Tech / Product News & Reviews

  1. Meta releases open source AI audio tools, AudioCraft

    Meta's suite of three AI models can create sound effects and music from descriptions.

  2. ChromeOS is splitting the browser from the OS, getting more Linux-y

    There's nothing official yet, but it might launch sometime this month.

  3. Dealmaster: Back-to-school savings on tech, supplies, dorm essentials, and more

    Back-to-school deals on physical and digital storage to keep your life organized.

  4. Raspberry Pi availability is visibly improving after years of shortages

    1 million Pi models a month are being made until supplies return to normal.

  5. Western Digital HDD capacity hits 28TB as Seagate looks to 30TB and beyond

    WD believes it can wring a bit more capacity out of existing PMR and SMR tech.

  6. The Google Assistant is getting a big reboot around generative AI

    "Supercharging" the Assistant means some layoffs and a lot of leadership changes.

  7. Meta plans AI-powered chatbots to boost social media numbers

    Amid competition from TikTok, Meta looks to the next frontier of user engagement.

  8. Microsoft keeps pushing toward repairability, now with Xbox controller parts

    Let the Xbox team take you inside your worn (or tossed) Xbox controller.

  9. Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag 2 design revealed by FCC—it’s very big

    After no-showing at Samsung's last event, who knows when this will launch.

  10. Dissolving circuit boards in water sounds better than shredding and burning

    They're easier to recycle, and chips come right off. Will they take off?

  11. 8BitDo’s $100 wireless mechanical keyboard screams ’80s NES

    Retro colors and big ol' programmable "Super Buttons," but no numpad.

  12. “Blaze your glory!”—Twitter’s “X” becomes first one-letter iPhone app

    Previously, Apple required a minimum of two characters in iPhone app names.

  1. iPhone 15 rumors take shape: More screen, titanium body, and (finally) USB-C

    All models should see meaningful upgrades, though Pro will get the usual extras.

  2. A jargon-free explanation of how AI large language models work

    Want to really understand large language models? Here’s a gentle primer.

  3. Communal stargazing using your phone: The Unistellar eQuinox 2, reviewed

    Stargaze with up to 10 of your friends no matter how bad the light pollution is.

  4. Apple will require app devs to explain exactly why they use certain APIs

    Some seemingly innocuous APIs are misused to track users, Apple says.

  5. Reddit calls for “a few new mods” after axing, polarizing some of its best

    Will Reddit get quality replacements? "Not a snowball's chance in hell."

  6. Samsung’s profits are down 95 percent for a second consecutive quarter

    Samsung is still suffering under a glut of unsold memory chips.

  7. Devs aren’t allowed to let Apple’s Vision Pro dev kits out of their sight

    Dev kits often have restrictive terms, but Apple gets very specific this time.

  8. Apple Pencils can’t draw straight on third-party replacement iPad screens

    It's similar to the Face ID failures of the iPhone 13's screen, later fixed.

  9. AMD Ryzen 7945HX3D could be a fast, super-efficient choice for your new gaming laptop

    The chip is only launching in a single laptop from Asus, at least for now.

  10. Stability AI releases Stable Diffusion XL, its next-gen image synthesis model

    New SDXL 1.0 release allows hi-res AI image synthesis that can run on a local machine.

  11. Android phones can now tell you if there’s an AirTag following you

    Google says its own tracker ecosystem is on hold until iOS has the same protection.

  12. Waymo kills off autonomous trucking program

    Ride-hailing will let Waymo focus on "near-term" commercial success.

  1. The Browser Company’s unconventional browser, Arc, releases publicly on Mac

    It's still based on Chromium, but the user experience is quite different.

  2. Google says it will start downranking non-tablet apps in the Play Store

    Google's push for big screens will include a (hopefully dramatic) Play Store redesign.

  3. OpenAI discontinues its AI writing detector due to “low rate of accuracy”

    Research shows that any AI writing detector can be defeated—and false positives abound.

  4. Man open-sources the self-repairable AirPods Pro case that Apple won’t make

    The AirPods Pro "could have been easily made repairable with minimal effort."

  5. Windows, hardware, Xbox sales are dim spots in a solid Microsoft earnings report

    Company also expects to spend ever more money to support its ongoing AI efforts.

  6. Pocket assistant: ChatGPT comes to Android

    OpenAI brings the popular AI language model to an official Android client app.

  7. Samsung makes the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 official

    Samsung has a new fold-flat hinge, gives the Z flip a bigger screen.

  8. How developers will test their apps before Vision Pro launches

    Apple opened up access to three ways to test apps on real hardware.

  9. Android 4.4 KitKat is truly dead, loses Play Services support

    With Play Services gone, it's only a matter of time before you can't log in.

  10. Encryption-breaking, password-leaking bug in many AMD CPUs could take months to fix

    "Zenbleed" bug affects all Zen 2-based Ryzen, Threadripper, and EPYC CPUs.

  11. Jury orders Google to pay $339M for patent-infringing Chromecast 

    Google plans to appeal.

  12. ChatGPT’s new personalization feature could save users a lot of time

    Beta feature allows ChatGPT to remember key details with less prompt repetition.