Monday, August 03, 2020

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Throw Out Your Onions, FDA Says

FDA Salmonella
12KLifehacker / 9h
Do you have an onion in your kitchen? Yep, me too. Pop quiz: What farm or distributor did that onion come from? If you can’t answer that question, you should probably throw it out. Read more...

A Young Girl Becomes One With the Sea in This New African Animated Series

500+Gizmodo / 43min
Thousands of miles away from Hollywood, a new heroine is being born. Her name is Isaura. She’s from Mozambique, can breathe underwater and talk to turtles, and wants to save the planet. Read more...

Frog Eats Beetle. Beetle Crawls Through Guts to Escape

6KWired / 13h
Regimbartia attenuata doesn’t take too kindly to being eaten. Once locked inside a frog’s maw, it turns around and starts heading for the exit.


OnePlus Buds goes on sale in India today at 12.00 noon

OnePlus Nord Android 11
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8min
The OnePlus Buds will go on open sale for the first time in India today. It will be available on Amazon and Flipkart and is priced at Rs 4,990.

Get over 50 hours of training in machine learning for under £30

20Mashable / 28min
TL;DR: The Machine Learning Master Class bundle is on sale for £29.85 as of August 4, saving you 91% on list price. Thanks to developing artificial intelligence technologies, computer are smarter than ever before. Along with those technologies has come a relatively new category of computer science called machine learning, or ML. Similar to statistics, ML involves computer systems that utilise alg

6 of the best TVs for under £500

20Mashable / 27min
So you are looking for a new TV, but you don't want to spend thousands of pounds finding something that ticks all of your boxes? We don't blame you. It's natural to assume that you are going to miss out on smart features, picture quality, and impressive audio with a cheap TV , but it's actually not the case. You aren't going to get the absolute best of the best without emptying your wallet, but y

What's on TV this week: 'Star Trek: Lower Decks'

42Engadget / 42min
Sports are back in action and even baseball hasn’t given up its season yet, but this week we’ll also see a new Star Trek series. CBS All Access is ready to release Star Trek: Lower Decks , an offbeat animated series that focuses on some of the least important members of Starfleet. For movie fans, Inception and The Town are available on Ultra HD Blu-ray in Best Buy-exclusive Steelbook versions, an

Save 96% on lifetime access to this Microsoft Excel bootcamp

36Mashable / 59min
TL;DR: The Ultimate Excel Bootcamp bundle is on sale for £37.51 as of August 4, saving you 96% on list price. Not all computer wizards build code. There are some who crunch data using spreadsheets. In virtually every industry, understanding data is imperative to making business decisions, but before you can mine your data for insights, you'll need to sort it. If you've always wanted to be an Exce

Apple sued in China for $1.4 billion of Siri patent infringement

Apple Chinese Siri China
SlashGear / 1h
Apple has long been trying to woo the Chinese market, its second-largest after the US, even going as far as making compromises it would not even consider doing for any other region. Given the tensions between the US and Chinese governments, however, the Cupertino-based company might feel like it’s walking on eggshells. It doesn’t help that it is constantly bombarded … Continue reading

The cheapest 8GB RAM laptop even comes with Windows 10 Pro

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A laptop you’ve never seen, from a brand you’ve never heard of - so is it worth buying?

A Third Chapter in One of Animation's Greatest Franchises Is On the Way

100+Gizmodo / 1h
Oh wow, a highly anticipated third film in a big-time animated franchise? What could it be? The Incredibles ? There are two of those . A third Frozen ? That would make sense . The Secret Life of Pets 3 ? Dare to dream. Read more...

Microsoft Teams adds 1:1 calling, add-on for supporting 20K participants

SlashGear / 1h
Zoom might be the household name for video conferencing these days because of convenience (and hype) but its rivals are slowly but surely surpassing it in terms of features. Microsoft, in particular, is building up Teams to go beyond the usual end-users and turning into something that would better appeal to business customers that pay Microsoft big bucks. For this … Continue reading

Gaming community hotline offers specialized help with harassment, work stress, and mental health

52Mashable / 1h
Though video games are meant to be fun, they aren't all friendship and frolicking. Toxic behavior, harassment, and other mental health dangers are rampant not only in games, but in the games industry as well. Now, a new hotline is helping people dealing with these problems. Launched today in the U.S., the Games and Online Harassment Hotline (GOHH) provides free, anonymous emotional support to any

Umbrella Academy's Mysterious New Character Raises an Interesting Question

Gizmodo / 2h
Though The Umbrella Academy ’s second season mainly focuses on the Hargreeves siblings trying to figure out how they’re involved in JFK’s assassination and how to avert another apocalypse , the show also does a fair amount of worldbuilding. It introduces a number of new characters, one of whom raises a rather… Read more...

LG foldable and rollable screens are on display this week

22SlashGear / 2h
Samsung may have the lion’s share of attention when it comes to its foldable screen in the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip but it is hardly the only display company playing around with the screens of the future. Although it hasn’t launched any commercial product yet, LG has long been showing off its flexible screens that even go beyond … Continue reading

iPads lead the tablet renaissance amidst the pandemic

Apple iPads Q2 2020
SlashGear / 2h
Not too long ago, many pundits have declared tablets to be dead. Not only did they fail to account for the unwavering strength of Apple’s iPads, especially the new breed of iPad Pros, they also never saw the COVID-19 coronavirus coming. Both factors have now contributed to a surge in tablet shipments across the world in the second quarter of … Continue reading

Huawei Mate 40 Pro renders could make you thankful you can’t get it

Huawei Mate 40 Renders
29SlashGear / 3h
While Apple and Google have now become the representatives of the square camera bump design, which was taken to the extreme by Samsung, you can thank or curse Huawei for really starting that trend. In fact, Huawei may have been behind many of the design and technology trends in the mobile photography scene, from single-column cameras to squares to circles. … Continue reading

Twitter may have to pay hundreds of millions in fines for privacy screw-up

Twitter Mets
78Mashable / 3h
As far as mistakes go, Twitter's notorious two-factor authentication boondoggle could end being a costly one. Buried deep inside the company's Monday 10Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission is a note that the social media giant might end up on the receiving end of up to $250 million in fines. At issue was Twitter " inadvertently " (it swears) using users' phone numbers for advertis

Google Pay steps up digital banking plans for 2021 with new partners

SlashGear / 3h
We are living in an increasingly online and mobile world but even if we are able to buy our foods and supplies online, sooner or later all of us will have to make our way to a bank for some face to face transactions. Given today’s global situation, however, that has also become increasingly risky and people have started looking … Continue reading

Earn easy miles with the Free Spirit Dining program

The Points Guy / 4h
The Free Spirit loyalty program isn’t the most attractive frequent flyer program out there. Aside from the fact that Spirit doesn’t have any airline partners, the points expire just three months after the latest activity. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to keep Spirit Airlines miles from expiring without flying. One of those is through Free Spirit Dining. Like most other airlines and hot

Twitter 'rate limit' messages are due to an error, not your bad tweets

78Engadget / 4h
If you’re one of the many people seeing some weirdness with, the apps or Tweetdeck right now, it’s not just you. We’ve seen those “ rate limit exceeded ” messages too, and contacted Twitter to find out what’s going on. A Twitter spokesperson tells Engadget that “We’re aware of this issue and are working to fix it. The issue was caused by an internal backend system problem.” Seems like

Google smart speakers secretly updated to listen for more than wake words

Google SEO Search August
200+Mashable / 4h
Google Home smart speakers, the company dryly warns in a note buried deep on a support page , can "incorrectly" record their users even when they haven't first said an activating wake phrase like "hey, Google." It just so happens that, at least for a brief period of time this summer, those microphone-enabled devices were doing exactly that. The company admitted Monday, following a report by Proto

Fortnite will likely get cars this week: Here’s a look at Whiplash

SlashGear / 4h
Fortnite players have been anticipating the arrival of cars in the game, something we’ve known about since the season’s launch trailer. Late last month, Epic revealed that it was delaying the release of the cars for reasons that weren’t clearly stated. The company had indicated that cars wouldn’t arrive in the game until around the middle or end of August, … Continue reading

What Are the Best Clippers for Cutting Your Hair at Home?

28Lifehacker / 4h
Say, for no reason in particular, I wanted to cut my own hair. As evidenced by my dated Kinja avi and my much more recent Twitter profile pic , my hairdo is turning into a hairdon’t. I mean, around this time last year, I was rocking the shaved head look in an effort to grow it back out evenly. Previously, yes, I had an… Read more...

TV Displays Will Soon Be Flexible If LG Has Any Say

28Gizmodo / 4h
LG is forever pushing the boundaries of zany display technology, and it’s not stopping with rollable TVs . This week, the company is showing off a 65-inch, 4K bendable OLED TV that looks truly delightful—until you consider what such innovation will eventually cost when it trickles down to consumers. Read more...

Here's What You Need to Stow Your Current-Gen Consoles in Time for the PS5 and Xbox Series X

32Gizmodo / 4h
The next generation of video game consoles are coming—is your entertainment center prepared? Mine sure as hell isn’t, which means it’s time to begin considering what to do with my current-gen consoles. I’m not too keen on selling them, at least not quite yet, as there are plenty of PlayStation 4 titles I want to play,… Read more...

TCL’s next 6 Series TV has a THX-certified gaming mode

TCL Series THX Game Mode
95Engadget / 4h
TCL has collaborated with THX on the next edition of its 6 Series TV with a Certified Game Mode, continuing the company’s recent foray into gaming technology. Both companies say the pairing of TCL’s “superior visuals” and THX’s “world-class” technology make gaming on the new 6 Series even more immersive, according to a statement from TCL. THX first announced the partnership with TCL and the adven

More data, but still confusion over how much children spread SARS-CoV-2

FDA Salmonella
100+Ars Technica / 4h
Enlarge / A prepandemic summer camp, showing many things that go against current public health guidance. (credit: Educational Images) It has become abundantly clear that children tend to have less severe cases of COVID-19 and often experience no symptoms whatsoever. That doesn't mean that there's no risk—some kids clearly get severely ill, and some have died. But if the risks of reopening schools

Chase “Pay Yourself Back” Feature Expected To Be Extended, May Feature New Categories?

View from the Wing / 4h
During the pandemic Chase has let premium Sapphire cardmembers redeem points for groceries and at home improvement stores and restaurants at the higher 'travel portal' redemption value. According to a report, Chase is confirming this benefit won't go away September 30, though the eligible categories could change. Continue reading ...

Plant-based Impossible Burger just hit shelves at another big retailer

SlashGear / 4h
Impossible Foods has been aggressively expanding the availability of its Impossible Burger, a plant-based ground beef alternative that offers a faithful imitation of actual meat. Just days after the product arrived nationwide at Walmart stores, the plant-based food company has returned with another announcement: consumers can now get this burger product at around 1,200 Publix grocery stores. Cons

This Revolutionary Smart Drink Can Help You Reach Peak Mental Performance

Futurism / 5h
Every day, roughly 60-million Americans drink coffee to give themselves a boost. And that’s not a bad thing. Caffeine is a nootropic substance that blocks the neurotransmitters that make us feel drowsy. This helps us feel awake and alert, boosting physical and mental performance. But what if you could do more for your brain? What if, in addition to waking it up, you could actually make it work be

Gamefly Gives You Access to Thousands of Video Game Titles for One Flat Fee

Futurism / 5h
The latest controversy tearing through the gaming universe has to do with pricing. The standard price of major platform video games is crawling towards $70, which puts gaming among the most expensive hobbies that don’t involve collecting yachts or paintings. So if you’ve ever thought there must be a better way to play your favorite games without spending hundreds of dollars a month, you’re right.

Genki Covert is a $75 ultra-portable dock for Nintendo Switch

48Ars Technica / 5h
Clockwise from the top: a Nintendo Switch resting in an official Nintendo dock, a Switch Joy-Con, and the Genki Covert third-party dock. [credit: Jim Salter ] Today we're taking a look at the just-released Genki Covert Dock, a $75 third-party dock for the Nintendo Switch console. It's the size and shape of a compact USB charger, with folding 120VAC prongs for US electrical power (slide-on adapter

Virtual house hunting gets a pandemic boost

100+BBC News - Technology / 5h
Estate agents say demand has soared for tours of houses using virtual reality headsets.

Dish acquires carrier Ting Mobile: What this means for subscribers

DISH Tucows Ting Mobile
SlashGear / 5h
Dish, the company is best known for its satellite television service, has announced the acquisition of Ting Mobile, a prepaid carrier that offers a unique pay-per-usage subscription model. Tucows, the previous owner of Ting Mobile, is onboard to serve as Dish’s technology partner for its own retail wireless business. What does this mean for existing Ting Mobile customers? Read on … Continue readi

Russian hackers stole trade papers from Liam Fox email

2KBBC News - Technology / 5h
Documents on UK-US trade negotiations were leaked in the run-up to the 2019 general election.

Facebook Bets Big on Future of N.Y.C., and Offices, With New Lease

1KNYT > Technology / 5h
Despite the pandemic, the social media giant leased all the office space in the former main post office at Penn Station in Midtown.

Paleontologists Identify Cancer in a Dinosaur Fossil for the First Time

100+Gizmodo / 5h
A re-analysis of a shin bone belonging to a horned dinosaur from the Cretaceous period has revealed signs of a malignant tumor, in what’s considered a first for dinosaur paleontology. Read more...

US and UK teens arrested in connection with Twitter hack

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Three suspects have now been taken into custody following last month's massive Twitter hack.

A different kind of “gamer” hotline: Free, anonymous emotional support

80Ars Technica / 6h
Say hello to the Games and Online Harassment Hotline. [credit: Games and Online Harassment Hotline ] The classic version of "gamer support hotlines" revolved around a late '80s and early '90s period of titans like Nintendo and Sega. You'd either make a long-distance call or call a 1-900 line to get help from a live counselor on how to beat a tough video game. Those kinds of hotlines are long gone

New York and California are reportedly helping the FTC investigate Amazon

New York California Amazon
79Engadget / 6h
Amazon could soon have another problem on its hands. According to Bloomberg , New York attorney general Letitia James is partnering with her counterpart in California and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the online retailer. Bloomberg reports the three agencies will work together to interview witnesses over the next couple of weeks. We knew the FTC and attorney general of California we

A Scary Amount of Rain Is About to Drench the East Coast

100+Gizmodo / 6h
Tropical Storm Isaias is making its way to the U.S. East Coast, and it looks like the region is about to get a lot of rain. After lashing the Bahamas on Friday and then weakening over Florida’s coast over the weekend , the storm is expected to pick up speed and strengthen back to hurricane status before bringing strong… Read more...

Building an adaptable, intelligent world: a Q&A with Xilinx

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We spoke with Xilinx about its new real-time video server appliances and building the first 20nm space-grade FPGA.

Marijuana may interfere with dozens of common prescription drugs

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A new study out of Penn State warns that the various cannabinoids found in cannabis (“marijuana”) may interfere with a variety of prescription medication, including commonly prescribed drugs. Research into this topic is particularly important in light of the growing use of cannabinoids for medicinal purposes. Among other things, the researchers encourage doctors to explore the potential of cannab

The 'Swiss Army Knife' of Binoculars Sadly Contains No Knives

45Gizmodo / 6h
If you’ve ever thought to yourself: I could really use a pair of binoculars that could be separated into two monoculars and could then be combined into one telescope, well, you’re in luck. Today Ricoh announced the Pentax VD 4X20 WP—just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?—which is a 3-in-1 device that the company… Read more...

Drastic Decline in ER Visits Suggests Many People Avoided Critical Medical Care in March and April

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A new study out Monday seems to confirm anecdotal reports from health care workers: Emergency rooms across the U.S. saw a massive decline in visits in March and April, possibly because people feared contracting covid-19 if they sought medical care. Read more...

EventGeek relaunches as Circa to help marketers embrace virtual events

100+TechCrunch / 6h
EventGeek was a Y Combinator-backed startup that offered tools to help large enterprises manage the logistics of their events. So with the COVID-19 pandemic essentially eliminating large-scale conferences, at least in-person, it’s not exactly surprising that the company had to reinvent itself. Today, EventGeek relaunched as Circa , with a new focus on virtual events. Founder and CEO Alex Patriqui

Climate change-fueled heatwaves could kill millions

200+MIT Technology Review / 6h
Blistering heatwaves are breaking temperature records around the globe this year, from Iraq to the American Southwest . And it’s only going to get worse, as climate change accelerates. By the end of this century, extreme heat spells could kill roughly as many people as all infectious diseases combined, including HIV, malaria and yellow fever, according to a new study . The findings: Heatwaves wil

Google invests $450 million in ADT, gets exclusive hardware deal

Google ADT Nest Home
100+Ars Technica / 6h
ADT and Google, together forever. [credit: Google ] Google and ADT have announced, "a long-term, strategic partnership" that will see Google invest $450 million in ADT and the two companies combine their smart home and home security lineup. Google says the two companies will work together to "create the next generation of the helpful home," while ADT says the deal "will combine Nest's award-winni

FuboTV Gets ESPN and Is Now the Best Service for Sports Fans

24Gizmodo / 6h
If you have not recently updated your FuboTV app, you should think about doing that ASAP—particularly if you’re a sports fan. Read more...

Elon Musk Defends Tesla’s Misleading “Autopilot” Mode

100+Futurism / 6h
What’s In A Name? Critics of Tesla’s “Autopilot” mode have long argued that the name is misleading, and suggests to drivers that their car can handle more of the work of driving than it actually can. But CEO Elon Musk — who has repeatedly claimed Tesla is on the cusp of fully autonomous vehicles — isn’t having it. In fact, he thinks criticizing Autopilot’s name is “idiotic,” he told Automotive Ne

This cheap Raspberry Pi 4B alternative offers two unmatched features

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Radxa Rock Pi 4C SBC is based on the Rockchip RK3399 SoC, can run Android TV, Linux, and can decode modern video formats.

Analogue Pocket Preorders Sell Out Immediately, Leaving Many Disappointed

500+Gizmodo / 7h
I woke up early today to make sure I could snag an Analogue Pocket when preorders for the long-awaited handheld went live at 8 a.m. PST. Eight minutes past 8, Analogue’s online shop informed me it had completely sold out. I didn’t even get to enter payment information, and I clearly wasn’t the only one disappointed. Read more...

Phillies vs Yankees live stream: how to watch the MLB series from anywhere today

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Rescheduled MLB interleague series sees New York and Philly host two games each - here's how to watch a Phillies vs Yankees live stream this week.

ProtonMail founder: Apple uses monopoly to “hold all of us hostage”

Apple the App Store
88Ars Technica / 7h
Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images ) The developer behind secure email service ProtonMail today came out swinging against the way Apple allegedly uses its App Store to control access to iOS users and cut out competitors. The company is all but begging regulators to take stronger action. "Apple has become a monopoly, crushing potential competitors with exploitative fees and conducting c

Science Twitter Got Catfished by a Fake Professor Who 'Died From Covid'

400+Gizmodo / 7h
A bizarre saga of events played out on social media over the weekend, embroiling much of the close-knit world of scientists, academics, and researchers on Twitter. It started with accusations that Arizona State University’s actions had exposed one of their faculty members, an Indigenous woman and anthropologist, to an… Read more...

Find Your Perfect French Press Ratio With This Coffee Calculator

81Lifehacker / 7h
If you’re trying to dial in your morning brew using a method other than a Keurig pod or a few scoops of grounds in an automatic coffee maker, it can be a challenge to figure out the exact right ratio of ground beans to water. And that’s where a coffee calculator, like this one from Handground , comes in handy. If the… Read more...

Microsoft Store gets some big changes in Xbox One beta

SlashGear / 7h
It looks like there’s a big redesign for the Microsoft Store on the way to Xbox One users. Microsoft will begin testing this new store this week, and it’s making some hefty promises about its improvements over the original store. As is usually the case with these Microsoft tests, only a few will be able to take it for a … Continue reading

Why most JAL first class seats are not bookable with partner miles

22The Points Guy / 7h
Something strange is going on with Japan Airlines award tickets. Last week, the TPG team was unable to book Japan Airlines (JAL) first-class tickets with partner miles. This includes American Airlines AAdvantage , British Airways Avios and non-alliance partner Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan . In the case of American, over a month’s worth of JAL first-class availability showed online, but the websit

American Airlines Bringing Back Hot Food To Admirals Club Lounges This Week

35View from the Wing / 7h
In re-opened clubs a full bar is offered where permitted by local regulation, and packaged snacks are offered. They've added plexiglass shields at reception and at service desks, and in some cases foot-operated door openers for restrooms. There are also hand sanitizer stations and floor decals to promote social distancing. American Airlines lounges will re-introduce hot food this month. Continue

Canon's cloud service has temporarily shut down after losing some photos and videos

DPReview Canon R5 R6
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Canon's photo hosting platform,, is currently unavailable after an issue caused the loss of some users' media.

Google Pays $450 Million to Be a Part of the ADT Family

Google ADT Nest Security
Gizmodo / 7h
Since buying Nest back in 2014 , Google hasn’t been shy about turning the hardware company into one of the biggest names in home security. Now, the company’s moving to bolster those security chops even more with the help of the home-automation giants over at ADT . Read more...

Google Pixel Live Caption feature gets support for video and voice calls

Google Pixel 4A 3A
SlashGear / 7h
Google’s Live Caption feature is getting a big expansion, building upon its existing video and audio captioning to include another useful feature — video and voice call captions. With this new capability, users will be able to read captions generated for their ongoing conversations, helping the user follow the conversation without having to turn up the audio in a situation … Continue reading

Get a Bird Feeder, and Don't Overthink It

95Lifehacker / 7h
Birds are pretty and interesting to watch—and if you’re lazy, you don’t even need to leave the house to see them. Imagine, as you are ordering takeout some night, you could order nature to just show up at your door. Well, you can. Hang up a bird feeder. Read more...

Dish buys Ting Mobile to expand its wireless business

Dish Ting Mobile Boost
100+Engadget / 7h
Dish is adding another piece to its small but growing wireless business. On Monday, the company announced a deal to acquire the customer base of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Ting Mobile from Tucows. As part of the agreement, the latter will also provide infrastructure services to Dish, helping facilitate things like billing and activations. The deal follows Dish's recent acquisition of

Google is sending Meet links alongside Zoom invites

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
A Gmail user recently discovered that Google had added a Meet link to their Zoom meeting invite while in transit.

Watch YouTube in Windowed Fullscreen With This Browser Extension

YouTube WF Rube Goldberg
71Lifehacker / 7h
Sometimes you want a cinematic YouTube Experience, but the website’s default player sizes leave something to be desired on desktop. Read more...

Medieval Remixes of Star Wars Themes Are Music to Thine Ears

1KGizmodo / 7h
When Darth Vader said “What is thy bidding, master?” apparently he was onto something. The phrase had a certain dated quality. Medieval even. And now, after hearing actual medieval remixes of popular Star Wars themes, those two things definitely go hand in hand. Read more...

How to Speed Up Playback on Netflix

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63Lifehacker / 8h
In a move destined to launch an internet micro-controversy the likes of which we haven’t seen since some people tried to tell other people not to listen to their podcasts at 1.5x speed , Netflix recently announced that it will now let people control the playback speed of its content. The new feature—which the streamer … Read more...

The FDA just authorized a special new COVID-19 test

FDA Salmonella
SlashGear / 8h
New COVID-19 tests that can tell not only whether you have had coronavirus before, but estimate how many antibodies to the virus are present in the body, have been given authorization by the US FDA. The latest iteration of so-called serological tests, the two new diagnostics aren’t designed to identify whether a patient is currently infected by COVID-19, but instead … Continue reading

This Galaxy Cluster Is Spewing a Surplus of Stars Because of a Lazy Black Hole

3KFuturism / 8h
Rapid Fire A distant galaxy cluster has been churning out new stars at a dizzying pace — and now astronomers think they know why. ‘Turns out: The cluster’s supermassive black hole has been sleeping on the job, according to research published Thursday in The Astrophysical Journal Letters . While the scientists aren’t exactly sure why the black hole is so quiet, they do know that its absence allows

This AI-Powered Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Text Game Is Super Fun and Makes No Sense

48Gizmodo / 8h
Last year, AI Dungeon debuted as a free text adventure game. Now the game’s AI system has been upgraded to GPT-3, or Generative Pre-trained Transformer, which has a language model that uses deep learning to produce human-like text. According to game creator Nick Walton , it’s “one of the most powerful AI models in the… Read more...

Save $12 on AquaSonics's Electric Toothbrush With Eight Brush Heads Included, Today Only

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AquaSonic Electric Toothbrush | $25 | Amazon Gold Box Read more...

K9s against coronavirus: The UAE implements sniffer dogs to detect COVID-19

42The Points Guy / 8h
Puppies in airports and on planes have long been a thing, whether for emotional support or as service animals. And now, man’s best friend has been deployed against the greatest disruptor of 2020: Coronavirus . For more news and deals sign up for our newsletter. The United Arab Emirates has begun training K9 sniffer dogs to detect COVID-19, as first reported by The National and One Mile at a Time

What to Do if Your Health Insurance Drops Your Monthly Prescription

60Lifehacker / 8h
When you rely on costly prescriptions, few things are more alarming than learning your health insurance no longer covers it—and unfortunately, it happens more often than you may expect. According to new data from GoodRx, 15% of Americans have had at least one prescription dropped from their coverage over the past… Read more...

PlayStation versions of Marvel’s Avengers are getting a huge exclusive character

Spider-Man Avengers
SlashGear / 8h
If you’re looking forward to Crystal Dynamics’ upcoming Avengers game and you’re not planning to buy the game on PlayStation 4, it looks like you’ll be missing out on a big piece of content. Crystal Dynamics and Sony announced today that none other than Spider-Man will be coming to the game next year, and when he does, he’ll be exclusive … Continue reading

Wall of Moms faces allegations of 'anti-Blackness' from Portland community group

100+Mashable / 8h
In response to the presence of federal agents at Black Lives Matter protests in Portland, a group of largely white moms, dubbed the Wall of Moms, organized to form barriers between demonstrators and federal agents . From the group's first appearance at protests on the weekend of July 18, the Wall of Moms was largely lauded in news outlets and on social media . But just weeks after its formation,

California fire spawns towering, ashy clouds

100+Mashable / 8h
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In wake of Apple acquisition, Dark Sky ends Android support

Apple Dark Sky Android
66Ars Technica / 8h
Android users launching the app will see this message. [credit: Ron Amadeo ] As promised, popular weather app Dark Sky ended support for Android and Wear OS over the weekend. Android Dark Sky users report that the app is no longer working and that it presents the user with a message saying that the "app has shut down." The impending shutdown was first announced when Apple acquired the company in

TCL's next 6-Series TVs can handle 4K/120fps gameplay from Xbox Series X and PS5

TCL Series THX Game Mode
61TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
THX Certified Game Mode enables 4K/120Hz gameplay on the upcoming 2020 TCL 6-Series TV.

Extra Crunch Live: Join fintech legend Max Levchin for a live Q&A on August 6 at 4pm ET/1pm PT

100+TechCrunch / 8h
We’ve got a great ExtraCrunchLive chat coming up on Thursday, August 4, that you won’t want to miss. The one and only Max Levchin, is Silicon Valley icon and entrepreneur extraordinaire, is joining us to talk all things tech and fintech. You might know him as the CEO of Affirm, one of the hottest finance startups around right now, but he’s actually been a significant figure in tech in the Valley

Should You Consider an Accredited Online School This Fall?

53Lifehacker / 8h
It’s the ongoing debate on so many parents’ minds right now, particularly if our school leaders are leaving the decision up to us: Do we let our kids return to the classroom? Do we opt for the school’s all-virtual option, if they offer one? Do we start our own learning co-op ? What is often being left out in this… Read more...

Missed the historic SpaceX Crew Dragon splashdown? NASA has you covered

SpaceX NASA Dragon
SlashGear / 9h
The International Space Station may have been around for more than two decades now, but NASA and SpaceX still managed to make history this weekend with the successful splashdown of the Crew Dragon spacecraft. A huge milestone in NASA’s Commercial Crew project, it marked the first time a commercially-built and operated, American crew spacecraft flew to and from the ISS. … Continue reading

Spider-Man is coming to the PlayStation version of 'Marvel's Avengers'

Spider-Man Avengers
92Engadget / 9h
Marvel's Avengers on Sony platforms will feature an exclusive hero: Spider-Man. Developer Crystal Dynamics said it plans to add the superhero to the PlayStation version of the upcoming game in early 2021 . The studio didn't say whether Spider-Man will make his way to other platforms at a later date. As with all the other playable heroes within the game, you'll have access to multiple skill trees

Sony WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones revealed in promo video leak

SlashGear / 9h
Sony’s anticipated noise-canceling WH-1000XM4 headphones have once again leaked, this time in a promotional video. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about this model — it was previously listed by Walmart on its website, detailing its various features. This time around, the leak reveals the new model’s design in addition to rapidly detailing the headphones’ key capabilities. As its … Continue

I claimed dual citizenship – here’s how you may be able to do it too

27The Points Guy / 9h
Dual citizenship is sometimes considered the ultimate lifehack. It opens up a ton of travel opportunities and lets you live, work, vote and own property in another country. This can make a move abroad much easier, as you don’t have to worry about visas and work permits in your second “home” country. One of the easiest ways to acquire dual citizenship is by descent. Many countries let you claim ci

Announcing Sight Tech Global, an event on the future of AI and accessibility for people who are blind or visually impaired

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Few challenges have excited technologists more than building tools to help people who are blind or visually impaired. It was Silicon Valley legend Ray Kurzweil, for example, who in 1976 launched the first commercially available text-to-speech reading device. He unveiled the $50,000 Kurzweil Reading Machine , a boxy device that covered a tabletop, at a press conference hosted by the National Feder

AMD Big Navi GPU might deliver double the power of the Radeon RX 5700 XT

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New rumor claims Team Red's next-generation graphics card will boast a maximum of 80 CUs

This app helps minimize your food waste — Future Blink

44Mashable / 9h
The Kitche app sends reminders of the food you have to keep you updated and prevent unnecessary food waste. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Food Waste , Apps And Software , and Future Blink

Poltergeist Still Delivers Surprises, Delights, and Frights After Almost 40 Years

400+Gizmodo / 9h
Poltergeist is fantastic because it somehow both includes, and subverts, seemingly every convention the horror genre has. The family doesn’t leave the haunted house , they stay. They instantly accept what’s happening. The ghosts are revealed early in the story. People actually capture them on videotape. What you think … Read more...

Data breaches could cost you hundreds of millions

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IBM Security has released a new report revealing the rising costs for businesses dealing with data breaches.

FuboTV Adds ESPN, NatGeo, and other Disney Channels to its Streaming Service

24How-To Geek / 9h
FuboTV’s offerings just got a little sweeter. The cable-cutting service now has ESPN, ABC, FX, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, National Geographic, and more Disney-owned channels for your viewing pleasure. That’s a good thing, considering its latest pricing. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Google's Live Caption Tool Now Transcribes Video and Voice Calls on Pixel Phones

20How-To Geek / 9h
Along with its announcement of the Pixel 4a, Google just announced Live Captions for video and voice calls. The Live Caption tool turns audio into onscreen subtitles in real-time, but was limited to social media, voice memos, and videos before today. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Oculus Venues Will Put You in the NBA Audience

20How-To Geek / 9h
The NBA has been on hiatus due to the ongoing pandemic, but it’s coming back under some tight restrictions. Chief among them, there won’t be a live audience. If sitting courtside is your idea of a good time, then Oculus is here to help. Through its Venues app, you can watch some games live with other viewers from virtual courtside seats. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

'HALO: The Master Chief Collection' Gets Xbox-PC Crossplay Later in 2020

How-To Geek / 9h
The Master Chief Collection is a must-have for any Halo fan, bringing the original HALO, 2, 3, 4, and HALO Reach, along with all the extras and DLC, for the Xbox One. After a rocky start, the collection was re-released on the PC. A developer update says that PC and Xbox players will soon be able to tackle the games together. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Marriott Credit Card Promo: 10x Bonus Points

52One Mile at a Time / 9h
The world has changed a lot in the past few months, and credit card issuers have had to adapt. The valuable travel perks that people used to seek out in credit cards are now significantly less worthwhile, so we’ve seen card issuers add temporary benefits to keep cardmembers engaged. Along those lines, both American Express and Chase issue co-branded Marriott credit cards . Back in July we saw Cha

TOCA's TOTO and QULO lubes changed my mind about CBD lube

24Mashable / 9h
TOTO and QULO, CBD lubes from TOCA $48 View Product The Good 200 milligrams of CBD per bottle • Organic ingredients The Bad You need to wait 10-20 minutes for the full effect • Spray bottle design The Bottom Line TOCA lubes are an excellent choice for those who want to experiment with CBD lubes, though be aware of both the spray and the wait time. ⚡ Mashable Score 4.0 😎 Cool Factor 5.0 📘Learnin

Up to a Third of Bangladesh Is Underwater

62Gizmodo / 9h
This monsoon season has been devastating East and South Asia since early June, and the rains are showing no signs of stopping—throughout the region, they are expected to continue into mid-August. Bangladesh has been especially hard it: The floods have left between 24% and 37% of the country underwater, the New York… Read more...

$100 Off $100+ At Dell For Amex Platinum Cardmembers, Increased Earn On Marriott Cards

View from the Wing / 9h
American Express has new offers to make their cards more attractive. With the Marriott card they're encouraging cardmembers to use the products for spend even while they're traveling less, by making that spend more rewarding. With the Platinum card they're leveraging an existing Dell partnership to make their premium travel card more appealing to keep - a new temporary $100 rebate helps with the

After Shopify’s huge quarter, BigCommerce raises its IPO price range

100+TechCrunch / 9h
When BigCommerce , the Texas-based Shopify competitor, first announced an IPO price range, the numbers looked a little light. With a range of just $18 to $20 per share, it appeared that the firm was targeting a valuation of around $1.18 billion to $1.31 billion. Given that BigCommerce had revenue of “between $35.5 million and $35.8 million” in Q2 2020, up a little over 30% from the year-ago perio

5 steps to mitigate corporate identity theft

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Follow these steps to ensure that your business or company doesn’t have its corporate identity stolen.

This Algorithm Might Make Facial Recognition Obsolete

200+Gizmodo / 10h
In 2020, it’s worth assuming that every status update and selfie you upload online can eventually make its way into the hands of an obscure data-mining third party , into the hands of national authorities , or both. Read more...

Snapchat targets TikTok by adding music to snaps

TikTok Snap Music Trump
87Engadget / 10h
Snapchat will soon get a little more like Instagram and TikTok. The app is working on an update that will allow users to add music to their snaps, the company revealed. With the update, users will be able to add songs to their snaps either before or after they begin shooting. The company has already struck deals with a handful of labels, including Warner Music Group and Universal Music Publishing

Never Leave Your Charger at Home Again With This Cargo Backpack and Powerbank Combo for Just $20

44Lifehacker / 10h
Cargo Backpack With Powerbank | $20 | Meh

Up To 10% Cash Back (Or 10x Amex Points) With Rakuten

200+One Mile at a Time / 10h
Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional miles & points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points or cash back in addition to the rewards you’d earn for credit card spending. Whenever I make an online purchase I always check to see which shopping portal has the best bonus. Today only, Rakuten is offering an increased bonu

Shop deals on refurbished monitors to complete your WFH setup

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SaaS securitization will disrupt VC’s biggest returns this coming decade

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SaaS investing has been on fire the past decade and the returns have been gushing in, with IPOs like Datadog, direct listings like Slack and acquisitions like Qualtrics (which is now being spun back out ) creating billions of wealth and VC returns. Dozens more SaaS startups are on deck to head toward their exits in the same way, and many VC funds — particularly those with deep portfolios in the S

Garmin reportedly paid millions to resolve its recent ransomware attack

Garmin Millions Ransomware
300+Engadget / 10h
Garmin suffered an outage last month that temporarily took many of the company’s systems and services offline. It later claimed it was the victim of a cyberattack without offering specifics of what caused it. Reports suggested ransomware was involved, and there are some more indications that was the case. According to Sky News, Garmin paid a “multi-million dollar ransom” via a third-party company

11 can’t-miss attractions that make Houston special

63The Points Guy / 10h
Editor’s note: As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We will be here to help you prepare, whether it is next month or next year. As a native Houstonian, my love for this city knows no bounds. We are a bustling metropolis with a d

How to Get Real About Time Management, With CEO Tiffany Dufu

55Lifehacker / 10h
This week, we’re learning how to improve on our time management skills with help from Tiffany Dufu, Founder and CEO of The Cru . And spoiler alert: effective time management is not about time-blocking, to-do lists, or the Pomodoro Technique. Instead, it’s more about how to get clear about your priorities, how to… Read more...

Days Before Star Trek: Lower Decks' Premiere, There's Merely Hope for International Release

63Gizmodo / 10h
In the last few years, CBS has turned Star Trek from a dormant franchise on television screens into one of its biggest assets . We’ve gone from no shows to our fourth new Trek about to air in the U.S. and Canada this week (and more on the way !). And yet, despite its global appeal, there are still frustrations about… Read more...

iPhone 12 will launch in two stages, report says

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Eli Lilly is testing a way to prevent covid-19 that’s not a vaccine

1KMIT Technology Review / 10h
Nurses and patients in some US assisted living facilities will receive an antibody drug to prevent covid-19 infection, according to drug company Eli Lilly. The drug: Early in the coronavirus pandemic, companies searched the blood of covid-19 survivors for potent antibodies against the novel virus . Eli Lilly’s drug is one of these Y shaped proteins—it’s a natural antibody manufactured at larger s

The Google Pixel 4a vs. the competition: The midrange heats up

100+Engadget / 10h
For years most of our attention has been focused on flagship handsets from companies like Apple, Google and Samsung. But since last year’s release of the excellent Pixel 3a , midrange devices have gotten a lot more interesting. Today Google finally announced the Pixel 4a , which cuts a few corners but still delivers fast performance and even a flagship-level camera for the low price of $350. But

Google’s official Pixel 4a case protects more than just the new phone

Google Pixel 4A 5G 5
SlashGear / 10h
After a long wait, Google announced the Pixel 4a today, and as it usually does, it has a case to go along with it. On the surface, the Pixel 4a case doesn’t seem like anything particularly special – it looks like most other knit cases out there, in fact – but according to Google, the big deal about this case … Continue reading

The Umbrella Academy comes back stronger than ever with briskly paced S2

63Ars Technica / 10h
The Hargreeves siblings find themselves trapped in 1963 in S2 of The Umbrella Academy . [credit: Netflix ] Ars staffers were divided on the merits of The Umbrella Academy ' s first season. The pacing dragged a bit in the earlier episodes, and the deviations from the source material—the Dark Horse Comics series created by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá—were not to everyone's taste. But I

The essential revenue software stack

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Tim Porter Contributor Tim Porter is a managing director at Madrona Venture Group and invests in the areas of intelligent applications and SaaS, cloud native software, ML and data analytics and security. Elisa La Cava Contributor Elisa La Cava is a senior associate at Madrona Venture Group , focused on intelligent applications, cloud-native software and the future of work. From working with our 9

Elon Musk’s Cybertruck backup plan is unexpectedly normal

Musk Tesla Cybertruck
SlashGear / 10h
Tesla’s backup plan should the Cybertruck flop is something a lot more straightforward, CEO Elon Musk has confirmed, again insisting that gut reaction rather than any sort of traditional market research shaped the still-divisive pickup. Unveiled in November 2019 – though not expected to go on sale until late 2021 at the earliest – the Cybertruck certainly isn’t styled to … Continue reading

How to watch The Deceived online: stream Paul Mescal's new drama from anywhere

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Normal People star Paul Mescal is back in a new Channel 5 UK exclusive. Here's how to watch the Deceived online and stream every episode - no matter where you are.

Google confirms Pixel 5 5G and Pixel 4a 5G will arrive this year

Google 4A Pixel 5 499
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Google has confirmed its Pixel 5G flagship and Pixel 4a 5G are coming later this year, adding next-gen network connectivity to its flagship and affordable phone lineup.

Meet Noom, a weight-loss program that goes beyond basic calorie counting

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Noom’s psychology-based weight-loss program is designed to help you get healthy and stay healthy

Maybe Free Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Will Fix It

100+Lifehacker / 10h
America runs on Dunkin’, the commercials tell us. I don’t know if that’s true; market share suggests a greater percentage of America strolls on Starbucks . However, it is certainly true that it’s due to caffeine that America avoids falling asleep during its morning commute (even if that’s now just a walk to the kitchen… Read more...

Register for Disrupt to take part in our content series for Digital Startup Alley exhibitors

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There’s no better way to expose your early-stage startup to global opportunities — we’re talking thousands of potential investors, customers, tech journalists and other mighty influencers — than by exhibiting in Digital Startup Alley at Disrupt 2020 . The Alley may be virtual this year, but the benefits of exhibiting are very real. More on those in a minute. And, because supporting early-stage st

Spider-Man is coming to Marvel's Avengers game – but only on PS4 and PS5

Spider-Man Avengers
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Spider-Man has been confirmed for the upcoming Marvel's Avengers game, but only on PlayStation.

Impossible Burger continues its rapid expansion with Publix

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Impossible Foods announced today that its plant-based Impossible Burger will now be available at more than 1,200 Publix stores. Publix is primarily located in Florida, Georgia and much of the Southeast. This continues the company’s aggressive grocery store rollout of the Impossible Burger this year. It expanded its retail presence to Safeway, Vons, Albertsons and Kroger a few months ago, and more

Google signs up six more partners for its digital banking platform coming to Google Pay

BBVA Google Accounts US
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Google is expanding its plans to offer digital banking services in the U.S. The company announced today it’s partnering with half a dozen more banks to offer digital checking and savings accounts to Google Pay users in the U.S., starting sometime next year. The new partners include Bank Mobile, BBVA USA, BMO Harris, Coastal Community Bank, First Independence Bank and SEFCU. They join Google’s exi

An American Pickle Might Have Been Fresher in the 2010s

100+Wired / 11h
Seth Rogen's new movie is funny, although some gags meant to skewer hip Brooklynites seem strangely dated.

The best TV shows streaming for free

77Lifehacker / 11h
Streaming libraries expand and contract. Algorithms are imperfect. Those damn thumbnail images are always changing. But you know what you can always rely on? The expert opinions and knowledgeable commentary of The A.V. Club . That’s why we’re scouring both the menus of the most popular services and our own archives to… Read more...

Have Ice Cream for Dinner This Week

300+Lifehacker / 11h
This past weekend, my favorite local ice cream shop was promoting its annual batch of giant, homemade apple dumplings with ice cream, as well as extra large Belgian waffle ice cream sandwiches. I have a sweet tooth but a smaller-than-average appetite, which means I usually have to skip something so dense and rich in… Read more...

HP Kicks off Back to School Sale With Deals on Laptops, Desktops, Printers, and More

36Lifehacker / 11h
Back to School Sale | HP

US airlines send another 10,500 furlough notices as industry faces dramatic contraction

300+The Points Guy / 11h
Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Spirit Airlines have warned more than 10,500 staff of possible furloughs this fall as the airline industry prepares to be significantly smaller as a result of the coronavirus pandemic for the next few years. Combined, the notices represent more than a fifth of the carriers’ workforces at the end of 2019. Frontier and Hawaiia

Watch SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule ferry NASA astronauts back to Earth

42Mashable / 11h
Back at the end of May, SpaceX became the first private company to launch NASA astronauts into space. Now, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are back home. Read more... More about Nasa , Spacex , Astronauts , Dragon Capsule , and Science

Reminder: Annual Extra Crunch members can save 20% on Disrupt passes

100+TechCrunch / 11h
Calling all Extra Crunch annual and two-year members! Did you know that as a part of your membership plan, you can get a 20% discount on a Disrupt 2020 pass? Disrupt is our largest and most ambitious event of the year. While it’s typically held in San Francisco, this year the event will be held online from September 14-18. During the five-day event, you’ll experience non-stop online programming w

SpaceX scrubs first attempt to hop its Starship on Monday [Updated]

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SpaceX's SN5 prototype very nearly lifted off on Monday. [credit: Trevor Mahlmann ] 9:11pm ET Monday Update : SpaceX very nearly made it to T-0 on Monday evening in South Texas as it sought to launch its Starship prototype for the first time. However, a technical issue cropped up seconds before the 30-meter-tall vehicle was due to liftoff. The company's founder, Elon Musk, summarized the situatio

Google invests millions into home security firm ADT

Google ADT Nest Home
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Google and ADT have entered into a long-term, strategic partnership aimed at creating next generation smart homes.

Analogue Pocket pre-order today – the good news and the bad news

SlashGear / 11h
Last week, Analogue made a couple of big announcements regarding its upcoming handheld, the Pocket. First was the announcement that Pocket had been delayed into May 2021, at least in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic complicating production and shipping. The second big announcement was regarding when pre-orders would open, with Analogue setting a pre-order date of August 3rd. That, … Continue

Microsoft redesigned the Xbox store ahead of Series X debut

Microsoft Xbox Store
100+Engadget / 11h
The Microsoft Store on Xbox is getting a makeover ahead of the Xbox Series X release later this year. Microsoft says it rebuilt the store from the ground up, and it’ll be “faster, safer and easier to use than ever before.” It claims the store is more than twice as quick than in the past and that it loads in under two seconds. You can “easily see” what games your friends are playing and it should

It Is Time to Rearrange Your Stuff

75Lifehacker / 11h
If you didn’t work from home pre-covid, there’s a very good chance you do so now, and it’s possible that you’ve grown tired of looking at the interior of your living space. I’ve been working from home for about five years now and, as a person who gets bored very easily, stale interiors are a thing I’ve gotten very… Read more...

Study: Ancient Mars Was Covered in Ice Sheets, Not Rivers

500+Futurism / 11h
According to a new study by a group of Canadian researchers published in the journal Nature Geoscience today, a large number of ancient valleys on the Martian surface were formed by water melting below massive sheets of glacial ice — not free-flowing rivers, as previous research suggests. The new research challenges the “warm and wet ancient Mars” hypothesis, which posits that Mars was once cover

Google finally announces the Pixel 4a for $349

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74Ars Technica / 11h
The Pixel 4a. It's finally here! [credit: Google ] Remember the Pixel 4a? After months of delays, Google's midrange smartphone is finally coming to market. Google made the phone official with only a quiet blog post , instead of the hyped-up online launch most other phones have been getting in the COVID-19 era. The main thing we didn't know from the seven months of leaks was the price, which Googl

MIT AI system knows when to make a medical diagnosis or defer to an expert

100+Engadget / 11h
AI can now detect lung , breast , brain , skin and cervical cancer . But in the world of medical AI, figuring out when to rely on experts versus algorithms is still tricky. It’s not simply a matter of who is “better” at making a diagnosis or prediction. Factors like how much time medical professionals have and their level of expertise also come into play. To address this, researchers from MIT’s C

American Airlines May Permanently Change Inflight Meals

300+One Mile at a Time / 11h
We know that airlines have temporarily adjusted onboard service in light of coronavirus, but American Airlines has now hinted at some possible permanent changes to the way it approaches meals. How American meal service may evolve View from the Wing notes some interesting comments made by Jill Surdek, American’s SVP of Flight Service, during a Q&A session with employees. These comments are regardi

Amid pandemic, returning to offices remains an open question for tech leaders

100+TechCrunch / 12h
As COVID-19 infections surge in parts of the U.S., many workplaces remain empty or are operating with skeleton crews. Most agree that the decision to return to the office should involve a combination of business, government and medical officials and scientists who have a deep understanding of COVID-19 and infectious disease in general. The exact timing will depend on many factors, including the g

Lordstown Motors becomes latest EV automaker to use a SPAC to go public

Lordstown DiamondPeak
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Lordstown Motors, the one-year-old Ohio electric automaker that revealed a pickup truck prototype in June, has reached a deal to merge with special-purpose acquisition company DiamondPeak Holdings Corp., with a market value of $1.6 billion. The agreement marks the latest company — and electric automaker — to become a publicly traded company through a merger agreement with a SPAC, or blank-check c

Google Pixel 4a India launch in October - here's what we know

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The Pixel 4a was launched today after months of leaking that resulted in most of its contours and configs reaching the public domain that left the official launch somewhat underwhelming.

Samsung Unpacked 2020 trailer teases new devices and BTS

Samsung Galaxy 20 New
SlashGear / 12h
Samsung Unpacked 2020 is only a couple of days away, but that won’t dissuade Samsung from teasing and previewing the heck out of what’s expected to be its big Galaxy Note 20 launch. We’re already readying ourselves for a five device flood on August 5, as per Samsung’s own mobile division chief, but now the company is wheeling in some … Continue reading

Virgin Orbit to fly 11 satellites for NASA on second orbital launch demo later this year

100+TechCrunch / 12h
Virgin Orbit’s first attempt at an orbital launch demo may not have gone entirely to plan (the LauncherOne rocket released as planned but its flight was cut short just after that ), but it has booked a payload for its next try — 11 science satellites selected by NASA and primarily designed and built by U.S. universities. Virgin says that it will fly this second launch demo, complete with its carg

Best hard drives 2020: the top HDD for desktops and laptops

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From a little extra storage space to a beefy NAS, these are the best hard drives for the job.

Bored Inside Their Spacecraft, NASA Astronauts Made Prank Calls to Pass the Time

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Prank Calls While NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were bobbing in the Gulf of Mexico , trapped inside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule for hours on Sunday, they figured they’d pass the time by making several prank calls, according The New York Times reports . "Five hours ago we were bobbing around in a spacecraft making prank satellite phone calls to whoever we could get ahold of," Doug H

HP Kicks off Back to School Sale With Deals on Laptops, Desktops, Printers, and More

36Gizmodo / 12h
Back to School Sale | HP

The New Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Guidebook Has Some Tantalizing Secrets

100+Gizmodo / 12h
Everything about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is meant to feel real , as if you’re leaving a Disney park and going to the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu. All the sodas are in special alien packages , nothing inside says “Disney,” and all the cast members are in character. It’s basically a Star Wars vacation and the… Read more...

Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560 review: A versatile smart charcoal grill

100+Engadget / 12h
When it comes to connected grills, pellet models are all the rage. While they produce some excellent tasting food, wood pellets aren’t as readily available as charcoal, despite the rising popularity. Sure, you can find them at hardware stores and online, but most likely you can’t add a bag to your regular grocery order. Or, maybe you just prefer charcoal in general. Masterbuilt, a brand under the

Alaska Airlines quietly cuts inflight entertainment tablets

80The Points Guy / 12h
As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, airlines are doing everything they can to reassure customers that it’s safe to travel . All major U.S. carriers are requiring passengers to wear masks , most have stepped up cleaning procedures and some are blocking the middle seat . And when it comes to the inflight experience, almost every carrier has made adjustments to minimize crew and passenger interact

This Broom Is Not Suitable For Flying [Roundup]

View from the Wing / 12h
A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading ...

SpaceX now plans for 5 million Starlink customers in US, up from 1 million

100+Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge / A SpaceX Starlink user terminal/satellite dish. (credit: SpaceX) SpaceX has asked the US for permission to deploy up to 5 million user terminals for its Starlink satellite-broadband network in the US after nearly 700,000 people in the country registered interest in the service. SpaceX in March received a Federal Communications Commission license for up to 1 million user terminals (i.e.

How to Save for Retirement With Your Health Savings Account

63Lifehacker / 12h
There isn’t much to like about high-deductible health insurance plans. If you have one, you may already be spending thousands of dollars out-of-pocket on healthcare each year. Before meeting the deductible, it can be tough to afford the basics. Unfortunately, these plans have become the go-to choice for many larger… Read more...

Dark Sky's Android and WearOS Apps Are Officially Dead

Apple Dark Sky Android
20Gizmodo / 12h
Well, Android friends, it’s time to say a final goodbye to Dark Sky. Read more...

Two of Virgin's best fibre broadband deals are leading the market right now

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Virgin Media's broadband deals come with affordable bills, fast speeds and some big voucher incentives.

Google officially announces Pixel 4a and (surprise!) Pixel 5 with 5G

Google Pixel 4A 5 iPhone
100+Mashable / 12h
We all knew the Pixel 4a reveal was coming today, but Google made the wait worth it. Google announced a trifecta of new Pixel phones on Monday: The 4a, the 4a 5G, and surprisingly, the Pixel 5, which also supports 5G. You can pre-order the Pixel 4a for an Aug. 20 release right now, but you'll have to wait for an unspecified fall release date for the other two phones. Like the Pixel 3a before it,

Is the 2020 SPAC boom an echo of the 2017 ICO craze?

100+TechCrunch / 12h
I wanted to write an essay about Microsoft and TikTok today, because I was effectively a full-time reporter covering the software giant when it hired Satya Nadella in 2014. But, everyone else has already done that and, frankly, there’s a more pressing financial topic for us to parse. Let’s take a minute to take stock of SPAC (special purpose acquisition companies), which have risen sharply to fre

BBVA USA to offer digital bank accounts via Google Pay

BMO Google Accounts
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Collaboration hopes to let customers enjoy more innovative banking using Google Pay.

A few words for DHS agents who have no intention of becoming immigration whistleblowers

100+TechCrunch / 12h
Sophie Alcorn Contributor Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: How can I speed up getting a green card? Dear Sophie: How sho

Samsung will give you $50 in credits if you reserve its new Galaxy smartphone

Samsung Galaxy 20 New
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A Pair of Canadian Ice Caps Has Disappeared Completely

500+Gizmodo / 12h
A set of polar ice caps has literally disappeared. We don’t need any more evidence that the Earth is warming to the point of mass instability, but this latest discovery is unsettling, to say the least. Read more...

Boston Dynamics CEO Rob Playter is coming to Disrupt 2020 to talk robotics and automation

100+TechCrunch / 12h
Back in January, Robert Playter became the CEO of Boston Dynamics . It was a momentous occasion, marking the company’s first new CEO since its founding in the early 1990s when the company was founded by Marc Raibert. The move came during what was already a transitional period for the company, which is why we are excited to chat with him at Disrupt 2020 . Following its sale to SoftBank, Boston Dyn

Founded by a lifelong house-flipper, Inspectify is a marketplace for home inspections and repairs

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Josh Jensen bought his first house in Peoria, Ill., when he was 23. He sold the house to pay for business school and over the course of his tech career — first as a mechanical engineer and then as an executive for startup companies — Jensen and his wife bought, renovated and flipped several homes. “I bought 10 homes over the last decade,” said Jensen. “I have renovated them, sold them, gone throu

How Google made its newest Pixel phone so cheap

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When Google released the Pixel 3a and 3a XL , they were pretty good deals -- you could pay as little as $399 for a phone with the same clean software and excellent camera performance as the company’s earlier, more premium devices. The strategy paid off: Google sold 3 million Pixel 3a phones in its first two quarters on the market, compared to just 2 million Pixel 4s in the same amount of time. To

Feel Happier by Embracing Kid Stuff

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Let’s be real, everything about 2020 is getting old, fast. It was cute when we were all home for a couple weeks, taking in what Tuesday afternoon actually looks like in our home. But after four months of this, my eyes cross at the thought of yet another stroll in the neighborhood. Read more...

Monday's Best Deals: HP Back-to-School Sale, Aukey 12-in-1 USB-C Hub, Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, Gooloo 1500A Jump Starter, Taste of Asia Snack Mix, Reusable Face Shields, and More

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An HP back-to-school sale on laptops, desktops, and printers , an Aukey 12-in-1 USB-C hub , a discounted copy of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers for PS4 , a Goooloo 1500A jump starter , a Taste of Asia snack mix package , and a reusable face shield five-pack lead Monday’s best deals. Read more...