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A First Try of Apple’s $3,500 Vision Pro Headset
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A First Try of Apple’s $3,500 Vision Pro Headset

I got a sneak peek into Apple’s vision for the future of computing on Monday. For about half an hour, I wore the $3,500 Vision Pro, the company’s first high-tech goggles, which will be released next year.I walked away with mixed feelings, including a nagging sense of skepticism.On one hand, I was impressed with the quality of the headset, which Apple bills as the beginning of an era of “spatial computing,” where digital data blends with the physical world to unlock new capabilities. Imagine wearing a headset to assemble furniture while the instructions are digitally projected onto the parts, for instance, or cooking a meal while a recipe is displayed in the corner of your eye.Apple’s device had high-resolution video, intuitive controls and a comfortable fit, which felt superior to my exper...
Campbell Brown, Who Led Facebook News, Leaves Meta
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Campbell Brown, Who Led Facebook News, Leaves Meta

When Facebook was being battered in 2017 for distributing false and misleading news, the social network turned to Campbell Brown, a veteran journalist, to smooth over its relationships with the media.Six years later, Ms. Brown is departing the company, now known as Meta, as top executives have become less concerned about what the news media thinks about it.Ms. Brown, 54, a former TV anchor and education advocate who for years was Meta’s most prominent representative to the media industry, said in an internal announcement on Tuesday that she was stepping down later this year to pursue other opportunities. She will remain an adviser to the company, and her team will be folded into other teams focused on media and sports partnerships development.A spokesman for Meta declined to comment. Axios...
Reddit Communities Go Dark to Protest New App Policy
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Reddit Communities Go Dark to Protest New App Policy

The moderators of hundreds of Reddit forums, known as subreddits, closed off access to their groups on Monday to protest the company’s plan to charge for access to the data that outside developers need to run apps on the site.Many said the new pricing scheme could kill off some of the most popular third-party apps that many users rely on to browse and comment on the site. Others said the charges had sowed uncertainty about the tools that moderators use to manage discussions. An estimated 57 million people a day visit the platform.Reddit announced in April that it would begin to charge some large-scale users for access to its application programming interface, or A.P.I., the method through which outside entities can download and process the social network’s vast selection of memes, gifs, vi...
Tesla’s Sales Slip as It Readies Factories for New Models
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Tesla’s Sales Slip as It Readies Factories for New Models

Sales of Tesla electric cars slipped from July through September after the company paused production at some factories to upgrade assembly lines.The company delivered 435,000 vehicles worldwide in the third quarter, down from 466,000 in the second quarter. Wall Street analysts had expected the decline, which they attributed to production slowdowns as Tesla refitted factories in the United States and China.The decline “was caused by planned downtimes for factory upgrades,” Tesla said in a statement on Monday, adding that it still expects to deliver 1.8 million vehicles this year, up from 1.3 million in 2022.Still, the dip in sales may renew concerns that demand for Tesla cars is slackening even after the company cut prices. In China, Tesla is trying to fend off Chinese carmakers, like BYD a...
Watch Out for ‘Junk’ Fees When Booking Travel Online
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Watch Out for ‘Junk’ Fees When Booking Travel Online

Many of us are desperate to travel this summer after a pandemic stifled our plans for years. But travelers — and I’m sorry to be a killjoy — should beware: Those seemingly cheap plane tickets or hotel rooms advertised online may be a trap to make you spend more than anticipated.That’s because hotels and airlines, struggling to recoup their losses from the pandemic, are increasingly resorting to nickel-and-diming consumers with hidden charges, according to studies and travel experts. Regulators call these “junk fees.”You have probably encountered junk fees at least a few times in your travels. The extra charges can come in many forms, such as fees for resort amenities, checked luggage and seat selection, and they’re typically not disclosed upfront when you use an online search engine. They ...
Who’s Rooting Hardest for a Sam Bankman-Fried Conviction? The Crypto Industry.
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Who’s Rooting Hardest for a Sam Bankman-Fried Conviction? The Crypto Industry.

Travis Kling has spent a lot of time this year focusing on his mental, physical and spiritual health. That has been his coping mechanism since his cryptocurrency firm, Ikigai Asset Management, lost most of its assets from last year’s collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX, where he was a customer.Mr. Kling said he harbored no hatred for Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX’s founder. But as Mr. Bankman-Fried’s criminal fraud trial kicks off on Tuesday, Mr. Kling is eager to see the onetime crypto mogul — who is now viewed as its biggest villain — held accountable for his actions.“That will be cathartic for the crypto ecosystem,” Mr. Kling said.Eleven months after FTX’s implosion sent an already declining cryptocurrency market into a doom spiral, Mr. Bankman-Fried’s trial is set to reopen wounds tha...
Google Pixel Fold Review: Foldable Phones Are Improving
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Google Pixel Fold Review: Foldable Phones Are Improving

When I recently turned on Google’s new Pixel Fold smartphone and unfolded it as if it were a book, it transformed into a miniature tablet, similar to an iPad Mini or an Amazon Fire. Then something unexpected happened.For the next few hours, I found it difficult to put the device down, as if I were sucked into a great novel. The phone’s performance was smooth and fast, and the bigger screen made reading emails, watching videos and reading comic books more delightful than on a normal phone screen.I was surprised because I have been wary of foldable phones. The earliest models released by Samsung, Motorola and Huawei about four years ago had glaring flaws. They were thick and heavy, had durability issues and lacked software to take advantage of their novel hardware. But I immediately knew the...
Wearables Resurface at the Paris Shows of 3 Fashion Brands
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Wearables Resurface at the Paris Shows of 3 Fashion Brands

In 2014 Jony Ive, then the chief design officer of Apple, came to Paris Fashion Week with his Big New Product, the Apple Watch, to convince the fashion crowd that wearables were the future of fashion. That turned out to be not exactly true (at least style-wise), but it hasn’t stopped two former Apple designers, Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, from returning nine years later to try again.This time around, the product is the Ai Pin — a stand-alone smart assistant that attaches to clothing via a magnet and so can be worn pretty much wherever you want it — which made its runway debut on the jackets and pant pockets at Coperni. The brand’s founders and designers, Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant, have become known during fashion week for their technology-based stunts: spray-painting fa...
A Tech Checklist for the Dark Side of Summer Weather
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A Tech Checklist for the Dark Side of Summer Weather

Summer is in full swing now, but along with vacation trips, camp and lazy days, extreme weather has arrived for many parts of the country. If you live in an area that’s prone to such conditions, it helps to be ready. Here are some tips to help you use your tech through major meteorological moments — sometimes, even when power and cell service are shaky.Stay UpdatedGetting accurate local weather information helps you stay ahead of nearby threats like hurricanes, flash floods, tornadoes or wildfires. Setting up alerts on Apple’s default Weather app, the Google app or a specialized weather app keeps you notified. Bookmarking government web pages in your browser — like those for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Hurricane Center or the U.S. Air Quality Index — i...
11 Scientists Found a Room-Temperature Superconductor. Now 8 of Them Want a Retraction.
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11 Scientists Found a Room-Temperature Superconductor. Now 8 of Them Want a Retraction.

A team of 11 scientists reported in March in the journal Nature that they had discovered a room-temperature superconductor. Eight of those scientists have now asked Nature to retract their paper.That pits them against the man who led the research: Ranga P. Dias, a professor of mechanical engineering and physics at the University of Rochester in New York. In the past few years, Dr. Dias has made several extraordinary scientific claims, but he has also been embroiled in a series of allegations of scientific misconduct.The retraction request will add to the scrutiny of Dr. Dias and Unearthly Materials, a company that Dr. Dias founded to turn the superconductivity discoveries into commercial products. Unearthly Materials has raised $16.5 million from investors.It also raises questions about ho...