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The Morning After: Already hyping the iPhone 14
The Morning After: Already hyping the iPhone 14

Researchers have found six "dead" galaxies, the new iPad Mini's jelly scrolling problem, and Samsung's plan to build a silicon brain.

Alpha Edison leads customer service platform Thankful
Alpha Edison leads customer service platform Thankful's $12M round

Customer service is one of the most important relationships between a business and its customer, and that was made even more clear during the global pandemic. "Companies will offer you a chat box, but no value along with it and a method that consumes vast amounts of time, and we thought we could change that," Mico told TechCrunch. Traditionally, customer service is thought of as "the caboose" of a business, but Thankful believes it should be the driver.

The Station: Tesla rolls out its FSD beta button, delivery deals heat up, micromobility evolves
The Station: Tesla rolls out its FSD beta button, delivery deals heat up, micromobility evolves

Myself, along with co-hosts Alex Roy and Ed Niedermeyer, talk with recently-confirmed NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy about automotive safety and what the wave of what she calls "partial automation" features in vehicles means for the industry and the consumer. The episode has garnered a lot of attention - some of it negative - because of our discussion about Tesla and the FSD software beta rolling out to owners. As I reported last week, drivers who get a high safety score from Tesla will get access.

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August's Smart Lock Pro is $99 for today only

If you're looking for August's Smart Lock Pro, it's on sale for just $99 -- a steep 57 percent discount.

Puma CEO sees sales doubling to more than $11 billion-report
Puma CEO sees sales doubling to more than $11 billion-report

German sportswear company Puma has the potential to double its sales to more than 10 billion euros ($11.71 billion) in the longer term, Chief Executive Bjorn...

Wow! Your Camera Takes Such Great Pictures. It
Wow! Your Camera Takes Such Great Pictures. It's Amazing!

If you've clicked on this headline, then you've probably heard this line before in some way or another. Your camera takes such great pictures. But the truth is that everyone else's camera takes such crappy photos. With that said, I think that camera manufacturers have a huge problem. Everyone is delighted with their mediocre photos because they don't want to bring around a dedicated camera. Sure, folks who care about photography will buy a dedicated camera. But most people don't need an excellen

Solid-state silicon batteries could last longer and charge faster
Solid-state silicon batteries could last longer and charge faster

Researchers have created a solid-state battery with an all-silicon anode that could potentially deliver long life, high energy density and fast charging.

Frontify raises $50M for a collaborative cloud platform for organizations to manage and use their design and brand assets
Frontify raises $50M for a collaborative cloud platform for organizations to manage and use their design and brand assets

The meteoric rise of collaborative design startup Canva -- now valued at $40 billion -- and conversely, the viral interest we've been seeing in the market for NFTs where you can "buy" a share of a limited-edition digital asset, are two examples of how the tech world today revolves around -- and values -- catchy ways of engaging with visual media online. Today, another startup that's built a business around tackling the same concept -- as it applies specifically to brand management for organizations -- is announcing some funding as it finds some traction of its own. Frontify, which provides a cloud-based platform for businesses to centralize and distribute all of their brand assets to...

E-motorcycle maker Cake closes $60M round to scale production and retail sales
E-motorcycle maker Cake closes $60M round to scale production and retail sales

Swedish electric motorcycle manufacturer Cake has announced the close of a $60 million Series B that the company will use to help set up manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America and Asia, as well as scale up its retail capabilities. "We are in the process of implementing initiatives to scale the business, structuring and laying the base for rapid growth," said Stefan Ytterborn, founder and CEO of Cake, in a statement. Cake recently launched the Makka, an electric moped for city riding, which demonstrates a shift in direction of Cake's product platforms.

YouTube TV may drop 14 NBC Universal channels over a contract dispute
YouTube TV may drop 14 NBC Universal channels over a contract dispute

NBC Universal has warned YouTube TV subscribers that 14 of its channels may be removed if the two parties can't resolve a dispute.

Swedish EV-maker Polestar reportedly preparing to go SPAC at $21B valuation
Swedish EV-maker Polestar reportedly preparing to go SPAC at $21B valuation

Swedish electric vehicle maker Polestar is reportedly preparing to go public via special purpose acquisition with Gores Guggenheim Inc., reports the Wall Street Journal citing people familiar with the matter. The SPAC deal, which sources say could be reached by Monday, would value Polestar at $21 billion. Polestar falls under Volvo Car Group's electric performance brand, but both Polestar and Volvo are owned by Chinese car maker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. Existing investors, including actor Leonardo DiCaprio, will receive an additional $250 million investment as part of the SPAC deal, sources say.

China power crunch spreads, shutting factories and dimming growth outlook
China power crunch spreads, shutting factories and dimming growth outlook

Widening power shortages in China have halted production at numerous factories including many supplying Apple and Tesla, while some shops in the northeast...

Some Apple, Tesla suppliers suspend production in China amid power pinch
Some Apple, Tesla suppliers suspend production in China amid power pinch

Two major Taiwanese chipmakers, however, said their China facilities are operating as normal. The development comes as tight coal supplies in China and...

Signal, the encrypted messaging app, is currently down for many users (Update: it
Signal, the encrypted messaging app, is currently down for many users (Update: it's back)

Update 2: Signal is now back up for "99% of users," according to its Twitter account. Update: In a tweet, Signal said the disruption is due to a hosting outage. Signal is currently down, due to a hosting outage affecting parts of our service.

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London's Dice raises $122M at a $400M valuation for its intelligent event discovery and booking platform

In the latest development, Dice -- a London company that has built a platform to help people discover and attend live events that might be of interest to them -- has raised $122 million, a funding round that sources tell us values the company at $400 million.

Get a Little Closer Now: Nikon Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S First Impressions
Get a Little Closer Now: Nikon Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S First Impressions

I have to admit, I like the performance of the new Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S a little more than what the F-Mount VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED version offers. I immediately noticed the difference in weight when I first held the two lenses together (22.3 oz / 630 g vs 25.4 oz / 720 g). The other key factor is the absolute lack of chromatic aberration, especially purple fringing. This issue was prevalent in images taken on my 105 macro AF-S lens, and it was a constant headache for me to edi

Aspire raises $158M Series B to build a full-stack "financial operating system" for Southeast Asian businesses
Aspire raises $158M Series B to build a full-stack "financial operating system" for Southeast Asian businesses

Aspire, the Singapore-based neobank that wants to become an "end-to-end financial operating system" for Southeast Asian businesses, is moving closer to its aspirations with a $158 million Series B. The round consisted of $58 million in equity and $100 million in debt, and was led by an undisclosed global fintech-focused growth equity investor, with participation from DST Global Partners, CE Innovation Fund, B Capital Partners and returning investors MassMutual Ventures, Picus Capital, AFG and Hummingbird Ventures. Aspire was founded in 2018 to provide working capital loans for small- to medium-sized businesses, but soon after its founding, it began taking a multi-product strategy. Its...

Top Netflix Hit
Top Netflix Hit 'Squid Game' Sends Korean Media Stocks Surging

(Bloomberg) -- The latest smash hit from the Korean entertainment world "Squid Game" is also proving popular with investors, who have been snapping up shares...

Apple CEO Tim Cook Buys Lavish Estate in La Quinta
Apple CEO Tim Cook Buys Lavish Estate in La Quinta's Madison Club

This deal actually closed a very long time ago, back near the dawn of time. (Two years ago, to be more precise, long before COVID-19 had entered the general ...

Oppenheimer Says There
Oppenheimer Says There's Room for Over 50% Gains in These 3 Stocks

There is an old Chinese curse that says "May he live in interesting times." Like it or not, we live in interesting times. COVID is receding but not gone, and while markets have rebounded well from the crisis (the S&P 500 is up 19% so far this year), the general economy is showing some worrisome signs. Jobs creation slowed in August, and employers reported over 11 million unfilled positions - but unemployment, while ticking down, remains above 5%. More ominously, in an indication that supply chai

Why Is the Leica M6 so Popular? Is It Overhyped?
Why Is the Leica M6 so Popular? Is It Overhyped?

Speaking personally as an owner of one, you'll take my Leica M6 from my cold, dead hands. And even then, you'll need to have a boss fight with my ghost for it. The Leica M6 is a fantastic camera that lots of photographers love. It's incredibly popular among film shooters. A few years ago, photographers would've said that the Leica M4-P would've been Leica's most popular camera ever. But arguably speaking, the Leica M6 is that much better. I've owned one for years now. Is it the perfect Leica M c

Hubble telescope helps find six
Hubble telescope helps find six 'dead' galaxies from the early universe

The Hubble telescope and ALMA have found six 'dead' early galaxies that stopped forming stars unusually quickly.

SEC Punts on
SEC Punts on 'Unreasonable' Rule That Surprised Bond Traders

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is giving bond markets at least three more months to prepare for a rule revision that industry insiders say would upend trading for some debt securities.Most Read from BloombergHow Los Angeles Became the City of DingbatsSchool Reopenings Falter as U.S. Kids Near 1 Million Covid CasesThe Rise of the Pandemic DashboardA Jewish Tradition Makes Room for Unconventional DesignBerlin Referendum Could Determine the Future of the City's HousingTh

New iPad mini owners report
New iPad mini owners report 'jelly scrolling' problems

Some iPad mini buyers report the new tablet has 'jelly scrolling' problems, but it's not clear what the cause might be.

Germans vote to elect new chancellor
Germans vote to elect new chancellor

German voters are choosing a new parliament in an election that will mark the end of Chancellor Angela Merkel's leadership after 16 years in power. CBS News ...

Samsung hopes to
Samsung hopes to 'copy and paste' the brain to 3D chip networks

Samsung says it has developed an approach that would 'copy and paste' a brain's neuron map to 3D chip networks - if and when the technology is ready.

Tesla drivers can now request Full Self Driving beta tests
Tesla drivers can now request Full Self Driving beta tests

Tesla has enabled a button that lets you request Full Self Driving betas, although you'll have to show that you're a good driver before you get access.

How to Stop Being Bored with a Standard 50mm Lens
How to Stop Being Bored with a Standard 50mm Lens

The 50mm lens falls into one of two camps. Some photographers subscribe to it they're going to church. They listen to its every word and receive joy similar to being with a passionate community. Other photographers think the 50mm lens is also like church. But instead, they're the folks who end up sleeping during the sermon until someone gently lets them know that they're snoring. Those people will keep a 50mm lens around just because they might need one. And in the past few years, I've found way

iPhone 14 is reportedly a
iPhone 14 is reportedly a 'complete redesign'

Apple's iPhone 14 will supposedly be a 'complete redesign' - the first in five years.

Facebook
Facebook's wearable glasses can succeed where Google Glass flopped

Facebook recently announced its highly anticipated wearable sunglasses that can record video from a user's perspective. Despite many of our legitimately squeamish reactions to this new product, one of Facebook's decisions in this launch is likely to make it a success where Google Glass failed. Taking a page from the business school curriculum, Facebook leveraged an effectual approach to its launch by partnering with Ray-Ban -- a lesson all new product managers would do well to remember.

WSJ Opinion: John Durham Issues an Important Indictment
WSJ Opinion: John Durham Issues an Important Indictment

Journal Editorial Report: The origins of the Russian conspiracy story are becoming clearer. Images: Getty Images/AP Composite: Mark Kelly

UPDATE 3-Pelosi says U.S. infrastructure bill will pass, eyes smaller social spending bill
UPDATE 3-Pelosi says U.S. infrastructure bill will pass, eyes smaller social spending bill

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed confidence on Sunday that the $1 trillion infrastructure bill will pass this week but sounded...

Apple
Apple's 2021 iPad drops to $299 at Amazon

Apple's 2021 iPad is down to $299 at Amazon, making the entry-level tablet a significantly better deal.

Why Inflation
Why Inflation's 6% Cost-of-Living Increase to Social Security Could Be a Double-Edged Sword

Social Security benefits are getting a boost for 2022, potentially the biggest bump in the last 40 years. While the annual increase could be as high as 6.2% ...

Should You Prepare For a Housing Market Crash in 2021?
Should You Prepare For a Housing Market Crash in 2021?

Will there be a housing market crash in 2021? A majority of experts think not. "People are saying we're in a housing bubble, but I don't think the term...

Is the Canon 85mm F1.2 FD SSC Aspherical Worth $23,000?
Is the Canon 85mm F1.2 FD SSC Aspherical Worth $23,000?

I don't know a single photographer wouldn't go crazy for an 85mm f1.2 lens. But some just seem really, incredibly expensive. And that's what's making us scratch our heads about this Canon 85mm f1.2 FD SSC Aspherical lens. Various reviews and folks online say that it's one of the best lenses ever made. Of course, Canon lens users have always loved their f1.2 lenses. It's part of what makes the system so special. But can a lens really be worth nearly $23,000 and have so much variation?

Energy & Precious Metals - Weekly Review and Calendar Ahead

Regardless of how high energy prices go over the next three months, what's important to note is that inflation isn't going to get any better for America or, for that matter, any part of the world. Barring need, if the premise of demand is that one would only be able to pay what one could afford, then demand destruction is likely to set in if oil and natural gas prices keep rising and rising. Of course, it can be argued that without gas or oil to heat homes during an intense winter storm like this year's Texas Blitz, people will die.

This Is the Last Week for These Olympus Camera Deals
This Is the Last Week for These Olympus Camera Deals

Act soon! If you've ever wanted the Olympus OMD EM1 Mk III this is the time to get it. Rebates are currently in place with lots of camera manufacturers. And we found some of the best. There are lots of offerings available from Olympus until October 3rd. Some of our favorites? Well, you can grab the Olympus OMD EM1 Mk III and then also pick up the 17mm f1.2 PRO lens. Together, you'll have tons of documentary and candid potential. That lens is basically a 34mm equivalent at f2.4 depth of field. Es

6 Photographers Show us Their Beautiful, Heartwarming Photography
6 Photographers Show us Their Beautiful, Heartwarming Photography

Some photographers aim to challenge societal views. Others like to make bold statements with their images. Not all photography is pretty, and not all of it will make you feel good. There's an important space for the type of work. But we're not visiting that space today. Instead, we're here for the feel-good and the heartwarming photography. The six photographers below will give us everything we need to wear a smile on our faces.

Nintendo is releasing a six-button Genesis controller for Switch, but only in Japan
Nintendo is releasing a six-button Genesis controller for Switch, but only in Japan

Nintendo fans in Japan will be able to buy Genesis controllers for the Switch with six buttons instead of three.

China
China's Power Crunch Is Next Economic Shock Beyond Evergrande

(Bloomberg) -- China may be diving head first into a power supply shock that could hit Asia's largest economy hard just as the Evergrande crisis sends shockwaves through its financial system. Most Read from BloombergHow Los Angeles Became the City of DingbatsSchool Reopenings Falter as U.S. Kids Near 1 Million Covid CasesA Jewish Tradition Makes Room for Unconventional DesignThe Rise of the Pandemic DashboardBerlin Referendum Could Determine the Future of the City's HousingThe crackdown on power

NASA
NASA's AR graphic novel is meant to recruit a new wave of astronauts

NASA has released an augmented reality graphic novel that could help recruit more astronauts... and teach you a few things in the process.

Netflix
Netflix's 'The Witcher' plans include season 3 and a kids' series

Netflix has confirmed more plans for 'The Witcher,' including a third season as well as a more family-friendly series.

Netflix
Netflix's 'League of Legends' series debuts November 6th

Netflix has confirmed that its 'League of Legends' animated series 'Arcane' will premiere November 6th.

Twitter promises better quality for new video uploads
Twitter promises better quality for new video uploads

Twitter says your new video uploads will appear less pixelated and have better quality.

'The Sandman' teaser shows the capture of Morpheus

Netflix has shared a teaser for 'The Sandman' that shows the imprisonment of Morpheus.

Amazon says James Bond movies will still be released in theaters
Amazon says James Bond movies will still be released in theaters

Amazon has told producers James bond movies will still be released in theaters after the MGM deal.

'Stranger Things' season 4 teaser offers a peek at a haunted house

Netflix has shared a 'Stranger Things' season 4 teaser hinting that our young heroes will explore a haunted house.

ICYMI: Everything you need to know about the iPhone 13
ICYMI: Everything you need to know about the iPhone 13

Engadget's tech reviews this week include the iPhone 13 lineup, the Apple iPad mini and the new Dell XPS 15 with an OLED display.

How To Clean Camera Lenses. Over 15 Experts Give Feedback
How To Clean Camera Lenses. Over 15 Experts Give Feedback

Recently, I saw an incredibly heartbreaking post on a Facebook group about cleaning a vintage camera lens with Hydrogen Peroxide. The photographer wanted to get rid of fungus on the lens. But instead, they ended up destroying the optics. They cited watching photographers on YouTube say that this is the thing to do. And unfortunately, that's the problem. Lots of photographers on YouTube aren't experts. If you wanted official information on something more pressing, it's often best to check out .ed


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