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Biden’s “historic” $65 billion broadband plan approved by Congress

Enlarge / President Joe Biden speaks about the passage of the infrastructure bill during a press conference at the White House on November 6, 2021. (credit: Getty Images | Samuel Corum) President Biden's $65 billion broadband plan was passed by the House of Representatives on Friday as part of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment...

Disney+ will slash your HDTV’s black bars via IMAX Digital update

Enlarge / Why limit yourself to a 21:9 ratio when select Marvel Studios films were framed (at least in part) in the taller IMAX Digital format? Get ready to see the difference thanks to this week's Disney+ update. (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images | Disney) Disney+'s next major app update, coming to all devices later this week,...

Here’s what the infrastructure bill means for road safety and EVs

Enlarge / After months of roadblocks, Congress unjammed itself long enough to pass an infrastructure bill that should make transportation safer. (credit: Getty Image) On Friday, the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, mirroring an infrastructure bill passed by the Senate...

Testing shows the Pixel 6 can’t actually do 30 W quick charging

Enlarge / The Pixel 6 Pro. (credit: Ron Amadeo) The Pixel 6 is Google's most competitive hardware release?in a long time, but the company is still behind the curve when it comes to quick charging. OnePlus offers proprietary 65 W quick charging, and Qualcomm's latest charging solution can hit?100 W. Google says the Pixel 6 can be charged...

Forget bendy screens—Microsoft patents “foldable mouse”

Enlarge (credit: Microsoft) Foldable screens have allowed for some wacky phone and PC designs over the past few years. As bendy tech continues to trend, Microsoft wants to bring the fold to the wireless mouse. According to an international patent spotted by German tech site WindowsUnited, Microsoft is exploring the idea of a "foldable...

Leaked Alder Lake Core i3 would be first interesting budget CPU in almost 2 years

Enlarge / The new LGA1700 socket used for Alder Lake CPUs is taller than Intel's previous sockets. (credit: Intel) It's a tough time to build a PC. Graphics cards remain the biggest headache when you're trying to put together a computer, as they have been all year—supply is low and prices are stratospheric. But it has been particularly...

Study: Glow-in-the-dark worms may shed light on the secrets of regeneration

Enlarge / A whole three-banded panther worm from the muscle transgenic line, where the muscle cells are glowing green. (credit: Lorenzo Ricci) In 1961,?Osamu Shimomura?and Frank Johnson isolated a protein from jellyfish that glow green?under UV light. Corals, too, can fluoresce in a wide range of hues, thanks to similar proteins. Now,...

Double Dragon: NASA plans a SpaceX splashdown on Monday, launch Wednesday

Enlarge / The launch of the Crew-3 mission spacecraft, shown here, has been on hold since before Halloween. (credit: NASA) NASA and SpaceX plan to return one Crew Dragon spacecraft from orbit on Monday evening and launch another two days later, on Wednesday night. The agency's crew flight plans have been in flux since just before Halloween,...

Lithium-metal “hybrid” battery promises lighter, longer-range EVs by 2025

Enlarge / Smaller vehicles like the Kia EV6 could benefit from lighter, more energy-dense batteries. (credit: Kia) Solid-state batteries?have been hailed as the Holy Grail for electric vehicles. While that might be an overstatement, they do promise to boost range and slash charging times, bringing zero-emissions vehicles that much closer...

So what is “the metaverse,” exactly?

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images) These days it seems like everybody and their corporate parent company is talking about "the metaverse" as the next big thing that's going to revolutionize our online lives. But everyone seems to have their own idea of what "the metaverse" means—that is, if they have any real idea what it...

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