Japan Hasn’t Seen Cherry Blossoms This Early in 1,200 Years

Photo: Eugene Hoshiko (AP) So gorgeous! So depressing! The cherry blossoms in Kyoto, Japan hit their peak bloom last week—the earliest date recorded in official records and, some say, the earliest date of bloom for the trees in more than 1,200 years. And climate change definitely has a hand in the trees’ early beauty show….

‘Among Us’ will get 15-player lobbies and a new art style

After a lengthy wait, Among Us’ latest map, the Airship, is available to download today. With it comes the biggest update developer Innersloth has released for the game to date. Included in the package are a persistent account system and an extensive collection of new hats. However, the studio has even bigger changes planned for…

Soon, Siri Won’t Be a Feminine Voice by Default

Photo: Victoria Song/Gizmodo The latest update to the iOS 14.5 beta won’t fix all of our gripes with Siri, but it does introduce a few major changes for Apple’s digital assistant. For starters, Siri will no longer be feminine by default for English speakers. Instead, once iOS 14.5 is officially pushed out, iOS users will…

The ‘Voice of President Trump’ Gets Double-Banned by Facebook

Photo: Tasos Katopodis (Getty Images) It must be hard, getting 86’ed from a venue, watching as 2.7 billion people stroll past a skinny, pale bouncer. Maybe you mull around the dumpster outside, in a cloud of cigarette smoke with the Nazis and Laura Loomer, talking about how much that party sucks, actually, that this alley…

Why Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Needs to Go Way Bigger

US President Joe Biden walks off Air Force One in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on March 31, 2021, where he will unveil a $2 trillion infrastructure plan aimed at modernizing the United States’ crumbling transport network, creating millions of jobs and enabling the country to “out-compete” China.Photo: Jim Watson (Getty Images) On Wednesday, President Joe Biden unveiled…

Discord adds audio-only Stage Channels for Clubhouse-like presentations

Discord has become the latest company to take a page from Clubhouse. It’s introducing a feature called Stage Channels that allows you to broadcast a live audio conversation to a group of listeners without worrying about people talking over one another and some of the other pitfalls that come with traditional voice channels. So-called Stage…

Amazon Intended Its Army of Paid Twitter Sycophants to Be ‘Authentic,’ Have a ‘Great Sense of Humor’

The Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, where workers have cast votes on whether to unionize.Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP (Getty Images) Internal Amazon documents show that the company’s widely-derided Twitter “ambassadors” program was intended to be a different sort of laugh riot, according to the Intercept. Advertisement Multiple Amazon executives on Twitter, as well as the…

The Creepshow Season 2 Premiere Unleashes the Best Kind of Fan Service

Why yes, that book DOES look familiar.Photo: Shudder io9 ReviewsReviews and critical analyses of fan-favorite movies, TV shows, comics, books, and more. It’s a safe bet that if you’re settling in to watch Shudder’s Creepshow series—based on the films by George A. Romero and Stephen King—you’re already a horror fan. Creepshow knows this, and it…

Microsoft wins 10-year contract supplying AR tech to the US Army

America’s ground-pounders of tomorrow will soon be equipped with custom-built HoloLens headsets as part of a decade-long contract struck between the Department of Defense and Microsoft, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. Per the $21.88 billion deal, Microsoft will supply some 120,000 of its AR units to the US Army. This announcement follows a $480 million deal…

Siri will no longer have a ‘default’ voice in iOS 14.5

For as long as Apple has offered Siri, the digital assistant has defaulted to a female voice in North America. That’s about to change. With the latest iOS 14.5 beta, TechCrunch reports Apple is introducing two English-speaking voices for Siri and making it so that you can pick the voice you like best when setting…