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  1. Enlarge (credit: Getty Images / Apple / Benj Edwards) The recent launch of the Apple Vision Pro mixed-reality headset has inspired a number of social media stunts, including a viral video of someone wearing the headset while piloting a Tesla Cybertruck set to self-driving mode. On Monday, this prompted US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to issue a warning on social media, reports BBC and The New York Times. "Reminder—ALL advanced driver assistance systems available today require the human driver to be in control and fully engaged in the driving task at all times," Buttigieg wrote on the social media platform X. The Apple Vision Pro's mixed-reality features combine elements of stereoscopic VR with camera passthrough so users can see the world around them while they use the device. This has led to people experimenting with wearing the goggles while walking around in public and filming the results for TikTok and YouTube. Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments View the full article
  2. Enlarge / Gleyber Torres, Aaron Judge, and Didi Gregorius playing for the Yankees in 2019, when Yankees games were easier to track down. Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), and Fox plan to launch an app together this fall, the companies announced Tuesday. The unnamed app will unite the sports offerings of the three media conglomerates, including their reported 85 percent ownership of US sports rights. The app could simplify things for sports fans while signaling a bundled future for streaming services—which could ultimately prove good or bad for subscribers. The new app will give subscribers access to ESPN+ and various linear channels that show live sports, including ABC, Fox, TNT, TBS, truTV, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, FS1, FS2, SECN, ACCN, and BTN. The companies' announcement promised access to "thousands of events" through the app, including from the NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, and NHL, as well as PGA, Wimbledon, UFC, and Formula 1 events, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, the FIFA World Cup, and college sports. An anonymous person "familiar with the matter" told Variety that the app won't make original content. People will be able to bundle the sports app with Disney-owned streaming services Disney+ and Hulu, as well as with WBD's Max streaming app. The upcoming app will particularly target "those outside of the traditional pay TV bundle," the announcement said. Read 12 remaining paragraphs | Comments View the full article
  3. Boston Dynamics' Atlas research robot. [credit: Boston Dynamics ] The world's most advanced humanoid robot, Boston Dynamics' Atlas, is back, and it's moving some medium-weight car parts. While the robot has mastered a lot of bipedal tricks like walking, running, jumping, and even backflips, it's still in the early days of picking stuff up. When we last saw the robot, it had sprouted a set of rudimentary hand clamps and was using those to carry heavy objects like a toolbox, barbells, and a plank of wood. The new focus seems to be on "kinetically challenging" work—these things are heavy enough to mess with the robot's balance, so picking them up, carrying them, and putting them down requires all sorts of additional calculations and planning so the robot doesn't fall over. In the latest video, we're on to what looks like "phase 2" of picking stuff up—being more precise about it. The old clamp hands had a single pivot at the palm and seemed to just apply the maximum grip strength to anything the robot picked up. The most delicate thing Atlas picked up in the last video was a wooden plank, and it was absolutely destroying the wood. Atlas' new hands look a lot more gentle than The Clamps, with each sporting a set of three fingers with two joints. All the fingers share one big pivot point at the palm of the hand, and there's a knuckle joint halfway up the finger. The fingers are all very long and have 360 degrees of motion, so they can flex in both directions, which is probably effective but very creepy. Put two fingers on one side of an item and the "thumb" on the other, and Atlas can wrap its hands around objects instead of just crushing them. Sadly all we're getting is this blurry 1 minute video with no explanation as to what's going on. Atlas is picking up a set of car struts—an object with extremely complicated topography that weighs around 30 pounds—so there's a lot to calculate. Atlas does a heavy two-handed lift of a strut from a vertical position on a pallet, walks it over to a shelf, and carefully slides it into place. This is all in Boston Dynamics' lab, but it's close to repetitive factory or shipping work. Everything here seems designed to give the robot a manipulation challenge. The complicated shape of the strut means there are a million ways you could grip it incorrectly. The strut box has tall metal poles around it, so the robot needs to not bang the strut into the obstacle. The shelf is a tight fit, so the strut has to be placed on the edge of the shelf and slid into place, all while making sure the strut's many protrusions won't crash into the shelf. Read 2 remaining paragraphs | Comments View the full article
  4. Enlarge / The latest Huawei-designed Kirin processor was a 7-nanometer chip made for it by SMIC that appeared in the Mate 60 Pro smartphone in August. (credit: James Park/Bloomberg) China’s national chip champions expect to make next-generation smartphone processors as early as this year, despite US efforts to restrict their development of advanced technologies. The country’s biggest chipmaker, SMIC, has put together new semiconductor production lines in Shanghai, according to two people familiar with the move, to mass-produce the chips designed by technology giant Huawei. That plan supports Beijing’s goals of chip self-sufficiency, with President Joe Biden’s administration tightening export restrictions for advanced chipmaking equipment in October, citing national security concerns. The US has also been working with the Netherlands and Japan to block China’s access to the latest chip tools, such as machines from the Dutch maker ASML. Read 16 remaining paragraphs | Comments View the full article
  5. Enlarge / The Framework Laptop 16. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Specs at a glance: Framework Laptop 16 OS Windows 11 23H2 CPU AMD Ryzen 7 7940HS (8-cores) RAM 32GB DDR5-5600 (upgradeable) GPU AMD Radeon 780M (integrated)/AMD Radeon RX 7700S (dedicated) SSD 1TB Western Digital Black SN770 Battery 85 WHr Display 16-inch 2560x1600 165 Hz matte non-touchscreen Connectivity 6x recessed USB-C ports (2x USB 4, 4x USB 3.2) with customizable "Expansion Card" dongles Weight 4.63 pounds (2.1 kg) without GPU, 5.29 pounds (2.4 kg) with GPU Price as tested $2,499 pre-built, $2,421 DIY edition with no OS Now that the Framework Laptop 13 has been through three refresh cycles—including one that swapped from Intel's CPUs to AMD's within the exact same body—the company is setting its sights on something bigger. Today, we're taking an extended look at the first Framework Laptop 16, which wants to do for a workstation/gaming laptop what the Framework Laptop 13 did for thin-and-light ultraportables. In some ways, the people who use these kinds of systems need a Framework Laptop most of all; they're an even bigger investment than a thin-and-light laptop, and a single CPU, GPU, memory, or storage upgrade can extend the useful life of the system for years, just like upgrading a desktop. The Laptop 16 melds ideas from the original Framework Laptop with some all-new mechanisms for customizing the device's keyboard, adding and upgrading a dedicated GPU, and installing other modules. The result is a relatively bulky and heavy laptop compared to many of its non-upgradeable alternatives. And you'll need to trust that Framework delivers on its upgradeability promises somewhere down the line since the current options for upgrading and expanding the laptop are fairly limited. Read 52 remaining paragraphs | Comments View the full article
  6. Minaj responds to Megan’s “Hiss”View the full article
  7. Swifties, get ready for the big game in VegasView the full article
  8. Joni Mitchell will make her Grammys performance debut at the 2024 award show, which will take place next weekend on February 4. The Recording Academy announced today that Mitchell will join a performance crew that is expected to include U2 (live from the Sphere), Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Billy Joel (for the first time in 22 years), Olivia Rodrigo, and more. View the full article
  9. Nine-time Grammy winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient had never performed on Music's Biggest NightView the full article
  10. "This is a temporary action and done with an abundance of caution as we prioritize safety on this issue,” social media company saysView the full article
  11. Celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D has won a lawsuit over a Miles Davis tattoo that she inked a few years ago. In 2021, she was sued by photographer Jeffrey Sedlik, who claimed that the tattoo constituted a copyright infringement of an image he shot of Davis in 1989. The photo in question was used for a cover story in JAZZIZ magazine. View the full article
  12. Justin Timberlake was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend. He recently announced a new album called Everything I Thought I Was and shared its lead single “Seflish.” He performed that song on the show last night and he debuted a new one called “Sanctified” with Tobe Nwigwe — “Sanctified” was previewed in an ESPN commercial earlier this month. View the full article
  13. “It’s a really absurd number,” singer says of her 14 songs with 1 billion streams on Spotify, more than any other female artistView the full article
  14. Last week JPEGMAFIA stirred up a lot of controversy when he posted a photo of himself with Kanye West (who was donning a Burzum shirt). JPEGMAFIA has taken to social media to defend the meetup, saying there’s “nothing political about it.” View the full article
  15. Rising country singer performs "My First Rodeo," "I Got Time," and "If You Say So" for CBS Saturday MorningView the full article
  16. Rush drummer's obsession with sports cars of the Sixties the focus of his posthumous book, out May 7View the full article
  17. Earlier this week, Elbow announced their tenth album Audio Vertigo and shared “Lovers’ Leap.” On Friday, the UK group performed the song on The Graham Norton Show. View the full article
  18. The name Mike And The Moonpies started off as a joke, but it stuck for 17 years. Yesterday, the country band shared a statement announcing their name change to Silverada, explaining that Mike And The Moonpies “does not reflect who we are or the art we are creating currently.” View the full article
  19. Las Vegas concert also featured a rare performance of their 1987 B-side "The Sweetest Thing"View the full article
  20. "We haven't really figured out the next steps of how we're going to do this, but we're just all so excited," singer says of post-Coachella plansView the full article
  21. James Garfunkel on changing his name to "Art Jr.," being huge in Germany, and why he's hopeful that Simon and Garfunkel will tour again: "They are in touch. Things are going in a good direction"View the full article
  22. Happy The Smile album release day. View the full article
  23. Kelly Clarkson is on a U2 kick. Two weeks ago Clarkson sang “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” for her talk show’s recurring Kellyoke segment. Today she’s back with another classic from Bono and the boys. This time it’s “Mysterious Ways” from U2’s 1991 creative pinnacle Achtung Baby. Let ‘er rip, Kelly: View the full article
  24. In 2021, Ben Braunagel and Dylan Bender created Helko Spillovey, a North Dakota-based indie rock project whose name is a nod to Bender’s great-grandfather. With Braunagel on vocals and rhythm guitar and Bender on drums, the pair was later joined by Sky Froelich on lead guitar and Ansen Boehm on bass. Today, they’re sharing their debut EP I think of you too much. View the full article
  25. Well, that didn’t last long. In December, the pop-punky, new-wavey post-Y2K yelpers Hot Hot Heat released “Shock Me,” their first activity as a band since breaking up in 2016. Now, before taking the stage together or releasing any more music, the band has ended its reunion as abruptly as it began. View the full article
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