Samsung heir Jay Y. Lee is going back to jail for bribery
Samsung heir Jay Y. Lee has been sentenced to 2.5 years of prison over bribery charges, wrapping up a court battle that started four years ago, Bloomberg has reported.
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Virgin Orbit carries satellites to space for the first time
Virgin Orbit’s second launch demonstration flight has been smoother than its first. The company has carried customer satellites into space for the first time after the Cosmic Girl host aircraft successfully deployed the LauncherOne rocket over the Pacific Ocean for its latest test.
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Asics used EEGs to prove that, yes, running makes you happier
It’s taken as read that exercise can make you happier, healthier and more resilient, at least if you actually enjoy running. Asics, with an eye on selling you a new pair of sneakers, recruited a researcher from Kings College London to put some numbers on those claims. Dr.
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Biden Names Top Geneticist Eric Lander as Science Adviser
US president-elect Joe Biden has chosen decorated geneticist Eric Lander as presidential science adviser and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
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WarnerMedia extends its 20 percent discount on HBO Max subscriptions
Only the best deals on Verge-approved gadgets get the Verge Deals stamp of approval, so if you’re looking for a deal on your next gadget or gift from major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and more, this is the place to be.
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‘Outside the Wire’ teaser shows Anthony Mackie as a cyborg solider
Netflix has been fairly quiet about Outside the Wire, a sci-fi thriller starring Anthony Mackie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Altered Carbon. But today we’re getting our first look at the action thanks to a just-released teaser trailer that shows Mackie playing an android super-soldier.
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Apple is again extending TV Plus trials to July
According to 9to5Mac, Apple will be extending its free year-long trials of its TV Plus service to customers until July 2021. The trials were originally included with the purchase of any Apple device (e.g., an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV) and were initially set to last until November 1st, 2020.
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In its third season, American Gods is the most fascinating disaster on TV
One of the miracles of any good television show is that it even works at all.
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How to cancel your account at Netflix, Amazon Prime, and others
Let’s face it: some of us are so busy these days — what with pandemics and presidential elections and attempted overthrows of the government — that we don’t pay enough attention to what we are subscribed to (and paying for).
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A Parler archive is being converted into an interactive map of the Capitol building attack
A developer going by the name of Patr10tic has created an interactive map using GPS metadata and videos from the app Parler to offer a glimpse of what was happening inside and around the Capitol building during the violent protest on January 6th (via Motherboard).
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Samsung’s Galaxy S21 phones won’t have a charger in the box
As expected, Samsung’s new Galaxy S21 phones won’t come with a power adapter in the box. Each phone ships with a USB-C to USB-C cable, but you’ll need to provide your own charger. Samsung is reducing the price of its 25W charger to $20, down from $35, to make up for the fact.
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Google now owns Fitbit
Google has completed its $2.1 billion purchase of Fitbit, more than a year after the deal was first announced. The EU approved the acquisition in late December, clearing the way towards Google’s ownership over what is perhaps the best-known brand out there for mainstream fitness-tracking devices.
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Philips Hue launches a long-awaited light switch module and more
Signify is introducing three new Philips Hue products today: an in-wall Hue module for existing light switches, a new outdoor light bar, and a refined dimmer. The Philips Hue Wall Switch Module solves a problem long suffered by Hue smart light owners.
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Cyberpunk 2077’s next-gen update will arrive in the second half of 2021
CD Projekt Red will release Cyberpunk 2077’s free next-gen console update in the second half of 2021, the studio announced today. “We’re aiming for the second half of the year and we’ll reveal more when we have more to share,” CD Projekt Red said in an update on the game’s status.
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Apple’s first major racial equity investments include a Detroit developer center and HBCU tech hub
Apple is announcing the next big investments to come out of its $100 million commitment to racial equity and justice today: the launch of an Apple Developer Academy in Detroit; founding support for an Atlanta tech hub for historically Black colleges and universities; and new grants, scholarships, an
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Sony Launches 35mm F1.4 G Master
SAN DIEGO, CA – January 13, 2020 – Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the FE 35mm F1.4 GM (model SEL35F14GM) – the newest addition to its acclaimed G Master full-frame lens series– delivering first-class image quality and beautiful bokeh in a compact and lightweight design.
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Intel is replacing its CEO next month
Intel CEO Bob Swan is stepping down from the position on February 15th, the company has announced. He will be replaced by VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger. Swan was named Intel’s permanent CEO two years ago in January 2019.
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Ubisoft is making an open-world Star Wars game
The studio behind The Division is making a game set in a galaxy far, far away, according to a report from Wired. Today, Ubisoft announced that its Swedish studio Massive Entertainment is making an open-world video game that’s set in the Star Wars universe.
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TikTok changes privacy settings for its youngest users
Unsurprisingly, the biggest changes affect the app’s youngest users between the ages 13 and 15, who will now have their accounts switched to private by default. The change applies to new sign-ups as well as existing accounts that may have previously been set to public.
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Parler Users Breached Deep Inside U.S. Capitol Building, GPS Data Shows
At least several users of the far-right social network Parler appear to be among the horde of rioters that managed to penetrate deep inside the U.S.
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