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Metaverse app BUD raises another $37M, plans to launch NFTs

BUD, a nascent app taking a shot at creating a metaverse for Gen Z to play and interact with each other, has raised another round of funding in three months. The Singapore-based startup told TechCrunch that it has closed $36.8 million in a Series B round led by Sequoia Capital India, not long after it...

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‘Move-to-earn’ Solana app StepN is latest crypto gaming craze

Since its launch in December, StepN, an app that lets users walk and run to earn tokens, has quickly become a household name in the play-to-earn blockchain gaming, or GameFi, world. Two to three million users worldwide are now active on the app every month, StepN’s co-founder Jerry Huang recently told TechCrunch. That number is...

How to watch AMD, Nvidia, and Microsoft’s Computex 2022 keynotes
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How to watch AMD, Nvidia, and Microsoft’s Computex 2022 keynotes

Computex is just hours away and will feature keynotes from some of the biggest names in tech, including AMD, Nvidia, and Microsoft. There will almost certainly be some exciting announcements from each brand, but since Computex takes place in Taipei, Taiwan, the keynotes don’t occur at the most convenient times (at least for those of...

Doctor Strange 2 Surpasses 800 Million at the Box Office
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Doctor Strange 2 Surpasses 800 Million at the Box Office

Image: Marvel Studios As the weekend winds down, news has come out from The Wrap that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, directed by Sam Raimi, has earned over 800 million dollars officially passing The Batman’s theatrical runs, the last big superhero flick to hit the theaters. Doctor Strange 2 is still a decent...

Hyundai is building EV and battery production facilities in Georgia
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Hyundai is building EV and battery production facilities in Georgia

Hyundai is building facilities dedicated to manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries in Savannah, Georgia, marking Hyundai’s first EV-only plant in the US (via CNBC). The South Korean automaker will spend $5.5 billion on the new facilities and will receive an additional $1 billion investment from its suppliers. Hyundai expects production at the 2,923-acre site...

Tesla Driver Briefly Trapped in Burning Car, Kicks Out Window
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Tesla Driver Briefly Trapped in Burning Car, Kicks Out Window

“The doors wouldn’t open.” Trapped Tesla owner Jamil Jutha had only owned his Model Y for eight months before it caught on fire Friday and briefly trapped him inside, according to a CTV News report published yesterday. Jutha was driving in Vancouver that morning when the car completely turned off and lost all power to...

Joe Biden is Worried About Monkeypox
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Joe Biden is Worried About Monkeypox

Image by Getty / Futurism The President of the United States says he’ll be concerned about monkeypox if it starts to spread more widely than it already has. Following this week’s report that the disease was confirmed in the US and countries in Europe President Joe Biden addressed a press pool today while traveling to...

Kid Steals Phone, Orders 31 Cheeseburgers, Leaves Huge Tip
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Kid Steals Phone, Orders 31 Cheeseburgers, Leaves Huge Tip

We’re lovin’ it. Order Up One kid just scored the childhood cheeseburger dream of a lifetime, and it only cost his mom $92. The Texas two-year-old ordered 31 McDonald’s cheeseburgers from DoorDash earlier this week using mom Kelsey Golden’s phone. CNN reported yesterday that the delivery was an “accident” but the youngster has made no...

Larry Ellison was on a call with Sean Hannity and Lindsey Graham to discuss overturning election results
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Larry Ellison was on a call with Sean Hannity and Lindsey Graham to discuss overturning election results

Larry Ellison, one of the world’s richest people and co-founder of the Oracle software company, was involved in a November 2020 call to develop plans to contest the results of the US presidential election, according to a report from The Washington Post. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Fox News host Sean Hannity, Donald Trump’s attorney Jay...

Which Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazines Deserve More Love?
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Which Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazines Deserve More Love?

As the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America awards deserving writers with Nebulas this weekend, I was reminded of the incredible variety and vibrancy of short fiction magazines. We are in, right now, an unprecedented age of access when it comes to short stories. You can visit the sites of industry stalwarts like Asimov’s,...