Saturday, May 01, 2021

Saturday Technology News and More


Technology news and more...

New machines at TSA checkpoints could (finally) let passengers leave liquids and laptops in their bags

500+The Points Guy / 4h
The TSA is working to develop a next-generation screening system that could finally let passengers leave liquids in bags at security screening checkpoints . But it could be years or even a decade before these systems are actually introduced to the public. Want more airline-specific news? Sign up for TPG’s free new biweekly Aviation newsletter! The agency has had a long-running contract competitio

Vandals Are Stuffing Meat Into Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

2KFuturism / 1h
Where’s the Beef? As electric vehicles become more popular, a growing number of detractors have come out of the woodwork to express their anti-electric car views. While most just simply turn to social media to voice their opinions, there are a few out there who have taken a more hands-on approach. Or at least that was the case for some vandals in Germany who stuffed ground meat into some connecto

Ford’s ever-smarter robots are speeding up the assembly line

500+Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge / Ford is adding artificial intelligence to its robotic assembly lines. In 1913, Henry Ford revolutionized car-making with the first moving assembly line , an innovation that made piecing together new vehicles faster and more efficient. Some hundred years later, Ford is now using artificial intelligence to eke more speed out of today’s manufacturing lines . At a Ford Transmission Plant in

Etsy vows to crack down on banned items amid investigation

Engadget / 7min
Etsy said it's clamping down on sales of banned items like weapons and ivory mere days after an investigation showed these goods available for sale.

Dumping Radioactive Water Into Sea Won’t Solve Japan’s Issues Turns Out

70Futurism / 16min
Containment Issues Japan’s upcoming plans to dump more than 1.2 million tons of radioactive water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant into the ocean will probably not solve their water storage problems, according to a report from The Ashai Shimbun . Investigators at the Japanese newspaper discovered that the amount of contaminated water planned to be discharged into the ocean would ultimately

Kumail Nanjiani and It Director Andy Muschetti Adapting the Book The Doubtful Guest

Gizmodo / 31min
What happens when two Hollywood power couples come together to create art? You get a book to screen adaption of Edward Gorey’s book illustrated book, The Doubtful Guest. Read more...

NASA Suspends SpaceX’s Work on Lunar Lander Until Complaints Over Contract Are Resolved

Gizmodo / 1h
NASA has suspended SpaceX’s work on its $2.9 billion lunar lander to return astronauts to the moon due to protests filed Blue Origin and Dynetics, the companies that the space agency didn’t choose to build its lunar lander. Read more...

Watch SpaceX's Crew-1 mission return to Earth starting at 8:35PM ET

43Engadget / 1h
The SpaceX Crew-1 mission is returning to Earth after half a year at the ISS, and you can watch it live beginning at 8:35PM Eastern.

'Disaster Girl' meme NFT sells for $500,000 at auction

Mashable / 1h
The trend of outrageous NFT auction sales continue with the sale of the "Disaster Girl" NFT , which went for over $500,000 in an auction hosted by Foundation. Even if you're unaware of Disaster Girl's title, you've probably seen the image if you've been on the internet longer than 10 minutes. The photo features Zoƫ Roth, the then-four-year-old who looked deviously at her father's camera in front

DRNXMYTH Is Bringing Delicious Craft Cocktails to Your Refrigerator

Futurism / 1h
The pandemic has made getting a perfect craft cocktail a true labor of love. Either you have to get in the car to pick up a premade drink that isn’t designed for travel, or worse, you’ll have to make them yourself. Between have to choose between ending up with a watered-down drink or having your kitchen look like an abomination, you’re going to end up just drinking a vodka soda. But instead of gi

Redditors found a naked dude in the 'world's largest photo of New York City'

Mashable / 1h
Read more... More about New York City , Panorama , Culture , and Web Culture

Baked oatmeal review: How my TikTok obsession became a lifestyle

Mashable / 1h
Don’t trust anything on the internet — until Mashable tries it first. Welcome to the Hype Test , where we review viral trends and tell you what's really worth millions of likes. For me, quarantining over the past year presented a unique opportunity to devote myself to new hobbies. So I played a lot of video games and routinely patronized my local Wendy's for some spicy chicken nuggets. After mont

The UAW wants federal EV rebates only on vehicles built in the US

SlashGear / 1h
The UAW is continuing to fight Ford and its plan to move production of one of its electric vehicle models from the US to Mexico. The most recent attempt to thwart Ford’s plans by the UAW comes in the union calling for tax incentives for electric vehicles to require that the vehicles are built in the US. Currently, the $7500 … Continue reading

The most wheelchair-friendly theme parks in the US

The Points Guy / 1h
When thinking of theme parks , adrenaline-packed days on roller coasters probably immediately come to mind, right? While roller coasters are fun, they usually aren’t the most wheelchair-accessible options. So, should wheelchair users even bother visiting theme parks? The answer to this question is twofold. Many theme parks aren’t the most wheelchair-friendly, but on the other hand, there are also

Confidence In Return To Travel: We Do It By Doing It

View from the Wing / 1h
The first time back is a little weird at first, but it's not something that really lingers. You get over the strangeness of it all by doing it. One trip back and you're an expert at it again. What does go a long way is a welcome and kind confidence from employees. It makes you feel like they've been there, they're fine, and they know this is all going to be ok. Continue reading ...

World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens in Portugal

31The Points Guy / 2h
If you’re an adrenaline seeker and plan to visit Portugal at some point, there’s a new bridge with your name on it. But fair warning — you might not want to look down. The 516 Arouca, which opens on Monday, is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world at nearly 1,700 feet. It’s located in Aveiro, Portugal (roughly an hour from Porto) and is 575 feet from the ground. A website for the bridge says

SpaceX astronauts returning from ISS will splash down in darkness

20SlashGear / 2h
SpaceX will attempt to recover its crew capsule this week in darkness, splashing down astronauts in the ocean under cover of the night for the first time since Apollo 8 in 1968. SpaceX is targeting the predawn hours of Sunday to return three NASA astronauts and one Japanese astronaut to earth after high winds prevented a pair of earlier returns. … Continue reading

NASA highlights the idyllic, lonely space oasis of 'Necklace Nebula' stars

38Mashable / 2h
This cluster of stellar bodies may be formally known as the "Necklace Nebula," but to me it just looks like a peaceful, lush oasis hanging out in deep space. Image: ESA/Hubble & NASA, K. Noll Look at that. Gorgeous, right? This "diamond necklace of cosmic proportions," as NASA describes it , is situated about 15,000 light-years from Earth, and it makes up a part of the Sagitta Constellation. The

World’s Glaciers Melting Way, Way Faster Than We Thought

500+Futurism / 2h
Accelerated Ice Melt A sobering new study published on Wednesday showed evidence that glaciers across the world are melting much faster than previously thought. In the study published in Nature , researchers observed glaciers across the world using NASA satellite datasets and discovered that glacial melt has accelerated from .36 meters per year to .69 meters per year from 2000 to 2019, according

FOX plans big original content push for Tubi free streaming service

SlashGear / 2h
FOX has announced plans to launch a slate of original content on its free streaming service Tubi. More than 140 hours of content will arrive starting this fall, according to the company, and will include animated shows, documentaries, and movies. FOX is targeting a variety of genres, including everything from westerns and romance to science fiction and horror. Tubi is … Continue reading

iOS code hints at lossless Apple Music streaming

Apple Music AirPods•
89Engadget / 2h
Recent iOS code has hinted at a high-quality Apple Music service with lossless audio.

25 skin tone handshake emoji options are coming in 2022

57Mashable / 2h
After years of texting highlighter-yellow handshakes to our friends, multi-skin toned handshake emoji are coming to our phones in 2022. The Unicode Consortium, which — among other things — sets the standard for how text (emojis included) appears in modern software, has strived to create more inclusive emoji in recent releases. The most current example is interracial couples as part of the new iOS

CW's Naomi Wow's Fans With Kaci Walfall in Show's First Official Image

53Gizmodo / 3h
The CW is constantly expanding, and now they are welcoming a new show into the fold. DC’s Comics Naomi is coming to the CW, and a new official has been released. The show stars Kaci Walfall ( Power, Army Wives ) as the title character and will write and act as executive producer for the show, with Amanda Marsalis,… Read more...

White House says Vice President Kamala Harris will chair the space council

32Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge / Vice President Kamala Harris called NASA astronaut Victor Glover on the International Space Station in February. (credit: NASA) The National Space Council will continue operations under the Biden administration, and Vice President Kamala Harris will chair the organization. Senior administration officials confirmed this on a call with reporters on Saturday and said the White House proces

Beachside chic in California: A review of the new Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas

The Points Guy / 3h
When Hyatt acquired Two Roads Hospitality for $480 million back in 2018, it added five lifestyle brands to its portfolio, including the Asia-based luxury chain Alila . For its part, Alila had already rebranded one of California’s most iconic coastal resorts, Ventana Big Sur . But more recently, it also planted its flag in wine country, turning the former Marriott Bonvoy property Las Alcobas into

The results of the 2021 asteroid impact simulation highlight threats posed by asteroids

SlashGear / 3h
Recently scientists participated in an international exercise meant to simulate the effects of an asteroid striking the earth. The exercise simulated that a 460-foot-wide asteroid that would impact Central Europe. The specific region was a 185-mile-wide zone bordering Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. While the simulation may sound a bit like a videogame, it’s meant to give scientists and

Bank Holiday laptop deals start at just £179 this weekend

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
This weekend's Bank Holiday laptop deals are offering prices starting at just £179, but you'll also find record discounts on MacBooks as well.

Bomb Threat Causes EL AL 787 Fighter Jet Escort

67One Mile at a Time / 3h
The Aviation Herald has the story of a rather alarming transatlantic EL AL flight. EL AL flight escorted by various fighter jets This incident involves an April 29 EL AL flight from New York to Tel Aviv. Flight LY2 was operated by a Boeing 787-9 with the registration code 4X-EDH , which is a roughly two year old aircraft that was delivered to the airline in October 2018. While flying over Spain,

How to watch Canelo vs Saunders: date, time, card, free live stream boxing online

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Undefeated Saunders faces boxing's biggest star - discover all you need to know about how to watch a Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders live stream online, including date and full card.

Broadband Providers Revolt Against New York Law That Forces Them to Offer $15 and $20 Plans

200+Gizmodo / 3h
A coalition of broadband associations representing providers such as AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile sued New York on Friday over a law passed earlier this month that requires them to offer affordable internet for low-income families at rates of $15 and $20 per month beginning in mid-June. Read more...

Google will freeze auto-renewing Play Store subscriptions in India

50Engadget / 3h
The Google Play Store is freezing auto-renewing subscriptions and free trials in India following new rules in the country.

Crew Dragon Astronauts Stranded in Space by Weather Will Splashdown in Dark

300+Futurism / 3h
Weather Delay After their initial return was delayed due to inclement weather, the astronauts of the Crew-1 Dragon spacecraft are slated to splashdown in the dark of night — a first in more than 50 years. SpaceX hopes to bring back four astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) in the early morning hours of Sunday, according to The Associated Press . The crew, made up of three NASA as

The iPhone 12 Mini is now free with a plan in this weekend's Verizon deals

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
This weekend's Verizon deals have just dropped a new promotion on the iPhone 12 Mini - here's how to get it for free.

Is Washington prepared for a geopolitical ‘tech race’?

100+TechCrunch / 4h
When Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan sat down with Chinese officials in Anchorage, Alaska for the first high-level bilateral summit of the new administration, it was not a typical diplomatic meeting. Instead of a polite but restrained diplomatic exchange, the two sides traded pointed barbs for almost two hours. “There is growing consensus that the era

China will need ten launches to complete its space station

SlashGear / 4h
Earlier this week, China launched the core module for its new space station. The module is called Tianhe, which translates to Harmony of the Heavens. It launched on Wednesday, April 28th, using a Long March-5B Y2 rocket from a launch site in the Chinese Hainan Province. Tianhe is the very first module of a space station that, when completed, will … Continue reading

NASA's Mars helicopter went further, faster in fourth flight, and we're not done yet

NASA Ingenuity Mars•
46Mashable / 4h
Another day, another successful flight test for NASA's Mars Ingenuity helicopter. In fact, the mission has been so successful that it's going to be extended. For Ingenuity's fourth flight test, out of an originally planned five, the four-pound remote-controlled aircraft traveled almost 900 feet at 8 miles per hour, a trip that took just shy of two minutes to complete. Like the previous test, it f

Is AMD Zen 5 coming to bury Intel's Alder Lake?

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Intel has a lot riding on its upcoming Alder Lake processors, so a rumored 3nm big.LITTLE chip from AMD is pretty bad news for Team Blue

Tesla's Powerwall+ is a higher-power battery for off-grid living

81Engadget / 4h
Tesla has started sending potential customers information about an upgraded Powerwall that's aptly called Powerwall+

Former Senate Majority Leader: Lockheed Martin Hiding Fragments Of Crashed UFO

76View from the Wing / 4h
Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Defense Department blocked him from seeing UFO fragments retrieved by Lockheed Martin. Former CIA Director John Brennan thinks there may be life on other planets. And the last Director of National Intelligence reveals there have been undisclosed difficult to explain incidents which have been kept hidden. What the government knows about UFOs is sup

Emotional photos of Disneyland's reopening show hope for normalcy

100+Mashable / 4h
California's Disneyland reopened Friday after being closed for 412 days (but who's counting?) due to COVID. While Disney capped attendance at 25 percent, those lucky guests who were able to show up were emotional, to say the least. A visitor taking it all in on Main Street. Image: Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images As visitor Claudia Martinez told the Los Angele

Hitting the Books: Is the hunt for technological supremacy harming our collective humanity?

72Engadget / 4h
In his new book, Erik J Larson investigates the efforts to build computers that process information like we do and why we're much farther away from having human-equivalent AIs than most futurists would care to admit.

Court says Amazon is responsible for the safety of third-party products

200+Engadget / 4h
Amazon may have to change policies after an appeals court found it was responsible for the safety of third-party products.

Legends of Tomorrow's Jes Macallan Talks Ava Sharpe Stepping Up and Missing Sara Lance

40Gizmodo / 4h
It’s Jes Macallan’s time in the spotlight! As Legends of Tomorrow enters its sixth season, Sara Lance is on a spaceship far, far away as an alien captive. With the team without a leader, Ava Sharpe is stepping up. Much like her character, Macallan, is taking charge behind the camera with her first directorial… Read more...

A stock 2021 Bronco Badlands Took third place in the NORRA Mexican 1000

SlashGear / 4h
Ford is taking time to brag on its 2021 Bronco Badlands four-door SUV. The automaker has announced that two lead Bronco engineers behind the wheel of a stock 2021 Bronco Badlands have put the SUV on the podium at the NORRA Mexican 1000 off-road rally. When Ford says stock, what it means is the vehicle had a stock powertrain and … Continue reading

How to Set up Do Not Disturb on Google Pixel Phones

How-To Geek / 5h
Android notifications can be annoying at times, but they don’t have to be. Enabling “Do Not Disturb” mode is one way to mute pesky notifications at times when you don’t need them. Here’s how to set it up on your Google Pixel. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

In Stunning Reversal, NASA Halts $2.9 Billion Contract with SpaceX

4KFuturism / 5h
Contract Suspension NASA has told SpaceX to cease all work on their multi-billion dollar lunar lander contract after two other private aerospace companies protested the deal. Blue Origin and Dynetics both protested the agency’s decision to award a $2.9 billion contract to build the Artemis program’s lunar landing system solely to SpaceX, according to The Verge . The Government Accountability Offi

Generate immersive visuals for your music with SYQEL’s AI-powered software

28Engadget / 5h
The SYQEL Lite Plan gives users lifetime access to intuitive software that provides a massive library of visuals to accompany your music during playback.

The most disastrous sales cycle in the world

84TechCrunch / 5h
Startups constantly talk about being mission-oriented, but it’s hard to take most of those messages seriously when the mission is optimizing cash flow for tax efficiency. However, a new generation of startups is emerging that are taking on some of the largest global challenges and bringing the same entrepreneurial grit, operational excellence, and technical brilliance to bear on actual missions —

This Week in Apps: EU rules Apple’s a monopoly, Spotify and Facebook team up, ATT arrives

89TechCrunch / 5h
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surge

How to fly business class to South America for 50,000 miles (or $870) one-way

21The Points Guy / 5h
As countries reopen their borders , now is the time to start planning for your next getaway. If South America is on your list — especially cities and regions far south of the equator — you might want to pay attention to this post. TAP is Portugal’s flag carrier, but the airline’s best premium-cabin mileage redemption doesn’t even touch its home continent of Europe. While a relatively obscure prog

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter mission has been extended by NASA

SlashGear / 5h
NASA has announced that it is extending the mission for the Ingenuity helicopter that has been operating on the surface of the Red Planet for days now. NASA has announced that it will keep the helicopter flying for an additional 30 days with the potential for more testing time via an extended mission. NASA says that the extended mission will … Continue reading

South African Airways Exits Bankruptcy: Now What?

100+One Mile at a Time / 5h
South African Airways (SAA) is emerging from business rescue , yet oddly the national carrier’s future doesn’t seem any more certain. SAA emerges from business rescue after 17 months In December 2019, SAA entered business rescue . This is essentially a form of bankruptcy protection, whereby an administrator takes control of the company, with the goal of maximizing the odds of survival for the air

Who owns Mint Mobile? It's actually more complicated than you think

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Does Ryan Reynolds own Mint Mobile? Let's do a little deep dive into the origins of this excellent prepaid carrier.

Creepy McDonald’s SEGA Genesis game Easter Egg found after 30 years

SlashGear / 5h
Nearly three decades ago, a game called McDonald’s Treasure Land Adventure was released for the SEGA Genesis console — and as with many video games released by fast-food franchises over the years (remember Taco Bell’s Moto X game?), it was quickly forgotten by all but a small group of enthusiasts. Unlike many of those games, however, this one was teased … Continue reading

Huge Apple sale: deals on AirPods, Apple Watch, iPads, and the MacBook Pro

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
This weekend's best Apple deals include AirPods, the Apple Watch, iPads and the MacBook Pro at Amazon's latest sale.

Which type of vacuum should I buy?

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Here’s everything you need to know about what different types of vacuums do and are they really any different?

'Shadow and Bone' made Tumblr's dreams come true. Now it's reaping the fandom rewards.

51Mashable / 5h
There's being a fan of something and there's being in its fandom. Being in the fandom of any particular property means a person identifies with their love for that thing and seeks out a community of others who love what they love. Fandom is engaging with fanfiction, coming up with headcanons, and fancasting characters for adaptations that might never exist. Fandom's homeland is Tumblr. Tumblr blo

How to get free museum access with Bank of America’s ‘Museums on Us’ program

27The Points Guy / 5h
Did you know you can get free entry at hundreds of museums around the country, by simply holding the right credit card? That’s right: Bank of America’s “ Museums on Us” program offers free general admission access at 225 cultural institutions in dozens of cities across the United States. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . Museums on Us tradi

Good News: SpaceX Capsule Wasn't On a Collision Course With a UFO

How-To Geek / 6h
Shortly after entering orbit on April 23rd, astronauts aboard the SpaceX Dragon were told to prepare for a potential collision with an unidentified object. Without time to make evasive maneuvers, the astronauts scrambled into their pressurized suits, and viewers on Earth watched in shock of what might come. Ooops! Turns out the whole fiasco was just a false alarm. Read This Article on Review Geek

How to Turn off Photoshop’s Large Animated Tooltips

How-To Geek / 6h
By default, Adobe Photoshop displays large animated tooltips (called “rich tooltips”) when you hover over tools. They’re handy at first, but can quickly become annoying. Here’s how to turn them off. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

What it’s like at a reopened Disneyland

200+The Points Guy / 6h
Yesterday was a big day for theme park lovers and Californians alike. The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California finally reopened after more than 13 months of pandemic closures. California residents were the only guests permitted to visit on reopening day, so I hopped on a plane (my first flight since last March!) from my home in the San Francisco Bay Area to be among them. The last trip I took

Recommended Reading: Pixar's masterful use of color

62Engadget / 6h
Recommended Reading highlights the week's best long-form writing on technology and more.

The Morning After: NASA makes more flight plans for the Mars copter

41Engadget / 6h
After successful test flights, NASA plans an 'operational' role for Ingenuity on Mars.

Can speculative fiction teach us anything in a world this crazy?

100+TechCrunch / 6h
There’s an old saw from Mark Twain about how truth is stranger than fiction, and I think it’s fair to say we’ve lived through a very strange reality this past year. With all the chaos and change, we’re led to a foundational question: what’s the purpose of speculative fiction and its adjacent genres of science fiction and fantasy when so much of our world seems to already embody the fantastical wo

How to Have a Conversation With Someone Who Doesn't Make Eye Contact

51Lifehacker / 6h
When it comes to public speaking, there are a few pieces of advice we hear over and over again: Know your audience. Come prepared. Make eye contact. Read more...

New York City Plans To Cap Hotel Rooms, Make It More Expensive To Visit

52View from the Wing / 6h
New York City is expected to approve rules that would prevent opening new hotels. This will mean fewer hotel rooms in the city, higher room rates, and fewer visitors as a result. It will therefore mean less tax revenue. It will mean less business for Broadway, for restaurants, for taxi cabs. Even the city’s own experts think this is insane. Continue reading ...

8K Blu-ray players are possible – but will they happen?

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
8K Blu-rays have yet to emerge, and the small subset of consumers with 8K televisions make it unlikely to be a good investment.

I was terrified of upgrading my PC - until I actually did it

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Building and upgrading a PC can seem like a daunting task for beginners, but the process is far simpler and more forgiving than you might think.

DJI Mavic 3 Pro release date, price, rumors and what we want to see

58TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
We piece together all the latest news and rumors surrounding the rumored high-end DJI Mavic 3 Pro drone.

Black farmers denied loans teach each other how to make money growing hemp

36Mashable / 6h
You can't tell the story of Angela Dawson, the founder of 40 Acre Cooperative , a nationwide collective helping Black and Indigenous farmers learn about growing hemp, without going back to her great, great grandfather, Jabez Dawson, an enslaved man in Georgia. As she explains it, the Dawson family's farming history started when Jabez bought farmland in Kansas after purchasing his freedom as a you

How to Switch to an Instagram Business Account

32How-To Geek / 6h
Instagram has three account types: Personal, Creator, and Business. Personal accounts work for most people, while the two Professional account options are ideal for those who have a business and plan to run ads, promote posts, sell products, and gather analytics. Here’s how to switch between them. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Apple Music Hi-Fi tier tipped to appear in coming weeks, launch with Airpods 3

Apple Music AirPods•
75TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Apple Music is rumored to be getting a new, lossless tier as it seeks to take on Spotify.

Self-Important Morons Fined For Abusing British Airways Crew

400+One Mile at a Time / 6h
Three people have just been fined for their behavior on a British Airways flight earlier this year, as reported by The Daily Mail . I don’t even want to call them “reality stars” because that’s probably giving them too much credit, but my gosh these people sound insufferable. Awful behavior on a British Airways flight On February 7, 2021, three people were traveling on a British Airways flight fr

Google's Pixel 6 could bring new feature to keep pace with iPhone 12 and Galaxy S21

49TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
A couple of sources are suggesting that ultra-wideband support is at least being considered for the Pixel 6.

How to Use a HomePod as the Default Speaker for Your Apple TV

How-To Geek / 6h
The HomePod is best used in conjunction with other Apple devices. One such device is the Apple TV 4K, which allows you to use your HomePod as its default speaker. We’ll show you how to set that up. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

How to Know Which Insects Are Coming for Your Home and Garden This Summer

40Lifehacker / 6h
At this point, we know that cicadas will complete their 17-year hibernation period and take over large parts of the United States this spring and summer. But if you thought they were the only bugs paying us a visit during the warmer months, think again. Read more...

Why I actually prefer limited-service hotels over luxury chains

200+The Points Guy / 6h
When I first got into points and miles in 2011, it was the ability to book luxury hotels for less that appealed to me the most. Now, nearly a decade later, I find myself drawn to the limited-services hotels more full-service or luxury properties. Luxury hotels are popular for award redemptions because they’re perceived as the “highest value.” After all, if a hotel is $1,000+ per night, then redee

What became of 2009’s Left 4 Dead 2 boycott? Here’s the inside story

24Ars Technica / 7h
Enlarge / Bill looks over the boycott's corpse to determine if it's still a threat... The following piece, originally published in late 2009, looks back at that year's somewhat quixotic attempted boycott of Left 4 Dead 2 —and how that effort eventually fell apart. Flawed as it was, that movement would serve as a precursor to more frequent attempts by organized fan communities trying to bring chan

What India needs to get through its covid crisis

70MIT Technology Review / 7h
In a cruel irony, India, the world’s vaccine manufacturing powerhouse, is now crippled by a virus for which multiple safe and effective vaccines have been developed in record time. Official reports of more than 380,000 new cases and 3,400 deaths daily, while staggering, likely underestimate the actual toll. As health systems across India buckle under the pressure of a second wave of covid-19 infe

Are Marvel's TV shows on Disney Plus worth the hype?

91TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Here's what WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier tell us about the MCU on the small screen.

How Without Remorse reinvents Tom Clancy movies for the modern age

67TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
The cast and director of Without Remorse reveal the challenges associated with bringing the acclaimed author’s best-selling thriller to life on Amazon Prime Video.

If you find an unwanted AirTag, here's how to disable it

Apple AirTag iPhone•
51Mashable / 7h
AirTags are useful when it comes to keeping track of lost accessories. But the Bluetooth trackers are also highly capable of tracking people . Trust me, I've tried and it worked . To prevent unwanted tracking, Apple allows users to disable AirTags on the spot. This can be done in a few simple steps. First things first: Upgrade to iOS 14.5 now Whenever an unknown AirTag is traveling with you, a po

A Ransomware Group Hit DC Police—Then Pivoted to Extortion

100+Wired / 7h
Warrantless searches, tracking troops, and more of the week’s top security news.

What Does “Adopting Apps” Mean on a Mac?

27How-To Geek / 7h
After buying a new Mac and launching the App Store, you might see a message that asks you to adopt a handful of apps. We’ll explain what that means and how to do it. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Get a $20 Gift Card for Submitting a Photo of Your Run-Down Car

36Lifehacker / 7h
The COVID-19 pandemic—and concern over the spread of the novel coronavirus—made some who rely on public transportation reconsider how they get around. Even some city-dwellers who had never before considered getting a car were at least thinking about it as an option. But having your own vehicle can pose its own set of… Read more...

Intermittent fasting may tweak gut bacteria to lower high blood pressure

SlashGear / 7h
Intermittent fasting may spur gut bacteria changes that lower blood pressure, according to a new study from Baylor College of Medicine. The findings were based on lab rats with spontaneous high blood pressure, as well as normal, healthy rodents, who were put on intermittent fasting protocols and received gut microbiota transplants. High blood pressure is a common condition that, if … Continue rea

How to Set up Two-Factor Authentication in 1Password

How-To Geek / 7h
1Password is among our favorite password managers, and if you also use it, you should enable two-factor authentication (2FA) to add an extra layer of security to your account. Here’s how to enable two-factor authentication in 1Password. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

What We're Watching: 'Mythic Quest' Sent Me on a Binge Quest

21How-To Geek / 7h
Like many people, I bought a new Apple device and got a free year of Apple TV+. And ok, I’ll try anything for free. While browsing around on the service, I stumbled across Mythic Quest, an absurdist comedy about a game development company. I binged the whole thing in a week. You should too. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Whoa: London City Airport Now Has A Remote “Tower”

200+One Mile at a Time / 7h
London City Airport permanently switched to remote air traffic controllers several weeks ago, but we’re just now finding out … London City Airport’s remote controllers London City Airport is the smallest of the “major” airports in London, and it’s located near Canary Wharf, and has historically been popular with business travelers (British Airways used to operate a direct flight from New York , b

Tax return email attacks set to spike in advance of May filing deadline

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Steady rise in tax-focused attacks following extension to the filing deadline.

How my phone became a lifeline after major surgery - and how it could do even better

47TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
My smartphone became a remote for my life post surgery - here's what that experience has taught me about technology.

The New U.S. Ban On Travel From India Is Pure Political Symbolism

20View from the Wing / 8h
The new ban on most travel by non-U.S. citizens or permanent resident who have recently been in India which goes into effect Tuesday is symbolic - porous and giving people advance notice to get into the country under the wire - was meant to appear that the administration is 'doing something'. Covid-19 variants spreading in India are already here in the U.S. Travel bans won't keep them out. Contin

You Will Die a Lot in Returnal. It’s Worth It

65Wired / 8h
The game is the roguelike genre at its best—and it’s an exciting vision of things to come.

How to support someone with depression virtually

38Mashable / 8h
The pandemic has taken a toll on many of us, especially when it comes to our mental health. Four in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of depression during the pandemic, an uptick from one in 10 adults before COVID-19, according to data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics . Given the statistics, chances are you know someone who's affected, a

Virgin, BT and Vodafone are clashing to offer the market's best broadband deals

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
If you're looking for broadband deals this weekend, Virgin, BT or Vodafone will be the way to go with excellent fibre prices.

Apple macOS versions: everything you need to know

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Twenty years after its first release, macOS continues to make personal computing easier for Apple users

An ambitious plan to tackle ransomware faces long odds

200+Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge (credit: Miragec | Getty Images) Schools, hospitals, the City of Atlanta . Garmin , Acer, the Washington, DC, police. At this point no one is safe from the scourge of ransomware. Over the past few years, skyrocketing ransom demands and indiscriminate targeting have escalated , with no relief in sight. Today a recently formed public-private partnership is taking the first steps toward a co

2022 Honda Civic adds wireless connections for CarPlay, Android Auto

300+Engadget / 8h
The redesigned 2022 Honda Civic has smarter driver assists to go with available wireless connections for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Australia’s Harsh India Travel Ban

200+One Mile at a Time / 8h
With coronavirus cases in India surging, we’re seeing countries add some travel restrictions. For example, yesterday it was announced that the United States would introduce an India travel ban , though that doesn’t apply to Americans. Well, Australia has just announced a travel ban that’s on a whole different level. Australians could be arrested for returning home Australia has been closed to mos

Facebook takes on Substack with $5m fund for indie writers in US

SlashGear / 9h
Last month, Facebook officially announced its previously rumored newsletter platform similar to competing services like Substack and Ghost. Getting writers to make the switch to a new platform may take some effort, however, and so Facebook is back with another announcement: a $5 million fund specifically for independent writers located in the United States. According to Facebook, the funds are …

Scrivener Helps You Organize, Manage, And Write Your Passion Project

Futurism / 9h
While AIs have writing boring books all sewn up , we’re counting on the humans to create the stories that transport us to new worlds, educate us about this one, and draw us more into the world around us. Yet much of writing doesn’t involve putting words to paper, and that project management can trip up even the best writers. Scrivener 3 for Mac is designed to handle all the other tasks around wri

Seth Rogen’s Record Player Is a Visual (and Aural) Treat

100+Wired / 9h
Looks are important when shopping for a record player, and this fresh design from the cannabis company Houseplant delivers.

The 15 Best Weekend Deals on iPads, Espresso Machines, and More

95Wired / 9h
Out with the old, in with the new. It’s a good time to grab a laptop or a robot vacuum at a discounted price.

Even Calibri’s Creator Is Glad That Microsoft Is Moving On

200+Wired / 9h
Microsoft is switching up its default font for the first time since 2007.

Amazon Prime's 'Invincible' opened with a Red Wedding moment. Now you know why.

37Mashable / 9h
It was easy to compare the end of Invincible 's first episode to one of the most talked-about scenes from HBO's Game of Thrones . But until Season 1's epic finale, no one but fans of the comic really knew why it happened. The Game of Thrones "Red Wedding" scene needs little introduction at this point. As the series' third season rounded into its final stretch, a royal nuptial turned into a bloody

The best places to find audiobooks to fill your ears with good reads

37Mashable / 9h
If you're looking to get lost in a gripping story or learn something new, look no further than audiobooks . After all, while it may be difficult to concentrate enough to read a physical book right now , the beauty of listening to books is you can absorb the information without having to stare at the page or screen for hours on end. Audiobooks can make any commute more enjoyable, but even if you'r

F1 TV on Apple TV: is it available and other options

30TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Can you get easy access to high-speed motorsports? Check out this guide to know if you can install F1 TV on Apple TV.

Google Pixel 5a 5G is a real deal, here’s what you should know

SlashGear / 9h
Google launched the Pixel 4a, followed by the Pixel 4a 5G and then came the Pixel 5 that wrapped up 2020 on a good note for the company. After much speculation and rumors, Google has somewhat given away the existence of the next Pixel device –Pixel 5a 5G – by revealing a photo clicked from the upcoming phone. And now, … Continue reading

How Apple’s AirTags Prevent Stalkers from Tracking You

73How-To Geek / 9h
AirTags let you track nearby or missing items with Apple’s Find My network, which is powered by hundreds of millions of iPhones around the world. So how will Apple prevent someone from slipping an AirTag into your bag and tracking your movements? Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Three's unlimited data SIM only deal remains the best value plan you can get

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Three's SIM only deal supplies unlimited data, calls and texts at the overall best price on the market right now.

Awesome: Amex Platinum $30 Monthly PayPal Credit

2KOne Mile at a Time / 9h
Update : This is a reminder that it’s a new calendar month, so you can now use your Amex Platinum $30 PayPal credit for May. See the below post from January for all the details on how this temporary benefit works (it’s valid between January 1 and June 30, 2021). In light of the pandemic, we’ve seen card issuers get creative with adding new limited-time perks . This is especially true on travel re

Why Instagram is broken for photographers – and how to fix it

45TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Opinion: Instagram has been Facebook-ed, and that’s bad news for photographers. Here's how it could be fixed.

Bank Holiday TV deals can save you up to £300 this weekend

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Bank Holiday TV deals are here to save you up to £300 on both budget and premium 4K TVs this weekend.

Brie Larson, YouTube Personality. With an Oscar.

200+NYT > Technology / 11h
The Oscar-winning actress has found therapeutic refuge on YouTube.

Hulu Live TV Finally Has Nickelodeon and Other ViacomCBS Channels

39How-To Geek / 11h
After its initial announcement of the additions in January, Hulu now has nine new ViacomCBS channels included in its $64.99 monthly charge. The channels include Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, TV Land, BET, MTV, VH1, Nick Jr., CMT, and Paramount Network. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

When Platforms Fight Over Access, Consumers are the Ones Who Lose

24How-To Geek / 11h
What happens when the most popular streaming hardware loses access to the second most popular streaming TV service? Everyone loses. And that’s exactly what’s happening right now with Google and Roku in the current squabble over YouTube TV. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

19 JBL speakers and headphones on sale this weekend

34Mashable / 11h
If you want to get the party started, get immersed in your favorite tunes, or simply silence the world around you, these JBL products are the way to go. Here are 19 deals on speakers and headphones from JBL as of May 1, so you can enhance the audio in your life. Save up to 67% for a limited time. Headphones JBL Tune 700BT Wireless Over-Ear Headphones These lightweight over-ear headphones pack pow

Best-selling authors use Scrivener 3 — get a lifetime subscription for $30

Mashable / 11h
TL;DR: Start writing more consistently with the Scrivener 3 for Mac word processing app. As of May 1, get it for $29.99 — a 38% discount. It’s hard enough getting your fleeting thoughts down before they’re gone from your mind forever. You’re already battling writer’s block and procrastination on a daily basis. You don’t need your word processing app holding you back and complicating matters. So,

Snag a refurbished iMac or Mac Mini for a steal this weekend

Mashable / 11h
If your old laptop isn't cutting it anymore after over a year of working from home, an upgrade may be in order. And don't worry, you don't need to spend an arm and a leg to revamp your setup. Snag yourself one of these refurbished iMacs for an easy, all-in-one upgrade or grab a refurbished Mac Mini and keep all of your old accessories. Either way, you'll be saving money and boosting your producti

Grab a refurbished iPad on sale this weekend

Mashable / 11h
You don’t need to pay full price to get a great deal on Apple products . Here are over a dozen refurbished iPads on sale for up to 65% off for a limited time as of May 1. Refurbished iPads are tested, examined, and given the green light by pros to be working in good order, though they might have a few light scuffs or scratches. With a variety of models, storage options, accessories, and more on s

This ear cleaning tool uses a camera to show you what's inside

63Mashable / 11h
TL;DR: As of May 1, get the Bebird N3 Pro 2-in-1 Ear Cleaning Tweezer and Rod Set for only $76.95 — a 44% savings. We all know what it's like to have an itch you just can't scratch. And when that itch happens inside your ear, it causes massive discomfort. So what's the solution? Consider the Bebird N3 Pro . The Bebird comes with three different sizes of tweezers, so you can customize your ear-cle

Apple AirTag Vs Tile: which key finder is best to reunite you with misplaced possessions

44TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Apple AirTag and Tile are both location trackers that can find your misplaced possessions - we work out which is right for you.

OnePlus 9 vs Google Pixel 5: competing with top smartphones in very different ways

30TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
How do you build a more affordable flagship? The OnePlus 9 and the Pixel 5 have compelling but differing solutions

Konami announces it won’t be attending E3 2021

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Konami has confirmed that it’s pulling out of E3 2021, but says it does have projects in developm