Over the past few days, increased solar activity (and those head-scratching geomagnetic storms) have caused the GPS navigation systems that guide some modern tractors from John Deere and other brands to go down. 404 Media reported farmers have been told to stop using high-tech tractors that use GPS systems to program and strictly cultivate their land. The real-time kinematics (RTK) systems on John Deere tractors can apparently seed with precision, down to a centimeter. A bit of GPS noise can throw this off.


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The weekend’s geomagnetic storm was the strongest in 20 years and reached G5 levels, considered “extreme”, on Friday and Saturday morning.

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Apple’s recently added option for App Store developers to include links to external payment methods isn’t really that appealing. In a hearing Friday as part of its ongoing legal battle with Epic, Apple said only 38 developers had applied to add such links — out of an estimated 65,000 that could. The changes had to satisfy an injunction ordered by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in 2021. According to Bloombergsaid Rogers during the latest hearing: “It sounds to me like the goal was then to maintain the business model and revenue that you had in the past.”

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The Alienware m16 R2 is a rarity among modern laptops. Usually after a major refresh, gadget makers like to keep the new models on the market as long as possible to minimize production costs. However, after the freshly designed m16 launched last year, the company has redesigned it again. GPU limiting this time. By doing this, Alienware can retool the m16 into a gaming laptop with a sleeker design, better battery life, and a more affordable starting price—built for what customers were buying when the original was released. This is a good approach. Check out our review.

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The Alphabet-owned autonomous taxi company announced that it now provides more than 50,000 paid rides each week in Phoenix, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Waymo One operates 24/7 in parts of those cities, so if the company gets 50,000 rides a week, that’s five bookings every minute.

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