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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

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Delta considers early MD-88, MD-90 retirements as possible coronavirus response

1KThe Points Guy / 13h
But if demand remains low going into the summer, airlines could take advantage of their more drastic options — like the possibility of Delta accelerating the retirement of its MD-88s and MD-90s — and cut growth plans.
That said, if demand remains low going into the summer, airlines will likely take advantage of their more drastic options — like Delta accelerating the retirement of its MD-88s and MD-90s — and cut growth plans.

Cisco offers free Webex licenses to deal with coronavirus

500+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
In an effort to help out businesses affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak , Cisco has added additional features to its free Webex accounts and the company is also offering free 90-day business licenses.
To help make the transition easier, Cisco has enhanced its free Webex accounts with additional features to make working remotely easier.

After 5 Seasons, Syfy's The Magicians Will Cast Its Final Spell

6KGizmodo / 13h
Showrunners John McNamara and Sera Gamble revealed to TV Insider that The Magicians is ending after its finale on April 1.
“I think in a way, losing Quentin, for almost every fan of the show and for almost everybody who works in the show, has a kind of an echo to the show now ending,” McNamara said.


The first 'Luigi's Mansion 3' multiplayer DLC pack is now available

35Engadget / 40min
Late last year, Nintendo announced that it's releasing two DLCs for Luigi's Mansion 3, which will add multiplayer features to the action-adventure game. It promised to release the first of the two by April 30th, 2020, but it looks like you don't have to wait that long to start enjoying what it can offer. The first Luigi's Mansion 3 multiplayer pack is now available for download -- you can purchas

India lifts ban on cryptocurrency trading

100+TechCrunch / 1h
The Reserve Bank of India had imposed a ban on cryptocurrency trading in April 2018 that barred banks and other financial institutions from facilitating “any service in relation to virtual currencies.”
India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down central bank’s two-year-old ban on cryptocurrency trading in the country in what many said was a “historic” verdict.

Co-living European startup Colonies raises $34 million

100+TechCrunch / 1h
Those new buildings will eventually be managed by Colonies.
The startup tries to make sure people pay their rent by using direct debits instead of letting renters issue bank transfers.

The best cast iron skillets in the UK

Mashable / 1h
Enter: the enameled cast iron skillet, which sports a glassy coating that does two important things — it replaces the pan's natural nonstick seasoning, and it makes the pan suitable for cooking with acidic ingredients like tomatoes, citrus, wine, and vinegar.
You're going to see a lot of Lodge skillets on this list, and the brand has been crafting what it calls "heirloom-quality" cast iron cookware in the small town of South Pittsburg, Tenn.

Sennheiser launches CX 350BT and CX 150BT wireless earphones

44TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
These are neckband-style Bluetooth earphones with a focus on portability, sound quality, and battery life.
Four sizes of ear tips will be included with the wireless earphones.

Google Pixel 4a manufacturing to move to Vietnam

44TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Google is looking to move the Pixel 4a manufacturing from China to Vietnam in hopes of avoiding further delays, as the Coronavirus outbreak shows no signs of slowing down.
Google is thus looking to accelerate the shift of manufacturing to Vietnam, where the situation is seemingly still under control.

PUBG Mobile 0.17.0 Season 12 update now live: Top 5 new features

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
The new Season offers Royale Pass reward upgrades that will allow players to choose between two sets of anniversary-themed items.
There is a new Arctic map that's being added with the latest update under the EvoGround mode.

Facebook May Be Considering Changing Course As Libra Crypto Project Sails Towards Disaster

Facebook Libra Information74Gizmodo / 2h
Per a Tuesday report in the Information , sources say the Facebook-backed Libra Association will still roll out the product central to the whole thing: Libra, a blockchain-based cryptocurrency that would be run by a global consortium of financial and e-commerce firms..But it is now also expected also roll out digital equivalents of other government-issued currency, like the U.S. dollar and the Euro, that would function within the Libra payment network.
But the Information’s sources said that Facebook has now decided that Calibra will also function with the digital currency equivalents and that it will “emphasize” those over Libra at launch.

We found the cheapest Chromebook in the world right now

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
It comes as no surprise then that the cheapest Chromebook on the market - the Lenovo 100E - has its cross-hairs set firmly on the education sector.
At just under $135 at Amazon ( roughly £105/AU$ 200 ) , the Lenovo 100E is small, light and surprisingly rugged.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Tomogunchi is a virtual pet on your virtual wrist

SlashGear / 2h
That’s exactly what the company Rothwynn may have been thinking, inspiring them to produce the Tomogunchi, giving you a pet with a rather sadistic streak, enjoying from and growing through your kills and wins.
You can get your very own Tomogunchi from the in-game Store and there are multiple pet forms that Activision isn’t revealing yet.

Amazon confirms first coronavirus diagnosis among US employees

Amazon Seattle Coronavirus500+Engadget / 2h
Bloomberg reports that Amazon emailed workers to let them know an employee had tested positive for coronavirus. The company confirmed the employee worked in Seattle, at its South Lake Union office and went home sick on February 25th. They're not the first Amazon employee confirmed to test positive for the virus, after two people in Italy, and the company has already limited travel plans and backe

Windows 10 Live Tiles are here to stay for now

SlashGear / 2h
On the other hand, it may also mean that Microsoft isn’t yet ready to throw out something that may already be generally if not completely disliked and abandoned, like the interactive icons, a.k.a. Live Tiles.
The same designers showed off one of the ideas for a new Start Menu and, aside from the clearly Fluent aesthetic, no trace of Live Tiles could be seen.

Ford announces an all-electric Transit cargo van for 2022

Ford Transit Van 2022100+Engadget / 3h
The automaker has announced that it will debut an all-electric Ford Transit cargo van for the 2022 model year in the US and Canada.
Vans make up a big part of the automaker's business -- Ford's truck and van fleet sales have grown 33 percent since 2015 -- so it doesn't come as a surprise that it's electrifying its best-selling cargo van.
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Zuckerberg details the ways Facebook and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are responding to COVID-19

80TechCrunch / 3h
“Given the developing situation, we’re working with national ministries of health and organizations like the WHO, CDC and UNICEF to help them get out timely, accurate information on the coronavirus,” Zuckerberg wrote.
To stop the spread of misinformation on the platform, Zuckerberg wrote that Facebook was removing false claims and conspiracy theories flagged by global health organizations and the company is blocking people from running ads that try to exploit the fears of the public by pitching snake oil cures.

heaveninawildflower: Botanical illustrations taken from...

Music, Arts & Literature / 3h
Vilmorin-Andrieux et Cie, G.
Doin, Vilmorin-Andrieux et Cie, Librairie Agricole.

books0977: I Like the Depression. Henry Ansley. Indianapolis:...

Music, Arts & Literature / 3h
books0977 : I Like the Depression. Henry Ansley. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., (1932). Presumed first edition. Original dust jacket. “I like the Depression. No more prosperity for me. I have had a whole lot more fun since the Depression started than I ever had in my life.” Uncommon collection of humorous newspaper editorials by the Texas “Jackass of the Plains” that lent some levity to the dep

shelley-fabulous: 1950s Webster’s Dictionary, by Ponytail.

Music, Arts & Literature / 3h
shelley-fabulous : 1950s Webster’s Dictionary, by Ponytail.

libraryfashionista: Colors by Nature, Paints by Pittsburgh,...

Music, Arts & Literature / 3h
libraryfashionista : Colors by Nature, Paints by Pittsburgh , paint brochure, 1939.

View of the ice fountain on Belle Isle. Printed and...

Music, Arts & Literature / 3h
View of the ice fountain on Belle Isle. Printed and handwritten on sleeve: “Neg. no. 581. Date: March 3-14. Brand of plate: Barnet Super Ortho. Condition of light: Dull. Time of day: 2:30 p.m. Lens: Heliar. Subject: Ice fountain, Belle Isle.” Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library

SETI@home to stop public program, search for aliens to continue

SlashGear / 3h
For 20 years, thousands of personal computers around the world would analyze signals coming from outer space and filter out noise that has become the byproduct of satellites and terrestrial radio waves.
On March 31, the project will stop sending out new work to users, but this is not the end of public engagement in SETI research.

Voting on Los Angeles' new machines was a mess

100+Mashable / 4h
The touchscreen-based system was supposed to increase accessibility and make voting more convenient, since polling place workers could confirm voter registration by looking it up on an iPad. Under the new system, voters could also vote at any voting center in Los Angeles County, rather than at predetermined neighborhood precincts.
Other voters complained about technical difficulties that forced them to cast provisional ballots , which would be counted after county election officials confirm their eligibility.

J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Is Working on a Supernatural Revenge Thriller Called The Pinkerton

100+Gizmodo / 4h
The studio has announced it’s picked up a spec script for a supernatural revenge thriller called The Pinkerton , written by F9's Daniel Casey for J.J. Abrams Bad Robot production company.
Given how the movie is called The Pinkerton , seems likely that it’s inspired by or connected to the Pinkertons , a private security guard and detective agency that Allan Pinkerton formed in 1850.

'Halo: Combat Evolved' remaster is now available for PC

100+Engadget / 4h
It took a while, but the remastered version of the original Halo has finally reached PCs. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is now available as part of the Master Chief Collection through Steam, the Microsoft Store and the Xbox Game Pass PC beta. It boasts the requisite visual tune-ups, including support for 4K and ultra-wide displays , but also throws in modern creature comforts like text chat, c

AT&T Pixel 4 March security update pulled for critical bug

Google March AT&T PixelSlashGear / 4h
It turns out that Google may have missed a critical step that left some features like Google Pay broken on the carrier-locked phone.
Google has just released its regular monthly update to improve the security of its Pixel phones and Android in general.

OnePlus 8 to be announced a month earlier than usual

OnePlus 8 April mid-AprilSlashGear / 5h
While health concerns have made online product announcements a necessity now, OnePlus has long taken advantage of the Internet in spreading the word farther than an in-person event could.
The OnePlus 8 this year could very well be one of the more exciting launches the company has done in quite a long time, mostly because of how much is expected to change.

YouTube's tweaks to recommend fewer conspiracy videos seem to be working

YouTube Mindy Walmart100+Engadget / 5h
The platform does a good job of determining which videos would be relevant to a given user, but when it comes to news and fact-based videos, conspiracy theory content can find its way in.
One of the most important aspects of YouTube is its recommendation engine, as the vast majority of views and watch time come from suggested content, rather than direct traffic.

NASA Mars 2020 rover’s name will be revealed live on March 5

SlashGear / 5h
The space agency recently held a contest in which it invited students in the US to contribute name suggestions.
At 1:30PM EST / 10:30AM PST on March 5, NASA will reveal the Mars 2020 rover’s official name live on NASA Television; it will be available to stream on Twitter, Facebook, Ustream, YouTube, and on the space agency’s website.

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LG V60 ThinQ teardown is a thankfully normal affair

SlashGear / 6h
This also means that opening up the phones for repairs has also become a rather tedious process, which is why the first teardown of LG’s newest flagship, the V60 ThinQ, is almost a refreshing change even if it’s practically boring.
These often present problems for technicians and repair personnel who have to open up phones to replace even a single broken component.

YouTube Music's redesigned playback screen includes lyrics

74Engadget / 6h
YouTube Music is still catching up on features , and this time around it's one of the most important elements: the Now Playing screen you see whenever you listen. After weeks of testing, the Android version's updated playback screen includes clearer and more persistent buttons, including Up Next (to show your queue), shuffle, repeat and flipping between pure music and videos. However, it also inc

Do Yourself a Solid and Try Solid Cologne

Lifehacker / 6h
Sam had taken a bottle of cologne with him: In typical college fashion, we were doing the best we could to emulate adulthood.
Neither of us the suitcase type, we packed our belongings into our backpacks and, when we got to the apartment Sam had finagled, he opened his bag to find that his cologne bottle had cracked.

Robinhood offers $15 discount, blames outage on record trades

App Robinhood Outage500+TechCrunch / 6h
The $912 million-funded fintech giant will provide compensation to all customers of its Robinhood Gold premium subscription for borrowing money to trade plus access to Morningstar research reports, Nasdaq data, and bigger instant deposits.
It wasn’t the leap year, a coding blip, or a hack that caused Robinhood’s massive outages yesterday and today that left customers unable to trade stocks.

Five, the self-driving startup, raises $41M and pivots into B2B, away from building its own fleet

100+TechCrunch / 6h
The high-profile startup, founded by a team that had previously built and sold several chip companies to the likes of Broadcom, Nvidia and Huawei, had been the leading partner for a big government-backed pilot project, StreetWise, to test and work on autonomous driving systems across boroughs in London.
We are still years away from a time when fully-autonomous cars will be able to drive us from A to B, and the complexity of getting to that point is likely going to need hundreds of billions of dollars of investment before it becomes a reality.

Los Angeles-based Talespin nabs $15 million for its extended reality-based workforce training tools

96TechCrunch / 6h
“We share Talespin ’s vision that the workforce needs innovative solutions to stay competitive, maximize opportunity and increase employee satisfaction,” said Jason Gold, Vice President of Finance, Corporate Development and Investor Relations at Cornerstone, in a statement.
Cornerstone, which led the Talespin Series B round, will also be partnering with the company to develop human resources training tools in virtual reality.

Marriott Lost The Iconic Four Points Niagara Falls

View from the Wing / 6h
Four Points owners have already done a soft interior project over the last year and a half spending, they say, a million dollars (less than $7500 per room) for “wall coverings and carpeting in all the guest rooms.”
Four Points Niagara Falls, Credit: Marriott

Can sanitizing your iPhone with UV light protect you from coronavirus?

78Mashable / 7h
"We call our phones the third hand you never wash," Dan Barnes, the co-founder one smartphone sanitizing company, PhoneSoap, told Mashable.
However, human error and damage to the phone's surface make the slightly higher tech option of cleaning your phone with UV light a good way to go, too.

Sharp dedicates TV factory to making face masks over coronavirus

21SlashGear / 7h
Japanese company Sharp has revealed that it will dedicate one of its TV factories in Japan to producing face masks amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Though they aren’t useful for protecting against the virus, these masks are vital for healthcare workers and can be used by sick individuals to help guard against the spreading of germs.

Everyone who has pulled out of SXSW so far

Facebook SXSW Coronavirus93Mashable / 7h
"Due to concerns regarding the coronavirus, we've decided to cancel the Mashable House and MashBash at SXSW," the company wrote on Twitter .
The company behind the viral video app TikTok confirmed Tuesday, March 3, that it is canceling its participation in SXSW.

Amazon's Ring logs every doorbell press and app action

1KBBC News - Technology / 7h
Amazon keeps records of every motion detected by its Ring doorbells, as well as the exact time they are logged down to the millisecond.
At that point, the firm declined to elaborate on what information was collected beyond its privacy notice's mentions of "data about your interactions", "device characteristics" and other such inexact terms.

SETI@Home Is Over. But the Search for Alien Life Continues

500+Wired / 7h
When the software stops pushing out new data to users at the end of March, the Berkeley SETI@home team will continue to work through the backlog of data generated by the program over the next few months.
The team is small—there are only four full-time employees—and it has struggled to stay on top of managing the public-facing part of the SETI@home program while also publishing research on the data that has been collected.

Pornhub is releasing its first non-adult movie

500+Engadget / 7h
Artists are already uploading videos with nudity that wouldn't be allowed on services like YouTube and Vimeo, Pornhub's Alex Klein told Variety -- this gives them a "platform" they can use.
Pornhub is releasing its first non-porn movie, Shakedown .

Fortnite Helicopters leak as the game’s newest aerial vehicle

SlashGear / 7h
The information was leaked by Twitter user spedicey1 and shared by popular game data miner HYPEX; it alleges that the new helicopters will feature a boost function like the current boats, that they will have 1500 health, and that it will be able to damage players if it hits them.
Helicopters wouldn’t be the first aerial vehicle added to Fortnite — the game previously offered planes capable of transporting multiple players at once.

$75M legal startup Atrium shuts down, lays off 100

1KTechCrunch / 7h
Justin Kan’s hybrid legal software and law firm startup Atrium is shutting down today after failing to figure out how to deliver better efficiency than a traditional law firm, the CEO tells TechCrunch exclusively.
The idea was that the collaboration software would make its lawyers more efficient than a traditional law firm so they could get work done faster, translating to savings for clients and Atrium.

WellSet is doing a limited launch in Los Angeles of its alternative medicine booking platform

100+TechCrunch / 7h
Alternative and holistic healthcare seekers in the Los Angeles area have a new service they can turn to in WellSet , the listing platform that launched on Tuesday.
The Los Angeles-based company was founded by Bukowski, who serves as co-founder and chief executive officer.

Airbus rolls out first A220 assembled in Mobile

82The Points Guy / 7h
Airbus rolled out the first A220 assembled at its plant in Mobile, Alabama, with the jet due to Delta Air Lines by September.
While the tariffs were never levied, Airbus went ahead with producing the jet in Alabama and work on the new plant began last January.

Report: Bloomberg Has Been Hiding Emails

Bloomberg Democratic500+Gizmodo / 8h
(Gawker reported on his team’s use of non-city channels in 2013.) Following a March 2016 New York Daily News report , finding that “not a single email sent by Bloomberg during his tenure” had been made public, New York City’s legal counsel began pressing Bloomberg LP’s attorneys for the messages.
“Good afternoon - Tom is out of the office at Court all week.

Facebook 'rethinks' plans for Libra cryptocurrency

Facebook Libra Information1KBBC News - Technology / 8h
The Libra Association, which Facebook founded to create the currency, will continue its work, the reports said.
The social network's digital wallet is now expected to launch this autumn, several months later than initially planned, according to the reports.

When the medium matters: The mighty mantis shrimp pulls its punch in air

73Ars Technica / 8h
Rather, scientists found that the animal punches at half the speed in air, suggesting that the mantis shrimp can precisely control its striking behavior, depending on the surrounding medium.
The mantis shrimp is famous in the animal kingdom for its fast, powerful hammer strike, on par with the force generated by a .22 caliber bullet.

Orange juice molecule may ‘drastically’ reduce obesity, arterial plaque

57SlashGear / 8h
It may take as little as two and a half glasses of orange juice daily to get enough of this molecule to ‘reverse’ obesity, according to the researchers, who note that it was also able to begin reversing plaque build-up in the arteries of mice.
A compound found in oranges has been found to target obesity and reduce the risks of developing associated diseases, according to a new study.

Honeywell reveals plans to launch a quantum computer

Honeywell Quantum IBM98TechRadar - All the latest technology ne.../ 8h
The company also revealed that it has made strategic investments in two quantum computing software providers and that it will be partnering with JPMorgan Chase to develop quantum computing algorithms for the financial services sector.
The corporate venture arm of the North Carolina-based company, Honeywell Ventures has invested in Cambridge Quantum Computing and Zapata Computing.

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Facebook denies reports it is backing away from Libra cryptocurrency

Facebook Libra Information100+Ars Technica / 8h
A new report from The Information , citing "three people familiar with the matter," said that Facebook has decided not to support the new virtual currency in its own products.
In a Tuesday email to Ars Technica, a Facebook spokeswoman strongly denied reports that the social media giant was backing away from Libra.

Hulu's live TV service is finally available on the PS4

Hulu PlayStation 4100+Engadget / 8h
Starting today, you can watch Hulu + Live TV on your PlayStation 4 console. Live TV's PS4 debut comes nearly three years after Hulu first launched the service , and more than a month after Sony shut down its competing PlayStation Vue service . The company didn't say why it took it so long for it to bring Hulu + Live TV to Sony's console, but here we are and better late than never. Besides the PS4

The extreme measures cruise lines are taking as coronavirus concerns spread

22The Points Guy / 8h
In response, cruise lines have been taking some extreme measures, including canceling large numbers of sailings, rerouting ships and adding unprecedented boarding restrictions.
In the latest development, many lines also are waiving cancellation penalties and allowing passengers to postpone travel — a rarity in the cruise world.

DoorDash, Grubhub Tell Workers Worried About Coronavirus to Really Wash Their Hands This Time

Gizmodo / 8h
Instacart told Gizmodo that it’s currently sharing information with its shoppers—the term it uses for the couriers who pick up customer orders and deliver them—about precautionary measures they should be taking as directed by health authorities.
In a statement to Gizmodo, a spokesperson said that Postmates has “shared precautionary CDC guidance with those carrying out deliveries so that they are aware of CDC guidance; and we will continue to encourage employees, merchants, consumers, and everyone to follow preventative measures such as washing hands and staying in if you are sick.

The Smartest (and Dumbest) Movies to Watch During an Outbreak

200+Wired / 8h
A while back, WIRED asked Brian Amman, an ecologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who works with the viral special pathogens branch, to analyze a few contenders and see which ones did the best job showing a typical response.
“A lot of the work that the CDC does is to make sure that disease outbreaks like this don’t ever get to the stage of a global pandemic.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition is now part of the Master Chief Collection on PC

Halo Combat Evolved MCC20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
But we didn't expect 'soon' would mean 'a day later.' Yet, in a surprise launch, the remaster of the original Halo is now available on Steam, the Microsoft Store, and Xbox Game Pass.
We learned just yesterday that Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition could be coming soon to the PC version of Halo: The Master Chief Collection .
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What Are Your Go-To Cures for Everything?

Lifehacker / 8h
When I was growing up, mother had three cures for every problem life might present: Tylenol, cortisone cream, and antihistamine.
As much as I mock my mother for her medicinal holy trinity, friends of mine who are medical professionals have confirmed that, yup, those three things cure an awful lot of problems.

Los Angeles gets a new consumer fund as founders of Sprinkles seek $25 million for CN2 Ventures

100+TechCrunch / 8h
Now they’re putting both their consumer and brand development skills and former investment banking chops to work at CN2 Ventures , a new firm they’re setting up with the goal of pulling in $25 million to invest, incubate and support new business ideas.
Charles and Candace Nelson traded their investment banking careers in Silicon Valley for the sweet, sweet life as captains of the cupcake and confectionery chain Sprinkles.

Apple May Be Supersizing Its Smallest MacBook Pro and Adding Mini-LEDs

Apple MacBook Pro Mini-LED38Gizmodo / 8h
But what’s potentially even more surprising than the tech being ready this early is that Kuo claims Apple is planning to release two of its six devices with mini-LED before the end of the year: a 27-inch iMac Pro and a 7.9-inch iPad Mini.
Putting a mini-LED screen on an iMac Pro makes a lot of sense, as mini-LED screens typically boast better contrast and brighter colors than a traditional LCD display.

An Apple tech repair puzzle and the potential for Wireless OS Recovery

SlashGear / 8h
With OS Recovery – the software feature discovered in iOS 13.4 Beta 4 – it’s very possible that we’d have been able to unlock and/or reset the iPad with my neighbor’s iPhone instead of needing to connect a USB mouse to the desktop.
Earlier this year, an acquaintance of mine, (we’ll call her Judy), asked for assistance with her iPad and her iMac. Judy was locked out of both of these devices, and as you’re likely aware, sometimes you need to be logged into one in order to unlock the other.

How Stack Overflow’s new CEO plans to kickstart enterprise growth

60TechCrunch / 8h
The Stack Overflow jobs product accounts for about half of the company’s revenue, he also noted.
Teresa Dietrich, who was previously at McKinsey New Ventures, joined him at the beginning of the year as the company’s chief product officer.

Deal alert: Hawaii from $187 round trip on major airlines

The Points Guy / 8h
The lowest fares are perfect for planning ahead, beginning at $99 one way or $187 round trip nonstop on Southwest, American and Hawaiian, departing from many West Coast cities including San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles.
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express ( 5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel ), Chase Sapphire Reserve , American Express® Gold Card , Citi Premier Card , Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases).

Uber sold its food delivery business in India to Zomato for $206M

300+TechCrunch / 8h
Uber sold its food delivery business in India to the local rival Zomato for $206 million, the American ride-hailing company disclosed in a regulatory filing in one of its key overseas markets.
In January, Uber announced that it had sold the India business of Uber Eats to Zomato for a 9.99% stake in the loss-making Indian food delivery startup.

Google cancels I/O developer conference amid coronavirus concerns

83Ars Technica / 9h
Silicon Valley's spring series of tech shows continues to dwindle in the face of communicable disease: Google's I/O developer conference for 2020 has now been canceled as the company cites coronavirus concerns.
Google is the latest, but likely not the last, Silicon Valley firm to abandon live, in-person conference plans for this spring.

Pulling ahead of United, Delta will become the official airline of the U.S. Olympics next year

500+The Points Guy / 9h
Delta is also a “founding partner” of the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles and will partner with LA28, which is organizing the games, on community service initiatives in the coming years.
The partnership will officially take effect next year, and Delta will begin flying competitors to the 2022 Beijing games, the airline announced Tuesday.

Prehistoric ‘Cat’ Skull Actually Belonged to an Ancestor of Modern Wolverines

45Gizmodo / 9h
A tiny skull mistakenly attributed to an ancient feline has been re-identified as belonging to an ancestor to modern weasels, wolverines, minks, and otters.
Introducing Corumictis wolsani , the earliest known mustelid in North America, according to research published in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

The 35 Best Star Wars Moments of the Disney Era

200+Gizmodo / 9h
We all know Mustafar as the lava planet where Obi-Wan Kenobi defeated Anakin Skywalker, putting the finishing touches on his transformation into Darth Vader.
A few follow later on this list, but in Star Wars #7, we saw Kenobi at his full powers , dispatching Jabba the Hutt’s goons in a way that made us so excited for more stories from this era.

Google yanks March security update for AT&T Pixel 4

Google March AT&T Pixel60Engadget / 9h
Google has pulled the latest Android security update for Pixel 4 owners using AT&T after the supposed bug-fix created some major new headaches. Suddenly users have been unable to use Google Pay and instead have been greeted with a warning that their phone "doesn't meet software standards." The update, which includes fixes for a number of issues affecting Pixel devices, was first pushed out Monday

Here’s why Alaska Airlines miles are the most valuable

The Points Guy / 9h
Frequent flyer program Cost in miles to fly JFK-HKG in first class Redemption value (cents per mile) Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan 70,000 miles 28.57 American Airlines AAdvantage 110,000 miles 18.18 Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 125,000 miles 16 British Airways Executive Club 200,000 Avios 10
Let’s start with one of the most aspirational redemptions you can make with your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles: flying Cathay Pacific first class between the U.S. and Asia.

What's the Best Lotion for Over-Washed Hands?

28Lifehacker / 9h
Are anyone else’s hands really goddamn scaly and dry lately? Flu season / coronavirus paranoia has us scrubbing up even more than usual—and that, combined with the winter weather, is leaving our poor hands crying out for moisture. Moisturizing after you wash your hands is important, it turns out, not just for the comfort of feeling like your hands aren’t splitting open, but to actually keep your

iOS 13.4 beta 4 released for your iPhone now

Apple iOS 13.4 iPhoneSlashGear / 9h
Today Apple released their fourth betas of iOS and iPadOS 13.4 to developers and the public.
The iOS 13.4 public beta 4 software update can be used by the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, running iOS and iPadOS 13.4 operating systems.

This Is Why You Should Buy High-Quality CBD and Avoid Gas Station Garbage

Futurism / 9h
Mellowment Everyday High Impact CBD Softgels
Their flagship product, if you want to call it that, is the Everyday High Impact Softgels .

Astronomers: Something Is Warping Our Entire Galaxy

4KFuturism / 9h
But according to a new study using data collected by the European space agency’s star-mapping satellite Gaia, the Milky Way’s disc, made up of hundreds of billions of stars, is being warped as it’s slowly colliding with a smaller neighboring galaxy.
Astronomers have known for years that the edges of the Milky Way warp, ripple and wobble like a bowl of Jello — but nobody knew why.

Hulu Live TV finally arrives on the PS4: Here’s how to enable it

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Hulu + Live TV, the version of the streaming service that includes access to live television in addition to on-demand content, is finally available on the final major platform it lacked: PlayStation 4.
Hulu said that it is now available on the PS4, the last device that was missing from the service’s long list of supported platforms.

What Your Workplace Should Be Doing About the Coronavirus

CDC Coronavirus US37Lifehacker / 9h
The CDC even provides posters about hand washing , cough etiquette and staying home when you’re sick to remind employees to do the right thing, and to signal that the employer is on board with best practices.
We know how individuals should protect themselves from COVID-19 : mainly by washing hands and staying home if you’re sick.

Alaska Airlines updates inflight procedures in an effort to keep passengers safe

The Points Guy / 9h
It’s just one part of several new policies and procedures Alaska Airlines has put into place to try and prevent the spread of disease, including the COVID-19 virus (novel coronavirus ) currently spreading around the world.
At first I thought she was too busy, but later another flight attendant told me they were no longer refilling glasses in an effort to prevent “cross-contamination.”

Google Cancels I/O Developer Conference Because of Coronavirus Concerns

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“Over the coming weeks, we will explore other ways to evolve Google I/O to best connect with and continue to build our developer community,” the spokesperson said.
Google I/O, the developer conference where the company announces new features coming to its products, including Android, was slated for May 12-14 in Mountain View, California.

Here's Everything New in Google's Second Pixel Feature Drop

Google Pixel AndroidLifehacker / 9h
Some of the new features included were already spotted in preview builds of Android 11 , and a few even leaked out a little early in unofficial capacities , but you’re getting the final versions in this update.
The second big Pixel Feature Drop rolls out this week , adding a handful of new features to each of Google’s Pixel phones.

Money for iPhone Users, Cell Service From Space, and More News

100+Wired / 9h
If you owned an iPhone 6, 7, or SE, and you updated that phone to a specific version of iOS before December 2017, Apple might owe you settlement money—though the company has yet to share information on where or how consumers can file their claims.
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This 3D-printed rope maker is hypnotizing to watch — Future Blink

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This rope maker is a simple device made up of 3D-printed gears. Read more... More about 3d Printing , Mashable Video , 3d Printing Technology , Simple Machines , and Future Blink

NASA moves forward with 17 companies as part of bid to transform urban aerial transportation

300+TechCrunch / 10h
The Grand Challenge series brings together companies developing new transportation or airspace management technologies, the Agency said.
The idea is to bring companies to collaborate and also give regulatory agencies a window into the technologies and how they may work in concert to bring air mobility to the masses in the coming years.

How to write a Disney song

48Mashable / 10h
Where do songs like "Let it Go" come from? The songwriters behind "Frozen" break it down. Read more... More about Watercooler , Entertainment , Music , Mashable Video , and Frozen

The next 'Destiny 2' season tasks you with saving the Last City (again)

Destiny 2 Season Worthy97Engadget / 10h
You can also expect a Guardian Games event starting April 12th that rewards class-based competition with special armor.
There will be weekly Rasputin challenges, legendary Lost Sectors and an Exotic quest for PvE fans, and you'll instantly unlock gear like seasonal armor (above) and the Thompson-inspired Tommy's Matchbook.

WhatsApp finally has dark mode

WhatsApp Dark Mode200+Mashable / 10h
The only fitting display for our times is darkness, and WhatsApp has finally caught on. On Tuesday, Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced that it was rolling out dark mode for iOS and Android. If you have made the right and correct choice and set your operating display settings to dark mode, WhatsApp will mimic that setting within the app, too. It looks pretty sweet. Sasha is too busy to respond, eve

Google cancels annual I/O developer conference due to coronavirus fears

56Mashable / 10h
The tech giant emailed would-be attendees of its annual Google I/O developer conference today to let them know that the "physical" event would be canceled.
Much like Facebook's cancelation of its own developer conference, F8, Google placed the blame on the coronavirus.

Google IO 2020 has been canceled over coronavirus, though it might live on digitally

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The Google Developers twitter account swiftly followed up with a tweet of its own confirming the cancellation of the physical event, and pointed to the official Google IO 2020 site which posted the same statement that was previously emailed out to attendees.
While this means a physical event won't be held, Google IO 2020 could still go on as a digital conference - an emerging alternative as the threat of a spreading coronavirus has pushed events like MWC 2020 to cancel outright and GDC 2020 to be indefinitely postponed.

Stocks fall despite Fed intervention, dragging tech shares down once again

Fed US tFR Half Cut76TechCrunch / 10h
In contrast to yesterday’s sharp gains on slim positive news, today’s declines came on the back of that surprise Fed rate cut of 50 basis points — the first such unexpected reduction since the 2008 financial crisis.
While it’s nice of the Fed to ease some during a period of uncertainty, the fact that it is cutting rates so sharply ahead of the market’s timing expectation implies that things could be worse than previously thought.

Silver Airways’ Caribbean flights will soon be on brand-new ATR turboprops

71The Points Guy / 10h
Regional carrier Silver Airways plans to operate all flights at its hub in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with new ATR turboprops from July, as it works towards retiring its fleet of Saab 340 turboprops.
The transition begins March 4, when Fort Lauderdale-based Silver will introduce its ATR 72-600s on flights between San Juan (SJU) and both St. Croix (STX) and St. Thomas (STT) in the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to Cirium schedules.

Amazon’s new mini-fulfillment centers speed up same-day deliveries

53SlashGear / 10h
In a new announcement today, the company said that some of its Prime customers can now get faster same-day deliveries on a large number of items, including for orders placed as late as midnight, thanks to mini-fulfillment centers.
These faster same-day deliveries are made possible by what Amazon calls mini-fulfillment centers, meaning they are optimized for the sort of rapid deliveries needed in this case.

Warning Signs of Widespread Drought Loom Over California

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Parts of Northern California received no precipitation at all despite February normally being one of the wettest months for the state, marking the first time on record that’s happened.
Winter is when California picks up most of its precipitation for the year, which in turn fills reservoirs and stacks up as snow in mountains that melts throughout the dry summer and fall.

This $23 Bluetooth Speaker Doesn't Mind Getting Dunked

Gizmodo / 10h
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Google cancels I/O developer conference amid coronavirus fears

300+Engadget / 10h
"Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, we have decided to cancel the physical Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre," the email states.
Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), we've decided to cancel this year's physical event at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

You Should Set a Cadbury Egg on Fire

1KLifehacker / 10h
For the best possible torched Cadbury Creme Egg experience, you will need a little table sugar.
(I’m more of a Mini Egg girl, though I do appreciate the caramel filled guys, especially with a tall glass of cold milk.) It’s not that the Creme Eggs are bad; they’re just a little one-dimensional, and that dimension is a sugar-spun prison of sweetness.

Barbie releases new doll honoring the fastest woman in British history, Dina Asher-Smith

400+Mashable / 10h
The new doll in Barbie's one-of-a-kind "Shero" collection, which honors real-life role models, was created in her likeness, putting Asher-Smith in the company of inspiring women like Katherine Johnson, Ava DuVernay, and Amelia Earhart.
The new doll is a part of the toy company's Barbie Dream Gap Project , an initiative that, among other objectives, aims to bring attention to role models like Asher-Smith through dolls highlighting their work.

Best Gaming TV 2020: the 5 best 4K TVs for gaming on Xbox One and PS4

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While we don't have every detail surrounding the PS5 and Xbox Series X , what we can say for sure is that they're going to look better on one of the best gaming TVs than a first-gen HD flatscreen - due to their native 4K support.
It all comes down to 4K resolution, High Dynamic Range ( HDR ) support, and lower input lag thanks to new Auto Low-Latency Modes and support for video sync technology like AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync.

This AR eyepiece lets firefighters see through smoke — Future Blink

73Mashable / 10h
C-Thru is an eyepiece that helps first responders see underwater and through smoke by using AR and thermal imaging. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Augmented Reality , Smoke , Firefighters , and Future Blink

Hyundai Prophecy concept is EV futuristic-retro done right

Hyundai Prophecy EVSlashGear / 10h
Hyundai says that these pixelated lamps will transfer to production cars as a signature design element.
Propeller-inspired wheels help guide air down the sides of the car, too, while the rear spoiler adds downforce.

Google IO 2020 cancelled in part: Coronavirus claims another conference

SlashGear / 10h
This is “in accordance with guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities,” said the Google I/O Team – which begs the question: Why are any events going on in California as planned?
The physical portion of the developer event Google IO 2020 was cancelled due to concerns around COVID-19.

The next Samsung Buds could be workout-tracking fitness earbuds

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In addition to a very pre- Samsung Galaxy Buds design, the IconX were IP67 water- and dust-resistant and packed 4GB of onboard storage - something the ‘Bean’ might also include, if that’s what ‘an MP3 player’ in the trademark description is referring to.
That said, they could borrow some design specs from the Galaxy Buds Plus - like the better battery life and dual-driver woofer/tweeter combo.

Google cancels its 2020 I/O developer conference

2KTechCrunch / 10h
“Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, we have decided to cancel the physical Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre,” Google said in a statement.
This marks the first time Google has canceled I/O, its flagship developer conference, which it first hosted in 2008.

Uber and Lyft are offering drivers coronavirus safety tips, but not paid sick days or health insurance

44Mashable / 10h
It's not just on drivers to make ride-sharing as safe as possible. Passengers also need to remember to wash their hands. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Uber , Lyft , Ridesharing , and Coronavirus

New Marriott promotion: Earn 2,000 points per stay starting with second stay

The Points Guy / 10h
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card : Limited-time offer: Earn 100,000 Marriott points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening.
Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card : Limited-time offer: Earn 50,000 Marriott points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening.

It took Google months to patch a serious Android security flaw

High100+Engadget / 10h
Google has patched a critical security flaw that affects millions of Android devices with chipsets from MediaTek, XDA Developers revealed today.
It allows a simple script to root Android devices that use nearly any of MediaTek's 64-bit chips, so it has compromised hundreds of budget and mid-range smartphone, tablet and set-top box models, XDA says.

Great, Even the Table Your Phone Is Sitting On Can Now Be Used to Hack It

100+Gizmodo / 10h
The sounds aren’t just tones; they can also be words and instructions that the sensitive microphones on mobile devices can easily detect, triggering a device’s smart assistant when it’s been set to respond to voice commands.
Some materials work better than others at conducting the ultrasonic signals to a device, but the researchers used an aluminum plate to pull off the SurfingAttack from a distance of 30 feet , allowing the other required equipment to be easily hidden out of view.

Know When to Stop Overdelivering at Work

200+Lifehacker / 10h
But I was still trying to overdeliver, as much as I could: turning freelance assignments in ahead of schedule, always agreeing to take on last-minute articles, and so on.
And that’s the point, I think, at which you can stop overdelivering and just start delivering .

Adorn Your Home with 66 Feet of LED String Lights for $8 [Exclusive]

Lifehacker / 10h
TaoTronics 66ft 200 LED String Lights | $9 | Amazon | Promo code KINJAHXB + coupon Over the years I’ve learned that even your friends who live in squalor can fool you into thinking they don’t with the right set of copper string lights. And TaoTronics’ are some of the best. At the low price of $9, you can decorate your house, apartment, or dorm—or even your outdoor patio with mood-setting lights u

Google pitches free trials of its enterprise G Suite conferencing tools as part of a coronavirus response

Google HM Meet G Suite300+TechCrunch / 10h
Google said in a blog post that it would roll out free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally as the company pitches its remote work tools as an option for companies looking to let employees work from home.
We want to help businesses and schools impacted by COVID-19 stay connected: starting this week, we'll roll out free access to our advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities through July 1, 2020 to all G Suite customers globally.

Zoom earnings, remote work and a terrible but possibly bright moment for startups

100+TechCrunch / 10h
The rise in Zoom’s value begs two questions: Are future-of-work and remote work-focused startups seeing a global increase in demand?
It’s a bit gauche to talk about positive economic impacts of what may become a global pandemic, but the novel coronavirus hasn’t been bad news for every company.

This designer is turning boring power boards into colorful works of art

64Mashable / 10h
Netherlands-based designer Diego Faivre customizes power boards using a unique air-drying clay he calls ‘Diego-Dough.’ Read more... More about Art , Technology , Mashable Video , Colorful , and Creating

Google makes Hangouts Meet features free in the wake of coronavirus

Google HM Meet G Suite1KEngadget / 10h
We want to help businesses and schools impacted by COVID-19 stay connected: starting this week, we'll roll out free access to our advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities through July 1, 2020 to all G Suite customers globally.
Starting this week through to July 1st, the company's G Suite and G Suite for Education customers can use Hangouts Meet's premium functionality for free .

These Clever Parrots Can Understand Probability

500+Gizmodo / 11h
Five of the six kea preferred the jar that would give them better odds for a treat within the first 20 trials, showing that they could integrate the knowledge of the barrier into their understanding of the probability.
Then, to test whether the kea were just thinking about quantities or if they were considering actual probabilities, they presented the birds with one jar containing 20 black tokens and 100 orange tokens and another with 20 black tokens and four orange tokens.

After 65 years, Mickey and Minnie get their own attraction at Disney — and we got a sneak peek

21The Points Guy / 11h
Disneyland in California has been open since 1955 and Walt Disney World, the younger sister located in Central Florida, is approaching its 50th anniversary, but until now the mouse that started it all hasn’t been featured in any moving attraction across both parks.
The ride itself is a dark, trackless ride that uses technology similar to what you’ll find on the new Rise of the Resistance attraction and Ratatouille found at Disneyland Paris (and coming this summer to Disney World’s Epcot).

Apple may have a 14-inch MacBook Pro coming later this year, Kuo suggests

Apple MacBook Pro Mini-LED36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
That would be great news for MacBook Pro users, as the keyboard on the 16-inch MacBook Pro is the best we've experienced on the family of laptops.
Rather, the 14-inch MacBook Pro will be part of a suite of new Apple products that will feature mini-LED dispay technology.

5 times you should cancel your rewards-earning credit card

The Points Guy / 11h
This process isn’t quite as fun as getting a new shiny card with a nice juicy sign-up bonus, but if you want to maximize your rewards and/or be in this game for the long-haul, you cannot neglect canceling certain cards and accounts when it no longer makes sense to keep them.
If you have a rewards-earning credit card that doesn’t really have built-in perks you are utilizing and you aren’t using it for everyday spending in order to earn points, then it is probably time to consider canceling the card.

Study warns erratic sleep schedules have huge impact on heart health

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The latest study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology looked into whether erratic sleep schedules, not just poor sleep quality or lack of sleep, could be a health risk factor, too.
Similarly, research has found that poor sleep quality, too little sleep, and similar sleep disruptions may cause a number of health problems over time, including more immediate things like high blood pressure and long term issues like elevated dementia and cancer risk.

New entry in commercial quantum computing, using entirely different tech

Honeywell Quantum IBM100+Ars Technica / 11h
Honeywell, a company better known as a defense contractor and materials supplier, is announcing that it has built a quantum computer using an alternate technology called "ion trap" and will be making it available via Microsoft's Azure cloud service later this year.
Honeywell's president of Quantum Solutions, Tony Uttley, emphasized to Ars that this eliminates manufacturing issues, as every single device has identical properties defined by the atom being used (ytterbium in this case).

Why Your USB-C Cable Can't Power Your Raspberry Pi 4

60Lifehacker / 11h
If you’re having issues with your older Raspberry Pi 4, your best bet is to get a different (or official) power adapter and cable.
According to a recent report from The Register , an issue with older versions of the Raspberry Pi 4 “caused some power adapters to mistake the computer for an audio device, and therefore not shove the expected power down the line.”

How to Avoid the New 'NetSupport Manager' Phishing Scam

100+Lifehacker / 11h
Phishing scams have been around since the earliest days of email, but the basic tactic is the same : Hackers email you fake links or files that dupe you into coughing up personal info or installing malicious software on your device.
A recently discovered phishing campaign slips a legitimate remote desktop tool called NetSupport Manager onto your device by hiding it in “safe” password-locked files that can pass antivirus scans (via ZDNet ).

The Fisker Ocean has a solar roof that provides 1,000 miles of future-proof power

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Fisker recently announced that the solar roof is capable of generating about 1,000 extra miles per year, all without having to connect to any power source other than the sun.
While the threats are real and should be taken seriously, there is also a view that innovative new technologies can at least help mitigate against what is happening in global economies and with fuel prices.

Coronavirus has people making DIY hand sanitizer

400+Mashable / 11h
Recipes typically call for combining rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel in the right proportions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water, but has said that as long as a hand sanitizer is at least 60 percent alcohol it can be effective at killing germs.

Finally Get Some Freaking Sleep With Some Thermal Blackout Curtains

20Lifehacker / 11h
Best Home Deals Best Home Deals The best home, kitchen, smart home, and automotive deals from around the web, updated daily. Thermal Blackout Curtains | $8+ | Amazon For everyone who needs to sleep in complete darkness, boy do I have a deal for you. For a low $8, you can get your hands on some thermal blackout curtains. It’ll help you watch movies, keep the heat in during the winter, and the nice

How to Work From Home Without Losing Your Mind

500+Wired / 11h
Companies like Twitter and Square—which share Jack Dorsey as CEO—have now taken the next logical step of asking employees to work from home whenever possible, and more could potentially follow their lead.
(In this metaphor your brain is a horse, go with it.) More important, though, if you don’t get up, take a shower, brush your teeth, get dressed—whatever your morning routine entails when you actually do go into the office—you’re breaking the cardinal rule of working from home: Set boundaries.

This $10 Power Strip Includes 4 Outlets and 4 USB Ports Built In

Gizmodo / 11h
Best Tech Deals Best Tech Deals The best tech deals from around the web, updated daily. Aukey Power Strip with 4 AC Outlets and 4 USB Charging Ports | $10 | Amazon | Use the promo code Z4SHGR4Q If want to power a few more gadgets than your wall outlet will allow, this Aukey Power Strip is a no-brainer buy. With 4 outlets and 4 USB ports built in, you can power just about any accessory or give yo

Rebranding as Anagram, software for out-of-network billing for healthcare providers raises $9.1 million

300+TechCrunch / 11h
According to a statement, the company’s software makes it easier for healthcare providers to choose which insurance they want to take.
As it rebrands from Patch to Anagram , the healthcare billing platform making it easier for providers to accept out-of-network patients has raised $9.1 million in new financing.

WestJet Rewards Tiers And Benefits: Introduction

21One Mile at a Time / 11h
The earn rate for WestJet dollars at this tier increases to 5% on eligible base fares, and 1.5% on WestJet Vacations packages, with an additional 75% of the base earn rate on partner flights and 1% on cars, hotel, and travel insurance.
Silver members earn WestJet dollars at an increased rate of 3% on eligible base fares and 1% on WestJet Vacations packages.

The BMW Concept i4 gets us closer to what’s coming in 2021

BMW Gran Coupe 202172TechCrunch / 11h
BMW unveiled Tuesday a concept version of its upcoming i4, an all-electric four-door Gran Coupe with an estimated EPA range of 270 miles and the ability to produce 530 horsepower, pushing it past its high-performance M3 combustion vehicle.
The i4 will have the fifth-generation BMW eDrive, a platform that features a brand new electric motor, power electronics, charging unit and high-voltage battery.
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The Koenigsegg Gemera just redefined the hybrid family car

Koenigsegg Gemera Jesko88SlashGear / 11h
Dubbed a “Mega-GT” by the boundary-pushing automaker, the car may look like a coupe at first glance, but inside there’s seating for four adults.
The electric motors – one for each rear wheel, and another on the engine’s crankshaft – together contribute 800 kW or 1,100 horsepower.
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The most important WhatsApp update ever: Dark Mode

WhatsApp Dark ModeSlashGear / 11h
WhatsApp developers suggested today that they focused on two areas with the latest update for the app, specifically with Dark Mode.
If you’re using WhatsApp for iOS or Android today, you can get an update that allows Dark Mode.

Kami’s wireless outdoor camera keeps it simple

100+TechCrunch / 11h
With the Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera (that’s its full name), you get a bullet-style camera that you can easily put anywhere you want, thanks to its wireless design.
The fact that it’s wireless worried me a bit, given that I wasn’t sure how long those four 2600 mAh batteries would last, but even after a few hours of essentially live-streaming a picture of my backyard, the battery is still at 75%.

Africa Roundup: TLcom closes $71M fund, Jumo raises $55M, AWS partners with Safaricom

AWS Africa Microsoft100+TechCrunch / 11h
In a statement to TechCrunch, the East African company framed the arrangement as a “strategic agreement” whereby Safaricom will sell AWS services (primarily cloud) to its East Africa customer network.
On geographic scope, TLcom Capital will focus primarily on startups in Africa’s big-three tech hubs — Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa — but is also eyeing rising markets, such as Ethiopia.

Apple may introduce a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro with a mini-LED screen

Apple MacBook Pro Mini-LED200+Engadget / 11h
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who has a history of mostly accurate near-term forecasts) has followed up on past claims with an investor note asserting that Apple will replace the 13-inch MacBook Pro in 2020 with a 14.1-inch model using a mini-LED screen that would promise higher contrast ratios, wider color ranges and other image quality boosts.
The analyst was also more specific about other devices in line for mini-LED upgrades.

Scientists Say Ancient Earth Was Completely Covered in Water

9KFuturism / 11h
The key finding, Iowa State geoscientist Benjamin Johnson told Live Science , was that back when the Earth was a young 1.5 billion years old, its ocean was swimming with the isotope oxygen-18.
The research, published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience , examined ancient samples of sea floor found in Australia and found chemical clues that Earth used to be a completely blue planet — a discovery, the scientists say, that could have deep implications for the history of life itself.

A bunch of microSD cards and hard drives are on sale at Amazon today

100+Ars Technica / 11h
If you've been in the market for a microSD card for your Nintendo Switch or an external hard drive for backing up files, many of the items on sale are down to all-time lows.
Today's Dealmaster is headlined by a new Amazon Gold Box sale that has discounted a number of storage products from SanDisk and WD.

Four New Meals Introduced On American Airlines Domestic Flights

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Four New Meals Introduced On American Airlines Domestic Flights
Instead of replacing all of their domestic first class meals at once, as they’ve had in the past, American Airlines has been replacing a few items at a time on a rolling basis .

Tired of Spam Calls From Robo Dialers? There’s Finally a Solution.

200+Futurism / 11h
Uncall has proven ways to remove your phone number from these lists so you get no more calls, texts, or messages from these annoying scammers.
If you have a cell phone, you know about the minor yet cumulatively infuriating annoyance of telemarketers and less legitimate scammers blowing it up, and it can seem like no matter how many numbers you block, and how many lists you ask to be removed from, they never even slow down.

Confirmed: Managed by Q sells to rival Eden for what sources say is just 11% of what WeWork paid for it last year

93TechCrunch / 11h
According to Bloomberg originally — and confirmed by our sources — Teran, who was employed by WeWork for five months after the sale as its head of corporate development and ventures — looked to put together a package to acquire the company beginning in December.
In the meantime, Eden — which launched in 2015 as on-demand tech repair and support service but eventually found itself in the same office management business as Managed by Q (both connect offices with third-party providers) — has now consolidated its market share, and obviously for a dramatically better price than WeWork paid less than a year ago.

High-Flying Trading App Robinhood Goes Down at the Wrong Time

App Robinhood Outage400+NYT > Technology / 11h
On Monday and Tuesday, as global markets rebounded after a sell-off last week and then sank again, Robinhood’s trading platform went offline, leaving many customers to watch their portfolios drop in value without being able to do anything about it.
But many of those rivals have also copied Robinhood’s trademark move by eliminating the fees charged when customers trade stocks and options.

Air Canada takes on WestJet with new California nonstop

45The Points Guy / 11h
Air Canada will add a new route to California, taking on rival WestJet with nonstop service between Vancouver and Orange County’s John Wayne Airport.
That carrier, Canada’s second-largest behind Air Canada, has flown nonstop between Vancouver and Orange County since 2011, according to Cirium schedule data.

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