Apple’s Upcoming Streaming Service Is Reportedly So Bland Staff Are Calling It ‘Expensive NBC’

Apple’s new streaming service reportedly has a $1 billion (£764 million) budget, but apparently it can’t buy some nerve. The company has long censored its walled-garden offerings on platforms like the App Store, and per a report in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday, Apple is still aiming to keep its content offerings squeaky clean, with little “gratuitous sex, profanity or violence.” The desire to keep everything family-friendly is reportedly delaying or interfering with many projects. and the Journal writes that Apple’s own staff in Los Angeles have begun referring to the streaming project as “expensive NBC.” Read More >>

Freaky Robotic Skin Brings Inanimate Objects to Life

Typically, robots are built to perform a single task. To make them more adaptable, researchers from Yale University have developed a kind of “robotic skin” that transforms ordinary objects into multifunctional robots. Read More >>

I Don’t Have Enough HDMI Ports for This Shit

In a move looking to capitalise on the success of Nintendo’s mini retro consoles, today Sony announced a mini PlayStation Classic for $100. And even though Sony has only revealed five of the 20 games that will come pre-installed on the mini PSX, I’m a sucker for this particular vein of nostalgia marketing, and I can already feel the money evaporating out of my wallet. But there’s just one problem: I don’t have nearly enough HDMI ports for this shit. Read More >>

Emerging Tech Will Create More Jobs Than It Kills by 2022, World Economic Forum Predicts

The advancement of robotics and artificial intelligence will make 75 million jobs obsolete by the year 2022, according to a new report. Sounds dreadful, but the same report goes on to predict the creation of 133 million new jobs over the same period. Read More >>

Let’s Be Very Clear About What Breitbart’s Leaked Google Video Shows

The US Republican Party, and conservatives more generally, are upping their attacks on sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Google over unfounded claims of bias. To date, that’s included cooking up doctored evidence Google blacklisted Donald Trump’s speeches, a string of Trump tweets about fictitious censorship and non-existent “shadow bans,” xenophobic paranoia about Latino voter turnout efforts, and numerous threats of federal investigations. Read More >>

Why Ray Tracing on Nvidia’s New GPUs Is so Exciting

Nvidia recently announced new high-end graphics cards with an RTX designation attached to the model numbers that indicates the card’s enhanced ray tracing abilities, which could bring a whole new level of realism to games. Read More >>

OnePlus Killing the Headphone Jack Is More About Money Than Good Timing

Look, I’m not going to say OnePlus is being greedy by axing the headphone jack on the upcoming OnePlus 6T. OnePlus is a company, and companies need to make money, or else they go away. But to say that the reason behind switching to wireless audio on the OP6T was largely down to “waiting for the right time” doesn’t exactly sit right, either. Read More >>

Weird Tooth Phone Wins Millions in US Military Funding

A new communication device that is supposed to go inside military service members’ heads gives us a hint at the sort of technology a new US Defense Department accelerator programme is funding. Read More >>

Europe Could Fine Tech Companies That Don’t Remove Terrorist Content in One Hour

The European Union has made a litany of warnings to online platforms, urging them to better moderate their hellish platforms or else. But these have all been voluntary guidelines with the looming threat of enforcing “necessary legislation” if tech companies don’t shape up. This week, the EU’s executive body got a step closer to making good on that promise. Read More >>

Drama Over Shirtless Selfie in Houseplant Hobby Group Inspires Wave of Plant Nude Trolling

Since the dawn of time, human beings have been covering their naughty bits with flora—or at least that’s what the classicist motif of putting fig leaves over nudity would have you believe. This age-old practice recently saw a social media resurgence, with dozens of Facebook users posting their own semi-nude plant photos online. Read More >>

Juul Labs Gets Restraining Order on 30 Chinese Entities Selling Knockoffs on eBay

Juul Labs, the embattled manufacturer of the eponymous (and extremely popular among teens) Juul e-cigarette, is cracking down on Chinese knockoffs being sold on eBay. Read More >>

Report: Amazon Takes Down Nine Books Self-Published on Kindle by Virulent Sexist ‘Roosh’

Amazon has taken down nine books written and self-published by Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh, the notorious reactionary misogynist, virulent homophobe, and self-described “pickup artist” behind a small web-based empire. Read More >>

SETI’s New Neural Network Detects Many More Fast Radio Bursts From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Researchers with the University of California, Berkeley’s SETI Research Centre Breakthrough Listen team have deployed new neural net technology to help analyse the reams of data they’ve collected — and they quickly discovered a set of mysterious, as-of-yet unexplained fast radio bursts from a distant galaxy, per TechCrunch. Read More >>

Huge, Maybe Ineffective Pollution Scooper Launches Towards Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Dutch nonprofit Ocean Cleanup deployed a 2,000-foot-long, $20 million (about £15.4 million) unmanned boom designed to gather some of the Pacific Ocean’s massive amounts of plastic garbage on Saturday. But it’s not clear the plan will work, the New York Times wrote. Read More >>

How Location Tracking Actually Works on Your Smartphone

As the recent revelation over Google’s background tracking of your location shows, it’s not as easy as it should be to work out when apps, giant tech companies and pocket devices are tracking your location and when they’re not. Here’s what you need to know about how location tracking works on a phone — and how to disable it. Read More >>