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American Gadget News for 24 Oct 2021

Google Meet hosts can nowGoogle Meet, the video chatting platform similar to Zoom, is getting an important new feature that allows hosts to better control the overall experience. Google has announced on its Workspace blog... that starting now for some users and in the near future for everyone else, Google Meet hosts can mute and hide the video feeds of disruptive participants. Google announced …
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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen's leaks suggest its problems with extremism are particularly dire in some areas. Documents Haugen provided to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other... outlets suggest Facebook is aware it fostered severe misinformation and violence in India. The social network apparently didn't have nearly enough resources to deal with the spread of harmful material in the populous country, and didn't respond with enough action when tensions flared. A case study from early 2021 indicated that much of the harmful content from groups like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Bajrang Dal wasn't flagged on Facebook or WhatsApp due to the lack of technical know-how needed to spot content written in Bengali and Hindi. At the same time, Facebook reportedly declined to...
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Resident Evil's Chris RedfieldEpic Games' fondness for Capcom continues unabated. The game developer has added legendary Resident Evil characters Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine (aka the "master of unlocking") to Fortnite,... complete with numerous nods to the zombie-slaying franchise. Chris and Jill have alternate costumes that make nods to their appearances in Village and Nemesis, while the Back Bling offers three shades of Resident Evil's life-sustaining herbs. There are themed pickaxes and even a "brolly stroll" emote making fun of everyone's least-favorite fictional corporation. The outfits and equipment are available to buy in separate S.T.A.R.S. Team and S.T.A.R.S. Team Gear bundles. The Resident Evil packs are particularly timely drops given Halloween and the hordes of "Cube Monsters" in the current season, and...
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Tesla pulled the latest FSDTesla OTA updates give, and Tesla OTA updates take away, with the electric car company unexpectedly rolling back the latest FSD Beta having already pushed it to owners’ cars. Elon Musk confirmed the... downgrade, highlighting the reality of beta software and arguing that this only underscores the need for public betas. FSD Beta 10.3 was released over the weekend, having …
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Facebook has long been accused of playing favorites on multiple sides of the political spectrum, and it's now clear just how much of that uproar extends to the company's ranks. A leak to The Wall... Street Journal reportedly shows Facebook leaders and staff have clashed numerous times over the social network's approach to conservative content, particularly outlets like Breitbart. Rank-and-file employees have accused Facebook of making "special exceptions" from policies for right-wing outlets, while senior-level staff warned of potential pitfalls. Workers argued that Facebook kept Breitbart in a second tier of the News Tab, a section meant to focus on reliable news, despite very low trust and quality scores as well as misinformation violations. Facebook was not only making exceptions, one...
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Native Union CLIC Pop case forNever misplace your smartphone again with the Native Union CLIC Pop case for iPhone 13 Series. This useful accessory attaches to your neck to keep your phone within easy reach. So you don’t need to... squeeze it into your pocket..
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Avocado Green Organic MattressSleep better and care for the environment at the same time with the Avocado Green Organic Mattress. It uses 100% organic materials made from sustainably harvested sources that offer durability,... temperature control, and more. Furthermore, the Green Organic Mattress uses..
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Hello Fresh and EveryPlateEveryPlate and Hello Fresh, two meal delivery services, have recalled the onions found in their meal kits sold during a specific time period due to potential contamination with Salmonella. The two... recalls follow last week’s big onion recall announcement, which was made in conjunction with an ongoing investigation into a multi-state Salmonella outbreak across the US. READ: Massive onion recall …
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Spider-Man's Got a New ComicSeasons may shift and the leaves may change colors, but there will always be another Spider-Man comic from Marvel digging into another facet of Peter Parker's life. At a time when he just really ain't... having his best day, and even more badness is on the horizon for him and his friends, here comes Spine Tingling...
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Electric vehicle sales soar inThe most strict mandates for transitioning from traditional gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles to electric vehicles are in Europe. In many parts of Europe, there is a mandate to eliminate all new... combustion vehicle sales, and sales of electric vehicles are expected to climb significantly. However, a surprising metric has come out of Europe concerning auto sales during the third quarter …
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Fortnite Power LevelingEpic Games has announced the arrival of Power Leveling weekend in its hit battle royale game Fortnite. Today through early Sunday morning, players can log into the game to unlock a Supercharged XP... perk, helping them rake in more points during gameplay to unlock Battle Pass items at a faster rate. Fortnite Power Leveling weekends are exactly what they sound …
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Astronomers directly observeAstronomers have spotted young planets before, but rarely this young -- or with such easy observation. As CBS Newssays, a University of Hawaii-led team has discovered 2M0437b, one of the youngest... planets ever found at 'just' several million years old. The baby planet was found in the Taurus Cloud "nursery" and young enough that it's still emanating lava-like heat from its birth. Importantly, this is also a very rare chance at directly observing an infant world. Researchers will still need to use special optics to compensate for Earth's atmosphere, but they won't have to use the host star or other tricks to study the planet. It helps that 2M0437b is about one hundred times further from its star than Earth is from the Sun, reducing the chances for interference. The scientists first spotted...
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Resident Evil's Chris and JillHaving already brought us smooth Timothée, Mandalorians, and possibly canonical crossovers with both Marvel and Batman, Fortnite's continuing its weird journey towards being a pop culture monstrosity... with Resident Evil. The massively popular online game recently released a S.T.A.R.S. Team pack that features cosmetics...
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NASA targets a launch date forNASA has confirmed that it has completed stacking the Orion spacecraft aboard the Space Launch System rocket that will push it into orbit in the future. With the stacking of the rocket complete,... it’s ready to be transferred to the launchpad for its long-anticipated trip into orbit. Along with the completion of stacking the rocket, NASA has also now confirmed …
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Hasbro unveils 'ultimate' NerfPast attempts at a Nerf version of Halo's Needler gun have fallen short, but the latest iteration might just live up to (most of) the promises. The Verge reports Hasbro has introduced a Nerf LMTD Halo... Needler that looks and acts more like the iconic Covenant weapon. It still won't shoot homing rounds, unfortunately, but the motorized blaster will shoot 10 darts in a row from a rapid-fire drum. The needles light up when you grab the handle, and they'll dim one at a time as you unleash foam rounds upon your foes. There's a Halo Infinite tie-in, as you might imagine. Hasbro promises a card in the box with a code for in-game Infinite content. While the toymaker didn't say what you'd get, it won't be surprising if it's linked to the Needler. The blaster will chew through six AA 1.5V batteries...
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Dune Is Dune Pretty Good atThe box office has been fairly good for October thanks to films like Venom 2 and Halloween Kills, but there's been some uncertainty about what would happen with Dune. Fortunately for Warner Bros., it... seems like the new Denis Villeneuve movie's doing pretty well for its opening theatrical run.
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Tesla cranks up startingBad news for anyone who’s been saving up to buy themselves a brand-new Tesla electric vehicle has surfaced. Tesla’s website was updated late Friday night to reflect significant price increases for... multiple vehicles. The price increases range from an additional $2000 on the MSRP for the Model Y Long Range and the Model 3 Standard Range+ to $5000 on higher-end …
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British grocery shoppers have had more than a few headaches this weekend. According to The Guardian, the grocery chain Tesco has grappled with a roughly two-day outage (as of this writing) preventing... customers from placing or modifying orders through either the company's website or its mobile app. The company pinned the incident on hacks affecting searches, although it didn't say much beyond noting the intruders tried to "interfere with our systems." The company didn't have an estimated time frame for a fix, and didn't identify the potential culprits. However, it said there was "no reason to believe" the cyberattack affected customer data. This isn't the first time Tesco has suffered hacks. A 2014 breach led it to disable accounts after intruders shared more than 2,000 users' login...
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SpaceX Starship orbital testSpaceX is been working on various prototypes of its Starship spacecraft, and some have ended in spectacular failure. However, SpaceX has worked most of the bugs out of Starship and has announced that... its first orbital test flight could happen in November. Word of the potential orbital test flight came from CEO Elon Musk. Musk tweeted on October 22 if …
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Hawkeye's New Poster Aims atWhen Marvel's Hawkeye releases in exactly one month, Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton's going to be having a lot of problems. Trying to go back to his family after he went on that murder spree in... Avengers: Endgame, things take a turn for the even worse when Hailee Steinfeld's Kate Bishop shows up with some pretty good...
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Tesla hikes prices across its EV lineup

Engadget - 24 Oct 2021 17:21
Tesla hikes prices across itsTesla is no stranger to raising prices for its EVs, but its latest round has been more aggressive than most. ElectreknotesTesla has hiked prices for all four of its in-production vehicles in the past... two days. The base Model 3 and Model Y variants now cost $2,000 more, and respectively start at $43,990 and $56,990. Spring for the Model S and Model X, meanwhile, and you'll pay $5,000 more at respective prices of $94,990 and $104,990. You'll have to wait a long time for your order, too. The entry Model 3 arrives in June 2022 with larger wheels, and September in a regular configuration. The Model Y arrives one month earlier in both cases. You'll have to wait until June for a Model S, and the Model X doesn't appear until September. As is often the case, Tesla hasn't explained the price...
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Leaks hint that some 2022 FordAnyone who has ever leased a vehicle knows that often lease payments are significantly lower than payments when you purchase a vehicle outright. However, a lot goes into figuring how much a lease will... cost per month, and one of the key metrics is something called the residual. Residual has to do with how much value is left in the …
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Dune's Rebecca Ferguson TalksThough Denis Villeneuve's Dune is about Timothée Chalamet's Paul Atreides' gradual rise to prominence in the galaxy, none of it would be possible without his mother, Lady Jessica. Played by Rebecca... Ferguson, Jessica is the lover of Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac) and more importantly, the member of an order of witches known...
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Brydge Leather Organizers forNeed to take your iPad or MacBook on the go? Then opt for the Brydge Leather Organizers, which provide a storage and protection solution for your devices. Crafted with 100% full-grain leather and a... felt-lined interior, these organizers cradle your..
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Garmin smartwatches are up toNow is a prime opportunity to buy a fitness watch for those cool-weather workouts. Amazon is running a one-day sale on Garmin smartwatches that knocks up to 52 percent off the price of the wearables.... The sweetest deals may be in the middle of the pack, though. The athletics-oriented Forerunner 45 is down to an all-time low of $120 (40 percent off), while the general-purpose Vivoactive 4 is at its own record low of $190 (46 percent off). Buy Forerunner 45 on Amazon - $120Buy Vivoactive 4 on Amazon - $190 The steepest discount is on the higher-end Forerunner 935 ($240, or 52 percent off), while deals also apply to the smaller Forerunner 45S and Venu Sq Music. The Forerunner 45 remains a solid choice if you're just starting to take your fitness routine seriously. You can track your heart rate...
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