Thursday, March 19, 2020

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GameStop: We Can Stay Open During Lockdowns Because We're 'Essential Retail'

GameStop Doom Eternal74KGizmodo / 3h
Photo: Ethan Miller (Getty Images) The struggling video game retail chain GameStop told all of its stores this afternoon to stay open even in the event of state or city lockdowns to protect against the covid-19 pandemic, emphasizing that it is “essential retail” alongside groceries and pharmacies and should therefore be exempt from enforced closures. “Due to the products we carry that enable and

Regional carrier Compass to close doors in April with loss of American Airlines flying

7KThe Points Guy / 11h
Compass is the second Trans States-owned carrier to close it doors due to the crisis with Trans States Airlines ceasing operations on April 1 .
Compass Airlines will close it doors in April when American Airlines cuts the majority of its contract flying amid sweeping coronavirus-related capacity reductions .

The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What's Coming

27KWired / 10h
Zimbabwe reports zero cases because they don't have testing capability, not because they don't have the virus.
In fact, by the time South Korea had done 200,000 tests, we had probably done less than 1,000.


Air Canada Lays Off 5,100+ Flight Attendants

One Mile at a Time / 6min
The airline has invoked the force majeure provisions of the flight attendant union’s collective agreement to exercise broad powers to lay off union members.
The collective agreement actually includes pandemic in its list of examples of what might constitute force majeure, so Air Canada’s on pretty solid legal footing for the clause being applicable.

iPhone and iPad Pro purchases limited due to constrained supplies

SlashGear / 31min
People trying to buy iPhones and even the new iPad Pros online have reported being limited to two of each model.
Apple has not officially commented on this unannounced changed but its store policy does warn buyers it could limit purchases depending on the popularity of a product or supply constraints.

Jimmy Kimmel and Julia Louis-Dreyfus share coronavirus cabin fever tips

Jimmy Kimmel Fallon27Mashable / 41min
"Thank you for joining me during corona-geddon," Jimmy Kimmel quipped from his coronavirus-induced home isolation on Thursday. "This is day, what, 75?" Millions of people worldwide are cooped up inside in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and people are already going a bit stir-crazy. In Kimmel's case, this has translated to baking bread and committing to dressing up for #FormalFr

Even the new Google Doodle wants you to wash your hands really, really well

32Mashable / 52min
But we only know about the importance of proper handwashing because on this day (173 years ago), Semmelweis was appointed Chief Resident within the maternity clinic in the Vienna General Hospital.
Semmelweis, widely-considered to be the first person to suggest that handwashing would prevent the spread of life-threatening germs, is being honored today with a Google Doodle recognizing the continued importance of his discovery.

This Android wrist computer could be more powerful than an iPhone 7 and we tested it

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 53min
Coming in at 153g, the TicWris Max is also as heavy as a smartphone, which could tire the wrist over the course of a day.
Take a smartphone, shrink it and strap it to your wrist and you'll get a sense of what the TicWris Max smartwatch is trying to do.

Uber's former self-driving lead pleads guilty to stealing from Google

Levandowski Google100+Engadget / 54min
After about three years of legal wrangling between Uber and Waymo over self-driving car tech , the engineer at the center of it has agreed to plead guilty to one count of stealing materials from Google. Anthony Levandowski was a lead engineer on the self-driving car project that's now known as Waymo, until he left to form his own company, Otto , which Uber then acquired. Reuters reports that the

Nvidia's next-gen Shield TV streaming devices have landed in Australia

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
We aren't overstating things when we say that Nvidia's next-generation streaming boxes are excellent – the Shield TV Pro received 4 and a half stars in our review of the device, while the redesigned standard Shield TV earned our 'Editor's Choice' award with its perfect five star rating, making it a 'Best in Class' device in its category.
Both of Nvidia's new Shield TV products boast the company's new Tegra X1+ processor, which is said to deliver "25 percent more performance" than the last generation model – a major contributing factor to each device's exceptional upscaling and 4K streaming capability.

TikTok donates $3 million to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s charity feeding kids affected by school closures

44TechCrunch / 1h
The social media giant TikTok said that it would donate $3 million to After – School All-Stars , a charity founded by actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, to feed families whose food security was affected by the close of public schools in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
TikTok said in a statement Thursday that families in 60 cities with After-School All-Stars chapters would receive food vouchers and gift cards that can be spent on food and other essentials through local grocery stores.

Windows 10 version 1709 End of Service extended to October

SlashGear / 1h
Ensuring that they have access to stable and secure versions of most used programs, like web browsers or, more importantly, operating systems is even more crucial during this period, To take a load off people’s already stressed minds, Microsoft is holding off from putting version 1709 of Windows 10 to pasture until near the end of 2020.
Windows 10 version 1709 will, instead, receive monthly security updates all the way to October 13, 2020 .

YouTube Launches Verified Coronavirus Coverage Hub on Homepage

YouTube Late-NightGizmodo / 1h
Last month, Facebook announced a platform-wide crackdown on misleading ads for products claiming to prevent or even cure COVID-19, and others such as Twitter and Reddit now place links to credible sources either on their respective homepages or at the top of search results for anything related to the outbreak.
In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic , YouTube announced Thursday that its homepage will now feature a news shelf of trustworthy COVID-19 coverage for users to easily source up-to-date news.

Anthony Levandowski Pleads Guilty to Stealing Waymo Secrets

200+Wired / 1h
Anthony Levandowski, the once-lauded engineer who cofounded Google’s self-driving car project and helped spark interest in autonomous vehicles , pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing a confidential Google document shortly before leaving the company.
The charges stemmed from the months before Levandowski left Google in January 2016 to found a self-driving truck startup called Otto, which Uber quickly acquired for a reported $680 million.

Nokia 5310 brings the Xpress Music back to the market

SlashGear / 1h
Nokia has announced a flood of new smartphones for all walks of life and price tiers. For some people, however, even the Android Go Nokia 1.3 might be overkill for their basic needs. When those basic needs simply involve voice calls, SMS, and music, the Nokia 5310 may be the affordable phone you’ll want. And if that name sounds familiar, … Continue reading

Free resources for self isolation during Covid-19

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
The Covid-19 pandemic is at least temporarily changing the way many people around the world live, work and entertain themselves. Social-distancing and self-isolation measures across the globe have certainly limited access to many real-world resources. Many schools, universities and public spaces such as libraries have been forced to temporarily close their doors, for example, leaving countless pe

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36Lifehacker / 2h
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GameStop considers itself essential retail, orders stores to stay open

21SlashGear / 2h
Apparently, GameStop considers itself such a critical part of life that it has reportedly instructed employees to defy law enforcers in order to stay open.
Few, however, will probably think games are a matter of life or death to those staying at home.

Former Uber Executive Pleads Guilty to Trade Theft

Levandowski Google100+NYT > Technology / 3h
Mr. Levandowski pleaded guilty to one count of trade secret theft in an agreement with federal prosecutors to drop the remaining charges, according to a court filing.
SAN FRANCISCO — Anthony Levandowski, a star engineer who helped build Google’s autonomous vehicle unit, pleaded guilty on Thursday to stealing trade secrets from the internet giant.

Tesla says it will shut down its Fremont factory—next Monday

Elon Musk Tesla Fremont87Ars Technica / 3h
Since Monday, Tesla has been under pressure from officials in Alameda County to shut down operations of its car factory in Fremont, California, to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
Operating the Fremont factory for an extra week gives Tesla time to make a few thousand extra vehicles.

Essential Phone 2 and 3 prototypes show what could have been

Essential 3 Andy RubinSlashGear / 3h
That’s not to say the company didn’t have any other products in the works and now a former designer has shown off briefly the phones that could have come after Essential’s first.
The Essential PH-1 was, for a brief moment, a shining example of what Android phones should aspire to be, especially when it came to software updates.

GDC could return to San Francisco as a 3-day event in August

89Engadget / 3h
When GDC's organizers cancelled the annual conference due to the coronavirus outbreak , they said they were hoping to host another even in the summer. Now, they've officially announced GDC Summer , a three-day "celebration of all things game development." It'll be some sort of GDC lite event that would still feature expert-led talks and a two-day expo show. The organizers are promising a new seri

Apple restricts iPhone sales online in wake of coronavirus supply issues

83Mashable / 3h
Apple has placed a limit on the number of iPhones and other devices that can be purchased at once, as the coronavirus continues to impact the company's supply chain.
The impact of the coronavirus on Apple's production hasn't been restricted to its supply chain in China, either.

Camera Go brings a simpler app for Android Go Edition phones

Google Android Go CGSlashGear / 3h
Part of that push is the creation of light and simple versions of popular apps and, this time, it’s the Camera app that’s getting a diet.
Even some of the mid-range phones might not be accessible to certain people, which is why Google is still pushing its Android Go Edition phones to these markets.

Anthony Levandowski pleads guilty to one count of trade secrets theft under plea deal

Levandowski Google60TechCrunch / 3h
Under the plea agreement, Levandowski admits to downloading thousands of files related to Project Chauffeur, the Google self-driving project that later spun out to become Waymo .
Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has pleaded guilty to one count of stealing trade secrets while working at Google under a plea agreement reached with the U.S. District Attorney.

Epic nerfs Remote Explosives in Fortnite after complaints

SlashGear / 4h
According to Fortnite leaker HYPEX, Epic quietly nerfed Remote Explosives, reducing their floor loot and Chest spawn rate frequency from 0.3 to 0.15, effectively cutting it in half.
As well, the spawn rate in Supply Drops has decreased from 0.4 to 0.2, plus now only a single C4 brick drops rather than three in a bundle.

Google's former self-driving guru Anthony Levandowski pleads guilty to trade secret theft

Levandowski Google59Mashable / 4h
That's a lesson former Google engineer, self-driving truck startup founder, and Uber executive Anthony Levandowski will be learning the hard way as he faces a potential prison sentence.
It was back in 2017 that Uber fired Levandowski over allegations that he had stolen self-driving tech from Google, his former employer.

Coronavirus: Robots use light beams to zap hospital viruses

300+BBC News - Technology / 4h
He adds: "This type of disinfection can also be applied to epidemic situations, like the one we experience right now, with coronavirus disease."
Through a glass window we watch as the self-driving machine navigates a mock-hospital room, where it kills microbes with a zap of ultraviolet light.

Amazon temporarily suspends Prime Pantry: What you should know

Amazon Queens Covid USSlashGear / 5h
With this, Prime customers can order household goods and non-fresh groceries to have them sent in a giant box directly to their doorstep.
Amazon says that it is working with its partners to get its shelves restocked and that customers can still order the items they need from its other stores, including from its Households goods to Fresh (for those in applicable regions) and from Whole Foods stores.

The Five Best Snacks I'm Stress-Eating to Distract Myself Right Now

41Lifehacker / 5h
While I recently limited myself to nomming on these once a week, it would be an incomplete list without my leading DIY snack, peanut butter and jelly and crackers.
So I guess it’s technically peanut butter and preserves and crackers, but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

Facebook finally lets desktop users opt-in to dark mode

500+Engadget / 5h
Facebook told TechCrunch that "starting today, the majority of people on Facebook will have access to the new desktop design." This includes dark mode, which can be toggled on and off via the Settings drop down menu.
Even if users don't like all aspects of the redesigned interface, dark mode will likely be popular.

GDC 2020 was cancelled, but GDC Summer is set to take its place this August

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
But despite the grim outlook for public events, organizer Informa Tech has announced that a smaller version of the convention, dubbed GDC Summer, will take place from August 4-6.
GDC Summer will take place at the same venue, but will run at a reduced three days, and is positioned as "a unique Game Developers Conference experience" that will not replace GDC 2021.

Gabe, an Idiot, Still Needs Help Deciding Whether to Pick Up Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing NHGizmodo / 5h
Buy Committee, Gabe is dragging his feet on whether or not to buy Animal Crossings New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch.
The last Animal Crossing game I played was New Leaf on the 3DS.

American Airlines Running Its First Scheduled Cargo-Only Flights Since 1984

68View from the Wing / 5h
The Boeing 777-300 will operate two round trips between DFW and FRA over the course of four days, carrying only cargo and necessary flight personnel.
American expects the 777s to be loaded to capacity with cargo, transporting 400,000 pounds in total of “medical supplies, mail for active U.S. military, telecommunications equipment and electronics that will support people working from home, and e-commerce packages.”

The Sneaky Way British Airways Is Trying To Keep Your Miles And Surcharges When You Cancell An Award

20View from the Wing / 5h
Here’s the trick you need to know : “if you turn off JavaScript in Google Chrome then will take you to the full cancellation page.”
It’s interesting to know that British Airways has used its cost-savings outsourced-IT to hide the option to refund bookings (and done so rather ineptly).

'Home Isn't a Safe Place for Everyone': How Coronavirus Is Impacting Domestic Violence Shelters

1KLifehacker / 5h
Many staff are now working remotely; organizations have been forced to make the difficult choice to close their walk-in service centers; and shelters are reducing capacity in order to keep residents as safe as possible, cutting down the number of available beds during a time when they predict need will likely increase.
As more Americans are being asked to shelter in place and practice social distancing to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, one group of people will be particularly impacted—survivors of domestic violence and abuse, for whom home is dangerous.

American Airlines will use passenger planes for cargo-only flights to Europe

100+TechCrunch / 5h
“The flights provide much-needed cargo capacity for many of the airline’s regular cargo customers, allowing them to continue operating in this challenging environment,” the company says in its announcement.
American Airlines today announced that it will fly a handful of cargo-only flights to Europe, using its standard 777-300 passenger planes, over the course of the next few days.

Watch Mark Zuckerberg talk live with epidemic expert Dr. Anthony Fauci

300+TechCrunch / 5h
If there’s one face of scientific authority in the U.S. in the throes of COVID-19 chaos, it’s Dr. Anthony Fauci . One of the world’s top HIV/AIDS researchers, Dr. Fauci has served in his post as director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, helping steer the federal response to viral diseases like SARS, MERS, Ebola — and now COVID-19. Today at 4PM Pacific, Mar

Wag! CEO Garrett Smallwood explains his firm’s ‘radically different path to profitability’

100+TechCrunch / 5h
CEO Garrett Smallwood is a three-time entrepreneur with previous experience at Redbeacon (acquired by The Home Depot), Pillow (acquired by Expedia via Home Away Group) and Finrise (acquired by Wag!).
In late November, after I was named the new CEO, my management team and I began plotting a radically different path to profitability.

NASCAR turns to esports after canceling races over outbreaks

SlashGear / 5h
The NASCAR national series events were originally set to take place over this upcoming weekend at the Homestead, but the races have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak and orders for social distancing.
The iRacing event will take place on the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway with Larry McReynolds, Jeff Gordon, and Mike Joy serving as FOX NASCAR broadcasters.

Snapchat adds mental health tools to ease coronavirus anxiety

100+Engadget / 6h
Snapchat is updating its app with a set of mental health tools meant to help users combat anxiety and depression. The feature, called "Here For You," was first previewed in February, but the company says it opted to speed up its release in response to the coronavirus pandemic. With the new feature, Snapchat users can find mental health resources in the app when they search for terms like "anxiety

Virtual dates and video speed dating: Group launches a $50 million corporate venture fund

48TechCrunch / 6h
Dmitry Volkov, the founder of Group, said that he’s looking for startups beyond swipe mechanics, referring indirectly to companies like Hinge, Tinder and Bumble, in which users can swipe through profiles of eligible individuals.
Beyond capital, Volkov thinks startups can use Group for technical talent and product advice.

Apple's iPad Pro 2020 is said to be just '1% faster' than the 2018 version

Apple 2020 RAM GPU24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Apple did say its new A12Z Bionic chipset “gives iPad Pro the highest performance ever in an iPad,” and that's thanks to the chip’s eight-core GPU, enhanced thermal architecture and tuned performance controllers.
Specifically, the new iPad Pro is just 1% faster than the year-and-a-half old models that it's replacing, as per a listing on the benchmarking website AnTuTu and first spotted by MySmartPrice .

How to watch Top Chef online: stream every season 17 episode anywhere

VPN Top Chef24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
How to watch Top Chef online: stream season 17 in the US
Watch Top Chef season 17 online easily by following our guide below.

Instagram prototypes Snapchat-style disappearing text messages

200+TechCrunch / 6h
Instagram has prototyped an unreleased ephemeral text messaging feature that clears the chat thread whenever you leave it, a Facebook spokesperson confirms to TechCrunch.
Instagram already has disappearing photo and video messaging which it launched in February 2018 to let users choose if chat partners can “view once”, “allow replay” multiple times for a limited period, or “keep in chat” permanently.

Here’s how TechCrunch is keeping our brains busy while we’re stuck at home

53TechCrunch / 6h
I’ve been keeping a sketch journal and drawing pet portraits for my friends: this one is of TechCrunch’s hardware editor Brian’s rabbit, Lucy.
Like most battle royale games, it’s easy to keep saying “OK, OK, one more game,” until you look up and realize you’ve been playing for eight hours straight.

Venice's Historic Canals Have Transformed During Italy's Lockdown

Venice Canals Italy93Gizmodo / 6h
Nearly 10,000 people have died globally, and Italy has officially become the hardest-hit nation after China, with 41,000 documented cases.
Small fish are visible again in the waterways of Venice, Italy, a popular tourist destination known for its canals and romantic boat rides.

22 background noise shows to stream while you're social distancing

One American Netflix92Mashable / 6h
In a time where isolation is a necessity, here are 22 shows streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Now suited to helping you feel a little less alone.
How to watch: The Great British Baking Show Seasons 4-10 are now streaming on Netflix .

Change of plans? Use this negotiation strategy to get customer service on your side

33The Points Guy / 6h
If you know that you can’t or won’t need to travel any longer, you’ll probably want your money (or points) back instead of rescheduling your trip for a later date.
TPG has covered how to reach customer service as quickly as possible — but what should you ask for once you get on the phone?

NASCAR is replacing canceled races with esports featuring pro drivers

500+Engadget / 6h
They've announced an inaugural eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series that will replace cancelled NASCAR races with "simulation-style" esports competitions.
Sports leagues and broadcasters are scrambling to fill the void now that many live competitions are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for NASCAR and Fox Sports that means venturing into relatively uncharted territory.

Gaming company Scopely adds $200 million more to its M&A stockpile

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Investors included Advance (the privately held media and publishing company behind Conde Naste and a slew of local news [online and print] publications), and the consumer-focused investment firm, The Chernin Group .
Scopely , the mobile gaming publisher behind titles including Marvel Strike Force, Scrabble Go, Yahtzee with Buddies and Star Trek Fleet Command, has added another $200 million to its hoard of cash for mergers and acquisitions.

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Despite canceled trade shows, gaming startups can still win an extra life

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Equally, if not more important though, is the added layer of opportunity cost for developers, especially those who sought to use these events to launch something new.
As organizers cancel events with massive attendance, like SXSW (400,000 attendees), E3 (66,000), GDC (65,000) and Mobile World Congress (100,000), mobile game developers have felt the crunch.

Tesla ‘touchless deliveries’ keep cars coming even as coronavirus closes factory

Elon Musk Tesla FremontSlashGear / 6h
Tesla has announced that starting at the end of the day on March 23, it will temporarily suspend operations at its Fremont factory. This will enable the company to conduct ‘an orderly shutdown,’ according to Tesla, which says that it has been and will continue to follow safety guidelines and legal directives in regards to its facilities and operations. Tesla said in its statement on Thursday that

Student Scientists Worry About Their Futures as Universities Shut Down Over Covid-19

Gizmodo / 6h
“I hope journals, committees, funding bodies, etc., will be understanding in the future and will work with us so nobody falls through the cracks because of the pandemic,” Elena Blanco-Suárez, neuroscientist and postdoctoral researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, told Gizmodo.
In some cases, researchers told Gizmodo that they had to end long-term experiments early, freeze tissue for future analyses, or continue experiments with less monitoring and the knowledge that they’ll need to repeat their work in the future.

Facebook’s new design turns your PC into an enormous phone

200+Ars Technica / 7h
The old Facebook layout generally fits at least two or three posts per page, at least once you scroll past the giant Stories banner.
Messages, unfortunately, are covered—and you only get a single message visible in the new layout, whether the notification list is covering it or not.

It Should Not Be This Hard to Find Bubble Bath for Grown-Ass Adults

24Lifehacker / 7h
Deep Steep bubble bath comes in eight scents: Lavender Chamomile, Vanilla Coconut, Brown Sugar Vanilla, Mango Papaya, Passion Fruit Guava, Grapefruit Bergamot, Fig Apricot, and Rosemary Mint.
Okay so here’s the thing: I have an entire rant inside me about bath bombs, those stain-y twats, but I’m going to spare you and me and God because now is not the time!

First Coronavirus Cases Detected in Amazon Warehouse, FreshDirect

1KFuturism / 7h
Jonathan Bailey, an employee who sorts packages at the Queens facility, told me that workers were not notified of the positive case by Amazon management; he learned of it from other employees.
It was bound to happen at some point: The first case of COVID-19 was detected inside an Amazon warehouse.

Videogame Stores Risk Staying Open for Huge 'Animal Crossing' Weekend

200+Wired / 7h
Despite a widespread outbreak of Covid-19 in and around her city, and government pleas to limit human contact, Lewin is relying on customers to come by and pick up their Animal Crossing: New Horizons box.
Brossman was planning for a “huge,” weekend, and says he’s had more pre-orders for Animal Crossing: New Horizons than for any game in the last two or three years.

Tesla suspends work at Fremont plant, will comply with shelter in place order

Elon Musk Tesla Fremont100+Engadget / 7h
The Alameda County had initially deemed Tesla's 10,000-employee plant an essential business, allowing it to stay open and fully staffed despite the shelter in place order, but quickly reversed that decision when challenged by reporters .
Come March 24th, that will include Tesla's plant in Fremont, California, the company announced on Thursday .

Five bread makers for making the perfect fresh loaves

32Mashable / 7h
Bread-making machines let bread lovers and future bakers alike enjoy fresh bread at home. In fact, here are a few we suggest buying as a gift to yourself. Read more... More about Food , Mashable Video , Bread , Cooking , and Bread Maker

Translating a Surveillance Tool into a Virus Tracker for Democracies

500+NYT > Technology / 7h
In the United States, discussions between technology companies and the White House have focused on using large amounts of anonymous, aggregated location data to conduct general public health surveillance, perhaps anticipating where more serious outbreaks are likely to occur.
Health officials and scientists in Britain hope to soon begin testing the first smartphone app that would alert people who had come in contact with someone infected with the coronavirus.

Open Channel: Show Us Your Work-From-Home Stations

83Gizmodo / 7h
You might not like it, but this is what peak productivity looks like. Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo) Workstations, battlestations, command centers, whatever you want to call them, with so many people stuck indoors while trying to avoid covid-19, home computer setups have recently become an incredibly hot topic. If you’re like me, you can’t live without a dual monitor setup, while others are fine

GC’s Niko Bonatsos on Y Combinator, edtech and investing in the shadow of coronavirus

100+TechCrunch / 7h
This week, Extra Crunch hosted a call with General Catalyst managing director Niko Bonatsos to discuss a number of startup topics, including what the novel coronavirus is doing to investing in the Valley, as well as his thoughts on robotics, homeschooling, edtech, SMBs, international investing and what he’s looking to see today in startups. Joining me on the live call was my fellow Equity host Al

Study: Soot From Massive Wildfires Led to Dino-Killing Mass Extinction

98Gizmodo / 7h
It was the resulting impact winter that did the damage, as the atmosphere became inundated with dust, sulfuric compounds, and soot, which caused low temperatures and a dramatic lack of sunlight.
New research suggests it was the resulting low light, and not frigid temperatures, that drove this horrific mass extinction.

Charge Almost All Your Devices With an $11 Wireless Charging Pad

Gizmodo / 7h
Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. Wireless Qi Charger | $11 | Amazon | Clip Coupon Plugging devices in the wall is so 2019. We’re totally past that. Check out this $11 wireless charging pad ! It’s totally compatible with Android as well as Apple products and has three different charging modes depending on which devices you have! Not to mention

YouTube launches dedicated COVID-19 home page section

84TechCrunch / 7h
In an effort to ensure that the latest updates related to COVID-19 are as visible as possible, YouTube announced today that they’re launching a dedicated hub on the YouTube home page for stories related to the coronavirus outbreak. For YouTube, the dedicated shelf is a means of promoting “authoritative content” to users. In the U.S., most of these videos appear to be from national publications. I

8 great PC games for under $10 to stretch your quarantine buck

SlashGear / 7h
If you’re looking to maximize your time-played-per-dollar-spent ratio, you should probably consider other games before picking up SteamWorld Dig , as the main story only took me around 8 hours to complete when I first played through it.
While some of the games on this list are games you’ll want to play for hours on end, One Finger Death Punch 2 is more of a pick-up-and-play game that you might only play for a half hour at a time.

Air Canada’s Drastic Onboard Service Cuts

85One Mile at a Time / 7h
For all cabins, we will provide individual water bottles instead of our bar service offerings and pillows and blankets will no longer be available.
In our Business Class, we will provide a pre-packaged meal or snack on all flights longer than two hours.

Netflix lowers streaming quality in Europe to reduce network congestion

EU Netflix Quality Europe36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Hours after the EU called on telecom and streaming service providers to help reduce network congestion during the coronavirus pandemic, Netflix has announced that it will lower its streaming bitrate for the next 30 days.
The overall reduction in bitrates will reduce Netflix’s data consumption by about 25%, which is pretty substantial as the service - on average - uses between 1.9 GB and 2.55 GB per hour of streamed HD video.

Essential designer shows off the phones that might've been

Essential 3 Andy Rubin97Engadget / 7h
Besides Project Gem , a concept device it teased late last year, the company had released only one phone: the striking but flawed Essential Phone .
In a post he has since locked , Kevin Hoffman, a former employee who says he was the lead designer on two successor devices, the PH-2 and PH-3, shared images of the phones and detailed their backstories.

Data: How Badly Are Hotels Hurting So Far?

21View from the Wing / 7h
by Gary Leff on March 19, 2020 For the week of March 8 – 14, hotel data on occupancy and room rates is now available. In the U.S. revenue per available room was down a whopping 32.5% year-over-year . In comparison with the week of 10-16 March 2019, the industry recorded the following: • Occupancy: -24.4% to 53.0% • Average daily rate (ADR): -10.7% to US$120.30 • Revenue per available room (RevPA

Don't Trust Mobile Carriers About Late Payment Forgiveness for COVID-19

56Lifehacker / 7h
Pledging to forgive late payments is generous (and necessary), but customers shouldn’t use this as an excuse to not pay their phone bill if they’re still able to.
If you skip a payment and don’t make the effort of contacting your carrier and explaining the situation, you may still incur late payment fees, service interruptions, and even dings to your credit score.

CVS opens its first COVID-19 test site, but it’s only for some people

SlashGear / 7h
Days after its initial announcement, CVS has revealed that it is launching COVID-19 testing sites in the state of Massachusetts.
The testing sites will be located at CVS facilities in the state where ‘a limited population’ can go and get tested for the new infectious disease.

Tesla to temporarily shut down Fremont factory

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Tesla will suspend production at its Fremont, Calif., factory beginning March 23, days after a shelter in place order went into effect in Alameda County due to the COVID-19 pandemic that sparked a public tussle between the automaker and local officials over what was considered an “essential” business.
The Alameda County Sheriff also confirmed the announcement, noting in a tweet that Tesla would suspend production during the health order and that minimum basic operations are permitted.

8 of the best blenders for making smoothies

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Also, some blenders come with personal-sized blending cups so you won't have to transfer your smoothie to another cup, which is a really great bonus.
One drawback of the Magic Bullet is the noise — this baby is loud if you're blending ice or frozen fruits, which you probably will be if you're making a smoothie.

Netflix drops charming first look at Mindy Kaling comedy 'Never Have I Ever'

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High school can be tricky, but at the end of the day, most of our desires are simple: to party, to have thinner arm hair, and to get a boyfriend, as long as he's a stone-cold hottie. She might be praying to an assortment of Hindu gods, but Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), star of Netflix and Mindy Kaling's Never Have I Ever , wants the same things as any TV teen. As she mentions in the t

Announcing the Disrupt SF Digital Pass

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Today, however, we’re announcing the free tier of our virtual pass, the Disrupt Digital Pass .
That’s why today we’re announcing plans to offer access to Disrupt SF content and networking opportunities virtually for our flagship event.

American Airlines in ‘fight of our lives’ as it plans more coronavirus cuts

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As part of the effort to match capacity to demand and cut spending, American is offering voluntary leave to most union staff and an early-retirement option for employees with more than 15 years at the airline.
American Airlines president Robert Isom called the carrier’s efforts to survive the novel coronavirus pandemic the “fight for our lives” in a memo unveiling plans for further staff and flying reductions.

N95 Mask Listings on Amazon Are Flooded With Fake Reviews

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While Amazon has banned more than a million fraudulent products claiming to cure or protect customers from the coronavirus, Gizmodo found that third-party vendors continue to use fake reviews, bot farms, and other deceptive methods to sell suspicious N95 masks to a panicked public.
To do our analysis, Gizmodo leveraged Fakespot’s services by letting their algorithm grade 75 product listings from an Amazon search of “N95 Medical Masks” and “N95 masks.”

Your biggest questions about coronavirus, answered

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Battling the spread of Covid-19 is going to be a long-haul effort. Here’s what you asked us.

Nvidia makes its GPU-powered genome sequencing tool available free to those studying COVID-19

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Nvidia is making its Parabricks tool available for free for 90 days (with the possibility of extension, depending on needs) to any researcher currently working on any effort to combat the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic and spread of COVID-19. The tool is a GPU-accelerated genome analysis toolkit, which leveraged graphics processing power to take a process that previously took days, but that t

Download More Than 50 Free Games From GOG and This Month

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GOG —the platform formerly known as Good Ol’ Games—and indie game store are both running “stay at home” promotions, giving away dozens of games for free as part of larger sales on their platforms.
It’s a great time to expand your horizons and play more video games.

These Five Food Delivery Services and Apps Will Get You Through Social Distancing

Lifehacker / 8h
And just like the rest of these amazing takeout apps and services, you can now choose a no-contact option for your driver to comply to when delivering some tasty food.
And if you STILL can’t find the kind of food you want, I’d like to suggest GrubHub , a subset of Seamless with more restaurants to choose from.

Elon Musk says Tesla will make ventilators if supplies run low

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that his company has the ability to produce ventilators if US hospitals run into a shortage of breathing aids as a result of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
When a Tesla owner reached out to Musk on Twitter asking him to repurpose the automaker's factories to make ventilators, he responded saying he would if there is a shortage, saying:

Exercise at home with deals on treadmills, indoor cycling bikes, weights and more

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Luckily for you, several top retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy are discounting a selection of workout equipment which include treadmills, indoor cycling bikes, weights, yoga mats, and more.
Our top home exercise deals include discounts on stationary bikes like the NordicTrack GX 4.7 on sale for $379 and the Schwinn Upright Bike Series on sale for $199.99 .

15 travel essentials to buy during Nordstrom’s 25% off sitewide sale

The Points Guy / 8h
So, while we’re all not leaving our house for the next, well, who knows, it might be a great time to do some retail therapy and start building up your points and miles balances so they’re in great shape when it’s time to travel again.
All is not lost though: Use a credit card that earns bonus points on shopping purchases , and you’ll be racking up the points and miles for your future travels in no time.

Amazon Sellers ‘Hijack’ Listings to Sell Face Masks Despite New Rules

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Last week, Amazon confirmed to CNBC that it would no longer accept new offers for face masks, hand sanitizer, and other products related to the coronavirus outbreak.
That's attracting many sellers who are pulling every trick they can think of to get into search results,” says Juozas Kaziukėnas, founder of the ecommerce data firm Marketplace Pulse, who first alerted WIRED to the face mask listings.

Microsoft's DirectX 12 Ultimate brings ray tracing effects to more games

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Microsoft has introduced a DirectX 12 Ultimate framework that makes ray tracing and other visual effects both more efficient and more flexible.
A game written for DirectX 12 Ultimate will still run on other hardware -- you just won't get all the visual pizazz.

Charter employees beg for work-from-home rights during pandemic

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Charter employees are angry at the cable company for refusing requests to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic and have been reaching out to Ars this week to complain about their employer.
In addition, without endangering our obligation to provide critical services, we plan to give an option to some employees, who can be productive remote from the office, to work from home for a period of time.

Hong Kong Introduces Invasive Location-Tracking Bracelets, Promises They're Not That Invasive

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Lam explained that Hong Kong residents put under quarantine will now need to wear a handy wristband that tracks their location to ensure they’re staying put, and (hopefully) staying socially distant .
According to an earlier federal press release , this app/wristband combo won’t be the only thing tracking Hong Kong citizens’ locations.

Facebook’s desktop dark mode and redesign rolls out to most users

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Assuming you’re one of the people who have access to the new option, you’ll find it in the Settings menu listed as ‘Switch to New Facebook.’
Some users still don’t have access to the new setting, however, so there’s a chance you’ll have to wait until it finally rolls your way.

Sick Days: Stories From People Keeping the World Running

100+Lifehacker / 8h
Sick Days Welcome to Sick Days, a collection of stories from readers on how the current covid-19 health crisis is changing the way they work and the futures they can expect in these uncertain times.
We’re running stories submitted by readers who want to tell us how their jobs are changing as the virus spreads throughout the world, and how they plan to get through i.

Senators push to allow remote Senate votes during emergencies

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Instead, McConnell has increased the time senators have to vote, allowing them to keep more distance from one another.
The debate over remote Congressional voting gained increased urgency on Wednesday when it was revealed that two members of Congress—Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT) had contracted the coronavirus.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 review: Pricey and impressive

59Engadget / 8h
Although Sennheiser says the Momentum True Wireless 2 (MTW2) is only 2mm smaller than the first-gen model, the size difference is noticeable in depth and diameter.
And, while the Momentum True Wireless had that stellar sound profile the company is known for, there were a number of things that made them frustrating to use.

7 New Songs to Help You Feel Less Socially Distant

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The best music is built on community, and what truly gives any particular song staying power is how it’s regarded among the masses.
“Waking Up Down” is a blizzard of icy 808 kicks, an elemental blend that could only be born of Korean-American multihyphenate Kathey “Yaeji” Lee. The song is the lead single from the soon-to-released mixtape, What We Drew 우리가 그려왔던 , and contains some familiar tentpoles: breathy synths, a punchy dancefloor aesthetic, a heavy influence of jungle/drum-n-bass music, and all of it ornamented with Yaeji’s blissful whisper-sing.

Netflix to cut stream quality in EU amid coronavirus bandwidth fears

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The video streaming company alone consumes a whopping 15 percent of the world’s internet traffic, according to a study conducted in late 2018.
With people around the world being urged to stay home, streaming services are expected to be a major source of entertainment for those practicing social distancing in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

How to Save Energy When You're Stuck at Home

72Lifehacker / 8h
Since you’re home, why not make sure your appliances and energy systems are running in tip-top shape?
If you’re still running the heat where you live, make sure your fan turns clockwise to push warm air down.

Amazon suspends Prime Pantry to handle its backlog of orders

100+Engadget / 8h
The company has paused new orders through the service, which offers household and non-perishable pantry items, for now as it fulfills its backlog.
However, Amazon said people who are waiting on recent Prime Pantry orders will receive them.

Down Time: Jenny Odell On Live Eagle Cams

81Gizmodo / 8h
So there’s this osprey nest that’s on, I think it looks like an old, like, military ship or something, and there’s been a cam.
There’s one that I spent a lot of time out looking at last year, it’s these ospreys that nest .

US Issues Level 4 Advisory For All International Travel

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With this, US citizens are advised not to travel internationally, and if they’re outside the US, they should arrange for immediate return back home, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.
In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

New to remote working? Take a lesson from the gig

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Online engagement skills are essential: most gig workers may never meet their managers, but they need to feel close to the businesses they support to be successful.
For businesses that rely on gig workers, remote working has been a way of life for some time.

These are the best workout apps, YouTube channels for working out at home

Mashable / 8h
We’ve rounded up some of the consistently best-reviewed and recommended at-home workout apps and YouTube channels. Read more... More about Youtube , Mashable Video , Workout , Workout App , and Coronavirus

The latest 'Overwatch' hero can transform into enemy characters

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Echo, the latest Overwatch hero , is joining the ranks of the game's damage dealers with some nifty-sounding abilities .
The AI robot's ultimate in particular will give players plenty of new scope for creativity -- when they activate Duplicate, Echo can adopt the form of an opponent's hero and use (or echo, geddit?) their abilities.

How to Order Take-Out Safely and Ethically

100+Lifehacker / 9h
Whether they’re doing so voluntarily or due to orders from the state, restaurants across the country are closing their dining rooms and pivoting to take-out or delivery only, which has raised concerns over the safety and ethics of asking someone else to go pick up your food and bring it to you during a pandemic.
Restaurants rarely make much money off of delivery through the apps, and they honestly need all the financial help they can get right now.

A Must-Read Warning from an NYC Doctor: “The Sky is Falling”

500+Futurism / 9h
Today, the New York Times ran a sobering op-ed by Cornelia Griggs, a pediatric surgery fellow at a large NYC hospital.
Its provocative headline — “ A New York Doctor’s Coronavirus Warning: The Sky Is Falling ” — gives you a sense of Griggs’ grave outlook on the coronavirus pandemic.

US State Department issues unprecedented ‘do not travel’ warning over coronavirus

300+TechCrunch / 9h
The U.S. State Department has issued an unprecedented “do not travel” warning to U.S. citizens, as the number of coronavirus-related infections jumped sharply overnight. The advisory said U.S. citizens should “avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19,” the coronavirus strain which last week was declared a global pandemic . The advisory added that citizens abroad should

There's Never Been a Better Time to Teach Your Kids to Cook (or At Least Make Dessert This Week)

Lifehacker / 9h
If you want to equip your kids with their own set of kitchen tools, Mindware’s Playful Chef comes with color-coded measuring cups and spoons, a wooden spoon, basting brush, whisk, scraper and small mixing bowl, along with a recipe book and apron.
Help them feel like your sous chef-in-training with their own kid-sized apron.

Workers sent home after Amazon warehouse employee tests positive for COVID-19

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The text, obtained by The Atlantic reads, “We’re writing to let you know that a positive case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) was found at our facility today.”
Amazon today confirmed that an employee in its Queens, N.Y. fulfillment center has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Sugar linked to early death, but not for the reason you think

SlashGear / 9h
Researchers with MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences studied fruit flies that were fed a diet high in sugar and found that though they died at younger ages, the reason wasn’t due to metabolic issues like obesity or diabetes.
The excessive build-up of a natural waste product called uric acid was identified in fruit flies fed a high-sugar diet and linked to an early death.

Xbox Series X to harness the power of Direct X 12 Ultimate ray tracing

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Microsoft and Nvidia have announced DirectX 12 Ultimate, a new application programming interface (API) that will bring next-gen graphics features to Windows 10 PCs and the Xbox Series X .
Shown off during a virtual GDC 2020 press conference on Thursday, DirectX 12 Ultimate – which Microsoft is touting as “the culmination of 25 years of work on DirectX”, is the first universal graphics API designed to work across consoles and PCs and aims to bring "unprecedented alignment" between Windows 10 and Xbox Series X gaming.

Just Eat cuts its take for 30 days to help restaurants during the COVID-19 crisis

100+TechCrunch / 9h
Just Eat also said it’s waiving all sign-up fees for new restaurants joining its platform (which must still meet its standard conditions, such as being registered with the relevant local authority as a food business and having the required hygiene rating); and relaxing any existing arrangements that may be in place with partners to enable them to work with delivery aggregators — “regardless of existing contractual terms.”
U.K. takeout marketplace Just Eat has announced a 30-day emergency support package for restaurants on its platform to help them through disruption caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Capital One adds new in-app bonus eligibility checker

The Points Guy / 9h
American Express led this charge a while back by adding a pop-up welcome bonus eligibility checker that will inform customers whether or not they’re eligible to receive the bonus on a new card before they submit the application, and now, per Doctor of Credit , Capital One has added a similar feature.
Now, when you apply for Capital One credit cards (both personal cards such as the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card and business cards including the Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business ) you may receive a pop-up message after submitting your application telling you that you didn’t qualify for the original offer you applied for and offering you an alternate option, which may include a different APR, a different credit limit, a different welcome offer or no bonus.

Lights out — Las Vegas Strip goes dark for at least 30 days

500+The Points Guy / 9h
All resorts on the Las Vegas Strip has been ordered to shutdown due to coronavirus
UNUSUAL SIGHT: Las Vegas Strip goes dark #8NN

‘Cloud-first’ game studio Mainframe raises $8.1M led by Andreessen Horowitz

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The team doesn’t have much to share of what their title will actually look like gameplay-wise, they’re just saying it’s a sandbox MMO designed for cloud streaming built on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine.
Early last year, Chen directed a16z’s investment in Sandbox VR’s $68 million Series A, a startup aiming to make shared virtual reality experiences more common by building out physical retail locations in malls and shopping areas across the globe.

Skip Grocery Delivery, If You Can

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To counteract exposure, a lot of people are shifting to curbside pickup or delivery.
Shopping during the off-peak hours, such as late morning or early afternoon, will help reduce the number of people you’ll be exposed to.

Nextdoor adds Help Maps and Groups to connect neighbors during the coronavirus outbreak

100+TechCrunch / 9h
Neighborhood social networking app Nextdoor has introduced two new features, Help Maps and Groups, to give people a way to better support one another during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Help Map offers a way to coordinate aid between those in need, like the elderly and at-risk, and those willing to offer some form of assistance — like running errands or dropping off supplies, for example.

Square Enix slashes prices on its ‘Final Fantasy’ Switch games

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All of the main Final Fantasy games available on the Switch are on sale for 40 to 50 percent off, and titles from Square Enix's other RPG series like Romancing Saga and Star Ocean have been discounted as well.
RPG fans who are stuck at home and need some bang for their buck might want to check out Square Enix's sale on the Nintendo Switch eShop.

How United Airlines Is Helping Passengers Social Distance

200+One Mile at a Time / 9h
United Airlines is asking gate agents to do what they can to help passengers social distance.
Hopefully it’s for good reason, but for the time being many airlines are still operating some flights, and for the most part there are at least some people on them.

It's NordVPN's Birthday, and a 3-Year Plan Is 70% off [Exclusive]

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Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. 70% Off NordVPN | NordVPN | Promo code nordwfh For all of you network nerds, NordVPN is having a major deal in honor of their birthday. When you buy their 3-year deal (which is a whopping 70% off), you’ll be able to get an EXTRA plan on top of the one you bought for FREE. I would just make sure to type in “nor

The racist backlash to coronavirus

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The coronavirus panic has fueled a pile-on of disinformation and an excuse to promote racism. Asian and particularly Chinese communities around the world are facing ostracism, hostility, and racial abuse. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Racism , Prejudice , Coronavirus , and Sinophobia

Think outside the box with this DIY marble track — Future Blink

28Mashable / 9h
Orb Drop II gives users an introduction to STEM-related subjects like hands-on construction, kinetic energy, and gravity. Read more... More about Science , Mashable Video , Stem , Stem Toys , and Future Blink

Rise in remote work leads to major cloud-based VPN growth

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With more employees working remotely as a result of the coronavirus, NordVPN's business VPN solution, NordVPN Teams has recorded 165% growth in new users.
One of the reasons cloud-based VPNs have seen such tremendous growth is due to the fact that they offer many advantages over traditional corporate VPNs. For instance, NordVPN Teams can be installed very quickly as a result of the service's virtual plug-and-play setup.

Help feed hungry kids by booking a TPG Cameo

The Points Guy / 9h
When you book a message from Brian, you’ll also help provide a hungry child with a healthy meal.
That’s why TPG himself has decided to launch a live Cameo that will benefit No Kid Hungry , an organization dedicated to ending child hunger.

Elon Musk says Tesla will make ventilators if necessary

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The U.S. currently has about 200,000 ventilators, but anticipates about 960,000 patients may need one. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Elon Musk , Healthcare , Coronavirus , and Covid 19

This bag made from vegetable starch is a useful plastic alternative — Future Blink

28Mashable / 9h
A-Zero products are fully biodegradable and are made from 100 percent organic materials. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Environmentally Friendly , Eco Friendly , Plastic Ban , and Future Blink

Cats Is a 'Medieval Morality Play': 20 Highlights From Tom Hooper's Strange Director Commentary

200+Gizmodo / 9h
“I loved the way James had this idea of looking to camera when he said ‘cats’ [during the alley scene], as if to kind of acknowledge the fact that they really look enough like cats, or do they not.
1. What is Cats really about?: “The film sits in that tradition of the picaresque or sort of medieval morality play, where the hero goes on a physical journey where they meet characters who represent different virtues and vices, and through this learn about their place in the world and learn about some of the pitfalls and opportunities of the world.”

You Can Now Install Your Own Stained Glass Window Next To Your Airplane Seat

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Now comes a new innovation truly for our times: a stick on, peel off faux stained glass window to create ambiance in the cabin, help you pray, and stand between you and germs on the window.
Smaller Boeing aircraft have a different size, and there’s no specific 737 MAX design which is a shame considering the stick-on stained glass window’s intended use.

Tune in to episode 2 of Radio Corona with Azeem Azhar

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In the second episode of Radio Corona, Gideon Lichfield, the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review, will host a Q&A with Azeem Azhar, the writer of Exponential View. They will be discussing the long-term effects of COVID-19, and they will also be taking your questions. To register, click this link just before 4:00 p.m. ET . We also recommend you download or enable the Zoom application . You

Why I’m not going to ‘burn’ my miles for merchandise

The Points Guy / 9h
As we explained in this detailed post , there may be an emergency stash available to you that you may not have considered: liquidating points and miles for gift cards, merchandise or even cash back.
You’ll need to redeem 66,666 miles — more than enough for a United Polaris award flight to Europe, complete with a lie-flat seat.

Microsoft Wants You to Snack Freely Without Irritating Your Video Conferencing Colleagues

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Microsoft calls it “real-time noise suppression.”
Not only would you not hear someone munching on chips, but leaf blowers, dogs barking, fire truck sirens, cars honking, recess time at the school across the street—any background noise that usually gets picked up by a microphone will no longer be an issue either.

Netflix will reduce streaming bitrates in Europe to ease congestion

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"Following the discussions between Commissioner Thierry Breton and Reed Hastings -- and given the extraordinary challenges raised by the coronavirus -- Netflix has decided to begin reducing bit rates across all our streams in Europe for 30 days," the company said in a statement to Engadget.
The move comes after EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton called on streaming platforms, telecom companies and consumers to reduce their bandwidth usage during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Use Google Advanced Protection to Protect Your Family Members From Android Malware

77Lifehacker / 9h
The Advanced Protection Program adds extra security measures for devices and accounts, such as stricter login authentication requirements to prevent account break-ins, anti-phishing features, and restricted access to certain apps and data.
If you know someone who needs an extra layer of protection between them and exploitative apps, or you want to upgrade your own device’s security, you should look to look into Google’s Advanced Protection Program for Android, which now includes new malware prevention features.

Save an extra 15% off these electric toothbrushes

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For folks who are always on the go, you can pick up this Platinum Sonic Toothbrush Set, which comes with a portable UV sanitizing charging case.
This brush kit has everything you need to provide your chompers with the care they deserve: a powerful ultrasonic toothbrush, a travel case, a wireless charging glass, and six adaptive brush heads.

Why We Don't Name Diseases After Places Anymore

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For all of these reasons, the World Health Organization issued guidelines a few years ago about naming diseases in a way that describes them accurately, without stigmatizing people or places or inciting unnecessary fear.
Many diseases in the past have been named after the place they originated, and that turned out to be a bad idea for many reasons.

Yes, you should still wear sunscreen while you're self-quarantining

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"Now is a time that you may want to use your face masks daily" for even more hydration, adds Dr. Greenfield.
When you're self-quarantining, a lot of your normal routines — trips to the gym, daily grocery runs — must change out of necessity.

What's Coming to Netflix in April 2020

47Lifehacker / 10h
Starting April 1st you’ll be able to watch all four Lethal Weapon movies, Minority Report, and The Hangover on the streaming service.
Then on April 3rd we’ll get a number of new Netflix original films, including Coffee & Kareem and Money Heist: The Phenomenon .

This Tiny $10 USB-C Charger Offers Two Big Improvements Over Your Standard Plug

Lifehacker / 10h
Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. Aukey 18W PD USB C Wall Charger with Folding Prongs | $10 | Amazon | Clip the coupon and use the promo code QVME5V9B at checkout Right now, you can pick up this Aukey USB-C 18W PD Charger for a low $10. From what I can see it, there are two big reasons to consider moving from your standard wall adapter to this

Slack adds 7K customers in 7 weeks amid remote-work boom, besting its preceding 2 results

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Slack, like other companies whose products can help facilitate remote work, has seen a boom in usage due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced people to work from home.
Today, Slack , a popular internal chat application, announced that it added 7,000 new customers between February 1 and March 18.

Netflix will reduce streaming quality in Europe for 30 days

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Earlier today, we learned that EU Commissioner Thierry Breton had called for Netflix to reduce streaming quality in Europe — a move to limit its overall bandwidth usage as more users turn to streaming services for in-home entertainment during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Netflix has confirmed that it will comply with this request. In a statement first sent to Business Insider and confirmed to

Amazon Has Already Reopened Its Queens Facility After a Worker Tested Positive for Covid-19

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One employee who works at the facility told the magazine that workers were not notified by management of the situation but rather from their colleague (though an Amazon spokesperson denied this was the case to the Atlantic).
A spokesperson confirmed to Gizmodo that the individual worked at its DBK1 facility in Queens, adding that it “temporarily closed the Queens delivery station for additional sanitation and sent associates home with full pay.”

Amazon, DOJ ask consumers to report coronavirus price gouging

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According to Reuters , Amazon sent an email to customers who may have purchased items from sellers guilty of price gouging.
Now, Amazon is asking consumers to cooperate with a Department of Justice (DOJ) probe into coronavirus price gouging.

Netflix is lowering video bitrates in Europe because of coronavirus

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As demands for higher-quality video have increased, in tandem with faster home internet connections and more affordable 4K TVs, the proportion of online traffic Netflix makes has risen too.
“We estimate that this will reduce Netflix traffic on European networks by around 25 percent while also ensuring a good quality service for our members,” the company told SlashGear in a statement.

Epic Games Store free games will help pass the time during quarantine

SlashGear / 10h
The first free game for the week is The Stanley Parable , which is probably one of the strangest games any of us have ever encountered.
For PC players, a good place to potentially turn is the Epic Games Store, which at the beginning of this year extended its weekly free games promotion through 2020.

Nokia 5.3 brings the circle at a much lower cost

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The 8.3 is a larger smartphone for a significantly larger price, while the Nokia 5.3 looks a whole lot like the larger device, but costs less.
The Nokia 5.3 has a 6.55-inch display with a water drop notch and a tiny bit of a chin.

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

200+One Mile at a Time / 10h
Tiffany and I are going to kick that off by hosting a virtual happy hour via Facebook live tonight at 6PM Eastern !
There is a lot going on, and as more and more OMAAT readers are stuck at home due to lockdowns, or otherwise practicing good social-distancing, we thought it would be fun to encourage some more social interaction (from a safe distance, of course).

Ask Dr. NerdLove: How Do I Rebuild My Marriage After An Affair?

200+Lifehacker / 10h
She started saying things like “i think you could love someone else better than me who doesn’t require what I do.”
It’s even more complicated because they still work together, she says he is applying for new jobs, but until then, she will continue to feel that love and longing for him.

Chloroquine May Fight Covid-19—and Silicon Valley’s Into It

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A blockchain investor named James Todaro tweeted that an 85-year-old malaria drug called chloroquine was a potential treatment and preventative against the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
The chatter about a promising drug to fight Covid-19 started, as chatter often does (but science does not), on Twitter.

Vaping additive blamed for outbreak produces ‘exceptionally toxic’ byproducts

100+TechCrunch / 10h
That vitamin E acetate is not healthy to inhale is not a surprise; the chemical, which essentially had been used to dilute THC oil in cheap aftermarket vape cartridges, was associated with lung damage in several studies cited by the CDC .
Additionally, the pyrolysis [i.e. heating] of vitamin E acetate also produces carcinogen alkenes and benzene for which the negative long-term medical effects are well recognized.

Everything coming to Netflix in April 2020

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Season 4, The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show, The Circle France, #blackAF, Outer Banks, and competition show Cooked with Cannabis .
How to watch: The Midnight Gospel begins streaming 4/20 on Netflix .

Work From Home Distraction-Free With $50 off Boltune Noise-Cancelling Headphones [Exclusive]

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Shaun of the Dead Gets a Coronavirus Update Thanks to Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

59KGizmodo / 10h
It’s basically the quintessential Wright scene, employing fast editing, sharp quips, and complete absurdity.
If you remember, back in the pair’s 2004 film Shaun of the Dead , directed by Edgar Wright, Shaun (Pegg) and Ed (Frost) discuss their plan during the zombie apocalypse.

Serif discounts Affinity creative apps during the COVID-19 pandemic

100+Engadget / 10h
Serif is trotting out a number of deals for its Affinity apps to help out artists and photographers (and, of course, encourage them to buy software).
More details are coming "soon," the company said.

Android 11 Preview 2 hands-on: More polish and a new install method

Google Android 11 252Ars Technica / 10h
Google has a hidden experiment in Android 11 that does save a ton of vertical space: XDA Developers found a setting that separates the notification panel and the quick settings into separate panels, just like Apple's Control Center.
Separating the notification panel and the quick settings sounds like a great idea.

Dating apps are introducing video chats so you can date during social distancing

88Mashable / 10h
The video chat feature, tested out by my Mashable colleague Brenda Stolyar , seemed odd at the time — but now it seems like The League may have predicted how singles would connect during the coronavirus pandemic.
The membership grants users the ability to use League Live , a video speed-dating feature.

Joking about weight during social distancing isn't helpful for eating disorder recovery

200+Mashable / 10h
For many struggling with disordered eating, seeing jokes about weight gain, binging on snacks, or restricting eating to avoid body changes is incredibly triggering.
Seeing content about the need to stay fit to avoid gaining weight during quarantine or social distancing can also be triggering for eating disorder recovery.

Instagram won’t approve new AR effects 'until further notice’

58Engadget / 10h
The change comes after Mark Zuckerberg confirmed Facebook had sent home its army of content moderators, most of whom work for the company as contractors, in response to health concerns (and criticism for not doing so earlier).
For now, filter makers can sill submit new effects to Instagram, but since the company isn't offering a timeline on approvals, it will likely be some time before they're published.

Coronavirus is fueling rampant anti-Asian racism

Mashable / 10h
Ignorance breeds fear, fear breeds hate, and hate breeds violence. With the current uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, anti-Asian racism has become rampant. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Racism , Prejudice , Coronavirus , and Sinophobia

Coronavirus is forcing fans of Bitcoin to realize it’s not a “safe haven” after all

300+New on MIT Technology Review / 10h
Gold is also famously seen as a “safe haven” asset, which Investopedia defines as “an investment that is expected to retain or increase in value during times of market turbulence.”
Some of its most ardent fans have contended that since the digital asset is “uncorrelated” with traditional assets like stocks, it is a “safe haven” against market crashes like those we are seeing right now.

Coronavirus Sets the Stage for Hacking Mayhem

200+Wired / 10h
Crane Hassold, senior director of threat research at the email security firm Agari, says that his team is particularly wary of the threat phishing poses to people working remotely.
Even in critical infrastructure and other high-sensitivity environments where it would be impossible to securely work from home , skeleton crews at the office and general distraction can create windows of vulnerability.

Spring Is Here, and It's Set to Bring a Whole Lot of Flooding

59Gizmodo / 10h
However, that doesn’t mean that flooding this year won’t suck.
NOAA is predicting above-average temperatures and above-average precipitation in the central and eastern U.S. All that plus soils that are unable to retain any more water is the recipe for flooding.

NYC mayor pleads with Elon Musk to start producing ventilators

Elon Musk Tesla Fremont500+TechCrunch / 10h
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a direct plea to Elon Musk, asking the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX to produce ventilators to help alleviate a shortage at hospitals gearing up to combat COVID-19.
Musk, who has in the past downplayed COVID-19 in emails to employees and on social media, tweeted Wednesday evening that Tesla “would make ventilators if there is a shortage.”

Soothing video of cats and dominoes is the perfect distraction from coronavirus

2KMashable / 10h
The video, which appears to have originated from the YouTube account Cat Navi Desk , is utterly delightful.
It features truly lovable cats playing with a Rube-Goldbergian domino set-up.

Fuck It, Let's Waffle Some Cheese

500+Lifehacker / 10h
A waffle iron melts, but it also crisps, forming a frico-like outer layer or—in the case of brie and other similar cheeses—tempering the rind’s earthier, funkier flavors with a bit of browning.
There are many ways to melt cheese, but none are as fun as waffling, and I think everyone could use a little fun (and comfort) right about now.

Netflix to cut streaming quality in Europe for 30 days

23KBBC News - Technology / 10h
Netflix will reduce the streaming quality of its service in Europe for the next 30 days. The move is aimed at reducing the strain on internet service providers. With large sections of Europe confirmed to their homes because of the coronavirus outbreak, demand for streaming has increased. The video-streaming provider said lowering the picture quality would reduce Netflix data consumption by 25%. "

DirectX 12 Ultimate brings Xbox Series X features to PC gaming

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Inline ray tracing is an alternate API that allows developers lower-level access to the ray tracing pipeline than DXR1.0's dynamic-shader based ray tracing.
None of DXR1.1's features require new hardware—existing ray-tracing-capable GPUs merely need driver support in order to enable them.
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US State Department issues ‘level 4’ warning against international travel

100+The Points Guy / 10h
The State Department has issued a level 4 “do not travel” advisory on Thursday, encouraging U.S. citizens not to go abroad and to return home if they are currently traveling.
“The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19,” the Department said in the warning that was posted to its website Thursday afternoon.

How Are You Surviving Being at Home With the Kids?

100+Lifehacker / 10h
Lots of you have kids out of school and are working from home or otherwise doing your damndest to socially distance yourself from others as much as possible.
But right now it’s still a bit of a novelty.

NY Governor Invokes “Nuclear War” to Describe Coronavirus Lockdown

300+Futurism / 10h
New York governor Andrew Cuomo invoked nuclear war in a discussion of the coronavirus on Thursday morning, during remarks on CNN ‘s New Day:
Though, to be fair, neither we nor Andrew Cuomo could say for sure, having never experienced nuclear war.

Apple's new iPad Pro has some cool new features

40Mashable / 10h
The pricing for the 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799, while the 12.9-inch model starts at $999. Read more... More about Tech , Apple , Ipad , Mashable Video , and Ipad Pro

Upgrade your WiFi while you're stuck at home

24Mashable / 11h
Here are some fixes you can make to improve your busted WiFi right now. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Wifi , Big Tech Companies , and Coronavirus

Why You Need an At-Home Dance Party Right Now

200+Lifehacker / 11h
One of the best ways to complete the stress response cycle is with intense physical activity.
Physical activity is the single most efficient strategy for completing the stress response cycle .

Save Up To 70% a Ton of Goodies During Huckberry's WFH Clearance Sale

Lifehacker / 11h
Clearance Sale | Huckberry If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably perused Huckberry’s collection of cool guy stuff but couldn’t pull the trigger. Of course, the best stuff is always more expensive than you’d want but luckily for us, Huckberry’s Clearance Sale has lowered that hurdle quite a bit. Right now, you can save up to 70% Huckberry goods. I, for one, think this is a great time to do a

Grab a Pair of TaoTronics Noise Cancelling Headphones For $25

25Gizmodo / 11h
Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. TaoTronics Noise-Canceling Headphones | $25 | Amazon | Promo code L5G769UL If you’re looking for a way to make working from home more efficient, the best way to do that would be blocking out unnecessary sounds. These TaoTronic headphones are only $25 (down from $50) with a promo code and do exactly that. Not t

You can save $10 on Doom Eternal today before it officially launches

Amazon Queens Covid US20Ars Technica / 11h
Today's Dealmaster is headlined by a $10 pre-order discount on Doom Eternal , the long-anticipated first-person shooter game that ( officially ) launches tomorrow.
If you have no interest in mowing down digital demons, we also have deals on Amazon's Fire TV lineup and Roku's Streaming Stick+, a nice discount on certified refurbished versions of Apple's last-gen iPad Pro, ongoing offers on Anker charging accessories, and much more.

Hulu launches on Comcast’s set-top boxes, including Xfinity Flex and soon, X1

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However, Xfinity Flex customers will only have access to Hulu’s on-demand offering at launch (either ad-free or ad-supported), but not its live TV service.
Neither Hulu nor Comcast gave a specific time frame as to when the service was launching on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 platform, beyond “the coming weeks.”
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Now's the Time to Plant a Garden With Your Kids

200+Lifehacker / 11h
Depending on the amount of space you have available, and how much energy your kids need to expend, gardening can be as simple as growing a few herbs in a pot or as complicated as planting an extensive vegetable garden.
The simplest (and cheapest) way to start is by buying a few packets of seeds, whether at a plant nursery, grocery store, hardware store, or online.

What's coming to Netflix in April: 'Community' and a ton of originals

62Engadget / 11h
The obvious highlight is that you'll be able to watch all six seasons of Community starting on April 1st -- but there's other stuff to look forward to as well.
If you're a fan of historical drama, you can look forward to starting season four of The Last Kingdom on April 26th .

Alibaba Cloud offers AI platform to support coronavirus medical research

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The cloud computing arm of the Chinese tech giant hopes that it can support medical professionals worldwide in fighting the virus by providing them with a suite of applications developed by its cloud experts, researchers from its subsidiary DAMO Academy and engineers from its communications platform DingTalk.
Alibaba Cloud is now offering its AI-powered technologies to medical professionals in an effort to help provide data insights on the coronavirus while also speeding up diagnosis.

AMD Ryzen 4000-powered Microsoft Surface device may be coming soon

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Microsoft launched its first AMD-powered Surface device last year in the form the 15-inch variant of the Surface Laptop 3 , which packs a custom Ryzen 7 CPU with integrated Radeon RX Vega 11 graphics.
It seems this won’t be the last time Microsoft decides to ditch Intel in favor of Team Red, as a listing in the 3DMark 11 database shows an incoming Surface machine that packs an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U paired with a Radeon RX 5300M graphics card.

Virgin Australia joins Qantas, suspends international flights and scales back domestic network

The Points Guy / 11h
In a statement , Virgin Australia said the cuts are “in response to expanded government travel restrictions and increased impacts from COVID-19 on travel demand.”
With similar cuts at Qantas and at many other international carriers that fly Australia, the country is now largely isolated during the outbreak.

Driverless truck startup Starsky Robotics folds: CEO shares tough autonomy home truths

SlashGear / 11h
Founded in 2015, Starsky proposed a combination of self-driving and remote control for a fleet of next-generation trucks, saving full autonomy for the highway.
Driverless truck startup Starsky Robotics is shutting down, but not before sharing some cold hard truths about the autonomous driving industry.

Younger American Adults Are Getting Extremely Sick From Coronavirus

4KFuturism / 11h
“These preliminary data also demonstrate that severe illness leading to hospitalization, including ICU admission and death, can occur in adults of any age with COVID-19,” reads the report.
The news comes after a recent study in China found that children were also getting seriously ill from the virus.

The Coronavirus Pandemic Drastically Reduced Carbon Emissions

2KFuturism / 11h
Ever since people cut back on unnecessary travel, the BBC reports that New York is experiencing a notable decrease in carbon dioxide, methane, and carbon monoxide emissions.
And carbon monoxide emissions linked to cars have been cut in half ever since people started staying home as much as possible, according to BBC.

Here’s the Netflix account compromise Bugcrowd doesn’t want you to know about

100+Ars Technica / 11h
A Netflix security weakness that allows unauthorized access to user accounts over local networks is out of the scope of the company’s bug bounty program, the researcher who reported the threat said.
Varun Kakumani, the security researcher who discovered the weakness and privately reported it through Bugcrowd, said the attack is possible because of two things: (1) the continued use of clear-text HTTP connections rather than encrypted HTTPS connections by some Netflix subdomains and (2) the failure of Netflix to equip the session cookie with a secure flag , which prevents transmission over unencrypted connections.

Nokia reboots the 5310, but this isn't the 'Original' we were hoping for

HMD Nokia 8.3 5G RAM32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne.../ 11h
Following on from the rebooted 3310 and 8110 , the Nokia 5310 is the third handset in a slowly growing series of feature phones from Finnish smartphone manufacturer HMD Global.
HMD Global’s gamble of rebooting an icon became a powerful marketing tool for getting the Nokia name back in the minds of consumers, even if those consumers were more likely to buy one of its new smartphones, rather than a 2.5G feature phone.

Civil Rights Groups Cancel Twitter's 'Birthday,' Say CEO Is Giving Nazis a 'Megaphone'

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In an open letter obtained first by Gizmodo, the coalition puts Dorsey on blast for what they deem his “inaction,” adding that Twitter has not only allowed white supremacists to “amplify and normalize hate-filled ideologies,” but “organize violent real-world events”—including the 2017 murder of 32-year-old Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia—and “publicize their acts of violence.”
“Despite this new reality, Twitter refuses to ban white supremacists from weaponizing the platform to organize hate and lethal violence.”

Sea of Thieves and others go free-to-play on Xbox One this weekend

SlashGear / 11h
Microsoft today announced a Free Play Days promotion that begins today and runs through Sunday, March 9th, giving you the entire weekend to check all of them out.
Microsoft points out that this is the first time Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has been included in one of these Free Play Days promotions, and anyone who participates while playing will get Ezio’s Roman Set. Every version of the game is 75% off too, bringing the standard edition down to $14.99 and the ultimate edition (which normally runs $120) down to $30.

Nokia 8.3 5G officially revealed as “first truly global 5G smartphone”

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The Nokia 8.3 5G sports a nearly full-frontal coverage display with a bit of a chin and a punch-hole for its front-facing camera, and a circular camera array at the back.
The Nokia 8.3 5G will come with a 6.81 PureDisplay – that’s a full frontal coverage display with a punch hole in the upper left-hand corner, with a bit of a chin near the bottom where the NOKIA logo resides.
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Even in the age of COVID-19, you need to stay focused on the customer

100TechCrunch / 11h
When you hear from leaders of the world’s most successful technology companies, whether it’s Jeff Bezos at Amazon or Marc Benioff at Salesforce, these two executives are constantly pushing their organizations to put the customer first.
While the world may be topsy-turvy at the moment, keeping your customer at the center of your business strategy is more important than ever.

Quantum Machines raises $17.5M for its Quantum Orchestration Platform

100+TechCrunch / 11h
Quantum Machines , a Tel Aviv-based startup that is building both hardware and software to operate quantum computers, today announced that it has raised a $17.5 million Series A funding round.
TLV Partners also led the company’s $5.5 million seed round in 2018, in which Battery Partners also participated.

New Nokia phones are here, and one could be the best cheap phone of 2020

HMD Nokia 8.3 5G Android85TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Alongside the brand new Nokia 8.3 5G , HMD Global has unveiled two new affordable phones as part of its Nokia range of handsets.
The Nokia 5.3 and Nokia 1.3 debuted alongside the aforementioned 5G phone and offer a far cheaper alternative to HMD Global's top new handset.
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Nokia julkisti yhtiön ensimmäisen 5G-puhelimen

HMD Nokia 8.3 5G Android33TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Uuden 5G-puhelimen lisäksi HMD Global julkisti kaksi muuta Nokia-älypuhelinta sekä tuoreimman tulokkaan Originals-tuoteperheeseen, jotka kaikki julkaistaan kevään aikana.
Nokia 5.3:ssa on Qualcomm Snapdragon 655 -mobiilialusta, 6,55 tuuman näyttö ja kameroina 13 megapikselin f/1,8 pääkamera, 5 megapikselin ultraleveä linssi, 2 megapikselin makrolinssi ja 2 megapikselin syvyystunnistin.

Galaxy S20 price cut: get the Samsung Galaxy S20 for just $41 a month at Visible

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This limited-time offer allows you to pay just $25 for your first month of Visible when you purchase the Galaxy S20 or Galaxy S20 Plus phone.
If you join Visible and purchase the Galaxy S20 or Galaxy S20 Plus you can pay just $25 for your first month .

Keep Your Windshield Clear of Distractions With an $8 Smartphone Cup Holder Mount

Gizmodo / 11h
Best Home Deals Best Home Deals The best home, kitchen, smart home, and automotive deals from around the web, updated daily. Kinhan Car Cup Holder Smartphone Mount | $8 | Amazon | Use code KINHANVIP6 A normal smartphone car mount takes a bunch of plastic and hangs it from your car windshield by the grace of a suction cup that is sure to lose its adhesiveness. It’s also good practice to keep your

The next Nokia remake is the XpressMusic-branded 5310

HMD Nokia 8.3 5G RAM500+Engadget / 11h
HMD Global, the sole company building Nokia-branded smartphones, has built a business around inexpensive Android handsets.
It had three physical playback buttons, for instance, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a slot that supported up to 4GB microSD cards.

Coronavirus: Calls for free broadband resisted by internet providers

500+BBC News - Technology / 11h
The Internet Service Providers' Association (Ispa) said it was in "very early" talks with the government to help customers who become unable to continue paying their bills.
"Is now the time to offer free broadband to families across the country, so that actually all these online learning opportunities that schools are talking about can be accessible?"

Wheels pauses shared bikes service to try to limit spread of COVID-19

52TechCrunch / 11h
In light of growing concerns around COVID-19, Wheels has decided to pause its pedal-less e-bike operations until the end of March, the company announced today.
“After weighing the pros and cons, we’ve decided that the best course of action is to temporarily stop deploying bikes until the end of March and to revisit this then,” the company said in an announcement today.

How to Get 30 Days of Scribd for Free, No Strings Attached

200+Lifehacker / 11h
That’s Scribd’s offer for those battling coronavirus boredom: Come use our service to enrich your mind, and we won’t annoy you by forcing you to sign up with a credit card.
While I would have preferred if Scribd simply opened its gates to everyone, period, for a month or so, setting up an account for a free month’s access—and some marketing emails after the fact, no doubt—isn’t the worst trade-off.

Wondering if venture capital is open for business? A new initiative has investors saying yes

96TechCrunch / 11h
Laurent Grill, one of the investors at Luma Launch (which is the corporate investment arm of the film studio Luma Pictures), has been working in the Los Angeles venture community building and backing startups for about a decade.
A new initiative from a Los Angeles investor is taking stock of venture firms and their ability to commit capital in an effort to match firms that are still open for business and cutting checks to startups that are fundraising in the age of COVID-19.

Bear cam highlights are the best coronavirus activity

500+Mashable / 11h
Bear 273 is a medium-sized female bear who often waits to catch jumping salmon at Katmai's Brooks River waterfall.
Many of us are largely bound to our homes — which is critical to curbing the uninhibited spread of the contagious coronavirus — but we can still witness some of the top wild moments captured on the bear cams in 2019, as brown bears nursed cubs, fought for dominance , and devoured 4,500-calorie salmon.

The EU Wants Netflix to Lower Streaming Video Quality to Prevent the Internet From Breaking [Updated]

EU Netflix Quality Europe400+Gizmodo / 12h
That said, Breton’s fears about Netflix, in particular, overloading the internet may be somewhat overblown, as Netflix already automatically adjusts streaming video quality based on available bandwidth and current network conditions, while Netflix’s Open Connect program provides free content delivery networks to local ISPs, which helps reduce global network congestion.
But now, due to a massive spike in users and bandwidth, the EU is asking companies like Netflix and home users alike to lower streaming video quality to help prevent the internet from breaking.

Facebook now lets most users opt-in to dark mode & desktop redesign

1KTechCrunch / 12h
Facebook today officially rolled out its sweeping desktop redesign that offers dark mode, tabbed home screen and a cleaner profile.
The desktop redesign offers streamlined navigation through tabs for Groups, Marketplace, Watch and more atop the home screen.

Remote Year, which helps you work while traveling the world, lays off 50% of staff

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Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, founder Greg Caplan told TechCrunch that Remote Year has laid off 50% of its staff.
Remote Year wants to help people travel around the world and keep their job while doing so.

iPhone 11, iPhone 7, Galaxy S20 deals and more cut in price until tomorrow evening

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Phone retailers across the market seem to have entered into a race to see who can drop their prices the most, separately launching flash sales, discounts and price drops on top handsets. The latest to join in is, launching a 48-hour flash sale of Samsung phone deals and iPhone deals. These plans will then be coming to an end on March 20 at 11.59 pm. Included in this flash sale is a

How to Do Mornings When You Work From Home

86Lifehacker / 12h
Your work and family commitments will help you determine your new morning routine; maybe you need to be ready for a daily video conference at 10 a.m., for example, or maybe your children naturally wake up around 6.
Maybe it means “help kids get breakfast, drink a cup of coffee, set kids up with distance learning project, do 10-minute YouTube yoga routine, take a shower, get dressed, check in on kids and offer guidance, take laptop to sofa on other side of room and log in to Slack.”

NASA YouTube LIVE streams are a sobering escape from quarantine

SlashGear / 12h
NASA has a wide variety of content available on their YouTube channel – everything from mission introductions to Live Stream video windows.
If you’d like to take a peek at the NASA channel on its own, to choose your video, you’ll find NASA Television is the link to click.

Jumanji Director Jake Kasdan on How Next Level Continued to Pay Homage to the Original

80Gizmodo / 12h
“So knowing what I knew, which is that actually our concept is probably sufficiently different to where that wouldn’t be a problem, I liked the idea of paying our respects to the first movie and saying that that world is still alive in our continuation, even though we’re telling a different story.”
“The original Jumanji has its own story and it’s exactly right the way it is,” Kasdan said.

The Rich Are Trying to Buy Their Own Ventilators, in Case Everything Collapses

3KFuturism / 12h
That’s right — the rich are so worried that the medical system will collapse under the strain of the runaway outbreak that they’re buying up ventilators, in case they happen to get so sick that they need them.
Most of those jetsetters won’t even need the ventilators, since most COVID-19 cases are mild enough that they don’t require hospitalization.

Guayaquil Mayor Blocks Runway To Stop Rescue Flights

200+One Mile at a Time / 12h
Of course the catch here is that the flights only had the crews onboard, which were supposed to spend a night in Guayaquil before returning home — they were trying to bring people out of the country, rather than get people in.
While the flight was scheduled to operate to Guayaquil, during the flight the crew was informed they wouldn’t be allowed to land there, and would have to divert to Quito.

It sure sounds like Android is getting its own version of AirDrop

Google Android 11 266Mashable / 12h
The unannounced feature shows up in the release notes for the new Android preview, though it's called "Fast Share" there.
Wirelessly sharing memes with people in close proximity via the iOS AirDrop feature is a fun way to waste time.

Razer is making surgical masks to help with supply shortages

Razer Surgical Masks400+Engadget / 12h
With many healthcare workers in dire need of more supplies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, some companies are helping by making essential items.
Razer, for one, is joining the effort to fight the virus by making and donating surgical masks.

Airlines and hotels, pay attention: Starbucks’ loyalty strategy during the coronavirus outbreak

The Points Guy / 12h
The popular coffee chain is coping with quarantine by launching a new promotion, in which customers take part in an augmented reality game to win their Stars.
Here’s how it works: Every star you catch in the Starland promotion will earn you a raffle ticket or instant prize, although you’re limited to two plays per day.

The PS5 will keep 4K Blu-rays alive that little bit longer

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If you’re partial to using your home console for 4K DVDs or Blu-ray discs – often the best way to view a film in high quality without relying on your buffering internet connection – you’re likely to appreciate the convenience of not having to buy a separate 4K Blu-ray player, which are in shorter supply these days as people increasingly consume content via through TV streaming services .
Digital downloads – rather than retail discs – are getting more popular by the day, though we're not in a disc-free world yet, and it's not that surprising that both the PS5 and Xbox Series X will ship with disc drives for playing games new and old, if just to keep their promises of backwards compatibility .

Is it time for an even bigger iPad Pro?

SlashGear / 12h
The gap between the iPad Pro and the MacBook only gets smaller, and now I suspect it’s time for Apple’s tablet to get bigger.
The arrival this week of the new 2020 iPad Pro , complete with LiDAR Scanner camera and fancy new Magic Keyboard cover, saw Apple take a huge step with the addition of mouse and trackpad support, and an on-screen cursor.

Japanese TV shows that inspired 'Power Rangers' are coming to YouTube

YouTube Late-Night500+Engadget / 12h
The company will upload subtitled versions of classic special effects shows to its new YouTube channel, TOEI Tokusatsu World Official , starting on April 6th.
The channel will feature tokusatsu -- sci-fi shows that rely on miniature models, special effects shots and over-the-top costumes -- that were adapted by western studios, such as Himitsu Sentai Gorenger and Space Cop Gavan , as well as other classics like National Kid and Combattler V .

Check If Your Area's Hospitals Are Ready for COVID-19

200+Lifehacker / 12h
I’m sharing this tool not because I think everybody should freak out, but because it’s a good way to get a visual sense of some of the scenarios that public-health and policy people are looking at.
To acknowledge that uncertainty, the ProPublica tool runs through nine different scenarios, and crunches the numbers on likely available hospital beds for each.

These Nespresso machines are on sale for up to 50% off

Amazon Queens Covid US24Mashable / 12h
(Plus, teaching yourself how to make fancy coffee drinks is a great way to pass the time while you're social distancing .) Here are a couple of models we found on sale across Amazon and Best Buy as of March 19:
It's usually listed at $379.99, but both Amazon and Best Buy have it on sale in "warm slate" for only $189.99 — a $190 savings.

If You Get a Phone Call About a Coronavirus Vaccine, It’s a Scam

1KHow-To Geek / 12h
If you’ve owned and used a smartphone for any amount of time, you’ve likely received spam and phishing calls. Now, scammers are attempting to take advantage of the Coronavirus pandemic. If someone calls you claiming to be from the CDC, hang up immediately. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Just Opening a Plastic Bottle Can Send Microplastic Pollution Into the Air

100+Gizmodo / 12h
Using spectroscopes, chemical tests and microscopes, scientists observed how much of this pollution was created by ripping open chocolate the generation of microplastics while tearing open chocolate packaging, cutting through sealing tape with scissors, and twisting off plastic bottle caps.
They’re generally thought to come from larger plastic items breaking down over time or from manufacturers directly creating them (that’s why those teeny little exfoliating microbeads are so bad).