Sunday, June 14, 2020

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

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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

Powerful Black Lives Matter protests draw massive crowds in their third weekend

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The protests that sprung up after the police killing of George Floyd on May 25 are now in their third weekend, and there's no sign that they're slowing down. Crowds gathered in major cities around the country (and the world) while residents in smaller localities also turned out to stand against systemic racism. And while some in the media have tried to paint an inaccurate picture of what's been u

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

Today only: Amazon discounts the DJI Mavic Mini by 20%

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Ever wondered how photographers get those amazing aerial shots? Those great wide angle photos you see all over social media are thanks to drones – a hot product in the photography industry. If you’re wanting to explore your creative side and are looking for an excuse to venture into the great outdoors, the DJI Mavic Mini is just what you need and luckily, it’s currently discounted by a solid 20%

Become a Google Analytics expert in just 48 hours

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TL;DR: The Google Analytics Certification is on sale for £11.12, saving you 93% on list price. Data rules all in 2020, and if you don't plan to be a full-blown data scientist, you should at least understand how to navigate Google Analytics. Think of it as the public transportation of data science. Everyone should be able to navigate it, but it's harder than it looks. Learning and understanding Go

You can finally purchase the OnePlus 8 Pro in India today

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As reported earlier , Amazon will host a sale of OnePlus 8 series smartphones today at 12 pm. Both OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro will be available in today’s sale. While the OnePlus 8 was sold earlier in limited quantity, the flagship device OnePlus 8 Pro will be available for purchase via Amazon and OnePlus website for the first time since its launch in India. While new OnePlus devices generally s

Windows 10 June 2020 breaks printing even to PDFs

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The big May 2020 update for Windows 10 seemed to be relatively uneventful, aside from a few issues Microsoft was at least upfront about. Lo and behold a month later, a cumulative update undoes that almost spotless record. Microsoft’s support forums are now filled with complaints from users suddenly unable to print on any brand of printer. Curiously enough, it … Continue reading

This Is the Only Good Reason for a Pipeline to Go Viral

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As we’ve said before, if we want to ensure we have a habitable climate on our planet in the future, we have to do something about fossil fuel infrastructure . This includes pipelines , which pose a risk to a risk to water, land, and human health. They also worsen climate change. Nonetheless, there is one good reason for… Read more...

Here’s what Sony’s billion gigabyte storage cabinet looks like

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Sony’s latest optical data storage archiving solution is finally here and those requiring access to secure, read-only data (e.g. for corporate IT, state and local government, healthcare, education and surveillance use cases) will want to take note. The Gen3 PetaSite Optical Disc Archive technology offers nearly 3PB of what Sony calls “immutable” optical storage, in an industry standard 42U rack -

Tesla Model 3 in the US to get USB-C, wireless charging

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It definitely took a while but wireless charging has become more or less common even if it still isn’t a standard. While already a standard right from the start, USB-C, on the other hand, is only recently becoming more ubiquitous as well. But while computers and smartphones are quicker to adopt them, some places where you will find these new … Continue reading

Android TV may soon recognize your exact voice

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Google said that Assistant’s Voice Match feature was coming to many more speakers and smart displays in the near future, but it now appears that this includes your television, too. The 9to5Google team has discovered code indicating that Voice Match is in the works for Android TV. While it’s not certain just when this would show or if there will be any changes versus other platforms, it’s easy to

Amazon New World MMO closed beta is finally happening

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When Amazon revealed its grand gaming ambitions, there was understandably some confusion and even doubt if the e-commerce giant even has what it takes to play in the triple-A market. After all, this would be a first for a company better known for its retail and cloud chops more than game development know-how. The rather mixed reception of its Crucible … Continue reading

Surface Duo dual-screen phone could debut next month

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There may have been some collective disappointment when Microsoft once again put on hold the realization of its long-overdue Courier device, a.k.a. the Surface Neo. It still plans on dipping its toes and testing the waters of the dual-screen device category but with a less ambitious yet still novel Surface Duo. It was rumored that, contrary to the company’s plans … Continue reading

This Digital Art Gallery Used to Be a Nazi Submarine Base

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When it was built nearly eight decades ago, the Nazi submarine base in Bordeaux, France was meant to house 43 U-Boats , German submarines that wreaked havoc at sea during World War II. But there are no signs of submarines or war at the base today. Now, it is called Bassins de Lumières , and it is the world’s largest… Read more...

Pixel 4a launch thrown into chaos, Pixel 5 delayed

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Much of the world’s plans and schedules were thrown into disarray though some have had it worse than others. Some events have been canceled outright while others have decided to move it to the Internet instead. Still others, like IFA, are looking into pushing through with a normal in-person event. Production and shipping schedules have also been affected but it … Continue reading

Purple Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy Buds+ launched for BTS fans

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Although it may not be as strong as during their heyday, K-pop is still a force to reckon with and presents an opportunity for many companies to keep in touch with their younger customers. Of course, Samsung is in the perfect position to capitalize on that opportunity, partnering with the biggest idol groups in South Korea to promote their products. … Continue reading

New iPhone 12 leak seems to confirm flat-edged, iPad Pro-like design

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Rumors have been circulating that Apple’s next generation of flagship handsets – the iPhone 12 range – will sport flat edges, much like the current lineup of iPad Pro devices, which uses a design similar to earlier iPhone models. The latest leak that lends weight to this theory comes from user @Jin_Store on Twitter, an “Apple Premium Reseller” according to their bio, and arrives in the shape of a

Scientists locate the first fast radio burst in the Milky Way

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Fast radio bursts in the cosmos might not be quite so mysterious before long. Astronomers have detected the first known burst coming from within the Milky Way galaxy. It originated with the SGR 1935+2154 magnetar (a neutron star surrounded by intense magnetic fields) about 32,616 light-years away. That may sound distant, but it’s a lot closer than the next-closet magnetar, spotted about 490 milli

ByteDance to shut down Vigo apps in India

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Chinese internet giant ByteDance has announced plans to discontinue two of its apps in India, its biggest overseas market, and urged its users to move to TikTok. Vigo Video and Vigo Lite, two apps that allow users to create and share short-form sketches and lip-syncing to Bollywood songs, posted a message early Monday (local time) to announce that they would be discontinued at the end of October

China Roundup: Alibaba to add 5,000 staff to cloud unit

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Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup , a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, we have updates from Alibaba’s rapidly growing cloud computing unit, Apple’s controversial decision to remove two podcast apps from its Chinese App Store, and more. China tech abroad TikTok’s besieged rival Zynn , a T

Japanese Flip Phones, a Hidden Ancient Roman City, and Overrated Pastries: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

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I hope everyone had a good week, except for my coworker Catie Keck who recently committed slander by calling macarons and oatmeal raisin cookies overrated . Fact: Those are fire and anyone who says otherwise is a cop. Read more...

Samsung teams up with BTS for special edition S20+ and Galaxy Buds+

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Samsung is hoping to court K-Pop fans in the market for a new phone or new wireless earbuds with a BTS collaboration. The Korean tech giant has teamed up with the K-Pop superstars to release a special edition Galaxy S20+ and a pair of special edition Galaxy Buds+ featuring the band’s logo and the purple hearts design that BTS is known for using. The S20+ 5G BTS Edition comes unlocked, is made of

British Airways CEO Alex Cruz Wants Pity For Him, Not The Employees He’s Firing

View from the Wing / 5h
British Airways boss Alex Cruz penned a rather remarkable piece in response to criticism in the U.K. over plans to renege on labor deals, firing everyone and rehiring a portion of staff at lower pay. He declares that the business is facing challenges, and that they will do the bare minimum legally required of them. Continue reading ...

Samsung teams with BTS for special edition Galaxy S20+ and Buds+

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Calling all BTS fans: get ready to step up your Army game with some new merchandise — particularly a smartphone. On July 9, which marks the seventh anniversary since the fandom first received its name , Samsung is releasing a BTS-edition Galaxy S20+. On the outside, the special edition S20+ features a glass back in the signature BTS purple complete with a purple heart design on the camera module.

Germany's Coronavirus-Tracking App Set to Release This Week as Nation Reopens

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Germany will soon roll out its coronavirus-tracking smartphone app, the country’s health minister, Jens Spahn, announced Sunday. Read more...

Beyoncé publishes open letter calling for charges in Breonna Taylor case

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Beyoncé Knowles published an open letter to Louisville attorney general Daniel Cameron on Sunday demanding that the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor be arrested and charged. Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT and Louisville resident, was killed in March by Louisville police officers Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison, who were executing a no-knock search warrant at her home.

Germany's COVID-19 contact tracing app arrives this week

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Germany will be the next big country to launch a COVID-19 contact tracing app . Health Minister Jens Spahn has confirmed that the app is “coming this week,” with reports suggesting that it might be ready as soon as June 16th. Like Italy and some other countries, it’s using a decentralized approach to data that might protect privacy better than the central methods of countries like Australia . As

An ancient Roman city has been fully mapped using ground-penetrating radar

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Enlarge / Ground-penetrating radar map of the temple in the Roman city of Falerii Novi, Italy. (credit: L. Verconck) Falerii Novi was once a walled town just north of Rome, likely founded around 241 BC as a relocation site for a Falisci tribe that had rebelled against the Romans. Located on a volcanic plateau, archaeologists surmise that the new site was chosen because it wasn't as easy to defend

Singapore And China Introduce ‘Fast Pass’ To Make Travel Easier In The Covid Era (But Still Hard!)

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In the spirit of understanding just how countries that are working to 'crush' the virus are approaching opening, and the hoops they're requiring people to go through, I was fascinated by the "fast lane" jointly announced by Singapore and China to provide for essential business and official travel without a 14 day quarantine. Calling is a "Fast Lane" is like calling a dump truck a sports car. Cont

Looks like the Pixel 4a May Not Launch Until October

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Given everything that’s been going on, it may be a while yet before we get our hands on Google’s next mid-range phone. Read more...

Amazon's colonial MMO 'New World' enters closed beta on July 23rd

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Amazon’s colonial online RPG New World is arriving later than expected, but you might not have to wait much longer to give it a try. The PC-only MMO’s closed beta is due to start on July 23rd, with sign-ups available now. The finished game is due to arrive just over a month later on August 25th. The news comes alongside a trailer that shows off the game’s action-oriented combat — unlike many such

Catch up on the Resident Evil Series on the Go With a Sale on the Switch Collections

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Resident Evil Origins Collection | $31 | Amazon Resident Evil Triple Pack | $44 | Amazon Read more...

We are all this grumpy corgi demanding more scritches

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I get it. Many of us are starved for affection right now. We've been in a pandemic-induced lockdown for months. Even in those places where restrictions are starting to ease, social distancing (sensibly!) remains in effect. Perish the thought of human contact with people outside your quarantine bubble. Enter this corgi, whose name is Norman. Mr. Norman likes his scritches. He likes them an awful l

It's Hard to Believe That These Adorable Pangolins Could Be Connected to Coronavirus

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Science is moving at record speed to try to contain and cure the novel coronavirus, which has already infected more than 7.8 million people worldwide. Despite the advances made towards a possible vaccine , there are still many questions that we do not have answers for. One of them goes back to the beginning: How did… Read more...

St. Barths will reopen to visitors on June 22 — but only if they can prove they’re not sick

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Beginning June 22, visitors will be able to vacation on St. Barths again. But, the reopening is hardly going to be a beach bonanza. Related Coverage: Country-by-country guide to reopening If you want to visit the Caribbean vacation spot, you’ll need to prove that you have tested negative for COVID-19 72 hours or less before you arrive. Those unable to provide such documentation will be tested on

Why I (almost) always book one-way flights

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Airline pricing is complicated. But instead of digging into the nitty-gritty nuances of airfare algorithms, here’s a real-world application. When I’m booking a flight , I care about the lowest price and maximum flexibility, among other factors. Sometimes I want to pay in cash but often if I have miles to spare or want to fly in a premium cabin , I’ll redeem miles. By strategically booking one-way

Australia aims to launch locally-made hybrid rockets by 2022

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Australia is increasingly keen on greater independence in spaceflight. The University of Queensland and Gilmour Space are moving forward on a domestically-made “next-generation” hybrid rocket that could start launching satellites into low Earth orbit in 2022. Crucially, all the rockets and components would be made in Australia — they wouldn’t have to lean on other nations for engines . The univer

The Newest Crossing Swords Trailer Introduces a Messy, Vulgar Fantasy World

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Crossing Swords is a new comedy available on Hulu, and if you’re still on the fence about whether or not to check it out, this full trailer might provide some more insight. Read more...

Cruising in French Polynesia could resume as early as July

The Points Guy / 9h
Could French Polynesia be one of the first places in the world where cruising resumes? It’s starting to look more likely now that the South Pacific destination has set July 15 as its official reopening date for tourists. Aranui Cruises, which sells trips to little-visited French Polynesian islands year-round on an unusual vessel that is half-freighter, half- cruise-ship , says it has gotten appro

Conquering the Backlog Part 7: I got the Joy-Con blues

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Another week has passed, which means it’s time for a new update on my quest to complete as many games in my backlog as possible in 2020. After adding a new game to the list last week – thatgamecompany’s Flower – this is another week where there isn’t a new addition. I have a good excuse this time around (I … Continue reading

11 things I wish I knew before visiting Greece

The Points Guy / 9h
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. When it comes to deciding where to go next, Greece is a usually a slam dunk. Whether it’s a beachy island getaway y

Bit Bio’s “enter button for the keyboard to the software of life” nabs the company $41.5 million

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Bit Bio , the new startup which pitches itself as the “enter button for the keyboard to the software of life” only needed three weeks to raise its latest $41.5 million round of funding. Originally known as Elpis Biotechnology and named for the Greek goddess of hope, the Cambridge, England-based company was founded by Mark Kotter in 2016 to commercialize technology that can reduce the cost and inc

7 Reasons To Get The IHG Premier Card

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In January we saw Chase and IHG introduce an incredible limited time sign-up bonus on the IHG ® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card ( review ), which in my opinion is a card that’s worth having long-term for the great perks it offers. This really is a phenomenal card — it’s worth getting for the benefits , and if you’re going to get it, you might as well do so when it’s offering the best bonus. Whil

The path to becoming an airline captain — how pilots climb the ranks

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Every time you get on an aircraft, you entrust your life to the captain and their crew. Airline safety has become so good that you now take it for granted. You board a flight and you expect to walk off the aircraft again a few hours later — and so you should. However, who is this person responsible for your safety, hidden away behind the locked flight deck door? How did they get to that position

James Bond movie No Time To Die will hit theaters earlier than expected

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In early March, we received word that the new James Bond 007 movie No Time to Die had been delayed after fans circulated a letter requesting a postponement of the release. At the time, Universal and MGM announced the movie would be released on November 25, 2020, but now they have walked that release back a bit and fans will … Continue reading

Kenneth Branagh Had a Stressful Time Making the Original Thor

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When Kenneth Branagh directed Thor and brought the most electrifying Avenger to the big screen, he changed the face of the modern Blockbuster. Not because Thor was that great or groundbreaking—it was pretty solid!—but because doing so provided the connective tissue that allowed the Marvel Cinematic Universe to… Read more...

From distilleries to vineyards: 8 destinations where the drinks are as good as the linens

The Points Guy / 10h
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. As the coronavirus lockdown has given many a renewed interest in our own booze cabinets, it’s also made us curious

PSA: This year’s confusing, virtual E3, condensed in a single handy site

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The full trailer-sorting interface, found at's 2020 interface. [credit: ] In recent years, the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo has left gaming fans reeling with an abundance of trailers and announcements. We usually like to help Ars readers make sense of the noisy deluge by flying to California and going hands-on with E3-timed game previews, but that obviously didn't

Amazon offers steep discounts on a host of Echo speakers

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Amazon is known to discount an Echo device every now and then, but now? It’s going all-out. The internet retailer is running a sale for many of its smart speakers, and in some cases they’re steep bargains. The drops are sharp enough that they may be just what you need to get started on a smart home, or to finish a setup that might have been too costly before. Echo Studio with Hue bulb The best de

This High Tech Real Estate Investing Platform Is Opening Doors for Average Investors

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For a long time there were two different sets of rules when it came to investing . Regular everyday people only got to invest in publicly traded assets like stocks and bonds, while rich people and institutional investors got to add real diversity to their portfolios with things like private real estate, which offered more stability and greater returns. Luckily, things are different now. Advanceme

Tell Me Honestly, Why Are Masks On Planes So Controversial?

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There are reports across social media of flights where the majority of passengers aren't wearing masks, even though masks are ostensibly required by nearly all U.S. airlines. It isn't just people forgetting, or not bothering, there are many people voicing strong objection online to be required to don a mask. And I'd like to better understand the reasons why. You're going to take the mask off to e

Enroll in a Free Online Course on Contact Tracing Through Johns Hopkins

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If you’re one of the millions of people who have either lost their jobs during the pandemic, or have had your hours or workload reduced, you may have considered applying to be a contact tracer . If this is the case—or if you’re just curious about how the process works—you can now enroll in a free online course on… Read more...

IHG Rewards Club Selling Points With 100% Bonus (Last Chance)

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Citi is an advertising partner of OMAAT In early May, IHG rolled out their latest major promotion on purchased points , after quite a hiatus. This is a reminder of that, as the promotion expires tomorrow. Buy IHG Points With 100% Bonus Through Monday, June 15, 2020, IHG Rewards Club is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased points . With this promotion, you earn a 100% bonus as long as you purc

Interstellar is still struggling to put private rockets in space

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Japan’s budding private spaceflight industry is still struggling, even with some early signs of success . Interstellar Technologies’ MOMO-5 sounding rocket failed to reach space after its launch from Hokkaido early on June 14th. The engine was “manually stopped in an emergency” about 70 seconds into the flight, the company said. Interstellar pinned the flaw on a swinging “attitude angle” that thr

Everything Announced At The PC Gaming Show 2020

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Even though we aren’t getting a proper E3 this year, we still got the annual PC Gaming show. The show didn’t have a ton of huge new announcements, but we did get some new trailers for games like Outlast Trials, Twin Mirror , and Weird West . And some new info about Mafia Definitive Edition and Total War Saga: Troy. Read more...

Google's Pixel 4a might be delayed again, without a 'Barely Blue' color option

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At this point, it's not shocking to hear the Pixel 4a might be delayed yet again . But in addition to pushing back the release date, Google is also reportedly nixing a color option: Baby Blue. The news comes from well-known leaker Jon Prosser, who took to Twitter to update everyone on his latest findings regarding Google's upcoming Pixel. Where’s Pixel 4a? Here’s an update: AGAIN, it seems Google

lionofchaeronea:The Reading Lesson, Mary Cassatt, ca. 1901

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lionofchaeronea : The Reading Lesson , Mary Cassatt, ca. 1901

DOT will distribute almost 100 million face masks across the transportation sector

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The U.S. Department of Transportation will distribute around 100 million cloth face masks to travelers and employees across the aviation, transit and passenger rail industries. The agency announced the move in a press release on Friday. DOT’s campaign comes as amid growing calls across the transportation sector for the department to institute a universal federal policy that would require passenge

Where are all the robots?

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Rajat Bhageria Contributor Rajat Bhageria is founder and CEO of stealth robotics company Chef Robotics and is founder and managing partner at Prototype Capital . We were promised robots everywhere — fully autonomous robots that will drive our cars end-to-end, clean our dishes, drive our freight, make our food, pipette and do our lab work, write our legal documents, mow the lawn, balance our books

The Station: Spin heads to Europe, Just Eat Takeaway gobbles up Grubhub and a drive in a Bentley Flying Spur

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The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox . Hi friends and first-time readers. Welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at Te

Original Content podcast: The new season of ‘Queer Eye’ is exactly what we needed

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With everything that’s going on in the world right now, it’s nice to know that we can rely on Netflix’s “Queer Eye” to continue tugging at our heartstrings. The latest season was filmed during what looks like a sweltering Philadelphia summer, before the COVID-19 pandemic. The basic “Queer Eye” formula hasn’t changed, with the Fab Five once again taking on the task of helping ten individuals up th

Dell's XPS 13 laptop gets a massive $369 price cut

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For a limited time, you can score a $369 price cut on the powerful XPS 13 at Dell. That brings the cost down to $999.99 , which is the best price we've found for the best-selling laptop. The Dell XPS 13 features a 13.3-inch InfinityEdge display and packs 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565U processor. The powerful laptop received an upgraded battery life of up to 19 ho