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This digital location tech could help emergency crews find you in the wilderness

Exclusive: Several emergency services in the US and Canada are embracing the What3words service. One tap on a text message lets you tell them exactly where you are. → Read More

Twitter engineers replace racially loaded tech terms like 'master,' 'slave'

Exclusive: The microblogging service's move toward inclusive language formally began in January, well before today's Black Lives Matter protests. → Read More

Safari 14 will let you log onto websites with your face or finger

It's an important step on the path to dumping passwords altogether. → Read More

Safari 14 will let you log in to websites with your face or finger

It's an important step on the path to dumping passwords altogether. → Read More

Apple gives Macs a brain transplant with new Arm chips starting this year

The WWDC announcement is the beginning of a long, complicated transition away from Intel chips. → Read More

Apple finally counts past 10 with MacOS Big Sur, aka MacOS 11

The new OS, which runs on Apple's new Arm-based Macs, is a major overhaul. → Read More

Good news for future Macs: The fastest supercomputer uses Arm chips

The same processor family that powers phones and likely the next generation of Apple computers is at the heart of the world's fastest machine. → Read More

Honeywell says it's got the fastest quantum computer on the planet

An ion chamber houses the brains of a Honeywell quantum computer. Honeywell Honeywell is the quantum computing champ. On Thursday, Honeywell said it boosted the performance of its quantum computer enough to best that of IBM's by one closely watched measure. The achievement gives Honeywell's machine the title of world's fastest quantum computer, at least for the time being. For more like this… → Read More

Google Chrome starts tinkering with how it shows address bar URLs

Humans are lousy at spotting fake website addresses, but lots of us are attached to their alphanumeric gobbledegook. → Read More

Lego has a new programmable robot kit after 7-year Mindstorms hiatus

There's a new STEM option in town. The Robot Inventor kit can be turned into five robots, which can play basketball, walk, and shoot darts at intruders. → Read More

SpaceX rockets fly with software you can find on your Android phone

Programmers detail the software that makes the Falcon rockets, Dragon capsules and Starlink satellites tick. And yes, they play Kerbal Space Program. → Read More

Microsoft CEO pledges to fight racism through hiring, purchasing, donations

Satya Nadella also says he's looking closely at his own attitudes. → Read More

Brave builds privacy-focused video chat right into its browser

Inviting others to a videoconference is as simple as sharing a web address -- if they already have Brave installed. → Read More

Chrome now can stop an important type of network snooping

Google follows Firefox in embracing a new encryption technology called DOH. → Read More

Microsoft, no longer fearing the web, gives it a new boost on Windows

Web apps will fit in better with Windows 10. Also, the new Edge browser is coming to more PCs, Microsoft announces at Build. → Read More

Amazon to reopen French warehouses after union deal for COVID-19 safety

Warehouses had been closed since mid-April. → Read More

Google Chrome to block ads that drain your battery and gobble network data

A small fraction of big ads will be banished from websites in August. → Read More

Google Chrome to block ads that hammer your CPU, battery and network

A small fraction of heavyweight ads will start disappearing from websites in August. → Read More

Elon Musk sues county government to restart Tesla factory during coronavirus

Alameda County says it's working with Tesla to reopen "very soon." Musk also says he's moving Tesla headquarters from California to Nevada or Texas. → Read More

Elon Musk threatens lawsuit to restart Tesla manufacturing during pandemic

He also says he's moving Tesla headquarters out of California to Nevada or Texas. → Read More