China’s first Mars rover has rolled onto the planet’s surface

A week after the China National Space Administration reported its Tianwen-1 mission had achieved a safe landing on Mars, the Zhurong rover has rolled off of its platform and onto the planet’s surface. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/cnsa-zhurong-rover-095207429.html

DARPA helped make a sarcasm detector, because of course it did

Between the rolled eyes, shrugged shoulders, jazzed hands and warbling vocal inflection, it’s not hard to tell when someone’s being sarcastic as they’re giving you the business face to face. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/darpa-helped-make-a-sarcasm-detector-because-of-course-it-did-193037356.html

How Apple built the new iPad Pro’s Liquid Retina XDR display

The M1 chipset. Loads of RAM. 5G. Thunderbolt support. All of these help make Apple’s new, 12.9-inch iPad Pro an almost startlingly capable tablet, one that seems well-equipped to compete against more traditional laptops. (Well, apart from iPadOS’s limitations, anyway. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/apple-ipad-pro-2021-liquid-retina-xdr-display-interview-190046399.html

Should Your Child Get the COVID Vaccine?

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. The Food and Drug Administration expanded emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to include adolescents 12 to 15 years of age on May 10, 2021. via Technology and News Today https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/should-your-child-get-the-covid-vaccine/

The new Apple TV 4K lets you play any TV audio through a HomePod

Apple might have discontinued the original, full-size HomePod smart speaker, but the company is continuing to add new functionality to it. The latest one relies on you also buying the new, second-generation Apple TV 4K, however. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/21/22447590/apple-tv-4k-homepod-hdmi-arc-audio-support