Friday, June 12, 2020

TPS Consulting Late Friday Edition


Plastic rain is the new acid rain

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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

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

‘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


Why I hate the design of the PS5

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After months of speculation and questionable concept designs from eager fans, Sony has finally revealed what the PS5 looks like . And honestly, I think it's hideous... The PS5 has a polarizing design to say the least. At a glance, it produces the same reaction as when you put a spoon of Marmite in your mouth for the very first time – you either wrench in disgust or are pleasantly surprised. There

Why I love the design of the PS5

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Hey! Gamer! Chill out! Your hot take may be sizzling, but I think the PS5 console design looks cool. After years of sticking black boxes under my TV, I’m more than ready for something that has a bit more flair to it. With its white plastic wraparound shell and curvy design, the PlayStation 5 looks like a science-fiction movie prop, complete with glowing blue highlights that give it an icy persona

These malicious Android apps were able to crack Google's anti-adware code

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Google has removed a number of malicious Android apps from the Play Store after multiple reports the programs were overloading user devices. At least 38 Android apps were identified as threats, bombarding users with out-of-context ads and intrusive browser redirects. The apps were reportedly developed by the same criminal group, which was able to get the services onto the official Play Store by d

WhatsApp to get search option - one of many features in the works

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The battle for instant messaging apps just intensified. Barely a day after Snapchat announced a slew of new offerings at its virtual Partnership Summit, news has started filtering in of WhatsApp testing upgraded search functionalities and a slew of other new features. Various reports published on , a blog that tracks developments around WhatsApp, suggest that the search functionali

MIUI 12 Pilot testing program for Redmi phones: Here’s how you can register

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Xiaomi announced its latest ROM MIUI 12 last month and is now gearing up for the release of a stable build for its budget smartphones. The company is inviting beta testers for its MIUI 12 Pilot Testing program in India for its Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 7, and Redmi Note 7S devices. As per MIUI’s update timeline, flagship devices like Mi 9, Mi 9T, Mi 9T Pro, Redmi K20, and the

Want to browse the web anonymously? Try this secure VPN.

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TL;DR: A one-year subscription to Norton Secure VPN is on sale for £29.99, saving you 50% on list price. There are many reasons to consider investing in a VPN , but nothing is more important than securing your online privacy. We know that online freedom (and unlocking streaming sites) is important, but security should be your number one priority. Norton Secure VPN is one of the best services for

Override streaming restrictions with this high-speed VPN

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TL;DR: An 18-month subscription to ZenMate VPN is on sale for £1.99 per month as of June 13, saving you 79% on list price. Can we all agree that streaming services are great? The likes of Netflix , Disney+, and Prime Video provide hours of entertainment when we need it most, and we're grateful for that. There is a problem though, and it concerns geo-restrictions. SEE ALSO: This Adobe alternative

Save 98% on this stacked computer science course

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TL;DR: The Complete Computer Science Master Class Bundle is on sale for £30.88 as of June 13, saving you 98% on list price. Most of us can't find jobs in our preferred fields and are constantly wishing we got a degree in something more in-demand, like computer science. Not only are jobs aplenty in the computer science field, but they also come with a pretty salary. Going back to school and upping

Master graphic design with this lifetime subscription

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TL;DR: The Complete Learn to Design Certification Bundle 2020 is on sale for £30.88, saving you 98% on list price. Whether you're an aspiring graphic designer , creative marketer, or just planning to build your own website, design skills are highly valuable in the digital age. Plus, with thousands of apps and websites launched daily, those with the skills to make those apps and websites look grea

Amazon's CPU rival to Intel and AMD spreading its wings globally

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AWS has announced that the sixth generation of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud ( Amazon EC2 ) instances are now generally available with three new instances powered by the company's own, Arm-based Graviton2 processors. The new general purpose (M6g), compute-optimized (C6g) and memory-optimized (R6g) instances deliver up to 40 percent better price to performance over comparable current gen x86-based

New Intel chip hides something revolutionary that barely anyone noticed

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Intel’s first Lakefield processors, two of which were launched on Wednesday, feel like the start of a new era. Never in the past decade have so many new technologies been packed into a new processor aimed at end-clients (businesses and consumers). In fact, the Core i3 variant is a first in many respects. It's the first x86 processor with five cores, the first to have heterogeneous cores (similar

Java beats Python to remain the most popular programming language around

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The three most popular programming languages are Java, JavaScript and Python but a new survey from JetBrains has revealed that Java has retained its top spot among developers. To compile its new State of Developer Ecosystem 2020 report , the IDE maker surveyed almost 20,000 developers to identify the latest trends when it comes to programming languages, tools and technologies. While Java remains

Amazon's Reportedly Fielding Probes From California, Washington State Over Trade Practices

47Gizmodo / 4h
Officials in California and Washington State are investigating Amazon’s business practices with a focus on whether the tech giant abuses its power over third-party sellers on its online marketplace, according to reports from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal . Read more...

Yes, 'Spider-Man: Miles Morales' for PS5 is a standalone game

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Yesterday’s PlayStation 5 showcase packed a strong lineup of AAA and independently developed games destined for the console, but the Spider-Man: Miles Morales reveal got some of the strongest reactions. Later, some comments from a Sony exec published as a followup in The Telegraph (paywalled) suggested that this game would be expansion to the PS4 title released in 2018 , forcing developer Insomni

Crisis Text Line CEO ousted after staff exposes culture of discrimination

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After examples of discrimination, microagressions, emotional abuse, and tokenism at Crisis Text Line exploded on Twitter, the nonprofit's board ousted its CEO. Nancy Lublin was terminated from her position and board seat Friday, according to a statement from the organization's board, which former employees shared on Twitter. The firing comes after employees staged a two-day virtual walkout and th

Lo Toney has some ideas about how to (really) bring VC into the 21st century

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Last week, we suggested that for a truly diverse venture industry, the limited partners who provide investing capital to VCs — institutions like universities and hospital systems — need to start incorporating diversity mandates into their work . Say a venture firm wanted to secure a commitment from the University of Texas System; it would first need to agree, in writing, to pour a certain percent

Trend Micro drops secure browser app following security fears

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Trend Micro has made the decision to remove the Privacy Browser from its Dr Safety Android security suite after a reoccurring flaw was discovered in its software. As reported by The Register , the vulnerability, which could be abused to trick users into believing that malicious web pages were legitimate, was first discovered by security consultant Dhiraj Mishra who responsibly reported it to the

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launch delayed over pandemic

SlashGear / 6h
The James Webb Space Telescope destined to eventually replace Hubble has been delayed once again, this time over an unforeseeable issue: the coronavirus pandemic. This isn’t the first time the telescope’s launch has been delayed; it was scheduled for March 2021 most recently, but that date has been pushed back over coronavirus-related issues. The delay was confirmed on June 10. … Continue reading

The Five Best Cordless Vacuums, According to Our Readers

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Top Product: Dyson V11 | $640 | Amazon

Slack finally realized that Slack makes permanent remote work possible

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All it took was a pandemic, but the maker of a widely used remote-work tool has finally come to the startling conclusion that permanent remote work might actually be possible. San Francisco-based Slack announced Friday that, contrary to its office-first culture, going forward it will allow employees the option to work remotely forever. That's right, the company that for many defines modern-day re

HBO Go and HBO Now are going away – the names are, anyway

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If you can’t wrap your head around the differences between HBO, HBO Go, HBO Now and HBO Max , don’t worry, the company is simplifying its service names next month. First, HBO Go will be dissolved on July 31. Subscribers who have HBO Go through their cable provider will be asked to sign into HBO Max before then, which really makes sense as most HBO subscribers get the newest streaming service for

This Plane Has The Registration Number We Hoped We’d Never See

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

Forget the casino, bankrupt Hertz can now sell up to $1 billion in stock

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Hertz, the rental car company that is going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, can now sell up to $1 billion in stock as it seeks to tap into one of the hottest tickets in town: traders with an appetite for short-term speculative bets. The decision Friday by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware gives Hertz permission to sell as up to 246.8 million unissued shares to Jeff

Amazon Said to Be Under Scrutiny in 2 States for Abuse of Power

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Inquiries in California and Washington are a sign that the scrutiny of the tech giant continues to intensify.

Facebook tests new Face ID security option for Messenger inbox

SlashGear / 7h
Facebook is testing a new way for Messenger users to secure their inboxes, at least if they own an iPhone. The feature, which was first leaked back in January, enables Messenger users to secure their inboxes behind Face ID even if the iPhone is unlocked, putting an extra barrier between one’s messages and any nosey person who may be trying … Continue reading

A New Air Taxi Model Takes Design Cues From a Far-Flying Bird

500+Wired / 8h
Beta Technologies' Alia, which debuted Friday, draws inspiration from the ultra-efficient Arctic tern. The craft may one day transport organs for transplants.

Funko Pops Are as Low as $2 Each in Today’s Top Deals

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Featured Deal: Pop Rides Disney: Woody with RC | $17 Read more...

Bermuda reopening on July 1, Americans welcome

The Points Guy / 8h
In This Post Bermuda reopening July 1 Bermuda is the latest country to reopen post-coronavirus and roll out the red carpet to Americans. In fact, tourists from many nations will be able to vacation in Bermuda again come July 1. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . The island will resume international commercial air service for visitors as part

Imaging startup Light is exiting the smartphone business

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Light’s push into smartphones was an inevitability. Sure, the startup turned heads with its pricey L16 camera , but these days mobile photography is almost exclusively the domain of the handset. Early last year, the answer arrived in the form of the trypophobia-inducing Nokia 9 PureView . In a category where manufacturers raced to add more cameras, the PureView had the most, with a five-hexagonal

'The Last of Us,' 'Left Behind,' and seeing yourself for the first time in games

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This article contains spoilers for The Last of Us and some details about its DLC, Left Behind . Though my parents initially forbade me from playing video games as a little girl (for being generally violent or otherwise unladylike), I found ways to smuggle games into my life anyway. Whether it was through the N64 at my dentist’s waiting room or in the rare occasions when a friend’s brother let us

Uber lost out on Grubhub. That's bad news for Uber Eats.

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For the past few weeks, rumors were flying that Uber Eats was combining forces with Grubhub . Then a European delivery app swooped in and shook everything up. Just Eat Takeaway, a Dutch company dominant in the European market, acquired Grubhub for $7.3 billion , providing some serious competition for Uber Eats and DoorDash. The Just Eat Takeaway deal created what the company claims is the "world’

3 perspectives on the future of SF and NYC as startup hubs

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It has been an incredibly tough period for everyone the past few months as the global COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out whole industries from the economic map. While tech has been among the most resilient industries in the face of this cataclysm, the extreme mobility of the industry’s workforce begs large questions about what the future of startups and work will look like moving forward. We’ve deba

Airbnb Agrees to Rat Out Its Hosts Like NYC Wants It To

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Airbnb has finally decided to settle it long-running lawsuit with regulators in New York City. The short-stay rental platform has agreed to hand over personal data about its hosts—like their phone numbers and email addresses, along with a full list of every home they’re putting on the platform—in order to help city… Read more...

As 'League of Legends' summer games begin, the pros talk player health

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Today marks the beginning of the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) summer split, where 10 North American teams will compete for eight spots in the Playoffs, and the chance to represent the region at Worlds in the fall. LCS games will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday over the coming months, after Riot switched from weekend-only, two-day tournaments in January. Following a bri

Anonymous Camera for iPhone will make you feel like a spy

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A new camera app has been released for iOS that, unlike basically every other photography app, is designed to hide the photo’s subject rather than highlight them. Called Anonymous Camera, this app works to protect the people captured in a video or photo by blurring or otherwise hiding their faces — or, in cases where it is necessary, by removing … Continue reading

Delta One Suites deal: Fly to Asia in comfort in 2021 with widespread award space for 4+ passengers

The Points Guy / 8h
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. While no one knows exactly what the future of air travel will look like post-coronavirus, it’s safe

How The Wing's Empire Was Built On Trauma, Racism, and Neglect

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On June 1, the women-only social club and coworking space The Wing shared an Instagram post that read “Black Lives Matter” in bold, yellow lettering. The graphic was a far cry from the millennial pink and muted tones that have defined The Wing’s aesthetic since it first opened in 2016, but the message, sent in… Read more...

Facebook insists new Workplace tool was for 'preventing bullying,' not suppressing unions

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Facebook wants to empower you to make the world more open and connected as you suppress your workers' legal right to form a union. The social media giant that seemingly goes out of its way to be awful set a new bar Wednesday, when, according to reporting by the Intercept , it showed off a new Workplace tool designed to prevent certain words from trending on the enterprise-focused platform. And, t

Playing Games on Your Phone With Google Stadia Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

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Google Stadia launched last fall , and when it came to streaming games on your phone, things were kind of limited. Not only did you need to have a Pixel phone, you also had to connect a Stadia controller via USB. However, thanks to an update this week, gaming with Stadia on your phone just got a whole lot easier. Read more...

Old games, new content: Spider-man, GTAV, Destiny 2, now this is the way

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Over the last week we’ve become very aware of the fact that game developers are trying for a sea change. It might instead be that gamers are the ones that’ve made this change happen – maybe developers are only doing what the market demands they do in order to survive. In any case, we’ve seen three major games announced as … Continue reading

Airlines are increasingly requiring health checks before flying. Alaska is the latest

The Points Guy / 9h
Alaska Airlines has become the latest U.S. carrier to require that passengers verify their health before going on a flight. Starting June 30, passengers will be required to complete a health checklist during check-in that asks them to verify that they have not exhibited any COVID-19 symptoms in the 72 hours prior to flying. They’ll also have to confirm that they’ve not come into contact with a sy

Creating During Covid: Kevin Tong Talks Convention Woes and Home Set-Ups

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The novel coronavirus pandemic’s effects have already been felt far and wide, in comic book publishing and sales , the gaming industry , Hollywood, and more . But it’s also, of course, affecting people on an individual level. To that end, io9 decided to talk to some folks about what the covid-19 pandemic has done to… Read more...

Here's how to *hypothetically* take down a racist statue with tips from an archaeologist

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As protests inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement continue, people across the country are calling for the removal of statues of known slaveholders and other racist figures. In response to the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by a white police officer kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes, protests against police brutality and systemic racism have erupted around the w

Rare, Nearly Extinct Parasite May Have Resurfaced in Vietnam, Doctors Say

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Doctors in Vietnam this week say that they’ve made a mysterious and—if accurate—alarming discovery: A local resident who was infested with the nearly extinct Guinea worm. But Guinea worm experts are still trying to confirm whether this case is the genuine article, and if so, how the worm managed to reach a country… Read more...

The Best Snapchat Games to Play Right Now

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Some folks like to quibble about whether smartphone games are “true” video games (especially Zynga’s fare), but I’ve always felt that a game’s a game no matter where you play it. Playing games on a smartphone is no different than playing games on a console or PC in my book—and there are, right now, about 100 million… Read more...

The Cannoli Isn't the Most Overrated Pastry—But It's Close

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A recent conversation between employees at Gizmodo dot com (a science and technology website) has led to an ongoing dialogue about the value of pastries. More specifically, my esteemed colleagues discussed—and have continued to discuss on various occasions—what qualifies as the most overrated among these… Read more...

Cambodia’s Re-Opening Plan Is So Comprehensive No One Will Want To Visit

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Cambodia will make you put down a $3000 deposit on arrival not just for required COVID-19 testing, and for costs associated with required quarantine, but also to cover your required cremation should you die in one of their hospitals. Continue reading ...

A Bill in Congress Would Limit Uses of Facial Recognition

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Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM say they want federal rules around the technology. Critics of the proposal, sponsored by four Democrats, say it doesn't go far enough.

Star Wars: Squadrons confirmed after leak: full reveal details

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

100+Lifehacker / 10h
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

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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

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Visible Hot Pepper Ghost | $79 | Visible

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

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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

27The Points Guy / 10h
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches 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

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

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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 / 10h
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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How to enjoy Harry Potter without J.K. Rowling

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Lueders 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 Lueders, 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. Lueders also previously worked on NASA’S Commercial Cargo program, which has led to the long and successful re

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

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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

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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

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Top Product: Dyson V11 | $640 | Amazon

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...

How to Help a Turtle Across a Road

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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

100+Gizmodo / 11h
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Case For Ending All Traffic Stops

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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 / 11h
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

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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

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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 / 12h
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Fujifilm Instax Camera | $150 | Urban Outfitters

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

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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

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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

3KGizmodo / 12h
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?

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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

100+Engadget / 12h
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

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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

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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

100+Ars Technica / 12h
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

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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 / 12h
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

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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 ima