest Rival Hobbi
    Facebook confirmed that it's shutting down two of its little-known social media apps shortly after their launch. TikTok rival Lasso and Pinterest rival Hobbi will both be terminated on July 10. CNBC reports: Lasso, the more popular of the two, allowe…
    - 9 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 2:00am -
  • JPMorgan Drops Terms 'Master,' 'Slave' From Internal Tech Code and Materials
    JPMorgan Chase is eliminating terms like "blacklist," "master" and "slave" from its internal technology materials and code as it seeks to address racism within the company, said two sources with knowledge of the move. Reuters reports: The terms had a…
    - 10 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 1:25am -
  • Next-Gen Console Games Will Be $10 More Expensive
    If NBA 2K21 is any indication, the price of $59.99 new console games is about to be over: "NBA 2K21 will cost $69.99 on PS5 and Xbox Series X, an increase of $10 compared to the recommended price for the current generation's AAA titles," reports TheG…
    - 10 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 12:45am -
  • BMW Wants To Sell Car Features On Demand
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: BMW is planning to move some features of its new cars to a subscription model, something it announced on Wednesday during a briefing for the press on the company's digital plans. BMW says that ow…
    - 11 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 12:02am -
  • India's Richest Man Takes On Zoom
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: India's Reliance Jio Platforms, which recently concluded a $15.2 billion fundraise run, is ready to enter a new business: Video conferencing. On Thursday evening, the firm -- backed by Mukesh Amban…
    - 12 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 11:20pm -
  • New Free Speech Site Gets in a Tangle Over<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... Free Speech
    The social network bills itself as a 'no censorship' bastion -- but it's already had to remind users what is and isn't allowed. From a report: In recent weeks, Donald Trump has started having his tweets factchecked and published with disclaimers when…
    - 13 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 10:41pm -
  • 'Fallout' TV Series From 'Westworld' Creators In the Works At Amazon
    According to Hollywood Reporter, "Amazon Studios has licensed the rights to the best-selling video game franchise Fallout, with married writers and showrunners Joy and Nolan attached to oversee the potential TV series." From the report: The project i…
    - 13 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 10:00pm -
  • Microsoft Will Ban Forza Players Who Add the Confederate Flag To Their Digital Cars
    Microsoft has just announced it will ban players who use the controversial confederate flag in Forza Horizon and Forza Motorsport, which both allow users to personalize their cars with custom designs. The Verge reports: In a statement posted on Twitt…
    - 14 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 9:22pm -
  • Microsoft is Force-Feeding Edge To Windows Users With a Spyware-like Install
    Sean Hollister, writing for The Verge: If I told you that my entire computer screen just got taken over by a new app that I'd never installed or asked for -- it just magically appeared on my desktop, my taskbar, and preempted my next website launch -…
    - 14 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 8:45pm -


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    • Amped Studio offers 'experimental' VST plugin support for its online DAW
      Online digital audio workstation (DAW) music production apps are popular because, unlike local apps, they can run on machines that aren’t necessarily super-powerful. However, a downside is that you can’t use powerful VST plugins that do functions…
      - 2 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 9:01am -
    • Apple Card's new web portal lets you pay your balance on a PC
      You’ll no longer have to be entirely dependent on the Wallet app for your Apple Card transactions. The tech giant has launched a web portal for its credit card, giving you a way to pay your balance online even if you don’t have or have lost acces…
      - 7 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 4:31am -
    • Ubisoft CEO lays out a plan to change the company's toxic culture
      A week after launching investigations into many claims of harassment and misconduct, Ubisoft’s CEO gave an update on what the company is doing to change things. In a letter posted on its website and emailed to employees, Yves Guillemot said “the…
      - 10 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 1:30am -
    • Verizon adds free Disney+, Hulu streaming to some Fios packages
      Verizon (Engadget's parent company) has launched a new deal to try to entice people to its Fios service. Building on the Disney+ promotion the telecom announced last year, new customers can get up to 12 months of Hulu free when they subscribe to Ve…
      - 13 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 10:13pm -
    • Amazon's Windows 10 Prime Video app brings offline viewing to PCs
      It's been a long wait, but Windows 10 users can finally download Amazon Prime Video to their computer. The UWP app’s most notable feature is that it allows you to download content for offline watching. That will be handy once it's safe to travel ag…
      - 14 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 9:01pm -
    • Walmart is turning some of its parking lots into drive-in theaters
      Select Walmart parking lots around the US will soon be transformed into drive-in theaters, thanks to a partnership with the company behind the Tribeca Film Festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The “safe, socially distanced drive-in events…
      - 15 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 8:15pm -
    • PlayStation is the latest to join the Facebook ad boycott
      Sony’s PlayStation brand is the latest to jump on board with other companies who have stopped running ads on Facebook and Instagram, reports PlayStation is joining a host of other brands who’ve stopped running ads on the platfo…
      - 15 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 7:51pm -
    • BMW wants to sell subscriptions to in-car features
      In an expansion of its ConnectedDrive Store, BMW wants to give owners of its cars the option to access specific hardware and software features through a subscription (via Autoblog). BMW hasn't detailed exactly how the service will work, but the short…
      - 16 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 7:37pm -