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Artists outfitted robot dog Spot with a paintball gun in commentary on futuristic killer robots, just as NYDP deploys the same robot

On Tuesday, the New York Police Department reportedly unleashed Spot, the state-of-the-art robotic dog from Boston Dynamics, to do reconnaissance at a home invasion crime scene in the Bronx. Then yesterday (coincidentally?), art collective MSCHF launched their “Spot’s Rampage” installation in which the robot dog was outfitted with a paintball gun that the public could control via this Web interface. — Read the rest

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Target Is Opening Mini Apple Stores Inside Some Locations

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Forget the mall, Target is opening mini Apple Stores inside its retail locations. These dedicated kiosks are twice the size of Target’s current “Apple section” and are run by staff with special training from Apple. Target plans to open mini Apple Stores at 17 locations before the end of February, with more to come throughout 2021.

Large retail outlets like Target have enjoyed a steady stream of business during the COVID-19 pandemic. But as people grow more comfortable going to malls and other casual shopping spaces, it’s possible that big-box retailers could lose some sales. By replicating the Apple Store experience at a kiosk, Target could keep some of its customers away from the mall and generate more big-ticket sales.

Here are the 17 stores that will open Apple kiosks in February:

  • Monticello, MN
  • San Jose, CA
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Allen, TX
  • Hurst, TX
  • Austin, TX
  • Irving, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Clearwater, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • North Wales, PA
  • Newark, DE
  • Woburn, MA
  • Nashua, NH
  • Latham, NY

Target plans to open more mini Apple Stores throughout 2021, but the company hasn’t clarified how many of its locations will actually have an Apple kiosk. It’s possible that some Target stores will skip the Apple kiosk due to its size constraints or staff requirements.

Along with the new in-store experience, Target has redesigned its online Apple storefront with organized, easy-to-read icons. The online storefront also emphasizes the “benefits of getting Apple devices at Target,” like easy returns, free two-day shipping, curbside delivery, and 5% savings with a Target RedCard.

Interestingly, Apple still won’t sell Macs in-store or online. It will instead focus on smaller items like the iPhone, AirPods, iPad, HomePod, and Apple Watch. These items take up less space and (presumably) have higher profit margins than Macs. Plus, they require very little troubleshooting, so Target can spend less time training its Apple kiosk employees.

Source: Target via 9to5Mac

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/72131/target-is-opening-mini-apple-stores-inside-some-locations/
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How to Fix the “Driver Power State Failure” Error in Windows 10

driver-power-state-failure-windows-featu No one enjoys getting a random Blue Screen of Death. They’re terrifying and usually don’t give you much detail. Usually, there’s an error code or message on the screen. If you see the “driver power state failure error,” don’t worry. This is one of the errors that you can usually troubleshoot and fix all on your own. All you have to do is know where to start. Common Causes of Driver Power State Failure Error Based on the name, you might think this error has something to do with drivers or your power supply. Both could be correct…. Read more14314475.gif

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Computer Simulations Suggest Martian Moons Were Separated at Birth More Than a Billion Years Ago

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The Red Planet’s two tiny moons—Phobos and Deimos—could have formed after an ancient collision, according to new research. It’s an intriguing possibility, but not everyone is convinced by the evidence.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/computer-simulations-suggest-martian-moons-were-separat-1846348128
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Fed glitch shuts down wire transfers, direct deposits, other services

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Enlarge / The Federal Reserve Building in Washington, DC. (credit: Rudy Sulgan / Getty Images)

Federal Reserve electronic systems that enable US banks to send each other electronic payments experienced a massive outage on Wednesday afternoon. A Fed statement attributed the outage to an “operational error” but didn’t provide much more detail.

The Federal Reserve System acts as America’s central bank, and it controls much of the plumbing of the US financial system.

The automated clearing house (ACH) system is used for paychecks, bill payments, and other small and medium-sized transactions across the economy. The Check 21 system is used for clearing paper checks. It takes one to two days for these transactions to clear.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/02/fed-outage-shuts-down-us-payment-systems-for-more-than-an-hour/
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YouTube’s New Supervised Accounts Keep Your Teens Safe From Bad Videos

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As part of an effort to keep younger users safer online, YouTube just announced a supervised account option for parents of tweens and teens. The account option is available to parents who are ready for their kids to explore what’s on YouTube with a little peace of mind they won’t be exposed to inappropriate content.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/72023/youtubes-new-supervised-accounts-keep-your-teens-safe-from-bad-videos/
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GhostBSD Review: Simple and Lightweight

ghostbsd-review-feature.jpg Because there are so many different options out there for your free and open-source operating system, it can be hard to figure out what the best option is for you. Sifting between Linux distros is difficult – Debian and its derivatives, Ubuntu and its derivatives, Fedora, Arch, openSUSE, the list goes on. However, what if the best choice for you isn’t actually technically Linux? Here we review GhostBSD, a FreeBSD-based Unix OS designed for a simple desktop experience, to see if it’s the right fit for you. Related: Linux vs. BSD: Everything You Need to Know GhostBSD First Impressions… Read more14313646.gif

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Federal judge rules California can enforce its net neutrality law

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California can enforce its landmark net neutrality law after a federal judge ruled Tuesday against a group of broadband providers seeking to block it.The state passed the stringent regulations in 2018 after the Fed…

Source: https://thehill.com/policy/technology/540298-federal-judge-rules-california-can-enforce-its-net-neutrality-law
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How to Sync Your Xbox Controller to Multiple Devices at Once

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If you use your Xbox Series X or S controller with multiple devices, you might be surprised to learn that it’s possible to quickly switch between a console and a secondary device without having to re-pair every time.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/713207/how-to-sync-your-xbox-controller-to-multiple-devices-at-once/
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Fisker is working with Foxconn on a ‘breakthrough’ EV

5e7bff60-76a8-11eb-89bd-ac147730564bWhile the world awaits its first production-ready electric car, automaker Fisker has clinched an agreement with iPhone manufacturer Foxconn to develop a second vehicle. Not one to shy away from hype, Fisker says Foxconn will annually build 250,000 of…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/fisker-foxconn-electric-vehicle-production-142236591.html
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