Google Calendar's desktop site can work offline again, in some cases

If you occasionally need access to your calendar when you’re not connected to the internet, then Google Calendar’s web interface is getting a bit more useful. When Google rolled out a new UI for the app in 2018, that meant removing the ability to acc…

Source: Engadget – Google Calendar’s desktop site can work offline again, in some cases

Umurangi Generation Will Have Gyro Controls On Switch

When photography game Umurangi Generation hits Switch sometime this year, it’ll do so, the developers just announced, with an updated suite of mechanics that make use of the console’s unique features. One of these will be gyro controls, to help you snap the perfect picture.

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Source: Kotaku – Umurangi Generation Will Have Gyro Controls On Switch

Mysterious 'Jetpack Guy' Could Actually Be This Weird Mannequin Drone

Bizarre, ongoing sightings of what appears to be a man flying a jetpack at high altitudes have understandably baffled the public. The sightings, which started last August, have involved multiple commercial airline pilots and have all taken place at incredibly high elevations—up to 6,000 feet in the air. People…

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Source: Gizmodo – Mysterious ‘Jetpack Guy’ Could Actually Be This Weird Mannequin Drone

China Plans Online Payment Rules That May Hit Ant, Tencent

hackingbear writes: People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, said on Wednesday that any non-bank payment company with half of the market in online transactions or two entities with a combined two-thirds share could be subject to antitrust probes, potentially dealing another blow to financial technology giant Ant Group Co. and its biggest rival Tencent Holdings Ltd. Ant’s Alipay accounts of 55.6% of the Chinese online payment market, while Tencent’s WeChat accounts for 38.8%, according to iResearch data.

“If a monopoly is confirmed, the central bank can suggest the cabinet impose restrictive measures including breaking up the entity by its business type,” reports Yahoo Finance. “Firms already with payment licenses would have a one-year grace period to comply with the new rules, the PBOC said.” Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba and Ant Groups, emerged in public as he spoke to 100 rural teachers through a video call on Wednesday for the first time since China began clamping down on his businesses, ending several months of speculation over his whereabouts. Ma last appeared publicly at a conference where he castigated China’s (and that of the world’s) financial regulatory systems in front of a room of high-ranked officials. His controversial remark, according to reports, prompted the Chinese regulator to abruptly halt Ant’s initial public offering, which would have been the biggest public share sale of all time.

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Source: Slashdot – China Plans Online Payment Rules That May Hit Ant, Tencent

Lost Video Takes Us Inside Nintendo In 1990, Shows NES Consoles Being Made

This 20-minute collection of b-roll footage, shot as part of a news report and only uploaded to YouTube this week, gives us a fascinating look behind the scenes at Nintendo of America in 1990, showing everything from manufacturing to R&D to the Nintendo Power Line.

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Source: Kotaku – Lost Video Takes Us Inside Nintendo In 1990, Shows NES Consoles Being Made

Jack Ma Re-Emerges From Wherever He Was for the Last Few Months

Jack Ma, the billionaire co-founder and former chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has re-emerged from wherever he’s been since late October 2020, when he ceased public appearances amid a government crackdown on tech firms.

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Source: Gizmodo – Jack Ma Re-Emerges From Wherever He Was for the Last Few Months

Biden Rejoins Paris Climate Accord, Works To Overturn Trump's Climate Policies

During his first moments in the Oval Office on Wednesday, President Biden returned the United States to the Paris climate accord and directed federal agencies to begin unraveling Donald Trump’s environmental policies. The Washington Post reports: Biden’s executive order recommitting the United States to the international struggle to slow global warming fulfilled a campaign promise and represented a stark repudiation of the “America First” approach of Trump, who officially withdrew the nation from the Paris agreement Nov. 4 after years of disparaging it. Biden also ordered federal agencies to review scores of climate and environmental policies enacted during the Trump years and, if possible, to quickly reverse them. Nearly half of the regulations the new administration is targeting come from the Environmental Protection Agency, on issues as varied as drinking water, dangerous chemicals and gas-mileage standards.

Biden is expected to take even more sweeping action next Wednesday, according to a document obtained by The Washington Post. He plans to sign an executive order elevating climate in domestic and national security policy; direct “science and evidence based decision-making” in federal agencies; reestablish the Presidential Council of Advisers on Science and Technology and announce that U.S. data that will help underpin the Climate Leadership Summit that Biden will host in Washington in late April.
“While many of Biden’s actions Wednesday will take effect over time — the country will again formally become a party to the Paris agreement 30 days from now,” the report adds. He’s also planning to rescind the presidential permit Trump granted the Keystone XL pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada across the border into the United States, and is instructing the EPA and Transportation Department to strengthen fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, which Trump weakened.

Furthermore, the report says Biden “plans to impose a temporary moratorium on all oil and natural gas leasing activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to caribou, polar bears and Indigenous people.”

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Source: Slashdot – Biden Rejoins Paris Climate Accord, Works To Overturn Trump’s Climate Policies

Kia Will Lead Apple Car Project Work Under Hyundai Motor, Report Says

Hyundai Motor, the parent automaker of Hyundai and Kia, will task the Kia division with Apple Car work. The brand also said on Wednesday it’s looking at cooperation with foreign firms surrounding self-driving and electric vehicles. CNET reports: Kia made no mention of Apple, though the comment follows the reported connections to the tech giant. Earlier this month, various reports pegged the Apple Car as alive and well inside the tech company and said we could see a final vehicle in 2024 at the earliest. A separate report said the company may show a prototype of the vehicle next year. Interestingly, one of the reports last month also named Kia’s factory in Georgia as the rumored home for Apple Car production, which coincides with news of Kia’s possible involvement in the latest round of rumors.

Reportedly, Apple is hard at work on breakthrough EV battery technology and automated driving systems to help usher in a game changing car. Choosing an established automaker to handle final production seems simple, since Apple has zero history of building cars. If you need an example of how difficult it is to build cars, take a look at Tesla’s relatively short history in the business.

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Source: Slashdot – Kia Will Lead Apple Car Project Work Under Hyundai Motor, Report Says

Common Back Pain Treatment Doesn't Actually Work, Study Finds

A common treatment for chronic back pain may not provide much soothing after all. A new review released Wednesday suggests that antidepressants on average provide little to no back pain relief, though they could have a modest benefit for osteoarthritis and sciatica.

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Source: Gizmodo – Common Back Pain Treatment Doesn’t Actually Work, Study Finds

An Astronaut Has an Unwelcome and Possibly Undead Visitor in the Eerie Sci-Fi Short Decommissioned

A piece of NASA’s past makes a surprising return in Decommissioned, which packs genuine sci-fi horror suspense into just six minutes. From the windows of the ISS, an astronaut notices a strange—and horrifyingly familiar—bit of space debris floating in his direction. It can’t be what he thinks it is…can it?

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Source: io9 – An Astronaut Has an Unwelcome and Possibly Undead Visitor in the Eerie Sci-Fi Short Decommissioned

Joe Biden Is Putting the U.S. Back in the Paris Agreement. Here's What Comes Next.

On his first day in the Oval Office, President Joe Biden signed an array of executive orders to overturn several of the Trump administration’s most egregious environmental rollbacks. The third one he signed set the U.S. on course to rejoin the Paris Agreement.

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Source: Gizmodo – Joe Biden Is Putting the U.S. Back in the Paris Agreement. Here’s What Comes Next.