Boeing’s 737 Max is back in service
Boeing’s troubled 737 Max made its first commercial flight since March 2019 today, marking the end of a 20-month grounding following two deadly crashes that killed 346 people.
Continue Reading . . . https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/9/22165956/boeing-737-max-flight-brazil-gol-airlines
Adobe bids farewell to Flash Player in its final update
A few short weeks before we finally bid Flash adieu, Adobe has rolled out one final Flash Player update. Rather than the detailed feature changes that we typically read about in patch notes, Adobe used the opportunity to give the software a fond sendoff.
Continue Reading . . . https://www.engadget.com/adobe-flash-player-final-update-192103665.html
Microsoft and 12 others join Amazon’s climate change initiative
Microsoft and 12 other companies have joined Amazon’s Climate Pledge, which is a commitment to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2040. The project aims to meet the climate goals of the United Nations Paris Agreement a decade early.
Continue Reading . . . https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-amazon-climate-pledge-unilever-181555273.html
Cruise is now testing fully driverless cars in San Francisco
Cruise, the self-driving car company affiliated with General Motors and Honda, is testing fully driverless cars, without a human safety driver behind the steering wheel, in San Francisco. The company is among the first to test its driverless vehicles in a dense, complex urban environment.
Continue Reading . . . https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/9/22165597/cruise-driverless-test-san-francisco-self-driving-level-4
Artificial Intelligence Is Now Shockingly Good At Sounding Human
Synthetic voices have become ubiquitous. They feed us directions in the morning, shepherd us through phone calls by day, and broadcast the news on smart speakers at night. And as the technology used to make them improves, these voices are becoming more and more human-sounding.
Continue Reading . . . https://www.scientificamerican.com/video/artificial-intelligence-is-now-shockingly-good-at-sounding-human/
HBO Max hits 12.6 million activations ahead of ‘Wonder Woman’ release
As HBO Max prepares for the Christmas debut of Wonder Woman 1984 and its controversial plans for 2021, AT&T CEO John Stankey revealed that the service is seeing “improved traction,” going from 8.6 million activations at the end of September to 12.6 million.
Continue Reading . . . https://www.engadget.com/hbo-max-subscribers-093249132.html
Zoom, murder hornets, Among Us, and Joe Biden topped Google trending searches in 2020
Google has released its list of the top trending searches in the US for 2020, and as one might expect, “coronavirus,” “election results,” and “Zoom” led the way. To be clear: these aren’t top searches or most-searched topics.
Continue Reading . . . https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/9/22152731/google-trending-searches-2020-zoom-murder-hornets-ps5-biden
iOS 14.3 RC now available, here are the new features – 9to5Mac
The Release Candidate version of iOS 14.3 is now available to developers and public beta users. In addition to many of the changes we’ve already reported, iOS 14.3 RC includes changes to the TV app, the Health app, and more. With today’s release of iOS 14.
Continue Reading . . . https://9to5mac.com/2020/12/08/ios-14-3-release-candidate-features/
Apple officially announces AirPods Max for $549, order from today
Apple’s long-rumored over-ear headphones are officially here. AirPods Max feature an over-ear design, deep integration with the rest of Apple’s ecosystem, the H1 chip, and more. They are available to order today for $549, though the order page is not yet live on Apple’s website.
Continue Reading . . . https://9to5mac.com/2020/12/08/airpods-max-announced-price-features/