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Microsoft Discontinues the Xbox One

Microsoft Discontinues the Xbox One
Sony might be building a few more PlayStation 4 consoles to help with the ongoing shortage, but Microsoft has opted for a different tactic. The company has ceased manufacturing the Xbox One (technically the Xbox One S) and is focusing all of its efforts on the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X. A Farewell to Xbone This doesn’t appear to have been a recent decision. “To focus on production of Xbox Series X / S, we stopped production for all Xbox One consoles by the end of 2020,” Cindy Walker, the senior director of Xbox marketing, told .

PC Sales Boomed Again in 2021

PC Sales Boomed Again in 2021
PC sales had been on a decade-long decline, and then the COVID-19 pandemic happened. PC sales spiked in 2020 as the world adjusted to a new reality, and the numbers from 2021 show . Recent reports from , , and show double-digit growth last year, and analysts now believe the pumped-up PC market will last for at least a few more years regardless of what happens with COVID-19. The primary driver of the PC’s resurgence is undoubtedly the pandemic. More people than ever are working and attending classes from home, and demand for PCs has kept up even as businesses and schools attempt to reopen.

Astronomers Spot Potential Exomoon the Size of Neptune

Astronomers Spot Potential Exomoon the Size of Neptune
In the last few decades, astronomers have slowly but surely added to the number of known exoplanets. Even the largest planets can be hard to spot, though, and moons are even smaller. Well, usually. A team working with data from the dearly departed Kepler space telescope has reported a possible moon orbiting an exoplanet some 5,000 light years away. It falls somewhere . If confirmed, it could be the first known exomoon. Currently, astronomers have confirmed the existence of almost 5,000 exoplanets, but we don’t have any confirmed exomoons on the books. There are a dozen or so candidates, including one .

FTC May Proceed With Its Antitrust Lawsuit Against Facebook

FTC May Proceed With Its Antitrust Lawsuit Against Facebook
(Photo: Solen Feyissa/Unsplash)A federal judge has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission may move forward with its antitrust lawsuit against Facebook (now referred to as Meta). The ruling, which was delivered by US District Judge James Boasberg, comes about seven months after Boasberg himself dismissed the FTC’s first attempt at a case. The initial iteration of the suit was “legally insufficient,” per the judge’s , and had “failed to plead enough facts” to support its claim that Facebook had made itself a monopoly in the market for social media (known legally as Personal Social Networking, or PSN). Boasberg invited the FTC back in June 2021 to refile the complaint once it contained solid factual reinforcement.

Earth Isn’t ‘Super’ Because the Sun Had Rings

Earth Isn’t ‘Super’ Because the Sun Had Rings
As we explore the cosmos, astronomers have spotted a lot of so-called “super-Earths.” These rocky planets may be several times as massive as Earth, and there’s no analog in our solar system. But why is that? Scientists from Rice University might have a handle on it. By modeling our solar system with a supercomputer, astrophysicist André Izidoro and his colleagues have shown that . The rings in question are a feature of protoplanetary disks. When a new star forms, its gravity begins affecting the nearby clouds of dust and gas. Over time, particles clump together, and their gravity takes over to create asteroids, comets, and planets.

NASA Completes Webb Deployment, Confirms Doubling of Expected Lifespan

NASA Completes Webb Deployment, Confirms Doubling of Expected Lifespan
NASA hit a major milestone with the over the weekend. After completing hundreds of steps with painstaking precision, the telescope has been fully deployed. It’s still on the way to its final destination, but NASA has confirmed it’ll be doing science for a long time. NASA finished running the numbers, and its perfect launch means Webb . Last week, NASA reported that it had finished unfurling the observatory’s massive sunshield. This past weekend, the agency confirmed the primary mirror’s wings swung into place to complete the deployment. And that’s it — Webb is now in its final operation conformation.

COVID-19 Cancels In-Person E3 Gaming Convention, Again

COVID-19 Cancels In-Person E3 Gaming Convention, Again
For the third year in a row gamers and press from around the world will not be flocking to Los Angeles to check out the latest the gaming industry has to offer at the annual E3 gaming expo, due to the fact that there is still a pandemic raging across the country at this time. Instead, the event will be online-only, just like almost every other big name conference has been since the pandemic began. Although the larger Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was in-person just last week, that’s only because it was planned prior to Omicron arriving, causing most big name companies to pull out at the last minute, and hardly anyone to actually attend in-person, which is surely something the E3 organizers are hoping to avoid.

FAA Decrees 50 Airports Will Have 5G Buffers

FAA Decrees 50 Airports Will Have 5G Buffers
Regulators and the airlines are zeroing in on a compromise that will allow AT&T and Verizon to light up their mid-band 5G networks. These vital wireless bands were supposed to be online late last year, but the FAA expressed concern that the “C-band” frequencies could interfere with aviation. The carriers have , but we now expect the new network to be live later in January. However, it won’t be active around as potentially vulnerable to 5G interference. This disagreement stretches back almost two years. The FCC warned the aviation industry that it was going to auction C-band frequencies for cellular network usage.

Semiconductor Shortage Forces Canon to Dump Printer DRM

Semiconductor Shortage Forces Canon to Dump Printer DRM
(Photo: Canon)If you buy new Canon printer cartridges anytime soon, chances are they won’t contain a key component: the brand’s widely-hated copy protection chips. The chips, an integral part of Canon’s digital rights management (DRM), are the latest casualty of the global semiconductor shortage. A new on Canon Germany’s website states that the company has chosen to ship out ink cartridges lacking copy protection chips. As the continues to grip countless industries, Canon has struggled to source materials to support its DRM efforts, forcing the brand to reevaluate its priorities in regards to production and sales.
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