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One-chance assassination missions arrive in
One-chance assassination missions arrive in 'Hitman 3'

'Hitman 3' now has one of the series' best-known features: just-one-chance Elusive Target missions.

NASA delays Mars helicopter flight to at least April 14th
NASA delays Mars helicopter flight to at least April 14th

NASA has delayed the first flight of its Mars helicopter to at least April 14 after an issue during a test.

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Biden's first budget proposal would fight chip shortages with US factories

The Biden White House's first budget proposal includes funding for domestic manufacturing to tackle chip shortages.

How one founder identified a huge healthcare gap and acquired the skills necessary to address it
How one founder identified a huge healthcare gap and acquired the skills necessary to address it

Abuzeid's story of founding and building Incredible Health, a career platform for healthcare professionals focusing specifically on nurses, is all about a focused entrepreneur building a unique skill set, and acquiring the experience necessary to create a world-leading solution. Abuzeid went to medical school and acquired her MD, but decided before residency to instead go get an MBA from Wharton, in order to pursue her dream of entrepreneurship, inspired by two generations of entrepreneurs in the family that preceded her. Incredible Health is tackling a huge challenge - the shortfall of availability of skilled nurses, and the lack of mature, sophisticated career resources to help those...

Feds charge man with planning to blow up an Amazon data center
Feds charge man with planning to blow up an Amazon data center

The FBI has charged a Texas man with planning to blow up an Amazon data center in Virginia and help 'kill' most of the internet.

ICYMI: We check out the new Sonos Roam portable speaker
ICYMI: We check out the new Sonos Roam portable speaker

Here's a recap of all of Engadget's tech reviews this week, including those for the new Sonos speaker, OnePlus smartphone, Master & Dynamic earbuds and the Google Nest Hub.

The Morning After: The end of the line for Harmony remotes
The Morning After: The end of the line for Harmony remotes

Harmony's universal remotes are fading away, and there's a $699 Optimus Prime robot you should see.

This Week in Apps: Facebook
This Week in Apps: Facebook's other Clubhouse rival, Apple details ATT, App Store trial nears

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The trial, which begins May 3 and is expected to drag on for weeks, will see the Fortnite maker attempting to argue that Apple's control over the App Store -- and the 30% commission it requires on in-app purchases -- represents anti-competitive behavior from a monopoly that requires regulation under antitrust law.

Recommended Reading: Painful memories the algorithms won
Recommended Reading: Painful memories the algorithms won't let you forget

Recommended Reading highlights the week's best long-form writing on technology and more.

How Elon Musk Responded To Competitor Nio
How Elon Musk Responded To Competitor Nio's 100,000th Vehicle Milestone

NIO Inc. (NYSE: NIO) achieved a key production milestone last week, and the feat has elicited appreciation from an unexpected quarter. What Happened: EV...

Firefox will soon stop supporting Amazon Fire TV and Echo Show devices
Firefox will soon stop supporting Amazon Fire TV and Echo Show devices

Mozilla is ending Firefox support for the Amazon Fire TV platform and Echo Show devices starting on April 30th.

Will There Be a Fourth Stimulus Check? How Much Will It Be? All Your Questions Answered
Will There Be a Fourth Stimulus Check? How Much Will It Be? All Your Questions Answered

Checks from the third stimulus are being distributed now. The program has proven to be really popular with the public. Nevertheless, the third stimulus is...

Logitech is done making Harmony remotes
Logitech is done making Harmony remotes

Logitech is killing off its line of Harmony remotes, with the remaining devices available only 'while supplies last.'

Wonder Dynamics raises $2.5M seed to equip indie filmmakers with AI-powered VFX
Wonder Dynamics raises $2.5M seed to equip indie filmmakers with AI-powered VFX

Practically every film production these days needs some kind of visual effects work, but independent creators often lack the cash or expertise to get that top-shelf CG. Wonder Dynamics, founded by VFX engineer Nikola Todorovic and actor Tye Sheridan, aims to use AI to make some of these processes more accessible for filmmakers with budgets on the tight side, and they've just raised $2.5 million to make it happen. The company has its origins in 2017, after Sheridan and Todorovic met on the set of Rodrigo Garcia's film Last Days in the Desert.

Senators criticize Apple
Senators criticize Apple's refusal to testify in hearing on app store rules

Apple appears unwilling to take part in an upcoming hearing the Senate plans to hold on anti-competitive app store practices.

Job postings hint at winners of NYC and London e-scooter pilots
Job postings hint at winners of NYC and London e-scooter pilots

A batch of job listings along with some Twitter whisperings suggests that scooter companies such as Lime and Superpedestrian are gearing up to operate in London and New York City - two of the last remaining frontiers of shared-scooter services. A review of job listings, company websites and LinkedIn shows that Lime and Dott are preparing to launch in London, while Lime, Superpedestrian and maybe even Spin are getting ready for New York.

No-code publishing platform Shorthand raises $8M
No-code publishing platform Shorthand raises $8M

Shorthand, the Australian startup behind a no-code platform that allows publishers and brands to create multimedia stories, has raised $10 million Australian (just under $8 million U.S.) from Fortitude Investment Partners. CEO Ricky Robinson told me via email that this is Shorthand's first institutional round of funding, and that the company has been profitable for the past two years. "We've been lucky enough to grow to where we are today through an entirely inbound, organic model that leverages the beautiful content that our customers create in Shorthand to generate leads," Robinson wrote.

The next Star Trek movie is scheduled for 2023
The next Star Trek movie is scheduled for 2023

Paramount has delayed 'Top Gun: Maverick' and 'Mission: Impossible 7' in a shakeup of its release calendar.

RWDSU head says rerun election
RWDSU head says rerun election 'very likely' following Amazon union vote loss

With voting having broken overwhelmingly in Amazon's favor, the union was quick to challenge the results. The RWDSU was quick to offer TechCrunch a statement from President Stuart Appelbaum after no votes broke the 50% threshold, noting, "We demand a comprehensive investigation over Amazon's behavior in corrupting this election." Amazon, unsurprisingly, was quick to take a victory lap.

APKPure app contained malicious adware, say researchers
APKPure app contained malicious adware, say researchers

Security researchers say APKPure, a widely popular app for installing older or discontinued Android apps from outside of Google's app store, contained malicious adware that flooded the victim's device with unwanted ads. Kaspersky Lab said that it alerted APKPure on Thursday that its most recent app version, 3.17.18, contained malicious code that siphoned off data from a victim's device without their knowledge, and pushed ads to the device's lock screen and in the background to generate fraudulent revenue for the adware operators. The researchers said the APKPure developers likely introduced the malicious code, known as a software development kit or SDK, from an unverified source.

This stimulus check advice from Suze Orman seems to have caught on
This stimulus check advice from Suze Orman seems to have caught on

In March, Suze Orman said "don't you dare" invest your $1,400 check in the stock market.

European tech event mainstays Shift and TOA find new homes, new models, post-COVID
European tech event mainstays Shift and TOA find new homes, new models, post-COVID

Given the pandemic, huge changes are being wrought in tech events, something which used to be the lifeblood of the industry. Many a startup has pitched to win funding, and many a hackathon has formed teams that went on to greater things.

Google says the Pixel 5a 5G is coming this year despite cancelation rumors
Google says the Pixel 5a 5G is coming this year despite cancelation rumors

However, it'll only be available in the US and Japan due to a global chip shortage.

A manufacturing issue has pulled some Boeing 737 Max planes from service
A manufacturing issue has pulled some Boeing 737 Max planes from service

It was only late last year that the Boeing 737 Max returned to service, but the long-troubled passenger jet has run into another problem.

Joby Aviation
Joby Aviation's Joe Ben Bevirt and Reid Hoffman to talk about building a startup, the future of flight and SPACs

Joby Aviation founder JoeBen Bevirt has spent a more than a decade developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing passenger aircraft - an effort that was largely shrouded in secrecy until January 2020 when the company announced a $590 million Series C round of funding that was led by Toyota Motor Corporation. The buzzy announcements continued with Joby's acquisition of Uber Elevate and then culminated in February with its bid to become a publicly traded company through a merger with Reinvent Technology Partners, a special purpose acquisition company from well-known investor and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Zynga founder Mark Pincus. Joby is just getting started.

Should Biden Ban Assault Weapons? Take Our Poll
Should Biden Ban Assault Weapons? Take Our Poll

Guns laws have long been one of the most contentious arenas in American politics. Now President Joe Biden has entered the fray, announcing he will take his...

'Super Meat Boy Forever' comes to PlayStation and Xbox on April 16th

The platforming sequel is also on the way to Steam later this year.

How gadgets could open the potential of lucid dreaming
How gadgets could open the potential of lucid dreaming

Recent experiments show we can learn in our dreams. What else could we do with the right technology?

Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 Vaccine Under Review At EMA For Blood Clots, AstraZeneca Probe Expanded

AstraZeneca Plc's (NASDAQ: AZN) COVID-19 vaccine has recently dominated headlines after cases of rare blood clots were reported in European countries. Now...

Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama vote against unionization
Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama vote against unionization

Amazon is on track to beat back the historic unionization attempt at its BHM1 fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama.

Facebook takes down 16,000 groups trading fake reviews after another poke by UK
Facebook takes down 16,000 groups trading fake reviews after another poke by UK's CMA

Facebook has removed 16,000 groups that were trading fake reviews on its platform after another intervention by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the regulator said today. The CMA has been leaning on tech giants to prevent their platforms being used as thriving marketplaces for selling fake reviews since it began investigating the issue in 2018 -- pressuring both eBay and Facebook to act against fake review sellers back in 2019. The latest intervention by the CMA looks considerably more substantial than last year's action -- when Facebook removed a mere 188 groups and disabled 24 user accounts.

Robosen Robotics
Robosen Robotics' Optimus Prime collectible responds to voice commands

Robosen Robotics has teamed up with Hasbro to build a programmable Optimus Prime collectible.

This week
This week's best deals: Over 50 percent off Beats' Solo Pro headphones and more

Here's a list of the best tech deals from this week, including more than 50 percent off Beats' Solo Pro headphones and the lowest price ever on Apple's MacBook Air M1.

Cleo Capital is targeting $20 million for Fund II
Cleo Capital is targeting $20 million for Fund II

Cleo Capital, a venture capital firm founded in 2018 by Sarah Kunst, is raising up to $20 million for its second fund, according to a source familiar with the matter. A recent SEC filing shows that Cleo Capital has already raised $6.7 million of that goal, bringing total assets under management to around $10 million. Fund II's $20 million target, if closed, would allow Cleo Capital, which invests in primarily pre-seed companies, to start leading rounds.

XRP
XRP's Price Can Go 'Boatload' Higher: Veteran Analyst Peter Brandt

XRP has rallied by over 50% so far this week, for a market value of $37 billion.

Don
Don't Get Suckered Into Paying For These 20 Useless Things at Car Dealerships

Add-ons can tack hundreds or thousands of dollars onto the sticker price of a car. Before you buy, know which add-ons you don't want to buy at the dealership...

Study suggests Facebook shows users different job ads based on their gender
Study suggests Facebook shows users different job ads based on their gender

Gender identity seemed to impact whether someone saw an employment ad for NVIDIA or Netflix.

Creator economy
Creator economy's slow burn

Jokes aside, this week was yet another spree of creator economy, edtech, and new fund announcements, with fresh and unexpected news hailing from Natasha's home state, New Jersey. Box got a lifeline in the form of a $500 million check from KKR, and as Danny mentions, Box CEO Aaron Levie shifts his role a bit, too. MasterClass raising new funding at $2.5 billion valuation. That is up from a $800 million valuation just last year, and shows that aspirational teaching packaged as celebrity-taught Youtube-like videos with Netflix-like quality is enough to be considered edtech.

What to Do With Your 401(k) When You Retire

New retirees need to decide what to do with the money in their company-sponsored 401(k) plan. You can generally maintain your 401(k) with your former employer or roll it over into an individual retirement account.

Google
Google's Phone app can automatically record calls from unknown numbers

Google is rolling out an update to its Phone app that lets you automatically record calls from unknown numbers.

6 VCs talk the future of Austin
6 VCs talk the future of Austin's exploding startup ecosystem

For years now, a growing number of tech companies -- large and small -- have either relocated their headquarters to Austin or opened another office or campus in the Texas capital. The impact on the city's startup ecosystem is noticeable in the growing number of entrepreneurs (many of whom worked at some of the tech giants who have a big presence in the city) and investors calling Austin home. The comparisons to the Bay Area abound -- from the burgeoning and maturing startup scene to an overheated and competitive housing market.

Spotify explains how its voice assistant uses your data
Spotify explains how its voice assistant uses your data

Spotify has outlined how its 'Hey Spotify' voice assistant works, including how it uses your data.

Can a gaming mouse filled with holes really be water resistant?
Can a gaming mouse filled with holes really be water resistant?

SteelSeries' Aerox 3 Wireless is an ultra-light gaming mouse full of holes that shakes off water like a duck.

Home Prices Soar in Frenzied U.S. Market Drained of Supply
Home Prices Soar in Frenzied U.S. Market Drained of Supply

(Bloomberg) -- Last year's pandemic housing rush is now this year's end-of-lockdown feeding frenzy.Across the U.S., house hunters are fighting for scraps in ...

Engadget Podcast: Michio Kaku on
Engadget Podcast: Michio Kaku on 'The God Equation,' LG gives up on phones

This week, we explore why the Biden admission is bringing on Big Tech critics like Lina Khan and Tim Wu. It seems like they're gearing up to regulate the tech world even more.

GE is working to put COVID-19 virus-detecting sensors in phones
GE is working to put COVID-19 virus-detecting sensors in phones

Scientists at GE Research have been awarded a grant to develop tiny sensors that can be embedded inside phones to identify COVID-19 particles on surfaces.

Google
Google's Nest Thermostat is the cheapest it's ever been

Amazon has a new deal on Google's latest Nest Thermostat that cuts $30 off its original price.

Vybe raises $2.9 million for its challenger bank for teens
Vybe raises $2.9 million for its challenger bank for teens

French startup Vybe has raised a $2.9 million funding round (€2.4 million) to build a challenger bank for teens. The startup plans to generate revenue from interchange fees as well as partnership with brands and a reward system. Investors include Ronan Le Moal, the former CEO of Crédit Mutuel Arkéa, Kick Club and Manoel Amorim.

SnackMagic picks up $15M to expand from build-your-own snack boxes into a wider gifting marketplace
SnackMagic picks up $15M to expand from build-your-own snack boxes into a wider gifting marketplace

The office shut-down at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic last year spurred huge investment in digital transformation and a wave of tech companies helping with that, but there were some distinct losers in the shift, too -- specifically those whose business models were predicated on serving the very offices that disappeared overnight. SnackMagic, a build-your-own snack box service, has raised $15 million in a Series A round of funding led by Craft Ventures, with Luxor Capital also participating. Founder and CEO Shaunuk Amin said in an interview that the plan will be to use the funding both to continue growing SnackMagic's existing business, as well as extend into other kinds of gifting...

Samsung
Samsung's iTest offers a look at Galaxy Android on iPhone

If you're using an iPhone and thinking about switching to a Galaxy device, Samsung has unveiled a website to let you "sample the other side."


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