Windows 10 May 2021 Update now available, designed to improve remote work

Microsoft’s next major Windows 10 update is starting to roll out to devices today. The Windows 10 May 2021 Update focuses on improving remote work scenarios, with changes like being able to use multiple Windows Hello cameras on a single machine. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/18/22442134/microsoft-windows-10-may-2021-update-remote-work-features

Android 12 preview: first look at Google’s radical new design

Google is announcing the latest beta for Android 12 today at Google I/O. It has an entirely new design based on a system called “Material You,” featuring big, bubbly buttons, shifting colors, and smoother animations. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/22439777/android-12-design-features-widgets-first-look-google

Google and Samsung are merging Wear OS and Tizen

In yet another sign of the growing alliance between Google and Samsung, today both companies announced that they are essentially combining Wear OS — Google’s operating system — and the Tizen-based software platform that has been foundational to Samsung’s wearables for many years. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/18/22440483/samsung-smartwatch-google-wearos-tizen-watch

Apple’s redesigned MacBook Pros with next-gen in-house chips could arrive early this summer

The performance of Apple’s M1 chips exceeded our expectations and made the 2020 MacBook Air the most impressive laptop we’ve used in years (it’s also done wonders for the redesigned iMac). via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/18/22441805/apple-macbook-pro-2021-redesign-chip-magsafe-sd-card-slot-hdmi-port

Do People Who Enjoy Science Have a High Tolerance for Disturbing Ideas?

What do you think of this month’s cover image? We had a bit of a debate about it here at Scientific American’s virtual HQ. The illustration is based on scanning electron microscope images of Aspergillus fumigatus, a ubiquitous fungus that can infect the lungs. via Technology and News Today https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/do-people-who-enjoy-science-have-a-high-tolerance-for-disturbing-ideas/

Amazon is reportedly negotiating to buy MGM

GABRIEL BOUYS via Getty ImagesNow that the streaming video race is about as crowded as it can get, what can Amazon do to lock up more exclusive content? According to rumors reported by The Information, Variety and the New York Times, it’s considering spending as much as $9 billion to buy MGM, which via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/mgm-amazon-prime-video-074510816.html