Intel and Samsung’s new demo shows how blisteringly fast a PCIe 5.0 SSD setup will be

PCIe 5.0 SSDs have already started to get announced ahead of CES 2022, with Samsung and Adata teasing early hardware that supports the new standard. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/30/22860374/intel-samsung-ces-2022-demo-pcie-5-0-ssd-setup-speed-test

Solar recycling is broken, but there’s a plan to fix it

Solar energy is key to solving climate change, but for the technology itself to be sustainable it needs to be recyclable. Unfortunately, when a solar panel dies today, it’s likely to meet one of two fates: a shredder or a landfill. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/29/22857157/solar-recycling-new-better-method

CES 2022 will introduce HDMI 2.1a, another confusing new spec

The HDMI standards are a mess. HDMI 2.1, in particular, is a uniquely frustrating mess, with haphazard support among TV manufacturers, cable makers, and devices that make setting up, say 120Hz gaming on a PS5 or Xbox Series X a uniquely harrowing experience. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/29/22856103/hdmi-2-1a-spec-standard-mess-cables-source-based-tone-mapping-ces-2022

The Morning After: Hyundai may be giving up on the combustion engine

Welcome back to The Morning After. Hope you had a great weekend and are ready for 2021 to be over and done with. (I know I am.) Today, we’ve drawn together the latest tech news from the last few days and several end-of-year pieces on the biggest stories of the year. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/the-morning-after-hyundai-may-have-given-up-on-the-combustion-engine-123440502.html

Another T-Mobile cyberattack reportedly exposed customer info and SIMs

T-Mobile has suffered another cyberattack after being rocked by a massive data breach in August. This time around, attackers accessed “a small number of” customers’ accounts, according to documents posted by The T-Mo Report. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/28/22857619/t-mobile-cyberattack-data-breach-december-2021-cpni-sim-swap

Samsung resumes Android 12 rollout, updates some foldables, and more S21s

Samsung is starting to roll out its Android 12-based One UI 4 update again after the company paused its original release due to reports of bugs and soft bricks from users, according to XDA Developers. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/28/22857057/samsung-android-12-galaxy-s21-z-flip-fold-one-ui-4

HBO Max offers first look at Westworld season 4, Barry, and the 2022 release slate

The Dec. 22 premiere of The Matrix Resurrections on HBO Max concludes a risky year in which all of WarnerMedia’s major theatrical releases simultaneously hit the streaming platform. The results of the experiment are a great unknown; few of Warner Bros. Pictures’ movies took off at the U.S. via Technology and News Today https://www.polygon.com/22849990/hbo-max-2022-releases-westworld-season-4-house-of-dragon-barry

NASA has finally launched the James Webb Space Telescope

At long last, NASA has launched the James Webb Space Telescope. On Christmas morning, the telescope launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket after 14 years of development and a number of delays. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/nasa-james-webb-space-telescope-launch-123452649.html

Intel will put unvaccinated employees on unpaid leave

Intel has reportedly notified employees that anyone who remains unvaccinated will need to get the COVID-19 vaccine or submit an exemption by January 4th. Otherwise, they face being put on unpaid leave, according to The Associated Press and The Oregonian. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/21/22849074/intel-unvaccinated-employees-unpaid-leave

TSA checkpoints will start supporting Apple Wallet IDs in February

When Apple introduced its updated Apple Wallet in June, the company said it was working to ensure you could use it to get through airport security — and now, we have our first word from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on exactly when that will happen. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/21/22848300/apple-wallet-tsa-id-check-airport-security-support-mid

Watch the first trailer for The Witcher: Blood Origin on Netflix

There’s more to The Witcher universe than just Geralt, and Netflix gave the first glimpse at that with an early look at Blood Origin. The trailer was initially revealed as a post-credits scene in The Witcher season 2, which debuted on December 17th. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/22691469/witcher-blood-origin-netflix-live-action-trailer

Comcast won’t enforce Northeast data caps until 2023 at the earliest

Comcast subscribers in the US Northeast just got another reprieve from data caps, and this one might stick. According to Light Reading and The Verge, a Comcast spokesperson said the cable giant now had “no plans” to enforce internet data caps in the region throughout 2022. State Rep. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/comcast-data-caps-northeast-indefinite-delay-000739663.html

Sony’s latest smartphone camera sensor gathers twice as much light

Sony has unveiled a new type of stacked CMOS sensor that uses “two-layer transistor pixels” to double the light gathering capability. Typical image sensors have the light-sensitive photodiodes and pixel transistors that control and amplify the signal on the same layer. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/sony-cmos-smartphone-sensor-2-layer-twice-as-much-light-112503027.html