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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Visiting Random Animal Crossing Islands

6KGizmodo / 2h
Politicians aren’t exactly able to go door-to-door meeting folks at the moment, but Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is doing the next best thing—or maybe even the better thing—and heading out to meet folks in Animal Crossing instead. Read more...

How to Cook a 'Murder Hornet'

4KLifehacker / 10h
This week, the New York Times introduced many of us to the “murder hornet,” more accurately known as the Asian giant hornet. But a small subset of us were already familiar with this bug, because we’d eaten it . Read more...

How do you feel about the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con gamepads?

Nintendo Switch AC3KEngadget / 12h
Although the Nintendo Switch has quickly risen to be one of the best-selling consoles of all time, its built-in controllers have had a bumpier reception from fans. Some players have experienced a ‘drift’ issue that causes one or both thumbsticks to move things on the screen by themselves. A few also had issues with the Bluetooth connection. And then there were the lawsuits: One alleged the Joy-Co

Tokyo Games Show 2020 is canceled, online option being considered

SlashGear / 22min
CES 2020 was lucky and was practically the only major tech event this year that was able to push through. We have seen many events get canceled in the months that followed and it isn’t just the US and Europe making those calls. The organizers of the annual Tokyo Game Show have also called it quits this year but they … Continue reading

How to watch Solar Opposites online: stream the 'new Rick and Morty' from anywhere

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If the name Justin Roiland rings a bell, that's probably because he's one-half of the creative duo behind Rick and Morty - the madcap adult cartoon that's taken the world by storm since it first aired back in 2013. But as well as continuing to work on R&M, Roiland also has a new project to treat us to - an equally hilarious, equally bizarre new animation launching at what could be the perfect tim

In a potential big win for renewable energy, Form Energy gets its first grid-scale battery installation

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Form Energy , which is developing what it calls ultra-low-cost, long-duration energy storage for the grid, has signed a contract with the Minnesota-based Great River Energy to develop a 1 megawatt, 150 megawatt hour pilot project. The second-largest electric utility in the U.S., Great River Energy’s installation in Cambridge, Minn. will be the first commercial deployment of the venture-backed bat

Clearview AI claims its facial recognition tech isn't for private companies

50Engadget / 44min
Startup Clearview AI has built a facial recognition system that claims to be able to ID people in real-time, matching them with billions of images pulled from databases and scraped from social media. Earlier this year, a list containing the names of private companies using or possibly interested in using the technology leaked out as regulators began to scrutinize the outfit, and people filed laws

Waymo will soon restart its operations in Phoenix

33Engadget / 44min
Waymo’s cars will be back on the road in Metro Phoenix as soon as May 11th. The Alphabet-owned autonomous driving company suspended its operations in March, save for some full-driverless rides, in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Now, after “careful consideration and active conversations” with its teams and authorities, Waymo has decided to implement a tiered approach in restarting its

This HP USB drive promises to transform and secure any old PC

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Thin clients have been around for decades, but the ubiquity of always-on internet paired with businesses' willingness to sample niche operating systems could explain their recent resurgence. HP has unveiled a new member of its PC converter family, available this summer: the ThinPro Go. It's a rebadged 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 USB flash drive that has a USB 3.0 Type-A connector and a maxi

Amazon Sued for Acting Like Users Own "Purchased" Movies (Spoiler Alert: You Don't)

100+Gizmodo / 1h
The question of whether you own your digital purchases, or whether you’re simply licensing that content from whatever tech giant du jour hosts it, has always been a bit of a black box for consumers. Recently, this lack of transparency has prompted one California user to file a lawsuit against Amazon for saying… Read more...

Next Nintendo Switch could be powered by Samsung Exynos, AMD RDNA

SlashGear / 1h
The Nintendo Switch has quickly become one of the most popular consoles in just three years but it probably isn’t because of its raw power. Of the three big gaming consoles, the Switch can easily be singled out as the weakest and that might not be changing drastically even with a Nintendo Switch 2. It may, however, finally ditch the … Continue reading

Vista Equity Partners to invest $1.5B in India’s Reliance Jio Platforms

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Private equity firm Vista Equity Partners said on Friday it will invest $1.5 billion in Reliance Jio Platforms, joining social conglomerate Facebook and private equity firm Silver Lake that have also made bets on the Indian telecom giant in recent weeks. The planned announcement, which would give U.S.-headquartered software-focused buyout firm Vista Equity Partners a 2.32% stake in Reliance Jio P

Read Along by Google tries to improve kids’ reading and speaking skills

SlashGear / 1h
The current global situation with COVID-19 has paved the way for a surge in both the demand and supply of apps for young ones. Many of these take the form of games or videos that keep kids distracted while there are a few try to impart lessons as well. Google is unsurprisingly jumping in on that trend and, just as … Continue reading

Samsung will launch a Samsung Pay debit card this summer

61Mashable / 1h
Samsung announced on Tuesday that it has plans to expand Samsung Pay's services to include both a debit card and a cash management account backing it. Vice President and GM of Samsung Pay Sang Ahn revealed in a blog post that Samsung is partnering with personal finance company SoFi to launch the new card and account. Both products are expected to arrive in the U.S. this summer, with the "mobile-f

Xbox Insider will find it easier to look for things this May

SlashGear / 2h
Gone are the days when gaming consoles were single-purpose machines that simply booted up and loaded the game you put in. Today, these gaming devices are veritable computers that offer experiences that go beyond just playing games. Naturally, the plethora of features could sometimes lead to a plethora of menu options that you have to dig for to find. With … Continue reading

MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ integrates the 5G chip inside

MediaTek Dimensity 1000SlashGear / 2h
After being left in the sidelines for a while now, MediaTek has burst back into the mobile scene to take on Qualcomm at its own game. It launched its Dimensity line of systems-on-chip (SoCs) with a focus on 5G and affordability. Now it is attempting to take another stab at diminishing Qualcomm’s market share with the Dimensity 1000+ which packs … Continue reading

Samsung Pay to get a physical debit card soon

Samsung Galaxy This SummerSlashGear / 3h
Mobile payment systems have more or less dropped out of the tech news headlines but that doesn’t mean they’ve dropped out of the market. Once in a while, you’ll hear about Apple Pay and Google Pay expanding to cover more banks and territories. They aren’t the only options around, of course, and Samsung Pay has apparently been around for five … Continue reading

Owkin raises $25 million as it builds a secure network for healthcare analysis and research

100+TechCrunch / 3h
Imagine a model of collaborative research and development among hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, universities and other research institutions where no one shared any actual data. That’s the dream of the new New York-based startup Owkin, which has raised $25 million in fresh financing from investors, including Bpifrance Large Venture , Cathay Innovation and MACSF (the French Pension Fund for C

Viral conspiracy theory video tests companies' misinformation policies

300+Engadget / 3h
A viral video peddling conspiracy theories about the coronavirus has become the latest flashpoint for social media platforms struggling to contain health misinformation. The video, an almost 30-minute clip from a film known as “Plandemic Movie” or “Plandemic Documentary,” spreads debunked conspiracy theories about the coronavirus and features a discredited biologist who has for years been “lioniz

Clearview AI pinky swears it will stop working with private companies

83Mashable / 3h
This time Clearview AI really means it. Honest. The problematic facial-recognition company that scraped billions of photos off social media is now claiming that it will not sell its technology to private companies. Of course, Clearview AI has made a similar assertion before — one that didn't exactly turn out so well. BuzzFeed News got its hands on documents Clearview AI filed Wednesday in respons

NVIDIA GeForce Now expands with more than a dozen additional games

SlashGear / 3h
As promised, NVIDIA has returned with an expansion to its GeForce Now supported games list, adding more than a dozen additional titles to the young service. The additions are notable, including multiple popular games like Darksiders II and Hitman: Blood Money. With this expansion, GeForce Now is a tad closer to reaching its big support goal. NVIDIA GeForce Now is … Continue reading

Researcher Discovers That Old Tesla Media Control Units Are Full Of Owner's Private Data Even After A Factory Reset

100+Gizmodo / 3h
There’s a hacker/security researcher with the Twitter handle GreenTheOnly that has been doing some interesting work with used Tesla parts. This time specifically, he’s acquired three Tesla Model 3 integrated media control units (MCU) and Autopilot (HW) units (known as the ICE computer, just for Models 3 and Y), and a… Read more...

How to Keep the Fun (And Work, Ugh) Going During a Power Outage

20Gizmodo / 4h
In today’s world, a power outage is like a death knell for your sanity. Many of us are working from home for the foreseeable future, and even those who decided being a couch potato is a more noble living, what are you going to do when the power goes out? Nothing—everything’s closed! That’s why we’ll prepare ahead of… Read more...

Popular VPN embraces no log policy

49% Best VPN Up To 1056TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
The VPN provider HMA (formerly HideMyAss! ) has announced that it has introduced a No Logging Policy (NLP) in an effort to improve user privacy. The introduction of a NLP is part of a broader initiative by the company to become a privacy champion that will also tackle challenges such as user tracking by advertisers. Back in November of last year, HMA took its first step in its commitment to onlin

Do kids have to wear face masks on a plane?

The Points Guy / 4h
For the first time ever, passengers on virtually every U.S. airline will be required to wear face coverings beginning this week. Naturally, such a significant change brings with it many questions: Do you have to wear a mask on every flight? Yes. For the whole flight? Yes, except when eating or drinking. Even if you don’t like masks? Yes. Where do you buy a mask ? Well, we’ve got you covered — and

Microsoft's new Surface notebooks are a grab bag of bad decisions

100+Engadget / 4h
Microsoft’s Build conference may still be two weeks out, but the company isn’t saving its hardware news till then. It announced a slew of new Surface devices this week, and some of these products have been a long time coming. The new Surface Earbuds , for example, are finally going to retail after being announced in October . We also got a new Surface Book at last, alongside an updated Surface Go

A passwordless server run by NSO Group sparks contact-tracing privacy concerns

100+TechCrunch / 4h
As countries work to reopen after weeks of lockdown, contact-tracing apps help to understand the spread of the deadly coronavirus strain, COVID-19. While most governments lean toward privacy-focused apps that use Bluetooth signals to create an anonymous profile of a person’s whereabouts, others, like Israel, use location and cell phone data to track the spread of the virus. Israel-based private s

Alamo Drafthouse launches on-demand platform with curated movies

Alamo Drafthouse DemandSlashGear / 4h
As theaters around the US remain closed, Alamo Drafthouse has announced a new product that is available in your living room: Alamo On Demand. The new digital platform enables anyone to rent and buy digital movies, something they could already do on other platforms. There are some unique aspects to Alamo On Demand, however, including the curated nature of the … Continue reading

Airports Are Asking For A Second Bailout, After We Lit The First $10 Billion On Fire

39View from the Wing / 4h
The CEO of the American Association of Airport Executives told Congress that $10 billion is the minimum that airports want in a second bailout, and they aren't even coming first offering to clean up corruption at airports including Atlanta, Detroit, and Washington Dulles and National and New York LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark. The first $10 billion, which distributed funds to 3200 airports, became s

Bitdefender offering free enterprise-grade security to healthcare organizations worldwide

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Cyberattacks on hospitals have increased significantly during the pandemic which is why Bitdefender has announced that it will offer its enterprise-grade security solutions free of charge to all healthcare organizations worldwide through the end of June. Healthcare organizations of all sizes, from small dental practices to large hospitals, can visit this page to request free access to the company

Uber may use its selfie tech to verify drivers are wearing masks

100+TechCrunch / 4h
When Uber rolled out its selfie system for drivers in 2016, the ride-hailing company was focused on preventing fraud. In the future, it could be used to ensure drivers are wearing a mask. Uber said earlier this week — CEO Dara Khosrowshahi reiterated today — that it is working through plans to require drivers and riders to wear face masks or face coverings as it prepares to ramp its ride-hailing

Uber says 'no sacred cows' as it faces crisis

100+BBC News - Technology / 4h
The firm has already announced job cuts affecting 14% of its staff.

Your ultimate guide to Alaska Airlines partners

The Points Guy / 5h
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 significant parts of their route network. But we are sharing this information to provide value for future travel once coronavirus concerns

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs Scraps Its Ambitious Toronto Project

200+Wired / 5h
The Google sibling envisioned a tech-enabled and eco-friendly neighborhood. But residents rebelled over plans to collect and use their data, among other things.

Researchers engineer photosynthetic bacteria to produce hydrogen

100+Ars Technica / 5h
Enlarge (credit: State of Oklahoma ) The price of photovoltaic power has plunged, making it competitive with fossil fuel-powered electrical generation. But there is still a range of applications, like ships and aircraft, where electrical power doesn't help much. And storing the electricity produced by solar power so that it can be used at night remains an unsolved problem. For those reasons, ther

Budget airline becomes first US carrier to say it will screen flyers’ temperatures

47The Points Guy / 5h
Frontier Airlines became the first U.S. carrier to say it would begin screening passengers and crews for their temperatures amid the coronavirus pandemic . The Denver-based airline announced the move Thursday, saying it would take effect June 1. From that point forward, anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees and higher will be denied boarding. “The health and safety of everyone flying Frontie

Somebody Is Furiously Uploading '90s Windows Desktop Themes to the Internet Archive

40Gizmodo / 5h
Two free-roaming archivists are wildly uploading hundreds of early Windows Desktop themes from the ‘90s and early aughts to the Internet Archive, populating the site with a trove of off-brand fan art you can install as your desktop wallpaper. Why? I do not know, but they have a captive audience. They probably would… Read more...

How to watch Blindspot season 5 online: stream every episode from anywhere

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You've probably finished a puzzle or two during lockdown, but it's nothing compared to the mysteries that Jane Doe's impressive collection of tattoos have helped solved over the last few years. Now, a final puzzle awaits Jane and FBI special agent Kurt Weller - here's how to watch Blindspot season 5 online and stream episode 1 from anywhere in the world. But first, a spoiler alert : if you're not

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 mobile processors are made for business laptops

SlashGear / 5h
AMD has officially unveiled its Ryzen PRO 4000 Series mobile processors for business ultrabooks. The new lineup features the Ryzen 7 PRO 4750, Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U, and the Ryzen 3 PRO 4450U. AMD says its new hardware offers improved power efficiency for better battery life and performance per watt, as well ultra-thin designs for use in highly portable business-tier … Continue reading

Health APIs usher in the patient revolution we have been waiting for

200+TechCrunch / 5h
Rish Joshi Contributor Rish is an entrepreneur and investor. Previously, he was a VC at Gradient Ventures (Google’s AI fund), co-founded a fintech startup building an analytics platform for SEC filings and worked on deep-learning research as a graduate student in computer science at MIT. More posts by this contributor Enterprise companies find MLOps critical for reliability and performance The fu

“Disquisting whores”: Document reveals GirlsDoPorn plans to harass victims

64Ars Technica / 5h
Enlarge (credit: RyanJLane / Getty Images ) The FBI says that the men behind the disgraced GirlsDoPorn website were willing to go to extraordinary lengths to harass and intimidate 22 women who sued them for fraud and coercion. A judge awarded those women $13 million in January. Now one of the men, Matthew Wolfe, is in custody and facing criminal charges. Authorities believe another defendant, rin

Facebook and YouTube are rushing to delete “Plandemic,” a conspiracy-laden video

4KMIT Technology Review / 5h
The news: A 25-minute clip of an upcoming documentary featuring a well-known anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist was viewed millions of times this week on social media, before Facebook and YouTube pledged to remove copies of it from their platforms. On Thursday, Facebook told reporters that the documentary violated its policies by promoting the potentially harmful claim that wearing a mask can make

Lyft, Like Uber, Will Also Now Require Drivers and Passengers Wear Face Coverings

Lyft Uber April MasksGizmodo / 5h
Lyft, which has somehow spent the last few months of the coronavirus pandemic merely suggesting passengers and drivers wear face coverings, said on Thursday that it will soon make it a requirement. Read more...

Samsung will introduce an 'innovative' debit card this summer

Samsung Galaxy This Summer100+Engadget / 5h
Samsung wants to do more with payments than offer a virtual prepaid card . The company plans to grow Samsung Pay this summer by introducing a new “experience” that includes an “innovative” debit card supported by a cash management account. Details are only slated to arrive in the “coming weeks,” but it’ll have help from the financial startup SoFi . It’s not a surprising move for Samsung. Apple ha

A mistake at Facebook broke Spotify, Venmo, TikTok, and other iPhone apps

100+Ars Technica / 5h
Enlarge / Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook's F8 summit in 2018. (credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images ) Users of numerous popular iPhone apps such as Spotify, Venmo, Tinder, TikTok, DoorDash, and Pinterest experienced persistent app crashes as a result of a bug in Facebook's SDK this week. The crash reports began coming in around 6:30pm Eastern yesterday, but the issue has since been resol

Alamo Drafthouse Saves Us From the Deluge of Bad Content With Its Curated Streaming Service

Alamo Drafthouse Demand100+Gizmodo / 5h
Alamo Drafthouse is bringing a slate of very good films to your desktop, and soon your phone, with its new streaming service Alamo on Demand. Read more...

Samsung Galaxy phone bug takes over phone with an image via MMS – get the fix update now

Samsung Galaxy This Summer24SlashGear / 5h
A vulnerability discovered by Google security researchers was disclosed to Samsung and patched in a software update many modern devices should see OTA this month. This is a required update – as most security-oriented updates are – and it should be loaded by all users of Samsung phones as soon as possible. This update is applicable to all virtually all … Continue reading

Original Content podcast: Waco offers a surprising look at a real-world tragedy

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“Waco,” a Paramount Network series that recently started streaming on Netflix, dramatizes the tragic real-life standoff between the FBI, the ATF and the Branch Davidians. A couple of your Original Content podcast hosts only had a fuzzy idea of what actually went down in Waco, Texas in 1993. And all of us were surprised by the depiction of the Branch Davidian cult as creepy and delusional, but not

With movie theaters closed, Alamo Drafthouse gets into on-demand movie streaming

Alamo Drafthouse Demand80TechCrunch / 6h
Back when movie theaters were a thing we could go to, Alamo Drafthouse was my one and only. Known for actively insisting that audience members shut the hell up during the movie and for having a damned fine beer selection, it’s like my personal paradise. If it was a movie I was excited to see, I’d drive an hour-plus to see it at Alamo rather than go anywhere else. Like most other theater operation

How to Keep the Fun (And Work, Ugh) Going During a Power Outage

20Lifehacker / 6h
In today’s world, a power outage is like a death knell for your sanity. Many of us are working from home for the foreseeable future, and even those who decided being a couch potato is a more noble living, what are you going to do when the power goes out? Nothing—everything’s closed! That’s why we’ll prepare ahead of… Read more...

Animal Crossing Is the Breath of the Wild Postgame I Always Dreamed Of

Animal Crossing NH51Gizmodo / 6h
As you play your way through The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild , you end up becoming the catalyst for the creation of Tarry Town, a brand new settlement composed of Hylians who come together to live in the middle of nowhere because—one assumes—they’re tired of being harassed by the monsters that roam the land.… Read more...

Ford opens order-books on homegrown COVID-19 respirator

SlashGear / 6h
Ford has opened its homegrown respirators up for orders, with the hastily-designed personal protective equipment headed out to hospitals and other healthcare venues to protect workers against coronavirus. The automaker turned its idle plants and almost a hundred workers to constructing powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) back in April, and says it has since produced 10,000 of them. PAPRs ar

The Coronavirus Is Killing the Gig Economy

100+Futurism / 6h
Slow Death Recent earning reports from companies like Lyft, Uber, and Airbnb show that the coronavirus pandemic is devastating the gig economy, The New York Times reports . And, with massive layoffs hitting all three companies, it could take a very long time for the industry to recover. “While we know Airbnb’s business will fully recover, the changes it will undergo are not temporary or short-liv

Hi-Res View of Ryugu Asteroid Suggests It Had a Close Encounter With the Sun

Gizmodo / 6h
Hayabusa2 is heading home to Earth, but scientists continue to review data collected by the spacecraft during its visit to the Ryugu asteroid, including its brief moments on the surface. New images are providing an unprecedented look at this gigantic pile of rocks, as well as a potential explanation for its weird,… Read more...

Microsoft’s Xbox Series X gameplay event was just the beginning

94Engadget / 6h
Now we know what the next generation of console gaming looks like. Microsoft just revealed 13 third-party games heading to the Xbox Series X during the console’s launch window this fall, offering the industry’s first look at ninth-generation gameplay. With the Xbox Series X, Microsoft is targeting 4K resolution, up to 120 frames per second, hardware-driven DirectX raytracing, and ultra-fast load

How to Avoid Burnout in the Middle of a Pandemic

87Lifehacker / 6h
Burnout is defined as a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged stress. Given the nonstop barrage of stressors these past few months, many of us are probably well on our way to developing burnout, if we aren’t there already. Read more...

VC’s largest funds make big bets on vertical B2B marketplaces

100+TechCrunch / 6h
During the waning days of the first dot-com boom, some of the biggest names in venture capital invested in marketplaces and directories whose sole function was to consolidate information and foster transparency in industries that had remained opaque for decades. The thesis was that thousands of small businesses were making specialized products consumed by larger businesses in huge industries, but

Pre-order Cyberpunk 2077 on PC for $45

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Pre-order Cyberpunk 2077 for PC | $45 | CDKeys Read more...

One U.S. Airline Is Making Money, Taking Government Bailout Funds Anyway

94View from the Wing / 6h
SkyWest flies as United Express, American Eagle, and Delta Connection. They’re a large passenger airline operating regional jets and they actually made money during the first quarter. That’s because the major airlines largely pay them for capacity whether there are passengers or not. Continue reading ...

How to Set Up Medical ID on Your iPhone

52Lifehacker / 6h
The imminent iOS 13.5 update includes a new feature that could save your life. Once the update drops, you’ll be able to opt into automatically sharing your medical ID with 911 dispatchers and first responders, which will then provide you with the best care. Read more...

Lyft will soon ask riders to wear masks and confirm health status

Lyft Uber April MasksSlashGear / 7h
In an announcement on Thursday, ride-hailing service Lyft revealed some new plans it has in the pipeline to help keep both drivers and riders safe during the coronavirus pandemic. The company calls this its Health Safety Program and it is targeted at drivers and riders; among other things, it will ask the latter group to self-certify that they are, to … Continue reading

AMD Ryzen Pro CPU range takes the enterprise fight to Intel

AMD Ryzen 3 4000 Intel48TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
After successfully launching its Ryzen Mobile 4000 series chips for consumer laptops, AMD has announced the launch of its updated Ryzen Pro CPU range. These new processors have up to eight of the latest Zen 2 cores, up to Vega 7 computer graphics and are built using the latest TSMC 7nm process node technology. Ryzen Pro is AMD's commercial platform that is specifically designed for company contra

Air Force gives a rare look at the research going to orbit in its X-37B spaceplane

100+TechCrunch / 7h
The X-37B spaceplane sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, and its mysterious past is equally evocative. What does the military put in this long-term orbital vehicle? Turns out it’s exactly the kind of neat, but not mind-blowing, science you’d expect to find in such a thing — though solar-powered masers do sound pretty cool. Also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle, the Boeing -designed X-37

Check This Directory to Avoid Coronavirus Scams

46Lifehacker / 7h
You’ve heard the warnings that financial scams are on the rise during the coronavirus outbreak. But when you’re going about your daily life, it can be hard to make a snap judgement about what’s a scam and what’s genuine. Read more...

Everyone's dreaming of walking down the aisle after quarantine in this meme

88Mashable / 7h
People can't wait to walk down the aisle, thanks to this post-quarantine meme. But it's not the aisle that you're thinking of. Roughly two months into many stay-at-home orders in the U.S., Twitter users are longing for the "before time," when life was normal and we could walk around non-essential businesses without the risk of contracting or spreading the coronavirus. Sure, some people dream of c

Great, Now We Might Have to Worry About Poop Spreading Coronavirus During Hurricane Season

99Gizmodo / 7h
Hurricanes can be deadly. But they can unleash disgusting consequences as well. Among them? Shit. Literally. The flooding that accompanies these gigantic storms can unleash animal feces from industrial farms, and it can also trigger a release of our own crap traveling in pipes beneath our cities if the system clogs or… Read more...

Uber Eats grew like hell in Q1 but Uber still lost nearly $3B

Q1 2020 Uber Lime Quarter100+TechCrunch / 7h
Ahead of its earnings report today, shares of Uber rose around 11%, buoyed by a set of financial results and promises about the future from Lyft that were rated highly by investors. That optimism lapped over the edges onto Uber. Today after the bell, however, the global ride-hailing giant reported its own financial results . Analysts had anticipated a loss of $0.83 per share against $3.54 billion

The Results Are In for the Sharing Economy. They Are Ugly.

300+NYT > Technology / 7h
Lyft, Uber and Airbnb depend on travel, vacations and gatherings. That’s a problem when much of the world is staying home.

Incredible video shows Hayabusa2 pogo-bouncing off asteroid

500+Ars Technica / 7h
Enlarge / The surface of Ryugu as Hayabusa2 made its approach. (credit: JAXA/U. Tokyo/Kochi U./Rikkyo U./Nagoya U./Chiba Inst. Tech./Meiji U./U. Aizu/AIST ) The following series of events is not fiction: fly a probe to an asteroid, bounce off that asteroid while grabbing a piece of it, and fling that sample back to Earth. This series of activities is exactly what JAXA’s Hayabusa2 mission is in th

Make Perfect Little Cheese Cups With a Shot Glass

35Lifehacker / 7h
About once a year, my mom and I have taken a trip to Calistoga, California to drink wine, soak in mud and lie very still in hotel beds. On our drive back to my mom’s house in Sacramento, we’ll often pass through Yountville to gawk at the sheer Stepford-like bougie-ness of it all. “There’s The French Laundry,” we’ll… Read more...

Wayfair's Pet Furniture Sale Brings Comfort to Your Floof and Style to Your Home

Lifehacker / 7h
Sale on all Pet Furniture | Wayfair

Google Sidewalk Labs pulls out of Toronto, COVID-19 to blame

Sidewalk Labs Toronto20SlashGear / 7h
Just over two years ago, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs announced they’d be attempting to develop a smart future neighborhood in the area known as Quayside, on Toronto’s waterfront. Today it was announced that Sidewalk Labs will no longer be moving forward with the project. The Waterfront Toronto board chair Stephen Diamond released a statement on the subject this afternoon. “Waterfront Toronto … Conti

How to Cook a 'Murder Hornet'

4KGizmodo / 7h
This week, the New York Times introduced many of us to the “murder hornet,” more accurately known as the Asian giant hornet. But a small subset of us were already familiar with this bug, because we’d eaten it . Read more...

JetBlue accelerates Airbus A220 deliveries, Boston-Washington a possible early route

The Points Guy / 7h
JetBlue Airways is accelerating deliveries of the popular Airbus A220 even as it trims the number of new jets arriving over the next two years amid an uncertain outlook following the coronavirus pandemic. The New York-based carrier will take its first of 70 A220-300s later this year as planned, betting on the jet’s economics to help its bottom line through the crisis, JetBlue chief financial offi

Microsoft and I clearly have very different definitions of the word ‘gameplay’

Microsoft Xbox XS XSX23SlashGear / 7h
Microsoft has a lot riding on the release of the Xbox Series X, because to say it fumbled the reveal and launch of the Xbox One is severely understating the matter. The good news for the company is that so far, it’s been knocking it out of the park when it comes to building hype for the Xbox Series X, … Continue reading

The Apple Watch Series 3 is on sale at Best Buy for only $179

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If you've been waiting for the price of the Apple Watch 3 to drop, then today is your lucky day. Right now, Best Buy has the Apple Watch Series 3 on sale for only $179.99 . That's a $100 discount and the lowest price we've seen for the smartwatch since Black Friday. The Apple Watch 3 is packed with health and fitness-focused features while also keeping you connected. The smartwatch tracks activit

This Chrome extension lets you skip the scary parts of Disney movies

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Lenovo's new ThinkPad E14 and E15 pack AMD's powerful Ryzen 4700 chips

Lenovo AMD Ryzen 4000 388Engadget / 7h
With how many laptops it announces in any given year, it can be tricky to keep up with Lenovo's ThinkPad output. But the company's latest two models, the updated ThinkPad E14 and ThinkPad E15 , may pique your interest based on the fact both include AMD Ryzen 7 4700U processors . The 15W chip features an 8-core, 8-thread design with a base clock speed of 2.0GHz, and is currently one of the faster

Scientists Plot 100 Million Cells to Map Full 3D Mouse Brain

300+Futurism / 7h
Full Atlas After three years of work, a team of neuroscientists built a complete, three-dimensional map of the mouse brain, which they say could be a gamechanger for biological research. The map , the third and most ambitious mouse brain atlas developed by the Allen Institute for Brain Science, contains coordinates for 100 million brain cells, according to research published Thursday in the journ

Why I prefer flying wide-body planes when traveling cross-country

The Points Guy / 7h
Though now’s not the time to travel , it hopefully won’t be too long until we (safely) get back in the air again. And once travel restarts, odds are that we’ll be taking many more domestic trips than usual , before venturing abroad. That’s one of the reasons we are running more flight reviews focused on domestic products. Right before the coronavirus halted travel , I made a trip to the West Coas

Join Us For Today’s OMAAT Virtual Happy Hour! (Special Edition)

500+One Mile at a Time / 8h
Today at 6:30PM ET we’ll be having our weekly OMAAT virtual happy hour , and it’ll even be a special one. Though I’m a massive introvert, it’s nice to get some sort of human interaction, even if it’s virtual. We’ve had so much fun with the ones we have done, and many people seem to enjoy them, so we want to keep doing these. For the time being we’re going to: Have a virtual happy hour every Thurs

IndyCar follows NASCAR’s lead, plans June 6 race in Texas without fans

32Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / In 2020, the stands will be completely empty for the IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway. (credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images ) On Thursday, IndyCar announced that its real-world 2020 racing season will begin on June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. But if you want to watch the action, you'll have to do so on TV—spectators will not be allowed at the track. The sport is fo

CBS plans to overhaul All Access with more shows and live sports

67Engadget / 8h
You probably know CBS All Access as little more than a home for new Star Trek shows , but ViacomCBS is determined to improve the streaming service’s reputation. The media giant is “ accelerating ” plans to revamp All Access by adding much more content beyond conventional CBS material and a handful of originals. You can expect it to bring in material from each of the company’s brands, including BE

Study: Two-Year Basic Income Pilot Led to “More Satisfied” Lives

1KFuturism / 8h
More Satisfied According to a new study by researchers at Helsinki University in Finland, the first-ever government-backed universal basic income experiment in the nation led to recipients being “more satisfied with their lives,” The Guardian reports . The scheme, which ran in 2017 and 2018, involved paying out a regular monthly income of 560 euros — equivalent to just over $600 today — to 2,000

Lyft requires drivers and riders to wear masks

200+Mashable / 8h
Now when you order a car, you have to worry about catching and transmitting COVID-19. That's why Lyft announced Thursday it's requiring both riders and drivers to wear masks. In the Lyft app, you'll have to go through a checklist of personal safety commitments before you can ride or drive. Before you get in the car, you have to assure Lyft that you are symptom-free, and that you'll wear a mask, k

Elon Musk returns to Joe Rogan's podcast and explains his baby's name

52Mashable / 8h
The full interview is about two hours long and touches on a handful of topics. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Tesla , Culture , and Elon Musk

Unity snaps up Vancouver-based studio building AR/VR tech

100+TechCrunch / 8h
Unity announced today they are acquiring Finger Food Advanced Technology Group , a Vancouver-based studio best known for their AR/VR services. The 225-person team will be joining Unity with CEO Ryan Peterson becoming Unity’s “VP of Solutions.” Finger Food, founded in 2011, builds custom software for enterprise clients. They appear to have put a big emphasis on augmented and virtual reality over t

How to Keep Toiletries From Ruining Your Luggage

42Lifehacker / 8h
Have you ever opened your suitcase only to find your favorite hair product has leaked all over your clothes? If you’ve ever had your toiletries make a mess of your luggage, here’s how you can keep that from ever happening again. Read more...

Wyze users can now access emergency services in its smart home app

SlashGear / 8h
Smart home company Wyze has announced a new partnership with Noonlight that brings a new emergency services feature directly to its mobile app. With this, Wyze device owners can easily access emergency services from within the Wyze app, eliminating the need to separately dial 911. The feature works simply by tapping an emergency button found within the mobile app. READ: … Continue reading

GitHub launches Codespaces for in-browser coding

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GitHub recently held its virtual GitHub Satellite event where the Microsoft-owned company announced several new features for its developer platform including Codespaces which allows customers to write code from within their browser. GitHub Codespaces provides developers with a full cloud-hosted development environment which is based on Microsoft's VS Code editor. It shares a number of similaritie

Google finally combined all messaging teams into one under Soltero

Google G Suite OneSlashGear / 8h
Today Google announced a bit of a leadership change in messaging, texting, and communication apps. Google’s latest change puts the Message, Duo, and Android phone app teams together with the combined team of Google Meet and Google Chat, under a single all-encompassing bit of leadership. This should, ideally, make for a system with which Android users can finally trust that … Continue reading

Watch today's Xbox Series X event in just 15 minutes

81Engadget / 8h
Don’t have time to watch all of the first Xbox Series X gameplay stream? We’ve got you covered with a 15-minute video that packs in everything you need to know (well, see). Along with the first look at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in action , the stream included several game announcements. Among them was Dirt 5, the first main series Dirt game since 2017, and an early peek at the next generation of

National parks around the country are slowly beginning to open: Here’s everything you need to know

58The Points Guy / 8h
Following nearly two months of closures, lockdowns and relative solitude, destinations around the world are beginning to show signs of a slow reemergence. Among them? Our nation’s national and state parks . In late March, many popular national parks closed to visitors to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Rocky Mountain N

Xbox Series X game trailers: all the videos from the next-gen gameplay reveal

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The first dozen Xbox Series X game trailers premiered during Microsoft's live stream and gave us insight into its console's capabilities. The event was our chance to see Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla , Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 and a new Yakuza game running on the forthcoming new Xbox. Some heavy-hitters were noticeably absent, and Xbox Games Studios head Matt Booty noted that first-par

How to Transfer Google Authenticator to Another Android

81Lifehacker / 8h
Google Authenticator is getting its first big update since September of 2017 , and you’ll enjoy more than just a few cosmetic upgrades once the updated app rolls out to your Android (and eventually, we hope, your iPhone/iPad). Read more...

It's About To Be Dumb Cold From the Rockies to the East Coast

300+Gizmodo / 8h
The heat in my apartment is broken. When my partner and I noticed this last month, we figured we could put off dealing with it. Read more...

Growth Teams Have the Tools to Be Coronavirus Anti-Growth Teams

84Wired / 8h
Tech companies that have perfected viral growth need to do more to help stop the spread of misinformation—and ultimately, the pandemic itself.

Roku’s 4K HDR Streaming Stick+ is on sale for $39 today

32Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Today's Dealmaster is headlined by a deal on Roku's Streaming Stick+, which is down to $39 at various retailers. That's $10 off its typical going rate. The 4K- and HDR-ready streamer briefly fell to $29 during Black Friday and Cyber Monday last year, but this is tied for the lowest price we've seen from reputable retailers outside of that. If you can't deal with the

Activ Surgical launches visualization tech for making surgeries safer

100+TechCrunch / 8h
After $25 million in funding and three years of development, the Boston-based medical device and software development company Activ Surgical is bringing its first product to market, the company said yesterday. The company’s ActivEdge platform, an artificial intelligence and machine learning software system using data from a hardware attachment that can be fixed to existing surgical equipment, is

Comcast resists call to open home Wi-Fi hotspots, cites potential congestion

100+Ars Technica / 8h
(credit: Comcast ) Three US senators today urged Comcast to open all of its Wi-Fi hotspots to children who lack Internet access at home during the pandemic. A letter from Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) says that Comcast recently refused a request to do so because it would cause congestion for subscribers. But the senators argue that "Comcast's excuse

MegaCon Orlando Is on Hold Until 2021, But a Halloween Event Is Planned

51Gizmodo / 8h
Like San Diego Comic-Con, Wonder-Con , and Emerald City Comic Con before it, MegaCon Orlando has become the latest major convention to be canceled this year. As you are well aware by this point, the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic has made it unsafe for people to congregate in large groups. However, in Florida , that… Read more...

What to Watch Tonight, May 7, 2020

59Lifehacker / 8h
We’ve almost made it to the end of the week! If you’re looking for something to watch tonight to help you sail into Friday, as usual, we’ve rounded up some of the best streaming events we’ve found on the web for the day. Read more...

All 10 ways to get Pokmone GO coins (PokeCoins) in Niantic’s big update

SlashGear / 8h
This week the folks at Niantic changed the way Pokemon GO works with Pokecoins – or Pokemon Coins, if you prefer. That’s the game’s in-game currency, and the way one buys items in the game instead of finding said items at Pokestops or Pokemon Gyms. In the newest update to the game, users will be able to earn coins without … Continue reading

Xbox: Microsoft reveals first games for Series X console

Microsoft Xbox XS XSX200+BBC News - Technology / 8h
The Xbox team shows off new footage of the highly anticipated Assassin's Creed: Valhalla.

Are these 9 premium travel rewards credit cards offering enough perks amid coronavirus pandemic?

The Points Guy / 8h
Premium travel rewards credit cards offer many benefits, ranging from airport lounge access and travel credits to elite status and free-night certificates . During normal travel times, these perks can provide enough value for some travelers to easily justify paying one or more annual fees of $450 or more. For more updates about how coronavirus is affecting travelers and credit cardholders, sign u

Lyft makes face masks mandatory for drivers and riders

100+Engadget / 8h
Lyft is introducing a new set of safety rules meant to protect its riders and drivers during the coronavirus pandemic. As part of its new “health safety program,” the ride sharing app will require riders and drivers to wear face masks while in the car, and ask both drivers and passengers to pledge they won’t use the service if they might be sick. The company will also provide drivers with face ma

Bored highschoolers at home? Have them design a race car for the Moon

Moon Earth Jamestown Base100+Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images ) Have you ever looked up at the Moon and thought "hmm, pretty good, but maybe our closest celestial companion could use some extra racing?" If so, your wish may well become a reality next year. That's thanks to a partnership between an STEM group called Moon Mark and the space company Intuitive Machines, which has a NASA contract to deliver a science

This early Facebook investor wants to find smart students a job … at the next Facebook

100+TechCrunch / 8h
For many college seniors, school is a time for self-exploration, considering options, leisurely contemplating the future. Yet that’s rarely the case for computer engineering students who either attend the world’s best universities or rise to the very top of their classes. Almost immediately after choosing their courses during the first week of school, they typically find themselves at their colle

Sonos’ big S2 upgrade lands June: Here’s what that means

Sonos Arc Dolby AtmosSlashGear / 8h
Sonos has revealed the big day it’ll be releasing its next-gen S2 software, and with the new Arc soundbar on the scene we’re finally seeing why this big change is so important. It’s been a tough few months for Sonos, facing criticism from some of its most loyal users over the transition from the S1 software to this new S2 … Continue reading

Lyft will require face masks for riders and drivers

Lyft Uber April Masks100+TechCrunch / 9h
Lyft today announced a new health initiative that will require drivers and riders to wear face masks or coverings during rides. Additionally, Lyft says it will provide cleaning supplies and masks for drivers. Riders and drivers must all confirm they will cover their faces and not ride or drive with Lyft if they have COVID-19 or any symptoms. Drivers must also agree to keep their vehicles and hand

Israeli Army’s Idea Lab Aims at a New Target: Saving Lives

400+NYT > Technology / 9h
The country has engaged defense contractors, doctors, engineers, scientists — and most of the senses — in its battle against the coronavirus.

Your iPhone Costs Too Much

100+NYT > Technology / 9h
It’s a failure that all the energy and marketing muscle goes to the Lexus of smartphones, not the Corollas. This is starting to change.

US senators ask Amazon why it keeps firing COVID-19 whistleblowers

400+Engadget / 9h
A group of nine senators, including past presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, want to know why Amazon keeps firing COVID-19 whistleblowers. The senators penned a letter to the company asking about its “policies for discipline and termination regarding workers who raise health and safety concerns” in order to determine that the spate of recent firi

An engineer designed a working rotary cell phone — Future Blink

81Mashable / 9h
Space engineer Justine Haupt wanted to create a phone that came with no distractions. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Cellphone , Hacks , and Future Blink

Instagram glitch makes posting extremely long photos to your feed possible

92Mashable / 9h
Want to post hilariously looooooooooong photos on Instagram? Well, if you have an iPhone, you might be able to do so for a very limited time. A new Instagram glitch on iOS devices is allowing users to post long photos that would normally be cropped. Here’s an example of the glitch in action: View this post on Instagram Tutorial on my bio 🤗 A post shared by New York Photographer (@haristjio) on M

Best Buy's Google Home sale cuts the price down to just $29

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Best Buy is slashing the price on Google's best-selling smart home devices, which includes a fantastic deal on the first-generation Google Home smart speaker. For a limited time, you can get the Google-Assistant powered speaker on sale for just $29.99 . That's a massive $70 discount and the lowest price we've found for the Google Home smart speaker. If you'd like a smart speaker with a screen, Be

You can officially use your X570 or B550 board with upcoming AMD Ryzen 4000 processors

AMD Ryzen 3 4000 Intel44TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
When the AM4 platform was unveiled in 2016, AMD committed to support it with future processor launches until 2020. And, well, 2020 is here and it looks like AMD isn't going to stop supporting the socket any time soon. In a blog post today, AMD confirmed that AMD Zen 3 -based processors in the Ryzen 4000 lineup will officially support X570 and B550 motherboards. However, the news isn't quite as ro

Pandora and Hasbro team to launch game-themed music playlists

SlashGear / 9h
Music streaming company Pandora and game company Hasbro have teamed up to launch new playlists themed after a number of popular board games, including Monopoly, Clue, Risk, Battleship, Operation, Candy Land, Trivial Pursuit, and more. Pandora describes the playlists as themes that you can stream while playing the related games — they feature tunes from popular bands and artists ranging … Continue

Elon Musk: Neuralink Will Do Human Brain Implant in “Less Than a Year”

2KFuturism / 9h
For the second time in two years, entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk sat down with podcaster Joe Rogan to chat about the future of AI and its role in the symbiosis of man and machine. In their conversation, Musk revealed that the secretive brain stimulation link startup Neuralink, which he co-founded, is close to starting testing in actual humans. “We’re not testing people yet, but I think it

Adtech scores a pandemic pause from UK privacy oversight

100+TechCrunch / 9h
The coronavirus is proving to have an unexpected upside for the adtech industry. The U.K.’s data protection agency has paused an investigation into the industry’s processing of internet users’ personal data, saying targeted suspension of privacy oversight is merited because of disruption to businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The investigation into adtech industry practices by the In

LG takes the wraps off its “Velvet” smartphone, priced in Korea at $738

LG Velvet South Korea44Ars Technica / 9h
The LG Velvet, in many colors. [credit: LG ] After lots of teasing, LG has officially announced its next "flagship" smartphone for 2020: the LG Velvet. The Velvet represents a major change for LG in that it's officially a replacement for the LG "G" line—this would have been the LG G9. This phone also is a bit more downmarket than other flagships—it has a Snapdragon 765G instead of the Snapdragon

Zoom consultant Alex Stamos weighs in on Keybase acquisition

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When Zoom started having security issues in March , they turned to former Facebook and Yahoo! Security executive Alex Stamos, who signed on as a consultant to work directly with CEO Eric Yuan. The goal was to build a more cohesive security strategy for the fast-growing company. One of the recommendations that came out of those meetings was building end-to-end encryption into the paid tier of the

Millions of historic newspaper images get the machine learning treatment at the Library of Congress

100+TechCrunch / 9h
Historians interested in the way events and people were chronicled in the old days once had to sort through card catalogs for old papers, then microfiche scans, then digital listings — but modern advances can index them down to each individual word and photo. A new effort from the Library of Congress has digitized and organized photos and illustrations from centuries of news using state of the ar

Google's learn-to-read app is now available in 180 countries

89Engadget / 9h
Last year, the company released an Android app called Bolo to help kids in India learn to read. It’s now expanding the app to many more countries and changing the name to Read Along. The app, which is in early access, taps into Google’s speech recognition and text-to-speech tech to understand how well kids are reading aloud. A virtual reading buddy named Diya provides visual and verbal encouragem

If You're Out of Baking Powder or Baking Soda, Try These Substitutes

300+Lifehacker / 9h
What do you do if a recipe calls for baking soda but you only have baking powder, or if you have baking soda but not baking powder? As it turns out, there are options. You can make that quick bread, biscuits or cookies after all. You could even make all of them, which is always an acceptable choice in these stressful… Read more...

How to Plan Your Virtual College Visits

50Lifehacker / 9h
With college campuses shut down and admissions offices working remotely, prospective students may be unable to do in-person visits for the foreseeable future. Read more...

Your guide to audio erotica apps and websites

37Mashable / 9h
May is National Masturbation Month, and we're celebrating with Feeling Yourself , a series exploring the finer points of self-pleasure. The ills of mainstream porn have been long reported, and there are plenty of visual porn alternatives out there for those interested. But there is an entire world separate from glossy high-production videos or homemade tapes: audio erotica. As I discovered last y

JetBlue, Spirit Airlines say leisure flyers beginning to return — slowly

44The Points Guy / 9h
A few Americans are beginning to travel again for reasons other than essential work during the coronavirus pandemic with JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines each reporting a slight uptick in passengers. Both New York-based JetBlue and South Florida-based Spirit are seeing slight improvements in May passenger numbers, executives reported during separate first-quarter earnings calls on Thursday. Wh

How to Scan and Import Text Into Google Chrome With Google Lens

Google Lens Copy Text100+Lifehacker / 9h
Google Lens has let users scan, save, and translate text using their smartphone cameras for years, but recent updates have added new features like text-to-speech narration, barcode scanning, and, as of the most recent update, the ability to snap photos of text—including hand-written text— and send the translated… Read more...

India is forcing people to use its covid app, unlike any other democracy

1KMIT Technology Review / 9h
The world has never seen anything quite like Aarogya Setu. Two months ago, India’s app for coronavirus contact tracing didn’t exist; now it has nearly 100 million users. Prime Minister Narendra Modi boosted it on release by urging every one of the country’s 1.3 billion people to download it, and the result was that within two weeks of launch it became the fastest app ever to reach 50 million down

A flood of coronavirus apps are tracking us. Now it’s time to keep track of them.

300+MIT Technology Review / 9h
As the covid-19 pandemic rages, technologists everywhere have been rushing to build apps, services, and systems for contact tracing: identifying and notifying all those who come in contact with a carrier. Some are lightweight and temporary, while others are pervasive and invasive: China’s system, for example, sucks up data including citizens’ identity, location, and even online payment history so

'I Do This Work Because I Love a Good Crisis'

21Gizmodo / 9h
This is Sick Days, a series documenting how jobs are changing during the coronavirus pandemic, as told by workers themselves. This week, we hear from workers in city government, a car dealership, and elsewhere as they navigate financial and mental health struggles. If you’d like to submit a story, use this Google form … Read more...

Coronavirus: NHS reveals source code behind contact-tracing app

1KBBC News - Technology / 9h
More than 40,000 people have downloaded the contact tracing app so far, ahead of a wider release.

'SNL' to air third at-home episode this weekend

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Workstream, a platform for deskless work, raises $10 million to serve local businesses

100+TechCrunch / 9h
Deskless workers make up 80% of the global workforce, but to Desmond Lim , that job title is his entire world. Lim grew up in Singapore and saw his father wake up every morning, six days a week, at 5 a.m. to start his job as a driver. Lim and his mom, who worked as a cleaner, joined his father from time to time in the van. Lim realized there needed to be an easier way for hourly, or deskless, wor

As private investment cools, enterprise startups may try tapping corporate dollars

100+TechCrunch / 9h
Founders hunting down capital in the middle of this pandemic may feel like they’re on a fool’s errand, but some investors are still offering financing, even if the terms might not be as good as they once were. One avenue that appears to remain open: corporate venture capital. The corporate route offers its own set of unique challenges, depending on the philosophy of the organization’s investment

How Restrictions On Arriving From A Coronavirus Hot Spot Works In Texas

View from the Wing / 9h
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 ...

DiRT 5, the go-to for best graphics on Xbox Series X?

SlashGear / 9h
Watching the full Xbox Series X collection of trailers in Microsoft’s presentation today, one game stood out for extraordinary graphics finesse. The game DiRT 5 won’t likely be the best-selling launch game for Xbox Series X, but it might well be the most perfect example of high-end graphics on the platform right out the gate. This game will have the … Continue reading

Alamo Drafthouse offsets closures with an on-demand movie service

Alamo Drafthouse Demand82Engadget / 9h
Alamo Drafthouse isn’t rebelling against streaming video while its theaters are closed during the pandemic — in fact, it’s welcoming the concept. The chain has launched a ScreenPlus-backed Alamo On Demand service that lets you rent or buy movies in keeping with the company’s quirky yet reverential approach to cinema. Drafthouse Films’ entire catalog is present, of course, alongside campier fare l

JetBlue says it’s pressing ahead with plans to fly to London

96The Points Guy / 9h
JetBlue still plans to begin transatlantic service in the foreseeable future, despite ongoing difficulties across the airline industry. In its quarterly earnings call on Thursday, the New York-based low cost carrier said its top priority in the coming years will be a return to profitability. But CEO Robin Hayes said there will still be opportunities “to play a bit of offense,” including by moving

The best reactions to the Xbox Series X's underwhelming gameplay reveal event

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It's easy to see what Microsoft is trying to do in staggering its Xbox Series X gameplay reveal events across the next several months, in an uncertain year with most major gaming conferences cancelled. With that in mind, though, the May 2020 reveal of Xbox Series X gameplay still felt like an anticlimax. It wasn't helped that the promised first look at Assassin's Creed Valhalla gameplay didn't re

Full-Time Airbnb Hosts Strive for Justice

Airbnb 25% A Quarter73Gizmodo / 9h
The revolution will be on a website for a midcentury modern bungalow, CNBC reports . After Airbnb hosts complained that they’re getting nothing from the federal relief package (calling it a “ publicity stunt ”), and little from Airbnb’s own $250 million relief package in the form of 25 percent cancellation fees, the… Read more...

Your Kid Can Become a Junior Fire Marshal at Home

100+Lifehacker / 9h
For more than 70 years, The Hartford Insurance Group has been training kids to become “ junior fire marshals ”—and now, with so many children out of school during the pandemic, the company has created an online training academy so children can continue to learn about fire prevention from the safety of their own homes. Read more...

NASA “memory metal” tires could give future Mars rovers a wheel upgrade

NASA Mars Years MartianSlashGear / 10h
NASA is working on shape memory alloy tires for future missions to Mars, figuring out ways to give rovers and more an airless, shapeshifting wheel. While NASA’s Perseverance rover is headed off to Mars later this year with six aluminum wheels, in the future NASA vehicles – and vehicles a lot closer to home – could take advantage of memory … Continue reading

Israeli Army’s Idea Lab Aims at a New Target: Saving Lives

500+NYT > Technology / 10h
The country has engaged defense contractors, doctors, engineers, scientists — and most of the senses — in its battle against the coronavirus.

What We Do in the Shadows' Scariest Vampire Is Still Giving Us Nightmares

500+Gizmodo / 10h
While FX’s vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows is across-the-board delightful, we have a special affection for the show’s “ energy vampire ,” a character who’s both totally original and instantly recognizable. He’s also pretty terrifying—especially when he gets a sudden power boost. Read more...

Cisco Webex phishing attack wants to steal your logins

44TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Cybercriminals have launched a new series of phishing attacks which attempt to steal the account credentials of Cisco Webex users by utilizing fake certificate error warnings. Just as other video conferencing software has seen a huge uptick in usage by remote workers during the pandemic, so to has Cisco's video and team collaboration solution. So far the campaign, which uses graphics and formatti

How to Fix Your Own Sewing Machine

200+Lifehacker / 10h
If you’ve dug out your sewing machine for some quarantine crafting, now is a terrible time to have to lug it to a repair shop if something goes wrong. Fortunately, a lot of the common sewing machine glitches are things you can fix yourself in just a few minutes. Read more...

Target to acquire same-day delivery tech from Deliv

500+TechCrunch / 10h
Target, which already owns on-demand delivery service Shipt, is in the process of acquiring technology assets from same-day delivery service Deliv . The retailer is characterizing the deal as more of an R&D type of acquisition and not one that will have an immediate consumer-facing impact. Deal terms were not disclosed, but we understand the deal price is nowhere near Shipt’s $550 million ballpar

How to watch Upload online: stream the new Greg Daniels comedy from anywhere

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Given his background, it's obvious why people have gotten excited about Greg Daniels's latest project, Upload. The setting is decidedly less suburban than that of, say, The Simpsons - one of the big names on his CV - but the results are nevertheless impressive. Follow our guide as we explain how to watch Upload online and stream every episode from anywhere in the world. Daniels was also heavily i

Xbox Series X game reveal round-up: Every trailer from today’s Inside Xbox

SlashGear / 10h
Microsoft’s new episode of Inside Xbox just wrapped up, and as expected, there were plenty Xbox Series X game announcements. Though Microsoft billed this as a gameplay reveal for Xbox Series X, what we got was more of a series of cinematic trailers. Even though Microsoft is guilty of playing a little fast and loose with the phrase “gameplay” here, … Continue reading

Fending off cyberattacks while working remotely on a global scale

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Businesses around the world have quickly had to adapt to remote working during the pandemic. This transition took some companies by surprise while other had already allowed some of their employees to work remotely and were more prepared. If the challenges of working from home weren’t enough, cybercriminals saw an opportunity to launch cyberattacks against vulnerable organizations during this tryi

Microsoft just made its first big mistake with the Xbox Series X

40TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Look, it’s hard to debut a new console without having a massive reveal event. It’s something Sony has constantly been struggling with and now Microsoft is too - its monumental first look event that promised Xbox Series X gameplay in spades was a disaster. That sounds harsh and overly critical about a third-party launch event, but I say that with the utmost love for the system: until now, I felt l

How to watch The Blacklist online: stream every episode from anywhere

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
One of the longest running crime thrillers on TV has just entered its seventh season. The award-winning drama follows the exploits of former US navy intelligence officer Raymond "Red" Reddington, played with aplomb by James Spader. At the start of the show, Red is a wanted criminal who cuts a deal with the FBI to try and help bring other villains to justice - in exchange for his continued freedom

After Life season 3 is coming to Netflix – along with more Ricky Gervais shows

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Ricky Gervais comedy-drama After Life is coming back for season 3 on Netflix, it's been revealed. Along with confirmation of the show's renewal, Gervais has reportedly signed an eight-figure deal with Netflix to create new stand-up specials and TV shows. After Life is about a local newspaper journalist dealing with the death of his wife, and attempting to bond with those in his community, even if

How to Play Your Favorite Board Games Online

100+Lifehacker / 10h
Don’t let the pandemic ruin your weekly board game nights. In the video above, I share some ways I’ve been playing some of my favorite board games—including RISK, Monopoly and Settlers of Catan—online. Read more...

Aeroplan’s Wildly Popular Points Promotion

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As of today Air Canada’s Aeroplan program got into the business of selling miles directly to consumers , and that started with them selling miles for as little as $0.01 USD each, in very limited quantities, as follows: For the first 10 million Aeroplan miles sold, members received a 115% bonus (equivalent to $0.014 CAD per mile plus sales tax, $0.01 USD per mile) For the next 100 million Aeroplan

Alphabet's Scrapping Its Smart City Dreams

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For the past two years and change, Google’s smart-city-centric sister company Sidewalk Labs has put millions on the line to build what it called a model smart city in downtown Toronto. The planned neighborhood, called “Quayside,” was supposed to be nothing short of utopic, boasting everything from affordable housing… Read more...

Xbox reveals a gorgeous slate of games coming to Series X

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Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch in stock at Currys, but move fast

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This Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch is in stock at Currys, but with such stock shortages over the past couple of months, you'll need to move fast to bag yours. Nintendo Switch bundle deals have made themselves scarce over the last few weeks due to unprecedented demand swallowing any remaining consoles sitting on shelves. If you missed out on the Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch bundle at launch b

Bioethicist: COVID-19 “Immunity Passports” Are a Bad Idea

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One of the most prominent ideas thrown around for returning to normal life amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is to issue “ immunity passports ,” or documentation allowing people who caught the coronavirus and developed resistance to future infections to go out and about. While some have pushed the idea as a way to gradually reopen businesses and restore normalcy, experts told CNET that immunity passpo

Electric Trucks Will Be True Signal of Electric Vehicle Era

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Electric Hummers and Cybertrucks, as well as the next generation of S.U.V.s, will signal the arrival of the E.V. era in America if they start to sell in big numbers.

Longtime VC Todd Chaffee of IVP says late-stage scene is now ‘M&A world’

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Todd Chaffee has long been one of the most senior members of the late-stage venture firm Institutional Venture Partners . Chaffee joined IVP in 2000 after logging six years at Visa, and went on to lead rounds in numerous prominent later-stage companies, many (but not all) of which have gone public, including Coinbase, Compass, Klarna, Kayak, Omniture, Pandora and Twitter. It’s a good business to

How a Facebook Bug Took Down Spotify, TikTok, and Other Major iOS Apps

Facebook iOS Apps Venmo100+Wired / 10h
Thank a tiny change to a software development kit for widespread crashes Wednesday, including the Spotify and TikTok apps.

How to Return a Deceased Relative's Stimulus Check

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If you received a stimulus check made out to a deceased relative, or a direct deposit into one of their accounts that you control or even if you and a deceased spouse received a joint stimulus payment, the IRS is requesting that you return the money (or half of it, in the case of a joint payment). But how do you do… Read more...

An expert’s guide to the best Barclays credit cards

The Points Guy / 10h
Over the past few years, Barclays has made big changes to its lineup of credit cards on offer. The biggest shift is how the United Kingdom-based company is now focusing on cobranded cards, with partners like American Airlines, Uber, and JetBlue. For consumers, that means the end of Barclays’ own flexible card products like the now-departed Barclays Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard . The compan

Twitch Is Reportedly Pivoting to Reality TV

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Twitch, the service popular for live gameplay streams, is reportedly planning to launch a slate of unscripted series that include dating and game shows—because we certainly have nowhere near enough half-baked reality TV being churned out already. Read more...

Locatee raises $4M Series A for its workplace analytics platform

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Locatee , a Swiss startup that uses existing sensors and IT infrastructures to provide employers and commercial real estate owners with detailed data about how their spaces are utilized, today announced that it has raised a $4 million Series A funding round led by San Francisco-based FYRFLY Venture Partners and Zurich-based Tomahawk VC . “We started the company based on the experience we had with

'Second Extinction' looks like 'Destiny' with dinosaurs

100+Engadget / 11h
One of the surprise games that Microsoft showed off during its recent Inside Xbox stream was Second Extinction , a new co-op shooter that combines elements of Destiny 2 with Left for Dead and features dinosaurs. As far as video games go, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better elevator pitch. In Second Extinction , it's up to you and up to two other friends to navigate a post-apocalyptic world do

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla so-called “gameplay” trailer leads Xbox Series X charge

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This morning Microsoft released a BUNCH of trailers for games for Xbox Series X, one of the most engaging of which was Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. This game will be one of the premiere must-see games of the platform right out the gate, taking full advantage of Ray Tracing and immersive gameplay graphics from top to bottom. Also, it’ll have axes. … Continue reading

Elon Musk explains his baby's name on Joe Rogan's podcast

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Enjoy seamless 4K streaming and save $70 on this Netgear mesh WiFi system

44Mashable / 11h
TL;DR: Buy the sleek Netgear Orbi AC2200 tri-band mesh WiFi system (3-pack) for $279.99 at Best Buy as of May 7. You save $70 on a mesh WiFi system that helps you stream and game without interruption in every room of your home. While so many are spending more time at home, reliable internet is a true necessity. It matters for both work and entertainment, from videoconferencing to streaming movies

What is SSH Agent Forwarding and How Do You Use It?

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SSH agent forwarding allows you to use your private, local SSH key remotely without worrying about leaving confidential data on the server you’re working with. It’s built into ssh, and is easy to set up and use. Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

5 things you may have missed from the Xbox Series X gameplay reveal

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Microsoft aired its Xbox Series X gameplay reveal on May 7, giving fans a serious glimpse at third-party Xbox Series X games during a special Inside Xbox stream. This particular stream was the first in the Xbox 20/20 series, a reoccurring set of streams that will air every month running up to the Xbox Series X release later this year, with each stream focusing on a different aspect of next-gen Xb

Your iPhone Costs Too Much

200+NYT > Technology / 11h
It’s a failure that all the energy and marketing muscle goes to the Lexus of smartphones, not the Corollas. This is starting to change.

Wink Pulls Ultimate Dick Move By Forcing Users Into Mandatory Subscriptions

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Citing long-term costs and “recent economic events,” smart home hub maker Wink has announced in a blog that it’s switching to a mandatory $5 per month subscription starting May 13. And as you might expect, the response from users has been less than thrilled. In fact, some have taken to social media accusing the… Read more...

Dallas Hairdresser Jailed for Keeping Salon Open Praised Judge Who Jailed a Mother for Contempt

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Republican lawmakers on Wednesday lined up to throw their support behind Shelley Luther, a Dallas salon owner who’s attracted headlines for violating Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide order close businesses as the coronavirus spread across the state. Read more...

Twitter failing to curb misinformation “superspreaders,” report warns

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Enlarge (credit: Thomas Trutschel / Getty Images ) Twitter is failing to rein in “superspreaders” of coronavirus misinformation on its platform, according to research detailing dozens of posts shared by high-profile accounts apparently flouting the social media company's rules. Tech companies including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have all introduced new policies to clamp down on the so-called i

Sony WF-SP800N Review: ANC earbuds fitter for fitness

Sony WF WF-SP800N HoursSlashGear / 11h
Sony shook things up last year when it launched its first set of true wireless active noise-cancelling earbuds, and now the new WF-SP800N are here to pick up that torch. With waterproofing and a lower price tag, they don’t replace the WF-1000XM3 but slot in underneath them. Still, there are some very good reasons why the SP800N might be the … Continue reading

How to submit a change to the Covid Tracing Tracker project

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For our Covid Tracing Tracker project , we are sifting files, documents, and interviewing sources to monitor the status of automated contact tracing apps all around the world. But we’re also asking for your help to make the database better and more accurate. There are many countries worldwide, documentation and information in many languages, and a wide variation in the apps and services to automa

Charlize Theron Gets to Be Her True Self, an Immortal Badass, in Netflix's The Old Guard Adaptation

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The Old Guard follows a group of extremely long-lived warriors who all have the ability to be reincarnated . They find themselves in the modern-day world still fighting the good fight and doing everything in their power to rid the world of evil. Their cause is a noble one, but after thousands of years living, dying,… Read more...

Thursday's Best Deals: Cyberpunk 2077 Pre-Order, Wayfair Pet Furniture, Ulta Hempz Lotion, Puma Outlet Sale, Aukey Dual Dash Cam, and More

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A collection of VPN deals , an Cyberpunk 2077 pre-order discount , a Wayfair pet furniture sale , an Ulta BOGO deal on Hempz lotion , and an Aukey dual dash cam headline Thursday’s best deals. Read more...

'Chorus' is a space shooter about a pilot and her sentient ship

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After all these years, space shooters like Star Fox and Wing Commander stand out as classics. Publisher Deep Silver hopes to bring a similarly fast-paced, zero-G feeling to Xbox One and Xbox Series X. Chorus was revealed during Microsoft’s Xbox 20/20 event and shows break-neck dogfighting scenes with plenty of weapons -- as well as psychic abilities. Deep Silver calls it “a true evolution of the

This Morning’s Unprecedented Air Canada Deal Gives Me New Hope For Travel

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I’m more excited about air travel today than I have been in a long time, and it’s all because a promotion Air Canada ran became so frustrating, the incredible demand for Aeroplan’s first-ever mileage sale offer. And that was before Aeroplan decided to award even more bonus miles than they had promised. Continue reading ...

Nine senators — including Warren and Sanders — pen open letter to Amazon about worker firings

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A group of nine Senators led by Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren penned an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos this week, seeking more information about recent employee firings. The statement cites the terminations of four employees who were vocally critical of the company’s policies pertaining to both COVID-19 and climate change. Cosigned by Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Sh

DRIFT21 released with real licensed cars, tracks, and early access on Steam

SlashGear / 11h
This morning the folks at 505games announced the Early Access release of DRIFT21, a fully immersive high-end car racing game with fully licensed vehicles and tracks. This game includes hardware steering wheel accessory support right out the gate with Thrustmaster, Fanatec, and Logitec. Users will be able to begin playing immediately with a relatively limited cross-section of vehicles and tracks …

This social distancing picnic blanket will make you look forward to summer

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Wink smart hub users get one week’s notice to pay up or lose access

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Enlarge / I, too, leave my electronics artfully placed in the middle of my stylish living room for the cat to knock over. (credit: Wink) A popular smart-home hub is suddenly a lot less popular with its users after making a surprise announcement that customers will have to start paying a monthly subscription fee next week or lose access altogether. The Wink Hub first launched in 2014, promising a

Google Sibling Abandons Ambitious City of the Future in Toronto

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In scrapping the project, the company cited the economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but critics say it was a loser from the start and a failure in “surveillance capitalism.”

FDA approves a rapid COVID-19 test that uses CRISPR

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Sherlock Biosciences has received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA for a rapid COVID-19 test that uses CRISPR technology . This is the first FDA-authorized use of the gene-editing tool, which poses both massive potential and ethical issues . Sherlock’s CRISPR SARS-CoV-2 test uses a CRISPR molecule to detect the genetic signature of the virus. If it finds the virus, the CRISPR enz

Coronavirus: Google ends plans for smart city in Toronto

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Sister firm Sidewalk Labs cites Covid-19 as the reason for stepping back from its ambitious plan.

Qantas Shelves Plans For World’s Longest Flight

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This shouldn’t come as any sort of surprise, but plans for nonstop flights between Sydney and New York are now off the table for the foreseeable future… Qantas’ “Project Sunrise” dreams For several years Qantas has been working on what they call “Project Sunrise,” where we’d see Qantas operate nonstop flights from Melbourne and Sydney to London and New York. This is an ambitious project, as there

Daily Crunch: Zoom acquires security startup Keybase

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Zoom acquires some encryption expertise, Uber makes a big investment in scooters and we review the new 13-inch Macbook Pro. Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 7, 2020. 1. Zoom acquires Keybase to get end-to-end encryption expertise Keybase, whose encryption products include secure file sharing and collaboration tools, should give Zoom some security credibility as it goes through pandemic demand gro

Do your AirPods Pro sound crackly? Apple has a fix for that

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Have you noticed a crackling sound coming from your Apple AirPods Pro ? Or is the noise cancellation not as good as it used to be? Apple may have the answer, having released new support guides in the wake of complaints from disgruntled AirPods Pro owners. Read our AirPods Pro review AirPods Pro Lite : what we want to see from the rumored earbuds Apple AirPods 3 : what we know so far The new suppo

Huawei Watch GT deals offer cheap smartwatches ahead of bank holiday sales

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These Huawei Watch GT and GT 2 smartwatch deals are bringing some fantastic price cuts to cheap fitness trackers ahead of the bank holiday sales . That means you can pick up the classic Huawei Watch GT for £100 off (£99.99 at Very) this week, or upgrade to the GT 2 for £199 £159.99 . The original Huawei Watch GT brings a cheaper price tag to a sturdy fitness tracking and smartwatch experience, co

Twitter ‘super-spreaders’ shared bogus COVID-19 info with 3 million users

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A new report by NewsGuard says a handful of COVID-19 misinformation “super-spreaders” have shared false and misleading claims with more than three million Twitter users. The report identified 10 accounts with more than 100,000 followers each that promoted questionable cures, denounced social distancing and boosted conspiracy theories, like those linking 5G to coronavirus. Two of the 10 accounts a

An Ancient Type of El Niño Could Awaken Because of Climate Change

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El Niño is one of the most familiar climate patterns on Earth. Pools of water in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean become abnormal warm, triggering changes in global weather patterns. Read more...

Everything Microsoft Showed During Today's Xbox Series X Event

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Microsoft finally showed its next-gen Xbox Series X in action today during a special edition of Inside Xbox featuring a slew of trailers for upcoming games, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla , Dirt 5 , and Yakuza: Like a Dragon . Read more...

Hotels — and the ick factor — in the time of coronavirus

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Editor’s note: TPG doesn’t currently recommend traveling. However, I made this trip because I wanted to be closer to my family and help my sister take care of our parents as the coronavirus pandemic continues, with no end in sight. I’m sharing my story not to encourage similar trips, but to provide information for those who must travel. Last week, my 14-year-old and I did a 1,700-mile road trip f

Fitbit price cut: deals on the Fitbit Versa 2, Charge 3 and Ionic smartwatch

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Summer is just around the corner, and if you're looking to get in shape, a fitness tracker can be the perfect companion. Luckily, Best Buy is slashing the price on Fitbit's best-selling activity trackers. For a limited time, you can get the Fitbit Versa on sale for $149.95 . That's a $50 discount and the best price we've found for the feature-packed smartwatch. Best Buy also has the Fitbit Charge

Zoom, Xoom, Züm: Why Does Every Start-Up Sound Fast Now?

Zoom Stamos Keybase End300+NYT > Technology / 11h
An investigation into Zoomd, Zoomi, Zoomy and Zoomies. Also, Zoomin. And Zoomvy and Zoomly. And …

Get Mom a KitchenAid stand mixer while they're up to 42% off

84Mashable / 11h
What is it about KitchenAid's stand mixer that makes it such a coveted gift for special occasions? Is it the huge selection of colors it comes in? Is it the versatile attachments you can collect for it? Is it a longevity thing? (My mom's Almond Cream, tilt-head stand mixer has lasted her 33 years and counting, FWIW.) Or maybe it's the fact that it typically costs $250 to $300-plus, a hefty chunk

The Easiest Way to Peel A Shallot

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Shallots are a top-tier allium. Sweeter and less harsh than yellow or red onions but every bit as flavorful, they’re one of those magic ingredients that make everything taste just a little bit more delicious. But they also make you work for it: Peeling shallots is a universally despised task, and for good reason. Read more...

Microsoft showcases 13 new titles for the Xbox Series X

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With conferences canceled indefinitely, companies are increasingly reliant on online events to hype product launches. As they prepare to release a next-gen console before the end of the year, expect plenty of live streams and blogs from both Microsoft and Sony in an attempt to flesh out all that their respective systems have to offer. Today, Microsoft took to YouTube, Mixer and Twitch to give the

Stilt, which provides financial services for immigrants, raises $7.5 million seed round

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Stilt , a Y Combinator alum that provides financial services for immigrants without Social Security numbers or credit reports, announced today that it has closed a $7.5 million seed round. It also launched FDIC-insured pre-approved global bank accounts today. The startup has raised equity from investors including Liron Petrushka; Hillsven Capital; Streamlined Ventures; Gokul Rajaram; Bragiel Brot

A rebranded and updated version of CBS All Access will launch this summer

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A rebranded and expanded version of the CBS All Access streaming service will arrive this summer, ViacomCBS announced this morning. The service, now run by ViacomCBS following the merger , today offers a mix of live TV, on-demand video, original programming, streaming news, local broadcast stations and sports. Now the company is accelerating its plan to make it a broader offering by incorporating

Tile's tracker technology is coming to Intel laptops

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Always losing your laptop? Tile will soon be able to help. The company best known for making little tracking doohickeys announced a partnership with Intel on Thursday. The same tech powering those tracking devices will live inside some laptops and notebooks powered by Intel processors starting later this year. In other words, tons of laptops will be findable through the Tile app as long as their

Rumors Claim Apple Will Soon Drop More New Devices

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Earlier this week, Apple announced a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro with updated components and a new Magic Keyboard . But if rumors are true, it seems Apple has a bunch of other gadgets it could announce at a moment’s notice. Read more...

'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' trailer shows off Xbox Series X gameplay

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After a day-long Photoshop teaser and a cinematic trailer , we finally got to see Ubisoft’s new Assassin’s Creed game in action. During Microsoft’s recent Inside Xbox stream , the company showed off gameplay footage of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla . The trailer had a bit of everything. We got to see Eivor, the game’s protagonist, lead an attack on a castle as well as sail a longboat. The trailer als

A Disney Plus gift subscription might just be the perfect Mother's day gift

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If your Mom's a Disney or Pixar fanatic, then may we humbly suggest what might be the very best Mother's day gift you can give her this Sunday - a one-year subscription to Disney Plus for just $69.99 . Disney Plus is the exclusive streaming hub for all Disney, Pixar, and Star Wars content online, and an absolute must-buy for all those would be Disney princesses or Jedi Masters. We think it's one

Assassin's Creed Valhalla's gameplay trailer on Xbox Series X was a big disappointment

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla gameplay has been revealed as part of the Xbox Series X games reveal event...well, sort of. The trailer shows in-engine footage of the viking-themed Assassin's Creed game, but what you're looking at in this video never really feels like gameplay. You get about a minute of footage, with lots of moody scene-setting and shots of boats, but you're spending most of that time

Purple's pillow, weighted blanket, and duvet bundles are all on sale

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TL;DR: Purple is offering 20% off sleep bundles including the Purple Plush pillow, weighted blankets, eye masks, and duvets as part of its Mother's Day sale, which is still live as of May 7. Forgoing shut eye to make sure everyone else gets what they need is a very mom thing to do. But not today, mom. Not today. On top of all the regular stresses that come with being a family's backbone, many mom

‘Madden NFL 21’ is coming to the Xbox Series X

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EA has been pumping out Madden NFL games every year since 1988. It’s no surprise that the next entry in the series is making its way to the Xbox Series X. During Microsoft’s Xbox 20/20 streaming event, the Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes introduced the world premiere of Madden NFL 21 . There aren’t any details on how it will improve upon last year’s game, but the quick trailer emp

Microsoft shows off 13 “launch window” games for Xbox Series X

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Dirt 5 's racing doesn't immediately look like a step above current-gen consoles, but its trailer did emphasize reflections and particle effects, which the Xbox Series X may boost. Microsoft kicked off a months-long promotional blitz for the upcoming Xbox Series X today with footage from 13 titles coming to the system "in the launch window." That's ahead of a promised "hundreds" of games from doz

LG Velvet phone revealed in full: Suddenly, a star

LG Velvet South KoreaSlashGear / 12h
The LG Velvet reminds us of the LG Chocolate, a release that signified the brand’s willingness to focus on the COOL factor. LG Velvet is an Android smartphone with an industrial design that’s intentional. Instead of attempting to hide any single element in the device’s less-than-AAA feature set, this device celebrates all the hardware with which it’s been assigned. The … Continue reading

16 Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas and Deals (2020)

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With these deals, you won't need to resort to a homemade card or a macaroni picture frame.

Cuckoo Internet closes seed funding to disrupt UK broadband market

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Cuckoo Internet is a new U.K. startup that aims to disrupt the U.K. broadband market. It has now raised £470,000 in seed funding, which includes funding from, a new Silicon Valley fund operator fund led by Bart Macdonald (Sapling founder). Other investors include Lorin van Nuland (early investor in Betterment), Edward Campbell-Harris (Bulb early investor) Patrick Barouki (Bulb early inv

Rumor has it that a new Apple TV is 'ready to ship'

100+Mashable / 12h
It looks like Apple has zero plans to slow down its product launches. Over the last few months it has released two new MacBooks , an iPad Pro, and an iPhone SE. Next up? A new Apple TV. Via Cult of Mac , the new 4K Apple TV will feature Apple's A12X chip with 64GB or 128GB. The current Apple TV packs the A10X Fusion chip with either 32GB or 64GB. The news comes from well-known Apple tipster Jon P

How *World of Warcraft* Has Evolved With the Internet

100+Wired / 12h
In an interview with WIRED, *WoW* game director Ion Hazzikostas reflects on the shifting culture of the landmark MMORPG.

Vampire: the Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is coming to Xbox Series X

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At the Inside Xbox event , Paradox showed off a haunting trailer of Vampire: the Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, but more importantly, it confirms that the game is coming to next-generation consoles. The game will take place in Seattle, and while we've previously seen footage that places you in society's underbelly, the recent gameplay reveal shows a vampire that seems to be an executive. Beyond that,

'Medium' is a next-gen hotel horror game from the 'Blair Witch' team

The Medium Silent Hill92Engadget / 12h
Bloober Team, the spookiest game studio with the silliest name, is on a mission to create AAA horror experiences for the next generation of consoles, and it’s starting with The Medium . The Bloober crew debuted gameplay for its new psychological horror game during today’s Xbox 20/20 stream, where Microsoft dropped a bunch of trailers for titles heading to the Xbox Series X during its launch windo

'Yakuza: Like a Dragon' will be an Xbox Series X launch title

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The next chapter in the long-running Yakuza franchise is coming to Xbox hardware. Yakuza: Like a Dragon , better known as Yakuza 7 , debuted on PS4 in Japan last January. In a blog post , Microsoft revealed that the game will be a Series X launch title -- we still don't have a release date for the hardware, though, beyond "holiday 2020" -- with simultaneous releases on Xbox One and PC. It will su

Concerned About Your Security and Privacy Online? Then You Need a VPN.

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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. For anyone who understands the importance of online privacy and security, a virtual private network, or VPN , is pretty much a m

Frontier backtracks on physical distance fee following congressional uproar

The Points Guy / 12h
Some chalked it up to “Frontier being Frontier,” but some members of Congress shared some harsher criticism for Frontier’s new “More Room” product that allowed passengers to secure an empty middle seat — for an additional fee. “Frontier’s decision to charge passengers to keep middle seats empty is capitalizing on fear and passengers’ well-founded concerns for their health and safety,” Rep. Peter

Etihad & IAG Interested In Austria Expansion?!

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While I highly doubt this will actually happen in the current environment, the prospect of this is fascinating. Lufthansa Group’s government aid negotiations Lufthansa Group is one of the “big three” European airline groups, and includes Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, Brussels, etc. The airline group has taken a rather hard stance when it comes to negotiating government aid: In Germany, Lufthansa is

How to Copy the Full Path of a File on Windows 10

34How-To Geek / 12h
Sometimes, it’s handy to copy the full path of a file or folder in Windows 10 to the clipboard. That way, you can paste the path into an open or upload dialog quickly without having to browse for it the file. Luckily, there’s an easy way to do it. Here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

How to Sync Files from Linux to Amazon S3

How-To Geek / 12h
AWS S3 is Amazon’s cloud storage service, allowing you to store individual files as objects in a bucket. You can upload files from the command line on your Linux server, or even sync entire directories to S3. Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

Tile and Intel Will Team up to Find Your Laptop

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One of the worst feelings you can experience is wondering where your laptop is, especially when you’re out and about. If your laptop doesn’t have LTE built-in, you may not have an easy to locate it. Tile and Intel want to change that and are teaming up to bring location tracking to your future laptops. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Andy Serkis is reading 'The Hobbit' aloud for 12 hours and you can stream it

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Actors have found a number of different ways to keep themselves busy while social distancing at home — from Daniel Radcliffe's large Lego projects to Sam Neill's motivational poetry readings . Andy Serkis — of Lord of the Rings fame — is no exception. Earlier this week, the Gollum actor took to Twitter to share some veiled video hints about an upcoming "adventure" he'd be taking part in on Friday

'Scorn' for Xbox Series X is like an H.R. Giger painting come to life

Scorn Xbox Series ES100+Engadget / 12h
We’re not far into Microsoft’s Xbox Series X event, where the company is showing off gameplay footage from the console for the first time — but we probably have seen the most disturbing trailer we’re going to get today. It’s for Scorn , from Ebb Software, and it seems there’s no better way to describe it than an H.R. Giger painting come to life. Indeed, the team referenced Giger as a visual inspi

'Dirt 5' will arrive in October

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Just a few days after announcing it won’t release any more major updates for Dirt Rally 2.0, Codemasters has unveiled the next game in the Dirt franchise. Dirt 5 will include new features and “no two races will be the same,” according to the publisher. It’ll be available in October. The announcement trailer uses footage captured in-game, offering an early look at what racing sims will look like o

Tile and Intel team to make your laptop trackable

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Tile is partnering up with Intel to put its tracking tech into laptops, with the potential for notebook-makers to quickly enable location services for lost or stolen PCs. Expected to launch later in the year, the chip-level integration would do away with the need to duct-tape a Tile tracker to your laptop lid. Tile’s system relies on Bluetooth LE, with … Continue reading

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs abandons its Toronto smart neighborhood project

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Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs will no longer pursue its dream of a smart neighbourhood in Toronto. In a Medium blog post , CEO Daniel Doctoroff said “unprecedented economic uncertainty” meant it was “too difficult” to achieve its dreams for Quayside, a proposed redevelopment on the city’s waterfront. If the company pushed forward with its vision — which was yet to receive sign-off from the Ca

Bright Memory Infinite is the first game we've seen from the Xbox Series X - watch the trailer now

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The Xbox Series X gameplay reveal brought with it a smattering on new titles you can expect on the next-gen console, and the first trailer we saw was for Bright Memory Infinite. You can see the trailer made in-engine on the upcoming Xbox Series X below. The game was already unveiled at E3 last year, but this is the first time we've seen any gameplay from a title on the upcoming console. According

Cheap tablet deals at Best Buy: get the Amazon Fire tablet on sale for $39.99

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If you're looking for a cheap tablet deal, then you're in luck. Best Buy's Mother's Day sale is happening right now and includes price cuts on Amazon's best-selling Fire tablet and Kindle e-readers. The retailer is also offering free next-day delivery on all Fire tablets and Kindle purchases. The deals include the all-new Kindle e-reader on sale for $64.99 and a $35 price cut on the 2018 Kindle P

Xbox Series X games: every exclusive and cross-platform game announced so far

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We're starting to hear more about Xbox Series X games as the next-gen console's launch date creeps ever closer. Faster and capable of more advanced graphics than its predecessors, Microsoft's next-generation hardware promises to be the most powerful games console in the world when it launches late in 2020 – even more so than the PS5 , which is expected to hit shelves around the same time. We've n

Find Your Pop Music Blind Spots With This Quiz

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Every day the internet forces me to confront the fact that I am much older than I think I am. Recently, this (since deleted) tweet did a nice job of it: Read more...

Thursday's Best Deals: Cyberpunk 2077 Pre-Order, Wayfair Pet Furniture, Ulta Hempz Lotion, Puma Outlet Sale, Aukey Dual Dash Cam, and More

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A collection of VPN deals , an Cyberpunk 2077 pre-order discount , a Wayfair pet furniture sale , an Ulta BOGO deal on Hempz lotion , and an Aukey dual dash cam headline Thursday’s best deals. Read more...

You CAN Get A Refund Even If You Already Accepted A Voucher For A Cancelled Flight

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Early on in the pandemic I told you to wait to cancel your travel plans . Two months ago I suggested that future plans shouldn't cancelled right away because if the travel provider cancels on you then you'll be entitled to a refund, while if you cancel plans when a flight is still operating all you can get is a voucher. Many consumers were duped by airlines into taking vouchers when entitled to a

Microsoft challenges hackers to crack its custom version of Linux

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Microsoft wants to shore up its custom version of Linux , Azure Sphere OS, and so is challenging hackers to crack the security of the operating system, offering a reward of up to $100,000 (around £80,000, AU$155,000) for the details of a successful exploit. Azure Sphere is a solution designed for Internet of Things devices, comprising of the aforementioned lightweight Linux-based OS, plus a hardw

How to watch Brassic season 2 online: stream every episode free from anywhere

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Sky's hit comedy drama series starring Michelle Keegan, Joseph Gilgun and Damien Molony is back! Read on as we explain how to watch Brassic season 2 online for free - stream every new episode of the show no matter where you are in the world right now. Following a group of hapless mates around the fictitious rural Lancashire town of Hawley, the trio thieve, bribe and joyride their way through life

Calculator Hacked for Cheating Includes a Secret OLED Screen, Wifi, and Even a Chat Function

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To discourage cheating, high schools and colleges limit what gadgets can be brought into an exam, and they require students to use very basic calculators if math is involved. But that doesn’t mean cheating is impossible, it just requires considerably more effort , like upgrading a dumb Casio calculator with a secret… Read more...

“Soft pull” credit cards: Are they worth it?

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A credit card application will usually result in what’s called a “hard pull” on your credit report. A hard pull signals that you are looking at opening a new line of credit. New inquiries on your credit report from hard pulls make up a fraction of your credit score, which means it’s important to be mindful of how many hard pulls are on your report. Applying for a new credit card (or any line of c