The US will rejoin the Paris climate change agreement

With the third executive order of his new administration, President Joe Biden said the US will rejoin the Paris Agreement. Initially finalized in 2015, the climate change accord saw 143 countries, including the US, agree to limit global temperature i…

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TikTok's new Q&A feature makes it easier for creators to respond to fans

TikTok has started a new feature that makes it easier for some of its most popular creators to host Q&A sessions with their fans. The feature was first spotted by social media consultant Matt Navarra, who shared images of it to their Twitter acco…

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New White House website includes a hidden recruitment message for coders

With Joe Biden now the 46th president of the United States, the official White House website has gone live with an eye-catching new design. It’s fully responsive and even comes with a snazzy dark mode to match. And like all good websites, it also com…

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Google is investigating an AI researcher over the handling of sensitive data

Google is investigating an artificial intelligence researcher after it detected that “an account had exfiltrated thousands of files” and shared them externally. Margaret Mitchell, a co-lead of the Ethical AI unit, has been locked out of Google’s corp…

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Amazon offers to help the incoming Biden admin with COVID response

Fast on the heels of now-President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday morning, Amazon Consumer CEO Dave Clark sent a letter on behalf of his employer to the incoming administration pledging its help with Federal government’s ongoing COVID pandemic…

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August's WiFi smart lock hits all-time low of $183 at Amazon

August’s 4th-generation WiFi smart lock is one of its best yet, and now you can get it at a more affordable price. Amazon has discounted the silver model to $183.49, down from its usual $250 price. The black version is also on sale, but is only $14.6…

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Moog app brings the classic Model 15 modular synth to the Mac

You won’t have to fire up a mobile device (or spend a fortune on the real thing) to use Moog’s Model 15 for music creation. The company has updated its Model 15 app to introduce support for Mac users running Big Sur, bringing the modular synthesizer…

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Airbnb has been quietly using social media to root out and ban extremists

Airbnb has canceled all bookings in Washington DC this week in an attempt to prevent people from traveling there for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration in the wake of the January 6th US Capitol riot. The company is also said it is attempting to…

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Opera now has a game engine to go with its gamer-focused browser

It’s not often that a browser company acquires a game development platform. But that’s exactly what Opera has done with YoYo Games, a British team best known for GameMaker Studio 2. The latter is a hugely popular platform for novice game developers w…

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Facebook improves AI photo descriptions for the visually impaired

Facebook has long been using AI to describe photos for the visually impaired, but it’s stepping up its efforts in 2021. The social media giant has detailed a new version of automatic alternative text (AAT) that promises much more information.Instead…

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NVIDIA Shield TV now supports PS5 and Xbox Series X/S controllers

NVIDIA’s Shield TV, the company’s powerful set-top box, can now pair with the Xbox Series X and S gamepads, as well as the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller. The long awaited feature arrives as part of the Shield 8.2.2 software update, which also…

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EU fines Valve and major game publishers for geo-blocking titles

Nearly two years after filing charges, the European Union is demanding remedies from Valve and other publishers for geo-blocking games. The European Commission has fined Valve, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and Bethesda owner ZeniMax a…

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Federal court strikes down Trump's coal-friendly EPA climate rules

A federal appeals court has struck down the Trump administration’s plan to relax restrictions on power plant greenhouse emissions. A US court of appeals said that the plan approved by the EPA in 2019 was a “mistaken reading of the Clean Air Act,” and…

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How to watch Biden’s inaugural 'Parade Across America'

Instead of a traditional march through Washington DC, today’s presidential inauguration will include a virtual one. Dubbed the “Parade Across America,” the event will feature performances from the likes of Earth, Wind and Fire, Nile Rodgers and the N…

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South Korea's biggest web company acquires Wattpad for $600 million

Webtoon and Wattpad may soon be inextricably linked. Naver, the South Korean internet giant behind the Webtoon digital comics platform, will acquire Wattpad for a deal worth US$600 million in cash and stocks. The two websites will have a “connected e…

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The Morning After: LG might get out of the smartphone business

In the US, today is Inauguration Day, and as Joe Biden prepares to take the oath as our 46th president, it’s worth taking a look back at the discussions four years ago. Back then, the “most tech-savvy” president exited as all eyes turned to Donald Tr…

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Porsche brings its cheaper rear-wheel-drive Taycan to the US

Porsche has introduced a Taycan model that won’t make such large a dent on your bank account. As Autoblog reports, the latest version — simply called Taycan — starts at $81,250, including a $1,350 destination fee, That’s roughly $24,000 less than the…

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SolarWinds hackers also targeted security specialist Malwarebytes

American security company Malwarebytes has revealed that it was targeted by the same “nation state actor implicated in SolarWinds breach.” The firm says it doesn’t use SolarWinds’ IT software, which served as the hackers’ entryway into the systems of…

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