Sunday, May 03, 2020

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Everything you need to know about 'murder hornets'

Murder Hornets 20206KMashable / 12h
The internet is buzzing about so-called "murder hornets" after the New York Times detailed an invasion of Asian giant hornets in Washington state, adding another threat to worry about to the already calamitous year. The description of the devastation these insects caused at a local beehive feels like something out of a novel: thousands of bees laying dead with their heads ripped off — a whole col

How to Protect Yourself From SIM-Swapping Attacks

500+How-To Geek / 19h
You think you’re making all the right moves. You’re smart with your security. You have two-factor authentication enabled on all your accounts. But hackers have a way to bypass that: SIM swapping. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

The Universe Is Expanding Faster Than It Should. Why?

Earth 2020 Eta Today4KWired / 18h
The Hubble constant predicts how rapidly space should grow—but astronomical observations don't line up. Here are the top ideas about what might be going on.

Covid-19: Investigating the spread of fake coronavirus news

52BBC News - Technology / 54min
In a joint investigation BBC Click investigates the groups behind fake news about the pandemic.

Coronavirus: Ghana's dancing pallbearers become Covid-19 meme

500+BBC News - Technology / 54min
Social media users have adopted the troupe as a dark-humoured symbol of death in the time of Covid-19.

Watch Oprah, Malala, and Jon Stewart's beautiful advice to the class of 2020 in SGN graduation special

66Mashable / 1h
John Krasinski's 'Some Good News' already hosted a prom for the socially-distanced class of 2020 , and this week he followed up with a graduation for everyone finishing up the school year, whether they're leaving Harvard or kindergarten. A team of students from all over the U.S. and even the U.K. contributed to a unique valedictory speech about the historic uniqueness of their circumstances. Then

Coronavirus: Far-right spreads Covid-19 'infodemic' on Facebook

100+BBC News - Technology / 1h
An investigation details how extremists are trying to exploit the pandemic via the social network.

Coronavirus: High-schoolers take their proms online

500+BBC News - Technology / 1h
With social distancing in place, teenagers are hosting their proms on Zoom.

Xiaomi defends data collection practice, claims to be misrepresented

Xiaomi Mint BrowserSlashGear / 2h
Xiaomi has long been praised for its phones that sell like pancakes because of their price tags. For years now, the Chinese manufacturer has established itself as a force to reckon with even outside its home market. A recent report, however, alleges that Xiaomi is engaged in the not so innocent practice of tracking users’ browsing activities. The company has … Continue reading

New Google Doodle celebrates educators for Teacher Appreciation Week

100+Mashable / 2h
Teacher's Appreciation Week is just starting up, and the Google homepage is here to kick off the festivities. Google is launching a new Doodle to pay tribute to all the teachers around the country "who continue to work tirelessly to shape our future generations, even in unprecedented circumstances," per a Google statement. The Doodle will be live for 24 hours for those in the U.S. starting at 9 p

Sonos Playbar 2 leak could have worrying implications

SlashGear / 3h
It’s not unusual for companies to silently drop products without further notice or succession and, for a time, it seemed that the Sonos Playbar was exactly that. Now it seems that Sonos has finally decided it is high time for a Playbar 2. But from the few leaked product photos, Sonos’ next soundbar might not exactly be what many hoped … Continue reading

Silver Lake to invest $747M in India’s Jio Platforms

Jio Silver Lake India100+TechCrunch / 3h
Weeks after Facebook invested $5.7 billion in Jio Platforms , India’s top telecom operator, private equity firm Silver Lake is following suit. Silver Lake announced on Monday it will be investing 56.56 billion Indian rupees (about $746.8 million) in Jio Platforms for about 1.15% stake in the Indian telecom network, giving it a valuation of $65 billion, a 12.5% premium* to the value implied by the

OnePlus Always On Display is finally coming soon, new features detailed

SlashGear / 3h
Not too long ago, OnePlus opened its doors to its faithful community, seeking ideas and proposals that reflected that community’s collective desires rather than some company exec’s vision. Those familiar with OnePlus’ devices and its users might not be surprised that the most voted feature is always on display. The company has long resisted implemented it but can no longer … Continue reading

Westworld’s Vincent Cassel on That Final Serac Twist and What’s Next

59Gizmodo / 3h
The latest season of Westworld has revolved around Serac, an enigmatic figure who came out of nowhere to serve as the puppet master of their world. Every episode has brought us one step closer to understanding the man behind the tech —and it turns out the answer was the very thing that surprised the actor playing him… Read more...

Classplus raises $9M to grow its Shopify-like platform for teachers and coaching centers in India

84TechCrunch / 4h
An India-based startup that has built a Shopify -like platform for coaching centers to accept fees digitally from students, and deliver classes and study material online has received the nod — and capital — from a number of high-profile investors. The business-to-business startup, called Classplus , said on Monday that it has raised $9 million in its Series A financing round led by RTP Global, a

'Half-Life: Alyx' added nearly 1 million VR users to Steam

C. Course Half Alyx Steam100+Engadget / 4h
Half-Life: Alyx appears to have given VR gaming a serious boost. Road to VR has used historical data and direct Valve data to calculate that Steam users added nearly 950,000 VR headsets in April — a huge spike over March. While the Steam info doesn’t say how many of those were new (it’s possible some were just linked to Steam for the first time), it’s clear Alyx prompted spurred SteamVR adoption

Pixel 4a renders confirm the new face of a familiar body

Google Pixel 4A Camera21SlashGear / 4h
The successful launch of the iPhone SE 2020 proved that there is a strong market for affordable yet powerful phones, especially during these times. The OnePlus 8, though still significantly cheaper than its peers, edges dangerously close to that wallet-unfriendly price tag. It seems that the upcoming Pixel 4a might be the last hope for Android phones and new renders … Continue reading

Uber Will Require Drivers and Riders to Wear Face Masks As Countries Reopen

72Gizmodo / 4h
Uber will require that drivers and riders wear face masks or face coverings when using the platform in certain countries, including the U.S. The requirement is part of a new policy that Uber is preparing in order to restart its ride-hailing service during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more...

Giant Sloths, Medieval Dancing, and Too Many Cords: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

25Gizmodo / 4h
Congratulations on making it through another week—especially now that each week feels about 2 billion years long. 2019 might as well be a myth at this point. Oh, speaking of losing all sense of time, next Sunday is Mother’s Day just FYI. So consider this your official warning siren for any gift-getting that you might… Read more...

OnePlus Z processor might not be so bad after all

OnePlus 8 5 Snapdragon29SlashGear / 5h
When OnePlus launched the OnePlus X in 2015, it deviated from its numerical sequence to deliver a mid-range version of its flagship. It will apparently be repeating history with the OnePlus Z, carrying last year’s specs to 2020 but with a slight difference. Unlike the OnePlus X, the OnePlus Z has been leaked to use a mid-range processor rather than … Continue reading

Cuomo Announces 7-State Consortium for Securing Medical Supplies

100+Gizmodo / 5h
Seven northeastern states are joining forces to fight the coronavirus outbreak and pooling their resources to purchase essential medical equipment and testing supplies, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday. Prices for ventilators have skyrocketed amid widespread need for the potentially life-saving devices,… Read more...

Galaxy Z Flip DxOMark score is unflattering but not unexpected

5 Samsung Galaxy 2SlashGear / 5h
The Galaxy Z Flip’s raison d’être is obviously its foldable screen. In addition to having an extremely pocketable phone, however, Samsung has been advertising the clamshell’s possibilities in mobile photography, allowing for angles and views that would be difficult for rigid rectangular blocks. Of course, all of that flexibility would be moot if the Galaxy Z Flip’s cameras are terrible. … Continu

Video Of Passenger Getting Kicked Off A Plane After Coughing

26View from the Wing / 6h
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 ...

Australia exposed data for over 774,000 migrants

100+Engadget / 6h
Carelessness with data is dangerous as a general rule, but it’s particularly damaging when it affects vulnerable groups. The Australian government is facing criticism after its home affairs department left the personal details of over 774,000 existing and would-be migrants exposed online. As The Guardian observed, the country’s SkillsSelect digital platform made it all too easy to filter down exp

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Reveals That Doctors Were Prepared to Announce His Death From Covid-19

100+Gizmodo / 6h
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday said that the doctors who treated him were prepared to announce his death as he battled covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to a report in the Sun. Johnson said there was a strategy to deal with a “‘death of Stalin’-type scenario.” Read more...

Every single 'Harry Potter' spell, ranked by usefulness

100+Mashable / 7h
Not all magic is created equal. In the sprawling universe that is JK Rowling's Harry Potter series , there are countless spells for wizards and witches to master. In the books (which we'll be focusing on here) there are around 80 alone. These spells range from the spectacularly pointless (looking at you, Densaugeo ) and the cruel ( Crucio ) to the quite literally life-saving ( Anapneo , which get

Tech for good during COVID-19: Sky-high gifts, extra help, and chips

200+TechCrunch / 7h
When Roger Lee, the co-founder of Human Interest , heard that San Francisco imposed shelter-in-place orders, he started blogging about layoff news and posting crowdsourced lists of employees who were laid off. His goal was to increase awareness about layoffs and give recruiters a place to search for candidates. However, one week and 40 startup layoffs later, Lee saw his blog was not going to be a

France will start testing its COVID-19 tracking app the week of May 11th

100+Engadget / 8h
France was one of the first countries scrambling to create a COVID-19 contact tracing app, and now it’s close to finding out how its app works in practice. Digital Affairs Minister Cedric O has stated (via Reuters ) that France’s StopCOVID should enter real-world testing the week of May 11th, right as the country will start easing pandemic lockdown measures. He didn’t say when the app might be re

Carole Baskin thought she was talking to Jimmy Fallon on Zoom. She was pranked.

4KMashable / 8h
Carole Baskin has been mostly quiet since the world became obsessed with Netflix's documentary series Tiger King . Now, the documentary subject has given the world a rare peek into her life in coronavirus quarantine, but she was tricked into doing so. The Big Cat Rescue founder joined a Zoom call believing she was being interviewed by Jimmy Fallon to promote her animal sanctuary. Instead, she was

Titus Welliver, the Man in Black, Worked Hard Not to Leak Spoilers on Lost

100+Gizmodo / 8h
Lost was, in a lot of ways, the birthplace of modern spoiler culture . Its show was so reliant on the twists of a complex, intriguing plot that the world of online viewership contorted around it, building communities dedicated to dissecting, predicting, and complaining about it. Titus Welliver, who played the Man in… Read more...

Every Destination In The World Now Has Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

37View from the Wing / 8h
There's no longer a single country that doesn't have a restriction on arriving passengers of some kind . Countries that don't have a major coronavirus problem don't want one. When and how will restrictions lift? Like most of what we know about coronavirus, heterogeneity rules. Continue reading ...

Monstrously fun knit masks encourage social distancing

1KMashable / 9h
Face mask style is a thing , and one Reykjavík designer has seriously upped the ante. The artist Ýrúrarí is a textile designer who works mostly with knitting. She says that "adding knitted 3D elements to second hand sweaters has been the theme of my work for the past years." She makes sweaters covered with knit lips, tongues, teeth, and other fantastical, enchantingly grotesque three dimensional

FCC ordered to provide IP addresses tied to fake net neutrality comments

1KEngadget / 9h
The FCC might not have much choice but to hand over data logs for fake net neutrality comments . A federal judge has ordered (via Gizmodo ) the regulator to turn over server records to New York Times reporters that would reveal the IP addresses behind bogus comments supporting the net neutrality repeal . The FCC had contended that divulging the IP addresses would represent an “unwarranted invasio

Amazon Prime Users Can Get These PC Games For Free This Month

52Lifehacker / 9h
If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, one perk you might not realize is that you can score free games each month from Twitch Prime. Read more...

Have Some Laughs With the $25 Cornetto Trilogy Blu-Ray Collection

Gizmodo / 9h
The World’s End/Hot Fuzz/Shaun of the Dead Trilogy | $25 | Best Buy Read more...

Why we miss travel so much, according to psychologists

200+The Points Guy / 9h
Simran Sethi has rarely stayed in the same place for longer than four months in eight years. She’s an author, an educator and a public speaker , yet she says “her identity has been defined by travel.” “I wrote a book that took me to five continents,” she told me during a Sunday morning phone call to Mérida, Mexico, where she’s been since January. “When I started moving, I thought it was temporary

Paramount and Hasbro Are Already Working on the Next G.I. Joe Movie

300+Gizmodo / 9h
I do not know what the future will hold. But I know Snake Eyes will be in it. Read more...

Playing Pandemic is deeply satisfying in quarantine

100+Mashable / 10h
The best thing most of us can do to fight the global pandemic is nothing: stay home, stay safe, public health officials implore. There's one place where that's not the case. In the board game Pandemic , players work as a team to fight the spread of disease across the globe. As a quarantine activity, knocking off "disease cubes," playing the necessary cards for a cure, and getting to "eradication,

Citi Double Cash: More Valuable Than Ever Before

48One Mile at a Time / 10h
Understandably a lot of people are at least temporarily reassessing their approach to using credit cards. Some people are looking for ways to be more efficient with their strategy and spending, while others are looking to earn cash back rather than travel rewards. While I’m maintaining the same credit card strategy as before, I totally get the sentiment. That’s also exactly why I think the Citi®

Starting Monday The Vienna Airport Will Offer Coronavirus Testing On Demand

24View from the Wing / 10h
In mid-April it seemed like the best place to get coronavirus testing might be the Dubai airport. And since they were running tests right away, it might even be faster to fly there, get tested, and come home. However the plan there was only to deploy testing for passengers heading to destinations that required a negative test for entry. Starting Monday testing is available to anyone who wants it

10 tips for anyone taking a road trip right now

The Points Guy / 10h
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. But we are sharing this information to provide value for essential travel plans you may have. I regularly work from home in Towson, Md., a suburb north of Baltimore.

Amazon discounts its Echo Show speakers to as low as $50

100+Engadget / 10h
Now might be a prime opportunity to shop if you’re looking for a connected alarm clock or a video viewer for the kitchen. Amazon is offering substantial discounts on its Echo Show smart displays, with the Echo Show 5 on sale for $50 ($40 off) and the larger Echo Show 8 selling for $80 ($50 off). Those match price drops we saw on Black Friday, and could make them tempting compared to audio-only sm

What You Should Do About Your Upcoming Global Entry Interview

60Lifehacker / 10h
Chances are good you don’t have any immediate plans right now to go on an international trip. However, if you were trying to enroll in Global Entry earlier this year, you’re going to have to wait until at least June to finish the process. Read more...

Apple CEO Tim Cook asks graduates: How will coronavirus change you?

Apple Cook Ohio State200+Mashable / 11h
Apple CEO Tim Cook challenged graduates to see beyond how coronavirus may have scuttled their plans in a virtual address to Ohio State University. Their post-college dreams may be delayed, but most have not seen the worst of COVID-19. "Those of us who can look back on this time and remember inconveniences and even boredom can count themselves lucky. Many more will know real hardship and fear. Oth

Star Trek: Picard's Prop Master Talks the Process Behind Getting Picard's Future Just Right

100+Gizmodo / 11h
Star Trek: Picard ’s first season had a special opportunity. It was the first, clearest picture of the post- Nemesis future of the Star Trek universe, and as such it had the opportunity to define that world, from both a thematic perspective and an aesthetic one. The aesthetics, in particular, are tricky things: how to… Read more...

Let housing rise from the empty offices and malls

500+TechCrunch / 11h
Jon Evans Contributor Jon Evans is the CTO of the engineering consultancy HappyFunCorp; the award-winning author of six novels, one graphic novel, and a book of travel writing; and TechCrunch's weekend columnist since 2010. More posts by this contributor Magic Leap’s $2.6 billion bait and switch How to make sense of the coronavirus chaos It’s hard to work out just how different the covid and post

Google's original Home smart speaker is on sale for $30

Android TV Google Home200+Engadget / 11h
It’s quite common to see deals on smart speakers, but they’re not often as tempting as this one. Best Buy is selling the original Google Home for just $30 , or less than a third of its official $100 price. That’s better than the $50 from not long ago, and puts it at the same price that you’d currently pay for the considerably less capable Nest Mini . You can find the speaker for ever-so-slightly

Going the extra mile: The airline staff who made me feel like a first-class flyer even in economy

The Points Guy / 11h
In the AvGeek world, we often read about how great a certain plane is to fly or how amazing that caviar in first class was. Rarely do we see credit given to the people who make it all happen — airline staff. From check-in staff to crew, each plays a crucial role in a journey from A to B, and for some of us, those interactions can really make or break a flight experience. So, at a time when airlin

9 reasons New Zealand should be on your bucket list

The Points Guy / 12h
Editor’s note: The team at The Points Guy loves to travel, but now is not the time for unnecessary trips. Health officials note that the fastest way to return to normalcy is to stop coming in contact with others. That includes ceasing travel. We are publishing travel deal s and destination content because we should all use this time to think about and plan our next adventures. TPG doesn’t advise

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Music, Arts & Literature / 12h
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Sunday's Best Deals: Google Smart Home, Bosch Drills, Comfy Shorts, and More

Gizmodo / 12h
A sale on a Bosch tool combo kit , a decently priced neck gaiter , a huge discount on Google Smart Home Speakers , really comfy shorts , and more are at the top of Sunday’s best deals. Read more...

Attention Uber users: All passengers and drivers will soon be required to wear face masks

77The Points Guy / 12h
Airlines aren’t the only companies requiring passengers to wear masks while traveling — Uber is now following in their footsteps. The ride-hailing giant is requiring both drivers and riders to wear masks when using the platform in various countries, including the United States, CNN Business reports . For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . A spok

Florida Man Arrested After Trying to Quarantine on Disney's Discovery Island [Updated]

2KGizmodo / 12h
I mean, no one else was using it.

Goodbye, old Mad Dog: A photo tribute to the noisiest jets in Delta’s fleet

500+The Points Guy / 12h
It was going to be an epic occasion for aviation enthusiasts, one of those big retirement ceremonies that airlines had been doing lately — before the pandemic — to mark the exit of an airplane type from the fleet. An official last passenger flight, a heartfelt sendoff from crews and executives, then a flight out to the jet’s last resting place in the desert . And this one would be have been espec