Investing in assistive tech is a smart choice for governments, say experts

Credit: CC0 Public Domain You may not be aware of it, but assistive technology (AT) is everywhere. If you’re using glasses to read this article, then you’re using AT. If you used text-to-speech tools at work today, a ramp to get into a building, or subtitles to watch TV, then you have used AT. AT […]

Amazon’s new fees on sellers likened to ‘kick in the gut’

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Inc. merchants have found themselves caught in an economic vice. Earlier this year, the e-commerce giant rolled out changes to the fees its charges them—essentially shifting more of its operating costs onto the small businesses that account for most of the products sold on the site. Making matters worse for […]

Apple apologizes for iPad ‘Crush’ ad after backlash

Apple said it won’t air the iPad ‘Crush’ ad on television as planned. Apple apologized on Thursday after an ad for its latest-edition iPad caused an uproar for showing an industrial press crushing objects linked to human creativity, infuriating artists. Social media users immediately criticized the ad, which was posted on X by Apple CEO […]

Microsoft’s Xbox is planning more cuts after studio closings

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The sudden closure of several video-game studios at Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox division was the result of a widespread cost-cutting initiative that still isn’t finished. Xbox has begun offering voluntary severance agreements to producers, quality assurance testers and other staff at ZeniMax, which it purchased in 2020 for $7.5 billion, according to […]

Nintendo to announce Switch successor in this fiscal year as profits rise

This photo shows a balloon of the Mario character of Mario Bros. during an event in Tokyo, on Feb. 15, 2024. Japanese video-game maker Nintendo said Tuesday, May 7, 2024 that it will make an announcement about a successor to its Switch home console sometime before March 2025. Credit: AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File Japanese video-game […]

FTC sends $5.6 million in refunds to Ring customers as part of video privacy settlement

A person pushes the doorbell on his Ring doorbell camera, July 16, 2019, at his home in Wolcott, Conn. The Federal Trade Commission is sending $5.6 million in refunds to consumers as part of a settlement with Amazon-owned Ring, which was charged with failing to protect private video footage from outside access. Credit: AP Photo/Jessica […]

TikTok to crack down on content that promotes disordered eating and dangerous weight-loss habits

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Saying it does not want to promote negative body comparisons, TikTok is cracking down on posts about disordered eating, dangerous weight-loss habits, and potentially harmful weight-management products. The wildly popular social media app updated its community guidelines last week, introducing a slate of new rules that it hopes will make the […]

You don’t need to own an iPhone for the government lawsuit against Apple to benefit you

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Last month, the Department of Justice filed its long-awaited antitrust suit against Apple, accusing the company of monopolizing the smartphone market. This makes Apple the last of the U.S.-based tech giants to face a major monopolization lawsuit from a federal agency. (Google also faces one from the Justice Department; Facebook and […]

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