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Armed with anime avatars, Japan bids to conquer the metaverse

At Japan’s latest CEATEC tech show, everything old seemed new again. For one thing, the nation’s premier gadgets and technology showcase was back after a pandemic hiatus. For another, the most popular booth looked like it was teleported from the early 1990s — legions of high school students were queuing for time on a virtual …

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Catfish scams target everyone. Here’s how to keep kids safe | Internet

Catfishing crimes have ensnared people for years. This week, a grieving family implored parents to monitor their children’s online activity after a former Virginia state trooper catfished a 15-year-old girl online. He then traveled to Southern California, where he allegedly killed the girl’s mother and grandparents. “Parents, please, please know your child’s online activity. Ask …

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Amazon media chief Jeff Blackburn retires from the company again

Senior Vice President of Business Development at Amazon Jeff Blackburn (R) and Anne Blackburn attend the The IMDb Dinner Party at the Sundance Film Festival presented by Dolby on January 28, 2019 in Park City, Utah. Rich Polk | Getty Images Jeff Blackburn is retiring for the second time from Amazonwhere he held a number …

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Technical layoffs cause visa holders to struggle to keep jobs in the US

After years of seemingly endless expansion, the US tech industry has hit a wall. Companies are in cash-saving mode, resulting in thousands of layoffs each month and a spike in layoffs in November. While the sudden loss of a paycheck can be devastating for anyone, especially during the holiday season, the latest wave of cuts …

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Congress Moves on Internet Censorship Should Not Impinge on Free Speech and First Amendment

The new Congress inherits a nation divided. Americans are insecure in their status and uncertain of their futures. And as an equally divided Congress searches for possible common ground, bipartisan proposals to punish online platforms for the nation’s ills appear ascendant. But however else we overcome our divisions, we must not heed calls to ban …

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Here’s Why (and How) You Should Hang Your TV From the Ceiling

photo: Lindsey Ellefson/Lifehacker I’m here today to make the case for a unique space-saving technique I have employed in my apartment for two years: Mount your TV to the ceiling. do it. You don’t need a bulky entertainment center taking up valuable wall space; your TV can simply float above your head, and look cool …

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Starlink satellite Internet download speeds in the US and Canada drop by double digits again

SpaceX recently did away with the unlimited data policy of its Starlink satellite Internet service and introduced a tiered system for priority access where users who consume more than 1TB a month in peak hours would get deprioritized until they pay extra. The overall number of US counties where Starlink had at least 10 unique …

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Steam Deck’s Greatness Makes It Hard To Go Back To The Switch

photo: Kotaku / Valve / Nintendo / Antonio Guillem (Shutterstock) Recently, I’ve been playing Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope on the Nintendo Switch. the original Mario + Rabbids was one of my favorite Switch games. So far this new entry is even better, adding more chaos and depth to the previous game’s already-great tactical …

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You Can Get An Xbox Series S On Amazon For Under $200 Today

Image: Microsoft / Kotaku The Xbox Series S is one of my favorite purchases. It’s the little machine that could, a less powerful version of a next-gen console, that somehow is able to run everything anyway. Today you can get one for under $200, the cheapest it’s ever been—even cheaper than last week’s cheapest ever. …

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