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Sotheby’s first NFT auction revealed

Sotheby’s first NFT auction revealed

An art auction is set to take place in June of 2021 called "Natively Digital: A Curated NFT Sale." This sale will be hosted by Sotheby's, and it'll take place entirely online. Sotheby's started their description of this sale with the following: "NFTs will be considered one of the groundbreaking artistic breakthroughs of the century."

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Microsoft Surface Duo cuts price in half, but don’t be fooled

Microsoft Surface Duo cuts price in half, but don’t be fooled

The two-screen Android device called Microsoft Surface Duo just had a price gut. It's had its guts ripped out at a whopping 50% off, down to around $700 from its original $1400 USD. This isn't the first time the device's price has been clipped, and it probably won't be the last.

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Sotheby’s Banksy is first physical painting sold with cryptocurrency option

Sotheby’s Banksy is first physical painting sold with cryptocurrency option

A battle between four bidders ended with a $12.9 million hammer price for the Banksy artwork 'Love is in the Air'. This is the first piece of art sold in a Sotheby's auction where cryptocurrency was accepted as a payment option for a physical artwork. It's likely this practice will continue with other major sales in the near future.

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FCC $50/month internet relief check process starts: How to get your money

FCC $50/month internet relief check process starts: How to get your money

The FCC started their Emergency Broadband Benefit Program this week as administered by USAC (with FCC oversight). This Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will deliver up to $50/month discount for broadband service and associated equipment rentals for qualifying low-income households. This program also aims to deliver up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands, and a one-time discount of $100 for the purchase of a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer for some households.

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US government warns: Stop filling plastic bags with gasoline

US government warns: Stop filling plastic bags with gasoline

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission was put in a position this week where they needed to issue a warning to citizens. May 12, 2021, at 9AM, the USCPSC released a warning: "Do not fill plastic bags with gasoline." The followed up with another warning: "Use only containers approved for fuel." Why, you might wonder, would anyone EVER fill a plastic bag full of gasoline?

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Google Pay international send money feature launches with limited reach

Google Pay international send money feature launches with limited reach

Google recently retired its old Google Pay app and with it the ability to send and receive money, at least on that old app and website. To make up for that, Google is announcing a new feature in Google Pay that expands that money transfer feature beyond the borders of the US. Unfortunately, as it stands, it's a one-way street that has very limited availability, at least as far as this first phase of the rollout goes.

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Wyze the latest group to warn of “volatile” prices due to pandemic

Wyze the latest group to warn of “volatile” prices due to pandemic

The folks at Wyze sent an email to users of Wyze products this week warning of rising prices on products. They suggested that they're seeing "huge cost increases" on "almost every material" they use to manufacture smart products of all sorts. Starting on May 18, 2021, Wyze will be increasing the cost of their products, including (but not limited to) Wyze Cam v3.

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Microsoft proves Minecraft was one of their best buys of all time

Microsoft proves Minecraft was one of their best buys of all time

Microsoft reported their Q3 earnings with a few facts about how successful they've been with Minecraft. Minecraft, created by Markus Persson (Notch) was acquired by Microsoft in the year 2014 for approximately $2.5 billion USD. This week Microsoft revealed some facts about how the franchise is doing and where they are with what's widely regarded as the best-selling video game of all time.

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Microsoft Store PC game fees slashed below Steam

Microsoft Store PC game fees slashed below Steam

Microsoft just cut their cut of profit for the sale of games on the Microsoft Store to 12%. This puts their profit margin down to match that of the Epic Games Store, and well below that of biggest PC game sales store in the world: Steam. Valve's Steam platform currently takes a baseline 30%, with a sliding scale to 25 and 20% for games that are most massively successful.

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iPhone, iPad, Mac sales in FQ2 2021 take flying leap over last year

iPhone, iPad, Mac sales in FQ2 2021 take flying leap over last year

Services and Mac revenue reached an all-time high for Apple's financial Q2, 2021. Revenue overall was up 54 percent to reach a new all-time-high for this quarter. It should perhaps have been expected that Apple's year here in 2021 would be better than last. Last year was a bit of a surprise to the world at large, given COVID-19 and the pandemic that it brought. Now that we're inching away from said pandemic, the dip in sales most companies saw in 2020 can be decimated by blockbuster sales in 2021.

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Windows ramps defenses against cryptojacking – what’s that?

Windows ramps defenses against cryptojacking – what’s that?

Microsoft released a note this week about how they've been working on defending against cryptojacking for your computer. Cryptojacking is a term describing a malicious attacker, a hacker, using your computer to mine cryptocurrency. Your computer's processing power - and potentially your internet data, if you're not on an "unlimited" plan - for their own profit, without your knowledge. This is bad, and Microsoft working to defend Windows against cryptojacking is good.

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FIFA 21 loot boxes revealed to have an aggressive EA push

FIFA 21 loot boxes revealed to have an aggressive EA push

Just like IAPs or in-app transactions, loot boxes have become one of the "dirty words" in the gaming industry. Unlike other forms of microtransactions, however, loot boxes have also come under legal scrutiny. Companies like EA have even been fined over such widespread yet also unpopular game mechanic, but it hasn't stopped EA from pushing through with that line of business. In fact, a new leak reveals that EA was intentionally trying to steer FIFA 21 players that way, which, on second thought, might not be that surprising after all.

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