Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sunday Technology News and More

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Hubble zooms in on a dazzling star cluster that looks like a frozen fireworks show

1KMashable / 11h
Hubble's latest image share is a good one for fans of cosmic razzle-dazzle. You're seeing NGC 6717, a globular cluster that forms a piece of the constellation Sagittarius. But where it appears to you, a person on the ground staring up at the sky, as a pinprick of light amidst other pinpricks of light, to Hubble it's something much more magnificent. Not every point of light you see here is part of

Southwest further delays return of alcohol sales until 2022

1KThe Points Guy / 14h
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional information. At the start of the pandemic, airlines significantly scaled back their onboard food and beverage offerings. On some short flights, you might not have even received water. While some things look different, most airlines have since resumed many elements of their onboard service. However, Southwest has taken a more conservative a

After the T-Mobile breach, companies are preventing customers from securing their accounts

100+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 19h
We take a deep-dive into the aftermath of the T-Mobile breach.

Salesforce Will Help Employees Worried About Abortion Access Exit Texas

56Gizmodo / 1h
Salesforce made one of the biggest moves in the tech industry in light of a highly restrictive Texas abortion law on Friday. In a message to employees on Slack, the company said it would help them and their immediate families relocate if they are worried about access to reproductive healthcare in their state. Read more...

The best sexting apps for NSFW exchanges

Mashable / 2h
Even in a world where online dating has become the norm and it's now possible to skip the tiring process of scouring bars and events for other singles in order to get a date, sometimes it's just the thought of going on the date that's tiring. No matter what kind of encounter you plan, it will always require some sort of physical effort. We're going to put this simply: we all have sexual needs , a

Apple: Don’t Attach Your iPhone to Motorcycles, Mopeds, or Scooters if You Want the Camera to Last

200+Gizmodo / 4h
Apple has a message for iPhone users with high-power motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters: Don’t attach your phone to them you value your camera. Read more...

Miley Cyrus singing 'Nothing Else Matters' with Metallica is all chills

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89Mashable / 8h
Miley Cyrus can never seem to pass up an opportunity to rock out . And when she does, we all win. This time, the music superstar shared a stage with Metallica during a Howard Stern appearance, with Miley-tallica belting out a beautiful and chill-inducing rendition of the '90s rockers' hit slow jam, "Nothing Else Matters". The music speaks for itself. Miley's got the perfect voice and attitude for

Facebook sure looks like it's getting into the debt collection business

100+Mashable / 8h
Facebook wants to help you get paid. Or so the company claimed in recent days, announcing a new program which essentially turns the social media giant into a debt collector. For a small fee, of course. Dubbed Facebook Invoice Fast Track , the program works by buying up a company's outstanding invoices and quickly forking over the owed cash. When payment comes due, the customer with the outstandin

Virgin Galactic delays its first commercial research space flight to mid-October

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20Engadget / 9h
Virgin Galactic is dealing with yet more setbacks for its paid spaceflights. Reuters reports Virgin has delayed its first commercial research flight, Unity 23 , to no sooner than mid-October. The mission was originally scheduled for late September or early October, but a supplier warned of a possible "manufacturing defect" in the flight control actuation system, Virgin said. It's not certain if t

Batman: Wayne Family Adventures, DC's First Webtoon, Is a Delight

71Gizmodo / 9h
There’s not a lot that surprises me about Batman comics anymore, but I did not expect to see the formerly dead, tortured soul/antihero Jason Todd lunge after a cookie. It’s only one of the many delightful scenes in DC Comics’ first collaboration with the Korean digital comics platform Webtoon , Batman: Wayne Family … Read more...

4 credit cards that will help you manage your finances better

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The Points Guy / 9h
The pandemic has taken an unprecedented toll on our finances, changing our everyday spending habits significantly. Here at The Points Guy, we believe that it’s crucial to regularly take stock of what’s in your wallet by evaluating what cards to add, keep, downgrade or cancel . Want more credit card news and advice from TPG? Sign up for our daily newsletter . According to a recent survey by the Am

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Music, Arts & Literature / 9h
japaneseaesthetics : Chromolithograph of “Tiger From Life” from a painting by Kiuho Toyei (19th century, Japan)

How Credit Cards – And Rewards – Could Be Disrupted By “Buy Now, Pay Later” [Roundup]

View from the Wing / 9h
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 ...

Google One adds a middle-ground 5TB storage plan

74Engadget / 10h
Google One hasn't had great storage choices if you're a heavy-duty user — you've either had to 'settle' for 2TB at $10 per month or jump to 10TB at an eye-watering $50 per month. Thankfully, there's now an in-between option. 9to5Google noticed Google has quietly added a 5TB plan for $25 per month, or $250 per year. That's half what you'd pay for the 10TB tier, and certainly a better bargain if yo

Google screwed temp employees out of millions in pay, complaint alleges

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65Mashable / 10h
Google knew it had systematically underpaid thousands of its temp workers, on a mass scale and in violation of local laws, and sought to hide that fact. So alleges a June whistleblower complaint filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a report from the New York Times . That complaint, combined with internal emails obtained by the paper, show a company struggling to quietly

'Malignant' is a campy yet creepy cult classic in the making

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Mashable / 10h
Malignant is silly. To expand on that much further risks ruining the best parts of James Wan’s latest horror flick. So you’ll just have to take me at my word when I say: Objectively, Malignant is silly. That’s an asset or an annoyance depending on your expectations heading into a movie from the director behind Saw and The Conjuring, but also Aquaman and Furious 7. Because if you’re looking to be

allcatsconstitutethesamefamily : From Chatterbox , 1906. Here are collected the best lions I’ve encountered in my resea...

Music, Arts & Literature / 10h
allcatsconstitutethesamefamily : From Chatterbox , 1906. Here are collected the best lions I’ve encountered in my research to date. Wondering about this post? Wait for the dissertation (TBA). For now: Weblog ◆ Books ◆ Videos ◆ Music ◆ Etsy

This *very good* dog stole a cricket ball in the middle of a big match

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56Mashable / 11h
You don't need to understand cricket to appreciate the playful antics of a good dog who just wants to play ball. That exact scene unfolded on Saturday during a match-up between the Civil Service North of Ireland (CSNI) Cricket Club and the Bready Cricket Club. The two were facing off in the semi-finals round of the women's Clear Currency All-Ireland T20 Cup when... this magical moment occurred. T

Google gave user data to Hong Kong officials despite moratorium promise

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56Engadget / 11h
Google vowed that it would no longer directly respond to Hong Kong authorities' data requests after the Chinese government imposed a security law in June 2020, but it appears the company made a handful of exceptions. The Hong Kong Free Press reports Google provided "some data" for three out of 43 requests from Hong Kong authorities in the second half of 2020. One was for an emergency where life w

How to use iOS text message effects on your iPhone

42Mashable / 11h
Merely texting your friends without any effects is so boring in 2021. The time is now to figure out how to breathe some new life into your iMessage conversations. If you've got an iPhone, there are a handful of neat ways to add message effects to your texts in iMessage. The best part? Doing so is super easy. Folks who want to surround their texts with confetti, put them under a spotlight, or conc

Forget TPM chips for Windows 11, that’s not even the half of it

29TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Microsoft has created confusion about minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11, but there’s more to firmware security than TPMs.

Sonos Speakers Get More Expensive Than They Already Are

How-To Geek / 11h
Sonos is increasing prices for many of its speakers to cope with the global semiconductor shortage. Some speakers are going up by just $10 or $20, while products like the Arc soundbar face a $100 price hike. The price increases into effect on September 12th. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

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Music, Arts & Literature / 11h
quinnecl : wake up stupid

How to Limit Your Kid’s Screen Time on Android

How-To Geek / 11h
Screen time is something that a lot of parents worry about. Is a little screen time OK? How much is too much? Thankfully, if your child has an Android device, you can easily control how much screen time they get. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

How to redeem points with the IHG Rewards program

The Points Guy / 12h
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information. IHG Rewards is one of the world’s largest hotel loyalty programs, with over a dozen brands covering thousands of properties around the world. And while the program’s currency is one of the least valuable in TPG’s most recent valuations on a per-point basis , the points are surprisingly versatile and aren’t to be ignored. Even though

Fortnite Season 7 finale is tomorrow: Everything you need to know

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SlashGear / 12h
Tomorrow, September 12, will bring the big Fortnite Operation: Sky Fire event, marking the finale for the current Chapter 2 – Season 7 and ushering in the game’s Chapter 2 – Season 8. The company has released all of the details about the event, including when it will happen, how players should prepare, and whether you’ll be able to replay … Continue reading

15 X-Files Guest Stars Who Helped Make the Show a Classic

200+Gizmodo / 12h
Sure, we love Mulder and Scully —as well as Skinner and even that pesky Cigarette Smoking Man. And while a good portion of The X-Files ’ magic came from the interactions between its regular cast members, the sci-fi series’ prolific use of guest stars helped elevate its storytelling, particularly in its wonderful … Read more...

Two 9/11 Hijackers Almost Missed Their Flight. This Agent Deals With The Guilt Of Helping Them On

34View from the Wing / 12h
American Airlines Flight 77 from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles was one of four flights hijacked on September 11, 2001. The Boeing 757 was crashed into the Pentagon, killing 59 passengers and crew and 125 in the building as well. About half an hour into the flight five hijackers stormed the cockpit, sent passengers and crew to the rear of the aircraft, and took control of the aircraft. Impact w

How to create an IGTV series

Mashable / 12h
If you thought you'd never be able to make your own TV series, think again. Well, it's IG TV. Which is kinda like TV, except it's on Instagram, which, if you think about it, is basically tiny TV. Forget writing out a whole pilot and pitching it into the digital void hoping that by some semblance of a miracle it gets noticed by somebody important and they actually like it enough for a TV network t

Why Category 5 is the new sweet spot in the Marriott Bonvoy award chart

21The Points Guy / 12h
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information. Since Marriott launched its rebranded Bonvoy loyalty program , there have been a lot of changes. We saw limited-time award sales, when top-tier properties were bookable for only 60,000 points per night . Then Marriott introduced peak and off-peak pricing and some aggressive hotel category changes . By this point, we’ve settled into t

How to DM on Twitter

How-To Geek / 12h
On Twitter, you can DM (Direct Message) someone to communicate with them privately. Twitter allows sending and receiving DMs on both its website and mobile apps, and we’ll show you how to do that. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

A Leak Shows New Symfonisk Lamp from IKEA and Sonos with Changeable Lampshade

How-To Geek / 12h
If you’re a fan of the Symfonisk table lamp speaker, made in collaboration with Sonos and IKEA, we’ve got (potentially) good news: A new leak has revealed a second-generation version and it features a removable lampshade you can swap out for another fashionable alternative. Read This Article on Review Geek ›