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Hundreds of Google Employees Unionize, Culminating Years of Activism

Google Alphabet Union•
36KNYT > Technology / 7h
The creation of the union, a rarity in Silicon Valley, follows years of increasing outspokenness by Google workers. Executives have struggled to handle the change.

Some online stores stop UK deliveries over Brexit

24KBBC News - Technology / 4h
Some EU specialist firms stop delivering to the UK because of tax changes that took effect on 1 January.

Why Your Windows Taskbar Should Always Be on the Left Side

500+How-To Geek / 6h
Windows has featured a taskbar at the bottom of the screen since the beginning. That position made sense back in the day, but on modern computers, it doesn’t. I’m here to tell you the taskbar should be on the left. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

American Daily Deals: Kids fly free when you book Caribbean flights today

The Points Guy / 9min
American Airlines is beginning 2021 with a series of “ Daily Deals ,” giving the carrier an opportunity to jumpstart bookings during a period that many would-be travelers may be hesitant to fly or lock in future bookings. Be sure to bookmark this post. With a new offer going live each morning, we’ll keep updating this page — adding the latest deal up top while listing the expired offerings down b

Aer Lingus’ Manchester Transatlantic Flights Going On Sale Soon

500+One Mile at a Time / 15min
Airlines sure are trying new things during these tough times. Several weeks ago I wrote about how Aer Lingus is planning on operating transatlantic flights out of Manchester in the summer of 2021, and also shared the routes the airline is planning. We now have reason to believe that these flights will go on sale as of later this week, around January 8, 2021. This is exciting for a couple of reaso

Up to $200 in easy credits available at Home Depot and Best Buy with new Amex Offers

The Points Guy / 23min
It’s a new year, which means new credit card offers and … if I had to guess, an optimistic checklist of home and life improvement projects on your personal to-do list. If you’re itching to start 2021 with a bathroom renovation, backyard overhaul or a few choice home upgrades , there are two great Amex Offers available right now that can confer serious savings of up to $200. Want more credit card

How to Claim Your Free Year of Discovery+ Through Verizon

Discovery+ Roku Today•
36Gizmodo / 24min
Verizon customers can snag up to 12 months of the brand new Discovery+ streaming service for free. Here’s how to get it. Read more...

Discovery+ launches today, and it's available on Fire TV, Roku and more

Discovery+ Roku Today•
46Engadget / 27min
Discovery waited until the last possible moment to announce where you can stream content from Discovery+. But now that the service is officially available in the US , the company has finally shared that information . The list of places where you can download Discovery+ is extensive, with almost every popular platform but the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 included in the company’s launch slate.

Scientists Invent Gun That Shoots “Skin Substitute” onto Burn Victims

100+Futurism / 33min
Israeli biotech company Nanocare says it’s created a gun that can spin out “Spider-Man”-like webs that can cover burns and wounds, The Guardian reports . The artificial skin being shot out of the company’s “Spincare Portable Wound System” allows patients to move around and shower, unlike bandages. It even allows health practitioners to watch the wound healing below, because it’s translucent. Whil

Florida Is Doling out Coronavirus Vaccines Over Eventbrite

47Futurism / 33min
If you live in Florida and want to get your COVID-19 vaccine, you may find yourself watching Eventbrite as if you were trying to nab concert tickets before they sell out. Florida’s state health department and the health departments of eight Florida counties have partnered with the event management site to schedule vaccination appointments, Motherboard reports . But the first-come-first-served app

How to Date Without Alcohol

46Lifehacker / 36min
Dating is tough. If you’re making an honest attempt at finding someone special, playing the field requires that you embrace a certain level of vulnerability. And according to conventional thinking, the awkward and anxious components of dating can be somewhat tamed by drinking. Read more...

Lidar startup Aeva raises another $200M ahead of its debut as a public company

Apple Lidar Startup Aeva•
78TechCrunch / 37min
Aeva, the lidar company started by two former Apple engineers, has raised an additional $200 million in private investment from Hong Kong hedge fund Sylebra Capital ahead of its debut as a publicly traded company. The Mountain View, California-based startup announced in fall 2020 that it was merging with special purpose acquisition company InterPrivate Acquisition Corp., with a post-deal market v

Bose's best noise-cancelling headphones get an $80 price cut at Amazon

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 37min
Get the Bose QuietComfort 35 II on sale for $269 from Amazon - a brilliant price on Bose's best noise-cancelling headphones.

Emirates’ new premium economy debuts: Here’s what we know so far

The Points Guy / 37min
On Monday, Emirates’ brand new premium economy cabin took to the skies for the first time. The airline’s newest A380 — registered A6-EVN — is the first aircraft to be fitted with Emirates’ first-ever premium economy product. It departed from Dubai (DXB) for London (LHR) just before 3:00. Related: What it’s like flying Emirates first class during the pandemic So far, we know that as of Monday, thi

Bounce back from tough workouts with a mini massage gun on sale

44Mashable / 42min
TL;DR: Get some relief with this Vortix Smooth mini massage gun , on sale for $74.99 as of Jan. 4. If you were lucky enough to find a Peloton , Mirror , or other fancy piece of workout equipment under the tree this holiday, you’re probably feeling pretty sore right about now. Fortunately, this deal on a mini massage gun from Vortix can help you bounce right back and keep it moving. These little g

WandaVision gets a slew of new teasers ahead of its January release

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 44min
Ahead of its January premiere on Disney Plus, WandaVision has a selection of new teasers offering a glimpse into the next phase of the Marvel MCU.

Microsoft hints at coming “sweeping visual rejuvenation” of Windows 10

21Ars Technica / 45min
Enlarge / This screenshot of the Photos and Calculator apps comes from a video Microsoft product chief Panos Panay dropped on Instagram to demonstrate new UI concepts in March 2020. (credit: Microsoft) We've been hearing rumors for a while now about a significant visual refresh planned for Windows 10 in 2021 under the codename "Sun Valley." Those rumors gained some extra steam this morning, when

Save 44% on These Sporty Mpow Flame Wireless Earbuds Perfect For Your Next Run

Gizmodo / 48min
Mpow Flame Wireless Earbuds | $28 | Amazon

Samsung is unveiling the Galaxy S21 earlier than ever, on January 14

Samsung Galaxy S21•
Ars Technica / 51min
Enlarge (credit: Samsung) Samsung has officially announced its next big product launch event, "Galaxy Unpacked 2021." This show will unveil the Galaxy S21 and will be broadcast live on on January 14, 2021 at 10am ET. Typically, the Galaxy S announcement is in February, so this is earlier than ever for Samsung. January 14 is also the last day of this year's all-digital CES. If you need

Xbox Series X consoles may soon be a lot easier to buy

SlashGear / 52min
The Xbox Series X, like the PlayStation 5, has been very difficult to find since it launched in November. While the holiday shopping season no doubt made those stock issues worse, those issues probably won’t be sorted out right away now that we’re into 2021. Demand will still be high for some time to come, but now Microsoft has indicated … Continue reading

This wireless charging pad can charge 3 devices at once

24Mashable / 53min
TL;DR: Ditch all your charging cables for this wireless charging pad for $30.99, a 55% savings as of Jan. 4. If you still haven’t jumped on the wireless charging trend, now’s as good a time as any — especially since this three-in-one fast wireless charging pad is on sale for half off. Ultra-thin and convenient, this charging pad can charge three devices — an iPhone (or any other Qi-enabled device

FLY CORALway: Intriguing South Pacific Airline Startup

One Mile at a Time / 57min
There’s a new airline in the South Pacific that claims to be just months from launching. I’m not sure whether to be suspicious, or just think that the founders are a wee bit optimistic. What is FLY CORALway? FLY CORALway hopes to be an airline connecting islands in the South Pacific. On the surface it sure seems like there’s a market for this. For example, in Tahiti you have Air Tahiti Nui , offe

IBM: Most companies woefully ill-prepared for digital future

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 58min
Survey finds 60% of IT leaders are not confident their company’s IT modernization program is future-ready.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine estimate increases but US roll-out struggles

SlashGear / 1h
Moderna has increased its COVID-19 vaccine production estimate, with the pharma company expecting a significantly higher number of doses to be ready in 2021. The news comes amid reports of unforeseen issues actually deploying coronavirus vaccines in the US, with the number of injections falling behind a rate experts believe is necessary and some states taking heavy-handed measures to force … Cont

Samsung Finally Announced the Galaxy Unpacked Event We All Knew About: Here's What's Coming

45Gizmodo / 1h
After weeks of rumors, Samsung has finally announced its next Galaxy Unpacked Event scheduled for January 14, and it couldn’t have come at a better time because recently a number of new leaks have spilled the beans on what we’re expecting to see at Samsung’s next big product showcase. Read more...

Apple Now Has a New Weekly Fitness+ Series with Apple Music Playlists

How-To Geek / 1h
To help with everyone’s New Year’s fitness resolutions, Apple has now added tons of new goal-setting workouts onto its Fitness+ subscription service. The workouts are part of a brand new weekly series that’s designed to help keep users motivated to exercise and to stay on top of their training regimen throughout the year. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

This AI-Powered Raspberry Pi 'Swear Bear' Berates You for Using Curse Words

How-To Geek / 1h
If an old fashioned swear jar isn’t enough to curb your sailor mouth, it’s time to ask the Swear Bear for a helping hand. Developed by 8 Bits and a Byte, Swear Bear is a Raspberry Pi-powered AI that keeps track of your profanity and shames you every time it hears a dirty word. Oh … fiddlesticks. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Thinking About Growing a Beard in 2021?

64NYT > Technology / 1h
Jeff’s Beard Board, a 20-year-old forum for facial hair, may be a useful resource.

Tech Predictions for 2021

84NYT > Technology / 1h
Times journalists share the technology-related developments they think will be big this year.

5 questions about 2021’s startup market

100+TechCrunch / 1h
Welcome to 2021, a year that could extend 2020’s startup market disruptions and excesses — or change patterns that previously performed well for early-stage tech companies and their investors. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Read it every morning on Extra Crunch , or get The Exchange newsletter every Saturday. As we turn the page, I have a number of questions worth raising as w

Intel 11th-generation processors launch window may have just leaked from MSI

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Intel 11th-gen Rocket Lake-S processors may be coming in March 2021, according to an MSI forum comment.

Nvidia RTX 3080 mobile GPU details start to leak ahead of CES 2021

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New details about Nvidia's upcoming mobile versions of its latest flagship RTX 3000-series GPUs are starting to leak out ahead of CES 2021.

Apple Watch deals return to lowest prices yet with Series 3, 5 and 6 on sale now

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
A massive range of Apple Watch deals are up for grabs this week, with Amazon returning to some of the lowest prices we've seen yet.

Deep Science: Using machine learning to study anatomy, weather and earthquakes

82TechCrunch / 1h
Research papers come out far too rapidly for anyone to read them all, especially in the field of machine learning, which now affects (and produces papers in) practically every industry and company. This column aims to collect the most relevant recent discoveries and papers — particularly in but not limited to artificial intelligence — and explain why they matter. A number of recently published re

More than 225 Google workers form union

Google Alphabet Union•
20Mashable / 1h
Google workers have formed a union. On Jan. 4, hundreds of employees at the internet giant unveiled the Alphabet Workers Union. As the name suggests, the union isn’t just open those working on the search product. It's open to all workers at Google’s parent company, Alphabet. We're Alphabet workers. We’ve been organizing for over a year, & we’re finally ready to share why. This morning, we're anno

Google employees kick off union membership drive for 120,000 workers

Google Alphabet Union•
100+Ars Technica / 1h
Enlarge / Exterior view of a Googleplex building, the corporate headquarters of Google and parent company Alphabet, May 2018. (credit: Getty Images | zphotos ) More than 225 workers at Google have formally launched a company-wide union membership drive, following an increasing drive toward organization inside the company over the past several years. All 120,000 people who work for Google parent c

Apple 2021 product roadmap prediction is oddly familiar

SlashGear / 1h
The first Apple products of the year were predicted and listed in an email sent to investors this week. Collected by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the list appears to include AirTags first. Those are the tiny button-like devices that’d be Apple’s answer to the many different iterations of this idea launched by other companies over the past decade, like Tile, Cube, … Continue reading

Missions to Mars, the Moon and Beyond Await Earth in 2021

100+NYT > Technology / 1h
Here’s a preview of what to expect in space and astronomy in the year to come.

Managing your WordPress sites just got a lot less stressful

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
WP Toolkit for cPanel allows site owners to manage multiple WordPress sites from the popular control panel.

Ether soars above $1,000 as bitcoin sets another record

21Ars Technica / 1h
Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin. (credit: TechCrunch ) Ether, the native currency of the Ethereum network and the second most valuable cryptocurrency, has soared above $1,000 for the first time since 2018. The rise is part of a broad cryptocurrency boom inspired by the continued rise in bitcoin's price. Last month, bitcoin rose above $20,000 , smashing its previous all-time record of around $19,

Los Angeles Is the Most Climate-Vulnerable County in the U.S.

74Gizmodo / 1h
Thanks to global warming, climate disasters are set to impact pretty much every corner of the world, but of course, some places are getting hit first and worst. A new federal report shows which parts of the U.S. are most in danger. Read more...

Italian court rules against ‘discriminatory’ Deliveroo rider ranking algorithm

80TechCrunch / 1h
A court in Italy has dealt a blow to unalloyed algorithmic management after a legal challenge brought by three unions. The Bologna court ruled that a reputational ranking algorithm used by on-demand food delivery platform Deliveroo discriminated against gigging delivery workers by breaching local labor laws. The ruling, reported earlier in the Italian press , found Deliveroo’s ranking algorithm d

SpaceX Wants to Catch Starship Booster With Its Own Launch Tower

Futurism / 1h
Trust Fall SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the company plans to eventually try to catch a Super Heavy booster — the rocket that will launch the SpaceX Starship — with its own launch tower. It’s an extremely bold idea, and one that would put both the Super Heavy booster and the launch tower itself at risk of catastrophic failure, according to Ars Technica . But if it does work, the accomplishment would

Save 15% on a pair of earbuds you can wear 3 ways

20Mashable / 1h
TL;DR: Get three types of headphones in one sleek package with the Motorola Tech3 Smart True Wireless Buds , on sale for $84.95 as of Jan. 4. One big complaint about wired earbuds is their lack of flexibility. One big complaint about wireless earbuds is their finite battery life. But the Motorola Tech3 Smart True Wireless Buds has perks of both. The Tech3s offer three different styles in one head

Jump on the air fryer bandwagon: The Instant Vortex Plus is on sale for $20 off

40Mashable / 1h
SAVE $20: As of Jan. 4, the 10-quart Instant Vortex Plus air fryer is on sale at Walmart and Amazon for only $99.99. (It usually retails for $119.99, so you'll be saving just over 15%.) An extremely popular Christmas gift and the star of what's arguably the first meme of the year , it feels like the humble air fryer is finally having a moment — deservingly so. What's not to love about a counterto

Color raises $167 million funding at $1.5 billion valuation to expand ‘last mile’ of US health infrastructure

100+TechCrunch / 1h
Healthcare startup Color has raised a sizable $167 million in Series D funding round, at a valuation of $1.5 billion post-money, the company announced today. This brings the total raised by Color to $278 million, with its latest large round intended to help it build on a record year of growth in 2020 with even more expansion to help put in place key health infrastructure systems across the U.S. —

Abu Dhabi will get a new low-cost airline next week

The Points Guy / 1h
Wizz Air’s new Abu Dhabi unit will commence operations on Jan. 15. The ultra-low-cost airline will operate its first of three weekly flights from Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Athens (ATH). The first route to Athens, which is offering fares from as low as $35 one-way, will operate on the following schedule: Abu Dhabi (AUH) 12:30 p.m. Departure ⇒ Athens (ATH) 4:15 p.m. Arrival Athens (ATH) 4:50 p.m. Departur

Elton John's Rocketman sequel documentary could be heading to Netflix

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Elton John is in talks with Netflix over a feature-length documentary.

A nasty new PayPal phishing campaign is doing the rounds

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Phishing campaign targets PayPal users with fraudulent SMS text messages.

Next Windows 10 update will be big, hopefully not as shocking as Windows 8

SlashGear / 1h
According to a job listing released over the weekend, Microsoft is planning a “sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows experiences.” The last time we heard Microsoft speak about changes of this magnitude, it was before the switch from Windows 7 to Windows 8. One would hope that this next set of sweeping changes would be more accountable to the users that … Continue reading

What happens after we die? Netflix's 'Surviving Death' aims to find out.

26Mashable / 1h
If you've ever wondered what happens after this life, you're not alone. Based on the book by best-selling author and journalist Leslie Kean, Surviving Death attempts to uncover what happens after we die through a mix of scientific research and stories from people who have had near-death experiences. The six-part docuseries asks questions about the true nature of death, the possibility of communic

Discovery+ launches in the US today

Discovery+ Roku Today•
96TechCrunch / 2h
The new year is kicking off with the launch of a new streaming service — Discovery+, which offers programming from Discovery’s networks including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. Discovery+ actually launched in the United Kingdom and Ireland last fall through a deal with Sky, but the company is treating today as the big launch , as the service

Hulu’s live TV service gains 14 new channels as result of ViacomCBS deal

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100+TechCrunch / 2h
A new agreement between Hulu and ViacomCBS will bring 14 new channels to Hulu’s live TV streaming service, while also renewing the deal that allows Hulu to carry various CBS broadcast stations and Showtime. According to ViacomCBS, the new multi-year distribution deal will for the first time allow Hulu + Live TV subscribers to stream cable networks like BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Param

Cyberpunk 2077 Gets "Working" Third-Person Mod

1KGizmodo / 2h
There’s now a mod available that lets you play Cyberpunk 2077 in third-person on the PC—but be warned, while it works in the most basic, functional sense, it’s not something you’re going to want to be using for any real stretch of time. Read more...

Monday's Best Deals: PlayStation Plus, Hydrow Connected Rower, Disney Store Sale, Stasher Reusable Food Bags, Kingdom Hearts Games, Charter Club Sheets, and More

80Lifehacker / 2h
PlayStation Plus and the Hydrow Connected Rower lead Monday’s best deals. Read more...

Amex adds new Business Platinum bonuses: 5x points on gas, wireless, office supplies, advertising and shipping

The Points Guy / 2h
To kick off 2021, Amex has introduced a slew of new bonuses and benefits on both The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express . On the personal Platinum, Amex unveiled an up to $30 monthly PayPal credit through June 30, 2021 along with a number of lucrative Amex Offers . And the Business Platinum card wasn’t been left out either. Want more credit

OnePlus Band release date, price, leaks and what we know so far

OnePlus Band India•
28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
The OnePlus Band is launching soon, but it might come to some regions before others.

Huawei P50 leaks look incredibly strange

SlashGear / 2h
Today we’re taking a peek at some leaked images of the device called Huawei P50. This device is a smartphone with a rather sizable backside camera array, arranged in a way that might throw you for a loop. There, in the space of a circle-cornered rectangle, you’ll find five lenses – four in a row, as well as a smaller … Continue reading

Monday's Best Deals: PlayStation Plus, Hydrow Connected Rower, Disney Store Sale, Stasher Reusable Food Bags, Kingdom Hearts Games, Charter Club Sheets, and More

80Gizmodo / 2h
PlayStation Plus and the Hydrow Connected Rower lead Monday’s best deals. Read more...

How to Enable Startup Sound on Your Chromebook

26How-To Geek / 2h
Computers traditionally have had a startup sound that plays as soon as they are up and running. Chromebooks don’t have this out of the box, but if you miss that nostalgic touch of a startup chime, you can manually enable it from the settings. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

LEGO Introduces Two New $99.95 STEAM-Focused BricQ Motion Sets

100+How-To Geek / 2h
When it’s not releasing awesome car and botanical sets, LEGO likes to focus on education. The company’s just announced two new sets focused on STEAM concepts that don’t require electronics. It even includes lessons for teachers to use in schools. The BricQ Motion Essential aims to teach children six and up, while the BricQ Motion Prime educates kids ten and up. Both sets cost $99.95. Read This Ar

Slack is down as Salesforce’s big acquisition gets a rocky start to 2021 [Update]

Slack Outage Monday 2021•
SlashGear / 2h
Slack may have ended 2020 sitting pretty on a $27.7 billion acquisition by Salesforce, but it’s starting the first workday of 2021 for many with some unexpected downtime. Many US workers trying to log into their workplace messaging this morning discovered that they simply couldn’t get the system to load. Those who could get connected to Slack, meanwhile, often found … Continue reading

Brexit deal recommends using long-dead software

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
The new Brexit trade agreement makes reference to long-defunct computer programs, including Mozilla Mail and Netscape Communicator.

Peugeot shareholders say yes to merger with Fiat Chrysler

Fiat PSA Peugeot FC•
54Ars Technica / 2h
Enlarge (credit: Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) For the past few years, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been looking to get married. After its advances were spurned by the likes of General Motors and Volkswagen , a merger with France's Renault looked possible, until FCA boss Sergio Marchionne died in 2018 . Then, in October, news arrived that FCA had found a new French fr

Gaming in 2020 – The Winners

SlashGear / 2h
2020 was a bad year in a lot of regards, but thankfully, it wasn’t all bad in the gaming industry. We had a lot of really good games to see us through the pandemic, and while the games were really the only good thing to come out of the gaming industry in 2020, there were a lot of high points … Continue reading

A major Slack outage welcomes you back to work

Slack Outage Monday 2021•
200+Engadget / 2h
So much for a smooth return to work after the holidays. Your first day back at the office (or your desk at home) might have been disrupted when Slack experienced serious issues on Monday morning. At first, the incident was somewhat limited as messages were not loading for many users. Others were having connection problems. By around 11:20am ET, Slack was experiencing a full-blown outage, accordin

It’s not just you, Slack is struggling this morning

400+TechCrunch / 2h
Slack did its best to ease the working world back into their jobs this morning by breaking, ensuring that everyone’s return to the grind would be as chaotic and unproductive as possible. Precisely when the downtime began is not clear, though problems amongst the TechCrunch staff began a little after ten o’clock in the morning. Slack itself posted at 10:14 am Eastern Time that there was a problem:

How to Create Custom Emojis and Where You Can Actually Use Them

32Gizmodo / 2h
Was there ever a time that we were able to communicate without emojis? It’s difficult to remember, but these little icons are now an essential part of our digital communications, and if the thousands of currently available options aren’t enough for you, then you can create your own—and we’re going to show you how to… Read more...

Today is the last day to add to our record Charity Drive sweepstakes haul

20Ars Technica / 2h
Enlarge / Just some of the prizes you could win by entering this year's sweepstakes. Just before the holiday break, I implored you all to donate to the 2020 Ars Charity Drive sweepstakes and help us beat our previous annual Charity Drive record of $38,861 . In the weeks since, Ars readers have come through with flying colors. If you weren't one of those readers, don't worry—you still have one fin

Carmaker Challenges Cybertruck to Off-Road Race Against Fuel Cell Vehicle

200+Futurism / 2h
Baja Challenge The Baja 1000 has long been the ultimate test for off-road vehicles. The international race stretches over 1,000 miles of dirt track, sand dunes, and steep inclines on the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico. Tesla CEO Elon Musk bragged in April that the electric car company’s much-hyped Cybertruck would pass the challenge with flying colors. “We’re working on increasing dynamic ai

Best Credit Cards For Everyday Spending (2021)

100+One Mile at a Time / 2h
For those in the US with good credit, the best way to rack up points is through credit cards. This can include the welcome bonuses offered by credit cards , the points offered for spending on cards, and all kinds of other offers . I’ve written in the past about the credit cards I use for each major bonus category . Nowadays it’s possible to earn 2-5x points on many of the things we spend most on,

How To Take Your Tabletop Dungeons & Dragons Game Online

100+Lifehacker / 2h
COVID struck at the height of the resurgence of the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, and while it’s not the worst aspect of a worldwide plague, nerds not being allowed to gather at the local hobby store and pretend to be elves really sucks. Luckily, though, with a little know-how, you can take the… Read more...

Cheap TV deals at Best Buy: this 65-inch 4K TV drops to just $399.99

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We've rounded up the best cheap TV deals at Best Buy, which include this 65-inch 4K TV that's on sale for just $399.99.

Ken Jennings may have botched his chance at hosting 'Jeopardy!'

69Mashable / 2h
When beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek died in November , the internet was devastated. For over 30 years and 8,000 episodes, fans of the show let Trebek's smooth, calming voice guide them through the game. He seems irreplaceable, yet he wanted the show to go on after his death. So then the question became who can possibly take over for Alex Trebek? To Jeopardy! aficionados, one name came to mind

Slack is down and people are rejoicing

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100+Mashable / 2h
UPDATE: Jan. 4, 2021, 12:25 p.m. EST Slack was down for several hours but appears to be back for some users. Slack said, "Not today, 2021." After a long, exhausting 2020, we're starting the first Monday of the year off with a little gift from the internet gods: Slack is down. If your job involves computers or you're working from home, there's a good chance your company uses Slack's chatrooms to f

This Advanced CBD Muscle Rub Brings Superior Relief to Your Aches and Pains

Futurism / 2h
If regular exercise or other strenuous physical activity has you suffering from chronic muscle pain , you’ve likely tried to find a good topical rub to relieve the pain. But if your go-to muscle rub isn’t giving you the results you need, it’s time to upgrade to the advanced pain relief of Quanta CBD Muscle Rub Plus . The secret to this fastest-acting CBD topical rub lies in Quanta’s own proprieta

Venmo's mobile app can now cash your checks

69Engadget / 2h
Venmo’s bid to become your banking hub now covers your checks. The PayPal-owned brand is launching a Cash a Check feature in its Android and iOS apps that lets you deposit money without using your bank’s app or visiting a physical location (a risky proposition during a pandemic). Much as with similar solutions, you just have to take a photo of the check and send it in. Most check approvals should

Slack Starts 2021 With Outage

Slack Outage Monday 2021•
1KNYT > Technology / 2h
The company said it was investigating and trying to resolve the issue, which caused disruptions for users as they returned to work after the holidays.

LG's new OLED display goes from flat to curved for gaming

32Mashable / 2h
LG will showcase a bendable display at this year's CES, which kicks off on Jan. 11. The 48-inch Bendable Cinematic Sound (CSO) OLED display can bend and go back to fully flat as needed. The idea is to flatten the screen when watching TV and turn it into a curved display when gaming for better immersion. The display can do more than just bend. LG's CSO tech also makes the display vibrate and produ

Bitcoin price is making a mockery of previous records

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Bitcoin price has surpassed the $30,000 threshold, within weeks of breaking $20,000 for the first time.

New year, new headphones. Get the Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds on sale.

24Mashable / 2h
SAVE $59.95: Didn't get the headphones you wanted this holiday season? Snag the Jabra Elite 85t true wireless Bluetooth earbuds for yourself for only $170.04 as of Jan. 4. Whether your 2021 resolution is to work out more or just to finally ditch your virtually-obsolete wired headphones, you can score a deal on a new pair of wireless earbuds in the new year. These Jabra Elite 85t true wireless blu

Combining Mario Kart Live With Lego Super Mario Creates the Ultimate IRL Video Game Experience

93Gizmodo / 3h
Assuming everyone was getting tired of spending every waking hour playing video games while socially distancing at home, Nintendo released two IRL video game experiences last year that, it turns out, can be unofficially combined to create an even better real-life Mario experience. Read more...

Slack down: outages continue, so it's not just you unable to connect to Slack

Slack Outage Monday 2021•
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Slack is down for businesses across the world on the first Monday of 2021.

The home smart bike that takes you places

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Train for the rides of your life with the incredible new Wattbike Atom.

Virgin Media broadband price rises of up to £54 in 2021

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Virgin Media says customers will see bills go up 4% on average, between £30 and £54 a year for most.

New Uncharted movie images tease Tom Holland’s first adventure

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Sony has released four stills from the upcoming Uncharted movie.

How to Calculate the Sum of Squares in Excel

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Finding the sum of squares in Microsoft Excel can be a repetitive task. The most obvious formula requires a lot of data entry, though there’s a lesser-known option that gets you to the same place. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

10 Products for a Perfectly Relaxing Bubble Bath

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When was the last time you relaxed in a nice warm bath? There are lots of great reasons to soak in the tub, from finding stress relief to easing pain. Before you dip in, invest in some provisions. Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

Here's Everything Coming to Netflix the Week of Jan. 4, 2021

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Sure, Netflix’s big beginning of the month drop has happened, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to watch in the new year. The streaming service is dropping everything from cult classic films to new, original series, and there’s plenty to add to your to-be-watched list. If you want to make your streaming plans now, here’s everything coming to Netflix the week of Jan. 4, 2021. Read This Arti

9 Books to Help You Declutter Your Life in the New Year

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Who among us hasn’t made a New Year’s resolution to declutter at some point? If getting organized is on your to-do list getting some expert advice might be just what you need to get the ball rolling. Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

Galaxy S21 Ultra leak shows how we’ll stash the S Pen

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After months of rumors and speculation, it’s official: Samsung’s next Unpacked event is this month and we’re expecting the company to reveal the Galaxy S21. At this point, it seems like we know everything there is to know about the Galaxy S21 family of devices, whether it’s hardware, features, or even compatibility with some existing Samsung peripherals. Once such peripheral … Continue reading

Comedy Central, MTV and more are coming to Hulu’s live TV service

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Subscribers to Hulu's live TV service are about to get more bang for their buck. Under an expanded distribution deal, 14 more ViacomCBS cable networks are on the way to Hulu + Live TV in the form of BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, VH1, CMT, Nick Jr., TV Land, BET Her, MTV2, NickToons, TeenNick and MTV Classic. CBS, CBS Sports Network, the CW, the Smithsonian Channel and

Amazon's Halo fitness tracker is on sale just in time for New Year's resolutions

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Save $25: Amazon's Halo fitness tracker is on sale for $74.99 as of Jan. 4 — down from $99.99. Back in August, Amazon launched its own fitness tracker to compete with Fitbit. During the first six months of its release, the Halo was discounted at $64.99, but now it's selling for a retail price of $99.99 — but, we have some good news: As of Jan. 4, the Amazon Halo is on sale again for $74.99. The H

Roku Reportedly Looking to Buy Quibi's Rotting Corpse

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Quibi’s spectacular flameout in 2020 drags on into the new year. After raising a $1.75 billion war chest to launch the next big thing in on-the-go video, the streaming network only managed to keep the lights on for six months . Now the video vultures are circling over Quibi’s substantial catalog of content , and Roku is… Read more...

Revealed: Emirates Premium Economy, Refreshed A380 Cabins

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Recently Emirates finally revealed its new premium economy cabin, as well as refreshed other cabins on its new signature A380. We now also know the first route to get this plane, even if premium economy won’t initially be sold. A look at Emirates’ new A380 cabins The Airbus A380 that Emirates recently took delivery of is the first to feature all of these new cabins. Go figure that the airline has

Windows 10 update waves goodbye to Adobe Flash Player once and for all

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New Windows 10 update will automatically remove the version of Adobe Flash Player that was bundled with the operating system.

Becoming an autonomous digital enterprise

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With automation, enterprises can strive for resilience and innovation.

Is the PS5 too big to fit your new TV unit? IKEA will help you find out

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IKEA's cardboard gaming consoles let you check if the PS5 will actually fit in your TV cabinet or media center.

Save £20 on Amazon Echo Dot and grab six months of Music Unlimited for free

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Amazon Echo deals are still available and you can pick up six months of Music Unlimited as well.

Teledyne to acquire FLIR in $8 billion cash and stock deal

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Industrial sensor giant Teledyne is set to acquire sensing company FLIR in a deal valued at around $8 billion in a mix of stock and cash, pending approvals with an expected closing date sometime in the middle of this year. While both companies make sensors, aimed primarily at industrial and commercial customers, they actually focus on different specialties that Teledyne said in a press release ma

The UK Denies Assange's Extradition, Citing Suicide Risk

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The ruling is based not on whether the Wikileaks founder violated the Espionage Act, but on the implications of subjecting him to the US carceral state.

Epic Games' next headquarters will replace a local shopping mall

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Many tech companies build their new campuses on discarded office space or other familiar territory, but Epic Games is trying something... different. Eurogamer reports that the Fortnite developer is taking control of a hometown shopping mall, Cary Towne Center, to convert it into the company’s next headquarters by 2024. The new project will mix offices with “recreational spaces” and will be built

2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid sees luxe automaker start its huge EV shakeup

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Bentley’s path to a fully-electric future continues, with the new Bentayga Hybrid SUV bringing a gas-electric drivetrain to the automaker’s luxury best-seller. Joining the 2021 Bentayga V8 and the Bentayga Speed, this third iteration is arguably the most appealing, given just how much sense hybrids make in the high-end luxe segments. As with the original Bentayga Hybrid we drove last … Continue r

Venmo adds a check-cashing feature, waives fees for stimulus checks

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Venmo this morning announced it will begin to offer a new check-cashing service, “Cash a Check,” in the Venmo mobile app. The feature, which is being rolled out to select users starting today, can be used to cash printed, payroll and U.S. government checks, including the new stimulus checks, the company says. Though typically there will be fees associated with the Cash a Check feature, Venmo says

‘Wild Rift’ finally made me a ‘League of Legends’ player

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A couple of years ago, I decided to open Twitch and watch some professional League of Legends . I had never played the MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) but wanted to learn about the broader esports industry and suspected the experience would unearth a few interesting stories for Engadget. Fast-forward to 2020 and I’m a religious watcher of the game’s domestic leagues in the US, Europe, Chin

Amex Platinum Giving $200 In Free Stuff From Best Buy And Home Depot

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American Express has two ‘Amex Offers' that seem to be widely available for Platinum American Express cards allowing you up to $200 in ‘free stuff’: $50 statement credit on purchases of $50 or more from Best Buy, which you can claim twice and $50 statement credit on purchases of $50 or more from Home Depot, which you can claim twice. Continue reading ...

Xiaomi's first cheap phone of 2021 is coming soon, but don't expect Mi 11 news

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Xiaomi's first phone launch of 2021 isn't the Mi 11 – it's the Redmi Note 9T, an affordable handset.

Deadly COVID Outbreak Linked to Inflatable Christmas Tree Costume

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In what can only be described as an extremely unfortunate event, a San Jose hospital staff member who dressed in a self-inflating Christmas tree costume likely caused a COVID-19 outbreak, which the The Washington Post reports has infected 43 and killed one so far. “Obviously this is a highly unusual situation involving a well-intentioned staff member acting on their own without advance notice or

Equity Monday: Unionization at Alphabet, Tesla’s delivery achievement and CRED raises $81M

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Hello and welcome back to Equity , TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest private market news, talks about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can follow the show on Twitter here and myse

Ferrari ranked among global leaders in environmental performance

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Still using Chrome? Here's everything Microsoft is bringing to Edge in 2021

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Expect a host of new features and performance enhancements that might push you to make the switch.

UK broadband usage doubled in 2020

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Brits consume 50,000PB in 2020.

With Snapdragon 480 5G, Qualcomm paves way for cheaper, faster Android

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Qualcomm is aiming to nudge 5G further down into the mass-market, with the new Snapdragon 480 5G Mobile Platform paving the way for more affordable Android phones that don’t sacrifice support for fifth-generation mobile networks. Latest in the Snapdragon 4-Series, the new chipset has the potential to bring 5G within reach of sub-$200 devices, if manufacturers are of a mind. … Continue reading

Google and Snap in talks to invest in India’s ShareChat

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ShareChat, an Indian social network that added Twitter as an investor in 2019 , may soon receive the backing of two more American firms. The Bangalore-based startup is in advanced stages of talks to raise money from Google and Snap and several existing investors, including Twitter, three sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The new financing round — a Series E — is slated to be large

Big Rumors About Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who Future

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Another gaming favourite could be coming to the Mortal Kombat movie. Even more Eternals merch leaks give us our best look yet at Ikaris. Get an up close look at Singular Point ’s chonky new Godzilla. Plus, what’s to come in the Star Trek: Discovery season finale. To me, my spoilers! Read more...

The Air Force is building a spacecraft that will beam solar power to Earth

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AMD is all set to open another battlefront with Intel and Nvidia

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Chip giant could be setting up to ride its latest and largest acquisition into the data center.

The January sales have excellent fitness deals on trackers, headphones and sportswear - over 20% off

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Kickstart your New Year's resolutions with these excellent deals on fitness trackers, headphones and sportswear in the January sales.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 480 brings 5G to even cheaper phones

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Despite the efforts of companies like Samsung and Xiaomi , 5G support is still mostly limited to more expensive phones. But starting this year, you’re likely to see the feature make its way to a greater number of budget phones thanks to the introduction of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 480 chipset and its built-in X51 modem. The X51 supports mmWave and Sub-6GHz bands, as well as both standalone and n

What Are the Best Bedtime Stories You've Made Up For Your Kids?

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As someone who writes for a living, you’d think I’d be good at making up stories. But a thing I learned about myself long ago is that while I’m capable of writing about facts and my own opinions (which I also consider to be facts), I cannot create a work of fiction. I once tried to write a children’s book called The … Read more...

Cheaper computer memory is on the horizon thanks to this RAM breakthrough

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IGZO-TFT technology will enable much higher density.

The 'Cobra Kai' cast sets some ground rules for badassery

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The stars of Cobra Kai determine whether or not you have to be bad to be a bad ass. Read more... More about Netflix , Mashable Video , Karate Kid , Ralph Macchio , and Cobra Kai

'Cobra Kai's' Ralph Macchio and William Zabka choose their ultimate karate squad

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The Cobra Kai stars went head-to-head drafting martial arts legends onto their karate tournament teams. Then, Mashable's social media followers picked the ultimate winner. Read more... More about Netflix , Mashable Video , Chuck Norris , Karate Kid , and Cobra Kai

The cast and crew of 'Yearly Departed' say 'Sorry, Bye' to 2020

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The cast and crew of Amazon's comedy special Yearly Departed bid farewell to this dumpster fire of a year by playing a 2020-themed "Sorry, Bye." Read more... More about Amazon , Mashable Video , Comedy , 2020 , and Rachel Brosnahan

Windows 10 could get a brand new look later this year

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Rumored interface changes for later in 2021 could be something really special.

Stick Good

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Having to feed a machine an unending supply of quarters to enjoy your favorite video game was just one of many reasons arcades died off. But if there was one reason to actually miss arcade machines it was those fantastic buttons and joysticks that never felt as satisfying to play with once they were miniaturized to… Read more...

Two fantastic VPN deals end tomorrow - 3 months free from NordVPN and Surfshark

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Two eerily similar VPN deals should not be missed. Act now to take advantage before these offers depart on Tuesday, January 5.

Reach your fitness goals and save up to $50 with the latest FitBit deals at Amazon

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Fitbit deals at Amazon are the perfect way to gear yourself up for those January fitness goals and save yourself some cash in the process.

How to Uninstall or Disable Extensions in Microsoft Edge

How-To Geek / 4h
Microsoft Edge Extensions can add a variety of new features that make Edge even more useful. But sometimes you might have too many installed or don’t need one anymore. In this case, it’s easy to disable or uninstall them. Here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Get Rid of Your 'Sentimental' Junk

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My grandmother Jewel accumulated many things throughout her life. Some of the things were nice antique pieces, and some of the things were purchased at the Dollar Tree, but all of the things were mixed together throughout her home, making it hard to tell (at a glance, at least) which was which. Read more...

Wow: Qantas Plans To Resume International Flights In July 2021

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Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but this update in particular has me feeling incredibly optimistic about a return of widespread international travel. Is there finally a bright light at the end of this tunnel?! Qantas selling international flights as of July 2021 Australia has been among the strictest countries when it comes to closing its borders due to coronavirus , and as a result, Qantas

WhatsApp rings in the new year with record-breaking calls

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Facebook released some stats showing how their platforms were utilised on New Years Eve (December 31 2020) and the record for most calls made in a single day took place on WhatsApp

Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G price in India, launch date and specifications

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The Oppo Reno 5 series will launch in India as premium mid-range smartphones with capable cameras, 65W fast charging and 5G on January 18.

Tesla Model 3 completes autonomous journey from San Francisco to LA

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The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

SpaceX may try to catch a falling rocket with a launch tower

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Enlarge / SpaceX's Starship is expected to have landing legs. Its first stage launch vehicle, Super Heavy, may not. (credit: SpaceX) To build a fully reusable launch system for its interplanetary Starship vehicle, SpaceX has had to solve myriad technical challenges, such as slowing the massive spacecraft down as it reenters Earth's atmosphere at near-orbital velocities. But perhaps the biggest ch

Greenland’s ice sheets are melting away in nearly every sector of the island

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Researchers recently conducted a study of the ice sheets covering Greenland. The scientists found that glaciers are retreating in just about every sector of the island. Freshwater rivers beneath the ice are being rerouted as the eye sheet melts. The study was conducted by a team of researchers, including Twila Moon from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, and … Continue reading

Piracy sites saw huge drop in traffic last year

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Websites used to download pirated material saw major decline in traffic last year, even with COVID-19.

Escaping South Africa, luxury nights in Japan and more: My best points and miles redemptions of 2020

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My husband JT and I have lived and worked on the road as global digital nomads for almost three and a half years. In 2020, we had a hectic travel schedule before the coronavirus pandemic mostly halted our travel in March. But, despite being grounded in the U.S. for most of 2020, we still made some excellent redemptions this year. Specifically, here are my favorite points and miles redemptions fro

Qantas Says Australia Will Re-Open To Visitors, Business Class Awards Available

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Australia may re-open to international travel July 1. At least that's what the CEO of Qantas is saying, and Qantas has loaded international flights for sale as of that date. Qantas had previously killed its full international schedule through the end of September. Seeing this news I immediately went to look for award seats Continue reading ...

Showmax January: 14 International shows you don't want to miss

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2021 is here and that means there is even more to binge. Since South Africa is back in lockdown there is no better time to get into a new series

Leak reveals key details about OnePlus 9 Pro’s charging tech

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Latest leaks are suggesting that the OnePlus 9 Pro may come with a 45W wireless charger that could also support reverse wireless charging.

Honda’s innovative Kurumaku air filter can literally destroy COVID-19 droplets

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Honda has come up with an obvious solution to protect car owners from COVID-19 infection. In a new press release, Honda Japan is introducing its latest Kurumaku cabin air filter. This new antiviral add-on not only catches coronavirus droplets inside the cabin, but the filter surface can damage and destroy COVID-19 virus cells in the process. We admit, wearing face … Continue reading

Plex versus Kodi: Which Is Better for Home Streaming?

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Plex and Kodi are competing streaming media centers that people use to enjoy their collection of movies, TV shows, pictures, and music. While they both offer the same core functionality, the features they offer vary wildly, so we figured we’d take a look at both to see what makes them tick and which one is the best. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Using PSReadLine in PowerShell

How-To Geek / 5h
PSReadLine is one of those modules that may not immediately show its utility until regular use. If you use the command-line of PowerShell often, PSReadLine can make your life much easier. Included in PowerShell versions as far back as Windows PowerShell 5, PSReadLine continues to add new features and utility. Building on the venerable legacy of GNU Readline in the Unix world, PSReadLine adds addi

Breath of the Wild's minor characters are likely advanced Miis

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For years, fans have theorized that Nintendo used Miis to build many of the NPCs (non-player characters) in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild . Many share Mii-like characteristics — the shape of their face, eyes, nose and mouth, for instance — and modders know they were built with a file format called “ UMii .” Now, though, we have even more proof of the cast’s design and origins. A Mii exp

Great New Amex Offers Deal For Business Cards (Targeted)

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The Amex Offers program is off to a great start for 2021. Earlier I wrote about how the Amex Platinum seems to be offering up to $200 worth of stuff at Best Buy and Home Depot . If you have Amex small business cards, there’s one new targeted offer that could prove particularly valuable. There’s a new targeted Amex Offers deal that could get you up to $250 cash back. With this offer: Get a $25 sta

Get An Easy $600 Opening An HSBC Bank Account By Phone (Or $1300 With A Partner)

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HSBC has a refer-a-friend offer where they’ll give $600 to new Premier Checking customers. Then once you're a customer you an refer others and earn more money, in addition to the $600 they'll earn. Continue reading ...

Aukey's 9-in-2 USB-C Hub Turns Your MacBook Into the Ultimate Power Station, Take $17 off Right Now

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Aukey 9-in-2 USB-C Hub | $43 | Amazon | Use Code 4OANDQGV Read more...

This Home COVID Test Kit Is Fast, Discreet, and Surprisingly Simple

Futurism / 5h
The FDA recently granted emergency use authorization to the first at-home COVID test that consumers can purchase and use without a prescription from a doctor. Unfortunately, while these tests will certainly be helpful in the fight to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2, they may not be quite as helpful as we would like. The reason for this is that the particular test that was approved is an antigen tes

Predictions for the state of travel in 2021 from our editor

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I’m eagerly planning my first big trip for when it is really safe to travel again. It’s for February. Or March. Or maybe it’s that vacation I booked for May. Hopefully I can take that June trip. And surely the August one? Welcome to 2021. We can all thankfully say that “that other year” – let’s not name it – is behind us. And now the travel industry is eagerly waiting for a rebound, if not an exp

Could We Populate Another Planet With Genetically Modified Organisms?

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Earlier this year, a research team made waves by suggesting that we should disseminate Earth’s microbes on Mars in a preemptive effort to foster a climate hospitable to human life. To the “anti-contamination” school of celestial thought, this was heresy; to the most others, this was an obscure theoretical squabble… Read more...

AMD could have a cunning plan to cut the cost of its future graphics cards

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Multi-chip module design would be a massive change – and one fraught with potential pitfalls.

Wikipedia's Biggest Challenge Awaits in 2021

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Changes proposed by the Wikimedia Foundation to diversify its community of editors raise existential questions for the online encyclopedia.

HP Reverb G2 review: A great VR headset with middling controllers

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Does the world need another PC VR headset? Oculus seems to be giving up on that market and focusing entirely on the Quest 2 , a $299 standalone device that can still provide a decent high-end VR experience when connected to a computer. Valve's Index was the last truly exciting desktop VR entry when it launched last year, but it's too expensive for most at $999. So, as I began testing the Reverb G

How to See FPS in Any Windows 10 Game (Without Extra Software)

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Windows 10 has a built-in FPS counter hidden in its little-known Xbox Game Bar. Despite its name, the Xbox Game Bar is a powerful full-screen overlay you can use in PC games. Here’s how to show your frames per second (FPS) in games. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Ratatouille musical: TikTok phenomenon raises $1m for actors' charity

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The online phenomenon went from TikTok pipe dream to hour-long reality in less than five months.

Get ready for a radical Firefox redesign

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Firefox 89 will get the new Proton look later in the year

Refreshed Tesla Model S spied cruising California streets

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Tesla has been producing its Model S electric vehicle essentially unchanged for several years now. In 2020, sales of the expensive electric vehicle slowed, resulting in a recent production shutdown as more buyers have turned to the cheaper Model 3 or Model Y EVs. A video has surfaced that shows what appears to be a refreshed Model S testing in … Continue reading

SpaceX will attempt to catch the Super Heavy rocket before it lands

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The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Grab a year of PS Plus for under $30 in latest PS5 deals

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You can grab a year of PS Plus for under $30 this week - that's perfect if you're after some PS5 deals to kit out your new console.

Why an Elder Scrolls TV show makes sense for Netflix

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Netflix is reportedly working on a small screen adaptation of the Bethesda franchise.

The Morning After: Samsung's Galaxy S21 will be revealed on January 14th

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The new year starts in earnest today, and while there’s that whole online tech show to report on soon, Samsung has decided to bookend it with the launch of its new Galaxy phones . Yep, it’s confirmed the unveiling for Thursday, January 14th — the last day of CES. (Good thing we’ve already collated everything we’re expecting to see at the event, right here .) It's all but certain we’ll see a new G

Google workers have formed a union

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A group of 226 engineers and other , according to an article and opinion piece in the New York Times . Called the Alphabet Workers Union, it is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America and was organized in secret over the last year or so. “We are joining together — temps, vendors, contractors, and full-time employees — to create a unified worker voice,” wrote the Parul Koul and Chewy

Amex Platinum Offer: Free(ish) Stuff From Best Buy & Home Depot

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The Amex Offers program is off to a great start for 2021. There seem to be two new promotions targeted at The Platinum Card® from American Express ( review ), for those who are in good standing and had the card as of November 1, 2020. These new offers could get card members up to $200 in value at Best Buy and Home Depot, and it’s in addition to the Amex Platinum offering a new $30 monthly PayPal

More than 100,000 Zyxel firewalls have a backdoor admin-level account

33SlashGear / 6h
Security researchers discovered that more than 100,000 Zyxel firewalls had a hardcoded, backdoor admin-level account baked in that could’ve given hackers root access to the devices. Security researchers say that the backdoor accounts could’ve given hackers access via the SSH interface or web administration panel. The team from Eye Control says this is as bad as vulnerabilities get. Anyone using …

SolarWinds hack may have been a global attack

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Attack on SolarWinds may have had a far larger impact than initially feared, and originating in Eastern Europe.

AMD's new Ryzen Zen 3 Threadripper 5000 processor could disappoint some people

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New rumors suggest AMD could be making a new Threadripper CPU, but with ‘just’ 16 cores.

The most affordable e-hailing options in South Africa

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Uber and Bolt are South Africa's preeminent e-hailing services and as such their pricing and product offerings are a direct response to certain moves that their competition makes in the e-hailing market

Power to the people: The rise of the citizen developer

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Breakthroughs in low code technology are empowering workers and creating a new wave of Citizen Developers within businesses.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live return to lowest prices yet with a free Pandora subscription

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live deals are still available, and now you can pick up an extra free gift as well.

Google Workers Form Union Open to All Employees of Alphabet

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Workers at Google announced on Monday that they’ve formed a union open to all workers of Alphabet, according to a press release published online . Dubbed the Alphabet Workers Union, the initiative was launched with the help of the Communications Workers of America. Members of the new union will also belong to CWA Local… Read more...

In India, Smartphones and Cheap Data Are Giving Women a Voice

200+Wired / 6h
About 200 million women in the country are illiterate. But voice memo and image-sharing apps make it easier to connect, communicate, and run businesses.

This Drone Sniffs Out Odors With a Real Moth Antenna

500+Wired / 6h
Researchers slap a living antenna on a drone to give the machine an insanely keen sense of smell. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the “Smellicopter.”

Covid: 'Opportunity as well as threat' from pandemic tech advances

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Companies say there has been a rapid increase in automation, robotics and artificial intelligence.

Apple receives backlash over threat to remove popular Amphetamine app

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Apple has backtracked on its decision to remove the app after claiming it breached community guidelines.

NASA talks about key experiments conducted aboard the ISS in 2020

SlashGear / 6h
Dozens of experiments are underway aboard the International Space Station at any given time. As 2020 drew to a close, NASA talked about a few of those experiments. One of the experiments being conducted is known as MARROW. This particular experiment is meant to diagnose a question that has long lingered about spaceflight. Since the first humans returned from space, … Continue reading

This PS2-themed black PS5 goes on sale January 8, but you probably won't get one

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If you’ve been waiting for a black PS5 with a retro aesthetic, this PS2-themed PlayStation 5 might be for you.

Best Raspberry Pi distros in 2021

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We highlight some of the most useful Raspberry Pi distros out there, including speciality efforts for retro gaming fans and HTPC enthusiasts.

UK judge denies US request to extradite WikiLeaks’ founder, Julian Assange

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A UK district court judge has refused to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US. In a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court this morning, Judge Vanessa Baraitser denied the extradition on grounds that Assange is a suicide risk and extradition to the US prison system would be oppressive, given the likely impact on his fragile mental health. The US, which has been seeking to bring

Google, Alphabet employees seek to form a union

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A group of more than 200 Google and Alphabet workers have announced their efforts to form a union. With the help of Communication Workers of America Union’s Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE-CWA), the Alphabet Workers Union seeks to be open to both employees and contractors. Of the roughly 227 workers who have so far signed on to support the union, they have all committed to set aside

Linus Torvalds slams Intel policies on this key piece of tech

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Torvalds blames Intel for decades of unexplained errors in the Linux kernel.

iQoo 7 gets official launch date even as specifications leak on AnTuTu

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iQoo 7 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, 5G, 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The company will also introduce an iQoo 7 special BMW Edition.

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange will not be extradited to the U.S., British judge rules

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Julian Assange will be not extradited to the U.S., a UK Central Criminal Court judge announced on Monday. During a speech in which she dismissed many of the arguments made by Assange's lawyers, district judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that the WikiLeaks co-founder's past actions wouldn't "be protected by free speech" if they took place in England and Wales, and that his attempts to recruit hackers

Julian Assange: UK judge blocks extradition of Wikileaks founder to US

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The Wikileaks founder is wanted in America over the publication of thousands of classified documents.

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is riding on some awesome wheels

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We’ll be missing the Mustang Shelby GT350 along with the rest of the muscle car community, but Ford is spicing up the Mach 1 to make up for it. Part of the Mustang Mach 1’s optional Handling Package, those new wheels drew inspiration from bridges, roll cages, and – believe it or not – bird’s nests. “In some ways, I … Continue reading

Music listening soared during lockdown

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More than 155m albums were bought or streamed in 2020, according to record industry figures.

UK court rules Julian Assange shouldn't be extradited to the US

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A British court has ruled that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange shouldn’t be extradited to the US in order to stand trial. Judge Vanessa Baraitser said that, while Assange had exceeded the role of a journalist, the risk to his mental and physical wellbeing was too great. The US has already committed to appealing the ruling, and the case is likely to end up in the British Supreme Court, a process

Bitcoin's largest rival is on even hotter form

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The world’s second largest cryptocurrency has broken through the $1,000-mark for the first time since 2018.

China's huge FAST telescope will open to scientists globally in April

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China will open its 500-meter (1,600 foot) telescope to the global scientific community starting on April 1st, China’s Global Times reported. The “Sky Eye” parabolic dish is the world’s largest Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) used for spotting pulsars and other energetic astronomical targets. It will also be used occasionally to search for alien life . Foreign scientists will be able to

Astronauts got to eat a crop of space radishes on the ISS

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About a month ago, we talked about astronauts aboard the ISS harvesting the first crop of radishes grown in space. Being able to grow radishes in space is a big deal as astronauts will require food they can grow on their own for longer duration missions away from the Earth. The first crop of radishes were packed up to be … Continue reading

Intel’s Rocket Lake CPUs could arrive in March to combat AMD Ryzen 5000 threat

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Intel can’t afford to fall any further behind in the desktop processor market.

LG's bendable 48-inch OLED TV and monitor shows the future of flexible screens

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It seems we'll be seeing a prototype bendable OLED model at CES 2021, and its flexible form factor could pave the way for multi-purpose screen uses.

PlayStation 4 consoles begin to be discontinued as PS5 generation arrives

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Japanese retailers are starting to permanently sell out of PS4 Pro consoles.

Doogee launches N-Series smartphones in South Africa

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer has released two new affordable smartphones in South Africa

Chrome's next big update could keep your browsing private without Incognito Mode

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Google is preparing a new Privacy Sandbox feature to block third-party tracking cookies, and it's coming soon.

Xbox Series S stock is back at the BT Shop – preorder now before it's gone

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Xbox Series S stock is back at the BT Shop and available to preorder, with new stock arriving on January 8.

Xiaomi halts buggy Android 11 update on Mi A3

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Xiaomi's affair with the firmware update for the Mi A3 has been a can of worms. The latest one has bricked many devices leaving users in the lurch.

This top VPN has an unfortunate backdoor security flaw

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Security researchers uncover damaging security vulnerability affecting Zyxel devices, including the company's VPN solution.

OnePlus Band release date confirmed to be soon

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OnePlus has teased the OnePlus Band and said that it's coming soon - but initially only to India.

New iPad Pro in 2021 could come alongside a redesigned Magic Keyboard

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Apple has patented a new version of the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pros, but there are no obvious changes.

This is what the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 could look like… if it exists

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Fresh renders of the unconfirmed Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Ultra 5G have surfaced, raising more questions than answers.

UK company is creating a spider-like Moon rover

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The 11 biggest space missions of 2021 (and their chances of success)

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Spaceflight in 2020 did not go as planned. Like nearly everything else in the world, space activity was hit hard by the pandemic . Last year we listed the seven space missions that we were most excited to see take flight throughout 2020. Some of those went brilliantly: SpaceX sent astronauts into space ! China brought moon rocks back to Earth ! But unfortunately, a lot of other stuff didn’t happe

Quibi's content library could make its way to Roku

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After short-form streaming site Quibi died , there were questions about what would happen to its shows — some of which is quite good . Now, it’s possible that its content catalog may be sold to streaming app and hardware manufacturer Roku, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal . Roku is well known for its popular devices that can stream services like Netflix or your own content libra

These smartphones have lost access to WhatsApp

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This is what the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 could look like… if it exists

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Fresh renders of the unconfirmed Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Ultra 5G have surfaced, raising more questions than answers.

Hammer launches 'SOLO 3.0 Truly Wireless Earbuds'

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The Hammer SOLO TWS is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. The new earbuds are priced at Rs 1899.

Apple is reportedly working on two foldable iPhone models

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Apple may be late to the foldable phone game, but the company apparently hasn't given up on the concept. According to Taiwanese outlet Economic Daily News (via MacRumors ), two different foldable phone prototypes have passed internal durability tests at the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China. The report claims that one of the devices is a vertically-folding phone, similar to Samsung's Galaxy Z Fl

India’s CRED raises $81 million, buys back shares worth $1.2 million from employees

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Bangalore-based CRED is kickstarting the new year on a high note. The two-year-old startup, led by high-profile entrepreneur Kunal Shah, said on Monday it has raised $81 million in a new financing round and bought shares worth $1.2 million (about 90 million Indian rupees) from employees. The Series C financing round, as first reported by TechCrunch in late November , was led by DST Global. Existi

Tesla’s China rival Xpeng to use lidar sensors from DJI affiliate Livox

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The battle is heating up between Tesla and its Chinese challenger Xpeng as the latter makes clearer its stance on the future of autonomous driving. Over the weekend, Xpeng, which counts Xiaomi and Alibaba among its investors, announced that it will be using lidar sensors from Livox, a startup with closes ties to the Chinese drone giant DJI. The choice of remote sensing technology lidar and a Chin

Known for 5G mmWave testing solutions, Taiwan’s TMYTEK sets its sights on base stations

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TMYTEK recently raised a Series A+ round of about $10 million for products that make it easier to test 5G millimeter wave equipment. So far, the company’s clients include KDDI, NTT DoCoMo and research institutions. But the Taiwanese startup has aspirations to sell its own base stations, too, competing with well-established players like Nokia, Ericsson, Samsung and Huawei. TMYTEK plans to use its

Samsung Galaxy M02s to launch on January 7

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Samsung will launch a new budget device in India before unveiling the Galaxy S21 series in India on January 14.

Disney Plus UK is about to get double the content via Star – and a price increase

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Disney Plus UK is getting The X-Files, Lost, Atlanta and more on February 23, as the first content from its Star 'brand' channel is revealed.

Google Has a Bunch of Free Games on Its Home Page

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There are plenty of little hidden easter eggs in the Google search engine. From barrels rolls to performing the Cha-Cha Slide, you can have a lot of fun typing certain phrases into the search bar. However, we want to give special highlight to the full-on games Google’s snuck away here. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

This Map Lets You Hear How Forests Sound All Around the World

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As part of the upcoming Timber Festival in the UK, a sound map has been created that enables you to listen to various recordings of forests across the world. The sound map project is simple and fascinating, and you’d be surprised at how different each forest (and its corresponding weather and bird songs and so forth) sounds. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Android 11 update timeline for OnePlus Nord, 7 and 7T announced

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The delay in the release of the update for the OnePlus 7 and 7T series users is because the developers faced data decryption issue when porting these devices to Android 11.

Adobe Flash Player is finally laid to rest

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The beleaguered web browser plug-in will no longer receive security updates from Adobe.

Samsung Galaxy S21 might fix one of Exynos’s biggest shortcomings

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The global variant of the Samsung Galaxy S21, powered by the Exynos 2100 chipset, is said to offer better battery life than its predecessor.

OnePlus Band India launch officially teased, expected later this month

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OnePlus is all set to enter the wearable segment in 2021. While the company has already confirmed the arrival of Wear OS-powered smartwatch. But before that, the company might launch an affordable fitness tracker in India.

Now streaming: best new TV shows & movies this week in Australia (Jan 4-10)

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Our top picks this week include History of Swear Words, Bosch: Season 6 and more.

Huawei P50 Pro leak points to big changes, familiar waterfall screen

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While Samsung is seemingly toying again with flat screens for its flagships, Huawei is apparently doing the opposite and sticking to its curved guns. No date has been leaked yet but it won’t be surprising if the Huawei P50 Pro will be following closely on the heels of the Galaxy S21’s launch this month. When it does, it may still … Continue reading

FAU-G finally gets a launch date in India

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The desi multiplayer-shooting game FAU-G will be launched in India later this month on the Republic Day