Google’s own iOS apps are now literally begging for updates that don’t exist
Google hasn’t updated many of its iOS apps in weeks, perhaps to avoid potential criticism from what might be revealed from Apple’s new mandatory App Store privacy labels.
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New North Dakota bill would force Apple to allow alternative app stores and payment systems
A new bill introduced in the North Dakota Senate might have far-reaching consequences for app store operators.
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China becomes latest country to reach Mars with Tianwen-1 probe
China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft successfully rolled into Mars orbit Wednesday morning, the China National Space Administration confirmed. The probe’s arrival makes China the sixth space-faring power to reach the planet.
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CBS All Access will soon stop working on older Apple TV devices
When CBS All Access becomes Paramount+ on March 4th, users of older Apple TV devices may need to use a workaround to access the streaming service. CBS All Access will no longer work on second-generation or third-generation models, according to a popup message on the app.
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HBO Max is bringing back Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Clone High animated series
HBO Max is bringing back Clone High, the animated series from Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Bill Lawrence that originally ran for one season starting in 2002.
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Epic’s new MetaHuman tool lets you craft realistic faces inside a browser
Epic Games has announced a new, browser-based software tool powered by its Unreal Engine called the MetaHuman Creator that can craft highly realistic human faces and help power more realistic body movements and facial animations.
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Go read this Bloomberg story on how Tim Cook turned Apple into a $2.3 trillion powerhouse
Much has been said and written over the years about the post-Steve Jobs era of Apple and whether CEO Tim Cook’s operations-heavy approach to running the iPhone maker has proved more or less successful than Jobs’ at times cutthroat dealmaking and his obsessive, detail-oriented product development
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Scientists prove that deepfake detectors can be duped
Universities, organizations and tech giants, such as Microsoft and Facebook, have been working on tools that can detect deepfakes in an effort to prevent their use for the spread of malicious media and misinformation.
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Twitter kept gaining new users after it banned Trump
Twitter doesn’t need Donald Trump to keep growing. The company said today that it ended 2020 with 192 million daily users, and the figure continued to grow in January — the month when Trump was banned from the platform.
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Hope Probe Enters Orbit around Mars
After a nail-biting 27 minutes, the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) first-ever interplanetary mission has successfully reached orbit around Mars. The spacecraft, dubbed Hope, launched July 19, 2020, atop a Japanese H-IIA rocket, then spent seven months trekking to the Red Planet. Today (Feb.
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Disney is closing down Ice Age animation studio Blue Sky and canceling its final film
Disney is shutting down Blue Sky Studios, the animation house responsible for the Ice Age movies, according to Deadline. The reason cited by a studio spokesperson is the “current economic realities,” likely referring to COVID, which has hit the movie industry in a number of ways.
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Instagram will no longer promote recycled TikToks on its TikTok clone
In its latest set of best practices for Reels, Instagram is urging users not to repost videos from elsewhere — essentially telling its community not to recycle videos from TikTok. If you do share videos that you rip from TikTok, your followers will still see them in their feeds.
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Android 10 comes to the Nintendo Switch
The same people who originally brought Android to the Nintendo Switch, the Switchroot team, are back with an Android 10 update, according to XDA-Developers.
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