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NBA 2K22 gets a big defensive lift. Should you jump into new season?

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You've probably heard this said often when discussing sports: defense wins championships. In this year's release of NBA 2K, it wins virtual basketball games, too. The launch of NBA 2K22, available now for PC, PlayStation and Xbox consoles, and the Nintendo Switch, gives players some fresh help on defdense, along with a handful of new features across the platform's vast selection of game modes. I've been playing NBA 2K22 on both a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 for over a week now. So far, the results of 2K's renewed commitment to playing defense are mixed.


'The new minimum wage': Amazon and Intel offer employees access to training, reskilling

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COVID's impact on jobs and the economy has been profound and, quite honestly, confusing. On the one hand, stories of people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic – and are now starting to lose government benefits and eviction protection – have become both commonplace and gut-wrenching. At the same time, there are signs and postings everywhere desperately looking to hire people, from large companies to small-town restaurants. Short-staffed organizations are being forced to delay orders, adjust their hours of operation, and make many other uncomfortable changes to keep their businesses alive. While there is no simple reason these often-conflicting trends are occurring simultaneously, one undeniable fact is that we're witnessing a significant and rapid-paced shift in the jobs environment.


Singapore is testing robots to patrol the streets for 'undesirable' behavior like smoking

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Singapore is in the midst of a three-week trial for a pair of autonomous robots that patrol the public for "undesirable social behaviors" that include smoking in prohibited areas and violating COVID-19 gathering regulations. The pair of robots, known as Xavier, are equipped with cameras that can provide 360-degree footage and sensors that allow them to navigate in public and analyze potential public safety violations. According to a press release from the Home Team Science and Technology Agency, if Xavier detects an undesirable behavior, it will alert a public officer control center and officers can respond in person or remotely via the robot's interactive dashboard. Five Singaporean government agencies are involved in the testing of Xavier. "The deployment of ground robots will help to augment our surveillance and enforcement resources," said Lilly Ling, the Singapore Food Agency's East Regional Office Director, in a press release.


Apple to delay release of child safety features amid privacy uproar

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Apple said it will delay the release of child safety features which included scanning phones in the U.S. for images of child abuse. In a statement emailed to USA TODAY Friday, Apple said it would take time to consider improvements to the features, which had been criticized for potentially harming users' privacy. "Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers and others, we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect input and make improvements before releasing these critically important child safety features," said the company. Introduced in August, the child safety features were aimed at limiting the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). The features included tools in the Messages app warning kids and parents when they send or receive sexually explicit photos.


Tesla reportedly on autopilot system slams into police car parked on side of highway

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A Tesla in Autopilot mode crashed Saturday into a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser parked on the side of the road in Orlando. The crash happened while a federal investigation into Tesla's partially automated driving system is underway after nearly a dozen crashes involving emergency responder vehicles. The official police report from the Florida Highway Patrol states an Orlando man stopped his disabled vehicle in the travel lane of the highway. A 28-year-old trooper parked his patrol vehicle, a 2018 Dodge Charger, directly behind the disabled vehicle and activated the Dodge's emergency lights. The trooper then exited the vehicle to assist the driver. The 2019 Tesla apparently failed to stop and struck the left side of the patrol cruiser, then proceeded to strike the disabled vehicle.


We got a sneak peek at Elden Ring, a video game collab with 'Game of Thrones' author. Here's everything we learned

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In video games, there's probably no studio that generates more excitement than FromSoftware. Founded in 1986, the Japanese studio rose to fame through video games such as Demon's Souls and Dark Souls, role-playing epics which earned praise for their level of detail and high degree of difficulty. Naturally, fans have been eager to learn about From's next project: an action video game collaboration with George R.R. Martin, author of the "Game of Thrones" series, called Elden Ring. The action role-playing video game is scheduled to launch on Jan. USA TODAY recently watched the game in action. Here's everything we've learned about Elden Ring so far.


Breaking up or getting divorced? How to remove your ex from your digital life

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You get married or move in together, and your lives are tied in countless ways: a mortgage, the power bill, and your relationship status on social media sites. Then it ends, and you're left with a lot of heartaches and a lot of work. It's bad enough thinking about everything strangers know about you. Tap or click for the steps to do a thorough background check on yourself, so you know what others can dig up. Someone who knows you well has access to so much more info.


Do robots dream of doing mundane tasks? Elon Musk thinks so

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The robots are coming, and Elon Musk wants to usher in their arrival. The Tesla CEO revealed the Tesla Bot this week during an event devoted to advances in artificial intelligence. Described as "the next generation of automation" on the Tesla website, the humanoid robot is "capable of performing tasks that are unsafe, repetitive or boring." That makes sense as there are many jobs needing done but humans don't want to do, Musk says. At the foundation it is labor," he said during the event.


Madden NFL 22: What you need to know about pro football's biggest video game

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As of Friday, fans of pro football and video games get to indulge in an annual pastime: the release of the latest Madden NFL video game. Madden NFL 22 is available for PlayStation and Xbox video game consoles. It not only gets football fans hyped for the new season, but helps kick off an assortment of major video game launches ahead of the holiday. I've spent about a week playing Madden NFL 22. Here's a look at what else you need to know about this year's Madden release: The future is here:Meet Tesla Bot, Elon Musk's humanoid robot Most notable when you first hit the field is the Momentum Meter, which attempts to imitate the ebb and flow of a Sunday football game. Whenever a big play happens, the meter will shift toward one team or another to provide a unique perk.


The future is here: Meet Tesla Bot, Elon Musk's humanoid robot

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The entrepreneur unveiled Tesla Bot on Thursday during an event touting advances in artificial intelligence. According to a description on Tesla's website, the Tesla Bot was designed to perform physical tasks considered "unsafe, repetitive or boring." At the foundation it is labor," said Musk during the event. "So, what happens when there is no shortage of labor?" The bot is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds.