Friday, June 12, 2020

TPS Consulting Friday Afternoon News


Plastic rain is the new acid rain

24KArs Technica / 1h
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Hoof it through the national parks of the western United States—Joshua Tree, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon—and breathe deep the pristine air. These are unspoiled lands, collectively a great American conservation story. Yet an invisible menace is actually blowing through the air and falling via raindrops: Microplastic particles, tiny chunks (by definition , less tha

‘New’ Spider-Man PS5 game is an expanded remaster, not a sequel

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Would-be PS5 gamers and fans of the excellent Marvel’s Spider-Man – a PS4 exclusive that launched in 2018 and was one of our best games of the year – were likely highly excited at the sneak peek at a new Spider-Man PS5 game , showed off during the massive PS5 game reveal event on June 11. But not all was as it seemed. Along with our first look at the PS5 console itself, and a host of other incomi

Prepare for the Never-Ending Coronavirus Plateau

500+Lifehacker / 1h
Earlier this week, the U.S. reached another sad milestone in the covid-19 pandemic, with the country now reporting over 2 million confirmed cases of the viral disease, along with at least 115,000 deaths. Read more...

Star Wars: Squadrons confirmed after leak: full reveal details

SlashGear / 6min
It looks like a new Star Wars game is on the way, and this time around, we’ll get to hop in the cockpit of various Star Wars fighters and do battle in space. The game leaked on the Microsoft store earlier this morning, and after that cat was let out of the bag, EA confirmed the title by scheduling a … Continue reading

Android 11 Beta Voice Access update makes a big difference

Android 11 OnePlusSlashGear / 16min
This afternoon Google released Android 11 Beta for Pixel 2, 3, and 4, with a very obvious upgrade to Voice Access. This is a feature in Android that allows the user to make commands – it’s part of the “OK Google” and Google Assistant family. This feature now, far more accurately than ever before, understands screen context and content, so … Continue reading

You Have One Month Left to File Your 2019 Taxes

Lifehacker / 20min
Tax Day is coming. Did you forget? I don’t blame you. America’s worst annual holiday was moved from April 15 to July 15 back in March, and if you weren’t expecting to get a refund, you probably put the task aside. Read more...

HBO Will Kill HBO Go, Rename HBO Now to HBO, HBO HBO HBO

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HBO is changing the name of at least one of its HBO-branded services because no one gets the difference between them, The Hollywood Reporter’s Natalie Jarvey reported . HBO Go is going away completely, and HBO Now will simply be known as HBO. Read more...

Paint-by-numbers should be your next relaxing self-care hobby

Mashable / 27min
When it comes to self-care these days, your efforts to wind down don't always have to be ambitious. You should mediate, tackle a reading list, or set out to complete a challenging home improvement project if those things soothe you. But perfect self-care activities can also be as simple as playing with sidewalk chalk , coloring with crayons, or doing a puzzle. In the spirit of reclaiming beloved

Internet Archive ends free e-book program, following publisher suit

56TechCrunch / 30min
The National Emergency Library is one of those well-intentioned ideas that was destined to get pushback. The brainchild of Internet Archive, the platform made north of 1.3 million books available for checkout, free of charge. The system was designed to supplement the book needs of educators, as libraries across the country remained closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Book publishers, on the othe

Android 11 Beta changed trashing files forever

Android 11 OnePlusSlashGear / 33min
A brief period of safe-keeping appears in Android 11 for 3rd-party apps trashing files (like photos and videos), thanks to MediaStore API. Storage access with Android 11 includes a sort of recycling bin – or safety net between the trashing of a file and that file’s actual complete annihilation. This could be good news for the clumsy, or bad news … Continue reading

How to Get a Free Copy of 'Hitman: Absolution' This Weekend

Lifehacker / 35min
I don’t care how many Hitman games IO Interactive cranks out, I’ll play every single one of them , even though all of them involve doing the exact same thing: poring over sprawling levels to find the perfect spots from which to execute covert assassinations. And, in my case, scrambling to finish your objectives without… Read more...

How Deadpool Found His Way Into a 'Black Lives Matter' Mural

Gizmodo / 36min
Even as statues commemorating the worst atrocities of the last thousand years continue to fall amid ongoing protests sparking by the police killing of George Floyd, several major cities have erected their own works of art (if only temporarily) to celebrate the movement for black lives sweeping the U.S. and several… Read more...

Hot Pepper Ghost Has Insane Battery Life and Launches Today on Visible, Starting at $79

Gizmodo / 36min
Visible Hot Pepper Ghost | $79 | Visible

'Atlanta's Missing and Murdered' shows how little America cares about Black kids' lives

Mashable / 40min
Cries for justice — for American power systems to make even the most basic concession that Black lives matter — are not in any way new. Over the past couple weeks, however, those cries have rung out with a long-overdue collective ferocity that has rarely been seen in this country. But to truly join the voices who've been demanding a safer future for Black Americans, we must also look back and ful

HBO 'Go' and 'Now' names are going away, leaving just HBO and HBO Max

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HBO is retiring HBO Go and rebranding HBO Now in order to clear up confusion surrounding its newest app, HBO Max , the company has confirmed to Engadget. HBO Go, an on-demand streaming service for cable subscribers, will be “sunsetted” and then discontinued July 31st. HBO Now, which serves the same purpose for those without cable, will be rebranded as simply HBO. The TV network is clearing the wa

Deal Alert: Etihad business class to Asia and Africa from $1,805 RT

The Points Guy / 46min
Etihad offers one of the best business class products in the sky — when TPG’s Samantha Rosen reviewed it earlier in the year , she said the seat was spacious and comfortable, the food was good and the service was second-to-none. That said, Etihad business class tickets don’t come cheap. You’ll usually pay more than $4,000 for a round-trip ticket from the U.S. to its hub in Abu Dhabi (AUH), or whe

How to Build a DIY Sound Cannon Shield

28Lifehacker / 49min
In recent weeks, police departments across the country have used so-called “sound cannons” to control and disperse crowds of protestors . Officially known as Long Range Acoustic Devices, or LRADs, these speakers are essentially sound-based weapons that allow law enforcement to broadcast high-frequency audio at a… Read more...

Prepare Your Post-Quarantine Bod With a Eufy Smart Scale, Now Bundled With Random Ass Christmas Lights for $40

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Eufy Smart Scale P1 + LED Lights | $40 | Amazon Read more...

‘The money is still there,’ says APX managing director Jörg Rheinboldt

Porsche 911 Turbo GTS100+TechCrunch / 48min
APX is an early-stage accelerator in Berlin, but it’s not quite your average accelerator — it’s essentially a joint venture between giant European publishing house Axel Springer and Porsche, the German automaker. Earlier this month, we sat down with APX managing director Jörg Rheinboldt to discuss what makes APX different and how it’s weathering the coronavirus pandemic. Rheinboldt has quite a bi

NASA’s New Horizons Probe Is So Far Away, It Now Sees Stars in Different Positions Than We Do

22Gizmodo / 48min
A NASA parallax experiment involving New Horizons shows the probe now sees some stars in slightly different positions than we do on Earth, revealing just how far the spacecraft is from home. Read more...

ASUS announces a trio of WiFi 6-capable mesh routers for $300

100+Engadget / 58min
Over the last year, we’ve seen a variety of WiFi 6 routers and mesh systems make their way out to consumers, but few have been as affordable as the ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) three-piece bundle ASUS announced today. At $300, ASUS has priced its latest mesh router between Amazon's entry-level Eero system and Google's Nest WiFi , the three-packs for which cost $249 and $349 when they're not on sale . No

WarnerMedia tries to simplify HBO branding by sunsetting HBO Go and renaming HBO Now

WarnerMedia HBO Max72TechCrunch / 59min
WarnerMedia is hoping to make things simpler for anyone wondering whether to get HBO Max, HBO Go or HBO Now. Back in simpler times, there were only two HBO streaming apps — Go for cable subscribers, and Now for viewers who wanted a standalone streaming subscription. Then the company launched launched HBO Max last month . Content-wise, Max encompasses the HBO library plus a bunch of additional mov

Disable UPnP on Your Wireless Router Already

24Lifehacker / 1h
Forwarding ports on your router so devices can talk to the outside world is a pain in the butt, so it makes sense why a technology like UPnP sounds so convenient. This automatic process assumes that it’s safe to expose your network to the internet when internal programs request access—which is generally true, unless… Read more...

Museums Depicting the History and Legacy of Slavery

Lifehacker / 1h
Knowing our history is critical. However, as a country, we have never had an honest discussion of the history of slavery, as well as the segregation, racial violence and inequalities that came after. Read more...

How to Use Water Jugs as Weights

20Lifehacker / 1h
Dumbbells and kettlebells may still be hard to come by , but containers of water are widely available and nearly free. The trick is finding something that’s the right weight, without being too awkward. In this week’s installment of our improvised equipment challenge , we’ll be working out with water jugs. Read more...

11 easter eggs from 'The Office' you might've missed

20Mashable / 1h
Although "The Office" has been off the air for almost a decade, there are still new things hidden throughout the show to be discovered. Here are some you probably missed! Read more... More about Mashable Video , Steve Carell , The Office , John Krasinski , and Entertainment

SpaceX goes for its third launch in two weeks early on Saturday

44Ars Technica / 1h
Enlarge / This booster launched the JCSat-18 mission in December, 2019. (credit: SpaceX) Early on Saturday morning, SpaceX will go for its third launch in two weeks with another Starlink mission into low Earth orbit. This will bring the total number of Starlink Internet satellites launched to date to nearly 540. For most US residents, watching this launch will require either real dedication or a

Here Are the Trailers for Every Game Sony Announced at Its PlayStation 5 Event

How-To Geek / 1h
The next generation of gaming is upon us! And after the PlayStation 5 showcase yesterday, it’s clear Sony’s strategy for tackling this new generation is the same as the last generation. Produce tons of high-quality exclusives until people give in and buy your console. And with 26 games announced or shown-off yesterday, there’s bound to be at least a couple that piques your interest. Read This Art

Reddit Is Testing Sign-In Through Google and Apple Accounts

27How-To Geek / 1h
Websites often give you the option to log in through Google or Apple because its easier and more secure and memorizing passwords. But platforms like Reddit are notorious for pushing against the trend, to the chagrin of mobile users and forgetful types. Now, it seems that Reddit has changed its mind, and is quietly testing Google and Apple sign-in. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Ring in iced coffee season with a new Nespresso machine on sale

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Read more... More about Home , Coffee , Nespresso , Kitchen , and Mashable Shopping

How to enjoy Harry Potter without J.K. Rowling

20Mashable / 1h
J.K. Rowling is officially cancelled (again) after her latest string of transphobic statements. However, there's still a vibrant fandom celebrating things like LGBTQIA+ Harry Potter podcasts and Wizard rock. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Harry Potter , Jk Rowling , Daniel Radcliffe , and Fandom

COVID-19 virus may cause healthy people to develop diabetes

SlashGear / 1h
As if the threat of permanent lung damage weren’t enough, a new initiative has found evidence that the novel coronavirus behind COVID-19 may cause yet another unexpected health complication: the onset of diabetes. The disease may be developed by patients who are otherwise healthy, the report states, and it may also cause ‘severe complications’ for anyone who is already suffering … Continue readin

Hans Solo, Ranked

100+Gizmodo / 1h
It’s all come down to this. After years of unhealthy obsession and the spark of a rediscovered hobby , it’s time to rank the Hans. Read more...

How to safely store your nudes

20Mashable / 1h
In the time of the coronavirus, sexts may be the only sexual connection people have had since social distancing began. If you're taking more nudes than usual, though, you may be wondering what the best way is to keep them secure from prying eyes. While the celebrity iCloud nude photo leak was six years ago now, the fear that something similar can arise hasn't dissipated completely. Thankfully, th

Honda Hackers May Have Used Tools Favored by Countries

100NYT > Technology / 1h
A recent cyberattack that disrupted the operations of the company may have been the first time criminals used sophisticated software previously known to be used by state agents.

NASA taps Kathy Leuders to lead its human spaceflight efforts

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NASA has selected a new top official to oversee all of its efforts regarding human spaceflight – Kathy Leuders, who previously led NASA’s commercial crew program, starting in 2014 and culminating in the successful first crewed demonstration launch of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft last month. Leuders also previously worked on NASA’S Commercial Cargo program, which has led to the long and successful r

You can help a Mars Rover’s AI learn to tell rocks from dirt

84TechCrunch / 1h
Mars Rover Curiosity has been on the Red Planet for going on eight years, but its journey is nowhere near finished — and it’s still getting upgrades. You can help it out by spending a few minutes labeling raw data to feed to its terrain-scanning AI. Curiosity doesn’t navigate on its own; there’s a whole team of people on Earth who analyze the imagery coming back from Mars and plot a path forward

What to Watch This Weekend, June 12-14, 2020

28Lifehacker / 1h
What are you watching this weekend? Every afternoon since quarantine began in earnest we’ve been hunting down and highlighting the best viewing options around—and tonight we’re doing it one final time. For good or ill, things are reopening, which means the ubiquitous livestreams are drying up, so we’re retiring this… Read more...

The Five Best Cordless Vacuums, According to Our Readers

Lifehacker / 1h
Top Product: Dyson V11 | $640 | Amazon

How to Help a Turtle Across a Road

24Lifehacker / 1h
If you’ve ever seen a turtle crossing the road—common in the springtime and early summer—you’ll help both the turtle and drivers if you can get it safely out of the way. Read more...

A Dirty Coronavirus Recovery Could Haunt Us for Decades to Come

59Gizmodo / 1h
The economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus has decimated jobs and created a pretty scary financial situation for far too many. It’s also led to the single biggest yearly dip in carbon pollution ever recorded. Governments are starting to figure out how to recover. They can invest in a green economy to address… Read more...

EA officially announces 'Star Wars: Squadrons' following leak

Star Wars SWS Xbox400+Engadget / 1h
Following a leak on the Xbox website Friday, it seemed that EA was preparing to reveal its next Star Wars game. The publisher didn’t wait too long after that to officially announce Star Wars: Squadrons. Pilots Wanted. Tune in for the reveal trailer of #StarWarsSquadrons this Monday, June 15th at 8:00 AM Pacific Time: — EA Star Wars (@EAStarWars)

Volkswagen launches home EV charging system sales ahead of ID.3 vehicle deliveries

100+TechCrunch / 1h
Volkswagen has started to sell a home-charging device as the automaker prepares to bring its new ID family of electric vehicles to market. The ID.3 is the first electric vehicle under the ID label and will only be sold in Europe. Customers who made reservations for the launch edition, known as ID.3 1st, will be able to order their vehicle starting June 17. Volkswagen said this week that the deliv

The PS5 reveal was huge: Here’s what mattered

SlashGear / 1h
Yesterday, Sony gave the fans what they wanted and revealed some of the games that are currently in development for the PlayStation 5. It was a big event that stretched on for more than an hour, and much of that time was taken up by trailers for upcoming games. There were a lot of reveals both big and (relatively) small, … Continue reading

Still Not Sure What to Buy Your Dad for Father's Day? Our Merch Is 10% off, Just Saying

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Dark Rum and Campari Love Each Other Very Much

44Lifehacker / 2h
A few years back, I heard someone refer to St. Germaine as “bartender’s ketchup.” That really stuck with me. The elderflower liqueur was near-ubiquitous in the late 2000s, popping up on trendy cocktail menus everywhere and dominating nearly every drink it graced. I never got wildly into St. Germaine, but I like the… Read more...

Still Not Sure What to Buy Your Dad for Father's Day? Our Merch Is 10% off, Just Saying

Lifehacker / 1h
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The Case For Ending All Traffic Stops

2KGizmodo / 2h
As millions of Americans warm up to an old idea (cops are bad! ) and Minneapolis appears ready to disband its police department, let me offer another step on the path toward abolishing America’s police and forming a more just country. Let’s straight up give up on all traffic stops. End them. As it turns out, they’re… Read more...

ISS lab test success on path to coldest lab in known universe

SlashGear / 2h
Aboard the International Space Station, physicists worked in a unique laboratory to create a Bose-Einstein condensate. With this quantum matter, scientists will be able to further (and better) explore the wide universe of quantum physics. The results of the proof-of-principal released in a research paper in Nature this week show that this Cold Atom Lab can “successfully exploit the microgravity …

Terrifying Argument Says Economy Will Collapse For Real in August

500+Futurism / 2h
Pending Catastrophe There’s a chance that the worst of the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t happened yet. According to a troubling BuzzFeed News op-ed , the real economic and societal collapse could arrive in August. Part of the problem, according to BuzzFeed’s argument, is that many of the measures put in place by the U.S. government to mitigate the coronavirus’s impact will expi

Here's How Often You Should Wash Your Face Mask

100+Lifehacker / 2h
Since the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic—even back in January and February before things really started to get bad in the U.S.—there has been some mixed messaging when it comes to wearing masks . At Lifehacker, we’ve been fortunate that our senior health editor, Beth Skwarecki, has been on the case this whole… Read more...

This Android Wallpaper Can Brick Your Phone

Lifehacker / 2h
There’s a gorgeous Android wallpaper making the rounds, and you should absolutely not set it as your phone’s background. It’s great to look at it, yeah, but it can also soft brick your phone when installed—especially if you’re running Android 10 on a Pixel or Samsung device. Here’s why. Read more...

Facebook experiments with adding Face ID to Messenger inbox

100+Engadget / 2h
Facebook is testing a new feature for Messenger that allows users to better protect their messages from prying eyes. When enabled, users will need to authenticate their identity using Face ID, Touch ID, or their passcode before they can view their inbox, even if their phone is already unlocked. (The feature relies on your device’s security settings, so however you unlock your phone normally is ho

Here's Why YouTube's Cracking Down on Creators Raising Ad Dollars for Racial Justice

YouTube Ads CreatorsGizmodo / 2h
If you’re part of the growing chorus of folks around the world looking for ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement, there’s no shortage of ways to do it. You can donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund ! You can donate to a bail fund network ! You can donate to an organization like the NAACP or the Southern Poverty… Read more...

Under Armour made a face mask: Good luck trying to find one

SlashGear / 2h
Under Armour is the latest company to release its own reusable cloth face mask, one that you will have a lot of trouble acquiring at any point in the near future. The mask is shaped to fit one’s face, unlike plain rectangular medical masks that often leave gaps. The new mask offering joins similar products launched by a number of … Continue reading

Coder-Turned-Kingpin Paul Le Roux Gets His Comeuppance

100+Wired / 2h
The programmer who became a flagrant drug lord and weapons trafficker was sentenced in New York City to 25 years in prison.

Light dumps multi-camera phone plans for autonomous car focus

Xiaomi Nokia Smart Band 5SlashGear / 2h
Computational photography trailblazer Light has quietly given up its smartphone camera ambitions, despite inking deals with Nokia, Sony, and others to use complex multi-sensor tech for better images. The company’s approach eschewed the “one big sensor” angle that was most prevalent in smartphones, replacing it with a cluster of multiple sensors the data of which would be combined to produce … Con

Zoom Promises to Enforce China's Censorship Better

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Zoom will enforce Chinese Communist Party censorship, the company confirmed in an official release yesterday. Earlier this week, after it was alerted by the Chinese government, the company suspended three accounts for hosting Tiananmen Square memorials , including a U.S.-based pro-democracy group that featured mothers… Read more...

Show Your Airplane-Obsessed Kids This JetBlue Video Series

45Lifehacker / 2h
You and your kids are probably not doing much air travel these days, but while we’re all mostly grounded, JetBlue has created a new video series to connect with, entertain and educate kids who have an interest in airplanes and airports. Read more...

Scientists Hunting For Signs of the “Dark Age” Before Stars Formed

200+Futurism / 2h
Dark Ages For the first several hundred million years after the Bing Bang, the universe was a dark, opaque void . After that, the hydrogen atoms that made up most of the cosmos began to clump together and ionize, eventually forming the first stars that would light up the sky. That “dark age” of the universe remains poorly understood. But a team of Washington University scientists is hunting for a

Alphabet partners with local library to deliver books to students

88Engadget / 2h
Schools and libraries have been closed for months, but some kids aren’t going to get away with playing video games all summer. Kelly Passek -- a middle school librarian in Montgomery County, Virginia -- is sending out summer reading via drones. After using the quadcopters from Wing to get some home essentials, she realized that she could use the service to literally drop some knowledge on local s

Save $10 On A Fujifilm Instax Mini Digital Camera Bundle

20Gizmodo / 2h
Fujifilm Instax Camera | $150 | Urban Outfitters

Why I Plan To Take My First Flight In Months… I Think

60One Mile at a Time / 2h
I’ve been at home for over three months, and that hasn’t been as terrible as I would have initially assumed — some positive things have even emerged from our time at home. However, I do plan on traveling somewhere in the next couple of weeks (probably even by air), and I’d welcome some feedback. Why I’m more comfortable flying now For the past few months I’ve avoided flying at all costs, because

Archery Could Date Back 48,000 Years in South Asia

41Gizmodo / 2h
Ancient bow-and-arrow technology dating back some 48,000 years has been discovered in a Sri Lankan cave, making it the oldest evidence of archery to be found in this part of the world. Read more...

Logan's Run Is Somehow Both Fabulously Dated and Weirdly Timeless

1KGizmodo / 2h
Logan’s Run was released in June 1976. That means, according to the rules of the movie’s gleaming utopia, it expired 14 years ago—since aging past 30 is simply unheard of. And while certain aspects of the sci-fi classic are indeed outdated, other elements feel as oddly relatable as ever . Read more...

What Does 'Qualified Immunity' Mean for Police?

100+Lifehacker / 2h
One of the most galling things about the police killings that have grabbed national attention, both in recent weeks and in years past, is just how rare it is for a police officer to face any sort of consequence for ending someone’s life. One reason for this is qualified immunity , which shields government officials,… Read more...

TGIF Playlist: SZA Collection

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U.S. Government Is Distributing 100 Million Masks To Travelers

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We know now, or at least the latest science leads us to believe, that masks really can make a difference controlling spread of SARS-CoV-2. The FAA and TSA can't legally mandate mask wearing . Airlines are mandating them, but not enforcing the mandate . Many airlines are handing out masks for free already. However FEMA went out and purchased 100 million masks for passengers at airports and transit

Black voices in tech: We want change, not just charity

83Engadget / 2h
Ever since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, multiple protests have erupted across the country. They have collectively culminated in one of the biggest civil unrest movements in the modern era, as people take to the streets to denounce police brutality and systemic racism. Not to be left out, several tech companies have recently released statements that appear to be in

BLCK VC co-founder Sydney Sykes talks specific actions firms can take to be more inclusive

100+TechCrunch / 2h
BLCK VC is on a mission to double the number of Black venture capitalists out there by 2024. The reason behind it shouldn’t need explaining — only 2% of all partner-level VCs are Black, and 81% of VC firms don’t have a single Black partner. It’s no surprise then, that the startup ecosystem that is built underneath the VC community is sadly and drastically homogeneous. We sat down with BLCK VC co-

You can now earn extra cash back on popular streaming services with these Capital One cards

The Points Guy / 3h
The world may be in the early stages of reopening , but for months now, we’ve all been spending more time at home. That will likely continue for weeks or even months to come, including this summer. During the earlier stages of the pandemic, Capital One announced new redemption options for food delivery and streaming services. Now, Capital One is taking it a step further by introducing a new, limi

South Asia now has the oldest evidence of bows and arrows outside Africa

30Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge (credit: Langley et al. 2020) For more than 100,000 years, the earliest humans hunted Pleistocene megafauna with wooden throwing spears. But by at least 64,000 years ago , people in Africa had invented a deadly new way to hunt: the bow and arrow. Bows and arrows eventually became a staple of hunting and warfare for cultures on five continents, but we’re not sure exactly when or how that P

Study: People who hoard toilet paper are just looking for a symbol of safety

100+Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge / People who felt more threatened by COVID-19 and ranked high on scales of emotionality and conscientiousness were most likely to hoard toilet paper when the coronavirus shutdowns began in March. (credit: Emmanuele Contini/NurPhoto via Getty Images ) Back in March, we reported on the strange phenomenon of people scrambling to stockpile toilet paper as the coronavirus pandemic led to wides

This Flying Car Looks Like the DeLorean From “Back to the Future”

1KFuturism / 3h
Doc! Israel startup Urban Aeronautics announced this week that it’s partnering with hydrogen fuel cell maker HyPoint to devise a hydrogen-powered flying car. And the sleek, retro design will look familiar to fans of the DeLorean Motor Company — or anyone who’s seen the 1985 time travel blockbuster “Back to the Future,” featuring one of the company’s vehicles. Also, you know, it flies. eVTOL The v

Choose the Perfect Stock Photo Every Time With JumpStory’s AI Tools

Futurism / 3h
Stock photography is an essential part of any marketer’s toolkit, which is why it’s such a shame that the medium is often made into a laughingstock. Ultra-specific images and exaggerated visuals quickly get turned into memes when the context is taken away. That can make using stock images a real minefield — pick the wrong one and you just might see the image go viral for all the wrong reasons . W

Star Wars: Squadrons, a new starfighter combat game, confirmed by EA [updated]

Star Wars SWS Xbox100+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
After a listing for a new game titled Star Wars: Squadrons, complete with some neat game art of X-Wing and Tie Fighter pilots, appeared briefly on the Microsoft Store, curiosity reignited about a new EA Star Wars game. The listing was really just a title, game art, and a preorder button on the front page of the Microsoft Store, according to a screenshot shared on the forum Resetera . The button w

Deepfakes Aren’t Very Good. Nor Are the Tools to Detect Them

80Wired / 3h
The winning detection algorithm from a Facebook-led challenge could spot about two-thirds of the altered videos, highlighting the need for improvement.

Ransomware attack could lead to beer shortages

47TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Ransomware attacks often disrupt business operations and Australians could soon find it difficult to get a hold of their favorite beer as the country's beverage giant Lion recently disclosed a cyber incident that forced it to halt production. In a new post on its website, the company confirmed that it has fallen victim to a ransomware attack, saying: “Our investigations to date have shown that a

Light, the company behind the Nokia 9 camera, quits the smartphone business

Xiaomi Nokia Smart Band 544Ars Technica / 3h
The Nokia 9, with five cameras. [credit: Ron Amadeo ] Remember Light? Light was a company with the wild idea of improving smartphone and other compact cameras by using lots of tiny camera lenses. Plenty of smartphones today have multiple cameras that function as a lens kit with different optical qualities, but Light combined several lenses into a single camera. Its biggest project was a collabora

The complicated calculus of taking Facebook’s venture money

200+TechCrunch / 3h
Facebook is reportedly getting into the venture capital game, but for young entrepreneurs working in social media, ignoring or deleting that particular friend request could be the right call. According to a report in Axios , the company is building up a corporate fund under the auspices of its “New Product Experimentation” team, which launched last year . The company posted a job opening looking

This week's best deals: MacBook Air, Nintendo summer sale and more

59Engadget / 3h
Tech deals flooded the internet this week with savings on Apple products, wireless headphones, video games and more. The new MacBook Air (the one with that nice Magic Keyboard) is still $100 off at Amazon, and you can save hundreds on Bose and Sony wireless headphones and earbuds. Nintendo’s summer sale is also going on right now and it discounts many popular Switch digital games including Super

New England’s Cape Air finds strength in Caribbean, Montana during COVID crisis

34The Points Guy / 3h
Want to fly in the U.S. Virgin Islands? Cape Air has a flight — many, actually — but you may have a tougher time than usual in snagging a seat on the 25-minute run between St. Thomas (STT) and St. Croix (STX). That’s because that route is now the busiest in Cape Air’s system, a regional carrier best known for its flights in New England and the Northeast. And it’s not just the Caribbean. The Hyann

What is going on with this PS5 Spider-Man game?

Miles Morales Spider-ManSlashGear / 3h
In the opening minutes of its PlayStation 5 event yesterday, Sony and Insomniac Games announced Spider-Man: Miles Morales. It wasn’t immediately clear what Spider-Man: Miles Morales was, and the lone teaser trailer Sony and Insomniac showed off didn’t do anything to clear things up. Is it a sequel to Spider-Man? A standalone expansion? A remaster of Spider-Man for PS5 that … Continue reading

The Real Dangers of Surveillance

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What Americans can learn from the protests in Hong Kong.

'Paper Mario: The Origami King' will have you battling office supplies

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Nintendo has released a new trailer detailing Paper Mario: The Origami King 's positioning-based combat system. The upcoming title shakes up the traditional Paper Mario affair with a new ring-based battle mechanic. Mario starts each conflict at the center of a circle, surrounded by multiple enemies on all sides. You can turn the odds in his favor by rotating and sliding the rings on the outer par

The Covid-19 Economic Slump Is Closing Down Coal Plants

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This year, coal usage has dropped in the US, and renewables now generate more electricity. To some experts, the financial crisis is a clean energy opportunity.

Here’s what happens when you lay a trap for cybercriminals

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To leave a database exposed online for even a brief period of time carries a significant risk for businesses, according to the findings of a recent experiment. Cybersecurity firm Comparitech set up a honeypot, in the form of a deliberately exposed database hosted on an Elasticsearch instance, which was attacked by unauthorized parties for the first time only 8.5 hours after it was made public. Du

Scientists Claim to Have Recreated Earth’s First Life

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Playing God A team of scientists believe that they’ve recreated the biochemical processes that gave rise to the earliest forms of life on Earth. Researchers from the University of Duisburg-Essen recreated the harsh conditions deep within the Earth’s crust as it existed some 3.8 billion years ago , which is where they suspect life began. Under those conditions, they say they managed to create and

Where to stream Mindy Kaling’s biggest movies and TV shows

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Should You Buy a Home This Summer?

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If the thought so much has crossed your mind that maybe, possibly, you want to buy a house this year, you’ve certainly found yourself on an emotional roller coaster. Read more...

How Will a Temporary Relocation During the Pandemic Affect Your Taxes?

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If you relocated out of state during the coronavirus pandemic, whether to stay with family members or hunker down in a vacation home or Airbnb, you might want to find out whether your temporary change of scene will make your 2020 taxes a little more complicated. Read more...

Daily Crunch: Snapchat is getting mini apps

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Snap announces a bunch of new features, Moderna prepares for the final-stage trial of its coronavirus vaccine and Sony shows off the PlayStation 5. Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 12, 2020. 1. Snapchat debuts Minis, bite-sized third-party apps that live inside chat Snap Minis are lightweight third-party programs that users can quickly pull up in the Chat section. This allows them to complete ta

Two weeks left to save on TC Early Stage passes

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Are you an early stage founder? Then listen up, because we created TC Early Stage just for you. This two-day virtual conference takes place on July 21-22. We’ll provide the details below, but first things first. Early bird tickets cost just $199 for early-stage founders, but this sweet deal flies south on June 26 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT). Avoid the price hike. Buy your ticket now and save $50. TechCru

American tourists? Germany says “Nein!”

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After months of closed borders due to coronavirus, some countries around the world are starting to open up for tourism. Unfortunately for Americans, that doesn’t include U.S. citizens in most places. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . Many European countries are still off-limits to Americans — and that includes Germany. Reuters is reporting

Tesla Claiming It’s Sustainable Is Bullshit

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Tesla released its 2019 Impact Report touting its sustainability this week. In it, the electric car and renewable energy firm touted a bevy of accomplishments. Read more...

Don’t Conceal Your Age. Instead, Slow Aging at the Cellular Level.

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For thousands of years, humans have been coming up with new and inventive ways to conceal the effects of aging . And the reason is simple: nobody likes getting old. Fortunately, scientists today know more about the root causes of aging than ever before. And now innovative companies like Neurohacker Collective are creating incredibly advanced anti-aging supplements like Eternus that puts this scie

Beats' Solo Pro headphones are on sale for $230 at Amazon and Best Buy

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If you’re looking for some on-ear headphones to retreat from the outside world, now’s a good time to get them. Amazon is selling Beats’ Solo Pro wireless headphones for a more reasonable $230 , a hefty $70 below the usual price. You can find them for that price at Best Buy , too. Both are below the usual $250 we’ve seen, so you might not get another discount like this for a while. Buy Beats Solo

How to watch the PC Gaming Show and Future Games Show and see 90+ games this weekend

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The PC Gaming Show and Future Games Show are joining forces over this weekend to showcase 90+ games in a packed double bill of livestreams on Saturday June 13th. Produced by TechRadar's sister sites PC Gamer and GamesRadar respectively, the shows will contain a mix of world premieres, updates and interviews - as well as a number of surprises - when they’re streamed on Twitch and YouTube this Satu

IHG Rewards Club: Up To Quadruple Points On Stays Through September 8

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Hyatt was first out of the box with a lucrative hotel promotion 2500 bonus points for your first stay if you're elite, triple points starting with second stay for everyone . I took that as an opening gambit, expecting to see strong promotions to put heads in beds across the board. IHG Rewards Club, the loyalty program for Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Kimpton and related brands, is next up offer

New IHG Promo: Earn Up To 4x Points On Stays

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IHG Rewards Club has today revealed the details of their next global promotion, valid for summer travel. This follows IHG offering a similar promotion this spring. Much like the last promotion, this one also lets you earn up to 4x points, though the method by which you can earn those bonus points is different. Let’s take a look at the details. Earn Up To 4x Points With IHG Rewards Club IHG Reward

NASA’s new chief of human spaceflight has a commercial background

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Enlarge / NASA's Kathy Lueders celebrates Crew Dragon's hatch opening on May 31. (credit: NASA) On Friday morning, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced that he had selected Kathy Lueders to serve as the space agency's new chief of human spaceflight. In this position, she will help set human spaceflight policy and implement it across the agency. Her top mandate will be getting humans to th

New Google rule bans discriminatory targeting for housing ads

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Enlarge / A sign on the street is visible to anyone who walks or drives by. A sign online can be strategically, and illegally, targeted away from people against whom you may have a bias. (credit: Getty Images ) Google is taking action to reduce unlawful discrimination on its advertising platform a year after the federal government sued its largest competitor, Facebook, over the same thing. The co

Pokemon GO will stop working on these phones soon

SlashGear / 4h
Today the folks at Niantic responsible for developing Pokemon GO revealed that they’d be ending support for some older devices. The main devices that’ll be taken out are Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and Samsung Galaxy J3. The Sony Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 will be taken out as well – as will the original … Continue reading

Cheap Xbox One X bundle deals are back this weekend at Currys for just £259

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If you've been on the hunt for an Xbox One X deal or cheap bundle for some time now then now might be the chance you've been waiting for. Right now, Currys are offering some Xbox One X bundles for just £259 - probably the best price we've seen in the UK since the lockdown caused a massive spike in demand. With many retailers currently running low on Xbox One X stocks, this is a pretty rare deal r

2020 Lexus LC 500 Review: Aspirationally Aspirated

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It’s four years since we first saw the production version of the LC 500. Eight years since the unveil of the original LF-LC Concept on which the coupe was based. I’m struggling to think of another current vehicle that still looks so fresh and startling: familiarity may not always breed contempt, but it does tend to soften the impact. The … Continue reading

Coronavirus delays the launch of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

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NASA has again delayed the launch of its James Webb Space Telescope , this time because of how coronavirus has impacted work crews, reported. The telescope was scheduled for launch in March 2021 after a number of delays. However, Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, said in a Thursday meeting of the Space Studies Board of the National Academies that COVID-19 has c

Save $10 On A Fujifilm Instax Mini Digital Camera Bundle

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Fujifilm Instax Camera | $150 | Urban Outfitters

Lufthansa Will Offer Coronavirus Testing At Hub Airports

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Easy and frequent testing is an important component of travel returning to normal. We’ve seen some airports introduce more testing opportunities, and it looks like this will soon be coming to Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. Lufthansa to offer coronavirus testing Reuters reports that Lufthansa plans to offer coronavirus testing at hubs in both Frankfurt and Munich: This is expected to be a

You're Probably Eating Goji Berries All Wrong

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Goji berries have only risen to prominence in the United States since the start of the 21st century, touted as a super fruit with myriad health benefits. But Chinese people have been enjoying goji berries for thousands of years as an important ingredient in teas and tonics. According to traditional Chinese medicine… Read more...

The two-year fight to stop Amazon from selling face recognition to the police

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In the summer of 2018, nearly 70 civil rights and research organizations wrote a letter to Jeff Bezos demanding that Amazon stop providing face recognition technology to governments. As part of an increased focus on the role that tech companies were playing in enabling the US government’s tracking and deportation of immigrants , it called on Amazon to “stand up for civil rights and civil libertie

Firm defends algorithm that 'spots women's orgasms'

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The Cypress-based company said its intention was to help developers of sex tech.

Exclusive: American Airlines makes positive change to its seat fee refund policy

The Points Guy / 5h
While most airlines have been making it harder to get your money back for changed or canceled trips, American Airlines is making it easier. The Fort Worth-based carrier has just made a major change to its refund policy for seat fees. Effective immediately, American Airlines will let you request a voucher for the value of your non-refundable seat if you cancel your trip during the coronavirus trav

Best Buy's 3-day Dads and Grads sale has some really good TV deals

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Snapchat looks to maintain its own friendships — with devs

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Over the past few years, Snapchat has been building up an increasingly complex weave of partnerships. They have their advertising partners that power the vast majority of their monetization efforts. They have app developers on Snap Kit that they are also selling new features like CameraKit and Minis too. They’re bringing game developers on board for their Snap Games initiative, including another

Galaxy Note 20 leak says Samsung’s back to fan-favorites

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 was tipped today to be coming with a flat display. That might not seem like a big deal to you if you’ve not been using Galaxy Note devices for the past half-decade or more – especially if you’ve never tried to use a stylus on a display with curved edges. But if you have used … Continue reading

City Passes Measure to Cancel Rent During Pandemic

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Rent Freeze Thanks to a newly-passed resolution, Ithaca, New York could become the first U.S. city to cancel rent during the coronavirus pandemic. The resolution, which still requires state approval, would not only erase rent debt accrued over the last three months but also cancel rent payments for both tenants and small businesses going forward, Fast Company reports . If enacted, it would make I

'Control' is headed to PS5 and Xbox Series X

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Remedy’s mind-bending action-adventure Control has won plenty of praise , including for its gorgeous visuals . But, at least before the developer improved the game’s performance with patches, it struggled on the base PS4 and Xbox One, and dropped to as low as 10 frames per second at some points. Performance certainly shouldn’t be a problem on next-generation consoles, however. We're glad to be ab

Amazon, Pushing Fashion, Opened Photo Studio as a ‘Warehouse’ Exemption

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Now closed again, a Brooklyn site set up for models didn’t appear to qualify as an essential business under state pandemic rules.

Businesses will look to mobile operators to lead enterprise 5G projects

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Nearly two thirds of businesses will seek help from a mobile operator when adopting 5G services, providing carriers with a lucrative new source of revenue that will increase the rate of investment on next-generation infrastructure. Although 5G networks will allow operators to offer enhanced communications to consumers and reduce operating costs, the real value is believed to be in enterprise serv

Leaked CDC Documents: Coronavirus Is Spiking in US Again

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Leaked documents dated to earlier this week, obtained from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by Yahoo News , warn that new coronavirus cases are spiking again as Americans relax their social distancing practices. Even Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s top infectious disease expert and a national figurehead against the virus, lamented this week that the outbreak has become his

Uber Eats promotes Black-owned businesses, but who benefits?

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If you’ve opened up the Uber Eats app within the past week you’ve likely noticed a new, prominently featured banner emblazoned with the words “Support Black-owned restaurants.” This is Uber Eats’ latest promotion, which both highlights Black-owned (Uber-partnering) restaurants and waives delivery fees for ordering… Read more...

Facebook's Giphy deal investigated by competition authority

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Officials investigate whether Facebook owning Giphy is a problem for competition in the GIF market.

Robot breaks own bricklaying record and other news

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BBC Click's Jen Copestake looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

PS5: PlayStation 5 console and games revealed

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Sony reveals the design of its PS5 console and the first games that will be released on it.

New meme has some great ideas for what to put up instead of Christopher Columbus statues

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How to Delete Your Old Tweets

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Everything on the internet is forever, but that doesn’t mean your tweets need to be. There’s almost no reason to keep your old tweets public, so in the video above, I share a few ways to clean up your Twitter timeline. Read more...

Facebook just released a database of 100,000 deepfakes to teach AI how to spot them

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Deepfakes⁠ have struck a nerve with the public and researchers alike. There is something uniquely disturbing about these AI-generated images of people appearing to say or do something they didn’t. With tools for making deepfakes now widely available and relatively easy to use, many also worry that they will be used to spread dangerous misinformation. Politicians can have other people’s words put

Internet Archive Ends Free Ebook Program Early in Bid to Stave Off Dangerous Lawsuit

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Back in March, the Internet Archive launched its National Emergency Library , a program that made roughly 1.4 million books available to the public without the usual waitlists. But on Wednesday, the organization announced it was ending the program two weeks early after four major publishers decided to sue Internet… Read more...

How to Find and Open Files Using Command Prompt

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Once you’ve learned how to navigate directories on Windows 10, the next step is learning how to find and open files using the Command Prompt. It’s just as easy as navigating through and opening a file in File Explorer. Here’s how it’s done. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Google Meet Adds a Presentation View to Its Tiled Layout

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Google’s efforts to improve Meet continue to pay off. Recently it added a tiled layout so you could see up to 16 participates simultaneously. But, if someone started presenting their desktop, you’d lose the tile layout option. Now, you can see a presentation and the tiled layout together. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

'Pokémon Go' Will Drop Support for Older 32-Bit Android Phones

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If you or your kid has gotta catch ’em all, you might need to get a new Android phone to do so. Beginning with an update in August, the ultra-popular Pokémon Go mobile AR game will drop support for Android-based phones using the 32-bit version of the operating system. That’s going to be a headache for those on older devices. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Get 2 Fire HD 8 kids tablets for $70, plus more tech deals this weekend

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Working from home presents a unique set of challenges, and those challenges become even tougher to face when you have kids running around — which is why it's vital that you have something to keep them occupied throughout the day. Working parents, we can't recommend the Amazon Fire HD 8 kids edition tablet enough, and you can currently get a bundle of two for $70 off right now. Check out that deal

'Stray' is a futuristic cat simulator for PS4 and PS5

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Four years ago, a few GIFs and video clips featuring a mysterious game surfaced online. They depicted a cat wandering around a futuristic take on Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong, but details were nonexistent. Dubbed HK Project , the title resurfaced yesterday during Sony’s PlayStation 5 reveal event . Now called Stray , the game will be out next year for both PS4 and PS5, followed by a PC releas

Most COVID cases don’t spread virus—it’s the superspreaders we need to stop

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Enlarge / Crowds of people walk along the Ocean City Boardwalk during Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 24, 2020. (credit: Getty | Caroline Brehman ) Much about how the new coronavirus spreads from one victim to the next remains a maddening mystery. But amid all the frantic efforts to understand transmission, there is one finding that appears consistent: that it is inconsistent. Some people—mos

Prepare for the Never-Ending Coronavirus Plateau

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Earlier this week, the U.S. reached another sad milestone in the covid-19 pandemic, with the country now reporting over 2 million confirmed cases of the viral disease, along with at least 115,000 deaths. Read more...

Add 10TB of Western Digital Storage to Any System for $165

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Western Digital 10TB Elements Portable HDD | $165 | Newegg | Use code EMCDMGG53 Read more...

Combat tech neck with these massage guns on sale for 50% off

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TL;DR: Treat your aches and sores with an Actigun 2.0 percussion massager for $127.95, a 57% savings as of June 12. If you're one of the millions of people who found themselves suddenly working from home in 2020, you've probably realized it's not all it's cracked up to be. Unless you were already prepared with a designated workspace, including an ergonomic desk and chair, then there's a good chan

Dave Chappelle drops raw, anguished half hour on police violence

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Dave Chappelle's latest comedy "special" comes with a disclaimer. "Normally I wouldn't show you something so unrefined, I hope you understand," says the YouTube description on 8:46 . The only other text is a link to the Equal Justice Initiative website . "Unrefined" is a reductive description of the half hour. It is not a standup special, by definition; it is a one-man show rooted in pain and fru

This Classy Gooseneck Pour Over Kettle is $12 Less For the Next Few Hours

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Confederate Symbols Are Pollution

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Nearly 800 monuments celebrating the Confederacy stand in public spaces across the U.S. today. A growing number of these racist monuments are being covered in trash bags , spray painted , and beheaded as protests against police violence expand. Others have been toppled or removed altogether . Read more...

The US Gov Is Paying a Crypto Startup to Explore a Digital Dollar

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Digital Dollar The U.S. federal government just awarded a grant to the blockchain startup Key Retroactivity Network Consensus (KRNC) to study the feasibility of integrating cryptocurrency into the economy. That doesn’t mean that the U.S. is going to pivot to a digital blockchain dollar, CoinDesk reports . Rather, the National Science Foundation funded KRNC because it’s interested in exploring new

3 laptops that were already cheap, now on sale for $350 or less

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TL;DR: Cheap laptops are now even cheaper with deals at Best Buy , Dell , and Acer . As of June 12, save up to $50 and find a laptop for $350 or less. Many lessons have been learned throughout this whole "can't leave our houses" thing. One of them is that you should always have a cheap laptop on hand. Employees who think they may never go back to the office (like this list of companies that are j

Facebook announces the winner of its Deepfake Detection Challenge

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In September of 2019, Facebook launched its Deepfake Detection Challenge (DFDC) -- a public contest to develop autonomous algorithmic detection systems to combat the emerging threat of deepfake videos . After nearly a year, the social media platform announced the winners of the challenge, out of a pool of more than 2,000 global competitors. Deepfakes present a unique challenge to social media pla

You Will Never Beat This Sharpshooting Robot at Table Hockey

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Over the years we’ve seen quite a few successful attempts to create robotic air hockey opponents, but Andrew Khorkin has dedicated himself to a much harder task. He’s managed to build a robot that can not only play table hockey—a more onerous task than playing air hockey—but one that can slap the puck into the net … Read more...

It's Gonna Get Worse

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There’s a simple, inconvenient fact about lockdowns: they worked, more or less. And that means that as they are lifted, COVID-19 cases will increase again. Reopening is not a time of relief and safety, but a moment of suspense. How much worse will it get? Read more...

Facebook’s ‘Deepfake Detection Challenge’ yields promising early results

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The digitally face-swapped videos known as deepfakes aren’t going anywhere, but if platforms want to be able to keep an eye on them, they need to find them first. Doing so was the object of Facebook’s “Deepfake Detection Challenge,” launched last year. After months of competition the winners have emerged, and they’re… better than guessing. It’s a start! Since their emergence in the last year or t

Computex 2020 is officially canceled

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In March, the Computex organizers delayed the trade show from June to late-September. At the time, the realities of COVID-19 were sinking in for many in the international community, while the trade show’s home of Taipei was dealing with a new flareup of the novel coronavirus. At the time, late-September also felt like a fairly safe bet for some return to normality. Three months later, however, th

These are the PS5 games that are coming to PC as well

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More than half of the games announced for the PlayStation 5 will also be made available to PC gamers. While many of the 26 PS5 games announced at yesterday’s launch will be exclusive to the space age-looking console, including Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Horizon sequel Horizon Forbidden West, more than half of the new titles will also be coming to PC. This bumper list includes Project

Cue Health’s portable, fast COVID-19 test gains FDA emergency approval

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Fresh off a $100 million Series C funding round , molecular diagnostics startup Cue Health has more good news — it has received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its rapid, point-of-care COVID-19 test. The company got a $13 million grant from BARDA in March to help it scale its development and deployment of rapid diagnostics, and its COVID-19 test is obviously a key focus of that effort gi

This teeny robot leaps like a frog, but lands like a world-class gymnast

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Salto is a jumping robot created at UC Berkeley’s Biometrics Lab. It can jump and land with extreme precision, making it potentially useful in rough terrain and search and rescue missions. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Robot , Disaster Relief , Parkour , and Uc Berkeley

Scientists Discover “Unexpected” Structures Near Earth’s Core

500+Futurism / 6h
Deep Underground A team of researchers say they’ve used cutting-edge imaging techniques to discover huge, “unexpected” structures near the Earth’s core — a startling reminder of how little we know about the interior of the planet where we live. Vedran Lekić, an associate professor of geology at the University of Maryland who worked on the research, said in a statement that the “anomalous structur

Twitter removes 170,000 state-backed accounts based in China

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In its latest sweep, Twitter has removed 32,242 state-linked accounts with ties to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Russia and Turkey. All of the accounts were suspended for violating Twitter’s platform manipulation policies, the company wrote in a blog post. The accounts will be recorded in an archive of state-linked information operations, which Twitter claims is the only archive of its ki

ABC announces Matt James as the first Black 'Bachelor'

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Matt James is making reality TV history as The Bachelor 's first Black lead. James, who fans of the franchise may know as former contestant Tyler Cameron's best friend and business partner, was originally cast as a contestant on Clare Crawley's upcoming season of The Bachelorette . (The season was set to film this year but production shut down in March because of the coronavirus.) On Friday, howe

'The Last of Us Part II' reviews are glowing — here's where you can still pre-order ahead of its release

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The Punisher's Logo Can't Be Turned Into a Symbol for Black Lives Matter or Real World Justice

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For years now, American police officers and members of various branches of the American military have used Marvel Comics’ Punisher skull logo as a symbol to represent their own personal ideologies about what it means to be a person wielding a weapon. Those ideologies, interpreted through the lens of the logo, are… Read more...

Keep your home fresh with the Dyson air purifier — save $100

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TL;DR: Stay cool all summer long with the Dyson TP01 Pure Cool Tower air purifier and fan for $299.99 at Best Buy, a $100 savings as of June 12. Don't worry, sneezing a few times doesn't immediately mean you've caught a cold. However, it could mean you have allergies. Now, you may be sitting in your house and wondering how you could be experiencing allergies when you're not around any trees. Unfo

It doesn’t matter what the PS5 looks like

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The PlayStation 5 is an unattractive piece of tech. At least, everyone I’ve spoken to says so. Next to the clean, utilitarian and purportedly more powerful Xbox Series X, it's not a great look for Sony. The second it was announced, the memes began, comparing the PS5 to routers, Alienware PC towers and anime legends . All of them ridiculing a fairly low point in Sony’s incredibly strong design his

Best Buy 3-day sale: deals on 4K TVs, iPhone 11, Apple Watch, and more

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To celebrate grads and dads, Best Buy is having a massive 3-day sale that starts today. You can score incredible deals on best-selling items throughout the site like 4K TVs, the iPhone 11, Beats headphones, Apple Watch, and more. To help you sort through all the offers, we've rounded up the best deals below. Our top sale picks include the all-new Apple Watch 5 down to a record low price of $299 ,

Sorry To Say, Travel Isn’t Rebounding As Quickly As Some Think

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Fridays and Sundays are still big travel days. Wednesdays are still slow. And Thursdays - traditionally strong, especially late in the day - aren't coming back yet because that's the end of the consultant business week and business travel isn't returning any time soon. Seeing the bounce off the bottom has led to a great deal of optimism - too much optimism - about how quickly travel will return.

books0977: Rêverie (c.1928). Randolph Stanley Hewton (Canadian,...

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books0977 : Rêverie (c.1928). Randolph Stanley Hewton (Canadian, 1888-1960). Oil on canvas. Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec. Hewton was interested in vivid colours and decorative effects, along with portrayals of modern society women. Here, one such woman lies back in thought with her books.

How a recent grad with just one credit card is using points to book a trip to New Zealand

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Editor’s Note: As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We will be here to help you prepare, whether it is next month or next year. At the start of quarantine, I spent my newfound free time learning more about New Zealand, one of my

Riot Games executive resigns after 'abhorrent' George Floyd post

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Ron Johnson posted a meme about George Floyd's criminal record on Facebook.

Save $60 on Withings' stylish Steel HR smartwatch

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Most tech companies err on the side functionality when it comes to the designs of their smartwatches and fitness trackers, but not so with France's Withings. The company has made a name for itself creating devices that are not only functional but also handsome. And now you can get one of its recent wearables, the Steel HR , for $60 off . Buy Withings Steel HR starting at $119.95 The company has d

How to Always Start Mozilla Firefox in Private Browsing Mode

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If you use Firefox and you don’t want it to keep track of every site you’ve visited, you can configure the browser to always use private browsing mode. Once you close all of your Firefox windows, none of your browsing history will be saved. Here’s how to enable it. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Pipo Saude raises $4.6 million to bring healthcare benefits management services to Brazil

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Pipo Saude , a Brazilian provider of healthcare services for businesses and their employees, has raised $4.6 million in a new round of funding to expand its footprint in Brazil. “The company’s platform offers recommendations for the healthcare products that fit the team, enabling businesses to improve the quality of life of their employees,” said chief executive and co-founder, Manoela Ribas Mitc

Spider-Man: Miles Morales isn’t a fully-fledged sequel after all

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One of the headliners for Sony’s PlayStation 5 event yesterday was, unquestionably, Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The only thing we saw concerning the game was a teaser trailer, with no further information from the folks at Insomniac, leaving us to wonder if this was a proper sequel or if it was more of an expansion to Insomniac’s existing Spider-Man game on … Continue reading

UK's antitrust watchdog is investigating Facebook's purchase of Giphy

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Facebook bought Giphy last month, and it caused a stir. Sentiments toward Facebook have been shifting over the years, and the GIF sharing site falling into the hands of the company that also owns WhatsApp and Instagram was a disappointment for some. (There were also concerns of Giphy embeds sending personal data back to Facebook.) It set off alarms at the UK’s antitrust watchdog, the Competition

Beware - these are the global hotspots for coronavirus malware

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Malware related to the global coronavirus pandemic is continuing to be a threat to consumers around the world, new research has found. Despite many countries now hoping to be over the worst of the pandemic, a report from Google Cloud has shown that unfortunately a large number of criminals and online fraudsters continue to spread coronavirus-themed malware and scams. The company has detected a si

Keep the kids active this summer with a trampoline

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Why are unicorns pushing back IPOs when the Nasdaq is near record highs?

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The unicorns are still at it, Vision Fund 2 or no Vision Fund 2. This week, Instacart announced that it has raised fresh capital at a valuation north of $13 billion. And, on the tail of that news item, DoorDash is looking to add more cash at a valuation that could stretch to a pre-money valuation that exceeds $15 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal . Both announcements make it plain tha

Google risks the wrath of Ubisoft by accidentally releasing its upcoming Gods and Monsters game on Stadia

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Google has had to issue an apology after Ubisoft’s upcoming open world action game Gods and Kings was made available to play on its Stadia platform. The playable demo is an early version of the game and was used for E3, but Ubisoft had never planned for the demo to be released to the public. The best Google Stadia prices and sales in June 2020 Our pick of the best Google Stadia games How to set u

Occupy Your Kids With These Free Virtual Summer Camps

200+Lifehacker / 7h
For many kids, traditional summer camps just aren’t in the cards this year. And as we bid farewell to the at-home academic schedule we clung to all spring, our kids are looking around and saying, “Sooooo.... now what?” Well, like every other aspect of our lives for the better part of this year so far, there are… Read more...

Face masks don’t even have to work especially well to be effective

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Enlarge / Commuters wear face masks as they travel on the London Underground on June 12, 2020 as lockdown measures are eased during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (credit: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP) Advice on whether or not to use face masks to limit the spread of the pandemic has varied from country to country, even differing by location within countries. These policies have had to balance wheth

Star Sequencer turned inward finds mystery masses in Earth

22SlashGear / 7h
Mysterious structures far below the surface of the Earth have been identified, raising new questions about what makes up our planet in its least-understood depths. While Earth is known to have a molten core of liquid iron surrounded by a solid mantle layer, the exact processes going on around that so-called core-mantle boundary are barely explored. That, of course, is … Continue reading

Disney+'s 'Artemis Fowl' is a criminal waste of time

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Google Maps and YouTube Music just made some commutes a little better

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Google Maps has featured music controls for Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play since 2018 , but its most important music service was missing — until now. In the latest version of Maps for Android (version 10.43.2), you can open and control YouTube Music while navigating, all without leaving the Maps app. To enable this feature, open Maps and go to Settings - Navigation Settings, and tap on Sho

In spite of an uncertain economy, US video game sales remain strong

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May marked another extremely strong month for gaming sales, according to the latest figures from NPD . Between software, hardware, accessories and game cards, Americans spent around $977 million. That’s a 57% jump since the year prior and the highest it’s been for the month since 2008, when the country was feeling the strain of the Great Recession. All of this is made more remarkable by the fact

The Dell XPS 15 Might Be the Best All-Around Laptop You Can Buy

87Gizmodo / 7h
When the new XPS 15 review arrived at my home, I thought there was a mistake. The box just didn’t seem big enough to hold a 15-inch laptop, or at least not one the size of last year’s model. And while I wasn’t quite right about getting the wrong device, I had good reason for being a bit confused. Despite sporting a… Read more...

Free: Personalized Axe Capital T-Shirts (Billions)

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Showtime’s store has Billions merchandise and the last item on the page for apparel lists a men’s white Axe Capital t-shirt that they personalize for you, with your name or whatever else you enter. It is pricing at $0 plus shipping and tax, which comes out to less than $6… whether you order just one shirt or several. Continue reading ...

Cambodia’s New Entry Requirements For Visitors: I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This

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We’ve seen countries around the world outline plans to open borders to visitors. Per AEC News Today , Cambodia has revealed plans to welcome tourists, and I don’t think we’ve seen anything like this from any other country. On the plus side, Cambodia’s measures seem to mitigate virtually any risk associated with travelers spreading coronavirus in the country. At the same time, I would have to imag

Scientist use IBEX spacecraft data to study how the heliosphere changes

SlashGear / 7h
For the last 11 years, scientists with NASA have been studying IBEX spacecraft data to look at how the heliosphere changes over time. The data collected by the spacecraft covers an entire solar cycle, which is roughly 11 years. During that solar cycle, the activity of the Sun moves from high to low activity and back to high again. IBEX … Continue reading

Sunday Scaries' CBD Father's Day Bundle Features Oil, Gummies, and YOLO Shots for $59

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The Last Of Us Part 2: The Kotaku Review

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Everything in The Last of Us 2 takes work. Every weapon reload, killing blow, and crafted item takes time and button presses. At times the game is painfully slow; even in the most action-packed sections you put in effort to move things forward. You’re paid for this work in a grim story and explicit violence. It can be… Read more...

Panasonic GH6: release date, specs and features

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The Panasonic GH6 is rumored to be the long-awaited new member of the GH series, which has become a hugely popular range of mirrorless cameras among videographers. The Panasonic GH5S is now two years old, with the Panasonic GH5 arriving a year before that, so the series is due a refresh. We expect to see the Panasonic GH6 announced before the end of the year. So what new features will the video-f

Pete Davidson gets the Judd Apatow treatment in 'King of Staten Island'

51Mashable / 7h
In retrospect, it was probably just a matter of time before Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson found each other. Apatow is arguably our culture's preeminent chronicler of grown-ups who haven't quite grown up, thanks to films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin , Knocked Up , and Trainwreck ; Davidson has literally made a career of being the "resident young person" on Saturday Night Live . Of course they made

Join us for a live Q&A with Plaid CEO Zach Perret June 18 at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT

100+TechCrunch / 7h
Extra Crunch Live, TechCrunch’s chat series for Extra Crunch members , is tacking toward founders after bringing on a host of investors: on Thursday, June 18, Plaid CEO Zach Perret will join us for a conversation. Plaid, known for APIs that connect fintech applications with users’ bank accounts, came to prominence in late 2018 when it closed a massive $250 million Series C. The round — TechCrunch

Take Facebook money and get cloned

200+TechCrunch / 7h
Hello and welcome back to Equity , TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. After a pretty busy week on the show we’re here with our regular Friday episode, which means lots of venture rounds and new venture capital funds to dig into. Thankfully we had our full contingent on hand: Danny “Well, you see” Crichton , Natasha “Talk to me post-pand

6 more cruise lines hope to restart sailings in coming weeks — but there’s a catch

90The Points Guy / 7h
Several more cruise lines in Europe plan to resume departures in the next few weeks. But if you’re a cruise fan living in North America , you shouldn’t get too excited. The trips aren’t really meant for you. In the wake of last week’s successful resumption of river cruising in Germany by German line Nicko Cruises, SeaDream Yacht Club, Ponant and at least four other river and ocean cruise operator

Why human contact is still key in customer service

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Picture the scene. You’ve been on hold for 15 minutes, you finally get through to someone on the helpdesk to explain your query before they realize you’ve come through to the wrong department. After a few rounds of contact center tennis, you finally get your issue resolved by the right team – but only once you have explained your problem a few times. Sound familiar? Thankfully, this somewhat frus

Boeing introduces hygiene standards aboard its flights

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Google countersues Sonos for smart speaker patent infringement

60Engadget / 7h
In the latest move of a heated smart speaker legal battle, Google has countersued Sonos, claiming the smart speaker company infringed its patents, Bloomberg has reported. The fight erupted in January this year when Sonos sued Google for alleged patent infringement after the companies had collaborated for several years. Sonos claimed that Google gained knowledge of its technology when they worked

You Can Finally Buy That Scooter That Looks Like a Laptop With Wheels for $1,800

100+Gizmodo / 7h
We first discovered the WalkCar—a stand-on, electric-powered scooter that looks like a laptop with four wheels attached—back in 2015, when Cocoa Motors first debuted its intriguing car alternative. After five years of promises and teases , it looks like the WalkCar is finally available for sale , for a little over… Read more...

Sony isn't ready for a PS5 Digital Edition

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Sony finally unveiled a host of PS5 games during its recent PlayStation 5 event, alongside a somewhat surprising first-look at the next-gen console. However, the biggest curveball of the showcase was that the company is not releasing just one Ps5 console later this year, but two. Alongside the standard PS5, Sony is also releasing a PS5 Digital Edition. In a similar vein to Microsoft's Xbox One S

This Is Some Meaningless Bullshit, Warner Bros.

400+Gizmodo / 7h
To say that Warner Bros. released a statement about J.K. Rowling’s recent and ongoing response to accusations of transphobia would be, well, an overstatement. Because at this point I’ve read it enough times that I’m not even sure it’s words anymore. Read more...

How to Disable Hangouts Chat and Meet in Gmail Sidebar

26How-To Geek / 8h
Google is trying hard to push Google Meet by promoting it in Gmail. If you have no interest in starting video calls or chatting in Gmail, here’s how to disable Hangouts Chat and Google Meet in Gmail sidebar. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

A Council of Citizens Should Regulate Algorithms

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To ensure our AI-driven future is just ant equitable, we should borrow from Ancient Athens.

Citizen Isn't Here to Be Your Free-Speech Platform

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Plus: The birth of digital maps, the timeline for self-driving cars, and a recalculation of doomsday.

Five unmissable standup shows from Tamil on Amazon Prime

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At the risk of triggering a needless chauvunistic language row --- which anyway India is notorious for --- we have to say that among Indians, Tamils and Malayalis have the most well-honed sense of humour. Their films are deemed to have the best comedic parts and the humour quotient among the people is generally rated high. And this is reflected in the good collection of standup comedy acts from t

Former NASA astronaut reveals an appalling racist encounter

100+Mashable / 8h
Leland Melvin blasted into space twice. But in a new interview with Bill Nye , the former NASA astronaut described an egregiously racist experience that could have almost certainly derailed his life. Early on in an expansive one hour dialogue (about spaceflight, racial injustice, and science) presented by The Planetary Society , Nye asked Melvin [at 4:38] about the ongoing protests against system

Which fitness tracker is the better workout companion?

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Whether you're just starting out on your new fitness journey or have upped the intensity of your workout while in quarantine, a fitness tracker is essential to tracking your stats. Not only does it help you keep an eye on your metrics while exercising, but it also paints a picture of your progress over time. But when you see the words "fitness tracker," it's highly likely your mind automatically

How Far Can I Extend a USB Cable?

100+Lifehacker / 8h
I can’t count the number of times my friends have asked me why something they own isn’t working or charging correctly and I’ve investigated the problem, only to find that they’re using a hodgepodge of extension cables—or the world’s longest one—to stretch power or data to said device. Read more...

Scientists want to fix our notoriously insecure smart home devices

91Engadget / 8h
The dream of a smart home that would automate your life à la The Jetsons is more like a nightmare thanks to the lack of security in numerous smart devices . Now, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is intervening with a nationwide project designed to boost internet of things (IoT) security. Seven academic institutions will research technology designed to reduce the security burden on users and

Amazon Fire HD 8 review: A good, cheap tablet with one big compromise

64Engadget / 8h
Despite the hype around the latest iPad Pros, there’s something to be said for cheap slabs. They’re great communal devices and living-room mainstays for the entire family to use to watch videos, play mobile games, send emails and browse the Internet. But affordable tablet options have dwindled over the years and while devices like Samsung’s Tab S6 Lite are solid, you still have to pay over $300 t

Raising Awareness for World Day Against Child Labor – How you can help

38The Points Guy / 8h
“If we fail our children, we are bound to fail our present, our future, faith, cultures, and civilizations as well.” – Kailash Satyarthi PeaceJam and The Points Guy Over the past five years TPG has worked closely with an incredible nonprofit, PeaceJam . PeaceJam connects Nobel Peace Prize laureates and young people from countries across the globe. The organization creates educational programming

2021 Mini Vehicle line starts at $19,750

SlashGear / 8h
Mini has announced the official pricing for its 2021 model year range. The range starts with the Mini Oxford Edition two-door at $19,750, which is the same price as the 2020 year model. The next version of the range is the Mini Cooper hardtop two-door at $22,400, which is $1000 lower than last year’s model. The Cooper S hardtop two-door … Continue reading

What We're Watching: I Hate Myself For Loving 'Lucifer'

32How-To Geek / 8h
Well crap. I just binged an entire series. And I loved every minute of it. I couldn’t stop myself; every episode left me wanting another. And now that the whole thing is over, I want more. Thank goodness another season is on the way (someday). I should hate this series. No, I should loathe it. But I can’t help myself, I love Netflix’s Lucifer, and I bet you will too. Read This Article on Review G

Details: British Airways’ New Onboard Catering

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Airlines around the world are adjusting service protocols in light of coronavirus. It’s interesting to note the vastly different approaches that airlines are taking. For example, comparing premium cabin service: Lufthansa will continue to offer the same service they’ve always offered in first class Emirates will continue to offer all the same food & drinks in first class, but will just serve them

Samsung's 10,000mAh Wireless Charging Power Bank is 20% off Today-Only

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Engadget Podcast: Diving into the Android 11 beta with Florence Ion

45Engadget / 8h
It’s all about Android this week as we dive deep into Google’s just-released beta for the upcoming version of its mobile OS. Devindra and Cherlynn are joined by seasoned Android and smart home reporter Florence Ion to discuss their feelings about the preview. What are Bubbles? Is getting more controls and drawers better for organization or is it more clutter? Then, our hosts go over what they’ve

PINE64 PineTab Linux tablet with UBPports is now on pre-order

SlashGear / 8h
The fuss over Linux phones seems to have died down a bit, perhaps due to the coronavirus pandemic making it harder to manufacture and ship these devices. For companies and developers pushing these open source and privacy-focused ecosystems forward, the show must go on. After a brief period of relative (but not total) silence, PINE64, makers of the PinePhone Linux … Continue reading

Eight Malayalam films that you must definitely watch on Amazon Prime Videos

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The advent of streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Videos and HotStar has seen several welcome developments in the entertainment industry. And breaking down of language barrier resulting in a larger audience for non-English titles could be considered the biggest. When Netflix first arrived in India and Amazon Prime followed suit immediately, Indian viewers got a wider choice of inter

Wow: US Passes 500K Daily Air Travelers

1KOne Mile at a Time / 8h
We know that demand for air travel has plummeted , as we’ve seen airlines cut capacity unlike ever before. For the past several weeks I’ve been keeping an eye on passenger numbers, as it’s interesting to see how demand is evolving. For better or worse, we keep hitting new pandemic records in terms of the number of travelers. Yesterday was a record-setting day when it comes to people traveling in

Google Meet adds presentations to its tiled layout

100+Engadget / 8h
Google has tweaked Meet’s UI yet again, adding a feature meant to simulate in-person workplace presentations. Back in April, the tech giant rolled out a Zoom—like tiled layout option that gave the video conferencing service the ability to display up to 16 participants on screen. Now, it has updated that tiled layout, allowing users to see attendees even when someone is presenting. Presentations n

With So Little Traffic, Taipei Airport Invites People.To Come Pretend To Fly

45View from the Wing / 8h
Taipei's Songshan normally offers domestic flights as well as international flights to some destinations in Japan, South Korean, and China. On Friday only one flight is expected to arrive at the airport, EVA Air from Shanghai Pudong. With so little traffic the airport is hosting a “pretend to leave the country” tour. Passengers will board a plane – and get off – without ever leaving Taipei Songsh

The Hunt Is On for Elusive Ghost Particles in Antarctica

300+Wired / 9h
Ultrahigh-energy neutrinos could help scientists unravel some of the biggest mysteries in astrophysics—and the best place to find them may be the South Pole.

Your Most Vexing New Coronavirus Questions, Answered

100+Wired / 9h
In some ways things are getting harder, not easier, as shelter-in-place orders lift worldwide. On this week's episode, we tackle tough new corona-questions.

Researchers Expose a New Vulnerability in Intel's CPUs

500+Wired / 9h
The Software Guard eXtension is supposed to protect encryption keys and other sensitive data. But this isn't the first time it's been defeated.

When coach is actually comfy: Review of Comfort+ on Delta’s Airbus A220, New York to Dallas

The Points Guy / 9h
Delta Air Lines has, like all U.S. airlines, parked a lot if its fleet in response to passenger traffic dropping during the coronavirus crisis — but it has not put in long-term storage any of its Airbus A220s. You can still find the 109-seater, Delta’s newest plane, all over the airline’s network. Popular with passengers and offering many amenities other planes its size don’t have, it’s going to

How to Fix Adobe Photoshop CC If It’s Crashing or Slow

25How-To Geek / 9h
Adobe Photoshop is a big, resource-heavy app. Sometimes, it can slow to a crawl or, even worse, crash. If you’re having problems, there are some simple steps you can take to get it working again. Here’s what to do to fix Photoshop. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Roku Channel Live TV Guide review: Hundreds of free channels, but there's a catch

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New Horizons sends images to Earth from a vast distance

26SlashGear / 9h
The NASA spacecraft New Horizons has officially conducted its first interstellar parallax experiment. NASA says this is the first time a spacecraft sent images of the sky back to Earth from so far away that the stars appear to be in different positions than we’d see from Earth. New Horizons is currently 4 billion miles from home and was heading … Continue reading

IHG Premier Card Best-Ever 140K Bonus Still Available

100+One Mile at a Time / 9h
The IHG ® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card ( review ) is a fantastic hotel credit card that just about everyone should have . For several months now, the card has been offering a best-ever bonus, and this is a reminder that it’s still available. For those of you who don’t yet have the card — for whatever reason — this is a great time to apply. Obviously a lot of people aren’t planning travel righ

UK competition watchdog launches investigation into Facebook’s $400M acquisition of Giphy

300+TechCrunch / 9h
Facebook wants to be the go-to platform for all of your social needs, but a big move it made last month to take ownership in the world of GIFs — the short, looping videos that people use to convey sentiments in online conversations — may not go as it hopes. The UK Competition and Markets Authority — the country’s antitrust watchdog — today announced that it has launched an investigation into Face

Chrysler recalls 27,000 Pacifica Hybrid minivans to address fire risks

SlashGear / 9h
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was a first for minivans. It’s the first minivan to offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain that allows up to 32 miles of all-electric, emissions-free driving. However, Chrysler is recalling approximately 27,634 units of the Pacifica Hybrid to address a faulty electrical connection. Apparently, the fault can ignite a fire due to corroded electrical connections of the … Cont

12 excellent podcasts with black hosts for pop culture, politics, or history fans

97Mashable / 9h
Podcasting has been a double-edged sword for marginalized voices. On one hand, "anyone can start a podcast," as a medium with relatively low barriers of entry. But to no one's shock, podcasting has also not been the egalitarian haven that premise promises. It's a loss for everyone who loves the medium — not only because we're missing out on powerful stories but because there's evidence of podcast

So, when are you going to fly with your kids again?

The Points Guy / 9h
Now that Vegas has turned the lights back on , national parks are reopening , roller coasters have brought happy screams back to Orlando in theme parks such as Universal Orlando and even Disney World is only weeks away from unlocking the gates , there’s one question I’m getting over — and over — again. “” For the latest travel news, deals, and points and miles tips, please subscribe to The Points

WhatsApp dark mode could soon get a little brighter – but there's a good reason

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WhatsApp's long-awaited dark mode is getting a few adjustments, making it easier to read your messages at night. An ever-growing number of apps are adding support for dark mode, and for a variety of reasons. Many people find the dark tones are easier on the eye, particularly at night, and there are also battery saving considerations. WhatsApp is just one of many tools to feature a dark mode, and

The Morning After: Meet the PlayStation 5

300+Engadget / 9h
So, it happened. Sony finally showed us the PlayStation 5 and a whole lot of games. Of course there were exclusives like the Rocket League / Twisted Metal hybrid Destruction Allstars , a very Pixar-reminiscent action adventure title in Kena: Bridge of Spirits and Spider-Man: Miles Morales . And, also, some titles it will share with the PC/Xbox crowd in NBA 2K21 (look at that sweat on Zion, so rea

Google Stadia now works on any Android device, also gets mobile touch controls

Google Stadia Android36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Slowly but surely, Google Stadia is receiving the sort of updates that will deliver the game streaming promise it set out to launch with. The latest update brings a number of improvements to the service, namely a much wider array of supported Android devices to play it on. Official support now includes the OnePlus 5/5T, OnePlus 6/6T, OnePlus 7, 7 Pro 5G, 7 Pro, 7T, 7T Pro, and 7T Pro 5G, but 'exp

YouTube ads can be removed by adding a single dot

YouTube Ads Creators22SlashGear / 9h
Ads are the bane of many people’s Internet lives but they are also the lifeblood of many companies. Striking a balance between those two parties without resorting to shenanigans and illegal practices has become an almost never-ending quest for the likes of Google. From third-party browser extensions to premium subscriptions, there have been different methods of removing ads on web … Continue read

The Country Is Reopening. I’m Still on Lockdown

500+Wired / 9h
For those of us with vulnerable loved ones, the risks of Covid-19 seem more dangerous than ever—with no end in sight.

The Pandemic Is Propelling a New Wave of Automation

200+Wired / 9h
Software programs adopted during the Covid-19 crisis make it easier to complete forms and track requests. It saves work, but could cost jobs.

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

500+Wired / 9h
The so-called lamphone technique allows for real-time listening in on a room that's hundreds of feet away.

'Last of Us Part II' Is Great, but Can't Escape Its Father's Shadow

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'The Last of Us' was the quintessential dad game. Its sequel is destined to be the archetype of something else: the daughter game.

Complete guide to Flying Blue monthly promo rewards

The Points Guy / 9h
Editor’s note: Flying Blue has suspended its monthly Promo Rewards due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This post makes reference to previous rewards that have now expired to explain how the program works. Flying Blue , the joint loyalty program of Air France-KLM, was one of the first international frequent flyer programs to switch to dynamic award pricing. Eliminating a fixed award chart usu

China is launching its own GPS rival - and it’s nearing completion

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China has developed its own service to rival the Global Positioning System (GPS), which is set to be completed later this month. The Beidou navigation network will improve services reliant on location data and afford China an additional level of independence from the United States, whose Air Force operates GPS. The first Beidou satellites were launched twenty years ago, with second and third wave

Microsoft halts sale of facial recognition tech to police

26Popular Mechanics / 10h
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Microplastics travel through the air across the globe

32Popular Mechanics / 10h
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Rocket Report: Brazil opens equatorial launch site, Kerbal launch slips

61Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge / High winds scrubbed an Electron launch attempt earlier this week. (credit: Rocket Lab ) Welcome to Edition 3.03 of the Rocket Report! Depending on your local time zone, this weekend looks busy in the world of launch, with Electron and Falcon 9 launches potentially occurring within five hours of one another. As always, we welcome reader submissions , and if you don't want to miss an issu

Google will restrict advertisers targeting ads for jobs, housing and credit

95Engadget / 10h
Like many ad platforms, Google lets businesses target their spend towards people who are in their desired customer base. That’s smart and efficient if you sell a niche product to a small group of folks, but it’s a tool that can be open to abuse. Google has announced that it is changing its policies to block businesses from posting targeted ads for jobs, housing, and credit. In a blog post , Googl

5 Webcam Alternatives That You May Already Own

50How-To Geek / 10h
The great webcam shortage of 2020 is still going strong and with so few options left available, it can definitely be frustrating if you need a webcam now. However, there are some alternatives to a standard webcam you might not be aware of and, maybe, already own. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How to Switch From Android to iPhone

77How-To Geek / 10h
Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android are two mobile platforms with very different approaches to security, privacy, and software selection. Migrating from one to the other can be an adjustment. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Ram unleashes the second installment of 1500 Built to Serve special edition model

SlashGear / 10h
The ‘Built to Serve Edition’ Ram 1500 trucks are created to honor all five branches of the United States military. Back in November 2019, Ram unleashed its first batch of 1500 Built to Serve models to commemorate the army. And now, the latest series of Built to Serve trucks are dedicated to the men and women of the U.S. Navy. … Continue reading

Mayor Muriel Bowser on how D.C.'s stunning Black Lives Matter mural came about

64Mashable / 10h
By now, you'll have likely seen the stunning photos of Washington D.C.'s Black Lives Matter mural on a road leading up to the White House. Amid nationwide protests after the police killing of George Floyd, a group of people were spotted painting the words "Black Lives Matter" in huge yellow letters across two blocks of 16th Street, which has since been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza. The moving

9 changes to expect when Disney World hotels reopen

24The Points Guy / 10h
When you think of Disney World, the first thing you might think of is the iconic castle and other elements of the theme parks themselves. But, Disney World also runs a massive hotel operation with thousands and thousands of on-property hotel rooms spread across more than a dozen hotel resorts. On July 11, when the Disney World theme parks, such as the Magic Kingdom, begin to reopen, we know there

Jedi Temple Challenge brings out your inner pint-sized Padawan wannabe

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Enlarge / A young contestant swings across a padded foam chasm in an attempt to be the first team to obtain and assemble four lightsaber pieces. (credit: (Disney) ) This week a new kid-friendly game show, Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge , made its debut on YouTube. The premise is simple: what if we make something like all those Nickelodeon game shows '80s and '90s kids grew up on bu

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 and Surface Go 3 rumors emerge – and it’s good news for AMD

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New rumors have emerged that hint at the direction Microsoft will be taking with its upcoming Surface Laptop 4 and Surface Go 3 devices. While the Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2 have just been released, no one was expecting Microsoft to take its foot off the pedal, and these new rumors suggest the company is focusing on its flagship and its affordable range. These are the best laptop deals right

Lenovo Legion gaming phone might be arriving next month

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It seemed, at least for a while, that Lenovo has silently bowed out of the smartphone market, content to let its Motorola subsidiary take over. It may not be out for the count, however, and is simply playing a different game. Leveraging its Legion brand of gaming computers and accessories, Lenovo is believed to be close to launching its own … Continue reading

Are Turo car rentals covered by credit card insurance?

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While traveling, I sometimes need a rental car. Luckily, I can often find great deals on rental cars through Autoslash . But, on a few occasions, Autoslash has failed to find any inexpensive options that fit my needs. In these cases, I’ve also checked the carsharing service Turo . Although I’ve seriously considered renting a car through Turo multiple times, I’ve instead opted for a more expensive

Intel chip head quits for 'personal reasons'

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Intel is searching for a new leader to its chip team after the boss of the division quit the company with immediate effect. Jim Keller, previously senior vice president of silicon engineering, is leaving Intel after only six months in the top job, with "personal reasons" cited as the cause of departure. "Intel appreciates Mr Keller’s work over the past two years helping them continue advancing In

Yes, the PS5 can be placed on its side – here's proof

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During the console's reveal, the PS5 's unusual shape led us to wonder whether Sony's newest hardware could be placed on its side. All previous PlayStation consoles could be placed on their side, even if the PS2, PS3 and PS4 were also designed to stand up next to your TV. Well, the answer is, you can. Sony has even revealed what the PS5 looks like on its side with the following official image: So

Keke Palmer unpacks her powerful protest encounter with the National Guard

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Over the last few weeks, there have been many emotional, impassioned, and viral moments from the protests against racism and police brutality that have swept America and parts of the globe following the police killing of George Floyd. One you might have seen, with 26.5 million video views, is Hustlers actor and singer Keke Palmer having a strong conversation with National Guardsmen who were preve

A teenager’s guide to building the world’s best pandemic and protest trackers

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The coronavirus pandemic and the protests sparked by the May 25 murder of George Floyd have been the defining events of 2020 so far, and in both cases one 17-year-old has played a major role online: Avi Schiffmann, the creator of the web’s preeminent covid-19 case tracker and, more recently, a protest tracking site . The trackers have garnered praise for providing concise, instantly updated infor

Tom Hanks war drama 'Greyhound' comes to Apple TV+ on July 10th

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Greyhound , the World War II sea battle drama starring Tom Hanks, will make its debut on Apple TV+ July 10th, Apple has announced . Greyhound represents Apple’s biggest investment in a feature film yet, as it splashed out $70 million for the worldwide rights. Hanks stars as the first-time captain of a US Navy destroyer. His mission is to protect a 37-ship convoy carrying troops and suppliers over

Microsoft latest to ban police from using facial recognition software

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Tech giant Microsoft has announced it will refuse to sell facial recognition technology to police until appropriate federal regulation has been introduced to prevent its misuse. The announcement follows similar steps taken by fellow tech titans IBM and Amazon . The former will no longer sell or develop the controversial technology, nor engage in any related research activities, while the latter h

Garmin launches deluxe golf watch with maps for 41,000 courses

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Garmin has announced a new edition to its MARQ like of premium sports-specific smartwatches . The Garmin MARQ Golf is specifically designed for the green, serving as a virtual caddie on your wrist. The MARQ Golf offers all the usual features you'd expect from a top-end Garmin smartwatch, including heart rate monitoring, GPS/GLONASS/Galileo navigation, smart notifications, storage for up to 2,000

The Sony PS5 Is Sexy, but Sign Us up for 'Horizon Forbidden West'

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We’ve seen the PS5’s controllers already, but this was our first look at the PS5 console itself. Like the controllers, it’s sleek, black and white, and full of curves. It would fit very well in a game of Portal. But to our surprise, the PS5 will come in two versions—one with a disc-drive, and a “digital edition” without a disc drive, much like the Xbox One S All Digital console. Read This Article

Sony PlayStation 5 official reveal

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Need to relax? Save over 20% on this massaging cushion.

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TL;DR: Get a quality therapy massage without visiting a masseuse with the Back Pleaser Plus , which is on sale for $119.99, a 24% savings as of June 12. Sitting at an office desk and staring ahead at the same computer screen causes some seriously underrated pains. Our shoulders, backs, and necks practically beg for help after a day of sitting completely upright and tense. Think of the times you'v

This electronic decanter helps intensify the flavor of wine, and it's nearly half off

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TL;DR: Intensify your wine's flavor with the WAKE UP WINE™ Pro S electronic decanter for $149.99, a 49% savings as of June 12. If you're a natural party host, regular at wine nights, or routine organizer of happy hours, you've probably feigned to know everything possible about wine. Maybe you did the swirl and sniff trick you see in movies, or guessed the different tastes from one sip. It's okay.

This popular VPN is offering a risk-free trial for under $1

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TL;DR: A one-year subscription to PureVPN is on sale for $6.49 per month as of June 12, saving you 40% on list price. You have probably heard a lot about VPNs lately, particularly as cybercrime is on the rise . With all this information flying around, it can be difficult to know which service is best for you. Wouldn't it be nice if there was some sort of risk-free trial you could take, so that yo

Protect yourself from hackers while WFH with this affordable VPN

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TL;DR: Get a lifetime subscription to VeePN for just $29.99, a 95% savings as of June 12. The cool thing about working from home is that you don't actually have to be at home. You can easily bring your laptop with you on vacation and work from a beachfront condo. There's just one issue: whether you've got summer travels lined up or don't plan on leaving your couch for months, you could be hacked.

Home is the new enterprise, and this comes with risks

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We are seeing our way of life change in ways that were almost unimaginable just months ago. Millions of people are now working from home , being forced to adapt and find new ways of completing their daily tasks. The workforce is anxious, scared, and stressed, and we are relying on IT like never before – what used to be a chat in the office is now a video call. Meetings are now virtual, and quick

Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite is apparently on the way, and it may even have 5G

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Following last year’s Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite it was always likely that Samsung would launch a Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite, but we’re only now hearing rumors of it. According to sources speaking to SamMobile , a new S20 model internally known as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is in development. Apparently it’s unclear whether it will launch under that name or as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite, but a

Save big on Nintendo Switch games as part of Nintendo’s massive Summer sale

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If you’re looking for some new Nintendo Switch deals , you should head over to the eShop and check out Nintendo’s Summer Game sale if you're in the US. There's also a great sale taking place on the European eShop called the Digital Days sale . You can save up to 30% on some of the best Nintendo Switch games such as Mario Tennis Aces ( now $41.99 ), New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe ( 30% off ) and S

Android 11 beta now includes OnePlus 8 phones, but you probably shouldn't try it

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The Android 11 beta dropped yesterday (at time of writing), and while initially it was only available to Google Pixel phones, it only took OnePlus a single day to roll the beta out to its newest OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro smartphones. Now, if you want, and have one of the two eligible smartphones, you can download the Android 11 beta onto your smartphone and see how Google's newest operating sys

ISS scientists make Bose-Einstein condensates in space

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Rumors, death, and a tech overhaul: Inside Amazon’s race to hire 175,000 workers during a pandemic

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It was a surge unlike any other, even for Amazon. In the first quarter of 2020, the e-commerce giant’s net sales increased by 26% over the same period a year earlier. It was panic-buying on a grand scale. search rankings from mid-March awarded top billing to toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and Clorox wipes, but shelter-in-place orders and social distancing meant online shopping was now t

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 image leak shows a really useful feature, and a new design flaw

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is set to land some time this year, and while we hadn't heard any design rumors until now, a first leak has just come through that shows one great feature and one potentially frustrating one. Some Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 images have been posted on Twitter by prolific leaker @Onleaks , for French blog and case manufacturer Pigtou . These snaps show the front and back of Sam

Snap launches Minis to run other apps within Snapchat - and there's more

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What would you say to an app that allows other apps to function within? Snap, the US-based social media and camera company, has launched the Minis as a suite of miniature apps that allows users to enable multiple experiences within a Snapchat window. Minis, which would be integrated into the chat window on Snapchat, would allow users to buy movie tickets, chat with friends and meditate alone usin

Zoom admits it complied with Chinese request to suspend activist accounts

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Zoom has admitted that it interrupted three Tiananmen Square anniversary meetings and suspended their hosts’ accounts upon China’s request. The video conferencing service has posted a response regarding the actions it took against Lee Cheuk-yan, Wang Dan and Zhou Fengsuo who are based in the US and Hong Kong. Zoom says it received notices from China in May and early June about four large Tiananme

Robinhood growth is floating the stock market despite pandemic

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Stock trading app Robinhood has revealed recently surpassed the 13 million active users mark. Much of that growth, rising from 10 million at the start of 2020, has been fueled by the coronavirus pandemic as millennials have increasingly seen opportunity in the beaten-down stock market. This growth has been anything but smooth, as Robinhood’s trading app crashed three times in a single week as the

Apple reveals schedule for 'biggest ever' WWDC

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Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be different this year. In March, Apple announced the WWDC will be online-only this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. While likely a disappointment for those who wanted to attend the event, the advantage is that this year, all developers are able to participate for free, albeit virtually. Now, the company has released the lineup for the even

Facebook search throws up Wikipedia info boxes, too

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Facebook has added Wikipedia knowledge panels for results to search queries made on the platform. This feature is reminiscent of Google’s integration with Wikipedia. But unlike Google, there is also Instagram link to profiles that have presence on that social media platform. Again, unlike Google, Facebook's efforts are aimed at keeping people within their ecosystem as much as possible. Experts al

This machine can produce 5 different types of waves

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'We have to do something': Anthony Mackie shares emotional personal impact of America's racist history

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Global protests against police brutality and racism have been ongoing since 46-year-old father George Floyd died at the hands of police on May 25. On Thursday's episode of the Tonight Show , incoming Captain America Anthony Mackie spoke to host Jimmy Fallon about the