Wednesday’s Top Tech News: Chips born in the USA

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TSMC prepares to manufacture processors in its new Arizona facility, and Call of Duty returns to Nintendo consoles.

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The worst of the global chip shortage may now (thankfully) be behind us, but the desire to get more processors manufactured in the US hasn’t gone away. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that both Apple CEO Tim Cook and POTUS himself Joe Biden saw fit to attend the launch of chip-maker TSMC’s upcoming Arizona facility. Cook confirmed that Apple plans to use chips made at the facility in iPhones and Macs. “These chips can be proudly stamped ‘Made in America,’” he said.

Speaking of tech companies playing politics, Microsoft is still trying to get its Activision Blizzard deal over the line. Its latest move is the announcement of a 10-year deal with Nintendo to bring Call of Duty to the Japanese company’s consoles, putting pressure on Sony (which is opposing the acquisition) to accept a similar deal.

Finally, if you haven’t checked out the comic we published yesterday, then I highly recommend it. It’s called “How to Replace the Sky” and it’s about… well… I’ll let you discover it for yourself.

Anyway, here’s a silly tweet:

  • I checked out a *real* self-flying drone — here’s the video.

    Sorry to keep you waiting! Fresh off the presses, here’s our TikTok about the new Skydio Dock I told you about this AM.


  • Dec 7, 2022, 7:02 PM UTCRichard Lawler

    A plan unveiled last year for client-side scanning of iCloud Photos to detect imagery of abuse has been abandoned as Apple focuses on end-to-end encryption and other ways to protect children.


  • Dec 7, 2022, 6:00 PM UTCLewis Gordon

    The subterranean settlement sim has been a cult favorite since it was first released in 2006. Now, a graphically updated version of the game is hitting Steam and Itch, the perfect entry point for the ‘Dwarf Fortress curious.’


  • Would you like to see a wookie with a lightsaber?

    Disney Plus has a new trailer for the second season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. This time the clone Clone War veterans do a heist while they continue to reckon with the super evil nature of the Empire under Palpatine.

    Also, there’s a small wookie child with a lightsaber. The new season starts streaming on January 4th, 2023.


  • Now Amazon’s Echo Show 15 has a Fire TV inside.

    A few months ago, Amazon announced its wall-mountable Echo Show 15 would get a software update to add Fire TV streaming capabilities with YouTube TV, Disney Plus, Prime Video, Netflix, and more, and now it’s here.

    That upgrade alone won’t address all the issues Jennifer Pattison Tuohy noted in her review, but she’s giving it another try with the Fire TV remote to see how things have evolved.

    Echo Show 15 smart display shown mounted on the wall with a Fire TV remote sitting in front of it, the screen displays icons for video apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video.

    Echo Show 15 smart display shown mounted on the wall with a Fire TV remote sitting in front of it, the screen displays icons for video apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video.

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  • Dec 7, 2022, 2:00 PM UTCDavid Pierce

    Some creators will be able to make money off in-app lenses. It’s the start of a business Snap hopes will make its platform the center of an AR universe.


  • Dec 7, 2022, 1:00 PM UTCPatrick George

    The German automaker filed a patent for a new type of suspension that allows a car to gather electricity generated from bumps in the road.