Wednesday, June 09, 2021

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A new PS5 bundle could be coming – but you probably won't be able to buy it

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4min
A Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart PS5 bundle has been spotted, but it’ll likely be in high demand.

Facebook wants an AI that can beat the 'hardest game in the world'

Engadget / 18min
Facebook is asking for the AI community’s help in bringing low NetHack — one of the most notoriously difficult titles in gaming history — and maybe help computers learn to simulate instances faster using fewer resources.

Can't wait for Diablo 4? Get your fix with this tabletop D&D Tristram map

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 18min
Dungeons and Dragons and Diablo? A match made in heaven (or hell).

Windows 10 users could soon get another annoying pop-up from Microsoft

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 18min
It looks like Microsoft has found another way to annoy Windows 10 users, but what are its actual intentions?

Microsoft patches six serious security vulnerabilities that were being actively exploited

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 18min
Latest Microsoft Patch Tuesday fixes vulnerabilities that were exploited in ongoing or past attacks.

PS5 restock: Very has both PS5 and Xbox Series X stock right now

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 18min
Very has both Xbox Series X and PS5 restocks live right now.

Apple’s new MacBooks are selling well – but still lost serious ground to Chromebooks and Windows laptops

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 18min
Apple has been selling a ton of Macs lately over in the US, but it’s not all good news.

Lebara Mobile extends Vodafone MVNO deal to include 5G

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 18min
Lebara Mobile customers will get 5G, VoLTE and roaming.

Crypto Isn’t About Money. It’s About Fandom

Wired / 21min
And that’s why we will fight about it forever.

El Salvador Becomes First Country to Recognize Bitcoin as Currency

Gizmodo / 21min
El Salvador has become the first country in the world to recognize the cryptocurrency bitcoin as legal currency, according to President Nayib Bukele in a tweet on Wednesday. Citizens will be able to pay taxes in bitcoin and, perhaps most importantly for bitcoin diehards, bitcoin won’t be subject to capital gains taxes… Read more...

Sinch snaps up MessageMedia for $1.3B to compete with Twilio in business SMS services

TechCrunch / 21min
Sinch — the Swedish company that provides a suite of services for companies to build communications and specifically “customer engagement” into their services by way of APIs — has made yet another acquisition in its global march to scale up its business and compete more squarely with Twilio. The company today announced that it has acquired MessageMedia , a provider of SMS and other messaging serv

Ratchet & Clank soars to new heights on the PlayStation 5 in 'Rift Apart'

Ratchet Clank Rift Apart•
Mashable / 22min
For a game that leaps from one universe to another, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart itself sure feels like a game from another dimension. It's immediately familiar, but is also something that doesn't quite fit into a modern gaming landscape where the biggest and most popular releases last anywhere from 50 hours to, well, basically forever Rift Apart steps up, tells its story, and never overstays its

Ingenuity Mars helicopter completes its seventh flight

SlashGear / 22min
NASA JPL is celebrating the successful completion of another flight for the Ingenuity Mars helicopter. The tweet announced that the seventh flight had been completed overall, which is also the second flight for operations during the demo phase for the helicopter. During its seventh flight, the helicopter flew for 62.8 seconds and traveled approximately 106 meters south. Ingenuity set down … Conti

Vauxhall’s latest electrified Grandland SUV is full of fancy tech

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 25min
Vauxhall has announced the latest plug-in hybrid version of its sporty Grandland SUV.

This new Microsoft Teams update is both dumb and amazing in equal measures

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 25min
That's right, Microsoft Teams is getting hold music.

How wearable AI could help you recover from covid

MIT Technology Review / 26min
Angela Mitchell still remembers the night she nearly died. It was almost one year ago in July. Mitchell—who turns 60 this June—tested positive for covid-19 at her job as a pharmacy technician at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. She was sneezing, coughing, and feeling dizzy. The hospital management offered her a choice. She could quarantine at a hotel, or she could recover and isola

How much did the makers of The Family Man - Season 2 snip it in self-censorship?

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 47min
Even as streaming platforms in India put in place an institutional formal censorship mechanism, the market, as in audience, itself is forcing them to resort to self-censorship.

Payment apps collect and share your data. Here's how to lock them down.

Mashable / 50min
Privacy Please is an ongoing series exploring the ways privacy is violated in the modern world, and what can be done about it. Mobile payment apps including Venmo , Cash App , and PayPal Mobile Cash have wormed their way into the fabric of our lives. While they offer users real value and convenience, they extract a serious, and often hidden, privacy toll. Buried deep in their settings are sometim

Huge Garmin sale at Amazon right now – why wait for Prime Day?

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 54min
You can get up to $120 off some of Garmin's best sports watches at Amazon right now.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Watch Active 4 strongly teased for late June launch

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 54min
Samsung could use MWC 2021 to show off its two new smartwatches, and maybe more.

Netflix's 'The Sandman' sets look incredible in behind-the-scenes clip with Neil Gaiman

Mashable / 1h
Fans of The Sandman , we've got the cast , and now we've got a peek at the sets and props. Netflix's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's DC fantasy graphic novel series is one of the more anticipated releases up ahead for the streaming service. Set somewhat in the fictional world of The Dreaming, ruled by Morpheus (aka Dream), the comic books have taken fans into other realms for years — and now these wo

Get one of the best 65-inch 4K TVs for less with this discount code

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
The Panasonic HX800 is one of the best TVs out there for mid-range buyers, and you can now buy it at a startlingly good price.

What iPhone 13 details can we learn from iOS 15?

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
iOS 15 has been announced, and it might hold some clues to the upgrades we'll find on the iPhone 13.

State of Origin 2021 Game 1: live stream NSW Blues vs Qld Maroons from anywhere

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Origin is back, with the NSW Blues set to face the Queensland Maroons in Townsville for the 2021 series opener.

One of Netflix's best comedy TV shows is finally returning next month

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson is finally coming back to Netflix, after a more than two-year wait.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE leak reveals full design in a range of colors

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Unofficial renders have shown off the likely design of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE in five shades.

HBO Max update mostly fixes its broken Apple TV app

Engadget / 1h
HBO Max has updated its Apple TV app to address technical glitches.

Enter to win an Apple prize package worth nearly $6,000

Mashable / 1h
TL;DR: Want to score some free gadgets? Sign up for The Awesome Apple Bundle Giveaway , where you'll get the chance to win the latest iMac , iPad Pro, a MacBook Pro with Apple M1 chip, a five-year subscription to Apple One, and AirPods Pro. If you’re always on the outside looking in when it comes to Apple’s new releases, now’s your chance to secure nearly $6,000 worth of gear for the greatest pri

Stay camera-ready with a water flosser and sonic toothbrush set

Mashable / 1h
TL;DR: Brighten your smile with the Poseidon water flosser and sonic toothbrush set , which is on sale for 18% off as of June 9. If you've been neglecting your smile for the past year, it’s time to go all in. Snag yourself the Poseidon water flosser and sonic toothbrush set while it’s on sale and prepare your teeth for their reentry into society. This electric toothbrush features an ultra-quiet m

Get 75 hours of cybersecurity training for only $30

Mashable / 1h
TL;DR: If you're interested in a cybersecurity career, learn more with the Premium CompTIA and Cisco Networking Certification Prep Bundle . As of June 9, it's on sale for $29.99. Launch a career in cybersecurity by diving into this Premium CompTIA and Cisco Networking Certification Prep Bundle . For a limited time, it’s less than $4 per course. Led by IT professionals with over a decade of experi

Snag yourself a refurbished iPad for under $375

Mashable / 1h
TL;DR: As of June 9, grab this refurbished fifth-generation 128GB iPad for only $369.99. Looking for a way to bring your work responsibilities with you on the go this summer? Maybe it’s time you finally pull the trigger and snag yourself an iPad. This refurbished iPad from 2017 will help you accomplish your various work tasks with speed and efficiency without breaking the bank. Sporting a full-si

What to Know About the Newest iPhone and Android Software

NYT > Technology / 1h
Apple and Google have unveiled phone features designed for an era of hybrid remote and in-person work.

Uber and Lyft Ramp Up Efforts to Shield Business Model

NYT > Technology / 1h
Gig economy companies are backing state laws in New York and elsewhere that would cement drivers’ status as contractors in exchange for a union.

PS5 restock: Game has PS5 stock right now, with various bundles up for grabs

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
The latest PS5 restock at Game includes a variety of bundle options as well as standalone options on both the PS5 disc version and PS5 Digital Edition.

This company delivers packages faster than Amazon, but workers pay the price

MIT Technology Review / 1h
Early on the morning of October 12, 2020, 27-year-old Jang Deok-joon came home after working his overnight shift at South Korean e-commerce giant Coupang and jumped into the shower. He had worked at the company’s warehouse in the southern city of Daegu for a little over a year, hauling crates full of items ready to be shipped to delivery hubs. When he didn’t come out of the bathroom for over an h

Float wants to provide liquidity to African SMBs in a way never done before

TechCrunch / 1h
According to research, 85% of African SMBs have zero access to financing, and e ach day, African SMBs have billions locked up in receivables due to long payment cycles. This leads to cash flow problems that cause businesses to be late on important expenses and fulfilment of new orders. Jesse Ghansah and his co-founder Barima Effah want to answer these problems with their newly launched startup Fl

PS5 restock dates: GameStop, Best Buy and Walmart – when to buy it this week

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
The PS5 restock opportunities have been few and far between this week. Here's where and when to look for the Sony console.

This is the first new close-up picture of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede in more than 20 years

MIT Technology Review / 1h
NASA has just released the first pictures of Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, taken during a flyby by the Juno probe. Juno passed Ganymede on June 7, making its closest approach at just around 1000 kilometers from its surface while traveling at 66,800 kmh. It’s the closest any probe has come to the moon since Galileo in 2000. The image above was taken by the JunoCam, capturing nearly a whole sid

Google Pixel 4a 5G is hard to buy - does that mean the Pixel 5a is near?

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Reports suggest the Google Pixel 4a 5G is no longer on sale, suggesting the Pixel 5a could be here soon.

WhatsApp brings voice calls to Jio Phone and other KaiOS-based devices

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
KaiOS powered feature phone users will be able to make voice calls on WhatsApp as the company has enabled WhatsApp VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) for KaiOS-enabled devices including Jio Phone.

Google quietly ends support for its augmented reality Measure app

Engadget / 2h
Google kills its augmented reality Measure app.

Pennylane raises $18.3 million for its accounting service

TechCrunch / 2h
French startup Pennylane has raised a new $18.3 million funding round (€15 million). Interestingly, this is Sequoia Capital’s first investment in France after they announced ambitious expansion plans in Europe. If you’re not familiar with Pennylane, the startup has been developing an accounting platform that improves accounting for both clients and their accountants. Focused on small and medium c

Vivaldi 4.0 launches with built-in email and calendar clients, RSS reader

Vivaldi Feed Reader•
TechCrunch / 2h
Vivaldi has always been one of the more interesting of the Chromium-based browsers, in no small part thanks to its emphasis on building tools for power users in a privacy-centric package, but also because of its pedigree, with Opera’s outspoken former CEO Jon von Tetzchner as its co-founder and CEO. Today, the Vivaldi team is launching version 4.0 of its browser and with that, it’s introducing a

Realme laptops to launch in India soon – Its CEO reveals

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Realme will enter the PC segment very soon with its first laptop, as confirmed by CEO Madhav Sheth in a cryptic teaser.

Samsung The Frame TV 2021 launched in India

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
The new Samsung The Frame TV 2021 has been launched in India for a starting price of Rs 61,990 and is available in 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch variants.

US Senate passes sweeping bill to counter China tech reach

BBC News - Technology / 3h
The historic $250bn bill saw divided parties unite to compete with China's technological ambitions.

Galaxy Tab S7 FE will only get quarterly updates

SlashGear / 3h
When Samsung turned over a new leaf and promised more regular updates for its phones, many probably hoped it would apply to all devices equally. Of course, not all of Samsung’s devices are made equal and even some older flagships aren’t getting the same treatment. It is, however, strange when a new device that is almost top-tier doesn’t get the … Continue reading

Steam on Linux NVIDIA DLSS support coming to some Windows games

SlashGear / 3h
Valve has long been trying to get game developers and publishers to see Linux as a serious and profitable gaming platform and not simply because it loves the open source operating system. It basically wants games to be free from their reliance on Windows and Microsoft’s development frameworks and, eventually, to have them available on its own Linux-based Steam OS. … Continue reading

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G to launch on June 22 in India

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G will come to India on June 22 as one of the thinnest and lightest smartphones of the year.

Kevin Hart's Quibi show is getting a second season with Roku

Engadget / 3h
Roku has announced that it has ordered a second season of Kevin Hart's "Die Hart," that will of course be titled "Die Harter."

OnePlus Dimensity 1200 phone reportedly in the prototyping stage

SlashGear / 4h
OnePlus has been trying to diversify its products recently and not just by launching new devices like its first-ever smartwatch. Last year, it also introduced a new Nord series that seems poised to flood the budget and mid-range smartphone markets in the US and elsewhere. All throughout, however, OnePlus has solidly been a Qualcomm smartphone house as far as the … Continue reading

Olympus PEN E-P7 is a comeback travel camera with a very familiar face

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
The Olympus PEN E-P7 is the first camera released under the imaging brand's new owners, but it's a blast from the past.

European neobroker Scalable Capital raises $180M+ at a $1.4B valuation

TechCrunch / 4h
Neobrokers — startups that are disrupting the investment industry by providing a platform for a wider range of consumers to partake in the stock market by offering them more incremental investment options and modern and easy mobile-based interfaces to manage their money — continue to see a huge amount of interest, and today comes the latest development in that story. Scalable Capital , a Munich/B

Samsung's smart home app SmartThings gets a new interface - It's faster & brighter

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
The new interface focuses on simplifying the layout so that it will be more user-friendly. It breaks everything down into five sections from the main screen.

CTL Chromebox CBx2 might be the most powerful Chrome OS desktop yet

SlashGear / 5h
Chrome OS devices have earned the reputation of being low-power and low-cost computers mostly because of how most Chromebooks, especially the first one, were precisely those. These days, however, Google and its OEM partners have been trying to raise the profile of Chromebooks and Chromeboxes by providing beefier hardware components. That, of course, also means raising prices and that combination

Terraformation gets $30M to fight climate change with rapid reforesting

TechCrunch / 5h
Every startup is trying to fix something but Terraformation is tackling the only problem that must matter to all of us: Climate change. This is why it’s in such a big huge hurry. Its mission — as a ‘forest tech’ startup — is to accelerate tree planting by applying a startup-y operational philosophy of scalability to the pressing task of rapidly, sustainably reforesting denuded landscapes — bringi

Realme C25s goes on sale today: price, specs, and availability

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
The Realme C25s is a quick follow-up to the Realme C25 from April 2021. It comes with a better chipset while retaining the rest of the specs and price tag.

Samsung develops 8nm RF chip process tech - Major boost for 5G communication

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
The new 8nm RF chip architecture from Samsung will provide up to 35% increase in power efficiency and 35% decrease in logic area compared to 14nm RF.

Refyne raises $20.1 million to help workers in India get faster access to wages

TechCrunch / 5h
A young Indian startup that is betting that earned wage access solutions will take off in the South Asian nation said on Wednesday it has closed a new round from high-profile investors. Bangalore-based Refyne said on Wednesday that it has raised $16 million in Series A from partners of DST Global and RTP Global. The one-year-old startup also disclosed that it raised a $4.1 million seed round in D

A men’s brand, Faculty, launches with nail polish — and seed funding from Estee Lauder

TechCrunch / 6h
“It’s not a nail polish company,” says Fenton Jagdeo of Faculty , the startup he cofounded in 2019 with Umar ElBably. Though their Toronto-based company currently sells just three shades of nail polish along with some nail stickers — that’s it — the products are a wedge to something much larger, says Jagdeo. There will be merchandise, according to the former business management consultant. There

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jimmy Fallon celebrate Broadway's return with catchy 'Hamilton' parody

Mashable / 6h
While staying at home has been the safe, responsible choice amidst the coronavirus pandemic, we still miss the fun and excitement of a night on the town In the Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is no exception, joining Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show for a fun musical tribute to all the Broadway shows they miss, from Chicago to Wicked. SEE ALSO: 'In The Heights' raises the bar for movie musical

Google Measure AR app joins the notorious graveyard

SlashGear / 6h
Google is not one to one to “retire” apps, services, and products, sometimes with little prior notice. That’s true for products that have cost Google a lot of money as well as some products that do make Google some money, it’s even more true for those that don’t. Apps come and go, regardless of their importance or significance, and one … Continue reading

Senate passes competitiveness bill with $52 billion for chip manufacturing

Engadget / 6h
A bill allocating billions to increase US chip manufacturing and research has passed the Senate in a 68 - 32 vote.

Boost your brain power with this discounted training bundle

Mashable / 6h
TL;DR: The Supercharged Brain Training Bundle is on sale for £14.08 as of June 9, saving you 96% on list price. No matter who you are, if you're a living, breathing human in the world today, you're forced to absorb a colossal amount of information on a daily basis. And the only way to handle the influx of knowledge thrown at you is by training your brain. That’s where the Supercharged Brain Train

Honor Band 6 launched in India at Rs 3,999

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Honor Band 6 is one of the much-awaited budget fitness trackers. It will take on the Mi Band 6.

iPhone SE is half price in Optus' EOFY sale

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
With huge discounts (up to 90%) on handsets paired with plans, Optus' EOFY sales are a great time to score a cheap phone.

Samsung to introduce a new ISOCELL sensor this week

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Samsung's ISOCELL unit is expected to unveil a new camera sensor aimed at affordable mid-range devices on June 10.

The first 'Ron's Gone Wrong' trailer will make you want this adorable, malfunctioning egg-robot

Mashable / 7h
Remember when you were a kid, and it seemed like everyone else always had the newest, shiniest toy — and somehow yours was the busted budget version? That's what happens to Barney ( Shazam scene-stealer Jack Dylan Grazer) in Ron's Gone Wrong , the first theatrical feature from UK-based studio Locksmith Animation. The latest gadget in Barney's reality is the B*Bot, a sort of overgrown iPhone-tamag

Google Search Choice Screen to be free for rival search engines

SlashGear / 7h
Google might be the most popular search engine in the world but it is hardly the only one. There are several of those around, some trying to survive in their local markets against the might of Google’s resources. In Europe, the tech giant was legally forced to present Android users with a Choice Screen, letting them select the browser and … Continue reading

Hisense's first 4K and 8K Mini LED TVs are coming to Australia this month

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Hisense has announced pricing and availability for its Australian 2021 TV lineup, including its first Mini LED TVs.

Telstra slashes AU$200 off the iPhone 12 for EOFY

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Telstra is offering some surprisingly good discounts this end of financial year, with savings on iPhone, Samsung, Google Pixel phones and more.

Galaxy Watch 4 charger might not be included in the box

SlashGear / 7h
Although Samsung’s smartwatches have always been popular in their own right, the Galaxy Watch 4 has become even more anticipated since Google I/O 2021 last month. It was there that the collaboration between the two companies was officially announced which would lead to the two’s wearable platforms eventually becoming one. That the Galaxy Watch 4 will run Wear OS could … Continue reading

Twitter's Art Decider will no longer decide what is art

Mashable / 7h
Art Decider has finally decided its art is at an end. Announced in a tweet on Tuesday , the beloved novelty account has decided it will no longer arbitrate what is and is not art on Twitter, leaving it to the huddled masses to discern meaning for themselves. "I’ve decided that The Art Decider will end today," wrote Art Decider, which is run by New York actor and writer Michael Tannenbaum . "I see

Wagely, an Indonesian earned wage access and financial services platform, raises $5.6M

TechCrunch / 8h
Wagely founders (from l to r): Tobias Fischer, Sasanadi Ruka and Kevin Hausburg Earned wage access (EWA) platforms that allow workers to withdraw their earnings on demand instead of waiting until payday are proliferating around the world. Today, Indonesian EWA startup wagely announced it has raised $5.6 million in strategic funding, led by Integra Partners (formerly known as Dymon Asia Ventures).

Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 price rumor sounds too good to be true

SlashGear / 8h
The Galaxy S21 series looked solid but recent reports whisper about its less than impressive sales figures. The Galaxy Note 21, however, is already confirmed to be a no-show this year, to be replaced in part by an admittedly interesting Galaxy S21 FE or Fan Edition. That makes Samsung’s two upcoming foldable phones its most exciting devices this year but … Continue reading

Facebook and Instagram Are Rolling Out (More) Financial Incentives for Influencers

Gizmodo / 9h
If you thought the deal couldn’t possibly get sweeter for the influencers that flock to Facebook and Instagram to simultaneously bolster their social media followings and line their pockets, think again: On Tuesday, both platforms announced that they’ll be stepping up their respective games in the coming weeks by… Read more...

Apple AR headset is still MIA but might launch Q2 2022

SlashGear / 9h
WWDC 2021 unloaded a lot of goodies for Apple fans across all its devices and even teased some of the things Apple will be working on in the next few months. One frequently rumored endeavor, however, was still without a trace. Despite its profession of belief in augmented reality technology, Apple has yet to reveal even a shadow of its … Continue reading

Scientists Say Dark Matter Could Be Hiding Inside an Extra Dimension

1KFuturism / 9h
Extra Dimension According to a team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside, an extra dimension in space-time could be hiding dark mater — the stuff that appears to make up 85 percent of the mass in the universe, yet remains undetectable by scientific equipment. “We live in an ocean of dark matter, yet we know very little about what it could be,” said Flip Tanedo, assistant prof

Astronomers Find Organic Compounds Inside Multiple Dying Stars

1KFuturism / 9h
Trend Spotter Astronomers looking at the radio signals given off by distant planetary nebulae — the powerful shockwave given off by stars similar to our Sun as they enter their death throes — were caught by surprise when they found complex and even organic molecules coming from the wreckage. Previously, scientists didn’t think that any organic compounds — any molecule that contains carbon atoms —

NASA Spacecraft Takes Gorgeous Pictures of Jupiter’s Largest Moon

100+Futurism / 9h
NASA’s Juno spacecraft took two stunning images of Jupiter’s largest moon Ganymede during a June 7 flyby. It’s the closest flyby of the moon in more than two decades, according to NASA , a rare and tantalizing glimpse at the largest moon in the entire solar system — which also happens to be one of the best places to look for signs of life thanks to its icy crust. The flyby could also allow scient

Graphene Hard Drives Store Ten Times as Much Data

200+Futurism / 9h
Graphene Drives A team of scientists led by the University of Cambridge has developed a new ultra-high density hard drive that they say has ten times the data storage of other leading drives — thanks to an ultra-thin coating of graphene. Graphene, which is a material made of a one-atom-thick layer of carbon, is a bit of a buzzy darling in the material sciences community, to the point that it’s ne

New York Times Publishes Then Deletes Article Claiming Watermelons Were Found on Mars

3KFuturism / 9h
The New York Times is having a strange day. This afternoon, the prominent newspaper published an article making a surprising claim about exobiology: that watermelons had been discovered on Mars. “Authorities say rise of fruit aliens is to blame for glut of outer space watermelons,” read the story, which was deleted less than an hour later, according to a partial cache of its contents on Google Ne

Richard Branson Is Reportedly Racing to Go to Space Before Jeff Bezos

100+Futurism / 9h
Space Virgin Rumors are spreading that Virgin Galactic CEO Richard Branson will attempt to beat rival and Blue Origins CEO Jeff Bezos to space this summer. According to Parabolic Arc , which cited an anonymous source, the billionaire is looking to fly to the edge of space aboard his space company’s SpaceShipTwo rocket over the July 4 holiday weekend. It’s a sign that the space tourism industry is

Engineers Build Drones That Hunt Screaming Humans

100+Futurism / 9h
Peekaboo! A team of German engineers is hard at work building a particularly terrifying drone technology — but, they say, for an extremely good reason. For years, drone developers have argued that one of their best use cases is to quickly and easily navigate or monitor areas that are hard for humans to reach . So it’s no surprise that a team from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Communication,

The Price of Ubers and Airbnbs Is About to Get Jacked Up

Futurism / 9h
Bubble: Burst Unfortunately for everyone who got used to booking suspiciously-cheap rides across town or taking affordable vacations while living in a stranger’s home, companies like Airbnb and Uber are emerging from the pandemic much more expensive than they were before. On average, Lyft and Uber rides cost 40 percent more now than they did last year, the average Airbnb is 35 percent more expens

There’s a Large New Coronavirus Outbreak in China

1KFuturism / 9h
Guangzhou, the capital of China’s most populous province Guandong, is experiencing a flare up of coronavirus cases, as CNBC reports . It’s a sign that the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus, which was first detected in India, may lead to flare ups even in parts of the world that have had a robust public health response to COVID, like China. The city of over 15 million reported

This At-Home Gut Health Test Could Be the Key To Strengthening Your Immune System

Futurism / 9h
Thanks to recent scientific breakthroughs, we know your stomach is more important to your overall health than we ever imagined. According to Dan Peterson, assistant professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine , a preponderance of your immune system health actually occurs in your gastrointestinal tract. This is because the sole purpose of many cells that live in the l

NASA Is Investigating a Bizarre Explosion on the Sun

2KFuturism / 9h
Solar Forensics NASA is probing a bizarre, three-in-one explosion that erupted out of the surface of the Sun back in 2016 — in hopes that it will unlock the secrets of the Sun’s volatile activity. The explosion contained elements of three different types of solar eruptions : Bubble-like coronal mass ejections, beam-like jets, and partial eruptions that collapse onto themselves. Those eruptions al

IRS Leak Shows Elon Musk Paid $0 in Federal Income Tax in 2018

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7KFuturism / 9h
According to Internal Revenue Service data obtained by ProPublica , some of the wealthiest people in the world have paid extremely little in federal income taxes in recent years. In fact, several billionaires managed to whittle down their federal income tax return to zero dollars. Tesla CEO Elon Musk managed to do so in 2018. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, now the world’s richest man, paid zero dollars i

Scientists Sequence DNA Found in Pink Snow That Covered Mountains

1KFuturism / 9h
Do Not Eat A team of European scientists has trekked up the Alps to investigate the garish pink snow caused by colorful blooming algae that mix with the fresh snowfall to create a colorful alien landscape that can be seen among the mountaintops increasingly often. Unfortunately, the pink snow, sometimes called “blood snow” or a slightly less nauseating “strawberry snow,” is potentially disastrous

Elon Musk Mocks “Anonymous” For Threatening Him

9KFuturism / 9h
Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn’t afraid of Anonymous — or, at least, of folks on the internet who claim to be associated with the hacktivist organization Anonymous. Over the weekend, an account that claimed to be associated with the group uploaded a video to social media that accused the billionaire of destroying lives by playing the crypto markets. “You may think that you are the smartest person in the

Get Over 200 Apps For Your Mac With A One-Year Setapp Subscription

Futurism / 9h
While Apple continues to push the boundaries of tech with augmented reality and self-driving cars , for many people, it’s the Mac that matters most to them. Setapp is an easy way to turn your Mac into a productivity machine, by giving you access to a hand-selected library of apps for every need. If you act fast, you can get a year-long subscription for nearly half off its total value. The fundame

New Battery Tech Could Finally Make Flying Taxis Economically Feasible

400+Futurism / 9h
Becoming Realistic Flying taxis, more technically known as electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, might actually — finally — become a feasible technology thanks to a new development in battery technology. Ironically, the hardest part of designing and building eVTOLs isn’t the vehicle itself . Instead, it’s solving the challenging energy situation that eVTOLs face: Any battery th

It Sounds Like the Apple Car Is in Serious Trouble

100+Futurism / 9h
Shrinking Teams Rumors of an Apple car have been floating around for years now. The project has always been under tight wraps ,with very few details making it out to the public. But despite some reports that the tech company is working with manufacturers to realize its first passenger vehicle, the project may now be in serious trouble before even really getting started, as Bloomberg reported last

Anthony Weiner May Sell Infamous Nude Tweet as an NFT

99Futurism / 9h
Cashing In Anthony Weiner, the former US Representative who resigned in 2011 after accidentally tweeting a sexually explicit images of himself, is considering new ways to capitalize on his numerous sex scandals. Weiner, who also spent 18 months in federal prison for sexting and sending more pictures of himself to a then 15-year-old, suggested to New York Times columnist Ben Smith that he may hop

Some frozen snacks sold at Costco recalled over metal fragments risk

SlashGear / 9h
Clio Snacks has recalled some of its frozen treats sold at Costco stores over the risk of metal fragment contamination. Included in the voluntary class II food recall is the company’s Mixed Berry & Peach Less Sugar product, as well as its Vanilla & Strawberry Minis and the Clio Snacks Vanilla & Strawberry (non-mini) frozen yogurt bars. Costco posted the … Continue reading

How to get the watchOS 8 beta on your Apple Watch

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Here’s how to get the watchOS 8 beta on your Apple Watch to play with the exciting new features coming in the next big update.

Tom Hiddleston Caught Up His Loki Co-Stars With On-Set 'Loki Lectures'

Gizmodo / 10h
Loki takes Tom Hiddleston’s shapeshifting god of mischief out of his usual friend (and frenemy) circle and transposes him into a strange new world at the Time Variance Authority, filled with equally strange new characters. So what happens if you’re one of the few arbiters of the MCU’s goings-on involved? If you’re Tom… Read more...

Trump congratulates Nigeria for Twitter ban, says more countries should do the same

500+TechCrunch / 10h
Today, former President Donald Trump issued a statement supporting the Nigerian government’s decision to suspend Twitter activities in the West African country. “Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because they banned their President,” he said in the statement. The ex-President also encouraged other countries to follow in Nigeria’s footsteps and ban Twitter and Face

Lake Mead’s Water Supply Has Dropped to the Lowest Level Since the Hoover Dam Was Built

Gizmodo / 10h
A severe drought gripping parts of the western United States has caused Lake Mead’s water supply to dip to historically low levels this week, threatening a vital source of drinking water in a region that has been plagued by near continual drought conditions for decades. Read more...

Finless Foods promises realistic plant-based tuna with 2022 rollout

SlashGear / 10h
A company called Finless Foods plans to launch a plant-based raw tuna product next year that it claims offers a realistic texture and flavor. The food product will join the largely beef- and sausage-flavored plant-based meat products currently on the market, offering consumers who have seafood allergies, vegetarians, and others the option to enjoy tuna meals without contributing to overfishing. …

Lordstown Motors warns it doesn't have enough cash to produce electric trucks

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Engadget / 10h
Lordstown Motors will need additional funding to get its electric pickup on the market.

A “disgraceful decision:” Researchers blast FDA for approving Alzheimer’s drug

500+Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge (credit: Getty | Congressional Quarterly ) The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the antibody drug Aduhelm (generic name aducanumab) to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Aduhelm is the first new Alzheimer’s drug to earn FDA approval since 2003. It’s also the first drug to target a theoretical cause of the irreversible neurodegenerative disease—clumps of beta-amyloid peptides tha

CDC Lowers Travel Risk Levels For 110 Countries, And US State Department Will Too

View from the Wing / 10h
In April the U.S. State Department issued 'Do Not Travel' warnings for 80% of the world's countries due to coronavirus risk. They suddenly discovered the pandemic more than three months into 2021. They updated their guidance to conform to CDC recommendations. But now the CDC has suddenly discovered vaccines - and is updating their guidance, too. The State Department will follow. And a new working

Jazz vs Clippers live stream: how to watch NBA playoff series 2021 online from anywhere

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Two of the finest 3-point shooters go toe-to-toe in this Western Conference semifinal. Here's how to watch the Jazz vs Clippers series and live stream NBA playoffs action from anywhere.

Patrick Stump's Spidey and His Amazing Friends Theme Is a Web-Slinging Bop

Gizmodo / 11h
Whether it’s the classic ‘60s bop , the ‘90s heavy metal guitar wails , or the pop-rock goodness of Spectacular Spider-Man , Peter Parker’s animated adventures have always had some pretty banging theme songs. His latest animated show , aimed at younger audiences, is no exception, thanks to Fall Out Boy vocalist Patrick… Read more...

Extra Crunch roundup: Security data lakes, China vs. Starlink, ExtraHop’s $900M exit

TechCrunch / 11h
News broke this morning that Bain Capital Private Equity and Crosspoint Capital Partners are purchasing Seattle-based network security startup ExtraHop. Part of the Network Detection and Response (NDR) market, ExtraHop’s security solutions are for companies that manage assets in the cloud and on-site, “something that could be useful as more companies find themselves in that in-between state,” rep

Fortnite’s new Battle Star system explained: Choose your favorites

SlashGear / 11h
Epic overhauled its Battle Pass system for Chapter 2 – Season 7, which was released in the early morning hours today. Rather than players unlocking Battle Pass rewards linearly like in past seasons, the new system introduces Battle Stars and the ability to unlock any item you want regardless of where it falls on the list. The Battle Pass system … Continue reading

As a Green Bubble, I Appreciate Apple’s FaceTime Olive Branch

Gizmodo / 11h
The minute I saw Apple’s mockup of a FaceTime call taking place on an Android browser at its WWDC keynote , I texted my best friend. “Apple announced FaceTime for Android users,” I wrote her. “You can make a Zoom-like meeting link, and then I can join you from my phone.” I typed out three consecutive sobbing emojis to… Read more...

Spurred by Clarence Thomas, Ohio AG wants Google declared a public utility

Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / Googleplex office in Palo Alto, California in January 2018. (credit: Getty Images | Ingus Kruklitis) The state of Ohio sued Google today in an unusual complaint that seeks a legal declaration that Google is a common carrier and public utility under Ohio law. "Google uses its dominance of Internet search to steer Ohioans to Google's own products—that's discriminatory and anti-competitive

Pledge 1% is asking VCs to help unlock billions in corporate philanthropy

TechCrunch / 11h
The corporate philanthropy organization Pledge 1% has, since its launch in 2014, asked founders to donate 1% of their companies’ equity, product or employees’ time starting on their first day of business. While the Bay Area-based outfit has found meaningful support from companies like DocuSign, Box, Twilio Okta and PagerDuty that pledged their resources ahead of becoming publicly traded companies

Netflix's live-action 'Cowboy Bebop' series starts streaming this fall

200+Engadget / 11h
3, 2, 1, let's jam.

Liquid Web expands its WordPress offerings with IconicWP acquisition

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Liquid Web has acquired IconicWP and its founder and team will be joining the company's StellarWP business.

Samsung Overhauls the SmartThings App Even Though It’s Killing the SmartThings Hub

Gizmodo / 12h
Samsung just overhauled the user interface for its SmartThings smart home app, which includes a redesigned home screen and reorganization of menu items. Read more...

Daily Crunch: Fastly CDN outage briefly takes Twitch, Reddit and Pinterest offline

TechCrunch / 12h
To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here . If you want to catch up on why the internet broke today , we have the story that you need. I suppose it’s nice to read that story without it being Amazon’s fault for once. Or Cloudflare. Now that we think about it, there are a lot of failure points for the internet

Our Favorite Cheap Earbuds Are an Unbelievable $16 Right Now

Wired / 12h
These affordable wireless buds from JLab Audio have the same specs as the Apple AirPods and sound almost as good. broke the Internet for an hour this morning

Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge / The United Kingdom government's official website was one of those affected by this morning's outage. The cryptic "Guru Mediation" message shown is an untrapped, unskinned error returned from the Varnish cache server powering the Fastly CDN. (credit: Leon Neal via Getty Images ) For roughly an hour this morning—6 am to 7 am EDT, give or take a few minutes—enormous swathes of the Internet

Dungeons & Dragons Returns to Magic: The Gathering With a New Sourcebook For Magic School

Gizmodo / 12h
Want to trade out delving dungeons for magic class, wizarding sports, and intra-faction rivalries by snotty schoolkids made all the more snottier by the fact they have the power to throw a fireball at you? Well, good news: Dungeons & Dragons is packing its school bag and popping over to the world of Magic: The … Read more...

Spirit to enter Miami with 30 routes in major competitive shake-up

3KThe Points Guy / 12h
Things are getting really hot in Miami, and it’s not just the temperature. Spirit Airlines announced on Tuesday that it will start flying to Miami, with a total of 30 routes taking off later this year launching in early October through mid-November. The airline will fly to a slew of domestic and international cities from Florida’s second-busiest airport, without cutting any of its existing servic

NASA Juno mission sends back first two images of Jupiter’s giant moon

SlashGear / 12h
NASA’s Juno mission has sent back its first two close-up images of Jupiter’s giant moon Ganymede, giving the public their first look at the moon’s surface in two decades. Juno made its flyby of Jupiter’s moon yesterday, June 7, marking the first time a spacecraft has gotten this close to Ganymede in more than 20 years, according to the space … Continue reading

Here's why Redditors are flooding the YouTube video for 'Gangnam Style' with meme stock comments

Mashable / 12h
If all of your favorite websites went down, where would you meetup with all of your online friends? If you're a Redditor who frequents r/WallStreetBets and owns some meme stocks — like GameStop or AMC — the answer is simple. You meet in the comments section for the YouTube video of the 2012 viral pop-sensation "Gangnam Style " by South Korean singer Psy. Wait...what? problem: some redditors belie

State of Origin 2021 Game 1 live stream: how to watch NSW vs Qld from anywhere

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Origin is back, with the NSW Blues set to face the Queensland Maroons in Townsville for the 2021 series opener.

Trucks VC launches two new funds for early and late-stage transportation startups

TechCrunch / 12h
Trucks Venture Capital, a fund that focuses on early-stage entrepreneurs in transportation, is launching two new funds that it says will help build the future of transportation. Its new core fund, Trucks Venture Fund 2 (TVF2), was raised over the last year and recently closed on $52,525,252. The fund is backed by three auto OEMs and three auto suppliers that make everything from bicycles to Class

Peacock comes to Samsung smart TVs

Engadget / 12h
This is its first significant expansion for the streaming service since it made its way to Roku devices last September following protracted negotiations between Roku and NBCUniversal.

Watermelons on Mars TKTK [DO NOT PUBLISH]

Gizmodo / 12h
It’s unfortunate that delicious watermelons are not currently among those species known to be native to Mars. Thankfully, neither are cops. So a story the New York Times published on Tuesday stating that, contrary to expectations, police had found watermelons on the Red Planet was sort of a mixed bag even if the story… Read more...

Don’t trust that SPAC deck

TechCrunch / 12h
The continuing saga of Lordstown Motor’s struggles as a public company took a new turn today as the electric truck manufacturer made yet more news. Bad news. Shares of Lordstown are down sharply today after the company reported in an SEC filing that it does not have enough capital to build and launch its electric truck. Here’s the official verbiage (formatting, bolding: TechCrunch): Since incepti

Ring won’t say how many users had footage obtained by police

TechCrunch / 12h
Ring gets a lot of criticism, not just for its massive surveillance network of home video doorbells and its problematic privacy and security practices, but also for giving that doorbell footage to law enforcement. While Ring is making moves towards transparency , the company refuses to disclose how many users had their data given to police. The video doorbell maker, acquired by Amazon in 2018 , h