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Location American Gadget News for 13 Apr 2024

Microsoft's Windows 11 betaMicrosoft is exploring the idea of putting ads in your Windows 11 Start menu. To be specific, it's looking to place advertisements for apps you can find in the Microsoft Store in the menu's... recommended section. I could hear you sighing in defeat if you've used Windows 10 extensively before -- the older OS serves ads in the Start menu, as well, and they're also for apps you can download. At the moment, Microsoft will only show ads in this version if you're in the US and a Windows Insider in the Beta Channel. You won't be seeing them if you're not a beta tester or if you're using a device managed by an organization. Further, you can disable the advertisements altogether. To do so, just go to Personalization under Settings and then toggle off "Show recommendations for tips, app promotions,...
Meta is stuffing its AIOn Friday, people around the web noticed a new addition to their Instagram: Meta AI, the company's general-purpose, AI-powered chatbot that can answer questions, write poetry and generate images with... a simple text prompt. The move isn't surprising. Meta revealed Meta AI in September 2023 and has spent the last few months adding the chatbot to products like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, so adding it to Instagram seems like a no-brainer. Just got access to Meta AI on one of my Instagram accounts. -- Krish Murjani  (@appleforever18) April 11, 2024 "Our generative AI-powered experiences are under development in various phases, and we're testing a range of them publicly in a limited capacity," a Meta spokesperson told Engadget, which suggests that not everyone has the feature...
Bluesky now allows heads ofNow that Bluesky has opened itself up to the public and introduced some new moderation options , the team's decided it's finally time to allow world leaders on board, too. A post from the official... Bluesky account on Friday notified users, "By the way... we lifted our 'no heads of state' policy." The policy has been in place for the last year as Bluesky worked through all the early growing pains of being a budding social network. Bluesky remained an invite-only platform from its launch in February 2023 until February of this year, when it finally ditched the waitlist. Bluesky had said last May that it wasn't ready for heads of state to join, and even asked users to give its support team notice "before you invite prominent figures." It's since grown to more than 5 million users, gaining...
Russell Dauterman's IncredibleSince 2014, Russell Dauterman has been an artist mainstay of Marvel comics, and one of the best working at the publisher today. From working with Jason Aaron to tell the story of Jane Foster's Mighty... Thor to giving stylish looks to the X-Men for their annual Hellfire Galas (RIP), his work has consistently been pretty...
Samsung Bespoke AI LaundryCheck out the Bespoke AI Laundry Combo! This stylish and innovative is an all-in-one washer and dryer.   -All-in-one functionality: This appliance offers both washing and drying. The 5.3 cu. ft.... capacity drum lets you wash and dry more clothes..
Wild $300K Lego Heist FoiledLegos are everywhere these days, including criminal enterprises. Earlier in the week, California's Organized Retail Crime Taskforce performed a series of raids against an illegal fencing operation... spread across four buildings in LA and Orange counties. During those raids, authorities found a collection of Lego sets...
Interstellar is coming back toIt's somehow been almost 10 years since Christopher Nolan's sci-fi odyssey Interstellar was first released in theaters, and to celebrate the upcoming anniversary, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros.... are bringing it back to the big screen. Per Variety , Paramount announced at CinemaCon this week that Interstellar will be re-released on September 27, 2024 in IMAX 70mm and digital. Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, debuted in the US in fall 2014. In true form for Nolan, the film is a bit of a mind-bender. Interstellar presents us with a near-future Earth that is becoming uninhabitable due to an unbeatable blight that's wiped out nearly all food crops. A team of astronauts sets out to space in search of another planet that could support life, using...
Andy Samberg May Lead RadioSince 2014's Devil's Due, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett have been working together as the director duo Radio Silence. Between Scream 5 and 6 and Ready or Not, they've managed to win over... plenty of horror fans as the real deal. And with Abigail a week away from hitting theaters, the pair may have already...
Our favorite Sony wirelessIf you've been eyeing Sony's WF-1000XM5 earbuds but were put off by the steep price tag, now would be the perfect time to pick up a set. The premium earbuds, normally $300, are down to a record low... price of $230 on Amazon, for a savings of $70. This deal only applies to the earbuds in black. The Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds were released in summer 2023 and brought major upgrades over the previous model. They boast the best noise cancellation and call quality of Sony's earbuds lineup, and have built-in Alexa support. The Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds are our top pick for the best earbuds for this year. They're more comfortable than the WF-1000XM4s, being 25 percent smaller and 20 percent lighter for a much better fit. The charging case, too, is more compact than its predecessor. In terms of sound...
Stanley All Day Slim BottleChoose a sustainable alternative to single-use plastics with the Stanley All Day Slim Bottle. It has an iconic shape and a slim design.   -Unique shoulder opening: This feature allows for easy... filling with ice, so you can keep your..
FREITAG New Wallet CollectionCheck out the FREITAG New Wallet Collection 2024. It’s where sustainability meets functionality in a compact, stylish design.   -Compact, Durable Design: The wallets are compact and... durable. Inside, they offer plenty of space and organization. -Flexible Everyday Companions: The..
Texas Hospital Halts OrganA Texas hospital has shut down its organ transplant program after discovering that a doctor allegedly made "inappropriate changes" to medical records that would have made certain patients ineligible... for operations.
Looks Like Interstellar isTenet ain't the only Christopher Nolan movie getting another theatrical run. During its presentation at CinemaCon, Paramount revealed it was going to put Interstellar back in theaters as a celebration... of its 10th birthday.
Elon Gives a CringeElon Musk continues to never stop being a joke. From his deposition to where he admits that his tweets probably hurt the value of Twitter to him finally admitting that he roleplays as a toddler on his... burner account. Check out this week's big stories in tech.
Truly, This Was the Week ofDune: Part Two's success can never escape the shadow of the wormussy. Yes, even as the smash hit movie heads home, we're all still talking about that popcorn bucket, as much as AMC probably wishes at... this point we'd rather not. But it's not all sandworms in this weeks news--CinemaCon, Civil War, and even Jedi Shaggy...
The latest version of xAI'sxAI, the OpenAI competitor founded by Elon Musk, has introduced the first version of Grok that can process visual information. Grok-1.5V is the company's first-generation multimodal AI model, which... cannot only process text, but also "documents, diagrams, charts, screenshots and photographs." In xAI's announcement, it gave a few samples of how its capabilities can be used in the real world. You can, for instance, show it a photo of a flow chart and ask Grok to translate it into Python code, get it to write a story based on a drawing and even have it explain a meme you can't understand. Hey, not everyone can keep up with everything the internet spits out. The new version comes just a couple of weeks after the company unveiled Grok-1.5. That model was designed to be better at coding and math...

You Can't Blame Everything on Covid-19

Gizmodo - 13 Apr 2024 13:30
You Can't Blame Everything onMeasles has made an unwelcome return to the U.S., with dozens of children across multiple states having caught the highly contagious viral disease so far this year. There are several reasons why... measles has become a larger problem both here and worldwide as of late, but there's one commonly speculated suspect for its...
GRAYL UltraPress Ti CovertElevate your outdoor experience with the GRAYL UltraPress Ti titanium water bottle. It purifies water and can be used as a cooking vessel.   -CP4 Grade 1 titanium: The UltraPress Ti is made of... titanium, offering an impressive strength-to-weight ratio...
Toshiba AI Powered REGZAElevate your TV watching with the Toshiba AI-powered REGZA Engine ZRi TVs. They offer viewing that’s more immersive than ever!   -REGZA Engine ZRi Chip: The new REGZA Engine ZRi is a... powerful component that delivers stunning visuals in up..
Everything You Should KnowThe Humane AI Pin has been out for a few days, and to say the release has been divisive might seem like an understatement. Most reviews that have come out this past week have been lukewarm at best.... Most who have used the Pin for a few weeks have noted the device is buggy, slow, and lacking a few features one would...
Tom Hiddleston Thinks LokiFinding Loki's glorious purpose finally came full circle at the end of Loki season two in ways perhaps the God of Mischief turned God of Stories couldn't have imagined. Tom Hiddleston discussed his... 14-year journey as Loki on a recent Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance, during which Kimmel asked if it's really the last...
The 21 Best Things We Saw atFrom Roman gladiators and personified emotions to vampires, jokers, and Wolverines, CinemaCon 2024 was absolutely stacked. Over four straight days in Las Vegas, major movie studios broke exciting... news, showed exclusive footage, and more, and we were there to witness it all.