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Senior editor at 88gadget.info, and a member of the 000 since 2012, 123 combines a deep knowledge of technology with the bleeding-edge in science and health. Whether reviewing the latest laptops and PCs, or distilling the insights from the vanguard of global research, Brittany's talent lies in her ability to communicate the complex in a way that's both clear and entertaining. Email

Apple Q1 2022 winners & losers: iPhone up, iPad down in bumper holiday

Apple Q1 2022 winners & losers: iPhone up, iPad down in bumper holiday

Apple has released the earnings report for its first fiscal quarter of 2022, announcing yet another all-time record with revenue hitting $123.9 billion. The company credits a "very strong customer response" toward its latest and greatest products for the growth, noting its earnings ultimately jumped 11-percent compared to the previous year.

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Google Assistant no longer requires wake word to stop talking

Google Assistant no longer requires wake word to stop talking

Google has announced a small but highly convenient Google Assistant tweak: the AI will now silence itself when you tell it to "stop." This change eliminates the need to use the "Hey Google" wake word before telling Assistant to cancel a response, which is awkward when the AI is rambling about something you don't want to hear. The change is now live.

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Coinbase’s new tax dashboard helps users report crypto gains

Coinbase’s new tax dashboard helps users report crypto gains

Coinbase, a popular platform used for buying and selling cryptocurrencies, has added a new dashboard that makes it easier for users to track their gains and losses. The dashboard is intended to help users when it's time to report their crypto-asset activity to the IRS, though Coinbase notes it doesn't report gain/loss information to the agency.

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Sony’s free PS Plus February 2022 games include Tiny Tina DLC

Sony’s free PS Plus February 2022 games include Tiny Tina DLC

Sony has announced the three games that'll be free for PlayStation Plus subscribers to download in February. The lineup includes the notable titles EA Sports UFC 4 and Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, both for the PS4, as well as a third game exclusively available to PlayStation 5 owners: Planet Coaster: Console Edition. As expected, the next PS Plus lineup will arrive on February 1, 2022, and remain available for subscribers to download until February 28.

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Samsung Unpacked 2022 date and time confirmed: What we know

Samsung Unpacked 2022 date and time confirmed: What we know

Days after confirming its Galaxy S22 event will take place in February, Samsung has revealed the date and time for Unpacked 2022. According to the Korean company, fans will be able to tune in and watch the event on February 9, 2022, at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET. A new Samsung Unpacked 2022 website is now live and includes a countdown timer showing the days, hours, and minutes until the event.

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The Reason Microwaves Were Originally Invented

The Reason Microwaves Were Originally Invented

Microwaves are a handy invention, which is why around 90% of American households now own one, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The appliances have a long history, too. Initially, microwave units were heavy, expensive, and mostly found in trains, ships, and restaurants where food was regularly cooked for a large number of people. Per Quartz, the less-bulky and cheaper models for the home were only developed in 1955.

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Mars’ hidden water store looks like a mirage

Mars’ hidden water store looks like a mirage

Those who dream of possibly terraforming Mars for human habitation have placed a lot of hope on the Red Planet currently containing water, as it would lend validity to the theory that it could continue to retain water (and an atmosphere) under the right conditions. However, a new study from researchers at both the University of Texas and University Grenoble Alpes, published by Geophysical Research Letters in AGU Journals (American Geophysical Union), suggests that what scientists thought was water may not actually be, well, water.

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FDA wants more info before approving Merck’s chronic cough drug

FDA wants more info before approving Merck’s chronic cough drug

Pharmaceutical company Merck has revealed that gefapixant, its experimental drug designed to address chronic cough, still has a ways to go before hitting the US market. As part of its announcement, Merck said it has received a Complete Response Letter (CRL) from the FDA seeking more details about the drug's efficacy, meaning the agency has declined to approve the treatment at this time.

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FDA says remdesivir can now be used as outpatient COVID treatment

FDA says remdesivir can now be used as outpatient COVID treatment

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced an expansion in remdesivir treatment availability. With this change, certain individuals who have developed mild or moderate COVID-19 -- but who haven't been hospitalized -- can receive an infusion of the drug. The goal, the FDA says, is to prevent these individuals from ending up hospitalized.

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Netflix confirms Squid Game will return, teases a full “universe”

Netflix confirms Squid Game will return, teases a full “universe”

Massively popular Korean television show Squid Game will "absolutely" get a second season, according to Netflix's Ted Sarandos. The co-CEO confirmed the plan during the company's Q421 earnings call in January, hinting that not only will the show get a second season, but that Netflix may also be eyeing a wider "universe" based around the series.

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Wemo Stage smart home switch finally gets Thread: Why it matters

Wemo Stage smart home switch finally gets Thread: Why it matters

In April 2021, Belkin released Wemo Stage Scene Controller, a smart home device that can be mounted on a wall like a switch and, when needed, popped free from its case for use as a portable remote control. As its name suggests, Stage is an IoT device intended to control smart home "scenes," which are sometimes referred to as automations or routines.

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Samsung Unpacked 2022 confirmed for February: What to expect

Samsung Unpacked 2022 confirmed for February: What to expect

Samsung has finally revealed the details for its upcoming Unpacked event, and it's teasing major changes that'll hit the Galaxy S line starting next month. Though the company hasn't outright announced the big revelation -- we'll have to wait for the Unpacked event -- it has all but confirmed plans to ditch the Galaxy Note series in favor of its Galaxy S product family.

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