Saturday, October 09, 2021

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AMD RX 6600 GPU leaked benchmark could disappoint gamers

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 18min
AMD’s Radeon RX 6600 is purportedly set to launch next week, and the graphics card has been spotted benchmarked in 3DMark, giving us another glimpse of the potential gaming performance on offer. This leaked benchmark, flagged by leaker HXL on Twitter – as ever with any such spillage, take it with some skepticism – shows the vanilla RX 6600 in the Time Spy test hitting a graphics score of 8,155 (w

6 gifts for people who are obsessed with their iPhone

Mashable / 37min
We gathered some of our favorite iPhone accessories below – for both the new iPhone 13 and older generations – that are sure to put a smile on any Apple fanatic's face. Apple MagSafe Phone Wallet The new wallet doesn't look too different, but packs a great new feature. Credit: Apple The first-generation Apple phone wallet debuted with the iPhone 12 last year. It attached to the phone with MagSafe

Sail through the skies with these innovative drones and drone packages on sale

Mashable / 45min
If you're going to buy a drone, you might as well go big or go home. Sure, any drone flies and comes back to you when you call it. But a drone that can capture high-definition 4K photos and videos , fly further than everyone else's, and stay in the air for hours at a time is so much more fun. For a limited time, these eight Exo drones and drone packages are all on sale — and each one has insane f

Anyone can learn to paint in 13 hours with the help of this $20 training

Mashable / 45min
TL;DR: Unleash your inner artiste with the Ultimate 2022 Learn to Paint Bundle , on sale for $19.99 as of Oct. 9. That's a 98% savings. Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be born a talented artist in order to paint a masterpiece. You can actually learn creative skills, and painting is no different. And with the help of the Ultimate 2022 Learn to Paint Bundle , it's easier than ever. Yo

Save 75% on this Apple MacBook Air that weighs under 3 pounds

Mashable / 46min
TL;DR: Save 75% on a refurbished 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Air , on sale for just $368 as of Oct. 9. If you ever find yourself in need of a new computer, you don't have to shell out thousands of unexpected dollars to get your life back on track. You just have to know where to shop. There are so many like-new refurbished Apple deals online, and this one is discounted even more (75% off) so you can g

Livestream your video game habit to the masses with this powerful tool

Mashable / 45min
TL;DR: Stream smarter with a lifetime subscription to XSplit Broadcaster Premium , on sale for just $79 — a 60% discount — as of Oct. 9. There’s a massive market for livestreaming video games. About 50 percent of people between the ages of 13 and 39 have watched other people play video games online, which has led to a revenue forecast of $1.084 billion in 2021. In other words, there’s certainly a

Learn to code on your own time with this $29 training bundle

Mashable / 45min
TL;DR: Learn coding fundamentals with the Premium Coding Skills Bundle , on sale for just $29 as of Oct. 9 — that's a 98% discount. Whether you want to build the next greatest app, design a website from scratch, make major advancements in the tech field, or just move up the career ladder, learning to code is a step in the right direction — especially in 2021. And the Premium Coding Skills Bundle

Lifestyles of the Rich and Gullible: Theranos and Ozy Edition

NYT > Technology / 52min
Average investors were not able to get in on the last decade’s start-up boom in private markets. Once that seemed unfair. Now it looks lucky.

Lawmakers See Path to Rein in Tech, but It Isn’t Smooth

NYT > Technology / 52min
If what faces Big Tech is anything like what happened to Big Tobacco, the road ahead is likely to be a yearslong battle over proposed rules and regulations.

Should I buy a film camera in 2021?

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Smartphones and digital cameras may have dominated to the past 20 years, but film cameras have been making a comeback – and not just as inspiration for retro mirrorless cameras like the glorious Nikon Z fc . Open up Instagram, search for the tag #filmisnotdead and you’ll find over 20 million posts showing that, yes, film is very much still alive. It's always had a place in the hearts of tradition

Google Pixel 6 event: everything we expect to see unveiled

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
It's official: the Google Pixel 6 is getting an official unveiling on October 19 at a bespoke event - though we already know lots of information about the phone and its Pro relative due to Google teasing them copiously. So the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will definitely show up (well, you'd hope, at their own event) but what else could we see? Some rumors point to some likely additions, and others d

It Looks Like Apple Is Hoping to Postpone Opening Up the App Store to Third-Party Payment Portals

Gizmodo / 4h
While Apple declared the outcome of its legal battle with Epic Games a “resounding victory,” it was not a complete one. The federal judge in the case ordered Apple to allow developers to link to third-party payment portals in the App Store by Dec. 9, a deadline the company seems to want to push back for a long time. Read more...

Get a Rosetta Stone subscription and more with this discounted travel bundle

Mashable / 5h
TL;DR: The World Traveler Bundle with a Rosetta Stone lifetime subscription is on sale for £146.15 as of Oct. 9, saving you 88% on list price. Any seasoned traveller knows how important it is to know at least some of the language of the country you're travelling to. Not only is it more respectful, but it also makes getting around much easier. In the three-part travel bundle , you'll get lifetime

Why are laptop webcams still so awful and when will it change?

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
A new laptop from Chinese tech company Honor has shipped with an industry first that went, well, almost unnoticed. The MagicBook V14 is the first laptop to come with a 5-megapixel camera with a 90-degree ultra-wide angle camera. A handful of other devices like the HP Elite Dragonfly Max business laptop also have 5-megapixel cameras but (a) they’re likely to be 2-in-1 convertible laptops and (b) t

Sorry, Your Old Apple Watch Charger Isn't Compatible With the Series 7’s Fast Charging System

57Gizmodo / 6h
If you’ve got a few old Apple Watch chargers lying around and are thinking of getting in line for the new Series 7 —which is available for order starting today—you better mark them with a tag or something before you bring your new watch home. Read more...

'Metroid Dread' is finally out — here's where to buy it this weekend

Mashable / 8h
TL;DR: As of Oct. 8, Metroid Dread is finally out for the Nintendo Switch. We've listed out where you can get your hands on a copy, or you can use one of the quick links below. SHOP NOW: Metroid Dread — $59.99 at Amazon Metroid Dread (Digital) — $59.99 at Nintendo Metroid Dread Special Edition — $89.99 at Nintendo The long-awaited Metroid Dread is finally available for the Nintendo Switch and Nin

A Notorious Spyware Firm Claims It Won't Help Hack UK Phones Anymore

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Gizmodo / 8h
NSO Group, the notorious Israeli spyware vendor, will no longer allow its clients to hack citizens of the United Kingdom, sources close to the company told The Guardian this week . The changes have been “hard-coded” into NSO’s infamous malware, Pegasus, and will make future targeting of UK-based phone numbers… Read more...

I Know What You Did Last Summer's First Clip Reminds You to Watch the Road

Gizmodo / 9h
During New York Comic Con 2021, the cast of Amazon’s upcoming adaptation of I Know What You Did Last Summer sat down to discuss their excitement about making the 1990s slasher film franchise , adapted from Lois Duncan’s novel of the same name, into a streaming series. While the cast might have expected to spend the… Read more...

Master Python & Git With This $29 Training Package

Futurism / 9h
Keeping good track of code is so important, one major code repository sealed its entire archive into a bunker that’s hardened against a nuclear blast . And while that may be overkill for your personal projects, rookie programmers in particular might wish they had their own bunker when their code breaks. The Python Programming & Git Certification Bundle not only teaches you how to code, but also h

USDA says some pork products recalled over Listeria risk

SlashGear / 9h
The USDA has published a Class I recall involving some pork products due to their potential contamination with Listeria. The frozen pork products covered by this recall were produced over a two-day period last month, though some recipients may still have the products in their freezers. As with other recalls involving Listeria, consumers are warned not to eat the pork. … Continue reading

Renowned investor Kevin Ryan thinks the big money is in healthcare

TechCrunch / 10h
Kevin Ryan has become very wealthy by being at the right place at the right time — including at online ad network DoubleClick, which he joined as its twelfth employee and eventually ran as CEO (it was later acquired, twice) — as well as co-founding numerous companies, including the software company MongoDB, which is currently valued at roughly $30 billion as a publicly traded company. (Ryan still

Leaked Pixel 6 Pro video shows what looks like the entire assembly process

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Mashable / 10h
Google's newest Pixel smartphone may not be officially unveiled until Oct. 19, but that doesn't mean you need to wait until then to lay your eyes on one. What looks to be two internal Google videos showing the assembly and disassembly of a Pixel 6 Pro were posted to YouTube on Thursday. And while images of and details about Pixel phones have a long history of leaking early, this is really a bit m

What Did You Think of No Time to Die?

Gizmodo / 10h
If you’re like us, you probably can’t believe that today has actually arrived. No Time to Die , the final Daniel Craig James Bond film, is finally in theaters in North America. It was originally supposed to come out last April but due to the covid-19 pandemic, suffered multiple delays . There was even talk of it maybe… Read more...

Which software consultants do startups love to work with?

TechCrunch / 10h
Outsourcing engineering has become more common in recent years, so we’re starting a new initiative to profile the software consultants who startups love to work with the most. Founders and other startup leaders, just fill out this quick survey with a few more details to help us find the right ones. For our first profile, we interviewed Joshua Davidson, CEO of Chop Dawg earlier this week. “We’ve b

On patrol with a real-life Robocop

200+BBC News - Technology / 10h
Police are using a robot to fight crime in Los Angeles.

Apple Appeals App Store Ruling in Fight With Epic Games

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20NYT > Technology / 10h
At the heart of the legal battle is the power Apple wields over its lucrative App Store.

Apple Appeals App Store Ruling in Fight With Epic Games

Apple App Store Epic•
20NYT > Technology / 10h
At the heart of the legal battle is the power Apple wields over its lucrative App Store.

Teachers come after TikTok and Facebook over 'devious licks'

21Mashable / 11h
Don't piss off the teachers. The National Education Association (NEA), a labor union representing educators of all kinds across the U.S., warned the CEOs of three major social media companies that their respective platforms encourage and amplify dangerous trends among their student users. And the teachers aren't afraid to name names. In a letter addressed to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter

Plant-based Impossible Nuggets are heading to Burger King

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SlashGear / 11h
Fast-food company Burger King will expand its plant-based food menu by offering Impossible Nuggets, a meat-free alternative to traditional chicken nuggets. According to Burger King, it will be the first fast-food restaurant chain to offer Impossible Nuggets as a menu item, though only some stores will offer them initially. As it did with the launch of its Impossible Burger-based Impossible … Cont

Microsoft to disable old-school macros to shield users from attacks

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Microsoft has revealed its plan to disable Excel 4.0 macros or XLM macros for all Microsoft 365 users in a recent email sent out to its customers. First introduced back in 1992 with the release of Excel 4.0, XLM macros allow users of the company's spreadsheet software to enter complex formulas inside Excel cells capable of executing commands both in the program itself and in a Windows computer's

Baking Impossible: The great nerdish bake-off for the engineering set

Ars Technica / 11h
The vehicles built by contestants on Baking Impossible consist of roughly 80-90 percent edible parts, like this impressive robot made largely out of watermelon. [credit: Netflix ] Structural integrity, physics, and load-bearing properties—how often do you see reality TV series that reward contestants' careful engineering efforts? And how often do you see those creations subsequently picked apart

This Week's Toy News Is a Frightfully Femme Festival

Gizmodo / 11h
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of the latest toy news on the internet. This week: NECA gets into the spirit of the season with the Mistress of the Dark herself and its next Gargoyles figure, Peggy Carter sneaks into Hasbro’s Marvel Legends, and Scrooge McDuck has us going ducking crazy. Check it out! Read more...

Daily Crunch: Questions raised over natural gas fuel source for Elon Musk’s Texas spaceport

TechCrunch / 11h
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 8, 2021! It’s Friday! We made it! If you are tired, consider how weary the Instagram team must be. Their service is having even more uptime issues this afternoon. Between that and announcing that its users are no longer

Shareholders pressure Microsoft into expanding its right-to-repair efforts

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Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / The Surface Pro 8's replaceable SSD. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Microsoft's Xbox and Surface hardware may be getting easier to repair, according to a press release from shareholder advocacy nonprofit As You Sow . According to the announcement, Microsoft has agreed to evaluate and expand the repair options for its products "by the end of 2022." Specifically, the company has agreed to: C

Unvaccinated patients are getting kicked off organ transplant waitlists

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300+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge (credit: Getty | Barcroft ) A growing number of medical facilities across the country are directing coveted organ donations to patients who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, pushing people who remain unvaccinated down or even off of transplantation waitlists. The thinking behind this move is simple: With transmission of the pandemic coronavirus still high in the US, unvaccinated tran

B2B marketing tactics that can help move the needle

TechCrunch / 12h
Ryan Narod Contributor Ryan Narod leads marketing at Mutiny , a no-code AI platform that helps marketers convert their top-of-funnel demand into revenue, without engineers. Your target customers may discover your website through ads, search, word of mouth or offline channels like direct mail or events, but when they arrive, 99% of them usually skim your home page and bounce. The fastest-growing c

YouTube’s automatic live stream captions arrive for all creators

SlashGear / 12h
If you’re tired of waiting for a live stream to end so that you can watch it with captions, YouTube’s latest announcement includes some good news. The company has revealed that its automatic captions feature is now available to all creators on the platform, including accounts that didn’t meet its previous subscriber requirement. YouTube’s automatic captions are available on most … Continue readin

Muppets Haunted Mansion Is a Perfect Puppet Balancing Act

Gizmodo / 12h
Today, The Muppets Haunted Mansion hits Disney+, and while not exactly as frightful for us as it is for Pepe and Gonzo, it certainly is delightful. For the first time in a while, it feels like the sort of collaboration Disney and the Henson Company have been looking for to make the Muppets really feel at home at the… Read more...

11 Trans Comedians to Watch If You're Tired of Dave Chappelle

47Lifehacker / 12h
Dave Chappelle’s latest (and allegedly final) Netflix special The Closer has yet again sparked controversy around the comedian’s determination to keep pushing boundaries with transphobia and homophobia . (Brave!) If this feels familiar, it’s because it is . In response to this special, several trans staffers at Netflix… Read more...

'Ted Lasso' has a question: What kind of man are you?

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52Mashable / 12h
Ted Lasso is no after-school special, but Season 2 of the hit Apple TV+ series clearly has a Very Important Message about what it means to be a good man. In the Ted Lasso universe, good men share common traits. Empathy, vulnerability, a sense of humor, playfulness, self-compassion, and inner strength are words you might use to describe not just the titular character portrayed by Jason Sudeikis, b

Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp go down for some in second outage this week

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Couldn’t access Facebook, Instagram, or Whatsapp? Feeling deja vu? Facebook’s services have gone down for some again, following a six-hour outage earlier this week that knocked out the company’s apps and services across the globe. Thankfully, this outage seemed far less widespread – TechRadar has been able to access Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, so we’re relying on outsider reports to determ

More shopping, less sunbathing: Here’s what it’s like on the first Majestic Princess cruise from California

The Points Guy / 12h
Editor’s note: Princess Cruises provided a complimentary cruise for TPG to experience Majestic Princess. The cruise line paid for all travel to and from the cruise ship. The opinions expressed below are entirely from the author and weren’t subject to review by Princess or any external entity. Majestic Princess, which debuted in Shanghai in 2017 before moving to Australia, was specifically designe

Studies say Uber and Lyft offload soft costs on drivers and communities

23TechCrunch / 12h
As the average cost of a ride on Uber, Lyft and other “rideshare” services has risen over the years, it’s become clear these companies were never entirely forthright about their business models. Now a pair of studies suggests even the investor-subsidized prices don’t tell the whole story, with costs being borne by drivers and communities. One study is from Carnegie Mellon University , which analy

8 Great Deals on MacBooks, Laptops, and Chromebooks

21Wired / 12h
Need a new computer? Now’s the time, with these deals on our favorite portable PCs.

Review: No Time to Die finds 007’s heart in Daniel Craig’s final outing

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Ars Technica / 12h
Daniel Craig returns one last time as 007. Everyone has their favorite incarnation of James Bond, Ian Fleming's iconic British spy with an eye for the ladies, fast cars, cool gadgets, and a martini that's shaken, not stirred. Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan have all brought their own distinctive style to 007, with varying results. But Daniel Craig has

Facebook Will No Longer Let You Monsters Sell Protected Amazon Land on Marketplace

Gizmodo / 12h
In a fitting end to Facebook’s pretty, um, “eventful” week , the company owned up to another little whoopsie on Friday morning: Apparently, people have been using Marketplace tool to sell off chunks of the Amazon rainforest, which is under heavy threat from cattle grazing, illegal logging, and mining. Facebook would… Read more...

Lockheed Delivers Laser Weapon for Mounting to Military Gunship

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Futurism / 12h
Plane Laser Aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin has made a special delivery. The company just sent a laser weapon called the Airborne High Energy Laser (AHEL) to the Air Force, meant to be mounted to a Lockheed AC-130, a heavily armed long-endurance gunship. Rick Cordaro, vice president of Lockheed Martin Advanced Production Solutions, said in a statement that the “technology is read

Bureaucracy Could Keep Kids From Getting the Lifesaving New Malaria Vaccine

36Futurism / 12h
With the World Health Organization giving a monumental go-ahead to the world’s first malaria vaccine after years of development and tests , experts predict that tens of thousands of children’s lives will be saved every year. The “malaria vaccine — more than 30 years in the making — changes the course of public health history,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a Wednesday pr

17 Golden Age Porn Flicks You Should Enjoy With Your Partner (or by Yourself)

48Lifehacker / 12h
Ask anyone “what they did during the pandemic” and they will most likely rattle off a few hobbies or newly acquired interests. Maybe they got really into making their own kombucha, or learned a new instrument. Or maybe, if they’re like me, they collected several vintage pornography posters. Read more...

10 of the best reality shows on Hulu

Mashable / 12h
Reality TV has come a long way since MTV plopped a bunch of twentysomethings in an artsy loft, trained cameras on them, and left them to their own devices for a few months way back in 1992. Now our reality TV choices are seemingly limitless — from ruthless cooking contests to fabulous, multitalented drag fantasies; from rich and ruthless housewives to homespun crafting competitions. If any of tha

New Tick Virus Shows Nature Is Still Inventing Ways to Mess With Humans

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Gizmodo / 12h
Another day, another germ to worry about. Scientists in Japan say they’ve shown that a previously undiscovered virus spread by ticks has been making people in the country sick since at least 2014. The Yezo virus, as it has been christened by its discoverers, is thought to cause low white blood cell and platelet… Read more...

TechCrunch+ roundup: VCs rate pitch decks, IPO analysis, Techstars’ expansion plans

TechCrunch / 12h
No one’s going to tell you when your startup has reached product-market fit — there are no flashing lights, no siren, no balloons falling from the ceiling. “Especially for first-time founders, assessing product-market fit at a stage where it’s mostly anticipation can be as much art as science,” writes News Editor Darrell Etherington, who interviewed three VCs about the topic for TechCrunch Disrup

10 Ways To Make Southwest Rapid Rewards Better

View from the Wing / 12h
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards will never be the stuff dreams are made of . There are no first class upgrades (Southwest has no premium cabin). You can't redeem your miles to the Maldives or Seychelles (no partner airline redemptions). But there are some simple changes that could supercharge the value of the Rapid Rewards program. Continue reading ...

New World anti-cheat causing issues for gamers: Here’s the fix

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SlashGear / 12h
New World, being an online game with competitive PvP, requires anti-cheat software. Anti-cheat software is nothing new, but in New World‘s case, it’s actually causing issues for some players. Apparently, Easy Anti-Cheat – New World‘s anti-cheat software of choice – is having some connection issues that are preventing people from even launching the game. If you count yourself among the … Continue

You have 72 hours to buy the original, moddable GTA III trilogy on PC

Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge After months of rumors that Rockstar was cooking up revamped versions of the original Grand Theft Auto 3 trilogy for modern hardware, the publisher confirmed Friday its plans to do just that—and if you're interested in playing your own custom-tailored version of these classics on PC by installing mods, you have three days to buy the collection on Steam. As has become standard practice for

Star Wars: Visions' Imaginative New Lightsabers, Ranked

Gizmodo / 12h
Disney+’s Star Wars: Visions gets at the heart of what makes the franchise magical by stripping away most of the narrative trappings of the live-action movies , series, and other animated projects, and instead focusing on the most quintessential elements of Star Wars myths . Visions ’ shorts wouldn’t be proper Star Wars … Read more...

How to Order Photo Albums and Prints from Google Photos

How-To Geek / 12h
Google Photos is well-known for being a great cloud storage solution, but you may not know it’s also a photo printing service. We’ll show you how to use to get photo books and prints sent to your door. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›