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Recent articles by Mariella:

NASA outlines how it will take humanity back to the Moon in 2024

When NASA officially announced the Artemis program last year, it revealed its plans to land the next man and the first woman on the Moon in 2024. Now, the agency has published the Artemis Plan, which details (PDF) how it would take humanity back to the Moon in four years’ time. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the agency has “solidified more of exploration plans in recent months” and has… → Read More

'The Dark Overlord' hacking group member sentenced to five years in prison

A US district judge has sentenced a UK National to five years in federal prison for participating in the cybercrime activities of hacking collective group “The Dark Overlord.” Nathan Wyatt was extradited from the UK to the US in December 2019 for targeting computer networks of American companies. → Read More

Verizon's $30 Unlimited Plus tablet plan offers 5G access

Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) has introduced a new plan for tablets, hotspots, smartwatches and laptops that’ll give you access to its 5G Ultra Wideband network, provided you have a device that supports it. The Unlimited Plus plan expands upon the carrier’s old Unlimited plan and includes double the LTE data allowance. While the standard Unlimited plan comes with 15GB of LTE data, the Plus… → Read More

Massive 'Marvel's Avengers' patch fixes over 1,000 bugs

Square Enix has rolled out a huge update for Marvel’s Avengers that focus on fixing issues affecting the game on consoles and PC. The lengthy changelog includes fixes for serious issues that prevent progression, as well as small graphical and animation tweaks. Square Enix’s take on Marvel’s Avengers is an action role-playing brawler set in the team’s second HQ in San Francisco with… → Read More

Microsoft releases a final preview for Windows 10's October update

Windows 10's October 2020 update will change how the Start Menu looks, and bring more control to notifications. → Read More

Minor emoji update for 2021 adds 200 skintone variants for couples

The Unicode Consortium has unveiled a relatively minor emoji update that would still add 217 options to your selection next year. The rest is made up of new skintone grouping variants for the “couple with heart” and “couple kissing” emoji. The Consortium had to push back its annual Unicode Standard release by six months due to COVID-19: Unicode 14.0, which was supposed to come out in March 2021,… → Read More

HBO Max renews Ridley Scott's 'Raised by Wolves' for a second season

Ridley Scott’s creepy android series Raised by Wolves is getting a second season at HBO Max. → Read More

Quibi wins two Emmy awards for #FreeRayshawn

The series has 15 10—minute episodes in all, with each one costing Quibi $1 million. → Read More

Apple's online store is opening in India on September 23rd

Apple is opening its online store in India on September 23rd over a year after the government eased rules that limited the tech giant’s business in the country. The store will offer Apple’s full range of products and direct support to customers in India for the first time, and it will also give them access to financing options and the company’s trade-in program. Apple started building iPhones at… → Read More

Nintendo has discontinued the 3DS family

Three years after launching the Switch, Nintendo is putting the 3DS out to pasture. Now, it has officially discontinued the family of handheld devices, which used to be wildly popular until the Switch took over as the company’s main console. As The Verge reports, Nintendo has posted a notice on the 3DS’ UK and Japanese pages that says “The manufacturing of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems has… → Read More

'Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition' will have a 120fps mode

Capcom has officially unveiled Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition during Sony’s PlayStation 5 event, where it revealed that the game will launch on the same day the console becomes available. The upgraded version of DMC5, which was originally released in 2019, takes advantage of the upcoming device’s ray tracing capabilities to enable realistic shadows and lighting. Special Edition also makes… → Read More

iRobot's Roomba i3+ is its cheapest vacuum with a self-cleaning dock

You can control the Roomba i3+ with the redesigned iRobot Home app for iOS and Android that’s powered by iRobot Genius. → Read More

Razer's Kishi gaming controller is now available for iPhones

Razer has finally released the iPhone—compatible version of its Kishi gaming controller, the Junglecat follow-up it debuted earlier this year at CES. Just like Kishi for Android, which the company launched back in June, this version has a wired connection and doesn’t need to be charged. It connects to an iPhone’s Lightning port to bring what Razer describes as “console-level control” to iOS… → Read More

AT&T could offer ad-subsidized phone plans starting next year

AT&T is looking into the possibility of offering cellphone plans subsidized in part by advertisements, company CEO John Stankey told Reuters in an interview. Subscribers will still have to pay the bigger chunk of their bill, but Stankey said he believes there’s a segment of AT&T’s customer base “where given a choice, they would take some load of advertising for a $5 or $10 reduction in their… → Read More

FTC could file Facebook antitrust lawsuit by the end of this year

The FTC is preparing for a possible antitrust lawsuit against Facebook before the year ends, according to The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. If you’ll recall, the agency started looking into the social network’s purchase of smaller companies like Instagram and WhatsApp last year, shortly after it slapped Facebook with a $5 billion fine over its privacy practices related to the Cambridge… → Read More

Facebook information center will highlight science-backed data on climate change

“Climate change is real,” Facebook wrote in a Newsroom post detailing how it’s stepping up its fight against climate change. As part of its efforts, the social network has launched the Climate Change Information Center, which will give you access to science-based information from the world’s leading climate experts. Facebook modeled the center after its COVID-19 hub that has successfully… → Read More

Apple AirPods Pro now offer spatial audio

The latest firmware update for Apple’s AirPods Pro and second—generation AirPods has arrived, and it brings at least a couple of much-awaited features with it. For the AirPods Pro, build number 3A283 debuts spatial audio, which enables a surround sound effect for a movie theater-like experience. The tech giant didn’t release a feature log for the firmware, but AppleInsider was able to confirm it… → Read More

Former Facebook employee exposes its inability to stop misinformation

A 6,600-word memo written by fired Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang shows how widespread political misinformation campaigns are on the platform — and how little the social network is doing about it. According to BuzzFeed News, which has obtained a copy of the internal document, Zhang listed concrete examples of how foreign national governments abuse the platform “on vast scales to mislead… → Read More

Samsung will stream a ‘Galaxy Unpacked for Every Fan’ on September 23rd

Back on August 5th, Samsung held an Unpacked event to launch the Note 20, Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Buds Live. The company didn’t say what’s in store for us that day, but its official invitation calls the event “Galaxy Unpacked for Every Fan.” Based on that and the image used for the invite, Samsung could be launching a themed variant of one of its phones,… → Read More

Google’s Android dongle may be called ‘Chromecast with Google TV’

Over the past few months, leaked renders and internal listings pretty much confirmed that Google is working on an Android TV dongle codenamed “Sabrina.” Now, Artem Russakovskii of Android Police has discovered a listing on Target’s retail system that calls the device “Google Chromecast with Google TV” and prices it at $50. → Read More