Apple will randomize Mac serial numbers starting this year

Enlarge / The 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro running macOS. (credit: Samuel Axon) According to MacRumors, Apple will completely change how the serial numbers for Macs are generated. The numbers will soon be fully randomized, meaning that users, IT managers, repair-shop technicians, and others will not be able to glean the same information from them that …

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White House reportedly plans to name Amazon foe Lina Khan to FTC

Enlarge / Lina Khan, as photographed for a 2017 profile in The Washington Post. (credit: An Rong Xu | The Washington Post | Getty Images) US President Joe Biden is reportedly planning to nominate antitrust scholar Lina Khan to the Federal Trade Commission, a move that would indicate his administration is open to aggressive antitrust …

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Why Disney+ only needed 16 months to crack 100 million subscribers

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Disney) In the Walt Disney Company’s latest shareholder call, we expected to hear good news about its popular Disney+ service—especially as a highlight for a company otherwise besieged by the realities of a pandemic. Sure enough, the news was incredibly good for the company’s upstart streaming service, with CEO Bob …

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The Sonos Roam is the smallest and least expensive Sonos speaker to date

This is the Sonos Roam, the latest portable speaker from Sonos. [credit: Sonos ] Sonos on Tuesday announced its latest portable Bluetooth speaker: the Sonos Roam. The device will begin shipping on April 20 for $169, with preorders starting on Tuesday. While not inexpensive, that price makes the Roam the most affordable offering in the …

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Chrome OS 89 brings Android controls, a new icon design, and “quick answers”

Phone Hub shows all sorts of useful controls for a paired Android phone. [credit: Google ] Google is calling today the Chromebook’s 10th birthday, and the latest version of Chrome OS, version 89, is celebrating by rolling out a ton of features to the stable branch. First up is Phone Hub, which will let users …

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Nintendo’s “Mar10 Day” sale discounts a bunch of Mario games for the Switch

Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Today’s Dealmaster is headlined by a number of sales on Mario games for the Nintendo Switch. The deals come as part of Nintendo’s annual “Mario Day” event, which the video game company uses to celebrate its most beloved plumber, kart driver, golfer, boxing referee, typing instructor, prescription-drug supplier, and all-around mascot. The actual …

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Developing the distinctive look of the original X-COM: UFO Defense

Monsters in the Dark: The Making of X-COM: UFO Defense tells the story of the early years of legendary strategy game designer Julian Gollop and the making of the original X-COM and is funding now on Kickstarter. In this excerpt from the book, Julian and his brother Nick coordinate with X-COM publisher MicroProse UK on …

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Russia turns away from NASA, says it will work with China on a Moon base

Enlarge (credit: Simon Stacpoole | Offside | Getty Images) The heads of the Chinese and Russian space agencies signed an agreement on Tuesday to work together to build a “scientific” station on the Moon. Under terms of a memorandum of understanding, the two countries will cooperate on creation of an “International Lunar Science Station” and …

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Microsoft confirms “some” new Bethesda titles will be exclusive to Xbox, PC

Enlarge / Bethesda’s logo as carried by the publisher’s growing roster of mascots. (credit: Sam Machkovech) Bethesda Softworks and its parent company Zenimax Media are now officially a part of Microsoft, less than six months after the $7.5 billion proposed acquisition was announced. That means plans for “some new [Bethesda] titles in the future that …

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