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Jon Fingas

The Mars Express orbiter finally gets a software update, 19 years later

Think your office computers are overdue for an update? They probably don’t compare to one of the European Space Agency’s best-known spacecraft. ESA is updating the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ioniospheric Sounding (MARSIS) software on its Mars Express orbiter 19 years after its launch in June 2003. For context, the original code was …

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Valentina Palladino

Apple’s second-generation AirPods drop to $100, plus the best Prime Day deals you can get now

We may be weeks away from Amazon Prime Day, but the first deals are already starting to roll in. If you need a new smart TV, Amazon has discounted a bunch of Fire TVs, and Prime members can pick up a 55-inch Omni Series for just $300. Elsewhere, Apple’s second-generation AirPods are back on sale …

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Jon Fingas

Twitch clarifies its self-harm policy

Twitch has tightened its content policies in recent months, and that now includes mentions of self-harm. The live-streaming service has updated its community guidelines to include examples of self-harming behavior it does not allow. The clarified policy aims to foster a “meaningful conversation” about mental and physical health while preventing further harm. Broadcasters can share …

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Meta’s latest auditory AIs promise a more immersive AR/VR experience

Jhe Metaverse, as Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg envisions, will be a fully immersive virtual experience that rivals the real thing, at least from the waist down. But the visuals are only part of the overall Metaverse experience. “Achieving the correct spatial audio is key to providing a realistic sense of presence in the metaverse,” Zuckerberg …

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Mariella Moon

Cruise begins charging fares for its driverless taxi service in San Francisco

GM Cruise has started charging passengers for fully driverless journeys in San Francisco. The company obtained a driverless deployment permit from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) earlier this month, making it the first in the industry to do so. This allows Cruise to charge for driverless safety-driving trips, though its vehicles are restricted to …

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The Morning After

The Morning After: A remastered version of the 1997 ‘Blade Runner’ game finally arrives

Yes, Juul e-cigarettes have been banned in the US, but we covered that yesterday. But what are vapes? Replicants and science fiction of the 80s? Maybe not, but anyway, Nightdive Studios has finally released Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition for Windows PCs (via Steam), PlayStation, Switch and Xbox consoles. The modernized version runs at 60fps instead …

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Steve Dent

SpaceX accuses Dish of ‘flawed’ analysis in ongoing battle over 5G spectrum

Dish’s plan to use 12 GHz radio spectrum for its 5G network could significantly affect the Starlink satellite internet network, SpaceX said in a letter to the FCC. “If Dish’s lobbying efforts are successful, our study shows that Starlink customers will experience harmful interference more than 77% of the time and total service outage 74% …

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