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New Trailers: Army of the Dead, The Underground Railroad, Resident Evil, and more [The Verge] Zombies abound in this week’s roundup, which includes Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness and Army of the Dead, directed by Zack Snyder. Plus: Fast & Furious 9 and The Underground Railroad.
Two people killed in fiery Tesla crash with no one driving [The Verge] Authorities in Texas say two people were killed when a Tesla with no one in the driver’s seat crashed into a tree and burst into flames. Local reports say first responders had to use 30,000 gallons of water over four hours to put out the fire.
Once VMware is free from Dell, who might fancy buying it? [TechCrunch] If you accept that VMware is in play, the prospective price tag means that the number of firms that could afford such a purchase are few and far between.
Charles Geschke, co-founder of Adobe and co-inventor of the PDF, has died at 81 [The Verge] Charles “Chuck” Geschke, co-founder of Adobe who helped develop the PDF, has died. Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen called Geschke’s passing “a huge loss for the entire Adobe community and the technology industry.”
Our 8 Favorite Hair Straighteners (2021): Flat Irons, Combs, and Brushes [Wired] Curls and waves are beautiful. But when you want to smooth them out, these hot tools (including irons, a brush, and a comb) work wonders.
Federal investigators looking into breach at software code testing company Codecov [The Verge] Federal officials are investigating a security breach at software auditing company Codecov, which apparently went undetected for months. The company’s 29,000 clients include Atlassian, Proctor & Gamble, GoDaddy, and the Washington Post.
Ecobee’s Ecosystem Is an Easy Way to Embrace the Smart Home [Wired] For the past six months, this Alexa-integrated security and thermostat platform made my house feel safer and more comfortable.
Mathematicians Settle the Erdős Coloring Conjecture [Wired] Fifty years ago, three mathematicians came up with a graph theory problem that they thought they might solve on the spot. A team has finally settled it.
The Pandemic Proved That Our Toilets Are Crap [Wired] The core technologies for sewage systems were developed over a hundred years ago. It's time to get better, healthier updates in the pipeline.
The humble shrub that’s predicting a terrible fire season [Ars Technica] Chamise is kind of a crystal ball for understanding how badly California might burn.
Logitech Harmony Is Dead. Here's How the Smart Remote Lost Its Way [Wired] Once, we dreamed of one controller to rule them all. But when Logitech killed off the Harmony line, it ended an era.
How to Schedule Emails and Texts on Google Messages, iMessage, Gmail, and Outlook [Wired] Your messages don’t have to go out right away. Be strategic about when your recipient gets them.
Consumer agency warns against Peloton Tread+ use, as company pushes back [TechCrunch] Almost exactly a month ago, Peloton CEO John Foley wrote an open letter about the the company’s treadmill. “I’m reaching out to you today because I recently learned about a tragic accident involving a child and the Tread+, resulting in, unthinkably, a death,”…
NASA says its Mars helicopter is ready for a historic first flight [Ars Technica] This is all experimental, so it's quite possible that Ingenuity will fail.
Amazon has reportedly canceled its Lord of the Rings MMO game [The Verge] Amazon Game Studio has canceled the massive multiplayer online game based on the Lord of the Rings that it first announced in 2019. It’s the latest setback for the ecommerce giant’s video games division.
Why it's not surprising to see nine-figure AI rounds [TechCrunch] This week Scale AI raised a $325 million Series E. The company, as TechCrunch has written, works in the data labeling space. And it has been on a fundraising tear over the last few years.
Novel hydrogels can safely remove graffiti from vandalized street art [Ars Technica] Italian chemists successfully tested their hydrogels on actual street art in Florence.
What does it take to create a startup ecosystem? [TechCrunch] Say it louder for the people in the back: As tech grows bigger by the minute and venture capital adds dollar signs by the day, a startup hub’s success is not an either/or situation. The next Silicon Valley is a tired narrative, when in reality startups look, …
CPSC urges people with children at home to stop using Peloton Tread Plus treadmill ‘immediately’ [The Verge] The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Saturday issued an urgent warning about Peloton Tread Plus treadmills, saying the machines pose “serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death.”
How one founder build a startup around compassion and care facilitated by AI [TechCrunch] In the second episode of our new podcast Found, our guest is Brie Code. Code is the founder and CEO of TRU LUV, a startup based out of Toronto that has its roots in the game industry, but that is taking a radically different approach to designing interactive …