/Technology/ Last Updated: Mon, May 16th, 2022 @ 1:20pm EDT

The Verge

Chris Welch

This is the design of Sonos’ upcoming Sub Mini

A 3D product rendering of the upcoming Sonos Sub Mini, as created by The Verge. | Product render by Grayson Blackmon / The Verge

Sonos announced its most affordable soundbar to date last week. But some of the company’s loyal customers were disappointed by the lack of a less expensive subwoofer to go along with the new Sonos Ray. It felt like the perfect opportunity to announce a product that’s been rumored for months. The only subwoofer that Sonos currently sells is the $749 Sub,...

The Verge

Alex Cranz

For All Mankind season 3 is set in the ’90s but seems focused on a very 2020s space race

Apple

People will tell you Severance or Ted Lasso are the best shows coming out of Apple TV Plus, and while they’ve certainly had excellent receptions and won a few rewards, they are not the best show on Apple TV Plus. That honor falls to For All Mankind, a science fiction alternate history from Battlestar Galactica creator Ron D. Moore.

I know this is controversial to say. Everyone loves Ted Lasso’s blend of optimism and humor. They adore what Severance has to say about our...

Gizmodo

Lucas Ropek

NSA Swears It Won't Allow Backdoors in New Encryption Standards ????

The U.S. has been working on new encryption standards meant to withstand the powers of quantum computing, an emergent technology that will supposedly involve machines capable of high-octane mathematical calculations that can crack current-day encryption algorithms without breaking a sweat.

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Gizmodo

Andrew Liszewski

Portal Ported: Fan Remakes Valve's Classic Puzzle Game for Nintendo 64

Although Portal arrived 11 years after the N64 debuted (and five years after the GameCube, the N64's replacement, was released) a talented developer is slowly pulling off the seemingly impossible task of recreating the classic puzzle game working on Nintendo’s first 3D console—and it doesn’t look half bad.

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Gizmodo

Ed Cara

Your Case of Omicron Might Have Super-Boosted Your Immunity—If You Were Vaccinated

Recent preliminary research might offer some comfort to the many vaccinated Americans who came across Omicron this past winter. A pair of studies suggest that vaccinated people who caught the variant went on to develop a strong and diverse immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in general—more so than people…

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Gizmodo

Germain Lussier

Attack of the Clones at 20: How the Star Wars Prequel Changed My Life

My life changed drastically the day I first saw Attack of the Clones. It was the first day the film opened, May 16, 2002, and I’d been awake a long time. The day before, May 15, I spent over 12 hours outside of the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City waiting for a midnight screening of the latest Star Wars film.…

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Mashable

Built with 3D printers, these wind turbine blades are completely recyclable

Researchers at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory have developed a way to produce more efficient, recyclable wind turbine blades. The blades are 3D printed with thermoplastics rather than thermoset resin, allowing the materials to be heated in order to retrieve their original polymers for reuse.

Mashable

Get a Toshiba 75-inch 4K TV for less than $800

SAVE $600: The Toshiba 75-inch Class M550 Series LED 4K UHD Smart Fire TV is on sale for just $799.99 as of May 16. That's a whole 43% off its regular price of $1,399.

If you're on the lookout for a TV upgrade or just trying to buy one anew, you shouldn't settle. A 55-inch TV is fine, and so is a 720p one, but to really impress, those widescreen UHD models just can't be beat, with cinematically large displays and video quality that doesn't pixelate your Youtube videos (because really, is...

Engadget

Jon Fingas

Apple Podcasts update will stop old episodes eating all your storage space

Apple is giving Podcasts a useful boost, both for listeners and podcasters. As TechCrunchexplains, the impending iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5 and macOS 12.4 upgrades will finally give you a host of advanced tools to limit podcast storage across your devices. You can tell the Podcasts app to only download a certain number of recent episodes, those within a set timeframe (such as a week or month) or only new episodes. You can also disable downloads entirely — helpful if you're using a...

Wired Top Stories

Chris Stokel-Walker

US Courts Are Coming After Crypto Exchanges That Skirt Sanctions

A newly unsealed opinion is likely the first decision from a US federal court to find that cryptocurrencies can't be used to evade sanctions.

Wired Top Stories

Amelia Tait

What’s the Deal With Synesthesia TikTok?

A growing number of people on the platform claim to have a perceptual condition that lets them smell colors, see music, or taste sounds. But do they really?

The Verge

Andrew J. Hawkins

Uber unveils new products for business travelers, wedding parties, and EVs

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Uber held its second annual product event today, at which the company announced new features for business travelers, group rides, and electric vehicles. The news comes as the company’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, is renewing his efforts to make Uber’s core ride-hailing product profitable through cost-cutting and a hiring slowdown.

Just because Uber is trying to rein in its costs doesn’t mean it will stop rolling out new features in its...

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Cameron Faulkner Antonio G. Di Benedetto

How to convert your Xbox Live subscription into Game Pass Ultimate

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass offer a lot of value if you want to play all kinds of games via subscription. The service normally costs $14.99 per month for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (which covers both Xbox and PC) or $9.99 per month for PC Game Pass and includes AAA titles like Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5 as well as rotations of major third-party games and indies.

If you want to try it out, there’s an introductory...

The Verge

Andrew J. Hawkins

JetBlue launches hostile takeover of Spirit after its earlier acquisition was rejected

Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald

JetBlue launched a hostile takeover of Spirit Airlines after its earlier acquisition offer was rejected. The New York-based airline said in a release that its tender offer for $30-per-share was “all-cash” and “fully financed.”

Earlier this month, Spirit’s board of directors rejected JetBlue’s $32-a-share bid to acquire the airline in favor of an existing merger agreement with Frontier, one of its ultra-low-cost...

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Victoria Song

Peloton and NordicTrack owner iFit make peace over patent disputes

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

As Peloton gets its financial ducks in a row, it appears the company is easing up on its patent disputes. Today, Peloton and iFit — which owns rival NordicTrack — announced that they’ve settled all pending litigation and that “all pending actions between the companies will be dismissed.”

The announcement itself was brief, offering little detail. As part of the settlement, iFit has agreed to remove some on-demand leaderboard tech...

The Verge

Emma Roth

Spotify experiments with musician NFT galleries

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Spotify is testing a way for artists to display their non-fungible token (NFT) collections, as first reported by Music Ally. The music streaming platform has rolled out the test for some users on Android in the US and currently includes NFT previews for artists like Steve Aoki and The Wombats.

“Spotify is running a test in which it will help a small group of artists promote their existing third-party NFT offerings via their artist profiles,”...

Gizmodo

Linda Codega

Black Mirror Will Return for Another Season

After some wait, Black Mirror is coming back with a new season, according to Variety. The three-year gap in between seasons is largely due to creator Charlie Brooker leaving House of Tomorrow, their production company and the group that held the rights to the Black Mirror franchise. As companies were bought and sold…

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Gizmodo

Kyle Barr

Feds Charge Unnamed Person for Helping People Evade U.S. Sanctions with Crypto

As pressures mount for crypto on the world stock exchange, prosecutors and the courts aren’t too far behind looking to slap down the crypto free-for-all.

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Mashable

One of the best portable speakers is on sale in time for summer

Save 22%: The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 is on sale for $77.99, down from its $99 MSRP, at Amazon as of May 16. This $22 markdown is especially great, considering you can take this speaker just about anywhere.

Whether you're taking it along to the beach, camping trips, or backyard barbecues this summer, a portable speaker that sounds nice is pretty essential. But maybe just as essential, but slightly overlooked, is a Bluetooth's speaker ability to handle the elements.

In other words, if you...

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