WhatsApp payments get approved by Brazil’s central bank

WhatsApp will soon be able to relaunch its payment service in Brazil. According to Reuters, the country’s central bank has approved peer-to-peer payments for the Facebook—owned messaging service, allowing users to send money to each other with cards issued by Visa and Mastercard. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/whatsapp-payments-brazil-approved-093500437.html

Facebook is making it easier to turn off algorithmic ranking in your News Feed

Facebook is introducing a handful of new features that will give users greater control over their News Feed, including an easier way to turn off the feed’s algorithmic ranking and display content in the order it was posted instead. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/31/22359782/facebook-news-feed-turn-off-algorithmic-ranking-favorites-most-recent-filter-bar

Imperiled Freshwater Turtles Are Eating Plastics—Science Is Just Revealing the Threat

We know a lot about how sea turtles are threatened by our trash, but new research has just uncovered an underreported threat hiding inside lakes and rivers. Jason G. Goldman is a science journalist based in Los Angeles. via Technology and News Today https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/imperiled-freshwater-turtles-are-eating-plastics-science-is-just-revealing-the-threat/

Netflix lays out plans to slash its greenhouse gas emissions

Netflix set out goals today to limit the damage the company does to the climate. By the end of 2022, it wants to reach “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions. That means it plans to reduce some of its emissions and find ways to offset or capture the rest. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/30/22353098/netflix-greenhouse-gas-emissions-climate-change-goals

Flying taxi startup Lilium goes public via SPAC, unveils its new electric aircraft

Germany’s Lilium will be the latest electric aviation startup to go public via a reverse merger with a special acquisition company, or SPAC. Lilium will merge with Qell Acquisition, a SPAC founded by former General Motors executive Barry Engle. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/30/22358027/lilium-flying-taxi-evtol-spac-electric-aviation-gm-engle

Google’s new experimental app can scan and categorize your documents

Area 120, Google’s internal startup incubator, wants to give you a better way to scan documents with your phone. Stack, its newest experimental app, uses the company’s enterprise-grade DocAI technology to analyze and categorize your documents intelligently. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/stack-area-120-173647210.html

Disney+ will start shooting ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ in April

Disney+ is finally ready to start production on its streaming Obi-Wan Kenobi series, if a little later than you might have expected. Filming for the “special event” Star Wars show is now due to start in April (a month later than star Ewan McGregor claimed), according to Disney. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/disney-plus-obi-wan-kenobi-april-production-150737187.html

Disney+ and ESPN+ are coming to Comcast Xfinity set-top boxes

Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex subscribers are getting access to two more major streaming services through their set-top boxes. Disney+ will arrive on the platforms in the next few days. ESPN+ is now available on Flex through the ESPN app, and it should hit X1 in the coming weeks. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/disney-plus-espn-plus-comcast-xfinity-x1-flex-153045590.html

I shed a single happy tear for the big boat

The boat is unstuck. If you’ve been following the news, you know exactly the boat and exactly how stuck it was: the Evergreen Marine Corporation’s Ever Given cargo ship has been stuck across the Suez Canal for the last six days, disrupting billions of dollars in global trade. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/29/22356465/suez-canal-big-boat-ever-given-stuck-unstuck

What’s In My Bag: This Is How Extreme Macro Is Done!

Mika Geiger (@mika.geiger) is a photographer based in Austin, Texas. Most of her work has been in travel and editorial photography, but for the past year she has concentrated on macro/close-up photography of insects and other tiny creatures. via Technology and News Today https://alphauniverse.com/stories/what-s-in-my-bag–an-extreme-macro-photographers-one-camera–one-lens-combination/

Scotland’s renewable energy matched 97 percent of demand in 2020

Back in 2011, Scotland set a green-energy related goal for itself: It aimed to generate the equivalent of 100 percent of the country’s gross electricity demand from renewables by 2020. While the country failed to reach that objective, 97. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/scotland-renewable-energy-97-percent-electricity-needs-2020-180436107.html

Scotland’s renewable energy matched 97 percent of demand in 2020

Back in 2011, Scotland set a green-energy related goal for itself: It aimed to generate the equivalent of 100 percent of the country’s gross electricity demand from renewables by 2020. While the country failed to reach that objective, 97. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/scotland-renewable-energy-97-percent-electricity-needs-2020-180436107.html

How to Use Photoshop and Lightroom’s “Super Resolution” Feature

Adobe has been adding machine-learning and AI-powered features to Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom. In March 2021, Adobe added “Super Resolution“—a way to enhance missing details in lower resolution files. Here’s how to use it. via Technology and News Today https://www.howtogeek.com/718002/how-to-use-photoshop-and-lightrooms-super-resolution-feature/