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Americans can now visit 108 countries and territories — here’s the complete list

4KThe Points Guy / 3h
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with the latest information and will be updated often. The United States is finally inching toward normalcy after one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world, with more than 34.6 million cases and 611,801 deaths as of July 29, 2021, according to Johns Hopkins University . As cases decline and the vaccine push continues, travelers are seeing a meas

Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall to Exit in 2022

1KGizmodo / 7h
The BBC has announced that current Doctor Jodie Whittaker as well as showrunner Chris Chibnall , will depart Doctor Who in 2022. The duo will, after the upcoming season 13 , will say farewell with three special episodes to air throughout next year. Read more...

She risked everything to expose Facebook. Now she’s telling her story.

1KMIT Technology Review / 12h
The world first learned of Sophie Zhang in September 2020, when BuzzFeed News obtained and published highlights from an abridged version of her nearly 8,000-word exit memo from Facebook. Before she was fired, Zhang was officially employed as a low-level data scientist at the company. But she had become consumed by a task she deemed more important: finding and taking down fake accounts and likes t

An Amazon Echo Show saved this woman's house from burning down

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10min
A woman in the US says that she used Amazon’s Drop In feature on her Echo Show only to see her kitchen engulfed in smoke.

Marriott Guests Are Getting Refunds If They Spent Points At 3 Resorts

View from the Wing / 14min
Back in March I wrote about the JW Marriott Los Cabos charging award guests an extra $30 per night fee to stay , calling it "the most Marriott Bonvoy thing ever." This flat fee was described as a ‘service charge’. Paid rate guests pay a service charge of 10% of their room rate, and with paid rates under $300 service charges are lower for guests paying cash than those paying with points. Marriott

Closest allies urge US to relax travel bans

The Points Guy / 14min
The United States has cited the highly transmissible COVID-19 delta variant for keeping a travel ban impacting dozens of countries in place. Most non-U.S. citizens of the United Kingdom and China, Iran, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, India and Schengen Area countries are currently banned from entering the United States. The delta variant is the United States’ most dominant strain, accounting for

'World's Most Powerful' Tidal Turbine Starts Cranking Out Energy

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Gizmodo / 16min
When you hear the word “turbine,” in conversation, chances are good you’re picturing the same sort of giant windmill-esque apparatuses jutting out of the ground, turning wind into good, clean, fuel. But there’s a new kind of turbine on the block—tidal turbines, that jut out from the ocean and let the water’s currents… Read more...

Pinterest shares drop as company misses on user growth…again

TechCrunch / 16min
Pinterest’s shares had popped last week when Snap posted its best quarter in four years, as investors were betting Pinterest’s image-based social app would also see a return in advertiser spending. Those expectations now appear to be correct, as Pinterest beat on earnings with second-quarter revenue of $613.2 million and earnings per share of 25 cents, above analysts’ estimates. However, Pinteres

Amazon’s quarterly profit jumps to $7.8 billion.

NYT > Technology / 16min
Even as businesses have reopened, many people continue to do their shopping online, and much of that business continues to go Amazon’s way.

How to Find Childcare When Everything Is Booked Solid

Lifehacker / 17min
School is about to start up again, which means that, once again, working families have to scramble to find childcare to fill the gap between school hours and work hours. But this year is looking to be even harder than usual—not that usual was ever easy to begin with—as a lot of daycare and after-school programs are … Read more...

Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye expansion announced with an unsettling trailer

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SlashGear / 21min
Outer Wilds was undoubtedly one of the most talked-about games of 2019. Two years later, indie game fans are still talking about it, and it isn’t uncommon to see Outer Wilds come up in recommendation discussions or as a highlighted deal during sales. Later this year, we’re going to have a reason to return to the Outer Wilds universe, as … Continue reading

Are Sumo Deadlifts Cheating?

Lifehacker / 24min
A deadlift, in which you grab a barbell from the ground and stand up with it, is both one of the simplest barbell lifts and one of the heaviest. But what happens if you do the lift with your feet stretched out to the sides? Does that make it any less of an accomplishment? Read more...

Elon Musk Shows Off Pic of Monstrous Super Heavy Booster Engine System

74Futurism / 25min
Musk’s Monster It’s no secret that SpaceX’s Starship Super Heavy Booster will be an absolute beast. The rocket stage, meant to launch the also-huge Starship spacecraft into orbit, will be sporting an outrageous number of individual rocket engines — 29 to be exact — making it one of the biggest rocket boosters in history. A photo shared by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk today on Twitter shows the sheer scal

Dinosaur killer asteroid research says source in solar system

SlashGear / 28min
It would appear that we’re a bit closer to the source of the asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs on Earth. Researchers from Southwest Research Institute published a paper this week with research on material samples harvested from the crater dated back to the event that changed the course of life on Earth. Perhaps most surprising among the details shared … Continue reading

Behance adds Patreon-like subscriptions to support creators

Engadget / 37min
In one of the most significant changes to come to the platform since it was acquired by Adobe in 2012 , Behance is introducing Patreon-like subscriptions . Starting today with a small group of about two dozen artists, Adobe is allowing creators to offer access to premium projects, live streams and source files in exchange for a monthly fee . The company says creators can set their own subscriptio

Robinhood’s stock drops 8% in its first day’s trading

28TechCrunch / 40min
Robinhood priced its public offering at $38 per share last night, the low end of its IPO range . The company was worth around $32 billion at that price. But once the U.S. consumer investing and trading app began to allow investors to trade its shares, they went down sharply, off more than 10% in the first hours of its life as a floating stock. Robinhood recovered some in later trading, but closed

How to Share Your Wifi Password From Any Device

Lifehacker / 45min
Every time you have visitors to you home, they probably ask for the wifi password before anything else. You can go the route of the local coffee shop and take the wifi name and password up on the wall, or keep sharing these credentials manually until you have them memorized. Or, you can speed up this process… Read more...

Snowpiercer TV show gets early renewal ahead of season three premiere

SlashGear / 50min
TNT has renewed its television adaptation of Snowpiercer for a fourth season. The renewal comes ahead of the third season in the series, which tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world covered in ice and a small group of survivors who live in a train circling the globe. The show’s third season has just wrapped up production. Snowpiercer has its … Continue reading

Putting the PS5’s 10 million sales in context

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Ars Technica / 50min
Fig. 1: The PS5 is among the quickest consoles ever to reach 10 million worldwide sales. When Sony announced Monday that it had sold 10 million PlayStation 5 consoles to consumers, it trumpeted the system as "the fastest-selling console in Sony Interactive Entertainment history." That statement certainly sounds impressive, but it lacks the specificity we need to judge just how impressive the PS5'

Over half the deer in Michigan seem to have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2

Ars Technica / 50min
Enlarge / Plague-bearing Bambi? (credit: Cheryl E Davis / Getty Images ) On Wednesday, the US Department of Agriculture released some rather disturbing news : a survey of wild deer populations has found that large numbers of the animals seem to have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The finding indicates that there's a very large population of wild animals in North Ameri

A robot just ran a 5K, and now we feel bad about ourselves — Strictly Robots

Mashable / 51min
"Cassie" is a robot created at Oregon State University that made history by running a 5K thanks to machine learning.

Forza Motorsport 7 is reaching the end of the road, so get it while you can

Forza Motorsport 7•
SlashGear / 1h
Forza fans take note because we’re about to lose another game in the franchise. Microsoft has announced that Forza Motorsport 7 will be reaching end-of-life later this year, which means that the game and its DLC will be disappearing from digital storefronts. The game will also vanish from Xbox Game Pass, so if you’ve been eyeing Forza Motorsport 7 but … Continue reading

Horizon Blockchain Games raises $4.5M for its NFT trading card game and wallet

21TechCrunch / 1h
Horizon Blockchain Games is — as the name implies — a company building games on the blockchain, along with tools to help others do the same. The company announced today that it has raised another $4.5M, bringing its total raised to a little over $13M. Horizon’s first game is Skyweaver , a competitive digital trading card game which taps the blockchain to give players more realistic ownership of t

Biofourmis receives FDA breakthrough device designation for heart failure “digital therapy”

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21TechCrunch / 1h
Kuldeep Singh Rajput, the founder of Boston-based Biofourmis, is imagining a future where heart failure patients go home with a prescription, a wearable sensor and an app. Today, a new FDA designation gets the company one step closer to that goal. Founded in 2015, Biofourmis is a digital therapeutics company that develops software to “augment” patient care. So far, the company has raised about $1

49 New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Keep You Turning Pages in August

Gizmodo / 1h
The end of summer is approaching, but there’s still a full month of what we can technically refer to as “summer reading.” Good thing August has a galaxy’s worth of new sci-fi and fantasy book releases, with parallel universes , ghost hunters , supernatural battles, deep-space intrigue, all manner of witches , and so much… Read more...

How to Check How Much Life Your iPhone Battery Has Left

Lifehacker / 1h
Apple has come under fire in the past for a host of battery problems, and truthfully, there are few modern inconveniences more annoying than feeling like you can’t use your phone for more than a few minutes without needing to plug it in to charge. So it’s helpful to know where your iPhone battery stands in terms of… Read more...

Update: Marriott isn’t adding a surcharge for award stays, refunding members

200+The Points Guy / 1h
Update 7/29/21: Marriott reached out to us to share that this issue has now been resolved. The service charges for award stays at the JW Marriott, as well as two other properties with similar charges were rescinded to comply with Marriott Bonvoy terms and conditions. The service charge for paid stays remains. Marriott shared, “Members who booked redemption stays at the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach

How one game’s delisting pokes a hole in the Xbox Game Pass promise

Ars Technica / 1h
Enlarge / Another sim racer bites the dust—and this time without a new one in its place. (credit: Xbox Game Studios / Turn 10 ) Microsoft has long boasted about the backward compatibility of its Xbox consoles , letting you play hundreds of past-gen games on newer systems like the Series X/S. But the game publisher and console maker is quieter about taking older games down from its digital storefr

Twitter Spaces updates makes it easier to share and discover live audio

Engadget / 1h
Twitter’s Spaces is getting another update that makes the audio feature easier to share and discover. Now, users will be able to compose a new tweet directly from the Space, which will link to the audio chat and any accompanying hashtags. While it was previously possible to compose new tweets while listening to a Space, having the composer directly in the space will allow participants to more eas

‘Stanley Parable’ and ‘Gone Home’ devs team up to form Ivy Road studio

Stanley Parable Ivy Road•
Engadget / 1h
Along with showing off a bunch of upcoming games during its showcase on Thursday, Annapurna Interactive announced some developer partnerships. One of them is with a new studio called Ivy Road from powerhouse indie developers Davey Wreden and Karla Zimonja. I am thrilled to announce that @zusty , @C418 and I have started a new video game studio called Ivy Road! We are working with @A_i on an unann

Activision Blizzard lawsuit: A timeline of key events, and everything you need to know

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Activision Blizzard is being sued by The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Here are all the key developments you need to know about.

A star of 'The Office' confessed he may actually be the Scranton Strangler

Mashable / 1h
The Office successfully wrapped up its fair share of complex storylines over the course of nine seasons, but in the year 2021 fans still don't know the identity of the infamous Scranton Strangler. Or do we ? For anyone who needs a refresher, the Scranton Strangler was a mysterious serial killer referenced within Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch during Season 6 to Season 9. There have been a numbe

Space Station Astronauts Threw Their Own Zero-G Olympic Games

54Futurism / 1h
Space Olympics The Olympic spirit has become so infectious that even astronauts stationed on board the International Space Station were inspired to put on their own microgravity games — a heartwarming example of international camaraderie . “Today the Olympics start in Tokyo, but we held the very first space Olympics last week,” European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet wrote in a caption of

21 of the Amex Platinum Card’s most valuable benefits

The Points Guy / 1h
Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. The Platinum Card® from American Express may have a $695 annual fee (see rates and fees ), but it doesn’t take a lot to get much more than that in value from its existing and new perks. This card ranks consistently as No. 1 in benefits for travelers, and with a strong welcome offer of 100,000 Membership Rewards point

The Suicide Squad Is How You Pull Off a Spectacular Plan B

100+Gizmodo / 1h
As hard as Warner Bros. and James Gunn fought to convince the public that The Suicide Squad wasn’t a proper sequel or reboot of the studio’s previous DC villain-forward film with a nearly identical name , the new movie is both of those things in the most positive sense. Read more...

A Baby Was Born With Her “Parasitic” Twin Inside Her Stomach

73Futurism / 1h
Earlier this month, doctors were alarmed by a baby girl who was born with an unusually enlarged stomach. When the doctors took a closer look, they found a partially developed human embryo resting inside, The Times of Israel reports — likely a sign of what could have been a twin sibling that got absorbed during prenatal development. The phenomenon, called fetus in fetu — literally “fetus in fetus”

‘Sound Shapes’ creator Jessica Mak is making a game with Annapurna Interactive

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Engadget / 1h
The last time Jessica Mak released a game was in 2012 when they worked with Sony’s Santa Monica Studio to create Sound Shapes . The game went on to become one of the PlayStation Vita’s standout gems, in part thanks to an unforgettable soundtrack that featured contributions from Shaw-Han Liem of I Am Robot and Proud fame, Indie Game: The Movie composer Jim Guthrie and Beck. soothing moments from t

'Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye' is an expansion of a modern classic

Outer Wilds Echoes•
Engadget / 1h
How do you create DLC for a game whose very purpose is to offer a confined, looping world? Honestly, after watching the trailer for Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye, I still have no idea. Outer Wilds was one of our favorite games of 2019, building an enthralling mystery into a non-linear exploration game that effectively restarts every 22 minutes. Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye , the game's first a

Zūm wins $150M from San Francisco schools to modernize and electrify student transport

35TechCrunch / 1h
The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has awarded Zūm, a startup that wants to upgrade student transportation, a five-year $150 million contract to modernize its transport service throughout the district. Zūm, which already operates its rideshare-meets-bus service in Oakland, much of Southern California, Seattle, Chicago and Dallas, will be responsible for handling day-to-day operatio

Why AmEx's Platinum Travel Card Is Worth the Absurd New $700 Annual Fee

Rewards British Avios•
Lifehacker / 1h
American Express recently raised the annual fee for its Platinum travel rewards card from $550 to a whopping $695. It’s an eye-opening number for sure, but it might actually be worth it—provided you take advantage of the generous statement credits that can easily negate the fee. Here’s a look at the credits and… Read more...

Cat simulator 'Stray' heads to PlayStation and PC in early 2022

Stray Cat Early 2022•
Engadget / 1h
The last time we saw Stray was in the form of a cinematic trailer Sony shared in 2020 that highlighted the game’s futuristic neon-soaked setting and adorable feline protagonist. At the time, we didn’t get to see the game in action, a fact that Annapurna Interactive has now remedied. The publisher shared a slice of gameplay footage from the title during its recent showcase and said it would releas

'What Remains of Edith Finch' will hit iOS on August 16th

Edith Finch iOS GS•
Engadget / 1h
Annapurna Interactive is making lots of announcements today about its future, but the publisher hasn't forgotten its roots either. What Remains Of Edith Finch , the very first game AI released, is coming to iOS on August 16th. The first-person mystery, which was developed by Giant Sparrow, debuted on PC and PS4 in April 2017. AI brought it to Xbox One and Nintendo Switch later. It's a well-review

Simone Biles and the Unprecedented Olympic Pressure

30Wired / 1h
The Tokyo Games have taken a unique psychological toll on all of the athletes.

'Skin Deep' is a stinky sci-fi shooter from indie icon Brendon Chung

Engadget / 1h
Brendon Chung knows what people expect out of a first-person shooter. Guns? Check. Strafing? Yep. Ammo drops in strategic yet predictable locations? You betcha. A sneezing system? Uh, sure. Noxious green clouds that follow you when you're smelly, giving away your location? Um. Actually, yes. Skin Deep is the latest project out of Chung's studio, Blendo Games, and it's his first-ever FPS title. He

'Solar Ash' brings surreal 3D platforming to PC, PS4 and PS5 on October 26th

Solar Ash October HLD•
Engadget / 1h
As a kid, Alx Preston spent a significant amount of time as a member of the audience, watching his brother sing in choir and opera groups. One night, he found himself sitting in a pew at the heart of a large, elegant church, letting the sounds of yet another performance wash over him. He was tired. He also happened to be playing a lot of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time at home. “I kind of fe

Best security accessories for students in 2021

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Keep yourself and your stuff safe

Dog food recalled yet again over aflatoxin risk: The new details

SlashGear / 1h
Sunshine Mills has announced another dog food recall over potential contamination with aflatoxin, a naturally occurring toxin that results from the growth of a mold called Aspergillus flavus. According to the latest recall notice, the levels of aflatoxin in these products may exceed the acceptable limits, potentially putting dogs at risk if too much of the toxin is consumed. READ: … Continue read

Please just look at these cute little singing blob things — Future Blink

Mashable / 1h
The Airship Orchestra is an interactive art installation that just so happens to incredibly cute and mesmerizing.

Jetpack man is back, adding to the flying mystery over LAX

Jet LAX Los Angeles•
Mashable / 1h
The mysterious figure known as the "jetpack man" was spotted again over Los Angeles. A pilot spotted a flying object that resembled a person wearing a jetpack on Wednesday evening near Los Angeles International Airport, where at least four "jetpack" sightings have been reported in the last year , CBS News reports. Upon the pilot's sighting, air traffic control warned other flights to watch out fo

Jason Schwartzman plays a floating brain in musical adventure 'The Artful Escape'

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Engadget / 2h
The Artful Escape is an idealized vision of everything the music industry could be, straight out of the brain of Australian rockstar Johnny Galvatron. In five years of development (at least), The Artful Escape has transformed into a psychedelic adventure game with a living soundtrack of original folk and rock music, a cast of ridiculous characters, otherworldly environments, and a roster A-list v

How can help your app reach a global audience

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h’s Global Voice Recognition makes it easier than ever to communicate with users across the world.

Microsoft in talks to back India’s Oyo

25TechCrunch / 2h
Indian budget hotel chain Oyo may have lost a significant portion of its business amid the pandemic, but it is inching closer to finding a new investor: Microsoft. Microsoft is in advanced stages of talks to invest in Oyo, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. The size of the investment and the valuation are unclear. Oyo was valued at about $10 billion in 2019 , though SoftBank, a

Alaska Airlines Keeping Separate Award Charts For Each Partner, Introduce New Multi-Partner Awards

View from the Wing / 2h
In covering Alaska Airlines introducing award redemptions on oneworld partner Qatar Airways , I learned a few interesting things about the program's plan for bringing on additional redemption. Continue reading ...

United will begin offering free economy meals on select Hawaii flights

74The Points Guy / 2h
From gate to gate, United’s longest domestic flights clock in at over 10-and-a-half hours. Factoring in time to board and deplane, flyers will spend some 11 hours onboard the aircraft — that’s a long time to go without an inflight meal. As Live and Let’s Fly reports , the airline’s finally doing something to fix that. Beginning Aug. 1, economy passengers will get a full meal on select flights to

Livestream e-commerce: Why companies and brands need to tune in

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38TechCrunch / 2h
Alanna Gregory Contributor Alanna Gregory is a marketing executive and is currently senior global director at Afterpay . Previously, she was VP at Hairstory, the founder and CEO of VIVE Lifestyle, and was an AVP at Barclays. More posts by this contributor E-commerce roll-ups are the next wave of disruption in consumer packaged goods What comes to mind when you think of livestreaming? In the U.S.,

Hackers Breach San Diego Hospital, Gaining Access to Patients'... Well, Uh, Everything

Hackers Breach San Diego•
Gizmodo / 2h
Cybercriminals recently hacked into the email accounts of staff at UC San Diego Health, potentially thieving extensive financial and medical information from its patients and employees. Read more...

Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster I, II, III released: Prices and trailer

Final Fantasy Remaster•
SlashGear / 2h
This week the first three Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster games were released for multiple platforms. The original Final Fantasy game (just Final Fantasy), as well as Final Fantasy II, and Final Fantasy III, are now all available from the folks at Square Enix Co., Ltd. for one-time prices. Much like most Square Enix games, mobile or otherwise, Final Fantasy I, … Continue reading

Scarlett Johansson files suit over Disney+ ‘Black Widow’ release

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200+TechCrunch / 2h
With Scarlett Johansson’s time as an Avenger seemingly in the rearview, the “Black Widow” star has filed a breach of contract suit against Marvel-owner Disney. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court this week, alleges that the studio breached its agreement with the star when it released the film on Disney+ alongside its theatrical debut. “As Ms. Johansson, Disney, Marvel, and most every

How to Message Someone on YouTube

How-To Geek / 2h
Ever wanted to message a YouTube user personally? Unfortunately, YouTube doesn’t have a built-in messaging tool anymore. So how can you contact your favorite YouTuber? You have a few methods at your disposal, as we’ll explain below. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Philips Hue's New Lightstrips Might Show All The Colors of the Rainbow---Simultaneously

27How-To Geek / 2h
Philips Hue compromises some of the most beautiful smart lights on the market, including the company’s lightstrips. But those LED lightstrips do have one downside—they only show one color at a time. It looks like a new product is on the way that will change all of that. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

10 More Board Games Under $25 You've Probably Never Played

How-To Geek / 2h
Here at Review Geek, we believe you can never have too many board games. We also know that they can be expensive, which is why we’re sharing 10 more amazing games under $25 beyond our original list. This way you can add some new titles to your collection or try a new game without breaking the bank. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

The Case Against 'Couch to 5K' (and What to Try Instead)

Lifehacker / 2h
The “Couch to 5K” program has gotten tons of people started with running. It starts off light, has a structure that’s easy to stick to, and you graduate with the ability to finish a common race distance. But the plan also has its drawbacks, and it’s not the only way to start running. If you’ve tried C25K and it hasn’t… Read more...

You Can Now Redeem Alaska Miles On Qatar Airways (Award Chart Published)

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100+One Mile at a Time / 2h
As of today you can redeem Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for travel on Qatar Airways. There are several interesting things to note about this new opportunity, so let’s take a look at the details. What are Mileage Plan redemption rates on Qatar Airways like? At the end of 2020 it was revealed that Alaska Airlines and Qatar Airways would launch a partnership . This coincided with the announcem

Facebook's Ray-Ban smart glasses will likely rely on your phone to work

Facebook Ray-Ban Glasses•
Mashable / 2h
This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the company's next consumer product will be its Ray-Ban smart glasses . But details for the upcoming device have been extremely limited — until now. In a statement to Mashable, a Facebook spokesperson provided some insight as to how the smart glasses will work: "When we refer to always-available augmented reality glasses, we’re envisioning fu

Russian Module Unexpectedly Fires Thrusters After Docking to ISS

100+Gizmodo / 2h
Serious drama unfolded in low Earth orbit today when the newly arrived Nauka module, for reasons unknown, began to fire its thrusters after docking to the ISS. Mission controllers are now working to control what appears to be an ongoing situation. Read more...

Panic sells 20,000+ Playdate handhelds in under 20 minutes

20TechCrunch / 2h
As we’ve known for about a week , today was the day Panic’s charming/whacky/curious/all-of-the-above Playdate gaming device (and its crank!) went up for pre-order. The buzz around the little retro-inspired handheld seemed strong — but would that translate into actual sales? The answer, it seems, is a hard yes. Panic committed to making 20,000 units for 2021, selling them on a first come, first se

Apex Legends: Emergence trailer reveals Seer’s abilities

Apex Legends Trailer Seer•
SlashGear / 2h
Piece by piece, Respawn Entertainment has been revealing more about Apex Legends‘ upcoming Emergence season. First, we had the story trailer that introduced us to the season’s new character, Seer. Then, we had the gameplay trailer that showed off the new Rampage LMG and some of the changes coming to World’s End. Today, we’re getting the character trailer for Seer, … Continue reading

How to Transform Your Kitchen Cabinets Into Open Shelving

Lifehacker / 2h
If you like the look of open kitchen shelving, but don’t like the idea of (or cost of) tearing down your existing cabinets, you can actually convert them into shelving on your own. However, it is a little more involved than simply removing the cupboard doors—we’ll walk you through how to transform those outdated… Read more...

Fortnite’s mystery ‘superstar’ virtual music tour kicks off next week

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28TechCrunch / 2h
Epic Games is teasing the biggest in-game event since Travis Scott psychedelically stomped through Fortnite’s virtual meadows . The mysterious new event, which Fortnite-maker Epic is calling the “Rift Tour,” will kick off on Friday, August 6 and run through Sunday, August 8. In the teaser announcement, Epic invites players to “take a musical journey into magical new realities where Fortnite and a

Humans Lived Alongside Fierce Dog-Like Creatures in Prehistoric Europe, Fossil Find Suggests

Gizmodo / 2h
New research details the discovery of an extinct dog-like animal that lived in the Caucasus region of Europe some 1.7 million years ago. Intriguingly, early humans occupied the same region during this time, prompting questions about potential interactions. Read more...

Black Widow's Scarlett Johansson Is Suing Disney Over the Film's Streaming Release

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52Gizmodo / 2h
Scarlett Johansson has spent nearly a decade in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Black Widow, culminating in her long-awaited solo movie that was finally released earlier this month after multiple covid-19-induced delays . Now, the actor has announced she’s suing the Walt Disney Company—for a breach of contract… Read more...

'Black Widow' star Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over streaming strategy

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Engadget / 2h
Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney over the company's decision to release the movie in theaters and on Disney+ simultaneously . Johansson claims that the move constituted a breach of contract, as The Wall Street Journal reports. In the suit, Johansson says Black Widow was supposed to be released exclusively in theaters, per her deal with Marvel. As is often the case for movie sta

New PayPal 'super app' includes messaging at last

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
PayPal is preparing to combine numerous payment and financial services in one super app.

Hot Food Returning To American Airlines Domestic First Class

100+One Mile at a Time / 2h
It looks like American Airlines has had a change of heart when it comes to catering, unsurprisingly. American Airlines bringing back hot food On July 19, @xJonNYC shared how this fall American Airlines will be bringing back “actual meals” in first class. Big things coming this fall for AA First Class actual meals Ice Cream on long haul and international glassware (Unrelated, pilots very unhappy w

Why Latin American venture capital is breaking records this year

33TechCrunch / 2h
Today we’re wrapping our multi-week exploration of the global venture capital market’s second-quarter performance. We’ve gone around the world, working to better understand the geyser of cash flowing into today’s startups . But we’ve saved the best for last: Latin America. At a glance, the Latin American venture capital and startup market appears similar to what we’ve seen from other growing ecos

Soon open to fully vaccinated Americans: Everything you need to know about traveling to the UK

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40The Points Guy / 2h
On Wednesday afternoon, England made the announcement that many had been waiting on for months. As of Aug. 2 at 4 a.m., fully vaccinated Americans and EU travelers will no longer have to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in England when they are traveling from an “amber” country under the U.K.’s traffic light system. In other words, England will be open again to American and EU tourists who are f

Activision, Facing Internal Turmoil, Grapples With #MeToo Reckoning

30NYT > Technology / 2h
More than 1,500 employees for the video game giant, which is facing an explosive state lawsuit, have called for executives to take sexual harassment seriously.

Tenderly raises $15.3M to help Ethereum developers ship decentralized apps faster

100+TechCrunch / 2h
Blockchain infrastructure startups are heating up as industry fervor brings more developers and users to a space that still feels extremely young despite a heavy institutional embrace of the crypto space in 2021. The latest crypto startup to court the attention of venture capitalists is Tenderly , which builds a developer platform for Ethereum devs to monitor and test the smart contracts that pow

New Galaxy Z Flip 3 case leak shows wild, wonderful foldable future

SlashGear / 2h
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 leaked today in the form of a set of official Samsung protective cases. Normally this would not be a major news event, but the style and color schemes delivered with these bits of hardware have caught our attention in ways that achieve more than the average case. What better way to accentuate the unique … Continue reading

Batgirl's Bat-Signal to Be Lit By J.K. Simmons' Commissioner Gordon

100+Gizmodo / 2h
When J.K. Simmons plays an authoritative figure in a superhero movie, he doesn’t let anything take that role away. He’s not just J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films , he reprised the role in the Marvel Studios Spider-Man films. He’s Commissioner Gordon in Zack Snyder’s Justice League and now, he’ll return… Read more...

Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney for putting 'Black Widow' on Disney+

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In the wake of Black Widow's simultaneous theatrical and pay-for-stream release on Disney+, the MCU's most deadly assassin has taken aim at a new target: Disney itself. According to the Wall Street Journal , actor Scarlett Johansson has filed a lawsuit in the state of California alleging that offering Black Widow on the Disney+ streaming service violated her contract and cost her up to $50 millio

'Marvel's Avengers' Black Panther expansion arrives August 17th

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Engadget / 2h
We knew it was coming , but the War for Wakanda expansion for Marvel’s Avengers now has a street date. Square Enix will release the free DLC on August 17th, the publisher announced today . Billed as the largest content update to Marvel’s Avengers since the game came out last September , fans can look forward to playing as Black Panther, with God of War actor Christopher Judge there to lend his vo

Crisis Briefly Spins International Space Station Out of Control

500+Futurism / 2h
Russia’s brand new Nauka module, which docked to the International Space Station today, unexpectedly fired its thrusters just hours afterward — prompting a serious crisis on board the orbital outpost. “The crew was never in any danger,” NASA said in a statement, according to the Houston Chronicle . “We do not know why the Nauka thrusters began to fire. That is not clear at this point.” The entire

How Chase Sapphire Preferred Became Under-hyped and Under-appreciated

View from the Wing / 3h
When this card came out it was the greatest frequent flyer thing since miles themselves. Chase Sapphire Preferred was (1) fast-earning [double points on travel and dining] and (2) had valuable points that transferred to great partners. And the card was even considered a bit sexy. What happened? Continue reading ...

Award charts live: You can now book Qatar Airways flights with Alaska Mileage Plan miles

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The Points Guy / 3h
Update: This post was updated to reflect that Alaska’s award chart is now online. As first reported by One Mile at a Time , Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members can now redeem miles for flights on Qatar Airways . This comes months after Alaska joined the Oneworld alliance , of which Qatar is also a member. This addition also comes just days before Alaska and Emirates’ longstanding partnership com

Robinhood CEO's plan for the future sounds a lot like a bank

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Engadget / 3h
Newly public Robinhood has ambitions to be much more than just a stock-trading app, according to its CEO. In an interview with the AP , CEO Vlad Tenev said that, eventually, he wants to turn Robinhood into “the single money app” his users need. Though Tenev didn’t use the word “bank,” his description certainly sounds more like a bank than the current iteration of Robinhood. Over time, we want to

Some Amazon Kindles Lose Internet Access Soon

How-To Geek / 3h
Amazon once sold Kindles with free, lifetime 2G or 3G wireless internet access. But as carriers prepare to shut down their 2G and 3G towers, Amazon is warning longtime customers that their old Kindles will lose their wireless capabilities–a big bummer if you own a Kindle that lacks Wi-Fi support. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How to Set Up and Use Alexa to Get Help in an Emergency

How-To Geek / 3h
If you have an Alexa-enabled device, you’re not alone in an emergency situation. Along with Alexa’s laundry list of concierge services, like sharing local news or weather updates, it can also request help in the event of an emergency. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Bang & Olufsen's Latest True Wireless Earbuds Add ANC and a Big Price Tag

How-To Geek / 3h
Danish audio brand Bang & Olufsen just released its latest true wireless earbuds, the Beoplay EQ. The premium buds are pricier than the company’s previous E8 buds by $50 and, while they don’t share the same great battery life, they do (finally) bring noise-canceling to the table. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Facebook Will Release Ray-Ban Branded Smart Glasses

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Facebook’s next hardware launch won’t be a smartwatch or another Portal product. Instead, it will be a pair of Ray-Ban “smart glasses,” according to Mark Zuckerberg. The glasses won’t have an integrated display or perform AR functions, though they will “do some pretty neat things.” Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Tesla Adds Disney+ to Its Theater Mode, Along with Other Nifty Features

100+How-To Geek / 3h
Tesla owners will likely be thrilled by the latest software update, which adds a nice variety of new features. The additions include entertainment options, like Disney+, and an array of smaller quality-of-life updates. A Tesla owner even shared screenshots of the update on Reddit. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Should I Break Up With My Annoying (But Longtime) Friend?

Lifehacker / 3h
Not all advice need be professional. Sometimes your problems merit a bit of unvarnished honesty from a dude equipped with nothing more than a computer and a conscience. Luckily for you, I’m that guy. Welcome back to Tough Love. (If you’d like to seek my advice, email me at Read more...

Google Is Booting 'Sugar Daddy' Apps From the Play Store

20Gizmodo / 3h
You probably wouldn’t expect to find references to “sugar daddies” in Google’s policy updates, but this week that’s exactly what happened. Android Police was first to note that Google quietly updated its inappropriate content policies in its Play Store to specifically forbid any apps meant to encourage “compensated… Read more...

New Paper Warns That Environmental Collapse Will Lead to “Untold Suffering”

500+Futurism / 3h
Dying Earth The ecological vital signs of the planet are in dire shape, according to an updated report endorsed by almost 14,000 scientists. Even before it came out , we knew that the paper would present a grim outlook for the future of life on Earth. And now, the very first sentence of the study, published Wednesday in the journal BioScience , points out that the panel of scientists declared a c

Need a cheap laptop? Grab this HP Chromebook for $220.

Mashable / 3h
Save $120: The HP Chromebook 14-inch FHD laptop (Intel Celeron N4000, 4GB RAM, and 32GB eMMC) is on sale for only $219.99 at Amazon as of July 29. When you're on the hunt for a new laptop, always consider its primary function. Is it for work , video games , or mostly browsing the internet? If you don't need the most powerful processor and are more budget-conscious, a Chromebook might be all you n

Vivo's First Trailer Is About the Power of Music (and Adorable Honey Bears)

Gizmodo / 3h
We’ve known for years that the idea behind Vivo —and its Lin-Manuel Miranda-created original soundtrack—laid dormant until Sony Pictures quietly picked up the project five years ago. Now, we’ve finally got a glimpse of it, and perhaps a cute Kinkajou was worth the wait . Read more...

Colombia’s Merqueo bags $50M to expand its online grocery delivery service across Latin America

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Merqueo , which operates a full-stack, on-demand delivery service in Latin America, has landed $50 million in a Series C round of funding. IDC Ventures, Digital Bridge and IDB Invest co-led the round, which also included participation from MGM Innova Group, Celtic House Venture Partners, Palm Drive Capital and previous shareholders. The financing brings the Bogota, Colombia-based startup’s total

What is EMV compliance?

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In our guide to EMV compliance for your retail or hospitality business, we look at EMV definition, law and much more.

How to Make a Discord Bot

Gizmodo / 3h
Once you’ve been on Discord long enough, you’ll encounter a Discord bot. Perhaps it welcomed you to a new server, or booted someone who violated the rules. Maybe it spouted off quotes from Zero Wing whenever anyone typed the word “base.” Some powerful variants of Discord bots have kept users in a given chat… Read more...

Rick Astley rolls into a billion YouTube views

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Rickroll meme helps Never Gonna Give You Up reach new heights.

On Earth, things evolve into crabs—could the same be true in space?

Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge / It sure looks like a crab, but it isn't. Why are crab-like forms so common? (credit: David Kirkland / Design Pics ) Many organisms on planet Earth aren't crabs. Dogs, for instance—definitely not crabs. Science also suggests that humans are not, in fact, crabs. But a surprising number of creatures either are crabs or look a lot like them. For example, a hermit crab has a distinctly crab-

Why Carnival’s giant new cruise ship is a game-changer for the line

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26The Points Guy / 3h
It’ll be a Carnival Cruise Line ship like no Carnival Cruise Line ship you’ve ever seen. Scheduled to sail with paying passengers for the first time on Saturday, Carnival’s much-awaited, 15-deck-high Mardi Gras will break new ground for the brand — and the entire cruise industry — in more ways than one. For starters, it’ll be by far the biggest ship ever to operate for Carnival, the world’s secon

How to Get the Perfect Instagram Shot

Lifehacker / 3h
Why does it seem like everyone you follow on Instagram knows exactly how to pose and find their light to get the best selfie or photo? Realistically, you know they probably took dozens—or hundreds—of snaps to get the one they posted, but it feels like they all know some cheat codes you don’t. Read more...

Masks are back — Universal Orlando follows Disney’s lead to require masks indoors regardless of vaccination status

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional information. Throughout the pandemic, where one theme park has led, others have followed — and mask mandates are no exception. Universal Studios Orlando has changed its policy to require all guests ages two and up to wear face coverings while indoors and on attractions — regardless of vaccination status. Get the latest points, miles and tr

PS5 gets high-speed M.2 SSD storage support in new beta system software

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Seagate says its Firecuda 530 M.2 drive will work with the PS5. [credit: Seagate ] New PlayStation 5 system software rolling out in beta today finally unlocks the long-promised ability to expand the system's 667GB of usable internal storage, using M.2 SSDs that fit certain technical and physical requirements. As listed on a new PlayStation support page , the new system software supports 22 mm-wid

Amazon Prime Gaming drops August free games: Lost Horizon 2, Battlefield V, Indiana Jones

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A new collection of games was revealed in Amazon Prime’s “Free Games with Prime” for August of 2021. Games are available for claim by Amazon Prime members for a limited time, then remain available for use from that time thereafter. The turnover from one month to the other ushers out the game Battlefield 1 and in Battlefield V, making July … Continue reading

GarageBand can teach you how to remix songs from Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga

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Engadget / 3h
GarageBand creators have a bunch more tools at their disposal as of today, including sound packs from Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga . You can learn how to remix Dua Lipa's "Break My Heart" and Lady Gaga's "Free Woman" in the app. Along with videos of the artists telling the stories behind those songs, the Remix Sessions include step-by-step tutorials, which you can play picture-in-picture. An Apple Reta

Mysterious “LAX Jetpack Guy” Reappears

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After an extended hiatus, it looks the infamous “LAX jetpack guy” is back . “Jetpack guy” spotted at LAX again last night On Wednesday evening, a pilot on approach to LAX reported spotting a guy in a jetpack again. According to a statement from a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesperson: “A Boeing 747 pilot reported seeing an object that might have resembled a jet pack 15 miles east of

Airbnb adds built-in speed test to help hosts include WiFi info in listings

Engadget / 3h
While Airbnb has for a long time allowed hosts to list how fast the WiFi connection is at their rentals, it’s not something you see detailed with every home, condo and apartment on the service. As the company continues to try to attract remote workers , it’s introducing a speed test tool hosts can access within the Airbnb app. The tool itself is fairly simple. Provided you’ve switched to a host a

Uber will offer free Rosetta Stone language courses to drivers

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Jon Fingas Contributor Jon Fingas is a contributing writer at Engadget . More posts by this contributor CNN+ streaming service will offer live and on-demand content in early 2022 Uber wants to overcome the language barriers you’ll sometimes encounter when hailing a ride . The Verge says Uber has partnered with Rosetta Stone to offer free language lessons through its Driver app. Both Uber and Uber

Walmart will start selling its ecommerce tech to SMBs

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Walmart is giving businesses access to the same technologies that power its retail stores and online marketplace.

Best credit cards that offer roadside assistance in 2021

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Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. Need a jump or help with a flat tire? When things go wrong — especially on the road — it can be easy to panic and forget about all the options you have. However, one or more of your credit cards may provide a roadside assistance benefit that can help. The level of assistance and terms vary widely, though. Some cards

Google to ban sugar-daddy apps from Play Store

BBC News - Technology / 4h
Apps focused on "compensated sexual relationships" will be prohibited from 1 September.

American Airlines Bringing Back Hot Meals To Domestic First Class

56View from the Wing / 4h
It's only been two weeks since American Airlines introduced 'fresh bites' boxes to flights at least 900 miles long and already they're planning to bring back hot meals to first class this fall. Continue reading ...

John McAfee Virus Infects QAnon

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The late John McAfee was a lot of things: a rumored rapist, murderer, and speed-fiend who somehow escaped prosecution, but also a libertarian cryptocurrency shark facing a Securities and Exchange Commission complaint and, of course, the founder of the security company bearing his name. Now, the Daily Beast reports, … Read more...

You Can Make Your Own Corn Milk (and Cook With It)

Lifehacker / 4h
If you know me, you know I love corn a whole lot. This year, for the first time, I grew my own corn and, though it is a little smaller than the ears you see at the grocery store, it is still sweet and juicy, and I wanted to extract as much flavor as possible from these sweet cobs of mine. So I made some corn milk. Read more...

Sigma's exciting super-telephoto lens for mirrorless cameras gets leaked price

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Sigma's rumored next lens for mirrorless cameras, a 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3, has just been given a launch event – and a leaked price.

Elon Musk Employees Are Instructed to Tell People He’s “Awesome” and “Inspiring”

500+Futurism / 4h
Dear Leader If you take a ride on Loop, Elon Musk’s underground tunnel transportation system in Las Vegas, you might get a bizarrely rosy portrait of the enigmatic megabillionaire during your journey. That’s because The Boring Company provides drivers — yes, the high-tech underground transportation of the future is no different than driving through a tunnel — with a specific script to help them f

Sony: More PlayStation PC ports are coming – here’s how

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In an age where Microsoft has committed to bringing all of its first-party Xbox exclusives to PC on day one, we’ve seen Sony follow suit somewhat. While Sony isn’t about to bring its entire PlayStation lineup to PC, the company has brought a select number of titles over so far. Sony has confirmed that more PC ports are on the … Continue reading

True ‘shift left and extend right’ security requires empowered developers

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Idan Plotnik Contributor Idan Plotnik is the CEO and founder of Apiiro , a code risk platform. DevOps is fundamentally about collaboration and agility. Unfortunately, when we add security and compliance to the picture, the message gets distorted. The term “DevSecOps” has come into fashion the past few years with the intention of seamlessly integrating security and compliance into the DevOps frame

Robinhood I.P.O.: Shares Fall 8.4%

31NYT > Technology / 4h
The stock opened at $38, the same as its I.P.O. price. The price’s drop was a sign of investor hesitancy over a company that has attracted regulatory scrutiny.

Netflix wants Christopher Nolan's next movie – but would he do it?

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Netflix’s film chief has voiced his desire to have Christopher Nolan release his next movie on the streamer.

Live Text is no longer exclusive to M1 Macs - but what is it?

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The latest beta of macOS Monterey has made Live Text available for Intel Macs as well.

Hilton Honors Card From American Express Review (2021)

53One Mile at a Time / 4h
Hotel credit cards can be incredibly valuable. Typically the cards have reasonable annual fees, and offer outsized value, ranging from annual free nights to elite status . What’s rare is to see a hotel credit card that offers substantial perks in spite of not having an annual fee, though in this post I wanted to look at one such card. I’ve reviewed the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass ® Car

Big Tech Has Outgrown This Planet

48NYT > Technology / 4h
The gap keeps widening between the super rich tech superstars and the merely super. There’s one possible explanation.

Founder of Tesla Wannabe Charged With Fraud for Lying About Hydrogen-Electric Truck

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500+Futurism / 4h
Hot Seat The US Justice Department charged Travis Milton, the founder of the controversial electric and hydrogen automaker Nikola, with fraud today. If you’ve been following along then you already know that Nikola, the name of which is a not-so-subtle jab at Elon Musk’s rival automaker Tesla, has already had a spectacular fall from grace. In February 2020, Nikola unveiled and made bold claims abo

You can now book Qatar Airways flights with Alaska Mileage Plan miles

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The Points Guy / 4h
As first reported by One Mile at a Time , Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members can now redeem miles for flights on Qatar Airways . This comes months after Alaska joined the Oneworld alliance , of which Qatar is also a member. This addition also comes just days before Alaska and Emirates’ longstanding partnership comes to an end . This sudden addition gives Alaska members a new way to redeem miles

Old Amazon Kindle devices will soon lose 3G access

21TechCrunch / 4h
Mariella Moon Contributor Mariella Moon is an associate editor at Engadget . If you have an older Amazon Kindle with 3G internet, take note that you may not be able to wirelessly access and download new content anymore starting in December. As The Verge reports, Amazon has sent out emails to owners with old Kindles, telling them that previous-generation devices will lose internet access after mob

Google Play gets mandatory app privacy labels in April 2022

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Scroll down on a Google Play app listing and you'll soon see this new privacy section. [credit: Google ] In iOS 14, Apple added a "privacy" section to the app store, requiring app developers to list the data they collect and how they use it. Google—which was one of the biggest targets of Apple's privacy nutrition labels and delayed app updates for months to avoid complying with the policy—is now

How to Stop Videos From Autoplaying All Over the Internet

Lifehacker / 4h
Universally speaking, autoplay videos are annoying. On social media, they can suck you in, and the next thing you know, you’ve spent an hour scrolling through videos. On websites, they get in the way, following you around the page and covering up the text of an article. Read more...

Marvel's Hawkeye Aims Kate Bishop at Disney+'s November Schedule

100+Gizmodo / 4h
The night before Thanksgiving usually means getting together with friends and preparing for the feast to come. This year though, it means Hawkeye . Marvel Studios just revealed that its fourth live-action series will debut on November 24, with new episodes coming each Wednesday after that. If the series is six episodes… Read more...

Catch the Olympics in 4K with an all-new Toshiba smart Fire TV on sale

Mashable / 4h
SAVE UP TO $110: Amazon has the all-new Toshiba C350 4K smart Fire TV on sale for up to 27% off (depending on the size) as of July 29, with the 43-inch model starting at just $269.99. Whether you're a diehard USWNT stan or plan on channeling your inner horse girl when it's time for the showjumping competition, the headline-making moments of the Tokyo Olympics won't wait. And when it comes to upgr

Nikola founder Trevor Milton indicted on fraud charges

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Engadget / 4h
Trevor Milton , the founder and former executive chairman of electric vehicle company Nikola , has been charged with two counts of securities fraud and one count of wire fraud by a federal grand jury. Milton has been accused of lying about “nearly all aspects of the business” to boost Nikola's stock. The indictment claims Milton made it seem Nikola was much further along than it actually was in t

Watch: Robot places 100,000 dominoes to create a stunning 'Super Mario Bros.' mural

Mashable / 5h
YouTuber Mark Rober answered our prayers for a Super Mario Kart mural made entirely from dominoes. Rober posted his latest creative invention to YouTube, a domino placing robot that is ten times faster than any human. The robot took Rober five years and the help of three friends to develop and perfect. In the clip, the robot, Dom, short for Dominator, goes head-to-head with Lily Hevesh, domino ar

heaveninawildflower: Botanical illustrations taken from...

Music, Arts & Literature / 5h heaveninawildflower : Botanical illustrations taken from ‘Fleurs, Fruits et Feuillages Choisis’ by Berthe Hoola van Nooten. Published 1863 Bruxelles. Asiatic Society of Mumbai. Internet Archive Python library 1.9.4

'Hawkeye' debuts on Disney+ on November 24th

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Engadget / 5h
Hawkeye , the next live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe series, will debut on Disney+ on November 24th, with new episodes to follow every Wednesday thereafter . Disney shared the news in an interview Entertainment Weekly published with series star Jeremy Renner. The article also includes a first-look screencap (below) showing Renner opposite co-star Hailee Steinfeld, who plays Hawkeye’s protégé

Fasthosts claims "faster than ever" WordPress hosting for UK customers

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Fasthosts claims to be the fastest provider of WordPress hosting on the UK market.

Marvel's Hawkeye finally has a release date – and a first-look image

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Marvel's Hawkeye TV show has finally received an official release date – and there's a first look image to celebrate its forthcoming arrival.

Are desktop PCs dead?

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We keep hearing that the desktop PC is dead, or at least dying. But that’s still not true, and here are the reasons why.

Blizzard confirms developer named in lawsuit was removed for “misconduct”

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a 2019 video promoting Enlarge / Ex-Blizzard developer Alex Afrasiabi as he appeared in a 2019 video promoting World of Warcraft . (credit: Blizzard ) Last year, reports started to bubble up among Blizzard-watchers that longtime World of Warcraft developer Alex Afrasiabi, who was first hired in 2004, had quietly left the company without any official explanation. Now that Afrasiabi has been specif

Fortnite The Rift Tour event concert teases Ariana Grande [UPDATE]

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SlashGear / 5h
The Epic Games “The Rift Tour” event will (very likely) host Ariana Grande in an in-game concert event. This event will take place first on Friday, August 6, 2021, starting at 3PM PDT. That’s also 6PM EDT and 11PM BST, all on Friday, August 6, 2021. There’ll also be a replay event (and alternate times) in a variety of areas … Continue reading

The UK is reopening to vaccinated Americans, but will it last?

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The Points Guy / 5h
Beginning at 4 a.m. on Aug. 2, England will allow fully vaccinated travelers from the United States and the European Union to enter its borders without the need to quarantine . The news was welcomed by the travel industry on both sides of the Atlantic. August would traditionally be one of the busiest travel months between the U.K. and the U.S. but has seen just a trickle of the usual traffic this

What Is Google Chat, and Does It Replace Hangouts?

How-To Geek / 5h
Google has a very complicated history with messaging apps. Just when you think Google has found a solution, it gets abandoned or rebranded. Google Chat is a key part of this history, but what is it even nowadays? Here’s everything you need to know about Google Chat. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

How to Preserve Seeds to Plant Next Year

Lifehacker / 5h
The end of the warmer months can be depressing for the avid gardener. Thankfully, seeds from past blooms give hope for future plantings. But seeds don’t last forever, and the older they get, the less viable they are . How you store your seeds can extend or decrease the seed’s lifespan. Here’s how to preserve your seeds… Read more...

Step Inside the Wondrous World That's Inspiring Hayao Miyazaki's Final Film

93Gizmodo / 5h
Genzaburō Yoshino’s How Do You Live? has become a classic in Japan since it was first published over 80 years ago, but until now it’s never seen an English translation. Though it’s a little outside the realm of io9's usual sci-fi and fantasy fare , we’re thrilled to be revealing the cover and sharing an excerpt today… Read more...

Don't forget about Mitsubishi - new Outlander PHEV finally teased

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Mitsubishi is teasing an upgrade to its aging plug-in hybrid.

Amazon’s Fire TV Cube now supports Zoom calls on your TV

28TechCrunch / 5h
Late last year, Amazon launched support for two-way calling that worked with its Fire TV Cube devices. The feature allowed consumers to make and receive calls from their connected TV to any other Alexa device with a screen. Today, the company is expanding this system to enable support for two-way calling with Zoom. Starting today, Fire TV Cube owners (2nd gen) will be able to join Zoom work meeti

Early-stage founders: Beat the clock & buy a $79 Founder pass to TC Disrupt 2021

22TechCrunch / 5h
If you’re an early-stage founder, you’d be wise to make TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 (September 21-23) your must-attend virtual destination. It’s the OG of tech startup conferences, draws more than 10,000 attendees from around the world and features some of the most gifted, visionary minds and makers across the entire tech spectrum. Cash-strapped founders in the early innings of their startup love to

Motorola Edge 20 announced, including a surprisingly top-tier cheap 5G phone

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The Motorola Edge 20, Edge 20 Lite and Edge 20 Pro have all been launched in a surprise announcement.

Save $150 on the M1 MacBook Air During This Best Buy Sale

How-To Geek / 5h
Best Buy is selling both configurations of the powerful M1 MacBook Air for $150 off. That’s a killer discount on Apple’s most capable, most portable laptop, bringing the 256GB model down to $850 and the 512GB model (with an extra GPU core) down to $1,100. Oh, and students can take an extra $100 off by signing into their Best Buy account! Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Introducing the 'Inception' of puzzles

Mashable / 5h
A puzzle collection, dubbed "Pieces of the Masters," has no repeating puzzle pieces, and it's filled with hidden pieces too.

The strange story of a family that can't access $6 million in crypto from the Ethereum presale

60Mashable / 5h
What would you do if you had around $6 million...but you couldn't access it? According to a recent news story from WJLA, the local ABC affiliate for the Washington D.C. area, one family is going through just that. You've probably heard a slew of similar stories about people who bought into Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies early, only to lose access to the wallet where the digital money was store

Grab 2 Echo Dots at Target for less than the full price of one at Amazon

Mashable / 5h
Save $54: Target is offering two Echo Dots (4th gen) for $45.98 total as of July 29. That's over half off, and it brings each Dot below Amazon's Prime Day price. Months before Black Friday, a sneaky deal from Target offers the best price we've seen on the newest Echo Dot. Adding two fourth-gen Echo Dots to your cart triggers a discount of over 50%, bringing your total for both smart speakers down

Technical issues compel ransomware operator to switch to good ol' data theft and extortion

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Since they couldn’t iron out the chinks in their decryptor, the Babuk ransomware operators have stopped encrypting victim’s files.

The Handmaid's Tale season 5: everything we know

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Here's what we know about The Handmaid's Tale season 5, and what we think'll happen next after that finale.

Renewables Overtook Coal and Nuclear Power Generation in the US Last Year

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500+Futurism / 5h
Number Two For the first time in US history, renewables became the second-most prevalent electricity source in 2020 after natural gas, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). In 2020, renewable energy sources —including wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal — accounted for 21 percent of all the electricity generated in the country. Coal represented just 19 percent, while

New Pokemon Snap content update adds three new areas to explore

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SlashGear / 5h
So far, New Pokemon Snap is one of the Switch’s biggest releases of the year, and today Nintendo and The Pokemon Company announced that the game is getting a free content update. This doesn’t appear to be a small update either, as it adds 20 new Pokemon to photograph and three new areas to visit. So if you were hoping … Continue reading

Acrew Capital, Jeff Bezos back Colombia-based proptech La Haus’ $100M debt, equity round

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La Haus , which has developed an online real estate marketplace operating in Mexico and Colombia, has secured $100 million in additional funding, including $50 million in equity and $50 million in debt financing. The new capital was obtained as an extension to the company’s Series B, the first tranche of which closed in January. With the latest infusion, Medellin, Colombia-based La Haus has now s

Pokemon GO leak data shows iPhone-only eggs and SMS contact

SlashGear / 5h
Those iPhone Pokemon GO users that were bummed to see Google Play sponsoring the Pokemon GO Fest 2021 event will be glad to see iOS-specific eggs in the near future. The latest update to the game files for Pokemon GO revealed this (iOS-specific eggs) and a wide variety of wild new updates and teasers for future items and features in … Continue reading

I’m Asian American. Here’s how the pandemic changed how I view travel abroad.

55The Points Guy / 5h
“Ni hao.” “Konnichi wa.” These are Chinese and Japanese greetings that I expect to hear while traveling abroad. Not that these phrases are anything bad on their own. But I’ve come to realize that sometimes, a “hello” isn’t simply a hello. Often, it’s accompanied by a smirk and a contrived accent. With one single phrase, it blurs distinct East Asian cultures into an indistinguishable monolith. It

What Simone Biles Can Teach Our Children About Mental Health

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24Lifehacker / 5h
If our children are old enough to be watching the Olympics with us, there’s a good chance they have already seen a fair amount of coverage and the reactions—both good and bad—surrounding Simone Biles’ decision to withdraw from the competition due to mental health concerns. And that decision presents us with an… Read more...

Hyenas Left a Massive Pile of Bones in a Saudi Arabian Lava Tube

51Gizmodo / 5h
Scientists investigating a dried-up lava tube in northwestern Saudi Arabia were stunned to find a huge assemblage of bones belonging to horses, asses, and even humans. It was a feast to last a lifetime, and then many lifetimes after that, and the researchers who excavated the site believe they know the identity of the… Read more...

Facebook’s next product will be its long-awaited Ray-Ban smart glasses

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80TechCrunch / 5h
Facebook’s booming business is dominated by digital ads, but it also has hardware ambitions beyond VR. During the company’s latest earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said its next product release would be a pair of smart glasses from Ray-Ban. “The glasses have their iconic form factor, and they let you do some pretty neat things,” the Facebook co-founder said. “So I’m excited to get those into pe

They’re programmed to work hard and play hard

34TechCrunch / 5h
Industrial robotics are big and heavy — and in some cases, legitimately dangerous. They’re also extremely difficult to train — particularly if you plan to implement them for tasks outside of their purpose-built intentions. There’s huge opportunity for the right AI/software company to come along and help make the bulky systems intended for things like auto manufacturing easier to program and more

Craft Aerospace’s novel take on VTOL aircraft could upend local air travel

39TechCrunch / 5h
Air taxis may still be pie in the sky, but there’s more than one way to move the air travel industry forward. Craft Aerospace aims to do so with a totally new vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that it believes could make city-to-city hops simpler, faster, cheaper and greener. The aircraft — which, to be clear, is still in small-scale prototype form — uses a new VTOL technique that redirects t

Score a pair of Bose SoundLink II headphones for $70 off

Mashable / 5h
SAVE $70: Need to upgrade your headphones? Opt for the Bose SoundLink II Around Ear Wireless Headphones , which are on sale for $159 as of July 29. If your headphones just aren't cutting it in the sound quality department anymore, it's probably time to swap them out. With the Bose SoundLink II headphones , you'll get deep, immersive sound — and your music will actually sound like it's supposed to

Jodie Whittaker is officially leaving 'Doctor Who' in 2022

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100+Mashable / 5h
After a lengthy run of rumours, Jodie Whittaker is officially leaving her role in Doctor Who . The actor has played the coveted role of the Time Lord since 2017 , the Thirteenth Doctor in the series following Peter Capaldi . Whittaker will hand over the keys to the TARDIS in autumn 2022, the BBC confirmed on Thursday. "In 2017 I opened my glorious gift box of size 13 shoes," said Whittaker in a p

Steam Deck kills Total War Saga: Troy Linux port – but what does this mean for other games?

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Feral Interactive won’t be porting Troy to Linux, and will have to ‘assess the feasibility’ of further native conversions.

This tiny fitness tracker slips into your T-shirt and helps prevent running injuries

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
The Incus Nova tracks stats that your watch can't, like take-off acceleration, landing deceleration, and ground contact time.

The M1 MacBook Air drops to its lowest price ever in epic back to school deal

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
We've just spotted the M1 MacBook Air on sale for a record-low price of $849.99 in our roundup of back to school deals at Amazon.

Uber will offer free Rosetta Stone language courses to drivers

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Engadget / 6h
Uber wants to overcome the language barriers you'll sometimes encounter when hailing a ride . The Verge says Uber has partnered with Rosetta Stone to offer free language lessons through its Driver app. Both Uber and Uber Eats drivers can use the feature to learn any of Rosetta Stone's 24 languages. They'll even get material tailored to common ridesharing scenarios. Drivers will need to have reach


Music, Arts & Literature / 6h
nerdianity : shitposting-hobbits-to-gallifrey : ralfmaximus : official-kircheis : andmaybegayer : andmaybegayer : It’s really funny how seemingly random whether a company or celebrity has a tumblr is. Like almost every public person, legal or natural, has a twitter, instagram, and facebook page, but tumblr? NASA has one, but the ESA doesn’t. Neil Gaiman has one, Pat Rothfuss doesn’t have one, but

Tennis Star Feared Extreme Heat at the Tokyo Olympics Could Kill Him

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29Gizmodo / 6h
The Tokyo Olympics continue to be an unmitigated climate disaster . It was so hot and humid on Wednesday that Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev thought he could die. Read more...

Alaska Airlines Awards On Qatar Now Available, And OUCH.

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View from the Wing / 6h
Alaska separately introduced their partnership with oneworld member Qatar Airways, and at the start of June said that award redemption on Qatar would become available in August. They're actually a few days early, and Qatar Airways awards are currently bookable on the Alaska Airlines website. However the prices are.. sketchy to say the least. Continue reading ...

Sweet Tooth Season 2 Is Set to Give Us More Animal-Hybrid Adventures at Netflix

300+Gizmodo / 6h
Some extra saccharine news to report this morning: Netflix has renewed Sweet Tooth for a second season of apocalyptic adventures. Read more...

What is a credit card product change and when does it make sense?

The Points Guy / 6h
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the latest information. Let’s say you have a credit card, such as the Chase Freedom Unlimited , and you’re ready for an upgrade to something like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card . A credit card product change allows you to maintain your existing account while enjoying the benefits and terms of a different card. But there are pros and cons to doing

How to Remodel Your Kitchen in the Cheapest Possible Way

Lifehacker / 6h
Full-scale kitchen remodels can take months of labor and tens of thousands of dollars or more. But giving your kitchen a little refresh doesn’t have to take all that work and all of your money. While you save up for the big kitchen gut job, you can make several subtle, inexpensive changes that will help bring your… Read more...

Scientists Surprised by Objects of “Complex Organic Matter” in Asteroid Belt

300+Futurism / 6h
Red Rocks A team of astronomers have spotted two mysterious objects in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter that appear to be loaded with organic matter, possibly including the building blocks of life on Earth, The New York Times reports . The two rocks, dubbed 203 Pompeja and 269 Justitia, showed up as glowing red in astronomical observations, far redder than any other known object in the

How to Use Icon Sets to Represent Values in Microsoft Excel

How-To Geek / 6h
If you’re looking for a unique way to represent your data in Microsoft Excel, consider using icon sets. Similar to color scales, icon sets take a range of values and use visual effects to symbolize those values. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Keep your favorite beige foods within reach with an air fryer on sale

Mashable / 6h
SAVE $50: The highly rated Ninja Air Fryer XL is the missing piece in your kitchen appliance lineup, and it's 33% off at Amazon for a limited time. You'll pay $99.99. Fried foods are too good to pass up. Are you seriously going to turn down some french fries? Impossible. Thankfully, there's a semi-healthier way to consume your favorite beige-colored munchies (and vegetables ) regularly: an air fr

The Witcher: Monster Slayer hit a million downloads already, but it's no Pokémon Go

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39TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
The Witcher mobile game may have been plagued with bugs, but it just hit a major download milestone.

You Can Now Redeem Alaska Miles On Qatar Airways

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100+One Mile at a Time / 6h
As of today you can redeem Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for travel on Qatar Airways. There are several interesting things to note about this new opportunity, so let’s take a look at the details. What are Mileage Plan redemption rates on Qatar Airways like? At the end of 2020 it was revealed that Alaska Airlines and Qatar Airways would launch a partnership . This coincided with the announcem

Someone Made a Playable Clone of Pokémon for the Pebble Smartwatch

86Gizmodo / 6h
The Pebble was the first smartwatch that genuinely delivered on the promise of smart wearables, but despite a devoted user base, it was not long for this world, and was eventually bought by Fitbit. Despite the company no longer existing, the smartwatches still work just fine, and developers are still making apps for… Read more...

Huawei’s P50 lineup is powered by HarmonyOS 2 but lacks 5G

Engadget / 6h
Huawei has revealed the P50 and P50 Pro, its first flagship phones that use HarmonyOS 2 from the outset. The company started rolling out the operating system to its existing devices in early June. The switch to HarmonyOS was made in part due to US sanctions that have hit Huawei . Along with slowing down manufacturing and hobbling the company’s ability to source components with American technology

Let an automatic litter box do the dirty work for you

Mashable / 6h
Save $60.04: The PetSafe ScoopFree self-cleaning litter box is on sale for $129.95 at Amazon, a 32% savings on its original price of $189.99. If you travel a lot, work long hours, or simply don't want to scoop cat poop and pee clumps, an automatic litter box might be your saving grace. The PetSafe ScoopFree Ultra is one of our top picks for self-cleaning litter boxes , and as of July 29, it's on

Zuck Confirms Facebook's Smart Glasses Will Be Its Next Stab at Hardware

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24Gizmodo / 6h
It’s been a while since we’ve heard about Facebook’s collaboration with Ray-Ban on a pair of augmented reality glasses. But in comments during an earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that no, he hasn’t forgotten about the device. It’ll actually be the company’s next hardware release. Read more...

PayPal’s new ‘superapp,’ to include messaging, is ready to launch

41TechCrunch / 6h
PayPal’s plan to morph itself into a “superapp” has been given a go for launch. According to PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, speaking to investors during this week’s second-quarter earnings call, the initial version of PayPal’s new consumer digital wallet app is now “code complete” and the company is preparing to slowly ramp up. Over the next several months, PayPal expects to be fully ramped up in the U

Don't Buy a Bundt Pan, Make Your Own

Lifehacker / 6h
If you are someone who enjoys baking once in a while, a Bundt pan is one of those kitchen items that seems important—but only very occasionally. The other 364 days of the year, it is a space-sucker, especially if you have a small kitchen. There are only so many pound cakes one can bake, and although a frozen slice of… Read more...

PS5 system beta finally adds M.2 SSD support, but there’s a lot you need to know

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SlashGear / 6h
At long last, it seems Sony is finally ready to roll out support for the PlayStation 5’s M.2 expansion slot. Since launch, the slot has been disabled, as Sony wanted to ensure compatibility with drives before activating it through a software update. Now support for expansion M.2 drives is rolling out as part of a new beta – the PlayStation … Continue reading

Adorable 'Vivo' trailer introduces Lin-Manuel Miranda as a music-loving bear

200+Mashable / 6h
They say music is a universal language, and it connects the most unlikely duo in Netflix's upcoming Vivo . Lin-Manuel Miranda voices the titular rainforest animal, who is best friends with the music-loving human Andrés (Juan de Marcos). When a love from Andrés's past resurfaces (Gloria Estefan), it's up to Vivo and new friend Gabi (Ynairaly Simo) to use the universal languages of music and love t

The Note 21 is cancelled but Samsung S21 Ultra deals are the perfect alternative

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra deals will be the perfect alternative to the cancelled Galaxy Note 21 with similar specs and design.

View along wet street with buildings on both sides; cars, trucks, and pedestrians. Signs include:...

Music, Arts & Literature / 7h
View along wet street with buildings on both sides; cars, trucks, and pedestrians. Signs include: Walkers Lunch; Majestic Theatre; MacDiarmid Candies; auto supplies, hardware; Morris & Travis Drug Co. Written on photograph negative: “S & W-11.” Stamped on photograph back: “Spencer & Wyckoff, commercial photographers, Detroit.” Handwritten on photograph back: “Looking down Woodward from Willis, c.

This Fall U.S. Airports Are Getting 50 New Lounges, Each The Size Of A Phone Booth

View from the Wing / 7h
Escape lounges in the U.S. are being rebranded as “Escape Lounges – The Centurion® Studio Partner”. Escape has a new partnership, though, outside of the American Express relationship. They’ll be delivering phone booths in airports you can pay to access for privacy and to charge devices in conjunction with Jabbrrbox which has had these in airports since 2018. Continue reading ...

Apple's MacBook Air M1 is on sale for $850 right now at Amazon

Engadget / 7h
Those looking for a new daily-driver should seriously consider the MacBook Air M1 . Thanks to Apple's new processor, it's powerful enough to serve most people well and its new fanless design is a big improvement. The laptop normally starts at $1,000, but now you can get it for $850 on Amazon. That's a new all-time low and it's $50 cheaper than the price the laptop has been hovering at for the pas

YouTubers have been rickrolled over a billion times

Engadget / 7h
One of the internet's best-known videos just marked an important (and arguably overdue) historic moment. KIRO7 notes that Rick Astley's video for "Never Gonna Give You Up" crossed 1 billion YouTube views on July 28th, putting the original Rickroll in the same rare company as clips from the latest pop stars. Not surprisingly, Astley approves. He told Twitter followers the figure was "mind-blowing"

Kids Don't Always Have to Share

35Lifehacker / 7h
My two-year-old started crying minutes after my oldest son unwrapped his birthday presents. He wanted to play with his brother’s newest haul of toys as soon as they came out of their boxes, but his sibling firmly refused his requests. And while I was disappointed that my oldest child didn’t want to share, I couldn’t… Read more...

Here’s how to fly to London using points and miles

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The Points Guy / 7h
London regularly ranks among the world’s most-visited city thanks to its historical sights , world-class museums, fabulous hotels , a dynamic dining scene and a diverse patchwork of up-and-coming neighborhoods. With the U.K. dropping quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated U.S. travelers on Aug. 2, 2021. This makes traveling to London much easier, since you no longer have to quarantine for up

The Google Play Store may need a serious security upgrade

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Google Play Protect isn’t as effective as its peers, according to six-month long test.

PS5 beta firmware: M.2 SSD support, 3D audio, TV updates – here’s what’s new

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
The PS5 is getting a whole load of changes, from 3D audio upgrades to expandable SSD support.

One of Netflix's biggest movies won't get a sequel – for a surprising reason

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Netflix film 6 Underground won't be getting a sequel, according to the studio's Head of Original Movies.

5 Ways to Pin Shortcuts to Windows 10’s Taskbar

How-To Geek / 7h
Windows 10’s Taskbar provides quick access to your most-used apps and folders, but aside from a few default apps, you’ll need to pin the shortcuts to the Taskbar yourself. Here are five ways to get that done. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

‘It’s a Miracle That We Are Still Alive’: Inside Sardinia’s Terrifying Firestorm

77Gizmodo / 7h
What had been a rich Mediterranean landscape of maquis, ancient olive trees, and ruby vineyards is now a charred skeletal tangle clinging to hills above the pristine Sardinian sea. Read more...

Nikola founder Trevor Milton indicted on three counts of fraud

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27TechCrunch / 7h
Trevor Milton, the fast-talking showman founder of Nikola and the electric truck startup’s former CEO and executive chairman, has been charged with three counts of fraud. Milton “ engaged in a fraudulent scheme to deceive retail investors” for his own personal benefit, according to the federal indictment unsealed by U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan on Thursday. Milton was charged with two coun

Talkiatry lands $20M Series A to go all in on in-network psychiatric care

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34TechCrunch / 7h
Talkiatry announced today that it has raised a $20 million Series A to scale a strategy simple in theory yet potentially challenging in execution: bring psychiatry services in-network with insurance providers. The round, led by Left Lane Capital with participation from the founder and former CEO of CityMD, Dr. Richard Park, is an extension of Talkiatry’s previously secured $5 million financing. T CEO Karl Hughes on the importance of using experts in developer marketing

90TechCrunch / 7h
Developers can be a tough crowd. They typically hate being marketed to and are often short on time, which sets a particularly high bar for any content marketing aimed at them. Coming up with relevant content that developers find interesting takes specific know-how, and this is where comes in. Its Chicago-based founder and CEO Karl Hughes describes the firm as “a superniche content marke

Tesla AI Day to be held on August 19, Elon Musk says

35Mashable / 7h
Tesla is having an event called Tesla AI Day on August 19, company CEO Elon Musk has announced. Tesla had a Tesla Autonomy Day in 2019, and Tesla Battery Day in 2020, but it never had an event solely dedicated to artificial intelligence. Tweet may have been deleted Musk shared little else about the event, besides its main goal: to convince the best AI talent to join Tesla. Tweet may have been del

Amazon Warns That Older Kindles May Start Losing Cellular Service Later This Year

39Gizmodo / 7h
If you’re an owner of an older Kindle e-reader, your device may soon lose support for an important feature: internet access. Read more...

American Adds Ultra Low Cost Carrier Jetsmart As New South American Partner

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28View from the Wing / 7h
American Airlines will partner with and invest in South American ultra low cost carrier Jetsmart, which is owned by the same parent company as Frontier Airlines and Europe's Wizz Air. Jetsmart operates coach-only densely configured Airbus A320 narrowbody planes from Chile and Argentina, serving 33 destinations. Continue reading ...

Samsung’s 500GB T7 portable drive drops to $70 at Amazon

Engadget / 7h
Samsung's T-series of portable SSDs has been a favorite of ours for a while thanks to its compact design, speedy performance and general versatility. Not only are they good options for photographers and content creators who work with large files regularly, but they're also good for students who want a reliable drive that can serve them for the entirety of their time at school. Now you can get the

How to Remove the “Chat” Taskbar Icon on Windows 11

How-To Geek / 7h
Windows 11 now includes a Chat icon that links to Microsoft Teams in the taskbar. While handy, if you don’t use it, it’s easy to hide. Here’s how to disable it—and how to bring it back if you change your mind later. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

The Best TVs of 2021 for Gaming, Movies, and More

How-To Geek / 7h
There are some great TVs on the market, but how do you separate the best from the rest? That’s where our recommendations can help. We’ve picked out favorite sets for a range of different uses and budgets. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

What is Docker Swarm Mode and When Should You Use It?

How-To Geek / 7h
Swarm Mode is Docker’s built-in orchestration system for scaling containers across a cluster of physical machines. Multiple independent clients running Docker Engine pool their resources, forming a swarm. Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

How to Lint Your Kubernetes Manifests With Kube-Score

How-To Geek / 7h
Kube-Score is a Kubernetes static analysis tool which lints your resources to identify security and reliability issues. Running Kube-Score before you apply manifests to your cluster can help you identify pain points before they turn into real problems. Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

How to Wirelessly Mirror Your Android Phone to Your TV

27How-To Geek / 7h
Gathering people around your phone to show off a picture or video can be a pain, but thanks to Android and Chromecast, it doesn’t have to be. We’ll show you how to wirelessly mirror your Android phone or tablet’s screen to a TV. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Master & Dynamic's Latest True Wireless Earbuds Are Built for Durability

How-To Geek / 7h
Fans of Master & Dynamic’s stellar MW08 earbuds will be pleased to hear that the company just released an upgraded version of its luxury true wireless earbuds—the MW08 Sport—for just $50 more. They share some features with the original pair but boast some much-needed newer features as well. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

'Arthur' to Say Goodbye After a 26-Year PBS Run

300+How-To Geek / 7h
Writer and show developer Kathy Waugh has revealed that Arthur is no longer in production. Its final episode, which PBS completed two years ago, will air in December of 2022. PBS has not provided a reason for canceling Arthur and seems to have intentionally withheld the bad news. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Nura's True Wireless Earbuds Adjust Their Sound Quality to Your Ears

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100+How-To Geek / 7h
Nura just launched the third product in its personalized-audio lineup, the Nuratrue wireless earbuds. This is the company’s first true wireless pair of headphones, yet it supports the same automatic hearing test, ANC, Transparency, and “immersion” features as the Nuraloop and Nuraphone. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

The golden age of travel isn’t over — it’s evolving

34The Points Guy / 7h
Some might say the golden age of air travel ended when Pan Am went out of business and airlines stopped serving free-flowing cocktails and cigars. Or maybe it was when the pandemic struck and forced airlines to retire their superjumbo jets and make major cuts to their premium-cabin offerings. However, I believe we’re still in the golden age of travel now. It’s just evolving. The unprecedented dis

How to Talk to an Actual Person at Your Airline

Lifehacker / 7h
Have you tried to speaking with a customer service representative from an airline lately? A perfect storm of post-pandemic demand, scheduling changes, and staff shortages has resulted in frustrated customers waiting for hours on the phone to speak to an actual human. Fortunately, there are methods that can speed up… Read more...

Disney's Haunted Mansion Movie May Have Found Its Stars

40Gizmodo / 7h
Moonhaven ’s cast continues to grow. Issa Rae and J.J. Abrams are working on an adaptation of Octavia Butler ’s Fledgling for HBO. Plus, new pictures from Day of the Dead and Legends of Tomorrow ’s return, and what’s next for American Horror Stories . Spoilers get! Read more...

Huawei P50 release date, price, what you need to know and how the P50 Pro differs

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The Huawei P50 series has finally been unveiled, and we've got everything you need to know about the new flagship phones.

Virgin Media pledges to upgrade its entire network to full fibre by 2028

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Full fibre upgrade will strengthen converged and wholesale offerings

Swarm debuts $499 Evaluation Kit for consumers and tinkerers

41TechCrunch / 7h
Satellite connectivity company Swarm’s new product will give anyone the ability to create a messaging or Internet of Things (IoT) device, whether that be a hiker looking to stay connected off the grid or a hobbyist wanting to track the weather. The Swarm Evaluation Kit is an all-in-one product that includes a Swarm Tile, the company’s flagship modem device, a VHF antenna, a small solar panel, a t

Learn from the experts: TPG ’s card team reveals what’s in their wallet

The Points Guy / 8h
If you’ve been dabbling with points and miles for quite a while now, you know fellow card aficionados love to reveal what travel rewards cards are in their wallet and comparing them to your own credit card portfolio. We at TPG are no different. I’m always curious to hear how other TPG staffers concoct their credit card spend plan, which transferable points (or airline miles and hotel points) they

PlayStation 5 SSD upgrades are finally enabled for beta testers

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Engadget / 8h
As expected , Sony is gradually opening up access to the PS5's empty M.2 expansion slot. Starting today, a new system software update gives beta users in the US, Canada and parts of Europe the ability to boost local storage with select SSD drives. But, the process isn't as straightforward as previous reports suggested. We already knew the required read speeds would be 5,500MB/s or higher, which l

This Hyper-V vulnerability could plague Microsoft users for some time

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Many enterprise users haven’t yet patched a critical Hyper-V vulnerability, according to researchers.

Willow speaks candidly about panic attacks and pressure Black women face in pop-rock music

45Mashable / 8h
Pop-punk star Willow has spoken candidly about her mental health and the pressure of being a Black woman in the music genre. Appearing on a BBC podcast hosted by English singer Yungblud , the 20-year-old artist said she had experienced a lot of fear for a long time in the industry. "I felt extremely unsafe in my music career in the past and that feeling of insecurity or unsafety like I didn't fee

Intel NUC 11 Extreme review: A tiny gaming desktop you may actually want

Engadget / 8h
Who is a powerful miniature desktop for? That was the question running through my mind when I reviewed Intel's NUC 9 Extreme last year. It was the company's most powerful compact PC kit (NUC stands for "next unit of computing") at the time. But it was so wildly expensive — especially since you need to add your own RAM, storage, GPU and OS — it didn't make sense for anyone but mini-PC obsessives.

Nothing’s Ear 1 wireless earbuds are an ambitious start

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Engadget / 8h
How do you stand out as a new tech company when the dominant players have huge budgets, thousands of employees and decades of product R&D? That is Nothing’s challenge, and its first product, a pair of true wireless earbuds, makes a pitch for a simplified kind of tech, designed to stand out from the likes of Apple AirPods, Samsung Galaxy Buds and their myriad clones. Design appears to be very impo

Nikola Founder Trevor Milton Charged With Securities Fraud

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94NYT > Technology / 8h
Federal prosecutors charged Trevor Milton with misleading investors about the technology for battery- and hydrogen-powered vehicles Nikola had hoped to make.

Older Kindles may lose internet connection, Amazon warns

20BBC News - Technology / 8h
Amazon tells customers older Kindles might lose their ability to connect online.

Nothing's Overhyped Earbuds Are Actually Extremely Good

C. Pei Nothing Ear 1 ANC•
Gizmodo / 8h
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei is taking a OnePlus-esque approach to his new company, called Nothing. OnePlus established itself as a go-to brand for affordable smartphones with flagship features, and after months of hype , Nothing’s first product has arrived to deliver the same thing OnePlus’ smartphones did: solid… Read more...

How Gravity Turns Me Upside Down

73Wired / 8h
My favorite force belittles me—literally—but also inspires new ways to get high.

American Airlines announces major new partnership with South American ULCC JetSmart

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49The Points Guy / 8h
American Airlines is doubling down on South America — and moving past a pre-pandemic breakup. The U.S. carrier on Tuesday announced a partnership with South American ultra low-cost carrier JetSmart (branded as JetSMART). JetSmart , which was founded in 2016, operates primarily out of bases in Chile and Argentina. The airline has a fleet of 20 Airbus A320ceo and A320neo aircraft, with 79 more pend

You're Probably Overcooking Your Corn

86Lifehacker / 8h
Hello, it’s me, your friendly internet corn truther, here to tell you that you are probably overcooking your corn on the cob. If you’ve been reading me for any real length of time, you know that I love to shout about how you don’t even have to cook corn , but sometimes people like their corn hot, so that the butter… Read more...

Hello Divorce raises $2M so that couples can say ‘good-bye’ easier

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100+TechCrunch / 8h
Divorce is messy and stressful, made even messier and stressful when a couple is unable to go through the legal process because of the cost. Online divorce startup Hello Divorce is developing a platform to make this process more affordable and quicker. To do this, the Oakland, California-based company announced Thursday a $2 million seed round led by CEAS, with additional funds coming from Lightb

ConverseNow is targeting restaurant drive-thrus with new $15M round

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34TechCrunch / 8h
One year after voice-based AI technology company ConverseNow raised a $3.3 million seed round, the company is back with a cash infusion of $15 million in Series A funding in a round led by Craft Ventures. The Austin-based company’s AI voice ordering assistants George and Becky work inside quick-serve restaurants to take orders via phone, chat, drive-thru and self-service kiosks, freeing up staff

Nothing Ear (1) review

21TechCrunch / 8h
Carl Pei says he looked around and saw a lot of the same. He’s not alone in that respect. Apple didn’t invent the fully wireless earbud with the first AirPods, but it did provide a kind of inflection point that sent many of its competitors hurtling toward a sort of homogeneity. You’d be hard-pressed to cite another consumer electronics category that matured and coalesced as quickly as Bluetooth e

Student labor marketplace Pangea closes $2M seed round

100+TechCrunch / 8h
Pangea , a Providence, Rhode Island-based startup that connects youthful talent and businesses in need of freelance labor, announced this morning that it has closed an oversubscribed $2 million seed round. Pangea CEO and co-founder Adam Alpert told TechCrunch that his company had set out to secure $1.5 million, but wound up raising more. We’re hearing that somewhat often these days. IDEA Fund Par

Wow: American Airlines Investing In South America’s JetSMART

American JetSMART SA•
86One Mile at a Time / 8h
Well this is kind of coming out of nowhere… New American Airlines & JetSMART partnership American Airlines and JetSMART have signed a letter of intent to create “the broadest and most rewarding network in the Americas.” Before we get into the details, perhaps some context is important. JetSMART is an ultra low cost carrier in South America, that operates primarily out of Argentina and Chile, curr

Ford reveals the custom 2021 Mustang Mach-E to be given away for charity

Mach-E Ford Mustang•
SlashGear / 8h
Ford has supported various charities for a long time, often donating customized automobiles to be auctioned off. Each year Ford offers a customized car for the AirVenture charity, and typically that car is a Ford Mustang of some sort with a big V8 engine under the hood. This year, the car Ford is donating to the charity is a different … Continue reading

Watch Live: Russia's Nauka Module Docks at the International Space Station

21Gizmodo / 8h
It was a bumpy journey, but Russia’s Nauka module is finally arriving at the International Space Station. You can catch the action live right here. Read more...

Callaway Chevy Silverado SC602 Signature Edition trounces Ram TRX in a drag race

SlashGear / 8h
American performance vehicle builder Callaway Cars has debuted its newest creation: The Chevy Silverado SC602 Signature Edition, now officially the best sleeper truck on the road. How fast? Hold your breath: This Chevy Silverado has trounced the mighty RAM TRX in a drag race. That’s saying a lot since Ram made it clear the TRX is “the quickest, fastest, and … Continue reading

5 fabulous destinations for luxury cruise fans

The Points Guy / 8h
With free-flowing Champagne and supersized suites, luxury ships explore the coastal regions of all seven continents with cruise itineraries that go beyond the norm. By nature of being smaller than the mainstream megaships, vessels in the luxury class sail off the beaten path, following the private yachting set to such dreamy destinations such as St. Tropez and St. Barth’s. These ships do classic

All the best dating sites for finding a serious relationship

Mashable / 8h
Most seasoned singles know that dating culture can be broken up into hookup culture and something much more serious. Most online dating sites are a mix of both, and after living with online dating as an increasingly ubiquitous option for the past 20 years, the general public tends to see dating sites as a normal means of finding casual dates or a hookup. But what if you're looking for a serious r

The best dating sites for seniors looking for love

Mashable / 8h
Senior dating isn't easy, but it's not nearly as tough as you think. Dating at any age is tricky — and being over 60 in the dating world could actually have its perks. There's a reason why post-retirement age could be the happiest time of your life . Yes, there may be fewer potential partners in the dating pool, but if you think about it, that just makes everything less overwhelming. And now that

All the best dating sites and apps for people over 40

Mashable / 8h
Dating when you're 40 or older can be intimidating — unlike when you're in your 20s or 30s, you can't just assume everyone your age is single and looking for love. If you're back in the game, it's important to remember that around half of marriages end in divorce, so the dating pool might not be as small as you might think. Meeting people in real life still happens, but sometimes it's easier and

A Strange American Airlines Discrimination Story

American The Year Alabama•
74One Mile at a Time / 8h
There’s no doubt a lot of discrimination in the airline industry, and we see stories that clearly reflect that reality all the time. At the same time, there’s also just a lot of plain bad service in the airline industry, and also confusion about airline policies. With that in mind, I’m not exactly sure what to make of this story … Stranded teachers get different treatment Over the weekend, all St

Summit invests $215M into Odoo, an open-source business management software developer, at a $2.3B+ valuation

Odoo Summit Partners•
90TechCrunch / 9h
Open source has become a major force in the world of IT, and today a startup that has built a profitable operation by developing business management software on the principle is announcing a sizable secondary investment on the back of that growth. Odoo — a Belgium-based provider of open-source-based business software that ranges from inventory management and ERP to human resources and CRM softwar

GGV Capital gave this real estate startup founder a term sheet 48 hours after meeting

Realm One GGV Capital•
45TechCrunch / 9h
Realm , which aims to help homeowners maximize the value of their property with its data platform, has raised $12 million in Series A funding led by GGV Capital. Existing backers Primary Venture Partners, Lerer Hippeau and Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures also participated in the round, bringing the New York-based startup’s total raised to $15 million. Realm founder Liz Young launched the platfo

Apple, AMD and Intel are taking gambles with the chip shortage – will they pay off?

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
With chip shortages ongoing, some companies are having to change their plans, but could these gambles really pay off?

Zoom wants to extend its reach beyond the end of meetings

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Zoom updates introduce features that help users communicate in different ways.

Oculus Quest will work with Steam Deck for VR on the go

Newell Valve Steam Deck•
24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Valve CEO Gabe Newell has confirmed that the Steam Deck can connect to any hardware.

United Is Paying A Guy To Hold Up A Sign At Hubs Thanking Passengers

View from the Wing / 9h
Back in the fall of 2003 United had a guy named Ted going around Denver picking up lunch tabs for entire restaurants. You see, Ted was their new low cost carrier ‘within the airline’ that United was launching. Ted was your friend. He was fun. That’s not how Ted turned out, in fact Ted – which shared the last 3 letters of United – was often described as being “the end of United.” And United retire

How a 15-minute phone call landed me a Hyatt status challenge

20The Points Guy / 9h
World of Hyatt has a reputation for being relatively conservative when it comes to status matches and challenges . However, just a few weeks ago, Hyatt launched a round of fast-track offers for American Airlines elites . Now, it appears that Hyatt is offering an even more generous status challenge and anyone can participate. Here’s everything you need to know about Hyatt’s elite status shortcuts.

Ozark season 4: everything we know so far

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Everything we know about Ozark season 4, the final episode of Netflix's popular crime drama, including its likely 2022 release date.

ESA proves carbon fiber reinforced plastic rocket tanks are viable

SlashGear / 9h
ESA has made a breakthrough in its Future Launchers Preparatory Program, finding that carbon fiber reinforced plastic tanks are viable for rockets. The new work builds on earlier studies and has demonstrated a new design for a small-scale tank made of unique carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). The material is leakproof when used with liquid hydrogen and is also compatible … Continue reading

Tesla update adds Disney+ streaming and a Car Wash mode

31Engadget / 9h
Tesla is adding another popular streaming service to its in-car infotainment system. As part of its latest software update, you can now watch Disney+ when you have some downtime during charging. Tesla's Theater Mode already offers Netflix , Disney-owned Hulu, YouTube and Twitch. All it's missing is HBO Max, Peacock and Paramount+ before it can call itself a true video hub. A Tesla owner shared sc

Save $100 on the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 at Amazon this week

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 has just hit its lowest price ever in Amazon's latest smartwatch deals.

This Samsung Galaxy tablet deal is far better than an iPad right now

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Samsung Galaxy tablet deals have hit record low prices on the S5e, and it's a far better buy than an iPad right now.

LifeShip Puts The DNA Of Somebody You Love On The Moon

Futurism / 9h
Space is an increasingly busy place, especially with the influx of billionaire-funded space launches . And while that’s led to scientific innovation and growing space programs, these trips mostly fall short of our nearest neighbor: the Moon. This renewed interest in space will inevitably result in more frequent trips to the Moon , creating new opportunities to celebrate and remember those we love

GoDaddy wants to let SMBs get creative with social media posts

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GoDaddy launches tools to make designing and creating social media posts much easier for SMBs.

How Final Fantasy VII radicalized a generation of climate warriors

Ars Technica / 9h
I mean, all the packaging required for a game spanning three CDs might help inspire some environmental mindfulness on its own. In September of 1997, Final Fantasy VII was released for the original Playstation in North America. The watershed game swapped the series’ swords-and-sorcery and sun-dappled-forests motif for bombs and machine guns in a dark, rainy futuristic urban metropolis. It was a ti

Feds list the top 30 most exploited vulnerabilities. Many are years old

30Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images ) Government officials in the US, UK, and Australia are urging public- and private-sector organizations to secure their networks by ensuring firewalls, VPNs, and other network-perimeter devices are patched against the most widespread exploits. In a joint advisory published Wednesday, the US FBI and CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency), the Australi

This Porsche 911 Turbo S pays homage to Mexican driving ace Pedro Rodriguez

SlashGear / 9h
In collaboration with Porsche Latin America, Porsche Mexico, and Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, German automaker Porsche has built a custom 911 Turbo S in memory of the late, great Pedro Rodriguez. Rodriguez is the most successful Mexican racing driver of all time. He walked away with 11 titles in the World Championship of Makes – now known as the World Endurance … Continue reading

Worth the hype? A first-timer’s stay at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme

41The Points Guy / 9h
Like a trip to the Maldives, a stay at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme is akin to a status symbol. You haven’t truly “made it” until you’ve used your World of Hyatt points to spend a few nights at one of the poshest — and most expensive — hotels in Paris. I’d never stayed at the hotel before, so when it came time to book hotels for a recent trip to Paris , I had to see if this Park Hyatt lived up to

The Morning After: An official Xbox doughnut is coming

Engadget / 9h
As part of new restrictions on sexual content, Google is banning what it calls "compensated sexual relationships (i.e. sugar dating)," from its Android app store, starting September 1st, 2021. Google’s wording on its inappropriate content policy isn’t live yet, but on Google Play, even now, there are plenty of sugar-daddy-style apps that fit this description, including Elite Millionaire Singles,

SnapScan improves their app’s Wallet feature to help people send money to friends

Popular Mechanics / 9h
The post SnapScan improves their app’s Wallet feature to help people send money to friends appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

United Airlines Rolls Out Food & Drink Pre-Ordering (Including In Economy)

United Pre Order Snacks•
100+One Mile at a Time / 9h
United Airlines is starting to roll out a new feature this week, which has the potential to be useful. Order United food & drinks up to five days in advance United Airlines will allow customers to use the United app or to pre-order meals, snacks, and beverages, up to five days before scheduled departure: This will allow first class passengers to pre-order their complimentary meals This

The 20 best British TV shows to stream on Netflix

Mashable / 10h
Now that people are streaming more and more hours of TV , it's crucial we have as many recommendations as possible at our fingertips. And while you may well have cranked through Netflix's biggest originals , its most addictive reality shows , and even its most underrated shows , we're willing to bet there are a few avenues you've yet to explore. From crude comedy to coastal crime, there's a whole

Rocket Lab returns to flight after failed May mission with successful launch for US Space Force

Rocket Lab US Space•
41TechCrunch / 10h
Rocket Lab is back in business launching rockets after an issue during its last launch in May caused a total loss of the payloads on board. The company was quick to investigate the issue and announced just over a week ago that it had completed that work, identified the problem and implemented corrective action to make sure it doesn’t happen again. The launch today, which took off from the company

Employee engagement platform Culture Amp raises $100M at a $1.5B valuation

Employee Culture Amp•
100+TechCrunch / 10h
Culture Amp was founded in 2009 to let companies conduct anonymous employee surveys, but since then, its focus has expanded to helping employers turn the data they collect into action. The company announced today it has raised $100 million in Series F funding, led by returning investors Sequoia Capital China and TDM Growth Partners. The round bumps Culture Amp’s valuation to $1.5 billion, more th

Exo secures $200M toward commercializing ultrasound device

Exo $220M Ultrasound•
39TechCrunch / 10h
Exo , pronounced “echo,” raised a fresh cash infusion of $220 million in Series C financing aimed at commercializing its handheld ultrasound device and point-of-care workflow platform, Exo Works. The round was led by RA Capital Management, while BlackRock, Sands Capital, Avidity Partners, Pura Vida Investments and prior investors joined in. The new funding gives the Redwood City, California-based

OnePlus led the premium segment in Q2, Xiaomi overall smartphone leader

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
OnePlus has emerged as the leader in the premium segment in India again, thanks to the OnePlus 9 series. Realme also witnessed over 140% YoY growth.

WhatsApp is making it easier to move from iOS to Android

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If you switch from an iPhone to Android, it's going to be much easier to transfer your WhatsApp chats across soon.

Microsoft Edge update will give users more control over the browsing experience

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New options will help customize Microsoft Edge to your liking.

Orbital Marine Power O2 begins grid-connected power generation

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SlashGear / 10h
Orbital Marine Power has announced that the world’s most powerful tidal turbine has begun grid-connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Center. O2 is a floating turbine anchored off the Fall of Warness and connected via a subsea cable to the local onshore electricity network. O2 is a 2MW offshore power generation unit. The power generation device was manufactured … Continue readin

Phantom Warships Are Courting Chaos in Conflict Zones

200+Wired / 10h
The latest weapons in the global information war are fake vessels behaving badly.

Covid Is Pulling the Plug on Beloved Japanese Arcades

100+Wired / 10h
Once home to vibrant live competitions, gaming centers have been bleeding out since before the pandemic. Lockdowns could leave them KO'd for good.

China Cracks Down On Its Tech Giants. Sound Familiar?

Didi Private China•
53Wired / 10h
Companies like Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent were once regarded with national pride. Now they’re being slapped with fines and other penalties.

Price freeze and cancel for any reason trip insurance could be coming to more travel providers

Amadeus Hopper FinTech•
20The Points Guy / 10h
Now more than ever, flexibility is the name of the game when it comes to the travel industry. It’s an area travel book app Hopper has focused on, offering features such as price freeze and “Cancel For Any Reason” trip insurance alongside its price prediction tools to help travelers save money and have peace of mind during the booking process. Until now, those features have been exclusive to trips

Ring Video Doorbells can now take a message for you

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Ring is rolling out Quick Replies to compatible doorbells in the UK, but where are the other Smart Responses offered in other territories?

Louis Vuitton is making a mobile game with embedded NFTs

28Engadget / 10h
The worlds of fashion and gaming are cozying up to one another. From Gucci selling digital items in Roblox to Vogue 's virtual fashion spread starring Gigi Hadid, the two industries are increasingly overlapping to capture a young, tech-savvy audience. Now, Louis Vuitton is jumping on the bandwagon by releasing a mobile video game to celebrate its founder's 200th birthday. Louis: The Game stars th

Microsoft could be about to save you millions on software procurement

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Suplari deal will see Microsoft boost its procurement offering.

New Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 renderings leak showing off all angles

SlashGear / 10h
One of the most anticipated smartphones from Samsung that fans are looking forward to is the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The foldable flagship smartphone is set to launch on August 11, and ahead of that launch, we have some details that have surfaced via various leaks. Now some additional renderings of the smartphone have leaked, showing almost all angles of … Continue reading

Drivers at Elon Musk's Las Vegas Tunnel Told to Say Musk Is 'Awesome!'

100+Gizmodo / 10h
If you ride the Boring Company’s Las Vegas tunnel, known as the Convention Center Loop, you might be tempted to ask your driver about the company’s founder Elon Musk. But don’t expect a straight answer. The company has a script for its drivers and TechCrunch got its hands on what employees are supposed to say. It’s… Read more...

Rocket Lab launches US Space Force satellite after its failed mission in May

Rocket Lab US Space•
44Engadget / 10h
Rocket Lab has successfully launched a US military satellite in its first mission since its 20th Electron launch ended up in failure back in May. The company's Electron rocket made its way to space from its New Zealand launch site, carrying a small demonstration satellite from the US Space Force called the Monolith. Peter Beck, Rocket Lab founder and CEO, tweeted shortly after the event that the

Volocopter 2X completed its first US public crewed test flight

Volocopter Public US EAA•
SlashGear / 10h
Each year the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) holds a massive air show in Wisconsin called AirVenture. At AirVenture 2021, the Volocopter 2X eVTOL aircraft had a very successful and important milestone flight. At the show, the aircraft had its first-ever public crewed test flight of the fully electric vertical take-off and landing air taxi in the US. Volocopter says the … Continue reading

BMW has designed a futuristic new e-bike to replace your car – but you can't buy it

45TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Plus a commuter-friendly electric scooter that folds up extra small for carrying on escalators, trains and buses.

When will you actually get your Steam Deck?

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
New Steam Deck reservations now list a rather ambiguous shipment date for 'after Q2 2022'.

NHS Covid-19 app pings rise by over 70,000 to new record

1KBBC News - Technology / 10h
The number of coronavirus alerts hits a new record, with nearly 690,000 sent in England and Wales.

Best Cards For Earning Amex Membership Rewards Points (2021)

28One Mile at a Time / 11h
The US American Express Membership Rewards program is one of the all-around most useful transferable points currencies . Not only does Amex have a lot of airline and hotel partners, but the program also often has transfer bonuses that can get you even more value for your points. Nowadays Amex has an impressive suite of cards earning Membership Rewards points, and we’ve even seen many of these car

Facebook's next product will be its long-awaited Ray-Ban smart glasses

Facebook Ray-Ban Glasses•
Engadget / 11h
Facebook's booming business is dominated by digital ads, but it also has hardware ambitions beyond VR. During the company's latest earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said its next product release would be a pair of smart glasses from Ray-Ban. "The glasses have their iconic form factor, and they let you do some pretty neat things," the Facebook co-founder said. "So I'm excited to get those into pe

Old Kindles will soon lose internet access, but Amazon is offering upgrade incentives

Amazon Kindle December•
20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
The days of 3G are very numbered, and when it goes so will internet access for some Amazon Kindles.

Now could possibly be a good time to buy your business a new PC

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PC market keeps growing despite shortage concerns.

B&O Beoplay EQ wireless earphones feature Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EQ•
SlashGear / 11h
Bang & Olufsen has unveiled a new set of wireless earphones that feature something it calls Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation. The noise cancellation feature eliminates surrounding noise and improves immersion with the music the wearer is listening to. The true wireless earphones are called the Beoplay EQ and also support wireless phone calls. Bang & Olufsen‘s Adaptive Active Noise cancellation

The final Transformers miniseries on Netflix is a bloated mess, sorry

45Mashable / 11h
Here's the good news: Transformers fans who know "G1" inside and out will find a lot to like in Kingdom , the final chapter of Netflix's trilogy of Transformers: War for Cybertron miniseries. That's not a huge crowd, mind you. If you're not a younger Gen Xer or an older Millennial, you likely walk into this exposition-heavy Kingdom without a proverbial life vest. There's nothing to keep you afloa

Roy Kent's constant swearing in 'Ted Lasso' is an effing delight

87Mashable / 11h
Welcome to Thanks, I Love It , our series highlighting something onscreen we're obsessed with this week. Around 12 minutes into the Ted Lasso pilot we hear the sexy, rage-filled gurgle of Roy Kent's voice for the first time. He and the team are gathered before a television screen watching Coach Lasso's first AFC Richmond press conference, and as the commotion grows, Roy mutes the locker room by s

Homebase raises $71M for a team management platform aimed at SMBs and their hourly workers

Homebase Raises Hourly•
44TechCrunch / 11h
Small and medium enterprises have become a big opportunity in the world of B2B technology in the last several years, and today a startup that’s building tools aimed at helping them manage their teams of workers is announcing some funding that underscores the state of that market. Homebase , which provides a platform that helps SMBs manage various services related to their hourly workforces, has c

European Investment Fund puts $30M in Fabric Ventures’ new $130M digital assets fund

Fabric Ventures Digital•
32TechCrunch / 11h
Despite their rich engineering talent, blockchain entrepreneurs in the EU often struggle to find backing due to the dearth of large funds and investment expertise in the space. But a big move takes place at an EU level today as the European Investment Fund makes a significant investment into a blockchain and digital assets venture fund. Fabric Ventures , a Luxembourg-based VC billed as backing th

The best vaccine incentive might be paid time off

35MIT Technology Review / 11h
Free doughnuts. Tickets to see the Los Angeles Lakers. Video visits with loved ones for people in prison. The chance to win a million-dollar lottery. States, cities, and private companies are dangling anything they can think of to convince Americans to get a covid-19 vaccine. The idea is to nudge people who are open to a vaccine but just need an extra push—but so far, there’s little evidence thes

A People’s History of Black Twitter, Part III

38Wired / 11h
Joy and pain, harmony and discord, organization and chaos—there’s no single way to define Black Twitter’s complex, ongoing legacy.

Disneyland and Disney World to Require Masks Indoors Again Regardless of Vaccination Status

300+Gizmodo / 11h
Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida will reinstate indoor mask mandates for all theme park visitors and staff over concerns about a surge in covid-19 cases. The skyrocketing number of cases in the U.S. is due in large part to many Americans refusing to get vaccinated, as well as the more… Read more...

BT 'on track' to growth as it agrees Microsoft deal

BT FTTP 3% 30 June 2021•
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BT and Microsoft to work together on enterprise services.

Is your Windows VPN connection as secure as you think?

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Some VPN apps set up Windows connections that might connect, even if they're not using any encryption. Are you affected?

Netflix's shows and movies will require all actors to be vaccinated in the US

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Netflix is requiring vaccinations against Covid-19 for anyone in 'Zone A' on its productions.

5 new films and series on Indian OTT platforms to watch this weekend

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A relatively quiet week

Astrophysicists detect light coming from behind a black hole

SlashGear / 11h
Astrophysicists from Stanford have reported the first detection of light coming from behind a black hole. The detection of light fulfills a prediction made by Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Researchers observed a series of bright flares of x-rays, which weren’t unexpected. What was unexpected was that the telescopes recorded additional flashes of x-rays that were smaller, later, and of

Old Amazon Kindle devices will soon lose 3G access

23Engadget / 11h
If you have an older Amazon Kindle with 3G internet, take note that you may not be able to wirelessly access and download new content anymore starting in December. As The Verge reports, Amazon has sent out emails to owners with old Kindles, telling them that previous-generation devices will lose internet access after mobile operators transition from 2G and 3G networks to 4G and 5G. The e-commerce

Want hands-free lighting? These are the best smart bulbs to use with Google Home.

IoT Smart Home Google•
Mashable / 11h
If you're looking to bolster your smart home with smart bulbs, utilizing Google Home compatibility is a tempting proposition for those of us with Android phones or other Google compatible devices, i.e. pretty much everyone. Equipping your home with a smart lighting system that offers voice controls and the ability to manipulate your lights far more efficiently than through conventional means is g

Save over 75% on a new set of cooling sheets

Mashable / 11h
TL;DR: Stay cool through the night with the Kathy Ireland Cool Touch Sheet Sets , on sale for $90.11 off. As of July 29, use code ANNUAL15 at checkout to score a set for only $28.89. When your home feels stagnant and in need of a refresh , you don't always have to do something drastic like change the paint color or swap out the flooring. Sometimes all you have to do is change your sheets. These s

OK, here's your chance to buy a 'lightsaber' on sale

Mashable / 11h
TL;DR: Show off your love for Star Wars with the Cyber Blade Alpha Grip LightSaber , on sale for over $75 off. As of July 29. use code ANNUAL15 at checkout to get one for only $123.24. What better way to revel in your Star Wars fandom than by expanding your collection of Star Wars-adjacent memorabilia? For a limited time, you can snag this realistic Cyber Blade Alpha Grip LightSaber on sale and l

Reduce toilet paper waste with a bidet attachment on sale

Mashable / 11h
TL;DR: Cut down on your TP use with this SlimGlow bidet attachment , which is on sale for $42.49. As of July 29, save $36.51 when you use code ANNUAL15 at checkout. Looking for ways to reduce your paper waste output? One easy step to more eco-friendly living is investing in a bidet . With the SlimGlow bidet attachment , you can turn your basic toilet into a true porcelain throne in a few quick an

Is food to blame for your pet’s discomfort? This test will clue you in.

Mashable / 11h
TL;DR: Understand your pet's potential food sensitivities with the 5Strands Pet Food Intolerance Test , which is on sale for 11% off. As of July 29, grab one for only $77.99. Just like humans, our pets can be sensitive to certain ingredients in food. Unlike allergies, intolerances do not involve the immune system, but they can cause symptoms like upset stomach, constant scratching, hair loss, paw

These noise-cancelling B&O earbuds cost as much as over-ear headphones

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EQ•
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Danish audio maker Bang & Olufsen has announced a new pair of noise-cancelling earbuds.

Here's how The Suicide Squad TV spin-off will differ from the movie

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
HBO Max's upcoming Peacemaker TV show will differ from The Suicide Squad in one major way, according to its director.

Windows 11 isn’t even out yet, but Microsoft claims it’s already hugely popular

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Windows 11 is likely sparking curiosity for a number of reasons, including some of the controversy around the OS.

iPad Air 5 could make the iPad Pro 11 (2021) almost irrelevant

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A leak suggests that the iPad Air 5 will be very similar to the iPad Pro 11 (2021), yet it's sure to cost a lot less.

Python code libraries are riddled with security holes

Python Libraries PyPI•
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Nearly half of the packages in PyPI have one or more security issues, according to researchers.

Google Pixel 6 will show off 'deep technology investments', according to CEO

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
New comment from Google's CEO Sundar Pichai talks directly about its upcoming smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 21 is canceled, but the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 might fill that void

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
A new Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 leak shows many specs we thought the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 would have.

Why Turkey’s Regulators Became Such a Problem for Google

58NYT > Technology / 12h
The antitrust backlash against Big Tech is playing out in places not known as regulatory hotbeds.

The Cost of Preventing Deaths by Climate-Driven Heat

63Wired / 12h
A new formula measures the “mortality cost of carbon” and how much would have to be removed from the atmosphere to save a single life.

Coralogix logs $55M for its new take on production analytics, now valued at $300-$400M

Coralogix GP India•
400+TechCrunch / 12h
Data may be the new oil, but it’s only valuable if you make good use of it. Today, a startup that has built a new kind of production analytics platform for developers, security engineers and data scientists to track and better understand how data is moving around their networks is announcing a round of funding that underscores the demand for their technology. Coralogix , which provides stateful s

Connected car insurance startup Flock raises $17M Series A led by Chamath Palihapitiya

Flock C. Palihapitiya•
32TechCrunch / 12h
Cast your mind back to that scene in Minority Report where all those autonomous cars are whizzing through the city. The more practically-minded of you may well have gone: “Yeah, but what about the insurance…?”. Among the startups building the on-demand, connected insurance world for the vehicles of tomorrow right now are UK-based Zego which has raised $201.7 million. Another is Flock . Emerging f

Unmuted founder Max van den Ingh on success beyond the metrics

37TechCrunch / 12h
There is no authoritative playbook for marketing these days. Every company must find its own voice, and as it grows and evolves, its marketing needs to evolve as well. Relying on proven tactics and measurable metrics isn’t enough — today, the most effective marketers constantly study and learn from innovative approaches while exploring new avenues. This is where Unmuted comes in. A growth marketi

RedmiBook: everything we know about Xiaomi's next laptop in India

Xiaomi RedmiBook India•
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The RedmiBook laptop will launch in India on August 3 as a successor to the Mi NoteBook 14. Here’s everything we know about Xiaomi’s next laptop.

BGMI fixes bugs, brings new free permanent backpack

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
BGMI was facing some blatant bugs that have now been fixed and a new free backpack has been introduced.

Google is banning 'sugar daddy' apps as part of new sexual content restrictions

50Engadget / 12h
The term "sugar daddy" entered the lexicon in force back in 2015 when a massive data breach exposed a list of clients on the dating app Ashley Madison. Now, we're hearing about it again via Google's latest Play store policy update , as Android Police has reported. As part of new restrictions on sexual content, it's banning what it calls "compensated sexual relationships (i.e., sugar dating)," eff