Saturday, September 11, 2021

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Steve from 'Blue's Clue's' surprising Stephen Colbert with a hug is truly heartwarming content

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1KMashable / 20h
If you've been anywhere near the internet lately, you'll probably have seen that viral video of Steve Burns from the old Nick Jr. show Blue's Clues , popping up on Twitter on the 20th anniversary of him leaving the show to gently reassure us that he's still our friend after all these years. Well, Stephen Colbert saw it too. And try as he might — even though it was his kids that were emotionally i

France bans unvaccinated U.S. tourists: Here’s what to expect when you travel to the country

France Covid Travel•
3KThe Points Guy / 17h
Editor’s note: This story has been updated as of September 10, 2021, to reflect that France moved the U.S. back to its orange list of countries. Travelers from the U.S. are now subject to stricter entry restrictions. The author traveled to France while the country was on the orange list in June. As of June 9, 2021, France has reopened its borders to international travelers. Those coming from the

Apple loses Epic fight: app developers can now avoid App Store payments

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100+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 15h
A judge just hit Apple with an injunction against restricting developers from using their own payment services for in-app purchases, a major blow to the tech giant's bottom line.

Porsche’s new synthetic gasoline may fuel Formula 1 races

Ars Technica / 16min
Enlarge / 70 percent of the cars Porsche has ever built are still on the road. Since it wants to keep it that way, its developing a synthetic fuel that emits 90 percent less CO2 than gasoline derived from fossil fuels. (credit: Porsche) Even with the best will in the world, it will be many years before we entirely decarbonize our transport. The UK, France, China, and even California have announce

'Internet Apocalypse'? Sure but Inspiration4 is also go for launch in this week's science news

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 21min
This week's science news was all about space, space flight, and the accelerating impact of climate change on just about everything.

iPhone 13 satellite features explained: what will it be able to do?

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
The iPhone 13 might offer satellite communications. Then again, it might not. Here's what we know so far.

Instagram Is Reportedly Working on an Update That Will Allow You to See Your ‘Favorites’ First

Gizmodo / 2h
In general, I can be on the fence about Instagram. The pressure to be “perfect” for the ‘gram can make me roll my eyes or bore me (though yes, I have succumbed to this pressure before, I’m only human). One thing Instagram knows is that I like is cats, which frequently leads me to ask myself: Why aren’t there more cats… Read more...

Tesla should say something

21TechCrunch / 2h
Last weekend, a reader wrote to this editor, politely asking why tech companies should speak up about the abortion law that Texas passed last week. “What does American Airlines have to do with abortion?” said the reader, suggesting that companies can’t possibly cater to both pro-abortion and anti-abortion advocates and that asking them to take a stand on an issue unrelated to their business would

Facebook has been giving misinformation researchers incomplete data

Facebook Data Times•
87Engadget / 2h
Misinformation researchers who've been relying on the data Facebook provides them may have lost months or even years of work. That's because the social network has been giving them flawed and incomplete information on how users interact with posts and links on the website, according to The New York Times . Facebook has been giving academics access to its data over the past couple of years to trac

Another Court Rules That Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Can Indeed Ban School Mask Mandates

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44Gizmodo / 2h
At this point, Florida’s ban on mask mandates in public schools can be compared to Katy Perry’s famous song, “Hot N Cold.” Sometimes it’s a yes, sometimes it’s a no. Read more...

The best on-ear headphones from all the top brands

Mashable / 3h
If bulky over-ear headphones and tiny earbuds had a baby, it woud probably look a lot like a set of on-ear headphones. The good news is that you get to enjoy the best of both worlds. That's because on-ear headphones have the benefit of having speakers large enough to produce hi-fi sound (the way over-ear headphones do) while remaining compact enough to stow away for easy transport (the way earbud

Save 98% on this 35-hour blockchain development course bundle

Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: The Cryptocurrency with Ethereum and Solidity Blockchain Developer Bundle is on sale for £14.54 as of Sept. 11, saving you 98% on list price. Is everyone you know investing in cryptocurrency? The Cryptocurrency with Ethereum and Solidity Blockchain Developer Bundle can help you learn what's up. This online course bundle contains 35 hours worth of instruction and training on useful topics t

Get unbreakable online security for under £2 a month with CyberGhost VPN

Mashable / 3h
SAVE 85%: A two-year subscription to CyberGhost VPN is on sale for £1.63 per month as of Sept. 11, and includes an extra two months for free. CyberGhost VPN is one of the biggest names in the cybersecurity game, and that's because it offers a lot of advanced features with an attractive and user-friendly interface. Users get apps for all leading operating systems, around the clock customer support

Gillmor Gang: Life Goes On

27TechCrunch / 4h
When we imagine what it will be like when we exit the pandemic, what we’re really wondering is what we want from the digital transformation we’ve seen overturn our understanding of work and living safely. As much as we long for the days of the office and collaboration with our peers, some of that is about the mental space we achieve from the constant disruption of home life. Parenting has shifted

The world's cheapest 5G smartphone can teach us a lot about the future of the mobile industry

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
A watershed moment for the smartphone industry as Xiaomi breaks new ground.

Data remains a vital part of the marketing world

28TechCrunch / 5h
“One of the biggest things that brands struggle with is figuring out attribution, and how you continue to spend money even though you may have lost some signal into the platform,” says Greg Gillman, chief revenue officer of LA-based performance marketing agency MuteSix, “If Facebook skews too heavily, and Google is on last click, then sometimes it looks like things are never working. To help comp

Dragonlance's Creators Are Creating a New RPG World With D&D's Rules

82Gizmodo / 7h
Ravenloft and Dragonlance , two of D&D ’s most iconic classic settings, wouldn’t exist without the work of husband-and-wife team Tracy and Laura Hickman. Now, the Hickmans are setting their sights on a new world for a tabletop roleplaying setting—and while it’s not explicitly part of D&D , it’s leveraging the latest… Read more...

NASA now has two Mars rock samples with third target already selected

SlashGear / 7h
Only two days after successfully acquiring its first Mars rock sample for storage in a titanium tube, NASA collected and stored a second sample — and it is already scouting for the perfect place from which to drill its third core. The space agency has named these first two samples “Montdenier” and “Montagnac,” and they’ve already revealed some details about … Continue reading

Google is rolling out dark mode for Search on desktop

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67Engadget / 7h
Google is finally rolling out a dark theme for Search on desktop. The change had been spotted as far back as December, but the feature is now official and rolling out to all users “over the next few weeks,” according to an update from a Google product support manager. You can get the new, not-quite-black theme by heading to Settings > Search Settings > Appearance and selecting “dark.” There’s als

WhatsApp will have end-to-end encrypted backups, Zuckerberg says

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Mashable / 7h
WhatsApp users on iOS and Android will soon be able to secure their backups to iCloud and Google Drive with end-to-end encryption, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed Friday. "WhatsApp is the first global messaging service at this scale to offer end-to-end encrypted messaging and backups," Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post, "and getting there was a really hard technical challenge that require

Remembering the 34 flight crew members who died on 9/11

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The Points Guy / 7h
As we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11, there are now young 20-somethings who were just small children on that date and those even younger who aren’t aware of what life was like before Sept. 11, 2001. A world when we didn’t have daily fears over terrorism and when traveling was much more carefree. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . I ca

DOT Investigating 18 Airlines For Illegally Denying Refunds For Cancelled Flights

View from the Wing / 8h
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 ...

The Lower Decks Mid-Season Trailer Promises So Much Star Trek Fun on the Horizon

23Gizmodo / 8h
While we’re thrilled to get any sneak peeks at what’s to come on our beloved Star Trek: Lower Decks , we’re also a little dismayed to be receiving a mid-season trailer right about now... since it’s making us realize that the show’s excellent second season will soon be nearing its home stretch. However! As this clip… Read more...

It Worked! NASA’s Mars Rover Definitely Scooped up Rock Samples This Time

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100+Futurism / 8h
Mission Complete Huge news: NASA confirmed that its Mars-rock-scooping robot, Perseverance, has at long last managed to scoop up some Mars rocks. That also means that the rover has started to conduct some rudimentary geological research on its surroundings, according to a NASA press release . While the bulk of the study will be conducted once those and any future samples make their way back to Ea

3 methodologies for automated video game highlight detection and capture

23TechCrunch / 8h
Nathan Babcock Contributor Nathan Babcock is a computer scientist and freelance writer in Chicago and a co-founder of automated highlight detection startup Clip It . Benjamin Clingan Contributor Benjamin Clingan is a software developer specializing in Python back ends, finance, genetic neural networks and other machine learning strategies and a co-founder of automated highlight detection startup

Fortnite Operation: Sky Fire finale teaser hints at big Mothership secret

SlashGear / 8h
Epic has published a teaser video for its big Fortnite finale scheduled to happen this weekend. The event, which is called Operation: Sky Fire, will mark the end of Chapter 2 – Season 7, ushering in the game’s mysterious Season 8 and whatever story it will bring. The new video doesn’t show us any action, but instead hints at a … Continue reading

Star Trek Day celebrates 55 years with Picard, Prodigy trailers, and more

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Ars Technica / 8h
Paramount+ celebrated 55 years of Trek on Star Trek Day 2021, a live-streamed event held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California, on September 8, 2021. It's been 55 years since the television debut of Star Trek: The Original Series ( TOS ), and the franchise continues to expand its reach in film and television, bringing delight to new generations of fans. Paramount+ marked the

Unvaccinated are 5X more likely to catch delta, 11X more likely to die

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200+Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters stands in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg ) COVID-19 vaccines are largely holding up against the hyper-transmissible delta coronavirus variant, particularly when it comes to preventing severe disease and death, according to three studies published Friday by the Centers for Disease

Amazon is updating Kindles to make them easier to navigate

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Engadget / 8h
Amazon is rolling out a software update for its Kindle, Paperwhite and Oasis devices that could make them easier to use. The company announced the changes will be arriving in the coming weeks for Kindles 8th-generation and later, Paperwhites 7th-generation and newer as well as the Oasis line . First, the update would allow you to swipe down from the screen to adjust display brightness, toggle Air

2021 Disney Movies Committed to Theaters as New Release Dates Reach Into 2024

39Gizmodo / 8h
After the near $100 million opening of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings , the Walt Disney Company just made a major statement about the future of its films. First, all of the c ompany’s remaining 2021 releases , including Eternals and The King’s Man , will play only in theaters for 45 days. In addition, the… Read more...

5 amazing adventures you can take on Crystal Cruises’ swanky new expedition ship

The Points Guy / 9h
Editor’s note: TPG’s Gene Sloan is sailing on Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Endeavor as a guest of the line. The opinions expressed below are entirely his and weren’t subject to review by Crystal. As I’ve been writing about in recent days at TPG, luxury line Crystal Cruises has just unveiled what may be the most luxurious small ship ever built. Designed to carry just 200 passengers, the yacht-like, 53

Million-acre California wildfire threatens Allen Telescope Array's search for alien life

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
The Allen Telescope Array in Northern California is now being threatened by the million-plus acre Dixie Wildfire.

Report: Google has illegally underpaid thousands of temp workers since 2019

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Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge A new investigation from The Guardian pulls no punches while detailing Google's treatment of temporary workers, saying, "Google has been illegally underpaying thousands of temporary workers in dozens of countries and delayed correcting the pay rates for more than two years as it attempted to cover up the problem." The Guardian says it has seen documents indicating that Google has known ab

Daily Crunch: Microsoft acquires tutoring platform TakeLessons for undisclosed sum

27TechCrunch / 9h
To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here . Hi friends! Welcome back to the Daily Crunch — it’s September 10, 2021. Alex Wilhelm returns next week, so this is my last day as the captain of this ship. Captain of the Daily Crunch. Captain … Crunch? Oh no. Image Credits: evemilla / Getty Images Things I’ve lear

SpaceX Tourist Spacecraft Will Be Loaded With Dozens of NFTs

Kings Leon NFT SpaceX•
Futurism / 9h
Easy Lift Next week, the Inspiration4 mission, an all-civilian crew of space tourists, will careen into space on board a SpaceX Crew Dragon module. And flying with them will be dozens of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), according to , in an attempt to raise money for charity by capitalizing on the trendy digital certifications of authentication being bought, sold, and traded over the blockch

Twitch Takes Its Trolls to Court

Gizmodo / 9h
In an attempt to fight a recent deluge of hateful and bigoted content on its platform, Twitch has opted for a new tactic in its war on persistent trolls: taking them to court. Read more...

This Week's Toy News Is Starting Spooky Season Early

Gizmodo / 9h
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of all things good, posable, and plastic. This week: Hasbro puts a stake in a wild Transformers crossover, the latest Skywalker lightsaber gets a killer new replica, and Lego returns to the Bale Batman era. Check it out! Read more...

Analogue's Pocket portable console delayed for a third time, now until December

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Engadget / 9h
The Analogue Pocket has been delayed yet again. The $199 handheld console can play Game Boy, Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color and Atari Lynx games. It was most recently supposed to release sometime next month , but has slipped to the end of the year. Pre-orders will ship “at the latest” in December, according to an announcement Analogue posted on Friday. Pocket pre-orders will be shipping at the l

Your standard SSD might work as an Xbox storage expansion

Xbox Series S SSD Seagate•
Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson | Microsoft) Xbox Series X or S owners in need of more storage space for current-gen software may be in luck if they have a spare SSD, according to one modder's experiences. Writing in a step-by-step post on the Chinese video-sharing site Bilibili, a user has discovered that it's potentially possible to use any high-speed SSD in the Xbox Series X and S by using an a

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 limited edition bands are vegan and sustainable

Samsung Galaxy 4 S. Miró•
SlashGear / 9h
Samsung has introduced a limited edition line of sustainable smartwatch bands in partnership with fashion company Sami Miró, the company announced on Friday. The new watchbands are available for the Galaxy Watch4 model, offering consumers a more environmentally-friendly option for wearing and displaying their smartwatch. The new Galaxy Watch4 x Sami Miró Vintage collection features half a dozen w

As Trial for Backpage's Founders Begins, Their Free Speech Defense Is Flailing

Backpage Arizona Defense•
Gizmodo / 9h
Last week, the trial against Backpage began, commencing a long-awaited battle over either a massive criminal conspiracy or the fate of free speech online—all ultimately sideswiping sex workers who depended on the site. Prosecutors allege that the site facilitated sex work and sex trafficking; the founders have branded … Read more...

Sony's PlayStation Showcase was a banger

Sony PlayStation Showcase•
Engadget / 9h
Sony's September PlayStation showcase was juicy . In just under an hour, the studio showed off more than a dozen upcoming, highly anticipated games heading to the PS4 and PS5, complete with some major surprises and plenty of trailers. The show started with a bang — the reveal of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic , a remake of the classic BioWare RPG being built exclusively for the PS5. This

Epic Leaves a Big Crack in Apple’s Walled Garden

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85Wired / 10h
A judge ordered significant changes to the App Store today, but the fight between Epic Games and Apple isn't over yet.

SpaceX's Inspiration4 launch window pushed back 24 hours

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
SpaceX's Inspiration4 launch window has slipped 24 hours, putting its earliest launch time at 8PM EDT on September 15.

Bird's first e-bikes arrive in San Diego

Engadget / 10h
Back in June, Bird announced its first-ever e-bike . At the time, the company said it planned to bring the EV to select cities in North America, Italy, Spain, Germany and France throughout 2021. On Friday, Bird announced the Bird Bike will first appear in San Diego. The company has partnered with San Diego State University to bring the e-bike, along with its Bird Two and Three scooters , to the s

Google Reportedly Shortchanged Temps Around the Globe—Potentially Costing Them $100 Million in Wages

Gizmodo / 10h
What’s an employer to do if they found out they had underpaid workers by millions of dollars what they were legally owed? If they had a conscience—or at least a fear of consequences—they could fess up and give them back pay owed. Google instead shrugged and dragged its feet on a remedy when it discovered that it had… Read more...

Vietnam set to reopen a resort island to tourists in October

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The Points Guy / 10h
Vietnam has been a popular destination for years thanks to its exotic landscapes and magnificent beaches. The island of Phu Quoc is one such popular destination, but like the rest of the country, it’s been essentially cordoned off from the rest of the world since the coronavirus pandemic began. That’s about to change. Government officials say they are going to reopen Phu Quoc, which is 6 miles of

Djokovic vs Zverev live stream: how to watch US Open semi-final online anywhere

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Can Serbian star move one step closer to calendar Slam? Here's how to watch US Open tennis online and get a Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev semi-final live stream.

A new AMD mining GPU may have leaked online – here's why this one is different

AMD Navi Mining GPU•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Specs for an industrial scale, Big Navi-powered cryptomining card have appeared online, indicating that cryptomining isn't going anywhere, much to gamers' despair.

Is it so bad to take money from Chinese venture funds?

72TechCrunch / 10h
Denis Kalinin Contributor Denis Kalinin works at venture fund Runa Capital as Asia Business development manager, devoted to connecting the Western and Asian VC worlds and bringing long-term value to both. China is becoming a superpower in the tech industry. According to Straits Times , China is the only place in the world where it takes less than six years for a startup to become a unicorn — it t

14 best tweets of the week, including frong, floor poisoning, and wings dinner

Mashable / 10h
Even a short week feels like a long week, you know what I mean? Four days, five days — it's all the same. Labor Day? Labor's for the birds, baby. It's the weekend and it's time to relax. It's time to Live, Laugh, Love and embrace whatever other phrases the Cursive Words On Suburban Walls Industrial Complex is churning out these days. Bless This Mess . Welcome To Our Home . This Is Our Happy Place

Porn, and porn sites, bolster racist tropes by design

Mashable / 10h
Welcome to Porn Week, Mashable's annual close up on the business and pleasure of porn. Porn performer and professional dom King Noire was cast as the first Black male performer at American porn studio Assylum. But when he realised the role would perpetuate a racist stereotype, he asked to be cast in a different role. His request was denied. The American studio typically casts male performers as d

Hugh Laurie, Who Played Dr. House, Appears to Have Just Brutally Roasted Anti-Vaxxers

2KFuturism / 10h
Hugh Laurie, the actor best known from hit TV drama “House MD,” took to Twitter today to absolutely roast the anti-vaccination movement — or, at least, we’re pretty sure he did. “I find the injunction ‘think for yourself’ very stirring — until I remember that I could never have conceived of 99 percent of the concepts I rely on every day to survive,” a contemplative Laurie wrote . “I’m extremely g

You May Have to Get a Covid-19 Vaccine to Fly

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400+Gizmodo / 10h
If you haven’t had the chance to get a COVID-19 vaccine yet, here’s a pretty good reason to schedule your first dose. On Friday, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients hinted that the jab might soon be mandatory for folks looking to take domestic air travel in the U.S. Read more...

What we expect from next week’s Apple event

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38TechCrunch / 10h
We’ve been scouring the latest rumors and leaks and playing all of The Mamas and The Papas songs forward and backward to get the best possible picture of what we’re in store for with next Tuesday’s “California Streaming’” event. The invites, which went out a week in advance, don’t appear to give the game away here. There was some extremely cool AR trickery, accessible through Safari on mobile, wh

Can ISPs, Websites, and Your Boss Tell If You're Using a VPN?

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31Lifehacker / 10h
VPNs keep your internet activity hidden, but if someone knows what they’re looking for, they can tell when you’re using one. That might sound alarming, but as long as you’re using a reliable VPN and it’s working properly, there probably isn’t anything to worry about. First, let’s explain how someone could tell you’re … Read more...

Google Workspace apps are getting a tasty new look with Android 12

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Google's Material You redesign for Android is also coming to Gmail, Meet, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Google Calendar and other Workspace apps.

Alitalia Will Keep Flying After October 14, After All

View from the Wing / 10h
There have been plenty of stories about the end of the Alitalia brand over the past few weeks. But not so fast! Replacement Italian state airline ITA is going to be allowed to buy the Alitalia brand before it launches next month. They still won’t, however, be able to acquire the frequent flyer program so loyalty program members get the short end of the stick. Continue reading ...

Register for these benefits with the Amex Gold Card

The Points Guy / 10h
The American Express® Gold Card ranks among the best travel cards in the game. It earns valuable Amex Membership Rewards points, which TPG values at 2 cents each. It offers you a fistful of travel coverages. But the demographic it serves perhaps best of all is foodies. It’s got multiple perks that serve restaurant spending — but you’ll have to enroll in two important ones before you use them. Her

The viral TikTok egg and toast hack actually works pretty well

28Mashable / 10h
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. I've practically become a short-order egg cook during the pandemic. I eat two meals most days while working from home. There's dinner and a meal around 11 a.m., which is typically either a salad or, far more frequently, s

Yale study details breakthrough COVID cases and who is most at risk

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SlashGear / 10h
Yale University has published a new study that evaluates who is most at risk of breakthrough COVID-19 infections after being fully vaccinated. Though the infections remain very rare compared to those who aren’t vaccinated, the number of cases has increased as variants spread, particularly the highly infectious Delta variant. In most cases, fully vaccinated individuals who contract a breakthrough

House bill would eliminate natural gas, impose sweeping changes on economy

Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images ) President Joe Biden’s climate ambitions will face a critical test on Monday as a major portion of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill comes up for a vote. If it passes, the sprawling legislation will push the American economy to rein in its carbon emissions by spurring advancements in clean energy, electric vehicles, grid modernization, and more. Near

There Are Less Annoying Ways to Hydrate During Your Run

Lifehacker / 10h
There’s no need to overthink hydration for a short jog, but if you’re running long distances, you’ll need to hydrate before the workout is over. (The American Council on Exercise recommends 7-10 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes , although that may be overkill if you’re not sweating a lot.) So where do you get all… Read more...

Perseverance Cored Two Martian Rocks That May Be Volcanic and Shaped by Water

46Gizmodo / 10h
In a press conference on Friday, NASA revealed more about the Perseverance rover’s first successful collection of Martian rock, which was confirmed Monday . The successful sampling is the fundamental first step in a 10-year-plan to bring Martian rock to Earth for close examination. Read more...

Cruise lines now accept at-home COVID-19 test results to meet new CDC guidelines

31The Points Guy / 10h
Effective September 13, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that all cruise passengers, regardless of vaccination status, provide negative test results in order to cruise . Although a recent Florida ruling said the CDC’s cruise protocols are recommendations and not mandates, cruise lines have committed to implementing them across their vessels. That means vac

iPhone 13 Pro price and the Max model release date turnover

SlashGear / 10h
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro will almost certainly appear at Apple’s next event on September 14, 2021. Today we’re taking a peek at what prices are expected on the full line of iOS devices before they’re officially unveiled by Apple. The release dates for the iPhone 13 lineup will likely be split ever-so-slightly, as they were in past … Continue reading

Facebook sent flawed data to misinformation researchers.

Facebook Data Times•
63NYT > Technology / 11h
The data included the interactions of only about half of Facebook’s U.S. users, not all of them as the company had said.

Canon SA launches Academy for passionate photographers

Popular Mechanics / 11h
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Jabra actually has more new Elite earbuds, but you likely can't get them

Engadget / 11h
When Jabra launched its $80 Elite 3 wireless headphones last month , it also announced the pricier, more-premium Elite 7 Active and Pro models, which cost $180 and $200. But it actually also released another sub-$100 product called the Elite 2 — we just can't buy it here in the US. The company's product page says "This product is not available in your country" when accessed from America. Our seni

Analogue Pocket delayed again as COVID challenges mount

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SlashGear / 11h
Analogue announced today that the release of its upcoming Pocket handheld has been delayed once more. Originally slated to begin shipping at some point in 2020, the Pocket was first pushed back to May 2021 and then again to some point in October. With September here and October on the horizon, Analogue has announced one more delay for the highly … Continue reading

SpaceX Space Tourists Say Elon Musk Has Barely Talked to Them

500+Futurism / 11h
Cerebral Guy It’s set up to be a historic moment: a crew of four civilians are about to rocket into space on board a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. The launch, dubbed Inspiration4, could soon mark the first time an all-non-professional team has ever gone for a trip around the Earth. Interestingly, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk isn’t exactly basking in the limelight ahead of Wednesday’s launch. According to I

6 Ways To Save Money On Inflight Wi-Fi (2021)

23One Mile at a Time / 11h
Inflight Wi-Fi has come a long way over the past several years. Back in the day inflight Wi-Fi was the exception rather than the norm, though things have changed significantly. Not only have we seen inflight Wi-Fi availability increase significantly, but speeds have also been greatly improved. Many of us can now be as productive in the air as on the ground (which is one of the reasons I value fly

How to watch Holyfield vs Belfort: time, live streams, full card, Trump and more explained

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Legend Evander Holyfield returns to the ring this weekend. See how to watch a live stream of Holyfield vs Belfort, Anderson Silva, David Haye and, yes, Donald Trump!

I Did Not Care for Mystery Men Then, And Now I Hate It

500+Gizmodo / 11h
Rewatching the 1999 superhero comedy Mystery Men was not a good decision. But it was a decision I made for specific, good reasons. I saw Mystery Men when it was originally released and didn’t quite care for it. Didn’t hate it, just didn’t care for it. But, as we all know, in the years since its release, the pillars… Read more...

Sonos Is Jacking Up Speaker Prices

Gizmodo / 11h
If you’ve been holding off on getting a Sonos speaker because they’re too expensive, some bad news: They’re about to get more expensive. Starting Sept. 12, Sonos is raising prices on almost all its products. Read more...

You can see fall foliage even in or near these big cities — here’s how

The Points Guy / 11h
The fall season officially begins on Sept. 22, and there’s no reason you can’t get a head start on planning your fall foliage trips — no matter where you’re located. To help with your plans and make sure you see the leaves change colors at the right time, publishes an interactive fall foliage prediction map . While this tool (and others like it) can’t say with complete certaint

Twitter label test makes it easier to sort useful bots from spammers

SlashGear / 11h
Amid Twitter’s vast number of ongoing tests is a new one that labels bot accounts, making it clear to other users that the tweets are automated, not manually published by an individual. Not all bots are bad, of course; they can be used to, for example, automatically share data from NASA missions or provide users with real-time info on their … Continue reading

The best 4K and OLED TV deals as of Sept. 10

Mashable / 11h
Best TV deals to shop as of Sept. 10: Samsung 65-inch Class Neo QLED QN85A Series — $1,649.99 (save $550) LG NanoCell 90 Series 75-inch smart TV — $1,896.99 (save $403) Sony A80J 65-inch Bravia XR OLED TV — $2,298 (save $201.99) Large 4K TVs no longer have to cost an exorbitant amount of money. Rather, these high-quality TVs featuring punchy colors, decipherable shadows, and smooth transitions ar

Is India’s BNPL 2.0 set to disrupt B2B?

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Anubhav Jain Contributor Anubhav Jain is co-founder and CEO of Rupifi, India’s first embedded lending fintech. He has more than a decade of experience in credit risk, analytics, customer management and portfolio development. Both as a term and as a financial product, “buy now, pay later” has become mainstream in the past few years. BNPL has evolved to assume various forms today, from small-ticket

Even after today’s ruling, don’t expect ‘Fortnite’ to return to the App Store anytime soon

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Engadget / 11h
After months of testimony and deliberation, we got an initial decision earlier today in the legal battle between Apple and Epic. As a Fortnite player, you may wonder what it all means in terms of playing the game on an iOS device. The short answer is not much. The long answer is neither side came away from the contest with a decisive win. Judge Gonzales Rogers may have ruled in Epic’s favor when

Shiny Pokemon GO leak shows September Community Day Oshawott

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SlashGear / 11h
If you’re waiting for the next September Community Day for Pokemon GO, you’re in luck. Today Niantic revealed the Oshawott Community Day with an exclusive move for the final evolution of the Pokemon Samurott. Oshawott evolves into Dewott, and Dewott evolves into Samurott which, during the event, will have the exclusive move Hydro Cannon! You’ll also find that Samurott will … Continue reading

American Airlines, Southwest likely to institute vaccine mandate for employees

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1KThe Points Guy / 11h
American Airlines may implement a vaccine mandate for employees in order to comply with President Joseph Biden’s new COVID-19 mitigation plan, airline CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom told airline staff in a memo on Friday, which was seen by TPG. Southwest Airlines said it would also likely implement a vaccination-or-testing requirement in accordance with the federal requirements, a spok

Ikea's next Sonos speaker lamps may have swappable shades

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Engadget / 11h
Ikea's Symfonisk lamp is a neat way to add a Sonos speaker to your space without it necessarily sticking out from the rest of your decor. But what if you want to jazz it up slightly? You may have that option in the future in the form of swappable shades. According to a Reddit post spotted by Protocol 's Janko Roettgers, it seems a new version of Symfonisk is in the offing. User u/shoicey said the

IDrive launches Remote Desktop

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IDrive has launched its own remote desktop software to simplify the process of accessing your Windows computers and servers from anywhere.

After Hurricane Ida, the Map of Louisiana May Never Look the Same Again

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Satellite images of Louisiana taken before and after Hurricane Ida show a dramatically altered coastline, with many low-lying areas still inundated with water. Scientists are carefully monitoring the landscape to see how it evolves over time, and whether some changes are permanent. Read more...

Celebrating Halloween at Disneyland — from parties, a pumpkin festival and ride overlays, here’s what you need to know

The Points Guy / 12h
Disclaimer: The author attended a media event as a guest of Disneyland. She’ll return to Disneyland again later during the Halloween season as a regular paid guest with her family. Look for further updates from that trip. Last year’s extended theme park closures in the state of California meant that the Disneyland Resort was shuttered during the Halloween season. The holiday is thankfully back in

We're Counting Carbs All Wrong

23Lifehacker / 12h
For many of us, our approach to nutrition includes counting carbohydrates, whether it’s following a keto or low-carb diet or aiming for a specific proportion of macros each day. We also tend to sort foods into “good carbs” and “bad carbs” based on criteria like whether they’re quick-digesting carbs or whether they… Read more...

Texas law could force social media to host misinformation and hate speech

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Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge / US and Texas flags flying outside the Texas State Capitol building in Austin. (credit: Getty Images | PA Thompson) Texas Governor Greg Abbott yesterday signed a ban on social media "censorship" into law, imposing new restrictions on tech companies that are certain to spark a court battle similar to one happening in Florida. Industry groups slammed the newly enacted legislation as "uncon

Hydrasynth Explorer makes ASM's unique wavemorphing engine 'portable'

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Engadget / 12h
ASM's Hydrasynth made a splash when it was announced in September of 2019. The company was fresh face on the market, but it included luminaries of the electronic instrument world who worked on Akai's MPC line and Arturia's 'Brute line. So there was understandably some hype . And consensus is that it's lived up to it . Now the company is taking its unique wavemorphing engine, a keybed with polypho

A Rare, Flesh-Eating Infection Has Killed 8 People in Florida This Year

Gizmodo / 12h
A bacterial infection has killed at least eight people in Florida this year so far, health officials reported recently. Twenty people in the state overall have been sickened by the waterborne bacteria Vibrio vulnificus , a relative of cholera infamously known for sometimes causing a flesh-eating infection. Read more...

Extra Crunch roundup: China’s new data privacy law, fractional farming, debt vs. equity

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China’s first data privacy laws go into effect on November 1, 2021. Will your company be in compliance? Modeled after the EU’s GDPR, the new regulations “[introduce] perhaps the most stringent set of requirements and protections for data privacy in the world,” writes Scott W. Pink, special counsel in O’Melveny’s Data Security & Privacy practice. In a comprehensive overview, he explains its key re

Genetics Papers Retracted Over Human Experimentation Scandal

1KFuturism / 12h
Two genetics papers that had been published in prominent academic journals have been retracted in response to criticism that their subjects — persecuted Muslim Uyghurs from China — hadn’t fully consented to the process. The studies reveal a bleak trend in which members of Chinese law enforcement or public security officials are listed as coauthors on genetics research papers, suggesting that the

Virgin Galactic Dumped $500 Million in Stocks Before Bad News Dropped

500+Futurism / 12h
Pilots in control of the suborbital plane that took Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson high into the upper atmosphere earlier this summer had to make a split second decision. A beeping red light alerted them to a deviation of their planned trajectory, but they forged ahead at three times the sound of speed. As revealed in a New Yorker piece several weeks later, the flight did not go entirely

Incoming Kindle updates make navigation easier on some models

SlashGear / 12h
Amazon today announced a new pair of updates for a collection of recent Kindle devices. While these updates don’t come with any massive new features, they will come with some smaller ones that should hopefully make reading on a Kindle more intuitive. Unfortunately, it seems that only a subset of users will be getting these updates, as they’re limited to … Continue reading

Guide to Azamara Cruises’ Azamara Circle loyalty program

The Points Guy / 12h
Like most cruise lines, Azamara Cruises has a branded loyalty program, Azamara Circle, which allows frequent cruisers to maximize their travel investment by earning points for each night they sail with the brand. As passengers earn points, they move up the ranks of five loyalty tiers, earning additional perks and amenities — including onboard discounts, free cruise nights and access to exclusive

10 Parenting Mistakes We Should Learn From Before it's Too Late, According to Reddit

37Lifehacker / 12h
Almost nine years into this parenting thing, I’m convinced that fully half of the job is learning from—and forgiving yourself for—all the mistakes you will inevitably make. Recently a thread on Reddit posed the question: “Parents...what are mistakes that you feel that you made that others could learn from before it is… Read more...

Hurricane Larry Thinks It's a Blizzard

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Whom amongst us hasn’t dreamt of being something they’re not. Me, personally, I dream about quitting journalism to open a coffee roastery in a mountain town where I can sling joe in the morning and get a couple of laps in the afternoon. Maybe I’d even close the shop for an hour on mornings with fresh powder. Summers… Read more...

How to Make Windows Terminal Always Open With Command Prompt on Windows 11

How-To Geek / 12h
Windows Terminal is an amazing app in Windows 11 that allows you to access different types of command shells all in one place. It opens with PowerShell by default, but if you’d rather have new tabs open Command Prompt instead, it’s easy to change. Here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

WHO director blasts rich countries over failure to share vaccine doses

SlashGear / 12h
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus heavily criticized wealthy nations in a recent statement about the pandemic and other health matters impacting the world. Among other things, the director-general said that wealthier nations are failing to uphold their promises to share vaccine doses with the world’s poorest countries. According to the WHO director-genera

George Miller's Furiosa Prequel Is Now Arriving in Theaters Summer 2024

Gizmodo / 12h
George Miller is getting an extra year to make sure his follow up to Mad Max: Fury Road is every bit as good as that film . Warner Bros. just announced that it has moved Furiosa , the prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road , from summer 2023 to summer 2024. Anya Taylor-Joy stars as the title character, taking over for Charlize… Read more...

Quizlet plans for IPO over a year after hitting unicorn status

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Quizlet , a flashcard tool turned artificial intelligence-powered tutoring platform, is planning an initial public offering nearly a year after it was valued at $1 billion. According to people familiar with the matter, Quizlet is considerably far along in the process to go public. A recent job filing shows that it is hiring for senior roles to “help build the financial systems and processes as we

Advanced rider assistance systems: Tech spawned by the politics of micromobility

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The desire to achieve something as simple as keeping shared electric scooters off sidewalks has driven the development of some advanced technology in the micromobility industry. Once the province of geofencing, scooter companies are so eager to get a leg up on the competition that they’re now implementing technology similar to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) usually found in cars. Opera

Twitch sues two 'hate raiders' linked to automated harassment campaigns

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Engadget / 12h
For much of the last month and a half, Twitch has fought a losing battle against a phenomenon called “hate raids.” These attacks see malicious individuals use an army of bots to spam a streamer’s chat with hateful language, and almost always they target creators from marginalized communities. This week, Twitch filed a suit against some of those involved in the harassment campaigns. The legal acti

Fun Hack Turns Tiger Handhelds Into the Portable Emulator Every '90s Kid Actually Wanted

Gizmodo / 12h
Last year Hasbro revealed it was resurrecting Tiger Electronics’ handheld video games for those nostalgic for a gaming experience that was even more basic than the Game Boy. It scratched a nostalgic itch, but we would have preferred to see Hasbro upgrade the handhelds with more modern capabilities, like Mark Ghirardi … Read more...

Apple must allow in-app purchases and Epic Games owes millions

SlashGear / 12h
A ruling was reached today in an Epic Games vs Apple court case and legal battle that effectively started back in August of 2020. Apple is likely to appeal the part of the decision that’d otherwise allow additional permissions for iOS app developers. For now, the ruling is that app developers will not be prohibited from adding purchasing mechanisms in … Continue reading

The PlayStation Showcase was a feast for Marvel fans, but what about everyone else?

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
The PlayStation Showcase was a delight for some, but may have proved a disappointment for others.

Google Meet is doubling down on virtual backgrounds and visual effects

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Google is adding a new settings panel to Meet to provide easy access to background blur, background images and styles.