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Chari, a Moroccan startup digitizing mom and pop stores, raises $5M at $70M valuation

32TechCrunch / 2h
If there’s a sector that has seen the biggest uptick in the number of startups and venture capital in emerging markets since the start of last year, it has to be the digitization of mom and pop stores . Today, a new activity takes us to Morocco, where YC-backed company Chari just raised a $5 million seed round at a valuation of $70million. Founded by Sophia Alj and Ismael Belkhayat last year, Cha

Mark Zuckerberg posts refutal of whistleblower's claims, and it's exactly what you thought it'd be

Zuckerberg Facebook•
26Mashable / 2h
If there's one key takeaway from yesterday's Senate hearing with Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, it's that Facebook is prioritizing revenue over the well-being of its users. Now, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg would like you to know that it's all totally, absolutely, completely untrue, and he's using the oldest argument in the book. In a lengthy post published late Tuesday, Zuckerberg addres

Battlefield 2042 open beta is overwhelming chaos – in the best possible way

Battlefield 2042 Beta•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 26min
Hunkered down behind a hill, I set up a turret at the peak to ward off any US soldiers who may try to make their way over the top. My squad has captured the sector and we need to secure it while the rest of our 64-player team attempts to capture the other sectors within Battlefield 2042 ’s Orbital map. Just as we think we’ve got the hold on the area, I hear the rumble of an engine and suddenly a

Rami Malek reveals the first thing Daniel Craig said to him on the 'No Time to Die' set

Mashable / 2min
They might be mortal enemies on screen, but off-camera Daniel Craig and Rami Malek are apparently pretty good pals. Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, the No Time to Die Bond villain spoke about their friendship, their time chatting to the royals at the recent London premiere, and the first time he ever met Craig on set. Malek explains in the clip above that Craig came over to him and ga

Amazon opens its first 4-star store outside the US

Engadget / 5min
Amazon has opened a 4-star store in Bluewater, a mall located just southeast of central London. And it's not just the first 4-star store outside the US, it's also the company's first shop in the UK that sells non-food and non-perishable items. Similar to Amazon's 4-star stores in New York and other parts of the US, the shop in Bluewater will sell products rated 4 stars and above, are top sellers

World View will take passengers to the edge of space using balloons

SlashGear / 8min
Another company has stepped into the space tourism market called World View. World View describes itself as the leading stratospheric ballooning company, and it announced an expansion of its services that includes the global launch of an edge-of-space experience. The company calls its offering the most affordable and longest-duration accessible space experience on the planet. Affordable is only i

Uber pilots new features to reserve rides at airports

TechCrunch / 12min
Uber is piloting new app features aimed at making air travel more hassle-free, including the ability to reserve rides from airports, gain access to enhanced curbside pickup, request a ride once you land and order food in advance from airport restaurants for pickup. Uber Reserve at Airports will allow users at 20 major airports across the country – including LaGuardia, JFK, Miami International, Da

Databricks acquires 8080 Labs to extend its low-code/no-code capabilities

TechCrunch / 12min
Databricks today announced that it has acquired German startup 8080 Labs, the company behind bamboolib , a popular GUI for the Python-based Pandas data analysis and manipulation tool. Bamboolib allows data scientists to quickly and easily explore their data and transform it without having to write any code. 8080 Labs offered both a free community edition of bamboolib as well as a paid pro edition

iRobot Roomba vs Shark: which robot vacuum is right for you?

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 34min
Once the preserve of only the wealthiest of households, robotic vacuum cleaners are now a household essential for anyone keen to keep their homes dirt and dust-free, but not so keen on spending their time achieving this with the use of a traditional vacuum. The best robot vacuums let you put your feet up, while they navigate your home unaided cleaning your floors. Many offer the ability to set a

Uber to face UK tribunal over 'racially discriminatory' facial recognition systems

Uber UK Recognition ID•
Engadget / 35min
Drivers in the UK are taking legal action against Uber over its real-time biometric identification checks, TechCrunch has reported. A union representing the drivers claims that some members were wrongly suspended when they were misidentified, and lost their licenses as a result. "[The] facial recognition systems... are inherently faulty and generate particularly poor accuracy results when used wi

The best VPN deals in Black Friday 2021

Mashable / 45min
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The best TV deals in Black Friday 2021

Mashable / 45min
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The best laptop and tablet deals in Black Friday 2021

Mashable / 45min
Navigating Black Friday can be a pain, so we've tried to make your life a little bit easier by organising the deals you need into convenient category pages: Cyber Monday Deals (UK) Cyber Monday Gaming Deals (UK) Cyber Monday TV Deals (UK) Cyber Monday VPN Deals (UK) BEST BLACK FRIDAY VPN DEAL: STREAM SECURELY ON YOUR LAPTOP Credit: NordVPN Save 69% on NordVPN Buying Options £2.71 per month from N

The best gaming deals in Black Friday 2021

Mashable / 45min
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Everything you need to know before buying an electric car

Webasto Tata Power•
Mashable / 45min
As more automakers chase Tesla's success and ditch internal combustion engines for lithium-ion batteries, it's a great time to learn more about electric vehicles. Recently, the UK announced its plan to ban the sale of new cars powered solely by gas or diesel by 2035. California wants to phase out gas-powered cars in the next 15 years. And the Biden administration promised to spend $7.5 billion on

This new Alexa feature instils some patience in your smart home device

Amazon Alexa New Feature•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 48min
Love asking Alexa questions, but are often frustrated by the precious little time you have to ask them before your voice assistant cuts you off? This latest Alexa feature could be one of the most important if you regularly make use of devices like the Amazon Echo or Echo Studio . As reported by The Verge , the new feature grants users more time to present questions or statements to Alexa, meaning

Android 12 officially has a dessert name, and we now know what it is

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 55min
Android 12 has arrived, and while you can't yet download the official software to your smartphone we now know what its dessert name is: Android Snow Cone. We've previously heard rumors of Google returning to dessert names for its Android updates, and XDA Developers reported the name Snow Cone in February of this. year, but now it's been confirmed. Dave Burke, VP of Engineering at Google, confirme

Windows 11 warning mentions possible ‘damage’ to unsupported PCs

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 55min
Windows 11 is now out, and it’s only supported on PCs which meet the specified system requirements (naturally) – but it is still possible to install it on a machine that falls short, although you will be warned against doing so. Now that the new OS is out, Microsoft has implemented a cautionary pop-up that tells users intending to install Windows 11 on a PC below the minimum spec exactly what the

Polar reveals two new super-tough Grit X running watches, with improved navigation

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 55min
Polar has unveiled two new version of its Grit X sports watch, with tougher materials that also shave a few valuable grams off the weight, plus improved navigation tools for runs, hikes and bike rides off the beaten path. When we reviewed the original Polar Grit X back in June 2020, we were impressed by its understated but sturdy design. The new Polar Grit X Pro takes that even furtherm with a sa

Apple is making things right for iPhone 13 buyers with Apple Cards

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 55min
You’d think the one place that you’d never have a problem using the Apple Card is Apple’s own website, but you’d be wrong, because a number of customers reported problems when trying to use their Apple Cards to buy an iPhone 13 . In many cases this led to them switching to a different card and missing out on the 3% cashback they’d have been eligible for, but Apple is addressing this situation. Ma

Print notes, pics, and more directly from your phone with this inkless pocket printer

Mashable / 59min
TL;DR: Print your favorite images anywhere with the PoooliPrint L1 Inkless Pocket Printer and Various Paper Rolls Bundle , on sale for just $104.99 as of Oct. 6 — that's a 36% savings. Instant cameras have definitely made a comeback, with more people desiring tangible photos rather than digital ones. But the film for those cameras is expensive — and you only get 10 photos per pack, with no do-ove

Train for certification in Python, cybersecurity, and more with this 6-course exam prep

Mashable / 59min
TL;DR: Train for certification with the All-in-One Microsoft, Cybersecurity, and Python Exam Prep Bundle for just $29 — a 97% discount — as of Oct. 6. You could work your butt off learning and practicing all of the skills of an in-demand tech professional . But without the right certifications, your knowledge is somewhat useless. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news to those of you who loathe takin

Save 73% on this 2-year VPN subscription that protects your data from hackers

Mashable / 59min
TL;DR: Stay protected online with a two-year subscription to IPVanish VPN , on sale for just $69.99 as of Oct. 6 — that's a 73% savings. You don't have to be a famous celebrity to need high-quality protection on the internet. Anyone can open credit cards in your name if they have your personal info and no one checks hackers when they start applying for them. But with the right VPN , you can take

Make camping a breeze with this foldable chair that's the size of a water bottle

Mashable / 59min
TL;DR: Take a seat wherever with the CLIQ Portable Camping Chair , on sale for just $89.99 as of Oct. 6 — that's an 11% discount. The worst part about going camping is loading up all the gear you need to do so. But there are some corners you can cut when it comes to packing that don't amount to cutting corners at all. You just have to know about the latest advancements in portable devices that ma

Google confirms $1B investment into Africa, including subsea cable for faster internet

TechCrunch / 1h
The developing world represents the best chance of growth for large internet companies, and today one of the very biggest set out its strategy for how it plans to tackle that. Google said that it would be investing $1 billion to support “digital transformation” across Africa. This will include landing a subsea cable into the continent to enable faster internet speeds, low-interest loans for small

iPad mini (2021) has yet another screen issue, apparently

Apple iPad Mini 6 LCD•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Just one week after the iPad mini (2021) had a widely-reported jelly scrolling issue on the display , which affected the way text was shown on-screen when a user was scrolling, yet another problem with the new tablet's panel has been discovered. As reported by a user on Reddit , Apple's newest small-body slate has a 'Discoloration and Distortion' issue, according to the title of the thread. The o

Amazon’s smart fridge could be more trouble than it's worth

Amazon Smart Fridge•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Smart gadgets that let us outsource our chores, so we can enjoy our free time as we see fit, are extremely handy. Let’s face it, we’d all rather put our feet up and enjoy a good book or movie, rather than focus on vacuuming or putting a grocery order together. These days the best smart speakers and smart displays can read a recipe aloud, or in the case of smart displays show it on screen, so you

HMD Global's debut Android tablet is a cheap Amazon Fire HD 10 rival

HMD Nokia T20 Tablet•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
After a few months of speculation and teases, HMD Global has unveiled its debut Android tablet , the Nokia T20. This isn't the first-ever Nokia tablet we've seen, but the first since HMD bought the rights to the Nokia name. The Nokia T20 is a super-affordable tablet, that's best placed as a competitor to the Amazon Fire HD 10 - it has a similar screen size and price, and is targeted at the same k

BGMI is set to get Vikendi map soon

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
BGMI essentially has everything that is present in PUBG Mobile and that includes gameplay contents like maps, weapons and vehicles. Hence it is no surprise that the developers are teasing that the game is set to get the Vikendi map soon. While the developers have not mentioned the same in as may words, but the teaser image of the snowy Vikendi map along with the text, "Who's ready?" is enough to

Another Amazon gambit in edu sector: AWS re/Start program launched in India

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Amazon which is keen on the education sector in India today made one more strategic move through one of its group companies. Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing of arm of Amazon, today launched its ‘re/Start’ program in India to develop cloud computing skills in local talent and provide job opportunities. AWS re/Start , a free skills-development and job training sessions for cloud comp

It’s Time to Stop Paying for a VPN

32NYT > Technology / 1h
Many virtual private network services that were meant to protect your web browsing can no longer be trusted. Here are other ways.

Polar's Pricey New Smartwatch Is All About Adventuring Outside

Gizmodo / 1h
Polar’s always been a brand for the more hardcore fitness buffs among us. Case in point: When everyone was hunkering down at home last year, the company launched three new fitness smartwatches. Truly inspirational. Now, in 2021, Polar is doubling down on the fact that we’re sick of staying at home by launching yet… Read more...

Goldman Sachs spinoff Juven to back African high-growth companies with large checks

TechCrunch / 1h
Mauritius and U.K.-based investment company Juven went live today with plans to fund growth-stage technology and consumer companies in Africa . The one-year-old firm is looking to invest large checks in companies “that have proven business models, strong revenue traction and large addressable markets,” it said in a statement . Juven is one of the few investment firms targeting growth deals on the

HMD's first Nokia tablet features a huge battery and costs $250

HMD Nokia T20 Tablet•
Engadget / 1h
Nokia has a rich history of, well, interesting tablets like the iPad knockoff N1 , but has only released smartphones since the brand was purchased by HMD Global. Now, HMD/Nokia have launched their first tablet together, the 10.4-inch T20, with the key features being a large battery, cheap price and US availability. The T20 isn't what you'd call a beautiful tablet, given the plain-Jane design and

Wayve, the Lidar-free self-driving startup, raises $13.6M from Ocado

TechCrunch / 1h
Wayve , a U.K.-based self-driving startup that is notable for its use of deep learning and cameras rather than more-costly Lidar and other sensors to guide vehicles, is gearing up for its next stage of development with a strategic backer in its pocket. Today Ocado — the online grocer that also powers online grocery systems for other retailers like Kroger in the U.S. — announced that it is investi

Windows 11 memory leak problem causes File Explorer to eat RAM

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Windows 11 just launched for PCs and laptops which, according to Microsoft , is "a new era for the PC." However, there's trouble in this self stylized paradise as the OS is suffering from extensive memory leak issues caused by Windows File Explorer. A memory leak is a term that refers to a computer program allocating too much RAM for a task, and then not releasing the unused cache memory. It seem

How remote flying of drones will transform the future

BBC News - Technology / 1h
BBC Click's Paul Carter look at the technology allowing drones to be piloted from miles away.

T-Mobile wireless home internet service now costs $10 less

Engadget / 2h
T-Mobile has slashed $10 off the wireless home internet service it launched in April. From $60, it now costs $50 a month, which is the same price it charged customers during the product's pilot program that started back in 2019. The service gives customers access to a gateway router/modem device that converts T-Mobile's 4G LTE and 5G networks into WiFi with typical download speeds of 35 to 115 Mb

a16z backs CoinSwitch Kuber in first India investment

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29TechCrunch / 2h
Andreessen Horowitz and Coinbase Ventures have minted a new unicorn in India: CoinSwitch Kuber. The two firms have co-led a $260 million investment in the Bangalore-based cryptocurrency trading startup, valuing the young firm at $1.9 billion, they said on Tuesday. This is a16z’s first investment in India. TechCrunch reported last month — twice — that the two firms were in talks to back the Indian

ColorOS 12 based on Android 12 to be announced on October 11

Oppo Android 12 October 11•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Android 12 was made official a couple of days back and as expected smartphone makers are rushing to announce their version of the new software in town. Oppo will take the stage on October 11 to unveil the next iteration of ColorOS, the ColorOS 12. Needless to say, the ColorOS 12 will be based on Android 12. The new update is said to bring some new design language, improved performance, and better

Mark Zuckerberg says whistleblower's allegations 'don't make any sense'

Zuckerberg Facebook•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Buffeted by the damning claims made by whistleblower Frances Haugen, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outright rejected her charges that were made at a US Congressional testimony. On his own Facebook page, Zuckerberg put out a note that he had earlier shared with everyone in his company, and said that "the argument that we deliberately push content that makes people angry for profit is deeply illogic

How to watch Black Widow online on Disney Plus today from anywhere

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Marvel fans have long been anticipating the arrival of Black Widow's own title movie. After many a setback, it's finally here and Disney Plus subscribers can watch Black Widow online right now no matter where you are. Disney Plus deals: see all today's best prices here How to watch Black Widow online Release date: Wednesday, October 6 Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fa

Google Maps launches eco-friendly routing in the US

Google Maps Eco US•
TechCrunch / 3h
Google today announced that eco-friendly routes, a feature it first talked about earlier this year , is now live for iOS and Android users in the U.S., with support in Europe launching in 2022. And while this new routing option, which gives drivers the choice between the fastest and most fuel-efficient route, is clearly the highlight of today’s release, Maps is also getting two other new features

RepAir Carbon realised fuel cell tech could be applied to CO2 capture — now they plan to scale

TechCrunch / 3h
Existing technologies for direct air capture technologies require a lot of heat to remove the CO2, after it’s been absorbed into filters. The process to date has been laborious and often highly energy inefficient. What’s often been missing in the process has been a more efficient way of capturing CO2 in the first place. The key to the whole thing is filters, and it is this aspect that more than o

Tazah gets pre-seed funding to make Pakistan’s agriculture sector more bountiful

42TechCrunch / 3h
The founders of Tazah Technologies , a B2B agriculture marketplace in Pakistan, met while serving leadership roles at Uber subsidiary Careem . Abrar Bajwa and Mohsin Zaka bonded during long working hours as the platform dealt with COVID-19’s impact. Eventually, the two started talking about creating their own startup. When asked how they got from ride-hailing to agri-tech, Bajwa told TechCrunch t

Google Maps adds a dedicated 'lite' navigation mode for cyclists

Engadget / 3h
Google Maps has included cycling directions for years now, but not a dedicated navigation mode for those who like to travel from place to place on two wheels. That’s changing in the coming months with the introduction of a feature called lite navigation . Taking the turn-by-turn functionality that Maps is known for, the tool allows you to see important details about your current trip without the

Google turns its AI on traffic lights to reduce pollution

Google AI Reduce Traffic•
28Engadget / 3h
Poorly timed traffic lights don't just waste precious minutes. Like Google's chief sustainability officer Kate Brandt pointed out at a media event yesterday, they're also bad for the environment and public health. The company unveiled a slew of sustainability-centric products and updates today that aim to help users make more informed, environmentally friendly decisions. But it's also been workin

Google's Nest Renew program can help you use more clean energy at home

PGE Google Nest Renew•
Engadget / 3h
Google's latest effort to help you make more environmentally friendly decisions is all about your power grid . The new Nest Renew program is a suite of features that look at the times of day when the electricity feeding into your home is cleaner and turning your compatible Nest thermostats on or off accordingly. Renew arrives in a by-invitation preview in the coming weeks, and will be available f

Google search results now highlight sustainable travel and shopping

Google Search US Nest•
Engadget / 3h
Google is making its search engine more useful for the eco-friendly crowd . The internet giant is updating its search to provide information on more sustainable shopping and travel options. Look for energy-intensive appliances like hot water heaters or dishwashers, for instance, and you'll see suggestions for more sustainable (and frequently more cost-effective) products. A future update will als

Biden's Pick for Top Antitrust Official Was a Star Corporate Lawyer

21NYT > Technology / 3h
How Jonathan Kanter, the Biden administration’s choice to be the Justice Department’s antitrust chief, became a progressive foe of Big Tech.

Xiaomi brings its latest 11T and 11T Pro phones to the UAE

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Xiaomi has announced that it is brining its latest range of phones to the Middle East. The Xiaomi 11T and the Xiaomi 11T Pro were revealed in the UAE yesterday. Other than the 11T and the 11T Pro, Xiaomi also launched the Xiaomi Pad 5 and a new version of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G called Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE. The Xiaomi 11T and the 11T Pro phones are similar to each other with the three most notab

Nest Renew uses Energy Shift to put focus on a clean future

PGE Google Nest Renew•
SlashGear / 3h
A new service called Nest Renew is being released on a by-invite basis in the United States. Nest Renew is a service that combines existing Nest thermostat programs with new elements to allow users to “play a part in the fight against climate change.” This service works with intelligent automation, user education tools, renewable generation support, and nonprofit funding focused … Continue readin

Amazon opens first UK non-food store

Amazon UK Store•
2KBBC News - Technology / 3h
The Amazon 4-star shop in Kent will sell a range of products which are bestsellers on its website.

Apple Watch Series 7 finally goes official in India

Apple Watch Series 7•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Apple had earlier announced the launch and availability of its latest iPhones and shiny new iPads in India. It had however had not revealed the pricing and availability of the latest Apple Watch Series 7 - even though the new Apple Watch was announced globally at the same launch event. That said, Apple has now not only revealed the retail price of the Apple Watch Series 7 in India but has also st

Thanks to Qualcomm, Wi-Fi gaming performance enhanced in Windows 11

Qualcomm Wi-Fi Gaming 11•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Microsoft had recently announced that it was teaming up with Qualcomm to bring native support for Wi-Fi Dual Station to Windows 11 . And now, Qualcomm has said that the the Wi-Fi Dual Station coupled with its Qualcomm FastConnect 4-stream Dual Band Simultaneous (DBS) can set new benchmarks for low-latency gaming. Qualcomm said in the testing conducted by it, with off-the-shelf retail Wi-Fi 6 Acce

iPad mini 6 now reported to have a screen distortion problem

SlashGear / 4h
Considering how it has remained virtually unchanged over the years, the 2021 iPad mini, a.k.a. the iPad mini 6, has almost overshadowed the iPhone 13 because of the upgrades and changes that it got this year. While those changes have so far looked and sounded great, there seem to be some kinks that haven’t been ironed out before the tablet … Continue reading

Defy boundaries with Alienware m15 R6

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
A room with the quintessential gaming rig, a slew of fancy posters on the walls all around, a ton of RGB lights and a soul that is limited to the confines of this self-created cave. This is a standard image of a gamer’s cove that you’d draw in your mind. Also, the gamer in question is a person with a graphic tee, funky hairdo and a headphone hung around the neck. This is probably the stereotype p

Acer launches new Aspire, Swift, and Spin laptops with Windows 11 in India

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Acer has announced six new laptops in India which run on the latest Windows 11 out of the box. The Windows 11 OS stable was recently released globally and we are already seeing laptops running on the fresh version of Microsoft’s latest OS iteration in India. The newly launched laptops fall under Acer’s Swift, Aspire, and Spin series. The price of these laptops start at Rs 55,999 and go all the wa

PS3 and PS Vita stores will no longer accept credit cards and PayPal

Sony PlayStation Vita•
SlashGear / 5h
With the launch of the PlayStation 5, it is expected that Sony would eventually try to push its older gaming systems out of the picture. That almost happened this year, but the company relented and allowed some venerable consoles to continue the status quo. That’s not to say that it’s willing to spend resources on maintaining those well-aged PlayStation systems. … Continue reading

This 40-hour drone videography course bundle is on sale for 97% off

Mashable / 5h
TL;DR: The All-in-One Phantom DJI Drone and Mavic Filmschool Bundle is on sale for £29.48 as of Oct. 6, saving you 97% on list price. If you're a movie lover, fan of the outdoors, or just someone with something to say, creating a film is a creative and healthy way to channel your excess energy. And now, with this bundle deal, you don't have to shell out a fortune to get the right training to make

Canon created a dual fisheye lens for its new VR video system

Canon Fisheye EOS VR•
300+Engadget / 5h
Canon has made a surprising product announcement, revealing a dual, RF mount fisheye lens that's part of an all-new system called EOS VR. Its aim is nothing less than to transform VR and AR production by making workflow simpler than current systems, while delivering the quality of a full-frame mirrorless camera. The key product is the $1,999 RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye manual lens designed specif

Do Allergies Raise Risk of Mental Illness? New Study Finds No Causal Link

Gizmodo / 6h
A new study might provide some comfort to those who suffer from allergies. The research found little evidence that having allergies directly raises the risk of developing mental health problems, or vice-versa, something that previous research had suggested might be the case. Though it’s still possible that treating… Read more...

Canon's bizarre new dual-fisheye lens lets you shoot VR video with the Canon EOS R5

Canon Fisheye EOS VR•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Canon isn't known for its left-field surprises, but it's just announced a big one in the form of a dual fisheye lens that lets Canon EOS R5 owners shoot 180-degree VR video. The Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye is its first VR lens and the world's first for digital interchangeable lens cameras that can shoot 180-degree VR video. We've seen lots of cameras capable of shooting immersive 3D video

Former Sennheiser engineer Axel Grell made a $200 pair of ANC true wireless earbuds

Sennheiser Grell ANC•
46Engadget / 6h
In 2019, Axel Grell, the designer of Sennheiser’s legendary HD580 and HD800 headphones, left the company to found Grell Audio. Two years later, the startup is coming out with a pair of true wireless headphones known as the TWS/1. Set to cost $200 when they go on sale next month, they feature components individually sourced and designed by Grell. Highlights include custom 10mm drivers, support for

AirPods Pro and AirPods Max can now be found by Find My Network

SlashGear / 6h
Together with the launch of AirTags, Apple expanded its Find My feature to utilize more than just the owner’s iPhone and its Bluetooth radio to locate lost devices. The new Find My Network can utilize other people’s iPhones, iPads, and Macs to join the search for your missing property, though only if the feature has been enabled for that product … Continue reading

Mark Zuckerberg denies Facebook puts profit over users' safety

Zuckerberg Facebook•
100+Engadget / 6h
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg didn't testify at today's whistleblower hearing , but he has posted a lengthy reply to the accusations being lobbed at the company. He said the Frances Haugen's claims don't make sense and that they paint a "false picture" of the social network. "At the heart of these accusations is this idea that we prioritize profit over safety and well-being. That's just not true,"

LG Gram laptops will now ship with Windows 11 out of the box

SlashGear / 6h
Windows 11 came out a day earlier than planned, but it didn’t take long for PC makers to jump on board and announce support for the newest Windows release. In addition to Microsoft’s own Surface line, the likes of Acer and Razer have been quick to debut new laptops that come with Windows 11 right off the bat. LG, in … Continue reading

Tesla is the sore loser of a $137 million racism lawsuit

Tesla Pay $137M Racism•
21Mashable / 7h
Tesla has been ordered to shell out $136.9 million in a racial discrimination lawsuit, an enormous judgement that may be the biggest of its kind in the U.S. The electric car company has a few things to say about that. The suit was brought by former Tesla contractor Owen Diaz, who began working with the company in 2015. Hired as an elevator operator in a factory in Fremont, California, Diaz claime

The Fat Bear Week winner is the champion we all needed

200+Mashable / 7h
Welcome to Fat Bear Week 2021! Katmai National Park and Preserve’s brown bears spent the summer gorging on 4,500-calorie salmon, and they've transformed into rotund giants, some over 1,000 pounds. The Alaskan park is holding its annual playoff-like competition for the fattest of the fat bears (you can vote online between Sept. 29 through Oct. 5). Mashable will be following all the ursine activity

How to temporarily deactivate your Facebook account

30Mashable / 7h
Hey, we could all use a break every now and then. Sometimes, it's your extended family having political arguments. Other times, it's that one random dude from high school trying to recruit you to a pyramid scheme. Or maybe you're just irked to see how Facebook has been handling its latest scandal. SEE ALSO: Best portable Bluetooth speakers The point is, for one reason or another, you need a break

Here's what the internet looked like the day Facebook and its apps broke

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After about six hours offline, Facebook and its apps slowly reemerged on the internet. In those tense few hours, millions of lives (offline and on) were disrupted and the internet, well, hit different.

Facebook's defense during whistleblower hearing falls apart in real time

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Sometimes, it's best to just log off. That's a lesson Facebook is learning the hard way on Tuesday. During a Senate hearing on Tuesday where Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen provided testimony on how the company's platforms affect the wellbeing of young people. Facebook communications director, Andy Stone, decided to tweet responses to what Haugen was saying to the Subcommittee on Consumer P

Grab a new 75-inch Sony 4K TV for its lowest price yet

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Save $401.99: The Sony 75-inch X80J 4K LED smart TV is on sale for just $1,098 at Amazon — a 27% discount. The right TV paired with a new soundbar makes all the difference when you stream the latest hits in your own living room. Make your next upgrade worthwhile with a huge Sony TV . If you've got enough space on your wall, the 75-inch Sony X80J 4K TV at $1,098 is a pretty good option. This price

Take a peek at future Lyft rides in Motional's self-driving EVs

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Some Lyft ride requests in Las Vegas are already autonomous (although there's a safety driver), but starting in 2023, the fully autonomous rides powered by autonomous company Motional will come in a sleek new EV. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be transformed into a robo-taxi for Lyft ride requests in Las Vegas and other other cities Motional will be adding to its self-driving network . Currently Motion

Watch the Facebook whistleblower explain why your News Feed is so toxic

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It's no accident that your Facebook News Feed is such a disastrous mess . It turns out the content algorithmically selected and presented to users on their custom feeds is meant to generate likes, shares, or comments. But not, as one might naively suspect, for the benefit of the user looking at their feed. Rather the goal is to provide "little hits of dopamine" to the original poster in an effort

‘No Time To Die’ cinematographer reveals why it stands among the greatest Bond films — Supporting Players

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Linus Sandgren, an Oscar-winning cinematographer, opens up about his steadfast approach to filmmaking and reveals some details about how he shot the latest James Bond film .

Facebook whistleblower says Zuckerberg put viral posts over safety — and may have given bonuses for it

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There are many threads to pick up on from the bombshell Senate hearing with Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, but one thing is for sure: Haugen is alleging that Facebook has continuously prioritized revenue over the wellbeing of its users. During the hearing , Haugen mentioned that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided to not remove downstream MSI, or Meaningful Social Interactions, because,

The Google Nest Mini is on sale for almost half off at Walmart

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SAVE $24.02: The second-gen Google Nest Mini is on sale at Walmart for just $24.98 as of Oct. 5. It usually retails for $49, so this deal saves you a solid 49%. As Amazon rolls out some " Black Friday-worthy deals " earlier than ever before, we've heard very little about the matter from one of its closest retail rivals: Walmart. The big box store has really only confirmed that its stores will be

How to hide notifications on your iPhone lock screen

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There are myriad reasons for why you may want to hide notifications from your iPhone lock screen, but most people can relate to this one: Do you get way too many freaking emails? And every time you get one you hear the familiar dinging sound as each new email fills your lock screen with a reminder of your many obligations? Yeah... feels bad, man. Especially when it's after work hours, or it's the

Save $100 on a robot vacuum mop that can handle multiple surfaces with ease

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Save $100: Grab the Bissell SpinWave Wet and Dry Robot Vacuum for just $299.99, down from $399.99, as of Oct. 5 — that's a 25% discount. Keeping your floors clean can feel, in a word, Sisyphean. Spend your Sunday with a vacuum and mop, and somehow, Monday's floors look dirty again. The cruel reality is that having clean, sparkling floors also feels incredible, but honestly, who has the time to do

Small business owners reveal just how much the Facebook outage affected them

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Yesterday, the world experienced several hours without Facebook — and those hours unwittingly revealed just how much of our digital and physical lives depend on the platform. Across the world, the indispensability of Facebook was felt, while Twitter and other platforms got to enjoy the spotlight in its absence. The outage had Facebook messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp under collapse, too. The imp

These 2-in-1 Chromebooks from Lenovo are ideal for students — and under $300

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Save up to 30%: As of Oct. 5, the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 ($130 off) and Lenovo Chromebook C330 ($50 off) are both on sale at Amazon. Each laptop costs less than $300. The school-is-already-boring-and-it's-only-October rut is definitely a thing. If the same old laggy laptop isn't doing your productivity levels any favors, a new Chromebook could add some (literal and figurative) flexibility to yo

Save almost $75 on a pair of Powerbeats Pro for a limited time

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SAVE $73.97: As of Oct. 5, the Powerbeats Pro are $73.97 (30%) off their usual price for a limited time, bringing the total down to $175.98. Don't get us wrong, we love AirPods . They're convenient, stylish, zeitgeist-y — all that good stuff. But one thing they notoriously aren't good for is exercise. Unless you're a superhuman who doesn't sweat during workouts, it's likely that your AirPods are

All the 'House of the Dragon' teaser moments you may have missed

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Let's be honest, even if you hated the ending , you've been living the past two years with a Game of Thrones- shaped hole in your life. But it doesn't have to be that way any longer. House of the Dragon , the prequel show set 200 years before the Iron Throne fell, has been quietly picking up steam, with the first official images released by HBO earlier this year. And now we have a teaser to analy

How to set boundaries at work

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Boundaries are your best friend. Whether you're setting a boundary with a friend, family member, romantic or sexual partner, boundaries set the basic guidelines for how you'd like to be treated . Boundaries aren't limited to our personal lives, however. Professional boundaries are vital in preventing burnout , managing stress, and ensuring your work life and home life are kept distinct. Why are p

Start early holiday shopping with great deals on Echo devices

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Best deals on Echo devices as of Oct. 5: Echo Dot (3rd Gen) — $24.99 (save $15 or 38%) Echo Show 8 (1st Gen) — $69.99 (save $40 or 36%) Echo Dot (4th Gen) Kids — $39.99 (save $20 or 33%) Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen) Kids — $59.99 (save $35 or 37%) Yes, holiday shopping has already started. Take a second to be exasperated and then let's just accept it. There are bound to be people on your shopping list w

Simon Rex and *NSYNC dominate trailer for A24's 'Red Rocket'

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Red Rocket is the next project from writer-director Sean Baker, known for The Florida Project and Tangerine . The darkly funny film tells the story of washed-up porn star Mikey Saber's (Simon Rex) return to his hometown. The trailer highlights Rex's leading performance, underscoring the film's offbeat sense of humor with the sweet sounds of *NYSNC's "Bye Bye Bye." Red Rocket also stars Suzanna So

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio is a near-perfect Windows 11 laptop

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It's not enough for Microsoft to release the first new version of Windows in six years . On top of that, the company's got a slew of new Surface devices rolling out this fall, and its flagship Surface Laptop Studio is very close to being the ideal way to jump into Windows 11 . As sort of an heir to both the Surface Book and Surface Studio , the Surface Laptop Studio marries the former's portable

An Italian city was transformed after a sculptor erected a myriad of ghostly structures

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‘Opera’ is the latest installation created by Italian sculptor Edoardo Tresoldi. It comprises 46 pillars up to eight meters tall. The pillars are spread across a 2,500-square meter park, making the public installation one of the largest in Europe.

'And Just Like That...' HBO reveals 'Sex and the City' reboot release date

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And Just Like That... the announcement has arrived. The next chapter of Sex and the City has been sought after, questioned , but mostly very much discussed. The reboot has now been revealed to premiere on HBO Max this December. "Hello from New York City, Fifth Avenue!" title star Sarah Jessica Parker says in the clip, with the original show's iconic tune playing in the background. The revival wil

'Peacemaker' clip sees John Cena leave his pet eagle in the car for a mission meeting

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"Did this dipshit really show up in full cosplay mode?" John Cena is back (and getting completely and rudely dunked on?) in his shiny helmet as Peacemaker in the first spinoff TV series for the DC Cinematic Universe. Created by James Gunn, the series will spin-off from The Suicide Squad , at the end of which we weren't quite sure what would happen to everyone, including Peacemaker. HBO released a

'Succession' Season 3 clip reveals the aftermath of Kendall's explosive press conference

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Succession fans, the wait is very nearly over! Season 3 of HBO's satirical drama series is arriving on our screens on Oct. 17 . While we wait for the almighty sh*tstorm to unfold, here's a sneak peek at what happened immediately after Kendall Roy's dramatic press conference in the last episode of Season 2 . The clip opens with Kendall looking like a goth teenager on a family holiday as he pushes

Trent Crimm of 'Ted Lasso' did a major journalism don't

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Welcome to Fix It , our series examining projects we love — save for one tiny change we wish we could make. Between crafting relatable portrayals of anxiety , highlighting the importance of kindness to suicide loss survivors , and (mostly) appreciating British culture sans stereotypes , Ted Lasso gets a lot of things right. But the Apple TV+ comedy got one thing wrong in the 11th episode of Seaso

HBO's 'House of the Dragon' teaser gives us a glimpse of Targaryen Matt Smith

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It's finally here! We may not have any more Game of Thrones to look forward to, but HBO Max's prequel series House of the Dragon is about to take us back in time to 200 years before the throne fell. "Gods. Kings. Fire. And blood," says a Targaryen Matt Smith (who stars as Prince Daemon) in the voiceover. "Dreams didn't make us kings. Dragons did." It's time to get excited. House of the Dragon is

Russian film crew launches into space to shoot movie on International Space Station

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Sorry, Tom Cruise, but it looks like your plans to shoot the first narrative movie in space may have just been scuppered. On Tuesday morning at 5:55 a.m. ET, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying actor Yulia Peresild, director Klim Shipenko, and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They're heading to the International Space Station with the aim to shoot the

Android 12 gets a tasty new dessert name

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The dessert names are back! After abandoning dessert names for new versions of Android in 2019, when Android 10 was launched, Google is bringing back the somewhat silly custom with Android 12, or should I say, Android Snow Cone. The news was revealed by Google's VP of engineering for Android, Dave Burke, who shared the name on Twitter. Tweet may have been deleted Android Central points out that t

How to revive student activism after a year of loss and trauma

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School is back and so are extracurriculars — kind of. It’s still being figured out. Some clubs are staying virtual, others have gone on pause and lost members, and some extracurriculars have disbanded entirely. Student activists in particular have struggled with an additional test — how can they re-energize and sustain their movements after a year filled with anxiety, financial uncertainty, and a

Join the indoor gardening revolution with an extra 15% discount on these growing kits and tools

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Haven't you heard? Everyone is into gardening now. Maybe it's the result of boredom, or perhaps it's because many were trying to minimize trips to the supermarket. Whatever the case, the past two years have spurred an indoor gardening movement , leading to seed kits flying off the shelves and people adorning their windowsills with various herbs. If you haven't hopped on the gardening bandwagon ye

This $150 massage gun is on sale for under $70

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TL;DR: Boost your recovery and save an extra 15% on the already-discounted Exogun Pocket Pro-Level Massage Gun with the code VIP15 . As of Oct. 5, grab it for just $67.99 for a total savings of 54%. Whether you’re training for the New York Marathon, enhancing your workout regimen , or are simply spending more time on your feet these days, it’s important to rest and recover as much as you can. Aft

Take an extra 15% off these already-discounted USB-C cables, hubs, and accessories

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USB-C, billed as the one-size-fits-all solution for future cable needs, is slowly starting to take over. MacBooks completely ditched all other ports in favor of USB-C only. The new iPads have adopted the USB-C over the Lightning. Samsung switched over a few years back. There’s just one problem: Many of our devices still need other ports as well. We’re in a weird in-between stage where USB-C seems

Save an extra 15% on this automatic toy that keeps your cat entertained for hours

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TL;DR: The Cheerble Ice Cream Cat Toy is on sale for $29.99, but as of Oct.5 you can save an extra 15% with the code VIP15 , and grab it for just $25.49 for a total savings of 27%. Cats are known to be chill, lazy, and unbothered, but even your favorite feline friend needs to let loose and play games every once in a while. If you notice your cat needs an extra bit of socialization lately, this ic

Creepy 'V/H/S/94' clip is a found footage nightmare-fest

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Remember when grainy found footage horror movies were all the rage? Well it's time to take a trip down memory lane. On Thursday Shudder dropped a clip from V/H/S/94 , the fourth instalment in Brad Miska's terrifying anthology franchise that takes its cues from the likes of The Blair Witch Project and The Ring . The clip is taken from the film's "Storm Drain" segment, which sees a reporter and her

Stephen Colbert gleefully mocks Facebook's massive outage

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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and even Oculus were all down for hours on Monday , with the social media giant going through one of the longest outages it has ever experienced. Even Facebook's internal communications system and building access badges weren't working, hampering employees scrambling to fix the problem. "As the panic grew, Facebook ' did not say what might be causing the outage ,'"

Facebook apologizes for that massive outage, says no user data was compromised

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Guess who's back after a 6-hour outage ? It's Facebook, and the company is sorry. In an oddly short update on its engineering blog, Facebook explained the root cause of the outage that saw half the world suddenly post memes on Twitter , and the other half realize WhatsApp (another Facebook service that was down) isn't a good backup for Messenger. "Our engineering teams have learned that configura

Rediscover your love for drawing with this heavily discounted training bundle

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TL;DR: The 2021 Complete Character Art Academy Drawing Bundle is on sale for £22.11 as of Oct. 5, saving you 97% on list price. If you're looking for a way to jump back into drawing as a hobby, this 2021 Complete Character Art Academy Drawing Bundle is a great place to start. This training will help you get back into your flow state of putting pen to paper and teach you a few new tricks along the

The Fat Bear Week final is here, and it's an excellent matchup

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Welcome to Fat Bear Week 2021! Katmai National Park and Preserve’s brown bears spent the summer gorging on 4,500-calorie salmon, and they've transformed into rotund giants, some over 1,000 pounds. The Alaskan park is holding its annual playoff-like competition for the fattest of the fat bears (you can vote online between Sept. 29 through Oct. 5). Mashable will be following all the ursine activity

Facebook, Instagram are back, and Twitter has thoughts

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Facebook has risen once more to dispense chain posts, conspiracy theories, and group chat snark. The platform is now back up and running after the six-hour outage, ready to suck our feeble brains back into the tar pit of the internet. The social media website experienced a massive outage on Monday when it suddenly went down for users across the globe. And it wasn't the only service that vanished.

TikTokkers are discovering a sex hack using pillows, but does it actually work?

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Admit it. We’ve all opened up TikTok for a quick scroll only to end up completely fixated for hours by the endless stream of videos on our For You page. I know I have, and it’s partially because TikTok can be just as educational as it is entertaining. When I’m on TikTok, I find tons of hacks, from makeup and travel tips to cooking lessons. However, a recent viral hack on TikTok is one that immedi

The epic 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage's mid-credit scene, explained

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We've reached a point in society where standing up and leaving right after a movie ends is considered weird and contextually irresponsible. Nowadays, the odds of a movie having a mid or post-credit scene are fairly high. Sure, some of those scenes are silly hat tips or extended jokes, but others are so monumental to the plot that skipping them is almost as bad as not seeing the movie at all. V en

How to delete WhatsApp

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You can delete your WhatsApp account in a few simple steps. Just know doing this will delete all information related to your account, including your profile photo, participation in WhatsApp groups, and all message history. SEE ALSO: What is Signal? The basics of the most secure messaging app. Open "Settings" The "Settings" button is the tiny gear icon on bottom right corner of the screen. Once in

5 things to know before jumping into Windows 11

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Windows 11 is almost here and that means it's time for every PC user to get up to speed on what that's going to mean for their daily lives. Launching officially on Oct. 5, Windows 11 marks the first new numbered Windows release in more than six years. At least on the surface (pun not intended, but acknowledged), Windows 11 looks like a fairly radical departure from what came before. Basic Windows

Twitter is overrun with Facebook and Instagram memes

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UPDATE: Oct. 5, 2021, 11:52 a.m. AEDT Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are finally back up after a six-hour outage, though whether this is a good or bad thing depends on your point of view. Predictably, reactions have been mixed . Our original story follows. Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Workplace have been down for a good chunk of the day on Monday . So the people of th

Twitter and Jack Dorsey mock Facebook and Instagram outages

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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger – basically every Facebook-owned platform – has been down for hours now. And Twitter is basking in the glory of it all. Tweet may have been deleted "hello literally everyone" tweeted the @Twitter handle. Twitter's account is obviously referencing the fact that Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp users are flocking to alternative social media platfor

The fantastic Beats Studio Buds have never been this cheap before

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SAVE $25: Amazon and Walmart have the new Beats Studio Buds on sale for just $124.95 as of Oct. 4 — that's 17% off their suggested retail price of $149.95. They may not bear that iconic AirPods branding, but the Beats Studio Buds are arguably some of the best earbuds Apple has ever made. In fact, "after using the Studio Buds, it's tough to see much use for the entry-level AirPods anymore," said M

Take a walk through mesmerizing photos of Hong Kong's NFT art fair

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There are NFTs for pretty much anything these days — memes , cartoons , even the code for the World Wide Web . But the most prolific, up-and-coming NFT space has to be art. The art world is undergoing a digital reckoning, with NFTs and online sales dominating high-profile auctions globally . The craze has especially uplifted the art industry in Hong Kong, where avant-garde contemporary art is win

10 unique DNA kits for you and your pets on sale for as low as $51

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As of 2020, over 30 million people ( likely more ) had taken an at-home DNA test. And beyond learning more about our genetics and ancestry, it’s also led to insane discoveries — including catching serial killers , finding birth parents, and discovering presidential relatives. You never know what kind of information or mysteries your DNA will unlock. If you’re interested in learning more about you

Master the low-effort, high-reward meal with these Crock-Pots on sale

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Check out the savings on these Crock-Pot slow cookers at Amazon as of Oct. 4. BEST FOR BIG PORTIONS: Crock-Pot 8-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker — Save $28 BEST SMART COOKER: Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker (Alexa-enabled) — Save $20 There's no denying it — we are currently living in the month of October. This simple fact could spur you to spiral about the passage of time this year (val

What the staff bought in September 2021

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If you follow Mashable Shopping's coverage, you know that we live to bring you the best product recommendations we can find based on countless hours of online research. But what about the stuff that we buy for ourselves? The stuff that made it into our shopping carts? Well, we're here to tell you about those things, and we'll be back every month to do so again. Here's what the staff bought in Sep

Facebook, Instagram were down for six hours after whistleblower went public

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UPDATE: Oct. 5, 2021, 5:24 p.m. AEDT Facebook published a brief post about the outage , saying "We want to make clear at this time we believe the root cause of this outage was a faulty configuration change. We also have no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime." The post offered few concrete details about the incident, but apologized "to all those affected". UPDATE:

Grab Roborock robot vacuums (and one stick vacuum) for Black Friday-level prices at Amazon

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Save up to 31%: A slew of Roborock robot vacuums and stick vacuums are on sale as Epic Daily Deals at Amazon as of Oct. 4. Savings are between $100 and $170. OUR TOP PICKS: Roborock S5 Max Robot Vacuum and Mop — $379.99 (save $170) Roborock H7 Cordless Stick Vacuum — $399.99 (save $100) Roborock E4 Robot Vacuum and Mop — $227.99 (save $152) Robot vacuums will once again be a hot commodity this Bl

Marvel at this video of a huge hurricane thrashing around a drone in the ocean

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A fearless Saildrone – a 7-meter autonomous marine robot – was sent into the heart of Hurricane Hurricane Sam in the Atlantic Ocean to gather some vital data. Its video captures 15-meter waves and winds of over 193 kmh.

William Shatner will go to space on Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin

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Around 55 years ago, James T. Kirk first explored where no man had gone before on the hit television show, Star Trek . Life will imitate art in 2021 as actor William Shatner, the man who played Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise, will venture into space. The 90-year-old Shatner is scheduled to board Blue Origins next flight on the New Shephard rocket on Oct. 12. Blue Origin is the space travel co

NFTs are bringing back contemporary art sales

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Art used to be confined to the hushed expanse of a museum, or the walls of an apartment. But it has found an expansive new home today: in the world of crypto. Contemporary art sales are apparently facing a significant revival with the help of non-fungible tokens — NFTs are a form of cryptocurrency , basically digital collectibles that live on the blockchain. According to Artprice , a leader in ar

Google is offering free Stadia Premiere bundles with any game purchase or preorder

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TL;DR: As of Oct. 4, get a free Google Stadia Premiere Edition with any game purchase (or pre-order) of $60 and above. That's an $80 value. Google Stadia had a bit of a rough launch when it first came out in 2019. While it was undeniably an impressive concept, there were still a lot of kinks to work out. For one thing, it seemed to be strictly meant for early adopters of cloud gaming. While most

Prep for epic holiday meals with Le Creuset cookware on sale

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SAVE UP TO $120.05: Get your kitchen ready for the holiday season with Le Creuset cast iron cookware on sale at Amazon. As of Oct. 4, the 3.5-quart Enameled Cast Iron Sauteuse Oven is $120.05 off and the three-quart enamel Cast Iron Oval Baker is $35.80 off. Pick them up for $179.95 (40% off) and $129.95 (22% off), respectively. It may only be the beginning of October, but the time has already co

Andrew Garfield shines in trailer for Netflix musical 'tick, tick...BOOM!'

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Between In the Heights and The Eyes of Tammy Faye , 2021 has been a busy year for Lin-Manuel Miranda and Andrew Garfield. Now, the two team up for Miranda's feature directorial debut tick, tick...BOOM! , an adaptation of Rent creator Jonathan Larson's memoir musical of the same name. Garfield stars as Jon, a young theater composer in New York City trying to write the next great American musical.

Build a gym at home with an extra 15% off this already-discounted fitness equipment

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Whether you refuse to pay an exorbitant amount of money for a gym membership, don't have the time to actually go to one, or are just uncomfortable with the idea of sweating it out with other people, building a home gym is a great alternative. Some people are put off by this idea because of limited space at home, but there are multifunctional tools designed to offer a full-body workout without req

These AirPods accessories are all on sale for up to 75% off

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Apple’s AirPods, AirPods Pro , and AirPods Max remain best-sellers in the true wireless listening category. But they certainly aren’t perfect. They can often be improved with a few accessories — like ear hooks or a protective case. For a limited time, you can snag yourself some AirPods accessories — and even a new pair of AirPods Pro — for up to 75% off. Happy listening! The Learn Smart Lifetime

Amazon has Black Friday-level deals on AirPods and AirPods Pro

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Best AirPods deals as of Oct. 4: AirPods Pro — $179 (save $70) AirPods with wired charging — $109 (save $50) AirPods with wireless charging — $129 (save $70) Every year we wait for that first taste of Black Friday deals , and every year it seems to come earlier. As of Oct. 4, AirPods and AirPods Pro are getting the early Black Friday treatment with some of the best prices we've seen in a while. I

It's time to grow up and move on in 'On My Block' Season 4

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Four years ago, Netflix introduced a roster of promising new projects starring mostly unknown talent. These included a dubious Queer Eye reboot starring five guys no one had heard of and a quirky teen comedy called On My Block. A challenging mix of comedy and drama set in a fictitious but unsafe Los Angeles neighborhood, On My Block wore its humor and heart on its sleeve from the first episode. C

Google will automatically enable two-step verification for 150 million users

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Google’s goal of organizing all of the world’s information has, for better or worse, meant that it also possesses those pieces of information, especially the data of millions of people around the world. That makes it one of if not the biggest targets of hackers, and it has worked hard on making its security bulletproof. Unfortunately, the weakest links in … Continue reading

Arlo cameras now let Google Assistant speak when they detection movement

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Google just announced the availability of new smart cameras under its Nest smart home brand, but those are hardly the only options available in a rather congested market. When it comes to security cameras and video doorbells, Arlo’s name is right up there, especially when it comes to integrating with Google’s own smart home platform. Once again demonstrating its close … Continue reading

Autify advances no-code AI-powered software testing automation platform with $10M Series A

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While working as a software engineer in Japan, Singapore and San Francisco for the past 10 years, Ryo Chikazawa , CEO and co-founder of Autify , came to realize that there’s one common problem in the software development industry; software testing takes excessive time. Chikazawa and co-founder Sam Yamashita started Autify in 2016 in San Francisco to develop software testing automation, enabling s

Samsung One UI 4.0 will bring RAM Plus to more phones

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Samsung used to adamantly do things its own way to clearly separate itself from the rest of the Android world. Lately, however, it has adopted a more collaborative approach that has resulted in a back and forth between its custom experiences and Google’s preferred flavor. Some have even compared the new aesthetic of Android 12 to Samsung’s One UI, and … Continue reading

SmartRyde, a Japanese online platform for airport transfers, spurs global expansion with Series A

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SmartRyde , a Japanese online pre-booked airport transfers service platform, is a marketplace that connects travelers to local transportation operators/online travel agencies (OTAs). Sota Kimura, co-founder and CEO of SmartRyde, founded SmartRyde in 2017 after he experienced trouble getting a taxi from the airport to the hotel when he traveled abroad, Kimura told TechCrunch. SmartRyde, which curr

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Android 11 update might already be in the works

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Although it isn’t by any means a big name in the Android market, NVIDIA has earned quite a reputation for how it has so far managed its SHIELD TV devices. Even those models nearly half a decade old continue to receive updates, something few manufacturers have been able to pull off. That said, NVIDIA did categorically deliver some bad news … Continue reading

Uber faces legal action over ‘racially discriminatory’ facial recognition ID checks

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Ride-hailing giant Uber is facing a legal challenge over its use of real-time facial recognition technology in a driver and courier identity check system that it uses in the UK. The App Drivers & Couriers Union (ADCU) announced the legal action Tuesday, alleging that Uber’s biometric identity checks discriminate against people of color. The union said it’s taking the action after the unfair dismi

Anonymous Claims to Leak Data on the Texas GOP

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Members of the hacker collective Anonymous claim to have leaked a large cache of data belonging to the Republican Party of Texas. The leak, the size of which is unclear, is said to include the “private documents” of the organization. Read more...

Scientists accidentally develop powerful rheumatoid arthritis vaccine

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In an attempt to discover whether a particular protein is a trigger for rheumatoid arthritis, scientists with the University of Toledo accidentally discovered a vaccine against the painful autoimmune disease. The protein-based vaccine was found to generate a fast, strong, and long-lasting immune system response that offers protection from the disease. Rheumatoid arthritis, like most autoimmune di

What Credit Score Do You Need For The Chase Sapphire Preferred 100,000 Point Bonus?

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This isn't a credit repair card, it's a rewards card, and Chase is spending a lot of money to market to consumers they expect to become profitable for them. Here's some data on the credit scores that get approved. Continue reading ...

Protestors Gather Outside Of Westin Leipzig After Hotel Refused To Check In Jewish Singer

View from the Wing / 10h
Gil Ofarim, a German singer with top 40 hits, went on social media to share his experience trying to check in at the Westin Leipzig. The man shares that the hotel wouldn't check him in unless he hid his Star of David. Continue reading ...

“Three-Body Problem” Author No Longer Sure Humankind Would Unite Against Hostile Aliens

Futurism / 10h
Failing Optimism In his 2008 novel “The Three-Body Problem,” Liu Cixin wrote about nations banding together to deal with a looming alien invasion that would likely result in the end of humanity. Now he’s not so sure about that unity, Cixin said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal . If anything, he said, the coronavirus pandemic shows that we might do the opposite. “In the past, we used t

People Are Flooding to Cryptocurrency Rehab Clinics

100+Futurism / 10h
Trading cryptocurrencies can be just as addicting as drugs. a fact that is especially evident to therapist Tony Marini, who works at Castle Craig in Scotland, the world’s first rehabilitation clinic to treat cryptocurrency addiction. The trend has been getting worse, with inquiries increasing tenfold over the last year, Marini told Decrypt . There are also those who lost out big by losing passwor

Yubico security keys are about to become even more secure

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Securing your online accounts from phishing attacks is about to get even easier as Yubico has announced that its YubiKey Bio Series is now generally available. The YubiKey Bio Series is the company's first security key that supports fingerprint recognition for secure passwordless and second factor logins. Yubico designed its latest security key for biometric authentication on desktop PCs and Macs

Tinder is getting its own virtual currency for users desperate to match

SlashGear / 11h
Dating app Tinder will soon roll out its own virtual in-app currency for users who want to increase their chances of matching with someone. The currency was first tested with a small number of users but will soon be available for anyone on the platform to earn…or to buy with real money if they’ve run out earlier than expected. Tinder … Continue reading

D-Wave announces new hardware, compiler, and plans for quantum computing

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Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / The current generation of hardware. (credit: D-Wave ) Tracking quantum computing has been a bit confusing in that there are multiple approaches to it. Most of the effort goes toward what are called gate-based computers, which allow you to perform logical operations on individual qubits. These are well understood theoretically and can perform a variety of calculations. But it's possible

Rode's PSA1+ boom arm works with small mics and cameras too

Engadget / 11h
If you have a favorite streamer, chances are you've seen Rode's PSA1 hanging out in the corner of the frame. Or perhaps you are that streamer? Rode's boom arm has become a go-to for YouTubers, Twitch channels and podcasters alike. As handy as the PSA1 is, it isn't so good for lighter cameras and microphones — at least not without some DIY adjustments . Enter the PSA1+ ($129). Unveiled today, it's

No Time To Die in Dolby Atmos and Vision has ruined cinemas for me

31TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
After months spent mostly watching movies at home, I’ve been to the cinema to see two films this week – the return of James Bond in No Time to Die , and Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings . Both were great, and right up my street – so why did I enjoy No Time to Die so much more? The answer is simple. I saw No Time to Die at the new Odeon Luxe cinema in central

What If? Season 2 Promises a Less Apocalyptic Look at the Marvel Multiverse

Gizmodo / 11h
While the first season of Marvel’s What If? has transformed from a simple anthology series of tales from alternate realities —call them the Marvel Non-Cinematic Universes, if you will—it’s certainly become a giant, over-arcing story about a group of heroes coming together to fight what seems to be an all-powerful… Read more...

Company that routes SMS for all major US carriers was hacked for five years

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200+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | d3sign) Syniverse, a company that routes hundreds of billions of text messages every year for hundreds of carriers including Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T, revealed to government regulators that a hacker gained unauthorized access to its databases for five years. Syniverse and carriers have not said whether the hacker had access to customers' text messages. A filing

False alarm: Don’t count on visiting these lounges with your Priority Pass card

The Points Guy / 11h
On Tuesday, I noticed three interesting additions to the Priority Pass website: the Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) , the Alaska Lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and P.F. Chang’s at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) . Although these additions wouldn’t have been completely unrealistic, they did seem too good to be true. Most notab

Firefox Focus mobile privacy browser redesign adds shortcuts and dark theme

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SlashGear / 11h
Mozilla has announced a redesign for its Firefox Focus mobile privacy browser, retaining the same simple and private browsing experience while improving things a bit for those who use the product regularly. Among other things, Firefox Focus now features shortcuts, an arguably vital feature for a browser that aims to get users to their destinations as easily as possible. Put … Continue reading

GoTo Global drives European expansion with acquisition of German e-moped sharing company emmy

89TechCrunch / 11h
Israeli shared multimodal mobility operator GoTo Global Mobility has acquired German shared electric scooter company emmy. The strategic deal will help GoTo Global, which offers customers access to shared cars, vans, mopeds, scooters and bikes, reach its goal of expanding to every major European city by 2025. GoTo Global would not share the financial terms of the deal. Acquiring emmy, which has a

Scientists Create Material Made Entirely Out of Electrons

Futurism / 11h
Wigner Crystals For the first time, scientists have managed to create and take images of a Wigner crystal: a bizarre material, made entirely out of electrons, that was first theorized 90 years ago. Scientists managed to arrange the electrons into a honeycomb-like lattice by sandwiching them in an electric field between two atom-thin layers of tungsten compounds, according to research published in

Daily Crunch: Sora selected as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s final DLC character

TechCrunch / 12h
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 5, 2021. We warned you that a bunch of tech startups were going to go public in Q4. That’s coming true. But we also have video game news, crypto news and all sorts of goodies below. Let’s do it! – Alex The TechCrunch To

How to maximize your rewards earning with the Chase Sapphire Preferred

The Points Guy / 12h
We often say that the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is the best first credit card for those learning about the miles and points hobby. That’s not because the card is a “beginner” card. Quite the opposite. Many of us at TPG still have the Chase Sapphire Preferred because it’s integral to our travel rewards strategy. We highlight it as a beginner card for a couple of reasons: Chase Ultimate Rewards

A civil war is brewing for the Iron Throne in House of the Dragon teaser

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Ars Technica / 12h
The Iron Throne, before its destruction in the Game of Thrones series finale. [credit: YouTube/HBO Max ] HBO has released the first teaser for House of the Dragon , giving us our first real look at this spinoff prequel series to Game of Thrones . Set 200 years before the events of its predecessor, the series will chronicle the beginning of the end for the reign of House Targaryen, culminating in

Technical interview platform Byteboard spins out of Google’s Area 120, takes on new funding

34TechCrunch / 12h
Byteboard , a service designed to replace the pre-onsite technical interview part of a company’s hiring process with a web-based alternative, will be spinning out of Google, TechCrunch learned and Google confirmed. The product was originally incubated as part of the company’s internal R&D lab known as Area 120, where it’s been led by CEO Sargun Kaur. With this move, Byteboard will be the first Ar

The AirPods Pro’s latest update is essential for folks with mild hearing challenges

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Apple has released the latest firmware update for AirPods , AirPods Pro , and AirPods Max , as well as the Beats Solo Pro , Powerbeats , and Powerbeats Pro . The latest update brings a number of performance enhancements and bug fixes, but also one feature that folks have been waiting for since Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June: Conversation Boost. Conversation Boost is a new feature

Improving startup results through female leadership

TechCrunch / 12h
Leah Edwards Contributor Leah Edwards is a passionate fan and connector in technology and impact, a lecturer at UC Berkeley and Stanford and a partner at Pegasus Tech Ventures , a Silicon Valley-based VC firm. During my career — spanning entrepreneurship, academia, arts management and venture capital — I’ve learned the importance of female leadership in contributing to successful outcomes. Divers

COVID-19 loss of taste and smell more likely to reverse in certain people

SlashGear / 12h
Most people who lose their sense of taste and/or smell as a result of COVID-19 will eventually regain both senses within the first few months of recovery. A new study analyzing survey data found that some people are more likely to regain these senses within that time period compared to others, however, and the major factor at play is age. … Continue reading

Yankees vs Red Sox live stream: how to watch Wild Card Game online without cable

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
When the playoffs get started with a clash between the Yankees and the Red Sox, you know there's something special in store. There's no love lost between these two, and there's much more than bragging rights at stake as they fight for the fourth and final place in the American League Division Series. Read on as we explain how to watch the Yankees vs Red Sox game online and live stream the 2021 ML

Report: Amazon-designed fridge will use the same tech as Amazon Go stores

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Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge / A sensor from inside one of the refrigerators in Amazon's stores. The home fridge would use similar technology. (credit: Sam Machkovech ) According to sources cited by Insider , Amazon is working on a smart fridge that will track the food you're storing and help you quickly order replacements when supplies run low. The fridge would use some of the same technology seen in Amazon Go store

You Absolutely Must Watch BBC One's Ghosts Before the American Import

100+Gizmodo / 12h
Right on time for spooky season, CBS is gearing up to release its adaptation of Ghosts , the 2019 BBC One comedy about a cash-strapped married couple who unexpectedly become the latest, modern-day owners of a sprawling and once-luxurious countryside manor that just so happens to be infested with a bunch of ghosts . To… Read more...

Facebook 'prioritises safety above profit'

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59BBC News - Technology / 12h
The company rejects claims, made by an ex-employee to US Congress, that its products harm children.

'The buck stops with Mark' - whistleblower blasts Facebook's aversion

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42BBC News - Technology / 12h
Frances Haugen said Facebook researched youth addiction, yet did not act, in order to save profits.

Masterworks raises $110M to sell fractional shares of physical art — not NFTs

32TechCrunch / 12h
As investors look to diversify their holding amid exceptionally top-heavy traditional asset markets, more tech-enabled platforms are popping up to make the case for their alternative investment platform of choice. Masterworks, a startup that sells fractionalized shares of paintings and other works by famous artists, has achieved a unicorn valuation as it looks to corner the market on bringing fin

TechCrunch+ roundup: Palihapitiya on SPACs, inside Rivian’s IPO, BaaS pros talk shop

TechCrunch / 12h
I have worked in startups for more than half of my life, and for most of that time, I was the only Black person in the room. As a result, the lack of representation in tech isn’t abstract to me. Besides my experience, I read and talk about diversity in tech every day, so when I was offered a chance to speak to three founders from underrepresented groups at TechCrunch Disrupt, I was eager for the