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9 great reads from CNET this week: Apple iOS 15, Xbox, Ring and more

What Apple brought out at WWDC, what Microsoft sees for Xbox in the future, what it means to be Gen Z and other deep dives.

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This week started off with a whole lot of Apple, which used its WWDC events to talk directly to developers working on software for Macs, iPhones, iPads and so on -- but also indirectly to everyone who uses those devices. We learned a lot about iOS 15, MacOS Monterey, WatchOS 8, new privacy tools and more.

Developer betas of all Apple OS upgrades are now available, but the general public will have to wait for public betas to start in July, with wide releases likely coming in the fall. In the meantime, we've got you covered with absolutely everything Apple talked about at WWDC and all the features and functions you can look forward to.

We've included two WWDC stories here, among other in-depth features and thought-provoking commentaries that appeared on CNET this week. So here you go. These are the stories you don't want to miss:  

Apple hopes iOS 15 can tame the app notification deluge

The average person gets dozens of push notifications each day.

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Screenshot/Apple

Ahead of E3, Microsoft aims to bring Xbox to billions of players with or without consoles

The tech giant is working on TV software and a streaming device to access Xbox games anywhere with an internet connection.  

Xbox Series X / S and controller
CNET

Gen Z vs. millennials: How they are crushing the generation wars online

Young people have always been the subject of criticism, but what happens when they can talk back?

Illustrations showing a smartphone and people gathered around it
Collin Buernerkemper/CNET

That UFO report has us thinking all wrong about the military

Commentary: To figure out if aliens, top-secret tech or something else is to blame, we need more data. A lot more.

Apple's new iOS 15 features would be a perfect fit for AR glasses

The company doesn't have a headset yet, but the latest software for iPhones, iPads and Macs keeps laying the groundwork.

Apple WWDC 2021 presentation showing an audience of memoji
Screenshot/Apple

Ring's police problem didn't go away. It just got more transparent

Commentary: The Amazon-owned company's new measures won't stop police abuse, but they'll make it easier to track.  

Amazon Ring police home security doorbell surveillance
Robert Rodriguez / CNET

Curbside pickup boosts accessibility for people with ADHD and autism

It's more than a COVID-prevention measure. Curbside pickup means I never have to drag myself through a store with a long list again.

Yellow paper cut-out letters in a window say "Curbside Pick Up."
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Showing off wealth on social media? Get ready for the backlash

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous this is not.

Champagne in a glass in front of an airplane window
Getty Images

Skater Girl on Netflix a powerful, joyful story of challenging the status quo

The director and lead actors discuss the film about skateboarding in rural India, and the importance of authentic representation and female empowerment.

Skater Girl's main character, Prerna, in a skate rink
Kerry Monteen/Netflix
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