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Coronavirus: NHS dashboard to predict protective gear shortages

NHS UK Free 85000 GfC43KBBC News - Technology / 8h
Tech firms will help the NHS spot where kit is running scarce, but privacy campaigners are concerned.

Dog interrupts meteorologist's at-home broadcast in the best way possible

500+Mashable / 1h
A Very Good Boy interrupted his owner's broadcast, but still stole all of our hearts. During a broadcast earlier this month, Fox 13 meteorologist Paul Dellegatto tried to present the evening's forecast. But the Tampa Bay reporter couldn't get the forecast maps to work because his dog, Brody, kept whacking his computer. Fed up, Dellegatto got Brody to join him on camera for some pets. "Next time b

Intel's flagship 10th-gen desktop CPU has 10 cores, reaches 5.3GHz

Intel Gen Comet Lake2KEngadget / 9h
It's about time. After months of leaks and rumors , Intel has pulled back the curtain on its 10th generation "S-series" desktop chips, with the Core i9-10900K leading the pack. For around $500, you'll get a 10-core processor that can reach up to 5.3GHz, with a base speed of 3.7GHz. And best of all, it's an actual 10th-gen chip, unlike the confusingly-named X-series processors Intel launched last


American Airlines Makes Face Masks Mandatory

36One Mile at a Time / 15min
Following the lead of JetBlue and then Frontier , American Airlines has become the third US airline to require passengers to wear face masks (and the first of the “big three”). American Airlines makes face coverings mandatory As of May 11, 2020, American Airlines will make face coverings over the nose and mouth mandatory for all customers while onboard aircraft. American Airlines notes that very

Democrats Seek Billions for U.S. Students Trapped at Home Without Internet

Gizmodo / 16min
Classrooms are deserted and parents are grappling with exceptional challenges under the nationwide lockdown. None face a greater disadvantage, however, than those living in broadband dead zones. In poor and rural areas, many parents are driving their kids every day to the first place they can find with good wifi. The… Read more...

Global air travel shows first growth in 8 weeks

The Points Guy / 20min
Global air passenger traffic may have hit rock bottom and be on the way to recovery, even if it’s an incredibly modest one. That’s according to new data from flight-data firm Cirium, which reported that the number of schedule passenger flights operating on Wednesday, April 28, was 4% higher than the previous Wednesday (April 21). If 4% sounds like a small bounce, it is. But it marks the first tim

The ADL Calls Out Steam for Giving Extremists a Pass

44Wired / 21min
The nonprofit has identified hundreds of profiles that espouse hate, with little attempt from the gaming platform to stop them.

American Airlines Will Begin Requiring Passengers To Wear Face Masks

30View from the Wing / 29min
To show how quickly things are changing - the modern day equivalent of one being as a thousand years and a thousand years one day - it was only Monday that American announced flight attendants would be required to wear masks and that starting May 1 they'd begin to roll out complimentary masks for customers as an option, subject to supply chain and operational constraints. Indeed it was just six w

Smartphone shipments dropped 13% globally, and COVID-19 is to blame

80TechCrunch / 32min
We knew it was going to be bad — but not necessarily “lowest level since 2013” bad. As Apple was busy reporting its earnings , Canalys just dropped some of its own figures — and they’re not pretty. After two quarters of much-needed growing, the global smartphone market just took a big hit. And you no doubt already know who the culprit is. The mobile industry joins countless others that have taken

COVID-19 quarantine boosts smart speaker usage among U.S. adults, particularly younger users

24TechCrunch / 32min
The coronavirus outbreak has driven more consumers to turn to their smart speakers for news, information, music and entertainment, according to new data released today by NPR and Edison Research. Around three-quarters of U.S. adults 18 and up said their routines have been impacted due to COVID-19 and their media habits have changed as a result. Since the outbreak, 35% of U.S. smart speakers owner

Apple boosted by streaming services despite lockdown

100+BBC News - Technology / 33min
While iPhone sales fell due to the lockdown in China, sales of streaming services jumped.

Now Ready for Pre-Order, the Inevitable Disney Face Masks Are Here

20Lifehacker / 33min
Disney Cloth Face Masks (4-Pack) | $20 | Disney Store Read more...

Stock up now, stay later: Marriott entices cardholders with 6x bonus on groceries

The Points Guy / 34min
No matter how you slice it, many travel cards are not providing enough value in the current environment for cardholders to take them out of the sock drawer. Some of the biggest spending categories are not flights and accommodation, but rather household items and essentials like groceries . That makes sense when you consider travel has come to nearly a complete halt. To make its cards more relevan

Fitbit tipped to release 4G smartwatch built for kids

SlashGear / 32min
Fitbit is preparing to expand its presence in the children’s wearables market, a new report claims, with plans to release a 4G smartwatch made specifically for young users. The company is allegedly working with Doki Technologies on this wearable, a company that recently announced plans to stop supporting its own kids’ wearables. The new model, assuming the rumor pans out, … Continue reading

United Airlines Reports $1.7 Billion First Quarter Loss

500+One Mile at a Time / 37min
Over the past couple of weeks some major US airlines have reported their first quarter results, including American Airlines , Delta Air Lines , and Southwest Airlines . While we got a hint of what United Airlines’ first quarter results would look like last week, the airline has now revealed their full first quarter results. United Airlines reports $1.7 billion loss United Airlines has announced a

Bidets rule even when there's not a TP shortage. These are the best ones.

Mashable / 42min
The Great Toilet Paper Famine of 2020 might just be changing the future of U.S. homes — or at least their bathrooms. Bidets have never really caught on in America. When people hear bidet, they either think Europe or extra : Really nice foreign hotels, rich people's houses in movies, or Marie Antoinette's pre-toilet paper chambers. But when coronavirus fears made trips to the grocery store complic

5 things we loved about Netflix's 'Never Have I Ever'

Netflix US Half OneMashable / 42min
Entertainment reporter Proma Khosla breaks down why "Never Have I Ever" is one of Netflix's best teen offerings to date. Read more... More about Entertainment , Netflix , Mashable Video , Never Have I Ever , and Netflix Streaming

Walmart is piloting a pricier 2-hour ‘Express’ grocery delivery service

60TechCrunch / 43min
Record usage of grocery delivery services amid the COVID-19 pandemic has led to delayed orders, fewer open delivery windows, and an inability to even book a delivery time slot, on occasion. Walmart now hopes to capitalize on the increased demand for speedier delivery with the introduction of a new service that allows consumers to pay to get to the front of the line. The retailer confirmed today i

Microsoft opens registration for its free, online Build 2020 developer conference

76TechCrunch / 42min
Microsoft has now opened the registration for the virtual edition of its online-only Build 2020 developer conference, which will take place from May 19 to 20. Typically, the event draws over 6,000 developers, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, that’s obviously not an option. In contrast to Google, which completely scrapped its I/O developer conference this year, Microsoft decided to go ahea

FDA Approves NASA Ventilator for Use on COVID Patients

Futurism / 51min
VITAL A ventilator developed by NASA engineers and designed to save COVID-19 patients was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today under authority of the agency’s Emergency Use Authorization . “This FDA authorization is a key milestone in a process that exemplifies the best of what government can do in a time of crisis,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement .

Apple News hits 125 million monthly active users

Cook Apple Australia68TechCrunch / 58min
During the pandemic crisis, active users of Apple’s news platform hit an all-time high. On an earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared that Apple News had reached 125 million monthly active users. Cook announced the number after revealing the company’s Q2 performance which saw its Products revenue declines year-over-year while Services surged. The company earned Services revenue of $13.35 billion

Scientists Build Rocket Engine Powered by Spiraling Explosions

500+Futurism / 58min
Ring Of Fire For the first time, scientists have tested an experimental rocket engine that they say could change the way we launch spacecraft. The engine, called a rotating detonation rocket engine, propels itself through a continuous series of powerful explosions, according to a University of Central Florida press release . Based on what the researchers found, they say it could make rockets both

Lufthansa Plans To Reduce Fleet Size By 100 Aircraft

71One Mile at a Time / 58min
Lufthansa Group has today revealed what’s on the agenda for the company’s (virtual) Annual General Meeting, taking place on May 5, 2020. Specifically, they’ve shared the remarks that will be made by Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr. At this point there’s not really any bad news that comes as a surprise, but there are some interesting revelations in here. Lufthansa will reduce fleet size by 100 p

Netflix's 'The Half of It' is a pretty good rom-com that could've been a great one

Netflix US Half One20Mashable / 1h
Take the shy nerd meets sweet jock dynamic of To All the Boys I've Loved Before , combine it with the sexual self-discovery of Alex Strangelove and the Cyrano -inspired plotting of Sierra Burgess Is a Loser , add just a dash of the economic anxiety of The Perfect Date , and you might end up with something kinda sorta exactly like The Half of It . For the latest entry in Netflix's original teen ro

SpaceX, Blue Origin will supply NASA with Moon-landing equipment

Blue Origin NASA Moon36Mashable / 1h
Americans are returning to the Moon in 2024, which means NASA's already planning for what it needs to get astronauts safely there. On Thursday, the space agency announced that three U.S. partners will coordinate to deliver human landing system concepts for the lunar mission known as the Artemis program . That mission, which aims to land the first woman on the Moon, will help the agency to prepare

Apple's growth stalls as it deals with COVID-19's impact

54Engadget / 1h
Apple released its quarterly earnings this afternoon for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak began to reshape lives and economies, and the results are unsurprisingly mixed. The company saw slumps in hardware sales almost across the board, but it reported a total of $58.3 billion in revenue -- just edging out its performance this time last year. “Despite COVID-19’s unprecedented global impa

iPhone sales are down, ahead of uncertain times for the industry

48TechCrunch / 1h
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Apple device sales have taken a hit, but the company’s services are doing swell. The iPhone, the longtime cornerstone of the company’s hardware portfolio hit $28.96 billion in revenue for Q2, down from $31.1 billion from this time last year. The iPad and Mac lines saw drops for the quarter, as well. The company had already sounded the alarm bells for a wea

A new pro bono portal just launched for lawyers looking to help people hit hard by the pandemic

67TechCrunch / 1h
The coronavirus pandemic has laid low a lot of Americans, more than 62,000 of whom have already died since the beginning of March and 30 million more who are now out of work owing to the resultant shutdown of most businesses and public gathering places. The collective crisis it has created is so massive that any type of coordinated effort is a challenge to pull together. Fortunately, that hasn’t

Trivago And Other Booking Sites Want A Bailout From Google

View from the Wing / 1h
Trivago, which is majority-owned by Expedia, along with 7 other companies wants Google to stop trying to collect on first quarter ad spending. These companies bought advertising, sold travel, but in many cases the trips didn’t happen – so they aren’t seeing revenue from those sales. These companies are looking to the German government for bailouts, and want a bailout from Google as well because t

Amazon plans to spend $4 billion on COVID-related expenses

46Engadget / 1h
Fueled in part by a massive uptick in demand for groceries and other essential items, Amazon reported a big jump in sales for the first quarter in 2020. But that also equated to a sharp increase in costs, which unfortunately resulted in lower profits, and a dip in Amazon’s stock in after-hour trading. In the company’s latest earnings release , it reported net sales of $75.5 billion, which is 26 p

She-Ra’s Explosive Final Season Trailer Brings the War to End All Wars to Etheria

100+Gizmodo / 1h
It’s time for Catra and Adora to face off once and for all—this time with more than just their former friendship at stake, but all of Etheria and the universe beyond it . Read more...

First Responders Can Get Their Google Pixels Repaired for Free

Google Pixel 4A 3ALifehacker / 1h
Google is teaming up with the third-party tech repairs company uBreakiFix to offer free, Google-approved Pixel repairs to all first responders and healthcare professional. This includes all: Read more...

Delta says goodbye to the last ‘Mad Dogs’ flying in the US amid coronavirus retirements

The Points Guy / 1h
Delta Air Lines will retire its last McDonnell Douglas MD-88s and MD-90s in June, bidding goodbye to two jets that have worn the widget for more than 30 years. The June timeline comes weeks after the Atlanta-based carrier made known that both aircraft, colloquially known as “Mad Dogs,” would depart the fleet this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Neither jet is due to receive much fanfare for

Apple Q2 FY20 iPhone, Mac, iPad net sales down, yet total is up – how?

SlashGear / 1h
Apple reported Q2 FY20 results this afternoon with an odd spread of ups and downs in individual product category net sales. Generally we see one of the three categories down, and the others up, when it comes to iPhone, Mac, and iPad, but this time, things were different. This time, all three were down, and Apple’s two other main product … Continue reading

Apple set new all-time and quarterly records in Q2 2020 despite pandemic

SlashGear / 1h
Apple has announced the financial details for its second fiscal quarter, reporting that despite the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic downturn, the company set new all-time and quarterly revenue records. The quarter, which ended on March 28, pulled in $58.3 billion in revenue, a one-percent jump over the same quarter last year. International markets drove the sales during this quarter.

Garnish Your Cocktails With Booze-Soaked Dried Fruit

Lifehacker / 1h
Shelf-stable is all the rage these days, and bopping to the store for a fruity cocktail garnish is not what most would deem “essential.” If you’re out of fresh citrus to zest, and your cocktail cherry supply is dwindling, reach for some dried fruit, and then soak it in booze. Read more...

Meteorologists Describe ‘Gargantuan Hail’ From Epic Storm in Argentina

24Gizmodo / 1h
Two years ago, a severe storm in Argentina produced hailstones reaching 9 inches wide, prompting meteorologists to propose an entirely new term: “gargantuan hail.” Scientists don’t fully understand how such enormous balls of ice can take shape, but the 2018 storm is providing some tantalizing new clues. Read more...

FDA authorizes a ventilator developed by NASA’s JPL for emergency use in COVID-19 treatment

76TechCrunch / 1h
The U.F. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a new ventilator designed by engineers working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, for emergency use as outlined in the agency’s COVID-19 guidelines. The ventilator, which has an acronym because this is NASA we’re talking about, is called ‘VITAL’ (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally) and its design is being offered for

Amazon investors told to 'take a seat' as demand jumps

300+BBC News - Technology / 1h
Amazon's sales surged 26%, but costs are also up due to spending on safety precautions and wages.

Apple’s Q2 earnings show flat year-over-year revenue growth due to pandemic

64TechCrunch / 1h
Apple delivered a rough Q2 earnings report Thursday, besting investor expectations but showing a significant growth slowdown as the coronavirus pandemic deeply impacted the company’s business. Apple’s stock was largely unchanged in after-hours trading. The company shared that in Q2 it earned $58.30 billion in revenue, better than the $54.54 billion investors were expecting. The figure represents

AWS hits $10B for the quarter putting it on a $40B run rate

80TechCrunch / 1h
AWS, the cloud arm of Amazon would be a pretty successful business on its own. Today, the company announced it has passed $10 billion for the quarter, putting the cloud business on an impressive run rate of more than $40 billion. It was a bright spot for the company in an earnings report that saw it report net income of $2.5 billion, down a $1 billion from a year ago. Still, most companies would

Charge All Your Essentials With a Portable Generator

Lifehacker / 1h
Suaoki Portable Generator | $76 | Amazon | Promo code NBVFMA8N Read more...

Finally, some good news for cruisers worried about strict new boarding rules

The Points Guy / 1h
Things are looking up for older travelers who love to cruise. New rules that some cruise lines announced in March that would have restricted access to ships for some older travelers appear to be off the table. The rules, which never went into effect due to the worldwide shutdown of cruising that same month, banned travelers ages 70 and up from cruising unless they had a letter from a qualified tr

The Best Places to Find Free eBooks

28Lifehacker / 1h
My go-to way to escape the coronavirus pandemic has been to crack open a good book and get lost in its pages. In the video above, I share how you can get your hands on eBooks without spending a dime. Read more...

Face ID doesn’t work when you’re wearing a mask—Apple’s about to fix that

80Ars Technica / 1h
Enlarge / The TrueDepth sensor array on the iPhone. (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple's Face ID method for authenticating on recent iPhones offers a number of security benefits, and it's a neat trick to boot. But in a pandemic-stricken world where many people either opt to or are even required to wear protective masks, users have discovered that Face ID doesn't usually work when they need it to. Those

Razer Opus is a set of noise-cancelling headphones with THX audio

54Engadget / 1h
Much like its cute Pikachu earbuds , Razer once again proves that it can make cool headphones without slapping three snakes and RGB onto them. According to Engadget Chinese , the latest product to benefit from this cleaner design cue is the Razer Opus , which are a pair of active noise-cancelling wireless headphones certified by the company’s very own THX . But before you get too excited, note th

Nintendo’s usual June Direct may be a no-go

Nintendo June Switch28SlashGear / 1h
If you were counting on Nintendo to host a new Direct in June, you may not want to get your hopes up. A new report today is saying that while the company originally planned on debuting a new Direct in June, it can no longer do that. The reason? Like everything else that’s been delayed or even halted entirely, it … Continue reading

OpenAI’s new experiments in music generation create an uncanny valley Elvis

79TechCrunch / 1h
AI-generated music is a fascinating new field, and deep-pocketed research outfit OpenAI has hit new heights in it, creating recreations of songs in the style of Elvis, 2Pac, and others. The results are convincing, but fall squarely in the unnerving “uncanny valley” of audio, sounding rather like good, but drunk, karaoke heard through a haze of drugs. Jukebox, the organization’s new music-generati

Fairphone and /e/ team up to build open source, sustainable smartphone

48Ars Technica / 2h
The Fairphone 3, now with a new /e/ OS option. [credit: /e/ ] Fairphone and e Foundation are teaming up and taking the rare step of selling a non-Google Android phone to the public. The Fairphone 3, a midrange smartphone originally released in September 2019, can now come pre-loaded with the /e/ OS, a fork of Android that replaces the usual suite of Google apps and services with open source optio

Amazon Q1 beats on net sales of $75.5B but posts net income of $2.5B, down $1B on a year ago

100+TechCrunch / 2h
Amazon has been one of the biggest names synonymous with how the consumer masses are experiencing life under lockdown: its site lets you buy anything from soup to nuts, from books to baking pans for all your sourdough; and via its streaming services, it gives you many ways stay entertained. But it can also be a source of major frustration, when you find yourself unable to book slots for deliverie

Rep. Schiff wants Google and Twitter to use COVID-19 misinformation warnings

100+Engadget / 2h
One of the challenges to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic is curbing the spread of misinformation. Google , YouTube and Twitter have each taken steps to provide accurate info and remove false content, but Congressman Adam Schiff says that’s not enough. In letters sent to the CEOs of Alphabet, YouTube and Twitter, Schiff asks the companies to also notify users when they have interacted with coronavi

How to Watch the Virtual Kentucky Derby This Weekend

85Lifehacker / 2h
The Kentucky Derby was originally slated to happen this weekend, but like most everything else worth getting excited about, it has been postponed to later in the year. This is only the second time the race has even been postponed in its storied 146-year history. (The first time was in 1945, in the final year of World… Read more...

Marriott Credit Cards Offering 6x Points On Groceries

25One Mile at a Time / 2h
Given how much consumer behavior has changed in the past several weeks, suffice to say that many credit card bonus categories aren’t as useful as they used to be. For example, at this point I think many of us would trade in bonus points on airfare and hotels for bonus points on toilet paper. Along those lines, we’ve seen some card issuers get creative with bonus categories. Now we’re seeing somet

The Seafloor Is Absolutely Littered in Microplastic

23Gizmodo / 2h
Plastic garbage floating on the ocean may draw the most outrage, but it accounts for just 1 percent of the 10 million tons of plastic that get into the world’s oceans every year. The rest of it ends up in the deep ocean, and new research has revealed where it’s accumulating. Read more...

Extra Crunch Live: Join Hunter Walk for a Q&A May 7th at 1 pm ET/10 am PT

52TechCrunch / 2h
We are not slowing down the pace of our Extra Crunch Live discussions. Fresh off our chat with Mark Cuban , we’re already gearing up for next week, which will bring us an investor from Sequoia, and, later in the week, Hunter Walk of Homebrew . Homebrew is a seed-stage venture capital fund that has invested in startups like Plaid, Cheddar and Managed by Q, all of which sold for nine and 10-figure

Strip Clubs Are Offering “Drive-Thru” Experiences During Pandemic

1KFuturism / 2h
A strip club in Oregon called Lucky Devil Lounge has created a “drive-thru” strip club experience to keep its business going during the pandemic, Oregon Live reports . Customers slowly drive through a tent that contains four dancers and a DJ. The first 50 cars get a free roll of toilet paper. “You pull in and you get one or two songs with the gogos, then we bring your food out to you and then you

New Red Hat CEO Paul Cormier faces a slew of challenges in the midst of pandemic

72TechCrunch / 2h
When former Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst moved on to become president at parent company IBM earlier this month, the logical person to take his place was long-time executive Paul Cormier. As he takes over in the most turbulent of times, he still sees a company that is in the right place to help customers modernize their approach to development as they move more workloads to the cloud. We spoke to Co

What to Do if You Get a Bill for Your Coronavirus Test

40Lifehacker / 2h
You’re not supposed to get a bill for coronavirus tests. But as anyone who’s ever gotten a surprise medical bill can tell you, just because you’re not expecting to be charged doesn’t mean you won’t be. Read more...

The latest 'Apex Legends' hero is a master thief named Loba

Apex Legends Season 5 Loba53Engadget / 2h
Respawn Entertainment has detailed what players can expect from season five of Apex Legends . Fortune's Favor will start on May 12th, one week later than expected. The most exciting addition is a new playable character named Loba. Respawn released an animated trailer detailing her background, which you can watch below. If Loba looks familiar, it's because she has a connection to Revenant , the cy

Amazon Buys Thermal Cameras to Scan Workers For Fevers

100+Futurism / 2h
Blacklisted In order to try and spot coronavirus infections among its workforce, Amazon bought 1,500 heat-sensing security cameras that it plans to install in its facilities. The thermal cameras, manufactured by the Chinese corporation Dahua, are reportedly able to track workers’ temperature from a distance, allowing Amazon to flag anyone who develops a fever, Reuters reports . But it’s a controv

Amazon locks down internal employee communications amid organizing efforts

100+Ars Technica / 2h
Enlarge / Amazon's headquarters on a sunny day in 2018. (credit: Andrei Stanescu | Getty Images ) Amazon is reportedly (and suddenly) enforcing rules limiting employees' internal communication as workers, critical of the company's behavior, become increasingly outspoken and organized. Internal listservs with more than 500 participants are now required to move to a moderated model where a manager

2020 Audi e-tron Sportback gets US pricing and range

SlashGear / 2h
Audi’s 2020 e-tron Sportback will arrive at US dealerships this summer, the automaker has confirmed, pricing up the four-door fastback EV and confirming range estimates ahead of its launch. Announced back in November 2019, the e-tron Sportback will be Audi’s second all-electric production vehicle in the e-tron family, following the original SUV it released last year. This new car falls … Continue

Waze finally adds lane guidance feature, but only for beta users

SlashGear / 2h
Navigation app Waze has finally added a feature that users have been requesting for years, one that helps you get where you’re going without any last-minute chaos. Called lane guidance, the feature alerts users about which lane they need to be in for any upcoming turns or exits, though it is only available to beta users at this point in … Continue reading

How this startup built and exited to Twitter in 1,219 days

100+TechCrunch / 2h
By the summer of 2016, Marie Outtier had spent eight years as a consultant advising media agencies and martech companies on marketing growth strategy. Pierre-Jean “PJ” Camillieri started as a music software engineer before joining one of Apple’s consumer electronics divisions. Inspired by Siri, he left to start Timista, a smart lifestyle assistant. When the two joined forces to co-found Aiden.ai

Galaxy Note 20 leaks point to delight, but not surprise

SlashGear / 2h
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and related devices were leaked several times over the past few weeks and months. The leaks painted a picture of a device that encapsulates the upgrade cycle that’s become par for the course for some of the biggest winners and most unexciting brands in the smartphone market over the past half-decade. The Galaxy Note 20 … Continue reading

Join Us For Today’s OMAAT Virtual Happy Hour!

500+One Mile at a Time / 2h
Today at 6PM ET we’ll be having our weekly OMAAT virtual happy hour . Even though I’m a massive introvert, it’s nice to get some sort of human interaction, even if it’s virtual. We’ve had so much fun with the ones we have done, and many people seem to enjoy them, so we want to keep doing these. For the time being we’re going to: Have a virtual happy hour every Thursday at 6:30PM Eastern / 3:30PM

Banjo suspends state surveillance contracts after report details founder’s white supremacist past

84TechCrunch / 2h
Following an explosive report about the dark past of its founder and CEO Damien Patton, Utah-based company Banjo is facing a backlash in its own backyard. After revelations of Patton’s former ties to a branch of the KKK came to light, Utah’s Attorney General and the University of Utah froze their relationships with the company. Now, the company will suspend all of its contracts in the state. Foll

The Erotic Chaos and Suspense of a Zoom Orgy

Zoom 300M Daily Users67Gizmodo / 2h
Six women, six bedrooms, six boxes on the screen. Aidra Fox, wearing only a bold red lip and pair of socks with cherries on them, pops upright on her bed and says giddily, “I want to get closer.” She scoots down toward her webcam and places knees behind elbows. Kendra Spade leans into the screen and starts licking the… Read more...

American Eagle fleet adjustments will mean fewer cramped regional jets

The Points Guy / 2h
It’s not just mainline carriers that are shaking up their fleets in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. American Airlines has announced the retirement of a number of jet types, including the Boeing 757 and Airbus A330-300 . Now the regional carriers that fly for its Eagle division are making changes of their own. Those operators are purging some of the smallest regional jets from their fleets, red

The best Squarespace templates for your blog

32Mashable / 2h
There’s a good reason why Squarespace is an incredibly popular web building and hosting service: it allows people to build beautiful websites relatively easily and affordably, thanks largely to their drag-and-drop page builders and their templates. While Squarespace might offer less flexibility for experienced coders than other website builders, such as WordPress, Squarespace is user friendly, ev

Bose’s latest noise-cancelling headphones are down to their lowest price yet

24Ars Technica / 2h
Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Today's Dealmaster is headlined by a deal on Bose's Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 , which are currently down to $299 at various retailers. That's $100 off Bose's list price and about $75 off the average price we see them go for online. The catch is that this deal only applies to the white (or "Soapstone") model, but if you like that look, this is the lowest price

'Doom Eternal' isn't the 'Doom' sequel I wanted -- but I still loved it

58Engadget / 2h
How do you follow up a masterpiece? That's the unenviable question the team at id Software had to answer for themselves after they released Doom in 2016. And for some, the answer to that question, Doom Eternal , is going to be a disappointment. Not because it's a bad first-person shooter, but because it's different. Sure, everything you've come to expect from a Doom game is present and accounted

Smart home startup Josh.ai raises $11 million to offer a home assistant alternative to Alexa

100+TechCrunch / 2h
Directly taking on Google and Amazon generally seems to be an ill-advised strategy for a young startup. It’s even more complicated when you’re competing on the home assistants front, a technically complex, capital-intensive future platform into which both tech giants have dumped substantial sums. Over the past few years, the small smart home startup Josh.ai has attempted to do just that, capitali

If Your Mask Has a Valve, It's Half Useless

300+Lifehacker / 3h
If you’re wearing a face mask with a little plastic valve embedded in it, you should know that valves compromise the effectiveness of the mask—and this is true whether your mask is a hardware-store N95 or a designer cloth mask. Read more...

American Airlines has ‘no plans’ to close hubs when it shrinks post-coronavirus

The Points Guy / 3h
American Airlines is promising to come back at all nine of its U.S. hubs even as executives admit that they do not have a full view of the impact the coronavirus pandemic will wreak on the airline business. The promise comes as the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier unveiled deep cuts to its schedule as it continues to grapple with the impact of COVID-19 during a quarterly earnings call on Thursday.

Andreessen Horowitz just closed its second crypto fund

80TechCrunch / 3h
Two years ago, the venture firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) took the wraps off a dedicated crypto fund from a subset of its limited partners, who’d provided the firm with $300 million in capital commitments. Now, the firm says it has closed a second fund in the same vein, this time with $515 million in capital commitments. As general partner Chris Dixon — who leads the fund with general partner Ka

Covid-19 and the workforce: Critical workers, productivity, and the future of AI

64MIT Technology Review / 3h
In less than two months, covid-19 created arguably the world’s largest collective shift in social activity and working practices. Research firm Global Workplace Analytics estimated in a 2018 report that 4.3 million people in the US worked remotely, representing just 3.2% of the country’s workforce. In a March 2020 poll of 375 executives by MIT Technology Review Insights, over two-thirds reported

Health systems are in need of radical change; virtual care will lead the way

69MIT Technology Review / 3h
The covid-19 pandemic has shown us how much health care is in need of not just tweaking but radical change. The pressure on global health systems, providers, and staff has already been increasing to unsustainable levels. But it also illustrates how much can be achieved in times of crisis: for example, China and the UK recently built thousands of extra beds in intensive care units, or ICUs, in les

Burnout Paradise Remastered lands on Switch in June for a hefty price

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A couple of years back, Electronic Arts decided to remaster Burnout Paradise, releasing it on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Toward the beginning of this year, it announced that the remaster would be coming to Switch as well, though at the time it was revealed, we didn’t get a precise release date. Electronic Arts remedied that today by confirming … Continue reading

Study warns the common ways you cook chicken may not be safe

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Properly handling and cooking meat is key to avoiding illnesses caused by pathogens like salmonella, but there’s a fine line between the technical aspects and the art of telling whether a piece of meat has been adequately cooked. A new study recently published in PLOS ONE found that when it comes to chicken, many people who cook it at home … Continue reading

Want your flowers to glow? If you’re OK with GMOs, that’s now an option

85Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge / An image of some of the plant parts imaged under their own glow. (credit: Mitiouchkina et al. ) Wander into the wrong section of a home improvement store and you'll discover entire aisles dedicated to a product category called "landscape lighting." Apparently, many people find it aesthetically pleasing to have systems to illuminate trees and flowers after the Sun goes down. If a group o

You Can Get Apple’s Airpods for $20 off Right Now

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One Airline Now Lets Passengers Buy Up To 8 Empty Seats For Social Distancing

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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 ...

Transform this hammock into a hanging tent in 60 seconds — Future Blink

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With a quick setup, Sunda 2.0 blends the protection of a tent with the comfort of a hammock. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Camping , Hammock , and Future Blink

Zoom tips to take your video conferencing to the next level

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With most people working from home, video conferencing service Zoom has seen a huge surge in popularity. Here's how to stand out during any virtual meeting or hangout. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Zoom , Explainer , and Videoconferencing

Whole Foods Workers Are Starting a Strike Fund

47Gizmodo / 3h
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to highlight the struggles of essential workers, those same workers—who are performing considerably more dangerous jobs than they signed up for—are getting more organized and more sophisticated in their organizing tactics. Case in point: Whole Worker. Read more...

What to Watch Tonight, April 30, 2020

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We’ve almost made it through the week! If you’re looking for something to watch tonight to help you sail into Friday, we’ve done a little digging to find the evening’s best streaming options. Read more...

Watch All Seven Seasons of Parks and Recreation for $30

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Parks and Recreation: The Complete Series | $30 | VUDU Read more...

Upgrade your home theater setup with one of these projectors

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If you're looking for a sleek upgrade to your entertainment setup, try a projector! Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Projector , Nintendo Switch , and Projectors

The absolute best workout apps for exercising at home

23Mashable / 3h
Working out in the gym just isn't in the cards all the time. Whether you don't have time, find gyms to be intimidating, simply don't like going to a physical gym, or something else is preventing you from going, you can still exercise. Workout apps allow you to meet your fitness goals at home, and they may actually be the motivation you need to get moving. Luckily, there are a ton of fitness apps

Zoom says it doesn’t actually have 300 million daily users

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“Daily participants” includes every time a user joins any meeting, whereas “daily users” limits a user to one login per day, regardless of activity. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Zoom , Video Conferencing , and Tech

Microsoft offers virtual graduations with up to 20,000 attendees

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Graduation is a major milestone in most people's lives, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic , many students will miss out on the chance to celebrate their accomplishments with a traditional ceremony this year. However, virtual versions can still go ahead, and an arena-sized audience can attend on Microsoft Teams . From early May through July 1st, holders of a Microsoft Office 365 A1 faculty license,

How to Listen to Library Audiobooks on Sonos

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Bibliophiles rejoice: Sonos now integrates with Libby , the app from audio and e-book service OverDrive, which connects you to free content from your local public library. Read more...

How A.I. Steered Doctors Toward a Possible Coronavirus Treatment

200+NYT > Technology / 3h
Specialists at the London start-up BenevolentAI helped identify the arthritis drug baricitinib, which is now part of a clinical trial.

This Engineer Published Scientific Papers Using a Lego Microscope

100+Futurism / 3h
For Yuksel Temiz, photographing extremely tiny subjects is just part of his job as a microelectronics engineer at IBM’s Zurich Research Laboratory. Temiz works on minuscule devices that use microfluidics: a type of tiny, liquid-based circuitry that, instead of using metal wires, directs the flow of liquid through hair-thin channels like a microscopic canal system. Specifically, Temiz and his team

Ask Dr. NerdLove: Should I Move To Canada For A Boyfriend I've Never Met?

100+Lifehacker / 3h
Hello, all you intertube skinbeasts of sexcrime, and welcome to Ask Dr. NerdLove , the only advice column to help you manage your relationship in the new post-apocalyptic land we find ourselves in. Read more...

US Intelligence Community releases statement on origins of COVID-19

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A statement was released today by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in the USA on the origins of COVID-19. In the statement it’s written, “The entire Intelligence Community has been consistently providing critical support to U.S. policymakers and those responding to the COVID-19 virus, which originated in China.” They go on to agree with “wide scientific consensus … Continue rea

This Should Be V.R.’s Moment. Why Is It Still So Niche?

100+NYT > Technology / 3h
Virtual escapism is perfect for a pandemic, but V.R. still seems far from a mainstream technology.

Comcast overcharged elderly couple $600, denied refund until contacted by Ars

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Enlarge / A Comcast service van in October 2014. (credit: Mike Mozart / Flickr ) When Badr's grandparents moved from one house to another in April 2018, they had one simple request for Comcast—they wanted the cable company to transfer their Internet-only plan to the new address, with no changes to the service or price. Badr, who helps manage his grandparents' account, thought everything had gone

Cloud Foundry renews its focus on developer experience as it looks beyond the enterprise

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The Cloud Foundry Foundation (CFF) just went through a major leadership change, with executive director Abby Kearns stepping down after five years (and becoming a CTO at Puppet) and the CFF’s CTO Chip Childers stepping into the top leadership role in the organization. For the most part, though, these changes are only accelerating some of the strategic moves the organization already made in the la

How to protect yourself (and others) on a crowded plane — tips from Dr. Le

The Points Guy / 3h
You’ve probably seen in your social feeds that some planes are still packed, despite a Global Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory, and there remain passengers who are traveling without any personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks. ENOUGH! This was TODAY on a four hour flight. This is not okay. Masks must be mandated by DOT/HHS in airports and on airplanes. Essential travel only, with pr

How to Deal With the Effects of Long-Term Stress

73Lifehacker / 3h
Two months into the pandemic, it’s hard to remember what life used to be like. Was there really a time when we thought nothing of popping into the grocery store to pick up a few things for dinner? Did really we once meet up with friends, sit close to them at restaurants, hug them goodbye? Remember when crowded trains… Read more...

Researchers control a game of Tetris using a breathable wearable sleeve

100+Engadget / 3h
Researchers from North Carolina State University created an ultrathin, stretchable electronic material that is gas permeable, or breathable. They believe that it could be used for biomedical and wearable technologies, and to put it to the test, they created a wearable sleeve and used it to control a game of Tetris. To create this material, the researchers used a technique called the breath figure

Here’s how Blue Origin’s human lander system will carry astronauts to the lunar surface

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Blue Origin was among the companies selected by NASA to develop and build a human lander system for its Artemis missions, which include delivering the next man and first woman to the surface of the Moon in 2024. The Jeff Bezos -founded space company chose to deliver a bid that included a space industry “dream team” of subcontractors, including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper, and its

NASA reveals its three Artemis 2024 Moon lander firms

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NASA’s three picks for human landing systems for the Artemis program have been confirmed, a shortlist for the system which will land US astronauts on the Moon by 2024. The candidate systems each have ten months to demonstrate they’re worthy for the next round of the process. Conspicuously absent from the final three, however, is Boeing. Instead, it’s SpaceX, Blue … Continue reading

These 5 Charts Show How the Coronavirus Is Affecting Global Energy Demand and Emissions

30Gizmodo / 3h
As the global economy comes to a standstill amid the coronavirus, energy demand is set to drop a record amount. Read more...

LabCorp slapped with shareholder suit over data breaches

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A LabCorp shareholder has filed a lawsuit against the laboratory giant, accusing its board of concealing details of two data breaches that affected millions of patients. The derivative suit, filed on Tuesday by shareholder Raymond Eugenio, targets the company’s leadership and board members, including its chief executive, Adam Schechter. The first breach hit third-party billing provider AMCA in 20

During a pandemic, some companies struggle to provide the community they promise

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Rae Witte Contributor Rae Witte is a New York-based freelance journalist covering music, style, sneakers, art and dating, and how they intersect with tech. You can find her writing on i-D, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire and Forbes, among others. More posts by this contributor Five CEOs on their evolution in the femtech space Nike is making footwear to improve athletes’ efficiency for the Tokyo

'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' remaster hits Xbox One and PC

100+Engadget / 4h
If you’ve been patiently waiting to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered on your PC or Xbox One, the wait is over. The game is now available on those two platforms after a month of PlayStation 4 exclusivity . You can buy it for $20 through the Microsoft Store and Battle.net . As with the PlayStation 4 version, there’s no multiplayer component. However, by buying the remaster yo

'Microplastic Hot Spots' Are Tainting Deep-Sea Ecosystems

100+Wired / 4h
Scientists found 2 million microplastic particles in a square meter of sediment, as currents drag debris into seafloor versions of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

What Parents-to-Be Should Pack in the Hospital Bag

25Lifehacker / 4h
Giving birth in the midst of a global health crisis is probably not what you were envisioning when you got pregnant. There is a lot you don’t have control over right now as everything from the frequency of pre-natal appointments to who you can bring into the labor and delivery room with you is in flux. But you will … Read more...

We’re making garbage patches on the ocean floor, too

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Enlarge / Microplastics are transported in the deep sea by turbidity currents and bottom currents, which concentrate them in hotspots known as sediment drifts. (credit: I. Kane et al. (2020) ) Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic enter the oceans. If they’re buoyant, they get swept by surface currents into massive “garbage patches” like the famous ones in the North Pacific Ocean. But the tin

Marriott Consumer Credit Cards Earn 2x On Groceries, May Through July

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We're in a recession. We're not traveling. Rewards credit cards that are optimized for travel may not be top of wallet. Cards that are optimized for heavily travel customers may also not match current spending patterns. We're beginning to see brands and issuers adapt. Continue reading ...

The best hotels at Walt Disney World: Magic for every type of traveler

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At TPG, our top priority is providing our readers with the information you need to make educated decisions about travel and your rewards-earnings strategy. This is not the time to travel, domestically or internationally. The Disney Parks around the world are closed, but at TPG we are continuing to look forward and plan for that day when leisure travel resumes. There are more than two dozen resort

Best VoIP for small business owners — whether you're WFH or not

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More than any other type of business, small businesses heavily depend on their reputation for reliability and excellent service. That's one of the key reasons why you and your firm need to be easily contactable so that you're always able to assist your clients. An excellent VoIP service (it stands for v oice o ver i nternet p rotocol, in case you were wondering) goes a long way to making this pos

SpaceX Wins Large NASA Contract for Starship Moon Missions

6KFuturism / 4h
NASA announced today that it has awarded three massive contracts to develop lunar landing systems in an effort to return American astronauts to the Moon’s surface as soon as 2024, as Ars Technica reports . “With these contract awards, America is moving forward with the final step needed to land astronauts on the Moon by 2024, including the incredible moment when we will see the first woman set fo

Upgrade Your Home Office With a Dell UltraSharp 24” Monitor for $120 off Right Now

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Dell UltrasSharp 24” Monitor | $250 | B&H Photo Read more...

No Evidence of Coronavirus Reinfection, South Korean Officials Say

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Some recovered covid-19 patients who again tested positive for the coronavirus likely weren’t reinfected after all. On Thursday, South Korean officials stated that there’s no evidence currently that the virus is reinfecting people in the country, and the test results that suggested reinfection were likely false… Read more...

Upgrade Your Home Office With a Dell UltraSharp 24” Monitor for $120 off Right Now

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Dell UltrasSharp 24” Monitor | $250 | B&H Photo Read more...

Blue Origin and SpaceX win contracts to develop NASA's Moon spacecraft

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As it teased earlier in the week, NASA has awarded contracts in its quest for a Moon landing — and it’s a big win for the upstarts in the spaceflight industry. The administration has chosen Blue Origin , SpaceX and IT firm Dynetics to compete against each other in developing lunar landing systems for the Artemis program. Blue Origin received the largest award due to its significant early progress

Waze offers lane guidance in beta

82Engadget / 4h
Waze appears to be catching up on an important staple of phone navigation apps: lane guidance. GeekTime (via Android Police ) has noticed that the Waze beta now tells you which lane to use so that you won’t be caught off-guard when your exit appears. You’ll see the lane marking sat the top of the screen, with the one you need highlighted. The cues won’t appear until you’re about 500m (about 0.31m

Easy Way To Maximize Rakuten New Member Bonus

One Mile at a Time / 4h
Through May 1, 2020 (tomorrow), Rakuten is offering the best refer-a-friend bonus I ever recall seeing from them: If you refer a friend to Rakuten and they spend $30, then both the person referring and the person being referred receive $30 In order to be eligible, the person being referred needs to make a purchase within 90 days While I’ve written about this promotion before , in this post I want

High School Seniors Are Making Yearbooks on Instagram

200+NYT > Technology / 4h
The class of 2020 has given up prom, graduation and other rites, but they’re sharing memories and celebrating each other’s achievements online.

Quibi offers a preview of its originals on YouTube

41Engadget / 4h
By this point, you're probably familiar with Quibi and its unique approach to video streaming , but you may not have seen how it plays out in action. The mobile-first platform allows you to watch its originals in both landscape and portrait orientations. You can switch between the two at any time, and the video will take up the entirety of your phone's display thanks to the fact every show is sho

USB4 gets even more appealing with 16K DisplayPort screen support

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USB4 is shaping up to be the one connector to rule them all, with word that the new USB-C port will support up to 16K resolution video among other things. The DisplayPort Alt Mode v2.0 will be able to drive a single 16K display – were you able to find such a thing – the VESA has confirmed, courtesy of … Continue reading

Xbox Series X games reveal set for next week with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on tap

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Microsoft and Sony have spent the past year or so building up their next consoles, trickle-releasing information about the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 4, respectively. One thing neither company has been talking about is arguably the most important selling point of them all: games. That’s all going to change next week, at least as far as Microsoft is … Continue reading

How to Unlock Your iPhone Even Faster While Wearing a Face Mask

83Lifehacker / 4h
I’ll start with the good news. If you’re using Face ID on your iPhone or iPad Pro, and it’s driving your crazy that you can’t unlock your device while you’re wearing a face mask, worry not. With the upcoming release of iOS 13.5, Apple is making this process slightly easier. Read more...

It's Time to Live on a Budget, Even if You're Financially Secure

400+Lifehacker / 4h
There are two big unknowns in all of our lives right now: What’s going to happen with the COVID-19 pandemic, and what it will mean for the economy. If we enter a post-pandemic recession (or are already in a mid-pandemic recession), what will that mean for our jobs and livelihoods—and what should we be doing… Read more...

The public voted. These are some of NASA's all-time best photos of Earth.

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NASA asked. 56,000 votes decided. In honor of Earth Day's 50th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of NASA's Earth Observatory , the space agency invited the public to vote on the best pictures that capture our beautiful planet in the Earth Observatory’s collection. (The Earth Observatory is a publishing outlet where NASA shares images and other discoveries that come from its research.) After fi

Plantible raises $4.6 million seed round for an egg white replacement that isn’t aquafaba

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When California announced a statewide lockdown, Tony Martens and Maurits van de Ven decided to stay put instead of heading home to Amsterdam. So, the co-founders of Plantible bought two trailers and started living at their HQ: a two-acre duckweed farm in San Diego. Plantible uses duckweed, a tiny aquatic leaf, to extract a plant-based protein ingredient that will eventually allow food companies t

How A.I. Steered Doctors Toward a Possible Coronavirus Treatment

300+NYT > Technology / 4h
Specialists at the London start-up BenevolentAI helped identify the arthritis drug baricitinib, which is now part of a clinical trial.

Microsoft will show off Xbox Series X gameplay next week

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Microsoft has shown off some pre-rendered footage of upcoming Xbox Series X games like Senua's Saga: Hellblade II . The company even pitted the upcoming console against the Xbox One X to show how much of a difference the Series X’s SSD makes for loading times, though this demonstration used current-gen titles. Gamers will finally get an accurate taste of what’s to come next week, when Microsoft s

6 games for kids that you can play on FaceTime or Zoom

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It’s tricky to have a playdate when you can’t be close enough to actually play. During the height of coronavirus restrictions, roughly 316 million Americans – nearly 95% of the population – had been ordered to stay inside in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Now, even with some states slowly reopening, schools remain closed and gatherings are still banned in most places, and kids

8 Amazon hacks you’ll want to know before your next order

The Points Guy / 5h
You may have realized in the last few weeks you’re spending more time (and money) on Amazon than usual. Welcome to the club! We likely don’t need to tell you that all those purchases can add up fast , especially while many of us are staying home due to the coronavirus outbreak and stocking up on essential items. The good news, though, is that we have some tricks up our sleeves to not only help yo

Apple and Google's Coronavirus Efforts Remind Us How Little Control We Have Over Our Health Data

Apple Google iOS 13.556Gizmodo / 5h
A joint poll between University of Maryland researchers and the Washington Post released this week found most consumers, for a variety of reasons, are either unable or unwilling to download the proposed contact-tracing tech Apple and Google are developing to track the spread of the coronavirus. While some consumers in… Read more...

Lyft ends electric scooter operations in Oakland, Austin and San Jose

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Lyft, which just had a massive round of layoffs wherein 982 people lost their jobs and 288 were furloughed , is also pumping the brakes on its scooter operations in a handful of cities. “We’re focusing our resources where we can have the biggest impact and best serve cities and riders,” a Lyft spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch. “We’re continuing to invest in our bike and scooter busi

Figma raises $50 million Series D led by Andreessen Horowitz

100+TechCrunch / 5h
Figma, the design platform that lets folks work collaboratively and in the cloud, has today announced the close of a $50 million Series D financing. The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, with partner Peter Levine and cofounding partner Marc Andreessen managing the deal for the firm. New angel investors, including Henry Ellenbogen from Durable Capital, also participated in the round alongside

The F.B.I.’s Director, a Critic of Strong Encryption, Once Defended It

WhatsApp Wray Facebook200+NYT > Technology / 5h
Christopher Wray has said tough encryption offered by companies like Facebook and Apple blinds law enforcement. But his law firm defended it five years ago.

This sale on storage drives for PS4, Switch, and Xbox is a dream come true for gamers

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TL;DR: As of April 30, you can save up to $70 off a selection of gaming storage drives and memory cards during the latest Best Buy sale. That includes storage options compatible with your PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch , or Xbox One. There are plenty of video game deals to keep gamers happy and busy during the long summer. And while we continue social distancing measures, we're now more reliant t

6 Things I Learned During The American Airlines Earnings Call

View from the Wing / 5h
American Airlines lost over $2.2 billion in the first quarter, even though things didn't begin to go south until March. They're pulling in new cash everywhere they can, cutting costs, and expect not to have any difficulty securing not just payroll protection grants from the U.S. treasury but also subsidized loans. Those financial metrics aren't what I'm most interested in at this point, nor the $

LA Offers Free Coronavirus Test to Every Resident

1KFuturism / 5h
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Wednesday that all city and county residents can get a free COVID-19 test, NPR reports . The announcement makes LA the first major city in the US to offer free universal testing — rather than just those who are experiencing symptoms or had to be hospitalized. Free COVID-19 testing is available to any L.A. County resident. https://t.co/13jZaOOegy — Mayo

The Pixel 3a XL is down to $350 at B&H

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When Google introduced the Pixel 3a and 3a XL last spring, the phones were meant to be budget-friendly options. One year later, we’re starting to see sales that make the devices even more appealing and affordable. Right now, B&H Photo Video is selling the Pixel 3a XL unlocked for $350 -- that’s a $130 savings. Buy Google Pixel 3a XL at B&H - $350 When we reviewed the Pixel 3a XL we gave it a scor

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Online code editor is now Visual Studio Codespaces and gets a price drop

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About a year ago, Microsoft launched Visual Studio Online , its online code editor based on the popular Visual Studio Code project. It’s basically a full code editor and hosted environment that lives in your browser . Today, the company announced that it is changing the name of this service to Visual Studio Codespaces. It’s also dropping the price of the service by more than 50% and giving develo

5 tips for starting a business with a stranger

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Sam Pillar Contributor Sam Pillar is the co-founder and CEO of Jobber , a business management platform for small home service businesses started in 2010 with his co-founder and CTO Forrest Zeisler. When I first thought of the idea for what would become Jobber , I never could have imagined that I would one day be the CEO of a tech company with nearly 100,000 active customers in more than 45 countr

Zoom retracts statement that it has 300M daily active users

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Zoom is not having a good month. As it scales to meet pandemic demand, it has been beset by security issues , which it has had to explain and fix . Today, The Verge reported that the company just changed a blog post, which had previously listed 300 million daily active users (DAUs) to active participants . The company says that figure was misrepresented by an employee. According to a company spok

NASA awards lunar lander contracts to Blue Origin, Dynetics—and Starship

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SpaceX's Starship vehicle is seen landing on the Moon. [credit: NASA ] NASA announced Thursday that it has awarded three contracts to begin initial development of lunar landing systems that will take astronauts down to the surface of the Moon in less than five years. With these Human Landing System awards, space agency officials reiterated in an interview that they remain committed to landing a p

Viral ‘nicotine coronavirus protection’ report spreads dangerous misinformation

45SlashGear / 5h
Claims that smoking cigarettes with nicotine could protect against COVID-19 have been reported by several media outlets, despite a significant lack of lab testing. Smoking has, on the other hand, been the subject of extensive lab testing which confirms risks to human health. What’s more, recent messaging from the National Institute of Drug Abuse warned against the use of tobacco, … Continue readi

SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics will build human lunar landers for NASA’s next trip back to the Moon

Blue Origin NASA Moon200+TechCrunch / 5h
NASA has selected the companies that will provide them with the human landing system for their Artemis Moon missions, including a lander vehicle which will carry astronauts from space to the lunar surface for the first time since 1972. Blue Origin, SpaceX and Dynetics were picked from a larger field of competitors to develop and build human landing systems (HLS) to carry the first woman and the n

othmeralia: Pegasus as Device This printer’s mark was from the...

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othmeralia : Pegasus as Device This printer’s mark was from the printing house of Thomas Fritsch. He lived from 1666 to 1726 in Leipzig. His father was the publisher John Frederick Fritsch (he published an earlier book for Bohn ) and after he died Thomas’s mother married Johann Friedrich Gleditsch in 1681. Gleditsch expanded the printing company and Leipzig’s prominence in the book industry. Thom

You can transfer Facebook photos and videos to Google Photos now

Facebook Google Photos68Mashable / 5h
If you have a treasure trove of memories on Facebook and want them to live elsewhere, today's a great day for you. Facebook announced Thursday that a data transfer tool it's been gradually rolling out in some countries since December is out in the United States and Canada now. Put simply, it's a way to transfer all of your photos and videos on Facebook to Google Photos, where they will live happi

American Airlines’ Boeing 767s, 757s among 80 planes that won’t fly again after the pandemic

300+The Points Guy / 5h
Say “so long” to the Boeing 767s at American Airlines . And its 757s, too. The early retirements were already acknowledged by the carrier, but now it is official that those planes have seen their last days carrying passengers for American. Overall, the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier has retired 80 Airbus, Boeing and Embraer jets from its fleet as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a hars

Don't Mix Your Cleaning Products

68Lifehacker / 5h
Mixing flavors and functions is a basic skill in cooking: Add lemon juice for acid, parmesan for umami, you get the idea. But with cleaning products, combinations aren’t just the sum of their parts. Some can be harmful to your health. Make sure to avoid mixing the following: Read more...

TikTok's darkened skin trend accused of 'promoting colourism'

300+BBC News - Technology / 5h
A craze involving lighter-skinned people artificially darkening their skin tone causes a backlash.

iPhone SE (2020) Review: $400 whiplash

Apple 13.5 iPhone 12SlashGear / 5h
Value may be subjective, but it’s hard to argue that the new iPhone SE doesn’t shake up what’s reasonable to expect from a smartphone in 2020. Apple’s most affordable phone is recycling refined to art, a blend of old and new with a barely-believable $400 price tag. Here’s the thing about the iPhone SE, though. It may very well be … Continue reading

Twitch launches an esports directory to cater to growing streaming audience

100+TechCrunch / 5h
Twitch is doubling down on esports in this new era of social distancing as a number of traditional sporting events have been cancelled. The company this week introduced a new esports directory on its site that will make it easier for viewers to find live matches, information on players, games with active competition leagues, a directory of players and more. The goal, Twitch says, is on making Twi

A Virtual Star Wars Convention Will Precede the As-Yet-Uncanceled Star Wars Celebration

200+Gizmodo / 6h
While the coronavirus pandemic has effectively ruined this year’s convention season , that isn’t stopping ReedPop—the organizers of major cons like Emerald City Comic Con and New York Comic Con—from trying to bring people together this May through the power of the Force. Read more...

Apple settles FaceTime class-action suit for $18 million

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Apple will hand over millions of dollars to settle with plaintiffs who claim it disabled FaceTime on iPhone 4 and 4s devices in 2014 to save money. As AppleInsider reports , when Apple introduced FaceTime, audio and video was transmitted between devices through two different methods: audio was sent via a peer-to-peer connection, while video was sent through third-party servers run by Akamai Techn

Jetstream Music Festival: 23 Airports Will Livestream A Concert On May 6

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Airports across North America – 22 in the U.S. and one in Canada – will be bringing you JetStreamFest, the JetStream Music Festival, on Facebook Live beginning May 6 at 6 p.m. Eastern time. The event, hosted by my home town Austin airport which features live music throughout the year during normal times, will feature local musicians from each participating airport’s city. “Austin is the Live Musi

Daily Crunch: Apple and Google begin releasing their exposure notification API

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Apple and Google ask for developer feedback on their contact tracing efforts, Facebook sees a “significant reduction” in ads and Microsoft makes life easier for IT managers. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 30, 2020. 1. Apple and Google release first seed of COVID-19 exposure notification API for contact tracing app developers This is a developer-focused release, and it’s a seed of the API in d

Raspberry Pi's Latest Creation Is a $50 High-Quality Camera Board

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While Raspberry Pi is best known for making tiny computers used in all sorts of DIY projects , the team is trying something slightly different with its latest creation: the High Quality Camera. Read more...

Netgear’s Speedy Nighthawk Router Is 48% off Right Now

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The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV is solid but lacks advanced features

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Three years on since our first drive, the Bolt EV now comes in a range of brighter colors and with a 10 percent bigger battery. But otherwise, has it been left in the dust by newer BEVs with better features? [credit: Jonathan Gitlin ] When the Chevrolet Bolt EV first took to the streets at the end of 2016, it was a groundbreaking little car—the first battery electric vehicle with more than 200 mi

You Should Eat More Black-Eyed Peas

100+Lifehacker / 6h
It is currently quite challenging to find certain cans of certain beans, mostly black beans and chickpeas. But canned black-eyed peas are plentiful, and not enough people are taking advantage of their versatility. Read more...

British Airways May Stop Flying To Gatwick Airport

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British Airways has in the past couple of days revealed plans to significantly downsize in the near future — the airline plans on laying off up to 12,000 employees , representing over a quarter of their workforce. With this downsizing, the airline is allegedly considering a major change to the airports out of which they operate flights. British Airways operates out of Gatwick & Heathrow British A

Mahershala Ali leads us down the righteous path in 'Ramy' Season 2 trailer

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It's never too late to change yourself. In the trailer for Ramy Season 2, our title character is tired of his old ways, of feeling like a bad Muslim and an unmoored young man. He seeks the help of a new religious leader (Mahershala Ali) who must impress upon him that life isn't all black and white, blessings and curses, but everything in between. Along with plenty of Ali's new role (and the obser

Fitbit will launch a 4G smartwatch for kids this year

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Even though Fitbit has been in the wearable space for over a decade, the company is still relatively fresh to the kids market. That's about to change soon. A source close to the matter told Engadget that Fitbit will launch a kids smartwatch with 4G connectivity later this year, and to do so, it has acquired Hong Kong startup Doki Technologies , which made the world's first kids smartwatch with vi

Project xCloud is coming to Xbox Game Pass later this year

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Over the course of the generation, we’ve seen Microsoft shift at least part of its focus to services. The company launched Xbox Game Pass a few years ago, and these days, Game Pass is on both Xbox One and PC with its share of fans. Then we have Project xCloud, which is Microsoft’s game streaming platform that’s currently in limited … Continue reading

How Megan Thee Stallion Savage Remix with Beyonce is #1 on YouTube with a horse

SlashGear / 6h
Over the past few hours, musical artist Megan Thee Stallion’s Savage Remix (featuring Beyonce) shot up to the top of the YouTube charts with an audio track. There’s a video… so to speak, but it’s largely an audio situation. So what’s going on here? How is the top “video” on YouTube not actually much of a video at all? Or … Continue reading

You Can Get Apple’s Airpods for $20 off Right Now

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Apple AirPods (2nd Generation) | $140 | B&H Photo Read more...

NASA, ESA and JAXA launch virtual hackathon for COVID-19 solutions

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In an impressive display of international collaboration, NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have come together to launch a virtual hackathon running between May 30 and May 31, with the aim of using open data to develop innovative solutions to problems arising from the global COVID-19 pandemic. All three space agencies obviously work together on

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla trailer revealed – Is that a bit of magic?

SlashGear / 6h
Revealed this week by Ubisoft North America was the next chapter in the Assassin’s Creed saga, with vikings! This next game’s name is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and it’s going to be epic. The little information we’ve got so far can be expanded into a wave of understanding since the evolution of gameplay made in Assassin’s Creed games over the past … Continue reading

Visa and Kenya’s Safaricom partner on M-Pesa, payments and tech

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Visa just connected to Africa’s most powerful mobile payments network. The global financial services company and Kenyan telecom Safaricom — operator of the M-Pesa mobile money product — announced a partnership today on payments and tech. The arrangement opens to M-Pesa’s own extensive financial services network in East Africa Visa’s global merchant and card network across 200 countries. The two c

Three African Skeletons Found in Mexico Show Horrors of Early Slavery in the New World

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Three skeletons belonging to African individuals have been uncovered at a mass grave in Mexico City. They represent some of the first African people to arrive into slavery in the New World. An interdisciplinary analysis of these remains is shedding new light on this grim period of history and the harsh conditions… Read more...

Save up to $150 on a new Shark vacuum with these Mother's Day promo codes

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Slippers and scented body wash are so overplayed. This Mother's Day, give the mom or mom figure in your life the ultimate gift of one less thing to worry about. Chances are her mind's been on spring cleaning lately: It's that time of year again, after all, and being stuck inside for weeks on end has made a lot of us realize just how grody our homes actually are (especially if you live with a pet

Oculus sales are booming despite stock shortages

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When Facebook announced its latest financial results on Wednesday, it came as no surprise that the company said demand for advertising was down. But unexpectedly there was also a silver lining thanks to its virtual reality business . The company's non-advertising revenue grew by 80 percent year-over-year , increasing to $297 million from $165 million during the same period last year. According to

Deal Alert: Flights to Australia in early 2021 from $665 round-trip

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Flights to Australia from the West Coast are currently available from $665 round-trip starting in January 2021. We’re seeing this deal on Hawaiian Airlines last well into March 2021. There’s also the option to take an extended layover in Honolulu (HNL) if you prefer to break up the long journey a bit. The only caveat with this deal is that you’ll have to book the tickets separately in order to ge

Please Don't Try to Disinfect Your Fruits and Veggies

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Some downright troubling news from the Centers for Disease Control: Calls to poison control centers increased noticeably in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period last year. Read more...

Quibi's Been Here Less Than a Month and It's Already Leaking Data

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Quibi, the baffling mobile-first video streaming service that launched earlier this month, has already been found doing some shady stuff with your data. A new report has found the company leaked user email addresses to several third-party advertising and analytics firms via its email verification process. Read more...

'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' arrives this holiday on Xbox Series X and PS5

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Following yesterday’s Photoshop teaser , Ubisoft has shared the first cinematic trailer for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla . When the game comes out this holiday season, you’ll be able to play it on both current-generation — PlayStation 4 and Xbox One — and next-generation consoles — Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 — as well as Windows PC and Google Stadia. In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla , the player wi

Here's how to get a S'well bottle or 2 Yeti wine tumblers for free

Mashable / 6h
TL;DR: As of April 30, buy a floral S'well bottle and get one free with the code MOM2020 (through May 2) or get two free wine tumblers from Yeti when you purchase a Camino Carryall (through May 3). Mother's Day is coming up on May 10, and while insulated drinkware might not sound like the most exciting gift, it's a good one. People have to drink out of something , might as well make it a containe

Raspberry Pi's New $50 Camera Supports Interchangeable Lenses

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation wants to make your DIY projects take better pictures. To that end, it built a new $50 camera board around a 12.3-megapixel backside-illuminated Sony IMX477 sensor with 1.55-micron pixels. Dubbed the High Quality Camera, you can customize it by swapping out the camera’s lenses. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How to Mute Yourself on a Zoom Call

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While taking part in a video conference using Zoom, sometimes you need to mute your microphone to cough, suppress background noises, or to simply be polite while other people are talking. Here’s how to do it. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

What Is Infrastructure Testing and How to Do It with PowerShell

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As we all try to do more with less with automation, we sometimes get to a point where we’ve got a new problem. We’re now running so many scripts and processes that, in the end, we’re not sure what “done” looks like Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

Air quality continues to worsen — here's how to keep your air clean at home

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TL;DR: Get a better night's sleep with a Dyson air purifier on sale for $50 off at Best Buy as of April 30. The American Lung Association recently released their 2020 State of the Air report which revealed that the number of people breathing low-quality air has increased by nearly 9 million since last year. If you're in an extremely populated city like we are (New York received a F as their air q

Coronavirus left street artists without an audience. Now their work is our hopeful guide.

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Abandoned streets are turning into rallying cries for empathy, as street art becomes a crucial way to relay public information during the coronavirus pandemic. We spoke to two artists, Corie Mattie in LA and Tvboy in Barcelona, whose work and messaging is particularly powerful during these uncertain times. Read more... More about Hope , Graffiti , Street Art , Messaging , and Coronavirus

Google under fire for squeezing travel startups hit by coronavirus refunds

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Google is facing anger from the German startup ecosystem for refusing to restructure ad payments linked to travel and transport bookings that were subsequently wiped out by the coronavirus crisis. TechCrunch has seen a letter addressed to Google that’s co-signed by eight travel industry startups in which the tech giant is asked for flexibility in how it enforces payment terms around these earlier

Facebook lets users in the US and Canada move media to Google Photos

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Facebook users in the US and Canada can now transfer their photos and videos to Google Photos thanks to a new data portability tool. The feature is part of the Data Transfer Project , an agreement between Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter to simplify data transfers. It’s meant to make it easier to move information between services, so that users aren’t locked in to one platform. Facebook in

Coronavirus: Facebook reopens some moderation centres

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Content reviewers can return to work on a voluntary basis, Facebook tells MPs.

Fauci: This COVID Drug Might Actually Work

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A coronavirus vaccine is likely still years out — but that isn’t discouraging research into potentially life-saving drug treatments for COVID-19 patients. One drug in particular is currently drawing the attention of experts. White House health advisor Anthony Fauci said yesterday that early trials of antiviral drug remdesivir, produced by Gilead Sciences, showed “quite good news,” as CNBC reports

Dribbble, a bootstrapped ‘LinkedIn’ for designers, acquires Creative Market, grows to 12M users

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Traditionally dominated by big players like Adobe and Autodesk, the world of design has been flush with a newer wave of startups that are creating collaboration spaces and new cloud-based tools designed to address the needs of creatives today. Today, two of those players are combining. Dribbble , an online community for designers that lets them post their work and look for work, is acquiring Crea

Coronavirus Could Change Our Relationship With Trash

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The coronavirus caused Lauren Singer to do something she hasn’t done in eight years: she created waste. Read more...

Early Remdesivir Data for Covid-19 Is Finally Here

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Preliminary findings from a major clinical trial of the antiviral drug indicate it speeds recovery time for some patients. But much more testing lies ahead.

Thursday's Best Deals: The Walking Dead Comics Humble Bundle, Neo Geo Mini, Fenty Highlighter, Parks and Recreation: The Complete Series, and More

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A Humble Bundle of The Walking Dead comics , a Neo Geo Mini International Edition all-time low discount , a $5 sale on Fenty highlighter , and a Parks and Recreation: The Complete Series highlight Thursday’s best deals. Read more...

Facebook now allows users in the US & Canada to export photos and videos to Google Photos

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Facebook is today rolling out a tool that will allow users in the U.S. and Canada to export their Facebook photos and videos to Google Photos. This data portability tool was first introduced in Ireland in December, and has since been made available to other international markets. To use the feature, Facebook users will need to click on “Settings,” followed by “Your Facebook Information,” then “Tr

American Airlines Had The AAdvantage Program Appraised, And It’s Worth At Least $30 Billion

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As part of raising funds on the private market and from the U.S. government, the airline had its unencumbered assets appraised. Parker reported that the value of these assets came back at $10 billion "excluding the AAdvantage program." During the airline's earnings call Parker was pressed on what appraisals found the AAdvantage program to be worth. Continue reading ...

Why You Need to Keep Your Kids' Vaccines Up to Date Right Now

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In a time when every trip out of the house brings fresh worries, it’s as important as ever to make sure children still receive their vaccinations. Over the past few months, as reported by the New York Times, vaccinations have dropped by an alarming rate : a 50 percent decrease for measles, mumps and rubella shots, a 42… Read more...

Assassin's Creed Valhalla: First look at Viking-themed game

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BBC Click's Marc Cieslak speaks to creative director Ashraf Ismail about the Viking-themed game.

Is the Connect Smart Grilling Hub a great tool for outdoor cooking?

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There are a lot of devices that tack on a bit of tech and connect to an app in order to enter the ‘smart’ market, whether or not there’s any value in doing so. However, Weber’s Connect Smart Grilling Hub isn’t one of those. When Senior Editor Billy Steele spent some time using it to grill ribs, tri-tip and pork shoulder, he found the Smart Grilling Hub to be a useful tool with some thoughtful sof

'Assassin's Creed Origins' and more games under $20 during the PlayStation Store sale

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'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' trailer is filled with viking glory

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After a mesmerizing reveal of the game's setting and name on Wednesday, the first trailer for Assassin's Creed Valhalla premiered Thursday in all its viking glory. The epic trailer puts a name to the bearded face in the reveal artwork: Eivor, a viking who exists in a morally gray 9th-century setting marked by violent raids and sieges as Eivor's clan moves on the disparate kingdoms of England. The

Hurom's slow juicers can also make ice cream, and they're all on sale

Mashable / 7h
TL;DR: All Hurom slow juicers are on sale for Mother's Day — every model is at least 15% off and some are up to 30% off, bringing the possible savings to $209. Mother's Day is going to look different this year. Traditions like taking mom to her favorite restaurant or dessert place will have to be replaced with a FaceTime dinner date, and kids are going to have to get creative with gifts. Juicers

Coronavirus Could Change Our Relationship With Trash

89Gizmodo / 7h
The coronavirus caused Lauren Singer to do something she hasn’t done in eight years: she created waste. Read more...

'Burnout Paradise Remastered' hits Switch on June 19th

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It emerged last month that Burnout Paradise Remastered would arrive on Nintendo Switch sometime this year. EA has narrowed down that timeframe a bit. The port of the open-world racing game will be out on June 19th and it'll cost $50. Preorders are open on the Nintendo eShop . Get ready to perform high-octane stunts and tear up the road when Burnout Paradise Remastered races onto #NintendoSwitch o

Frontier Airlines Makes Face Masks Mandatory

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Following JetBlue’s lead , Frontier will become the second US airline to require passengers to wear face masks. Frontier Airlines makes face coverings mandatory As of May 8, 2020, Frontier Airlines will make face coverings over the nose and mouth mandatory for all customers. This new restriction will apply at ticket counters, in gate areas, and onboard Frontier aircraft. Young children are exempt

Drone-to-door medicines trial takes flight in Ireland

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A trial with the Irish health authority uses drones to bring medicine straight to the door.

'Inspector Gadget' theme song performed on 8 cellos is wildly impressive

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The 1 minute and 10 ten seconds you'll spend watching YouTuber Samara Ginsberg crush a cover of the Inspector Gadget theme song will not be a waste. Ginsberg plays the classic tune on the cello, but composed it for eight cellos. The cover has great screeching sound effects and the depth of sound makes the theme song kind of beautiful. The end result is a video showing just how cool a song can be

Plan Your Escape to Another Dimension With May's New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

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May is traditionally a pretty robust month for book releases , but as you can probably guess, 2020's selection is a little slimmer than usual. Several titles that were due this month have shifted to later dates , for obvious reasons—but despite everything, we still have tons of new sci-fi and fantasy to share. Dig in! Read more...

AMC Theatres Splits With Universal After 'Trolls World Tour' VOD Release

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Meanwhile, Netflix is making a short about social distancing.

Sonos can now stream free audiobooks from your local library

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Even if social distancing has helped you to achieve the nigh impossible task of watching your entire Netflix queue, there’s still a trove of media to consume. Sonos has teamed up with OverDrive -- makers of the audiobook lending app Libby -- to let customers stream books from their local libraries. Setup is pretty simple: Just download the app, register your library card and connect to your Sonos

The Scientists Who Won't Give Up on the Warp Drive

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For most of us, traveling faster than the cosmic speed limit—the speed of light—is a science-fiction fantasy that breaks the very foundation of modern physics. But in the eyes of an engineering undergrad at the University of Alabama in Huntsville named Joseph Agnew, it’s a theory worthy of study. Read more...

Geek Trivia: Which Handheld Game System Sold Less Than 5,000 Units Upon Release?

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Nokia N-Gage Atari Lynx Neo Geo Pocket Gizmondo Think You Know the Answer?

Future Laptops Will Be Able to Handle Massive 16K USB-C Monitors, Thanks to DisplayPort 2.0

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If you’re hoping to one day drive a full Iron Man-style monitor array with just an inexpensive laptop sitting on your desk, you should check out the latest standards published by VESA. The updated DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 includes support for an enormous amount of video data going over the increasingly standard USB-C cable interface. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Finally, Our Kids Are Bored

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It’s good for kids to be bored. I know this, you know this, most of us know this. We were bored as kids, roaming the neighborhood with our friends, our imaginations and a distinct lack of electronic devices. We believe this boredom is at least partly responsible for the creativity and resilience we developed as kids.… Read more...

American Debuts New 787-8 Business Class Seat

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Obviously the timing of this isn’t ideal, but in the past few weeks American Airlines has taken delivery of two new 787-8s, and they feature a modified business class product. American’s Boeing 787 order In early 2018, American Airlines announced an order for an additional 47 Boeing 787s, including: 22 Boeing 787-8s, to be delivered starting in 2020 (intended to replace 767s) 25 Boeing 787-9s, to

How to Change Slide Size in Powerpoint

How-To Geek / 7h
PowerPoint allows you to format and present the content of your slides in different ways. If you want to print out or display your PowerPoint slides in a bigger or smaller-than-average size, you can change the slide sizes to match. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Early-stage investor The Fund expands beyond NYC with new partners in LA and London

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The Fund , an early-stage investment firm with a memorably straightforward name, is looking beyond New York City as it starts investing its second fund. Founders Jenny Fielding (who’s also managing director at Techstars New York ) and Scott Hartley (also co-founder and partner at Two Culture Capital) told me that in the past two years, they’ve already backed 52 New York City startups. “The seed f

Here’s what NASA’s Mars helicopter will look like when it makes history with the first extraterrestrial powered flight

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NASA is getting ready to send its next Mars rover to the Red Planet later this year, and that mission will also carry Ingenuity, a brand new helicopter robot that will attempt to make history by becoming the first vehicle to perform a powered atmospheric flight on another planet. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) created a trailer of sorts to show you approximately what that flight will look

Freada Kapor Klein warns of ‘vulture capitalists’ during pandemic

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The tech industry experienced turmoil before during the dot-com bust and again during the 2008 economic downturn. But this time it’s a bit different, according to Kapor Capital founding partners Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor. “What’s different this time is that it is society-wide,” Kapor Klein said during an Extra Crunch Live appearance this week. “It’s not just the dot-com bust or its not j

Movie Theaters Are Screwed

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A long-standing debate about movies at home versus in the theater is reaching a tipping point. At the heart of the debate now is a public pissing match between AMC, one of the U.S.’s largest movie theater chain, and Universal Pictures, one of it largest production studios, over premium video on demand and theaters’… Read more...

Luigi’s Mansion 3 Multiplayer Pack Part 2 now live: Here’s what you get

SlashGear / 8h
Even though we’re quite a ways out from its Halloween release date, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is still going strong. Nintendo has delivered new DLC for the game, launching the second part of its Multiplayer Pack late last night. First and foremost, the DLC promises a new batch of mini-games for the ScareScraper and ScreamPark modes, along with new costumes for … Continue reading

There Are 5 Good Birds—But Which 5?

100+Gizmodo / 8h
In this edition of “Sounds Right to Me,” Emily and Megan compare notes on what the best birds are. Read more...

Material Bank, a logistics platform for sourcing architectural and design samples, raises $28M

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Material Bank , a logistics platform for the architectural and design industry, has announced the close of a $28 million Series B financing today, led by Bain Capital Ventures . Bain’s Merritt Hummer led the round on behalf of the firm and will join the board of directors at Material Bank, along with Jeff Sine, cofounder and partner at The Raine Group . Existing investors Raine Ventures and Starw

Amtrak to extend existing elite status for all elite members

The Points Guy / 8h
Maintaining elite status has been on the minds of many frequent travelers since the coronavirus pandemic started ravaging the travel industry in early 2020. We’ve seen many hotel chains and major airlines extend elite status through 2021 in response to the pandemic, and now we’re happy to report that yet another travel carrier has extended status for its loyal members: Amtrak. Today, Amtrak annou

Jaguar Envisions Car Design for a Post-Pandemic World

81Wired / 8h
Julian Thomson, the automaker's director of design, shares his predictions for what drivers can look forward to.

An Online Exhibition Celebrates Photography's Rising Stars

83Wired / 8h
The Circulation(s) Festival, which showcases the field's most promising up-and-comers, is staging an exhibition entirely on social media.

Tired of Zoom calls? HTC offers businesses virtual reality meetings.

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Hundreds of millions of people are taking online meetings from home due to the coronavirus lockdowns. And now they can do it in virtual reality. On Thursday, HTC announced its Vive Sync platform for business meetings in virtual reality is now in open beta. The platform has been in development since 2018 , but now it's open to businesses of all sizes, for free. The experience of using Vive Sync sh

Europe For Fall/Winter From $168 Roundtrip [$1 Base Fares]

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Star Alliance carrier TAP Air Portugal has filed $1 each way base fares between New York JFK and Barcelona with a connection in Lisbon. This translates into roundtrip airfare starting at $168 including all taxes and fees. Continue reading ...

Daredevil's Charlie Cox Shuts Down Rumors of His Spider-Man 3 Involvement

100+Gizmodo / 8h
Hasbro has tapped Toy Story 4 's director to make an animated Transformers prequel set on Cybertron. Fede Alvarez is no longer trying to make a Labyrinth sequel . Sigourney Weaver returns to Pandora in a new Avatar 2 set picture. Plus, James Gunn’s plans for the Guardians 3000 team in the MCU, and our first look at… Read more...

FDA-cleared AI-based medical triage tool goes free for customers to help busy radiology diagnostics departments

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Medical startup Nines , which has developed an AI-based triage tool that has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is making that tool available for free to all until June 30 to help address the growing burden on radiology diagnostics departments as COVID-19 continues to reshape the healthcare landscape in the U.S. NinesAI is designed to identify possible emergent c

Intel Core i9-10900K flagship leads potent 10th Gen desktop chips

SlashGear / 8h
Intel has unveiled its most potent desktop processors, with the 10th Gen Intel Core S-series promising the most grunt-per-watt for gamers and more. The line-up is topped by the new Core i9-10900K, which Intel says will have 10 cores, 20 threads, and support for DDR4-2933 memory. It’s enough, Intel claims, to make the 14nm Core i9-10900K the world’s fastest gaming … Continue reading

HTC has launched a free VR rival to Zoom and Teams

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Businesses around the world have turned to video conferencing software such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams as a means to hold meetings during the coronavirus outbreak but interacting with coworkers does prove somewhat difficult when behind a webcam. This is why HTC has announced that the beta version of its remote collaboration and meeting platform for VR, VIVE Sync will be available free of charge f

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2: everything we know so far

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If you've finished Final Fantasy 7 Remake , you may be wondering when Part 2 of the game will be releasing. Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a re-imagining of classic '90s JRPG Final Fantasy 7. But, rather than releasing the remake as one single title, developer Square Enix has opted to release the remake as a series of games instead - with the first part releasing in April, 2020. While Square Enix anno

Why airlines and hotels should tread lightly when changing loyalty programs

The Points Guy / 8h
The coronavirus outbreak has had an unprecedented impact on the travel industry. From historically-low occupancy rates to employee cuts to entire suspensions of operations , the effects of COVID-19 will reverberate for some time. Unfortunately, the last few weeks have seen news from loyalty programs that can easily be described as “unforced errors” — announcements or implementations of negative c

Support Workers by Avoiding These Companies Tomorrow

1KLifehacker / 8h
Avoid using Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target and FedEx tomorrow, as their workers are planning a walk-off to protest their employers’ unprecedented profits, which are coming at the cost of employees’ health and safety. On Friday, May 1, employees will either call in sick or walk off the job during their… Read more...

Protect Unlimited Devices for a Year With McAfee Total Protection, $30 Today Only

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McAfee Total Protection 1-Year License (Unlimited Devices) | $30 | Amazon Gold Box Read more...

USB 4 will fully support DisplayPort 2, including 8K HDR monitors

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USB 4 is just around the corner and ready to leave USB 3.2 in the dust with double the speeds. Now, VESA has announced that it will fully support the massive bandwidth available for the DisplayPort 2.0 standard as well. That means USB 4 will work with speed-hungry devices like 8K 60Hz HDR or even 16K 60Hz monitors. Since USB 4 works at 40Gbps and DisplayPort 2.0 supports 80Gbps speeds, how will t

Okta COVID-19 app usage report finds it’s not just collaboration seeing a huge uptick

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Okta released a special COVID-19 edition of its app usage report today, and you don’t need a Ph. D. in statistics to guess what they found. Indeed, Zoom surged 110% on the Okta network, leading the way in usage growth just as you would expect, but another whole class of tools besides collaboration also saw huge increases in usage. As Okta wrote in the report, “We see growth in two major areas: co

7 VCs talk about today’s esports opportunities

100+TechCrunch / 8h
Even before the COVID-19 shutdown, venture funding rounds and total deal volume of VC funding for esports were down noticeably from the year prior. The space received a lot of attention in 2017 and 2018 as leagues formed, teams raised money and surging popularity fostered a whole ecosystem of new companies. Last year featured some big fundraises, but esports wasn’t the hot new thing in the tech w

VC appetite for AI startups holds up in Q1 despite lackluster exit volume

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Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Today we’re taking our final look back at Q1 venture capital through the lens of AI-focused startups. New data out this week paints a mixed picture of the AI startup landscape. Venture dollar volume in Q1 was pretty good, though there was weakness in certain startup stages. Exit

Scientists discovered a distant planet three times the mass of Jupiter

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In our solar system, Jupiter is the largest planet by far. Jupiter has twice the mass of Saturn and 300 times the mass of the Earth. As big as Jupiter is, scientists have now discovered a distant planet that is even larger. The distant planet is called Kepler-88 d and it is three times the mass of Jupiter. The discovery … Continue reading

Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera packs 12.3MP and interchangeable lenses

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Raspberry Pi has added a new camera to its range of computer modules, with the 12.3-megapixel shooter promising to bring high quality photography to the hobbyist favorite. While it’s not Raspberry Pi’s first camera add-on, this latest version promises to deliver images that are a step above its predecessors. The company’s first camera launched back in 2013, a 5-megapixel sensor … Continue reading

Motorola Edge+ Review: The Best Battery Life Ever, But Where's the Polish?

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On paper, Moto’s return to the flagship phone world with the $1,000 Edge+ seems like it’s got all the right stuff. For $200 less than a Galaxy S20+ , you’re practically getting the same assortment of specs including a 6.7-inch OLED screen, Snapdragon 865 chip, 12GB of RAM (which is 4GB more than what you get from… Read more...

Intel's New Desktop Processors Take a Very Intel Approach to Challenging AMD

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Following the announcement of its high-end mobile processors at the beginning of the month, Intel has revealed that, yes, 10th-gen desktop processors are coming too. This is not surprising news! But Intel’s made this latest launch interesting enough. There’s a lot to unpack with these processors beyond clock speeds… Read more...

The World Just Set a Record For the Cheapest Solar Farm

100+Gizmodo / 9h
All might feel awful in the world— and for the most part , it is —but there are still glimmers of hope. Today, that hope comes in the form of cheap-ass solar energy. Read more...

Forget the Techlash. The Lawlash Is Long Overdue

100+Wired / 9h
If we look closer, we may realize it’s not really the “tech” we’re upset about.

Motorola Edge Plus Review: 2-Day Battery (And Some Quirks)

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Motorola's first flagship in years is fantastic in many ways, but has a lot of quirks for a $1,000 phone.

Naked and Unafraid to Exercise in Virtual Reality

500+Wired / 9h
Get over yourself and try VR workouts already. It’s private, liberating, and doesn’t require gym shorts.

Covid Is Pushing Startups to Execute Long-Term Plans ASAP

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WIRED editor in chief Nicholas Thompson talks to DoorDash CEO Tony Xu about how delivery services are adapting their operations over a matter of weeks—even days.

Motorola Edge+ review: A solid return to form with a questionable gimmick

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Motorola Edge+ $999 View Product The Good Beautiful 90Hz display • Long battery life • Smooth performance • Headphone jack • Capable 108-megapixel camera The Bad Thick and heavy • Verizon exclusive • Gimmicky edge software The Bottom Line As Motorola’s first flagship phone in a while, the Edge+ offers powerful specs and impressive multi-day battery life, but its gimmicky active edges don’t justif

Extra Crunch Live: Join Mark Cuban for our live chat right now

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In just a few hours, the TechCrunch crew is chatting with investor and entrepreneur Mark Cuban . Kicking off at 8 am PT, 11 am ET and 3 PM GMT, Jordan Crook and Alex Wilhelm will talk startups and the economy with Cuban as part of TechCrunch’s new Extra Crunch Live series ( you can join here ). In the past few weeks, the first episodes in the series with Cowboy Venture’s Aileen Lee and Ted Wang ,

Amazon worker-activists form international organization to demand change in warehouses

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Amazon workers across the world are formalizing their activism with the creation of the Amazon Workers International. Its first action is a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Amazon Director of UK Customer Fulfillment Stefano Perego in which the group demands the company makes permanent certain steps Amazon has implemented amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of the global health crisis, Amazon

Microsoft makes it easier to get started with Windows Virtual Desktops

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Microsoft today announced a slew of updates to various parts of its Microsoft 365 ecosystem. A lot of these aren’t all that exciting (though that obviously depends on your level of enthusiasm for products like Microsoft Endpoint Manager), but the overall thrust behind this update is to make life easier for the IT admins that help provision and manage corporate Windows — and Mac — machines, someth

Turn Your Quarantine Video Chats into a Podcast

96Lifehacker / 9h
Even though most of your coronavirus-quarantine video chats are probably dull, that doesn’t mean that they’re meaningless. In fact, some might be so interesting, you might want to turn them into a podcast (At least, that’s how I feel about my new virtual Dungeons & Dragons sessions.) Read more...

Motorola Edge Plus review: It’s... fine?

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Motorola is great at cheap, reliable phones. The expensive stuff, not so much. Consider the brand's track record: Motorola built the high-end Moto Z and Z Force four years ago, which relied on snap-on accessories called Moto Mods to rise above a sea of smartphone sameness. Then that was it. Moto never bothered to make another flagship device that used them. More recently, there was the Razr , a s

LinkedIn has an AI to help make you better at job interviews

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If you’re searching for a job during these challenging times, LinkedIn might be able to help. Microsoft’s social network has unveiled AI-powered tools that can help you both meet potential employers and prepare for any tricky interview questions. First of all, LinkedIn is testing “video introductions” to meet potential employers at a time when face-to-face is impossible due to the COVID-19 lockdo

How to Quickly Access Your Recent Conversations on Slack for Desktop and Web

How-To Geek / 9h
Slack is the communication platform of choice for a lot of companies, but the search function is tough to sort through when you have dozens of channels. Fortunately, you can use Slack’s History feature to quickly find your most recent conversations on your desktop or web client. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

ICYDK: Windows 10 Remembers Your Copy-Paste History (Even When You Don't)

58How-To Geek / 9h
This weekend I wrote a review for the OnePlus 8 smartphone, which you can read here. It’s about 2100 words, 1500 of which temporarily disappeared as I copied them from Google Docs (where I do all of my writing) into WordPress. I didn’t notice the missing section of my review immediately, and Google Docs uncharacteristically failed to save about three hours of edits. Read This Article on Review Ge

Bollinger introduces Class-3 B2 Chassis Cab for commercial applications

21SlashGear / 9h
Detroit-based automaker Bollinger is introducing plans to build and sell its all-electric B2 Chassis Cab (B2CC) truck platform for commercial applications. According to Bollinger, the B2CC is available in a full cab and cutaway-cab variant. The platform is flexible enough to accommodate various wheelbase lengths and is built on top of Bollinger’s E-Chassis four-wheel-drive platform. “Commercial f

American Airlines Reports Massive First Quarter Loss

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At the moment the major US airlines are reporting their first quarter results. We’ve already seen the results from Delta Air Lines , Southwest Airlines , and United Airlines , and now American Airlines has reported their first quarter results as well. American reports $2.2 billion first quarter loss American Airlines has today reported : A first quarter loss of $2.2 billion, or $1.1 billion exclu

Artist’s depiction of pixies or elves moving the Burton...

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Artist’s depiction of pixies or elves moving the Burton Abstract and Title Company across street to new office. Handwritten on front: “Friend Burton, this wouldn’t be bad the The News, Kellogg. April 30, 1894.” On back is letter from C.M. Burton at Wayne County Abstract Office stating that he intends to move his office about May 1st to the new offices in the Home Bank Building at Michigan Avenue

BMW 4 Series Coupe has entered its final phase of dynamic testing

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BMW has announced that it’s nearing the end of testing for the 4 Series Coupe. The BMW 4 Series Coupe has entered the final phase of dynamic testing. BMW has been testing the 4 Series Coupe on racetracks and other test facilities. The final touches now being added on country roads and motorways surrounding the BMW Group Research and Innovation … Continue reading

TPG readers share their wish list of post-coronavirus credit card perks

The Points Guy / 9h
The credit card industry is among the one many that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Issuers have been scrambling to come up with new policies and changes to hold onto current cardholders — plus attract new ones. Customers have been overwhelmed trying to keep up with the changes, and many feel as if their travel-related card perks have been devalued since shelter-in-plac

How to Make Group Voice and Video Calls on WhatsApp

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If you already use WhatsApp to message your friends and family, why not use it for group voice and video calls, as well? WhatsApp now supports up to eight people on a voice or video call. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

The 6 Best Calendar Apps on Android (That Aren't Google Calendar)

24How-To Geek / 9h
Calendar apps have become vital parts of people’s lives. They’re used for scheduling appointments, reminding you of important events, and planning social gatherings. And for years, app developers have been making calendar apps that allow users to use their calendars the way they want to use them—apps that go beyond the default calendar options found on most smartphones. Read This Article on Revie

Web sleuths spot British Museum gaffe online

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The museum mistook a Turkish copyright notice for the name of a postcard-printing company.

Anker 30W Power Delivery Charger is Back Down to $15 [Exclusive]

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Anker 30W 2-Port Power Delivery Charger | $15 | Amazon | Use code KINJAPPD2 Read more...

Delta’s Lawyers Tell The Government Air Travel Is Unsafe and Should Be Limited. Say What?

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Delta lawyers submitted a filing to the Department of Transportation in which they make the case that travel is unsafe and flights should be limited if at all possible. That's not the position Delta takes in public or emphasizes with employees. But it's a convenient argument to make when they're trying to reduce their service obligations under the federal airline bailout. Continue reading ...

Mysterious X-37B space plane gears up for its sixth mission

SlashGear / 10h
The United States Air Force has an orbital vehicle called the X-37B that has spent significant time in orbit around the Earth. We still have no clear indication of the real purpose of the spacecraft, but we do know that the Air Force is gearing up for space mission OTV-6, and that mission could last as long as two years. … Continue reading

HTC's Vive Sync beta offers businesses free access to VR meetings

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HTC’s Vive Sync collaboration platform is now in open beta , giving businesses a way to hold meetings in VR at a time when people are meeting online more than ever. The company even made the app free to use for businesses of all sizes throughout the beta period this year to help keep them running in the midst of a global pandemic. HTC announced Vive Sync way back in 2018, promising a “VR collabor

What You Need to Know About Snaps on Ubuntu 20.04

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Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa is a fantastic release that’s been widely praised. However, the decision to change the Software Center to install snap-based applications is controversial. We’ll explain what that means for you. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Moxie Is the Robot Pal You Dreamed of as a Kid

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Four years ago, Paolo Pirjanian set out to “reinvent” companion robots. Now he’s ready for the world to meet his creation.

The Kids of 'Teenager Therapy' Just Want You to #Feel

77Wired / 10h
In the desert of ignored teen emotions, five high school podcasters have become a go-to resource on everything from dating to depression.

Trek Checkpoint SL 7: The Next High-Tech Gravel Racer

100+Wired / 10h
An advanced frame design and a wireless drivetrain put this bike at the top of the list for any cyclist who loves adventure riding or racing.

Virtualization on the Linux desktop—Gnome Boxes vs virt-manager

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Yes, you can just install Gnome Boxes from Software Center—but I'm a sysadmin at heart; I used apt instead. [credit: Jim Salter ] In the comments of our recent GhostBSD review , reader Enduzzer casually mentioned trying out the distribution in a Gnome Boxes VM. Linux's Kernel Virtual Machine has been a mainstay of my own system administration for more than a decade—but I use virt-manager , an exc

Berlin Tegel Airport Closing On June 1, 2020

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This sure is going to be a strange year for airports in Berlin, as Berlin Brandenburg Airport will finally open, while Berlin Tegel Airport will be closing early… Berlin Tegel Airport closing June 1, 2020 As reported by the Berliner Morgenpost , Berlin Tegel Airport will be “temporarily” closing as of June 1, 2020. This is Berlin’s current biggest airport, though like many airports it has suffere

Xbox Game Pass clears 10 million subscribers

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Microsoft's bet on subscription gaming appears to be paying off. The company has revealed that more than 10 million people now pay for Xbox Game Pass, a buffet-style service with an ever-changing library of first- and third-party titles. Microsoft launched the platform for Xbox console owners back in June 2017 . An equivalent offer for PG gamers -- appropriately called Xbox Game Pass for PC -- wa

L.A. Offers Free Coronavirus Tests to Everyone, Even People Without Symptoms

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Los Angeles has become the first major city in the U.S. to offer free coronavirus testing to anyone who wants it, even if they don’t have symptoms of the disease. The announcement came on Wednesday from Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has so far adequately managed the covid-19 crisis, a rare thing to see in a country… Read more...

Twitter sees record user growth, thanks to COVID-19

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Twitter is reporting a record increase in its daily user figures as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic of 24 percent, up to 166 million. That’s a big jump on the 134 million it was counting at the start of 2019 and the 152 million monetizable daily users in the last quarter . But, Twitter says, that usage has now stabilized as “many people around the world settled into new routines.” Unfortun

A look inside the newly delivered American Airlines Boeing 787-8 with ‘enhanced’ business class

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This post has been updated with new information from American Airlines. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, American Airlines has accelerated its retirement plans for a large portion of its fleet. Specifically, the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier has committed to retiring more than 100 planes, including the entire fleet of Boeing 757s and 767s, as well as the Airbus A330-300 and Embraer E190. Wi

With fresh support from its billionaire backers Pivot Bio is ushering in a farming revolution

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In the first decade of the twentieth century two German chemists, Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch, invented fertilizer — the nitrogen compound which ushered in modern agriculture and saved the world from potential starvation. Now, over a century later, a new group of scientists backed by government-owned international investment funds and some of the world’s wealthiest men and women is trying to save

Galaxy Book Flex Alpha goes live in Korea, US date still unknown

SlashGear / 10h
While Samsung seems to have no qualms about dumping phones left and right in the market, it is a bit more reserved when it comes to its laptops. At the start of the year, it announced a new member of its Galaxy Book Flex family, one that promised to bring its QLED technology to a more affordable notebook. Almost five … Continue reading

Watch everything on Amazon Prime Video for free

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TL;DR: New members can watch everything on Amazon Prime Video for free with a 30-day trial. If you've always fancied trying Amazon Prime, this might be the best time to sign up. The delivery benefits are great, but it's the video and music services that are most in need right now. Amazon Prime Video offers thousands of popular movies and TV shows, award-winning Amazon Originals, and much more. We

The Morning After: Facebook.com is about to show off a new look

79Engadget / 10h
Whether you’re in an office or at home, there’s a decent chance you’ve been wasting time on Facebook.com. After going years without a major redesign, the company is rolling out a rebuilt page with a new look, so Nick Summers talked to engineers about the timing and what’s new . If you haven’t deleted your account already, then it’s worth getting familiar with the new site now, before it pops up i

Twitter Q1: sales up 3% to $808M as it swigs to a loss on COVID-19, mDAUS hit record 166M

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Despite traffic for many online properties being at an all-time high, advertising has fallen off a cliff because of the downturn in consumer activity outside the home and the wider economic pressures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. And today, Twitter reported quarterly earnings that bore this trend out. The ad-based social networking and media company said that in Q1 it made $808 million in

Paine Field Introduces Body Temperature Check

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Paine Field in Everett, Washington, has become the first commercial US airport to introduce temperature checks for all passengers. Paine Field body temperature checks This week Paine Field has introduced a mandatory body temperature check for all passengers departing from the airport. Before entering the TSA checkpoint, all passengers will be screened by a thermal camera that reads body temperatu

Who's the best 'Gilmore Girls' boyfriend?

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Welcome to Pop Culture Throwdown , a weekly column where Mashable's Entertainment team tackles the big questions in life, like what Star Wars movie is best and which superhero would win in a fight. This week, we asked each other ( and all of you, on Twitter ): Who is the best Gilmore Girls boyfriend? Let the throwdown begin. For this week's #PopCultureThrowdown : Who's the all-time best 'Gilmore

3 Things to Consider Before Signing Up for a Free Trial

72Wired / 11h
Companies are blasting us with free trial offers while we’re stuck at home. That’s a good thing—until the bills show up.

The Cubicle Is Back. Blame (or Thank) the Coronavirus

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As businesses reopen, social distancing rules will lead to new partitions between workspaces, reminiscent of the fabric-clad dividers of the 1980s.

Will you pay taxes if you cash out all your points?

The Points Guy / 11h
Reader Questions are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg . With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic having canceled nonessential travel plans for the foreseeable future, many people are finding themselves with more points and miles than they could possibly use once things pick up again. Just because you aren’t traveling, doesn’t mean you can’t get a good re

Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet arrives in Europe as VW’s first convertible crossover

SlashGear / 11h
The Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet is tricky to figure out at first. The T-Roc Cabriolet is Volkswagen’s first-ever convertible crossover. According to VW, it combines the best of both the convertible and SUV world with a striking design and useful practicality. Volkswagen’s newest T-Roc Cabriolet is riding on VW’s MQB architecture that also underpins the Audi A3 sedan and hatchback, Audi … Continue

Zoom says it doesn't really, actually, truly have 300 million daily users

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HBO GO vs. HBO NOW vs. HBO MAX: Understanding HBO's Convoluted Streaming Options

42How-To Geek / 11h
With shows like Westworld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Watchmen, HBO has proven it knows how to make must-watch content. HBO also has way too many streaming services, and it’s hard to know what makes each one different from the others. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How to Use Your iPhone as a Webcam

88How-To Geek / 11h
Webcams can be expensive and hard to find right now. On top of that, their video quality is probably worse than your iPhone’s camera. So, why not use your iPhone as a webcam for your video meetings instead? Here’s how to do it. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Microsoft Word, PowerPoint on iPad to soon support multi-window mode

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It may have been late to the split-screen party but the iPad has slowly and very surely become the mobile worker’s dream come true. Its list of features, thanks to the newly-branded iPadOS, and accessories have made it a productivity and creativity machine you can easily carry around. That is unless you make heavy use of Microsoft’s Office apps which … Continue reading

Finding It Hard to Be Positive? Blame Your Brain (And Then Do This)

85How-To Geek / 11h
If you’re having trouble focusing on positive things, it has as much to do with whether the thing is actually negative or positive as it does with the bias your brain has towards the negative. Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

Epic Games Store gets local pricing in five more countries

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You can now pay for Epic Games Store purchases in your own currency if you’re in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The developer’s digital storefront now supports AUD, CAD, DKK, NOK and SEK, bringing the total number of currencies it accepts to 15. That means you no longer have to worry about potentially huge price differences due to conversion fluctuations anymore. And, as PC Gamer

This security software instantly blocks the latest online threats

20Mashable / 12h
TL;DR: A one-year subscription to Bitdefender Top Security 2020 is on sale for £34.99, saving you 50% on list price. Online security has always been important, but it has taken on even greater significance in recent weeks. We're all relying on computer systems, mobile devices, and the internet to work, chat, shop, and receive important information. This makes us more vulnerable to viruses, ransom

Trevor Noah breaks down how coronavirus is affecting the food industry

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, its ripple effects are being felt across society. The food industry, in particular, has recently been thrown into the spotlight — with one large meat processing plant in the U.S. closing , and others at risk. "Few places in America have seen a higher rate of coronavirus cases than meat processing plants," says host Trevor Noah in the Daily Show cli

Google gives $2.3M to 18 news organizations in Asia Pacific

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Google announced today it is providing $2.3 million in funding to 18 news organizations in the Asia Pacific region, the latest in its ongoing effort to support publishers globally. News organizations from 11 nations, including Australia, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Japan, and Taiwan are receiving the grant as part of Thursday’s announcement, the company said, which began accepting applications fo

27 Days in Tokyo Bay: What Happened on the Diamond Princess

300+Wired / 12h
The cruise ship captivated the world as it docked in Yokohama, harboring Covid-19—and 3,711 people who became subjects in a life-and-death quarantine experiment.

I found comfort on Reddit after my dad died. Others are doing the same.

69Mashable / 12h
My dad died on a September afternoon, while I was going through the motions of another boring lunch shift as the maƮtre d' at a bougie hotel restaurant in the Financial District of New York City. It was the kind of place where most of the customers were rich, white Wall Street dudes who liked to remind you of how small you were, hurling insults about your life trajectory when you couldn't get the

'Streets of Rage 4' feels like a glossy relic from another era

Mashable / 12h
Built off the back of nostalgia for a bygone era of gaming, Streets of Rage 4 seems like it should be a triumphant return for a series that hasn't seen a release in more than 25 years. It certainly looks the part. But stripped down to its bare basics, this game feels constricted by its own insistence on adhering to what it used to be. As a 2D beat 'em up, Streets of Rage 4 belongs to a genre of g

TUT students develop app to help their peers sell books

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The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Gina Martin on the power of activism and how she made upskirting illegal

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This article has been published to coincide with an episode of Mashable's new podcast, History Becomes Her. Listen here. Gina Martin is an activist, campaigner, author , and law-changer. In the summer of 2017, Martin was at a music festival in London with her sister when she was upskirted by a man in the crowd. The term upskirting refers to the violating act of taking photos or videos under a per

Jeff Bezos is building a 10,000-Year clock

Popular Mechanics / 12h
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Spy camera spots wild gorillas singing to themselves

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The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

How NASA is fighting COVID-19

Popular Mechanics / 12h
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

B2B challenger bank Finom raises $7M Seed from Target Global and General Catalyst

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Just as challenger banks have appeared in the B2C space, so to have B2B startup banks aimed small businesses, among them startups like Qonto (Fr), Tide (UK), Penta (GER) and CountingUp (UK). Today another such firm, Finom , has closed a €6.5m ($7M) seed funding round led by Target Global, with participation from General Catalyst. Further investors include FJ Labs, Raisin founders Tamaz Georgadze,

Biloba lets you chat with a doctor if you have questions about your children

200+TechCrunch / 12h
Meet Biloba , a French startup that wants to leverage tech to make it easier to keep your children healthy. The company recently launched a new mobile app that lets you chat with a doctor whenever you want between 8 AM and 8 PM. This way, if you have questions about your kids, you can get a quick answer. Of course, a text conversation will never replace a visit to the pediatrician. But chances ar

African fintech firm Flutterwave launches SME e-commerce portal

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San Francisco and Lagos-based fintech startup Flutterwave has launched Flutterwave Store, a portal for African merchants to create digital shops to sell online. The product is less Amazon and more eBay — with no inventory or warehouse requirements. Flutterwave insists the move doesn’t represent any shift away from its core payments business. The company accelerated the development of Flutterwave

Index and Credo lead a $2.75M seed in anti-fraud tech, Resistant AI

200+TechCrunch / 12h
Prague based Resistant AI has nabbed a $2.75M seed round. The security startup’s machine learning technology is designed to be deployed on top of AI systems used for financial decision making to protect customers in markets



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