Sunday, June 21, 2020

TPS Consulting Sunday Morning News


Last of Us Part II: Is this the most accessible game ever?

500+BBC News - Technology / 37min
A hotly-anticipated game release brought tears to some purely because of its options menu.

What is blue light? Glasses, filters, night shift, and dark mode explained

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What is blue light? Those two simple words may well be causing you grief, in a screen-heavy society intent on getting you to work at a laptop, take breaks by scrolling through social media on your phone, and rest at the end of the day by… turning on the television. In its simplest form, blue light is simply part of the light spectrum from infrared to UV (ultraviolet light). The reason you’re hear

This sleek USB-C hub with Apple Pencil compatibility is on sale

36Mashable / 48min
TL;DR: Stay organized with the USB 8-Port Type-C Valet Hub for $69.99, a 12% savings as of June 21. As much as you may love your Apple devices, they can be wildly inconvenient. The MacBook Pro and iPad Pro both are limited to USB-C ports. Many other products, however, require non-USB-C ports. Life just isn't fair. That's why the brilliant folks over at BentoStack made this USB 8-Port Type-C Valet

Spotify could be working to add music videos to its app

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While Spotify has dabbled with video before, it's hardly an integral part of the music streaming app at the moment. That might be about to change, based on code hidden inside the current version of the mobile app. As revealed by serial hidden-feature-revealer Jane Wong on Twitter , Spotify engineers are experimenting with a new Video tab on the now playing screen, to go alongside Album Art and Ca

Save over 35% on this certified refurbished Apple Magic Mouse 2

32Mashable / 48min
TL;DR: Get a certified refurbished Apple Magic Mouse 2 for $54.99, a 31% savings as of June 21. Unlike Apple's disappointing Butterfly keyboard (don't worry, they already fixed the issue with the latest slate of MacBook Pros ), the Magic Mouse 1 and 2 have always been pretty consistent. Perfectly suited to accompany every device within the Mac OS ecosystem, it features multi-touch gestures to mak

Is working from home ruining your posture? This back corrector is on sale.

Mashable / 49min
TL;DR: Get personalized spinal support with the Allbaro Air Posture Corrector for $99.99, a 16% savings as of June 21. As we head towards month four of our new normal, the impact of working from home is starting to show. For one thing, spending all day in pajama pants is starting to lose its appeal (for some). And we can all agree that working from the couch could be seriously messing up our back

14 golf gadgets on sale for playing on the course and inside your house

32Mashable / 48min
Golf may be one of the few sports that has built-in social distancing, but it's better to be safe than sorry. And besides, it's not like you always have the time to head to the course for a full round, you know? Whether you want to practice your swing at home or need new accessories to last an entire tournament, here are great golf tools on sale: Callaway Executive Putting Mat Made with premium q

Master the art of video editing with DaVinci Resolve 16

32Mashable / 49min
TL;DR: Learn how to play around with transitions, music, and more with The Comprehensive Video Editing in DaVinci Resolve 16 Bundle for $30.99, a 95% savings as of June 21. Many of us have fallen prey to the cost/quality conundrum. The pricier a product or service is, the better we think it is. But this kind of thinking is often a load of bull, especially when it comes to video editing software.

All Otterbox Star Wars cases are 20 percent off today only

35Engadget / 51min
Otterbox is slashing prices on its Star Wars collection in honor of the punny “I am Your Father’s Day.” Today only, you can save 20 percent off their typically durable cases. These usually run between $45 and $55 (depending on which model phone you have), so you’ll save about ten bucks. Whether your dad’s an outdoorsman or an indoorsman, he’ll get a lot of mileage out of an Otterbox. If you’re in

The fitness tracker of tomorrow

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What will the fitness tracker of the future look like, and what new features will it offer when strapped around your wrist? We've already seen some exciting new activity bands this year that hint at things to come. We've had the heavy-duty Polar Grit X and accessible Fitbit Charge 4 , plus several new entries in the luxe Garmin MARQ range (including a watch with maps for 4,000 golf courses). Ther

This online class gives you the perfect start in podcasting

40Mashable / 5h
TL;DR: The Podcasting 101 bundle is on sale for £23.35 as of June 21, saving you 98% on list price. There’s never been a better time to get into podcasting – it’s cheap , it’s relatively easy, and the market for content is huge. You might already know someone with a show, so why not add your voice to the mix? The Podcasting 101 bundle can help you launch your own show right away, even if you’ve n

Save 97% on this stacked Adobe Creative Cloud training bundle

28Mashable / 5h
TL;DR: The Complete 2020 Adobe CC Certification bundle is on sale for £31.41 as of June 21, saving you 97% on list price. As we inch towards the halfway stage of 2020, it's natural to reflect. Do you feel unsatisfied with your job? Do you see a future in your industry? Colleagues driving you crazy? If you answered yes to any of those questions, maybe it's time to make a change. Try mastering an i

Here’s the cheapest way to store a huge 1000TB of data online

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Remember when tape was en vogue, back in the days before it was displaced by compact discs and then vanished from the consumer market? Well, turns out it's still very much in fashion in the corporate world, where demand for data storage is fast outstripping supply. Fujifilm has announced it will offer its tape-based Object Archive solution as a service (you could call it TaaS) for a transparent,

Google will shut down its AI-guided Photos printing service on June 30th

100+Engadget / 7h
Google’s automated Photos printing service wasn’t long for this world — at least, not in its first incarnation. Droid Life has learned (via The Verge ) that Google is shutting down the AI-guided trial service on June 30th. It didn’t say what prompted the closure in a notice to members, but it said it hoped to “evolve this feature” and make it “more widely available.” This isn’t the end, then, eve

Apple Is Closing Some U.S. Stores Again in States With Rising Coronavirus Cases

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Although many people may be glad to see parts of the country gradually reopening, it doesn’t mean that some places or companies won’t decide to close again if coronavirus cases flare up. That’s exactly what Apple is doing at about a dozen stores in the U.S. “out of an abundance of caution.” Read more...

11 mistakes travelers make on their first camping trip

The Points Guy / 8h
I’ve been backpacking in Chilean Patagonia , mountaineering in Switzerland, car camping in Maine and overnight camping all along the Northeast. Yet every time I lace up my hiking boots and set out for a night under the stars, I discover a new way to make the experience easier or more comfortable. And even the most experienced campers are bound to make mistakes. Just last week on a camping trip in

It Was 100 Degrees in Siberia Today. Yes, That Siberia

4KGizmodo / 8h
A freak heatwave has been scorching most of the Arctic for weeks now, but it broke records Saturday when the temperature hit 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in a town in Siberia, one of Russia’s northernmost regions. Read more...

Nextdoor pulls 'Forward to Police' feature amid concerns over racist abuse

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97Engadget / 9h
Many companies are acutely aware of the potential misuse of their technology in light of protests against police violence and racism, and Nextdoor is no exception. The neighborhood-focused service has pulled the “Forward to Police” feature that let you send safety posts or urgent alerts to cops. This was both part of “anti-racism work” and an acknowledgment that only a “small percentage” of law e

Earn 29,721 Amex Points For $296.90

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Rakuten is offering 90% cash back at LifeLock, or 90 American Express Membership Rewards points per dollar if you have your earning style set to receive Amex points rather than cash. Continue reading ...

I Hated Power Banks Until I Used Aukey's 10,000mAh Kickstand-Bearing Wireless Charger

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AUKEY Basix Pro 10,000mAh Wireless Charging Power Bank | $40 | Amazon Read more...

TGIF Playlist: Juneteenth

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Google makes it easier to deregister your phone number for RCS messages

100+Engadget / 10h
Google has quietly rolled out (via Android Police ) a new tool that makes its much simpler to deregister the number you used for its first-party RCS-enabled Messages platform. You can already deregister your number in the Settings page of the Messages app by enabling “chat features off.” But the tool, spotted by a Reddit user, makes it possible to deregister your number even if you don’t have you

Isn’t It Risky To Lend $5 Billion To MileagePlus When United Keeps Devaluing The Program?

View from the Wing / 10h
Lenders are putting up $5 billion against United's MileagePlus. They have a huge interest in making sure the currency remains as attractive - or becomes even more attractive - to program members, to assure the revenue stream needed to pay back the loans. Yet credit card companies have had 'anti-devaluation' clauses in their co-brand agreements for years and it hasn't done any good. Here's why. Co

AMC Changes Its Mind and Says It Will Require Moviegoers to Wear Face Masks

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500+Gizmodo / 11h
After facing customer backlash, AMC, the largest movie theater chain in the U.S., decided on Friday that health was more important than politics and announced that it would require all moviegoers to wear face masks in its theaters. Read more...

Nextdoor Drops 'Forward to Police' Feature After Rampant Concerns of Racial Profiling

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The neighborhood social networking platform Nextdoor dropped its “Forward to Police” feature this week, a widely panned function that’s faced years of criticism for purportedly facilitating racial profiling. Read more...

Adam Driver's Version of Kylo Ren's Backstory Is Realistic and Depressing

500+Gizmodo / 11h
Kylo Ren has an official backstory, which involves him being shipped off to Luke’s Jedi Academy, his angst and frustration at trying to live up to his large legacy , and more than a little bit of big Dark Side intervention from the baddies of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. In Adam Driver’s mind, that story was a bit… Read more...

Which European countries don’t use the euro currency and why?

The Points Guy / 12h
If you’ve traveled to mainland Europe in the past two decades, depending on your destination, you may have used the euro currency. If you are a regular traveler, you may even keep some spare euro currency at home for your next trip. Or, if you’re like me and don’t carry cash around, you may be more likely to have euros in your wallet than dollars. A total of 19 of the 28 members of the European U

Adobe will tell you to uninstall Flash by the end of 2020

400+Engadget / 12h
It’s no secret that Adobe will end support for Flash when 2020 is over, but now it’s evident just how aggressive that cutoff will be. ZDNet reports that Adobe will prompt you to uninstall Flash “later this year” — if you don’t already know it’s time to leave the plugin behind, you will soon. And while it won’t surprise you to hear that Adobe will stop offering downloads, the company has also warn

9 quirky destinations in Europe you have to see to believe

27The Points Guy / 12h
Editor’s note: The team at The Points Guy loves to travel, but now is not the time for unnecessary trips. Health officials note that the fastest way to return to normalcy is to stop coming in contact with others. That includes ceasing travel. We are publishing travel deal s and destination content because we should all use this time to think about and plan our next adventures. TPG doesn’t advise

Enjoy two brilliantly colorful views of distant stars, compliments of Hubble

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Is Earth getting you down these days? Then take a break and look to the stars for a while. A pair of newly released images from the Hubble Space Telescope afford us Earthlings impressive views of two distant celestial bodies. They're both shots of planetary nebulae, and each is brimming with otherworldly color and light. Don't be fooled by the name. "Planetary nebulae" are just like any other neb

Here’s Why People are Losing Global Entry

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US Customs and Border Protection responded to a FOIA request (.pdf) detailing each instance where Global Entry was revoked between November 6, 2016 and June 6, 2017. There are several reasons someone might have their Global Entry participation revoked: bringing snacks into the U.S. that you fail to declare, being investigated for or convicted of a crime, or bringing people with you through Global

Nothing is what it seems in taut and twisty horror film You Should Have Left

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Stir of Echoes Enlarge / Kevin Bacon reunited with Stir of Echoes director David Koepp for the new horror film You Should Have Left (credit: Universal) Kevin Bacon stars as a middle-aged man forced to face his demons in You Should Have Left , a dark psychological horror film from Universal, about a mysterious house in Wales that doesn't seem to want to let its occupants leave. Tonally, it's in a