Friday, March 06, 2020

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SXSW cancels its 400K-person conference due to coronavirus

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SXSW has officially announced it will cancel its tech and music conference slated for March 13th to 22nd in Austin, Texas due to concerns around coronavirus, though it’s exploring rescheduling.
I’ve gone ahead and declared a local disaster in the city and associated with that, have issued an order that effectively cancels SXSW,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler at a press conference today.

South by Southwest Is Canceled as Coronavirus Fears Scuttle Festival

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The 34th annual edition of South by Southwest, the sprawling festival of music, technology and film in Austin, Texas, that has become a highlight on the annual global cultural calendar, was canceled by city officials on Friday over fears about the rapid spread of coronavirus.
Globally, more than 100,000 people have been infected and more than 3,000 have died in an epidemic that began in China but has spread widely, including in South Korea, Italy, Iran and the United States, where at least 250 people have caught the virus and 15 have died.

Researchers discover that Intel chips have an unfixable security flaw

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The vulnerability is within Intel's Converged Security and Management Engine (CSME), a part of the chip that controls system boot-up, power levels, firmware and, most critically, cryptographic functions.
Since the ROM vulnerability allows seizing control of code execution before the hardware key generation mechanism in the SKS is locked, and the ROM vulnerability cannot be fixed, we believe that extracting this key is only a matter of time.

Facebook bans face mask ads to fight coronavirus price gouging

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“We’re monitoring COVID19 closely and will make necessary updates to our policies if we see people trying to exploit this public health emergency,” Facebook Director of Product Management Rob Leathern said in an update on Twitter.
We’re monitoring COVID19 closely and will make necessary updates to our policies if we see people trying to exploit this public health emergency.

Postmates adds new non-contact meal delivery option for customers

SlashGear / 1h
Courier company Postmates has added new options for meal deliveries that’ll please customers scared of contracting coronavirus.
The new dropoff option, which was first spied by Rani Molla on Twitter, allows customers to choose to have the meal left at their door rather than having to open the door and accept the package from the delivery driver.

Robot learns to set the dinner table by watching humans

95Engadget / 1h
MIT scientists have developed a system, Planning with Uncertain Specifications (PUnS), that helps bots learn complicated tasks when they'd otherwise stumble, such as setting the dinner table.
Instead of the usual method where the robot receives rewards for performing the right actions, PUnS has the bot hold "beliefs" over a variety of specifications and use a language (linear temporal logic) that lets it reason about what it has to do right now and in the future.

Watch SpaceX launch the last of its original Dragon spacecraft to resupply the ISS tonight

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This new, improved Cargo Dragon has its first commercial mission scheduled for August, and its sister craft, Crew Dragon, may very well by flying by then as well if everything goes according to plan.
SpaceX is launching its 20th resupply mission the International Space Station tonight, but this one has a bittersweet twist: It’s the last such mission that will use the first iteration of the Dragon spacecraft that has flown on all of the company’s missions for NASA thus far.

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Thousands of political ads are sneaking around Facebook’s disclosure rules

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Researchers found that more than 86,000 Facebook pages ran political advertisements that were not properly disclosed in accordance with the company’s policies.
Researchers at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering discovered that tens of thousands of Facebook pages have found workarounds to the social network’s political advertising disclosure rules.

Should I travel? Advice for the coronavirus outbreak

The Points Guy / 3h
If you want to cancel your trip, be sure to get in touch with your airline, hotel, cruise line or other travel provider to see if they have any waivers in place.
Companies within the travel industry, from cruise lines to hotel brands to airlines, have issued change and cancellation fee waivers, trip credits and more to reassure and incentivize worried travelers.

If You Bake, You Need This Escali Primo Kitchen Scale

Gizmodo / 3h
There’s a reason expert bakers use kitchen scales instead of measuring cups.
Apparently, I had been screwing up my baked goods for years by measuring ingredients by volume instead of weight.

Fortnite will soon lose its controversial Legacy Aim Assist feature

SlashGear / 3h
Epic plans to remove its controversial Legacy Aim Assist feature, which enables controller players to track opponents through structures by spamming the L2 trigger.
However, the Legacy Aim Assist feature has been heavily criticized as overpowered, enabling players to repeatedly spam the L2 trigger in order to lock the gun’s sights onto the opponent.

LAX Will Allow Taxis – But Not Uber – To Pick Up Curbside Again

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The pickup location will be the lane closest to Tom Bradley International Terminal on the ground floor of Parking Structure 3.
That gives them a big advantage over Uber and Lyft at LAX – at least for passengers arriving at terminals near the two pickup spots where taxis will be permitted .

Tech companies decide to treat contractors like human beings during coronavirus outbreak

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"For contractors and hourly workers who are not able to perform their responsibilities from home, Twitter will continue to pay their labor costs to cover standard working hours while Twitter’s WFH guidance and/or travel restrictions related to their assigned office are in effect," wrote a company spokesperson.
"All employees, including hourly workers, will receive reimbursement toward their home office set up expenses, and we are working with our vendors to ensure our contractors' WFH needs are met as well."

Down The Strange, Sometimes Upsetting Rabbit Hole Of Twitch Streamers' TikToks

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Ninja mostly posts #relatable videos that riff on preexisting musical memes, like one about when your mom tells you to pause an online game.
For example, Kruzadar , a smaller Twitch streamer who’s achieved much greater success on TikTok, has developed her own TikTok format for stream clips, in which she rearranges them such that a portrait-mode friendly bubble of her face cam is at the top of edited video game footage.

Researchers: Facebook’s ad transparency tools are ‘easy to evade’

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Facebook has long touted its rules requiring transparency in political advertising as one of the company's most important policy changes following Russian interference in the 2016 election. But new research suggests the company's ad rules may not be as effective at creating the kind of "transparency" Facebook has given itself so much credit for. In a new paper out of New York University's Tandon

NASA wants the public to help track light pollution from VLEO satellites

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According to the results of this study , satellite constellations like the ones being developed by Amazon, SpaceX, and more will result in the Very Large Telescope and Extremely Large Telescope being ‘moderately affected.’ The biggest impact will be on long-duration exposures.
VLEO satellites like the Starlink clusters from SpaceX have raised concerns from astronomers and some space agencies over their potential for disrupting night sky observations.

Oprah brings the 'American Dirt' controversy to Apple TV+

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David Bowles, a Mexican-American writer who criticized American Dirt and watched the episode Friday, said Grande, Arce, and Cepeda pushed Oprah and Miller to grapple with problem.
Bob Miller, president of Flatiron Books, which published American Dirt , said from his seat in the audience that the company knows it urgently needs to create a culture of inclusion and diversity and find different ways to reach authors of color.

How to visit Puerto Rico with points and miles

The Points Guy / 4h
The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card : Earn 125,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening
There are a plethora of points hotels on the island, including Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, IHG and even Choice.

South by Southwest festival cancelled over coronavirus

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An audience watches a screening of a new film at SXSW One of America's most famous music festivals, South by Southwest, has been cancelled due to coronavirus fears. Organisers of the annual event in Austin, Texas, decided to call it off for the first time in its 34-year history. The cancellation was ordered by Austin Mayor Steve Adler, who declared a loc

China’s travel lockdown sharply slowed the global spread of Covid-19

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According to the model, neither a 40% nor 90% reduction in overall travel to and from mainland China significantly changes projections for global spread of COVID-19.
What they did: The researchers used a disease transmission model to simulate the impact of travel limitations on the spread of the coronavirus.

Austin’s SXSW festival is canceled amid coronavirus concerns: Here’s what you need to know

The Points Guy / 4h
Prompted by international concerns about the spread of the novel coronovirus, Austin Mayor Steve Adler canceled this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival Friday afternoon.
The City of Austin has yet to have any confirmed cases of the illness and as recently as Wednesday, public health officials had issued a statement, saying, “There’s no evidence that closing SXSW or any other gatherings will make the community safer.”

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New funding round values catering marketplace Hungry at $100M+

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These are top chefs cooking their best dishes — you get higher than restaurant-quality food, but produced at a much lower cost.”
“The food is produced at a much lower cost structure than at a restaurant with a retail location,” Grass said.

What to consider when employees need to start working remotely

100+TechCrunch / 5h
We spoke to a few people who have been looking at the remote working space for more than a decade and asked about the issues companies should bear in mind when a large number of employees suddenly need to work from home.
In response, many companies are considering asking some percentage of their workforce to work remotely until the crisis abates.

Big tech commits to paying wages for hourly employees affected by coronavirus plans

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Following Microsoft’s lead from late last night , some the biggest technology companies in the U.S. have agreed to pay wages for hourly employees impacted by the ongoing corporate response to the coronavirus outbreak.
“We will continue to pay all hourly employees that support our campus in Seattle and Bellevue – from food service, to security guards to janitorial staff – during the time our employees are asked to work from home,” the company said in a statement.

How to earn Delta Medallion elite status without flying

The Points Guy / 5h
Additional perks: 3 miles per $1 on eligible purchases made directly with Delta; Delta Sky Club access on same-day Delta/partner flights; two, one-time guest passes for the Sky Club; complimentary upgrades (for non-Medallion members); access to American Express Centurion lounges when flying Delta on a ticket purchased with the card; annual companion certificate, valid for any domestic class of service; Global Entry/TSA PreCheck credit; $550 annual fee (see rates and fees )
If you’re a small-business owner or are otherwise eligible for a business credit card , you can also earn Delta elite status via credit card spending, as the two business versions of Delta’s higher-end credit cards also award bonus MQMs and offer the same MQD-waiver perk (spend $25k for Silver, Gold or Platinum and $250k for Diamond).

SXSW 2020 canceled over coronavirus concerns

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“We are exploring options to reschedule the event and are working to provide a virtual SXSW online experience as soon as possible for 2020 participants, starting with SXSW EDU,” the blog post noted.
The media, culture, and tech showcase SXSW 2020 has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns, making it the latest major event this year to shut down rather than risk spreading infection.

Google explains how it's tackling the coronavirus outbreak

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Google's efforts to inform people about the coronavirus outbreak extend well beyond a search alert .
Google said it was "working around the clock" to stamp out conspiracy theories and other misinformation, including malware and phishing scams exploiting fear of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Best Spring Workout Gear for Guys

Lifehacker / 5h
An old boyfriend had a Ten Thousand t-shirt he would wear all the time , so the iconic stitched logo gives me slight PTSD, but I’m going to override that feeling because honestly, the brand’s workout clothes are just that great.
The same way you wouldn’t wear a wingtip with jeans, you don’t want to wear a running shoe to the gym.

SXSW cancelled as Austin declares coronavirus emergency

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“As recently as Wednesday*,” said the statement, “Austin Public Health stated that ‘there’s no evidence that closing SXSW or any other gatherings will make the community safer.’ However, this situation evolved rapidly, and we honor and respect the City of Austin’s decision.”
Music-centric event SXSW (South by Southwest) was cancelled as Austin, Texas declared a state of emergency.

Here’s why you still need to check your Marriott account after every stay

The Points Guy / 5h
Thankfully the points posted quickly and correctly, but the hotel only credited me with one elite night when I’d stayed for two (probably because I’d booked two separate one-night reservations).
Excluding our seaplane transfer, which isn’t eligible to earn hotel points , we ended up spending about $3,500 on our five-night stay.

Did China's Travel Bans Help Delay the Outbreak? It's Complicated

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In late February, Sylvie Briand, director of Infectious Hazard Management at the WHO, told reporters that China’s travel restrictions had delayed the outbreaks by at least a few weeks outside China.
New research looking into China’s early containment efforts of the deadly new coronavirus suggests the government’s strict travel restrictions may have bought the world some time, if not China itself.

Disney+ Is Reportedly Working on a Beauty and the Beast Prequel Series Starring...Gaston and LeFou

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My what a guy, that Gaston. Image: Disney There’s nothing Disney loves more than mining its previous hits for new content , which is why a Beauty and the Beast streaming series about its villains makes perfect sense: It’s a spin-off prequel of a live-action remake of one of Disney’s most beloved animated classics. How was this not already in the works? The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that L

Google Is Opening a New Studio to Make Stadia Games

100+Wired / 5h
This week, we've got news about Google Stadia, Riot Games, and some more coronavirus updates.
According to a blog post from Google's head of Stadia games, Jade Raymond, the company is opening a new studio dedicated to developing content for the streaming console.

Alaska Mileage Plan Offering 50% Bonus Elite Miles

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Alaska Mileage Plan is offering 50% bonus elite qualifying miles for Alaska Airlines flights between March 7 and April 11, 2020 :
I’m not surprised at all, as Alaska consistently does a great job with their Mileage Plan program.

SXSW canceled amid coronavirus concerns

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Austin EMS System Medical Director Dr. Mark Escott said there were no confirmed cases in the area yet, but precautions had to be taken.
Google I/O , Mobile World Congress , and GDC already pulled the trigger on cancelling or postponing before SXSW did.

‘Close Call’: NASA-Boeing Investigation of Starliner Flight Finds Lapses

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An uncrewed test flight of Starliner, a Boeing spacecraft designed to carry NASA astronauts, could have ended in disaster in December because of lapses that allowed software errors to slip through undetected and unfixed before the spacecraft launched, according to a review by NASA and Boeing that was announced on Friday.
Mr. Loverro said he had also decided to label the December flight a “high-visibility close call,” which will lead to a review of organizational processes at Boeing and NASA to “make sure we truly do learn from this event and that we know how to fix it and make sure it does not happen again.”

The Search for Aliens Is About to Get a Serious Upgrade

100+Gizmodo / 6h
In development since 2018, PANOSETI, which stands for Pulsed All-sky Near-infrared Optical SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), currently consists of two prototype telescopes stationed at Lick Observatory near San Jose, California, according to a UC San Diego press release .
Construction is set to begin for a large telescopic array dedicated to detecting natural and artificial sources of optical and infrared light.

OnePlus 8 5G: on Verizon at last?

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OnePlus Launcher 4.3.3 appeared in a pair of posts on XDA Developers blog today, investigating the ins and outs of this new bit of software, turning up several interesting features.
A new OnePlus launcher release was analyzed this week by intrepid software developers who discovered some interesting clues about the company’s future.
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Oribi brings its web analytics platform to the US

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Shoor described Oribi as designed specifically “to compete with Google Analytics” by allowing everyone on the team to get the data they need without requiring developers to write new code for every event they want to track.
While we’ve written about a wide range of new or new-ish analytics companies , founder and CEO Iris Shoor said that most of them aren’t built for Oribi’s customers.

Is TikTok secretly a dating app?

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Although not its explicit purpose, TikTok is one of the fastest growing apps that people are using to date each other. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Dating , Dating Apps , and Tiktok

Shell will change its name to She'll for International Women's Day, effectively solving sexism

300+Mashable / 6h
Please appreciate this bizarre promotional video, in which Shell superimposes a series of disingenuous, vague statements over women's faces in a remarkable effort to be inspiration without saying anything at all.
This is a hall-of-fame press release I just got: "...Shell is becoming She’ll for International Women’s Day, showing that by just adding an apostrophe to their name, small gestures can motivate and deliver big messages."

Austin cancels SXSW over coronavirus fears

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During a news conference on Friday afternoon, Austin city officials announced that they have declared a local disaster and canceled this year's SXSW festival. The show is being called off over infection fears regarding the growing coronavirus outbreak. "This is not unlike a Hurricane looming in the gulf," a city spokesman told assembled reporters. "Now is the time to prepare." "We are exploring o

Please Buy Yourself a Pair of House Shoes

300+Lifehacker / 6h
The point of the thing is to keep your floors clean, so if you wear your three-block radius shoes in the house and then outside of the house, well, look at what you’ve done.
Shoes are discarded at the front door, placed on a shoe rack, and from the depths of a closet, emerge a pair of slippers.

WarnerMedia cancels HBO’s SXSW plans over coronavirus concerns

SlashGear / 6h
WarnerMedia isn’t the only company that decided to ditch SXSW this year, but it is the most recent to make that announcement.
Amazon previously revealed that it won’t be attending this year’s event due to concerns over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

eBay bans sale of masks and hand sanitizer over gouging concerns

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In recent days, social media users have shared many screenshots of coronavirus-related items being offered at astronomical prices on eBay. One listing showed a package of 10 masks being sold for $200.
eBay is banning the sale of a number of items related to the novel coronavirus outbreak after rising prices raised concerns about price gouging.

FCC looks to mandate anti-robocall tech after prodding from Congress

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STIR/SHAKEN has been talked about for quite some time as a major part of the fight against robocalls, and in 2018 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that carriers would have until the end of 2019 to implement it.
The FCC is finally going to require wireless carriers to implement an anti-robocalling technology, after asking them nicely for more than a year to do so at their convenience.

T-Mobile falls victim to another cyberattack

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However, the Social Security numbers, financial account information and government identification numbers of some users were exposed while for others, this data was not exposed.
The hackers behind the security breach may have accessed data on T-Mobile employees and some of its customers.

Nintendo PlayStation prototype auction ends fetching a hefty sum

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Given that it’s been nearly 30 years since Nintendo and Sony’s partnership dissolved, those prototypes are unsurprisingly rare, so the discovery of this one was definitely a big deal.
Of course, the fact that Nintendo broke off its partnership with Sony led to the creation of first PlayStation console, with the brand still going strong today.

So You Have to Work From Home

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If you’re lucky enough to have a home office or other dedicated workspace, that is helpful, even essential for some people, but it’s kinda nice to sit on the couch sometimes.
In what is likely to be one of the biggest shifts in workplace norms in recent history, companies in the state and elsewhere across the U.S. and the world are asking employees to work from home or closing their offices entirely .

Deal alert: American Airlines award flights around the country just dropped to 5,000 miles one-way

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The good news is that these awards don’t have American Airlines basic economy limitations, so you’ll be able to select a seat.
But it can really pay off to have a stash of AAdvantage miles for those times when dynamic awards pricing gets good.

Pick Up a Copy of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX for a Low $50

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Best Gaming Deals Best Gaming Deals The best deals on games, consoles, and gaming accessories from around the web, updated daily. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX (Nintendo Switch) | $50 | Google Shopping | Use the promo code HFMELV at checkout If you’re looking to kill time before the Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra expansions, journey into some dungeons with the Pokemon Mystery Dungeo

Does Credit Card Travel Insurance Cover Coronavirus Cancellations?

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If you’re still planning your trip or recently booked, Barto said the only insurance policies SquareMouth is recommending are for coverage that includes “cancel for any reason.”
And it’s not because we’re exceedingly confident that all your trips will go exactly as planned—it’s just that unless you’re taking a long, international trip, you can probably get the benefits you need from the credit card you used to purchase your tickets and reservations.

Snuggwe up in a 20-Pound Buzio Weighted Bwanket for $46 Wess

Lifehacker / 6h
Best Home Deals Best Home Deals The best home, kitchen, smart home, and automotive deals from around the web, updated daily. Buzio Weighted Blanket | $50 | Amazon | Clip the coupon code on site I’m a wittle baby. So when I wecomend a weighted bwanket, you know I’m sewious. Pwease buy the bwanky. It’s $46 off and weights 20 pwounds. It used to be $96, but wif the cwippable coupon code on the Amazo

Dell laptop deal: the XPS 13 laptop gets a massive $400 price cut

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You can also see more of the best cheap Dell laptop deals and prices .
Dell's semi-annual sale is happening right now and includes massive savings on best-selling laptops and electronics.

Apple iPhone warning is good news for case-makers, bad for you

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This could be bad news for you and good news for case-makers – those accessory creators whose aim it is to keep your iPhone safe from harm BEFORE it might need replacing.
This week Apple sent a message to Apple Stores about the upcoming near-inevitability of supply shortages for iPhone replacements due to COVID-19.

Senator to Uber and Other Gig Companies: Have You Considered Just Giving Workers Sick Days?

200+Gizmodo / 6h
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread—thanks in part to the disastrously inadequate response by failing governments like those in Iran and the United States —events are being cancelled faster than reporters can keep track of them, and employees in various industries are being asked to postpone all travel and work from home.
All of these platforms benefit by classifying their workforces as independent contractors, so the safety net of existing employment law in the US, which would usually cushion workers against a black swan event like COVID-19, is almost entirely absent.

This Ryzen 9 3900X deal makes it almost as cheap as a Ryzen 7

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The Ryzen 9 3900X a perfect little monster, scoring top marks in our review thanks to its masterful performance levels, PCIe 4.0 supports, and its ability to knock out Intel at the price.
That might seem like a small percentage, but given the processor's $499 starting price, the discount saves you close to $100.

How to Get Severe Weather Alerts and Traffic Reports From Alexa

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While February saw several new features added to Alexa, the two most notable are automatic extreme weather alerts and traffic reports for your phone.
You can also turn off the feature by asking Alexa to “cancel severe weather alerts.”

Alaska offering bonus elite-qualifying miles through mid-April

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All Alaska Mileage Plan members are now eligible to earn a 50% bonus on elite-qualifying miles for Alaska-operated flights from March 7 through April 11, 2020.
Any Mileage Plan member can register; it’s not limited to current MVP elite travelers.

Canada's first 5G network goes live in four cities

100+Engadget / 7h
You'll unsurprisingly have to pick up one of Samsung's Galaxy S20 phones and subscribe to an unlimited data plan if you want to try the service right away, but Rogers' use of the 2.5GHz mid-range band suggests you'll have an easier time finding speedier service than you would with high-band 5G on networks like Verizon (Engadget's parent company) in the US.
While this practice isn't completely unheard of (Verizon has talked about charging a premium, but waived it for early adopters), it's not likely to please Canadians who are already complaining about paying high prices for cell service compared to other countries.

Apple’s new App Store policies fight spam and abuse but also allow ads in notifications

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Among many other things, the revised rules expand the definition of what constitutes a spam app, clarify that developers are able to use push notifications to serve ads to users (provided users explicitly opt in to them), and limit submissions of certain types of apps to trusted organizations in regulated or sensitive industries.
Heer also points out that there is not currently a pre-baked way for developers to sort between types of notifications, so the "you provide a method in your app for a user to opt out from receiving such messages" language may still curb some of this behavior.

Quibi streaming service launches in April with 50 short-form shows

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As expected, the service will officially launch in early April with short-form videos that’ll be easy to watch from your smartphone.
Quibi, the short-form streaming video platform we’ve been hearing about for months, has provided some new information about its upcoming plans.

eBay bans predatory coronavirus listings amid price gouging and bogus claims

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Following the US Surgeon General’s recommendation that the general public stop buying face masks with the goal of preventing the spread of coronavirus, eBay has announced that it will halt sales of masks and a couple of other items that are associated with the outbreak.
On Monday, the US Surgeon General advised people to stop buying face masks as they won’t prevent the spread of coronavirus among the general public.

The best, and the worst, of the coronavirus dashboards

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These are the landing pages for interactive maps and visuals that show where the virus has spread, as well as numbers on the latest in infection rates and deaths, breakdowns of what countries are suffering from new cases and what regions are likely seeing new outbreaks, and much more.
The official dashboard run by Singapore’s Ministry of Health, for example, presents specific data about each hospitalized case (including age, sex, approximate residence, workplace, and places those individuals visited).

Good News: Space Lettuce Is Safe to Eat, Good for You

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“The ability to grow safe, fresh food to supplement packaged foods of astronauts in space has been an important goal for NASA,” reads the paper.
According to a study published in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science, lettuce grown in space isn’t just delicious — it’s also just as nutritious and safe to eat as boring old Earth lettuce.

Nevertheless, She Combusted [Update: She'll Not?]

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Update 6pm ET: This is possibly a hoax—but reportedly not. CBS Los Angeles, which originally reported the supposed campaign, has deleted its story, and Shell has not responded to Gizmodo’s request to confirm its legitimacy. (Sam Gavin’s tweet above, which contained a video promoting the “She Will” campaign, has also… Read more...

Make a Gimlet Before It's Too Late

29Lifehacker / 7h
One (easy, mess-free) way to approximate a cordial is to throw the spent shell of a freshly juiced lime into the mixing tin with all of the ingredients, and shake hard enough to beat it up a bit (a common trick in tiki drinks).
Beyond the lime shell, this iteration of the Gimlet uses fresh lime juice (obviously) and agave (not so obviously).

Publisher cancels plans to release Woody Allen memoir

100+Mashable / 7h
Hachette Book Group has officially dropped Woody Allen's memoir from its publication schedule. The book was originally scheduled to hit stores in April of 2020, but due to backlash because of sexual assault allegations against Allen, the publisher will not move forward. On Thursday, dozens of Hachette employees staged a walkout to protest the decision to publish. "Hachette Book Group has decide

Lufthansa may park Airbus A380s as coronavirus impact worsens

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Airlines like Cathay Pacific Airways, whose Hong Kong hub is near the epicenter of the outbreak, has already parked dozens of wide-body jets amid broad cuts to its global schedule .
Lufthansa may park its fleet of Airbus A380s in what would be a superjumbo symbol of how badly fears of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak are hitting travel demand.

Will Airlines Extend Elite Status Due To Coronavirus?

86One Mile at a Time / 7h
One thing I’ve been asked over and over by readers in the past several days is if I think the big US airlines will be extending elite status or offering some sort of promotions to help people requalify for status, given the reduced demand.
I absolutely think the major global airlines (including US airlines) will do something to either extend status for members, reduce status qualification requirements, or offer some sort of other promotions or fast track opportunities.

Emerald City Comic Con Is Officially Delayed Due to Coronavirus Worries

500+Gizmodo / 7h
“We have been closely monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 virus in Seattle, and, after many hours of conversation internally and consultation with local government officials and the tourism bureau, we have decided to move next week’s Emerald City Comic Con to Summer 2020 with date and detail announcement forthcoming,” the statement reads.
“We did everything that we could to run the event as planned, but ultimately, we are following the guidance of the local public health officials indicating that conventions should now be postponed.”

The Nintendo PlayStation sells for $360,000 at auction

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Had Sony and Nintendo continued their partnership, the console would have allowed the SNES to play CD games.
With the buyer's premium, the person who won the auction will pay $360,000 to own a piece of gaming history.

Best Buy 3-day sale: deals on the iPhone, TVs, laptops, Beats headphones and more

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Best Buy's 3-day sale starts today , and the retailer is discounting a number of best-selling tech items, which include deals on TVs, phones, laptops, headphones, and more. You can score incredible deals from top brands like Apple, Samsung, Dell, and Amazon. Best Buy's top deals include discounts on Apple products like $250 in savings on the iPhone 11 lineup, a $200 price cut on the 13-inch MacBo

Here are some ways to ease your coronavirus anxieties

20Mashable / 7h
Stay calm , take a deep breath, wash your hands, and please stop touching your face. Read more... More about Health , Mashable Video , Mental Health , Coronavirus , and Covid 19

Quarantined Nurse Slams CDC in Scathing Open Letter

1KFuturism / 7h
Writing from quarantine, the anonymous nurse unloaded on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for putting her on a waiting list for a coronavirus testing kit.
A nurse in California who seemingly caught the deadly SARS-CoV-2019 coronavirus while caring for a patient has, via Business Insider , published a scathing critique of United States’ officials response to the outbreak.

Why You Can't Use Your Own Cup at Starbucks Right Now

98Lifehacker / 7h
If you routinely take your own cup to Starbucks for the discount (and, you know, for the planet), you should know that the coffee chain has changed its policy in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Along with increasing its store-cleaning routines, Starbucks has “paused” the use of personal cups and in-store mugs. In a letter on the company website , Rossann Williams of Starbucks U.S. wrote, “We w

Keep Track Of Your Juicy Meats With An $18 Digital Thermometer

24Lifehacker / 7h
Best Home Deals Best Home Deals The best home, kitchen, smart home, and automotive deals from around the web, updated daily. ThermoPro Digital Meat Thermometer | $18 | Amazon There’s nothing worse than cooking a new kind of protein and having it come out hella dry or not cooked at all. Well, with the ThermoPro meat thermometer , you can kiss that kind of uncertainty behind. It’s only $18 , and ha

Synthesized Pufferfish Neurotoxin Could Be an Opioid Replacement

100+Futurism / 7h
That’s why a research team at Japan’s Nagoya University has introduced a process for the completely synthetic production of tetrodotoxin.
That’s because tetrodotoxin is a nerve toxin that blocks neurological impulses from being sent between cells — a property that doctors suspect means the substance could serve as a substitute for opioid painkillers.

South Korea is watching quarantined citizens with a smartphone app

400+New on MIT Technology Review / 7h
“The number of self-quarantined people nationwide has reached around 30,000, and there is a limit to the human resources available to local governments to monitor these people,” said Jung Chan-hyuan, the ministry official who supervised development of the app.
Under current guidelines from the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anyone who has come into contact with a confirmed coronavirus carrier is subject to a mandatory two week self-quarantine period.

Use This Website to Stop Touching Your Damn Face With Your Virus Hands

83Lifehacker / 8h
Here’s how it works: Pull up the site, and it’ll ask you to take a quick video recording of your face.
It’ll then ask you to place your (clean) hands on your face and take a second video.

US government tightens vetting for .gov domain registration

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“Effective on March 10, 2020, the DotGov Program will begin requiring notarized signatures on all authorization letters when submitting a request for a new .gov domain.
Registering a .gov domain is about to get a lot more difficult as the US government will soon start requiring notarized signatures as part of the registration process beginning on March 10th.

The best deals we found this week: The HomePod, Pixel 4 and more

39Engadget / 8h
The HomePod smart speaker is down to its Black Friday price again, and a number of Apple-made iPhone cases are on sale at Amazon.
There's also a good deal on a Philips Hue smart light starter pack that includes a $50 Dell gift card.

Denver figuring out where to put other airlines after gate deals with United and Southwest

The Points Guy / 8h
Its two largest carriers Southwest Airlines and United Airlines have deals for new gates under construction at the field, but questions continue to swirl around where other carriers will go — and grow — in the Mile High City.
One outlet for Denver airport’s growth are nine temporary gates on the eastern end of Concourse A.

Space veggies may be healthy, but watering them is tricky

Axiom SpaceX ISS EarthSlashGear / 8h
A newly published study reveals that lettuce grown in space is just as healthy as its counterpart grown on Earth, joining a previous taste test that determined the green and red leaves were ‘tasty.’ Watering plants in a microgravity environment isn’t simple, however, and though a syringe-based watering system worked well enough for lettuce, NASA says it needs something more sophisticated for bigger vegetables.
A newly published study has found that the lettuce grown in space is just as nutritious as the lettuce grown on Earth, which is good news for astronauts.

Injecting this sensor under your skin could prevent future pandemics

100+Mashable / 8h
As spotted by Nextgov , biotech company Profusa announced Tuesday that it was initiating a DARPA-funded study to see whether its biosensor that it injects under the skin can help detect the flu up to three weeks early.
Not to worry — the subdermal sensor doesn't actually collect or transmit any data without a component above the skin.

The company behind the robotic arms that help us explore Mars

NASA Curiosity Mars77Engadget / 8h
Maxar is even looking beyond planetary surfaces and is currently developing arms for use in orbit to service and repair aging satellites, such as the SPIDER for NASA's Restore-L program .
In fact, all five robotic arms currently on the surface of Mars were built by Maxar.

Senator urges Uber, Lyft, Instacart and others to offer gig workers financial security in light of COVID-19 concerns

400+TechCrunch / 8h
While some gig economy companies have already taken steps to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among its workers, Sen. Mark Warner (VA) is encouraging them to go further and consider ensuring workers don’t face financial consequences as a result of the virus.
“We share Senator Warner’s concerns about the safety and welfare of our drivers and look forward to working with the Senator on these important issues,” a GrubHub spokesperson said in a statement,

This faceless watch is designed to keep you present — Future Blink

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Prompt has no numbers, hours, or seconds hands and has been described as the “anti-watch.” Read more... More about Mashable Video , Innovations , Watches , Timepiece , and Future Blink

This 3-in-1 wireless iron is designed for travelers on the go — Future Blink

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The DeTi 2.0 is a portable iron, a lint remover, and portable charger. Read more... More about Watercooler , Traveling , Travel Hacks , Multipurpose , and Carry On

Everything to Know If You Still Use an Original Philips Hue Bridge

39Gizmodo / 8h
As for the Bridge v1's support, Hue says that will finally come to an end on April 30th.
However, after first launching way back in 2012, Hue is finally ending support for its Bridge v1 at the end of April.

Facebook commits to paying ‘contingent’ workers affected by corporate coronavirus response

400+TechCrunch / 8h
Several tech companies have asked employees to work from home in places where COVID-19 cases have been identified, like Washington state and California, including Google , Lyft and Square .
Last night, in a move that all companies should look to emulate, Microsoft announced that it would continue to pay hourly workers impacted by office closures as the company responds to the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

Newegg is selling Sony's excellent WH-1000XM3 headphones for $250

60Engadget / 8h
They're one of the best pairs of Bluetooth noise-cancelling headphones you can buy at the moment.
We've seen the WH-1000XM3 sell for about $278 in past sales , making this one of the best deals to date on the $350 pair of headphones.

The New Qatar Airways Coronavirus Ticket Change Policy Is How It’s Done

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by Gary Leff on March 6, 2020 Qatar Airways just announced a new flexible travel policy for travel through June 30. It applies to existing, already-purchased tickets and not just new purchases Change fees are waived for travel reservations through June 30 Make the change up until 3 days prior to travel If you don’t have dates to rebook for, receive a travel voucher valid for one year (you’re not

The Reason Rise of Skywalker's Chewie Medal Moment Is So Weird

100+Gizmodo / 8h
Some of that weirdness comes from its gleeful embrace of Star Wars ’ silliest indulgences, some of it is from the fact that it is, at all times, Quite A Lot. But one of its weirdest moments does a huge disservice to one of the saga’s stalwarts.
It’s a sweet moment, sure—a gift that recognizes the bond between Chewbacca and Leia through Han. But it’s also, like many (many) elements of The Rise of Skywalker , a moment that feels like an indulgence for indulgence’s sake rather than because it works for the film’s narrative.

If Your PC Is Struggling to Boot, Uninstall This Windows 10 Update

Medium200+Lifehacker / 8h
On the first sign that Windows has started (for example, some devices show the manufacturer’s logo when restarting) hold down the power button for 10 seconds to turn off your device.
When Windows restarts, hold down the power button for 10 seconds to turn off your device.

How Disney World’s sleepiest theme park became its hottest in just 2 years

100+The Points Guy / 8h
As Disney added new characters to its movies, some of those popular personalities — the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars and a certain princess that can turn things to ice — found a home at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
In the late 1980s, with Epcot and the Magic Kingdom riding a wave of success and Universal Studios Orlando yet to open, Disney partnered with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) to open a movie-set-style theme park.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novel edits Rey’s parents, yet again

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In the movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it’s implied that we’ve got an Emperor who, through sheer force of will, survived his death-by-suplex distributed by Darth Vader.
As events and details in the novelization of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker showed, the official word on the origin of Rey’s parents is not exactly what you might’ve assumed, given the details present in the film.

Airports around the world are empty because of coronavirus

24Mashable / 8h
The International Air Transport Association puts losses anywhere from $63 billion to $113 billion. Read more... More about Travel , Mashable Video , Airports , Health And Safety , and Coronavirus

Beware of cybercriminals who are taking advantage of coronavirus fears with fake websites and phishing schemes

22Mashable / 8h
The best way to protect yourself is to be wary of lookalike URLs and email addresses, and to not open attachments or download anything from an unfamiliar source. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Cybersecurity , Phishing , Cybercrime , and Coronavirus

Brutal “Nanodrills” Can Kill Tiny Living Worms and Water Fleas

300+Futurism / 8h
“The work here shows that whole organisms, such as small worms and water fleas, can be killed by nanomachines that drill into them,” lead researcher James Tour, co-author of a paper published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces about the research last month, said in a statement .
In their latest test, the researchers’ drills were able to cut into the cells of tiny, millimeter-long worms and a type of plankton, New Atlas reports .

Exxon Derides Oil Firms' Efforts to Not Burn Down the Planet as a 'Beauty Match'

38Gizmodo / 8h
Darren Woods, the company’s CEO, used its annual investor day to talk about how it plans to invest billions of dollars in exploration and, meanwhile, trash other oil majors for setting targets to limit their emissions.
Look, you should treat any aspirational targets set by oil companies with a high degree of skepticism.

These Bamboo Toothbrushes Are $5 And Totally Biodegradable

Gizmodo / 8h
Bamboo Toothbrush Set | $5 | Amazon | Promo code 50GEL4ZP Dental hygiene is super important! With these $5 bamboo toothbrushes (with the promo code 50GEL4ZP), you can combat plaque and bad breath while also saving the environment. The pack of eight are entirely biodegradable because the handles are actually made of bamboo. The bristles themselves are medium, so they aren’t too hard, but can actua

Congressman's viral tweet calls out House's double standard

100+Mashable / 8h
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz from Florida wore a gas mask on the House floor in some sort of coronavirus stunt.
Democratic Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush called out a double standard he saw on the House floor this week.

YouTube comedian Kurtis Conner creates a painting he'd propose to — The Bob Ross Challenge

Mashable / 9h
YouTube star Kurtis Conner paints along with Bob Ross and ends up with a painting he's pretty pleased with! Read more... More about Youtube , Mashable Video , Bob Ross , Vine Star , and Tiktok

NASA declares Starliner mishap a “high visibility close call”

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Enlarge / A protective tent is placed over Starliner after it returned to Earth in December. NASA/Bill Ingalls 2 with 2 posters participating After pondering the totality of issues that arose during a December test flight of Boeing's Starliner spacecraft this week, NASA chief of human spaceflight Doug Loverro said Friday that he decided to escalate the incident. So he designated Starliner's uncre

Windows 10 gives users more control of what diagnostic data they share

54Engadget / 9h
In another attempt to give Windows 10 users more control over their data, Microsoft is making a few changes to its Settings app and Group Policy settings in the latest Windows 10 preview build ( 19577 ).
For years, Microsoft has been trying to convince people that Windows 10 doesn't violate users' privacy , even though it collects a disconcerting amount of data .

Amex adds “anti-gaming” language to Hilton Aspire card

The Points Guy / 9h
American Express may also reverse the statement credit for “abuse” or “misuse” of the benefit and if you do not maintain the eligible card for the entire year.”
“Effective May 1, 2020, American Express may reverse statement credits earned if your eligible purchase is returned / cancelled.

The Best Ways to Store Stuffed Animals

52Lifehacker / 9h
As your child grows out of their stuffed animals or pares down their collection, these totes can be multi-use, great for storing other toys or even blankets or burp clothes for the next baby.
I didn’t want to throw it away so I ended up hanging it in my daughter’s room for stuffed animal toy storage.

Millions of VPN users at risk of hacking - here's what you need to know

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VPNPro's investigation found that the app SuperVPN Free VPN Client , which has over 100m installs, contains critical vulnerabilities that open users of the app up to man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks.
To make matters worse, of the top free VPN apps analyzed by its security researchers, 10 other apps contained similar vulnerabilities.

Hundreds of Critically Endangered Vultures Killed in Possible Poisoning

84Gizmodo / 9h
The VCF first reported last month that 200 vultures had died in the Bafatá province of Guinea-Bissau in West Africa.
The critically endangered hooded vulture was hit especially hard, the group said.

Daily Crunch: Jack Dorsey defends his work as Twitter CEO

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Stocks are set to fall further today, likely forcing shares in SaaS and cloud companies down yet again.
The software giant has not closed its Washington offices outright, nor is it planning to make an official statement regarding the recommendation, but the news certainly points to a broader trend of serious precautions around the novel coronavirus outbreak.

What's a Pandemic? Your Coronavirus Questions, Answered

100+Wired / 9h
The SARS-CoV-2 virus, a novel coronavirus , has exploded out of China and spread the disease Covid-19 around the world.
And the swine flu pandemic of 2009 infected between 11 and 21 percent of the global population, but was far less deadly, killing at most around half a million people .

How to Politely Avoid a Handshake

100+Lifehacker / 9h
Because you don’t know if the other person has washed their hands as often as you have, and you probably won’t have the opportunity to run to the nearest sink as soon as the handshake is over.
Shaking hands transmitted 2 times more bacteria than high fives, and 10 times more bacteria than bumping fists.

Oppo’s flagship Find X2 Pro announced with 65W charging, Snapdragon 865

Oppo Find X2 Pro the40Ars Technica / 9h
This year Oppo is up to a 65W charging solution, which the company says bring the 4260mAh battery from 0 to 40 percent in 10 minutes, which sounds incredible.
There's an in-display fingerprint reader, which Oppo says is 10 percent larger than last year's.

Here’s How to Build Your Own Nuclear Power Plant

500+Futurism / 9h
“We only just launched and in the last two weeks we’ve been flooded with inbound interest from individual engineers, industrial partners, and even international developers,” said Bret Kugelmass, managing director of the nonprofit Energy Impact Center, which created the open source designs in a new interview with Digital Trends .
The goal, Kugelmass told Digital Trends , is to provide startups, engineering firms, and other stakeholders a cache of resources to develop new energy resources, with a goal of decarbonizing the global economy by 2040.

Wash Your Hands—but Beware the Electric Hand Dryer

1KWired / 9h
But the quality of the intake filter doesn’t address whether blowing air at 420 miles per hour—the actual purported airspeed of one Airblade model, according to the company’s website—is a smart idea given that it’s sending droplets and particles from your just-washed hands flying rapidly every which way.
A 2015 study found that super-aggro hand-dryers, like the ones made by Dyson, "produced significantly greater aerosolization of virus on the hands" than the traditional kind.

FCC could require phone companies to authenticate calls

FCC Congress Require500+Engadget / 9h
Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed new rules that would require phone companies to adopt the STIR/SHAKEN protocol, an increasingly popular method for caller ID authentication.
Under the STIR/SHAKEN protocol , carriers verify that a call is legitimate (not coming from a spoofed number) before it reaches the recipient.

One of the Rarest Video Game Consoles of All Time Just Sold For $360,000 at Auction

Nintendo PlayStation NP400+Gizmodo / 9h
It was to be both an add-on peripheral for the SNES and Super Famicom consoles, as well as a standalone Sony-branded machine called the Play Station that could play Nintendo cartridges or games via the Super Disc format.
Last year a mint-condition original copy of Super Mario Bros., one of the most iconic and popular titles in video game history, was sold by Heritage Auctions (the same auction house handling the Play Station prototype ) for $100,150 .

Amnesia: Rebirth announced and it’s going to be horrific

Frictional Amnesia RebirthSlashGear / 9h
Amnesia: Rebirth was revealed today on the PlayStation Blog , with Frictional creative director Thomas Grip saying that the game will feature a “new protagonist, a new setting, a new story.”
Today, Frictional Games announced Amnesia: Rebirth for PlayStation 4 and PC.

Mass grave reveals how Black Death impacted rural England

100+Ars Technica / 9h
“The hospital run by the canons of Thornton Abbey was the last and only functioning institution where local inhabitants could bring the dead and dying to receive a proper burial and hope for salvation in the afterlife,” wrote Willmott and his colleagues.
The 48 bodies in the wide, shallow grave probably included people from the surrounding countryside who died at St. James hospital, adjacent to the monastery.

Citing concern over COVID-19, Y Combinator moves demo day online

200+TechCrunch / 9h
“While we won’t be able to recreate every aspect of Demo Day, we’ll try our best to create an amazing experience for our founders and investors,” Y Combinator said in a blog post.
“While the entire early stage ecosystem comes together at YC demo day — many investors are there to network and support the companies they’ve backed well before the founder presents on stage,” Kimmel said.

Apply to be a TC Top Pick at Disrupt SF 2020

100+TechCrunch / 9h
If you’re an early-stage startup founder with a big vision and even bigger dreams, join us and more than 10,000 other like-minded startuppers at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2020 on September 14-16.
Thousands of people, including investors and tech media, pour through Startup Alley, and everyone wants to know who made the Top Pick cut.

Delivery startups set up contactless delivery options as coronavirus fears grow in U.S.

200+TechCrunch / 9h
Postmates announced today it would be adding a “non-contact delivery option,” for those concerned about COVID-19 exposure from workers bringing them food.
Instacart mentioned similar sentiment, telling Techcrunch, “Our goal is to continue to work with and serve the entire Instacart community safely, while also ensuring our customers have access to uninterrupted delivery and pickup services for the groceries and household essentials they need.”

Fifa streamer Kurt0411 banned from all EA Games for 'abuse'

100+BBC News - Technology / 9h
EA said it had banned Mr Fenech because he "continued to post abusive and threatening messages and videos about EA employees and competitive players on social media and has encouraged others to do so".
The company said Kurt Fenech, known online as Kurt0411, had posted "abusive and threatening messages" about its employees.

NASA Can’t Contact Voyager 2 Until 2021, as Deep Space Antenna Gets Much-Needed Upgrades

NASA Boeing Starliner100+Gizmodo / 9h
A radio antenna in Australia in dire need of upgrades will be offline for the next 11 months, during which time NASA mission controllers won’t be able to transmit commands to the Voyager 2 probe, which is currently in interstellar space.
Measuring 230 feet wide and standing 20 stories high, the DSS43 radio antenna at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is currently the only system on Earth capable of communicating with NASA’s Voyager 2 probe, which is currently 18.5 billion kilometers (11.5 billion miles) from Earth.

Tesla gets OK to produce long-range Model 3 at China factory

Tesla China Model 3100+TechCrunch / 9h
Tesla has received government approval to produce the long-range rear-wheel-drive version of its Model 3 vehicle at its Chinese factory, according to documents posted Friday on the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology website.
Tesla started producing a standard-range-plus rear-whee-drive version of the Model 3 at its Shanghai factory late last year.

Air New Zealand Sells Heathrow Slot For $27 Million

400+One Mile at a Time / 9h
Air New Zealand has recently sold their Heathrow Airport slot for ~27 million USD… but who is the buyer?
As of October 2020, Air New Zealand has decided to launch an Auckland to Newark flight , and in the process will cancel the flight between Los Angeles and London

Twitch Streamers Make Thousands Literally by Just Sleeping

300+Wired / 9h
Moments before falling asleep live on Twitch, streamer Matthew “Mizkif” Rinaudo thought about how pissed off his mom would be if he told her that he made money sleeping.
Kacey “Kaceytron” Caviness says she got the idea to stream herself sleeping a couple of months ago on a camping trip, when she decided to leave the camera on and woke up with nearly 2,000 live viewers.

Rare 'Nintendo PlayStation' sells for $300,000

Nintendo PlayStation NP5KBBC News - Technology / 9h
"People had kind of heard about this story - Nintendo and Sony partnering up to make the next, or the sequel to, the Super Nintendo," said Conor Clarke of the National Videogame Museum in Sheffield.
Heritage Auctions said it might be the last remaining Nintendo prototype, as the others were probably destroyed.

Hulu’s live TV doesn’t work on T-Mobile home Internet

AT&T T-Mobile mmWave92Ars Technica / 9h
T-Mobile's wireless home Internet service could become more widely available later this year, but potential customers should be aware of a limitation listed in the terms of service: it is "not compatible with some live TV streaming services," according to T-Mobile .
Living room devices must be connected to your Home network to access Hulu, but you can stream elsewhere on your mobile devices—as long as you've checked in at Home within the past 30 days .

heaveninawildflower: Paper Doll and Clothes (German, early...

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Michelangelo (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564) From our stacks: Frontispiece “Michelangelo (Nach...

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Michelangelo (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564) From our stacks: Frontispiece “Michelangelo (Nach dem Gemälde von Giuliano Bugiardini)” from Michelangelo . Neue Beiträge zur Erklärung Seiner Werke von Carl Justi. Berlin: G. Grote’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1909.

fravery:Ambassador Bridge, Detroit MI, RA Clayton

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fravery : Ambassador Bridge, Detroit MI, RA Clayton

View of five Buick cars loaded on a car hauler trailer, next...

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View of five Buick cars loaded on a car hauler trailer, next to the Buick Motor Company factory. 1928. Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library

bbrarebooks:We’re debuting over 60 new arrivals of literature,...

Music, Arts & Literature / 10h
bbrarebooks : We’re debuting over 60 new arrivals of literature, early printed books, Americana, and baseball material @nybookfair! Here, the autobiography of baseball’s first #superstar, Cap Anson (1900). #newarrivals #rarebooks #nyiabf2020 #bookfair #capanson (at Park Avenue Armory)

Luzerne “Lu” Blue (March 5, 1897 – July 28, 1958)...

Music, Arts & Literature / 10h
Luzerne “Lu” Blue (March 5, 1897 – July 28, 1958) Lu Blue swinging bat, with catcher crouched behind. Handwritten on back: “Luzerne Blue. Detroit. 1921-27.” Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library

Should You Lease Your Next Big Purchase?

31Lifehacker / 10h
Washington Post retail reporter Abha Bhatterai recently highlighted this company’s dealings with Best Buy, explaining that the store’s customers, if not approved for a Best Buy credit card, can apply to make their purchase through Progressive Leasing.
A company spokesperson said Progressive Leasing doesn’t share customer demographics, but reiterated the company’s mission statement from its website: to provide convenient purchasing options “credit challenged consumers.”

Tesla reportedly omitted 'hundreds' of injuries from government reports

100+Engadget / 10h
Over the past several years, Tesla has reportedly omitted "hundreds" of employee injury reports from the annual summaries it sent to California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) agency, according to Bloomberg .
According to a December memorandum the publication obtained, the 2018 summary data Tesla provided to Cal/OSHA was missing approximately "three dozen" incidents that were documented in its injury logs.

Grindr sold by Chinese owner after US raised national security concerns

300+TechCrunch / 10h
Chinese gaming giant Beijing Kunlun has agreed to sell popular gay dating app Grindr for about $608 million, ending a tumultuous four years under Chinese ownership.
CFIUS expressed concern that data from the app’s some 27 million users could be used by the Chinese government.

SaaStr postpones annual conference as county officials discourage large gatherings

100+TechCrunch / 10h
They outlined the health guidelines for the event in an article on the company website earlier this week, including not allowing anyone from a hot zone to attend, passport checks to enforce that, temperature checks and more.
SaaStr , the venture firm that puts on the largest conference for SaaS companies, postponed its SaaStr Annual 2020 conference today amid concerns from local and national officials around large gatherings in light of the COVID-19 virus.

Paper that claimed the Sun caused global warming gets retracted

500+Ars Technica / 10h
As several people tried in vain to point out that this constant Earth-Sun relationship is well-known, Zharkova posted, “Oh dear, You suggest that the Earth does follow in its orbit this solar inertial motion?
One of the paper’s four authors apparently agreed to retract the paper, while the other three (Zharkova among them) objected.

Reader credit card question: Should I convert my Hilton points to American Airlines miles?

The Points Guy / 10h
TPG reader Kevin recently emailed us asking whether he should convert his Hilton Honors points to American Airlines AAdvantage miles.
So, Kevin would trade his 100,000 Hilton points for 15,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles.

Intel CSME flaw: 5 years of chips have a truly ominous, unfixable flaw

Intel CSME Flaw YearsSlashGear / 10h
The Intel CSME system allows the storing of keys in firmware without needing a hardware TPM chip.
A TPM chip is a “Trusted Platform Module”, a piece of hardware that can store keys for secure transactions.

Theoretical Holes in Spacetime Could Swallow the Entire Universe

1KFuturism / 10h
In a new paper, physicists argue that extradimensional holes known as “bubbles of nothing” could cause the universe to consume itself from the inside out, Motherboard reports.
The paper revives a theory that dates back to 1982, by theoretical physicist Edward Witten.

I Listen to Train Sounds on the Train Because I Love Train

69Gizmodo / 10h
Because I’m some sort of freak, my white noise of choice is the sound of subway cars.
“In a noisy city like hong kong, i am glad to listen the train travelling in the snowy mountains,” reads one response to the eight-and-a-half-hour opus “ All Aboard It Is Sleepy Time ,” “make me travel and calm down, thanks.”

Quibi is launching on April 6th with 50 shows

Daily Quibi April 6 5064Engadget / 10h
There's been a lot of hype around Quibi , the upcoming streaming platform designed for your phone, and we finally have some concrete launch details.
Quibi will share content in short clips, 10 minutes or less.

‘Thinking out loud’ with TechCrunch senior editor Alex Wilhelm

100+TechCrunch / 10h
If you work for a startup — you know, seed through late-stage — it probably is something that you might want to read, because you’ll better understand who’s doing well, and business models, where money is going, how exits are happening, what your options might be worth and maybe we’ll talk about the company you work for.
Normally, we’d run a Q&A like this on Extra Crunch, but we’ve removed the paywall so everyone can learn a bit about how we approach our work at TechCrunch so we can better serve our audience of founders, operators, tech fans and investors.

The best March Madness TV sales: 4K TV deals from Samsung, LG, Sony and more

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Our top March Madness TV picks include everything from a mid-size 43-inch TV to a massive 75-inch set, with prices starting at just $218 and different features like HDR, smart functionality and voice control.
To make things easier for you, we've split our selection of TVs into three categories: the outright best TVs for watching your favorite team, the best mid-range TVs, and the best budget TVs. We've included a range of different sizes in each category, and we've also picked a standout bargain for our March Madness TV deal of the week.

Can a Baby-Wipe Lid Really Keep Your Chips Fresh?

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Here at Hack or Wack, we love testing hacks from the youth’s favorite platform, TikTok. But it turns out TikTok has some older content producers contributing their best life hacks, too. So we decided to test this tip from the so-called “ Life Hacks with Granny .” In the video, Granny removes the lid from a pack of baby wipes and sticks it on a bag of potato chips. She unceremoniously hacks into t

Upgrade To a New-to-You, Samsung Monitor During This One-Day Sale

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Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. Refurbished Samsung Monitor Sale | Woot Woot’s blowing out a number of refurbished Samsung monitors , today only. Choose from 10 monitors starting at a low $90. Each of these monitors come with a 90-day manufacturer warranty, so you’re covered. Just remember, these prices will only stick around for the day or

‘Cosmos: Possible Worlds’ finds hope for humanity in a hopeless era

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Developed by Ann Druyan, the co-creator of the original show together with her husband Carl Sagan, and hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: Possible Worlds is an exploration of humanity, our past, present and our potential future.
[ Possible Worlds was delayed as Fox and National Geographic investigated, and cleared, deGrasse Tyson of sexual misconduct allegations .] It's a flexible narrative conceit, as it gives Cosmos the freedom to explore a wide variety of topics.

Who are you supposed to sing 'Happy Birthday' to when washing your hands?

200+Mashable / 10h
As I was lathering up, I remembered that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised people to scrub for at least 20 seconds, which is about the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice.
After a few seconds of blankly staring at myself in the mirror wondering why the CDC failed to tell people who to sing "Happy Birthday" to, I decided I had to pick a name.

How to Make Money in Your Sleep

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Jasmine Stephens , 16, said that for days, her “for you” feed on TikTok has been full of videos promoting sleep live-streams.
Some TikTok users are going viral, gaining followers and even making cash by live-streaming themselves overnight.

Antebellum's Latest Trailer Hints at an Unexpected Sci-Fi Twist

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Janelle Monáe as Veronica Henley. Image: Lionsgate Trailer Frenzy A special place to find the newest trailers for movies and TV shows you're craving. Antebellum ’s first trailer made it obvious that Janelle Monáe ’s Veronica Henley was destined to become mixed up in all types of wildly dangerous situations over the course of the film. What wasn’t clear was whether the racist dangers she was facin

Noise Cancelling: the best new tech podcast around?

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Noise Cancelling is going to be your favorite weekly podcast encompassing the world of technology, giving you a new and (hopefully) entertaining alternative look at all the news, reviews and features that we write about here each week.
There's also talk about whether you should have a lock on wheels that cost $400 (we're looking at you, Apple Mac Pro ) and we find out which laptop has set a new benchmark for battery life in the Laptop Mag laboratories.

SpaceX will take more rich space tourists to the International Space Station

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The four astronauts will take a spaceflight in SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule and spend at least eight days in microgravity and stay at the International Space Station.
On Thursday a private space travel company, Axiom Space , announced a flight to the International Space Station through Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket company.

Baseball card apps bring a classic hobby into the digital age

100+Mashable / 10h
It was in the 1980s that the baseball card market exploded, going from school kid hobby to big-time business as stalwart company Topps was joined by a wide range of competitors, from Donruss to Fleer to Score to — at the end of the decade — the premium card company Upper Deck.
In an effort to appeal to collectors of physical cards and help the transition, the BUNT app kept many of the same elements, like special rare inserts and the ability to trade cards in your collection.

No, American and Etihad’s partnership is not ending

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Thankfully, for anyone looking to book Etihad’s fantastic first-class with AAdvantage miles, you can breathe a sigh of relief, as an American spokesperson has clarified that the partnership remains intact and that Etihad was removed “in error” from the partner page.
This morning, it briefly appeared that one of these partnerships was coming to an end, as One Mile at a Time noted that Etihad had been pulled from American’s list of partners on

Is The American & Etihad Partnership Ending? (Updated)

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This morning I wrote about how it looked to me like the partnership between American Airlines and Etihad Airways may finally be ending, even though there hasn’t been an official announcement yet.
In the past day or so, Etihad Airways awards have been removed from the American Airlines website.

The Leica S3 is one very expensive camera, with a Hasselblad-beating price tag

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Well, it's far from the only medium format camera around these days, with the 100MP Fujifilm GFX100 and 150MP Phase One XF IQ4 both beating it for megapixels, but it does have that unique Leica design and a huge optical viewfinder.
Of course, on paper the Leica S3 struggles to justify its premium over rivals like the Fujifilm GFX 50R and Hasselblad X1D II 50C , but you'll be able to see one in the flesh – or maybe even buy one – now that it's finally on sale.

Microsoft Surface sale, plus more laptop and tablet deals this weekend

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If you love the idea of having both a laptop and a tablet on hand at the same time, it's kind of a no-brainer to go with a 2-in-1 device . SEE ALSO: Which tablet to buy for your kid: These are the best right now And what better way to do that than with a Microsoft Surface? A bunch of different versions of the convertible device are on sale, as well as other great deals on singular laptops and tab

The Case for Simmering Your Fish

59Lifehacker / 11h
If you don’t know where to start, make sure you have an allium (such as garlic, onion, or shallot), a source of salt (at least 1/2 a teaspoon of salt, or a tablespoon of soy sauce or fish sauce), some herbs, and a little bit of sugar, honey, or some other sweetener.
A ratio of eight ounces of fish and five ounces of potatoes to a cup and a half liquid is just enough to keep everything submerged in a small Dutch oven but not so much that it turns into a soup.

The Philips Hue V1 bridge is about to lose support and owners are furious

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Philips has begun notifying users of its first-generation Hue bridge that it’s time for an upgrade, after warning owners that it would be discontinuing support and new features for the smart lighting hub.
For several years the two bridges co-existed , but Signify – the owner of Philips Hue – announced last year that it would be ending support for the V1 model.

Super cheap Apple Watch deals are seeing luxury wearables up to $250 off

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That's an excellent discount in a landscape starved of cheap Apple Watch deals at the moment, so if you're in need of some new wrist candy, but don't want to shell out for the latest model, these discounts offer the perfect compromise.
You can nab yourself a cheap Apple Watch Series 4 with both GPS and cellular capabilities for as little as $399 right now , with the larger 44mm option enjoying a $250 price cut down to just $499 .

Indie horror classic 'Amnesia' is getting a sequel called 'Rebirth'

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Given the cult following of the original game, fans will likely be highly anticipating the release of Amnesia: Rebirth .
Rebirth 's announcement was made on the official PlayStation blog and the trailer includes PlayStation branding, so the sequel might be a PS4 exclusive -- or at least a timed exclusive.

Quibi Is Offering 3 Free Months for a Limited Time—Here's How to Get It

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Quibi, shorthand for “quick bites” will feature from three primary categories: movies in chapters, unscripted shows, and documentaries, and daily essentials.
Quibi—that funky mobile-first video service that’ll either be genius or a spectacular disaster —will officially launch on April 6 with a head-spinning 50 original shows covering a wide variety of genres.

This Bose SoundTouch Wireless Music System Is Down To $120

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Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. Bose Wireless Music System | $120 | Walmart If you’re a music nerd, you’re definitely gonna love this deal. The Bose SoundTouch Music System is down to $120 . Equipped with the crisp, deep sound of Bose and built in WiFi, you can connect the speakers to you home network so you can have access to all your saves

Major domain name bug allowed hackers to register malicious domains

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Hamilton held his report for publication until Verisign, the company that runs the domain registries for prominent general top level domain (gTLD) extensions like .com and .net, fixed the issue.
If I told you to click this on this URL, amɑ , and login for a great limited time deal over at Amazon, would you notice it wasn’t really Amazon’s domain name?

Everything coming to Quibi for the streaming service's April launch

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"Daily Essentials" promises 5-6 minute topical segments on a variety of subjects including news, weather, pop culture, sports, and more.
"Unscripted and Docs" encompasses all of Quibi's reality and documentary programming, ranging from food and travel to dating and true crime, all under 10 minutes.

Kevin James' new YouTube channel is actually really hilarious

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Kevin James — the standup and actor known for The King of Queens and countless Adam Sandler movies — has a new YouTube channel and, you know what, it's pretty good! James launched his channel a week ago in typical James fashion: a heavy dose of slapstick. James has always been able to express comedy through his physicality and his new channel leans heavily on that skill. James already has a mini-

The new Xbox and PS5 will probably require a new TV — these are on sale

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If you're planning on smashing that "place order" button the second the PS5 or Xbox Series X comes out, you should know that you have another purchase to consider before that: a new TV.
Microsoft annouced that the Xbox Series X will rock 12 teraflops of graphics performance (double than that of the One X) and Sony said that 8K outputs were on the table for the PS5.

Quibi will launch with 50 shows on April 6

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Short-form video service Quibi is announcing its full launch lineup today — exactly once month before launch.
Its content will include “movies in chapters” (longer, scripted stories broken into chapters that are between seven and 10 minutes long), as well as unscripted shows, documentaries and daily hits of news/entertainment/inspiration.

Horizon raises another $5M to put virtual items on the blockchain and launch its first game

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On the other path, the company is building out its own game — a digital trading card game called SkyWeaver — meant to thrive in its own right while simultaneously showcasing the platform.
Horizon is working down two paths in parallel here: On one path, they’re building an Ethereum-powered platform called Arcadeum for handling in-game items — establishing who owns any specific instance of an item, and allowing that item to be verifiably traded, sold or given from player to player.

As coronavirus pandemic spreads, demand for remote-work startups spikes

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Its results bested expectations , and in its earnings call , the company said that it was seeing rising demand for its product in the wake of COVID-19, even if most of that rising usage was for its free service.
During our coverage of the Zoom earnings cycle , TechCrunch asked startups building remote work friendly tooling to write in with what they were seeing in their analytics.

Which Airlines And Hotels Have Ramped Up Disinfecting – And Which Ones Haven’t

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In addition to aircraft being tidied up between flights during the day, each aircraft receives a thorough review each night that includes cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting that meets or exceeds recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).
American Airlines reports that most aircraft are getting additional cleaning each day (international flights and planes overnighting).

England vs Wales live stream: how to watch Six Nations 2020 rugby online from anywhere

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With the home side looking to keep the pressure on France at the top of the Six Nations table, Saturday's match at Twickenham looks set to be an absorbing clash - don't miss a minute by following our England vs Wales live stream guide and watch the Six Nations rugby from wherever you are this weekend.
It looks set to be a tight affair at Twickenham and you can watch the Six Nations 2020 clash in its entirety - in some places for free - by following our England vs Wales live stream guide below.

Coronavirus delays TG-16 Mini launch, are PS5 and Xbox Series X next?

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Nintendo said last month that it expected shortages of Switch hardware and peripherals in the Japanese market due to disruptions to the Chinese supply chain (this despite the company moving some of its hardware production to Vietnam last year).
And the move highlights fears in some corners of the industry that Microsoft and Sony might be forced to delay their own planned console launches later this year.

This cold brew machine is 62% off on Amazon just in time for Iced Coffee Szn

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A company called Dash (you might recognize it from our air fryer roundups ) makes a fast-brewing cold brew machine that can whip up a carafe of the stuff in mere minutes, and right now Amazon's got it on sale for a whopping 62% off.
Amazon's discount on the Dash Rapid Cold Brew System is by far the best cold brew coffee maker deal we've seen in a hot minute: Normally $129.99, you can order it today for just $49.99 — a savings of $80.

Elon Musk Was Pretty Pissed When His Starship Prototype Exploded

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And to get there, he’s willing to put together an army of engineers at his space company’s facilities in Boca Chica, Texas, to keep churning out Starship rocket prototypes — a massive stainless steel rocket, just shy of 400 feet — that he wants to use to one day ferry up to 100 passengers to distant planets.
The troubles became obvious early Monday morning, when Musk tweeted a video showing a Starship prototype dubbed “SN1” exploding in a massive cloud of gas at the company’s Boca Chica facilities.

Google Messages may send iMessage-style 'liked a photo' reaction texts

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It looks like Google Messages will soon let users send iMessage-like reaction text messages to people without Rich Communication Services ( RCS ). If the recipient doesn't use Google's next-gen text messaging, rather than see a thumbs-up bubble reaction, they'll get a written description, such as "liked a photo" or "laughed at a text." Those SMS/MMS responses are known as "fallback" texts, and in

Samsung Galaxy S20 series are now on sale, packing a big cameras, screens and 5G

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Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S10 5G was a specialist model that only hooked up to high-frequency mmWave networks, but the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra connect to both mmWave and sub-6 networks as carriers build out their 5G networks using one or both frequency ranges.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup is officially on sale in the US, offering premium features for flagship prices - and, crucially, hooking consumers up to both mmWave and sub-6 5G networks.

TurboGrafx-16 Mini Delayed Due To Coronavirus

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Konami announced that the coronavirus outbreak has interrupted production in China, which in turn has resulted in the suspension of shipments.
As a result, the delivery of all TurboGrafx-16 mini products, which was originally scheduled for March 19th, 2020, will be delayed until further notice.

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 is on sale today: 4 things you need to know

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Pricing from one phone to the next can be drastically different, though – so make sure you know if you really need that Ultra, or if the S20 (the most basic model) will do the trick.
Take a peek at our Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Review to see that it means to own an EXCESSIVE phone.

Twitter brings back special labels for profiles of political candidates

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According to Twitter , this round of badges can only apply to "candidates running for US House of Representatives, US Senate, or Governor in the 2020 US election who have qualified for the general election ballot." The little badge will tell you pertinent information on both their profile pages and on their tweets.
If you've ever seen a Twitter account and wondered if it belonged to someone who's running for public office, but you didn't feel like reading their bio or Googling them, this is a great week for you.

Electric vehicles are changing the future of auto maintenance

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With one-fifth the number of powertrain parts and an almost total elimination of oil (a), the typical automotive dealer will suffer 35% declines in maintenance and service revenue, or roughly $1,300, for an EV versus an internal combustion engine vehicle over a five-year period (b).
One of our portfolio companies, Zohr, an on-demand tire replacement service, sees its EV customers coming back for tire replacements 30% more frequently than traditional internal combustion vehicle owners.

Cathay Pacific Closing Vancouver Crew Base

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While many Cathay Pacific pilots and flight attendants are based in Hong Kong, in the past they’ve also had crew bases in North America, including in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, and Vancouver.
With the Toronto base having been closed last year, it means Cathay Pacific will no longer have Canada based cabin crews.

How to apply for a credit card

The Points Guy / 11h
Welcome bonus — The best rewards credit cards almost always come with large welcome bonuses that allow new cardholders to earn a large sum of points, miles or cash back after hitting a certain spending threshold in the first few months of opening the account.
In order to be approved for the top rewards credit cards, both travel-focused or cash back, you’ll want to have a credit score of at least 670.

How to Deal With a Quarantine If You're Struggling Emotionally

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According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services , both home isolation and quarantine are public health practices used to protect the public by preventing exposure to infected (or potentially infected) people, thereby limiting the spread of a disease or virus, like COVID-19.
Lifehacker spoke with Lieberman and several mental health professionals to find out how those of us living with mental illness can make it through a quarantine or home isolation without feeling worse off, mentally.

eSIM smartphone shipments to reach 225m in 2020

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Many operators offer customers the ability to change their mobile package if their data needs change, but eSIM would allow them to pick from tariffs from multiple suppliers.
The ability to change networks with the tap of a phone will create new business models for mobile operators and allow users to pick from a wider range of services.

Grab yourself a bargain with these cheap Surface Pro deals from Best Buy

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Offering savings of up to $400 off this lineup of excellent Microsoft devices, these amazing Surface Pro deals are sure to please a wide range of customers.
We start off our spotlighted deals with an excellent $699 / £699 offer on the Surface Pro 7, Microsoft's latest entry in the Surface Pro range.

How to Change the Case of Text in PowerPoint

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If you’re looking to quickly change the case of the text in a slide of your PowerPoint presentation, Microsoft Office provides a couple of quick and easy ways to do so—and several different text case styles to choose from. Here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Alaska Airlines strikes back in Seattle with route to Delta focus city

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On Monday, Atlanta-based Delta unveiled new routes between Seattle and Columbus (CMH) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) — a fortress hub for Alaska partner American Airlines — as well as more flights on other routes from the Pacific Northwest city.
Alaska Airlines is striking back in Seattle with a new route to Delta Air Lines focus city in Cincinnati, as battle for Seattle between the rivals appears to be heating up again.