Microsoft’s Blue Screen of Death is changing to black in Windows 11

Microsoft is changing its famous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) to black in Windows 11. The software giant started testing its new design changes in a Windows 11 preview earlier this week, but the Black Screen of Death isn’t fully enabled yet. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/7/1/22559852/microsoft-windows-11-black-blue-screen-of-death-bsod-change

EU officially launches digital vaccine passport

The European Union’s digital COVID-19 certificate officially launched today. The certificate allows people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, a recent negative test result, or a past COVID-19 infection. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/7/1/22558896/eu-covid-vaccine-passport-test-infection

The Morning After: A transforming, flying car makes its first inter-city flight

Where’s our flying-car future? Maybe it’s finally a little closer. AirCar, a prototype car-plane-thing from Klein Vision made a trip between Nitra and Bratislava airports in Slovakia. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/the-morning-after-a-transforming-flying-car-makes-its-first-inter-city-flight-111507297.html

Heineken made a cute but garish autonomous beer cooler

Nothing says summer quite like a cooler full of beer, but it wouldn’t be 2021 without a modern twist on the concept. Meet the Beer Outdoor Transporter or BOT from Heineken. It can hold up to 12 cans of beer, will follow you almost anywhere and has a “charming” AI personality. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/heineken-beer-outdoor-transporter-162029463.html

Samsung’s new Wear OS watch will debut at Unpacked this summer

In addition to introducing its new Wear OS-based software for its upcoming smartwatches at MWC 2021 today, Samsung also confirmed that the first device to run that will debut at Unpacked this summer. It’ll be under the company’s Galaxy Watch portfolio and the interface will be called One UI Watch. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/samsung-wear-os-one-ui-watch-unpacked-2021-171520963.html

Facebook has become a $1 trillion company

Facebook has joined the ranks of companies valued over a trillion dollars as of today’s market close. The company’s market cap is sitting at $1.008 trillion according to Yahoo Finance, putting it over the mark for the first time in its history. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/28/22554502/facebook-1-trillion-dollar-market-cap-company-business

Instagram is testing a desktop posting feature

Instagram is testing the ability to create posts using the web browser on a desktop computer. The feature was spotted by social media consultant Matt Navarra, who captured some screenshots demonstrating the functionality. Facebook confirmed the test in a statement to Bloomberg. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/25/22550010/instagram-post-from-desktop-web-browser-testing

Google Fi’s built-in VPN starts iPhone rollout

Google Fi’s VPN service has started rolling out to subscribers on iPhone, the company has announced. The feature, which routes your phone’s internet traffic through an encrypted connection to protect your privacy, has been available on Android since launching in beta in November 2018. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/25/22550048/google-fi-vpn-iphone-subscribers

Dune release date has been delayed yet again

Denis Villeneuve’s Dune was among the big 2020 movies that saw its release date delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. After being moved to October 1st, Dune’s release has been pushed back yet again, this time to October 22nd, Variety reports. The move was one of several releases Warner Bros. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/26/22551728/dune-movie-release-date-delayed-again-warner-bros

CRISPR gene editing breakthrough could treat many more diseases

CRISPR gene editing already promises to fight diseases that were once thought unassailable, but techniques so far have required injecting the tools directly into affected cells. That’s not very practical for some conditions. However, there’s just been a breakthrough. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/crispr-gene-editing-blood-injection-213815705.html

Eyemazing: Macro Photos of Animals’ Eyes

Under a macro lens, the eye takes on new dimensions of intricate detail reminiscent of surreal landscapes and otherworldly surfaces. In Animal Eyes, Armenian photographer Suren Manvelyan’s extreme close-ups offer a glimpse into an unseen reality in the eyes of animals, both domestic and exotic. via Technology and News Today https://www.featureshoot.com/2014/08/eyemazing-macro-photos-of-animals-eyes/

Biden’s new $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan includes $65B for universal broadband

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday agreed to a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan that includes building out high-speed universal broadband across the nation. via Technology and News Today https://www.cnet.com/news/bidens-new-1-2-trillion-infrastructure-plan-includes-65b-for-universal-broadband/