Friday, March 20, 2020

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Delta to emerge a much ‘smaller’ airline from coronavirus crisis

2KThe Points Guy / 9h
Delta Air Lines will emerge as a “smaller” carrier from the coronavirus crisis warns chief financial officer Paul Jacobson as the airline prepares to wind down the majority of its schedule by April.
Delta’s reductions are the steepest of U.S. carriers to date, though nearly every other airline has moved to pare schedules and many in the industry expect even more cuts.

Pixar's 'Onward' hits Disney+ on April 3rd amid theater closures

4KEngadget / 13h
Disney says it will be available to download today, but, in our current reality, it's also one of the first tentpole movies to get a streaming release a month or so after arriving in theaters.
Some studios have decided to make recent movies available as digital rentals only a few weeks after hitting theaters or even on the same day they arrive in cinemas.

World’s Fastest Supercomputer Finds 77 Potential COVID-19 Treatments

50KFuturism / 12h
Scientists recently tasked the world’s fastest supercomputer with running thousands of simulations to find drug compounds that could fight the coronavirus.
Using previously-created models of the coronavirus spike, the researchers simulated how particles in the viral protein would react to different drug compounds.

Twitter will verify more health experts to fight coronavirus misinformation

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In a series of tweets, the company said it's verified "hundreds" of accounts, and explained steps academics and others who work for public health organizations or academic institutions can take in order to ensure their accounts can be verified.
"We are working with global public health authorities to identify experts and have already Verified hundreds of accounts," the company tweeted.

Native Instruments' $50 retro synth plug-in is currently free

81Engadget / 1h
Software companies often try to digitally recreate those synths as affordable plug-ins, though, and to keep musicians busy while they're locked inside, Native Instruments has made its Analog Dreams software -- which usually costs $50 -- free to download.
First, they need to download and install the company's Native Access management tool, followed by its free Kontakt Player plug-in.

Coronavirus: The school of Mum and Dad

100+BBC News - Technology / 1h
If your school already puts work online, using Google Classroom or similar software, it is likely that this will continue.
Mr Smith, a maths teacher for 34 years, has some simple advice for parents who may not have access to online resources or even laptops or tables.

GM and Ventec Life Systems partner to ramp up production of ventilators

100+TechCrunch / 1h
GM said Friday that it is working with Ventec Life Systems to help increase production of respiratory care products such as ventilators that are needed by a growing number of hospitals as the COVID-19 pandemics spreads throughout the U.S.
GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a statement that GM is working closely with Ventec to rapidly scale up production.

Google Assistant Now Sings You Through the Proper Way to Wash Your Hands

100+Gizmodo / 2h
Saying “Hey Google, help me wash my hands” now triggers Google Assistant to play an instructional song to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” for 40 seconds, which is the minimum duration recommended by WHO to truly get all that microscopic crud off your hands.
As part of a collab with the World Health Organization, Google announced a new Assistant command Friday to walk (or, rather, sing) users through one of the most basic yet crucial defenses against spreading potentially fatal contagions: washing your hands.

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'Sonic the Hedgehog' movie gets an early digital release on March 31st

500+Engadget / 2h
You'll be able to watch Sonic the Hedgehog at home a lot earlier than you'd expect. The video game movie is getting a digital release on March 31st, just a bit over a month after it hit theaters and a month-and-a-half before it's available in physical format. Paramount didn't explain the reason behind its early release, but movie studios have been making their films available earlier than usual i
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Apple TV+ joins Netflix in reducing European streaming quality

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9to5Mac reported that European customers are seeing resolutions "as low as 670 pixels tall" — a far cry from the service's oft-touted 4K .
"I'm Italian and I was watching 'Truth' on the Apple TV 4K and it seemed to me in SD but I didn't want to believe it," reads one such tweet .

WHO taps WhatsApp to share accurate COVID-19 info via new chatbot

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To receive updates on #COVID19 from WHO add this number— +41 79 893 18 92 to your contacts and send a @WhatsApp message.
The World Health Organization is combating this fake news by launching its own chatbot called WHO Health Alert to spread accurate, timely information.

‘Zoombombing’: When Video Conferences Go Wrong

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They are jumping into public Zoom calls and using the platform’s screen-sharing feature to project graphic content to unwitting conference participants, forcing hosts to shut down their events.
On Zoom, there is a default setting that allows any meeting participant to share their screen without permission from an event’s host.

The Week the Dream Sank

200+Lifehacker / 3h
Like my husband, service workers across the Bay Area are experiencing mass layoffs, as restaurants frequented by affluent tech workers shutter their doors per county-wide lockdown edicts.
Many of his friends who work around San Francisco as chefs have been told by management that the layoffs are “indefinite.”

Six Ways to Organize Your At-Home Work Space

Gizmodo / 3h
Ok look, if you’re used to working from home, you probably have a desk or a designated space to get shit done.
With everything going on right now, it’s hard to achieve a semi-sense of normalcy, especially if you’re used to working in an office.

Tesla partner Panasonic is shutting down its operations at Nevada gigafactory

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The Panasonic factory in Sparks, Nevada will begin ramping down operations early next week and will then close for 14 days.
Panasonic is pulling its 3,500 employees from the massive Nevada factory it operates with partner Tesla over concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Netflix $100m relief fund will help cast and crew hit by coronavirus

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Netflix has announced a new $100 million relief fund that is intended to help the cast and crew of movie and TV show productions that have been grounded as a result of the coronavirus outbreaks. According to Netflix, most of the funds will go toward those who were working on its own originals, particularly the workers who have been most severely impacted by the loss of work. Nearly every movie an

The Game Developers Conference Is Now Scheduled for Summer

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GameStop, the country's most prominent videogame retailer, is working hard to remain open during Covid-19, apparently regardless of the toll that could have on their employees or overall public health.
As reported by Polygon , Informa PLC, the company behind the conference, just announced GDC Summer, running August 4 to 6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Bandsintown will help artists promote livestreams

200+Engadget / 3h
Today, the concert-discovery app Bandsintown announced a new Watch Live feature that will let artists send push notifications when they livestream shows.
The new Bandsintown Live Twitch channel will raise money for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund , which will provide financial relief to artists and music industry professionals impacted by the pandemic.

Californians can now order alcoholic beverages to go

100+TechCrunch / 3h
While the notice temporarily lifted a ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages, it did not impact the open-carry laws imposed by the state.
In a memo yesterday detailing relief efforts for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has temporarily allowed retailers to sell alcoholic beverages for takeout.

Up Your Netflix Game With These Tools and Chrome Extensions

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Once you get results, you can filter them even further by sorting them by release year, rating, title, or when they were added to Netflix (useful if you’re looking for something “new” to you on the platform.
The site allows you to search through movies and TV shows on the streaming service by genre, IMDB rating, and release year.

Healthcare startups Nurx and Carbon Health ship at-home COVID-19 test sample kits

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At-home use is relatively new to market, and could introduce some potential for error in the collection part of the process, but both Carbon Health and Nurx are offering consultation with medical professionals to help ensure that samples are collected properly, and that results, when available, are correctly interpreted and provided with guidance on next steps for those taking the tests.
Both of these new offerings are the same in terms of approach to testing: They deliver swab-based sample collection hardware that people can use at home to collect a mucus sample, which they then ship back using included, safety approved, projective packaging to be tested by one of the existing FDA-approved commercial labs across the country.

Doom Eternal PC performance: 4K60 with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super

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And, if you want to go up to 4K, you'll be happy to know that many graphics cards are also capable of this, with everything above and including an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super or an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT able to stay above 60 fps at 4K High settings.
The game is so choppy on the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT and the Nvidia GeForce 1060 that we simply cannot recommend that you play in 4K with any of these cards - or anything with a lower spec.

The optimal way to remotely watch Netflix with friends

200+Mashable / 4h
In lieu of the ability to spend time together physically, people are finding creative ways to watch shows and movies with their friends by streaming the same thing at the same time and chatting about it through text or video chats.
The extension enables everyone in a group to watch a show or movie on Netflix in sync.

Epic is finally dealing with some major Fortnite Team Rumble bugs

SlashGear / 4h
Team Rumble, the team deathmatch mode in Fortnite that includes respawning, has been plagued by some pretty major bugs lately, including missing teammate arrows, failure to load into the Battle Bus, and dropping into the middle of a nearly-over match.
That problem has since been fixed, but a few others have remained, including issues with loading into a match when it is nearly complete, as well as the Battle Bus randomly abandoning some players on spawn island.

How Marriott plans to manage a 45% drop in hotel occupancy rates

The Points Guy / 4h
From its latest update, it seems the world’s largest hotel chain is using learnings it has acquired from past economic downturns and hopes to emerge from this current crisis stronger than before, but it will not be easy.
Predictably, as a result of the collapse in travel worldwide, hotels are seeing dramatic decreases in occupancy rates, average daily rates and revenue per available room (RevPAR) .

Microsoft Teams passes new milestone, unveils raft of new features

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The new features recently announced by Microsoft will make it easier for organizations to conduct remote meetings and in a blog post , corporate vice president of Microsoft 365, Jared Spataro explained that the company is committed to facilitating remote work, saying:
To help users avoid distractions during meetings, Microsoft is planning to introduce a new real-time noise suppression feature to Teams later this year.

What's a ‘Shelter in Place’ Order, and Who’s Affected?

400+Wired / 4h
Healthy people under 70 should only leave their homes to get groceries and medicine, but are permitted to exercise and walk outside so long as they remain 6 or more feet away from others at all times.
On March 20, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a shelter in place order, though he said at a press conference he would prefer not to call it that.

NASA confirms Commercial Crew still a priority, but James Webb Telescope testing and other activities paused

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For the purpose of keeping ISS crew “fully supplied and safe,” NASA says that it will continue to operate its commercial resupply missions, too, which ferry experiments, food, water and more to the space station using vehicles including SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule.
Boeing and SpaceX are NASA’s partners for this program, and NASA says that this is going ahead despite the requirement of in-person operations because it represents “a critical element to maintaining safe operations on the International Space Station and a sustained U.S. presence on the orbiting laboratory.”

iPad price cut: deals on the latest model Apple iPad at Amazon

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If you're searching for at-home entertainment, a tablet can be a fantastic option, and luckily for you, Amazon has slashed the price on Apple's latest iPads.
The 2019 iPad includes Apple's powerful A10 Fusion chip and is available in a 32GB or 128GB storage option.

Here’s how to help restaurants while socially distancing yourself

100+TechCrunch / 4h
Boston-based unicorn Toast created Rally for Restaurants to help people buy gift cards for businesses and challenge their friends to do the same.
Started by Kaitlyn Krieger and her husband, Mike Krieger, the co-founder of Instagram, SaveOurFaves wants to help Bay Area residents buy gift cards for nearby restaurants.

Educators can temporarily give Creative Cloud access to distance learners

100+Engadget / 4h
To help educators and learners during school closures, Adobe is allowing IT admins to grant temporary at-home access to its suite of Creative Cloud apps, from now until May 31st.
For example, schools that teach graphics and video skills often have educational licenses for Adobe's Creative Cloud , which are assigned to individual computers, rather than students.

A 25 Year-Old Spring Breaker Caught Coronavirus and We’ve Got Feelings

500+Futurism / 4h
At the end of the CBC filing, he sends the Canadian national broadcaster’s readers and viewers a final message:
Schadenfreude, anger, and a sense of karmic justice might feel good in the heat of the moment, but that’s the thing: this moment?

In response to COVID-19, Hulu adds a free live news stream to its on-demand app

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In response to the COVID-10 outbreak, Hulu is adding a free, live news stream to its app for customers who only subscribe to its on-demand service, not its live TV add-on.
Hulu isn’t the first streaming provider to add free live news to its service as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The top 10 best pandemic movies you can stream right now

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So, whether stuck indoors or just trying to find some relevant escapism, we’ve compiled a list of the best films about pandemics available to stream right now.
Available to stream in the US: Amazon Prime Video and Hoopla

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PS5 will eventually play ‘majority of the 4,000-plus PS4 titles’

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What we do know is those backward compatible titles will get touched up on the new console, running at a boosted frequency on the PS5 to “benefit from higher and more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions,” per the blog post, echoing what Cerny said during the presentation.
In a blog post update , Sony asserted that most of the older system’s games would be coming to the new machine, though they didn’t reveal any details on how long it would take for that catalogue to fill out - only noting that more info would be shared in the coming months.

Stuart Russell on how to make AI ‘human-compatible’

52TechCrunch / 5h
In a career spanning several decades, artificial intelligence researcher and professor Stuart Russell has contributed extensive knowledge on the subject, including foundational textbooks.
Russell’s thesis, which he develops in “ Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control,” is that the field of AI has been developed on the false premise that we can successfully define the goals toward which these systems work, and the result is that the more powerful they are, the worse they are capable of.

Netflix Pledges $100 Million to Help Entertainment Workers Impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Netflix announced Friday that $15 million of the fund will go to organizations providing help to cast and crew who are no longer working as a result of the covid-19 outbreak, noting that this money would specifically be allocated to countries where it maintains a large production presence.
As social distance and shelter-at-home orders continue to force the entertainment industry to suspend production and cancel or shift scheduled premieres , workers from all corners of the film and television worlds are being impacted as their work grinds to a halt.

'World of Warcraft' keeps players indoors with a 100 percent XP bonus

2KEngadget / 5h
If the world of Azeroth has been the place you've turned to find some time away from all the news about the coronavirus pandemic, Blizzard has something that should make your stay more productive. From now until April 20th , your World of Warcraft character will receive a bonus called " Winds of Wisdom ," which will increase the amount of experience they gain by 100 percent. The buff is available

Two Products to Help You Pound One out Like a Champ While You're Stuck Working From Home

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It’s hard to describe how big a difference these little eggs make without being called into HR.
I imagine it’s like the difference between a hot dog on a piece of stale white bread and a dog served with a fresh pretzel bun.

Curiosity rover’s incredible March selfie marks new record trip on Mars

SlashGear / 5h
According to the space agency, Curiosity recently — and quite successfully — trekked up an incredibly steep part of the Martian landscape called the Greenheugh Pediment.
NASA has shared an incredible new Curiosity rover selfie that marks its latest record-breaking activity on Mars.

Reddit’s Imaginary Maps Show Us It Could Always Be Worse

100+Gizmodo / 5h
My personal favorites are the alternate history timelines whose lore, detailed at length in the comments, dream up vivid personas for historical rulers, like a stack of cartoony character cards in a fabulist strategy game.
xpNc: It’s kind of a cliché, but it was definitely alternate World War II scenarios.

Be on guard for coronavirus robocalls, warns FCC

85TechCrunch / 5h
While previous robocall scams threatened IRS penalties or promised free vacations, the new ones are using both pandemic-related and personal information to make what could for some be a pretty convincing pitch.
Asking for information to confirm a check from the government — the process for this if it happens will not be a random text message

Learn to make data-driven business decisions with this $40 virtual course

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This four-course training bundle features over 40 hours of lessons, primarily focused on Microsoft Power Business Intelligence (Power BI) – the powerful software that helps you visualize and analyze your business data.
Learn to make data-driven business decisions with this $40 virtual course

How to Connect With Friends in “Animal Crossing: New Horizons”

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You’ve settled into your new island in Animal Crossing on the Nintendo Switch and now you’re ready to show it off to the world. Here’s how to unlock the different multiplayer features in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Google Assistant Will Help You Wash Your Hands Thoroughly

26How-To Geek / 5h
Right now, washing your hands is more important than ever, thanks to the spread of COVID-19. But do you know how to wash your hands? You may have heard 20 seconds, but the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a more thorough procedure that takes roughly 40 seconds. Now Google Assistant is here to help you with a song that takes you through the steps. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

AWS, IBM launch programs to encourage developers solving COVID-19 problems

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Today, two major tech companies — Amazon and IBM — each announced programs to encourage developers to find solutions to a variety of problems related to the pandemic.
Meanwhile, IBM is refocusing its 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge developer contest on not only solving problems related to global climate change, which was this year’s original charter, but also solving issues around the growing virus crisis by building open-source tooling.

Spotify opens its podcast catalog to third-party apps, but not for streaming

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The company this week launched a new version of its Podcast APIs that makes it possible for third-party apps to connect to Spotify in order to manage a user’s podcast library, search its podcast catalog and fetch detailed information and podcast shows and episodes, the company says.
Instead, the new API is focused on podcast discovery, search and managing shows — not on streaming Spotify’s podcasts, exclusives or originals through a third-party app experience.

What We Think We Know About the Coronavirus Is Going to Keep Changing

100+Gizmodo / 5h
Several studies have now made it clear that people who don’t feel sick or aren’t sick yet can spread the virus and may even be the major driver of outbreaks.
Given that reality, it’s certainly possible that the widespread wearing face masks by people in places like Hong Kong may have helped prevent outbreaks there from spiraling out of control.

My gym closed, so I let this smart kettlebell kick my ass

200+Mashable / 5h
The first device I tried during my quarantine: the JaxJox KettlebellConnect , an adjustable kettlebell with rotating weights that connects to your phone with an app.
App is a bit unintuitive • There aren't many classes on the app • especially for beginners • The kettlebell takes a while to sync • Expensive

SMB loans app breached 500,000 business passwords

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Security researchers at vpnMentor were able to trace the exposed database back to a former Android and iOS app called MCA Wizard which was jointly developed by Advantage Capital Funding and Argus Capital Funding back in 2018.
In its report on the exposed database, vpnMentor explained that not only users of MCA Wizard could be affected but also their customers, employees and partners, saying:

OneWeb confirms layoffs and potential launch schedule delays amid reported bankruptcy considerations

100+TechCrunch / 5h
The company did not confirm the total size of the layoff, but provided a statement to TechCrunch regarding the current state of its operations, and citing cost that it deemed necessary in light of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic turmoil.
Bloomberg’s report says that it is looking at other options beyond a formal bankruptcy filing to stay afloat, but the company faces big challenges in terms of operating costs.

The WHO Wants You to Ditch the Phrase “Social Distancing”

500+Futurism / 5h
The idea is to clarify that an order to stay at home during the current coronavirus outbreak isn’t about breaking contact with your friends and family — but rather keeping a physical distance to make sure the disease doesn’t spread.
“Social distancing is vital to slowing the spread of COVID-19, but it also pushes against human beings’ fundamental need for connection with one another,” Zaki added.

Amazon, YouTube join Netflix in reducing stream quality in EU during coronavirus pandemic

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As a giant in the streaming video industry and a major source of internet traffic around the globe, Netflix committed to cutting its bandwidth by 25 percent.
“We support the need for careful management of telecom services to ensure they can handle the increased internet demand, with so many people now at home full-time due to Covid-19,” said an Amazon spokesperson in a statement .

Google, ALA, Kahn Academy push for home education during quarantine

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This Distance Learning Fund’s first $1 million will be granted to help Khan Academy to provide learning opportunities to students around the world that are currently sitting at home watching television instead of learning how to write cursive lettering at school.
They’ve also announced a $10 million USD Distance Learning Fund “to support organizations around the globe that help educators access the resources they need to provide high quality learning opportunities to children, particularly those from underserved communities.”

South African Airways Suspends International Flights

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Specifically, South Africa has banned the entry of foreigners from high-risk countries, meaning lots of tourists would be prohibited from entering the country.
SAA’s other intercontinental destinations include Perth and Sao Paulo, and those flights are canceled as well, even though the countries aren’t considered high-risk by South Africa.

Pour Yourself a Glass of Something Strong for These Can't-Miss Huckberry Deals

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Now that you’re living at home a lot more, it’s probably time to upgrade your towel selection.
As a usual work-from-home writer with a mop of messy curls, beanies are my go-to on early morning walks with my dog or sporadic tinkle times for him.

The Best Alternatives to Zoom for Remote Meetings

100+Lifehacker / 6h
If you don’t want to go with Google’s G-Suite service, the open-source alternative Zoho One includes online conferencing software that should appeal to anyone familiar with Zoom or Hangouts.
However, Google’s enterprise-level G-Suite service includes a version of Hangouts that is perfect for companies that need to find a new video conferencing app.

TSA Screeners Can Go Home, Get Paid For 14 Days At A Time “No Questions Asked”

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TSA screeners are calling out from work by the hundreds, in a challenge that’s expected to get significantly worse, after the agency announced that screeners are now allowed to take paid time off, no questions asked under “weather and safety leave” if they feel at all uncomfortable reporting to work.
Top regional officials are now sounding the alarm that hundreds of employees are staying home, and with little incentive for screeners to continue working when they can simply request leave with no questions asked, the officials expect the problem to only get worse.

Southwest Airlines suspends international flying Sunday, cuts 1,000 flights from schedule

100+The Points Guy / 6h
Southwest Airlines will end all international flying on Sunday as the carrier slashes a quarter of its schedule, its latest reduction in light of the widening coronavirus crisis.
Southwest’s decision to end international flying follows the announcement that the U.S. will close its border with Mexico to all but cargo and essential travel.

MovieFone Sells for Just $1 Million as MoviePass Owner Liquidates Remaining Failures

100+Gizmodo / 6h
Film listing service MovieFone just sold for a paltry $1 million in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings for owner Helios & Matheson, the company behind the MoviePass clusterfuck, Deadline reported on Friday.
AOL shelled out $388 million for MovieFone in 1999 before bought its online service division in 2004.

This Company Makes On-Demand Home Weed Delivery Safe and Easy

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Eaze offers a full range of cannabis products , including vapes, edibles, flowers, pre-rolls, drinks, tinctures, concentrates, and more.
Are you looking for a trustworthy weed delivery service that sells high-end cannabis products online?

Get a Refurbished Samsung Galaxy S10+ for $450, Galaxy S9 and Pixel 3 for $240 at Woot

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Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. Refurbished Android Phones Starting at $60 | Woot Looking for a new phone? Woot’s Android blowout featuring refurbished flagships is still on. You’ll find the cheapest prices for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Pixel 2 , which go for $60 and $90, respectively. But we’d suggest expanding your budget if you can to go

New York orders Craigslist to remove ads for fake COVID-19 treatments

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It's no secret that coronavirus-related scams are flourishing (the FCC put out a guide to avoiding them), and New York is now applying legal pressure to stop them. State Attorney General Letitia James has ordered Craigslist to "immediately remove" ads that either sell fake COVID-19 treatments or engage in price gouging on items like hand sanitizer. James also asked Craigslist to outline all its "

Looking to Diversify? This Fintech Platform Lets Anyone Invest in Real Estate.

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DiversyFund is a simple online platform that makes it exponentially easier for regular people to invest in portfolios of diversified real estate assets.
For decades, large financial institutions and high-net worth individuals have had access to a class of highly lucrative real estate investments that regular everyday people did not.

NTSB criticizes Tesla Autopilot design in Model 3 crash report

100+Engadget / 6h
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has published its final report on the fatal 2019 crash that involved a collision between a Tesla Model 3 and a semi-truck in Delray Beach, Florida.
The agency says Tesla's analysis found Autopilot didn't treat the truck as a "threat" as it moved into the path of the Model 3 because it was designed to navigate highways with limited access where crossing traffic isn't an issue.

Tips For Playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons isn’t a massive open-world adventure or a survival game, but it’s good to plan ahead before your outings on the island.
Just like with the pocket organization guides, you’re going to want to check in on the Nook Terminal often for upgraded tool recipes.

Google cancels I/O developer conference in light of COVID-19 crisis

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Google announced on Twitter today that it was cancelling its annual I/O developer conference out of concern for the health and safety of all involved. It will not be holding any online conference in its place either. “Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and local communities — and in line with recent ‘shelter in place’ orders by the local Bay Area counties — we

At Least One Computer Chip Can Now Smell

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Loihi, a neuromorphic research chip developed by Intel, has learned to smell, according to a recent report from PCWorld .
So let’s say Loihi is trying to sniff out a specific chemical in a large space, like an airport filled with smells of perfume, coffee, food, and dirty luggage.

Ventilator manufacturers aren't impressed by Elon Musk's offer

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In the face of a projected national shortage, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has offered to manufacture life-saving ventilators.
"The core technology of today's ventilators (electronics and software that control the pneumatics) is fundamentally different from the manufacturing operations of car manufacturers," explained company spokesperson Melanie Kamann over email.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo release date detailed as EV range grows

SlashGear / 6h
Porsche has dated its second all-electric car, the Taycan Cross Turismo, giving the Taycan EV its first derivative in the shape of a crossover.
“The first derivative to be added will be the Taycan Cross Turismo, pegged for late 2020,” Porsche confirmed today.

America is finally testing for coronavirus in significant volumes

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A series of early missteps at the federal level hampered America's testing efforts in the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis.
On Thursday, the total number of coronavirus tests conducted in America topped 100,000, according to the COVID tracking project .

Can I claim EU261 compensation if my flight was delayed or canceled because of coronavirus?

The Points Guy / 6h
Already in place is regulation EC No 261/2004, commonly known as “EU261”, which establishes rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of denied boarding, cancellation or long flight delays.
If your flight is canceled you have the right to reimbursement, re-routing or return, as well as the right to assistance and a right to compensation.

Sony clarifies PS5 backward compatibility

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When discussing backward compatibility, Cerny said that nearly all of the top 100 PlayStation 4 games (determined by looking at total playtime across the PS4 user base) would be playable on PlayStation 5 at launch.
Today, Sony clarified things, delivering some good news for those who want to bring their PS4 game libraries forward as they move to the PlayStation 5.

If You Need Coronavirus Supplies, Try Using NowInStock

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While I’ve typically used the site to help me find to-be-sold-out video games , its expanded household goods section is useful for those who need to know exactly when retailers like Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Home Depot have more items in stock.
If you find yourself running low on supplies and you need a little extra help sourcing household goods, including TP, cleaners, paper towels, hand soaps, and laundry detergent (to name a few items), check out .

Google I/O 2020 Just Went From Being Online-Only to Totally Canceled

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In a recent tweet , Google said that “Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and local communities — and in line with ‘shelter in place’ requirements by the local Bay Area government — we sadly will not be holding an I/O event in any capacity this year.”
And unlike other recent events that have been canceled due to covid-19 like Coachcella and GDC, it doesn’t appear Google will attempt to reschedule Google I/O for sometime later this year.

Google cancels I/O developer conference due to coronavirus

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Google officially canceled its annual Google I/O developer conference. Originally, the company canceled its "physical" event due to the growing outbreak of the coronavirus. Instead, Google planned to livestream the event . But that's not happening anymore, either. First spotted by 9to5Google , the tech giant took to Twitter to announce the news, explaining the decision was "out of concern for the

Corporate venture business strategies that work

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Given Merck Global Health Innovation Fund’s ( Merck GHIF) track record, I’m often asked as a long-time successful CVC investor to describe the business strategies used to ensure our scale and staying power.
GHI Fund President Bill Taranto has spent more than two decades in the healthcare industry and has 15 years of experience in healthcare investing.

Rivian shuts down all facilities over COVID-19 pandemic concerns

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Rivian, the buzzy electric vehicle startup that is backed by Amazon and Ford, is shutting down all of its facilities due to the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.
Rivian employs more than 2,000 workers across several locations, including its headquarters in Plymouth, Mich., a factory in Normal, Ill. as well as operations in San Jose and Irvine, Calif., where engineers are working on autonomous vehicle technology.

Get Up-to-Date Information on COVID-19 From the WHO Using WhatsApp

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With information changing quickly, it’s hard to find the latest and most up-to-date COVID-19 information. Today, the World Health Organization announced a new Health Alert system through WhatsApp. The free service is designed to help answer some of the questions the public might have about coronavirus. It’s available 24 hours a day. To access it you’ll need a WhatsApp account, which is also free.

Rosario Dawson cast as Ahsoka Tano for Mandalorian S2 live action Star Wars

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She’s been confirmed to appear in Season 2 of the live action Disney+ streaming series The Mandalorian.
Asoka Tano appeared first in Clone Wars, which meant she wasn’t exactly a totally flat animation character as we’ve seen in past Disney transformations.

GameStop closes California stores despite earlier defiance

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It's not certain just why GameStop would insist on remaining open when companies selling more vital products have remained open.
Kotaku understands that GameStop is closing its stores in California "until further notice" while it waits for more information from California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Netflix creates $100 million relief fund for workers impacted by coronavirus

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On Friday, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos announced the streaming company would establish a $100 million relief fund to ease "hardship in the creative community." The initiative aims to assist not only laid-off Netflix employees, but crew and cast members across the industry — including those who are paid hourly wages and hired on a project-to-project basis.
"Most of the fund will go towards support for the hardest hit workers on our own productions around the world," Sarandos said in a company blog post .

Sennheiser Momentum true wireless earbuds price slashed in the UK and US

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Sennheiser Momentum deals are coming thick and fast today - just in time for the weekend. Hot on the heels of the launch of their successor model - we're seeing some fantastic prices on the original true wireless earbuds right now as retailers look to clear out their remaining stock before the new ones are released in April. You can find the Sennheiser Momentum true wireless earbuds on sale for j

12 Board Games and RPGs 2 People Can Play While Keeping Their Distance...Together

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I’m also highlighting game developers’ websites for purchasing over big box stores and Amazon, unless that option isn’t available, but make sure to communicate with potential sellers about their delivery situations.
I’m including a mix of physical games and digital versions—Steam versions of existing games, or PDFs of various RPGs—for folks wanting options that don’t involve home delivery.

What is a ventilator: The in-demand coronavirus tech

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A potential shortage of this vital medical equipment has spurred plans to increase the production of new ventilators in order to mitigate potential and current shortages.
Of the critical COVID-19 cases, some patients will require ventilators for a chance at surviving, which is why this medical technology is so important during this pandemic.

Even uncontacted tribes in Brazil may face coronavirus risk

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This region of western Brazil is home to the highest number of uncontacted tribes in the world, according to nonprofit Survival International , which campaigns for the land rights of indigenous people as well as the right for uncontacted groups to remain so.
Ethnos360, an “aviation missionary” organization based in Arizona, has recently announced the use of a new helicopter to provide supplies and transport to its operations in remote western Brazil.

Is now a good time to plan a trip to the beach?

The Points Guy / 7h
While some of those more crowded beaches are now closing, just say no to the spring-break-2020-party found on any beaches that may be left open.
Given all that, it’s reasonable to wonder if perhaps now is a good time to plan an old-fashioned trip to the beach.

The Mandalorian season 2 reportedly casts Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano

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The Mandalorian season 2 has cast Rosario Dawson as the character of Ahsoka Tano, according to reports by two different outlets.
Ahsoka Tano was introduced in The Clone Wars CG series as Anakin Skywalker's apprentice when it began in 2008, and quickly became a fan-favorite.

Employment challenges and remaining compliant amid the coronavirus outbreak

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With the coronavirus impact being felt by businesses more every day , and the number of cases continuing to climb, employers need to be aware of their legal obligations and how they can prepare.
If an employee does become unwell at work with coronavirus symptoms, they must inform you straight away and go home.

The News Is Exhausting, And We All Need A Drink – Join Us (Again) For A Virtual Happy Hour!

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Tiffany and I are going to kick that off by hosting a virtual happy hour via Facebook live tonight at 6PM Eastern !
Same time (6PM Eastern), same channel (Facebook Live), same pajamas (for me — Japan Airlines first class) — bring your own drinks and dogs!

Young People Can Get Serious Complications From COVID-19

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The worst case scenario, you’ll need to go to the hospital.
So far, within the U.S., one out of every eight confirmed cases has required hospitalization.

Add a Super Versatile USB-C Hub to Your Desk for a Low $27

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Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. AUKEY 5-in-1 USB-C Hub with 10W Wireless Charging & 100W PD | $27 | Amazon | Use code the promo code 5J7MS25J and clip the coupon Work from home like an absolute pro with this incredibly affordable Aukey USB-C hub . For $27, you can connect your laptop to a screen with an HDMI port, wirelessly charge your phon

Care facility gets through isolation with a game of life-sized Hungry Hungry Hippos

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Seniors in an assisted living facility are cheering themselves up during social distancing with a game of human-sized Hungry Hungry Hippos. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, a majority of society has been forced indoors to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. Social distancing can be incredibly isolating, especially for those who are already vulnerable. One nursing home is combating the

What is black and gray and far away?

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Scientists took all of these photos because they were looking for a safe location to send OSIRIS-REx down to grab some loose material on the surface.
Scientists produced the mosaic by stitching together 2,155 images taken by the primary camera on board NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft about one year ago.

Doctors Might Have to Hook Four Patients to the Same Ventilator

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But she told Motherboard that the technique, which she developed in 2006 along with a colleague named Greg Neyman, hasn’t been properly tested and there’s no guarantee that it will work on coronavirus patients.
One doctor, Charlene Irvin Babcock, who works as an emergency medicine doctor in a Detroit hospital, recently posted a YouTube video showing how one ventilator’s tubes could — theoretically — be split to treat four patients at once.

NASA: Bad News, Something Came Up, Gotta Rain-Check That Moon Trip :(

100+Futurism / 7h
According to a Friday report in the New York Times , NASA has officially put the kibosh on plans to get Orion and the Space Launch System — both of which would be used to get us to the Moon sometime before the end of 2024 — on hold.
READ MORE: Coronavirus Delays Work on NASA’s Moon Rocket and Capsule [The New York Times ]

Use Microfiber Towels To Clean Your Home

64Lifehacker / 7h
Microfiber towels are exactly what they sound like: towels that are comprised of many more and much smaller fibers than typical cleaning cloths.
Microfiber towels are reusable and they do a superb job of picking up dust.

Google won't hold a virtual I/O this year

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A #GoogleIO update: Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and local communities — and in line with "shelter in place" requirements by the local Bay Area government — we sadly will not be holding an I/O event in any capacity this year.
When Google announced its first change of plans earlier this month , the company said it would "explore other ways to evolve Google I/O to best connect with our developer community." At the time, it seemed like the company would host online presentations and workshops, much like Apple announced it would do at WWDC later this year .

WhatsApp and WHO create a chatbot to share reliable coronavirus info

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In an attempt to help users find accurate coronavirus information, WhatsApp and the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched a chatbot that will answer questions about the pandemic.
According to The Guardian , the UK's NHS may also be developing a WhatsApp chatbot to share reliable coronavirus information.

Start the Weekend With the Rye-napple

Lifehacker / 7h
All good, but none are as quietly deadly as the this super boozy, fairly sweet concoction of pineapple rum and Old Overholt rye, and honestly, it’s the kind of potent potable we all need right now.
The pineapple rum and simple make it sweet and sippable, and the rye gives it a touch of spice.

Hubble Telescope Detects Unthinkable Quasar Tsunamis

100+Gizmodo / 7h
These outflows not only present a puzzle to astronomers trying to understand how they form and accelerate, but they also provide important data to theorists trying to figure out what forces are driving galaxy formation.
Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have detected quasars sending outbursts of energy roaring through their galaxies, according to new research.

REI Co-Op Members Can Save 20% Off With An Exclusive Code

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Right now, members can save 20% on one full-priced item and an extra 20% on one REI Outlet item with the promo code MEMPERKS2020.
Extra 20% on One REI Outlet Item | REI | Use the promo code MEMPERKS2020

An Expert Answers the 50 Most Googled Coronavirus Questions

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to whip around the world, killing thousands of people and overloading hospitals, you’ve probably turned to Google to answer your questions.
“Compare that to somebody who has measles and sneezes, the virus then clings to particles that hang in the air,” says Yasmin.

Create music anywhere on this palm-sized digital instrument — Future Blink

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offGrid is meant to be an educational and creative outlet regardless of income. Read more... More about Music , Technology , Mashable Video , Instruments , and Future Blink

This tiny home robot will keep you company while you self-isolate — Future Blink

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Vector responds to your voice and communicates a range of emotions through a custom text-to-speech voice. Read more... More about Robots , Mashable Video , Quarantine , Future Blink , and Covid 19

Here’s how to change your Zoom background

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People are loving Zoom's virtual background feature . Read more... More about Mashable Video , Zoom , Work From Home , Coronavirus , and Covid 19

The Mandalorian Has Picked Rosario Dawson to Play Ahsoka Tano

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A potentially huge piece of Star Wars news is out there to end this terrible week but it almost feels too good to be true.
If Dawson is indeed playing Tano, though, it would mark the first time Ahsoka appears in live-action, and the first time a speaking character created for animation appears in live-action, period.

Kirsten Vangsness from 'Criminal Minds' creates a tardigrade masterpiece — The Bob Ross Challenge

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Kirsten Vangsness, Penelope Garcia on CBS' "Criminal Minds," created a landscape she called "Tardigrade in Fire Season." Vangsness created the piece while painting along with Bob Ross. Read more... More about Funny , Mashable Video , Cbs , Criminal Minds , and Bob Ross VPN boosts data transfer limit

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While has increased the data transfer limit of its free plan from 2GB to 10GB per month, you can still continue using the service once you've exhausted all of your data.
Once you've reached 10GB of data use in a month, you can continue using the service's free plan as an unlimited data transfer plan, though there is a small catch.

Need Help Finding Flights Home? We Can (Try To) Help!

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It’s been a complicated few weeks for air travel, to put it mildly, and we’re hearing a lot of stories from people who are in the middle of a trip, or otherwise trying to get home, and are being stymied by the constantly changing flight schedules and entry restrictions.
Our colleague Jimmy helped my niece’s boyfriend get his ticket home to Australia changed last week, and it was shocking how much of a hassle it was to fix things that would have been easy a month ago, and I can’t imagine how difficult this is getting for casual or less-informed travelers.

Why Mortgage Rates Went Up This Week

100+Lifehacker / 7h
I checked with WalletHub , which had predicted the drop in mortgage rates I mentioned in my post.
Earlier this week, I went over what the Federal Reserve’s move to cut interest rates to near-zero would mean for your money.

Netflix announces $100M relief fund after TV and film production halted

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In addition, Sarandos said $15 million will go to “third parties and non-profits providing emergency relief to out-of-work crew and cast in the countries where we have a large production base.”
In the announcement, Netflix Chief Creative Ted Sarandos said that there are now “hundreds of thousands of cast and crew without jobs,” including “electricians, carpenters and drivers, many of whom are paid hourly wages and work on a project-to-project basis.”

FluSense system tracks sickness trends by autonomously monitoring public spaces

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But it’s like an ordinary flu season in that the main way anyone estimates how many people are sick is by analyzing stats from hospitals and clinics.
FluSense is an autonomous, privacy-respecting system that counts the people and coughs in public spaces to keep health authorities informed.

The CDC's coronavirus worst-case scenario is terrifying

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Millions could be affected by the coronavirus, but what is the worst -case scenario? Read more... More about Health , Mashable Video , Cdc , Coronavirus , and Covid 19

'Call of Duty: Warzone' hits 30 million players in 10 days

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Activision's free-to-play spin on the battle royale genre has only been around for 10 days, but Call of Duty: Warzone has already attracted a significant number of players.
While Apex Legends topped 70 million players by the end of last year, both titles have some way to go to match battle royale kingpin Fortnite , which boasts hundreds of millions of gamers .

Cathay Pacific cuts 96% of its network as coronavirus causes global aviation contraction

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“Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon intend to operate a bare skeleton passenger flight schedule in April and May, though our freighter capacity remains intact,” the carrier said in a statement Friday.
Coronavirus has created a rapid reduction in demand for passenger air travel, and airlines around the world have instituted sweeping cuts to their schedules in order to try to maintain some degree of financial viability with limited revenue coming in.

Google I/O 2020 canceled completely: Online event scrapped

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A #GoogleIO update: Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and local communities — and in line with “shelter in place” requirements by the local Bay Area government — we sadly will not be holding an I/O event in any capacity this year.
“Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and local communities — and in line with “shelter in place” requirements by the local Bay Area government — we sadly will not be holding an I/O event in any capacity this year,” the company confirmed today.

Former Google Engineer Anthony Levandowski Escapes 32 of 33 Charges in Waymo Theft Plea Deal

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The Journal wrote that Levandowski will plead guilty to one charge of theft of trade secrets for accessing an update to “Project Chauffeur,” Google’s self-driving car initiative that was later spun off into a separate division called Waymo.
Anthony Levandowski, the ex-Google autonomous vehicle engineer slapped with 33 charges of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets last year, has struck a deal with Uncle Sam to plead guilty and escape with just one guilty plea, per the Wall Street Journal .

Internet speeds slowed down in some major cities after coronavirus forced people to stay home

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BroadbandNow, a consistent source of connectivity data in recent years, issued a new report which takes a look at how download speeds in major cities across the United States are holding up under this current work-from-home shift.
With that data, they were able to average out the median download speed for each city during the first 10 weeks of 2020.

SpaceX and Tesla are ‘working on’ ventilators, Elon Musk says

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His confirmation on Twitter that both of the companies he leads are working on ventilators comes a day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a direct plea to Musk to help alleviate a shortage at hospitals gearing up to combat COVID-19.
It’s unclear how many employees are working on the ventilators and which Tesla factory — it could be Buffalo, N.Y., Fremont, Calif., Sparks, Nev. or even Shanghai — has dedicated space to the project.

Hospital droid Diligent Robotics raises $10M to assist nurses

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The startup’s bot Moxi is equipped with a flexible arm, gripper hand and full mobility so it can hunt down lightweight medical resources, navigate a clinic’s hallways and drop them off for the nurse.
The round, led by DNX Ventures, brings Diligent Robotics to $15.75 million in total funding that’s propelled it to the fifth generation of its Moxi robot.

A few things to consider before pitching a COVID-19 story

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I’m being pitched coronavirus-related stories dozens of times a day at this point, running the gamut from the tasteful and thoughtful to the cringe-inducing.
And frankly, by the time the realities of COVID-19 came to our shores, the isolated act of including references to the pandemic in a pitch no longer felt crass in the same way.

Leaked Microsoft Surface Go 2 benchmarks reveal under the hood upgrades

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Now a second listing on 3DMark, spotted by tipster @_rogame, reveals that the Surface Go 2 will also be made available in a variant powered by Intel’s Pentium 4425Y processor.
While this listing confirms we’ll see a step-up over the Pentium Gold 4415Y processor that powered the original Surface Go, the second-generation models will arrive using already outdated processors.

Watch This Drone Expertly Dodge a Careening Soccer Ball

100+Futurism / 7h
A team of engineers at the University of Zurich have developed tech that allows a drone to dodge obstacles, including basketballs flung at high speeds.
The researchers’ obstacle avoidance system is fast enough to get out of Dodge — get it ?

Microsoft pauses Edge releases, following Chrome’s lead

SlashGear / 7h
On Twitter today, Microsoft said that it will “pause updating the stable channel to Edge 81, consistent with Chromium Project.”
In light of the current circumstances, the Edge team will pause updating the Stable channel to Edge 81 consistent with the Chromium Project.

If You Want to Buy a Treadmill, Peloton Can't Help Right Now

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On its website , Peloton notes that any deliveries scheduled for after March 18 will be canceled, and affected customers will receive a full refund for the $4,300 treadmill in the next 7-10 business days.
While the Peloton Bike can definitely be set up by a customer without much help, the Tread is a much more unwieldy beast.

Tell Us Your Working-From-Home Tech Issues

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From March 23 to March 27, I’m going to answer one question each day that’s related to some issue you’re having with your work-from-home setup.
Do you need a new work laptop?

Temporary FDA policy helps doctors monitor COVID-19 patients at home

SlashGear / 8h
As hospitals prepare for what is expected to be a very high number of COVID-19 patients in coming weeks, the FDA has revealed a new policy that allows certain non-invasive medical equipment to be used for remotely monitoring patients.
In an announcement on Friday, the FDA said its new policy is allowing manufacturers of certain products to expand the use of those devices for the home monitoring of patients.

Tesla Will Suspend Production After Initially Telling Workers to Continue Working Amid Outbreak

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After a rocky week that saw Tesla’s top brass telling workers that they should continue showing up to their jobs in spite of the global covid-19 pandemic and advisories from local authorities, the company now says it will suspend production at its production facility in Fremont, California.
Basic operations will continue in order to support our vehicle and energy service operations and charging infrastructure, as directed by the local, state and federal authorities.”

China Gives Half-Assed Apology for Reprimanding Whistleblower Doctor Killed by Covid-19

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The new report, released this week, describes Li as “professional” and “brave,” admitting he wasn’t actually trying to disturb the public order, as he was initially accused of by Chinese officials, the Guardian reported.
In early January 2020, Li was admonished by Chinese officials for “spreading false rumors,” as he tried to warn his colleagues about the outbreak over a chat group, reports the Guardian.

The best deals we found this week: 'The Sims 4,' Fire TV Sticks and more

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Some of the highlights include an early start to Origins' annual spring sale, which brought steep discounts on The Sims 4 expansion packs and dropping the price of the base game to $5.
Square Enix cut the prices of all of its Nintendo Switch games, so now's the time to grab a Final Fantasy title (or three) while they are up to 50 percent off.

Uber Eats UK waives fees during the coronavirus crisis

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Uber Eats is waiving delivery and activations fees in the UK to support restaurants hit by decreasing demand during the coronavirus crisis.
The announcement by Uber Eats UK comes shortly after Just Eat UK said it would reduce its commission and waive some fees for 30 days — as part of an emergency support package for partner restaurants struggling to cope with disruption to their businesses.

The best stainless steel cookware sets that you can get on Amazon

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The T-fal Ultimate Stainless Steel cookware set lives up to its name, offering all the pans you could need to cook the best meals.
Combined with their near indestructible nature, and the fact they won't leech chemicals into your food, it's an unbeatable set of reasons why stainless steel is best.

LG OLED TV deals with the latest features slashed to their lowest prices this week

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We've got cheap OLED TV deals for all price points here, but they start in the US this week at just $1296.99 for a 55-inch LG B9 model.
Such high-end displays obviously carry the price tags to match, so if you're a little taken aback by those costs, you might want to take a look at the QLED TV deals we're featuring further down the page.

Home exercise equipment: where to get treadmills, indoor bikes, weights & more

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Stay in shape without leaving your house with these cheap home exercise equipment deals from retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. We've found a selection of workout equipment in stock that includes discounts on treadmills, indoor bikes, weights, yoga mats, and more. Our top home exercise equipment picks include deals on best-selling stationary bikes like the NordicTrack GX 4.7 on sale fo

DJI Mavic Air 2: everything we know so far about DJI's incoming drone

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The name is far from confirmed, as the leaked drone appears to be somewhere between a Mavic Air and the Mavic 2 Pro in size and features.
Based on the five photos leaked by Kanzhagi, it looks like the new DJI Mavic will closely resemble the Mavic 2 series, only with a smaller form factor.

How to 'Force' a Chronological Feed in Facebook's New Design

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If you click on that “See More” link on the left, and scroll down for what feels like forever, you’ll see a “Most Recent” option at the very bottom.
If you want to get crazy, you can change the Example URL to just “fb,” no quotes, and make the pattern *fb*, which would mean that all you have to do to access Facebook via your browser’s address bar is type in those two letters and hit Enter.

Sony says the 'overwhelming majority' of PS4 titles will work on PS5

Sony PS5 PlayStation 5500+Engadget / 8h
When Sony offered a deep dive into the PlayStation 5's specs this week, it wasn't crystal clear about backwards compatibility for PS4 games.
When it at long last revealed the PlayStation 5's specs this week, Sony said it looked into the top PS4 100 games based on playtime and said it was "expecting almost all of them to be playable at launch on PS5." That led to some confusion about exactly how many PS4 games will work on the new console from the jump, but at least it has finally cleared up the situation to a certain extent.

As Airlines Seek Bailouts, Their Trade Group Seeks Ability To Deny Refunds

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They also want EU rules relaxed so that they do not have to provide extensive “care and assistance in the event of cancellations” during the pandemic and the airline trade group doesn’t think airlines should have to refund a customer’s money when flights are cancelled .
Customers who flights are cancelled due to government regulation, or because airlines are scaling down due to lack of demand, won’t receive normal payments.

Charter grudgingly lets up to 40% of call-center employees work from home

200+Ars Technica / 8h
Charter Executive VP Cliff Hagan sent a memo to employees today, explaining that employees will have to meet certain conditions before being allowed to work at home:
Charter CEO Tom Rutledge told employees in a memo last week to keep coming to the office even if their jobs can be performed from home, because people "are more effective from the office." Charter has 95,000 employees and is the second-biggest cable company and Internet provider in the US.

Let's Breathe Into Some Hip Opener Stretches

100+Lifehacker / 8h
So I think it’s a good time to try some stretches that get our legs and hips moving in ways they don’t get a chance to while we’re spending time at desks and on couches.
Leg stretch with a strap .

This Isn’t Ending Soon: American Extends Change Fee Waiver Through May 31

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By not extending the change fee waiver into the new calendar year they’re able to keep their breakage assumptions and valuation assumptions for outstanding credits in place going forward.
One indication of this is that American Airlines has extended change fee waivers for passengers traveling through May 31.

Keep dating during social distancing with new dating app video chat features

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We don't know when exactly social distancing will end which means that dating apps need to retool their offers to fit our new dating landscape. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Dating Apps , Quarantine , Coronavirus , and Covid 19

Netflix and YouTube are streaming in lower quality in the EU

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The platforms were told to consider offering content in standard definition only. Read more... More about Youtube , Netflix , Mashable Video , Coronavirus , and Covid 19

Nokia 8.3 is the first global phone with an integrated 5G modem

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It's not quite a flagship (that would be the Nokia 9 Series ), but it's pretty close, and it sports some interesting design decisions in Qualcomm's mandatory-5G world.
The press release says the phone has "the highest number of 5G New Radio bands from 600hmz all the way up to 3.8GHz." This is presumably due to the phone being "the first smartphone to use the Qualcomm 5G RF Front end module solution." With wide 5G compatibility, the idea is that the you'd be able to fly around the world and hit up the world's nascent 5G networks, but it's hard to know the extent of this since Nokia hasn't published a list of supported 5G bands.

How to watch The Letter for the King online: stream from anywhere

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Read on to find out how to watch The Letter For The King and stream the new series online from all corners of the globe.
The Letter for the King is a new Netflix Originals fantasy drama that the streaming service is hoping will fill the Game of Thrones-sized hole in your viewing.

How to Access Microsoft Office for Free While Working From Home

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Luckily, many Office programs also have free web-based versions available to anyone with a Microsoft account.
And since a one-time Office 365 install costs $150—or $70-$100 annually for multi-device access and account sharing—Microsoft Office is a pricey purchase if you don’t normally work from home.

Scientists Call for Fusion Power Plant in the United States

500+Futurism / 8h
In an ambitious push to develop and implement nuclear fusion power, a team of 300 researchers just published a massive new report that lays out exactly what the scientific community needs and what it should prioritize to get the ball rolling.
There’s a lot that needs to happen before that pilot fusion plant gets built — if scientists had already conquered the challenges of practical nuclear fusion then the report wouldn’t have been necessary.

Vampire bats bond by grooming first to build trust before sharing blood

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That's a true "friend." Evolutionary biologists have dubbed this behavior "reciprocal altruism." But vampire bats can also form bonds with strange bats from outside the roost, building up trust with mutual grooming first before moving on to food sharing, according to a new paper in Current Biology.
Carter's lab also just published another, especially timely paper in the Journal of Animal Ecology, specifically looking at how behavioral changes among vampire bats can indicate the spread of a pathogen or parasite through the social network.

Windows 10 UI updates have been spotted in a Microsoft promo video

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Windows 10 now has one billion active monthly users -- likely thanks in part to the deprecation of Windows 7 in January. To celebrate the milestone, Microsoft's chief product officer, Panos Panay, shared an Instagram video recounting the various iterations of Windows' UI. The look of Windows 10 could keep evolving, it seems, as some eagle-eyed viewers spotted new types of windows, interfaces, and

Procrastination Pays Off: Best Buy's Dropping the Price on a H&R Block Tax Software

Lifehacker / 9h
Best Media Deals Best Media Deals The best movie, ebook, and music deals from around the web, updated daily. H&R Block Deluxe + State Tax Software | $22 | Best Buy and Amazon If you still haven’t gotten around to doing your taxes, you lucked out. Right now, Best Buy and Amazon are selling H&R Block Deluxe + State Tax Software for just $22. This routinely sells for around $34, and this is the lowe

[Updated] Universal Will Let You Skip the Theater to See the Latest Movies

200+How-To Geek / 9h
With everything going on right now, heading to the theater is probably out of the question. So what can you do if you wanted to see the latest movies? Rent them at home as it turns out! Universal Pictures has you covered, and will let you digitally rent movies currently in the theater for $20, starting this Friday. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

DOOM Eternal Standard vs Deluxe: The best choice

SlashGear / 9h
DOOM Eternal , like a number of AAA games these days, comes in a couple of different editions.
The DOOM Eternal deluxe edition actually doesn’t come with a ton of bonuses, at least not when compared to some of the other deluxe editions we’ve seen in recent years.

The Xbox Series X will be the go-to console for HDR gaming - here’s why

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Microsoft’s diminutive tower of power already has gamers salivating over its impressive technical specifications, but the company is ensuring that when you hook an Xbox Series X up to a HDR-compatible display, you’ll be in for a visual (and nostalgic) treat.
While we can confidently predict Sony won’t be introducing a new display technology anytime soon (fingers crossed), it’s refreshing to see that Microsoft is continuing to invest in more widely available standards, such as HDR.

Take This Free Parenting Workshop to Survive the Weeks at Home

200+Lifehacker / 9h
Parents have been scrambling all week to work from home or find child care or set up schedules that kind of, sort of resemble a school day.
But as it becomes increasingly apparent that this survival mode may very well be our new normal for the foreseeable future, we might need a little help figuring out how to how to work and parent at home all day, every day—and keeping everyone’s anxiety at a manageable level.

Portrait of singer and actress Diahann Carroll. Printed on...

Music, Arts & Literature / 9h
Printed on front: “Diahann Carroll.
Clipping on back: “Diahann Carroll at the Elmwood.”

We Talked to Someone Who Got the Experimental Coronavirus Vaccine

1KFuturism / 9h
Later this week, we caught up with Browning to chat about how he ended up here, how his daily routine has changed since taking the vaccine, and what it feels like to take part in medical history.
This past Monday, Seattle-area Microsoft network engineer Neal Browning became the second-ever person to be injected with the experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Moderna.

How Netflix's I Am Not Okay With This Evolves Past Its Mixed Metaphor About Queerness

100+Gizmodo / 9h
Netflix’s I Am Not Okay With This follows in the long tradition of comic book adaptations about people manifesting superpowers to tell coming-of-age stories about how hard it is to know yourself as your body begins to do and feel things you don’t understand.
Rather than fast-tracking its way into a story about Sydney becoming a superhero, I Am Not Okay With This instead spends the bulk of its time focusing on the mundane realities of Sydney’s everyday life—like the difficulties she has at school and the moments when she feels the stress of having to look out for Liam.

Amazon will survive the coronavirus. But local bookstores are fighting for their lives.

Amazon US Pantry Sellers400+Mashable / 9h
Third Place Books, for example, is offering free shipping for online purchases and Grubhub deliveries for bookstore cafe orders.
“If I can within the government guidelines keep the doors open, even at a low sales rate, I can keep my staff whole, and they don’t have to worry about their financial wellbeing," said Sindelar, who oversees 45 employees.

Quarantining with a kid? Don't feel bad about giving them a tablet.

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This 7-inch tablet comes with a yearlong subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited (a $35.88 value), which provides access to more than 20,000 kid-friendly apps, games, books, videos, audiobooks, and other educational content from the likes of PBS Kids and Disney.
Mom and Dad have the option of filtering content and setting educational goals using the built-in parental controls, and can rest assured knowing the device is covered by a two-year, worry-free guarantee.

FDA takes drastic step to get hand sanitizer on sale again

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This first document goes by the name of Guidance for Industry: Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19).
Two new bits of Guidance were released today by the FDA in order to get hand sanitizer back in the hands on people that need it the most during our current COVID-19 health emergency.

F1 drivers will compete in a virtual grand prix series

500+Engadget / 9h
On the other weekends, there'll be exhibition races, giving fans the chance to compete against actual Formula 1 drivers in the game.
Starting Sunday, several drivers will square off in the F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series, using the PC version of F1 2019 and playing remotely for safety reasons.

Coronavirus: Smartphone sales collapse amid pandemic

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"Some Asian factories were unable to manufacture smartphones, while many consumers were unable or unwilling to visit retail stores and buy new devices," she said.
Research firm Strategy Analytics said shipments in February fell by 38% year-on-year.

The UK could face a year of social distancing

500+New on MIT Technology Review / 9h
This means varying between general social distancing and school closures and a strategy of isolating particular cases, households or vulnerable groups.
To reduce the risk of public unrest, the government needs to provide clear and transparent reasons for different strategies, set clear expectations on how the response will develop, and promote a sense of collectivism, one of the documents says.

Microsoft Teased a Revamped UI for Windows 10 and It Looks Awesome

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However, where things start to get interesting is around 12 seconds in when Microsoft shows off a new set of updated icons followed by a redesigned look for Windows 10's Start Menu and Live Tiles.
As Apple gets closer and closer to releasing an ARM-based MacBook (blurring the lines between its mobile and desktop products), it’s increasingly important for Microsoft to include full support for both platforms in future versions of Windows.

Can't get enough of 'The Circle'? There's a whole other season streaming right now

100+Mashable / 9h
Because as every gringo (particularly Americans) has told me over the years, no one in the world knows how to have as good a time as Brazilians in the face of crushing economic, social, and governmental crises.
The cultural differences, rather than creating a barrier, add intrigue to The Circle Brazil and — dare I say it — even some timely lessons.

Major data breach exposes database of 200 million users

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Security analysts at CyberNews have discovered an unprotected database online which contains over 800GB of personal information including detailed records on over 200m US users.
The records stored in the unsecured database contained the full names and titles of the exposed individuals, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, credit ratings, home addresses, demographics including numbers of children and their genders, detailed mortgage and tax records and other personally identifiable information.

MIT Solve launches global challenge around health security and pandemics

90TechCrunch / 9h
MIT Solve is hoping to galvanize more entrepreneurs to investigate and improve the world of health security, launching a new “global challenge” through its program that will help fund companies, nonprofits, academic research projects and even individual ideas through its marketplace of funding partners.
Designed to take a much broader approach to innovation, MIT Solve brings together a diverse coalition of funders and networks them with a heterogeneous collection of projects and organizations focused around its pillars of health, education, economic prosperity and sustainability.

How to keep your sanity when you feel like the world is going crazy

500+Ars Technica / 9h
I can't think of a better solution for stress isolation for anybody." She added that children who want to help could be writing cards and making phone calls (or video calls) to elderly family members, but also sending cards to nursing homes to reach older folks who are at risk, alone, and scared.
We're having to deal with a lot, and a lot of stress, and people are a lot of times going to have strong and maybe hard feelings, and they may be all over the map.

The Week in Tech: How to Stop Coronavirus ‘Doomsurfing’

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Over the past few days, I’ve found a few ways to stay sane online.
(Several meditation apps, including Calm and Headspace, have released free meditations to help people cope with coronavirus-related stress.) I’ve used Freedom, a productivity app, to lock myself out of social media during certain hours of the day.

How to earn extra cash back on meal delivery kits, language learning, and more

The Points Guy / 9h
A box of three meals for two people would typically cost $60, but if it’s your first time ordering you’ll automatically get $30 off plus the $20 cash back through Rakuten.
If you haven’t taken advantage of Postmates quiet yet, now is the perfect time to with the opportunity to earn $9 cash back on your first order.

Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Delayed To 2021

66One Mile at a Time / 9h
This is now the second time I’ve had a Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection cruise canceled, as I was first supposed to take one in February 2020, and when that was canceled, we rebooked for October 2020, which has now been canceled as well.
This is the second major delay that we’ve seen from Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, as they were previously supposed to launch on February 5, 2020.

How Can I Test Drive A Car While Social Distancing?

200+Lifehacker / 9h
This week we are discussing social distancing and test drives, using your credit to leverage low APR financing and potential Mad Max cars.
First up, what is the best way to conduct a test drive while social distancing?

VW’s e-BULLI concept shows how your classic van can become an EV

500+Engadget / 9h
This week, VW unveiled its e-BULLI concept and announced that eClassics will convert T1 vehicles, like the classic VW camper vans, into e-BULLI-style EVs.
The e-BULLI has fewer high-tech add-ons compared to, say, the Type 20 concept, but that may make it easier for more people to get an e-BULLI through eClassics.

This Smart Tape Measure Is an Asshole

95Gizmodo / 9h
I tested Pie against my dumb body tape measure, the MyoTape, and my smart scale.
The Pie Fit app said my body fat percentage means I’m obese.

Online sports betting: is it legal and how does it work?

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FanDuel and DraftKings , which run two of the larger sportsbooks in the US, are available in New Jersey, West Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Iowa.
To make matters more confusing, there’s no one online sportsbook platform operating in every state that has legalized sports gambling.

Celebrities share heartfelt and funny messages from home while self-isolating

300+Mashable / 9h
As the coronavirus pandemic continues across the world, more and more people are practicing social distancing measures, or self-isolating at home to help stop the spread.
Sam Neill is always good value on Twitter , and the past few days have been no exception.

The Echo Show 5 and Fire TV stick are at some of their lowest prices right now - save up to $30

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These Amazon Echo Show 5 deals from BHPhoto are reducing the price down to just $59.99 this week, giving you the potential to save $30 off the normal retail price on this super slick smart home device.
If you're looking for a handy smart display with an intuitive touchscreen interface - perhaps for the kitchen or living room, then you can't go wrong with this Echo Show 5 deal this week.

This Doctor Predicted Nearly Everything About the Coronavirus Pandemic

1KFuturism / 10h
In 2006, he also gave a TED Talk titled, no exaggeration, “My Wish: Help Me Stop Pandemics .”
For the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, that person is an epidemiologist named Larry Brilliant.

Daily Crunch: Streaming services respond to COVID-19

100+TechCrunch / 10h
Streaming services will reduce video quality in Europe, we get our hands on the new MacBook Air and Anthony Levandowski pleads guilty.
EU Commissioner Thierry Breton has called for Netflix to reduce streaming quality in Europe — a move to limit its overall bandwidth usage as more users turn to streaming services for in-home entertainment during the outbreak — and the company has confirmed that it will comply with this request.

Instagram founder launches gift card site for quarantined restaurants

1KTechCrunch / 10h
Krieger and his wife Kaitlyn this week launched SaveOurFaves , a directory of Bay Area restaurants selling gift certificates to offset lost income amidst “shelter in place” orders across the region.
“We’re no longer going out because of COVID-19 (San Francisco is under a “shelter in place” ordinance), so we started buying gift cards to help support our favorite cafes and restaurants during this unpredictable time,” write the Kriegers.

COVID-19: the biology of an effective therapy

500+Ars Technica / 10h
When a protein needs to be built, the relevant bit of DNA is read and the cell makes a temporary copy of the information using a very similar chemical called RNA.
The host cells it infects only have proteins that copy DNA, not RNA, so how can more copies of the virus get made?

Choice Privileges Selling Points With 40% Bonus

200+One Mile at a Time / 10h
Through Monday, April 27, 2020, Choice Privileges is offering up to a 40% bonus on purchased points .
Choice Privileges has rolled out their newest promotion on purchased points, which has the potential to represent an excellent value.

Beware of Scammers While You Wait for Your Coronavirus Stimulus Check

400+Lifehacker / 10h
Ahead of the government’s expected issue of stimulus checks, the Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers to be wary of anyone who claims they can get you cash fast.
Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.

Can't Read This Headline? Take 65% off Prescription Frames from GlassesUSA [Exclusive]

48Lifehacker / 10h
65% off Basic Prescription Lens Frames* | GlassesUSA | Promo code KINJA65
You’re going to need a fresh pair of prescription frames for 65% off, and by God, we’re going to give that to you, courtesy of GlassesUSA .

Animal Crossing is out: This is the version you should buy

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If you’ve purchased a physical copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons but you have yet to pick it up, it’s probably best to cancel that order and buy digitally from the eShop instead.
By going out to a shop merely to buy a physical copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons , you’re not only putting yourself at risk of being exposed to COVID-19, but you’re potentially exposing others to the virus as well (assuming that you’ve caught it and have so far been asymptomatic).

Entertainers pivot to video as coronavirus shutters clubs

93Engadget / 10h
The Dropkick Murphys are a Boston institution and have played live shows every St. Patrick's Day for the past 24 years, though, for obvious reasons, this year's set was canceled.
If I wasn't aware that the set was being performed live, the experience wouldn't have been all that different from a normal weekend evening tipsily trawling through YouTube in search of classic concert footage and stand-up comic sets.

UPS Workers Report That UPS' Coronavirus Preparations Are Woefully Inadequate Or Nonexistent UPDATED

1KGizmodo / 10h
This shows that management is aware of the conditions and the potential to spread Coronavirus, and they’re trying to protect themselves, yet are doing nothing to protect the drivers and hub workers and all the other staff that actually has contact with the packages, package cars (that’s what UPS calls its big brown trucks, usually Grumman-Olsen P800s, just so you know) and, eventually you and I and everyone else in the public.
That’s why you’d expect a company like UPS to be taking extreme and comprehensive measures to keep workers safe from infection and, as a result, customers safe as well.

WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response

1KWired / 10h
For the two billion of those people who also use the encrypted communication service WhatsApp, now more than ever is a time for calling, messaging, and seeking trustworthy information.
"We already have over one million people signed up even though we haven’t even announced it yet," says Will Cathcart, who runs WhatsApp, of WHO Health Alert.

Crowd-lending platform October hits pause on loan repayments

100+TechCrunch / 10h
In order to give them some headroom, companies that have borrowed money on October won’t have to pay back their loans for the next three months.
Companies won’t have to pay a huge sum of money after that; October is also postponing the end date of the loans by three months.

Buy a 4K TV to quarantine with all of the movies being released early

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No one knows what day it is during quarantine. We're all just keeping track of time by how many episodes or movies we've crossed off the list. Hollywood studios are starting to feel sorry for us: Universal Pictures announced Monday that current in-theaters or about-to-be-in-theaters releases like The Invisible Man, The Hunt, Emma, and Trolls World Tour III will all be available on demand starting

If you want cheap fibre broadband deals then Vodafone is the way to go

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Go with BT's Superfast Fibre plan and you'll be paying £28.99 a month for speeds averaging 50Mb. Plus, this deal also comes with an £80 reward card!
Or, if faster fibre speeds are what you're after, then Superfast Fibre 2 would be the ideal plan for you as it's only £1 extra per month.

NASA freezes deep-space rocket work after coronavirus outbreak

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NASA is putting its SLS and Orion spacecraft development on hold, after the US space agency reported a jump in coronavirus cases around its facilities.
Production of the Space Launch System and Orion has been put on hold as NASA cranks two of its key facilities to Stage 4 of the so-called NASA Response Framework.

Get $100 off Google's already budget-friendly Pixel 3a

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If you'd like to buy a new phone but don't want to break the bank doing so, Amazon has discounted one of Engadget's favorite budget devices: the Pixel 3a .
For context, $300 is the lowest price we've seen Amazon sell the Pixel 3a since the company discounted the phone to $280 last year.

The U.S. Should Stop Water Shutoffs During the Covid-19 Pandemic—and Forever

200+Gizmodo / 10h
“To heed calls for hand hygiene during this pandemic, it’s more important than ever for elected officials to finally take action to make sure that every person in the country has access to water, and it’s great that many are but there’s a ways to go,” Filson said.
“Across the country, people are having to choose between rent, food, medicine, every necessity that costs money—and water,” Jackie Filson, national communications manager at Food and Water Watch, told Earther.

Astronomer: SpaceX Satellite Swarm Will Be Visible With Naked Eye

500+Futurism / 10h
In fact, Popular Science reports that hundreds of Starlink satellites could be visible to the naked eye, changing the landscape of the night sky as it appears from Earth.
To be fair, SpaceX is exploring options to reduce the impact of its satellites — preliminary research suggests , for instance, that painting the Earth-facing side of them black would make the swarm 2.5 times less visible.

How to Get Out of the House While You're Socially Distancing

100+Lifehacker / 10h
Done safely , ordering food is a good way to support your local restaurant.
Make sure to pack plenty of hand sanitizer, have a game plan for unexpected circumstances, and above all, if you or anyone in your family feels even slightly sick, stay home.

Tinder waives Passport fee to help users connect virtually around the world

100+TechCrunch / 10h
Dating may be proving next to impossible for many during this era of mass social distancing, but Tinder’s hoping to leverage an existing feature to help bring people closer together.
Our hope is that you use the Passport feature to virtually transport yourself out of self-quarantine to anywhere in the world.

Airline coronavirus change and cancellation policies: A complete list

36The Points Guy / 10h
Alternatively, you can purchase a new ticket at a special fare, then cancel your original flight and obtain a non-refundable travel voucher valid for one year on all Air France, KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic flights.
If you’re booking a new reservation during the month of March, the airline offers flexible booking options with a travel waiver that allows you to change your travel to a future date without incurring change fees.

The best cheap monitor deals for working from home

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If you've suddenly found yourself working from home and need a cheap monitor to improve your computing experience - we're here to help. We've rounded up the best monitor deals which include top brands like Dell and Samsung from retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Dell. We've included a wide range of sizes and features, with prices starting at just $89.99. Our top monitor deals include t

Why streaming isn’t the savior of canceled film festivals

74Engadget / 10h
Focusing on SXSW, there have been suggestions that film critics could create a DIY streaming festival by sharing the logins and passwords we are given to screen select films from home.
Another suggestion called for a major streaming platform (Hulu, Amazon, Netflix) to play savior by creating an online space to screen all of SXSW's 2020 slate.

Everyone's favorite goat farm is posting a soothing video every day

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In the comments section, viewers respond to daily questions — Thursday's video asked fans to discuss books, poems, and songs that keep them grounded in trying times — and discuss how they're feeling in self-isolation.
My heart is with you all as we sort through this new normal for a while," wrote farm owner Hope Hall alongside the first video.

Formula 1 replaces its postponed races with a virtual grand prix series

200+TechCrunch / 10h
“We are very pleased to be able to bring some light relief in the form of the F1 Esports Virtual GP, in these unpredictable times, as we hope to entertain fans missing the regular sporting action,” said Julian Tan, Formula 1’s head of digital business initiatives and sports.
As the organization notes, “The series is strictly for entertainment purposes, to bring racing action to fans in this unprecedented scenario the world has been affected by, with no official World Championship points up for grabs for the drivers.”

Ola suspends shared ride option in India

200+TechCrunch / 10h
Ride-hailing giant Ola said on Friday evening that it is temporarily suspending its pool ride option, called Ola Share, in India in a bid to slow the coronavirus pandemic by encouraging social distancing.
The Indian firm, which operates in several countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the U.K., offers Ola Share only in India.

Deep Clean One Neglected Part of Your Kitchen Each Week

200+Lifehacker / 11h
I am not suggesting you spend all of your socially isolated hours scrubbing your oven , but picking a small kitchen betterment project each week will make the room a more pleasant place to be.
Given that you’re likely spending a little extra time cooking these days, it’s possible that you’ve noticed a few dingy, neglected areas of your kitchen that could use some love and attention.

Tax day changed in USA, refunds apparently unaffected

21SlashGear / 11h
At this time the IRS / U.S. Department of the Treasury has not made an announcement that’d change the speed at which tax return refunds would be distributed.
An announcement from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin today… made via Tweet… changed the date from April 15 to July 15, 2020.

Coterie raises $8.5M to build ‘commercial insurance as a service’

400+TechCrunch / 11h
What makes Coterie interesting isn’t that is a digital take on a previously paper business, but that it’s product allows it to insure freelancers (Coterie partners with freelance marketplaces, allowing it access to a potential customer base and helping the marketplace itself provide insured providers) for even small increments of time; that’s something that wasn’t economically attractive under old models, if even possible.
The company had previously raised a little over $3 million in early investments, bringing its equity capital raised to nearly $12 million to date; the firm also told TechCrunch that it has raised $2.5 million in available venture debt as part of its current round.

Your complete guide to Apple Pay

20The Points Guy / 11h
Apple Pay launched in 2014 as the first of the mobile wallets – apps that enable people to connect credit cards, debit cards, and bank accounts to mobile devices to send and receive money.
Apple Pay represents a secure and sanitary payment option, since the app uses Near Field Communications (NFC) to transmit an encrypted virtual account number to the point-of-sale payment terminal.

thefugitivesaint: Edouard Sandoz (1881-1971), ‘Pandora’, “Greek...

Music, Arts & Literature / 11h
thefugitivesaint : Edouard Sandoz (1881-1971), ‘Pandora’, “Greek Myths” by Olivia Coolidge, 1949 Source

One Elite Benefit That Would Help Bring Back Airline Passengers

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When I first started flying United regularly in the mid-1990s, all elites had a benefit known as middle seat blocking .
When an elite frequent flyer picked a window or aisle seat in coach (in a row that was at least 3-across), the middle seat next to them would be blocked.

Prime Video gets quality cap to ease coronavirus-loaded networks

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Amazon will throttle Prime Video streaming in an attempt to alleviate pressure on coronavirus-hammered European internet providers, the latest on-demand service to trim bitrates.
Like Netflix, it will be reducing streaming bitrates of Amazon Prime for its European customers.

Three New Hampshire plaintiffs sue to block coronavirus measures

2KArs Technica / 11h
Three New Hampshire residents have sued Gov. Chris Sununu arguing that a ban on gatherings larger than 50 people in the state violates their constitutional rights.
The New Hampshire Union Leader reports that one of the plaintiffs, Eric Couture, attends services three times a week at a Baptist church in Nashua.

Pixar’s ‘Onward’ goes on sale digitally today, coming to Disney+ on April 3

400+TechCrunch / 11h
Then NBCUniversal went even further , announcing that movies still in theaters, including “The Invisible Man” and “The Hunt,” would go on sale digitally today, at a higher than normal rental price of $19.99.
The film opened just a couple of weeks ago, on March 6, but like every other movie, its theatrical revenue plummeted this past weekend .

New Xbox One Roblox bundle means you can keep the kids happy for less

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Microsoft is also offering one month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for just $1 , which means you can save even more money if you want to extend the free trial included with the Roblox bundle.
For just $299 / £249 you'll get the base console - an Xbox One S 1TB - as well as a wireless controller, one month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, a code to download Roblox and some free in-game redeemable goodies.

Farnborough International Airshow 2020 canceled

The Points Guy / 11h
The Farnborough International Airshow has become the latest industry victim of coronavirus, taking what would have been the year’s largest trade event in aviation off the calendar.
It takes place every other year, alternating with the Paris Air Show, and has been the launchpad for major developments in commercial aviation.

Leak reveals Fitbit's new Charge 4

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Now, 9to5Google claims to have an image of the new Charge 4 which, if accurate, suggests that little has changed between revisions.
The only other thing that's likely to change is the price, with the leak suggesting that the Charge 4 will cost £10 more -- the leaked listing was from the UK -- than its predecessor.

China Opened an Entire Hospital Staffed by Robots

5KFuturism / 11h
To give massively overworked healthcare workers a much-needed break, CNBC reports , China tried something new: staffing an entire field hospital with robots.
The facility, dubbed the Smart Field Hospital, carried out basic screening tasks such as tracking temperature, heart rate and blood oxygen levels, taken care of by robots, courtesy of Beijing-based startup CloudMinds.

Netflix, YouTube cut video quality in Europe after pressure from EU official

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Netflix and YouTube are both reducing video-streaming quality in Europe to reduce the stress on residential broadband networks caused by the coronavirus pandemic forcing people to stay home.
Google told Ars that YouTube has "seen only a few usage peaks," and has "measures in place to automatically adjust our system to use less network capacity." We asked Netflix if it has seen any performance problems.

Waymo suspends all self-driving services in light of coronavirus pandemic

100+TechCrunch / 11h
Waymo has extended the partial suspension of its autonomous vehicle service pilots to include fully driverless vehicle testing, the company confirmed on Friday. While Alphabet-owned Waymo had already stopped operation of the autonomous driving vehicles in its fleet that have safety drivers on board, in the interest of minimizing the potential spread of coronavirus, it was still going to go ahead

A Second Dust Bowl Could Threaten Global Food Security

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A new study paints a scary reality: one where climate change pushes another Dust Bowl-like event to take over the Great Plains, throwing global food security into uncertainty.
Published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems Friday, the study simulated what would occur to the global food network if the U.S. suffered a four-year decline in wheat production at the hands of high temperatures and low precipitation, such as what went down during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

Into the Spider-Verse's Jake Johnson Is Helping Kids Cope With Personal Messages From Spider-Man

1KGizmodo / 11h
In a post on Instagram (as shared by Deadline ), Johnson said a lot of parents have reached out to him saying they’re watching Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with their kids and that it’s been a big help.
Johnson has offered to send personalized voicemail messages to kids who are struggling with social distancing and need an extra show of support.

Anthropologie Is Having A Sale And Everything Is 25% Off

Gizmodo / 11h
25% Off Sale | Anthropologie Surprise, surprise, Anthropologie is having a cute little sale for their spring collection, and everything is 25% off , plus free shipping! You can choose between jeans, dresses, shoes, tops, and accessories! Basically, anything your heart desires. The sale only lasts throughout the weekend, so I would absolutely hop on some of the styles before they are *poof* gone.

Where is British Airways parking its planes during the coronavirus outbreak?

The Points Guy / 11h
Currently, British Airways has 277 aircraft in its fleet, split between long-haul wide-bodies such as the A380 and 777, and narrow-body aircraft like the A320 and A321.
Nine other Dreamliners haven’t operated a commercial flight since at least March 18 and are currently parked at London Heathrow (LHR).

Big tech loses combined $1.3 trillion in stock market value

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Alphabet, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook have collectively lost $1.3 trillion in value over the past month, as markets quake under the strain of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 could have Galaxy S20's chipset, not an upgraded one

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If you want a glimpse at the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 's processing power, maybe it's worth just looking at the Galaxy S20 , because it's starting to seem that the upcoming phone will have the same chipset as its recently-released cousin.
The most important tidbit is that it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 phones will use the Snapdragon 865 chipset, same as the Galaxy S20.

New York governor announces ‘100% workforce reduction’ for non-essential services

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In a press conference today, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced orders for residents to stay at home amid rising COVID-19 concerns.
Cuomo went on to note that things like “solitary exercise” would be excluded from the ruling, but the state will be aggressive in making sure that citizens adhere to the rules.

In battle against coronavirus, autonomous robots disinfect hospital rooms with concentrated UV light

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The self-driving UVD robot is used to disinfect contaminated hospital rooms. It uses a concentrated ultraviolet light to destroy bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microbes. The light is harmful to humans too, requiring people to wait outside during the 20 minutes it takes to treat a room. Read more... More about Hospital , Autonomous Robots , Ultraviolet Light , Coronavirus , and Tech

Buy Alaska Mileage Plan Miles With 40% Bonus

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There are several unique elements to the Mileage Plan program, which means buying miles with Alaska can be a very good deal.
There are lots of people who frequently take advantage of these promotions, and one thing that has long made Alaska Mileage Plan unique is that they’ve had no limit on how many miles you can purchase.

Here's where you can still buy a thermometer amid coronavirus shortages

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While Walmart, Best Buy, and Target are all completely sold out, Amazon still has a bunch of digital oral thermometers and a handful of those fancy infrared/"no-touch" ones in stock as of March 20.
(The only type of thermometer that *wasn't* widely available on the site the last time we checked was the traditional glass variety, but you probably don't want one of those, anyway — they're super fragile.)

How to Add an iCalendar Link to Your Outlook Calendar

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Calendars are normally shared using the iCalendar standard, often referred to as “iCal.” Every modern calendaring program, including Outlook, can accept iCal links to show a shared calendar. So if you receive one, here’s what to do with it. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Replace Handshakes and Hugs with One of These Greetings

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For the foreseeable future, maintaining social distance and not shaking hands or hugging is the new normal. So, how can you greet someone without breaking the six-foot barrier? Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

Kids home from school indefinitely? STEM toys are the answer.

Mashable / 11h
Each month's kit will have a new toy handpicked by STEM experts for that each group, each encouraging learning about science, technology, engineering, and math through playing and building.
This increasingly popular method of teaching uses playing (the thing that kids want to be doing anyway) to foster an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Waymo suspends all services until at least April 7th

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Waymo put most of its services on hold earlier this week, except for fully driverless rides in Phoenix and some testing, to slow the spread of COVID-19. Just a few days later, the Alphabet company has opted to suspend all of its services until April 7th at the very least. This is "a temporary measure to keep our riders, trained drivers, and the entire Waymo team safe," the company said. Waymo wil
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Friday's Best Deals: Trivial Pursuit Friends, an Aukey Wireless Charger, Sunbeam Heating Pads, Corsair Gaming Headset, and More

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With 40 hours of battery life, USB-C charging, Bluetooth 5.0, and a CVC 8.0 mic, it’s time to shut out all the bad stuff and focus on that new Donald Glover x Ariana Grande collab that absolutely slaps when you ignore everything else that’s going on right now.
A Corsair Gaming Headset , Anthropologie 25% off sale , an Aukey hub + Qi charger , Sunbeam heating pads , and Trivial Pursuit Friends lead Friday’s best deals of the day.

These Bose deals give you huge savings on the premium Home Speaker series this weekend

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Prices on these premium Bose Home speakers start at just $299 at Best Buy in the US, and £299 at Amazon in the UK - fantastic prices for this outstanding audio system from a company that's become a byword for premium audio and quality features.
Shop all Bose speaker deals at Best Buy

Do This Workout at Home, No Equipment Needed

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Or if these moves feel pretty easy, do this as a timed workout.
Chair dips (arms, chest)

Modern Warfare 2 Remastered surfaces once again

SlashGear / 12h
A few years back, Activision decided that it was going to remaster the original Modern Warfare and package it in with Infinite Warfare .
While the reaction to Infinite Warfare wasn’t that great, the reaction to Modern Warfare Remastered was pretty solid, with Activision eventually deciding to break it off into a standalone release.

Spotify will end support for third-party DJ apps on July 1st

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The company has added prominent guides to its website that walk users through a library migration from Spotify to Tidal or Soundcloud, so hopefully the transition is an easy one for DJs. Whether or not they will have access to the tunes they're used to playing is another matter, though.
Algoriddim said in a statement that Spotify will no longer work with third party DJ apps as of July 1st.

Bethesda apparently broke its own Denuvo protection for Doom Eternal

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Forum users on Reddit and ResetEra were among the first yesterday to report on the "official" DRM-free leak, which sat in a sub-folder titled "Original" for the Bethesda Launcher version of the game.
If this sounds like a surprising oversight for a major publisher like Bethesda to make, consider that last year's launch of Rage 2 apparently also included a DRM-free executable in the Bethesda Launcher version.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S and GLS 63 First Drive: The sports car grew up

SlashGear / 12h
Time and trends are callous in their disregard for nostalgia: drivers are voting with their wallets, and they’re voting for super SUVs like the new 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S and GLS 63.
It’s basically engineering witchcraft, and it may very well charm all but the most resolutely skeptical of performance SUVs. I won’t deny that a traditional sports coupe or convertible will out-twist either the GLE 63 S or the GLS 63 on a serpentine mountain road.

TIDAL free concert streaming video just started

SlashGear / 12h
This concert series includes Jay-Z and Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Rosalia, Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, J Cole, Teyana Taylor, Ari Lennox, Pusha T, and more.
Today TIDAL is streaming 12 hours of music concerts, for free, starting as this article is set to go live – or thereabouts.

Former Google engineer pleads guilty to stealing confidential document

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Anthony Levandowski, the man at the center of Google's epic legal battle with Uber over trade secrets, has agreed to plead guilty to stealing a single confidential document from Google.
According to the plea deal, on his way out the door, Levandowski downloaded thousands of confidential Google documents and transferred them to his personal laptop.

iPads are on sale, plus more deals on tablets and laptops this weekend

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Those of us who are lucky enough to have jobs that allow us to work remotely need to make sure that we have a quality piece of tech to do our work on (and a good WiFi connection). SEE ALSO: 11 of the best tablets on the market right now, according to online reviews So, as usual, we rounded up the best tech deals that you can take advantage of over the next few days, like this iPad Mini for $50 of

Pixar movie Onward is releasing on Disney Plus very, very soon

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Recently-released Pixar movie Onward is available to buy digitally from tonight in the US for $19.99, Disney has revealed, with the movie coming to the Disney Plus streaming service on April 3.
Disney UK has made no mention of Onward releasing early on its Twitter feed so far, for example, and Disney Plus is debuting next week in many parts of Europe after a months-long wait.

Here's some of the home workout gear that isn't sold out yet

Mashable / 12h
A lot of people are thinking like that, causing workout equipment to be pretty sparse on Amazon.
Dumbbells are pretty low in stock on Amazon right now — everybody must be trying to get their pump on at home.

The iPad’s Lidar Is a Dry Run for Apple’s AR Glasses

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“This isn’t your run of the mill ‘stand still and point your phone at something’ AR experience,” says Jessica Brillhart, director of the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies.
“It also gives Apple a chance to get developers to build experiences now that they can eventually show off whenever the next iPhone is introduced.”

YouTube Reducing Streaming Quality in the EU to Clear Traffic On the Information Superhighway

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Breton’s pleas are centered around the fear that as more people stay home to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, bandwidth-intensive activities like video streaming may overload networks.
Yesterday, Netflix made the decision to reduce streaming quality in Europe given the spike in people self-isolating due to covid-19 and fears about internet bandwidth.

Tax Day Is Now July 15

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Just a few short days ago , Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that you could delay paying your income taxes for 90 days, so long as you still filed your tax return by the usual April 15 deadline. But that just changed, according to a tweet from the Mnuchin. The new Tax Day will be July 15. Everyone, including businesses, will have an extra 90 days to file their tax returns and make tax

Hilton Honors Points Unlimited Promo (Extended)

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The Hilton Honors American Express Card ( review ) offers 7 points per dollar spent with Hilton
The Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card ( review ) offers 14 points per dollar spent with Hilton

Best cheap webcams 2020

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The wideband mic delivers crystal clear audio, and Microsoft’s TrueColor system will shift the exposure dynamically to keep you well lit, making it a great choice for business conferencing and presentations.
The Microsoft LifeCam Studio our pick for the best cheap webcam.

Coronavirus: Elon Musk 'child immunity' tweet will stay online

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A tweet by Tesla car founder Elon Musk suggesting children are "essentially immune" to coronavirus did not break Twitter's rules, the company has said.
But during a question-and-answer session with his Twitter followers on Thursday, Mr Musk, who co-founded PayPal before setting up car-maker Tesla, tweeted: "Kids are essentially immune, but elderly with existing conditions are vulnerable."

Google discounts its Stadia starter pack for the first time

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With Doom Eternal launching today , Google is offering its first-ever discount on Stadia.
When Google first announced the game would make its way to Stadia, the company said it would play at "true 4K." We recently learned Doom Eternal would instead render natively at 1800p and upscale to 4K.

Yelp commits $25M in waived fees and free services to local restaurants and nightlife

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That drop, of course, is the correct response to the urgent need for social distancing , but Yelp says that as businesses shift their models — whether that’s to delivery/takeout or to virtual offerings — they need ways to tell their customers about it.
Most businesses that offer a virtual service – such as yoga classes, therapy sessions, tax services, or tutoring sessions – will be able to let people know that they’re still open for business and available to the consumers that rely on their services.

Coronavirus got you stressed? Now is the perfect time to try Talkspace.

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TL;DR: As of March 20, take $100 off therapy services from Talkspace with the code 1004U.
Online therapy service Talkspace reported a 25 percent increase in users since the middle of February.

How to Reduce the Waste You Produce During the Coronavirus Outbreak

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Like so many others, I bought those handy disinfecting wipes, but every time I use one and then throw it away, it feels wasteful.
On top of being good for extending the life of the perishable foods you stockpiled, the freezer is also great right now because you can cook larger portions of a dish than you’d usually make and freeze it, so you’ll have a ready-made meal on those days when you just can’t cook.

Jezebel Something Sure Seems Fishy About These Senators and Their Stocks | Jalopnik The Failure Of This Self-Driving Tr...

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Jezebel Something Sure Seems Fishy About These Senators and Their Stocks | Jalopnik The Failure Of This Self-Driving Truck Company Tells You All You Need To Know About Self-Driving Vehicles | The A.V. Club With E.T. , Steven Spielberg channeled his own pain into a soulful all-time smash | The Root Before the 'Chinese Virus': A Brief History of White People Blaming America's Problems on Everyone E

Jezebel Something Sure Seems Fishy About These Senators and Their Stocks | Jalopnik The Failure Of This Self-Driving Tr...

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Jezebel Something Sure Seems Fishy About These Senators and Their Stocks | Jalopnik The Failure Of This Self-Driving Truck Company Tells You All You Need To Know About Self-Driving Vehicles | The A.V. Club With E.T. , Steven Spielberg channeled his own pain into a soulful all-time smash | The Root Before the 'Chinese Virus': A Brief History of White People Blaming America's Problems on Everyone E

EE slashes prices on its 4G home broadband plans for flexible and fast internet

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And if you're in need of a immediate, strong internet connection, EE will be the place to be right now after massively discounting all of its 4G home broadband plans.
Get faster internet - see the best fibre broadband deals available

How to Create and Manage Teams in Microsoft Teams

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With its friendly user interface, seamless integration with Office 365, and low price tag, Microsoft Teams has become a popular collaborative communications platform. Once you’ve set up or joined an organization, creating teams will give you more efficient ways to work. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Forget the Woolly Mammoth—Let’s Resurrect Some Extinct Plants

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There’s a broad, storied slate of lost plant species and varieties “that have been sort of forgotten that maybe we want again,” she said, and it’s looking increasingly likely that “we could bring these things back.”
“In Israel, there’s a medical facility where there’s a garden, where they are mixed in with other dates, so you’ll never know,” said Meyer, who extracted the DNA and sequenced genetic information from leaf samples of the ancient palms.

Netflix's Love Is Blind Is Like If a Drunk Dog Made a Dating Show

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The Plot: Love Is Blind is yet another wacky variation on the reality romance show where singles seduce each other on national television for our entertainment.
Yes. Will viewers hear the term “experiment” so many times they begin to question their own reality?

For Uber and Lyft, this week has been a wild ride

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Then COVID-19 began to shutter the world, pushing its share prices so low that we recently felt compelled to write about their declines ; losses that steep are material and can negatively impact private, on-demand startups as they hunt for new capital or an exit.
This morning let’s unpack what the company said and ask if it’s reasonable that investors are pushing Lyft higher alongside Uber.

ABCmouse deal: keep your kids learning at home for free

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Adventure Academy is aimed at children aged 8-13 years, and offers a learning program that covers reading, math, science, and more.
ABCmouse offers learning activities for young children, from preschool age to 7th grade, all accessed from your home computer or mobile device.

Working from home? Here's how you can get better WiFi coverage.

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Google Nest WiFi Router Two-Pack (Save $60) — Google's Nest WiFi is a scalable and flexible system that'll blanket your home in speedy and reliable connection, helping to eliminate buffering and painful page load times.
TL;DR: As of March 20, you can get a Google Nest WiFi router two-pack for $60 off on Amazon, or a router and extender bundle for $70 off at Best Buy.

Amazon follows Netflix’s lead, reducing streaming quality in Europe

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Following moves by Netflix and YouTube , Amazon announced today that it, too, will be throttling streaming bitrates in Europe in an effort to conserve bandwidth. The online giant confirmed the move in a statement to TechCrunch, writing: We support the need for careful management of telecom services to ensure they can handle the increased internet demand with so many people now at home full-time d

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost made a 'Shaun of the Dead'-style PSA about coronavirus

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, stars of the 2004 zombie-apocalypse comedy Shaun of The Dead , posted a PSA about the coronavirus that basically told everyone not to do what they did in that end-of-the-world movie.
More about Youtube , Simon Pegg , Shaun Of The Dead , Nick Frost , and Coronavirus

In April 2020, Netflix gets one of the best sitcoms of the century

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The Matrix is returning to the service after an extremely brief break, while an influx of new movies like The Social Network and Django Unchained makes up for the amount of great films departing this month, like Blade Runner: The Final Cut.
Sunderland 'Til I Die: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

How Frequent Flyer Programs Will Save The Airlines

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They have a history of turning to their loyalty programs as cash cows – either spinning off the business or pre-selling 9- and 10-figure dollar amounts worth of miles to their co-brand credit card issuing banks.
One of the first things an airline does in bankruptcy is reaffirm their mileage liability because doing so is crucial to continuing (1) the revenue streams of those programs, so that customers are willing to continue to earn miles and (2) to attract loyal customers to fly and save the airline.

How to Help Feed Kids in Need During School Closures

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No Kid Hungry has a plan to ensure they have access to meals by providing emergency grants to food banks and community groups, urging Congress to boost SNAP funding for low-income families, diverting resources to the hardest-hit communities, helping families find meals while schools are closed and continuing its work to ensure every kid gets three meals a day.
Throughout a given school year, more than 30 million students participate in the National School Lunch Program , which provides free or reduced meals for children from low-income families, or who are homeless or in the foster care system.

Are your kids fans of 'Into the Spiderverse'? Get a voice note from Peter Parker.

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Johnson, who plays the OG Spider-Man in the animated film, posted an offer to Instagram, in which he'll send short voice notes to kids staying home from school in order to to quell the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
If your child is home from school and wants a quick encouraging message from Peter B Peter, then send me an email with their name and I’ll try and send over a short voice note.

The Flash Is Headed Toward 'Tragic Consequences'

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New images from Black Widow and Westworld .
/Film also has photos from “The Winter Line,” next week’s episode of Westworld .

Long narrow wires carry heat with little resistance

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When phonons travel long distances with minimal scattering—perhaps only reflections off a material's surfaces—we call that ballistic transport.
If the heat is carried by ballistic phonons, thermal resistance stays constant.

Cathay Pacific Cuts Capacity By 96% Through May

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With this, we’ll see both Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon operate a skeleton passenger flight schedule in April and May. Cathay Pacific’s ability to even maintain this 4% of capacity is dependent upon not seeing further travel restrictions imposed by governments.
Being Hong Kong’s largest airline, they first had to deal with reduced demand following months of protests in Hong Kong, and now are dealing with the huge decrease in global travel, as virtually all airlines are.

Coronavirus: Twitter bans 'unsafe' advice about the outbreak

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“We will enforce this in close co-ordination with trusted partners, including public health authorities and governments, and continue to use and consult with information from those sources when reviewing content,” Twitter said in a post on its website.
Twitter says it will remove content that promotes unverified claims and misinformation about coronavirus.

NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover is reaching pre-launch milestones almost daily

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Team members at Cape Canaveral are currently assembling and testing components that will play critical roles in the acquisition, containment, and eventual return to Earth of the first samples from another planet.
One critical component that the team is working on right now is the Adaptive Caching Assembly and the Bit Carousel.

US tech companies may share location data to track COVID-19

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The United States government is in talks with big data companies like Facebook, Google and others, as well as with health experts on how to use cellphone location data from Americans, to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The Verge reached out to Google and their response was: “We’re exploring ways that aggregated anonymized location information could help in the fight against COVID-19.

Create Digital Passports to Invite Friends in 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons'

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All you have to do is enter your name, friend code, a cute name for your island, and pick what you want your little avatar to look like on your passport.
Not only is the name delightful, but you can use it to generate cute little Animal Crossing-themed passports that you can send to friends or post on social media to kick off your island tours.

The Right Time to Buy Lodge Cast Iron Skillet Is Right Now

Lifehacker / 13h
Best Home Deals Best Home Deals The best home, kitchen, smart home, and automotive deals from around the web, updated daily. Lodge Pre-Seasoned 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Skillet | $15 | Walmart | Bonus $5 Gift Card Waiting to invest in cast iron cookware? Stop. The humble and inexpensive cast iron skillet is one of the best investments you can make. And right now, Walmart is dropping the price on a Lo

Scanwell aims to launch at-home 15-minute coronavirus test, but it still needs FDA approval

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The technology, which was developed by Chinese diagnostic technology company INNOVITA and has already been approved by China’s equivalent of the FDA and used by “millions” in China, can be taken at home in 15 minutes with the guidance of a medical professional via telehealth, and produces results in just hours.
Scanwell’s test will require FDA clearance, but the company tells me that it’s in the process of securing approval through the FDA’s accelerated emergency certification program.

How to Fight Coronavirus With Folding@home and a Gaming PC

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Want to help in the battle against the novel coronavirus? You can put your PC’s graphics processor to work with Folding@home. You’ll join an army of computers running calculations to help scientists understand the virus. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

This Sling TV deal gives you a $10 discount if you sign up to the streaming service right now

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With the TV streaming service's latest offer, you could pay as little as $20 for your first month to get 30+ live channels.
And yes that includes the likes of ESPN, Disney Channel, FXM, AMC and so much more!

Realme Narzo 10 will debut in India on March 26

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Earlier this week, Realme announced that it would be bringing a new series of smartphones to the country under the Narzo moniker, which will seemingly be focused on the youth while also bringing a new design.
On the inside, the Realme Narzo 10 family will be powered by the “latest processor,” which will be coming to India for the first time.