Sunday, March 22, 2020

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You Can Virtually Tour the Winchester Mystery House For Free While It's Closed Due to COVID-19

2KLifehacker / 2h
The house was under construction constantly from 1884 to 1922, some say without interruption 24 hours a day, until Sarah Winchester’s death in September of 1922.
As you might imagine, the house has a rather unusual construction.

American Airlines Not Letting Employees Wear Masks

3KOne Mile at a Time / 7h
As noted by View from the Wing , American Airlines seems to be disciplining employees who want to wear face masks.
I understand concerns and everything but we can’t be having our flight attendants come to work with a face mask on.

Airlines Are Breaking The Law By Refusing Refunds For Cancelled Flights

300+View from the Wing / 1h
The airline then continued to debate the language of their contract of carriage claiming that they aren’t required to provide a refund when they’re forced to cancel a flight.
Airlines Are Breaking The Law By Refusing Refunds For Cancelled Flights

This Professional Cosplayer Showcases Her Transformation Into The Witcher's Renfri

Gizmodo / 16min
In a new video put out by Netflix, Alyson Tabbitha, professional cosplayer, walks you through the step-by-step process used to transform from her normal self into Renfri.
Whether you’re a cosplay enthusiast or not, guides like this are fascinating to watch.

Review: Calala Island Nicaragua

One Mile at a Time / 25min
Calala Island is affiliated with Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) of the World, and Hyatt has a partnership with SLH , which is why it’s possible to redeem points here.
On the southeast part of the island are the evening bar, and the dining area where breakfast and dinner is served

iPhone reports of increased screen time during coronavirus are pretty rude TBH

Mashable / 33min
This week delivered a dose of reality about how social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic might be affecting our screen time.
iPhone users are accustomed to getting a "Weekly Screen Time Report" on Sundays.

Justice Dept. files its first coronavirus takedown: a bogus vaccine website

100+TechCrunch / 51min
U.S. federal prosecutors have filed and won a temporary restraining order against a website offering a fraudulent coronavirus vaccine, which the Justice Department said is its first enforcement action related to the pandemic.
A federal judge issued the temporary restraining order against the website’s owners, whose names are not known.

Amazon stops taking orders for some non-essentials in France and Italy

63Engadget / 52min
The online retailer told Reuters in a statement that it would temporarily stop taking orders for "some non-essential products" in France and Italy to help Amazon warehouses focus on more vital deliveries.
You can still buy non-essentials through Amazon in France and Italy if they're fulfilled through third parties.

How to watch Homeland: stream season 8 online from anywhere

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Read on and learn how to watch Homeland season 8 and where to stream the latest episodes of the critically acclaimed show online.
You can watch Homeland season 8 in a number of countries around the world, but if you find yourself stuck abroad during these difficult times, you're likely to find that geo-blocking prohibits you from accessing your usual streaming services.

Andy Serkis and His Daughter Discuss Acting Together on The Letter for the King

52Gizmodo / 1h
The Letter for the King is an attempt by Netflix to put out some family-friendly fantasy to give the kids something to enjoy when their parents won’t let the watch The Witcher .
And it’s family friend in a literal sense, too: Andy Serkis and his daughter, Ruby, act together in the upcoming series, playing father and daughter in fiction as well.

Upgrade Your Home Theater Setup with a New 55" TV

Gizmodo / 1h
Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. Vizio TV 55 Inch Smart TV + $125 Dell Gift Card | $340 | Dell If you’ve been wanting a 4K TV set but holding off for a good deal, your wait might be over. Dell has a Visio Smart TV on sale for $340, and those that purchase it get a $125 gift card to the Dell store. Provided you don’t mind shopping at the Dell

Sunday's Best Deals: Death Stranding, Kindle eBooks, 55" TV, Storage Bags, and More

32Lifehacker / 1h
Either way, it’s important to have good footwear when working out, and Adida’s Spring Sale will make sure you get a new pair of shoes at a discount.
A fresh new season means it’s time to refresh the wardrobe, and Finish Line will help you our with their current sale .

Which budgeting technique is right for you?

The Points Guy / 1h
The zero-based budget is best for people who (a) have plenty of time to budget and (b) want as much detail into their spending habits as possible.
The 50/30/20 budget splits your expenses three ways: 50% for needs (like rent and groceries ), 30% for wants ( Amazon shopping , anyone?), and 20% for saving.

Box’s Aaron Levie says it will take creativity and focus to get through this crisis

84TechCrunch / 2h
Levie pointed out that his company was a fledgling startup when the economic downturn hit in 2008, but he thinks this one could have a much greater impact on business than that one did.
We were building a company in 2008, and that was extremely hard, but I don’t think it is going to compare to how hard the coming year is going to be,” Levie said.

Best Buy Shifts Services Curbside, Suspends Home Installations and Repairs

100+Gizmodo / 2h
If you roll up to a Best Buy location without an advanced online order, employees can still retrieve what you need and deliver it curbside provided that it’s in stock.
“We are seeing a surge in demand across the country for products that people need to work or learn from home, as well as those products that allow people to refrigerate or freeze food,” Barry continued.

How to watch Outlander online: stream season 5 from anywhere

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With that in mind, here's our guide to watching an Outlander season 5 stream online from all corners of the globe.
With a whole new series of episodes to gorge on, check out our guide below to find out how to watch Outlander online from pretty much anywhere in the world.

Hey Siri, Do I Have Coronavirus?

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Before starting the questionnaire, Apple states that the answers provided are from the U.S. Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Apple has updated Siri with a questionnaire that helps people identify disease symptoms and determine the best course of action.

Frontier offering $50 credit if you cancel your flight by Monday

34The Points Guy / 2h
Ultralow cost carrier Frontier Airlines is giving you a little extra if you cancel your flights by Monday at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time. In a limited-time waiver policy, the airline said it will give passengers an extra $50 if they back out of an itinerary for travel between March 22 and June 17 by March 23. Sign up for the free daily TPG newsletter for more airline news. “Your $50 per person vouch

See the Messy Dry-Erase Board That Guided the Storytelling of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

47Gizmodo / 2h
At least, it seemed to help Phil Lord, who alongside Christopher Miller, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman put together the story for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse , guided by the complex scribbles of a couple of whiteboards that definitely look like a really messy college presentation.
Changes that, apparently, relied on these messy whiteboards to happen.

Maldives government repurposes abandoned resort as quarantine facility

The Points Guy / 2h
A number of island resorts have allocated resources and rooms as quarantine facilities, and there is a government contact assigned to each of the 10 resort locations.
The Maldives may be one of the smallest countries in Asia, but the government has taken a number of steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and treat locals and tourists who have contracted the novel coronavirus.

Photos show an empty California on 'stay at home' coronavirus order

300+Mashable / 2h
On Thursday, California governor Gavin Newsom issued a state-wide "stay at home" order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus .
CA is issuing a statewide, mandatory STAY AT HOME order.

Review: Kingdom is better (and more relevant) than ever in S2

51Ars Technica / 3h
Part historical political drama, part supernatural zombie horror, the South Korean series Kingdom proved to be a smart, heady, addictive delight when it debuted last year, easily earning a spot on our year's best list for 2019.
His conniving young wife, Queen Cho (Kim Hye-jun), and her family have kept him artificially alive—via a "resurrection plant" that turns the king into a flesh-eating zombie—until her son is born.

Best Buy, GameStop limit stores to curbside pickup

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At Best Buy, you'll get "enhanced curbside service" where you can not only pick up online orders, but ask store staff to fetch and sell products if you couldn't order them online.
As of March 22nd, Best Buy and GameStop have limited shoppers to delivery and curbside pickup.
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6 tips for AvGeeks and frequent flyers working from home

The Points Guy / 3h
So, why not make the most of this nonflying time to plan for future trips, update your bucket list and do some research on the best business class , first class and airlines around the world.
There are fewer and fewer airlines operating first-class cabins these days, so it’s not always easy to know which airlines do fly it, and if so, on which routes.

Marriott To Furlough Two Thirds Of Corporate Staff

36One Mile at a Time / 3h
A few days ago we learned that Marriott will be furloughing tens of thousands of employees at managed properties over the coming months.
Now those furloughs are being expanded to Marriott corporate employees.

Wide Open Qatar Airways QSuites Business Class Awards For Early 2021

View from the Wing / 4h
Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print pub

What are the differences between business class and first class?

The Points Guy / 4h
Do some research before your flight — if the departing airport has a separate lounge for first-class passengers, you can expect this to be noticeably better than what is provided for business class.
It also differs by route — you will likely have a better experience regardless of the class if departing from the airline’s hub rather than at an outstation as the airline has more control over the passenger experience at its home airport.

Government launches Minecraft server so young people can stay inside and game during coronavirus

400+Mashable / 4h
The Polish government has created a public Minecraft server and launched a website with online activities to encourage young people to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Polish government has launched a website, , filled with various online activities in order to keep young people from going out.

Air India Warns That Vigilantes Are Ostracizing Crews

55One Mile at a Time / 4h
#FlyAI : We would like to appeal to all,particularly the law enforcement agencies,to ensure that AirIndia crew are treated with respect and freedom that every citizen deserves, especially those who have been discharging their duties in selfless manner for return of fellow Indians
We would like to appeal to all concerned, particularly the law enforcement agencies, to ensure that our crew are treated with the courtesy, respect and freedom that every citizen of this country deserves especially in light of the fact of their having undertaken flight duties to affected countries to bring back Indian citizens.

geisterseher: Louis Rhead, A collection of book plate designs...

Music, Arts & Literature / 4h
geisterseher : Louis Rhead, A collection of book plate designs (1907)

Facebook and Instagram lower video quality in Europe

200+Engadget / 4h
Social networks are joining streaming services in reducing video quality to help European networks deal with demand from people staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"To help alleviate any potential network congestion, we will temporarily reduce bit rates for videos on Facebook and Instagram in Europe.

Ashley Eckstein Talks Completing Story Arcs and the Unrelenting Goodness of Ahsoka Tano

100+Gizmodo / 4h
“When Ahsoka walked away from the Jedi Order at the end of Season 5, that was never meant to be the end of Ahsoka’s storyline,” Ashley Eckstein, the voice actress behind Ahsoka Tano, told Syfy Wire recently.
“But these next eight episodes that you’re gonna see will wrap up Ahsoka’s storyline in The Clone Wars .

Here’s what life is like in Shanghai during the coronavirus outbreak

21The Points Guy / 5h
Shanghai isn’t quite as strict at the moment, but passengers arriving from “yellow” countries, which include the U.S., are required to quarantine for 14 days either at home or at a designated facility.
I’ve lived in Shanghai for the last year and a half and spent a good month in the city self isolating during the peak of the outbreak before flying to the U.S. to be with my family.

Coronavirus canceled their group travel plans. They still plan to meet up — virtually

The Points Guy / 5h
He and his travel partner Brenda initially planned to surprise a buddy who lives in Spain in mid-May, but the trip was canceled because of coronavirus concerns.
We are planning to video chat this weekend probably via [Facebook] Messenger.

Emirates will suspend most passenger flights by March 25

300+TechCrunch / 5h
Emirates , the world’s largest airline by international traffic, today briefly announced on Twitter and its own website that it would halt all passenger flights by March 25 but then reversed course and said that it would still fly to 13 destinations, including the U.S., UK, Japan, Australia and Canada. It’s a sign of the times that a) nobody would blink if Emirates had actually announced that it

Emirates Won’t Suspend All Passenger Flights After All – U.S. Flights And Many Others Continue

View from the Wing / 5h
by Gary Leff on March 22, 2020 On Friday United Airlines announced they were suspending all long haul international flying, only to change their mind on Saturday . Now on Sunday Emirates announced they would suspend all passenger flights . They, too, have now walked that back . They’re now only going to suspend most flights on Wednesday. “Having receiving requests from governments and customers

Apple's Siri helps Americans wondering if they have COVID-19

Apple Siri Coronavirus200+Engadget / 5h
Apple has quietly updated Siri in the US to provide a questionnaire (using US Public Health Service and CDC data) when they ask if they have the coronavirus.
Apple released a COVID-19 symptom triage tool within Siri.

Study details how long coronavirus lasts on different common surfaces

69SlashGear / 6h
The novel coronavirus behind the growing number of COVID-19 respiratory disease cases around the world is believed to primarily be transmitted through droplets in the air and on surfaces that have been touched by contaminated hands.
For this reason, public health officials are advising the public to avoid touching their faces and to regularly wash their hands.

With kids and adults staying at home, are virtual worlds ready for primetime?

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Hanging out within the virtual worlds of games has become more popular in recent years with the growth of platforms like Roblox and open-world games like Fortnite, but it still isn’t a mainstream way to socialize outside of the young-adult demographic.
You wrote this eight-article series around virtual worlds and then all of a sudden post-publication there is this massive event — the novel coronavirus pandemic — causing a large portion of the human population to stay at home and interact only online.

Wow: Turkish Airlines Will Fly To Only Five International Cities

100+One Mile at a Time / 6h
According to Daily Sabah , Turkish Airlines’ Chairman has indicated a very generous policy for those who choose to keep a ticket credit with the airline, rather than get a refund:
The company will offer 1,000 bonus miles for every 10EUR of the ticket price that they choose to postpone rather than refund

artfortheages:Woman Reading in a Garden - Richard Edward Miller...

Music, Arts & Literature / 6h
artfortheages : Woman Reading in a Garden - Richard Edward Miller - circa 1912

Germans sing 'Bella Ciao' from rooftops, showing support for Italians in lockdown

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Germans are showing support for Italians in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic by singing "Bella Ciao," the Guardian reports . In the Bavarian town of Bamberg, people stuck their heads out of their windows and sat in chairs on their rooftops to sing the Italian resistance song. The move is an apparent nod to Italians singing the tune in Rome earlier this month, as journalist Jessica Phelan

Choosing Your Best Rewards Card While Travel Is Grounded

View from the Wing / 6h
Airlines: United MileagePlus, British Airways Executive Club, Air France KLM Flying Blue, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, Iberia Plus, Aer Lingus AerClub, Emirates Skywards
I’m not sure how many people are going to be looking for that right now , although it comes with a limited time offer to earn 100,000 bonus miles after $5,000 in purchases in the first three months from account opening.

8 ways to travel the world without leaving your sofa

23The Points Guy / 6h
Instead of traveling right now (sorry, that probably means no spring break this year ), we suggest you use this time to plan your next vacation.
You can virtually explore national parks and famous attractions around the country, all courtesy of Google Arts & Culture .

Tessa Thompson and Thandie Newton Talk the Growth of Their Characters in Westworld Season 3

43Gizmodo / 6h
Tessa Thompson in Westworld. Image: HBO The third season of Westworld is forcing everyone to change, to grow, and to explore what power they have and how best to use it. As the outside world joins the equation, everything just gets much more complicated. That’s part of what Thandie Newton and Tessa Thompson consider in a new featurette for Westworld ’s third season . It’s the latest in a series o

Amazon, Apple and Microsoft CEOs detail their companies’ efforts to combat coronavirus pandemic

500+TechCrunch / 7h
Over the weekend, the CEOs of Amazon, Apple and Microsoft all shared updates regarding some aspects of their company’s ongoing contributions, which range from donations of medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers, to software projects that help track and analyze the global spread of infection.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos provided an update on Saturday on the company’s official blog that included details about the change in Amazon’s prioritization for its warehousing and logistics operations , which now focus on essential items including daily household staples, baby and medical supplies.

Disney, Apple and Amazon join Netflix and YouTube in reducing streaming quality

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Desperate times call for desperate measures – and Disney, Apple and Amazon have now joined Netflix and YouTube in reducing the video quality of their streaming services across Europe.
Amazon has taken a similar approach with its Prime Video service over the last few days, promising to "reduce streaming bitrates whilst maintaining a quality streaming experience" in the European countries where it operates.

After Math: We're not ready for the new normal

100+Engadget / 7h
The racing league announced last week that it will replace its marathon-length live events with 90-minute competitions with its marquee racers competing in "simulation-style" esports contests.
And that host is Conan O'Brien who will be coming to America's living rooms via his living room (and a Skype connection) in the coming weeks.

Emirates Suspending All Passenger Flights On Wednesday

View from the Wing / 7h
Emirates CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum has announced that the airline will shut down passenger operations by Wednesday, March 25.
Emirates Suspending All Passenger Flights On Wednesday

Why I can’t wait to get back to Disney World — but not for the reasons you think

28The Points Guy / 7h
This week, as the potential trajectory of the devastating effects of the novel coronavirus are being discussed in the news, I’ve wanted, more than anything else, to be back at Walt Disney World — sitting on that bench watching the moonlight dance across Stormalong Bay, talking with mom and dad about all of our hopes and dreams.
I remember so many evenings sitting on that bench, talking with my parents about the good old days and all that was still to come in my future.

Disney+ throttles quality in Europe as streaming numbers increase

European Disney FranceSlashGear / 7h
The decision was made in light of the large number of people who are currently quarantined in the EU, leading to the increased usage of local Internet services for everything from gaming to video streaming, work, and school.
Last week, the European Commission called on streaming companies like Netflix to reduce the quality of their streams during hours of peak Internet usage.

UPDATE: Emirates will suspend most passenger operations by Wednesday in response to coronavirus

100+The Points Guy / 8h
Emirates, the Dubai-based airline known for onboard luxury and a network that connects far-flung corners of the world through the U.A.E., announced that it would suspend most passenger flights by Wednesday as demand for air travel evaporates amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
“As a global network airline, we find ourselves in a situation where we cannot viably operate passenger services until countries reopen their borders, and travel confidence returns,” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, CEO of the Emirates Group said in a statement .

Hawaii institutes mandatory two-week quarantine on arrival to the state

100+The Points Guy / 8h
Hawaii’s governor issued a sweeping quarantine order Saturday, requiring all visitors — including mainland U.S. citizens — and residents returning to the state, to self-isolate for 14 days.
We need everyone to comply with these quarantine orders to help protect Hawaii’s residents,” Ige said.

Lyft to offer medical supply and meal delivery during coronavirus pandemic

500+TechCrunch / 8h
The new efforts are detailed in a blog post by the ride-hailing company, and also include expanding its existing medical transportation services for anyone that needs to get to critical healthcare appointments and treatments, while dealing with the extra strain put on the healthcare system by the coronavirus pandemic.
The company announced that it will be offering delivery of critical medical supplies to individuals who need them during this time, including the elderly and those living with chronic diseases, and that it will be delivering meals to students who ordinarily get subsidized lunches through school, as well as seniors.

Moving? Consider using a credit card to maximize rewards

The Points Guy / 8h
Even if you’re moving yourself, expenses like packing supplies, truck rentals, and furniture for your new home or apartment can really add up.
For example, if you’re renting a truck for a long-distance move, a gas credit card that allows you to earn a reward, like cash back on gas purchases (generally in the form of a statement credit) can also help you with savings.

philamuseum: We know spring is a hard time to stay inside, so...

Music, Arts & Literature / 8h
philamuseum : We know spring is a hard time to stay inside, so today we’re bringing the flowers to you. “ Lilac Blossoms ,” around 1800, by Christiaen van Pol “ Every Touch, ” 1995, by Jim Hodges © Jim Hodges “ Flowers, ” 1964, by Andy Warhol © Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York “ Flowers, ” 1800s, by Yun Qingping

How Photojournalists Are Documenting the Coronavirus Crisis

400+Wired / 8h
Beijing-based photographer Kevin Frayer can’t remember a time that his life was so complicated or difficult, “and that speaks to the intensity of the story,” he says.
Since the first cases appeared in Wuhan, China in December, the coronavirus has quickly become “the defining global health crisis of our time,” according to the World Health Organization.

Montblanc MB 01 Review: Premier Noise-Canceling Headphones

84Wired / 8h
Not so with the pen company’s sleek new MB 01 over-ears, which silence the world around you like they’re spewing a firetruck-load of black ink.
They're not without downsides—most notably, a $595 price tag—but if you're after a comfortable, isolated, and great-sounding portable listening experience, Montblanc’s new headphones should be high on your list.

Singapore Bans Short Term Visitors And Transit Passengers

View from the Wing / 8h
Singapore Bans Short Term Visitors And Transit Passengers
Singapore is implementing a ban on both short term visitors and transit passengers, starting Monday at 11:59 p.m. local time.

Emirates Cancels All Flights Indefinitely, Changes Their Mind Almost Immediately

3KOne Mile at a Time / 8h
Emirates Airline has just announced that they will be suspending all passenger flights.
What is actually going on in the world anymore, when one of the world’s largest airlines changes their mind about indefinitely suspending operations after just 90 minutes?!

Qatar Airways Grounds A380 Fleet

100+One Mile at a Time / 8h
With the A380s grounded, that also means Qatar Airways won’t be offering long haul first class for the coming weeks.
Qatar Airways’ fleet of 10 A380s is a comparable size to the fleets of most other airlines operating the plane, though pales in comparison to Emirates’ massive A380 fleet ( update : in the meantime, Emirates has suspended all operations ).

A new type of COVID-19 test now approved for use could help with frontline diagnostics

400+TechCrunch / 8h
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving much more quickly to grant special ’emergency use authorization’ to equipment and tests that could help increase testing for the novel coronavirus in the U.S., which lags behind most countries in the world when it comes to tests conducted relative to the size of its population. One type of test just approved for use could help expand the avail

Into and after the viral storm

100+TechCrunch / 9h
Well, here’s an NYC doctor saying “We need our technology friends to be making and testing prototypes to rig the ventilators that we do have to support more than one patient at a time.”
We are very literally all in this together, and they need it a lot more than you do.) Then we ramp up massive, pervasive, frequent COVID-19 testing infrastructure everywhere.

How to Record a Zoom Meeting

36How-To Geek / 9h
If you’re hosting a meeting on Zoom, you might want to record it for future reference. If you’re a participant in the meeting, you will need permission from the host before you’re able to record. Here’s how to do both. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Lyft will deliver food and medical supplies during the coronavirus crisis

200+Engadget / 9h
With the coronavirus outbreak in the US worsening, Lyft says it plans to expand its operations to include the delivery of food and medical supplies.
"This work helps create new opportunities for drivers, provides rides to those in need, and helps distribute essential goods," the company said on its website .

Plant Shutdowns, Vital Truckers, and More Car News This Week

Tesla Ford Rivian GM84Wired / 9h
The Navy will deploy two hospital ships to help with the coronavirus response, but a surgeon who served on one of them doesn’t think it’s a great place to treat infectious disease patients.
As the novel coronavirus pushes demand for groceries and medical equipment, truck drivers are looking for guarantees that they’ll have places to buy a cup of coffee—and sleep.

#ReleaseTheButtholeCut Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

100+Wired / 9h
What Really Happened: With social distancing and self-quarantining becoming the norm around the world, the internet is becoming even more important in people’s lives as a tool with which to communicate, with platforms like Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook assuming even more central roles in how we talk to each other and share information—which makes it a problem when things start to go inexplicably wrong, disrupting that communication in worrying ways.
People started noticing that something strange was happening with Facebook pretty early in the week.

The only little movie screen in the capital of Texas

200+Ars Technica / 9h
Twenty-plus emails and 10 days later, the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In opened up its screen this week for the first of four evenings of "SXSocial Distance: A Night of Short Films."
"Originally I was going to put the Facebook post up and, if no filmmakers reached out, I was going to let it go," Frank, the founder and owner of the Blue Starlite, tells Ars.

United Airlines Backtracks On Flight Cancelations

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Just 24 hours later they reversed that decision, and plan to maintain daily flights to six long haul international destinations.
United Airlines is backtracking , and now has decided to keep some international long haul routes.

How to Take and Annotate Screenshots on iPad Using Apple Pencil

60How-To Geek / 9h
As an avid iPad user, you might be taking screenshots and annotating them quite often using the Apple Pencil. A new shortcut introduced in iPadOS 13 makes this process even easier. Here’s how it works. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Galaxy S20 Ultra camera fix update now rolling out in the US

Samsung Galaxy US ExynosSlashGear / 9h
It’s no secret that Samsung’s latest and greatest smartphone, the Galaxy S20 Ultra, has been plagued by a number of issues, not the least of which are some camera problems that include slow autofocus when the camera app is launched and excessive softness applied to selfies.
As well, reviewers had complained of selfies that feature excessive softness, an issue that has popped up on some other phone models over the years.

Volunteer group develops a COVID-19 testing location database for the U.S.

400+TechCrunch / 9h
That said, this database, which was built by a team of around 15 developers working remotely one the course of just one week, should be viewed as a potential resource to inform those working on the country’s emergency response and COVID-19 mitigation strategy, or efforts to ensure that testing is available across the country in a way that accurately addresses population needs, and that can provide a full picture of the extent of the actual virus spread.
Kemendo also says that the plan is to potentially scale this to cover countries outside the U.S., provided the group can find a scalable way to populate the location data.

How to Set Reminders in Slack

How-To Geek / 10h
When you’re using Slack for communications, it’s important to remember to follow up on a message, attend a meeting, or just get up and drink some water. Set reminders in Slack and Slackbot will help. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Discover how the OPPO Reno 3 Pro’s cameras work together to capture clear shots

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
The Reno3 Pro’s versatile camera setup is geared towards content creators, giving them all the tools they need to capture clear shots under any condition and make professional photos and videos on the go.
The cameras capture multiple images of the same scene and use the information from the best frames to form a composite image.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) From our stacks: Poem “Calm at Sea”...

Music, Arts & Literature / 10h
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) From our stacks: Poem “Calm at Sea” from The Minor Poetry of Goethe . A Selection from his Songs, Ballads, and Other Lesser Poems. Translated by William Grasett Thomas. Philadelphia: E. H. Butler & Co., 1859.

An Ancient Magma Flood Offers Clues About Global Warming

1KWired / 10h
A target for oil drilling, the Forties Sandstone Member has been extensively studied, drilled and seismically scanned by the oil industry, allowing geologists to work out that it formed from the eroded remains of the land bridge between Scotland and Greenland that was uplifted from the Atlantic 56 million years ago, coincident with the PETM.
Similarly, James Zachos of the University of California, Santa Cruz, who discovered some of the earliest evidence for the PETM and formerly attributed the event to methane clathrates, said he now sees igneous activity as “the trigger and main source of carbon.”

8 Best Android and iPhone Games to Help You Survive Social Distancing

92Wired / 10h
Featured Video 13 Levels of Beatboxing: Easy to Complex 2005 Female World Beatbox Champion Butterscotch explains the art of beatboxing in 13 levels of difficulty. Starting with just the bass drum, Butterscotch layers more and more vocal drums and instruments on top of each other until she starts adding real, live instruments as well.

Marriott Furloughing Majority Of Corporate Staff

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by Gary Leff on March 22, 2020 After furloughing tens of thousands of hotel employees Marriott is set to furlough two thirds of its corporate staff both from among its 4000 employees at corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland and abroad. Marriott said the corporate staff furloughs would begin early next month and estimate that they will last 60 to 90 days. During that period, furloughed U.S

Voi, the European e-scooter rentals startup, ‘pauses’ operations in several countries

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More broadly, the Coronavirus outbreak is a major blow to e-scooter companies as cities around the world are restricting movement and social distancing and isolation is, to varying degrees, being practiced.
Following similar moves by Lime, Bird, Tier and others, Voi Technology , the European e-scooter rentals and so-called micro-mobility startup, says it has “paused” operations in several countries due to the Coronvirus pandemic.

20 cheap, expert-led online courses you can take while social distancing

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The 2020 Side-Hustle bundle includes courses on everything from copywriting to running a freelance business to e-commerce to real estate, You will even learn how to create professional presentations, how to make a substantial profit, and how to turn a hobby into a full-time income in whatever path you choose.
This certification bundle includes fifty hours of instruction designed to help you learn how to code from scratch.

30 great deals to keep you productive while working from home this week

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Designed for gaming, this red and black desk features a wide enough surface for multiple monitors and has built-in headphone hooks, a cup holder, a cord-management hole, three grounded outlet receptors, and two USB charging ports, to keep everything organized and juiced up throughout your workday.
It's designed with floor levelers and crossbars, for extra durability, and features a cup holder, headphone hook, power console, and USB charging ports for organization.

US weather outlook highlights spring flooding risk

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Where the soils are wet, that also means the risk for spring flooding is higher.
The unusually warm winter has put the country in a bit of a split personality: some parts of the US are at risk for flooding, while others can expect worsening drought, instead.

You can now ask Siri questions about the Covid-19 disease

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Apple is doing its bit in the fight against the new coronavirus, and has updated its Siri voice assistant to answer some simple questions about Covid-19, pointing people towards some of the authoritative health resources online.
As reported by CNBC this weekend, voice queries like "hey Siri, do I have the coronavirus?" will lead you through a series of quick questions about symptoms such as a dry cough and shortness of breath.

The Lovebirds theatrical premiere scrapped, movie moves to Netflix

SlashGear / 11h
In light of movie theater closures, Paramount Pictures has made the decision to scrap its The Lovebirds theatrical premiere entirely and instead to make the movie available to stream on Netflix.
In other cases, movie studios have made the decision to postpone theatrical premieres — A Quiet Place 2 was originally scheduled to hit theaters earlier this month, for example, but Paramount made the decision to postpone it.

How to Avoid the Worst Online Scams

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Dig into the settings for your most important accounts and you should be able to find options for reviewing and disconnecting third-party accounts that you no longer need: For Facebook the page is here , for example, and for Google it's here .
It's also a good idea to limit the number of third-party accounts linked to your main accounts as much as possible—so all those apps and sites you've registered for using your Facebook or Google credentials.

DIY Rockets, Daredevils, and the Tragedy of Mad Mike Hughes

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What people need to realize is this is going to be the most-watched event in the history of mankind.
The challenge, I suggested, wasn’t shooting Mike into space.

WIRED’s Video Guide to Extreme Indoor Activities

100+Wired / 11h
At WIRED, we’ve always loved a good indoor activity, and we’ve made lots of videos over the years of master-class practitioners doing everything from building world-record airplanes to Rube Goldberg-style kinetic art projects.
John Collins, better known as “The Paper Airplane Guy,” spent more than a decade perfecting the art and science of folding up regular old paper and turning it into world-record airplanes.

Parenting With Covid-19: How to Care for Kids If You Get Sick

500+Wired / 11h
“If you are mildly sick, who is going to take care of the kids in your home?
And make sure your sick loved one closes the toilet bowl lid and washes his hands.

Why Don’t We Just Ban Targeted Advertising?

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Republican senator Orrin Hatch, then 84 years old, asked how Facebook could make any money by offering a free service.
Above all, they’ve tried to browbeat the companies into adopting better policies around things like fact-checking, content moderation, and political ads.

Can Loyica become next unicorn from Dubai in CRM software business?

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Dubai-based tech startup Loyica is targeting small entrepreneurs and SMEs who cannot afford a customer relationship management (CRM) from the big players with its flexible and advanced features and at a fraction of the cost.
Ali Homadi, CEO of Dubai-based Loyica, told TechRadar Middle East that other products in the market are so complicated and that is what is scaring everyone to use a CRM in the Middle East.

New iPad Pro 2020's Magic Keyboard won't help me use my tablet how I want

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However, I’ve been using the iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) daily for almost a year now, complete with the Smart Keyboard Folio and Apple Pencil to really round off the experience, and there’s a big issue with the former addition which the Magic Keyboard doesn’t look set to fix – the issue of protection and durability.
The Smart Keyboard Folio – and, by the looks of it, the Magic Keyboard, although we haven’t tested it yet – works like a case, wrapping around the iPad Pro when it’s closed, and acting as a stand when in action.

The 6 best photo-editing apps you need to download on your iPhone

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If you opt for the free version, you'll have access to basic tools to edit RAW images — like contrast, saturation, texture, crop, and skew.
With over 30 edit tools and filters to choose from, you can use things like lens blur (for Bokeh), tune the exposure, boost shadows, adjust the white balance, and more.

50 Video Games You Can Replay Forever

57How-To Geek / 11h
If you’ve found yourself with a lot of free time on your hands, you could use it to learn a new skill. But you won’t. You could do some of those projects you’ve been putting off. But you won’t do that, either. Nope, you’re going to play just a crap-ton of video games. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How to Rearrange Windows with Keyboard Shortcuts on Windows 10

100+How-To Geek / 12h
Arranging your workspace in Windows 10 can sometimes feel like a tedious process with your mouse. Luckily, you can use many keyboard shortcuts to switch, snap, minimize, maximize, move, or resize windows. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

What happened to the Essential Phone?

21SlashGear / 12h
Launched in 2017, the Phone may have only been heard by tech heads, but years later would prove to be so ahead of its time that it has paved the way for designers today.
A new alternative to the mainstream offerings of Apple and Samsung, Essential launched with many ideas that we hadn’t seen yet.

Doom Eternal seemingly sabotaged its own Denuvo anti-piracy tech

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And indeed the buzz on forums is that crackers have already found a way to patch out the requirement to login with your Bethesda account the first time Doom Eternal is run (so you can play the DRM-less version offline, in other words).
This was present in the version of the game provided by the Bethesda Launcher, with the DRM-less executable file simply sitting in a folder labeled ‘Original’ inside the main Doom Eternal folder (indicating that this was the original EXE, before DRM was added – it’s far smaller in size, unsurprisingly).

Doom Eternal at 8K sends a $2,500 graphics card to hell - but it's still a blast to play

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Playing Doom Eternal at 8K resolution and with graphics settings on 'Ultra Nightmare', which is the highest they will go, gave us average frame rates of 39.9 frames per second (FPS).
We'd already found that even though Doom Eternal looks fantastic, it manages to run extremely well on a wide range of graphics cards at 4K, but running at 7,680 × 4,320 8K resolution is a whole other level of pain for even the most powerful of gaming PCs .

Learn the secrets of your favorite YouTube stars with this $15 course

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The Complete YouTube Course can serve as the perfect springboard, teaching you everything you need to know about making it big on the world's biggest video-sharing platform.
TL;DR: Learn the ins and outs of your favorite video platform with The Complete YouTube Course for $14.99, a 92% savings as of March 22.

40 deals on products that will charge all your gadgets

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This 5,000mAh power bank features a wireless charging pad, a USB charging port, and two built-in charging cables that work with micro, Lightning, and Type-C devices, plus SmartSpeed® Technology for fast charging.
This super-slim power bank has quick charge USB 3.0 and Type-C ports, so you can power up to two devices on the go with a whopping 10,000mAh. Use the code SPRINGSAVE15 and get it on sale for $40.79 .

Paramount cancels movie's theatrical release in favor of Netflix

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And whether Paramount likes it or not, Netflix has a much larger audience than All Access -- this may be the studio's best chance at recouping its investment short of delaying the movie's release.
Both Deadline and Hollywood Reporter understand that Paramount is releasing the romantic comedy The Lovebirds on Netflix after cancelling its theatrical release -- the first time one of these cancellations has gone to a third-party streamer.

Stay in and save up to 50% on Ann Summers

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TL;DR: Ann Summers has dropped a mid-season sale, with savings of up to 50% on list price. We could all do with some good news right about now, and whilst an Ann Summers Sale isn't going to solve everything, it might help. Ann Summers has dropped its mid-season sale, with savings of up to 50% on the list price of sex toys, lingerie sets, fancy dress outfits, and much more. It's the perfect distra

ZenMate VPN is on sale for under £2 per month

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TL;DR: An 18-month subscription to Zenmate VPN is on sale for £1.99 per month, saving you 79% on list price. VPNs are vital when you're working from home, and the current situation has resulted in a lot of interest in the providers. Anyone dipping their toe into the world of VPNs will quickly notice that there are a lot of services to consider, each with a slightly different set of features. It's

This stunning 49-inch business monitor has 3 features all displays should have

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Here's our list of the best business monitors of 2020
Check out our list of the best business webcams on the market

The virtual reality church that isn't shutting its doors

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Even before the coronavirus pandemic, one church has been experimenting with virtual reality.

Samsung rolls out camera fix for Galaxy S20 Ultra in the US

Samsung Galaxy US Exynos200+Engadget / 19h
Early Galaxy S20 Ultra owners have complained about camera issues like a pokey autofocus on the 108MP main sensor, but it looks like relief is in sight. Samsung tells Engadget it has started the US rollout of a software update that improves a number of features for the Galaxy S20 family, most notably the "camera systems." The company wasn't specific about just what the fixes entailed, but SamMobi

With Covid-19 Closing Theaters, This Distributor Is Taking the Movie-Going Experience Online

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Called the Kino Marquee program, it employs the company’s recently launched on-demand video platform, Kino Now , to create virtual screening rooms in collaboration with participating theaters.
With that in mind, arthouse and indie film distributor Kino Lorber announced a new initiative this week that simultaneously gets their movies in front of viewers and helps theaters keep the lights on in the meantime—a win-win.

You Can Listen to Some Audible Audiobooks For Free Right Now

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Unlike some other free offerings, where you’re required to sign up for a trial, or at least provide your email address, these offerings are all available to stream with no login and no payment information exchanging hands.
Just as you can normally with Audible, the player allows you to start and stop the stream, jump back or forward 30 seconds, and change the speed the book is being read.

Apple donates millions of masks to healthcare pros in the US and Europe

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Tim Cook has revealed that Apple is donating "millions" of masks to healthcare professionals in Europe and the US.
Our teams at Apple have been working to help source supplies for healthcare providers fighting COVID-19.

Step-by-step guide: How to video call your family

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If your friend or relative does not use an iPhone, iPad or Mac, you can still video call them using a different app.
To video call a friend using WhatsApp, they will need to have installed the app too - and you will need to add their phone number to your smartphone's address book.

United Won’t Stop Flying To Europe, Israel, Asia Or South America After All

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Finally, through March 29 outbound United will run San Francisco – Seoul (Flights 893/892).
After just yesterday announcing the end of all long haul services, United Airlines on Saturday evening changed their mind and reintroduced several flights through their May schedule:

Smartphone shipments saw their largest drop ever in February

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You likely knew that smartphone demand would fall during the COVID-19 pandemic when Apple and others were warning of shortages , but it's now clearer just how bad the damage was. Strategy Analytics has determined that