Friday, May 01, 2020

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Car and Truck Waffle Maker Is Like Eating Hot Wheels Vehicles For Breakfast

22KGizmodo / 10h
It doesn’t take much to convince anyone to eat a waffle; one of the few meals you can soak in syrup without feeling guilty. But that hasn’t stalled waffle maker innovation. Once you’ve constructed a waffle house from edible building blocks, you can now fill its driveway with edible waffle cars and trucks . Read more...

Coronavirus: David Icke kicked off Facebook

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Mr Icke's page was removed for publishing "health misinformation that could cause physical harm".

Nvidia’s top scientist develops open-source ventilator that can be built with $400 in readily available parts

2KTechCrunch / 12h
Nvidia Chief Scientist Bill Dally has released an open-source ventilator hardware design he developed in order to address the shortage resulting from the global coronavirus pandemic. The mechanical ventilator design developed by Dally can be assembled quickly, using off-the-shelf parts with a total cost of around $400 — making it an accessible and affordable alternative to traditional, dedicated

'Scrubs' actor Sam Lloyd has died

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Sam Lloyd, best known as sad-sack lawyer Ted Buckland on Scrubs , died Friday. He was 56. The actor had been diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2019, per Entertainment Weekly , only weeks after his wife, Vanessa, gave birth to their first child. At the time, doctors discovered an inoperable tumor in his brain. Lloyd, who is the nephew of Back to the Future star Christopher Lloyd, had screen ca

Grim Reaper Educates Florida Beachgoers On the Benefits of Social Distancing

Gizmodo / 29min
A few Florida beaches reopened this week despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, prompting one Florida lawyer, scythe in hand, to help beachgoers gain a better understanding of why that’s such a dumb idea. Read more...

Namely, a former high flier, slashes staff as demand for its HR software dries up in the pandemic

TechCrunch / 38min
Namely , an eight-and-a-half-year-old, New York-based company that sells payroll, talent management and other HR services to mid-size businesses across the U.S. via subscription software, has let go of upwards of 40 percent of its employees. The cuts are across the board, from high-ranking staffers, including a CFO who was brought on almost exactly two years ago , and a chief security officer who

Diplo hosts live Major Lazer set in Fortnite's Party Royale mode

39Engadget / 47min
So what’s next after an in-game concert experience from Travis Scott? For Fortnite , it’s apparently an attempt at a live DJ set hosted by actor Jordan Fisher and Diplo. It started at 9 PM ET and is playing in the game’s weapon-free Party Mode that launched this week . If you don’t want to load up Fortnite and see it in the game, you can also watch live on Twitch . Nice night for a party ­čśĆ In 30

First trailer for HBO’s Lovecraft Country blends Eldritch horrors and racism

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Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams are among the executive producers of HBO’s Lovecraft Country . H.P. Lovecraft is having a moment. January brought us Richard Stanley's surreal film, Color Out of Space , an adaptation of the short story of the same name, in which a family on a farm encounters a glowing purple meteorite with typically horrific Lovecraftian consequences. Stanley's film adaptation of The

Grim Reaper appears on local news to protest beach openings

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If you don't take social distancing seriously, you might run into the Grim Reaper. In more ways than one. Lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder went viral last weekend after lurking around Florida beaches dressed as death himself in protest of beachgoers enjoying the sun without proper social distancing, putting their communities at risk of COVID-19. While many states around the country are extending their sta

Coronavirus: Coping with lockdown on poor broadband

300+BBC News - Technology / 1h
Slow wi-fi under lockdown and how to speed it up.

Otonomo raises $46 million to expand its automotive data marketplace

100+TechCrunch / 1h
New vehicles today can produce a treasure trove of data. Without the proper tools, that data will sit undisturbed, rendering it worthless. A number of companies have sprung up to help automakers manage and use data generated from connected cars. Israeli startup Otonomo is one such player that jumped on the scene in 2015 with a cloud-based software platform that captures and anonymizes vehicle dat

JetBlue Founder Challenges The Government’s Coronavirus Response

View from the Wing / 2h
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 ...

Elon Musk Is Wrong About Claimed 400-Mile Tesla Model S Test: EPA

51Gizmodo / 2h
The Environmental Protection Agency has refuted claims made by Tesla CEO Elon Musk that a recent test should have resulted in a 400-mile range result for the Tesla Model S , but was limited by a user error on the part of the Agency. Read more...

A Mint Condition iPhone 8 From Back Market Killed My Fear of Buying Refurbished

Gizmodo / 2h
My name is Quentyn, and I suffer from refurbaphobia. Yes, I made that term up, but I’m submitting it to Merriam-Webster for consideration and you can’t stop me. Read more...

Everything You Need for a Successful Weekend Bike Ride

Lifehacker / 2h
There are lots of things that, unfortunately, we can’t do right now. Maybe you’re missing the gym, or being able to go out and spend a day in the park. Whatever itch you’re trying to scratch, cycling is a great way to spend time outdoors and get a good workout in. Plus, it’s a nice way to venture out and find spots… Read more...

Fortnite bug turns Choppa and boats into instant death machines

SlashGear / 2h
A new Fortnite bug has appeared and it is catching players by surprise. Put simply, ordinary vehicles like boats and the Choppa have proven fatal to multiple players, causing them to lose the match for simply touching the objects. This isn’t something that involves crashing or self-destructing — the bug manifests when the player mere touches the vehicle, causing damage. … Continue reading

Physicists identify unique signature to confirm quark-gluon plasma in universe

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Computer simulation of a merger between two dense neutron stars. After the merger, a phase transition from ordinary hadronic matter (red-yellow) to quark matter (green) takes place. In the first fractions of a second of our universe's existence, the energy density was so incredibly high that there were no protons and neutrons, just a hot "quark soup" known as a quark-gluon plasma (QGP). Physicist

NASA will pay a staggering $146 million for each SLS rocket engine

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Enlarge / SLS Liquid Hydrogen Tank test article is moved onto the Pegasus barge. (credit: NASA) Pigs get fat. Hogs get slaughtered. So how come no one has taken the Space Launch System rocket behind the woodshed yet? We'll answer that question in a moment. First, some news: On Friday, the space agency announced that it had awarded a contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne to build 18 additional space shut

TikTok Is Full of Guns

Gizmodo / 3h
TikTok’s community guidelines would appear to be pretty clear on the subject of guns. The house rules state that users may not post content that “displays firearms, firearm accessories, ammunition, or explosive weapons,” with exceptions for cops, educational and fictional settings, military parades, and “safe and… Read more...

You Should Probably Skip Buying a New Xbox or PlayStation This Year

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Now that both Sony and Microsoft have released the official specs of their upcoming consoles, there’s plenty to get excited about this coming holiday season—maybe. In a recent interview with CNBC , Microsoft Xbox chief Phil Spencer said that, while he expects Xbox Series X production to remain on schedule, the covid-19… Read more...

Facebook finally brings its Google Photos transfer tool to the US

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Following its initial announcement of the offering late last year, Facebook has announced the North American release of its new tool that enables its users to transfer their uploaded images to Google Photos. The company initially made the tool available to a limited number of users in Ireland but announced on Thursday that it is once again expanding it to … Continue reading

Google's Fighting a Losing Battle Against Coronavirus Scammers

Gizmodo / 3h
Among all of the other ills currently dumped on us by the current pandemic, swindlers and scam artists have come out in full force . And while we can’t speak to how many hucksters are out there trying to profiteer off the pandemic, now we have something of an idea. Read more...

Introducing the term-sheet grader

100+TechCrunch / 3h
Jamie Goldstein Contributor Jamie is the founding partner of Pillar VC , a Boston-based seed-stage venture capital firm. He has spent the last 22 years investing in early-stage startups. When we launched in 2016, we took the unusual approach of saying we’d buy common stock in startups. We believed then, and still do, that alignment with founders was more important than covering our downside in in

Meet my pet yeast and all its offspring – Internet of Yum

40Mashable / 4h
Internet of Yum digs into all the things that make us drool while we're checking our feeds. Mashable producer, Mark Stetson, set out to find out how to make a yeast starter and then bake with it. What he discovered about himself along the way was much deeper than that. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Bread , Quarantine , Yeast , and Sourdough

7 Things American Airlines Shared With Employees After Their Earnings Call

View from the Wing / 4h
On Thursday American Airlines spoke to investors and journalists on their earnings call about the financial results during the first quarter and the challenges that lie ahead. After the earnings call, as they always do, senior leadership at the airline hold a forum where they speak to employees and take questions. Here are 7 of the things they shared during that session, having reviewed a recordi

Valve drops VR support for macOS

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Valve is calling it quits on macOS support for its virtual reality platform. A Valve employee posted an update to the company’s SteamVR forums noting that “SteamVR has ended macOS support so our team can focus on Windows and Linux.” Apple introduced “Metal for VR” back in June 2017 and highlighted a partnership with Valve. At the time, Valve was pushing VR as a platform and working with HTC on it

United Airlines may change route map post-coronavirus, says no hub is ‘sacred’

28The Points Guy / 4h
United Airlines is prepared for the possibility of a dramatic makeover once the coronavirus pandemic is past, including the possibility of cutting one of its eight hubs across the U.S. None of the Chicago-based carrier’s hubs are “sacred” when it looks at rebuilding after the crisis, United president Scott Kirby said during a first quarter earnings call on Friday. Any decisions, however, are a wa

Check out This Website Before It Self Destructs

29How-To Geek / 4h
The story goes that an emperor asked a wise shepherd boy, “How many seconds are in an eternity?” Right now, a singular website can answer the question for itself: 86,400. That’s how many seconds are in a day, and unless it receives at least one message every 24-hours, it will self-destruct. Check it out while you can. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

ICYDK: You Can Get Free Xbox Game Pass Subscriptions By Using Bing

20How-To Geek / 4h
Xbox Game Pass is one of the best values in gaming today. You get access to a ton of games for a very reasonable price. But you know what makes a good deal even better? When it’s free. Free as in, your time on Bing. Now I know the idea of searching on Bing instead of Google sounds terrible, but keep reading cause this is about free stuff. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

You Can Save $100 on the Apple Watch Series 5 at Best Buy

26How-To Geek / 4h
The Apple Watch Series 5 is the newest product in Apple’s wearable lineup. It features an always-on display and an updated GPS system, along with all the health and fitness features that you’d expect from a top-of-the-line smartwatch. Today, Best Buy is selling most models of the Series 5 at a steep $100 discount, the best we’ve seen. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

'Desktop Meadow' Is Like 'Desktop Goose', but Zen Instead of Chaos

How-To Geek / 4h
Social distancing is for the birds. At least, that’s what Desktop Meadow seems to be saying. Desktop Meadow comes from the same developer who brought us Desktop Goose. And unlike that chaotic horror, this game calms you down with pixelated flowers and fluttering birds. A mail-carrier bird will even deliver you occasional kind messages written by strangers. Best of all? It’s free (as in donations)

Indian education startup Byju’s is fundraising at a $10B valuation

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Byju’s , an education learning startup in India that has seen a surge in its popularity in recent weeks amid the coronavirus outbreak, is in talks to raise as much as $400 million in fresh capital at a $10 billion valuation, said three people familiar with the matter. The additional capital would be part of the Bangalore-based startup’s ongoing financing round that has already seen Tiger Global a

Research Casts Doubt on Elliptical Galaxies Being Cradles of Intelligent Life

22Gizmodo / 4h
We live inside a spiral galaxy, but one school of thought suggests oval-shaped elliptical galaxies are most likely to host intelligent civilizations. A new paper tries to overturn this assumption by applying a classic philosophical technique used by scientists for centuries. Read more...

You Can Save $11 on a Phillips Hue Smart Hub Right Now

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Phillips Hue Hub | $49 | Daily Steals | Use Promo Code KJPHSMRT Read more...

NASA reprocessed Europa images from the ’90s to reveal stunning details

NASA Elon Musk SpaceXSlashGear / 4h
NASA has reprocessed images of Jupiter’s moon Europa that were captured by its Galileo spacecraft back in the 1990s. The reprocessed versions of the images reveal the moon’s surface in stunning detail, highlighting what NASA refers to as ‘chaos terrain’ and a variety of details about the features found on the surface. The new versions of the images are made … Continue reading

I canceled my Amazon Prime membership. You can, too.

100+Mashable / 4h
You can quit Amazon Prime. I did it last week, in response to Amazon firing user experience designers Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa. They were protesting the company's firing of warehouse workers who were themselves protesting for better working conditions. The coronavirus pandemic has hit "essential workers" hardest, a category that includes doctors and the workers who pack and deliver your o

We Should Bail Out Fossil Fuel Workers, Not the Industry

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This May Day, workers in pretty much every sector are struggling. In the wake of the covid-19 pandemic, the U.S. is almost surely facing Depression-era levels of unemployment . Fossil fuel workers are no exception . Read more...

Evo 2020 is canceled, but organizers are planning an online event

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The “world’s biggest fighting game tournament” has joined the list of events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers announced in a tweet that the annual battle in Las Vegas is off for 2020, but “to keep the Evo spirit alive, we’re bringing the event online this summer.” According to the post, all arena tickets and hotel reservations will be refunded automatically, with a form going

Latest Coronavirus Science: Pinning Down the True Fatality Rate

47Gizmodo / 4h
Every day brings new scientific insights into covid-19 and the coronavirus that causes it. Here are some of the latest studies and developments, including research into the virus’s fatality rate and impacts on children. Read more...

As COVID-19 dries up funding, only drought-resistant cannabis startups will survive

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The COVID-19 crisis is creating an untold amount of uncertainty through every business sector, but for cannabis startups, it’s exacerbating a critical market that was already in decline. TechCrunch spoke to Schwazze CEO Justin Dye following his company’s recent rebrand . He joined the company when it was Colorado’s Medicine Man Technologies (MMT) in late 2019 and is revamping the organization, in

FDA Grants Emergency Use of Remdesivir For COVID-19 Patients

500+Futurism / 4h
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted its approval to a drug that seems to help COVID-19 patients. Preliminary results from a government study suggest that remdesivir, an experimental antiviral drug, shortens the time it takes for coronavirus patients to recover by 31 percent, which translates to about four days . Because of that early success, The Associated Pres

Zachary Quinto’s child-snatching psychic vampire is back in NOS4A2 S2

41Ars Technica / 4h
Ashleigh Cummings and Zachary Quinto return as Vic McQueen and Charlie Manx, respectively, in the second season of AMC's NOS4A2 , adapted from the Joe Hill novel. AMC's NOS4A2 flew under the radar for many viewers last summer, struggling to compete in a crowded seasonal market for film and television. That's too bad, because it's a great show. In my review last year, I called it a "haunting fable

The Leeroy Jenkins of Tech Sends Tweet, Wipes $14 Billion Off Tesla's Market Value

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Tesla stocks are too damn high, or something like that. At least that’s what Elon Musk said on Twitter earlier today , “Tesla stock price is too high imo.” It appears that, once again , the stock market was listening. Read more...

The 10 Best Deals of May 1, 2020

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You’ve heard of our deals of the day , but now, in rare form, we’re bringing back a classic (at least for today): our pick of the 10 BEST deals after sifting through ALL the options ourselves. Opinions may vary on what is and isn’t classified as a bargain, and that’s okay. At the end of the day, what matters it that… Read more...

The 10 Best Deals of May 1, 2020

36Lifehacker / 5h
You’ve heard of our deals of the day , but now, in rare form, we’re bringing back a classic (at least for today): our pick of the 10 BEST deals after sifting through ALL the options ourselves. Opinions may vary on what is and isn’t classified as a bargain, and that’s okay. At the end of the day, what matters it that… Read more...

First drug known to work against SARS-CoV-2 imaged in action

100+Ars Technica / 5h
Enlarge / The RNA being copied is in dark blue; the copy is in turquoise; the enzyme is in pale green; and the drug is in pink. Just this week, we had the first promising report of a drug that appears to improve the recovery time of patients suffering from COVID-19. Hot on the heels of that announcement, a scientific journal has released a paper that describes how the drug interferes with the vir

Elon Musk tweet wipes $14bn off Tesla's value

Elon Musk Tesla Stock45KBBC News - Technology / 5h
The tweet was one of several bizarre postings, including a promise to sell his possessions.

United Airlines slashes Boeing 737 MAX deliveries amid coronavirus downturn

The Points Guy / 5h
United Airlines has halved the number of new Boeing 737 MAX jets it will add to its fleet over the next year-and-a-half as it prepares to “look different” after the coronavirus pandemic. The Chicago-based carrier will take up to 40 737 MAXes by the end of 2021, or less than half of its pre-crisis plans, United chief financial officer Gerry Laderman said during a first quarter earnings call on Fri

It seems like humans really are going to launch into orbit from America again

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Here's your Demo-2 crew: Doug Hurley, left, and Bob Behnken. [credit: NASA ] Officials from NASA and SpaceX spoke at a series of briefings on Friday to preview the upcoming flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the discussions was, after nine years since the space shuttle's retirement, how very close astronauts really are to launchin

We're all over video calls. This artist did something about it.

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Video calls suck, and have always sucked. We've long known this truth, though as our opportunities for real human interaction evaporated like the national supply of hand sanitizer we somehow forced ourselves to forget it. No more. Welcome to the stage of quarantine where we invent elaborate ways to get out of Zoom calls. Enter Marina Fujiwara and her latest creation. The Japan-based artist descri


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Thwip ? No. SPUMC .

Scientists Detect Powerful Radio Burst Coming From Our Own Galaxy

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Astronomers have detected the first-ever fast radio burst (FRB) originating in our own galaxy, ScienceAlert reports . “Something like this has never been seen before,” Caltech astronomer Shrinivas Kulkarni told ScienceAlert. The signal, a millisecond-wave bursts of radio waves, was traced back to a Milky Way magnetar, a type of neutron star with an extremely strong magnetic field. The magnetar su

Anderson Cooper announced the birth of his son on air, and it's the sweet moment we all desperately need

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CNN's Anderson Cooper just became a dad and decided to share his joyful news with viewers in a touching on-air segment. To close out Thursday's CNN Town Hall, Cooper announced the birth of his son Wyatt in an emotional and deeply personal speech. "It's been a difficult time in all of our lives and there are certainly many hard days ahead." Cooper said. "It is, I think, especially important in the

Create a Passport with Your Kids to Virtually 'Travel' the World

46Lifehacker / 5h
As an inveterate traveler, I find it really hard right now to be stuck at home without any actual place to go or plans for travel in the near future. Still, I’m an adult who understands the reasons we’re not traveling; my son, he just wants to “go”—somewhere, anywhere. Kids who love to travel or are used to getting… Read more...

Conquering the Backlog Part 1: Gaming my way through quarantine

SlashGear / 5h
Today is the first day of May, which means that 2020 is officially a third of the way over. It’s hard to believe, given all that’s happened this year, that we’re only four months into 2020. It’s a good time to look back at those New Year’s resolutions and take stock of your progress, but unfortunately for me, my progress … Continue reading

Disney live-action Hercules movie tipped in early development

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Hercules will be the latest animated Disney film to get a live-action makeover, according to a new report. The upcoming movie is said to be in the early stages of development at this time; it will follow other Disney live-action remakes of classic movies, including Alladin and The Lion King. Many questions about the new feature film remain. Disney has … Continue reading

$1.1 Billion Sale of .Org Registry to Private Equity Leeches Voted Down by ICANN

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Something good has happened for once: The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers voted to block its partner organization, the Internet Society, from selling off control over the .org domain registry to private equity goons in a deal opposed by virtually everyone who wouldn’t have an opportunity to cash in. Read more...

Apple Considers a Face ID Workaround for Users Wearing Masks

500+Wired / 5h
Your iPhone can’t read your face if half of it is covered. While the new iOS 13.5 update won't fix that, it's likely to make logging in less of a nuisance.

Zoom's web address is confusing the hell out of people

48Mashable / 5h
If you try calling Zoom, you may be greeted with a gruff voice asking, “Are you looking for Zoom dot-us or Zoomus Marketing?” That’s Frank Cahill, who runs a small marketing company called Zoomus out of New Jersey. You can find its website at . He does not work at Zoom, the massively popular video chat service, which is located at A lot of people seem to be getting the two con

Comedian Joe List paints an avant-garde ghost town — The Bob Ross Challenge

Mashable / 5h
Lifetime Bob Ross fan, Joe List, turns his Bob Ross painting into an eerie ghost town with all four seasons represented at once. Read more... More about Netflix , Mashable Video , Bob Ross , Standup Comedy , and Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

How to Earn More Rewards Points on Your Next Grocery Run

21Lifehacker / 5h
If you’ve abandoned your rewards credit card for your coronavirus-era purchases, reaching instead for a cash-back card, it may be time to reevaluate. Read more...

How radically could air travel change? These questions from Delta offer some insights

63The Points Guy / 5h
What will it take to get travelers back on planes as coronavirus recovery begins for the airline industry? That’s likely top of mind at all of the the big U.S. carriers, and at least one of them is surveying its customers to help figure out what that might entail. Delta Air Lines seems to have quietly acknowledged the importance of customer confidence this week in a survey it sent to at least som

'The Last of Us Part II' Gets a Leak—and a New Release Date

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The 'Last of Us' follow-up is now slated for June 19. That's pretty soon considering it looked like it might be on hold indefinitely.

Elon Musk Says Tesla Stock Is ‘Too High’—and It Quickly Falls

300+Wired / 5h
An early-morning tweet punctuates a week in which the CEO has complained loudly and often about coronavirus-induced lockdowns.

India's Mandated Contact Tracing App Is An Invasive, Insecure Mess

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No matter how you feel about contact tracing, it’s been openly embraced by federal authorities around the world, from the UK , to Germany , to, well, you name it , as a way to curb the spread of the current pandemic. And while every country grapples with the long-term privacy implications of downloading this sort of… Read more...

Keep germs at a distance with this contactless folding tool — Future Blink

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FoldAway is meant to be an extension of your hand and works as a folding door opener, button pusher, box opener, and touchscreen or keypad tool. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Healthcare , Germs , and Future Blink

Grimes' baby is due next week and Elon Musk is tweeting about selling 'almost all physical possessions'

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In his latest cry for attention, Elon Musk is raging on Twitter. The Tesla CEO kicked off Friday morning by tweeting that the Tesla stock price was "too high," wiping billions of dollars of worth from the company's valuation. Before he tweeted, MarketWatch reports, the company was valued at $141 billion. After Musk tweeted, the valuation dropped to $133 billion. Tesla stock price is too high imo

Why You Should Keep Paying Your Daycare Provider During the Shutdown

35Lifehacker / 5h
Given all of the economic worries, it would be tempting to stop paying your daycare provider, many of which are asking for partial tuition during the shutdown . If you can afford it, it’s a good idea to keep paying them, as you will want a daycare facility to return to once it is safe again. Read more...

Coronavirus drug remdesivir gets FDA emergency use authorization

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Experimental drug remdesivir has been given authorization by the FDA for COVID-19 treatment in the US, following promising early results in Phase 3 trials last month. The drug, initially developed by Gilead for ebola and other infections, can now be prescribed in hospitals to shorten the recovery time from coronavirus, though the FDA makes no claims about the efficacy of … Continue reading

Powerful House committee demands Jeff Bezos testify after ‘misleading’ statements

100+TechCrunch / 5h
Amazon is in hot water with a powerful congressional committee interested in the company’s potentially anticompetitive business practices. In a bipartisan letter sent Friday to Jeff Bezos, the House Judiciary committee demanded that the Amazon CEO explain discrepancies between his own prior statements and recent reporting from The Wall Street Journal. Specifically, the letter addressed Amazon’s a

It's Time to Order Directly From Restaurants Again

500+Lifehacker / 6h
One of the many challenges of being stuck at home during this pandemic is not knowing the best ways to help the local businesses we love and depend on. Take, well, takeout: We’ve been instructed to order takeout and delivery from our favorite restaurants—especially smaller, family-owned businesses—to ensure they are… Read more...

An already struggling smartphone market takes a big hit from COVID-19

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Quarter after quarter, familiar stories have appeared. The smartphone market, once seemingly bulletproof, has suffered. The list of factors is long, and I’ve written about them ad nauseam here, but the CliffsNotes version is: costs are too high, innovation is too incremental and most people already own a device that will be plenty good for the next few years. But 2020 was going to be different. S

KlearNow raises $16 million to bring customs clearance industry into the digital age

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Customs is the sieve of international supply chains. And yet despite its critical role, clearing customs for freight brokers can be a slow and opaque process reliant on manual data entry and prone to errors. Silicon Valley-based KlearNow has developed a platform that aims to bring customs clearance into the digital age. Now, with $16 million new funding, KlearNow aims to expand its geographic rea

Federal Aviation Bailout Is Making Bizarre Payments To Tiny Airports

View from the Wing / 6h
It’s not just airlines – and airline contractors – who got a big piece of the federal CARES Act. U.S. airports also had $10 billion in grants set aside for them. Payouts are based in part on passengers - but also debt and cash ratios, which created some strange payments to small airports like one in Maine that was awarded enough to operate for 25 years . Continue reading ...

United Airlines sees positive uptick in flight searches, but only for travel next year

The Points Guy / 6h
United Airlines does not sugar coat pandemic reality. The travel industry has hit bottom and there are few, if any, signs that people are ready to fly again. New bookings for the Chicago-based carrier are at “net zero” — or bookings minus cancellations — with no near-term sign of improvement, United president Scott Kirby said during a first quarter earnings call Friday. The airline has responded

The best electric kettles for your next tea party

36Mashable / 6h
Electric kettles boil water faster and more conveniently than your conventional tea kettle; here are our favorites. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Cuisinart , Electric Kettles , and Black Decker

Virgin Galactic's spaceship flies from its new home base for the first time

200+Engadget / 6h
The pieces are finally starting to come together for Virgin Galactic’s space tourism — the company has flown SpaceShipTwo from Spaceport America for the first time. It was just a glide test from 50,000 feet up, but the flight let the spaceport fulfill its intended purpose and gave pilots familiarity with the New Mexico airspace. This will also help Virgin compare performance against similar maneu

A Laundry Delivery Startup Keeps Losing Doctors’ Clothes

100+Futurism / 6h
Great Job A laundry delivery startup called Cleanly recently drummed up a massive amount of new business by offering to help, donate to, and otherwise support medical workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. The company crafted an inspirational narrative around its work, but there was one small problem. Vice reports that Cleanly keeps losing its customers’ clothes, often forcing th

OnePlus crowdsourced Beta features revealed

OnePlus 8 5 Snapdragon 765SlashGear / 6h
A release from OnePlus just revealed 5 user-recommended/suggested features that’ve been adopted as official updates for the future of OnePlus devices. This release builds on the previously-announced OnePlus Ideas program that’s… not entirely unlike the LEGO Ideas program. That’s a program in which everyday average users recommend ideas for the brand that the brand then uses if the ideas are … Con

Beautiful Images Show Planets Starting to Form

7KFuturism / 6h
An international team of astronomers has managed to capture some extraordinarily rare images of planetary systems being born, hundreds of light-years away. While we’ve seen images of “protoplanetary disks” before, we’ve never seen the process captured in such detail. Kluska et al. “In [earlier] pictures, the regions close to the star, where rocky planets form, are covered by only few pixels,” lea

Intel’s 10th generation desktop CPUs have arrived—still on 14nm

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Enlarge / What if Comet Lake, but longer? This wafer litho image gives us a bird's eye view of the layout of one of the Comet Lake S-series CPUs, featuring two more cores than prior generations. (credit: Intel Corporation) So far, 2020 is a tough year for Intel CPU fans —in both senses of the word. The newest generation of Chipzilla's desktop CPUs have arrived, and Intel is scrambling to find way

Raspberry Pi launches camera with interchangeable lens system for $50

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The High Quality Camera with the 16mm lens attached. [credit: Raspberry Pi Foundation ] Attention tinkerers: Raspberry Pi has released a new camera for its tiny single-board computers . The " Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera " is on sale now for $50, and it will be sold alongside the older Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2, which will still be the usual $25. This is a for-real camera system, so that

Oh Great: United Airlines Redefines “Cancelled”

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There has been a lot of frustration among people regarding the ways that airlines have handled refunds . Even in countries where the government is requiring airlines to provide cash refunds for flight cancellations, we’ve seen airlines take a few different approaches: Some airlines just outright defy regulations Some airlines promise refunds, but say it will take a long time for them to be proces

American scales back inflight catering as part of ongoing coronavirus response

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If you must travel domestically on American Airlines in the coming weeks, you might want to pack a lunch. (Also, consider postponing your trip if it’s not related to essential work.) Starting Friday (May 1), AA will implement a significant reduction in its inflight food and beverage service in an effort to reduce the risk of onboard COVID-19 transmission. Sign up for the free daily TPG newsletter

Telescopes Around the World Pick Up Mysterious Radio Burst Coming From Our Own Galaxy

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Astronomers just spotted an extremely bright burst of radio waves emanating from within our own galaxy. The surprising observation could help us understand the mystery behind these enigmatic emissions, known as fast radio bursts. Read more...

Save 82% on Two Years of PureVPN

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Astronomers Warn That Our Sun Is Having a “Midlife Crisis”

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Coping Mechanism The Sun is behaving oddly compared to its cosmic peers, making astronomers think that it may be in the middle of some sort of transition period. In a survey of the Sun and 369 other stars that share its properties, Max Planck Institute astronomers found that the Sun is far less active than the others, Inverse reports . And the leading explanation is that the Sun may be in the mid

16 must-see movies and shows coming to Netflix this summer

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Summer 2020 may seem a little different, but that doesn't mean there isn't a ton to look forward to . Read more... More about Entertainment , Netflix , Mashable Video , Summer , and Steve Carell

Automatic to shut down and end support for its car diagnostics dongle

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Automatic, the company behind an on-board diagnostics (OBD-II) dongle for cars, announced that it’s shutting down due to COVID-19. The company says customers can toss (or recycle) its adapters, which plugged into vehicles and synced with users’ smartphones to provide data on things like real-time location, trip history and vehicle diagnostics. The dongles and the app will no longer be available a

Valve delays Dota 2’s The International for 2020

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As with many other things, the COVID-19 pandemic has a had a dramatic effect on esports. While plenty of esports can be played online, many major tournaments favor in-person LAN matchups in front of a large crowd. That, obviously, can’t happen while stay at home and social distancing orders are in place, leading to the cancellation of many big tournaments. … Continue reading

'Good Omens' reunites Aziraphale and Crowley in delightful quarantine clip

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The angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley hate quarantine just as much as we do. On Friday, to honor the 30th anniversary of the publication of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens novel , the team behind its heavenly TV adaptation at Amazon Prime Video reunited stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant for an audio clip scripted by Gaiman. It's a delightful phone call between everyone's fav

Tesla stock plunges after Musk tweets “Tesla stock price is too high”

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Enlarge / Elon Musk in 2015. (credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images ) Tesla's stock is down sharply in Friday trading. One likely reason for that: CEO Elon Musk tweeted that "Tesla stock price is too high imo." Musk posted that tweet at 11:11am Eastern time. At the time, Tesla's stock was worth around $760—down less than 3 percent from Thursday's closing price of $781. By 11:30, the stock plunged

Stash both your coffee and water in this modular mug — Future Blink

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Hitch comes with a coffee cup hidden under the water bottle allowing you to carry two different beverages at once. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Coffee , Sustainability , and Eco Friendly

How to Check if Your Tweets Have Been Quoted in the Media

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As one who is never very witty on Twitter, I have almost no concern that anything I type is going to get highlighted on a website or in a news story somewhere—not unless someone really cares about my thoughts on cats and Animal Crossing . However, there’s a quick and easy way to see for yourself if your Twitter wit has… Read more...

Beef up Your Blending Skills With $20 off Ninja's 1000-Watt Pro Blender

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How to Facetime a Bunch of Adorable Eels

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The Sumida Aquarium in Japan is inviting people to have a short Facetime call with their tank of garden eels . This is no livestream; it’s a two-way call, and they specifically want the eels to see your face. Read more...

Pokemon Quest Review: A free, fun game made to make you feel good

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Pokemon Quest is an extreme rarity of a smartphone game. It’s a mobile game that doesn’t stay in business by getting users addicted to “chasing the dragon.” You can actually beat this game. You can beat this game faster if you buy things with in-game purchases, but you absolutely, positively do NOT need to spend real money to play comfortably … Continue reading

Smart driving assistant Automatic is shutting down

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Automatic, makers of a connected car dongle, emailed customers today to announce that the company will shut down all operations May 28. The company says it’s the casualty of the COVID-19 shutdown. “Like many other companies in the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted our business,” it writes, “and we have made the difficult decision to discontinue the Automatic connected ca

Plex Free Movies and TV gets huge library of new content from Crackle

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Home media server company Plex has announced an expansion of its free content streaming integrations with the addition of Crackle. The expansion is available for Plex users in the United States, the company announced on Friday, bringing thousands of new additions to the platform’s growing number of free streaming options. Because the content is integrated in the Plex app, you … Continue reading

'The Knick' is the ultimate pandemic binge-watch

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Steven Soderbergh, already one of the most highly regarded filmmakers of his time, suddenly took on the role of near-prophet when Contagion became one of the most-streamed films during the pandemic. But that's not the only Soderbergh joint eerily reflective of the hardships of coronavirus. For many, immersing ourselves in the harsh truths of our current situation from the comfortable distance of

What to Watch This Weekend, May 1-3, 2020

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It’s Friday! If you’re looking for something to watch tonight and this weekend to congratulate yourself for making it through another week, we’ve found some options. Read more...

Bandcamp will waive its fees every first Friday of the month until July

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Bandcamp is once again waiving its commission fees to help musicians impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The company won’t take a cut of any music or merchandise you buy between now and 12AM PT / 3AM ET. Several labels, such as Arts & Crafts and Ghostly , are waiving their fees as well. When Bandcamp did this same thing on March 20th, fans spent approximately 15 times more than on the average F

The Web's .Org Domain Is Still Run by a Nonprofit

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Icann, the internet's governing body, rejected a proposal to sell control of the .org registry to a newly formed private equity group.

In Lovecraft Country's First Trailer, American Racism Is the Ultimate Eldritch Abomination

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Oftentimes when we dive into horrific stories full of otherworldly monsters, we do so in order to escape the all-too-real demons that haunt us here in the real world. But in the first trailer for HBO’s new adaptation of Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country , the racist evils that shaped American culture are realized as quite… Read more...

Let's Revisit the Seven-Minute Workout

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The first time I heard of the Seven Minute Workout, I thought it was a great idea. But then I did it, and couldn’t hang. On paper it looked too easy, and yet the side planks at the end were killer. I didn’t keep up with it, even though it was designed to give you a day’s exercise in just a few minutes, enabling… Read more...

NASA’s coronavirus ventilator has one huge advantage

It took NASA engineers 37 days to develop a prototype ventilator for COVID-19 treatment, but it’s one fundamental aspect of the device’s design ethos that could make it a hit in the pandemic months to come. Authorized this week by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the design for the device – known as VITAL, or Ventilator Intervention Technology … Continue reading

SpaceX and NASA break down what their historic first astronaut mission will look like

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NASA and SpaceX’s most defining moment of our current space era is coming up at the end of this month, with its Demo-2 mission on May 27. The mission will be the first-ever launch for SpaceX with humans on board, and for NASA, it’ll mark the first return to U.S.-based astronaut launches since the Shuttle program flew its last flight in 2011. On Friday, representatives from both SpaceX and NASA br

Guilded raises $7 million for its competitive gaming-focused chat app

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Gaming platforms have earned serious clout with investors in recent years. Add in the VC excitement surrounding collaboration tools and it’s no surprised there’s interest in backing another gaming chat app. Guilded is creating a chat platform designed for competitive gaming and esports that focuses heavily on keeping gamers organized and connected with their teams. The startup’s sell is that Disc

New earnings report shows Microsoft’s shift to cloud and subscriptions is working

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Enlarge / Xbox Series X, due in late 2020. It's tall. And it has a modified controller compared to the Xbox One pad. (credit: Xbox ) The gauntlet of tech earnings reports has mostly come to a close, and there's a wide range of performance. Almost every part of the tech industry has been rattled by COVID-19, but Microsoft managed to report accelerated growth and strong performance for all of its b

Elon Musk's Twitter tantrum is about his closed factory. Here’s why it's dangerous.

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Read more... More about Twitter , Tesla , Coronavirus , Covid 19 , and Tech

Citi Gives You An Extra 3 Months To Earn Initial Card Bonus Offers

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Like American Express - but unlike Chase - there's an opportunity here for people who are approved for new cards. Since this offer is available to new accounts opened through May 31, if you're approved for a new Citibank card now you get this extra three month period in which to spend to earn an initial bonus. Continue reading ...

Amazon's 'Upload' explores the digital afterlife in a world gone to hell

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Take Black Mirror's dystopian tech commentary, The Good Place's philosophical exploration of the after-life, and the workplace antics of The Office , mash them together, and you have Amazon’s Upload . It takes place in a world that could easily be 10 years from now -- self driving cars are commonplace, the Earth is polluted and over-crowded, and, oh yeah, you can also achieve digital immortality

TPG Reader Hall of Fame: An unforgettable $72,000 first-class honeymoon with points and miles

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Editor’s note: At TPG, our top priority is providing our readers with the information needed to make educated decisions about travel and rewards-earning strategy. This is not the best time to travel, domestically or internationally, as airlines have cut major parts of their route networks. But we are sharing this information to provide value for future travel once coronavirus concerns have subsid

Walmart Is Betting You'll Ditch Amazon Prime for Its Expensive 2-Hour Delivery

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In its latest attempt to keep up with Amazon’s indomitable hold on the e-commerce space, Walmart has announced it’s introducing two-hour delivery for nearly 2,000 stores in the coming weeks. Read more...

Coronavirus: Ireland and UK opt for different tracing approaches

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The border with Northern Ireland presents "technical challenges" that have yet to be solved.

This week's best deals: Fitbit Inspire HR, the Apple Watch and more

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April ended and ushered in May with a number of deals on wearables, smartphones and smart home gadgets. Those in need of an affordable fitness tracker can still snag the Fitbit Inspire HR for $70 (or one of many other Fitbit devices on sale for Mother’s Day right now). Best Buy knocked the starting price of the Apple Watch Series 5 down by $100, and Android users can still grab a Samsung Galaxy W

Citi announces changes to help cardholders maximize benefits during coronavirus

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Citi is a TPG advertising partner. Shortly after American Express and Chase , announced exciting changes in credit card benefits, Citi became the latest issuer to make changes to help cardholders maximize benefits to fit altered spending habits during the coronavirus pandemic . New cardholders will now have more time to hit the sign-up bonus spending requirements on Citi credit cards , and Citi P

Geoff Keighley’s four-month Summer Game Fest is here to cure your quarantine blues

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Geoff Keighley is a person who’s been in the news a lot lately, mostly because he announced in February that he wouldn’t be attending E3 this year. Keighley is a common sight at E3, as he hosted and produced the show’s E3 Coliseum for a number of years prior to this announcement. Of course, E3 2020 wound up getting cancelled … Continue reading

Get Kinky During the Month of May With a $55 Ella Paradis Vibrator Bundle

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The deceiving thing about the big, historic drop in CO2 emissions

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Read more... More about Science , Global Warming , Climate Change , Carbon Emissions , and Coronavirus

As lockdowns stretch on, is edtech passing or failing?

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Back in January, Georgia Tech professor David Joyner got a cryptic email from a student based in Wuhan, China. “I’m under quarantine, but my internet access is okay so I have more time to spend on classwork, I wanted to let you know,” the message read. Unsure why Wuhan would be under quarantine, Joyner did a quick Google search and saw the beginnings of the coronavirus pandemic. “I thought, there

Frontier, amid bankruptcy, is suspected of lying about broadband expansion

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Enlarge / A Frontier Communications service van. (credit: Mike Mozart / Flickr ) Small Internet providers have asked for a government investigation into Frontier Communications' claim that it recently deployed broadband to nearly 17,000 census blocks, saying the expansion seems unlikely given Frontier's bankruptcy and its historical failure to upgrade networks in rural areas. The accuracy of Fron

Be Your Child's Emotional Coach

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Emotions, they are running high right now. We’re living in a time of fear and sadness and anger, grieving the loss of normalcy in our day-to-day lives as the pandemic has redefined normal. The circumstances are challenging for the calmest and most resilient among us, let alone for our kids, who are still learning how… Read more...

Great Deal: Save On Amazon With Amex

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Yesterday an Amazon promotion for those using Amex points ended, and today a new one was introduced. I’d definitely recommend checking if you’re eligible for this one, as it’s potentially extremely lucrative. Over the past year or so we’ve seen some incredible opportunities to redeem a small number of points towards an Amazon purchase to score a discount. This is the gift that keeps on giving, an

The Automatic connected car dongle is shutting down in May

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Connected car dongle-maker Automatic Labs is shutting down, blaming COVID-19 for the decision to axe its service and render its hardware obsolete. The SiriusXM-owned company will shut down all operations on May 28, 2020, it has confirmed, though some customers may be eligible for a refund. Automatic was among the first companies to make more use of the OBD-II or … Continue reading

Dota 2's biggest esports tournament will likely be pushed back until 2021

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Valve has announced that the 2020 edition of its massive The International Dota 2 tournament will likely be delayed until 2021. The tournament was set to take place this August in Stockholm, with last year’s Shanghai tournament boasting the richest prize pool in esports of more than $30 million. “We have been exploring various date possibilities, but it is likely that the event will need to happe

These Airlines Now Require You to Wear a Mask Onboard

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If you plan on getting on an airplane any time soon, you need to bring a mask along with you for the ride. While at this point that may seem like a pretty obvious statement, a flight last week from Miami to New York went viral, perhaps in more ways than one, because a pretty significant number of the passengers on the… Read more...

Southwest Airlines begins capping flight bookings to keep middle seats open

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Southwest Airlines is moving forward with plans to artificially cap the number of seats it sells on its flights in an effort to promote social distancing onboard during the coronavirus pandemic. The Dallas-based carrier is capping bookings at around 79 passengers on its Boeing 737-700s and around 102 passengers on its 737-800s depending on the route and day-of-week, according to an employee who s

Elon Musk Tries to Stop Reporter's Covid-19 Question During NASA Call, Saying 'Move On'

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk attempted to deflect a reporter’s question during a NASA press conference yesterday, saying “move on.” Read more...

New Pokemon TCG Sword & Shield Rebel Clash set unboxing today [DEVELOPING]

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A new Pokemon TCG expansion set was released today to stores and online with the name Pokemon TCG Sword & Shield: Rebel Clash! We got a bunch of packs here, an Elite Trainer box, and some starter decks. We’re in the process of opening all the packs, we’ve already cracked into the Elite Trainer box back before release, and we’re … Continue reading

Big Tech’s Worries Should Worry You

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When the most successful companies are anxious, you know we’re in scary times.

The ultimate guide to the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan shopping portal

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Editor’s note: At TPG, our top priority is providing our readers with the information needed to make educated decisions about travel and your rewards-earnings strategy. This is not the best time to travel, domestically or internationally, as airlines have cut major parts of their route network. But we are sharing this information to provide value for future travel once coronavirus concerns have s

How the Hell Did Stocks Just Have Their Best Month in Two Decades?

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You’ve probably noticed the economy isn’t doing so hot. Consumer spending has tanked. Unemployment numbers continue to rise. But the stock market is... doing OK? Read more...

TGIF Playlist: New Music Releases

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3 Months Free | Amazon Music Unlimited

Bandcamp is waiving fees today in support of artists

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Back in March, Bandcamp announced that it was waiving its share of the revenue for a day, in order to support artists whose livelihood have ground to a screeching halt amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The March 20 event pulled in an impressive $4.3 million for artists, amounting to the biggest sales day in the platform’s history. The earnings from music and merchandise amounted to 15x Bandcamp’s norma

FCC won't warn robocallers before fining them

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Now that the FCC is no longer required to warn robocallers , it’s taking advantage of that expanded power. The regulator has issued an order ending warnings before it slaps spam callers with penalties. The new measure also extends the statute of limitations for robocall and spoofing from a respective one to two years to a consistent four for both. The maximum fines have also increased, the FCC sa

Rons Perlman, Ranked

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Like many character actors, Ron Perlman (who marked his 70th birthday in April!) has a lengthy resum├ę filled with roles that span a huge range—he’s done comedies, crime dramas, comic book movies , many TV shows, and many more animated voices . For the purposes of this list, we’ve narrowed it to our 14 favorite… Read more...

Some Serious Drama Went Down on Google’s Quantum Computing Team

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Changing Tides Google’s quantum computer team reached a major milestone in October: quantum supremacy . But in April, one of the most prominent researchers on the team, John Martinis, left the company . The move shocked quantum researchers across the industry. Now, an interview published in Forbes reveals that there was a great deal of drama over leadership direction within Google’s quantum team

Controversial sale of .org web domain blocked

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Ethos Capital wanted to run the company behind .org web domains for profit.

Reddit Furiously Backpedals on Chat Feature After Fierce Backlash

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Earlier this week, Reddit announced it was introducing chat rooms to some of its subreddit communities. Then roughly a day later, that new feature was rolled back due to “several errors” and pissed off moderators. Read more...

Get a Decked out DJI Osmo Mobile 3 for $140 in This Mother’s Day Gift Box

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This 1959 Film About the Bed of the Future Tried So Hard to Be Secretly Horny

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What was the bed of the future supposed to look like? If you went to a British movie theater in 1959, you may have seen this high-tech bed of tomorrow displayed in a short film . before the main feature. But this bed wasn’t just about getting a good night’s sleep. There were also some suggestive nods to other things… Read more...

United Cuts Denied Boarding Compensation By 75%

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United Airlines set the world on first when David Dao was dragged off of a United Express plane and bloodied three years ago. United's CEO Oscar Munoz apologized... for having to re-accommodate him . The worldwide outcry was so great that airlines had to revisit their policies for involuntary denied boardings. Now, as United does everything possible to reduce costs, it is scaling back efforts to

We May Never Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

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The entire world is anxiously awaiting a COVID-19 vaccine, clinging to the current estimates of 12 to 18 months . Some outlets are reporting we could have a vaccine even sooner than that —there’s even a website tracking all the vaccines and therapies in development . Many people seem to assume all we need to do is hunker… Read more...

NVIDIA’s chief scientist developed a low-cost, open-source ventilator

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This week, NVIDIA Chief Scientist Bill Dally released an open-source design for a low-cost, easy-to-assemble ventilator that he believes could be used to treat patients with COVID-19. Dally developed the ventilator in just a few weeks. He designed it around two readily available components: a proportional solenoid valve and a microcontroller, and he says it can be made for just a few hundred doll

Congress calls on Bezos to come explain Amazon’s possible lies

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Enlarge / Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his surprised face speaking in 2019. (credit: Eric Baradat | AFP | Getty Images ) A bipartisan group of House representatives wants Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to show up and explain to their socially distanced faces why media reports say his company is doing something Amazon previously promised Congress it would never do. The House Antitrust subcommittee

This Company Ships Dinosaur Fossils and Other Artifacts Right to Your Door

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Futurism fans: To create this content, a non-editorial team worked with an affiliate partner. We may collect a small commission on items purchased through this page. This post does not necessarily reflect the views or the endorsement of the editorial staff. If you’re into science, nature, and history, you probably love visiting museums and exploring collections of rare and unique obj

NASA Will Pick One of These Three Astronaut Lander Concepts for 2024 Moon Mission

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As NASA prepares to return humans to the Moon in 2024, the space agency has decided to take the private route, selecting three U.S. companies to develop an astronaut landing system. Read more...

New Leaks Give an Almost Complete Picture of Dell’s Upcoming XPS 15 and 17

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Earlier this year, Dell refreshed its excellent 13-inch ultra portable laptop, the XPS 13, with faster components and an updated design. Now, thanks to leaks spotted on Dell’s French website , it appears the XPS 13's larger siblings, the XPS 15 and XPS 17, are due for updates soon. Read more...

Grab a JBL Bluetooth Soundbar For $95

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How to Facetime a Bunch of Adorable Eels

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The Sumida Aquarium in Japan is inviting people to have a short Facetime call with their tank of garden eels . This is no livestream; it’s a two-way call, and they specifically want the eels to see your face. Read more...

Trouble sleeping? A new mattress can fix that — these are on sale.

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The Better Sleep Council commemorates Better Sleep Month every May to remind us how important it is to get good, quality sleep — and this year, that might be more relevant than ever. According to the University of Chicago Medical Center , elevated stress levels, loss of daytime structure, and information overloads amid the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing can all trigger insomnia to the

Tesla shares fall on Elon Musk ‘stock price too high’ tweet

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Friday that the company’s stock price was “too high” in his opinion, immediately sending shares into a free fall and in possible violation of an agreement reached with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last year. Tesla shares fell nearly 12% in the half hour following his stock price tweets — just one of many sent out in rapid fire that covered everything fro

Citi Makes Travel Credit More Flexible, Extends Bonus Spending Period

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Given how much consumer behavior has changed in the past several weeks, many of the credit card benefits that members used to appreciate aren’t as valuable anymore. Therefore we’re seeing card issuers get creative with perks, so that members have an incentive to keep their cards. Today we’ve seen announcements from both Amex and Chase about what they’re doing for cardmembers, and now Citi has ann

Galaxy Tab S4 on sale, plus more tech deals this weekend

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Tech is selling out everywhere — everyone is looking for devices that can either help with their work-from-home needs or just to occupy themselves (assuming they have time to kill right now). SEE ALSO: Why a Chromebook is the best laptop choice for your kids But that doesn't mean you're completely out of luck if you're looking everywhere to find some tech of your own. In fact, we found a bunch of

Valve will no longer support SteamVR on macOS

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In an unsurprising turn of events, Valve has announced that it is ending SteamVR support for macOS. Spotted by Apple Insider , the company made a terse announcement on its website, stating that "SteamVR has ended [macOS] support so our team can focus on Windows and Linux." Legacy builds will remain available, though, so tinkerers can still code VR experiences that run on Apple hardware. SteamVR f

Quarantine creates new opportunities for video makers, according to a Butter Works report

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While global stay-at-home orders have been a blow to most companies, they’ve also created opportunities for businesses helping to keep people entertained . So if you’re a YouTube creator hoping to capture some additional eyeballs while everyone’s stuck at home, online video agency Butter Works has released an interactive report outlining the most promising topics for you to focus on. CEO Paul Gre

iPhone 12 leak dumps prices, sizes of Apple’s full 2020 lineup

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The first 5G collection of iPhones appears to be leaking in advance of release later this year, all with the name iPhone 12. This most recent leak suggests that the iPhone 12 set will include one smaller model, two with the same display size, and another with a larger display size. The two “lesser” models will have 2-cam setups on … Continue reading

Amazon, Instacart, Target Workers Unite for May Day Strike

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Essential workers are banding together to protest the companies’ responses to Covid-19. But as one organizer says, they’re fighting against giants.

The Clone War Is Over, But Clone Wars Isn't

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Long have we waited for this moment. Now that it’s upon us, in its final hour Star Wars: The Clone Wars has laid to bare its thesis: In a galaxy far, far away, where now nothing can be as it was for the show’s seven seasons, only one thing remains that matters. One thing that was, really, all that ever mattered. Read more...

Daily Crunch: iPhone sales decline in Q1

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Apple’s earnings show the impact of COVID-19, NVIDIA’s top scientist shares an open source ventilator design and Amazon anticipates big spending in the coming months. Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 1, 2020. 1. iPhone sales are down, ahead of uncertain times for the industry Apple device sales have taken a hit, but the company’s services are doing swell, according to its latest earnings report.

Jeff Bezos Called to Testify for Amazon's 'Possibly Criminally False' Statements to Congress

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It appears Jeff Bezos’s streak as the only big tech robber baron not to be grilled by Congress is coming to a close. Read more...

Too many good shows are coming this summer to *not* have a 4K TV

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It feels like we have lived through an entire lifetime in the past two months, but May is always the month that feels like a turning point after a long, hard (pandemic-infused) winter. No one knows where the light at the end of the tunnel actually is. But we're making sure we have a lot to look forward to, even if we're stuck inside. This week, we rounded up the 10 new TV series that we're psyche

Friday's Best Deals: AirPods Pro, Cuisinart Kitchen Knives, Anker Power Banks, Bedroom Fun Vibrator Bundles, And More

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Discounted AirPods Pro , cheap and colorful Cuisinart kitchen knives , a two-for-one on Anker power banks , and more bedroom fun bundles at Ella Paradis start off Friday’s best deals. Read more...

Watch how SpaceX’s first human spacecraft performed during its key in-flight escape test

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SpaceX is getting ready to launch its first-ever spacecraft with humans on board, the Commercial Crew Demo-2 mission (DM-2) that will take off from Florida on May 27. There are still a couple of things remaining to finish up prior to flight, including a final parachute system test that’s happening later today. The company also posted a video recap of its most recent uncrewed Crew Dragon flight, t

Knowde could make billions building the digital marketplace for the $5 trillion chemicals industry

100+TechCrunch / 10h
Ali Amin-Javaheri grew up in the chemicals business. His father had worked for Iran’s state-owned chemical company and when the family fled the country in the nineteen eighties during the Iran-Iraq war, they first settled in Houston where employers welcomed the senior Amin-Jahaveri’s experience. Houston in the 80s was dominated by the petrochemicals industry and by the time the family later reloc

Totally rad 'Valley Girl' clip is a nostalgia trip to a simpler time

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The Sour Is the Perfect Quarantine Cocktail

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Now that I am out of Campari, gin, and all that wine I ordered, I have been forced to mix drinks with “what I have.” Luckily, as long as I have lemons and table sugar, I can whip almost any booze (e.g., rum, tequila, whiskey, gin) into a fluffy, refreshing sour (i.e., daiquiris, margaritas, whiskey sours, and… Read more...

Summer Game Fest promises four months of big news and events

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E3 , GDC and Gamescom are not happening in their usual form this summer, complicating matters for developers and publishers who typically make big game announcements at those major events. They’ll have a new avenue through which they can reveal new titles and updates this year, though: Summer Game Fest. Geoff Keighley of The Game Awards (another major game-reveal event) is working with big-name p

US lawmakers ask Jeff Bezos to testify about Amazon's alleged data abuse

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Following a recent Wall Street Journal report on Amazon's use of third-party seller data, the House Judiciary Committee has called on Jeff Bezos to testify before Congress. In a letter signed by a bipartisan group made up of four Democrats and three Republicans, the committee says it believes Amazon may have committed a crime by misleading the government about its practices. The Wall Street Journ

PlayStation 4’s quirky Dreams gets a must-see demo today

SlashGear / 10h
One of the most talked about games of 2020 is definitely Dreams for the PlayStation 4. Made by Media Molecule – the same team behind LittleBigPlanet – Dreams certainly isn’t a conventional game. Instead, it’s more of a consumer-focused game engine that allows players to create their own games and projects and then share them with others. Because of that, … Continue reading

Watch SpaceX’s Crew Dragon ace its all-important launch escape system

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SpaceX has released video of one of its latest Crew Dragon test, with the spacecraft’s launch escape system put through its paces should an emergency abort be required. Undertaken back in mid-January, the testing focused on one of the most important safety systems the spacecraft will feature, designed to whisk astronauts out of harm’s way in case of something like … Continue reading

Apple OSX support cut for SteamVR; Windows and Linux remain

SlashGear / 10h
This week Valve made clear they’re not in a position where it makes sense to continue supporting Apple’s OSX for their SteamVR platform at this time. They’ve suggested that the SteamVR platform will continue to receive support, but all support will be focused on Windows and Linux. Users of Apple computers, running OSX, will need to use use “legacy builds” … Continue reading

Mark Cuban: ‘Raising money isn’t an accomplishment, it’s an obligation’

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Mark Cuban isn’t impressed that you’ve raised money. “If you think the accomplishment is raising money first, we’re probably not gonna get along,” said Cuban in an Extra Crunch Live interview . “If your orientation is ‘I got to raise the money first,’ you don’t really have a company yet, and you really haven’t accomplished anything yet. […] Sweat equity is the best equity.” We also got his take o

Friday's Best Deals: AirPods Pro, Cuisinart Kitchen Knives, Anker Power Banks, Bedroom Fun Vibrator Bundles, And More

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Discounted AirPods Pro , cheap and colorful Cuisinart kitchen knives , a two-for-one on Anker power banks , and more bedroom fun bundles at Ella Paradis start off Friday’s best deals. Read more...

Why now may be the perfect time for a porn revolution that brings realistic sex to the forefront

68Mashable / 10h
When watching mainstream porn, it doesn't take much for the viewer to realize that the video is made with them, said viewer, in mind. Performers make eye contact with the camera more often than their partner, for example. They're in positions that showcase their bodies and genitalia, never mind if it's comfortable or intimate. And performers are doing just that: performing. Sextech pioneer Cindy

The Covid-19 Rent Crisis Is Here

200+Wired / 10h
As unemployment surges, calls to cancel rent are growing louder. In New York, thousands are planning a rent strike for May, while landlords ask for a federal bailout.

NASA Space Lasers Offer 'Fantastically Detailed' Look at the World's Ice Loss

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The ice sheets are melting, and a new study research relies on state-of-the-art technology to reveal where the biggest losses are happening. It’s pretty freaking cool even if the results are bad news. Read more...

How passenger planes are converted into cargo jets filled with life-saving medical supplies

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Throughout the coronavirus pandemic , we’ve seen all the major U.S. airlines slash their schedules and reduce frequencies . With near-zero demand for air travel, airlines are stuck in a bind — what do they do with all their planes that have nowhere to go? Most of the jets end up getting parked in the desert in the southwestern United States. That’s because the low humidity of the high desert help

Get your Mother's Day order in early with this 1-800-Flowers sitewide sale

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TL;DR: Now is the perfect time to finally order that Mother's Day gift. As of May 1, 1-800-Flowers is offering 20% off everything. Just apply "SAVETWENTY" at checkout. It is officially May. Nope, we're not lying. Check your calendar. Time seems to be going by insanely fast while social distancing so we don't blame you if you're as surprised by the quick arrival of Mother's Day as we are. But don'

How to Quickly Manage Split View on Mac

How-To Geek / 10h
It’s easy to manage two windows side-by-side Mac (macOS El Capitan [10.11] or later) using a feature called Split View. Using Split View, you can precisely snap two windows to halves of the screen and also adjust the proportion of the screen each one occupies. Here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Save $3 a Month on HBO Max By Pre-Ordering

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Discount offers for HBO Max are nearly impossible to find. But now, WarnerMedia is running a pre-order deal right from the HBO Max homepage. If you sign up for the service before its May 27th launch date, you can pay just $12 a month for your first year—$3 less than the usual monthly fee. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Far away from mom this Mother's Day? Grab a Homesick candle on sale

Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: As of May 1, Homesick candles' Mother's Day sale is offering 20% off all orders over $59 and 10% off all orders under $59. Free shipping comes with every purchase. A lot of people are going to have to learn how to do a "long distance" Mother's Day this year — even if they only live 10 minutes apart. It's especially hard for moms who are physically far away from their kids. Even if no in-pe

NASA is counting on a lot of unproven rockets for its Artemis plan

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Enlarge / It's still not clear how NASA will get its lunar lander to the Moon. (credit: NASA) On Thursday, NASA announced awards to begin final design and initial development of landers to carry humans down to the Moon—a big step for the Artemis Program. Building these landers to reach the lunar surface by 2024 is a big challenge, as it leaves a little more than four years to design, build, test,

Grenco Science acquires St├╝ndenglass, a contactless water pipe company founded by ex-Apple employee

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Grenco Science just added a new product to its wide-ranging offering of vaporizers and ancillary products. St├╝ndenglass was founded by Tracey Huston and produced a wild-looking water pipe that uses kinetic motion, water, and opposing airflow to create a unique, contactless experience. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed though the purchase price was under $1m and the founder and one ot

Congress Calls on Jeff Bezos of Amazon to Testify

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Lawmakers want to question Mr. Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, as part of its antitrust investigation.

United Is Planning For Zero Net Passenger Revenue Into 2021

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During this morning's earnings call, United Airlines President Scott Kirby told investors and journalists that the carrier is "planning for zero net passenger revenue for rest of year and into 2021." They hope demand recovers but they have plenty of places to go for cash and are driving down expenses. Come the fall the only place left to go for cuts will be reducing employee headcount. They even

Get a free pair of Galaxy Buds when you purchase a Galaxy S10 Lite

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TL;DR: As of May 1, Samsung is offering a free pair of Galaxy Buds when you pick up a Galaxy S10 Lite smartphone. With the recent release of the iPhone SE , lots of people are looking to get a new phone — specifically one that won't cost them $1,000 and upwards. While the SE might be the best budget smartphone you can get right now, it kind of leaves Android users in the dark. But we haven't hear

Should You Give 'Unschooling' a Try?

100+Lifehacker / 11h
Most of us have been home with our kids for at least a month. My kids have been home since March 6 (but who’s counting?), and although we are happy to keep our distance as long as necessary, I desperately long for the days when I could drop my girls off with their patient and qualified professional educators instead… Read more...

FDA issues coronavirus pet guidelines: What dog and cat owners should do

FDA US Gilead Emergency25SlashGear / 11h
With the debate over “reopening the US” continuing to rage, COVID-19’s potential impact on pets and other animals has led to new guidance from the FDA for those worried about possible infection. The number of cases worldwide of animals being infected by COVID-19 is still low – exponentially smaller, in fact, than human coronavirus cases, which now exceed 1 million … Continue reading

Library Service / Detroit Public Library v. 8, no. 5, May 1,...

Music, Arts & Literature / 11h
Library Service / Detroit Public Library v. 8, no. 5, May 1, 1925. Cover title: Detroit Public Library, Main building, supplement. Includes articles about the stained glass windows in the Main Library. Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library

Pharmacies become safe spaces for domestic abuse survivors during coronavirus pandemic

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For people experiencing domestic abuse, stay at home doesn't mean safe at home. As shelter-in-place orders and lockdowns came into place around the world, domestic violence cases have increased significantly . The U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) has predicted that at least 15 million more cases of domestic violence will occur around the world for every three months that government lockdowns are exte

Data: Yesterday Was The Busiest Day At Airports In Over A Month

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We know that demand for air travel has plummeted , as we’ve seen airlines cut capacity unlike ever before. For the past few weeks I’ve been keeping an eye on passenger numbers, as it’s interesting to see how demand is evolving. Recently we’ve seen the number of passengers traveling in the US slowly increasing, and yesterday was the busiest day for air travel in the US in over a month, as we saw a

Geek Trivia: What Late 1990s Alternate Time Keeping Method Failed To Catch On?

How-To Geek / 11h
Water Clocks Sun Dials Wrist Hourglasses Swatch Internet Time Think You Know the Answer?

The Apple Watch Series 5 is $100 off at Best Buy

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Apple often takes small steps when updating its wearable gadget, which may make it a bit difficult for consumers to decide when to pull the trigger and buy their own Apple Watch . The Series 5 may be a good choice for those who have yet to jump in, though, thanks to Apple finally integrating an always-on screen, among other new features. Best Buy is currently selling the GPS-only versions of the

The Evercade Simplifies Retro Gaming and I'm Surprised How Much I Love It

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If you haven’t spent decades hoarding classic consoles and cartridges (plus an outdated TV) then dabbling with retro gaming can be a challenging minefield of half-functional emulators and sketchy ROM files. The Evercade aims to change that, putting collections of classic titles on cartridges that anyone who mastered… Read more...

If you need to wear a face mask on your next flight, these are your choices

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Every day, it becomes more apparent that the novel coronavirus will drastically change travel — and, for at least a little while, it may be unrecognizable. As the world waits for a vaccine or treatment, travelers are considering the scenarios in which they’ll travel again in the near and distant future. Meanwhile, airlines are researching and instituting new onboard practices for employees and tr

New bill threatens journalists’ ability to protect sources

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Runa Sandvik Contributor Runa Sandvik works on digital security for journalists, founded upon her experiences working at The New York Times, the Freedom of the Press Foundation and The Tor Project. Online child exploitation is a horrific crime that requires an effective response. A draft bill , first proposed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in January, intends to provide exactly that. However, tech

In spite of pandemic (or maybe because of it), cloud infrastructure revenue soars

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It’s fair to say that even before the impact of COVID-19, companies had begun a steady march to the cloud. Maybe it wasn’t fast enough for AWS , as Andy Jassy made clear in his 2019 Re:invent keynote, but it was happening all the same and the steady revenue increases across the cloud infrastructure market bore that out. As we look at the most recent quarter’s earnings reports for the main players

Scientists Find Link Between Vitamin Deficiency and COVID Deaths

3KFuturism / 11h
A team of researchers at the University of East Anglia, England have found links between low levels of vitamin D and COVID-19 mortality rates across Europe, Science Alert reports . “We believe, that we can advise Vitamin D supplementation to protect against SARS-CoV2 infection,” concludes the yet-to-be-peer-reviewed paper. “The most vulnerable group of population for COVID-19 is also the one that

A Prophet of Scientific Rigor—and a Covid Contrarian

100+Wired / 11h
John Ioannidis laid bare the foibles of medical science. Now medical science is returning the favor.

Why Asiana Is Considering Flying Empty A380s

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In addition to the global pandemic being incredibly costly for airlines, it’s also presenting a countless number of logistical challenges. Asiana’s current issue with A380 pilots is the perfect example of this… Asiana’s problem with A380 pilots Generally speaking airline pilots are only rated on one type of aircraft family (in other words, variants of the same plane, like the A319/320/321, are ge

This will make spring cleaning so much easier

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TL;DR: The powerful iRobot Roomba 890 WiFi-connected robot vacuum is $200 off as of May 1, dropping the price to $299.99. Trying to survive a global pandemic is taxing enough. You shouldn't have to exert more effort to keep your home clean. Even though it is spring cleaning season, you deserve to chill and not have to worry about getting into all the nooks and crannies of your house. While a robo

What is HBO Max, and Is It Worth Paying For?

HBO Lovecraft CountryHow-To Geek / 11h
Decades before subscription-based television became the standard, HBO’s paid service offered movies and original programming alongside music and comedy specials. HBO Max is the newest streaming service from its parent WarnerMedia and will exist alongside HBO Now and HBO Go. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

How to Set Up SSH for a Google Cloud Platform Instance

How-To Geek / 11h
Google Cloud Platform is a competitor to AWS that makes running virtualized servers easy and cheap. Unfortunately for beginners, they have a novel approach to setting up SSH that requires some explanation and setup. Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

Get TWO Anker PowerCore 20,100mAh Power Banks for Only $49

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Two Anker PowerCore 20,100mAh Power Banks | $49 | SideDeal Read more...

Do a Happy Dance and Save $15 on AirPods Pro

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Apple AirPods Pro | $235 | Adorama

Infinity Ward removes, then brings back bounties in 'Call of Duty: Warzone'

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Following backlash from some of its most prominent players, Call of Duty: Warzone developer Infinity Ward has reversed a controversial tweak it made earlier this week to its popular battle royale game . On Wednesday, the studio added a system called Most Wanted contracts to the first-person shooter. By picking one up, a player would reveal their location to every other team in the match. If they

Xbox Series X chief talks console release: There’s good news and bad

Xbox Spencer MicrosoftSlashGear / 11h
2020 is slated to be a big year for the games industry, but so far, the COVID-19 pandemic has done a really good job of disrupting release timelines and marketing plans. There’s some concern that Sony and Microsoft won’t be able to launch their new consoles on time because of the outbreak, but at least as far as the Xbox … Continue reading

A Private Equity Firm Is Blocked From Buying .Org

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The deal for the internet domain for nonprofit organizations had set off fierce opposition.

NASCAR becomes the first major sport to resume events with May races

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Enlarge / A NASCAR sign is seen during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 24, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) On Thursday afternoon, NASCAR announced that it would be the first major sporting series to get back into action since the COVID-19 pandemic put an end to public gatherings. The series had halted racing in mid-March, at the time saying th

Block JavaScript on Some Websites to Prevent Annoying Email Tracking

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JavaScript is one of the key elements most websites and web apps run on , but it’s also one of the most easily exploited. Not only is it used in analytic tools, ads, and browsing trackers , hackers often use JavaScript to deploy malware , it makes you easily trackable in some circumstances , and it can even accidentally… Read more...

IPOs, crypto funds and other things I missed this week

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Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. What a week it’s been. I’m exhausted. Not only are we another cycle deeper into the COVID-19 quarantine, but there seems to be more news than ever to sift through. I’ve fallen behind. So, today, this little column is taking look back at things that it missed but wanted to cover.

The Space Jam Sequel Has Found Itself a New Title

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Patty Jenkins teases her plans for the Amazons after Wonder Woman 1984 . Grant Gustin says there were talks for more Flash on the way before the coronavirus lockdown. You could be eaten by a dinosaur in the next Jurassic World . Plus, what’s to come on DuckTales , and get ready for even more of The Boys . Spoilers get! Read more...

Engineers create thin, stretchable electronic material that is gas permeable

SlashGear / 12h
Engineering researchers at NC State University have created an ultrathin, stretchable electronic material that is gas permeable. Being gas permeable allows the material to breathe, making it more comfortable to wear. The researchers designed the material specifically for use in biomedical or wearable technologies where gas permeability allows sweat and volatile organic compounds to evaporate away

Scientists Want to Hunt for Life on Long-Dead Worlds

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SOS When the next generation of observatories are deployed, Cornell University astronomers hope to use them to scan distant exoplanets orbiting dead stars for signs of life. When a rocky, Earth-like exoplanet passes in front of the white dwarf star it orbits, astronomers plan to search them for fingerprints of life, past or present. And to get a head start, the Cornell scientists published resear

Yes, Greg Daniels knows you’re comparing 'Upload' to 'The Good Place'

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Greg Daniels has been working on Upload for a very long time. In fact, the buzzy sci-fi series, out today on Amazon Prime Video, has been sitting in The Office writer’s notebook since his first major TV job over thirty years ago. “So I'm in New York working for Saturday Night Live and I'm wandering around the streets with this reporter's notebook, trying to think of ideas,” Daniels tells Mashable

Toyota unveils custom COVID-19 ambulance and patent tech freeze

38SlashGear / 12h
Toyota has designed a special vehicle specifically for COVID-19 patients, with the tailor-made transportation taking into account the highly-contagious nature of coronavirus. The special ambulance was developed for Showa University Hospital in Japan, based on requests from medical facilities in the country, and includes a number of unusual features. The donor vehicle is the Toyota HiAce, a light

American Express Introduces New Benefits For Platinum, Green, Hilton, Marriott and Delta Cards

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American Express is rolling out new benefits that start today, and in most cases run through end of year, for a variety of their card products. Mostly these are new statement credits which - if used - really make keeping their cards worthwhile. They also help lock you into keeping these cards as well if you use them for recurring payments (since it becomes higher cost to cancel, since that would

Rode’s new white Wireless GO and accessories extend the flexibility of the most versatile creator mic

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Sound industry leader Rode has done an amazing job keeping up with the needs of the fast-moving creator industry, supporting YouTubers, podcasters and Instagram and Tik Tok media mavens with a host of new products at impressive price points. The Rode Wireless GO mic system might be the most impressive of these, taking the quality you’d expect from a more expensive wireless mic pack system formerl

The 10 Best Netflix Original Shows You Can Stream Right Now (May 2020)

74How-To Geek / 12h
There are quite a few Netflix original series in a variety of genres. New and old, some of these shows deserve a category all their own. Here are 10 of the best Netflix shows you should stream right now. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

PS4 game-builder 'Dreams' is now available as a free to play demo

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Dreams is a game-creation tool from Media Molecule, the name behind LittleBigPlanet , for the PlayStation 4. Now, a year after launch, and as a way of helping keep everyone sane while they’re locked indoors, the company has released a free-to-play demo version. In a tweet, Media Molecule says that new players can experience a “selection of community creations,” as well as playing a portion of Art

OnePlus Z leak confirms a return to a basic design

OnePlus 8 Snapdragon 765SlashGear / 12h
If not for its price tag, there would probably be little doubt that the OnePlus 8 or, better yet, the OnePlus 8 Pro is this year’s Android smartphone to beat. Granted, they’re still a lot less than the competition but dangerously close to climbing to the point of no return. OnePlus fans who want something less burdensome on the wallet … Continue reading

Smartphone shipments dropped 18% in China, thanks to COVID-19

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More rough figures from Canalys. After reporting a 13% year-over-year drop for global smartphone shipments , the firm is back with even worse numbers for China. Shipments dropped 18% year-over-year for Q1 in the world’s largest smartphone market. And once again, the COVID-19 pandemic was to blame. It tracks that China was hard hit for Q1, as it was the first to suffer from the outbreak of the nov

JetBrains Academy for learning code launches for free during COVID-19 pandemic

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During this pandemic, many organizations are offering free or drastically cheaper courses to help people skill-up for when we eventually get out of lock-down. There are numerous outlets if you want to learn to code from, for instance, Freecodecamp or the Free Fridays scheme from General Assembly. And for gamers, has taken 80% off its courses, where you can learn to code by building vid

The Internet Agrees That Elon Musk Is Deus Ex's Trillionaire Villain, Not JC Denton

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Today, noted embarrassing smoker , bad driver , and worse tweeter who is also somehow a billionaire Elon Musk has decided he’s JC Denton, the hero of 2000’s genre-defining cyberpunk immersive sim Deus Ex . Nobody agrees with him. Read more...

Deezer develops AI to detect explicit song lyrics

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The streaming service says it hopes to make it easier for people to hide offensive content.

Amex Cards Add Awesome New Perks For 2020

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Given how much consumer behavior has changed in the past several weeks, many of the credit card benefits that members used to appreciate aren’t as valuable anymore. Therefore we’re seeing card issuers get creative with perks, so that members have an incentive to keep their cards. Last week we learned that Amex would be making some changes to cards as of May , and we now have the details of those.

Plex, the Build-Your-Own-Netflix Streaming Service, Is Now Streaming Crackle for Free

Plex Free Crackle Movies100+Gizmodo / 12h
Plex’s free tier is getting a boost of thousands of TV and film titles thanks to a partnership with fellow free streaming service Crackle. Read more...