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Recent articles by Sean:

How Disney’s ‘real’ lightsaber patent actually works

Disney Parks chairman Josh D’Amaro flashed a "real" lightsaber at the end of a presentation on April 8th. How is that possible? Here’s the best visualization we’ve seen of how a new retractable lightsaber design might work, courtesy Ben Ridout. → Read More

Three reasons why Epic Games can give away $17.5 billion worth of games for free

New documents published as part of the legal discovery process for Epic’s major antitrust lawsuit against Apple shed some light into how Epic can afford to give away billions of dollars of free games on the Epic Games Store. → Read More

Nvidia is building new Arm CPUs again: Nvidia Grace, for the data center

Nvidia’s getting getting back into CPUs in a big way with the new Nvidia Grace, a Arm-based processing chip specifically designed for AI data centers. → Read More

AMD inexplicably threw scalpers a bone with limited-edition Radeon RX 6800 XT ‘Midnight Black’ GPU

Because the world desperately needed another GPU people can’t actually buy, AMD decided to release the Radeon RX 6800 XT “Midnight Black” early Wednesday morning, where it immediately got snapped up. → Read More

You can now play every classic Halo on Xbox with a mouse and keyboard

Keyboard and mouse is now a native part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection (including Halo CE, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4) as of a new April 2021 patch. → Read More

‘Hey Spotify’ is another hands-free way to control your music, rolling out now

Spotify has its own hands-free wake word attached to a voice assistant: "Hey Spotify" appears to be rolling out now on Android and iOS, and it supports searching, skipping, and pausing music. → Read More

Samsung’s latest budget phones ask: is refresh rate more important than resolution?

This year, budget phone buyers may be asking themselves whether pixels are worth trading for hertz: the OnePlus Nord N100, Moto G50, and the new Samsung Galaxy F12 and M12 all have 90Hz refresh rates at a low 720p resolution. → Read More

Once again, someone tampered with an entire drinking water supply via the internet

Wyatt Travnichek, 22, stands accused of shutting down the water cleaning system "with the intention of harming" it in Ellsworth County, Kansas. He had remote access. → Read More

Hummer’s new electric SUV can drive diagonally, with 300 miles of range and a $110,000 price tag

The GMC Hummer electric SUV has been revealed, and it’s very similar to its electric supertruck sibling save for the expanded cabin and slightly lower performance specs. → Read More

Steam survey suggests Nvidia’s RTX 3070 is actually trickling into the hands of gamers

Now that the street price of an Nvidia RTX 3070 is over $1,200, it’s temping to think scalpers, bots and cryptocurrency miners got them all — but the latest Steam Hardware Survey suggests at least some of them are making their way into gaming PCs, too. → Read More

Trump used dark patterns to trick supporters into donating millions more than intended

"Asking for forgiveness is easier than permission" was one saying of the man in charge → Read More

Uber will pay a blind woman $1.1 million after drivers stranded her 14 times

Uber will now pay $1.1 million to a blind woman who says said she missed work, missed her birthday celebration, missed Christmas Eve church services, and was left out in the dark, in the rain, and other such humiliations because Uber drivers refused to carry her and her dog on 14 different occasions. → Read More

A cable company that prided itself on no data caps says you’re getting data caps because pizza

WideOpenWest is trying to justify its arbitrary new data caps by explaining that they’re like pizza, but data caps are nothing like pizza. → Read More

The ultimate Lego Star Wars game has been delayed again, indefinitely, and that’s OK

If you’ve been eagerly waiting for Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga to fulfill the incredible promise of its stirring trailer from last August, here’s bittersweet news, the game’s been delayed again. → Read More

25 years later, Space Jam has a new website — and the first trailer for the sequel

Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring LeBron James (rather than Michael Jordan), just released its first trailer — and it’s taken over the classic 1996 Space Jam website, too. Thankfully, the original time capsule is still alive and well. → Read More

Amazon apologizes for lying about pee — and attempts to shift the blame

Amazon has issued a rare public apology over its pee bottles tweet, but it’s only apologizing to Rep. Mark Pocan, and it’s not apologizing for the pee bottles themselves. → Read More

Apple knew it was selling defective MacBook displays, judge concludes

Judge Edward Davila has decided to let the Apple "flexgate" aka "stage light" lawsuit go forward, ruling that Apple should have known MacBook Pro displays would fail and yet sold them anyhow. → Read More

Microsoft is supplying 120,000 HoloLens-based headsets to the US Army

Microsoft is supplying 120,000 HoloLens-based headsets to the US Army. It’s a contract that could be worth up to $21.88 billion over 10 years. → Read More

Google ditches Mobile World Congress 2021, the world’s biggest phone show

Google has announced that it will not exhibit at Mobile World Congress this year, making it the biggest name so far to ditch the show, following major telecom infrastructure providers Nokia and Ericsson as well as Sony and Oracle. → Read More

Microsoft says controversial Georgia law will ‘unfairly restrict the rights of people to vote’

In a blog post titled “Why we are concerned about Georgia’s new election law,” Microsoft president Brad Smith slams the state’s new Election Integrity Act for making it harder for its employees (and others) to vote. → Read More