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Apple’s last-gen MacBook Pro 14 and new Mac Mini are up to $400 off

/ Plus, we found deals on the second-gen Echo Buds and 8BitDo’s Xbox-friendly Pro 2 Wired Controller. a:hover]:text-gray-63 [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:text-gray-bd dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-gray [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-63 dark:[&>a]:text-gray-bd dark:[&>a]:shadow-underline-gray”>Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge The nice thing about the entry-level M2-powered MacBook Air is the fact it’s relatively affordable (for a Mac, of course). But that lower price tag comes with a drawback: it’s just not powerful enough for more demanding creative work. Thankfully, today’s $500 discount on the 14-inch MacBook Pro means you can buy a laptop that’s an absolute powerhouse for content creation at what’s closer to an entry-...

I used an incredible X-ray machine to look inside my gadgets — let me show you

I want to scan everything I own with the Lumafield Neptune. Share this story I am that guy who asks airport security if I can photograph my luggage going through the X-ray machine. I’m also the guy who spent a solid hour scrubbing through the CT scan of my broken jaw with a mix of horror and utter fascination. You could say I’ve been on a bit of a spectral imaging kick. So when a startup called Lumafield told me I could put as many things as I wanted into its $54,000 a year radiographic density scanning machine… let’s just say I’ve a sneaking suspicion they didn’t think I’d take it literally. Last month, I walked into the company’s satellite office in San Francisco with a stuffed-to-the-gills backpack containing: a:hover]:text-gray-63 [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&...

We are living in a golden age of electric cargo bikes

/ Our cup runneth over with affordable and high-powered options thanks to recent launches from Rad Power Bikes, Aventon, and Lectric, as well as legacy manufacturers like Trek and Specialized. But why now? And where are we heading? Somewhere good, I hope. a:hover]:text-black [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:text-gray-e9 dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-gray-63 [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-13 dark:[&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-63″>Form factors of used e-bikes sold in major US regions since January 2022a:hover]:text-black [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:text-gray-e9 dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-gray-63 [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-13 dark:[&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-63″>The mean mileage of used e-bik...

Meta Rolls Out Its Paid Verification Service on Instagram and Facebook in the US

Mark Zuckerberg — CEO of Meta — has just announced that its paid verification program has just launched in Instagram and Facebook in the US. “You can get a badge, proactive impersonation protection and direct access to customer support," he stated on Friday in the Meta Channel on Instagram. The initiative arrives after Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed its plans to charge $8 USD a month for its users to get verified on Twitter.The subscription service costs a monthly fee of costs $11.99 per month on the web and $14.99 per month on mobile and was initially rolled out in Australia and New Zealand and granted users the blue check mark adjacent to their handles and names. Those who are already verified on Instagram and Facebook won’t have to pay for their verification.Before getting verified, users...

Hidden Systems is the book I’ll use to teach my kids how the internet works

/ The 262-page graphic novel by cartoonist Dan Nott beautifully illustrates and explains how to conceptualize the internet, water supply, and power grid.

Microsoft’s new share button makes it easy to show people what Bing AI is saying

/ The company also said it’s made the chatbot’s ‘Balanced’ mode faster. a:hover]:text-black [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:text-gray-e9 dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-gray-63 [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-13 dark:[&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-63″>This didn’t seem to work all the time, but it’s at least possible to interact directly with a shared answer.

Someone please buy me this glass mouse pad

/ The $99 Atlas, Razer’s first glass mouse pad, promises a hard surface and a smooth swipe for impatient mouse users. a:hover]:text-gray-63 [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:text-gray-bd dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-gray [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-63 dark:[&>a]:text-gray-bd dark:[&>a]:shadow-underline-gray”>Image: Razer Mouse pads are one thing. Mouse pads made of glass? Quite another. This, at least, is what I’m assuming based on the promotional materials for the Razer Atlas, Razer’s first glass mouse pad. “Absolute functionality and durability,” Razer’s website proclaims. “Experience pure polished precision,” the press release demands of me. The $99.99 tempered glass Atlas has an anti-slip rubber base, is available in black or white, ...

Microsoft will make it a little easier to switch your default apps in Windows 11

/ Microsoft’s new ‘principles’ around default app settings and pinning new buttons to the Windows taskbar should streamline the process of setting them up soon. a:hover]:text-black [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:text-gray-e9 dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-gray-63 [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-13 dark:[&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-63″>Microsoft’s nonfinal concept design for the button that would let you confirm pinning an app tile to your Windows taskbar.a:hover]:text-black [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:text-gray-e9 dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-gray-63 [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-13 dark:[&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-63″>Microsoft’s example of the new Windows 11 Settings page you might see if an...

SAGA Unveils Its Circadian Light Panel for the International Space Station

SAGA Space Architects, a Danish architecture and design practice dedicated to making space livable for future space travelers, has unveiled a new Circadian Light Panel for astronauts which will soon be tested onboard the International Space Station for the small Crew Quarters.Sleep is one of the major issues currently facing astronauts in space due to a variety of factors including the confined cabin, noise, and offset circadian rhythm from orbiting around the earth. The new lighting system designed by SAGA features three light faces that emit light at different angles and spectrums to either promote alertness or induce sleepiness. Unlike the current systems on the ISS, which are manually operated, SAGA's light panel will automatically adjust lighting according to the astronaut's scheduled...

Donald Trump is no longer banned on YouTube

/ ‘We carefully evaluated the continued risk of real-world violence, while balancing the chance for voters to hear equally from major national candidates.’

Microsoft’s new Copilot will change Office documents forever

Copilot is more than just a chatbot. Microsoft is slowly building an AI assistant that it has dreamed about for years. Share this story a:hover]:text-gray-63 [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:text-gray-bd dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-gray [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-63 dark:[&>a]:text-gray-bd dark:[&>a]:shadow-underline-gray”>Image: Microsoft Microsoft’s new AI-powered Copilot summarized my meeting instantly yesterday (the meeting was with Microsoft to discuss Copilot, of course) before listing out the questions I’d asked just seconds before. I’ve watched Microsoft demo the future of work for years with concepts about virtual assistants, but Copilot is the closest thing I’ve ever seen to them coming true. “In our minds this is the new wa...

Google says hackers could silently own your phone until Samsung fixes its modems

/ It found 18 vulnerabilities in Samsung’s modems, four of which could give hackers a way in with just your phone number.