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“Unacceptable”: Spotify bricking Car Thing devices in Dec. without refunds

Enlarge (credit: Spotify) Owners of Spotify's soon-to-be-bricked Car Thing device are begging the company to open-source the gadgets to save some the landfill. Spotify hasn't responded to pleas to salvage the hardware, which was originally intended to connect to car dashboards and auxiliary outlets to enable drivers to...

Fri May 24, 2024 00:20
Bing outage shows just how little competition Google search really has

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Bing, Microsoft's search engine platform, went down in the very early morning today. That meant that searches from Microsoft's Edge browsers that had yet to change their default providers didn't work. It also meant that services relying on Bing's search API—Microsoft's own Copilot, ChatGPT...

Thu May 23, 2024 23:23
Biggest Windows 11 update in 2 years nearly finalized, enters Release Preview

Enlarge (credit: Microsoft) The Windows 11 24H2 update isn’t scheduled to be released until sometime this fall, but testers can get a near-final version of it early. Microsoft has released Windows 11 24H2 build 26100.712 to its Release Preview testing channel for Windows Insiders, a sign that the update is nearly complete...

Thu May 23, 2024 23:23
Chocolate made with fewer calories, less waste

Enlarge (credit: YelenaYemchuk) Commercialization has not dealt kindly with the Mayan Food of the Gods. Modern chocolate products are filled with sugar and calories, contributing to the obesity epidemic in the West. And the cocoa crop is hardly in great shape; climate change is decreasing production, causing prices to...

Thu May 23, 2024 23:23
Democratic consultant indicted for Biden deepfake that told people not to vote

Enlarge / President Joe Biden at a Rose Garden event at the White House on May 1, 2023, in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Alex Wong ) A Democratic consultant was indicted on charges of voter suppression and impersonation of a candidate after admitting that he commissioned a robocall that used artificial intelligence...

Thu May 23, 2024 23:23
Family stricken with rare brain worms after eating undercooked bear

Enlarge / American black bear seen along the Red Rock Parkway inside Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada. (credit: Getty | Artur Widak) In the summer of 2022, a family gathered in South Dakota for a reunion that included a special meal—kabobs made with the meat of a black bear that one of the family members...

Thu May 23, 2024 23:23

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