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Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica

A Vending Machine Error Revealed Secret Face Recognition Tech

A student investigation at the University of Waterloo uncovered a system that scanned countless undergrads without consent.

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Justin Carter

Vin Diesel's Sticking With Fast & Furious All the Way to The End

Last year’s Fast X came and went with a more muted fanfare than we typically get form the long-running franchise. In the months since its release, Universal’s been relatively mum on the series’ next installment, Fast XI, but leading man Vin Diesel is reaffirming that the film will be a definitive end for the…

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Justin Carter

Netflix Kills Movie Plans for Percy Jackson Spinoff Kane Chronicles

Even before the Disney+ series released this past December, the Percy Jackson universe seemed primed to expand with movie trilogy for the Kane Chronicles books over at Netflix. But four years after that reveal, author Rick Riordan has revealed the streamer won’t be going forward with that endeavor.

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Matt Novak

Elon Musk's Latest Robot Video Looks Like It Was Shot on a Phone From 2002

Elon Musk has shared a new video on Saturday featuring Optimus, the robot Tesla has been working on since 2021. But anyone who tries to watch the video will immediately notice something weird. The clip of Optimus is so low quality and pixelated that it looks like it was shot on a flip-phone from two decades ago.

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Instagram may be developing Snap Map dupe to locate your friends

Originality is overrated, anyway. Instagram is reportedly going to do what it does best: blatantly copy another social media site's feature.

Think about it. Stories were ripped from Snapchat. Reels are a TikTok dupe. It copied Notes and Threads from Twitter/X and Candid from BeReal. The latest dupe? Snap Map. That's right, Insta is reportedly going back to its roots and taking inspiration from Snapchat.

SEE ALSO: Soon you'll be able to tweet and BeReal from...

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Wes Davis

Google co-founder Sergey Brin sued over a plane crash that killed two pilots last year

Sergey Brin at a World Economic Forum session in 2017. | Photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP via Getty Images

Google co-founder Sergey Brin is facing a wrongful death lawsuit from the widow of one of two pilots who died in a plane crash off the coast of California in May 2023. It blames a poorly installed modification for the crash and claims his representatives intentionally slowed recovery efforts to destroy evidence, as previously reported by Bloomberg and Fortune.

An updated...

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Justin Carter

Jurassic League, a Movie-Ready Concept, May Be DC's Next Animated Film

Over two years ago, DC Comics revealed a new miniseries titled Jurassic League from Daniel Warren Johnson and Juan Gedeon. The idea is right there in the title—what if the Justice League were anthropomorphic dinosaurs and fought their classic villains, who are also dinosaurs? It sounds like an idea perfect for a movie…

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Justin Carter

FX's Grotesquerie Gives Ryan Murphy a New Horror Canvas

Since 2009, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy has had one foot in the horror door with FX’s American Horror Story. That series has since gone on for 12 seasons and birthed its own spinoff, while Murphy himself has been busier with other projects like Dahmer and The Watcher for Netflix. If that weren’t enough Murphy for you,…

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Cheyenne MacDonald

Intuitive Machines’ Odysseus lander tipped over at touchdown, but it’s still kicking

It turns out Intuitive Machines’ Odysseus spacecraft didn’t land upright after all. In a press conference with NASA Friday evening, the company revealed the lander is laying on its side after coming in a little faster than expected, likely catching its foot on the surface at the moment of landing. Fortunately, Odysseus is positioned in such a way that its solar panels are still getting enough light from the sun to keep it charged, and the team has been able to communicate with it....

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Start your mornings off right with a Nespresso Vertuo Pop+ Deluxe coffee and espresso machine for 20% off

SAVE $30: The Nespresso Vertuo Pop+ Deluxe coffee and espresso machine is on sale for $119, down from $149, at Amazon. That's 20% off.

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Grab a 4-pack of Apple AirTags for $21 off at Amazon

SAVE $21: A 4-pack of Apple AirTags is on sale for $78, down from $99, as of Feb. 24. That's 21% off.

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X is launching audio and visual calls for regular users. Did anyone want this?

X, Elon Musk's social media platform formerly known as Twitter, is set to launch audio and video calls for regular, non-premium users. It's not exactly a feature folks have been clamoring for, but hey...it's coming anyway.

Previously, audio and video calls on X were only available to paying, premium users.

An X engineer and CEO Linda Yaccarino confirmed the news with posts on the site. Though, to be clear, it's apparently not available to everyone just yet. The engineer, Enrique Barragan,...

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Outsmart the upcoming time change with a Philips SmartSleep Wake-up Light

SAVE $19: The Philips SmartSleep Wake-up Light is on sale for $89.95, down from $108.95. That's 17% off.

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Medea Giordano

7 Best Theragun-Alternative Massage Guns (2024): Portable, Affordable, and Heat Therapy

If you want a massage gun but don’t want to pay Theragun prices—or maybe you just want different features and attachments—then get one of these picks for soothing sore muscles.

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Jessica Conditt

Let's talk about Xbox | This week's gaming news

No one is suggesting that Microsoft should stop making video game hardware. What we've been considering, here in the dark and twisted Engadget Slack channels, is whether Microsoft should keep making generationally distinct consoles in the traditional hardware cycle. Basically, does Xbox need a box? Microsoft has been busy building the foundation of a platform-agnostic, cloud-first future for video games, and it consistently falls behind both Sony and Nintendo in the console race. So why are...

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Justin Carter

Robert Kirkman Seemingly Kills Dreams Of an Invincible/Spider-Man Team-Up

There are a lot of superheroes in Prime Video’s adaptation of Invincible. Within the show’s first season (and half of its second), Mark Grayson has brushed shoulders with Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker’s spins on classic heroes like Superman and Batman. Depending on who you ask, though, he might be…

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NYT's The Mini crossword answers for February 24

The Mini is a bite-sized version of The New York Times' revered daily crossword. While the crossword is a lengthier experience that requires both knowledge and patience to complete, The Mini is an entirely different vibe.

With only a handful of clues to answer, the daily puzzle doubles as a speed-running test for many who play it.

So, when a tricky clue disrupts a player's flow, it can be frustrating! If you find yourself stumped playing The Mini — much like with Wordle and Connections —...

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Boone Ashworth

It’s Apparently Easy to Crack the Apple Vision Pro's Front Screen

Plus: Apple launches a Sports app for the iPhone, Sony is testing its PlayStation VR headset on PC games, and Hamilton has a fancy new watch to celebrate the arrival of Dune: Part Two.

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Mariella Moon

X starts giving non-paying users the ability to make audio and video calls

X is slowly rolling out audio and video calling to users that don't pay for its premium subscription service that's formerly known as Twitter Blue. Enrique Barragan, an engineer for the company, has shared the news on the platform. The company initially launched the feature for iOS users last year, giving paying subscribers the option to call other people through the app, and was a step towards making X the "everything" application Elon Musk wants it to be. Earlier this year, the capability...

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M.D. Rodrigues

David Lynch’s presence has been haunting video games for decades

Alan Wake 2. | Image: Remedy Entertainment

From Alan Wake to The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, you don’t have to look far to see Lynchian influences.

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