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This 550m-year-old jelly bean-like creature is ancestor to all humans

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A new bit of research published by the National Academy of Sciences showed evidence of one of the first creatures on this planet with a mouth and a butt. More specifically, this fossil called Ikaria wariootia, is one of the oldest known bilaterians. A bilaterian is an animal with two openings and a trough-gut. This creature is a key in recording the transition from the oldest, simplest creatures

Sir Patrick Stewart is reading soothing Shakespeare on Twitter while social distancing

10KMashable / 18h
You might not be able to go to the theatre at the moment due to coronavirus social distancing measures, but that doesn't mean you can't still watch famous actors reciting iambic pentameter. You just need to head over to Sir Patrick Stewart's Twitter feed for that. On Saturday, the legendary stage and screen actor — who was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for over 15 years — shared a vid

Turn Your Entire Home Into a Miniature Golf Course With These Putting Cup Air Vents

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After just a week of quarantine, you’re probably already on the verge of running out of activities in your home. Anything and everything will be a welcome distraction moving forward, such as easily turning every floor of your home into a miniature golf course —minus water hazards and those frustrating spinning windmills. The Puttacup is designed to replace the vents and grates covering the floor

The coronavirus is proving to be big business for Facebook news

Mashable / 17min
The coronavirus is all anybody is talking about right now, as the global pandemic wraps itself around every aspect of our lives. Stuck in self-quarantine, many people are turning to the internet to keep them up to date with the health crisis' latest developments. So, of course, it's Facebook's time to shine. An internal Facebook report obtained by The New York Times found users have been reading

Pokémon Go gets easier and cheaper to play while you're stuck at home

Pokémon Go Poké Balls34Engadget / 27min
It could be tough getting enough Poké Balls when you have to stay at home and can't visit PokéStops. To make sure you have enough balls to catch monsters with, Niantic has started selling a 100-Poké Ball bundle for 1 PokéCoin in the Pokémon Go shop. The company has launched a rotating 1 PokéCoin bundle that will change every week and will be available as one-time purchases. It's also increasing d

Black Widow Is Delayed, So I Guess My Mind Decided I Should Dream the Movie Instead?

Gizmodo / 27min
Remember 2012, when everyone actually wanted a Black Widow solo film? Image: Disney For some ridiculous reason ( boredom ), Twitter is talking about Iron Man 3 today. Instead of rehashing a so-so MCU installment , allow me to tell you about the Black Widow dream I had last night. I should preface this by saying my subconscious often gifts me with incredibly detailed, absolutely bizarro dreams. Th

Microsoft Says Critical Vulnerability in Windows Is Already Being Used in 'Limited Targeted Attacks'

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The Microsoft logo at a launch event in 2010. Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) Microsoft said on Monday that it has discovered a flaw in Windows 10 and other versions of the operating system that has already resulted in “limited targeted attacks.” There is as of yet no patch for the vulnerability, though Microsoft ranks it as a “critical” flaw. Per TechCrunch , Microsoft’s security team said a

The world's cheapest 1TB 'USB flash drive' is not what you think it is

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RAVpower is certainly no one-trick pony; the company makes docking stations, USB-C hubs, laptop battery chargers and more. It's a popular brand that's well received among reviewers, including us. However, unbeknown to many, the company is also responsible for a USB flash drive (AKA thumb drive) that is nothing short of exceptional, for two reasons. First, its flagship model (the 1TB RAVPower Mini

Galaxy Buds+ power management chips go into mass production for others to use

SlashGear / 1h
Samsung is known for making chips that it puts in its own phones but most of the better-known ones include Exynos Systems-on-Chip (SoCs), RAM, and flash data storage. It does, however, also make a lot of other silicon, including smaller power management integrated chips or PMICs. The latter is now the subject of Samsung’s latest proud announcement as it kicks off the mass production of the PMICs

Westworld's Episode 3 Teaser Hints at Tessa Thompson's Secret Identity

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Host Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) struggles with her new reality. Image: HBO ( YouTube ) Trailer Frenzy A special place to find the newest trailers for movies and TV shows you're craving. One of the looming questions in Westworld season three is: Who is Charlotte Hale? Tessa Thompson’s character may have been sheltering Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) during the escape from the island , but now she coul

Google Messages app reportedly deleting messages since last year

SlashGear / 2h
Text messaging apps aren’t exactly sophisticated and feature-rich. There’s very little you can really do with the SMS protocol unless the app also supports the more or less defunct MMS system or, in Google’s case, the new RCS that some are trying to push. That’s not to say those apps can’t go wrong, just like Google’s Messages app that has apparently been making messages disappear for almost a ye

What's on TV this week: 'Ozark' season three

200+Engadget / 2h
Another week at home, and at least there are a few worthy options to watch. After a lengthy gap, Netflix's Ozark will pick up season three with the plot advanced six months from where we last visited the characters. On CBS All Access things are wrapping up for season one of Star Trek: Picard , and this week is also the season finale of Terriers 2 , aka Stumptown . One thing to keep an eye on for

CDC Says Coronavirus Traces Lasted 17 Days on Cruise Ship, But No Evidence of Transmission Risk

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Photo: Cameron Spencer (Getty Images) Traces of the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus can last longer on some surfaces than previously detected by health authorities, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released on Monday . Health officials were able to detect viral RNA on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which had a major coronavirus outbreak earlier this year, up to 17 days a

Dell Mobile Connect now transfers photos between your iPhone and PC

100+Engadget / 2h
Dell teased in January that its Mobile Connect software would become much more iPhone-friendly this spring, and it's honoring that promise. The PC maker has updated Mobile Connect (you'll need the Microsoft Store and App Store downloads, and officially a 2018 or newer Dell/Alienware PC) to enable both file transfers and screen mirroring for iPhones. The file exchanges are really just limited to p

Coronavirus: Private clinic defends charging £375 for test

400+BBC News - Technology / 3h
Image copyright Getty Images A private healthcare clinic in London has defended its decision to charge £375 ($434) for a coronavirus test. The Private Harley Street Clinic said the price reflected "the costs of these logistic and clinical services that we provide" and added that it was offering free tests for NHS staff. It followed newspaper reports that the clinic had sold several thousand at fu

Apple App Store Universal Purchase now available but has a catch for devs

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Apple now has a diverse set of platforms ranging from mobile to desktop to even smartwatch. Apps for those naturally take different forms even if the apps come under the same name. From a user’s perspective, however, paying for an app on one platform should give access to the same app on other platforms. Previously, that was not the case as App Store didn’t have that ability. Apple is now rolling

Speech recognition systems have higher error rates for black people, study finds

33Mashable / 3h
No, you're not just imagining it. Speech recognition systems developed by the likes of Amazon , Apple , Google , IBM, and Microsoft all have higher error rates when transcribing speech from black people than when doing so for white people. So finds a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which notes that the increased prevalence of these systems in modern

Former Slack exec April Underwood has joined Obvious Ventures as a venture partner

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April Underwood, who until early last year was Slack’s chief product officer, has joined Obvious Ventures as a venture partner, she announced on Twitter today. Underwood said that as part of the firm’s team, she will “invest in great companies seeking to solve the big problems facing humanity: our climate, human health and wellness, and how we work.” Of Obvious’s focus on “backing company with wo

ZTE Axon 11 5G wants to offer a mid-range option

ZTE 11 5G SnapdragonSlashGear / 3h
5G may be all the rage but those pushing for its mass adoption aren’t exactly making it easy to get. Never mind how limited the coverage of 5G networks continues to be, which will now go even slower thanks to a virus pandemic. While devices that do support 5G are growing in number, they are also growing in price. For 5G to truly become widely adopted, 5G phones need to be more accessible to consu

Roblox 7th Bloxy Awards streamed inside Roblox itself

SlashGear / 3h
Minecraft may be credited for creating and popularizing the whole voxel sandbox game genre but Roblox has taken it to an entirely new level. The massively multiplayer online game that’s like a mashup of Minecraft and LEGO has become of the most popular platforms not just for playing but for creating the very games others will be playing. It is pretty much the creators, which including kids and bu

Instacart is hiring 300,000 full-time grocery shoppers

1KEngadget / 3h
Instacart plans to hire an additional 300,000 full-time contractors to help it deliver groceries to people during the coronavirus pandemic. With so many individuals and families stuck inside as a result of social distancing measures and shelter in place orders in states like California, Instacart says order volume has increased by 150 percent over the last few weeks, with people buying more per c

With the real estate industry facing headwinds, SoftBank-backed Compass lays off 15% of staff

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Compass , the real-estate brokerage startup backed by roughly $1.6 billion in venture funding , has laid off 15% of its staff as a result of the shifting economic fortunes created by the global response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to an internal email seen by TechCrunch. Citing economic fallout that has seen stock markets plummet 30 percent in just 22 days, Compass chief executiv

Don’t order stuff you don’t need from Amazon right now

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Amazon is still delivering packages as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, but that doesn't mean you should continue using the online shopping service like before. Even if you try to order your usual random items, your Amazon experience looks a bit different these days. Amazon already announced it's not restocking its warehouse inventory for certain items, like toys and books. Usually an Amazon Pr

Insomnia Twitter is a remarkably unhinged yet unifying place

20Mashable / 4h
Having trouble sleeping? Hit Snooze is Mashable's deep dive into the many ways to achieve a more peaceful slumber. From the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. you can almost certainly count on Twitter to be an overwhelming hellscape. During that specific span of time (and a few hours afterwards) nearly everyone you follow is awake, logged on for the day, and ready to tweet into the void until the su

The Witcher's Stunt Coordinator Breaks Down One of the Show's Most Monstrous Fights

100+Gizmodo / 4h
That thing is still spooky, even without having reached its final form. Image: Netflix You only need to have seen the very beginning of The Witcher to have witnessed Geralt ’s battle with the Kikimora—a muddy, flailing clash of legs and weapons that sets the stage for the entire series. Now, a new behind-the-scenes video with the show’s fight coordinator takes us through the creation of that scen

Fortnite v12.21 downtime detailed: Here’s what to expect

SlashGear / 4h
Hot on the heels of its most recent update comes yet another patch for Fortnite , bringing the game to version 12.21. Epic revealed the downtime plans on Monday, stating that the update will be rolling out earlier than it usually does. Once it arrives, players will likely get access to some new cosmetics and more, but the company been unusually quiet about what it has planned. Epic usually releas

'Please stay at home, we beg you': Hospital respiratory team sends powerful message

2KMashable / 4h
For some reason, despite lockdowns, shutdowns, and a fair few nervous breakdowns, there are still people not taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously. Coronavirus spreads easily and asymptomatically, and the only way to slow it down so that intensive care units don't get flooded with more severe cases than they can care for is for everyone to stay in their damn house as much as possible. You've

HP teases 'next gen' VR headset made with Microsoft and Valve's help

Valve Half Alyx VR100+Engadget / 4h
If you didn't rush out to buy a VR headset to play Half-Life: Alyx , your patience might be rewarded. HP is teasing a Reverb G2 headset developed in tandem with Microsoft and Valve that should be "more immersive, comfortable and compatible" than previous-generation hardware. The company is unsurprisingly shy on details, although the brief glimpse hints at a few design changes. The first Reverb wa

What to do if you can’t use your airline credit by its expiration date

28The Points Guy / 4h
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread around the world, people are making major adjustments to their everyday life — namely, by social distancing and staying home except for essential errands or mandatory work assignments. While we’re a community of avid travelers, we’re not encouraging any travel right now unless it’s absolutely essential. There will come a time for your next trip — we pr

Aston Martin designs a new V6 for James Bond—and the Valhalla hypercar

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0 with 0 posters participating The Aston Martin Valhalla is the third and final car to emerge from a partnership between the car company and the Red Bull Racing F1 team. It will also be the cheapest, although that's a very relative term here. Jonathan Gitlin The engine in the Valhalla is an all-new V6, designed in-house at Aston Martin. Aston Martin I am pretty sure that Bozi Tatarevic will be ab

How to watch The Good Doctor online: stream the season 3 finale anywhere

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Season 3 of medical drama The Good Doctor is heading for what promises to be a nail-biting conclusion, with Dr. Shaun Murphy finding himself in the midst of a natural disaster. Split into two weekly parts, the first instalment of the finale sees the city of San Jose rocked by a massive earthquake that puts the staff of St. Bonaventure Hospital on red alert with the lives of colleagues and friends

The FBI says now is a great time to download its home fitness app

400+Mashable / 5h
We all need a positive and encouraging friend in these times of social distancing. The FBI, it turns out, wants to be that friend to you. The agency perhaps most associated with lobbying against encryption and your privacy put on a bright and cheery face Monday morning, encouraging everyone stuck at home to get a little exercise with the help of the FBI's very own mobile app. That's right, the F

Selected Amazon Prime Video kids' shows now available to stream for free

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Doing its part to keep the thousands who have self-isolated entertained, Amazon has opened up a selection of its family-friendly programming for free streaming. The Prime subscription paywall that is a usual requirement to watch Prime Video has been lifted for this selection and is available to stream right away . The only caveat is that you need to have an Amazon account, which in itself is free

HP, Microsoft and Valve are working together on a new VR headset

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In a video posted to the Steam gaming storefront, HP has teased a next-gen VR headset that the company has developed in collaboration with Valve and Microsoft. The new device follows on from the company’s Reverb headset from last year and has been announced alongside the release of what was arguably the most anticipated VR title to date – Half-Life: Alyx. Half-Life: Alyx is a watershed moment for
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T-Mobile taps YouTube to offer special free Premium perk

SlashGear / 5h
T-Mobile has teamed up with YouTube to offer its customers free access to the YouTube Premium service for two months, the carrier announced on Monday. With this, certain T-Mobile subscribers can get access to the YouTube Premium service for free, meaning they’ll be able to watch videos without advertisements, download content for offline access, and more. The new perk is offered as part of T-Mobi

Join our conference call with immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn Tuesday at 1pm PDT

72TechCrunch / 5h
The world has been turned upside-down the past few weeks, with flight cancellations, global travel bans and a massive slowdown of worldwide commerce. For immigrants to the United States here on work visas, these are particularly ambiguous and challenging times. We’ve had prominent Silicon Valley immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn of Alcorn Immigration Law talk about all the nuances of immigration

New Restrictions On Domestic Travelers: Florida Enforcing Quarantine On Arriving New Yorkers

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by Gary Leff on March 23, 2020 The Governor of Florida – who wouldn’t close the beaches during spring break, and is not planning a ‘shelter in place order’ restricting residents’ movements – is imposing a mandatory 14 day quarantine on anyone flying into the state from New York. His position – outlined while at The Villages retirement community – is that New Yorkers have fled to Florida to avoid

Speech recognition algorithms may also have racial bias

100+Ars Technica / 5h
Enlarge / Microphones are how our machines listen to us. 1 with 1 posters participating We're outsourcing ever more of our decision making to algorithms, partly as a matter of convenience, and partly because algorithms are ostensibly free of some of the biases that humans suffer from. Ostensibly. As it turns out, algorithms that are trained on data that's already subject to human biases can readi

Hackers use Covid-19 special offers to spread malware

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The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has led many businesses and organizations to shut down across the globe but the same can't be said for cybercriminals who have used the crisis as a means to profit. New research from Check Point has revealed that malware distribution kits are spreading even faster on the dark web as hackers have begun to offer discounts to potential customers. In a similar way to

Oura partners with UCSF to determine if its smart ring can help detect COVID-19 early

200+TechCrunch / 5h
Startups continue to find new ways to contribute to ongoing efforts to fight the global spread of COVID-19 during the current global coronavirus pandemic, and personal health hardware-maker Oura is no exception. The smart ring startup is working with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) on a new study to see if its device can help detect early physiological signs that might indicate

How to change or cancel an American Airlines flight

The Points Guy / 6h
If you’ve been traveling for a while, you know that travel arrangements don’t always go as planned. Meetings are delayed, conferences are canceled or last-minute conflicts arise. If 2020 has taught us anything, unforeseen circumstances can derail an entire trip out of the blue . If you find yourself booked on an American Airlines flight that you can no longer take, you do have options for changin

FDA updates COVID-19 testing guidelines to allow self-swab tests

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The FDA has updated its guidelines for COVID-19 testing procedures to make the process easier and less uncomfortable for patients, as well as to help limit the impact of testing on the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) used by healthcare workers, including protective masks, face shields, gloves and gowns. The change means that people taking a test will be able to conduct their own swa

Reports: Google, LG, don’t want Qualcomm’s super-expensive Snapdragon 865

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Enlarge / The Snapdragon 865. 0 with 0 posters participating Qualcomm really threw a wrench into the flagship SoC market for 2020 with the Snapdragon 865. The new chip was a big departure from previous years thanks to Qualcomm's aggressive push for 5G, which comes with design requirements that make phones bigger, hotter, and more expensive than previous years. While we've already seen Samsung and

How Long Will the Outbreak Last? It Depends on What We Do Now

500+Wired / 6h
Anyone who has ever played a real-time strategy game knows that the most vulnerable moments often come early on in the struggle, before you’ve marshaled resources, educated your population, developed key technologies, and built a thriving economy. At that point, avoiding mistakes and executing with precision has enormous repercussions, but eventually, if you do everything right, a tipping point a

Prime Video makes a bunch of kids shows free for anyone to stream

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Amazon has made a bunch of children’s programming available to stream for free, meaning you no longer need an Amazon Prime Video subscription to watch it. The content is a mixture of third-party and original shows from Amazon, including well-known offerings like Peppa Pig and Arthur , as well as newer things Just Add Magic and Pete the Cat . With most of the world’s population remaining isolated

Monitoring is critical to successful AI

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Amit Paka Contributor Amit Paka is co-founder and chief product officer at Fiddler Labs , an explainable AI startup that enables enterprises to deploy and scale risk- and bias-free AI applications. More posts by this contributor How Legal Immigration Failed Silicon Valley The Rise Of Micro Startup Acquisitions Krishna Gade Contributor Krishna Gade is co-founder and CEO at Fiddler Labs , an explai

Bring the Movie Theater Home: Resounding Vizio Deals Fit for Any Living Room

36Gizmodo / 6h
Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. The best Vizio TV and accessory deals for March 2020 are here. Even at MSRP, Vizio often offers the best deals for 4K Ultra HD televisions and soundbars—but why pay full price? Many of Vizio’s top TVs and sound systems are significantly discounted right now, and you’ll find the best deals here on our ever-upda

Coronavirus cancellation: My ill-fated trip to Tahiti and how AA, Marriott, Hilton and Airbnb stepped up

20The Points Guy / 6h
In an alternate universe free of coronavirus, I would be checking in today for my return flight from Tahiti to New York. Unfortunately, that trip-of-a-lifetime was delayed. Bora Bora Tahiti Mt Otemanu. (Photo by Getty) Related reading: Should I travel? Advice for the coronavirus outbreak Back in December, The Points Guy’s Nick Ewen wrote about incredible, rare availability to Tahiti using America

We're ignoring an important factor when we talk about fighting coronavirus

100+Mashable / 6h
I've begun drafting this sentence dozens of times. I keep failing to finish, but this is no ordinary writer's block. Instead, I'm trying to find a moment of clarity as my 5-month-old screams and my attention-starved 5-year-old calls out my name. As this endless loop repeats, all I can think is: How are my husband and I, who both work full-time, going to get to the other side of the coronavirus p

The Coronavirus Revives Facebook as a News Powerhouse

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T-Mobile Introduces New Super-Cheap $15 Connect Plan with 2GB of Data

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Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo) Originally, T-Mobile wasn’t planning on introducing its new super-cheap Connect plan until after it had finalized its merger with Sprint. Now, with covid-19 putting a strain on everyone’s budget, the company has decided to push it out just a bit earlier. Going live this Wednesday, March 25, the new pre-paid Connect plan will become T-Mobile’s least-expensive phone
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NYC is offering gig workers delivery jobs during COVID-19 pandemic

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To help gig workers make ends meet during these times of job insecurity amid COVID-19, New York City is offering gig workers who are licensed with the TLC to help with delivery work. While the demand for drivers is currently small, NYC says it expects demand to increase for meal delivery to senior citizens and other residents who need to stay home. The jobs pay $15 per hour, as well as reimbursem

Hawaiian Airlines Cancelling Most Flights

100+One Mile at a Time / 6h
Hawaiian Airlines has just announced that they plan to suspend a vast majority of their flights. Hawaii imposing a 14-day government quarantine First of all it’s important to understand the background on this situation — Hawaii is imposing a 14-day government quarantine on all arrivals into Hawaii as of Thursday, March 26, 2020. This is intended to effectively end tourism in Hawaii for the time b

Amazon will deliver at-home COVID-19 test kits in Seattle trial

3KEngadget / 6h
Amazon is playing a direct role in COVID-19 relief beyond shipping essentials to people sheltering at home. Amazon Care, the division providing healthcare to company staff, is partnering with the Gates Foundation -backed Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network to deliver and pick up at-home COVID-19 testing kits as part of a trial. The number of kits will be limited, but should help widen testing

DOJ Pursues Covid-19 Fraudsters Peddling Fake Vaccine Kits

100+Gizmodo / 6h
Scammers have utilized every tool at their disposal to pry credit card numbers, passwords, and Medicare information out of consumers during the covid-19 outbreak: robocalls, phishing emails, and texts masked as World Health Organization PSAs; e-commerce facades advertising household items; sham charities; and, especially, promises of a non-existent vaccine . This weekend, the Department of Justic

Why you should think twice before accepting an airline voucher — even with a bonus

The Points Guy / 6h
The coronavirus pandemic has already taken a massive toll on the travel industry. Airlines are struggling to stay afloat, some have already ceased operations and others are making major schedule cuts to ensure short-term survival. To maintain cash flow, they’re doing all that they can to restrict refunds for canceled flights. Many are even offering lucrative promotions for keeping a travel credit

FDA says popular dried fish treats for pets recalled over botulism risk

SlashGear / 7h
In an announcement on Monday, the FDA revealed that popular, organic pet food treats made out of fish have been recalled out of ‘an abundance of caution’ over potential botulism risk. The reason is due to the fish used to make the treats — they were larger than what is allowed by FDA guidelines, which exist to help protect against botulism poisoning in humans. The recall decision was made by Icel

NASA's New View of Asteroid Bennu Transports Us Far Away From Our Troubles

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The new global map of asteroid Bennu. Image: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona To prepare for OSIRIS-REx’s pending touchdown onto the surface of Bennu, NASA used the spacecraft to photograph every nook and cranny of the weirdly shaped asteroid. The purpose of this exercise was to catalog potentially hazardous geological features, but a side benefit is that we have a gorgeous new view of the aste

The best video chat apps to turn social distancing into distant socializing

200+TechCrunch / 7h
The vicissitudes of social distancing have taken many people by surprise, making video calls a new necessity for distant socializing. But which of the two-dozen apps out there should you and your (perhaps not as tech-savvy) friends and family use? Here are our recommendations, whether it’s for a coffee meeting, a family get-together or a late-night gaming hangout. This list is for individuals loo

Equinix restricts customer access to its data centers as cornavirus crisis hits

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To prevent the coronavirus from spreading at its facilities, Equinix has decided to restrict access to its data centers in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. As part of the company's coronavirus protection measures, “non-critical Equinix vendors will not be permitted to enter the IBX facilities” in those European countries. At Equinix's other data centers around the world, entry will be by appoint

GM offers free, limited internet access in its connected cars

100+Engadget / 7h
GM is offering owners of its connected cars free, limited WiFi access amid the COVID-19 pandemic . You can access the network anywhere within 50 yards of the vehicle. With GM granting only three gigabytes of free data across three months, you're probably not going to be using it to tilt back the front seat and stream your favorite shows. But, if you're in a pinch and your phone isn't picking up a

How Supercomputers Are Helping to Fight Covid-19

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Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee. Photo: Carlos Jones/ORNL A host of companies, including IBM, Microsoft, and Google, along with universities and national labs have teamed up to form the COVID-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium. This new partnership is designed to provide scientists with supercomputing resources as they figure out how to combat the coronavir
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Fiat Chrysler to start producing 1 million face masks a month

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Monday it will start manufacturing face masks in the coming weeks and donate the critical medical equipment to first responders and healthcare workers — the latest automaker to direct its manufacturing expertise toward the COVID-19 pandemic. The automaker confirmed to TechCrunch that production capacity is being installed this week at one of its factories in China.

Rebecca Sugar on the Unhealthy Boundaries Between Steven Universe and Jasper

22Gizmodo / 7h
Steven learning how his more advanced shield powers work. Image: Cartoon Network Aside from all of the wild, Gem-related things Steven Universe is able to do, his greatest superpower has been his ability to bond with people who want to kill him and—through the power of song and friendship —convince them to change their minds. But what does Rebecca Sugar think about his latest attempt? io9 spoke t

Startups are helping cloud infrastructure customers avoid vendor lock-in

100+TechCrunch / 7h
For much of the history of enterprise technology, companies tended to buy from a single vendor because it made managing the entire affair much easier while giving them a “single throat to choke” when something went wrong. On the flip side, it also put customers at the mercy of said vendor — and it wasn’t always pretty. As we move deeper into the cloud model, many IT pros are looking for more flex

This 3D-Printed Adapter Turns Snorkeling Mask Into a Ventilator

17KFuturism / 7h
3D-printing engineers are getting crafty in the age of coronavirus. First, a local Italian 3D printer business helped an overwhelmed hospital print replacement valves . Now, the company called Isinnova is working on its next ingenious solution: a 3D printed adapter that could turn a snorkeling mask into a C-PAP mask for oxygen therapy — a crucial treatment for more severe COVID-19 cases. The idea

A Growing Number of Countries Tap Phone Data to Track COVID-19

500+Futurism / 7h
It’s a privacy advocate’s worst nightmare. It may also be one of our only hopes. However you see it, more and more countries are tapping into citizens’ cell phone location data to monitor and track the spread of coronavirus, in order to slow the speed of infections. The actual extent of surveillance depends on the country, according to The Verge . And more specifically, it depends on the privacy

Kinsa’s fever map could show just how crucial it is to stay home to stop COVID-19 spread

1KTechCrunch / 7h
Smart thermometer maker Kinsa has been working on building accurate, predictive models of how seasonal illnesses like the flu travel in and among communities — and its fever map is finding new utility as the novel coronavirus pandemic grows globally. While Kinsa’s US Health Weather Map has no way of tracking the spread of COVID-19 specifically, as it looks only at fevers tied to geographic data,

Better know a CSO: Indiana University Health’s Mitch Parker

60TechCrunch / 7h
Mitch Parker has one of Indiana’s most critical jobs. As chief information security officer for Indiana University Health, Parker oversees cybersecurity for more than 30,000 employees at 18 hospitals across the state, along with countless numbers of computers, workstations and medical devices, making it the largest health system in Indiana — and the United States. Indiana University Health is tas

Facing quarantine or cancellation for a Hawaii trip? Here’s what you need to know

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On Saturday, the governor of Hawaii ordered a mandatory 14-day self-isolation quarantine for all travelers entering the Aloha State. The mandate goes into effect on Thursday, March 26, 2020, and will remain in place indefinitely. Related: Sign up for our daily newsletter to keep up with breaking news, travel guidance and more “With the majority of Hawaii’s COVID-19 cases linked to travel, it is c

Should You Come Home To The Virus-Embattled U.S. Now, Stay Abroad – Or Even Leave?

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by Gary Leff on March 23, 2020 My award booking partner Steve Belkin and his wife have been traveling abroad for a month, most recently in Mozambique. (He’s been teaching scuba diving.) They faced the question whether to return home to the virus as it spreads in the U.S., Which would be safer — my position to “duck and cover” in the remote beach hamlet of Tofo, where there are zero confirmed cas

How to Look Better in Your Next Zoom Meeting

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Physical distancing means a lot of us have started to have virtual meetings or even virtual Happy Hours over Zoom. If you’ve done one already, then you know that the webcam on your computer isn’t exactly forgiving. My computer is set up beside a bay window in our home office, which is great for natural light and watching what’s happening on the street below, but I’ve learned isn’t the most ideal

Microsoft warns Windows users of two security holes already under attack

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Today, Microsoft warned billions of Windows users that hackers are actively exploiting two critical zero-day vulnerabilities that could allow bad actors to take complete control of targeted computers. According to a security advisory , the vulnerabilities are being used in "limited targeted attacks," and all supported Windows operating systems could be at risk. The flaws exist in the Windows Adob

Stocks broadly fall as Nasdaq dips modestly, SaaS gains on the day

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The technology industry’s central role in an American economy shaped by attempts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is being reflected in how investors are approaching markets in these turbulent times. As the broader economy stumbles, technology companies and the major exchange they call home seem to be somewhat more of a safe-haven given the ways in which companies are relying on their services

How to Fix Windows 10’s New Critical Security Flaw (March 2020)

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Windows 10 has a new security flaw, and it’s already being exploited in the wild. You could be infected with malware just from downloading a file, as File Explorer will automatically open the file and preview it. Windows 7 has the same problem. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Energy and Policy Experts Have a Plan to Fight Covid-19 and the Climate Crisis

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Right now, it seems like everything is fucked. A global pandemic is spinning out of control—350,000 people have tested positive for covid-19, nearly 42,000 of whom are in the U.S. We’re facing an impending economic recession . Fifteen percent of American workers have already lost their jobs or hours due to the pandemic, and according to one prediction , three million people could become unemploye

SpaceX gets FCC license for 1 million satellite-broadband user terminals

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Enlarge / A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink satellites launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on January 29, 2020. 0 with 0 posters participating SpaceX has received government approval to deploy up to 1 million user terminals in the United States for its Starlink satellite-broadband constellation. SpaceX asked the Federal Communications Commission for the license in February

Jump-Start Your Week With 40% off Gooloo's 500A GP80 Quick Charge

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Best Home Deals Best Home Deals The best home, kitchen, smart home, and automotive deals from around the web, updated daily. Gooloo 500A Jump Starter | $30 | Amazon The last thing you need right now is for your car to break down. When you’re stranded on the side of the road, six feet of distance goes down the toilet. Right now, courtesy of Gooloo, you can save yourself the embarrassment and human

Justice Dep’t tackles coronavirus scam site, first of probably many

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Enlarge / Fraudulent websites never actually look like this, really, but if you come across one that does, maybe don't put in your credit card information. 17 with 16 posters participating The US Department of Justice is keeping busy during the coronavirus crisis: the agency has filed its first—but unfortunately, almost certainly not last—suit to take down a fraudulent scheme allegedly trying to

Best Buy's online sales: cheap deals on 4K TVs, Beats headphones, laptops, and more

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If you're looking for the latest Best Buy online sales, then we've got you covered. We've rounded up Best Buy's top deals which include price cuts on 4K TVs, headphones, laptops, appliances, and more. Our top picks include discounts on 4K TVs like the Samsung 55-inch TV on sale for $329.99 , the TCL 50-inch Roku TV on sale for $269.99 , and the Toshiba 43-inch Fire TV on sale for $249.99 . You ca

The Coronavirus' Impact on Libraries Goes Beyond Books

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For Jennifer Pearson, the choice was difficult but clear: Shut down the library, or people could die. “My library was filled with older people,” Pearson says. “I just wanted to go out and scream, ‘Go home. What are you doing here?’ I knew that if we didn't make that move to close the building, they would never stop coming. We were, at that point, doing more harm than good.” Pearson is the directo

What to Expect When You're Grocery Shopping During the Coronavirus Shutdown

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I went grocery shopping this weekend. Not just a quick stop to pick up a few things, but a cart-filling trip to replenish supplies at both my apartment and at my boyfriend’s. I expected my grocery shopping to be part of a productive Sunday. But my plans for the day went awry when the trip put me on the verge of a panic attack. I’m naturally anxious, but woof—it was a rough afternoon. If it’s been

In pictures: Grounded aircraft around the world

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The coronavirus crisis has affected everyone and everything — from individuals who are isolating to the health care system and the travel industry. Specifically, airlines. Related: Where is British Airways parking its planes during the coronavirus outbreak? Carriers from around the world have been forced to cut capacity, with some even grounding entire fleets . As a result, bizarre scenes are cro

Apple Music's AI-generated upbeat playlist helps you cope with reality

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Apple is trying something new to keep people's spirits up during the coronavirus pandemic. In Apple Music , it's introducing a new algorithmic playlist called the Get Up! Mix that the company says is full of "happy-making, smile-finding, sing-alonging music." With the help of human editors, it will update the playlist each week with new songs. Think: Discovery Weekly , but with a focus on playing

These Kids Shows Are Free to Stream on Amazon Right Now

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If you’re at home with your children, Amazon is making it a little easier to keep them occupied by offering a good bit of its kids’ programming available for free. These movies and TV shows traditionally require an Amazon Prime account to access but are available now for free through an online family-friendly portal , with no login required. Shows are divided by age group. Free television shows a

Chase Ink Business Preferred Card Review (2020)

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Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card 3x points on travel cell phone protection no foreign transaction fees Annual Fee: $95 Apply Now Nowadays small business credit cards are more competitive than ever before. Not only can they help you earn valuable rewards for your business, but in some cases business credit cards also offer valuable perks that can save you a lot of money and offer peace of mind

Remote working: five steps to getting the best from remote teams

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For a number of years remote working has been on the rise, particularly as people have embraced the freedoms provided by technology to roam across the globe whilst staying connected back home. However, for the majority of office-based workers, the option to work remotely has been an occasional, and mostly voluntary, treat. In light of recent global events, and the possibility of millions of staff

The Haunting, Beautiful Drone Footage of Cities Under Quarantine

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As the coronavirus rages, huge swathes of the world population are choosing to stay home to prevent spreading it. The result is an unprecedented desolation in urban centers. It almost evokes a post-apocalyptic movie — except that you know that everybody’s still out there, hiding out at home. In a must-read photo essay , The New York Times called it a “great emptiness.” Here are some of the most i

Sam Witwer on Clone Wars' Game-Changing Finale and Saying Goodbye to George Lucas' Star Wars

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Maul stands ready one last time. Image: Lucasfilm The Clone Wars is back , giving us a chance to catch up with a delightful moment in Star Wars history, straddling the two different eras of the saga before and after George Lucas . But according to one returning veteran—Darth Maul actor Sam Witwer—the chance to end Lucas’ Star Wars story properly will have some huge ramifications for fans going

How to Help Your High School Senior Cope With Having Their Year Cut Short

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Think back to your senior year of high school. Once spring rolled around, you were basically home-free and could finally experience the joy of “senioritis”: getting to go to school and see your friends while enjoying lower academic expectations. Plus there were so many major events to look forward to like senior prom, graduation and any other traditions your school may have had. But now, thanks t

Elon Musk is a Public Health Risk

1KFuturism / 9h
During practically every stage of the coronavirus pandemic, Elon Musk — one of the world’s leading technologists, innovators, and entrepreneurs — has truly run the range on his most half-baked impulses. And each time, they fall somewhere between “annoying” and “outright dangerous on a Trumpian scale .” The latest, Business Insider reports , was when Musk (who’s not a medical expert) started shari

How Engadget staffers are finding solace during the coronavirus crisis

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Reality as we know it is very different now than it was just a few weeks ago. The coronavirus pandemic has forced all of us to stay inside, practice social distancing and find ways to cope with this newfound uncertainty. While Engadget staffers work from home to keep you up-to-date on the latest news, we, too, have come up with methods of dealing with this madness. We wanted to share them with yo

Apple Books gives free ebooks and audiobooks to users in the US

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If you own an iPhone or iPad, you’ve likely had a notification appear on your home screen from Apple Books over the past couple of days. The company is giving users in the United States a free audiobook or ebook to help keep them entertained during the quarantine, though they can’t pick whatever they want from the service’s full catalog. The offer is available for a limited time. READ: Apple AirP

Musicians pulled in $4.3M after Bandcamp waived revenue shares for 24 hours

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Last week, popular music platform Bandcamp announced that it would be waiving its revenue shares from all sales for 24 hours, starting Friday morning. The move was an effort to help boost income for the innumerable artists who have been struggling to make ends meet as live performances have been canceled for the foreseeable future for artists all over the world. Things went well. Friday turned ou

Windows code-execution zeroday is under active exploit, Microsoft warns

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24 with 20 posters participating Attackers are actively exploiting a Windows zero-day vulnerability that can execute malicious code on fully updated systems, Microsoft warned on Monday. The font-parsing remote code-execution vulnerability is being used in “limited targeted attacks,” the software maker said in an advisory published on Monday morning . The security flaw exists in the Adobe Type Man

NASA details coronavirus impact on space projects

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The coronavirus pandemic will derail more NASA projects than just the huge rocket the US space agency hopes to take to Mars and beyond, with a number of teams suspended as the health crisis continues. Last week, NASA confirmed that the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft had been put on hold over COVID-19 concerns at the facilities; now, it’s adding to those shutdowns. “Technolo

2020 Summer Olympics to be postponed according to IOC member

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As more and more businesses and events are shutting down because of the COVID-19 outbreak, one major question mark has been the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. A lot of planning and money goes into hosting the Olympics – whether its the summer or winter Olympics – so we expected the International Olympic Committee to take its time in making a decision. It seems that such a decision is right around the co

Amazon Care to provide delivery and pick-up of at-home COVID-19 test sample kits in Seattle trial

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Amazon is going to be working with a new research initiative backed in part by the Gates Foundation that will distribute at-home coronavirus assessment kits, and then deliver the collected samples to FDA-approved test facilities. Amazon Care, the health arm formed by Amazon initially for internal employee care, will be handling the delivery of the kits, as well as transportation of collected samp

ER docs don smart rings to better predict COVID-19 infections

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Some 2,000 emergency medical workers in San Francisco are tracking their temperature and other vitals with Oura's smart rings in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, SF Chronicle reports. Oura and researchers from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) hope to use that data to develop an algorithm that will predict the onset of COVID-19 and help contain the virus. Workers at UCS

Scientists Find a Superconductor in Bits of Meteorite

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The main mass of the Mundrabilla meteorite. Scientists found grains of superconducting material in a small Mundrabilla fragment. Photo: Graeme Churchard ( Wikimedia Commons ) Scientists have detected trace amounts of superconducting material inside one of the world’s largest meteorites, according to a new study. Superconductors are materials that can conduct electrical current without resistance,

Making secure login accessible to all: Q&A with Yubico

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Protecting yourself or your business from phishing attacks and other cyber threats has become increasingly difficult. While some have turned to two-factor authentication (2FA) as a means of protection, others have instead opted to use physical security keys to do so and with much greater success. To learn more about security keys and how they can help organizations and individuals alike keep thei

The ultimate travel playlist to tide you over until your next trip

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Alexa, queue up this playlist . For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . Whether you’re working from home for the foreseeable future, or just need to listen to some music as an escape from the world right now , this “ quaran-tunes ” playlist has you covered. These songs will transport you to faraway lands, inspire you to plan a future road trip or

This cute retro toy figure pays homage to the original iPod — Future Blink

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While iBoy doesn't play any music, you can play with his detachable limbs and rearrange them any way you'd like. Read more... More about Apple , Mashable Video , Toys , Retro , and Ipod

Where to buy a webcam: these retailers still have stock

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When you have to work from home , the capability to have an effective video conference is extremely important. And, while a lot of folks may have laptops that have a built-in camera, the best webcams can boost video quality so much that they're essential for anyone having regular video calls. However, now that the Covid-19 crisis has driven so many people to work from home, supply is running out.

Singapore Airlines slashes 96% of capacity, including world’s longest flight

The Points Guy / 9h
Singapore Airlines flights will grind to a virtual halt by the end of the month, making it the latest global carrier to suspend most of its operation amid the coronavirus pandemic. The carrier announced on Monday, March 23, that it would cut 96% of its capacity, temporarily grounding 138 of its 147 aircraft. Similarly, Singapore said its low-cost affiliate Scoot would also suspend most of its net

Most Kids Only Get Mildly Sick From Covid-19—but Not All

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The kids are alright. Right? Well ... For months, as a new coronavirus has spread around the world—sickening nearly 370,000 people and killing more than 16,000 as of Monday afternoon—it’s seemed that children have been spared the worst of this global pandemic . The earliest data from China, where the outbreak first started, showed that children under the age of 10 made up the tiniest fraction of

Make a Bunch of Flavored Salts, What the Hell

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My social media feeds are currently flooded with photos of loaves, boules, and sourdough starters. This is fine, and makes sense, but my stress is rarely relieved by baking. I do, however, love an immersive kitchen project, and building out a collection of fancy salts is just the kind of fun, low-stakes, deceptively easy task we all need right now. Live más with Taco Bell Salt Fancy salt is kind

This Vivarium Clip Puts Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots in a Sinister Maze

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Buying a house has never been worse than in Vivarium. Photo: Saban Films If ever there was a time to release a movie about the terrors of being trapped in your own house , it’s now. That movie is called Vivarium and io9 has an exclusive new clip for you today. Directed by Lorcan Finnegan, Vivarium is about a couple (Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots) who go house hunting and end up trapped in a si

Amazon is offering free access to kid-friendly Prime Video content

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With kids stuck at home amid school shutdowns, some parents are likely struggling to find things to occupy their children's minds. Amazon has confirmed to Engadget that it is stepping in by making some of the kids' shows on its Prime Video streaming service free during the coronavirus pandemic -- you just need a standard Amazon account to sign into the platform and start watching. Some examples o

IBM, MIT, and others to use supercomputers to study coronavirus

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The fight against the coronavirus has a new ally: supercomputers. IBM, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Department of Energy announced Sunday they are spearheading the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium , which aims to use supercomputers to study the coronavirus. Google, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft are also part of the consortium. Supercompute

Instacart will bring on 300,000 new full-service shoppers due to coronavirus

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San Francisco-based Instacart today announced it will bring on 300,000 shoppers for its grocery delivery platform over the next three months. The move is meant to manage an uptick in demand due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The platform lets users shop from home from well-known grocery stores like Costco, Safeway, Kroger and more. Once an order is submitted, a designated grocery shopper will

There Is a Racial Divide in Speech-Recognition Systems, Researchers Say

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Technology from Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM and Microsoft misidentified 35 percent of words from people who were black. White people fared much better. Amazon’s Echo device is one of many similar gadgets on the market. Researchers say there is a racial divide in the usefulness of speech recognition systems. Credit... Grant Hindsley for The New York Times By Cade Metz March 23, 2020 Updated 3:29 p

Do I Need a New Cable Modem If I'm Stuck Working From Home?

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Tech 911 Tech 911 Do you have a tech question keeping you up at night? We'd love to answer it! Email with "Tech 911" in the subject line. Welcome to Tech 911 week . Since a lot of us are stuck in our homes or apartments, I’m answering at least one of your questions about working from home each day . (And I might even do one big rapid-fire wrap-up if you keep on pepperi

Save 50% On A Versatile, LED Floor Lamp

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Floor Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Clip coupon Graphic: Ignacia Fulcher Best Home Deals Best Home Deals The best home, kitchen, smart home, and automotive deals from around the web, updated daily. Floor Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Clip coupon Everyone with glasses (and everyone without), understands that you need light in order to read. Especially when it gets dark. Luckily, for $20 with a clipped coupon on t

Book summary apps that can help you crush your reading list

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Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Use the code SPRINGSAVE15 at checkout to save an extra 15% off these sale prices. Image: SumizeIt By StackCommerce Mashable Shopping 2020-03-23 18:56:35 UTC So you've already cleaned your entire house, organized your spice cabinet, and binge-watched every episode of Seinfeld while quarantined.

Senators Demand Amazon Answer for Warehouse Worker Conditions Amid Covid-19 Outbreak

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Following news that a worker at a facility in Queens tested positive for covid-19 , four U.S. senators are questioning the e-commerce giant about disturbing reports on worker safety at its facilities amid the global pandemic. The letter , signed by Senators Cory Booker, Robert Menendez, Bernie Sanders, and Sherrod Brown, specifically cited claims by workers that some warehouses are not adequately

Mapping project models when coronavirus may overload US hospitals

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A new website called ‘COVID Act Now’ uses mathematical models to estimate how quickly cases of the novel coronavirus may develop based on the actions taken by each individual state in the US. The model doesn’t predict the future, but rather offers estimates of how the pandemic may play out across the US based on the steps each state takes to mitigate the spread of the virus. Various countries hav

Stadia Makers revealed with Unity, bringing funds for games

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This week the folks at Stadia and Unity Technologies made an announcement about their new initiative to bring new games to the cloud gaming universe. This is part of the Google for Games Developer Summit – an online event, as is the situation with most events in the world at the moment. In Stadia Makers, creators will have the potential to be given technical assistance, free development hardware,

HyperX launches ChargePlay wireless charging grip for smartphones

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Gaming on a smartphone can be a tricky thing sometimes – touchscreen controls aren’t always the best, and of course, those games have a tendency to drain your battery quickly. HyperX seems to think that it has the solution to both problems with its new ChargePlay grip. The grip is launching today and is somewhat unique as far as smartphone gaming add-ons go. That’s because the ChargePlay isn’t ac

Turn Your Nintendo Switch Into a Miniature Arcade Optimized For Fighting Games

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Nintendo’s Switch might not be the top console choice for fans of fighting games, but with titles like Street Fighter , Mortal Kombat , and Super Smash Bros. available, it’s no slouch either. If fighting games get more screen time on your Switch than Zelda does , this miniature arcade stick controller might be a worthy upgrade. One of the Switch’s biggest drawbacks when it comes to fighting games

Unplug Your Smart Speakers While You're Working From Home

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Amazon Alexa Plus Photo: Grant Hindsley/AFP (Getty Images) Whether you just started working from home or have been for a few weeks now, it’s a good idea to turn off your smart speakers sooner rather than later; your Alexa or Google Home could be listening in on all those confidential work calls. Smart home devices not only listen to us when we don’t want them too, but we have no idea when an Amaz

Stay sharp while isolating: Access more than 600 online courses for $59

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Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Need something to do while stuck at home? We suggest taking an online course or two to pass the time. Image: pexels By StackCommerce Mashable Shopping 2020-03-23 18:47:34 UTC TL;DR: Stay busy with a lifetime membership to Integrity Training for $59, a 95% savings as of March 23. There has neve

Carriers introduce plans to keep consumers connected during COVID-19 pandemic

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Earlier this month, the FCC issued a new measure aimed at easing some of the burdens on consumers as COVID-19 continues to have an increasingly profound impact on nearly every aspect of life. Most or all major internet and wireless providers in the U.S. signed up for the pledge, agreeing to take actions like waiving late fees and not terminating service. Now specific plans are starting to emerge

OMAAT Virtual Happy Hour: New Time, New Channel

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Thanks to everyone who joined us for our virtual happy hours last week. We’ve had a lot of fun with it, and as many people seem to enjoy these, I think we’ll keep doing them. We are going to do a couple of things differently today though: We’ve heard that many people don’t like Facebook (we also don’t love Facebook), so are going to try having the livestream on YouTube ; you can subscribe to our

Polish government launches Minecraft server so young people can game during coronavirus

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The Minecraft server will also host a competition to see who can build the best replicas of known architecture. Read more... More about Gaming , Mashable Video , Minecraft , Coronavirus , and Covid 19

All 16 Dead Sea Scroll fragments in the Museum of the Bible are fakes

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Enlarge / Partial view of the Dead Sea Temple Scroll, one of the longest biblical texts found since the 1940s. 0 with 0 posters participating The Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, opened to great fanfare in November 2017. Among its most prized acquisitions featured at the opening were 16 purported fragments of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls . But in a blow to the fledgling museum, an independen

This Clean Energy Drink Relies on Powerful Nootropics, Not Sugar and Caffeine

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Futurism fans: To create this content, a non-editorial team worked with an affiliate partner. We may collect a small commission on items purchased through this page. This post does not necessarily reflect the views or the endorsement of the editorial staff. It’s no secret that energy drinks are a big business. Driven by an intense demand from consumers looking to gain a physical and

Streaming service fuboTV to merge with virtual entertainment technology company, FaceBank

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Over-the-top live TV streaming service fuboTV announced today it plans to merge with the virtual entertainment technology company, FaceBank Group. The proposed merger would retain the name fuboTV for the combined company, consisting of fuboTV’s direct-to-consumer live TV streaming platform and FaceBank’s technology IP in sports, movies and live performances. FaceBank is not a household name, but

Apple's annoying iPhone hotspot bug may soon be fixed

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The Personal Hotspot feature allows users to turn their iPhones into a Wi-Fi access point and use it to connect other devices to the internet. Read more... More about Apple , Iphone , Technology , Smartphones , and Mashable Video

Where to Find Free eBooks During the Coronavirus Shutdown

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Reading is a great way to mix up your social-distancing routine, plus it helps you slow down and fully absorb yourself in new ideas and worlds. Buying physical books might be on hold for a bit (although you can still order, and should, ideally from an independent bookseller ). Luckily, ebooks are a safe and mostly worthy alternative to the real thing. Even if you’re staunchly anti-ebook, you may

SouSmile raises $10M to grow its anti-braces aligner brand

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Amid expectations that early-stage funding and valuations will decline due to an economic downturn caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, young startups like the Brazilian dental company SouSmile , which raised in the time before COVID-19, are feeling grateful for secured runway. SouSmile is a direct to consumer dental company based in São Paulo. SouSmile has raised $10 million in Series A fun

Vietnam’s Bikini Airline Offers Health Insurance Against Coronavirus If You Fly

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by Gary Leff on March 23, 2020 iVietJet, the airline that created Vietnam’s first female self-made billionaire, is known as the ‘bikini airline’ for its marketing using women in bikinis dressed up as (and in some cases working as) flight crew. Their marketing tactics have adapted to the current environment where they’re providing coronavirus health insurance coverage with every flight , as noted

iFixit is crowdsourcing repair information for hospital equipment

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In an effort to help hospitals deal with the coronavirus outbreak, the popular electronics repair site iFixit has announced that it is building a database containing repair information for hospital equipment. The company's decision to put together a database stems from the fact that as the coronavirus spreads, the world's supply of ventilators will see a great deal more use and will need to be re

This iPhone 11 Pro Max deal offers unlimited EE data at a surprisingly low price

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iPhone 11 Pro Max deals are seriously expensive, EE contracts tend to be the priciest network and unlimited data plans are serious money drainers. So how can all three combined cost a surprisingly low cost?'s surprisingly low for the iPhone 11 Pro Max , nowhere else would we consider £69 a month affordable! And yet with this handset, we would expect a way higher price for this contract.

Boeing will suspend production in Washington factories on coronavirus fears

The Points Guy / 10h
With Washington state under an emergency declaration, Boeing announced Monday that it would suspend all aircraft production in the state by Wednesday. “This necessary step protects our employees and the communities where they work and live,” Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun said in a statement. “We continue to work closely with public health officials, and we’re in contact with our customers, suppliers an

Verizon gives customers extra mobile data to deal with COVID-19 (updated)

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More cellular carriers are taking steps to ensure people can stay online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Verizon (Engadget's parent company) is giving consumer and small business customers an extra 15GB of LTE data speeds per month on their plans, with no action required. This applies regardless of the device you're using, and whether your service is a regular subscription or prepaid. It's not the

Koalas are being released back into the wild following the unprecedented fires that devastated Australia

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Months after catastrophic bushfires burned large parts of Australia, there's a glimmer of good news in the midst of the globe's other current emergency. Koalas are slowly being released back into the wild following the unprecedented fires that devastated more than 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of the country over the summer. Read more... More about Animal Rights , Koalas , Release , Aust

California is empty thanks to a 'stay at home' coronavirus order

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California governor Gavin Newsom issued a state-wide "stay at home" order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Health And Fitness , Quarantine , Coronavirus , and Covid 19

Why Disney's 'Tangled' is the top coronavirus Google search in the U.S.

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Americans clearly have "corona" on their minds. The top trending coronavirus -related search on Google's U.S. site in the past day is none other than an inquiry about the 2010 animated Disney movie Tangled. The movie is about Rapunzel — you know, the girl with the long hair trapped in a tower — so, at first, it might seem like we're all commiserating with the Mandy Moore-voiced heroine's cabin f

NASA’s New Mars Rover Still Launching in July Despite Coronavirus

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Perseverance Despite major budget overruns — and an ongoing pandemic sweeping the globe — NASA remains determined to get its next Mars rover, named “Perseverance,” off the ground in July, according to SpaceNews . Its name truly couldn’t have been chosen at a more appropriate time. NASA’s return mission which includes the six-wheeled rover is set to launch on July 17. In a March 19 virtual town ha

VidCon joins the list of events canceled by COVID-19

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If you heard the collective grieving shriek of a thousand Instagram influencers, YouTubers and their followers, it’s because VidCon has been canceled. It’s the latest mega-event to fall prey to the social distancing measures put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In a statement, the conference organizers said: VidCon is dedicated to delivering premium entertainment experiences across the

A look inside one startup’s work-from-home playbook

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Working from home is having a moment amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but some startups are having an easier time of it than others. Collage , an e-commerce site for custom gifts, has been all-remote since its inception; co-founders and co-CEOs Joe Golden and Kevin Borders started the company while Golden lived in Seattle and Borders was in Washington, D.C. “Our team was remote from the start and we q

Microsoft says hackers are attacking Windows users with a new unpatched bug

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Microsoft says attackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed security vulnerability found in all supported versions of Windows, including Windows 10. But the software giant said there is currently no patch for the vulnerability. The security flaw, which Microsoft deems “critical” — its highest severity rating — is found in how Windows handles and renders fonts, according to the advisory poste

Download 'TIME for Kids' for Free

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Screenshot: Time for Kids Because parents everywhere need all the help we can get keeping our kids somewhat academically stimulated, TIME is the latest company to step up and offer to help—with a free digital library of TIME for Kids. Several digital editions of TIME for Kids (and the financial literacy magazine Your $) are now available through the end of the school year. The magazine’s content

IOC’s Dick Pound confirms plans to delay Tokyo Olympics

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In an interview with USA Today , International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound confirmed suggestions that the 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be delayed. The IOC committee veteran didn’t lay out specifics, but suggested that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could delay the games until 2021. “We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense,” Pou

Now is a great time to invest in a menstrual cup

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One of the most discussed products during the coronavirus pandemic is toilet paper , which has become a panic buy item and a subsequent subject of ridicule, so much so that bars are selling them alongside cocktails and some Americans are pivoting to bidets . But there is another sanitary product that could see the same empty-shelf fate as toilet paper: pads and tampons. As the reality of how long

Half-Life: Alyx: The Kotaku Review

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Mere minutes into Half-Life: Alyx , I encountered a Strider. These behemoths cast ominous shadows on all who dare pass beneath them, their spindly legs and jagged haunches forming a silhouette of sheer threat. I gazed up at the Strider in awe. I could practically feel the wind buffet my face as it lumbered past the balcony I stood on. Then I raised both my hands high and flipped it off. In Half-L

Pick Up a Netgear Orbi Two-Pack For Just $160

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Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. Refurbished Netgear Orbi Whole Home Mesh WiFi System (RBK50) | $160 | Woot If you take your home WiFi coverage seriously, Netgear’s Orbi mesh routers are some of the best you can buy, and Woot’s running a great deal on their a refurbished unit. This Reader Favorite is now selling for just $160. Here’s how they

Fitness pros on how to give your lockdown workouts a tech upgrade

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Home fitness has come a long way since Richard Simmons' "Sweating to the Oldies." Be it expensive Peloton bikes, affordable workout apps or free YouTube videos, there's a plethora of fitness tech to choose from. Now, anyone can keep fit from the comfort of their living room, especially helpful when you're forced to stay home due to a global pandemic. But with so many options available, it's tough

Don’t dismiss the 2020 Toyota Supra just because of the BMW bits

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11 with 11 posters participating The 2020 Toyota Supra will put a smile on your face, especially if you can take it to a track day. The car has some F1-inspired design cues, but under the skin it's mostly all BMW, sharing a platform with the Z4—which isn't as good. Toyota The engine cover says Toyota, but the bits are mostly all BMW. Without this partnership, at best a new Supra would share a V6

Good News: Tom Hanks Is Feeling Better After Catching Coronavirus

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For many people, the coronavirus pandemic didn’t quite hit home until beloved actor Tom Hanks tested positive . Now, the Academy Awards-winning Hanks is back with some good news for a tired world: He and wife Rita Wilson, another accomplished actor who also caught the bug, are both on the mend. “Two weeks after our first symptoms and we feel better,” Hanks tweeted on Sunday . That’s heartening ne

Moderna could make experimental COVID-19 vaccine available to healthcare workers by fall

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There are some hard limits to the vaccine development process that mean we are not going to see any preventative immune therapies to fight the new coronavirus for at least a year to 18 months. But Moderna, which is behind the first potential vaccine to enter human clinical trials in the U.S., provided new info on Monday that indicates it will seek to provide access to the vaccine to a limited gro

New York Stock Exchange Chairman Sold Millions in Stock Before Crash

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Sprecher stands with his wife, Senator Kelly Loeffler, who also sold stock long before the American public could foresee a crash. Photo: Getty Images Jeffrey Sprecher, the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, sold $3.5 million in stock on February 26, a month after his wife, Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, received a closed-door briefing about the covid-19 threat. According to SEC filings

Website selling fake coronavirus vaccine shut down by Justice Department

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The U.S. government is taking swift action on what is sure to be the first of many coronavirus-related scams. On Sunday, the Justice Department announced it had taken its first enforcement action in federal court to combat coronavirus-related fraud. The scam came from a website called “” which was promoting supposed coronavirus vaccination kits from the World Health Organ

Boeing Suspends Aircraft Production In Washington

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Boeing already announced plans to suspend 737 MAX production in late 2019 , but the aircraft manufacturer is now halting all aircraft production at their main facilities. Boeing suspends aircraft production Boeing has announced plans to temporarily suspend production of aircraft at their Puget Sound area facilities. This is being done in light of the state of emergency in Washington state and the

New Half-Life: Alyx released today on Steam VR

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Half-Life: Alyx is not Half-Life 3, but it is a new Half-Life game. It is a new game from Valve, and it is out and available to play today. Users will find the game released as of the posting of this article. In other words – if you’re reading this, there’s a brand new Half-Life game available to play via Steam right this minute. Below you’ll see the Half-Life: Alyx announcement trailer. This gam
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Set Up a Virtual Show-and-Tell for Your Kids

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Being cooped up at home all the time isn’t easy for anyone. Parents have to keep working while doubling as homeschool teachers. And kids don’t get to spend in-person time with their friends and are probably pretty antsy at this point. That’s why you should set up a virtual show-and-tell for them using FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom. Kids love show-and-tell: They get to tell someone abou

Start the Next Big Podcast With This $25 Aukey Condenser Microphone

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Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. Aukey USB Condenser Microphone | $25 | Amazon | Use the code HYXSJETK at checkout Whether you’re looking to start the next big podcast, improve the quality of your Twitch streams, or just want your group Zoom calls to sound better, this deal is a banger. For $25, you can pick up this Aukey USB Condenser Micr

Apple Music's Beats 1 station will broadcast from hosts' homes

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Office workers aren't the only ones who can work from home during the coronavirus pandemic -- radio DJs can do so, too. Show hosts on Beats 1 , Apple Music 's internet radio station, will be broadcasting from the safety of their homes starting today. According to Apple, they will use FaceTime on their iPhones to conduct interviews with popular musicians like Elton John and Hayley Williams. It's n

EU parliament moves to email voting during COVID-19 pandemic

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The European Parliament will temporarily allow electronic voting by email as MEPs are forced to work remotely during the coronavirus crisis. A spokeswoman for the parliament confirmed today that an “alternative electronic voting procedure” has been agree for the plenary session that will take place on March 26. “This voting procedure is temporary and valid until 31 July,” she added. Earlier this

Vote-by-mail is the best way to save the 2020 election from coronavirus

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Here’s what we know so far: the coronavirus is upending just about every aspect of American life, turning all group activities into health risks. If it is still floating around in November—and it almost certainly will be—it puts one of the most consequential votes of our lifetimes in real jeopardy. How can Election Day polling places, which normally handle thousands of people and long lines, safe

Can Drugs for Malaria, HIV, and Ebola Treat Covid-19? New WHO Trial Aims to Find Out

50Gizmodo / 11h
Covid-19 patient samples being prepared for testing at Northwell Health Labs in Lake Success, New York. Image: AP The World Health Organization is launching a multinational clinical trial in which four existing drugs will be used to treat patients with covid-19. The project currently includes 10 countries and will potentially involve thousands of patients currently battling the coronavirus-caused

Get a Now TV stick with three different passes for just £29.99 - courtesy of Very

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If the extra time you're spending in front of the TV at the moment means that you've already exhausted the Netflix library and your DVD collection, then Very's Now TV deal may just be the answer. For just £29.99 you can get a Now TV stick, together with 30 days of Sky Cinema and Entertainment and a one-day Sky Sports pass . So that means you're getting access to hundreds of TV shows (every single

7 ways the big US airlines should help customers after a bailout

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Before the coronavirus outbreak , I was writing a wish list of all the changes I wanted to see from the airlines. Post-outbreak, many of those wishes could become reality — if the government adds some clauses to a bailout package that’s likely on its way to the airline industry. Because of the unprecedented drop in demand, the airlines are lobbying for a $50 billion (or more) aid package from the

If You Want Earbuds With a Cord, the Powerbeats 4 Are the Ones

36Gizmodo / 11h
Image: Caitlin McGarry (Gizmodo) Sometimes it feels like we went from using wired earbuds plugged into a smartphone headphone jack to wearing completely wire-free Bluetooth ‘buds overnight. But between the two eras were corded Bluetooth earbuds, which some still prefer because it’s tougher to lose an earbud when it’s strung to its partner. For those folks, Apple’s Beats brand just launched new Po

Netflix releases final CG Ghost in the Shell trailer ahead of April 23 premiere

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2 with 2 posters participating VIDEO Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 final trailer. Netflix just posted the final trailer for its Ghost in the Shell CG anime reboot titled Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 to YouTube, and the trailer names a premiere date for the series: April 23. Like the beloved 1995 anime film by Mamoru Oshii, this series is derived from the manga by Shirow Masamune. This series is he

Coway Airmega AP-1512HHS Review: WiFi air purifier gets connected

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Self-isolation has a lot of people paying extra attention to just how welcoming their home is, and if cleaner air and fewer smells are important then an air purifier is a good place to upgrade. Coway’s Airmega AP-1512HHS takes one of the company’s most popular models, the AP-1512HH Mighty, and gives it a WiFi upgrade like the more expensive Airmega purifiers. It’s rated for up to 325 square feet

Harvey Weinstein Reportedly Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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Hello, and welcome to a new edition of The Monitor , WIRED’s entertainment news roundup. This time around we have quite a bit more coronavirus news—plus a cool bit of casting news for The Mandalorian . Harvey Weinstein Might Have Coronavirus Former movie executive and convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus. Per a report in the Niagara Gazette , the on

Get the cheapest broadband deal in the UK, courtesy of the Post Office

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The Post Office may not be the name you associate with broadband deals but it currently holds, and has for a while, the cheapest broadband deal in the UK. You'll be looking at paying £15.90 a month for average speeds of 11Mb, unlimited broadband access and absolutely no upfront costs with the Post Office's ADSL broadband plan. This package is great for anyone who is looking to get the most afford

'Half-Life: Alyx' is the flagship VR game we've been waiting for

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Half-Life: Alyx is a Half-Life game through and through. While it might not be the long-awaited "Episode 3," it's not just a trifling VR side-story either. It carries on Half-Life 's tradition of pushing PC gaming forward -- this time, by focusing entirely on virtual reality and all of the narrative and gameplay opportunities it provides. And it effectively revives the series after an excruciatin

PG&E Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter for Camp Fire Deaths

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The Camp Fire that killed 85 people in California in 2018. Photo: Getty California utility PG&E is officially pleading guilty to manslaughter charges related to the deadly Camp Fire in 2018. The utility announced Monday that it had reached a plea agreement with the Butte County District Attorney in a case dealing with the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history . The company is pleading guilty

Turn Date Night Into Island Paradise With Two 32GB MicroSD Cards for $11

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Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. SanDisk Ultra microSDHC 32GB 2-Pack | $11 | Woot In case you haven’t heard, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is here, and yes I bought it . But in case you haven’t, and not for lack of trying but for lack of storage, it’s time to throw in the towel of resistance because Woot if offering two 32GB microSD cards for

The ultimate Half-Life VR hardware guide, from frugal to fantastic

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Half-Life: Alyx Enlarge / Sadly, Half-Life: Alyx is not compatible with real-life crowbars. But what about your other VR options? Let's dig in. Sam Machkovech / Aurich Lawson 0 with 0 posters participating Half-Life: Alyx , Valve's first single-player game since 2012's Portal 2 , is out now for virtual reality platforms. That has led me to write two separate articles. The first, a feature-length

Half-Life: Alyx delivers the watershed moment VR gaming needs

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If you weren’t playing games when Half-Life came out, it’s hard to drive home just how shocking a departure it was from what had come before. Though some familiar mechanics served as a base to build off of, the injection of elaborately scripted sequences that put you into the action, mature humor and genuinely engaging set piece-driven plot put Half-Life into its own special section of the strato

How to Prevent Jerks From Ruining Your Zoom Meetings

500+Lifehacker / 12h
I think it’s great that everyone is now turning to virtual chat services to stay in touch with their friends and loved ones—everything from regular catch-ups, to awkward dinner hangouts, to Dungeons & Dragons games. What’s not so fun is when someone jumps into a Zoom call, public or otherwise, and starts screen-sharing porn to all the meetings’ recipients. “Zoombombing,” as it’s now known, is an

Half-Life: Alyx is a watershed moment for virtual reality

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At some point during the 12 years that we’ve spent waiting for another Half-Life game, there came a sense of acceptance. As the hope of Half-Life 3 went from a tantalizing reality to an overwrought joke, many believed that we may never see the series again, or at least, the version we’d end up with would be a shade of the source material. That’s why some fans appear to have distanced themselves f

Fitbit Premium is now free for 90 days, including all premium features

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With gyms around the world closing their doors and exercise classes disbanding, Fitbit has decided to give away its premium workout app free for 90 days to help you keep active while you're stuck at home. Fitbit Premium usually carries a subscription fee of $9.99 / £8.99 / AU$15.49 per month, and its free trial usually lasts only 30 days, so that's a significant saving. There's a lot on offer, to

Amazon's best deals: AirPods, Fire TV Stick, hand sanitizer, Kindle, and more

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We've scoured Amazon's site to find today's best cheap deals that include a wide range of products. The latest Amazon sales include price cuts on best-selling items like streaming devices, earbuds, tablets, cleaning items, webcams, monitors and more. Amazon's top deals include a $17 discount for Prime Members on the Alexa-enabled Fire TV stick, the latest model AirPods on sale for $129 , the all-

Half-Life: Alyx review: The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some

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Half Life: Alyx Enlarge / The Combine are back, but you face them (and other terrors) from a different perspective—in more ways than one. Welcome to Half Life: Alyx . Valve 13 with 13 posters participating, including story author I am a huge fan of Half-Life: Alyx , the first new Half-Life game in 13 years. But before telling you why, I'd like to take the hype balloon—in this case, shaped like a

Is the United Club Infinite Card worth the annual fee?

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Apply here: United Club℠ Infinite Card Editor’s note: At TPG, our top priority is providing our readers with the information necessary to make educated decisions about travel and rewards-earnings strategies. This is not the best time to travel, domestically or internationally, but we are sharing this card launch because it is a great offer that could provide value to cardholders for future travel

Smart Thermometers Could be Key to Tracking the Coronavirus, For Better or Worse

200+Gizmodo / 12h
When it comes to tracking the spread of one of the worst pandemics in recent memory , personal privacy has taken a bit of a backburner. It’s resulted in some pitches that are leaving some tech skeptics more than a bit uncomfortable—like sharing our cellphone’s location data with the federal government, or mandating app downloads to track quarantined or soon-to-be quarantined users. The latest pit

New Jersey launches online portal to give residents accurate answers about COVID-19

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Fake news about the novel coronavirus disease is a rampant problem across our social timelines. Think misinformation about treatments, symptoms and anecdotes tainted with racism and xenophobia. As scientists and health professionals are still scrambling to find a cure, and even contain the outbreak, falsehoods can resonate more than they might during a time of confidence and stability. New Jersey

The first teaser for Hulu's 'The Great' has big 'The Favourite' energy

76Mashable / 12h
The first teaser for Hulu's new historical comedy The Great has a lot going for it. Elle Fanning looking scheming and regal as the future Catherine the great, Nicholas Hoult as her bumbling husband Peter III of Russia, and most of all — the exact same energy of creator Tony McNamara's Oscar-nominated film The Favourite . The Great looks tense and wacky even as the trailer displays how lavish its

Animal Crossing: New Horizons first impressions: Wonderful with one major problem

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons landed last week, and I expect many players spent the bulk of their weekend building out their islands. Indeed, with tensions high around the world, Animal Crossing: New Horizons really feels like a game we all needed. After spending the weekend with the game myself, my thoughts are mostly positive, but I can already tell there’s one major issue that will hold New Ho

Apple is giving free e-books and audiobooks to people in the US

1KEngadget / 12h
Apple is currently giving out freebies to Books users in the US. The next time you launch the app, you'll see a notification inviting you to "explore free books, read-alongs for kids, cozy mysteries, and audiobooks for the whole family." Tapping on the message will lead you to a featured collection where you can select one book or audiobook from a variety of genres. You can also pick a novel from

We're Calling It 'Physical Distancing' Now

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We’ve just gotten used to the phrase “social distancing,” but it may already be time to move on. In a briefing on Friday , the World Health Organization’s Maria Van Kerkhove endorsed a change in phrasing that’s starting to become more common: Instead of social distancing, we need to practice “physical distancing.” The point hasn’t changed: stay physically far away from other people. Avoid crowds,

Next day Amazon Prime delivery withdrawn for some non-essential products

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Keeping up with demand during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak is already beginning to prove difficult for Amazon as shoppers are now seeing massive delays when trying to purchase non-essential items from the ecommerce giant. Last week the company announced that it would begin prioritizing the most in-demand essential items from its warehouses. However, this shift has made it increasingly difficu

Google Pixel 4, iPhone XR deals and more cuts in price in's 48 hour sale

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Phone contract coming to an end soon? Well if you're now in the position to buy something new, has just released a collection of top-notch plans on some high-end devices...for a very limited time. As part of its '48 hour sales' is currently dropping the costs of select Google Pixel 4 deals , iPhone XR plans and even the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite. These plan

Why buy a Canon EOS R5? Canon answers our questions about its next big camera

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The Canon EOS R5 is quite possibly the most anticipated camera of the year, but so so far it's been a bit of a tease. Like other big launches, including the Nikon D6 and Canon 1DX Mark III , it's gone for the increasingly popular 'development announcement' approach, which is the camera world's equivalent of a teaser trailer. This has its benefits, like letting us know that Canon is finally planni

That Westworld Reveal Was More Than Just a Game of Thrones Cameo

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The second episode of Westworld may have focused on Maeve’s experiences inside Warworld, but Bernard was letting us in on an even bigger secret at Delos’ parks. Much like how the series surprise-dropped the Raj in season two, we’ve learned the identity of Park 4—and it plays a much bigger role in the franchise than you might think. The second episode of Westworld season three showed Bernard and S

How to Create a Designated Work Space in Your Home

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Many of us are now beginning our second or third week of working from home, and it’s time to get serious about work-life balance. If you don’t already have a work-from-home morning routine, for example, it might be time to ask yourself what an ideal morning would look like—for you, for your kids, for your pets, for the elderly family member you’re FaceTiming twice a day—and then put that structur

Make Cooking Easier With a $27 Crock Pot

Lifehacker / 12h
Best Home Deals Best Home Deals The best home, kitchen, smart home, and automotive deals from around the web, updated daily. Crock Pot Slow Cooker | $27 | Walmart Not everyone is going to become a better cook during social distancing, and that’s FINE! But what you shouldn’t do is burn all of your groceries time after time. Here’s where a the Crock Pot comes in—it’s only $27 , and can hold about f

How I (remotely) podcast

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Over the last five-plus years of my podcast , I’ve turned down a number of interview offers with artists who weren’t able to meet face to face. I know a lot of folks who do great podcasts remotely, and I’ve even done a few (relatively okay) ones myself. But there’s really no replacement for being able to do an interview face to face. So much nuance is lost amongst the cloud compression algorithms

400,000 new people have joined Folding@Home's fight against COVID-19

2KEngadget / 12h
The Folding@Home community has turned its attention toward the fight against COVID-19 , and it now has massive computational power at its disposal as a result. The distributed computing project is now working with about 470 petaflops of output in its quest to fold proteins, or enough to eclipse the world's top seven supercomputers combined. That's more than twice the 149 petaflops of sustained ou

Microsoft Surface sale — plus more laptop and tablet deals this week

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Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Plenty of 2-in-1s are on sale. Image: microsoft / mashable photo composite By Dylan Haas Mashable Shopping 2020-03-23 16:30:15 UTC Tech is selling out everywhere due to the recent uptick in work-from-home professionals. It's hard out here for those who are just trying to get a laptop or tablet

Blood Tests Could Improve the Coronavirus Fight — If They Work

200+Futurism / 12h
Around the world, research teams are trying to develop a blood test for the coronavirus pandemic that might ultimately replace the nasal swabs doctors use today. The main improvement that blood testing would have over swabs, Wired reports , is that they’d be able to measure a patient’s immune response. So instead of being limited to showing whether someone’s been infected with COVID-19, a blood t

VietJet Using Coronavirus To Sell Airline Tickets

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VietJet, which is a Vietnamese low cost carrier based in Hanoi, has a rather controversial promotion to get people onto their flights. Controversy is nothing new for this airline, as it’s the same airline that has had a bikini calendar, featuring their flight attendants. VietJet offering insurance if you get coronavirus VietJet is offering what they call “SKY COVID CARE” insurance — if you take a

Working from home? A gaming chair can improve your posture and productivity.

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Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Image: akracing / mashable composite By Haley Henschel Mashable Shopping 2020-03-23 16:24:52 UTC TL;DR: As of March 23, Best Buy has a couple of AKRacing and Gamdias gaming chairs on sale for up to 46% off. Aside from maybe crappy WiFi and a poorly stocked snack cabinet, few things sour the wor

Sophie Turner takes a harrowing journey in Quibi's 'Survive' trailer

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Sophie Turner is starring in a new Quibi series called Survive , which, judging by the first trailer, seems very similar to the show Lost and the movie The Grey starring Liam Neeson. Turner plays Jane, a woman who is about to attempt to overdose on pills when her plane crashes in a snowy environment. She has to do her best to survive alongside what looks like the only other person who lived throu

Biggest iPhone ever tipped with super fancy focus

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Apple’s newest collection of iPhone devices includes a highest-end set of improvements to camera power. The most expensive iPhone will, according to an analyst note this week, include improvements to the way in which the device is able to focus. It’ll be smarter, and it’ll be more accurate. This will be ideal for when you need to capture your millionth photo of a sleeping cat for your latest week

huariqueje: Reader with a Yellow Book - Henri Charles...

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huariqueje : Reader with a Yellow Book - Henri Charles Manguin , 1910. French, 1874–1949 oil on canvas, 92.08 x 73.03 cm. 36.25 x 28.75 in.

CDC's Covid-19 Bot Helps You Decide Whether to Go to the Hospital

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Image: Doctors test hospital staff with flu-like symptoms for COVID-19 at St. Barnabas hospital on March 20, 2020 in New York City. St. Barnabas hospital in the Bronx set-up tents to triage possible COVID-19 patients outside before they enter the main Emergency department area. ( Misha Friedman/Getty Images ) As the covid-19 infection rate is rising exponentially faster than news outlets and auth

Daily Crunch: Tech giants take steps to fight coronavirus

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Tech companies are donating supplies and adjusting priorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, an activist investor takes three seats on the Box board and aircraft taxi company Lilium raises $240 million. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 23, 2020. 1. Amazon, Apple and Microsoft CEOs detail their companies’ efforts to combat coronavirus pandemic Over the weekend, the CEOs of Amazon, Apple a

iPhone 12 may get a new image stabilization trick and greater zoom

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The iPhone 12 may still be half a year away, but we're already hearing rumblings of what's to come. The latest comes from noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who suggests Apple has new camera technology slated for its highest-end iPhone 12 model this year, MacRumors reports . The new feature centers around a new technique for image stabilization called sensor-shift technology. As the name suggests, this

Astronaut about to escape from Earth into space: “Good luck to everyone”

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Enlarge / At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 63 crewmembers Chris Cassidy of NASA (left) and Anatoly Ivanishin (center) and Ivan Vagner (right) of Roscosmos pose for pictures March 11. NASA 15 with 15 posters participating While much of the world's business has ground to a halt amid the COVID-19 pandemic, spaceflight has been moving along in fits and starts.

So, You Bought Too Many Eggs

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It is possible that, while stocking up to stay home, you purchased too much of one particular item. I did this with eggs. It all happened so fast: I was at my local restaurant supply store, buying a normal amount (four pounds) of butter, when I was suddenly moved by the spirit (and A.A. Newton ) to add five dozen eggs to my cart. I eat a lot of eggs, and I use a lot of eggs in recipe development

Amazon Prime Video is streaming kids’ movies and TV for free, no Prime membership required

7KTechCrunch / 12h
Amazon is making a selection of family-friendly and programming for kids available for free streaming on Prime Video as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, which has people trapped at home. The content is available to all Amazon customers, and includes a mix of Amazon Original kid and family shows as well as select third-party family movies and TV series licensed from studio partners. Amazon

Google Cloud launches Game Servers, a managed cloud backend for games

100+TechCrunch / 12h
Google Cloud today announced the beta launch of Game Servers , a managed service that provides game developers with the usual backend services for running their games, including multi-player games, in the company’s cloud. It’s worth stressing that these are not game streaming servers but solely meant to make it easier for game developers to build, scale and manage the backend services for their g

The 'Westworld' crossover made us want to relive 'GOT' on an OLED TV

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This time last year, we were gearing up for the premiere of the last season of Game of Thrones . Many of us were avoiding going outside, but it was only because we were squeezing in a rewatch of season 7 before the April 14 premiere. That was a simpler time. George R.R. Martin must have known we were missing our comfort show, because a Westworld x GOT crossover happened Sunday night (and brought

Scammers Look To Take Advantage Of Frequent Flyers Whose Accounts Are Locked

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by Gary Leff on March 23, 2020 There are many American AAdvantage members whose frequent flyer accounts were locked, starting late last year. Many of those accounts were closed, with pending award travel cancelled. This was because of taking advantage of a ‘loophole’ to sign up for multiple Citibank credit cards. Normally there are limits on how often you can get a single card and initial bonus

Zillow suspends home buying due to COVID-19

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Zillow said Monday it will temporarily stop buying homes in all 24 markets where it operates in response to public health orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest real estate startup to shift how it operates as the disease