Amazon’s first TV is only available in India

If you want a first-party Fire TV experience, there are a lot of ways to go about getting one. But as far as dedicated TV sets that come with Fire OS preinstalled, Amazon has preferred to work with partners through its Fire TV Edition program rather than release its own TVs.  That changed this week when…

You’ll Soon Be Able to Check the Status of Your $600 Stimulus Check

Photo: Jeff Fusco (Getty Images) The second round of stimulus checks began rolling out through direct deposit this week, and the Internal Revenue Service says its Get My Payment tool for checking the status of your payment should become available “in a few days.” Advertisement The agency said in a release on Tuesday that the…

The Best Superhero Movies To Revisit, Since We Didn’t Get Many in 2020

Graphic: Eric Ravenscraft 30-Day Free Trial | Amazon Prime Video Whether you love superhero movies or hate them, it’s become the norm over the last decade to get a new one every couple of months. That trend was upended in 2020. If you’re feeling a bit of withdrawal, here are some older classics you can…

The 10 Best Deals of December 31, 2020

Gif: Gabe Carey Best Deals of the DayBest Deals of the DayThe best deals from around the web, updated daily. Thursday’s Best Deals | Kinja Deals It’s the last day of the year before Final Fantasy MMXX-2 sets in, so it goes without saying we’re all in dire need of retail therapy right now. Assuming…

SolarWinds hackers accessed Microsoft source code

The company said that none of its code was modified, and that its investigation will continue. “This activity has not put at risk the security of our services or any customer data,” Microsoft said, adding that “viewing source code isn’t tied to elevation of risk,” for the company.  Even as Microsoft downplayed the risk associated…

Apple reportedly took years to drop a supplier that used underage labor

In 2013, Apple found that one of its suppliers, Suyin Electronics, a firm that made HDMI and USB ports for the company’s MacBook lineup, had employed underage workers. The manufacturer promised to clean up its act, but a follow-up investigation by Apple found three more underage workers, including one 14-year-old, on Suyin’s assembly lines. While…

Every NYC subway station now supports contactless payments

New York’s MTA has finished rolling out contactless payments across all the subway stations and bus lines in all five boroughs. The OMNY (One Metro New York) system allows riders to tap-and-pay for fares with smartphones, smartwatches and contactless credit and debit cards. It’s OMNY Time—everywhere! Every busEvery subway stationEvery borough Contactless fare payment is…

Pet Food Recalled After at Least 28 Dogs Die, FDA Says

Photo: Catie Keck/Gizmodo More than two dozen dogs have died after ingesting specific lots of Sportmix pet food that contained potentially deadly levels of aflatoxin, the Food and Drug Administration said this week. Advertisement Midwestern Pet Foods, the Indiana-based maker of Sportmix, has issued a voluntary recall of specific types of dog and cat food…

Meet the Pint-Sized Robots That Spontaneously Dance

Interacting in a confined space, a swarm of ‘smarticles’ can form spontaneous choreographies.Image: Courtesy Thomas Berrueta In January 2020, a second-floor lab at Northwestern University was filled with the mild-mannered clacking of three robots pushing each other around. The trio were in a small ring as they hit against one another, though the petite robots…