Jeff Bezos pledges that Amazon will swiftly combat climate change

Jeff Bezos pledges that Amazon will swiftly combat climate change

Today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced a massive new commitment to fight climate change called The Climate Pledge. He says Amazon will work to drastically reduce its carbon emissions with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2040 — all part of an effort to avert some of the most catastrophic effects of climate change.…
Livestreaming platform Mixer adds ads, but it might be keeping the revenue for itself

Livestreaming platform Mixer adds ads, but it might be keeping the revenue for itself

Mixer, Microsoft’s answer to Twitch, has just rolled out its first ads, but it appears the only entity earning money from the ads will be Mixer itself. Some of the ads will show up on channels run by Microsoft itself — but other partnered channels, like Ninja’s, will now see ads appear in front of…
Google is releasing a USB-C Titan security key

Google is releasing a USB-C Titan security key

Last August, Google released its first two Titan security keys, which can be used as ultra secure methods of two-factor authentication for some online services over USB-A, NFC, or Bluetooth. Now, Google says it’s adding a new USB-C key to the lineup, which will be available tomorrow from the Google Store for $40. The USB-C…
Facebook spiked a legitimate fact check about abortion after Republicans complained

Facebook spiked a legitimate fact check about abortion after Republicans complained

In 2016, Facebook killed off a part of the service that highlighted trending news articles, following a hysterical overreaction to a Gizmodo piece that claimed, weakly, that the company was “routinely suppressing conservative news.” (It turns out that when human editors are told to pick the day’s most important stories, they tend to pick reported…
Bose is now visiting customers at home to figure out QC35II noise cancellation problems

Bose is now visiting customers at home to figure out QC35II noise cancellation problems

A few months ago, some owners of Bose’s Quiet Comfort 35 II noise-canceling headphones complained that recent firmware updates had degraded the effectiveness of that noise cancellation. Sounds that were once eliminated by Bose’s signature NC have been more audible after the update, and this drove some people to downgrade their firmware to restore performance.…
Google’s updated Nest Mini speaker might be able to hang on your wall

Google’s updated Nest Mini speaker might be able to hang on your wall

Google may soon release an updated version of its Home Mini smart speaker, and according to a Federal Communications Commission filing, it could bring a few improvements in tow. As reported by 9to5Google, the rough sketch of the next iteration — said to be renamed the Google Nest Mini — shows off a wall mount…
Reddit has broadened its anti-harassment rules and banned a major incel forum

Reddit has broadened its anti-harassment rules and banned a major incel forum

Reddit has revised its policies to make cracking down on abuse easier. An administrator posted the new rules earlier today, saying that the “narrowness” of the earlier policy had reduced its effectiveness. These new changes broaden the definition of threats, harassment, and bullying, and they allow bystanders (not just victims) to report violations of the…
Microsoft Windows 10X: what the heck is it?

Microsoft Windows 10X: what the heck is it?

For die-hard gadget lovers, Microsoft’s Surface event this week was something of a dream come true. The company resurrected its legendary dual-screen Courier concept as the Surface Neo, then it surprised the world by announcing a dual-screen Android phone. The company finally embraced the USB-C port on its new Surface Pro X, Surface Pro 7,…
tvOS 13’s small improvements make for a much better Apple TV experience

tvOS 13’s small improvements make for a much better Apple TV experience

Apple’s latest major software update for the Apple TV, tvOS 13, includes a fresh coat of paint for the home screen, introduces Xbox and PlayStation controller support for gaming, and adds a long-requested feature: multiuser personalization. As Apple focuses on its upcoming Apple TV Plus video subscription service, it’s not leaving behind the hardware that…
Mophie’s latest wireless charging pad isn’t afraid to stand on ceremony

Mophie’s latest wireless charging pad isn’t afraid to stand on ceremony

Mophie’s latest wireless charging stand can be folded down to allow you to also use it as a compact wireless charging pad. The accessory is available now directly from Mophie, and will be available soon from Apple’s stores. Although it will work with all Qi-enabled wireless charging devices, the pad is optimized for Apple’s phones.…