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Apple's AirPods Pro 2 vs. Samsung's Galaxy Buds3 Pro.

Samsung this week introduced its latest earbuds, the Galaxy Buds3 Pro, which look quite a bit like Apple's AirPods Pro 2. Given the similarities, we thought we'd compare Samsung's new earbuds to the ‌AirPods Pro‌. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Design wise, you could potentially mistake Samsung's Galaxy Buds3 Pro for the ‌AirPods Pro‌. ...

Kobo’s Elipsa 2E, our favorite e-reader for taking notes, has hit its best price yet.

The Kobo Elipsa 2E lets you actually take notes directly on pages, which is one of the reasons I recommend it over the Kindle Scribe. | Image: Kobo We’re already seeing great deals land on Amazon devices like the Kindle Scribe ahead of Prime Day next week, which makes sense as it’s an Amazon event. ...

James Webb telescope marks second anniversary with an image of the Penguin and the Egg galaxies.

NASA and its partners, the European and Canadian space agencies, are celebrating the second year since the James Webb Telescope started sending back photos of the universe by releasing an image of the Penguin and the Egg galaxies. These are interacting galaxies collectively known as Arp 142 located 326 million light-years from Earth, captured by the James Webb in interactive light. ...

Fantasmas’ vision of the future is a dystopian dreamland.

Image: HBO In Julio Torres’ series Fantasmas, survival in the future is an intricate, corporate-owned game of feeding your identity to the machine. Continue reading…

The Best Early Prime Day Deals on Apple Products.

Amazon is soon to be back with its annual summertime Prime Day event, lasting for just two days from July 16-17. As it does every year, Prime Day offers shoppers a huge selection of deals across Amazon's storefront, and there are already many deals you can get on sale ahead of the event. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. ...

Prime Day deals include the Ninja Creami ice cream maker for $150.

It’s not quite Amazon Prime Day yet, but the early deals continue to show up. For example, the Ninja Creami ice cream maker is down to $150. This is a discount of $50 and close to the record-low price of $130. It’s the perfect gadget for those who scream for ice cream, but also scream about paying over $6 per pint. ...

What to read this week: An astronaut’s journey and queer horror that bites back at cliché.

New releases in fiction, nonfiction and comics that caught our attention. Bury Your Gays by Chuck Tingle Chuck Tingle may be best known for his oft-memed erotica titles, but the author has also been making a name for himself in mainstream horror in recent years. Tingle’s second full-length horror novel, Bury Your Gays, was released this week, and if the title didn’t make it abundantly clear, it calls out one of Hollywood’s tiredest tropes: queer storylines that inevitably end in tragedy or erasure. ...

Top Stories: Everything New in iOS 18 Beta 3, HomePod With Screen Rumor, and More.

Apple is moving right along with development and testing on iOS 18 and related software updates, with the third developer betas arriving this past week and public beta versions of most of them expected very shortly. Not all of the new features Apple showed off at WWDC last month will be available right away, however, with some rolling out in later iOS 18 updates over the next year. ...

Here’s how much Valve pays its staff — and how few people it employs.

Image: The Verge Valve is a famously secretive company with an enormous influence on the gaming industry, particularly because it runs the massive PC gaming storefront Steam. But despite that influence, Valve isn’t a large organization on par with EA or Riot Games’ thousands of employees: according to leaked data we’ve seen, as of 2021, Valve employed just 336 staffers. ...

The making of Eno, the first generative feature film.

Image: First Film Corp. Director Gary Hustwit tells us about his living documentary and the technology that changes it for every screening. Continue reading…

Engwe P20 folding e-bike review: $1000 buys a lot of forgiveness.

Fully equipped direct-to-consumer e-bikes still require compromises at this price range. Continue reading…

iOS 18: What's New With Safari.

iOS 18 includes updates for many of Apple's built-in apps, and Safari is no exception. Apple's browser has some useful new features for more quickly getting to the information that you want most from websites. This guide highlights everything that's new in Safari. Highlights Highlights detects relevant information on a webpage that you're visiting and surfaces it for you so you can find pertinent details without having to scour a page. ...

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Software Chief Eddy Cue Attend Sun Valley Conference.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple Software and Services chief Eddy Cue are attending the annual Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, this weekend. The media finance conference is well-known for attracting some of the biggest names in tech. Image via Reuters The Sun Valley Conference has been likened to a camp for billionaires, where tech and media moguls can negotiate deals while golfing, whitewater rafting, and similar activities. ...

Meta rolls back restrictions on Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Meta, the parent company of social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, has decided to remove restrictions placed on former President Donald Trump’s accounts. Meta updated its original statement announcing the end of Trump’s suspension on Facebook and Instagram in January of 2023 to reflect the Republican presumptive presidential nominee’s new online status. ...