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Thomas Ricker

Thomas Ricker

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Thomas' first gadget memory was typing 7734 into his father's inverted, HP-35 scientific calculator. Clearly fated to tech blogging, he would have to wait another 20 years before the rise of the medium. A degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering led Thomas to Silicon Valley just prior to the dot-com boom. In June of 2011, Thomas wrote his 1,362,258th word for Engadget, leaving to help launch The Verge.

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Massive leak posted to GitHub reveals coordinated Chinese hacking scheme.

Here’s how The Washington Post describes the trove of documents deemed authentic by cybersecurity experts:

The cache — containing more than 570 files, images and chat logs — offers an unprecedented look inside the operations of one of the firms that Chinese government agencies hire for on-demand, mass data-collecting operations.

Worth a read in full to understand what Google, Microsoft, and Apple are up against as state-sponsored hackers seize upon vulnerabilities to grow their businesses.


Apple dominates top 10 best-selling smartphone list.

We already know that?Apple dethroned Samsung?by selling the most phones globally in 2023, now we can see the model mix according to data compiled by Counterpoint Research. Samsung’s lucrative flagship phones were a no-show on the list, with only mid-range devices taking up the bottom three positions.


Tern’s new Orox is a cargo e-bike for adventurers.

I don’t know who these people are but I respect their get-out-of-Dodge attitude, loading up their lives on top of a Bosch Performance Line CX?motor, massive 29 x 3-inch tires, and dual-800Wh batteries for 186 mile (300km) of escapism. Pricing starts at $6,499 / €6,799 / ?5,900.


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Samsung’s Galaxy Ring could arrive in July.

That’s according to?Etnews, which claims that the recently teased wearable will be available in eight sizes and is expected to track sleep and health via blood flow and ECG functions, support wireless payments, and act as a remote control for some devices.

Late July is when Samsung held its?last summer Unpacked event, but we’re still hoping for a stealthy glimpse at MWC in the week ahead.


Typo sends Lyft stock on wild ride.

An extra zero mistakenly added to a closely watched profit margin metric sent the stock soaring over 60 percent before the CFO later corrected things. The stock is still up over 15 percent after the company forecasted better-than expected bookings and a path to profitability.


Up up and away.
Up up and away.
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Super Bowl was “most-watched telecast in history.”

With 123.4M average viewers across Univision, Paramount Plus, Nickelodeon, and CBS (where 120M watched), Super Bowl LVIII was the most watched television broadcast in history, according to CBS Sports.

However, the Apollo moon landing drew an estimated 125M to 150M US viewers at a time when the population was slightly more than 200M people, according to the FT, and the 2022 FIFA World Cup final drew about?1.5?billion?viewers globally.


Storm leaves over 800,000 Californians without power.

Severe wind and rain left more than?870,000 customers without power on Sunday evening according to data compiled by?poweroutage.us, and remains at over 610,000 as Monday dawns.

It’s no wonder people who can afford them are increasingly purchasing battery-based home backup solutions from?Tesla,?EcoFlow,?Anker, and?others, or picking up and moving to?energy independent communities. The aging electrical grid simply 肠补苍’迟 keep up with the rise in extreme weather.


Over 610,000 people still without power.
Over 610,000 people still without power.
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