iFixit took a peek underneath the Apple Watch Series 7’s larger display

iFixit took a peek underneath the Apple Watch Series 7’s larger display

In our review of the Apple Watch Series 7, Dieter Bohn called it the best smartwatch while noting the new model’s changes as “smaller iterations” year-over-year than we previously expected. Even those small improvements required some reengineering. To appreciate those efforts, the folks from iFixit teamed up with former Apple engineers to investigate the new … Read more

Who are the Bene Gesserit of Dune?

Who are the Bene Gesserit of Dune?

Dune is full of mysterious characters and organizations, but few are as important and secretive as the Bene Gesserit order, to which Paul’s mother Jessica belongs. While the movie reveals a few of their secrets, it doesn’t get all way into the background of the all-female sect. Thankfully, Frank Herbert’s original Dune novel has plenty … Read more

The latest Xbox update brings a 4K dashboard, night more, and more

The latest Xbox update brings a 4K dashboard, night more, and more

Microsoft’s October update for the Xbox Series X includes the long-awaited jump to a native 4K resolution dashboard. Previously, the system software upscaled 1080p to 4K, by which enthusiasts, including several people who work for The Report Door, were not totally satisfied. Now, you can endlessly stare at the TV in true 4K wondering what … Read more

The Dune lip tattoos and Mentat secrets, explained

The Dune lip tattoos and Mentat secrets, explained

[Ed. note: This piece contains mild spoilers for Dune.] Early in the runtime of Dune, a curious thing happens. Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) offhandedly muses about how much money it must have taken for the Emperor to send an envoy to his home planet of Caladan. In response, his retainer Thufir Hawat (Stephen McKinley … Read more

Tesla offers a glimpse of a future without Elon Musk

Tesla offers a glimpse of a future without Elon Musk

Elon Musk may seem inseparable from Tesla, but on Wednesday night, the company offered the first real taste of what it might look like without its billionaire CEO. Tesla held a regularly scheduled conference call to discuss its quarterly financial results, but — as he’d previously teased — Musk did not attend. His absence took … Read more

Gartner’s list of top tech initiatives for 2022

Gartner's list of top tech initiatives for 2022

Gartner released its annual list of top strategic technology trends this week, projecting that 2022 will keep enterprise executives busy with new developments in everything from artificial intelligence to cybersecurity. While much of this tech is centered on greater automation and even autonomy in data systems, there are also some outliers in areas like mesh … Read more

Facebook Messenger adds group AR effects and games to video calls

Jon Fingas

Facebook Messenger’s augmented reality effects are no longer limited to individuals. The social media company has introduced a Group Effects feature that, as the name implies, enables AR effects for everyone in a video call. Some of the 70-plus effects are just for giggles (such as giving everyone a beard), but others are shared experiences … Read more

Intel CEO warns chip shortage won’t end until at least 2023

Intel CEO warns chip shortage won’t end until at least 2023

The ongoing global chip shortage is going to be a problem for a lot longer, according to Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, who reiterated today ahead of the company’s Q3 earnings that he expects the shortage to extend until at least 2023. “We’re in the worst of it now; every quarter next year, we’ll get incrementally … Read more

Xbox is working with developer Mainframe on cloud MMO with scaling complexity

Xbox is working with developer Mainframe on cloud MMO with scaling complexity

Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next.  Finnish studio Mainframe is working on a cloud-native massively multiplayer online adventure for Xbox Game Studios. That’s according to reporter Jez Corden on The Xbox Two podcast, and it’s something that I’ve separately confirmed through independent sources. … Read more