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Xiaomi’s back with another big photography-focused smartphone

The device, which has just launched in China, is Xiaomi’s latest smartphone to come with a big one-inch-type sensor and also features other photography tricks like an adjustable aperture and an optional camera grip accessory.

Nvidia’s finally replacing GeForce Experience with this all-in-one ‘Nvidia?app’

The?Nvidia?app beta is available to download starting today, and get this — logging in is optional.

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Krossplay is coming to Mortal Kombat 1.

That’s right, cross-platform kombat is coming to the NetherRealm Studios reboot of the classic fighting game.

Players can expect the feature in next week’s patch, and it will include support for PS5, Xbox, and PC, as announced by the game’s official account on X.


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Sam Altman owns a big chunk of Reddit.

A fun fact from Reddit’s IPO filing: Sam Altman owns more shares than CEO Steve Huffman! Reddit’s three largest shareholders in order are: Advance Publications (which owns Condé Nast), Tencent, and Altman.

The OpenAI CEO owns 8.7 percent of the stock versus Huffman’s 3.3 percent. He has more than double Huffman’s voting power, too.

While he isn’t a co-founder, Altman has been deeply involved in Reddit since basically the beginning. He quietly stepped off the board in 2022 as OpenAI was rising to prominence and Reddit was gearing up to go public. Now, he owns a big chunk of a company that really wants AI companies to pay for its data. Interesting times!


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Threads (tentatively) now lets you save drafts and take pictures from within the app.

Zuck says both features are in testing, and Meta just forwarded us the below:

Drafts:?allows you to save in-progress posts for future editing and posting.

Threads Camera:?opens your phone’s camera directly in the Threads composer, making it easier to share photos on Threads.

Today’s release of Draft and Camera are initial tests. Currently, you can save one draft post, and you can take one photo per post with the Threads Camera.

Correction, 7:34PM ET: Meta originally told us you could take videos too, but now says videos aren’t available yet. If you don’t see the options, it’s because “This is a global test with a limited number of people.”


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Intuitive Machines’ Odysseus lander is on the Moon.

After a stressful few minutes of waiting beyond the estimated 6:24PM ET touchdown, the mission director said, “...we can confirm, without a doubt, our equipment is on the surface of the Moon, and we are transmitting.”


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Apple is going to be stunned when it finds out how the Mac works.

The company put out a new statement today criticizing Spotify’s complaint to the EU about restrictions on its iOS app:

Fundamentally, their complaint is about trying to get limitless access to all of Apple’s tools without paying anything for the value Apple provides.

What kind of computing platform could possibly offer developers that kind of flexibility? Who would make such a thing?


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The Stadia controller is neither gone nor forgotten.

鲍产颈蝉辞蹿迟’蝉 Skull and Bones lets you switch onscreen button prompts to Google Stadia icons, CaliDrewVos has discovered. (Yes, the face buttons are mostly labeled the same as Xbox, but Stadia has L1/L2/R1/R2 instead of LB/LT/RB/RT.)

As 9to5Google notes, the game was originally slated to come to Stadia — and it’s not too late to rescue a Stadia controller by turning it into a Bluetooth gamepad! I used mine yesterday.


Stop what you’re doing and turn on this Twitch stream right now.

Daft Punk (y’know the French electronica duo with the really cool helmets) is streaming their anime movie Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem on their official Twitch channel right now.

If you’ve never seen it, it’s great. If you’ve seen it a million times, watch it again. Or if you really like Daft Punk’s Discovery album and wonder what it would look like as feature length animated movie, then oh boy have I got a treat for you.


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Is Google okay?

Just... this is a cry for help, right? Someone go over there and check on them.


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Gmail isn’t going anywhere.

You might’ve seen an image floating around on X that appears to show an email from Google about it “sunsetting” Gmail in August 2024. The email is a fake, and Gmail isn’t going away — unless you count the basic HTML view, which Google is actually getting rid of this year.


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The journalist who leaked Kanye West’s unaired Fox News rant has been arrested.

Tim Burke faces 14 federal charges in connection to an alleged hack on Fox News, which leaked unreleased portions of a Tucker Carlson interview where West went on an antisemitic rant. The indictment claims Burke and a co-conspirator used “compromised credentials” to “access and save protected commercial broadcast video streams,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Following an FBI raid on Burke’s home last year, his lawyers argued he accessed the video feed with no username or password required. “It’s not hacking, it’s just good investigative journalism,” Michael Maddux, Burke’s lawyer, told the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday.


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Federal agencies are investigating whether this morning’s AT&T outage was a cyberattack.

ABC News reports the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other federal agencies, are “urgently investigating” the nation-wide outage to determine if it really was a cyberattack, or a not-so-nefarious technical mishap.

Reuters also has notes from White House spokesperson John Kirby’s comments to reporters:

When asked if government communication was disrupted by AT&T outages, Kirby said: “There was some impact to Commerce (Department) but I don’t know the extent of that, I don’t think it was crippling.” He added that the FirstNet nationwide public safety network was hit but had been fully restored.

U.S. officials have been told that AT&T had no reason to think this was a cybersecurity incident, Kirby said.


My Android bot wears ski goggles (or Vision Pros), has overalls, is purple, and is uselessly cute.

Google’s Android mascot, “The Bot,” debuted during CES in December, and now the company lets people customize their own Bots for fun. 9to5Google points out dressing up The Bot harkens back to Androidify, the avatar maker released in 2011 but discontinued in 2020.

I made a purple Android Bot with ski goggles because I’m a sucker for character creators, but what exactly I’ll use it for, as an iPhone owner, I don’t know.


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Reminder: stop using this Ikea charger.

After issuing recalls in?Canada,?Spain, the?UK, and other countries last month, Ikea has recalled its ?skstorm 40W USB charger in the US. The charger’s cable is prone to breaking over time, which can pose burn and electric shock risks. You can return the charger to Ikea for a full refund, whether you have the receipt or not.


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The Verge’s 2023 in review

A look back at the big moments — and the best releases.

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Stability AI changes it up for Stable Diffusion 3.

VentureBeat reports that the next generation of Stability AI’s flagship AI image generation model will use a diffusion transformer framework similar to OpenAI’s Sora. Its current models rely on diffusion architecture alone.

The company said Stable Diffusion 3 — currently in previews — should be better at spelling (look closely at text in AI-generated images, and you know they don’t look right) and boost image quality.


Apple Watch ban: everything you need to know

Apple’s ability to sell the Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 in the US is in trouble due to a patent dispute — here’s all the latest news.

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You can watch TV on a CRT in the Vision Pro.

If you miss the kitchen TV, then this Television app for Apple’s headset has got your back. You’re able to watch videos (even spatial ones, if you like) on a whole bunch of different 3D models of TVs, from a portable CRT to a Samsung Frame lookalike.

I want to watch iCarly on a big bulky silver 2000s console.


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X has another AI porn problem.

This time it involves not Taylor Swift, but comedian Bobbi Althoff, who’s become a target for users chasing clout with nonconsensual faked nudes under X’s anemic moderation:

One of the most popular posts directing viewers to the video remained online after more than 30 hours. Another post, which promised to “send full Bobbi Althoff leaks to everyone who like and comment,” was online for 20 hours — X removed it after The Washington Post sought comment on the fakes. By the time it was removed, the video post had been viewed more than 5 million times.


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A nation of lurkers.

I’ve mused before on the correct number of posters and influencers vs lurkers required on text-based social networks — but refrained from commentary on video. (I don’t watch much.) Anyway this survey data suggests my theory applies there too: most people don’t post. That means posters are weird outliers who should be studied in a lab.

About half of TikTok’s users have never uploaded a video; a normal user hasn’t so much as updated their bio. Why, then, is TikTok successful? Posters.


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T-Mobile says we should stop looking at Down Detector.

The site, which tracks web service outages, is showing blips for Verizon and T-Mobile. Turns out... those are probably just from Verizon and T-Mobile customers trying to call AT&T users.

“We did not experience an outage,” T-Mobile writes.


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MKBHD just signed on to “start making actual products” with accessories brand Ridge.

We’re increasingly seeing YouTubers try their hand at product development. It’s a logical next step in expanding income beyond YouTube ad revenue, and now Marques Brownlee is joining the fray.

Today he announced that he’s joined the board at Ridge, an accessories company best known for wallets, and will also become the brand’s “chief creative partner.”


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Substack says it has a million more paid subscribers than last year.

There are now more than 3 million paid subscribers on Substack. It’s a bright spot for the company, which has lately been in the news for a Nazi problem — leading several big-name newsletters to decamp, including my former colleague Casey Newton’s Platformer.

The Axios story says nothing about Substack’s biggest problem: keeping its costs under control. (That’s kind of a pattern!)


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