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CNET's Sophia Fox-Sowell discusses top technology news stories in a short and digestible format.


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    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 0:10

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    Marvel Hit 'Doctor Strange 2' Passes Half a Billion at the Box Office

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 2:33

    In today's top stories, Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen lead Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness​ to the second biggest box office smash of the pandemic era. In other news, a new report says 1.5 million apps on Google and Apple's app stores haven't been updated in two years and could face repercussions.

    Facebook and Instagram Turn Off AR Filters In Texas and Illinois

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 4:59

    In today's top stories, Meta has turned off augmented reality filters for Facebook and Instagram in Texas and Illinois due to facial recognition and privacy laws in those states. In other news, Disney Plus grew to 137.7 million subscribers as of April 2, coming on the heels of Netflix's first reported subscriber loss in years.

    Apple May Bring USB-C to the iPhone in 2023, Analyst Predicts

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 3:35

    In today's top stories, Apple could ditch its signature Lightning port on the iPhone 15 in 2023, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts and Netflix could roll out an ad-supported tier by the end of the year.

    Apple Bids Farewell To the iPod Touch

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 8:22

    In today's top stories, Apple announced Tuesday that the iPod Touch, released in 2007, will no longer be available after all its supplies run out. In other news, Amazon recently fired workers and managers at a Staten Island warehouse that voted to unionize -- dismissals that come as a labor regulator found merit in allegations the e-commerce giant's anti-union tactics broke the law.

    Instagram Begins Testing NFTs This Week

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 3:34

    In today's top stories, Instagram's foray into NFTs begins this week and NASA's Ingenuity helicopter temporarily lost contact with the Perseverance rover as the Martian winter looms.

    Disney Parks' MagicBand Plus Brings Star Wars Bounty Hunts to Galaxy's Edge

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 5:45

    In today's top stories, you'll be able to interact with Florida's Walt Disney World in a whole new way this summer and Duolingo is rolling out a revamped version to iOS users this month..

    Canada Proposes Space Law to Punish Crimes Committed on Moon

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 3:49

    In today's top stories, Canadian astronauts won't be exempt from their country's laws while on the moon and Google is scaling back performance reviews to once a year, following criticism from employees.

    Elon Musk Hints at Twitter Adding Fees

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 4:04

    In today's top stories, Twitter is currently free to use for individuals, governments and companies, but incoming new owner Elon Musk has now hinted at change. In other news, an asteroid rumored to hit Earth will, in fact, sail right by us.

    India Orders VPN Companies to Collect and Hand Over User Data

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 5:51

    In today's top stories, a new government order will force virtual private networks in India to store user data for five years or longer. In other news, Avatar 2's trailer is showing before Marvel's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but isn't available online yet.

    Meta Set to Release Four New VR Headsets by 2024, report says

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 3:02

    In today's top stories, Meta, the parent company of Facebook, plans to release four more VR headsets between now and 2024, according to a report Monday from The Information. In other news, The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that owns Wikipedia, said it will no longer accept cryptocurrency as a means of donating.

    Apple Watch Video Calling Is Coming to Wristcam

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 3:53

    In today's top stories, Wristcam, an Apple Watch Accessory Wristband Camera, Is Adding a Video Calling Feature. In other news, Snapchat creators will soon have a host of new camera and video editing tools at their fingertips with Director Mode.

    Amazon Records A Loss As Online Shopping Slows

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 5:26

    In today's top stories, Amazon's profits fell during the first quarter of 2022 in the wake of increasing costs and Netflix laid off workers at its Tudum fan website Thursday, a culling that comes less than five months after the streaming service launched the site.

    Snap's New Drone Pixy Will Take Photos and Videos From the Air

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 6:02

    In today's top stories, Snapchat has a new way for people to capture photos and videos: a flying camera drone called Pixy that fits in the palm of your hand. In other news, a fresh look at fossils uncovered decades ago is helping to fill out paleontologists' understanding of massive ocean-dwelling animals that thrived over 200 million years ago.

    Judge Denies Elon Musk's Bid to End 2018 Settlement With SEC

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 3:06

    In today's top stories, a federal judge denied Elon Musk's request to undo part of his 2018 settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission that required oversight of some of his social media posts about Tesla. In other news, a trademark filing confirmed that the Google smartwatch will be the Pixel Watch.

    Nike's NFT Sneakers for the Metaverse Are Selling for $8K

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 6:02

    In today's top stories, Nike bought virtual sneaker designer RTFKT in December. Now over $10 million has been spent on its Dunk Genesis Cryptokicks. In other news, researchers found male spiders that catapult away to escape sexual cannibalism.

    Elon Musk and Twitter Have a Deal

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 3:52

    In today's top stories, following lots of speculation and suspense, Twitter has accepted Tesla Chief Elon Musk's bid to buy the social media giant for $44 billion. In other news, Apple sent out warnings to developers recently, asking them to update their App Store apps or risk having them removed in the next month.

    Elon Musk Promises Tesla Robotaxi Will Be Ready in 2024

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 2:59

    In today's top stories, Elon Musk vowed to deliver on his promise of a Tesla robotaxi by 2024 and Amazon revealed a new way that Prime members in US will be able to take advantage of fast shipping and free returns, even beyond the retail giant's own site.

    The Sun Just Unleashed the Strongest Solar Flare in Nearly Five Years

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 6:05

    In today's top stories, the sun unleashed a powerful side flare - a possible signal of what's to come in the 2020s. In other news, NASA projects 2030 for when the first Martian steps will be taken and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently tweeted a simple "2029" to signal his more optimistic outlook.

    Elon Musk Explores Wall Street Financing for Twitter Bid, Report Says

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 3:22

    In today's top stories, The Tesla and SpaceX CEO has reportedly been meeting with multiple firms in search of financing Twitter bid and Netflix loses 200,000, citing password-sharing as a contributing factor.

    NASA 'Holoported' a Doctor Onto the International Space Station

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 8:30

    In today's top stories, In October, NASA used holoportation to bring NASA flight surgeon Dr. Josef Schmid onto the International Space Station while he was safely planted on our planet. In other news, researchers at Stanford modified commercially available solar panels to generate a small amount of electricity at night.

    Elon Musk's offer to buy Twitter has grabbed the attention of private equity firms.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 3:22

    In today's top stories, Twitter has another potential suitor as it mulls whether to accept Elon Musk's offer to buy the company. In other news, Three Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Intuit CEO Sasan K. Goodarzi on Monday seeking answers about its TurboTax software and business practices.

    Peloton Will Lower Bike Prices, Raise Subscriptions

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 3:28

    In today's top stories, Peloton's subscription price is going up for the first time in eight years and YouTube will stream 15 MLB games during the 2022 season.

    Google to Invest $9.5 Billion in US Offices and Data Centers in 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 8:12

    In today's top stories, Google says it's important to invest in office, even as it embraces hybrid work and a child advocacy group says pro-eating disorder content could be reaching 20 million Instagram users.

    Twitter Shareholder Sues Elon Musk Over Share Acquisition

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 3:34

    In today's top stories, a Twitter shareholder files a lawsuit against Elon Musk and a study found Amazon workers were injured twice as much as other warehouse workers last year.

    Tesla Opens Up Roadster Reservations, Requires a $50,000 Deposit

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 2:33

    In today's top stories, Tesla reopened its Roadster reservations page once again, and you can give the company $5,000 of your hard-earned dollars via credit card to get a spot on the Roadster waiting list. In other news, Etsy sellers are criticizing the company for increasing fees that they must pay with each sale.

    Elon Musk Isn't Joining Twitter's Board After All

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 3:32

    In today's top stories, Elon Musk won't join Twitter's board of directors and NASA will test out SpinLaunch, a company specializing in slingshotting payloads to space as an alternative to conventional rockets for reaching beyond Earth's atmosphere

    Disney World Unveils Affordable Housing Project in Florida

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 3:17

    In today's top stories, Disney has set aside 80 acres to build an affordable housing community would include 1,300 units. In other news, Mario Golf is the next N64 title coming to the Nintendo Switch Online plus Expansion Pack service.

    Hubble Spots Face-Melting Hot Weather on 'Bloated Jupiter-Sized Worlds'

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 4:23

    In today's top stories, scientists have spotted exoplanets so hot, they vaporize metals and the number of new spider species has now reached 50,000.

    Twitter Has Finally Announced an Edit Feature

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 2:25

    In today's top stories, Twitter finally announced an Edit feature and Uber has struck a deal with local taxi companies in San Francisco allowing taxis to pick up Uber customers.

    Apple WWDC 2022: Looks Like iOS 16 Will Be Revealed June 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 5:32

    In today's top stories, Apple's developer conference has been held entirely online over the past two years. Apple will stick with that again this year. In other news, scientists used data from NASA's Perseverance Rover to calculate the speed of sound on Mars and describe the soundscape on the red planet.

    Elon Musk Takes 9.2% Stake in Twitter

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 5:23

    In today's top stories, Elon Musk took a 9.2% stake in Twitter, worth about $2.89 billion, making him the company largest stakeholder. In other news, The State Department on Monday launched a new cybersecurity bureau in an effort to make digital security a part of US foreign policy.

    E3 2022 Has Been Canceled

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 3:31

    In today's top stories, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, won't take place this June. This year's event was to be digital-only again, like the previous two years, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In other news, Samsung is launching a program to send out parts, tools and step-by-step guides for Samsung device owners to repair their own phones and tablets.

    Blue Origin Completes Another Crewed Launch, Without Pete Davidson

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 4:19

    In today's top stories, Blue Origin successfully completed its fourth crewed flight to the edge of space and back on Thursday, rocketing six new civilian astronauts to experience weightlessness and a life-changing view over the course of a 10-minute flight. In more space news, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures an image of the Ingenuity Mars helicopter on Mars.

    FTC Sues Intuit Over 'Free' TurboTax Software

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 4:00

    In today's top stories, the FTC is suing Intuit over its TurboxTax software, alleging millions can't use the free program. In other news, some Verizon customers are getting spam texts from their own numbers, in which they're encouraged to click an obscure link to receive a gift.

    FDA Authorizes Second COVID Booster for Older Adults, Some Immunocompromised People

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 6:23

    In today's top stories, The US Food and Drug Administration authorized a second COVID-19 booster for adults age 50 and older, as well as a second booster for people 12 and up who are immunocompromised. In other news, PlayStation Plus will add Premium, Extra and Essential tiers in June, giving you access to a catalog of hundreds of games spanning from the original PlayStation to the PS5.

    Apple Wins Best Picture, Beating Netflix to Streaming's Most Elusive Oscar

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 4:55

    In today's top stories, Apple's film CODA won the Academy Award for best picture Sunday, beating powerhouse Netflix to become first streaming service to conquer Hollywood's most coveted film prize. In other news, SpaceX has ended production of new Crew Dragon capsules, the spacecrafts that transport astronauts back and forth from the International Space Station (ISS), according to a Reuters report Monday.

    Apple Plans Subscription Model for iPhone, Other Hardware Products, Report Says

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 4:01

    In today's top stories, Apple reportedly might implement a subscription model for future hardware products including iPhones. In other news, Electrify America wants to change the EV charging experience for the better

    Google Loosens Its Stranglehold on In-App Payments, Starting With Spotify

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 8:52

    In today's top stories, Google and Spotify struck a deal that allows subscribers to use the streaming service's payment system, a major break in the way app stores have run. In other news, Using a supercomputer, astrophysicists have been able to reconcile two of the major theories for the sun's 'coronal heating problem.'

    Apple Opens Digital Driver's License And State ID Program, Starting With Arizona

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 2:40

    In today's top stories, Apple opens its Digital Driver's License and State ID program and Moderna seeks FDA authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine for children under six.

    Okta CEO Confirms Data Breach Attempt

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 4:10

    In today's top stories, Okta, the authentication giant that provides identity services to more than 15,000 companies, suffered a data breach attempt in January, Okta CEO Todd McKinnon confirmed Tuesday. In other news, NASA JPL announced a cosmic milestone on Monday with the confirmed discovery of more than 5,000 exoplanets. A new batch of 65 planets located outside our solar system joined the NASA Exoplanet Archive.

    Apple Watch Series 3 Rumored to Be Discontinued This Year

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 2:43

    In today's top stories, after being on the market for nearly five years, the Apple Watch Series 3 is rumored to be discontinued later this year. In other news, NASA's Perseverance is heading to an enthralling river delta region on Mars and it's going at breakneck speed.

    Researchers May Have Discovered Origin of Floating Microplastics in Arctic Ocean

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 3:48

    In today's top stories, using models of ocean currents and simulations of floating microplastics, researchers sought to determine where the particles originated. In other news, Tile launched a new antistalking safety feature called Scan and Secure for its line of item trackers, the company announced Thursday.

    Kanye West Banned for a Day From Instagram Over Trevor Noah Post

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 3:38

    In today's top stories, after a barrage of social media attacks on ex-wife Kim Kardashian, her current partner Pete Davidson and now Daily Show host Trevor Noah, rapper and producer Kanye West has received a 24-hour ban from Instagram, according to representatives of the social network's parent company Meta. In other news, Netflix unveiled a new feature to crack down on people who don't live together using the same account. So if you've been sharing your Netflix password with all your friends and family, those days may be numbered.

    Apple Supplier Foxconn Partially Reopens Factories Hit by COVID-19 Lockdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 3:04

    In today's top stories, after pausing production on Monday due to a local spike in COVID-19 cases, Apple supplier Foxconn is partially reopening its two campuses in Shenzhen, China. In other news, US Senate has unanimously passed a bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent across the nation. The Sunshine Protection Act still has to face a vote in the House, but if it's eventually passed that would mean an end to changing the clocks twice a year.

    Samsung's One UI 4.1 Coming to More Galaxy Devices

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 3:17

    In today's top stories, Samsung is bringing its latest Galaxy technology to a wider range of devices starting with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. In other news, NASA is giving a shoutout to the 1970s through the use of its classic "worm" logo on the jumbo-sized Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft capsule for the Artemis I around-the-moon mission.

    Mask Mandate for Air Travel Now Expires April 18. What to Know

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 4:03

    In today's top stories, the Transportation Security Administration's mandate that requires people to wear masks in airports and while flying has been extended one month, to April 18. In other news, a Florida restaurant group has sued Google for allegedly prioritizing food delivery apps over directing users to an establishment's own website.

    Netflix Raises Prices in UK, Ireland

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 3:55

    In other news, Netflix is raising prices for all its streaming plans in the UK and Ireland for the second time in less than 18 months. In other news, Google introduced a swathe of new Android updates on Thursday. As well as paying for parking by using voice command and a whole bunch of Messages updates including iPhone-like reactions, Android also updated Google TV, Photos, Widgets, Gboard and Nearby Share.

    AWS Reporting Malware Targeting Aid Organizations in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 3:54

    In today's top stories, Amazon Web Services reported it has detected numerous instances of malware targeting charities, NGOs and other aid organizations providing relief to Ukraine. In some of the worst cases, the malware has targeted medical supply, food and clothing relief efforts, according to an AWS blog post. In other news, a team of scientists has found that ants can use their keen sense of smell to detect cancerous cells. Ants could be a less invasive, less expensive way of detecting cancer.

    Amazon Faces Potential Justice Department Investigation, Report Says

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 3:18

    In today's top stories, a bipartisan group of US lawmakers asked the Justice Department to investigate Amazon over a potentially criminal obstruction of Congress. In other news, a company that repairs ice cream machines is suing McDonald's for $900 million, alleging defamation and disparaging practices.

    Apple Announces a New $429 iPhone SE With 5G, A15 Bionic Chip

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 6:01

    In today's top stories, At its Peek Performance event, Apple introduces the latest version of its more affordable iPhone, a 5G iPad Air and the Mac Studio.

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