Storytel’s Audiobook Library Is Headed for Spotify Later This Year

Photo: Martin Bureau (Getty Images)Spotify is partnering with Storytel, a Sweden-based audiobook streaming service, to integrate its library with Spotify’s platform later this year, the companies announced Thursday.Storytel is one of the first major publishers to take advantage of Spotify’s Open Access Platform, an initiative announced last month that aims to give creators new ways…

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Snap Announces Spectacles 4.0 With Built-In AR Displays That Aren’t for Sale

Photo: SnapSnap continues to forge ahead with its line of techy camera glasses despite previous generations largely proving unprofitable and/or unpopular. But hey, fourth time’s the charm, right? On Thursday, Snap announced its newest Spectacles smart glasses with built-in AR displays, but don’t expect to get your hands on them anytime soon—they’re not for sale.…

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A Black Lady Sketch Show’s Fairy Auntmother Reveals an Inevitable Truth

Laci Mosley as the Fairy Auntmother.Screenshot: HBOOnce people born in the early-to-mid ‘80s started having fits on TikTok over literal children telling them their hairstyles were dated, it was only a matter of time before the internet coalesced around the term “geriatric millennial” as part of our larger conversation about the current generation of 25-to-35-year-olds.The…

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Amazon Has Extended the Moratorium on Police Use of Its Facial Recognition Software

Photo: PHILIPPE LOPEZ / Contributor (Getty Images)Law enforcement officials are still banned from using Amazon’s facial recognition technology “until further notice,” the company said on Wednesday, a decision that effectively extends a yearlong moratorium that had been set to expire on June 1.Known as Rekognition, the program in question has been widely criticized over the…

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Joe Biden Dares to Improve Our Quality of Life With Energy Efficient Appliances

Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP (Getty Images)Joe Biden’s America will include energy-efficient electric vehicle chargers and heat pumps for buildings. The new standards come with a slew of other announcements on Monday around decarbonizing buildings and transportation, all of which would reportedly saddle the American economy with 700,000 jobs that pay fair wages and lower energy bills.…

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Leaked Police Docs Show a Lot of Disturbing but Also Dumb Plans Made by the Boogaloo Bois

Photo: JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP (Getty Images)A recent leak from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. reveals ongoing surveillance of right-wing activists in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6th Capitol riot and the lead-up to President Joe Biden’s inauguration. The documents in question were stolen several weeks ago by the ransomware gang Babuk. According to…

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Bulgaria’s Griffon Vultures Have Made a Remarkable Resurgence

Bulgaria’s Griffon vultures are in dire straits compared to other populations in Europe.Image: Wikimedia CommonsBald-headed and hunched over, the Griffon vultures of Bulgaria look like they’ve been put through the wringer—and they have. But now, nearly half a century since the animal was presumed gone, a team of conservationists have confirmed the skulking scavengers have…

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President Biden’s Alleged Venmo Account Was Found in Less Than 10 Minutes and Then Promptly Disappeared

Photo: Patrick Semansky (AP)It all started with a passing mention. On Friday, the New York Times published a feature story about what life was like in President Joe Biden’s White House. In the feature, the outlet noted that Biden had sent his grandchildren money using Venmo, which prompted an inquisitive “Oh?” from yours truly. I…

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Anthony Mackie Talks Black Panther’s Legacy and Traveling to Wakanda

Anthony Mackie is Captain AmericaScreenshot: Marvel StudiosWhen the new title of Black Panther dropped (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), everyone was lit. Since then, actors in the MCU have discussed the Black Panther experience.First actress Lupita Nyong’o spoke about returning to the Black Panther set without Chadwick Boseman. Then Michael B. Jordan expressed his excitement on…

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One of Waymo’s Autonomous Taxis Got Stumped by Traffic Cones and Fled Its Fleshy Overlords

Photo: Glenn Chapman (Getty Images)The taxi hurt itself in confusion!A comedy of errors unfolded after one of Waymo’s self-driving vans became confused by a construction zone, stalled in front of oncoming traffic while figuring out its next move, and then fled from Waymo’s Roadside Assistance team. And a Youtuber captured all of it on video.Joel…

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Ex-Apple Employee Claims Company Knew About His ‘Misogynistic’ Writings and Hired Him Anyway

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images)Former Apple employee Antonio García Martínez has refuted the company’s portrayal of his high-profile ouster this week and claims Apple knew about his past writings demeaning women and people of color, which came under fire from employees this week, before it made a job offer. “Apple was well aware of my…

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Google Cloud Teams up With SpaceX in Satellite Internet Connectivity Deal

Photo: Jim Watson (Getty Images)Google announced Thursday that it’s partnering with SpaceX to link Elon Musk’s ambitious satellite internet service Starlink with Google’s cloud infrastructure. The alliance marks a major win for Google in its competition with other tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft to dominate the fast-growing cloud computing market. SpaceX will install ground…

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World’s Largest Crypto Trading Platform Under Investigation by DOJ and IRS: Report

Photo: Martin Bureau (Getty Images)Binance, the world’s largest platform for buying and selling cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service, according to a new report from Bloomberg News. The U.S. government is reportedly interested in the ways that crypto is being used for…

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Tesla Says It Will No Longer Accept Bitcoin for Car Payments, Citing Fossil Fuel Concerns

Photo: Dan Kitwood / Staff (Getty Images)Tesla has “suspended vehicle purchases using bitcoin,” CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday night, allegedly out of concern over the “rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for bitcoin mining.”In the statement, which quickly went viral, Musk said that while cryptocurrency is a “good idea on many levels,” the resource-intensive…

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For Its Next Trick, Motorola Is Working On Smartphones That Can Charge Wirelessly Over the Air

Motorola’s next batch of devices might feature a new remote wireless charging ability. Photo: Sam Rutherford/GizmodoThey haven’t all been home runs, but Motorola is known for taking chances. The company has repeatedly shown it’s not afraid to bet on new technology, from the recently phased-out Moto Mods back to the first wafer-thin Razr feature phones.…

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If You Didn’t Watch These Indiana Jones 4K Ultra HD Trailers You Chose… Poorly

Screenshot: ParamountOkay, admittedly, unlike the Holy Grail, watching these Indiana Jones movie trailers celebrating the franchise’s long-awaited jump into 4K ultra high-definition is not going to grant you eternal life, but boy howdy do they look good.These four upgrade re-releases, made in honor of (and to capitalize upon) Raiders of the Lost Ark’s 40th anniversary,…

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A Hacker Gang Has Been Trying to Extort D.C. Police for $4 Million

Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP (Getty Images)A ransomware gang, Babuk Locker, has been attempting to extort the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. for $4 million, but negotiations between the cops and the criminals recently collapsed, leaked documents appear to show. Several weeks ago, the cybercriminal group announced that it had stolen the MPD’s data—some 250GB that…

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Hackers Threatening East Coast’s Fuel Supply Claim They’re Not Trying to Cause Anybody Trouble

Photo: Michael M. Santiago (Getty Images)Over the weekend, a cyberattack by the Russia-based ransomware gang DarkSide managed to hamstring America’s largest oil pipeline, Colonial, threatening to choke off significant energy flows to the East Coast. Per Bloomberg News, the gang pilfered approximately 100GB of data from the company’s IT network in just two hours on…

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Michael B. Jordan Talks Wakanda Forever and Kilmonger’s Possible Return

Actor Michael B. Jordan as Kilmonger in Black PantherImage: Marvel EntertainmentThe topic of Black Panther and its sequel is an emotional one. Its leading man, Chadwick Boseman, passed away last August from colon cancer. Understandably, the cast has mixed emotions about returning to the set without Boseman.Recently, actress Lupita Nyong’o commented on her feelings on…

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