Jury Holds Pharmacies Responsible For Role In Opioid Crisis

A federal jury says CVS, Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies didn’t do enough to stop the flow of opioid pills into two Ohio counties.

Man Who Murdered Amanda Knox’s Roommate, Meredith Kercher, Is Released

Rudy Guede is the only person convicted in the 2007 killing of the British student in Perugia, Italy.

Sophie Turner Throws Absolutely Filthy Shade At Husband Joe Jonas Over His Purity Ring

The “Game of Thrones” star hilariously “set the record straight” during a comedy roast of The Jonas Brothers for Netflix.

The Morning After: Russia wants local offices from big tech companies like Google and Apple

We’ll get into Russia’s demands for big tech below, but first — ahead of a four-day weekend for some — let’s talk about streaming shows. 

You’ve probably noticed by now that we’ve got a reboot problem. Nothing epitomizes that better than the live-action series remake for beloved anime Cowboy Bebop. Senior Editor Devindra Hardawar puts it into words well: “Netflix’s remix is mainly in love with Cowboy Bebop. It wants to remind us of the anime.” But in the effort to show its affection, it all rings a little hollow by comparison.

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Devindra even gets a little brutal, criticizing the times when the show “looks worse than a cheap Doctor Who episode.” I know exactly what he means.

Cowboy Bebop is now available to stream on Netflix.

— Mat Smith

Android 12 review

Living in a Material (You) world

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Reviews Editor Cherlynn Low untangles the myriad versions of Android to offer some insight into what you might be getting with Google’s latest mobile OS, Android 12. The standout change is definitely a new design that can tease color palettes from your favorite images, but like its rival, iOS, there are bigger shifts in privacy and how your data is being used.

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Spotify made a hub for Netflix soundtracks, playlists and podcasts

Listen to the ‘Squid Game’ theme, along with podcasts like ‘Netflix is a Daily Joke.’

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After doing the same for Disney, Spotify has launched a Netflix hub, bringing all of the streaming service’s soundtracks, playlists and podcasts into one place. While many of Netflix’s soundtracks were already on Spotify, the new feature puts all content related to the service in one place.

That includes playlists and soundtracks from series and films like La Casa de Papel, Narcos: Mexico, Outer Banks, Squid Game and, ahem, Cowboy Bebop.

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Epic Games buys the studio behind ‘Guitar Hero’ to create ‘musical journeys’ in ‘Fortnite’

It’s another metaverse play.

Epic Games has acquired Harmonix, the studio behind titles like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Dance Central and, more recently, Fuser. Epic’s vision for Harmonix involves the metaverse. In the immediate future, the two plan to create “musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite.”

No word yet on how many millions of dollars the acquisition cost.

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Apple delays its digital ID cards until 2022

The feature was previously scheduled to arrive before the end of 2021.

In an update to the official iOS 15 website that was spotted by MacRumors, Apple says that functionality will now arrive sometime in early 2022. Apple first announced the feature at WWDC 2021, pitching it as a tool to allow you to add your driver’s license or state ID card to Apple Wallet, just like you would a credit or debit card. Among the first locations to support the feature will be select Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints at some US airports.

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Russia demands large tech companies set up local offices by 2022

The government wants more control over Apple, Meta, TikTok and others.

Russia’s telecom regulator Roskomnadzor has called on 13 foreign and mostly American companies to launch official Russian presences by 2022 so they can comply with a law that took effect July 1st. The list includes familiar tech names, like Apple, Google, Meta (Facebook), Telegram, TikTok and Twitter.

The law demands local offices for “internet companies” with over 500,000 daily users. Some of the companies already have offices, though, and it’s unclear just what constitutes an official presence. Those deemed violating the law could face complete bans or limits on their ads, data gathering and money transfers.

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Beats Studio Buds fall to a new low of $100 at Amazon

If you’re looking for budget wireless noise-cancelling earbuds in the Apple family, don’t forget about the Beats Studio Buds. They’re already a good deal at $150, but now you can pick them up during Black Friday at Amazon for just $100, the lowest price we’ve seen yet. 

Buy Beats Studio Buds at Amazon – $100

The Studio Buds scored a solid 84 score in our Engadget review and also made our list of best wireless earbuds for 2021. The small, comfortable design and IPX4 water resistance makes them great for workouts and, more importantly, they deliver good sound quality with Beats’ famous punchy base. Active noise cancellation is solid as well, and they can adjust the volume based on your environment via the active gain feature. 

Since the Studio Buds are Apple products, they use the company’s H1 chip. That means they support Apple’s Spatial Audio feature and let you easily switch between Apple devices — just as you can with a pair of AirPods. However, they’re also device agnostic, so you can use the Fast Pair option to quickly set them up with your Android device. They also work with Find My Device on Android, so you can see their last known location. 

The main drawbacks are a lack of wireless charging and onboard controls, but most budget wireless buds lack those features. With the deal right now, you won’t find many rivals that can match its features at that $100 price point. 

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U.S. Senators Demand Answers From People Behind Crypto Stablecoin Tether

The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban sent a letter to so-called “stablecoin” issuer Tether on Tuesday, asking for an explanation of how the company operates and “mints” tethers that can be exchanged for various forms of cryptocurrency like bitcoin. Why does it matter? Because some people believe…

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People Can’t Believe Fox’s Patriot Awards Ceremony Isn’t A Parody: ‘Beyond Cringe’

“I thought it was an SNL skit,” one critic wrote on Twitter.

Next-generation Ford Ranger ditches the camo and struts its stuff

When Ford returned the Ranger to the US several years ago, the truck was new to our market, but it wasn’t entirely new, having been available in other countries before. The Ranger proved popular and helped broaden the competition in the mid-size truck market dominated by Toyota. Ford has now revealed the next-generation Ranger, and the mid-size pickup is packed … Continue reading

Samsung's Galaxy Watch 4 hits an all-time low of $180

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 went on sale for $200 earlier this month, but it has become even more affordable ahead of Black Friday. The smartwatch is now listed for $180 on both Amazon and Walmart, which is the lowest price we’ve seen for the device on those websites. That’s $70 less than its original $250 retail price. While only the black 40mm Bluetooth-capable variant is being sold for $180, the other colors, 44mm versions and LTE-capable watches are also on sale for $50 less.

Buy Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 at Amazon – $180Buy Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 at Walmart – $180

We gave the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 a score of 85 in our review. It’s the first generation of Galaxy Watch to run Wear OS, giving it the capability to download apps straight from the Play Store. There’s now even a section on the store showing all your current apps with smartwatch counterparts that makes the installation process even more painless. The device has gesture controls, as well, so you can simply flick your wrist or lift your arm to answer or decline calls. 

We also praised the watch for having comprehensive health tracking capabilities. Samsung gave it a new 3-in-1 biometric sensor to enable body mass scans using bioelectrical impedance analysis. In addition, it has new sleep tracking features (like snore detection), faster heart rate monitoring and updated calorie count algorithms. Another upgraded element that deserves a mention is its sharper screen.

The only big difference between the Watch 4 and the Watch 4 Classic is the latter’s spinning bezel and stainless steel case. If you like the latter’s looks better, however, you can also get the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic for $300 on Amazon. That’s an all-time low for the device and is $50 less than its original price.

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‘He’s A Fan’: Trump Welcomes ‘Nice Young Man’ Kyle Rittenhouse To Mar-A-Lago

The former president gushed about his meeting with the acquitted killer during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.