Thursday, November 12, 2020

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The best noise-cancelling headphones in the UAE for 2020

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We've rounded up the best noise-cancelling headphones that will keep the world out and your music in.

Yes, YouTube is down

YouTube Worldwide Google
18KEngadget / 7h
In an event that’s becoming just a bit too frequent , YouTube is have some issues. While the website itself still works, it’s impossible for us to actually play a video, as it gets stuck in an infinite loading loop. The YouTube TV premium streaming service is also affected , and so is YouTube Music. Google’s video service is usually rock solid, but this is the second time this year that I can thi

The first cruise ship to resume sailing in the Caribbean is having a COVID scare

2KThe Points Guy / 15h
The first cruise vessel to resume sailing in the Caribbean is in the midst of a COVID scare. A passenger on SeaDream Yacht Club’s SeaDream 1 has tested positive for COVID-19 on a preliminary basis, the captain of the vessel, Torbjorn Lund, announced in a shipwide intercom address shortly after noon on Wednesday. Lund asked all passengers to return to their cabins, where they would be isolated. No

Pick n Pay is starting their Black Friday deals from tomorrow

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Pick n Pay plan to launch online exclusive deals every few days in the run-up to its two-week Black Friday blow-out.

Historic Xbox Series launch in SA

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The recent Xbox Series launch is the biggest to date in South Africa

Realme 7 5G to launch on November 19 in UK

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Realme is set to launch a new 5G device globally next week. The Realme 7 5G will be the first 5G device in the number series.

Cadbury ad uses AI to promote over 1,800 local businesses - but there's a catch

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'Not Just A Cadbury Ad' is a hyper-local and data-driven campaign to support local businesses hit by the pandemic.

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro Moonphase Collection high-end smart timepiece with a classic watchmaking touch to it.

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
A classy and stylish timepiece that’s ready for the outdoors with two week’s battery life.

China to ship 3 billion parcels during post-COVID Singles’ Day

Alibaba China Singles
100+TechCrunch / 1h
China’s e-commerce behemoths Alibaba and again claimed to have set records during the world’s largest shopping event, Singles’ Day. The figures can often be gamed to paint a rosy picture of perpetual growth, journalists and analysts have long observed, so they are limited metrics for measuring the firms’ performance or Chinese consumers’ purchasing power in times of COVID-19. Nonetheless,

'Coding error' in Scotland's Test and Protect figures

500+BBC News - Technology / 1h
The error led to contact tracing staff overestimating the number of people contacted within 24 hours.

Apple TV PlayStation app now available ahead of PS5 launch

SlashGear / 1h
It’s a big week for gaming, particularly for those on the console side of the fence. The Xbox Series X just launched and the PlayStation 5 will soon be shipping to gamers, at least in some countries. When they do, however, new owners will immediately be able to get access to Apple’s video app thanks to the promised Apple TV … Continue reading

Social media: How might it be regulated?

100+BBC News - Technology / 2h
A report puts forward a tranche of ideas that could help reduce the spread of misinformation.

New Yorker fires Jeffrey Toobin for exposing himself on Zoom

1KBBC News - Technology / 2h
Jeffrey Toobin, who is also senior legal analyst for CNN, confirmed in a tweet he had been sacked.

Intel Server GPUs target Android cloud gaming servers

Intel Xe oneAPI GPU
SlashGear / 2h
It may have once been the king of personal computing but Intel is now seeing its kingdom being attacked on almost all fronts. ARM-based laptops are starting to become trendy especially with the introduction of Macs running on Apple’s M1 Silicon. Even on the server side, AMD and NVIDIA are closing in on the lucrative market, especially with the latter’s … Continue reading

Unbelievable! Score Sony’s WH-1000XM4 headphones for just AU$349!

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Amazon discounted the best headphones of 2020 by 36%

OnePlus 5 OxygenOS 10.0.1 update brings back camera EIS

OnePlus Nord N100 11
30SlashGear / 3h
OnePlus is getting a lot of flack now for its unexpected stance on Android updates for the OnePlus Nord but, to its credit, the company has had a more commendable record compared to other companies. It has, for example, even extended its updates to older models, like the OnePlus 5 and 5T from way back in 2017. Those two phones … Continue reading

Where to find the best iPhone 12 deals this Black Friday

28Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: has launched a range of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, with the iPhone 12 available for £47 per month. Black Friday is fast approaching, and we're seeing an increasing number of deals on all the latest smartphones. There are many places that you can find impressive deals, but where should you head first? We know that everyone will have different preferences when it come

Save over £100 on this pair of seriously smart electric toothbrushes

Mashable / 3h
SAVE £130: Two Oral-B Smart 4 4900 electric toothbrushes are on sale for £69.99 on Amazon, saving you 65% on list price. There are going to be a lot of tempting deals dropping in the coming weeks, and you might be persuaded to drop some cash on an electric toothbrush. We've already seen plenty of deals from top brands like Colgate and Braun, but Oral-B is offering something a little different. Yo

Unblock American Netflix for under £2 a month with Surfshark

Mashable / 3h
SAVE 83%: A two-year subscription to Surfshark is on sale for £1.68 per month as of Nov. 12, and includes an extra three months for free. Surfshark is one of the most popular VPN services, even though it hasn't been around for as long as some of the other leading names. It's clear to see why, given that subscribers get unlimited connections, fast content delivery, advanced security and privacy, a

Save £100 on any mattress in Nectar's early Black Friday sale

Mashable / 3h
SAVE £100: Nectar has launched its early Black Friday sale , with £100 off any mattress plus two free premium pillows, up to £450 off bundles, and up to 30% off accessories as of Nov. 12. We all know that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great opportunities to save on things like headphones, speakers, consoles, and TVs. It's not all about consumer tech though. There are other products that alway

Still looking to buy an LG G8X in India? It is back in stock for Rs 27,990

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
One of the hottest selling products of this festive season, the LG G8X is now available for Rs 27,990 on Flipkart.

Get 6 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free when you buy an Echo Dot

20Mashable / 3h
SAVE 55%: Purchase an Echo Dot for £39.99 on Amazon, and get six months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free. Black Friday can be stressful. There are a lot of deals on offer, and it can be tricky to know which ones are actually worth considering. It's not always like this though, because sometimes the best deals are totally obvious. Amazon is giving away six months of Amazon Music Unlimited with a

Where to buy PS5 - Sony queue system still live

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Wondering where to buy PS5? Here's all the retailers offering release day stock right now.

Samsung’s revolutionary SSD behaves like a (powerful) PC - and you'll never guess why

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Welcome to the world of computational storage devices.

Twitch apologizes for poor handling of DMCA takedown claims

Twitch DMCA May Streamers
SlashGear / 4h
Twitch originally started as a place for gamers to stream their adventures and misadventures to a captive audience. It has long since outgrown that singular purpose, however, as it expanded to cover art streams, instructional videos, and a lot more. Often, these streams would play music in the background, unaware that they might be infringing on someone’s copyright. That’s what … Continue reading

Twitter meme identifies things that feel racist, but technically aren't

57Mashable / 4h
What's something that ISN'T a joke but still FEELS like a joke to you? A new Twitter meme has users listing things that feel suss to them, despite being fairly innocuous on the face of it. Subtler than microaggressions , these objects and actions don't hold any particular connotations at first glance, but are so frequently accompanied by certain behaviour that they're now guilty by association. I

Bruce Willis returns to space to kick some alien derriere in Breach trailer

67Ars Technica / 4h
Bruce Willis battles an alien life form aboard an interstellar ark en route to a New Earth in Breach . An interstellar ark transporting the last humans on Earth to a new home inadvertently brings along a shape-shifting alien stowaway in Breach , a new sci-fi action film starring Bruce Willis and directed by John Suits. The trailer just dropped, and the film looks like a fairly generic mix of elem

How to buy a PlayStation 5 on November 12th

200+Engadget / 5h
Sony’s console is the second gaming system to make its debut this week, as the PlayStation 5 officially goes on sale and starts shipping to gamers tomorrow (in North America, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea). If your system of choice is the PS5 then hopefully you’ve already secured a pre-order , because supply is expected to be tight for months. But if you’re trying to buy

Amazon's Alexa Can Now Ask You Follow-Up Questions

Amazon Alexa AI Questions
24Gizmodo / 5h
Responding to demands from consumers for “an Alexa, but make it talk even more,” Amazon announced on Wednesday that its latest digital assistant model will be able to infer a user’s “latent goals,” and will use those to pose follow-up questions to users. Read more...

Apple Silicon M1 benchmarks give credence to performance claims

Apple M1 MacBook MA
SlashGear / 5h
Apple’s announcement of the first generation of Macs running on its own Silicon processors was unsurprisingly filled with bold claims. Given the novelty of the M1 chip and its ARM-based design, there might be some apprehension if the new MacBooks will be able to hold their own against Intel’s most powerful processors. Geekbench scores for these new computers have started … Continue reading

Xbox Series X vape situation is ridiculous and dangerous

Xbox Series Microsoft
35SlashGear / 6h
Like any other tool, the Internet can be used for good or for ill. It has empowered smaller voices to be heard, thanks to social platforms and services, for example, but it has also emboldened many to act more recklessly for fleeting prestige. People have been known to do crazy stunts just for the sake of going viral for a … Continue reading

Valorant's newest update 1.12 is now out

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with changes to competitive mode, systems and social update.

Garmin Venu Sq smartwatch with Body Battery energy monitoring launched in India

Garmin Venu Sq Connect
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
The Garmin Venu Sq fitness tracker is now available in India with notification management, music storage and a slew of health features.

President-elect Joseph Biden reportedly plucks Revolution’s Ron Klain as new chief of staff

Biden Klain White House
500+TechCrunch / 6h
President-elect Joseph Biden has plucked Ron Klain, a longtime colleague and confidant and the current executive vice president of the venture capital firm Revolution, as his White House chief of staff, reports The New York Times. Klain was Biden’s chief of staff for two years during the Obama administration and left his post as chief of staff in 2011 to join Revolution, the firm founded by forme

Qualcomm reportedly gets license to sell chips to Huawei on one condition

Qualcomm Chips Huawei
SlashGear / 6h
Although it’s too early to say, things seem to be looking up a bit for the beleaguered Huawei. Regulations preventing it from obtaining products and components from US companies are still in place but reports indicate that exceptions to those are being more loosely granted based on whether or not such products will be used for Huawei’s 5G business. Now … Continue reading

PS5: PlayStation's 'most extraordinary' pandemic launch

100+BBC News - Technology / 6h
The boss of PlayStation speaks to Newsbeat about launching the PS5.

YouTube videos won't play right now, and maybe that's for the best

YouTube Instagram Twitch
100+Mashable / 6h
What in the world are Flat Earthers going to do? Everyone's second-favorite radicalization engine came crashing to a halt late Wednesday afternoon as YouTube videos refused to play. The website itself loads just fine, but videos only display error messages when users attempt to play them. According to DownDetector , which is owned by Mashable parent company Ziff Davis, reports of problems with Yo

YouTube was down because 2020 isn't over for seven weeks – it's back now

YouTube Worldwide Google
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The entire YouTube network is down right now, so you can't watch videos from any of Google's services at the moment.

YouTube is somewhat down, widespread technical issue confirmed [UPDATE: Fixed]

SlashGear / 7h
The power of the Internet manifests itself in how most people today consume not only entertainment but even news. From social networks to video streaming, Internet services have become the go-to solutions these days, especially in times of calamities and lockdowns. You can definitely tell how those services have become so ingrained in our lives when people start complaining loudly … Continue read

YouTube Is Down For Everyone Right Now

YouTube Worldwide Google
500+Gizmodo / 7h
YouTube appeared to be having technical issues on a global scale on Wednesday night, leaving scores of users (ahem) temporarily unable to stream their rainy night blogging music. Read more...

Early Black Friday deal: this cheap Bluetooth speaker from JBL is a steal

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Save big on the JBL Flip Essential Bluetooth speaker with this Walmart Black Friday deal.

Where to buy PS5 in Australia on launch day – what you need to know

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Wondering where to buy PS5 when stock lands? You're not alone - here's our top tips for securing that next-gen console.

Rivian electric pickup will debut with three editions, with a cheaper one to follow

100TechCrunch / 7h
Rivian is opening up pre-orders for three editions of its upcoming electric pickup truck and SUV that start as low as $67,500 and with a battery range of more than 300 miles. However, more options will follow, including a base version that will have a smaller range of at least 250 miles and a price below $67,000. Information on the three editions and their accompanying equipment packages, paint o

Fortnite survey hints at pricey subscription plan with special perks

SlashGear / 7h
It seems that Epic Games is exploring the possibility of offering a monthly Fortnite subscription plan that’ll give players special perks, including a monthly batch of V-Bucks — at least based on a survey that some users report seeing. The survey includes a promotional photo for the potential monthly subscription, as well as questions about users’ perception of the offerings … Continue reading

Make Holiday Memories on a Budget in Sony's Limited-Time Camera and Accessories Sale at Best Buy

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Make Holiday Memories on a Budget in Sony's Limited-Time Camera and Accessories Sale at Best Buy

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Looking for a cheap tablet deal this Black Friday? Check out this $49 Lenovo M8 at Walmart

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This Lenovo M8 for $49 is the perfect gift this holiday season thanks to Walmarts latest Black Friday tablet deals.

Google warns Google Drive users: Use it, or lose your files

1KMashable / 7h
It's 10 p.m. Do you know where your files are? Google announced a new storage policy Wednesday governing user accounts, and while most of the resulting headlines focused of a new price tag for Google Photos, an important change went mostly overlooked. Notably, going forward, Google says that if you don't check in on your Google Drive files every now and then, it may delete them. Google frames thi

Leaked Memo: Bali Plans Tourism Re-Opening December 1

24View from the Wing / 7h
A leaked memo has detailed Bali’s tourism re-opening plans. On Friday, November 6th a government meeting took place at the Astor hotel between Bali’s airport authority, Director General of Indonesian Health, and Minister of Maritime Affairs. The memo details the plan for Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport to begin accepting international tourists on December 1. Bali’s Governor confirms the m

Walmart Black Friday deals are live: 4K TVs, cheap laptops, AirPods, and more

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Walmart Black Friday deals are live at the 'Deals for Days' sale include massive price cuts on TVs, laptops, appliances, and more.

You Need to Update Chrome Right Now

Google Chrome Zero-Days
57Gizmodo / 7h
Google rolled out Chrome version 86.0.4240.198 on Wednesday in response to two zero-day vulnerabilities discovered in the wild—the fourth and fifth security flaws discovered in the browser in the last three weeks alone. Read more...

Samsung One UI 3.0 beta with Android 11 adds Galaxy Note 10, more phones

Samsung One Galaxy
SlashGear / 7h
Samsung has earned the bad rap for being slow on Android updates, be it the major ones or even the monthly security fixes. That, however, may be a thing of the past and its has turned over a new leaf, even going so far as committing to three years of updates starting with this year’s flagships. Continuing that new tradition, … Continue reading

Black Friday laptop deals as low as $149 are selling out fast right now at Walmart

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Don't miss these Black Friday laptop deals at Walmart - there are plenty of options, though you'll have to rush to catch them.

Google Photos axes free, unlimited storage for 'high quality' snaps

Google Photos June
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After June 1, 2021, 'high quality' photos and videos will start counting towards your 15GB of free storage.

Get a Tineco cordless vacuum for $99 as part of Walmart's Black Friday sale

48Mashable / 8h
Save $50: The Tineco A10 Dash cordless stick vacuum is on sale at Walmart for $99 starting at 7 p.m. EST Nov. 11 in an early Black Friday deal. Surprise: you shouldn't have to go over the same spot on your floor a million times in order for your vacuum to actually pick up the mess. Seriously. It should take one or two sweeps and — voilĂ  — you're done. So if cleaning your small living has been tak

Microsoft releases over 100 security updates - so patch now

Microsoft Zero-Day
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Microsoft's November 2020 Patch Tuesday security updates fix a number of bugs including a zero-day privilege escalation vulnerability.

Intel just patched this first of its kind vulnerability

New Platypus Intel
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New attacks steal information by observing power fluctuations.

Voi tests e-scooters with built-in pedestrian detection

78Engadget / 8h
By this point, most people know electric scooters aren’t the safest form of transportation you can use to get around a city. Frequently, people don’t have the necessary experience to know how to respond to certain road situations. Voi, a Swedish startup that offers electric scooter rentals throughout the UK and continental Europe, thinks it may have a solution. The company is partnering with anot

London and SF have become Impact Tech hubs, with 280% increase in VC in 5 years

100+TechCrunch / 8h
New research has found that San Francisco and London have become two of the world’s leading hubs for VC investment into tech solutions that address one or more of the 17 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), more commonly referred to as “Impact Tech”. They are followed by Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Shanghai and Beijing. Tech solutions for such pressing issues as the climate crisis and social i

Project xCloud game streaming arrives in Australia next week, Microsoft confirms

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Microsoft's Preview Program for Project xCloud is launching in Australia November 18, with the official list of titles revealed as well.

Huge Black Friday TV deal: this TCL 55-inch 4K TV just dropped to $148

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This Black Friday TV deal will go fast! Walmart has the TCL 55-inch 4K TV on sale for just $148 at the 'Deals for Days' sale.

Nike brings self-lacing Adapt tech to the Jordan XI

200+Engadget / 8h
In 2019 Nike fulfilled the promise of Marty McFly’s Mags by introducing the first self-tightening Adapt BB basketball sneakers , and now it’s plugging the tech into one of its most recognizable shoes ever. As part of a 25th anniversary release, the patent leather-covered Air Jordan XI is coming out in both a Jubilee black/white color way and this self-lacing equipped Air Jordan XI Adapt model. Ni

CDC says there’s a new E. coli outbreak, but the source is a mystery

SlashGear / 8h
Days after the FDA highlighted a new romaine lettuce recall involving potential E. coli contamination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that it is investigating a multi-state E. coli outbreak linked to the leafy green — though, it notes, it doesn’t yet know whether the lettuce is to blame. Illnesses linked to this outbreak have been reported … Continue reading

George Lucas' Plans for His Star Wars Sequels Were More Familiar Than You'd Think

1KGizmodo / 8h
For the most part, George Lucas has stayed fairly quiet about his own future plans for Star Wars before selling off Lucasfilm and the franchise to Disney. We’ve had teases here and there, but in a new interview, Lucas lifted the lid even further on what could’ve been Star Wars VII through IX —and while there are some… Read more...

This Shark IQ robot vacuum is $100 off at Walmart — get it for $199

48Mashable / 8h
SAVE $100: Get the Shark IQ Robot Vacuum R100 for only $199 from Walmart starting at 7 p.m. EST Nov. 11 in an early Black Friday deal. We've said it once and we'll say it again: Vacuuming sucks. Dragging around a big, heavy, loud vacuum to get your floors clean doesn't have to be the norm, since there are so many robot vacuums that can do it for you just as well. This Black Friday (and by that, w

The new MacBooks don't have HD webcams, so we found a few for you

Apple MacBook New M1
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Read more... More about Tech , Webcams , Macbooks , Tech , and Consumer Tech

Rivian is making its hands-free driver assistance system standard in ‘every vehicle’ it builds

100+TechCrunch / 8h
Electric automaker Rivian will makes its hands-free driver assistance system standard in every vehicle it builds, including its first two vehicles — the RT1 pickup truck and R1S SUV — that are coming to market in 2021. Details about the system, which is branded as Driver+, was just one of numerous new bits of information released Wednesday on its website, including prices and specs on its R1T pic

San Francisco Just Banned Natural Gas In New Buildings

500+Gizmodo / 9h
San Francisco is banning the use of natural gas in any new buildings, requiring them to rely on the electric grid instead. That makes it the second-largest city yet to ban new natural gas hookups. Hell yeah. Read more...

Daily Crunch: Google Photos will end free, unlimited storage

300+TechCrunch / 9h
Google changes its storage policy, Facebook extends its political ad ban and Ring doorbells are recalled. This is your Daily Crunch for November 11, 2020. The big story: Google Photos will end free, unlimited storage Google is changing its storage policies for free accounts in a way that could have a big impact on anyone regularly using Google Photos. Currently, Google Photos allows users to stor

This is the cheapest Core laptop pre-Black Friday, but it has one unforgivable flaw

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Shame about the archaic 1366x768 pixel display.

AMD's latest Ryzen CPU can drive 8K content, probably without a fan

AMD Ryzen Series NVIDIA
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AMD has announced the release of the Ryzen Embedded V2000 Series of processors, boasting high performance and power efficiency.

Google's Australian addition to its mobile AR puts koalas in your house

44Mashable / 9h
If you can't go to Australia to pet the koalas, the koalas will now come to you — sort of. Google has added eight Australian animals to its collection of mobile AR creatures , allowing users to size up animated 3D renditions of the country's native fauna. It's an entertaining little update, and a good tool to help you determine which ones you could take in a fight. (The answer, by the way, is "no

Alexa gets new Care Hub feature for monitoring aging relatives

Amazon Alexa Care Hub
SlashGear / 9h
Amazon has launched Care Hub, a new Alexa feature that enables users to keep tabs on family members who live independently, but who may need assistance from time to time. The feature is particularly useful amid the pandemic, making it easier to connect with isolated elderly parents and more without the risk of in-person visits. Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo … Continue reading

We Tested All The PS5 Demon's Souls Graphics Filters

200+Gizmodo / 9h
I’m happy to report that I’m finally playing Demon’s Souls , my most anticipated next-gen game . While full impressions will require more time, let’s take a look at the various visual filters the game provides to players on PlayStation 5. Read more...

Japanese Town Installs Red-Eyed Robot Wolf to Scare Off Bears

Wolf Japanese Bears
500+Futurism / 9h
Monster Wolf A town in Japan has installed several terrifying robot wolves that can move and give off blood-curdling howls in an attempt to prevent bear attacks, The Guardian reports . The town of Takikawa got two of the “Monster Wolf” robots after bears were spotted in the surrounding neighborhoods in September, according to the newspaper. There’s been an increase in bear sightings in rural area

Google Photos is ending unlimited storage and people are not happy

500+Mashable / 9h
It's the end of an era, folks. The era of free cloud photo storage, that is. Google announced Wednesday that Google Photos would no longer allow unlimited high-quality photo and video storage for its previous price of free-99 (h/t The Verge ). Beginning June 1, 2021, any new hi-res photos stored in Google Photos will count against the service's limit of 15GB of free data. Once you eclipse that am

You're breathing wrong. Here are 6 ways to fix that.

100+Mashable / 9h
For years, I've been focused on the most basic human activity there is: breathing. After all, watching your breath is the main activity in meditation, something I'm so gung-ho about that I started an annual high-tech meditation contest . Dr. Andrew Weil's famous relaxation breathing exercise — inhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 7, exhale for a count of 8 — helped me to sleep on anxious

Google Photos is the latest “Unlimited” plan to impose hard limits

Google Photos June
300+Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge / Google is no longer offering unlimited photo storage—except to Pixel users, that is. (credit: Google) Today, Google Photos VP Shimrit Ben-Yair announced the end of Google Photos' unlimited photo storage policy. The plan already came with significant caveats—unlimited storage was for the tier Google deems "High Quality," which includes compressed media only, capped at 16 megapixels for p

Agile vs. Agile 2: What's the difference?

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Here's why Agile needs to change.

Hurricanes might not be losing steam as fast as they used to

65Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge / Hurricane Eta on November 3 of this year. (credit: NASA EO ) Lots of attention is given to the effects of climate change on tropical cyclones, much of it focusing on effects that are dead obvious. Projections indicate increased intensity among the strongest storms, for example, and increases in rainfall and storm surge are unavoidable consequences of warmer air holding more moisture and

Sony PS5 stock will be a nightmare – no in-store sales by design

SlashGear / 9h
Sony made it clear that they would not be allowing in-store sales (physical store sales) for the PS5 on launch day. Now that Walmart announced that they’ll have stock – and Target too – things are getting complicated. If you’re looking for a PlayStation 5, what should you do? Per the announcement from Sony, “No units will be available in-store … Continue reading

RIP Google Music, one of the company’s last examples of generosity

500+TechCrunch / 9h
Google Music is dead , and with it one of the few remaining connections I have to the company that doesn’t feel like a gun to my head. The service, now merged haphazardly with YouTube Music, recalled the early days of Google, when they sometimes just made cool internet things. It made it nearly a decade, though — pretty impressive for a one of their products. I’ll just say it up front: I’m a life

How to Install a DIY Kitchen Backsplash for Cheap

36Lifehacker / 9h
2020 has been the year of DIY: We’re all cooped up in our homes, looking around and thinking, “Hell with it, I’ll just do that myself.” One of the hardest (and most expensive) home projects can be renovating a kitchen. Trying to make a kitchen useful and beautiful on a budget is a battle, especially if you’re not… Read more...

Twitter brings its Stories feature, Fleets, to Japan

100+TechCrunch / 9h
Twitter’s own version of Stories, which it calls “Fleets ,” have arrived in Japan. The new feature allows users to post ephemeral content that automatically disappears after 24 hours. Though Fleets previously launched in Brazil, India , Italy and South Korea, Japan is notably Twitter’s second largest market, with some estimated 51.9 million users. It’s also second in terms of revenues, led by adv

The Best Alternatives to Your Discontinued Slingbox

36Lifehacker / 10h
Slingboxes are simple set-top boxes that let you consolidate your TV channels, streaming apps, and other streaming devices and make them accessible via any device you own—even remotely. However, Sling Media is now pulling the plug on the Slingbox: all devices are discontinued and will permanently shut down on November… Read more...

Study shows nearly 1 in 5 COVID-19 survivors develop psychiatric disorder in 90 days

COVID-19 19 90 Days
SlashGear / 10h
A study analyzed electronic health records of 62-thousand individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. The full data set included 69.8-million patients in order to compare COVID-19 patients with other unrelated health events. The study found that 18.1% (nearly 1 in 5) of COVID-19 patients were diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within 90 days of their first diagnosis of COVID-19. A … Continue

Chinese Propaganda Fail: “How Passenger Planes Are Assembled In China”

20View from the Wing / 10h
Chinese state media shared a time lapse video showing 'how a passenger plane is assembled in China.' Except the footage is from Boeing's factory in Everett, Washington. Continue reading ...

Singles Day 2020 is already the biggest shopping event in history

Alibaba China Singles
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Alibaba's Singles Day shows no signs of slowing down and this year the Chinese ecommerce giant kicked off the event 10 days early.

Even the Perfect Batman Cartoon Was Bullshit Once in a While

100+Gizmodo / 10h
Batman: The Animated Series , and, hell, the entire DC Animated Universe of shows spearheaded by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, are so beloved that in all my years doing Worst Episode Ever I never touched them. After all, I figured even the worst B: TAS episode would probably still be miles above most of the crap I usually… Read more...

Get Ready for Gift Card Scams This Holiday Season

56Lifehacker / 10h
The IRS is warning consumers about an uptick in gift card scams , in which scammers pose as a government agent or a bill collector and ask you to pay for a made-up charge with a gift card. Just remember—anyone who insists that you pay by gift card is a scammer. Read more...

Get an early Black Friday deal on this Eufy RoboVac G30 for just $239 – a 25% savings

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Take advantage of this early Black Friday deal on an Eufy by Anker robovac over at Amazon and save 25%

YubiKey Bio Will Turn Your Fingerprint Into a Security Key

47How-To Geek / 10h
If securing your accounts is a top priority, you’ll want to enable extra options like two-factor authentication and security keys. Yubico is one of the leading names in the security key games, and now its latest YubiKey model turns your fingerprint into a key to all your passwords. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Walmart and Cruise to Test Deliveries With Self-Driving Cars In Arizona

Walmart Cruise Arizona
51How-To Geek / 10h
Walmart is teaming up with Cruise, a GM-owned autonomous vehicle company, to deliver groceries in self-driving cars. Customers in Scottsdale, Arizona may have their groceries delivered in Cruise-branded autonomous Chevy Bolts early next year, although Walmart hasn’t clarified how its autonomous delivery system will work. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Your iPhone 12 Mini Will Only Charge at 12W With Apple’s MagSafe Charger

20How-To Geek / 10h
Apple’s MagSafe charger, which snaps to the back of your iPhone 12 series phone, allows you to quickly wirelessly charge your phone with up to 15W of power. Unless you have an iPhone 12 mini, in which case you’re looking at a max speed of 12W. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Panasonic Makes a Vacuum to Rescue Thousands of Airpods From Tokyo Train Tracks

45How-To Geek / 10h
After repeatedly asking customers to avoid dropping wireless earbuds on train tracks, the East Japan Railway Company (better known as JR East) now accepts its role as an AirPod retrieval service. But JR East needs some high-tech help, because the aluminum grabbers usually used to pick up shoes and phones are too clumsy for tiny AirPods. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Hey, Google Photos, What Gives?

Google Photos June
72Gizmodo / 10h
If you’ve been enjoying the luxury of unlimited premium file storage with Google Photos, I have some unfortunate news. Read more...

Report: Elon Musk Is Kind of a Dick

2KGizmodo / 10h
It’s not exactly a secret that Elon Musk, billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, self-proclaimed Thai pedophilia expert , and designer of death race trucks , doesn’t give a flying fuck what other people think about his actions. Read more...

Twitch explains confusing copyright crackdown, urges users to delete videos

Twitch DMCA May Streamers
77Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge / Photo illustration of the Twitch logo on a smartphone. (credit: Getty Images | Thomas Trutschel ) Twitch today apologized to users for how it handled a copyright crackdown last month, but the site still told streamers that they will have to stop using copyrighted recordings to avoid further takedown notices. Twitch—the popular game-streaming site acquired by Amazon for $970 million in 2

There's a Massive Recall of Amazon Ring Doorbells

77Lifehacker / 10h
In a year where it seems everything is both literally and figuratively on fire, it’s not surprising that we can now add Amazon’s Ring Video Doorbell to the list. Yes, it turns out that the device you purchased and installed for the purpose of making your home safer is itself a safety hazard. As a result, Amazon has… Read more...

PlayStation 5: The Next Step in Sony’s Rebound

100+NYT > Technology / 10h
The gaming console, coming out in its latest version on Thursday, has become the Japanese giant’s centerpiece product.

Watch us play PS5: Demon's Souls, Miles Morales and more

100+Engadget / 10h
We’re one day away from the PlayStation 5’s official launch, and we’re ready to show off some gameplay! Check out an in-depth look at the Demon’s Souls remake above with me and Senior Editor Jessica Conditt. And we also find time to explore Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Godfall (which is a lot more compelling than we originally thought). We dive into what’s so next-gen about the PS5, from ray tra

These Microbes May Help Future Martians and Moon People Mine Metals

Microbes Help Mars
100+NYT > Technology / 10h
An experiment aboard the space station showed that bacteria were effective at extracting rare earth elements from rocks.

Minecraft Dungeons is getting a multiplayer surprise

Minecraft Dungeons
20SlashGear / 10h
It’s been a little while since we last heard from Minecraft Dungeons, but today the folks at Mojang made a pretty big announcement about the game. As it turns out, cross-platform multiplayer is on the way for Minecraft Dungeons, and it’ll be arriving next week. That, of course, means that you’ll be able to play through Minecraft Dungeons with your … Continue reading

Dating app usage is changing for the better as the pandemic rages on

38Mashable / 11h
As coronavirus cases climb in the United States, temperatures are dropping in many areas. This is a "double whammy" of sorts. While it's difficult to predict anything these days, it's likely that this winter, Americans will spend much more time at home than usual. Dating apps, however, are booming. Between September and October, according to data from Adam Blacker, VP of Apptopia . major dating a

The 10 Best Deals of November 11, 2020

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How To Use Marriott Bonvoy Suite Night Awards

26One Mile at a Time / 11h
In this post I wanted to take a closer look at Marriott Suite Night Awards, which are a Bonvoy elite benefit that members have conflicting feelings about. What are Marriott Suite Night Awards? Suite Night Awards (known as “SNAs”) are a way for Marriott Bonvoy Platinum , Titanium, and Ambassador members, to confirm a suite upgrade up to five days before arrival. Each SNA is valid for one night of

Roku OS 9.4 brings AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to some devices

Roku AirPlay 2 HomeKit
SlashGear / 11h
Home entertainment company Roku has announced the release of Roku OS 9.4, the latest version of its software. This update is primarily centered around Apple users, bringing support for both AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to certain Roku models, but it also has a few things to offer everyone else, including the Live TV Channel Guide. The most important part of … Continue reading

The 10 Best Deals of November 11, 2020

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Wednesday’s Best Deals | Kinja Deals

Home workers are increasingly seeking reimbursement for domestic bills

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Claims for internet, gas and electricity top the list of expense claims for those working from home during lockdown.

The Xbox Series X May or May Not Be Catching on Fire, and Microsoft Is Investigating

Xbox Series Microsoft
300+Gizmodo / 11h
The Xbox Series X is so hot right now, and I don’t mean figuratively. I mean literally. Some people are claiming that their new Xboxes are catching on fire, but there’s a lot of skepticism over whether these claims are true. As our sister site Kotaku reports, this could be an elaborate hoax. Read more...

Phylicia Rashad and Anika Noni Rose test their holiday movie knowledge — Know Your Role

Mashable / 11h
The two Jingle Jangle stars go head-to-head in our classic game, "Know Your Role," as they try to guess classic holiday movies by their pictures. Read more... More about Netflix , Christmas , Mashable Video , Jingle , and Elf

Hydrant Rapid Hydration Mix Hydrates Your Body Better Than Water Alone

Futurism / 11h
The three most important words of a healthy daily routine are hydrate, hydrate, and of course, hydrate . The benefits of drinking enough water are well documented (as are the dangers of not hydrating enough) but that doesn’t mean we’re all drinking those recommended eight glasses per day. Luckily, thanks to Hydrant hydration mix, proper hydration becomes a whole lot easier. The Hydrant Rapid Hydr

How Bad Is It to Eat the Same Thing Every Day?

36Lifehacker / 11h
Meal planning is a lot easier when you’re okay with eating the exact same meals every day. On the other hand, variety is one of the keystones of a healthy diet . So how bad is it, really, if you eat the same thing all the time? Read more...

Master AI with This Bundle of Python Coding Courses

Futurism / 11h
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are making our lives easier — in some obvious ways, and some surprising ones. It’s helping historians understand ancient languages we’ve been unable to crack, personalizing our workouts , and even writing convincing op-eds . Yet despite being everywhere, the field can feel opaque even to programmers. The Ultimate Python & Artificial Intelligence Bundle

Free, Unlimited Google Photos Storage Will End Next Year

Google Photos June
5KWired / 11h
As of June 1, 2021, all uploads to the cloud-based storage service will count against your 15-GB data cap.

Alexa is getting better at guessing your intentions

Amazon Alexa AI Questions
100+Engadget / 11h
Conversations with your Amazon-brand digital assistant could soon be far less stilted. Following the introduction of the natural conversation feature in September, Amazon announced on Tuesday that Alexa can now infer a user’s “latent goals” based on what the person is asking it. That is, if you ask your Alexa “Who’s on Saturday Night Live tonight?” or “What time are the 49ers playing Sunday?” the

How to Identify and Fight a Coup

2KLifehacker / 11h
Not all governments or state institutions are immune to an overthrow of power. In November 2017 , the people of Zimbabwe woke up to news that their country’s military had seized control of state media broadcasts and detained president Robert Mugabe, ushering in a new regime. Read more...

Nanoleaf's Super Affordable New Smart Lights Are Designed to Work Perfectly with the HomePod Mini

Eve HomeKit Thread
Gizmodo / 11h
Until now, Nanoleaf has been best known for those fancy RGB-lit triangles, squares, and hexagons that show up in the background of seemingly every YouTuber’s videos. But starting this week, Nanoleaf is entering the world of mainstream smart lighting with its affordable Essentials Line. Read more...

Check out the Brotherhood of Steel in this new Fallout 76 trailer

SlashGear / 12h
As revealed last month, Fallout 76 is getting a new expansion centered on the Brotherhood of Steel. The famous faction of soldiers outfitted in power armor will be arriving in Appalachia in an update called Steel Dawn, which is dropping on December 1st. Today, we got to see some of the Brotherhood of Steel in action thanks to a new … Continue reading

Researchers create cloth face mask that can be disinfected with sunlight

Cloth Face Mask
SlashGear / 12h
Reusable cloth face masks are cheaper than buying disposable medical masks, they’re easier to find, and they can be tailored to fit one’s face for a better seal. The only downside is that these masks must be washed regularly to rid them of bacteria and viruses that may stick to the fabric; failure to do this means you may be … Continue reading

This browser extension shows Google Search like it's 1998 all over again

SS Browser Google Search
77Engadget / 12h
It safe to say Google Search has changed significantly since the early days of the late 1990s. As the company has diversified its product portfolio, so too has Search become more complicated. Now when you input a query, you don’t just see a list of websites that may include information that’s useful to you. Instead, features like the Knowledge Panel pull you to related Google services. But there’

OnePlus Nord N10 5G will only get one OS Android 11

OnePlus Nord N10 Two
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The OnePlus Nord N10 5G will reportedly only get one big OS update...which will be to the just-released Android 11, crippling its long-term viability.

The most powerful laptop in the world has disappeared - here’s what happened

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It’s all a matter of firmware updates, it seems.

Your WiFi router can come to life now thanks to this artist — Future Blink

40Mashable / 12h
Artist Elsa Sier designed a WiFi router that lets you actually see how it's working. A ribbed knit casing moves depending on the network speed. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Wifi , Art Tech , Wifi Technology , and Wifi Routers

In ridiculously good news, here's a backpack for dogs — Future Blink

20Mashable / 12h
Designers made a backpack just for dogs, custom-made for their bodies with mesh padding and a chest harness clip. (Oh, and it's also incredibly cute.) Read more... More about Dogs , Mashable Video , Dog Toy , Dog Park , and Dog Owners

The First Selfie Ever Taken in Space Is For Sale

200+Futurism / 12h
Space Selfie Auction house Christie’s London is selling the first ever selfie taken in space. At the time of writing the current bid for the shot, snapped in July 1969 by Buzz Aldrin during NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, is just $4,000. The auction also includes the only photograph to have been taken of the first time Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon, as The Guardian reports , as well as the iconic “

Why AppleCare Might Be a Good Idea for a HomePod Mini

42Lifehacker / 12h
Preorders for Apple’s brand-new HomePod Mini kicked off last week. If you were one of the many who secured one—shipping estimates are now bumping back to December —you might have been tempted to slap AppleCare into your shopping cart, too. Read more...

I'm 100% Ready to Start Bringing My Own Folding Shopping Cart to the Grocery Store

400+Gizmodo / 12h
Working from home, it’s relatively easy to minimize my potential exposure to the covid-19 virus—at least until I have to leave the safety of my suburban fortress of solitude every week to buy groceries. Even with safety precautions in place and a mask on my face it’s still an incredibly stressful experience, which is… Read more...

Freaky Star Vince Vaughn on How He Embodied Both a Teenage Girl and a Serial Killer

49Gizmodo / 12h
For his new film Freaky, co-writer and director Christopher Landon knew only one person could play the lead role of a psycho killer who swaps bodies with a teenage girl. That person was Vince Vaughn. Read more...

Japan Is Bringing One of Its Tsunami-Damaged Nuclear Reactors Back Online

1KFuturism / 12h
Comeback Japanese officials have granted full approval to restart one of the several nuclear power plants in the country that were damaged by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami. After the devastating storm that brought down the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant , Japan imposed a slew of new safety standards, Agence France-Presse reports . A reactor at the Onagawa nuclear plant, which was damaged b

Microsoft will start testing xCloud in four more countries on November 18th

Xbox Microsoft PC xCloud
100+Engadget / 12h
Microsoft will bring Xbox cloud gaming (aka Project xCloud ) to Android phones and tablets in four more countries next week. An invite-only preview will go live in Japan, Australia, Brazil and Mexico on November 18th. You can register today for a shot at an invitation if you're in one of those countries. The Xbox Game Streaming (Preview) app is available from the Google Play Store . It includes s

Roku 4K Devices Finally Support Apple's AirPlay and HomeKit Features

Roku AirPlay 2 HomeKit
Gizmodo / 12h
Roku support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit is finally arriving on select 4K devices, with support coming to 4K TVs running Roku’s OS in the coming days. Read more...

Oculus VRCs aim for greater VR access for all – but Facebook concerns remain

SlashGear / 12h
Oculus Virtual Reality Checks (VRCs) is a set of technical recommendations “designed to help developers create more accessible VR software.” The company suggested today that this set of recommendations will allow developers to make their VR apps more compelling to more people. Areas of focus include audio, visuals, interactions, locomotion/movement, and “other aspects of accessible design.” Below

Honda will launch a Level 3 autonomous car in the next six months

Honda Level 3 Cars
21SlashGear / 12h
Honda is planning to launch a Level 3 self-driving car within the next six months, though the autonomous vehicle isn’t intended for US roads. It’s a rare entrant into the misunderstood middle-ground of driverless technology, where cars are able to take over in certain conditions but not all the time. According to the SAE definitions of autonomous driving, Level 3 … Continue reading

This Innovative Startup Lets You Earn Compound Interest on Your Cryptocurrency

Futurism / 12h
Cryptocurrencies have become an attractive investment for forward-thinkers in finance. Some experts have long believed they could be the future of investing. But until recently, investing in cryptocurrencies has been inherently speculative. The only way to make money on them was to buy assets, hold on to them until the price went up, and then sell. And that’s fine if you have enough resources to

The Thai Hotel That Sent An American To Jail For Writing A Bad Review Now Has Special Warning

20View from the Wing / 12h
In September a hotel guest was jailed for writing bad reviews of the Sea View Resort & Spa, Kah Change . American working in Thailand who wrote the review was arrested at his job and jailed over a defamation lawsuit filed by the property. He spent a couple of nights in jail before being able to post a 100,000 Baht (~ US$3165) bail. He faced up to two years in prison if convicted. Continue reading

Take a Look Inside the Washington State Murder Hornet Nest

200 Murder Washington Nest
500+Gizmodo / 12h
The full contents of the first “murder hornet” nest discovered in the U.S. have been revealed, and they’re unsurprisingly terrifying. On Tuesday, Washington state officials announced they found over 500 Asian giant hornets in the nest, including dozens of not-yet-fertile queens that were primed to mate, wait out the… Read more...

SITREP: Azerbaijan’s drone war expands with Reaper-like TB2

100+Ars Technica / 12h
(video link) The renewed war between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagoro-Karabakh region has captured the attention of military strategists worldwide, including the United States, because of the degree to which drones have changed the battlefield. While the wide-open, rugged terrain of the region has played a role, Turkish- and Israeli-built remotely piloted vehicles are dominating the battlef

Destiny 2 update includes one very important light boost

SlashGear / 12h
This week Bungie released a major update to Destiny 2, including changes to Rewards, Player Identity, Combat, Activities, and more. In the “more” category are a bunch of items for PC gamers – like NVIDIA cards adding the ability to take advantag