‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ may actually be good for you

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If you’re one of the many gamers who has plowed hundreds of hours into Animal Crossing: New Horizons this year, that could have made a positive impact on your well-being. Oxford University researchers used data from the Nintendo Switch smash h…

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YouTube will stop displaying exact follower counts in September

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In an attempt to take the pressure off of creators, YouTube is changing the way it displays how many followers an account has. Throughout September, the platform is rolling out abbreviated public subscriber counts. For example, if a creator ha…

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Facebook increases pay for contractors and content moderators

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It’s no secret that Facebook depends on contract laborers, who do everything from moderate content to help train AI. But the work those contractors do is often anxiety-inducing and under-paid. In response to an exposé by The Verge earlier this…

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This mesh WiFi router can track motion to protect your family

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Back at CEATEC in October, I came across Origin Wireless and its clever algorithm that can turn any WiFi mesh network into a simple home security plus well-being monitoring system, and that’s without using cameras nor wearables — just plug and…

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