Robots will deliver food and drinks to George Mason University students

Robots will deliver food and drinks to George Mason University students

European startup Starship Technologies is bringing its six-wheeled delivery robots to a college campus in Virginia. The company announced Monday that George Mason University will allow students to use their meal plans to have select food and drink orders delivered by the robots. Starship says it’s providing George Mason with at least 25 robots, and orders from Blaze Pizza, Starbucks, and Dunkin’ will be available at the start. More will be added in the “coming…

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‘Flexgate’ might be Apple’s next MacBook Pro problem

‘Flexgate’ might be Apple’s next MacBook Pro problem

Apple might be in for another MacBook Pro hardware controversy. A report from iFixit highlights an issue with the laptop’s backlights failing, causing the lighting at the bottom of the screen to appear spotted and uneven. An enterprising user has already dubbed the problem “flexgate.” Flexgate is here The issue seems to arise because of a cable that is used to connect the MacBook’s display to a control board in the base of the computer,…

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Twitter is rolling out a new web interface, including an emoji button

Twitter is rolling out a new web interface, including an emoji button

Twitter has started to roll out a new interface for its web users that includes several key features, like a newly designed emoji button. The most important changes are tiny shortcuts to make tweeting easier. A large, dedicated button in the tweet box makes it easier to add an emoji, an updated trending section appears on the right-hand side of the page, and little aesthetic updates make it easier to see who’s involved in a…

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NASA is replacing one of the astronauts on Boeing’s first crewed flight to the space station

NASA is replacing one of the astronauts on Boeing’s first crewed flight to the space station

NASA is replacing one of the astronauts assigned to fly on the first crewed test launch of the CST-100 Starliner, a capsule being developed by Boeing to take passengers to the International Space Station. NASA announced today that astronaut Eric Boe will no longer be flying on the mission due to unspecified “medical reasons.” Instead, NASA astronaut E. Michael “Mike” Fincke will take Boe’s place. Boe was assigned to this flight in August of 2018,…

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Acer announces two new educational 12-inch Chromebooks

Acer announces two new educational 12-inch Chromebooks

Acer announced two 12-inch Chromebook devices today at the annual Bett conference for educators: the Chromebook 512 and the Chromebook Spin 512. Both feature 1366 x 912 resolution on 3:2 aspect ratio screens — a ratio which, according to Acer, falls between that of books and mobile media. Compared to the Chromebook 512 — which starts at $329.99 and is equipped with a dual-core Celeron N4000 chip — the Chromebook Spin 512, which starts at…

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The original Google Hangouts will start to disappear this October

The original Google Hangouts will start to disappear this October

In case you hadn’t heard, Google Hangouts is going away — and if you’ve been dreading the day you’ll have to replace it with the perhaps much nicer-looking Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, we’ve got some brand-new guidance from Google on when the switch will be happening. Namely, October to start. That’s when Google will start retiring the classic Hangouts app for its G Suite customers — aka companies that pay to use Google Apps…

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Netflix now lets you share what you’re binge-watching as an Instagram Story

Netflix now lets you share what you’re binge-watching as an Instagram Story

What if you want to update your Instagram Story but all you did this weekend was binge Netflix? You can now basically become an ad for your favorite show with a new integration that lets you post artwork from Netflix titles to your Instagram Story, as spotted by TechCrunch. The Netflix app will now allow you to share a show or movie’s artwork to your Instagram Story after tapping the “share” button. When other Netflix…

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Honor’s Watch Magic smartwatch debuts in Europe for €179

Honor’s Watch Magic smartwatch debuts in Europe for €179

Honor is launching its first smartwatch in Europe, to coincide with the launch of its hole-punch flagship phone, the Honor View 20. It’s not entirely a new watch: the Honor Watch Magic and Honor Watch Dream — seemingly the same watch, but the Dream features smaller band sizes and pastel colors — were released in Honor’s home country of China last year in October. Both sizes appear to sport 1.2-inch AMOLED touchscreens with 390 x…

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Supreme Court won’t hear a lawsuit over defamatory Yelp reviews

Supreme Court won’t hear a lawsuit over defamatory Yelp reviews

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a case regarding whether Yelp is culpable for removing defamatory reviews from its site, resolving a case that could have affected web platforms’ legal protections. Today’s list of Supreme Court orders denies a complaint brought by Dawn Hassell, an attorney who requested that Yelp take down false, negative reviews about her practice. This means that a California Supreme Court decision will stand, and Yelp isn’t liable for…

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The secret censorship holding back the sex toy industry

The secret censorship holding back the sex toy industry

Earlier this month, thousands of vendors exhibited at the tech trade show CES. But notably absent was the sex toy startup Lora DiCarlo, whose invitation to exhibit at the show was rescinded after CES changed its mind about awarding an Innovation Award to the company’s Osé vibrator. For some, the decision to revoke the award was a sign of pervasive sexism and a discomfort with female pleasure, particularly given CES’s long-standing tolerance of sex robots,…

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