Consumer electronics

Apple Patent Explores Phone Charging Touch Keyboard

MacBook Pro 14Photo: Caitlin McGarry/Gizmodo Apple’s MacBooks haven’t changed much over the past decade or so. Some of the latest models were recently redesigned with modern features, but their form remains that of traditional laptops. That isn’t due to a lack of ideas. Between each model refresh is a flood of patents conjured up by …

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Meta takes another subtle step toward a much-hyped metaverse

Meta Platforms Inc. took another took subtle step toward its reinvention when it changed its stock ticker symbol this week to “META” from “FB.” The Facebook parent company META, -4.69% has spent the last few months shifting investors’ focus onto its long-term strategy, notably its push toward the metaverse, a much-hyped network of virtual reality …

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HP’s Reveals Revamped Specter and Envy Laptops

HP Specter x360 16Image: HP Countless laptops have been announced in the past few weeks, including an entire fleet of Acer notebooks, HP gaming systemsa premium Lenovo Chromebookand an Asus with a hidden message written in invisible ink. Frankly, I’m exhausted. However, I won’t let my cramping fingers deter me from being excited about the …

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How Citizens Financial used an iPhone plan to create a nationwide digital bank

Citizens Financial Group Inc. launched its Citizens Pay iPhone upgrade plan in 2015 as an early form of the buy-now-pay-later concept that’s in vogue in the payments space. The idea was to take the Citizens CFG, -1.64% brand as a credit provider and combine it with Apple’s AAPL, +2.06% iPhone to help customers avoid waiting …

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Facial-recognition startup Clearview AI agrees to restrictions in court settlement

CHICAGO — Facial recognition startup Clearview AI has agreed to restrict the use of its massive collection of face images to settle claims that it collected people’s photos without their consent. The company in a legal filing Monday agreed to permanently stop selling access to its face database to private businesses or individuals around the …

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MIT Invents Ultra-Thin Speakers For Wall Mounting

You might be resigning to wearing a pair of headphones all day to block out the sounds of noisy neighbors or other distractions, but researchers at MIT have developed a paper-thin speaker that can be applied to almost any surface like wallpaper, turning objects like walls into giant noise-cancelling speakers. Tear apart the speakers in …

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