Friday, July 16, 2021

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Xiaomi becomes the world's second-largest phone maker for the first time

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10KEngadget / 5h
Xiaomi is now a true heavyweight in the smartphone arena. Canalys estimates that the Chinese tech giant became the world's second-largest phone brand in the second quarter of 2021, surging 83 percent year-over-yer to claim 17 percent of the market. The company not only overtook Apple (14 percent) to claim the second spot, but blew past its BBK-owned Chinese rivals Oppo and Vivo, both of which hel

Xiaomi pushes Apple down to become the number two smartphone maker

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500+Mashable / 11h
Things are looking great for Xiaomi. The Chinese smartphone maker was recently removed from the U.S. blacklist , as the Department of Defense realized Xiaomi is not, in fact, a "Communist Chinese military company." And now, according to new data from Canalys , the company has overtaken Apple to become the number two smartphone vendor globally. According to the report, Samsung held a 19 percent sh

Hubble Space Telescope Is Back

1KGizmodo / 5h
NASA was able to bring Hubble Space Telescope’s backup payload computer online, according to a Twitter post from the telescope’s social media team. The announcement will bring a sigh of relief to space lovers, following a month of anxiety over whether the aging technology could be resuscitated at all after it slipped… Read more...

Pfizer and Moderna near two major milestones as FDA fuels vaccine review

SlashGear / 9min
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is only months away from two major milestones involving the COVID-19 vaccines: full approval for Pfizer’s vaccine, as well as authorization to administer the vaccines to children under the age of 12. The latter milestone is expected to arrive this winter, while the full COVID-19 vaccine approval may kick off in early 2022. … Continue reading

Loki Season 2 Won't Feature Season 1 Director Kate Herron

Gizmodo / 9min
Unless we find a variant, Kate Herron is done with Loki . In a new interview, the director of all six episodes of the show ’s first season revealed that she won’t be back for season two . “I always planned to be just on for this and to be honest, season two wasn’t in the—that’s something that just came out and I’m so… Read more...

Waldorf Astoria Cancun accepting reservations as of May 1, 2022

The Points Guy / 10min
Those with a stash of Hilton Honors points will soon have a new high-end option to burn them in Mexico . The highly anticipated Waldorf Astoria Cancun is now accepting reservations from May 1, 2022, onward. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . Adjacent to the also-forthcoming and all-inclusive Hilton Cancun (you can book reservations there fro

California passes “historic” plan for statewide open-access fiber network

Ars Technica / 14min
Enlarge / Illustration of fiber-optic cables. (credit: Getty Images | Tetra Images ) The California legislature unanimously approved a plan to build a statewide, open-access fiber network yesterday. The legislation was supported by Democrats and Republicans in votes of 78-0 in the California Assembly and 39-0 in the state Senate. The statewide, open-access fiber lines will function as a " middle-

Here’s the new car Formula 1 hopes will improve racing in 2022

Ars Technica / 14min
Formula 1 has new technical regulations for 2022, the most sweeping changes to the sport in many years. This is what the new cars will look like. [credit: Formula 1 ] On Thursday in Silverstone, England ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix, Formula 1 revealed next year's car to the public. 2022 will see the biggest shake-up to the sport's technical regulations since the introduction of the

This new cruise ship could be the most luxurious ever for off-the-beaten-path cruising

The Points Guy / 18min
What may be the most luxurious expedition cruise vessel ever is finally debuting this weekend after a nearly year-long delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Luxury line Crystal Cruises ‘ long-awaited, 200-passenger Crystal Endeavor will depart Reykjavík, Iceland, on Sunday on its first voyage with paying passengers. The 10-night trip will be the first of five consecutive Iceland sailings schedul

In Biden’s America, You’ll Turn on the Shower and Nothing Comes Out, Just Drip Drip, Can’t Get the Soap Off

Gizmodo / 21min
For years, Donald Trump’s bathroom fixation captivated the disenfranchised masses, long-suffering from moderate showerhead water pressure, whose dumps deserve to travel down a mighty whirlpool with the force of the Niagara Falls, but, bewilderingly, just float in the bowl. Where the silent majority was too meek to… Read more...

Elon Musk Says the Cybertruck Might Flop But He Doesn’t Care

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66Futurism / 28min
Don’t Give a Truck Tesla enthusiasts have been waiting for years to get their hands on a Cybertruck, the company’s upcoming electric pickup — and the wait may soon be over, if the Elon Musk-led company hits its targets this year . But not everybody will be that excited about the brutalist, stainless steel vehicle. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise Musk if his company’s latest offering kinda bombs. “T

Impossible Foods chicken nuggets are coming this fall

Engadget / 30min
Impossible Foods will debut plant-based chicken nuggets this fall, the company told Bloomberg on Friday. As with its past releases, the startup plans to first sell the food to restaurants, with supermarket availability to follow later. But before all that, it will debut them at a trade show next week. One thing that will distinguish the nuggets from Impossible’s past products is the absence of he

How I got bored and burned 130,000 Aeroplan points for a weekend in Switzerland

The Points Guy / 32min
I live in a place I love — Washington, D.C. The city is awesome, but there’s something about getting on an airplane and going somewhere else — especially when that airplane has four engines and a lie-flat seat. I’ve been bitten by the travel bug and I am not very good at sitting still. I get bored. As a result of that boredom, I decided to take a last-minute trip. I had two rules: I couldn’t spen

Officials Pull ‘Emergency Lever’ as Lake Powell Plunges Toward Dangerous New Low

Gizmodo / 33min
The latest megadrought alarm bell just went off in the West. The Bureau of Reclamation began emergency water releases from reservoirs upstream in the Colorado River this week in an effort to keep Lake Powell, the country’s second-largest reservoir, full enough to continue to generate hydroelectric power. Read more...

Greenland has billions in untapped oil – now, it’s refusing drilling

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SlashGear / 38min
Greenland may have billions of dollars worth of oil lurking under its coasts, but it’s still ending new oil and gas exploration in a surprise commitment to climate change and the environment. The decision, announced this week, comes as Greenland also bans uranium mining as part of “a profound belief that business activities must take nature and the environment into … Continue reading

How to Hide Posts from Facebook Memories

How-To Geek / 41min
Facebook Memories appear as daily reminders of things you’ve shared or been tagged in on the social network. You can’t turn Facebook Memories off, but you can control what shows up in them by excluding specific people and dates. Here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Elgato's Latest Streaming Hardware Includes The Least Annoying Webcam Ever

How-To Geek / 41min
As a brand, Elgato is inseparable from game streaming and content creation. The company’s capture cards and live production controllers are essential to any professional-grade setup, but as a whole, Elgato’s catalog is in need of a refresh. That’s why Elgato has just announced a ton of new products, including an upgraded Stream Deck MK.2 and a webcam that doesn’t have a mind of its own. Read This

NordVPN has this week's best VPN deal - but the countdown is on

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 43min
As VPN deals go, this one is sizzling hot. Get 72% off NordVPN, and then some when you beat the timer.

Android 12 emoji updates fix some obvious pain points

SlashGear / 45min
Today we’re taking a peek at a bunch of newly renovated emoji delivered with Android 12. Google made a set of emoji ready for all platforms in their collection, including but not limited to apps like Gmail and YouTube, as well as operating systems like Android and Chrome OS. The first and most clear change came with the “motorway” emoji, … Continue reading

Company That Aims to Solve the 'Crisis of Toxicity Online' Makes Money From the Daily Caller and Ben Shapiro

Gizmodo / 45min
Like just about every other corner of the web, including this one, the Daily Caller’s website is littered with ads. I can count seven on the story I have open while writing this (which, if you’re curious, is a blog heckling the Unicode Consortium daring to add a pregnant man to the impending emoji roster ). There are… Read more...

20 Snapchat tips and tricks for newbies and power users

Mashable / 48min
Snapchat can really do it all these days – take a quick pic, send a text chat, Shazam a song , or even locate your friends on a map. Some of these features are pretty intuitive, but others are hidden away, waiting for true Snap aficionados to find them. Maybe you're new to the app, or maybe you're just a power user looking to learn a new trick or two. In any case, this guide will show you Snapcha

How to get your Instagram Top 9

Mashable / 48min
Yes, you can technically turn off your Instagram likes – but isn't it just more fun to know exactly how many likes your photos get? If you want to bask in the vanity of your Instagram's best-performing posts, you can get a neat little report of your top nine most liked posts, delivered in an aesthetically pleasing square collage. Usually it’s customary to check on your best posts at the end of th

Apple's AirPods Max hit record low of $449 at Adorama

Engadget / 48min
There's a lot to love about Apple's AirPods Max, but their high price tag isn't one of them. At $550, they're more expensive than even competitors from Bose and Sony, but you can get the cans for $100 less right now at Adorama. The online retailer is having a sale on all available colors of AirPods Max , dropping them to $449. That's the best price we've seen on these headphones and $30 less than

Ubisoft smacks Riders Republic and Rainbow Six Extraction with bad news

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SlashGear / 52min
If you were looking forward to either Riders Republic or Rainbox Six Extraction, then you’ll want to settle in because the wait for both just got longer today. Ubisoft announced delays for both titles today, moving back two of its most anticipated games of the year. Thankfully, the delay for Riders Republic isn’t a huge one, but the same can’t … Continue reading

IEA claims rising oil prices may accelerate consumer shift towards electric vehicles

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 58min
However, the global energy watchdog also warns that this may impede our economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic

What is Signal? The basics of the most secure messaging app.

20Mashable / 1h
The secure messaging app Signal has been around for years. But thanks to heightened awareness of the need for privacy the app recently exploded with new users . Known for its end-to-end encryption and independent structure as a non-profit organization run by a foundation — not a big tech company — Signal has previously been the communication method of choice for activists, people in the hacker co

How to keep your Slack status active while 'working' from home

24Mashable / 1h
For such a tiny bubble, it sure causes a major headache. As more and more companies realize that remote work is here to stay , an ever-growing number of Slack users are now faced with the same problem: How to appear as "active" on the platform when they're anything but . For the unaware, Slack is a messaging tool that many workplaces (and friend groups) use to communicate remotely. Within the ser

Four simple ways to connect an iPhone to a TV

Mashable / 1h
If you're reading this, you must be familiar with one of the classic dilemmas of the modern age: You're looking at something on your iPhone and you desperately wish it was on your TV across the room instead. After all, why look at a small screen when a big one is right there? That YouTube video, TikTok , or vacation photo might really shine on your living room set, with the obvious benefit of mak

How to add voiceovers to your TikToks

Mashable / 1h
Whether informative, sardonic, or both, voiceovers can enhance a TikTok video for clarity and humor. What do cooking tutorials, sewing how-to videos, and daily vlogs have in common? They all probably rely on TikTok's voiceover function, which can be used in the in-app editing suite. Here's how to add a voiceover to your TikTok video. First, record or upload a new video by tapping the + at center

Chucky's First Footage Reveals the Demonic Doll Is Back to Attack

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Gizmodo / 1h
The first teaser for Don Mancini’s Chucky series is just 20 seconds long, ahead of a full trailer set to debut next week during Comic-Con@Home . But it gives us everything we want, namely: the shining return of the O.G. Chucky (with his iconic laugh reminding us Brad Dourif is back voicing the character ), who looks… Read more...

Valve's Servers Melted Down Due to Steam Deck Demand

Gizmodo / 1h
Yesterday, Valve countered the upcoming arrival of the OLED Switch with its own PC-based gaming handheld console, the $400 Steam Deck . Reservations opened today, and it seems the Steam store just can’t keep up. Read more...

Revealing: Marriott CEO Says Workers Make Too Much Money, Don’t Trust Us

View from the Wing / 1h
Marriott CEO Anthony Capuano makes two points about low wage workers in a recent interview. Amazon pays entry level workers too much, and that's making it hard for hotels to hire cheap 'in some markets'. And after mass layoffs in 2020, workers don't trust hotels as a place to build a long-term career. Continue reading ...

In an increasingly hot biotech market, protecting IP is key

35TechCrunch / 1h
John Flavin Contributor John Flavin is founder and CEO of Portal Innovations, LLC . More posts by this contributor 2021 should be a banner year for biotech startups that make smart choices early Kevin O’Connor Contributor Kevin A. O'Connor, Ph.D., is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice group at Neal Gerber Eisenberg . After a record year for biotech investment in 2020 — during which t

Extra Crunch roundup: Think like a VC, CockroachDB EC-1, handle your stock options

28TechCrunch / 1h
Ants and camels are famously resilient, but when it was time to select a name for a startup that offers open-source, cloud-based distributed database architecture, you can imagine why “Cockroach Labs” was the final candidate. Database technology is fundamental infrastructure, which partially explains why it’s so resistant to innovation: Oracle Database was released in 1979, and MySQL didn’t reach

What to Do If You Haven't Received Your Child Tax Credit

Lifehacker / 1h
The first of monthly child tax credit payments worth up to $300 per child were sent out yesterday, but what should you do if it hasn’t arrived yet? Well, delays are expected—even for direct deposits set up with the IRS—so don’t panic just yet. Here’s a look at what to expect for delays, and the steps you can take if… Read more...

Amex Platinum Card Review (2021)

88One Mile at a Time / 1h
Back in the day, American Express more or less had the premium card market all to itself, with The Platinum Card® from American Express . Unfortunately for Amex — and fortunately for consumers — competition has really heated up. Several years ago we saw the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card , and that was only the beginning. Card issuers are constantly refreshing benefits, and we r

GM Warns Bolt Owners to Avoid Unattended Charging or Parking Their EVs Inside

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Gizmodo / 1h
The dependability of Chevy’s Bolt EV may have just taken another hit following a recent warning from GM asking Bolt owners to refrain from charging their cars while unattended or parking their EVs inside. Read more...

Counterfeiters are hungry for a piece of Apple’s $16B AirPod market

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Ars Technica / 1h
Enlarge / These AirPods, displayed at the Apple Park Visitor Center in Cupertino, are genuine—but spotting the difference between real and counterfeit electronics isn't always simple. (credit: SOPA Images via Getty ) US Customs and Border Protection reports that so far in fiscal year 2021, it has seized about 360,000 sets of wireless headphones, worth an estimated $62.2 million. That's only nine

Apple is apparently cracking down on remote work, employees say

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Apple appears to be holding firm on its decision to have employees return to the office as part of its new hybrid work policy.

Virgin Galactic president Mike Moses on what’s next for the company’s growing fleet

21TechCrunch / 1h
This last weekend featured the much-ballyhooed launch of Virgin Galactic’s first (nonpaying) passengers , with founder and CEO Richard Branson along for the ride. After the festivities, I had the chance to talk with the company’s president, Mike Moses, who seems to be familiar with every detail of the operation and the company’s plans for going from test to commercial flights. Unfortunately my re

A New Heat Wave Will Set Records Across the West This Weekend

67Gizmodo / 1h
The West can’t catch a break. After a slight reprieve from this week’s extreme heat, which sparked raging wildfires that threatened electricity grids and lit up firenadoes in California , the region is preparing for its fourth scorching heat wave in just five weeks. Read more...

Rivian delays its electric R1T pickup and R1S SUV to September

Engadget / 1h
Rivian was supposed to start deliveries of its R1T Launch Edition electric pickup truck this month , but that won’t be the case. The automaker has delayed the initial shipments to September. Customers will also have to wait longer to get their hands on the R1S electric SUV, as the first deliveries won't take place until the fall. Rivian said in June that deliveries of both vehicles would commence

Woman Breaks Into Dentist’s Office, Extracts 13 Teeth From Anesthetized Patient

400+Futurism / 1h
Laurel Eich, a 42-year-old woman from Nevada, was arrested on Wednesday for burglary at a Sun Valley dental clinic where she used to work, according to a statement by the local Washoe County Sheriff’s Office . In a bewildering twist, Eich also apparently admitted to extracting 13 teeth from an unwilling and anesthetized patient on an earlier date. The wildest part of the story? We have no idea wh

Cannabis Genomes Suggest the Plant Originated in East Asia

Gizmodo / 1h
A team of researchers just examined 110 different marijuana genomes to figure out the origin of the plant. Their findings put the genesis of Cannabis sativa in northwest China. Read more...

Digital lending platform Blend valued at over $4B in its public debut

35TechCrunch / 1h
Mortgages may not be considered sexy, but they are a big business. If you’ve refinanced or purchased a home digitally lately, you may not have noticed the company powering the software behind it — but t here’s a good chance that company is Blend . Founded in 2012, the startup has steadily grown to be a leader in the mortgage tech industry. Blend’s white label technology powers mortgage applicatio

100,000 Point Offer With $100 Statement Credit For No Annual Fee Hilton Amex Card

View from the Wing / 1h
The Hilton Honors American Express Card is Amex’s no annual fee Hilton co-brand. And they’ve introduced a new initial bonus offer for it: This Hilton card has a Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 8/25/2021. This limited time offer through August 5, 2021 also lets you ea

The early iPhone 13 leaks may have been a bit too touchy

SlashGear / 1h
Revelations this week suggest we’re going to see an iPhone 13 this year without features reported in the earliest of smartphone leaks. The iPhone 13, as it’s still unofficially called since Apple hasn’t officially confirmed its existence, will likely appear at the same time as the iPhone 12, in or around October of the year 2021. At that time, it … Continue reading

Which card should replace my Amex Platinum? TPG’s top 5 picks

The Points Guy / 1h
With the recent refresh of The Platinum® Card from American Express , you’ll enjoy four new annual statement credits worth more than $900 alone. But nothing in life comes free — new cardholders will now pay a $695 annual fee (see rates and fees ). For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . For existing cardholders, this change will not take effect u

Vaccines for Kids, a Global Surge in Cases, and More News

Wired / 1h
Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

10 Creative Ways You Should Be Cooking With Potatoes

Lifehacker / 1h
Potatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables around. You can boil ‘em, mash ‘em, and stick ‘em in a stew , but you can also shove them into sandwiches and waffle them into new and interesting conformations. We’ve already covered mashers pretty extensively , but there’s still so much more to say. Here are 10 tasty… Read more...

How to Add Lightroom Presets to Photoshop

How-To Geek / 1h
Lightroom Presets are a popular way to edit images, but if you prefer to use Adobe Photoshop, there’s a way to use them in Photoshop, too—using Adobe Camera RAW (ACR). Let me explain. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

The Latest Google Search Privacy Feature Arrives On iOS Before Android

58How-To Geek / 1h
Earlier this year at Google’s annual developer event, the company announced some useful new Google Search privacy features, and they’re finally available for those on iOS. Starting today, Google is adding a “Delete last 15 min” option to the Google app to help you quickly erase anything from the previous 15 minutes. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

This Mechanical Keyboard Sits On Top of Your MacBook's Keyboard ... Why?

How-To Geek / 1h
Mechanical keyboard fans are the most dedicated, crafty nerds on the planet. They will spend hundreds of dollars hunting for the right keyboard, and even buy portable mechanical keyboards for their laptop or tablet. Now, Epomaker is gearing up to launch the NT68, a portable mechanical keyboard that sits on top of your MacBook’s keys. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Just Brought Everything Together

29Gizmodo / 1h
While last week’s episode of Disney+ and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Bad Batch pushed its main characters aside to bring back fan-favorite Hera Syndulla , this week built off that. Episode 12, “Rescue on Ryloth,” brought Clone Force 99 back into the mix and gave us an episode filled with action, heart, and even some… Read more...

Visualping raises $6M to make its website change monitoring service smarter

36TechCrunch / 1h
Visualping , a service that can help you monitor websites for changes like price drops or other updates, announced that it has raised a $6 million extension to the $2 million seed round it announced earlier this year. The round was led by Seattle-based FUSE Ventures , a relatively new firm with investors who spun out of Ignition Partners last year. Prior investors Mistral Venture Partners and N49

Delta stole its pilot’s messaging app, should pay $1 billion, lawsuit alleges

Ars Technica / 1h
Enlarge (credit: Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket ) A pilot for Delta Airlines is suing his own company for $1 billion, alleging that it stole an app he created. Captain Craig Alexander, an 11-year veteran who flies 757s, developed a messaging app called QrewLive that facilitated flight crew communications. He says he pitched the app to Delta management, who, after allegedly expressing inte

Xiaomi passes Apple to become the #2 smartphone vendor

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Ars Technica / 1h
Xiaomi's Redmi K40 Pro, which has flagship specs (a Snapdragon 888 and 120 Hz display) for around $600. [credit: Xiaomi ] There's a new second-place vendor in the smartphone world: Xiaomi. The latest report from analyst firm Canalys puts the Chinese company second in worldwide smartphone shipments for Q2 2021, behind Samsung and ahead of Apple. According to Canalys' data, Samsung is still the top

Steam Deck reservations were a disaster

SlashGear / 1h
Steam Deck reservations opened at the top of the hour, and if you were expecting Steam to buckle under the rush of people looking to reserve one, your expectations were right on the money. Unfortunately, many of those looking to reserve a Steam Deck were greeted by a number of issues, whether they saw the same error messages over and … Continue reading

Build A Better Website Faster With This UI/UX Design Tool

Futurism / 1h
As internet access becomes easier to get and even the most staid industries hire web designers, web design has become a key job skill not just for IT professionals, but office workers, leaders, and entrepreneurs. Yet even the simplest website is far more complex, and needs to be carefully designed with the end-user in mind. The Venus Design System makes it easier to engineer and launch any websit

The Robots Are Coming for the Speedrunners Now That They Can Play Super Mario Bros.

Gizmodo / 1h
The idea that robots will one day become self-aware and start a war to wipe out humanity is laughable. They’re instead going to slowly take over every last job until the world’s population is unemployed and unable to shop at automated grocery stores, so we all starve and die off. And not even those who eke out a… Read more...

Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword Joy-Cons in stock at GameStop – how to buy them

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Looking to pick up a pair of Zelda Joy-Cons to go with your copy of Skyward Sword? Here’s where to get them.

How to get a $200 discount and 21,000+ bonus points on your next vacation rental

The Points Guy / 2h
A new Amex Offer and two Marriott promotions can make your next Homes and Villas by Marriott stay less expensive and incredibly rewarding. You can stack these promotions to save $200 and earn 21,000+ bonus Marriott Bonvoy points on your next Homes and Villas stay. For some background, Homes and Villas is Marriott’s vacation rental program that lets you rent homes and apartments around the world.

Ubisoft delays 'Rainbow Six Extraction' to January 2022

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Engadget / 2h
Ubisoft has delayed its two big September releases. Both Rainbow Six Extraction and Riders Republic won’t make their previously announced release dates, the company shared in separate blog posts on Friday. Originally scheduled to come out on September 16th , Ubisoft now plans to release Extraction in January 2022. Meanwhile, it has pushed Riders Republic from September 2nd to October 28th. Update

When to See July's 'Buck Moon' Light Up the Sky

Lifehacker / 2h
Every month has a full moon, but only July can lay claim to the moon named after an animal with majestic antlers: the Buck Moon. This particular month is already a blockbuster for celestial events, with the Perseid meteor shower at its crux. But this month’s full moon provides yet another reason to keep your head… Read more...

Save $1,000 on a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, plus more laptop deals this weekend

Mashable / 2h
OUR TOP PICK: Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 — save $329.01 BEST LENOVO DEAL: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 — save $1,219.60 BEST GAMING DEAL: Razer Blade 15 — save $601.86 BEST 2-IN-1 DEAL: Asus Chromebook Flip C434 — save $135.99 What's better than a great laptop? A great laptop that's cheap. Nowadays, even budget machines can pack the punch to carry you through whatever's on your to-do list, whe

Google gave nearly 1,000 emoji a much-needed makeover

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Mashable / 2h
In honor of World Emoji Day, Google revamped hundreds of its existing emoji (992 of them to be exact) to look more accurate and inclusive. And considering Unicode's new emoji release has been postponed , at least we have some type of emoji content to celebrate the holiday with. While I'd love to break down the design differences for the nearly 1,000 new emoji, I don't have the time, patience, or

Hubble is back, thanks to backup hardware

20Ars Technica / 2h
Enlarge (credit: NASA ) NASA announced on Friday that it has switched to backup computing hardware on the Hubble Space Telescope, potentially ending over a month of uncertainty regarding the telescope's future. The success came just two days after the agency indicated that it had narrowed down the source of the original fault. The iconic telescope has been offline since mid-June, when the payload

Amazon's exceptional MacBook Pro deal has the Apple Store beat

Mashable / 2h
SAVE $199.01: Typically $1,299, the MacBook Pro (M1 chip, 256GB) is on sale on Amazon for just $1,099.99 as of July 16 — a 15% savings. Looking for a new MacBook Pro ahead of the upcoming school year? Here's a pro tip: Don't get one from the Apple Store even though its Education Pricing program (open to "current and newly accepted college students and their parents, as well as faculty, staff, and

The world’s very first 3D-printed bridge is open in Amsterdam

Mashable / 2h
The bridge is made of 4.5 tons of stainless steel and was welded by robots.

This Samsung QLED TV comes with a sneaky $600 Amazon credit

Mashable / 2h
No one should have to guess what's going on in that dark scene of The Handmaid's Tale. Since 2020, TV manufacturers have been pumping out large, affordable 4K panels at a wicked fast pace — which means watching your favorite content with punchy colors, decipherable shadows, and smooth transitions doesn't have to be reserved for the movie theater. Each weekend, we'll be compiling a list of our fav

Android 12's emoji include a 'universal' pie and a happier mask wearer

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Engadget / 2h
It wouldn't be World Emoji Day without an update from Google on its next Android emoji, and there will be plenty of updates to the special characters for Android 12 . Google has previewed updates to "hundreds" of characters for the new OS that will also make them more accessible across apps and platforms. In many cases, they're simply more thoughtful — they don't make quite so many presumptions a

PS5 restock: GameStop, Walmart and a confirmed Sony Direct virtual queue today

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
The Sony Direct virtual queue is today – at least for some people. Here's when it may open up for everyone else.

Rivian R1T bad news strikes with another delivery delay

SlashGear / 2h
The Rivian R1T electric pickup has been delayed again, with preorder customers being informed that it’ll be another two months before their truck is ready. The Amazon and Ford backed startup had told buyers that the R1T would ship this month, that itself a delay from the original timeline; now, Rivian has admitted that it won’t be ready to ship … Continue reading

Why Facebook’s betting $1 billion on creators

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Engadget / 2h
Last month, Instagram held its first-ever Creator Week, a virtual event the company described as “a life-changing three days with new feature news and celeb drop-ins.” One of those drop-ins was CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who made a brief appearance to share a message with creators. “I think that any good vision of the future has to involve a lot more people being able to make a living by expressing the

Subway CEO Says Sandwiches Definitely Contain Tuna, Regardless of What That DNA Test Said

300+Futurism / 2h
Damage Control Popular sandwich chain Subway is in full damage control mode after one test in a New York Times investigation last month found no trace of tuna DNA in the company’s tuna. Now, after a strange delay, Subway’s PR team is waging a publicity war to convince the public that its tuna is in fact tuna. The company even created a website, , to enlighten its customer base

Don't buy the base model Steam Deck

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
The base model of the Steam Deck only has 64GB of eMMC storage. It's a joke. Don't buy it.

Game of Thrones May Cross the Narrow Sea With Even More Animated Series

21Gizmodo / 2h
The song of ice and fire is getting a bit louder. According to the Hollywood Reporter , HBO Max is now working on at least three potential animated shows, including one focused on the Golden Empire of Yi Ti . Read more...

The Different Types of Pendant Lights and How to Use Them

Lifehacker / 2h
Pendant lighting is an easy way to update your home without the hassle of an intense rewiring project. (It’s also a semi-permanent change you can make to your apartment that adds character without pissing off your landlord.) Pendant lights come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, from sconces and hanging… Read more...

How to Download Spotify Songs to Your Apple Watch

How-To Geek / 2h
Spotify lets you save songs and podcasts to your Apple Watch, which means you can go for a run without leaving your music behind. Today we’re going to show you how to start downloading those songs and podcasts. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

The Hubble Telescope Is Back Online, but It's Not Out of the Woods Yet

100+How-To Geek / 2h
After spending several weeks offline in safe mode, the Hubble Space Telescope was finally brought back online. NASA shared the tremendous update in a Twitter post. After spending the past month troubleshooting the issue, NASA has determined that the Power Control Unit (PCU) was to blame. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Tumblr’s parent company is buying popular podcast app Pocket Casts

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Kris Holt Contributor Kris Holt is a contributing writer at Engadget . More posts by this contributor WhatsApp is adding a ‘best quality’ setting for sending photos and videos Pocket Casts will soon have a new home. Automattic, the parent company of Tumblr and, is buying the podcast app from a collective of public radio groups, including NPR and BBC Studios . Automattic didn’t discl

IKEA Symfonisk Picture Frame Review: Art is in the ear of the beholder

SlashGear / 2h
For a while it seemed like IKEA and Sonos’ Symfonisk collaboration had stalled, but the new Symfonisk Picture Frame is a reminder that, much like artwork, unusual tech can take time to create. Packaging a connected Sonos speaker into a piece of wall art, it bypasses the traditional aesthetic associated with home audio for something that – depending on your … Continue reading

QuakeCon returns as an online-only event on August 19th

Engadget / 2h
The 2021 edition of QuakeCon will take place from August 19th-21st. Bethesda confirmed it will be an all-digital event for the second straight year. It's the first QuakeCon since Microsoft bought the publisher . The event will feature updates about existing and upcoming games, as well as giveaways and tournaments. QuakeCon Twitch partners will be streaming throughout the event and encouraging vie

11 best tweets of the week, including Olivia Rodrigo, Wade Boggs, and 'Boss Baby'

Mashable / 3h
Well, well, well, would you look at that: another week in the books. It's Friday and, my friends, we made it to the weekend. If you're fortunate enough to be in an area with sunshine, my goodness, please go out and enjoy it. Summer is rapidly approaching its end and we should get those sweet, sweet rays while they're still shining down. But before you do that, maybe read some good posts. We colle

It’s Hard to Search for a Therapist of Color. These Websites Want to Change That.

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A number of new organizations aim to digitally connect patients with mental health providers who value and understand different cultures.

Hilton announces 3 new hotels in Mexico — including 2 all-inclusives

92The Points Guy / 3h
If you’re saving up your Hilton points for a high-value redemption in Mexico, there may soon be more options than ever because Hilton is adding three new hotels to its portfolio: The Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort, Hilton Tulum All-Inclusive and Conrad Tulum. The three properties are part of Hilton’s expansion into Mexico, where the company currently manages 70 hotels and is develop

Razer made slippers for World Snake Day

36Engadget / 3h
Just in time for World Snake Day, Razer has released a pair of slippers that feature the company’s adorable Sneki Snek mascot. For $49.99, they come with slip-resistant soles and plush inner lining that the company says will keep your feet “snug and warm during long gaming sessions. They’re also made from recycled materials. Before you dismiss the slippers as just another oddball product from Raz

Cheap TV deals at Amazon: Fire TVs starting at just $109.99

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Score cheap TV deals at Amazon's latest sale with a range of Fire TVs starting at just $109.99.

Steam Deck reservations open today: Why Valve may not sell you one

SlashGear / 3h
After announcing the Steam Deck yesterday, Valve is wasting little time opening up reservations for the handheld PC gaming device. Reservations are opening later today for the first batch of Steam Decks that will be available in December 2021. Here we’ll tell you not only how to reserve one, but also what you should know before reserving. The reservation process … Continue reading

FAA Orders Airlines to Inspect Thousands of Boeing 737 Jets Due to Fear of Switch Failures

Gizmodo / 3h
Boeing’s had a rough go of it lately: After two crashes of its 737 Max jetliners in 2018 and 2019 resulted in a cumulative 346 deaths, the entire line was grounded for months and subsequent investigations showed the manufacturer rushed out the craft with shoddy software and without sufficient oversight from … Read more...

NASA has good news about the Hubble Space Telescope

69Mashable / 3h
Things are looking up for everyone's favorite orbital telescope. On June 13, the Hubble Space Telescope's on-board computer (aka payload computer) suddenly stopped working. After evaluating the situation from afar, NASA decided to move operations to a backup computer. After weeks of evaluations and tests, NASA successfully turned on the backup hardware, the agency announced Friday. That means Hub

What is F1 Sprint Qualifying?

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F1 Sprint Qualifying is the biggest change in the way races are held since 2016, and hackles have been raised. But what is it?

Pocket Casts acquired by WordPress owner Automattic: What will change?

SlashGear / 3h
The people that own WordPress just acquired Pocket Casts. In a world where popular, widely used, and excellent apps and companies are acquired and destroyed all the time, this acquisition actually seems like a best-case scenario. Given the relatively reasonable and decidedly non-destructive nature of the company since inception, it seems likely Automattic won’t take a knife to Pocket Casts … Cont

Gazillionaire Gives Away $28 Million Ticket to Space Because of “Scheduling Conflict”

400+Futurism / 3h
Scheduling Conflicts Oliver Daemon, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands, will be joining Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on a journey of a lifetime next week: a trip to an altitude of 62 miles on board the Bezos-led Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket. The original ticketholder, who shelled out $28 million for the ticket and has asked to remain anonymous, isn’t tagging along. Why? Because of “scheduling c

Black Teen Kicked Out of Roller Rink Because Its Face Recognition Tech Screwed Up, Predictably

Gizmodo / 3h
A small but face recognition-equipped Detroit roller rink kicked out a Black teen last Saturday after misidentifying her as a person who’d allegedly gotten into a fight there in March. The girl, Lamya Robinson, says that security scanned her face upon entry and barred her from going inside, despite her claim that… Read more...

President Biden’s Update On Ending Europe Travel Ban

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The United States has had a variety of travel bans in place during the pandemic, preventing non-Americans from entering the country if they’ve been in certain foreign countries in the past 14 days. We’ve seen bans against Brazil , China , India , the Schengen Zone , South Africa , and the United Kingdom , among other countries. None of these travel bans have been removed up until this point, even

Rivian delays deliveries of R1T, R1S electric vehicles again

26TechCrunch / 3h
Rivian is pushing back deliveries of its long-awaited R1T electric pickup truck and R1S SUV several more months due to delays in production caused by “cascading impacts of the pandemic,” particularly the ongoing global shortage of semiconductor chips, according to a letter sent to customers from CEO RJ Scaringe. The R1T deliveries will begin in September with the R1S to follow “shortly,” Scaringe

Robert Sheckley Was the Master of Dark, Funny Sci-Fi

23Wired / 3h
The Dimension of Miracles author paved the way for Philip K. Dick and Harlan Ellison.

Steam Deck vs Nintendo Switch OLED: two different approaches to handheld gaming

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There’s a new portable console in town, and it’s called the Steam Deck. But how does it compare to the new Nintendo Switch OLED? Let’s find out.

iPhone 13 Pro colors spilled: Which would you pick?

SlashGear / 3h
Today we’re taking a peek at another iPhone 13 leak, this time having to do with the colors that’ll be available with the iPhone 13 Pro. This will be one of two devices with the name “Pro” in the iPhone 13 lineup, more than likely. It’ll also more than likely share most or all of its prospective casing colors with … Continue reading

A luxe pool and fab breakfast: Why we’ll go back to the beachy new Seabird Hotel in Oceanside

26The Points Guy / 3h
The Seabird Resort is one of two new Hyatt properties in Oceanside, California . The resort has been open for just a few months and is located in an unassuming beach town about 40 miles north of San Diego. The area has seen a lot of growth in recent years and in addition to a sister property, the Mission Pacific; there’s also a Wyndham hotel and a Marriott within a block of this property. But the

How to Add Folder Shortcuts to the Start Menu on Windows 11

How-To Geek / 3h
In Windows 11, you can enable special folder shortcuts (for Music, Pictures, Downloads, and more) that appear your Start menu for quick access. Here’s how to turn them on. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Crypto investors like Terraform Labs so much, they’re committing $150 million to its ‘ecosystem’

TechCrunch / 3h
There are many blockchain platforms competing for investors’ and developers’ attention right now, from the big daddy of them all, Ethereum, to so-called “Ethereum Killers” like Solana , which we wrote about in May. Often, these technologies are seen as so promising that investors are willing to fund not only the blockchains but an ecosystem of products and projects that are built on their blockch

Construct Capital’s Dayna Grayson will be a Startup Battlefield Judge at Disrupt 2021

35TechCrunch / 3h
Dayna Grayson has been in venture capital for more than a decade and was one of the first VCs to build a portfolio around the transformation of industrial sectors of our economy. At NEA, where she was a partner for eight years, she led investments in and sat on the boards of companies including Desktop Metal, Onshape, Framebridge, Tulip, Formlabs and Guideline. She left NEA to start her own fund,

An insurtech startup exposed thousands of sensitive insurance applications

21TechCrunch / 3h
A security lapse at insurance technology startup BackNine exposed hundreds of thousands of insurance applications after one of its cloud servers was left unprotected on the internet. BackNine might be a company you’re not familiar with, but it might have processed your personal information if you applied for insurance in the past few years. The California-based company builds back-office software

The Worst European Floods in 100 Years Have Left 120 Dead, 1,300 Missing

Gizmodo / 3h
At least 120 people have died and around 1,300 people are still missing across western Europe in the wake of extreme rainfall, bursting rivers, and heavy flooding that devastated parts of Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Read more...

How to Disable Windows 10’s Annoying Weather Widget

Lifehacker / 3h
If you’ve enabled automatic updates on Windows 10, you’ve probably noticed the addition of a new—and rather annoying—weather and news widget in the taskbar. It’s called “News and Interests,” which Microsoft added to Windows 10 with the version 1909 update, and it highlights everything that’s wrong with Windows 10: … Read more...

This Hyatt Charges $20 Extra To Use The Bathroom Mirror

27View from the Wing / 3h
At Hyatt's Motif hotel your room rate does not include the coffeemaker, TV, alarm clock, iron, mirror, of bath products. For $20 per night you get unlimited local calls if you've somehow forgotten your cell phone; access to an electric vehicle charging station (Hertz gives me those all the time!); and an in-room Alexa that will let Jeff Bezos listen in while you're doing you-know-what. Continue r

Space Jam: A New Legacy isn’t the sequel that the original deserved

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Space Jam: A New Legacy struggles to live up to its cult classic predecessor – and that’s a big shame.

This week's best deals: $40 off Amazon's Fire 7 Kids Pro tablet and more

Engadget / 4h
Amazon kicked off this week with a sale on its kids-focused tablets, speakers and other devices. Parents looking to replace old slabs or gift their kids new ones can still get Fire Kids Pro tablets for less, including the new Fire HD 10 Kids Pro for $130. Also, the base Mac Mini M1 remains discounted to $600 and the well-loved Google Pixel 4 smartphone is still half off at B&H Photo, coming in at

7 new movies and TV shows on Netflix, HBO Max, Apple TV Plus and more this weekend

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From big franchise reboots to all-female action flicks, there’s plenty to watch this weekend.

The Out-of-Touch Adults' Guide To Kid Culture: What Are These 32 New Emojis?

Lifehacker / 4h
It’s full-on summertime, and the living is… kind of weird. People continue to get hurt imitating TikTok, a pop star visited the White House to get kids to take the damn vaccine already, and everyone on the internet is learning a lot about wild pigs. This is not the future I was promised by the science fiction movies… Read more...

Star Wars Visions Will Tell Its Stories Before and After the Skywalker Saga

20Gizmodo / 4h
Although practically all Star Wars media coming out right now has to nestle itself in the ever-growing continuity of the post-Disney-acquisition reboot of its canon, Star Wars Visions is one of the rare new projects that is firmly and unequivocally outside of that canon to better free its creators. That doesn’t make… Read more...

Researchers Have Created a Dissolvable Pacemaker

Gizmodo / 4h
While you might be more familiar with permanent pacemakers, temporary versions of the device are sometimes needed after open-heart surgery, heart attacks, or overdoses. The problem is these devices can cause infections, become dislodged, or introduce other complications like scarring during removal. But now,… Read more...

PlayStation wants the best and nothing less

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Jim Ryan emphasizes quality being at the forefront of PlayStation’s gaming standards.

India poised for record VC year as unicorns head for decisive IPOs

45TechCrunch / 4h
In case you’ve not been paying attention, we’ll say it again: The global venture capital industry is on fire. The second quarter of 2021 was the largest single three-month period on record for dollars invested. The data coming in points to a worldwide boom. The United States’ startup market had a huge Q2, and investors don’t expect the pace to slow in the country. Europe is also having one hell o

Tumblr's parent company is buying popular podcast app Pocket Casts

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Engadget / 4h
Pocket Casts will soon have a new home. Automattic, the parent company of Tumblr and, is buyinh the podcast app from a collective of public radio groups, including NPR and BBC Studios . Automattic didn't disclose how much it will pay for Pocket Casts. Co-founders Russell Ivanovic and Philip Simpson will remain in charge of the Pocket Casts team. It seems Automattic is already thinki

New Samsung Galaxy S20 FE deals get you big data and Apple Music from £21.99/pm

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Samsung's bargain handset just keeps getting cheaper. Check out iD Mobile's fantastic Samsung Galaxy S20 FE deals.

Back to school sale alert: the MacBook Air drops to record-low price of $899

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The back to school sale event is in full swing and we've just spotted Apple's MacBook Air on sale for a record-low price of $899 at Amazon.

Serious WooCommerce vulnerability threatens millions of WordPress websites

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WooCommerce and WordPress pushing forced updates to all affected installations.

Capture stunning aerial photos and videos with Ruko drones on sale

Mashable / 4h
Deals on Ruko drones as of July 16: BEST FOR STABLE IMAGES: Ruko F11 Gim drone — $319.99 (save $180) BEST FOR BEGINNERS AND PROS: Ruko F11 Pro drone — $263.99 (save $136) Photography with a handheld camera can only go so far. You're limited to the angles that you can physically reach. A drone, on the other hand, can take your shots to a whole new level with aerial views. As of July 16, Amazon's d

There's an app that tells you what you can build from a jumble of Legos — Future Blink

Mashable / 4h
The Brickit app scans all of your Legos and quickly identifies all of the possible creations to build.

Watch Gabriel Iglesias do all the Looney Tunes impressions in 'Space Jam 2'

Mashable / 4h
Space Jam 2 brings your favorite Looney Tunes characters into the 21st century. Here's what you need to know about the follow-up to the classic.

How to Know You're Ready to Get a Place With Your Partner

Lifehacker / 4h
Moving in together can be an exciting time for any couple, but it can also turn into a disaster. If you’re still in the honeymoon stage or just in a major hurry to split rent and save money, you might be willing to skip through the checklist of ways to know you’re ready for this big step. But we’re still going to list… Read more...

Soon you’ll see brand logos on your Caller ID – and that’s a good thing

SlashGear / 4h
Efforts to make Caller ID more useful – and more trustworthy – aren’t stopping at the nationwide rollout of STIR/SHAKEN, with a new push to include company logos on your phone’s screen. Get ready to hear plenty from carriers about Rich Call Data (RCD), which combines Caller ID with anti-spoofing authentication to make it more obvious at a glance who’s … Continue reading

Why cruisers shouldn’t get too excited about Canada’s just-announced plan to reopen to cruise ships

The Points Guy / 4h
Canada’s transport minister on Thursday announced the country would end its ban on cruise ship visits on Nov. 1 — four months ahead of schedule. But cruise fans shouldn’t get too excited about the change. For the most part, cruises to Canada still won’t resume until April of next year. That’s because cruise ships generally don’t travel to Canada between November and March, which is the off-season

How to Highlight Top- or Bottom-Ranked Values in Microsoft Excel

How-To Geek / 4h
Automatically highlighting data in your spreadsheets makes reviewing your most useful data points a cinch. So if you want to view your top- or bottom-ranked values, conditional formatting in Microsoft Excel can make that data pop. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

US & Canada Border To Reopen In Mid-August

100+One Mile at a Time / 4h
The border between the United States and Canada has been largely closed for non-essential travelers since March 2020, with no timeline up until now for when that could change. The border closure has always been extended by a month at a time, and as of now the border is closed through July 21, 2021 . Well, at long last there’s a glimmer of hope of the border between the two countries reopening. Ca

Steam Deck pre-orders go live today, as Valve aims to thwart scalpers

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Steam Deck reservations are about to go live, and Valve has a plan for keeping things above board.

We tried the Kraft Mac & Cheese ice cream. It did not go well.

56Mashable / 4h
Don’t trust anything on the internet — until Mashable tries it first. Welcome to the Hype Test , where we review viral trends and tell you what's really worth millions of likes. Some things shouldn't be combined. Those things include Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and ice cream. Van Leeuwen, a hip, Brooklyn-based ice cream company that also sells flavors like Earl Grey Tea and Royal Wedding Cake , partn

Watch Olivia Rodrigo and Dr. Fauci read fan tweets about the COVID-19 vaccine

41Mashable / 4h
"If Olivia Rodrigo tells you to get vaccinated, you get vaccinated" — that's both the first tweet read by the pop singer in a new viral video and the whole dang point of the video itself. The White House put out a new video featuring Olivia Rodrigo — the singer of "Driver's License" — and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The two read vi

Good News: NASA Says It Managed to Fix the Hubble Space Telescope

1KFuturism / 4h
Lease on Life After a month-long saga, NASA says that the iconic Hubble Space Telescope is back online. “Hubble is back!” said Tom Brown, the head of the Hubble Space Telescope at the Space Telescope Science Institute, said this morning in an email obtained by Science . Soap Hubble The 31-year-old space telescope went dark in mid-June after its computer control system went down. Initial attempts

Google Search history: How to delete last 15 minutes (or other spans of time)

SlashGear / 4h
Google Search now allows users granular controls for deleting search history. Depending on the app or interface you use, you should be able to relatively easily drop in and delete all history from your searches in tiny increments. The latest simple update to the iOS Google app – the Google Search app, that is – allows a user to “Delete … Continue reading

Totally Rated: was Black Widow worth the wait?

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Totally Rated Season 2 continues with a look at Marvel's Black Widow, and updates for The Witcher 3 and God of War: Ragnarok

Playing non-Steam games could be a $139 add-on for Steam Deck

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If you want to play Fortnite or League of Legends on your Steam Deck, you'll likely need to buy and install Windows 10 first.

Masters of the Universe’s Sarah Michelle Gellar Is Hopeful About Fan Reactions to Revelation

47Gizmodo / 4h
In Kevin Smith ’s Netflix sequel to the classic Masters of the Universe cartoon, the warrior/Prince Adam’s best friend Teela plays just as important a role as He-Man himself. It’s a change to be sure, and change is something some 40-year-old nerds traditionally don’t handle well when it comes to the classic franchises… Read more...

Transfer Amex Points To Air France-KLM Flying Blue With 30% Bonus

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There’s a fantastic new transfer bonus for those with Amex Membership Rewards points. Flying Blue offering 30% transfer bonus Through Sunday, August 15, 2021, you can receive a 30% bonus when you transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Air France-KLM Flying Blue . The catch is that this promotion isn’t being offered by American Express, but rather is being offered by Air France-KLM Flying Blue

Outdoorsy co-founders detail how they expanded the sharing economy to RVs

35TechCrunch / 5h
Jen Young and Jeff Cavins were sitting in a beige conference room at a downtown Vancouver hotel, wasting away under fluorescent lights, an endless PowerPoint and a pair of sad Styrofoam cups of coffee between them. Young was there on a marketing contract. Cavins was a board member. They shared one of those looks that only couples can understand. It said: There’s got to be something better than th

Use the 'Organizational BS Perception Scale' to Decide If You Should Quit Your Job

96Lifehacker / 5h
Most of us have worked in a company that is, to put it bluntly, full of shit . For those who have endured a number of these environments over the years, the ability to detect it is almost a sixth sense. But now there’s a useful framework for quantifying office bullshit—one to help you evaluate the types you’re dealing… Read more...

Reliance Retail acquires controlling stake in Just Dial for $469 million

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Reliance Retail said on Friday it has acquired a controlling stake in 25-year-old Indian search and discovery firm Just Dial for $469 million. The Indian retail giant, which leads the market, said it has acquired 41% stake in Just Dial for $469 million and will make an open offer to acquire an additional 26% stake later. VSS Mani, founder and chief executive of Just Dial, will continue his leader

This free Microsoft Office alternative just received a bumper upgrade

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LibreOffice developers are constantly chipping away to improve its compatibility with Microsoft Office.

Investment in digital and diversity is key to a resilient future

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Stephen Corfield at Salesforce explores ways for businesses to build resilience post-pandemic

New Anthony Bourdain Documentary Used AI to Recreate His Voice

100+Futurism / 5h
Roadrunner Documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville’s latest documentary is about the life of the legendary author and TV personality Anthony Bourdain, who tragically died by suicide back in 2018. To fill in some of the gaps, The New Yorker reports , Neville used artificial intelligence to recreate Bourdain’s voice for three different quotes in his documentary, “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourd

Valve boss says ‘very aggressive’ Steam Deck pricing was ‘painful’

SlashGear / 5h
Yesterday, Valve revealed the Steam Deck, a handheld gaming PC that is meant primarily for playing Steam games on the go. In its announcement, Valve confirmed that the Steam Deck will use a custom AMD Zen 2 CPU and a discrete RDNA 2 GPU, yet announced a starting price point of $399. That’s a pretty low price to pay to … Continue reading

MAGA-Branded 'Freedom Phone' Is a Black Box That Should Be Avoided at All Costs

200+Gizmodo / 5h
Be it Parler, Gab, or GETTR, recent times have seen no shortage of dollar-sign-eyed entrepreneurs looking to capitalize on conservative America’s disdain for “liberal” Silicon Valley. It was only a matter of time before someone tried to invent the MAGA phone. Read more...

Intel rumored to be in talks to buy chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries for $30B

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When it comes to M&A in the chip world, the numbers are never small. In 2020, four deals involving chip companies totaled $106 billion, led by Nvidia snagging ARM for $40 billion . One surprise from last year’s chip-laced M&A frenzy was Intel remaining on the sidelines. That would change if a rumored $30 billion deal to buy chip manufacturing concern GlobalFoundries comes to fruition. The rumor w

The price differential for engineers is declining

TechCrunch / 5h
Hello and welcome back to Equity , TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The whole crew was here this week, with Danny and Natasha and Alex together with Grace and Chris to sort through a very, very busy week. Yep, somehow it is Friday again, which means it’s time for our weekly news roundup. Here’s what we got to in our short window of ti

Cleo Capital’s Sarah Kunst explains how to get ready to raise your next round

35TechCrunch / 5h
TechCrunch virtually sat down with venture capitalist and Cleo Capital managing director Sarah Kunst at our latest Early Stage event last week. Kunst joined us to chat about preparing for raising capital in today’s frenetic fundraising environment , digging into the gritty mechanics for the audience. Cleo Capital invests $500,000 to $1 million into early-stage startups, with portfolio companies t

[Roundup] Man Carrying Large Wad Of Cash Causes United Flight To Divert

View from the Wing / 5h
A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading ...

Engadget Podcast: Billionaires in space, Windows in the cloud

Engadget / 5h
This week, editor-in-chief of Tariq Malik joins Cherlynn and Devindra to break down what led to the ongoing billionaire space race and what's happening now. Was Richard Branson really in space ? What's the difference between Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and Space X's vehicles? Plus, what are these billionaires trying to achieve, and at what cost? Then, our hosts dig into Microsoft's new

The 10 Coolest Concept Gadgets That Never Made It to Stores

Gizmodo / 5h
The annals of tech history are littered with gadgets that arrived DOA at retail, but some of the most promising devices were actually concepts that never even made it out the door. So as a tribute to all the innovative teasers and promising tech demos that just didn’t quite have what it takes to make it to store… Read more...

How to Use Alexa’s Live Translate Mode

How-To Geek / 5h
Amazon’s Alexa language recognition capabilities extend beyond listening to simple voice commands asking for weather updates and turn-by-turn directions. Now, Alexa’s neural machine translation and speech recognition technology can translate conversations in real-time. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Why You Shouldn't Feed Your Dog Raw Meat

Lifehacker / 5h
You may want to rethink your dog’s raw food diet: According to a recent study published online in the International Journal of Food Microbiology , raw dog food commercially available in Europe contains drug-resistant Enterococcus bacteria. Scientists from the University of Porto and Instituto Universitário de Ciências… Read more...

AI narration of chef Anthony Bourdain's voice sparks row

BBC News - Technology / 5h
A recreation of the late celebrity cook's voice is used in a film about his life.

OnePlus Nord 2 looks surprisingly like the OnePlus 9 in official images

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OnePlus has teased a first look at the OnePlus Nord 2, and its rear design is surprisingly reminiscent of the OnePlus 9

Steam Deck isn’t just bad news for the Nintendo Switch – Windows 11 better watch out as well

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Valve has always been a supporter of Linux gaming, but the Steam Deck could really kick things into gear.

Indiana Jones 5 Set Pictures Tease New Looks and a New Setting

Gizmodo / 5h
A familiar face will return for John Wick 4 . Go behind the scenes on The Suicide Squad and Fear Street: 1666 in two new featurettes. Plus, tons of new footage from Jungle Cruise , and a teaser for the long-in-the-making Y: The Last Man adaptation...that has no footage in it at all. To me, my spoilers! Read more...

Hubble wakes up after NASA Space Telescope fix success

SlashGear / 5h
The Hubble Space Telescope has successfully been switched to its backup hardware, with NASA’s potentially risky fix for the ailing instrument seemingly working as planned. Hubble – which has been in operation for 31 years, giving scientists an unprecedented glimpse of distant galaxies – unexpectedly shut down in June, with the payload computer responsible for managing the telescope switching into

AMD Threadripper 5000 CPUs may not turn up until November

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Headed by a 64-core flagship, although this latest rumor makes no mention of the purported 16-core model.

Realme’s new phone looks like a suitcase to remind you of travelling

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The Realme GT Master Edition is the world’s first 3D vegan leather smartphone with a back that resembles the panels on a suitcase.

Facebook’s BlenderBot chat AI no longer has the mental capacity of a goldfish

Engadget / 6h
Last April, Facebook’s AI research lab (FAIR) announced and released as open source its BlenderBot social chat app . While the neophyte AI immediately proved far less prone to racist outbursts than previous attempts, BlenderBot was not without its shortcomings. For one, the system had the recollection capacity of a goldfish — any subject or data point the AI wasn’t initially trained simply didn’t

Nokia's upcoming XR20 rugged smartphone teased by the company

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Nokia has teased a new rugged XR20 smartphone on the Nokia Community briefly which was removed as soon as it was posted.

Why the Eufy Smart Scale C1 is our number one smart scale of 2021

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A smart scale that's heavy on features but light on your wallet, putting rivals from Fitbit and Garmin in the shade.

10 Ways to Conserve Water That You Probably Never Thought Of

22Lifehacker / 6h
Drought season is, once again, upon us. If you’re in an effected area, you’ll need follow your state’s water restrictions —but we can (and should) all find ways to conserve water year-round. You’re probably aware of a few small measures you can take toward sustainability in your home, such as turning off the water… Read more...

Meet the Unlikely TikTok Star Who Hunts Wildfires From the Top of a Mountain

84Gizmodo / 6h
“To the people who think I’m lying about not having running water: Come, come, come see my bathroom,” Kelsey Sims says in her latest TikTok . The video, posted from Sims’s home in a fire tower in New Mexico, walks viewers through the two bathroom options available at her lookout: a vault toilet (waste goes into a… Read more...

Now there’s a new Windows Print Spooler vulnerability: Here’s what to do

SlashGear / 6h
Microsoft is warning Windows users of yet another Print Spooler vulnerability, again threatening the potential for hackers to take control of your PC, install apps, and steal or delete data. It’s the third such vulnerability impacting the Windows Print Spooler service, after two high-profile PrintNightmare bugs which left the software giant floundering to figure out a fix. Those previous fixes …

Renovated Park Hyatt Toronto to open in September

20The Points Guy / 6h
After being closed for several months for a full renovation, the Park Hyatt Toronto will once again welcome guests in September of this year. The property design was led by Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge, who was inspired by “Canada’s striking seasons and natural landscapes” when redesigning one of the metropolis’ finest hotels. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up fo

Robot helps people get dressed and other tech news

BBC News - Technology / 6h
Romana Kreider looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

Kontiki Expeditions: SLH’s First Water-Based Member (Earn Hyatt Points)

57One Mile at a Time / 6h
In late 2020 I wrote about an intriguing new concept, even if it’s not something most of us are likely to ever book. It has just become more interesting, as you can now earn (but not redeem) World of Hyatt points for this experience. What is Small Luxury Hotels of the World? Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is a collection of over 500 boutique hotels around the world. What differentiates SL

Windows Print Spooler has yet another security flaw

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Days after it patched PrintNightmare, Microsoft has discovered another bug in Windows’ printing subsystem.

Vyrill, winner of the TC Early Stage Pitch-Off, helps brands discover and leverage user-generated video reviews

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23TechCrunch / 6h
Vyrill helps brands discover and leverage video reviews created by authentic customers and users. The company presented its product at TechCrunch Early Stage: Marketing & Fundraising, where it beat out nine other companies, winning the pitch-off. The judges were impressed with Vyrill’s novel approach and innovative technology around discovering and filtering relevant videos. This is a struggle fo

Hennessey VelociRaptor 400 Bronco has a 405HP twin-turbo V6 engine

SlashGear / 6h
Texas-based auto builder and tuner Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) has recently debuted its all-new VelociRaptor 400 Bronco, an extreme version of Ford’s returning off-road SUV legend. As with anything that bears the Hennessey nameplate, the VelociRaptor Bronco is overflowing with power and luscious tuner mods. “Whether you’re on or off-road, more power is what customers demand, and our V

Yummy raises $4M, aims to be ‘super app of Venezuela’

54TechCrunch / 6h
Yummy, a Venezuela-based delivery app on a mission to create the super app for the country, announced Friday it raised $4 million in funding to expand its dark store delivery operations across Latin America. Funding backers included Y Combinator, Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen, Canary, Hustle Fund, Necessary Ventures and the co-founders of TaskUs. The total investment includes pre-seeding capita

Taste intelligence startup Halla closes $4.5M Series A1 to predict which grocery items shoppers will buy

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Halla wants to answer the question of how people decide what to eat, and now has $4.5 million in fresh Series A1 capital from Food Retail Ventures to do it. Headquartered in New York, Halla was founded in 2016 by Gabriel Nipote, Henry Michaelson and Spencer Price to develop “taste intelligence,” using human behavior to steer shoppers to food items they want while also discovering new ones as they

A Wine Glass Shattering at 187,500 FPS Reveals the Destruction in Excruciating Detail

40Gizmodo / 6h
High-speed footage can make a mundane event feel more dramatic, which is why Hollywood uses it to enhance certain scenes. But the technology can also reveal details that happen too quickly for the human eye to perceive. As The Slow Mo Guys reveal , a wine glass shattering when blasted by sound waves is far more complex… Read more...

This Crypto Trading Platform Lets You Mimic the Moves of Its Top Investors

Futurism / 6h
In the early days of cryptocurrencies , many experts viewed Bitcoin and Ethereum as passing fads. But today, it’s pretty clear that cryptocurrencies are here to stay. And despite recent pullbacks, cryptocurrencies have still proven to be an unenviable investment over the long haul. So if you’re looking to invest, the crypto trading platform eToro can provide you with all the innovative tools you’

The Rocket Billionaire Who Hated Space Tourism

Wired / 6h
Plus: a lifelong love of the cosmos, future dispatches from West Texas, and routinely unprecedented weather events.

‘We’re Sorry or You’re Welcome’ Should Be Twitter’s Motto

21Wired / 6h
This week the company announced it would shut down Fleets with an extremely apt tweet.

Why You Shouldn't Pay All Cash for a Home, Actually

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Lifehacker / 6h
All-cash offers on homes are all the rage lately , but is it as good an idea as most of us think? While they make for an attractive offer to the seller, you’ll want to consider the consequences of tying up your money into a fixed asset like a home, as you could make more money long-term by taking on a mortgage and… Read more...

Dungeons & Dragons' Future Is Full of Carnivals and Dragons

Gizmodo / 6h
Dungeons & Dragons is a world of imagination, from the vast realms and planes of existence your adventures can take place on , to the characters your parties build over the course of their travels. The next two releases for the game’s Fifth Edition are going to put that imagination to the test—in ways epic enough to… Read more...

What Ever Happened to IBM’s Watson?

100+NYT > Technology / 6h
IBM’s artificial intelligence was supposed to transform industries and generate riches for the company. Neither has panned out. Now, IBM has settled on a humbler vision for Watson.

How to Take a Screenshot with a Visible Mouse Cursor in Windows 10

How-To Geek / 6h
It’s easy to take screenshots in Windows 10. However, you can’t grab a screenshot that includes your mouse cursor in the image unless you use a workaround or a third-party tool. We’ll show you how to do both. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

What's New In MongoDB 5.0?

How-To Geek / 6h
MongoDB’s latest major release, v5.0, was launched on July 13th, 2021. This iteration of the document-oriented database adds new features and improvements as well as a revised release cadence for future versions. Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

NYU researchers discover how heavy motorized objects can climb steep slopes

SlashGear / 6h
Scientists at NYU have announced they have discovered how heavy, motorized objects can climb a steep slope. This is a newly discovered mechanism that mimics how rock climbers navigate inclines. Their findings come from a series of experiments using motorized objects placed in liquid and then moved up tilted surfaces. Researchers note their micro-swimmers are about 20 times heavier than … Continue

Elementor launches ready-made website builder kits

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Elementor adds website builder kits to its offerings, which will cut down the time it takes to build a website by a fraction.

Valve reveals handheld Steam Deck PC games console

25BBC News - Technology / 6h
Gaming giant Valve has produced a handheld console that can play popular PC games.

Chandra X-ray Observatory observes the results of a galactic collision

SlashGear / 7h
While space is massive, at times, objects floating in its vastness do collide. One such collision is Abell 1775. The system is the result of a smaller galaxy cluster colliding with a larger cluster. Scientists are using x-rays from Chandra and data gathered from other telescopes to piece together information about the collision. Researchers say galaxy clusters are the largest … Continue reading

Scientists take the first snapshots of atoms moving inside a quantum electronic device

SlashGear / 7h
Researchers at Stanford have taken the first snapshots of ultrafast switching inside a quantum electronic device. The team has discovered a short-lived state they believe can lead to faster and more energy-efficient computing devices. Circuits inside electronic devices designed to compute and store information have millions of tiny switches controlling the flow of electricity. Researchers are try

Google Chrome patches yet another serious security vulnerability

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
The now-patched Chrome zero-day vulnerability was reported earlier this week.

Nym gets $6M for its anonymous overlay mixnet to sell privacy as a service

59TechCrunch / 7h
Switzerland-based privacy startup Nym Technologies has raised $6 million, which is being loosely pegged as a Series A round. Earlier raises included a $2.5 million seed round in 2019. The founders also took in grant money from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research fund during an earlier R&D phase developing the network tech. The latest funding will be used to continue commercial development

Qatar Airways Privilege Club New Member Bonus

100+One Mile at a Time / 7h
It’s fairly rare to see an airline loyalty program offer a compelling bonus for new members nowadays. One exception lately is Qatar Airways Privilege Club, which has occasionally offered bonuses for new members for the past several months. Well, another such bonus has just been introduced. Qatar Airways’ new member bonus At the moment Qatar Airways Privilege Club is offering up to 7,500 bonus mil

Austin Airport Is So Overcrowded Passengers Have To Wait Outside In A Tent

View from the Wing / 7h
With the return to travel, and passenger growth at the airport, the South Terminal is seeing more passengers than ever before and it cannot fit them all. So passengers are being kept outside the terminal in tents. In the Central Texas summer. Continue reading ...

Huawei's New Smartwatch Could Have Been Great

Gizmodo / 7h
Huawei picked a real weird time to release the Huawei Watch 3. On the one hand, you have Samsung and Google completely upending the Android smartwatch space, while Apple firmly remains the smartwatch of choice for iOS users. Fitbit’s been gobbled up by Google. There isn’t a whole lot of space for flagship smartwatches… Read more...

Google Pixel 6 camera leak suggests some confusing identity issues

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Apparently the Google Pixel 6 XL will get a whopping 5x optical zoom, which trumps all other Pixel phones.

Penetration Testing Has More Benefits Than You Think

How-To Geek / 7h
Penetration testing measures the effectiveness of your cybersecurity defensive measures. And remember, their effectiveness changes over time, so repeat as necessary. There’s nothing fit and forget in the world of cybersecurity. Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

How to Use Steam’s “Proton” to Play Windows Games on Linux

28How-To Geek / 7h
Want to start gaming on Linux? With utilities like Steam’s Proton tool, it’s not a pipe dream anymore, even if your game is officially supported on Windows only. Here’s our complete guide to gaming on Linux using Proton. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

How to Work with Shared Object (Library) Dependencies in Linux

How-To Geek / 7h
Error while loading shared libraries: the dreaded error that every Linux user will sooner or later run into. Something went wrong with the shared object dependencies (the libraries) used by the executable. Learn how to fix such issues and more! Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

Why WeWork Didn't Work

40Wired / 7h
We talk to the authors of a new book about the notorious coworking startup and its charismatic cofounder, Adam Neumann.

The CDC Owes Parents Better Messaging on the Vaccine for Kids

300+Wired / 7h
The agency's strange math and blunt statements are missing key nuances—and may be underplaying myocarditis cases in teenage boys in particular.

This Device Could Tune Your Heart—Then Dissolve Away

53Wired / 7h
The latest in “electronic medicine” offers an alternative to temporary pacemakers and could help reduce tissue scarring.

Research finds slime molds use physical cues to decide where to grow

SlashGear / 7h
Humans have the largest brains of any creature on the Earth, so we are always using our brains and thinking about solutions to problems. Scientists have wondered how organisms that lack a brain can determine how to grow and function. Researchers have performed new research on slime molds and determined they can use physical cues to decide where to grow … Continue reading

New Android and iOS emoji list includes two perfect sarcastic responses (and more)

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
The official list of upcoming emoji has been unveiled, and it's an odd assortment, but a few stand out.

Windows 10 21H2 update pops up, but don’t get your hopes up

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
It’s clear enough that Microsoft’s focus is (unsurprisingly) on Windows 11.

Everrati partners with Superperformance in creating this electric Ford GT40

SlashGear / 8h
British electric conversion specialist Everrati has partnered with American continuation classic builder Superperformance to revive one of history’s most iconic sports cars. Their electric Ford GT40 restomod is still a prototype as of press time, but we bet cash-rich vintage car collectors will fall head over heels over this vintage-modern beauty. We last heard about Everrati last May as it … Con

Sennheiser’s IE 900 in-ear headphones can cause a serious dent in your pocket

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
According to the company, every aspect of the IE 900 has been "engineered to work in harmony to achieve the desired acoustic tuning and to reduce resonances and masking effects."

Poco F3 GT to launch on July 23, right after the OnePlus Nord 2

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
The Poco F3 GT flagship smartphone will make its global debut in India on July 23 at around the Rs 30,000 mark.

The Morning After: Valve made a $399 handheld gaming PC

100+Engadget / 8h
Valve just surprised us all with a handheld console. The $399 Steam Deck will arrive in December, with availability expanding to more regions later. Looking like some unholy alliance of Sega’s Game Gear and the Nintendo Switch, the hardware includes a seven-inch touchscreen at 1,280 x 800 resolution at 60Hz refresh rate. There is no shortage of control options either, with dual thumbsticks, two p

Intel in talks to acquire GlobalFoundries in $30bn deal

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Intel apparently going all out to boost its chipmaking efforts.

NASA’s new map plans the lunar drive for VIPER

SlashGear / 8h
NASA is currently working on putting a new lunar rover on the moon’s surface, and part of that work is developing a map of where exactly the rover will travel. Knowing where the rover will drive is critically important to help avoid obstacles and get the rover close enough to objects of interest to perform its mission. VIPER, or Volatiles … Continue reading

Rocket Report: SpaceX tests FAA again in Texas, India pushes Vikas engine

Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / VSS Unity burns its rocket motor on July 11, 2021. (credit: Virgin Galactic ) Welcome to Edition 4.07 of the Rocket Report! Looking back to Virgin Galactic's flight and ahead to Blue Origin, we're continuing to experience a very special moment in human spaceflight history this week, with final preparations underway for Jeff Bezos and the first crew flight of New Shepard. I'll be on hand

Qatar Airways 7500 Miles For New Members, 2500 Miles Just For Signup

View from the Wing / 8h
Qatar Airways will give you free miles when you join by September 30, 2021 and more miles if you fly by December, plus a boost towards elite status. Qatar's program has gotten a lot more useful since they've reversed a devaluation, points no longer expire with activity in your account, and because they're a Citibank points transfer partner. Continue reading ...

As the Use of AI Spreads, Congress Looks to Rein It In

21Wired / 8h
The White House, lawmakers from both parties, and federal agencies are all working on bills or projects to constrain potential downsides of the tech.

LG’s Smart Window AC Blasts Away the Summer Swelter

Wired / 8h
This powerful and smart air conditioner might require some fiddling during installation, but it delivers on its promises.

Amazfit launches Zepp Z smartwatch in India with 15-day battery life, 90+ sports modes

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
On its 3 year anniversary in India, Amazfit has launched a new Zepp Z smartwatch with 15-day battery life, 90+ sports modes. It has been priced at Rs 25,999.

Don’t Panic: You Can Keep Using Windows 10 Until 2025

99How-To Geek / 8h
After Microsoft announced Windows 11, several publications raised the alarm that the new OS would make millions of PCs obsolete. Luckily, you can keep using your current PC hardware safely with Windows 10 for at least four more years. Here’s why. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Canada’s Flair Airlines Disconnects Phone Lines For The Weekend

50One Mile at a Time / 8h
There have been a lot of complaints lately about airlines having incredibly long phone hold times. Most airlines simply say “tough luck,” while one Canadian airline is shutting off its phones for the weekend. Flair Airlines turns off phones, apologizes Flair Airlines is a fast growing Canadian ultra low cost carrier. At the beginning of the year, the airline only had a few planes, while this year

Lamborghini Mexico celebrates its 10th anniversary with Mexican-themed Huracan EVOs

SlashGear / 8h
Lamborghini Mexico commemorates its 10th anniversary this year, and what better way to celebrate than commissioning four special-edition models of the Huracan EVO. Inspired by the four key themes of Mexican culture – Vita (Life), Morte (Death), Sogno (Dream), and Tempo (Time) – the cars will soon be on display around Mexico City’s key landmarks. “The four special models designed … Continue readin

Netflix's latest hit TV show was actually cancelled last month

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Netflix's latest new hit is Manifest, a series that was actually cancelled in June by NBC.

Google Meet is finally getting virtual backgrounds on iOS

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Change your background to whatever you want in Google Meet on iOS.

The Roccat Torch USB Mic might finally solve a huge issue for streamers

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
The Roccat Torch USB microphone looks like it could walk the line between traditional USB microphones and XLR setups.

Here's another great reason to get proper security protection for your IoT devices

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Gafgyt and Mirai were the two most commonly found malware families, with most traffic coming from devices in the manufacturing and retail industries.

'Ted Lasso' star Jason Sudeikis shows support for England footballers after racist abuse

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100+Mashable / 8h
Jason Sudeikis has shown his support for England footballers Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, and Bukayo Saka following the UEFA Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Sudeikis, who plays the titular football coach in the Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso , donned a "Jadon, Marcus & Bukayo" T-shirt to the Season 2 premiere at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California on Thursday. The

Amazon's Alexa voice options now include Shaq and Melissa McCarthy

100+Engadget / 9h
Those who find Alexa's default voice too cold can have the digital assistant mimic celebs. Though, in the past, the only A-list impression the AI could do was everyone's fave badass Samuel L. Jackson . Turns out, people liked the idea of ordering a weather report from a superstar, because Amazon is adding two more famous voices to Alexa's toolkit. The new options include four-time NBA champ Shaqu

LCO astronomers say comet C/2014 UN271 is the largest ever discovered

SlashGear / 9h
A new comet was discovered last month by astronomers called Comet C/2014 UN271 Bernardinelli-Bernstein. The image below is a synthetic color composite image made using the Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) one-meter telescope located in Sutherland, South Africa. The image was taken on June 22, 2021, and the comet is in roughly the center of the image with a hazy and … Continue reading

Steam Deck needs AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution for us to ditch our gaming laptops

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Valve’s new Steam Deck handheld gaming system is powered by AMD tech, and it could benefit from the company’s FidelityFX Super Resolution technology.

Backwards compatibility should be industry priority, insists Xbox boss

35TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has voiced concern on the state of video game preservation, insisting the industry must come together to protect its history.

Microsoft accidentally spills Windows 365 pricing details

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Microsoft has inadvertently given customers an early peak at pricing for Windows 365.

Nokia teases a new rugged phone that doesn’t need a case

SlashGear / 9h
Smartphone makers like Apple and Samsung tend to design attractive, thin, and lightweight devices that are also fragile. That means the vast majority of smartphone users take their beautiful and expensive phones and cram them inside cases and never look at the actual phone again until they are trading it in on a new model. Smartphone users around the world … Continue reading

Canada plans to reopen to American tourists by mid-August, other countries by September

1KThe Points Guy / 9h
Canada is looking to reopen its borders to Americans by next month. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that Canada could begin allowing American tourists starting in mid-August. The move to reopen Canada to Americans for leisure reasons would mark a major step in the reopening of the border between the two nations, which has largely remained shut since March 2020. Sign up to receive t

'Space Jam: A New Legacy' is a marketing brochure masquerading as a movie

35Mashable / 9h
In the original Space Jam , Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes play basketball against a bunch of aliens to avoid the unthinkable fate of becoming attractions in an intergalactic theme park, forced to perform toothless versions of themselves for the amusement of paying customers. Jordan and the Tunes win that round, thankfully, and the 1996 movie ends with them resuming their ordinary lives happ

Enjoy this snippet of Mark Hamill's Skeletor in 'Masters of the Universe: Revelation'

49Mashable / 9h
He-Man fans have their calendars marked for the release of Netflix's Masters of the Universe: Revelation , created by Kevin Smith , set to equip you with the power of '80s nostalgia this July. Mark Hamill, who plays the villainous Skeletor in the animated series, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to talk about making it. He also spoke about an upcoming special coming to Disney+ about

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Selling Points With 70% Bonus

87One Mile at a Time / 9h
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club doesn’t sell points all that often, though the program has just launched its best-ever offer on purchased points, by a long shot. This could seriously be worth considering. Buy Virgin Atlantic points with 70% bonus Through Saturday, August 14, 2021, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is offering up to a 70% bonus on purchased points . While the offer is being marketed as offe

US energy department hopes instant permits will boost rooftop solar installations

93Engadget / 9h
With the US back in the Paris climate accord, President Joe Biden has the lofty goal of decarbonizing the US power grid by 2035. As part of that plan, the Department of Energy (DoE) has announced that it's rolling out a new tool that will make it much easier and faster to get a permit for a rooftop solar installation. The cost of solar has plunged 90 percent over past decade, but permit-related c

That Viral 'Protest' Photo of Cuba Is Actually From May Day 2018

200+Gizmodo / 9h
Protests against the Cuban government have been taking place this week, with many conservatives in the U.S. circulating photos and video of the demonstrations. But not everything that’s going viral out of Cuba is actually from this week. In fact, one photo isn’t even from this year. Read more...

Returning to the office one day a week will save £21m on energy bills

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Cooking more, boiling the kettle more frequently and having the heating on are costing millions of pounds per week

How to Screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone

How-To Geek / 9h
Android phones all generally work the same, but there are plenty of small differences. Samsung Galaxy phones, in particular, have some unique quirks. If you have a Samsung device, there are multiple ways to take a screenshot. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Netflix’s ‘Fear Street Part 3: 1666’ is a satisfying finish to a terrifying trilogy

100+Mashable / 9h
Heading into Fear Street Part Three: 1666, I feared the story of the Shadyside Witch had hit a dead end. But like only a great final girl can, the last installment in Netflix’s R.L. Stine trilogy subverted my expectations and pulled off a harrowing eleventh-hour exit that was both satisfying and scary. Part Three picks up where Part Two left off, with Deena (Kiana Madeira) hurdling through metaph

Speech neuroprosthesis turns brain signals into words on a screen

SlashGear / 9h
Researchers from UC San Francisco have developed a new speech neuroprosthesis designed to enable a man with severe paralysis to communicate in complete sentences. The neuroprosthesis translates signals from the brain to the vocal tract directly into words that appear on screen as text. The breakthrough was developed in collaboration with a participant in a clinical research trial and built … Cont

After Loki, Marvel has started setting firm rules for its multiverse

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Marvel is gearing up to set hard and fast rules for its cinematic multiverse following Loki's season 1 finale, according to Kevin Feige.

Nikon Z9 expected to match Canon EOS R3 for resolution and speed

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
New Nikon Z9 rumors suggest it'll hit the same marks as the Canon EOS R3 for resolution and shooting power.

Pixel 6 XL could be the long-overdue Android’s flagship roadmap

SlashGear / 10h
It’s still a few months away, but rumors and leaks about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 XL are starting to accumulate. The details we’ve heard and seen so far paint a picture of a unique phone, both inside and especially outside. It’s definitely a head-turner, for better or worse, and something that Android users will probably be talking about … Continue reading

Spyware toolkit used by governments, hackers to break into Windows machines

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Microsoft and Citizien Lab researchers share details on new spyware that uses two zero-day Windows exploits.

A deep dive into Nintendo Switch OLED: Noise Cancelling podcast episode 73

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
The best tech podcast you've never heard, pumped straight into your ears.

How to watch 2021 Tour de France Stage 19 & 20 free: live stream from anywhere

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Pogacar holds a 5-minute lead – is the winner decided already? Don't miss a minute with our Tour de France live stream guide - including ways to watch for free.

Mindy Kaling plays a sweet game of 'Never Have I Ever' on 'The Late Show'

Mashable / 10h
Mindy Kaling's teen Netflix dream Never Have I Ever takes its name from that game that always shows up at sleepovers, high school parties, and afterparties. So, naturally, The Late Show decided to recruit Kaling for a few rounds of the game when she visited. The rules? If you have done it, you take a drink, if you haven't you stay put. Kaling chooses a Moscow Mule, served beside some absolutely b

Save 38% on a charging dock and power bank combo

Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: Keep your phone charged while you're away form home with the Naztech Core 2-in-1 Charging Dock and Wireless Power Bank . As of July 16, get one on sale for only $54.99 — a 38% savings. Whether you're at home or on the go, charging your devices should be one of the easier parts of your day. With the Naztech Core, a 2-in-1 charging dock and wireless power bank , all of your charging needs ar

Add some personality to your space with a customizable curve lamp

Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: Show off your good design taste with this RGB Modern Curve Lamp , on sale for 56% off. As of July 16, bring one home for only $129.99. If you've been thinking your room needs something extra but can't figure out what, look to your lighting situation. Harsh lighting can totally ruin the vibe of a room, especially at night. You don't want to be distracted by harsh bulbs while you're trying t

MacBook camera not cutting it? Try a 1080p webcam instead.

Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: Upgrade your video call quality with this 1080p HD Webcam , on sale for $36.99 — a 53% discount — as of July 16. For the price tag that comes with either the 2020 MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, it’s pretty disappointing that the FaceTime camera resolution is still a measly 720p . Camera quality has been a common complaint among Mac owners — and Apple hasn’t really addressed the issue . Sorry,

Unleash your inner EDM DJ with help from top-rated courses

Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: Turn your love of electronic music into a skill with the Complete 2021 EDM Music Production Bundle , which is on sale for 98% off. As of July 16, get all eight courses for just $31.84. Sign up for the Complete 2021 EDM Music Production Bundle to get a primer on the tips and tricks you need to make your own beats. This bundle includes eight in-depth courses and over 600 lessons covering ele

'Schmigadoon!' on Apple TV+ is a goofy delight for musical fans

21Mashable / 10h
If the words " Oklahoma! basket auction" don’t mean anything to you, Schmigadoon! may not be your show. But if your eyes light up in delight thinking how ripe for parody and homage Oklahoma! is — not to mention all other golden age movie musicals — then the new Apple TV+ musical comedy starring Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key is exactly your kind of weird, specific treat. Strong and Key are

PayPal ups its weekly cryptocurrency buy limit to $100,000

41Engadget / 10h
One way fintechs have set themselves apart from traditional banks is by embracing crypto trading. For some of the biggest names in the sector, the expansion has been a success. Take PayPal. Following in the footsteps of Square's Cash App , the company began allowing US members to buy, hold and sell Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and Bitcoin cash back in November. It followed that with the option to

Hurry, the Garmin Fenix 6 is going cheap at Amazon right now

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Garmin's top-end sports watch gets a £178 price cut – and the Garmin Lily and Venu Sq hit their lowest ever prices too.

Don't expect the Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic remake at EA Play Live

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
We won't be seeing any Star Wars games at EA Play Live, according to the EA Star Wars official Twitter account.

Steam Deck: everything we know about Valve's handheld PC

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22TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
The Steam Deck promises to deliver a powerful, portable PC, and it's made by Valve. We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about Valve’s portable PC right here.

What Ever Happened to IBM’s Watson?

100+NYT > Technology / 10h
IBM’s artificial intelligence was supposed to transform industries and generate riches for the company. Neither has panned out. Now, IBM has settled on a humbler vision for Watson.

‘Welcome to the Mesh, Brother’: Guerrilla Wi-Fi Comes to New York

100+NYT > Technology / 10h
NYC Mesh, a band of a few dozen tech volunteers, takes on Verizon and the big “incumbent providers,” with the promise of inexpensive community internet.

Amazon Begins Adding AirPlay and HomeKit Support to Fire TV Devices

How-To Geek / 10h
Amazon is currently rolling out Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support for 2020 Toshiba and Insignia 4K UHD Fire TVs. Support for the AirPlay and HomeKit protocols will eventually find its way to other Fire TV products, though Amazon’s press release does not mention Fire TV sticks or set-top boxes. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

No Wonder Why Windows 365 Is Only for Businesses---It's Expensive

100+How-To Geek / 10h
Microsoft said it wouldn’t discuss pricing for its Windows 365 Cloud PC service until the August 2nd launch date. So much for that. Just one day after the Windows 365 reveal, Microsoft confirms that its third-cheapest Windows 365 subscription carries a $31 monthly fee for each user. That might explain why individuals can’t use the service just yet. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4’s powerful new chipset has leaked

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 could use an Exynos W920 chipset, offering significant performance improvements.

Samsung Galaxy S22 could improve one of the Galaxy S21's surprisingly weak specs

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While the Samsung Galaxy S21 had surprisingly poor charging speeds, the Galaxy S22 might improve on that.

How to mend your broken pandemic brain

52MIT Technology Review / 11h
Orgies are back. Or at least that’s what advertisers want you to believe. One commercial for chewing gum —whose sales tanked during 2020 because who cares what your breath smells like when you’re wearing a mask—depicts the end of the pandemic as a raucous free-for-all with people embracing in the streets and making out in parks. The reality is a little different. Americans are slowly coming out o

Traditional VCs turn to emerging managers for deal flow and, in some cases, new partners

33TechCrunch / 11h
Nasir Qadree, a Washington-based investor who just raised $62.1 million for his debut venture fund, recently told us that as his fundraising gained momentum, he was approached by established firms that are looking to absorb new talent. He opted to go it alone, but he’s hardly alone in attracting interest. Anecdotally, bringing emerging managers into the fold is among the newer ways that powerful

Twitter is finally rolling out auto-captions for voice tweets

44Engadget / 11h
Twitter rolled out voice tweets over a year ago now and has taken a lot of heat for the lack of accessibility features. Now, it's finally rolling out automatically generated captions that appear when you click on the "CC" button. The new feature is only available on iOS, as voice tweets have yet to arrive on Android. Captions are available in English, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic, Hindi,

Steam Deck India availability and price: Maybe in the future, but nothing now

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Valve's newest console the Steam Deck is scheduled for a July 16 pre-booking, but India is not among the countries that will be getting the new console. Valve suggests that it will be bringing the console to more countries in 2022.

4 months after announcing drone policy, India changes it - We explain why

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Drone Rules 2021 will replace Unmanned Aircraft System Rules 2021 that was released in March 2021. Why this hurried change? Read on.