The coming war on the hidden algorithms that trap people in poverty

Miriam was only 21 when she met Nick. She was a photographer, fresh out of college, waiting tables. He was 16 years her senior and a local business owner who had worked in finance. He was charming and charismatic; he took her out on fancy dates and paid for everything. She quickly fell into his orbit.

It began with one credit card. At the time, it was the only one she had. Nick would max it out with $5,000 worth of business purchases and promptly pay it off the next day. Miriam, who asked me not to use their real names for fear of interfering with their ongoing divorce proceedings, discovered that this was boosting her credit score. Having grown up with a single dad in a low-income household, she trusted Nick’s know-how over her own. He readily encouraged the dynamic, telling her she didn’t understand finance. She opened up

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Destiny 2’s Prophecy Dungeon Coming Back With Next Update

The Prophecy dungeon launched in Destiny 2 back in June, adding another inventive, high-level activity to the game that wasn’t one of its six-player raids. But when the Beyond Light expansion was released, a whole slate of Destiny 2 content was removed from the game, with no information as to when (or if) it might return. Prophecy wasn’t quite in the same boat as destinations like Mars, Mercury, Titan, Io, and the Leviathan–Bungie always said it would come back after Beyond Light’s release–but we didn’t know exactly when, until now.

Bungie included an update on Prophecy’s return in its latest This Week at Bungie blog post. We now know that Prophecy will be back in the game very soon: December 8. That’s the date of the game’s next weekly reset, which will see a new patch, Update 3.0.1, that fixes some issues and adds a few extra elements along with

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Three Major Camera Improvements May be Coming to iPhone 13

The iPhone 12 premiered with an improved camera system, but 2021’s iPhone 13 is predicted to take mobile photography to the next level with three major camera hardware improvements.


The ‌iPhone 12‌ lineup offered a range of significant camera improvements, with a larger aperture on the wide-angle lens and an improved, seven-element lens assembly, and Sensor-shift optical image stabilization and a deeper telephoto lens on the 12 Pro Max model. There was also a number of computational photography improvements, such as the introduction of Apple ProRAW, Night mode portraits, Smart HDR 3, HDR video recording with Dolby Vision, Night mode Time-lapses, and Night mode and Deep Fusion on the front-facing camera. Next year, the ‌iPhone 13‌ is expected to focus on three main areas of improvement: the Ultra-Wide lens, sensor size, and sensor-shift stabilization.

Ultra-Wide Hardware Improvements

Supply-chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects the aperture of the ultra-wide angle lens on

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OnePlus confirms Snapdragon 888 flagship is coming in first half of 2021

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OnePlus 8T

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  • OnePlus has confirmed that it will launch a Snapdragon 888 flagship in H1 2021.
  • This marks the continuation of a years-long release tradition for the brand.
  • Xiaomi, Oppo, and Realme have also dished out Snapdragon 888 flagship details.

Qualcomm has revealed a few details regarding its new Snapdragon 888 flagship processor, and we’re expecting it to power a host of high-end smartphones in 2021.

Now, an official OnePlus video posted on the Snapdragon Tech Summit website has revealed that OnePlus will launch a Snapdragon 888-toting flagship in the first half of 2021.

“We believe that the technological innovation of this flagship platform in 5G, games, camera, and other aspects will contribute to the high-end flagship to be launched by OnePlus in (the) first half of next year,” an executive says in the video.

It’s no surprise to hear that OnePlus is working

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Got $3,000? These 2020 Tech Outperformers Have Catalysts Coming in 2021

While “recovery” stocks have been making big moves upwards in November, 2020 has been a year when technology stocks have pulled away from the pack. Yet just because tech stocks have soared this year doesn’t mean better things couldn’t be in store in 2021.

Here are three top tech names that have each beaten the broader market this year, yet which also have 2021 catalysts that could push them to even greater heights. 

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Dell Technologies

Leading server and computer assembler Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) has done rather well in 2020. That’s especially impressive, given that Dell mostly sells hardware products subject to the buying whims of businesses and consumers everywhere, and we’ve been in a recession. Yet last quarter, Dell posted a better-than-expected revenue growth of 3% and, thanks to cost-savings measures, earnings-per-share growth of 16%. The work-from-home trend has boosted consumer laptop sales, and the company’s

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NZXT H1 Mini-ITX Computer Case Has Safety Issues – Fix Coming

Sales of the NZXT H1 Mini-ITX computer case has been halted globally over what appears to be fire concerns. It looks like it has been linked to 1 wrong screw being used and a repair kit has been developed to replace said screw. This alert was issued after one customer had sparks and flames shoot out of his case after building his PC. NZXT believes that screwgate is only affecting a small percentage of the H1 cases, but are being overly cautious to ensure the safety of their customers.

NZXT H1 Mini-ITX Case

The H1 is NZXT’s first small form factor mini-ITX enclosure and it was released in February 2020 with an MSRP of $349.99. It comes with a 650W SFX-L 80Plus Gold fully modular power supply, a 140mm all-in-one liquid cooler, and a PCIe 16x Gen3 riser card.

Here is the statement about the H1 PC case released by NZXT:

NZXT has identified

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Huami’s Amazfit GTS 2 Mini is coming next week: What can we expect?

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Amazfit GTS 2

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  • Huami has confirmed the launch of yet another wearable before the end of the year, the Amazfit GTS 2 Mini.
  • Little is known about its specs, but we expect it could be a more affordable version of the smartwatch.
  • The Amazfit GTS 2 Mini is set to arrive on December 1.

Wearable maker Huami debuted the Amazfit GTS 2 a little under a month ago. Now, it seems a “mini” version may be coming fairly shortly. According to official Weibo teasers, the firm is set to launch the Amazfit GTS 2 Mini on December 1.

The teasers are pretty opaque, though, paying homage to “mini” tablets and drones that have graced the tech space. We imagine these are hints that the smartwatch will be a lighter, smaller, and hopefully cheaper version of the GTS 2. We don’t believe the GTS 2

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PS5 Out Of Stock At Walmart; GameStop Black Friday Restock Coming Later This Week

If you’re a PlayStation fan trying to buy a PS5, you know that in the time since launch day, the PS5 retail situation has been endlessly hectic and frustrating, with the system consistently selling out in a matter of moments, sites crashing, and scalpers cashing in on the situation by hoarding the system and selling them for over $1,000 each. The PS5 launch day restocks were particularly disappointing–many stores restocked and sold out instantly at midnight, and Walmart offered multiple online restocks throughout the day, each of which had slow loading times, site crashes, and errors in checkout. In short, if you’ve been trying to buy a PS5 and haven’t done so yet, you’re not alone, and we feel your pain.

Black Friday 2020 offers another opportunity to buy the PS5 this week, though we don’t expect it to go any more smoothly than previous PS5 restocks. For Black Friday

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‘More PS5 inventory will be coming,’ Sony reassures PlayStation fans

  • Like Tickle Me Elmo and the Furby before it, the PlayStation 5 is this year’s big holiday item.
  • As such, it’s sold out everywhere — every retailer, from Amazon to GameStop, can’t keep enough in stock to satisfy demand. A robust resale market has sprung up, with the $500 model selling for upwards of $1,000.
  • Sony reassured anxious fans with a message on Wednesday morning: “More PS5 inventory will be coming to retailers before the end of the year,” the company said. “Please stay in touch with your local retailers.”
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Sony’s PlayStation 5 is finally available worldwide. Because of the pandemic, millions of people turned to digital storefronts to purchase the new console. But that proved nearly impossible: Customers around the world tried and failed to order the PS5 through a variety of retailers.

With demand vastly outpacing supply, a robust resale

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: A Real-Life Version Of Orlog Is Coming

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has an in-universe dice game that many players have been besotted by–so much so, that there are plans underway to make a physical version of it. Dicebreaker has learned that Orlog will be made into a real game in 2021.

In Valhalla, players can encounter Orlog opponents across the map. It’s a dice game where players roll six dice and then choose which ones to re-roll, trying to collect “god favors” from certain die faces to turn the tide of battle.

While Ubisoft did not share any further details with Dicebreaker about their plans, the site is reporting that PureArts is working on the physical version of the game. The company has previously produced numerous Assassin’s Creed collectibles.

Dicebreaker also reveals that Orlog was originally more of a deck builder styled game, but that changed over the course of Valhalla’s development.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is now available

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