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Recent articles by Steve:

Germany's national rail operator will experiment with hydrogen trains

Germany’s national rail operator Deutsche Bahn has announced that it’s developing a hydrogen-powered train with an eye to replacing diesel trains. → Read More

Audi's next-gen Formula E racer has a tiny and efficient powertrain

Audi’s latest Formula E car delivers a big boost in efficiency and weight savings, the company announced. → Read More

Fujifilm turned its flagship camera into an infrared forensics tool

Fujifilm has unveiled a special infrared version of the 100-megapixel, medium-format GFX100 designed for “forensic, scientific and cultural preservation applications,” the company announced. → Read More

Sony says the PS5 would still be sold out without a pandemic

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) CEO Jim Ryan confirmed that the PS5 is completely sold out despite his best efforts to have enough stock. He added that he believes the supply shortage would have happened even without COVID-19. → Read More

Watch a Porsche Taycan break the Guinness World Record for an EV drift

Porsche driving instructor Dennis Retera drifted a Porsche Taycan EV for 55 minutes and 26.2 miles, setting a new Guinness world record. → Read More

Google’s next AR app puts the Mandalorian in your living room

Google and Lucasfilm have launched The Mandalorian AR experience for the latest 5G Android phones, bringing characters from the show directly to your own space in augmented reality. → Read More

Google Assistant can finally schedule your smart lights

Google Assistant already works with Hue and other smart lights, but functionality has been limited to turning them on and off, using them with alarms and a few other features. Now, you can schedule lights and other electric devices to turn on and off at specific and even general times. → Read More

Netflix is testing a linear-style TV channel in France

The beauty of Netflix is that you can watch anything anytime you want, but what if you don’t feel like making a decision? That’s the idea behind Direct, a new linear-style channel that Netflix is testing in France. → Read More

Twitter bans Steve Bannon's podcast account following beheading comments

Twitter has permanently banned Steve Bannon’s podcast after he suggested that Dr. Anthony Fauci and former FBI director Christopher Wray should be beheaded. → Read More

Panasonic built a vacuum to rescue AirPods from train tracks

Working with Japan’s JR East rail group, Panasonic has developed a cordless vacuum device that can quickly nab a stray pair of wireless earbuds. → Read More

The best gear to give to the photographer in your life

Here's a list of the best cameras and equipment that you can give to the photographers and videographers in your life this holiday season. → Read More

Volvo's first heavy-duty electric trucks will hit the road in 2022

Volvo announced that it will be among the first manufacturers to start selling heavy-duty electric trucks in 2021, with volume production beginning in 2022. → Read More

Apple's French and UK stores switch to Express pickups as lockdowns begin

With lockdowns starting today in the UK and last week in France, Apple Stores in those countries are switching gears. Starting tomorrow (November 6th) in the UK, Apple will switch stores over to Storefront service, offering “click-and-collect” pickup only and no Genius bar or shopping. → Read More

California votes to strip employee protections from Uber and Lyft drivers

Uber and other ride-hailing and delivery companies in California have prevailed in a $220 million dollar gambit to keep workers as independent contractors. Proposition 22, a side ballot to overturn a California law that made drivers full employees, passed by a wide 58 to 42 percent margin in the state. → Read More

Walmart abandons plan to have robots check store inventories

Much as Elon Musk did with his Tesla Model 3 factory, Walmart has discovered that robots can’t necessarily replace humans. The retail giant has decided scrap plans to use robots to automate the chore of tracking inventory after find that humans could do as good a job. → Read More

NBC pulls its social distancing TV show and makes it online only

NBC has pulled its social distancing-oriented show Connecting from the air and moved it to its streaming service Peacock, the broadcaster announced → Read More

Moment unveils a line of MagSafe camera accessories for the iPhone 12

Moment, the company that manufactures external lenses, apps and accessories for smartphones, is taking full advantage of the iPhone 12’s MagSafe technology. It just unveiled a line of MagSafe accessories that will let you attach your iPhone 12 to tripods or walls, and accessories like cold shoe mounts to your iPhone 12. → Read More

'Pristine' meteorite may provide clues to the origins of our solar system

A meteorite that lit up the night sky in Michigan in 2018 contains ‘pristine’ organic compounds that offer clues to how life formed on Earth, according to researchers. → Read More

Apple takes home an engineering Emmy for its ubiquitous ProRes video tech

Apple took home an engineering Emmy award for its ProRes video codec first developed in 2007 that has become widely used in digital television and film production. Epic Games also won an Emmy for its Unreal Engine software, used in Disney’s The Mandalorian. → Read More

SmartThings Find app can track down lost Samsung Galaxy devices

Samsung has unveiled SmartThings Find, an app that uses a variety of technologies to locate your phone even if there’s no cell or WiFi signal. → Read More