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Ann Arbor, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Richard:

Google server problems took out Gmail and other services briefly

Gmail, YouTube and other Google services went down briefly for many users on Thursday night, but should be available again now. → Read More

The first 'Left 4 Dead 2' expansion in years is available now for free

Play 'Left 4 Dead 2' for free on PC this weekend, and enjoy the new community-produced DLC add-on The Last Stand. → Read More

iOS 14 update fixes a bug that reset your browser and mail defaults

Apple fixed an iOS 14 bug would reset your default app settings after rebooting an iPad or iPhone, so now you can set Chrome or Gmail as a default and they will stay that way. → Read More

Seagate's 1TB Game Drive for Xbox Series X, Series S costs $220

Xbox Series X and Series S require these 1TB Game Drive expansion cards to add storage for next-gen games, and to get one it will cost you $220. → Read More

TikTok ask the court to prevent a US ban from taking effect

TikTok is asking the court to step in and stop the Trump Administration's proposed ban from taking effect on Sunday. → Read More

'Among Us' developers cancel sequel plans, focus on their new/old smash hit

'Among Us' will get more content instead of a sequel, as its developers focus on tweaking the indie game that exploded into a hit two years after it was released. → Read More

Shopify reports 'rogue' employees stole some customer data

The company’s software enables online shopping for other businesses, and in a blog post it revealed that two employees were caught “in a scheme to obtain customer transactional records of certain merchants.” It’s unclear how much data they actually stole, which the blog post said came from fewer than 200 merchants. The information access included stuff like contact information as well as order… → Read More

Tesla lays out 'Battery Day' plans that lead to a $25,000 electric car

Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased a $25,000 EV in the company's future, built on new batteries that are cheaper to make and more efficient. → Read More

Microsoft keeps the same price for its new wireless Xbox controllers

The new Xbox Wireless Controller goes up for pre-order along with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S tomorrow for $60. → Read More

Elon Musk warns that Tesla's 'Battery Day' tech is two years away

Tesla is expected to reveal some exciting news tomorrow about its car batteries, but first, CEO Elon Musk is downplaying the potential short-term impact of what it will reveal. → Read More

Now iOS users can set Gmail as their default email app

Now you can make Gmail the default email app on your iPhone or iPad -- as long as you're running iOS 14. → Read More

NBCU's new deal with Roku will bring Peacock to the streaming platform

NBCUniversal and Roku have worked things out so that a Peacock streaming app is coming to Roku-powered devices soon. → Read More

Xbox Series X, Series S pre-orders start September 22nd at 11AM ET

Now we know when the Xbox Series X and Series S pre-order availability will start on Tuesday. → Read More

Try 'Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War' multiplayer on PS4 this weekend

PlayStation 'Call of Duty' players can join an alpha test of the next game's multiplayer system this weekend. → Read More

PlayStation 5 pre-orders appear at retailers like Walmart and Target

Posts on social media have indicated GameStop locations are doing in-person pre-orders, albeit with very limited availability, while online a couple of retailers have started to offer the console. Pre-orders were briefly available on earlier but now appear to be sold out, and as of this writing the $500 console is available on Target’s website, but that will probably change soon. → Read More

Logitech G mice get the world’s first sub-micron sensor with an update

Logitech's gaming mice can now track movement at the sub-micron level with 25,000 DPI resolution. → Read More

Uber backup driver charged with negligent homicide in self-driving accident

Uber's self-driving test car struck and killed a person two years ago, and today a grand jury indicted the backup driver on a charge of negligent homicide. → Read More

Waze's latest update adds lane guidance and proactive traffic updates

Waze announced a number of new features, including a few that are already live in its navigation app. → Read More

Bloomberg: PS5 Digital Edition pricing could dip below $400

Bloomberg's analyst suggests a disc-equipped PS5 could go on sale for $449, but the outlet also reports production slowdowns will result in fewer units than Sony hoped to make. → Read More

The SEC is reportedly looking into Nikola's electric truck promises

A short selling firm accused electric big rig startup Nikola of being an "intricate fraud" and now the SEC is reportedly investigating. → Read More