Wednesday, June 24, 2020

TPS Consulting Wednesday Evening Post


Olympus is giving up on cameras

Olympus Imaging Business
9KEngadget / 19h
Despite denying persistent rumors that it would exit the camera business, Olympus is doing exactly that. The company has announced that will sell its camera business to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP), the same company that purchased Sony’s VAIO PC division (via The Verge ). Olympus will now focus on its much larger business supplying industrial and medical imaging equipment. Olympus said it impr

New iPhone 12 release date, leaks, price, news and everything you need to know

5KTechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 15h
The new iPhone for 2020 is shaping up to be a real game changer with 5G and a whole host of new features.

CEO chat: Frontier bucks pandemic trend with growth, but says masks are a must

1KThe Points Guy / 12h
A lot can be said about Frontier Airlines’ strategy over the past few years. The carrier isn’t known for its passenger comforts, but its aggressive growth has turned it into true national discounter and one whose growth barely slowed even during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, as it stays in growth mode, the Denver -based carrier is staying true to its former tagline as “A Whole Different Animal.”

Chinese City to Unveil Domestic Violence Database for Those Getting Married

20NYT > Technology / 18min
The database will allow people to check if their partners have a history of abuse. Domestic violence, a longstanding problem in China, has been exacerbated by lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic.

Slice raises $6M to help young Indians pay digitally and build credit score

36TechCrunch / 22min
The streets of Koramangala, one of the largest neighborhoods in Bangalore, are plastered with hoardings and banners of digital payment services. Every few steps, you find a bank, and offices of fintech startups. But when Mohammed Nayeem wanted to get a credit card, he realized his options were limited. He applied for a credit card at RBL Bank, a Mumbai-headquartered bank that has been around for

ARM Mali GPU drivers can soon be updated faster from Google Play Store

SlashGear / 41min
Smartphones have become as powerful as lower-end PCs but there are definitely some things they still can’t do. Heavy graphics, especially for games and visualization, is one of those but the entire graphics ecosystem on mobile is considerably different from their desktop counterparts. Graphics drivers, for example, are often at the mercy of vendor firmware updates, which is why ARM … Continue rea

Wimbledon 2020 goes virtual with unorthodox new format

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 47min
‘The Greatest Championships’ will allow fans to experience tournament tennis in the absence of this year’s live Wimbledon event.

This comprehensive front-end coding bootcamp is on sale for less than £25

Mashable / 49min
TL;DR: The Ultimate Front End Development bundle is on sale for £23.19 as of June 25, saving you 97% on list price. There's a lot of debate over what makes a great employee. Some employers value people with social skills and others value workhorses, but when it comes to front-end coding, there's a definite set of technical skills that are non-negotiable. If you're considering switching to this ex

LG TONE Free TWS earbuds clean themselves with UV light

SlashGear / 1h
Truly wireless stereo earbuds have become the fad these days, mostly thanks to the popularity of Apple’s AirPods. But as any owner of such earbuds can attest to, those small things that you put in your ears every day can accumulate a lot of dirt, including bacteria that you can’t see. To give its customers a bit of confidence, LG … Continue reading

Cambricon, once Huawei’s core AI chip supplier, eyes $400M IPO

80TechCrunch / 1h
One of China’s most valuable artificial intelligence chipmakers Cambricon is one step closer to its initial public offering, and its prospectus reveals a rare snapshot of where Chinese companies stand in relation to their international counterparts in this critical field. Cambricon got the nod in early June to list on the Star Market, China’s new Nasdaq-like stock exchange conceived to attract hi

'Her Story' creator teases his new, spooky game on Steam

31Engadget / 1h
Developer Sam Barlow is releasing another mysterious game to follow Her Story and its successor, Telling Lies . Little is known about the newest game, and the few details available are wrapped in their own mysteries. Today is the 5TH ANNIVERSARY of Her Story, the game that changed my life and healed the rift between video games & videogames. To celebrate, we're teasing our next project and you ca

Voting for the Eisner Awards Is Being Done Over Entirely Following a Security 'Anomaly'

23Gizmodo / 1h
Just in time for primary season, the organizers of San Diego Comic-Con ’s annual Eisner Awards have made the last minute decision to toss out all of the votes after a number of people discovered that the online portal was rather insecure in a way that made it possible for people’s votes to be changed. Read more...

Nvidia used AMD Epyc CPU to develop a seriously impressive supercomputer

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Pragmatism prevails over fanboyism as Nvidia harnesses its rival's CPUs.

Galaxy Fold 2 punch-hole camera may have an odd but reasonable location

SlashGear / 2h
Most eyes might be on the Galaxy Note 20 in August but it won’t be the only one on Samsung’s stage. Some might actually be more interested in seeing what’s changed in Samsung’s third foldable phone which leaks suggest has undergone quite a transformation. In addition to a larger screen and narrower bezels, Samsung has reportedly switched to using a … Continue reading

Whoa Delly! Save a monstrous AU$920 on one of Dell's premium business laptops

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Dell discounts the Inspiron 15 2-in-1 by a staggering 40%.

Three GOP Senators Introduce Bill Experts Say Would Basically Ban End-to-End Encryption

Graham Senate Encryption
1KGizmodo / 2h
A trio of Republican senators have introduced a bill that would force tech firms to engineer backdoors into their encryption techniques whenever a judge asks them to—essentially banning encryption that prevents hackers from stealing stored data and end-to-end encryption that prevents anyone but senders and recipients… Read more...

Peacock will stream on LG and Vizio TVs at launch

59Engadget / 2h
NBCUniversal is quickly expanding the range of devices you can use to stream its Peacock service . Both LG Smart TVs and Vizio SmartCast sets will support Peacock when it reaches wider availability on July 15th, including the free, $5 Premium and $10 ad-free Premium tiers. The media giant didn’t name specific models, but offerings like this aren’t usually dependent on having the absolute latest s

OnePlus Nord could be the OnePlus Z’s name

8 OnePlus Nord July
SlashGear / 3h
The rise in prices of premium smartphones may have been put on hold as the world’s economy comes to grips with the “new normal”. As Samsung found out the hard way, luxurious prices have truly become a luxury that few can afford. That may have helped OnePlus make its decision to return to its roots and launch a more affordable … Continue reading

Best indoor TV antennas 2020: 7 great digital TV antennas for inside your home

1KTechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
These are the best antennas for watching free TV channels at home.

River Song and Her Original 'Sweetie' Are Back Together in a New Doctor Who Audio Drama

200+Gizmodo / 3h
We’re gonna need a bigger TARDIS. After over a decade apart, and several Doctors in between, Big Finish has announced that David Tennant and Alex Kingston are returning as the Tenth Doctor and River Song in a new Doctor Who audio series . Read more...

Samsung said to launch three flagship phones in three months

Samsung Galaxy 3 One
SlashGear / 3h
It has been a hard year so far for many companies, some of which have even been forced to shut down in the past six months. Even giant corporations are not immune to the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the economy. That is one of the factors that Samsung has blamed the poor sales of the Galaxy S20 series on … Continue reading

HPE reveals new iteration of GreenLake cloud as a service

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
New cloud services for data protection through HPE GreenLake will allow organizations to seamlessly recover their data.

DOJ accuses WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of recruiting hackers

92Engadget / 4h
The Justice Department is levelling more accusations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — though not new charges. Officials have filed a superseding indictment against Assange that maintains the earlier 18 counts of computer intrusion and Espionage Act violations, but adds claims that he recruited hackers, including people from Anonymous and LulzSec. Most notably, the DOJ alleges that Assan

Michael Hawley, Programmer, Professor and Pianist, Dies at 58

3KNYT > Technology / 4h
A man of manifold interests, his achievements ranged from developing ideas behind the so-called Internet of Things to publishing the world’s biggest book.

Best free games 2020: the top free games to download on PC

3KTechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
The best free games on PC accounted for, these are our top-rated titles that don't cost a thing.

Best external hard drives for Macs in 2020

200+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Expand your Mac's storage or safeguard your files with the best external hard drives on the market.

CDC warns of Midwestern parasite outbreak linked to bagged salads

57SlashGear / 4h
If you live in the Midwestern United States, you may want to avoid bagged salad mixes for a while. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention details a new outbreak that has been linked back to the products, putting consumers at risk of contracting a parasite that can cause gastrointestinal distress. Multiple brands of bagged salads sold by various retailers … Continue reading

Best Ultrabooks 2020: the top thin and light laptops reviewed

1KTechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
We've put together a definitive list of the best Ultrabooks, or thin and light Windows laptops.

Instagram is making its TikTok-like 'Reels' easier to find

69Engadget / 4h
Instagram is determined to make its TikTok clone , Reels, more of a force to be reckoned with. It’s moving Reels to dedicated sections both in user profiles and (for public accounts) the Explore section, giving you an easier way to find those 15-second clips. It’s also expanding beyond the original Brazil audience to include creators in France and Germany. That’s far from the ubiquity that TikTok

EOFY 2020: the best tech deals from Australia's end-of-financial year sales

500+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
The end of the 2019-2020 financial year is here, so get ready to save a packet with tax-time deals.

The best Dell laptops 2020

500+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Dell is renowned for its well built, generously specced laptops, and these are the best Dell laptops from across its current range.

The best Chromebook 2020

1KTechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
We've searched far and wide for the best Chromebook you can buy, always up to date and thoroughly tested.

Best wireless routers 2020: the best Wi-Fi for your home network

3KTechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
From Google Wifi to Netgear Nighthawk, these are the best wireless routers we've seen.

Best Wi-Fi extenders of 2020: top devices for boosting your WiFi network

1KTechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
The best WiFi extenders will make sure you can get online anywhere in your house.

Best webcams 2020: top picks for working from home

1KTechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Whether you're looking to broadcast yourself on YouTube or chat to the family, these are the best webcams for you.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 release date, price and specs: all the RTX 3080 rumors

4KTechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 will be coming at some point and now the rumors are starting to go wild. Here's everything we know.

Deal: TCL's 10 Pro and 10L Phones Are 15 Percent Off

TCL 10 10L Android
100+Wired / 5h
The 10 Pro and 10L have quickly become some of our favorite contenders in the budget smartphone space. They're now discounted for a limited time.

Pre-Order These Amazing Final Fantasy VII Polygon Figurines for $64

Gizmodo / 5h
Pre-order Eight Final Fantasy VII Polygon Figurines | $64 | Amazon Read more...

Here’s the Best Pride Gear You Can Buy to Support LGBTQ Organizations and Causes

300+Lifehacker / 5h
I’ve loved Pride month since I first came out while in foster care. There’s just something about the pure joy in living life out loud and celebrating yourself exactly as you are. I didn’t have the money to spend on rainbow shoes or fancy eyelashes but I always dreamed of what I could buy one day. Read more...

Why AWS built a no-code tool

AWS Amazon Honeycode
200+TechCrunch / 5h
AWS today launched Amazon Honeycode , a no-code environment built around a spreadsheet-like interface that is a bit of a detour for Amazon’s cloud service. Typically, after all, AWS is all about giving developers all of the tools to build their applications — but they then have to put all of the pieces together. Honeycode, on the other hand, is meant to appeal to non-coders who want to build basi

It’s Not Really Turbulence Until You Lose Your Wine

29View from the Wing / 5h
They say the only true drinking problem is someone who never buys. That isn't quite right, because when you lose your wine that's a problem too. You should always wear your seat belt, even when the seat belt sign is off, because turbulence can be a surprise. But there's no known wine seat belt . And on one flight the plane shook so badly a bottle of wine was apparently sent shooting off into the

A Flawed Facial Recognition System Sent This Man to Jail

Facial Detroit ACLU
100+Wired / 5h
Robert Williams may be the first person in the US arrested based on a bad match—exposing problems with the algorithms and the ways they are used.

'Athlete A' exposes the system that enabled abuse within elite gymnastics

74Mashable / 5h
Maggie Nichols was set to become an Olympic gymnast. She gave up a normal life at a young age to competitively pursue gymnastics and caught the attention of coaches due to her dedication and skill. She even made it to the Olympic Trials in 2016, but despite finishing sixth all-around, she didn't make the five-member Olympic team and wasn't chosen as one of three alternates. While it’s possible th

Opera browser adds Twitter sidebar feature in version 69

Opera Browser Twitter 69
SlashGear / 5h
Opera browser has been updated and, among other things, brings a new integration with Twitter. Starting with version 69, Opera users can open and browse their Twitter account directly in the browser’s sidebar, eliminating the need to keep it open in a browser or toggle to the Twitter app. Opera has already integrated a variety of other popular social media … Continue reading

Illegal lockdown parties hosted in online rentals

200+BBC News - Technology / 5h
Revellers have hosted events at properties booked on Airbnb and, an industry body claims.

Acer joins billion dollar ruggedised market with new tablets, laptops

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Acer has launched its new Enduro line of rugged notebooks and tablets.

Nvidia Ampere: release date, specs and rumors

200+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Nvidia Ampere is here, but it won't be behind the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 – not yet at least.

The Boys season 2: release date reveal, cast, trailer and everything we know

1KTechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
The Boys season 2 release date is coming in 2020, and will be revealed this week. Here's the trailer, cast and more explained.

Amazon is having a huge sale right now — these are the 14 best travel items to buy

The Points Guy / 5h
We love a good sale here at The Points Guy — especially when it means stocking up on some of our favorite travel products and earning points and miles for our next trip in the process. So, you could say our ears perked up when we heard about Amazon’s “ Big Style Sale ,” during which you can get up to 50% off some of the biggest styles of the season. We know buying travel gear isn’t a priority for

Senate bill aims to boost accountability for Section 230 without gutting it

Twitter Section 230
46Engadget / 5h
A new Senate bill promises to bring the Communications Decency Act’s well-known Section 230 into the modern era, although it might not make the Justice Department or President very happy. Democrat Senator Brian Schatz and Republican Senator John Thune have introduced the Platform Accountability and Consumer Transparency Act (PACT Act) with promises to make internet companies more responsible for

With YouTube Music, Google is holding my speakers for ransom

Google YouTube Search
200+Ars Technica / 6h
Just a tiny amount of the $15 billion dollars YouTube made last year. [credit: Jericho / Ron Amadeo ] In under six months, YouTube Music will be Google's one-and-only music service. Google Play Music is scheduled to shut down at the end of the year, leaving YouTube as Google's one-stop media brand. As part of this transition, YouTube Music recently added the last great Google Music feature to its

Fortnite Party Royale will host full Christopher Nolan movies

Fortnite Christopher Nolan
SlashGear / 6h
Epic is planning another Christopher Nolan promotion in its Fortnite Party Royale game mode, but one that will be quite a bit more substantial that its recent Tenet trailer premiere. In addition to the concert the company recently revealed, Epic says that its Fortnite players will soon be able to tune into Party Royale to watch a full Christopher Nolan … Continue reading

New York City could have an e-scooter pilot program by March

100+TechCrunch / 6h
New York City is on the verge of approving a shared electric scooter pilot program, opening up a potentially lucrative market and new micromobility battleground in the United States. The New York City Council is expected Thursday to vote on a bill that will require the New York Department of Transportation to create a pilot program for the operation of shared electric scooters in the city. The pr

I went to Glacier and Yellowstone; 6 ways visiting national parks is weird right now

32The Points Guy / 6h
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. I just returned from a very strange trip. It was my first big foray into the wider world since the coronavirus epid

California AGs Seek Injunction 'to Force Uber and Lyft to Play by the Rules'

California Uber Lyft
100+Gizmodo / 6h
It’s been a long road to regulation for Uber and Lyft in their home state of California, but it may be coming to an equitable end—one that would see their massive workforce of driver-contractors finally given legal employee status. Read more...

Drive an EV across the country using ultra-fast chargers

200+Mashable / 6h
A drive from the nation's capital to Los Angeles usually takes about 40 hours of pure driving — and that's without stopping for charging breaks if you're in an electric vehicle. But on Wednesday, charging network Electrify America finished its first cross-country route with fast-charging available all along the way. That means every 70 miles on the 2,700-mile journey you can find a charger. The b

Here’s what’s happening to Boot Camp amid the Apple silicon transition

Apple ARM Macs Boot Camp
72Ars Technica / 6h
Enlarge / The 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro running macOS. (credit: Samuel Axon) When Apple announced its plans to transition the Mac to its own, ARM-based silicon and away from the x86 architecture used in Intel Macs, the company listed a plethora of tools for making sure as many applications survive the shift as possible. But while it's helpful that Apple is providing developer tools for adapting In

Why Slack’s CEO Doesn’t Want to ‘Kill Email’

Slack Connect Up To 20
100+Wired / 6h
The company’s new Slack Connect feature will let up to 20 organizations share “channels” between them—but don't say goodbye to your inbox just yet.

Xbox Series S appears in Microsoft technical documents with a typo

48TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
A Twitter user has discovered references to Xbox Series S in the latest patch notes for Microsoft’s Game Development Kit.

New iOS 14 feature is bad news for YouTube (but good news for you)

Microsoft Edge YouTube
500+Mashable / 6h
Ever wish you could keep listening to your favorite YouTube video in the background while using other apps on your iPhone? Well, you can, if you pay for a subscription to YouTube Premium. But do you ever wish you could listen to your favorite YouTube video in the background for free? Enter iOS 14, which will let you do just that. Apple announced a slew of new features for iOS 14 at its Worldwide

The Last of Us Part II Is a Painful, Beautiful, Emotional Roller Coaster

The Last of Us 2 TLUPII
200+Gizmodo / 6h
In the best possible way, The Last of Us Part II is hard. Not the overall challenge or its controls— gameplay is secondary to the emotional toll the story takes on you. It’s not a game that lets you choose what path to take: be the bad guy, be the good guy , etc. It forces you to be both and neither. To do things when… Read more...

Another major US city bans use of facial recognition for surveillance

SlashGear / 6h
Another major city in the United States, Boston, has banned the use of facial recognition technology for surveillance purposes, stating that not only does this tech trample ‘on everyone’s rights to anonymity and privacy,’ but it also enforces systemic racism and makes it easier for communities to target minorities. Boston joins five other regions in Massachusetts that have also banned … Continue

Lufthansa Group rolls out ‘return flight guarantee’ in Europe starting Thursday

The Points Guy / 6h
The Lufthansa Group is offering a “return flight guarantee” on all European routes on Lufthansa , Austrian Airlines and SWISS . The guarantee applies for direct bookings made from Thursday (June 25) until the end of August on round-trip itineraries completed by the end of January 2021. The German company said all passengers – regardless of the fare booked – can take advantage of the guarantee off

Devin Nunes can’t sue Twitter over parody cow account

Twitter Section 230
200+Engadget / 7h
Twitter’s legal battle with Rep. Devin Nunes over a parody cow account is over. The social media company is “immune” from the California Congressman's claims of defamation, the judge in the case wrote in a ruling reported by The Fresno Bee . Nunes sued the company last year over statements made by two parody Twitter accounts, @DevinCow and @DevinNunesMom. He also sued the account-holders (though

US politicians take aim at encryption again

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Lawmakers and the US Justice Department want to make it easier for law enforcement to access encrypted data.

Whole Foods Bottled Water Found to Contain Potentially Dangerous Levels of Arsenic

500+Gizmodo / 7h
A recent investigation into arsenic contamination levels in bottled water has found that a brand sold by Whole Foods—and, by extension, on Amazon—contains high levels of the toxic metal, butting up against the federal cap for maximum contamination. And not everyone agrees that the federal cap is safe enough. Read more...

This Brave Little Toaster Has Wide Slots to Shove All Your Breads In for Just $28

41Gizmodo / 7h
Stainless Steel Toaster | $28 | Amazon Gold Box Read more...

Can you 3D print Damascus steel? Pretty much, yeah

400+Ars Technica / 7h
Enlarge / The light-colored layers in this 3D printed block are much harder steel, while the dark layers in between are more ductile. (credit: Frank Vinken ) Damascus steel—and modern versions of the steelmaking technique—is generally synonymous with artisan forgework. In traditional Japanese sword-making, for example, the steel is repeatedly folded to produce hundreds or thousands of alternating

This swanky new hotel in Las Vegas is for adults only

The Points Guy / 7h
We’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Circa Resort & Casino since the debut property was announced in early 2019. It’s a new-build, 44-story resort with 777 rooms on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas — and, as of this week, you can finally make a reservation. But you’ll have to leave the kids at home, because you need to be 21 or older to stay here. The adults-only property will be th

'Big Mouth' and 'Central Park' will recast Black characters previously played by white actors

73Mashable / 7h
Jenny Slate is stepping down from her role as Missy on the hit Netflix series Big Mouth . Slate, who is a white, Jewish woman, has voiced the character since Big Mouth launched in 2017. But Missy is biracial, with a white, Jewish mother and a Black father. In her statement explaining the departure, posted on Instagram , Slate directly addresses the issue. "At the start of the show, I reasoned wit

Climate Lawsuits Are Coming for Koch Industries

100+Gizmodo / 7h
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced on Wednesday that he’s suing ExxonMobil, Koch Industries, and the American Petroleum Institute because the three firms deceived customers about the climate crisis. This is the first lawsuit of its kind to name API and Koch Industries, and it takes a novel approach by… Read more...

Why More and More Video Monitors Are Relying on USB-C

100+Lifehacker / 7h
Just when it seemed that we’d all settled on one industry standard video input/output to make use of, along comes another one to complicate matters—you’ll now find USB-C competing with HDMI and other ports on modern computing and gaming monitors. Here we’ll explain why that’s happening, and what the pros and cons… Read more...

App Clips could be a Trojan Horse for Sign In with Apple

69Engadget / 7h
One of the more intriguing new iOS 14 features that was announced this week is App Clips . On the surface, it just seems like an iOS version of Android’s own Instant Apps . It’s a way for you to use an app without having to download it first, which is good if you need to use it on short notice. But App Clips could be more than just a convenient shortcut; it could also be a gateway to Apple’s home

The Loupedeck CT is a fantastic, flexible editing console for Mac and PC

100+TechCrunch / 7h
For photographers and videographers spending a lot less time on location and a lot more time at the desk right now, one great use of time is going back through archives and backlogs to find hidden gems, and honing those edit skills. One recently released device called the Loupedeck CT can make that an even more enjoyable experience, with customizable controls and profiles that work with just abou

Tesla's Terrible JD Power Results Are Off The Chart

J.D. Tesla Power Kia
1KGizmodo / 7h
I have been getting emails from JD Power for days hyping their latest Initial Quality Study, which came out today. I appreciated the reminders but IQS is usually a pretty boring affair, only slightly more intriguing this year because Tesla, for the first time, would be in it. Turns out, Tesla absolutely bombed. Read more...

Tesla included in J.D. Power survey for the first time, and it’s bad

J.D. Tesla Power Kia
500+Ars Technica / 7h
Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Tesla ) On Wednesday, J.D. Power has just released its Initial Quality Survey for 2020. Conducted annually for the past 34 years, the survey queries buyers of new cars of that model year to find out what, if any, problems they encountered within the first 90 days of ownership. Each brand is then ranked on the number of problems it experienced per 100 vehicles (PP1

No, Apple and Google Didn't Secretly Install Contact-Tracing Apps on Your Phone

500+Lifehacker / 7h
Recent social media posts (which I won’t link to, but you can find them easily with a Twitter search) claim Apple and Google are installing contact tracing apps on your phone without your permission. The posts show even convincing screenshots and allude to statements made by both companies indicating they have been… Read more...

The Most Creative Argument Yet For A Second Airline Bailout

View from the Wing / 7h
And the Allied Pilots Association, which represents pilots at American Airlines, has a creative suggestion. They want the federal government to buy up all the middle seats or more specifically “purchase enough seats on each flight to eliminate the need for any passenger to sit next to a stranger.” The union says it “has begun discussing the SEATS concept with key lawmakers” to get it included in

Biased AI perpetuates racial injustice

100+TechCrunch / 7h
Miriam Vogel Contributor Miriam Vogel is the president and CEO of EqualAI , a nonprofit organization focused on reducing unconscious bias in artificial intelligence. The murder of George Floyd was shocking, but we know that his death was not unique. Too many Black lives have been stolen from their families and communities as a result of historical racism. There are deep and numerous threads woven

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut clap back: Visitors from states with high coronavirus rates must quarantine for 14 days

The Points Guy / 7h
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have declared a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers entering from nine states with heightened rates of COVID-19 cases. Sign up for TPG’s daily newsletter to stay informed on travel news “We now have to make sure that the [COVID-19 infection] rate continues to drop,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a Facebook live announcement Wednesday alongside G

Halo Infinite teases the return of the Banished

Halo Infinite TB Banished
SlashGear / 7h
Halo Infinite will definitely wind up being one of the biggest games of the year, in part because it’ll be a launch title for the Xbox Series X. We haven’t heard too much about the game yet, but that’s presumably going to change next month when Microsoft unveils its Xbox 20/20 presentation for July. In the lead up to that … Continue reading

Never Pay for a Copy of Your Contact Lens Prescription

79Lifehacker / 7h
If you’ve worn glasses or contact lenses for a long time, you know the dance. You visit an optometrist for a new prescription. And then they want you to order from their optical shop. The optometrist doesn’t know if you’re on a budget, or prefer to shop with a particular brand, or just want the damn eye circles to… Read more...

Dexamethasone and the Recovery Trial’s High-Speed Science

400+Wired / 7h
In just three months, one British research team identified the first life-saving drug of the pandemic (and helped cancel hydroxychloroquine).

This Music Made by Stars Is Actually Extremely Beautiful

1KFuturism / 8h
Cosmic Concert For the first time, music composed from the acoustic waves that blasts out of stars has been made available online. The music is arranged by Brian Eno, the composer who coined the term “ambient music.” Retrofuturista reports that the music takes the infrasound acoustic waves created by stars and speeds them up until they can be heard by the human ear. The resulting track, “Starsoun

iPhone deals at Apple: price cuts on the iPhone SE, iPhone 11, and iPhone XR

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Apple's latest iPhone deal includes massive price cuts on the iPhone SE, iPhone 11, and iPhone XR with eligible trade-in.

After nearly a month in space, NASA seems really happy with Crew Dragon

NASA Mars Two Sun Worlds
1KArs Technica / 8h
This image shows Dragonship Endeavour approaching the International Space Station. [credit: NASA ] After a flawless launch from Florida, the Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken docked with the International Space Station a little more than three weeks ago. Before this flight of Dragonship Endeavour , one of the biggest questions from engineers at NASA and S

IPOs that could happen soon, cannot happen soon enough

100+TechCrunch / 8h
Earlier today we took a look at two companies that have filed to go public , nCino and GoHealth. The pair join Lemonade in a march toward the public markets. But those three firms are hardly alone. We know that DoorDash filed privately earlier this year (it also raised a pile of cash lately , so its IPO may not be in a hurry), and Postmates filed privately last year . Even more, there are a numbe

Demand for fertility services persists despite COVID-19 shutdowns

100+TechCrunch / 8h
In 2019, the global fertility services industry was estimated to be worth $14.8 billion with demand driven by the significant growth in the median age of first-time mothers, according to a Research & Markets report . Gina Bartasi, founder and CEO of NYC-based fertility center Kindbody, has pointed to macroeconomic trends responsible for the industry’s consistent growth , such as the increase in s

Open for business: What to know about getting to Dubai on points this fall

The Points Guy / 8h
Editor’s note: 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. The government of Dubai announced on June 21 that it would reopen to international travelers on July

Sony starts a PlayStation bug bounty program

Sony PlayStation Layden
4KEngadget / 8h
Sony has launched a bug bounty program that anyone can participate in, and rewards for reporting critical PS4 vulnerabilities start at $50,000, Sony Senior Director of Software Engineering Geoff Norton wrote on the PlayStation blog . While Sony had a bug bounty that was previously only available to private researchers, it’s now partnering with HackerOne to open the program to “the security resear

At Least Some Penguins Benefited From Record Antarctic Sea Ice Loss

Japan Tokyo Fugaku
Gizmodo / 8h
Antarctica’s sea ice has crashed in recent years . It’s nothing to celebrate, but apparently some Antarctic penguins are loving it. A new study out Wednesday found that a group of Adélie penguins actually thrived during a period of sea ice loss. Don’t get too excited, though. This sea ice loss doesn’t affect all… Read more...

NASA shows what sunsets look like on other planets and moons

NASA Mars Two Sun Worlds
SlashGear / 8h
NASA has released a new simulation revealing what sunsets look like on other planets and moons, including ones in our solar system. Each simulation is based on data about the planet or moon’s atmosphere, according to the space agency, which includes simulations of Earth’s sunsets (including on hazy days) for comparison. Uranus, Mars, Titan, and Venus are among the planets … Continue reading

Incognito mode added to Google App for iOS: Maps, YouTube soon

Google YouTube Search
SlashGear / 8h
Google’s spreading the Incognito Mode experience across more apps than just Chrome in the near future. Today’s expansion is for the Google App (aka the Google Search app) for iOS devices. The Google App for your iPhone or iPad now has an Incognito mode via your profile picture. Just press that picture and hold it down for a little bit … Continue reading

AWS launches Amazon Honeycode, a no-code mobile and web app builder

AWS Amazon Honeycode
500+TechCrunch / 8h
AWS today announced the beta launch of Amazon Honeycode , a new fully managed low-code/no-code development tool that aims to make it easy for anybody in a company to build their own applications. All of this, of course, is backed by a database in AWS and a web-based drag-and-drop interface builder. Developers can build applications for up to 20 users for free. After that, the pay per user and for

Stranger Things' Ending Is Already Worked Out, According to the Duffer Brothers

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There might be a lot of mystery surrounding the town of Hawkins, Indiana, but one thing that isn’t a secret is how the story of Netflix’s Stranger Things is going to end. At least not to the guys making the show, that is. Read more...

Sony will now pay researchers $50,000+ for critical PS4 bugs

Sony PlayStation Layden
100+TechCrunch / 8h
Think you’ve found a way to consistently brick someone’s PS4, or make it run code that it shouldn’t? Sony wants to know — and now they’re willing to pay. This morning Sony announced that it’s opening its bug bounty program to the public, and will pay for newly discovered bugs and exploits that impact either the PlayStation 4 or their online PlayStation Network. Sony is pretty explicit about what

The 15 best TV shows of 2020 (so far)

24Mashable / 8h
In an otherwise resoundingly terrible year, 2020 did give us the only thing anyone can count on anymore, which is television (for now anyway, before covid-19 production delays catch up with forthcoming release dates). From Netflix to Hulu to HBO Max, 2020 might well have turned your love affair with streaming into a full-time committed relationship. As the world starts to open up, it's tempting t

NASA names its DC headquarters after its first Black female engineer

1KEngadget / 8h
From this point forward, NASA’s Washington DC headquarters will be known as the Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters, named after the agency’s first Black female engineer. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced the change today. Jackson was one of the women who inspired the book and movie Hidden Figures , about the Black women who helped NASA launch the first American into orbit. Fittingly, th

Hoxton Ventures’ partners assess Europe’s early-stage landscape

77TechCrunch / 8h
Hoxton Ventures , a London-based early-stage VC firm best known for backing British unicorns Babylon Health, Darktrace and Deliveroo, announced its second fund last week, coming in at just under $100 million. The firm’s self-proclaimed strategy is to seek out startups that can scale globally into “large, category-defining leaders” in nascent industries — A strategy that appears to be bearing frui

Police Wrongly Arrested a Black Man Using Racist Facial Recognition Technology

Facial Detroit ACLU
400+Gizmodo / 8h
In a spectacularly rare admission of likely very common fuckery, police copped to using face recognition to make a wrongful arrest, according to the ACLU, confirming a long-suspected but nearly-impossible-to-prove practice. On Wednesday, the civil rights litigation group lodged a complaint against the Detroit Police… Read more...

Aukey's Travel Tripod Can Become a Monopod on Command, Now Just $50

Gizmodo / 9h
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Get a look at your next home with these 3D real estate tours — Future Blink

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Users can take photos of the home with their camera then, using artificial intelligence, the Matterport app converts the photos into a VR-like experience. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , 3d , Vr Experience , and Future Blink

Boston bans police and city use of facial recognition software

Boston Recognition
100+Engadget / 9h
Boston has become the second-largest city in the US to bar police and other local agencies from using facial recognition software ( via WBUR ). The city's 13-member council voted unanimously to ban the technology outside of use in specific criminal cases. The bill also prevents any city official from obtaining the technology through a third-party. Done--13-0 Vote! Thank you @ACLU_Mass @Join_SIM @

Pokemon Cafe Mix first look: Coffee Master Charizard

Pokemon Nintendo Switch
SlashGear / 9h
After being revealed last week, Pokemon Cafe Mix released today on Switch, iOS, and Android. Like many of Nintendo’s mobile games, Pokemon Cafe Mix is a free-to-play title, and the Pokemon branding is sure to pull in a significant number of players. I sat down with the game for a while this morning, and after playing through a number of … Continue reading

The 'Dressing' on This Cucumber Salad Has Two Ingredients

100+Lifehacker / 9h
I have been eating cucumber, tomato and onion salad since I was old enough to eat solid foods, and I have been making it since I was old enough to wield a kitchen knife. Over the two and half decades since, the ingredients have not changed. Besides the vegetables (and fruits, technically), you only need two of them:… Read more...

How to Check the Battery Health on All Your Apple Devices

7 Battery Apple Watch
36Lifehacker / 9h
If you’re like me, you relentlessly charge your devices even if doing so might be hurting the battery over the long-term. “This is the way,” I think to myself as I look over at the AirPods Pro charging case that I’ve left plugged in for the last three weeks. Read more...

Dell Black Friday in July sale 2020: deals, when it starts, and what to expect

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Your guide to the Dell Black Friday in July sale includes potential deals, dates, and everything else you need to know.

Planning a summer staycation? Book these Marriott Category 8 properties by June 30

The Points Guy / 9h
Editor’s note: 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. It’s been months since the coronavirus pandemic began and nearly a third of Americans are ready to t

Boston bans most city use of facial-recognition tech in privacy win

Boston Recognition
28Mashable / 9h
Boston on Wednesday joined the still small, but growing, number of U.S. cities that have for the most part banned city officials' use of facial-recognition technology. The ordinance , sponsored by Councilor Michelle Wu and Councilor Ricardo Arroyo, passed by a unanimous vote according to Councilor Wu . The new measure prohibits both the city of Boston and any official in the city of Boston from u

Tesla Reportedly Sold Batteries It Knew Could Catch Fire

300+Futurism / 9h
Alarming allegations against Tesla claim that the electric automaker sold cars with batteries that it knew could spontaneously combust, back in 2012. That was the year that the company was in a frantic rush to meet production goals for the Model S, its first all-electric sedan. As Tesla sprinted to get the Model S out the door, trouble emerged on the production line, Business Insider reports : It

Bask Bank Introduces Refer-A-Friend Program

29One Mile at a Time / 9h
Bask Bank , which is my favorite savings account product right now, has just launched a referral program. You can now earn bonus American AAdvantage miles for referring friends to Bask Bank. Bask Bank refer-a-friend program Bask Bank is offering existing customers an opportunity to refer friends to Bask Bank through September 30, 2020. Here’s how it works: You’ll earn 5,000 bonus AAdvantage miles

Our Kids Are Watching How We Act Right Now

400+Lifehacker / 9h
I’ve written about how to have a variety of “ big talks ” with our kids as they grow up—enough of them that we’ve grouped them into their own section so you can peruse them easily . Right now we, as parents, can’t afford to avoid talking with them about any number of challenging topics—the global health crisis, systemic… Read more...

'Marvel's Avengers' will pit the superheroes against MODOK

Marvel Avengers CD
100+Engadget / 9h
Crystal Dynamics provided a deeper look at Marvel’s Avengers with the first War Table stream, and it confirmed who you’ll look to take down when you reassemble the heroes. MODOK (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) is a familiar name to fans of Marvel Comics and he'll be relatively fresh for many Marvel Cinematic Universe viewers. He’s appeared in a number of other Marvel games, but he’s t

Slow relaxation of COVID-19 rules helps push recurrence back

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Enlarge / Spanish chef Jordi Roca prepares dishes at the "El Celler de Can Roca" restaurant in Girona on June 23, 2020, on the day it reopens after a national lockdown to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. (credit: JOSEP LAGO / Getty Images ) Countries like the United States have never really gotten the pandemic under control, while others, like Brazil, haven't even slowed the pace of infe

Kendrick Sampson talks about how ‘Miss Juneteenth’ is a story of black liberation

Mashable / 9h
Kendrick Sampson discusses the nuances of his role as Ronnie in the film "Miss Juneteenth," as well as the importance of black stories being told by black creatives. Read more... More about Entertainment , Film , Mashable Video , Insecure , and Juneteenth

Crypto Startup School: The legal and fundraising implications of crypto tokens

100+TechCrunch / 9h
Zoran Basich Contributor Zoran Basich is the crypto editor for Andreessen Horowitz. More posts by this contributor Crypto Startup School: How to build projects and keep them safe Editor’s note: Andreessen Horowitz’s Crypto Startup School brought together 45 participants from around the U.S. and overseas in a six-week course to learn how to build crypto companies. Andreessen Horowitz partnered wi

Dell’s debt hangover from $67B EMC deal could put VMware stock in play

Dell VMware G7 Gaming
100+TechCrunch / 9h
When Dell bought EMC in 2016 for $67 billion it was one of the biggest acquisitions in tech history, and it brought with it a boatload of debt. Since then Dell has been working on ways to mitigate that debt by selling off various pieces of the corporate empire and going public again , but one of its most valuable assets remains VMware , a company that came over as part of the huge EMC deal. The W

Instagram expands its TikTok clone ‘Reels’ to new markets

200+TechCrunch / 9h
Instagram is expanding its TikTok competitor known as “Reels” to new markets, following its launch last year in Brazil. Starting today, Instagram is rolling out further access to Reels in France and Germany, allowing users to record short, 15-second video clips set to music or other audio, then share them on the platform where they have the potential to go viral. The Reels feature is similar to T

How first-time fund managers are de-risking

100+TechCrunch / 9h
After what felt like winter, investors say startup deals are back on — although the numbers suggest they never stopped . As Semil Shah of Haystack VC phrased it in a blog post, “It’s game on, pandemic or bust.” This is good news for founders and big funds, but the investment landscape becomes more complicated when it comes to up-and-coming venture capitalists. “My impression of the current mood a

Researchers genetically modified rice to replace blood pressure drugs

SlashGear / 9h
Imagine eating food that is not only nutritious and filling, but also carefully engineered to address certain health issues. That’s the reality detailed in a recent study from the American Chemical Society, which details a type of genetically-modified rice that can potentially be used to lower one’s blood pressure. In an effort to bring around this reality, researchers have engineered … Continue

Boston Bans Police Forces From Using Facial Recognition

Boston Recognition
54Gizmodo / 9h
It’s official, as of today, Boston’s become the second-largest US community to ban police use of facial recognition technology, thanks to a unanimous vote by more than a dozen city council people. The move follows similar bans by the neighboring cities Brookline, Somerville, and Cambridge a few months back, along with… Read more...

Electrify America’s first cross-country EV charging route is complete

1KEngadget / 9h
Taking a cross-country roadtrip in your electric vehicle is a little more feasible thanks to Electrify America . Its first coast to coast EV fast charging route is now complete, and the company plans to have another route finished by September. The routes provide high-powered chargers to all EV brands, and on average, the stations are spaced about 70 miles apart, so EV owners can travel beyond a

The world’s rarest Star Wars toy just went up for auction

eBay Qupital Star Wars
27SlashGear / 10h
A true prototype Rocket Firing Boba Fett Star Wars action figure was revealed for sale on eBay this week. As the Star Wars brand made the most valuable “collectors item” toys in modern history, the Rocket Firing Boba Fett is the most sought-after item in the whole Star Wars action figure universe. This version of the action figure is not … Continue reading

NASA to Rename HQ After “Hidden Figures” Engineer Mary W. Jackson

7KFuturism / 10h
NASA announced today that it’s renaming its Washington, DC headquarters after Mary W. Jackson, the first Black engineer in the space program. “Today, we proudly announce the Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters building,” said NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine in a statement . “It appropriately sits on ‘Hidden Figures Way,’ a reminder that Mary is one of many incredible and talented professionals i

Why You Should Never Dilute Bleach With Hot Water

100+Lifehacker / 10h
Bleach makes a great disinfectant, but safety is important. You already know not to mix it with ammonia, vinegar, or alcohol , but did you know that the temperature of the water also matters? Read more...

Make Your Resume Stand Out By Loading Up on These 52 Words

96Lifehacker / 10h
Putting together your resume and cover letter is a challenge facing a lot of us right now. Millions of people are currently job hunting while dealing with a recession and high unemployment rate due to a global pandemic, never mind the usual concerns: How do you sell yourself, but not sound too braggy ? Should you… Read more...

People Are Testing Positive For COVID-19 And Flying Anyway

26View from the Wing / 10h
The biggest challenge with how easily SARS-CoV-2 spreads is that pre-symptomatic people are perhaps the most likely to infect others. Some studies suggest that people shed the most virus in the two days leading up to symptoms. So taking temperatures, convincing people to stay home when sick, only goes so far. That's why healthy people are asked to wear masks, because they may be infecting others

Register for the next ‘Future of Travel’ webinar with JetBlue’s President and COO

25The Points Guy / 10h
Register Here The coronavirus pandemic has had massive impacts on the travel industry, but what will the future of flying look like from the passenger’s perspective? We’ve already seen first-hand reports from TPG staffers , and long-time staples may be on the chopping block , but you now have a chance to hear directly from someone at the top. Join Brian Kelly, Founder and CEO of The Points Guy, a

Graham, Cotton introduce yet another attempt to torpedo encryption

Graham Senate Encryption
300+Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge / This dog was part of widespread protests against the FBI's attempts to penetrate iPhone encryption. (credit: Dünzlullstein bild / Getty Images ) On Tuesday, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced yet another bill attempting to poke holes in data encryption, called the Lawful Access To Encrypted Data Act. This bill follows previous U

Tesla trails the pack in its first JD Power car quality study

Tesla Model S J.D. Power
79Engadget / 10h
Tesla has appeared in a JD Power Initial Quality Study for the first time, and it doesn’t look good for the electric car maker — although the story is more complex than it sounds. JD Power ranked Tesla last out of 32 brands operating in the US, with 250 problems per 100 vehicles. The top brands, Dodge and Kia, had ‘just’ 136 problems. Tesla wasn’t officially participating in the study as it doesn

PlayStation announces bug bounty program

PlayStation AAA Layden
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PlayStation is making its bug bounty program public in order to enhance the security of both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Network.

LifeMiles’ Star Alliance Award Sale (Including For First Class)

500+One Mile at a Time / 10h
This will likely be of limited use at the moment given all the restrictions on international travel, but it’s still worth being aware of… LifeMiles is one of the most useful frequent flyer programs out there, in my opinion, given that they frequently sell miles at a discount, and have great award redemption rates. So they’re often my go-to program for booking premium cabin Star Alliance awards. A

Register for next week’s Pitches & Pitchers session

200+TechCrunch / 10h
Does your elevator pitch lack traction? Could it do with a serious makeover? We’re here to help. Tune into Pitchers & Pitches, an interactive pitch-off and feedback session, on July 1 at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT. This event is 100% free — simply register here to attend. Pitchers & Pitches — part pitch-off, part masterclass — features startups (all exhibitors in Digital Startup Alley during Disrupt 2

Google will auto-delete new users' web data after 18 months

Google YouTube Search
97Engadget / 10h
Google offers a lot of services, and therefore collects a lot of personal data . Whether it’s browsing history on Chrome, viewing history on YouTube or location history on Maps, the company has a good idea of who a user is and what they’re into. That data can help to personalize experiences, but it can also lead to privacy and security concerns. The company says it will now delete new users’ hist

Currys online sales: today's best tech and home deals

100+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
This week's Currys online sales offer top deals on laptops, 4K TVs, appliances and more.

The Endangered Internet Archive Is Full of Treasures

200+Gizmodo / 10h
The Internet Archive set out in the 1990s with an improbable mission to become the “Library of Alexandria Two”; by 2020, they’ve arguably surpassed that goal, plus delivered their collection straight to the masses. It’s the only repository where a NASA recap of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster logically coexists… Read more...

Yup, You Can Totally Wash Your Cast Iron Pans With Soap

94Lifehacker / 10h
Cast iron cookware is a funny animal: It’s versatile and super durable but it’s also particular and can all-too-easily turn into a rust-covered piece of garbage. And then, there are all these rules that come with cast iron pans, whispered things about seasoning and scrubbing with salt and the dangers of soap … it’s… Read more...

Tesla Model S touchscreen problem could affect up to 63,000 cars

NHTSA Tesla Model S
100+Mashable / 10h
Some of Tesla's older touchscreens are blinking out. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received 11 complaints in the past year about the touchscreen in Tesla Model S cars from 2012 to 2015. In response, the NHTSA opened a preliminary evaluation to see if there is a safety problem. In all 11 cases, the touchscreen died. That is where video from the rearview camera is displayed

The Sony PlayStation 5 Recap

PS5 Sony PlayStation 5
28Mashable / 10h
Sony has finally given us a glimpse of the PS5 and some of the titles coming to the new console. Read more... More about Sony , Mashable Video , Video Games , Playstation 5 , and Summer Of Gaming

Marvel’s Avengers game release date, news, trailers and first impressions

500+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
After years of secrecy, we've finally seen what Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have been working on.

Qatar Airways will retire the 777, in favor of the 777X

33The Points Guy / 10h
Qatar Airways will retire the Boeing 777, the backbone of its long-haul fleet, by 2024. But that will not be the end for the Triple Seven at Qatar, nor will it be the end of the TPG Award-winning Qsuite business class on the 777. Qatar Airways will replace its current crop of 777s with the newer, bigger 777 models that are known collectively as 777X . Airline CEO Akbar al Baker told Executive Tra

NHTSA investigates Tesla Model S touchscreen failures

NHTSA Tesla Model S
56Engadget / 10h
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating older models of the Tesla Model S over complaints that the electric vehicle’s touchscreen -- and as a result, its rearview camera display -- failed. The agency opened an investigation Monday after receiving 11 complaints over 13 months, according to NHTSA documents . In 2012-2015 Model S vehicles, the media control unit (MCU)

NHTSA launches probe into Tesla touchscreen failures

NHTSA Tesla Model S
100+TechCrunch / 10h
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation into allegations of failing touchscreens on Tesla’s older Model S vehicles. The federal agency launched the probe after receiving 11 complaints from Tesla owners over a 13-month period alleging failures of the touchscreen in 2013 through 2015 Model S vehicles. The problem, which stems from a problematic flas

Google will now auto-delete your data – but don’t get complacent

Google YouTube Search
SlashGear / 10h
Google’s enacted an auto-delete system in their Web & App Activity section of all user accounts. Google Account settings will include an “auto-delete” option by default. It’ll be up to you to decide when Google deletes your user info – or if you’d like them to keep your info forever. But don’t let that make you think you’re good to … Continue reading

Police arrested wrong man based on facial recognition fail, ACLU says

Facial Detroit ACLU
300+Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge / Repeated tests and studies have shown that existing facial recognition technology is more likely to generate false positives with Black faces—a major issue for policing, the ACLU argues. (credit: Prostock-Studio | Getty Images ) Civil rights activists have filed an official complaint against the Detroit police, alleging the department arrested the wrong man based on a faulty and incorre

For the First Time, UN Warns of “Climate-Related” Refugees

400+Futurism / 11h
Climate Refugees In its latest annual report, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has finally acknowledged climate change as a factor that drives refugees away from their homes. The report , published last week and spotted by Earther , specifically states that “interplay between climate, conflict, hunger, poverty, and persecution creates increasingly complex emergencies.” Whil

NASA Needs Your Help Teaching the Mars Rover some Safe Driving Skills

NASA Mars Two Sunsets
42How-To Geek / 11h
Who’s the hardest working robot on Mars? That would be the Curiosity rover, an advanced robot that takes photos of the Martian surface, collects important data, and routinely finds itself stuck in piles of sand. NASA is getting pretty sick of Curiosity’s carelessness, and hopes that you can help teach it some safe driving skills. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Google is Enabling History Auto-Delete by Default for New Users

21How-To Geek / 11h
Last year, Google pushed a new feature that allows users to automatically delete search, location, voice, and YouTube history after 3 or 18 months. Today, that feature is being enabled by default for new users (or users who enable history tracking for the first time). Read This Article on Review Geek ›

BLU's G90 Has a Big Screen and Triple Cameras for $150 (or $100 If You Hurry)

How-To Geek / 11h
BLU’s first budget smartphone release of the year continues the company’s pattern of cramming respectable parts into phones that are dirt cheap. The G90 has a spec list that looks like a $300-400 phone, but its sticker price reads $150. Early buyers get an even better deal: the phone launches on Amazon today for $99.99. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Amazon Wants to Add Live TV to Prime Video

45How-To Geek / 11h
Amazon hopes to add live programming to the Prime Video service, according to a report by Protocol. The new service would be comparable to YouTube TV or Pluto TV, with live channels for news, entertainment, sports, and more. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Mesmerizing time-lapse captures NASA’s ten years of Sun study

NASA Mars Two Sun Worlds
SlashGear / 11h
For ten years now, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has maintained its unflinching gaze at our Sun, and while staring directly at Earth’s closest star really isn’t advisable, watching the space agency’s new time-lapse marking its changes over that decade absolutely is. Orbiting our planet, the SDO’s focus has been on just one goal: figuring out how solar activity shapes the … Continue reading

HBO's 'Expecting Amy' trailer gets funny and personal with Amy Schumer

88Mashable / 11h
Expecting Amy gets inside Amy Schumer like never before. The HBO docuseries whose trailer debuted Wednesday, follows a pregnant Schumer as she tours and films her latest standup special, Growing , and navigates marriage and imminent parenthood with husband Chris Fischer (the duo also have a new Food Network show) . All three episodes of Expecting Amy hit HBO Max July 9. Read more... More about En

How to Keep Fighting Against Police Brutality

200+Lifehacker / 11h
The fight is not over. Activists across the country are still hitting the streets demanding police reform and justice for Breonna Taylor , Rayshard Brooks , Elijah McClain , and countless other victims of police brutality. Read more...

What's Coming to HBO Max in July 2020

HBO Max July 2020 DC
90Lifehacker / 11h
Formatting this gigantic list of what’s coming to and leaving HBO Max, HBO Go and regular old on-your-TV HBO this month gave me the occasion to note a strange synchronicity between the new arrivals and planned departures on the streaming service. For example: A bunch of films based on D.C. comics, including the the… Read more...

Bask Bank “Refer-a-Friend” Earn Up To 25,000 American AAdvantage Miles

View from the Wing / 11h
Bask Bank, which lets you earn AAdvantage miles for savings account balances, has launched their first ‘member-get-member’ offer. Continue reading ...

Take a Free Gymnastics Masterclass With Simone Biles Tonight

100+Lifehacker / 11h
If you’ve always dreamed of being a gymnast, or if you rank gymnastics at the top of the list of your favorite Olympic sports, good news: Champion gymnast and four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles is doing a free, live-streaming lesson and Q&A session tonight (June 24) on MasterClass Live . Read more...

If AI is going to help us in a crisis, we need a new kind of ethics

200+MIT Technology Review / 11h
Jess Whittlestone at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge and her colleagues published a comment piece in Nature Machine Intelligence this week arguing that if artificial intelligence is going to help in a crisis , we need a new, faster way of doing AI ethics , which they call ethics for urgency. JESS WHITTLESTONE For Whittlestone, this means anticip

Marvel's Avengers game finally looks like something we want to play

Marvel Avengers PS5
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Marvel's Avengers game is coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC later this year, and it's starting to look decent.

The Marrakech Medina

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READ MORE FROM THIS TRIP • The Last Trip (For Now) • Royal Air Maroc Domestic Lounge Casablanca Airport • Riad Joya Marrakech • While we were in Marrakech, I had a work call, and when I disclosed my location one of the other meeting participants blurted out “ Man. I effing hated that medina.” And I didn’t hate it, but parts of the experience were decidedly unpleasant. Other aspects were great, l

Republican Senate bill seeks an end to 'warrant-proof' encryption

Graham Senate Encryption
4KEngadget / 11h
A trio of Republican senators have submitted a bill that seeks to bring an end to “warrant-proof” encryption. If it passes into law as is, the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act would compel “device manufacturers and service providers” to help law enforcement access encrypted data if that would help them carry out a warrant. The bill -- from Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), Tom Cotton (Arkansas)

It’s unconstitutional for cops to force phone unlocking, court rules

500+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge (credit: releon8211 / Getty) Indiana's Supreme Court has ruled that the Fifth Amendment allows a woman accused of stalking to refuse to unlock her iPhone. The court held that the Fifth Amendment's rule against self-incrimination protected Katelin Seo from giving the police access to potentially incriminating data on her phone. The courts are divided on how to apply the Fifth Amendment in

Val Kilmer's 14 Greatest Genre Movie Roles

200+Gizmodo / 11h
Val Kilmer has made all kinds of movies throughout his long career, and many of his most high-profile performances (think Top Gun , The Doors , Tombstone , Kiss Kiss Bang Bang , and his groovy debut in Top Secret! ) can be found in drama and action films. But when the Juilliard-trained actor—who’s had some health problems … Read more...

Olympus quits camera business after 84 years

27KBBC News - Technology / 11h
Once a huge camera-maker, it is looking to carve off that part of its business and focus elsewhere.

NVIDIA's RTX GPUs now support DirectX 12 Ultimate

Nvidia 12 Ultimate
100+Engadget / 11h
NVIDIA has released a new driver update that adds support for Microsoft's DirectX 12 Ultimate framework. Announced earlier this year , the collection of developer APIs unifies support for several next-generation rendering techniques, including ray tracing , variable-rate shading (VRS), mesh shaders and sampler feedback. A lot of DirectX 12's marquee features were already available on RTX GPUs eit

Add 256GB of Samsung MicroSD Storage to Your Switch, Smartphone, and More for $34

28Lifehacker / 11h
Samsung 256GB EVO Select microSDXC Card | $34 | Amazon Read more...

A Survey of New Cars Finds More Tech Means More Problems

J.D. Tesla Power Kia
100+Wired / 11h
US carmakers fare well in JD Power’s annual survey of new vehicle owners. Tesla gets poor grades on a small sample.

Google is spending $2bn on a new European data center

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Google Cloud continues its global expansion with the announcement of a data center in Poland and the launch of a new Jakarta region.

The next 'Don't Starve' game is a mobile title from Tencent

4KEngadget / 11h
At long last, there’s a new Don’t Starve game... although it might not entirely be what you were expecting. Shengqu Games and Tencent (no, Klei’s not involved) have unveiled Don’t Starve: Newhome , a mobile-only version of the survival experience for Android and iOS. It includes the familiar crafting, exploration and Tim Burton-like art style, but throws in major wrinkles like persistent homes —

T-Mobile already trying to get out of merger conditions on 5G and hiring

300+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / A T-Mobile logo at a store in New York on April 30, 2018. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) T-Mobile is already trying to get out of merger conditions imposed by state regulators in California less than three months after completing its acquisition of Sprint. T-Mobile yesterday filed a petition with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), asking the agency to provide two ext

How to Not Lose Your Kids When Traveling

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The reality of traveling with children is that they have so much energy and excitement and it keeps them moving—sometimes in the opposite direction. And then you get distracted for a half second, turn your head, and your child has seemingly vanished. There’s no fear quite like it. I have certainly been there. Read more...

Kermit hails the Disney+ release of 'Muppets Now' in hilarious new trailer

400+Mashable / 11h
It's official: Muppets Now is coming to Disney+ on July 31. Commence your rejoicing. The unscripted weekly series is a little bit of a few different things. There's a talk show piece, a game show piece, and a cooking show piece. That's what Disney has revealed about it, at any rate. This trailer is mostly Kermit tussling with a Lawyer Muppet over what can and can't be revealed. There are strong c

Astronomers are puzzled by a mysterious dead star

300+Engadget / 12h
On August 14th, 2019, the International LIGO-Virgo Collaboration -- an array of antennae in the US and Italy -- detected odd gravitational waves. The readings indicated that an object with a mass 2.6 times that of the sun was gobbled up by a black hole 780 million years ago. That’s strange, because very few objects with that mass should be able to exist. According to a paper in The Astrophysical

Sorry, eBay and Uber. You’re Hated.

200+NYT > Technology / 12h
Why the middlemen are the internet’s villains.

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

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500+Wired / 12h
Starting today, the search giant will make a previously opt-in auto-delete feature the norm.

Get outside — these 6 backyard games are on sale for up to 60% off at Best Buy

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Whether it's your own backyard, a nearby park, or a small patch of grass next to your apartment building that your neighbor's dog occasionally uses as a toilet, this summer's hottest hangout spot is outside. Literally anywhere outside. SEE ALSO: Why parents should invest in outdoor games for their kids this summer If the way Kubb sets have been selling is any indication, outdoor games are going t

This Asus gaming laptop deal from Best Buy has an RTX 2060 and Ryzen 7 for just $899

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This Asus TUF gaming laptop deal is just $899 at Best Buy - featuring an RTX 2060 and a Ryzen 7 4800H.

China Finally Completes Its Rival GPS Network

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100+Gizmodo / 12h
On Tuesday, China launched the final satellite in its BeiDou Navigation Satellite (BDS) System, marking the completion of its homegrown GPS-esque navigation system. Read more...

Raising VC is tough. Submit your investors today to our first-check database, The TechCrunch List

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200+TechCrunch / 12h
When we announced the formation of The TechCrunch List last week , we had no idea what response we would get to our proposal for founders to recommend their “first-check” investors. While plenty of founders over the years have told us that they wanted such a database to rely on or to refer to other founders who are raising for the first time, there is always something nerve-wracking about launchi

4th of July sales 2020: the best deals from Home Depot, Lowe's and Best Buy

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See our guide to the best 4th of July sales of 2020, which include fantastic deals from Lowe's, Best Buy, and Home Depot on mattresses, furniture, TVs, and more.

Sonos lays off 12% of staff, closes New York City storefront

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In a filing this week , connected speaker maker Sonos noted plans to cut 12% of its workforce, in addition to closing some of its smaller offices and its garish showroom in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood. The move follows a letter to shareholders sent last month that acknowledged struggles stemming from a combination of closed retail storefronts and a broader lowering of demand for its luxury audi

Apple’s first virtual WWDC keynote set a new standard for remote presentations

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200+TechCrunch / 12h
In a preshow post , I compared the upcoming virtual WWDC to late-season “M*A*S*H.” If you watched the show during its original run or have since binged it on Netflix or Hulu, you’re likely aware of the producers’ uncomfortable transition away from using a laugh track. It was an ultimately beneficial choice in a show about a mobile military hospital during the Korean War, but shifting viewer expec

Slack lets up to 20 companies chat in the same channel

Slack Connect Up To 20
75Engadget / 12h
Slack, which is commonly used as a chat program within organizations, is now introducing a way to communicate with people from other organizations. The feature is called Slack Connect , and when implemented, it’ll let you use channels and all sorts of tools across organizations as well. According to Slack, Slack Connect will let you connect with up to 20 organizations in a single channel. So that

Cops Arrested an Innocent Man Because Facial Recognition Told Them To

500+Futurism / 12h
Wrongful Arrest For the first time, a policing facial recognition AI algorithm has led to a wrongful arrest after misidentifying an innocent man as a criminal. Robert Julian-Borchak Williams was arrested in January after Detroit police told him to turn himself in, The New York Times reports . When Williams got to the station, he was arrested because facial recognition AI had determined that he wa

UK U-turn allows Amazon to invest in Deliveroo

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The CMA says the Amazon-Deliveroo deal will not adversely affect customers.

Royal Navy's first crewless boat ready for testing

500+BBC News - Technology / 12h
The first crewless boat is now ready for a trial alongside a Royal Navy warship later this year.

Google Sets Limit on How Long It Will Store Some Data

Google YouTube Search
200+NYT > Technology / 12h
The internet company has long been criticized about how much information it keeps on users. The change applies only to new accounts.

Nvidia beats AMD to full DirectX 12 Ultimate compatibility

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Nvidia's new drivers make it the first GPU maker to deliver full compliance for Microsoft's API

Best student laptops in South Africa

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The best laptops for price sensitive university students.

Sonos’ NYC store is closing and it’s cutting jobs

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Sonos is closing its New York retail store and will shed around 12-percent of its staff, the company has confirmed today, as it aims to offset the impact of COVID-19 on its multi-room speaker business. The news comes after Sonos warned investors back in March that it was hunting ways to save cash, including trimming marketing and better managing inventory. … Continue reading

Google to auto-delete users' records by default

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400+BBC News - Technology / 12h
Search and location histories will be wiped after 18 months by default - but for new accounts only.

Singapore Airlines Eliminates First Class Through November

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A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading ...

iPhone 12 secret weapon tipped: Speedy power, AirPower

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SlashGear / 12h
The next iPhone will likely sport a new sort of power adapter for the entire range of smartphones. The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, will likely all have a new sort of power adapter. The most basic version of the iPhone 12 was tipped to have a 20-watt PD USB-C adapter – … Continue reading

Apple has acquired Fleetsmith, a startup that helps IT manage Apple devices remotely

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At a time when IT has to help employees set up and manage devices remotely, a service that simplifies those processes could certainly come in handy. Apple recognized that, and acquired Fleetsmith today, a startup that helps companies do precisely that with Apple devices. While Apple didn’t publicize the acquisition, it has confirmed the deal with TechCrunch, while Fleetsmith announced the deal in

Slack announces Connect, an improved way for companies to talk to one another

Slack Connect Up To 20
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Virtual events are the new norm for product rollouts in 2020, with Slack taking to the internet earlier today to talk about a new part of its service called Slack Connect. On the heels of Apple’s lengthy and pretty good virtual WWDC that took place earlier this week, Slack’s event, part experiment and part press conference, was called to detail the firm’s new Slack Connect capability, which will

Google’s piecemeal privacy changes now let users auto-delete their data

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Google said Wednesday it’s making a handful of privacy changes. In a blog post, the search giant said it’ll make it easier for users to go “incognito” and pause data collection as they use Google’s mobile apps. It’s also adding proactive account security recommendations to its Security Checkup tool. Google also said it’ll allow its users to auto-delete their data after 18 months. It explains: Sta