The Industry That Loved Richard Donner Celebrates Him

Richard Donner (center) at The Goonies’ 25th-anniversary celebration with (from left): Joe Pantoliano, Jeff Cohen, Lupe Ontiveros, Ke Huy Quan, Robert Davi, and Corey Feldman.Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez (Getty Images)The filmmaker behind Superman, The Goonies, and other modern classics left behind a huge legacy following his passing. Now, several of the people who’ve continued bringing…

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Ingenuity Helicopter Takes an Ambitious Shortcut on Mars in Record-Breaking Ninth Flight

An image of Ingenuity’s shadow taken by the helicopter on July 5, 2021.Image: NASA/JPL-CaltechThe Ingenuity helicopter has stuck the landing of its most difficult flight yet, the craft’s ninth. The helicopter took a high-speed sojourn over rough terrain.NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced the flight’s success this morning in a tweet. The helicopter’s chief pilot, Håvard…

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China Bans Ride-Hailing App Didi From App Stores Over Violations of User Data Collection and Usage

Photo: Greg Baker / AFP (Getty Images)China on Sunday ordered app stores to remove ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing from their listings, citing serious violations of laws around the collection and use of personal user data.The announcement was made by the Cyberspace Administration of China, the country’s cyberspace regulator, which on Friday announced that it was…

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TikTok’s Algorithm and AI Tech Are Now up for Sale

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images)Now anyone can tap into the secret sauce behind ByteDance’s globally successful TikTok app—for a price. The China-based company quietly launched a new BytePlus division back in June focused on selling TikTok’s artificial intelligence technology, including the popular recommendation algorithm behind its ForYou feed, to businesses worldwide, the Financial Times reported…

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FTC Charges Broadcom With Illegal Monopolization of the Chip Industry

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images)The Federal Trade Commission has filed charges against Broadcom over allegations that the chip maker monopolized the market for semiconductor components, the agency announced Friday.According to the commission’s complaint, Broadcom entered into long-term exclusivity and loyalty agreements with both original equipment manufacturers and service providers to prevent them from buying chips…

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MAGA Crowd Gets Its Wish for a Free Speech Hellhole, Patiently Awaits Trump’s Presence

Photo: Kevin Hagen (Getty Images)Today, the Trump crew flies closer to that social media platform in the sky. Gaze upon GETTR, the “marketplace of ideas,” possibly the news cycle’s next black hole, and possibly the target of the next greatest cyberattack of all time.As Fox News confirmed today, longtime Trump spokesperson and adviser Jason Miller—not…

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The Smart Home Isn’t Worth It

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images, PixelSquid; Graphic: Angelica Alzona)A smart home that responds to your every command and automates mundane tasks is a tantalizing dream. But the reality is that given the current limitations of technology, competing standards, and devices that quickly become obsolete, trying to make that dream a reality today just isn’t…

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RIP Pepper the Robot (2014-2020)

Pepper the robot meets Eurostar customers at St Pancras International station in London, England on October 23, 2018.Photo: Tabatha Fireman (Getty Images)Japanese telecom giant SoftBank halted production of Pepper the robot in August of 2020, according to a new report from Reuters. And it seems unlikely that new ones will ever roll off the manufacturing…

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Apple Wants You to Keep This Long List of Products Away From Your Medical Devices

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images)Apple has expanded its guidance on the potential magnetic interference of its gadgets with medical devices. In recent days, it released a long and detailed list of products that it says should be kept a “safe distance away” from medical devices.In a support article, Apple acknowledged that under certain conditions, magnets…

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Tesla Recalls Nearly 300,000 Cars in China Over Cruise Control Safety Issues

Photo: Nicolas Asfouri (Getty Images)Tesla has already chalked up plenty of bad press in China this year, with officials scrutinizing its handling of customer data and protests claiming that Chinese customer complaints are going ignored. The electric car manufacturer added another controversy to the list this weekend: China’s market regulator says Tesla is recalling nearly…

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Google’s Search Engine Will Now Warn You When It Doesn’t Have a Reliable Answer

Photo: Alastair Pike (Getty Images)Google said Friday it will notify people when they look up breaking news or other “rapidly evolving” issues that their search results may be unreliable. It’s one of several fact-checking measures the tech giant has incorporated in recent years to curb the spread of misinformation and provide important context to topics…

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‘Rasputin’ Played by Electric Toothbrushes, a PS2 Controller, and Other Gadgets Is My New Jam

Gif: Device Orchestra (YouTube) / GizmodoIf, unlike me, you don’t spend an embarrassing number of hours scrolling through TikTok each week, you may be wondering why the campy disco hit “Rasputin” is climbing the charts more than four decades after its original release. Boney M.’s ‘70s ode to “Russia’s greatest love machine” is having one…

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Rally, Mozilla’s New ‘Privacy-First’ Platform, Shares Your Data With Researchers Rather Than Advertisers

Image: MozillaIt’s no secret that companies are quietly siphoning your data whenever you go online. Mozilla believes that people should have more control over their data. That’s why it’s launching Rally, a “privacy-first” data sharing platform designed to provide users with more agency over how their data is collected, used, and shared, the company announced…

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Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey Reacts to Shooting That Controversial Torture Scene

Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) does something shitty.Screenshot: HBOAs we’ve learned, the torture on Game of Thrones wasn’t all fake. Actress Hannah Waddingham, who played Septa Unella, recently shared a horrible experience on the HBO show while shooting her final scene with Cersei Lannister. She said, “I’ve basically just been waterboarded for 10 hours.” Now, Lena…

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