I sometimes forget that in between his adventurous odysseys, Mario’s day job is plumbing. So it’s fun to see the upcoming movie lean into it, using Mario’s profession as an excuse to revive the rap used in the 1989 Super Mario Bros TV show. The clip from the film was one of the half-dozen plus trailers broadcast during last night’s Super Bowl — The Guardian has a neat roundup of the other big ones.
In other news, it might not be a good idea to attempt the Steam Deck RGB mod that’s been doing the rounds after users reported that it can cause damage to the handheld computer’s mother board. Why not stick to some safer modifications, like upgrading its storage or replacing its cooling fan?
And finally, in case you missed it, my colleague James Vincent did a great breakdown last week highlighting the biggest risks and problems facing Microsoft and Google as they forge ahead into a new era of AI-powered search.
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 13th, 2023.
Twitter is just showing everyone all of Elon Musk’s tweets now
Is your Twitter feed suddenly all Elon Musk, too?
Ram 1500 REV loses the prototype’s gimmicks and looks like an electric Ram
The new Ram 1500 REV debuted during a Super Bowl LVII ad but won’t appear on the road until “late 2024.”
Chromebooks might finally get customizable keyboard shortcuts
A non-functional editor has shown up in a beta version of ChromeOS. Hopefully, it’s a hint of features to come.
- MTwitter’s new API is still on its way.
Last week Twitter announced that it wouldn’t shut down its free API until today, and that it’d be replaced by a new system with a limited free option and a $100 a month plan. Now, the company says that update won’t be coming until... sometime, and that eventually there will be more details. I’d take that with a grain of salt.
Apple’s once again trying to optimize the iPhone’s Crash Detection feature
The feature has been causing issues for people doing winter sports after it originally caused a rash of false alarms thanks to rollercoasters.
How a wind industry giant plans to solve its plastic waste problem
Vestas says it has a groundbreaking new way to recycle turbine blades. Will it keep turbines out of landfills?
Ford’s EVs are getting faster charging and more affordable batteries thanks to new chemistry
The company announced a new $3.5 billion factory in Michigan, where it will produce EV batteries made with a lithium iron phosphate chemistry. Ford says its LFP batteries will be faster charging and longer lasting than its current EV batteries.
Bigscreen VR’s $999 Beyond headset is custom-made to fit your face
The headset may be small, but it comes with a fully customizable face cushion along with OLED displays with a 5120 x 2560 resolution.
- RThis $15,000 GPU doesn’t even have modern ray tracing or AI built-in.
Last year’s big GPU price drop doesn’t apply to a prototype version of the never-officially-released 3DFX Voodoo 5 6000 that sold on eBay over the weekend (via Videocardz.com).
Representing the potential top of the line in 2000-era video card tech, the listing says it has four GPUs and 128MB VRAM onboard and claims it’s been reworked to handle 8X FSAA.
The Apple Watch Ultra returns to its all-time low price
Plus, we found deals on Bose’s unique audio sunglasses and the Bose Frames Tempo, as well as Anker’s powerful and portable 30-watt Nano 3 charger.
Crypto firm Paxos ordered to stop issuing Binance stablecoin
Both the SEC and the New York Department of Financial Services are looking into the Binance USD token.
- RGreen light.
The Super Bowl is over, and all the advertisements are now easily available on YouTube (for movie trailers other than The Flash, check Polygon’s roundup linked below).
Did you check out Fox’s 1080p HDR-upconverted-to-4K broadcast? How’d it look?
The Flash’s first trailer gives new meaning to ‘world’s finest’
Michael Keaton’s Batman and Sasha Calle’s Supergirl seem to be the main event in the new trailer for DC Studios’ The Flash.
- JWhat is this, a 3D printer for ants?
Not quite, but this miniature resin printer created by My N Mi is surprisingly fully-functional and capable of producing delicate, detailed prints despite measuring just 18 x 31 x 41 millimeters (seen via The Awesomer).
That’s about the right size for a typical dollhouse FYI, and it's giving me the same vibes as those addictive miniature-cooking videos.
- EPlumbing’s their game.
The latest ad for the Super Mario Bros. Movie is a plumbing commercial with the iconic rap from the 1989 Super Mario TV show. And yes, the included website and phone number actually work.
Don’t attempt this RGB Steam Deck mod just yet
This neat mod adds RGB lighting to the back of the Steam Deck, but it can damage the device.
- EWhy can’t we have both?
We’ve already seen modders swap their iPhone’s Lightning port for USB-C, but this YouTuber adds a USB-C port to their iPhone 12 mini while keeping the device’s existing Lightning port.
The idea of a double-ported iPhone may seem a bit strange, but hey — at least this person can plug in headphones and charge their phone at the same time.
7 problems facing Bing, Bard, and the future of AI search
From bullshit generation to culture wars and the end of ad revenue.