Saturday, June 13, 2020

TPS Consulting Saturday Afternoon News


SpaceX launches 58 more Starlink satellites and 3 Planet Skysats for first rideshare launch

SpaceX 58 Starlink1KTechCrunch / 10h
SpaceX has launched its latest batch of Starlink satellites, growing the constellation by another 58 spacecraft just 10 days after its most recent Starlink launch. That brings the total number of operational Starlink broadband internet satellites on orbit to 538. SpaceX also split the payload for this Starlink mission for the first time, giving up two of its usual Starlink payload complement in o

PS5 and Xbox Series X reveals prove that PC is still king when it comes to gaming

Sony PS5 PlayStation 5300+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 15h
If there’s anything we’ve learned from the game reveals for the PS5 and Xbox Series X , it’s that you don’t need to wait for next-gen to arrive – just play on a PC. You see, when Microsoft showed off its ‘gameplay’ reveal earlier this year, which was designed to get us excited about the Xbox Series X, what little gameplay that was actually shown off (most of it was pre-rendered cinematics) was ra

Fox News used doctored images to 'report' on Seattle protests

1KMashable / 3h
A protest against the police killing of George Floyd and police brutality in Seattle has been mostly characterized by drum circles, speakers and movie screenings. But if you only tuned into Fox News for coverage of these demonstrations, you might think it was full of burning buildings and armed guards. On Friday, Fox News published several digitally altered images of the demonstrations on its web

Rebecca Root Talks Being the First Transgender Companion in Doctor Who

100+Gizmodo / 21min
It’s a pretty harrowing being a trans person in the world right now, what with American policymakers taking away our rights and influential people using their platforms to decry our existence in so many terms. So any move to represent our experiences and just our sheer normalcy right now feels important. Meet Rebecca… Read more...

The next 'Outlast' game is a Cold War co-op fight for survival

33Engadget / 24min
Red Barrels is moving in a different direction for its next Outlast game: namely, the cooperative multiplayer experiences you see with titles like Dead by Daylight and Friday the 13th . It just used the PC Gaming Show to reveal The Outlast Trials , a co-op survival title set in a Cold War mind control research facility. There’s no gameplay to see yet, but you’ll clearly be running through creepy

The 2021 Ford Bronco gets an official debut date

2021 Ford Bronco One100+TechCrunch / 57min
More than three years ago, Ford announced it was bringing back the Bronco after years of customer requests and speculation. The mid-size SUV that ended its 30-year production run in 1996 was supposed to debut in March. Then COVID-19 happened and well everything got cancelled, including numerous vehicle reveals. The reborn Ford Bronco will finally emerge to the media and public — beyond what we’ve

Facebook drives effort to combat deepfakes while enabling misinformation

86Mashable / 1h
Facebook researchers would like to be able to detect the deepfakes their own platform helps spread . On Friday, the company published a blog post summarizing months of collaborative work aimed at developing a framework for automatically detecting the form of machine-learning generated manipulated media known as deepfakes . Called the Deepfake Detection Challenge, the project brought together thou

A Reckoning at Condé Nast

100+NYT > Technology / 1h
“It’s hard to be a person of color at this company,” a staff member said. In response to an uprising, Anna Wintour and the chief executive, Roger Lynch, offered apologies.

Review: Artemis Fowl is a crushing disappointment

65Ars Technica / 1h
Newcomer Ferdia Shaw beat out 1,200 other actors for the title role. [credit: Disney ] Artemis Fowl fans loudly trumpeted their displeasure online when the second trailer for the film adaption of the beloved YA books dropped in March , in advance of its debut on Disney+. Their objection: It looked like a significant departure from the evil boy genius of the novels in favor of a more Disney-friend

Watch Fox News report a 'Monty Python' joke as Seattle's reality

300+Mashable / 1h
If Fox News' latest report is to be believed, Seattle's peaceful Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone is roiling with infighting among the activists who have made it a police-free zone. Of course, as with so many things Fox News , it is not to be believed. In what appears to be a clip from Friday night's broadcast, a reporter with the channel shows a screenshot of a now-deleted Reddit post that purported

Microsoft restores custom Xbox gamerpic uploads after three months

68Engadget / 1h
The strain on gaming services might be easing now that pandemic lockdowns are easing in some parts of the world. Windows Central notes that Microsoft has restored custom Xbox Live gamerpic uploads nearly three months after disabling the feature to reduce the workload for moderators. We’ve asked Microsoft for comment, but it’s safe to say this is good news if you’re tired of your virtual Xbox pers

The 8 best teen movies to stream on Netflix

24Mashable / 2h
Being a teenager is hard. And Netflix is there to remind you of that. Whether you want to revisit your younger years or are still facing the ups and downs of high school, the streaming service has curated a collection of films that you will definitely relate to. We've searched through Netflix's catalog to find some of the best teen movies out there, from films that focus on lighthearted first lov

World Airline Trade Group: Countries Will Re-Open And Long Haul Flights Resume This Year

View from the Wing / 2h
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6 things you should know before your next trip to Barcelona

The Points Guy / 2h
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. If you haven’t been to Barcelona yet, perhaps after reading this you’ll get straight on to booking flights. If you

Weekly Review: June 13, 2020

29One Mile at a Time / 2h
Hello from Miami! I’m once again at home this weekend, and had the chance to spend some time with my mom in the past week, which I was happy about. I’m probably getting ready to travel eventually (for the first time in months), though am still ironing out the details of what that will look like. On the points & travel front, this week my favorite US points hotel became even better, Hyatt and IHG

Interstellar Technologies’ privately-developed MOMO-5 rocket falls short of reaching space

100+TechCrunch / 2h
Private launch companies seeking to lower the coast of reaching space continue to develop new vehicles, and the latest to attempt a trip to space is Interstellar Technologies (IST), a Japanese private launch company founded in 2003. The company first launched a vehicle in 2017, but the launch didn’t go exactly as planned and failed to reach space – in 2019, its MOMO-3 sounding rocket did break th

From Uber Eats rider to COVID-19 volunteer: How 6 pilots are keeping busy while grounded

The Points Guy / 2h
With the majority of the world’s pilots grounded right now, it’s natural to wonder what those aviators could be doing with their time. We reached out to six pilot friends of TPG in the U.K. for some insight into what their new nonflying lives are like and what they miss the most about being up in the sky . We spoke to pilots from long-haul , short-haul , low-cost and full-service carriers to get

Apple faces lawsuit over loot boxes in App Store games

94Engadget / 3h
Most complaints about loot boxes (aka “ surprise mechanics ”) in games are levelled against the developers, but the latest is aiming at the stores offering those games. AppleInsider has learned of a potential class action lawsuit accusing Apple of profiting from the distribution of games with loot boxes, whose gambling element allegedly violates California law. The company is tacitly aware that l

The Newest Galaxy of Adventures Short Gives Us a Look at the Best Moment in Star Wars

52Gizmodo / 3h
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Alila Ventana Big Sur goes all-inclusive

The Points Guy / 3h
When it comes to hotel chains, we can all agree on one thing: Hyatt does all-inclusive right. Whether it’s the family-friendly Ziva properties , adult-only Zilara or high-end Miraval resorts, Hyatt takes the all-inclusive experience up a notch with great food and on-site entertainment options. Recently, Hyatt has added another great property to its all-inclusive portfolio: The Alila Ventana Big S

When will cruise ships resume sailing? A line-by-line guide

20The Points Guy / 3h
When will the Great Cruise Shutdown end? That’s the question many cruise fans are asking now as they eagerly await the day when they can get back on the high seas. The bad news, for those who are itching to cruise again, is that many ships might not return to service for many months. Every major cruise line in the world suspended departures in mid-March as the coronavirus outbreak grew, and its l

Startups Weekly: A Silicon Valley for everyone

200+TechCrunch / 4h
Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7am PT). Subscribe here . Many in the tech industry saw the threat of the novel coronavirus early and reacted correctly. Fewer have seemed prepared for its aftereffects, like the outflow of talented employees from very pricey office real estate in expensive and troubled cities li

'XIII' remake heads to modern consoles on November 10th

300+Engadget / 4h
The modern remake of XIII , the early 2000’s first-person shooter based on the Belgian graphic novel of the same name, will finally be available for PC and the latest consoles this holiday season after a year-long delay . A remake of the game is heading to the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC/Mac on November 10th — there’s even a limited edition coming out with a metal case, 3 art cards and

Hilton Aspire Card Review (2020)

54One Mile at a Time / 4h
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card 14x Points at Hilton Properties 7x Points on Airlines $250 Annual Credit at Hilton Properties Annual Fee: $450 | See Rates & Fees | Terms Apply. Apply Now Hotel credit cards are among the most underrated credit cards out there, in my opinion, given the perks that they potentially offer. While I’m primarily loyal to Hyatt and Marriott , Hilton has grown o

The PS5 design has been revealed – but you might have missed this detail

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After a long wait, Sony has finally revealed the design of the PS5 during its June 11 livestream but it seems there might still be more to see. A user on ResetEra (via VG247 ) recently shared a range of close-up images of the console and its peripherals which reveal that the textured areas, far from being random lumps and bumps, are actually comprised of lots of the x, square, circle and triangle

Europe Business Class From $1097 Roundtrip Available Through Mid-January

24View from the Wing / 4h
There are business class roundtrips between several U.S. cities and Europe from $1650. That's an amazing deal, especially from the West Coast, and this deal was available "from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, New York, Boston, Miami and many more cities in the US" to Paris, Zurich, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Brussels, and more - with travel valid through mid-January. What's even more amaz

Learn Math the Way Engineers Do with this 9-Course Training Bundle

Futurism / 4h
Did you struggle through your math classes in high school and decide it’s just not for you? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. High school math classes have long been viewed as behind the curve , especially by those who actually use mathematical principles in their work. The truth is, math is essential. The Laws of Nature are mathematical expressions, and the principles of the field can help problem

Facebook tests making Messenger slightly more secure with Face ID

Facebook Messenger100+Mashable / 4h
When it comes to your Messenger inbox, Facebook thinks that only you and Facebook should have access to the theoretically private conversations contained within. To that end, reports Engadget , Facebook is testing new ways to secure its app. Specifically, on an unspecified number of iOS devices, the social-media giant has added a second layer of protection to Messenger's inbox. If enabled, users

Everything you need to know about Puerto Rico reopening on July 15

300+The Points Guy / 4h
Puerto Rico will officially reopen to all international travelers on July 15, 2020. While there are currently no restrictions on who can enter Puerto Rico once the island reopens, the tourism board has announced a series of rules and regulations to keep everyone safe. Here’s everything you need to know if you plan on traveling to Puerto Rico on or after July 15: For more TPG news delivered each m

Amid coronavirus uncertainty, some cruise lines now are canceling sailings well into the fall

The Points Guy / 4h
It’s been a tough week for cruise fans eager to get back on the high seas. Even as a handful of small river lines and small-ship cruise specialists moved ahead with plans to resume sailings in the coming weeks, some of the world’s biggest cruise operators pushed back their restart dates well into the fall. Among the most notable announcements in recent days came from Cunard Line, the storied bran

Patrick Wilson Signs On to Fight the Moon in Roland Emmerich's Moonfall

62Gizmodo / 4h
Roland Emmerich has, in his time, made a lot of ridiculous disaster movies. He had mankind take on aliens . Godzilla. Giant spiders. The Mayan apocalypse. And now, he’s preparing to guide humanity through a trial with its greatest foe yet: the moon. Read more...

House wants four 'big tech' CEOs to testify in competition probe

83Engadget / 5h
A House investigation into tech competition may have testimony from some of the biggest names in the industry — if they agree, at least. Axios understands the Judiciary Committee has asked Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook to say if their CEOs will testify for the antitrust probe in July. The companies reportedly have until June 14th to answer. However, they might not have a choice regardless

India’s Reliance Jio Platforms to sell $250 million stake to L Catterton

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Speaking of Reliance Jio Platforms , the top Indian telecom operator said on Saturday it has secured another investment. L Catterton, a U.S. private equity firm will invest $250 million for a 0.39% stake in Jio Platforms, becoming the ninth investor to back the Indian firm at the height of a global pandemic. L Catterton, a firm known to invest in consumer tech businesses, has backed dozens of you

How to See Jupiter, Mars and Saturn Rise Every Day This Month

200+Lifehacker / 6h
Everything in the world might be pretty terrible right now, but if nothing else, we’ll be treated to seeing Jupiter, Mars and Saturn rise every day in June 2020. Even though Jupiter and Saturn are the largest in the solar system, they’re not the brightest. But this month, both gas giants will be more visible than… Read more...

6thsensical:“I am among the few who continue to draw after childhood is ended, continuing and...

Music, Arts & Literature / 6h
6thsensical : “I am among the few who continue to draw after childhood is ended, continuing and perfecting childhood drawing - without the traditional interruption of academic training.”__Saul Steinberg nebulously-burnished : SAUL STEINBERG, Untiteled (Four Cats), New York, USA, 1950 My edit

New Runway Opening At Istanbul Airport (And Why That’s Exciting)

100+One Mile at a Time / 6h
The new Istanbul Airport opened in the fall of 2018, though most operations were only moved there as of the spring of 2019. When (or maybe if, at this point?) the airport is complete in about a decade, it will have the capacity to handle about 200 million passengers per year, making it the highest capacity airport in the world. My thoughts on Istanbul’s new airport I’ve been through the airport a

Facebook taps Wikipedia for new info panel in search results

SlashGear / 6h
When you search something on Google — a popular celebrity, for example — you’ll see an information panel that includes relevant details at a glance: age, notable works, immediate family members, birth date, and similar things. Facebook is now testing an information panel of its own that is largely the same, though it is found in the social media website’s … Continue reading

So you want to talk about race in tech with Ijeoma Oluo

200+TechCrunch / 6h
“A lot of people denigrate the value of talking about race and racism in technological spaces,” said Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race , which has surged to the top of the New York Times best sellers list in paperback nonfiction, two and a half years after its initial January 2018 publication. “…I don’t think there’s a more important space to be talking about it.” Oluo and I w

Plate tectonics vs. erosion—what sets the height of a mountain range?

90Ars Technica / 6h
Enlarge / The Andes along the border of Bolivia and Chile, as seen from the International Space Station. (credit: NASA EO ) If you think about mountain ranges like the Andes or the Himalayas, you can come up with multiple factors that must affect their size and shape. There’s the collision of tectonic plates that squeezes them up into the air, of course. At a subduction zone where oceanic crust s

Grab Samsung's Galaxy Note 10+ for $850 at Amazon

78Engadget / 6h
You’re in luck if you like the thought of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10+ but found its launch price too dear. Amazon is selling the unlocked version of the pen-toting flagship in black or silver for $850 — that’s a sizeable $250 off the original price. Given that it’s only slightly slower than the Galaxy S20 series, this could represent a good deal if you’re more interested in the S Pen and that 256GB

Pick up a cheap Apple Watch in the latest Amazon Apple sale this weekend

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Whether you're looking for a bargain or the latest, shiniest smartwatch, we've found Apple Watch deals worthy of your consideration thanks to the latest Apple sales from Amazon US and UK. In the US you can pick up an Apple Watch Series 3 for just $179 (was $199) right now. This is the cheapest we've ever seen a new (non-refurbished) Apple Watch deal go for and it's a perfect opportunity to grab y

BA, Ryanair and EasyJet push forward with lawsuit over quarantine restrictions

The Points Guy / 6h
Several of the U.K.’s largest airlines have come together to sue the government in an effort to overturn the country’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for all international arrivals. British Airways , along with low-cost carriers Ryanair and EasyJet , announced on Friday that they would be asking for a judicial review to be heard as soon as possible. Together, the group said that the government’s pla

Amazon reportedly facing new probes in California, Washington

100+Mashable / 7h
Amazon's antitrust headaches don't appear to be going away. State officials in California and Washington are reportedly looking into Amazon's handling of third-party sellers on a platform where the company also sells its own, competing products. Amazon faced similar scrutiny in 2019 from the European Union. The news of a California investigation was first reported Friday in The Wall Street Journa

Everything We Know About The PlayStation 5

Sony PS5 PlayStation200+Gizmodo / 7h
Yesterday, in an 85-minute event called “The Future of Gaming,” Sony finally revealed the PlayStation 5. Between the presenters who may not have been human , we got a thorough look at plenty of video games (and some technical stuff, too). The info feed surrounding the PS5 has been a slow drip, but, several months ahead… Read more...

Gillmor Gang: Love & Fear

100+TechCrunch / 7h
The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Michael Markman, Keith Teare, Denis Pombriant, Brent Leary, and Steve Gillmor . Recorded live Sunday, May 31, 2020. For more, subscribe to the Gillmor Gang Newsletter . Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor @fradice, @mickeleh, @denispombriant, @kteare, @brentleary, @stevegillmor, @gillmorgang Liner Notes Live chat stream The Gillmor Gang on Fac

The New LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Is Stunning. Who Cares?

27View from the Wing / 7h
There’s been a lot of coverage this week of the opening of the new New York LaGuardia Central Terminal building (a.k.a. “headhouse“). The old terminal B was ugly, the new terminal B is bright from natural light and new. So, shiny things. The truth about the new project is there’s only one thing about it that really makes the travel experience better, and that’s only going to last a short period o

Now's the time to get a cheap MacBook deal with the latest Amazon Apple sale

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If you're in the US or UK and have been holding off on buying that new MacBook deal for some time now, we've got some brand new Apple Sales from Amazon and Currys that might just be too good for you to resist. At Amazon, we're seeing the MacBook Air go for it's cheapest price ever in the US at just $899.99 (was $999) - a $100 saving on the price that was set at release just a few months ago. Ther

ComiXology's Captain Marvel Sale Lets You Stock Up on Guardians of the Galaxy Comics

Gizmodo / 7h
Captain Marvel Sale | ComiXology

GTA 5 on PS5 and Xbox Series X: release date, enhancements and what we know

53TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
GTA 5 will have released on three generations of consoles after it arrives on PS5 in 2021. Seven years after its first release, and 130 million copies shipped later, GTA 5 (and its multiplayer component, GTA Online) is still enormously lucrative for Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive. It makes sense, then, that the publisher wants to support that player base for many years to come. GTA 5 wil

India’s Reliance Jio Platforms to sell $600 million stake to TPG

100+TechCrunch / 7h
American private equity firm TPG said on Saturday it will invest $600 million in Jio Platforms, joining a roster of high-profile investors including Facebook and Silver Lake that have backed India’s top telecom operator at the height of a global pandemic. TPG said it is acquiring a 0.93% stake in Jio Platforms, giving the Indian firm a valuation of $65 billion. TPG, which manages $79 billion of a

This Week in Apps: Android 11 beta, Snapchat’s makeover, Apple’s WWDC20 plans

100+TechCrunch / 7h
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idl

Bermuda Reveals Plans To Restart Tourism

100+One Mile at a Time / 7h
Bermuda has become one of the latest countries to announce plans to reopen to tourists, including Americans. Travel to Bermuda possible as of July 1 Bermuda intends to reopen to travelers arriving by air as of July 1, 2020. There are no special restrictions being placed on where travelers can come from, so even Americans are allowed. Personally Bermuda is a place I’ve been wanting to visit for a

Hitting the Books: A fully-connected future means you'll never be alone

60Engadget / 8h
Humans may be social animals but any introvert will tell you that having too much company can seem even worse than isolation. Yet throughout history, people who enjoy spending time by themselves have been looked upon with a sense of pity. In his latest book, A History of Solitude , author David Vincent dives through three centuries of history to explore the ways people behave when there’s no one

Guaranteed Ingredient in Any Coronavirus Vaccine? Thousands of Volunteers

1KNYT > Technology / 8h
Two sisters in Missouri were among the first to have an unproven coronavirus vaccine injected in their bodies. If it makes it to market, it would also be the first DNA vaccine for any disease.

Android 11 will add a recycle bin to your smartphone

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The Android 11 public beta is out and available for anyone to try – anyone with a compatible phone, that is – and we're seeing a steady stream of new features come to light. The latest is a potentially very useful recycle bin for recovering deleted files. As noted by 9to5Google , this trash folder has apparently been around since the developer preview launched in February, but it's largely flown

How to Get Free Chicken Tenders at Popeyes All Month

100+Lifehacker / 8h
Still riding the wave of their unbelievably popular chicken sandwich released last year, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has managed to hold onto our attention. They’ve recently rebranded , and started offering free delivery through their app at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, including making a donation to No Kid… Read more...

fravery: Pan Yuliang : Deux chats ,1944

Music, Arts & Literature / 8h
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Fortnite leak reveals The Agency destroyed by The Device event

SlashGear / 8h
Assuming there doesn’t end up being another last-minute delay, Fortnite players will finally get witness The Device, the end-of-Season-2 event that Epic has planned for this upcoming Monday. The event will shed light on the Season 2 storyline and reveal what Midas has been up to, something that, speculation has it, will result in the partial destruction of The Agency. … Continue reading

To Stop Deforestation, Give People Money

44Gizmodo / 8h
Solutions to inequality are often portrayed as being at odds with environmental protection. It doesn’t have to be an either-or choice, though. A new study argues that an Indonesian program to help people out of poverty also saved trees. It shows that sometimes you just need to give people money. Read more...

Your Rock Band guitar and five other weird controllers you can now use with Android 11

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Android 11 is the upcoming Android operating system update which is set to being rolling out to phones in late 2020 - however, a public beta is now available to download, giving users a first look at the future of Android phones. As well as all the new Android 11 features that we knew about, a surprise extra one was discovered by XDA Developers hidden in code - a collection of 84 games controller

Luxury near Disney: A review of the Waldorf Astoria Orlando

The Points Guy / 8h
During the COVID-19 crisis, our team has temporarily ceased taking review trips. However, we have resumed the publication of new flight , hotel and lounge reviews, from trips taken before the lockdown; and we are also republishing a selection of reviews from previous years. As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health offici

How to Add Music to Instagram Stories

73How-To Geek / 8h
Want to make an Instagram Story more interesting and engaging? Give it a background score. A relatable or even funny music backdrop can do wonders for your Instagram Story. Here’s how to add music to your Instagram Stories. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

12 Great Party Games for Your PC

28How-To Geek / 8h
Video games are a great way to spend time with friends—especially when they’re created with that exact purpose in mind. Party games are great for getting a group of people together for something fun, creating memories of triumph, laughter, and at times, unbridled rage. And whether your friends are near or far, you can find plenty of games like this for your PC. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How to Delete Your Old Tweets

100+Gizmodo / 8h
Everything on the internet is forever, but that doesn’t mean your tweets need to be. There’s almost no reason to keep your old tweets public, so in the video above, I share a few ways to clean up your Twitter timeline. Read more...

Why Low Fares Will Be Good News For The Airline Industry

21View from the Wing / 8h
You'll know the airline industry is healthy again when we start to see really low fares. There are good deals around right now, but few great deals. Low fares will signal that it's possible to encourage people to travel again with good deals. High fares suggest discretionary travelers are still staying away. So while in normal times, with planes full, airlines prefer high fares - in the COVID-era

Lexus RX L

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If you're looking for a luxury seven-seat SUV, the makes a strong case. It's comfortable, quiet and eco-friendly thanks to its hybrid engine which allows you to drive short distances in a fully electric mode. It is a premium vehicle, and with hybrid Lexus RX L prices starting at $50,510 / £52,855 (the RX L isn't available in Australia) this isn't a SUV which will be everyone's price range. You d

Best ways to redeem Citi ThankYou points on Star Alliance airlines

The Points Guy / 9h
Citi is a TPG advertising partner. Citi ThankYou is one of the major transferrable points programs. While not as well-known as some major players like Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards , the program has an assortment of unique transfer partners that you can use to book high-value award tickets in premium cabins. If you’re hoping to use Citi ThankYou points for flights

Relationship Trouble? Research Shows Online Couples and Marriage Counseling Can Help.

Futurism / 9h
Counseling can make a huge difference in whether or not your relationship overcomes the hurdles that life inevitably puts in its way. Unfortunately, a lot of couples don’t get the counseling they need for a variety of reasons, including fear of social stigma, discomfort opening up to strangers, as well as lack of accessibility, convenience, and affordability. However, recent advancements in teleh

msmildred:Hazel Scott photographed by G. Marshall Wilson, 1950s....

Music, Arts & Literature / 9h
msmildred : Hazel Scott photographed by G. Marshall Wilson, 1950s.

The Morning After: HBO changes some names around to make room for Max

70Engadget / 9h
Is there anyone who clearly understands the difference between HBO, HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO Max? The folks at HBO don’t seem to think so, because two of those names are toast . HBO Go was the name for the streaming portal used by cable HBO subscribers, and that will be discontinued after July 31st. Meanwhile, HBO Now, which was the name for the version of HBO sold directly via the internet, is be

RIP: Emirates Retires First Airbus A380

400+One Mile at a Time / 9h
The slow and sad death of the A380 continues. Emirates retires first Airbus A380 Emirates is by far the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380. The airline has 114 A380s, with a further eight of the super jumbos on order. Well, Emirates is in the process of retiring an Airbus A380 for the first time. More specifically, A6-EDB has been spotted in Dubai with an all white paint scheme, and is i

Jio Fiber offers free Amazon Prime membership: Here is how to get it

49TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Reliance Jio is offering free yearly membership to its Jio Fiber members over and above all the other benefits already available. The Rs. 999 annual plan of Prime video will be available to Jio Fiber Gold, Diamond, Platinum, and Titanium tiers, while the base pack – Bronze and Silver plan miss out on this benefit. Interestingly, eligible Jio users are not required to charge extra to avail this be

Zoom Shut Down US-Based Activists at China's Request

300+Wired / 9h
Hackers for hire, a particularly ignominious phishing campaign, and more of the week’s top security news.

The 9 Best Netflix Original Horror Movies and TV Shows to Stream (June 2020)

40How-To Geek / 9h
Paranormal happenings, psychological thrillers, and zombie threats are just some of the options Netflix is serving up in the vast, creepy world of horror. Here are some of the best original horror TV shows and movies you can stream on Netflix this month. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Not a lot of sourdough starters: Our brief escapes amid continued COVID chaos

77Ars Technica / 9h
Let's not mince words: 2020 has been an extremely tough hang. It sucks, frankly. We're three months into a viral pandemic that continues to kill thousands of individuals both in the United States and abroad, and now numerous instances of police violence against black Americans have urged protesters to take to the streets despite the underlying health risk (and the potential for more violent inter

Virtual reality 101: a beginner’s guide to getting into VR games, movies and apps

Watch YouTube Ads VR68TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
It can be hard to catch up with a technology once it’s picked up steam. It seems like everyone knows every little detail about it and, if you can’t find a welcoming community, learning the ropes can be almost impossible. For some folks, that’s what happened with virtual reality. A technology that went from silly retro tech to developer kit to full-blown cultural phenomenon overnight. If you misse

The Internet Needs a New Architecture that Puts Users First

99Wired / 10h
Treating the internet like a public utility only bolsters the platform giants. A more secure model starts with control by the people.

Alex Garland May Be Too Good for This World

100+Wired / 10h
The filmmaker's Hulu show Devs is the latest in a long line of amazing cerebral sci-fi.

This Chrome Extension Brings IMDb Show Ratings to Netflix

21How-To Geek / 10h
Once upon a time, Netflix used an actually meaningful rating system to help users determine the general consensus on how good a show might be. Then, back in 2018, it moved to a much-less-useful thumbs up/down rating system. If you watch Netflix on your computer, however, the TV Chart Chrome extension brings IMDb ratings to the Netflix interface. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How to Sanitize Your Xbox Controllers

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Xbox controllers of every variety will gather dirt, germs, and much more over time. While certain solutions will work on some controllers, most disinfectant wipes shouldn’t be used on Xbox One and Xbox Elite controllers. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Virtually Attend a Q&A and Show-and-Tell With Longtime Muppets Staffers

200+Lifehacker / 10h
It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights. It’s time to virtually attend a live Q&A with three longtime employee Muppets employees tonight. That’s right: Tonight at 7 p.m. EST, the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York, is livestreaming an event featuring Craig Shemin, a longtime employee of… Read more...

'Maneater' and the simple pleasures of being a killer shark

100+Engadget / 10h
Maneater is a third-person shark sim and I flippin’ love it. Billed as a “SharkPG” by Tripwire Interactive, Maneater follows the exploits of a severely wronged bull shark. Cut from her mother’s belly at birth by famed hunter, Scaly Pete, and disfigured in her escape, our heroic Carcharhinus cuts her teeth patrolling the shoals and coasts of South Florida in search of revenge, growing from a level

Wonder Woman 1984 delayed again as studios shuffle release dates

SlashGear / 10h
The upcoming superhero flick Wonder Woman 1984 has been delayed once again, this time from August to October. The move comes amid a number of recent movie date changes, including an adjustment to the hotly anticipated Tenet from Christopher Nolan. Wonder Woman 1984 was originally scheduled to hit theaters on June 5, but was later bumped to August 14 due … Continue reading

Tempur-Pedic's Weighted Blanket Is the Best Available, If You Can Afford It

28How-To Geek / 10h
How much money should you spend on a weighted blanket? Normally, I’d say that $50 or $60 is a good starting point. But if you want to spoil yourself with the best weighted blanket available, then prepare to hand Tempur-Pedic a cool $150. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

5 Best Snack Subscription Boxes (2020): Universal Yums, MunchPak, Bokksu

100+Wired / 10h
We did the hard work of snacking to help you level up your nosh game.

In Alaska, Summer’s Getting Too Hot for the Salmon Run

400+Wired / 10h
Bristol Bay is heating up, killing fish as they try to swim upriver to spawn. It’s a harbinger of climate change and hard times for fisheries.

Multi-millionaire Politician Moonlights As Delta Baggage Handler

200+View from the Wing / 11h
David Leavitt is worth tens of millions of dollars. He's the County Attorney for Utah County, Utah (they ran out of names, Utah County includes Provo) and is currently running for Utah Attorney General. Leavitt is also the brother of Mike Leavitt, former Utah Governor and Secretaries of the EPA and Health and Social Services. And he's a Delta ramper . He didn't have time to do everything so he ga

Woman In China Earns $424K From Flight Delay Scam (And Then Gets Arrested)

200+One Mile at a Time / 11h
Shanghaiist reports that a person in Nanjing, China, has been arrested after making around $424K from delays on flights she had no intention of taking. The 45 year old woman had booked over 900 flights between 2015 and 2019. She booked these flights without intending to go anywhere, but rather was counting on them being delayed in order to cash in on travel insurance policies. She would purchase

Rocket Lab successfully launches its 12th Electron, carrying NASA and NRO payloads

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Rocket Lab has returned to active launch status from its first launchpad in New Zealand, after the global COVID-19 pandemic temporarily paused its work there. Early this morning, it flew its 12th Electron launch vehicle from its launch site on NZ’s Mahia Peninsula, carrying payloads on behalf of the U.S. National Reconnaisance Office (NRO), NASA, and the University of New South Wales Canberra. Th

5 Podcasts on Pride and BLM

1KNYT > Technology / 11h
This June has restored the spirit of protest to Pride celebrations. Here are shows to help you understand the moment.

Eating late in the day may result in burning fewer calories

20SlashGear / 11h
If you have a habit of eating dinner late in the day, you may be burning less fat than you would if you ate at an earlier hour, according to a new study. This isn’t merely an issue of weight loss, however, with the researchers finding that late-day eating may also increase one’s risk of developing metabolic dysfunction and type-2 … Continue reading

17 Best Weekend Deals: Laptops, Phones, Videogames, and More

100+Wired / 11h
Need a gift for dad? How about a recent grad? We've rounded up the best sales on all our favorite tech.

New leak offers more specs for Google's rumored Android TV dongle

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We now know more about the hardware specs for Google's next video streaming device – either a cut-down Android TV dongle or an upgraded Chromecast , however you prefer to think about it – thanks to the early firmware code that's leaked out. Details spilled by XDA Developers show the dongle will come with a Amlogic S905X2 chipset and 2GB of RAM, which is fairly standard for other Android TV device

21 of the best and worst celebrity homes, as seen on Zoom calls

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Celebrities are just like us... they also work from home during a global pandemic. For the past few months, actors, celebrities, and politicians have been calling into virtual interviews, going live on social media, and having Zoom calls galore to do press, speak on current events, and communicate with fans. And with each celebrity Zoom call, we received small glimpses into their home lives. Some

Your favorite band knows how long the pandemic will last

79Mashable / 12h
For a potent dose of coronavirus reality, follow the music. Many of the biggest music festivals in the nation — Coachella, Lollapalooza, Stagecoach, and JazzFest — won’t happen until (at the earliest) the spring or summer of 2021. Meanwhile, massive, medium-sized, and smaller tours have been rescheduled, many for a year from now. This includes the likes of Mötley Crüe, Lucinda Williams, Taylor Sw

PS5 to arrive in India this holiday season - here's what we heard

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Sony finally unveiled its much-hyped and eagerly awaited next-gen gaming console – the PlayStation 5 . Apart from coming out with an extremely futuristic looking gaming console, the company was able to keep leaksters at the bay ensuring that the actual design was only seen when the company intended it to be seen. Indeed, a praiseworthy effort. While at the unveiling the company did not announce t

Create Your Own Night Sky

200+NYT > Technology / 12h
There are about a septillion stars in the observable universe. You can bring a fraction into your home — which is more than enough.

Remembering Windows 2000, Microsoft’s Forgotten Masterpiece

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Twenty years ago, Microsoft released Windows 2000. A rock-solid, 32-bit business-oriented alternative to Windows 98 and Windows Millennium Edition, it paved the way for future consumer versions, including Windows 10. Here’s why we remember it so fondly. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

TV cops know their job is changing. Some are more ready than others.

75Mashable / 12h
Cops on television have a duty. Yes, actors report to dressing rooms and not crime scenes — and sure, they stop protecting and serving the moment their directors yell “cut.” But for hundreds of millions of viewers around the globe, these “officers” are trusted guides to understanding American justice, which they roll out as an action-packed, morally-right freight train night after night. Only now