Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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Carl Sagan predicted life on Venus in 1967. We may be close to proving him right.

Earth Life NASA Venus
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Millions of space nerds reacted with joy Monday to a study showing the atmosphere of Venus contains phosphine, a chemical byproduct of biological life. But none would have been more thrilled or less surprised by the discovery than the late, great Carl Sagan — who said this day might come more than 50 years ago. Now best remembered as the presenter of the most-viewed-ever PBS series Cosmos , the a

Bloomberg: PS5 Digital Edition pricing could dip below $400

500+Engadget / 5h
We’re only a day or so away from Sony’s next PlayStation 5 event where we hope to get a confirmed price / launch date for the new console, but the rumors are still coming in. After reporting in July that Sony would respond to the coronavirus pandemic by boosting PS5 manufacturing to make as many as 10 million units by the end of this calendar year, now Bloomberg is citing sources who say that com

Klarna raises $650 million at a $10.6 billion valuation

Klarna Silver Lake
100+TechCrunch / 11min
Fintech startup Klarna has raised a mega-round of funding led by Silver Lake. The company is raising $650 million at a post-money valuation of $10.65 billion. Klarna says it is now the highest-valued private fintech company in Europe following today’s funding round. In addition to Silver Lake, GIC (Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund) and funds and accounts managed by BlackRock and HMI Capital are

OnePlus Watch spotted on BIS site-What does that mean?

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5min
OnePlus smartwatch has received the BIS certification, which suggests it may launch in India soon, possibly alongside the OnePlus 8T and a power bank.

AMD's Radeon RX 6000 reference card ditches the noisy blower

AMD Radeon RX 6000
27Engadget / 19min
With NVIDIA gathering raves for its GeForce RTX 3080 launch, AMD is trying to draw some attention to its own upcoming Radeon GPUs. To that end, the company has teased the reference design for its RX 6000 “Big Navi” graphics cards, showing a much-improved cooling system. Where past AMD reference cards like the Radeon RX Vega have used loud and rather inefficient blowers, the RX 6000 has taken a ne

Bank-as-a-service startup Swan helps other companies issue cards, accounts and IBANs

100+TechCrunch / 20min
Meet Swan , a new French startup that wants to let other companies offer financial services by issuing cards, bank accounts and IBANs with just a few lines of codes. The company could be considered as a bank-as-a-service platform, like Treezor or solarisBank . Originally founded by startup studio eFounders , the startup just raised a $5.9M million (€5 million) seed round led by Creandum with Bpif

Watch Apple’s hardware event live right here

72TechCrunch / 20min
Apple is holding a keynote today to unveil some new products. This time, the company is switching to a virtual event, which means that you’ll be able to watch the event as the company is streaming it live. The event starts at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. in New York, 6 p.m. in London, 7 p.m. in Paris) . Rumor has it that the company plans to unveil a new version of the Apple Watch and a new iPad Air. The

‘You get fully submerged’ - Taser training in VR

68BBC News - Technology / 37min
The virtual worlds helping to train and sharpen the skills of a UK police force.

LG teases a slide-out phone at the end of its Wing event

LG Wing Explorer Project
68Mashable / 58min
It looks like LG isn't done experimenting. At the very end of its LG Wing virtual event Monday, the company teased a slide-out device of some sort, presumably a smartphone (via Cnet ). In the short clip at 1:05:37 in the Wing presentation (below), we get a side view of the device, ending with a very short flip to reveal its display. The teaser ends with the tagline "Hold your breath" and "LG Expl

OnePlus8T render shows the new phone, but this leaks contradicts others

New OnePlus 8 Pro Renders
28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
A massive OnePlus 8T leak has revealed lots of information about the upcoming phone, but it doesn't sound right.

Coming This Fall: Return of the Video Game Console Wars

100+NYT > Technology / 1h
Gamers are awaiting Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, though supply might be limited because of the pandemic.

Redmi 9i with 4GB RAM launched in India for Rs 8,299

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The Redmi 9i, which is now official in India, brings in 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of onboard for an asking price of less than Rs 10,000.

Watch TV together with Facebook friends - here's how

Messenger Watch Together
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Facebook has been promoting its watch together feature for viewing live sessions and videos on the platform. Now you can create a room and watch TV shows together.

YouTube gets into TikTok mode with YouTube Shorts

YouTube Shorts TikTok
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YouTube is introducing a new Short video creation and sharing feature called YouTube Shorts.

Coronavirus: Bill Gates says rich countries must help make vaccine accessible to all

300+BBC News - Technology / 2h
The Microsoft co-founder says rich countries should do more and addresses conspiracy theories about himself.

Telecom watchdog rules out regulating OTT messaging players in India

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TRAI has said over-the-top (OTT) communication services do not currently need a regulatory framework, removing the threat of possible restrictions on platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp and Google.

Former Facebook employee exposes its inability to stop misinformation

Facebook Ignored US 2018
100+Engadget / 2h
A 6,600-word memo written by fired Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang shows how widespread political misinformation campaigns are on the platform — and how little the social network is doing about it. According to BuzzFeed News , which has obtained a copy of the internal document, Zhang listed concrete examples of how foreign national governments abuse the platform “on vast scales to mislead th

Homage announces strategic partnership with Infocom, one of Japan’s largest healthcare IT providers

200+TechCrunch / 2h
Homage , a Singapore-based caregiving and telehealth company, has taken a major step in its global expansion plan. The startup announced today that it has received strategic investment from Infocom , the Japanese information and communications technology company that runs one of the largest healthcare IT businesses in the country. Infocom’s solutions are used by more than 13,000 healthcare facili

Walmart Plus is cheaper than Amazon Prime and it launches today

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There's a new fast delivery service in the US, Walmart Plus, and it's actually cheaper than lead competitor Amazon Prime.

Facebook launches climate change information center

Facebook Instagram
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Facebook has launched a new resource to help in the fight against climate change. On Tuesday, ahead of the annual Climate Week summit in New York City, the company announced the launch of its Climate Science Information Center, a special Facebook Page that offers information and resources on climate change. The company says the new climate info center will provide information on climate change fr

Did LG just tease yet another extendable smartphone?

LG Wing Explorer Project
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LG launched new 5G phone with a swivelling display known as the LG Wing at a pre-recorded event that lasted 45 minutes. In the last 15 seconds, an animation sprang a surprise.

Indian e-commerce deals site CashKaro gets $10 million Series B led by Korea Investment Partners

100+TechCrunch / 3h
CashKaro co-founders Rohan and Swati Bhargava CashKaro , one of the leading cashback and coupon sites in India, will expand its range of services for e-commerce after raising $10 million in Series B funding, the New Delhi-based startup announced today. The round was led by Korea Investment Partners, with participation from returning investor Kalaari Capital. TechCrunch last covered CashKaro five

Leaked OnePlus 8T renders suggest a very inspired design

New OnePlus 8 Pro Renders
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The OnePlus 8T’s design and specifications have been leaked by OnLeaks reveal a very Note 20-esque camera module.

More EVs by 2050 could save thousands of lives, American Lung Association finds

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America has a pollution problem, especially when it comes to how we get around. From our semi-trucks to trains to school buses to personal cars, we're emitting too much carbon dioxide. And it's costing us our health, environment, money, and lives. The American Lung Association released its " Road to Clean Air " report early Tuesday with a call to transition to more electric vehicles by 2050 to sl

Google Doodle honors civil rights pioneer Felicitas Mendez for Hispanic Heritage Month

200+Mashable / 4h
National Hispanic Heritage Month begins in the U.S. on September 15, celebrating the history, culture, heritage, and achievements of Hispanic and Latino Americans. To mark the occasion, Google is releasing a Google Doodle honoring Felicitas Mendez , a Puerto Rican business owner and civil rights pioneer who was instrumental in desegregating U.S. public schools. Born in Puerto Rico in 1916, Mendez

Netflix's La Révolution Imagines Something Sinister in 18th Century France

200+Gizmodo / 4h
Well, beyond, like, y’know. The Reign of Terror . But it seems like Netflix’s new French-language alt-history series has something supernatural going on in the heart of France’s most tumultuous period. Read more...

We finally have a sale date for the OnePlus Nord 64GB variant

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Nearly after two months after the launch, OnePlus has announced the sale date of the OnePlus Nord base variant.

Microsoft's Underwater Data Center Rises From the Seafloor a Grimy Success

Microsoft Natick Data
200+Gizmodo / 4h
Microsoft’s underwater Northern Isles data center has risen again from the ocean depth, the company announced on Monday , and it is remarkably intact other than being covered in sea scum. Read more...

Amazon Kids is the new FreeTime, includes new features

SlashGear / 4h
Amazon has always made versions of its Android-powered Fire tablets that are designed for younger users that came with a service that gave parents some control over those devices. Amazon’s branding, which revolved around the name “FreeTime”, hasn’t always been on point and could easily be mistaken for some other feature. Starting today, Amazon FreeTime is being called Amazon Kids … Continue readi

Poco M2 goes on sale today: price, specs, and availability

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
The Poco M2 budget phone will go on sale for the first time in India today via Flipkart

Werner Herzog Will Produce and Lend His Trademark Narration to a New Doc on Space Colonization

500+Gizmodo / 5h
We already know that Werner Herzog enjoys documentaries on adventurous and unusual topics—he’s directed several of them, including Grizzly Man and Into the Inferno . His newest project in that realm is a family affair (his son, Rudolph, will direct) that thematically ties into his other recent works focused on outer… Read more...

Score 20% off any TicWatch from the Mobvoi AU store with this coupon

ANC AirPods Apple Sony
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Mobvoi discounts entire rage of wearables and headphones by a nifty 20%

This little-known Windows tablet rivals the Microsoft Surface Go 2

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This Chuwi Windows tablet is even better than a Microsoft Surface Go 2.

PS5 production cut by 4 million due to chip production issues

26SlashGear / 5h
The PlayStation 5’s story has never been a smooth one, at least not compared to its rival, the Xbox Series X. Now finally nearing the end of the road before it officially launches, it seems that it still has a few kinks to iron out that will affect its market performance in the months to come. Although figures may still … Continue reading

Telstra's giving away ten Xbox Series X consoles in a virtual treasure hunt

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Here's your chance to be among the first ten Australians to win an Xbox Series X with 24 months of Xbox All Access.

Sony Alpha 7C claims world’s smallest full-frame camera system title

Sony A7C Frame Camera
SlashGear / 5h
Despite their pedigree, Sony’s smartphones haven’t exactly been known for their photography prowess. If you really want a Sony-branded shooter, you’ll have to look to its dedicated cameras, many of which might be literally too heavy for comfort. Perhaps trying to appeal to a more mobile audience, Sony is launching its new Alpha 7C camera which, together with a new … Continue reading

Walmart taps Zipline to kick off health and wellness drone deliveries in US

Walmart Zipline Arkansas
21SlashGear / 6h
Just days after its drone plan announcement, Walmart has returned to reveal that it has partnered with Zipline to kick off its US-based drone delivery service. The company plans to offer drone delivery of health and wellness items to customers located in select regions, joining a few other companies like Amazon and UPS in testing this technology. Sound cool? You’ll … Continue reading

CBP Seized OnePlus Buds as ‘Counterfeit’ AirPods. Now It's Doubling Down

OnePlus AirPods OB
200+Wired / 6h
The US government has detained thousands of wireless earbuds on suspicion of being fake Apple goods—despite crystal clear branding from an established company.

The SEC is reportedly looking into Nikola's electric truck promises

200+Engadget / 7h
Nikola is defending itself against claims that its plans to build electric big rigs are an “intricate fraud.” The charges came a few days ago in a report published by short-selling firm Hindenburg Research , which accused the publicly traded company’s CEO Trevor Milton of making “dozens of false statements.” On Monday evening, Bloomberg reported that the SEC is looking into the merits of that rep

AMD Radeon RX 6000 GPU can be viewed in Fortnite

AMD Radeon RX 6000
SlashGear / 7h
The days when graphics cards were simple boring slabs of green plastic and pieces of metal are pretty much ancient history now. As more powerful graphics cards become bigger, the opportunity to give them some visual personality and flair has also opened up. More than just cold, hard numbers, the likes of AMD and NVIDIA have taken to selling new … Continue reading

The Sony A7C is a tiny full-frame vlogging camera with a big price tag

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The Sony A7C has officially arrived bearing gifts for vloggers and YouTubers, but it also comes with a financial sting.

Sony's 'budget' A7C fits a full frame sensor in a new, compact body

Sony A7C Frame Camera
300+Engadget / 7h
Shortly after unveiling the high-end, video-oriented A7S III , Sony has gone in a completely different direction with its latest full frame mirrorless camera. The A7C has an all-new compact body with an electronic viewfinder in the corner, so it looks more like the APS-C sensor A6600 model than any other A7-series camera to date. It’s also cheaper — though not by a lot — than any recent A7 full-f

The New A7C Is Sony's Smallest and Lightest Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Yet

Sony A7C Frame Camera
28Gizmodo / 7h
Sony launched the A7SIII earlier this summer, but the company’s camera division has more in store this year. Today Sony announced its smallest and most compact full-frame mirrorless camera yet: the Alpha 7C. Read more...

Facebook Routinely 'Ignored' Efforts to Manipulate Elections Across the Globe: Whistleblower

Facebook Ignored US 2018
39Gizmodo / 7h
Facebook has royally screwed up its response to political misinformation , conspiracy theories, and organized manipulation campaigns in the U.S.—where it’s based. Outside the West, the company has long been a sort of absentee landlord that ignores the spread of propaganda , state-backed armies of trolls , and incitement… Read more...

Nokia Phones promised to begin a new chapter later this month

Nokia September 22
22SlashGear / 7h
The Nokia brand’s golden age is far behind us but HMD Global managed to at least salvage its reputation and give it a new image in this smartphone age. The company has made a lot of promises, most of them coming to fruition, and Nokia has once again earned a place in the smartphone market. Now it seems poised to … Continue reading

LG teased an extending slide-out display phone in LG Wing reveal

LG Wing Explorer Project
SlashGear / 8h
Perhaps it will help boost smartphone sales or perhaps it will simply make LG’s brand more memorable in the smartphone market. Either way, it seems that LG is moving to establish itself as the mobile market’s daring out-of-the-box thinker, at least as far as its new Project Explorer line of phones are concerned. With the LG Wing and its swiveling … Continue reading

What's the Best Ergonomic Mouse?

Gizmodo / 8h
Between a dwindling list of distractions to keep me busy in the outside world and my work days ending hours before anyone else I know, I spend roughly two-thirds of most days with a mouse in my hand. Whether I’m toiling away here on The Inventory or putting Superman to shame in Spellbreak , it’s by far my most used… Read more...

Google Fiber teases 2 Gigabit Internet plan with testing this fall

43SlashGear / 8h
While many people are still living with Internet speeds below 100Mbps, Google Fiber is gearing up to roll out an even faster option to its existing 1 Gigabit plan. In an announcement on Monday, Google said that it plans to start testing a new 2 Gigabit Internet plan with select customers this fall, paving the way for a faster speed … Continue reading

Get Back to the Basics With the Best Pens, According to Reviewers

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Top Product: Uni Ball Jetstream RT | $27 | Amazon Read more...

Southwest Airlines Kicked A Two Year Old Off A Plane

View from the Wing / 9h
Last month Southwest kicked an autistic three year old off a flight for not wearing a mask. And then a week later JetBlue kicked a two year old off . Now Southwest has joined the two year old club, kicking a woman and her two year old son off a Fort Myers – Chicago flight on Saturday. The boy was “snacking prior to takeoff and wasn’t wearing his mask.” Continue reading ...

Carbon Health and Color founders see power in bringing healthcare to the edge

100+TechCrunch / 9h
When COVID-19 spread to the United States, the pandemic exposed two conflicting realities: a healthcare system that excels at high-cost, complex treatments while failing to provide sufficient access at the local level. That lack of access to public health infrastructure might be the country’s biggest challenge. It has also created opportunities for healthcare startups, founders of Carbon Health a

New Windows exploit lets you instantly become admin. Have you patched?

400+Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge (credit: VGrigas (WMF) ) Researchers have developed and published a proof-of-concept exploit for a recently patched Windows vulnerability that can allow access to an organization’s crown jewels—the Active Directory domain controllers that act as an all-powerful gatekeeper for all machines connected to a network. CVE-2020-1472, as the vulnerability is tracked, carries a critical severity r

Reservations won’t be required at many Ikon ski resorts this season

The Points Guy / 9h
Last year, the U.S. ski season started on Oct. 10 in Colorado with the opening of Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin), followed the next day by Keystone. Believe it or not, the calendar says that’s less than a month away. And in a refreshing, almost unbelievable moment of normalcy, A-Basin says it’s expecting to open again in mid-October (weather permitting). But when the lifts do start turning, things will

When changing a light bulb is a really big deal

300+BBC News - Technology / 9h
Lighthouses have been upgrading to more efficient LED lights, but for some that is a step too far.

Ship with no crew to sail across the Atlantic

500+BBC News - Technology / 9h
A full-size, crewless research ship is to make one of the world's first autonomous transatlantic voyages.

Fortnite login issues force Paradox’s Platform Cup esports schedule change

Fortnite Star Wars Epic
SlashGear / 9h
Epic has just wrapped up a problem that had some players worried they’d been banned from Fortnite. Around 6:30 PM ET on Monday, Epic brought its Fortnite servers back online with a fix for the problem that was warning players they didn’t have permission to play the game. Now we’re seeing the fallout from this issue — Epic says that … Continue reading

Your Weather App Is Selling You Out

43Gizmodo / 9h
While I think we can all agree that every app on our phone is probably an invasive little shit , I’d argue that weather apps deserve their own little corner in hell. We’ve seen weather apps sign folks up for services without their say-so , sneakily get location data from users who deliberately turned that function off,… Read more...

N95 masks could soon be rechargeable instead of disposable

NIOSH KN95 N95 Masks
400+TechCrunch / 9h
The pandemic has led to N95 masks quickly becoming one of the world’s most sought-after resources as essential workers burned through billions of them. New research could lead to an N95 that you can recharge rather than throw away — or even one that continuously tops itself up for maximum effectiveness. The proposed system, from researchers at Technion-IIT in Israel and the Tata Institute of Fund

Twitter-controlled anal vibrators are the cyberpunk future we need

500+Mashable / 9h
What if technology was invasive but, you know, in a good way? Say hello to the Double-Oh , a custom-built battery which theoretically allows for wireless control of any device that uses AA batteries. And, as its inventor Buck — the pseudonymous fursona of a 31-year-old maker based in Berlin — let Twitter know on Friday, that control extends to anal vibrators. To demonstrate his invention, Buck co

Facebook Is Failing in Global Disinformation Fight, Says Former Worker

Facebook Ignored US 2018
300+NYT > Technology / 9h
The employee, who worked in a group dedicated to rooting out fake accounts, said executives ignored or were slow to react to her warnings.

Insta360 ONE R action cam’s latest feature drop adds new AI PureShot mode

Nvidia One Arm $40B AI
21SlashGear / 10h
Insta360 has announced the third major software update for its ONE R modular action camera. It has been less than a year since the first of these three major updates were released, underscoring the rapid rate at which the company is evolving its action cam. This is a feature drop update with the most notable among the changes being a … Continue reading

Nvidia's Arm Deal Would Make It the Center of the Chip World

Nvidia Arm AI SoftBank
400+Wired / 10h
Combining the two chipmakers would unite leaders in two big tech trends—artificial intelligence and mobile computing.

SEC to investigate short-seller’s claims against Nikola, report says

Nikola SEC Trevor Milton
92TechCrunch / 10h
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly looking into claims that Nikola Corp. is involved in an alleged “intricate fraud,” the latest development in a controversy that erupted last week just days after GM took an 11% stake in the newly public company. Bloomberg reported Monday that the U.S. agency was examining the company to assess the merits of accusations made by short-seller

Paul Rudd, Certified Young Person, has a PSA on wearing masks

500+Mashable / 10h
A majority of new COVID-19 infections are transmitted by young people, which is why Certified Young Person Paul Rudd is calling on his fellow Youths to wear a mask. People under 40 are driving the spread of the coronavirus, and despite misinformation from the White House science advisor Dr. Scott Atlas — whose specialty is neuroradiology, not epidemiology — young people can be severely affected b

AMD just revealed its Big Navi graphics card design on Fortnite of all things

AMD Radeon RX 6000
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Ahead of the October 28 reveal of the next AMD Radeon graphics cards, AMD has just revealed a triple-fan graphics card that looks like it can do some serious damage.

Airtable’s Howie Liu has no interest in exiting, even as the company’s valuation soars

200+TechCrunch / 10h
In the middle of a pandemic, Airtable , the low-code startup, has actually had an excellent year. Just the other day, the company announced it had raised $185 million on a whopping $2.585 billion valuation. It also announced some new features that take it from the realm of pure no-code and deeper into low-code territory, which allows users to extend the product in new ways. Airtable CEO and co-fo

Marvel's Avengers Works Best Putting the Spotlight on Its Unlikeliest Stars

200+Gizmodo / 10h
The story of Crystal Dynamics and Square-Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers caught many off-guard heading into the grindy, loot-driven brawler, expecting a perfunctory tutorial to the game’s all-encompassing live-service mechanics. Instead, we got maybe one of the most sincerely intimate Avengers stories in years, and it works… Read more...

Microsoft's deep-sea experiment just revealed some very shocking server data

Microsoft Natick Data
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Microsoft has recovered its submerged data center after two years on the ocean floor.

Wellness Influencers Denounce the Spread of QAnon

1KGizmodo / 10h
QAnon, the internet brainvirus that’s set untold masses searching for Satanic pedovores and howling “ do your reeeeseaaaaarch ” in every known comment section has afflicted the wellness community. Read more...

Study finds modified Mediterranean diet and fasting combo offers best results

99SlashGear / 11h
Combining two popular diets — intermittent fasting and the Mediterranean diet — may be the most effective protocol for reducing one’s risk of developing a large number of health issues, according to new research published by the American College of Cardiology. Both diets have been separately linked to a number of potential health benefits; combining them may reduce inflammation, protect … Continu

Sweeping internal Facebook memo: “I have blood on my hands”

Facebook Ignored US 2018
1KArs Technica / 11h
Enlarge (credit: Facebook / Aurich Lawson) After being fired by Facebook this month, a data scientist published a 6,600-word memo to the company's internal communication systems breaking down 2.5 years of her experiences on the "fake engagement team." The resulting stories, largely centered on misinformation campaigns with both subtle and clear links to government staffers and political parties a

Deal alert: Transcontinental flights from 15k miles in business, 33k miles in first class

The Points Guy / 11h
Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter , and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @ tpg_alerts . 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

Tesla Competitor Admits It Rolled Semi Truck Prototype Down a Hill in 2018 Promo Because It Couldn’t Drive

8KFuturism / 11h
In 2016, Telsa competitor Nikola Motors unveiled the Nikola One, an electric semi truck. On stage, founder Trevor Milton made it sound like a fully-fledged vehicle ready to hit the highways of America. “This thing fully functions and works, which is really incredible,” he told the audience at the company’s unveiling — a major foot-in-mouth moment, in retrospect. Two years later, the company showe

LOL: CBP Incorrectly Brags About Seizing Counterfeit Apple AirPods

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US Customs and Border Protection (CPB) has put out a press release bragging about how it confiscated counterfeit Apple AirPod earbuds, as part of its mission of protecting Americans from various dangers. As the press release states: On August 31, CBP officers seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple Airpod Earbuds from Hong Kong destined for Nevada at an air cargo facility located at John F. Kennedy Intern

The Black List’s Franklin Leonard on why picking winners doesn’t mean making losers

100+TechCrunch / 11h
Tech and Hollywood don’t cross-pollinate that often, but when it comes to Franklin Leonard’s way of looking at things, maybe they should. Leonard is best known as the creator of The Black List , a curated collection of the most underrated screenplays of the year. What began as a side project in 2005 is now a full-fledged hit-making machine. Four of the last 13 Best Picture winners came from the l

Chemical that shouldn’t be there spotted in Venus’ atmosphere

Earth Life NASA Venus
400+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / The spectral signature of phosphine superimposed on an image of Venus. (credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), Greaves et al. & JCMT ) Today, researchers are announcing that they've observed a chemical in the atmosphere of Venus that has no right to be there. The chemical, phosphine (a phosphorus atom hooked up to three hydrogens), would be unstable in the conditions found in Venus' atmosphere,

'76 Days' puts you in the height of the pandemic in a Wuhan hospital

100+Mashable / 11h
76 Days is a big story told in tiny moments. Its premise is obviously major: Two directors, Weixi Chen and an anonymous reporter, embedded themselves in hospitals in Wuhan and Shanghai at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, during the 76-day lockdown of Wuhan. (A third director, Hao Wu, stayed in New York to edit the film.) But there's no unified narrative or obvious lesson being served up he

American Airlines Will Start Providing Less Service On Flights October 1

400+View from the Wing / 11h
This is a plan not just to fly less, but to offer less. Flight attendants are unhappy because it means each one working international and premium domestic flights will be working more during each trip, without being paid more. Continue reading ...

As COVID-19 cases spike, Israel goes back into temporary lockdown while airport remains open

The Points Guy / 11h
Mere weeks after the Israeli government reopened the country’s economy, COVID threatens to shut down Israel again. Sign up for TPG’s daily newsletter Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a second lockdown Sunday night September 13 for a temporary period of three weeks, declaring that the country’s sudden spike in cases had led “health services to raise a red flag.” Netanyahu assure

Tax Tips Every First-Time Stock Trader Should Know

73Lifehacker / 11h
As commission-free brokerages and stock trading apps —like the popular Robinhood platform— continue to grow , millions of new stock traders may not be prepared for next year’s taxes. Read more...


Steelers vs Giants live stream: how to watch NFL Monday Night Football today

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Big Ben is back and our guide explains how to get a Steelers vs Giants live stream and watch NFL Monday Night Football online today.

Leaked memo excoriates Facebook’s ‘slapdash and haphazard’ response to global political manipulation

Facebook Ignored US 2018
200+TechCrunch / 11h
A former Facebook data scientist dropped a detailed, damning memo on her last day there, calling the social network out for what she describes as an arbitrary, slow and generally inadequate response to fake accounts and activity affecting politics worldwide. BuzzFeed News acquired the full memo and has published excerpts in this report , which is well worth reading in its entirety. Zhang was repo

Buy Alaska Mileage Plan Miles With 50% Bonus

1KOne Mile at a Time / 11h
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is one of my favorite programs to buy miles from, both thanks to the frequency with which it sell miles, and what a good deal redemptions can be. Also keep in mind that Alaska is joining the oneworld alliance in early 2021 — while I can’t guarantee it will improve the value proposition of Mileage Plan, it does mean the airline will have lots more redemption partners.

Shady Contracts, Raw Deals: Inside the Industry of Managing Video Game Stars

100+Wired / 11h
Many of the two dozen streamers, managers, and lawyers WIRED spoke with described rampant exploitation they've seen or experienced in the booming business.

Embrace Friluftsliv—Norway's Open-Air Living

100+Lifehacker / 11h
Look, we’re in this pandemic for the long haul. As much as we want everything to go back to “normal” in time for the holidays, what we actually need to do is buckle up for winter . And to keep our collective sanity, it’s time to embrace outdoor living in all seasons and at all temperatures. Read more...

Fortnite “permission to play” and “play access” login issues lit up

Fortnite Star Wars Epic
SlashGear / 11h
This afternoon Fortnite experienced some issues. Messages such as “you do not have permission to play Fortnite” or “Your account no longer has play access to Fortnite” appeared for a significant number of gamers throughout the day. Epic Games suggested that these messages did not indicate that any individual player was banned – though this issue did not necessarily mean … Continue reading

Scientists Warn That Fires, Extreme Weather Events Are Getting Worse

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As wildfires rage on the West Coast and hurricanes menace the Southeast, it can be hard to tell what’s a result of climate change and environmental degradation — and what’s just a run of extremely bad luck. Some experts are currently sounding the alarm, arguing that what we’re seeing are the early days of increasingly lethal extreme weather and fires. “It’s going to get A LOT worse,” Georgia Tech

How to watch Apple's big September event

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All the ways secure cloud-based management is essential for IoT businesses

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Keep costly device downtime to a minimum, and reduce requests for in-person maintenance, by remotely managing all of your IoT devices

How AI and edge computing overcame the limitations of IoT

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Your edge devices need the hardware to respond to and manage data in real-time, without waiting on your cloud servers for instructions

Razer data leak may have exposed info of over 100,000 customers

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If you recently bought something from Razer , you'll want to keep an eye on your email inbox for suspicious links. According to security researcher Bob Diachenko , the company recently misconfigured one of its Elasticsearch servers, leaving the sensitive customer information stored on it accessible to the public since August 18th (via Ars Technica ). He estimates the leak could affect as many as

Google’s Carbon Offset Plan Shows Where the World Has Failed on Climate Change

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Our tech overlords are talking up their climate game again . On Monday, Google executives claimed their company is now “carbon neutral.” Read more...

FCC may force ‘millions’ of Americans off Lifeline program this winter

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The FCC makes the rules for the government’s Lifeline program, a program in which millions of Americans receive subsidized phone and internet service. Each person receiving a subsidy for phone/internet service must subscribe to a specific minimum plan with a local phone/data carrier. Over the past couple of years, the amount of cash in this subsidy has decreased, while the … Continue reading

Venus study reveals ‘surprising’ evidence of life: What you should know

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SlashGear / 12h
The world was shocked on Monday with the announcement that strong evidence of life on Venus has been discovered. That’s according to a new study published in the prestigious journal Nature Astronomy, revealing that a smelly, flammable gas associated with life on Earth has been identified in ‘surprising’ quantities in the atmosphere of Venus. NASA, which wasn’t involved with the … Continue reading

Wyndham Rewards Promo: Stay Two Nights, Earn 7,500 Points

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While Wyndham is the largest hotel franchising company in the world in terms of number of properties (the company has 9,300 hotels in 90 countries), I don’t talk all that much about its loyalty program, Wyndham Rewards. Wyndham Rewards launched two promotions this summer — one has already expired, while the other has been extended, and is now potentially useful for fall stays. Let’s take a look a

War Stories: How Forza learned to love neural nets to train AI drivers

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Produced by Justin Wolfson, edited by Shandor Garrison. Click here for transcript . Once an upstart, the Forza franchise is now firmly established within the pantheon of great racing games. The first installment was created as the Xbox's answer to Gran Turismo , but with a healthy helping of online multiplayer racing, too. Since then, it has grown with Microsoft's Xbox consoles, with more realist

GMC Hummer EV reveal finally gets a date – and a cool feature

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20SlashGear / 12h
The GMC Hummer EV will get its big reveal on October 20, the automaker has confirmed today, rebooting the iconic nameplate but adding some new features that the original, gas-guzzling Hummers never had. It’s been a later-than-expected announcement for the all-electric SUV, with General Motors’ initial intention of an earlier debut in 2020 yet another casualty of what’s been a … Continue reading

Super Mario 3D All-Stars overview trailer is a blast from the past

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SlashGear / 12h
Earlier this month, Nintendo announced a lot of new products, games, and crossovers for Super Mario‘s 35th anniversary. Chief among these new games is Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a compilation for Nintendo Switch that includes three Mario titles from the past: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. Today, Nintendo published an overview trailer for Super Mario … Continue readi

Meet the tiny robot performing surgeries — Strictly Robots

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The origami-inspired robot improves precision and control of teleoperated surgical procedures. Read more... More about Tech , Robots , Mashable Video , Miniature , and Strictly Robots

Watch the Much-Hyped All-Electric Hummer “Crabwalk” In a New Video

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Crab Mode General Motors says it will finally fully reveal its long-awaited all-electric Hummer SUV to the world on October 20 — a resurrection of the long lost Hummer brand. As part of its media push today, the carmaker has released a video showing off the upcoming vehicle’s “Crab Mode,” a feature that allows it to move in any diagonal direction by turning all four wheels. Sometimes the biggest

The 10 Best Deals of September 14, 2020

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How to Host 'Watch Together' Viewing Parties on Facebook Messenger

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Facebook’s new “ Watch Together ” feature supports up to eight people in Facebook Messenger, or up to 50 people using Messenger Rooms . However you decide to structure your digital party, it’s a convenient way to get everyone watching (and commenting) on the same videos at the same time. Read more...

Microsoft declares its underwater data center test was a success

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Northern Isles Enlarge / The Northern Isles , a 12-rack / 864-server underwater data center pod, is winched off the seafloor in this picture after its two-year trial deployment. (credit: Microsoft ) Microsoft retrieved a 40-foot-long, 12-rack, self-contained underwater data center from its seafloor home offshore from the Orkney Islands earlier this summer. The retrieval of the Northern Isles bega

The 10 Best Deals of September 14, 2020

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The NSFW meme Chris Evans accidentally shared is way better than dick pics

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In an accidental Instagram post, actor Chris Evans shared an important public service announcement with his 6.1 million followers: "Guard That Pussy." For those of you who've been offline the past few days, let's back up a second. On Saturday, Evans had a bit of a social media mishap when he briefly posted a screenshot of a camera roll to his Instagram Story. Among the collection of 11 photos and

How Can I Prevent Arm Pain After a Flu Shot?

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Flu shots are more important than ever this year so I hope you’re all scheduling yours, if you haven’t gotten one already. But when you do, you might have a sore shoulder for a couple of days. A reader asks if there’s a good way to prevent that soreness: Read more...

Why the Atlantic is teeming with storms right now

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Most cloud cyberattacks just want to mine cryptocurrency

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New research from Aqua Security has revealed that cyberattacks on cloud systems have increased by 250 percent this year.

Doctors Say They Can Kill Tumors by Growing Gold Inside Them

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A team of researchers have figured out a way to biosynthesize tiny gold nanoparticles inside cancer cells — to aid in x-ray imaging and even to destroy them. It wouldn’t be the first time scientist have used gold nanoparticles to fight cancerous growths. But until now, the techniques were limited by the way they were introduced into the cancer. Some methods coaxed the particles latch onto peptide

Antarctic Glaciers Are Growing Unstable Above and Below Water

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New studies show fractures on surface ice and warm seawater melting the ice from underneath. That’s a harbinger of