How to make your Venmo transactions private

Venmo is a little different from most cash-sending apps, in that it tries to introduce a social aspect so that the entire internet can see your financial dealings. Yes, if your Venmo is set to public, anyone can see that you sent money to your family, your friends, or your local purveyor of illicit substances (not that we’re saying you do that).

Just look how much can be figured out about your life from that feed. It’s pretty scary, and with the amount of information on you that’s already online, do you really need to be adding your financials? Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to turn off access, so that nobody but the person you sent cash to can see the transaction.

Here’s how to turn off the social aspect of Venmo

Look, even if you’re not famous or in the government, you don’t want people watching your financial dealings. Here’s

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Review: Tula mic and standalone recorder

The Good

Stylish

Solid active noise cancellation

Cardioid and Omni capsules, and a Lav input that doubles as a headphone monitoring jack

Records two files when using ANC – one with and one without

Use as standalone recorder or as USB-C mic

The Bad

Some control icons duplicated on both sides (with different functions assigned)

It seems there’s no end to new startups putting their debut devices on crowdfunding sites. We’re looking at one today, the Tula Microphone, from Tula Mics. It’s a standalone audio recorder with a decidedly retro feel, that also doubles as a USB-C microphone.

The Tula Microphone raised over $400k on Indiegogo at the end of last year, and we’ve got a production model to put through its paces. We’ll go through the specs, how it sounds, and more. Is this retro-futuristic mobile recorder up to modern requirements?

So, what’s it all about?

Image: Joe Rice-Jones
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The best desk toys to stave off your existential dread

For those of you who have transitioned into work from home arrangements as the pandemic continues, you’re probably settled into a fairly productive routine by now. Well, besides the interruptions from other members of your household, and the interminable video meetings that never seem to end.

While we’ve covered how to set up your home office, and small quality-of-life upgrades, that’s still all aimed at keeping you productive while you’re working. It’s time to take a step back and look at those gadgets that are perfect for taking a recuperative break – the humble desk toy.

I’m always looking for new gizmos to grace my desk since I’m a natural fidgeter, so keeping my attention is always a struggle. Here are some of the best desk toys that I’ve found over the years.

Your desk deserves some toys, here are the best

Whether you’re a fiddler or just want something

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Bleep is Intel’s new AI that wants to monitor hate speech

For some unknown reason, Intel, the company known as one of the biggest computer chip producers in the world, has unveiled a new AI called Bleep in its GDC 2021 Showcase, complete with sliders and toggles to try and monitor and block out certain levels of hate speech in online gaming chats. Why the computer chip company felt they needed to break out into this industry is anyone’s guess.

So, let’s break this down a little bit. Intel has managed to develop itself into one of the top computer chip producers in the world, with its name on PCs and laptops everywhere. For whatever reason, the company has decided that its expertise in the computer chip field has led them to develop Bleep, an AI that aims to put a stop to one of the all-time known facts about the internet: some people are just assholes.

Let me shift gears

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Sony is so focused on huge hits that some developers are quitting

Sony has handed off the development of a The Last of Us remake for PlayStation 5 back to the game’s original creators, Naughty Dog, but that wasn’t originally the plan. According to a new report, Sony had originally given responsibility of the remake to a small group of unnamed developers within the company, but lack of funding and recognition led to the project’s ultimate demise.

According to a report from Bloomberg, the remake was originally assigned to Sony’s Visual Arts Service Group. The Visual Arts Service Group has been a vital part of Sony’s game production over the years by offering help and finishing touches on some of the company’s most popular titles franchises like Spider-Man and Uncharted.

The Visual Arts Service Group was given the job of producing The Last of Us remake for PS5 as the group’s first major game they would be building from the ground

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