Saturday, October 02, 2021

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Domesticated cats hunt for primal reasons, not because they’re hungry

9KSlashGear / 1d
It’s no secret that domesticated cats kill a vast quantity of wildlife when allowed outdoors, including everything from insects and rodents to birds. Cat owners are also aware that their pets tend to leave their kills behind rather than eating them, and there’s a good reason for that: they get most of their food from humans and seemingly prefer it … Continue reading

Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow lawsuit has been resolved

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500+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 22h
Scarlett Johansson has settled her Black Widow lawsuit with Disney after a two month stand-off.

Netflix's 'The Guilty' is a horribly stressful thriller with Jake Gyllenhaal at his absolute best

1KMashable / 21h
Anyone who's seen Prisoners will know that Jake Gyllenhaal is no stranger to the role of troubled detective. Or that of complex characters (see Stronger and Nocturnal Animals ). Or committing so hard to a role that you can see the physical evidence of it on screen ( Everest , Southpaw , Nightcrawler , the list goes on). With the camera focused on him for almost the full 90 minutes in The Guilty ,

United Airlines Will Let iPhone Users Show Proof of Vaccination in the Apple Health App

Gizmodo / 3h
Flying during pandemic times just got a bit more convenient for iPhone users traveling on United Airlines. Read more...

Popular K-pop girl group Twice performs 'The Feels' on Fallon to woo the West

42Mashable / 3h
Popular K-pop girl group Twice joined Jimmy Fallon on Friday for the debut performance of their highly anticipated English single "The Feels," giving fans the very first look at the bubbly song's full choreography. Though Twice has previously covered songs such as The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" in English, "The Feels" is the nine-member group's first original song in the language, and marks th

Make security a priority and save 72% on a subscription NordVPN

Mashable / 3h
SAVE 72%: A two-year subscription to NordVPN is on sale for £2.44 per month as of Oct. 2, and includes an extra three months for free. Before you make any sort of decision when shopping around for VPNs, you should consider your top priorities. If you demand power, NordVPN should be something to seriously consider. NordVPN offers access to over 5,500 servers located all around the world, with powe

Kickstart a career in software engineering with this online course bundle

Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: The 2021 Google Software Engineering Manager Prep Bundle is on sale for £29.63 as of Oct. 2, saving you 98% on list price. Aspiring to be a software engineer is admirable. Aspiring to be a software engineer at Google is extraordinarily ambitious — but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to achieve. Just like any other dream job, the only way to get there is by simply taking the first step. A

How to unblock and watch American Netflix from the UK

Mashable / 3h
SAVE 49%: A one-year subscription to ExpressVPN is on sale for £5.02 per month as of Oct. 2, and includes an extra three months and unlimited cloud backup for free. There is a whole lot of content locked away on the American version of Netflix, and subscribers in the UK can't access it without a VPN. Services like ExpressVPN can bypass content restrictions to provide access to all the movies and

Watch out - that Android security update may be malware

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
The FluBot malware is now being spread through fake security updates warning users their devices are infected with FluBot.

Meet the world’s first sub-$100 1TB portable SSD: here's what it means to you

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Japanese vendor makes history with first external sub-$100 SSD.

How to be a growth marketing anti-agency

TechCrunch / 5h
“As a nerdy kid I loved tech and was fascinated by how business works,” says Cam Sinclair, founder of Australian growth marketing firm Ammo. “I always knew I wanted to find some way to help founders and innovators get their great ideas out into the world. After working in political campaigns, I realized that many of the skill sets overlapped with what startups need: moving fast, being lean, commu

Office 2021 release date and features revealed - here's all you need to know

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Office 2021 is releasing alongside Windows 11 and will include several features previously only available in Microsoft 365.

Biden Administration Plans to Convene 30 Countries to Discuss Solutions to Ransomware Threat

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Gizmodo / 6h
The Biden administration plans to meet with officials from dozens of countries later this month in an effort to better coordinate a crackdown on cybercriminal gangs—particularly ransomware. Read more...

Deku Goes Spider-Man in My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission's Trailer

Gizmodo / 7h
With five (soon to be six!) seasons and two movies under its belt , it’s hard to think of what new things My Hero Academia’s anime can do as it continues adapting Kohei Horikoshi’s superheroic shonen manga . The upcoming third movie, World Heroes’ Mission, answers that question easily: plant the Japanese heroes we’ve… Read more...

Biden Administration: All Airline Employees Must Be Vaccinated, No Testing Alternative

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35View from the Wing / 7h
Several airlines have notified employees that the federal government will require to be vaccinated with no alternative for regular tests instead . That's because the Biden administration has decided to treat airlines as federal contractors, and subject to their order that government contractors must have 100% vaccination among employees, rather than companies with 200+ employees under a pending O

Chamath Palihapitiya speaks to SPAC concerns, from fees to disclosures to quality

TechCrunch / 7h
It was almost exactly two years ago that a special purpose acquisition vehicle (SPAC) spearheaded by investor Chamath Palihapitiya took public the space tourism company Virgin Galactic. It was the first human spaceflight company to trade on the NYSE — or any exchange, for that matter — and it was so successful, with the company’s shares trading higher and higher for so many months afterward, that

7 takeaways from Rivian’s IPO filing

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32TechCrunch / 8h
Rivian , the electric automaker backed by Amazon, Ford and a cornucopia of heavy-hitting institutional investors like T. Rowe Price Associates and Coatue, finally made its once-confidential IPO filing public . The company, which started in 2009 as Mainstream Motors before adopting the Rivian name two years later, has exploded in terms of people, backers and partners in the past few years. Rivian

Microsoft Store for Xbox is adding accessibility feature tags for games

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SlashGear / 8h
The latest Xbox Accessibility Showcase has revealed a major change coming to the Microsoft Store for Xbox. According to the company, Xbox gamers will be able to easily find the accessibility features offered by games directly in the Microsoft Store for Xbox. The details are provided in what Xbox calls game accessibility feature tags, which are rolling out to some … Continue reading

When Your Seat Lacks A Screen, Make Your Own Entertainment [Roundup]

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 ...

Deadpool, Missing Chairs, and Skeletor's Staff Highlight the Week in Toys

Gizmodo / 8h
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of all things good and plastic in the world of merchandise. This week: Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool gets inducted into the world of S.H. Figuarts, we’re very perturbed about the lack of a chair in an action figure, and things get downright martial with replica staves and … Read more...

FCC unveils its methods to stop SIM swapping scams and robocalls

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
The FCC is changing rules for mobile carriers to stop SIM swapping and using the STIR/SHAKEN protocol against robocalls.

Get the Brain Boost You Need With an Advanced Acetylcholine Supplement

Futurism / 8h
Even if you’ve never heard of acetylcholine before, you’ve still got it on your mind … literally. That’s because it’s a neurotransmitter that your brain needs to perform vital functions and mental processing. And if you’ve been feeling at all hazy or in need of a brain boost lately, an acetylcholine supplement like Natural Stacks’s Acetylcholine Brain Food might be just the thing. Research on the

​​Crypto CEO threatens customers after mistakenly sending them millions

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78Mashable / 8h
Imagine waking up one morning and finding an unexpected $20 million in your bank account. It would be pretty sweet for a moment, until you realize that money isn't legally yours and the bank will soon correct the mistake. But...what if the bank couldn't do that? Well, that hypothetical scenario became real for a few lucky users of the decentralized finance (DeFi) staking protocol Compound, which

How JBL built the PRX ONE for professional audiophiles

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Looking to add a little something extra to your next concert or show? JBL has you covered with the PRX ONE Column PA. Sleek and stylish, it's the perfect solution for professionals looking for best-in-class power, performance, connectivity, and control.

Classic Sci-Fi Anime Dirty Pair Is Coming to Blu-ray, With Your Help

98Gizmodo / 9h
Although it’s been released in the U.S. before, and has been on and off multiple streaming platforms, Sunrise ’s goofy, delightful action adventure anime adaptation Dirty Pair has never been made available with an English dub. But with the help of fans to overcome the licensing restrictions, that might be about to… Read more...

YouTube TV will keep offering NBC channels…for now

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SlashGear / 9h
YouTube TV and NBCUniversal recently went public with their dispute over a new agreement that will allow the streaming television service to continue offering NBC channels. While NBCU called on YouTube TV subscribers to message the company about the matter and potentially switch to a different service provider, YouTube went in a different direction: it promised to lower its monthly … Continue rea

Rivian, an Electric Vehicle Start-Up, Reveals Large Losses in its I.P.O. Filing

40NYT > Technology / 9h
The company, which is backed by Amazon and Ford, is seeking to sell shares in one of the biggest initial public offerings of the year.

Facebook Struggles to Quell Uproar Over Instagram’s Effect on Teens

83NYT > Technology / 9h
The social network has been all hands on deck as it grapples with revelations that it knew the harmful effects its Instagram photo-sharing app was having on teenagers.

Venom 2 film review: Let there be (mostly) boredom

Ars Technica / 9h
Kasady/Carnage vs. Brock/Venom: a comic book matchup for the ages... or so we'd hoped, up until we actually saw the film. [credit: Sony ] My favorite parts of underwhelming films come when on-screen characters say the insulting things we, the audience, are all thinking. Out of all the modern comic book-iverse characters to hand these honors to, none relishes this duty better than Venom in his lat

COVID-19 vaccines will be added to immunization list required for CA students

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Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge / California Gov. Gavin Newsom talks with 7th grade students at James Denman Middle School on October 01, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (credit: Getty | Justin Sullivan ) California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that the state will add COVID-19 vaccines to the list of immunizations students are required to get to attend in-person public and private schools. California is

Strike looms over labor conditions on TV and film productions by big streaming services

26TechCrunch / 9h
A dispute over working conditions at “new media” properties like Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV and others may shut down productions across the country if a strike vote by the union succeeds. Thousands of workers on and off set claim they are not receiving appropriate wages, breaks, safety measures and other needs due to a contractual loophole exempting these companies from established film and TV pr

A Mars secret solved, a colossal comet, and mind fractals all in this week's science news

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
This week's science news saw some space mysteries finally solved, as well as some new insights into the human mind, new hidden planets, and the largest comet ever seen.

Daily Crunch: Nigerian president offers to lift 4-month Twitter ban under certain conditions

TechCrunch / 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 . Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for October 1, 2021! What a week, y’all. With the third quarter of 2021 now behind us, it’s time to gird ourselves for earnings season, new VC data drops and what we hope — pray? — is one more IPO cycle before the year ends. And wi

Rivian’s IPO filing is now public

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86TechCrunch / 9h
Electric vehicle startup Rivian, which started deliveries of its R1T pickup truck in September, released its filing to become a publicly traded company in the United States. The S-1 document, which was filed Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, does not include terms for its offering. The company filed confidentially for its IPO in late August, just two months after it had clo

Lego Star Wars Terrifying Tales' Best Short Is More Sad Than Spooky

20Gizmodo / 10h
Like last year’s holiday special before it , Lucasfilm and Lego’s latest special shifts outside of canon to riff on the reason for the season, dipping into a trio of spooky stories revolving around dark side artifacts. Also like the special before it, it’s at its best when it ignores its non-canonicity to really take a… Read more...

X-rays reveal censored portions of Marie Antoinette’s letters to Swedish count

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39Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge / 1775 portrait of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, by Jean-Baptiste-AndrĂ© Gautier-Dagoty. X-ray analysis of letters between the queen and a Swedish count revealed words that had been blacked out, rendering them illegible—until now. (credit: Public domain) Most people associate Marie Antoinette with the affair of the diamond necklace , " Let them eat cake !" and the onset of the French

Honestly, I don't love this new iMessage feature in iOS 15

41Mashable / 10h
A new version of iOS always takes some getting used to. But must I get used to this ? Those of you who have downloaded iOS 15 might have noticed a new functionality in iMessage. When someone sends a photo, video, or group of photos, a download icon appears in the chat stream right beside the media. The icon is a little square with a downward arrow going through it. Click the button, and you'll sa

NASA reveals the four people who will live and work in its Mars habitat

500+SlashGear / 10h
This past summer, NASA announced that it was seeking applications from professionals who had certain qualifications and who were interested in spending more than a month in a simulated Mars habitat. Fast-forward to today, October 1, and the space agency is back with the names of the four people who will spend 45 days living and working in HERA, the … Continue reading

President of El Salvador Announces Volcano-Powered Crypto Mining Operation Has Generated $269 in Bitcoin

37Gizmodo / 10h
Weeks ago, El Salvador became the first country in the world to declare Bitcoin a form of legal tender, spending $225 million and increasing its government stockpile to 550 Bitcoins as part of a rollout designed to cement the country as a world leader in cryptocurrency. On Friday, president and right-wing populist… Read more...

US will bring together 30 countries to tackle ransomware

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Engadget / 10h
The Biden administration plans to bring together 30 countries later this month to discuss the threat ransomware attacks pose to global economic and national security. Per CNN , the virtual meeting is part of what the president says will become an ongoing multilateral initiative to tackle the cybersecurity problem. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told the network the goal of the meeting is

Google Just Killed Its Banking Service Before It Even Launched

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Gizmodo / 10h
Google has a reputation for killing its products and this time the company has shut down a service that hasn’t even gotten off the ground yet. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google has abandoned its plan to let you open and manage a bank account through Google Pay. Read more...

14 totally fly '90s shows and movies on Disney+

Mashable / 10h
If you were born in the last five years, you might think Disney means Marvel or Star Wars. You also shouldn’t be reading this list because you are five and probably getting jelly all over your mom’s tablet. Also, go outside! The world is beautiful and yours to explore! Everyone older than five, stay where you are, because the world is a fire pit and we’re just riding out the ashes. But that doesn

The Feds Wants Stablecoin Companies to Register as Banks: Report

Gizmodo / 10h
As the Biden administration wrestles with plans to wrangle the notoriously under-regulated world of cryptocurrency, some officials are apparently taking cues from the tightly-controlled world of banks. That’s according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal claiming that some members of the administration are… Read more...

Buying American miles for up to 35% off: Is it worth considering?

200+The Points Guy / 10h
Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with the latest promotion. American Airlines frequently offers bonuses and discounts when purchasing AAdvantage miles, giving you a chance to top up on miles for amazing redemptions like tickets in Etihad and Cathay Pacific first-class seats. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the carrier is back with another one of these promotions

Elizabeth Holmes Trial: Key Moments From Week 4

24NYT > Technology / 10h
A Theranos lab director emerged as key prosecution witness during testimony focused on problems with the company’s blood tests.

A New Halloween Kills Featurette and More From BlumFest 2021

Gizmodo / 10h
The return of Michael Myers is just a few weeks away, and one of the studios behind Halloween Kills would like you to be as hyped as possible for that release—along with all its other horror projects that are currently coming down the pipeline. The fact that it’s officially the spookiest month of the year didn’t hurt… Read more...

This Dog Flew Singapore Airlines Business Class On Its Birthday

53View from the Wing / 10h
A dog flew Singapore Airlines business class from Sydney to Europe via Singapore. The ex-racing greyhound Lewis “is a graduate of Melbourne-based Greyt Greys Rescue” and his owner moved to Italy. She got permission from the Australian government to leave. And since so few others do, her Singapore Airlines flights were almost empty. Continue reading ...

Neuralink Co-Founder Predicts That Humanity Will Get “Wrecked”

1KFuturism / 10h
Departed Neuralink co-founder Max Hodak has a grim take on the fate of humanity: the robot uprising is inevitable, and they will leave humans in the dust. Key to his argument, which is admittedly a little hard to follow, is that AI will likely not adhere to humanity’s preconceptions about political and economic models for society. “Humans are objectively bad with socialism (and on the contrary, c

Former Jeff Bezos Space Employee: “I Really Wished He Was the Person We All Thought He Was”

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1KFuturism / 10h
Just Disappointed Alexandra Abrams, the former Head of Employee Communications at Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight company, Blue Origin, says she’s disappointed in Bezos for allowing a toxic culture to take hold at the company. We previously covered a Lioness open letter written by Abrams and a cohort of other current and former Blue Origin employees in which they say the company’s senior leadership foste

How to Avoid Accidentally Sending Emails in Gmail on Android

How-To Geek / 10h
One way to avoid accidentally sending emails in Gmail is to get Gmail to show a final confirmation box before your email is sent. Luckily, Gmail’s Android app offers this option, and we’ll show you how to use it. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Hackers Can Turn AirTags Into Phishing Machines with This Simple Exploit

How-To Geek / 10h
Apple’s latest security issues are both devastating and laughable. Last week, we learned that the company patched a macOS exploit in the laziest way possible, and now, the company is facing backlash for an amateurish AirTags vulnerability that it’s known about for months and never bothered to fix. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Do the Most ‘You’ Thing When You Travel (Instead of the Most ‘Touristy’ Thing)

Lifehacker / 10h
Every destination has its must-see sights. Some are so iconic you know them immediately: the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty. Others are heartily recommended by friends: You have to try this restaurant. But I find the best way to enjoy a place is to flip the logic around. Instead of the most destination-y thing to… Read more...

A colossal comet once mistaken for a dwarf planet is headed to our solar system

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
The largest comet ever discovered is currently making its way back through the solar system, with its closest approach expected in 2031.

Konami reportedly plotting new Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania games

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SlashGear / 11h
It’s been a while since Konami released new games in many of its major franchises, but today, a new report tells us it plans to do just that. That report claims Konami has multiple games spanning a number of its large series in the works. Assuming that report pans out, then this could be a massive comeback from Konami. Today’s … Continue reading

A Dead Whale Found Off New York's Shore Had Human-Caused Injuries, Experts Say

Gizmodo / 11h
The recent death of a humpback whale that ended up on the shores of Staten Island, New York this month may have involved humans. Conservation experts who examined the whale say they found evidence of at least two human-caused injuries, including metal stuck in its guts. A final determination of the cause of death has… Read more...

Disney+ Will Rule Us All

37Gizmodo / 11h
If you’ve had a cable subscription at any point in the last 80 years or so, you likely know that when people talk about about the “Big Three” networks, they’re referring to ABC, CBS, and NBC—the three major commercial broadcast television networks that dominated programming in the U.S. for decades. Now, according to… Read more...

Google says the most searched-for term on Bing is....Google

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Google is using the popularity of its search engine on Bing to try and get its $5bn EU antitrust fine overturned.

Things That Aren’t Hanging on Hooks in Your Garage, But Should Be

Lifehacker / 11h
If your garage or shed sports a jumble of athletic equipment, tools, and hoses, you can keep your outdoor equipment and gardening tools organized (and easy to access) by using hooks to hang them up. Next time you’re looking for your garden trowel or that one attachment to your hose, you’ll know right where to look… Read more...

Earn more Marriott Bonvoy points with 3 limited-time Eat Around Town promotions

59The Points Guy / 11h
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information. If you’re going to dine out or order food online, you might as well earn lots of points and miles. Using one of the best credit cards for dining is a good start, along with joining restaurant loyalty programs . But, you can earn even more points by signing up for a dining rewards program like Marriott’s Eat Around Town. This program

Samsung starts removing ads from its One UI Android Apps

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62Engadget / 11h
As promised earlier in the year, Samsung is removing ads from its first-party mobile apps. As of today, you won’t see the company advertise things to you in Samsung Pay, Weather, Theme and Health. Reports of the change first started to filter out on Samsung’s Community Forum in South Korea, with 9to5Google and TizenHelp later spotting the posts. Engadget saw the change go through when we updated

Crypto Company Accidentally Gives Users $90 Million, Politely Asks for It Back

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49Gizmodo / 11h
If someone accidentally deposited millions of dollars into your bank account, what are the chances you would return it? What if the person that sent it to you asked really nicely? Read more...

Here’s all 10 companies from IndieBio’s latest New York cohort

20TechCrunch / 11h
Most big accelerators tend to dedicate some of their resources to dauntingly hard science problems and the companies taking them on… but for SOSV’s IndieBio , it’s the primary focus. Last time we checked in with IndieBio , their companies were working on everything from lozenges to treat gum disease, to vertical farms for the sustainable production of shrimp, to saving the bees. While IndieBio’s

New Fissure Opens Up as La Palma Eruption Intensifies

38Gizmodo / 11h
The Canary Islands’ Cumbre Vieja volcano has a new lava feature. The volcano that’s been erupting for nearly two weeks saw a fissure open on its flanks on Friday. Read more...

Brain scans reveal how artificial sweeteners sabotage your diet

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SlashGear / 11h
If you’re on a diet and looking to lose weight but want some sweetness with your lemon water, think twice before using the nearest packets of artificial sweeteners. That’s according to a new study from the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, where brain scans revealed that these sweeteners may increase your food cravings. Artificial sweeteners is the … Continue reading

Watch the cast of 'On My Block' hilariously remix the show's plot – Mash Libs

Mashable / 11h
The ensemble cast of On My Block cooks up an alternative plot for Season Four of their Netflix show.

Viral TikTok air fryer popcorn hack technically works but has one glaring problem

Mashable / 11h
Welcome to AirFryDay, where — you guessed it —every Friday Mashable covers the latest trends, dispenses advice, and reviews recipes for your air fryer . Here's a sentence someone who works on the internet never expects to write: I should've read the comments first. But damn, it would've saved me a fair bit of time, a lot of cleaning, and an acrid smell overtaking my apartment if only I'd read the

The Major Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Anniversaries of Fall 2021

Gizmodo / 11h
All year we’ve been tracking which big sci-fi, fantasy, and horror films are celebrating milestone anniversaries over the course of 2021 and now we’ve come to the end of our journey. In the winter , it was movies like Highlander and Attack the Block . During the spring , it was Willy Wonka and Raiders of the Lost Ark . … Read more...

The first win: Getting early customers to take a chance with you

20TechCrunch / 11h
New companies face innumerable challenges around fine-tuning their product and constructing the appropriate revenue model. You may be looking ahead to raising some funds and trying to juggle the administrative aspects of running a business, but before all that, the purpose of your company is to sell your solution and generate revenue. But to do that requires customers, so how do you get someone t

Reykjavik EDITION Hotel Opening October 2021

200+One Mile at a Time / 11h
It’s finally happening — a hotel that I’ve been monitoring for years will finally be opening its doors shortly, and has started accepting reservations. Reykjavik EDITION accepting reservations The Reykjavik EDITION has just started accepting reservations for stays as of October 12, 2021, which is just over a week away — talk about a short notice opening! For those of you not familiar with EDITION

Google shuts down Plex banking service after less than a year

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40Engadget / 11h
The Google graveyard is getting more crowded. After announcing the Plex mobile-first bank accounts in November last year with Citibank and a few other financial institutions, Google is pulling back from the product. According to the Wall Street Journal , the company is "abandoning plans to pitch bank accounts to its users." A Google spokesperson told Engadget that it's "updating our approach to f

Here are Discover’s Q4 cash-back rotating categories

The Points Guy / 11h
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information. This page includes information about the Discover cards that is not currently available on The Points Guy and may be out of date. There is a lot to love about rotating category credit cards. When you maximize the categories offered each quarter, you can rake in an impressive amount of cash back each year — and oftentimes, the categor

Biden sued by Air Force officers who compare vaccine rule to death sentence

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100+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / President Joe Biden receiving a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the White House September 27, 2021. (credit: Getty Images | Anna Moneymaker ) President Biden's vaccine mandate is being challenged in a lawsuit filed by four active-duty US Air Force officers, a Secret Service agent, a Border Patrol agent, and four other federal employees or contractors. The lawsuit c

California DMV gives Cruise and Waymo OK to charge for rides

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Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / A Cruise robotaxi test vehicle in San Francisco. (credit: Cruise) The autonomous vehicle developers Cruise and Waymo both got a little closer to running true driverless robotaxi services in and around San Francisco. In May, both Waymo and Cruise applied to the California Department of Motor Vehicles for deployment permits (as opposed to the testing permits that have allowed non-commerci

Melting Arctic Could Release Nuclear Waste and Deadly Pathogens, Scientists Say

Futurism / 11h
Sealed Away As Arctic ice melts away, it will likely raise the sea level and contribute to the devastation of ecosystems around the world. But it can also release chemical and biological hazards that had been safely sealed away. Those hazards can include ancient or undiscovered viruses and bacteria, toxic chemicals, and even nuclear waste, according to research published in the journal Nature Cli

This Amazing Blanket Lets You Say Goodbye to Bug Repellent Once and for All

Futurism / 11h
Depending on where you live, one of the worst things about hanging out on the patio at dusk is getting eaten alive by mosquitos or other insects. Of course, you could use insect repellent to ward off pesky insects, but it probably wouldn’t help your cause. That’s because a new study in the Journal of Insect Science has found, “many of the products … tested that were marketed as repellents do not

How to Use Speaker Notes in Google Slides

How-To Geek / 11h
Speaker notes are helpful for talking points as you present a slideshow. In Google Slides, you can add notes to each slide, edit or remove them as needed, and of course, display them during the presentation. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

The Fastest Way to Start Recording Video on Your Smartphone

31Lifehacker / 11h
You never know when you’re going to need to record something on your phone. Maybe there’s a rat in the subway bringing its slice home for dinner ; maybe a pedestrian on a call is about to spill the beans on someone’s living situation . Whatever the case, if there’s a viral moment unfolding in front of you, there’s no… Read more...

Kodiak the Giant Eagle Still Loose in Pittsburgh After a Near-Capture

100+Gizmodo / 12h
Kodiak the sea eagle has been on the loose in Pittsburgh for nearly a full week, as staff from the National Aviary struggle to capture the wayward bird. The zoo told Gizmodo that Kody, as he’s nicknamed, was nearly caught this morning and appears to be in good health. Read more...

Capital One is losing its only US airline transfer partner

The Points Guy / 12h
Capital One made waves when it first added airline transfer partners in 2018. Not long after, it expanded its roster to include hotel partners and improved many of its transfer ratios . Unfortunately, it’ll soon lose a major airline partner. Today, Capital One has announced that it will be dropping JetBlue TrueBlue as a transfer partner effective Oct. 25, 2021. The news was first revealed in an e

Intel Core i9-12900K scores high marks with overclocked DDR5 memory

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
A new Intel Core i9-12900K leak shows it running with overclocked DDR5 memory and reaching serious speeds.

iOS 15's Annoying Apple Watch Unlock Bug Is Fixed

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Gizmodo / 12h
One of the handiest features Apple introduced during the pandemic was unlocking your phone with the Apple Watch . However, soon after the iOS 15 public release, it became clear “Unlock with Apple Watch” wasn’t working for some iPhone 13 owners . Good news: Apple’s patched the bug in its latest update. Read more...

Steam Next Fest returns: 4 demos we’re checking out this weekend

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SlashGear / 12h
As promised, Steam Next Fest has returned. The fall 2021 edition of Steam Next Fest is live now, and as with previous Steam Next Fests, the idea here is to give upcoming indie games a chance to get noticed by the PC gaming masses. Steam Next Fest accomplishes this by offering hundreds of demos for players to download and check … Continue reading

BMW’s iX SUV sets the automaker on the correct EV path

28Engadget / 12h
You have to look past the grille of the iX. Just accept it for what it is or ignore it all together because that polarizing piece of design that actually doesn’t feed a radiator like it does the gas-powered X5. Instead it has a few sensors and it’s really a design feature. But look past it because behind it is BMW’s fifth-generation EV system, which is actually great. While the inside of the iX c

TechCrunch+ roundup: Alternative financing, Web3 adoption, India’s hot Q3 fundraising

TechCrunch / 12h
Web3 is still taking shape, so it is hard to define. At TechCrunch Disrupt, Houseparty founder Ben Rubin emphasized decentralization as Web3’s central feature . In today’s Web 2.0, individuals give money and personal data to network operators in exchange for access to information. “In Web3 there is a possibility — not saying that it’s going to actually 100% gonna happen — but there is a possibili

Why Credit Score Apps Aren't Great (and What to Use Instead)

Lifehacker / 12h
Credit score apps are a popular way to track credit scores—but they actually aren’t that great. According to recent Consumer Reports analysis , these apps use scores that differ from the ones lenders actually use, they scrape an unnecessary amount of personal information, and they upsell you on credit-monitoring… Read more...

Apple and United team up for instant vaccine verification on your iPhone

200+The Points Guy / 12h
United Airlines is making it easier to submit proof of vaccination before your flight. The Chicago-based carrier is partnering with Apple to enable a direct connection between the airline’s mobile app and your iPhone’s built-in Health app. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, subscribe to our daily newsletter . If you have a COVID-19 vaccine certificate stored in the Health app

Surprise! Venom is the superhero who defines this pandemic moment

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33Mashable / 12h
Sometimes you look at a snarling extraterrestrial symbiote — with his razor-sharp smile and lasciviously long tongue — and you just feel seen. Remarkably, I saw a bit of myself, and all of us struggling to thrive in this murky pandemic moment, when I saw Venom: Let There Be Carnage . Surprisingly, this superhero action-romp is centered on an alien vigilante who reflects the mania, madness, and ca

My Roundabout Routing From Jacksonville To Tampa

39One Mile at a Time / 12h
Back in the day I’d take some pretty circuitous itineraries in order to earn more miles. Yesterday I took a very indirect routing because, well, it seemed like the best way to get between two places. Why I flew from Jacksonville to Tampa via Charlotte I was in the Jacksonville area yesterday without a car, and needed to get to Tampa. The two cities are about 180 miles apart, but there are no dire

Vaccinating Kids, Advances in Treatments, and More News

Wired / 12h
Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

Cannabis users at drastically higher risk of psychosis and schizophrenia

SlashGear / 12h
A new study that analyzed general practice records has found that cannabis users may be at a higher risk of developing common mental illnesses, namely anxiety and depression. As well, the study found that cannabis users are also at a much greater risk than non-cannabis users when it comes to severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia and psychosis. Cannabis is now … Continue reading

Firefox on Android is getting a super-useful time saver update

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Mozilla has updated Firefox on Android with the ability to autofill passwords saved to its browser's password manager.

Guardians of the Galaxy Arrives at Epcot in 2022 With an Immersive Backwards Roller Coaster

30Gizmodo / 12h
All the way back at D23 2019 , Disney showed off concept art for a roller coaster themed around the Guardians of the Galaxy , with the goal of it being available to the public at Epcot this year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort. (That... didn’t happen .) But now, it’s time for… Read more...

Update Your iPhone 13 to Fix Unlock with Apple Watch

How-To Geek / 12h
Apple has just released iOS 15.0.1, and it fixes the issue some iPhone 13 owners were having where they couldn’t unlock their devices using an Apple Watch while wearing a mask. If you are suffering from that problem, it’s time to update your phone. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Alex Jones Loses Sandy Hook Defamation Suits With Rare 'Death Penalty Sanction' [Updated]

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Gizmodo / 12h
Alex Jones, the bloviating founder of conspiracy website InfoWars, has lost three defamation lawsuits over his hoax claims about the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school mass shooting—having bungled the case so hard the judge ruled he must pay up by default. Read more...

Margaret Qualley on working with her real mom on Netflix’s hard-hitting series ’Maid’

Mashable / 12h
The actor, her mother, Andie MacDowell, and series creator Molly Smith Metzler talk about adapting Stephanie Land's memoir into a 10-part series that explores poverty, abuse, and generational trauma.

Company Claims Pill Cuts Risk of Dying of COVID-19 in Half

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100+Futurism / 12h
Pharmaceutical company Merck claims its new COVID-19 pill, called molnupiravir, can reduce the risk of hospitalization and even death from the coronavirus by half, according to newly announced Phase III clinical trial results. The company is now applying for Emergency Use Authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration. It’s a promising development for new treatments against severe cases o

Blue Origin Employees Say They Don’t Think Its Rocket Is Safe, Wouldn’t Ride In It

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200+Futurism / 12h
Hard Pass A small cohort of current and former employees of Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’s spaceflight company, recently penned an article questioning the company’s commitment to safety. We wrote yesterday about the employees’ claims that Blue Origin harbors a shockingly sexist work culture. Another alarming takeaway from the letter , though, comes from a completely different direction, claiming that

How to Lock Your Windows 11 PC

How-To Geek / 12h
Whenever you leave your Windows 11 PC, it’s a good habit to keep it locked (with a special Windows software feature) so that others can’t use it. Here are several ways to keep your PC secure by locking it up. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Microsoft Office 2021 Subscription-Free Pricing Revealed

33How-To Geek / 12h
As Microsoft gears up for the release of Windows 11, the company announced a new version of Microsoft Office 2021. This software suite includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and more, and it’ll be available on October 5th, along with Windows 11. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

You Can (and Should) Learn Almost Anything for Free

How-To Geek / 12h
Education can be expensive, with a course at a community college costing $338 on average and tutoring for those learning an instrument or language potentially adding up to thousands. However, it is possible to learn almost anything for free these days. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How to Force Restart or Use ‘Recovery Mode’ on Your iPhone 13

21Lifehacker / 12h
Now that you’ve got yourself a brand new iPhone 13, it’s time to learn a few basics. We all know that even the latest and greatest hardware doesn’t always work perfectly, so it’s good to know not only how to turn it on and shut it down, but also how to force restart it, how to enter and exit recovery mode, and even… Read more...

Everything you need to know about visiting Walt Disney World Resort

100+The Points Guy / 12h
Editor’s note: This is a guide that is updated over time as information changes and evolves. There’s been a ton of change at Disney World since it reopened in July 2020. Even if you used to be the ultimate Disney pro, the resort has changed dramatically every few months in the last year and a half so it might be time for a refresher course — or an ultimate guide to visiting Disney World, as the c

After years of futility, NASA turns to private sector for spacesuit help

300+Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge / NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine high-fives Kristine Davis, a spacesuit engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, wearing a ground prototype of NASA’s new Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) in 2019. (credit: NASA) T