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Warner Bros. Plans ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ NFT Project (Exclusive)

Warner Bros. Plans ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ NFT Project (Exclusive)

BY ALEX WEPRIN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital #Technology The studio and partner Nifty's will sell 100,000 unique 'Matrix'-inspired avatars, and next month the buyers will be given the option to transform them by taking a "Red Pill." The Matrix universe is expanding to the blockchain, the latest example in a series of efforts by traditional Hollywood power players to break into the non-fungible token (NFT) space.  Later this month Warner Bros. will release non-fungible tokens inspired by The Matrixfranchise and the upcoming film The Matrix: Resurrections.  Unlike other NFT projects based on Hollywood intellectual property, the Matrix project is instead taking its inspiration from…
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No toilet for returning SpaceX crew, stuck using diapers

No toilet for returning SpaceX crew, stuck using diapers

By MARCIA DUNN, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #Lifestyle #Technology CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The astronauts who will depart the International Space Station as early as this weekend will be stuck using diapers on the way home because of their capsule’s broken toilet. NASA astronaut Megan McArthur described the situation Friday as “suboptimal" but manageable. “Spaceflight is full of lots of little challenges,” she said during a news conference from orbit. “This is just one more that we’ll encounter and take care of in our mission. So we’re not too worried about it." Mission managers could decide later Friday whether…
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Panasonic Will Power Future Teslas with Way Larger, Higher-Capacity Cylindrical Battery Cells

Panasonic Will Power Future Teslas with Way Larger, Higher-Capacity Cylindrical Battery Cells

BY CALEB MILLER | CarAndDriver.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Cars #Technology The Japanese battery maker revealed the 4680 battery that Tesla promises will allow for five times the storage capacity while being cheaper to build. Panasonic has debuted its 4680 cylindrical battery that was previewed at Tesla’s Battery Day event last year. The battery will purportedly store five times as much energy and cost half as much to build as the 2170 lithium-ion cells Tesla currently uses in the Model 3 and Y, which are also provided by Panasonic. Panasonic has also entered into an agreement to supply batteries for the Canoo Lifestyle Vehicle, product…
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Meta’s chief of Metaverse tells us what the future holds for the former Facebook

Meta’s chief of Metaverse tells us what the future holds for the former Facebook

Scott Stein | CNET.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Technology Vishal Shah, VP of Metaverse for Meta (formerly Facebook), talks to CNET about... well, the metaverse. Facebook was renamed as Meta this week, as part of a broad push to focus on the cross-device multiverse vision for social networking that Mark Zuckerberg has talked about for months. The name change, announced at the company's developer-focused Connect virtual conference, happened in the same week that a cache of internal documents pointed to Facebook's role in perpetuating hate speech, misinformation and other harmful content.  Meta hopes to find a future beyond the current moment, aiming to build solutions…
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‘Whoa whoa’: iPod’s inventor looks back on Apple’s ‘really big risks’

‘Whoa whoa’: iPod’s inventor looks back on Apple’s ‘really big risks’

Roger Cheng | CNET.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Technology For the 20th anniversary of the iPod, Tony Fadell, who invented Apple's iconic music player, reminisces about its creation in an interview with CNET. While joining Apple, the world's most valuable company, seems like a no-brainer today, things were different back in 2001. That's when CEO Steve Jobs demanded — not asked — that Tony Fadell join the company to create a groundbreaking device. But the man who would go on to invent the iPod initially balked at the idea.   "I was like, 'whoa whoa,'" Fadell tells me during a Zoom interview to commemorate the…
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Fox Plans NFT Debut With $20 ‘Masked Singer’ Collectibles

Fox Plans NFT Debut With $20 ‘Masked Singer’ Collectibles

BY ALEX WEPRIN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital #Technology The NFT packs mark the broadcaster's first foray into the area, with other projects like 'Krapopolis' to follow. Fox’s plans in the digital collectibles space are beginning to get a little clearer. The broadcast network will launch its first set of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) Wednesday, tied to its celebrity singing competition The Masked Singer. The company will also launch a marketplace and community in which users can buy, sell or trade Masked Singer NFTs, which it is calling The MaskVerse. Users will be able to claim a free NFT of the show’s mascot “Miss Masky,”…
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Facebook CTO Apologizes for Outages as Apps Take Hours to Return Online

Facebook CTO Apologizes for Outages as Apps Take Hours to Return Online

BY J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital "To every small and large business, family, and individual who depends on us, I'm sorry," the outgoing CTO said on Monday afternoon. Facebook’s chief technology officer apologized on Monday afternoon after Facebook’s suite of applications, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, remained offline for several hours around the globe. “Facebook services coming back online now — may take some time to get to 100%. To every small and large business, family, and individual who depends on us, I’m sorry,” Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s outgoing CTO, tweeted late on Monday afternoon. A few hours earlier, Schroepfer…
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Alexa routines can be overwhelming, but these 4 shortcuts make them a breeze

Alexa routines can be overwhelming, but these 4 shortcuts make them a breeze

Dale Smith | CNET.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Technology Setting up a routine doesn't have to be any harder than simply typing in a command. Admit it. You're curious about Alexa routines. Maybe your friends or family sometimes show off their own home-brewed Alexa automations, but every time you try to concoct your own script of smart home sorcery, it blows up in your face. The unfortunate and unspoken reality is that smart home routines can be cumbersome and frustrating to set up, so most people choose to live without them. That's unfortunate, because routines are the pixie dust that can impart your smart…
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iPhone 13 vs. 13 Mini vs. 13 Pro vs. 13 Pro Max: Every big difference

iPhone 13 vs. 13 Mini vs. 13 Pro vs. 13 Pro Max: Every big difference

Alexandra Garrett | CNET.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Technology A spec-by-spec comparison of the four models in Apple's 2021 lineup. Apple announced its new iPhone lineup at its September event alongside the Apple Watch 7, iPad Mini 6 and updated entry-level iPad. The new lineup, named the iPhone 13, mirrors last year's iPhone 12 collection with standard, Mini, Pro and Pro Max versions. The updated iPhone runs on iOS 15, which will be publicly available to install next week, and features a few camera upgrades, upped storage, a new A15 Bionic processor and more. (Here's how you can preorder the iPhone 13.) We were fairly certain there would be four iPhone 13 variants in advance of Apple's big…
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Microsoft CEO Says Failed TikTok Deal Was “Strangest Thing” He’s Worked On

Microsoft CEO Says Failed TikTok Deal Was “Strangest Thing” He’s Worked On

BY J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital #Technology   Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has mixed feelings about his company’s failed bid to acquire TikTok last year. “It’s the strangest thing I’ve ever worked on,” Nadella told Kara Swisher at Vox Media’s Code Conference on Monday, adding with a laugh, “I learned so much, Kara, about so many things and so many people.” Last year, as TikTok faced a potential ban from the U.S. under the Trump administration, Microsoft emerged as a potential buyer to acquire the social media platform’s U.S. operations. The potential deal eventually fell through last September after…
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