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Gizmag Emerging TechMar 03, 2021
Microsoft melds the real and virtual with new Mesh platform
Zoom calls and video meetings have exploded over the past year (thanks, COVID), but a flat screen doesn't do a great job of transmitting a person's presence. To make remote meetups a bit more personal, Microsoft has unveiled Mesh, a "mixed reality" platform that lets people work and play together as virtual avatars overlaid on real-world spaces.

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Microsoft, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Cloud, Holographic, Workplace



Yahoo TechnologyMar 03, 2021
SpaceX's first lunar tourist is looking for eight crew members


CNET How ToMar 03, 2021
Third stimulus checks and tax season FAQ: Why things could get messy - CNET
The arrival of a third stimulus check could fall within this year's tax season, and the situation is getting complicated. Here are answers to the questions everyone's asking.

Yahoo TechnologyMar 03, 2021
Intel ordered to pay $2.18 billion in patent lawsuit


Yahoo TechnologyMar 03, 2021
Indonesian supply chain startup Advotics raises $2.75M led by East Ventures


CNET NewsMar 03, 2021
Scientists read a 300-year-old sealed letter without opening it - CNET
A virtual unfolding technique allows researchers to look inside intricately folded historical letters without potentially damaging them.

Fox Technology newsMar 03, 2021
Amazon tweaks app icon after comparisons made to Hitler
Amazon has changed its new smartphone app logo after critics said the earlier incarnation was a dead ringer for Adolf Hitler.

Yahoo TechnologyMar 03, 2021
Atomic just raised $260 million more to build and fund its own companies


Yahoo TechnologyMar 03, 2021
'Flying taxi' startup Volocopter picks up another $241M, says service is now two years out


Mac RumorsMar 03, 2021
MagSafe Charging Port for iPhone Appears in Apple Patent
In a new patent, Apple envisions a type of connectivity port using an iteration of its magnetic MagSafe charger to charge an iPhone, potentially paving the way for a future without Lightning.


TechCrunchMar 03, 2021
‘Flying taxi' startup Volocopter picks up another $241M, says service is now two years out
In a year where mass transit on airplanes, trains and buses has had lower traveler numbers in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the startups hoping to pioneer a totally new approach to getting individuals from A to B — flying taxis — has raised some significant funding. Volocopter, a startup out of […]

Mac RumorsMar 02, 2021
Apple Seeds Third Betas of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 to Developers
Apple today seeded the third betas of upcoming iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 updates to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta updates coming two weeks after Apple released the second iOS and iPadOS 14.5 betas.


TechCrunchMar 02, 2021
Daily Crunch: Microsoft unveils Mesh for AR/VR meetings
Microsoft shows off a new AR/VR meeting platform, Uber spins out a robotics startup and Compass files to go public. This is your Daily Crunch for March 2, 2021. The big story: Microsoft unveils Mesh for AR/VR meetings Mesh is a platform that allows for shared meetings between Microsoft's HoloLens (augmented reality) and Windows Mixed […]

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Microsoft debuts its AR/VR meetings platform Mesh (Yahoo Technology)

Yahoo TechnologyMar 02, 2021
Amazon's GameOn app, a platform for sharing mobile gaming clips, launches on iOS


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Amazon's GameOn screen recording app comes to iOS (Yahoo Technology)

CNET NewsMar 02, 2021
SpaceX moon mission to take eight people 'further than any human has ever gone' from Earth - CNET
Bankrolled by a Japanese millionaire, the DearMoon mission plans to transport eight people around the moon and back in 2023

CNET How ToMar 02, 2021
Our stimulus check calculator can show you a personalized estimate of your check - CNET
How much of the $1,400 in the third stimulus check could you qualify for? Our calculator will spit out an answer for you.

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Stimulus check fine print: A new formula could change the amount of your $1,400 payment - CNET (CNET How To)

SlashDotMar 02, 2021
Intel Told To Pay $2.18 Billion After Losing Texas Patent Trial


Yahoo TechnologyMar 02, 2021
Facebook's Oversight Board already 'a bit frustrated' -- and it hasn't made a call on Trump ban yet


ResearchBuzzMar 02, 2021
West Liberty University, Princeton University, Twitch, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, March 2, 2021
NEW RESOURCES West Liberty University: Trumpet Marks 100 Years Of News. "West Liberty University's student newspaper, The Trumpet, is marking 100 years of publication in 2021 and in honor of the milestone, […]

GizmodoMar 02, 2021
'Frustrated' Facebook Oversight Board May Seek to Examine Its Algorithm (or 'Whatever')
Facebook's so-called "Supreme Court" is reportedly planning to seek the company's permission to review the underlying machine-learning models that determine which posts are given the most prominence in each Facebook user's feed.


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Yahoo TechnologyMar 02, 2021
Google Play Books update brings audio narration to kids titles


Yahoo TechnologyMar 02, 2021
Flink, the Berlin-based grocery delivery startup that operates its own 'dark stores', raises $52M


PC World Latest NewsMar 02, 2021
Google beefs up Workspace with new apps, and Google Assistant
Google Sheets, Docs, and Slides have traditionally been the cornerstone of Google Workspace Essentials. Now you can add Chat, Jamboard, and Calendar, too.

Google made a number of additions and changes to its Google Workspace on the eve of Microsoft Ignite this week. Workspace, formerly known as G Suite, is being beefed up with the addition of a number of notable features, including the ability to use a Nest Hub Max as a second screen for a Google Meet meeting, even in the home. Google is adding its Google Assistant to Workspace, and it's generally available to respond to questions like "When's my next meeting?"

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CNET NewsMar 02, 2021
Watch Dolly Parton give her coronavirus vaccine shot a 'Jolene' spin - CNET
'That didn't hurt,' said the country singer, who wore a long-sleeved top with holes in the sleeves rather than roll up her sleeve.

TechCrunchMar 02, 2021
Atomic, which only funds the startups it launches, just closed its newest fund with $260 million
Jack Abraham has a lot of confidence in what he's building. Then again, you can't be immodest or unsure of yourself if you're going to bet exclusively on your own startups as an investor, which is precisely the model that Abraham's San Francisco-based venture studio, Atomic, has followed since it was launched nine years ago. […]

CNET NewsMar 02, 2021
Volvo XC40 Recharge gets held while customers wait for delivery - Roadshow
The issue, thankfully, is being handled via an over-the-air software update.

Yahoo TechnologyMar 02, 2021
The explosive (and inclusive) potential of NFTs in the creative world


CNET NewsMar 02, 2021
Watch Dolly Parton turn her coronavirus vaccine shot into a Jolene parody - CNET
'That didn't hurt,' said the country singer, who wore a long-sleeved top with holes in the sleeves rather than roll up her sleeve.

CNET How ToMar 02, 2021
Where to buy Xbox Series X: Updates for Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and other retailers - CNET
The Xbox Series X has been sold out for almost four months, but here's the news about when and where it's being restocked.

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Where to buy PS5: Updates for Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and other retailers - CNET (CNET News)
Nintendo Switch restock news: Inventory updates for Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and other retailers - CNET (CNET News)

Yahoo TechnologyMar 02, 2021
Epic Games has bought 'Fall Guys' studio Mediatonic


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‘Fall Guys' will join ‘Fortnite' maker as Epic Games acquires Tonic Games Group (Washington Post Tech)

Wired NewsMar 02, 2021
Sleuths Read Old Booby-Trapped Letters Without Opening Them
People once folded their correspondence in intricate ways, known as "letterlocking," to keep out snoops. A fancy new imaging technique sees right through it.

CNET NewsMar 02, 2021
Volvo cuts to the chase this time, will go totally electric by 2030 - Roadshow
Following some wishy-washy statements a few years ago, Volvo isn't leaving its latest announcement open for interpretation.

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Volvo's C40 Recharge is a slick crossover EV with a coupe-y roofline - Roadshow (CNET News)

Yahoo TechnologyMar 02, 2021
Instagram 'unintentionally' hid likes for more people today


SlashDotMar 02, 2021
Volvo To Go All Electric By 2030


Yahoo TechnologyMar 02, 2021
Facebook can save itself by becoming a B Corporation


CNET How ToMar 02, 2021
When will I get my 2020 tax refund? Possible dates and IRS tracking tools - CNET
Looking forward to receiving your tax refund? Here's how to track it when you file, along with your missing stimulus money.

GizmodoMar 02, 2021
Uber Is Spinning Out Postmates' Robotics Division Into Its Own Company
After acquiring the delivery startup Postmates for $2.65 billion last year, Uber Technologies announced on Tuesday that plans to spin the company's robotics division out into a separate company: Serve Robotics.

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Yahoo TechnologyMar 02, 2021
'Pokémon Go' on HoloLens 2 is a glimpse at the future of AR gaming


CNET NewsMar 02, 2021
Dramatically improve your jogging game -- save 30% on a NURVV smart running sensor - CNET
These high-tech insoles offer a wealth of data if you're using the pandemic to prep for your next marathon.

Yahoo TechnologyMar 02, 2021
SpineZone is the latest health tech startup to raise millions in the musculoskeletal space


Yahoo TechnologyMar 02, 2021
Uber spins out Postmates' robot delivery division into a separate company


CNET NewsMar 02, 2021
Last chance to save 50% on a 1-year Paramount Plus subscription - CNET
You can get your first year of the new streaming service for as little as $30.

Mac RumorsMar 02, 2021
Deals: Get Apple's Newest iPad Air Models for $50 Off, Starting at $549 for 64GB Wi-Fi
The 2020 iPad Air has a few discounts on Amazon and B&H Photo this week, starting at $549.00 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model. We've seen this device go lower to about $539.00 in past sales, but today's price tag is far more common and still a solid $50 discount on the latest iPad Air.


EngadgetMar 02, 2021
'Pokemon Go' on HoloLens 2 is a glimpse at the future of AR gaming
What if you could play Pokemon Go without holding a phone? And what if you could battle alongside your friends, no matter where they are in the world? That's something we got a taste of at the Microsoft Ignite conference today, as Niantic CEO Joh...

CNET NewsMar 02, 2021
iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12: Rumored features, cameras and more compared - CNET
We take a look at the early rumored iPhone 13 specs and see how they stack up against the iPhone 12.

Yahoo TechnologyMar 02, 2021
Volvo to sell only all-electric vehicles by 2030


ComputerWorldMar 02, 2021
3 Android 12 features you can bring to any phone today
Google's Android 12 software is nowhere near ready for prime time, but Goog almighty: We've sure seen plenty of hints about some of the tantalizing touches it could include. And if you're anything like me, that makes it tough not to feel at least a teensy bit hungry for a taste.

The current Android 12 developer preview, unfortunately, won't do much to satisfy that craving. It's basically just a barebones framework of the software, made mostly for developers, and most of the mouthwatering morsels are carefully tucked away, disabled, and not yet visible or available for regular-mammal phone-owner use.

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Mac RumorsMar 02, 2021
Deals: Take $100 Off Apple's M1 MacBook Pro Models at Amazon and B&H Photo
Amazon today is discounting both models of Apple's M1 13-inch MacBook Pro, starting at $1,199.99 for the 256GB model. This is $100 off the original price of the MacBook Pro, and a match of the previous low price seen on this notebook.


Yahoo TechnologyMar 02, 2021
The Morning After: Bigger batteries rumored for the next iPhone


NPR Topics: Research NewsMar 02, 2021
Reading A Letter That's Been Sealed For More Than 300 Years—Without Opening It
A signed, sealed, but not delivered letter from 1697 has finally been read with the help of a high-tech scan that looked inside without breaking its seal.

ComputerWorldMar 02, 2021
Google Workspace targets front-line workers with new tier
Google has introduced a Workspace tier for front-line jobs such as retail, hospitality, and healthcare workers. The company today also unveiled new features around time management and productivity-tracking for the core Workspace — formerly G Suite — software. 

The Workspace Frontline edition includes all of the standard Workspace apps such as Gmail, Calendar, and Chat, as well as advanced endpoint management to secure employee mobile devices.   

"We've also made it easier for business teams to build custom AppSheet apps directly from Google Sheets and Drive so that frontline workers can digitize and streamline their work, whether it's collecting data in the field, reporting safety risks, or managing customer requests," Javier Soltero, vice president and general manager of Google Workspace, said in a blog post.

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ComputerWorldMar 02, 2021
Google Workspace rolls out features for front-line workers
Google has introduced a Workspace tier for front-line jobs such as retail, hospitality, and healthcare workers.

The company today also unveiled new features around time management and productivity-tracking for the core Workspace — formerly G Suite — software. 

The Workspace Frontline edition includes all of the standard Workspace apps such as Gmail, Calendar, and Chat, as well as advanced endpoint management to secure employee mobile devices.   

"We've also made it easier for business teams to build custom AppSheet apps directly from Google Sheets and Drive so that frontline workers can digitize and streamline their work, whether it's collecting data in the field, reporting safety risks, or managing customer requests," Javier Soltero, vice president and general manager of Google Workspace, said in a blog post.

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CNET NewsMar 02, 2021
Best streaming deals: Save on Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Paramount Plus, Hulu and more - CNET
The monthly cost of streaming services can really add up. These bundles and wireless plans help you save every month.

Mac RumorsMar 02, 2021
iPhone 12 Pro Models Expected to Drive 50% YoY Growth in Quarterly Global Smartphone Shipments
Apple's iPhone 12 Pro models are set to contribute significantly to a 50% year-on-year growth of smartphone shipments worldwide in the first quarter of this year, according analyses conducted by Digitimes Research.


Gizmag Emerging TechFeb 28, 2021
First single-shot, "fridge stable" COVID-19 vaccine approved in US
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a third COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in the United States. Unlike the first two vaccines approved for use, this one is proven effective after only a single dose, and it can be safely distributed in standard refrigerator temperatures.

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Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Viruses and Bacteria, Vaccines, FDA



PC World Latest NewsFeb 26, 2021
The story of the Windows XP 'Bliss' desktop theme—and what it looks like today
Editor's Note: PCWorld originally published this story in 2014. This year, 2021, marks the 25th anniversary of Charles O'Rear's iconic photo in 1996, which became the basis of the Windows XP desktop wallpaper. The vineyards are still there today.

It's not too far-fetched to believe that a billion people have viewed the "Bliss" image that defines the desktop view of Windows XP, the seminal OS that Microsoft is retiring Tuesday. But you'd barely notice the real-world "Bliss" scene if you stepped out of your car and gazed at it today.

Driving anywhere in California's wine country can be treacherous. Roads curve back and forth, well, drunkenly. Bicyclists are common, and the next bend could hide an entrance to one of Napa's finest wineries, a tour group jaywalking across the road, or even a couple on horseback, exploring the area.

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