Lightyear has stopped production on its solar-powered EV after three months

One of the first Lightyear 0s being made. | Image: Lightyear Electric vehicle company Lightyear has announced that it’s halting production on the Lightyear 0, its €250,000 (around $270,000 USD) solar-powered car that the company started making just three months ago (via Electrek). The setback is part of a “strategic restructuring,” according to a Monday blog post, and the company will instead focus on making the Lightyear 2, a car that it says will cost under $40,000 and go into production in late 2025. The company says it didn’t take the decision lightly, given that it’ll impact its employees, as well as “investors, clients, suppliers and the government.” It’ll also… Read More

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Blizzard games go offline in China

Key Art: Blizzard Today’s the day most Blizzard games go offline in China. After failing to reach a deal with publishing partner NetEase, Blizzard has shuttered most of its games in the country, including World of Warcraft, Overwatch 2, and Diablo. (Diablo Immortal remains unaffected, distributed through a separate publishing deal with NetEase.) The closure comes after reports that Blizzard tried to extend the current deal by six months to keep games in players’ hands while it shopped for a new publishing partner. According to a post on Blizzard’s Weibo account, the company said NetEase rejected the extension deal. A translation of the post on World of Warcraft site Wowhead… Read More

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Here are the best Amazon Echo deals right now

Like Amazon’s Echo speakers, its various smart displays come in a range of sizes. | Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Amazon’s current Echo lineup offers a broad selection of smart speakers and displays that can fit just about anywhere in your home. Whether you want to place a voice assistant in your living room, replace the bulletin board in your office, or pick up a touchscreen-enabled device to showcase recipes in the kitchen, there’s an Echo device for just about every occasion and use case. Regardless of why you might want one, there’s always a way to save on Echo devices, from the last-gen Dot to the wall-mounted… Read More

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Two new Wyze cameras appear to be in the works

Technologist Dave Zatz has discovered some clues about new Wyze security cameras. | Image: Zatznotfunny.com Wyze already announced three new cameras this month, but it looks like the company has even more up its sleeves. Tech blogger Dave Zatz dug up information on two not-yet-announced cameras: a new Wyze outdoor cam and an updated Wyze Cam Floodlight. The Wyze Cam Outdoor Pro (or possibly Wyze Battery Cam Pro) looks to be an upgrade of the Wyze Cam Outdoor v2, adding 2K video resolution. The new Wyze Cam Floodlight Pro also appears to be getting a 2K resolution bump over the original 1080p model, in keeping with Wyze’s new line of… Read More

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The Fight Over California’s Ancient Water

Photographs by Lenard Smith On an early-December morning in California’s Mojave Desert, the Geoscience Support Services geohydrologist Logan Wicks squats in the sand and fiddles with a broken white pipe. Here on a sandy road off Route 66, past miles of scrubby creosote and spiny mesquite, Wicks monitors the pumps and pipes of a promising desert extraction project. But he’s not looking for oil or gas. Crouching under the shade of a 10-foot lemon tree, at the edge of a citrus orchard that spans hundreds of acres, Wicks is here for water. A fine stream bursts from the plastic pipe, forming a rainbow-crested arc before hitting the hot sand. Wicks… Read More

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Today I learned the Xbox can run Nintendo GameCube and Wii games

Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge When Microsoft first announced the Xbox would run Windows apps, I don’t think it was thinking of this! You can play Nintendo GameCube and Wii games with a beta version of the Dolphin Emulator built as a Universal Windows Platform app (via Windows Central). SirMangler’s fork of the excellent emulator runs on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and even the lesser of Microsoft’s two modern consoles reportedly does an excellent job. In the video above, Modern Vintage Gamer shows off impressively smooth performance on GameCube titles upscaled to 1440p, even when you add HD texture packs to games like Eternal… Read More

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Spotify price hike looks more likely than ever after CEO comments around layoffs

Music streaming giant Spotify has announced it would be cutting 6% of its staff, with around 600 employees in total departing the company. Spotify’s move is the latest in series of mass layoffs at large tech firms, with Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook parent Meta, and Google parent Alphabet all having recently announced job cuts in response to the current economic downturn. Tech companies had earlier been on a hiring spree as pandemic-fueled spending drove increased need for consumer goods and services. But Spotify isn’t the only entertainment streaming service to make staff cuts – Netflix trimmed 2% of its workforce back in May of last year as part of a larger… Read More

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Google’s Fuchsia OS was one of the hardest hit by last week’s layoffs

Enlarge / Google’s Fuchsia OS, circa 2018, running on a Pixelbook. (credit: Ron Amadeo) Google is still reeling from the biggest layoff in company history last Friday. Earlier cost cuts over the past six months have resulted in several projects being shut down or deprioritized at Google, and it’s hard to fire 12,000 people without some additional projects taking a hit. The New York Times has a report about which divisions are being hit the hardest, and a big one is Google’s future OS development group, Fuchsia. While the overall company cut 6 percent of its employees, the Times pointed out that Fuchsia saw an outsize 16 percent of the… Read More

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The best tech gifts for under $25

These sub-$25 items, like this cleanly designed desk mat from KBDFans, make for some very nice gifts. | Image: KBDFans Wanting to treat a friend or a loved one to some tech or a cool gadget while on a very lean budget can feel like an impossible task. Most of the everyday devices we use cost multiple hundreds of dollars, so what do you get when you just want a nice birthday or “just because” kind of gift but can’t break the bank? Sure, you can default to something basic like socks or a scarf, but that gets boring quick. Here, we’ve assembled a bunch of cool tech ideas on… Read More

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Microsoft to stop selling Windows 10 downloads on January 31st

Microsoft is removing Windows 10 Home and Pro downloads from sale later this month. The downloads include license keys for Windows 10 (necessary to activate and use the download), and are being removed more than two years before Microsoft stops officially supporting Windows 10 on October 14th, 2025. Microsoft updated its Windows 10 product pages recently to note the January 31st cutoff date for sales, but it’s not clear how the company will treat similar downloads and license keys available from retailers like Amazon. We asked Microsoft to comment on Windows 10 license keys and downloads from third-party retailers, but the company only confirmed its own plans to remove its… Read More

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra camera samples highlight impressive night and zoom shots

(Image credit: Edwards Urbina) Image 2 of 4 (Image credit: Edwards Urbina) Image 3 of 4 (Image credit: Edwards Urbina) Image 4 of 4 (Image credit: Edwards Urbina) The normal shots are incredibly dark, giving an indication of how little light there was in the scene, while the night mode shots are impressively bright, and packed with detail. They’re far from perfect – there’s a bit of noise, some mushy details, unnatural color on the foliage, and they aren’t perfectly focused. But given how little light there seemed to be to work with the results are still strong. Now we come to the zoom shots, with photos apparently taken at… Read More

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New grasshopper-like material can leap 200 times its own thickness

Engineers at CU Boulder have designed a new, rubber-like film that can leap high into the air like a grasshopper—all on its own and without needing outside intervention. Just heat it up and watch it jump! The researchers describe their achievement in the journal Science Advances. They say that similar materials could one day help […] The post New grasshopper-like material can leap 200 times its own thickness appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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Does COVID really damage your immune system and make you more vulnerable to infections? The evidence is lacking

Over the past month or two, many northern hemisphere countries including the US and the UK have seen a large wave of respiratory viral infections. These include RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), flu and COVID in all ages, as well as bacterial infections such as strep A in children. Sometimes these infections can be very serious. […] The post Does COVID really damage your immune system and make you more vulnerable to infections? The evidence is lacking appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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