The Morning After: Xbox Series X and PS5 progress update

How does the new generation of console gaming measure up after six months?

Half a year since launch, and it’s still a challenge for a lot of us to get our hands on a next-gen console. Sony has reportedly said there will be supply constraints for the rest of the year, but we didn’t even need to be told. If you’ve tried to buy an Xbox Series X or PS5, you’ve probably had to shop around (online, mostly) for stock. And get very lucky.


What have you missed out on? Fortunately, not that much so far. According to Jessica Conditt, our newest consoles are still finding their feet, with Sony and Microsoft’s differing approaches still yet to yield anything conclusive. While Xbox has Game Pass, the PlayStation has the early exclusives (like Returnal) — enough, in fact, to warrant the debut of our guide to the best games on PS5. As you might expect, yep, there are some games in there you can play on your PS4, but the new console just does them better.

— Mat Smith

National Transportation Safety Board releases preliminary Tesla crash report

Security video shows the car's owner getting into the driver’s seat.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its preliminary report on the fatal Tesla Model S crash that killed two men in Texas last month. The report says security camera footage from the home of the owner of the vehicle shows him entering the driver’s side door. When police first started investigating the crash, they told reporters they were “100 percent certain that no one was in the driver seat driving that vehicle at the time of impact.”

There’s been a lot of speculation over whether the owner of the Model S was attempting to use Autopilot, and this report doesn’t clarify much just yet. The fire from the crash destroyed the onboard storage device and damaged the restraint control module. The latter stores data related to the car’s speed, acceleration, as well as seat belt and airbag status.
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Sony's next-gen earbuds could feature a new design

Leaked images suggest they'll look vastly different from the terrific WF-1000XM3.

Sony’s excellent noise-canceling WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds have been around for a few years, so it's about time for a refresh. According to a leak, the next-gen buds could look a little different. Images obtained by The Walkman Blog suggest that, although the WF-1000XM4 will ditch the flatter design for a rounded outer shape, they could protrude less from your ears.
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Space Force’s first flight unit has completed basic training

One section of the curriculum had an emphasis on "emotional intelligence."

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Thomas A. Coney

With President Biden's vote of confidence, the first flight unit composed entirely of Space Force Guardians graduated from Air Force basic military training, last week. The boot camp saw 35 recruits undergo seven and a half weeks of drills following a tailor made curriculum.
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Harley-Davidson’s official electric bike brand is called LiveWire

Yes, it does sound like a file-sharing service from the ‘00s.


Back in 2019, Harley-Davidson released the LiveWire, its first all-electric motorcycle. Now, it plans to use the LiveWire name to launch an all-electric motorcycle brand. LiveWire will announce its first EV on July 8th — don’t miss Ford’s electric F-150 event next week — revealing the bike at the International Motorcycle Show, one day later.
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WhatsApp will gradually stop working if you don't agree to its new privacy policy

Eventually, you won't be able to chat with anyone.

With its controversial privacy policy slated to go into effect this weekend, WhatsApp says it won't delete or deactivate the accounts of individuals who don't want to share their information with Facebook. "No one will have their accounts deleted or lose functionality of WhatsApp on May 15th because of this update," the company said in its own support article.

However, you will start to lose some WhatsApp functions if you continue to not accept its new privacy policy. At first, you'll lose access to your chat list. The only way the app will allow you to message or call someone is if they contact you first and you tap on the notification from WhatsApp.

After several more weeks, the app will stop sending messages and calls to your phone altogether. At that point, your options are particularly limited. You can export your chat history or download a report of your account. Or you can just delete your WhatsApp account and start using one of several alternatives.
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But wait, there’s more...

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UK postal service tests autonomous drone deliveries to remote islands

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US cracks down on 'bulletproof hosting' admins that enabled malware attacks

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