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Todd Howard is finally ready to share some Starfield details

"Into the Starfield" promo video. Over the weekend, Bethesda revealed the first pre-rendered trailer for Starfield, giving us a glimpse of a game that has existed publicly as nothing more than a title since 2018. While the atmospheric trailer effectively establishes mood and hints at the wider universe of Starfield, it offers few details of how that...

Google’s unified Gmail interface (and Google Chat) launches for everyone

The new, unified Gmail rolling out to consumers today. In the sidebar, you get buttons for Gmail Inbox, Google Chat chats, Google Chat rooms, and Google Meet. You can also open this split-screen Google Docs view. [credit: Ron Amadeo ] Google...

Halo Infinite multiplayer news: Bots, split-screen, free-to-play clarified

Halo Infinite. [credit: Xbox Game Studios ] After releasing a sizzle-reel of Halo Infinite this weekend, developer 343 industries on Monday provided a deep-dive video on the game's upcoming multiplayer mode. The showcase explains what...

The Apple Watch Series 7 will have a new design, report says

Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 6, which the new model discussed here would probably replace. (credit: Corey Gaskin) Like clockwork, Apple has released a new Apple Watch around the same time every year since the device was first introduced in 2015. So no one should be surprised that a new Apple Watch is due later this year. But a report from Bloomberg's...

Pai’s legacy lives on for now as Biden fails to nominate Democrat to FCC

Enlarge / President Joe Biden joins a CEO Summit on Semiconductor and Supply Chain Resilience via video conference from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on April 12, 2021, in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Pool) President Joe Biden's failure to break the Federal Communications Commission's 2-2 partisan deadlock is reaching a "critical...

Judge slams hospital staff for comparing COVID vaccine mandate to Nazi crimes

Enlarge / An American flag flies outside the Houston Methodist Hospital at the Texas Medical Center (TMC) campus in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) A federal judge over the weekend dismissed a lawsuit brought by 117 employees of a Houston-based hospital system, who, among other things, claimed that the hospital’s...

Chip shortages lead to more counterfeit chips and devices

Enlarge / This pair of FT232RL USB to serial UARTs looks quite similar—but the one on the right is a counterfeit based on a mask-programmable microcontroller and only works with older drivers. (credit: Zeptobars) Beginning with the first Wuhan quarantine in January 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world from both sides of the law of supply and...

We have another highly effective COVID vaccine, based on different tech

Enlarge / A participant gets his second dose of the Novavax vaccine during the clinical trial. (credit: Karen Ducey / Getty Images) Today, a company called Novavax announced that it had completed a large efficacy trial of its COVID-19 vaccine, and the news was good. The vaccine is highly effective, it blocked severe disease entirely, and it appeared...

Five new bills aim to break up Big Tech platforms, force them to play nice

Enlarge / The dome of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Phil Roeder) Legislators in the US House of Representatives introduced five new bills Friday afternoon that promise the biggest overhaul of antitrust law since the trust-busting era of the early 1900s.  The bills take aim at the many platforms that...

Beats Studio Buds review: Apple earbuds that don’t leave Android in the dark

The latest true wireless headphones from Beats: the Beats Studio Buds. [credit: Jeff Dunn ] Beats on Monday announced its latest pair of wireless earbuds, the Beats Studio Buds. The new headphones feature a fully wireless design and active...

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