Technology Roundup #15
“We’ve arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.” – Carl Sagan
- If you want to harvest those apples, you better get on it soon: Zynga is shutting down its original FarmVille web game on Facebook at the end of the year, the company announced.
- Recent ChromeOS updates cause a Google Play Store service to utilize 100% of the CPU, making devices hot and experience performance issues. Since users began updating to ChromeOS 85.0.4183.
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- In the continuing quest by countless hobbyists to allow every 1980s 8-bit home computer to experience the joys of an online experience that doesn’t involve a 9600 baud modem, [Roland Leurs] has created a cartridge-based module for the Acorn Electron that adds WiFi, which he showed off at the virtu
- Amazon has just announced a whole bunch of new devices on their site for 2020, including some new Smart Speakers, Displays, and a home security camera system that features a drone that fires itself up to patrol your home and scare intruders away.
- We might not be able to travel to the Miyazaki Museum in Tokyo, Japan, or to see the upcoming exhibit in Los Angeles—but that’s OK, because Studio Ghibli is bringing the Hayao Miyazaki to us.
- Sherlock Holmes is one of the most malleable characters in fiction. Like a pasty heap of Yorkshire pudding in the shape of a man, he can be molded into just about anything the changing times demand.
- Earlier this week, Apple released updates for iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS—but nothing for macOS.
- Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Washington Post One of the key features of the new Apple Watch Series 6 is the built-in oximeter. In theory, the component should give you an idea of your blood oxygen level as a means of monitoring cardiovascular health. In practice, the results seem to vary greatly.
- This week, we took an exclusive look at the chaos that unfolded inside Twitter in the hours after the accounts of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and dozens more got hacked. Twitter has since tightened up its internal security—but with the election a little over a month away, has it done enough?