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D-Wave gives anyone working on responses to the COVID-19 free cloud access to its quantum computers

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D-Wave , the Canadian quantum computing company, today announced that it is giving anyone who is working on responses to the COVID-19 free access to its Leap 2 quantum computing cloud service. The offer isn’t only valid to those focusing on new drugs but open to any research or team working on any aspect of how to solve the current crisis, be that logistics, modeling the spread of the virus or wo

Apple's iPhone 9 will likely launch in the next five days, report says

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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Apple certainly won't have any sort of physical launch event for the rumored iPhone 9. But there's pretty good indication that the phone is coming — and soon. 9to5Mac has received a photo from a tipster at Best Buy, showing a case for a "new iPhone 4.7-inch, 2020," which fits the description of the rumored new phone, which will probably be called either iPhone 9 o

Joe Wicks' PE lesson March 31 - how to re-watch right now

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We're well into the week now, and if you're one of the millions of people suddenly aware they want to get fit, a man named Joe Wicks is trying to be the PE teacher for the UK (and increasingly, the entire world). The online phenomenon is seeing hundreds of thousands of people crowding around their TVs, iPads, smartphones and more and flinging their limbs around in new and strength-giving ways at


We truly needed this emotional home performance from the 'Dear Evan Hansen' cast

Mashable / 9min
It's an emotional time right now for many, whether you're social distancing , self-isolating, under government lockdown, or right on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic . So, you might need a little reminder that while things are pretty strange, scary, and unprecedented at the moment, you'll get through it. Calling in from home for James Corden's Late Late Show Homefest special, the cast o

Uber co-founder Garrett Camp steps back from board director role

TechCrunch / 10min
Uber co-founder Garrett Camp is relinquishing his role as a board director and switching to board observer — where he says he’ll focus on product strategy for the ride hailing giant. Camp made the announcement in a short Medium post in which he writes of his decade at Uber: “I’ve learned a lot, and realized that I’m most helpful when focused on product strategy & design, and this is where I’d lik

Microsoft 365 is about to get a lot more personal - here's all you need to know

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Microsoft has unveiled major changes to its software offerings by rebranding existing consumer-facing Office 365 subscriptions with an all-new offering under the Microsoft 365 brand. The new Microsoft 365 Personal and Family plans will be available on April 21, with users automatically carried over. So far there's only US pricing available, with a single-user Personal account priced at $6.99 per

Upgrade to Business Class with HP, AMD and Microsoft - the perfect team

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The HP Probook range packs some great design and features at an attractive price point. And that’s more true than ever in the ProBook 445r G6 which packs the latest Ryzen 5 3500U APU with Microsoft Windows 10 Pro. Available for preorder from Ebuyer from only £458 excluding VAT , this is a laptop made for SMB, providing business-class features that will boost productivity and efficiency, while kee

How to downgrade a Chase credit card

The Points Guy / 25min
It’s easy to justify paying hundreds of dollars in credit card annual fees when you can fully use card benefits like travel credits , dining credits , shopping credits , and airport lounge access . But it’s harder to keep paying those fees when you’re cooped up at home and tightening up on expenses. If you’re not getting enough value from a credit card to offset its annual fee, you can downgrade

'90s and '00s period dramas are the most soothing form of escapism I've ever known

Mashable / 27min
Welcome to Cozy Week , where we'll curl up by the glow of our screens to celebrate all that's soft in entertainment. Pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa and sit by us as we coo over the cutest games, cry over the tenderest movie moments, and drift off to the most comforting shows. Because it can be a cold world out there, and we need something to keep us warm. It all started with a video borrowed fr

Jack Ma makes huge donation to African countries

Popular Mechanics / 28min
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Google has discontinued the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

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Google is no longer selling its landmark Pixel 3 and 3 XL phones, the company confirmed with Android Police . If you enter the old Pixel 3 listing you'll get the home page instead and it no longer appears in the product carousel. Meanwhile, the carrier/configuration section shows the devices as "out of stock." A Google spokesperson confirmed the changes with Android Police , saying its online sto

Windows 10 bug that broke internet connectivity gets patched – here’s how to install the fix

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Windows 10 has got a fix for the nasty bug that’s disrupting the internet connection of some folks trying to work from home, which is obviously less than ideal given the Covid-19 outbreak, and the large numbers of people trying to do just that because they’re on lockdown. As we recently reported, this problem was caused by a previous cumulative update for Windows 10 , which broke internet connect

Huawei P40 contains some US components

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The recently-launched Huawei P40 smartphone is powered by a number of US components despite a government ban on companies from the country doing business with the Chinese mobile giant. Last year, the US Department of Commerce effectively blacklisted Huawei on national security grounds. Huawei has denied any allegations of wrongdoing but nonetheless was barred from access to important technologies

Apple Watch 6 looks set to track sleep, but watchOS 7 may not work with your watch

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Consistent leaks and rumors have suggested the Apple Watch 6 is set to come with sleep tracking and blood oxygen monitoring features, and it seems those two features may come to other smartwatches too. According to trusted sources speaking to The Verifier , watchOS 7 and the Apple Watch 6 is where we'll see the new features debut. That means these features may also be available on your current Ap

HomePod 2 and new Apple TV on course for 2020 release date

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The world may be coming to terms with new social isolation orders to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but some companies are taking to it like ducks to water – iPhone maker Apple among them. According to a new report from Bloomberg , Apple employees, despite now working remotely, are going full steam ahead to get the company's 2020 slate of products into the hands of consumers, despite th

Why I am volunteering to get the coronavirus vaccine

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We spoke to Ian Haydon, who will soon be one of 45 people who will get an experimental covid-19 vaccine in Seattle.

Sharpen your Microsoft Excel skills from home with this online course

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TL;DR: Learn the ins and outs of Excel with the Premium A to Z Microsoft Excel Bundle for just $49.99, a 97% savings as of March 31. Now that you've watched all of Tiger King , it's time to switch gears to something more productive. You could exercise, read a book, learn a new skill, or strengthen your existing skills. For instance, take Excel. Could your Excel skills use some work? If you answer

Bored? Learning Photoshop is the perfect activity to keep you sane.

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TL;DR: Become a retouching pro with this Adobe Photoshop course for just $24.99, a 98% savings as of March 31. All this downtime and nothing to do? Then perhaps its time you learn a brand new skill or strengthen one that's falling behind. If you like taking photos, then you have probably ventured into the world of Photoshop once or twice. And if you have ever opened up the program without a prope

SEO works — learn how you can utilize it to grow your brand

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TL;DR: Get a lifetime subscription to Brand Overflow's SEO Rank and Keyword Tool for just $39.99, a 92% savings as of March 31. Now, more than ever, a powerful online presence is vital. With stores closing their doors due to social distancing efforts and everything moving online, it's going to be even harder to stand out amongst the crowd. Sigh. Unfortunately, there aren't really any magic pills

14 unexpected ways to spruce up your WFH space

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For those of us with the privilege to do so, working from home is no longer a fun perk offered by your company on the occasional Friday. The truth is that we don't know how long we'll be operating out of a home office, so it may be time to start thinking long and hard about making your space more hospitable. Sure, using the ironing board as a desk was "cute" for a week, but how it will feel on yo

Get a good night’s sleep and $399 worth of gifts with a Nectar mattress purchase

Mashable / 57min
TL;DR: Receive $399 worth of free swag when you purchase a Nectar mattress. Getting enough sleep is important for your mental and physical health. Understandably, there are a few challenges that could be throwing off your snooze schedule right now. When you’re tossing and turning, Insomnia Twitter might be a good outlet for knowing you’re not alone, ASMR vids (like this one unboxing a mattress )

Dua Lipa belts out pitch perfect song over video chat from her London home

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One of the world's biggest pop stars right now, Dua Lipa is social distancing like most of us at present. But that doesn't mean she can't smash out one heck of a performance of her enormous single "Don't Start Now" from new album Future Nostalgia with her entire crew — band, dancers, everyone — from her flat in London. Performing on a socially distanced home version of James Corden's Late Late Sh

One of the anticipated OnePlus 8 phones might be absent at the launch event

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The OnePlus 8 series launch event is happening on April 14 , and while we were expecting three phones to be launched (the base handset with a Lite and Pro variant), it seems that may not be the case. No, according to multiple reliable leakers the OnePlus 8 Lite isn't to be unveiled on April 14. Instead it will apparently land later, and with a different name. Firstly, Max Weinbach stated that the

iPhone 9 launch date might be soon as cases are seemingly being sent to stores

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A number of rumors had suggested the iPhone 9 might land soon, and it’s now looking very likely that they were right, as cases for the phone are reportedly being sent out to major retailers in the US, such as Best Buy. This claim, along with a photograph of one of the cases, comes from a tipster speaking to 9to5Mac , and if true this would likely mean the iPhone 9 could launch imminently, since p

Will Ferrell's musical hand-washing tutorial is full of intensity and passion

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You may know the theory behind washing your hands for 20 seconds , and you may know that there are many songs you can sing to fill the time . But what if you're still lacking in motivation? Well, Will Ferrell is here to change that. In the clip above from James Corden's Late Late Show Homefest special, the actor delivers a tutorial from his very own kitchen. "I have been washing my hands obsessiv

Lucid Motors pushes back the unveiling of its long-awaited electric sedan

74Engadget / 1h
Back in January, Lucid Motors announced that it's finally unveiling the production model of its electric sedan in April three years after it was first revealed. The company was supposed to launch the car next week at the New York Auto Show, but the event was postponed until August due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now company CEO and former Tesla chief engineer Peter Rawlinson has confirmed to Silico

China’s Pinduoduo raises $1.1 billion in private share placement

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Chinese e-commerce firm Pinduoduo said on Tuesday it had raised $1.1 billion in a private share placement that will enable its further expansion and capture “additional opportunities” during the times of uncertainty. The Nasdaq-listed firm said some of its long-term investors financed the deal. The investors were granted newly issued Class A ordinary shares of Pinduoduo representing approximately

Qarnot raises $6.5 million for its computer servers that heat buildings

200+TechCrunch / 1h
French startup Qarnot has raised a $6.5 million (€6 million) funding round. The company manufactures heaters and boilers with a special trick — they pack computers as computers tend to generate a lot of heat. Qarnot then lets companies leverage that computing power by running tasks on those unusual servers. Banque des Territoires, Caisse des Dépôts, Engie Rassembleur d'Énergies, A/O PropTech and

Samsung Display to discontinue LCD panel production by the end of this year

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Samsung Display is the global leader when it comes to panels, not just limited to smartphones. A significant but expected change is reported to go in place later this year when it will end all LCD production. Samsung Display has been the supplier of choice for most smartphone and television brands across the world, with customers spanning from Apple to OnePlus and everything in between. LG happen

The 6 essential elements of smart document capture technology

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It's no secret that businesses are creating more and more data today as their work becomes increasingly digital. But with so much information being generated, sometimes it can be hard to track where your key data lies. This "trapped data" can often be locked away either online or in physical documents, meaning your business could be losing out on vital insights or information. There's no need to

What mass COVID-19 screening means for SA

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The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

UCSF app wants to use your biometric data to track the spread of coronavirus

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A new UC San Francisco initiative will give you a way to help advance our understanding of the coronavirus pandemic, even if you're not a scientist or a medical professional. The COVID-19 Citizen Science project welcomes contributions from anyone over 18, so long as they have a phone and can download its app. To participate and download the app, you'll have to sign up for the project through UCSF

No honour among thieves - how cybercriminals are exploiting the ongoing pandemic

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We are, as I’m sure you’re well aware, in the midst of a global health crisis. As governments and health organisations around the world work to stem the spread of the virus and ease the anxiety and panic within society, there are those who are maliciously turning this crisis into opportunity. Our security research teams have identified a number of instances where bad actors are preying on the wor
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Video chat app Houseparty blames 'smear campaign' for hacking controversy, offers $1 million bounty

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You've heard a lot about Zoom in recent weeks as people work out how to video chat with as many people as possible while social distancing. Plenty of folks are opting for its more "fun" competitor Houseparty instead, especially as Zoom's faced criticism over privacy concerns , from it corporate policies to new users' increased vulnerability to phishing attacks (not to mention careless Star Trek c

Too good to be true: Save AU$500 on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10!

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Get your wallet out and your card ready, because the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has been discounted by an astonishing AU$500! This is an amazing deal for one of the best smartphones Samsung has produced that will leave you in awe after every use. The Note 10 has a stunning 6.3-inch screen and bezel-free design – this combined with an AMOLED display produces immaculate detail in pictures and videos gi

Food delivery: which online grocery services have new delivery slots this week?

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Update 31/03/20: Limited food delivery slots are becoming available throughout the day at Tesco, Sainsbury's and more, but they're filling up quickly. Supermarkets ask you to visit a store in person, if you can, to help them prioritise food delivery slots for elderly or vulnerable customers. If you need to order food online, keep checking your local online supermarket throughout the day. A number

Best home printer in Australia 2020: top versatile printers for use at home

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As many of us get used to working from home for the foreseeable future, it's more important than ever to have one of the best home printers in your house. Just like in the office, you need a printer in your household that can handle printing without a snag. After all, your time at home is now just as important as your time at work ever was, especially given the current situation and compulsory wo

'You got this': Stephen Colbert's perfect coronavirus pep talk for Americans stuck at home

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Americans are going stir crazy cooped up at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, especially because nobody knows when it might end. Studio production for the Late Show also remains shut down indefinitely. Still, host Stephen Colbert remains optimistic, relaying a message of hope and resilience from his home on Monday. "I have a simple message for all of you: America, you got this," said Colbert.

Asics finally releases its first carbon plate running shoe to take on Nike's VaporFlys

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Asics has released a trio of new sports shoes in a VR showroom, including its first pair of running shoes with a carbon fiber plate. Following the success of Nike's VaporFly running shoe, and the decision not to ban such designs at the (now delayed) Tokyo 2020 Olympics , it was only a matter of time before Asics followed suit with its own carbon plate design. The best running watches : perfect GP

I went to a sneaker launch in VR because of the coronavirus

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If you're launching a new product, you normally want to put on a show with a sprinkling of razzle and plenty of dazzle. That means getting journalists and fans into a big room, trotting out your wares and letting everyone play with the new toys. Unfortunately, the world is currently on lockdown to deal with COVID-19, and large groups in auditoriums is a big no-no right now . Asics , the Japanese

Watch BTS perform in sweatpants on James Corden, deliver sweet message to fans

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South Korean boy group and unstoppable force BTS joined Papa Mochi James Corden via video on Monday, performing hit song 'Boy With Luv (feat. Halsey)' from their shared social distance. The coronavirus pandemic may have suspended studio production, but the Late Late Show must go on. "I think it's quite a difficult time for everyone in the world right now," leader RM told Corden from Big Hit Enter

Low-cost iPhone case shows up at retailers hinting at imminent launch

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Despite all the events unfolding around the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple has been expected to still push through with its new product launches. It did so almost two weeks ago with the new iPad Pros but curiously missing was the low-cost iPhone that was also expected to debut at the end of the month. Apple probably just wanted to give the … Continue reading

Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are no longer available from Google

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Smartphones come and go but more often than not you can expect them to be available for more than a year. That’s not the case with Google’s Pixel phones, however, as these seem to have a shelf life of one year, at least as far as Google’s own store goes. Just like its predecessor, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 … Continue reading

NBA reportedly plans 'players-only' 2K tournament that will air on ESPN

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The NBA already has an official esports league with various teams represented, but with the live basketball season on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's reportedly about to put real NBA players on the sticks. Yahoo Sports reporter Chris Haynes cites league sources indicating that a 16-player NBA 2K tournament lasting 10 days will begin on Friday, with ESPN set to broadcast it. With spor

This is the cheapest AMD Ryzen PC workstation on the market

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At less than $300, including delivery from Aliexpress (which delivers globally), this desktop PC from Chinese manufacturer Ipason is probably the most affordable AMD Ryzen-based workstation on the market - and it can double as a gaming PC too. Based on the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU, it can trounce Intel Core i3-800T CPUs usually found in devices at around this price. Its CPU benchmark (6840 points) i

LG V60 ThinQ 5G and its Dual Screen apparently work with Active Styluses

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When it comes to phones with styluses, Samsung’s Galaxy Note is pretty much the only serious game in town. Yes, there are some that hide a stylus inside, like LG’s Stylo/Stylus line, but these are pretty much just glorified sticks that are not exactly that different from the cheap ones you can buy with rubber or plastic tips. There have … Continue reading

Secretlab's excellent Omega gaming chair is massively discounted

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Governments around the world are asking everyone to stay indoors to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, and Australia is no different. With lockdown laws in place, and many of us now either working from home, or having more time on our hands indoors, we find ourselves in need of a good home office setup or a more comfortable gaming arena. Secretlab, the maker behind our favourite gamin

Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius Among the Latest Films Delayed by Coronavirus

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Sorry, but you won’t be vamping out with Jared Leto or busting ghosts with Paul Rudd this year. Sony Pictures just announced a major shake-up to its theatrical release schedule, bumping most of its biggest 2020 releases back to 2021. Read more...

Facebook, Instagram download data now include how they personalize experiences

SlashGear / 7h
It shouldn’t really be a surprise these days that Internet services accumulate a wealth of data from each and every user, especially those that offer said services for free. More often than not, this data collection activity is explained as a way to improve the user experience, mostly by personalizing what users see to match what they might be interested … Continue reading

Harley Quinn's Season 2 Premiere Is a No Man's Land of Fucked-Up Fun

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The first season of DC Universe’s animated Harley Quinn series split the difference between Batman: The Animated Series and the grimdark Warner Bros. cinematic universe, telling a surprisingly earnest, foul-mouthed story of self-actualization. By breaking free of the Joker and stepping outside of his shadow, Harley… Read more...

AT&T will give users an extra 15GB of mobile hotspot data

200+Engadget / 8h
AT&T is still expanding its offerings to keep people online during the COVID-19 outbreak. Between April 2nd and May 13t, it's adding an extra 15GB of mobile hotspot data to every line on unlimited plans that have a monthly tethering allowance. If you have the Unlimited Extra plan, for instance, that will effectively double the amount of data you get. That's still not enough data to completely rel

Apple Watch kid mode will include modified Activity tracking rings

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For all the Apple Watch’s popularity, the company hasn’t made any effort to appeal to a wider audience, specifically kids. That doesn’t stop the young ones from wanting an Apple Watch, of course, but the systems Apple has built up around the wearable aren’t exactly conducive to that use case. That may finally be changing when iOS 14 comes around … Continue reading

Los Angeles-based challenger bank HMBradley officially opens its virtual doors

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The Los Angeles-based digital challenger bank, HMBradley , opened its virtual doors to the public today, allowing the thousands of waitlisted would-be users to set up direct deposits and collect their sign-up bonuses. The company is offering banking customers an up to 3% return on their savings based on the percentage they save of their quarterly deposits. HMBradley also set up a new feature whic

Jonathan Frakes, please don't tweet LeVar Burton's Zoom Meeting ID

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The stars really are just people. Well, at least when it comes to videoconferencing screw-ups, that is. With the world socially distancing in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the former cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation decided to celebrate Marina Sirtis's March 29 birthday in a responsible manner — i.e., a Zoom videoconference party. There's just one problem: Jonathan Frakes tweeted Le

Coronavirus Prompts Instacart and Amazon Strikes Over Health Concerns

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The two companies are the latest targets of labor action by groups fearing virus exposure on the job.

Galaxy Tab S6 Lite launch date and price accidentally revealed by Amazon

SlashGear / 8h
When it comes to less premium devices, Samsung doesn’t often make a lot of noise when they launch in select markets. Often we have to keep our eyes peeled for press releases, presuming there is even one, or product pages that suddenly pop up out of the blue. Sometimes, however, retailers are also “generous” enough to give us an accidental … Continue reading

Canon EOS R5 likely to launch April 20

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Canon fans have a lot to look forward to in April, with the camera maker announcing a major live stream event to be held on April 20 at 1pm EDT (that would be 6pm on the same date in the UK and April 21 at 3am AEST in Australia). There's no mention of what the event is for exactly, except to say it's to "[introduce] new products and technologies". We're hoping that would include the highly antici

Telegram update adds chat folders, archiving, and coronavirus emoji

SlashGear / 9h
Popular messaging service Telegram has been updated with new features that’ll be particularly useful for users and groups that have experienced an uptick in messaging frequency. As of Monday, March 30, Telegram now supports Chat Folders, which is exactly what it sounds like — a new feature that enables users to better separate the different types of chats that take … Continue reading

Spirit Airlines suspends New York-area flights following CDC warning

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Spirit Airlines will be the first mainland U.S. carrier to suspend flights completely to the New York area as it heeds a warning against traveling to the populous region by public health officials amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The South Florida-based carrier will end service to five airports in three states: Hartford (BDL) in Connecticut; Newark Liberty (EWR) in New Jersey; and New York La

Apple Music's Come Together space puts its upbeat playlists in one place

100+Engadget / 9h
Building on the AI-generated Get Up! Mix the company unveiled last week , Apple is now adding a new section to Apple Music called Come Together that features a variety of playlists designed to help you get through long days stuck inside. In all, there are seven new playlists to check out. And as you might imagine, they cover the gamut of genres and moods. For instance, the Isolation Icebreakers p

AA’s website now shows you if your flight will have seatback entertainment

The Points Guy / 9h
While American Airlines has the largest fleet of aircraft in the world, it also has one of the most inconsistent . Thanks to the airline taking delivery of new aircraft and getting a large chunk of jets came from its merger with US Airways , many plane types don’t share the same interiors or number of seats. For instance, American has four types of A321s in its fleet. Some offer power outlets, se

New Research Exposes Horrific Conditions at Britain's Forgotten Nazi Concentration Camp

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An archaeological survey of a former Nazi concentration camp on the British island of Alderney has revealed the frightful conditions endured by forced laborers and political prisoners during the Second World War. Read more...

Johnson & Johnson partners with BARDA to fund $1 billion in COVID-19 vaccine research

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Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is partnering with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fund over $1 billion in COVID-19 vaccine and antiviral treatment research and development , the company said on Monday. The partnership is an expansion of an existing agreement between BARDA and J&J’s Janssen Pharmaceutical Com

Buy Committee: Should I Even Bother Buying The Rise of Skywalker?

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Buy Committee, I am conflicted. Read more...

Microsoft disables custom Xbox gamerpics amid record numbers

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In a brief notice today, Microsoft revealed that it has temporarily disabled the ability to upload customer club pics, gamerpics, and club backgrounds. The company cites its ‘record numbers’ as the reason for the temporary change, specifically the way this aids moderators in evaluating and removing offensive images. It’s unclear how long this change will remain in place. As many … Continue readin

No gym, no problem: How to use Chase Freedom’s 5x bonus

The Points Guy / 10h
The newest 5x bonus category on the Chase Freedom card is for gym memberships and fitness clubs — something that may be out of step in an time of social distancing. But you can still take advantage of the perk without setting foot in a gym. For a limited time, some virtual exercise programs livestreamed into your living room also will earn the points. You’ll need to use the Chase Freedom and its

American Airlines Now Offering Employees Leave At 25% Pay And Full Benefits Or Early Retirement

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Two weeks ago American was asking flight attendants to take leave with no pay . Unsurprisingly they didn't have enough takers. Pilots, however, could take leave or early retirement at about two-thirds pay. American is now offering paid early retirement and paid leave across the company, not just for pilots, though of course the leave options aren't as generous as what pilots receive. Continue rea

We must consider secure online voting

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Amelia Powers-Gardner Contributor Amelia Powers-Gardner is county clerk of Utah County in Utah and was sworn into office in January 2019. Chris Walker Contributor Chris Walker is county clerk of Jackson County in Oregon. First appointed in 2008, Chris was re-elected in 2010 and 2014. The list of states delaying primaries and elections is quickly increasing, with New Jersey adding local elections

Pilots beware: some runways are now parking lots

The Points Guy / 10h
Sometime, usually in elementary school, kids will try to stump their friends with the question: Why do you park on a driveway and drive on a parkway? Now, commercial pilots can add a new layer to the rhetoric: What happens when you have to park your jets on a runway? Sign up for the free daily TPG newsletter for more airline news. As airlines increasingly scale back their operations in response t

LEGO Goes Fast and Furious With Dom's Dodge Charger

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Thanks to its Technic series, LEGO offers some of the best and most beautiful vehicles you can build in your living room. Whether it’s the best Batmobile or a Land Rover, it’s easy to fall in love with the vehicle series. Now, for $99, the company is ready to thrill Fast and Furious fans with Dom’s Dodge Charger from the movie that started an empire. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Facebook Could Help Journalism by Making News Easier to Find

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The social media giant gave $100 million to help local news during the pandemic, but it still makes you hunt for trusted sources.

'The phone slipped into the bath': Conference call tales

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How to avoid some of the pitfalls of teleconferencing and how it is changing the way we meet and do business.

Star Trek: Voyager fan taps AI for unofficial 4K remaster

SlashGear / 10h
A number of beloved older shows are doomed to languish in low-resolution quality due to costs associated with properly remastering them for modern displays. In addition to reprocessing raw footage from these shows, many would require entirely new computer graphics for an official remaster, making the cost astronomical for lengthy series. That hasn’t stopped a number of fans from using … Continue

Steam limits game auto-updates to manage peak demand

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Console makers aren't the only ones managing game service bandwidth to keep traffic flowing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Valve is scaling back game auto-updates in Steam to "spread out" the load and prevent its servers from buckling under the strain. As of this week, only games you've played in the past three days will get immediate updates. Everything else will be updated over the course of "se

New York Attorney General Looks Into Zoom’s Privacy Practices

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As the videoconferencing platform’s popularity has surged, Zoom has scrambled to address a series of data privacy and security problems.

Hackers are exploiting Zoom’s newfound popularity amid coronavirus pandemic

Zoom Facebook L. Burton100+Mashable / 11h
With so many people working from home or looking to connect with family and friends amid the coronavirus pandemic, video conferencing platform Zoom is having a big moment. So of course, this makes Zoom a prime target for hackers looking to take advantage of the service's newfound popularity. Researchers at cybersecurity firm Check Point have noticed a sharp uptick in “Zoom” domain name registrati

Neural implants plus AI turns sentence-length thoughts to text

300+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / Several generations of neural implants from Neuralink. (credit: Neuralink ) For people with limited use of their limbs, speech recognition can be critical for their ability to operate a computer. But for many, the same problems that limit limb motion affect the muscles that allow speech. That had made any form of communication a challenge, as physicist Stephen Hawking famously demonstra

You can earn bonus points or miles supporting coronavirus relief efforts

The Points Guy / 11h
The coronavirus pandemic has rattled the world, with flights grounded, borders closed and hundreds of thousands who have fallen ill. From people hand-sewing masks for medical personnel to first responders jumping on planes to combat the virus in New York, we’ve seen some of the best humanity has to offer in recent weeks — and there are ways for you to get involved too . Sign-up for TPG’s daily ne

Despite pandemic, gaming is well-positioned to withstand recession

100+TechCrunch / 11h
Efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 have led to a global economic downturn, but the gaming industry is booming. With hundreds of millions of people sequestered in their homes, game usage has spiked. And while the economic repercussions will persist after people cease physical distancing, gaming is positioned to fare well during a recession. Video game usage increased 75% during peak hours Vide

Airbnb will pay hosts $250 million to help cover cancellations due to COVID-19

Airbnb Hurricane Maria2KTechCrunch / 11h
Airbnb is committing $250 million to put toward hosts who have been impacted by COVID-19. That means if a guest cancels a reservation for check-in between March 14 and May 31 due to a COVID-19-related reason, Airbnb will pay the host 25% of what they would normally receive through their cancellation policy. Airbnb says this policy will apply retroactively to all cancellations during that period.

Star Trek: Picard Didn't Know How It Felt About Jean-Luc Until It Was Too Late

100+Gizmodo / 11h
Star Trek: Picard kicked off its season with a lot of ideas about its titular hero. What did it mean that a man like Jean-Luc Picard had not just retired, but quit the utopian organization he’d dedicated his life to? How did he feel about its decline? Is there space for a man like him in a modern interpretation of … Read more...

FDA approves Battelle tech for decontaminating N95 respirators

FDA Battelle Daily N9542SlashGear / 11h
An important type of face mask called an N95 respirator is in critically short supply at the moment, putting medical workers in many countries at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. Unlike surgical masks and ordinary paper masks, an N95 respirator features a tight fit and can filter out the majority of particles in the air. In light of the … Continue reading

Delta Sky Magazine Lays Off Its Entire Staff

300+View from the Wing / 11h
Delta’s current inflight magazine Delta Sky launched in 2009. The magazine was outsourced, published by MSP Communications. It used Delta’s brand, was distributed on Delta aircraft, and Delta’s media team promotes it on the Delta.com website. It’s always been presented as Delta’s. However writers were not Delta employees. Now they’ve lost their jobs. Continue reading ...

iPad Pro teardown basically finds 2018’s iPad Pro with a lidar sensor

83Ars Technica / 11h
The full teardown of the 2020 iPad Pro. [credit: iFixit ] As expected, iFixit has published a teardown of the 12.9-inch, 2020 iPad Pro, assessing both what's new in the device compared to 2018 and how straightforward the device is to open up and repair. It turns out not too much has changed (which we already knew), and the Pro remains quite difficult to service. In the video (sorry, no blog post

World traveler Sam Chui is grounded: here are his 5 big takeaways

The Points Guy / 11h
Last week, I had the privilege of interviewing one of my favorite world travelers in an Instagram Live chat over at @ thepointsguy . Hopping from flight to flight, Sam Chui seems to spend more time on the road than any of us here at TPG. Like the rest of us, however, he’s grounded for the time being — in Sam’s case, with his parents in Las Vegas, far from his home in Dubai. Sam and I covered a va

Facebook is working on a coronavirus... reaction button?

100+Mashable / 12h
When Facebook introduced reaction buttons in 2015 that let you respond to a post with a heart or a sad face instead of just a "like," it was a huge improvement. Now, Facebook is working on a puzzling reaction button for the coronavirus era: a Covid-19 themed button. Researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who frequently uncovers social media features in development, first spotted the new feature. Facebook

The World's First Servers with Vertically Scalable CPUs Hit the Market

40TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
When Intel first introduced its Xeon Scalable processor family back in 2017, the data center industry welcomed it excitement. This was the company’s “biggest data center advancement in a decade,” which promised to lay “the new foundation for secure, agile, multi-cloud data centers.” Two years later, Intel rolled out 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor platform that provides even greater

Saudi Arabia reportedly tracked phones by using industry-wide carrier weakness

Saudi Arabia US Aramco100+Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge (credit: Gary Lerude / Flickr ) The Guardian says it has evidence that Saudi Arabia is exploiting a decades-old weakness in the global telecoms network to track the kingdom’s citizens as they travel in the United States. The publication cited data provided by a whistleblower that suggests Saudi Arabia is engaged in systematic spying by abusing Signalling System No. 7 . Better known as SS7

Niantic is doing more to help 'Pokémon Go' gamers play at home

Niantic Pokémon Go100+Engadget / 12h
Niantic isn't done making it easier to play its location-based games while you're staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The developer has outlined some of its future plans for titles like Pokémon Go , Ingress and Harry Potter:


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Amazon warehouse workers are walking out and Whole Foods workers are striking

Amazon Whole Foods13KTechCrunch / 9h
Amazon, the e-commerce giant that has fared well financially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, is facing a bevy of worker strikes. Today, warehouse workers on Staten Island in New York walked off the job in protest of Amazon’s treatment amid the crisis. #BREAKING : Over 100 Amazon employees at JFK8 warehouse walk off the job over @amazon ’s dangerous response to protect workers from COVID19 in Staten I

It's Time to Face Facts, America: Masks Work

13KWired / 11h
Official advice has been confusing, but the science isn't hard to grok. Everyone should cover up.

Spirit Airlines suspends New York-area flights following CDC warning

500+The Points Guy / 3h
Spirit Airlines will be the first mainland U.S. carrier to suspend flights completely to the New York area as it heeds a warning against traveling to the populous region by public health officials amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The South Florida-based carrier will end service to five airports in three states: Hartford (BDL) in Connecticut; Newark Liberty (EWR) in New Jersey; and New York La



Low-cost iPhone case shows up at retailers hinting at imminent launch

Apple 2020 iPhone 12SlashGear / 12min
Despite all the events unfolding around the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple has been expected to still push through with its new product launches. It did so almost two weeks ago with the new iPad Pros but curiously missing was the low-cost iPhone that was also expected to debut at the end of the month. Apple probably just wanted to give the … Continue reading

Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are no longer available from Google

SlashGear / 32min
Smartphones come and go but more often than not you can expect them to be available for more than a year. That’s not the case with Google’s Pixel phones, however, as these seem to have a shelf life of one year, at least as far as Google’s own store goes. Just like its predecessor, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 … Continue reading

NBA reportedly plans 'players-only' 2K tournament that will air on ESPN

100+Engadget / 59min
The NBA already has an official esports league with various teams represented, but with the live basketball season on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's reportedly about to put real NBA players on the sticks. Yahoo Sports reporter Chris Haynes cites league sources indicating that a 16-player NBA 2K tournament lasting 10 days will begin on Friday, with ESPN set to broadcast it. With spor

This is the cheapest Ryzen PC workstation on the market

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
At less than USD300, including delivery from Aliexpress (which delivers globally), this desktop PC from Chinese manufacturer Ipason is probably the most affordable Ryzen-based workstation on the market - and it can double as a gaming PC too. Based on the Ryzen 3 2200G APU, it can trounce Intel Core i3-800T CPUs usually found in devices at this price. Its CPU benchmark (6840 points) is achieved us

LG V60 ThinQ 5G and its Dual Screen apparently work with Active Styluses

SlashGear / 1h
When it comes to phones with styluses, Samsung’s Galaxy Note is pretty much the only serious game in town. Yes, there are some that hide a stylus inside, like LG’s Stylo/Stylus line, but these are pretty much just glorified sticks that are not exactly that different from the cheap ones you can buy with rubber or plastic tips. There have … Continue reading

Secretlab's excellent Omega gaming chair is massively discounted

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Governments around the world are asking everyone to stay indoors to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, and Australia is no different. With lockdown laws in place, and many of us now either working from home, or having more time on our hands indoors, we find ourselves in need of a good home office setup or a more comfortable gaming arena. Secretlab, the maker behind our favourite gamin

Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius Among the Latest Films Delayed by Coronavirus

100+Gizmodo / 1h
Sorry, but you won’t be vamping out with Jared Leto or busting ghosts with Paul Rudd this year. Sony Pictures just announced a major shake-up to its theatrical release schedule, bumping most of its biggest 2020 releases back to 2021. Read more...

Facebook, Instagram download data now include how they personalize experiences

SlashGear / 2h
It shouldn’t really be a surprise these days that Internet services accumulate a wealth of data from each and every user, especially those that offer said services for free. More often than not, this data collection activity is explained as a way to improve the user experience, mostly by personalizing what users see to match what they might be interested … Continue reading

Harley Quinn's Season 2 Premiere Is a No Man's Land of Fucked-Up Fun

Gizmodo / 2h
The first season of DC Universe’s animated Harley Quinn series split the difference between Batman: The Animated Series and the grimdark Warner Bros. cinematic universe, telling a surprisingly earnest, foul-mouthed story of self-actualization. By breaking free of the Joker and stepping outside of his shadow, Harley… Read more...

AT&T will give users an extra 15GB of mobile hotspot data

200+Engadget / 2h
AT&T is still expanding its offerings to keep people online during the COVID-19 outbreak. Between April 2nd and May 13t, it's adding an extra 15GB of mobile hotspot data to every line on unlimited plans that have a monthly tethering allowance. If you have the Unlimited Extra plan, for instance, that will effectively double the amount of data you get. That's still not enough data to completely rel

Apple Watch kid mode will include modified Activity tracking rings

14 iPhone Apple Watch 722SlashGear / 2h
For all the Apple Watch’s popularity, the company hasn’t made any effort to appeal to a wider audience, specifically kids. That doesn’t stop the young ones from wanting an Apple Watch, of course, but the systems Apple has built up around the wearable aren’t exactly conducive to that use case. That may finally be changing when iOS 14 comes around … Continue reading

Los Angeles-based challenger bank HMBradley officially opens its virtual doors

44TechCrunch / 2h
The Los Angeles-based digital challenger bank, HMBradley , opened its virtual doors to the public today, allowing the thousands of waitlisted would-be users to set up direct deposits and collect their sign-up bonuses. The company is offering banking customers an up to 3% return on their savings based on the percentage they save of their quarterly deposits. HMBradley also set up a new feature whic

Jonathan Frakes, please don't tweet LeVar Burton's Zoom Meeting ID

Zoom One Facebook ID60Mashable / 3h
The stars really are just people. Well, at least when it comes to videoconferencing screw-ups, that is. With the world socially distancing in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the former cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation decided to celebrate Marina Sirtis's March 29 birthday in a responsible manner — i.e., a Zoom videoconference party. There's just one problem: Jonathan Frakes tweeted Le

Coronavirus Prompts Instacart and Amazon Strikes Over Health Concerns

Amazon One Staten Island400+NYT > Technology / 3h
The two companies are the latest targets of labor action by groups fearing virus exposure on the job.

Galaxy Tab S6 Lite launch date and price accidentally revealed by Amazon

SlashGear / 3h
When it comes to less premium devices, Samsung doesn’t often make a lot of noise when they launch in select markets. Often we have to keep our eyes peeled for press releases, presuming there is even one, or product pages that suddenly pop up out of the blue. Sometimes, however, retailers are also “generous” enough to give us an accidental … Continue reading

Canon EOS R5 likely to launch April 20

Canon April49TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Canon fans have a lot to look forward to in April, with the camera maker announcing a major live stream event to be held on April 20 at 1pm EDT (that would be 6pm on the same date in the UK and April 21 at 3am AEST in Australia). There's no mention of what the event is for exactly, except to say it's to "[introduce] new products and technologies". We're hoping that would include the highly antici

Telegram update adds chat folders, archiving, and coronavirus emoji

SlashGear / 3h
Popular messaging service Telegram has been updated with new features that’ll be particularly useful for users and groups that have experienced an uptick in messaging frequency. As of Monday, March 30, Telegram now supports Chat Folders, which is exactly what it sounds like — a new feature that enables users to better separate the different types of chats that take … Continue reading

Apple Music's Come Together space puts its upbeat playlists in one place

89Engadget / 4h
Building on the AI-generated Get Up! Mix the company unveiled last week , Apple is now adding a new section to Apple Music called Come Together that features a variety of playlists designed to help you get through long days stuck inside. In all, there are seven new playlists to check out. And as you might imagine, they cover the gamut of genres and moods. For instance, the Isolation Icebreakers p

AA’s website now shows you if your flight will have seatback entertainment

The Points Guy / 4h
While American Airlines has the largest fleet of aircraft in the world, it also has one of the most inconsistent . Thanks to the airline taking delivery of new aircraft and getting a large chunk of jets came from its merger with US Airways , many plane types don’t share the same interiors or number of seats. For instance, American has four types of A321s in its fleet. Some offer power outlets, se

New Research Exposes Horrific Conditions at Britain's Forgotten Nazi Concentration Camp

42Gizmodo / 4h
An archaeological survey of a former Nazi concentration camp on the British island of Alderney has revealed the frightful conditions endured by forced laborers and political prisoners during the Second World War. Read more...

Johnson & Johnson partners with BARDA to fund $1 billion in COVID-19 vaccine research

& Johnson Vaccine500+TechCrunch / 4h
Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is partnering with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fund over $1 billion in COVID-19 vaccine and antiviral treatment research and development , the company said on Monday. The partnership is an expansion of an existing agreement between BARDA and J&J’s Janssen Pharmaceutical Com

Buy Committee: Should I Even Bother Buying The Rise of Skywalker?

Gizmodo / 4h
Buy Committee, I am conflicted. Read more...

Microsoft disables custom Xbox gamerpics amid record numbers

Microsoft Disables XboxSlashGear / 4h
In a brief notice today, Microsoft revealed that it has temporarily disabled the ability to upload customer club pics, gamerpics, and club backgrounds. The company cites its ‘record numbers’ as the reason for the temporary change, specifically the way this aids moderators in evaluating and removing offensive images. It’s unclear how long this change will remain in place. As many … Continue readin

No gym, no problem: How to use Chase Freedom’s 5x bonus

The Points Guy / 4h
The newest 5x bonus category on the Chase Freedom card is for gym memberships and fitness clubs — something that may be out of step in an time of social distancing. But you can still take advantage of the perk without setting foot in a gym. For a limited time, some virtual exercise programs livestreamed into your living room also will earn the points. You’ll need to use the Chase Freedom and its

American Airlines Now Offering Employees Leave At 25% Pay And Full Benefits Or Early Retirement

28View from the Wing / 4h
Two weeks ago American was asking flight attendants to take leave with no pay . Unsurprisingly they didn't have enough takers. Pilots, however, could take leave or early retirement at about two-thirds pay. American is now offering paid early retirement and paid leave across the company, not just for pilots, though of course the leave options aren't as generous as what pilots receive. Continue rea

We must consider secure online voting

200+TechCrunch / 4h
Amelia Powers-Gardner Contributor Amelia Powers-Gardner is county clerk of Utah County in Utah and was sworn into office in January 2019. Chris Walker Contributor Chris Walker is county clerk of Jackson County in Oregon. First appointed in 2008, Chris was re-elected in 2010 and 2014. The list of states delaying primaries and elections is quickly increasing, with New Jersey adding local elections

Pilots beware: some runways are now parking lots

The Points Guy / 4h
Sometime, usually in elementary school, kids will try to stump their friends with the question: Why do you park on a driveway and drive on a parkway? Now, commercial pilots can add a new layer to the rhetoric: What happens when you have to park your jets on a runway? Sign up for the free daily TPG newsletter for more airline news. As airlines increasingly scale back their operations in response t

LEGO Goes Fast and Furious With Dom's Dodge Charger

Lego Dodge Charger40How-To Geek / 5h
Thanks to its Technic series, LEGO offers some of the best and most beautiful vehicles you can build in your living room. Whether it’s the best Batmobile or a Land Rover, it’s easy to fall in love with the vehicle series. Now, for $99, the company is ready to thrill Fast and Furious fans with Dom’s Dodge Charger from the movie that started an empire. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Facebook Could Help Journalism by Making News Easier to Find

100+Wired / 5h
The social media giant gave $100 million to help local news during the pandemic, but still makes you hunt for trusted sources.

'The phone slipped into the bath': Conference call tales

200+BBC News - Technology / 5h
How to avoid some of the pitfalls of teleconferencing and how it is changing the way we meet and do business.

Star Trek: Voyager fan taps AI for unofficial 4K remaster

SlashGear / 5h
A number of beloved older shows are doomed to languish in low-resolution quality due to costs associated with properly remastering them for modern displays. In addition to reprocessing raw footage from these shows, many would require entirely new computer graphics for an official remaster, making the cost astronomical for lengthy series. That hasn’t stopped a number of fans from using … Continue

Steam limits game auto-updates to manage peak demand

Valve Steam Artifact100+Engadget / 5h
Console makers aren't the only ones managing game service bandwidth to keep traffic flowing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Valve is scaling back game auto-updates in Steam to "spread out" the load and prevent its servers from buckling under the strain. As of this week, only games you've played in the past three days will get immediate updates. Everything else will be updated over the course of "se

New York Attorney General Looks Into Zoom’s Privacy Practices

Zoom One Facebook ID500+NYT > Technology / 5h
As the videoconferencing platform’s popularity has surged, Zoom has scrambled to address a series of data privacy and security problems.

Hackers are exploiting Zoom’s newfound popularity amid coronavirus pandemic

Zoom One Facebook ID100+Mashable / 5h
With so many people working from home or looking to connect with family and friends amid the coronavirus pandemic, video conferencing platform Zoom is having a big moment. So of course, this makes Zoom a prime target for hackers looking to take advantage of the service's newfound popularity. Researchers at cybersecurity firm Check Point have noticed a sharp uptick in “Zoom” domain name registrati

Neural implants plus AI turns sentence-length thoughts to text

200+Ars Technica / 5h
Enlarge / Several generations of neural implants from Neuralink. (credit: Neuralink ) For people with limited use of their limbs, speech recognition can be critical for their ability to operate a computer. But for many, the same problems that limit limb motion affect the muscles that allow speech. That had made any form of communication a challenge, as physicist Stephen Hawking famously demonstra

You can earn bonus points or miles supporting coronavirus relief efforts

The Points Guy / 5h
The coronavirus pandemic has rattled the world, with flights grounded, borders closed and hundreds of thousands who have fallen ill. From people hand-sewing masks for medical personnel to first responders jumping on planes to combat the virus in New York, we’ve seen some of the best humanity has to offer in recent weeks — and there are ways for you to get involved too . Sign-up for TPG’s daily ne

Despite pandemic, gaming is well-positioned to withstand recession

82TechCrunch / 6h
Efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 have led to a global economic downturn, but the gaming industry is booming. With hundreds of millions of people sequestered in their homes, game usage has spiked. And while the economic repercussions will persist after people cease physical distancing, gaming is positioned to fare well during a recession. Video game usage increased 75% during peak hours Vide

Airbnb will pay hosts $250 million to help cover cancellations due to COVID-19

Airbnb Hurricane Maria1KTechCrunch / 6h
Airbnb is committing $250 million to put toward hosts who have been impacted by COVID-19. That means if a guest cancels a reservation for check-in between March 14 and May 31 due to a COVID-19-related reason, Airbnb will pay the host 25% of what they would normally receive through their cancellation policy. Airbnb says this policy will apply retroactively to all cancellations during that period.

Star Trek: Picard Didn't Know How It Felt About Jean-Luc Until It Was Too Late

100+Gizmodo / 6h
Star Trek: Picard kicked off its season with a lot of ideas about its titular hero. What did it mean that a man like Jean-Luc Picard had not just retired, but quit the utopian organization he’d dedicated his life to? How did he feel about its decline? Is there space for a man like him in a modern interpretation of … Read more...

FDA approves Battelle tech for decontaminating N95 respirators

FDA Battelle Daily N9538SlashGear / 6h
An important type of face mask called an N95 respirator is in critically short supply at the moment, putting medical workers in many countries at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. Unlike surgical masks and ordinary paper masks, an N95 respirator features a tight fit and can filter out the majority of particles in the air. In light of the … Continue reading

Delta Sky Magazine Lays Off Its Entire Staff

200+View from the Wing / 6h
Delta’s current inflight magazine Delta Sky launched in 2009. The magazine was outsourced, published by MSP Communications. It used Delta’s brand, was distributed on Delta aircraft, and Delta’s media team promotes it on the Delta.com website. It’s always been presented as Delta’s. However writers were not Delta employees. Now they’ve lost their jobs. Continue reading ...

iPad Pro teardown basically finds 2018’s iPad Pro with a lidar sensor

75Ars Technica / 6h
The full teardown of the 2020 iPad Pro. [credit: iFixit ] As expected, iFixit has published a teardown of the 12.9-inch, 2020 iPad Pro, assessing both what's new in the device compared to 2018 and how straightforward the device is to open up and repair. It turns out not too much has changed (which we already knew), and the Pro remains quite difficult to service. In the video (sorry, no blog post

World traveler Sam Chui is grounded: here are his 5 big takeaways

The Points Guy / 6h
Last week, I had the privilege of interviewing one of my favorite world travelers in an Instagram Live chat over at @ thepointsguy . Hopping from flight to flight, Sam Chui seems to spend more time on the road than any of us here at TPG. Like the rest of us, however, he’s grounded for the time being — in Sam’s case, with his parents in Las Vegas, far from his home in Dubai. Sam and I covered a va

Facebook is working on a coronavirus... reaction button?

100+Mashable / 6h
When Facebook introduced reaction buttons in 2015 that let you respond to a post with a heart or a sad face instead of just a "like," it was a huge improvement. Now, Facebook is working on a puzzling reaction button for the coronavirus era: a Covid-19 themed button. Researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who frequently uncovers social media features in development, first spotted the new feature. Facebook

The World's First Servers with Vertically Scalable CPUs Hit the Market

40TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
When Intel first introduced its Xeon Scalable processor family back in 2017, the data center industry welcomed it excitement. This was the company’s “biggest data center advancement in a decade,” which promised to lay “the new foundation for secure, agile, multi-cloud data centers.” Two years later, Intel rolled out 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor platform that provides even greater

Saudi Arabia reportedly tracked phones by using industry-wide carrier weakness

Saudi Arabia US FCC100+Ars Technica / 6h
Enlarge (credit: Gary Lerude / Flickr ) The Guardian says it has evidence that Saudi Arabia is exploiting a decades-old weakness in the global telecoms network to track the kingdom’s citizens as they travel in the United States. The publication cited data provided by a whistleblower that suggests Saudi Arabia is engaged in systematic spying by abusing Signalling System No. 7 . Better known as SS7

Niantic is doing more to help 'Pokémon Go' gamers play at home

Niantic Pokémon Go100+Engadget / 6h
Niantic isn't done making it easier to play its location-based games while you're staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The developer has outlined some of its future plans for titles like Pokémon Go , Ingress and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite , and it's quite clear that you won't have to step outside to make progress during the outbreak. Adventure Sync will better support indoor activities (sa

Veteran Jedi Academy PC Players Are Joining Online Console Games and Slaughtering Opponents

Star Wars Jedi Academy100+Gizmodo / 6h
The people wanted crossplay in games, and they got it. After debuting on the original Xbox and PCs back in 2003, Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy has been ported to the Nintendo Switch and PS4, complete with online multiplayer. But new players are finding that feature a challenge as veteran PC players have figured… Read more...

What's the Best Seat Cushion for Home Office Chairs?

Lifehacker / 6h
If your butt hurts from sitting down working at home all the time half as much as mine does, you may be in need of an ergonomic seat cushion. From what I’ve heard (and read), most of the responses are bound to include a certain mix of red and blue. A brand whose name, you might say, rhymes with nurple. Read more...

Medtronic is sharing its portable ventilator design specifications and code for free to all

3KTechCrunch / 6h
Healthcare and biomedical engineering company Medtronic was in the news recently because Tesla CEO Elon Musk had discussions with the company about the automaker’s potential plans to build ventilator hardware in order to address the COVID-19 crisis . Today it’s doing something potentially far more impactful. Medtronic is making available to anyone the full design specifications, produce manuals,

Ford, GE Healthcare to produce 50,000 ventilators by July using this tiny company’s design

Ford GM Trump GH GE500+TechCrunch / 6h
Ford and GE Healthcare have licensed a ventilator design from Airon Corp and plan to produce as many as 50,000 of them at a Michigan factory by July as part of a broader effort to provide a critical medical device used to treat people with COVID-19. Ford will initially send a team of engineers to help boost production at Airon’s Florida facility, where it produces just three of its Airon Model A

Local services marketplace Thumbtack lays off 250 employees

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Thumbtack CEO Marco Zappacosta announced in a blog post today that the company has laid off 250 employees. Much has been written about the impact that COVID-19 and the resulting social distancing/shelter in place measures are having on small businesses (and the steps that internet platforms like Facebook and Yelp — which, after all, make money from small businesses advertising — are taking to hel

Microsoft Office Might Be Good Now, I Know I Know I'm Trying to Delete

100+Gizmodo / 6h
Microsoft has given its suite of Office applications a major update and I’m worried because they actually seem useful for regular people. Raise your hand if you’ve ever tracked your monthly budget by copy and pasting your bank account transactions into Excel. Raise your hand if you hate typing formulas into Excel. Or… Read more...

The Tech in Westworld's Episode 3 Shocker Is Already Here and Much Worse Than You Think

45Gizmodo / 6h
The latest episode of Westworld had a huge reveal about the real world outside of the parks, one that embodies the show’s latest motto that “free will is not free.” The whole thing might seem far-fetched, like human robots , but it’s actually terrifying once you realize predictive algorithms are already here...and have… Read more...

10 unusual ways airlines repatriated stranded citizens and delivered coronavirus medical supplies

20The Points Guy / 6h
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has already had significant impacts on the global aviation industry. Plummeting demand from passengers, combined with rapidly changing travel restrictions , has forced many airlines to either drastically reduce their networks or temporarily suspend operations altogether. There are still thousands of travelers and expats stranded abroad who feel increasing urgency

How to play Pokémon Go when everyone’s stuck inside

Niantic Pokémon Go59Ars Technica / 6h
Enlarge / Remember when Pokemon were allowed to get within 6 feet of each other? (credit: Niantic ) While most game makers are seeing booming usage statistics in the era of coronavirus-induced social distancing , Niantic is in the opposite position. The company's games—including Pokémon Go , Harry Potter: Wizards Unite , and Ingress —are all built around the idea of leaving the house and meeting

Saudi Arabia allegedly used mobile phone data to monitor its citizens in the US

Saudi Arabia US FCC44TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Saudi Arabia has reportedly been exploiting weaknesses in the global mobile telecoms network to track the movements of its citizens as they traveled around the US, according to a new report from The Guardian . The news outlet spoke with a whistleblower who presented millions of alleged secret tracking requests which appear to show a systematic spying campaign conducted by the kingdom. According t

NASA Webb telescope launch 1-year countdown begins

28SlashGear / 7h
One year from now, NASA will launch a telescope called Webb. This telescope’s full name is the James Webb Space Telescope, and it is the successor to the Hubble Telescope. Hubble changed the way we see the universe by orbiting Earth and observing space in both optical and ultraviolet wavelengths. Webb’s orbit won’t be around our Earth, but our Sun, … Continue reading

Steam rolls out new download options to save on bandwidth

Valve Steam ArtifactSlashGear / 7h
A lot of us are stuck at home right now, which means that a lot of us are using the internet both for work and for entertainment. That, in turn, can cause bandwidth problems for local ISPs, and we’ve seen a number of companies roll out new measures to help alleviate the load. Today, Valve has announced measures to help … Continue reading

Reporter who fled bison gets an official national park safety poster

100+Mashable / 7h
On March 25, NBC reporter Deion Broxton made the wise decision to avoid a herd of bison. Broxton's judgment to hastily pack up his camera, which was still recording, went viral . (The good kind of viral Not this kind .) "Oh no, I'm not messing with you," Broxton said. Broxton told Mashable that one particular bison had started trotting towards him, prompting his decision to flee. Yellowstone Nati

What to Stream Tonight, March 30, 2020

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Amazon’s Fire TV Live feature gets Sling TV free news integration

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Earlier this month, Sling TV launched a new free tier called ‘Stay in & SLING’ targeted at people who don’t subscribe to the service, but who are currently stuck at home and seeking new streaming services to watch. The service offers a variety of free channels and on-demand content, including news content and a bunch of older and lesser-known series. … Continue reading

No, A Government Airline Bailout Wasn’t Necessary, And Just Makes Things Worse

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The U.S. airlines have long survived on government cash and government protection from competition (whether through foreign ownership, or long term gate leases at government airports). We continue to feed that, and then complain when effectively nationalized airlines don't deliver the product consumers want. We have only ourselves to blame. A bankruptcy-first approach would have meant equity and

This Guy Took a Photo of the ISS from His Backyard

500+Futurism / 7h
Sharp Shooter A sharpshooter on Reddit posted a pretty incredible snapshot to the Space subreddit over the weekend: The International Space Station, as seen from his backyard on Saturday night . Eye in the Sky The user, who goes by 120decibel , explained that he nabbed the shot using what sounds like a relatively expensive telescoping rig (upwards of $7,000, according to another user’s estimate),

Fossilized Vomit and Feces Are Delighting Paleontologists

500+Gizmodo / 7h
Fossil skeletons tell us a great deal about extinct species; we couldn’t piece together ancient life without them. Just as important, however, are the fossils that may not immediately tug at our imaginations, fill us with awe, or even be recognizable to non-paleontologists. The traces that an animal made during its… Read more...

What Have You Heard About the Coronavirus This Week?

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The science on COVID-19 is moving faster than it has for any previous outbreak: The scientific community went from discovering the virus to starting a vaccine trial in just three months. But despite that speed, we still don’t know everything we’d like to know about it. And no matter how diligently scientists study a… Read more...

WTF is the denominator effect?

64TechCrunch / 7h
The last few weeks have just been dreadful for asset managers. Not only have the markets tanked the past few weeks (if slightly recovered from their lows since the signing of the U.S. stimulus bill), but the daily volatility of different assets is making it very hard to keep portfolios balanced. As an example, the key benchmark for oil is under $20 a barrel in the United States , a level not seen

Rebecca Minkoff has some advice for e-commerce companies right now

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When Rebecca Minkoff first moved to New York City, the then-18-year-old was making $4.75 an hour. “I just kept working for this designer and someone was telling me what to do every day. I just didn’t like that. And I thought if I’m going to work as hard, it’s going to be for myself and I want to call my own shots,” she said. “I didn’t want to be told what to do, frankly.” Self-employment for Mink

Own a Piece of the Apollo 13 Moon Mission for a Ridiculously Low Price

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Futurism fans: To create this content, a non-editorial team worked with an affiliate partner. We may collect a small commission on items purchased through this page. This post does not necessarily reflect the views or the endorsement of the Futurism.com editorial staff. Given the current state of the world, you probably won’t be stepping foot inside an actual museum any time soon. However, that d

Ford and GE team up to build 50,000 ventilators by July 4

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Ford will team up with GE Healthcare to build more ventilators suitable for COVID-19 treatment, with the potential to produce 50,000 of the simplified design in the next 100 days. The automaker had already announced a collaboration with GE Healthcare on ventilator production, this time targeting an even easier design currently being produced in Florida. The GE/Airon Model A-E ventilator … Continu

Amazon kicks off buy two, get one sale with some big video games

Amazon One Staten IslandSlashGear / 7h
If you’re looking for something to do while you’re stuck inside, it might be worth heading over to Amazon. The company is holding a buy two, get one free sale on some video games and board games, and for video games at least, there are a few recent releases to choose from. The video game selection spans all platforms – … Continue reading

Hive Mind of Makers Rises to Meet Pandemic

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Tinkerers, sewers and scientists bring their ideas and 3-D printers to bear on the shortage of medical supplies.

Facebook makes it easier to see how much it knows about you

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Facebook will let you view and download more of the data it collects about you, the company revealed today. It's expanding the Download Your Information tool on Facebook and the Download Your Data tool on Instagram to include more of the info it tracks as you use those platforms -- like what you add to your profile or which Pages or posts you like. That info is used to personalize what you see on

“Immunity Passports” Could Help Society Get Back to Normal

1KFuturism / 7h
German researchers are suggesting that “immunity passports” could be given out to workers who have already caught the coronavirus — meaning they’re now immune — in a bid to get them back to work and help speed up the return to normal society. A mass study being planned by Germany’s public health body and a number of research groups and hospitals, The Guardian reports , will involve testing blood

Our favorite ways travel companies are giving back during coronavirus

The Points Guy / 7h
The coronavirus pandemic that’s currently raging in practically every corner of the globe has slowed travel — both domestic and international — nearly to a halt. Visit TPG’s guide to all coronavirus news and updates Predictably, the drying up of demand has resulted in many airplanes flying with fewer than 10 passengers on board; hundreds of thousands of empty hotel rooms; and travelers everywhere

Long after some hominins were bipedal, others stuck to the trees

100+Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / The excavation site where the bones were found. (credit: Georgiou et al. 2020) We already know that, at various points in our species' past, several hominin species were wandering around Africa. But now it turns out they may have been living very different lives. A team of anthropologists took a closer look at the internal structure of leg bones from two South African hominins. It turns

Pick Up Gooloo's 4000A Peak SuperSafe Car Jump Starter for $84 Right Now

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Facebook Messenger preps Auto Status location type sharing

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Facebook Messenger could soon automatically tell your closest friends you’re at the gym, driving or in Tokyo. Messenger has been spotted prototyping a ported version of the Instagram close friends-only Threads app’s Auto Status option that launched in October. The unreleased Messenger feature would use your location, accelerometer and battery life to determine what you’re up to and share it with

New COVID-19 vaccine heads to clinical trial: Here’s the release timeline

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American corporation Johnson & Johnson has announced that it will send a COVID-19 vaccine candidate into human clinical trials by September 2020 at the latest, assuming nothing unexpected happens. If the vaccine proves successful, the company says that it may be able to get it on the market by as soon as early 2021. The company says it will make … Continue reading

Want $100,000? Apply to Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2020

48TechCrunch / 8h
Imagine what a $100,000 cash infusion could do for your startup. Now add global media attention and intense investor interest into the mix. That powerful triad can potentially be yours. All you need to do is apply to compete in Startup Battlefield , the legendary pitch competition at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2020 . We know COVID-19 has many created challenges, but Disrupt SF is still on s

We Have a New Hole in the Ozone to Worry About

100+Gizmodo / 8h
The ozone hole is the problem that never seems to ever go away. And now it turns out we have a second one to worry about over the Arctic. Read more...

Facebook’s smart glasses just found their AR lenses

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Facebook has locked up an exclusive supply of smart glasses displays, inking a deal with a microLED specialist that could one day put digital lenses in wearable computers. The agreement with UK display-maker Plessey boxes out rivals like Apple, Google, and others from an augmented reality display-maker, a move that could be pivotal when AR wearables become market-ready in the … Continue reading

Share Your Desktop With Up to 10 People With This Free App

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Working from home necessitates reliable communication tools, and while it’s likely many of us are participating in more Zoom calls lately, paying for a premium or enterprise-level video conferencing app can be difficult for smaller companies or freelancers. There are several decent video-chatting apps available, but… Read more...

Russia Quarantines Nuclear Sub Crew After Coronavirus Exposure

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Underwater Quarantine The crew of a nuclear missile-equipped submarine belonging to the Russian Navy is in quarantine over concerns they have been exposed to the coronavirus, according to The Drive . A civilian contractor who came on board as part of a business trip had come into contact with somebody who tested positive for COVID-19, local news portal B-port reported . In response, Navy official

Niantic is updating Pokémon GO and other titles to support indoor gaming

Niantic Pokémon Go200+TechCrunch / 8h
Niantic , the development company behind popular AR mobile games Pokémon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, is adapting its titles to support at-home gaming in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically, Niantic’s games have encouraged people to go outdoors, explore their world and connect with others in real life as they played. But with government lockdowns and home quarantines under way, it

What Is a Ventilator, Anyway?

200+Lifehacker / 8h
As we all know, ventilators are in short supply in hospitals around the world—and patients who go into respiratory failure as a result of the coronavirus may not be able to get the help that they need to breathe. Read more...

Apple brings ProRes RAW support to Windows video editors

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Thanks to a combination of more affordable cinema cameras and increasingly powerful software, professional video producers are able to net some impressive results. One major part of the equation for achieving high-quality footage is shooting in a RAW codec, which creates lossless files that are suitable for color correction and other enhancements. Apple's ProRes RAW codec isn't a very popular cho

Influencers Are Social Distancing by Ignoring Lockdown Orders and Embracing #Vanlife

500+Gizmodo / 8h
New York has become the epicenter of coronavirus in the U.S, with at least 1,000 deaths and 60,000 confirmed cases in the state, according to the New York Times. During the month of March, every few days brought about restrictions for NY residents: stay inside, practice social distancing, only travel for essentials,… Read more...

Amazon's Echo Show 5 smart home display is on sale for just $59.96

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Connect with family and friends from afar with the Amazon Echo Show 5 that's currently on sale for $59.96 . That's a $30 discount and the best price we've found for the smart home display. The Amazon Echo Show 5 works with Amazon Alexa so you can use your voice to ask questions, play music and videos, and control other compatible smart home devices. The compact smart display also allows you to ma

How to Cope With a Mayo Shortage

400+Lifehacker / 8h
This morning, I heard terrible news. Apparently there is something of a mayo shortage going on right now, with not a jar to be found on the shelves of many stores across the country. Luckily, there are many ways to make your own mayonnaise, and I have taken the liberty of rounding them up for you. Read more...

What to Do if You Can't Pay Rent This Month

100+Lifehacker / 8h
Though seemingly endless, March 2020 is almost over. The first of the month has rolled around again, and so much has changed since the last time you paid rent. We’re practicing physical distancing, the government passed a big bill to stimulate the economy , and the coronavirus has forced unemployment filing rates to a… Read more...

SEC steps in to prevent investors from buying the wrong Zoom

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission ( SEC ) has taken action by suspending the shares of a small Chinese company called Zoom Technologies after investors were confusing it with the video-calling app Zoom . The regulator recently revealed that it was halting trading of the Beijing-based company's shares until April 8th over concerns that investors were “confusing this issuer with a similarly

Stadia 4K launched in Chrome with screenshot/clip library for desktop

SlashGear / 9h
Stadia just got a big boost for web browsers – just so long as you’re using Chrome, of course. This week the streaming video game platform Stadia was boosted to 4K in web browsers, and the rest of the necessary graphics power and hardware. Those requirements include – for starters – a proper internet connection speed. To play in 4K … Continue reading

S7 Airlines Giving People Miles For Staying Home

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While there are lots of ways to earn miles from home (without flying), S7 Airlines is quite literally giving people miles for staying home. For those of you not familiar with S7, they’re a fascinating Russian airline that’s also a member of the oneworld alliance. With S7’s “Fly At Home” promotion , the company is offering members 100 S7 Priority miles for every day that they confirm they’re at ho

United finally relents, begins waiving award redeposit fees

The Points Guy / 9h
The major U.S. airlines tend to roll out consistent policies when it comes to change-fee waivers , elite qualification and — most recently — dealing with coronavirus , both in the airports and onboard. This time around, though, United Airlines has been especially unforgiving, leading to an unfriendly “flexible” booking policy and a firm take on award redeposit fees . Well, we just got a bit of go

How to Access Reproductive Healthcare During a Pandemic

55Lifehacker / 9h
Staying safe during a pandemic raises a lot of questions about if and when a doctor’s visit is necessary—and if it is, what additional measures patients need to take to safeguard themselves. Office visits are now complicated by both the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and the imperative that we balancing the needs of an… Read more...

Riot's competitive hero shooter 'Valorant' enters closed beta next week

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If you've been patiently waiting for a chance to play Riot's new competitive first-person shooter, you won't have to wait much longer to see what the League of Legends studio has been working on in secret all these years . The Valorant closed beta starts on April 7th in the US, Canada, Europe, Turkey and Russia, with expanded availability to come in the months leading up to the game's official la

Your definitive guide to online grocery delivery services

The Points Guy / 9h
From Amazon Fresh to Instacart , it’s no surprise grocery delivery services have been on the rise. Shoppers love these services for their convenience and efficiency. In normal times, groceries are often delivered within hours — a godsend for those of us with busy schedules who like to have fresh food at home. And yes, in some cases, you can get your wine and beer delivered right along with your b

How to combat insider threats as organisations increasingly rely on cloud computing to telecommunicate

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Cloud providers including Microsoft, Google, and others, have recently acknowledged that they are struggling to deal with a spike in remote tools usage. As organisations hastily adapt for remote working, they might fail to ensure adequate data security. In particular, cloud usage increases the risk of insider threats as 53% of organisations believe detecting insider attacks is significantly harde

10 ways to learn a new language before you re-enter the world again

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How many times have you heard yourself say "I've always wanted to learn to speak [insert language]"? Well, considering you likely have no plans tonight or in the foreseeable future, maybe it's time to stop saying and start doing. Here are ten awesome learning apps and training services that will have you speaking a new language (or two or three or four) in no time. If you want to choose your own

Groundbreaking SunRISE telescope could help map a safe route to Mars

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An innovative distributed telescope, combining the efforts of six satellites, will give NASA an unprecedented insight into some of the Sun’s most powerful – and dangerous – activity. The Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment, or SunRISE, is a new multi-million dollar application of cutting-edge CubeSat technology, and if successful could pave the way to a whole new, and more affordable, … Con

See Peacock Spider Joe’s latest discovery of 7 new species

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Joseph Schubert likely has the strangest job you’ve heard about in a very long time – he’s a peacock spider specialist. Today, a report written by Schubert was released, showing seven new peacock spider species he discovered in South Australia. These seven new spiders show how gorgeous the peacock spider can be, complete with fur “plumage” that’ll make you forget … Continue reading

Netflix renews Locke & Key comic book adaptation for second season

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Netflix has renewed its comic book adaptation Locke & Key for a second season, the company announced on Monday. The renewal isn’t surprising — many Netflix originals get a second season, and most even get a third. Whether the series will manage to survive past the ‘three-season curse’ is another matter. As expected, the second season will be exclusive to … Continue reading

Strikers say Instacart's homemade hand sanitizer efforts are 'abhorrent'

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Forget Zoom—children are using Facebook Messenger Kids to deal with coronavirus isolation

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Kids are getting a crash course on texting and social media with “technology on training wheels.”

FCC outlines $200 million COVID-19 telehealth plan

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Today, the FCC announced a few additional measures to help the US during the coronavirus pandemic. Chairman Ajit Pai shared plans for a $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Program , which would equip healthcare providers with the broadband connectivity and devices they need to provide telehealth services. The FCC also eased off its ongoing crackdown on cell phone subsidy abuse, saying that it won't

Now Is the Time to Build a Ridiculous Contraption

200+Gizmodo / 9h
Have you ever wanted to build a ridiculous contraption with your kids? The sort of homemade machine that takes a simple, everyday task—like, I don’t know, passing the salt —and makes it unnecessarily complicated, albeit effective. Maybe it never occurred to you to spend an entire weekend figuring out a new way to drop… Read more...

This one browser change could make switching to Edge worth it

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It’s no secret that Microsoft Edge is working from behind when it comes to growing its userbase. After Internet Explorer spent years as the butt of pretty much every joke concerning web browsers, Microsoft decided to hit the reset button by renaming the browser Edge and making a number of changes to it. For the past few years, Microsoft has … Continue reading

Hyatt Credit Card Elite Nights: Complete Guide

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The World of Hyatt Credit Card ( review ) is one of my all around favorite hotel credit cards . It has a reasonable $95 annual fee, and offers all kinds of perks that more than justify it, whether you’re a Hyatt loyalist, or just stay at Hyatts occasionally. One of the awesome things about the Hyatt Card is that the card allows you to earn elite nights, making it easier to earn status. In this po

This projector turns your wall into a touchscreen — Future Blink

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GoTouch Beam supposedly makes any surface interactive. Read more... More about Tech , Technology , Mashable Video , Touchscreen , and Innovations

American Airlines Group Loses A Chicago O’Hare Gate Agent to COVID-19

300+View from the Wing / 9h
American's wholly-owned regional subsidiary Envoy Air lost a 51 year old Chicago O'Hare gate agent named José Vázquez. Just Saturday Envoy Air had shared the information with its Chicago team that "two (2) of our Envoy employees here at ORD tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)." Continue reading ...

People are recreating art from household items while social distancing and it's wonderful

Mashable / 9h
The Getty Museum in LA has asked people to recreate their favorite works of art using household objects. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Challenge , Getty , Quarantine , and Social Distancing

Break into the music scene with this Ableton and Logic Pro training

33Mashable / 9h
TL;DR: Get on the road to living out your DJ dreams by investing in the Premium DJing and Music Production Bootcamp featuring Ableton and Logic Pro X for $49.99, a 97% savings as of March 30. If you've ever heard a hit song and thought, "I could do that," now's your chance to prove it. First of all, you have an abundance of extra time these days. And second of all, this Premium DJing and Music Pr

Whole Foods workers to strike this week for better coronavirus protections

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Whole Foods employees, like many grocery store workers, are at the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic and now plan to take action this week to demand better protections in the face of this deadly illness. Whole Worker, an organization representing Whole Foods employees with hopes to unionize, announced over the weekend that workers at the Amazon-owned grocery chain are encouraged to participate

Why You Still Need to Drive Your Car a Little if You're Quarantined

400+Lifehacker / 9h
With so many people working from home and physically distancing themselves—until May, as ordered by the Fed, and probably longer than that—your poor car has probably been sitting outside on the street or stuck in your garage. And that’s especially true if you’ve been trying to get all your groceries and other… Read more...

Experts Say Putting Multiple Patients on One Ventilator Is Unsafe

500+Futurism / 9h
In the areas hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, hospitals are facing a dire ventilator shortage. In Italy, doctors have already had to turn patients away because they didn’t have enough ventilators to treat them, and the same could soon happen in the U.S. if hospitals are overwhelmed by coronavirus patients. To make up for the shortage, some resourceful doctors have suggested splitting vent

The year of Mario: A ton of classic 3D games reportedly coming to Switch in 2020

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Enlarge / Our own approximation of Super Mario Galaxy on a Switch. Nintendo has yet to confirm a slew of rumors that emerged on Monday morning. (credit: Nintendo / Sam Machkovech) According to a flurry of Monday morning reports, Super Mario is coming back in 2020 in a huge way. And it's mostly about reliving the Nintendo mascot's 3D era on Nintendo Switch. The first rumor domino to fall came from

Reader question: Is the Chase Sapphire Reserve still worth it if you aren’t using the travel credit?

The Points Guy / 9h
Editor’s note: This article is part of a column to answer your credit card questions. If you would like to ask us a question, tweet us at @thepointsguy , message us on Facebook or email us at info@thepointsguy.com. The top-tier Chase Sapphire Reserve is the headliner in the Chase lineup of credit cards. It comes with a list of valuable benefits that can help make the $550 annual fee worth it, but

Amazon workers in NYC warehouse strike to demand coronavirus protections

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Fossil Sport smartwatch deal makes this $99 Wear OS device a must-buy'

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The Fossil Sport fitness smartwatch is now more affordable than ever with a sweeping price cut that drops the cost down to $99 / £89 / AU$199. We really enjoyed the Fossil Sport for its Wear OS functionality in a sleek, light body that paired well with our fitness lives. While workouts have been altered lately as many of us shelter indoors, fitness tracking is more useful than ever to monitor our

Amid concerns that startups could be left out of COVID-19 bailout, investors step up lobbying

SBA Act $2 Trillion US200+TechCrunch / 10h
The massive bailout package that the U.S. government passed last week to stave off an economic collapse from measures put in place to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic is giving out billions to American small businesses. But startups that received venture capital money could be left out. So the nation’s investment organizations and lobbying firms are stepping up their efforts to get cl

Experience Disrupt SF online with the Disrupt Digital Pro Pass

200+TechCrunch / 10h
Earlier this month we announced the launch of the Disrupt Digital Pass for TechCrunch’s flagship Disrupt SF event (September 14-16) as a way to help ensure that, no matter what, TechCrunch fans everywhere would be able to enjoy the big interviews at the show. We also hinted that we were working on a Pro edition of the Digital Pass for people who really want to engage as fully as possible with Dis

Steven Universe's Rebecca Sugar Reflects on the Past, Present, and Future of Her Sublime Journey

100+Gizmodo / 10h
Steven Universe Future ’s final episodes brought Steven and the Crystal Gems’ story to an epic close. They also reinforced one of the most important concepts that shaped Rebecca Sugar’s approach to creating the show ever since she first had the idea for the series. Steven Universe and Future were both sublime in the… Read more...

YouTube TV Subscribers Get a Free Month of EPIX With No Strings Attached

100Lifehacker / 10h
YouTube TV is giving subscribers free access to the EPIX channel through April 25, throwing a lifeline to users running out of stuff to watch on their self-quarantine backlog. Read more...

This could be a huge year for Mario on Nintendo Switch

Mario Nintendo SwitchSlashGear / 10h
2020 is a big year for Mario, as the suspenders-wearing plumber is turning 35 years old. More specifically, the Mario game franchise is turning 35 years old, and Nintendo apparently has a big celebration planned. According to a new report, Nintendo will release a number of new and old Mario games for the Switch in 2020, in the process bringing … Continue reading

WeWork sells off social network Meetup to AlleyCorp and other investors

300+TechCrunch / 10h
Meetup, the social networking platform designed to connect people in person, is being spun out from shared office space provider WeWork, the company confirmed on Monday. The site is being sold to AlleyCorp and other private investors for an undisclosed sum, but one that’s reportedly far less than the $156 million acquisition price WeWork paid for the social network back in 2017. Fortune (paywalle

Microsoft's Edge browser will add vertical tabs and tracking prevention

Microsoft Edge Smart Copy100+Engadget / 10h
Microsoft finally did the deed and killed Internet Explorer . The company's new browser, Edge , is much more promising, and is even getting some compelling features that differentiate it from the likes of Chrome and Firefox. Today, the company announced enhancements like vertical tabs, password monitoring and tracking prevention -- as well as a mobile version of its useful Collections feature. Ed

Now Is the Time to Build a Ridiculous Contraption

200+Lifehacker / 10h
Have you ever wanted to build a ridiculous contraption with your kids? The sort of homemade machine that takes a simple, everyday task—like, I don’t know, passing the salt —and makes it unnecessarily complicated, albeit effective. Maybe it never occurred to you to spend an entire weekend figuring out a new way to drop… Read more...

An Online Library Is Venturing Into Uncharted Legal Waters

8KWired / 10h
With public libraries closed, the Internet Archive announced an initiative to offer 1.4 million books for free online—reopening a heated copyright debate.

Amid campus closures, LGBTQ college students need mental health support. Here's how to help.

400+Mashable / 10h
Weeks ago, college campuses around the country started closing their doors to curb the spread of the coronavirus. And it's unlikely that the weeks and months to come will bring an end to both the pandemic, and the difficulties faced by students navigating a dramatically different campus (and world ). Amid all the problems exacerbated by school closures, mental health support for LGBTQ students re

Compete in Startup Battlefield and Launch at Disrupt SF 2020

100+TechCrunch / 10h
Early-stage founders: Don’t miss your chance to follow in the footsteps of tech giants. We know COVID-19 has created challenges for startup founders, but fear not. Disrupt SF is still proceeding as scheduled, with a Disrupt Digital Pass Virtual option. Launch your startup in the world’s most famous pitch competition, Startup Battlefield . The smackdown goes down live on the Main Stage at Disrupt

Here’s how to unlock Netflix’s hidden categories

68Mashable / 10h
Netflix’s catalogue is expansive and tough to parse, but secret codes sort the service’s listings into more approachable categories. Read more... More about Entertainment , Netflix , Mashable Video , Hacks , and Movies Tv Shows

Chiropractors Told to Stop Pretending They Can Treat Covid-19

300+Gizmodo / 10h
Chiropractors in Canada and elsewhere are being told to stop advertising their services as a treatment for covid-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Read more...

This charming virtual Backstreet Boys performance is as good as you want it to be

1KMashable / 10h
No matter the distance, the Backstreet Boys want you to know...that "I Want It That Way" is still a banger. The 90s pop sensation reunited for a virtual performance of their hit song for Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert For America. Fox shared a clip on Sunday to tease the performance, but you can see the full video here . AJ McLean, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, and Br

Incredible photos show empty landmarks around the world

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The near-total absence of people has allowed for these extraordinary photographs. Read more... More about Photography , Mashable Video , Coronavirus , Covid 19 , and Social Distancing

Muzmatch adds a button to video chat with a match’s dad

100+TechCrunch / 10h
Muslim matchmaking app Muzmatch is getting (slightly) involved with video: It’s adding a button to enable users to request a video chat with a prospective match’s father. If the user impresses on camera, the dad can grant a ‘Dad Verified’ badge to add to their profile — as an added layer of parental vetting for a community that’s seriously focused on finding a life partner. YC backed Muzmatch has

Nier Replicant remake headlines a slew of Nier reveals

Nier Replicant XboxSlashGear / 10h
If you were one of the many who were impressed by Nier Automata, then you might be pleased to know that its predecessor is about to get a remaster. Square Enix announced today that Nier Replicant is being remastered for the series’ 10th anniversary, allowing fans of Automata to see how the Nier series got its start on modern hardware. … Continue reading

Online grocery deliveries are facing an unprecedented stress test

Amazon One Staten Island100+Engadget / 10h
In the past few weeks, cities and states across the country have instructed people to stay home in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Going out for essentials like food is allowed, but that can be a risky proposition. Not only can grocery stores get crowded, social distancing protocol often means long lines just to get inside. The obvious alternative to all this is to shop online, but a

Experts Say Childbirth During the Pandemic Can Be Traumatic

500+Futurism / 10h
As the coronavirus pandemic overwhelms hospitals and health workers, expecting and new mothers around the world are facing a number of unexpected challenges. Many who have gone into labor since the pandemic took hold had to give birth with far less support than they anticipated, CNET reports . Midwives and doulas are sometimes cut out of the equation because of disease transmission fears , doctor

The Quarantine Diaries

500+NYT > Technology / 10h
Around the world, the history of our present moment is taking shape in journal entries and drawings.

Google parent Alphabet handing out $800 million to combat pandemic

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Google's parent company Alphabet has revealed that it will donating the equivalent of $800m to produce medical supplies which will be used to combat Covid-19 and that it will also give out ad credits to government and health organizations as well as to businesses. In a blog post , Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai explained that the company will be working with its partner Magid Glove & Safet

Nasty Images Show How Bacteria Colonize Your Tongue

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Your mouth is a zoo of bacteria. And in a new series of astonishing (ly disturbing) images assembled by a team of researchers, we get to experience this diverse biome in all its psychedelic, multicolored glory — with each funky color representing a different species of bacteria, as Science Alert reports . “The tongue is particularly important because it harbors a large reservoir of microbes and i

What it's like to live with someone who still doesn't take coronavirus seriously

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How to Support Instacart Workers While They're on Strike

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Today, delivery workers for the shopping app Instacart are striking for better protections and pay in the wake of the significant surge in demand for their services thanks to the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s what you need to know about the strike and how to support the workers. Read more...

How to watch Supergirl: stream Crisis on Infinite Earths online anywhere

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The Arrowverse has come a long way since Oliver Queen first donned a green hood and made it his life's mission to save Star City back in 2012. One of the shows that now make up the shared DC universe is Supergirl, which has either just finished or may be just resuming, depending on where you live. With that in mind, here's how to start watching Crisis on Infinite Earths and stream Supergirl seaso

This Xbox One S 1TB All-Digital Bundle Comes With a Spare Controller

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Xbox One S 1TB All Digital Edition + Extra Wireless Controller | $170 | eBay Read more...

LG G series phone line ended, what’s next? [UPDATE: LG statement]

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Notes from LG this week suggested they’re switching gears when it comes to smartphones in 2020 and beyond. Where they’ve been pushing a headline “G” brand series for the past 8 years, they’ll fold two lines into one. Instead of releasing a “G” and a “V” each year, they’ll just release a “V”… but they’ll also have a new phone. … Continue reading

Delta Amex Cards Offering Huge Bonuses (Last Chance)

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American Express issues all co-branded Delta credit cards , and in late January some major changes were made to their card portfolio . To coincide with that, Amex and Delta also launched huge welcome bonuses. Note that these offers are set to expire on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. While not everyone will be looking to apply for cards right now (understandably), for those who are interested, you have

Court Rules That Researching a Platform's Hidden Biases Isn't a Criminal Offense

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Over the past few years, the idea of algorithmic bias—whether entirely real or mostly conspiratorial —is something that’s cropped up in conversations of niche internet groups and White House officials alike. And now, researchers and tech journalists are legally free to investigate these issues to their heart’s… Read more...

A Wearable for Opioid Patients Gets Retooled for Covid-19

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It alerts staff when a patient’s condition changes, allowing people to be sent home and monitored remotely. Two hospital systems will begin testing it this week.

Where to buy a mouse: all the retailers with stock available

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It can be difficult to work out where to buy a mouse right now. With a massive proportion of people working from home, stock levels took a hit last week. We're seeing more retailers get ahead of the rush right now, though, so there are plenty of places to pick up a good mouse for less. That said, it can be frustrating to wade through pages of out of stock items in a desperate search for a pointer

Atlassian’s Confluence gets a new template gallery

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Confluence , Atlassian’s content-centric collaboration tool for teams, is making it easier for new users to get started with the launch of an updated template gallery and 75 new templates. They incorporate what the company has learned from its customers and partners since it first launched the service back in 2004. About a year ago, Atlassian gave Confluence a major makeover , with an updated edi

Gig workers are set to strike today demanding better protection from coronavirus

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Home delivery services are experiencing unprecedented growth in demand as people stay home.

Save up to 50% now when you sign up for a Kaspersky antivirus deal

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For very obvious reasons, people the world over are increasingly spending more time on their devices. The natural consequence is that this makes us more vulnerable to hackers and malware as cybercriminals and scammers try to take advantage of unsecured home connections. There is one quick and swift way to protect your devices, and that's by downloading one of the best antivirus software programs

Dyson price cut: the cordless Dyson Absolute vacuum is on sale for $399.99

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If you're doing some spring cleaning while stuck indoors and are in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, then you've come to the right place. Dyson, a brand known for top-of-the-line vacuums, has slashed the price on some of its most popular models. Dyson's vacuum sale includes the cordless Dyson V10 Absolute discounted down to $399.99 . That's a $150 discount and the best price we've found for t

Roku Is Making Premium Streaming Free for 30 Days, Including Showtime and Epix

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Joining a growing list of streaming services offering free extended trials as people spend more time at home, Roku has announced it’s offering 30 days of free viewing with extended trials that will give users access to channels like Showtime, Epix, and Smithsonian. Read more...

Where to Find Free Mental Health Resources During the Pandemic

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If you feel like you’re struggling with your mental health, you’re not alone. Many of us are dealing with profound uncertainty and unanticipated stress, whether we’re worried about our health, our finances, our families, or how we’re going to make it through the next month of physical distancing and self-isolation. Read more...

Need Someone to Confide In? Here's $100 off Your First Month of Online Therapy From Talkspace

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Office 365 is rebranding: Here’s what to expect

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Microsoft isn’t just unveiling new Microsoft 365 subscription plans for families today, but also renaming its existing subscription services to make them fit with the new schemes. From April 21, for instance, Office 365 Business Essentials will become Microsoft 365 Business Basic. Office 365 Business Premium, meanwhile, will be renamed to Microsoft 365 Business Standard. Microsoft 365 Business is

Indian travel and hotel booking firm Ixigo cuts salary of every employee over coronavirus

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Ixigo, a 13-year-old travel and hotel booking service in India, said on Monday it is cutting the salary of its entire staff as the firm grapples with severe disruption in its business due to the coronavirus outbreak that has pushed New Delhi to issue a nationwide lockdown. Aloke Bajpai, co-founder and chief executive of Ixigo, said the leadership at the firm has agreed to take a 60% pay cut while

SpaceX Rival OneWeb Files for Bankruptcy, Citing Covid-19 as a Factor

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Telecommunications firm OneWeb has filed for bankruptcy, leaving the status of its orbital internet constellation, which currently consists of 74 satellites, in doubt. The debt-stricken company said it failed to secure required funding on account of the covid-19 pandemic. Read more...

OneWeb goes bankrupt, lays off staff, will sell satellite-broadband business

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Enlarge / Illustration of a OneWeb satellite. (credit: OneWeb ) OneWeb has filed for bankruptcy and intends to sell its business, bringing an abrupt end to the company's plan to offer high-speed satellite Internet service around the world. OneWeb announced Friday that it "voluntarily filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the [US] Bankruptcy Code," and "intends to use these proceedings to pursue a

SMB loans platform Kabbage to furlough a ‘significant’ number of staff, close office in Bangalore

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Another tech unicorn is feeling the pinch of doing business during the coronavirus pandemic. Today, Kabbage , the SoftBank-backed lending startup that uses machine learning to evaluate loan applications for small and medium businesses, is furloughing a “significant number” of its U.S. team of 500 employees, according to a memo sent to staff and seen by TechCrunch, in the wake of drastically chang

Videoconferencing apps saw a record 62M downloads during one week in March

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Work-from-home policies, social distancing and government lockdowns have increased the demand for video conferencing apps, for both business and personal use. According to a new report from App Annie, out on Monday, business conferencing apps have been experiencing record growth as a result, and just hit their biggest week ever in March, when they topped 62 million downloads during the week of Ma

Instacart workers go on strike after rejecting mild concessions

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Instacart hasn't had success trying to avert a strike over a lack of COVID-19 protections. The Gig Workers Collective has declared that a shopper strike is "still on" after asserting that Instacart's concessions were inadequate. A change that sets the tip default to a customer's previous amount will likely offer "no meaningful benefit," the shoppers said, as that previous amount will frequently c

route22ny: Postcard two in the series shows a popular subject:...

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route22ny : Postcard two in the series shows a popular subject: the frozen fountain along downtown Detroit’s Washington Boulevard , not to be mistaken for the frozen fountain on Belle Isle . Our correspondent mentions his ( I’m assuming the writer is male ) hotel near the fountain, likely the Cadillac seen in the preceding postcard, where his breakfast was marred by the corker of a vegetarian cra

With broadband installations now a no-go, 4G home broadband deals are your saviour

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With strict lockdowns and self-isolation rules now fully in place, the installation of broadband has quickly become a mammoth task. Of course, if you have a phone line, most providers will supply an easy switch. If you don't...it's time to get creative and look at 4G home broadband deals. Put simply, when you don't already have a phone line set up in your property, an engineer will need to come r

Watch Alton Brown spruce up saltine crackers as a coronavirus isolation recipe

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Alton Brown wants to help you get through coronavirus isolation without eating bland food. The longtime Food Network host has been posting easy, pantry-focused recipes to his YouTube channel that'll help you eat well as you isolate during the coronavirus crisis. A recent offering in the Pantry Raid series (get it) focuses on fancying-up saltine crackers and has already racked up some 700,000 view

The US Space Force’s Space Fence orbital tracking system is officially operational

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The U.S. Space Force is a relatively young arm of the U.S. armed forces, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t already operating assets. The USSF announced late last week that its Space Fence radar system is now officially operational, for instance. First: Yes, it is actually called that. Second, the Space Fence is actually a radar system that aims to provide advanced tracking of on-orbit objects, inclu

Daily Crunch: FDA clears procedure for N95 mask decontamination

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The FDA approves a new procedure that could allow healthcare workers to reuse N95 respirator masks, Microsoft divests from a facial recognition startup and Saudi spies have been taking advantage of a network security flaw. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 30, 2020. 1. FDA grants emergency authorization to system that decontaminates N95 respirator masks for reuse Research, development and lab ma

Instacart shoppers say company’s response to strike demands is ‘insulting’

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Over the weekend, Instacart outlined its plans to better support shoppers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. For starters, Instacart has begun distributing its own hand sanitizer and disinfecting supplies and is working to place sanitation stations inside some retailers. Additionally, Instacart has changed the default tip setting to reflect a customer’s previous tip amount. But organizers of the massive

Van Gogh Painting Stolen Amid Coronavirus Shutdown, Museum Director ‘Incredibly Pissed’

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On Monday, a Dutch museum announced that a painting by Vincent Van Gogh was missing after thieves broke into the building in an early-morning raid. Lentetuin , painted by Van Gogh in the spring of 1884, was on loan to the Singer Laren museum, which closed its doors earlier this month due to the risks of covid-19. Read more...

Astrophysicist Gets Magnets Stuck in His Nose While Trying to Invent Face-Touching Alarm

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Men on the forefront of scientific discovery do not fear risking life and limb, be it drinking the vomit of a sick man or dosing themselves with LSD . One astrophysicist followed in their footsteps in the name of covid-19 health research and ended up with magnets up his nose, at risk of a horrifying and violent death.… Read more...

Where to Get a Laptop Under $300 Right Now

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If you’re a student who has suddenly found themselves attending classes remotely, or a person stuck working from home for a company reluctant to provide equipment, it goes without saying that you’ll need a reliable computer. Whether you need a new laptop or just need something to do some quick word processing, they… Read more...

Ars Pro week: Support Ars, get gear, stay informed

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Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images ) I don't often get to write for the Ars Technica front page anymore—I'm usually off pulling levers behind the scenes—but I count it a privilege every day to work with the team we've assembled here at Ars for the express purposes of serving you, the reader! As such, I hope that you will consider supporting Ars Technica by buying a subscription . Ars l

Nintendo Switch could get a fleet of remastered Super Mario games this year

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The Nintendo Switch may be gearing up for a massive release of remastered Super Mario games this year, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the beloved gaming franchise. According to VGC , a host of Super Mario titles from across various console generations are being prepared for remastered releases on Nintendo Switch – likely filling the gap between larger first-party releases, and drumming up s

Big Leak Reveals the OnePlus 8's Design and Specs Ahead of Launch

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Recently, OnePlus has started hyping up its next big phone—the OnePlus 8. And now, a big leak has just revealed a ton of critical info about the design and features of OnePlus’ next flagship handset. Read more...

Jaybird's Affordable True Wireless Earbuds Are Even Cheaper Today

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Jaybird RUN XT Sport True Wireless In-Ear Headphones | $50 | Amazon and Best Buy Read more...

Why your groceries are late: Instacart strike is still on

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Last week we reported on a strike being organized by the Gig Workers Collective with Instacart Shoppers. Over the weekend, Instacart indicated they’d be updating health and safety measures. Instacart did not reply directly to the strike announcement, but the timing of their announcement would seem to be done in order to avoid the strike – at least in part. … Continue reading

How to talk about coronavirus misinformation with the older people in your life

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The best gaming PC 2020

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Because there are so many amazing gaming PCs on the market right now, you're always going to want one of the best gaming PCs. Even if you're not exactly on the cusp of being a pro gamer, you want a bit of firepower if you want to crank up the settings in the best PC games . After all, PC gaming should be an immersive experience, and there's nothing more immersive than having all those shiny graph

Melt Anchovies Into Butter and Put That Butter in Everything

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Since canned food is having a big moment, I’d say now is the time to reconsider the humble canned anchovy. They have a reputation for being overwhelmingly fishy and salty—and those rumors aren’t exactly untrue—but they also possess a deep minerality and ton of umami. When melted into butter (or olive oil), you can… Read more...

Nintendo is reportedly planning to remaster classic Mario games this year

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This year marks the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. and Nintendo could be set to mark the legacy of its flagship franchise in a major way. The company is reportedly working on several Mario games for this year, including remastered versions of some classic titles. While several old Mario games are already available on the console through the NES and SNES Switch Online services, Nintendo pla

How To Think About Jumping On Great Deals For Future Travel

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As with almost every question, whether to jump on a travel deal now depends "on what margin?" Just how good a deal is it? That's because there are some great deals now, but the future is uncertain. You likely give up very little by waiting so it has to be a truly uncommon opportunity to spur a purchase in the current environment. Continue reading ...

How Chase Ink Business Preferred Cell Phone Protection Works

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The Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card ( review ) is one of my all around favorite business credit cards . There’s so much to love about this card , from the massive welcome bonus, to the 3x points bonus categories , to the excellent car rental protection , to this card being an excellent hub for earning Ultimate Rewards points . In this post I wanted to focus specifically on one of my favorite

NASA officials outline plans for building a Lunar Gateway in the mid-2020s

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Enlarge / Artist's concept of initial configuration of the Lunar Gateway. (credit: NASA) The concept of NASA's Lunar Gateway—a small outpost to be built in a halo orbit around the Moon—is about five years old. Although a lunar space station might serve many useful purposes, the concept came about for one basic reason. Due to limitations in the upper stage of NASA's Space Launch System rocket and

Missing your second monitor? Snag this portable one that's on sale.

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TL;DR: Get Mobile Pixels's DUEX Pro Portable Dual 1080p Monitor for just $179.35, down from its original price of $249.99 as of March 30. It's true what they say. You never really know what you've got until it's gone. And when it comes to the world's newfound remote work contingency, most of us are mourning the loss of our second monitor, which sits untouched in our now-empty office. The free pas

Facebook commits $100M to support local news orgs hit by COVID-19 crisis

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Facebook announced this morning that it will be offering another $100 million worth of support to local newsrooms that are trying to cover the COVID-19 pandemic, while that same pandemic is dealing a major blow to their bottom lines . The company says the funding will consist of $25 million in grant funding for local coverage, plus $75 million in marketing for news organizations around the world.

Locusts Are Ravaging the Horn of Africa—the Coronavirus Is Making Things Worse

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For months, hundreds of millions of locusts have been flying across East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East, forming the largest swarms seen in decades. New swarms are continuing to spread from Kenya to Iran, and the worst swarms—those over the Horn of Africa—are multiplying quickly. Read more...

Even Decapitated, Alpha's Still a Major Threat on The Walking Dead

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Alpha may be dead , but the leader of the Whisperers hasn’t quite finished her reign of terror. Come on, did you guys really think it was going to be that easy? Read more...

Microsoft 365 gives Office subscriptions a family twist

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Microsoft has revealed the latest expansion of its cloud services, Microsoft 365, with Personal & Family subscriptions rolling out to all subscribers from April 21. It’ll include features across the Office suite and in a new Teams for Consumer app, with functionality that helps polish up papers, avoid biased language, manage finances and more. Meanwhile there’ll be tools to track … Continue readi

Not all memory foam pillows feel like a rock — these are the ones to try

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When you hear "memory foam," the following thought is almost always "Ooh, comfy." Watching someone's handprint disappear very slowly is admittedly mesmerizing, and automatically makes you want to lay your head on that same material. But that handprint phenomenon in a pillow isn't always a recipe for the comfiest sleep of your life. When it's cheaply-made, memory foam isn't as soft as you think it

Final Fantasy VII Remake copies shipping out early in some regions

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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, there’s been a lot of uncertainty regarding the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake. The game is still launching on April 10th, but Square Enix has shared multiple updates discussing the shipment of physical copies of the title. As you might imagine, the coronavirus outbreak might make it difficult for Square Enix to get copies … Continue reading

Acer's Upcoming Laptops Are Sleek, Affordable, and AMD-Powered

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Acer announced a pair of new laptops today, the Aspire 5 and Swift 3. Both are relatively slim, powered by AMD Ryzen 4000 processors, and set at prices that won’t break the bank. The Aspire 5, which starts at $520, will be available in June. The Swift 3, which starts at $630, drops in April. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Where to buy a keyboard: all the retailers that still have stock

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If you're wondering where to buy a keyboard these days, you're in the right place. We're pulling all the latest online retailers with keyboards in stock together right here, ordering each one by price so you can find the best deal out there straight away. With plenty of people working from home these days, it can now be difficult to get your hands on the equipment you need to get your work done f

Monday's Best Deals: Nebula Mars II Projector, Rosetta Stone, Bose QuietComfort 35 II, and More

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A dumb, yet glorious shelf , Aukey dual plug charger , Spalding NCAA Hoop , and a pair of Fitbits lead off Monday’s best deals from around the web. Read more...

OnePlus will reveal its new phones on April 14th

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OnePlus hasn't been able to keep a lid on its 8 series phones -- numerous details and photos have leaked over the past week. According to the spec sheets, the company has put most of its focus on the Pro model, which will feature wireless charging and an IP68 water-resistance rating -- features that have been noticeably absent from OnePlus' premium devices. We'll see if these rumors pan out on Ap

OpenTable update expands to grocery store lines and retail

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OpenTable generally works with restaurants to allow reservations for tables. Now, with the latest update to OpenTable, users will be able to reserve times to shop at their favorite retail or grocery store. Not all supermarkets or other stores are onboard right out the gate, but a few certainly seem to be ready to take up with the collaboration. This … Continue reading

Court: Violating a site’s terms of service isn’t criminal hacking

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Enlarge (credit: Jamie Grill / Getty) A federal court in Washington, DC, has ruled that violating a website's terms of service isn't a crime under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, America's primary anti-hacking law. The lawsuit was initiated by a group of academics and journalists with the support of the American Civil Liberties Union. The plaintiffs wanted to investigate possible racial discrim

GoPro launches daily competition for your self-isolation videos – here's how to enter

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GoPro has announced a new daily competition for creative, home-based videos that could see you win a Hero 8 Black or Max . The HomePro Challenge is open to videos shot on any camera, including your smartphone, and will run every day from now until April 30. Each day GoPro will pick five of its favorite entries from around the world and give the winners their choice of a Hero 8 Black or Max, plus

Dell has a ton of Vizio 4K TVs on sale, and they come with free gift cards

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We need all the indoor entertainment we can get right now. Making the switch from a tiny 40-inch TV (or, worse, using your laptop as a TV) is the obvious first move, but if hours of TV every day for the next few months is going to be a thing, it's really okay to splurge on those accessories. SEE ALSO: 'Tiger King' Season 2? Producers say more of Netflix docuseries could be on way Dell is making i

Office 365 is turning into Microsoft 365 as it moves into your life

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Microsoft wants you to think about its Office 365 subscription service in a whole new light. So on April 21st, the company is renaming the service to "Microsoft 365," as it adds more AI and cloud-powered tools to make you more productive. The pricing stays the same -- $7 a month/$70 a year for personal use and $10 a month/$100 a year for the family plan -- but the scope of the service is much bro

Microsoft's Family Safety app combines screen time and location tracking

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With the latest 365 rollout, Microsoft has introduce a new mobile app designed to help parents keep track of their kids (and each other) both online and in real life. Microsoft Family Safety can not only watch your kids' screen time, but also share their locations, monitor their driving habits and more. The app can give you data not only about how much time your kids spend in front of screens, bu

Microsoft Teams is coming to consumers — but Skype is here to stay

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Microsoft today announced that later this year, it will launch what is essentially a consumer version of Teams, its Slack-like text, audio and video chat application. Teams for your personal life, as Microsoft likes to call it, will feature a number of tools that will make it easier for families and small groups to organize events, share information and get on video calls, too. As Google has long

Microsoft Edge is getting smart copy and paste, a password monitor and vertical tabs

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Microsoft today announced a ton of new features for its productivity apps, but it also used today’s release to highlight a few new features that are coming to its Chromium-based Edge browser in the near future. Most of these are pretty straightforward and expected, like its Collections bookmarking feature coming to mobile later this year, but some are quite a surprise. Edge is getting vertical ta

Microsoft brings Teams to consumers and launches Microsoft 365 personal and family plans

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Microsoft today announced a slew of new products, but at the core of the release is a major change to how the company is marketing its tools and services to consumers. Office 365, which has long been the brand for the company’s subscription service for its productivity tools like Word, Excel and Outlook, is going away. On April 21, it’ll be replaced by new Microsoft 365 plans, including new perso

Saudi Arabia may be spying on its citizens via US mobile networks

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Data shared by a whistleblower suggests Saudi Arabia may be using a weakness in mobile telecom networks to track its citizens in the US, The Guardian reports . The data shows that over a four-month period, Saudi

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