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Robots everywhere: Army of single-purpose ‘bots get household chores done

For decades, science fiction has been promising a future filled with robots performing all of our mundane daily tasks for us. From Rosie the maid on The Jetsons to C-3PO in the Star Wars films, we’ve all pictured a day when we won’t have to lift a finger, but instead are surrounded by all manner of cyborg butlers and servants to do the things around the house we don’t wantContinue readingRobots everywhere: Army of single-purpose ‘bots get household chores done

Verizon adds free Disney+ and Hulu memberships to some Fios bundles

The fine print: As always, it’s worth reading the fine print to fully understand all of the requirements. In this case, the offer is only valid for “eligible new customers.” Note that the two plans that bundle Hulu include the cheaper ad-supported version. Furthermore, you’ll need to call in advance and cancel Disney+ and / or Hulu before the promo ends, otherwise you’ll be billed for continued service at theContinue readingVerizon adds free Disney+ and Hulu memberships to some Fios bundles

BMW’s ConnectedDrive store will soon let buyers unlock hardware features on their cars

The big picture: In a recent VR press event, BMW shed light on a number of in-car software features that expand upon the company’s digital services portfolio by allowing customers to purchase optional hardware and software features through its ConnectedDrive Store. While the carmaker has previously offered software and customer support services like online speech processing, SOS, and real-time traffic updates as part of the ‘Connected Package,’ this new experienceContinue readingBMW’s ConnectedDrive store will soon let buyers unlock hardware features on their cars

Could future MacBook Pros have six screens?

Forward-looking: With the switch to Arm from Intel, Apple is ushering in big changes for its Macs, but new silicon might not be the only update. A newly approved patent shows a MacBook Pro sporting a massive six screens, including the main display and Touch Bar. Discovered by MyFixGuide, the patent was approved by the China National Intellectual Property Office yesterday. It describes a “Dynamic Display Interface” laptop that packsContinue readingCould future MacBook Pros have six screens?

First benchmarks of Apple’s ARM macOS development kit surface online

Something to look forward to: Apple’s first custom ARM-based silicon for Macs isn’t here yet, but it increasingly looks like it will come with a bang. The developer transition kits that Apple is sending out uses a chip designed for iPads and they are showing decent performance compared to other solutions even when running x86_64 code under emulation. The first official processor to be used on Apple Silicon Macs isContinue readingFirst benchmarks of Apple’s ARM macOS development kit surface online

Dr Disrespect isn’t sure why Twitch suspended/banned him

A hot potato: Dr Disrespect is – or was – one of the biggest streamers around. Three months ago he signed an exclusivity deal with Twitch for a “life-changing” fortune. But now, his account has been wiped squeaky clean and his thirty thousand subscribers have been refunded. It seems clear enough that he’s been banned, but bizarrely, Twitch won’t confirm this so we’ll optimistically call it a suspension for now.Continue readingDr Disrespect isn’t sure why Twitch suspended/banned him

Inside the quest to 3D print a perfectly palatable steak

Chris DeGraw/Digital Trends As people grow more concerned about the impacts of the meat industry both on the environment and the animals involved, fake meats have experienced a boom in popularity. Products like Beyond Burger and Impossible Pork, for example, have captured the attention of vegans and vegetarians across the globe for their astonishingly meat-like tastes and textures. But while ground meat substitutes have made big strides in recent years,Continue readingInside the quest to 3D print a perfectly palatable steak

AMD drivers for macOS Big Sur namedrop third-gen RDNA hardware

In context: Apple’s first macOS Big Sur beta includes reference to numerous AMD GPUs still under development. Nothing is more reliable than a leaked driver, but don’t forget: this is AMD’s leaked driver, not Apple’s, so not all of these devices will be used in upcoming Apple products. Kindly, Apple’s provided the first confirmation of the Navi 31 GPU. Given the third-gen moniker, it will probably use RDNA3. It’s stillContinue readingAMD drivers for macOS Big Sur namedrop third-gen RDNA hardware

California will require all newly-sold trucks to be zero-emissions by 2045

In context: California has long been one of the primary proponents of clean energy and climate protection-focused policies and regulations. The state hit its emissions target a whopping four years ahead of schedule, as we reported in 2018, but California’s leaders don’t want to leave well enough alone. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced a “first-in-the-world” rule that will require all truck and van manufacturers to transition fromContinue readingCalifornia will require all newly-sold trucks to be zero-emissions by 2045

Three words: Robot. Talent. Agency.

Boston Dynamics’ Spot robots is an entertainment superstar. Don’t believe me? Check out its various appearances on YouTube and you’ll quickly change your mind. A Spot launch video from last year gained 6.5 million views. A video of Spot dancing to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” racked up almost 6.8 million. A video of one Spot robot opening a door for another got 34.4 million views. How many other people onContinue readingThree words: Robot. Talent. Agency.