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Niantic’s Campfire app will finally let ‘Pokémon Go’ players chat together | Engadget

Move over Discord, Niantic has its own messaging solution in mind for Pokémon Go players: a social AR app called Campfire. It’ll let you organize for events, discover new locations and share content with other players. Think of it like a hyper-local social network built entirely for AR—it’s “the ‘homepage’ of the real-world Metaverse,” as […]

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FTC fines Twitter $150 million for ‘deceptive’ ad targeting | Engadget

Twitter has paid a $150 million fine to FTC over its”deceptive” use of user data for targeted advertising. The fine stems from the company’s admission in 2019 that it had for years used Twitter users’ phone numbers provided for two-factor authentication to also serve targeted ads. The company said that its use of the phone […]

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Twitter is working toward ‘closing the transaction process’ with Elon Musk | Engadget

If attendees at Twitter’s annual shareholder were hoping to clear up confusion surrounding Elon Musk’s acquisition of the company, they likely left disappointed. Despite numerous questions about the future of Twitter, the company’s executives had little to say about Musk, who did not attend the meeting. “We’re working through the transaction process,” CEO Parag Agrawal […]

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The NFL’s rumored streaming service could debut in July | Engadget

The may launch as soon as July. The long-rumored NFL+ could allow fans to stream some live games on phones and tablets. It may feature other content, such as podcasts, radio and team-created content. According to , NFL+ may cost $5 per month, but pricing isn’t set in stone. It’s believed the games fans will […]

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Jeep parent company Stellantis will reportedly plead guilty to emissions fraud | Engadget

The world’s fifth-largest automaker will reportedly soon plead guilty to end a multi-year investigation into its efforts to conceal the amount of pollution created by its diesel engines. According to , the US Justice Department and Dodge parent company Stellantis could announce as early as next week that the automaker has agreed to pay $300 […]

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Barnes & Noble reveals a cheaper version of its Nook GlowLight 4 e-reader | Engadget

Barnes & Noble has revealed its latest e-reader, a more budget-friendly version of the Nook GlowLight 4 . The Nook Glowlight 4e costs $30 less than the previous model but, as you might expect, there are some tradeoffs. The e-readers share a similar design, with soft-touch casing and physical buttons for turning pages. However, at […]

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Pixy drone hands-on: A flying robot photographer for Snapchat users | Engadget

Drones are everywhere these days, filming dramatic reveals and awe-inspiring scenery for social media platforms. The problem is, they’re not exactly approachable for beginners who have only ever used a smartphone. Last month, Snap debuted the $230 Pixy drone exactly for those people. It requires very little skill and acts like a personal robot photographer […]

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The Morning After: Google claims ‘unprecedented photorealism’ from its new text-to-image AI | Engadget

Google has shown off a new artificial intelligence system that can create images based on text input. Its Imagen diffusion model, created by the Brain Team at Google Research, offers “an unprecedented degree of photorealism and a deep level of language understanding.” Google This isn’t the first time we’ve seen AI models like this. OpenAI’s […]

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Insta360’s Sphere lets DJI’s latest Mavic Air drones capture 360-degree video | Engadget

Insta360, best known for its action and 360 degree cameras, has just launched an interesting drone camera. The Insta360 Sphere attaches around the body of DJI’s Mavic Air 2 or Air 2S drones, letting you film 5.7K 360 footage or create regular 2D videos with the option of reframing them later in post. Better still, […]

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Lawmakers ask Google to stop collecting location data before reversal of abortion rights | Engadget

Senator Ron Wyden and 41 other Democratic lawmakers are urging Google to stop collecting and keeping location data that could be used against people who’ve had or are seeking abortions. In a letter (PDF) to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, the lawmakers referenced the Supreme Court draft obtained by Politico in which SCOTUS justices have voted […]