Sunday, May 10, 2020

TPS Consulting Sunday Afternoon Edition


Sequoia’s Roelof Botha is more optimistic about startups today than he was a year ago

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“I just think change unfairly favors the startup, the nimble small company,” says Roelof Botha. The Sequoia partner, whose portfolio includes Unity, 23andMe, Instagram, Instacart, Xoom and YouTube, says he’s hopeful about the opportunities this pandemic has created for companies across a variety of sectors, including healthcare, cloud computing, social and others. We spoke for an hour with Botha

Join Us For Today’s OMAAT Virtual Brunch!

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Today at 1PM ET we’ll be having our weekly OMAAT virtual brunch . 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 brunch every Sunday at 1:00PM Eastern / 10:00AM Pacific Google

Apple's new over-ear headphones tipped to be called AirPods Studio

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The new AirPods rumors are coming thick and fast right now: after the hints around production delays we heard yesterday, today we've got a tip that Apple's upcoming pair of wireless over-ear headphones are going to be called the AirPods Studio. As the tip comes from the usually reliable Jon Prosser , it carries a fair bit of weight – though as always, nothing is official until Apple says it is. P

Seven viral futures

TechCrunch / 3min
Jon Evans Contributor Jon Evans is the CTO of the engineering consultancy HappyFunCorp; the award-winning author of six novels, one graphic novel, and a book of travel writing; and TechCrunch's weekend columnist since 2010. More posts by this contributor Let housing rise from the empty offices and malls Magic Leap’s $2.6 billion bait and switch The entire world has run smack into the biggest econ

Senators ask Comcast to open all its WiFi hotspots to students

21Engadget / 14min
Comcast’s offer of free Xfinity WiFi during the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t go far enough for some in Congress. Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Ron Wyden have sent a letter (via Gizmodo ) to Comcast urging it to open all its WiFi hotspots to students who don’t have internet access at home. While the company made 1.5 million hotspots free to use, many of these are in public spaces and unlike

WHO is working on an app with coronavirus information and, maybe, contact tracing

61Mashable / 43min
If you're still not sure what symptoms constitute COVID-19, the World Health Organization is making a mobile app for you. Reuters reported Saturday that the WHO is developing an app that will guide users (particularly those in countries with limited resources) through symptoms to help them figure out if they have the disease caused by the coronavirus or not. It should be out sometime this month.

6 Reasons To Get The CitiBusiness AAdvantage Card

100+One Mile at a Time / 1h
Citi is an advertising partner of OMAAT A while back American Airlines and Citi introduced a great welcome bonus on the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® . I realize many people aren’t looking for new travel cards at the moment, but this card does have an excellent bonus, and those are travel rewards you can use for some great trips once things return to normal. You c

CBS Picks Up a New Silence of the Lambs TV Show and a Reboot of The Equalizer Starring Queen Latifah

100+Gizmodo / 1h
It’s the time of year when, under normal conditions, we start to hear about new shows coming next fall or winter, and while things are anything but normal CBS is continuing the fine tradition by picking up three shows for the fall, a couple without even a pilot. Read more...

The next iPhone may boast a 120Hz display and better low-light photos

100+Engadget / 1h
The next batch of iPhones may include more standout features than a cosmetic redesign, 5G and LiDAR. EverythingApplePro and the historically accurate leaker Max Weinbach have shared (via 9to5Mac ) a host of purported details for the 2020 iPhone revamp, particularly the “pro” models. These higher-end 6.1- and 6.7-inch handsets would reportedly pack 120Hz refresh rates similar to the Galaxy S20 and

How to Watch Tonight's 'Feeding America Comedy Festival'

Lifehacker / 1h
Stephen Colbert, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and more are expected to make appearances tonight in the “ Feeding America Comedy Special ,” a benefit for Feeding America airing. Read more...

View of four women posing around bed with a baby. One woman,...

Music, Arts & Literature / 1h
View of four women posing around bed with a baby. One woman, wearing a nightdress, reclines on bed. Fan is displayed on wall in background. Handwritten on sleeve: “Five generations, Ada w/ baby. May, 1905.” Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library

16 of the most remote hotels on Earth

The Points Guy / 2h
Editor’s note: The team at The Points Guy loves to travel, but now is not the time for unnecessary trips. Health officials say the fastest way to return to normalcy is to stop coming in contact with others. That includes ceasing travel. We are publishing travel guides because we should all use this time to think about and plan our next adventures. If all this time spent self-isolating at home has

DOOM Eternal campaign DLC teased with two stunning screenshots

SlashGear / 3h
The newly released DOOM Eternal sequel to 2016’s DOOM will soon receive a campaign DLC. Ahead of that release, Bethesda and iD have released two huge, high-resolution screenshots from the DLC that feature otherworldly destinations. The team calls this a sneak peek, one that doesn’t come with much info but that does offer something fresh for your desktop background. READ: … Continue reading

M. Night Shyamalan's Mysterious Next Film Has a Much Less Mysterious Cast

27Gizmodo / 3h
What shocking, unexpected terrors await the people in M. Night Shyamalan ’s next film? I can’t say I know. But I do know who’s going to be depicting them. Read more...

Mother’s Day: TPG readers share their favorite mother/daughter trips

The Points Guy / 3h
Moms: They do it all. Many of us learned to see the world from traveling with our mothers, while others have been able to share the gift of adventure with the people who gave them life. This Mother’s Day, we asked the Facebook community of TPG Women to share their favorite memories of traveling with the women who hold “Mom” status in their hearts. Here are some of their highlights. From small-tow

American Airlines Plans To Fly A321neo To Iceland

100+One Mile at a Time / 3h
While this is way in the future, it does represent an interesting precedent that I suspect we’ll see more of from American. American’s new long haul fleet gap As a result of the current pandemic, American Airlines is greatly simplifying their long haul fleet . American has: Retired 757-200s effective immediately Retired 767-300s effective immediately Retired A330-300s effective immediately Stored

Humans are basically good. This incredible new book proves it.

100+Mashable / 3h
If you've been watching a lot of TV during the coronavirus lockdown, then like me you may have noticed an odd collision of ads. One minute we're watching a trailer for the new Penny Dreadful in which 1930s Los Angeles is tearing itself apart. Natalie Dormer, as a shape-shifting demon, delivers a line that reflects our long-held deepest fear about human nature: "all mankind needs to be the monster

Why your summer vacation to Greece looks promising

52The Points Guy / 3h
Editor’s note: The team at The Points Guy loves to travel, but now is not the time for unnecessary trips. Health officials say the fastest way to return to normalcy is to stop coming in contact with others. That includes ceasing travel. We are publishing travel guides because we should all use this time to think about and plan our next adventures.TPG doesn’t advise booking trips for travel until

baylordigitalcollections: “Mothers of America (You Have Done...

Music, Arts & Literature / 3h
baylordigitalcollections : “Mothers of America (You Have Done Your Share)” by Harry Ellis and Lew Porter, 1918. Collection Frances G. Spencer Collection of American Popular Sheet Music Source Baylor University, Crouch Fine Arts Library, Waco, TX Full Item Citation Information Baylor University Libraries Digital Collections,

I’d Gladly Eat At This Restaurant During The Global Pandemic

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Restaurants in Texas were permitted to re-open under new strict guidelines just over a week ago. Indoor spaces are limited to 25% of their previous capacity. Menus are single use only. Condiments cannot be left on the table, but provided only on request. Flatware cannot be pre-placed on tables either and instead must be given to each guest after being seated. Still, I haven't dined in at any rest

The Mi 10 is a necessary evil for Xiaomi’s future in India

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Xiaomi is a household name in the Indian smartphone market . In a matter of about five years, it went from being a nobody to the overall market leader in terms of shipments. However, its dream run is once again thwarted by a nightmare that has been haunting it since years — failing at moving up the price ladder. The latest chapter in this story came with the launch of the Mi 10 in India. It was s

After Math: The great indoors

64Engadget / 4h
We’re entering week 7 of shelter in place — or maybe it’s week 70? Getting hard to tell these days — and things are going great . My quarantine beard is now Methuselah length, my window sill garden is booming, and my blood sacrifices to the old gods has so far kept the ‘Rona from darkening my doorstep. But great googly moogly, is it boring being cooped up inside like this for days on end. Sure, b

Tina Fey called into 'SNL' Weekend Update with a vital Mother's Day message

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One of Saturday Night Live 's most popular former writers and cast members showed up with a special Mother's Day prayer on Weekend Update this week. Host Michael Che welcomed SNL favorite Tina Fey as a guest on Weekend Update and then took a bit of a backseat as she gave the world an update on her favorite quarantine activities. Come for the password humor, stay for Fey's semi-awkward Mother's Da

Sunday's Best Deals: DOOM Eternal Artbook, Romance Novels, Haircut Kits, and More

Gizmodo / 4h
A discount on the new DOOM Eternal Artbook , the Fast & Furious collection for $50 , Target’s sale on patio furniture , a bunch of romance novels , and more headline Sunday’s best deals. Read more...

Michael Dougherty Made a Video Tribute to All of the Horror Movies Moments Guiding Him Through the Pandemic

500+Gizmodo / 4h
One pretty common response to awful events in real life like the pandemic, and the illness causing it, covid-19, is to relate it to movies. For those of us who are more privileged, media is a key way we brush up with our biggest, most primal terrors. So when authentically scary things happen in reality, it feels,… Read more...

Marvel Digital Comics Shop shutting down: What you need to know

SlashGear / 4h
Marvel has announced plans to shut down its Digital Comics Shop, a part of its website where fans can buy single digital issues and collections of Marvel comic books. The closure will take place on June 2, but this won’t be too big of a deal for readers. Marvel’s digital comics aren’t going anywhere and you’ll still be able to … Continue reading

'SNL' has a creative solution for dealing with restless kids during the pandemic

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If you're stuck caring for small, energetic children during a pandemic, Saturday Night Live has an...interesting idea for you. Most of the show's current cast came together for a remote musical number about childcare during this weekend's season finale. The problem: Kids are too restless to be stuck at home for months on end. The solution: Let them drink! Alright, maybe don't actually let them dr

Zoom church service is a chaotic, hilarious mess on 'SNL'

200+Mashable / 5h
The technology failures associated with Zoom meetings is an ubiquitous part of our culture at this stage in social distancing. This week's at-home episode of Saturday Night Live shows us what happens when these mishaps happen during a Mother's Day church service. In short, no one can figure out how to mute themselves. It's way too real. Read more... More about Saturday Night Live , Zoom , Kenan T

The right way to pay your credit card bills

The Points Guy / 5h
Editor’s note : This post has been completely updated with current information. Credit card bills can be confusing to decipher for some cardholders — and a source of concern and anxiety if you owe a large amount on your cards. Whether you’re simply trying to figure out how much to pay on your credit card bill or you’re looking to pay down your credit card debt, this guide is here to help. Here’s

Original Content podcast: ‘Upload’ is a cheerful show about a nightmarish future

200+TechCrunch / 5h
“Upload” feels like a slight, funny show — until you realize that without the jokes, the story would be unwatchably bleak. The Amazon Prime Video series (created by Greg Daniels of “The Office,” “Parks & Recreation” and the upcoming “Space Force” ) takes place in a near future where people can upload digital copies of themselves before they die. The experience is marketed as a virtual retirement

Emirates Reports $288 Million Profit (Up 21%)

100+One Mile at a Time / 5h
In March Etihad reported their awful financial results from last year, as the airline lost $870 million, bringing their losses over the past four years to nearly $5.6 billion. Now Emirates has reported financial results for the past financial year (April 1, 2019, through March 31, 2020), and they’re pretty good, as the airline has reported 32 straight years of profits. Emirates reports $288 milli

Science Fairs Are Canceled. Maybe That’s Just as Well

100+Wired / 5h
It’s time to reconsider these earnest events—and find ways for kids to experience the joyous, collaborative nature of real scientific discovery.

The Eerie Stillness of Empty Schoolyards

76Wired / 5h
Under the pandemic, the message is clear: school's out for the summer, and maybe even beyond that.

Cruise Bookings Up 200% Doesn’t Mean What Some People Suggest

33View from the Wing / 5h
This is a report out that cruise bookings are up 600% off of an extremely low base, and up 200% year-over-year. The claim is highly dubious if taken to mean that the cruise industry is on a path towards recovery or that people are prepared to cruise in the middle of a global pandemic. Continue reading ...

Google Duo feature push continues with family mode, 32-way calls and more

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Google isn't slowing down in trying to pinch some of the market share Zoom has amassed in the video chat market – having added one-click calls to Gmail for its business-focused Google Meet video app, it's now pushing out more features for its other video tool, Google Duo, as well. As announced in a blog post from Google, Duo is getting a family mode that essentially adds a lot of masks and filter

What your fitness tracker can – and can’t – tell you about Covid-19

44TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
The fitness tracker strapped around your wrist can tell you a great deal about your wellbeing – but can it also tell you anything about the coronavirus pandemic? On a personal level, the answer is probably not – but when your data is combined with readings from thousands of other users, it could be invaluable. For example, many modern fitness trackers and smartwatches (including the Fitbit Charge

danskjavlarna: Mother and daughter librarians, the heart of the...

Music, Arts & Literature / 5h
danskjavlarna : Mother and daughter librarians, the heart of the library. From Hanover’s 1962 yearbook. Here are some of the best vintage photos I’ve collected. Shiver in wonderment: Weblog ◆ Books ◆ Videos ◆ Music ◆ Etsy

Can gender-bending Israeli superprawns help feed the world?

100+Ars Technica / 5h
Enlarge / This is actually a male shrimp according to the image info, which we don't need for this. (credit: Enzootic Ltd) Can a shrimp smile? It's tough to say whether the gangly, blue-legged crustaceans lurking within the massive aquaculture tanks are actually happy, but they certainly appear to be content. Perhaps it's because they are well-fed and blissfully unaware of what lies just outside

'Asshole' yeast scientist has some bad news about your sourdough starter

100+Mashable / 5h
Read more... More about Sourdough , Internet Of Yum , Science , and Food

Kristen Wiig's 'SNL' monologue is a mildly musical Mother's Day tribute

75Mashable / 5h
Saturday Night Live needed a little something for the moms this weekend and guest host Kristen Wiig delivered. Wiig, a former cast member on the sketch comedy show, hosted the Mother's Day-themed season finale from her home because, well, that's how it has to be for the time being. She made the most of it, giving us a little song-and-dance as well as telling us a bit about her own mom. Well, sort

$30 Bonus For New Rakuten Members (Last Chance)

81One Mile at a Time / 6h
Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points or cash back in addition to the rewards you’d earn for credit card spending. I’ve already written about how my favorite online shopping portal is offering an awesome limited time bonus for new members. This is just a reminder of that

Air Force's mysterious X-37B space plane heads back to orbit May 16th

300+Engadget / 6h
The US Air Force's X-37B space plane is heading back to Low Earth Orbit after a record-breaking fifth mission last year. It’s scheduled to launch on May 16th from Cape Canaveral in Florida, and while it still belongs to the Air Force, the newly formed US Space Force will oversee its upcoming launch, operations and landing. The plane started carrying out missions in 2010, serving as the platform f

Apple AirPods sale: the all-new AirPods Pro hit lowest price ever

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AT&T is currently offering a rare price cut on the all-new AirPods Pro. For a limited time, you can get Apple's best-selling AirPods Pro on sale for $224 . That's a $26 discount and the lowest price we've found for the wireless earbuds. You can also get the 2019 Apple AirPods with charging case on sale for $143 and the AirPods with wireless charging case on sale for $179 . The 2019 AirPods Pro fe

Fantastical Plans Are on Hold, and More Car News This Week

65Wired / 6h
The Covid-19 pandemic will delay the arrival of flying cars, and Google sibling Sidewalk Labs abandons plans to remake part of Toronto's waterfront.

An Unlikely Partner to Counter Cyberattacks

100Wired / 6h
To combat increasing ransomware attacks on U.S. cities, the National Guard needs help from Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

How to RSVP For Michelle Obama's 'Virtual Commencement' For Graduates

57Lifehacker / 6h
Stay-at-home orders have meant that most in-person high school and college graduation ceremonies were canceled this year. Read more...

Beyond Netflix and Spotify, what subscriptions are worth keeping in quarantine?

54Ars Technica / 6h
Enlarge / Would not recommend this keyboard setup given our impulse control. (credit: Stock / Getty Images Plus / aniliakkus ) Two seismic forces combined in the spring of 2020 and caused us all to reevaluate our choices: the COVID-19 pandemic ... and the last decade's slow, inevitable march toward the disappearance of ownership . We no longer own records; we subscribe to Spotify or Apple Music.

Hospital staff is hungry. Restaurants are struggling. You can help both

100+Mashable / 6h
All Sydney Gressel wanted was some pizza. It was March 12, a few days before San Francisco issued its stay-at-home order mandating that all restaurants could only stay open for takeout and delivery. While restaurants, food trucks, and grocery stores are all within walking distance of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay in San Francisco where Gressel works as a pediatric nurse in the emergency depa

How to Update Your Nintendo Switch

49How-To Geek / 6h
Nintendo Switch system software updates are essential: they add new features and fix bugs. Normally, the system downloads updates automatically and asks if you want to install them. But If you’d like to trigger the process manually (or make sure you’re on the latest version), here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

San Diego Comic-Con 2020 digital event planned, but questions remain

SlashGear / 6h
In mid-April, it was officially announced that San Diego Comic-Con 2020 had been canceled over the coronavirus pandemic. As with many other big events planned for this year, the team decided to skip the event due to lockdown restrictions, an uncertain future, and the risks of people gathering together in large crowds. Here to replace the event will be an … Continue reading

How to Make Long Twitter Threads Easier to Read and Share

34How-To Geek / 7h
If you spend a lot of time on Twitter, you’re bound to come across a long Twitter thread. Instead of reading it on Twitter, use the Thread Reader App website and bot to create a web page for easy reading. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

These 7 Physics Simulator Games Are the Perfect Stress Relief

26How-To Geek / 7h
Physic simulator games, well, simulate physics. But what that phrase means can really vary from game to game. After all, any game you play is technically simulating physics of some kind, so what makes these special? Read This Article on Review Geek ›

The Classic TV Shows and Movies We Keep Rewatching

100+Wired / 7h
WIRED staffers share what films and TV series they come back to when they need to feel a little better.

Data: How Popular An Offer Was Aeroplan’s 1 Cent Per Mile Sale?

View from the Wing / 7h
I knew these bonuses sold out in an hour. They would have gone much more quickly had the IT held up and people like me were able to get through and buy. However it's amazing they had over 2000 people at a time trying to buy miles. Continue reading ...

'Dead To Me' ends in another jaw-dropping finale and we wouldn't have it any other way

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Netflix's Dead to Me is the rare show that came into this world fully aware of how to keep the stakes high without letting them grow stale. In an act of continued excellence by show runner Liz Feldman and the writers, Season 2 is as enjoyable and emotionally satisfying as its predecessor — and just as crazy. After a season spent in high-wire evasion of being linked to Steve's (James Marsden) disa

17 movie kisses we'll never forget

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Love is weird. Sex is weird Kissing is weird, if you think too hard about it — but we suggest you don't. The movie business has already done it for you: The art of movie kissing has been delicately refined over Hollywood's 100-plus years of studying it. If executed properly, the Movie Kiss can be far more effective than a sex scene or even a happily-ever-after. It stands as a moment of pure bliss

Claire Rochester (May 10, 1893 - April 16, 1921) Vaudeville...

Music, Arts & Literature / 7h
Claire Rochester (May 10, 1893 - April 16, 1921) Vaudeville performer. A car enthusiast, she took part in an automobile tour from New York City to San Francisco in 1917, to raise money for the war effort. She drove an Apperson Roadaplane on a previous coast-to-coast trip, establishing a record run. (Wikipedia) View of Claire Rochester sitting in Apperson Roadaplane car; onlookers stand in backgro

Qatar Airways Fires Pilot, Demands $162K… But There’s More To The Story

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Qatar Airways is currently in the process of reducing their workforce, as the airline is starting to send out termination notices to flight attendants and pilots. Well, there’s one story of a Qatar Airways pilot going viral, though it might not be as scandalous as it sounds. Qatar Airways demands $162K from fired pilot There’s a letter circulating about a Qatar Airways pilot who was fired. Her se

Apple Watch may soon be able to detect panic attacks before they happen

40SlashGear / 8h
Apple may be gearing up to add new functionality to its wearable, building upon its existing heart features. According to a new leak, Apple is preparing to release a new watchOS feature that will enable the next-generation Apple Watch to detect when the wearer is about to experience a panic attack, an extreme form of anxiety that can be mistaken … Continue reading

How to Set Your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to Control Who Sees What

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Pick who sees your tweets, posts, and stories—and choose what you want to see, too.

How Much Is a Human Life Actually Worth?

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As the US economy reopens amid a deadly pandemic, a dire question looms. Let's weigh the risks—and do the math.

Quarantine Is a Weirdly Good Time for Animation

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Shows like Tooning Out the News can be more easily made from home than live-action TV—and going virtual is giving animators lots of opportunities to shine.

More PS4 and PS5-exclusive games deserve PC releases

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When Sony announced that Horizon Zero Dawn was coming to PC in March 2020, it buried the news in the second paragraph of an interview with PlayStation's Head of Worldwide Studios Hermen Hulst. Sony wasn't shouting about its newfound support for PC – in fact, it seemed so sensitive to potentially strong reactions from its user base that people had to go looking for the announcement. "And to maybe

Xbox Series X could cost less than PS5 at launch, according to analyst

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Microsoft is revealing more details about the Xbox Series X than ever but one thing it hasn’t confirmed yet is its next-gen console’s price. According to reputed industry analyst, Michael Pachter, it could be surprisingly low. Speaking on a recent live episode of Geoff Keighley’s Bonus Round (via PushSquare ), Pachter suggests that Microsoft could consider taking a significant loss on its next ge

The Easiest Ways to Video Chat with Family on Mother’s Day

79How-To Geek / 8h
Spending Mother’s Day apart can be hard, whether it’s due to social distancing or just because you don’t live near each other. For many mothers, a video chat offers a better experience than just talking on the phone. Plus, it’s easy to set up, even if your mom isn’t tech-savvy. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

34 Formative Video Games That Everyone Should Play

32How-To Geek / 8h
Every video game you like today owes thanks to the games that came before it. The games that you grew up with taught you new concepts and new ways to play, creating your digital palate, as it were. Some games rise above the others to truly inform your tastes, and change the way you look at and approach games. Everyone should play a game like that at least once in their lives. Read This Article on

Will Covid-19 derail investments by telecom operators in 5G infrastructure this year?

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2020 was projected to be the year of fifth-generation cellular technology (5G) but not anymore. Growth stagnation at a macro level and lockdowns due to Covid-19 pandemic in the Middle East are bound to have a causal effect on the demand and supply side, industry experts said. Karim Yaici, Senior Analyst at Analysys Mason, told TechRadar Pro Middle East that consumer demand for 5G services was exp

“The first day was really hard”: Life as a contact tracer

100+MIT Technology Review / 9h
As American states weigh the possibility of reopening services in the face of the covid-19 pandemic, the demand for contact tracing—helping track down and isolate potential carriers of the virus—will get even larger. We spoke to people working as contact tracers across America to understand what it’s like, what they’re seeing, and what might be coming next. Jana De Brauwere, 44, San Francisco Whe

How World of Warcraft has evolved with the Internet

200+Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge (credit: Blizzard) “Games are very rapidly solved these days,” says Ion Hazzikostas, the game director of World of Warcraft . Hazzikostas, known to the World of Warcraft community as Watcher, has developed the 16-year-old massively multiplayer online role-playing game since 2008. On a call with WIRED, he reminisced about how, early in the history of games, before raid walk-through videos,

Improvements we hope to see in the Final Fantasy 7 Remake sequel

SlashGear / 9h
Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a thrilling and mesmerizing revisit to the world of Midgar. The characters we had to imagine in the past are now fully realized. Battles fought back in 1997 are overhauled with breath-taking creativity. The remake is sure to overwhelm returning fans with nostalgia with its lovingly reimagined world. For newcomers, it introduces you to a … Continue reading

HBO's 'I Know This Much Is True' delivers career best for Mark Ruffalo

75Mashable / 9h
The story of Dominick and Thomas Birdsey is unimaginably tragic. Written by Wally Lamb, I Know This Much Is True takes 900 pages to deliver blow after devastating blow in its Dickensian tale of twin brothers grappling with their shared past and uncertain future. It's a remarkably painful read that left yours truly blinking away tears, gasping for air, and seriously considering quitting this whole

Adobe Fresco coloring books are a great way to kill time at home, even if you're a terrible artist

52Mashable / 9h
I might be the worst artist in the world. Alright, that's probably a little hyperbolic, but I'm pretty awful. Hand me a canvas and some paint, and the most I'll be able to give you is a random, deeply unappealing splattering of colors. At least crude paintings by Neanderthals and zoo elephants have historical and scientific value. One thing I can do, however, is color in between the lines of thin

Surface Laptop 3 ‘unexpectedly’ cracked screens will be repaired by Microsoft for free

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Surface Laptop 3 owners whose notebooks have suffered a mysterious issue whereby the screen cracks for no apparent reason will have their machine repaired by Microsoft for free. As you may recall, this problem reared its head around four months ago (or more), and Microsoft subsequently said it was investigating reports from owners of cracks appearing spontaneously, without the Surface Laptop 3 be

Get a free Razer mouse when you buy a Huntsman TE keyboard at Best Buy

100+Engadget / 10h
Best Buy has an intriguing deal on a pair of Razer peripherals. If you buy a Huntsman Tournament Edition keyboard , you'll get a free Viper mouse . Typically, purchasing the two together would set you back $210, but with this deal, all you have to pay is the $130 the keyboard costs. Buy Huntsman Tournament Edition at Best Buy - $130 The Huntsman TE is a mechanical keyboard with a tenkeyless layou

You're never too old to want a lightsaber-style sword like this one

52Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: Indulge your inner child with this realistic lightsaber-style sword on sale for 27% off, dropping the price to just $109.99. Life on lockdown can make anyone a little loony. We all have our coping mechanisms: from perfecting the art of making sourdough bread to partaking in TikTok challenges. Some of us are binge-watching scandalous reality shows ( Too Hot to Handle , anyone?!) and spendin

Shake up your TV routine with this 360-degree projector that's on sale

48Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: Keep yourself entertained while social distancing by picking up the CINEMOOD 360 projector for $328.99, a 34% savings as of May 10. Getting a little stir crazy? Can't remember what day it is? Kids driving you bonkers? All of the above? At first, staying at home as a family seemed kinda, but after a few weeks, you may have exhausted all your creative ideas. Luckily, there's a pretty awesome

This thermometer will take the guesswork out of cooking meat

40Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: Make sure your meat is perfectly cooked with the GrillEye® Pro Plus hybrid grilling and smoking thermometer , on sale for $94.99 as of May 10. Cooking meat can often feel like a guessing game. Sometimes, the outside looks perfectly seared, yet when you go to cut it open, you find that the inside is still icy cold. Other times, you may think you have finally prepared it just right, only to

This sub-$30 online training might finally help you love math — for real

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