Monday, August 8

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Apple will settle butterfly keyboard lawsuit for $50 million
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Apple will settle butterfly keyboard lawsuit for $50 million

Apple has agreed to pay out $50 million to settle a class action lawsuit that said the company knew about flaws with the butterfly keyboard switches it built into several MacBook models (via Reuters). The keyboards, introduced with the 2015 MacBook, were notoriously unreliable; basically any sort of grime, crumb, or dust could make it so that a key stopped responding altogether or got stuck, resulting in embarrassing typos. Apple tried several fixes for the keyboards, but each new generation failed to fix the core issue, with computers impacted as recently as the 2019 MacBook Pros and Air. (A full list of the affected computers is included on the first page of the settlement, but it’s basically all of Apple’s laptops from 2015 to 2019.) The judge still has to approve the proposed set...
Samsung will give you up to $200 credit for placing a Galaxy Z Fold 4 or Z Flip 4 reservation
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Samsung will give you up to $200 credit for placing a Galaxy Z Fold 4 or Z Flip 4 reservation

Another Samsung Unpacked virtual event is right around the corner, now confirmed to take place on August 10th at 9AM ET / 6AM PT, and along with it are some incentives for the early, early birds. Samsung is offering customers in the US the chance to put in free, no-commitment reservations for its upcoming devices on its website now, well ahead of preorders — and even the devices’ announcement. Galaxy fans who reserve before the August 10th Unpacked will later receive varying tier-levels of store credit once the devices can be ordered, ranging from $30 to $200, toward Samsung’s next devices. As for what devices you’re signing up for? We can say with certainty that among the rumors, leaks, and Samsung’s own invite graphic, you can expect the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 phones to...
How to learn a language online
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How to learn a language online

Last year, I decided to start learning Korean. It was entirely on a whim — I don’t live in Korea and have no reason I’d ever need to go there. Nonetheless, it’s been an incredibly rewarding experience, and I’ve gotten to a point where I can speak, read, and write comfortably much faster than I ever thought I could. That’s entirely due to the wealth of apps and online services out there that I’ve been able to take advantage of. Without easy access to native speakers or in-person classes, much of my early journey involved scouring the internet for resources and trying every one I could find. Here, I’m going to briefly discuss my experience with each one and whether I’d recommend it for its price. It’s important that I make a few caveats here: While I am a language nerd, I am in no w...
Netflix subscriber count in the US and Canada dropped by 1.3 million over the last three months
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Netflix subscriber count in the US and Canada dropped by 1.3 million over the last three months

Netflix’s worldwide subscriber count is down 1 million, but it predicts it will grow again this quarter After Netflix reported losing subscribers for the first time in over a decade last quarter, the company’s Q2 earnings report revealed the number of worldwide subscribers dipped by 1 million, including a drop of 1.28 million in the US and Canada alone between the end of March and the end of June. That’s better than its projection of losing 2 million worldwide, but the subscriber shortfall in the US and Canada is double the 600,000 drop it reported for Q1. Netflix now reports it has 73.28 million paid subscribers in the US and Canada and 220.67 million worldwide. This comes nearly a week after Netflix announced a partnership with Microsoft on its cheaper ad-supported tier that it exp...
7 Amazing Ways Technology Is Changing Higher Education for the Better
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7 Amazing Ways Technology Is Changing Higher Education for the Better

As society has stepped decidedly into the digital age, there’s been a lot of debate about how technology is changing higher education. Some people believe there are benefits of technology in education, while others are concerned about tech’s impact on learning and motivation. Technology in higher education can be a major distraction or an incredibly helpful resource. Technology is only as good or as bad as what you do with it. In education, AI, coding, and media creation are tools that teachers can use to motivate their students and help them grasp new ideas. Keeping pace with everyday tech is important for modern students. Here are seven amazing ways technology is changing higher education for the better. 1. Channels Creativity Digital software gives students the tools they need t...
High-flying experiment: Do stem cells grow better in space?
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High-flying experiment: Do stem cells grow better in space?

Researcher Dhruv Sareen’s own stem cells are now orbiting the Earth. The mission? To test whether they’ll grow better in zero gravity. Scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are trying to find new ways to produce huge batches of a type of stem cell that can generate nearly any other type of cell in the body — and potentially be used to make treatments for many diseases. The cells arrived over the weekend at the International Space Station on a supply ship.“I don’t think I would be able to pay whatever it costs now” to take a private ride to space, Sareen said. “At least a part of me in cells can go up! “The experiment is the latest research project that involves shooting stem cells into space. Some, like this one, aim to overcome the terrestrial difficulty of mass prod...
NASA’s VIPER mission delayed to 2024, is designed to look for origin of water on Moon
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NASA’s VIPER mission delayed to 2024, is designed to look for origin of water on Moon

NASA has requested the Astrobotic and VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover) team to adjust VIPER’s delivery to the Moon’s South Pole from November 2023 to November 2024. VIPER is a rover that will return measurements that will provide insight into the origin and distribution of water on the Moon and help determine how future human space exploration missions can harvest the Moon’s resources. VIPER is part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, which allows the acquisition of lunar delivery services from American companies for payloads for the moon that advance science, exploration or commercial development capabilities. Through CLPS, NASA contracted Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic to deliver VIPER to the lunar surface on the company’s Griffin lander....
Asus ROG Strix XG16AHP-W review: A luxury portable monitor
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Asus ROG Strix XG16AHP-W review: A luxury portable monitor

For many people purchasing an iPhone that costs the bulk of their salary that month, or, saving up for a gaming laptop is common practice. What was a niche a few years ago is now more mainstream, and brands are doubling down on products that carry a premium price. Asus, of course, has played more in the affluent end of the market with its ROG brand. I like how Asus is taking risks with designs or at least creating a new segment that may not be mainstream yet, but has the cool factor to it. Its ROG Strix XG16AHP-W (the name sounds so uncool…uh) belongs to a genre of experimental devices that command a high price for something you really don’t know you want. It’s a portable monitor with more power and features you need…and a steep price that puts this device in a luxury category. But this...
“Everyone wants to look for a signal that goes beyond the standard physics model”: Scientist at Large Hadron Collider
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“Everyone wants to look for a signal that goes beyond the standard physics model”: Scientist at Large Hadron Collider

Nicola Neri, a senior member of the LHCb experiment, spoke to indianexpress.com about the Large Hadron Collider, the three new particles it discovered and why scientists are hoping it will yield discoveries that break the standard model of particle physics. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the biggest and most complex machine ever built by mankind, began operations again in April this year after nearly three years of maintenance and upgrades. After the particle accelerator began smashing together particles at an unprecedented energy level, CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) announced that the LHC has helped find three previously never-before-seen particles: a new kind of “pentaquark” and a pair of “tetraquarks,” which have never been observed before. Nicola Neri, a...
iPhone Wont Turn Off – Why and How to Fix it
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iPhone Wont Turn Off – Why and How to Fix it

Many would argue that the iPhone is better than the Android due to a secure ecosystem, good hardware, design, and more. However, minor and common problems, like the iPhone screen lagging or freezing and not turning off, can make the user experience feel compromised. For such an error, there can be multiple scenarios. Is your entire touchscreen frozen and unresponsive to the power button? Or is your touchscreen working just fine, but only the power button is not working? Or is your phone lagging and stops turning off only sometimes? Not only does this error make up for an uncomfortable experience, but the lengthy screen time can also be taxing on the battery health. To fix this, we’ve got a comprehensive article below on why your iPhone is not turning off, along with effective solu...