Monday, March 02, 2020

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Decked Out Bed For Gamers Only Comes in Single Sizes

7KGizmodo / 13h
Bauhutte already specializes in furniture customized for gaming needs, including desks that can be endlessly adjusted to suit a gamer’s preferences and rolling shelves that keep accessories like controllers, snacks, and soft drinks well within reach.
The suggested rig, which includes the desk, headboard, bed frame, rolling shelving, an adjustable keyboard tray, and even a gaming blanket and custom beanbag pillow, is priced at just north of $1,000 after currency conversion.

NASA accepts applications for astronauts for the first time in four years

5KEngadget / 14h
NASA has started taking applications for its next round of astronauts, some of them likely to be part of future Moon and Mars expeditions.
NASA says that you'll need to be a US citizen with either a master's degree in a STEM field or an equivalent, such as two years of work toward the doctorate in your field, a medical doctorate or the combination of a completed test pilot school program (finished by June 2021) with a STEM bachelor's degree.

Scientists Are Building a Quantum Teleporter Based on Black Holes

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But according to theoretical research from a few years back, two fully-entangled black holes should be able to transmit quantum information between them — rather than destroying it — after it passes one’s event horizon, Quanta Magazine reports .
Creating and linking actual black holes in a lab is a touch beyond modern scientific capabilities, but now University of Maryland researchers Christopher Monroe and Brian Swingle told Quanta they think they can build quantum circuitry that would behave how entangled black holes would.

'The 2020 campaign is a Mad Lib': Stephen Colbert wraps up the Democratic candidates' weird weekend

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Joe Biden won South Carolina's Democratic primary over the weekend, prompting three of his fellow candidates to quietly take their presidential dreams out back to look at the rabbits. One of these candidates was Tom Steyer, who just the night before had been on stage at a rally, bopping up and down to '90s hip-hop tune "Back That Azz Up." "A white billionaire dancing to Juvenile to a song about b

Incredible savings: save AU$497 off this Hisense 65-inch UHD smart TV

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Aussie retailer Appliance Central often has some cracking deals on tellies, and over on its eBay store it's currently offering Hisense's 65-inch Series 8 UHD Smart TV for AU$497 less than all the major Australian retailers – and a whopping 56% off its original RRP.
Hisense has a banging range of TVs and the Series 8 is on the higher end of the manufacturer’s product spectrum, offering support for Dolby Vision HDR, a format that optimises and adjusts brightness, colour and contrast automatically to enhance your screen viewing.

MWM raises $55.9 million after generating 400 million music app downloads

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Popular music app publisher MWM has raised a $55.9 million (€50 million) funding round.
Up next, MWM wants to expand beyond music and tackle new verticals in the creative space.

O2 will remove all carbon emissions from its network by 2025

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The Telefonica-owned operator has made sustainability a key priority over the past decade, investing £400 million in renewable energy sources, implementing flexible working practices, and taking action to reduce the amount of electronic waste.
O2 was the first mobile operator to be awarded the Carbon Trust Triple Standard for Carbon, Waste and Water and claims to have saved more than 20,000 tonnes of emissions by allowing staff to work from home.


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Facebook Messenger iOS app is now promised to be smaller and faster

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Now Facebook’s software engineers are proudly revealing the fruits of what was internally called Project LightSpeed, an effort to put the app on an extreme diet.
Despite all the scandals that Facebook has been involved in, the social media giant remains a force to reckon with and thousands still connect and communicate over Messenger.

What's on TV this week: 'Castlevania' and Pixar movies in 4K

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On Netflix, a big week of releases includes the Mark Wahlberg-starring movie Spenser Confidential , season three of its animated Castlevania series, and season two of the cooking show Ugly Delicious .
For movie fans, there's a new boxed set of Sergio Leone westerns on Blu-ray, and the release of several more Pixar flicks on 4K Blu-ray : A Bug's Life, Monsters Inc / Monsters University, Up and Wall E .

NYC Regulators Sue Airbnb Software Partner Guesty, Accusing It of Illegal Business Model

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The mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement (OSE) claimed in a suit on Monday that most of the New York business run by Guesty, which allows users to manage listings on multiple sites, is illegal, according to Wired .
The New York City government has been battling short-term rental service Airbnb, which has been blamed for an explosion in illegal hotels that have helped drive housing scarcity and rising rent in the city, for years.

Mario Kart Tour multiplayer will come with global race rooms

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That may finally change next week when the more familiar Mario Kart Tour finally gets its promised multiplayer feature and then some.
According to the company’s tweet, the new mode will allow smartphone gamers to compete with seven other Mario Kart Tour players.

This 3.84TB Micron 5210 Ion is the cheapest large capacity SSD right now

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A high-end, enterprise storage solid state drive happens to be the cheapest large capacity SSD on the market.
The Micron 5210 Ion is a 3.84TB solid state drive costs $406 (around £317, AU$622) at PCNation (although you should be able to get it shipped globally) with a five year warranty.

New Half-Life: Alyx gameplay videos showcase three types of VR movement

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In the lead up to the March 23 release of its highly-anticipated VR game Half-Life: Alyx , developer Valve Corporation has dropped a series of new videos which showcase the different styles of VR movement that will be available to players.
In the third and final Half-Life: Alyx gameplay video, Valve offers a look at the game's Shift locomotion method, which is very similar to the Teleportation style – players will still pick a marker on the ground for their character to move to, only you'll zoom over to the spot in a less-instantaneous fashion.

The Invisible Man Is a Hit, But Its Director and Star Haven't Talked About a Sequel Yet

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And, if you’ve seen the movie , you know it very much ends in a way that could set up a sequel.
Those two facts seem to suggest a follow up could be coming, but when io9 spoke with the film’s writer-director Leigh Whannell last month, a sequel wasn’t just the furthest thing from his mind, he admitted to not even discussing it yet.

Analogue's metal NES returns as a $499 special edition

100+Engadget / 3h
If you're kicking yourself for missing out on Analogue's metallic NES on steroids, the Nt Mini , you're in luck -- provided you have the cash. Analogue has opened pre-orders for the Nt Mini Noir Edition, a final run of the console that comes in a gunmetal finish with gold-hued ports, a refined NES cartridge slot, an updated 8BitDo wireless controller and a refreshed user interface. Throw in exist

Android 10 automation Rules rolls out to more Pixel phones

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Google, being Android’s creator, is in the perfect position to provide such a framework and it seemed that Android 10’s “Rules” was to be that Except that it was only available on select Pixel 4 users and without much power at all.
Google itself may be working on such automation features built into Android 10 itself.

No passport required: 9 domestic destinations with an international feel

The Points Guy / 3h
Getting there: Hanalei Bay is about a 40-minute drive around the island from Kauai’s Lihue airport (LIH), and again, don’t even bother being in a hurry; no one else will be.
You can fly to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) from Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle on Alaska Airlines, American, Contour Aviation, Delta and United.

Coronavirus: Twitter tells staff to work from home

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The company had already announced that it was pulling out of this month's South by Southwest media conference in Austin, Texas.
In a blog post, the social media giant said it was mandatory for staff in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea to work remotely.

Beat this price: Kogan slashes AU$90 off a pair of Beats Solo 3

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Another week, another amazing deal on Apple’s flagship headphones with the Beats Solo 3 Wireless currently available through Kogan for a cool 20% off. These headphones deliver optimum playback with polished acoustics that provide a clear and crisp sound. The comfort-cushion ear cups isolate outside noise so you can enjoy a more immersive music experience and listen to your favourite tracks in pea

Stock Trading App Robinhood Experiences Widespread Outages Right During Market Rally

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As CNBC noted, trading platforms run by Fidelity and Charles Schwab also experienced issues last week amid an 800-point plunge in the same stock market index.
Free stock trading app Robinhood, valued in July 2019 at over $7.6 billion , underwent a major outage on Monday amid a major rally on the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Xiaomi Mi A3 Android 10 update halted due to multiple errors

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The quality of the update is also putting that Android One guarantee into question, especially as far as Xiaomi’s phones go.
Despite that, however, it seems that the Android One promise doesn’t apply to Xiaomi’s phones like other Android One phones.

AT&T TV is a new streaming service that costs just as much as cable

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The good news is that you’re welcome to stay with DirecTV Now – the upfront cost is more expensive, but there’s no price jump after the first year like with AT&T TV.
To put that into context, the introductory-level Entertainment plan is marketed at $49.99 per month for the first year and then jumps to $93 per month after the promo expires.
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Gina Torres Joins The Brides TV Pilot, and We're Suddenly Very Excited About the Vampire Soap

69Gizmodo / 4h
We’ve known for a little while that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the creator of the singularly bonkers Riverdale , was working on a steamy drama series about the Brides of Dracula .
The Brides , which is still in the pilot stage at ABC, has just cast its first star—and our mild interest is now sky high, because it’s Gina Torres.

Waymo Includes Outsiders in $2.25 Billion Investment Round

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SAN FRANCISCO — More than a decade after Google started experimenting with driverless cars, Waymo, the autonomous vehicle unit of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, says it has raised $2.25 billion, mostly from outside investors.
Alphabet’s self-driving unit, a pioneer in autonomous vehicle research, has been expanding its commercial efforts.

US charges Chinese nationals with laundering cryptocurrency for North Korea

100+Engadget / 4h
Two Chinese nationals helped North Korea launder $100 million worth of cryptocurrency stolen by state-sponsored hackers, according to the Department of Justice .
Pyongyang hackers apparently stole $250 million from a virtual currency exchange that year and then had the funds laundered through hundreds of automated cryptocurrency transactions.

Legal services giant Epiq Global offline after ransomware attack

100+TechCrunch / 4h
A source with knowledge of the incident but who was not authorized to speak to the media said the ransomware hit the organization’s entire fleet of computers across its 80 global offices.
Legal services giant Epiq Global has been hit by a ransomware attack.

Apple to pay up to $500 million for deliberately slowing older iPhones

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Towards the end of 2017, Apple fessed up, admitting that it had been deliberately and secretly slowing older models of iPhone in order to eke out extra life from their aging batteries.
The case against Apple claimed that, due to the processor speeds slowing, consumers were being led to believe their current smartphone was nearing its end of life earlier than it actually was.

Apple Might Owe You $25 for Slowing Down Your iPhone

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Apple has agreed to a preliminary settlement of $500 million as part of a class action lawsuit that alleged the company released software that intentionally slowed down aging iPhones.
But if you happened to own an iPhone 6, 7, or SE, and at some point you updated those phones to specific version of iOS software before December 2017, Apple might owe you settlement money.

OPPO Reno 3 Pro brings its bag of camera tricks to the global market

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When OPPO talks about the Ultra Clear 108 megapixel image that the Reno 3 Pro produces, it isn’t from a 108MP sensor.
The OPPO Reno 3 Pro continues the line’s impressive battery and charging and adds a few photography tricks on top for consumers in India and the rest of the world.

Credit card benefits are changing: What’s going on?

The Points Guy / 5h
Nearly every card offered rental car collision damage waiver (CDW) coverage, and the vast majority of premium travel rewards cards came with perks like extended warranty coverage, price protection and travel accident insurance.
Furthermore, car ownership is decreasing as a new generation of Americans living in cities have neither cars nor personal auto insurance policies to cover rental car damage before the secondary policies offered by most credit card issuers apply.

OPPO Watch event will reveal the wearable in early March

SlashGear / 5h
Though we’ve seen the OPPO Watch appear in various leaked images, the wearable hasn’t been officially unveiled, at least not in any significant degree.
The OPPO Watch we’ve been hearing rumors about for weeks will be officially unveiled in early March, the company has announced.

Facebook pulls out of SXSW amid growing fears over coronavirus

100+Engadget / 5h
Facebook just became the latest high-profile company to pull out of SXSW. The company, citing health concerns, announced that its employees will no longer be attending the annual festival. "Due to concerns related to coronavirus, our company and employees will not be participating in SXSW this year," Facebook said in a statement to Engadget. The move isn't necessarily surprising. Facebook also ca

Uber and Lyft have coronavirus tips for drivers, but not health insurance or paid sick days

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In response to the crisis, on Friday, Uber sent advice to drivers and delivery workers, including, "If you feel sick, stay home," and, "Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your vehicle." Lyft's coronavirus site offered advice like, "Take care of yourself," "Keep your car clean," and "Stay informed."
Gridwise, a ride-share driver resource, found drivers in major U.S. cities averaged just below two trips an hour last year.

'Mario Kart Tour' multiplayer goes live on March 8th

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Otherwise, you can setup custom races with friends or nearby players, although those won't impact progress on a grade that ranks you against other Mario Kart Tour players from around the world.
As soon as Mario Kart Tour brought Nintendo's racing game to Androids and iPhones last fall, one of the major complaints was its lack of multiplayer.

The Nebula Mars II Pro Is an Incredible Portable Projector Hindered by Rinky-Dink Software

Gizmodo / 5h
Most of the apps you’d want, like YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, and Spotify, are there but some aren’t as up-to-date as you’d want.
Filling the gaps between the super portable Nebula Capsule and the static Nebula Prizm , Nebula by Anker Mars II Pro takes what makes those products work and runs with it.

Robinhood suffers prolonged outage on the day the Dow enjoyed its biggest point gain since 2009

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Robinhood , the startup with a stock trading app valued upwards of at least $7.6 billion , suffered one of its worst outages on one of the busiest trading days of the year.
One potential cause of the outages could just be the high trading volumes that have accompanied highly volatile markets over the past month.

Deal alert: Flights to Florida starting at $26 one-way

32The Points Guy / 6h
As spotted by Fly4free , American, JetBlue and United are currently offering nonstop flights to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Miami (MIA) and Orlando (MCO) from cities like Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Newark (EWR) and Philadelphia (PHL) from just $26 one-way.
Chicago (ORD) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) for $26 one-way on JetBlue basic economy:

Smart camera and baby monitor warning given by UK's cyber-defender

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Smart cameras and baby monitors can be watched by criminals over the internet by default, security chiefs warn.
The NCSC's technical director, Dr Ian Levy, warned while the devices were "fantastic innovations", they were vulnerable to cyber-attackers.

Half-Life: Alyx - Hands on with Valve's virtual reality game-changer

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After a long wait, the highly-anticipated sequel is about to launch - and could be VR's killer app.

Huawei P40 leaked hands-on teases the phone you probably won’t get

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In fact, it now has its own alternatives in place, suggesting a rather different user experience for the upcoming Huawei P40.
Unlike Samsung, who has switched designs every year, Huawei seems to be sticking to its P series’ signature appearance, at least on the back.

Why hasn’t AI changed the world yet?

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"If there was a robotic device that was integrated in your office that you see every day, then perhaps people wouldn't be disappointed but many of the advances in AI are so ingrained in how we work that we just forget about them," says Dennis Mortensen, chief executive and co-founder of, an AI scheduling tool.
"It isn't just meant to be a smart cane, it's meant to be connected with transport networks and autonomous vehicles," Mr Feghali says.

$118 Buys One Year Unlimited Asia Travel Pass (And Coronavirus Will Have Passed For Most Of That Time)

View from the Wing / 6h
The airline had plenty of empty seats even before coronavirus, so they’re selling a one year all you can fly pass for 499 MYR (about US$118).
The offer is intended for Malaysia-based members of AirAsia’s BIG loyalty program ( God Save The Points thinks others can participate, too ) and is on sale through the end of March 7 local time and offers unlimited flying for a year between Kuala Lumpur and “Australia, Japan, India and more” for just the cost of “government taxes and fees, add ons and other charges.”

Cool, Here's Another New Smartwatch That Looks Like an Apple Watch

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Because we certainly don’t have enough Android smartwatches to choose from, Chinese smartphone maker Oppo leaked a photo of its new Oppo Watch in a tweet announcing its upcoming phone event.
But perhaps the most obvious nod to Apple is the way the thing looks: a slightly rounded-off square watch face with metallic finishes of various colors and what appears to be a fluoroelastomer watch band, like the Apple Watch’s sport band.

Waymo's first outside investment round includes car industry heavyweights

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Believe it or not, Waymo hasn't really leaned on outside help to fulfill its self-driving car ambitions -- Alphabet (and earlier, Google) has shouldered much of the load.
Waymo was vague about how it would use the funds, saying only that this would help "our people, our technology, and our operations." One look at Waymo's business suggests that it has plenty of need for cash, though.

Apple Agrees to Pay Some iPhone Owners $25 Each

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Under a proposed settlement disclosed on Friday, Apple agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of intentionally slowing down certain iPhones years after they were released.
SAN FRANCISCO — Many iPhone owners believe Apple purposely slowed down their old devices as it released new ones.

Sonantic scores €2.3M funding to bring ‘human-quality’ artificial voices to games

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The startup has developed artificial voice tech that it claims is able to offer “expressive, realistic voice acting” on-demand for use by game studios.
For the games studios, Sonantic offers faster iteration cycles at a cheaper price because it cuts down logistical costs and has voice models ready to perform.

Fortnite Faction Wars Event leaks: Shadow and Ghost will fight

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The leak claims that players will need to choose which team they will fight for when they start the battle, which will reportedly be used to upgrade the player’s Faction intel level.
That battle may be called ‘Faction Wars,’ based on a new leak from FireMonkey, and it may require the players to enter the fight from the computer.

Saffron found to improve sleep quality, but there’s a catch

SlashGear / 6h
A popular, but pricey, spice called saffron may be able to improve sleep quality in adults who often experience unrestful nights, according to a new study.
The research comes from the same team that previously linked saffron with an antidepressant effect, at least in people who have up to moderate depression and who are also taking a prescription antidepressant medication.

Pixel 4 feature drop adds new emoji, scheduled dark mode, faster Google Pay

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This quarter the Pixel line is getting new emojis, the scheduled dark mode feature from Android 11, faster access to Google Pay, and several other features.
Feature Drops are a new update scheme that sees Google leverage its OS development skills into quarterly mini-updates for the Pixel line.
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What it takes to get concierge lounge access on a cruise ship

The Points Guy / 7h
Holland America and Princess Cruises, for instance, are two lines where concierge lounge access is only available to passengers in top suites.
On luxury ships such as these, drinks typically are complimentary everywhere on board, at any time, and other typical perks such as concierge services are available to all passengers, too.

Google cancels Cloud Next because of coronavirus, goes online-only

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Google today announced that it is canceling the physical part of Cloud Next, its cloud-focused event and its largest annual conference by far with around 30,000 attendees, over concerns around the current spread of COVID-19.
These are the two premier annual news events for both companies, but given the current situation, nobody would be surprised if they get canceled, too.

BMC snaps up Compuware

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CEO of Compuware, Chris O'Malley praised the deal and provided further insight on how the combined company will help accelerate its customers' digital transformations, saying:
The combined company will help customers better manage their mainframe operations, cybersecurity, application development, data and storage as part of their DevOps strategies.

The Oppo Watch is real and will be unveiled on March 6

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The long-rumored Oppo Watch has been officially confirmed, named, and given a reveal date of March 6 at the planned launch event for the Oppo Find X2 phone.
The Oppo Watch had its own small series of leaked renders and photos revealing a design that accurately reflected the final design we see in Oppo’s tweet.

Connie Chan of Andreessen Horowitz discusses consumer tech’s winners and losers

100+TechCrunch / 7h
From her temporary offices located in a modest skyscraper with unobscured views of San Francisco, we talked about where she sees the biggest opportunities right now, along with how big of an impact fears over coronavirus could have on the startup industry — and for how long.
Connie Chan: It’s interesting, I was just talking to a friend of mine who is an investor in Asia, in China.

Ten minutes of Half-Life: Alyx: The biggest VR goosebumps we’ve ever had

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Sure enough, this series shows a player repeatedly pointing at relatively distant objects, then gesturing in a flick-like motion to call the item towards them, thus saving them the real-life trouble of bending to a knee or reaching awkwardly with their hands.
Based on what I've learned from multiple sources, this video series has been very carefully curated, because it focuses more on how Alyx 's VR movement and beat-by-beat gameplay will look and feel, as opposed to spoiling its storytelling or more complicated puzzles.

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Apple co-founder bizarrely suggests he and his wife were 'patient zero' in U.S. for coronavirus

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak set Twitter off on Monday with a very weird tweet alluding to the coronavirus outbreak.
In his tweet, the Apple co-founder appeared to be saying that he and his wife had possibly contracted the coronavirus after visiting China.

Pininfarina debuts ultra-rare $2.9 million version of its electric hypercar

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The Anniversario will come standard with a "Furiosa" package (a revamped front splitter, side blades and rear diffuser) available for any Battista, but it'll also have a custom rear wing, rear fins and "other bespoke details."
Otherwise, you'll just have to 'settle' for one of the 147 other Battistas that will start reaching customers in late 2020.
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Google's Second Pixel Feature Drop Adds 12 Helpful New Software Tweaks

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Following the first Pixel feature drop’s ability to add depth effects to pics in Google Photos long after they were taken, the second feature drop now lets you capture selfies with improved portrait-style depths effects, along with 3D photos that work in Facebook.
By pressing and holding the power button, you can now quickly swipe through things like credit cards, boarding passes, event tickets, and more in Google Pay. And for those with a Pixel 4, these new swipeable cards will also contain other helpful things like emergency contacts and medical info.

Spirit Airlines plans first international routes from New Orleans

50The Points Guy / 7h
Spirit Airlines will add its first international routes from New Orleans this June, connecting the city with Cancun and San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
The Cancun and San Pedro Sula routes will be Spirit’s first international services from New Orleans.

Aurora VP Jinnah Hosein is coming to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI

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Jinnah Hosein, the vice president of software engineering at self-driving vehicle startup Aurora, is coming to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI at UC Berkeley on March 3.
After a 10-year stint at Google, where he rose to director of software engineering, Hosein went to SpaceX .

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What's the Best Air Fryer?

Lifehacker / 7h
1) Your nomination should contain the name of a specific type and brand of sauce, why you think it’s the best, a link where it can be purchased, and an image.
Last month I got one of those air fryer/microwave combos , and while I’ve been putting off actually air frying anything, you know what, I might start tonight.

American Airlines’ India nonstop from Seattle are now on sale

The Points Guy / 7h
Frequent flyers looking for award space will likely find plentiful coach and premium economy availability, though business-class was spottier except for on connecting itineraries that route a traveler over Seattle to Bangalore.
The Oneworld alliance carrier will begin daily service between Seattle/Tacoma (SEA) and Bangalore (BLR) on Oct. 25, according to Cirium schedules and confirmed by American.

Paleontologists Are Skeptical About Baby Dinosaur Cells Supposedly Found in Fossil

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Fossils of baby duck-billed dinosaurs ( Hypacrosaurus stebingeri ) have yielded traces of proteins, chromosomes, and chemical markers of DNA, according to new research published in National Science Review.
“We presented multiple lines of evidence to suggest that remnants of original cells and tissues remain in regions of the skull of this baby dinosaur,” wrote Schweitzer in an email to Gizmodo.

Scientists: Coronavirus Has Been Spreading In U.S. For Weeks

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According to a genetic analysis by computational biologist Trevor Bedford at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, the coronavirus might have been circulating in Washington state over the past six weeks, the Washington Post reports .
“I believe we’re facing an already substantial outbreak in Washington State that was not detected until now due to narrow case definition requiring direct travel to China.”

Amtrak taps another aviation executive to lead the railroad

The Points Guy / 8h
Acela first class passengers have been able to select seats in advance since 2018, and the railroad said it plans to roll that option out to more routes and classes of service in the future.
(Amtrak does not, however, employ Southwest’s grouped boarding procedure, which — at New York Penn Station, the company’s busiest — can lead to a mad dash to the platform when a train’s track is announced, as passengers race to their preferred seats.)
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Alphabet’s Waymo accepts outside money as it raises $2.25 billion

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Until now, Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project) has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet.
The Honda investment has helped cement an alliance that could lead to Honda adopting Cruise's self-driving technology for its own vehicles.
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1,357 Delegates Up for Grabs—and More Key Super Tuesday Stats

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That result prompted former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar to end their campaigns, which will likely push more moderate voters toward Biden.
(Democrats living abroad will cast theirs over the course of the next week.) That includes big states like Texas and, joining Super Tuesday for the first time, California—which as the most populous state in the union is by far the biggest prize in the primary.

Netflix is hosting a live comedy festival in Los Angeles this spring

81Engadget / 8h
Today, it announced the Netflix Is A Joke Fest , a weeklong comedy festival coming to Los Angeles this spring.
One event, "The Hall: Honoring the Greats of Stand-Up," will feature comedy by Dave Chappelle , Kevin Hart, Chris Rock , Billy Crystal , Whoopi Goldberg , Jerry Seinfeld , Sarah Silverman and Wanda Sykes.

Hey, Steve Wozniak: What the Fuck?

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Today, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak contributed to that last category, tweeting that he recently returned from China and believed that he and his wife Janet Hill “may have both been patient zero in U.S.”
“I never ever click my Twitter app and scroll through to see who’s tweeting what,” he told USA Today some years ago, describing what for many of us is a utopian daydream.

MediaTek-SU hacks phone from a simple app

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In MediaTek-SU, a code executed on the phone can give the user root access without dealing with a bootloader.
Gaining root access in an Android phone is like pulling C-3PO’s back panel – you can make the device whatever you’d like.

A Movie as Epic as Avengers: Endgame Deserves an Equally Epic Painting

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His latest work, featured in the video above, is the crown jewel of “Legend of the Great Showdowns,” Campbell’s upcoming art exhibit , which opens March 6 at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, CA.
Endgame is the biggest, most densely populated Great Showdown he’s ever done, and Campbell documented his work on the painting exclusively for io9—a condensed version of which you can see in our video.

Delta Waiving Change Fees On International Flights

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Airlines are suffering because of the uncertainty created by coronavirus, and in general it’s pretty clear that airlines are waiving change fees as a way of encouraging people to book travel.
Delta Air Lines has announced that they’ll be waiving change fees for international itineraries purchased between March 1 and March 31, 2020 .

Swiss Government Files Criminal Complaint Over CIA's Decades-Long Global Encryption Racket

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This follows a joint investigation by the Washington Post, German public broadcaster ZDF, and Swiss broadcaster SRF, which revealed that the CIA and the German intelligence agency BDN had been selling encryption devices through a Swiss company Crypto AG for half a century, with “rigged systems” for less friendly countries.
Announced Sunday, a Swiss government agency has filed a criminal complaint against U.S. and German intelligence entities for pushing spyware on over 120 other countries.

Riot Games inches closer to challenging Overwatch and CS:GO with Valorant reveal

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Now, Riot Games has given the world a first look at the game, which is officially named Valorant.
But, the game features more cartoonish textures and special character abilities that Overwatch players are sure to find familiar.

Apple agrees to settlement of up to $500 million from lawsuit alleging it throttled older phones

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has agreed to pay a settlement of up to $500 million, following a lawsuit accusing the company of intentionally slowing down the performance of older phones to encourage customers to buy newer models or fresh batteries.
Users of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus which ran iOS 11.2 or later before Dec. 21, 2017 are also covered by the settlement.

Artemis Fowl trailer has some book fans up in arms over boy-genius portrayal

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Nearly a year after its originally scheduled release, Artemis Fowl —a Kenneth Branagh-directed film adapted from the popular series by Irish author Eoin Colfer—is finally coming to theaters this spring.
[The film] follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is coming soon to PC, listing suggests

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Spotted by True Achievements , the listing includes some screenshots and a store description saying that Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition will support 4K UHD and HDR, as well as PC features like mouse and keyboard optimizations.
A new listing for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition recently appeared on the Microsoft Store.

After turbulent week, the stock market sees record gains

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However, come the start of the week, investors in American stocks had traded their furs for horns and were ready to buy.
Last week, rising concern about an international slowdown caused by the infection led to sharp declines in the value of equities both at home and abroad.

You Can Get a Free Donut Every Friday in March at Dunkin'

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In order to take advantage of the promotion, you’ll not only have to buy a beverage, but you’ll also need to be a member of Dunkin’s DD Perks .
Dunkin’ is also taking the promotion a step further and offering customers a chance to win free donuts for the year.

Freeman Dyson remembered by people who knew him: “an unusual visionary”

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Freeman Dyson made fundamental contributions to an incredibly wide variety of fields in physics and mathematics.
By the late 1940s, when research in fundamental physics resumed after World War II, advances in technology made it possible to do experiments testing the quantum-mechanical interactions of photons and electrons—affording a compelling chance to develop a workable theory.

LogMeIn offers free “Emergency Remote Work Kits" following coronavirus

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Starting immediately, the company will be offering critical front-line service providers with free, organization-wide use of many of its products for three months through Emergency Remote Work Kits.
During the early days of the outbreak, LogMeIn saw usage of some its collaboration products more than double in Asia and now the company has announced that it will provide government, educational, healthcare and non-profit organizations with free “Emergency Remote Work Kits” to help them stay connected when it matters most.

'Half Life: Alyx' gameplay videos showcase gravity gloves and more

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With just a couple of short weeks before Half-Life: Alyx comes out on March 23rd , Valve has shared three new trailers from the upcoming game.
If the game's first trailer left you wanting more, these provide a more in-depth look at Alyx 's setting and gameplay without spoiling any of its story beats.

Black Hole Photobombs Asteroid

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Two telescopes in Earth’s orbit also picked up the flare, but the observation by REXIS is the first time a black hole outburst has been measured from deep space.
The instrument, run by MIT and Harvard students and staff, is meant to measure x-rays that Bennu spits out after the Sun irradiates it.

Delta Retaliates Against American In Seattle

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This doesn’t come as a surprise, but Delta Air Lines is adding all kinds of new service out of Seattle, clearly as a competitive response to the Alaska & American situation.
This doesn’t come as any surprise whatsoever, but it seems like Delta is responding to the new pact between Alaska and American as you’d expect they would, with everything short of a flight to Bangalore

There’s an $80 million driving simulator in Iowa, and we tried it out

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[This is when the car is fully responsible for driving and situational awareness , but the human driver must be ready to resume control when asked.] So we're interested in assessing the driver's cognitive and physical capabilities when you are giving them a takeover request, because in level 3 automation drivers can be, you know, out of the loop, doing many other things," said Pujitha Gunaratne, a researcher at Toyota's Collaborative Safety Research Center who is working with NADS.
During our visit, the dome was set up with a full-size car mounted on four more actuators that are there to simulate the bumps and vibrations you'd expect when driving over different road surfaces.

The companies that will shape the upcoming multiverse era of social media

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Throughout this series on the rise of multiverse virtual worlds , I have outlined the collision of gaming and social media into a new multiverse era of social media within virtual worlds due to technological and cultural changes . The result will be a healthier ecosystem of social media than what currently exists and the economic development of these virtual worlds such that many people turn to t

Delta Waives Change Fees For All International Travel In March

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Delta is waiving change fees one time for all international travel scheduled in March.
Delta Waives Change Fees For All International Travel In March

How to Use Google Pixel's New 'Rules' to Automate Your Noisy Android

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The new Rules menu also has an option to turn on rule suggestions based on how you use your phone and change your settings—for example, your phone might suggest creating a rule to silence notifications outside of your house if it notices you routinely turn down the ringer volume when you leave home.
Go to Settings > System > Advanced > Rules (You’ll need to grant Rules permission to run in the background and make changes to your settings the first time you’ve opened the Rules page.)

Clean up Those Inexplicable Floor Crumbs With This $20 Car Vac

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That is, unless you own a Gooloo portable car vac , which is on sale for 38% off with the discount code 9X7AOMTG and by clipping the coupon on the page.
Gooloo Car Vacuum | $20 | Amazon | Promo code 9X7AOMTG + coupon

Get Fancy With An Aduro Apple Watch Charging Stand

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Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. Aduro Charging Stand Apple Watch | $10 | Woot Charge your Apple Watch in style with an Aduro charging stand ! It’s only $10 so you can place your watch in a nice, safe place while it recharges to top form. It also protects your watch from scratches it might’ve gotten if it was just on your nightstand doing its

Delta Fires Back At Alaska-American Airlines Partnership With New Seattle Service

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Delta has announced new routes and flights out of Seattle showing that they aren’t going to take American’s re-invigorated partnership with Alaska Airlines lying down.
Delta Fires Back At Alaska-American Airlines Partnership With New Seattle Service

Cyan Banister leaves Founders Fund for Long Journey Ventures

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Cyan Banister is leaving Founders Fund to become a member of a new early-stage investment and operations-focused firm called Long Journey Ventures .
In a blog post announcing her decision to join Long Journey Ventures, Banister wrote candidly about the tensions between the institutional investment firm and her own instincts as an earlier-stage backer of startup companies.

NASA Recreated What Apollo 13 Astronauts Saw While Circling the Moon in a Glorious 4K Visualization

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Despite not actually getting to walk on its surface, the Apollo 13 astronauts were still able to visit the moon from a distance of around 158 miles which is closer than most of their fellow Earth dwellers will ever get to it. You can, however, see exactly what those astronauts saw while encircling the moon thanks to a stunning new visualization NASA has released in 4K. For those who slept through

TAP Air Portugal Offering Status Match & More

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TAP Air Portugal is offering bonus miles just for enrolling, status match opportunities, discounts on purchased miles, and more.
This month TAP Air Portugal is celebrating their 75th anniversary, and they’re also celebrating just over a year since they rebranded their frequent flyer program, which is now known as Miles & Go.

A wild white dwarf theory explains this monumental merging

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“This star stood out as something we had never seen before,” Dr Mark Holland, lead author of a study on the white dwarf, and a physicist from the University of Warwick , explains.
A bizarre ultra-massive white dwarf may have an even stranger explanation than astronomers could’ve predicted, with a new study suggesting the super-ancient anomaly was once two stars that joined.

Death Stranding for PC has a release date and some bonus Half-Life content

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In the trailer, we can see the protagonist, Sam Bridges, with a Valve stem coming out the back of his head as he readies himself with a pair of the Gravity Gloves that will feature in Half-Life: Alyx .
There are still some months to wait, but Death Stranding will arrive on PC on June 2 this year, and it will come to both Steam and the Epic Games Store.

Half-Life: Alyx gameplay previewed in three must-see new videos

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Valve published a trio of videos today, with each one of them giving us a look at Half-Life: Alyx ‘s gameplay.
Bringing a first-person shooter like Half-Life into the realm of VR for the first time probably isn’t an easy task, but judging by the videos you see embedded below, it seems that Valve has done a pretty decent job of it.

Prepare Your Pet Now for Daylight Saving Time

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We’ll have to wake up an hour earlier, but we’re slaves to the clock and so we’ll still make it to work and to appointments on time.
(In the fall, when we change the clocks back, the opposite happens and that same pup will wake you up at six.)

The $600 Sony a6100 Is Everything You Need to be a Happy Photographer

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The screen doesn’t have the best resolution (921,600 pixels) and its refresh rate isn’t particularly good, which means you’ll notice a certain lag when you move the camera and try to track what’s on the screen.
It’s a family camera designed so that people can enjoy the automatic mode and run around as happy campers taking photos, all with the certainty that Sony has provided them with all the technology they need to take some incredible instant photos without having to mess with the controls too much.

Can this smart coaster make a better drink than a professional bartender?

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The Barsys is a smart coaster that claims it can guide customers to the perfect cocktail. We put it to the test against a professional bartender to see who could make the perfect drink. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Cocktail , Bartender , Smart Coaster , and Barsys

Everything you need to know about cancel for any reason trip insurance

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Here are some resources that explain everything you need to know about travel insurance and its benefits, from trip cancellation and interruption coverage to emergency medical to baggage delay.
So, under normal circumstances, a travel insurance policy would not cover a trip you cancel because you’re worried about contracting coronavirus .

Apple will release a trackpad for the iPad alongside new Pro models, report claims

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Apple has developed a trackpad-equipped keyboard attachment for the iPad Pro and plans to introduce it alongside its new iPad Pro models sometime this year, a report from The Information claims.
Numerous rumors previously suggested that the iPad Pro refresh was due in the next couple of months, but the coronavirus-related supply struggles have led to uncertainty about Apple's plans.
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How to Protect Yourself From Wage Theft

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It’s more common to find a mistake in how an employer has classified you as an employee, or how overtime pay has been calculated.
The FLSA establishes the federal minimum wage, overtime rules, employer standards for record keeping for employee time and pay, and child labor laws.

Robinhood investing app outage continues, but a fix is inbound

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In a more recent update, the company said that technical issues are responsible for the outage and that it is working on a fix for the problem.
The Robinhood app has been experiencing technical problems that prevent users from accessing their accounts.

GTC 2020 isn’t cancelled, but it’s now online-only due to coronavirus

Nvidia GTC GeForce36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h has reported that while GTC 2020 itself isn’t technically cancelled, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang’s opening keynote will now be an online-only event.
Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2020 isn’t planning on joining the list of tech conferences outright cancelled out of concern for the coronavirus.

Coronavirus takes out another convention: GTC 2020 (moved online)

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This event was previously scheduled to bring a variety of big names in gaming, automotive, and everything in-between, to the likes of the San Jose Convention Center.
This event generally takes place over several days in a convention center in close enough quarters that a situation like COVID-19 would most certainly be a concern.

Moscow Didn't Get a Winter This Year

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Moscow just had its first winter in recorded history with average temperatures above freezing, running a blistering 6.3 degrees Celsius (11.3 degrees Fahrenheit) above average.
The temperature anomaly this winter effectively doubles the old one, making this a no-doubter for the record books, which stretch back 140 years, according to Russian news agency TASS .

Facebook’s rebuilt Messenger is a big step towards unifying its chat apps

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The company also suggests that the new version helps move the app a little closer toward its goal of adding encryption to Messenger chats by default, though it's unclear exactly how.
Facebook just moved one step closer toward its goal of allowing users to swap messages across Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram.

Doctor Who Charts Itself an Exciting New Future—By Going Back to the Very Beginning

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Hazily interwoven with the much less interesting—or, rather, much less impactful—stories of Ryan, Yaz, and Graham trying to escape the clutches of the Cybermen, and the Master’s own attempts to court Ashad into an alliance born of cybertech and Time Lord corpses, the Doctor is thrust back to the origin story of Gallifrey.
The Doctor has so much of her true past lost to time—blocked off by the Matrix’s security systems, corrupted by the damage the Master wrought after learning of this truth himself in his massacre of Gallifrey—but now she knows she is the mystery at the heart of her own people’s very existence.

AT&T’s new online TV has contracts, hidden fees, big 2nd-year price hike

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But that's decidedly not the case with AT&T's new live-TV online service, which mirrors cable plans by charging more than the advertised price, locking customers into contracts, and socking them with big price increases after a promotional rate expires.
The AT&T TV home page features several plans starting at $49.99 per month, while noting that the advertised price is good for only 12 months and does not include taxes and fees.

Chrome OS gets new features for night owls and Netflix bingers

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When you’re watching Netflix via the app that’s available from the Google Play Store, the video will switch to picture-in-picture mode whenever you switch to a different window.
So, if you’re the type who uses a Chromebook to multitask and you like having Netflix play in the background as you work, then this app update is aimed directly at you.

Surgeon General: Stop buying masks, they won’t prevent coronavirus

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The agency reiterates that face masks won’t help protect someone from contracting the new novel coronavirus, which has spread into multiple countries and has popped up in various places around the United States.
Public health experts have expressed concerns that healthcare workers may not be able to get enough face masks to help protect them from the virus.

How to Stop Spectrum From Calling or Sending You Junk Mail

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Spectrum actually offers an online form that allows you to ask the company to no longer solicit you in any way.
Especially now, during election season, I know my personal mailbox is almost always filled to the brim with notes from hopeful political candidates, along with the standard offers for credit cards I don’t want and solicitations from airlines, hotels, and cable companies.

Last Chance: Big Chase Marriott Card Bonuses

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The no annual fee Marriott Bonvoy Bold Card is offering a bonus of 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after spending $2,000 within three months.
The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card is offering a bonus of 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after spending $5,000 within three months.

Startup Guesty Under Investigation for Illegal Airbnb Bookings in NYC

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“Metropolitan Property Group used Guesty to help manage the majority of their illegal short-term rental accounts on Airbnb and generate millions of dollars of ill-gotten income from placing unwary guests in dangerous and unsafe conditions,” city officials noted in court filings Monday.
“You’re not using Guesty in New York City if you’re renting out your own home occasionally; you’re using Guesty if you have multiple listings on a short-term rental platform that you’re trying to manage,” Christian Klossner, executive director of the mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement (OSE), told WIRED.

Announcing the agenda for TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

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This year, we’re holding a pitch-off competition for early-stage mobility companies.
Dor Levi, head of bikes and scooters at Lyft, Danielle Harris, director of mobility innovation at Elemental Excelerator and Dmitry Shevelenko, founder at Tortoise will discuss.

Anti-Coke Lawsuit: “Plastic Is Set to Outweigh Fish in the Ocean”

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Environmental group Earth Island Institute filed a lawsuit in California last week against Coke, Pepsi, Nestlé, and a number of other plastic polluters for knowingly misleading the public about how much of their produced plastic is being recycled (and landing in the ocean instead), VICE reports .
“These companies should bear the responsibility for choking our ecosystem with plastic,” said David Phillips, executive director of Earth Island Institute, in a statement sent to The Guardian .

The Kindle Paperwhite is down to its lowest price ever at Amazon

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Shop Amazon's Kindle deals below and keep in mind, these discounts are limited-time offers, so you should take advantage now before it's too late.
For a limited time, you can get the best-selling Kindle Paperwhite on sale for $84.99 .

How to Enable the Hidden Drum Sequencer Bonus Feature in Wear OS

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To get started, you’ll probably want to be running the latest version of Wear OS .
And if you don’t have a speaker on your smartwatch for whatever reason, you’ll need to use Bluetooth to hear your beats.

Every Politician Should Steal Elizabeth Warren's Tech-Fueled Tactic for Crafting Plans Inclusively

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Warren’s team achieved this through the central inclusion of members of the community that the policy aims to impact and an embrace of remote-work technologies that enabled a diverse and disparate group to effectively craft a meaningful plan.
In this case, the Warren campaign was proactive in ensuring that the technology we used would bring us together, to do something unique: compiling an inclusive, intersectional plan, crafted by the people who would be affected by such a policy, that would arguably set a new milestone within the discourse of disability and politics.

You Probably Won’t Get $25 From Apple’s iPhone Throttling Settlement

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Apple has agreed to a $500 million settlement for secretly throttling iPhone performance. It isn’t finalized yet, but Apple will pay “up to” $25 to everyone who bought an iPhone 6 or iPhone 7 device. You probably won’t get that much money. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Climate models go out of this world

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But a little while back, NASA researchers adapted one of the agency's climate models to work with conditions at Proxima Centauri b, a planet orbiting our Sun's nearest neighbor.
The planet, Proxima Centauri b (Prox b from here on out), however, gets a similar amount of energy from the star because it orbits much closer, at only about 5 percent of the Earth-Sun distance.

This Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA is a 540hp beast – and the GTAm is even more extreme

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Alfa Romeo is bringing back an iconic name, with the Giulia GTA promising a 540 horsepower upgrade to the car’s V6 and a Giulia GTAm version fettled for the track.
Carbon fiber for the drive shaft, hood, roof, front bumper, front wheel arches, and rear wheel arch inserts helped cut 220 pounds from the sedan.

How to sign up to be a NASA Astronaut in 2020

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Back in the year 2015, NASA opened applications for candidates for their astronaut program.
“Those who apply will likely be competing against thousands who have dreamed of and worked toward going to space for as long as they can remember,” said Steve Koerner, NASA’s director of flight operations and chair of the Astronaut Selection Board at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Instead of 'Happy Birthday,' Wash Your Hands to the Pizza Bagel Jingle

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Technically you don’t have to sing (or hum) anything, but doing so is an easy way to make sure you are scrubbing your hands for the correct, germ-fighting amount of time, which is 20 seconds, or the amount of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
It’s a song that, when sung twice, lasts exactly 20 seconds, the correct amount of seconds for hand washing.

Leaked documents suggest Huawei violated Iran sanctions

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Internal documents reviewed by Reuters show that Huawei shipped computer equipment made by Hewlett-Packard to Iran's largest mobile operator in 2010.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently added more trade-secret theft charges to the case, and Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is facing separate charges for allegedly committing fraud to bypass the Iran sanctions.

Apple Settles Lawsuit Over Throttled iPhones, Agrees to Pay up to $500 Million

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According to Reuters , in a preliminary settlement proposal, Apple would be forced to pay $25 per device to eligible owners (depending on the final number of iPhones covered in the settlement), resulting in a total minimum payment of at least $310 million.
Poor performance of older iPhones running iOS was proved in part by the makers of Geekbench, who noticed that iPhones running iOS 10.2 boasted better scores and more consistent performance than similar iPhones running iOS versions 10.2.1 and later, which suggested that new code had been added to iOS that throttled or slowed down older phones in certain cases, typically when an iPhone’s battery health had begun to dip below 90 percent.

FX launches on Hulu, offering over 40 shows and originals

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The company announced today the launch of a new FX hub on the streaming service that includes over 40 FX Networks TV shows, new original linear series and other FX originals that will now be exclusive to Hulu.
The Fox deal gave Disney even more shows and movies to roll out to its direct-to-consumer services.
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The Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite Are on Sale at Steep Discounts Right Now

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Customers will also get $20 in credit to spend on the Kindle ebook store along with their purchase of a Paperwhite by using the “KINDLE2020" promo code (does not apply to standard Kindle purchases, unfortunately).
That said, as long as you’re not planning on reading in the bath or by the pool and don’t mind skipping Bluetooth listening and the $20 credit, the basic Kindle is still a pretty good deal at $60.

The Biggest Sonos Refurb Sale Ever Is Back and Its a Great Chance to Start or Expand Your Collection

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Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. Sonos Refurb Sale | Sonos | Some colors not available Sonos makes some of the most convenient, best sounding speakers on the market. And while we occasionally see deals on individual Sonos refurbished products, this huge sale is truly significant. For a limited time , you can grab a Sonos Play:1 for $99, a Son

Silicon Valley saw itself in Pete Buttigieg. Now he’s out of the race.

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Buttigieg, a previous political unknown, ran a surprisingly successful long-shot presidential campaign, making history as the first gay candidate to make a real run at the presidency and vaulting his political profile well above his mayorship of South Bend, Ind. Buttigieg’s appeal as a young, articulate politician was bolstered early on by his friendliness to Silicon Valley in a race in which tech’s biggest names were cast as villains by the race’s leftmost wing.
According to reporting from The Guardian, more than 75 VCs threw their weight behind the Buttigieg campaign as early as July 2019, lauding Buttigieg’s “intellectual vigor” and data-driven thinking — qualities Silicon Valley prides in itself.

Death Stranding releases on PC in June

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Today, Kojima Productions and 505 Games announced the release date for the PC version of Death Stranding , and when it arrives, it’ll have some Half-Life themed extras.
As revealed in the trailer, there are a number of Half-Life extras in the PC version of Death Stranding .

HTC Vive reveals new VR headset bundles for enterprises

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HTC has expanded the Vive Pro Eye family to include the new Vive Pro Eye Office and Vive Pro Eye Office Arena Bundle which offer extended business and warranty services for expedited customer support as well as additional base stations to support larger play spaces.
The Vive Pro Eye Office Arena Bundle will cost $2,350 (£1,813) will include one of HTC's Vive Pro Eye headsets as well as two additional SteamVR 2.0 base stations and a 20m fiber cable to allow for expanded play spaces of up to 33' x 33'.

The Python Programming Language Is More Popular Than Ever

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Python climbed from third place to tie for second in the latest ranking of programming language popularity published by the analyst firm RedMonk.
RedMonk usually doesn't make much of small rankings changes, cofounder Stephen O'Grady writes in the report, but it's rare to see any sort of movement in the top tier of programming languages, which consists of well-established languages.

Understanding 2020’s early-stage fundraising market

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Welcome to Equity on Extra Crunch , a semi-regular series of interviews between the Equity team , venture capitalists, and operating executives at the neatest startups. The goal of this irregular medium is to dig into topics that don’t fit inside of the standard Equity format, but are still critical to understanding what’s happening in the private markets. To kick things off, we invited two of ou

BBC Studios is the next to pour money into Pocket Casts

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BBC Studios is the latest public media group to support Pocket Casts. Today, the free-to-download podcasting platform announced an investment from BBC Studios, as well as new funding from its existing public media partners: NPR, WNYC Studios and WBEZ Chicago. "This new partnership with BBC Studios enables Pocket Casts to further our goal of creating the world's best podcasting platform, for both

Is This the Best Way to 'Push' Your Kid's Swing When You're Busy?

72Lifehacker / 11h
And yet, this video of a parent pushing (well, pulling) their child on a swing from the window of their fourth-floor apartment has me perplexed.
That can only mean that the standing around and swing-pushing is still happening (rather than having been automated somehow), just from a farther, higher location than is typical.

Tidal by Google X: Watch hundreds of fish faces tracked at once

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Per Tidal, “we’ve developed an underwater camera system and a set of machine perception tools that can detect and interpret fish behaviors not visible to the human eye.”
This is just a glimpse of what the computer does – it’s very similar to what you’ll see in a modern smartphone tracking a human face – it’s built with very similar tech.

Uber Tells Drivers to Stay Home If They Have the Coronavirus

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But Uber’s advice struck drivers as tone-deaf: the company advised drivers to stay home if they start experiencing coronavirus symptoms like fever or respiratory trouble.
It’s worth noting that Uber doesn’t offer drivers sick leave.

After Two Years, Google Finally Promises to Fix Smart Speaker Bluetooth Issues

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That was followed with an official statement from a Google Nest community specialist on the Google Nest help forums on Feb. 20 reiterating that the Nest team was aware of the issue and working on a resolution, but that users should continue to file feedback reports through the Google Home and Nest smart speakers, or through the Google Home mobile app .
I know how annoying and challenging it can be to Our team is aware of this issue and are currently investigating for a fix not have such an important feature work properly.

Attractively Sad Vampires and Psychedelic Horror: Warren Ellis and Kevin Kolde Lift the Lid on Castlevania's Third Season

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io9: One thing that was perhaps surprising to people coming into the second season was, the show sort of flipped the switch on its pacing and we got to spend a lot more time with the characters just talking to each other—there were a lot more character-driven arcs rather than necessarily the action that was such a major part of the first season.
But it faced a bit of a problem for writer Warren Ellis: he’d already killed off his villain, thinking there wouldn’t be a new season.

Apple settles iPhone slowdown case for $500m

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Apple has agreed to settle a long-running class-action case in the US over allegations it deliberately slowed down older iPhones.
The case dates back to December 2017, when Apple confirmed a long-held suspicion among phone owners by admitting it had deliberately slowed down some iPhones as they got older .

Nvidia’s GTC developer event will be online-only over coronavirus fears

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“We will be working with our conference speakers to begin publishing their talks online beginning in the weeks ahead,” wrote the company in a blog post announcing the decision.
Nvidia has canceled the in-person portion of its GPU Technology Conference, which would have brought more than 10,000 people to San Jose three weeks from now.

The WHO got on TikTok to teach teens about coronavirus

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The news: The WHO launched its TikTok presence with a video on Friday bulleting what coronavirus is , and a follow-up video on Saturday about when and how to wear a mask.
On Friday, the World Health Organization made its debut on TikTok in an effort to combat rampant disinformation about the coronavirus .

Mercedes unveils plug-in hybrid versions of the CLA and GLA

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The new CLA and GLA vehicles will be available to order this spring for at least the European crowd, with availability a "few weeks later." Mercedes hasn't divulged pricing for these new models, although it noted that the PHEV versions of the A-Class and B-Class sell for around €37,000 (about $41,300 US).
All of them mate a 75kW electric motor with a 218HP, four-cylinder gas engine, theoretically giving you zero-emissions driving in the city with the reassurance of combustion if you need it.

Clearview AI, the creepy facial recognition company, is reportedly developing a surveillance camera

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According to a report by BuzzFeed News, Clearview AI is developing the camera through a sister operation called Insight Camera.
Clearview AI was thrust into the spotlight after a New York Times report detailed how the company was scraping social media and the rest of the internet for public photos in order to create a massive facial recognition database.

Coronavirus Fears Scuttle Major Physics Conference, Leaving Hundreds of Scientists Stranded

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The cancelation came less than two days before the conference’s scheduled start date of today, March 2, leaving participants to cancel travel plans last-minute and even leaving those who arrived early in Denver without a conference to attend.
Nature physics journalist Davide Castelvecchi, himself stranded in Denver, reported that the decision came specifically after the CDC upgraded Italy and South Korea to its highest warning level for travel.

Report: Apple, Amazon, and Google use supply chain factories that rely on forced labor

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A report from an Australian think tank has listed tech giants like Apple, Amazon, Huawei, Samsung, Google, Microsoft, and Sony as benefitting from forced labor in China.
In addition to that alleged treatment, the report claims China is pushing these minorities through "reeducation" either before or during their time performing forced labor at dozens of factories across China that are part of the supply chains for numerous corporations.

This is the most underrated iPhone travel app

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You probably never use this and you may have even deleted it. Read more... More about Tech , Iphone , Travel , Smartphones , and Mashable Video

When plans go wrong: Your guide to booking refundable travel

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Frequent travelers know that you can cancel flights operating within or to the U.S. within 24 hours of booking , as long as you purchase seven days or more before the date of your departure.
This one, however, tells you everything you’ll want to know about planning a trip you might need to cancel on short notice — without forfeiting your entire vacation budget.

Dictatorships Are Making the Coronavirus Outbreak Worse

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On February 27, in the midst of the now-growing worldwide coronavirus outbreak, Chinese human rights activist Yaqiu Wang pointed out a tragedy : “No matter how stretched government resources are, silencing criticism will always be the Communist Party’s number one priority.”
Even when dictatorships report seemingly good numbers on health, the data should be scrutinized.

FX is now exclusively streaming its shows on Hulu

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More than 40 of FX Networks' series, including Nip/Tuck, Justified, Damages, Rescue Me and Thief and Terriers , are available on the platform, and new original content is scheduled to arrive soon.
For the most part, new episodes will air on their respective FX channels and land on Hulu the next day.

Google’s March Pixel feature drop is here and you’re going to want it

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With the March update and a Pixel 3, 3a, or 4, you’ll be able to take a screenshot of a boarding pass for a flight, and then Android will automatically create a smart chip that can be saved to Google Pay. It’ll mean you can access it via the new press-and-hold power button quick action, and Android will pop up a notification before the flight too.
Google is pushing out its big March feature drop to Pixel owners, adding new features to Motion Sense, Duo video calls, payments, and more.

Easy Star Alliance Gold with TAP Portugal’s new status match

The Points Guy / 12h
For the month of March, TAP is offering new members 1,000 bonus miles when enrolling using promo code BIRTHDAY01, plus the ability to qualify for a Silver or Gold status match.
Within the U.S., Oneworld Sapphire members ( American AAdvantage Platinum and above ) and SkyTeam Elite Plus ( Delta Gold and above ) will qualify for TAP Gold status, as will JetBlue Mosaic and mid-tier levels from programs around the world.

It’s make or break for Astra today in the government’s launch challenge

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Time is running out for rocket company Astra to successfully launch its first orbital rocket and claim the first part of a prize offered by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.
To try to set expectations for the launch attempt, the company says it has a "reasonable" chance to launch Monday, but with a new rocket, with a new launch system, and a new spaceport, there remains "some probability" of an issue that prevents launch today.

Silicon Valley could be Biden’s funding lifeline post South Carolina

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For Democrats, fundraising is a big focus of campaign efforts in uncontested states (like New York and California), where they are nearly certain to win in the general election.
But a fundraising push by Biden and surrogates in Silicon Valley could further expose a political rift within big tech: that of founders and senior executives favoring a moderate candidate, while rank-and-file workers “feel the Bern” on campaign donations.

The 2020 Chevy Corvette is good and will only getter better

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Let’s get this out of the way: The 2020 Corvette is good, and it’s only going to get better.
But some will probably want more power, better brakes and a bit more excitement, and those will come with time.

American Airlines to end New York-Savannah flights

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American Airlines is ending weekend-only service between New York LaGuardia and Savannah, citing losses on the route to the coastal city in Georgia.
The Oneworld alliance carrier will end its Saturday and Sunday flights between LaGuardia (LGA) and Savannah (SAV) on May 3, according to Cirium schedules and confirmed by American.

Daily Crunch: Nokia’s CEO is stepping down

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The latest full-length episode of Equity looks at the stock market’s tumble due the coronavirus pandemic, while the Monday news roundup discusses the continuing trickle of tech IPOs.
Devin Coldewey offers some guidelines for CEOs, aspiring founders and tech industry employees on how they can continue working in this environment.

‘The Extinction Show: Live\! One Night Only\!’ by Manuel Gonzales

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It’s not that they expected there to be a huge crowd, certainly not African Grey Parrot-sized (which had been 30,000 people, easily; they’d had to rent out Fenway Park for that one), or Mary River Turtle crowds (nearly 19,000 people, but that wasn’t too surprising; any turtle, no matter what kind of turtle, put butts in seats), or even Broad-Billed Hummingbird big—well, and, let’s be honest, no one expected the Broad-Billed Hummingbird crowd to be as big as it was.
But still, here they were, in a black-box theater in Queens (“Fucking Queens for Christ’s sake,” Geri said, practically spitting) with a capacity hovering at right around 100 bodies, the four of them watching the very last American Burying Beetle on this, the planet earth, breathe its very last breath (“Do fucking beetles even breath?”

Shincheonji Church Leader Faces Possible Murder Probe Over Coronavirus Deaths in South Korea

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Following more than two dozen deaths related to the coronavirus strain in South Korea and a rapid spread that’s seen thousands of confirmed cases, Reuters reported that Seoul officials are seeking a probe of Lee and 12 other individuals on criminal charges of murder as well as disease control act violations.
The controversial leader of the Shincheonji church in South Korea is reportedly facing possible murder charges for the sect’s role in the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus in South Korea, where more than 4,000 confirmed cases have been reported.

Google and Facebook ad revenue to top TV spend for first time

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Brands are set to spend more money advertising with Facebook and Google than they are across the entire global TV sector this year according to new figures from the industry body Warc.
In 2020, overall global advertising spend is set to rise by 7.1 percent to reach $600bn, thanks in part to 13.2 percent growth in online campaigns.

Another key Google Pixel 4 feature is coming to the Google Pixel 2

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Crash detection was one of the more exciting features to launch with the Google Pixel 4: through the Personal Safety app, the phone would use its accelerometer and other sensors to detect whether a collision had occurred and ask the owner whether emergency services needed to be called - and if it gets no response, the phone will share location and other info with emergency responders.
Plus, more of its extras are filtering down to older Pixel phones - like Live Captioning coming to the Google Pixel 2 .