Saturday, May 16, 2020

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United Will Give Top Elite Status And 250,000 Miles To Employees Who Quit

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Unsurprisingly with so little demand for air travel airlines are doing their best to get workers to take leaves and early retirements. United has a new offer that includes airline elite status and miles. Continue reading ...

United Airlines Offering Status & Miles To Employees Who Quit

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Can elite status and frequent flyer miles be an incentive for airline employees to accept a voluntary separation package? United Airlines seems to think so. United Airlines aggressively cutting workforce United Airlines has been by far the most aggressive of the “big three” US airlines when it comes to making it clear that layoffs are imminent . While the situation is obviously terrible right now

What Was the Y2K Bug, and Why Did It Terrify the World?

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Billions of dollars were spent addressing the Y2K bug. Government, military, and corporate systems were all at risk, yet we made it through, more or less, unscathed. So, was the threat even real? Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Edison Mail iOS bug showed messages intended for other people

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Bugs in email clients aren’t unheard of, but they typically affect only those messages sent by or intended for you. Edison, however, had a more serious hiccup. It confirmed (via The Verge ) reports that a bug in Edison Mail for iOS would show messages intended for other people without requiring their sign-ins — a major privacy issue, to put it mildly. The developer attributed the flaw to an updat

This is the cheapest laptop with 8GB RAM, and it even comes with Windows 10 Pro

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Our quest to find the most affordable laptop with 8GB RAM has brought us once again to Chinese retailer Gearbest, which is selling the Lhmzniy KUU Kbook for a mere $189.99 (£163.80/AU$311.99) with coupon code O4A70D05475EB001. 8GB is the magic number because it's the minimum amount of memory Windows 10 will run on comfortably. Remember, 1GB of memory tends to be allocated to graphics, so very oft

Amazon will start reopening French warehouses on May 19th

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Amazon’s French warehouses are close to reopening roughly a month after they closed . The internet retailer said it planned a gradual reopening starting on May 19th as it came close to reaching a deal with French unions and work councils on safety measures to protect against COVID-19. It’s not clear just how quickly the facilities will come back online, but it promises to widen deliveries beyond

Coronavirus: Can gaming help stop lockdown loneliness?

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Gamers like Millicent say their online adventures are helping them stay connected to friends in lockdown.

How To Simulate Riding An Airport Shuttle At Home

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A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading ...

Universities' move online 'must be done the right way'

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Universities have been teaching remotely this term but can the online model work long-term?

'Destiny 2' equipment overhaul will encourage you to try new gear

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Bungie is about to address one of Destiny 2’s longstanding problems: namely, a system that discourages you from trying new equipment. As of season 11 in June, armor and weapons will have (via Polygon ) a maximum Power level for the infusions you use to upgrade their effectiveness. Nearly all Legendary items will have a cap high enough that they’re useful in high-Power activities for up to a year.

Will you need a coronavirus test to fly? Everything we know right now

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As travel begins to slowly resume across the globe, it’s abundantly clear that preparing for a trip abroad will be much more complicated than simply checking your passport’s validity and packing enough clean socks. In April, Emirates became the first airline to test passengers for COVID-19 prior to check in. For travelers departing Dubai (DXB) en route to Tunis, Tunisia (TUN), Emirates’ rapid blo

Barack Obama offers sage advice to 2020's 'Zoom University' graduates

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Former President Barack Obama delivered a virtual commencement speech on Saturday for over 20,000 students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). And with the ongoing pandemic making for a very unpredictable time, he made sure to sprinkle in plenty of sage advice on how to continue forward. The two-hour live streamed event, called "Show me Your Walk H.B.C.U. Edition" was spons

Everlywell gains first FDA authorization for a standalone, at-home, COVID-19 test sample collection kit

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Everlywell was one of the first startups to announce that it was working on a self-administered, at-home COVID-19 diagnostic kit, but it initially sought out to ship kits before regulators made clear that this was not in line with its guidelines. Everlywell then became intent on working with the FDA to secure a proper Emergency Use Authorization for its kits before sending any to consumers, and t

Apple gets early approval for $500 million iPhone throttling settlement

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Apple is one step closer to compensating customers for its initial approach to iPhone processor throttling . Federal District Judge Edward Davila has given preliminary approval (via MacRumors ) for a maximum $500 milllion settlement addressing complaints that it slowed down certain iPhones without informing customers, calling the deal “fair, reasonable and adequate.” However, it may be some time

Bored Kansas City Zoo penguins took an adorable field trip to their local art museum

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The pandemic lockdown is hard for us all, but the abundance of "wild animals in unexpected places!" videos that it's led to never really gets old. The latest example comes compliments of the Kansas City Zoo , which brought three of their Humboldt penguins – Bubbles (5), Maggie (7), and Berkley (8) – to the nearby Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art . Both venues are located in Kansas City, Missouri. You

Saturday's Best Deals: Joker, Soulcalibur IV, Short-Sleeve Button-Ups, and More

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A dress sale at Express , a copy of Soulcalibur VI and the season pass , short-sleeve button-ups at JACHS NY , a sale on One-Punch Man manga , and more rise to the top of Saturday’s best deals. Read more...

One New Expense You Need To Be Prepared For Before You Travel Again

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What happens if someone picks up COVID-19 during their travels? They get tested and need to quarantine? Continue reading ...

Ford to offer COVID-19 testing for symptomatic workers as part of reopening plan

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Ford said Saturday it will test hourly and salaried employees with suspected COVID-19 symptoms in four metro areas where it has major operations as it prepares to reopen facilities this month. The automaker is expected to resume production and some operations at its North America facilities May 18. Aside from factory workers, Ford is also bringing back about 12,000 employees whose jobs cannot be

UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Harris live stream - how to watch online from anywhere

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UFC action is back underway, with the world's top MMA promotion pushing forward with its live event schedule in spite of Covid-19 concerns. Next up? Alistair Overeem vs Walt Harris - here's how to watch Saturday's big fight online and live stream UFC Fight Night from anywhere in the world. European fans may well be supporting 39-year-old Alistair Overeem (45-18), who was born in Hounslow, London

Le Mans 24 goes virtual for its 88th annual race on June 13

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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, public gatherings and events of all kinds have required shifting to a different approach — including for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. While a physical version of the sports car endurance race is expected to take place in September, a virtual event is also scheduled for June. In a press release , the Le Mans organization confirmed the 88th edition of the race will take

NASA's Artemis Accords lay out some rules for joint space exploration

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NASA knows that it will have to work with foreign space agencies and private companies to establish human presence on the Moon. That’s why it has introduced a set of guidelines called the “Artemis Accords” for organizations who want to take part in the Artemis program, which aims to land the first woman and the next man on Earth’s faithful companion by 2024. NASA says the Artemis Accords are mean

How to Attend Tonight's Star-Studded 'Graduate Together' Virtual Commencement Ceremony With Barack Obama

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Tonight graduating seniors will have the opportunity to attend a commencement ceremony with speakers including Barack Obama and LeBron James. Read more...

Fred Willard, comedy legend from 'Best in Show' and 'A Mighty Wind,' is dead at 86

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Legendary actor, writer, and comedian Fred Willard died on Friday at the age of 86. He may be best known to 2020 audiences for his role on Modern Family , where he played Phil's dad Frank. But Willard has a long history in Hollywood, including a lengthy and creatively productive relationship with mockumentary master Christopher Guest. Willard's career started in the New York City comedy scene of

A new Ritz-Carlton is set to open in the Maldives later this year

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It appears that in the midst of a global pandemic, Marriott International quietly announced an agreement to open a new Ritz-Carlton brand in the Maldives, reports One Mile At A Time . The property will join two other properties on the newly developed Fari Islands . The 100-villa resort will be located in the North Malé Atoll and will offer a combination of land and overwater villas. As of now, th

Virgin extends expiry date for some Flying Club miles by 6 months

The Points Guy / 8h
On Friday, Virgin Atlantic announced that it will be extending the expiry date of some Flying Club members’ Flying Club miles. Any Flying Club member with miles due to expire between April and September 2020 will now be extended by a full six months, a Virgin Atlantic spokesperson confirmed to TPG. This is in line with what some other major airlines around the world are doing to protect the miles

Amazon won't commit to Jeff Bezos testimony over misuse of seller data

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Congress might want Jeff Bezos to testify over alleged abuses of seller data , but Amazon isn’t exactly leaping at the opportunity. The company has responded (via Reuters ) to a House Judiciary Committee letter asking for Bezos’ testimony by saying it would “make the appropriate executive available” to answer questions. That’s not a refusal, but the Committee had specifically asked for Bezos — th

Conquering the Backlog Part 3: Terraria Journey’s End messed up all my plans

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Another week is in the bag, which means it’s time for another progress report on my New Year’s resolution of working through my extensive backlog of games. I haven’t had as much free to time to play games this past week, but when I have had the time, I’ve been chipping away at Ori and the Will of the Wisps. … Continue reading

Grab two Echo Show 5 smart displays for $90 at Amazon and Best Buy

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If you’re just starting out with smart speakers or want multiple tech-savvy clocks around the house, this might be the deal you’re looking for. You can buy two Echo Show 5 smart displays for the price of one at Amazon for $90 if you enter the code SHOW52PK at checkout. Best Buy is offering a similar deal if you add two of the screens to your cart. This is a daily deal at Best Buy, so you’ll likel

What Are The 5 Credit Cards You Actually Want Right Now?

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With most of us not traveling these last couple of months, and all the uncertainty that the world has brought, stretching rewards and refocusing makes all the sense in the world. And where we can get the most value possible, for the things we need at this moment, while also preparing us to get the most value when things return back to normal? Even better. There are (5) rewards credit cards that a

Have a Good Trip is a gateway drug to de-stigmatizing psychedelics

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Sting, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, and the late Carrie Fisher and Anthony Bourdain are among the celebrities interviewed for the new Netflix documentary Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics . Carrie Fisher had a psychedelic-induced encounter with a talking acorn. Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann recalls the time he dropped too much acid and his cymbals began melting mid-set, forcin

Leaked Microsoft Surface Duo specs suggest the phone might not be that exciting

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After announcing its Surface Duo phone back in October, Microsoft has remained fairly quiet on the device. But it looks like we won't have to wait any longer, thanks to a huge leak by way of Windows Central . At its event last year, Microsoft had only revealed the device would have two 5.6-inch screens (with 1800x1350 pixel resolution on each) held together on a hinge—rather than a flexible scree

Tesla could build its third US factory in Austin or Tulsa

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Tesla has narrowed down the potential sites for its third Gigafactory in the US, according to Autoblog . The automaker has reportedly chosen Austin, Texas and Tulsa, Oklahoma as the finalists for a new assembly plant — possibly its biggest one yet — dedicated to building the Cybertruck , its upcoming pickup truck, and the Model Y. Company chief Elon Musk recently threatened to move Tesla’s headqu

First Premier Bank Credit Card review

The Points Guy / 10h
First Premier Bank Credit Card overview The First Premier Bank Credit Card is designed for consumers with low credit scores who may not be approved for most other unsecured credit cards. You shouldn’t plan to use this card long term. Instead, this is a card to use for a short time to build your credit before moving on to a more traditional credit card that offers rewards, lower fees, a higher cre

Big Think Edge lets you learn from world-class leaders

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Perhaps now more than ever, continuing education is hands-down one of the most important elements of staying competitive and becoming successful in the modern age. Whether you’re trying to start a business from scratch or climb an established career ladder, you need to be in tune with the latest and most powerful tools and methodologies that are being utilized in your respective industry. And, al

Twitter is sharing photos from before coronavirus lockdowns and they feel impossible

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We don't need to be told that life looked different before the coronavirus led to quarantine and lockdown measures around the world, but it's still a bizarre feeling to scroll through one's phone photos and see the evidence laid bare. Inspired by a BBC article , Twitter users are sharing their last "normal" photo from before COVID-19 changed the world — relics of a recent past and increasingly di

Ubisoft sues Apple and Google for selling a 'Rainbow Six: Siege' clone

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It’s no secret that some games are designed to riff on others’ ideas , but Ubisoft believes one title is far too similar to let it go unchecked. Bloomberg reports that the publisher has sued Apple and Google for selling Area F2 , a game it claims is a “near carbon copy” of Rainbow Six: Siege meant to “piggyback” on Ubisoft’s success. The mobile title from Alibaba’s Ejoy and Qookka Games allegedly

FDA says some CBD oil recalled across US over risk of lead poisoning

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A batch of CBD oil that was distributed nationwide in the US has been recalled after it tested positive for high levels of lead. The FDA warns that consuming this CBD oil could potentially result in lead poisoning, a serious condition that could, among other things, result in kidney damage and shock. There haven’t been any consumer complaints related to … Continue reading

Socially distant performance of the Animal Crossing theme will brighten your day

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The smooth island grooves of Animal Crossing: New Horizons are among the game's many unexpected pleasures, and Nintendo knows it. On Friday, as the pandemic-stricken world dazedly welcomed the arrival of another weekend in lockdown, the official home of Animal Crossing on Twitter offered up a treat. The musicians behind the game's soundtrack gathered together for a lovely, socially distanced rend

Watch Stevie the dog experience the pure joy of splashing in puddles

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Now more than ever, it's a good time to enjoy the simple things in life: Walks outside, conversations with friends, and splashing in puddles if you're Stevie, a yellow lab in Indiana. According to a user submission on ViralHog , Stevie saw his "girlfriend" outside and got very excited, which led to him jubilantly splashing around in puddles. This could have been to get her attention with a displa

Blockchain Is Good for More than Just Crypto. These Courses Show You How to Use It

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From hacking our brains with Neuralink to having an AI do our homework , we’re living on the cutting edge of some seriously incredible tech innovations. But, if there’s one technology that everyone should be keeping a close eye on, it’s blockchain. Chances are you’re already somewhat familiar with blockchain, or, at the very least, have heard of Bitcoin, its perhaps most famous application. For t

nationalmuseum-swe: A Cat with a Young Bird in its Mouth. Five...

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nationalmuseum-swe : A Cat with a Young Bird in its Mouth. Five studies in one frame NM 2223-2227, Bruno Liljefors, 1885 , Nationalmuseum, SWE

A stunning hotel with service to match: A review of The St. Regis Langkawi in Malaysia

The Points Guy / 11h
During the COVID-19 crisis, our team has temporarily ceased taking review trips. Instead, we have been publishing a selection of our most popular reviews from the past year. However, we have resumed the publication of new, previously unpublished flight , hotel and lounge reviews, from trips taken before the lockdown. We hope this will help you choose once we’re all ready to start booking trips ag

How pilots adapt their takeoff plans at hot and high airports

The Points Guy / 11h
We’ve all been there, trying to run on a hot day. It’s hard work. If you’ve tried doing it in a city like Denver, Johannesburg or Mexico City , you’ll know how much harder it is at altitude. It feels like the air is thinner and it’s much harder to breathe. You’re not imagining this and it’s the same for aircraft. Departing in hot weather at high altitude airports reduces aircraft takeoff performa

Are online volunteers taking work from hard-up freelancers?

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Furloughed workers are offering their skills for free, but some freelancers are taking issue with the trend.

Readers tell us why the Echo Show 5 is their ideal smart display

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Of all the smart displays on the market right now, many of you went for the Echo Show 5. Amazon’s mid-sized model features a sunrise alarm, quality sound and of course, the Alexa assistant. When senior editor Nicole Lee reviewed the Echo Show 5, she was impressed with the small device’s ability to compete with larger options like the Lenovo Smart Clock or Google’s Nest Hub . We asked Echo Show ow

Ritz-Carlton Resort Coming To The Maldives

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I like to stay up to date on all the coolest luxury points hotels that are in the pipeline, but somehow I missed this one (I guess because of everything going on). Ritz-Carlton Maldives Fari Islands Marriott has signed an agreement to bring the Ritz-Carlton brand to the Maldives. The property is being developed by CPRC, a member of Singapore’s Pontiac Land Group. The property will be known as the

Gaming PC deals: this GTX 1660 Ti equipped Dell G5 is only $829 right now

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Great gaming PC deals are dropping right now over at Dell, including a $100 price cut on this GTX 1660Ti equipped Dell G5 gaming desktop, bringing the price down to just $829.99 (was $929) . Normally you'd have to settle for a standard GTX 1660 or even a GTX 1650 graphics card at this budget range, so this is a really nice bonus. Aside from the 1660Ti you'll be getting a fairly standard (but dece

Gaming laptop deals at Dell this weekend can save you up to $300

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Superb gaming laptop deals have just landed on the official Dell US store page, showcasing some truly speedy operators with savings ranging all the way from $100 to $300. Our highlight this week is an $180 off gaming laptop deal on a Dell G5 15 for $1,169.99 (was $1,349 ) - which features a GTX 1660 Ti, Intel Core i7-9750H, 8GB of RAM and a massive 512GB SSD, simply fantastic specs for the money.

United’s latest onboard distancing policy won’t cost the airline a cent

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Alaska, Delta and Southwest continue to block middle seats (or their equivalent) for sale, guaranteeing passengers a bit more space onboard. Of course, as more passengers begin to return to the skies, capping ticket sales comes at a tremendous cost — on what would be an otherwise full flight, carriers are looking at a 33% revenue hit. United Airlines, meanwhile, has taken a creative approach to e

Today I Learned: That One Of The Big Hotel Chains Is Actually A Non-Profit

View from the Wing / 12h
Best Western's member hotels rejected a management proposal to convert to a for-profit corporation to more easily access capital markets and invest in technology. So they remain a hotel member-owned non-profit association today. Continue reading ...

Fitbit promises low-cost emergency ventilators made for COVID-19

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Wearables company Fitbit has announced intentions to manufacture emergency ventilators designed for use with COVID-19 patients. The ventilators will be made to meet demand, according to the company, which will make its ventilators available in the US and other countries. Fitbit plans to submit an Emergency Use Authorization request with the FDA to get its ventilators on the market during … Contin

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kvetchlandia : James Van Der Zee Girl with Cat, Harlem, New York c.1925

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Never Have I Ever’ turns teenage pain into comedic bliss

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“Never Have I Ever” is a new Netflix comedy created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, loosely based on Kaling’s own teenage years. The show focuses on Devi (played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), who’s desperately hoping for a good sophomore year after the sudden death of her father — cue the awkward attempts to get a boyfriend, to lose her virginity and to become one of the cool kids at school. On the

This Week in Apps: Houseparty battles Messenger, Telegram drops crypto plans, Instagram Lite is gone

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Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle ho

Marriott Selling Gift Cards For 20% Off (Last Chance)

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I’ve written before about how I think many travel brands could be doing a better job creatively generating revenue . With so many companies having liquidity issues, I didn’t understand why we weren’t seeing more promotions from travel brands incentivizing people to pay now for travel later. At the beginning of the week Marriott launched a great promotion that many have found valuable. I just want

TSA may begin checking passengers’ temperatures — but will that be enough?

The Points Guy / 12h
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says it’s working to implement passenger temperature checks at a dozen unidentified airports as early as next week, The Wall Street Journal first reported . The details, however, are under review by the White House and are subject to change. In April, the TSA conducted a week-long temperature check pilot at Washington Dulles International (IAD), th

Man shoots down drone, gets hit with felony charges in Minnesota

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Enlarge (credit: Richard Newstead / Getty Images ) A Minnesota man is facing two felony charges for shooting down a drone, The Free Press reports . The incident began when an unnamed man flew a drone over Butterfield Foods, a producer of meat products—including chicken—in the Southern Minnesota town of Butterfield. The man later told a sheriff's deputy he was trying to prove that chickens were be

Cheap Amazon Echo deals return this weekend: save on Echo Show and Echo Dot

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If you missed out on the excellent Amazon Echo Show deals of last month, you're in luck. We're seeing Amazon Echo sales prices cut across the US and UK this weekend, with many devices returning with the discounts that proved so popular at the end of April. That means you can pick up the Amazon Echo