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VR / XR / AR shots fired.

Meta’s CTO says there are reasons Meta thumbed its nose at Google re: AndroidXR (something The Info reported this morning). He suggests Google’s talking shit about Meta behind its back and demanding “restrictive terms.”

I can see why Google might try: Oculus was once so willing to partner, it left Samsung and Xiaomi in charge of its mobile fate — and Google has a long, successful history of tying up partners with contracts in exchange for Google apps and a cut of search revenue. But does Meta need Google, or the other way round?

The Expanse is getting action figures (assuming this Kickstarter pans out).

The Nacelle Company got the official license to make these figs — while most are at the “digital render on Kickstarter” stage, one of the physical paint masters already made it onto the cover of ToyCollectr Magazine.

Avasarala, as always, looks dressed to kill political opponents, Bobby’s in her power armor, and Miller can go hat or hatless. It’s $320 for the whole 8-figure set, $39 each, or $75 for the two-packs.

Tap for larger image. Lots of cool accessories not pictured!
Tap for larger image. Lots of cool accessories not pictured!
Image: The Nacelle Company
You can watch these new IMAX documentaries on your Vision Pro headset.

It’s getting four: A Beautiful Planet 3D, Pandas 3D, Super Power Dogs 3D, and Deep Sky. You’ll also see trailers for new releases.

These are part of a wave of new spatial films on the Vision Pro. Apple debuted 150 3D movies at launch through Apple TV Plus and other streamers, including recent releases like Avatar: The Way of Water and Dune.

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DeSantis vetoes bill that would have barred teens under 16 from using social media, but teases a “superior” one.

He explained that the veto was “because the Legislature is about to produce a different, superior bill.” The Florida governor added that he expects that new bill “will be signed into law soon.”

On X, Speaker Paul Renner later posted that the state Senate would hear a new bill, HB3, on Monday, which “will empower parents to control what their children can access online.”


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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4 review: redemption never sounded so good

The company has always delivered on audio quality, but after stumbling with some bugs and hardware issues on the Momentum True Wireless 3 earbuds, Sennheiser is focusing on the little things — and it shows.

Physical media week

Exploring the importance of discs and cartridges in an increasingly digital age.

AI worms can spread through generative AI-powered emails.

Wired reports researchers from Cornell University, Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, and Intuit created a worm that steals data and breaks security measures of ChatGPT and Gemini.

Called Morris II, the researchers unleashed it on an AI-powered email client. The worm created a self-replicating prompt that essentially overwhelmed the client causing it to continually forward messages. It can then instruct the AI models powering it to retrieve data.

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Reddit will reportedly seek an up to $6.5 billion valuation when it goes public.

That’s according to The Wall Street Journal, which says Reddit could shoot for a price range between $31 to $34 per share when launching its IPO. The $6.5 billion number is significantly lower than the more than $10 billion Reddit was valued at in 2021 following a round of funding.

Microsoft yanks Edge browser update after users report crashes.

The Edge 122.0.2365.63 browser update Microsoft released yesterday is causing a stir. Users encountered “This page is having a problem” or other errors, BleepingComputer is reporting.

Reddit users soon discovered the bug impacted browsers with “Enhanced Web Protection” turned on. Some fixed it by turning the setting off — or switching Edge profiles. Everyone else will have to wait for Microsoft to release a fix, it seems.

A screenshot of an error message on Microsoft Edge.
A screenshot of an error message on Microsoft Edge.
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More evidence that Google wants to ship a new Chromecast.

9to5Google APK sleuthing reveals Google is testing a new mystery Chromecast with Google TV. But it’s different than the last mystery Chromecast: “YTD” instead of “YTC”.

Google also appears to be working on a new remote with more buttons, including one with a star. It hasn’t replaced its flagship 4K Chromecast since 2020, though it’s still one of our top picks.

Man, I love being a turtle.

The Paramount Plus sponsorship of Inter Milan has yielded something incredible: a trio of kits with the Ninja Turtles on them. Just the thing to wear to the theater in 2026.

An Inter Milan soccer jersey with a Ninja Turtle on it.


Image: Inter Milan
GPD’s latest PC gaming clamshell comes with a VRR screen.

One thing the Asus ROG Ally absolutely does better than the Steam Deck or Lenovo Legion Go: smooth out choppy gameplay with its variable refresh rate screen. Now, GPD will use a similar 7-inch 120Hz VRR screen on its 2024 Win Mini — and (sadly?) swap out the Oculink external GPU port for 10Gbps USB-A.

The MSI Claw will also have a 7-inch VRR screen.

The GPD Win Mini handheld PC.
The GPD Win Mini handheld PC.
Image: GPD
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Fubo CEO calls the company’s sports streaming legal battle “a duel to the death.”

Fubo sued Warner Bros. Discovery, ESPN, and Fox last month over their planned live sports streaming service. Here’s what Fubo CEO David Gandler had to say about the lawsuit during a conference call:

This is a duel to the death. It has been when we started this company. We’re fighting for consumers. We’re fighting for our customers. We’re fighting for the tens of billions of dollars that are wasted annually on consumers paying for the same content multiple times. This is a very important process. We are sticking to our principles, to our guns. We are continuing to walk and chew gum at the same time, as you see in our numbers.

What a bunch of A-list celebs taught me about how to use my phone

Nobody has to think more carefully about their technological lives than celebrities. And a few of them have figured out the answer.