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Alleged ‘Matrix 4’ leak suggests a new title: ‘Matrix Resurrections’

‘Matrix Resurrections’ is a possible title for the fourth ‘Matrix’ movie, which is set t debut on HBO Max in December.

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The last Matrix movie came out before Engadget even existed, but this year the film series is back. The Matrix 4 is one of the movies WarnerMedia is premiering on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time, however fans are still wondering what the official name of the flick will be. While a recent trailer suggested it might just be called Matrix, fans on Reddit and Twitter are passing around screen captures of an (apparently now deleted) Instagram post that reveals it will be called Matrix Resurrections.

Without any way to pull up the original post and verify the name, we’re taking that one with a huge boulder of salt, but it’s certainly plausible. It’s so plausible that Slashfilm used almost the exact same title in an April Fool’s post in 2009. Still, with stars like Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne-Moss returning from the fates shown in earlier movies, it certainly fits, but who knows if it’s real or just something whipped up by a forum posted in between stonk trades.

The bigger question is what special effects and unsettling technology visions Lana Wachowski and the team have up their sleeves for us in a world where teenagers edit bullet-time videos on their phones and “taking the red pill” has been adopted as slang by more than one group.

The last we heard from Warner and HBO, The Matrix 4 is scheduled for release on December 22nd, although the release date of Godzilla vs. Kong has shifted since then, and so could the date or title of this movie. This week HBO Max premiered Denzel Washington in The Little Things, while Judas and the Black Messiah is set for release on February 12th and Zack Snyder’s redone version of Justice League will start streaming on March 18th.

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This week’s best deals: $100 off Apple’s Magic Keyboard for iPad and more

Here’s a list of the best tech deals we found this week, including deep discounts on the Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad and Nintendo Switch games for ‘Mar10 Day.’

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This week brought a number of sales on tech accessories, plus solid discounts on Nintendo Switch games in celebration of ‘Mar10 Day.’ The 12.9-inch Magic Keyboard for iPad is down to its lowest price yet, and you can still grab the 11-inch version for less as well. Nintendo knocked 35 percent off many Mario games this week — the sales last through March 13, so there’s still time to save money while adding to your games collection. Plus, the latest smartphones from OnePlus remain hundreds of dollars off. Here are the best tech deals we found this week that you can still get today.

Apple Magic Keyboard for iPadApple Magic Keyboard for iPad

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The 12.9-inch Magic Keyboard is down to $250 at Amazon thanks to a coupon that knocks $79 off the $329 sale price. This is the lowest price we’ve seen for the larger model, but you can grab the 11-inch version for $199 right now as well. We gave the Magic Keyboard a score of 84 for its great typing experience, excellent trackpad and its ability to charge your iPad while it’s magnetically connected.

Buy 12.9-inch Magic Keyboard at Amazon – $250 Buy 11-inch Magic Keyboard at Amazon – $199

‘Mar10 Day’ Nintendo Switch dealsSuper Mario Maker 2

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Nintendo’s annual Mario appreciation day came and went this week, but you can still grab many Switch titles for less because of it. Through March 13, the company knocked 35 percent off Super Mario Party, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Super Mario Maker 2 and Mario Tennis Aces, and you can get those savings at Nintendo’s eShop and Amazon.

While those are the main highlights, Amazon has a bunch of other Switch games for less right now, including Super Mario Odyssey for $39, Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe for $39 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for $49. Plus, there’s a new Square Enix sale going on at Nintendo’s eShop right now, too. It runs through March 24 and it discounts titles including Collection of Mana, Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy IX.

Shop Nintendo’s Mar10 sale Shop Amazon’s Mar10 sales Shop Square Enix Switch sale at Nintendo’s eShop

Apple Watch SEApple Watch SE

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The Apple Watch SE has fallen to $259 on Amazon, which is $20 off its normal price. While not the lowest it’s ever been ($230), this is a good deal if you missed the steep sales during the holiday shopping season last year. We gave the SE a score of 88 for its solid performance, comprehensive features with watchOS and comfortable design.

Buy Apple Watch SE (GPS) at Amazon – $259 Buy Apple Watch SE (GPS + Cellular) at Amazon – $329

Mac mini M1Apple Mac mini

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Apple’s 512GB Mac mini M1 is down to $829 at B&H Photo and Amazon, which is a good sale price if you want the desktop PC with extra storage. But you’re also able to get the 256GB Mac mini M1 for $649 which, while not an all-time low, is an even better sale price considering its specs. If you choose the 256GB Mac mini, you could buy an external drive with more than 256GB of storage for less than the $180 you’d be paying for the first model.

Buy Mac mini M1 (512GB) at B&H Photo Video – $829 Buy Mac mini M1 (512GB) at Amazon – $829 Buy Mac mini M1 (256GB) at B&H Photo Video – $649 Buy Mac Mini M1 (256GB) at Amazon – $649

OnePlus 8T and 8 ProOnePlus 8T smartphone

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Ahead of the Series 9 launch, OnePlus discounted its 8T and 8 Pro smartphones by 30 and 20 percent, respectively. That drops the price of the 8 Pro to $700 and the 8T to $600, which are some of the best prices we’ve seen. If you don’t want to wait for the Series 9 handset from OnePlus (which should be debuting soon), these sales are good ones to consider when looking for your next smartphone.

Buy OnePlus 8 Pro at Amazon – $700 Buy OnePlus 8T at Amazon – $600

Sony WH-1000XM3Sony WH-1000XM3

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Sony’s stellar WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones are down to $200 at Focus Photo & Video when you use the code BDTHANKS at checkout. While the XM4 are the newest version of these, the XM3 remain fantastic headphones thanks to their comfortable design, solid noise cancellation and 30-hour battery life.

Buy WH-1000XM3 at Focus Photo & Video – $200

New tech dealsSony WH-CH710N

Sony’s budget WH-CH710N wireless headphones are down to $98 — while not the lowest they’ve ever been, it’s a great deal considering these cans are usually $200. These are some of the best bang-for-your-buck headphones Sony makes thanks to their good noise cancellation, comfortable design and 35-hour battery life.

Buy Sony WH-CH710N at Amazon – $98

Ecovacs Deebot T8

Ecovac’s Deebot T8 is on sale for $450 when you clip the on-age coupon and use the code ECOVACST8 at checkout. That’s the best price we’ve seen on this high-end model that’s both a robot vacuum and a mop in one. It also has three different levels of suction, multi-floor map saving, anti-drop and collision features and a 180-minute battery life when used in standard mode.

Buy Ecovacs Deebot T8 at Amazon – $450

Mate X electric bike

The unique Mate X electric bike is $250 off at Wellbots when you use the code 250ENGADGET at checkout. That brings it down to $2,049 which, while still expensive, is a decent discount on a bike that doesn’t often go on sale. While you’re better off going for a more affordable scooter if you simply want a more efficient way to get around your city, the Mate X is a solid choice for thrill-seekers and those who don’t mind to splurge on an e-bike.

Buy Mate X at Wellbots – $2,049

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Instagram starts rolling out an auto-caption sticker for Stories

The feature should make Stories more accessible for hard of hearing users.

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Instagram is taking a step forward for accessibility with the rollout of automatic captions on Stories. Social media consultant Matt Navarra shared a video of the feature in action.

There’s a new sticker called CC captions that you can add to your Story. When you do, the app will transcribe the audio. You’ll have the option to change the font of your captions. However, Instagram didn’t transcribe Navarra’s story completely accurately, mistaking “finally” for “find.”

This move is a big boost for accessibility, especially for hard of hearing users. It could come in useful for those who speak different languages too. There are third-party services that Instagram users can harness to add captions, but a built-in auto caption tool could translate the text. Engadget has contacted Instagram for more details on the feature, including rollout plans.

Several other platforms already support automatic captions, such as YouTube. Similar features are also on the way to Zoom and Twitter.

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Facebook reportedly investigated over ‘systemic’ racism in hiring

Facebook is said to be under investigation for allegedly ‘systemic’ racism in its hiring and job promotions.

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Facebook has publicly committed to fighting racism, but there are concerns that isn’t translating to its recruitment practices. Reuters sources say the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is investigating possible “systemic” racism in Facebook’s hiring and job promotions. Facebook program manager Oscar Veneszee Jr. and four candidates have reportedly accused the social network of discriminating against Black applicants and staff through subjective evaluations and pushing racial stereotypes. Three of the people brought the case in July 2020, with a fourth joining in December.

The EEOC tapped investigators for systemic cases by August 2020, but they’ve only received briefings from both sides of the case over the past four months.

While the full extent of the alleged violations isn’t clear, one of the policies in dispute stems from hiring bonuses. The company hands out up to $5,000 in bonuses if a referred candidate is hired, but those referrals tended to reflect the existing employee demographics and disadvantage Black applicants (who make up 3.9 percent of US employees as of last June).

There are no guarantees the EEOC investigation will lead to formal action. The Commission declined to comment, but Facebook said it took discrimination accusations “seriously” and investigated “every case.”

This isn’t the first time Facebook’s hiring has come under fire. In 2017, a Bloomberg report pointed out that a handful of executives typically made final hiring decisions and tended to use metrics that favored culturally similar candidates, such as people endorsed by existing staff or those who went to certain schools. Facebook maintained that it had diverse hiring teams that brought in candidates from a wide range of backgrounds, but its incentive system was having problems at the time.

If the allegations hold up, they’ll suggest that some of those years-old complaints still persist. An EEOC determination could lead to reforms, even if it’s just through public pressure.

This isn’t the first time Facebook’s hiring has come under fire. In 2017, a Bloomberg report pointed out that a handful of executives typically made final hiring decisions and tended to use metrics that favored culturally similar candidates, such as people endorsed by existing staff or those who went to certain schools. Facebook maintained that it had diverse hiring teams that brought in candidates from a wide range of backgrounds, but its incentive system was having problems at the time.

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