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How the Inflation Reduction Act Will Fight Climate Change - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 08:00
The bulk of the $750 billion historic spending bill passed by the Senate this week will go toward addressing the climate crisis. Here's what you need to know.

The Morning After: Kim Kardashian is the face of Beats’ skin-colored earbuds

Engadget - Wed, 2022-08-10 07:15

Kim Kardashian has teamed up with Apple on a custom version of the Beats Fit Pro. The new Beats x Kim collab is available in a trio of skin colors, which are meant to either "blend in or stand out," according to Kardashian. They are still just your standard Beats Fit Pro beneath that skin-tone plastic. But don't expect to find them at all the usual locations when they hit retail on August 17th. In-person sales are limited to 10 Apple stores (including 5th Avenue, Regent Street and Champs-Élysées) as well as several fashion chains and department stores. They’ll go on sale online, on August 16th at 10 AM ET.


It’s going to be a busy day for tech: Samsung’s big Unpacked event is kicking off at 9 AM ET, just a few hours from now. We’re expecting foldables, wearables and more and will be livestreaming all the announcements — watch with us, right here!

— Mat Smith

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Ford will reopen F-150 Lightning orders this week at a much higher starting priceTrims will cost between $4,200 and $8,900 extra.TMAFord

Ford will open up orders for the next wave of F-150 Lightning reservation holders this Thursday, but those buying the electric pickup as of this week will need to dig deeper in their pockets. The automaker is bumping up the prices by between $4,200 and $8,900, depending on the trim. Ford cited "significant material cost increases and other factors."

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President Biden signs CHIPS Act to boost semiconductor productionThe measure sets aside $52 billion for domestic chipmakers.

President Joe Biden has signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law. The $280 billion measure will provide significant financial assistance to American semiconductor firms. It sets aside $52 billion in tax credits and funding for US chipmakers to expand domestic production. In a rare episode of bipartisan unity, the Senate voted 64-33 in favor of the bill. “America invented the semiconductor, but over the years we let manufacturing of semiconductors move overseas,” Biden said ahead of the ceremony. He added: “A third of the core inflation last year was due to the high price of automobiles, which was driven by the shortage of semiconductors.”

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Amazon's palm payments arrive in 65-plus Whole Foods stores in CaliforniaThis is the first major expansion for Amazon One in grocery stores.

Amazon's palm-reading payment technology will soon be available in more than 65 Whole Foods shops in California. As long as you link your palm and payment card to the service, you just have to hover your hand over a scanner to complete your purchase. While you still have to stop at a checkout terminal, you don't have to pull out a phone like you do with Amazon's camera-based Just Walk Out system.

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Google and Sonos are now fighting over voice assistant patentsAnother lawsuit between the two companies.

Google has sued Sonos, alleging its new voice assistant violates seven patents related to its own Google Assistant tech. It’s the latest battlefront in a long-running smart speaker war between the companies, with each suing and countersuing the other. Sonos' Voice Control assistant arrived in June, letting users give commands with the phrase "Hey Sonos," much like Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant. In the complaint, Google said it "worked for years with Sonos engineers on the implementation of voice recognition and voice-activated devices control in Sonos products... even providing its Google Assistant software to Sonos for many years."

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Dell XPS 13 Plus Review: This Slim Premium Laptop Isn't Afraid to Shake Things Up - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 07:00
The keyboard, touchpad and Function row all get unconventional makeovers in this higher-end version of one of our favorite laptops. But the battery life is lacking.

Best Queen Mattress for 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 07:00
These are the most comfortable mattresses in the most common size.

Best Noise-Canceling Headphones Under $100 for 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 07:00
So you don't want to shell out the big bucks for premium noise-canceling headphones? Here are some top cheap alternatives.

Samsung's TB T7 Shield SSD drops back down to $100

Engadget - Wed, 2022-08-10 06:59

Samsung's 1TB T7 Shield SSD is back to its all-time low price of $100, or $60 less than what it usually sells for on Amazon. The last time it was listed for $100 on the website was on Prime Day in July — if you missed the chance to get one at the time and now need a rugged SSD for whatever reason, you may want to head on over to its product page. The T7 Shield is a tougher version of its standard counterpart, one that's encased in a rubber casing to give it the durability needed to survive up to 9.8-foot drops. That rubber exterior with its Dynamic Thermal Guard also prevents overheating so it suffers no performance drops even while transferring massive files. In addition, the T7 Shield is resistant to water and dust.

Buy Samsung T7 Shield 1TB at Amazon - $100

When it comes to performance, the T7 Shield has sequential read speeds of up to 1,050 MB/s and write speeds of up to 1,000 MB/s, which Samsung says are the fastest transfer speeds available today based on the USB 3.2 Gen2 standard. It employs the 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard so it can keep your data secure in case you lose it. And while it only has one USB-C port, it comes with a USB Type C-to-C and a Type C-to-A cable.

Take note that the model on sale for $100 right now is the 1TB version, but you can also get the 2TB variant at a discount. The bigger capacity SSD is currently listed for $200, which is $90 less than its normal price. Both versions are available in blue, black and beige. 

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Unpacked 2022: Follow Our Live Coverage of Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 06:00
Samsung Unpacked is where we'll see updates for the company's premium range of folding phones as it announces its lineup for the holiday shopping season.

SpaceX successfully completes static fire test of Starship's Super Heavy booster

Engadget - Wed, 2022-08-10 05:20

SpaceX has cleared an important hurdle that brings it closer to the Starship system's first orbital flight test. The company has successfully completed a static fire test of the Super Heavy's current prototype, the Booster 7, a month after its previous attempt ended up in in flames. SpaceX used the Booster 7 for this test again but fired only a single Raptor engine on the orbital launch pad, igniting it for a few seconds to give engineers a close look at how it's performing. 

The Booster 7 is equipped with 33 Raptor version 2 engines meant to give it lift it needs to launch both the first stage itself and its upper stage companion, the Starship spacecraft. During the company's previous static fire test attempt, the booster caught fire on the launch pad. Company chief Elon Musk revealed on Twitter back then that the issue had stemmed from the engine spin start test SpaceX had conducted and that going forward, the company "won't do a spin start test with all 33 engines at once" anymore.

Team at Starbase completed a single Raptor engine static fire test of Super Heavy Booster 7 on the orbital launch pad

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) August 9, 2022

In addition to testing Booster 7, SpaceX also did a static fire test on two of the six Raptor engines on Starship 24. That's the current prototype for the launch system's upper stage, and it's what will fly to space for the system's first orbital flight test. It's still unclear when SpaceX intends to send the Starship to orbit for the first time, but it likely has to conduct more testing before that happens, including static firing more of its Raptor engines. 

Static fire test of two Raptor engines on Starship 24

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) August 10, 2022

Discord Is Giving Android Users a Big Upgrade - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 05:00
Android users won't have to wait as long for new features to reach them anymore.

Best Workout Headphones and Earbuds for 2022: Our Top Picks for Every Budget - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 05:00
An assortment of the best wireless earbuds and headphones for working out and running.

Urbanista unveils ANC earbuds with a light-powered charging case

Engadget - Wed, 2022-08-10 04:00

Urbanista has revealed its latest set of earbuds, and you may never need to toss a charging brick in your bag if you travel with them. That's because the Phoenix buds have a charging case with Exeger's Powerfoyle solar cell material. The company says this can top up the case's battery using any kind of indoor or outdoor light.

The earphones offer eight hours of playback time, according to Urbanista. The brand says the charging case has a total battery reserve of 32 hours as well. The Phoenix charging case looks much taller than cases for other true wireless earbuds, likely to ensure there's sufficient surface area for the solar cell material.

The earbuds have hybrid active noise cancellation (ANC) support, along with noise-reducing microphones and a transparency mode. They have multipoint connectivity, meaning you can connect them to two devices at the same time. You'll have access to touch and voice controls, as well as deeper customization through the Urbanista mobile app. There's IPX4 water resistance too.

Urbanista Phoenix earbuds and charging caseUrbanista

Urbanista previously used Powerfoyle tech in its Los Angeles over-ear headphones. In trying them out, we found that direct sunlight was able to charge them at a faster rate than the battery drained as a result of playback. However, the headphones charged much slower in ambient light.

It's unclear who might be able to use the Phoenix buds to their full effect. If you're outside a lot and are able to leave the case in direct sunlight while you're using the earphones, you might never need to plug in the USB-C cable to top up the battery. At the very least, it's an intriguing product that offers a look at another possible use case for the solar cell material.

The Phoenix earbuds are available in black or pink. A set costs $149/£129/€149.

Best AirPods Max Accessories for 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 03:00
As with the AirPods and AirPods Pro, Apple has once again spurred a cottage industry of accessories. Here are some of the best accessories for its headphones.

US Justice Department is reportedly poised to sue Google over its digital ad dominance

Engadget - Wed, 2022-08-10 01:41

Google may soon be facing its second antitrust lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice. According to Bloomberg, the DOJ is gearing up to sue the tech giant as soon as September after a year of looking into whether it's been using its dominant position to illegally control the digital ad market. The Justice Department's lawyers have reportedly been conducting another round of interviews to glean additional information that could help make their case stronger. These new interviews are expected to build on previous ones conducted much earlier on in the investigation. 

The Justice Department first filed an antitrust lawsuit against the company back in 2020, accusing it of having an unfair monopoly over search and search-related advertising. For that particular case, the agency argued that forcing Android phone manufacturers to set Google as the default search engine prevents rivals from gaining traction and ensures that the company will earn an enormous amount of money from search-related advertising. 

In the same year, Texas filed a multi-state lawsuit against Google, with the state's Attorney General accusing the company of using its "monopolistic power to control" ad pricing. The company's ad practices are under scrutiny not just in the US but in other parts of the world: The European Commission also opened a probe to look into whether Google limits rival services' access to user data for ad purposes last year. As a concession to the EU's concerns, Reuters reported in June that Google may let rival ad platforms run ads on YouTube.

While the DOJ has yet to officially file its case, Google spokesperson Peter Schottenfels defended the company's ad business in a statement to Bloomberg, which says: "Our advertising technologies help websites and apps fund their content, and enable small businesses to reach customers around the world. The enormous competition in online advertising has made online ads more relevant, reduced ad tech fees, and expanded options for publishers and advertisers."

2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Prototype Hits the Road in South Korea - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 00:01
Ahead of the Ioniq 6's full reveal at the Busan Auto Show, we got to take a camo'd prototype of this electric sedan for a spin.

Elon Musk Sells $7B in Tesla Stock Amid Twitter Takeover Dispute - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 23:53
Tesla CEO acknowledges legal fight with Twitter played a part in the stock sale.

US' Biggest Crypto Exchange Coinbase Reports $1.1B Loss - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 22:15
Coinbase suffered a net loss of $1.094 billion in Q2 -- a year after profiting $1.6 billion in the same quarter.

Watch SpaceX Teams Guide Starship Booster in Place By Hand For Key Test Firing - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 20:49
The company building autonomous systems to go to the moon and Mars prefers wrangling its biggest booster rodeo style.

Nebraska Police Obtained Facebook Messages About Teen's Alleged Abortion - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 20:46
Facebook's parent company Meta handed over the data after being served with a search warrant, court documents show.

See Samsung's Galaxy Phone Reveals With CNET's Watch Party - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 19:35
CNET's preshow begins at 5 a.m. PT (8 a.m. ET) and will cover Samsung's new reveals.