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Jim Rossman: Dallas gets its first look at the all-electric, super buzzy F-150 Lightning

Ford isn’t exactly the first car brand that pops to mind in a conversation about electric vehicles, but it began selling the all-electric Mustang Mach-E this year and next year will bring the much-anticipated 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning.

It’s one thing to bring a new electric vehicle to the market. The Mustang Mach-E shares the Mustang name...Read more

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CNET: Best workout headphones in 2021: Apple, Bose, Pixel Buds and more compared

After trying out plenty of wireless sports headphones and earbuds over the years, we've found that some models are better suited for workouts than others. The best workout headphones or earbuds should be wireless — and ideally, true-wireless earbuds — so there's no cable to restrict your movement in any way.

More importantly, they should ...Read more


Gadgets: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano laptop speedy, easy to use

I’m an Apple/Mac guy, always have been and probably always will be. But after using the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano laptop, it more than caught my attention.

The ThinkPad X1 Nano was pitched to me for testing by a Lenovo representative as a featherweight powerhouse that delivers the most complete ultralight laptop package today. They added it ...Read more

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How the ‘Doodle God Universe’ revamp made its way to Apple Arcade

The origin of “Doodle God Universe” came at a moment of serendipity for JoyBits and Apple. The developer wanted to remaster the game with better art and style for its 10th anniversary. Meanwhile, the Cupertino-based company came calling and wanted the studio to bring the title to Apple Arcade.

“It happened so that we found each other at...Read more

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3 quick thoughts on July’s big EA Play Live showcase

‘Grid Legends,’ Battlefield Portal mode and ‘Dead Space’ remake highlight big announcements from Electronic Arts

EA didn’t have a huge presence at the virtual E3 in June, but the Redwood City, California-based company saved its powder for a EA Play Live event July 22. The 40-minute presentation went over a series of upcoming games ...Read more

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Qualcomm rides global 5G wave as revenue jumps 65%

Despite supply constraints, Qualcomm rode the rising 5G smartphone wave and continued uplift from mobile technologies spilling into new industries to post better-than-expected financial results during its fiscal third quarter.

The San Diego wireless technology giant on Wednesday said its quarterly sales rose 65 percent from a year ago to $8.1 ...Read more

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Zuckerberg says Facebook's future lies in virtual 'metaverse'

Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t just want you logging in to his company’s products. He wants you living, working and even exercising inside them.

That’s the very high-level idea behind the “metaverse,” a vision for the future of Facebook Inc. and the entire internet that Zuckerberg started pushing aggressively in the past week.

“In the ...Read more

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Philly's Delivery Guys is a start-up ready to compete with food delivery giants such as Grubhub, UberEats. Here's how it will do it

Richard Hernández bought Sabor Rico Bakery (formerly known as A&Y) in Philadelphia's Franklinville neighborhood in December 2019, three months before the pandemic hit. He didn't even get the chance to change the store's sign before he found himself struggling to keep his small business open.

While managing the store, the Puerto Rican business ...Read more


Fast internet everywhere could add $160 billion to US economy

The U.S. economy stands to gain $160 billion a year in extra output from a successful national high-speed internet plan that would boost labor productivity and allow more people to work from home, according to new research.

The study, which is based on survey data, attempts to put precise numbers on one of the bigger unknowns in President Joe ...Read more

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Activision Blizzard employees walk out, demand reforms in wake of discrimination suit

Employees at Activision Blizzard walked off the job Wednesday to protest the company’s response to an explosive lawsuit filed last week alleging pervasive discrimination and harassment against women.

The suit, filed against the company by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, largely focuses on the Blizzard division of the...Read more

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AI deepfakes of Anthony Bourdain's voice are only a taste of what's coming

The most important thing about a documentary deepfaking Anthony Bourdain's voice isn't that it happened, but that it happened and almost nobody noticed.

Director Morgan Neville faced skepticism and outright revulsion on social media this month when it was revealed he used artificial intelligence to create a model of Bourdain's voice for 45 ...Read more

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Competition for tech talent is fierce. Is the trend temporary?

The pandemic, which forced businesses to switch to online everything, appears to have amplified demand for technology workers.

Last month, employers posted more than 365,000 job openings for IT positions, with software developers, IT support specialists, systems engineers and architects among the most coveted workers by employers.

There is so ...Read more


Researchers probing how magnets may disable medical devices

Researchers and regulators are working quickly to learn more about potentially dangerous interactions between implanted medical devices and an ever-widening array of consumer gadgets that contain powerful magnets.

The concern follows research published earlier this year that found an iPhone 12 temporarily deactivated a defibrillator when held ...Read more

Tech Q&A: The cheapest way to build a small home music library

Q: I'm interested in downloading about 200 songs from the internet, and eventually putting them on a USB drive. What's the cheapest way to do that?

—Fritz Monica, Minneapolis

A: The cheapest method is to purchase the songs rather than subscribe to an online streaming music service, even though the up-front cash outlay will be greater.

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Tech giants' record quarter gives way to growth skepticism

Three of the world’s largest companies — Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc. — reported about $57 billion in combined profit in a record-busting quarter, riding a resurgence in consumer and business spending.

Yet markets responded coolly. In part, investors were skeptical that these companies can continue to post double-digit ...Read more


Massive internet outage affects major US websites, including Airbnb, Delta, Daily News

The websites of several major U.S. companies were temporarily down for many users Thursday in a widespread internet outage.

The list of companies affected by the outage included Airbnb, Delta Air Lines, Groupon and Salesforce. Delta acknowledged having “a technology issue” that was “impacting many global websites.”

Users also reported ...Read more

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‘Maneater: Truth Quest’ DLC pack adds more shark action on Aug. 31

2020’s hit action RPG will continue the story of an unstoppable bull shark

Sharks never stop moving. They constantly advance forward to live. And it looks like the developers Tripwire Interactive aren’t resting on their laurels either. More than a year after the team released “Maneater,” the studio is coming out with downloadable ...Read more


Jim Rossman: When is it OK to share your passcode?

If you’re incapacitated or die, someone needs to know how to get into your phone and other devices.

Today’s tech issue comes from my family, and I want to mention it so it doesn’t happen to you.

My Aunt Sharon became ill and was hospitalized back in January 2020.

She never married, so several of her nieces and nephews began helping ...Read more

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‘The cultural loss is staggering’: Illinois man’s YouTube channel aims to preserve Chicago TV shows and commercials before they vanish

CHICAGO — Rick Klein’s obsession began when he was a teen. He came across an overlooked videocassette in his family’s Cicero, Illinois home, stuck it into the VCR and found a 1983 episode of “The Bozo Show” in which he and his brother were in the audience.

But it wasn’t just the antics of the famous Chicago entertainer that ...Read more

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This Chicago TikTok star built his following on videos about millennial work-from-home culture. And now — like many others — he quit his job.

CHICAGO — The first time Rod Thill downloaded TikTok, he deleted it. It wasn’t until the COVID-19 pandemic hit, when he, and millions of others, picked up the video-sharing social media app and never put it down again.

More than a year later, the Pilsen resident has acquired over 1 million followers on his account under the handle @Rod, ...Read more