Thursday, April 01, 2021

Technology News and More April Fools Edition

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Facebook bans 'voice of Trump' from platform

2KBBC News - Technology / 2h
An interview with the ex-president was posted by his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, on Facebook.

LINE Ventures merges with YJ Capital, launches $271M fund

100+TechCrunch / 1h
LINE completed its merger with Yahoo! Japan owner Z Holdings last month, and now the two firm’s venture capital arms have also combined. Z Holdings announced today that its subsidiary, YJ Capital, has merged with LINE Ventures to form Z Venture Capital. The new firm also announced the launch of a 30 billion JPY (about $271 million USD) fund, which it claims makes it one of the largest corporate v

Google is the latest big name to pull out of Mobile World Congress 2021

66Mashable / 1h
Mobile World Congress, the massive phone event scheduled to take place in Barcelona in June, is shedding exhibitors again. According to The Verge, Google has pulled out of this year's event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Following our current COVID-19 travel restrictions and protocols, Google has made the decision to not exhibit at Mobile World Congress this year. We will continue to collaborate

Comcast may pull Universal movies from Netflix to boost its Peacock offering

52Engadget / 15min
Comcast is reportedly considering pulling its Universal Pictures movies and popular animated films from Netflix and HBO Max in order to boost Peacock.

Intel Core i9-11900K hits a huge 7.3GHz overclock – but past CPUs have done better

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 19min
It took some serious trickery as well as the usual liquid nitrogen cooling to reach this speed.

Astronomers detect x-rays from Uranus using Chandra X-ray Observatory

SlashGear / 24min
For the first time, NASA announced that astronomers had detected x-rays emanating from Uranus using the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The researchers think the finding could help scientists learn more about the icy planet on the outer edges of our solar system. Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and has a pair of rings that surround its equator. The … Continue reading

Pentax K-3 Mark III could be the last new DSLR – and it's priced accordingly

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 27min
The Pentax K-3 Mark III has now officially launched – and the new DSLR comes with a price tag that fits its relative rarity.

Huawei just revealed its first ever desktop monitor

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 27min
Huawei's bezel-killing laptop design comes to the world of monitors.

New Google Pixel Buds could be cheaper than the Apple AirPods

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 27min
The Google Pixel Buds A are the rumored follow-up to the company's first true wireless earbuds.

India to dole out $1 billion to chipmakers who "Make in India"

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 34min
The Indian government aims to strengthen its electronics supply chain and build on its existing smartphone assembly industry.

Gocycle's new electric bikes fold down in 10 seconds (flat)

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 34min
The G4 range are lighter and pack down faster, with updated components designed for tricky city riding.

iOS 14.5 gets rid of Siri's default voice

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 34min
Siri no longer has a default voice with iOS 14.5, instead prompting you to choose, with new options also available.

Watch this miniature submarine explode in spectacular slow motion

42Mashable / 45min
Hollywood has been exploding submarines for years now, and sometimes we even get to see those flames flying in slow motion. But what about super slow motion? In the video above, Gav from The Slow Mo Guys blows up a model submarine with some depth charges and films it at a mind-boggling 28,500 frames per second. You can pretty much see everything: the shockwaves; the joints rippling; the gas ballo

Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Earbuds launched in India

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 48min
at Rs 2,249 with microphones in each earbud.

Oculus Quest 2 sales figures prove VR has finally gone mainstream

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 48min
Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 has entered the mainstream with its incredible sales.

The Genesis X is a curvy, high-tech luxury EV concept

44Engadget / 57min
Genesis has unveiled the X Concept EV, its fifth concept car since Hyundai launched the Genesis brand in 2015.

Mastercard to invest $100 million in Airtel Africa’s mobile money business

44TechCrunch / 1h
Mastercard will invest $100 million in Airtel Africa’s mobile money business, two firms said today, just two weeks after TPG’s Rise Fund also backed the telecommunications firm’s unit . The London-headquartered firm said it was taking a minority stake in Airtel Africa’s mobile money business. The deal valued Airtel Mobile Commerce (AMC BV) at $2.65 billion, the two firms said in a press statement

That Spotty Wi-Fi? There’s $100 Billion to Fix It.

76NYT > Technology / 1h
President Biden's infrastructure proposal aims to close the digital divide, which has existed since the Clinton administration.

Enter the Age of the Vaccine Selfie

92NYT > Technology / 1h
From topless politicians to designers, it’s a thing. And it’s part of a longer tradition than you might expect.

Get a primer on electrical engineering with 9 starter courses

Mashable / 1h
TL;DR: Learn the basics of electrical engineering with the Fundamentals of Power and Electrical Engineering Bundle. As of April 1, get it for only $39.99 . The world needs electrical engineers to create, design, and manage electrical systems. If that sounds like your cup of tea, you can build a foundation with this nine-course online electrical engineering training for beginners . Taught by John

Grab a lifetime subscription to Babbel for under $200

Mashable / 1h
TL;DR: Learn a new language with Babbel . As of April 1, you can get a lifetime subscription to the language learning app for only $199 . You know all those countries you've dreamed of visiting? Well, you'll have the best experience in those places if you learn at least a few introductory phrases of the language spoken there. For a limited time, you can score a lifetime subscription to Babbel Lan

Spice up working from home with an adjustable tripod desk

Mashable / 1h
TL;DR: Give your WFH space a little pizzazz with this adjustable portable tripod desk , on sale for $159.99 — a 20% savings — as of April 1. Your work-from-home office setup can get real old, real fast. One of the easiest remedies is to change up where you work every day, and the adjustable portable tripod desk from Intension Design can help you do just that. The desk can be adjusted to any heigh

How to watch 'Yellowstone,' the testosterone-fueled cowboy drama

Mashable / 1h
What: Yellowstone Where to watch: Peacock Premiere date: June 20, 2018 Saddle up for the cowboy version of The Sopranos and follow along with the Dutton family’s antics. Oscar and Emmy winner Kevin Costner leads an ensemble cast as a gritty family of ranchers in this drama series. Much of the drama of Yellowstone centers around the Dutton family’s fight to maintain control of the largest contiguo

How to watch 'Wonder Woman 1984'

Mashable / 1h
What: Wonder Woman 1984 Where to watch: On Amazon Prime Video , VUDU , AppleTV Premiere date: December 25, 2020 Continuing on during the Cold War era, Wonder Woman 1984 sees heroine Diana (Gal Gadot) and her past love Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) reunite as they face off against new enemies in Max Lord (Pedro Pascal) and Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). The hotly anticipated sequel is louder and shinier than

Airtel Africa receives $100M for its mobile money business from Mastercard

76TechCrunch / 1h
Two weeks ago, TPG’s Rise Fund invested $200 million in Airtel Mobile Commerce BV (AMC BV) — the mobile money business of telecom Airtel Africa . After closing the deal, the Bharti Airtel subsidiary noted that it was still in discussions to give up more minority stake (25% of the issued share capital) to more potential investors. Today, it has announced another investor — global payments provider

Bilibili ups the ante in games with $123 million investment in TapTap

94TechCrunch / 1h
Competition in China’s gaming industry is getting stiffer in recent times as tech giants sniff out potential buyouts and investments to beef up their gaming alliance, whether it pertains to content or distribution. Bilibili, the go-to video streaming platform for young Chinese , is the latest to make a major gaming deal. It has agreed to invest HK$960 million (about $123 million) into X.D. Networ

Xbox throws shade at PlayStation and Nintendo over video game preservation

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Microsoft has taken a subtle dig at Sony and Nintendo over the importance of video game preservation.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 3 will be the longest entry yet

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
The third installment in Sam and Bucky's adventure will be the lengthiest episode so far - but by how much?

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE could get a new 4G version

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
While there's already a 4G version of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, the company could soon launch a new version of it.

Realme C20, C21 and C25 to launch on April 8 in India

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Realme will unveil three new affordable smartphones in the C series with 6,000mAh batteries and fast charging in India on April 8.

How SOSV-backed Achiko pivoted from financial services to health tech during the COVID-19 pandemic

100+TechCrunch / 1h
Many companies had to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic. For SOSV-backed Achiko , this meant shifting its focus from mobile payment services to affordable COVID-19 screening. Achiko’s platform combines an app called Teman Sehat (“Health Buddy” in Indonesian) for payments and keeping test records, and proprietary low-cost testing kits using DNA aptamers, or synthetic strands of DNA, that are chea

Google rejigs remote working as it reopens offices

300+BBC News - Technology / 1h
The tech giant will only let staff work from home for more than 14 days a year if they apply for it.

Microsoft to sell augmented reality goggles to army

100+BBC News - Technology / 1h
The tech giant will provide around 120,000 headsets to the US army in a 10-year deal worth $21.9bn.

Samsung TV Plus now lets you watch free TV on your phone

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Samsung TV Plus, the free TV streaming service packaged in with Samsung TVs, is rolling out to smartphones worldwide after

Where to stream all the Marvel movies in order

59Mashable / 2h
With the franchise now churning out three-plus blockbusters a year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has only gotten more complicated as it's grown. Anyone who isn't a diehard fan or a Russo brother needs a Pepe Silvia -style chart to suss out all of its movies' interconnected (and often interdimensional) storylines. And new TV series like WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier , wh

Instagram launches ‘Remix’ on Reels - Another cloned feature from TikTok

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
In yet another stab at emulating TikTok, Facebook-owned Instagram has announced a new feature called Remix that will let users create, share and add their own perspective and fun on its Reels platform.

A feminist internet would be better for everyone

62MIT Technology Review / 2h
It’s April 13, 2025. Like most 17-year-olds, Maisie grabs her phone as soon as she wakes up. She checks her apps in the same order every morning: Herd, Signal, TikTok. Herd started out as a niche social network aimed at girls, but everyone’s on it these days, even the boys. Maisie goes to her personal page and looks at what she’s pinned there: photos of her dog, her family, her school science pro

FDA authorizes cheap rapid at-home COVID-19 tests

65Engadget / 2h
Cheap, rapid at-home COVID-19 tests will be available soon without a prescription.

LinkedIn confirms that a Clubhouse rival is in the works - here's what we know

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Clubhouse is an exclusive hangout spot mixed with podcasting and networking tools, available for now only for Apple users. It boasts of 10 million active weekly users.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra to launch on April 23 in India

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24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Xiaomi has announced that the Mi 11 Ultra flagship smartphone will be unveiled in India on April 23, just a month after its global launch.

Amazon v the union: The vote the online giant fears

100+BBC News - Technology / 2h
The result of a vote in an Alabama warehouse could have ramifications for Amazon workers around the US.

Oppo F19 to be unveiled on April 6 in India

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Oppo F19 will be launched on April 6 in India. This will be the slimmest phone with 5,000mAh battery.

Noise Buds Play TWS with ENC and up to 25 hours battery life launched

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Noise has added yet another true wireless earbud in India with the launch of Buds Play TWS that supports environmental noise cancellation and offers up to 25 hours of battery life.

What to stream this long weekend: The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, Run and more highlights

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Our top streaming picks this week include the return of Clarice, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers and the Netflix thriller Run.

Cendana has raised a $30 million ‘fund of funds’ for VCs managing $15 million or less

100+TechCrunch / 3h
Cendana Capital , a San Francisco-based fund of funds manager, has amassed stakes in more than 100 venture firms since launching in 2010. For the most part, it did this by focusing on managers who are raising funds of $100 million or less in capital, even foregoing stakes in beloved outfits like Forerunner Ventures and Uncork Capital as their assets under management ballooned well beyond that amo

Facebook lists steps to protect State elections in India - But are they enough?

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Facebook says it is taking several measures, including reducing distribution of content deemed to be hate speech, to curb spread of misinformation during elections in four Indian States.

Samsung TV Plus expands to 10 more countries

SlashGear / 4h
It doesn’t exactly have a premium subscription offering nor original video content under its name but that hasn’t stopped Samsung from rolling out its own streaming service. Of course, Samsung TV Plus basically just collects shows, news, and content streamed by others but, at least for those with access to the service, the no-subscription free content is enough of an … Continue reading

Spain’s Glovo picks up $528M as Europe’s food delivery market continues to heat up

100+TechCrunch / 4h
On the heels of Deliveroo raising more than $2 billion ahead of its debut on the London Stock Exchange this week, another hopeful in the food delivery sector has closed a super-sized round. Glovo , a startup out of Spain with 10 million users that delivers restaurant take-out, groceries and other items in partnership with brick-and-mortar businesses, has picked up a Series F of $528 million (€450

PUBG Mobile India could launch in two months' time

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
PUBG Mobile will return to India, claim two personalities from the eSports industry, hinting at a launch within two months.

Google Play Pass adds Dead Cells, KOTOR to its growing list

SlashGear / 4h
When Apple launched its Arcade subscription service, it was expected that Google would also soon follow suit. Unlike Apple Arcade, Google Play Pass, in theory, includes not just games but also apps, though the focus, unsurprisingly, has been on the entertainment side of mobile software. So when Google announced the new members of its growing Google Play Pass family, it’s … Continue reading

Now Twitter lets you add stickers and GIFs to fleets

82Engadget / 4h
Twitter has updated fleets with the ability to embellish them with fun stickers without having to use another app.

Celonis announces significant partnership with IBM to sell its process mining software

100+TechCrunch / 5h
Before you can improve a workflow, you have to understand how work advances through a business, which is more complex than you might imagine inside a large enterprise. That’s where Celonis comes in. It uses software to identify how work moves through an organization and suggests more efficient ways of getting the same work done, also known as process mining Today, the company announced a signific

Samsung Galaxy F12 and Galaxy F02s launching on April 5 in India

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Samsung Galaxy F12 and Galaxy F02s phones will be launched in India next week. These phones will be the rebranded version of the Galaxy M12 and Galaxy M02s respectively.

Learn Spanish with a lifetime subscription to Language Zen

Mashable / 6h
TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to the Language Zen–Spanish Language Learning Program is on sale for £57.44 as of April 1, saving you 84% on list price. Learning a new language as an adult is no easy feat. It's a little bit easier when you have a personal tutor, but who has the time or money to commit to that? That's what's so cool about Language Zen . Think of it as your own personal language tut

Start fighting cybercrime with this online training bundle

Mashable / 6h
TL;DR: The A to Z Cyber Security & IT Certification Training Bundle is on sale for £28.35 as of April 1, saving you 97% on list price. The world loses a massive amount of money to cybercrime, and it's expected to rise even further given the number of cybersecurity threats and attacks companies experience on the daily. From data breaches to supply chain attacks to ransomware, cybercrime is a threa

Google says it's 'likely' some employees will return to the office in April

100+Engadget / 6h
Some Google offices are likely to allow employees back in on a voluntary basis starting in April.

Periscope disappears tomorrow, legacy lives on in Twitter

SlashGear / 6h
Social networking giants are known for copying or buying up what may appear to be trendy at that time. Some become almost household names but a good number also fade into obscurity. Twitter doesn’t seem to have much luck in that area, with Vine and now Periscope’s demise. The latter will officially vanish from the mobile and Internet world tomorrow … Continue reading

Google Play will limit apps that can see what apps are installed

SlashGear / 7h
Every Android release has seen a refinement of what was once an overly broad app permissions system. Today, users can grant or deny permissions on a case-to-case basis and developers are required to be more upfront about the permissions they need and why they need them. There are still some cases, however, where even the fine-grained permissions can be abused, … Continue reading

Analogue Pocket Shipments Pushed Back To October

200+Gizmodo / 7h
Analogue just announced its Analogue Pocket handheld console will miss its original May 2021 shipment date and will slip to October instead. Read more...

Factory mix-up spoils 15 million doses of J&J COVID vaccine

100+Ars Technica / 7h
Enlarge / A sign at the Johnson & Johnson campus on August 26, 2019 in Irvine, California. (credit: Getty | Mario Tama ) About 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine were ruined, and future vaccine shipments will be delayed. This all follows a mix-up at a manufacturing facility in Baltimore, according to multiple media reports. Johnson & Johnson had partnered with Emerg

Nvidia finally switches on GeForce GPU Passthrough

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
GeForce GPU Passthrough allows developers to test code in both Windows and Linux from a single machine.

Instagram Remix on Reels duels TikTok Duets

SlashGear / 7h
It’s safe to say that social networks these days are copying each other more blatantly than before. That sometimes goes not only for features but even the names for those features. We’ve seen that happen in Stories, Clubhouses, and short-form videos just to name a few. Now it seems that TikTok is once again the progenitor of a new fad, … Continue reading

Netflix is making two Knives Out sequels

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32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Netflix has reportedly forked out over $400 million for two exclusive Knives Out follow-ups.

Analogue Pocket gaming handheld delayed again due to global affairs

SlashGear / 8h
There was a bout of new consoles in the past few years that were designed to pay homage to the old consoles of yesteryears. These retro consoles, often coming in miniature forms, only allowed for a limited set of titles that their originals supported. Some, however, have tried to expand that roster to almost any game, provided you still had … Continue reading

VMware launches new multi-cloud platform to accelerate app modernization

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
VMware Cloud uses modular, multi-cloud services to help organizations accelerate app modernization across cloud providers.

OnePlus Watch always-on display feature might still happen

SlashGear / 9h
OnePlus really isn’t a fan of always-on display, a.k.a. AOD, features, it seems. It took a strong community vote to almost force it to implement such a feature on its phones. Even then, it still reserved the right to change its mind if it couldn’t find a solution that would satisfy its standards when it comes to battery life. That … Continue reading

Joel Greenberg, the Tax Collector Tied to US Rep Matt Gaetz, Once Blew $90k in Taxpayer Money On a Crypto Mining Rig

300+Gizmodo / 9h
The sex trafficking scandal surrounding Florida U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz is getting gnarlier by the day, both because of the circus sideshow of supporting characters it brings with it and the good questions it raises about why we, as a country, insist on electing people to our federal government who seem like… Read more...

AWS launches space accelerator for startups

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
AWS Space Accelerator is open to all startups interested in using AWS to solve the biggest challenges in the space industry.

Millions of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines ruined after mix-up

SlashGear / 9h
Millions of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine doses have been lost after an ingredient mix-up, according to a new report. The incident happened at a factory in Baltimore, Maryland, where two different COVID-19 vaccine products are made; the ingredients for the two were accidentally mixed up, resulting in up to 15 million single-shot vaccine doses that must be trashed. … Continue re

Get Super Mario 3D All-Stars for $50 Before Mario Draws His Last Dying Breath

40Gizmodo / 10h
Super Mario 3D All-Stars | $50 | Walmart

Analogue Pocket portable console delayed again, this time until October

100+Engadget / 10h
The $199 Analogue Pocket will play old portable games from their original cartridges, once it ships in October.

Redeem IHG Points At Six Senses Resorts

29One Mile at a Time / 10h
In early 2019 it was announced that InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) would acquire Six Senses , a luxury hotel brand . Up until now Six Senses hasn’t really been integrated into the IHG Rewards Club program, but that has finally changed, as it’s now possible to redeem IHG Rewards Club points at select Six Senses properties. Six Senses hotels can now be booked with points IHG will be progressiv

Get Super Mario 3D All-Stars for $50 Before Mario Draws His Last Dying Breath

40Lifehacker / 10h
Super Mario 3D All-Stars | $50 | Walmart

Hackers Are Hiding Malware Inside Fake Call of Duty: Warzone Cheats to Target Gamers

100+Gizmodo / 10h
Look out, n00bs. Hackers are apparently deploying fake game “cheats” for Call of Duty: Warzone. They sure won’t help you merk your opponents, but they will inject a crapload of malware onto your computer. Read more...

The Woke Airline CEO Book Club

View from the Wing / 10h
A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading ...

Verizon Is Offering Big Discounts and Trade-Ins on Broken Phones on April 1, and It's Actually Not a Prank

77Gizmodo / 10h
Now’s the time of year when it pays to be extra wary of pranks and promotions that seem too good to be true. But starting tomorrow, yes, on April 1, Verizon has some big discounts on phones and trade-ins for broken devices that are totally legit. Read more...

'Sam & Max: This Time It's Virtual!' heads to Oculus Quest this summer

64Engadget / 11h
SteamVR, Viveport and PSVR releases will follow in 2021 and 2022.

Among Us developer plans to revamp the game’s art style

SlashGear / 11h
Hit imposter game Among Us received its big Airship update today as promised, but that’s only the start of what Innersloth has planned. Coming alongside the update is a new blog post from the developers who revealed plans to revamp the game’s animation style, including improving the line artwork. Among Us now features a new map called Airship, which is … Continue reading

PingPong is a video chat app for product teams working across multiple time zones

200+TechCrunch / 11h
From the earliest days of the pandemic, it was no secret that video chat was about to become a very hot space. Over the past several months investors have bankrolled a handful of video startups with specific niches, ranging from always-on office surveillance to platforms that encouraged plenty of mini calls to avoid the need for more lengthy team-wide meetings. As the pandemic wanes and plenty of

For VC Hans Tung, the personal becomes public in a growing campaign to ‘stop Asian hate’

100TechCrunch / 11h
Longtime venture capitalist Hans Tung is a big guy. His size might just be lifesaving. A first-generation Taiwanese-American who came to the U.S. and to L.A. specifically in 1984, it was a fraught time for the then 14-year-old. Two years earlier, a 27-year-old, Chinese-American draftsman named Vincent Chin was beaten to death in Detroit by a Chrysler plant supervisor and his stepson, a laid-off a

tvOS 14.5 code describes an Apple TV remote that doesn't exist yet

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
The latest batch of tvOS 14.5 beta code provides more proof that the Apple TV remote is getting an update soon.

iOS 14.5 will fix your iPhone 11's faulty battery estimates

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
The latest iOS 14.5 beta adds battery recalibration feature to get more accurate battery life readings, but only for the iPhone 11 range.

Domestic leisure travel demand back to pre-pandemic levels, airline CEOs say

400+The Points Guy / 11h
The travel recovery is officially here , two airline CEOs said on Wednesday. Speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Aviation Summit, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said that demand for domestic leisure travel was back at pre-pandemic levels. Want more airline-specific news? Sign up for TPG’s free new biweekly Aviation newsletter! “Domestic leisure demand has almost entirely recovered,” Kirby s

Daily Crunch: Facebook makes it easier to view a non-algorithmic News Feed

100+TechCrunch / 11h
Facebook has some thoughts and updates about its News Feed, Siri gets some new voices and Tonal becomes a unicorn. This is your Daily Crunch for March 31, 2021. The big story: Facebook makes it easier to view a non-algorithmic News Feed Facebook highlighted features today that should make it easier for users to see a version of the News Feed that isn’t shaped by the company’s algorithms. These in

Don’t Miss April 2021’s Biggest, Must-Play Games You Can Pre-Order Now

Gizmodo / 11h
Featured Game: New Pokémon Snap | $60

A Japanese man was charged $81 for cyberbullying star Hana Kimura before her death

200+Engadget / 11h
An online troll was charged $81 for cyberbullying Hana Kimura. Is that enough?

Even YouTube Is Chilling Out on Weed

42Gizmodo / 11h
On the same day that Governor Andrew Cuomo fully legalized recreational weed use across New York, YouTube quietly lifted a few of its own restrictions regarding the drug, too. Read more...

Apple says iOS 14.5 brings iPhone 11 battery recalibration bug fix

SlashGear / 11h
Apple has published a new support document detailing the battery health recalibration introduced in iOS 14.5. According to the company, this recalibration will address the battery health reporting system found on the iPhone 11 series, specifically addressing the ‘inaccurate estimates of battery health’ some users have reported. Lithium-ion batteries — the kind found in personal gadgets — undergo

Netflix pays a reported $450 million for two 'Knives Out' sequels

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500+Engadget / 11h
'Knives Out' 2 and 3 are coming to Netflix, with star Daniel Craig and director Rian Johnson returning.

Hulu free trial: is one available and how to get it?

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Want to give a new streaming service a whirl? Check out the Hulu free trial availability and how it works right here with our guide.

NordVPN maker has expanded its bug bounty program

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Nord Security has extended the range of its bug bounty program with HackerOne to cover all of its products.

How to win a global meditation contest, two years in a row

100+Mashable / 12h
March Mindfulness is a Mashable series that explores the intersection of meditation practice and technology. Because even in the time of coronavirus, March doesn't have to be madness. A budding sports tournament needs a good storyline. And one character in a good sports story is an overdog — a dominant force that the rest of the sport can measure itself against, the one to beat. Think of the Gree

Japan Hasn't Seen Cherry Blossoms This Early in 1,200 Years

100+Gizmodo / 12h
So gorgeous! So depressing! The cherry blossoms in Kyoto, Japan hit their peak bloom last week—the earliest date recorded in official records and, some say, the earliest date of bloom for the trees in more than 1,200 years. And climate change definitely has a hand in the trees’ early beauty show. Read more...

The Creepshow Season 2 Premiere Unleashes the Best Kind of Fan Service

200+Gizmodo / 12h
It’s a safe bet that if you’re settling in to watch Shudder’s Creepshow series —based on the films by George A. Romero and Stephen King —you’re already a horror fan. Creepshow knows this, and it would like to thank you for your support of season one by kicking off season two with an episode targeting the hearts of… Read more...

'Among Us' will get 15-player lobbies and a new art style

86Engadget / 12h
In the meantime, the game's new Airship map is available to download today.

Trial started for vaccine against one of the scariest coronavirus variants

100+Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge / A vial of the current Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (credit: Getty | Ivan Romano ) Researchers have given out the first jabs of a tweaked version of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, one aimed at fighting one of the most concerning coronavirus variants—the B.1.351 variant, first identified in South Africa. The jabs are part of an early trial of the tweaked vaccine, which is being run by the NIH’s

How to Find iOS 14's Hidden Code Scanner App

68Gizmodo / 12h
The iOS app screen shows all the apps installed on your iPhone—or does it? There’s actually a hidden QR scanner app on all iPhones running iOS 14 that you can’t normally find in the app launcher. The “Code Scanner” app is already integrated into the iOS Camera app—it’s how your phone can recognize QR codes—but can… Read more...

What we bought in March 2021

30Mashable / 12h
If you follow Mashable Shopping's coverage, you know that we live to bring you the best product recommendations we can find based on countless hours of online research. But, what about the stuff that we buy for ourselves? The stuff that made it into our shopping carts? Well, we're here to tell you about those things, and we'll be back every month to do so again. Here's what the staff bought in Ma

TIL you can use a Play-Doh Fun Factory as a cookie press

100+Lifehacker / 12h
Collaborative brainstorming is everything. When my colleague Dennis Lee mentioned that he didn’t have any decorator tips in his house with which to pipe lovely desserts, every neuron started firing within my cheapskate, too-lazy-to-head-back-to-the-store brain. What other common household items might do double-duty as… Read more...

The Elder Scrolls Online Xbox Series X and PS5 next-gen upgrade dated and detailed

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SlashGear / 12h
Like many other live service and ongoing games, it seems The Elder Scrolls Online is getting a next-gen upgrade all its own. Bethesda is calling this next-gen version of the game The Elder Scrolls Online: Console Advanced, seemingly in an attempt to express just how dramatic the upgrade will be. If you’ve had issues running ESO on a console in … Continue reading

Sarah Kunst will outline how to get ready to fundraise at Early Stage

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Sarah Kunst, founding partner at Cleo Capital, has worn many hats. She’s been an entrepreneur, served on plenty of boards, is a contributing author at Marie Clare, has been a senior advisor to Bumble and worked as a consultant in marketing, business development and more. With all that experience, she knows all too well that the process of fundraising starts well before your first pitch meeting. T

Organizations are turning to cloud VPN services to support continued remote work

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Cloud VPNs are growing in popularity as organizations aim to provide their employees with a more secure remote access solution.

The Real History of Passover

55Lifehacker / 12h
Passover, like many other Jewish holidays, remains mysterious for people who don’t practice the Jewish faith. Perhaps you’re loosely familiar with some of its more notable identifiers—namely, gastronomic delicacies like matzah, beef brisket, and matzo ball soup—but the story of Passover bears lessons that transcend… Read more...

IATA’s COVID-19 Travel Pass app will arrive on iPhone next month

SlashGear / 12h
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that its COVID-19 vaccine and test results ‘travel pass’ app will arrive for iPhone next month. The app, assuming the travel industry adopts it in any significant way, will provide an alternative to carrying around paper vaccination cards and test results when traveling or visiting venues that require documentation. A number of … Co

Apple's latest Siri voice update is a baby step towards inclusivity

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It looks like Apple is finally acknowledging that Siri's default female voice isn't a good look. According to TechCrunch , the latest public betas for iOS and iPadOS require users to select their preferred voice for Siri. The update is currently rolling out as part of beta 6, which is the newest version of iOS and iPadOS 14.5. After downloading and installing it, users will be be instructed to ch

Tile floors have met their match in these 7 robot vacuums

Mashable / 12h
When it comes to household cleaning products and devices, most folks would agree that you’d be hard-pressed to name a more revolutionary concept than the robotic vacuum — even the dishwasher doesn’t really compare to the convenience of a device that does your floors without you ever having to lift a finger. And it’s not just the ease of use or satisfaction of watching a robot do the work for you

Soon, Siri Won't Be a Feminine Voice by Default

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The latest update to the iOS 14.5 beta won’t fix all of our gripes with Siri , but it does introduce a few major changes for Apple’s digital assistant. For starters, Siri will no longer be feminine by default for English speakers. Instead, once iOS 14.5 is officially pushed out, iOS users will be prompted to pick their… Read more...

Cortana app for iOS and Android shuts down – How to access your data

SlashGear / 12h
The day has come to wave a tearful farewell to Cortana, at least if you were a user of Microsoft’s assistant apps for iOS and Android. As warned, after today the Cortana mobile app “will no longer be supported,” Microsoft says, as it reins in its assistant tech to Windows alone. It’s not exactly a surprise, of course. Microsoft had … Continue reading

Ancient Antarctica Was Blasted by a Giant Flamethrower From Space

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Blast Zone About 430,000 years ago, a powerful blast of superheated gas and air incinerated the surface of Antarctica. The hellish inferno came down from space like a gigantic flamethrower after a football field-sized object entered and exploded within the Earth’s atmosphere, according to Gizmodo . When it landed, the “airburst,” as the University of Kent scientists who discovered it call it, it

Harvard Halts Plans for Controversial Geoengineering Experiment

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Solar geoengineering is a highly controversial concept to combat climate change . The idea is to block some of Sun’s energy from reaching the Earth’s surface by reflecting it back into space with small particles in the stratosphere. But experts are still not entirely sure about the risks involved, how well it would work — or indeed if it would work at all. And that has scientists worried. A Harva

Delta SkyMiles Medallion Status Easier To Earn In 2021

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Delta is revealing quite a few updates today — the airline will stop blocking seats and will start restoring inflight service . On top of that, the airline has just announced how it will be easier to earn SkyMiles Medallion status in 2021, which is what I wanted to cover in this post. Delta SkyMiles Medallion updates for 2021 As was the case with all major US airline loyalty programs, Delta SkyMi

Alaska Airlines Updates The Safety Dance With Cameos From Across oneworld And It’s AMAZING

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In December Alaska Airlines introduced The Safety Dance , taking the Men Without Hats' classic and applying it to air travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. To celebrate joining the global oneworld alliance today, Alaska Airlines has released a new version of