In news that probably wont shock you all that much, this years Oscars reflect a year spent mostly indoors and not in movie theaters. The Academy has announced the nominees for the 2021 Oscars, and Netflix is, again, the frontrunner, grabbing 31 nominations.
All those nominations wont guarantee wins, sure, but David Fincher’s Mank dominated the shortlist. Its 10 nominations included Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Gary Oldman) and Best Supporting Actress (Amanda Seyfried).
It wasnt just Netflix either. Amazon picked up nominations for Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm, and Hulu’s The United States vs. Billie Holiday was also recognized. Disney+, even, the newest streaming service here, picked up a nomination for Soul, while Apple TV+ quietly grabbed two nominations.
The pandemic has given these services a huge chance at awards glory. Well have to wait until April 25th to see who wins out, but I doubt itll match the spectacle of last weekends Grammys.
How much is a good night’s rest worth?
Managing Editor Terrence OBrien wants more sleep. Video Producer Brian Oh does, too. That made them the perfect duo for trying out Bose second-generation Sleepbuds. If you were desperate to completely block the outside world and struggled to fall asleep every night, they might be a great investment if they were a little bit cheaper. As Terrence puts it: A $250 wearable white noise machine is borderline absurd. Continue reading.
These games started in a single warehouse back in 2017 but are rolling out widely now.
A few years ago, we wrote about Amazons attempt to gameify work in its warehouses with some social mini-games. Yes, I shuddered, too. The company is reportedly in the middle of a “major expansion” of the program, called FC Games. What initially started in one warehouse back in 2017 has now rolled out across 20 states, according to The Information.
Naturally, Amazon says that employees have told it that they enjoy having the option to join in these workstation games. The mini-games feature leaderboards and competitions against fellow employees, both at a single warehouse or against people at other facilities around the US. The games arent particularly good, although some people do like it because it helps make the mind-numbing boredom of a 10-hour shift better, an Amazon worker told The Information. In summary, the games have mixed reviews. Continue reading.
Itll work with your Switch, PC and mobile.
8BitDo has launched the follow-up to the SN30 Pro+ Bluetooth controller that came out in 2019, and it offers additional features for the same price. The $50 8BitDo Pro 2 has two back buttons you can assign any function to, so you don’t have to take your thumbs off the thumbsticks. You can program the buttons or remap them using a connected app on iOS or Android. You can even make dedicated controller profiles for certain games or platforms through the new app. The controller is available to pre-order now. Continue reading.
It will debut aboard the upcoming iX electric SUV.
BMWs iDrive infotainment system is one of the best, and its about to get a thoroughly modern upgrade with natural language processing, gesture controls and cloud-based machine learning. iDrive 8 will arrive on the upcoming BMW iX and i4, and drivers will be able to give BMWs Intelligent Personal Assistant (IPA) a personalized name and cue up various in-vehicle functions and information readouts using verbal or non-verbal commands. Backing up the behind-the-scenes smarts is a new 12.3-inch curved display for your gauges and monitors, plus a 14.9-inch control (read, infotainment) display. Continue reading.
Youre a grown man, Elon.
In the midst of Teslas SEC filing, Elon Musk has apparently claimed a new title, the Technoking of Tesla, for some reason. The companys CFO, Zach Kirkhorn, has a new position thats right out of Game of Thrones: Master of Coin. Theres also probably a nod there to the recent Bitcoin machinations of both Tesla and Musk himself. Last month, Tesla bought $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin to help diversify and maximize its returns. The news juiced the price of Bitcoin further, hitting an all-time high of over $44,000.
The filing notes: Elon and Zach will also maintain their respective positions as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Continue reading.
But wait, theres more…
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Facebook will pay News Corp to use its content in Australia
‘Outriders’ will hit Xbox Game Pass when it releases on April 1st
US charges CEO of company selling encrypted devices to drug traffickers
Russia sank a neutrino observatory into the world’s deepest lake
Apple’s MacBook Pro M1 is $150 off at Amazon
Kia offers a first look at its new EV6 electric car
Sony’s new 4K TVs with ‘cognitive’ CPUs are rolling out, VRR will follow later