Friday, March 06, 2020

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TurboGrafx-16 Mini Delayed Due To Coronavirus

TurboGrafx-16 Coronavirus1KGizmodo / 35min
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.

Here’s your first look at the brand-new Amex Centurion Lounge in Los Angeles

100+The Points Guy / 2h
Together with these special rooms and the spa, it’s clear that Amex went all-in on promoting wellness in the LAX lounge.
I got a first look at the Centurion Lounge in LAX at a preview event, and I’m impressed.

Researchers discover that Intel chips have an unfixable security flaw

Medium1KEngadget / 3h
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.


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

Frictional Amnesia Rebirth25Engadget / 9min
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 Offering 3 Free Months for a Limited Time, Here's How to Get It

Quibi 50 April 6 BloombergGizmodo / 11min
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

20Gizmodo / 11min
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

20Mashable / 12min
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

Quibi 50 April 6 BloombergMashable / 12min
"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

Mashable / 12min
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 PS4 will probably require a new TV — these are on sale

24Mashable / 12min
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

24TechCrunch / 13min
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

TechCrunch / 13min
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

24TechCrunch / 13min
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

View from the Wing / 14min
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?

Ars Technica / 18min
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

20Mashable / 18min
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

100+Futurism / 22min
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

78Engadget / 33min
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

Samsung Galaxy Ultra32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 34min
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.

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

SlashGear / 35min
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

24Mashable / 36min
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

100+TechCrunch / 36min
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

31One Mile at a Time / 38min
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 / 39min
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

20Lifehacker / 41min
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

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 47min
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

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 47min
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

How-To Geek / 48min
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

The Points Guy / 56min
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.

Cheap PC game bundle deal: get four massive Steam titles for only $3.49

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
You won't want to miss out on this incredible cheap PC games bundle from Fanatical. For a limited time, you can get the Killer Bundle 12 Redux, which includes four of the original Steam PC games included in the collection on sale for just $3.49 . That's a whopping $96.47 discount and a fantastic price for a four-game bundle deal. Fanatical originally released the hugely popular Killer Bundle 12,

How to buy a compact camera in 2020

42Engadget / 1h
Sony's latest RX100 Mark VII compact comes with a longer 24-200mm equivalent f/2.8-4.5 lens, making it useful for sports and action along with tourism, portraits and other types of photography.
Finally, fixed-lens compact cameras often have larger sensors, giving you good high-ISO capability and shallow depth of field for portraits.

Inside the next-gen tech on Waymo’s self-driving Jaguar I-Pace

95TechCrunch / 1h
A little more than two and half years ago, Waymo engineers began working on a hardware sensor suite that would improve upon previous generations and have the capability to work on a variety of vehicles, from self-driving passenger cars to autonomous semi-trucks.
Of course, creating the most capable and robust hardware suite for a commercially deployed autonomous vehicle business doesn’t matter if it costs too much.

Virgin Media breach 'linked customers to porn'

Virgin Media 900000100+BBC News - Technology / 1h
The researchers who first discovered the database told the BBC that it contained more information than Virgin Media suggested.
Virgin Media told the BBC only a small number of customers had these sensitive details in the database.

Google Stadia is getting two space-faring puzzle games

Google Stadia Two RelictaSlashGear / 1h
Relicta actually hasn’t released on other platforms yet, and in its blog post today, Google doesn’t say if it will launch on Stadia at the same time it releases on other stores like Steam.
In recent weeks, Google has been announcing new games for Stadia at a decent clip, and today it revealed two more.

Latest Amazon sales: save on cheap headphones plus more iPad, Apple Watch, and fitness tracker deals available

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The latest Amazon sales are bringing some fantastic fitness tracker and smartwatch deals, as well as cheap iPad prices and a particularly special Sony WH-1000 XM3 saving.
That means there's loads of top tech to grab for less this week, from games consoles and accessories to smart home devices, and all the way to impressive 4K TVs. So, whether you're shopping for cheap headphones or simply looking to save some cash on a home security camera, we've highlighted our top Amazon sales right here.

Jalopnik At $18,999, Is This 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 A Mack Daddy? | Jezebel Bill Clinton Had An Affair to "Manage [Hi...

Gizmodo / 1h
Jalopnik At $18,999, Is This 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 A Mack Daddy? | Jezebel Bill Clinton Had An Affair to "Manage [His] Anxiety" | The Root A Chicago Man Was Shot Twice by Police. His Crime Was Walking Between Train Cars | The A.V. Club Indiana Jones made his Nazi-punching debut in the ultimate Disneyland ride of a movie | Read more...

Friday's Best Deals: JACHS Shirt Jackets, Pyrex Pie Plates, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, and More

41Gizmodo / 1h
I don’t know, y’all, sounds like a cute deal to jump on before it’s gone.
Dyson’s eBay outlet is always a great place to save on Dyson products, but for a limited time, you can save an extra 20% on the already-discounted prices with promo code JOY2CLEAN, including vacuums, fans, and hair dryers.

Intel Phantom Canyon leak hints at when we may see the rumored NUC

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Other notable specs which have been previously rumored include support for Wi-Fi 6 , Intel Optane Memory, and PCIe 4.0 support for that discrete GPU in the Phantom Canyon NUC (Panther Canyon will apparently offer a PCIe 4.0 slot for an SSD, because as mentioned, that doesn’t cater for a separate graphics card).
Assuming this leak, which comes from Fanless Tech, is genuine, it again shows us that Intel’s NUC 11 devices – Phantom Canyon and Panther Canyon, representing ‘extreme’ and ‘performance’ models respectively – will use 11th-gen Tiger Lake-U (10nm++) processors.

Google Assistant loses its best voice option, as John Legend says goodbye

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Get ready to play mournful pop songs on your smart speakers, folks – it looks like Google Assistant is losing its John Legend voice option on March 23.
It's unclear why John Legend's voice will no longer be available, though it may be that Google always had a limited-time agreement with the pop singer.

Amazon has Philips electric toothbrushes for over half off

32Mashable / 1h
TL;DR: Get to brushing and grab a Philips electric toothbrush for up to 54% off on Amazon as of March 6.
Amazon has Philips electric toothbrushes for over half off

Sonos Won't Brick Your Device Anymore if You Want to Recycle

Sonos Recycle ModeGizmodo / 1h
According to Engadget , which first reported the news, Sonos has decided to no longer require users to put their devices into Recycle Mode.
The main issue was that in order to partake in its Trade Up program—which rewards customers with a discount on new Sonos products if they recycle their old ones—you had to essentially brick the device.

Create Your Own 'Parenting Posse'

37Lifehacker / 1h
You’re already very busy—hence why you need help in the first place—and it might feel like the last thing you have time for is corralling a few baseball parents to work out a carpool system for practices.
We often don’t live in our hometowns, surrounded by extended family members and friends we’ve had since elementary school.

Google stans will love these Nest WiFi and Nest thermostat deals

28Mashable / 1h
Google's collection of Nest Learning Thermostats , Nest WiFi routers , and Nest smart displays let you control smart plugs, lights, locks, energy usage, and more while you're not even home.
Nest WiFi is too easy to set up and provides powerful speeds from the get go, and each piece doubles as a Google Assistant smart speaker.

Sling TV free trials are back - try out the streaming service without paying a penny

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
The trial lasts until March 15, so the sooner you sign up for it, the more time you get to watch its myriad channels and live sporting events.
To try and attract your TV-watching business its way, Sling TV has just reintroduced a free trial on its Orange + Blue package .

The 'Ghost of Tsushima' collector's edition is up for pre-order

Ghost Tsushima JuneMashable / 1h
TL;DR: As of March 6, the Ghost of Tsushima collector's edition is available for pre-order at Walmart , GameStop , or Best Buy for $169.99.
And with release date announcements usually comes pre-order options — the collector's edition of Ghost of Tsushima is now up for grabs, and it has all sorts of must-have goodies.

How to Update Your iPhone to the Latest iOS Version

Apple iPhone 12 MarchHow-To Geek / 1h
It’s a good idea to keep your iPhone’s software (iOS) up to date. Updates are available for free from Apple. They apply the latest security and bug fixes and features to your iPhone. Here’s how to update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Konami’s TurboGrafx-16 mini has been delayed due to coronavirus

TurboGrafx-16 Coronavirus100+Engadget / 1h
As a result, the delivery of all PC Engine Core Grafx mini products, which was originally scheduled for March 19th, 2020, will be delayed until further notice." This news isn't shocking -- some factories in China have already shut down due to coronavirus fears and infections.
Fans will have to wait, though, as production has been delayed indefinitely for both the western TurboGrafx-16 mini and the Japanese PC Engine Core Grafx mini consoles -- and you know why.

Optimize employee onboarding to better retain top talent

78TechCrunch / 1h
I once showed up for my first day at a new job only to find that my desk hadn’t been cleaned out — or even dusted.
And, incredibly, it keeps happening to new hires at tech startups every day.

The Oppo Find X2 Takes One of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra's Best Features and Does It Better

OPPO Find X2 theGizmodo / 1h
But a great screen isn’t the only highlight feature on the Find X2, as the phone comes with flagship specs including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of base storage (or 512GB on the Find X2 Pro), in-screen fingerprint reader, and support for 5G.
It has nice curved sides and a polished metal frame that feel a lot like a Galaxy S10+ (which is a good thing in my book), but more importantly, alongside the Find X2 Pro’s standard black ceramic back, there’s also a version that features an orange vegan leather back.

Make your home feel safe with a budget-friendly security camera

28Mashable / 1h
Make your home feel safe with a budget-friendly security camera
YI's dome cameras also feature motion alerts and live 1080p video feeds.

Break-even ads can generate free brand awareness

75TechCrunch / 2h
Julian Shapiro is the founder of , a growth marketing team that trains startups in advanced growth, helps you hire senior growth marketers and finds you vetted growth agencies.
This is how you stay up-to-date on growth marketing tactics — with advice that’s hard to find elsewhere.

The Week in Tech: Welcome to the Age of Mandatory Videoconferencing

100+NYT > Technology / 2h
The coronavirus seems to be having an effect on all aspects of the tech industry, from social media policies around health misinformation to the way the big companies do business.
Facebook’s employees in China are working from home, and the company has pulled out of several conferences and canceled appearances by its top executives at public events.

How an Elaborate North Korean Crypto Heist Fell Apart

100+Wired / 2h
Meanwhile, in North Korea, a co-conspirator searched for information about the hacked crypto exchange.
The documents state that “North Korean co-conspirators” who are believed to have been involved in the hacking of the crypto exchange also researched the relationship between the US and North Korean military, and Kim Jong Un.

Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones leak and the upgrade could be huge

SlashGear / 2h
Expected to launch later this year, the fourth-generation headphones won’t stray too far from the design of the existing model, at least if recently-spotted regulatory filings are anything to go by, but the upgraded internals could make them worth an upgrade.
That was to be the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 , announced in May last year.

How to Talk to a Real Human at the IRS Without Waiting on Hold Forever

63Lifehacker / 2h
According to the IRS, call wait times average around 15 minutes between January and April , with the heaviest call volume on Mondays and Tuesdays, during Presidents Day weekend and right before Tax Day.
The IRS is going through a modernization process that will streamline the customer service experience and add thousands of agents to the phone lines.

American Express LAX Centurion Lounge Opens Monday

94View from the Wing / 2h
American Express LAX Centurion Lounge Opens Monday
The American Express Centurion lounge LAX opens on Monday.

Amex Centurion Lounge LAX Details (Opening Monday)

56One Mile at a Time / 2h
In this post I wanted to specifically talk about the Amex Centurion Lounge Los Angeles, which will be opening in just a few days.
The Amex Centurion Lounge LAX will be opening as of Monday, March 9, 2020.

DuckDuckGo wants to stop you from being tracked online

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Privacy-focused web browser DuckDuckGo has revealed a new tool aimed at unveiling which companies and domains track users online.
The developers behind the Vivaldi browser have already started using this data to make browsing a bit more private affair for their users, and DuckDuckGo hopes others will follow.

Seth Meyers describes awkwardly meeting John Kerry after impersonating him on 'SNL'

31Mashable / 2h
When you've made your name impersonating a particular politician, it must be kind of surreal to meet them in person. That's exactly what happened to Seth Meyers, though, when he ran into his old Saturday Night Live character John Kerry over the summer. "Here's the thing, I was with my kids earlier in the day, and I was wearing a straw hat, and my youngest son was wearing a straw hat — but he didn

Organic molecules discovered on Mars are consistent with early life

SlashGear / 2h
Dirk says that the team has identified several biological pathways for thiophenes that seem more likely than chemical processes.
Dirk is working with other scientists from Berlin to explore some possible pathways for the origins of thiophenes on the planet.

Amazon is selling the Pixel 4 at its lowest price ever

Google Pixel 3A Amazon100+Engadget / 2h
We've seen Amazon and a variety of other retailers discount the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL several times over the last couple of months .
You can buy the normally less expensive 64GB model, but even with 10 and 11 percent discounts, both the Just Black and Clearly White variants are currently more costly than their 128GB sibling.

How to Remove Samsung Daily From the Galaxy S20 Home Screen

How-To Geek / 2h
If you own a Galaxy S20, S20+, or S20 Ultra, you’ve probably accidentally launched “Samsung Daily.” It’s home to news and other content from Samsung, Netflix, Feedly, and more. If you don’t use it, though, you can remove it. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Natural Gas Is a Bad Investment

24Gizmodo / 2h
The climate crisis, which natural gas fuels, poses risks for investors.
Shareholders can play an important role in pushing that transition, as they’re well positioned to encourage utilities to reduce the financial risks that natural gas poses.

American Removes Etihad From Partner Airline Page: The End Of Redeeming Miles Coming?

94View from the Wing / 2h
American Removes Etihad From Partner Airline Page: The End Of Redeeming Miles Coming?
When American Airlines announced their renewed partnership with Qatar Airways – re-introducing codesharing, which they terminated in 2017 , and potentially flying to Doha – I speculated that this might mean an end to American’s partnership with Etihad.

Traveling with epilepsy can be a challenge. Here's how I learned to manage it.

20Mashable / 2h
Those limits, I learned, were my seizure triggers — sleep deprivation, excessive alcohol, stress, and traveling long distances.
"I think I was a bit too young to realise at the time the impact it would have on my life, but as I’ve got older I’ve started to learn a lot more about the condition as well as how I’m able to deal with it," she told me.

Apple is partially to blame for increasing shortage of iPhone replacements

Apple iPhone 12 March28Mashable / 2h
It seems Apple's anti-right-to-repair recalcitrance has come back to bite it. Like many companies dependent on an Asian supply chain, the iPhone maker is experiencing disruptions due to the coronavirus . According to a report from Bloomberg , this has manifested in, among other things, a shortage of replacement devices for customers' broken iPhones. Read more... More about Apple , Iphone , China

SaaS companies flirt with correction territory as another wild week comes to a close

100+TechCrunch / 2h
Even more notably the Bessemer cloud index , which tracks public SaaS companies, is worth less today — even before fresh declines — than it was last July.
With today’s expected declines, SaaS companies are likely set to close out Friday close to or in a formal correction.

The Clone Wars Gets Into a Man Versus Machine Debate, With Some Explosions

45Gizmodo / 2h
From the Bad Batch’s Keeradak-aided flight from the Techno Union base to their battle alongside the Poletec when Wat Tambor’s forces come to reclaim their “experiment,” this episode of any in this arc (and, technically the debut story, this season) so far is one driven by an almost constant explosion of action.
But after he, Rex, Anakin, and the Bad Batch make their escape from Purkoll City thanks to those titular Keeradak wings and seek refuge in the Poletec village they first encountered upon arriving on Skako Minor, things get a little more complicated than blasting their way out of a base full of droids.

Kleiner’s new fund, Atrium is kaput and the latest data on seed rounds

100+TechCrunch / 2h
About a year after raising a $600 million vehicle, Kleiner Perkins raised a new, larger fund .
A host of things, starting with a big new early-stage fund:

Premium audio now available for less - these Bose deals offer big savings on the Home Speaker series

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Not only are Bose well recognized for their powerful audio across a range of speaker systems and headphones, but the latest Home Speaker models also offer excellent digital assistant functionality thanks to supremely responsive mic pickups.
These cheap Bose speaker deals offer some fantastic prices on smart home audio right now, but if you're looking for something in their older range, or something more portable, why not check out all the latest Bose speaker prices .

New Audi A3 Sportback launches in Europe

SlashGear / 2h
Audi says that shortly after launch, it will start expanding the A3 Sportback range to offer other engine versions that include electrified drive systems and quattro drive.
Audi notes that at the start of production for the new A3 Sportback, all engines will be in a front-wheel-drive version of the car.

Are My Landlord's Security Cameras Invading My Privacy?

56Lifehacker / 2h
I’m talking about the thorny issue of entering a living situation with a roommate, or renting from a landlord, who has security cameras set up around your home or apartment.
Whether you can or can’t gain access to the footage (or feed) from security cameras placed around your home, you should at least know where these devices are located.

The Millennium Falcon is one of the largest Lego models ever created

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The Millennium Falcon is one of the largest Lego models ever created
We get that it's a lot of money to spend on Lego, but this is one of the largest and most detailed Lego models ever created, consisting of over 7,500 pieces.

Lettuce grown on the ISS is as nutritious as Earth harvests, scientists find

Axiom SpaceX ISS tISS500+Engadget / 3h
NASA's Gioia Massa, Christina Khodadad and their colleagues examined and analyzed three batches of lettuce grown on the space station between 2014 and 2016.
For trips to the moon and Mars in the future, though, NASA needs to find a way to supplement pre-packaged food.

Oppo Watch is devilishly similar to the Apple Watch

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One look at it, and you'll immediately know where Oppo got the inspiration for their new device, the Oppo Watch.
And, yes, the Oppo Watch looks astonishingly similar to the Apple Watch, with the only big difference being the lack of digital crown.

Boeing’s New CEO: Honest, Unlikable, Or Both?

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Boeing has certainly in some ways tried to shift blame for the 737 MAX crashes, both officially, and through leaked company messages .
Yesterday The New York Times published an interview with David Calhoun, Boeing’s new CEO .

How to Fix VirtualBox’s “Kernel Driver Not Installed (rc=-1908)” Error on a Mac

How-To Geek / 3h
VirtualBox is one of the most popular freeware virtual machines (VMs) for macOS next to paid apps like Parallels or VMware. Whether you’re testing code, comparing browsers, or just experimenting, this common error is easy to fix. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

4 Las Vegas hotels raised resort fees — here’s how to avoid them

The Points Guy / 3h
Hilton Resort fee (daily, before taxes) Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas $45 Tropicana Las Vegas – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel $37 Hilton Grand Vacations on the Las Vegas Strip $25 Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations $25
The majority of the major hotels in Las Vegas are now charging between $35 and $45 per night for a resort fee, though there are exceptions.

Fujifilm X100V Review: Refined and Almost Perfect

84Wired / 3h
Fujifilm's rangefinder-style cameras, like the X-Pro 3 and this new X100V, have an extremely high image-quality-to-size ratio.
This tends to work well no matter which camera I'm using, but it's especially effective on the X100V, where all those things have dedicated buttons and dials.

Does ADHD affect your sex life?

Mashable / 3h
ADHD is often underreported — and it could be affecting your sex life more than you think. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Culture , Relationships , Sex , and Adhd

Cortana’s rumored new name shows Microsoft’s voice assistant really means business

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Cortana, Windows 10 ’s digital assistant, could be set to get a new name, and it’ll be far less snappy, a recent rumor contends – but it will reflect the new business focus of the virtual assistant. According to that font of all Microsoft knowledge, Brad Sams , Cortana might be rechristened Microsoft 365 Assistant. So yeah, like we said – far less snappy. How to use Cortana Windows 10 20H1 releas

OPPO Watch smartwatch has great specs but commits a cardinal sin

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There’s an app store for the Android-based ColorOS Watch platform that this current version of the smartwatch runs.
OPPO has revealed its first smartwatch, the OPPO Watch, complete with integrated cellular and a trick screen – and a design that looks very familiar.

Booking direct: How much value does Hilton status provide?

The Points Guy / 3h
Requirements for status per calendar year Earning rate on stays based on status (return BASED ON TPG VALUATIONS ) Standout benefits that start at this status level Member None 5x at Home2 Suites by Hilton and Tru by Hilton (3% return based on TPG’s valuations )
But you may be forgetting to consider the value your elite status can provide — both in terms of benefits and earning — when you book directly with the hotel brand or through an eligible method.

PS5 and Xbox Series X could use the same AMD tech for photo-realistic graphics

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We already know that the Xbox Series X will make use of an RDNA 2-based GPU , and as spotted by Wccftech , during the Analyst Day, David Wang of the Radeon Technology Group implied that the tech would also be used in Sony’s next-gen console.
Wang said: “We have developed an all-new hardware-accelerated ray tracing architecture as part of RDNA 2.

How to Quickly Open a Settings Page Using Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

How-To Geek / 3h
It’s always been tedious to open a specific page of the Settings app on the iPhone and iPad. It doesn’t help that the search feature isn’t particularly fast. Here’s how you can quickly open a Settings page using Shortcuts on your iPhone and iPad. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

How Humanity Could Last Forever

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Assuming we’ll find ways to live off the planet, a state of Distributed Humanity would help us to avoid collective mass destruction, whether through natural or self-inflicted causes.
Entire civilizations could live on a single supercomputer, enabling the existence of potentially trillions upon trillions of individuals, each of them a single brain emulation.

More than one billion Android devices at risk of hacking - here's how to stay safe

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rifled through data provided by Google, finding 40% of Android users worldwide are not receiving vital security updates.
According to Which?, anyone still using an Android phone released in 2012 or earlier should be especially concerned, since it’s likely these devices lack the many security enhancements Google has rolled out since.

Looking for smarter tunes? These Apple HomePod deals offer excellent savings this weekend

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While Apple HomePod deals may be rare, we're certainly seeing some excellent savings on the HomeKit smart speaker this weekend.
If you're just starting out, or you're already working with Apple-enabled devices, this Apple HomePod deal is a rare opportunity to grab a high-performance smart speaker at a fantastic price.

Samsung 4K TV deals are crashing in price this weekend - making it the perfect time to upgrade

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Samsung's range of high-quality displays offer fantastic value for money even without a discount, and with premium features like HDR10 and a massive range of smart TV apps to use, everyday consumers looking for a cheap 4K TV really can't go wrong.
We're seeing these Samsung 4K TVs come in for as little as $295 in the US, though you might also want to check out this $299 price tag on a more recent model.

Sony WH-1000XM4 leak gives us first look at rumored noise-cancelling headphones

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We've been waiting for a Sony WH-1000XM4 release date ever since an FCC (Federal Communications Commission) filing from Sony revealed the model number of what could be a brand new pair of noise-cancelling headphones .
While we can't glean much from the photos, a user manual that was included in the listing does reveal a little more information.

Will Garuda Indonesia Discontinue First Class?

47One Mile at a Time / 3h
PinterPoin notes that one of Garuda Indonesia’s two 777-300ERs with first class is now being leased by the government of Indonesia as the presidential plane.
It seems like this isn’t a one-off lease, though it’s not known if the plane will operate Garuda Indonesia flights when the president isn’t using it, or what.

Axiom to offer space station vacations starting at $55 million

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A company called Axiom has announced that it will offer low Earth orbit vacations via its own space station.
When the ISS retired, the Axiom modules would be separated and stay in orbit around the Earth.

Altered Carbon's Stars on Love and Getting a Happy Ending in Cyberpunk

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That statement largely points to the relationship between Takeshi Kovacs (Anthony Mackie) and Quellcrist Falconer ( Renée Elise Goldsberry ), as this season is about Takeshi’s search for his long-lost love.
Every main character is exploring what love means to them in a world where people can live forever through a digital consciousness—if they’re even alive at all, as is the case with Poe (Chris Conner) and fellow AI Dig 301 (Dina Shihabi), who develop a relationship built on their intellectual connection.

How to Use pushd and popd on Linux

How-To Geek / 4h
Many Linux folks have never heard of pushd and popd, but they’ve been around forever. They can also dramatically speed up the process of navigating directories on the command line. We’ll walk you through how to use them. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

The 7 Best Raspberry Pi Alternatives for Bigger (and Smaller!) Projects

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Raspberry Pi computers are inexpensive, powerful, and supported by a vast community of fans. But if your project requires hardware options that don’t exist on the Pi, then it’s time to shop for a new SBC (single board computer). Here are some of our favorites. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Why I love the Dornier 328JET

43The Points Guy / 4h
While I’ve already detailed my experience with Denver Air Connection and the impressive snack basket , the best part was flying the 328JET.
Even more exciting is that the airline operates a fleet of Fairchild – Dornier 328JETs, a plane I’d never been on before.

China Is Paying Airlines To Re-Start International Flights, But Will It Bring Back Coronavirus There?

View from the Wing / 4h
A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading ...

Vodafone launches half price unlimited data SIM only deal...but Three's is much better

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Just like Three, Vodafone now offers its unlimited data SIM only deals at half the price for the first six months of your contract.
Yes, they both offer unlimited data at a cut down price of £11 a month but with Vodafone's version , your speeds will be capped...hard.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Is Facebook Forever?

100+Wired / 4h
The progression of events between the Facebook of then and the Facebook of today is cataloged with great detail in Steven Levy’s new book, Facebook: The Inside Story .
Steven recommends Scrivener .

Measure the Speed of the ISS With Your iPhone

100+Wired / 4h
My idea now is to use the length of that line and the exposure time of the photo to calculate the velocity of the ISS.
Oh, notice that this is right by the star Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion.

Trevor Noah shares his thoughts on the lack of diversity in the presidential race

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So, we started off with a massive number of Democratic candidates, and now — with Elizabeth Warren dropping out of the race on Thursday — we're down to just three: Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Tulsi Gabbard (although it's worth noting that the latter has won just two pledged delegates so far). During The Daily Show , Trevor Noah played a clip of Warren talking about how the discussion around se

Cheap beats deals: Powerbeats 3 hit their lowest price ever at Amazon

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If you’re looking for cheap Beats deals you’re in luck, Amazon have just come through with the lowest Powerbeats 3 price we’ve seen here at TechRadar - an astounding $69.99 .
With a total saving of $130, you can now own these once premium buds at a much more affordable price, although we can’t say for certain how long this cheap beats deal will last, so act quickly.

7 ways to help quell coronavirus-related anxiety

100+Mashable / 4h
"I think the most useful thing that people can do at this stage is to find some trusted sources of information like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , or the World Health Organization , or some of our major media, and just stick to them for information," said Fischhoff.
"With cases of confirmed coronavirus infections creeping up, and the media seeming to put a spotlight on the virus, it’s easy to become anxious about it, especially if you or a loved one have a compromised immune system," said Dr. Diana Gall, a medical doctor at Doctor4U, a confidential online doctor service.

Beat this game to beat the coronavirus

Popular Mechanics / 4h
As Foldit puts it in their FAQ section, “ the goal is to take folding strategies that human players have come up with while playing the game and automate these strategies to make protein-prediction software more effective.”
Do you want to help find a vaccine for the coronavirus, but don’t want to go through the trouble of having to get your Phd in medical research or molecular biology?

Twitch suspends gamer Carl Reimer after shooting gun

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A video-game streamer has been suspended from Twitch and dropped from his e-sports team after accidentally firing a gun while broadcasting live.
Reimer is a popular personality on YouTube and Twitter, and had more than 100,000 followers on Twitch - the Amazon-owned live streaming platform - before being suspended.

The Morning After: Sonos stops using 'recycle mode' to brick old devices

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Also: Xbox Series X speculation and first impressions of TCL's foldable tablet concept The Engadget Podcast: Coronavirus hits tech and a chat with 'Cosmos' Ann Druyan
TCL paid a visit to New York to show off its latest smartphone prototypes, and while this included a tri-fold tablet, the more interesting of the pair is what the company says is the "world's first rollable extendable display smartphone concept." In short, the device has a roll-up extension to the screen, using similar tech to the roll-up TVs we've seen over the last few years.

The Critical Points: Why I’m not slowing down my travel during coronavirus

100+The Points Guy / 4h
Each week in his column “ The Critical Points ,” TPG Loyalty and Engagement Editor Richard Kerr presents his opinion on a loyalty program, card product or recent news that he believes is overlooked, unsung or the result of groupthink taking mass opinion in a direction with which he doesn’t agree.
When I began seeing this new coronavirus as the next potential disease to cause a pandemic, I dug for what research I could find from sources I deemed to be the best educated, least biased and most likely to present an accurate assessment of the seriousness of COVID-19 (‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ ‘D’ for disease and the ’19’ for 2019).

Airbnb and three other P2P rental platforms agree to share limited pan-EU data

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So it’s notable the Commission’s initial data-sharing arrangement with the four platforms does not include any information about the number or properties being rented, nor the proportion which are whole property rentals vs rooms in a lived in property — both of which would be highly relevant metrics for cities concerned about short-term rental platforms’ impact on local housing stock and rents.
We asked the Commission if any other data would be shared by the platforms — including aggregated information on the number of properties rented; and whether rentals are whole properties or rooms in a lived in property — but a Commission spokeswoman could not confirm any other data would be provided under the current arrangement.

Google Assistant will lose John Legend's voice on March 23rd

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" #HeyGoogle , serenade me one more time." Enjoy @JohnLegend 's cameo Google Assistant voice before it comes to an end on March 23.
Google previewed Legend's Assistant voice at its 2018 I/O developers conference, and from the start, it was supposed to be available for a limited time only.

Oppo Watch just launched and it looks a lot like the Apple Watch

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For comparison, the largest Apple Watch 5 model has a 1.78-inch screen with a 448 x 368 resolution.
The battery is 430mAh in the 46mm model and 300mAh in the 41mm one, and can apparently last 40 hours of regular use, which sounds like a fairly average amount, but switch to power-saving mode and Oppo claims it'll run for up to 21 days.

This $630 Alienware R8 Desktop Deal Is Otherworldly

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Aside from the meager amount of RAM it comes with, this gaming PC has everything you’ll want to start playing games.
When I first saw this deal , I had a bit of a hard time believing it was legit.

I had to pay two cancellation fees — reader mistake story

The Points Guy / 5h
Today, I want to share a story from TPG reader Lisa , who booked herself and her husband on separate reservations for a trip to Europe :
I have been saving points for his retirement years, and while I was searching for flights on my phone, I saw that my husband also had enough miles for him to fly business class one-way on American Airlines.

In Planes and Trains, Mini-Mops and Fog Machines Battle Coronavirus

100+Wired / 5h
Hertzberg, who studies how disease moves through planes at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, says you can confine your wary looks to your immediate neighbors in your row, the one in front of you, and the one behind.
As the novel coronavirus steadily moves from country to country and city to city, airlines, bus companies, and transit operators find themselves suddenly at the front lines of a public health crisis.

The Factory Where They Engineer Massive Water Art Pieces

100+Wired / 5h
When it comes to engineering water features, “controlling turbulence is the name of the game,” says Garrett Young, who leads WET’s team of 40 engineers.
These effects are compounded by variables like air flow, temperature, or textured surfaces, which make it staggeringly difficult to get a large water feature to behave.

Best Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra Cases: Spigen, Otterbox

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Samsung's latest phones, the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus , and S20 Ultra , start at $1,000 and go all the way up to $1,400.
Then I dropped a phone hard enough to shatter its glass, and immediately reconsidered my stance.

Your smartphone is dirtier than a toilet seat. Here's how to disinfect it.

500+Mashable / 5h
That means two things: It's okay to clean your phone with a damp cloth and you should stick with mild cleaning solutions to avoid damaging the glass coating.
But, it's safe to assume that they all can be cleaned in the same way because their surfaces share similar features: glass screens and/or casings with oil-repellent (oleophobic) coating, and some degree of water resistance.

Is The American & Etihad Partnership Ending?

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It sure appears 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.
With these two airlines getting closer, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the American and Etihad partnership end:

Rocket Report: Psyched up for Falcon Heavy, another SLS launch delay

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With less than a minute to go in the countdown, a sensor delivered some data about the rocket that Astra's chief executive, Chris Kemp, said "really concerned us." Despite the prospect of losing out on a $2 million check from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (and potentially $10 million more later this month), Astra engineers halted the launch attempt.
In a feature published this week, Ars revealed that Relativity has expanded its portfolio at NASA's Stennis Space Center to encompass two test cells at the E-2 complex.

Bendable concrete can withstand earthquakes

Popular Mechanics / 5h
To get around these disadvantages, researchers from the Swinburne University of Technology have created a type of concrete capable of bending under stress thanks to the use of waste materials instead of cement.
According to Dr. Behzad Nematollahi, a researcher who worked on the material, the newly developed concrete emits up to 70% less carbon dioxide when compared to conventional concrete and uses 36% less energy to produce.

Nasty Trickbot malware exploits people’s Coronavirus fears

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Malicious hackers are using people’s fear of the Coronavirus to spread malware, known as Trickbot, by emailing an official-looking message that claims to contain a document listing some helpful precautions.
As Sophos points out, this malware has been doing the rounds before, but used spam emails that tried to trick people into opening the document, as it had information about credit cards or loans.

Starring Nick Offerman as bearded tech-bro enigma, FX’s Devs has a lot going on

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Software engineer Lily (Sonoya Mizuno, the actor behind Kyoko in Ex-Machina here again working with Garland) works at Amaya, an ambiguous but clearly industry-leading quantum-computing company.
Staff includes folks like former political-security-vet-turned-chief-of-security Kenton (Zach Grenier), devs both young and old like teen-ish Lyndon (Cailee Spaeny) and maybe-old-boomer Stewart (Stephen McKinley Henderson), and Lily's talented Russian boyfriend Sergei (Karl Glusman).

Oppo's first Android smartwatch borrows a lot from Apple

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Much like the latest Apple Watches, Oppo's smartwatch lets you make phone calls via an eSIM, make payments via NFC (at least in China) and keep track of your vitals like heart rate, exercise performance, menstrual cycles and sleeping quality.
The smaller 41mm version will cost 1,499 yuan or about $220, and it comes in black, white or pink.

Canon EOS M5 hits lowest ever price in this 40% off deal

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If you're looking for a bargain mirrorless camera, then this Canon EOS M5 deal could be hard to beat – its kit lens bundle is currently 40% off in this excellent 'Argos on eBay' price slash.
This deal bundles the camera with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens, which is a good all-rounder zoom lens for beginners, particularly for travel or landscapes shooting.

Latest Intel CPUs have 'impossible to fix' security flaw

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New warnings claim that pretty much every Intel processor released in the last five years has a security flaw baked into the silicon which can’t actually be fixed as such, although the chip maker has already implemented mitigations.
So in other words, you need physical access (or local access, potentially in some cases, Positive Technologies qualifies) to the machine to attempt to leverage the vulnerability, which coupled with the sophisticated nature of the attack, makes this a difficult exploit to pull off.

This Panasonic Smart TV ticks all of the boxes

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TL;DR: The Panasonic 49-inch 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart TV is on sale for £329 on Amazon , saving you 34% on list price.
The Panasonic 49-inch 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart TV covers all the essentials, and now costs just £329 on Amazon .

The Five Best PC Upgrades to Improve Performance

34How-To Geek / 5h
Upgrading a PC? Your choices range from installing more RAM to custom building a case designed for a DIY liquid cooling system. Which upgrades are the best depends on your PC. What specs does it have right now? Are you gaming, editing 4K videos, or just browsing the web? Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Today Only: Earn 5x Airline Miles On Apple Purchases

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Today (Friday, March 6, 2020) you can earn the following number of bonus miles for Apple purchases:
Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional miles & points for purchases you’d make anyway.

Oppo makes a statement with the powerful Find X2 Pro phone

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Notably, the 48-megapixel sensor is Sony's new IMX689, which should be a considerable improvement from the 48-megapixel IMX586 sensor which we've seen on several recent Android phones, including Oppo's own Reno3 Pro .
Oppo also launched a slightly less powerful smartphone, the Find X2, which is the same size and has very similar specs, with the biggest differences being 256 instead of 512GB of storage, and a slightly weaker rear camera.

Sonos U-turn over 'bricking' its smart speakers

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"Customers still receive a 30% discount on new Sonos products, but they can now choose what to do with their old device - continue to use it, give it to a friend, donate it to charity, responsibly recycle it at their local e-waste facility or send it back to Sonos via a prepaid shipping label."
But owners had to activate "Recycle Mode" on their existing Sonos speaker, making it permanently unusable - even if there was nothing wrong with it.

Fiction's deadliest pandemics and what they tell us about coronavirus panic

49Mashable / 5h
Each of the books below follows the same chilling template: A virus suddenly grips a complacent world, civilization breaks down in a matter of weeks, and one or more survivors roam around, marveling at how quickly everything returns to nature.
While public health officials are out there at all hours desperately trying to save humanity from potential pandemics — including the latest threat, the new coronavirus — fiction writers can spend entire careers threatening to murder us by the same means.

Japan's public broadcaster sets its 8K schedule for the Tokyo Olympics

68Engadget / 5h
As far as the events available, NHK says it will have both the opening and closing ceremonies in 8K, including the first live broadcast at that resolution shot from a helicopter.
Wherever 8K viewing is available it seems likely we'll get a similar set of things to watch, so stay tuned for any details from NBC or well-connected event spaces that can put a Super Hi-Vision broadcast on the big screen.

American Airlines Expands Change Fee Waiver

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With American Airlines’ initial waiver, the airline waived change fees for tickets booked between March 1 and March 16, 2020, but only allowed changes made at least 14 days prior to travel.
Over the past several days we’ve seen most of the major US airlines start waiving change fees on newly booked tickets, including JetBlue , Alaska Airlines , Delta Air Lines , and United Airlines .

Where is the Oppo Watch? Smartwatch fails to show up at its own launch event

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The Oppo Watch was due to be unveiled alongside the new Find X2 and Find X2 Pro , but the company seems to have delayed the launch for an unknown reason. Previously, Oppo tweeted saying it would be unveiling its first smartwatch alongside the Oppo Find X2 series, but the company instead mentioned during its launch event that it'll be coming later. You can see the original teaser tweet below: A re
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Only a few days left to pre-order Samsung S20 Plus and Ultra deals with free earbuds

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Of course, you could always wait for Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus deals, or for the larger Ultra to be released and offer up some savings further down the line.
Want to pre-order one of these two Samsung phone deals ?

Tom Holland gets asked awkward questions by precocious little kids

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There are unwritten rules about what you can and can't ask a celebrity. But if you happen to be a small and adorable child, those rules go completely out the window. In the BBC Radio 1 interview above, Tom Holland must do his best to tackle pre-recorded questions from tiny, inquisitive children. These questions include such gems as "What do you regret most in your life?" and "Who is the biggest d

Virgin Media data breach 'links customers to porn'

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Virgin Media has reported a data breach affecting 900,000 customers, caused by a failure to secure a marketing database.
Virgin Media first became aware of the issue last week, after it was identified by a researcher at security firm TurgenSec.

The Last of Us developer talks up PS5 graphics for rendering hair (and hair gel)

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In an interview with IGN , several game developers – including Bruce Stanley, ex-creative director at The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog – spoke about the practical graphical improvements available to them on next-gen consoles, and the kinds of environmental effects that their increased processing power made possible.
Straley talked up the ability of that increased GPU power for rendering “smoke, water, wind”, and especially making sure those elements have a realistic effect on character models: “It’s always been really difficult to make really good hair.

Sonos finally cans controversial Recycle Mode for older wireless speakers

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The program, which offered a 30% discount on new models to owners of older Sonos speakers, originally required customers to put their old speaker into Recycle Mode, rendering it totally unusable.
When Sonos introduced the Trade Up program in October last year , customers were required to effectively kill old devices to take advantage of that 30% discount; putting speakers into Recycle Mode meant that their data was wiped and they were permanently deactivated.

Cathay Pacific hit with £500,000 ICO data breach penalty

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Reports suggest that the penalty was decided according to the Data Protection Act 1998, instead of the new GDPR policies "due to the timing of the incidents in this investigation." This resulted in a fine of just £500,000, however, under the newer policies, the airline would have faced a hefty penalty of approximately four percent of its global turnover, equivalent to around £470 million.
According to the ICO, the Hong Kong-based airline did not have appropriate security measures in place between October 2014 and May 2018, and only became aware of the exploit three years later when the hackers tried a brute force password-guessing attack.

The key AIOps trends of 2020

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This is because AIOps will be able to process a greater number of data types to IT teams alone, and automation and simplification of straightforward processes will free up these experts’ time to focus on more complex tasks that can’t be achieved by AI itself.
Automatic remediation will become a key feature of many AIOps tools in 2020, marking a clear step change for IT professionals as they work to close the gap between detecting issues, diagnosing problems and remediating incidents.

Google's DeepMind is using AI to help scientists understand coronavirus

100+Mashable / 7h
In a post Thursday, DeepMind (which was acquired by Google in 2014 and is now a subsidiary of Alphabet), said it has put its AlphaFold system to create "structure predictions of several under-studied proteins associated with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19."
But AlphaFold is using newly-developed methods to provide "accurate predictions of the protein structure" with no prior knowledge, the company claims.

Get schooled in data science, then snag a fatter paycheck

36Mashable / 7h
But you do need to know your stuff, and this 2020 All-in-One Data Scientist Mega Bundle is one way to play catch up.
TL;DR: Learn how to interpret data with The 2020 All-in-One Data Scientist Mega Bundle for $39.99, a 99% savings as of March 6.

This one-stop branding solution builds your business a logo using AI

32Mashable / 7h
TL;DR: Create your own custom logo with the Logomaker Premium Plan for just $18.99, a 80% savings as of March 6.
This one-stop branding solution builds your business a logo using AI

6 decent emergency kits that are still in stock on Amazon (for now)

Mashable / 7h
When building (or buying) an emergency kit, here's a basic idea of what it should include, according to :
But, we also aren't going to tell you that it's a bad idea to be prepared in case of emergencies — whether that's an epidemic-fueled quarantine or lack of power caused by a storm.

This budgeting app will help you evaluate your spending habits

32Mashable / 7h
TL;DR: Organize all your financial accounts in one place with a lifetime subscription to the Wallet Personal Budgeting App for $34.99, a 20% savings as of March 6.
Wallet Personal Budgeting App is just one of many out there that help you manage your money and, dare I say, even makes it fun.

A hybrid AI model lets it reason about the world’s physics like a child

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But the latter three categories, which specifically require causal reasoning to answer, often stump deep-learning systems.
The questions fall into four categories: descriptive (eg: “What shape is the object that collides with the cyan cylinder?”

OPPO Find X2 Pro Hands-on: Power and comfort in a single package

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That has changed recently and OPPO’s flagships have become showcases of its best ideas and implementations and the OPPO Find X2 is that latest smorgasbord of mobile innovation.
It may not be the first to use a 120Hz QHD+ AMOLED screen thanks to the Galaxy S20 Ultra but, unlike Samsung’s current implementation, the OPPO Find X2 doesn’t take away your freedom to burn through your battery in less than a day.

Disney Plus UK's huge launch line-up revealed, from Star Wars to the MCU

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TV shows-wise, Disney Plus isn't quite as strong, but Star Wars fans can check out every season of The Clone Wars and Rebels, which are fantastic animated series.
With 30 seasons of The Simpsons to stream, 500 films and 350 shows, this is a significant offering for £5.99 a month – Marvel and Star Wars fans in particular won't be disappointed when the service finally lands on March 24.

Apple is rejecting coronavirus apps to limit virus misinformation

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One developer told CNBC that Apple rejected its coronavirus-related app, saying that "apps with information about current medical information need to be submitted by a recognized institution."
Apple, for one, is rejecting all coronavirus-related mobile apps that aren't from the government or official health organizations, developers told the news organization.

Death Stranding videos show how good the PC port will look with ultrawide monitors

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Hideo Kojima himself also recently took the time to show off the photo mode which will be coming to the PC port of Death Stranding, which, as the name suggests, allows you to take in-game snaps of any particularly beautiful or memorable scenes (with the ability to get creative and frame and edit these photos in a number of different ways).
Death Stranding is making some serious efforts to put a shine on the PC port, and one part of that is support for ultrawide monitors .

Enterprise security in 2020: it takes a village of experts

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By working together to share more information, these teams can set the organisation’s governance plan in place and then ensure that both security and privacy policies are in line with the regulatory requirements for their industry.
Managing this task is even more challenging due to regulatory mandates such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) , the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

India’s Yes Bank breakdown disrupts Walmart’s PhonePe among a dozen other services

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Tens of millions of merchants and users in India are struggling to make online transactions and use several popular services after the nation’s central bank seized control of Yes Bank , the fourth largest lender in the country.
The emergency takeover of the private sector bank has taken off several financial startups that rely on it to facilitate services such as processing QR codes, point-of-sale terminals as well as transactions through popular UPI infrastructure .

Greece’s Convert Group raises €1.2M to bring e-commerce visibility to FMCG

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Convert Group , a startup based in Athens that offers a SaaS to help FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) brands understand how they are performing across e-commerce, has raised €1.2 million in seed funding.
“As strange as it may seem, e-commerce market share [data] for FMCGs in value, volume or units was virtually non-existent across the world,” Convert Group founder and CEO Panayotis Gezerlis tells me.

Mark Cuban backs ChatableApps, developer of a hearing assist app that removes background noise

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Alongside Simpson, the company’s co-founders are Brendan O’Driscoll, Aidan Sliney and George Boyle — the original team behind the music discovery app Soundwave ( acquired by Spotify ) — and later joined by CEO Giles Tongue, formerly of wearable tech startup NURVV, who has been tasked with taking the business forward.
The company has built a smartphone app that provides hearing assistance by removing background noise in near real-time.

UCT researcher’s biochemistry breakthrough

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“The synthesis of chemicals using these enzymes could improve the drug discovery platform in Africa,” said Andani Mulelu, another member of the team and research scientist at the H3D Drug Discovery and Development Centre at UCT.
By adopting the technique, Woodward, Mulelu and Angela Kirykowicz were able to produce the first high-resolution visualisation of a cryo-EM protein structure in Africa.

You can now run Android on your iPhone

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Although it has to be said that is no simple process, as you’ll be required to jailbreak your iPhone before downloading the beta, also note that Project Sandcastle only works for the iPhone 7 and 7+, and it doesn’t exactly act like a fully-fledged Android device would, but hey, the fact that you can actually run Android on an Apple device is pretty amazing.
This isn’t the first time the Corellium crew has bypassed Apple’s notoriously hard OS and run a version of Android on an iPhone.

Click News: Warehouse robots work together in trial

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BBC Click’s Soila Apparicio looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

James Corden and Usher breaking bad news to people with songs is hilariously ridiculous

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You've got to hand it to James Corden and his team of writers. Although they've pumped out a huge number of sketches over the last few years, they're still coming up with fresh ideas. Even if some of those ideas are a little outside the box. In the video above, James Corden is faced with a variety of situations where he's forced to break bad news to people. And whenever his falteringly polite Bri

Cape Town considers hosting Formula E

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After conducting a study in 2019 to see if Cape Town would be able to host a Formula E race, Jaguar South Africa has shared an interest in making the race happen.
Jaguar South Africa and Cape Town officials will be joined by e-Movement to make this plan a reality.

One billion Android devices at risk of hacking

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Google's own data suggests that 42.1% of Android users worldwide are on version 6.0 of its operating system or below.
It said it shared its findings with Google but the tech giant "failed to provide reassurance that it has plans in place to help users whose devices were no longer supported".

Unfixable Flaw in Intel Chipsets Opens Encrypted Data to Hackers

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If your computer uses an Intel chipset made in the last five years, it could be leaving you vulnerable to hackers thanks to a critical flaw in its read-only memory (ROM).
Security researchers with Positive Technologies sounded the alarm about the vulnerability in a blog post Thursday , describing it as a doomsday-level threat in no uncertain terms.

SpaceX will fly space tourists to the ISS as soon as next year

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Houston-based private space company Axiom has forged a partnership with SpaceX to fly paying tourists to the ISS as soon as the second half of 2021.
In fact, it signed another deal with Space Adventures in February to take tourists on a free-flying trip to orbit the Earth at two to three times the altitude of the ISS.