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Masterclass offers US college students three months of access for $1

Engadget - 38 min 55 sec ago

US college students who want to keep learning over the summer break might be interested in checking out the latest promotion from Masterclass. They can get a three-month individual membership for just $1.

Masterclass hosts video-centric classes from notable, successful figures including Lewis Hamilton, Gordon Ramsay, Anna Wintour, Spike Lee and Serena Williams. The company says it now has more than 2,500 lessons on topics including gardening, writing, filmmaking, business leadership, wilderness survival and interior design.

You'll need a .edu email address and to meet a few other criteria, such as being a current student enrolled in a college or university program in the US. Masterclass says your promotional plan won't auto-renew. Once it expires, you'll have the option of continuing your membership at the regular price. The plans start at $15 per month.

It's not quite as great a deal as the one year of access for $1 Masterclass offered students in 2020. Still, it's a low-cost way to try the service and learn a thing or two.

You'll need to act swiftly if you're interested. Masterclass says there's a limited supply of promotional memberships available and the offer expires at 11:59PM PT tonight. You can sign up for the so-called Summer of Learning via a dedicated page on the Masterclass website.

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Tech Industry Groups Are Watering Down Attempts at Privacy Regulation, One State at a Time

SlashDot - 1 hour 55 sec ago
Coordinated industry lobbying is overwhelming the scattered efforts of consumer groups and privacy-minded lawmakers. From a report: In late 2019, Utah state senator Kirk Cullimore got a phone call from one of his constituents, a lawyer who represented technology companies in California. "He said, 'I think the businesses I represent would like to have some bright lines about what they can do in Utah,'" Cullimore told The Markup. At the time, tech companies in California were struggling with how they could comply with a new state law that gave individual Californians control over the data that corporations routinely gather and sell about their online activities. The lawyer, whom Cullimore and his office wouldn't identify, recounted how burdensome his corporate clients found the rules, Cullimore remembered, and suggested that Utah proactively pass its own, business-friendly consumer privacy law. "He said, 'I want to make this easy so consumers can make use of their rights and the compliance is also easy for companies.' He actually sent me some suggested language [for a bill] that was not very complex," Cullimore told The Markup. "I introduced the bill as that." What followed over the next two years was a multipronged influence campaign straight out of a playbook Big Tech is deploying around the country in response to consumer privacy legislation. It's common for industries to lobby lawmakers on issues affecting their business. But there is a massive disparity in the state-by-state battle over privacy legislation between well-funded, well-organized tech lobbyists and their opposition of relatively scattered consumer advocates and privacy-minded politicians, The Markup has found. During the 2021 and 2022 Utah legislative sessions -- when Cullimore's bill made its way through the legislature -- Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft collectively registered 23 active lobbyists in the state, according to their lobbying disclosures. Thirteen of those lobbyists had never previously registered to work in the state, and some of them were influential in shaping Cullimore's legislation.

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PlayStation's next State of Play will showcase PSVR2 games on June 2nd

Engadget - 1 hour 9 min ago

Sony is holding its first PlayStation State of Play event in months, and you'll want to tune in if you're looking forward to PlayStation VR2. The company has announced a stream for June 2nd at 6PM Eastern that will include a "sneak peek" at several PSVR2 games. There aren't any clues as to what those entail, but the company recently noted that there will be at least 20 "major" games for the VR platform at launch — we wouldn't be surprised to see some of those during the presentation.

The State of Play video will also feature other game reveals from third-party developers as well as some "updates." The event will be available to watch live through PlayStation's Twitch and YouTube channels.

Only a few games have been confirmed for PSVR2 so far, including the spinoff Horizon: Call of the Mountain as well as Among Us VR, Cyan Worlds' Firmament and unnamed projects from Coatsink (Jurassic World Aftermath) and nDreams (Fracked). It's not certain if Sony will mention those games, or even show any gameplay, but it's clear the company is ready to shift more of its attention toward the new headset's software.

Sony Announces PlayStation's Summer State of Play on June 2, Including PSVR 2 Reveals - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 14 min ago
The gaming giant said the nearly 30-minute long event will focus on PlayStation games from other companies.

Get Stylish MVMT Blue Light Glasses for 20% Off Today - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 15 min ago
This Memorial Day sale on blue-light blocking glasses will net you stylish glasses to protect your eyes.

Home Depot's Memorial Day Sale Offers Discounts on Plants, Grills, Paint and More - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 16 min ago
Looking for some deals to help you save on upcoming home projects? Let Home Depot's Memorial Day sale help you out now.

Internet Drama in Canada

SlashDot - 1 hour 40 min ago
We all need great internet service, but it doesn't happen by accident. From a report: Let's talk about internet policy! In Canada! Wheee! I'm serious that there are useful lessons from a saga over home internet service in Canada. What has been a promising, albeit imperfect, system that increased choices and improved internet service for Canadians is poised to fall apart. Barring a last-minute government intervention today or Friday, many smaller internet providers in Canada are likely to significantly increase their prices and lose customers or shut down. The dream of more competition leading to better internet service for Canadians is on life support. What's happening in Canada reveals why we need smart internet policy to be paired with strong government oversight to have better and more affordable internet for all -- and it shows what happens when we lose that. The U.S. has botched it for years, and that's one reason America's internet service stinks. Canada may be a real-world experiment in what happens when muddled government regulation undermines internet policy that has mostly been effective. Bear with me for a lesson in Canada's home internet service. The bottom line is that Canadians have something that is relatively novel to Americans: Many people have options to pick a home internet provider that they don't hate. That's because in Canada -- similar to many countries including Britain, Australia and Japan -- the companies that own internet pipelines are required to rent access to businesses that then sell internet service to homes. Regulators keep a close watch to make sure those rental costs and terms are fair.

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Lucid Air Recalled for Displays That Could Go Dark - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 50 min ago
The fledgling automaker has already identified and taken steps to remedy the issue.

Windows 11 Regret? You Have 10 Days to Go Back to Windows 10 - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 55 min ago
There's an easy way to roll back to Windows 10. But you need to act quickly.

Celebrate the Return of 'Stranger Things' With This Exclusive Timex Collaboration - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 4 min ago
These cool special edition new watches will take you back in time to the '80s.

'Obi-Wan Kenobi' Episode 1 and 2 Recap: Star Wars Easter Eggs and Cameo Explained - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 35 min ago
Let's geek out and pick apart Ewan McGregor's return to a galaxy far, far away, streaming now on Disney Plus. Spoilers!

Will Your Samsung Phone Get Upgraded to Android 13? What to Know - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 40 min ago
Samsung is offering four years of Android upgrades for its recent Galaxy phones. See if yours is on the list.

Refinance Rates for May 27, 2022: Rates Continue to Drop Off - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 40 min ago
Multiple important refinance rates receded again today, continuing a downward trend since last week.

Mortgage Rates for May 27, 2022: Rates Cooling Off Throughout the Week - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 40 min ago
Today a couple of notable mortgage rates slid lower again, though rates are expected to rise this year.

Bungie Will Help Sony Make 12 Live Service Games By 2025

SlashDot - 2 hours 40 min ago
In January, Sony bought Bungie for $3.5 billion, giving the company one of the most popular first-person shooter games to compete with Microsoft and the various game studios it owns. Now, according to Forbes, Sony "has a whole plan to integrate Bungie's live service-building philosophies into its other teams that are making games [...]." From the report: Bungie enjoys one of the major live service successes in the current era, 7, going on 8 years of Destiny as a hyper-engaging franchises, and Sony believes the lessons they've learned can translate into other places. Twelve other places, to be specific. Sony is apparently about to announce a massive slate of live service offerings to join its traditional single player fare. While high profile AAA Sony games like God of War and Horizon Forbidden West sell well and are praised by fans and critics, they are not ongoing revenue streams like live service games can be. For Sony, they feel like they're missing a rather large boat. The plan here is to ramp up to have 3 live service games by FY2022, 6 by FY2023, 10 by FY2025 and 12 by FY2025. Currently, the only game they even consider a live service title in their lineup as The Show 22. So uh, 12 by 2025? That seems... ambitious, even with Bungie on board to help.

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Apple Watch Series 7 models drop back down to a record low of $329

Engadget - 2 hours 58 min ago

Memorial Day sales have brought one of the best discounts we've seen on the Apple Watch Series 7. Multiple models of Apple's flagship smartwatch are down to $329 right now, with is $70 off and a return to its record-low price. The price applies to the 41mm GPS Watches, but the larger, 45mm models are also $70 off and down to $359.

Buy Series 7 (41mm) at Amazon - $329Buy Series 7 (45mm) at Amazon - $359

The Series 7 is only a moderate update from the Series 6, but Apple did make some key improvements. Most notably, the Series 7 has a larger screen that makes it easier to see the time, messages and other information displayed in complications. The design appears unchanged, but it's the first Apple Watch to be IP6X dust resistant, making it more durable than previous models. It also supports faster charging — we were able to get 10 percent juice after 10 minutes of charging, and the Watch was fully powered up in less than one hour.

Otherwise, the Series 7 is much the same as the Series 6. It has an always-on display, a built-in GPS, ECG and blood oxygen measurement capabilities, fall detection, support for dozens of trackable workouts and more. Our biggest complaint with the latest model in particular is its lackluster sleep tracking abilities — you'll only be able to track how long you slept with the native watchOS feature, which is much less information than you'd get if you used a Fitbit or a Garmin device to do the same thing. But if that's not much of a concern for you, it's hard to beat the Apple Watch for iPhone users who are set on getting a wearable.

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Engadget Podcast: Clearview AI’s facial recognition is on the ropes

Engadget - 3 hours 10 min ago

This week, Devindra and Deputy Editor Nathan Ingraham dive into the latest news around Clearview AI, the controversial facial recognition company that’s now seeing pushback from governments and regulators around the world. Will a few fines put a stop to the company’s facial recognition search platform? Also, they discuss how Clearview’s troubles relate to countries being more restrictive about data in general. Finally, they pour one out for Seth Green’s lost Bored Ape – RIP NFT!

Engadget · Clearview AI’s facial recognition is on the ropes

Listen above, or subscribe on your podcast app of choice. If you've got suggestions or topics you'd like covered on the show, be sure to email us or drop a note in the comments! And be sure to check out our other podcasts, the Morning After and Engadget News!

  • Facial Recognition company Clearview AI is on the ropes after several big settlements – 1:22

  • The era of borderless data may be ending – 15:04

  • Privacy focused search company DuckDuckGo quietly allowed Microsoft browsing trackers – 23:08

  • New details about AMD’s Ryzen 7000 chips – 28:34

  • Oh no, somebody stole Seth Green’s Bored Ape – 33:16

  • Working on –36:29

  • Pop culture picks – 41:36


Hosts: Devindra Hardawar and Nathan Ingraham
Producer: Ben Ellman
Music: Dale North and Terrence O'Brien
Livestream producers: Julio Barrientos
Graphic artists: Luke Brooks and Brian Oh

Best USB-C Chargers, Docks, Batteries and Other Accessories - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 40 min ago
Here are the devices we've found that make the charging and data port more useful.

Honeysuckle Is Evil. Here's How to Kill It - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 40 min ago
Japanese and bush honeysuckle are both invasive -- and really hard to kill. Here's how to identify and get rid of them.