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Man released from coronavirus quarantine can't stop coughing during Fox News interview

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"Fortunately from what I understand," Wucinski said, before coughing into his hand, "It is contagious but the death rate is pretty low."
A man who was freshly out of quarantine for the coronavirus has raised eyebrows after he began coughing during a Fox News segment.

Officials Confirm That a Dog Tested Positive For Coronavirus

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The deadly COVID-19 epidemic might not just be a human problem.
The Pomeranian showed no symptoms, but another dog and a cat suspected of having the virus both tested negative.

Oil and Gas Goons Use Sexual Abuse Image to Mock Teen Activist Greta Thunberg

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A decal showing a naked female resembling the 17-year-old—who, let me remind you all, is still a goddamn minor—featuring the logo of X-Site Energy Services, an Albertan oil and gas company, has been circulating among workers.
Immediately below that, the sticker shows the company’s logo.

Could the most expensive Apple Mac Pro be surpassed by this 128-core AMD Epyc workstation?

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The EPYC 7702 is currently the best option out there if you're looking for the pinnacle of desktop performance - put it this way, you won’t find anything from Intel that will even come close to what AMD's Rome series CPU has to offer.
At $51,399, the Apple’s Mac Pro has “only” 28 cores (Intel Xeon W-3275M) and accommodates up to 1.5TB memory, two Radeon Pro Vega II Duo (that’s four GPU and 128GB HBM2 memory) and an 8TB SSD.

Microsoft will remove Cortana from its Android launcher in April

Microsoft Cortana W198Engadget / 1h
More significantly, the company plans to remove the digital assistant from its Launcher app on Android .
Starting this spring, Microsoft said it plans to make productivity the focus of the digital assistant.

Facebook Makes Using Its Messenger App Simple Again

Facebook Messenger35Gizmodo / 1h
It’s a complete 180 from Facebook’s previous push to make the app a one-stop-shop for “connecting with all the people and businesses you care about,” with added bloat like games, shopping, and confusing chatbots to serve as automated middlemen between users and businesses.
Now Facebook’s boiled it down to just two tabs, Chats and People, with the latter defaulting to a page for Stories, the 24-hour photo and video highlight reel Facebook more or less ripped off Snapchat ( albeit to greater success ).

NASA's Psyche asteroid mission will use a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket

100+Engadget / 3h
SpaceX has won the contract for NASA's Psyche mission, and it's using the Falcon Heavy rocket to launch the spacecraft and ferry it to its target asteroid. NASA first approved plans to visit Psyche back in 2017 before finalizing them last year. Scientists want to visit the unique metal asteroid, because they believe that it could actually be the exposed nickel-iron core of an early planet that br

India vs Sri Lanka live stream: watch today's T20 Women's World Cup 2020 from anywhere

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The Women in Blue are the first team to qualify for the Women's T20 World Cup and they'll be looking to maintain their 100% win here against the Lionesses - don't miss a moment by reading our India vs Sri Lanka live stream guide below.
It's a Women’s T20 World Cup match not be missed - don't miss a ball by checking out our India vs Sri Lanka live stream guide.

'Quiplash 3' is coming to Jackbox's Party Pack 7 this fall

100+Engadget / 4h
Jackbox Games unveiled this week that the seventh generation of its annually released Party Packs will arrive this fall.
Today, the company released a trailer for Quiplash 3 at Pax East, and announced that the new game will be one of the titles in Party Pack 7 .

Epic says it will fix incredibly annoying Fortnite teammate bug

SlashGear / 4h
Players are reporting that teammate arrows aren’t appearing properly in the game mode, making it impossible to tell whether they’re near one of their own teammates or an opponent.
According to that Trello listing, Epic will release the fix for this problem in the next game update.

2020 Game Developers Conference cancels due to coronavirus

400+Engadget / 4h
It was scheduled to take place between March 16th and 20th, and in a statement, they said "we fully intend to host a GDC event later in the summer."
For this reason, we fully intend to host a GDC event later in the summer.

GDC 2020 has been canceled

Amazon GDC 2020 March300+TechCrunch / 4h
Well, after what I’m sure was a hectic few days for the folks planning the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the team announced today that they have officially decided to cancel the event happening this March, saying in a blog post that they hoped they would be able to reschedule an event for “later in the summer.” In recent days, nearly all of the event’s top corporate sponsors announ

Is This a Joke?

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Facebook’s report comes in the form of two new columns on its CrowdTangle for Facebook and Instagram “branded content” posts that are politically-sponsored.
In record time, Facebook’s director of product Rob Leathern announced the release of a catalog of user-generated Instagram and Facebook posts sponsored by political campaigns.

Lyft ramps up self-driving program

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The CA DMV, the agency that regulates autonomous vehicle testing on public roads in the state, requires companies to submit an annual report that includes data such as total AV miles driven and number of vehicles.
Lyft had 19 autonomous vehicles testing on public roads in California in 2019, according to data released earlier this week by the CA DMV.

Norton LifeLock phishing scam infects victims with remote access trojan

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The cybercriminals behind a recent phishing campaign used a fake Norton LifeLock document in order to trick victims into installing a remote access trojan ( RAT ) on their systems.
If the user does input the correct password, the macro continues executing and builds a command string that installs the legitimate remote control software, NetSupport Manager.

Business Travel – And Airline Stocks – Are Collapsing

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Nonetheless, since this morning we’ve learned that Amazon is telling employees to defer non-essential domestic business travel .
Most people who have it now are likely asymptomatic and not getting tested.

British Airways is testing autonomous electric wheelchairs at JFK

100+Engadget / 5h
British Airways shared today that it has been testing autonomous electric wheelchairs at the country's sixth-busiest airport to see how they can help passengers with mobility needs.
At the time, Whill said it would sell the Model Ci for $4,000, which should give an idea of how much British Airways has invested in this trial.

iPhone 9 release date, price, news and leaks

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We're still waiting on more information regarding the iPhone 9, explaining what kind of features it might be bringing, but we've started to see the rumors start to appear with greater frequency, so it looks pretty likely we'll see the cheap iPhone launch in the next month or two (as long as Apple can actually make the phones).
The new, lower-cost handset from Apple is supposed to be launching on March 31 but with the recent coronavirus outbreak that date might need to shift.

fravery: Robert Emil Stubner(German painter)1874 -...

Music, Arts & Literature / 5h
fravery : Robert Emil Stubner (German painter) 1874 - 1931 Tea,flowers and a good book No date

curiouscatalog: Bower, Maurice L., 1889-1980. Your public...

Music, Arts & Literature / 5h
curiouscatalog : Bower, Maurice L., 1889-1980. Your public library is free – use it! Washington, D.C. : Department of the Interior, Bureau of Education, 1919 Poster READ .Y68 E15

early20thcenturynerd: Two Day Dresses, from Revue de la Mode,...

Music, Arts & Literature / 5h
early20thcenturynerd : Two Day Dresses, from Revue de la Mode, 22nd February 1880

Henry James (15 April 1843 – 28 February 1916) From our stacks: The Tragic Muse By Henry James....

Music, Arts & Literature / 5h
Henry James (15 April 1843 – 28 February 1916) From our stacks: The Tragic Muse By Henry James. In Two Volumes. Vol. I. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company. The Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1901.

agslibrary: With tomorrow being Leap Day, check out Lover’s Leap...

Music, Arts & Literature / 5h
agslibrary : With tomorrow being Leap Day, check out Lover’s Leap on Mackinac Island in Michigan, “The Island of Romance.” The first picture shows Lover’s Leap in the distance, and the next two pictures show more photos of the island. On the map, this spot can be found just north of Mission Point on the southeast part of the island. The photos were taken by Robert S. Platt in 1919, and the map wa

arjuna-vallabha:Woman with lyre, Pompeii fresco

Music, Arts & Literature / 5h
arjuna-vallabha : Woman with lyre, Pompeii fresco

To honor Black History Month and the release of the new book...

Music, Arts & Literature / 5h
To honor Black History Month and the release of the new book Classicisms and the Black Atlantic (OUP, 2020), Michele Valerie Ronnick, Professor of Classics at Wayne State University, has organized a presentation of four public talks taken from the new book at the Detroit Public Library (DPL) on February 29. The book calls attention to ways in which Black people have engaged with the cultural lega

John Tenniel (28 February 1820 – 25 February 1914) From our stacks: Cover detail from Through...

Music, Arts & Literature / 5h
John Tenniel (28 February 1820 – 25 February 1914) From our stacks: Cover detail from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There By Lewis Carroll. With Fifty Illustrations By John Tenniel. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1898.

Brochure advertising women’s winter clothing for sale at...

Music, Arts & Literature / 5h
Brochure advertising women’s winter clothing for sale at Crowley, Milner & Co. Includes descriptions, illustrations and prices. Printed on front: “Thrills! Crowley-Milner & Co.” Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library

Portrait of soprano Carlotta Franzell. Printed on front:...

Music, Arts & Literature / 5h
Portrait of soprano Carlotta Franzell. Printed on front: “J. Abresch, N.Y.” Stamped on back: “Kindly give credit to James Abresch, 200 West 57th St., N.Y.C.” Label on back: “Carlotta Franzell, who originated the demure little Cindy Lou in the Broadway production of Carmen Jones returns in the role when Civic’s final offering opens at Masonic, Monday, February 28.” Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackle

Leak claims California found second case of ‘unknown origin’ coronavirus

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Unlike other cases in the US, these two cases represent what public health officials refer to as ‘community spread,’ meaning the virus may be established in these two communities and capable of infecting people even if they aren’t in contact with someone who spent time in an outbreak location, such as China or Iran.
The info comes from The Washington Post , which reported on late Friday that sources who are ‘familiar with the case’ claim there was a second case of ‘unknown origin’ coronavirus identified in California, this time in Santa Clara County.

Apple Disables Clearview AI's App, Accusing the Face Recognition Firm of Violating Its Rules

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Embattled face recognition startup Clearview AI is topping off a week of intense scrutiny over its nebulous law enforcement partnerships with an even bigger dose of bad news: Apple has reportedly disabled the iOS version of Clearview’s app citing violations of its developer program.
BuzzFeed first reported the news, saying Apple took action after learning the Clearview had sidestepped the Apple App Store and encouraged its clients to download a version of its iOS app reserved exclusively for developers; a violation of the terms of service for Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program.

Inside the first Airbus A350 with business-class suites for Aeroflot

The Points Guy / 5h
The Russian flag carrier has 22 on order, featuring a new, cutting-edge business class with enclosed suites and a true premium economy.
Further down is the Comfort Class cabin, which offers 38” seat pitch, typical of long-haul premium economy.

A look inside the world’s first underwater villa: The Muraka at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

30The Points Guy / 5h
The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is home to not one, but two underwater structures: the Ithaa underwater restaurant, and The Muraka , a two-level residence where the master bedroom is 16 feet below sea level.
However, if you happen to have a few million points just sitting there, keep an eye on the Hilton Honors Experiences platform, which recently offered a “ Make the Maldives Your Playground ” experience which included a four-night stay in the Sunset Water Villa at the Conrad Maldives.

Cortana’s not Alexa—skills are going away in Windows 10 version 2004

Microsoft Cortana W168Ars Technica / 6h
Today, Microsoft announced a major shift in focus for its personal assistant, Cortana: she's getting out of the consumer gadget business and focusing on productivity.
Microsoft clarified to ZDNet that Cortana apps on iOS and Android will still be able to control home devices and smart speakers.

A priceless gift: How AA employees bought one traveler extra time with her dying father

67The Points Guy / 6h
TPG reader Lori Merriman Thomas recently shared how American Airlines employees went above and beyond to ensure she made her connecting flight, giving her a priceless extra day with her dying father.
Deanna promptly went into action, working with flight dispatch, the pilots from both flights and Dallas ground crew members to arrange a special ground transport for Thomas.

Notivize makes it easier for non-technical teams to optimize app notifications

100+TechCrunch / 6h
For example, it might sound obvious to send an SMS message to a customer once the product they’ve purchased has shipped, but Bornski said that actually creating a notification like that would normally require an engineer to write new code.
Notivize co-founder Matt Bornski has worked at a number of startups, including AppLovin and Wink, and he said he has “so many stories I can tell you about the time it takes to change a notification that’s deeply embedded in your stack.”

Pioneer founder Daniel Gross on bringing remote teams together

100+TechCrunch / 6h
There are plenty of accelerators aiming to sway young startups to join their ranks rather than apply to Y Combinator, but Pioneer ‘s sell is a bit different. First off, they are fully remote; founders selected to participate in the program chat with advisors via video chat. Second, Pioneer is largely looking at companies that aren’t companies yet, framing themselves as more of a “startup generato

Apple’s latest commercial shows off the MacBook in anime

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The company also included scenes with MacBook-esque laptops that include other generic logos like hearts, pears, and twice-bitten apples.
In addition to the MacBook — and generic ‘MacBook’ laptops — featured in the video, fans with a careful eye will notice the wired EarPods in one scene and the AirPods in another (in the image above).

More Companies Drop Out of GDC Over Coronavirus Fears

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Last week, we reported that a few companies, notably Sony and Facebook, were pulling out of this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco out of an abundance of caution over coronavirus.
Now, as the virus has had its first "community spread" case in northern California and San Francisco has declared a state of emergency to help handle further developments with the virus, a lot more companies are taking a pass on this year's GDC.

Spring Jacket Styles to Get You Out of Your Outerwear Comfort Zone

Lifehacker / 6h
So I’m going to choose positivity today and assume you all have taken our great advice (!), and there’s a denim trucker jacket hanging on a coat hook at each and every one of your homes in the year of our lord 2020.
What about buying a denim jacket in a different style this spring?

A famous cherry blossom festival in Tokyo has been canceled due to coronavirus fears

The Points Guy / 6h
Here’s a look at some of the major events that have been postponed or canceled at this time, as well as major attractions (such as theme parks and museums) that have been closed indefinitely:
Tokyo’s Nakamerguro district has made the decision to cancel its annual cherry blossom festival in light of the seemingly never-ending coronavirus outbreak .

Galaxy S20 Ultra review: Impressive but impractical

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To be fair, the S20 Ultra is only slightly larger than the iPhone 11 Pro Max , which is four grams heavier than the Samsung phone despite its smaller 6.5-inch screen.
Like Space Zoom, this is another feature that's really there for Samsung to say, "Hey, we did this technologically impressive thing!" Thanks to the S20's Snapdragon 865 processor, it can record the super high-res footage, so long as your device has enough storage and battery.

Apple punishes facial recognition company Clearview AI for ignoring developer rules

Apple Clearview AI100+Mashable / 6h
Apple has suspended the controversial facial recognition company's iOS developer account following a report from Buzzfeed News that Clearview AI was in violation of Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program rules.
Buzzfeed's report found that Clearview AI was doing exactly that by "encouraging" its clients to download the iOS app in violation of that rule.

Facebook removes Discover tab in Messenger to simplify chat

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The social network has confirmed to TechCrunch that it's rolling out a Messenger redesign that axes the Discover tab, leaving just Chats and People.
Do you spend your days browsing Facebook Messenger's Discover tab for bands, games and chatbots ?

Android Users Can Now Use Apple Music to Play Songs in Shazam

Apple Music ShazamGizmodo / 7h
Image: Shazam (Google Play) Android users with active Apple Music subscriptions now appear to have the option to link the app with Shazam, delivering an integration that’s previously been available for Spotify. Android Police first reported a beta test of the feature was accessible on Android from the Library page of the Shazam settings menu. The site reported that users for whom the update is av

Huawei considered a Samsung Z Flip shape, but wanted ‘more smartphone’

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The company instead opted for a foldable phone design that would unfold into a larger display to give users a better experience, which became the Huawei Mate X series.
During the Huawei Mate Xs reveal in lieu of an MWC 2020 debut, a Huawei executive spoke to TrustedReviews and noted that the Chinese tech company had, indeed, thought about making its own Samsung Z Flip -style clamshell foldable.

Coronavirus could lead to a decline in PC sales this year, according to IDC report

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Considering IDC’s November 2019 forecasts for the same quarters, which only predicted a 6.8% and 10.7% fall for Q2 2020 for traditional PCs and tablets respectively, there’s a massive difference.
These forecasts show 6.4% and 10.3% drops in shipments of traditional PCs year-over-year in Q1 2020 and Q2 2020 respectively, as well as a 11.8% and 17.5% decline in shipments of tablets.

Here's The Paltry Sum Your Phone Company Could Pay for Illegally Sharing Your Location Data

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Each of the companies, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement , sold access to their customers’ locations to companies that aggregate such information for profit, including Securus Technologies, one of the largest prison phone providers in the country, which, as the New York Times reported in May 2018, gave location data to a former Missouri sheriff without a legal court order.
Yesterday, Gizmodo reported that the FCC was planning to seek around $200 million in fines against major phone carriers accused of negligently sharing the real-time locations of its customers with a host of shady third-party firms without even the most basic safeguards in place to protect them.

FCC issues wrist-slap fines to carriers that sold your phone-location data

FCC AT&T Verizon US100+Ars Technica / 7h
The big four mobile carriers face fines of between $12 million and $91 million each for selling their customers' real-time location data to third-party data brokers without customer consent, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's office announced today .
The Communications Act plainly lists location data as the kind of private information that carriers have a duty to protect and are forbidden to sell without their customers' permission," Free Press Senior Policy Counsel Gaurav Laroia said.

How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race online: stream season 12 from anywhere

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How to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race online in the US (and for FREE)
Neither have VH1, so you need to include Lifestyle Extra for an additional $5 per month to access that channel and 10 more.

Windows 10 ditches Cortana consumer skills in imminent update

Microsoft Cortana W1SlashGear / 7h
Microsoft has announced an upcoming update to its Cortana personal assistant, one that will bring enhanced security and new capabilities, as well as the removal of consumer skills.
With this Windows update, Microsoft will switch Cortana to focus on productivity, opting to ditch the consumer skills.

At this point, just cancel GDC 2020

Amazon GDC 2020 MarchSlashGear / 7h
Aside from being a major public health concern, the current coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has been bad news for a few annual trade shows that take place early in the year.
Still, the fact remains that local officials in San Francisco are concerned about coronavirus and are trying to be proactive in preventing it from gaining that foothold, and I think that continuing to host a major conference like GDC undermines that advance planning.

The best March Madness TV sales: 4K TV deals from Best Buy, Walmart and Amazon

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Our top March Madness TV picks include everything from a mid-size 43-inch TV to a massive 75-inch set, with prices starting at just $218 and different features like HDR, smart functionality and voice control.
To make things easier for you, we've split our selection of TVs into three categories: the outright best TVs for watching your favorite team, the best mid-range TVs, and the best budget TVs. We've included a range of different sizes in each category, and we've also picked a standout bargain for our March Madness TV deal of the week.

SpaceX wins the $117 million launch contract to explore Psyche’s heavy metal asteroid

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“With the transition into this new mission phase, we are one big step closer to uncovering the secrets of Psyche, a giant mysterious metallic asteroid, and that means the world to us,” said principal investigator Lindy Elkins-Tanton of Arizona State University in Tempe, in a statement when NASA announced that it was approving the mission.
NASA said its Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center in Florida will manage the SpaceX launch service and that the mission is led by Arizona State University .

Freeman Dyson in his own words

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He also wrote a handful of articles for Technology Review , including a two-part series about his role in World War II .
The rules for cost-accounting were written so that the cost of nuclear electricity did not include the huge public investments that had been made to develop the technology and to manufacture the fuel.

Amazon Has a Bunch of Gaming Deals Going On

Gizmodo / 7h
Anyway, if you’ve got a particular itch that needs scratching this weekend, you may want to turn your head to Amazon, where a slew of games are on sale across all platforms.
While not the best price we’ve seen for this game, it is the lowest on Amazon right now.

The 10 Mustards In My Fridge, Ranked

100+Lifehacker / 7h
I like this one because it’s sweet and tangy, without either of those things taking on too dominant a role.
And Sweet Hot Mister Mustard is that sauce for me.

Superhuman CEO Rahul Vohra on waitlists, freemium pricing and future products

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With my last company, Rapportive, there was a lot of conversation around, “oh, what’s the business model?
I had a chance to chat with Superhuman CEO and founder Rahul Vohra earlier this month during an oddly busy time for him.

The FCC Fines Wireless Companies for Selling Users' Location Data

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“The FCC has long had clear rules on the books requiring all phone companies to protect their customers’ personal information,” FCC Chair Ajit Pai said in a statement.
Subsequent stories by ZDNet and Vice Motherboard revealed an industry of middlemen that acquired location information from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon and resold it to companies like Securus.

Is American Airlines Going To Add A New Australia Route?

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Yet when the joint venture was first announced I expected that an early route addition would be Dallas Fort-Worth – Brisbane.
There’s no question Brisbane – Dallas is on the list of routes American Airlines is looking at.

Huawei Hopes to Win Over Europe With Plans to Build 5G Factory in France

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According to the Reuters , at a recent press conference, Huawei Technologies Chairman Liang Hua said Huawei is looking to invest 200 million euros (221 million dollars) to build a mobile base station plant that would create 500 new jobs and supply not just France, but the entire European market with 5G networking equipment.
After the U.S. government warned European nations numerous times that the use of Huawei networking equipment poses a security risk, now it appears Huawei is hoping to alleviate those fears with new plans to build a 5G manufacturing facility in France.

How to Test the Best Features in the Android 11 Preview Builds

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If you really want to try Android 11 out early, you can attempt to download and install the current developer build on your Pixel phone (only Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and 4 devices are supported), but make sure you know what you’re getting into first.
There’s currently no official release date for Android 11 and it’s going to be a while before general users will have chance to check out a public beta version, but early testers have already uncovered some of the features Android 11 will have when it launches later this year.

The best leap day travel deals — and what to do with your extra day

The Points Guy / 7h
Etihad is currently offering complimentary hotel stays in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, for economy flyers on two-night stopovers until July 31, 2020, but you must book by March 1.
We’re seeing a number of properties offer specialized deals to celebrate the bonus day, including 29% reservations at Westgate resorts in Park City, Las Vegas and River Ranch, Florida.

As Coronavirus Looms, China Bans Videogame “Plague Inc.”

1KFuturism / 7h
In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, China has banned the popular game “Plague Inc.,” which simulates a fictional pandemic, and removed it from the local version of the Apple App Store.
“We have some very sad news to share with our China based players,” reads a statement by game studio Ndemic Creations.

Apple blocks Clearview AI's iPhone app

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Clearview was relying on an enterprise certificate to let users install its software outside of the App Store, but that goes against Apple's rules, which limits certificate access to people within a company.
The iPhone maker has blocked Clearview's iPhone app over violating the rules of its enterprise software program, TechCrunch reports .

Shimon the Singing Robot Is Both Creepy and Captivating

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Shimon has been around for several years, but its developers at the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology have endowed the marimba-playing robot with some awesome new capacities, according to a press release .
In what looks and sounds like something straight out of a Star Wars movie, a robot named Shimon from Georgia Tech can now sing and compose songs with human collaborators, among many other cool upgrades.

Did a Woman Get Coronavirus Twice? Scientists Are Skeptical

200+Wired / 8h
In theory, if doctors completely sequenced the virus in a patient’s nose or mouth swab at the time of each positive diagnosis, they could compare each genetic letter using genome-reading software and determine if the person had the same strain of coronavirus or a new one.
The body produces antibodies that are protective against subsequent exposures, and then over time that immune response wanes, says Kline.

The Long Path out of the Vulnerability Disclosure Dark Ages

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In 2003, security researcher Katie Moussouris was working at the enterprise security firm @stake —which would later be acquired by Symantec—when she spotted a bad flaw in an encrypted flash drive from Lexar.
Eventually Lexar fixed the issue in its next-generation secure flash drive, but the company had no ability to fix it in the model @stake researchers had examined.

YouTube’s appeal process is largely ineffective

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"Our team is focused on accurately and consistently enforcing our policies, and one of the ways we hold ourselves accountable and measure our success is by making sure that users can easily appeal our decisions and monitoring the rate at which they do," a YouTube spokesperson told The Verge .
YouTube creators have been asking for more transparency around the video removal appeals process.

NASA M2M X-Hab Challenge offers university teams up to $50k awards

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NASA is offering awards ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 for proposals that cover a variety of topics, including vehicle and habitation systems, robotic precursor activities, foundational systems, and human spaceflight architecture systems focused on the future Gateway.
The new opportunity is called the 2021 Moon to Mars eXploration Systems and Habitation (M2M X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge, M2M X-Hab for short, and it is accepting proposals from university teams through the end of April.

GDC postponed to later in 2020 amid coronavirus cancellations [Updated]

100+Ars Technica / 8h
The majority of major sponsors for GDC 2020 in San Francisco have already pulled out a little more than two weeks ahead of the event's scheduled March 16 start.
"We're genuinely upset and disappointed not to be able to host you at this time," the update continues, adding that the organization "fully intend[s] to host a GDC event later in the summer," about which it will provide more information in the coming weeks.

Credit Card Showdown: Delta SkyMiles Reserve vs. Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business

The Points Guy / 8h
Both of these premium cards now have higher annual fees, but also more comprehensive perks packages, including expanded lounge access, better earning rates and the ability to accrue more Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) toward elite status with Delta .
The Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card is also offering new applicants up to 100,000 bonus miles and 20,000 MQMs. Earn 80,000 bonus miles and 20,000 MQMs after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your card within the first three months of cardmembership, and an additional 20,000 bonus miles after your first anniversary.

Boeing acknowledges “gaps” in its Starliner software testing

NASA Boeing Starliner200+Ars Technica / 8h
After an uncrewed test flight in December of the spacecraft, Boeing "learned some hard lessons," said John Mulholland, a vice president who manages the company's commercial crew program.
During the validation process, Boeing engineers also did not test every complex "logic string" in the software code, Mulholland said.

Coronavirus prevention has people making memes about how they can't stop touching their faces

100+Mashable / 8h
This is incredibly useful advice — you shouldn't be touching your face anyway — but it's also making people realize just how much they're scratching their noses and grazing their mouths unconsciously.
The average person touches their face 23 times per hour .

This box was worth $1,000 if we didn't open it, so we opened it

32Mashable / 8h
This mystery box by MSCHF was worth $1,000 unopened, but contained a product valued up to $7,000 inside. So we opened it. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Culture , Products , Mystery Box , and Mschf

How to use Reddit to plan for your next vacation

20Mashable / 8h
Reddit's use expands further than just "Game of Throne" memes. Use it to plan your next vacay — we'll show you how. Read more... More about Travel , Reddit , Mashable Video , Vacation , and Culture

The Witcher Finds Its Uncle Vesemir

400+Gizmodo / 8h
In a press release, Netflix revealed that Bodnia has been cast as Vesemir in the eight-episode second season of The Witcher .
The character was briefly teased in a flashback during the final episode of season one , which saw young Geralt first encountering the famed Witcher and future mentor.

Create your cat’s dream playhouse with these modular building blocks — Future Blink

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BLOCKS comes with beams, cubes, a slide, and connectors that allow users to attach the shapes anyway they’d like. Read more... More about Cats , Mashable Video , Cat , Building Blocks , and Future Blink

IBM and Microsoft support the Vatican’s guidelines for ethical AI

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IBM and Microsoft have signed the Vatican's "Rome Call for AI Ethics," a pledge to develop artificial intelligence in a way that protects all people and the planet, Financial Times reports.
"The Vatican is not an expert on the technology but on values," Francesca Rossi, IBM's global AI ethics leader, said in a statement.

FCC proposes $208M in fines for wireless carriers that sold your location for years

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Finally, in January, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai — who, it really must be noted here, formerly worked for one of the main companies implicated, Securus — announced that the investigation had found the carriers had indeed violated federal law and would soon be punished.
The FCC has officially and finally determined that the major wireless carriers in the U.S. broke the law by secretly selling subscribers’ location data for years with almost no constraints or disclosure.

Facebook sues analytics firm over alleged data harvesting

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The social networking giant claims that the firm paid app developers to install its Software Development Kit (SDK) in their apps which was used to collect data on Facebook users without their knowledge.
Facebook has filed a federal lawsuit in California against the New Jersey-based data analytics firm OneAudience claiming it allegedly harvested data from the social network.

TikTok star meticulously lays out grains of rice to depict Jeff Bezos' obscene wealth

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Entrepreneur and TikTok star Humphrey Yang , a 32-year-old eCommerce consultant and freelancer from Silicon Valley, recently created a striking visual representation of Jeff Bezos' net worth using grains of rice.
While Yang measured $122 billion in rice, Bezos' net worth is reportedly at $114 billion today.

Apple has blocked Clearview AI’s iPhone app for violating its rules

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Enterprise certificates are issued by Apple to allow companies to build and approve iPhone and iPad apps designed for internal company use only.
Clearview AI’s use of an enterprise certificate on an iPhone (Image: TechCrunch)

Coronavirus bursts Big Tech’s bubble

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Virus enthusiasts from all over the world converged in San Francisco this week for America's largest security event: RSA Conference 2020.
During RSA's second day, the City of San Francisco declared a State of Emergency.

Make an Extra Fancy Manhattan With Benedictine

38Lifehacker / 9h
It’s even sweeter than sweet vermouth, so half an ounce is plenty.
Today we’re doing the latter, making a Monte Carlo by swapping out sweet vermouth for Benedictine, a fancy herbal liqueur that’s made by monks.

Coke, Pepsi, and Other Big Brands Are Getting Sued for Contributing to the Plastic Crisis

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The Bay Area environmental organization Earth Island Institute filed the first-of-its-kind lawsuit against ten companies—including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle, and Procter and Gamble—on Wednesday, alleging that the companies pollute waterways , coasts, and oceans with the millions of tons of plastic packaging they produce.
“The Coca-Cola Company and our other defendants churn out millions of tons of plastic packaging each year and want us to believe that it is all being recycled,” said Majumdar.

Facebook taps AI to turn almost any 2D photo into a 3D image

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As well, high-end phones with dual-rear cameras but only single front-facing cameras can still be used to create 3D selfies.
Though dual-lens smartphone cameras are becoming more common, Facebook notes that most mobile devices still only feature a single rear camera.

AMD solves some huge problems with its latest Radeon drivers

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These black screen bugs would be an especially big issue on computers running an AMD CPU, as it would more than likely not have an iGPU to help users troubleshoot.
A number of stuttering and black screen bugs are covered by the Radeon Software Adrenalin 20202 Edition 20.2.2 update.

New Zealand vs India live stream: how to watch 2nd Test series cricket from anywhere

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We don't know, but what we can tell you is how to get yourself a New Zealand vs India live stream, so you can watch every moment of the Test cricket no matter where on Earth you are.
New Zealand's dominating win against India in the 1st Test of this cricket series took pretty much everybody by surprise.

Google IO 2020 seems like it's still going ahead

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Google I/O 2020 seems like it will still be held from May 12-14 despite the impact of coronavirus, which led to the cancellation of MWC 2020 and companies dropping out of shows like PAX East and GDC.
Google IO - coronavirus or no?

Huawei P40 Lite revealed : Affordable powerhouse without Google

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Inside the Huawei P40 is a 7nm Kirin 810 processor with 2 x Cortex-A76 2.27 GHz + 6 x Cortex-A55 1.88 GHz. That SoC is one of several features that make this Huawei smartphone exceedingly similar to the Honor 9X Pro , also released – more widely than its initial showing – earlier this month.
As Huawei revealed today, “with its 4 rear cameras, HUAWEI P40 lite manages to capture wider, sharper and more defined shots than you ever imagined.

How to Use Google's New GIF Search Tools

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The next box lets you search based on a specific action or emotion to see the most-used GIFs and most popular celebrities for that category.
The first two search boxes show what moods, actions, or emotions are most associated with a specific celebrity or fictional character.

The concept for Vivo's new Apex phone has zero ports and a 7.5x optical zoom camera

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With a 6.45-inch display, there’s so much screen real estate that it bends at a 120-degree angle on both sides. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Vivo , Bezel Less Phone , Hole Less Phones , and Vivo Apex 2020

FCC proposes token fines for carriers that sold phone location data

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The rumors were true: the FCC wants to fine major carriers for their approach to selling phone location data .
The regulator has proposed a total of $208 million in fines against the top four US carriers for reportedly selling access to location info without "reasonable measures" to prevent unauthorized access.

Grab This Mario Party Nintendo Switch Bundle At Kohl's

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Best Gaming Deals Best Gaming Deals The best deals on games, consoles, and gaming accessories from around the web, updated daily. Nintendo Switch Bundle | $380 | Khols Ok y’all, let me introduce you to this cool deal. For a short time you can grab a dope Nintendo Switch Bundle that includes the ever-playable Mario Party as well as a deluxe travel case for $380 . But the best part about this deal

Ethics and VPN: the industry needs to aim higher

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A VPN can help to keep people and their privacy protected online from an internet provider, but using one to say, stream pirated copyrighted information, still remains an illegal activity.
And let us be clear, the notion that all VPNs use is for illegal or ‘shady’ activities is nonsense - a significant volume of VPN traffic is purely business related.

Cat Food Foils Scientists

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“Therefore, counter to our expectations, we found that isotope analysis of cat hair has little value in determining if a cat has been eating wild prey,” the researchers wrote in the paper published in PeerJ, “as a result of both high variability in the carbon and nitrogen values of pet foods and the hunting habits of cats.”
With the help of citizen scientists, the team gathered 202 samples of cat hair and 239 pet food samples and characterized the carbon and nitrogen isotope composition.

China's App Store pulls the pandemic simulation game 'Plague Inc'

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In Plague Inc. , players take on the role of an infectious disease and attempt to wipe out all human life. Read more... More about Games , Mashable Video , Banned , Coronavirus , and Plague Inc

The wheels on Apple’s $400 Mac Pro don’t have a lock. Cool.

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We wouldn’t be surprised if the wheel lock comes soon as another pricey add-on. Read more... More about Apple , Mashable Video , Mac Pro , Wheels , and Tech

So far, 'Final Fantasy VII Remake' seems alright

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Square Enix has also changed the core fight mechanics to (mostly) real-time combat, not the menu-centric, take-your-turn battling found in the original.
These were all signature points in the early part of the original game, and they gave Square Enix a good chance to show how FF7R changes things up.

Facebook Messenger ditches Discover, demotes chat bots

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The changes could push users to spend more time visually communicating with friends and consuming content than exploring chat bots for shopping, connecting with businesses and playing games.
The changes are part of a larger Messenger redesign that reorients the People tab around Stories as Facebook continues to try to dominate the ephemeral social media format it copied from Snapchat.

Amazon Cancels On-Site Job Interviews Over COVID-19 Concerns, Asks Workers to Avoid Travel

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As the COVID-19 virus continues to rapidly spread, Amazon, the second-largest employer in the U.S. has further restricted travel among its employees.
“We’re asking employees to defer non-essential travel during this time,” an Amazon spokesperson confirmed to CNBC .

Mike Bloomberg Wouldn't End Oil Exports for Some Strange Reason

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The increase in fracking and domestic energy production in part fueled that change, but the climate crisis is forcing Democratic candidates to weigh whether they’d reinstate that ban if they win the White House.
“Lifting the crude export ban has resulted in an out-of-control expansion of oil and gas production in the U.S. at precisely the time that we need to be ramping down fossil fuel extraction in order to achieve our climate goals,” David Turnbull, the strategic communications director for Oil Change U.S., wrote in an email to Earther.

PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility leaked by GameStop

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It appears that GameStop has published some information about the PlayStation 5 early, revealing some specifications about the console that were previously unknown in a registration page on its website.
We already knew that Sony was planning to bake support for existing PlayStation VR hardware into the PS5, but its plans for backwards compatibility beyond that were unknown, at least up until this point.

WHO Coronavirus global risk upgraded to Very High, map tracker update

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19, 2019-nCoV) was given a risk upgrade from the World Health Organization on Friday, February 28, 2020.
The map above was captured on Friday, February 28, 2020, at 13:25 Central Time via the World Health Organization at ARCGIS.

The Dark Side Of The Flight Attendant Lifestyle

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Save $50 On A Bose SoundTouch Wireless Music System

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Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. Bose Wireless Music System | $150 | Best Buy If you’re a music nerd, you’re definitely gonna love this deal. The Bose SoundTouch Music System is $50 dollars off, bringing the price down to $150 . Equipped with the crisp, deep sound of Bose and built in WiFi, you can connect the speakers to you home network so

Student Discovers 17 Planets, One of Which Could Host Life

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By combing through data collected by NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope, University of British Columbia astronomy PhD candidate Michelle Kunimoto discovered evidence of an impressive 17 new exoplanets — including a roughly Earth-sized world found in the “habitable zone,” the region around a star where liquid water could exist.
READ MORE: Astronomy student discovers 17 new planets, including Earth-sized world [University of British Columbia]

Google may add free trials and YouTube streaming to Stadia soon

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However, it appears at least some of the features Google talked about at launch may soon make their way to Stadia users.
It also appears two features Google didn't ship at launch , Family Sharing and YouTube Live streaming, are close to making their way to Stadia users.

Facebook brings its 3D photos feature to users with single-camera phones

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The advances mean that many — though not all — relatively modern single-camera phones should be able to use the feature.
The problem is it used the dual-camera feature to help the system determine distance, which informed how the picture should be sliced.

Which Parenting Battles Do You Wish You Had Waged?

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One parent in our Offspring Facebook Group is heading into the thick of the toddler years and is wondering which battles are actually worth waging.
Do you wish you’d never let them sleep in your bed?

'Animal Crossing: New Horizons' has more customization options than ever

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As more players get their hands on the demo at PAX East, more features are likely to turn up.
A small feature that may make a big impact on long-time Animal Crossing players allows the camera to switch to a top-down perspective similar to that of the original Nintendo 64 / GameCube version of the game.

The EU Might Make Personal Electronics Use Replaceable Batteries

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While tech companies like Apple are pushing back against the proposed regulation — difficult-to-replace batteries generally translate into increased sales and repair fees — Business Insider reports that the EU is looking for ways to take a harder stance against electronic waste.
A draft plan reveals that the European Union might enact a law forcing all smartphones, wireless earbuds, and tablets to use replaceable batteries.

Amazon is the latest to pull out of GDC over coronavirus fears

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The annual Game Developers Conference just lost another big-name tech company due to coronavirus worries. Amazon Web Services has pulled out of the 2020 show in response to "continued concerns over COVID-19 ." In its place, Amazon is planning a "global online event" in May that will show what its AWS Game Tech team was originally going to debut in person along with some extras. You'll hear more a

The Pope is getting on the AI bandwagon

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The Vatican has teamed up with Microsoft and IBM to promote the ethical development of artificial intelligence (AI) while also calling for the regulation of facial recognition and other intrusive technologies.
The tech giants signed the Vatican's “ Rome Call for AI Ethics ” pledge which asserts that technology should respect privacy, work reliably and do so without bias.

Onboard Cape Air’s all-new Tecnam Traveller to Nantucket

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Taking advantage of Cape Air’s introduction of the Traveller on flights between Boston and Nantucket this week, TPG flew up to check out the new plane, and all of the changes it introduces, in action.
The Italian-made plane operated its first revenue passenger flight between Cape Air’s base at Hyannis’s Barnstable Airport (HYA) and Nantucket (ACK) on Feb. 22.

Review: The Invisible Man is a horror film that works on multiple levels

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The story opens with Cecelia (Elisabeth Moss) sneaking away in the dead of night from the luxurious seaside house she shares with her abusive scientist boyfriend, Adrian Griffin (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) with the help of her sister Alice (Harriet Dyer).
But the 2017 film The Mummy , starring Tom Cruise, was a critical and box office failure, and the studio abandoned the shared universe plan soon after to focus on standalone stories.

Nootropics Won’t Make You Smarter, but They Can Help You Reach Your Max Potential

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In addition to caffeine and l-theanine to promote alertness and focus, Brain Food also contains noopept, a synthetic nootropic molecule that does two key things.
Like a lot of other nootropic supplements, Brain Food contains the so-called “ everyman stack ” of caffeine and l-theanine.

Earth's New Mini-Moon Captured in Color Image

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The object, a likely Temporarily Captured Orbiter (TCO), was assigned the provisional designation 2020 CD3 by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center earlier this week.
Our planet recently adopted a mini-moon that’s roughly the size of a car, though astronomers aren’t sure yet if it’s an asteroid or an artificial object.

More than 2,200 agencies and companies have tried Clearview, report finds

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Clearview does not release its app to the public—although Gizmodo found a copy sitting on a publicly accessible server—and the company has repeatedly asserted that the app is not consumer-facing and instead is intended only for "trained professionals" among "law enforcement agencies and select security professionals." Apparently "security professionals" includes retailers such as Best Buy, Kohl's, Walmart, and Macy's, with Macy's on the actual paying customers list.
Clearview has also been used inside the Department of Justice, where the list of government organizations trialing the company’s facial recognition software includes multiple offices at the US Secret Service (some 5,600 searches); the Drug Enforcement Administration (about 2,000 searches); the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (more than 2,100 searches); and the FBI (5,700 searches across at least 20 different field offices).

This MIT Scientist Is Building Batteries Using Modified Viruses

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Over the past decade, MIT bioengineering professor Angela Belcher has been working on a battery-building technology that works by conscripting millions of zombie viruses to repeat a simple task, Wired reports .
Experts told Wired that the technique could eventually be used to extend a battery’s charge and discharge rate by forcing the millions of viruses to create a highly ordered electrode structure, with shortcuts for ions moving through electrodes.

Borderlands 3 heads to Steam next month, new DLC revealed

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In addition to announcing the Steam release of Borderlands 3 , Gearbox also revealed that we’ll be getting the second of four DLC campaigns next month.
Dubbed Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock , this second DLC campaign will be launching on March 26th, two weeks after Borderlands 3 goes live on Steam.

Nintendo Switch Suite costs $500 a night

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Hotel X Toronto’s teamed up with Nintendo of Canada to benefit Starlight Children’s Foundation with proceeds from a transformed Presidential Suite.
Guests will have access to a collection of 50+ Nintendo Switch games, including but not limited to Super Smash Bros.

Maybe y’all should have gone public in Q4

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That’s it, that’s the whole post.

How to ward off coronavirus in your hotel room

49The Points Guy / 11h
Since it’s impossible to know if the person who stayed in the same room before you harbored an illness, it’s best to be proactive with wiping down surfaces with a disinfecting wipe and increasing your hand hygiene practice.”
Reynolds, a professor and environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona what precautions travelers should take and whether hotel rooms should be a concern during this outbreak.

Amazon is a coronavirus mess as sellers sling merch, overpriced masks

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Masks are selling out like crazy, sellers are price-gouging, and — somehow, someway — people are selling awful merch tied to the deadly, rapidly spreading virus that's officially named COVID-19.
The rush to purchase these supplies has appeared in lockstep with the stress that's overtaken people in the U.S. as the virus continues to spread throughout the world.

Daily Crunch: Facebook cancels F8 over coronavirus concerns

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Coronavirus fears prompt even more event cancellations, controversial facial recognition software is being used widely and DocuSign acquires Seal Software.
Seal Software was founded in 2010, and, while it may not be a mainstream brand, its customers include the likes of PayPal, Dell, Nokia and DocuSign itself.

YouTube TV Drops Fox Regional Sports Coverage Over Pissing Match With Sinclair

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A spokesperson for YouTube told Gizmodo in an emailed statement that despite its “best efforts,” the company was unable to reach an agreement with distributor Sinclair Broadcast Group to continue streaming content from both channels beginning February 29.
However, in a statement to the Verge , a spokesperson for Sinclair said the company “offered YouTube TV the best terms under which their competitors carry our regional sports networks.”

Amazon is the latest to ditch GDC this year

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At this point, the only diamond partners who have not officially withdrawn are Intel, Nvidia and Google.
GDC’s top sponsors continue to pull out of attending the San Francisco gaming conference.

Microsoft’s Cortana drops consumer skills as it refocuses on business users

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With the next version of Windows 10, coming this spring, Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant will lose a number of consumer skills around music and connected homes, as well as some third-party skills. That’s very much in line with Microsoft’s new focus for Cortana, but it may still come as a surprise to the dozens of loyal Cortana fans. Microsoft is also turning off Cortana support in its Micro

How to Make the Most of Your Leap Day

100+Lifehacker / 11h
Basically time is a construct, and every four years we’ve constructed an extra day to make sure all of the rest of the days line up where they’re supposed to.
At Inc., Damon Brown (author of The Bite-Sized Entrepreneur ) argues that we should use Leap Day to reflect and recharge :

China Removed a Pandemic-Themed Game From Its iOS App Store

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Plague Inc. maker Ndemic Creations says the game has been removed from sale on the iOS App Store in China because the relevant authorities say it “includes content that is illegal in China as determined by the Cyberspace Administration of China.”
This story originally appeared on Ars Technica , a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews, and more.

Apple AirPods más baratos: el último modelo de AirPods con $30 de descuento en Amazon

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Los Apple AirPods se venden tan rápidamente que es extraño verlos con descuentos. Por lo general, puedes encontrar el precio del modelo estándar del 2019 en $149 con carcasa normal y $199 con con carcasa inalámbrica. Con esta oferta de Amazon te puedes ahorrar $30 en este último. Los Apple AirPods vienen con una carcasa de carga que provee de un total de 20 horas de batería para escuchar música o

Apple AirPods sale: the latest model AirPods get a $30 price cut at Amazon

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This specific deal is for the latest model AirPods with a wireless charging case that offers a further 20 hours of battery life and can be charged wirelessly using a charging mat or a lightning connector.
The retail giant has the 2019 AirPods with a wireless charging case on sale for $169 .

Why Rome, Paris, Iceland and the Canary Islands are must-visit European spots this winter

The Points Guy / 11h
I had been to Paris three times before my winter trip and hadn’t visited the Louvre or the Orsay Museums because I just didn’t want to deal with the masses.
Like many destinations around the globe, Europe is much less expensive to visit in the winter off-season.

Wondering about getting a job at SpaceX? Elon Musk says innovation is the main criterion

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And the emphasis on innovation extends to the company’s incentive structure, advancement decisions and ultimately how long someone will remain at the company, Musk said.
The mercurial chief executive didn’t elaborate more fully on what proof of innovation looks like in the interview process or in an applicant’s previous work, but it’s an interesting bullet point on the company’s practices.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review: It's powerful. It's beautiful. But do you really need it?

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For the Ultra, Samsung touts its improved image stabilization (compared to the Galaxy S10), 8K video recording capability, and the aforementioned 100x zoom.
While I'm certainly a fan of the high-quality images the Ultra delivers in both daylight and lowlight, such an intense camera sensor isn't necessary for everyday use.

Should I Share Internet Service With My Neighbor?

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Make sure you’ve taken the time to enable your router’s access point mode (or otherwise disabled DHCP and its firewall), and your devices will receive their IP addresses from your neighbor’s router—much as they otherwise would if you were connecting your cable modem to your router directly, when it’s set up as a regular router.
First off, you’ll want to make sure you get a high-quality Ethernet cable that’s rated to give you top speeds for whatever distance you have to cover between your neighbor’s house and yours.

You Can Connect Your Game Boy Camera to Modern Printers Using This $20 Adapter

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But finding paper stock for the Game Boy Printer is no easy task these days, so Vaclav Mach created a $20 adapter that lets the Game Boy Camera work with modern printers instead.
Nintendo stopped selling the Game Boy Camera years ago, but thermal printers are still widely available, most commonly used at checkouts for printing out paper receipts.

End Game, the startup behind Zombs Royale, raises $3M

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Zombs Royale was supposedly built in less than four weeks, but Liu said that after its launch in early 2018, the team spent most of the year maintaining and scaling the game.
Liu said he hopes to fund “many tries” at building other cross-platform, multiplayer games with this seed round.


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