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Playdate, the tiny handheld with a crank, is delayed to early...

Playdate, the tiny handheld with a crank, is delayed to early 2021
You’ll have to wait a bit longer for Panic’s odd little handheld: In an update published today, the company announced that Playdate will slip from its original 2020 window and now ship in early 2021. The device is the software developer’s first piece of physical hardware, a handheld with a unique crank alongside traditional buttons…

Ubisoft detailed which of its PS4 games won’t work on PS5,...

Ubisoft detailed which of its PS4 games won’t work on PS5, but now it’s not sure
Earlier today, Ubisoft released its own backward compatibility list to point out which older PS4 games won’t run on the PS5. Instead of sharing that list at Sony’s website, Ubisoft flagged the titles on its own website — but it appears that list may have been inaccurate, and the company has now taken it down.…

In its latest confusing decision, Twitter reinstates The New York Post

In its latest confusing decision, Twitter reinstates The New York Post
Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid The New York Post is back on Twitter, after Twitter updated its policy on policy changes. This story is going to be confusing, but not as confusing as Twitter’s attempts at moderation. To recap: On October 14th, The New York Post published a (contested and possibly part of a disinformation campaign, though…

Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation,...

Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling
Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation…

Virtual events are the future of running – but races don’t...

Virtual events are the future of running – but races don’t have to lose their identity
Home News Appliances (Image credit: Tasha Art / Shutterstock) Running events have changed, and it looks very much like virtual events are the 'new normal'. It's not just small races – all the major marathons including London, Boston, Tokyo and Berlin, went virtual for 2020, and many are planning the same for 2021.There are lots…

A Holiday Season Covid Surge, Outbreaks in Swing States, and More

A Holiday Season Covid Surge, Outbreaks in Swing States, and More
Coronavirus cases rise dramatically, drugmakers prepare for distribution, and the pandemic collides with the upcoming election. Here’s what you should know: Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news? Sign up here!HeadlinesCoronavirus cases surge across the US ahead of the holiday seasonCases skyrocketed nationwide this week, with all but three states reporting rising…

Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math

Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math
Mark Pelczarski was ready to retire. This was 2011; he was teaching computer science in Chicago by then, but that was really just the capstone on a legendary career in software. In 1979, Pelczarski wrote Magic Paintbrush, an artmaking program for the Apple II, the first personal computer capable of color. He started Penguin Software…

It’s Hard to Escape Facebook’s Vortex of Polarization

It’s Hard to Escape Facebook’s Vortex of Polarization
Facebook’s ability to create filter bubbles, promote divisive content, and accelerate political polarization is no surprise to users who’ve kept up with the platform's many scandals. But two new studies point to pitfalls with commonly proposed solutions and point to a troubling double bind for the 190 million Americans who rely on Facebook for news.…

What’s Worse Than Foreign Election Interference? QAnon

What’s Worse Than Foreign Election Interference? QAnon
Last week, US officials determined that a threatening letter sent to a voter from a fake Proud Boys email address was the work of the Iranian government, adding more emphasis to US intelligence reports that countries like Iran and Russia seek to disrupt US elections.It also seemed like a strange, if not ill-fitting, example to…

Dinosaurs Are Even Scarier When They’re Zombies

Dinosaurs Are Even Scarier When They’re Zombies
Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article. Just imagine if this came back to life.Photograph: John B. Carnett/Bonnier Corporation/Getty ImagesIn his short story “Hell Creek,” horror author C. Robert Cargill tackles one of the scariest ideas ever—zombie dinosaurs. The idea came to Cargill after he started wondering about regular extinction events that have occurred…

Facebook charged Biden a higher price than Trump for campaign ads

Facebook charged Biden a higher price than Trump for campaign ads
When President Donald Trump wanted to reach out to older Arizona voters in August with the message “The RADICAL Left has taken over Joe Biden and the Democratic Party,” with photos of Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ilhan Omar, Facebook charged his campaign an estimated $14 for each 1,000 times the advertisement appeared in people’s…

The Backbone One is the best mobile gaming controller I’ve laid...

The Backbone One is the best mobile gaming controller I’ve laid hands on
Mobile gaming has been one of the joys of modern smartphone development for years. And from the very beginning, it’s been bedeviled by the bug bear that phones themselves are rather uncomfortable to play games on. Many companies have tried to marry mobile gaming with the comfortable ergonomics of a game controller, with middling results.…