Sunday, January 03, 2021

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The Milky Way Gets a New Origin Story

8KWired / 4h
Over the past two years, astronomers have rewritten the history of our galaxy.

Video Games I'd Rather Read About Than Play

300+How-To Geek / 3h
Video games are a pretty big part of my life. I try to give most genres, if not individual games, a go. Some of them I can’t stand playing … but I still very much want to experience. It’s an interesting dichotomy: Games aren’t like movies, and you can’t sum up the whole in a couple of hours. So, reading it is. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Harvard professor believes bizarre asteroid from 2017 was alien technology

77SlashGear / 2h
A Harvard professor named Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard’s Department of Astronomy, believes the first sign we will get of an alien intelligence won’t be spacecraft. Rather he thinks the first sign we will get of extraterrestrial life will be the civilization’s trash. Loeb has a book being published on January 26 that lays out a case for why … Continue reading

Fortnite leak hints at big Mandalorian changes on battle royale island

SlashGear / 12min
The fifth season of Fortnite Chapter 2 launched with the Mandalorian from Disney’s live-action Star Wars series. In addition to the Mandalorian skin, the bounty hunter himself is crashed on the battle royale island. A new leak claims the crash site will soon transform in a big way as part of larger island changes. Since the new season’s arrival, Fortnite … Continue reading

WhatsApp set an all-time record for calls on New Year's Eve

Engadget / 21min
The COVID-19 pandemic forced many to have virtual New Year’s Eve get-togethers, and that’s very clearly reflected in WhatsApp’s numbers. Facebook’s chat app set a record as 2020 came to a close, with 1.4 billion video and voice calls placed on New Year’s Eve 2020 — the most ever in a single day on WhatsApp. It was a 50 percent spike over the event from a year earlier, and surpassed even the early

Scientists perform quantum teleportation with high accuracy across 44 kilometers

SlashGear / 35min
Teleportation is the stuff of science fiction, but scientists are working on teleportation in the real world. They’re not teleporting people or products. Rather they’re working on quantum teleportation that could lead to the creation of a highly secure and extremely fast quantum Internet. As part of the research, the team have been able to teleport high fidelity quantum information … Continue rea

13 Ways to Make Flying Economy More Enjoyable

21View from the Wing / 47min
You can make flying economy more enjoyable. It doesn't have to be the miserable experience most of us have come to expect if you know these 13 tricks. So let's look forward to when everyone is traveling again and talk about staying comfortable on a long flight, when your class of service isn't going to do it for you? If you know these 13 things ahead of time you can make flying economy more enjoy

Watch the Striking Trailer for Ukrainian Sci-Fi Film Atlantis

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The country of Ukraine is entering a visually striking, politically vibrant science fiction film for this year’s Foreign Film Oscar category. The trailer is something else. Read more...

Check out these fantastic discounts on the Apple Watch 5 at Amazon

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Amazon is offering big discounts on a range of Apple Watch Series 5 smartwatches in this January sale.

Sunday's Best Deals: Buffy Cloud Comforter, Amazon Halo Device, Infrared Thermometer, Lightweight Gaming Mouse, Air Purifier, French Mascara, and More

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An air purifier and a Buffy Cloud comforter lead Sunday’s best deals. Read more...

7 tips for planning a vacation to the Canary Islands on a budget

The Points Guy / 54min
While the seven Canary Islands are fairly affordable destinations, you still have to spend some money to visit. Getting there can be expensive, and of course you’ll have to pay for hotels, car rental, dining and activities. But there are ways to have a budget Canaries vacation that still feels five-star luxury. Dunes in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. (Photo by donstock/Getty) 1.

Sunday's Best Deals: Buffy Cloud Comforter, Amazon Halo Device, Infrared Thermometer, Lightweight Gaming Mouse, Air Purifier, French Mascara, and More

76Lifehacker / 59min
An air purifier and a Buffy Cloud comforter lead Sunday’s best deals. Read more...

Researchers develop an AI to solve a fundamental problem in quantum chemistry

SlashGear / 1h
Researchers from Freie Universität Berlin have developed an artificial intelligence method for calculating the ground state of the Schrödinger equation. This Schrödinger equation is one of the fundamental problems in quantum chemistry. The goal of quantum chemistry is to predict the chemical and physical properties of molecules based entirely on the arrangement of their atoms in space. Being able

How to Merge Spotify Playlists

21How-To Geek / 1h
If you’ve put together several Spotify playlists, but you’re looking to consolidate your collection, you may want to look at merging them. There isn’t a built-in method for merging playlists on Spotify, but there are ways to do it. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Jets vs Patriots live stream: how to watch NFL week 17 game online from anywhere

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How to get a Jets vs Patriots live stream and watch the NFL online today, as bitter AFC East rivals look to end disappointing seasons on a high.

Steelers vs Browns live stream: how to watch NFL week 17 game online from anywhere

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Can Cleveland end its historic playoff drought? Here's how to find a Steelers vs Browns live stream and watch NFL week 17 action online today to find out.

Falcons vs Buccaneers live stream: how to watch NFL week 17 game online from anywhere

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How to get a Falcons vs Buccaneers live stream and watch NFL online today, as Tom Brady and Tampa Bay looks to keep rolling heading into the playoffs.

Ravens vs Bengals live stream: how to watch NFL week 17 game online from anywhere

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How to get a Ravens vs Bengals live stream and watch the NFL online today, as Baltimore battles four other franchises for an AFC Wild Card playoff spot.

SpaceX will try to 'catch' its Super Heavy rocket using the launch tower

200+Engadget / 1h
SpaceX might not rely on legs to land its next-generation booster rockets. Elon Musk has revealed that his company will try to “catch” the future Super Heavy booster using the launch tower arm, with the grid fins (used to help control the descent) shouldering the load. As TechCrunch explained , this process would effectively hook the rocket using the tower arm before it reaches the ground. This w

Dolphins vs Bills live stream: how to watch NFL week 17 game online from anywhere

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How to get a Dolphins vs Bills live stream and watch the NFL online, as Miami controls its playoff destiny heading in today's game against red hot Buffalo.

Concept foldable phones: check out these folding and rolling smartphones

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We see new foldable phone concepts all the time: here are some of the ones you should know about.

Cowboys vs Giants live stream: how to watch NFL week 17 game online from anywhere

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Dallas and New York can still both win NFC East with a losing record. Here's how to get a Cowboys vs Giants live stream and watch the NFL online today.

FCA makes a significant investment in Polish plant for building electrified vehicles

SlashGear / 1h
This week Fiat Chrysler Automobiles confirmed that it intended to refurbish a Poland plant, where it will build new models for the Jeep, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo brands. The vehicles built there will include hybrid and all-electric vehicles. While FCA has confirmed the factory’s investment, it’s unclear if vehicles built there will be for Europe alone or if they will … Continue reading

Save 80 percent on a .tech domain name for a limited time

43Engadget / 1h
First impressions make a lasting impact — even for website domains. While long, unrelated domains may be easy to forget, to-the-point domains are much more likely to stick. And that's where a .tech domain name can make a huge difference. .tech as a top-level domain gives everyone working in technology the opportunity to land a short, catchy domain name that's relevant to their brand or project. U

Best Cards For Earning Amex Membership Rewards Points (2021)

78One Mile at a Time / 2h
The US American Express Membership Rewards program is one of the all-around most useful transferable points currencies . Not only does Amex have a lot of airline and hotel partners, but the program also often has transfer bonuses that can get you even more value for your points. Nowadays Amex has an impressive suite of cards earning Membership Rewards points, and we’ve even seen many of these car

Mixtape podcast: Behind the curtain of diversity theater

72TechCrunch / 2h
It’s fair to say that most people have heard about diversity reports. And it’s probably also fair to say that most of us have watched, sometimes with a metaphorical bucket of buttered popcorn, as companies crisis-comms their ways out of … crises. But most of us do not know what goes on behind the scenes. Mark S. Luckie has an idea. The digital strategist, journalist and author of “ The Digital Jo

Human Capital: The biggest labor stories of 2020

100+TechCrunch / 2h
Hellllooooo, 2021! Welcome back to Human Capital, a weekly newsletter that details the latest in the realms of labor, and diversity and inclusion. Not a ton happened this week so I figured I’d use the time to look back on some of the more notable labor stories of 2020 . Sign up below to receive Human Capital in your inbox every Friday at 1 p.m. PT. Gig workers vs. Uber, Lyft, Instacart et al. Cal

The big question on every startup’s mind for 2021

100+TechCrunch / 2h
My big question for 2021, and the one that is on every startup’s mind, is how will a cataclysmic event such as a global pandemic show up in post-pandemic innovation? I think we’re in the early innings of seeing what ‘aha moments’ have materialized into companies. And we won’t know the pandemic’s true impact on our psyches until the dust settles and we have an opportunity to reflect. We do know it

Quick Tip: Use Mute and Word Blocking to Avoid Spoilers on Social Networks

61How-To Geek / 2h
Did you hear? General Corpulus isn’t dead, he was revived by the mystical Waters of Bahoomya, retrieved by Princess Littlepiddles, who was really his cat the whole time! If this kind of thing sends you into a convulsive rage, you’ve probably been the victim of a social network spoiler or two and you’re hoping to keep it from happening again. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How to Turn Off Smart Objects in Photoshop

How-To Geek / 2h
Depending on how you use Adobe Photoshop, smart objects might be one of your favorite features—or a source of constant annoying dialog boxes. If you’re in the latter camp, here’s how to stop Photoshop from placing everything as a smart object. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Nvidia in 2021: Ampere's continued domination

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Nvidia has had a massively successful year, and it will likely have another one in 2021.

How to Reverse a Cavity (And Prevent One From Forming in the First Place)

40Lifehacker / 2h
As children, one of the first things we learn about oral health is that if we eat too much candy and/or don’t brush our teeth, we’ll develop holes in our teeth called “cavities” which will then have to be filled in, and a drill is a part of that process. While not completely off, dental hygiene is a little more… Read more...

Get a No-Touch Infrared Thermometer for Just $10 With This Promo Code

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Vigorun Infrared Thermometer | $10 | Amazon | Promo code KTL63QKV Read more...

Hotel Guests Jump From Rooftop Bar At The Grand Hyatt Nashville, Speed Off In A Car Across The Street

22View from the Wing / 2h
Two hotel guests BASE jumped off the 25th floor rooftop bar at the Grand Hyatt Nashville on Friday evening as other patrons caught the scene on video. The jumpers parachuted “across the road and landed in an adjacent parking lot.” They then got into a car that was parked in the lot and headed off. They're now banned from the hotel, and remain at -large according to a police report. Continue readi

Microsoft has asked AMD for help in combating Xbox Series X stock shortages

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Xbox boss Phil Spencer has stated the company is still working to increase Xbox Series X/S stock - and has even asked AMD for assistance.

How to Actually Finish a Project Once You've Started It

64Lifehacker / 3h
There are countless reasons why people start projects but never finish them, and, contrary to popular belief, many of them have nothing to do with laziness, a lack of dedication, or an inability to follow through on something. Read more...

OnePlus Band leak gives us a sneak preview of the first OnePlus wearable

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It looks as though we've got multiple OnePlus wearables heading our way during 2021.

How to Automatically Sync Save Data Between Nintendo Switches

28How-To Geek / 3h
Moving Cloud Save data between a primary Nintendo Switch and a secondary console can be a time-consuming annoyance. Thankfully, you can automate the syncing process and keep save data up-to-date on both Switches—even in Sleep Mode! Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Gear and Tips to Winter-Proof Your Home and Stay Warm

84Wired / 3h
So you're freezing inside and outside. Our advice can fix that.

How to Watch the Last New Episodes of 'Jeopardy!' Hosted by Alex Trebek

200+Lifehacker / 3h
Though long-time Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek died on November 8, 2020 , fans of the gameshow have still been able to catch his familiar face on TV. Given how far in advance the show is taped, the episodes from the past two months have almost all been new—making it sort-of feel as though Trebek is still out there,… Read more...

How to Use Shortcuts on Apple Watch

How-To Geek / 3h
Love using Shortcuts automations on your iPhone? The Shortcuts app on the Apple Watch lets you trigger shortcuts directly from the wrist. And as the shortcuts run on the Watch itself, there’s no need to touch your iPhone. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

How to Develop Good Habits and Routines that Stick

52How-To Geek / 3h
Developing new habits and routines is tricky. Here’s the best way to go about doing it. Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

How to delete apps on your iPhone

37Mashable / 3h
It's all well and good getting excited about the latest iPhone app and downloading it to your device, but when the novelty has worn off, it's not obvious to know how to get rid of it. Whether you're trying to make space on your iPhone , tidy up your home screen , spend less time on Instagram , or have security concerns , this guide will show you how to delete unwanted iPhone apps, whatever versio

Production on many popular TV shows delayed over pandemic spike in LA

SlashGear / 3h
Production on a huge number of TV shows, including many popular series, has been delayed over the surging COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles, several major studios have announced. The delay bumps the production return dates later into January with additional delays possible depending on how things may change in the coming weeks. Los Angeles is currently being hit hard by … Continue reading

Hyatt Credit Card Elite Nights: Complete Guide

79One Mile at a Time / 4h
The World of Hyatt Credit Card ( review ) is one of my all-around favorite hotel credit cards . It has a reasonable $95 annual fee, and offers all kinds of perks that more than justify it, whether you’re a Hyatt loyalist, or just stay at Hyatts occasionally. One of the awesome things about the Hyatt Card is that it allows you to earn elite nights, making it easier to qualify for status. In this p

My green home: $90,000 in clean tech upgrades, $20,000 in tax breaks

100+Ars Technica / 4h
Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) A few years ago I started writing regularly about electric cars and the batteries that power them—technologies that are helping humanity transition away from reliance on fossil fuels. And as bad news continued to pile up about the harms caused by climate change, I started to think harder about my own carbon footprint . So last year, my wife and I got

Sony Acoustic Surface Audio vs Samsung OTS: which TV audio tech is better?

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Picture quality may steal the headlines, but the really clever stuff is being done with TV audio.

Virgin Atlantic Planning Another No-Notice Award Chart Change In A Matter Of Days

View from the Wing / 4h
Virgin Atlantic says they are planning to make another no-notice change to their award pricing for travel on Delta, it's expected to come in a matter of days, and they don't even know what it is yet . That's perhaps the worst possible practice in loyalty. Continue reading ...

WhatsApp's latest beta hints at big improvements on the horizon for 2021

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Improved voice and video calls, better backups and new features are all on the way.

'Are You The One?' is the throwback binge Netflix reality fans are obsessing over

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It’s hard to believe it was this time last year people were just chilling out and watching The Circle. Headed into 2021, the wild world of reality TV has been made even more uncertain by pandemic-impacted production schedules. Yes, The Bachelor will go on as planned; RuPaul’s Drag Race is airing episodes now; and Big Brother hasn’t slowed down since that one house found out about COVID-19 weeks a

Samsung Galaxy S21 could remove the expandable storage option

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The latest from the Galaxy S21 rumor mill hints at a couple of tweaks Samsung might be making this year.

VPN deal: it's your last chance to get three months free on the superb NordVPN

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Three extra months of anonymous browsing and website unblocking from NordVPN - but this VPN deal ends this week.

Amazon knocks $110 off the Garmin Fenix 6 to help with your New Year's resolutions

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If you've got your sights set on a new PR for 2021, Garmin's best smartwatch is the ideal training partner.

Moto G Stylus 2021 renders offer an early look at the phone's design

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It seems there's going to be at least one budget phone with a stylus for you to pick from this year.

This $40 Cast-Iron Pot Is the Secret to Baking a Perfect Loaf

200+Wired / 5h
An inexpensive, so-simple-it-hurts pan has come to rule our food writer's kitchen.

LG could reveal a flexible monitor at CES 2021, with movie and gaming modes

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The display will be able to change from flat to curved at the touch of a button.

What Does “NP” Mean, and How Do You Use It?

37How-To Geek / 6h
If you’ve thanked someone online, there’s a good chance that they responded with the initialism “NP.” We’ll tell you what it means and how to use it when chatting with your friends. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Bitcoin tops $34,000 as record rally continues

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The cryptocurrency's gain so far this year was almost $5,000 - after the value surged 300% in 2020.

Best podcasts for achieving your 2021 New Year's resolutions

62Mashable / 6h
Calling 2020 a dumpster fire is the understatement of the century. We'd like to kick this past year straight into the sun, too, but are worried 2020 might destroy it and consequently all life on earth. Before we all go breathlessly running toward 2021 for our dear lives, though, let's take a minute to understand what we're walking into. Unfortunately, a lot of what made 2020 so awful isn't just e

Colorado gave ferrets COVID-19 vaccine to help protect humans

SlashGear / 6h
Ferrets, the weasel-like cousin of minks, were given an experimental COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado last year. The vaccine was administered to endangered black-footed ferrets, which may be vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, as mink farms were being culled in multiple countries. Of particular concern is the risk that the virus may mutate among these animals and spread back to humans. … Continue re

Score a new-to-you 12" MacBook in good condition for only $750

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TL;DR: Score a refurbished 12" Apple MacBook for only $750 as of Jan. 3. Chances for returning to normal office and school settings in the beginning of 2021 are looking slim. So, if your computer is seeming less than reliable lately, now’s as good a time as any to invest in a new setup. You're going to need it. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t rolling in dough right after the holiday season — and

Perfect your putt from your living room using this 4-piece putting studio

Mashable / 7h
TL;DR: Improve your putt game with the Ultimate Putting Studio by PuttOUT , priced at $249 as of Jan. 3. The perfect putt requires patience, precision, and a lot of practice. But if you live in an area with a cooler climate, you miss weeks or even months of course time due to poor weather, meaning your skills tend to fall by the wayside. Plus, there's the whole COVID situation getting in the way

Protect your online security with lifetime access to a VPN for under $20

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TL;DR: Get a lifetime subscription to the Yodata VPN service for $17.99, a 69% savings as of Jan 3. Here's a New Year's resolution idea: don't get hacked. While we're focused on working out more and eating healthy, hackers get better and better at what they do every day. Maybe it's time to check our priorities? It turns out that protecting your most private information takes more than just a comp

Save 61% on this 2-pack of Sony headphones that will drown out your neighbors

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TL;DR: Get a two-pack of the Sony MDR-ZX110AP Extra Bass Wired Headphones for $29.82, a 51% savings as of Jan 3. Turns out there's an alternative to getting into fights with your neighbors or roommates: simply tune them out. If you were hoping to unwrap a pair of quality headphones to do the job this holiday season and came up empty, all is not lost This two-pack of Sony headphones will leave you

These teeny-tiny Mu Tags keep tabs on your stuff so it never gets lost

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TL;DR: Keep track of your stuff with the Mu Tag loss prevention device , on sale for $26.99 as of Jan. 3. Do you ever wish every aspect of your life had a "find my phone" tracker that kept you in the clear? How come only our phones have tracking devices when it's just as hard to keep track of keys, chargers, and sometimes even kids' toys? Lucky for all of us, Mu Tag is here, and not only does it

Win a pair of RHA TrueConnect 2 true wireless earbuds worth £129.95

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This is your chance to win a pair of RHA TrueConnect 2 true wireless earbuds in either Carbon Black or Navy Blue.

Streaming will revolutionize mobile gaming in 2021

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Streaming game services will hit their stride in 2021 and could revolutionize mobile gaming...but Apple still stands in the way.

Want to dive into the lucrative world of deep learning? Take this online class.

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TL;DR: The Ultimate Deep Learning and NLP Certification Bundle is on sale for £21.43 as of Jan. 3, saving you 97% on list price. Artificial intelligence and deep learning might bring to mind pictures of Will Smith's misadventures in I, Robot , but in reality, these are the technologies behind tomorrow's world. In fact, by 2030, PwC predicts nearly 40% of all jobs could be replaced by AI and autom