Thursday, May 21, 2020

TPS Consulting Thursday Evening Edition


The best Bluetooth speakers available in India 2020

4KTechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 15h
Best Bluetooth Speakers Buying Guide: Welcome to TechRadar India's round-up of the best Bluetooth speakers in 2020. Bluetooth speakers have fast become a much sought-after accessory in the past few years. And understandably so, they bring portability along with the sound quality that smartphones can’t offer. And along with the tether free wireless design, it becomes the go-to audio solution for b

Original Xbox's complete source code leaked online

Xbox Microsoft 3.55KEngadget / 12h
The original Xbox was a new frontier for modders and tinkerers, as the included hard drive made it easy to install unofficial dashboards and pirated games. Those enthusiasts might be getting a flashback to 2002, as the official Xbox OS has leaked online, according to The Verge . This includes the Xbox dev kit, emulators, build environments, documentation and the kernel itself. These kinds of leak

Contact-tracing app caught sharing location data with Foursquare

1KMashable / 3h
Contact-tracing apps are problematic , and that's before they violate their own privacy policies. The Care19 app , developed for the North Dakota Department of Health by developer ProudCrowd, was intended to assist health officials in their battle against coronavirus by logging users' location data. In the process, according to a report released Thursday , it also sent users' location data to Fou

Facebook’s future of work vision revolves around VR, AR, and avatars

SlashGear / 7min
There is no telling when the COVID-19 pandemic will really end but, when it does, it will be a very different world. Work alone is undergoing a shift and some tech companies are seeing a drastically different future at least for some kinds of jobs. Facebook, for example, thinks that computing and work will be not only remote but also … Continue reading

Facebook Expects Half Its Workforce to Stay Remote Indefinitely

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Facebook is the latest tech giant to broaden its telecommuting policies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In a livestreamed employee townhall Thursday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company plans to “aggressively” ramp up hiring for remote workers and begin taking applications for permanent remote work among… Read more...

Special Olympics virtual event will have athletes compete in 'Forza 7'

55Engadget / 37min
Two years after Xbox linked up with the Special Olympics for the Games’ first esports event , they’re teaming up for a new virtual event this summer. The coronavirus pandemic has scrubbed the Olympics and Special Olympics for 2020, so 35 athletes representing 11 countries will get together for some competition in Forza Motorsport 7 on May 30th and an award ceremony that will be hosted in Minecraf

With theaters still closed, Warner Bros. drops latest Tenet trailer in Fortnite

Christopher Nolan Fortnite33Ars Technica / 46min
John David Washington and Robert Pattinson star in Christopher Nolan's forthcoming new film, Tenet . With cinemas shut down all over the world for months, all eyes have turned to July, when two major studio releases are set to debut: Disney's Mulan (bumped from its original March release), and director Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated sci-fi thriller, Tenet . It looks like Warner Bros. is b

Galaxy A71 5G could be coming to Verizon and challenge Pixel 5

Galaxy Verizon 5G 5SlashGear / 56min
Smartphones have become even more critical than ever before but the rising prices of high-end flagships are giving consumers pause when buying a new one. In the US, the previous quarter proved that the best-selling phone is a mid-ranger and Apple’s launch of the new iPhone SE could tip the balance in its favor this quarter. It seems that Samsung … Continue reading

KKR to invest $1.5 billion in India’s Reliance Jio Platforms

48TechCrunch / 56min
Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Platforms has agreed to sell 2.32% stake to U.S. equity firm KKR in what is the fifth major investment the top Indian telecom operator has secured in just as many weeks. On Friday, KKR announced it will invest $1.5 billion in the top Indian telecom operator, a subsidiary of India’s most valued firm ( Reliance Industries), joining fellow American investors Facebook , S

OnePlus joins Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo in wireless transfer alliance

OnePlus Realme OPPOSlashGear / 1h
Almost everything is going wireless these days on mobile, from wireless earphones to wireless charging. One thing that has been around for so long but has remained quite inconvenient is wireless file transfer. Especially these days when people need to keep their distance, transferring files to a person standing next to you needs to be fast and reliable. Some Chinese … Continue reading

Galaxy Note 20 renders have one questionable S Pen change

SlashGear / 1h
If Samsung sticks to its schedule despite moving its event completely online, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 20 in about three months. Of course, there’s plenty of time for speculation and leaks, though many pieces are already falling into place. One of the latest offers a more complete picture of what the S Pen-toting phablet could look like but … Continue reading

$100+ Free If You’ve Owned A Car In The Last 20 Years [Easy Class Action Settlement]

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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 ...

T-Mobile rolls out free unlimited service with 5G for first responders

SlashGear / 2h
T-Mobile has announced that it is giving first responders in the United States free unlimited service on its network. This offering is intended to support first responders through their respective agencies, which can include police and sheriff’s departments, fire departments, and EMT services. The service offers unlimited talk, text, and data, including access to the carrier’s 5G network. T-Mobil

Charlize Theron is a badass immortal in action-packed The Old Guard trailer

50Ars Technica / 2h
Charlize Theron stars in the film adaptation of The Old Guard , coming soon to Netflix. Charlize Theron is one of those actresses whose beauty seems to defy the passage of time, and in The Old Guard , a new blockbuster action movie coming to Netflix, she plays a literal immortal. Just think more mercenary-for-hire than Highlander , although there are likely to be thematic similarities with the la

This Record-Breaking Duvet Cover Wants to Spare You the Hassle of Making Your Bed After Washing the Sheets

37Lifehacker / 3h
Koa Duvet Cover | $85+ | Kickstarter

Pack your wands and face masks: Universal Orlando has a tentative reopening date

The Points Guy / 3h
After more than two months, the gates to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter — and the rest of the Universal Orlando Resort – may have a reopening date. On Thursday, May 21, Universal Orlando received unanimous approval for its reopening proposal from the voting members on the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force. In its proposal, the theme park says it hopes to welcome team members back on

Get ready for the 'holy grail' of computer graphics

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Ray tracing produces stunning lighting effects but has been too complex for computers, until now.

Tech Is a Citadel. Del Seymour Built a Drawbridge.

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A former drug dealer whose nonprofit helped transform the Tenderloin district joins the front lines of San Francisco’s coronavirus response.

Fortnite will play the latest Tenet movie trailer in Party Royale

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Epic has announced plans to stream another sneak peek at an upcoming movie in its Fortnite game. This time around, the company will be broadcasting one of the trailers for the action thriller movie Tenet, which is currently scheduled to premiere in theaters on July 17. This isn’t the first time Epic has played a movie sample in Fortnite, but … Continue reading

Microsoft warns of huge phishing attack - here's how to stay safe

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Microsoft is warning users of a massive Covid-19 themed phishing campaign that installs the NetSupport Manager remote administration tool to completely take over a user's system and even execute commands on it remotely. The Microsoft Security Intelligence team provided further details on this ongoing campaign in a series of tweets in which it said that cybercriminals are using malicious Excel att

Are You Shitting Me?

Jon Prosser Apple AR 2021Gizmodo / 3h
Earlier today, Cult of Mac posted the most egregious rumor: Apple is apparently crafting a pair of special edition augmented reality glasses that will look like Steve Jobs’s moderately iconic ones. Apple will then reportedly sell these glasses for money. The claim comes from Jon Prosser, a YouTuber who has made waves… Read more...

Southwest Airlines Shares Internal Plan To Voluntarily Reduce Workforce

33View from the Wing / 3h
The late co-founder of the airline Herb Kelleher wrote in 2011 about the airline’s legacy of never having to furlough an employee, saying it was because their employees work hard and never forget the customers paying the bills. In the early 1970s they had to return one of their Boeing 737s due to financial challenges, but they kept their employees on. Of course we’ve never seen travel demand coll

Facebook Starts Planning for Permanent Remote Work from Home

Facebook Zuckerberg3KNYT > Technology / 3h
The move is a stark change from an office-centric culture. But there’s a catch: Salaries are likely to change to match local costs of living.

Fitbit Is Studying Whether Its Watches Can Detect Coronavirus Early

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Fitbit owners wear their watches and fitness trackers day and night, which gives the company tons of data about their health. Fitbit is now launching a study to determine whether all of that data can be used to diagnose covid-19 before any noticeable symptoms—including fever and cough—even begin. Read more...

Fitbit launches COVID-19 study with a focus on its wearables

Fitbit Covid-19 19SlashGear / 4h
Wearables company Fitbit has announced a new COVID-19 study it has launched to determine whether it can use its wearables and software to detect the infectious disease in users. The study is seeking participants in the US and Canada who will be given a series of questions within the Fitbit mobile app. The end game may be Fitbit’s development of … Continue reading

Inspired by the Sega Saturn Controller, PowerA's Fusion Fightpad Is More Than a Vessel for Perfect Combos

Gizmodo / 4h
PowerA Fusion Wired Fightpad ( Xbox One , PS4 , Switch ) | $60 | Amazon Read more...

Twitter says disappearing ‘Fleets’ are reported less often than tweets

Twitter Reply Tweets62Engadget / 4h
Twitter says one of its boldest experiments is showing some promise at reducing harassment. No, it’s not the company’s recent move to allow some users to limit replies on tweets, but its move into disappearing content. The company gave one of its first significant updates on Fleets, the Stories-like feature Twitter has been testing in Brazil since early March. After more than two months of testin

Watch out Sonos, Samsung just dropped a half-dozen new soundbars

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Samsung is full of announcements today – after dropping the news that it’s releasing a weather-resistant QLED TV called The Terrace , Samsung announced that its 2020 soundbar lineup is now available as well. This year’s lineup includes seven models from the flagship Q-, lifestyle S- and budget T-Series that range in price from just two hundred dollars all the way up to around two grand, plus Sams

Google highlights accessible locations with new Maps feature

100+TechCrunch / 4h
Google has announced a new, welcome and no doubt long-asked-for feature to its Maps app: wheelchair accessibility info. Businesses and points of interest featuring accessible entrances, bathrooms and other features will now be prominently marked as such. Millions, of course, require such accommodations as ramps or automatic doors, from people with limited mobility to people with strollers or othe

Make a Full Body Sheet Mask Out of Sheet Masks for Every Body Part

Lifehacker / 4h
Spending too much time alone does weird things to the brain, right? I mean, we’ve all seen “Cast Away” so we know how these things go. Which is the only explanation I have for why I found myself awake at 3 in the morning, howling with laughter at this idea I came up with: Find every existing sheet mask for very… Read more...

AMD, Nvidia may launch their next generation graphics cards in September

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We have long been anticipating the arrival of both Nvidia’s Ampere GPU architecture to its GeForce graphics cards as well as AMD’s ultimate Nvidia killer, the Big Navi... unfortunately, we have been disappointed on both counts. So far, AMD hasn’t shared any concrete details about its RDNA 2 , while Nvidia has launched Ampere only for Data Center . On the upside, it does look like these GPUs are c

How to watch Red Nose Day 2020 online: stream tonight's special from anywhere

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The sixth annual US edition of the charity telethon looks to be another star-studded affair in spite of recent events - so read on to find out to live stream the 2020 Red Nose Day special online and watch it from anywhere in the world, including for free. Promising three hours of comedy and musical programming, this year's main event will be hosted by This Is Us stars Mandy Moore and Justin Hartl

Simon Pegg explains how a meme inspired that ‘Shaun of the Dead’ PSA

24Mashable / 4h
Anyone who's seen Shaun of the Dead knows the "Go down to the pub and have a nice cold pint" meme. But Simon Pegg was worried that too many people would take that advice when they should be social distancing. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Simon Pegg , Shaun Of The Dead , Coronavirus , and Covid 19

I cooked 7 internet-famous recipes in 7 days

42Mashable / 4h
Internet of Yum digs into all the things that make us drool while we're checking our feeds. Mashable Australia Editor Caitlin Welsh took on the challenge of cooking 7 viral recipes in 7 days. Here’s what happened. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Recipes , Cooking , Internet Of Yum , and Pancake Cereal

American Airlines’ latest under-the-radar feature makes it easier to get a refund

The Points Guy / 5h
American’s been making a whole host of changes recently. Aside from modifying boarding times , it’s also extended elite status , introduced a new award cancel and redeposit fee structure, added the ability to purchase seat assignments with miles and removed the legacy award search tool . But there’s one new feature that flew under the radar — a timer that counts down how long you have to request

The CDC really needs you to stop snuggling chickens

48SlashGear / 5h
The CDC is singing a familiar song: stop snuggling, kissing, or otherwise being physically affectionate with chickens. The message has been preached many times in the past, each in reference to outbreaks of Salmonella, a bacterial disease most commonly acquired through contaminated water or food. Salmonella is common among chickens, as well, and that’s a problem for backyard farmers. On … Continu

The hottest new cruise line of the decade is shipwrecked until at least October

The Points Guy / 5h
You’ll now have to wait until at least October for a getaway on what some have called the hottest new cruise ship of the year . Start-up cruise line Virgin Voyages on Wednesday pushed back the official debut of its first vessel, Scarlet Lady , by two more months, to Oct. 16. The Richard Branson-backed cruise operator cited the ongoing coronavirus pandemic . The delay isn’t the first for the ship.

Netflix Tells Subscribers to Use It or Lose It

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Netflix is planning to purge its service of subscribers whose accounts are no longer actively being used—but you may have a chance to save your precious streaming data if you resubscribe before it’s wiped. Read more...

It’s official: Delta files for rights to begin Cape Town flights

64The Points Guy / 5h
Delta Air Lines plans to return to South Africa in October with new joint service to Cape Town and Johannesburg, giving the carrier one of the few new-route announcements to come since the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on the industry. The Atlanta-based SkyTeam Alliance carrier aims for flights to begin with an Airbus A350-900 on Oct. 24, Delta said in a regulatory filing Thursday. The servi

Pokemon GO down time is first (planned) since 2016

SlashGear / 5h
On June 1, 2020, Pokemon GO will be down and offline for all users, all around the world, for seven hours. That’s a Monday, and the game will be undergoing server maintenance and “will be inaccessible to all Trainers” for the duration of said maintenance. For some, this will be sleeping time, for others, this will be a pretty large … Continue reading

Sid Meier's Civilization VI Is Free on Epic Games This Week

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After crashing for 8 hours during a GTA V giveaway, Epic Games is taking just one more turn. From now until May 28th, you can grab a free copy of Civilization VI from the Epic Games store. If you’ve never played Civilization, then be prepared to find yourself in front of the computer screen way past your bedtime. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How to Use Google Assistant’s Action Blocks for Accessibility

How-To Geek / 5h
Google Assistant makes completing digital tasks easier, but it can be inaccessible for those without dextrous fingers or a steady voice. With the Action Blocks app for Android, you can turn complex commands into a single digital button press. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

5 Reasons New Hotel ‘Coronavirus Surcharges’ Are A Terrible Idea

View from the Wing / 5h
Hotels can and should adjust pricing to generate the most revenue they can. That's called the room rate, and hotels publish numerous different rates every day and vary their rates as needed. They can also incentivize use of on-property facilities, or raise and lower prices at those. The worst approach would be for hotels to act in a deceptive manner, and undermine trust, when they're struggling t

3 ways the TSA experience will be different next time you fly

The Points Guy / 5h
Coronavirus is changing just about every aspect of the air travel experience. Airlines are beefing up their cleaning procedures , flight attendants are increasingly wearing masks and many airlines are changing their inflight food and beverage services . But the changes aren’t just happening onboard. Airports and even the Transportation Security Administration also are altering the way things are

Virtual events startup Run The World just nabbed $10.8 million from a16z and Founders Fund

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Run The World , a year-old startup that’s based in Mountain View, Calif., and has small teams both in China and Taiwan, just nabbed $10.8 million in Series A funding co-led by earlier backer Andreessen Horowitz and new backer Founders Fund. It’s easy to understand the firms’ interest in the company, whose platform features every functionality that a conference organizer might need in a time of a

Magic Leap has apparently raised another $350 million, in spite of itself

100+TechCrunch / 5h
Magic Leap has reportedly received a $350 million lifeline, a month after slashing 1,000 jobs and dropping its consumer business. Noted by Business Insider and confirmed by The Information, CEO Rony Abovitz sent a note to staff announcing the funding, courtesy of unnamed current and new investors. The who — and more importantly, why — isn’t clear. A key healthcare company may be involved. Whateve

How to Add PIN Security to Your Signal Account

32Lifehacker / 5h
Signal’s new PIN feature adds an extra layer of security to the encrypted messaging app and makes moving your account between multiple devices less of a hassle. Read more...

Freaky ‘Active’ Object in Jupiter’s Orbit Is First of Its Kind Seen by Astronomers

100+Gizmodo / 5h
It’s neither an asteroid nor a comet but something in between. It’s also parked within Jupiter’s orbit, making this object the first of its kind to ever be detected. Read more...

Can Google Ads data predict the next coronavirus outbreak?

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You wake up and something feels wrong. You can’t smell anything. Do you have the coronavirus? You grab your iPhone, head to Google, type “I can’t smell,” and tap the first link that pops up on the page. What you clicked was a Google Ad. From that one click, Google collects a lot of information about you — demographic data, location, and more. It also shares that data with the person who paid for

Citi Double Cash Card Review: Earn 2x Points Everywhere

200+One Mile at a Time / 6h
Citi® Double Cash Card 2% cash back on all purchases no annual fee convert rewards to ThankYou® Points Annual Fee: $0 Apply Now Citi is an advertising partner of OMAAT In this post I wanted to take a closer look at what I nowadays consider to be the single best credit card for everyday spending, assuming you’re using it correctly. Arguably this card is more valuable than ever before , given the a

Galaxy Note 9 update delivering newest S20 features

SlashGear / 6h
A series of features that first appeared on the Samsung Galaxy S20 series smartphones will soon see release on the Galaxy Note 9. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 continues to roll as one of the most reliable, solid workhorses on the market as released by Samsung in the last few years. Now, with the One UI 2.1 update, we’ll see … Continue reading

Experts: China Is Pulling Ahead in Race to Identify Extraterrestrials

1KFuturism / 6h
First Contact With China’s Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) in place, astronomers say the country is positioning itself as the new leader in the search for extraterrestrial life. Traditionally, SETI research has been a largely Western pursuit, scientists told . But FAST bucks that trend — if there’s any first contact to be made with alien civilizations, resea

Stop Phone Scammers, Text Spammers, and Robocalls Once and for All With Uncall

Futurism / 6h
If you have a phone number, you’re probably bombarded by scammers , spammers, telemarketers, and robocalls on a daily basis. In fact, you’re probably resigned to the fact that they’re an inevitable part of life. But in fact, there’s a way to eliminate them entirely with a one-time payment of as little as $10 per device. It’s called Uncall , and you can get started right now for free. The first st

Comedian Calvin Cato paints through a fire drill — The Bob Ross Challenge

24Mashable / 6h
Calvin Cato, host of the podcast "Playable Characters" and a lifelong Bob Ross fan, is rudely interrupted by the fire alarm in the middle of the Bob Ross Challenge. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Comedy , Podcast , Standup Comedy , and Bob Ross Challenge

Haptic Touch Is the Most Underrated Feature in iOS

28Gizmodo / 6h
We should all be using haptic touch on our iPhones. It’s simply the easiest way to quickly access common tasks, from creating a reminder to switching between Bluetooth devices. In the video above, I share some of the ways I use haptic touch every single day. Read more...

Fortnite Party Royale will present Christopher Nolan's new 'Tenet' trailer

Christopher Nolan Fortnite100+Engadget / 6h
So what’s next for the big event space in Fortnite ? If you thought it would be another concert or DJ set, guess again. Starting tonight at 8 PM ET and repeating at the top of every hour, the Party Royale space will show a trailer for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming time-travel movie Tenet. It’s not quite an IMAX screen, but with most theaters still shut down it’s an interesting form of a “Big scree

Bless Your Deviled Eggs With Grated Cured Yolks

42Lifehacker / 6h
I have been making a lot of sours , which means I have been using a lot of egg whites. The corresponding yolks get cured, and then grated, onto salads, pizza slices, bowls of pasta, and—most recently—deviled eggs. Eggs on eggs may seem excessive, but cured yolks are concentrated, intense, savory versions of their… Read more...

The best Memorial Day appliance sales: deals from Home Depot, Lowe's, and more

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Memorial Day sales have arrived, which means you can find incredible deals on appliances from your favorite retailers like Lowe's, Home Depot, and Best Buy. It's the perfect opportunity to score record low prices on a wide range of appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, blenders, vacuums, air fryers, and so much more. To help you sort through all the offers and promotions, we've rounded up t

Robin Hood of ransomware' wreaks revenge on shady businesses

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A group of hackers is fighting back against online scammers by targeting “scam” companies with ransomware and denial of service attacks. A new ransomware called MilkmanVictory was recently discovered online and the hackers behind it, who call themselves CyberWare, revealed in a post on Twitter that they created it specifically to send to scammers. BleepingComputer also spoke to the group who said

Tanzania Opens To (Non-Gay) Tourists Without Conditions*

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There are huge restrictions on international travel at the moment. Many countries have closed their borders altogether, other countries are restricting visitors from some countries, others are requiring a mandatory quarantine, etc. And then you have Tanzania… Tanzania opens with (basically) no restrictions Tanzania’s President, John Magufuli, has announced plans to open to tourists effective imme

Iron Man VR is getting its very own PSVR bundle

Iron Man VR PlayStationSlashGear / 6h
When it comes to superheroes that seem particularly well-suited for virtual reality gaming, Iron Man has to be near the top of the list. Sony and Marvel agree, announcing Iron Man VR for the PlayStation VR back in 2019. After a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Iron Man VR is nearly upon us, and Sony announced today that the … Continue reading

How to Set Up Flight Alerts on All Your Devices

24Lifehacker / 6h
Even the most well-traveled among us have missed a flight or experienced the heart-stopping feeling of realizing you’re at the wrong gate and have three minutes to find the right one. But this never has to happen if you’ve set up flight alerts, which will help to ensure that your travel is as seamless as it can… Read more...

Vivo's New X50 Might Have the Best Smartphone Camera Ever, Thanks to a Tiny Built-In Gimbal

Vivo X50 Gimbal Camera24Gizmodo / 6h
Vivo teased some pretty ambitious tech with its Apex 2020 concept phone , but now it’s putting one of those far-out innovations into something you might actually be able to buy. Read more...

IKEA has designed a DIY bee home you can build at home — Future Blink

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Bees are vital for life on Earth, so let's give them a home they deserve. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Diy , Ikea , Bees , and Future Blink

Save $60 to Cover Your Home With Google Nest WiFi Coverage

28Lifehacker / 6h
Google Nest WiFi 2-Pack | $239 | Amazon

Nextdoor Is Quietly Getting the Cops Involved: Report

100+Gizmodo / 6h
Community platform Nextdoor is courting police across the country, creating concerns among civil rights and privacy advocates who worry about possible conflicts of interest, over-reporting of crime, and the platform’s record of racial profiling , per a Thursday report by CityLab. Read more...

Biomimetic eye prototype brings cyborgs closer to reality

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New research out of Hong Kong brings humanity one step closer to the existence of cyborgs. The study, which was published in the prestigious journal Nature, details the creation of a biomimetic eye prototype that features a hemispherical retina made from a high-density nanowires array that is the machine equivalent of the photoreceptors found in the human eye. The prototype … Continue reading

Install All of Your Apps at Once With Windows 10's New Package Manager

36Lifehacker / 6h
Nothing says sexy like I use a package manager to install apps instead of double-clicking boring executables . It just rolls off the tongue. But there is something fun about installing and updating your apps using a command line tool—PowerShell, technically. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, the experience is even… Read more...

Fitbit's in-app study will determine if wearables can detect COVID-19

Fitbit Covid-19 1970Engadget / 6h
Fitbit is venturing beyond its research partnerships to launch an infectious disease study of its own that’s very easy to join. The device maker has introduced a study inside its app that will help determine if smartwatches and fitness trackers can spot early signs of COVID-19, the flu and similar diseases without waiting for symptoms. If you’re at least 21 years old and live in the US or Canada,

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

500+One Mile at a Time / 6h
Today at 6:30PM ET we’ll be having our weekly OMAAT virtual happy hour . 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. As you might notice in the title, I’m calling this a “special” happy hour. Why? Because we’ll be joined b

Joe Biden Answers Your Most Searched Questions About Him

200+Wired / 6h
The Democratic presidential candidate responds to the internet's most searched questions, including his stances on immigration, education, and gun control.

Scientists Want to Build Nuclear Reactors to Power Moon Colony

1KFuturism / 6h
Additional Pylons A team of scientists and engineers is hard at work building nuclear reactors to provide energy to settlements on the Moon and Mars . As space agencies around move to establish a permanent human presence on other worlds, the question of how to provide them with power has long lingered unsolved, Chemical & Engineering News reports . Because resupply missions are challenging and su

Snap a Picture of Your Meds When You Take Them

82Lifehacker / 6h
If you take meds on a schedule, you probably have a system for remembering what to take when, whether you use an app or something low-tech like a pill organizer. But for those occasional doses—like the Claritins I take every couple days during allergy season—just snap a photo of the pill bottle instead. Read more...

23 Countries Are Already Onboarding The Apple-Google Contact Tracing Tech

59Gizmodo / 7h
Yesterday afternoon, Apple and Google’s highly anticipated contact-tracing tech was officially rolled out, with Apple already baking it into the backend of its latest update . The question now is whether it’ll be the godsend for public health that both of the tech giants initially pitched , or if doubts surrounding the… Read more...

Save $60 to Cover Your Home With Google Nest WiFi Coverage

28Gizmodo / 7h
Google Nest WiFi 2-Pack | $239 | Amazon

Just turning your phone on qualifies as searching it, court rules

500+Ars Technica / 7h
Enlarge / A close-up of the PIN entry form on a smartphone's unlock screen. (credit: Nehru Sulejmanovski | EyeEm | Getty Images ) Smartphones are a rich data trove not only for marketers but also for law enforcement. Police and federal investigators love to get their hands on all that juicy personal information during an investigation. But thanks to the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution and

How to 'Quaran-team' More Safely

100+Lifehacker / 7h
In recent weeks, many of us have begun to explore quaran-teaming , where two households in isolation join forces, whether for social purposes or to help address specific needs. The adult moving back in with her elderly parents who have trouble managing alone, the families who need to swap child care: This trend, also… Read more...

Sea of Thieves finally has a Steam release date and it’s good news

Sea of Thieves SteamSlashGear / 7h
Earlier this year, Microsoft and Rare made a pretty big announcement, confirming that Sea of Thieves will be coming to Steam. Microsoft has long committed to bringing its first-party Xbox games to PC, but it’s only been recently that we’ve seen the company bring its big-name titles to digital storefronts outside of the Microsoft Store. Today, after leaving us hanging … Continue reading

Windows 10 is adding a slew of accessibility upgrades in May

Microsoft Windows 10100+Engadget / 7h
Microsoft has shared the latest accessibility enhancements it's working on for Windows 10. To start, the company is adding additional customization options that will allow you to adjust the width of the operating system’s cursor. Similarly, you'll be able to add a text indicator and customize the shade of the cursor using either a couple of pre-selected options or a custom color. Microsoft To com

Extra Crunch Live: Join Box CEO Aaron Levie May 28th at noon PT/3 pm ET/7 pm GMT

100+TechCrunch / 7h
We’ve been on a roll with our Extra Crunch Live Series for Extra Crunch members , where we’re talking to some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley about business, investment and the startup community. Recent interviews include Kirsten Green from Forerunner Ventures, Charles Hudson from Precursor Ventures and investor Mark Cuban . Next week, we’re pleased to welcome Box CEO Aaron Levie. He is a

Airport security is changing: These are the new TSA COVID-19 rules

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The TSA is changing the way you’ll go through airport security, with screening updates to try to stem the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of an expected uptick in travel over the summer. The US Transportation Security Administration had already adjusted its policies as coronavirus took hold in states across the country; now, it plans to make new changes nationwide by mid-June. … Continue reading

The CDC Is Screwing Up How We Count Covid-19 Testing Numbers

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with several states, are muddling the statistics on covid-19 testing, according to reporting from The Atlantic and other media outlets. They have combined the results of two different types of tests in their tallies released to the public, only one of which is… Read more...

Save up to 30% on Alienware gaming accessories during this sale at Dell

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Spoiler alert: Your glorious return to office life probably won't happen anytime soon. Even as some states gingerly lift their stay-at-home orders, "much of corporate America is in no rush to return employees to their campuses and skyscrapers," The New York Times reports. Capital One has reportedly told tens of thousands of its employees they'll be home at least through Labor Day, and Amazon's wo

How to Trick a Toddler Into Taking Medicine

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Toddlers and medicine aren’t always the best match. They’re sick or they’re teething and you know some medicine will help, but they’re not having it, and logic isn’t getting you anywhere. Parents have developed a few different tricks over the years to deal with the problem (give ‘em a chaser! dip a lollipop into it!… Read more...

These Button-Less Controllers Are An Affront To God

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I was minding my own business last night, gaming real hard like I do, when I took a break from blasting away grubs in Gears Tactics to check Twitter. It didn’t take long before for the powers that be punished me for my poor choices by forcing me to look at an old PlayStation controller with all of its buttons missing. Read more...

AirPods Pro Too Pricey? Samsung's 'Budget Alternative' Is $120 on eBay

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ | $120 | eBay

Facebook sees dollar signs in remote work

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Facebook is going remote and, if Mark Zuckerberg has his way, so are you . In a livestreamed talk Thursday aimed mainly, but not exclusively, at his employees, the CEO announced his plan to make Facebook a more remote-work friendly company. Notably, Zuckerberg sees the changes wrought by the coronavirus as a business opportunity. Who better, after all, to build and sell remote-working tools and s

Choice Privileges extends elite status for all, offers elite upgrades and bonus points

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to stymie international travel, we’ve seen most (but not all) major hotels and airlines make changes to their loyalty programs such as extending elite status and offering other promotions to incentivize business. One notable holdout had been Choice Privileges , but as of today the company has joined the trend by extending elite status for all members, as well

Facebook creates Workplace Rooms for professional video calls

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Last week, Facebook launched Messenger Rooms , a video chat service and potential Zoom competitor. Now, Facebook is bringing video chat to Workplace , its Slack alternative. Today, the company introduced Workplace Rooms , a “virtual meeting space,” where users can host video calls with up to 50 people. There’s no limit on how long the meetings can be, and you don’t need a Workplace account to joi

Google Action Blocks would make iPhone simple again

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Google Action Blocks was launched as an Android app in May of 2020, but it’s the latest round of iPhones and iOS 13 that stands the most to gain. With the latest version of iOS and most iPhones released in the last couple of years, Apple’s smartphone ecosystem’s become a bit of a new-user nightmare. Based on my experience as … Continue reading

Fitbit launches a COVID-19 early detection study, and you can join from the Fitbit app

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Fitbit’s activity-tracking wearable devices are already being used by a number of academic institutions to determine if they might be able to contribute to the early detection of COVID-19 and the flu, and now Fitbit itself is launching its own dedicated Fitbit COVID-19 Study, which users can sign up for from within their Fitbit mobile app. The study will help the company figure out if it can succ

TechCrunch Disrupt 2020 is going virtual

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The headline says it all. TechCrunch’s big yearly event, Disrupt , is going fully virtual in 2020. As you can imagine, this is largely due to the impact that the coronavirus has had on the world. But it also gives us a chance to make our event even more accessible to more people than ever before, and we’re incredibly excited about that. And Disrupt will stretch over five days — September 14-18 —

What to Watch Tonight, May 21, 2020

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Looking for something great to watch tonight? We’ve scoured the web to find some of your best options for the day. Read more...

Healthcare workers are saving lives. Here's how you can send them your gratitude.

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Amanda, an intensive care nurse at a New Jersey hospital, woke up exhausted on a recent morning with one more shift left before her week ended. She picked up her phone to see that Russ, a man she'd never met before, sent her a video through 6FTCloser , a volunteer-run platform launched as a way to help people deliver messages of gratitude to all frontline workers whose jobs are essential during t

Netflix goes on an account purge

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Netflix plans to start automatically canceling active account subscriptions, the company explained this week, though you likely don’t have to worry about your own account. Netflix said that it will reach out to the account owner before it takes this action, giving them a chance to confirm that they want to keep their account active. If the account is canceled, … Continue reading

Where to Put This Year's Vacation Budget

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I don’t know about you, but I began saving money for my summer vacation in January. In fact, I have budget line items for two separate trips: One to see friends, and one to see family. Read more...

How To Have The Best Time Playing Super Mario Party

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Mario Party games go poorly when tempers run hot. One minute, you’re about to finally ( finally! ) grab a star. The next, one of your so-called “friends” uses a Golden Pipe and snatches it from your grasp. Or maybe you’re stuck in a rut of poor mini-game performance. Coming dead last in a dozen mini-games in a row can… Read more...

Save up to 54% off Some of Your Favorite Dragon Ball Blu-Rays

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Up to 54% off Select Dragon Ball Blu-ray’s | Amazon Read more...

Should Flight Attendants Be Allowed To Wear Face Shields? American Airlines Says No.

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Flight attendants and even passengers are now expected to wear face masks when flying. But what about face shields? Some airlines are outfitting their cabin crew in full personal protective equipment. That provides a consistent look for the airline. What about a flight attendant taking it upon themselves to wear a face shield, when that's not something the airline allows? Is it alright during the

Facebook makes big remote work moves with plan for new hubs in Dallas, Denver and Atlanta

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In a live-streamed town hall, Mark Zuckerberg gave an overview for what he expects in the near future as Facebook pursues accommodations to keep workers productive and safe during the COVID-19 crisis. The move comes as large tech companies reassess the viability of their iconic Silicon Valley campuses, now empty as the pandemic keeps most employees at home. Part of Zuckerberg’s vision, announced

The best USAA credit cards

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If you are a USAA member, you know it offers competitive pricing for many of its financial services. For example, my husband and I haven’t found other car insurance, personal property insurance or renter’s insurance policies that offered a better value than what we could get through USAA. But, what about USAA credit cards? Today, I take a closer look at these cards to determine whether they can c

Students Sue the College Board Over Glitches in the Online AP Exam System

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In the wake of school closures necessitated by the current covid-19 crisis, the College Board—the organization that oversees Advanced Placement Exams—is being sued by a group of students who claim that it knew of and even acknowledged issues with at-home testing that could disproportionately affect some students and… Read more...

Haptic Touch Is the Most Underrated Feature in iOS

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We should all be using haptic touch on our iPhones. It’s simply the easiest way to quickly access common tasks, from creating a reminder to switching between Bluetooth devices. In the video above, I share some of the ways I use haptic touch every single day. Read more...

Vivo explains the X50 Pro's gimbal-like camera stabilization

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Back in late February, Vivo introduced a rather intriguing feature for its APEX 2020 concept phone: a tiny "gimbal-like structure" for the main camera, which was said to provide beefed-up optical stabilization “in the front-back and left-right inclined directions.” No further explanation was given at the time, but according to Engadget Chinese , today Vivo finally decided to offer us a technical

SpaceX Says “High Chance” Human Launch Will Be Pushed Back

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Scrub Hub SpaceX may well make history on May 27, launching the first astronauts to space from American soil since the retirement of NASA’s Space Shuttle program in 2011. But bad weather could end up delaying the historic launch. “I would expect there to be a very high chance of scrub due to the weather,” SpaceX Director of Crew Mission Management Benji Reed told Click Orlando . “And given the ti

The “Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition” is a shock-and-awe campaign against reality

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The Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition! It has a case. [credit: Samsung ] The most industry-leading and innovative division of Samsung—the marketing department—has conjured a new version of the Galaxy S20 out of thin air. Samsung has produced a press release and website breathlessly touting the "Samsung Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition (TE)," a "mission-ready smartphone solution tailored to the unique needs

Amazon Crucible released: Can it challenge Fortnite?

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For quite some time now, Amazon has been trying to break into the gaming space. Some of those efforts culminated in the company’s acquisition of Twitch six years ago, but Amazon also founded Amazon Game Studios way back in 2012 to actually create games. For the first several years, the studio focused on creating mobile games, but with the release … Continue reading

Samsung Will Reportedly Shift August's Galaxy Note 20 Event to Online Only

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SamsungThis may come as no surprise, but Samsung is reportedly planning to make the yearly Galaxy Note announcement an online event. This is, of course, due to the global pandemic that I’m sure you’re absolutely sick of hearing about by now. Alas, this is life in 2020. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Android's Newest Features Focus on Accessibility for Everyone

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Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and Google is sharing new features and apps for Android that should make the mobile OS more accessible. New Action Blocks make complicated tasks as simple as one tap, and Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier should make having conversations easier for those who need help. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Razer's Refreshed Blade Pro 17 Offers a 300Hz Screen Upgrade

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There’s no such thing as too many frames per second. Razer’s hardware line is embracing this mantra with the 2020 refresh of the Blade Pro 17, its largest and most bombastic laptop. It’s offered in two screen options: a 4K, 120hz panel, which is already pretty spiffy, or a 1080p panel that can blast its refresh rate to 300 hertz. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

BuzzFeed's Multiplayer Quiz Party Helps You Uncover Your Personality With Friends

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When someone sends me a personality quiz, I retake it until I get the results that I want. That way, I’ll have a screenshot to prove that I’m “wise, wealthy, and handsome like Jafar,” or whatever. But the jig is up. Friends can now see my quiz results in real-time using BuzzFeed’s multiplayer Quiz Party game. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Samsung's Latest TV and Soundbar Look Good, Even in the Rain

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Today Samsung announced a new TV and Soundbar, but this time the company isn’t looking for space in your living room. No, Samsung designed the Terrace TV and Terrace Soundbar to go outside on your patio, lawn, or wherever you need outdoor entertainment. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

A Guide to Dune’s Strange and Intense Religions

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Prophecies, ancient sisterhoods, a bible that’s orange for some reason. Religion in Dune can be a bit confusing. To help, io9 parsed the main, spoiler-free stuff you need to know before Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation arrives this December. Read more...

Scammers send fake COVID-19 contact-tracing text messages

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The coronavirus pandemic is forcing most of us to stay at home and in many case unable to work, but it hasn't stopped scammers attempting to steal our valuable personal information. They've simply adjusted their tactics to use COVID-19 to their advantage. Apple has just released iOS 13.5 , and with it unlocked access to the contact-tracing system it co-developed with Google. However, Colleen Tres

iOS 13.5 is here: Do this to stop bubbles from changing size on FaceTime group calls

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FaceTime is now more important than ever and you can finally turn off its most annoying feature: those shape-shifting bubbles. Instead of cleanly presenting every participant's feed, FaceTime presents everyone in little bubbles that irritatingly change size whenever someone talks. It looks bad and makes any group call that has more than three or four people impossible to look at. With Apple's new

Scientists Disguise Cancer-Hunting Nanorobots as Blood Cells

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In order to find and treat cancerous tumors, a team of scientists is working on an aggressive new approach that involves a swarm of tiny, cancer-killing robots . The idea is to inject the nanobots, which are engineered to look and travel like white blood cells, into a patient’s veins and move them around inside the body with powerful magnets. “Our vision was to create the next-generation vehicle

Enjoy some 4K TV with your nature on Samsung’s new outdoor sets

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Like most of us, you’ve probably been stuck inside for months now. Sitting around, pacing your home, watching a lot of bad television. Would anything possibly be better than finally getting some time outdoors to commune with nature and catch a little ultra high-def television? Up to now, outdoor sets have largely been the realm of specialty companies with names like SunBriteTV. Now Samsung’s gett

NASA’s parallel universe, backwards time, and a paywall

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This week a report from ANITA (maintained by NASA) showed results of a study that’ve subsequently been skewed beyond sense. This is largely due to a single report that was partially blocked behind a paywall. Because a great many news sources used this article on the original report, instead of seeking out the original report, they had to assume that … Continue reading

Anyone Need a Copywriter?

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Have you been laid off or furloughed? Are you a frontline worker dealing with new stresses or irresponsible management? Is working (or not working) from home starting to take a psychological toll? Submit a story using this Google form or send me an email with the subject line “My Covid Story” and provide as much … Read more...

Google releases Action Blocks to aid people with cognitive disabilities

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Google’s flurry of accessibility updates goes well beyond improvements to Maps . It’s releasing its long-promised Action Blocks feature (above) as an Android app , greatly simplifying Google Assistant tasks for people with cognitive and motion disabilities. You can call a family member, turn the lights off or take a selfie with a single tap on the home screen. Live Transcribe is also considerably

American Airlines just updated its status challenge policy due to coronavirus

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There was one component of American’s elite status extension announcement that was still to be determined. And that’s what would happen to those who were participating in status challenges once travel was halted. At the time, we confirmed with AA that they would do something to make it up to those who could no longer complete their status challenge. And now, we’ve got the details of what AA’s doi

Survey shows rising trust in scientists, politicization of basic facts

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Enlarge (credit: Marcel Kusch/Getty Images) For the last several years, the Pew Research Center has been tracking the US public's views on scientists and science-related issues. This year's survey finds a continuation of a worrisome trend: the US public has a rising trust in scientists, but it's mostly due to an increased respect among Democrats. The timing of the survey was such that Pew was abl

Japan May Cover Half The Cost Of Your Visit

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Japan is one of the places I’m most excited to eventually return to, and it looks like the country has quite a plan to lure tourists once borders reopen. Japan has seen a 99.9% drop in tourists This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but Japan saw a 99.9% drop in tourists for the month of April 2020. April is typically one of the most popular months of the year to visit Japan due to Cherry Bloss

Change Your Wishbone App Password Now

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If you’ve ever used the social voting app Wishbone , you need to change your account’s password immediately. Hackers broke into the mobile app earlier this year and stole its entire database of user information, which contained over 40 million usernames, emails, physical addresses, phone numbers and passwords. A… Read more...

The Infamous Relwen Peached Sailcloth Tanker Is Down 60% In Huckberry's Memorial Day Sale

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Relwen Peached Sailcloth Tanker | $119 | Huckberry

Oil Companies Are Pumping Worthless Oil Back Underground

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For the first time in history, oil prices went negative last month due to plummeting demand and oil traders running out of space to store their oil. As a result, some oil and gas companies are now resorting to desperate measures. They’ve reportedly started to pay buyers to take oil off their hands — and in some instances, have even started pumping it back into the ground, the Texas Observer repor

Think of Your HSA as an Extension of Your Emergency Fund

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If you have a health insurance plan that comes with a health savings account (HSA) or if you’re planning to sign up for a HSA plan during the next round of Open Enrollment, here’s some good news: The IRS just announced it will increase the amount of money that you can contribute to your HSA in 2021. Read more...

Snag discounted Nest routers in Google's Memorial Day sale

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With Memorial Day around the corner, several retailers, including Amazon, have put Google's latest Nest devices on sale. We've highlighted some of the more compelling deals on offer this long weekend below. Nest WiFi The highlight of the sale is the Nest WiFi Router. Amazon is currently selling the device for $149 , down from its sticker price of $169. $20 off might not seem like a significant di

This microbubble showerhead could save you tons of water — Future Blink

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The MTIZSEI showerhead uses millions of microbubbles per second to give users a deep, environmentally friendly clean. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Clean Tech , Eco Friendly , and Future Blink

Sega’s Genesis Mini retro game console is down to $50 today

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Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Today's Dealmaster is headed up by a nice price on the Sega Genesis Mini, which is down to $50 at a handful of retailers . While we've seen the retro game console briefly drop to $40 during a couple of sales earlier this year, today's price is tied for lowest we've seen it on Amazon specifically since the holiday season. For reference, Sega originally sold the devic

Take your Samsung TV outdoors with this weatherproof QLED display

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Samsung has announced a new series of weatherproof 4K QLED TVs that will launch today in the US and Canada, and later this year in Germany, Australia and New Zealand. Dubbed ‘The Terrace’, the series is part of Samsung’s lineup of lifestyle TVs like The Frame , The Serif and The Sero that was introduced at this year’s CES. Unlike the other Samsung TVs, though, The Terrace takes some specs from Sa

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid pricing revealed with Solar Roof

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Hyundai has priced up its newest gas-electric car, with the 2020 Sonata Hybrid promising 52 mpg and an innovative solar roof to top up the battery using the sun’s power alone. The new midsize sedan is set to roll into US dealerships in June, Hyundai says, with fuel economy expected to hit 54 mpg on the highway. In the city, … Continue reading

Valorant release date moved up despite COVID-19

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There’s a lot of excitement surrounding Valorant, the newest game from League of Legends developer Riot Games. Following a closed beta period where invites were handed out randomly to people who were watching streamers play Valorant on Twitch, the game has seemingly found its fanbase. The big question now is when Valorant will launch, and that’s a question Riot answered … Continue reading

Samsung The Terrace outdoor TV takes 4K into the garden

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Samsung is extending its range of lifestyle TVs outside, with a new outdoor TV dubbed The Terrace for when you want to watch Netflix among the trees. It’s the company’s first dedicated outdoor TV, and as you’d expect it promises the same QLED 4K Ultra HD resolution and screen technology as its flagship indoor models. In fact, Samsung says, many … Continue reading

Nearly half of Twitter accounts pushing to reopen America may be bots

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Kathleen M. Carley and her team at Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Informed Democracy & Social Cybersecurity have been tracking bots and influence campaigns for a long time. Across US and foreign elections, natural disasters, and other politicized events, the level of bot involvement is normally between 10 and 20%, she says. But in a new study, the researchers have found that bots may acc

Netflix will start canceling long-dormant subscriptions

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Netflix viewership is way up while most of us are sheltering in place, but it turns out there are hundreds of thousands of subscribers who haven’t actually used their accounts in forever. The company doesn't want people to pay for a service they're not using -- it’d rather you make good use of your subscription . As such, it’s starting to cancel long-dormant accounts. If you signed up at least a

The Best Things The Empire Strikes Back Introduced to Star Wars

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back has been around for so long, it’s easy to forget how much it changed Star Wars . In the 40 years since its release , all of the sequel’s characters, planets, ships, and ideas, have become core pieces of the franchise. But upon release, no one knew what a Force Ghost was. Or who Lando… Read more...

Facebook’s Workplace, now with 5M paying users, adds drop-in video Rooms and more

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One of the biggest technology takeaways of the last couple of months has been that organizations need confident, wide-ranging digital strategies to stay afloat, and Facebook — in its wider bid to build products to serve businesses — is taking note. In the same week that the social network doubled down on business tools for small and medium enterprises with Shops , it is also sharpening its focus

Couldn't get a beta key? Valorant will launch on June 2 for the rest of us

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Riot Games announced today that Valorant , their highly-anticipated 5v5 team-based shooter, will officially launch on June 2. The latest game from the League of Legends developer has been in closed beta since April, but that hasn't stopped the game from dominating the esports conversation for weeks now. Invitations to the closed beta test were given out to those who hooked up their Riot Games acc

A Famed Neuroscientist Is Investigating Near-Death Experiences

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Approaching Light Historically, people who have had near-death experiences (NDEs) described them as blissful or peaceful — and neuroscientists still aren’t sure why that is. But famed neuroscientist Christof Koch , president and chief scientist of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, has some ideas. In an article for Scientific American , Koch probes historical accounts of NDEs and the underlyi

PathSpot sells a scanner that fact checks your handwashing efficacy

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The novel coronavirus disease has reminded millions that handwashing is a great way to avoid preventable diseases. Christine Schindler , the CEO and co-founder of PathSpot , has been preparing for the past three months for the past three years. “I’ve been obsessed with handwashing,” Schindler said, who has a background in biomedical engineering and public health. Combine that obsession with her e

NSO Group: Israeli firm 'impersonated Facebook to spread spyware'

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An investigation accuses Israeli cyber-security firm NSO Group of pretending to be Facebook.

AirPods Pro Too Pricey? Samsung's 'Budget Alternative' Is $120 on eBay

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ | $120 | eBay

New low-cost Pixel 4a release date lets Google hone in on Summer

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Google’s next slightly-inexpensive Google Pixel phone’s release date appears to have been pushed back (again). This is the second time we’ve heard insider tips that the Google Pixel 4a launch was delayed, and it’s not entirely clear why either decision was made. First, Pixel 4a was reportedly pushed from May to June, now from June to July. Information on this … Continue reading

Home Chef hacked, eight million users have data breached

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The US-based meal kit and food delivery service Home Chef has announced that it suffered a data breach after a hacker sold 8m of its user records on the dark web. As reported by BleepingComputer , a hacking group called Shiny Hunters was recently selling the user records of eleven companies on a dark web marketplace from $500 to $5,000 depending on the number of records each database contained. H

Samsung lets you enjoy nature with its 2,000-nit outdoor QLED TV

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If hosting barbeques and backyard parties is your thing, you may want to up your game with an outdoor TV. And if picture quality is a concern, Samsung ’s new Terrace TV could be worth checking out. It’s built specifically for the outdoors, has a 4K resolution and uses QLED technology for precise color fidelity. In terms of standing up to nature, the Terrace has a weather resistance rating of IP55

Samsung's 2020 soundbars include models with Alexa and object tracking

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Samsung’s 2020 batch of soundbars includes many more than just the outdoor-friendly Terrace model . It’s shipping its Flagship Q series, Lifestyle S series and T series bars this month, with all of them available this spring. The high-end Q range (shown below) boasts audio tricks like Q-Symphony, which melds object tracking with your TV’s top speakers to produce a more immersive effect, as well a

That Time a Loon Fatally Stabbed an Eagle in the Heart

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A lake on the outskirts of Portland, Maine, became a highly unusually scene last summer when a kayaker happened upon a dead bald eagle floating face down, pierced through the heart. Read more...

Follow These Rules for Socializing

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More than two months into the pandemic, many of us are trying to find a way to navigate our new normal in a safe, sustainable way. Quarantine fatigue is very real . Even normally cautious people are struggling with taking the proper precautions, simply because of how long this has been going on. Read more...

Amazon reportedly delays Prime Day until September

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This year, Amazon’s Prime Day won’t happen until September, The Wall Street Journal reports. The annual shopping event usually takes place in the summer, but due to the recent surge in demand and strain on Amazon’s warehouses caused by COVID-19, the company will postpone the event. In March, Amazon said it was facing an unprecedented demand and would hire an additional 100,000 warehouse and deliv

Robot dog tries to herd sheep

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The Spot robot was designed for search and rescue - but may find work in the farming industry.

How to Read a COVID-19 Graph

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When you see a flat line on a graph, it’s tempting to think, “Oh hey, at least the situation isn’t getting any worse!” But one of the common types of charts we see for COVID-19 is of new cases per day. In that case, a flat line means that things are, in fact, still getting worse. Read more...

Hotels Consider Adding COVID-19 Surcharges

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“Destination fees” have been one of the most annoying trends we’ve seen in the hotel industry in recent years. Well, get ready, because a COVID-19 fee or surcharge could be the next thing added to your hotel bill once travel resumes. Hotels may add COVID-19 fees Many hotel loyalty programs have private online communities they use to get feedback from customers. A reader shares with me that a majo

Video shows precise moment of Michigan's disastrous dam failure

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After getting deluged with unusually extreme rains for two straight days, two critical dams in Michigan failed this week. The failures led to unprecedented flooding in Midland County, and the evacuation of towns submerged in floodwaters. "This is unlike anything we’ve seen in Midland County," Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement . Heavier rains are a well-understood consequence

Rest easy with up to $400 off a Leesa mattress during their Memorial Day sale

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TL;DR: Save up to $400 on a new Leesa mattress during the Memorial Day sale as of May 21. That includes savings on both hybrid and all-foam mattresses plus free, no-contact delivery. Memorial Day weekend is almost here, and that means a complete cascade of mattress sales. We've already highlighted a few of our favorite online mattress stores from Allswell to Purple . But you can't have too many o

Robots! (Don’t Get Too Excited.)

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Robots are cool. But we should be skeptical of emerging technology.

Facebook Is Turning to AI to Teach Kids About Stranger Danger

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Scams and creepers abound on Facebook Messenger. To combat them, Facebook is now turning to artificial intelligence. A new AI-powered safety feature for Messenger will now help people, particularly kids, identify bad actors and notify them about suspect accounts—all without reading the actual messages themselves. Read more...

Civilization VI is now free on Epic Games Store – could Borderlands: The Handsome Collection be next?

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Civilization VI is the latest high-profile PC game to be given away by the Epic Games Store, following hot on the carjacking heels of Grand Theft Auto V . Sid Meier’s strategy epic is another pretty incredible freebie which is available to grab now, and will be until May 28. All you need to do is head on over to the Epic Games Store , where you must have an account and have turned on two-factor a

Video-Chat Juries and the Future of Criminal Justice

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Could a trial by one's peers still work when all one's peers are WFH?

Daily Crunch: Twitter tests limiting replies

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Twitter is giving users tools to avoid abusive or annoying replies, MakeSpace raises $55 million and Sphero gets a new CEO and a new spinoff. Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 21, 2020. 1. Twitter is testing a feature that limits who can reply to your tweets Users can pick from one of three options: Everyone, People You Follow and Only People You Mention. If you opt for either of the latter, the r

Google Maps will highlight accessible locations with a wheelchair icon

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Google is introducing a new Accessible Places feature to Maps and search that the company says will make it easier for wheelchair users to see if a location they want to visit is accommodating to their needs. When you enable the functionality, you'll see a wheelchair icon whenever a business or public venue has an accessible entrance. You'll also be able to see if it has accessible seating, washr

Google Maps update adds new wheelchair-friendly feature - here's how to get it

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A new Google Maps update is bringing a feature to aid those in wheelchairs, as it will now list accessible places within the app. Available starting from May 21, 2020 and rolling out gradually, the new "Accessible Places" feature will be an option users will be able to turn on, "to have wheelchair accessibility information more prominently displayed in search results and in Google Maps." The upda

The Trash app’s new features can create AI-edited music videos and more

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The team behind Trash , an app that uses artificial intelligence to edit your video footage, launched a number of new features this week that should make it more useful for anyone — but especially independent musicians. I wrote about the startup last summer , when CEO Hannah Donovan told me that her work as Vine’s general manager convinced her that most people will never feel like they have the t

Bias FX 2 turns your iOS device into a portable guitar rig

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Positive Grid ’s Bias FX Mobile app for iOS lets you plug in your guitar and sculpt out a custom tone. Today, the company released a new version of the software -- and the update contains more than just a few tweaks. The sounds engine of Bias FX 2 has been rebuilt from the ground up, and a variety of features add new ways to tweak your tone ad infinitum as well as, you know, actually play. Like b

'Normal People' producer calls out Pornhub for pirated sex scenes

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When Hulu's adaptation of Sally Rooney's novel Normal People dropped last month, its sex scenes were undeniably arousing. The Cut's advice, for example, was to watch the series with a vibrator . The sensuality of the scenes weren't a mistake, either: The show had an on-set intimacy coordinator to choreograph moves. But it's not just (lonely, horny) viewers that took note of Normal People' s eroti

Prisoners' Tools Found Hidden in Chimney at Auschwitz

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A team working to restore a historic building at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland have stumbled upon numerous items hidden by prisoners inside a chimney. Read more...

X-rays reveal the key to preserving Edvard Munch’s The Scream

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The Scream Enlarge / Edvard Munch's 1910 version of The Scream shows signs of degradation. New synchrotron radiation analysis provides a key to its preservation. (credit: Edvard Munch / Aurich Lawson) Edvard Munch's The Scream is one of the most iconic paintings of the modern era, inspiring silkscreen prints by Andy Warhol, the killer's mask in the 1996 film Scream , and the appearance of an alie

Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook photos under GDPR

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Privacy laws mean a grandmother needs her daughter's permission to post photos of her grandchildren.

Between This One Couple, There Are Over 1,500 Transformers and 300 Barbie Dolls

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One can spend hours combing through the web looking up his or her next procurement and it can get a little lonely when there aren’t meets to attend and fellow fans to hang out with. Luckily for Mike and Amanda Kieler, they’ve found solidarity in collecting togther, even if their collections are wildly different. Read more...

Only for Nordstrom enthusiasts: Nordstrom Visa Signature Card review

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Nordstrom Visa Signature Card Overview The Nordstrom Visa Signature Card offers a way to earn rewards on Nordstrom and a couple of popular spending categories. However, its unimpressive sign-up bonus and inflexible redemption options make it a lackluster card overall. Card Rating: ½ *Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG’s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer. Are you a frequent

Spotify will let employees work from home through the end of year

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Spotify this week joined a growing number of tech giants expanding their work from home policies as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drag on. While not as radical as Twitter’s recent decision to let staff work from home forever, the music streaming service’s move does represent increased openness to the arrangement. As noted by Variety , the new policy allows staff to continue working from home

Netflix to start cancelling inactive customers’ subscriptions

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Netflix said Thursday it will ask customers who have not watched anything on the on-demand video streaming service in a year or more if they wish to maintain their subscription — and will cancel their membership if it does not hear back. The company said it has started to notify customers who have’t watched anything on the platform in 12 months since they became a subscriber to check if they wish

Rub a Garlic Clove Around the Inside of Your Bloody Mary Glass

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It is hard, in my opinion, to add enough garlic to food, let alone too much. I usually double (or triple) the amount called for in a recipe, and I have been known to add it to recipes that did not call for it all. But things get tricky when you try to add garlic to drinks, even umami-packed, savory beverages like a… Read more...

G2A confirms stolen game key sales, pays $40,000 to Factorio devs

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Enlarge / Floating in a sea of question marks is actually a good look for G2A, given the circumstances. (credit: G2A ) After years of controversy, gray-market game key marketplace G2A has admitted to what it has long been accused of by angry game developers: profiting from the sale of illegitimate download keys—at least in one specific instance. In a blog post yesterday , G2A confirmed that 198 c

Myzone's virtual fitness classes can tell if you’re slacking

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In a lot of gyms and boutique fitness studios, there are classes that use chest straps with biometric sensors to track your heart rate and effort. Most of the time, these bands, apps and smart TV readouts are powered by Myzone, which makes both the hardware and software. With most gyms closed for the time being (and preparing for a post-corona future of smaller classes and tougher hygiene standar

No, the iOS 13.5 iPhone Update Won’t Send Your Health Data to the Government

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On May 20, 2020, iPhones started to receive iOS 13.5, which includes a COVID‑19 Exposure Notifications API. Despite the contract tracing feature being voluntary, people are already worried that personal information will be misused. Here’s why you don’t need to worry. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Facebook Messenger Now Warns You of Potential Scammers and Impostors

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Facebook still feels like the wild west, and not because its users wear cowboy hats and assless chaps. In Facebook’s own words, the website is packed full of things like “romance scams” and “inheritance scams.” It’s easy to swindle someone out of their dough over Messenger, so Facebook will now warn you when you receive a “potentially harmful” message. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

TSA Is Changing How Airport Screening Works Next Month Due To COVID-19

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TSA is rolling out changes to the security process, already in effect in some airports and complete across the nation by mid-June. They want to reduce contact between passengers, and between passengers and screeners, and to remind customers to minimize actions that lead to screeners opening up bags and giving pat downs. Continue reading ...

Epic Games Store ends GTAV free, Civilization 6 (Civ6) downloads begin

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Epic Games released the game Grand Theft Auto V (aka GTA 5) for free this past Thursday, resulting in the entire games store system crashing. The game, one of the best-selling video games ever made, was made free in order to bolster the usership of the Epic Games store – and do that it certainly did. The system of giving … Continue reading

Skyflow raises $7.5M to build its privacy API business

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Skyflow , a Mountain View-based privacy API company, announced this morning that it has closed a $7.5 million round of capital it describes as a seed investment. Foundation Capital’s Ashu Garg led the round, with the company touting smaller checks from Jeff Immelt ( former GE CEO ) and Jonathan Bush ( former AthenaHealth CEO ). For Skyflow, founded in 2019, the capital raise and its constituent a

Extra Crunch Live: Discuss work and raising cash in a downturn with Revolution’s Steve Case and Clara Sieg right now

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This afternoon, we’re chatting with Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution as part of our new interview series, Extra Crunch Live . Topping our agenda, we will talk about jobs — in Silicon Valley, on the coasts and in the heartland. The technology sector is suffering through a contraction caused by the COVID-19 global health crisis, and layoffs are hitting nearly every company. We hope you’ll jo

The future of flight can be energy-efficient

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Damon Vander Lind Contributor Damon Vander Lind is general manager for Heaviside at Kitty Hawk , a company whose mission is to free the world from traffic with eVTOL vehicles. We are at the dawn of a new era in transportation. At the turn of the 20th century, cars began to replace horses. Now, a century later, we would like to see mobility move to the sky. Kitty Hawk has built several prototype v

VergeSense grabs $9M for its people-counting sensor tech as offices eye COVID changes

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Facilities management looks to be having a bit of a moment, amid the coronavirus pandemic. VergeSense , a U.S. startup that sells a “sensor as a system” platform targeted at offices — supporting features such as real-time occupant counts and foot-traffic-triggered cleaning notifications — has closed a $9 million strategic investment led by Allegion Ventures, a corporate VC fund of security giant

Xbox Game Pass gets these two big games today, Minecraft Dungeons next week

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Xbox Games Pass has some big updates in store for users over the next week or so. That all begins today with the addition of Alan Wake and Cities: Skylines to the service. After those two titles join the roster today, we’ll see the addition of a new first-party game from Microsoft next week. Alan Wake is joining Xbox Game … Continue reading

AT&T still refuses to kill misleading 5GE network icon for 4G service

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Enlarge / Screenshot from an AT&T commercial. (credit: AT&T ) AT&T has reluctantly agreed to stop using the phrase "5G Evolution" to describe its 4G service in advertising but will apparently continue to use the misleading "5GE" icon as the network indicator on phone screens even when there's no 5G service. AT&T's so-called 5G Evolution service is in reality just 4G with advanced LTE features lik

What's Coming to Netflix in June 2020

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June is almost upon us. To help everyone prepare, Netflix just released the list of what’s coming and going from the platform next month. Read more...

What You Need to Know About Swimming During the Pandemic

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It may feel like the 13th week of March, but according to the calendar it’s almost Memorial Day weekend—the unofficial start of summer. This is usually the time when we pack up and head to a newly-opened beach or a cookout on the deck surrounding a friend’s backyard pool, but this is the Summer of COVID-19 and… Read more...

Sony claims PS5 is 100 times faster than PS4, thanks to its speedy SSD

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It might sound hard to believe, but Sony has said the PS5 is 100 times faster than PS4 because of the console’s custom SSD hard drive . When asked about the PlayStation 5’s speed compared to its current-gen console at a corporate strategy meeting, Sony made the bullish claim that PS5 will “revolutionize the game experience for users” in an official Sony document . Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida added

Delta speeds up LAX, Salt Lake City renovation projects during pandemic

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Delta Air Lines is not sitting on its laurels waiting for travelers to fly again as the coronavirus pandemic wanes. Instead, the airline has streamlined its fleet and is working with airports in Los Angeles, New York and Salt Lake City to open major terminal projects ahead of schedule. Works at Los Angeles (LAX) and Salt Lake City (SLC) airports could open as much as two years early thanks to the

How to watch Downton Abbey online: watch every episode from anywhere

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TV phenomenon Downton Abbey spanned six seasons, numerous specials, and a 2019 movie: enchanting audiences worldwide with its sumptuous re-creation of early 20th century England and the interpersonal affairs of the aristocratic Crawley family and their household staff. It’s well-crafted comfort television, and you can watch Downton Abbey online wherever you’re streaming from. Created and co-writt

How to Cancel a Zoom Meeting

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Unexpected emergencies may come up, causing you to need to cancel your Zoom meeting. Don’t just leave the other attendees in the dark—let them know you won’t be able to make it. Here’s how to cancel a Zoom meeting. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Razer Blade Pro 17 2020 refresh adds 300Hz screen

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Razer’s Blade Pro 17 laptop has been given a 300Hz upgrade, with a fast new screen joining new Intel processors and NVIDIA graphics. Largest notebook in the company’s range, the Blade Pro 17’s 2020 revamp sees it offer either a gamer-friendly Full HD 300Hz 17.3-inch panel, or a 4K version for those who want more screen real-estate. Standard regardless of … Continue reading

Futurama's Bender Turned Into a Belligerent Smart Speaker That's Still More Useful Than Siri

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If you’re going to put a smart speaker in your home that disregards your privacy and functions only to rake in profits from you in any way possible, it might as well be a disembodied interactive version of Futurama’s Bender instead of Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant. “Bite my shiny metal ask me anything.” Read more...

Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't want misinformation 'going viral'

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For a movie night under the stars, an outdoor projector is your best bet

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Gathering the family to watch a film everyone agrees on ( Cats ?) under the stars: Now that's a summer night. To turn your yard into a home theater, though, you'll need a projector — one that works just as well outside as it does in. While the vast majority of projectors aren't marketed exclusively for outdoor use, there are plenty of options that will suit backyards, rooftops, and porches with n

TSA Agents Will No Longer Touch Your Boarding Pass

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While COVID-19 is terrible news in just about every way, as a somewhat socially awkward introvert, there are some changes to the way we interact that I appreciate. For example, when I see people I know there’s no longer the expectation of touching. I don’t have to decide whether it’s someone I’m supposed to shake hands with, hug, hug and give a kiss on each cheek to (I live in Miami, this is basi

Tinder may let you match with users anywhere in the world for free

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If you can’t meet a date in person, then where they live doesn’t really matter. That’s what Tinder seems to think, anyway. The company is reportedly planning to test a new Global Mode, which will allow profiles to show up around the world, The Verge reports. Users will be able to match with people in other cities, states and even countries. Tinder says it will begin rolling out the “first steps”

How to Get Your Kid Started on Stephen King

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Most Stephen King readers I know discovered the man in their youth. They stumbled on a copy of Cujo or Firestarter in a library book sale and carted it home, and then they couldn’t put it down, and then their tiny story-loving minds exploded. In the best way possible. Read more...

How to Turn off COVID-19 Exposure Logging and Notifications on iPhone

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Apple introduced its Exposure Notifications API in the iOS 13.5 iPhone update along with exposure logging and notifications explicitly developed to help with coronavirus contact tracing. Here’s how you can turn on or disable the COVID-19 Exposure Logging feature on your iPhone. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Thursday's Best Deals: Insignia Fire TV, AirPods Pro, Google Nest WiFi, Cole Haan Sale, Xbox Gift Cards, and More

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An Insignia Fire TV , a pair of Apple AirPods Pro , Xbox gift cards , a sale on Cole Haan sandals , Google Nest Wifi , and a sale at DermStore lead Thursday’s best deals. Read more...

'Valorant' will be available to everyone on June 2nd

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If you’ve been itching to play Valorant but somehow haven’t had success in snagging a beta key by watching Twitch streams, you won’t have to wait too much longer to try it. Riot Games will make its free-to-play tactical shooter available to everyone in most regions on June 2nd. Those who are taking part in the closed beta will have to get by without their fix for a few days, as it’ll end on May 2

Razer’s Blade Pro 17 adds 300 Hz screen and RTX 2080 Super GPU options

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Razer has made choosing between a laptop and desktop PC even trickier with its latest Blade Pro 17 laptop. It’s now equipped with either a 300 Hz 1080p IPS display ideal for gaming, or a 4K 120 Hz TFT touchscreen aimed at content creators. Powering all those Hz is Intel’s latest 2.3GHz 8-core i7-10875H CPU that can be boosted up to 5.1GHz, and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics. A

Razer’s Blade Pro 17 sports a 300Hz display, Nvidia RTX Super GPUs

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Here's the new Razer Blade Pro 17 gaming laptop. [credit: Razer ] Razer on Thursday announced a new version of its Razer Blade Pro 17 gaming laptop. Like its predecessor, the device is aimed squarely at gamers and content creators looking for a powerful yet relatively thin 17-inch notebook. This year’s Blade Pro 17 comes in three main variants. The lower two feature 17.3-inch 1080p displays and e

Personal finance tracker Copilot adds support for Apple Card spreadsheet imports

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When Apple added the ability to export transactions via spreadsheet to its credit card, Matthew hit up the folks at Copilot, asking whether they planned to support the feature. The answer was essentially “not yet, but soon.” This week, however, it’s finally official. The makers of the personal finance tracking app announced that users can now import the Apple Card’s CSV spreadsheet into Copilot.

Snag this Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush for just $30

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TL;DR: The impressive Philips Sonicare EasyClean rechargeable electric toothbrush is on sale for $29.99, down from $44.99. If anything has remained constant through these ~uncertain times~ it's that we all need to brush our teeth. Here at Mashable, we're big fans of electric toothbrushes because they give a deeper clean that you just can't get with manual brushing. Philips is a standout name in e

Thursday's Best Deals: Insignia Fire TV, AirPods Pro, Google Nest WiFi, Cole Haan Sale, Xbox Gift Cards, and More

48Lifehacker / 11h
An Insignia Fire TV , a pair of Apple AirPods Pro , Xbox gift cards , a sale on Cole Haan sandals , Google Nest Wifi , and a sale at DermStore lead Thursday’s best deals. Read more...

NASA Will Pay You to Chill in a Fake Mars Mission for 8 Months

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Spaceman Simulator NASA is looking for participants to spent eight months together inside a spaceflight simulator at the Russian Institute for Biomedical Problems in Moscow. The goal is to study the effects of spending time in isolation and confinement — sound familiar? — while on lengthy space missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. “Participants will experience environmental aspects similar to

Garmin launches solar smartwatch that lasts up to 24 days between charges

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Garmin has announced a new multi-sports smartwatch for land and water-based activities, with solar charging that can extend its battery life up to 24 days. The Garmin Quatix 6X Solar has similar specs to the existing Fenix 6X Pro Solar, including a bright 1.4-inch display that's designed to be readable in direct light, smart notifications, contactless payments through Garmin Pay, and storage for

How to Disable or Hide Your MacBook's Touch Bar

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Lifehacker Managing Editor Joel Cunningham had a quirky quarantine-inspired question the other day: His three-year-old keeps on mashing the brightly colored buttons on his MacBook’s Touch Bar, prematurely ending his participation in various video chats. Cute as that might be [Managing editor’s note: IT’S NOT CUTE], he… Read more...

Amazon Food takes on Swiggy, Zomato in India

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While most delivery companies are reporting losses and downsizing, Amazon has chosen this period to launch its food delivery service Amazon Food in Bengaluru. The American company, known for taking calculated risks, hopes to give Swiggy and Zomato a run for their money, amid widespread market disruption in India due to the Covid-19 related lockdown and restrictions on restaurants. It has reported

Sky Q now has games you can play between TV shows

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You can now play games on Sky Q using your remote control with the new PlayWorks app, it's been announced. You can play 20 free games right now, which include classics like Tetris, Solitaire and Mahjong, as well as games that previously exploded on mobile like Crossy Road and Doodle Jump. You don't need to install these games to play them, and the loading times are very short, based on our brief

You can now get Huawei P30 deals packed with 100GB of data for just £25 a month

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Since the launch of the new and shiny P40 range, Huawei P30 deals have been tumbling down in price. Now at the lowest we've ever seen it, this mid-range handset is an excellent purchase. And of all the available P30 contracts, Three seems to have the best one right now. You're getting 100GB of data and only having to pay £25 a month to get it . That's a massive drop in cost from when the phone fi

Google Maps helps healthcare workers find hotels

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As healthcare professionals continue to battle the coronavirus pandemic across the US and much of the world, Google is adding a new Maps feature to help those individuals find special accommodations when they're done their daily shifts. Starting today, first responders can use the app to find hotels that have special policies in place to help them by typing in a search term like "hotels for essen

Crypto hedge funds struggle to recover from “bloodbath”

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Enlarge (credit: Yuriko Nakao | Getty Images) Vlad Matveev has learned the hard way how volatile cryptocurrency hedge funds can be. The 50-year-old Muscovite invested $250,000 last year with California-based Cryptolab Capital, which targeted double-digit gains from trading crypto regardless of whether the market rose or fell. But Matveev said his investment fell 98.5 percent in value when the fun

Huami Amazfit Bip S to launch in India on June 3rd

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With the greater growth witnessed in the wearables segment in India, Huami Corporation, a biometric and activity data-driven company with significant expertise in smart wearable technology, will launch its Amazfit Bip S smartwatch in India. Slated for a June 3rd launch in the country, the Amazfit Bip S was first unveiled at CES 2020 . It is an affordable smartwatch equipped with power-packed batt

It’s hard, but not impossible, to do live comedy online

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If comedians fear anything, it’s silence. You bust a gut to make a joke in front of tens or hundreds of people, only for it to be met with indifference. But COVID-19 has forced all of the live venues closed, making acts take their shows online or risk losing their audiences. With online-only comedy, silence isn’t just an occupational hazard, it’s the default. I’m in an improv troupe called the In

You Can Get a Free Chicken Sandwich at Wendy's Right Now

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Wendy’s may not be serving up as many of their iconic square-shaped hamburgers right now thanks to a beef shortage , but they want you to know that they’re still open for business—and they’re giving away free chicken sandwiches to do it . Specifically, if you order any menu item via the Wendy’s app , you can get a spicy… Read more...

Why the entire open source movement is under threat right now

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To date, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected over 170 technology events worldwide. Some of them have been postponed and others have moved online, but the majority have been cancelled outright. This has had a significant impact on the open source community, placing high-profile organizations and projects under mounting financial pressure. The Open Source Initiative (OSI), the organisation responsib

Grand Theft Auto publisher has 93 games in the works – is GTA 6 one of them?

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Grand Theft Auto publisher, Take-Two Interactive, has revealed it has 93 "full game releases" planned for the next five years – and we're hoping GTA 6 is one of them. During a recent earnings call (via GamesRadar ), Take-Two president Karl Slatoff said that this line-up is the strongest in the company's history, but what can we expect? Well, according to Slatoff, 63 of these games are "core gamin

Bored of Netflix? Check out this amazing streaming service movie library

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The movie streaming service Mubi just seriously stepped up its game by offering a new library of films to subscribers. While the service's long-standing offering was to give its users one movie every day, then after 30 days, cycle out each film, this gives film lovers a chance to catch the movies they've missed. Even though Mubi carries a lot of independent and international cinema, you'll see mo

The Politics of Counting Things Is About to Explode

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With contested vote tallies, concerns over Census data, and now the Covid-19 death toll, 2020 marks the ugly climax of a long dispute.

The original Xbox source code just leaked – and it doesn’t stop there

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It’s an exciting day for classic console and operating system enthusiasts, as it appears that the source code for the original Xbox and Windows NT 3.5 have leaked online. The original Xbox was released way back in 2001 and marked Microsoft’s entry into the video game console business. Windows NT 3.5, on the other hand, was released in 1994 and … Continue reading

How to Set Up an Office in the Garden or Backyard to Maintain Your Sanity

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If you’re lucky enough to have some outdoor space where you live, setting up shop in the garden or backyard can make working from home more bearable. You can top up your daily dose of vitamin D , get closer to the natural (or urban) world around you, escape from the rest of the family, and get all your work done all at… Read more...

Ecwid raises $42M from Morgan Stanley and PeakSpan

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In the same week that Facebook announced a redoubled effort to make a bigger mark in e-commerce, one of its long-time partners has closed a large round of funding. Ecwid , the startup that sells e-commerce tools directly and via third parties like Square and Wix, letting businesses build e-commerce experiences on their own websites and apps, as well as via Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, Google, and

Intel just bought the WiFi tech loved by gamers-in-the-know

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Intel has bought the company behind the Killer networking tech, promising to bring the gamer-favorite to a broader audience as it integrates it with its own WiFi products. Handiwork of Rivet Networks, the Killer brand has proved to be a perennial favorite for those wanting to squeeze out latency and maximize their bandwidth, particularly in gaming where milliseconds can mean … Continue reading

Switch Your Ceiling Fan Direction Each Season for Increased Comfort

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Come the change of the seasons you should take a moment to check your ceiling fans are spinning the right direction to keep you extra cool in the summer and extra toasty in the winter. Here’s how. Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

How to Switch Between Open Apps and Windows on Mac

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As you install more apps and open new browser windows on your Mac, you might find it difficult to switch between all open apps and windows using just the Dock. Thankfully, there are better and faster ways to swap between open applications. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Are Masks with Valves Less Effective?

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In an attempt to minimize the spread of COVID-19, wearing masks in public is becoming the new normal. Whether it’s a cloth mask or an N95 respirator, anything covering your mouth and nose will do—just as long as it doesn’t come with a valve. Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

DOOM Eternal update 1.1 removes anti-cheat, after outcry

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After implementing Denuvo Anti-Cheat in DOOM Eternal in Uldate 1 here in May, 2020, iD Software changed a tune. Today they announced that they’d be removing the anti-cheat technology from their game in their next PC update. This update will be released “within a week” – so said Marty Stratton, Executive Producer iD Software in a community update earlier today. … Continue reading

First responders can now search for free or discounted Hilton, IHG hotels on Google

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Healthcare workers, first responders and essential workers have been on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. By day (or night), they work with patients or perform other essential jobs to keep the economy running. For more travel tips and news, sign up for our daily newsletter. But life after their shifts can be as equally perilous. Many first responders have decided to self-quarantine at A

What airport security looks like if you fly during the pandemic

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As segments of the country begin the process of reopening, many antsy Americans are no doubt itching to travel during the Memorial Day weekend. With the holiday fast approaching, the TSA is outlining new security measures for those flying during the pandemic. Some have already been in place amid limited flight schedules, and, for the most part, the rules are similar to those that have been implem

Create a 90-day timeline after fundraising to strengthen investor-founder ties

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Medha Agarwal Contributor Medha Agarwal is a former founder and an early-stage investor at Redpoint Ventures , working with entrepreneurs focused on fintech, marketplaces and the future of work. As the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the nature of businesses and the way we work, it’s making even more clear how important communication is when it comes to effective collaboration. I’ve been refle

iPhone 12's cameras may be better than the iPhone 11's in this one way

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We’re fully expecting the iPhone 12 range to have improved cameras, and one improvement all four models could have is a better wide-angle snapper. That’s according to DigiTimes , which, citing sources from the supply chain, says “the wide-angle lenses of all the new iPhones will be upgraded from 6P to 7P.” That ‘7P’ refers to a 7-element lens, and having more elements can help minimize aberration

Amazon Prime Day 2020 date is now set for September, say company sources

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 will take place in September. That's according to insider sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal, claiming that the annual online sales deals marathon will shift from its usual July slot two months further into the year. Like businesses across the globe, Amazon has felt the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a surge in demand leading to stock and distribution issues.

Today I Learned: Get Credit Card Refund When Losing Out On Exchange Rate Fluctuation

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This was news to me. I've redeposited award tickets where the taxes and fuel surcharges were substantial, and I've lost money when those fees were credited back to me when the dollar strengthened between the time of booking and refund. It never occurred to me to ask my card issuer (usually Chase in that case) to make good on the difference. It seemed interesting enough to pass along. Continue rea

Emirates Adds Bathroom Attendants To All Flights

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And no, I’m not talking about the kind in fancy steakhouses that offer you cologne and hand you a paper towel after you wash your hands, hoping you’re drunk enough to tip them a $20. Yesterday I wrote about what kind of service changes we should expect in Emirates first class as the airline resumes regularly scheduled flights . Today Emirates has announced additional changes they’ll be making, an

The Webby Awards polish up their gallery of internet history

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The winners of the Webby Awards were announced earlier this week , and anyone visiting the Webby website to browse the winning work might have noticed that it has gotten a fresh look. The awards’ executive director Claire Graves told me that while the existing gallery was already “a source of inspiration for anyone who wants to create award-winning digital work,” the site was last redesigned five

Beware mega-unicorn paper valuations

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Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. There’s a famous old post going around Twitter this week by entrepreneur and developer David Heinemeier Hansson ( @DHH ). DHH is a critic of certain elements of the startup world, especially wild valuations. This entry from him is , in my view, a classic of the genre. The post in

Boulder Care opioid treatment platform picks up traction during coronavirus

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With the regulations around telehealth changing rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic, an opioid treatment platform with a digital component is finally finding a strong market foothold after facing a mountain of regulatory hurdles. Boulder Care was founded by Stephanie Papes, a former associate at Apple Tree Partners. She first became interested in opioid treatment after facilitating the firm’s fi

Why these well-known premium cards are better than the Mastercard Black Card

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When it comes to luxurious credit cards, there’s nothing more eye-catching than the infamous “black card.” More often than not when we say black card, we’re referring to the invitation-only Amex Centurion card , an exclusive product reserved for Amex’s top-spending customers. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . In addition to the Centurion ca

How to Disable or Hide Your MacBook's Touch Bar

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Lifehacker Managing Editor Joel Cunningham had a quirky quarantine-inspired question the other day: His three-year-old keeps on mashing the brightly colored buttons on his MacBook’s Touch Bar, prematurely ending his participation in various video chats. Cute as that might be [Managing editor’s note: IT’S NOT CUTE], he… Read more...

How much does your CPU matter for gaming?

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Normally when benchmarking processors it’s useful to look at a few models with similar specs or near the same price-point, to get a sense how they differ. That’s not what we did here. For the latest episode of our explainer show Upscaled, we compared Intel’s new flagship 10-core chip, the i9-10900K , with AMD’s budget-level Ryzen 3 3300X. We were trying to answer one question: How much does your

Vivaldi browser teams up with ultra-private Startpage search engine

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The privacy-focused Vivaldi browser has announced a partnership with search engine Startpage to allow users the ability to control what data is collected when they browse the Internet. Commenting on the collaboration, Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner said it will allow users to browse the web "freely and without any intrusions to their privacy.” Startpage has grown rapidly to becoming one of the mos

Watch the cast of 'Solar Opposites' goof off in adorable making-of clip

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Thank Shlorp for Korvo, Terry, Yumyulack, Jesse, and the team that made them. It's been less than two weeks since Hulu dropped the first season of Solar Opposites — a Ricky and Morty- like sitcom following a family of aliens stranded on Earth — and already we want more. In this new behind-the-scenes clip (exclusive to Mashable, thank you very much), co-creators Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan bre

With an ex-Uber exec as its new CEO, digital mental health service Mindstrong raises $100 million

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Daniel Graf has had a long career in the tech industry. From founding his own startup in the mid-2000s to working at Google, then Twitter, and finally Uber, the tech business has made him extremely wealthy. But after leaving Uber, he wasn’t necessarily interested in working at another business… at least, not until he spent an afternoon in the spring of 2019 with an old friend, General Catalyst ma