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What We're Watching: Wil Wheaton's 'TableTop' is Board Game Heaven

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Playing board games is fun, but sometimes it’s just as entertaining to kick back and watch others play a round or two. If that’s more your style, you won’t want to miss a terrific little YouTube series called TableTop. Created by Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day, the series features Wheaton and tons of guests playing all kinds of board games. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How Universes Might Bubble Up and Collide

3KWired / 8h
To understand how universes might inflate and bump into each other in the hypothetical multiverse, physicists are studying digital and physical analogs of the process.

5 destinations where you can learn about Black History in America

83The Points Guy / 3h
Oftentimes when we are taught about Black History, it’s either whitewashed or repeatedly uplifts prominent historical figures such as Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, Ella Fitzgerald or Jackie Robinson. And while these trailblazing women and men have made legendary contributions to the way we live today, in every city throughout this nation we can find many more legendary trailblazers that shape Bl

Brex Cash Frequently Asked Questions

One Mile at a Time / 13min
Ready to earn rewards for your business spend? Open a Brex Cash Account for your registered business here The single best, new opportunity to earn points right now is with a no-fee Brex Cash account . Not only can you earn 110,000 bonus points (redeemable for 110,000 airline miles or $1,100), but you can get an account that will prove incredibly valuable for your business. In this post I wanted t

This Guy Used 3D Printing to Help His 18-Year-Old Blind Pup Get Around Safely

36Gizmodo / 19min
You know, 3D printing has produced some wild stuff over the years, from itty bitty spacecraft and candy-firing wrist cannons to entire homes and personal protective equipment . But while some creations have been absolutely cursed (I’m looking at you, tongue brush ), this safety hoop made to help a senior pup get around… Read more...

Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga make for a riveting pair in 'Passing'

32Mashable / 1h
It takes a moment for Passing to reveal itself. At first, the screen is just a white blur, and only gradually do shapes and sound begin to emerge: shoes, voices, a street. Eventually, we're able to place ourselves in 1920s New York, and pinpoint Irene (Tessa Thompson) as our protagonist. But the disorientation of those first moments never quite fades. Though it's based on a 1929 novella by Nella

Chromebook demand more than doubled in 2020 due to the pandemic

93Engadget / 1h
It’s no secret that Chromebook demand surged in 2020 as people were forced to work and learn from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s now clear just how much demand there really was. According to 9to5Google , Canalys estimated that Chromebook shipments more than doubled in 2020 from 14.7 million laptops to 30.7 million. For some PC makers, the jump was huge — Samsung’s shipments more than

No Plans For American Airlines To Reintroduce Real First Class Meal Service Before Covid Ends

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During American's "State of the Airline" presentation and question and answer with employees, Managing Director of Flight Service Brady Byrnes explained that they're working through what's next for meals and are talking with the flight attendants union "about what is the right timing both from a customer and from a crewmember perspective." The purpose of American's current Charlotte meals test is

Hilton Honors Card From American Express Review (2021)

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Hilton Honors American Express Card 7x points at Hilton properties 5x points at restaurants 5x points at gas stations Annual Fee: $0 | See Rates & Fees | Terms Apply. Apply Now Hotel credit cards can be incredibly valuable. Typically the cards have reasonable annual fees, and offer outsized value, ranging from annual free nights to elite status . What’s rare is to see a hotel credit card that off

WhatsApp is using Status stories to make users feel better about their privacy

64Mashable / 2h
WhatsApp is apparently using Status messages — the app's take on Stories — to set users' minds at ease. Users of the Facebook-owned messaging app in the U.S. and UK received reassuring Status notes about WhatsApp's approach to privacy on Saturday, according to a report from The Verge. One of Mashable's sister sites in Asia also spotted similar messages earlier in the week. The other Mashable (hi

India will propose a law banning private cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin

200+Engadget / 3h
India may be the next country to clamp down on existing cryptocurrencies in favor of its own . As TechCrunch reports , India’s lower house of parliament has revealed plans to introduce a law that would ban “all private cryptocurrencies” in the country, including popular ones like Bitcoin . Instead, parliament would establish a “facilitative framework” for creating an official digital money format

2022 Acura MDX First Drive – Three-row SUV knows who to convince

SlashGear / 3h
If the 2022 Acura MDX is a revolution in three-row SUVs, it could be because it doesn’t treat the driver as an afterthought. Sharper styling, a more upmarket cabin, and lashings of extra tech help justify the fourth-generation MDX’s climb into more expensive territory, but Acura still takes its mission statement seriously. A rewarding experience behind the wheel can’t be … Continue reading

American Airlines’ Bizarrely Timed Rio De Janeiro Flight (Update)

300+One Mile at a Time / 3h
Update : As noted by @IshrionA , American has this weekend updated the schedule for this flight to be more in line with what I would have expected. The southbound sector now departs at 9:30PM and arrives in Rio de Janeiro the following morning at 9:15AM. You can find the original post below. If this is accurate, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this will be the most oddly timed flight o

Save $100 when you buy two Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets at Amazon

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Best Buy's latest Fire tablet deals can save you $100 when you buy two Kids Edition devices this weekend.

Relive the dramatic Apollo 14 launch and moon landing, 50 years later

400+Mashable / 4h
On Jan. 31, 1971, NASA sent the Apollo 14 mission skyward. The eighth crewed mission in the Apollo program (and third one to reach the surface of the Moon) lifted off on a Sunday afternoon with NASA astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell on board. They reached the surface of Earth's only natural satellite five days later. Image: STF / Staff via getty images The mission led by C

FINAL WEEK: Southwest Credit Cards Biggest-Ever 80,000 Point Offers

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The three Southwest Airlines personal credit cards all had offers to earn 80,000 Rapid Rewards points as an initial bonus. That's uniquely valuable because this gets you most of they way towards a Companion Pass to bring someone with you on your travels through the end of 2022. And it's the perfect time of year to time an application for a Southwest card - do it before the offer is pulled before

Nissan aims for carbon neutrality by 2050

SlashGear / 4h
Nissan Motor Co. has set an ambitious goal to reach carbon neutrality across its operations and the lifecycle of its products by 2050. As part of the effort, by the early 2030s, every all-new Nissan vehicle offering in key markets will be electrified. Nissan says that it will also pursue innovations in electrification and manufacturing technology to help meet its … Continue reading

5 common financial mistakes to avoid

The Points Guy / 4h
We all make mistakes , but some are more expensive than others. The choices you make today with your money have a direct impact on your future. If you prolong financial mistakes, you’ll keep digging yourself into a deeper and deeper hole. The problem is we often don’t realize we’re building bad habits or neglecting vital personal finance activities. So, let’s walk through five common financial mi

Apple Studios buys CODA movie for record $25 million

SlashGear / 4h
Apple Studios has set a Sundance record by paying more than $25 million for CODA, a hit movie that was also reportedly sought by competitors Netflix and Amazon. With this purchase, Apple has achieved the worldwide exclusive rights to the feature film, which is expected to launch on the company’s Apple TV+ streaming service. CODA, which stands for ‘child of … Continue reading

Asus ROG Phone 5 gets shown off from all angles in new regulatory filing

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We've got some new pictures and a few extra specs on the next Asus gaming phone, courtesy of TENAA.

Sunday's Best Deals: BarkBox Subscription, Car Jump Starter, Portable Laptop Stand, Mophie Powerstation Charging Bundle, Windshield Snow Covers, and More

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How Chase Ink Business Preferred Cell Phone Protection Works

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The Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card ( review ) is one of my all around favorite business credit cards . There’s so much to love about this card , from the massive welcome bonus, to the 3x points bonus categories , to the excellent car rental protection , to this card being an excellent hub for earning Ultimate Rewards points . In this post I wanted to focus specifically on one of my favorite

How To Redeem Brex Points For Cash & Travel

28One Mile at a Time / 4h
Ready to earn rewards for your business spend? Open a Brex Cash Account for your registered business here I’ve written extensively about the huge rewards being offered right now for opening a no-fee Brex Cash account , and in this post I wanted to talk about what can be done with those points. For background on this amazing offer, see my three other posts: Exclusive: 80K Points With Brex Business

Sunday's Best Deals: BarkBox Subscription, Car Jump Starter, Portable Laptop Stand, Mophie Powerstation Charging Bundle, Windshield Snow Covers, and More

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Don’t panic! What happens if a cargo door opens in flight?

23The Points Guy / 4h
On December 27, 2020, shortly after getting airborne from Surgut, Russia, the crew of an A319 received a flight deck indication that a cargo compartment door was open. By all accounts, the crew did a great job. They completed the relevant checklists, burned off fuel and landed back safely just under an hour later. However, what exactly is going on in the flight deck when there is an open door ind

How to Add Headers or Footers in Google Sheets

29How-To Geek / 5h
A Google Sheets spreadsheet doesn’t have a visible header or footer until you decide to print. If you want to add headers and footers to a Google Sheets spreadsheet, you’ll have to use the printer settings menu—here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

The 'Rocket League' Super Bowl Event Touches Down February 3rd

43How-To Geek / 5h
Rocket League is football with flying cars. Or, if you’re American, soccer with flying cars. But next week you’ll be able to try it both ways, when the multiplayer game adds a “Gridiron” mode based on American football. It’s a cross-promotion with the NFL, celebrating Super Bowl 55 from February 3rd to the 8th. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Turns Out a Lot of People Streamed Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max

200+Gizmodo / 5h
Recently, we reported on the Nielsen streaming numbers for the end of December, which included a big success story for Disney’s release Soul . In that post, we noted that Nielsen didn’t include HBO Max on its streaming chart numbers. But now, it’s released those numbers anyway— at least, for Wonder Woman 1984. Read more...

'Fortnite' gets a 'GI Joe' character with a matching action figure

75Engadget / 5h
It’s no longer rare to see action figures for video game characters, but an action figure designed to accompany the character is relatively rare — and Epic Games wants to give it a try. The developer has released a Fortnite outfit for GI Joe ’s Snake Eyes alongside an upcoming Hasbro action figure based on that skin. You’ll have to spend $40 to pre-order that real-world figure and wait until Janu

Oakland Airport now selling COVID-19 tests in vending machines

The Points Guy / 5h
Getting a COVID-19 test before traveling has proved to be a hassle, but one airport is betting that by offering COVID-19 tests in vending machines, it can help passengers looking for a convenient post-travel testing option. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . Oakland International Airport (OAK) says it’s the first U.S. airport to offer vendin

Phosphine may not have been discovered in Venus’ atmosphere after all

SlashGear / 5h
Scientists around the world were excited last year when it was announced that researchers believed they had discovered phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus. The reason phosphine is a big deal is because on Earth, it’s produced by living things. This led some to believe the phosphine in the atmosphere Venus resulted from some type of potential life on Venus. … Continue reading

Nearly 38% of Americans may skip COVID-19 vaccine, and that’s a problem

30SlashGear / 5h
The COVID-19 vaccine remains a remarkable accomplishment that will help bring the pandemic to an end…but that’s only if enough people get vaccinated. In addition to general misinformation and conspiracy theories surrounding vaccines, the accelerated rate at which the COVID-19 vaccine was developed has left many people concerned about getting it. According to a nationwide survey conducted by the U

High school students discover a quartet of exoplanets

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A group of high school students have possibly become the youngest astronomers to make a major discovery ever. The students published findings this week as part of a research mentorship program from the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard and the Smithsonian. The students discovered a five-planet system around TOI-1233 that includes a super-Earth planet that have the potential to help … Continue re

An electric race car has lapped Daytona for the first time

90Ars Technica / 5h
This is the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR, an electric racing car being developed for a new EV touring car category. [credit: LAT Images ] The annual 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway in Florida got underway on Saturday afternoon. And this year's race has been a pretty good one so far—although there are still nearly seven hours left to run as I write this. This year is the 59th running of

How to Save a Microsoft PowerPoint Slide as an Image

24How-To Geek / 5h
If there is a particular slide in your presentation that you feel would be useful in other mediums, you can save that slide as an image and use it accordingly. Here’s how to save a Microsoft PowerPoint slide as an image. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Four-year-old Welsh girl discovers dinosaur footprint at the beach

SlashGear / 5h
Scientists are always looking for more information about dinosaurs as some details can be hard to discern from fossils that are already available. A four-year-old girl from Wales was at the beach with her father and her dog when she discovered an extremely well-preserved dinosaur footprint. The fossilized footprint is so well preserved that paleontologists around the world are excited … Continue

Keep That Laptop Cool Anywhere With 60% off a Portable Stand

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Jeeps electrified 4xe platform will come to other models

SlashGear / 6h
One of the most interesting things that Jeep has done in the last year is rollout its new electrified plug-in hybrid Wrangler. Jeep has also confirmed that the Renegade 4xe will be deployed in some markets as well. Those aren’t the only two models the Jeep is looking at electrifying with its global head confident that plug-in hybrid vehicles can … Continue reading

$10 Billion Embezzled From Bankrupt Airline Group

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China's HNA Group began with Hainan Airlines and then acquired brands like Radisson Hotels; airline caterer Gate Gourmet; 25% of Hilton; nearly 10% of Deutsche Bank; and 29% of NH Hotels. They acquired stakes in Red Lion Hotels; Virgin Australia; TAP Air Portugal: South Africa's Comair; Azul Brazil and much more. The company’s corporate structure sometimes makes it difficult to discern what they

Take Advantage of Carnegie Hall's Free Music Education Programs for Kids

100+Lifehacker / 6h
If we learned one thing from 1990s classics like Sister Act II: Back in the Habit and Mr. Holland’s Opus, it’s that music education can be life-changing for kids (and, spoiler: their teachers too), but it’s often woefully under-funded. The funding situation hasn’t really improved much, but for close to a year, school… Read more...

As Tesla sales reportedly spike, the new Model S and Model X haven’t pleased everyone

SlashGear / 6h
Tesla’s significant refresh of the Model S and Model X – including new styling, more powerful options, and a divisive cabin redesign – is already proving a success in terms of sales, according to a new report, though the hunt for higher values per vehicle isn’t leaving everyone happy. Unveiled last week, as the electric car company announced its latest … Continue reading

Weird 'SNL' returns with John Krasinski as the father of demon twins

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Zoom interviews can be full of awkwardness — and that's when your interrupting kids aren't the antichrist Saturday Night Live cast host John Krasinski as a stock market expert and father of two in a Jan. 30 sketch, with Kate McKinnon and Mikey Day as his terrifying twins. At first, the sketch seems to be about how Redditors shook the stock market with GameStop earlier in the week, but then Krasin

SpaceX eyes Starlink satellite launch on Monday

SlashGear / 6h
SpaceX is gearing up to launch more Starlink satellites with its eye on Monday to put 60 additional satellites into orbit. The target launch date is February 1, which does represent a delay with the mission initially planned to launch Sunday morning. SpaceX is working hard to put more Starlink satellites into orbit to support its Internet service. The liftoff … Continue reading

Chase Sapphire Preferred Review: 60K Points + $50 Grocery Credit

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card 2x points on dining 2x points on travel primary CDW rental car coverage Annual Fee: $95 Apply Now The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card has historically been one of the most well-rounded travel rewards cards. Chase has done a great job adapting this card to the new normal, by introducing perks that reflect the times. The Chase Sapphire Preferred recently got an increas

Orbit the Moon From the Comfort of Your Home

200+Lifehacker / 6h
Last week we talked about “slow TV” and highlighted a map of the world where you can find different clips by location. In case you missed it, here’s how Alan Henry described “slow TV” in a 2016 Lifehacker article : Read more...

How to Import WhatsApp Chat History Into Telegram

43How-To Geek / 6h
Saying your final farewell to WhatsApp and moving to Telegram? Wouldn’t it be great if you could take all your chat messages and media with you? Well, it’s possible to import individual WhatsApp chats right into Telegram! Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Quick Tip: You Can Get Free Stuff Using Google Play Points

How-To Geek / 6h
If you’re an Android user, you’ve probably visited the Play Store hundreds of times as your central hub for apps, movies, and books. However, what you might not be aware of is that the Google Play Points system within the store can net you free rewards. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

John Krasinski singing 'The Office' theme song is the happiest we've been in a year

75Mashable / 6h
Saturday Night Live tried not go overboard with The Office sketches for host John Krasinski, but the few references that did drop were extremely satisfying. In one sketch, Krasinski joined SNL cast members in singing invented lyrics to TV theme songs, including The Queen's Gambit , Bridgerton , and The Mandalorian . (Dear SNL : Please stop trying to make Baby Yoda a thing.) Just when it seemed li

Banning White Supremacy Isn’t Censorship, It’s Accountability

1KWired / 7h
Claiming that deplatforming racists violates First Amendment rights shows a distorted understanding of how speech, race, and power work online.

How to Clean the Inside of Your Windshield, Even at Its Greasiest

100+Lifehacker / 7h
It’s no secret that the outside of your vehicle’s windshield can get very dirty, very quickly. Having windshield wipers and fluid in place for on-the-go cleaning definitely helps, but sometimes, the smudges that are making it hard to see are coming from.... inside the vehicle. Read more...

Does a Dark Watch Face Save Battery Power on Apple Watch?

How-To Geek / 7h
Certain types of modern displays use less power when displaying a black or dark background, including the technology used in the Apple Watch. It’s all thanks to the wonders of OLED and self-emissive display technology. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Word Is, These Online Bookstores Will Make it Easy to Read More This Year

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It’s a brand-new year, and if you’re like many people, you might have set a New Year’s resolution to read more books. However, sticking to your resolution means you’ll need to have an outstanding selection of books to choose from. And with the help of these websites, you’ll be able to create one hell of a to-read list. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

A curious observer’s guide to quantum mechanics, pt. 4: Looking at the stars

100+Ars Technica / 7h
Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) One of the quietest revolutions of our current century has been the entry of quantum mechanics into our everyday technology. It used to be that quantum effects were confined to physics laboratories and delicate experiments. But modern technology increasingly relies on quantum mechanics for its basic operation, and the importance of quantum effects wi

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘White Tiger’ tells a bloody capitalist fable

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The new Netflix film “The White Tiger” tells the story of Balram, who is born to a poor family in the Indian village of Laxmangarh and escapes by using his intelligence and determination, ultimately becoming a successful entrepreneur in Bangalore. Viewers knows this from the start, as Balram (played by Adarsh Gourav) narrates his life story in an email, apparently written to explain his success t

Stonks, flying burritos and my boss’s boss’s boss’s boss

100+TechCrunch / 7h
Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch , but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday morning? Sign up here . What a week. What a month . Are you doing all right? It’s okay if you are tired. We all are. That’s why we have weekends. Let’s reflect on w

Coachella 2021 April event canceled by public health order

SlashGear / 7h
The Coachella music festival planned for April has been canceled by a public health order, Riverside County public health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser announced on Friday. As you’ve probably guessed, the reason is the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the fact that things in the US won’t be back to normal by April. The January 29 order also cancels the Stagecoach … Continue reading

John Krasinski passionately kisses Pete Davidson when Pam is an 'SNL' no-show

91Mashable / 7h
John Krasinski's first-ever opening monologue on Saturday Night Live was haunted by the ghost of The Office . As Krasinski set out to do his whole opening bit, a meta-bit took shape as SNL cast members stationed in the audience peppered him with questions (really, most of them are statements) about his time on the hit NBC series. And that, of course, led to an insistent demand for a Jim... er, th

Why Are Airplane Seats Called Suites?

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Reader Stefan poses a question I hadn’t previously put much thought into: Why are you (and others) referring to enclosed first class seats as ”suites”? A suite is a succession of something, like two or more rooms forming a suite in a hotel, or a certain type of musical work consisting of several parts after each other. A first class seat is not a ”suite” just because it is surrounded by walls and

Make Your Dog's Day With 30% off a BarkBox Monthly Subscription Box

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American Airlines Is Bringing Pre-Order Meals Back For Transcon And Hawaii Flights

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American Airlines started letting customers pre-select their meals online when they're flying in premium cabins back in the fall of 2012 . Delta didn't roll out this feature until early 2019 and going into the pandemic United was still in testing . The airline offered meals pre-ordered between 30 days and 24 hours before a flight, selecting from items that are offered on board anyway. Most meal s

Spatial Audio: Your complete guide to immersive speakers, headphones, and streaming services

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Spatial audio is the biggest speaker upgrade since surround sound. Here’s your field guide to the biggest formats and how to get them.

Power Up Anywhere With Our Favorite Portable Chargers

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Keep your phone, tablet, laptop, or device running with these handheld power banks.

New study: A zero-emissions US is now pretty cheap

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Enlarge (credit: Picture Alliance / Getty Images ) In many areas of the United States, installing a wind or solar farm is now cheaper than simply buying fuel for an existing fossil fuel-based generator. And that's dramatically changing the electricity market in the US and requiring a lot of people to update prior predictions. That has motivated a group of researchers to take a new look at the cos

Can I watch Super Bowl 2021 in 4K HDR?

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Fox gave us the first ever Ultra HD Super Bowl last year - but what's the picture like in 2021 and can you watch Super LV in 4K HDR again?

iPhone 13 could opt for thicker bezels so it can ditch the notch

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It seems as though Apple is working on several different designs for the iPhone 13, and the notch could be gone altogether.

Investing in DeFi is seriously risky, but maybe it doesn’t have to be

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Decentralized Finance (DeFi) has emerged as a driving force in the blockchain and crypto industry.

Fortnite x G.I. Joe crossover is official: Snake Eyes joins the hunt

SlashGear / 9h
As anticipated, the character Snake Eyes from the G.I. Joe team has been added to Fortnite as its latest hunter, joining past additions ranging from The Walking Dead zombie-killers to the Terminator and Predator. Epic revealed the character following a teaser posted on its Fortnite Twitter account that essentially confirmed the new hunter. Last week, Epic published a tweet with … Continue reading

Impact and numbers: the black women streamers to watch

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We highlight the best black female streamers to watch, and investigate the controversy of underrepresentation.

The Best Apps to Build Better Habits (and Stick to Them)

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Don't let your resolutions flame out. These tech tools help keep you on track.

Sweet Jesus, Can Someone Just Tell Me What to Cook Every Day?

100+Wired / 9h
Fed up with pandemic-fueled meal-prep anxiety, I asked the Gray Lady to send me a weekly email telling me precisely what to buy and cook. It was the right move.

Why kids matter in the quest to stamp out COVID-19

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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images ) Last December, when Caleb Chung, a 12-year-old in Durham, North Carolina, first heard from his dad that he might be eligible for a local clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine, his reaction was a little muted. He was “interested,” he tells me over Zoom. Not excited, exactly, not jumping for joy at the thought of joining the rarefied ranks of the immune. Interested. H

What Does “Ghosting” Mean in Online Dating?

61How-To Geek / 9h
Ghosting can be one of the most distressing experiences in online dating. Find out what it is, when it happens, and why dating apps and social media contribute to its rise. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

The internet tricked me into believing I can multitask

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When we spend so much of our time online, we’re bound to learn something while clicking and scrolling. Discover something new with Mashable’s series I learned it on the internet . I've never felt more like a hungry squirrel than when I spoke to a neuroscientist who's spent decades studying, and trying to expand, human attention spans. Just like a squirrel forages for nuts, he explained, humans fo

What is VRR? Variable refresh rate explained

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We delve into what VRR means for gaming TVs today, with variable refresh rate now a common feature after the launch of the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles.

Could these 'free' financial apps be stealing your data?

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Free fintech apps are increasingly popuar, but may be sharing your data.

Will your iPhone get iOS 15? This is what we know so far

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iOS 15 is likely coming later this year, and here's the latest we know about the compatible devices we can expect to see.

10 new Netflix original shows and movies to look forward to in 2021

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What's coming up on the world's biggest streaming service.

Motorola Edge S 5G vs OnePlus 9: Upcoming flagships detailed

SlashGear / 10h
Lenovo-backed Motorola has a flagship killer in the Chinese market and it could be a global newcomer soon. OnePlus, which started off as flagship killers, is also slated to deliver a high-end smartphone to give the likes of Samsung Galaxy S21 a run for their money. The upcoming flagships – in their own right – Motorola Edge S 5G and … Continue reading

Here’s a Way to Learn if Facial Recognition Systems Used Your Photos

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An online tool targets only a small slice of what’s out there, but may open some eyes to how widely artificial intelligence research fed on personal images.

This Chrome extension auto-saves live transcripts of your meetings

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TL;DR: Keep transcripts of your video calls with a subscription to CaptionSaver Pro . As of Jan. 31 get a lifetime subscription for $24.99, a 49% savings. After spending almost an entire year working from home, we’re all starting to get a little burnt out. It was once enjoyable to dress up only the top halves of our bodies and pretend to wear real pants as we chatted eagerly with our coworkers ov

This online training can help you self-publish your book

Mashable / 11h
TL;DR: The Complete 2021 Self-Publish Your Book Bundle will teach you everything you need to get a book into the world. As of Jan. 31, get the bundle 98% off at just $39.99. Self-publishing a book is totally possible. Here's a way to get some helpful pointers. This online training includes 28 hours of content and over 300 lessons designed to take your writing career to the next level. The classes

Keep your fitness resolutions going strong with 28% off this Fitbit

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TL;DR: Make your fitness goals a reality with the Fitbit Ionic GPS Fitness Smartwatch . As of Jan. 31 get it for $179.99, a 28% discount. Already struggling to keep up with your New Year's fitness goals? The Fitbit Ionic GPS Fitness Smartwatch can deliver the proper insight and encouragement you've been missing on your journey to better health, and it's on sale for less than $200. More than just

Charge 3 Apple devices at once with this charging station on sale

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TL;DR: Charge your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods at once with the OMNIA Q3 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Station . As of Jan. 31, you can save 20% and get it for just $109.95. It’s hard to believe after all this time, Apple still hasn’t released their own wireless charging station. There was the infamous AirPower — the Apple-designed charging mat designed to juice up Qi-based iPhones, Apple Watches

Make connecting your AirPods to your Mac even easier with this app

35Mashable / 11h
TL;DR: Seamlessly connect your Airpods to your Mac with the AirBuddy app , on sale for $8.99 — a 10% savings — as of Jan. 31. Linking a pair of AirPods to a Mac requires a few more steps than linking them to an iPhone or iPad. While clicking a few more times is not necessarily a pressing issue, if it really bothers you, the AirBuddy app can make things easier. On the app, you'll be able to see th

Nvidia GeForce Now comes to Apple’s M1 Macs and Chrome browser

41TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Nvidia has brought its streaming service to Google’s web browser, and Apple’s new ARM-based Macs for that matter.

Carrot Weather's Overhaul Now Has a Free Tier, Still Includes the Stick

100+How-To Geek / 12h
Until now, Carrot Weather for iPad and iPhone had an upfront cost just to experience how mean it can be. But starting with Carrot Weather 5.0, that’s gone in favor of (more) subscription tiers. In the past you’d pay Carrot Weather and get all the basic features, then subscribe for extra more data intensive options. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

King Kong and Lara Croft Will Chill on Netflix with Two New Anime Series

300+How-To Geek / 12h
Netflix has been absolutely inundated with original anime series as of late, and a new partnership with production company Legendary Entertainment will add two more. Two series based on Kong: Skull Island and the recent video game reboot trilogy of Tom


Saturday, January 30, 2021

No Agenda-The Saturday Memo


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Biden is cranking out the executive orders as if he is living on borrowed time. None of it seems good for the economy, but if anything happens to the economy it will be Trump’s fault.

New Presidents seem to use the first two years in office to blame the “other guy” for anything bad that might happen. If anything good happens, it’s “despite” the previous President.
New reports indicate that the number of nursing home Covid deaths in New York, was greatly underreported. Much of this is because the Emmy-award winning New York governor Mario “Angel of Death” Cuomo forced these places to take Covid infected patients. They infected the others.

The first reported deaths in the USA were in a Washington State nursing home and that should have given someone a clue that these places needed to be protected, not infected.
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Nine Russian adventurers mysteriously froze to death—a new theory explains why

14KArs Technica / 9h
Enlarge / A view of the tent the adventurers stayed in as the rescuers found it on Feb. 26, 1959. The tent had been cut open from inside, and most of the skiers had fled in socks or barefoot. (credit: Anonymous | USSR investigators ) By the time the rescue team helicoptered to the remote Dyatlov Pass in late February 1959, the nine Russian adventurers—seven men and two women, all highly experienc

A Quarter of Known Bee Species Haven’t Been Seen Since 1990

2KWired / 8h
A global study finds that species numbers reported in the wild fell sharply between 1990 and 2015.

Windows 10 now runs multiple Android apps with Your Phone

100+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
It’s still only certain models of Samsung smartphone which are compatible, though.

Facebook's next product frontier is reportedly newsletters

20Mashable / 18min
Facebook is gearing up to snatch a piece of the newsletter pie. The social media company is reportedly developing a set of newsletter tools "for journalists and writers," according to a story from the New York Times . It's early days for the project, according to the three people who spoke with the paper, but it apparently has CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg's blessing. The move would mark Fac

WhatsApp tries to ease users’ privacy fears with Status messages

SlashGear / 45min
WhatsApp, the popular messaging app that many users have abandoned for alternatives, is now using Status messages in an effort to reassure users that their data is safe. Put simply, Status messages are the same as Stories found on other platforms like Instagram — and WhatsApp plans to use them to talk about privacy. WhatsApp has faced user privacy concerns … Continue reading

A 10-Year-Old GameStop Investor Cashed In. His Return? Over 5,000%

400+NYT > Technology / 56min
Jaydyn Carr of San Antonio made $3,200 on shares from GameStop this week that his mother bought him in 2019 for about $60.

How to learn calligraphy online

28Mashable / 1h
When we spend so much of our time online, we’re bound to learn something while clicking and scrolling. Discover something new with Mashable’s series I learned it on the internet . Calligraphy may make you think of parchment scrolls and feather quills, but it's also a popular modern art and crafts activity that millions of people around the world study and practice. This visual art can be a very r

Let's Reminisce About Last Year's Most Memorable Data Breaches

Gizmodo / 1h
Ah, data breaches. The stuff of internet nightmare. In recent years, we’ve seen more and more of them —to the point where it seems like wherever you store your data, most of it is just breach-material that hasn’t been breached yet. However, weird as it may sound, 2020 actually saw a lot fewer publicly reported data… Read more...

Reddit co-founder on GameStop: ‘The collective public cannot unsee this’

76TechCrunch / 1h
When Robinhood, a startup that promises to make finance accessible for all, temporarily limited trading on GameStop, AMC, and other memestocks, many retail investors were pissed that the fintech darling suddenly didn’t live up to its name. The specific reasons may have been short-term and technical , but the choice looked corrupt to the average person. Here’s why: The presence of a massive hedge

Wait, Some Sheratons Are Actually Nice Now?!?

42One Mile at a Time / 1h
I never thought I’d say this, but… I think I might actually want to stay at a Sheraton again?! The problem with the Sheraton brand Sheraton is a brand that has never appealed to me: Sheratons have no brand consistency, with some properties being fairly nice, and some being awful Sheratons across the board are incredibly generic, and seemingly have no theme or unique amenities that give you a sens

Scientists finally figured out why wombats poop cubes. Thank heavens.

89Mashable / 1h
Our long international nightmare is over: We finally know why wombats poop out cubes. The scientists did it. They really did it. Thank heavens. Wombats' odd poop has long been a curious and fun animal fact. And the answer behind it isn't as simple as "square-shaped butthole." OK, not quite that simple anyway. Basically: the Rubik's-esque scat is formed in wombats' intestines via muscle contractio

Tesla offers collision repairs in its service centers

42Engadget / 1h
Tesla’s Service Centers can now perform various forms of collision repair in-house, according to CNBC . The automaker has reportedly sent out a message to customers entitled “Collision Repair is Here,” telling them that their local Tesla Service Centers can now be an alternative option to body shops for fixing “minor dents, scuffs, scratches and more.” Its optimized flow, Tesla wrote, enables the

This Airline Tried Securities Fraud Before. Now In The GameStop Era They’re Giving It Another Run

100+View from the Wing / 1h
Barry Michaels has been trying to start an airline for 30 years. The idea all along has been the same: fly Boeing 747s domestically with cheap fares. He used to call the idea "Family Airlines." And he even went to prison for tax and securities fraud in connection with raising money for the venture. It's now called Avatar Airlines, and they've sent out a press release 'planning' a billion dollar v

Hyundai said to be 'agonizing' over Apple's electric car

84Engadget / 1h
Hyundai might not be in a rush to make Apple’s electric car despite reports of a tentative deal. Reuters sources claim Hyundai executives are “agonizing” over how the company will cooperate with Apple, or whether or not it’s a wise idea in the first place.The Korean automaker is reportedly hesitant to work with outside firms, and might even replace higher-ups to prevent a conflict between the two

Facebook newsletter feature for writers tipped to take on Substack

SlashGear / 1h
Facebook is reportedly working on its own newsletter feature and it may launch by this summer, at least according to a new report. The upcoming offering is described as featuring ‘newsletter tools’ that will be aimed at writers, ones who may currently turn to platforms like Substack and Patreon to get funding from their readers. Independent writers are increasingly turning … Continue reading

A Vast Web of Vengeance

2KNYT > Technology / 1h
Outrageous lies destroyed Guy Babcock’s online reputation. When he went hunting for their source, what he discovered was worse than he could have imagined.

Going once, going twice: Items from Berlin’s Tegel airport up for auction

The Points Guy / 2h
Have you ever wanted a piece of an airport in your house? Items from the now-closed Berlin Tegel International Airport (TXL) have gone to auction, and you can take your pick of airport items. The bulk of items for sale appear to be television screens and monitors, benches and snowplows — and there’s even a coffee roasting machine for the caffeine lovers. Take a look at some of the items below and

Steam's February Game Festival will feature over 500 playable demos

78Engadget / 2h
The next Steam Game Festival is will start on February 3rd, and it will give you access to playable demos of over 500 upcoming titles. Valve started hosting the virtual festival last year in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic after in-game industry events like the Game Developers Conference got cancelled. The developer has held quite a few more iterations of the festival since then, and it ha

Disney Plus's Willow Series Has Found a New Director in Jonathan Entwistle

100+Gizmodo / 2h
You might know him from a couple li’l Netflix shows we dig around here. Read more...

WandaVision: who is Monica Rambeau, and what does she tell us about the MCU?

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
How the character formerly known as Geraldine fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

OLED TV deals at Best Buy get huge price cuts just in time for the Super Bowl

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
OLED TV deals at Best Buy this weekend feature some of the lowest prices we've seen yet on leading LG and Sony displays.

Saturday's Best Deals: LG 75-Inch Smart 4K TV, XPG DDR4 RAM, Hydrating Collagen Masks, Onzie Face Masks, Car Safety Multi-tool, and More

80Gizmodo / 3h
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The Silicon Valley Start-Up That Caused Wall Street Chaos

500+NYT > Technology / 3h
Robinhood pitched itself to investors as the antithesis of Wall Street. It didn’t say that it also entirely relies on Wall Street. This past week, the two realities collided.

Saturday's Best Deals: LG 75-Inch Smart 4K TV, XPG DDR4 RAM, Hydrating Collagen Masks, Onzie Face Masks, Car Safety Multi-tool, and More

80Lifehacker / 3h
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A new $110 light gun for old Duck Hunts: Ars tests an HDTV-friendly option

44Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge / Duck Hunt without a CRT? It's finally doable, thanks to the Sinden Lightgun. (credit: Sam Machkovech) Over the past decade, we've seen nearly every classic gaming console receive a cute, miniaturized re-release—and the variety has been staggering, from titans like the NES to arcade niche favorites like Neo Geo and Sega Astro City . Yet somehow, one massive retro-gaming category has been

When is WandaVision episode 5 released on Disney Plus?

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Here's when WandaVision episode 5 releases on Disney Plus this week, as well the full release schedule for the MCU TV series.

Xiaomi files court challenge against US ban

56Engadget / 3h
Xiaomi isn’t wasting time disputing the US’ decision to put it on a list of Chinese military-backed companies and ban American investments. Reuters reports the Chinese phone giant has filed a legal complaint against the US Defense and Treasury Departments, calling the investment ban “unlawful and unconstitutional.” It also said the claims of links to the Chinese military were false, and that a la

Google Play Store will soon let Android users download gambling apps

74Mashable / 3h
Non-iPhone gamblers rejoice: The Google Play Store will soon allow gambling apps. There are, of course, a few catches. The apps will only be allowed in countries and states where the specific type of gambling in the app is permitted by law. But the fact remains, starting March 1 Android users in the U.S. and 14 other countries — Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Jap

7 reasons to get TSA PreCheck now — even during a pandemic

The Points Guy / 3h
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with current information. It was originally published in December 2019. You’ve probably seen TSA PreCheck lanes at most US airports. If you don’t already have PreCheck but keep seeing the phrase pop up everywhere, you may be wondering what all the hype is about — and if it’s worth the $85 fee. If you travel by air at all, you know that long security lines

NASA chooses university teams to develop methods of dealing with moon dust

SlashGear / 3h
One of the biggest challenges to equipment and astronauts living and working on the moon is dealing with moon dust. NASA reached out to university students around the country to help solve the problem of lunar dust in preparation for building sustainable human exploration on the moon. The competitive Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge and the Space Grant … Continue r

How to set a sleep timer in iOS for Netflix, Hulu, or any other streaming app

47Mashable / 3h
There's some buzz right now about Netflix testing out a sleep timer. It's a great idea for the app, which is no doubt up and running on many bedside stands around the world as subscribers settle in for a night's rest. But it's just a test for now, and one that's only for Android versions of the app. That doesn't mean iOS users are out of luck, though. While having sleep timers bundled as in-app f

American Airlines Tries To Sell Shares Into The Wall Street Bets Frenzy

View from the Wing / 3h
American Airlines stock went on a speculative tear as investors guessed that the Reddit ‘Wall Street Bets’ forum might turn their attention to the heavily-shorted airline stock after the GameStop play ends, or even sooner. But the GameStop play is unique, a short squeeze like nothing we’ve seen since Volkswagen in 2008. It isn’t something that happens every day, at the drop of a hat, because a co

Travel industry calls potential COVID-19 test mandate for domestic flights ‘unwarranted’

The Points Guy / 3h
All international arrivals into the U.S. are now required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test . The Biden administration is also “actively looking” at mandating negative tests for domestic travel — and the travel industry isn’t pleased. Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, released a statement on Jan. 29 calling the potential move “un

Smartwatches in 2021 might be designed around your home-working woes

40TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Several rumors point to upcoming smartwatch features that reflect recent changes in the world.

Oculus Quest 3: rumors, predictions, and likely release date

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
A round-up of everything we know about the Oculus Quest 3

Apple Time to Walk lets you stroll along with celebrities – who would you like to join?

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Apple is adding a new guest each week, so here's who I'd choose to join me on a wander.

US Introduces Federal Airplane Mask Mandate: Why This Matters

100+One Mile at a Time / 4h
President Biden promised a federal mask mandate for both airplanes and airports, and that has now been implemented. Let’s talk about the details of this, and then I’ll share why I support this, even though on the surface this doesn’t change a whole lot. Details of the mask mandate for airports & airlines The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health and Human Servi

This Week in Apps: GameStop madness hits trading apps, Apple privacy changes, Clubhouse becomes a unicorn

100+TechCrunch / 4h
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surge

SpaceX Starship launch reportedly violated an FAA license

200+Engadget / 4h
SpaceX’s high altitude Starship test may have created more problems than a fiery explosion. The Verge sources understand that the Starship SN8 launch violated the terms of SpaceX’s FAA test license, leading to an official investigation. It’s not clear just what the spaceflight firm did wrong, but it reportedly led to the company delaying the launch of its SN9 prototype past the originally planned

Why buying a PS5 is a nightmare, and how retailers can make it better

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Scalpers, queues and consoles - is there any way to fix online shopping for must-have gadgets like the PS5?

SpaceX announces first for civilians who will fly to the ISS

SlashGear / 4h
SpaceX has confirmed the first four people who will fly aboard the Crew Dragon capsule to the ISS. The mission is known as AX-1 and will be the first mission to ever fly a crew made up of entirely private citizens to the ISS. The mission will take place no earlier than January 2022. The plan is to send the … Continue reading

The worst 5 business-class meals in the sky

The Points Guy / 4h
Now more than ever before, the desire to travel — and travel in style — is top of mind. Flying in business class, you’d be forgiven for assuming it was all Champagne , caviar and a constant supply of culinary delights for hours on end. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Related: Caviar on tap: Flying Etihad’s first-class Apartment from JFK-Abu Dhabi In this round-up, you’ll get an insight

Hitting the Books: The continuing controversies surrounding e-cig safety

81Engadget / 4h
Though more than a billion people worldwide still smoke cigarettes, folks who are looking to kick the habit have an ever-widening wide array of modern assistive techniques and technologies at their disposal. However, among the talk therapies and transdermal nicotine patches, no smoking cessation aid has perhaps had more of an impact in pop and mainstream culture than e-cigarettes. In Viral BS: Me

How to Disable Conversation View in Gmail

71How-To Geek / 4h
Gmail tries to help you navigate huge email chains by grouping replies together in a single conversation thread where replies are listed sequentially. If you want to see each reply individually, however, you’ll need to switch this off. Here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

I Mean, Who Wouldn't Want a $300,000 3D-Printed House?

32How-To Geek / 4h
You can 3D print almost anything now. A cute little robot thing? Sure. A bike? Yep. A boat that’s smaller than a human hair? Damn right. So, why not a house? As it turns out, you can, one company did, and now you can buy it. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

NASA Perseverance Rover will experience a violent seven-minute descent to Mars

SlashGear / 4h
One of the most challenging parts of putting any rover on the surface of Mars is the approximately seven-minute-long descent from orbit to the surface of the Red Planet. NASA is gearing up for the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover to land on Mars about 20 days from now. Currently, Perseverance has about 23.9 million miles left on its 292.5 million … Continue reading

Pre-orders are over but you can still get free gifts with these Samsung S21 deals

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Samsung Galaxy S21 pre-orders came to an end but the free gift fun seems to be continuing on right now.

Samsung confirms that rollable and slidable displays are on the way

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Samsung Display will be making plenty of screens that don't stay flat and rigid in the coming year.

Upgrade Your Dinner Game With the Best Countertop Kitchen Appliances

28Lifehacker / 4h
Top Pick: Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function

Upgrade Your Dinner Game With the Best Countertop Kitchen Appliances

28Gizmodo / 4h
Top Pick: Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function

Dodge CEO foresees the end of Hellcat V8 due to fuel economy

24SlashGear / 5h
Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis recently conducted an interview where he talked about the future of the iconic V8 cars Dodge produces. The bad news is that the executive foresees a time when Dodge V8 models, like the Hellcat line with supercharged V-8 engines, will come to an end due to tightening fuel economy requirements. This has already happened with Dodge … Continue reading

The Morning After: ASUS makes a second attempt at a dual-screen laptop

100+Engadget / 5h
No Friday night news dumps today, but we do have the return of some early 00s favorites. First, G4 is back. Ahead of its official relaunch with X-Play and Attack of the Show this summer, the gaming channel is streaming some content on Twitch and YouTube to garner feedback on what works in 2021. Another franchise that won’t stay away is The Matrix. A Friday night leak points to a name for the four

These Hardcore Species Would Stand a Chance in a Nuclear Apocalypse

32Gizmodo / 5h
Sadly, we live in a world where a few individuals have the power to wipe out civilization as we know it with nuclear weapons. We hope that power never gets used, as most of us living things wouldn’t make it far in a radioactive wasteland. Among other hazards, exposure to ionizing radiation has both short- and… Read more...

Decked out: Your inside look at Denver Airport’s new terminal expansion

31The Points Guy / 5h
Denver Airport is approaching its 26th birthday. And what better way to celebrate than with the opening of the airport’s first concourse expansion . The airport, which was built to handle 50 million passengers annually, opened in 1995. Since then, Denver has seen steady growth, both from the airlines operating there and in the number of passengers. To increase capacity, the city broke ground on t

Marriott Bonvoy Status Challenge: How It Works (Closed)

400+One Mile at a Time / 5h
Update : This is to note that Marriott Bonvoy has closed its status challenge promotion, which was launched in its current form in August 2020. We knew this would be limited time, so this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Only time will tell if this is reintroduced at some point. You can find the original post about the offer below. This year loyalty programs sure have started to compete for bus

How to Open the Hidden Scientific Calculator on iPhone

97How-To Geek / 5h
If you’ve ever wanted a scientific calculator app on iPhone, don’t fret—your iPhone already comes with one built in. Apple’s Calculator app includes a scientific mode that has been hiding in plain sight since 2008, as The Verge recently noted. Here’s how to use it. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Rumored Harry Potter series gets a 'Friends'-themed pitch from 'The Late Show'

52Mashable / 5h
The much-hyped rumor of a Harry Potter-connected TV series being in the works at HBO Max is more noise than reality. (Seriously, the streamer even shut hopes down in a statement featured in the story that first broke the news .) But that doesn't mean we can't laugh at the jokes. Enter The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The show put together a little trailer for what it hopes to see from an HBO M

Ingenuity Mars helicopter should be ready to fly soon

SlashGear / 5h
NASA’s ramping up for the landing of its Perseverance Rover on the surface of the red planet. One of the experiments aboard the rover is the Ingenuity helicopter. The helicopter will be deployed shortly after the spacecraft lands on the surface of Mars and will allow scientists to try and fly an aircraft on another planet for the first time. … Continue reading

Man Dressed Up As Ronald McDonald To Go Through Airport Security After Losing A Bet

24View from the Wing / 5h
A man lost a bet and had to go to the airport and fly home dressed up as Ronald McDonald. And naturally there's video of the whole thing. It all starts applying makeup at a Party City store and then heading off. Everything is going great until airport security. The TSA was a real spoil sport here. They wouldn't let him through security without taking his makeup off, ostensibly because they needed

Why I’ll never give up my Echo Spot

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
The Amazon Echo Spot was launched in 2017 and is often overlooked in favor of other smart displays like the Echo Show 5, but here's why I think it's the best one to own.

Conduct Your Very Own Blob Opera (Even if You Can't Read Music)

200+Lifehacker / 6h
Some people are born with musical gifts. Others spend years—maybe even decades—taking lessons, only to realize that their musical abilities are serviceable, at best. And then there are those who, for a variety of reasons, are best off as an enjoyer of music, rather than a maker of it. Regardless of which category you… Read more...

How to Spot Fakes When Shopping for Vintage Clothing and Accessories

37Lifehacker / 6h
Anyone who has spent time shopping for vintage clothing and accessories knows that it can be very hit-or-miss. Of course, you need to go into the whole thing with the understanding that these clothes are old (or at least they should be), which means they’ve likely been worn, and may not be the most perfect, spotless,… Read more...

How to Put Your PS5 DualSense Controller Into Pairing Mode

How-To Geek / 6h
The PlayStation 5’s (PS5) DualSense controller is Bluetooth-capable, meaning you don’t need to plug it in to use it with your console. You will, however, have to pair it with the console. Here’s how to put it into pairing mode. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Qatar Airways’ new Seattle flight takes off, solidifies partnership with Alaska Airlines

62The Points Guy / 6h
Editor’s note: Qatar Airways and Alaska Airlines provided part of TPG’s travel costs for this event. On Friday, Doha-based carrier Qatar Airways launched nonstop service from Doha (DOH) to Seattle (SEA), its seventh new destination since the outset of the pandemic. For this new service, Qatar Airways is using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft configured with 42 “Qsuite” business-class seats and 312 eco

Cheap Super Bowl TV deals: this 50-inch 4K Fire TV is on sale for $329.99 at Amazon

72TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Score cheap Super Bowl TV deals at Amazon like this 50-inch 4K Fire TV that's on sale for $329.99.

The PS5 is making me hate PC Gaming

100+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Computers have been my gaming hardware of choice for years, but the PS5 has me green with envy.

iOS 14 still hasn’t delivered its most exciting features, and Apple knows it

64TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Apple’s most exciting iOS 14 features haven’t been delivered, and given it’s quietly invited developers to several sessions to build them, the tech giant knows it.

This Is Not a Sci-Fi Movie: This Guy Makes 3D-Printed Hyper-Realistic Masks Using Real Faces

100+Gizmodo / 6h
At first glance, the photo above can look like a still from a science fiction movie, but rest assured: The guy and his face mask are very real. While the first thing that came to my mind was, “oh wow that’s creepy,” I was then immediately intrigued. Read more...

Physicists Are Reinventing the Laser

100+Gizmodo / 6h
In the 1950s, when physicists were racing to invent the first laser, they found that the rules of quantum mechanics restricted how pure the color of their light could be. Since then, physicists and engineers have always built lasers with those restrictions in mind. But new theoretical research from two independent… Read more...

Update Your iPhone and iPad Now If You Haven't Recently

200+Wired / 6h
Plus: A ransomware arrest, a dating site data leak, and more of the week's top security news.

Dozens of Egyptian Tombs Will Be Unearthed at Saqqara Necropolis

1KWired / 6h
Archaeologists found the entrance to the unexplored burial shaft earlier this week.

Earn $25,000 to Serve as a Smoothie Sommelier

86Lifehacker / 6h
Smoothies (and smoothie bowls) may be one step away from baby food, but unlike the stuff in the tiny jars, you get to control what goes in it. (Which probably means ending up with something closer to “Tutti Frutti” than “Turkey Dinner With Vegetables,” but to each their own). Read more...

How to Delete Your eBay Account

24How-To Geek / 7h
If you have an old eBay account you don’t use anymore, you can submit a request to have the account and all accompanying data completely removed—as long as your account is in good standing. Here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

NVIDIA GeForce NOW 2.0.27 adds beta support for Chrome browser

24SlashGear / 7h
NVIDIA’s cloud gaming service GeForce Now has received beta support for Chrome browser in version 2.0.27, giving subscribers another option for accessing the platform. The new support is different from the ChromeOS support, which has been available for a while, and comes months after similar beta support was added for the Safari browser on Apple’s mobile devices. GeForce NOW is … Continue reading

Get 50% off This 9-in-1 Car Charger Which Also Functions as a Seatbelt Cutter and Window Breaker

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POVO Multifunctional Car Tool | $10 | Amazon | Promo code WF6FCFTW Read more...

Beware - that Steam link could be dangerous malware

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Fake Steam sites see 400% rise in 2020, report says.

New Federal Mask Rule Issued Late Friday Night Means Less Mask Wearing On Planes, Not More

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I warned you this would happen, but you supported a federal mask mandate anyway. Airlines already required mask-wearing on planes. I told you that if the federal government got involved this would mean fewer options for travels, and less mask-wearing overall. Guess which one of us was right? Late Friday night the CDC issued its rule for mask-wearing on public transportation and airlines following

The Most Useful Apps With Offline Support

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Often, you need Google Maps in areas without cell service or the internet, which is why it’s our first recommendation. Most people use maps apps for navigation, but that’s just one of many features. You can quickly find a place to eat (or rest) while on a new journey or look up your next destination. And luckily, you can do all of that without an internet connection by downloading maps offline to

Why Your Resting Heart Rate Just Got Higher on Apple Watch

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If you’ve been using an Apple Watch to track your resting heart rate, you might have noticed it jump up a couple of beats in late 2020. Here’s what’s possibly going on. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

12 best TV and movie recipes from 'Binging with Babish'

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Steamed hams from The Simpsons . Imaginary pies from Hook . Meat tornadoes straight outta Pawnee, Indiana. What's actually in these fictional onscreen wonders and can we have them in our real lives? Yes we can. Brooklyn-based chef, cookbook author , and longtime YouTuber Andrew Rea has spent years finding ways to recreate iconic dishes from pop culture on Binging with Babish , one of the best onl

It’s A Sin is the must-watch TV show for our times

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It’s A Sin shows the laughter and excitement of forging a life away from home – especially homes not altogether accepting of queer youths – while never flinching from the brutality of losing a friend to an illness no-one yet understands.

Dr. Fauci stresses need for rapid vaccination to curb COVID-19 variants

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During a recent White House press briefing, Dr. Fauci discussed the ongoing pandemic and COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Among other things, he addressed the COVID-19 variants that have appeared in the US following identification in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil, stating that rapid vaccination is the best way to protect against new virus variants. Joining Dr. Fauci during the press … Continue re

Lawmakers take aim at insidious digital “dark patterns”

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Enlarge (credit: Lobanovgo | Getty Images ) In 2010, British designer Harry Brignull coined a handy new term for an everyday annoyance: dark patterns , meaning digital interfaces that subtly manipulate people. It became a term of art used by privacy campaigners and researchers. Now, more than a decade later, the coinage is gaining new, legal, heft. Dark patterns come in many forms and can trick a

How the Apple Watch 7 could get thinner while extending battery life

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The latest patent from Apple details a way in which two internal smartwatch components could be combined.

Whoa: Air Peace’s Embraer E195-E2 Business Class

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Nigeria’s Air Peace has a swanky new jet with a unique business class configuration. Air Peaces takes delivery of Embraer E195-E2 Air Peace has this week taken delivery of its very first Embraer E195-E2. This is Embraer’s latest jet, and an evolution of the previous Embraer 195, as the new jet features significantly lower fuel burn. Air Peace has a total of 13 E195-E2s on order. Significantly for

In Praise of Positive Reinforcement for Your Pets

500+Wired / 8h
You want to reward good behaviors, not use tools to punish negative ones.

Apple Fixes One of the iPhone's Most Pressing Security Risks

200+Wired / 8h
By hardening iMessage in iOS 14, the company has effectively cut off what had been an increasingly popular line of attack.

The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Speakers, Video Games, and More

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You'll find discounts this week on audio equipment, our favorite video calling device, TVs, and movies.

How online advice columns teach us to tell our own stories

25Mashable / 9h
When we spend so much of our time online, we’re bound to learn something while clicking and scrolling. Discover something new with Mashable’s series I learned it on the internet. Filed away in my vast catalogue of Deep Dark Fears, subfolder Internet-Related, is the dread of discovering myself as the antagonist in an advice column letter. During one especially rough period in a years-ago job, I ha

What Is an External DAC, and Do You Need One for a PC?

67How-To Geek / 9h
High-quality sound on PCs from drop-in sound cards and external DACs is a weird subject. It’s not as necessary as it once was. In fact, nobody even thinks about it much anymore. There’s no song or game that you won’t be able to listen to because of underpowered gear. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Sony A1 shows the ‘no compromise’ camera isn’t possible, but it comes pretty close

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Opinion: It might not be the mythical perfect camera, but the Sony A1 is the closest thing we've seen to an uncompromising hybrid.

India plans to introduce law to ban Bitcoin, other private cryptocurrencies

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India plans to introduce a law to ban private cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin in the country and provide a framework for the creation of an official digital currency during the current budget session of parliament. In the agenda (PDF) published on the lower house website, the legislation seeks to “prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India,” but allow “for certain exceptions to promote the u

What went wrong with America’s $44 million vaccine data system?

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The first time Mary Ann Price logged into her employer’s system to schedule a vaccine, she found an appointment three days later at a nearby Walgreens pharmacy. She woke up the next day to an email saying it had been canceled. So she logged in again and found an opening that afternoon at the local surgical hospital. “When I showed up, they said they wouldn’t honor it—they were only doing their ow

Future OLED TVs could get eye-tracking sensors, but do we need them?

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We sat down with OTI Lumionics CEO Michael Helander to talk about advances in OLED panel manufacturing, and how sensor enhancements could change the way we interact with TVs.

Roma is Netflix’s monochrome movie masterpiece, and worth revisiting

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We look back at one of the best films the streaming service has to offer.

The Samsung One Connect box is back for 2021, but something needs to change

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Samsung’s nifty One Connect box is back for 2021, and we're hoping to see it become more standardized than its predecessor.

Plex TV app: what devices can I use?

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Computers, mobiles, consoles, smart TVs, streaming devices are all supported thanks to the Plex TV app.

How to shop online in the least wasteful ways possible

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If you've found yourself spending the pandemic filling up online shopping cart after online shopping cart, you're not alone. People have increasingly turned to online shopping during the coronavirus crisis. While Americans spent less online during the first three months of 2020 compared with the final three months of 2019, this shot up by 37 percent in April, May, and June, according to the U.S.

Apple AirPods Pro 2 launching soon: Everything you should know

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If you are finding it hard to resist the $549 AirPods Max, you might just want to hold your horses as the Apple AiPods Pro 2 is speculated for a launch much earlier than previously believed. The true wireless earbuds will be far cheaper than the outrageously priced AirPods Max (only if you are not a diehard headphones fan) and … Continue reading

Don't miss the three SIM only deals that are dominating the weekend

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From unlimited data for sub £20, to a flexible double the data SIM only deal, these are offers to check out before they're gone

Hitman 3 DLC is coming and it could put a new spin on some old maps

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Hitman 3 will get some DLC but it might not introduce any new locations.

12 things the internet taught us we've been doing wrong our whole lives

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When we spend so much of our time online, we’re bound to learn something while clicking and scrolling. Discover something new with Mashable’s series I learned it on the internet . Alleged "hacks" for "life" born on the web have been known to — at best — be simply useless . At worst, they risk getting the "life hacker" killed or injured . Yet the old gal (by which we mean the entirety of the onlin

They’re Flocking to America to Make a Fortune Playing Video Games

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League of Legends teams in the U.S. lag behind their competitors in Asia, so they recruit the world’s best players by offering huge salaries.

Every Android easter egg so far explained, and how you can find your one

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Distract your brain from the world’s worries and check out our tribute to Google’s sneaky easter eggs.

Make your digital art more precise with this cool controller

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TL;DR: Make digital drawing, photo editing, and more a little easier with the TourBox Neo controller . It's on sale for 21% off as of Jan. 30 with code CREATE10, bringing the price down to $139.99. If you’ve ever clumsily attempted to inch a mouse just the right amount while editing a photo or video, then you know how valuable tactile precision can be. The TourBox Neo is an innovative controller

These long-lasting wireless earbuds come in a fancy leather charging case

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TL;DR: Get the long-lasting Bang & Olufsen Beoplay earbuds for $289.99 — a 17% discount — as of Jan. 30. In 35 hours, you can watch 70 episodes of Sex and the City , do 46 loads of laundry, listen to Kacey Musgraves' Golden Hour about 45 times, and never need to charge your Bang & Olufsen Beoplay earbuds once. Wireless headphones aren't super great if you have to charge them every four or so hour

Upgrade your WFH setup with one of these Acer Chromebooks on sale

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If you need to make some updates to your work from home setup as we enter our second year of remote work, these refurbished Acer Chromebooks are all on sale at some steep discounts. Check out the options below, which are all on sale as of Jan. 30, and stop crying over deleted work. Refurbished Acer C720-2848 Chromebook This Chromebook is stacked with 2GB of RAM and 16GB SSD, and lasts 8.5 hours o

Make better TikToks with a ring light and tripod kit on sale

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TL;DR: Become a real content creator with this Aduro U-Stream Executive Home Streaming Studio. Grab the ring light and tripod kit for $119.99 as of Jan. 30, a savings of 60%. If you regularly film YouTube videos, go live on Instagram, or create TikToks in your spare time, you could benefit from a high-tech filming setup. It’s not out of the question to set up your own studio; in fact, this home s

21 electric toothbrushes on sale this weekend

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With a global pandemic to worry about, there's a good chance you've neglected your oral hygiene. But there are steps you can take to make things a little better — including using an electric toothbrush. (Of course, this is not a substitute for actually going to the dentist.) If you've been seriously slacking in the dental hygiene department, you're in luck: These electric toothbrushes are all on

Alleged 'Matrix 4' leak suggests a new title: 'Matrix Resurrections'

500+Engadget / 11h
The last Matrix movie came out before Engadget even existed, but this year the film series is back. The Matrix 4 is one of the movies WarnerMedia is premiering on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time , however fans are still wondering what the official name of the flick will be. While a recent trailer suggested it might just be called Matrix , fans on Reddit and Twitter are passing around scr

iPhone 12S or iPhone 13? What will Apple call its next smartphone?

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Some sources reckon Apple will call its next major handset the iPhone 12S rather than iPhone 13, so which will it be?

Sony Xperia Compact release date, price, news, rumors and just how small it could be

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We've been hearing rumors of a new Sony Xperia Compact phone since the dawn of time - or 2018 - and here's what we know.