Saturday, April 03, 2021

Technology News and More for a Saturday

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US sanctions are squeezing Huawei, but for how long?

100+Ars Technica / 33min
Enlarge (credit: Barcroft Media | Getty Images) Huawei, the crown jewel of China’s tech industry , is reeling from a financial one-two punch delivered by US chip sanctions and a campaign aimed at cutting international markets. But with Huawei rapidly expanding into new markets and the Chinese government investing heavily to gain technological independence from the West, that leverage may not last

New Resident Evil Village trailer shows the game running on PS4 Pro

37TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Capcom has released a trailer of Resident Evil Village running on last-gen consoles.

Study finds experimental stimulants hidden in many OTC supplements

SlashGear / 34min
A new study from NSF International warns that many readily available supplements marketed for sports enhancement and weight loss contain experimental stimulants that haven’t been tested in humans. The ‘hidden pharmaceutical cocktail,’ as the organization calls it, was identified in 17 OTC supplements sold in the US. The newly published study involved researchers from NSF International, the Nation

Virgin's best broadband deals are back! £75 vouchers, fast speeds and low prices

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 15min
Virgin's broadband deals are frequently leading the market and its latest offer is no exception.

I Avoided Fake Meat for Years. That Was a Big Mistake

68Wired / 48min
Our food writer had been steering clear of Impossible, Beyond, and other plant-based meat replacements—until he finally cooked with some.

Foregone Is Slick, and All Too Familiar

40Wired / 48min
The hybrid 2D platformer game is something less than the sum of its parts.

The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Games, Tablets, and More

64Wired / 48min
Doing some spring cleaning? It might be time to upgrade some gear or dive into a new game. Here’s what’s on sale.

Agatha was the biggest missed opportunity of 'WandaVision'

Mashable / 48min
Welcome to Fix It , our ongoing series examining projects we love — save for one tiny change we wish we could make. A fresh new take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, WandaVision won over critics and fans alike with its unconventional premise, intriguing mystery, and delightfully kitsch sitcom tropes. Though suburban life isn't what most people picture when they hear "Marvel superhero television

What's the next big thing for fitness wearables?

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 51min
The next generation of activity trackers will do way more than just count your steps.

What Is an LTPO Display, and Is It Better Than OLED?

How-To Geek / 1h
Wouldn’t it be great if we could make smartphones more power efficient and get more use from a single charge? That’s exactly the idea behind LTPO display technology used by Apple and Samsung. Here’s what to expect from the touchscreens of tomorrow. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Spotify's mystery Car Thing media player shows up in hidden app code

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Previous rumors around an in-car media player and a paid subscription for podcasts resurface in the Spotify app for iOS.

Microsoft Teams is getting a super helpful under-the-hood upgrade

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Microsoft is developing a new Teams feature that will help ensure the service performs consistently.

Learn New Skills, Game Online, and Protect Your Privacy With This Digital Bundle

Futurism / 1h
Open availability for the COVID-19 vaccine is just around the corner, and an anxious population is already envisioning the events, locales, and hobbies it can finally revisit once things finally return to normal. That’s still quite a ways away, however, so an extra incentive to stay safe during the next few weeks is crucial. How about a few deals to make the wait more bearable? Looking to pick up

Best rugged smartwatches worth your wrist time in 2021

SlashGear / 1h
Over the years smartwatches have evolved into intelligent gadgets capable of taking control of our lifestyle for better health, thanks to their accurate fitness tracking features. Another dimension that’s been added in today’s smartwatches is the ability to track progress for hardcore outdoor activities and intense sports regimes – along with the ability to train, coach or plan adventure-centric

DJI Air 2S release date, price, rumors and what we want to see

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
The rumors are growing about a new DJI Mavic Air 2 successor. But when will it land and what features might it have?

Extreme E's first qualifying round ends with Nico Rosberg's team out front

57Engadget / 1h
The off-road electric racing series started its first weekend with some big crashes, and Nico Rosberg's team in P1 after the first qualifying round.

Google Nest Hub (2nd generation) Vs Google Nest Hub Max: which smart display is for you?

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
If you’re weighing up whether to buy a Google Nest Hub (2nd generation) or Google Nest Hub Max, we're here to help.

Take a load off with a pair of relaxing massage boots on sale

24Mashable / 2h
TL;DR: Get a massage any time you want with the Thrive Heat Compression Leg Massager Sleeve , on sale for $76. Use code THRIVE11 to score $11 off as of April 3. Want relief for your sore legs and feet without going to a spa? The Thrive Heat Compression Leg Massager Boots from LifePro Fitness is a great option for you. These boots work by using air compression therapy . For foot massages, there ar

Upgrade your bathroom with 3 bidet attachments on sale

Mashable / 2h
If your toilet is still a plain old porcelain bowl, it’s time to upgrade and turn that baby into a throne with a bidet. There’s no need to overhaul your whole bathroom, though. A simple bidet attachment will work just fine — and these three from Butt Buddy are all on sale for a limited time as of April 3. They're easy to install, easy to use, and come with plenty of benefits. Here's a quick look

Get PlayStation Plus, a VPN, and 1,000 online courses for under $70

24Mashable / 2h
TL;DR: Use your screen time for intentional learning and entertainment with the Digital Daze app and e-learning bundle , which is on sale for $69 as of April 3. If you find yourself scrolling aimlessly in a digital daze regularly, maybe it’s time to make a change. Give all that scrolling some purpose with this app and e-learning bundle, which is on sale for a limited time as of April 3. Play game

9 deals for beginner guitarists, from cool gadgets to online classes

29Mashable / 2h
If you’ve been wanting to learn guitar — or you have a kid who has been begging — you have choices as to how you kick off that education. Purchasing an instrument and heading to in-person lessons isn’t the only way to start strumming. Sometimes you have to get creative to unlock your inner musician. From online video lessons to entry-level instruments , here are nine deals (active as of April 3)

Illuminate your craft projects with 25% off the Cricut BrightPad

Mashable / 2h
TL;DR: Make crafting easier on the eyes with the Cricut BrightPad , on sale for $59.99 — a 25% discount — as of April 3. If you constantly find yourself squinting at your artwork, you can make things easier for yourself with this light-up craft pad from Cricut . Whether you're into tracing, weeding, quilting, needlepoint, knitting , or just about anything that you need a table to work on, this ba

Classic games like chess and Sudoku are now easier to play on iPhones and iPads

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28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Apple Arcade has added loads of classic games to its roster like chess, solitaire, Sudoku, backgammon and more.

Apple Arcade price, games, controllers and if it's worth it

Apple Arcade App Store•
34TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Apple Arcade is Apple's premium games service, and it's constantly growing with new titles.

OnePlus 9T: what we want to see

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
The OnePlus 9T is likely to land later this year, and there are a number of features and upgrades that we want from it.

Windows 10 21H2 Update 'Sun Valley' release date, news, and features

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
The Windows 10 21H2 update will drop sometime in the second half of 2021 so we’re peeling back the covers on what to expect.

A week with the Huawei Mate X2: what we learned with the latest foldable smartphone

44TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Software limitations aside, the Huawei Mate X2 is the best foldable hardware we've ever used.

Bitcoin mining to become even more difficult as powerful new hardware joins the party

48TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
The expansion of Bitcoin mining operations has pushed mining difficulty to new heights.

Pinterest Is Reportedly Eyeing VSCO Acquisition

Gizmodo / 7h
The online pinboard site Pinterest is reportedly in talks to scoop up VSCO, a photo-editing and sharing app that you may remember for inspiring a teen subculture back in 2019 . Negotiations remain ongoing, two sources with knowledge of the matter told the New York Times , and there’s still no word on a possible price… Read more...

Break into FinTech with this beginner-friendly trading bundle

Mashable / 7h
TL;DR: The QuantInsti: Quantitative Trading for Beginners Bundle is on sale for £36.32 as of April 3, saving you 90% on list price. Whether you're purchasing drinks at the bar or managing your finances, FinTech is all around you. Short for financial technology, FinTech has completely flipped the financial services industry on its head and includes everything from mobile payment apps (Venmo, PayPa

5 of the best under-desk cycles and ellipticals for working from home

20Mashable / 7h
Working from home is the new normal, and for many people all around the world, it's the future. There are absolutely loads of benefits to this new world of work, like avoiding the commute, crowds, and overpriced lunches. It's not all good though, because working from home can result in much longer periods of inactivity, which is not good for your health. SEE ALSO: All the best standing desks for

These Text Message Receipts Reportedly Led Feds to Rep. Matt Gaetz

300+Gizmodo / 9h
Federal investigators began looking into Florida U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz following a mysterious after-hours visit to a Florida tax agency where a former local official was allegedly churning out fake IDs, the Daily Beast reports . Little did they know that was just the tip of the iceberg. Gaetz now faces a… Read more...

Pinterest is reportedly in talks to acquire VSCO

74Engadget / 10h
NYT sources claim Pinterest and VSCO could team up.

The 10 saddest movies to watch on Netflix

46Mashable / 10h
Watching a great movie feels like borrowing feelings from someone else, trying them on, and (sometimes) returning them when we're done. Some of those feelings are romantic , others are thrilling , and some are of the warm and fuzzy variety . These are not those movies. These are the movies we watch when the feeling we want to borrow is sadness, because a good, deliberate cry is a healthy and nece

NASA says Crew Dragon capsule will be moved to free up port on ISS

SlashGear / 10h
On April 5, four astronauts will perform the US’s first commercial crew port relocation on the International Space Station to make room for a new crew later in the month. The task will involve undocking the Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft from its current port and re-docking it at a different port next week. The Crew Dragon port relocation will be … Continue reading

A sealed copy of 'Super Mario Bros.' just sold for $660,000

400+Engadget / 11h
The copy was one of the earliest shrink-wrapped versions of the games you could buy in the US.

How Instagram’s influencers changed the model industry

100+BBC News - Technology / 11h
Models have increasingly been asked to shoot their own photographs during the pandemic.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS virtual co-drive: A high-tech preview of a high-tech EV

SlashGear / 12h
As the world grapples with new waves of rising COVID-19 infections, businesses and large corporations – in this case, German carmaker Mercedes-Benz – are forced into figuring out new and creative tactics in promoting new products. Just as car sales are increasingly being done remotely, so too was my first experience at the wheel of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS electric … Continue reading

Beats Solo Pro Headphones Are More Than 50% off at Woot, Just $145

76Lifehacker / 12h
Beats Solo Pro | $145 | Woot

New iPhone SE Rumors Claim a 5G Model Is Coming Next Year

Gizmodo / 12h
Rumors about the next model of Apple’s fan-favorite compact smartphone are already in full effect, though it could be well over a year before we see one. Read more...

New South Korean Marriott Card Provides Easy Platinum Status, Breakfast Credits

View from the Wing / 12h
Marriott has just introduced the first hotel co-brand credit card in the South Korean market, Marriott Bonvoy® The BEST Shinhan Card. It lets cardmembers earn Platinum status with less spend and at a lower fee than U.S. customers have access to, and comes with a hotel breakfast credit benefit. Continue reading ...

Disney+ Just Added A Bunch of Old 'Star Wars' Cartoons and Films

99How-To Geek / 12h
We can all use more Star Wars, and with The Mandalorian on break, it’s a long wait before we get anything new. So how about something old? The Star Wars Vintage Collection arrived on Disney+ today and features classic cartoons and films unseen for decades. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Google Will Discontinue its Wifi App, Move Users to Google Home

200+How-To Geek / 12h
If you own a Google or Nest Wifi mesh kit, get ready for a change. In an email sent out to users, Google says it will discontinue the Google Wifi app and move all users over to Google Home. The Google Wifi app will disappear entirely in June. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Samsung's New SmartTag+ Bluetooth Tracker is Up for Pre-Order at B&H

How-To Geek / 12h
Samsung introduced its first Bluetooth item tracker, the Galaxy SmartTag, back in January at its Unpacked event. It also debuted its SmartTag+ tracker, which would become available later in 2021. Now, the SmartTag+ appears to be up for pre-order at B&H for $40, and will allegedly ship on April 12. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Kensington's New Fingerprint Reader Adds Windows Hello to Any Desktop PC

31How-To Geek / 12h
Tired of typing your login information every time you wake up your PC? Kensington’s new VeriMark fingerprint sensor adds Windows Hello verification to any desktop PC for $80. Just plug it into a USB port for secure tap-and-go access to your computer, your email, and any other software compatible with Windows Hello or biometric verification. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

T-Mobile Makes Google Messages the Default Android SMS App

56How-To Geek / 12h
Google Messages will now be included as the default SMS app on all Android phones sold by T-Mobile, the carrier recently announced. Now, T-Mobile’s Android customers can enjoy a richer messaging experience with all the benefits of Rich Communication Services (RCS) protocol messaging. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Apple Arcade Exclusive 'Fantasian' Is 'Final Fantasy' Creator's Latest RPG

400+How-To Geek / 12h
Fantasian, the latest RPG from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, is now available exclusively on Apple Arcade for Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. Inspired by Final Fantasy IV, the new game mixes 3D characters with hand-made environments, and features music from longtime Sakaguchi collaborator Nobuo Uematsu. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Casio's Rugged G-Shock Series is Getting a Wear OS Smartwatch Option

30How-To Geek / 12h
You can get a rugged watch or a smartwatch, but it’s not often you can get both. Casio’s latest $700 G-Shock smartwatch embraces both by packing Wear OS into a rugged design. It has an array of smart sensors and can survive in water up to 200 meters down. It will arrive in mid-May. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Pinterest Is Said to Be in Talks to Acquire the Photo App VSCO

100+NYT > Technology / 12h
The discussions between the digital pin board company and the app that inspired the “VSCO girls” trend are ongoing.

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

300+Wired / 12h
On Friday the military junta shut off connectivity across the country. There’s no sign of when it will return.

April the giraffe, known for her viral livestreamed pregnancy, dies at 20

1KMashable / 12h
April the giraffe, known for her viral ( and seemingly eternal ) pregnancy, has died at 20 years old. She passed away at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, where she gained an international following during her livestreamed pregnancy in 2017. The giraffe was euthanized on Friday due to worsening arthritis at the recommendation of her veterinary team, the zoo said in a Facebook post