Brazil’s New President Vows to Save Amazon Forests

Environmentalists are calling Brazil’s presidential election of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, popularly known as Lula, a big win for the Amazon rain forest. via Technology and News Today

Meta is laying off more than 11,000 employees

Meta is reducing the size of its workforce by about 13 percent and letting more than 11,000 of its employees go in the first mass layoffs in the company’s history. Mark Zuckerberg has announced the mass layoffs in a message to employees, which Meta shared on its Newsroom. via Technology and News Today

YouTube’s Primetime Channels bring streaming movies and TV into the YouTube app

Streaming services are coming to YouTube. The company is rolling out a new feature called Primetime Channels that will bring shows and movies from more than 30 services directly into the YouTube interface. via Technology and News Today

Biden administration approves $2.8 billion for EV battery and mineral production in the US

The US Department of Energy is awarding $2.8 billion in grants from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to shore up domestic battery manufacturing and mineral production, the White House announced Wednesday. via Technology and News Today

BMW will build a $1.7 billion EV battery factory in South Carolina

BMW says it will make batteries for its electric vehicles at a factory in South Carolina in the latest move by a major automaker to localize EV production in the United States. The German company plans to invest $1. via Technology and News Today

Dynamic Island Getting Swipe Gestures in iOS 16.1 Beta

The new Dynamic Island feature on iPhone 14 Pro models is set to become even more versatile. I’ve been playing with it in the iOS 16.1 beta since receiving my iPhone 14 Pro, and a few new gestures have surfaced to allow more interaction with the feature. Here’s how they work, at least so far. via Technology and News Today

New iPad Pro M2 models are reportedly just days away

The next-generation iPad Pro with Apple’s latest M2 processor is set to arrive in “a matter of days,” according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. It’ll be the first new model since May of last year, and reportedly offer a 20 percent speed boost over the M1 version. via Technology and News Today

Android 12 arrives on the two-year-old Chromecast with Google TV

Android 12 is rolling out for the 4K model of the Chromecast with Google TV, 9to5Google reports. The update for the 2020 streaming dongle follows the release of Google’s cheaper HD model last month, which shipped with Android 12 out of the box. via Technology and News Today

Google now labels ads as ‘Sponsored’ in mobile search results

Google is changing how it formats search results on mobile, the company announced today. Paid results will now carry a larger “Sponsored” tag rather than the simple “Ad” tag they had before, and each website’s name is now listed at the top of each search result. via Technology and News Today

Samsung’s One UI 5 is coming soon with some very iOS-like vibes

Samsung’s take on Android 13, called One UI 5, is ready to come out of public beta testing “in the coming weeks,” according to a company press release issued today. Highlights include a more personalized lock screen and new modes to filter out unwanted disruptions based on your activity. via Technology and News Today

Apple iCloud photo libraries will soon be viewable in Windows

It should soon be much easier to access your iPhone’s photo collection on a Windows-based PC. Microsoft is updating Windows 11 with the option to directly view iCloud photo libraries in the Photos app — you won’t need your browser or special software. via Technology and News Today

Google’s second-gen wired Nest Doorbell is smaller and offers improved imaging

Google has launched Nest’s second-generation wired doorbell for those who don’t want to monitor their device’s battery levels or to worry about spotty WiFi. The device is around 30 percent smaller than its battery-powered counterpart and could better fit smaller and narrower spaces. via Technology and News Today

US set to impose more trade restrictions on Chinese AI and supercomputer companies

The White House is set to unveil rules that would further restrict access to advanced computing technology in China that could be used by its military, according to The New York Times. via Technology and News Today