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Image: The Verge Years after Twitter replaced the pistol emoji with a green-and-orange water gun, X has decided to change it back to a regular handgun. An X employee announced the change in a post last week. The company hasn’t explained the change, but it feels on-brand for Elon Musk’s social network. Twitter originally switched its emoji to display a water gun in 2018, following others like Google and Facebook. (Apple made the switch in 2016; Microsoft was a brief hold-out.) We’ve...
Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images The Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) will finally get its moment on the Senate floor this week after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced he’d move for a procedural vote on the bill as soon as Thursday. It fulfills a promise Schumer made to parent advocates who have championed the bill, which would impose a duty of care for online platforms to mitigate certain risks to kids. But the timing means that even if KOSA passes the Senate before the...
Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images Will the Tesla robotaxi have a steering wheel or not? Elon Musk won’t say. The Tesla CEO dodged several questions during an earnings call Tuesday about the status of the company’s long-promised autonomous vehicle, including whether it would have traditional controls like pedals and steering wheels. It’s an increasingly important question left hovering over Tesla’s robotaxi plans, which have been already been delayed to allow more work on the prototype...
Image: TP-Link TP-Link has debuted the Archer BE3600, a $99 Wi-Fi 7 router that is the cheapest one we’ve seen released in the US so far since the first routers supporting the new standard started arriving last year. It doesn’t have the new 6GHz band like its pricier cousins or even many of the Wi-Fi 6E routers already on the market, though. As a result, for many people, TP-Link’s new router probably won’t get you your downloads a lot faster — if at all — than would a much older router...
Image: Jay Maidment / Marvel Studios Beneath the dick jokes and solid X-Men cameos, Deadpool & Wolverine feels like Marvel’s way of admitting how much of a mess its multiverse era has been. Continue reading… Continue reading from Source - The Verge...
Illustration: The Verge Google made nearly $85 billion over the past few months as revenue from its Search and cloud computing businesses soared. That’s according to the quarter two earnings report released by Google's parent company, Alphabet, on Tuesday, which says Search alone raked in $48.5 billion. Meanwhile, Google’s cloud division hit $10 billion for the first time while also achieving $1 billion in operating profit. During an earnings call on Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said...
Photo by Osmancan Gurdogan / Anadolu via Getty Images Tesla published its second quarter earnings report, in which the company said it earned $1.48 billion in net income on $25.5 billion in revenue. That represents a 2 percent increase year over year compared to $24.9 billion in revenue in Q2 2023 but a 45 percent drop in net income. Tesla’s gross margins were in the spotlight again, as bullish investors hoped to see improvements after years of steady decline. Rampant price cutting and...
You won’t need to stuff an AirTag inside ESR’s Geo Wallet to find it. | Image: ESR With its own integrated tracking module compatible with Apple’s Find My network and a traditional bifold design, ESR’s Geo Wallet can be located using an iPhone if it goes missing and without the bulge of an AirTag stuffed inside. There’s no shortage of wallets designed to accommodate an AirTag or credit card-sized trackers such as the Chipolo, but by using its own tracking module with a rechargeable lithium...
Every Korean, Korean American, or K-pop fan you know probably has the KakaoTalk app. | Photo: Getty Images Kakao Corp. founder Kim Beom-su was arrested Tuesday in Seoul, South Korea. That might not mean much to Westerners, but the story is a bizarre tale of how a celebrated, self-made tech billionaire fell from grace... partly because he bought a scandal-ridden K-pop agency. Kim, who also goes by Brian, stands accused of manipulating SM Entertainment’s stock price during a high-profile...
Image: Kamala HQ On Sunday, President Joe Biden shocked the country with his announcement that he would not seek reelection in November. He threw his support behind vice president Kamala Harris. If elected, Harris would be the first Black and Asian American woman to become president, and her historic run is already creating excitement. Most Democrats are quickly falling in line. Some would say Harris is having a Brat summer. “Brat summer” is a phrase that’s become the defining pop culture...