Year in review: What the latest tech says about 2021 – and what it may tell us about 2022

New form factors, gadgets with a focus on family and more tech aimed to get our noses out of our smartphones – while still capturing life’s memorable moments. These are just a few of the trends we’ve seen rise to the top of the gadget world in 2021.

In a year most people expected, waited, hoped and begged to “return to normal,” our gadget choices showed a need to adopt a whole “new normal” instead. For instance, people who never imagined starring in their own homespun versions of MTV’s “Real World” now embrace gear like ring lights and the mighty mute button with the same ho-hum sense of routine once reserved for switching on our coffee makers and slogging through our morning commutes.

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Louisiana and Georgia Southern face off in conference

Georgia Southern Eagles (9-9, 2-5 Sun Belt) at Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (9-9, 4-4 Sun Belt) Lafayette, Louisiana; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Louisiana -6.5; over/under is 133.5 BOTTOM ... Read more »

Tass leads Saint Mary's (CA) against Pepperdine after 27-point outing

Pepperdine Waves (6-16, 0-7 WCC) at Saint Mary’s Gaels (16-4, 4-1 WCC) Moraga, California; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Saint Mary’s (CA) -20.5; over/under is 132.5 BOTTOM LINE: ... Read more »

North Dakota visits South Dakota after Perrott-Hunt's 24-point performance

North Dakota Fightin’ Hawks (4-17, 0-8 Summit) at South Dakota Coyotes (12-8, 5-4 Summit) Vermillion, South Dakota; Saturday, 5 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: South Dakota -11; over/under is 146 ... Read more »

Nicholls State visits Houston Baptist following Gordon's 24-point game

Nicholls State Colonels (12-9, 2-2 Southland) at Houston Baptist Huskies (6-11, 2-2 Southland) Houston; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Houston Baptist -9.5; over/under is 146.5 BOTTOM LINE: Nicholls ... Read more »

Randolph, Florida A&M Rattlers to visit Johnson, Alabama A&M Bulldogs

Florida A&M Rattlers (7-11, 5-2 SWAC) at Alabama A&M Bulldogs (4-13, 3-4 SWAC) Huntsville, Alabama; Saturday, 5 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Alabama A&M -1; over/under is 125.5 BOTTOM LINE: ... Read more »

EXPLAINER: Can Portugal election clear political roadblock?

The Associated PressA man wearing a face mask and holding the envelope with his ballot paper looks at a ballot sample pasted on a voting booth at a polling station ... Read more »

iPad mini (2022): what we want to see

The iPad mini (2022) might actually end up being the iPad mini (2023) or beyond, as we’re not yet certain that it will land this year. You could also think ... Read more »

Joni Mitchell says she's pulling from Spotify, joining Neil Young in protest

"I stand with Neil Young," Mitchell wrote Friday after Young removed his music over vaccine misinformation on "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast. Read more »

China's short video war: WeChat invests in Channels to take on Douyin and Kuaishou in battle for eyeballs and advertising spend

The fight for the attention span of short video viewers is heating up in China, and it is turning into a slugfest between WeChat, the ubiquitous super app operated by ... Read more »

Wilson leads South Dakota State against North Dakota State after 23-point showing

North Dakota State Bison (14-7, 6-3 Summit) at South Dakota State Jackrabbits (18-4, 9-0 Summit) Brookings, South Dakota; Saturday, 3 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: South Dakota State -10; over/under ... Read more »

Shackelford leads Alabama against No. 4 Baylor after 20-point game

Baylor Bears (18-2, 6-2 Big 12) at Alabama Crimson Tide (13-7, 4-4 SEC) Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Alabama -3; over/under is 150.5 BOTTOM LINE: Alabama ... Read more »

Allen and the Georgia State Panthers take on conference foe UL Monroe

Georgia State Panthers (7-9, 1-4 Sun Belt) at UL Monroe Warhawks (10-11, 2-7 Sun Belt) Monroe, Louisiana; Saturday, 3 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: UL Monroe -4.5; over/under is 141.5 ... Read more »

Oral Roberts plays Denver following Abmas' 28-point game

Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (14-7, 8-2 Summit) at Denver Pioneers (8-15, 4-6 Summit) Denver; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Denver -7; over/under is 152.5 BOTTOM LINE: Oral Roberts ... Read more »

Murray, Long Beach State Beach take on the UC Davis Aggies

Long Beach State Beach (9-9, 4-1 Big West) at UC Davis Aggies (8-6, 1-2 Big West) Davis, Oklahoma; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: UC Davis -2; over/under is ... Read more »

Pac-12 awards No. 19 Oregon victory over UCLA due to forfeit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Pac-12 Conference has awarded No. 19 Oregon a victory over UCLA due to forfeit. The two teams were supposed to play on Friday. UCLA has ... Read more »

Barty vs Collins live stream: how to watch Australian Open women's final online

Little-known at the start of the tournament, Danielle Collins has catapulted herself into her first ever grand slam final, where the American faces world No.1 Ashleigh Barty in front of ... Read more »

First Arabic Netflix film tackles taboos, sparks controversy

The Associated PressThis photo released by Netflix shows characters from the Arabic-language version of the Italian film “Perfect Strangers,” about friends who agree to share their incoming calls, voice and ... Read more »

Binghamton hosts UMBC after Kennedy's 31-point performance

UMBC Retrievers (8-10, 3-4 America East) at Binghamton Bearcats (8-9, 5-3 America East) Binghamton, New York; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Binghamton -1.5; over/under is 139.5 BOTTOM LINE: ... Read more »

Indiana visits Maryland following Russell's 23-point game

Indiana Hoosiers (15-5, 6-4 Big Ten) at Maryland Terrapins (11-9, 3-6 Big Ten) College Park, Maryland; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Maryland -1.5; over/under is 135.5 BOTTOM LINE: ... Read more »

Arkansas hosts West Virginia after Notae's 25-point outing

West Virginia Mountaineers (13-6, 2-5 Big 12) at Arkansas Razorbacks (15-5, 5-3 SEC) Fayetteville, Arkansas; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Arkansas -8.5; over/under is 141 BOTTOM LINE: Arkansas ... Read more »

Chattanooga visits Citadel following Brown's 26-point performance

Chattanooga Mocs (17-4, 7-1 SoCon) at Citadel Bulldogs (9-10, 3-5 SoCon) Charleston, South Carolina; Saturday, 1 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Citadel -9; over/under is 146 BOTTOM LINE: Citadel faces ... Read more »

Jackson leads Arizona State against No. 3 Arizona after 21-point outing

Arizona State Sun Devils (6-11, 2-5 Pac-12) at Arizona Wildcats (16-2, 6-1 Pac-12) Tucson, Arizona; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Arizona -21.5; over/under is 145.5 BOTTOM LINE: Arizona ... Read more »

Aluma and the Virginia Tech Hokies visit conference foe Florida State

Virginia Tech Hokies (10-10, 2-7 ACC) at Florida State Seminoles (13-6, 6-3 ACC) Tallahassee, Florida; Saturday, 3 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Florida State -2.5; over/under is 132.5 BOTTOM LINE: ... Read more »

Navy hosts American in conference matchup

American Eagles (6-13, 2-5 Patriot) at Navy Midshipmen (13-7, 6-3 Patriot) Annapolis, Maryland; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Navy -15.5; over/under is 128.5 BOTTOM LINE: John Carter Jr. ... Read more »

Creighton takes home win streak into matchup with No. 21 Xavier

Xavier Musketeers (14-5, 4-4 Big East) at Creighton Bluejays (13-6, 4-3 Big East) Omaha, Nebraska; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Creighton -1.5; over/under is 137.5 BOTTOM LINE: Creighton ... Read more »

Patton lifts Cleveland St. over Wright St. 71-67

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Torrey Patton had a season-high 25 points as Cleveland State edged Wright State 71-67 on Friday night. D’Moi Hodge had 13 points for Cleveland State (14-4, ... Read more »

Auburn AD says Bruce Pearl is Tigers coach "for life"

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl has agreed to a contract extension to remain on the Plains. Athletic director Allen Greene announced in a video on social media ... Read more »

Hamilton scores 45 to lead UNLV past Colorado St. 88-74

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Bryce Hamilton had a career-high 45 points as UNLV beat Colorado State 88-74 on Friday night. David Muoka had 11 points for UNLV (12-9, 4-4 ... Read more »

Antetokounmpo has big game, Bucks beat Knicks 123-108

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 38 points and 13 rebounds and made numerous big plays in the fourth quarter to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks ... Read more »

Landeskog scores twice, Avs hang on for 9th straight win

CHICAGO (AP) — Gabriel Landeskog scored two power-play goals, and the Colorado Avalanche topped the Chicago Blackhawks 6-4 on Friday night for their ninth straight win. Western Conference-leading Colorado extended ... Read more »

Joni Mitchell joining Neil Young in protest over Spotify

NEW YORK — Joni Mitchell said Friday she is seeking to remove all of her music from Spotify in solidarity with Neil Young, who ignited a protest against the streaming ... Read more »

US weather: East Coast braces for blizzard bringing up to 2ft of snow and 70mph winds

The Nor'easter is forecast to impact New England and the Middle Atlantic region this weekend, bringing potential coastal flooding, power outages and travel disruption. Read more »

No. 2 Stanford women cruise to 78-50 win over Arizona State

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Haley Jones had 12 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season, and No. 2 Stanford beat Arizona State 78-50 Friday night. Fran ... Read more »

Queen Mary ship closed to tourists to get 'critical repairs'

On Location: January 28, 2022 Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.The Associated Press LONG BEACH, Calif. — The historic ocean liner Queen Mary, which has been a Southern ... Read more »

Australia to spend additional $35 million to protect koalas

The marsupials native to Australia have been decimated by bushfires, disease and vehicles. Read more »

21 or 2/2? Nadal, Medvedev chase history at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Since Wimbledon ended last July, there’s been so much discussion in tennis about the first man to win 21 Grand Slam titles. The focus has been ... Read more »

Cloud storage actually dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria

We’ve been accustomed to using the term cloud storage to describe putting electronic files in the virtual hands of a third party, usually on a file server, but that was ... Read more »

Mashburn Jr. leads New Mexico over San Jose St. 86-70

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Jamal Mashburn Jr. had 23 points as New Mexico broke its seven-game losing streak, topping San Jose State 86-70 on Friday night. Mashburn Jr. shot 9 ... Read more »

Murray scores 14 to lift St. Peter's past Manhattan 77-51

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Jaylen Murray scored 14 points off the bench to help St. Peter’s to a 77-51 win over Manhattan on Friday night. Clarence Rupert had 13 ... Read more »

All-Star Morant has triple-double, Grizzlies beat Jazz

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ja Morant had 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Utah Jazz 119-109 ... Read more »
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