Monday, June 08, 2020

TPS Consulting Monday Evening Edition


Elon Musk says Starship is now SpaceX’s top priority

Elon Musk SpaceX Starship4KTechCrunch / 15h
SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk says that after accomplishing its first human launch, the company’s primary focus going forward will be developing Starship, its next-generation spacecraft. According to an internal email seen by CNBC , Musk said that Starship is job one for the company, with the exception of ensuring that everything goes well with the forthcoming return of the Crew Dragon capsule

'Schitt's Creek' cast and Mariah Carey singing 'Hero' to teachers will fill your heart with joy

16KMashable / 17h
Not all heroes get the credit or celebration they deserve. Teachers play such a vital role in all our lives — from shaping how we think to providing support and encouragement in our most formative years. On Sunday, the cast of Schitt's Creek in character were joined by Mariah Carey to sing "Hero" to pay tribute to the work teachers do — and yes, David chose the song. The well-harmonised, genuinel

The US Air Force is preparing a human versus AI dogfight

DARPA3KEngadget / 15h
The US Air Force has long been exploring the way artificial intelligence (AI) can assist in its operations — back in 2016 we saw combat AI beat some of the Air Force’s top tactical experts, for example. Now, researchers are working on an autonomous drone designed to take down a piloted plane in air-to-air combat, with a showdown slated for July 2021. As reported by Air Force Magazine , the Air Fo

5 of the best smartwatches for your kids

Mashable / 12min
The percentage of kids who have a smartphone grows by the year , and this trend is seemingly only going in one direction. Kids start begging for their own phone as soon as they can talk (or at least it probably feels that way to parents who are always handing their phone over to keep a kid busy). In some ways, your child having a phone on them at all times can alleviate some serious worries about

Lenovo EOFY 2020 deals: big savings on ThinkPad, Legion, Yoga and more

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If it’s a new laptop, desktop or monitor you want (or need) to round out your financial year, there's many devices from Lenovo that are worthy of being on your shortlist. There are some sturdy machines to choose from during the EOFY 2020 sales, meaning you can save a bundle and get your finances sorted before tax-time rolls around. Discover more great Lenovo deals in the dedicated EOFY catalogue

BTS label Big Hit Entertainment inks broad partnership with streaming tech company Kiswe

100+TechCrunch / 1h
The town of New Providence, N.J. may seem like an unlikely home for a company that’s just inked a new deal with Big Hit Entertainment (the label behind the global K-pop supergroup BTS) and raised tens of millions of dollars from some of the largest venture capital firms in the United States, but Kiswe Mobile is proof that valuable startups can come from anywhere. Founded in 2013 and led by chief

IBM sunsets general purpose facial recognition tech to avoid abuse

IBM Facial RecognitionSlashGear / 1h
Like any other tool such as a hammer or a knife, technology can be used not only for good but also for harm. Facial recognition, in particular, is often promoted as a convenient security measure but it can also be misused and abused for things like mass surveillance or racial profiling. Given the sensitivity of these topics in the past … Continue reading

This is probably the best Linux laptop deal right now

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The Mytrix LinuxBook 7350 is a laptop like no other; it's not the cheapest notebook that runs on Ubuntu, but is almost certainly the best Linux laptop when it comes to sheer value for money. The fact it's available from both Newegg and Walmart is also reassuring, since we're dealing with a bit of an unknown quantity in the form of Mytrix, a newcomer to the market. The laptop costs just under $460

South Korean court denies prosecutors’ arrest warrant request for Samsung heir Jay Lee

Court Samsung Heir Lee100+TechCrunch / 1h
A South Korean court denied an arrest warrant request for Samsung Group heir apparent Jay Y. Lee, saying that although prosecutors’ secured “a considerable amount of evidence,” it was still not enough to detain Lee. Prosecutors filed for the warrant last week , accusing Lee of accounting fraud and stock manipulation. Prosecutors allege that the value of electronics materials provider Cheil Indust offers 700 games in a pay-what-you-want racial justice bundle

82Engadget / 1h
You now have a chance to score a massive number of games for a low price — and support an important cause while you’re at it. The game store has released a “Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality” pay-what-you-want offering that includes 700 indie titles. There’s a minimum donation of $5, but whatever you contribute is split equally between the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and

HTC wants you to save the date that will hopefully save the company

SlashGear / 1h
At this point in the year, very few smartphone makers have not launched a new flagship. Google won’t be doing so until months later though we’re still waiting for word on a Pixel 4a. HTC’s absence and silence, however, has been particularly poignant given the company’s once esteemed position in the mobile phone market. It has finally broken that silence … Continue reading

Kevin Bacon is a writer with a dark secret in You Should Have Left trailer

29Ars Technica / 1h
Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried start in the forthcoming psychological horror film You Should Have Left . Kevin Bacon achieved cult success with 1990's Tremors , but he also starred in another film that somehow didn't achieve the same lasting success, despite being one of his strongest performances. That film is Stir of Echoes (1999), an unjustly ignored supernatural thriller adapted from a novel

Google Play Store premium games for Chromebooks could just be the beginning

Google ChromebooksSlashGear / 2h
Despite the many updates and new features that have been pushed out in the past few months, it sometimes feels that Chrome OS is still Google’s proverbial red-headed stepchild. Google has opened up the OS to both Android and Linux apps but, aside from an educational focus, some might still find it hard to fathom what Chrome OS and Chromebooks … Continue reading

Samsung: Court rejects Lee Jae-yong arrest warrant request

Samsung Lee Court Arrest300+BBC News - Technology / 2h
The decision comes after Lee Jae-yong was convicted in 2017 over a political and corporate scandal.

Galaxy Fold 2 to use UTG, next-gen foldable glass still coming

Samsung Galaxy 2 OneSlashGear / 2h
The Galaxy Note 20 may be August’s most-awaited smartphone but it won’t be coming alone. Almost ironically, there seems to be less interest and hype, not to mention less information, around the Galaxy Fold 2. Perhaps the disappointing reality of Samsung’s first foldable phone is still fresh in people’s minds but the Galaxy Fold 2 promises some significant improvements. It … Continue reading

IBM stops work on facial recognition over human rights concerns

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The backlash to facial recognition among governments is extending to corporate heavyweights. IBM chief Arvind Krishna has sent a letter (via Axios and CNBC ) to Congress revealing that the company has exited its “general purpose” facial recognition business. The company “firmly opposes” use of the technology for surveillance, racial profiling and “violations of basic human rights and freedoms,” a

IBM ends all facial recognition business as CEO calls out bias and inequality

IBM Facial Recognition300+TechCrunch / 3h
IBM CEO Arvind Krishna announced today that the company would no longer sell facial recognition services, calling for a “national dialogue” on whether it should be used at all. He also voiced support for a new bill aiming to reduce police violence and increase accountability. In a letter reported by CNBC , written in support of the Justice in Policing Act introduced today, Krishna explains the co

The Motorola Fusion+ is a pop-up camera phone with a blemish free display

Motorola One Android40Ars Technica / 3h
The Motorola Fusion+. [credit: Motorola ] Pop-up camera phones aren't dead yet. After the release of the Motorola One Hyper , Motorola's next pop-up camera phone is the dramatically-named Motorola One Fusion+. For specs, you have a 6.5-inch LCD. Thanks to the pop-up camera, the LCD has a glorious blemish-free design, with no camera holes or notches. There's a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 730, 6GB of RAM, 1

Google Duo group calls invite links feature is now live

Google Duo Group ZoomSlashGear / 3h
Despite having been reported for already lax security practices last year, Zoom’s popularity still skyrocketed in the past few months for one simple reason. It was dead easy to use and almost anyone can easily join a group video conference with very little preparation beforehand. In light of Zoom’s many scandals, a whole bunch of new and old services has … Continue reading

American Airlines No Longer Lets Employees Offer Compensation For Broken Seats, Missing Meals

200+View from the Wing / 3h
Effective Monday American Airlines has taken away the tool airports, flight attendants, and reservations used to compensate customers when a crew member spills a drink on them, their seat is broken, or their inflight meal didn't get loaded onto the aircraft. To save money, instead of compensating customers when things go wrong, employees are supposed to show they care and acknowledge what the cus

Xbox Digital Direct replaces long redemption codes with a single click

Xbox One Microsoft DD95Engadget / 3h
A new Xbox feature makes it easier to claim games that come with the console, doing away with the 25-digit codes that were required before. Digital Direct , pointed out by Polygon , embeds games and other DLC directly to the console that you can redeem during the setup process. For those who are post-setup, the feature can be found in the “Accounts” and “My Library” sections. When setting up a co

Visionox under-display camera is reportedly ready for production

Visionox Display CameraSlashGear / 3h
For a couple of years now, smartphone makers have been on a crusade to banish as much bezel around screens as they can but the biggest problem has always been the all-important selfie camera. Various solutions have been developed to that end, from motorized popup cameras to circular cutouts, but the holy grail has always been an “invisible” camera hiding … Continue reading

Cox Might Slow Down a Whole Neighborhood's Internet If One Person Is Using Too Much Data

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If there is anything as quite as infuriating as internet data caps , having your internet speed throttled is up there—especially if you pay extra to have ultra-fast, uncapped internet. According to Ars Technica , Cox Communications not only wants certain customers to stop using so much data, it’s also reportedly… Read more...

A Key Piece of The Last of Us TV Adaptation Has Been Revealed

The Last of Us Druckmann33Gizmodo / 3h
The new game is out next Friday and the TV show has a pilot director. It’s a big few weeks for post-apocalyptic tale The Last of Us . Read more...

Police reform bill proposes mandatory body cameras for federal officers

400+Engadget / 3h
Congressional Democrats have unveiled a sweeping police reform bill with the aim of overhauling law enforcement in the US. They announced the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 following the alleged police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis two weeks ago. His death sparked widespread protests against police brutality and racism. Among the measures the authors propose are mandatory body cameras fo

Strange radio bursts from space are back and they’re following a pattern

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In what seems like the start of the movie Contact, researchers report that mysterious fast radio bursts (FRBs) from space have been detected once again and that they’re following a pattern. The cause of these signals is unknown — in fact that, they were only discovered a little over a decade ago and the repeating patterns weren’t picked up until … Continue reading

7 photos and videos that show what Las Vegas looked like on reopening weekend

21The Points Guy / 4h
In what’s sure to be one of the biggest signals of the travel industry’s return, Las Vegas opened its doors this past weekend. Many of the major casino resorts — including Treasure Island (now in the Radisson family), Wynn Las Vegas, Bellagio Resort and Casino , MGM Grand, New York-New York, Caesars Palace, Golden Nugget, Planet Hollywood, the Venetian and more — welcomed back overnight guests fo

Here's What to Buy Your Dad for Father's Day

20Lifehacker / 4h
With Father’s Day around the corner on June 21, we here at The Inventory urge you to think ahead when it comes to ordering gifts online. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, even the largest supply chains are having trouble keeping up with demand, not to mention the bottlenecks impacting the United States Postal… Read more...

Rackspace reveals major multicloud overhaul

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Rackspace has announced its plans to provide comprehensive solutions across the entire technology transformation lifecycle following a series of acquisitions and strategic partnerships. Going forward, the company will focus on cloud optimization, security, cloud native enablement and data modernization to bring its multicloud expertise to market under its new name Rackspace Technology. CEO of Rac

Decoding the clues: After 10 years, the “Fenn treasure” has finally been found

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Enlarge / Dreaming of finding buried treasure? Someone just solved a ten-year treasure hunt. (credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus) Ten years ago, an antiquities dealer named Forrest Fenn buried a treasure chest filled with gold, rubies, emeralds, and diamonds somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. He hid the clues to its location in a poem that is part of his 2010 self-published memoir, The Thrill of t

TSA Will Start Taking Your Photo At Security Checkpoints

100+View from the Wing / 4h
Say cheese! The Department of Homeland Security revealed in a ‘privacy impact assessment’ published last week that TSA will begin using facial recognition for identity verification at airport security checkpoints. They will photograph each passenger and determine whether it matches the photo associated with the identity document used for screening. Continue reading ...

The treasure trove hidden in discarded computers

200+BBC News - Technology / 4h
Recycled rare earth magnets are one solution to the rising demand for minerals used in our tech.

Study warns chronically negative people face greater dementia risk

64SlashGear / 4h
If you’re a grumpy person who always sees the bad side of things, it may be time to take a proactive step in changing the way you view the world. A new study has linked chronic negativity with an increased risk of developing cognitive problems and, later in life, dementia. The pessimists in the study were found to have higher … Continue reading

If it ain't broke: You share your oldest working gadgets

500+BBC News - Technology / 4h
People share the oldest gadgets they still use, via social media.

Behind China’s Twitter Campaign, a Murky Supporting Chorus

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Swarms of accounts are amplifying Beijing’s brash new messaging as the country tries to shape the global narrative about the coronavirus and much else.

Twitter clumsily fact-checks '5G corona' tweets

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Twitter is getting more aggressive with the use its fact-checking label — it might even be hard to avoid the label in some cases. Business Insider and others have noticed that Twitter is displaying a “get the facts on COVID-19” link underneath seemingly any tweet that mention 5G and the new coronavirus, whether or not the person is endorsing the conspiracy theories linking the two . It’ll even ap

Ground-Penetrating Radar Reveals Entire Ancient Roman City

400+Gizmodo / 5h
For the first time ever, archaeologists have used ground-penetrating radar to map an entire city while it’s still beneath the ground. Read more...

Lilium adds $35M from Baillie Gifford at a $1B+ valuation for its electric aircraft taxi service

200+TechCrunch / 5h
While most air travel continues to be ground to a halt, a German startup working on what it hopes will be a major breakthrough in flying has raised more funds to continue building its service. Lilium , which is designing an all-electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft that it plans to build into a taxi-style fleet to ferry passengers within and between cities, has picked up an additional $

Silverfin wants to modernize accounting software with its cloud service

100+TechCrunch / 5h
Meet Silverfin , a startup focused on accounting software. This isn’t about helping small startups handle accounting tasks themselves. Silverfin wants to build the cloud service for small and big accounting firms — Salesforce, but for accounting. The startup just raised a Series B funding round led by Hg — Index Ventures led the previous Series A round . While terms of the deal are undisclosed, a

How Much of J.K. Rowling's Transphobia Will Be Too Much Transphobia for Warner Bros.?

1KGizmodo / 5h
Because, as it turns out, the level of transphobia Warner Bros. seems ready to look past from J.K. Rowling is already a considerably large amount. Read more...

Startup dilution done right: Lemonade IPO edition

100+TechCrunch / 5h
Every founder’s biggest fear is dilution — investors constantly carving off chunks of their equity in round after round of venture financing. Founders collectively own 100% of their companies in the beginning, but it isn’t uncommon for them to own single digits after years have gone by and millions of VC dollars have flowed into their startup. So I was a bit surprised to see the numbers today in

ClassTag raises $5M for parent-teacher communication

100+TechCrunch / 5h
Like many working parents, Vlada Lotkina , the founder and CEO of ClassTag , wanted to be more involved in her daughter’s preschool education. A paper notice about an upcoming field trip, squeezed between messy folders in a backpack, begged for smart technology around parent-teacher communication, she recalls. Lotkina turned to other parents in the preschool class and found similar stresses. So,

Clubhouse Games review: The Nintendo version of a ‘90s CD-ROM compilation

Nintendo Switch Mario36Ars Technica / 5h
Enlarge (credit: Nintendo) Not all 51 mini-games inside of Clubhouse Games , the latest first-party Nintendo game for Switch, are worth recommending. But if you like the idea of old, public-domain board and card games on Nintendo Switch in polished, easy-to-play format, a majority of them are. The series, which last appeared on Nintendo DS in 2006, revolves around digital translations of timeless

Riot Games teams with Crisis Text Line to support troubled gamers

SlashGear / 5h
Riot Games has teamed up with Crisis Text Line to help support gamers who are experiencing mental health issues. The company announced the new initiative on Monday, stating that gamers can seek help by texting “RIOT” to the support organization. The service is available to users located in the United States and Canada — and it is free, of course. … Continue reading

The U.S. Space Force Is Losing a Trademark Battle With Netflix's Space Force

500+Gizmodo / 5h
The real Space Force may be going down in flames against the fictional Space Force: According to the Hollywood Reporter , the newly founded military branch appears to be losing a trademark battle with the Netflix comedy show of the same name. Read more...

Axios Allows Its Reporters to Join Protests

3KNYT > Technology / 5h
In a company memo, the chief executive of the politics news site said he supported staff members’ right to march, adding that the publisher would cover bail for any employee who is arrested.

Twitter will bring back verification requests

Twitter Verification76Engadget / 5h
After years of putting off promises to fix its messy verification policy, Twitter might soon make it easier for users to get that coveted blue checkmark. The company is working on a new feature that will allow users to request verification, according to screenshots posted by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. The images, which were not disputed by Twitter, show a “request verification” feature in

Comics Publishers Are Promising Change, but Does That Include From Within?

100+Gizmodo / 6h
The protests that emerged against systemic racism and police brutality following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis show no sign of slowing down, leading to a moment for people and companies to reflect on the ways they contribute to that system. That includes comic book publishers. Many are showing… Read more...

Iceland’s border opens June 15, but Americans aren’t welcome

1KThe Points Guy / 6h
This time next week, I thought I’d be exploring an unthinkably quiet Iceland . The island nation, which has grown incredibly popular with summer tourists over the years, is still closed to visitors until June 15 . And on that date, anyone entering the country will either need to undergo a COVID-19 test at the airport, or self-quarantine for 14 days. But I was happy — eager, even — to submit to th

Want to donate to help the Black Lives Matter movement? Here's how.

64Mashable / 6h
Taking action goes beyond just protesting. If you're immunocompromised, social distancing, or far away from protests, there are other ways you can help. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Black Lives Matter , Activism , Social Justice , and Police Brutality

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx gets up close and personal with asteroid Bennu

SlashGear / 6h
NASA brought its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft very close to the surface of rocky asteroid Bennu in preparation for its brief touchdown scheduled to take place in October. During this latest mission milestone, NASA says its spacecraft came the closest to Bennu thus far in its mission in order to capture high-resolution images of the backup landing site selected for a future … Continue reading

Open source software vulnerabilities see huge rise

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New research from RiskSense has revealed that the number of security vulnerabilities in open source software more than doubled last year. To compile its new report titled “ The Dark Reality of Open Source ”, the firm used data from 54 open source projects dating all the way back to 2015 until the first three months of 2020 to discover a total of 2,694 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs).

Brazil pulls all coronavirus stats, then releases incompatible numbers

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Enlarge / For Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, shown here without a face mask, public health precautions are for other people. (credit: EVARISTO SA / Getty Images ) Outside of the United States, Brazil has the largest number of confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections; it's behind only the US and UK in terms of confirmed COVID-caused deaths. Meanwhile, its leader, President Jair Bolsonaro, has frequent

What's the Best Cordless Vacuum?

Lifehacker / 6h
Co-opulace, I have a problem. Despite living in a tiny, close-quarters apartment, it’s time for me to cut the cord and shell out for one of those fancy stick vacuums y’all love so much on Kinja Deals . Because my cat—whom I’ve spoken about extensively on this website—is an absolute hot mess, I’m now having to vacuum on… Read more...

During a pandemic, protest livestreams are more important than ever

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Protests against police brutality continue around the country, but not everyone who wants can participate. Whether immunocompromised, living with someone in a high risk group for COVID-19, or simply too far away to attend a protest, people around the world have found their own way to engage: livestreams. Leigh Wallace, an 18-year-old in Mississippi, goes through chemotherapy every other week to t

Homeland Security warns over ‘wormable’ Windows 10 bug

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Homeland Security’s cybersecurity advisory unit is warning Windows 10 users to make sure that their systems are fully patched, after exploit code for a “wormable” bug was published online last week. The code takes advantage of a security vulnerability patched by Microsoft back in March . The bug caused confusion and concern after details of the “critical”-rated bug were initially published but qu

Americans are flying again; here’s how long until we see 1 million daily travelers

28The Points Guy / 6h
After hitting rock bottom in April, passenger traffic might be poised for a summer comeback as travelers increasingly take to the skies as coronavirus-related stay-at-home restrictions begin to ease across much of the nation. The latest hint of a rebound came Sunday, when the Transportation Security Administration on Sunday screened more than 400,000 — the agency’s highest total since March 22. W

Monday's Best Deals: Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G, Doom Eternal, Netvue Pet Camera, Philips Smart Toothbrush, Müeller Veggie Slicer, and More

Gizmodo / 6h
A Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G and Samsung charging accessories Gold Box , a $40 copy of Doom Eternal , a Netvue pet camera , a Philips Sonicare smart toothbrush , a pair of shades by Smith optics , a Müeller Austria Veggie Slicer , and more lead Monday’s best deals. Read more...

Scientists Quantum Entangled a Record-Breaking 15 Trillion Atoms

500+Futurism / 6h
Atom Soup A team of physicists just managed to entangle a record-breaking 15 trillion atoms. The unusual feat is a first for quantum science, Live Science reports , especially because the scientists decided to heat it up into a chaotic, energized soup. With this mass entanglement in hand, the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology scientists hope to improve technologies ranging from brain

BankDirect Sunsetting Mileage-Earning Checking Accounts 8/31/20

View from the Wing / 6h
I find that the Bask Savings Account is just as lucrative when you consider it's no fee, while the checking account has a $12 monthly fee. I really just kept my checking account as-is because I get payroll direct deposit there and there are (very modest) transaction costs for switching. They've given me the prompt to move funds over to the Bask Savings Account, which I already opened at the start

Nikola Badger electric pickup price and reservation date confirmed

SlashGear / 7h
Nikola’s Badger pickup and Tesla Cybertruck rival will open for reservations at the end of June, the automaker has confirmed, promising an unusual hydrogen-electric hybrid drivetrain. Revealed earlier this year, the pickup should be able to drive up to 600 miles, Nikola claims, half of which from its battery, and the remainder from a hydrogen fuel cell. Hydrogen powered vehicles … Continue readin

Need for Speed Heat is the first EA game to get crossplay

Need for Speed HeatSlashGear / 7h
Need for Speed fans got some good news today on multiple fronts. The first, and perhaps most important, bit of news is that Need for Speed Heat is getting cross-platform multiplayer. Not only is this the first Need for Speed game to feature crossplay, but it’s the first game from Electronic Arts to feature it as well. Crossplay is included … Continue reading

The KZ S2 Are Some of the Best True Wireless IEMs You Can Get for $50

20Lifehacker / 7h
KZ S2 | $50 | Indiegogo

How and Why to Update Your Sonos Setup to 'S2'

New Sonos App Android32Lifehacker / 7h
Sonos is launching a new controller app known as the S2 Controller App, and while many users will need it to receive feature updates or integrate future Sonos products into their set up, it’s not fully replacing the older Sonos controller app just yet. That’s now the S1 Controller app —and there are still a few… Read more...

The KZ S2 Are Some of the Best True Wireless IEMs You Can Get for $50

20Gizmodo / 7h
KZ S2 | $50 | Indiegogo

What to Think About Before You Make That Doctor's Appointment

38Gizmodo / 7h
With states across the U.S. beginning to relax distancing restrictions related to covid-19, plenty of people are probably questioning whether they should get back to normal activities, including scheduling non-urgent medical appointments like physicals and teeth cleanings. So let’s talk about it. Read more...

Twitter is working on a way for people to request a blue checkmark, again

100+Mashable / 7h
One of Twitter's most inconsistently applied features will hopefully make more sense in the near future. Jane Manchun Wong, who frequently reverse-engineers apps to discover upcoming new features, figured out that Twitter is planning to give users a way to request verification. The social network then confirmed the development to TechCrunch . What this means is that regular folks will be able to

Cox slows Internet speeds in entire neighborhoods to punish any heavy users

1KArs Technica / 7h
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Bosca78 ) Cox Communications is lowering Internet upload speeds in entire neighborhoods to stop what it considers "excessive usage," in a decision that punishes both heavy Internet users and their neighbors. Cox, a cable company with about 5.2 million broadband customers in the United States, has been sending notices to some heavy Internet users warning them to use

Saturn’s Moon Titan Is Drifting Off Into Space, NASA Says

2KFuturism / 7h
On The Run Many moons, including our own, gradually creep farther and farther out into space. And while these celestial escapes occur at nearly imperceptibly-slow paces, NASA researchers just found out that Saturn’s moon Titan is escaping at 100 times the pace they had previously thought — a discovery that could force astronomers to make a sharp adjustment to their understanding of our solar syst

Alila Ventana Big Sur Rates Are Now All Inclusive

25One Mile at a Time / 7h
It looks like my favorite points hotel in the US had a policy change… and it may now no longer be bookable with points? Why I love Alila Ventana Big Sur Several months ago I stayed at Alila Ventana Big Sur . This property is a fairly new addition to World of Hyatt, and came as the Alila brand joined World of Hyatt in 2019. This is a Category 7 property, so I redeemed 30,000 points per night here.

Tell Us, Jeff Bezos, Precisely Which Customers You're 'Happy to Lose'

Bezos Amazon BLM Customer100+Gizmodo / 7h
“Dave, you’re the kind of customer I’m happy to lose,” Jeff Bezos captioned a recent Instagram post showing a customer email laden with expletives and racial slurs. As you might expect, Dave (his last name redacted) claimed to be speaking on behalf of “White America” against Amazon’s recently announced support of the… Read more...

Gift yourself a new Microsoft Surface Pro (from 2017) on sale for $200 off

68Mashable / 7h
TL;DR: Get convenience and function all in one with a Microsoft Surface Pro 12.3-inch tablet for $1,099.99, a 15% savings as of June 8. The first half of 2020 is practically gone and it's been a wild ride. But for parents, it's been particularly preposterous. You basically went to sleep one night and woke up forced to act as a stay-at-home parent, homeschool teacher, and remote worker all in the

New Zealand has beaten COVID-19. Here’s how

New Zealand J. Ardern500+Ars Technica / 7h
Enlarge / New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern takes part in a press conference about the COVID-19 coronavirus at Parliament in Wellington on June 8, 2020. New Zealand has no active COVID-19 cases after the country's final patient was given the all clear and released from isolation, health authorities said on June 8. (credit: Getty | MARTY MELVILLE ) New Zealand has officially beaten COVID

Overwatch League re-focuses around a tournament format

41Engadget / 7h
When Overwatch League's next major competition starts on June 13th, it will make use of the same format as its recent May Melee tournament. The Summer Showdown will kick off with three weeks of qualifying matches that will culminate in two weekend-long tournaments that will take place between July 3rd and 5th. As with the May Melee, the two competitions will feature Overwatch League's North Ameri

Lockscreen ads tipped for Samsung phones: What it could mean for you

Samsung Galaxy One20SlashGear / 7h
A rumor today suggested Samsung is considering (or low-key implementing) advertisements on One UI, their iteration of Android for Galaxy phones. Per the tip, Samsung would follow the lead of such low-cost smartphone maker tactics as those initiated by brands such as Vivo, Realme, Xiaomi, and Amazon. Amazon’s method of implementation is the most likely business model Samsung would follow … Continu

I Must Insist You Pickle Some Rhubarb

41Lifehacker / 7h
There are many fruits and vegetables that make one think springy, sunny thoughts, but none do it quite like the ruby-hued, super-tart rhubarb. It’s great in pies, jams, and even in vodka , but a quick pickling lets you impart a bit of sweet and sour brightness to virtually every kind of dish. Read more...

The 1033 program takes center stage again, as militarized police make headlines

100+TechCrunch / 7h
The killing of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that resulted have been a major wake-up call for many with regards to the role of policing in the United States. Yesterday, Floyd’s hometown of Minneapolis announced plans to dismantle the city’s police department via a veto-proof majority in the city council. Among the factors that have left segments of the population increasingly wary abou

Fat-burning molecule discovery may be an obesity treatment game-changer

34SlashGear / 7h
A new study from Virginia Tech detailed the discovery of a molecule that can increase the amount of fat one’s body burns without causing muscle loss or influencing how much food is consumed. The molecule paves the way for a future obesity and type-2 diabetes treatment, according to the researchers, who found that this molecule also decreases one’s insulin resistance. … Continue reading

Data Suggests the Pandemic Could Be Coming Back With a Vengeance

3KFuturism / 7h
Florida is preparing to reopen restaurants, bars, gyms, shops, amusement parks and vacation rentals. At the same time, the state has seen a record resurgence in new COVID-19 cases, with new cases exceeding 1,000 for five days straight . “In fact, sadly and quietly, the pandemic is roaring back to life,” wrote author Charles Fishman in a series of tweets comparing new COVID-19 statistics from diff

Senator wants to know if police are using Clearview to ID protesters

200+Ars Technica / 7h
Enlarge / Police using facial recognition software could possibly identify thousands of Americans nationwide as participants in protests against police brutality and overreach. Including this group in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 5. (credit: Scott Olson | Getty Images ) Secretive facial-recognition firm Clearview AI is facing new questions from lawmakers, in addition to lawsuits, as concerns a

How Police Brutality in the U.S. Compares to Other Countries

500+Lifehacker / 7h
Given the protests against police brutality these past few weeks, as well as the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many others at the hands of police, it’s well worth looking at how the U.S. compares to other countries when it comes to the prevalence of police violence. Read more...

Learn how to design your own video game using Unreal Engine

64Mashable / 7h
TL;DR: Create your own fun with an online course called The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Learning Unreal Engine for Game Design and Animation for $40, a 96% savings as of June 8. Way back in 1998, a game engine called the Unreal Engine was developed and showcased in the first-person shooter game Unreal. More than two decades later, it's now used in a variety of other game genres, like platformers

The Good, the Bad and the Traumatic: Reevaluating the Role of Sharing Black Death on Social Media

200+Lifehacker / 7h
From the days of American slavery to the present, the world has seen an abundance of media depicting black trauma—from death to violence and everything in between. Read more...

These Weird-Ass Sea Creatures Live In ‘Snot Palaces’ That Capture Carbon

100+Gizmodo / 7h
Imagine the grossest home you’ve ever been to. Your beer-can littered college dorm room? The apartment of an ex-boyfriend who slept on a smelly, stained mattress on the floor? No matter what you’re thinking of, giant larvaceans’ homes probably top it. Read more...

Practice your surf skills in this massive wave pool — Future Blink

52Mashable / 7h
Surf Lakes is the world’s largest wave pool and creates over 2000 waves per hour. Read more... More about Tech , Sports , Mashable Video , Surfing , and Future Blink

AUKEY's 8-in-1 USB-C Hub Has All the Plugs You Need, Down to $30

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AUKEY 8-in-1 USB-C Hub | $29 | Amazon | Use code 3JA5BRED Read more...

This giant bubble is designed to protect COVID-19 doctors — Future Blink

52Mashable / 8h
Mobile PPS is a protective care unit that allows doctors to check on patients in person without physically touching them. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Healthcare , Future Blink , Coronavirus , and Covid 19

Here's a great gift idea: Wireless earbuds that are massively on sale

32Mashable / 8h
TL;DR: Get reliable sound without breaking the bank with the Veho STIX True Wireless Earphones for $69.99, a 71% savings as of June 8. A good pair of earbuds shouldn't cost hundreds of dollars. And yet, we all throw caution to the wind and break the bank to score the latest pair of AirPods or Beats headphones. It's quite ridiculous — especially if you're the kind of person who loses or breaks thi

The Flash's Hartley Sawyer Has Been Fired After Vile Tweets Resurface

1KGizmodo / 8h
Hartley Sawyer, the actor who played the Elongated Man on CW’s The Flash , has been fired from the show after past racist and misogynist tweets of his resurfaced on social media. Read more...

The Future of Xbox Isn't Just a Console

100+Wired / 8h
With the Xbox Series X on the horizon, Microsoft’s head of videogame hardware sees a future where consoles may no longer be front and center.

Marriott suspends brand standards and elite benefits guarantee due to coronavirus

The Points Guy / 8h
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has upended nearly every element of the travel experience and made it harder for hotels to deliver the experience that guests expect, as properties are forced to deal with supply chain issues, staffing shortages, and various local and federal health regulations. As anyone who’s stayed in a hotel recently will tell you, things are far from normal and travelers are

These Are the Only Shoes Your Kid Needs This Summer

54Lifehacker / 8h
Got any fun plans this summer? Or is your summer going to look much like the end of winter and all of spring this year—except more outdoors than indoors? Most of us will not be going out in public all that much, let alone somewhere fancy. So really, the only shoes your kids needs this summer are water shoes. Read more...

Save more than 50% on this rooftop cargo carrier for your car

20Mashable / 8h
TL;DR: Pack all your gear to fit on top of your car with the Pilot™ Automotive Cargo Carrier for half off, making it just $49.99 as of June 8. 'Tis the season for road trips to the beach , summer vacations, family camping trips, and mountain excursions. And no matter where you're heading, there's one theme every adventure seems to share: a lack of cargo space. You're either forced to stuff the ca

Here Are a Bunch of Photos of Cops Not Wearing Masks

500+Futurism / 8h
At a protest in Queens, I asked a police officer why he wasn’t wearing a mask. “Corona’s over,” he replied. As Black Lives Matter protests against police violence and systematic racism erupted across the country, an unfortunate trend has emerged: while police often show up heavily armed and wearing riot gear , they seldom wear medical masks or other face coverings to prevent COVID-19 from spreadi

What to Do if Your Favorite Store Files for Bankruptcy

64Lifehacker / 8h
J.Crew, Neiman Marcus, JCPenney, Pier 1 Imports: These are just a few of the retailers that have filed for bankruptcy during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more...

RedMagic 5G Review : More gamer now than phone

SlashGear / 8h
The gaming phone RedMagic 5G is effectively a collection of the most interesting gaming technology yet offered on a phone, jammed in the body of a very optimistic handset. This device feels like it was made by a company that had the opportunity to take chances. Unlike other devices I’d classify as niche, the Red Magic 5G includes features that … Continue reading

Get All the Tech to Spy on Spot for Just $35

Lifehacker / 8h
Netvue Dog Camera | $35 | Amazon

Elizabeth Moss on making Shirley Jackson her own for 'Shirley'

40Mashable / 8h
Elisabeth Moss talks about her portrayal of legendary horror writer Shirley Jackson in her latest film. "Shirley" is now available to stream on Hulu. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Hulu , Elisabeth Moss , Shirley Jackson , and Shirley

How to Change the Skin Tone of Your Zoom Reactions

71Lifehacker / 8h
Nobody likes looking like Homer Simpson. At least, that’s how I feel whenever I fire off an emoji to a friend on my smartphone and forget to change the skin tone. If yellow’s your thing, that’s great; I think it looks a bit weird in a text message. Read more...

'Last Comic Standing's' Mehran Khaghani paints along with Bob Ross — The Bob Ross Challenge

20Mashable / 8h
Comedian Mehran Khaghani almost loses it from the beginning, but sings his way through the Bob Ross Challenge. Read more... More about Funny , Mashable Video , Comedy , Landscapes , and Standup

Motorola One Fusion+ serves up a pop-up selfie camera and a hefty battery

Motorola One AndroidSlashGear / 8h
As we finished out last week, Motorola unveiled the Moto G Fast and the Moto E. The company is keeping the device reveals rolling today by announcing the One Fusion+, a new mid-range device with a pop-up selfie camera. Beyond the pop-up camera, the phone has a rather large battery that should last quite some time on a full charge. … Continue reading

What to Watch Tonight, June 8, 2020

63Lifehacker / 9h
Looking for something to watch tonight? Every afternoon we’re hunting down and highlighting the best viewing options around. Read more...

Logitech’s iPad Keyboard Is the Magic Keyboard for Everyone Else

Apple Patent iPhone52Gizmodo / 9h
Apple’s 10.2-inch base-model iPad is a great deal. For $330, you get a speedy, solid tablet perfect for streaming TV, reading ebooks, and surfing the internet. But one little difference I didn’t think much about when Apple refreshed its cheapest iPad last year is the addition of the Smart Connector, which allows you… Read more...

Sony’s PlayStation 5 rescheduled event detailed: What to expect

Sony PlayStation 5SlashGear / 9h
Earlier this month, Sony canceled its planned June 4 PlayStation 5 event in light of protests taking place around the world. We didn’t know at the time when the event would take place, but Sony is finally back with that detail, revealing that it will hold the PlayStation 5 game unveiling on June 11 instead. Fans can expect a number … Continue reading

BankDirect Ending AAdvantage Checking Program

35One Mile at a Time / 9h
I’ve had a BankDirect mileage-earning checking account for about as long as I’ve had a blog. It has been a stable place to keep my emergency fund savings, and even with the fees on the account, I was happy to earn AAdvantage miles for my account balance. I recently closed my BankDirect account, and moved those funds to a Bask Savings account — both Bask and BankDirect are part of Texas Capital Ba

7 secrets Miami locals don’t want you to know

100+The Points Guy / 9h
Overflowing with natural beauty, culture and diversity, Miami attracts millions of tourists each year for its nightlife, white-sand beaches , diverse dining and unparalleled entertainment options. Yes, tourists flock to South Beach for all its famed glory and rightfully so, but some of Miami’s best-kept secrets are far away from Ocean Drive and revered by locals. Here are seven insider tips to he

Tear Up Herbs and Leaves With Your Hands

57Lifehacker / 9h
Even after a weekend of minimal cooking, my partner and I still managed to generate (and wash) four entire sinks’ worth of dishes on Friday and Saturday. After the last “load” was completed yesterday morning, I decided to reward myself with a celebratory brunch hash made with the remnants of a baked potato and a new… Read more...

Halal fintech startup Wahed closes $25M led by Saudi Aramco’s investment arm

200+TechCrunch / 9h
New York-based fintech startup Wahed (meaning “One” in Arabic) describes itself as a digital Islamic investment platform and as the world’s first “halal robo adviser.” It has now closed a $25 million investment round led by Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Ventures (also known as Wa’ed Ventures), a venture capital investment arm of oil giant Saudi Aramco. Existing investors BECO and CueBall Capital

Google Maps update adds COVID-19 safety features, border alerts

Google Maps Covid 19SlashGear / 9h
In a move that further solidifies Google Maps’ role as de-facto location and guidance system for all smartphones, the company’s added a number of safety features to the app. Centering primarily on COVID-19 issues – like social distancing – Google Maps added alerts about important safety-related information as well as a number of public transit health-related insights. The latest update … Continue

Sony reschedules PS5 event for June 11th

Sony PlayStation 5200+TechCrunch / 9h
After an indefinite postponement last week, Sony’s PlayStation 5 event is officially back on. The event has been rescheduled for a live stream on June 11 at 1:00 pm Pacific Time according to a tweet from PlayStation’s official account. It will live stream on Twitch and YouTube. See you Thursday, June 11 at 1:00pm Pacific time (9:00pm BST) for a look at the future of gaming on #PS5 :

BP CEO Calls Plan to Lay Off 10,000 Workers the 'Right Thing'

400+Gizmodo / 9h
The coronavirus pandemic has been a wild ride for the oil industry as it struggles to grapple with cratering demand for its main product. The biggest hits have been to small firms and middle-tier oil companies, but Big Oil is feeling the impacts, too. Read more...

SoftBank-backed Lemonade files to go public

SoftBank Lemonade Ipo200+TechCrunch / 9h
Lemonade , a heavily-backed startup that sells renters and homeowners insurance to consumers, filed to go public today. The company ( backed by SoftBank , part of the Sequoia empire, General Catalyst and Tusk Venture Partners , among others) releasing its financial results helps shed light on the burgeoning insurtech market, which has attracted an ocean of capital in recent quarters. TechCrunch c

Twitter to launch a revamped verification system with publicly documented guidelines

Twitter Verification400+TechCrunch / 9h
Twitter is developing a new in-app system for requesting verification, according to a recent finding from reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong, which Twitter has since confirmed. The discovery involves an added “Request Verification” option that appears in a redesigned account settings screen. This feature is not launched to the public, Twitter says. Wong typically digs into Twitter and Facebook to

iPhone and Mac data encrypted in use by IBM toolkit

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IBM has released new toolkits for macOS and iOS that will make it possible for developers to begin incorporating fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) into their apps and services. While the company has released toolkits for Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems on GitHub , it also plans to make them available for Linux and Android soon. FHE is a technology that allows data to be analyzed and

Become a Grillmaster With a $42 Grill Tool Set

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Grill Tool Set | $42 | Amazon

Elon Musk: Imprisoning People for Selling Weed is Wrong

500+Futurism / 9h
“This will probably get me into trouble, but I feel I have to say it,” Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote in a Saturday tweet. Shareholders held their breath, bracing for another rollercoaster ride — and probably hoping he wasn’t about to say something problematic about the Black Lives Matter protests happening across the world. But his followup tweet seemed pretty reasonable. “Selling weed lit

MIT fit tens of thousands of artificial brain synapses on a single chip

MIT Tens Thousands Of400+Engadget / 9h
Someday, we might be able to carry around tiny, AI brains that can function without supercomputers, the internet or the cloud. Researchers from MIT say their new “brain-on-a-chip” design gets us one step closer to that future. A group of engineers put tens of thousands of artificial brain synapses, known as memristors , on a single chip that’s smaller than a piece of confetti. In a paper publishe

Get Help Talking About Race with This Tool from the Smithsonian

100+Lifehacker / 9h
Surely, by now, we all see the pressing need to talk about race—with our kids, with our parents, with our friends, even with ourselves. If the only thing holding you back is that you simply don’t know where to begin, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has launched a new online… Read more...

Save 20% On Samsung Charging Accessories

Lifehacker / 9h
Samsung Duo Pad | $80 | Amazon

What causes Saturn’s strange polar cloud hexagon?

100+Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge / This was the Cassini spacecraft's view of Saturn's polar hexagon in 2014. (credit: NASA ) Ever since Voyager 2 revealed Saturn’s unique hexagon-shaped clouds at its north pole, the feature has been a puzzle, and the search for a combination of factors responsible has included computer modeling as well as physical modeling with things like rotating tanks of fluid. Most ideas have centere

New Airline Video Promotes (Lack Of) Social Distancing On Planes

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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce is against social distancing on planes and won’t block middle seats. The airline offers hand sanitizer and masks, but doesn’t want to make passengers wear them. I wish I knew who created this video, but it’s a brilliant send up of the Qantas approach Continue reading ...

Looks are deceiving with this NASA X-57 all-electric plane

NASA Earth Boeing SullivanSlashGear / 9h
NASA’s all-electric X-57 plane may not look like a grand departure from current small aircraft, but the experimental X-plane promises to be something special – assuming it gets past the next stage of testing. The first all-electric model in the X-plane series, the X-57 Maxwell looks much like its Tecnam P2006T donor aircraft for now, but the design is misleading. … Continue reading

Delta is suspending service to 12 more destinations in US, Canada

300+The Points Guy / 9h
Delta Air Lines is wasting no time in suspending service to more cities now that it has U.S. authorities’ blessing to exit more markets as passenger numbers remain at historic lows due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Atlanta-based SkyTeam Alliance carrier will end service to 11 smaller cities across the U.S. on July 8, Delta said Friday. In addition, it will drop service to Ottawa (YOW) in Canad

Brave Blows Up Its Whole Reason for Existing

44Gizmodo / 9h
As a software company in the browser space, Brave’s made a name for itself by putting user privacy first and monetization second. But now, some of its users are pointing out that the pledge might be a bit duplicitous. As first pointed out by the folks over at Decrypt, Brave has been quietly redirecting its users from… Read more...

Riot Games team-up will offer mental health support to players in crisis via text

87Engadget / 9h
Riot Games announced a partnership with Crisis Text Line to offer free, confidential support for gamers facing a mental health crisis. This is the latest initiative by the League of Legends developer to support the well-being of their gaming community. Riot Games also already works with Active Minds, a nonprofit that promotes mental health education and healthy gaming practices. Riot Games and Ac

How to Reduce Credit Card Fraud

100+NYT > Technology / 9h
There’s been an explosion in online credit card fraud. Here’s how you can protect yourself.

Police Seize Elon Musk Flamethrower During Traffic Stop

500+Futurism / 9h
Flame War Remember when Elon Musk released special edition flamethrowers through his Boring Company outfit? Well, the street finds new uses for things — and now police in Massachusetts say they seized one of the Boring Company flamethrowers during a routine traffic stop. SPD officers and members of the C3 North End Unit seize a flamethrower on Sunday morning. — Ryan Wal

How to Keep Your WhatsApp Number Out of Google Search Results

WhatsApp Number Google100+Lifehacker / 9h
If you use WhatsApp’s Click to Chat feature, your phone number may be showing up in Google search results. Read more...

Grab the New MacBook Air for $100 Off the Normal Price

Amazon MacBook Air29How-To Geek / 9h
After years of complaints, Apple released a MacBook Air that’s worthy of its name. With a low price tag, a beefy processor, extra storage, and the same high-quality keyboard as the 16-inch MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Air is a gem of a laptop. And Amazon is selling it for $100 off. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Police Discover Over 13,000 Vivo Phones in India Sharing the Same IMEI Number

37How-To Geek / 9h
Manufacturers label cell phones with an International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, and they should always be unique to every device. That allows carriers to blacklist stolen phones, and police to track phones when necessary. But in India, Police discovered that 13,000 Vivo phones share the same IMEI. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

The New Sonos S2 App Introduces High-Res Audio but Leaves Old Speakers Behind

21How-To Geek / 9h
Sonos is splitting its service in two with the new Sonos S2 app platform. The new app supports high-res audio technologies like Dolby Atmos and offers improved security and controls. But it doesn’t work with some “legacy” speakers, and it’s the only controller that works with Sonos’ new Arc, Five, and Sub speakers. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Twitch Streamers Are Getting Inudated With Copyright Claims For Old Clips

How-To Geek / 9h
In the last few days, Twitch Streamers have experienced a “sudden influx” of DMCA takedown requests against old clips, some as early as 2017. The notices usually concern music playing in the background, and can eventually lead to a permanent ban. Twitch’s official response suggests deleting the old clips, but that’s not as easy as it sounds. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Google Duo Launches Invite Links, Making It Easier to Start a Group Video Chat

44How-To Geek / 9h
Video chats shouldn’t be a hassle. That’s why services like Google Meet and Zoom allow you to invite friends, coworkers, or strangers to a chat with a simple invite link. And finally, after a month of waiting, Google Duo joins the big dogs with its very own invite link feature. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

MIT’s tiny artificial brain chip could bring supercomputer smarts to mobile devices

MIT Tens Thousands Of300+TechCrunch / 9h
Researchers at MIT have published a new paper that describes a new type of artificial brain synapse that offers performance improvements versus other existing versions, and which can be combined in volumes of tens of thousands on a chip that’s smaller physically than a single piece of confetti. The results could help create devices that can handle complex AI computing locally, while remaining sma

Sony reschedules its PS5 games event for June 11th

Sony PS5 PlayStation 5300+Engadget / 10h
Sony’s first big PlayStation 5 showcase will now take place on June 11th at 4 PM ET. It initially scheduled the event for June 4th before postponing the stream amid widespread anti-racism protests. The new date first emerged in Twitch ads before Sony confirmed it. See you Thursday, June 11 at 1:00pm Pacific time (9:00pm BST) for a look at the future of gaming on #PS5 : pic

CleanMyMac X makes your Mac as good as new.

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Maintenance softwares are fantastic tools that allow you to keep your Mac device running efficiently, but using them isn’t always very convenient. Since most maintenance apps are specialized, I’ve often had to download several different ones to achieve system-wide benefits – and it can be a headache to try and get all of these running properly at once. Thankfully, though, I found an easier soluti

The UK Is Considering Reclassifying Video Game Loot Boxes as Gambling

Gizmodo / 10h
Loot boxes have been plaguing video games for years, luring gamers into spending money on random digital prizes. However, for gamers in the U.K., this practice could take a hit following a new investigation that could reclassify loot boxes in video games as gambling. Read more...

The Story of Dune, David Lynch, and Hollywood's Most Notorious Pseudonym

200+Gizmodo / 10h
Filmmaking is, occasionally, a labor of love. Mostly, though, it’s a labor of endurance, patience, and compromise —a lot of compromises —between directors and pretty much everyone else. When the system works, it’s nothing short of a miracle. When miracles won’t come, Alan Smithee steps in. Read more...

NASA Snaps Closeup Shots of Potential Asteroid Landing Site

200+Futurism / 10h
Flyby The NASA space probe OSIRIS-REx recently took a low swoop over the surface of Bennu, the asteroid it’s been orbiting for the last two years . The spacecraft flew down to a region of Bennu called Osprey, where it came within 820 feet of the surface and took nearly 350 pictures that NASA stitched into a mosaic map, reports . OSIRIS-REx is expected to dislodge and gather samples from

The Boeing 777 turns 25. Here’s why it has become so popular

100+The Points Guy / 10h
June 7, 1995, was a momentous date in aviation history. The Boeing 777 made its first commercial flight, a transatlantic hop from Washington Dulles to London Heathrow. The airplane’s launch customer, United Airlines , became the first to fly what was then, and still is now, the biggest twin-engine airliner in the world. It started a success story that continues today. If you are even a moderately

Sony's excellent WF-1000XM3 earbuds are on sale for only $178

Sony Xperia 1 II Amazon95Engadget / 10h
Two of Sony’s best true wireless in-ear headphones are currently on sale. Amazon has discounted the WF-1000XM3, in both black and silver, by $52, making them $178 at the moment. They're also available at Best Buy for $180 . Buy Sony WF-1000XM3 at Amazon - $178 Buy Sony WF-1000XM3 at Best Buy - $180 For those who want a more sporty pair of in-ear headphones, Amazon and Best Buy have also discounte

How to Watch Oprah's Town Hall on Racial Injustice

200+Lifehacker / 10h
Adding her voice to the others discussing racial injustice right now, Oprah Winfrey is going to host a two-night town hall meeting called “Where Do We go From Here?” airing on June 9 and 10. The program will run on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, as well as across all of Discovery’s 18 other U.S. networks, including… Read more...

Amazon’s Crucible loses two game modes as developer shifts gears

Amazon Crucible Two ThreeSlashGear / 10h
It isn’t very controversial to say that Crucible isn’t performing as well as Amazon hoped it would. The game arrived a little more than two weeks ago, and that it seems in the time since then, Relentless Studios – developer of Crucible and one of the companies under the Amazon Game Studios umbrella – has been listening to fan feedback. … Continue reading

Google Maps updates help you travel in the COVID-19 era

Google Maps Covid 19100+Engadget / 10h
Google has rolled out two new features for its Maps app meant to help users get around safely in the time of COVID-19, according to a new post on the Google blog . The app now shows alerts informing you of any coronavirus-related travel restrictions and reports on how crowded public transit may be. If you’re looking up directions for a trip that may require you to wear a mask on public transit, w

Amazon Workers Sue Over 'Culture of Fear' That Prioritizes Productivity Over Covid-19 Concerns

100+Gizmodo / 10h
Amazon’s poor handling of the covid-19 crisis affecting workers at its warehouses has made it the target of a new lawsuit filed by a group of workers at JFK8, an Amazon facility in Staten Island. Read more...

Save $260 on Dyson’s Tiny Vacuum Cleaner at Newegg Today

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Dyson Small Ball Vacuum | $140 | Newegg

You will no longer earn American miles through this bank partnership

31The Points Guy / 10h
Like any airline, American offers its AAdvantage members a variety of ways to earn miles without flying . In addition to co-branded credit cards , online shopping portals , and dining rewards programs , AA offers mileage-earning bank accounts . One of those bank partnerships will soon be discontinued, but it’s not all sour grapes because there are better alternatives. In a letter sent to its memb

How Are Protests in Your City Handling Coronavirus Safety?

73Lifehacker / 10h
While protesting is essential in a democracy— a hack, you might say , for making your voice heard between elections—any large gathering carries a risk of COVID-19 transmission. But there are ways to reduce that risk , and many protesters have been organizing with those measures in mind. Read more...

China Roundup: Mega trade fair goes online, anti-China sentiment hobbles developers

100+TechCrunch / 10h
Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup , a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what those events mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, we are seeing the backlash Chinese tech companies face around the world as anti-China sentiment escalates. In China, one of the world’s largest trade fairs kicked off, virtually. China tech abroad Boycotting C

WHO describes “ideal” face mask with COVID-19 “far from over”

SlashGear / 10h
The COVID-19 pandemic is “far from over,” experts at the World Health Organization have warned, cautioning against complacency as global cases are still rising and a second wave entirely possible. The ominous announcement comes as the WHO amends its guidance on masks, setting out several important factors wearers should bear in mind as they protect themselves and others in daily … Continue readin

Get ready for the iPhone 12 super cycle

Apple iPhone 12 OneSlashGear / 10h
This may be the year of the fabled iPhone super-cycle. With the release of the iPhone 12 family of devices, analysts have predicted that Apple may hit on a key moment in the history of smartphone ownership. That’s not to say that the new iPhone collection will have any sort of feature set that’ll blow away previous devices, but the … Continue reading

NAS devices targeted by ransomware attack

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QNAP network-attached storage ( NAS ) devices are once again under attack as the operators of the eCh0raix ransomware have launched a new wave of attacks. The eCh0raix ransomware was first deployed last July when its creators released the first version of their malware into the wild. Although its first ransomware ended up being decrypted, the group persisted and eventually deployed a new version

Repeating Cosmic Radio Burst Follows Bizarre 157-Day Cycle

300+Gizmodo / 10h
Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, have transfixed astronomers for over a decade, but their origin remains unclear. A newly concluded survey identifies an unexpected and unusually long 157-day cycle for a known repeating FRB, in a discovery that’s redefining what we know about these mysterious intergalactic pulses. Read more...

EV battery maker says its new cells can last a million miles

Tesla Model China EV300+Engadget / 10h
You don’t need an electric car to know that rechargeable batteries degrade over time. Smartphone batteries hold a smaller and smaller charge as the years go by. That’s arguably one of the sticking points that’s keeping drivers from going all-electric. According to Bloomberg , Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) claims its new cell can last 1.24 million miles, or 16 years. To put that

Alexa's Opinion of 'All Lives Matter' Is a Big Fail

Google Apple BLM Siri77Gizmodo / 11h
While Google, Apple, and Amazon generally do their best to keep their voice assistants apolitical, all three have decided to program answers to the questions “Do Black lives matter?” and “Do all lives matter?” It’s a good thing that all three affirm that Black lives, do in fact, matter. But where Google and Apple’s… Read more...

The most bizarre cruise ship story of the year finally has an ending

43The Points Guy / 11h
One of the most bizarre stories in the history of cruising finally has an ending. Eight cruisers stuck on a German ship , the Artania, since the coronavirus outbreak began exploding around the world in March are finally on dry land. Visit TPG’s guide to all coronavirus news and updates The 36-year-old vessel, which is marketed by German cruise seller Phoenix Reisen, finally reached its home port

Support Black Lives Matter by Watching This Youtube Video

200+Lifehacker / 11h
If you don’t have a lot of cash to spare—or if you’ve already donated to organizations fighting racial injustice—you can still financially support Black Lives Matter by watching YouTube videos . Read more...

Facebook needs 30,000 of its own content moderators, says a new report

Facebook Zuckerberg200+MIT Technology Review / 11h
Imagine if Facebook stopped moderating its site right now. Anyone could post anything they wanted. Experience seems to suggest that it would quite quickly become a hellish environment overrun with spam, bullying, crime, terrorist beheadings, neo-Nazi texts, and images of child sexual abuse. In that scenario, vast swaths of its user base would probably leave, followed by the lucrative advertisers.

Ford’s 2020 Escape plug-in hybrid takes aim at Toyota RAV4 Prime

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid100+TechCrunch / 11h
The 2020 Ford Escape plug-in hybrid — a first for the SUV — comes with an EPA-estimated 37 miles of all-electric driving range and 100 miles per gallon equivalent, stats that will put the redesigned model into competition with the new Toyota RAV4 Prime. The Toyota RAV4 Prime has an estimated 42-mile EV range and 94 MPGe. Toyota unveiled the first plug-in hybrid version of the model at the Los Ang

Recession-proof your software engineering career

100+TechCrunch / 11h
Matt Martin Contributor Matt Martin is CEO and co-founder of Clockwise , a San Francisco-based software company. Software engineering is generally an employee’s market. In 2019, demand for frontend and backend engineers grew 17%, according to Hired’s 2020 State of Software Engineers Report . In 2018 there were 23 million software developers and by the end of 2019 that number had grown to 26.4 mil

8 Classic Sci-Fi Books That Offer a Short but Provocative Read

400+Gizmodo / 11h
We’re still in the middle of a pandemic and trying to stay socially distant, so it’s a great opportunity to spend time with a classic novel . That doesn’t mean you have to plow through War and Peace to feel like you’re getting some culture. Here are some famous (and lesser-known) quick-to-read stories that helped… Read more...

£259 Xbox One X deals are back this week at Currys - but probably not for long

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Xbox One X deals and cheap bundles have been few and far between in recent weeks, so if you're in the mood to get your game on, we thoroughly recommend picking up this Xbox One X bundle at Currys for just £259 right now. With many retailers currently running low on Xbox One X stocks, this is a pretty rare deal right here and possibly your last chance to pick up a cheap Xbox One X for a while. The

This Quasar Warps Itself Into a Ring by Distorting Spacetime

2KFuturism / 11h
Circling Back While they were waiting out the pandemic lockdown, a team of astronomers revisited a pivotal discovery from the 1980s and walked away with new tools that could help them uncover the secrets of dark matter. In 1987, scientists directly observed an Einstein ring — a distant celestial object that appears to be a circle because of the way it warps spacetime and light around it — for the

PS5 games reveal event has a new date – and it's happening this week

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Sony’s highly anticipated PS5 gameplay reveal event will happen on Thursday, June 11 at 9 pm BST / 4pm EST / 1pm PST, at least according to a new advertisement. The Twitch ad was discovered early in the morning Monday PST and was quickly circulated on Twitter before being confirmed in a post on the PlayStation Blog . If you remember, Sony announced last week that it would postpone its PS5 reveal

Get 80% Off Best of the Month Books with Amazon's Latest Kindle eBook Sale

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Study finds security holes in online voting for New Jersey and West Virginia (updated)

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States are under pressure to use online voting for the US presidential election when COVID-19 could remain a threat in November, but those platforms might not be as secure as you’d like. MIT and the University of Michigan have published a report detailing security problems in Democracy Live’s OmniBallot, the voting and ballot delivery system that will be used by some citizens in Delaware, New Jer

How to Protect Your Protest Sign in the Rain

100+Lifehacker / 11h
After nearly two weeks of demonstrations, people are still turning out in huge crowds to protest the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and to support black lives. The weather has been nice for most of these gatherings, but some cites (like Portland, where I live) have seen a fair amount of rain. Even if… Read more...

Today Only, Get a Powerful Projector for $170

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Adding parcel trains to subway systems can reduce pollution and congestion in cities

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Our growing reliance on online shopping is taking a heavy toll on cities. More deliveries means more vehicles means more pollution and congestion. Two architects, Meggan Collins and Jana Possehn, have found a way to hack the system: using the existing subway systems in cities for retrofitted parcel trains. This video is part of a series on innovative design and technology, sponsored by Microsoft

External European Border Closure May Be Extended

100+One Mile at a Time / 11h
If you were planning to be one of the first tourists to many parts of Europe later this month, it looks like that may not be so realistic anymore… European border closure may be extended As of now most external European borders are closed for non-essential travel through June 15, 2020. This includes 30 countries — the 26 European Union countries, plus Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Switzerlan

Check Out These Black-Hosted Podcasts We Love

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To respect and acknowledge the protests that are taking place across the country, and to show support for the Movement for Black Lives, we’re taking a break this week from The Upgrade. Instead, we’d like to recommend some podcasts from the voices we should actually be listening to. This is by no means an exhaustive… Read more...

AMD dominates Intel in CPU sales - at least according to one retailer

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Intel's newly-released Comet Lake processors are failing to make a dent in sales of AMD CPUs, according to Mindfactory. New sales data released by the German retailer and spotted by Hexus shows that in the week of June 1 to June 7, it sold 5,270 AMD processors, compared to just 770 Intel CPUs. That sees Team Red outselling its biggest rival by 82% to just 13%, and taking home the lion's share of

Researchers create electricity from shadows

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Lutron's Smart Blinds Automatically Open and Close All Day Long To Stop Direct Sunlight From Baking Your Home

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The sun is a great source of free lighting if you’re in a home with lots of windows. But in the summer months, natural lighting can also quickly turn your home into an oven. Instead of spending all your waking hours opening and closing blinds to block direct blasts of the sun’s rays, Lutron’s new automated smart blinds Read more...

Fractal flaming hydrogen wiggles through tiny gaps

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Enlarge / Lab technician setting fire to a ball with hydrogen blowtorch. (credit: JohnAlexandr | Getty Images) Hydrogen is not your friend . This was the first lesson I learned when I sent a PhD student off to study hydrogen reactions on a surface. Hydrogen is explosive over a huge range of concentrations, making even the tiniest leak an invitation to study the joys of high-velocity stainless ste

'Need For Speed Heat' is the first EA title to offer cross-play

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EA is at last dipping its toes into the world of cross-platform gaming, as it’ll enable cross-play in Need For Speed Heat on June 9th. It’s the first EA title to adopt the feature, which will allow gamers on PC (through Origin and Steam ), PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to play together. You’ll need to opt in to race against your friends on other platforms. You’ll be able to search for them through a

Daily Crunch: E-commerce sales surge

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eMarketer tries to quantify the rise of e-commerce, Reddit’s co-founder steps down from the board and SpaceX focuses on its next-generation spacecraft. Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 8, 2020. 1. US e-commerce sales to jump 18% in 2020, but not enough to offset retail’s decline U.S. e-commerce sales will jump 18% this year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new foreca

We found an 85-inch Samsung TV on sale for under $1,700

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Jaybird’s Tarah Bluetooth earbuds drop to $45 at Best Buy

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If you’re looking for sporty earbuds to take with you on hikes or workouts this summer, Jaybird's Tarah earbuds are a solid choice. Today, the $100 earbuds are more than half-off at Best Buy. You can get the Bluetooth Tarah earbuds for just $45, a $55 savings. Buy Jaybird Tarah at Best Buy - $45 The earbuds are IPX7-certified , meaning they’re sweat- and water-resistant. The battery life is about

Wildfire Season Is Here

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Over the past few months, the U.S. has been buffeted by a pandemic , protests over racist police violence , and two tropical storms . Add wildfires to the list as well, as the West prepares to start the week with tinderbox conditions. Read more...

Playstation Plus and Now subscriptions are on sale for 30% off at Best Buy

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Forrest Fenn claims someone found the treasure he hid in the Rocky Mountains 10 years ago

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A multimillion-dollar treasure intentionally tucked away in an undisclosed, incredibly remote part of the Rocky Mountains has reportedly been found — and the story behind the loot is perhaps wilder than you can imagine. Forrest Fenn, an eccentric 89-year-old author and artifacts dealer, claims he buried a treasure — estimated to be worth at least $1 million and up to $5 million — in a remote spot

The best Father's Day gift might be the gift of better sleep

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TL;DR: Gift your dad a new mattress or bedding with Casper's Father's Day sale . As of June 8, you can take $25 off $100+ or 10% off any mattress order. It's crunch time. That's right, Father's Day is right around the corner. If the father figure in your life seems to exchange every gift you ever give them, take the safe route this year. Not every dad may be a big watch fan or tech junkie, so ins

Register to learn advanced redemption tactics on the next TPG Talks webinar

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Register Now In some cases, redeeming points and miles can be simple , but in many instances, it’s quite complex. How do you find availability for premium-class flights? What’s the best program to use to book those awards? And what are some advanced strategies for maximizing your loyalty rewards ? If you’re interested in learning how to make the most of your points and miles, be sure to register

Here's Who Needs to Request a Coronavirus Relief Payment Before October 15

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Since the U.S. government started distributing coronavirus economic impact payments in April, millions of people have been anxiously checking the status of their own payment. But for those who are still waiting, you may need to take action in order to get your payment. And there’s a deadline for doing that. Read more...

Google Maps updated with COVID-19 info and related transit alerts

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Google Maps is today introducing a series of new features to better inform travelers and commuters about how their trip may be impacted by COVID-19 — including travel restrictions, COVID-19 checkpoints or even just the crowdedness of public transport. It’s also adding features that will help those traveling to COVID-19 testing centers better understand the eligibility and facility guidelines. In

Namibia’s President Calls For Liquidating His Country’s Airline

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In the President’s state of the nation address he explained the carrier was a money loser even after a cost-cutting campaign prior to the current crisis. The airline has reduced labor costs while grounded but hasn’t laid off any employees. With a per capita GDP of around US$6000, subsidizing money-losing aviation just can’t be a priority no matter what IATA thinks. Continue reading ...

Radio Corona, June 9: An astronaut returns to a society transformed by coronavirus

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This week on Radio Corona, join us for a discussion between reporter Neel Patel and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, who returned back to Earth in late April after a nearly seven-month mission aboard the ISS. Meir’s experience coming back to Earth during the covid-19 pandemic is unique. We will be asking Meir about what it was like to learn about the pandemic from space, what it’s been like to come b

A key EV supplier says it has cracked the million mile battery

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The “million mile” electric car battery is ready for production, a key supplier for EV-makers including Tesla and Volkswagen insists, potentially addressing one of the lingering concerns drivers have about electric vehicles. While range anxiety still dominates the short-term issues would-be EV owners experience, uncertainty about just how long the batteries in electric cars will last is another,

Cyberpunk 2077 Stadia release gets some seriously bad news

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Cyberpunk 2077 is definitely one of the most anticipated game releases of the year – perhaps even the most anticipated, bar none – but it looks like not everyone will get to play it at the same time. While the game is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on September 17th, Stadia subscribers who want to play the … Continue reading

'Final Fantasy VII Remake' and the curse of remade soundtracks

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I listen to game music pretty often — and a large chunk of it is from the Final Fantasy game series, from the original right through to this year’s remaster of a decades-old game. Yes, Final Fantasy VII Remake, which has pulled me back into seeking out niche remixes, polished fan-made covers, and overpriced official albums from Square Enix itself. It’s the reason I bought the middleweight “limite

The PC Gaming Show will feature over 50 games – tune in on June 13

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The PC Gaming Show will broadcast from Los Angeles on June 13, and is set to include a massive lineup of more than 50 games. It’s set to be the biggest show in the event’s six-year history, with plenty of exclusive trailers, interviews and exciting reveals – you won’t want to miss it. You can tune-in at 11am PT / 7pm BST on June 13 via Twitch or YouTube . The PC Gaming Show will include an exclus

Vroom’s new IPO pricing is great news for unicorns

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Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Last week we noted that the IPO window was open , a seemingly incongruous reality when compared to stark unemployment figures in the country and what they would seem to bode for business health. But as the markets rise to near-record highs, it has become clear that investors are

WhatsApp mistake may have listed your number online

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A security researcher revealed an oddity in the way WhatsApp allows smartphone numbers to be listed on Google. It’s not ALL phone numbers that’ve been used to gain access to WhatsApp, but those that’ve conversed with website operators. If you’ve never spoken to anyone on WhatsApp except for the people you know personally, you’re probably not subject to this relative … Continue reading

Astronomers Record Signal Coming From Deep Space Every 157 Days

3KFuturism / 12h
A team of astronomers have discovered a new “fast radio burst” (FRB) signal, reports — mysterious flashes of millisecond-wave energy, coming from distance space, that repeat every 157 days. The signal, dubbed FRB 121102, flares up for a 90 day period and then goes silent for another 67 days, as detailed in a paper about the discovery published Sunday in the journal Monthly Notices of th

Save $250 on a Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G

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Slice and Dice Fruits & Veggies With a $25 Müeller Austria Slicer

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Müeller Austria Veggie Slicer | $25 | Amazon

Should You Start Investing During the Pandemic?

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You might be considering taking advantage of the volatile market by investing your savings or stimulus check. Read more...

iPadOS 14 update release date, features, leaks and supported devices

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We’re hearing plenty about iOS 14 – the next version of Apple’s software designed for iPhones, but alongside that we’re also expecting iPadOS 14 to land this year. That’s Apple’s software designed for iPads, and it’s likely to be similar but different to iOS 14, with more of a focus on the unique advantages of tablets. As such, we can look at the many iOS 14 leaks and rumors to get a good idea of

How to Create a Dial-In Conference with Microsoft Teams

24How-To Geek / 12h
Microsoft Teams gives businesses reliable collaboration and communication tools through desktop, web, and mobile applications. While most audio calls are made through the app, Teams uses audio conferences to let anyone easily dial in using a phone number. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Privacy-Focused Brave Browser Caught Sneaking In Cryptocurrency Affiliate Links

28How-To Geek / 12h
Brave has been making a name for itself for the last couple of years. A modern browser based on Chromium, its various features are focused on limiting tracking from advertising and keeping the user’s private info private. So it’s no surprise that when one spotted an affiliate marketing link popping up in the auto-complete search bar, they cried foul. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Check Out These Handy WHO Guidelines to Wear Your Mask Safely

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Whether you’re wearing a cloth or medical face mask, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) updated guidelines offer clear instructions on how to do so safely. Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

Swarms of autonomous insect robots could prove key to future planetary exploration

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While we’re preparing to launch a six-wheeled robotic rover roughly the size of a car to explore Mars, future planetary exploration and science missions could employ much smaller hardware – including, potentially swarms of robots the size of insects designed to act in concert with one another autonomously. Swarming insect-like robots are being developed by a number of different institutions and c

Get a Dell Chromebook for just $249, plus more tech deals this week

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Most of us need a laptop for our jobs and daily lives, but not everyone has the ability to drop thousands of dollars on the newest Apple MacBook — that doesn't mean you're out of luck, though. The reality is that there are a lot of great laptop options out there that are actually cheap , like this Dell Chromebook for only $249 . SEE ALSO: 6 of the best Chromebooks: Comparing Google, HP, Asus, and

It's World Oceans Day — Lifeproof's recycled plastic case is 15% off

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TL;DR: Lifeproof is having a 15% off sitewide sale for Father's Day. iPhone and Galaxy cases and accessories like power banks are in on the sale, including the Wake case made from recycled ocean plastics. These days, looking for ways to help is just as big of a part of our daily routine as brushing our teeth, and that's the way it should be. When melting permafrost caused a massive oil spill in t

France refines its plan to support startups

200+TechCrunch / 12h
A few days ago, the French government detailed different measures as part of its support plan for startups. France already announced a $4.3 billion (€4 billion) plan back in March . The new announcements are more about refining and adding some additional measures. The French government wanted to act quickly when it made its initial announcement in March. In addition to the widely used short-time

MacBook Pro deals offer big savings in the latest sales

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MacBook Pro deals are seeing a resurgence in the UK this week, offering some fantastic discounts on luxury laptops at Currys. With 2020 models firmly on the shelves, the moment we've all been waiting for has finally arrived, and the 2019 MacBook Pro sales have begun. Last year's offerings still bring powerful specs into the mix, and offer all the Touch Bar goodness you could ask for. While there'