Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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Coronavirus Has Slashed Global Air Pollution. This Interactive Map Shows How.

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The covid-19 pandemic has changed the world, grinding to a halt increasingly large geographic areas and portions of the economy in an effort to slow the virus’ spread. Read more...

Delta Reduces Ground Employee Pay 25% Through June, Places 17,000 Employees On Voluntary Leave

3KView from the Wing / 17h
Delta CEO Ed Bastian sent an internal memo to employees outlining the seriousness of the situation faced by the airline and the steps they've taken to date - and informing non-flying personnel that they'll have their work days refused 20% - 40% through June, resulting "in a 25 percent savings in payroll over the next 90 days." Currently 17,000 employees - including 7000 flight attendants - are ta

Comcast, Verizon, and Plex roll out free offers for those stuck at home

SlashGear / 27min
COVID-19 is changing the world in more ways than one. In addition to forcing nations to close borders both outside and inside, it is also forcing people to reorganize their lives around the Internet while confined at home. Unsurprisingly, that has prompted many content distributors to ramp up their offerings to keep their customers from going insane. The latest to … Continue reading

Google lets businesses mark locations as 'temporarily closed'

70Engadget / 43min
When Sundar Pichai revealed Google's initial responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, he promised to give business owners a quick way to mark themselves as "temporarily closed." That way, people can look up which local shops are open and what hours they're operating, so they don't have to wander outside longer than they should. Now, the tech giant has finally published instructions on how businesses c

Tesla CEO Elon Musk: New York gigafactory will reopen for ventilator production

80TechCrunch / 49min
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday that the company’s factory in Buffalo, New York will open “as soon as humanly possible” to produce ventilators that are in short supply due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. His comments, which were made Wednesday via Twitter, follows previous statements by the CEO outlining plans to either donate ventilators or work to increase production of the critical

Xbox Series X AMD GPU source code stolen and leaked

SlashGear / 1h
Although some would consider how smartphone ARM processors have become powerful enough to challenge some PC CPUs, discrete graphics cards, especially those powering extra beefy computers, are still out of reach of these mobile computers. As such, it’s a very profitable and therefore highly secretive business. So when alleged source code for some of AMD’s high-profile graphics processing units (GP

Here's why Canon's 1DX Mark III is a better sports camera than the Sony A9 II

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Canon releases a 1-series body every four years to coincide with the Olympics. They’re built for speed and performance, and those four years are put towards perfecting the next generation pro-level sports shooter. And perfected it is exactly what Canon has done, with the EOS 1D X Mark III one of the best cameras currently available – be it mirrorless or DSLR. And the 1D X Mark III is a bit of bot

Chris Chibnall's New Doctor Who Short Story Is a Deeper Glimpse Into Regeneration

100+Gizmodo / 1h
The circumstances of the Thirteenth Doctor’s regeneration were particularly momentous because while she, like most Doctors before her, was able to regenerate just fine, moments later she was flung out of her ship above the Earth and left to fall to the planet’s surface as her TARDIS both exploded and… Read more...

Digimon Adventure's Hard Reset Is Key to the Franchise's Evolution

100+Gizmodo / 1h
Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna , the latest film in Toei’s Digimon franchise, is set to bring the story of the eight children who saved both the real and Digital Worlds by partnering up with living, digital creatures to an end. But it isn’t the end. Much in the same way that Digimon can’t truly “die,” the… Read more...

The cheapest Intel Core i7 laptop in the whole world is a HP business notebook

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The Core i7 processor is no longer the top dog in Intel's CPU family but it remains a formidable component even if the Core i5 models have been upgraded to quad-core status. Even compared to the i9, It packs a powerful punch, as it shares plenty of higher end features with its more expensive brethren. The most affordable laptop that carries an Intel Core i7 processor right now is the HP Laptop 15

Exercise the demons and save AU$81.05 on a Fitbit Charge 3

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As we start to look at ways to keep ourselves entertained while in isolation, a lot of us are purchasing exercise equipment and using this opportunity to get into shape. For those who want to ‘exercise’ the demons, you may want to invest in the Fitbit Charge 3 which is one of the best fitness trackers you can buy to give you the added boost you’ll need to achieve your goals. The Charge 3 speciali

Samsung Gear VR being put to rest as Oculus apps slowly go dark

SlashGear / 2h
Google started the idea of using a smartphone as the heart and soul of a VR headset and others immediately jumped on the prospect of an affordable VR system for the masses. That included Samsung who worked with the makers of the Oculus Rift to launch the Gear VR for is high-end flagships. That phase of the VR market, however, … Continue reading

5G iPhone could be delayed to 2021 in worst-case scenario

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Although there were already signs that Apple’s supplies would be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, the general presumption has been that the company would push through with its scheduled product launch even if it meant starting off with limited supplies. Now the word from insiders in Apple’s supply chain isn’t exactly hopeful. Apple’s first 5G-capable iPhone could be delayed beyond … Continue re

Plex makes live TV free for three months

400+Engadget / 3h
Plex is joining the chorus of companies handing out freebies to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The media app makers are offering their Live TV feature free to all users for three months through June 30th. You'll still need a tuner and an over-the-air antenna, but you won't need a Plex Pass to watch channels through any of the company's apps. There are some catches. The free access doesn't inclu

Netflix is currently down for many users around the world

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Netflix is currently experiencing outages around the world, but affecting mostly users in the United States and Europe. According to Down Detector , users began reporting issues around 12PM Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, and many people are still unable to connect to the streaming service on different platforms, including mobile, PCs and smart TVs. Many people around the world are relying on

Homeschooling in Australia tech guide: essential kit for learning at home

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These are unprecedented times, and countless parents across Australia are now finding themselves with a new job title – teacher. Although schools in some states are still open, a growing number of parents are choosing to keep their kids at home to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The prospect of becoming your child’s teacher can be daunting, but if you’re ready for the challenge, TechRad

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro specs leaked entirely

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Even with all the uncertainty and chaos that the COVID-19 virus has caused all over the world, it’s still business as usual for some phone makers, especially those that have yet to announce their 2020 contenders. OnePlus may be stepping up its schedule a month early if rumors are correct but, unsurprisingly, almost everything about the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus … Continue reading

Alaska Airlines cuts more than 900 flights as demand hits historic lows

300+The Points Guy / 4h
Alaska Airlines will slash its schedule by 70% through May, in the latest move by the nation’s air carriers to adjust to plummeting demand in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Seattle-based carrier will cut roughly 910 of its average 1,300 daily flights in April and May, Alaska said Wednesday. The reduction is nearly five-times larger than a previously planned 15% cut and, with dema

Windows optional updates put on hold but only starting May

SlashGear / 4h
It isn’t just events and conferences that are being put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even software developers have started announcing a slight pause in their release cycles, both due to the decrease in human resources but also to ensure that users will be able to keep a proven stable version of the program. That is certainly true … Continue reading

DC Kids Camp Wants to Inspire Young Readers to Become Creators

37Gizmodo / 5h
With more and more schools across the world mandating that students of all ages stay home amid the ongoing covid-19 epidemic , many parents are finding themselves having to find activities to occupy their children’s time. With that in mind, DC Comics has just launched DC Kids Camp, a series of fun courses to inspire… Read more...

Lyft tries offering free bike-share passes to hospital workers

100+Engadget / 5h
Lyft is offering free, 30-day bike-share passes to critical workers in New York City, Chicago and Boston. This should help people who still have to get to work during the coronavirus pandemic, and to keep them safe, Lyft says it is ramping up its cleaning efforts. In New York City, Lyft will provide hospital workers, first responders and transit workers with a free, one-month Citi Bike membership

SiriusXM kicks off 2020 MLB season with classic game broadcasts

SlashGear / 5h
On Thursday, March 26, Major League Baseball was scheduled to officially kick off its 2020 season, ushering in a new round of games and more. For fans who are stuck at home, SiriusXM is offering a special treat: classic game broadcasts that will be available to stream starting tomorrow. These game broadcasts will include commentary from hosts, interviews with the … Continue reading

3D-printing company Formlabs expects its swabs to receive FDA exemption

Gilead FDA Orphan Covid99TechCrunch / 5h
Formlabs , the privately held, Massachusetts-based 3D-printing company, will soon receive an exemption from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its swab designed for use in COVID-19 test kits, TechCrunch has learned. Global supply chains for test kit components including swabs and chemical reagents have hampered the ability of governments to increase testing to a point where they can adequa

New Qualcomm chips could bring noise-cancelling to budget Bluetooth 'buds

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Qualcomm has unveiled two new Bluetooth audio systems-on-a-chip (SoC) aimed for use in true wireless headphones. The QCC514X and the QCC304X are ultra-low-power chips designed for mid-tiered and entry-level headphones, respectively, with both supporting Qualcomm's TrueWireless Mirroring technology. This technology allows just a single earbud to connect wirelessly to a handset via Bluetooth, which

Best meal prep delivery service: Blue Apron vs Hello Fresh vs Home Chef

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While there’s nothing like home cooking, it demands frequent grocery store trips, and we all know grocery delivery services time slots are backed up. Thankfully, there are plenty of meal prep services that offer meal kits with all the ingredients and instructions you need to make your own lunches and dinners. We're taking a look at Blue Apron vs Home Chef vs Dinnerly, among other smaller and nich

How to date someone who snores

39Mashable / 5h
Having trouble sleeping? Hit Snooze is Mashable's deep dive into the many ways to achieve a more peaceful slumber. Imagine: You meet the love of your life (or at least the next few months) on a dating app. You hit it off during the first few dates. You really think this could be a bona fide relationship — not even a situationship! You experience firsts together: first dinner and a movie, first do

Plastiq raises $75M to help small businesses use credit cards more

100+TechCrunch / 5h
When Eliot Buchanan tried to use his credit card to pay his Harvard tuition bill, the payment was rejected because the university said it doesn’t accept credit. Realizing the same problem exists for thousands of different transactions like board, rent and vendor payments, he launched Plastiq. Plastiq helps people use credit cards to pay, or get paid, for anything . Plastiq today announced that it

Walmart's Got the Deals to Help You Recline, Rewind, and Relax on the Cheap

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The best Walmart deals for March 2020 are here. Read more...

Foxtel is giving subscribers free access to more content, screens and data

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As Australians spend more time at home in self-isolation, Foxtel has announced that it's giving its subscribers more content, screens and data at no additional cost to help make these uncertain times a little more bearable. Starting today and extending until May 31, 2020, Foxtel is providing customers with access to its Drama, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Documentaries, Reality and Kids TV channels

It’s Not Too Late To Say No To Bailing Out The Airlines

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The U.S. government can issue over $50 billion in loans and grants (and take non-voting equity positions in airlines in exchange for grants) under plans that have been sketched out so far. There’s also nearly $20 billion for airports and cargo airlines. It is not too late to stop this. Continue reading ...

13 ways to give back during the coronavirus outbreak

20The Points Guy / 5h
It’s a scary and unpredictable world we’re living in. As coronavirus cases continue to rise, more and more people are struggling in some way, whether it’s physically, financially or mentally. As we all continue to do our part by staying home, there are a few additional ways you can help those who are struggling. We’ve put together this helpful list: Donate to a local food bank (Photo by Spencer P

How to watch Star Trek: Picard season finale online from anywhere

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Jean-Luc Picard, former Captain of the USS-Enterprise made a long awaited return to our screens in 2020 for new Star Trek episodes filled with thrills, mystery and action. But now it's time to say goodbye again, with the season finale. Ready to engage with Star Trek: Picard one last time? Keep reading to find out how to watch Star Trek: Picard finale online from anywhere. Alex Kurtzman, the execu

The future of collectibles is digital

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Ryoma Ito Contributor Ryoma Ito is co-founder of MakersPlace , a community empowering the world's digital creators. In prior roles, he co-founded a B2B e-commerce subscription business servicing 100k+ online merchants, was VP of Product at Specialdeals and was employee No. 1 at two venture-backed startups, one of which was acquired by Groupon. The estimated size of the global collectibles market

Comcast, Verizon make some on-demand viewing free

100+Engadget / 6h
Comcast and Verizon (Engadget's parent company) have been scrambling to help people stay online during the COVID-19 pandemic, and now they're giving customer more to do with that access. On Comcast, subscribers with Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex now have preview access to on-demand videos from several premium TV networks and streaming services for at least 30 days. Epix and Showtime are the highlig

Study warns popular type of mouthwash may be putting teeth at risk

SlashGear / 6h
Using a common type of mouthwash may be increasing your risk of developing tooth damage, according to a new study out of the University of Plymouth. The reason isn’t directly due to the effects of the mouthwash on the teeth, but rather the ways it changes the profile of beneficial bacteria in one’s mouth. Over time, a drop in saliva … Continue reading

Groupon axes CEO and COO as company looks to mount a recovery during a crisis

70TechCrunch / 6h
While plenty of tech stocks have seen their market caps dive in the past month, Groupon has taken a harder hit than most. The company’s share price has dropped more than 70% in the past five weeks. The reckoning came for Groupon’s leadership today with both CEO Rich Williams and COO Steve Krenzer ousted. In an announcement , Groupon shared that both execs would be pushed out of their roles and th

People who mostly get news from social networks have some COVID-19 misconceptions

100+TechCrunch / 6h
A new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows a COVID-19 information divide between people who mostly get their news from social networks and those who rely on more traditional news sources. Pew surveyed 8,914 adults in the U.S. during the week of March 10, dividing survey respondents by the main means they use to consume political and election news. In the group of users that reports g

NEC and Sharp to combine their display businesses in joint venture

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NEC and Sharp have agreed to create a joint venture by combining NEC Display Solutions (NDS), a subsidiary of NEC, with Sharp. The new joint venture will allow both companies to build on their strengths and to address the visualization needs of their global customers. NDS is a global provider of visual technology and digital signage solutions for a variety of markets while Sharp is a worldwide de

This SF dude had a friend deliver TP via drone while sheltered in place

82Mashable / 6h
Say, just hypothetically, that you ran out of toilet paper. Also, let's pretend here for a moment, that due to wild circumstances — maybe a pandemic — you were forced to shelter in place in your San Francisco home. And, to make things even more out there, stores had run low on toilet paper because of ... reasons? Well, then you might be one Ian Chan, who while sheltering in place in San Francisco

Everything you know about sleep orgasms is wrong. Here's the truth.

24Mashable / 6h
Having trouble sleeping? Hit Snooze is Mashable's deep dive into how we cope with our collective insomnia and the many ways we can achieve a more peaceful slumber. Wet dreams were a staple of the "your body is changing" conversations we got as hormonal teens. If you were lucky, your school sex education program or parents taught you that it's perfectly normal for pubescent boys to orgasm overnigh

How to change or cancel a Delta Air Lines flight

The Points Guy / 6h
Delta Air Lines is often seen as one of the best domestic U.S. airlines in the sky. At the 2019 TPG Awards , the airline took the award for the best U.S. airline loyalty program, and its top-tier Diamond Medallion status took home the honor for best elite status. However, how does Delta stack up when it’s time to change or cancel a ticket? This isn’t something that most travelers think of until i

Stuck at home? Check out the digital editions of Future's great Aussie tech mags

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You can't spend the next few weeks at home just watching Netflix, and there will come a time soon when your home is so thoroughly spotless and re-organised that you need fresh new distractions. Get on the front foot now, before you completely run out of things to do, and use this time to get your gadgets and gear in great shape. Australian tech mags APC and TechLife Australia have you covered. Wi

Jalopnik This Is All Going To Last Longer Than We Think | Jezebel Who Will Save the Influencers from Themselves? | The ...

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Jalopnik This Is All Going To Last Longer Than We Think | Jezebel Who Will Save the Influencers from Themselves? | The Root Congress Reaches $2 Trillion Stimulus Package Deal. Here’s Everything You Really Need to Know About It | The A.V. Club Before Night Of The Living Dead , this creepy sci-fi sleeper brought zombies (and robots) from space | Read more...

Missing Basketball? Here Are Seven Ways to Get Your Mind Back on the Court

20Gizmodo / 6h
Remember basketball? It’s this sport people used to play where two teams would try to put this rubber ball through a hoop on the opposite side of a hardwood court. It probably feels like a lifetime since the sport was played but in actuality it’s only been about a week since the NBA put their season on hold and the… Read more...

Fortnite Helicopter trick uses proximity mine for autopilot

SlashGear / 6h
Earlier this month, Epic finally added the helicopters to Fortnite that it had teased with the latest season’s launch. This new vehicle is referred to as the ‘Choppa’ and it is designed to carry a total of five players, one of whom must operate the helicopter as the pilot. Though Choppas have built-in rockets, they’re not quite as precise as … Continue reading

12 heist movies to make you feel like you’re up to something while social distancing

100+Mashable / 6h
Sitting at home with my laptop and a cup of hot cocoa, I feel the call of the heist. As streamers the world over continue social distancing , things are getting, well, a little boring. Sure, I'm indulging in plenty of teen dramas , stand-up specials , and comedies . But something inside of me (and I imagine others) longs for the tension of a stealth maneuver, the thrill of the open road, and the

Jalopnik This Is All Going To Last Longer Than We Think | Jezebel Who Will Save the Influencers from Themselves? | The ...

24Gizmodo / 6h
Jalopnik This Is All Going To Last Longer Than We Think | Jezebel Who Will Save the Influencers from Themselves? | The Root Congress Reaches $2 Trillion Stimulus Package Deal. Here’s Everything You Really Need to Know About It | The A.V. Club Before Night Of The Living Dead , this creepy sci-fi sleeper brought zombies (and robots) from space | Read more...

Snapchat wants to help you bust coronavirus myths with a new game

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If you're unsure about a coronavirus-related question, the best place to go is an official health agency website, like the CDC's coronavirus FAQ page , or the World Health Organization's "myth busters" portal . But if you're just looking to test your knowledge and bone up on Covid-19 facts, you can now do so with a trivia game in your Snapchat app —and the help of an animated coronavirus molecule

How one company is fast-tracking development of potential plasma-based treatments for the coronavirus

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Medical biotech company Emergent BioSolutions is one of the many health industry players turning its efforts toward addressing the current global coronavirus pandemic. Their work includes a two-pronged effort to pursue plasma-based treatments that could help lessen the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare systems, with a fast-tracked development timeline that could see human clinical trials start as

Original Content podcast: Hulu’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ is agonizing in all the right ways

68TechCrunch / 7h
“Little Fires Everywhere,” a new miniseries on Hulu, can be hard to watch. Based on Celeste Ng’s novel of the same name, it takes place in the planned community of Shaker Heights during the 1990s, where the arrival of artist Mia (Kerry Washington) and her daughter Pearl (Lexi Underwood) sets something into motion that (we’re told in the opening scene) will eventually result in a fire that burns t

European mobile carriers will share location data to track COVID-19 spread

100+Engadget / 7h
More governments are relying on phone location tracking in a bid to track and contain the spread of COVID-19. Eight European carriers, including Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile), Orange and Vodafone, have agreed to share phone location data with the European Commission to help measure the coronavirus' reach. That immediately raises privacy issues, but an official talking to Reuters stressed that the E

Washington National Cathedral Finds Thousands of N95 Respirator Masks in Its Crypt Level

1KGizmodo / 7h
Like frogs in a David Blaine illusion, respirator masks are coming from strange places. Amidst a national shortage of protective gear , we learned this week that companies are sitting on stockpiles of N95 respirators: first, Facebook produced 720,000 (leftover from Occupational Safety and Health Standards regulations… Read more...

Join Us For Today’s OMAAT Virtual Happy Hour!

400+One Mile at a Time / 7h
Thanks to everyone who joined us for our virtual happy hour over the past five weekdays. We’ve had a lot of fun with it, and as many people seem to enjoy these, we’ll keep doing them… it’s not like we have anywhere to be. Must like yesterday, we’ll be doing some things differently compared to last week: We’ve heard that many people don’t like Facebook (we also don’t love Facebook), so are going t

Walmart's Got the Deals to Help You Recline, Rewind, and Relax on the Cheap

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The best Walmart deals for March 2020 are here. Read more...

Patty Jenkins Is Grateful She Didn't Direct Thor: The Dark World

200+Gizmodo / 7h
If all went according to plan, Patty Jenkins would’ve been the first woman to direct a Marvel Cinematic Universe film six years before anyone else . The Wonder Woman director was set to make the Thor: The Dark World back in 2013 but left early in the process due to “creative differences .” Now, years later, she’s opened… Read more...

Multiple ESA space missions take a hit as coronavirus pandemic grows

SlashGear / 7h
The European Space Agency has revealed that multiple current space missions are being impacted by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. In an announcement on Wednesday, the agency said that it is dialing down its mission operations and sending a number of its mission control center personnel in Germany home to avoid the virus risk. Some instrument operations must be stopped as … Continue reading

YouTube Music mobile apps get new song lyrics section

SlashGear / 7h
YouTube has pushed out an update to its YouTube Music mobile apps, adding song lyrics to individual song pages so that users can easily sing along to content. Until now, users had to search for the lyrics using a different service or Google Search, which meant toggling between apps for an impromptu karaoke session. The new lyrics section is missing … Continue reading

Animal Crossing Needs a Rent Freeze

100+Gizmodo / 7h
We are all seeking an escape. It’s that desperate need for the world to slow down, for the people to take a minute, for Republicans to develop an ounce of compassion, Democrats to grow any sort of backbone, and all us schmucks with zero power to just...take a goddamn breath. Animal Crossing , a game where you join a… Read more...

ANA unveils 3 brand-new lounges at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport

The Points Guy / 7h
Though now’s not the time to travel , All Nippon Airways (ANA) — the largest airline in Japan — is unveiling three brand-new lounges as it moves most of its international operations to Terminal 2 at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) on Sunday, March 29. Before the coronavirus outbreak, there was a lot of talk about Haneda airport. That’s because the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded 12 new day

Behold the “Quasar Tsunami,” Which Can Kill an Entire Galaxy

3KFuturism / 7h
Quasar Tsunami New data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope details what may be the most powerful phenomena in the universe: the “quasar tsunami,” a cosmic storm of such terrifying proportions that it can tear apart an entire galaxy. “No other phenomena carries more mechanical energy,” said principal investigator Nahum Arav of Virginia Tech in a statement . “The winds are pushing hundreds of solar

Coronavirus Is Exposing How Backward Car Buying Is

300+Gizmodo / 7h
There are some people who know exactly what they want. An NB Mazda Miata, for example, is a perfectly fine car to lust for. Others, mainly Michiganders, have brand loyalty to some specific company, usually Chevy or Ford but also sometimes Buick. Others are happy to be able to afford whatever shit box they are… Read more...

Scientists: Remote Education Could Transform How We Teach Science

200+Futurism / 7h
Tuning In As more schools and universities go online science teachers face a dilemma: so far, there’s no clear answer for how they’ll replace the hands-on experience of lab experiments. But that doesn’t mean science education is doomed. Entomologists Esther Ngumbi and Brian Lovett write in a Wired op-ed that they think that the new surge of remote education could revolutionize how students learn

Google Assistant's redesigned feed is rolling out on iOS

100+Engadget / 7h
Over the last few weeks, Google has been slowly rolling out a redesigned "Snapshot" feed to Assistant on Android devices that makes the updates portion of the app more visual. As of today, it's also available on iOS . You can check out the new experience by launching Assistant and then tapping on the inbox icon located near the bottom left of the interface. You'll then see the redesigned feed, wh

Delta CEO reassures staff as it shrinks operations, cuts hours

100+The Points Guy / 8h
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian reassured employees Wednesday that the carrier is in the midst what feels like a “war” to weather the sudden storm caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Atlanta-based carrier, which already warned last week that it will emerge from the crisis as a smaller airline , faces rapidly declining demand and a resulting cash crunch as passengers cancel existing booki

Feds decline to release list of 147 nursing homes stricken by coronavirus

CDC Coronavirus US300+Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / Elder Hands (credit: Mary Smyth / Getty Images ) Two federal agencies, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), have a list of 147 nursing homes where at least one resident has contracted COVID-19. But The Washington Post reports that the agencies are refusing to release this list to the public. "According to CDC data shared with CM

88 out of top 200 US cities have seen internet speeds decline this past week, 3 cities by more than 40%

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The impacts of telecommuting, shelter-in-place laws and home quarantines resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak are starting to impact broadband speeds across a number of U.S. cities, a new report has found. According to broadband analysis site BroadbandNow, 88 out of the top 200 most populous U.S. cities analyzed have now experienced some form of network degradation over the past week, compared wi

Cheap iPhone deal at Sprint: get the iPhone XR for just $10 a month

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If you're looking for a cheap iPhone deal, then you're in luck. Sprint is currently offering the iPhone XR for just $10 a month on the Sprint Flex 18-month lease. You can also get a $300 prepaid Mastercard when you bring your phone and number to Sprint . The iPhone XR was released last September, with a starting price of $749. The 2018 iPhone features a 6.1-inch Super Retina OLED display, a 12MP

Drone videos of quarantined cities around the world are both eerie and inspiring

500+Mashable / 8h
It's like something out of a disaster film: deserted streets, empty sidewalks, boarded-up storefronts. But unlike all the zombie and alien-invasion movies that preceded them, the real photos and videos showing quarantined cities from around the world suggest the possibility of a hopeful future. Humanity is self-isolating, social distancing , and, yes, quarantining in an effort to beat back the co

Sneezes take on a whole new context in 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons'

Mashable / 8h
While self-isolating in the comfort of your home, maybe you've been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons to relax and distract yourself from the coronavirus outbreak. Maybe you're catching some fish or bugs, walking around the idyllic little island you call home. Maybe you run into a neighbor and chat them. Maybe one sees you and calls out your name, runs toward you, and then sneezes right in yo

Irony: Alitalia May Finally Become A Viable Airline Thanks To COVID-19 And Nationalization

30View from the Wing / 8h
A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading ...

What to Stream Tonight, March 25, 2020

71Lifehacker / 8h
Now that we’re all spending a lot of time at home, we’ve started rounding up some of the best things to do while you’re there. Read more...

A photo essay from 6 feet away: How New Yorkers are handling life on pause

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In order to combat the new coronavirus, New York City has been put on PAUSE, which stands for "Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone." According to Governor Andrew Cuomo's 10-point plan, New Yorkers should stay home more and be outside less, limit outdoor recreational activities to no-contact types, and exercise social distancing, among other things. On Tuesday, I was really struggling with

United Club Infinite Card vs Chase Sapphire Reserve — Which card is right for you?

The Points Guy / 8h
Editor’s note: At TPG, our top priority is providing our readers with the information you need to make educated decisions about travel and your rewards-earnings strategy. This is not the best time to travel, domestically or internationally, as airlines have cut major parts of their route network. But we are sharing these travel card offers because they could provide value to cardholders for futur

The Coronavirus Holy Grail: Testing Whether You’re Immune

3KFuturism / 8h
One of the strangest aspects of the coronavirus outbreak has been the unknown: Have I gotten it yet? Did I already get it? Am I immune now? In other words, was that cough you had a couple weeks back just a regular bug, or was it a mild case of COVID-19? You felt pretty sick, but you never noticed a fever. And then you got better. Should you still be hiding indoors? If you’re experiencing symptoms

Brooklinen sheets review: A nice stepping stone into luxury bedding

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Hopping into bed, I was pleasantly met with the crisp crinkle of a good cotton sheet. I felt like I was in a fancy hotel bed even though I was just in my tiny Brooklyn apartment lying on a cheap Wayfair mattress. SEE ALSO: Optimize your sleep with these hacks This is because I was happily testing out the Brooklinen classic cotton percale sheets and pillowcases Brooklinen offers a few different ma

The Safest Way to Dilute Household Chemicals

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Making a DIY disinfectant is as simple as mixing bleach (or alcohol) with a little water—but for safety reasons, the order in which you mix them matters more than you might think. As you’re mixing up your next batch of coronavirus-busting spray , let the first commandment of Chem 101 labs be your guiding principle: “Do… Read more...

VPN usage soars across the world

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As more employees are working from home due to the coronavirus, global VPN usage is on the rise according to ExpressVPN. Since the end of February, the VPN company has seen average global usage of its service increase by 21 percent with double-digit growth occurring in both Europe and North America. In Europe, Belgium and France saw the highest growth rates at 43 and 34 percent respectively but V

iFixit MacBook Air teardown has a sting in the tail

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A week ago today, Apple revealed a new model for the MacBook Air. After years of fielding complaints about the butterfly keyboard seen on many modern MacBooks, Apple finally replaced it with the Magic Keyboard from the 16-inch MacBook Pro. As with all new Apple releases, iFixit has gotten its hands on one of these new MacBook Airs and has … Continue reading

SpaceX Crew Dragon parachute test fails – but it’s not what you think

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A SpaceX Crew Dragon parachute test didn’t end as intended this week, after the parachute system eventually intended to safely lower the spacecraft to the ground failed to deploy. While the failed test isn’t being blamed on the Crew Dragon itself, it could still put a serious dampener on SpaceX and NASA’s ambitions for the spacecraft. Crew Dragon’s parachutes are … Continue reading

Pro Tip: How We Stay Productive Working From Home

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I love working from home hahaha I love it so much. No, that’s not the Stockholm syndrome talking, this is how I feel—really. I love working from home and I hate being around people during the day. The isolation doesn’t stifle my productivity! Not one bit! Read more...

Sex toy sales are skyrocketing because of social distancing

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Why Does My Work Laptop Have Slower Wifi Than My Other Devices?

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Day Three of Tech 911 here-to-answer-your-questions week, and I’m barreling through reader comments as if it were my job. Which it is. It is my job, and I love helping out as best I can. Remember, if you have a question about the tech of working from home, because you’re having some wonky computer or smartphone issue… Read more... surpassed $130M ARR before the remote-work boom

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As efforts to flatten the spread of COVID-19 pushes employees from their offices, remote work is undergoing a surge in popularity. Well-known remote-work-friendly companies like Zoom have seen a rise in usage , while Slack has already reported that it is successfully converting new users into paying customers, which is pushing up its growth rate. The pandemic is creating economic and social uphea

Check out the first trailer for Hulu’s new animated series Solar Opposites

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Justin Roiland and Thomas Middleditch provide the voices for Korvo and Terry, whose alien family must learn to fit into middle America. If you devoured the latest season of Rick and Morty when it debuted last November, chances are you're already itching for season five. Sadly, if the series' history tells us anything, we're likely in for a long wait. But in the meantime, Rick and Morty co-creator

iFixit's MacBook Air teardown confirms 0.5mm thicker keyboard

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If you've been lucky enough to get your hands on the new MacBook Air , you know that the keyboard really is excellent . Thanks to the scissor mechanism , which replaced the hated butterfly keyboard, the keys are noticeably cushier, with more travel. iFixit took a closer look at those keys in its latest teardown and reports that the height difference is about 0.5 millimeters. "More than anything,

Dell laptop sale: the XPS 13 laptop gets a $187 price cut

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If you've suddenly found yourself working from home and lack the tools to do your job efficiently - we're here to help. We've rounded up the best sales at Dell which include incredible deals on laptops, monitors, webcams, printers and computer accessories. Dell's top laptop deal is the Dell XPS 13 that's on sale for $789.99 . That's a $187 discount and the best price we've found for the powerful

Why 400+ Waffle House closures for coronavirus is a bigger deal than you think

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Today Waffle House announced that they’ve currently closed 418 Waffle House locations in the USA, or the MOST LOCATIONS CLOSED AT ONCE, EVER. Due to the historically extreme resiliency plans put in place by the Waffle House organization, there exists an informal measure of disaster severity in the USA called “The Waffle House Index.” There are three levels of severity … Continue reading

Spreading COVID-19 on Purpose? You Could Be Charged With Terrorism.

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All for the Gram The grossness and casual brutality of online prank culture has been on full display during the coronavirus pandemic, with kids pulling stunts ranging from from licking toilet seats to coughing in the face of the elderly in search of viral fame. Now these idiots have yet another reason to think twice: Politico reports that the Justice Department may charge people who spread the de raises $13M on its unsupervised learning approach to driverless car AI

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Four years ago, mathematician Vlad Voroninski saw an opportunity to remove some of the bottlenecks in the development of autonomous vehicle technology thanks to breakthroughs in deep learning. Now,, the startup he co-founded in 2016 with Tudor Achim, is coming out of stealth with an announcement that it has raised $13 million in a seed round that includes investment from A.Capital Venture

Study behind updated FDA guidance shows self-swab tests are as effective as those done by clinicians

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it would be updating its guidance to allow self-swab tests for COVID-19 , in which a patient collects a sample from their own nose for a health professional to test. On Wednesday, UnitedHealth Group revealed the results of a peer-reviewed large-scale study that provided the science behind the decision to switch to the l

Should I use Zoom or FaceTime? Here’s how to decide.

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New attack on home routers sends users to spoofed sites that push malware

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Enlarge (credit: Wikipedia ) A recently discovered hack of home and small-office routers is redirecting users to malicious sites that pose as COVID-19 informational resources in an attempt to install malware that steals passwords and cryptocurrency credentials, researchers said on Wednesday. A post published by security firm Bitdefender said the compromises are hitting Linksys routers, although B

Apple Card's New Privacy Policy May Offer Second Chance to Rejected Applicants

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Apple Card has a new privacy policy that impacts current customers along with people who have not yet applied for the credit card. The changes are expected to make it easier for Apple’s banking partner, Goldman Sachs, to decide which potential customers are creditworthy. Read more...

See what your stay will really cost: Marriott adds ‘all in’ pricing button

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For several years now, one of the biggest complaints about the hotel industry has been the steady expansion of resort and destination fees , which can add anywhere from $20 to $50+ to your nightly rate. Taxes and fees aren’t always well disclosed, especially when booking through a third-party travel agency, leading many travelers to be confused about the total rate they actually owe for their sta

How unified communications is providing continuity and comfort during the coronavirus pandemic

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Remote working has been, until very recently, the exception rather than the rule. With the development of the coronavirus public health crisis, and COVID-19 being declared a pandemic by the World Heath Organisation, this has all been flipped on its head. Millions are suddenly coming to terms with a different way of working, using communications interfaces that can do more than just help them make

Sam Witwer on His DC Universe RPG and GMing While Social Distancing

100+Gizmodo / 9h
Thanks to shows like Critical Role , The Adventure Zone , and Queens of Adventure , it’s more popular than ever to watch others play tabletop roleplaying games. DC Universe has now gotten into the game with DC Universe All Star Games , based on a classic 1980s DC RPG, and io9 spoke with Game Master Sam Witwer ( Star Wars: … Read more...

Declining ad rates may signal a reset for startup SEM strategies

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With limited prospects for growth, one of the iron laws of economic downturns is that advertising is among the first budgets to be cut. Advertising revenues have already cratered at many alt-weekly newspapers , which heavily rely on local events and restaurants that have been shuttered in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. BuzzFeed even went so far (as they do) to label it a “ media extinction ev

CyberGhost is giving away two extra months free with its already cheap VPN deal

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Thanks to the fact that many of us are now stuck at home, it's only natural that we'll be using our computing and mobile devices more than ever - whether that be for work or play. That means that it's even more important to ensure your online life is safe and sound, and that's where getting a VPN becomes crucial. Fortunately, VPN provider CyberGhost currently has a scarily good deal for new custo

A hacker stole and leaked the Xbox Series X graphics source code

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AMD has been having a particularly rough few months, apparently. The chip designer has revealed that a hacker stole test files for a "subset" of current and upcoming graphics hardware, some of which had been posted online before they were taken down. While AMD was shy on details, the claimed intruder told TorrentFreak that the material included source code for Navi 10 (think Radeon RX 5700 series

5 bidets you should consider buying if you can’t find toilet paper

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Though grocery stores aren't closing, toilet paper shortages have become the new normal for some. These five bidets are great alternatives to this messy situation. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Toilet Paper , Bidets , and Coronavirus

Here's a New COVID-19 Data Site to Obsessively Refresh

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If you can’t look away from the climbing case counts, look here. A visualization site called 91-DIVOC provides graphs of the epidemic curve, comparing countries, and allowing you to see them on either a linear or logarithmic scale. Read more...

Fish oil linked to major heart health benefits, but there’s a catch

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It’s no secret that a diet high in fish comes with certain heart-health benefits, but questions remain over the benefits of taking various fish oil and omega-3 supplements. A new analysis has found that taking fish oil may have a major protective effect on one’s cardiovascular health, but there’s a catch: the results were based on taking a highly purified … Continue reading

Join betaworks’ John Borthwick and Matt Hartman on a live WFH conference call tomorrow at 3pm EDT

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The world is changing fast. With the spread of the coronavirus keeping folks in their homes, there’s no time like the present to connect with people online. Tomorrow at 3pm EDT, betaworks’ John Borthwick and Matt Hartman will be joining us for a live conference call via Zoom ( here’s the dial-in link ) for everyone on TechCrunch. Folks will be able to join and get characteristically insightful an

Tech’s coveted internships are getting canceled due to COVID-19

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Victoria Stafford, a third-year student at UC Berkeley, was set to begin working at Yelp in June as a sales intern — the only internship she applied to. And then it was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “When I first read the cancellation email, I didn’t believe it. I refreshed my inbox; I rubbed my eyes as if I were waking up from a dream. It was clear that COVID-19 was becoming a mount

Dogs and cats are refusing to let their humans work out at home, and it's pretty hilarious

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Create a world of virtual pets with this cute, Tamagotchi-like toy — Future Blink

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Melbits POD uses your smart device and environment to ‘grow’ your future friends. Read more... More about Animals , Mashable Video , Tamagotchi , Vr Ar , and Future Blink

Shaken market players won’t find buyers on the secondary market — yet

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Seasoned secondary players were expecting it. As the markets began to plummet in recent weeks, shareholders who’d turned down earlier offers to buy this or that holding were suddenly curious to see if those interested parties might still be interested. Alas, it was too late. The market was moving too fast. It still is. “Up until last week, everyone was calling to get old pricing,” says Hans Swild

Maybe Sony Will Finally Fulfill One of Playstation's Oldest Promises

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Loading screen-free direct gameplay on the PlayStation has been an ambition of Sony’s for a while, and maybe it’s actually getting closer to finally implementing that in its consoles. According to TechRadar , Sony recently filed a patent that will allow players to skip the loading screens and cycling through menus… Read more...

Apple will donate 10M face masks to healthcare workers

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By way of a working from home Twitter message, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company has sourced and will be donating 10 million face masks. The number is a sizable increase over the two million reported last week, and a hefty bump over the nine million figure Vice President Mike Pence announced during last night’s White House press conference. “Apple has sourced, procured and is donating

3D Printing Food in Certain Shapes Tricks People Into Eating Less

100+Futurism / 9h
Optical Illusion Armed with a 3D printer filled with some sort of nondescript food paste , a team of MIT engineers is revealing how the shape and arrangement of foods can trick our brains into feeling more or less satisfied after a meal. For instance, your brain may perceive two different arrangements of the same amount of food paste (seriously, look at this stuff ) as two meals of entirely diffe

Safari Is Now the Best Browser for Blocking Third-Party Tracking

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Yesterday’s release of Safari 13.1 introduces stricter third-party cookie blocking features that prevents websites from identifying Safari users and tracking their web activity. This means Apple’s default web browser is now the best choice for stopping third-party trackers, and the first browser—beating Chrome to the… Read more...

You are entitled to a refund for your canceled flight — even if the airline says you aren’t

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Airlines are in a bind. Because of the coronavirus outbreak , passengers are scrambling to postpone or cancel upcoming travel . Governments across the world are also adding travel restrictions , and some are even closing borders . Airlines are responding to this massive reduction in demand by canceling (or significantly rescheduling) flights. With very few new bookings , the cash flow is drying u

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra leak looks like it’ll outdo “too much”

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 leak today is based on a variety of tips and rumors from the past several weeks. Based on what we know already, and based on precedent, it should be no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 stands a good chance of out-doing the Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 Ultra in more ways than one. … Continue reading

Coronavirus outbreak is bad news for your broken Nintendo Switch

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If you’ve got a Switch or a 3DS that’s in need of repair, it looks like you won’t be getting it fixed anytime soon. Nintendo has shut down its repair centers in the Americas in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. That, of course, means that there’s no word on when they might reopen, and given the unpredictable nature of this … Continue reading

NASA reveals Bennu’s entire surface in first high-resolution global map

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NASA has given the public its first high-resolution look at asteroid Bennu’s global surface. The details are revealed in a newly published global map of the asteroid, one that is currently the focus of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx space mission. As we’ve seen in previously shared images, the asteroid has a very rocky surface filled with large boulders, which was an unexpected … Continue reading

United Airlines will now cut its domestic flights by 52%

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United Airlines , which had already announced drastic cuts to its domestic and international schedule, today announced even deeper cuts. While the carrier was originally planning to cut 42% of its domestic schedule, that number is now up to 52% as demand for flights continues to dwindle in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, across domestic and international flights, United will reduce capa

Meet Lifehacker's New Travel Writer

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Hey Lifehacker peeps! I am Lifehacker’s newest staff writer, and I’ll be covering travel. I can’t wait to bring you tips that I can guarantee are usable because, well, I’ve used them. Read more...

A High Tech Bidet Toilet Seat Will Wipe Away Your Need for Toilet Paper

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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. While the United States is often at the forefront of many trends, it still lags behind the rest of the world in some respects. A

What's Coming to HBO Now in April 2020

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If you’re prepping your stay-at-home calendar with things to watch in April, HBO Now is adding a lot of new movies that will help you quickly fill it up. Read more...

Even Snopes Has Been Overwhelmed by Coronavirus Misinformation

200+Futurism / 10h
Burning Out As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, so too do the heaps of dangerous misinformation growing on the trash fire that often is the internet. That’s not terribly surprising — the internet is always bogged down by deceptive and dangerous bullshit — but the sheer volume of misinformation surrounding the coronavirus even has the famous fact-checking organization Snopes overwhelmed. As The Ver

The coronavirus can’t be killed, but that’s OK

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Without medical treatment , social distancing is the best way to stop the replication. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Quarantine , Coronavirus , Covid 19 , and Social Distancing

Thrown Rocks Are No Threat to These Drones That Have Mastered Dodgeball

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The days of knocking an annoying drone out of the air with a precisely thrown rock might soon be over. Researchers at the University of Zurich have upgraded a drone with a special camera that can quickly spot approaching obstacles, allowing the craft to avoid them with reaction times as fast as 3.5 milliseconds . Read more...

SF survey addresses gig workers’ concerns amid COVID-19 pandemic

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With the novel coronavirus pandemic posing an ongoing threat to people’s health, especially the health of essential workers, San Francisco is conducting a survey to learn more about the issues gig workers are facing during this time. The results of this survey, which should be available within four to six weeks, will help shape local policy decisions. The survey seeks to understand how COVID-19 h

Where to buy a printer: these retailers still have stock

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If you're anything like us, you rarely need to think about where to buy a printer because your office has one. However, now that so many people are working remotely, potentially without the critical IT infrastructure they're used to, you might be on the market for a printer of your very own. We're here to help. But because so many people are currently on the lookout for supplies for working from

Do frequent flyer miles survive airline bankruptcies? It depends

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With the aviation industry thrust into sudden, unprecedented turmoil in the last few weeks as a result of the spreading coronavirus pandemic, some frequent travelers have begun to fret about what will happen to their stockpile of miles if their favorite airline goes bankrupt or out of business entirely. It may not be the most pressing issue of the day, but it is a legitimate question as people th

Where to buy a router: work remotely without interruption

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A lot of folks are working from home during the coronavirus crisis, which means that their wireless networks might be under a bit more stress than is typical – so you might need to pick up a more robust wireless router . You see, a lot of ISPs may include a modem with a built-in router, but wireless performance generally suffers in these kinds of devices. If you're after a super reliable wireless

NAME AND SHAME: 27 Airlines Making Refunds More Difficult To Get For Cancelled Flights

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One thing that many airlines have done to make refunds more difficult is removed the ability for travel agents to process refunds for their customers through computer reservations systems. The Amadeus system maintains a list of those airlines. Continue reading ...

Cut Down on Food Waste With a Weekly Baked Potato Bar

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I have the unique ability to develop anxiety around any issue, and right now that issue is food—particularly the food currently in my fridge. Aside from acquiring a few too many eggs , I think I did a good job stocking up on the right amount of food required for physical distancing and isolation, but every perishable… Read more...

Twitter pulls The Federalist’s dangerous ‘pox’ coronavirus tweet

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A tweet by conservative online magazine The Federalist, which suggested people should deliberately infect themselves with the coronavirus strain COVID-19, has been pulled after it “violated” Twitter’s rules. The infringing tweet, posted on Wednesday morning, said: “It is time to think outside the box and seriously consider a somewhat unconventional approach to COVID-19: controlled voluntary infec

Netflix and Zoom is the new Netflix and chill

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Netflix and chill is over. You cannot simply show up to bae's house if you are not quarantining together. But fear not, for a new activity has risen from the ashes of Netflix and chill: Netflix and Zoom. We've entered an unprecedented time in the dating landscape, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing need to practice social distancing . And with this unprecedented time has come unpr

The beginner's guide to baking bread during self-isolation

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Ally Hirschlag uses baking as a stress reliever. While stuck in self-isolation, Ally shares her skills to bake simple, yet delicious recipes. These recipes can be done by anyone to relieve stress and feed themselves. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Bread , Baking , Quarantine , and Coronavirus

South Korea Names Man Allegedly Behind Online Video Blackmail Ring

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South Korean authorities reportedly have taken the rare measure of publicly identifying a man who authorities say sexually exploited 74 women, including 16 minors, into producing graphic and dehumanizing videos of themselves that were then shared with paying members of private chatrooms on Telegram. Read more...

Qatar Airways Counters Trend, Increases Flights

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Many airlines around the world are winding down operations or at least reducing flights, though one airline is countering the trend. Qatar Airways increases flights Just a few days ago I wrote about how Qatar Airways planned on parking their A380s , but the airline has now reversed course. Qatar Airways is upgrading existing flights and even adding additional frequencies in other markets. This co

The exFAT filesystem is coming to Linux—Paragon software’s not happy about it

100+Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge / Proprietary filesystem vendor Paragon Software seems to feel threatened by the pending inclusion of a Microsoft-sanctioned exFAT in the Linux 5.7 kernel. (credit: MTV / Geffen / Paramount Pictures ) When software and operating system giant Microsoft announced its support for inclusion of the exFAT filesystem directly into the Linux kernel back in August, it didn't get a ton of press cov

These apps and plugins will help you stay focused while working from home

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Working from home may seem easy, but staying focused can sometimes be difficult. Read more... More about Tech , Apps , Mashable Video , Google Chrome , and Work From Home

SpaceX parachute test failure could further delay crewed flight

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SpaceX's hopes a human-occupied Crew Dragon flight this May are fading fast. A parachute test for the capsule failed on March 24th after a helicopter pilot was forced to drop the test vehicle early when it became unstable, threatening the pilot's safety. The test machine was destroyed as it hadn't reached "target conditions" where the parachutes would be armed, a SpaceX spokesperson told Paraboli

Researchers Push For Mass Blood Tests as a Covid-19 Strategy

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While it might seem wasteful to test the seemingly-healthy, tracking antibodies could show how widely the virus has spread—and who may now be immune.

Get a Taste of Tomorrow's TV Tech With TCL's 55" 4K QLED for $500

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The Magic of Teaching Science Labs Isn't Lost Online

100+Wired / 10h
The serendipity of experiments is difficult to recreate on screens. But virtual labs can make science more accessible to students everywhere.

AMD admits that details of its GPUs have been stolen

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AMD has issued a statement making it known that the company has suffered from a theft of graphics IP, but that this stolen intellectual property isn’t a core element of the security – or indeed future competitiveness – of its graphics solutions. AMD posted on its website : “At AMD, data security and the protection of our intellectual property are a priority. In December 2019, we were contacted by

Buy 2 Months of Sling TV Right Now, Get a Free Amazon Fire TV Stick

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We Finally Have a Name for that Shitty Coronavirus Feeling

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IT’S A SUNNY DAY OUTSIDE. I look out the window. The way the yard behind my apartment looks — peaceful, quiet — almost makes it seem like it’s just another Wednesday morning. But it’s not. There’s a lump in my throat. It’s not a fever, or a cough. It’s something I just can’t put my finger on. It’s not anxiety; it’s something more pervasive. The coronavirus pandemic has invaded almost every aspect

Prototype thrusters designed for use on the Moon undergo key hot-fire testing

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NASA’s renewed efforts to return to the Moon may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but work still proceeds on a number of projects related to the effort, including a series of hot-fire test of thrusters designed by NASA and partner Frontier Aerospace. These tests, more than 60 in total performed over the course of just 10 days, were performed under conditions designed to simulate what it woul

Tencent launches $100M fund to fight COVID-19

100+TechCrunch / 10h
Tencent this week announced the launch of the Global Anti-Pandemic Fund , a $100 million effort designed to help curb the devastating spread of COVID-19. The news follows the launch of $100 million funds from fellow tech giants Netflix and Facebook . In the case of the Shenzhen-based corporation, initial funding will go to practical and vitally important health supply donations, including protect

Explain Physical Distancing to Your Little Kid With This Video

500+Lifehacker / 10h
Explaining the coronavirus to our older kids can be pretty straightforward—we can answer their questions in age-appropriate ways, acknowledge their anxiety, talk about what we’re doing to stay healthy and find ways to help others. But for our little kids, who may now be home from daycare or preschool indefinitely and… Read more...

Road-tested homeschool tips for people who never planned to homeschool

100+The Points Guy / 10h
My husband and I never planned to homeschool our kids. We were always quick to proclaim we just weren’t “the type.” We thought we didn’t have the patience, the background and could never take that on. And then we found ourselves homeschooling our four kids while we traveled the U.S. and Canada with our family in an RV for more than a year. It turns out, there is no homeschooling “type” and many o

'Below' arrives on PS4 on April 7th with an easier exploration mode

100+Engadget / 11h
While we knew it was coming to PlayStation 4 this spring , we now have an exact release date for Below . The one-time Xbox One exclusive will launch on Sony's console on April 7th. And when it arrives on PS4, Below will include a new optional "explore" mode that addresses some of the difficulty issues that stopped the game from finding a bigger audience when it first came out. Kris Piotrowski, cr

Ancient Mercury Had the Right Stuff For Life, Surprising New Research Suggests

100+Gizmodo / 11h
Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, is one of the last places we think about when considering the potential for life in the solar system. New research suggests the planet’s interior once contained the basic ingredients for life, a finding that could change the way we view this toasty, tortured planet. Read more...

Few exceptions to the rule that going electric reduces emissions

100+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / An air source heat pump nestled in a nook. (credit: 51% Studios Architecture ) One peppy slogan for the energy revolution is to “electrify everything”—to replace fossil fuel applications with electrical devices that can be powered by a clean grid. Of course, most grids are nowhere close to emissions-free, and this can complicate the impact of electrification. With the electricity availa

Nextdoor Pivots to Neighborliness

500+NYT > Technology / 11h
Homebound city dwellers are turning to a neighborhood app to connect, organize and help each other without risking physical contact.

My Weird Cat Taught Himself to Piss in the Toilet—and Showed Me the Meaning of Life

500+Gizmodo / 11h
I don’t know how else to say this: My cat taught himself to piss in the toilet. Yes, the people one. Yes, on his own. Without any instruction, my cat has effectively potty-trained himself, squatting over the toilet bowl in an eerie approximation of human bathroom use—and now I don’t know what to believe. Read more...

Microsoft says it can still make Xbox Series X despite coronavirus concerns

36Ars Technica / 11h
Explode! [credit: Microsoft ] Earlier this month, when Konami announced it was delaying the launch of the TurboGrafx-16 Mini, we wondered if similar supply issues caused by coronavirus-related quarantines could impact Sony's and Microsoft's planned console launches for later in the year. In an interview with CNBC yesterday , though, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the supply chain for its u

"Corona antivirus" infects victims with malware

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Cybercriminals continue to leverage the ongoing coronavirus outbreak for their own gain by launching numerous scam campaigns which use Covid-19 as a lure to trick users into installing a variety of malware and data stealers. In the latest scam, discovered by Malwarebytes , cybercriminals have set up a website advertising “Corona Antivirus - World's best protection” which tries to trick users into

The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For

500+Wired / 11h
Robots can help doctors distance from patients, and help those in isolation cope. But getting the machines into hospitals is fraught with difficulties.

Do This Dumbbell Workout From Home

100+Lifehacker / 11h
Loved our last at-home workout but want to make use of those dumbbells you snagged before the pandemic? Here are five more moves that will work with whatever weights you have at home. Water bottles or soup cans are better than nothing, but if you have a pair of real weights, you’re golden. Read more...

Coinbase Wallet lets you earn interest with deeper DeFi integration

100+TechCrunch / 11h
Coinbase’s mobile wallet app Coinbase Wallet puts you in control of your crypto assets. The app already lets you access decentralized crypto apps (dapps) using a dapp browser. But Coinbase is going one step further , with deep integrations with some of the most popular DeFi projects. DeFi means “decentralized finance,” and it has been a hot trend in the cryptocurrency space. DeFi projects try to

How I think frequent flyer programs should adjust elite requirements for 2020

The Points Guy / 11h
Which tier you’ll earn in your favorite frequent flyer program is hardly the most significant issue any of us are dealing with at the moment. Yet many readers have reached out to ask how airlines will be handling elite status qualification this year, given that the vast majority of us are grounded right now , and likely will be for some time. I understand the concern. I’ve been a United Premier 1

The terrible, fantastic life of AbleGamers COO Steven Spohn

300+Engadget / 11h
When Twitch streamer DrDisrespect won the Trending Gamer prize at the 2017 Game Awards , there was a tiny riot on Twitter. There's always a buzz of hashtag activity after a winner is announced as people congratulate or disagree with the pick, but this time around, there was a small yet clear consensus: Steven Spohn should have won. As the Chief Operating Officer of AbleGamers , a charity working

This Ankle Exoskeleton Was Designed to Make Running Easier

42Gizmodo / 11h
Running is one of the most affordable forms of exercise, but it’s also one that people love to groan about—and for good reason. It’s a high-impact sport that can be hard on the body, and that’s without factoring in however you might feel about your individual athleticism. But Stanford engineers have found a wearable… Read more...

A new app might help researchers monitor the spread of coronavirus

500+New on MIT Technology Review / 11h
The data collected from more than 750,000 people could help us understand why people’s experiences of coronavirus vary so wildly.

Elton John to host coronavirus relief concert

1KMashable / 11h
Fox and iHeartMedia announced Wednesday that Elton John will host a worldwide concert to raise funds for coronavirus relief. FOX Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and more, all filmed remotely from their homes. Many of the artists were scheduled to perform at

More free items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing NHSlashGear / 11h
Today the folks behind Animal Crossing: New Horizons released a set of new items for free. This new set of items comes with some prerequisites – first, you’re going to need to have the update version 1.1.0. Then, for one part of the free items collection, you’re going to have to download the mobile game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. You’ll … Continue reading

LG BX vs LG B9 OLED: is the new B Series OLED worth the upgrade?

49TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
If you're choosing between the LG BX OLED or LG B9 OLED , which is the right pick for you? There's huge demand for affordable OLED TVs these days and, while you can't exactly get one cheaply yet, LG's B Series OLEDs are still the cheapest organic LED TVs that the South Korean manufacturer puts out each year. The LG BX OLED is the new model for 2020, taking over from last year's LG B9. The two mod

The Weather Channel brings localized COVID-19 updates to your phone

IBM The Weather Channel200+Engadget / 11h
The Weather Channel and its parent company IBM (yep, who knew?) have teamed up to bring coronavirus data, maps and charts to your phone. They're importing data from sources like the World Health Organization (WHO), and including info from reliable local and state sources, so you can get a picture of how the virus is spreading near you, across the country and around the globe. This new coronavirus

Qatar Airways adds 10K seats while other airlines draw down their schedules

73TechCrunch / 11h
While most domestic and international airlines are cutting thousands of flights from their schedules due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, Qatar Airways is taking another route. The airline is actually stepping up some of its flying again, after also announcing some cuts in the last few days, by adding 10,000 extra seats back to its network. It’s doing so by adding extra flights to Paris,

France launches marketplace to manage essential products against COVID-19

France Arceau Squelette100+TechCrunch / 11h
French startup Mirakl usually works with e-commerce websites in order to help them build out a marketplace with third-party sellers. This time, the company has developed a marketplace called to centralize the supply and demand of essential products during the fight against COVID-19. The French government is backing the project. While many French companies have promised to manufactu

Hilton Honors Extends Status For Everyone

400+One Mile at a Time / 11h
Hilton Honors is taking the lead among major US hotel loyalty programs when it comes to extending status and more. Latest updates from Hilton Honors Hilton says they want to show their appreciation to Honors members by extending benefits. Hilton is doing several things, including extending status, pausing points expiration, and extending free night certificates. Here’s all that they’re doing: Hil

Home Workouts: Tips From a Boxing Coach

100+Lifehacker / 11h
Now that gyms are closed and we all need to maintain a physical distance of six feet from others, we need to adjust our workout routines. As it turns out, many useful techniques can be adapted from boxing workouts. Read more...

2 of the world’s biggest cruise lines extend shutdowns into May

100+The Points Guy / 11h
Cruise giant Royal Caribbean has become the first of the four major cruise lines to suspend operations all the way into May due to the coronavirus outbreak . The Miami -based line said late Tuesday it had canceled all sailings worldwide through May 11. Royal Caribbean’s two U.S.-based sister brands, Celebrity Cruises and the smaller Azamara, also extended their shutdowns through May 11. Until Tue

Chinese digital spying is becoming more aggressive, researchers say

300+Engadget / 11h
FireEye, a US cybersecurity firm, says that it has seen a concerning spike in activity from what appears to be a Chinese hacking group called APT41. The attacks are being deployed against companies in the US, Canada, the UK and several other counties, which is atypical of Chinese hackers' typical strategy of focusing on a few particular targets. According to FireEye's report , the group is exploi

Babbel makes its language learning app free for all US students

100+TechCrunch / 11h
Babbel , the Berlin-based paid language learning app, today announced that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is making its service available for free to all K-12 and college students until the end of the term. Previously, the company offered a similar deal for students in Italy, the U.K., Germany, Spain and France. The service currently offers courses for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Po

Snapchat launches new coronavirus Discover space at the top of people's feeds

97Mashable / 12h
Snapchat has been doing its part to help users access quality information about the coronavirus in a few ways, including Bitmoji stickers with common-sense health tips, and a new mental health portal . Wednesday, it took that effort a step further by launching a dedicated space in Discover called "Coronavirus: The Latest." The aim is to put the highest quality news coverage and information about

Hilton just became the first major chain to extend elite status and points expiration

100+The Points Guy / 12h
We are living in unprecedented times and, as a result, loyalty programs are allowing unprecedented flexibility. In response to COVID-19 , Hilton Honors on Wednesday, March 25, became the first of the major hotel loyalty programs to announce generous extensions and policies for travelers around the world. Extending elite status First, Hilton announced that people who had earned Hilton Honors elite

Sky Kids adds educational shows on demand to help kids learn at home

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Kids up and down the country are, when not worrying about the end of the world, enjoying the good life, feet up at home because of the coronavirus pandemic when they would otherwise be at school. But it shouldn't be all fun