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Apple doesn’t use exclamation points on its website. Ever wonder why?

You get the point, surely. Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/ZDNETLet's talk reality distortion.Reality distortion is quite a popular topic these days, what with our reality being bent into all shorts of shapes by the likes of the Apple Vision Pro. Also: The Apple products you shouldn't buy this monthBut reality distortion has a much longer history, especially when it comes to tech and the way it's marketed.Why, in 1981 it was Apple's then-vice president of software, Bud Tribble, who used the phrase to describe Steve…

No, an anti-racist program in schools doesn’t stress out kids

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A new study of how high school students respond to a program designed to increase the frequency and quality of conversations about race in school finds that the anti-racist intervention did not cause stress or feelings of alienation among study participants. The finding rebuts concerns that anti-racist programs are harmful to children and teens.

Emma Stone’s Best Actress Oscar win over Lily Gladstone doesn’t feel right – and Stone herself seems to know it

Get our free weekly email for all the latest cinematic news from our film critic Clarisse LoughreyGet our The Life Cinematic email for freeEmma Stone’s wild-eyed look, as she clambered up on stage to receive the Oscar for Best Actress, said it all: she didn’t think she was going to win. Perhaps, even, she wasn’t quite sure she was meant to win. Her turn as Bella Baxter in Yorgos Lanthimos’s Poor Things, about a reanimated woman with a baby’s brain who rediscovers the world step by step, sensation by sensation, is truly…

Captain America Doesn’t Like Big CGI Superhero Movies Either

Posted in: Comics, Comics Publishers, Current News, Marvel Comics | Tagged: captain america, jmsFrom yesterday's Captain America #7 by J. Michael Straczynski and Carlos Magno published by Marvel Comics...Article Summary Steve Rogers criticizes CGI-heavy superhero films in Captain America #7. J. Michael Straczynski pens the issue, highlighting Marvel's self-awareness. Steve Rogers' experience parallels Scorsese's critique of modern cinema. Comics cross-reference with Alan Moore's Cinema Purgatorio…

Finally, a MagSafe battery pack that doesn’t look like a brick (and it charges fast, too)

Kayla Solino/ZDNETZDNET's key takeaways Casely's Power Pod MagSafe battery. It combines all the necessities of a battery pack with a refined understanding of consumer aesthetics that makes my Gen-Z heart sing. View at Getcasely. Also: The best MagSafe battery packs of 2024: Expert tested The Casely Power Pod battery pack uses MagSafe technology to snap onto the back of your iPhone or adapter-equipped device. This pod will attach to and charge through any case that is MagSafe compatible or any case that is wireless

Apple Music doesn’t like rooted Android devices

We’ve known for a while that Google does not like rooted Android devices. This is one reason why the company is blocking RCS for rooted phones. However, it’s not the only company that’s against rooted in the devices. Apple Music does not work on rooted Android devices. Rooting your device brings several benefits to the Android smartphone experience. It allows you to tweak the software to your liking, uninstall certain services, get rid of bloatware, use modded versions of Android that extend the life of your phone years…

Going back to the Galaxy S22+ doesn’t feel like the end of the world

I upgraded from the Galaxy S22+ to the new Galaxy S24+ a little over a month ago. Once I got used to the S24+, I thought that trying out the S22+ again would be almost shockingly bad. To my surprise, that wasn't the case at all. I'm not trying to take anything away from the Galaxy S24+. It's a great device with a refined design and improvements across the board, from battery life and performance to the display. The latter really stands out, particularly outdoors when the sun is shining. All thanks to its higher…

Endorsement: One L.A. County judge deserves reelection. One doesn’t

Californians want their trial judges to be both independent and accountable. The tension between those two competing goals can never be fully resolved but is partially addressed by a judicial election system in which they are automatically reelected every six years without their names even appearing on the ballot.Unless, that is, they are challenged. When one or more candidates run against an incumbent judge who is up for reelection, voters decide whether to retain the judge or elect a challenger.Judicial independence is…

Conspiracy Theorists Are Profiting Off a Disease That Doesn’t Exist Yet : ScienceAlert

Coined by the World Health Organization to denote a hypothetical future pandemic, "Disease X" is at the center of a blizzard of misinformation that American conspiracy theorists are amplifying – and profiting from.The falsehoods, including that the unknown pathogen indicates an elitist plot to depopulate the Earth, appeared to originate in the United States but spilled to Asia in multiple regional languages, AFP fact-checkers found.The fast-spreading misinformation, which experts say illustrates the perils of reduced…

‘If this doesn’t work out I’m screwed’: Good Morning on blowing up online and a decade in music | Australian music

With their folksy DIY tracks about the minutiae of love and life, Melbourne duo Good Morning is a band that might have stayed one of Australia’s best-kept secrets – were it not for a series of unexpected co-signs.First there was Tyler, the Creator sharing an early single – the rueful, self-effacing Warned You – to his Instagram story. Then A$AP Rocky sampled one of their tracks in 2018 (“in a truly fucked development”, they called it at the time). Then Warned You went viral on TikTok during the pandemic, soundtracking the…