Friday, October 01, 2021

Friday Technology News and More


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

2KSlashGear / 7h
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

iPhone 13 Pro Max can charge faster than Apple says it can

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The iPhone 13 Pro Max can hit charging speeds of 27W, if you're using a compatible charger.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel will launch March 1, 2022 — here’s everything we know

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3KThe Points Guy / 16h
Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. If you’re a Star Wars fan like we are, you’re likely waiting with bated breath for more details about the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel. As part of a press event leading up to Disney World’s 50th-anniversary celebration, Disney has released the answer to the number one question on everyone’s mind: the launch

Waymo and Cruise get DMV approval to offer autonomous rides in California

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Engadget / 29min
The California DMV has given both Waymo and Cruise permission to offer the general public autonomous vehicle rides — but only in certain parts of the state and under a set of conditions. Waymo applied for a deployment permit from the DMV back in January, while Cruise submitted its application in March. Now both companies only have to secure a deployment permit from the California Public Utilities

Motorola Edge 20 Pro with 144Hz display, 108MP camera, Snapdragon 870 launched

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The Motorola Edge 20 Pro comes with a 10-bit AMOLED display, 4,500mAh battery, 30W fast charging, and a 32MP selfie camera.

NITI Aayog, AWS, and Intel collaborate to speed up digital innovation

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The new Experience Studio at the NITI Aayog Cloud Innovation Center will be a hub for collaboration and experimentation, and will initially focus on healthcare, agriculture, and smart infrastructure verticals.

SoftBank-backed Oyo files for $1.16 billion IPO

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25TechCrunch / 2h
Oyo is ready to explore the public markets. The eight-year-old Indian budget hotel giant has filed the paperworks with the local market regulator for an initial public offering, in which it is seeking to raise about $1.16 billion. The Gurgaon-headquartered startup — which offers an operating system of sorts to help hoteliers accept digital bookings, payments, determine the best pricing for a room

This intuitive Zoom alternative is on sale for 96% off

Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to the ElevenSight Remote Engagement Platform is on sale for £26.05 as of Oct. 1, saving you 96% on list price. If you’ve had it up to here (raises arm upward) with Zoom, but need a simple way to connect with clients, customers, and coworkers, look no further than the ElevenSight Remote Engagement Platform . While created out of pandemic frustration, ElevenSight is

Create killer copy with a lifetime subscription to Writesonic’s AI-based software

Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to the Writesonic Starter Plan is on sale for £51.77 as of Oct. 1, saving you 98% on list price. Let’s face it. Not everyone was born to be a writer . And if you’re one of the many who can’t arrange words into eloquent segments, you’ve likely already made your peace with it. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean you’re free of all writing forever. In fact, if you run a b

Pixel phones can automatically record a video in an emergency

SlashGear / 3h
Although it develops Android for a wide variety of OEM partners, Google naturally reserves some exclusive features for its own Pixel phones. The Personal Safety app, for example, gives Pixel owners a more powerful tool that will ensure their safety or, in the worst-case scenario, at least let their loved ones know their whereabouts in an emergency. Sometimes, however, simple … Continue reading

Xbox Cloud Gaming lands in Australia: here’s how to sign up

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Gamers from Australia, Japan, Brazil and Mexico can now take part in the Xbox Cloud Gaming beta.

Apple Watch Series 7 Might Start Shipping in Mid-October

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35Gizmodo / 4h
More than two weeks after Apple proudly unveiled its new Apple Watch Series 7 , fans have still not gotten their hands on the device. This is because the company did not issue a specific release date, saying cryptically that the device would be “available later this fall.” That might be changing. Read more...

Clubhouse Clips and Replays try to get ahead of its rivals

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SlashGear / 4h
Almost like a one-hit-wonder, Clubhouse’s prestige seems to have started waning now that Facebook and Twitter are also in the running. Of course, there are still many creators and users who prefer to keep their content away from those social media giants, but they are also searching for more features and more control over their live sessions. That’s fortunately coming … Continue reading

BlueStacks X streams Android games from the cloud to PCs and Macs

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SlashGear / 4h
Microsoft made some noise when it announced that Windows 11 would eventually support running Android apps, but it is actually a bit late to the game. Although this “Windows Subsystem for Android” does have technical and performance advantages, it isn’t the only solution available today. For quite a while now, BlueStacks has been offering an emulator that ran a modified … Continue reading

Disney settles Scarlett Johansson lawsuit over 'Black Widow' streaming strategy

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72Engadget / 4h
Disney and Scarlett Johansson are no longer on the outs. The parties have reached a settlement for the lawsuit Johansson filed over the hybrid release strategy used for Black Widow . If you'll recall, the actor sued Disney over the company's decision to release her movie in theaters and on Disney+ at the same time, accusing the entertainment giant of breach of contract. Johansson's camp argued th

Moto Tab G20 is a surprising return to the tablet market

SlashGear / 5h
Motorola has been trying hard to reclaim its lost position in the mobile market, mostly by flooding it with innumerable smartphones on almost every tier. It even launched two (or one and a half) foldable clamshell phones under the RAZR brand. What it hasn’t done yet is to make a comeback in the tablet market. That seems to have changed … Continue reading

It Might Have Just Gotten Easier to Find the New USB-C 240W Charging Cables

54Gizmodo / 5h
Although people got excited when the USB-C’s power output more than doubled from 100 watts to 240 watts earlier this year, there was still a mighty big problem at hand: How would consumers be able to tell these new USB-C cables apart from the old ones? Read more...

Realme launches TechLife Air Purifier, Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, Robot Vacuum in India

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Realme has launched three new AIoT TechLife products in India which include the Air Purifier, Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, Robot Vacuum.

Galaxy S22 cases and batteries add to the bad news

SlashGear / 6h
We’re still about four months away from its expected debut, but most of the information about the Galaxy S22 series have fallen into place. We are, of course, looking at the usual upgrades to processors and some internal components, but it’s beginning to feel like we’ll get a sense of deja vu with the Galaxy S22 and S22+. In contrast, … Continue reading

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Accused of Toxic Culture and Safety Issues

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Blue Origin launched the Amazon founder to the edge of space in July and has another flight planned in October, but the company has experienced other setbacks this year.

And that’s that, as the Zoom deal to buy Five9 is called off

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TechCrunch / 6h
Talk about a roller coaster ride. Zoom, the video conferencing company that became everyone’s primary means of communication around work during the pandemic, will no longer be acquiring Five9, a maker of cloud-based customer-service software. Though the all-stock deal, announced in July, was expected to enable Zoom to tap into the lucrative contact center market, a few major hiccups along the way

Fairphone 4 launched with a five-year warranty

SlashGear / 6h
Fairphone has definitely come a long way since it launched its first phone way back in 2013. It started from an extremely niche smartphone that only a few could appreciate to something that could actually appeal to conscientious smartphone users. Now in its fifth, yes fifth, generation, the Fairphone 4 is getting a major upgrade that does put it on … Continue reading

The Black Widow Lawsuit Between Scarlett Johansson and Disney Has Been Settled... in Private

500+Gizmodo / 7h
One of Hollywood’s most contentious, high-stakes lawsuits of late—between Marvel star Scarlett Johansson and Disney , in the wake of Black Widow ’s release on Disney+—has been settled. The suit, filed in late July , alleged that the pivot to both theatrical and streaming releases (via Disney+’s “Premiere Access”) … Read more...

After UAE Hacking Scandal, Congress May Crack Down on Ex-Spies Working for Foreign Governments

Gizmodo / 7h
After renewed outrage over a hacking scandal involving former federal operatives, U.S. lawmakers are considering adopting new restrictions that would limit the kinds of work ex-intelligence officials could do for foreign governments after leaving the service. Read more...

Foxconn will build EVs for Lordstown Motors and Fisker at Ohio plant

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Foxconn will build electric vehicles for Lordstown Motors as well as its other partner Fisker Inc. at a former GM factory in Ohio, under an agreement announced Thursday. Lordstown Motors, the beleaguered electric vehicle company that became publicly traded via a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, said Thursday it reached a nonbinding agreement with Foxconn to sell its 6.2-million-

Amex credit card showdown: Blue Cash Preferred vs. Blue Cash Everyday

The Points Guy / 8h
Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. American Express is known for offering some of the best travel credit cards on the market, but the issuer also has quite a few solid cash-back card options to choose from. These days, the ability to redeem cash back to help you save money on whatever you need might be higher on your priority list than stocking up poi

Amazon’s new Judge Judy show gets its first official trailer

SlashGear / 8h
The long-running daytime court show Judge Judy ended earlier this year after a very long run on CBS, but Judge Judy Sheindlin plans to return to television in a slightly different format. The judge’s next show will be called Judy Justice, and it’ll be available to stream on Amazon’s free streaming service IMDb TV. Judge Judy — the reality show, … Continue reading

Tech giants brace for impact in India as new payments rule goes into effect

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TechCrunch / 8h
Apple, Sony, Google, Zoom, PayPal and several other tech companies as well as scores of banks have cautioned customers and partners in India to expect a surge in declined transactions as the world’s second-largest internet market’s central bank enforces a new directive for the way recurring payments are processed in the country. The Reserve Bank of India’s directive, which goes into effect on Fri

Clean energy from the fastest moving objects on earth

56BBC News - Technology / 8h
Why fusion promises clean unlimited energy and one firm hopes to spark it with high-speed collisions.

A year later, 45% of COVID patients in Wuhan still have symptoms

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Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / Medical staff transfer patients to Jin Yintan hospital on January 17, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei, China. (credit: Getty ) Among thousands of the earliest survivors of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, nearly half had at least one persistent symptom a full year after being released from the hospital, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open . The study followed up with 2,433 adult patie

What you should know about working with corporate venture investment committees

TechCrunch / 8h
Brian Walsh Contributor Brian Walsh is the head of WIND Ventures , the venture capital arm of COPEC, a leading energy company in Central and South America and the U.S. WIND Ventures provides mobility, energy and retail startups and scaleups with access to Latin America. More posts by this contributor SPACs are the construct VCs need to fund clean tech Latin American startup deals see major drop i

This malware pretends to be Amnesty International protection from Pegasus

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Cybercriminals are distributing the Sarwent malware using fake antivirus software under the guise of protecting users from Pegasus.

In Destiny 2, Lies Are Stronger Than Any Gun

Gizmodo / 8h
The world of Bungie’s shooter-MMO Destiny has evolved significantly since it first touched down in 2014 . The game’s seasonal models that debuted with 2019's Shadowkeep expansion have featured their own mini-stories that have made the original black-and-white narrative the game launched with more complicated. Where… Read more...

Still missing your September Amex dining credits? Here’s what to do

The Points Guy / 8h
Earlier this year, American Express announced a slew of new limited-time perks on many of its popular credit cards. This included PayPal credits (now expired) on The Platinum Card® from American Express , along with up to $20 in monthly dining credits across many of Amex’s cobranded cards, including those from Delta, Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy. For me, this meant that, from February throug

Evil Geniuses CEO on the path toward esports ubiquity

TechCrunch / 8h
The pandemic brought a new class of gamers online for the very first time, and the gaming space has never been larger or more diverse. At the same time, while esports saw some viewership gains in the past year, it still had to deal with plenty of hurdles tied to pandemic restrictions on physical events. At TechCrunch Disrupt, we recently sat down with Evil Geniuses CEO Nicole LaPointe Jameson who

Clubhouse finally makes audio shareable with 30-second previews of rooms

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21Engadget / 8h
One week after introducing a new invite system , Clubhouse is introducing a host of new features . The first of those new is Clips, a tool people can use to share previews of public rooms. When creators and hosts enable the feature, you’ll see a new icon that looks like a pair of scissors. Tap it and Clubhouse will capture the last 30 seconds of audio, which you can then share on Instagram, Twitt

New study of police killings confirms what activists have said for years

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100Mashable / 8h
When someone in the U.S. is killed by a police officer, there's no guarantee that their death will be recorded as such. This reality is no surprise to the activists, many of them Black, Latino, and Indigenous, who've said for years that their loved ones, friends, and neighbors are killed by police officers yet officials don't accurately report their cause of death. Instead, the fatality might be

Most Police Killings in the U.S. Aren't Officially Counted, Study Finds

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Police officers are killing more Americans every year than official statistics indicate, new research out Thursday concludes. The study compared government data to other records maintained by outside organizations and found a wide gap, suggesting that more than half of police killings have been unreported by the… Read more...

Foreign spectators won’t be able to attend Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics events

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The Points Guy / 9h
You can scratch attending next year’s Winter Olympic Games in Beijing off your travel calendar. The International Olympic Committee just announced that no foreign spectators will be allowed to attend any events at the Winter Games (which begin Feb. 4) or the Paralympic Games, due to COVID-19 protocols. Chinese residents, however, will be able to attend events. While obviously disappointing to fan

Book of Boba Fett release date buries the lede: That armor!

SlashGear / 9h
Today we’re taking a slightly closer look at the latest imagery released by Lucasfilm for Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett. We’ve seen just a bit of Boba Fett at the tail end of Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2, including the new version of his ship, repainted armor, and his infamous sawed-off blaster rifle and jet pack. Now, … Continue reading

Apple forgot to sanitize the Phone Number field for lost AirTags

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Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge / Apple's AirTags—as seen clipped to a backpack, above—allow users to attempt to find their own device via location rebroadcast from other Apple users. If all else fails, the user can enable a "Lost mode" intended to display their phone number when a finder scans the missing AirTag. (credit: James D. Morgan / Getty Images ) The hits keep coming to Apple's bug-bounty program, which securit

Ohio children’s hospitals raise alarm over spike in kids with COVID-19

SlashGear / 9h
Half a dozen children’s hospitals in Ohio, including their CEOs and the Ohio Children’s Hospitals Association, are raising the alarm over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in children, including some so severe that they require breathing assistance. Details about the issue were published in a recent letter signed by the children’s hospitals’ CEOs. The letter was published [PDF] recently … C

Daily Crunch: Facebook releases internal research on Instagram’s mental health effects

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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 September 30, 2021. It’s the last day of the third quarter! Yes, that means earnings season is coming, along with a whole bunch of venture capital data — more on that in a moment — but more importantly, how the heck is it Q4? A

NASA awards $253M to two companies developing electric propulsion tech for aircraft

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NASA has chosen two U.S. companies to develop electric propulsion technologies for aircraft, with the aim of introducing this tech to U.S. aviation fleets by 2035. The two companies, GE Aviation and MagniX, will conduct their work over the next five years. That includes ground and flight test demonstrations, as well as collaborations with other NASA projects focused on electric propulsion, data a

The soothing relatability of Emily Mariko, TikTok's latest food influencer

21Mashable / 9h
Viral food, in general, falls into a few, readily identifiable categories. There's your run-of-the-mill kitchen hack — think air fried eggs . There's your viral, stunty food that's entrancingly weird, like the bell pepper sandwich craze. And then there's, for lack of a better term, professional food. Stuff like Alison Roman's chocolate chunk shortbreads that were known simply as The Cookies or th

Understanding Marriott Credit Card Eligibility Rules

One Mile at a Time / 9h
All credit cards with welcome bonuses have restrictions regarding who is eligible for the bonuses, and at times they can be complicated. However, if you ask me, Marriott’s co-brand card portfolio is next-level when it comes to understanding eligibility restrictions. That’s not to say the cards are hard to be approved for, but rather that it can be hard to understand if you’re eligible for the bon

Why you’ve got it all wrong if you think new cruise line Virgin Voyages is just for millennials

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The Points Guy / 9h
Bad news, millennials: Virgin Voyages , the hip new cruise line backed by Richard Branson, isn’t just for you. In fact, you’re just a slice of its target market. As the line’s first vessel, the 2,770-passenger Scarlet Lady , prepares for its Miami debut next week, Virgin Voyages executives are saying the often-repeated storyline that it’s a cruise brand for the under-40 crowd just isn’t right. It

Shudder's Behind the Monsters Looks Like a Slay-fully Good Time

21Gizmodo / 9h
Shudder’s Behind the Monsters is a documentary series paying tribute to some of the biggest and most bloodthirsty names in the game. The first trailer is here and it looks like a lot of fun, with Tom Savini, Heather Langenkamp, Doug Bradley, Tony Todd , and other well-known figures chiming in to share their experience… Read more...

New FCC rules could force telephone companies to block robocalls to 911 call centers

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Back in 2012, Congress directed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create a special do-not-call registry to protect 911 call centers from robocalls. The system was never implemented in part due to security concerns that came up when the FCC and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) started looking into the feasibility of the idea. Specifically, there was a worry that a bad actor could use th

Sony acquires its most prominent remaster studio, Bluepoint Games

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Enlarge (credit: Play Station ) After months of speculation, it's finally official: Sony is acquiring Demon's Souls developer Bluepoint Games. News of Bluepoint's addition to the PlayStation Studios roster shouldn't surprise many. The Austin-based studio turned heads with 2018's Shadow of the Colossus remake before tackling its redux of FromSoftware's Demon's for the PS5. It has been a longtime i

One of the world’s most active volcanoes erupts again on island of Hawaii

The Points Guy / 9h
Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is blowing off steam again and creating quite the scene on the island of Hawaii. The volcano erupted Wednesday in the Halemaumau crater at the summit within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, according to officials with the U.S. Geological Survey. The latest eruption sent lava flowing and shot clouds of billowing volcanic gas high into the air. The good news is that the erup

Vlad Novakovski and Nicole Quinn to elucidate Series A fundraising

TechCrunch / 10h
Vlad Novakovski co-founded Lunchclub in 2017 as a way to improve professional networking. In 2020, the company made a large push toward videos (thanks, COVID) and eventually saw enough traction to raise a $24.2 million Series A at a valuation above $100 million. Nicole Quinn from Lightspeed Ventures lead the raise. We’re thrilled to have both on TechCrunch Live to help explain how to raise a Seri

NASA Refuses to Rename Giant Homophobic Telescope

5KFuturism / 10h
Stuck With Webb NASA has announced that it will not be changing the name of the James Webb Space Telescope despite criticism from the public, astronomers, and even NASA employees. The orbital observatory, which is expected to revolutionize astronomy by letting scientists see farther into space in greater detail than ever before, has come under fire this year due to the bigoted history of its name

8 Adorable Robots That Are Dead Now

Gizmodo / 10h
Earlier this week, Amazon unleashed a cute robot nightmare in the form of Astro, a $1,000 robot that patrols your home, though some leaked documents hint it’s basically a dumb but invasive spy. Let’s face it, this little guy is doomed. How do we know? Because if you’ve been around gadgets long enough, we’ve seen this… Read more...

These New USB-C Logos Are Supposed to Solve Customer Confusion, but Will They?

48How-To Geek / 10h
In its latest attempt to make the USB-C standard less confusing, the USB-IF group has unveiled a new set of logos for companies to put on their certified USB4 and 240W cables. And while we’re happy to see USB-C cables become more identifiable, these logos are a bit … uhhhh, they’re not very intuitive. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

These New USB-C Logos Make Picking Charging Cables Easier

How-To Geek / 10h
USB cables are meant to make life easier (even though the two-sided cables always seem to take three tries to go in). With USB-C, there are so many different power ratings that make things confusing. The USB-IF announced new USB Type-C power rating logos that’ll make choosing the right one easier. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Fairphone 4 Might Be the Best Smartphone in the World for the World

How-To Geek / 10h
Fairphone’s mission to sell sustainable, repairable, long-lasting phones just reached a big new milestone. The company is now offering pre-orders for its newest flagship, the Fairphone 4, an affordable 5G handest that comes with years of software support, contains ethically sourced components, and is held together by screws instead of glue. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Use App Privacy Report to See How Apps Track You on iPhone and iPad

How-To Geek / 10h
iOS and iPadOS 15 introduced a new privacy feature that allows you to record app activity to see how the software you use profiles and tracks you. You can then use this information to adjust permissions or ditch apps entirely if you don’t trust them. Here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Subaru's Upcoming Solterra EV Finally Gets a Proper Reveal Video---Sort Of

How-To Geek / 10h
Aside from the initial announcement back in May and a few images in early September, fans haven’t seen much of Subaru’s first EV, the Solterra. This week though, Subaru is finally sharing more information thanks to a Solterra teaser video that gives us our best glimpse yet of the new vehicle. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Amazon Is Giving Away 10 Games to Prime Members in October 2021

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How-To Geek / 10h
Every month, Amazon throws a bunch of free games and other gaming-related perks at Prime members, but for October 2021, the company is being extra generous by offering ten free games to members through its Prime Gaming program. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Why Some Alexa Devices Will Soon Ditch The Internet For Voice Recognition

How-To Geek / 10h
Amazon announced all sorts of new stuff this week, including several Alexa products like the new Echo Show 15, and most of these connected devices can take advantage of the latest Alexa privacy updates. Most notably, Amazon will soon be ditching the internet for offline voice recognition on Alexa devices. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

The Best Halloween Movies on Netflix in 2021

How-To Geek / 10h
Halloween is a time for horror, but not every perfect Halloween movie needs to be scary. From truly terrifying tales to more gentle spooky stories, here are the best Halloween movies to watch on Netflix. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

How to Delete a Focus From iPhone and iPad

How-To Geek / 10h
You might have created several Focus modes for specific situations, and they’ll show up when you pick one from the Control Center. However, you can get rid of the ones you don’t plan to use and reduce the clutter from your iPhone or iPad. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Pre-Orders for The New Wyze Scale S Start at Just $15

29How-To Geek / 10h
Last year’s Wyze Scale was the best $20 you could spend on a health or fitness accessory. But Wyze is now opening pre-orders for the Scale S, an even thinner smart scale that packs in new features and costs just $15 before shipping. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

The First Jeep Grand Cherokee Plug-in Hybrid Arrives Packed With Features

How-To Geek / 10h
The all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is finally official in several trim levels, including a new 4xe plug-in hybrid model (PHEV) promising a 25-mile electric range. Jeep’s new hybrid electric Cherokee pairs a turbocharged engine with dual electric motors to deliver more power than the standard V6, and it’ll be available early next year. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Wyze Teams Up With dbrand to Camouflage Its Outdoor Cam

How-To Geek / 10h
Today Wyze announced an all-new Wyze Cam Outdoor starter bundle with a neat Forest Camo skin in partnership with dbrand. Yes, this means you’ll soon be able to cameraflage your Cam Outdoor, which makes a lot of sense. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

The 4 Best SD Cards for Your GoPro in 2021

How-To Geek / 10h
GoPros are as popular as ever, and if you’re thinking of buying one, you’ll also need to pick up a good SD card. Fortunately, we’ve scoured the web to find the best SD card options for your shiny new GoPro. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

GM Temporarily Abandons Its Super Cruise Self-Driving Feature

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Since its 2017 debut, GM’s Super Cruise has remained one of the best hands-free driver-assist tools available in any vehicle. But good luck finding a car with the feature! GM now confirms that it’s dropping Super Cruise from the 2022 Cadillac Escalade. Other cars with Super Cruise, such as the Chevy Bolt, are currently out of production or delayed. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

3G shutdown 2021: Why your old phone is about to quit

SlashGear / 10h
Today we’re taking a peek at the expected dates that 3G networks will shut down in the year 2022. These dates are important, since they show the end-point for functionality for some of the oldest mobile smart devices still in service today. It’s not only smartphone and tablets that have the potential to stop connecting to mobile data – it’s … Continue reading

Credit card showdown: Chase Freedom Flex vs. Chase Freedom Unlimited

The Points Guy / 10h
Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. No matter what kind of cardholder you are, Chase probably has a credit card that fits your needs. Chase’s array of personal credit card products ranges from the $550-per-year, premium Chase Sapphire Reserve to the “cash back” Chase Freedom Flex and Chase Freedom Unlimited cards, which don’t charge annual fees. With s

Senator's confused 'finsta' rant is a gift to Facebook executives

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32Mashable / 10h
Sen. Richard Blumenthal doesn't understand what a finsta is. Facebook should be delighted. The senator from Connecticut displayed his ignorance of the slang term during a Thursday hearing designed to hold Facebook officials to account after the Wall Street Journal published a bombshell series of articles based on leaked internal company documents. Sen. Blumenthal's misunderstanding of the word, w

First drive of the Lucid Air reveals power and panache

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While cruising along Interstate 8 in the Lucid Air, it didn’t take long for the conversation to turn to spider graphs . Spider graphs offer a quick glimpse of how various factors like power, performance, weight and aerodynamics interact with one another. For the engineer sitting in the passenger seat, spider graphs are top of mind. Balancing the weight of battery packs with power and braking is a

Leaked U.S. Docs Say Microwave Weapons Not Behind Mysterious 'Havana Syndrome'

Gizmodo / 10h
If you’re familiar at all with so-called Havana syndrome—the mysterious swath of neural disorders affecting a growing number of U.S. diplomats working abroad—you’re probably familiar with some of the wild speculation surrounding the potential source of the illness. At least for now, we can take microwave weapons off… Read more...

Liquid metal encased in hydrogel makes a promising energy-harvesting device

Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge / Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a soft and stretchable device that converts movement into electricity. The device works in wet or dry environments and has a host of potential applications. (credit: Veenasri Vallem ) Scientists at North Carolina State University have developed a flexible, stretchy energy-harvesting device solely out of biocompatible soft mater

Microsoft Teams meetings are about to get a lot more colorful

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Teams users can now share their ideas visually by using Microsoft Whiteboard while videoconferencing.

Space Telescope Will Retain Name of NASA Administrator Who Persecuted LGBTQ Employees

25Gizmodo / 10h
The James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to launch later this year, and NASA has no intention to rename the instrument despite complaints that it’s named after a man who presided over the firings of gay and lesbian government employees, NPR reports . Read more...

Google Promises to Fix the Biggest Problem With Nest Cameras

Gizmodo / 10h
If you’re planning to upgrade your existing Nest cameras to the refreshed outdoor camera or battery-powered doorbell , a warning: If you have any old Nest hardware up and running, you’ll have to use two apps to manage the past Nests with the latest ones. It’s an issue I came across while reviewing the cameras, and it’s… Read more...

Grand Hyatt And Hilton New York Are Re-Opening. Can You Guess Why?

View from the Wing / 10h
The New York Hilton and Grand Hyatt New York are both re-opening, the former on October 4 and the latter November 1. While there was a logic in providing services to travelers during the summer, preparing to do so as a hotel heads into Northeast winter – traditionally a down time for business to begin with – may seem odd. The decision to do so now has nothing to do with anticipated return of busi

Facebook keeps downplaying its own research and lawmakers aren’t buying it

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Engadget / 10h
Yet another Facebook official just spent hours being grilled by members of Congress about the company’s policies, and whether or not it does enough to protect some of its most vulnerable users. And once again, the Facebook executive — today it was Head of Safety Antigone Davis — seemed to do her best to dodge the most difficult questions. But the latest hearing on teen mental health , which came

Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who Exit Announcement Has Left Her in Emotional Limbo

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Jodie Whittaker is leaving Doctor Who . But she isn’t, at least not yet. The 13th Doctor is still in residence for another year, and the actor is still filming the special episodes that will form her farewell, before a new Doctor and a new ( okay, new- ish ) showrunner takes control of the TARDI S. Which makes the fact… Read more...

Spotify quiz uses algorithms to recommend the perfect podcasts

SlashGear / 10h
Spotify is helping its users in some markets find new podcasts they’re likely to enjoy based on their tastes. The company has introduced a new recommendation tool called Find the One that asks users to answer a few questions, then shows them a podcast show recommendation they may enjoy based on their music preferences. Spotify’s Find the One online quiz … Continue reading

Jaguars vs Bengals live stream: how to watch NFL Thursday Night Football online from anywhere

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Two of NFL's recent worst teams clash under the lights - here's how to get a Jacksonville Jaguars vs Cincinnati Bengals live stream and watch NFL football around the world.

Cruise, Waymo get OK to launch robotaxi service in San Francisco

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39TechCrunch / 10h
The California Department of Motor Vehicles gave General Motors-backed Cruise and Alphabet-owned Waymo the green light to start charging for autonomous services offered to the public. On Thursday, Cruise received a “driverless deployment permit,” which means it can receive compensation for services provided without a safety operator in the front seat. Waymo’s “drivered deployment permit” allows t

Somehow This One-Dimensional Flexible Pong Game Still Looks Like a Lot of Fun

Gizmodo / 10h
Aside from text-based adventures, Pong is just about the simplest video game you can imagine. The creators of Light Pong decided it could be even simpler, however, and in the process of reducing Pong from two dimensions down to just one, they’ve managed to create a game that somehow actually looks more fun to play … Read more...

Grimes Says She’s Being Harassed After Elon Musk Breakup

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Futurism / 11h
Hate and Harassment Claire “Grimes” Boucher has had a rough time after breaking up with Elon Musk last week. “I wrote and produced this song this week in response to all the privacy invasion, bad press, online hate and harassment by paparazzis I’ve experienced this week,” Grimes wrote in the caption of a new song she posted to Instagram today . View this post on Instagram A post shared by ︎𝔊𝔯𝔦

Some Paleontologists Think They've Found Fossilized Dinosaur DNA. Others Aren’t So Sure

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Dinosaur researchers working on extremely well-preserved remains from the Jehol Biota in northeastern China recently reported that they had detected fossilized biomolecules in a duck-billed dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous. Read more...

Growth marketing is not a magic trick, says Ellen Jantsch of Tuff

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If you are looking for a growth marketing playbook, stop reading now, because you won’t get one from Tuff . The agency’s founder Ellen Jantsch makes it clear: There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to growth. The team at Tuff knows their stuff — and it’s precisely why they are not selling “magic” or any kind of “mysterious secret sauce.” Instead, they are betting on transparency and experimen

Who needs a BaaS partner, anyway?

TechCrunch / 11h
Over the last several years, a series of startups have emerged to cut through the complexity of launching financial services by offering technology that sits on top of partner banks’ infrastructure and enables developers to spin up bank accounts, payments and card capabilities through APIs. These banking-as-a-service (BaaS) startups promise to offer fintech capabilities to other companies without

USB-IF is, once again, trying to logo its way out of USB-C confusion

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Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / The USB-IF is planning new logos to go with the upgraded capabilities of USB-C 2.1 cables and chargers. (credit: USB-IF ) In just a few years, the USB-C port has gone from infancy to ubiquity. Aside from a couple of exceptions , it is the main charging, data, and display port for nearly all modern phones, tablets, and laptops. The European Union has even proposed making it mandatory in

Researchers Find Locked iPhones With Visa Cards Connected to Apple Pay Can Be Hacked

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Gizmodo / 11h
British computer scientists have discovered a way to remotely hijack contactless Visa payments on a locked iPhone. Proper delivery of the exploit could allow a savvy hacker to make hefty financial transactions via the locked device without ever touching it or even being nearby. Read more...

Samsung's digital car keys will soon be available on the Genesis GV60 in Korea

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Engadget / 11h
First announced back in January at Samsung's Galaxy S21 event , Hyundai revealed on Thursday that its upcoming GV60 crossover will be the first to work with the phonemaker's newfangled Digital Key — at least for GV60 owners living in Korea. The Digital Key utilizes NFC and ultra wideband (UWB) technologies to grant drivers passive access to their vehicles — that is, so long as your Galaxy phone i

The Senate Is Mad as Hell at Facebook—Again

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40Wired / 11h
The latest hearing on Instagram and teen mental health was the depressing work of a legislature that can’t legislate.

Breakfast is about to get better at 3,000 Marriott hotels in the US

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The Points Guy / 11h
Breakfast is about to get a whole lot better (and tastier) at select Marriott properties in October. Next month, four Marriott brands — Residence Inn by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Fairfield by Marriott and TownePlace Suites by Marriott — will roll out new, complimentary and “highly customizable” breakfast options for guests across the U.S. Note that the new options will not be immed

A New Good Omens Audiobook Has Nabbed Your Favorite Crowley and Aziraphale

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Okay, it’s not news about the second season of the Amazon TV series , but it’s pretty damn good news anyway. Doctor Who ’s David Tennant will voice the demon Crowley while The Good Fight ’s Michael Sheen will voice the angel Aziraphale in an all-new recording of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman ’s apocalyptic dark comedy … Read more...

12 of the best Squarespace templates for artists, painters, and creative types

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There is a point that comes in the career of almost every artist: you’ve made all these works and feel like you are not doing enough to show them off. A strong website is an essential part of marketing yourself as a creator and, with templates that allow you to drag together different website elements visually instead of through coding, Squarespace is often the platform that creative types opt fo

NASA wraps up preparations for Lucy mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids

SlashGear / 11h
NASA is wrapping up the final tasks that must be completed ahead of the Lucy mission launch scheduled for October, the space agency has announced. The Lucy mission has been a work-in-progress for some time now, but the rewards for this effort are nearer than ever. NASA plans to launch the Lucy spacecraft on October 16, sending it off on … Continue reading

Aurora shines spotlight on autonomous truck tech, strategy ahead of SPAC merger

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On Interstate 45 in Texas, a billboard with “Aurora” emblazoned at the top in giant white letters offers a cryptic message: “A new way to drive is on the horizon.” It’s hard to know just how many of the thousands of drivers on this stretch of road know what that means or what Aurora is; the autonomous vehicle technology company is hardly a household name even as it (along with several competitors

iPhone 13 Review – An unexpected gap

SlashGear / 11h
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are Apple’s 2021 smartphones for the mainstream, progressive upgrades that avoid huge changes in favor of welcome refinement. Unlike last year, though, this year’s iPhone 13 family feels like it covers a broader spread, with Apple saving some of the key improvements for its more expensive devices. The iPhone 13 mini is the … Continue reading

Shiny Pokemon GO watch weekend: Secrets of the Jungle

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SlashGear / 12h
Starting at 10AM (local time) on the 1st of October (Friday), Pokemon GO gets a big switch of Pokemon. There’ll be a Pokemon GO Secrets of the Jungle Event starting then at the same time as a brand new movie on Netflix. This event will celebrate the release of the movie (also called Pokemon: Secrets of the Jungle) with the … Continue reading

Amex To Open Biggest-Ever Centurion Lounge At Newark Airport (EWR)

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Several days ago we learned about how an Amex Centurion Lounge was on the horizon for Newark Airport. There’s a positive update on that front, as this project has now been officially approved. 18,000 square foot Centurion Lounge planned for Newark The construction of an Amex Centurion Lounge at Newark Airport was officially approved today during a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board m

Florida Man Returns Missing NASA Moon Rock he Bought at Garage Sale

Futurism / 12h
Finders Keepers A missing Moon rock originally gifted to the state of Louisiana by then-President Richard Nixon has been returned after a man in Florida found it sitting in an old box in his home. The man told CollectSPACE that he must have bought the rock, which vanished without a trace years ago, at some garage sale within the last 15 or so years — and that he never realized that he had bought

More Than 20 Blue Origin Employees Say It’s a Horrible Place to Work

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500+Futurism / 12h
While Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is directly impeding NASA’s efforts to get the first astronauts back to the Moon since 1972, the space company is facing some serious inner turmoil. An essay signed by 21 current and former employees paints a bleak picture of what it’s like to work at Blue Origin, a company that the signers say is “rife with sexism” and often pushes employees to their limits. “Many o

You’ll need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to visit these major theme parks next month

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All theme park visitors age 12 and older in Los Angeles will be subject to new COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirements, including at Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain, beginning Oct. 7. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . Per a new public health order issued earlier this month by Los Angeles County, proof of full vacc

TikTok starts flirting with NFTs

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43TechCrunch / 12h
The NFT space has had quite the year, and while it can be difficult to separate the billions of dollars in crypto speculation from the potential infrastructure shifts, plenty of mainstream tech companies are dipping their toes into the space and signaling future interest. This time it’s TikTok’s turn. The fast-growing social media platform, which just crossed 1 billion monthly users worldwide, ha

Best Squarespace templates for mobile websites

Mashable / 12h
If you ever had to pinch-and-zoom your way around a website, trying to press microscopic buttons just to get to the next page, then you probably know how important it is that your website can adapt to the small screen. Squarespace is a website design and hosting platform that ensures that every one of its 90+ templates will resize itself for a legible mobile experience, but some templates offer e

Nikola signs deal to build hydrogen fueling stations across North America

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52Engadget / 12h
EV automaker Nikola has signed a memorandum of understanding with Opal Fuels to build and operate hydrogen fueling stations across North America. Under the preliminary agreement, the two companies will work to co-develop the technology necessary to accelerate the adoption of fuel-cell electric vehicles. They also plan to explore the use of renewable natural gas. Initially, they say they plan to f

Blue Origin has a toxic culture, former and current employees say

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Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge / Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith (black hat) walks with Jeff Bezos after his flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard into space in July 2021. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) A former communications executive at Blue Origin and 20 other current and former employees have written a blistering essay about the company's culture, citing safety concerns, sexist attitudes, and a lack of commitment to th

Facebook Lied to Senate About Instagram's Harm to Teens, Senator Says

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A Senate hearing spurred on by a company whistleblower commenced Thursday with a barrage of allegations against Facebook, the company now implicated in burying internal research portraying its product Instagram as a blight on the mental health of teen users . Read more...

Transform your network and scale to new heights with Aruba

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Don’t let network troubles stymie the growth of your business. Make your network work for you instead of being a bottleneck - here’s how Aruba can help.

Never Fear, Here Are 63 New Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Books to Ease You Into Spooky Season

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October is here! The days are shorter, you’ve already started plotting out your Halloween costume , and it’s time to re-stock your reading list for the weeks ahead. We’ve got you covered with tales of pirates , haunted houses , witches , wizards, magicians, dragons , evil farm animals, interstellar battles, and so much… Read more...

Corsair's first gaming monitor is the 32-inch, 1440p Xeneon

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Engadget / 12h
Corsair is getting into the monitor business with its first gaming display. The Xeneon 32QHD165 has a 1440p, 32-inch display that has a refresh rate of up to 165Hz. There's support for AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync technology, and the company claims the monitor has a 1ms response time. The IPS LED screen uses quantum dot tech and has 400 nits of brightness, with 100 percent sRGB, 100 percent Ado

What's New on Paramount Plus in October 2021

Lifehacker / 12h
Outside of a few pre-sold, franchise-based hits ( The Good Fight , anything with the words “Star Trek” in the title), Paramount+ hasn’t managed much in the way of breakout hits since it was re-birthed from the ashes of CBS All Access earlier this year. But maybe that will change this month with the premiere of Guilty … Read more...

Google is making it easier to search when shopping from home

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New shopping features let you find products in photos, window shop and even search in-store inventory at home.

New World is still bricking Nvidia graphics cards with no fix on the horizon

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Amazon Games’ latest and hottest title, the MMO New World, is still causing massive overheating and bricking issues that have extended past the RTX 3090.

Clubhouse adds clips, replays for asynchronous listening, better search and spatial audio for Android

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30TechCrunch / 12h
Clubhouse announced today that it is unveiling four new features: Clips, Replay, Universal Search and spatial audio for Android (which already exists on iOS). All of these features will launch today, except for Replay, which will roll out in October. These additions will help expand Clubhouse’s reach by making content available even after a live conversation has ended, allowing for asynchronous e

South Korean ISP SK Broadband counterclaims against Netflix for bandwidth usage fees

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24TechCrunch / 12h
South Korean internet service provider SK Broadband, a subsidiary of South Korean telco company SK Telecom, has filed a counterclaim against Netflix to demand payment for the bandwidth the streaming platform has used for the last three years. This case comes in the wake of the South Korean court siding against Netflix in June in the case. Now SK Broadband is empowered to levy network usage fees o

Facebook grilled in Senate hearing over teen mental health

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Last night, Facebook published two annotated slide decks in an attempt to contextualize the documents that The Wall Street Journal published this month, which reported evidence that the company is aware of its negative impact on teen mental health. These documents were released in anticipation of today’s Senate hearing on the mental health harms of Facebook and Instagram. The Senate Committee on

Study finds one intermittent fasting protocol that makes flies live longer

SlashGear / 12h
Intermittent fasting, the blanket term that refers to different fasting protocols, has been linked to various potential health benefits, including everything from an increase in neurogenesis to weight loss and improvements in metabolic syndrome. One possible benefit is living a longer life, the topic of a new study from Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Unlike regular fasting, which typi

Tackle your horror movie list with Sony's bang-for-your-buck OLED TV on sale

Mashable / 12h
Save $500: As of Sept. 30, the 65-inch model of Sony’s A80J 4K OLED TV is 22% off at Amazon, dropping it to a record-low price of $1,798. There are two groups of shoppers with their eye on an OLED TV: OLED veterans and those shopping for baby’s first OLED. Sony’s not-top-tier-but-still-great OLED model, the A80J, is a top contender for the latter group. The 65-inch model is seeing a huge discount

Save up to $30 on dog DNA tests for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Mashable / 12h
Amazon has several dog DNA tests on sale as of Sept. 30: Embark Breed ID Kit — $99 (save $30) Embark Breed + Health Kit — $169 (save $30) Wisdom Panel Essential — $89 (save $10.99) Wisdom Panel Premium — $129.99 (save $30) There comes a time i