Ubisoft is making an open-world Star Wars game

Ubisoft is making an open-world Star Wars game

The studio behind The Division is making a game set in a galaxy far, far away, according to a report from Wired. Today, Ubisoft announced that its Swedish studio Massive Entertainment is making an open-world video game that’s set in the Star Wars universe.

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TikTok changes privacy settings for its youngest users

TikTok changes privacy settings for its youngest users

Unsurprisingly, the biggest changes affect the app’s youngest users between the ages 13 and 15, who will now have their accounts switched to  private by default. The change applies to new sign-ups as well as existing accounts that may have previously been set to public.

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Parler Users Breached Deep Inside U.S. Capitol Building, GPS Data Shows

Parler Users Breached Deep Inside U.S. Capitol Building, GPS Data Shows

At least several users of the far-right social network Parler appear to be among the horde of rioters that managed to penetrate deep inside the U.S.

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Super Mario 3D World will launch in February alongside a new Nintendo Switch color

Super Mario 3D World will launch in February alongside a new Nintendo Switch color

Super Mario 3D World, an enhanced version of the original game that bundles in a new expansion called Bowser’s Fury, will launch on February 12th for the Switch. Nintendo announced the news today along with a new Mario Red & Blue Edition console.

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Netflix promises at least one new movie every week in 2021

Netflix promises at least one new movie every week in 2021

If you’re a Netflix subscriber, the company wants you to know there’s a lot of new movies coming. Netflix has 70 movies on its roster, more than Disney and Warner Bros. combined, according to the 2021 film slate the company released today.

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Fiat Chrysler teams with startup Archer to build an electric air taxi

Fiat Chrysler teams with startup Archer to build an electric air taxi

Archer Aviation is one of many startups trying to build an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, among Volocopter, Hyundai, Lilium and many others. The startup just boosted its standing, however, as it has announced a partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).

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Yelp lets you tattle on places that don’t enforce masks and social distancing

Yelp lets you tattle on places that don’t enforce masks and social distancing

Yelp is adding a new option that lets customers provide feedback on whether a business is enforcing COVID-19 safety guidelines, the company announced today.

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Capitol Rioters Face Sedition Charges as DOJ Ramps Up Probe

Capitol Rioters Face Sedition Charges as DOJ Ramps Up Probe

U.S. prosecutors are ramping up the investigation into last week’s riot at the Capitol, with more than 170 suspects under scrutiny and law enforcement officials planning charges of sedition and conspiracy.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-12/capitol-rioters-facing-sedition-charges-as-doj-ramps-up-probe

150-Foot Vessel Sculpture at Hudson Yards Closes After 3rd Suicide

150-Foot Vessel Sculpture at Hudson Yards Closes After 3rd Suicide

The Vessel, the spiraling staircase at Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s Far West Side, was closed to visitors on Tuesday, a day after a 21-year-old man jumped to his death in the third suicide in less than a year.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/12/nyregion/hudson-yards-suicide-vessel.html

Some monster scraped Trump’s name into this poor manatee’s back

Some monster scraped Trump’s name into this poor manatee’s back

Last week was a cacophony of horrible Trump-related news, but this is the one that hit home hardest for me: a manatee with his name scraped into its back was found in the headwaters of Florida’s Homosassa river (via Citrus County Chronicle).

Continue Reading . . . https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/11/22225867/manatee-harassed-with-trumps-name

Sony promises streaming quality nearly as good as 4K Blu-ray on Bravia Core movie service

Sony promises streaming quality nearly as good as 4K Blu-ray on Bravia Core movie service

Sony’s new line of Bravia XR television sets will allow customers to watch and stream movies at some of the highest quality available in the consumer market through its new Bravia Core platform, according to the company.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/11/22225768/sony-bravia-core-movie-platform-service-xr-television-quality-stream

Sony shows off its Airpeak filmmaking drone for the first time

Sony shows off its Airpeak filmmaking drone for the first time

Just two months after announcing the Airpeak in a vague press release and equally mysterious video, Sony has shown off its new drone in a virtual CES 2021 presentation. The Airpeak supports Sony’s Alpha series of mirrorless cameras and uses AI to keep images steady as it flies through the sky.

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Facebook bans all mentions of ‘stop the steal’ ahead of inauguration

Facebook bans all mentions of ‘stop the steal’ ahead of inauguration

Facebook says it’s barring all mentions of the phrase “stop the steal” in the wake of last week’s riot in Washington D.C. that resulted in five deaths.

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Intel’s Rocket Lake S CPUs are up to 19 percent faster than last year

Intel’s Rocket Lake S CPUs are up to 19 percent faster than last year

We’ve known since October that Intel’s upcoming Rocket Lake S desktop CPUs will only support up to 8-core chips, down from last year’s 10-core i9-10900K. The real question is if that step back will be worth it.

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Western Digital doubles the storage in its portable SSDs to 4TB

Western Digital doubles the storage in its portable SSDs to 4TB

Western Digital is doubling the maximum storage size of several of its portable SSDs to 4TB. Previously, Western Digital’s SSD lineup maxed out at 2TB.

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TCL teases a 17-inch tablet that unfurls like a scroll

TCL teases a 17-inch tablet that unfurls like a scroll

TCL hinted that rollable devices were coming, but it’s now clear one of them might be particularly ambitious. The company has unveiled a concept tablet built around a 17-inch rollable, printed OLED display — you even pull it open like you’re unfurling a scroll.

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The Attack on the Capitol Was Even Worse Than It Looked

The Attack on the Capitol Was Even Worse Than It Looked

As new and more graphic videos of the mayhem emerged on social media and TV, the enormity of what happened only deepened. The live video of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was largely images from a distance: a sea of attackers seeping up the steps and through the entryways.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/11/arts/television/capitol-riot-graphic-videos.html

Martian Satellite Photos Show Dynamic Planet

Martian Satellite Photos Show Dynamic Planet

Mars, once thought to be a static, dusty landscape, is ever changing. It wasn’t until NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) showed up that we observed shifting dunes, seasons coming and going, and dust devils swirling across the planet.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/martian-satellite-photos-show-dynamic-planet/