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Spotify officially releases first version of its Apple Watch app

Play that music loud — Spotify’s standalone Wear OS and Garmin Connect IQ apps debuted last month. Valentina Palladino – Nov 14, 2018 2:14 pm UTC Valentina PalladinoAfter rolling out wearables apps across other platforms over the past few weeks, Spotify just released the first iteration of its Apple Watch app. The watchOS app will…

Memristors built with 2-nanometer-thick parts

Tiny — A 9-bit crossbar array works great, but it uses platinum. John Timmer – Nov 14, 2018 11:45 am UTC When two blocks are set down on top of each other, they’re oriented so that they have nine intersections.Phase-change memory seems to offer the best of both worlds: the speed of current RAM with…

Man pleads guilty to swatting attack that led to death of Kansas man

Go and swat no more — Prosecutor: Tyler Barriss’ “disregard for the safety of other people was staggering.” Cyrus Farivar – Nov 14, 2018 12:55 am UTC Federal prosecutors in Kansas announced Tuesday that a 25-year-old Californian has admitted that he caused a Wichita man to be killed at the hands of local police during…

Russian space leader suggests engineers test spacecraft Stalin’s way

Redefining labor — “If the constructor survived, it was a good machine.” Eric Berger – Nov 13, 2018 3:02 pm UTC Enlarge / Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos, meets with company leaders at RSC Energia.RSC Energia/YouTubeDuring a meeting this weekend at RSC Energia, the prime contractor for Russia’s crewed spaceflight program, the discussion turned toward…

Apple’s T2 chip will block some third-party repairs of new devices

Judgment Day — If a certain diagnostic software isn’t present, your machine could be bricked. Valentina Palladino – Nov 13, 2018 12:35 pm UTC Samuel AxonSmall repair shops and tech enthusiasts who attempt to fix their new Apple devices may be taking a serious risk in doing so. According to a report from The Verge,…

A new “fuzzy Pikachu” debate headlines a trailer-filled Monday

I choose you, Ryan-chu — Promos range from incredibly revealing to incredibly vague—but we’re excited by each. Sam Machkovech – Nov 13, 2018 2:00 am UTC Coming May 11, 2019. A brief look at a more depressed Detective Pikachu. Only Detective Pikachu’s handler can understand his voice (Ryan Reynolds). Everyone else just hears a “Pika,…

Cats, beetles, other mummified animals found—along with a sealed door

Before there were cat memes, there were cat mummies — Two small, carved sarcophagi contained a six-legged surprise: mummified scarabs. Kiona N. Smith – Nov 12, 2018 11:19 pm UTC Archaeologists discovered dozens of mummified cats in seven previously undisturbed tombs in a 4,500-year-old pyramid complex near Saqqara, south of Cairo. The cats were found…

Keyboard and mouse controls finally hit Xbox One this week

101 buttons — Long-promised feature debuts Wednesday, first 15 supported titles announced. Kyle Orland – Nov 12, 2018 2:55 pm UTC Enlarge / Lap-based keyboard-and-mouse solutions like the Razer Turret will soon be fully compatible with the Xbox One.RazerIt has now been two years and four months since Microsoft’s Phil Spencer first told PCGames that…

Apple to replace unresponsive iPhone X touchscreens for free

A rare free service from Apple — A defective display component may render some touchscreens useless. Valentina Palladino – Nov 12, 2018 2:36 pm UTC Samuel AxonIf you’ve had problems with the touch responsiveness of your iPhone X’s display, you may be in luck. According to a support document, Apple identified a problem with some…

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