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Facebook now lets you customize your Watch video feed with #Topics

Facebook Messenger
300+TechCrunch / 10h
Facebook’s video destination, Facebook Watch, is introducing a new feature called “Your Topics” that will allow you to tailor its feed to include more of the content you want to see. Currently, Facebook leverages its existing understanding of each viewer’s interests to personalize the Watch Feed. Topics, however, will allow users to more explicitly tell Facebook what sort of things they like by e

Facebook and Google probably won't like this new antitrust agreement

Facebook Australia
48Mashable / 23min
The U.S., Australia, Canada, New Zealand , and the U.K. have signed an agreement to share information about competition laws and policies, with a focus on coordinating cases and investigations spanning international borders. Google and Facebook aren't going to like this. The Multilateral Mutual Assistance and Cooperation Framework for Competition Authorities technically isn't legally binding, and

Popular drugs used for many common issues linked to cognitive decline

44SlashGear / 10h
A popular class of medication used for everything from sleep and anxiety issues to allergies, high blood pressure, and even overactive bladder, has been linked to memory problems in users, particularly those already at risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The findings are particularly concerning in light of how readily available this class of drug is — you don’t need a prescription … Continue reading

Philips Hue now lets you turn any TV into an Ambilight TV

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Philips Lighting – under its new name of Signify – is letting you upgrade any LCD or OLED TV to get Ambilight on your set.

Realme 7 Pro vs Realme 6 Pro comparison: Specs, features and differences

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The Realme 7 Pro is now official, bringing many upgrades and some downgrades over the Realme 6 Pro.

Realme 7 and 7 Pro launched, spicing up the Rs 20,000 segment

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The Realme 7 and the Realme 7 Pro made their global debut in India, bringing some flagship features to the budget segment.

Acer's Spin 7 convertible will support sub-6 and mmwave 5G

Acer Spin 7 Snapdragon
50Engadget / 47min
After a busy week of news, Acer isn’t quite done. The company has announced its Spin 7 convertible laptop, which is one of the first to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2. It supports both types of 5G, mmWave and sub-6 , though it’s not the first notebook to do so . On top of that, the Spin 7 has a 360-degree hinge, so you can use it in tablet mode if you prefer. Its touchscreen has a layer of G

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G promises to bring the best of smartphones to laptops

Qualcomm Snapdragon
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Could Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G finally deliver Windows on Snapdragon laptops that are worth buying?

Samsung hugely gung-ho on its new foldable flagship

Samsung Galaxy Fold
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Samsung is likely to make up to 800,000 Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable smartphones this year, as it looks to increase sales of foldable handsets with an expanded lineup.

Qualcomm is bringing 5G to its entry-level Snapdragon 4-series chipsets

Qualcomm Snapdragon
48Engadget / 53min
This summer, Qualcomm announced a new 5G-capable Snapdragon 690 chipset . Bringing 5G to 6-series phones means cheaper devices have access to the tech. But Qualcomm isn’t stopping at the 6-series. Today, it announced plans to bring 5G to its Snapdragon 4-series in early 2021. The move will bring 5G to even more affordable phones. Details are still sparse, but Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun said t

Qualcomm promises better AI for its next Snapdragon PC chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon
56Engadget / 53min
Here’s a sign that the troubled Windows on Snapdragon platform isn’t going away anytime soon: Qualcomm is announcing today its new made-for-PC processor based on ARM design. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 follows up 2018’s Snapdragon 8cx , and back then the company said the “x” in the name stood for “extreme” power. This year’s model offers better AI performance and support for newer standards of WiFi

Qualcomm's adaptive ANC adjusts to changes in earbud fit

Qualcomm ANC Earbuds
40Engadget / 53min
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) has been a standard feature on true wireless earbuds for quite some time. Due to the nature of the earbud design, noise cancellation has to account for ambient noise differently than traditional over-ear headphones. Instead of sealing off your entire ear, earbuds rely on replaceable tips to achieve a solid closure or some type of software-based calibration to ensur

Each LED in the new Philips Hue lightstrip can match different colors on your TV

100+Engadget / 1h
Philips is rolling out a new gradient LED lightstrip for your TV -- and it’s the company’s first to be individually accessible. The Philips Hue Play gradient lightstrip can sync with on-screen media for an immersive experience, according to a statement from Philips. Because the Hue Play gradient lightstrip is individually accessible, each individual LED in the strip can generate different colors

How to watch Raised by Wolves online: stream the new HBO Max series anywhere today

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Stream every new episode of the HBO Max exclusive today, including those directed by Ridley Scott - here's how to watch Raised by Wolves online now.

Philips Hue's New Play Gradient Is the Upgraded Lightstrip Fans Have Been Waiting For

Philips Hue Iris One
Gizmodo / 1h
Philips Hue has one of the biggest and most colorful collection of smart lights available today, but this fall, the company is finally introducing a new product that its fans have been demanding for years: a smart lightstrip that can produce multiple colors at the same time. Read more...

Arctic Circle fires this year smashed a grim record

33Mashable / 1h
Superlatives can describe 2020's fires in the Arctic Circle. To illustrate, the 2020 fires trumped even 2019's Arctic blazes, which were already record-breaking , compared to the previous 16 years of the satellite wildfire record. The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere and the scale of the 2019 fires vastly exceeded earlier years. "Indeed, 2019 was already a big y

Philips Hue Play gradient lightstrip shines multiple colors from one strip

Philips Hue Iris One
SlashGear / 1h
Signify has a new light to brighten things up behind your TV, with the Philips Hue Play gradient lightstrip delivering its first with individually-controllable color segments. Designed to be used with the Philips Hue Play HDMI sync box or the Sync PC app, the new LED strip is no longer locked to just one consistent color, and comes with mounting … Continue reading

Philips Hue Iris lamp returns with brighter colors and new style

Philips Hue Iris One
SlashGear / 1h
The classic Philips Hue Iris lamp is making a return, with a new and upgraded version of the remotely-controllable smart lamp promising more flexibility and a sleeker design. Joining the rest of the Signify range – and controlled, as you’d expect, through the Hue app or via various integrations with smart home assistants – the new Hue Iris now goes … Continue reading

Tencent invests $40 million in Indian music streaming app Gaana - a Hotshot move

India 118 Chinese Apps
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India had banned several Chinese made apps that were linked to Tencent, its investments in Gaana came within hours of the latest ban of 118 apps by the federal government.

India’s Zomato raises $62 million from Temasek

India 118 Chinese Apps
100TechCrunch / 1h
Indian food delivery startup Zomato has raised $62 million from Temasek, resuming a financing round that it originally expected to close in January this year. Singapore’s state investment arm Temasek financed the capital through its unit MacRitchie Investments, a regulatory filing showed. Business intelligence firm Tofler shared the filing with TechCrunch. A Zomato spokesperson in India did not r

Mulan is coming to all Disney Plus subscribers in December

Mulan Disney December
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Don't want to pay extra to watch Mulan? The live-action epic will be available to all subscribers at the end of the year.

Apple will roll out 'offer codes' for app subscriptions with iOS 14

60Engadget / 2h
Apple is making it much easier for developers to get new or win back old subscribers with discounts or free offers. The tech giant has announced that it’ll give developers access to a feature called Offer Codes, which it describes as “unique, alphanumeric codes that provide free or discounted prices for auto-renewable subscriptions.” Developers will be able to distribute the one-time codes online

An IPO expert bats back at the narrative that traditional IPOs are for “morons”

100+TechCrunch / 2h
Lise Buyer has been advising startups on how to go public for the last 13 years through her consultancy, Class V Group. She built the business after working as an investment banker, and then as a director at Google, where she helped architect the company’s famously atypical 2004 IPO . It’s perhaps because Google’s offering was so misunderstood that Buyer has come to think more highly of tradition

Facebook bans politician of India’s ruling party for violating hate speech

100+TechCrunch / 2h
Facebook has banned a politician from India’s ruling party, Bharatiya Janata Party, for violating its policies against hate speech on its platform, the company said today, weeks after inaction on the politician’s posts landed the social giant in hot water in its biggest market by users. The company said it had removed profiles of T. Raja Singh, who had posted about Rohingya Muslim immigrants to b

Narendra Modi's website's Twitter page gets hacked - it's John Wick again

Twitter Indian
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The Twitter account, which is linked to his personal website, sent out a series of tweets seeking donations to a relief fund through cryptocurrency. There have been a series of hacks on celebrity accounts in India over the past couple of months.

PropertyGuru lands $220M from KKR and TPG to conquer Southeast Asia

100+TechCrunch / 4h
Southeast Asia’s leading property listing company PropertyGuru is making great strides across the region as it secures a fresh investment of SG$300 million ($220 million), it announced this week. The proceeds, financed by existing investors KKR and TPG, both buyout titans, will fuel PropertyGuru’s already ambitious push across its main market Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia,

7 of the best gaming headsets for the PS4

48Mashable / 4h
There are pretty much only upsides to having a good gaming headset. Whether you want to hear the audio quality of your games more clearly because your TV speakers leave something to be desired, or you're just trying to avoid disturbing whoever else is living with you, it isn't difficult to find a situation where a nice headset improves your gaming experience. But what are the best gaming headsets

Become a master of SQL with lifetime access to this training course

32Mashable / 4h
TL;DR: The MySQL & SQL for Beginners Course is on sale for £9.68 as of Sept. 3, saving you 93% on list price. In theory, Excel can handle practically limitless rows of data. But if you attempt to toss in hundreds of thousands of data points, as well as some Pivot Tables and graphs, you'll soon find yourself pulling your hair out over how long and tedious the process is. Spreadsheets like Excel we

Intel revamps its logo and five-note audio signature

Intel Tiger Lake Evo
100+Engadget / 4h
The last time Intel swapped its logo for a new one , Engadget was less than two years old. Now the company once again has a new look and later this year it will get a “modernized” new sound. The updated iconography comes alongside the launch of its 11th generation Tiger Lake CPUs and Project Evo initiative. Intel Corporation The company is changing things around at an interesting time, as it’s re

Indian Prime Minister Modi Twitter account hacked

1KBBC News - Technology / 4h
The firm said tweets were sent from an account linked to the prime minister asking for donations.

Windows 10 Preview 20206 focuses on input with Voice Typing, Emoji Search

SlashGear / 4h
There has been a lot of talk about Windows 10’s upcoming new look but looking at screens isn’t the only thing you do at your computer. Even if just browsing content, there will always come a time when you will have to type in something, be it a website address or a response to a message. In line with upcoming … Continue reading

Master digital marketing with this heavily discounted course bundle

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TL;DR: The 2020 Full Stack Digital Marketing Certification Bundle is on sale for £29.06 as of Sept. 3, saving you 98% on list price. While you can always learn to code and build websites, there are definitely other ways to make good money on the internet in 2020 – like digital marketing, for example. Digital marketing professionals are crazy in-demand these days, and you can make a solid starting

Google Assistant Shortcuts can jump into specific app actions but that’s it

Google Your News Update
SlashGear / 5h
Google Assistant is often praised for its wide variety of actions and integrations with third-party apps and services but it’s still missing some last-mile features that seem simple, especially compared to its rivals. For all its reported limitations, Apple’s Siri lets you immediately trigger an app action rather than just open an app, for example. These shortcuts once popped up … Continue readin

This web hosting company will give you a free domain name

VPN Windows 10 20206
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Hostinger ups the ante with a free domain name with all its annual packages.

SoftBank Vision Fund 2 leads $100 million Series C in digital therapeutics company Biofourmis

Biofourmis SoftBank
100+TechCrunch / 5h
Biofourmis , which combines AI-based data analytics and biosensors to monitor the progress of medical treatments, has raised funding from one of the world’s most high-profile investors. The digital therapeutics company, which launched in Singapore and is now headquartered in Boston, announced today it closed a $100 million Series C led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, with participation from returning

HTC CEO Yves Maitre resigns after less than a year

100+Engadget / 5h
Earlier today, HTC announced that its President and CEO Yves Maitre has resigned due to personal reasons, making his stint at the company just a few days shy of a full year. Chairwoman and co-founder Cher Wang has once again assumed the CEO position. According to HTC’s statement, “the strict international travel restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic... have had an impact on” the Frenc

A Video Game About Going on Vacation Is Just the Escape I Needed

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Video games have the ability to take us to the furthest reaches of our imagination, telling award-winning science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories (or just turning us into giant blobs that fight each other). Given how terrible the real world has been lately, you’d think the best escape would be the spectacular.… Read more...

ASUS dropped over a dozen new Intel-powered PCs, one Intel Evo laptop

Intel Tiger Lake Iris Xe
SlashGear / 6h
Intel isn’t having a great 2020 both in terms of business and image, and it isn’t completely the fault of COVID-19 alone. It took quite a big PR hit when Apple announced its ARM-based Silicon coming to Macs which served to magnify Intel’s much-discussed limitations when it comes to power efficiency and mobility. Its response is its 11th-gen Core processors … Continue reading

'Mulan' will stream on Disney+ in December for no additional cost

Mulan Disney December
200+Mashable / 6h
Disney has now announced Mulan will be available to stream on Disney+ from Dec. 4 at no extra cost. It's a far cry from the theatrical release many fans had been anticipating at the start of the year. Plans to release Mulan in theatres were thoroughly thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic in March, with the highly anticipated live-action film delayed just weeks before its scheduled release. Disney

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 5G joins the new Intel EVO army

21SlashGear / 6h
Despite the name and the proximity of its announcement to the Galaxy Z Fold 2, it might be too easy to think of the Galaxy Book Flex 5G as Samsung’s take on a foldable laptop. Sure, the convertible laptop does fold and flip over backward but in the more traditional way that all 360-degree hinged laptops do. The Galaxy Book … Continue reading

Google Maps and Passport lets you pay for parking in Austin

Google Maps Austin
SlashGear / 7h
The fewer things you touch with your hands these days, the lower the chances you have of contracting something. That’s especially true in public places where you have very little control over who last touched what. Just yesterday, Amazon rolled out a way to pay for your Exxon or Mobil gas just by telling Alexa. Although less hands-free, this new … Continue reading

App Store subscription offer codes coming in iOS 14

SlashGear / 7h
It’s probably no secret that Apple has a preference for recurring subscriptions as a business model rather than freemium with in-app purchases or even straight app buys. Not everyone, however, is a fan and some developers might still be on the fence, especially when it comes to managing that subscription system. Of course, Apple is only too happy to make … Continue reading

SpaceX targets another Starlink launch Thursday to continue record pace

400+Ars Technica / 7h
Falcon 9 B1060 and 60 Starlink satellites standing on LC-39A in preparation for launch at 9:29an EDT on September 1, 2020. [credit: Trevor Mahlmann ] SpaceX launched three missions in August—two carrying its own Starlink satellite payloads, and the SAOCOM 1B mission for Argentina. Now, beginning as early as Thursday morning, SpaceX may go for three more launches this month to continue building ou

Google is making it easier to find high-quality local audio news

Google Your News Update
SlashGear / 8h
Google has revealed that it will make it easier for users to find high-quality local audio news, filling a category largely ignored by existing podcasts and other audio programs. This effort will involve the company’s Assistant and Podcasts products, Google revealed this week, stating that it will deliver ‘Your News Update’ to its Podcasts app. As well, Google Assistant users … Continue reading

How Three Pairs of TCL Headphones Stack Up, Including One From the Legendary Onkyo Brand

SonicWall TCL Three One
44Gizmodo / 8h
When TCL tossed three pairs of headphones and earbuds into a box and shipped them to my doorstep, I was excited for a Loot Crate-style look at the lineup it hopes will garner respect in the personal audio world. My “haul” consisted of the true wireless SOCL500 earbuds , some on-ears with active noise cancellation in… Read more...

Does Art of Sport Live up To This Fancy Grooming Boy’s Standards?

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20% off Art of Sport Trial Kit (5-Piece ) | Clip Coupon on Page Read more...

Life Hack: This Life-Sized Boarding Pass Will Never Get Lost

View from the Wing / 8h
While it's nothing like injecting your boarding pass into your hand with an NFC chip , a user on TikTok offers a 'life hack' on how you'll never lose your boarding pass: print it on five feet worth of paper. But what about environmental concerns? I think this must be some kind of Woke Daily Double because you're not just flying you're wasting paper, too . Continue reading ...

Disney+ confirms subscribers will get 'Mulan' on December 4th

Mulan Disney December
200+Engadget / 8h
On Friday, the live-action Mulan flick will be available via a “premium VOD” offer on Disney+ where subscribers can pay $30 to stream the flick at the same time it debuts in theaters worldwide. Current CEO Bob Chapek called the even a “one off” as the company gets this tentpole movie out, but it was unclear when it might be available without the fee. Now, as analyst Rich Greenfield points out , t

Track autonomous vehicle testing in your state with this new tool from the US government

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The U.S. government rolled out a new online tool Wednesday designed to give the public insight into where and who is testing automated vehicle technology throughout the country. The official name of the online tool — Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing Initiative tracking tool — is a jargony mess of a word salad. Fortunately, its mechanics are straightforward. The onlin

Pre-election vaccination plans by CDC heighten fears of political meddling

200+Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge / WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 2, 2020: Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), removes his protective mask before speaking. (credit: Getty Images / Pool ) The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging states to be ready to begin distributing a COVID-19 vaccine by November 1—an extremely ambitious plan that conspicuously falls just day

Fortnite players figured out an easy way to get unlimited Gauntlet blasts

SlashGear / 9h
Fortnite Season 4 is just getting started, but players have already figured out a way to exploit an already-powerful hero weapon: the Gauntlet. This item enables players to shoot huge energy balls long distances, among other things, but as with other major weapons, it has a long cooldown period. It seems Epic didn’t quite think one thing through, leaving a … Continue reading

Daily Crunch: India bans PUBG and other Chinese apps

India 118 Chinese Apps
200+TechCrunch / 9h
India continues to crack down on Chinese apps, Microsoft launches a deepfake detector and Google offers a personalized news podcast. This is your Daily Crunch for September 2, 2020. The big story: India bans PUBG and other Chinese apps The Indian government continues its purge of apps created by or linked to Chinese companies. It already banned 59 Chinese apps back in June, including TikTok. Indi

Could Gogo’s sale to Intelsat actually make your inflight Wi-Fi better?

The Points Guy / 9h
The novelty of accessing the internet from a metal tube soaring through the sky at 500 miles per hour has long been lost on frequent flyers. Now, the question isn’t whether or not your flight will offer Wi-Fi, but how much it’ll cost and whether or not it’ll actually work . Recently, a number of top internet providers have worked aggressively to update their offerings — at least partially in resp

NASA tests a booster that produces 3 million pounds of thrust

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Northrop Grumman's full-scale booster ignites on Wednesday afternoon. [credit: NASA TV ] On Wednesday afternoon in Northern Utah, Northrop Grumman fired up a full-scale test version of the boosters it is building for NASA's Space Launch System rocket. Although engineers were still reviewing 300 channels of data, Charlie Precourt, vice president of propulsion systems at Northrop Grumman, said the

Seagate launches highest ever capacity NAS drive

Launches QX 15.3 SATA SSD
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Seagate has updated its IronWolf NAS drives to provide SMBs with robust data management infrastructure.

American now charges more to access Wi-Fi across multiple devices — what changed?

The Points Guy / 10h
Onboard Wi-Fi is a near-ubiquitous option onboard the major U.S. airlines. In recent years, American Airlines has installed high-speed , gate-to-gate Wi-Fi service for almost its entire mainline fleet. That’s great news for travelers who wish to stay connected while in the air. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . American ditched slow, ground

Feds can’t ask Google for every phone in a 100-meter radius, court says

Google Your News Update
100+Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge (credit: Page Light Studios ) Federal courts in the Chicago area have three times rejected government applications for warrants to force Google to produce a list of smartphones near two particular commercial establishments during one of three 45-minute intervals. The most recent ruling was handed down last week and was recently made public . The decisions are significant because Google ha

Samsung’s got a new budget 5G handset and a fitness tracker with a two-week battery

100+TechCrunch / 10h
Yesterday’s overflow Galaxy Unpacked event was about one thing and one thing alone: the Galaxy Z Fold 2 . Honestly, it was a bit anticlimactic after its predecessor found Samsung unveiling five new devices. But the singular focus wasn’t for lack of new stuff to show off. In fact, the company just unleashed a whole slew of new products across a wide range of categories, including a gaming monitor,

Glacial meltwater lakes have grown by half since the 1990s

47Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge / Glacial meltwater lakes in the Bhutan Himalaya. (credit: NASA EO ) When we talk about sea level rise, one of the causes we have to mention is the shrinking of mountain glaciers, which are often overlooked as we focus on the monster ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica. Seas rise because glacial ice melts and meltwater makes its way to the ocean, turning land ice into ocean volume. But

India Bans 118 Chinese Apps as Indian Soldier Is Killed on Disputed Border

India 118 Chinese Apps
400+NYT > Technology / 11h
The Indian government is blocking Chinese apps from its huge domestic market to strike back against China amid a tense border standoff.

Can You Transfer Citi ThankYou Points To Others?

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The Citi ThankYou program is one of the major transferable points currencies . There are lots of ways to redeem Citi ThankYou points, from transferring them to one of Citi’s airline partners (my preferred use), to redeeming them towards the cost of travel, to redeeming them for gift cards and statement credits. One common point of confusion is whether you can transfer Citi ThankYou points to othe

Forgotten Twitter feature shows off the embarrassing topics you follow

100+Mashable / 11h
Twitter tends to reveal a lot about people. The tweets they like, the accounts they follow, and their inane 280-character musings depict a sometimes not-so-complex picture of the platform's users. And then there's Topics. Unveiled in November of last year , the mostly forgotten feature was pitched as a way to let you follow rather specific areas of interest (i.e. topics) rather than specific acco

Researchers prove lithium-ion battery alternatives have real x3 potential

33SlashGear / 11h
A study published this week showed experimental evidence that batteries of the future might very well have double or triple the power capacity available in standard lithium-ion batteries today. This could eventually lead to smartphones with batteries that allow you to go without a recharge for several days at a time. It could also mean that phone batteries will last … Continue reading

Artist adds Al Green's face to Walgreens sign

1KMashable / 11h
Al Green is taking over pharmacies nationwide. The soul singer known for '70s hits like "Let's Stay Together" and "Love and Happiness" graced a Walgreens sign in Pennsylvania. The addition is the work of street artist Cassius King , who frequently decorates West Chester, Pennsylvania with vinyl adhesives and projections. Green thought it was hilarious. who did this? 😂

Powerbeats Pro True Wireless Earbuds Last Nine Hours On a Single Charge, Now $20 Off

24Gizmodo / 11h
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How The Most Expensive Restaurant In Chicago Sells Out Indoor Dining Every Night During Covid [Roundup]

View from the Wing / 11h
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 ...

FCC dings company for $164K after its false broadband claims distorted national report

100+TechCrunch / 11h
The FCC was deeply embarrassed last year when it was found that its rosy broadband deployment report was off by millions, owing to a single, extremely suspect filing that conjured 62 million customers out of thin air . The company responsible is being assessed a $163,912 fine, but the underlying problems that let it happen haven’t been fixed — as Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel assesses it: “Wha

HBO to host ‘groundbreaking’ ‘Lovecraft Country’ VR events

100+Engadget / 11h
HBO is commemorating the release of its show, Lovecraft Country , in a unique way with a series of three VR events it describes as “first-of-its-kind.” Lovecraft Country: Sanctum will transport guests into a world inspired by the show, according to a statement from HBO. A group of 100 “select influential voices” will be invited to experience the events via Oculus Quest headset, while fans will be

At 15TB, this is probably the highest capacity SSD you can fit in a laptop

Launches QX 15.3 SATA SSD
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TeamGroup’s 2.5-inch SSD almost beats 3.5-inch HDDs in capacity.

NASA digs up old Mars photo to highlight twin peaks hiding in plain sight

37SlashGear / 11h
NASA has pulled an old Mars image from its archives, bringing it to the attention of a new generation of space enthusiasts. The image was captured by one of the space agency’s earlier Martian rovers, one that operated for less than three months before retiring in the late 1990s. What makes this particular image so unique? It reveals ‘twin peaks’ … Continue reading

Amazon deletes anti-union listing, watches workers’ “secret” social groups

Amazon 2020 One WF
100+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / An Amazon Flex driver delivers an armload of packages in Cambridge, Mass., on Dec. 18, 2018. (credit: Pat Greenhouse | The Boston Globe | Getty Images ) Amazon is working extremely hard to counter both internal unionization efforts and external bad press even as working conditions for its Flex drivers seem to get ever more desperate amid the persistent pandemic, a set of new reports rev

ZTE announces the world’s first phone with a behind-the-screen camera

57Ars Technica / 11h
ZTE's official render, which shows a pristine display. There's a camera behind there somewhere. [credit: ZTE ] ZTE has officially announced the world's first commercial phone with a behind-the-screen camera: the ZTE Axon 20 5G . Shrinking phone bezels have made locating the front camera a major design point of phones for the past few years. We've seen big camera notches , small camera notches , r

Coronavirus Antibodies Can Last at Least Four Months, Large Iceland Study Finds

200+Gizmodo / 11h
A new study from Iceland provides reassurance that our antibodies to the coronavirus that causes covid-19 can last at least four months—assuming that we produce them in the first place. Read more...

Amazon Labor Day sale for 2020 discounts your favorite tech by up to 40%

Amazon 2020 One WF
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Amazon's Labor Day sales include Intel Core i7 Processors, Beats headphones and Sony TVs for up to half-off.

Star Trek: Discovery's Third Season Brings Trek's First Explicitly Trans and Nonbinary Characters

1KGizmodo / 11h
Star Trek: Discovery is heading into a new unknown next season, but the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery won’t be alone. CBS All Access has announced that two new characters are joining the cast for season three , and will be the franchise’s first explicitly nonbinary and transgender characters. Read more...

This $20 Virtual Gardening Master Class Is the Secret to Finding Your Green Thumb

Futurism / 11h
More than ever before, the coronavirus-induced quarantine has highlighted the importance of green spaces, especially in overpopulated urban centers. A recent Bloomberg article emphasizes the dire human need to be surrounded by greenery: “The multiplicity of benefits parks have always offered us — physical and mental health relief , community building , and free public open space in tight, increas

Cut Better Videos With This Adobe Premiere Pro Production Course Bundle

Futurism / 11h
When YouTube first launched in 2005, nobody was quite sure what it would become. Fifteen years later, governments are arguing over who gets to own a social network mostly concerned with dance videos and we’re all communicating via Zoom. Video is now part of how we laugh, how we work, and how we get through the day, and learning to make better videos is becoming a skill for everyone. The Adobe Pre

Samsung's Galaxy Fit 2 can run for two weeks on a single charge

79Engadget / 11h
When it comes to fitness trackers, consumers are spoiled for choice. Between devices from Fitbit , Garmin and now even Amazon , there's probably a device out there suited for everyone, no matter their specific needs. But that same amount of choice can make it difficult for some trackers to stand out. Samsung's Galaxy Fit is the perfect example. It's a capable device that does a lot right , but it

Thousands of WordPress websites at risk thanks to an obscure flaw

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File Manager plugin vulnerability could allow attackers to execute commands and malicious scripts on vulnerable WordPress sites.

JBL’s new Bluetooth speakers range from tiny to massive (and expensive)

JBL 3 Bluetooth PartyBox
SlashGear / 12h
In addition to announcing a trio of new wireless earbuds today, JBL has announced a range of Bluetooth speakers. When we use the phrase “range,” we mean it too, as these new speakers vary in size from tiny clip-on speakers that hang off a belt loop to massive boomboxes that have built-in wheels. As you might imagine, along with those … Continue reading

How to Deal With Your Mask Anxiety

200+Lifehacker / 12h
When I first came across this post from the Cleveland Clinic about mask anxiety, I thought it had something to do with anxiety caused by other people refusing to wear masks. And while that is certainly something many of us have been struggling with over the past several months, the article is referring to another type… Read more...

Venture capital LPs are the missing link to solving Silicon Valley’s diversity problem

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Pranavi Cheemakurti Contributor Pranavi is an investor and writer currently doing pre-seed and seed-stage B2B SaaS investing at Acceleprise Ventures and writing at . In the last few months, we’ve seen much of Silicon Valley finally start to acknowledge generations of systemic racial inequity and take actionable steps to empower and support underrepresented people in tech.

What to Do With Your Old Graphics Card if You Upgrade to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 GPU

Nvidia GeForce RTX
100+Gizmodo / 12h
Now that we’re one day removed from Nvidia’s huge announcement for desktop gamers, I trust many of you are feeling tempted to make a September splurge and upgrade your graphics card. Whether you’re going for a reasonable upgrade (the $499 RTX 3070) or the 8K, 60-frames-per-second beast (the $1,499 RTX 3090), there’s… Read more...

Light Up Your World With an iHome RGB Wireless Charging Station for $39

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Light Up Your World With an iHome RGB Wireless Charging Station for $39

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NASA Tests Rocket So Huge It Lights Entire Hillside on Fire

3KFuturism / 12h
Massive Fireball Northrop Grumman just ignited a booster for NASA’s long-awaited Space Launch System (SLS) — blasting so forcefully that it ignited brush on the surrounding hills at the company’s test facility in Promontory, Utah. 3…2…1… fire. The @NASA_SLS rocket booster test is in progress. — NASA (@NASA) September 2, 2020 The booster started a fire on the hillside. p

Intel Tiger Lake release date, specs and news: all the details on Intel’s next 10nm chips

Intel Tiger Lake Iris Xe
100+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Intel has finally launched Tiger Lake, the 11th-generation lineup of processors for ultraportable laptops.

Hyatt’s gaining a hotel in one of Maui’s most picturesque places

The Points Guy / 12h
Travelers to the Hawaiian island of Maui are familiar with resorts in popular tourist areas like Wailea and Lahaina, but soon Hyatt will offer a new hotel option on the far east end of the island in the town of Hana. Last year, a California-based investment group purchased the former Travaasa Hana hotel for about $25 million and has now signed a deal with Hyatt, who will operate the hotel, now ca

Here's how you can know when Xbox Series X preorders go live

Microsoft A. Network
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Here’s How Microtransactions Work In Marvel’s Avengers

2KLifehacker / 12h
Ever since Marvel’s Avengers was revealed to be an endless online game, a la Destiny , prospective players have wondered about potential microtransactions, and just how bad they are. To just be out with it: Yes, there are microtransactions in Marvel’s Avengers . No, you can’t pay your way to a superpowered character… Read more...

Featured Session: Global Technology for Data in the Cloud

76MIT Technology Review / 12h
2020 has brought global disruption of societies, customer behavior, and economies. The businesses that survive and thrive will need to make fast, smart decisions about how to pivot in today’s world. In this session, you’ll hear from Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec, global vice president for block and object storage at Amazon Web Services, about how those smart decisions will be fundamentally based on data

AI Advances and Applications

AI Intel Roborock E4
64MIT Technology Review / 12h
Is AI at an impasse? The growth of AI to date has been fueled by massive amounts of data and exponential gains in processing efficiency. But are these gains sustainable and if not, what is going to take us to the next level? Join us virtually at EmTech MIT as we look at the status quo and the road ahead for AI. We’ll examine how today’s AI tools are being used to solve real-world problems, and ho

Study finds ordinary tattoo ink is a useful tool for detecting cancer

N95 Amarin Says
22SlashGear / 12h
The ink used to apply your last tattoo may also be a useful tool for detecting hidden cancers, according to a new study from the University of Southern California. The trick is being able to distinguish the cancer cells from the normal cells nearby, something that can be achieved using nanoparticles paired with tattoo ink or food dye, the study … Continue reading

India Blocks 118 More China-Linked Apps, Including PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

India 118 Chinese Apps
46Gizmodo / 12h
Months after barring TikTok, India is now cracking down on dozens more apps with links to China—the latest development in an ongoing feud between the two countries. This time, India’s banned multiple apps from Chinese tech giant Tencent, including mobile versions of the popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s … Read more...

Edtech startups find demand from an unlikely customer: Public schools

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School district technology budgets are tight. But Kami CEO and founder Hengjie Wang wanted to make his company’s digital classroom product a go-to tool anyway. He landed on trying to disrupt the printers. Wang found that school districts spend an average of $150,000 every year on printed materials. Kami helps teachers digitize worksheets so students can digitally annotate them. Doing the math, Wa

Weber’s SmokeFire Is a Do-Everything Grill and Smoker—With Some Risks

Gizmodo / 12h
You’ve probably already perused other reviews of Weber’s SmokeFire pellet grill, which hit stores early this year. And you probably left those reviews thinking the SmokeFire sorta sucks. Fair enough. It’s got a temperature range that no other fancy grill and smoker on the market possesses, but a variety of problems… Read more...

What to Do With Your Old Graphics Card if You Upgrade to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 GPU

Nvidia GeForce RTX
100+Lifehacker / 12h
Now that we’re one day removed from Nvidia’s huge announcement for desktop gamers, I trust many of you are feeling tempted to make a September splurge and upgrade your graphics card. Whether you’re going for a reasonable upgrade (the $499 RTX 3070) or the 8K, 60-frames-pe