Monday, May 11, 2020

TPS Consulting Late Monday Edition


The Mandalorian season 2 release date will not be delayed, Disney confirms

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You can still expect to see The Mandalorian season 2 on Disney Plus this October, because Disney's CEO Bob Chapek has apparently told CNBC that the series will not be delayed by the pandemic. That's according to a tweet from CNN's Frank Pallotta, who was tweeting out key points from the interview with Chapek. Here's a link to the interview on CNBC , but here's what Chapek said on the matter. "Tak

Elon Musk restarts Tesla factory in defiance of county orders

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Monday that the company’s factory in Fremont, California is open and has restarted production despite a stay-at-home order issued by Alameda County. Musk said in tweet Monday afternoon that he will “be on the line,” a reference to the assembly line at the factory where Tesla makes the Model X, Model S, Model 3 and Model Y. He added “if anyone is arrested, I ask that it on

Qatar Airways Allegedly Firing Senior Cabin Crew

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Several days ago I wrote about how Qatar Airways is in the process of laying off a significant percentage of cabin crew , as the carrier has a bleak outlook on the future. Not much information has been made public about what these layoffs will look like, as you might expect from a government owned airline without unions. However, the information I am hearing — which I have in good authority — is

Vivo V19 with Snapdragon 712 launched in India

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The Vivo V19 has finally landed in India, after almost a two-month delay. It is the most premium product that the company has brought to Indian shores with a strong emphasis on cameras and design. The new device succeeds the Vivo V17 which was launched in December. Vivo V19 specifications The Vivo V19 comes with a 6.44-inch Full HD+ E3 Super AMOLED panel. It has a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080, and

Microsoft's new Surface Go 2 is now on sale in Australia

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The much-anticipated release of Microsoft’s new Surface Go 2 has finally arrived – as of today, you can order this versatile tablet through Microsoft's online store. The latest Surface Go version boasts a larger 10.5-inch touchscreen but still keeps the same overall dimensions as the original – this was done by decreasing the size of the tablet’s bezels to produce a larger display with an improve

Coronavirus: Lockdown walk inspired social distancing game

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Players of the free game must avoid other people and collect PPE and healthy food to gain points.

Aarogya Setu could be made mandatory for flyers in India

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Aarogya Setu was the Government of India’s indigenous contact tracing app, developed for the Covid-19 crisis. Now as India looks to ease its lockdown, it seems like the app will be made mandatory for people who will be flying. According to a report by PTI, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) is in preliminary stages of discussions with the airlines to make the app mandatory for all passengers.

Affordable Realme X50m 5G might arrive in India

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The Realme X50m that was just launched in China last month, may very well be on its way to India as well. The handset is very similar to the Realme X50 5G and comes with a handful of changes that are likely to bring the price down if it lands in the country. Popular tipster, Ishan Agarwal tweeted that the support page on Realme's website contained the Realme X50m moniker. Usually, when a phone is

Apple HomePod now available in India

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The Apple HomePod , that was originally released in early 2018, is finally getting ready for sale in India. Although the Rs 19,000 Indian price of the smart speaker was revealed this January, the actual sale will only begin in the coming days. It’s worth noting that Apple has confirmed the availability of the HomePod in the country, however, it isn’t actually available right now. The Apple India

Bitcoin 'halving': What does the much-hyped event mean?

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Investors are debating what impact the adjustment will have on the cryptocurrency market.

Now's the perfect time to start selling your clutter on eBay

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Australia’s biggest online marketplace has a limited time offer that will help individual sellers on its e-commerce platform pocket some extra cash. And, to make it easier and safer for sellers to ship their parcels, eBay is offering contactless courier pickup from your front door via its new partnership with shipping company, Sendle. Between the two, it’s a great time to sell off some of those e

The Twilight Zone's First Season 2 Trailer Will Put You in the Wrong Headspace

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You know how Charlie Brooker was insistent that now’s not the time for messed up stuff like Black Mirror ? The Twilight Zone ’s creative team said “sure, Jan.” Read more...

Tencent Music bets on China’s crowded podcasting space

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Listeners of podcasts, audiobooks and other audio shows are estimated to number 542 million in China this year, according to a third-party survey by marketing firm iiMedia. It’s a healthy jump from the 489 million users recorded in 2019, and it no doubt has attracted new players to the game. That includes Tencent Music Entertainment (TME), the Tencent spin-off that is sometimes regarded as the Sp

Zoom continues to lead the pack in India - what's the secret sauce?

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Video conferencing emerged as the solution to guarantee some semblance of business continuity during the global lockdown and Zoom grabbed the maximum eyeballs as the go-to platform. Small wonder that it was the most downloaded app on Play Store and App Store during April. The company also faced challenges related to security and privacy as they were found to be sending user data to third parties

iFixit takes a look inside Apple's Magic Keyboard

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Apple’s Magic Keyboard works so well that it blurs the line between iPads and full-blown Macs. Now, iFixit has taken a closer look at what’s inside its keys as well as its sturdy, elegant trackpad, which we called one of Magic Keyboard’s biggest selling points in our review . Apparently, the trackpad uses a lever system with just one button at the center. That means you’re clicking that one butto

LG Wing phone will rotate its screen to reveal a second display below

SlashGear / 3h
LG has more or less given up on its old number-based naming scheme, or at least it has started using more descriptive names for its new line of mass premium phones. The first of its kind is the LG Velvet, so named for its supposedly velvet-smooth design. Its next phone doesn’t have a formal name yet but it’s leaked to … Continue reading

This is the cheapest alternative to Microsoft’s Surface Go 2 - plus it comes with a keyboard and stylus

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Last week, Microsoft launched its new 2-in-1 laptop: the Surface Go 2 . However, we've found what we believe is a much better deal, especially if you're also after a keyboard and active stylus pen to improve your productivity. The cheapest Surface Go 2 model costs $399.99 (£399.99/AU$629) and comes with an Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y processor, 64GB eMMC, 4GB RAM and a 10.5-inch full HD+ display. Al

iPad Pro Magic Keyboard trackpad teardown reveals a nifty trick

iFixit Magic KeyboardSlashGear / 3h
Apple’s new Magic Keyboard accessory for the iPad Pro is a curious thing in more ways than one. While many will naturally focus on the message that Apple is trying to send in making the iPad Pro a veritable MacBook competitor, others like iFixit are more entranced by what goes inside. Going beyond X-Rays, the teardown experts make their first … Continue reading

Newton Mail is finally back along with its old subscription pricing

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With so many free email apps to choose from, it’s almost hard to imagine that something like Newton Mail would exist. More than just a one-off paid app, the email client formerly known as CloudMagic actually made you pay a yearly fee for its business-focused features. Surprisingly, it actually earned Newton Mail no small amount of fame enough for an … Continue reading

What's on TV this week: 'Scoob!' and Kimmy Schmidt

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This week Warner Bros. is joining Universal in bringing one of its planned theatrical releases directly to home viewers, with the debut of Scoob! on Friday. One difference between this and Trolls World Tour is that you’ll have the option to rent ($19.99) or buy ($24.99) it in 4K. For sports fans, the final two episodes of The Last Dance will arrive this weekend, while Showtime and Kevin Durant ar

Elon Musk to County Health Officials: Arrest Me, Cowards

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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has made something of a one-man sport out of spouting off uninformed, contrarian opinions about the novel coronavirus pandemic . He’s repeatedly made inaccurate predictions that the whole thing is overblown and will be over soon, told workers to keep showing up at Tesla plant in … Read more...

Southeast Asian lending platform Validus raises $20 million for its Series B+ round

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Small- to medium-sized businesses are one of the most important parts of Southeast Asia’s economy, but many have trouble securing growth capital from traditional financial institutions. Validus wants to fix the financing gap with its peer-to-peer lending platform, which connects accredited lenders with SMEs. The Singapore-based startup announced today that it has raised $20 million for its ongoin

This Back to the Future Reunion Features Timely Sequel Ideas and a Powerful Musical Number

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What happens when you reunite the cast and crew behind one of the best film trilogies of all time ? Things get pretty heavy. Read more...

AirPods Studio to have neck detection, no wrong way to wear it

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Apple has helped push the Bluetooth audio accessory market forward by banishing the headphone jack and creating the AirPods TWS earbuds. To date, however, it still hasn’t launched its own “pro” headphones, at least not under its own name. That day could be coming close and the AirPods Studio could soon be on your heads or around your neck. And, … Continue reading

Techommendation of the week: Games in Houseparty

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While socializing in quarantine, we're all the MacGyvers of finding stuff to do. Trying to play a game with friends remotely becomes a challenge in itself to position cameras, laptops, and smartphones in such a way that everyone can hear and see the board, deck, beer pong table, or screen. Often, by the time you get all set up, you've lost the steam and enthusiasm to play at all. That's why I'm h

Instagram Lite vanishes ahead of a redesign

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You’ll have to go without Instagram Lite's more efficient social networking for a while — but just a while. In the wake of an Android Police report , Instagram has confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s “rolling back” Lite in those countries where it was available. The social network is reportedly taking lessons learned since Instagram Lite’s 2018 debut to produce a new version of the less-demanding a

Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition is the first with a Snapdragon 768G

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Qualcomm’s latest small announcement may have you thinking that the chipmaker is diversifying its catalog to address more markets. In reality, it’s is just tweaking its existing products to make it look that way. The new Snapdragon 768G, for example, is boosted gaming-centric version of the already gaming-centric Snapdragon 765G and its first customer is Xiaomi who just launched a … Continue read

Elon Musk just put a new person in charge of production at Tesla’s Fremont factory

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On the same day that Elon Musk defied local regulations and reopened Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, the CEO put a new person in charge of production. Musk named Richard Miller, who was director of paint operations at Tesla, to head of production at the factory, according to an internal email sent to employees Monday and viewed by TechCrunch. It appears that Miller replaces Jatinder Dhill

CEO of Surveillance Firm Banjo Resigns After Past Involvement With KKK Comes to Light

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The CEO of surveillance firm Banjo, one of the many firms pitching law enforcement agencies across the country on artificial intelligence and big data-backed predictive policing , is leaving the company after an April report outed him as a former neo-Nazi skinhead who was involved in a 1990 Ku Klux Klan drive-by… Read more...

Galaxy S20+ DxOMark verdict is an unsurprising bag of compromises

SlashGear / 6h
The Galaxy S20 Ultra’s high price tag may have forced many buyers to consider the Galaxy S20+ as a more affordable alternative. In many cases, the two Samsung flagship phones are basically identical. Their biggest difference lies in their cameras with the Galaxy S20 Ultra carrying everything that Samsung could cram into it. Many reviewers, including DxOMark, found that to … Continue reading

Apple's rumored over-ear headphones may let you wear them 'backwards'

100+Engadget / 6h
Apple’s rumored over-ear headphones may lean on more than just their looks or common AirPod features to reel you in. Tipsters talking to 9to5Mac claim the headphones (purportedly called AirPods Studio) will have sensor and software features you haven’t seen in any Apple audio product to date. Reportedly, the sensors will not only play or pause music depending on whether or not they’re on your hea

There's a Canonical Star Trek Show Happening During Lower Decks, You Just Aren't Watching It

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Star Trek fans might be forgiven for thinking that its upcoming return to the world of animation’s more light-hearted tone means that Lower Decks won’t take on the dramatic weight of being prime-timeline canon. It’s kind of what some Star Trek fans do with literally anything they’re uneasy about when it comes to Trek .… Read more...

Good timing: Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone S2 trailer drops on Twilight Zone Day

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The Twilight Zone season 2 trailer. It's national Twilight Zone Day ( no one knows why ), and what better way to mark the occasion than with the official trailer for the second season of Jordan Peele's reboot of The Twilight Zone ? We got our first look at still photos a few days ago, and, combined with the trailer, we're optimistic that Peele can pull off another strong season and do this classi

United to notify passengers of crowded flights, offer free changes

The Points Guy / 6h
Monday afternoon, I detailed United’s confusing policy of “blocking middle seats” . Essentially, middle seats are not available for passengers to pre-select, but, since the airline isn’t capping ticket sales, they may be assigned at the gate on relatively full flights, if necessary. Now, United has announced a new policy that’ll empower phone representatives, gate agents and customers to avoid a

Coronavirus: Musk defies orders and reopens Tesla's California plant

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The boss of the electric carmaker said he would be on the assembly line with other Tesla workers.

Reebok Has Brought Back the Jacket Michael Jordan Dissed Just To Be Petty

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Reebok Hush Track Jacket | $80

Vava's 4K Dash Cam Helped Me Capture the Lawless, Empty Streets of NYC

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Vava 4K Dash Cam | $180 | Amazon

Urbanista’s London wireless earbuds are the latest to take on AirPods

SlashGear / 6h
Urbanista, the Swedish audio company that names its headphones after various big cities, is back with another model: London. The truly wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation feature a ‘stem’ design similar to the one found on Apple’s AirPods and a number of competing products. The new model joins Urbanista’s other true wireless earbud models, including the Athens, Paris, Tokyo, … Continu

Reebok Has Brought Back the Jacket Michael Jordan Dissed Just To Be Petty

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Reebok Hush Track Jacket | $80

Sony HT-G700 soundbar with audio upscaling is made for home theaters

SlashGear / 7h
Sony has introduced its new HT-G700 soundbar featuring up to 7.1.2-channel surround sound, three front speakers, and Sony’s technology for ‘vertical’ audio reproduction. Sony has packed a large number of features targeting home theater setups into its new soundbar, including a center speaker that aids viewers in hearing video dialog without diminishing other audio. The Sony HT-G700 soundbar featu

Elon Musk Defies Lockdown Orders and Reopens Tesla's Factory

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The CEO sued a California county over the weekend and threatened to move the company to Texas—his latest tangle with government authorities.

It Looks Like I’m Persuading People It’s Time To Book Future Travel

View from the Wing / 7h
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 ...

Retiring? United’s premium Boeing 757s, some 767s going to ‘long-term storage’

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United Airlines stands apart from is U.S. peers as not having officially retired any aircraft types from its mainline fleet even as the carrier’s management offer some of the most frank assessments of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its business. The Chicago-based carrier has parked some 450 mainline and 300 United Express jets, United senior vice-president of airport and network operat

Apple’s AirPods Studio might be the smartest over-ear headphones ever

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Apple is said to be designing the AirPods Studio, and a brand new leak suggests that these will be the smartest pair of headphones we've ever seen. The over-the-ear AirPods Studio – also rumored to be called AirPods X – will include a number of sensors that can detect how you’re wearing them and re-orient their left and right audio channels to match, according to sources who spoke to 9to5Mac . On

Motorola Razr's Android 10 update makes better use of the outer screen

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Motorola is finally updating the new Razr to Android 10, but it’s not just an under-the-hood update — it should deliver genuinely functional improvements, particularly when the foldable phone is closed. You can now use more apps on the outer (aka Quick View) screen, including Google Maps’ turn-by-turn navigation and music control for apps like Pandora, Spotify and YouTube Music. You can also acce

Clear wants to help businesses track employee COVID-19 cases

The Points Guy / 7h
Clear plans to join the fight against the spread of COVID-19 by bringing health reporting technology to the workplace. (Image courtesy of Clear) The privately owned biometric identity platform is best known for its expedited airport security screening. The company plans to use the same technology to track self-reported health data in the workplace. Here’s how it would work: Step 1: Download the C

This flexible robot is a speedy runner — and not a bad swimmer

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Soft robots have been a booming category for research and manufacturing in recent years, due to a number of beneficial characteristics. The field has become increasingly important to things like robotic graspers, which rely on their compliance to pick up fragile objects like fruit. Speed, on the other hand, doesn’t tend to be a word that comes up often when discussing the category. But a team a N

3D atom mapping helps investigate the origins of life

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A relatively new technique for studying atoms might shed more light on how life began on Earth . Scientists have used 3D atom mapping (specifically, atom probe tomography) to discover that the oldest molecular fluids in the Solar System could have supported the development of amino acids and, eventually, life. The team studied molecules on the boundaries of magnetite grains in a 4.5 billion-year-

Update Your Closet Without Leaving Your House With These Nordstrom Sales

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The best Nordstrom sales for May 2020 are here. Read more...

Fill Up on Philips Shavers, Hue Lights, Toothbrushes, Air Fryers, and More—for Less

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It’s time for the best Philips deals for May 2020. Read more...

Update Your Closet Without Leaving Your House With These Nordstrom Sales

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The best Nordstrom sales for May 2020 are here. Read more...

2 US airlines are defying refund rules for canceled flights — here’s how to get yours anyway

64The Points Guy / 8h
Ever since taking over the change and cancellation beat for TPG, I’ve received tons of reader emails and Instagram messages with individual questions. After a few weeks, a pattern was emerging — I kept receiving similar inquiries about the same few airlines. Readers heeded my advice to wait until the last minute to cancel their flights . Once they finally received notice that the carrier made an

This company wants to kill VPNs forever

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In order to make it easier for people working from home during the pandemic to access their work computers, Citrix recently announced that it will make its remote access tool more widely available via the cloud. According to senior program manager at the company Gabe Carrejo, Remote PC Access provides users with a more efficient alternative to VPNs to enable employees to remotely access their des

Reconnecting, reluctantly, with Facebook

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Haje Jan Kamps is a founder, photographer and journalist who logged time as a TechCrunch writer years ago and who has since launched a platform for virtual conferences called Konf . In a recent catch-up with him about work and life during COVID-19, we wound up talking at some length about Facebook, which is seeing record use across its social networking, messaging and live-streaming platforms rig

Google Play Store is getting useful filters for finding new apps

SlashGear / 8h
The Google Play Store currently offers very simplistic search filters, ones that essentially just help narrow down apps based on how much they cost and what category they fall in. That is changing, however, as Google rolls out more advanced filtering options to its app store, enabling users to look at only apps that have specific score ranges, ones that … Continue reading

United clarifies what it actually means to ‘block middle seats’

The Points Guy / 8h
As travelers begin to consider flying again , airlines are eager to offer reassurance. Almost all U.S. carriers now require passengers to cover their faces onboard, and Alaska, Delta and Southwest each are capping ticket sales, effectively blocking middle seats, as detailed in my guide outlining distancing-related airline policies . A number of readers have reached out to note that United, too, i

How to watch The Price Is Right At Night: stream the special with RuPaul online anywhere

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It's already the top-rated US daytime show - and tonight it's sashaying its way onto the 2020 prime time schedule for a special featuring Drag Race star RuPaul. Read on to find out how to watch The Price Is Right At Night for free and stream it online from anywhere in the world. Filmed before the Covid-19 shutdown, the one-off special is hosted by long-running master of ceremonies Drew Carey. Add

Musk dares county officials to arrest him as he reopens Fremont factory

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Enlarge / Elon Musk in 2020. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / Getty) Elon Musk is planning to defy county officials as he battles to reopen Tesla's Fremont factory in the face of a continued shelter-in-place order in Alameda County, California, Musk announced on Twitter on Monday. "Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules," Musk tweeted. "I will be on the line with everyone

Get a Jump on Spring Cleaning Without Cleaning Out Your Wallet With These Dyson Deals

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The best Dyson deals on vacuums and air purifiers for May 2020 are here. Read more...

Vava's 4K Dash Cam Helped Me Capture the Lawless, Empty Streets of NYC

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Vava 4K Dash Cam | $180 | Amazon

Amazon releases Kendra to solve enterprise search with AI and machine learning

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Enterprise search has always been a tough nut to crack. The Holy Grail has always been to operate like Google, but in-house. You enter a few keywords and you get back that nearly perfect response at the top of the list of the results. The irony of trying to do search locally has been a lack of content. While Google has the universe of the World Wide Web to work with, enterprises have a much narro

4 edtech CEOs peer into the industry’s future

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When Zach Sims first started pitching his coding startup, Codecademy , he framed it to investors as a corporate tutoring company. That was intentional, despite the fact that edtech is a $5 trillion business. “It was much easier for investors to understand instead of an education company,” he said, noting that the industry has long been defined by tight budgets and slow sales cycles. But, as milli

Steam Summer Sale 2020's start date could be June 25

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Looks like it’s full Steam ahead for the video game digital distribution store’s biggest event of the year. The dates for Steam’s Summer Sale 2020 may have just been leaked, asserting that the platform's sought-after limited time sale is coming back. According to PCGamesN , the Steam Summer Sale 2020 is taking place from June 25 to July 9, as claimed by developer Pavel Djundik of SteamDB , with t

Press Flowers for a 'Quarantine Herbarium'

56Lifehacker / 9h
Herbaria make fascinating time capsules. In a museum or university near you , there’s probably a room with pages and pages of old, large sheets of paper, each with a dried whole plant delicately taped to it. These are the plant equivalents of dinosaur bones or taxidermied wildlife: once-living specimens preserved for… Read more...

Why you shouldn’t expect bargain-basement cruise deals anytime soon

84The Points Guy / 9h
It’s only a matter of time until cruise lines begin rolling out monster deals — right? That’s been the conventional wisdom among cruisers and cruise industry watchers ever since lines began shutting down operations in March due to the coronavirus pandemic , and for good reason. After past crises that have caused a severe travel downturn, such as the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, cruise lines have tur

How to Check if Your Thunderbolt Ports Can Be Hacked

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If you have a computer with Thunderbolt ports, you may be at risk of a serious firmware flaw known as “Thunderspy.” The vulnerability, which was discovered by security researcher Bj√∂rn Ruytenberg , affects all Thunderbolt ports and USB-C or DisplayPort ports that support Thunderbolt cables. It gives a hacker full… Read more...

Bitcoin halving today: The next one’s in 2024

Bitcoin Halving 2024SlashGear / 9h
On Monday, May 11, 2020, a Bitcoin event is set to take place that could affect the entire world of cryptocurrency. The event is scheduled, and it’s happened before. The event will automatically cut the reward given to Bitcoin miners for completing Bitcoin transactions. In essence, it’ll be more difficult for people to profit from running computers to earn Bitcoin. … Continue reading

American Horror Story creator reveals new spinoff anthology show

SlashGear / 9h
Hit FX show American Horror Story is getting a spinoff, show co-creator Ryan Murphy has revealed. The new series will feature a very similar name and will, it seems, follow the same general theme as the original show — that is to say, it’ll be creepy and will have an anthology format. The difference will be that rather than presenting … Continue reading

Instagram Lite shuts down in advance of a relaunch

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Instagram Lite, the two-year-old version of the Instagram app aimed at emerging markets , has quietly disappeared. The previously highly ranked app vanished from the Google Play charts on April 13 in the countries where it was active, including Kenya, Mexico, Peru and the Philippines. Existing Instagram Lite users have been directed to the main Instagram app via a message that claimed “Instagram

Fiat Chrysler and AV startup Voyage partner on self-driving minivans

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Self-driving vehicle startup Voyage said Monday that it has inked a deal with Fiat Chrysler to supply purpose-built vehicles, a partnership that will help accelerate its plan to launch a fully driverless ride-hailing service. Voyage, a three-year-old startup that tests and operates a self-driving vehicle service (with human safety operators) in retirement communities in California and Florida, st

Elon Musk restarts Tesla production in defiance of county lockdown (updated)

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Elon Musk isn’t waiting to resolve his lawsuit against Alameda County to get Tesla’s Fremont factory back up and running. The CEO has confirmed earlier reports from The Verge , the San Francisco Chronicle and others that Tesla has restarted production despite the county’s pandemic lockdown orders. He said he would be “on the line with everyone else,” and asked that he be the only one arrested if

Texas Courts System Hit by Ransomware Attack

100+Gizmodo / 9h
The network that supports the Texas court system was targeted by a ransomware attack late last week, the Office of Court Administration said Monday. Read more...

Coronavirus: The airlines, hotels and cruise lines that impressed us — or let us down

The Points Guy / 9h
Even since the coronavirus halted travel , we’ve seen companies respond in many different ways. Some have taken a customer-first approach and others … not so much. As it relates to travel in the age of the pandemic , airlines, hotels and cruises have all needed to figure out what to do with new and existing reservations, as well as how to handle adjustments to their loyalty programs . We’ve got g

'The Office' Is Playing Out on Slack—and That's Sad

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The collective MSCHF set out to re-create every episode of the NBC comedy in Slack. What they built is a reminder of what people miss when WFH.

2021 New Virgin Business Class Award Space For 4+ People Wide Open From East & West Coasts

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Wide open business class awards for four or more passengers between the U.S. and Europe in Virgin Atlantic's new product for multiple cities. Since this is available for 2021, it's reasonable to book, and there are great mileage values out there - and you can book the seats using points from any of the major transferable bank currencies. Continue reading ...

Learn how to navigate travel changes and cancellations on the next ‘TPG Talks’ episode

The Points Guy / 9h
Register now at this link The coronavirus outbreak has created chaos in the travel industry, as airlines, hotels and other providers frantically try to stay afloat. In many cases, the cancellation and rebooking policies for these companies continue to evolve — and have generated massive amounts of confusion to travelers. However, that doesn’t need to be the case. Come to this week’s free TPG Talk

The Google Pixel 4a release date might be in June alongside Android 11 beta

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The Google Pixel 4a release date could be in June according to a new rumor, which would align its launch with the first Android 11 developer beta. The new Pixel 4a release date, June 5, is reportedly sourced from internal documents of Vodafone that were posted by German site Caschys Blog . Given the site had noticed the carrier reportedly pegged May 22 as an initial launch date, this updated proj

American Idol is shooting on iPhones amid stay at home orders

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a lot of otherwise traditional industries to become creative and flexible in ways that might have seemed entirely out of the realm of possibility only a few months ago. With most of the country at home, social distancing, a number of networks have turned to consumer technologies in order to keep creating content. Apple’s among those tech companies working with pro

The 2021 BMW i4 could do the unthinkable: Unseat the M4

SlashGear / 10h
BMW’s all-electric 4 Series, the BMW i4, will take on the Tesla Model 3 with more than 500 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, it’s suggested, but a bigger surprise is just where the sedan will fit in its family. Expected to launch in 2021, it’ll mark a distinct change in strategy for BMW when it comes to electrification – … Continue reading

How to Filter Unwanted 'Reply All' Emails

51Lifehacker / 10h
If you’ve ever worked in a corporate setting, you’ve surely encountered the nightmare of a “Reply All” misfire. This is when someone accidentally (or purposefully) blasts an email to way more people than they should’ve, and even more people chime in via “reply all” asking to be removed from the conversation and/or… Read more...

Motorola RAZR update delivers Android 10: Is it enough?

Motorola Razr AndroidSlashGear / 10h
Today Motorola released the Motorola RAZR software update to Android 10. This is the full version of Android 10, on the device for the first time in full release form. This update allows the user some access to several new features enacted by Motorola, as well as several features only available to Android 10 devices as enabled by Google. Does … Continue reading

Defying Shelter-in-Place, Tesla Is Building New Cars Today

1KFuturism / 10h
Just days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk called the lockdown measures in the US “ fascist ” and threatened to move Tesla’s California operations to Nevada or Texas, The Verge reports that the electric car company has started making cars again at its Fremont, California plant. According to emails sent out to staff last week , Tesla was aiming to start up “limited operations” at the factory last Friday.

Make Cold Brew in Your French Press

100+Lifehacker / 10h
Cold brew is a very lazy coffee brewing method, though that does not mean it is a process devoid of pedantry. While I’m sure there are many pieces of writing devoted to optimum grind size and extraction times and temps, I tend to focus on the logistics, such as straining—which, depending on your chosen filtration… Read more...

Monster Squad's Star Remembers Feeding the Mummy and Other Tales From Making the Cult Classic

300+Gizmodo / 10h
A group of friends teams up to defeat the greatest collection of villains ever assembled. No, it’s not a comic book movie , it’s The Monster Squad , Fred Dekker and Shane Black’s 1987 cult film starring Dracula, Wolfman, the Mummy, and Frankenstein’s monster. Read more...

Qatar Airways Giving Away 100K Flights To Healthcare Workers

100+One Mile at a Time / 10h
While Qatar Airways has been in the press for some negative reasons , the airline is also running a very generous promotion. Qatar Airways will give away 100,000 tickets to healthcare workers from around the world. There are some conditions to be aware of: The offer is valid from May 12 to May 18, 2020, then you need to book between May 12 and November 28, 2020, and then you need to travel betwee

Microsoft rolls out protection against 'reply all' email storms

Microsoft Thunderbolt84Mashable / 10h
One surefire way to take down an email system is to send a message with thousands of recipients attached only to have a few of them hit reply all, generating millions more emails. Now Microsoft is introducing protection against what are commonly referred to as "reply all email storms." As The Verge reports , the new feature is for Office 365 users and called Reply All Storm Protection . It works

How to Get a Passport for the First Time

45Lifehacker / 10h
One of the first rites of passage for any traveler is getting your passport. And while some people have been traveling internationally since they were little, plenty of others have never had a passport and don’t know how to get the process started. This is for them. (Please note: Applying for a passport as described… Read more...

Microsoft Edge update wants to kill off web spam

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Browser notification dialog boxes are an annoying way for websites to push their content or even spam on users which is why Microsoft Edge is now giving users the ability to hide them. Google first introduced browser notifications for Chrome back in 2013 and other browser makers quickly followed suit. These notifications pop up when a user visits a website for the first time and ask if they would

You can now meet and adopt a dog on Zoom

300+Mashable / 10h
The coronavirus pandemic can complicate things if you're considering adopting a dog. How do you find the perfect pup if you can't even leave your home? There might now be a solution. The dog food brand Pedigree is working to set up dog adoptions via Zoom meetings. It makes sense, really. We all live on Zoom, or FaceTime, or Google Hangouts — it's how we connect with friends and family — so why no

Twitter now adds warning labels to misleading COVID-19 tweets

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Twitter has announced that it will start cracking down on COVID-19 misinformation, limiting the spread of this misleading or otherwise ‘disputed’ content on its platform. The company initially published a blog post in March detailing its efforts related to the pandemic, stating that it was working with ‘trusted partners’ to deal with coronavirus content that goes against trusted sources. Starting

Grab a Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet for Just $150 Today

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Slack now strips location data from uploaded images

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Slack has started to strip uploaded photos of their metadata. What may seem like an inconsequential change to how the tech giant handles storing files on its servers, it will make it far more difficult to trace photos back to their original owners. Almost every digital file — from documents on your computer to photos taken on your phone — contains metadata. That’s data about the file itself, such

Audi’s MIB 3 infotainment system arrives this year: Here’s what’s new

SlashGear / 10h
Audi’s next-generation infotainment system will start rolling out this fall, the automaker has confirmed, with most 2021 vehicles set to get its upgraded MMI. The new MIB 3 (Modular Infotainment Toolkit) replaces its predecessor with a 10x increase in performance, while Audi will also be changing how it bundles WiFi hotspot functionality in addition to new SiriusXM features. The MMI … Continue re

Rideshare drivers stage caravan protest over Uber’s labor practices

100+TechCrunch / 10h
Around 100 Uber and Lyft drivers are staging a caravan protest at Uber’s San Francisco headquarters to demand Uber comply with gig worker protections law AB 5, pay into the state’s unemployment insurance fund and drop the ballot initiative it proposed along with Lyft and DoorDash that aims to keep gig workers classified as independent contractors. “Uber, Lyft and other gig companies are continuin

Why Uber and Lyft rallied last week

72TechCrunch / 10h
Heading into earnings season, you might have expected Uber and Lyft to suffer. After all, global travel slowed toward the end of Q1, so how could these companies have done well? Continuing the same line of thinking, given that they are both unprofitable and are valued more on growth than trailing earnings, with growth slowing would there be much to celebrate? The answer was a resounding “yes.” Ub

What does Avianca’s bankruptcy filing mean for the LifeMiles program?

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, 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

There’s a Resurgence of Coronavirus Cases in China

1KFuturism / 10h
A resurgence of coronavirus cases is starting to hit China, as well as other countries including South Korea and Germany, just as governments are starting to loosen restrictions. Even Wuhan, the Chinese city and epicenter of the now global pandemic, experienced a new cluster of five cases . The trend has governments worried. Is this the much-feared second wave , or a sign of smaller and controlla

How to Watch Every Episode of 'The Office' Replayed Over Slack

71Lifehacker / 10h
The Office went off the air in 2013, the same year Slack launched to the public. That means that, sadly, our heroes at Dunder-Mifflin weren’t able to experience the joy and the pain of the service. But what if they did? Read more...

10 Products to Help You Chill TF Out Amid *Gestures to Everything*

28Lifehacker / 10h
I don’t know about y’all, but one thing I’ve noticed after the world basically ended was that my anxiety had spiked almost 1,000 percent higher. And because of the collective trauma, we’re all going through a LOT right now. It’s ok to feel overwhelmed, angry, and absolutely lost. Read more...

AMD takes shots at Nvidia with expanded FidelityFX toolkit and GPUOpen

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AMD has announced the relaunch of GPUOpen, which now boasts a brand-new website and four new FideltyFX effects optimized for AMD Navi graphics cards . GPUOpen, which AMD debuted in 2016, is a collection of open-source GPU technologies and specifications that developers can use in video game development. Here are the best processors Check out the war between AMD and Nvidia We'll show you how to bu

Grab a Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet for Just $150 Today

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This Innovative Crowdfunding Platform Lets You Invest in US Farmland

Futurism / 11h
Technology is rapidly democratizing the way we invest our money. Thanks to advanced computing power, data can be transmitted, stored, and manipulated more efficiently than ever before, which is opening up brand new opportunities for individual investors. In recent years, for example, a number of fintech startups have cracked open the private real estate market , which previously had been availabl

Get a Free Mystery Game During Green Man Gaming's Anniversary Sale

Lifehacker / 11h
The popular digital PC games marketplace Green Man Gaming is having a huge 10th-anniversary sale that includes tons of great games at some of their lowest prices ever. The promotion runs until May 31, but there are other goodies you can get if you buy something within the next few days—including an additional free… Read more...

Ubisoft Forward event promises digital ‘E3-style showcase’

Ubisoft Forward JulySlashGear / 11h
When E3 2020 was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we figured that a lot of publishers would take their presentations online and make their major announcements during live streams. Some of them, such as EA, are doing just that, while others like Bethesda are opting not to hold a conference at all this year. Today, Ubisoft announced that it’s … Continue reading

How Clark Duke got The Flaming Lips to do the soundtrack for 'Arkansas'

32Mashable / 11h
Find out how actor and director Clark Duke managed to get The Flaming Lips to cover all the songs in the feature film, "Arkansas." Read more... More about Mashable Video , John Malkovich , Liam Hemsworth , Vince Vaughn , and The Flaming Lips

Gigabyte’s New Aorus 17G Proves Thermals Matter More Than Ever in a Laptop

Gizmodo / 11h
While gaming laptops have gotten a lot thinner and lighter over the years, they can still be cumbersome to carry around. When Max-Q came along , that helped shrink their size down further—at the cost of some performance—and made them as good looking as a MacBook . But if you’re not the type to compromise on performance,… Read more...

How to Update Your Android Device and Apps

Lifehacker / 11h
There are many good reasons to keep the software on your phone or tablet up to date. Running the latest version of Android ensures you have access to all the newest features available for the operating system and that your device is as protected as possible from attacks by hackers. Read more...

American Airlines promotion: Earn 500 AAdvantage bonus miles per flight

The Points Guy / 11h
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

Bethesda says 'Elder Scrolls 6' details are years away

Bethesda Elder Scrolls400+Engadget / 11h
Almost two years after it announced the game, you might think Bethesda is ready to share more information about its latest mainline Elder Scrolls project. But that would be a wrong assumption . Prompted by a fan over the weekend, Bethesda senior vice president of marketing and communications Pete Hines said the company won't have anything substantial to say about The Elder Scrolls 6 for a couple

Coronavirus, Summer Heat, and Poverty Could Create a 'Triple Whammy'

100+Gizmodo / 11h
More people in the U.S. die a year due to heat than all other forms of weather. As we approach this summer, the risk is even more dangerous due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more...

Alaska Airlines’ Fascinating Route To Adak Via Cold Bay

85One Mile at a Time / 11h
#ICanSeeRussiaFromMyPlane I think I’ve just found another flight to put on my aviation geek bucket list once this is all over… Alaska Airlines’ flight from Anchorage to Adak As of May 16, 2020, Alaska Airlines will be launching a 2x weekly flight from Anchorage to Adak via Cold Bay. The flight will be operated by a 737 on Wednesdays and Saturdays with the following schedule: AS184 Anchorage to Co

Former Tesla president and Lyft COO Jon McNeill on what both companies have gotten right and wrong

200+TechCrunch / 11h
We recently interviewed Jon McNeill to learn more about his newest project, a startup studio called DeltaV Ventures . But we also wanted to hear about what it’s like to work inside of Tesla and Lyft. McNeill spent two-and-a-half years as the carmaker’s president, heading up global sales, marketing, delivery and government relations before heading to Lyft in early 2018, where he served as COO for

Microsoft Family Safety app launches iOS and Android preview

Microsoft Family AndroidSlashGear / 11h
Earlier this year, Microsoft revealed that it’s been working on a new family app called Microsoft Family Safety. It seems that app may be nearly ready for prime time, as Microsoft launched it in preview on iOS and Android today. Getting into the preview at this early stage might be a bit tricky, but if you’ve got a family group … Continue reading

10 Products to Help You Chill TF Out Amid *Gestures to Everything*

Netflix This Week May28Gizmodo / 11h
I don’t know about y’all, but one thing I’ve noticed after the world basically ended was that my anxiety had spiked almost 1,000 percent higher. And because of the collective trauma, we’re all going through a LOT right now. It’s ok to feel overwhelmed, angry, and absolutely lost. Read more...

‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Zoolander’ actor Jerry Stiller dies at 92

Jerry Stiller Seinfeld28Mashable / 11h
The comedian's death was made public by his son, Ben Stiller, via Twitter. The comedian died of natural causes. Read more... More about Entertainment , Twitter , Mashable Video , Comedian , and Jerry Stiller

The prepaid Walmart MoneyCard: Who is it best for?

The Points Guy / 11h
Walmart MoneyCard overview The Walmart MoneyCard is a prepaid debit card that earns cash-back rewards. Although it’s certainly not the right card for anyone looking to maximize rewards or build credit, it is an option for those who do not want a credit card but still want to earn cash back on purchases. Card Rating*: ½ *Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG’s editors and is not influenced by

Toyota Prius 2020 Edition gives hybrid a 20th birthday blackout

Toyota Prius 2020 Two25SlashGear / 11h
Toyota’s Prius turns 20 in the US this year, and the automaker is marking the milestone with a special-edition of the hybrid. Only 2,020 of the 2021 Prius 2020 Edition will be produced, the automaker says, with some key changes that Toyota fans will probably spot from across the parking lot. Toyota starts out with the Prius XLE FWD, and … Continue reading

When AI takes on Eurovision: Can a computer write a hit song?

300+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / Robots are everywhere these days. (credit: NBC Universal ) Imagine assembling a crack team of musicologists to compose the perfect Eurovision hit, only to end up with a song that crescendos as a robotic voice urges listeners to “kill the government, kill the system." That was the experience of a team of Dutch academics who, after an experiment in songwriting using artificial intelligenc

Apple's iPhone 12 Pro will apparently have a silky smooth ProMotion display

Apple iPhone ProMotion52Mashable / 11h
The display will be 120Hz, similar to Samsung's Galaxy S20 and OnePlus 8. Read more... More about Tech , Iphone , Smartphones , Mashable Video , and Iphone 12 Pro

PepsiCo DTC home shipping may change food shopping forever

29SlashGear / 11h
PepsiCo launched a pair of new online shopping websites for snacks this week, attempting to take hold of the quarantine marketplace that’s changed the world in the first few months of 2020. The company’s implied COVID-19 and global pandemic are primary reasons why they’ve seen earning rise 10% in this past month. Now, as it’s clear that companies like Amazon … Continue reading

6 Interesting Ways The Mandalorian Could Handle Boba Fett's Return

200+Gizmodo / 11h
The Mandalorian isn’t just giving us more Baby Yoda than we are probably equipped to deal with when it returns for season two , but seemingly more than a few familiar Star Wars faces. Last week, reports began swirling that one of those faces is the arrival of a specter that has hung over The Mandalorian since it was… Read more...

US Space Force reveals sixth mission for mysterious X-37B space plane

NASA Moon SpaceX GatewaySlashGear / 11h
The United States Space Force has announced intentions to launch a sixth mission with its mysterious X-37B “space plane.” The fifth mission (OTV-5), which was classified, ended successfully in late October 2019 and returned to Earth after 780 days, a record that broke its previous 718-day mission that ended in 2017. In an announcement last week, the US Space Force … Continue reading

What to Watch Tonight, May 11, 2020

85Lifehacker / 11h
Welcome to a new week! If you’re looking for something great to watch to kick your week off right, we’ve rounded up tonight’s best streaming options. Read more...

Shuttered restaurants, bars, hotels speed up TV cord-cutting even more

100+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / Would you pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for cable if your restaurant looked like this right now? (credit: Justin Sullivan | Getty Images ) Everyone is stuck at home, which you would think would mean a lot more TV watching, not less. And up to a point, that's true: millions of us are putting millions of hours into streaming content from Netflix, Disney+, and others. What we aren't

This $500 portable pizza oven is for people who really, really like pizza

40Mashable / 12h
The Ooni Koda 16 is a gas-powered pizza oven that claims to cook pizza in just 60 seconds. Read more... More about Tech , Food , Mashable Video , Consumer Tech , and Pizza Oven

Nearly 40% of Icelanders are using a covid app—and it hasn’t helped much

200+MIT Technology Review / 12h
When Iceland got its first case of covid-19 on February 28, an entire apparatus sprang into action. The country had already been testing some people at high risk of catching the virus, thanks to DeCode genetics, a local biotech company. Once the arrival of the disease was confirmed, it began rapidly rolling out public testing on a much wider scale. The government, meanwhile, quickly built a team

Spotify’s Group Sessions Let Anyone Control Your Playlist, So Get Ready for Trolling

Spotify Group Sessions40Gizmodo / 12h
If you’ve ever been on a road trip with someone who has totally different taste in music than you, letting them play DJ is a major test of your friendship. If you can figure out how to compromise between the Rat Pack and Slipknot, you might as well make each other godparents to your first born children. Spotify has… Read more...

A Massive Chinese Rocket Is Plummeting Out of the Sky Right Now

3KFuturism / 12h
After about a week in Earth’s orbit, the core stage of China’s gigantic Long March 5B rocket is now plummeting towards our planet’s surface. “It is the most massive object to make an uncontrolled reentry since the 39-tonne Salyut-7 [spacecraft] in 1991,” Jonathan McDowell, astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, wrote in a tweet last week. Today, he added that the space deb

Fujifilm’s X100V now warns you if the camera is overheating

73Engadget / 12h
Fujifilm’s X100V is a great camera for street photography. It’s compact, pairs a good sensor with a sharp lens and has a handy tilting display. Despite its small size, the X100V also excels at 4K video shooting. However, now that users have had a few months to play around with the camera, it’s become clear that it does overheat easily, especially when shooting video. Fujifilm just released an upd

Banjo’s CEO resigns after report details KKK ties in his past

100+TechCrunch / 12h
After investigative reporting revealed his undisclosed involvement in shooting at a synagogue with KKK members at age 17, the CEO of Banjo will leave the company he founded. In a short blog post , the company announced a “change in leadership” and the resignation of its founder and CEO Damien Patton. The Utah-based company will transition “to a new, reconstituted leadership team effectively immed

How to Change a Diaper

55Lifehacker / 12h
Sure, lots of people grow up with much younger siblings or cousins, or they babysat as teenagers, or they have friends who have babies, or they’re just around babies. For these people, changing a diaper can seem like a no-brainer. But then there are people like me and my husband who never did any of that and changed… Read more...

What's the Best Pair of Bluetooth ANC Headphones Under $300?

Sony Android 10 PS528Lifehacker / 12h
Here’s the rub: I live in a house of seven. One of them is four-years-old, and he wreaks absolute havoc on my ears from sun up to well past sundown. Add in the fact that four of us are all working from home with apparent decibel quotas to reach, and it’s apparent I need a good pair of Bluetooth cans with active… Read more...

Lava Lake Is Now Water Lake Atop Kilauea Volcano

NASA Moon SpaceX Gateway83Gizmodo / 12h
Satellite images have captured the result of a lake of lava collapsing on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, revealing an enormous new lake of water. Read more...

Twitter to add labels and warning messages to disputed and misleading COVID-19 info

Twitter Misleading100+TechCrunch / 12h
Twitter on Monday announced it will begin to add warning messages and labels to tweets spreading disputed or misleading information about COVID-19. The labels will direct users reading these tweets to a Twitter-curated page or to external resources that offer additional information and context about the claims being made in the tweet. The warnings, meanwhile, will cover the tweet — requiring an e

IRS deadline to direct deposit stimulus checks is very, very soon

400+Mashable / 12h
If you don't want to wait for a paper check for your federal stimulus payment , you better get onto the IRS website — and quick . On Friday , the U.S. Internal Revenue Service announced a tight deadline of May 13 to receive the stimulus money through direct deposit into your bank account or other payment services like Venmo, PayPal , and the Cash app . So if you still haven't received that check

Ubisoft's 'E3-style' showcase will stream July 12th

Ubisoft Forward July80Engadget / 12h
On July 12th, Assassin's Creed Valhalla publisher Ubisoft will host its first-ever "digital conference" to give fans a look at its latest games. Dubbed Ubisoft Forward, the company says the "E3-style showcase" will feature "exclusive game news, exciting reveals and much more." The Sunday stream will start at 3PM ET / 12 PM PT. Ubisoft is now one of several companies that plans to make up for the

Sony’s 2020 portable Bluetooth speaker lineup brings the bass with side-firing subwoofers

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Sony’s annual Bluetooth speaker upgrades are rolling out this week as it introduces its new Sony SRS-XB23, SRS-XB33 and SRS-XB43 speakers to the world. The big changes to the portable speaker lineup include the removal of the strobe LED lights from last year in exchange for less-aggressive pulsing LED strips and new passive radiators on the sides that Sony says will help the speaker sound clearer

Brazilian YouTuber Hit With Hefty Fines for Uploading Piracy Tutorials

41Gizmodo / 12h
DIY’s have emerged as one of the key ways that people are keeping themselves sane under quarantine, with videos dedicated to tie-dyeing to hair-cutting to sourdough-baking racking up millions of hits apiece in recent months. Now, it turns out one of the slightly less wholesome corners of these digital DIY-communities… Read more...

The Beginner's Guide to Checks

100+Lifehacker / 12h
Checks: They’re so 20th century, yet still floating around in our lives. And sometimes, they’re absolutely necessary. Read more...

books0977: The Porcelain Collector (1868). Alfred Stevens...

Music, Arts & Literature / 12h
books0977 : The Porcelain Collector (1868). Alfred Stevens (Belgian, 1823-1906). Oil on canvas. North Carolina Museum of Art. Stevens, a friend of Manet and his group, was one of the first enthusiasts of Japanese artifacts. Seen in this work is the piece of porcelain that the collector is inspecting and researching by means of the open book on the adjacent table. A Japanese screen is prominent in

Twitter will add labels to tweets with misleading COVID-19 claims

Twitter Misleading200+Engadget / 12h
There's still a lot we don't know for sure about COVID-19 , and incorrect information about the disease is still prevalent. To help clarify what's true and offer more context, Twitter will start applying labels and warning messages to coronavirus-related tweets containing "disputed or misleading information.” This is an expansion of a March policy update that targeted “fake and ineffective treatm

Virgin's fantastic fibre broadband deal now comes with a £50 Gift Card

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Virgin has always been a mixed bag when it comes to the promotions it offers across its broadband deals . However, recently the ISP has gone all out and nailed great value offers it time after time - and its latest attempt is our favourite yet. Virgin has taken its M100 fibre plan, offering speeds averaging a ridiculously fast 108Mb and slashed the monthly price right down to £24 , making it chea

Sony debuts three new Extra Bass speakers for portable dance parties

Sony Android 10 E. Bass96Engadget / 12h
Even though voice-powered smart speakers might be the go-to choice at home, portable Bluetooth speakers still serve a purpose. After all, you can’t (easily) drag a HomePod or Echo Studio with you to the park or the pool. Today, Sony revealed a trio of redesigned options in its Extra Bass line with updates to sound quality and design. The three models — SRS-XB23, SRS-XB33 and SRS-XB43 — are priced

What's the Best Pair of Bluetooth ANC Headphones Under $300?

Sony Android 10 E. Bass28Gizmodo / 12h
Here’s the rub: I live in a house of seven. One of them is four-years-old, and he wreaks absolute havoc on my ears from sun up to well past sundown. Add in the fact that four of us are all working from home with apparent decibel quotas to reach, and it’s apparent I need a good pair of Bluetooth cans with active… Read more...

An Interrogation Takes a Bizarre Turn in This Clip From Indie Sci-Fi Thriller Proximity

200+Gizmodo / 12h
Eric Demeusy is mostly known as a visual effects artist—he won an Emmy for his work on Stranger Things and was nominated for Jessica Jones , and he worked on Game of Thrones too. But he’s also a director (we quite enjoyed his Boba Fett fan film ) with his first sci-fi feature on the way, and we’ve got a clip to share! Read more...

Sony’s ocean-friendly Bluetooth speakers get a 2020 bass boost

Sony Android Xperia 10SlashGear / 12h
Sony has revealed its 2020 line-up of portable Bluetooth speakers, with the XB23, XB33, and XB43 getting new drivers, better waterproofing, and bigger sound. The trio of new models kick off at $100 but, while at first glance they may look similar to what we’ve seen before from Sony, there are in fact some significant changes. Sony SRS-XB23 – the … Continue reading

Sodinokibi ransomware has got even nastier

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A new feature has been added to the Sodinokibi ransomware that allows it to encrypt even more of a victim's files including those that are opened and locked by another process. Databases, mail servers and some other applications will lock files that they have open to prevent other programs from modifying them. By locking these files, the programs prevent the data they contain from being corrupted

Print Your Own Blank Calendars

72Lifehacker / 12h
With all of technology at my fingertips, I still appreciate having a paper calendar on the wall in front of my desk. It’s handy to glance up and be able to see what the date will be next Monday or how many weeks until I have until a certain deadline. I used to shop bookstores for published calendars, but I’ve