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This newsletter is dedicated to the Florida condo disaster with two producer generated notes that will shed a lot of light on the catastrophe.

The first note is from Civil Engineer and Danish Producer Wouter, who works for one of the largest construction companies in the EU
As a civil engineer I have worked with reinforced concrete structures throughout my career, from bridging the Great Belt and The Sound from Denmark to Sweden, to airports, swimming pools, factories etc.
In my personal opinion there is no doubt that the disaster in Surfside is caused by a collapse of the foundation due to corrosion of the reinforcement.
As a building material, reinforced concrete is one of the most durable, yet flexible materials known to man. The combination of steel and concrete in the early 1900’s is nothing less than genius. Concrete can withstand a lot of pressure, whilst steel is superb for tensile forces. Furthermore, the temperature expansion coefficient is exactly the same for both materials, which means their volume change is the same for different temperatures. All in all, a perfect match.
But, reinforced concrete does not last forever and needs to be monitored and maintained regularly. Especially Chloride and Carbondioxide are very detrimental, causing the reinforcement to corrode and spalling the structure.
There are photos on Google Earth where you can follow the construction of the neighboring apartment block between 2016 and 2019 (this is the place where the collapse surveillance video was filmed from). From these photo’s it is clear that the construction of an underground parking area required extensive groundwater management. I counted at least 10 big pumps which were installed to keep the building pit dry in 2018.
So, the groundwater pressure on the basement walls is high in this area. In case of Surfside the groundwater is corrisive salt. On top of that there are reports of large amounts of water in the center of the parking garage (the collapse started in the center of the building), which were pumped out regularly. The garage itself was probably kept fit for purpose, but the cause of the leakage was probably never repaired.
So…, NO Chinese copper pipes from hell, directed energy attacks, explosions, or Rods from God, but a schoolbook example of deferred maintenance, with catastrophic results.
Florida condo debris
And for a bit of more conspiracy thinking from a local in Florida who thinks this is fishy. Producer Sharkman33 writes.

Sharkman33 here with a boots on the ground report. I live in Miami. The  most commonly known local crime in South Florida is insurance fraud,  usually broken down yachts being intentionally sunk. Locals see burning yachts so regularly in Biscayne Bay its running joke about what kind of  money trouble the person was in to burn down their own boat. Check out these articles as proof.

Regarding the condo, It was well known that the building was getting a new  roof and needed major retrofits under the pool area. LINK. And the owners faced $15M in assessments due to structural issues. LINK.

The theory of many of us who live in the area, is that the building  collapsed during an insurance fraud gone bad. Someone could have paid for a small explosion to cause damage and bail them out of their assessment, but instead the hitman leveled the building with people in it. Follow the  money, those who had assessments are off the hook or deceased. Sad, but a  strong possibility.

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Volvo Concept Recharge•
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Slack Huddles New Audio•
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World Wide Web NFT Sells for $5.4 Million

NFT Berners-Lee Sotheby•
22NYT > Technology / 1h
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The Code That Build the Web Is a Now a $5 Million NFT

NFT Berners-Lee Sotheby•
100+Wired / 1h
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Amazon calls for FTC chair Lina Khan's recusal from antitrust investigations

Amazon FTC Chair Khan•
Engadget / 1h
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iOS 15 public beta released today: How to get it, and why you shouldn’t

SlashGear / 2h
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Tim Berners-Lee sells web source code NFT for $5.4m

NFT Berners-Lee Sotheby•
33BBC News - Technology / 2h
The sale came with a bundle of assets, including an animated video and a letter from Sir Tim.

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Startup Wants to Build Tiny Nuclear Reactors That Run Off Nuclear Waste

400+Futurism / 2h
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Apple just released the first iOS 15 beta to everyone

Apple iOS 15 Public Beta•
40TechCrunch / 2h
This is your opportunity to get a glimpse of the future of iOS, iPadOS and watchOS. Apple just released the first public beta of iOS 15 , iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8 . Those releases are the next major versions of the operating systems for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. Unlike developer betas, everyone can download these betas — you don’t need a $99 developer account. But don’t forget, it’s a beta

HP bets on AMD Ryzen 5000 in its new Pavilion Aero laptop lineup

Ars Technica / 2h
Enlarge On Tuesday, HP launched a new line of lightweight consumer laptops called the Pavilion Aero 13. The newest addition to HP's affordable home-targeted lineup sports a powerful AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPU and a 2.5k resolution display at a 16:10 aspect ratio (2560x1600) and 400 nits of brightness. It weighs less than 1 kg (2.2 lb). AMD gets a chance to shine Most of the concrete specifications

Disney's Dueling Jungle Cruise Trailers Pit Emily Blunt Against Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson JC Blunt•
Gizmodo / 2h
Two trailers, two stars, two completely different feels, one movie. That’s what you’re getting today for Disney’s Jungle Cruise , which opens in theaters, and on Disney+ with Premier Access, July 30. The film stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt and, much as they were when the film was still scheduled for a 2020… Read more...

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54The Points Guy / 2h
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Forza Horizon 5's weather system makes me excited for Fable 4

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Big iPad leaks say you might want to wait until 2022

SlashGear / 2h
We’ve got an idea, now, of what’s coming up next for the both the iPad Pro and the iPad Air. It’s been tipped that both the next iPad Pro and the next iPad Air will be ready to roll with OLED displays starting in the year 2022. If you’re looking to buy an iPad any time soon, it might be … Continue reading

AT&T will soon enable RCS messaging for all Android phones

Engadget / 2h
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Instagram is working on a paid Stories subscription feature

Engadget / 2h
Instagram has confirmed it's working on a new feature called "Exclusive Stories." Since June 21st, images of the Stories offshoot have circulated online after software developer Alessandro Paluzzi shared on Twitter that they had found references to the feature in Instagram's codebase. On Wednesday, the company told TechCrunch the screenshots showcase an internal prototype it's working on behind t

iOS 15 Preview: This Could Be the Cure for Your iPhone Addiction

Gizmodo / 2h
If iOS 14 was a visual overhaul that gave you full control over how your iPhone looks, iOS 15 is a logistical one that gives you full control over how your iPhone behaves, which in turn will change how you use it. Read more...

How to Try iOS 15, watchOS 8, and iPadOS 15 Right Now

Gizmodo / 2h
Most people are perfectly fine waiting until September for the annual upgrades to iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS. But for the impatient few among us, you can actually test out Apple’s next-generation software for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch starting today by downloading the public betas if iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and… Read more...

With watchOS 8, Apple Wants to Help You Chill the Hell Out

Gizmodo / 2h
When Apple previewed the features coming to watchOS 8 , the next-gen software upgrade seemed iterative—great for overall performance, but perhaps lacking in terms of direction. This was especially true after watchOS 7, which turned the Apple Watch into a vital tool for navigating pandemic life . However, after living… Read more...

The Smart Home Isn't Worth It

Gizmodo / 2h
A smart home that responds to your every command and automates mundane tasks is a tantalizing dream. But the reality is that given the current limitations of technology, competing standards, and devices that quickly become obsolete , trying to make that dream a reality today just isn’t worth all the effort . Read more...

iOS 15 beta hands-on: A surprisingly complete preview

Engadget / 2h
The iOS 15 public beta is live today, which means a larger swath of people can now check out the latest features coming to iPhones later this year. Despite being a beta, it’s surprisingly complete, with most of the coming changes already available. Some of the updates getting the most buzz are the new Focus modes and FaceTime sharing tools, but there are also changes across Messages, Maps, Weathe

Common Sense Networks launches Sensical, a free, hand-curated streaming service for kids

25TechCrunch / 2h
Common Sense Media has made a name for itself among parents as a useful resource for vetting entertainment and technology in terms of its age-appropriateness. Now, the organization’s for-profit affiliate, Common Sense Networks , is taking inspiration from those kid-friendly recommendations with the launch of new streaming service called Sensical . The service offers age-appropriate, entertaining,

Loki and Bart Simpson will join forces in a new Disney+ short

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51Mashable / 2h
Love Loki but wish Tom Hiddleston would tell someone to eat his shorts? Well, you're in luck. Loki and Bart Simpson, both iconic agents of chaos, are teaming up in a new short from The Simpsons titled The Good, The Bart, and The Loki . The short, coming exclusively to Disney+, pays tribute to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and sees everyone's favorite God of Mischief banished from Asgard. He'll sq

The iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8 public betas are here

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Engadget / 2h
There's plenty to look forward to in the upcoming iOS 15 update : SharePlay in FaceTime, new Focus modes, better Maps and Weather apps, as well as deeper integration across Messages, Photos and more. Though there's still some time to wait before the next OS officially rolls out, those eager to try early versions of these new features can check them out starting today. Apple has released the iOS 1

Halo Infinite isn't a 'make or break' title for the franchise, says Phil Spencer

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Phil Spencer says he is confident in Halo Infinite but that the future of the franchise doesn’t depend on this one game.

Google Cloud VMs vulnerable to hijack

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Researcher claims vulnerability in key infrastructure can be exploited to gain root access to Google Cloud VMs.

Demand Curve: 7 ad types that increase click-through rates

38TechCrunch / 2h
Stewart Hillhouse Contributor Stewart Hillhouse writes actionable growth marketing insights as senior content lead at Demand Curve . By night, he interviews marketers and creatives on his podcast, Top Of Mind . Before getting into marketing, Stewart was a semi-professional lumberjack. He also writes at . More posts by this contributor Demand Curve: Email marketing tactics tha

Government Watchdog Finds Most U.S. Agencies Don't Even Know Which Face Recognition Systems They Use

Gizmodo / 2h
Despite the fact that more than a dozen federal agencies regularly use facial recognition tech, there’s hardly any oversight into the systems these agencies use. That’s according to a new report out Tuesday from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a federal watchdog agency that offers congresspeople… Read more...

This Carved Snake May Have Been the Staff of a Stone Age Shaman

Gizmodo / 2h
Archaeologists in Finland have uncovered a remarkable wooden snake figurine that possibly belonged to a Stone Age shaman. Read more...

Apple’s developer problems are much bigger than Epic and ‘Fortnite’

22Engadget / 2h
Near the end of the Epic v. Apple trial, Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers had some pointed questions for Tim Cook on the state of Apple’s relationship with its developers. Citing an internal survey of developers, she noted that 39 percent of them indicated they were unhappy with the App Store’s distribution. What incentive, then, she asked, does Apple have to work with them? Cook seemed to be caught

How much does a POS system cost? What you need to know about software & hardware prices

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Need guidance on how to choose a POS system for a restaurant or bar? This quick guide will set you on the right track.

Pietra raises $15M from Founders Fund to help creators launch their own product lines

34TechCrunch / 3h
In the white-hot creator economy space, startups are increasingly looking to build paint-by-numbers platforms to help budding creators more easily execute on what were once seemingly insurmountable business challenges. The ex-Uber team at Pietra is cashing in on this vision with a plan to build a backend for launching and scaling creator product lines. The startup, which previously acted as a mar

Couple Fined $18,000 for Digging Up 36 Endangered Joshua Trees in California

Gizmodo / 3h
The endangered Joshua tree is getting some reinforcements from the legal system. A California couple agreed this week to pay an $18,000 fine for digging up 36 Joshua trees on their California property that sits just north of iconic Joshua Tree National Park. Read more...

Loki episode 4 recap: the best one yet?

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The best instalment yet, but who's the real villain in the Loki episode 4?

Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters begin releasing in July

SlashGear / 3h
Earlier this month, in the middle of Square Enix’s E3 showcase, we saw a very intriguing (albeit brief) reveal. Square Enix revealed that it’s remastering the first six Final Fantasy games and bringing them to PC and mobile. These so-called Pixel Remasters would remake the graphics for all six games once again, attempting to update the look of each game … Continue reading

Google commits to supporting Nest smart home devices for 5 years

Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge / A few of the older Google Nest products. Google's latest blog post finally gives a minimum public support timeline for all of its "Google Nest" smart home products. The company has committed to supporting all Google Nest products with "critical bug fixes and patches" for at least five years. Inconsistent branding means that it has been tough to pin down Google's definition of "Google Ne

Google and Microsoft agree to start suing each other again

Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge (credit: Halil Sagirkaya / Anadolu Agency ) After years of relative calm, Google and Microsoft are tossing out their ceasefire, a move that—perhaps ironically—could bring each company additional antitrust scrutiny. The non-aggression pact, signed five years ago, let the two companies set aside their numerous lawsuits. It also created a process by which they could resolve conflicts behind

Didi, the Chinese Ride-Hailing Giant, Makes Its Debut on Wall Street

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23NYT > Technology / 3h
The company is going public as investors continue to embrace share sales by tech companies. But Didi could face additional scrutiny because of its Chinese origins.

Amazon betrays its fear with petition to sideline FTC Chair and antitrust hawk Lina Khan

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23TechCrunch / 3h
Amazon has petitioned that the newly minted Chair of the FTC and implacable critic of the company, Lina Khan, be recused from decisions relating to the company. The company argues that she has been too outspoken about the failure to regulate Amazon to handle matters impartially. It will be for the FTC to decide, and its oversight committee to supervise, whether Khan will recuse herself; an agency

A step back in time with a few modern twists: The Grand Hotel in Northern Michigan

91The Points Guy / 3h
Editor’s note: The Grand Hotel extended a complimentary two-night stay for TPG to experience the changes made at the property for the 2021 season. The opinions expressed below are entirely from the author and weren’t subject to review by any external entity. When you ask someone to think about quintessential American towns for summer vacations , you’ll likely hear a list of East Coast classics. B

18 Kitchen Gadgets We Wish We'd Bought Sooner

Lifehacker / 3h
Most people do not own every kitchen gadget their heart desires. It’s a matter of cost, but also one of space—unless you are a rich person with a spacious kitchen, gadgets, mixing implements, and even bowls and platters have to earn their spots in cabinets and drawers. Read more...

Sideshow's New Dracula and Van Helsing Figures Are Delightfully Frightful

21Gizmodo / 3h
Hammer Horror’s 1958 classic Dracula , also known as Horror of Dracula , has inspired a pair of strikingly realistic, highly detailed figures soon to join Sideshow’s Horror Collectibles line. Which dynamic duo? Creature of the night Count Dracula and his greatest foe, Doctor Van Helsing , of course. io9 is thrilled to… Read more...

Why the Internet Didn’t Melt Down

29NYT > Technology / 3h
At the start of the pandemic some feared the internet wouldn’t be able to keep up. Luckily, they were wrong.

July's PlayStation Plus games include 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4'

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Engadget / 3h
Sony has revealed the next batch of games PlayStation Plus members can claim starting on July 6th. The highlight for many will be Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 , the 2018 entry in the blockbuster series. It includes three multiplayer modes: the standard multiplayer affairs that Call of Duty fans have enjoyed for nearly two decades, Zombies and the Blackout battle royale experience . PlayStation 5 own

Virgin Orbit just launched 7 satellites from a 747 jet

SlashGear / 3h
Virgin Orbit, Richard Branson’s small satellite launch service, has successfully dispatched its latest payload today, further demonstrating the potential of the Boeing 747-based system. While Virgin Galactic may be focused on taking passengers and cargo into space the old fashioned way – atop a huge rocket that blasts off from Earth – Virgin Orbit was spun out to take a … Continue reading

Amazon says the new F.T.C. chair, Lina Khan, should recuse herself from investigations.

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39NYT > Technology / 3h
Amazon said that if Ms. Khan played a role in antitrust investigations of Amazon, it would violate federal ethics rules and the firm’s right to due process.

Iranian Disinformation Effort Went Small to Stay Under Big Tech’s Radar

77NYT > Technology / 3h
The effort, targeting activists in Israel, was the latest indication that governments are trying new, harder-to-detect methods to sow discontent online.

Comet Sails Past Earth, Leaving Trail of Alcohol in Its Wake

200+Futurism / 3h
Watch the Road! The comet 46P/Wirtanen should have called a designated driver when it sailed past Earth in December 2018. That’s because scientists who took a closer look at the comet’s flyby found that it left a shocking amount of alcohol in its wake, according to research published in The Planetary Science Journal . Typically, other compounds will outweigh alcohol in a comet’s trail, and the sc

PS Plus free games for July include a gripping PS5 adventure

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
PS Plus free games for July include A Plague Tale Innocence, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and WWE 2K Battlegrounds.

Little Tikes Is Roasting Parents With a 'Peloton' for Kids

Gizmodo / 3h
Kids like to feel like grown-ups and in the pandemic, the grown-ups were all pedaling away on their Pelotons. So of course, now Little Tikes has made a Peloton-like stationary bike for kids called... Pelican. Read more...

The latest Apple TV 4K with that new and improved remote is already on sale

Mashable / 3h
SAVE UP TO $10: Amazon had the all-new Apple TV 4K on sale as of June 30 — get the 32GB model for $169 (normally $179), or upgrade to the 64GB version for $189.98 (typically $199). The fourth-generation Apple TV 4K from 2017 was on sale for only $99 last week in one of Walmart's best anti-Prime Day deals , but you'd be forgiven for not grabbing one: Its Siri remote is bad. So bad, in fact, that o

SWORD Health closes on $85 million Series C for virtual MSK care

21TechCrunch / 3h
SWORD Health , a virtual musculoskeletal care platform founded in 2015, announced today that it has raised an $85 million Series C funding round led by General Catalyst. Other participating investors included BOND, Highmark Ventures, BPEA, Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund, Transformation Capital and Green Innovations. The funding comes months after the company raised a $25 million Series B round –

Virgin Orbit successfully launches its first commercial payloads to space

33TechCrunch / 3h
Virgin Orbit had a successful first commercial launch, meaning there’s now officially another small satellite launch provider in operation with a track record of delivering payloads to space. Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket took off from its carrier aircraft at around 11:45 AM EDT today, and the spacecraft had a successful series of engine fires and stage separations to make the trip to low Ear

Amazon launches 'child-friendly' smart speaker in UK

BBC News - Technology / 3h
But privacy campaigners are warning parents the devices will also be collecting data on their youngsters.

A Man's Penis Broke Vertically During Sex—an Apparent Medical First

200+Gizmodo / 3h
A man in the UK appears to be a medical first, though probably not in the way he would have wanted. His doctors say he’s the first known person to have had his penis broken vertically during sex. Despite the odd injury, though, the man has fully recovered. Read more...

Big Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G leak spills the beans

SlashGear / 3h
A set of images of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G showed basically the entirety of the device, front, back, and innards this week. The device is one of two foldable devices in the Galaxy Z family that’ll likely appear in Samsung’s hero phone lineup, the other working with the name Galaxy Z Flip 3. That device folds the … Continue reading

A Plague Tale, Call of Duty headline PlayStation Plus free games for July

SlashGear / 3h
Tomorrow, the calendar flips over into July, and that means PlayStation Plus users will have a new batch of games to download. Sony has revealed the three games that will be up for grabs in July through PlayStation Plus, and just as in recent months, July’s roster will be comprised of one PlayStation 5 game and two PS4 games. It’s … Continue reading

How To Put a Cat On a Diet When You Have More Than One

Lifehacker / 3h
Putting a cat on a diet is hard. The pitiful eyes, the constant yowling, the nonstop paw taps asking for food, not to mention all the times they wake you up at 2 a.m., in the hopes your guard will be down just enough that you’ll feed them. Add in a second cat with different dietary needs and it can seem impossible to… Read more...

Walmart+ provides a one-stop shop for fresh groceries, Rx, and more

44Mashable / 3h
The following content is brought to you by Mashable partners. If you buy a product featured here, we may earn an affiliate commission or other compensation. You can’t always get what you want, but with the right membership program, you can get the things you really need — like fresh groceries, prescriptions, and more — in one streamlined service that saves cash and your precious time. Walmart+ fi

The 7 best astrology, horoscope, and cosmic magic podcasts

Mashable / 3h
For centuries and across many cultures, humans looked up at the stars and planets for guidance. The contemporary stargazer is no different, really — only now, there's a lot more information to wade through in their search for astrological knowledge. Since podcasting is a modern medium grounded in other ancient practices like oral storytelling, it can be a great guide into these vast, ever-expandi

As 'Knives Out 2' cast continually gets better, so do the memes

44Mashable / 3h
Another day, another big name cast in Knives Out 2. As fans of Knives Out — Rian Johnson's charming 2019 murder mystery — will recall, the first film had a stacked cast that included Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer, Chris Evans, Chris Evans' cable-knit sweater, and more. The movie was such a hit that

Fireworks Are Being Banned as the West Suffers Through Record Hot, Dry Weather

Gizmodo / 3h
It’s the Fourth of July this weekend, which means beer, burgers, and parades. But in many cities across the West, this holiday weekend will be missing one celebratory staple due to fears that they could spark wildfires: fireworks. Read more...

Azman Air A340 Flies From Nigeria To The Bahamas

92One Mile at a Time / 3h
One of my airline crushes (simply because of the business class to economy class seat ratio on the A340-600 ) operated a pretty special flight last week. Azman Air operates Kano to Nassau flight Azman Air is a Nigerian airline that operates a fleet of just five planes, including four 737s and one A340. The 14-year-old Airbus A340 with the registration code 5N-AAM joined the carrier’s fleet in Jun

DOJ files 7 new charges against alleged Capital One hacker

25TechCrunch / 3h
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed seven new charges against Paige Thompson, the former Amazon Web Services ( AWS ) engineer accused of hacking Capital One and stealing the personal data of more than 100 million Americans. The new charges, which include six counts of computer fraud and abuse and one count of access device fraud, were revealed in court documents filed earlier this mont

TikTok removes more than seven million suspected under-age accounts

35BBC News - Technology / 4h
The video-sharing app is popular with teenagers who are allowed to set up an account from the age of 13.

Loki Brings It All Together by Breaking It All Apart

Gizmodo / 4h
All good television is born from taking a sense of stability—a status quo, a relationship, a perceived knowledge of the stage it’s set on—and blowing it up into tiny little bits. A good job then that Loki is about Marvel’s premiere agent of chaos then , because in order to get this interesting, all the show had to do… Read more...

LG’s Quantum Dot NanoCell Mini LED TVs priced up for July debut

SlashGear / 4h
LG’s new flagship TVs will go on sale in July, the company has confirmed today, packing up to 8K resolution, Quantum Dot NanoCell color, and Mini LED backlight technology. Announced at CES 2021, the new line-up of 8K QNED99 and QNED95 series plus the with 4K QNED90 series run up to a whopping 86-inches in size. There are a number … Continue reading

The best 4th of July laptop deals: save on Dell, HP, Samsung and more

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
We're rounding up all the best 4th of July laptop deals in one place, with big savings on Chromebooks, ultra-books and more.

An Xbox Series X redesign isn’t coming out anytime soon, Microsoft confirms

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Don’t bank on an Xbox Series X upgrade in the near future, says Microsoft’s Phil Spencer.

What being a physician taught one astronaut about living in space

MIT Technology Review / 4h
Not all astronauts start off as test pilots. I spoke with David Saint-Jacques, a Canadian astronaut with a medical degree who’s spent 203 days aboard the ISS, and learned some of the career twists and turns one can take on the way into orbit. Most people would think being an engineer and astrophysicist is enough. You also earned a medical degree—and then topped that by becoming an astronaut. What

Loki and the Simpsons meet on Disney+ July 7th

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100+Engadget / 4h
Fans of Loki will have more than just a new episode of Marvel’s live-action series to look forward to next Wednesday . On July 7th, Disney will also release The Good, The Bart, and The Loki , a new Simpsons short guest starring Tom Hiddleston, to Disney+. Of his latest (mis)adventure, the company says Loki has once again gotten himself banished from Asgard, only this time to find himself in the t

The hottest new hotel in Vegas canceled my reservation just hours before I arrived

95The Points Guy / 4h
I was so excited to check out Crockfords, a new luxury hotel at the just-opened Resorts World Las Vegas. But Crockfords wasn’t as excited to see me. (Photo by Scott Mayerowitz/The Points Guy) For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . The hotel promises to herald in “a new standard for Las Vegas luxury overlooking the world-famous Strip.” At just 23

WhatsApp Spanish-Language Moderators Allege Pay Discrimination

Gizmodo / 4h
Over 100 outsourced Spanish-language moderators and customer service representatives for WhatsApp claim that their contract company Accenture has denied them equal pay to other multilingual colleagues in the same building. A group of contractors from Austin, TX and Dublin, Ireland claim that, while Accenture hired… Read more...

Google Promises At Least Five Years of Nest Device Support

How-To Geek / 4h
In a recent blog post, Google provided an updated commitment to privacy and security for its Nest devices and announced it is publishing new security commitments in Nest’s centralized Safety Center. Google also promises at least five years of Nest device support. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

What Does Space Smell Like?

32Lifehacker / 4h
There is much to ponder in the infinite mysteries of outer space, but...what’s it smell like? It turns out that much, if not all, of the seeing the wonders of space would be accompanied by a distinct aroma—or stench. Space has a smell, but it’s only astronauts (and perhaps your odd corporate CEO with a thirst for… Read more...

Hotel Starts Automatically Adding Housekeeping Tips Onto Your Bill At Checkout

40View from the Wing / 4h
A traveler reports that Hilton’s Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas-Henderson has a creative new way to squeeze guests. They are automatically adding tips to guest bills, and they aren’t telling anyone. Continue reading ...

The RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 are in stock at Newegg Shuffle today – and prices aren't unreasonable

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
The RTX 3080 GPU is now on sale through the Newegg Shuffle, and these Nvidia GPUs are close to MSRP. Here's the cost.

France orders streaming services to reinvest in local content

52Engadget / 4h
The French government has decreed that Netflix , Disney+ and other streaming services will have to spend up to a quarter of their French revenue on making local content. Eighty percent of each platform's respective investment will go toward making French shows, TV movies and documentaries (more Emily in Paris and Lupin , anyone?). The remaining fifth — four or five percent of their total French r

Elon Musk Offers to Bring a “Few Spare Engines” to Rocket Competitor

100+Futurism / 4h
Potluck In a light-hearted exchange on Twitter this week, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk offered to give its competitor United Launch Alliance (ULA) a leg up. When invited to see the development of ULA’s Vulcan Centaur rocket for himself by CEO Tory Bruno, Musk offered to “bring a few spare engines… I mean, just in case.” “Thank you for the kind offer,” Bruno replied . “But, I hear your bird flys [sic] wit

It sounds like The Elder Scrolls VI is still a very long way off

SlashGear / 4h
With the announcement of Starfield‘s release date at E3 2021, there’s no doubt some Bethesda fans out there who are now hoping that we’ll start to hear more about The Elder Scrolls VI. The highly-anticipated Elder Scrolls entry was first revealed back in 2018, and ever since then, we haven’t received any new details about the game itself. Bethesda, however, … Continue reading

Volvo's Concept Recharge offers a peek at the company's 'pure' EVs

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34Engadget / 4h
Volvo's electric vehicles to date have been offshoots of existing car platforms (yes, even the Polestar 2 ), but it's now ready to show just what it can do when it builds an EV from the ground up. The brand has unveiled a Concept Recharge design that shows the direction for the company's "pure" EV future — both in aesthetics and technology. The Concept Recharge ditches the usual engine bay and tu

Google is creating new synergies between Workspace apps

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Google is on a mission to improve the interoperability of its Workspace apps and services.

The Parrot Anafi AI is a 4G-connected drone that looks like a basking shark

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
The Parrot Anafi AI is a pro-friendly drone with some interesting ideas, including 4G connectivity and open source software.

Little Tikes Debuts a Stationary Peloton ... I Mean "Pelican" Bike for Kids

25How-To Geek / 4h
At-home training equipment like the Peloton Indoor Exercise Bike use built-in screens to display training videos and virtual bike trails, a fun feature that encourages exercise. Now, Little Tikes is gearing up to release a Pelican bike for kids that mimics the Peloton using a tablet mount and built-in Bluetooth speaker. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Bluetooth headphones will connect wirelessly to United's new planes

28Mashable / 4h
AirPods lovers, rejoice. United's new Boeing 737 Max 8 planes let passengers connect wireless Bluetooth headphones to the in-flight entertainment. The planes should start flying this summer. The upgrade comes as part of the company's " United Next " plan, which seeks to modernize the United fleet with larger, more fuel-efficient jets. SEE ALSO: You can use Bluetooth headphones with Xbox One, it's

Horrific Heatwave Kills Dozens

Futurism / 4h
Dire Situation As the horrific, record-shattering heatwave continues in western Canada and the northwest United States, a disturbing death toll is starting to climb. Officials in the Vancouver area told the BBC that the intense heat has contributed to about 130 sudden deaths between Friday and Wednesday. A dozen more occurred in Portland, Oregon and Seattle since the heatwave began — illustrating

How to See Your Most-Used Apps on Android

How-To Geek / 4h
Smartphones are great, but a lot of people worry that they’re using them too much. If you’re curious about which apps are taking up your time, we’ll show you how to get some insight with Digital Wellbeing tools. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Rocket startup Gilmour Space raises $46M Series C to take its small launch vehicle to orbit

34TechCrunch / 5h
Australian rocket launch startup Gilmour Space Technologies is betting that bigger isn’t always better. The company has developed a small launch vehicle it calls Eris, a 25-meter (82 foot) rocket that can deliver a payload of up to 215 kilograms (474 pounds) to sun synchronous orbit. Now, it’s raised a $61 million AUD ($46 million USD) Series C round to take Eris to space next year. Adam and Jame

5 reasons why you should attend TC Early Stage 2021: Marketing

20TechCrunch / 5h
It’s almost go-time for all you early-stage startup founders. That’s right, on July 8-9 thousands of determined entrepreneurs around the world will gather virtually for the best little two-day bootcamp we like to call TC Early Stage 2021: Marketing and Fundraising . Two days focused on the bottom-line essentials to build your start up the right way. Here we lay out five reasons why you should sto

Robinhood is fined $70 million over misleading customers and system outages.

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49NYT > Technology / 5h
The fine was the largest ever imposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, which is known as FINRA.

2021 is officially the summer we learned to say no

22Mashable / 5h
Britney Spears is done. Serena Williams is a pass. Naomi Osaka would rather not. And despite coming from a tradition of stiff upper lips, Prince Harry won't hold his tongue. In the past month, these celebrities have taken tremendous risks to say no. Spears gave a shocking speech opposing her 13-year-long conservatorship , a legal arrangement that's led to deep depression and kept the mom of two f

All-electric, this Volvo Concept Recharge teases the shape of SUVs to come

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SlashGear / 5h
Volvo has revealed its new vision of an all-electric SUV, with the Volvo Concept Recharge teasing just what the Swedish automaker could do once gas engines are out of the equation. Although the Recharge brand is already on the road, now with the XC40 Recharge electric crossover and soon to be joined by the C40 Recharge, combustion engines have still … Continue reading

In Resident Evil: Infinite Dark, Democracy Dies in Conspiracy

23Gizmodo / 5h
Like each of Capcom’s Resident Evil games , Netflix’s new Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness series tells a story about a group of people from different walks of life whose fates all become entangled thanks to global superpowers and megacorporations obsessed with developing cutting edge weapons of war. But unlike the… Read more...

Daylight raises millions to build a digital banking platform ‘designed for and by’ the LGBTQ+ community

58TechCrunch / 5h
Over the past year, there has been a surge of newly formed digital banks aimed at specific demographics. The banks in nearly all cases are trying to meet the needs of certain populations that they believe are feeling left out or underserved by traditional financial institutions. The latest such neobank to emerge is New York-based Daylight , which describes itself as the first LGBTQ+ digital banki

Concert livestreaming platform Mandolin raises $12M

29TechCrunch / 5h
Mandolin just marked its first birthday earlier this month, and yet the Indianapolis-based startup is already announcing a $12 million Series A. That’s a quick follow up to the $5 million seed it raised in early October of last year. Turns out the global pandemic is a pretty fortuitious time to launch and grow a concert streaming platform. The oversubscribed round was co-led by 645 Ventures and F

For US and Chinese startups, the IPO market is increasingly a two-tier affair

37TechCrunch / 5h
The American IPO market is hot for many companies, but surprisingly cool for others. The gap between the two cohorts of private companies looking to list is becoming notable. When Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi first set an IPO price range, The Exchange was curious about why the company felt so inexpensive. Compared to its American comps, shares in Didi simply felt underpriced at its proposed va

How to Build Your Own Rain Barrel

Lifehacker / 5h
My sustainable homestead is evolving—and the new addition to the ever-growing project involves using rain barrels to provide my chickens with drinking water, irrigate my garden, and keep my compost pile moist . Read more...

Virgin Orbit Just Launched a Rocket Strapped to the Wing of a 747

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500+Futurism / 5h
Virgin Orbit Satellite delivery company Virgin Orbit — not to be confused with the space tourism company Virgin Galactic, though both were started by Richard Branson — just flew a Boeing 747 to a lofty height before launching a space rocket strapped to the bottom of one of its wings. The modified 747, dubbed Cosmic Girl, took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California early Wednesday mo

Back pain? Amazon's tiny fitness tracker might be able to help

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Amazon is rolling out a new feature for the Halo fitness tracker that helps you build functional strength for everyday tasks.

The Best eReaders of 2021 for Reading Anytime, Anywhere

How-To Geek / 5h
eReaders are great for helping you to read more. E Ink technology makes it so there isn’t much glare when you’re outside, and the low energy use makes eReader batteries last for weeks. We have some great eReader recommendations below! Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Slack Goes from Replacing Email to Replacing Discord with These New Features

84How-To Geek / 5h
Slack is adding a ton of new features to its repertoire, including a few that you actually asked for. Most of these new features aim to emulate the in-person work environment (but really just emulate Discord), while others bring straightforward improvements to the Slack interface. Here’s a rundown. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Western Digital Says It Meant to Add Code to Prevent My Book Live Hack, But Forgot

54How-To Geek / 5h
You’re not going to believe this. Western Digital now confirms that it disabled authentication code that should have prevented last week’s My Book Live factory reset exploit. What’s worse, this code was disabled in 2011 with the intent of replacing it with something better—Western Digital simply forgot to paste in the new code. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Convertible car transforms into aircraft in 135 seconds

Mashable / 5h
Created by Stefan Klein, the AirCar is a convertible flying car that can transform from car to aircraft in just 135 seconds. The vehicle completed the car’s first flight test between two international airports in Slovakia. The flight took just 35 minutes.

Instagram is developing its own version of Twitter’s Super Follow with ‘Exclusive Stories’

53TechCrunch / 5h
Instagram is building its own version of Twitter’s Super Follow with a feature that would allow online creators to publish “exclusive” content to their Instagram Stories that’s only available to their fans — access that would likely come with a subscription payment of some kind. Instagram confirmed that the screenshots of the feature recently circulated across social media are from an internal pr

Fewer CEOs are serving on outside boards. That’s good (and bad)

21TechCrunch / 5h
BJ Jenkins Contributor BJ Jenkins is CEO of Barracuda , a provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions. He is a member of the boards of directors at SumoLogic and Generac Power Systems . It used to be a heavily traveled two-way street in corporate America: CEOs joined other companies’ boards to broaden their experiences, expand their influence, or simply because it felt good.

Bessemer replaces board member at Hinge Health following competitive tensions

TechCrunch / 5h
Board tensions at Hinge Health , a San Francisco-based digital health unicorn, have caused Bessemer Venture Partners to switch up its board director seat, replacing the original investor at the chair with a different one. Hinge Health co-founder and CEO Daniel Perez says BVP’s original board seat went to the partner who led the his company’s Series C round. The investor was recused from the board

Microsoft says a third of its government data requests have secrecy orders

35TechCrunch / 5h
Microsoft’s customer security chief says as many as one-third of all government demands that the company receives for customer data are issued with secrecy clauses that prevents it from disclosing the search to the subject of the warrant. The figure was disclosed in testimony by Microsoft’s Tom Burt ahead of a House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, as lawmakers weigh a legislative response to ef

Twitter is making NFTs now, apparently

45TechCrunch / 5h
No, it’s not April Fool’s Day. But Twitter’s entire account has been taken over by NFTs . As its new header reads: “I’ve stopped moisturizing because tweeting about NFTs is keeping me young now.” If that’s true, the Twitter bird is going to look like a little baby duckling by the end of the day. This morning, Twitter posted, “140 free NFTs for 140 of you, besties,” nodding to Twitter’s initial 14

Facebook and Matterport collaborate on realistic virtual training environments for AI

38TechCrunch / 5h
To train a robot to navigate a house, you either need to give it a lot of real time in a lot of real houses, or a lot of virtual time in a lot of virtual houses. The latter is definitely the better option, and Facebook and Matterport are working together to make thousands of virtual, interactive digital twins of real spaces available for researchers and their voracious young AIs. On Facebook’s si

Renault's super cute, retro-inspired electric vehicle gets a release date – and a price tag

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Renault confirms plans to manufacture the Renault 5 EV for a 2024 launch.

GRAY aims to “transform” Apple Watch with torched titanium

SlashGear / 5h
An Apple Watch case collection called RESKAR was revealed by the folks at GRAY this week. The accessories don’t exactly change the way the user wears an Apple Watch, and the device still remains a watch. But if ever there were a set of watchbands and encasement elements for Apple Watch that made the device look like a different machine … Continue reading

WP Engine scraps WordPress development tool fee

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WP Engine gives back to the WordPress community by making all Local tools and features free.

5 things travelers need to know about the Delta COVID-19 variant

200+The Points Guy / 5h
Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that even fully vaccinated individuals — those who received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior — should still wear a mask as the Delta variant spreads. This differs from current guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which relaxed indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated

8 Cheap Fidget 'Toys' Your Pop-It Loving Kid Will Play With

Lifehacker / 5h
The Pop It toy craze has finally given us an answer to the question, “What if bubble wrap could, like, re-generate or something?” Predictably, it is super satisfying for kids and adults alike. Read more...

Did Elon Musk Quietly Fire the President of Neuralink?

83Futurism / 5h
Elon Musk’s brain-computer interface venture, Neuralink, remains highly secretive. The overarching idea, of course, is to develop an enormously ambitious commercial brain implant that will let users control computers with their minds. In Musk’s telling, this “ Fitbit in your skull ” will do everything from streaming music directly into your brain to healing spinal paralysis and mental illness — a

Slack is getting a Discord-like audio feature called 'Huddles'

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Engadget / 5h
Slack just became the latest company to embrace real-time audio. The messaging app is launching a new, Discord-like chat feature called Huddles . The feature, along with new collaboration tools for sharing pre-recorded audio and video are, according to the company, meant to provide an alternative to the “endless stream of meetings” that have dominated many office workers’ calendars during the pan

Renault plans to electrify two thirds of its cars by 2025

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53Engadget / 5h
Renault has been sending signals that it wants to accelerate its EV plans , and it's now clear just how aggressive the firm will be. The French automaker now expects 65 percent of its lineup to be electrified by 2025 — potentially the "greenest" car mix in Europe, according to the company, and much better than an earlier 30 percent target. Its plans revolve around a lineup with 10 new electric ca

Volvo plans 560 mile EVs from mid-decade: Electric roadmap

SlashGear / 5h
Volvo expects its electric vehicles to get close to double the range with its third-generation 800V battery architecture, though that’s unlikely to arrive until the middle of the decade the automaker says. Before that, Volvo plans to transition to its second-gen EV platform, beginning with the new Volvo XC90 SUV which is expected to debut in 2022 along with a … Continue reading

This $50 Emulator Box Might Be the Easiest Way to Play Game Boy Cartridges on Your Computer

100+Gizmodo / 5h
While Nintendo continues to drag its feet when it comes to making an official Game Boy Classic, smaller outlets like Epilogue are trying to come up with the next best thing with its new GB Operator looking like a cheap and easy way to play original Game Boy games on your PC. Read more...

Slack’s new video and voice tools are nod to changing face of work

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26TechCrunch / 5h
Slack started talking about a new set of communications tools to enhance the text-based channels at the end of last year. Today the company released a new audio tool called Slack Huddles and gave more details on a couple of other new tools including the ability to leave a video message and an enhanced employee directory, which you can access from inside Slack. All of these appear to have been des

Portrait of singer Carlton “King” Coleman. Printed...

Music, Arts & Literature / 5h
Portrait of singer Carlton “King” Coleman. Printed on front: “Carlton Coleman. Direction: Shaw Artists Corporation, 565 Fifth Avenue, New York 17, New York. James J. Kriegsmann, N.Y.” Handwritten on back: “Carlton Coleman, ‘The weeping and crying boy of the blues.’ Flame Show Bar, 5/30/52.” Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Li

How to Add or Subtract Dates in Microsoft Excel

How-To Geek / 5h
Adjusting dates on a spreadsheet can be cumbersome. Rather than digging out your calendar to count days or months, you can adjust dates right in Microsoft Excel with simple addition or subtraction. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic could be on the way, putting form over fitness

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Samsung could have two versions of the Galaxy Watch 4 on the way, with one being the Active 4 in all but name.

12 Shelving Ideas to Display Your Stuff in Unique Ways

Lifehacker / 5h
If every surface in your home is perpetually covered in books, knick-knacks, and other junk, you probably need more shelves. Filling your home with practical shelving can offer the perfect solution to your clutter problems and give you a creative way to display your books, plants, photos, and everything else. But… Read more...

YouTube will stream the UEFA Women’s Champions League for free

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37Engadget / 5h
Soccer fans around the world will be able to watch the UEFA Women's Champions League for free over the next two seasons. YouTube will stream every game from the competition in 2021-23. It struck a deal with UEFA and sports streaming service DAZN , which snapped up the broadcast rights to the UWCL for the next four years. With the exception of the Middle East, North Africa and China and its territ

Janelle Monáe's Dirty Computer Will Expand in a New Sci-Fi Anthology Book

200+Gizmodo / 6h
As much narrative detail as each of Janelle Monáe’s multigenre concept albums are packed with, they’ve all ended having raised more even questions about the larger story being told about time-travelling freedom fighters . There’s still so much that hasn’t been explored about how Cindi Mayweather and Jane 57821's lives… Read more...

Keep cool this summer with a Google Nest thermostat — it's $30 off

Mashable / 6h
SAVE $30: The programmable Google Nest smart thermostat will give you more control over your temperature this summer, and it's $30 off at Amazon for a limited time. This summer is going to be a hot one, and you can probably expect next summer to be a hot one as well. Whether you're the type of person who would rather live in their refrigerator or the type who wants to keep it warm and cozy all ye

Zipline raises $250M at $2.75B valuation to build out its instant logistics service

52TechCrunch / 6h
Drone delivery startup Zipline, a company that got its start delivering medical supplies across Africa, has raised $250 million in new funding. This latest round has vaulted the company’s valuation to $2.75 billion and will fuel further expansion of its logistics networks in Africa and the United States. Zipline made a name for itself first in Rwanda and then in Ghana, where it delivered blood, v

AirPods Pro 2 tipped for 2022 as demand stumbles

SlashGear / 6h
Apple launched AirPods Pro back in 2019, and it didn’t take long before rumors of a follow-up started making rounds. However, thus far, we haven’t seen Apple reveal the second-generation AirPods Pro, and according to a new report today, we may have a while yet to wait. That’s according to one prolific Apple analyst who thinks that we won’t see … Continue reading

Can United Airlines Become Premium?

200+One Mile at a Time / 6h
Among the “big three” carriers in the United States, I tend to think that historically American and United are in one league, while Delta is in another league. However, there’s no arguing that United is making a lot of positive changes. Could we see United become more of a competitor to Delta when it comes to passenger experience? Could United become the most premium airline in the United States?

Netgear expands range of Wi-Fi 6 access points for SMBs

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Netgear now has a range of WiFi 6 access point devices for the price conscious SMB segment.

Best dating sites for working professionals who don't have time to meet people IRL

Mashable / 6h
Dating can quickly turn from exciting to “Great, another first date” when you’re a working professional. Since the pandemic started, Zoom meetings, workdays balanced with childcare, and virtual office happy hours have us stretched to capacity when it comes to not just our professional obligations, but the amount of energy we have to invest in our other relationships and ourselves. It’s safe to sa

Shameful: Dallas – Fort Worth Airport’s Strategy for Keeping Employee Wages Down

22View from the Wing / 6h
The story is a familiar one. Lower-wage employers aren't able to find workers when they can make as much or more on pandemic unemployment, perhaps they still have stimulus money banked, and they need schools to re-open so they can work without childcare expenses. Airports are having a difficult time because on-site businesses employ a lot of low wage workers. For instance go find someone to help

Parrot Anafi Ai is a 4G drone with striking style and 3D vision

SlashGear / 6h
Parrot has a new drone, but the French company would really rather you think of the new Anafi Ai as a 4G-connected flying robot. Tapping cellular data for better, broader range, and a new 3D vision system for obstacle avoidance, Anafi Ai’s other big boast is an open-source platform that effectively turns the drone into a flying computer for surveys, … Continue reading

Volvo reveals its new EV brain – and an unexpected promise

SlashGear / 6h
Volvo has big EV and autonomous vehicle plans, and it’s bringing software development in-house to deliver it sooner rather than later. The automaker revealed VolvoCars.OS today, its own operating system that will power a new generation of electric vehicles that offer unsupervised self-driving features on certain roads. Currently, Volvo says, its vehicles include 100+ different ECUs, or electronic

The Best Relaxation & Inspiration Tips for Google Assistant

How-To Geek / 6h
Google Assistant is packed with features to help you increase daily productivity, so what can it do to help you unwind? Here are the best features from Google Assistant for relaxation at the end of each day, whether you’re using a Google Nest or just the Google Assistant app on your smartphone. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Gusto is now offering pieces of its service to other companies via API

38TechCrunch / 6h
This morning Gusto , a unicorn that sells payroll and benefits management software, announced that it will now offer part of its service via an API to external platforms. The new product, dubbed Gusto Embedded Payroll, will allow vertical SaaS companies to provide payroll support to their own customers. The move to provide elements of its service through other firms’ offerings could bolster Gusto

Dear economy, creators aren’t fragile plants

34TechCrunch / 6h
Hello and welcome back to Equity , TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. For this week’s deep dive, Alex and Natasha brought on Alexis Gay, a former operator at Patreon who now makes her living as comedian and podcast host , to talk about the creator economy — including our disdain for that horrid phrasing. You may know her from her cheeky

ServiceTitan acquires Aspire to move into landscaping, raises $200M at a $9.5B valuation

100+TechCrunch / 6h
With a lot of us spending more time at home these days, home improvement has continued to be a booming market. Now, one of the big players in that space — ServiceTitan , which builds software that today is used by over 100,000 contractors to manage their work — is getting a little bigger. The company — which also works with contractors that work on business properties — is acquiring Aspire Softwa

How TPG staffers are redeeming points for Fourth of July trips this year

The Points Guy / 6h
Like most people, the TPG team is thrilled to be back on the road, redeeming all of those points and miles we’ve earned from home over the last year. With Fourth of July right around the corner, we thought we’d share some of our staff’s travel plans for the long weekend. If you don’t have any upcoming travels yet, hopefully, you can use these examples as inspiration when planning your adventures

Amazon's Lord of the Rings won't air anytime soon, says star

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Amazon's Lord of the Rings season 1 won't be getting released anytime soon, according to one of its stars.

Apple AirPods Pro 2 could release next year, says analyst

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Apple could release the AirPods Pro 2 wireless earbuds as early as next year, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Pittsburgh’s Locomation puts a convoy twist on autonomous trucking

40TechCrunch / 6h
The Pittsburgh Strip District, once home to Industrial Age giants Alcoa, Heinz, U.S. Steel and Westinghouse, has evolved over the past decade into a technology and robotics hub, and notably, a testbed of autonomous vehicles. That activity has more recently spilled out beyond Smallman Street, so-called Robotics Row, past the confines of the Strip District and Lower Lawrenceville and into adjoining

Dear Sophie: How can I bring my parents and sister to the US?

32TechCrunch / 6h
Sophie Alcorn Contributor Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: What options would allow me to start something on my own? Dea

Porsche and Yamaha invest $3.75M in e-micromobility dealership Ridepanda

42TechCrunch / 6h
Online electric micromobility dealership Ridepanda has announced a raise of $3.75 million that the startup will use to build out its engineering, product and design teams to boost its e-commerce and B2B solutions. The company also wants to double down on strategic partnerships with delivery fleets and businesses offering employees commuter benefits if they purchase an electric vehicle. Last year,

United Airlines scraps plans to add a new pin to its route map

The Points Guy / 6h
There’s a regional airport that won’t be happy about United’s latest cut. During the past the weekend, the Chicago-based carrier filed a sweeping schedule update that included bad news for Santa Maria, California: United is dropping its plan to serve the Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX) airport, per Cirium schedules and later confirmed by the carrier. Want more airline-specific news? Sign up for

Here Are 16 of the Best Astronomy Photos of 2021

94Gizmodo / 6h
The shortlisted entries have been chosen for the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. From stunning sunsets on Mars to spectacular views of Saturn and stellar nurseries, these photos will transport you across the cosmos. Read more...

How to Block YouTube Channels

How-To Geek / 6h
There are two ways to block a YouTube channel: Block a channel so it can’t comment on your videos or block a channel so you don’t see its videos in your feed. We’ll show you how to do both. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Use This Student Loan Cashback Card If You're Laser Focused on Paying Off Your Debt

Lifehacker / 6h
We recently talked about a credit card that helps you pay your rent , but what about a card that helps you pay your student loan? There’s a new card that will do just that — offering 2% cash back on purchases which can be applied to an array of student loan servicers. Here’s a look at whether it’s a good card for you. Read more...

Satechi's New M1 Mac Mini Hub Has a Built-In SSD Enclosure

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300+How-To Geek / 6h
Sometimes, a new feature comes along that you never knew you needed. Satechi just launched the latest version of its popular Mac Mini USB-C hub, which features an integrated M.2 SATA SSD enclosure. It works with the 2018 and M1 models of Mac Mini and is available for $100 at Satechi and Amazon. (You can save 15% through June 7th with coupon code MACMINISSD.) Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Vin Diesel Still Has Hopes For Riddick's Future

58Gizmodo / 6h
Production has begun on Marvel’s Black Panther sequel, Wakanda Forever . John Wick: Chapter 4 's cast continues to expand. Get another close up look at Fear Street: 1994 's creepy killer. Plus, new Forever Purge clips, and see Diggle’s arrival on The Flash . Spoilers, away! Read more...

Orange builds experimental 'zero-touch' 5G network

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Network will give Orange an idea of how networks of the future will run

The best headphones you can buy for under £100

Mashable / 7h
There is a common trap that a lot of shoppers fall into – the (false) notion that you need to spend big to get the best technology. Sure, you probably have a better guarantee with the most expensive devices from the biggest brands, but that doesn't mean quality can't be found at a more reasonable price point. SEE ALSO: 7 of the best noise-cancelling headphones for flying from the UK Switched-on s

How 'Zola' makes a 2015 Twitter thread feel timeless, according to the cast

Mashable / 7h
We spoke to the writers, directors, and stars of Zola , the film adaption of a viral 2015 Twitter thread that takes readers (and now viewers) on the wild ride of a weekend stripping trip gone wrong.

12 TikTok creators to follow for easy recipe inspiration

Mashable / 7h
Bored of your weekly rotation of meals? Look no further than TikTok. Cooking can be repetitive for seasoned chefs and novices alike, especially if you tend to stick to the same list of meals that you know how to make. Some people are naturally attuned to experimenting, and others need a bit of inspiration to broaden their culinary horizons. Here are twelve TikTok creators to follow for recipe ins

Relativity to open a huge factory that measures up to its grand ambitions

Ars Technica / 7h
Rendering of Relativity Space's new factory, with a Terran R rocket out front. [credit: Relativity Space ] Relativity Space announced on Wednesday morning plans to move into a new factory—its third new facility in three years—as the startup company continues to scale up its ambitious launch plans. The new factory, formerly a 93-acre Boeing facility that manufactured the C-17 aircraft in Long Beac

Amazon Halo Review: Movement Health meets over-sharing

SlashGear / 7h
It’s fair to say Amazon Halo got off to a rocky start. A fitness band that promised analysis rivals couldn’t deliver, the wrist-worn wearable may be simple but the machine learning running on Amazon’s servers is anything but – assuming you’re comfortable with all that personal data sharing. Now, Halo is adding Movement Health analysis as another premium service. Amazon … Continue reading

Northern Pacific Airways: New Anchorage-Based Long Haul Airline?!

100+One Mile at a Time / 7h
This might just be the most creative and unusual airline startup we’ve seen in the United States in a long time, should it come to fruition (which I’d be very skeptical of for the time being)… Ravn Alaska is a regional airline Ravn Alaska is a regional airline in Alaska that has historically partnered with Alaska Airlines to offer service in smaller markets. In April 2020, shortly after coronavir

Ro buys Kit, a 17-month-old startup that offers at-home health testing

200+TechCrunch / 7h
Ro, a direct-to-consumer virtual care company, has scooped up Kit, an at-home diagnostics company with an array of customizable products, from finger prick blood tests to weight measurement tools. The price was undisclosed. Ro co-founder Zachariah Reitano said that he first approached Kit as a potential customer, hoping to integrate its quality testing into its platform. Him and Kit’s co-founders

Best small business servers of 2021

200+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
We have compiled a list of the top servers for small and medium businesses.

Amazon’s Halo app gets better with Movement Health update

Engadget / 7h
Amazon took a different approach from companies like Apple, Google and Samsung when it launched its first health-centric wearable last year. The Halo band stood out as a screenless $100 wrist-band that required a monthly subscription for the bulk of its functions, and kicked up a ton of controversy with its tone-detecting feature. The company is continuing to deviate from industry trends like squ

Relativity Space will open a 1 million square foot factory to scale Terran R production

24TechCrunch / 7h
Fresh off the heels of a $650 million Series E funding round, 3D printed rocket startup Relativity Space is now preparing to increase production capacity by a factor of ten, with the opening of a 1 million square-foot factory headquarters in Long Beach, California. Relativity’s current factory, a 150,000 square-foot facility also in Long Beach, will remain in production. That factory will continu

Google cracks down on financial-scam adverts

28BBC News - Technology / 7h
Regulators and campaigners say more needs to be done.

Turn Your Phone Into a Fitness Coach

26NYT > Technology / 7h
You don’t need a smartwatch or an activity tracker to monitor your exercise, nutrition and other health information.

Crucial Tech Like Email Is Still Failing Trans Employees

32Wired / 7h
If companies truly want to support their LGBTQ+ colleagues, they'd make inclusivity the default setting.

El Salvador’s Race to Be the Bitcoin Capital of the World

100+Wired / 7h
After China’s crackdown, the cryptocurrency crowd is looking for a new haven. The Central American nation thinks it’s the answer.

What Windows 11’s New Store Looks Like

How-To Geek / 7h
Windows 11 has a new Microsoft Store. It first appeared on June 28, 2021, along with the first Windows 11 Insider Preview release. The new Store is a big improvement—here’s what’s new. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

FloLive, an IoT startup building cloud-based private 5G networks, raises $15.5M led by Intel

49TechCrunch / 7h
As enterprises and carriers gear up for operating and scaling IoT services and monitoring the activity of their devices, machines and more globally, a startup that is building technology to make this easier and cheaper to implement is announcing some funding. FloLive , which has built a cloud-based solution to stitch together private, local cellular networks to create private global IoT 5G networ

Dinosaurs were declining before the asteroid impact, according to a new study

SlashGear / 7h
Everyone knows that a massive asteroid impact with the Earth was ultimately responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs. A new study was recently published by an international team of scientists, including researchers from the University of Bristol, that shows dinosaurs were in decline for as much as 2 million years before the asteroid impact. Researcher Fabian Condamine says that … Continue

Target PS5 restock: it's not in stock today at Target – what time to buy PS5 next

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
The Target PS5 restock for the $499 PS5 Disc version isn't destined for today, but we know what time to expect it.

WhatsApp is rolling out 'view once' messages to Android beta testers

23Engadget / 7h
Facebook is diving into ephemeral messaging. After debuting self-erasing media and texts on Messenger and Instagram, the social giant is rolling out a similar feature on WhatsApp. Starting today, the app's beta testers on Android have begun to receive a "View Once" mode that wipes photos and videos as soon as you view and dismiss them. You'll know if you have access to the new feature if you see

Watch the first livestreamed Virgin Orbit rocket launch starting at 9:50AM ET

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Engadget / 7h
Now that Virgin Orbit is comfortable carrying satellites into space , it's ready for you to tune in. The orbital delivery company is livestreaming a rocket launch for the first time, with an expected takeoff time around 9:50AM Eastern. The "Tubular Bells: Part One" mission will see the Cosmic Girl host aircraft deploy the LauncherOne rocket roughly an hour after lifting into the sky. LauncherOne

UK tells messaging apps not to use e2e encryption for kids’ accounts

28TechCrunch / 7h
For a glimpse of the security and privacy dystopia the UK government has in store for its highly regulated ‘British Internet’, look no further than guidance put out by the Department of Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) yesterday — aimed at social media platforms and private messaging services — which includes the suggestion that the latter should “prevent’ the use of end-to-end encryption

Device42 introduces multi-cloud migration analysis and recommendation tool

TechCrunch / 7h
In 2020 lots of workloads shifted to the cloud due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean that figuring out how to migrate those workloads got any easier. Device42 , a startup that helps companies understand their infrastructure, has a new product that is designed to analyze your infrastructure and make recommendations about the most cost-effective way to migrate to the cloud. Raj Jalan, CEO and

Former Zillow execs raise $70M seed round for Tomo, which wants to simplify the mortgage process

82TechCrunch / 7h
There are so many startups pledging to reinvent the mortgage process that it’s hard to keep up. But for anyone who has had to go through the process of applying for one, it’s clear that there’s plenty of room for improvement. The latest startup to raise venture money with the goal of making the process “smarter and faster” is one that was founded by a pair of executives that spent years at real e

MKT1: Developer marketing is what startup marketing should look like

20TechCrunch / 7h
MKT1 is a strategic marketing firm founded by experienced startup executives that is everything but a marketing agency. It advises startups on marketing approaches, recruiting and mentoring workshops, with some angel syndicate investing as well. It also provides a job board, a newsletter , and workshops for marketers. Founders Kathleen Estreich and Emily Kramer say they are responding to a few bi

E-Legend EL1 Concept harks back to four-wheel rally machines of yore

SlashGear / 7h
German startup E-Legend has created a performance electric car that draws inspiration from the glorious days of rallying – notably Audi’s all-conquering Quattro S1, the first all-wheel-drive rally car to compete in the World Rally Championship (WRC). E-Legend chose some big shoes to fill for its incoming electric concept. For those old enough to remember, Audi took home three WRC … Continue readi

How to Mitigate Supply Chain Attacks With Preflight

How-To Geek / 7h
The risks of supply chain attacks have gained visibility lately in the wake of the SolarWinds and Codecov hacks. Attackers compromise upstream code providers to sneak malicious sources into software products. Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

Secret peek inside new top contender for the nicest suite in all of Walt Disney World

23The Points Guy / 7h
Stretching over 27,000 acres and dating over the past five decades, Disney World is home to rides, shows, resorts, restaurants and secrets. With that much history and space, there are bound to be lots of secrets, some more hidden than others. These aren’t secrets of the dark and spooky variety but are more often fun, intricate details and offerings that are easy to miss when you’re chasing that n

Dell launches UltraSharp 4K Webcam in India at Rs 18,999

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Dell has stepped into the world of webcams with its new UltraSharp 4K Webcam that boasts of DSLR inspired imaging quality.

GoCompare's inaugural insurance awards kick off this week

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
GoCompare's inaugural Insurance Awards will aim to recognise the best of the UK’s car and home insurance providers.

SaaS misconfigurations are putting businesses at serious risk

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
An excess of tools is preventing CISOs from conducting security audits regularly.

Sony's excellent WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones hit new low of $190

Engadget / 7h
There's a lot to like about Sony's WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones, and many of them come from their predecessor, the WH-1000XM3. Sony added to the exceptional foundation of the XM3 to make the XM4 stand out even further from the competition, but as the company's latest ANC cans, the XM4s are expensive at $348. If you can bare with a slightly older model, you can get the WH-1000XM3 for a great pri

LG's 'QNED' Mini LED TVs are coming to the US in July

85Engadget / 7h
LG's lineup of QNED 4K and 8K TVs unveiled late last year will arrive in the US in July, the company has announced . They'll sit just below LG's flagship OLED and consist of two 8K models (the QNED99 and QNED95) along with the 4K QNED90, in sizes from 65 to 85 inches. The TVs will launch first in North America and arrive to other regions in the coming weeks. The new sets will use Mini LED tech th

NASA is hard at work on the Martian methane mystery

SlashGear / 8h
There are numerous mysteries on Mars that scientists from around the world are working to solve. One of the most tantalizing of those mysteries is reports of methane detection on the Red Planet. Here on Earth, significant amounts of methane is produced by microbes helping livestock digest plants. The digestion process ends with livestock exhaling gas into the air. Finding … Continue reading

Kevin Feige confirms Abomination is in Shang Chi – what does it mean for the MCU?

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Kevin Feige has confirmed the new trailer for Shang-Chi shows off Abomination and Wong, so what does this mean for the MCU?

Kikoff raises $30M for its hybrid consumer-credit and financial-literacy service

39TechCrunch / 8h
Kikoff , a personal finance platform aimed at helping consumers build credit, announced today that it has raised $30 million in a Series B round. The capital is in addition to the $12.5 million the startup raised across previously unannounced seed and Series A rounds, which were both led by Lightspeed Venture partners. Portage Ventures led Kickoff’s Series B, which included participation from Lig

FightCamp punches its way to a $90M round

26TechCrunch / 8h
FightCamp , an interactive at-home training system for boxing/kickboxing, is announcing this morning that it has raised a $90M round from a long list of investors, including quite the roster of famous fighters. FightCamp pairs smart sensors (“punch trackers” worn under your boxing gloves) with a subscription-based stream of training videos. As you punch your way through a session, it’ll track thi

No, Masks Shouldn’t Still Be Required For Vaccinated Travelers. Why Do You Ask?

View from the Wing / 8h
The Points Guy ran a piece promoting continued mask-wearing after full vaccination, framed as a recommendation from “health professionals.” What prompts this is the World Health Organization recommending continued mask-wearing after full vaccination. Continue reading ...

On the ground: What it’s like visiting Greece right now

100+The Points Guy / 8h
On May 14, Greece reopened its borders to tourists and just a few days ago, lifted most of its lockdown measures . Now that summer is here, you might be planning your own island getaway from a U.S. gateway. Plenty of travelers are looking forward to visits to Athens, the islands or taking a cruise . Related: Can I go on holiday to an amber list country right now? I just spent the last three weeks

This OnePlus Phone Is a Good Deal—Except for the Cameras

Wired / 8h
The Nord N200 5G has many features you don't often find in a cheap phone, but should you settle for lackluster photos?

The Experimental African Houses That Outsmart Malaria

55Wired / 8h
A field test of custom-designed homes proves that when carbon dioxide can flow out, mosquitoes stay out too.

2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition combines capability with luxury

SlashGear / 8h
Ram is celebrating a decade of its luxury version of the 1500 pickup by introducing the 2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition. The truck is joining the Ram 1500 line for 2022 marking ten years since the Limited debuted in 2012. The automaker says the vehicle has a class-leading interior using premium materials, including real wood, leather, and metal … Continue reading

How to Use Encrypted Passwords in Bash Scripts

How-To Geek / 8h
If you’re forced to use a Linux script to connect to a password-protected resource, you probably feel uneasy about putting that password in the script. OpenSSL solves that problem for you. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

What Is a Docker Image Manifest?

How-To Geek / 8h
Docker manifests describe the layers inside an image. A manifest enables exact comparison of two images, even if they have different tags assigned. Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

Serving Dynamic Files With Blazor in ASP.NET

How-To Geek / 8h
One of the many great features of frameworks like Blazor and ASP.NET (which it runs on) is the ability to serve dynamic content at whatever endpoint your application needs. If you’d like to serve downloads of generated files, it’s easy to do with a little configuration. Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

Google UK will rely on a regulator to crack down on scam finance ads

Engadget / 8h
Google is tightening its ad screening rules in the UK after a steep rise in fraudulent adverts online during the pandemic. The search giant has announced that starting in the fall it will only run ads for financial products and services from sources that have been cleared by the UK's financial watchdog. Google said it will update its policy from August 30th and begin enforcing the rules a week la

Windows 11 is already full of bugs, but you shouldn't worry about it

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The Windows 11 developer build was available to Insiders this week, with early bugs already being discovered.

Xiaomi announces Mi Notebook Pro X with 15.6-inch 3.5k OLED screen

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Xiaomi has launched the Mi Notebook Pro X in China with 15.6-inch 3.5k OLED screen, up to i7-11370H CPU, up to 32GB RAM, and Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti GPU.

T-Mobile now supports iPhone eSIM for 30 days Test Drive Program

SlashGear / 8h
T-Mobile wants to grow its network in the wake of its merger with Sprint. The company is looking to add new customers by taking them from other network providers. One way it plans to lure new iPhone users to its network is to allow iPhone users to try the T-Mobile network for free. Recently, T-Mobile announced that it would be … Continue reading

Watch Virgin Orbit’s first rocket launch live stream

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24TechCrunch / 8h
Virgin Orbit is set to launch a payload that includes satellites it’s delivering for tis first commercial customers. The launch is set to happen sometime within a launch window that opens at 6 AM PT (9 AM ET) and continues through 8 AM PT (11 AM ET), taking off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. This is the first mission following Virgin Orbit’s successful orbital demonstration lau

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite clocks sales worth over Rs 200 cr in just a week

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Manu Kumar Jain revealed that the new Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite smartphone has already crossed Rs 200 cr worth of sales since June 25.

Amazon is offering up to £350 off Samsung Galaxy S21, Plus and Ultra deals

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Amazon is the place to go for Samsung Galaxy S21 deals right now with huge savings on all three handsets.

How to decide whether to fly or drive when traveling on a budget

The Points Guy / 8h
As more people start booking trips again, there are a lot of things to consider, from your budget to COVID-19 restrictions that are still in place in many international destinations. And for budget travelers, road trips might be a go-to option for a summer vacation because a plane ticket costs more than gas, right? But sometimes, flying can in fact be more affordable. Want more travel tips from T

Doom Eternal’s next-gen upgrade is raising hell for PS5 owners

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Doom Eternal just got a massive upgrade on PS5, Xbox Series X and PC via Update 6, but there’s some huge drawbacks for PS5 players.

Loki episode 4 post-credits scene explained

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Loki episode 4 has arrived on Disney Plus – and there’s a big post-credits scene that you’ll want to stick around for.

The Morning After: Sony adds another games studio to its PlayStation roster

27Engadget / 8h
The big game-studio buy-up continues, and it’s Sony’s turn. Again. This time, it’s picked up Housemarque , the Helsinki-based studio behind PlayStation games including Returnal for the PS5 and arcade-style shooters like Super Stardust HD and Dead Nation . Housemarque In recent years, Sony Interactive Entertainment snapped up Ratchet and Clank developer Insomniac Games in 2019. Before that, it acq

Klein Vision AirCar completes a 35-minute test flight between two cities

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SlashGear / 8h
AirCar is a dual-mode car/aircraft moving towards production after meeting a key development milestone this week. That milestone was its first inter-city flight, where the aircraft flew for 35 minutes from the international Airport in Nitra to the international airport in Bratislava. The flight was conducted on June 28, 2021. The flight also represented the flying car’s 142nd successful landing …

35 Innovators Under 35

35MIT Technology Review / 9h
The is our yearly opportunity to take a look at not just where technology is now, but where it’s going and who’s taking it there. More than 500 people are nominated every year, and from this group the editors pick the most promising 100 to move on to the semifinalist round. Their work is then evaluated by our panel of judges who have expertise in such areas as artificial intelligence, biotechnol

The change chronicles

MIT Technology Review / 9h
October 1967 From “How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Live with Irrationality”: Whatever form it takes, resistance to any change is essentially an act of self-protection. When an individual perceives that the consequences of a change conflict with his needs and desires, he will become anxious and fear for his future. … Whether or not the circumstances justify such response is irrelevant. What

This photographer-scientists collaboration shows the speed of climate change

MIT Technology Review / 9h
Climate change is warping geological time, compressing the time scales of natural processes. In photographs taken around the world, Ian van Coller has documented these shifts, reflected in rocks, sediment, and the shrinking of glaciers. Van Coller collaborates with scientists who annotate his images, pointing out key geological features. He also uses historical photos to show changes, juxtaposing

Why it’s so hard to make tech more diverse

MIT Technology Review / 9h
In 2017, MIT Technology Review honored Tracy Chou as one of our 35 Innovators Under 35. At the time, Chou was working to expose Silicon Valley’s diversity issues. As an engineer at Pinterest, she’d published a widely circulated blog post calling for tech companies to share data on how many women worked on their engineering teams. She collected their responses in a public database that revealed ho

The power of us

MIT Technology Review / 9h
Though we’ve called it the “Change” issue, this edition of the magazine is really about two things: reflection and empowerment. For far too many of us, the pandemic has been a study in feeling powerless, and we’ve had little time to reflect as we focus on keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe, employed, and as mentally sound as possible. We’ve been forced to cope almost constantly with the tw

China’s path to modernization has, for centuries, gone through my hometown

MIT Technology Review / 9h
One day in late March, People’s Daily , the Chinese Communist Party’s official newspaper, shared a pair of photos on Chinese social media. The first, in black and white, was of the signing of the Boxer Protocol, a 1901 treaty between the Qing empire, which ruled China at the time, and 11 foreign nations. Troops from eight of these countries, including the US, had occupied Beijing following sieges

Cheaper solar PV is key to addressing climate change

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MIT Technology Review / 9h
In late 2007, less than 10 years into the company’s existence, Google came out swinging on the clean energy front. To a fanfare of plaudits up and down Silicon Valley and well beyond, it declared “RE : make renewable energy cheaper than coal. The company invested tens of millions of dollars into R&D efforts from concentrated solar power to hydrothermal drilling. Four years later, those efforts ha

What does breaking up Big Tech really mean?

MIT Technology Review / 9h
For Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet, covid-19 was an economic blessing . Even as the pandemic sent the global economy into a deep recession and cratered most companies’ profits, these companies—often referred to as the “Big Four” of technology —not only survived but thrived. Collectively, they now have annual revenue of well over a trillion dollars, and the value of their stocks has soared:

Tech’s new labor movement is harnessing lessons learned a century ago

MIT Technology Review / 9h
The workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, wanted a union . The center opened in March of last year, just as stay-at-home orders for covid-19 went into effect. While much of the world economy tanked, some sectors thrived, including tech—Amazon founder Jeff Bezos would add some $75 billion to his own net worth in 2020. Back at Bessemer, though, workers were being pressed to

The great chip crisis threatens the promise of Moore’s Law

MIT Technology Review / 9h
A year into the covid-19 pandemic, Apple commemorated the growing array of devices featuring its custom M1 chip with great fanfare, including a “Mission Implausible” ad on TV featuring a young man running across the rooftops of its “spaceship” campus in Cupertino and infiltrating the facility to “steal” the breakthrough microprocessor from a MacBook and place it inside an iPad Pro. Apple’s custom

Vodafone and Cisco offer enterprise grade connectivity for SMBs

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Vodafone and Cisco hope to take advantage of demand for more sophisticated networking.

Black Scientists Find Community—and Plan for the Road Ahead

72Wired / 9h
The Black in X network mobilized last summer to bring attention to racism in STEM. This week, they’re holding their first conference to talk about what’s next.

Olivia Rodrigo's glittering 'SOUR Prom' film is streaming for free

21Mashable / 9h
Olivia Rodrigo's SOUR Prom has landed, and you can watch it for free. Directed by Kimberly Stuckwisch and Toby L, the meandering concert film features performances from the 18-year-old singer's debut album, SOUR , released in May and which we bloody loved . It was livestreamed on YouTube on Tuesday night. Centred around a prom (as the title suggests), the 28-minute film sees Rodrigo performing "B

Dream Games raises $155M at a $1B valuation as its Royal Match puzzle game hits a royal flush

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100+TechCrunch / 9h
Istanbul in Turkey continues to prove itself as very fertile ground for casual gaming startups, which appear to be growing from small seedlings into sizable trees. In the latest development, Dream Games — a developer of mobile puzzle games — has raised $155 million in funding, a Series B that values the startup at $1 billion. This is a massive leap for the company, which raised $50 million (the l

Noname Security closes $60M Series B to eliminate API flaws

Noname Security API•
57TechCrunch / 9h
Enterprise API security startup Noname Security has raised a $60 million Series B funding round, just six months after closing $25 million at Series A. The round was led by Insight Partners with Next47, Forgepoint, and The Syndicate Group (TSG) also participating, and brings Noname’s total funding to $85 million since emerging from stealth in December 2020. The startup, which currently has a 70-s

Shogun, a front end e-commerce page builder, nabs $67.5M as retailers look for alternatives to marketplaces

31TechCrunch / 9h
E-commerce marketplaces continue to play a major role in how consumers buy goods online and how retailers show off and sell goods to those consumers, accounting globally for 47% of all e-commerce sales . But today, one of the startups that has built technology to help retailers build and run more direct relationships — by way of zippy websites of their own — is announcing a big round of growth fu

Apple and Snap partner JigSpace, the ‘Canva for 3D,’ raises a $4.7M Series A

TechCrunch / 9h
When former Art Director Zac Duff started teaching a game development course online in 2015, he faced the same challenges that teachers around the globe have become all too familiar with after a pandemic-induced lockdown. So, he used his experience in 3D design to build a virtual reality classroom to make remote learning more engaging for his students. Instead of entering yet another Zoom lecture

Sustainable tech developer Turntide Technologies raises $225M

TechCrunch / 9h
Turntide Technologies, a sustainable technology developer, has announced $225 million in convertible note financing that it says will help fund projects to reduce carbon emissions in the commercial buildings, agriculture and transportation industries. Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board led the round, along with Monashee Capital Inc. and current investor JLL Spark. Other participating investor

Your Amtrak points might expire on July 1: Here’s how I used 80 points to keep mine

The Points Guy / 9h
Many travel loyalty programs generously extended points and miles during the pandemic, but some didn’t. A few programs aren’t extending their pause on points expiration any longer. I got a notification recently that my Amtrak points would expire soon. So, I checked whether Amtrak planned to extend its pause on points expiration . Unfortunately, Amtrak’s website still notes it’s “continuing to pau

A decade-old vulnerability led to WD My Book Live devices getting wiped

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Innocent users were most likely the victims of a face-off between two cybercriminal gangs trying to outdo each other.

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT arrives with record-breaking credentials

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SlashGear / 9h
The 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT is the exact vehicle that broke the production-SUV Nürburgring lap record. A few weeks ago, Porsche made headlines with its latest variant of the Cayenne Coupe Turbo. Back then, the still-unnamed production mule covered the entire 20.832-kilometer Nürburgring Nordschleife in a mind-blowing 7:42.253, nearly four seconds faster than the previous record set by the …

United's new Boeing jets will offer Bluetooth audio with its in-flight entertainment

88Engadget / 9h
United has announced that it’s adding 270 Boeing and Airbus planes to its fleet in a bid to reinvigorate domestic travel now that states have started lifting pandemic-related restrictions. And one of the best news for frequent flyers is that the new jets will feature seatback entertainment screens that come with Bluetooth connection. In addition, United will refurbish its old mainline jets with t

Turn Your Standard Toilet Paper Into A More Soothing Experience With Pristine

Futurism / 9h
Flushable wipes might feel good, but they’re terrible for the environment. Despite the name, they can overwhelm sewer systems and bind together into enormous clogs that can block the sewers for entire cities. Pristine toilet paper spray gives you all of the advantages of a flushable wipe, while keeping the lower cost, and disposability, of toilet paper. If you’re a Shark Tank fan, you already kno

USA Blocks Sale Of Airline Tickets To Belarus

100+One Mile at a Time / 9h
The United States is taking a stand against Belarus in an unusual way, following the government’s interference in a Ryanair flight in late May, which was diverted in order for a political opponent to be arrested. Sale of airline tickets to Belarus will be blocked The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has tentatively ruled to prohibit the sale of airline tickets (including on an int

10 things to stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max and more in July 2021

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Here are the best movies and TV shows that you'll want to catch on Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streamers in July 2021.

ESA leverages spacecraft “housekeeping” data to learn more about cosmic rays

SlashGear / 9h
The ESA has reported it is using data originally gathered for what it terms spacecraft “housekeeping” gathered aboard the Rosetta and Mars Express missions to learn more about cosmic rays. Cosmic rays are bursts of high-energy radiation, and the data gathered by the spacecraft helps scientists understand how cosmic rays behave at Mars and in the inner solar system. The … Continue reading

Why Does Windows 11 Need TPM 2.0?

51How-To Geek / 9h
Windows 11 requires a PC with TPM 2.0. So does your PC have TPM 2.0, TPM 1.2, or none of the above? Did your PC come with TPM disabled in its BIOS? Do you need to buy a TPM hardware module? And why does Windows even need a TPM in the first place? Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

A Control sequel and multiplayer spin-off are in the works

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Remedy Entertainment has confirmed that both a Control sequel and multiplayer spin-off are in the works.

LG OLED TV production to double amid new 48-inch and 83-inch sizes

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
New forecasts suggest LG will almost double its OLED display production in 2021.

Silent Hill reboot rumors resurrected as Konami pairs with the perfect developer

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Konami enters "strategic partnership" with The Medium developer, Bloober Team.

New partnership brings payment platform to BigCommerce

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
BigCommerce merchants will be able to enjoy a raft of payment tools within the domain.

My new ‘trick’ for avoiding pesky resort and destination fees on last-minute stays

29The Points Guy / 9h
Few things grind my gears as much as resort fees — and their relatively new in-town equivalent, the “destination fee.” While they’re typically disclosed at checkout, these fees give hotels a revenue boost without bumping up the room rate — if you’re doing some comparison shopping, you’ll likely see the base rate, before taxes and fees. Related: 5 pitfalls to avoid when booking hotels As a result,

You can finally vanish your WhatsApp photos and videos on Android

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
WhatsApp is now rolling out disappearing media after a certain amount of time to Android devices.

The gloriously chaotic humor of ‘Werewolves Within’ brings it to life

Mashable / 9h
Welcome to Thanks, I Love It , our series highlighting something onscreen we're obsessed with this week. Werewolves Within is part creature feature, part murder mystery, and part action movie, but what stays with you after Josh Ruben's horror comedy is the latter part — a distinct, quirky sense of humor that permeates from Mishna Wolff's script into every other part of the film. Mashable loved Wo

BLACK+DECKER Health launches with personal emergency response systems

SlashGear / 10h
For most of us, the name BLACK+DECKER is probably most closely associated with various power tools. The company has announced a new initiative called BLACK+DECKER Health, launching in the direct-to-consumer market, sliding into the health and wellness solutions category. BLACK+DECKER Health is bringing to market a new collection of personal emergency response systems called goVia. There are sever

Konami and 'The Medium' studio Bloober Team to partner on new games

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Engadget / 10h
Silent Hill and Metal Gear publisher Konami is teaming up with The Medium creator Bloober Team in a "strategic partnership," the companies have announced . They'll be "jointly developing selected content and exchanging know-how" on both new and existing game properties. "We look forward to combining Bloober Team’s and our respective characteristics and strengths to create high-quality content," s

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro design leaked in dummy unit photos

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
The iPhone 13 range has leaked yet again, this time giving us a good look at the likely design and camera.

The LG A1 OLED TV has got very cheap very fast

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
This affordable LG A1 OLED TV is now even cheaper than it was, making it an a fantastic option for those on a budget.

New NASA radiation rules could open up space missions to more women

MIT Technology Review / 10h
Because Earth’s magnetic fields are able to protect us from much of the radiation that barrels through space, humans on this planet aren’t exposed to much of it—only about 3 to 4 millisieverts (mSv) every year. An astronaut staying on the International Space Station for 180 days, on the other hand, would get hit by 50 to 180 mSv. How that affects you depends on many different factors, including g

Battlefield 2042 partners with Nvidia – but is it bad news for people with AMD GPUs?

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Battlefield 2042 players with new Nvidia graphics cards could get a competitive edge thanks to DLSS and Nvidia Reflex.

Zoom is about to tear down the language barrier

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Zoom acquisition will help users communicate in real-time with colleagues and partners from around the world.

Microsoft reiterates it isn't bothered about selling Xbox Series X consoles

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Microsoft's Phil Spencer says that Xbox has "never been in a better position" thanks to the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and Xbox Game Pass.

Why private cloud is among the elite

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Discover why private cloud, a single-tenant environment, is rapidly becoming the industry's top choice.

Kim Jong Un Warns of 'Great Crisis' in North Korea During Cryptic Speech About Covid-19

49Gizmodo / 10h
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un said his country was facing a “great crisis” thanks to the “incapable and irresponsible work attitude” of his underlings, during a recent speech about the covid-19 pandemic, portions of which were published on Wednesday. Read more...

Researchers confirm the detection of a collision between a black hole and a neutron star

SlashGear / 10h
For the first time, researchers have confirmed the detection of a collision between a black hole and a neutron star. Even more impressive than confirming the first such collision is that the scientists detected two events occurring only ten days apart in January 2020. The mergers sent gravitational waves rippling across 900 million light-years to reach Earth. Scientists say that … Continue readin

TCL C-Series gaming-focused 4K smart TVs launched in India

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
TCL has introduced three different 4K QLED TVs in India under the C series. These TVs QLED4K C825, QLED 4K C728 and QLED 4K C725 are tailor made for immersive gaming

Mixing and matching different vaccines seems to work

22MIT Technology Review / 10h
The news: In a preprint published on Monday, researchers reported that people who got a shot of Oxford-AstraZeneca followed four weeks later by Pfizer-BioNTech had strong immune responses, higher than those who got two doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca, and roughly comparable to those who received two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech. That’s reassuring news for the countries that have already been mixing and m

AirCar prototype completes its first inter-city flight

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400+Engadget / 10h
The term flying car is a bit of a misnomer. In order to meet regulatory guidelines, many of the vehicles currently in development are more like manned drones or vertical take-off and landing aircraft (VTOL). But, a prototype that just achieved a major milestone actually fits the flying car description. A Slovakian company known as Klein Vision recently completed its inaugural inter-city flight be

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE listing reveals faster charging than the Galaxy S21 Ultra

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
An FCC listing has revealed the likely charging speed and chipset of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE.

The Elder Scrolls 6 release date could be years away

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
The Elder Scrolls 6 release date won’t be any time soon, it seems, as Bethesda Games Studio director Todd Howard confirms the game is still in early stages of development.

The Frasier revival on Paramount Plus has a tentative release date

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
The return of Frasier on Paramount Plus is coming sooner than you'd think.

Shopify unveils its vision for the future of ecommerce

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
The ecommerce platform has revealed a host of new features and functions at its Shopify Unite event.

AI-powered GitHub tool will pretty much write your code for you

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
GitHub is previewing a new context-aware coding assistant, called Copilot.

Here's how you can get 5 courses on modern web development for $20

Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: Start learning about modern web development with this online course bundle — save 98% and get it for just $20. If someone living in the '90s time-traveled to 2021, there’s a lot they’d be confused about. Besides the latest fashion, music, and slang, one of the most dramatically different things is, of course, the internet. See, back in the day, learning to build a website meant knowing the

Upgrade your work and play time with this 27-inch refurbished (and discounted) iMac

Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: Working from home full-time? Pick up a refurbished iMac and save $151.76 off the original price. Having a quality screen to work from can help you focus, work more efficiently, and even relax and play harder (once you're all finished with your nine-to-five, of course). With the 27-inch iMac , you can enjoy a core i7 8GB RAM processor with a 5K Retina display to boot. It's the perfect way t

Get a year of cell service for under $7 a month with this contract-free plan

Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: Switch to a contract-free phone plan with a Tello Economy prepaid 12-month plan on sale for $79, down from $120 as of June 30. Whether you’re a dedicated Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile customer, if you’re sick of limited data allotment and expensive fees every time you go over or other frustrating restrictions, it might be time to switch to this contract-free Tello Economy prepaid 12-month pla

Twitter India named in two more police cases

BBC News - Technology / 10h
This comes amid growing tensions between the website and the government over new IT rules.

Google tightens UK policy on financial ads after watchdog pressure over scams

100+TechCrunch / 10h
The UK’s more expansive, post-Brexit role in digital regulation continues to be felt today via a policy change by Google which has announced that it will, in the near future, only run ads for financial products and services when the advertiser in question has been verified by the financial watchdog, the FCA. The Google Ads Financial Products and Services policy will be updated from August 30, per

This kids' fitness tracker lets your little ones make video calls from their wrists

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
The TCL MoveTime Family Watch 2 includes a front-facing camera for selfies and video chats, plus improved GPS.

LG Mini LED TVs are rolling out – but can they take on OLED?

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
LG's QNED range is packed with Mini LED backlighting, and it's starting to rollout worldwide.

Need a cheap soundbar? Grab this Polk Audio React deal while you can

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Grab the Polk Audio React soundbar for less with this great deal from Amazon.

Billy Boyd manages to stump Stephen Colbert with 'Lord of the Rings' trivia

71Mashable / 11h
How good, nay, exceptional is your Lord of the Rings trivia knowledge? J. R. R. Tolkien fan and scholar Stephen Colbert's is historically excellent , with The Late Show host even taking his fandom to the next level on a visit to New Zealand a few years back. So OG trilogy stars Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, members of the Fellowship and proud hosts of their own new podcast , decided to test Co

LG Updates Its 2021 TVs for Full Xbox Series X and PS5 Support

62How-To Geek / 11h
While 4K Dolby Vision gaming HDR technology is available for the Xbox Series S and X, most gamers don’t have a TV that supports these features. Some new TVs can do 4K 120 Hz, and some can do Dolby Vision, but until today most couldn’t do both. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Play Retro Game Boy Cartridges on Your Computer with This Little Adapter

34How-To Geek / 11h
Got a box or two of your old Game Boy cartridges lying around? Well, thanks to this clever new device—dubbed the GB Operator—it’s time to dust your cartridges off, as the slick adapter lets you play your cherished games right on your computer. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Windows 11 Could Improve Laptop Battery Life with Dynamic Refresh Rate Feature

How-To Geek / 11h
Some high-end Windows laptops come with 120Hz display panels, which offer incredibly smooth animations when scrolling, watching movies, or crafting digital artwork. But high refresh rate displays can take a toll on battery life. That’s why Microsoft is introducing a battery-saving Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR) feature to Windows 11. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Amazon Music Unlimited Subscribers Get Up to Six Months of Disney+ for Free

How-To Geek / 11h
If you’ve been on the fence about getting Disney+, you might not want to pass up this deal. Amazon is giving all Music Unlimited subscribers in the U.S. and Canada free access to the popular video streaming service—up to six months! Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Leak Suggests Larger Front Display, Two-Tone Design

How-To Geek / 11h
Samsung’s folding phones continue to evolve, and now we have our first official-looking renders of the fancy Galaxy Z Flip 3. As seen here, Samsung’s compact clamshell smartphone could arrive next month with a neat new two-tone design and a larger cover display on the outside. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

HP's New Pavilion Aero 13 Is Almost More Screen Than Body

100+How-To Geek / 11h
HP just announced the Pavilion Aero 13, a $750 laptop optimized for portability and streaming. At just 2.18 pounds, it’s HP’s lightest consumer laptop yet, and it’s the first Pavilion laptop with an immersive 90% screen to body ratio. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

The Best Augmented Reality Apps for iPhone and Android

How-To Geek / 11h
Augmented reality, or AR for short, lets you virtually experiment with and manipulate the real world through technology. You’ve probably seen AR at work in popular games for both Android and iOS, but there are so many other cool apps that use it, too. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Amazon's New Reading Sidekick Feature Uses Alexa to Help Kids Read

How-To Geek / 11h
Amazon’s latest venture is an awesome new feature for its Kids Plus service called Reading Sidekick. The feature is designed to assist kids in building their reading skills, either by reading aloud to them or by listening to them read to ensure they pronounce words correctly. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

'Contra Returns' for iOS and Android Is Finally Coming to the U.S.

400+How-To Geek / 11h
Back in 2017, Konami and Tencent’s TiMi Studios released Contra Returns, a free-to-play mobile game featuring classic Contra gameplay with new storylines and over 200 levels. Problem is, Contra Returns never made its way out of Asia. It’s now set to release in the North America, Europe, and Latin America on July 26th for Android and iOS devices. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Microsoft Won't Tell You If Your PC Can Run Windows 11 Anymore

100+How-To Geek / 11h
Microsoft is continuing its inexplicable efforts to dig itself into a hole by temporarily removing the PC Health Check app, thus preventing users from checking to see whether or not their computer will be compatible with Windows 11. The company says the app will return “this fall.” Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Western Digital Removed Code That Would Have Prevented Global My Book Wiping

200+How-To Geek / 11h
A Western Digital developer removed code that would have prevented last week’s mass wiping of My Book Live storage drives, according to a report from Ars Technica. A hacker exploited this change in code, likely to disrupt another hacker who had turned some My Book Live devices into a botnet. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Using A.I. to Find Bias in A.I.

67NYT > Technology / 11h
The problem of bias in artificial intelligence is facing increasing scrutiny from regulators and is a growing business for start-ups and tech stalwarts.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 leak shows the full design and a whole bunch of colors

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Leaked renders have given us a close look at the likely Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 design in three colors.

Amazon Echo Dot Kids UK release date and price revealed for the cutest smart speakers around

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Amazon is making its child-friendly Echo Dot Kids smart speaker available in the UK and also giving existing Echo speakers access to free parental controls.

HBO Max expands beyond the US to 39 new territories

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Engadget / 11h
As it announced earlier this year , HBO Max is finally moving outside the US, expanding to 39 territories in Latin America and the Caribbean. "With today’s launch, we are introducing our global platform and providing a brand new user experience to millions of fans across Latin America and the Caribbean," said HBO Max International head Johannes Larcher in a statement. Unlike HBO Max in the US, su

Nothing Ear 1 price in India, release date, news and leaks

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei will unveil the Nothing Ear 1 true wireless earbuds on July 27. Here is its pricing, availability and other information.

Facebook launches newsletter platform Bulletin

34Mashable / 11h
Facebook is taking on Substack and other newsletter platforms with its own, free tool called Bulletin . Announced by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg via Facebook's Live Audio Rooms on Tuesday, Bulletin is a set of publishing and subscription tools aimed at independent writers in the U.S. Bulletin offers each user their own standalone website with a customizable name, logo and color palette, and tool

Rainbow Six Siege Y6S2.1 patch notes out, brings a lot of bug fixes

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Rainbow Six Siege has a new patch out now following the big Year 6 Season 2 update, and it brings a lot of new bug fixes in gameplay, level design, operators and user experience.

Smartphones launched in June 2021 in India

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
iQoo Z3, Poco M3 Pro 5G, Infinix Note 10 series, OnePlus Nord CE, and Samsung Galaxy M32 are amongst the popular launches of June 2021.

Nigeria’s MDaaS launches new healthtech product on the back of $2.3M seed extension

30TechCrunch / 12h
It is no secret that healthcare in Nigeria and most parts of Africa is not easily available and a lot of work needs to be done in that regard . However , there are instances where accessibility is taken for granted. Take f or instance Nigeria where a majority of the population with some form of healthcare access would rather treat diseases than prevent them in the first place . As a result, peopl

London-based insurtech Hyperexponential closes $18M round led by Highland Europe

26TechCrunch / 12h
London-based insurtech hyperexponential (“hx”) – which has a mathematical modeling software for the commercial insurance sector – has closed an $18m funding round led by growth capital fund Highland Europe. Hxsays it helps companies build, deploy and update their insurance pricing models faster, via a SaaS platform called Renew which is aimed at actuaries, data-scientists and underwriters. Amrit

German identity verifier IDnow acquires France’s ARIADNEXT for $59 million, hits M&A road

35TechCrunch / 12h
IDnow , a German-based identity verification startup is acquiring ARIADNEXT , a French equivalent, specializing in remote identity verification and digital identity creation. A price was not released by either party but TechCrunch understands from sources that the deal was approximately $59 million / €50 million. Sources say IDnow is looking to do similar acquisitions. IDnow says the combined ent

Ably raises $70 million for its developer platform that enables realtime features

38TechCrunch / 12h
Ably is a Pub/Sub messaging platform that companies can use to develop realtime features in their products. The company just raised a $70 million Series B funding round co-led by Insight Partners and Dawn Capital . Every day, you use various apps that push and fetch data in realtime. When you send a message in your favorite chat app, when you edit a document collaboratively, when you start a vide

Why your business needs to embrace the next generation of Live Chat

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Embracing the newest live chat solutions can get you even closer to your customers.

IKEA Canada made an ugly, judgemental bisexual couch

46Mashable / 12h
Today in corporate attempts at allyship, IKEA Canada has unveiled a series of 10 "Love Seat" slipcovers for Pride — including an eldritch abomination based on the bisexual flag. It's ugly and you can't buy it. You're welcome. Each based on a different LGBTQ Pride fla