Sunday, June 14, 2020

TPS Consulting Sunday Morning Post


Astronomers Track a Fast Radio Burst to Its Source—a Magnetar

1KWired / 44min
The origin of these explosions of radio waves has long been an astrophysics mystery. Now one has been traced to an ultra-dense spinning magnetized stellar core.

The Google Pixel 4a launch may have been pushed back even further

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We were originally expecting to see the Google Pixel 4a appear in May, as part of the Google IO 2020 event. Since that event got moved online and then canceled, the launch date for Google's mid-ranger has been a bit of a mystery – and now we're hearing that it might not show up until October. News of the latest delay comes from serial tipster John Prosser , who has been a reliable source of insid

Google Maps Adds News COVID-19 Focused Safety Features

44How-To Geek / 3h
Cities and states are slowly coming out of isolation, which means more travel and more risk. Google Maps wants to help by implementing a few new features to keep you up to date with the latest COVID-19 information. That includes relevant alerts and warnings about local rules, like mandatory face masks. Read This Article on Review Geek ›


Control Your Devices Easily With This $14 Compact Keyboard and Touchpad

Gizmodo / 44min
Mini Wireless Touchpad with Keyboard | $14 | Amazon | Use code CNPKEKMD Read more...

The HP summer sale is now live - save up to $329 on a cheap laptop, desktop or printer

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The HP Summer Sale is here today - meaning if you've been looking for a cheap laptop deal, a printer, or a slick new desktop, then you're in luck as you can save yourself up to $329 right now. There's a whole range of discounts on display today in the HP summer sale running all the way through to June 20th, including price cuts on some great cheap laptops for casual use all the way up to specced

The Sennheiser Flex 5000 Beats Bluetooth for TV Audio on Headphones

20How-To Geek / 48min
Lots of TV sets still don’t have Bluetooth or other capabilities to use wired or wireless headphones. The Sennheiser Flex 5000 lets you use your wired headphones to listen to your favorite TV shows as loud as you want, without having to run wires all over the place. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

The 10 Best Netflix Original Romances to Watch (June 2020)

How-To Geek / 49min
Netflix has quite a few original romance movies and TV series. Whether you’re looking for romantic comedies or serious emotional dramas, these are our top picks. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

4 YouTube Channels to Help Clean, Set Up, and Maintain Your Guitar

23How-To Geek / 48min
Every second that you spend cleaning or fine-tuning your guitar is a second that you could’ve spent playing. But how much do you get from a guitar that’s dirty and difficult to play? A new set of strings and a proper setup will remove your frustrations while playing, and encourage you to spend much more time with your instrument. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How music shapes the way we play video games

20Mashable / 53min
Read more... More about Game Design , Summer Of Gaming , Summer Of Gaming , Entertainment , and Music

Uber Visa Not Currently Available To New Customers

View from the Wing / 1h
The Uber Visa is no longer mentioned in the Uber app and the application has been removed from the Barclays website. If you go to the Barclays page for current Uber Visa cardmembers and choose ‘not a current cardmember’ you’re taken to a page’s expired, Here's the deal. Continue reading ...

Study finds face masks ‘critical’ for individual COVID-19 protection

SlashGear / 1h
If you’ve been refusing to wear a face mask in public, now is the time to start. A new study out of Texas A&M University has found that failing to wear a face mask puts a person at dramatic risk of contracting the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 — and it also increases their odds of spreading it to other … Continue reading

Britain breaks record for coal-free power generation - but what does this mean for your energy bills?

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On Wednesday 10 June, Britain hit a significant landmark: the UK went for two full months without burning coal to generate power – that's the longest period since the 1880s . According to the National Grid, Britain has now run its electricity network without burning coal since midnight on the 9 April. This coal-free period has beaten the country’s previous record of 18 days, six hours and 10 minu

Call of Duty: Mobile finally proved to me why you'd want the Sony Xperia 1 II’s screen

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A 21:9 aspect ratio is something we’ve seen on a variety of smartphones over the past two years. It makes your phone longer (and therefore more difficult to use day-to-day) but allows you to have a wider display for when you're settling down to watch a widescreen video or play a game. Time and time again I’ve heard from manufacturers that a widescreen display makes for a far better experience. I

A Bird Feeder Will Bring You Joy

100+Wired / 1h
The world seems terrible these days. Let yourself soar above it all—at least for a moment—by making some new feathered friends.

The Grandmaster Who Got Twitch Hooked on Chess

76Wired / 1h
Hikaru Nakamura is the top-ranked blitz chess player in the world—and his channel has seen a meteoric rise as he coaches streamers in the ancient game.

How to Clean Up Your Old Posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

100+Wired / 1h
These tips and tools will help you scrub your social media profiles clean, or give you a fresh start without giving up your username and followers.

Deepfakes aren’t very good—nor are the tools to detect them

200+Ars Technica / 2h
Enlarge / A comparison of an original and deepfake video of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (credit: The Washington Post | Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post ) We're lucky that deepfake videos aren’t a big problem yet. The best deepfake detector to emerge from a major Facebook-led effort to combat the altered videos would only catch about two-thirds of them. In September, as speculation about the da

Pro, Air, Mini, or Regular: Which iPad Should You Buy?

24How-To Geek / 2h
The iPad is widely regarded as a best-in-class tablet, but with so many different versions available, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

With the Yoga Wake Up app, you'll never need to hit 'snooze' again

44Mashable / 2h
Work(out) From Home is a weekly column where we review smart fitness machines and apps in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Thanks to technology, there are still plenty of ways to exercise if your gym is closed. Let's face it, the last couple of weeks have been really difficult. And, it's likely that a lot of us aren't in the mood to work out — myself included. With my brain all over the plac

Garmin Fenix 7: what we want to see

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The Garmin Fenix 7 probably won’t land before around August 2020, so unsurprisingly we haven’t heard much about it yet, but it’s almost certainly coming and we certainly have ideas of what we want from it. Below you’ll find information on the likely release date and price, plus speculation on the features and improvements that will be offered, and below that a list of the things we really want to

When is cloud gaming worth making the switch?

SlashGear / 2h
The gaming industry is looking up to a future where the requirement for complex hardware will no longer be necessary. Cloud gaming is here and it’s going to change the way we interact with our devices. No longer will there be need for high-end, processing-power hungry hardware which keeps evolving every month. You can literally play any high-end gaming title … Continue reading

HBO Is Trying to Fix Its Go-Now-Max Confusion with Fewer Apps (and Failing)

20How-To Geek / 3h
Right now there are three HBO streaming services, all with three-letter titles: HBO Max, HBO Go, and HBO Now. It’s kind of a mess. But it will soon be less messy, according to a report from CNET: HBO’s parent company WarnerMedia is planning on trimming those down to just two. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Get a Lenovo Smart Clock for $40 at Best Buy

100+Engadget / 3h
Remember when you could check the time in the middle of the night without grabbing your phone and getting sucked into a vortex of work email and Twitter notifications? Lenovo has a good solution: the company’s Smart Clock is now $40 at Best Buy , a $20 savings off its usual sale price and half the $80 price tag it carried at release. Buy Lenovo Smart Clock at Best Buy - $40 We gave the Lenovo Sma

This portable sauna looks slightly ridiculous — but hey, it's on sale

36Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: Get the feel of a spa right from your own home with a portable home sauna tent for $249, a 28% savings as of June 14. A little relaxation goes a long way. But with many states still in lockdown due to coronavirus, salons and spas remain a no-go in much of the country. Fortunately, there's a way to bring that spa experience into the comfort of your home. The Portable Home Sauna Tent is your

10 hot deals to help you stay hydrated (and cool) all summer

Mashable / 3h
Staying hydrated keeps our bodies functioning properly. After all, we are about 60% water. It helps our bodies regulate temperature, cushion joints, remove toxins, keep our organs running smoothly, stay awake and alert, and so much more. And with a scorcher of a summer ahead, it's even more vital to living your best life. If you plan on spending lots of time outdoors in the days ahead, here are n

19 deals that are perfect for all your outdoor adventures this summer

Mashable / 3h
Attention social-distancers: summer is not canceled. In fact, the official first day of the season is coming in hot (literally) and we know you are itching to break out of your quarantine. Just be sure that when you escape the confines of your home and get back to nature, that you're well prepared. Whether you're planning on hiking, camping, or road-tripping, outdoor accessories and survival gear

Get a workout by pretending to swing an axe? Sure. Okay. Fine.

20Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: Work on your fitness from the comofort of your home with THE CHOPPER for $429.99, a 13% savings as of June 14. Many have been forced to get creative with their at-home workouts . Some chose to pick up roller skates for the first time since childhood. Others decided to start jumping rope. These are weird times, you guys. So weird, in fact, that this strange piece of equipment called the Cho

Overcome your cognitive biases with help from this online training

20Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: Improve your critical thinking skills with The Mastering Cognitive Biases Bundle for $30, a 96% savings as of June 14. As humans, we're forced to make lots of decisions on a daily basis. And while we may think we make every single decision based on facts, logic, and reasoning, there's a lot more to it than that. As it turns out, we kind of suck at the whole decision-making process due to o

What is it like driving in a virtual Formula E race?

100+BBC News - Technology / 4h
Omar Mehtab tries out the gaming rig allowing professional drivers to race against each other.

Coronavirus: Contact-tracing rumours debunked

1KBBC News - Technology / 4h
We've been fact-checking misleading posts on social media about technology used to fight coronavirus.

5 things we've got left to learn about Google Pixel 4a

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We first expected the Google Pixel 4a to come out in mid-May during Google IO , but when that show got cancelled, we started waiting for a sign – any official sign – that the mid-range phone would launch soon. We’re still waiting. But we’ve also heard enough rumors to get an idea of what’s coming in the Pixel 4a. We suspected it would follow its predecessor, the Pixel 3a , as a far cheaper versio

Secure your connection with this speedy VPN

44Mashable / 7h
TL;DR: A two-year subscription to NordVPN is on sale for £2.69 per month as of June 14, saving you 70% on list price. There are plenty of impressive VPN deals available right now, but there is a problem with the majority of these: the best deals are reserved for the longest contracts. We get that this is the done thing, but not everyone is willing to commit to lengthy contracts, especially when i

Save 92% on a lifetime subscription to this cloud backup solution

28Mashable / 8h
TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to Polar Backup Cloud Storage is on sale for £23.84 as of June 14, saving you 92% on list price. Have you ever had your phone rudely interrupt a picture perfect moment with a "storage full" message? If you relate to that feeling, you've probably thought about cloud storage solutions. When you did, you probably discovered that finding the right solution for you is mo

This data analysis course could seriously boost your CV

40Mashable / 8h
TL;DR: The Complete Microsoft Data Analysis Expert Bundle is on sale for £15.87 as of June 14, saving you 98% on list price. To say that the world runs on data is a huge understatement. Google is essentially one of the world’s largest data aggregation platforms, while Amazon is collecting reams of consumer behavioral data — all of which is going into things like retargeting ads that throw interne

Saturday night fun for Jio Platforms, gets $850 million from TPG Capital & L Catterton

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On a Saturday night in India, it was party time in Jio Platforms , the digital subsidiary of Reliance Industries helmed by India's richest man Mukesh Ambani. Two more big investors, TPG Capital and L Catterton, put in $600 million (Rs 4,546.80 crore) and $250 million (Rs. 1894.50 crore) respectively in Jio Platforms. This would mean Jio Platforms has now secured more than $13.7 billion by selling

The first petabyte hard disk drive could contain glass

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There is a growing consensus among storage manufacturers worldwide that glass could become a vital component in the drive to satiate humanity's thirst for data storage. Fuelled by the rise in demand high resolution video and growing IoT networkd, IDC predicts the world will produce 175 zettabytes (ZB) of data by 2025, nearly six times more than in 2018. Given one ZB is equal to one billion TB, it

The 'Resident Evil' series has sold over 100 million copies

100+Engadget / 10h
Capcom just reached a major milestone for itself and the survival horror genre: the developer has sold (via PC Gamer ) over 100 million copies of Resident Evil games since the franchise kicked off in 1996. It didn’t break down the sales by series, but it noted that RE7 by itself sold 7.5 million units. The Resident Evil 3 remake sold 2 million copies in its first five days. The company chalked up

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 updates come with nasty printer bugs

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The latest updates for Windows 10 give the platform’s security a boost, but they unfortunately come with nasty bugs that make printing impossible, as well. Microsoft released the buggy updates — KB4560960 and KB4557957 — on June 9th, and users started experiencing