Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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‘It’s Just Everywhere Already’: How Delays in Testing Set Back the U.S. Coronavirus Response

52KNYT > Technology / 4h
Federal and state officials said the flu study could not be repurposed because it did not have explicit permission from research subjects; the labs were also not certified for clinical work.
But nearly everywhere Dr. Chu turned, officials repeatedly rejected the idea, interviews and emails show, even as weeks crawled by and outbreaks emerged in countries outside of China, where the infection began.

Y Combinator moves its online Demo Day forward one week

32TechCrunch / 49min
While YC initially said that the pitches each company traditionally does live onstage for Demo Day would be “pre-recorded and released to all investors at the same time,” the announcement of the sooner-than-expected Demo Day only mentions slide summaries, company descriptions, and team bios — suggesting plans might have changed a bit to accommodate the new schedule.
Just days ago, Y Combinator announced that its upcoming Demo Day event would be moving online due to “ growing concern over COVID-19 .”

8 of the best running shoes in the UK

Mashable / 14min
Running is really hard, but you can make it a little easier with a great pair of running shoes from a top brand like Nike, Adidas, or New Balance.
A lot of runners fall into the trap of only considering running shoes from the likes of Nike, Adidas, and Brooks.

Tape could replace hard drives - in some cases - thanks to this breakthrough

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Fujitsu has announced a new technology called Virtual Integrated File System that it says could help magnetic tape storage compete with hard disk drives as a low-cost, large capacity storage alternative.
That’s a higher capacity than the largest hard drive on the market ( currently 20TB ) - also faster and likely cheaper too.

E3 2020 may be the latest COVID-19 casualty

SlashGear / 1h
Others, however, may be hoping that it will all be fine in a few months despite calls for cancellations and the withdrawal of key participants.
With or without an official announcement, some participants are already calling for others to cancel their attendance, mostly over COVID-19 fears.

Google tells staff to work home due to coronavirus

99BBC News - Technology / 1h
Last week, Google, along with many of the world's other major tech companies, including Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook, began recommending that staff in Seattle should work from home as the coronavirus spreads in Washington state.
Google's parent company Alphabet has asked its North American staff to work from home to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus.

Whisper left users' details exposed in an open database for years

41Engadget / 1h
Since the database included users' age, and Whisper was a hit among teens, it would've been easy for bad actors to find underage users -- especially since the records also contained the location coordinates of their last posts, which pointed to specific schools, neighborhoods and workplaces.
Matthew Porter and Dan Ehrlich, cybersecurity consultants from Twelve Security, told the publication that they were able to access almost 900 million user records dating from the time the app was released in 2012.

Tessa Thompson Played the Kate Winslet Role in an Eternal Sunshine Live Read, and We Were There

100+Gizmodo / 2h
The read was directed by Brett Haley and starred Tessa Thompson , Martin Starr, Kelly Marie Tran , Nick Kroll, Kiersey Clemons , Jay Duplass, and others in the roles originated by Kate Winslet, Jim Carrey, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, and Tom Wilkinson, respectively.
But if—for one night only—you cast different famous actors in the roles and they read the script out loud for a live audience, that might be a nice way to pay tribute to the film.

2020 LG OLED and NanoCell TVs rollout globally with 8K, AI, and more

SlashGear / 2h
While not exactly getting into smart TV territory, LG’s latest lineup of OLED and LCD TVs promise high-end features to meet every kind of use case while looking good floating on your wall, too.
The majority of LG’s early 2020 TVs, both the OLED kind and the NanoCell LCD, boast of 8K resolutions that meet and exceed the CTA “industry definition” of what 8K Ultra HD means.

E3 2020 in Los Angeles Has Reportedly Been Canceled

500+Gizmodo / 2h
Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2020 in Los Angeles is canceled, Ars Technica reported on Tuesday evening, citing multiple sources who said that the its organizers at the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) will soon make a public announcement.
The ESA had continued to say as late as March 4 that it was continuing to “plan for a safe and successful E3 show” in spite of the outbreak, which a World Health Organization report on Tuesday said has resulted nearly 114,000 confirmed cases globally and over 4,000 deaths.

NRL 2020: live stream this year's Rugby League season online from anywhere

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There’s a couple of ways to watch the NRL this season – on free-to-air TV the Nine Network will be airing a selection of matches from the first 25 rounds and has exclusive rights to the Grand Final live – though the downside is you’ll need to sit through ad breaks.
If you want to catch more of the action, or you’re looking to live stream from anywhere in the world, you could turn to Foxtel, Watch NRL or Kayo Sports.

Whisper app exposes intimate secrets of nearly a billion users

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An investigation by The Washington Post , however, has revealed that Whisper left the information of nearly 900 million users exposed to anyone that wanted to view it, located in a database that wasn’t password protected and was accessible by the public.
The database contained a variety of compromising user details that are tied to each ‘whisper’ (the platform’s name for a post), including sexual orientation, gender, age, ethnicity, nickname, place of work and the location data for the user’s last post.

New Chromecast Ultra might finally offer Android TV interface and remote

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Just like the previous generation model, the new Chromecast Ultra (reportedly codenamed 'sabrina') is said to offer 4K and HDR support along with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Citing "a reliable source familiar with the company’s plans", the report states that Google is readying a second-generation Chromecast Ultra that will bring the Android TV interface to users' televisions, and best of all, they'll be able to access it via a dedicated remote.
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Vivo NEX 3S 5G upgrades are mostly invisible

SlashGear / 3h
The Vivo NEX S helped put the Chinese manufacturer on the global map thanks to the market’s first pop-up camera.
It continued the heritage of the NEX pop-up camera and added a waterfall screen and one of the remaining few circular camera bumps.

Microsoft helped disrupt notorious Necurs botnet operations

Microsoft Necurs BotnetSlashGear / 4h
Specifically, it was able to analyze the strategy the botnet uses to generate and register new domains that it then uses to point infected computers to its command and control (C&C) servers.
Microsoft is naturally invested in taking down the malicious network considering Windows computers are often the victims of infection.

Vote & win: tell us your favourite tech company for the 2020 Australian PC Awards

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
It is designed for 15.6-inch laptops, featuring multiple compartments for additional accessories, built with army style bag edge protectors also include air mesh at the back for comfort.
But it's you , the readers, that will ultimately decide the night's biggest prize: the winner of the Gold Award for Best PC Company of the Year.

E3 2020 has been canceled

6KArs Technica / 4h
Shortly after we received the tip, indie game publisher Devolver Digital posted a brief, ominous message on Twitter : "Cancel your E3 flights and hotels, y'all." The ESA had not made any announcements about E3 2020 at that time.
Multiple sources familiar with the Entertainment Software Association (ESA)'s plans have confirmed to Ars Technica that the organization, which is responsible for the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), will soon cancel the three-day expo.

Dracula Will Rise Again From Director Karyn Kusama

100+Gizmodo / 4h
Bela Lugosi is the O.G. bloodsucker (he never drinks...wine) in Tod Browning’s 1931 Dracula. Image: Universal We’ve known for awhile that Invisible Man was just the beginning of Universal’s “let’s try this again” revival of its monster series (after the Dark Universe flopped ). Now, there’s another classic joining the list of upcoming projects: a brand-new take on Dracula from a director with maj

Elon Musk is 'scouting' new US locations for Cybertruck, Model Y production

Elon Musk Tesla Model100+Engadget / 4h
So what's next after making a million Teslas ? According to Elon Musk, a Cybertruck gigafactory that could be placed in "central USA," and Model Y production "for East Coast too." These tweets came just hours after the exec polled followers on whether or not the Berlin factory Tesla is building should include a "mega rave cave" so we'll see what, if any, of these things come true. Model Y product

This Chart Will Tell You What Kind Of Space-Based Sci-Fi You're About To Watch Just By Looking At The Main Ship

500+Gizmodo / 4h
I’m pretty sure most space-based sci-fi fits into one of these.
The other day, I was scrolling through Netflix, looking for a distraction from all the pain of my hair and all my terrible car opinions , seeking out some quality space-travel-focused sci-fi, because I love that crap.

adidas GMR puts Google Jacquard in shoes to gain FIFA in-game stats

Adidas Google JacquardSlashGear / 4h
adidas, Google, and EA Sports may have just made that dream come true in an odd yet ingenious way that involves putting a small tracker inside your adidas shoes.
Often, the immediate answer involves AR or location data but that really doesn’t make sense when it comes to games or apps that simulate real-world physical activities like sports.

Gmail now supports multiple signatures

Gmail Google Groups100+Engadget / 4h
Gmail's support for just one email signature can be a pain if you don't always want to end your messages the same way -- you may not want to respond to a work request the same way you do an invitation to dinner. You won't have to fret about it much longer, though. Google is introducing support for multiple signatures on the web, with the option to make one of them the default. You just have to go

How the coronavirus outbreak will stress-test startups

100+TechCrunch / 5h
However, more nefariously, economic pundits have expressed concern for supply-side disruptions : including staff productivity losses, supply-chain dysfunction, and facility closures.
The increased frequency of absences to attend to personal issues (such as individual healthcare or childcare amidst school closings) likewise presents a major challenge to fulfillment of contracts and other business obligations for startups.

Tesla is eyeing Nashville for Cybertruck gigafactory

Elon Musk Tesla Model100+TechCrunch / 5h
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday evening that the company is “scouting” locations to build a new U.S. gigafactory that will produce Cybertruck and Model Y crossover.
Tesla is in talks with Nashville officials to locate a factory there that will produce its all-electric Cybertruck and Model Y crossover, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

Microsoft takes down global zombie bot network

Microsoft Necurs Botnet500+BBC News - Technology / 5h
Once that malware is in place these criminals can take information from the computer or use the infected devices to send more attacks or spam.
Cyber-criminals use these networks to send malicious software, called malware, which can give them remote access to a computer.

OnePlus 8 5G focus will come at a price

OnePlus 8 5G Ceo LauSlashGear / 5h
While it’s still playing coy about those other features, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau is in no ways mum over the company going all-in on 5G this year which, of course, means you might be paying more for something you might not be able to use yet.
OnePlus prides itself on not jumping onto bandwagons at the earliest opportunity but isn’t one to shy away from changing its mind eventually.

Google tells North American employees to work from home

Google North American1KEngadget / 5h
With new reports of coronavirus cases being diagnosed popping up around the US, Google has taken the step of asking all North American employees to work from home if they can. The recommendation lasts until at least April 10th. A number of large tech companies had already instituted similar policies in the northwest after an outbreak began in Washington, and Google had already given a similar gui

Ricoh's new startup to focus on ultra-compact 360-degree selfie camera

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Japanese imaging company Ricoh – best known for its own range of 360 cameras and rugged, waterproof snappers – has established a new startup called Vecnos to focus on making a new 360-degree camera that will "reinvent the selfie".
The idea behind setting up a new operation is to separate Ricoh's existing portfolio of B2B products from a new range of consumer products under the Vecnos brand, which will be led by Ricoh veteran Shu Ubukata, the man behind the Theta series of 360 cameras.
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'PUBG Mobile' tournament moves online to avoid coronavirus

78Engadget / 5h
One of the biggest mobile gaming tournaments is changing format to deal with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak . Tencent and PUBG Corporation are turning the PUBG Mobile Pro League South Asia tourney into an online event due to "unforeseen circumstances" with the virus. It'll still be available to watch online at PUBG Mobile 's esports-oriented YouTube channel -- fans just won't get to watch in pe

Coachella canceled over coronavirus concerns

500+Mashable / 5h
Goldenvoice added that the festival would be postponed until October 2020, and that any purchases for the original dates would be honored for the rescheduled weekend.
"While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff, and community very seriously," the festival's promoter Goldenvoice said in a statement posted by the Coachella Twitter account.

Google asks tens of thousands of U.S. workers to stay home amid coronavirus fears

Google North America500+Mashable / 5h
Those who are able to work remotely have been told to do so for an entire month, staying away from Google's offices until at least April 10.
Google has also recommended that employees in Europe work from home, and issued advice to its international offices depending upon the local situation.

Spotify playlist complaint sparked by killer clown advert

200+BBC News - Technology / 5h
Warner Bros has been rebuked after an advert for one of its horror movies was played during a Spotify playlist of children's lullabies.
But the UK's advertising watchdog said that the music streaming firm had told it "they did not believe the playlist was designed primarily for children".

Former FDA Chief: There’s 3 Things Airlines Should Do To Protect Passengers And Crew (But They Aren’t)

View from the Wing / 6h
There’s things that the airlines could be doing to implement better infection control on the plane and inspire more confidence that they’re just not doing.
Former FDA Chief: There’s 3 Things Airlines Should Do To Protect Passengers And Crew (But They Aren’t)

Google Maps lets shops share info about COVID-19 changes

Google Maps LensSlashGear / 6h
On its support website, Google informs businesses that they can adjust their Business Profile on Maps and Google Search to reflect new hours and other changes made in light of nearby COVID-19 cases.
The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has impacted a number of companies, some of which have been forced to change their hours or certain business operations as a result.

Twitter's new rules require labels for 'high-quality' bots

58Engadget / 6h
The change was made as part of the company's updated developer policy, which lays out a new policy for accounts that want to use Twitter's developer tools to post automatically.
Not all bots are bad, but all bots need labels: those are Twitter's latest rules for bot accounts that don't want to risk getting booted off the platform.

Are Apple and Google Illegally Crushing Competitors? Expert Opinions Clash in Congress

60Gizmodo / 6h
The hearing, which included testimony from a noted economics professor, the president of an app industry trade association, and a public interest group focused on choice in the digital market, served in some ways as a backdrop for a new antitrust bill introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee whose bid for the White House came to an end last week.
To wit, Reed said, consumer choice has exploded since the advent of these platforms, such as the Apple App Store, which generated over $50 billion in 2018 and whose top search results “are some of the most fought after real estate in the online economy,” as the New York Times explained in an exposé last autumn examining the alleged tactics employed by Apple internally to steer users toward its own products and away from those of its rivals.

Why you should always visit a travel health clinic before heading abroad

28The Points Guy / 6h
While there’s a strong focus on immunizations to combat potentially infectious diseases, patients at travel clinics are given advice to help them during every step of their journey, including how best to prevent diarrhea, mosquito bites and blood clots on long distance flights, said Dr. Andrés Henao, travel clinic director at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus .
Hamer said the information provided at a travel clinic is often more in-depth compared to what you’d receive from a traditional internal medicine visit or data gathered from an online source.

Apple may have postponed an iPhone SE2 event over coronavirus

14 Apple iPhone 5 OneSlashGear / 7h
The information comes from sources that spoke with Cult of Mac , which claims that Apple canceled the event partly over concerns about the coronavirus and partly because of delays it has reportedly experienced involving the production of two of the products it was going to announce.
The delays in production for these two products were also a contributing factor, the sources claim, pointing out that Apple wouldn’t be able to sell the devices soon after the event if it took place this month.

Montblanc's first wireless headphones cost a steep $600

Montblanc LTE 2 Wear OS85Engadget / 7h
A company spokesperson told Engadget that when it looked at its target group -- mostly male travelers with luxury business lifestyles -- it found that they wanted a premium noise cancelling headphone.
Because it uses the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, the Summit 2+ offers some battery-extending modes that disable most smartwatch features save for displaying the time.

Skyroam and NordVPN join forces to launch new Solis VPN

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Skyroam is known for developing its proprietary virtual SIM (vSIM) technology that is used in the company's mobile hotspots while NordVPN is a popular VPN service featured on our best VPN list.
In addition to offering the same privacy and security features of other VPN products, SolisVPN sets itself apart from the competition by the fact that it is activated via the Skyroam Solis X or Skyroam Solis Lite hotspot which means that its VPN service is shareable across any device connected to the company's hotspots.

Luxury watchmaker Montblanc debuts its own spin on noise-cancelling headphones

Montblanc LTE 2 Wear OS32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
The company hasn’t released additional details, including battery life and pricing, though they’ll be available at Montblanc stores and online starting at some point in March 2020.
As expected from the brand that brought you the Montblanc Summit 2 smartwatch, the Qualcomm-powered Montblanc Smart Headphones are chic but not extensively ornate.

Montblanc Would Like You to Pay $1,170 for Its New LTE Smartwatch

Montblanc LTE 2 Wear OS40Gizmodo / 7h
When Montblanc launched its Summit 2 smartwatch two years ago, the pricey device was notable for being one of the only Wear OS watches around with the next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip, which offered better performance than past Android watches.
But as Montblanc was keen to mention at my briefing, there aren’t many other LTE-capable Wear OS watches.

Intel SGX is vulnerable to an unfixable flaw that can steal crypto keys and more

Medium100+Ars Technica / 7h
For the past 26 months, Intel and other CPU makers have been assailed by Spectre, Meltdown, and a steady flow of follow-on vulnerabilities that make it possible for attackers to pluck passwords, encryption keys, and other sensitive data out of computer memory.
On Tuesday, researchers disclosed a new flaw that steals information from Intel’s SGX, short for Software Guard eXtensions, which acts as a digital vault for securing users most sensitive secrets.

2020 New York Auto Show pushed back to August

100+Engadget / 7h
The New York Auto Show was scheduled to open next month, but due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak it has been rescheduled for late August. Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association said in an email to attendees that "We are taking this extraordinary step to help protect our attendees, exhibitors and all participants from the coronavirus." The resch

United Cut Their Schedule More Than The Entire Size Of Frontier Airlines

View from the Wing / 7h
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Booking direct: How much value does World of Hyatt status provide?

The Points Guy / 7h
But let’s consider the valuation of Globalist elite status at about $72 per night: space-available upgrades up to standard suites, complimentary breakfast or club lounge access, waived resort fees, late check-out until 4 p.m., Guest of Honor benefits when gifting award nights and more can certainly provide $72 per night in value to some guests.
Requirements for status per calendar year Earning rate on stays based on status (return BASED ON TPG VALUATIONS ) Standout benefits that start at this status level Member None 5x (8.5% return based on TPG’s valuations ) Resort fees waived on free night awards

Hitachi Vantara acquires what’s left of Containership

72TechCrunch / 7h
“The software addresses critical cloud native application issues facing customers working with Kubernetes such as persistent storage support, centralized authentication, access control, audit logging, continuous deployment, workload portability, cost analysis, autoscaling, upgrades, and more.”
“ Containership enables customers to easily deploy and manage Kubernetes clusters and containerized applications in public cloud, private cloud, and on-premise environments,” writes Bobby Soni, the COO for digital infrastructure at Hitachi Vantara.

All the startups threatened by iOS 14’s new features

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iOS 14 includes code for a new augmented reality feature that lets users scan places or potentially items in the real world to pull up helpful information.
Startups could be at risk due to Apple’s ability to integrate these additions at the iOS level, instantly gain an enormous install base and offer them for free or cheap, as long as they boost sales of its main money maker, the iPhone.
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Tinder pulls global launch of apocalypse show 'Swipe Night,' which is a little too real right now

79Mashable / 7h
Four five-minute, choose-your-own-adventure episodes were available on Sundays only, with users making narrative decisions for their unnamed POV characters by swiping right or left as they do with the main app's dating profile cards; their choices were then displayed on their own profiles, so prospective dates could see whether you chose to save a dog over an (annoying) acquaintance, or cover for a cheating friend rather than tell his girlfriend the truth.
Tinder launched Swipe Night , an interactive short-form series set during the last few hours before a comet hits the Earth, in the U.S. in October.

Matternet’s new drone landing station looks like a sci-fi movie prop

200+TechCrunch / 7h
Matternet has built a landing station for its cargo drones that looks less like a piece of infrastructure and more like a death ray from a ’60s sci-fi movie.
Drones making deliveries is of course the hot new hyperlocal tech play, but where are these futuristic aircraft supposed to land?

Doctors Appear to Have Cured a Second Person of HIV

200+Gizmodo / 7h
A London man living with HIV who received an experimental stem cell transplant has appeared free of the virus for at least 30 months despite no longer taking medication.
Nearly four years ago, the man known as the London patient received a bone marrow transplant primarily meant to help treat his advanced blood cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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Fortnite tweaks Team Rumble because players keep leaving matches

SlashGear / 8h
This game mode is also convenient for players who are grinding away at challenges, but there’s a problem: once the challenges are completed, players are leaving matches early in order to get into a new game.
That changed at some point in the past — when players complete challenges now, they can safely leave the match without losing all of the work they did.

The World’s Best First Class Airline Lounges (2020)

500+One Mile at a Time / 8h
There’s so much to love about the Air France first class lounge, though my favorite thing is probably the restaurant, which has an Alain Ducasse menu.
In my experience it’s the best food offered in any airline lounge in the world.

Google expands work from home recommendation to all North American employees, establishes ‘COVID-19 fund’

Google North American1KTechCrunch / 8h
Last week, Google sent out a memo to staff recommending that Washington State-based employees work remotely, in order to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19.
A spokesperson for the company confirmed earlier reports with TechCrunch that employees across the continent are being recommended to work from home, if their positions allow for it.

Hackers infecting other hackers with remote-access trojan

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During his investigation of the campaign, Serper found that the hackers behind these attacks are injecting and repackaging hacking tools with the njRat trojan.
The multi-year campaign was first discovered by the VP of security strategy and principal researcher at Cybereason , Amit Serper who found that hackers have begun modifying existing hacking tools by injecting a powerful remote-access trojan into them.

The First Reactions to Disney's Mulan Remake Are Here

200+Gizmodo / 8h
I too was at the premiere of Mulan last night and I’m more in line with that last tweet from Scott Mendelson of Forbes.
Last night in Hollywood, Disney finally pulled back the curtain on Mulan , its much-discussed and sometimes controversial live-action remake of the 1998 animated film.

Google's next Chromecast Ultra may be an Android TV dongle

Google Android TV CU100+Engadget / 8h
The controller is said to look like a cross between the remotes for the defunct Daydream View and the Apple TV , complete with a mic and a Google Assistant button for voice control.
The new Ultra reportedly resembles the current-generation standard Chromecast, but with a "softer, rounder" aesthetic -- and, as you might guess, a dedicated remote.

Firefox Preview 4.0 released for mobile devices with password manager

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With both the password manager and the Firefox sync systems in play, you’ll be able to gain access to your logins to all manner of in-browser logins across devices.
The Firefox Preview download for version 4.0 seems right up on the edge of pushing into the general release – not that the average user would know the difference.

Here's what's happening to tech workers who can't work remotely as coronavirus spreads

100+Mashable / 8h
Who can't: In an email to Mashable, a Facebook representative listed the following policies designed to support its employees' "diverse business needs" in the midst of its work from home recommendation:
Who can WFH: An Amazon spokesperson told Mashable in an email it is recommended that employees who are able to work from home in Seattle/Bellevue, the Bay Area, New York, New Jersey, Madrid, and Italy do so until the end of March.

Doom Eternal PC system requirements and unlock times revealed

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If you just want to run the game at 1080p and 60 fps, you can get away with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or an AMD Radeon RX 470 – a much more accessible level of hardware.
That earlier post suggested that you would need an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 at the minimum , along with 8GB of RAM and an Intel Core i5 processor.

This cyclone is soaking Southern California with welcome rain

Mashable / 8h
Spinning mid-latitude cyclones often drive these long bands of moisture, as the storms pull the potent atmospheric river behind the storm, explained Weber.
A mid-latitude cyclone is basically air and clouds rotating around a region of low atmospheric pressure — and areas of low pressure invite air to pour into a region, bringing clouds and rain.

Turbulent trading leads to market gains as stocks recover, SaaS lags

68TechCrunch / 8h
After a long period of leading, modern software companies are being repriced in the public markets, possibly leaving the company category with less of a premium over other tech companies.
After yesterday’s terrifying sell-off , American equities recovered today, with the major domestic indices rising to close the day.

R&D Roundup: Smart chips, dream logic and crowdsourcing space

84TechCrunch / 8h
In the human visual system, the eye itself does rudimentary processing before images are even sent to the brain, and when they do arrive, the task of breaking them down is split apart and parallelized in an amazingly effective manner.
Computer vision is a challenging problem, but the perennial insult added to this difficulty is the fact that humans process visual information as well as we do.

Gmail is rolling out support for multiple email signatures

Gmail Google Groups31SlashGear / 9h
Starting today and rolling out over the next couple of weeks, Google says that G Suite and personal Gmail users will be able to establish and quickly access multiple different signatures, enabling them to add the appropriate one for the message they plan to send.
If you use the same Gmail account for work, hobbies, side hustles, and personal messages, then you likely need to use different signatures with different information.

Microsoft disrupts a botnet that infected 9 million computers

Microsoft Necurs Botnet200+Engadget / 9h
Today, Microsoft and partners from 35 countries took steps to disrupt a botnet behind the world's largest cybercrime network.
To disrupt Necurs, Microsoft analyzed a technique the botnet used to generate new domains through an algorithm.

GoDaddy + Marketing makes running your business online easier

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
GoDaddy Websites + Marketing integrates everything the modern entrepreneur needs to build a successful business.
GoDaddy has all of the tools needed to put together a beautiful, on-brand website.

Blasting Airplanes With Lasers Makes It Much Harder For Ice to Stick to Wings

86Gizmodo / 9h
To keep an aircraft in flight ice-free, planes are equipped with heating systems in the wings that warm flight surfaces and melt away any frost build-up, but powering those systems requires extra fuel, and fuel is expensive.
By adapting the DLIP technique to create three-dimensional structures at the microscopic level, the laser etching technique is able to turn an airplane’s wing into a material with reduced surface area that ice simply has a hard time holding onto.

This browser extension keeps you from making embarrassing typos

36Mashable / 9h
It uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Statistical Machine Translation (SMT) to scan your writing for a wide variety of errors, including grammar and spelling mistakes, punctuation slips, and overall sentence structure, and correct them on the spot.
Whether you're a freelance writer who stares at a screen 24/7, a job seeker sending out heaps of cover letters daily, or someone who simply wants to tighten up their grammar and spelling, this five-in-one browser extension has your back.

How to Prepare Blink and Arlo Webcams for Mandatory 2FA

47Lifehacker / 9h
But there’s one technicality: Arlo’s 2Fa is technically two- step authentication , since Arlo only supports login verification via text messages, email, and push notifications for now.
Following Nest’s and Ring’s leads , the smart-home security camera companies Arlo and Blink announced they are making two-factor authentication (2FA) mandatory for all users by the end of 2020.

JetBlue deal alert: Domestic flights have dropped to $24 one-way

The Points Guy / 9h
JetBlue is running a new flash sale to major cities in the U.S. and the Caribbean, starting at just $24 one-way.
Note that there currently aren’t any travel restrictions in JetBlue’s network, however, the airline suspended change and cancel fees for new flights booked between Feb. 27 through March 11, 2020, for travel completed by June 1, 2020.

New York Auto Show delayed until August over coronavirus concerns

500+TechCrunch / 9h
Organizers of the 2020 New York International Auto Show have postponed the event until August due to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We are taking this extraordinary step to help protect our attendees, exhibitors and all participants from the coronavirus,” Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, said in an emailed statement.

Don't Pay for Credit Repair 'Piggyback' Scams

65Lifehacker / 9h
A credit repair company can’t charge you for services until it’s done whatever it promised.
In addition, this company is in hot water because it charged consumers up front for credit repair services.

Nation-state hackers abuse flaw in Microsoft Exchange servers

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Multiple nation-state hackers have begun exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange email servers that was recently patched.
If exploited though, the remote code execution vulnerability could be used to read all of an organization's emails as it gives attackers full control of a Microsoft Exchange email server.

Get your computer running faster with help from these apps

28Mashable / 9h
A thorough cleaning session with this software can help you reclaim up to five times more disk space and run four times faster.
Basically, instead of you going in and manually sorting through every file, photo, video, cache, download, or log, (which would take days) this software does all the work for you.

United Airlines to extend coronavirus-related capacity cuts into summer

34The Points Guy / 9h
The airline is working on a roughly 20% systemwide capacity reduction in May, and further reductions of a similar magnitude monthly through the summer, United president — and future CEO — Scott Kirby told investors at the J.P. Morgan Industrials Conference on Tuesday.
United Airlines was the first to unveil sweeping cuts to its schedules when it said earlier this month that it would reduce international flying by 20% and domestic by 10% in April.

European startups applaud Commission plan to rethink stock options

100+TechCrunch / 9h
Startups have welcomed proposals from the European Commission aimed at cutting red tape and shrinking cross-border barriers for small businesses as part of a new EU industrial strategy plan with a twin focus on digital and green transitions unveiled today.
Among the package of measures being proposed by the European Union’s executive body are for Member States to sign up to a “Startup Nations Standard” — which would aim to promote best practices to support startups and scale-ups, such as one-stop shops, favourable employee stock-options arrangements and visa processing to reduce cross-border friction for entrepreneurs starting and growing businesses in the bloc.

GDC will live stream talks and events in place of postponed show

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GDC announced a solution to that issue today, revealing that it will be live streaming a number of presentations that were originally scheduled to happen during the show.
“Thanks to submissions from many of the original speakers who had talks accepted for GDC 2020, organizers will be streaming speaker-recorded versions of the talks they would have given in person, for free all week (from 9am to 5pm PT) from March 16th through 20th,” GDC’s organizers wrote today on the show’s website .

Food processors will change the way you cook (and these 7 are the best)

28Mashable / 9h
We spent hours combing through reviews and watched a lot of America’s Test Kitchen videos on YouTube to come up with this list of the best food processors.
For normal cooking purposes it won't replace my fill size, mostly because it doesn't have a cheese grater or slicing blade but for everyday use like chopping fruits or veggies, this does the trick.”

fuboTV’s live sports options now include MLB and NHL Network

SlashGear / 9h
fuboTV offers an extensive sports content lineup, now including the MLB Network and NHL Network with their live games and original programming.
fuboTV has announced an expansion of its sports offering that adds NHL Network and MLB Network into the mix, including the MLB Network Strike Zone.

Fragment of Planet That Hit Earth May Be Buried Inside Moon

500+Futurism / 9h
The big drawback to the impact hypothesis — as discussed at length by numerous scientists over many years — is the fact that even though oxygen isotopes in lunar rocks collected during NASA’s Apollo missions closely resemble those found on Earth, they’re strikingly different from those found on other objects in our Solar System, as explained by Science Alert .
According to the widely-accepted “ giant-impact hypothesis ,” the Moon was formed billions of years ago when a Mars-sized planet called Theia collided with the Earth, breaking off a large chunk in the process.

Supplements Won't Protect You From COVID-19

500+Lifehacker / 9h
And then he inexplicably went on to recommend viewers take supplements including vitamins and elderberry syrup.
Various influencers, some with medical credentials and some without, have been tweeting and Facebooking advice about vitamins or supplements or even specific diets as if they protect against the virus.

Your Old Neopets May Still Be Alive, And Very Hungry

7KGizmodo / 9h
If you’re like me, chances are this sequence of events has happened to you, and in a fit of guilt-infused nostalgia, you attempted to log on to your old Neopets account to see how they were holding up.
But with content like Trudy’s Surprise , a minigame that awards players 1,500 to 100,000 Neopoints daily for a single click, Neopets offers returning players training wheels until they find their footing in the game once more.

Keep Your Feet Comfortable With a Pack of $6 Socks

Gizmodo / 10h
No-Show Socks | $6 | Amazon | Promo code 3M4HRN68 Graphic: Ignacia Fulcher No-Show Socks | $6 | Amazon | Promo code 3M4HRN68 Everyone should invest in a couple pairs of socks, that much is true. For a low $6 , you can grab six pairs of no-show socks that’ll keep your feet nice and comfy throughout the day. There’s even three silicone slips at the heel of each sock so they won’t slip and have your

Dell spent $67B buying EMC — more than 3 years later, was it worth the debt?

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Dell’s 2015 decision to buy EMC for $67 billion remains the largest pure tech deal in history, but a transaction of such magnitude created a mountain of debt for the Texas-based company and its primary backer, Silver Lake.
Whatever the reason, once the company went up for sale, Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake came ‘a callin with an offer EMC CEO Joe Tucci couldn’t refuse.

American Airlines Is Focused On Long-Term Growth, ‘Not Breaking Out The Distress Playbook’

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(Indeed the first question Parker got was why they weren’t able to cut schedules as much as other airlines.)
American Airlines Is Focused On Long-Term Growth, ‘Not Breaking Out The Distress Playbook’

Watch Six Streaming Services for Free on This Site

200+Lifehacker / 10h
When you pull up the site, you’ll see a little slider that allows you to switch between six different streaming services: Hulu, Disney+, Netflix, HBO Now, Amazon Prime Video, and Showtime.
Since you might just be working from home right now—if you’re lucky, and your company is sane—why not give yourself a much-needed productivity break with a little Netflix?

Best Buy TV deals: March Madness savings from Samsung, LG, TCL, and more

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Best Buy's top March Madness TV deal is the LG 65-inch Smart 4K TV that's on sale for $479.99 .
March Madness is almost here and to celebrate Best Buy is discounting a number of best-selling TVs. You can find incredible deals on a range of 4K TVs from top brands like Samsung, LG, TCL, and more.

A Typical Neutron Star Is Only 13.6 Miles Wide, According to New Ultra-Precise Measurement

100+Gizmodo / 10h
“This looks like an interesting result: new constraints on the radius of a canonical neutron star from a combination of nuclear physics with observations of gravitational and electromagnetic waves from the binary neutron star merger GW170817,” wrote Manu Linares, an astrophysicist from Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Spain who wasn’t involved in the new research, in an email to Gizmodo.
Using a new technique, astrophysicists from the Albert Einstein Institute (AEI) Hannover at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics have provided a new estimate for the radius of 1.4 solar mass neutron stars: 11 kilometers (6.83 miles), with a plus-minus range of -0.6 km to +0.9 km.

Tesla makes its millionth car—a red Model Y

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Musk's tweet featured the Model Y, a new lower-cost crossover Tesla announced a year ago .
When Tesla unveiled the Model Y in March 2019, the company said the car would go into production in Fall 2020.

As coronavirus fear spreads, more ports are turning away cruise ships

100+The Points Guy / 10h
The port towns of Santa Barbara and Monterey , in California, on Monday became the first U.S. ports to announce they would stop cruise ship arrivals.
In the wake of the advisories, a growing number of ports are weighing whether to turn away cruise vessels for the time being.


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Game Developers Conference will stream panels and awards for free

GDC Stream Talks Developer200+Engadget / 10h
All the virtual talks will be available for free through the GDC Vault, while "many" will reach YouTube in the weeks and months ahead.
You'll also see the GDC Awards and the Independent Games Festival ceremonies on GDC's Twitch channel starting March 18th at 8PM Eastern, while the Day of the Devs showcase from Double Fine and iam8bit will air at 7PM.

SpaceX President: We Plan to Launch a Crewed Mission in May

1KFuturism / 10h
SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell says the company plans to launch a crewed mission in its Crew Dragon spacecraft sometime in May — just two months away — according to Reuters space reporter Joey Roulette.
SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell: We're looking at a May timeframe to launch crew for the first time on Crew Dragon.

Full Android TV Chromecast dongle may finally threaten Amazon Fire TV stick

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This little object, the Amazon Fire TV Stick, costs around $40 and includes a remote control, runs Fire TV software, and allows the user to run apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+.
A rumor today suggests that Google may finally have an answer for the Amazon Fire TV Stick and other dongle-like smart TV platforms.

This machine visualizes a number bigger than the atoms in the known universe — Future Blink

100+Mashable / 10h
To celebrate his billionth second on Earth, Daniel de Bruin built the machine to visualize a googol which is one with 100 zeros behind it. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Energy , Atoms , Universe , and Future Blink

Always Put a Scallion on Your Snack Board

100+Lifehacker / 10h
My grandmother would dip the scallion in a little pile of iodized salt that sat on her dinner plate, to cut through the rich, butter- and cream-heavy offerings that frequented our holiday meals.
The role of the scallion on a snack board is not unlike the role of a pickled onion—it’s just a more aggressive approach.

Get up to 30% Off on C9 Champion Apparel In Today's Gold Box

20Lifehacker / 10h
30% Off C9 Champion Gold Box | Amazon Athleisure is here to stay, thanks to Champion’s gold box deal . For today only, and while supplies last, you can get up to 30% off C9 Champion apparel ! Ranging from socks, yoga pants, running pants, underwear, and even comfortable sneakers for your workout, you can make the most out of a cute and comfy trend. Hop on this deal before it’s gone! $24 From amaz

In China, Social Media Users Speak in Code to Avoid Coronavirus Censors

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But China’s social media users have been creatively replacing those words with more obscure phrasing or abbreviations so they can avoid censorship and discuss topics the government deems taboo, Amnesty International reported.
Responding to criticism over how it handled the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Chinese government banned words and word combinations like ‘Wuhan,’ ‘Red Cross,’ and ‘Crisis + Beijing’ from popular social media platforms.

Anthony Mackie reveals how he really feels about AI

44Mashable / 10h
"Altered Carbon's" Anthony Mackie sat down with Mashable to talk about his ideal superpower and how he really feels about artificial intelligence IRL. Read more... More about Netflix , Mashable Video , Ai , Anthony Mackie , and Altered Carbon

Your VPN or ad-blocker app could be collecting your data

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App Annie, a firm that directly competes with Sensor Tower, has acquired mobile data companies and now operates its own set of apps to track app usage under those brands.
The company had operated at least 20 apps, including VPNs and ad blockers, whose main purpose was to collect app usage data from end users in order to make estimations about app trends and revenues.

How ostrich eggshell beads fueled one of humanity’s first social networks

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The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science , paleolithic archaeologist Brian Stewart and colleagues expanded the story of social networking back tens of thousands of years.
For more information on this subject, take a peek at Ostrich eggshell bead strontium isotopes reveal persistent macroscale social networking across late Quaternary southern Africa.

I Have All-Wheel Drive. Do I Really Need Winter Tires?

500+Lifehacker / 10h
Yes, it is true that all things being equal, an AWD car will accelerate better than a front- or rear-wheel-drive vehicle in most situations.
Every time snow season rolls around I get inundated with questions on how effective winter tires really are versus standard, run-of-the-mill all seasons that come factory standard on almost every car you buy these days.

Uber details items riders lost in 2019: AirPods, mice, and a Ouija board

SlashGear / 10h
According to Uber, the most commonly lost items have remained consistent: phones, wallets, keys, and bags.
Other commonly lost items included wallets, headphones, glasses, and vapes.

Postmates Spins Up Healthcare Fund in Response to Coronavirus

28Gizmodo / 10h
Are you an Uber driver, Postmates courier, or other gig worker worried about coronavirus?
Although drivers, couriers, transcriptionists, and other gig workers have fought misclassification for years, the presence of a new and deadly disease appears to be accelerating the need for clarity—especially as their precarious financial situations make them some of the individuals least able to stay home from work to avoid possible infection.

Xbox Series X and Project xCloud details coming next week

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Given the nature of the Game Developers Conference, we weren’t expecting Microsoft to make a ton of big announcements about Xbox Series X or Project xCloud, but that portion of the livestream will still be worth tuning into.
The two-day event kicks off on Tuesday, March 17th at 10 AM PDT, which is when Microsoft will host something of a pre-show called “Welcome to Game Stack Live.”

Whisper, an App for Sharing Secrets, Left Its User Data Exposed On The Open Web

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The platform is only the latest that brands itself as private by design while leaking sensitive user data into the open, according to a damning Washington Post report out earlier today.
And because this app has historically courted a ton of teens, a lot of this data can get really unsavory, really fast.

The Bissell Powerforce Carpet Cleaner Is Down To $89

Gizmodo / 11h
The Bissell Powerforce carpet cleaner is here to help you.
Bissell Carpet Cleaner | $89 | Walmart

What You Should Know About Your Kid's Singulair Prescription

200+Lifehacker / 11h
If your child uses Singulair (or a generic version) to manage their asthma or allergies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants you to know they could be at a higher risk for mental health side effects, including agitation, depression, sleeping problems, and suicidal thoughts and actions.
Although the FDA has issued warnings about these side effects since 2008, a review of ongoing available data led it to conclude that many patients and health care professionals are not fully aware of the risks—or that “there are many other safe and effective medications to treat allergies with extensive history of use and safety.”

How Your Airbnb Host Is Feeling the Pain of the Coronavirus

1KNYT > Technology / 11h
Online travel sites, including Booking.com and Airbnb, are facing a world of hurt as people all but stop taking trips.
Ms. De Felice, Mr. Mao and Ms. Northcott are part of a network of people behind seven million rental listings on Airbnb, the home-sharing and rental site, who are now feeling the brunt of the coronavirus fallout.

Dear Sophie: Should I marry, or immigrate based on my accomplishments?

72TechCrunch / 11h
“Whether you’re in people ops, a founder or seeking a job in Silicon Valley, I would love to answer your questions in my next column.”
“Your questions are vital to the spread of knowledge that allows people all over the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn , a Silicon Valley immigration attorney.

Pixel 4a leak video dives into the phone’s most intimate details

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In a repeat of last year , one of Google's upcoming Pixels phones has found its way into the hands of a YouTuber ahead of its official launch.
Just two days after we saw a grainy photo of the Pixel 4a , Cuban technology blog TecnoLike Plus has released an almost seven-minute-long video detailing nearly every aspect of the unannounced device.

Quibi and Eko are in a legal battle over video tech

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It is telling that Quibi filed the motion only after learning the Wall Street Journal was going to publish an article exposing allegations of Quibi’s theft of Eko’s technology … Eko will take the legal actions necessary to defend its intellectual property and looks forward to demonstrating its patent rights to the court.
Then, after Katzenberg and Quibi CEO Meg Whitman showed off Turnstyle at CES this year, Eko sent a letter to Quibi claiming that the feature infringed on its intellectual property.

This device is like 'Dance Dance Revolution' for lower-limb rehabilitation — Future Blink

68Mashable / 11h
Smart Balance uses games to emphasize core strength and lower body stability. Read more... More about Gaming , Mashable Video , Balance , Health Fitness , and Future Blink

Ecosystems the Size of the Amazon Rainforest Could Collapse Within Decades

71Gizmodo / 11h
In a new paper published on Tuesday in Nature Communications, scientists analyzed data on 42 land and water environments of various sizes, from small ponds to the entire Black Sea. They found that larger ecosystems took longer to collapse under environmental pressure, but that the rate at which larger ecosystems transform is significantly faster than the pace of change for smaller systems.
“We intuitively knew that big systems would collapse more slowly than small ones due to the time it takes for impacts to diffuse across large distances,” John Dearing, a Professor in Physical Geography at the University of Southampton who led the research, said in a statement.

Ubisoft will be sticking with Nvidia GeForce Now as publishers abandon service

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Ubisoft has thrown its weight behind Nvidia by pledging to “fully support” the company’s beleaguered GeForce Now cloud gaming service.
In a statement sent to Kotaku , the publisher said that it “fully supports” Nvidia’s GeForce Now with “complete access to our PC games from the Ubisoft Store or any supported game stores.”

Give Your Car a Boost With This $35 Jump Starter

Lifehacker / 11h
Car Jump Starter | $35 | Amazon | Promo code AGGCZ88B
In 2020 we’re getting ahead of our problems and buying a jump starter .

Disney+ reportedly scrapped a 'Tron' series from John Ridley

500+Engadget / 11h
Hollywood Reporter sources claim Disney+ developed and ditched three originals in the past year, including an unannounced Tron series from 12 Years a Slave producer John Ridley.
It's not certain why the life-inside-a-computer series didn't survive -- the other two shows were cut for wildly varying reasons.

This meditation app will help you sleep better — and it's on sale

64Mashable / 11h
TL;DR: Sleep better with a lifetime subscription to the Relax Melodies meditation app for just $124.99, a 50% savings as of March 10.
This meditation app will help you sleep better — and it's on sale

Elon Musk thinks college is just 'for fun'

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Musk has claimed in the past that he doesn’t require employees to have college degrees. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , College , Elon Musk , and Starlink

Google launches machine learning framework for training quantum models

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According to a Google AI blog , TensorFlow Quantum is able to create quantum models with standard Keras functions and by providing quantum circuit simulators and quantum computing primitives compatible with existing TensorFlow APIs.
Google has managed to bring together its machine learning and quantum computing initiatives with the launch of TensorFlow Quantum.

Black Lightning's Season 3 Finale Was a Family Affair at the End of the World

67Gizmodo / 11h
Season three’s finale, “The Book of War: Chapter Three: Liberation,” is both a throwback to Black Lightning ’s earliest episodes and an excellent reflection of how far the show’s come as Black Lightning (Cress Williams) faces off with Gravedigger (Wayne Brady) for one last showdown that both men believe they can win.
It’s in its final climactic fight scenes that the episode really starts feeling like classic Black Lightning , as the Pierce family teams up to take down Gravedigger once and for all, with some devastating losses along the way.

Elon Musk: Starlink latency will be good enough for competitive gaming

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SpaceX's Starlink satellite broadband will have latency low enough to support competitive online gaming and will generally be fast enough that customers won't have to think about Internet speed, Elon Musk said at a conference yesterday.
Despite that, the SpaceX CEO argued that Starlink won't be a major threat to telcos because the satellite service won't be good enough for high-population areas and will mostly be used by rural customers without access to fast broadband.

If Your iPad Air Just Went Blank, Apple Will Fix it for Free

71Lifehacker / 11h
Apple acknowledged the defect and is issuing free repairs for anyone who experiences the issue at any time within two years of purchase.
Don’t bring in an iPad Air with an actually busted screen, however, as Apple will make you pay to fix that.

Want medical records on your smartphone? Federal rules just made it easier.

100+Mashable / 11h
They're intended to clear a path for common sense innovation in healthcare — such as smartphone apps for patients to manage and access their own records — by standardizing the way medical institutions store and share data.
The new rules are supposed to improve the ability of patients to access their medical records.

Need a new TV? This Samsung 4K TV at its lowest price ever.

52Mashable / 11h
If you need a more affordable option, this special deal on Samsung 4K TVs will get you fired up like you're playing NBA Jam .
But just because they came out just last year doesn't mean they won't offer plenty of powerful features and the latest technology.

Buy a MacBook Air on sale, get Apple TV+ and Apple Music for free

40Mashable / 11h
TL;DR: Best Buy has select configurations of the latest MacBook Air on sale for up to $250 off (as of March 10), and all of them come with a free year's worth of streaming with Apple TV+ as well as four free months of Apple Music.
And then there's Best Buy. Not only is the electronics retailer participating in that free Apple TV+ promotion, too, but on top of those savings, it's also offering discounts of up to $250 on select MacBook Air configurations and throwing in four free months of Apple Music to boot.

Screw it, here are a bunch of stock photos of Babybel cheese

300+Mashable / 11h
So readers, in the spirit of temporarily distracting you all from another day of political, germ-infested hell, here are some weird stock photos of Babybel cheese.
I'm coping by losing myself deep within the Getty search results for " Babybel cheese ."

New York State Setting Up 1-Mile Coronavirus Containment Zone With National Guard

2KGizmodo / 11h
The state of New York is setting up a special coronavirus containment zone in the city of New Rochelle in Westchester County with the help of the National Guard, according to a press conference with state officials on Tuesday afternoon.
Westchester, which currently has 108 cases and is just north of New York City, became one of the worst hotspots in the country after a Manhattan lawyer who lives in the county was infected with COVID-19.

Daily Crunch: French data watchdog investigates Criteo

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Criteo is under investigation by the French data protection watchdog, the CNIL, following a complaint filed by privacy rights campaign group Privacy International.
Back in November 2018, a few months after GDPR (Europe’s updated data protection framework) came into force, Privacy International filed complaints against a number of companies operating in the space — including Criteo.

It’s MAR10 Day, so here are some deals on Mario games and gear

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Best Buy has a handful of deals on Mario games for the Nintendo 3DS, too, and GameStop has several offers on related plushies and other toys.
U Deluxe , and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are down to $45—those are solid deals given that deep discounts on first-party Nintendo games aren't too common, but each was available for $40 for last year's Mario Day. Also unlike last year, there are no major deals on the Switch console itself; Walmart has a bundle that includes a third-party controller, but we don't recommend the gamepad to begin with.

Bath Sheets Are 25% off at Crane & Canopy [Exclusive]

Gizmodo / 12h
In fact, Crane & Canopy tells us they’re 67% bigger than your typical bath towel.
Get your life together and save 25% on made-to-last bath sheets from Crane & Canopy using the code KINJA25 .