Upgrading an SSD might not normally be newsworthy, but we’re usually not talking about the difficult-to-obtain components used in Valve’s handheld gaming PC. There’s now an easier way to get your hands on a 2TB SSD upgrade for the Steam Deck thanks to Framework, makers of the excellent repairable laptop of the same name. Compatible SSDs have been tricky to get your hands on, because the specific component size isn’t used in many products with user-upgradable parts.
Or, if you’re looking for a more software-based project, why not try setting up your own Mastodon instance with Cloudflare? It claims that someone who knows what they’re doing could get themselves set up in “minutes.” Meanwhile, over at the other microblogging service, things are somehow getting even more chaotic and petty.
And finally, Chrome’s picture-in-picture mode looks set to get an upgrade in future versions, allowing it to continue to display non-video elements like widgets even when you move away from a specific page. I just really, really hope there are safeguards in place to stop websites abusing the feature like they already do with browser notifications.
For now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day:
Stay tuned, as we continue to update this list with the most important news of today: Friday, February 10th, 2023.
Fitbit might be working on blood pressure tech, but its future is murky
Fitbit hasn’t truly disappeared (yet), but this kind of feature is more likely for a future Pixel Watch.
Reddit thinks AI chatbots will ‘complement’ human connection, not replace it
‘There will always be a need for genuine community and human connection, which can be aided by tools like this.’
Meta found a leaker who shared details about its unannounced VR headsets with a YouTuber
The source of the leaks asked for payment in exchange for providing detailed drawings and specs to a VR enthusiast named Brad Lynch.
- AVergecast: We tried Bing powered by ChatGPT AI and things got dark
Nilay has access to Bing’s new AI powered search, so we took some of your prompts from Twitter on today’s show. The crew discuss whether this version of search will reshape the way we use the web, and whether or not this can beat Google.
Also on this episode: Disney layoffs, OnePlus announcements, and Elon’s Twitter reach is dropping.
- TPS VR2, unboxed.
Let Sean’s calming voice guide you through this unpackaging and setup experience. Ahhh.
Nowatch review: a chic stress tracker for the Goop faithful
It’s an elegant device, but the ‘awareable’ may not appeal if cultivating mindfulness isn’t your main priority.
- TLet the PlayStation VR2 testing begin.
We’re trying out Sony’s new PlayStation VR2 headset this week. The $549.99 headset is due to launch on February 22nd with an OLED screen, a 110-degree field of view, and 4K HDR support. Stay tuned for our full review soon, and until then check out our initial hands-on from September.
GMC Hummer EV review: bummer EV
GM resurrected the Hummer as a luxury electric truck with off-road aspirations. But the end result is too big for the trail — too big for anywhere, really. The fact of the matter is the Hummer EV is too extra for its own good.
Microsoft to demo its new ChatGPT-like AI in Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook soon
CEO Satya Nadella wants the software giant to push hard on AI, so Microsoft is gearing up for a year of AI announcements.
Windows 11 will soon control your RGB lighting for PC gaming accessories
Microsoft wants to offer basic RGB lighting controls in Windows without the need to install iCue, Razer Synapse, or other apps.
Cloudflare wants to help you set up your own Mastodon-compatible server in ‘minutes’
Wildebeest is a new project that attempts to make it easier to set up and manage a corner of the Fediverse.
Tesla’s Autopilot was not cause of fatal Texas crash, NTSB determines
A fatal 2021 crash involving a Model S was under investigation for suspicion of malfunctioning Autopilot software. The National Transportation Safety Board has determined Tesla’s advanced driver-assistant feature was not the cause.
Google is working on making Chrome’s picture-in-picture more useful
Instead of just showing videos, it could support ‘arbitrary HTML content.’
Framework now sells 2TB Steam Deck upgrade drives
Game recognizes game.
Feb 9Zoe Schiffer and Casey Newton
Elon Musk’s reach on Twitter is dropping — he just fired a top engineer over it
The chaos continues inside Twitter 2.0 as employees worry about what will break, what will get them fired, and what will get them busted by the FTC.