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Watch the Blue Origin sensor test that will help NASA land on the Moon

Blue Origin is set to launch its reusable New Shepard rocket on a suborbital mission today (September 24th) and test sensors for a vehicle that could one day land on the Moon. → Read More

Epic, Spotify and others ally against Apple and Google app policies

A diverse variety of companies including Epic Games, Spotify, Match Group, Tile and others have formed an alliance to pressure Apple, Google and others to change their app store rules. The Coalition for App Fairness debuted today stating that “Apple taxes consumers and crushes innovation,” and that it will advocate “freedom of choice and fair competition across the app ecosystem.” The group… → Read More

Facebook's Oversight Board will begin hearing cases before the US election

Faceboook has confirmed that it’s Oversight Board set up to rule on moderation disputes across the company’s platforms will begin to hear cases in mid-October, just ahead of the November US elections. → Read More

NVIDIA apologizes for RTX 3090 pre-orders before they even begin

NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3090 is going on pre-order this morning, but it sounds like you’re going to need a lot of luck to get one. In a blog post, the company has essentially pre-apologized for the lack of supply, while stressing that it’s strictly designed (and priced) for enthusiasts. → Read More

Microsoft licenses the breakthrough natural language AI GPT-3

Microsoft announced that it has “exclusively licensed” OpenAI’s sophisticated GPT-3 language model that can generate disturbingly human-like text in applications ranging from commercial bots to creative writing → Read More

Opera update uses QR codes to sync data between PC and Android browsers

Opera’s browser is making it easier to sync between desktop and Android devices. The latest updates (version 71 on desktop and version 60 on Android) include a new feature called Sync that lets you scan a QR code rather than entering a password. → Read More

Qualcomm's mid-range chip uses AI to clean up the audio on voice calls

Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 750G, a 5G-capable processor designed for mid-range smartphones rather than higher-tier devices that might use the Snapdragon 765G. → Read More

HP's first Intel 11th-gen laptops use recycled ocean-bound plastics

HP's latest 13-, 14- and 15-inch Pavilion clamshell laptops are the company’s first to use post-consumer-recycled and “ocean-bound” plastics. → Read More

BlizzCon will return as an online-only event in February 2021

After cancelling this year’s BlizzCon convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Blizzard has announced that it will hold a replacement show online. BlizzConline (yep) will be held on February 19th-20th, 2021 with all the latest news around its popular franchises including World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, Hearthstone and Starcraft. → Read More

Apple TV+ won its first major Emmy for Billy Crudup in 'The Morning Show'

After winning two Daytime Emmys last week, Apple TV+ took its first major Emmy last night. Billy Crudup won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in ATV+’s The Morning Show for his role as network executive Cory Ellison → Read More

Facebook is running a national ad campaign to encourage voting

Facebook is launching a national consumer awareness campaign around voting, with information on registering, a “vote-a-thon” and in-app consumer marketing campaign. → Read More

Nikola founder resigns following SEC probe into electric truck business

Following a fraud accusation by a short firm and potential probe by the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), Nikola founder Trevor Milton is stepping down as executive chairman. → Read More

'Disintegration' multiplayer shuts down after just six months

The developer behind Disintegration, the tactical shooter with transhuman characters, is ending the multiplayer mode that it launched early this year. → Read More

TikTok and WeChat will be banned from US app stores on Sunday

TikTok and WeChat will be banned from US app stores starting on Sunday, September 20th, the US Department of Commerce has announced. → Read More

NVIDIA apologizes for RTX 3080 order chaos

NVIDIA apparently failed to account for the excitement it created, as the $699 RTX 3080 Founder’s Edition sold out nearly instantly. On top of that, the site went down almost immediately after sales opened, shutting out most buyers. → Read More

Sony: We’ll have more PS5s than we did PS4s at launch

Despite rumors to the contrary, Sony will have plenty of PlayStation 5 consoles ready for launch — even more than it did PS4 units, according to Sony Interactive CEO Jim Ryan. → Read More

DTS:X for home theater comes to Xbox One

After releasing its Sound Unbound spatial audio for headphones on Xbox One, DTS is doing the same for home theater systems. The company has just released its Sound Unbound DTS:X home theater support on Xbox One to Xbox Insiders, following testing on the Alpha Ring. → Read More

Google Fiber's two gigabit broadband is almost ready

Google Fiber is about to start testing a new 2 Gbps internet service in two cities with the plan to launch it widely in 2021, the company announced. The plan will cost $100 per month, or $30 more than the current 1 Gbps offering. → Read More

GM's Ultium motors will power its next-generation EVs

GM, the company known for Corvettes and Sierra pickups, has embraced EVs as much as any US automaker. It already revealed plans for its Ultium batteries and now, ahead of the 2020 Bolt EV launch, is showing off its Ultium electric motors and drive units for its next-generation of electric cars and trucks. → Read More

Samsung says its Galaxy Z Fold 2 display has the 'world's smallest curvature'

Samsung’s OLED display used in the Galaxy Z Fold 2 has the “world’s smallest curvature,” with a radius of just 1.4mm (1.4R), the company’s display division announced. → Read More