Saturday, July 11, 2020

TPS Consulting Saturday Evening Post


If the coronavirus is really airborne, we might be fighting it the wrong way

12KMIT Technology Review / 16h
This was the week airborne transmission became a big deal in the public discussion about covid-19. Over 200 scientists from around the world cosigned a letter to the World Health Organization urging it to take seriously the growing evidence that the coronavirus can be transmitted through the air. WHO stopped short of redefining SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes covid-19) as airborne but did ackno

American Airlines Will Be Warning Employees Of Mass Furloughs

500+View from the Wing / 6h
United Airlines made big news this week by announcing they could lay off as much as 39% of their employees (which some media exaggerated as half). Now American Airlines is preparing to send out WARN Act notices, too according to the TWU-IAM association which represents mechanics and fleet service workers at the carrier. Continue reading ...

Bill Nye's minute-long PSA on mask-wearing is as simple as it is effective

1KMashable / 12h
If the virus that's at the center of a global pandemic spreads via respiratory droplets, wouldn't it make sense to throw all the roadblocks you can in front of those droplets? While plenty of people still don't seem to get it , science guy Bill Nye definitely does. In a new video posted on his TikTok channel , Nye brings his trademark brand of accessible scientific experimentation to the subject

Devolver made a free game about a canceled game convention

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100+Engadget / 1h
E3 and virtually every other in-person gaming expo for 2020 has been canceled due to the pandemic, but that isn’t preventing Devolver Digital from doing something to fill the void in a very self-referential way. It just released a free Devolverland Expo game on Steam that — what else? — has you sneaking through a canceled convention. It’s ultimately a plug for upcoming games like Shadow Warrior 3

This Artist Filmed His Life With Snapchat Spectacles for a Year and Created a VR Time Machine

48Gizmodo / 1h
Time travel is one of those things that fascinate people. Although time travel currently isn’t possible—thank God, as if humans needed another way to make a mess of things—this creator decided to do the next best thing: film his life with the Snapchat Spectacles 3 for a year and create a virtual reality time machine. Read more...

Ubisoft’s “most powerful creative force” resigns in wake of sweeping allegations

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92Ars Technica / 2h
Enlarge / Ubisoft's Montreal headquarters. (credit: Getty Images) Ubisoft's chief creative officer tendered his resignation from the video game publisher behind series like Far Cry and Assassin's Creed on Saturday, one day before its biggest gaming-reveal event of the year . Longtime CCO Serge Hascoet, described by Bloomberg game industry reporter Jason Schreier as Ubisoft's "most powerful creati

How to watch UFC 251: live stream Usman vs Masvidal in the US with ESPN+ right now

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UFC arrives on Fight Island with huge welterweight title clash - here's how to live stream Usman vs Masvidal with ESPN+ and watch UFC 251 online right now.

UFC 251 live stream: how to watch the Usman vs Masvidal fight online right now

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It couldn't be easier to watch UFC live online right now - here's how to live stream UFC 251: Usman vs Masvidal and catch the entire Fight Island card tonight.

New Chase Offer: 15% Rebate On United Airlines

View from the Wing / 3h
15% rebate on a purchase of $100 or more from United, up to a maximum of $57 back (which means maxing out with a $380 purchase). Continue reading ...

US court finds Russian national guilty of hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox

100+Engadget / 3h
A San Francisco jury has found Russian national Yevgeniy Nikulin guilty of one of the biggest data breaches in US history. Nikulin has been convicted of hacking LinkedIn and Dropbox back in 2012, which resulted in the theft of 117 million usernames and passwords that he tried to sell to other people on Russian—language forums. He was also found guilty of trafficking Formspring data. The massive b

That Kamen Rider's Got a Robot Dog

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Oh, nothing to see here. Just a masked superhero and his Sony-branded robot doggie . Read more...

Review: Palm Springs is a fresh, slyly self-aware addition to time loop trope

44Ars Technica / 5h
Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti relive the same day over and over in Palm Springs , now streaming on Hulu. Last year gave us two innovative multiverse twists on the well-worn time-loop trope: the Netflix comedy series Russian Doll , and the horror/comedy Happy Death Day 2 U (a sequel to 2018's Happy Death Day ). One would think there wouldn't be many new veins to mine in this subgenre, but Palm

Tesla drops Model Y price by $3,000

400+Engadget / 5h
Tesla just gave would-be Model Y buyers an unexpected treat: a sudden price drop. Electrek has discovered that Tesla lowered the cost of a Long Range AWD variant by $3,000 to $49,990 before taxes and incentives. The electric crossover still isn’t a trivial purchase at that price, but it might be easier to justify if the earlier price was just a little too hard to swallow. There are perks if you’r

Boeing 777X debut to slide to 2022 says Emirates COO

The Points Guy / 6h
For years now Boeing has been working on developing the 777X, the largest twin-engine jet ever produced and the latest iteration of its incredibly successful 777 series, which has become the long-haul workhorse for many airlines. The 777X took its first test flight in January of this year , with deliveries scheduled to begin to launch customer Lufthansa Airlines in 2021. However, Emirates Chief O

Passenger Blasts United Airlines Telling Her To Fight Through Crowded Gate Area If She Wants To Fly

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An announcement was made for people to keep their distance from each other at the gate, but no one did. United told her that she should just "push your way through" when it was time for her to board, she says. She objected, everyone is supposed to be social distancing to reduce contact and limit the spread of COVID-19. And the airline is supposed to have procedures to make sure travel is safe. Sh

Aggro corgi defending her self-care routine is all of us in 2020

100+Mashable / 6h
2020 has forced many of us to get real aggressive about our self-care practices. Nobody embodies that more than this corgi, seen snarling at anyone — from another dog to a full-grown horse — who dares try to interrupt her bath time. Sure, this isn't textbook "good girl" behavior. But in this economy, who can afford to not viciously defend their R&R at all costs? Read more... More about Dogs , Ani

How a flying cadet graduates to a fully qualified pilot

The Points Guy / 6h
The path to becoming an airline pilot contains many hurdles and hoops that cadet pilots must jump over and through. By the time they take to the controls of their first commercial flight, they will have completed hundreds of hours of flying in both aircraft and simulators and be the proud owner of an official pilot’s license. However, recent news in the world of aviation has uncovered that some p

The complete guide to the Genius loyalty program

The Points Guy / 6h
I look to maximize every hotel stay with both the benefits I receive on-property and the hotel points I earn for my booking. Typically, that means booking directly with a large hotel chain on its website to ensure I earn elite status-qualifying nights, enjoy elite-status benefits and earn points. For those reasons, I haven’t delved much into the loyalty program called Genius. That sai

Weekly Review: July 11, 2020

25One Mile at a Time / 6h
Happy weekend, and I hope everyone is continuing to hang in there! On the points & travel front, this week World of Hyatt announced a great new promotion for redeeming points, the Qatari royal family tried to sell a 747-8, Royal Air Maroc revealed plans to get rid of nearly half of its 787 fleet, Americans chartered a jet to the EU and got rejected, and more. With that out of the way, here’s a re

Spend Less Time Thinking and More Time Doing By Training Your Brain

20Futurism / 6h
Thinking things through is important. We count on our brains to make split-second decisions and long-term ones, to process complex ideas quickly and synthesize relevant information at the snap of a finger. For some people, it feels like those skills come naturally. If you’re indecisive, the very idea of making a decision might have you feeling sweat start to form on your brow right this second. A

The Star Trek Roleplaying Game is Getting a Whole New Rulebook Just for Playing as the Klingons

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When it launched a few years ago, Modiphius’ Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game gave fans a ruleset for boldly going as their very own crew of Federation officers, managing their own ship, going on away missions, and exploring the galaxy. But its latest expansion isn’t about giving Federation characters more things… Read more...

Recap: 7 Opportunities To Buy Points

500+One Mile at a Time / 7h
Obviously for most people this isn’t the time to buy points speculatively. However, I’m continuing to cover good loyalty program promotions on purchasing points, because some people do find this valuable when planning travel. We frequently see loyalty programs sell points at a discount, and for many this is an opportunity to buy points at a cost that makes sense, especially for aspirational redem

Netflix drops 'Unsolved Mysteries' evidence on Reddit to help internet sleuths solve cases

300+Mashable / 7h
Netflix's recent revival of the beloved Unsolved Mysterie s series is a hit, with the show appearing on the site's Top 10 Most Watched list since premiering. While a lot has changed in the reboot itself, the biggest change is arguably how the show now exists in a world with Reddit sleuths. Netflix even directly addressed those sleuths in a Reddit post on July 7 . The post dropped an entire Google

Wells Fargo tells employees to uninstall TikTok while Amazon reverses its own ban

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100+Mashable / 7h
Amazon may have backed away from telling employees to uninstall TikTok, but it seems Wells Fargo actually went through with it. The Information reported that the San Francisco-based financial institution recently told its workers to remove TikTok from any company-issued devices immediately. Apparently there was just a "small number" of employees who had the social video app installed in the first

Wells Fargo wants employees to delete TikTok from company phones

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200+Engadget / 7h
Wells Fargo does not want TikTok on its employees’ phones. According to The Information , the financial institution sent its employees a note, telling them to remove the app from corporate devices immediately. TikTok’s Wells Fargo ban would’ve come hot on the heels of a possible Amazon ban if the e-commerce giant didn’t issue a statement to deny that it’s prohibiting employees from installing the

Disney World's reopening trailer gets an appropriately snarky response

300+Mashable / 7h
If you're going to re-open one of the world's most popular theme parks during a pandemic, and in a U.S. state that is currently considered a hot spot, you're going to get dragged for it. That's the response greeting Disney on Saturday as company leadership moved forward with a plan to fling open the doors to the some Florida parks, come hell or COVID-19. All the protective measures in the world c

It Looks Like Hawaii Tourism Won’t Re-Start August 1 After All

100+View from the Wing / 8h
Travel doesn't just face risk from COVID-19, but from the response to COVID-19, and more importantly from changes in that response . In other words regime uncertainty . The Lt. Governor says the August 1 re-opening date will be pushed back, even though people have bought their tickets and made plans. Instead he says it'll be postponed indefinitely, until a time that gets announced two weeks prior

Why Most LED Headlight Upgrades Don't Really Work: An Expert Explains

200+Gizmodo / 8h
Plug-and-play LED replacements for halogen headlight bulbs are a popular car mod. LEDs often look brighter than incandescent lights, but “looks brighter” and “illuminates better” are not the same thing. I got a stern talking-to from an actual lighting expert about LED retrofits, and science says: Putting LEDs where… Read more...

Umbrella Academy Season 2 is Coming Soon, Why Not Read Some Umbrella Academy Comics While You Wait?

30Gizmodo / 8h
Dark Horse Umbrella Academy Sale | ComiXology

Carl Reiner's final performance is a fitting goodbye and instant tear-jerker

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500+Mashable / 8h
I challenge anyone who appreciates the life and work of Carl Reiner to not cry after watching this. The comedy legend (and father of fellow Hollywood great, Rob Reiner) died on June 29 at the age of 98. But there's at least one more chance to see him perform, thanks to a clip that was shot just a few days before Reiner left this world behind. The clip is the cap-off scene in Quibi's weird, social

EA's 'UFC 4' focuses on your fighter's backstory

47Engadget / 9h
It’s been three years since EA last released a UFC game , and the company is clearly eager to show some progress. The publisher has unveiled UFC 4 , where the focus in is on developing your fighter’s backstory in Career Mode. Every action feeds into your character’s skillset — kick often and you’ll get better at it over time. You can also develop friendships and rivalries that influence your skil

Practically perfect: A review of the Park Hyatt New York

The Points Guy / 9h
Editor’s Note: During the COVID-19 crisis, our team has temporarily ceased taking review trips. However, we have resumed the publication of new flight , hotel and lounge reviews, from trips taken before the lockdown; and we are also republishing a selection of reviews from previous years. As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follo

Google Maps tests traffic lights locations

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The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

LinkedIn faces lawsuit over claims it 'secretly' read iPhone clipboard data

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200+Engadget / 10h
The clipboard detection in iOS 14 isn’t just prompting developers to rethink app privacy — it’s also putting these companies in legal trouble. Reuters reports that iPhone user Adam Bauer has sued LinkedIn over claims the job-focused social network “secretly” read iOS clipboard data often, including the Universal Clipboard that shares copied content with nearby devices. The Microsoft-owned firm wa

NASA is upgrading its massive deep space antenna in Australia

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49SlashGear / 10h
NASA is upgrading one of the biggest deep space antennas it owns, the Deep Space Station 43 (DSS-43) located in Australia. This antenna is part of NASA’s Deep Space Network, the ‘interplanetary switchboard’ used to communicate with machinery located in space. The DSS-43 in Canberra is massive at 230ft across, making it one of the largest radio antennas on the … Continue reading

Google bans ads for products that people use to stalk partners

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200+Mashable / 10h
Google's newest ad ban is a classic "better late than never" situation. In its latest advertising policy update , Google announced that "stalkerware" apps will not be able to advertise through Google anymore starting Aug. 11. In case you aren't aware, that's a particularly odious class of software that is largely associated with abusive partners who want to stalk the movements and activities of t

Why is this copy of Super Mario Bros. worth a record $114,000?

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200+Ars Technica / 10h
Most boxed copies of Super Mario Bros. look a lot like this at a quick glance. But they won't sell for $114,000. [credit: Heritage Auctions ] A sealed, early copy of Super Mario Bros. for the NES sold for $114,000 Friday at specialist house Heritage Auctions, setting a new record for the sale price of an individual video game. The online auction surpassed the old record set by a $100,000 sale of

The best gaming laptop deals this weekend can save you up to $300

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Our favorite gaming laptop deals this weekend feature some fantastic savings from Best Buy on a whole range of rigs.

Comparison: Hilton Surpass Vs. Hilton Business Card

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American Express and Hilton have a suite of four co-branded credit cards . As you’d expect, each card is going after a different market segment. How do the Hilton Surpass & Hilton Business compare? Amex and Hilton have two credit cards with identical annual fees: The Hilton Honors American Express Surpass ® Card ( review ) has a $95 annual fee ( Rates & Fees ) The Hilton Honors American Express B

Harley Quinn's Newest Comic is a Clever Celebration of Her Evolving Identity

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100+Gizmodo / 10h
Since her inception on Batman: The Animated Series has brought Harley Quinn from TV , to comics , and beyond over the years, there have been many different takes on just who she’s really meant to be—not just aesthetically or tonally, but as her own person. The latest issue of her stylish new digital series nails those… Read more...

Hyundai Kona Electric

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The has space, tech and plenty of range.

Stacking Hyatt Opportunities For Huge Value This Month And Next

View from the Wing / 11h
Hyatt has been the most aggressive of hotel chains in offering value to win back guests. A number of simultaneous offers and opportunities make it possible to get really outsized value with World of Hyatt right now. Continue reading ...

Original Content podcast: Yep, ‘Hamilton’ is still very good

100+TechCrunch / 11h
With the release of “Hamilton” on Disney+, Jordan and Darrell finally got to watch the musical biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton — albeit in recorded form, rather than live on-stage. And as we discuss on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast , they were pretty delighted by what they found. Not that a Broadway hit that’s won virtually every award really needs defenders a

This Week in Apps: US ponders TikTok ban, apps see a record Q2, iOS 14 public beta arrives

200+TechCrunch / 11h
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idl

Hitting the Books: What astronauts can learn from nuclear submariners

500+Engadget / 11h
We’ve dreamt of colonizing the stars since our first tenuous steps across the moon, yet fifty years after the Apollo 11 mission, the prospect of living and working beyond the bounds of Earth remains tantalizingly out of reach. In his latest book, Spacefarers: How Humans Will Settle the Moon, Mars, and Beyond , Christopher Wanjek examines humanity’s obsession with space travel, why our dreams of l

Check your accounts: Marriott bonus elite night credits have begun posting

The Points Guy / 11h
Last month Marriott announced a unique promotion to reward elite members who were staying loyal to the company throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In addition to extending all members’ elite status through February 2022 , Marriott announced that it would be depositing bonus elite night credits into members’ accounts in July . With this promotion, members will earn 50% of the elite nights

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G appears in a new video leak

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Check out the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G going through its moves ahead of an expected unveiling in August.

Emirates is requiring coronavirus test results for select US passengers

The Points Guy / 12h
Emirates is requiring select passengers from the U.S. and other countries to get a coronavirus test result before flying. Starting July 10, those travelers must carry a negative PCR certificate issued by a “local government approved laboratory” to fly. These certificates must be issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure. Sign up for the free daily TPG newsletter for more airline news If the

Apple could debut its new laptop chip in a Macbook Pro before 2021

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300+Mashable / 12h
A few weeks after Apple announced it would start developing its own silicon chip for Mac computers, we have a solid lead on what the first computer to use it might be. TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a research note on Friday that a new 13.3-inch Macbook Pro will debut Apple's original silicon chips. According to Kuo's note, spotted by MacRumors , it will enter production

What do iOS 14's security features mean for you and your iPhone?

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Apple has increased privacy features with the iOS 14 update, but will they change the way you interact with your phone?

This new Zoom security flaw lets hackers target Windows 7 PCs

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Hackers are targeting Windows 7 PCs with new Zoom security flaw.

Now Posting: Marriott Bonvoy 50% Bonus Elite Nights

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If you check your Marriott Bonvoy account this weekend, you may find that you have an extra five to 50 elite nights in your account, which sure is a treat. Let’s talk about why, and how this should impact your Marriott strategy, if at all. Marriott Bonvoy status is easier to earn this year This year it’s easier than ever before to earn Marriott Bonvoy status, which makes sense given how demand fo

Google bans ads for partner surveillance products and services

24SlashGear / 12h
Google is cracking down on technology advertised for spying on other people, including intimate partner surveillance systems. The ban will go into effect next month when Google updates its policies, prohibiting advertisers from promoting any services or products that are intended for monitoring another person. There will be, however, some important exceptions to this rule. Google announced the ne

How a pair of noise-cancelling headphones could protect your hearing

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Earbuds could be harming our hearing – but one headphones company wants to protect it.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands may just be the jolt of life I need to jump back in

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I've been in and out of World of Warcraft for a long time, but no expansion has hooked me in on a deep aesthetic level like Shadowlands might.

How to Cancel Spotify Premium

38How-To Geek / 12h
Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services available. But if you’re trying to cut costs, or you’re just not using it anymore, you can easily cancel your Spotify Premium subscription. All it takes is a couple of clicks! Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Give Your Relationship the Attention It Deserves With Online Couples Therapy

Futurism / 12h
Every relationship is going to encounter hard times. That’s just a fact of life. It’s how you deal with hard times that matters. Recent surveys indicate that the most common causes for couples splitting up are lack of communication, lack of respect and trust, and lack of love or intimacy. These are all psychological and emotional issues that can be resolved with the help of a professional counsel