Thursday, March 12, 2020

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Singapore was ready for COVID-19—other countries, take note

14KArs Technica / 8h
The lessons these countries learned could be instructive for places further out on the timeline—like the United States or most of Europe, which still lags a couple of weeks behind the virus’ spread through Italy, where there have been hundreds of deaths and the hospital system is so slammed with seriously ill people that it’s beginning to institute triage measures .
Along with Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea, Singapore instituted strict travel controls and protocols for identifying sick individuals—to get them help as well as to find the people they’d been in contact with.

How to Assist Coronavirus Research With Folding@Home

1KLifehacker / 10h
Launch the app, and it’ll pull up a website where you’ll pick whether you’d like fold proteins anonymously or have a handle associated with your efforts.
Before you close that site, though, I recommend adjusting the amount of power you want your system to use for Folding (in case it’s starting to sound like a jet engine), and whether you want your calculations to run whenever you’re working or only when your system is idle—and, presumably, you are not at your desk.


Judge Orders Chelsea Manning and Jeremy Hammond Released From Jail

Gizmodo / 11min
Documents ordering the release of Chelsea Manning and former AntiSec hacker Jeremy Hammond were signed on Thursday by the same U.S. District judge who had them both detained in a Virginia jail last year for refusing to testify in the federal grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.
While released from the jail that’s held him since October, Hammond will soon be en route back to a federal correctional facility to serve out the remainder of a 10-year sentence for his role in the 2012 hacking of Texas-based intelligence firm Stratfor.

AT&T Waiving Data Overage Fees for Home Internet Subscribers Due to Covid-19

AT&T Comcast 2019 USGizmodo / 28min
The letter also asks those same ISPs to work with public school districts, colleges, and universities to provide students with free or at-cost internet access if they don’t have it at home.
AT&T announced the decision, first reported by Vice , in an official statement provided to Gizmodo: “Many of our AT&T Internet customers already have unlimited home internet access, and we are waiving internet data overages for the remaining customers.

Kevin Love donates $100,000 to team staff after coronavirus halts NBA season

36Mashable / 37min
The NBA season has been postponed . That's stressful for big stars like Kevin Love, but even more distressing for the people who support them. Which is why Love is donating $100,000 through his mental health charity, the Kevin Love Fund, to the staff that supports his team. The Cleveland Cavaliers forward shared the news Thursday on his Instagram account. "I'm concerned about the level of anxi

Comcast speeds up low-income Internet service for students stuck at home

AT&T Comcast InternetSlashGear / 38min
Comcast is one of the service providers that offers a discounted plan to low-income families — it’s called Internet Essentials, and it ordinarily costs $9.95/month.
In addition to speeding up the service for existing customers, the company is also offering the Internet Essentials service to qualified subscribers for free for 60 days.

Avast disables JavaScript engine in its antivirus following major bug

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 52min
Avast has decided to disable a major comportment of its antivirus software after a security researcher discovered a dangerous vulnerability that could put all of the company's users at risk.
The security flaw, which was first discovered by Google's Tavis Ormandy , was found in the company's JavaScript engine.

Your next business-class flight could be in Delta One Suites

The Points Guy / 57min
It could also use the larger 777-300ERs — the only wide-body aircraft featuring its Flagship First Class product — to replace Dreamliners on flights to Australia, as TPG’s Edward Russell reported last month.
Put simply: your next domestic business or first-class flight could be in Delta One or the aircraft that operates American Flagship First, both lie-flat products.

Jalopnik Tesla Is Now The Most Valuable Industrial Company In America | Jezebel Watch Pandemic Expert Mike Pence BS His...

20Lifehacker / 1h
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AT&T and Comcast improve internet access in response to COVID-19

AT&T Comcast 2019 US200+Engadget / 1h
Comcast is increasing internet speeds for low-income users, and AT&T told Motherboard that it is suspending all broadband usage caps until further notice.
With so many people in the US working and learning from home, as offices and schools close in response to the coronavirus pandemic , internet service providers (ISPs) are beginning to react.

Earning a minimum wage from Spotify is a lot harder than you think

42Mashable / 1h
If you’re an artist looking to earn a bare minimum living off of your music through streaming, you’re going to need millions upon millions of streams to do that, according to a new study from Broadbandchoices , a UK-based company that compares broadband internet services.
Add to that the $0.00437 per stream (!) that Spotify, currently the largest streaming music service, pays and you're looking at 3,450,892 streams needed to carve out a minimum wage.

Heartbeat Health raises $8.2M to improve cardiovascular care

100+TechCrunch / 1h
Heartbeat Health is a startup working to improve the way that cardiovascular care is delivered, and it announced today that it has raised $8.2 million in Series A funding.
Dr. Jeffrey Wessler, the startup’s co-founder and CEO, is a cardiologist himself, and he told me that he “stepped off the academic cardiology path” about three years ago because he “saw some of the work being done in digital health space and became incredibly enamored of doing this for heart health.”

AT&T waives data cap during coronavirus; Comcast keeps charging overage fees

AT&T Comcast 2019 US100+Ars Technica / 1h
"Many of our AT&T Internet customers already have unlimited home-Internet access, and we are waiving Internet data overages for the remaining customers," AT&T said in a statement provided by Ars today.
We asked AT&T whether it plans to relax any of the data caps and speed limits imposed on mobile service, but haven't gotten an answer yet.

Disney's 'Mulan' delayed amid coronavirus concerns

100+Mashable / 1h
Mulan has joined the growing list of films delayed due to coronavirus. Per The Hollywood Reporter , Disney has opted to push back the North American release of its live-action remake from March 27 to a later date in 2020. Its rollout in other countries, including China , had already been postponed indefinitely due to the outbreak of COVID-19 . Despite promising press reactions from the film's pre

The Ghost Flights Are Real, and They're on Flight Attendant TikTok

53Gizmodo / 1h
Airlines are falling on hard times: they’re facing travel restrictions , canceling thousands of flights, contending with swarms of panicked customers, and running costly ghost flights lest they lose their slots to other airlines. In the face of imminent catastrophe, an assortment of cool-headed flight attendants are broadcasting their eerie travels on TikTok to chill tracks. For the record, fligh

Jalopnik Tesla Is Now The Most Valuable Industrial Company In America | Jezebel Watch Pandemic Expert Mike Pence BS His...

20Gizmodo / 1h
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Southwest Airlines adds 2 international routes from Phoenix

The Points Guy / 1h
The Dallas-based carrier will begin service between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and both Cabo San Lucas (SJD) and Puerto Vallarta (PVR) on Oct. 8, Southwest unveiled Thursday.
The schedule update also included more flights on two of its intra-California routes from Long Beach (LGB), adding one additional weekday round-trip to both Oakland (OAK) and San Jose.

Russian trolls are outsourcing to Africa to stoke US racial tensions

100+TechCrunch / 1h
On Twitter, 71 accounts linked to the Russian-run operations in Ghana and Nigeria spread similar messages in an effort to “sow discord by engaging in conversations about social issues, like race and civil rights.”
According to a pair of reports out from Facebook and Twitter , a disinformation campaign run by individuals with links to Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) is back and focused on the U.S., but this time it’s being run out of Africa.

YouTube finally rolls out mobile app Explore tab for everyone

SlashGear / 1h
The new Explore tab features a more appropriate compass icon; when tapped, it takes users to a hub with access to Trending videos, as well as popular content categories.
The new experience is found in the service’s mobile app, where users get access to Trending Videos, as well as other content categories that are neatly sorted in individual buttons.

Apple Music reaches new deals with major labels sans “Apple Prime” bundle agreement

Apple Music Multiyear24Ars Technica / 1h
According to a report in Financial Times, Apple Music has inked new deals with the record labels Sony Music, Warner Music Group, and Universal Music Group to continue to offer those labels' artists' work on Apple's streaming service for years to come.
That said, the new deals do not "include an economic agreement to bundle Apple Music with the company's television service," according to Financial Times' sources.

F1 live stream: how to watch the Australian Grand Prix 2020 online from anywhere

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
The Formula One 2020 season starts this week in Australia where Lewis Hamilton and team Mercedes are gunning for glory once again to achieve a record winning streak.
To see how you can stream F1 live from the Australian Grand Prix in the UK, Australia, the US, Canada and New Zealand, then scroll a little further down this page to see the broadcast options.

MSI's PS42 Modern entry-level gaming laptop is on sale for $830

37Engadget / 1h
(If you're looking for a more powerful processor, MSI's newer machines have Intel's 10th-generation 6-core CPUs .)
The MSI PS42 Modern is on sale on Newegg for $830 .

5G devices were less than 1% of US smartphone purchases in 2019

80TechCrunch / 1h
When the devices did start arriving from companies like LG, Samsung and OnePlus, the numbers started trending upward, with an increase of roughly 9x from the first to the second half of the year.
Smartphone manufacturers have very much been banking on the increased interest in 5G to help correct the larger trend of flagging sales.

Coronavirus restrictions the final straw for ESA’s Mars Mission

ESA ExoMars Mars 202232Ars Technica / 1h
On Thursday, the European Space Agency and its Russian partners announced that they would be delaying their planned rover/lander mission to Mars.
As we reported earlier this year , the project was facing a number of technical hurdles, and time was running short to sort them out before a convenient launch window for Mars closed.

Hackers are jumping on the COVID-19 pandemic to spread malware

WHO Coronavirus Pandemic93TechCrunch / 1h
Several cybersecurity firms are reporting an uptick in attacks against a range of targets, all using the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as a hook to hoodwink their victims into running malware.
Every time there’s a major news story, a world event or even regular national events like tax preparation season , hackers jump at the chance to take advantage of the uptick in chatter to launch attacks against unsuspecting victims.

Does coronavirus need a brand?

56TechCrunch / 1h
As we enter the full throes of coronavirus spread in the U.S., it’s becoming incredibly evident that we cannot depend on the federal apparatus to clearly communicate any of the necessary information citizens need.
Now, more than ever, we need a crisply defined set of messaging and information about the coronavirus’ capabilities, spread, effects, treatment and mitigation methods.

How to Work Out When You Can't Go to the Gym

24Lifehacker / 1h
Whether you’re self-quarantining , your gym has canceled events as a social distancing measure, or you just want to be cautious, it’s nice to have options for working out besides going to your usual gym or fitness class.
Replace group classes with apps or videos

Verizon increases network infrastructure investment by $500M

68TechCrunch / 2h
Verizon has not seen any measurable increases in data usage, even as some business, schools and other organizations are asking its employees to work remotely, Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg told CNBC in an interview .
Verizon said Thursday it will boost investment in network infrastructure , increasing its capital guidance by $500 million, to prepare for the rise in telecommuting and online learning amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Reporters Without Borders uses Minecraft to sneak censored works across borders

94TechCrunch / 2h
The organization, collaborating with reporters, Minecraft pros and, of course, a creative agency, has produced an enormous in-game “Uncensored Library” that hosts a variety of suppressed reportage from places like like Saudi Arabia, Russia and Vietnam.
The library has a handful of wings, each dedicated to a different country, and each with a series of articles banned in those places, or their authors chased out or even killed.

countess-zaleska:“Vita sine libris mors est. – Life without...

Music, Arts & Literature / 2h
countess-zaleska : “ Vita sine libris mors est. – Life without books is death. ” from Ladies’ Book-Plates, Norna Labouchere, 1895. Bookplate by Alan Wright.

Coronavirus and ‘work from home’ policies have messed with ride-sharing and public transit

73Mashable / 2h
Other public transit systems, like BART in the San Francisco Bay Area, are reporting a ridership decline as of last week.
Just look at the impact on air travel: We've all seen airlines struggling as the coronavirus spreads and restrictions keep people away from flights.

Disneyland, Universal Studios close as coronavirus spreads in California

23Mashable / 2h
On Thursday, Disney confirmed the closure of Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, and associated Anaheim hotels due to worsening concerns about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
“While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure," Disney representation said in a statement via Twitter .

New $1,800 TAG Heuer smartwatch is the price of four Apple Watches

28Ars Technica / 2h
of the TAG Heuer Connected were modular, meaning you could supposedly rip out the smartwatch guts someday and replace them with traditional watch parts.
While most Wear OS devices are starved for viable hardware options when it comes to the SoC, TAG Heuer's exorbitant prices have let it experiment with exotic options in the past.
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Disneyland closing due to coronavirus concerns

26The Points Guy / 2h
While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month.
Disneyland Resort will work with guests who wish to change or cancel their visits, and will provide refunds to those who have hotel bookings during this closure period.

CA gov orders events canceled statewide: Disneyland closes for COVID-19

25SlashGear / 2h
As part of this order, Newsom and public health officials in California “announced that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March.”
The latest closure announced in the ongoing global pandemic event surrounding COVID-19 is Disneyland.

NCAA cancels March Madness over coronavirus pandemic

NCAA March Madness78Engadget / 2h
"This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to [the] spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities," the NCAA said.
Just one day after it said it would restrict attendance at upcoming Division 1 men's and women's basketball tournaments , the NCAA has officially cancelled those events , as well as all of its remaining winter and spring championships.

United’s Regular Europe Schedule Operates For One Week, Then This Is All That’s Left

20View from the Wing / 2h
In light of the U.S. government’s limits on travel by non-U.S. citizens that have been to Europe within the past 14 days, in addition to reduction in travel broadly in reaction to the novel coronavirus, United has announced that it will only fly it’s current schedule through Thursday, March 19 .
Operate 18 flights a day to London (the U.K. is not covered by the current travel restriction)

NYC Just Declared a State of Emergency, Here’s What That Means

500+Futurism / 2h
– The major thrust of the declaration of the state of emergency is to reduce numbers of large public gatherings.
In response to the growing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has declared a State of Emergency in New York City, the largest major metropolitan area in North America, and a global epicenter of commerce and trade.

Pixar’s Soul trailer treads similar existential ground as Coco, Inside Out

28Ars Technica / 2h
The trailer opens with a cute blue blob-like representation of Joe's soul falling through pitch-black darkness and landing in a mysterious place.
As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what's great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life's most important questions.

'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' gets a 'New Horizons' crossover event

31Engadget / 2h
Nintendo is determined to build up hype for Animal Crossing: New Horizons ahead of its March 20th debut, and that includes bringing a taste of the game to the modern Animal Crossing game you can already play. It just kicked off a New Horizons crossover event in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp that gives you a feel for the Switch game's island setting. You can compete in Tom Nook's fishing tourney to

Leak Exposes U.S. Navy Sailor as Once-Prolific Recruiter for Neo-Nazi Group

300+Gizmodo / 2h
At the center of a recent leak is the neo-Nazi organization Atomwaffen Division, a violent group whose leader, John Cameron Denton, was arrested last month in Montgomery, Texas, for plotting to intimidate journalists by duping armed police into arriving at their homes, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
Tarkington’s private messages on the board show that under his “The Yank” persona, he transformed from a 15-year-old newcomer in 2013 into a prolific Atomwaffen recruiter who attempted to enlist at least 12 Iron March members by the end of 2016.

What to Do if the Coronavirus Outbreak Is Affecting Your Finances

200+Lifehacker / 2h
People who can’t go to work because of precautions around the coronavirus and thos who are temporarily quarantined can apply for unemployment benefits.
If you visit Benefits.gov , you’ll be able to see a directory of every state’s unemployment insurance program website along with quick information like phone numbers and application URLs.

Southern California Disneyland Becomes 4th Disney Park To Shut Down Due To Coronavirus

View from the Wing / 2h
Southern California Disneyland Becomes 4th Disney Park To Shut Down Due To Coronavirus
Shanghai Disney resort will re-open shopping on Monday.

How points and miles got my 79-year-old mom home in first class before a coronavirus lockdown

28The Points Guy / 2h
With her return flight not yet canceled but facing an urgent situation, I turned to Alaska Airlines miles to get her back home in the nick of time.
There were no change fees or difference in fare because her original flight was canceled, and at the time South Korea had not seen an explosion of coronavirus cases.

This Minecraft Library Provides a Platform for Censored Journalists

1KGizmodo / 2h
“Their forbidden articles were republished in books within Minecraft, giving readers the chance to inform themselves about the real political situation in their countries and learn the importance of press freedom,” says The Uncensored Library on its website.
Spearheaded by Reporters Without Borders and built by BlockWorks and DDB Berlin , The Uncensored Library is a place you can visit within Minecraft to read the works of censored journalists from Russia, Mexico, Egypt, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia.

Slack shares plummet 20% after its growth forecast fails to excite investors

Slack Working Home84TechCrunch / 2h
For the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, Slack currently expects: Total revenue of $185 million to $188 million, representing year-over-year growth of 37% to 39% [and] non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.07 to $0.06.
To get our head around its share price declines, let’s compare and contrast what Slack promised for its fiscal 2021, and what investors had in mind.

California's Disneyland Is Closing for the 4th Time in History Thanks to You-Know-What

1KGizmodo / 2h
“While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month,” Disney said in a statement .
“The Hotels of Disneyland Resort will remain open until Monday, March 16 to give guests the ability to make necessary travel arrangements; Downtown Disney will remain open.

Paramount delays A Quiet Place 2 movie premiere over outbreaks

SlashGear / 2h
In a statement, Paramount Pictures said that the decision to delay the movie’s premiere was made ‘in light of the ongoing and developing situation concerning coronavirus and restrictions on global travel and public gatherings.’ The company indicates that it plans to release the movie sometime in 2020, but it doesn’t yet have a new premiere date.
Movie sequel A Quiet Place 2 won’t premiere widely across theaters this month, Paramount Pictures has announced.

New Scientific Review Compares Alcoholics Anonymous to Therapy

25Gizmodo / 2h
On average, around 42 percent of people who remained in manualized AA or a 12-step facilitated program (which may involve other approaches in combination with AA) for a year, in these trials, reported being sober a year later, the review found, compared to 35 percent for people on other treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy.
A new analysis of existing research this week suggests that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and similar 12-step facilitated peer counseling programs (TSF) really can help people dealing with alcohol use disorder to abstain from alcohol.

How to Work From Home Now That Your Boss Doesn’t Want You Coming In

100+NYT > Technology / 2h
In collaboration with Wirecutter , a product recommendation site owned by The New York Times, here’s how to get the best out of working from home, stat.
(If your company doesn’t already have tools, Wirecutter recommends Zoom for video and TunnelBear for VPN .) This will help keep you connected to your teammates and the company resources you may need when you’re offsite.

Microsoft delivers emergency patch to fix wormable Windows 10 flaw

High86Ars Technica / 2h
Although the vulnerability is difficult to exploit in a reliable way, Microsoft and outside researchers consider it critical because it opens large networks to "wormable" attacks, in which the compromise of a single machine can trigger a chain reaction that causes all other Windows machines to quickly become infected.
Microsoft on Thursday released an unscheduled fix for a critical security bug that makes it possible for attackers to remotely execute malicious code that can spread from vulnerable machine to vulnerable machine without requiring any interaction from users.

How to sign a digital document

80BBC News - Technology / 2h
Signing a digital document can be cumbersome if you have to print it to sign it and then rescan it.

After a week on the road, why I’m putting a halt on travel

The Points Guy / 2h
For my trip, I visited three airports and boarded two flights per day, leaving myself several hours of buffer time on each layover to step out of the secure area and repeat the ticketing and security process for each new flight in order to gauge how different airports were handling the coronavirus threat.
As a general rule, smaller airports consistently had hand sanitizer available, especially near check-in kiosks and Clear checkpoints, while high-traffic areas in major airports like LAX featured a number of dispensers that had been out of hand sanitizer for a long time.

'Guild Wars 2' defies the odds for online RPGs with a third expansion

100+Engadget / 3h
ArenaNet has announced that it's working on a third Guild Wars 2 expansion.
If ArenaNet is eager to start work on a third expansion, that shows just how many players are willing to fork over money when it isn't completely necessary to play.

Everyone's regretting their '2020 will be better' tweets now

100+Mashable / 3h
We really thought the shit show was over when 2019 ended. The last decade was rough. When New Year's Eve rolled around, people posted about how glad they all were to start fresh. But 2020 came at us fast, and nobody's quite able to keep up. As the United States struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus , Twitter users are realizing just how optimistic they sounded in their New Year's Eve

View of the Devil’s Wash Tub in Copper Harbor, Michigan....

Music, Arts & Literature / 3h
View of the Devil’s Wash Tub in Copper Harbor, Michigan. Printed on front: “The Devil’s Wash Tub on M-26 near Copper Harbor, Mich.” Printed on back: “All rights reserved. The L.L. Cook Co., Milwaukee.” Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library

Apple plans to add a rear-facing 3D sensor to a new iPhone

44Ars Technica / 3h
Cupertino introduced ARKit, a set of tools and features available to developers for making augmented reality apps on iOS, in 2017.
Citing a source with knowledge about Apple's new iPhones, Fast Company writes that Apple will introduce a rear-facing 3D sensor array to new iPhone models.

You can take the US Census 2020 online now – here’s why you should

SlashGear / 3h
The online census questionnaire can be filled out even if you haven’t yet received a 12-digital invitiation code to fill out the form.
Today is the start of the US Census 2020, something that will eventually involve people traveling house-to-house to follow up with anyone who hadn’t responded to the census before that point.

Epic buys the company behind God of War's facial animations

61Engadget / 3h
Fortnite developer Epic Games has acquired a company called Cubic Motion .
Epic presumably plans to integrate Cubic Motion's technology into the Unreal Engine to make it more appealing to game developers.

Now Is the Time to Buy Your Favorite Condiments

24Lifehacker / 3h
I already have plenty of Maldon, MSG, fish sauce, and Better Than Bouillon, so my focus is going to be on the sour, the fermented, and the spicy.
Now—and I mean right now—is the time to buy the absolute best condiments, priciest pickles, and every umami bomb you desire.

Several Vegas casinos are shutting their all-you-can-eat buffets. What’s next?

The Points Guy / 3h
We reached out to American Airlines regarding changes to their buffet option at lounges but did not hear back by time of publication.
TPG U.K. General Manager Christian Kramer was at the American Airlines Flagship Lounge Thursday morning March 12 at New York-JFK and the buffet was out as normal.

No, coronavirus is not a good argument for quitting cash

100+New on MIT Technology Review / 3h
When the central banks in China, South Korea, and the US decided to “ quarantine ” potentially contaminated cash amid the outbreak of Covid-19, the implication seemed clear: paper money must be capable of spreading the disease.
Here’s what we know: Infectious viruses, including other coronavirus varieties, can live on inanimate surfaces (pdf) including metal, paper, and plastic for hours to days.

Google Won’t Let Its Army of Contractors Work Remotely

100+Futurism / 3h
“The [full-time employees] almost all seem to be heeding the recommendation to work from home, while we are sitting here in the Petri dish,” a Google contractor named Josh Borden told The Guardian , “with the choice of not getting paid, or maybe getting sick and then putting our family and friends at risk too.”
Because Google contractors — who may work full-time hours but don’t receive the same benefits as employees — can’t access their work emails or other systems remotely, some weren’t even informed that employees would be working from home until they showed up to campus, The Washington Post reports .

Space Center Houston now has a twice-flown Falcon 9 on display

100+Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge / The business end of Falcon 9 serial B1035, now on permanent static display at Space Center Houston. Lee Hutchinson 0 with 0 posters participating HOUSTON—Space Center Houston took the wraps off of its newest exhibit on Thursday morning: a Block 3 Falcon 9 booster, serial number B1035. It is only the second Falcon 9 on permanent public display, with the other being outside SpaceX headqua

European Commission goes teleworking by default over COVID-19

81TechCrunch / 3h
The European Commission is switching all staff in “non-critical functions” to remote working from next Monday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this week the European Parliament also told staff to prep for mass remote working Monday.

WonderCon 2020 Has Been Postponed But No Decision Has Been Made on Comic-Con [Updated]

100+Gizmodo / 3h
“To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of covid-19 , the California Department of Public Health announced a recommendation that gatherings and events of more than 250 people should either be postponed or canceled.
Therefore WonderCon Anaheim, scheduled for April 10-12, 2020 in Anaheim, California, will be postponed until a later date.

ESA: We’re going to Mars in 2022, but better this time

ESA ExoMars Mars 2022SlashGear / 3h
The second bit of the mission will see a Kazachok lander deliver the Rosalind Franklin rover to the surface.
This is the second mission window for the next launch of the ESA’s ExoMars mission, a mission that’s already in progress.

Grab a TaoTronics 16:9 Projector Screen for a Low $17

20Lifehacker / 3h
Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. TaoTronics 16:9 Projector Screen | $17 | Amazon | Promo code TJ2XNKAP If you take movies and television seriously, you should absolutely invest in the TaoTronics high contrast HD projector screen ! It’s only $17 and super-easy to install. You can install it on your wall with nails, hooks, or even double-sided

Senators want to ban TikTok from government phones

TikTok Chinese US China100+Engadget / 3h
"TikTok is owned by a Chinese company that includes Chinese Communist Party members on its board, and it is required by law to share user data with Beijing," Sen. Hawley said.
Senators Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and Rick Scott (R-Florida) have introduced a bill that would do just that, claiming the social media app poses a national security threat.

Microsoft’s Project xCloud could arrive on Windows 10 any day now

Microsoft Xbox P. Spencer24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Though Microsoft confirmed last year that its game streaming service will be coming to Windows 10 , Project xCloud - which is still in beta - currently only lets you stream games on Android and iOS devices.
Reddit user ‘An Xbox Dude’ , who claims to be pals with Spencer, snapped an image of the Xbox head honcho playing something called “Xbox Game Streaming (Test App)”, which certainly looks like an xCloud solution for playing high-end games on low-powered Windows devices.

Gillette Shaving Products Are 30% Off

Gizmodo / 3h
30% Off Gillette Shaving Products | Amazon Amazon’s featured deal of the day puts Gillette products front and center, with the retailer discounting razors, blade refills, and shaving foam for both men and women. Normally $32, this pack of razor replacements with Olay coconut conditioner plummets to $20, and the razors themselves are $5 off . For men, you can get a 30-count of disposable Gillette

These Bogus Coronavirus Trackers Could Infect Your Computer

300+Lifehacker / 3h
Reason Labs specifically calls out the “Corona Virus Map” Windows software, which even uses the same interface as Johns Hopkins University’s tracker that we covered last week to look more legitimate.
It’s also worth running a scan if you installed any other coronavirus-related apps or software recently; hackers are nothing if not opportunistic, and it’s likely “Corona Virus Map” is just one of many coronavirus-related scams .

Where Westchester Teens Get Their Coronavirus News

100+NYT > Technology / 4h
New Rochelle-specific meme pages like @ NRHSmeme , @ newrotrash and @ newro.memes , all run by local high school students, have served as a lifeline for kids, many confined to their houses.
High school students are turning to meme accounts on Instagram to get real-time updates on the new coronavirus.

Dr Disrespect signs ‘life-changing’ exclusive with Twitch

SlashGear / 4h
Last year, the streaming wars got into full swing when Mixer signed Tyler “Ninja” Blevins to an exclusivity deal, thereby poaching one of Twitch’s top streamers.
The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but in a lengthy profile about Dr Disrespect actor Guy Beahm over on The Verge , the streamer suggested the deal was a big one.

Singapore is the model for how to handle the coronavirus

2KNew on MIT Technology Review / 4h
All these have combined to create Singapore’s world-leading response to the coronavirus that emerged in China at the end of last year, spreading rapidly around the globe over the past two months.
Dozens of infected people, perhaps more, were allowed into the US and allowed—even encouraged—to go to work sick, hastening the spread of the virus.

For $39,000, You Can Buy a Wide-Angle Lens That Can Actually See Behind Itself

200+Gizmodo / 4h
But that doesn’t make buying and experimenting with pricey gear, like a $39,000 fisheye lens with a field of view so wide it can see behind itself , any less tempting.
A talented photographer can snap stunning photos with even a cheap camera; expensive equipment doesn’t guarantee a beautiful shot.

AT&T CEO pay rose to $32 million in 2019 while he cut 20,000 jobs

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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson's total compensation was more than $32 million in 2019, giving him a 10 percent raise while he slashed tens of thousands of jobs and reduced spending on network upgrades.
But Stephenson's 2019 compensation rose "after a headline-grabbing hedge fund battle ended up boosting the telecom and media giant’s share price," The Wall Street Journal reported today .

Study tracks coronavirus aerosol spread – but there’s some good news

29SlashGear / 4h
A new study has identified how long COVID-19 can last on different types of surfaces, as well as how coronavirus aerosols might behave, as researchers explore how best to contain the spreading health crisis.
While it might seem like the study is suggesting that those carrying COVID-19 could infect rooms, cars, and other spaces for extended periods simply by coughing or sneezing, the reality isn’t that clean-cut.

Here’s how Nintendo and Microsoft are reacting to the E3 2020 cancellation

SlashGear / 4h
For Nintendo, the cancellation of E3 isn’t a huge blow – for a number of years, Nintendo has shied away from hosting press conferences and instead makes its announcements by way of pre-recorded Nintendo Direct live streams.
Now that E3 has been cancelled, it seems that Microsoft will move its press conference online, just like it’s doing with the Game Stack talks it was planning to host at GDC .

Working from home? Think twice about posting that desk pic.

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Often, those pics show open computers, browser tabs, sticky notes, or even Amazon Chime Personal Meeting IDs clearly visible.
So, feel free to share work-from-home pics online as you search out digital camaraderie in these social-distancing times.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps review: A natural beauty

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These battles are punctuated by thrilling chase scenes, where Ori has to use every movement ability in his arsenal in quick succession to stay ahead of the ever-encroaching threat.
This is especially apparent in one late-game section, where Ori has to dart through an encroaching and damaging darkness to find glowing bits of the environment that provide temporary safety.

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Disruptions increase as organizations manage more data

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Organizations on average are managing almost 40 percent more data than they were a year ago according to new research from Dell Technologies and this surge in data comes with inherent challenges.
As we enter the next data decade, resilient, reliable and modern data protection strategies are essential in helping businesses make smarter, faster decisions and combat the effects of costly disruptions.

How to Make It Look Like You're Working From Home When You're Not

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Caffeinated is a great tool that you can use to keep your monitor on when you’re away from your desk, which might be all you need to do—provided you also keep whatever app you’re using in focus.
Depending on what apps you’re using to communicate with your coworkers—Slack, let’s say—it’s possible that they might register you as idle in some way when you’re away from your desk (for whatever reason).

Student privacy laws still apply if coronavirus just closed your school

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Schools are not prohibited from allowing vendors access to information for the purpose of providing services—you can use third-party digital tools for administrative and educational purposes without being in violation of the law.
In a 2015 guide for tech vendors ( PDF ), the Department of Education cautions: "When PII from education records is disclosed to the provider, FERPA still governs its use, and the school or district is responsible for its protection." The guide adds that the data in question may only be used for the purposes authorized by the school.

Westworld's 25 Biggest 'Holy Shit' Moments By Episode (So Far)

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15) (Episode 10) That’s big, but so is Bernard’s reveal to Maeve that her plan to escape the park is actually part of her new, secret narrative (Ford’s work, we later learn), not her own idea as she’d proudly assumed—so she decides to exit the train out of Westworld at the last moment.
18) (Episode eight) The Man in Black reveals he first learned about the Maze when he decided to test his capability to do something truly evil: Killing homesteader Maeve’s young daughter in front of her , something she’s still grieving despite all counter-programming efforts.

Yext aims to deliver more coronavirus-related answers by making its site search free

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But Yext CEO Howard Lerman said that for the past 10 days, the company has seen a spike in coronavirus-related searches across sites that use Yext Answers.
Yext says that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s making its Yext Answers site search product free for 90 days.

Bored at home? Come hang out with TechCrunch at 12:30pm PT on a live call

72TechCrunch / 4h
Then join us today for our first-ever (and possibly last) TechCrunch-Equity Livestream-Hangout Extravaganza.
From Team Equity we’ll have Danny Crichton, Alex Wilhelm, new addition Natasha Mascarenhas, our producer Chris Gates, TechCrunch Editorial Director Henry Pickavet, and perhaps even some puppies.

Maintain data security when staff is working from home

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Granted, setting up a company to allow remote work is not an overnight job.
The coronavirus pandemic has left governments floundering, businesses unprepared and citizens scrambling for hand sanitizer like it’s worth its weight in gold.

Heads Of Thai Airways And Bangkok Airport Resign Over Government’s Botched Response To Coronavirus

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by Gary Leff on March 12, 2020 The CEOs of Thai Airways and of Bangkok’s main Suvarnabhumi airport have both resigned , reportedly over an inability to gain cooperation from other government agencies in their response to coronavirus. Thai Airways CEO Sumeth Damrongchaitham quit first on Thursday and then was followed closely thereafter by the Bangkok airport CEO Sutheerawat Suwannawat. Media in

This smart backpack is designed for all of your travel photography needs — Future Blink

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This bag has a minimalist design, but is also big enough to carry five days’ worth of items. Read more... More about Photography , Mashable Video , Traveling , Travel Photography , and Future Blink

This bridge unfolds like an umbrella — Future Blink

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The ‘Unfoldable Bridge’ is the first application of the balanced lift method which is a design technique that helps save time, money, and environmental impact. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Bridge , Umbrella , Science And Technology , and Future Blink

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus

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Hanks posted a statement to Twitter that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, had tested positive for the coronavirus. Read more... More about Celebrities , Mashable Video , Tom Hanks , Coronavirus , and Covid 19

Scientists discovered the smallest dinosaur in the world

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The dino's skull measures only 14.25 millimetres which is less than the width of a thumbnail. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Birds , Dinosaurs , Fossils , and Dinosaur Species

EV startup Bollinger targets commercial industry with its new chassis

80TechCrunch / 4h
Bollinger Motors, the Michigan-based startup known for its rugged electric SUV and pickup truck, unveiled Thursday a chassis designed for a Class 3 commercial vehicle that has the potential to expand its customer base.
The company’s CEO Robert Bollinger said they saw potential for commercial applications when the company first built its B1 SUV.

NBA season has been put on hold after player tests positive for coronavirus

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The decision came after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for COVID-19. Read more... More about Nba , Mashable Video , Basketball , Coronavirus , and Covid 19

Astronomers: Here’s This Incredibly Ancient Supermassive Black Hole We Found

500+Futurism / 4h
The team managed to spot the black hole because it gave off a blazar — a massive explosion focused into a beam-like jet of ions.
“Thanks to our discovery, we are able to say that in the first billion years of life of the universe, there existed a large number of very massive black holes emitting powerful relativistic jets,” lead researcher Silvia Belladitta of the University of Insubria said in a press release .

Microsoft's Pi Day sale: deals on laptops, Xbox One consoles, Galaxy Watch, and more

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Microsoft's top Pi Day deals include savings on best-selling laptops like the Lenovo IdeaPad S940 on sale for $1,299.99 and up to $200 off the 2-in-1 Surface Pro 7.
Microsoft's Pi Day sale includes up to 31.4% in savings on top brands like HP, Samsung, and Lenovo.

Should You Continue to Invest in 529 Plans During a Bear Market?

26Lifehacker / 4h
Now that we’re in a bear market—that’s the one where stocks have dropped by 20 percent—you might be asking yourself whether it’s still worth it to put money in your kids’ (or grandkids’) 529 plans. The answer might depend on how long it’ll be until those 529 plans get used. As Michelle Singletary explains in the Washington Post , if your student is planning to start college in the next year or tw

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation) is 50% Off at Woot

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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. Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation) | $25 | Woot If AI voice assistants haven’t scared the surveillance state conspiracy theorist inside you off yet, Woot has one of the most affordable devices to give it a try on deep discount. It’s the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation) in bra

Working from home? NordVPN is 70% off right now.

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And if you are working from home, now is a good time to get a VPN set up so you can make sure your data stays secure.
Basically, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) lets you connect to the internet through an encrypted data network that masks your personal information.

Add another year to your PlayStation Plus subscription for $40 today

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If you have no interest in PlayStation in the first place, though, we also have Amazon's latest Echo Dot for $25, a few leftover "Mario Day" deals that are still kicking, a nice price on the Ars-approved board game Mysterium , and more.
Today's Dealmaster is headlined by a $20 discount on Sony's PlayStation Plus service, one that brings 12-month subscriptions down to $40 at Newegg when you use the code "EMCDEGF56" at checkout.

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Music, Arts & Literature / 5h
transiberiana : Interior with a mother reading aloud to her daughter Carl Vilhelm Hols√łe (Danish, 1863-1935). Oil on canvas.

'PES' Euro 2020 DLC will happen, even if Euro 2020 doesn't

43Engadget / 5h
While it's looking less likely there will be a European Football Championship this year, eFootball PES 2020 fans will at least get the chance to recreate the tournament on their own and online.
However, earlier today, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) said it plans to hold a remote meeting with all 55 of its members on March 17th to talk about the tournament.

The 7 best limited-time credit card offers to sign up for in March

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Current offer: For a limited time, earn 40,000 miles, plus a $100 statement credit and Alaska’s companion fare from $121 ($99 fare, plus taxes and fees from $22), after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first 90 days of account opening.
Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card : Best no-annual-fee card for Delta flyers (see rates & fees )

Pokemon GO and Shiny Darkrai, Safari Zone refund for COVID-19

SlashGear / 5h
This comes a few days after the Saint Louis Safari Zone event was postponed due to the latest COVID-19 scare.
A slight change was made in the latest update to the main Gamemaster file for Pokemon GO this week.

No, American Airlines (Probably) Isn’t At Risk Of Bankruptcy

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The argument for American Airlines apparently being headed into bankruptcy comes down to a few things:
Just two days ago, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker presented at the JP Morgan 2020 Industrials Conference.

Levi's is Having a Sale and Everything is 30% Off

24Gizmodo / 5h
Friend & Family 30% Off Sale | Levi’s | Promo code FRIEND Spring is basically here—why not stock up on a new wardrobe? From now until March 14th, you can score 30% off Levi’s jeans and other apparel, plus free shipping as long as you type in the code “FRIEND” at checkout. If I were you, I’d stock up on jeans, shirts, and the classic trucker jacket . Those picks will last you for years to come. Gr

Teach Little Kids to Cough into Their 'Cough Pocket'

300+Lifehacker / 5h
Even getting them to cover their mouth with a hand feels like progress, but it’s really not—because now they’re going to use that hand to spread their germs on every possible surface.
But getting kids—especially toddlers and preschoolers—to stop coughing brazenly into the air is no easy feat.

A beginners guide to buying a synth

70Engadget / 5h
Now, if you have no interest in using a computer to make music and want something simpler to start with, or if you have your heart set on an analog synth, then you should probably pick up the Korg Monologue .
While you could potentially get a bit more synth for a bit less money by ditching it (like with the Behringer Neutron), when you're just starting out, the immediacy of keys will be welcome.

How to Stop Touching Your Face

200+Gizmodo / 5h
At this point, many people are well aware of the two main strategies to slow the spread of the coronavirus: wash your hands and don’t touch your face.
Research suggests people touch their face around 23 times an hour (often subconsciously), so how can you break the habit if you don’t even realize you’re doing it?

Here are some fun tips for washing your hands

100+Mashable / 5h
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention already has useful tips on how to wash your hands , which you should be diligently following, alongside the World Health Organization's advice for the public .
In addition to hand washing advice, this Sailor Moon themed graphic, created by Instagram user @marcoalbieroart, breaks down all the basics for fighting coronavirus.

GitHub launches new tools for teachers, including autograding

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At the same time, GitHub is also launching the Teacher Toolbox, a set of free tools for teachers that includes access to a number of development tools, tutorials, domain names and more.
Autograding, of course, will save teachers quite a bit of time.

How coronavirus is affecting TV and movies so far, from Tom Hanks to Fast 9

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In TV and film, the effects are now becoming more and more obvious, with movies like Fast and Furious 9 , No Time To Die, A Quiet Place Part 2 and Peter Rabbit 2 all changing release dates to either later in 2020 or 2021.
Tom Hanks is the highest-profile celebrity to test positive for coronavirus so far, and he was diagnosed as he was filming an Elvis biopic in Australia – that's now on hold, as you'd expect.

Try Out These User-Made Pixel 4a Wallpapers on Your Android Device

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The Pixel 4a is all-but-confirmed to be Google’s next smartphone, but we’re still waiting on the company to formally announce the heavily leaked device. Until then, if you’re eager for a taste of what the Pixel 4a user experience might be like, you can try out user-made versions of the phone’s wallpapers on your own Android device right now. These aren’t the official Pixel 4a wallpapers, but rath

All the movie releases delayed because of coronavirus

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More about No Time To Die , Coronavirus , A Quiet Place Part Ii , Entertainment , and Movies Tv Shows
Image: Giles Keyte / Universal Pictures

Hilton is waiving all cancellation fees in response to coronavirus concerns

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Hilton Hotels, for example, just announced a major update to its cancellation and change fee waiver to give travelers peace of mind.
In addition, any reservation you make (also including “Advance Purchase” reservations) booked between Thursday, March 12 and April 30 for any future arrival date can also be changed or canceled at no charge up to 24 hours prior.

Tom Hanks is not really quarantined with Wilson, the ball from 'Cast Away'

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We regret to inform you that although reports of Tom Hanks chilling in coronavirus quarantine with Wilson, the volleyball from Cast Away , sound delightful, they're not actually real. On Wednesday, the public learned that both Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson — who are currently in Australia — tested positive for the novel coronavirus . As the contagious virus (which results in the disease COVID-19

Ring temporarily pauses most third-party data collection

83Engadget / 5h
While users can currently turn off some tracking options, the Control Center additions -- which will be available in early spring -- will provide further ways to limit data sharing with third parties.
"If a user opts out, Ring will not share their information with third parties to serve them personalized Ring ads," said the representative.

Most of your data is held by companies you don't even know

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The company also discovered that most people's data is held by 350 companies, though the top five percent of its users with the largest digital footprints discovered that an average of 2,834 companies had access to their data.
Mine is a new startup that aims to give people back ownership of their personal data online and the company launched in Europe back in January.

Get a Refurbished MacBook Pro for a Decent $444

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Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. Apple MacBook Pro 13" | $444 | iTechDeals | Promo code MACB444 If you’re in the market for a shiny laptop, why not give this MacBook Pro 13" a try? Equipped a retina core and 8GB of RAM, you’ll be able to browse the internet, draft essays, and even use Photoshop if you’re willing. This laptop is down to $444 w

Hilton And IHG Make Prepaid Stays Flexible, IHG Makes Status Easier To Get (Rebook For Savings Now?)

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Hilton and IHG both have come out with even greater flexibility, and both say they’re making changes to elite status requirements.
Hilton And IHG Make Prepaid Stays Flexible, IHG Makes Status Easier To Get (Rebook For Savings Now?)

Airlines start canceling more flights from Europe as new restrictions go into effect

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Lufthansa and others are also in the process of canceling their flight schedules to smaller airports.
Unsurprisingly, we are now seeing even more cancellations across the industry as even U.S. citizen and legal permanent residents can now only enter the United States through 11 CDC-approved airports.

Microsoft releases emergency patch for ‘leaked’ Windows 10 security bug

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Microsoft has released a Windows patch for a security vulnerability that was prematurely disclosed earlier this week.
Now two days later, Microsoft has patches to fix the vulnerability for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019, versions 1903 and 1909.

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gregorygalloway : Barbara Feldon (born 12 March 1933)

New Twitter client Brizzly+ lets you ‘edit’ and auto-delete your tweets

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And this time, it’s focused on serving the needs of Twitter power users in search of features Twitter itself has failed to build — like an Edit button and an auto-deletion option for tweets, among other things.
In the third-party Twitterific app, for example, the company worked around the problem by adding a “Delete and Edit Tweet” action that would let you correct a tweet by replacing it with a new one.

ACLU sues Homeland Security over airport facial recognition records

100+Engadget / 6h
In an attempt to increase transparency, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing DHS -- along with Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
The ACLU is requesting records on the use of face surveillance at airports and borders, as well as the agencies' plans for future use.

Apple could announce new MacBook models with scissor-switch keyboards soon

100TechCrunch / 6h
According to a new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple could unveil new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models with scissor-switch keyboards.
But Kuo thinks Apple will ship updated MacBook models with a scissor-switch keyboard at some point during the second quarter of 2020.

Hackers Are Using Coronavirus Maps to Spread Malware

1KFuturism / 6h
Security researcher Shai Alfasi at Reason Labs discovered that hackers have started using fake coronavirus dashboards to scrape user data, including “user names, passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive information that is stored in the users’ browser,” according to a blog post .
But hackers are creating fake coronavirus maps to infect users with malware, The Next Web reports .

China Powers Through the Coronavirus to Launch a Mars Mission

400+Futurism / 6h
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, China is still working towards its upcoming mission to Mars — and still expects to launch in July as planned.
While the workforce at various space agency facilities have been hit by the COVID-19 outbreak in China, Space.com reports that teams are still working to manufacture and test both spacecraft and launch vehicles for the upcoming mission.

These cut-price iPhone XS and XR deals will save you a packet on your new device

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Or if neither of them suit what you need from a device, head to our best mobile phone deals guide to find a better suited offer.
Upgrading to the iPhone XS will cost you just £1 a month more and a tiny drop in data.

Start-up cruise line Virgin Voyages delays launch due to coronavirus

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Virgin said passengers on one of the canceled sailings can choose between a full refund or a credit for a future cruise.
“We know many of you are very excited to sail on Scarlet Lady, and we can tell you after spending time on board, she has captured all of our hearts,” Richard Branson said in a joint statement with Virgin Voyages CEO Tom McAlpin.

Coronavirus: How can AI help fight the pandemic?

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Facebook is already working with researchers at Harvard University's School of Public Health and the National Tsing Hua University, in Taiwan, sharing anonymised data about people's movements and high-resolution population density maps, which help them forecast the spread of the virus.
To help people who want to track their own health, meanwhile, Google's life-science research arm, Verily is developing a small body-worn temperature patch that transmits data to a phone app.

A Quiet Place 2's Release Has Been Postponed, According to Director John Krasinski

200+Gizmodo / 6h
In a statement posted to Twitter , Krasinski said he was moving A Quiet Place 2 from its planned March 20 release date.
A Quiet Place director and star John Krasinski has revealed that the sequel to his smash horror film, A Quiet Place 2 , is being temporarily pulled from the release schedule because of coronavirus concerns —without any word about when we can expect it in theaters.

Grab An Anker USB-C Adapter For $18

Gizmodo / 6h
Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. Anker 5-in-1 USB-C Adapter | $18 | Amazon Apple loves to be ahead of the game, but sometimes being a frontrunner really messes with overall computer compatibility. With this $18 Anker USB-C adapter , you’ll be able to plug in HDMI cables, SD and micro SD cards, as well as traditional USB cords. So if you despe

This factory-recertified Surface Book is on sale for more than 60% off

Microsoft TECHSHOW40Mashable / 6h
TL;DR: Grab a recertified Microsoft Surface Book for just $529.99, a 64% savings as of March 12.
This factory-recertified Surface Book is on sale for more than 60% off

Samsung One UI 2.1 update devices: Note 9, Galaxy S9, more

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The latest is Samsung’s One UI 2.1, a software update that today was revealed to be coming to the Samsung Galaxy S9, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S10, and Note 10 (and associated devices).
Today we’re taking a peek at the devices that’ll get the latest update to Samsung’s biggest mobile release in the software world: One UI.

AI could help with the next pandemic—but not with this one

200+New on MIT Technology Review / 6h
On December 30, an artificial-intelligence company called BlueDot, which uses machine learning to monitor outbreaks of infectious diseases around the world, alerted clients—including various governments, hospitals, and businesses—to an unusual bump in pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China.
Companies like BlueDot and Metabiota use a range of natural-language processing (NLP) algorithms to monitor news outlets and official health-care reports in different languages around the world, flagging whether they mention high-priority diseases, such as coronavirus, or more endemic ones, such as HIV or tuberculosis.

Norwegian Grounding 40% Of Planes, Laying Off Up To 50% Of Employees

500+One Mile at a Time / 6h
Following the new US travel ban on Europe , Norwegian has announced that they’re grounding 40% of their long haul fleet and canceling up to 25% of short haul flights until the end of May.
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but Norwegian has just announced that they’re grounding 40% of long haul planes, and laying off up to 50% of employees.

The House COVID-19 Bill Would Make Coronavirus Testing Free for Everyone

300+Lifehacker / 6h
As Larry Levitt, Executive Vice President for Health Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, explained on Twitter , the House COVID-19 bill will require all health plans to waive patient cost-sharing for coronavirus testing:
Now, House Democrats are working to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act , which will make coronavirus testing free for anyone on a health care plan, including Medicare and Medicaid, as well as for the uninsured.

The popular VPN Surfshark is currently 80% off

32Mashable / 6h
TL;DR: Get protection and speed with a three-year Surfshark VPN subscription for $69, a 83% savings as of March 12.
This three-year subscription to Surfshark VPN is currently on sale for over 80% off and offers all you need to stay safe online, and then some.

Jumpstart your journey as an IT pro with this beginner training

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With 110 hours of training on basic IT concepts, networking, troubleshooting, MTA, and more, this course bundle will prepare you for the four most popular IT certifications: Fundamentals, A+ Core1 and Core2, and Network+.
Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exams are a new suite of tech certifications that validate the basic skills needed to begin building a career using Microsoft technologies.

AirPods Pro back down to lowest price ever but stock is moving fast

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Right now you'll find AirPods Pro earbuds available for $234.98 at Amazon .
Take advantage of the latest AirPods Pro deals fast, as we're already seeing stock slip at Amazon.

Get a TP-Link smart switch at it's best price ever with an Amazon coupon

36Mashable / 6h
TL;DR: Get the best price ever (as of March 12) on a TP-Link Kasa smart dimmer light switch for just $24.99 with a bonus Amazon coupon.
But if you want to control your lights through a simple schedule and app, a TP-Link Kasa smart switch will make things much more convenient.

Doing deals through Zoom? These investors have some tips

64TechCrunch / 6h
But for many remote-friendly venture capitalists, making deals remotely is business as usual.
Turner Novak, a general partner at Gelt VC, has opted for a remote-friendly investment cadence since day one.

ExoMars Mission Pushed to 2022 Due to Technical Delays and of Course, Covid-19

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Unfinished tests and complications arising from the coronavirus pandemic have forced the European Space Agency and Russia’s Roscosmos to postpone the launch of ExoMars, a collaborative mission to land a rover on the Red Planet and search for signs of life.
There will be no launch in 2020, as the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars mission has been postponed to 2022, according to an ESA press release .

Tinder Cancels Its Apocalypse-Themed Game Due to Coronavirus

100+Futurism / 6h
The dating app company has cancelled the international release of its video-slash-hookup-game “Swipe Night,” TechCrunch reports , which was a choose-your-own adventure-style adventure about an impending asteroid impact.
The project was meant to be released to 10 new markets in Europe and Asia this spring after it managed to boost some key numbers for the company in the US, according to Variety , boosting user matches by 26 percent and overall conversation by 12 percent.

David Dobrik doesn't love the heat on 'Hot Ones'

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More about Youtube , Influencers , Hot Ones , Hot Wings , and David Dobrik
YouTube sensation David Dobrik was up-front heading into his Hot Ones experience: He's not good with spicy foods.

An AMD Ryzen 4000 desktop APU has finally appeared in leaked benchmarks

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First off, it’s worth noting that this chip is a Zen 2 -based Renior APU from the Ryzen 4000 series, rather than one of AMD’s upcoming dedicated desktop CPUs based on the Zen 3 architecture, so don’t go expecting it to deliver the same level of performance as Team Red’s incoming high-end SKUs.
Though we don’t have any details on the core count and the number of threads of the Ryzen 4000 APU, it sports the same clock speed as the Ryzen 7 4800H and the Ryzen 9 4900H, suggesting the incoming APU will likely have a similar level of single-thread performance.

How to Tell Who's Full of Shit When They're Talking About Coronavirus

500+Lifehacker / 6h
But I’ve found that there’s one hallmark that distinguishes legit experts from quacks and attention seekers: if someone speaks with absolute certainty, they’re probably making shit up.
Health departments worldwide have been watching China since they dealt with this disease first, and quickly, and apparently effectively.

Apps 'must check images for child abuse before publication'

100+BBC News - Technology / 6h
Internet companies must do more to tackle "an explosion" in images of child sex abuse on their platforms, a UK-held inquiry has concluded.
The report follows a series of public hearings, between January 2018 and May 2019, during which the police said they believed the UK was the world's third biggest consumer of live-streamed child sex abuse.

Get this brilliant VPN deal before it goes: 70% off and extra months free

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But if you get lucky, you could potentially have your next 6 YEARS of VPN needs sorted for the price of just three?
The only thing to remember with this deal is that you would be paying the full amount for the three years upfront.

Discord Tries to Ease Cabin Fever by Increasing the Limit on Its Built-In Game Streaming Feature

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With people preparing to hunker down in isolation in order to avoid the spread of covid-19 , it seems Discord is hoping to ease potential cabin fever by raising the limits on its Go Live game streaming feature. In a recent blog post titled “Helping out where we can,” Discord founder Jason Citron decided to temporarily increase the number of concurrent viewers who can watch Go Live streams from 10

1,200 uncomfortable miles in a gorgeous Acura NSX hybrid supercar

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Compared to contemporaneous all-wheel mid-engined hybrids like the BMW i8 or Porsche 918 Spyder, the lithium-ion battery pack is small—just 1.3kWh. Unlike either of those cars, the NSX is not a plug-in and does not offer miles and miles of electric-only range.
But in January, Acura asked me and three other journalists to ferry four NSXes from Ohio, where these mid-engined hybrid supercars are built, down to Florida.

'F9' delayed to spring 2021 due to coronavirus

200+Mashable / 6h
F9 is slamming the brakes. The release of the upcoming Fast and Furious film has been delayed by almost one year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Previously slated to open May 22, it will now hit theaters April 2, 2021 in North America. Exact dates for other international territories have yet to be announced. "While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this mov

Coda CEO Shishir Mehrotra on the future of the document

98TechCrunch / 6h
Productivity tools have been a white-hot space, with new startups seeming to nab funding on a daily basis.
Our Series A was really interesting because my first company took almost a year to raise a half-million bucks.

Europe’s Deliveroo and Glovo switch on contactless delivery during COVID-19 pandemic

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Earlier this month U.S. startups including Postmates and Instacart added an option for customers to choose not to have their meal handed to them by the courier — and instead have it dropped off at their door without the need for human contact.
Over in the European Union, Spain’s Glovo also told us it’s implementing new measures globally from today — including recommending ‘no contact’ deliveries and removing the requirement for couriers to obtain a mobile signature from the customer.

Complete guide to paying taxes on credit card rewards

The Points Guy / 7h
Standard welcome bonuses (like 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first three months with the Ink Preferred Business Credit Card ) are generally not classified as taxable income.
TPG is getting many questions about the rewards people have received as sign-up bonuses on credit cards for 2019.

Toilet paper and Clorox Wipes disappear from stores: But why?

27SlashGear / 7h
Not that you’d use those in a COVID-19 panic sort of situation, but it’s nice to know The Clorox Company (which covers all of these other brands) makes their products inside North America – short shipping!
In short: Shortages of cleaning products and “essentials” like toilet paper are not due to the manufacturing process.

Hong Kong Is Using Robots to Disinfect Subway Trains

1KFuturism / 7h
In response to the coronavirus, transportation authorities in Hong Kong are getting creative in keeping subway cars squeaky clean.
Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Corporation, a government-owned railway operator, has rolled out a disinfecting robot to clean trains, Quartz reports .

Here’s How United Airlines Is Reducing Payroll Expense

26View from the Wing / 7h
Here’s the detail of the United Airlines voluntary leave plan from always-in-the-know JonNYC :
Here’s How United Airlines Is Reducing Payroll Expense

Call of Duty: Warzone is off to a very strong start

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Earlier this week, Activision made the surprise announcement of a new battle royale game set in the Call of Duty universe.
It looks like the surprise announcement and subsequent release of Warzone went off without a hitch, as Activision is reporting a big turnout from players in the game’s first week.

Samsung battery breakthrough could deliver 500+ mile EVs

26SlashGear / 7h
Samsung has developed a solid-state battery that could allow an electric car to drive 500 miles on a single charge, dramatically increasing the power density over the current level of EV battery technology.
Problem is, there’s a limit on the current level of battery technology and power density.

Hotel Cancelation Policies In Light Of Coronavirus?

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With that in mind, what I’m finding is that many hotels are allowing people to cancel without offering a cash refund.
IHG is allowing all bookings, even non-refundable ones, to be canceled, for stays through April 30, 2020

Tinder delays the international debut of its ‘apocalyptic adventure’ show

64Engadget / 7h
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tinder has decided not to launch its Swipe Night show internationally this week.
It's likely Swipe Night will launch internationally at some point, when it's less offensive to make light of apocalyptic scenarios.

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Music, Arts & Literature / 7h
https://archive.org/stream/decorativeartjapan00pigg/decorativeartjapan00pigg#mode/2up heaveninawildflower : Front cover, decorative endpaper and illustrations taken from ‘Studies in the Decorative Art of Japan’ by F.T. Piggott. Published 1910 by B.T. Batsford. Getty Research Institute. archive.org

Is this the digital future for Bank of England banknotes?

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Banknotes have been the only way for households to make payments with central bank money for 300 years, a discussion paper published by the Bank says.
So, the Bank is considering a Central Bank Digital Currency, which would be denominated in pounds sterling, just like banknotes.

Technologists Are Crowdsourcing a 'Coronavirus Tech Handbook' to Track Resources

100+Gizmodo / 7h
The document is also an exhaustive resource for things like preparedness and prevention; links to situation reports; remote working tips and resources (including some very helpful meeting and conferencing tools); calls for help on open-source projects; as well as efforts around curbing misinformation about the novel coronavirus outbreak, such as by keeping Wikipedia pages free of conspiracy theories and misinformation.
Newspeak House bills the handbook as the “ultimate collection of tools, websites and data relating to the coronavirus outbreak,” amassing data and information relevant to technologists undertaking projects in response to the novel virus—for which more than 118,000 cases and 4,292 deaths have been confirmed, according the World Health Organization—as well as the larger tech and epidemiology communities.

This Samsung Galaxy S20 deal on EE offers big data and monthly bills of just £36

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If you've been closely monitoring Samsung Galaxy S20 deals since they were announced, you will know that they are by no means an affordable option, despite being the cheapest of Samsung's three new phones.
If you really can't stomach that price and would feel more comfortable paying all of your costs on a monthly basis, an offer from Affordable Mobiles will get you the handset for £43 a month and nothing upfront with 90GB of data.

Citric Acid Is Basically Sour MSG

100+Lifehacker / 7h
Since its only noticeable flavor is “sour,” citric acid lets you tweak the acidity levels in a dish without overpowering any of the other flavors, which is always a risk with something like apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.
Despite its staggeringly many uses, citric acid isn’t considered a pantry staple like salt or MSG.

Save $10 On An Anker RAVPower Wireless Charger

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Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. Anker RAVPower Wireless Charger | $17 | Amazon | Clip coupon Charge your Andriod and Apple products and effectively with the Anker RAVPower wireless charger . It’s only $17 , which is $10 off of its original price. It can fully charge your devices in 30 minutes and can even deliver a charge with your phone cas

The 1997 'Blade Runner' game is being remastered for consoles and PC

1997 Blade Runner EE500+Engadget / 7h
After it recently became available to purchase again following years of legal and technical turmoil , the 1997 Blade Runner PC adventure game is about to be remastered for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Nightdive Studios, the developer behind the recent System Shock and Turok remasters, revealed the Enhanced Edition's existence in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter .

Revolut lets you purchase gold

100+TechCrunch / 7h
Revolut works with a gold services partner (London Bullion Market Association) so that money you spend on gold exposure is backed by real gold held by this partner.
Fintech startup Revolut has introduced a new trading feature for premium users.

Atlassian brings new automation tools to Jira Cloud

100+TechCrunch / 7h
Unsurprisingly, Atlassian then set out to integrate many of these features into the core Jira experience and today, the company is launching these new built-in automation features for all users of Jira Cloud.
A few months ago, Atlassian acquired Code Barrel , the Sydney-based company behind the popular Automation for Jira low-code tool for — you guessed it — automating many aspects of Jira.

LASK vs Manchester United live stream: how to watch Europa League 2020 football online from anywhere

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This crucial Europa League round of 16 fixture will be played behind closed doors, due to Coronavirus concerns, but fear not - you can watch all the action from home by following our LASK vs Manchester United live stream guide.
Read on to find out how to watch what looks set to be fascinating Europa League encounter, no matter where you are in the world, with our guide to getting a LASK vs Manchester United live stream.

Buy One Way Tickets Right Now, Not Roundtrips

View from the Wing / 7h
Two one way tickets are usually the same price as booking the same flights in a single itinerary.
If they cancel a trip, the change fee is paid twice – once on the outbound and once on the return

This Roomba sold out on Amazon, but Best Buy's still got it (and it's 40% off)

40Mashable / 7h
For example, we noticed that the popular, mid-range Roomba 890 model was sold out on Amazon, but when we looked it up on Best Buy's website, we noticed that it was still in stock *and* marked down by a whopping $200.
If you know anything about robot vacuums, you probably know that iRobot is widely regarded as a leader in the technology thanks to its iconic Roomba line.

A Quiet Place Part 2 release date delayed by coronavirus – which movie will be next?

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Horror sequel A Quiet Place Part 2 has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, moving from its previously announced March release date.
Update: we've edited this story to clarify that Fast 9 has also moved release dates.

TAG Heuer's latest smartwatches start at $1,800

100+Engadget / 7h
The third generation of TAG Heuer 's Connected series merges the fitness and productivity features of Google's Wear OS with a design that might be mistaken for a classic chronograph at first glance.
TAG Heuer's smartwatches haven't always looked this nice -- its previous Connected timepieces still looked clunky and bloated.

The 7 deadly sins of startups

100+TechCrunch / 7h
It’s easy to think you need your own COO, or CRO, or CCO right now — and they need to be just like the person filling that role at the other successful company that looks nothing like yours.
Sin No. 1: Lust (don’t focus on what other companies have)

Bitcoin loses 21 percent of its value in broad cryptocurrency rout

Satoshi Nakaboto Bitcoin100+Ars Technica / 7h
Investors have been unloading volatile assets like stocks and cryptocurrencies and buying government bonds.
This week the yield on the 30-year US Treasury bond briefly slipped below 1 percent for the first time in history.

Medical Centers Are Opening Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing Stations

500+Futurism / 7h
The University of Washington Medical Center in North Seattle is now able to test 40 to 50 people a day with a drive-through station, according to local news .
Almost 20,000 people are now being tested every day in South Korea, according to the BBC , far more per capita than anywhere else in the world.

Bitcoin just crashed in a major way

SlashGear / 7h
This morning the USD/BTC Bitcoin pairing crashed in a significant way, showing that even the digital currency is not immune to COVID-19 panic*.
Over the last 24 hours, according to Coinbase, the entire market is down 22.37% for cryptocurrency pairs.

Apple's next iPhone might have a 3D depth camera on the back

Apple iPhone 3D This Year100+Mashable / 7h
If it does, Apple will likely purchase key parts for it from a San Jose company called Lumentum, which supplies the laser for the iPhone's front-facing 3D camera.
Fast Company cites a "source with knowledge" as saying that at least one of this year's iPhones will get this "world-facing" 3D camera.

John Krasinski announces 'A Quiet Place: Part II' delay

100+Mashable / 7h
With measures in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus, A Quiet Place Part 2 screenings would have been quiet indeed. However, director John Krasinski tweeted on Thursday that the film, previously scheduled to release on March 20 in the U.S., would be postponed. Krasinski did not provide a new date due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 , but since A Quiet Place Part II is fully finishe

Chinese hackers and others are exploiting coronavirus fears for cyber espionage

400+New on MIT Technology Review / 7h
Two Chinese government-aligned hacking groups targeted Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Mongolia by sending email attachments with genuine health information about coronavirus but laced with malware such as Sogu and Cobalt Strike, according to Ben Read, a senior intelligence analyst at FireEye.
Spear phishing is a tactic hackers use to send specifically crafted malicious links that trick targets into clicking and being unknowingly infected.

How to Remember What 'Bear' and 'Bull' Market Mean

42Lifehacker / 8h
A bull might be known for thrusting its enemies upward, but a bear prefers to knock foes into the dirt.
Bulls charge forward and bears hibernate

How to Use Cell Values for Excel Chart Labels

24How-To Geek / 8h
Make your chart labels in Microsoft Excel dynamic by linking them to cell values. When the data changes, the chart labels automatically update. In this article, we explore how to make both your chart title and the chart data labels dynamic. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

NASA’s Own Report Admits Its Non-SpaceX Rocket Is a Disaster

1KFuturism / 8h
The 2024 landing is still possible: some expected delays were built into the timeline for the Artemis mission program, so there’s still time to finish the rocket.
A new NASA report reveals that the space agency’s Space Launch System, the rocket expected to bring astronauts to the Moon in 2024, is years behind schedule and two billion dollars over budget — hardships that highlight the success of SpaceX, which now regularly delivers space station cargo for NASA, and plans to launch humans to space as soon as this May.

Red Magic 5G is the world’s first gaming smartphone with a 144Hz display

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Red Magic has been known for bold designs, powerful specifications, big, high refresh rate displays, and giant batteries.
The Red Magic 5G is also the first gaming smartphone with a 144Hz refresh rate .

Amazon rolls out Alexa-powered voice shopping experience in India

200+TechCrunch / 8h
Amazon today rolled out an Alexa-enabled voice-powered shopping feature in India as the e-commerce giant looks for new ways to engage with customers in one of its key overseas markets.
Amazon has claimed in the past that its voice-enabled shopping feature is gaining traction, but according to one 2018 report , most users were not showing great appetite for this experience.

5G is all but confirmed for the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro

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The Huawei P40 and Huawei P40 Pro are set to launch on March 26, with many suspecting the handsets would support 5G connectivity - including us .
That rumor has been put to bed today thanks to a recent certification from Thailand’s NTBC, which confirms that both upcoming phones will have 5G variants and sport fancy new monikers: the Huawei P40 5G and Huawei P40 Pro 5G.

Tinder cancels its apocalyptic-themed show ‘Swipe Night’ out of sensitivity to coronavirus outbreak

74TechCrunch / 8h
Citing sensitivities to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic , dating app Tinder is canceling the international release of its apocalyptic-themed, in-app video series, “Swipe Night.”
“Swipe Night” was Tinder’s first foray into video, offering a five-minute interactive story where users made choices to progress the narrative, like a choose-your-own-adventure.

Speedinvest’s new €190 million seed-stage fund is ‘investing on conviction’

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Speedinvest , a seed-stage VC headquartered in Vienna with offices in London, Berlin, Munich and San Francisco, recently disclosed a new €190 million fund that brings the firm’s total assets under management to more than €400 million. Its remit remains largely the same: Speedinvest broadly targets fintech, deep tech, marketplaces, industrial tech, digital health and consumer tech startups, writin

ACLU sues Homeland Security over airport face recognition program secrecy

200+TechCrunch / 8h
A leading civil liberties group is suing Homeland Security, claiming the agency is keeping the details of its airport face recognition program secret, which it says raises “profound civil liberties concerns.”
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in a New York federal court on Thursday, demanding that the agency turn over records to understand the scope of its airport face recognition system.

fordlibrarymuseum: Happy Birthday to the Girl Scouts,...

Music, Arts & Literature / 8h
fordlibrarymuseum : Happy Birthday to the Girl Scouts, established on this day in 1912! Girl Scout Sue Shirey presented Betty Ford with a Michigan-themed quilt made by Cadettes, Senior Scouts, and adults from the state’s 17 Girl Scout Councils at the White House on October 28, 1975. Mrs. Ford served as the Honorary National President of the Girl Scouts, a position that had been held by every Firs

New York observation deck dares you to walk on glass, 1,100 feet up in the air

32Mashable / 8h
At 1,100 feetl, ‘ Edge ’ is now officially open to the public in New York City. The deck consists of a partial glass floor and a stunning view of the New York City skyline that encompasses more than 80 miles. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Architecture , Tourism , New York City , and Heights

Thursday's Best Deals: Gillette Gold Box, Levi Jeans and Apparel, TaoTronics Projector Screen, and More

Gizmodo / 8h
It can play your favorite tunes from services like Amazon Music and Spotify too, though you’ll probably want to pair it with more capable wireless speakers if that’s what you’re after.
If so, then you need to stop what you’re doing right now and check out Anker’s discounted $13 FM transmitter , the Roav SmartCharge, with which you can play your music, charge your phone, and make phone calls—completely hands-free.

Russia Just Smashed Its Record for Hottest Winter

100+Gizmodo / 8h
Large parts of Russia were anywhere from 6 to 8 degrees Celsius (7.2 to 12.4 degrees Fahrenheit) hotter than normal, according to data kept by Russia’s weather service .
Large parts of eastern North America also went without winter , and temperatures rose up to 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 1951-1980 average that NASA data uses.

Of all the smart speakers, what made you choose the Echo Show 5?

Alexa Amazon Echo Smart70Engadget / 8h
And somewhere in the middle is the Echo Show 5 , a connected display that's big enough for watching videos but not so big that it takes up too much space on your kitchen counter.
Tell us everything in a user review on our Echo 5 product page , and we might feature your comments in a future review roundup.

How to Report Price Gouging During the Coronavirus Outbreak

500+Lifehacker / 8h
In Florida, for instance, price gouging gets brought up each time a hurricane heads toward the state and people want to stock up on gas and bottled water.
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group compared prices for hand sanitizer and surgical masks since January 30, and found that prices of both items on Amazon rose by at least 50%.

Need a new printer? Walmart's printer sale includes deals from HP, Brother, and more

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To help you and your wallet, we've rounded up the best deals from Walmart's printer sale, which includes discounts on top brands like HP, Canon, Brother, and more.
Shop more of Walmart's top printer deals below, and if you're looking for more home office tools, you can check out our cheap WiFi extender deals .

Mobile Industry Awards 2020 - Entry deadline extended

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BEST MOBILE SERVICE & SOLUTION
From the boardroom to the grassroots, the attendees represent the best and brightest the UK and European mobile industry has to offer.

Comcast publishes 200,000 'unlisted' phone numbers online

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American telecom company Comcast has accidentally published contact details from 200,000 of customers on its own web directory.
Customers complained that their contact details are published all over the internet via different directory services.

New Keyboards, Cameras, and Chips Rumored for Apple Products This Year

Kuo Apple MacBook 202065Gizmodo / 8h
Part of the reason why Apple may be switching back to scissor keyboards is the success of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, according to Kuo. Which, literally anyone who’s had a butterfly keyboard will tell you, duh.
Apple recently switched back to scissor keyboards from its deeply unpopular butterfly keyboards with the 16-inch MacBook Pro .
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Get ready for spring cleaning with Walmart's home savings event

36Mashable / 8h
This carpet cleaner features a powerful brush and suction to totally scrub your floors and lift away any dirt and debris.
Walmart is here to help you get ready for the deep clean with its home savings event happening now.

LEGO Super Mario sets let you make and play your own Mario levels

Lego Nintendo Mario27SlashGear / 8h
LEGO’s goal with these sets is essentially to allow players to make their own levels and play through them with Mario figures.
The figures shipping with these sets are different than standard LEGO minifigures – they’re larger, for example, and Mario at least is battery powered with LCD eyes and an LCD display on his chest.

Get this Razer gaming laptop for *$700* off on Amazon

28Mashable / 8h
TL;DR: As of March 12, you can get a Razer Blade 17 gaming laptop for $700 off on Amazon.
If you're in the market for a gaming laptop, now is the time to get one (especially since a lot of us may be working from home for the foreseeable future) — pick up the Razer Blade 17 on Amazon and save $700 .

Star Trek: Picard Laid All Its Cards on the Table, and Then Flipped It Clean Over

81Gizmodo / 8h
And that’s before we even get to La Sirena plotting away to Soji’s home system, or Seven of Nine riding to Elnor’s aid and trying to make her own little Borg-y revolution aboard the Cube in an attempt to fight back against Narissa and the Zhat Vash!
Instead, it’s isolated to a single moment, not left any chance to reverberate, and is brief enough that it doesn’t really feel like it’s built out of Kestra’s steady attempts to convince Soji to put some faith in Jean-Luc from the last episode.

Jalopnik At $7,750, Would You Okay The Proceeds For This JDM 1994 Mazda Proceed Marvie? | Jezebel Here Come the Coronav...

28Gizmodo / 8h
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Can I cancel or change my award ticket due to coronavirus travel waivers?

The Points Guy / 8h
We’ve reached out to the airline to ask whether award tickets are covered, and a spokesperson confirmed that they are, so TrueBlue members can change or cancel their flights booked with points without penalties.
Many airlines have announced travel waivers to lessen this burden, but over the last few days, we’ve received dozens of emails from readers, inquiring about whether these policies apply to award tickets.

Jalopnik At $7,750, Would You Okay The Proceeds For This JDM 1994 Mazda Proceed Marvie? | Jezebel Here Come the Coronav...

28Lifehacker / 8h
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Android Auto is coming to Harley-Davidson motorcycles

100+Engadget / 8h
Moving forward, Harley-Davidson says all 2021 model Touring, CVO and Trike motorcycles with Boom!
But that's about to change with Harley-Davidson announcing that it plans to update some of its existing motorcycles to support Android Auto .

AncestryDNA kits are cheaper than they were for National DNA Day

Mashable / 9h
TL;DR: AncestryDNA's St. Patrick's Day sale is offering the classic AncestryDNA kit for $59 and the AncestryHealth kit for $99 — a savings of $40 and $50, respectively.
On the last National DNA Day (April 25 every year), both AncestryDNA and 23andMe had major sales.


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