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As long as your internet connection survived the extreme cold snap, Talking is back online. In the aftermath of the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill, Amazon suspended access to the Parler social network’s web service on January 10 for violating its terms of service. Now he’s relaunched on a new backend which he says is “built on sustainable, independent technology and doesn’t depend on so-called ‘Big Tech’ for its operations.” The relaunch comes with new interim CEO Mark Meckler replacing John Matze, who was ousted by the Parler council.

Amazon, Apple and Google distanced themselves from Talking after evidence emerged that attackers on Capitol Hill had used the platform to stage the incident. The iOS App Store and Google Play ditched it and Parler tried to get back online by suing Amazon for antitrust reasons, which was denied.

While the site is back online, there are still no smartphone apps for the “free speech” social network. Talking will have to convince at least part of Big Tech that it can manage and moderate its users with maturity.

– Mat Smith

AT&T and Verizon also appear to be having issues.


The current cold snap in the United States has taken a toll on carrier networks, with T-Mobile the first to acknowledge the problem yesterday afternoon. AT&T and Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) appear to have similar issues, but their issues don’t seem to be as widespread. The majority of T-Mobile’s outages appear to be concentrated in and around Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Texas is currently going through one of its the coldest winters in decades, with subzero temperatures in every part of the state. Continue reading.

And that was in 2018.

The next morning


As Apple demands more explicit explanations of privacy from Facebook applications and the social network leads “a campaign against Apple” with antitrust regulators and government figures, things get complicated. And it looks like it started a few years ago, according to a recent the Wall Street newspaper report which describes the escalation of hostilities between the two.

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked what he would have done if he was running Facebook at the time. He said he would not have found himself in such a situation in the first place and criticized Facebook for invading user privacy. Zuckerberg has publicly stated that these comments were “Extremely casual”, but within the company he has apparently said he wants to “inflict pain” on Apple.

He’s not talking about emotional pain; Facebook would have considered file a complaint against Apple for alleged anti-competitive policies and even offered to provide Epic Games with documents to help that company legal battle with Apple. Continue reading.

The remastered bundle extends beyond the PS5 and Xbox Series X / S on March 23.

The next morning


Overcooked fans no longer need the latest consoles to play the latest version of the game. Overcooked: all you can eat, which so far includes two games and all DLC, will land on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam on March 23 for $ 40. Even without Xbox Series X or PS5, the game can run at 4K and 60 frames per second if your console or PC supports it. Sadly, but predictably, it’s locked down at 30 fps on Switch. Continue reading.

It would go on sale around February 23.

The next morning


A combination of leaks from Gaston Shutters and Nokoshita gave us a clearer look at a new cinematic camera from Sony. The FX3, a cinema-camera version of the A7S III full-frame mirrorless camera, may appear very soon. It would come with a 12-megapixel sensor, 4K 120 fps video, and the price could be around $ 4000. Continue reading.

But wait, there is more …

Tesla ordered 12,300 Model X electric vehicles recalled due to loose trim issueJaguar and Land Rover cars will be fully electric from 2025Roku tests a remote with a built-in battery and customizable buttonsApple will offer free watch repairs if the software update does not fix the charging issues.


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