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Thursday, April 30, 2020

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The US Supreme Court Rules That Laws Can’t Be Paywalled

9KWired / 17h
The ruling over Georgia's official law code sets an important precedent that will help secure the right to publish other legally significant public documents.

Google Meet will soon be free for anyone with a Gmail account

Google Meet Free Gmail4KEngadget / 19h
You’ll soon be able to access Google Meet for free even if you’re not a G Suite customer: Starting in early May, you’ll be able to sign up for Meet as long as you have a Gmail account. Some of the features you can enjoy include the ability to create and host meetings with up to 100 participants by going to Meet’s website or using its iOS or Android app. You’ll also be able to start and join meeti

Mattel honors everyday heroes fighting coronavirus with action figure line

3KMashable / 19h
What do a doctor, nurse, EMT, delivery driver, and grocery store worker have in common? They're all essential workers in the current coronavirus pandemic ... and they're all going to be honored as Mattel action figures. Mattel will honor these workers fighting COVID-19 with the launch of its Fisher-Price #ThankYouHeroes line of 16 different collectible action figures (four nurses, EMTs, doctors,

Extreme E races will have male and female driver changeovers

40Engadget / 51min
The format for Extreme E, an off-road motorsport by the creators of Formula E, just got a little more interesting. Today, organizers revealed that each team will have two drivers — a man and a woman — competing in the same vehicle. They also confirmed that every race will have two laps, forcing the pair to swap over and take turns as driver and co-driver. “We are striving for equality, and this s

Meet EventBot, a new Android malware that steals banking passwords and two-factor codes

76TechCrunch / 1h
Security researchers are sounding the alarm over a newly discovered Android malware that targets banking apps and cryptocurrency wallets. The malware, which researchers at security firm Cybereason recently discovered and called EventBot , masquerades as a legitimate Android app — like Adobe Flash or Microsoft Word for Android — which abuses Android’s in-built accessibility features to obtain deep

Balmuda's $329 steam-based toaster finally arrives in the US

100+Engadget / 1h
Just how much do you value your toast in the morning? Enough that you’d pay top dollar to have a near-ideal texture every time? You now have a chance to prove your commitment. Japanese brand Balmuda has released its fabled The Toaster in the US, making its one-of-a-kind steam tech available on this side of the Pacific without extraordinary efforts. It costs a staggering $329 on the company websit

Toshiba and Western Digital clarify use of SMR tech in hard drives

SlashGear / 2h
You might think that buying and using a hard drive is a simple matter of picking one from a catalog and connecting it inside a computer. That may be true fro the simplest of desktops but when you factor in devices like NAS products, the selection process can be quite daunting, especially when data storage manufacturers aren’t so forthcoming with … Continue reading

PlayStation Plus free games for May will put you in a creative mood

PlayStation Plus MaySlashGear / 2h
April has come to an end and we’re leaving behind a very different world from what we have grown to know. There are, however, still some things that keep on going, come what may, like Sony’s monthly selection of free games to paying PS Plus subscribers. With the new month comes a selection of new games, leaving behind the fast-paced … Continue reading

This tiny touchscreen Windows laptop is surprisingly cheap

52TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Convertible laptops tend to carry a significant premium over their traditional siblings. A new laptop however bucks that trend; the Nanote will only be sold in Japan for 19,800 yen (that’s about US$185, £149 or AU$285). Its unique selling point is its unbelievably tiny price tag that’s matched by an equally small screen - a 7-inch touchscreen display - and its 360-degree hinge. The Nanote resembl

Open Channel: Are You Rushing to Get Back to Movie Theaters Right Now?

400+Gizmodo / 2h
The U.S. is still living through a pandemic that we have no viable means of currently combatting, other than keeping our distances from one another by largely staying homebound and avoiding places where large groups of people congregate, like movie theaters . But governors in various states have already expressed their… Read more...

3 Things We Didn't Like (and 1 We Did) About Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045

66Gizmodo / 3h
Last week, Netflix finally dropped its latest big anime get : Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 , the highly anticipated (and perhaps in some regards , dreaded) continuation of the action-packed TV spinoff of Masamune Shirow’s beloved manga/ cyberpunk movie icon. With the story over for now, here’s what worked for us in the… Read more...

British Museum makes over half of its collection viewable online

300+Engadget / 3h
You can’t visit museums in person during pandemic lockdowns, but you might not have to for one of the most prestigious institutions. The British Museum has made (via Motherboard ) images of more than half its collection (4.5 million objects) available online, with 1.9 million images available through a Creative Commons 4.0 license. You can not only browse the gallery, but use it however you like

Reddit now lets users Start Chatting in groups in real-time

SlashGear / 3h
Reddit bills itself as the “front page of the Internet” but it’s really more like the BBS and Internet forums of old. Someone makes a post and it gets discussed and commented on to death (or until a mod closes the thread) but all of this interaction happens asynchronously. Unless you sit all day in front of a Reddit page, … Continue reading

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro still available, production merely delayed

SlashGear / 3h
There has been a surge in purchases of entertainment consumer electronics these past months because of the prospect of being bored at home. Many of these involve the likes of smart TV and consoles like the Nintendo Switch but some have also opted to finally get their hands on NVIDIA’s latest Android TV device. Much to their surprise and dismay, … Continue reading

Tesla Posts Another Profit as Musk Slams Virus Restrictions

1KWired / 4h
The CEO has criticized shelter-in-place orders, which have forced the closure of the company's California assembly plant.

Fairphone and /e/ team up for a sustainable Google-free Android phone

SlashGear / 4h
For most people, Android is synonymous with Google and almost inconceivable without it. It’s an association that some, including ROM makers and even phone makers like Samsung, have been trying to break unsuccessfully for years. The recent situation involving Huawei has only reinforced the conception of how intricately tied the open source Android platform is with Google’s proprietary software. Th

Uber AI plays any Atari 2600 game with 'superhuman' skill

85Engadget / 4h
DeepMind isn’t the only one with an Atari-savvy AI . A team of Uber AI researchers has developed a set of algorithms, Go-Explore, that reportedly beats any Atari 2600 game with “superhuman” scores, including ones where AI previously had trouble besting its organic rivals. The key is a system that takes care to remember promising states and returns to those states before it sets out exploring. Go-

'Bon voyage': Elon Musk tells Twitter followers to get lost following melt down

Elon Musk Tesla US100+Mashable / 4h
Elon Musk is having a rough 24 hours, and if his Twitter followers don't like it, then they can just get bent. The Tesla CEO made waves late last night for a bizarre rant about "freedom," only to completely melt down during a Wednesday Tesla earnings call when asked about Bay Area shelter-in-place orders. Musk's appetite for self-righteousness apparently wasn't sated, however, and following the c

Google Web Store is clamping down on spam extensions with new policy

SlashGear / 5h
Once upon a time, the browser wars revolved around which browser supports more or better extensions. As those extensions became more popular or got imitated, their exclusivity became less of a selling feature. In fact, extensions themselves have become somewhat of a liability because of security and privacy concerns. Unsurprisingly, Google’s Chrome Web Store has become a haven for those … Continu

Facebook sees a spike in monthly active users in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak

Facebook Mark Zuckerberg100+Mashable / 5h
It probably comes as a shock to no one that people are using Facebook and its additional social media platforms more than ever while under lockdown. During Wednesday's earnings call, the company announced it's seen a huge spike in its monthly active users with a 10 percent year over year increase. On the call, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that for the first time ever more tha

Starbucks and New Berlin Airport Are Moving In The Opposite Direction From KLM And Uber

View from the Wing / 5h
A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading ...

TikTok surpasses 2 billion global downloads

TikTok Downloads App71Mashable / 5h
Quarantine + addictive dance videos = app domination. TikTok has surpassed 2 billion downloads, mobile app analytics company Sensor Tower reported Wednesday. (April 29). The 315 million installs it gained in Q1 of 2020 alone also reportedly give it the title of "most downloads for any app ever in a quarter." Mashable has reached out to TikTok to confirm Sensor Tower's data, and will update this s

It Could Take Decades for the Ocean Floor to Recover From Deep Sea Mining

100+Gizmodo / 5h
A new study has found that the impacts of deep sea mining are still felt a quarter of a century later. Read more...

Ad Dollars Keep Flowing Into Google and Facebook—for Now

100+Wired / 5h
The two online ad giants say business fell sharply amid the Covid-19 lockdowns in March but has stabilized in April.

Elon Musk calls stay-at-home order ‘fascist’ during Tesla earnings call

Elon Musk Tesla Year300+Mashable / 5h
Elon Musk had even more to say about social distancing measures after he rage-tweeted on the topic Wednesday morning. Tesla's first quarter earnings call Wednesday afternoon (April 29) started with prepared marks from CEO Elon Musk that noticeably and awkwardly avoided mentioning coronavirus or anything about the pandemic. But as the call progressed, Musk's true feelings about shelter-in-place re

Tesla's 'full self-driving' feature is coming in subscription form

Elon Musk Tesla Year500+Engadget / 5h
During the Q1 2020 earnings call on Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that the company’s “Full Self-Driving” system will become available as a monthly subscription later this year. Tesla has been installing the necessary hardware for its autonomous driver-assist features for a few years already, which has allowed Tesla to offer both its Autopilot and “Full Self-Driving” (FSD) systems as ei

Is Apple's New iPad Magic Keyboard Worth the $300 Investment?

Gizmodo / 6h
Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro | $300 | B&H Photo Read more...

New report says SLS rocket managers concerned about fuel leaks

Alabama NASA Mars LF73Ars Technica / 6h
Enlarge / Technicians at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans moved the Space Launch System's liquid hydrogen tank from the factory to the dock, where it was loaded onto the Pegasus barge on Dec. 14, 2018. (credit: NASA/Steven Seipel ) Every year, the US Government Accountability Office releases a report that assesses NASA's major projects. Typically, this GAO report summarizes each pr

I tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies … so now what?

100+The Points Guy / 6h
As we learn that COVID-19 was circulating in our communities far before we all imagined, I’ve always had the question, “Have I been exposed to COVID-19 already?” in the back of my mind. On March 11, 2020, I recorded a podcast with travel expert Matt Kepnes aka Nomadic Matt at The Points Guy’s New York headquarters (one of my favorite episodes, btw), and three days later he became extremely ill an

Tesla to reduce price of standard range Model 3 in China

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Tesla said it will reduce the price of its standard range Model 3 vehicle in China to meet the government’s new eligibility requirements for subsidies. This marks the second time this year that the automaker has reduced the price. Several months ago, the base version of China-made Model 3 was lowered by 9% . Tesla has to cut the price of the vehicle to continue to qualify for government rebates o

Your iPhone Can't Recognize You With a Mask On, So Apple Has a New Workaround

Apple 13.5 iPhone 2020100+Gizmodo / 6h
Coronavirus has upended lives in countless ways, and of those, my inability to unlock my iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask in public spaces is not that consequential. Read more...

Training AI 'to translate mum's phone messages'

Nigeria Benjamin Netflix200+BBC News - Technology / 6h
How African researchers are using the continent's languages to help spur innovation in Artificial Intelligence.

Air France No Longer Permitted To Sell Domestic Trips That Could Be Taken By Train

200+View from the Wing / 6h
The French government has placed several conditions on the 7.5 billion euro bailout it’s providing. The biggest one is that the airline will no longer be allowed to sell purely domestic trips between Paris and domestic cities that are within a 2.5 hour train ride of the capital. Continue reading ...

United raises partner award prices up to 10% after removing award chart

The Points Guy / 6h
It hasn’t been a great past couple of years for United loyalists. Last year, the airline decided to follow Delta’s lead by removing award charts for its own flights and switch to dynamic award pricing. This was a shock to many United flyers in the beginning, but the aftermath wasn’t as bad as we thought: Domestic flights largely went down in price, and partner flights weren’t subject to dynamic p

Party Royale, Travis Scott, and Fortnite's 'Third Place'

Fortnite Party Royale89Wired / 6h
As the online game is proving with Travis Scott and Party Royale, digital places are every bit as legitimate as their analog counterparts.

Facebook and Twitter allow scammers 'free rein'

300+BBC News - Technology / 6h
Consumer watchdog Which? finds credit-card information and Netflix account details for sale on both.

It’s one last time-traveling mission for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in S7 trailer

59Ars Technica / 6h
Phil Coulson and the gang are back for one final season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. . Another Marvel era is ending as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gears up for its seventh, and final , 13-episode season on ABC. The spin-off series created by The Avengers writer and director Joss Whedon brought Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) back from the dead to lead an elite squad of agents to take on the ter

Tesla warns on shutdown as Musk calls for end to lockdown

Elon Musk Tesla US500+BBC News - Technology / 7h
The electric car company says forced shutdowns and limits on deliveries have clouded its forecast.

Tesla pushes Tesla Semi deliveries to 2021

32TechCrunch / 7h
Tesla is pushing back plans to produce and deliver its all-electric Class 8 truck until 2021, the company said in its quarter earnings report Wednesday. The move puts the Tesla Semi two years behind the automaker’s previous target. “We are shifting our first Tesla Semi deliveries to 2021,” the company said without providing any more details. The Tesla Semi was first unveiled in November 2017 in a

Tesla delays Semi electric truck to 2021

Tesla Elon Musk Quarterly100+Engadget / 7h
You’ll have to wait a while longer before you see Tesla’s Semi hauling cargo. As part of a presentation discussing earnings, Tesla said it was “shifting” (read: delaying) deliveries of its electric big rig to 2021, or two years past its original 2019 target. The company didn’t elaborate on what prompted the setback, but we’ve asked if it can elaborate. There are a number of potential factors at w

Facebook Points to ‘Signs of Stability’ as Ad Declines Flatten

Facebook Mark Zuckerberg100+NYT > Technology / 7h
The company reported rising revenue and profit in the first quarter and said it was also saving on expenses.

AI can't be legally credited as an inventor, says USPTO

USPTO US Inventor Two100+Engadget / 7h
Artificial intelligence has myriad use cases , but it turns out inventing devices isn't one of them -- at least in the eyes of the US Patent and Trademark Office. The agency issued a decision on two patent applications for devices created by an AI system, determining that only humans can legally be credited as inventors. The items in question -- an emergency flashlight and a shape-shifting drink

Google Play has been spreading advanced Android malware for years

100+Ars Technica / 7h
Enlarge (credit: portal gda / Flickr ) Hackers have been using Google Play for years to distribute an unusually advanced backdoor capable of stealing a wide range of sensitive data, researchers said on Tuesday. Researchers from security firm Kaspersky Lab have recovered at least eight Google Play apps that date back to 2018, a Kaspersky Lab representative said, but based on archive searches and o

Instagram ‘pods’ game the algorithm by coordinating likes and comments on millions of posts

100+TechCrunch / 7h
Researchers at NYU have identified hundreds of groups of Instagram users, some with thousands of members, that systematically exchange likes and comments in order to game the service’s algorithms and boost visibility. In the process, they also trained machine learning agents to identify whether a post has been juiced in this way. “Pods,” as they’ve been dubbed, straddle the line between real and

Quarantine streaming hours might be why your internet’s slow right now

SlashGear / 7h
We’re here at the end of the month in April of 2020, and our internet is going pretty slow. It’s a real issue, and it’s a bummer, especially now that we’re all stuck at home, using the internet almost constantly. Why is our data going slow now, here at the end of the month? Could it be because we’re streaming … Continue reading

The A-Z Guide to All the Offbeat Disney+ Movies You Need to Watch

100+Gizmodo / 7h
Disney+ is home to many beloved films , but there are plenty of other movies on the platform that deserve a viewing. So much so, we’ve gone from A to Z to find them. Are they all pinnacles of cinema and not varying degrees of me being serious depending on my mood? Definitely (maybe). Read more...

United Is Still Flouting DOT Refund Rules For Cancelled Flights

View from the Wing / 7h
United is effectively saying that they will not provide refunds for cancelled flights, only for significant delays, because cancelled flights do not exist. They are treating DOT rules - which specifically provide for two separate reasons for a refund - as though they only provide for one. If an airline used to fly 8 times a day between two cities, and now flies just 3 times a day, that airline ha

How US airlines are handling distancing, masks and more

31The Points Guy / 7h
For weeks, as most Americans limited trips outside their homes to outdoor recreation and unavoidable visits to the grocery store, airline passenger loads plummeted to levels most of us could have never imagined. Those once-in-a-lifetime solo flights quickly became a daily occurrence, if flight attendants had anyone to look after at all. Now, some U.S. states are beginning to ease restrictions, an

The Minna Limon Vibrator Is Small and Quiet (And Fun for Couples)

Lifehacker / 7h
Minna Limon | $79 | Minna | Promo code “ INVENTORY ” Read more...

Tesla stock leaps after unexpected profit

Tesla Elon Musk Quarterly100+Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / Tesla's Shanghai battery factory. (credit: Tesla) There were plenty of reasons to expect Tesla to show a loss in the first quarter of 2020. The quarter began with the expiration of the federal electric vehicle tax credit—at least for Tesla customers. It ended with the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic forcing lockdowns around the world. That dampened consumer demand for cars and force

Workers prepare to strike May 1, amid strained pandemic working conditions

Amazon One US Echo100+TechCrunch / 8h
The global pandemic has tested the bounds of businesses across the world and transformed the way many of us live our lives. For those among us who are unable to leave our homes at all as COVID-19 virus rages, online retail and food services have been a kind of lifeline. But as contact-free delivery becomes the norm, it can be easy to forgot all the people working to provide those services at risk

Stadia’s latest woe: Its PUBG port is overrun with official, crappy bots

Google Stadia PUBG28Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / This is what PUBG on console feels like right now. At least, without the "hookers and blackjack." Sorry, Bender army. (credit: Aurich Lawson / PUBG Corp ) This week, Google Stadia emerged with a surprise announcement of a pretty big game launching immediately: Playerunknown's Battlegrounds ( PUBG ) . Say what you will about the game's age or its arguably dated take on battle royale, but

The lockdown is driving people to Facebook

Facebook Mark Zuckerberg100+TechCrunch / 8h
The quarantine lockdown is driving a record number of users to Facebook’s products. On a conference call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg disclosed a number of new metrics highlighting a significant bump in Facebook usage during the broader quarantine lockdown. In the past month, more than 3 billion internet users logged onto a Facebook service, including its central app, Instagram, Messenger or WhatsApp, Zu

Babeland Wants to Lend a Hand While Giving Yours a Rest With $20 off Your Next Purchase

54Lifehacker / 8h
$20 Off a $99 Purchase | Babeland

Layoffs hit ride-sharing industry as Lyft and Uber struggle to survive pandemic

Lyft Uber 17% 982 28883Mashable / 8h
With most people sheltering at home during this pandemic, ride-hailing apps aren't getting much use these days. This initially translated into quickly declining revenue for companies like Uber and Lyft, but now, more than a month into the coronavirus pandemic, both are announcing layoffs. Uber and Lyft are very much feeling the effects of social distancing measures to combat the coronavirus outbr

Lufthansa to require masks for flyers, but ease in-flight social distancing

The Points Guy / 8h
Lufthansa Group airlines will require passengers to wear face masks aboard all their flights starting Monday. The move makes it one of the first big European carriers to do so, but the group also said it would ease its in-flight social distancing protocols as a result. Carriers in the group include Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, Brussels and low-cost Eurowings. Of course, most airlines are operating

Now's the Perfect Time to Kill Bullshit Cable Fees

100+Gizmodo / 8h
Cable bills are already stacked with unnecessary fees for things as silly as activation, deactivation, or rentals. Consumers are regularly gouged for things like regional sports, too. But right now, there aren’t any sports to watch, and cable customers are still being charged for it—something New York Attorney General… Read more...

Boeing will cut 10 percent of workforce, says federal support “critical”

79Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / A Garuda Indonesia 737-800. The airline is moving to cancel orders for the 737 MAX after the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes. (credit: Boeing ) Boeing released its financial results for the first quarter of 2020, and as one might expect for a company that manufactures aircraft amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the numbers were not good. The company reported revenues of $16.9 billion,

Apple makes it (slightly) less annoying to unlock your iPhone with a mask on

Apple 13.5 iPhone 2020300+Mashable / 8h
Have you struggled to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask? Well, Apple will soon have a fix for that. Sort of. On Wednesday, developers enrolled in the Apple Developer Program noticed an interesting change in the new iOS 13.5 beta 3 release that will be quite helpful during the coronavirus pandemic: users can now input their passcode on the first unlock screen if they are wearing a mask.

Chinese Kids Are Wearing Adorable Social-Distancing Hats at School

8KFuturism / 8h
As China is slowly clawing itself back to normal after a devastating battle with the coronavirus, educators are getting creative to ensure that kids aren’t in danger of infecting each other in the class room. Images recently uploaded to Chinese social media show school children wearing adorable hats with two long protrusions on either side, to encourage social distancing, CNET reports . First gra

Program Meant To Subsidize Flights To Small Communities Will Now Pay Airlines Not To Fly

View from the Wing / 8h
The Essential Air Service program pays airlines to fly routes that aren't economically viable. Now the program will pay airlines to not fly those same routes. Continue reading ...

Tesla turns Q1 profit on cost reductions, rising car margins, credits

Tesla Elon Musk Quarterly100+TechCrunch / 8h
Tesla reported Wednesday that it earned $16 million and generated $5.985 billion in revenue in the first quarter, results buoyed by improved automotive margins and reductions in operating expenses. Tesla’s first quarter earnings were lower than the fourth period as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted operations and dampened sales. But the company still managed to squeeze in a profit, its third consec

TikTok tops 2 billion downloads

100+TechCrunch / 8h
TikTok, the widely popular video sharing app developed by one of the world’s most valued startups (ByteDance), continues to grow rapidly despite suspicion from the U.S. as more people look for ways to keep themselves entertained amid the coronavirus pandemic. The global app and its Chinese version, called Douyin , have amassed over 2 billion downloads on Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store, m

Modern Warfare's Massive Updates Are Gobbling Up Players' Hard Drives

Warfare Warzone CD1KGizmodo / 8h
Yesterday Call of Duty: Modern Warfare received a new update and additional data pack, adding over a dozen gigs to an already huge game and eating up ever more space on people’s console and PC harddrives. Lots of games want to be the only one you play; Modern Warfare seems to want to be the only one you can keep… Read more...

Serato DJ makes its computer-only mixing tools free for a limited time

100+Engadget / 8h
While people have been stuck at home, there have been a few upsides, especially in the digital DJ world. Serato and Pioneer DJ recently launched free modes for their Studio and Rekordbox products, so it’s hardly surprising that Serato DJ has finally joined the roster -- albeit for a limited time. During the month of May, you can grab the Serato Play expansion pack for free instead of the normal $

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Extraction’ inflicts brutal action on forgettable characters

52TechCrunch / 8h
If you think that action movies generally suffer from an excess of characterization, then “Extraction” is the movie for you. Almost everything about the film that’s not an action scene is dealt with in a perfunctory way, starting from the sketchy characterization of our hero Tyler Rake (played by Chris Hemsworth) — he’s muscular, good at killing people, has a vague tragedy in his past … and that’

Turn Your Canon DSLR into a Webcam With This Free App

46Lifehacker / 8h
If you’re a pro photographer with Canon DSLR (or just happen to have one lying around), you can now use your camera as a webcam thanks to the newly launched EOS Webcam Utility Beta app. Read more...

You Can Now View 4 Million Items in the British Museum's Online Collection

100+Lifehacker / 8h
With objects like the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon sculptures in its collection, London’s British Museum has earned its place on many bucket lists. But like many cultural institutions throughout the world, the museum is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And while that’s bad news for anyone who had… Read more...

Hurry: AMAZING Business Class Fares To Bali!

200+One Mile at a Time / 8h
Obviously no one should be traveling right now for fun, though this fare is available through the end of the schedule (until next spring), so some may want to jump on this. I’ll add the usual caution about us not knowing what the future will look like… At the moment there are two incredible business class fares to Bali: For ~840USD you can fly roundtrip business class from Vancouver to Bali on Ja

Zoom from a BDSM dungeon with these kinky new backgrounds

200+Mashable / 8h
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Joue targets novice musicians with its latest crowdfunded instrument

80TechCrunch / 9h
I wrote about Joue back in January, right before the company participated in (and won) our CES pitch-off. The company was one of a handful of crowdfunded musical instrument startups at the show that were really worth getting excited about. This week, the French startup is launch the campaign for Play, a more user-friendly version of the company’s self-titled modular MIDI controller. As I noted in

It's Time to Cancel These Travel Subscriptions for Now

28Lifehacker / 9h
Now that we’re all staying home, it’s a great time to save money for future travels. Canceled flights and trips have given some of us extra funds to tuck away, but if you’re still spending money on travel subscriptions, now’s the time to save even more by canceling or pausing whatever you’re not using. Read more...

Who owns remdesivir, how much can they make, and how much does it cost?

Gilead US Covid-19500+Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images ) Earlier on Wednesday, we reported on some clinical trial data that offered good, if ambiguous, news about treating COVID-19. In the study, participants treated with a drug called remdesivir recovered on average 30 percent quicker than those receiving a placebo. But who owns the drug, how much of it can be made, and what does it cost? To answer the f

Tesla Q1 2020: Model Y profit and Semi setback

SlashGear / 9h
Tesla saw $16 million in net income in Q1 2020 and recorded its third consecutive quarterly profit, the electric car company announced today, with the new Model Y crossover managing to turn a profit from out of the gate. Over 87,000 Model 3 and Model Y cars – Tesla’s most affordable – were produced in the three month period ending … Continue reading

9 great suitcases worth the checked-bag fee

The Points Guy / 9h
Choosing which suitcase you’re going to purchase for an upcoming trip is no easy task. Whether you’re a road warrior or your old luggage could simply use an upgrade, you’ll want to make sure you do some research first. And since most of us aren’t traveling right now to flatten the curve, there’s plenty of time to read reviews and comparison shop. We know a new suitcase may not be a priority for e

Like Uber, Lyft Can't Get Rid of Its Employees Fast Enough

Lyft Uber 17% 982 28884Gizmodo / 9h
Younger, smaller, and less recognizable, Lyft has always lived in the substantial shadow of its main competitor Uber. Now it’s dying in it too. Read more...

Facebook usage soars during coronavirus pandemic

Facebook Messenger87Engadget / 9h
The coronavirus pandemic has, so far, been very good for Facebook’s metrics. It can’t say the same for its ad business. The company saw a surge in user growth, with an average of more than 1.73 billion daily active users (DAUs) in March, Facebook reported in its first quarterly earnings for 2020. That’s up from 1.66 billion in the previous quarter. Across its “family of apps,” which includes Face

Fortnite Party Mode confirmed following numerous leaks

Fortnite Party RoyaleSlashGear / 9h
It seems that Fortnite is getting a new map and a new game mode to go along with. A number of Fortnite data miners have discovered a map apparently called Papaya lurking in Fortnite‘s files, and that new location seems to be home to an incoming Party Mode. Party Mode, as the name suggests, will ditch the regular Fortnite formula … Continue reading

Imgflip's AI Meme Generator Gives Us the Absurdist Art We All Need

300+Wired / 9h
Social media’s new favorite distraction feels as disjointed and surrealist as the current moment. Fire it up.

Microsoft says COVID-19 had 'minimal' impact on its business

100+Engadget / 9h
Microsoft seems to be faring the coronavirus pandemic just fine. In its Q3 2020 earnings report , Microsoft assured investors that COVID-19 had a “minimal net impact” on the company’s revenues. The numbers don’t lie: it’s reporting revenue of $35 billion for the quarter, 15 percent more than last year, and net income of $10.8 billion (up 22 percent). And, not surprisingly, Microsoft noted that it

eBay Q1 reports sales of $2.374B, active buyers up to 174M in wake of COVID-19

100+TechCrunch / 9h
After a quarter in which eBay, tussling with an activist investor, completed the sell-off of its ticketing business StubHub for $4 billion and saw appointed a new CEO after its previous one departed , while also weathering waves of surging demand and dodgy supply resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, today the e-commerce company reported its Q1 earnings after the close of markets. The company rep

Lyft lays off almost 1,000 staffers as Uber weighs big layoffs

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Enlarge (credit: Lyft ) Lyft is laying of 982 people, the company said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday. That represents 17 percent of the company's official workforce (the company considers its thousands of drivers to be independent contractors). An additional 288 employees will be furloughed, Lyft said. Most of the remaining salaried employees will take 10 percent pay cuts, while executives

New Research: Ending Lockdown Would Hurt the Economy Even More

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Long-Term Planning The coronavirus lockdown and quarantine orders are often portrayed as a battle between public safety and economic destruction. But a team of economists says that dichotomy doesn’t hold up. They argue that ending lockdown orders and re-opening nonessential businesses, as some U.S. states have started to do, will end up causing even more economic destruction than extending quaran

How To Become An Automotive Engineer At A Major Car Company

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A question I get a lot from younger readers is: How can I become an automotive engineer for a major car company? The answer is that there are many avenues to that goal, which is why—in addition to telling my own tale about how I scored my dream engineering job at Fiat Chrysler—I compiled stories from Ford, Nissan,… Read more...

Robots are helping these senior citizens cope with social distancing

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Maplewood Senior Living has introduced Temi robots at their locations to help residents feel more connected while quarantining. Read more... More about Robots , Mashable Video , Senior Citizens , Maplewood Senior Living , and Temi

Facebook stock spikes despite ‘significant reduction’ in demand for ads

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The coronavirus pandemic is significantly slowing the growth of Facebook’s ads business, but investors seem pleased with the company’s performance in Q1 after Facebook released its earnings report Wednesday. The company beat Wall Street expectations on revenues, sharing that they had made $17.74 billion while falling short on earnings per share at $1.71. The company also shared that monthly activ

Zoom alternative Google Meet needs sticking power

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The importance of a good brand name is important to the highest degree, especially when it comes to marketing at times of extreme stress. Over the past few weeks, during an unprecedented global event (COVID-19 pandemic, that is to say), the name “ZOOM” became synonymous with simple, one-tap video conferencing. Google’s got the capacity, technology, and knowledge to make a … Continue reading

Microsoft shares rise after the tech giant posts 15% growth

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Today Microsoft reported its third-quarter, fiscal 2020 quarter earnings, the period of time corresponding to Q1 2020 on the regular calendar. The technology giant generated $35 billion in revenue, up 15% from the year-ago period. That top line led to $13 billion in operating income (+25% YoY), and $10.8 billion in net income (+22% YoY). Microsoft saw $1.40 in earnings per share in the quarter. I

Apple will make it easier to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask

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Face ID was a great idea — until large swathes of the world were forced to wear face masks, rendering it largely useless. Apple has apparently heard our pain. Users are reporting a subtle new feature in the latest developer version of iOS 13.5 that will make it easier to unlock your iPhone without having to take off your protective face mask. Videos shared on Twitter by Robert Petersen and Guilhe

NASA’s Mars Helicopter gets its official name – and it’s perfect

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NASA’s Mars Helicopter has been given its name, as the cuboid aircraft prepares to hitch a ride to the red planet with the new Perseverance rover. Set to make the first powered flight on another planet, the helicopter will be used to gain new aerial insights into the Martian surface over the course of a Mars month. It’s only one … Continue reading

'Assassin's Creed: Valhalla' is set in the Viking Age

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Following a full-day livestream, we now have a better idea of when and where the next game in Ubisoft’s long-running Assassin’s Creed franchise will take place. In Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, you’ll play an assassin at some point during the Viking Age, which took place between 793 and 1066 CE. Publisher and developer Ubisoft picked the unconventional route of announcing the new game through a Pho

The surprising reasons why 2020 is the year of cobranded travel credit cards

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I won’t blame you in the slightest if you think I’m crazy for saying what I’m about to say because … well, it is a little crazy. But, there’s a strong argument that 2020 is the year to put a large portion of your everyday spending on your cobranded hotel and airline credit cards. Yes, 2020. This year. The same year that in many ways has been the definition of the dumpster on fire meme. The year t

Bake It up With This $10 Oxo Measuring Cup

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OXO Multi-Unit Measuring Cup | $10 | OXO

Ubisoft confirms 'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' after an 8 hour BossLogic livestream

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Two years past the release of Assassin's Creed Odyssey , Ubisoft has finally revealed the title and setting for their next release in the series: Assassin's Creed Valhalla, set during the 9th century Viking invasion of Saxon kingdoms. Valhalla was slowly unveiled in a 8-hour livestream by digital artist BossLogic, who showed the time-lapsed process of creating the Valhalla art. As the stream went

These Mathematicians Think the Universe May Be Conscious

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Theory of Everything Scientists are doubling down on a peculiar model that attempts to quantify and measure consciousness. The model, known as Integrated Information Theory (IIT), has long been controversial because it comes with an unusual quirk. When applied to non-living things like machines, subatomic particles, and even the universe, it claims that they too experience consciousness, New Scie

10 Movies and Shows That Predicted Way Different 2020 Disasters

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We’re living in “a time” right now, one that some movies like Contagion kind of predicted. But there are plenty of films and shows that portray a far different version of 2020—where aliens invaded Earth , robots have taken over boxing ...or maybe dragons have even taken root. Read more...

Apple makes it easier to skip Face ID if you’re wearing a mask

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Being able to unlock your iPhone with Face ID is great, until you’re wearing a mask. Apple recognizes this, and in beta software released today, it makes it a little easier to skip the Face ID display and enter your passcode, CNBC reports . At the moment, there is a slight delay between your phone realizing that it can’t see your face and offering the screen to enter a passcode. To avoid that, yo

Deezer develops an AI to hunt for explicit content in songs

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Streaming platform Deezer is using artificial intelligence to hunt for explicit content in songs, helping humans tag content that contains potentially bothersome language. The company detailed its effort in a new paper that will be published at the ICASSP 2020 conference, according to a recent post. Deezer points out that what is considered explicit content is a ‘cultural issue,’ which … Continue

Canon software turns your EOS camera into an overpowered webcam

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If you’ve been video chatting more often during the pandemic, you’ve probably noticed that most PC webcams are... not great. Canon might have a solution if you have one of its cameras hanging around, at least. Its newly released (via DPReview ) EOS Webcam Utility Beta turns supporting DSLRs, mirrorless cameras and point-and-shoots into USB webcams for Windows 10 users. Yes, if you have an EOS-1D

NASA reveals its Mars helicopter name with ingenious hype video

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Coming in at four pounds and four feet long, NASA's Mars helicopter is ready for takeoff later this year — but first, it needed a name. The autonomous, solar-powered craft is scheduled to make it onto Mars by early next year after it catches a flight on the belly of the new Mars rover, Perseverance, this July or August Like the rover , the helicopter, which has two rotors that spin 2,400 revoluti

Paine Field near Seattle among the first US airports to start screening flyers for fevers

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Paine Field near Seattle is among the first airports in the U.S. to check the temperatures of all departing travelers for fevers as the country begins to look at how life can return to normal after the coronavirus pandemic. The airport is checking the body temperature of travelers with a thermal camera prior to entering the security checkpoint, Paine Field (PAE) terminal operator Propeller Airpor

It Is the Age of the Snack Supper

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I think I’m starting to hate cooking. Or at least I am starting to hate cooking for myself. (I have become prone to little emotional flare ups, in the throes of which I declare I “hate cooking” in a dramatic fashion before returning to the kitchen.) I was already doing a fair amount of cooking before “all of this,” so… Read more...

This smart ear cleaner lets you see inside your ear as you clean it — Future Blink

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Bebird uses an app-connected otoscope allowing you to see what and where you’re cleaning. Read more... More about Tech , Health , Smartphones , Mashable Video , and Future Blink

How the $400 iPhone SE's Camera Stacks Up Against Apple's Priciest Phone

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The new second-gen iPhone SE is the cheapest iPhone you can buy, which means you have to make a few sacrifices, particularly when it comes to the cameras. Read more...

You Can Now Use Google Meet to Host Free Video Conferences

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Google is cutting the price of its Google Meet video conferencing app all the way down to “free.” All you need to access it is a Google account—not a pricier G-Suite subscription, like before. (Though, as part of the launch of this Google Meet free version, G Suite subscribers also get free access to the enterprise… Read more...

Make Stay-At-Home Parenting a Bit Easier With $20 off This Eufy Baby Monitor

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Eufy Baby Monitor | $80 | Amazon

Half of Americans won’t trust contact-tracing apps, new poll finds

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Enlarge / A smartphone belonging to a resident of Cranston, R.I., shows personal notes he made for contact tracing Wednesday, April 15, 2020. (credit: Steven Senne | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images ) After what feels like the longest March and April in human history, hundreds of millions of us are itching to reboot the world and get schools, retail, and every other "non-essential" part of societ

Mass Grave of Elephant-Sized Sloths Poses Murky Mystery

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Death might have taken weeks; it might have been days. But when it struck, it struck ruthlessly. Read more...

Twitter unlocks tools to help researchers study COVID-19 tweets

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Twitter is making it a lot easier for researchers and developers to study conversations about the coronavirus on its platform. The company introduced a new set of tools that makes the “many tens of millions” of daily public tweets about the coronavirus available to the site’s developers. “We know developers and researchers are full of inspiring ideas that may help the world learn from and improve

Johns Hopkins launches COVID-19 testing hub to provide public access to testing data

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The COVID-19 testing picture in the U.S. is far from easy to understand, given the disparate agencies and public and private health organizations involved. Johns Hopkins, building on its excellent work developing COVID-19 case tracking and basic information resources, has developed a new hub called the COVID-19 Testing Insights Initiative that breaks down what kinds of tests are available, as wel

Nintendo just hit the reset button on Switch Online free trials

SlashGear / 10h
Beginning with the release of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo started charging a fee to play online. Nintendo was the last of the console makers to take this particular plunge – while Microsoft has required an Xbox Live Gold subscription for online play since the days of the Xbox 360 and Sony jumped on that particular bandwagon with the PlayStation 4 … Continue reading

Is your timeshare vacation being affected by the coronavirus shutdown? Here’s what you need to know

The Points Guy / 10h
By now, most travelers have become well-versed in the complex language of airline, hotel and cruise change and cancellation policies. In the lodging space, all the attention has been on the major hotel chains and home-share platforms, but there’s another segment of would-be guests that are dealing with the fallout of the coronavirus : timeshare owners. For more TPG news delivered each morning to

Pokemon GO remote play schedule updated: Encounter rewards all summer long

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This week the folks at Niantic revealed a major update for the next few weeks and months of Pokemon GO. It all begins with Great League on May 1, 2020 – that’s a Friday. They suggested that Ultra League and Master League will come after, while the “Premiere Cup” format will run at the same time as Master League, starting … Continue reading

This modular air purifier is a work of art — Future Blink

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The GUILIN Lampscape Air Purifier makes purifying your air a fun art project. Read more... More about Tech , Art , Mashable Video , Health Fitness , and Future Blink

Tom Hanks shares photo of his plasma donation for coronavirus research

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iPhone SE: How to Find Long-Press Notification Actions

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Unlike other iPhones, the Apple iPhone SE (2020) doesn’t support Haptic Touch (or 3D Touch) for notifications. You can’t hard-press or long-press a notification to see it in more details and find quick actions like archiving an email and replying to a text message. Here’s how you can do it instead. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Amazon’s Thermal-Detecting Tech Is Built On Human Rights Abuses

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As part of the bare minimum that Amazon is doing for its warehouse workers right now, the mandatory temperature checks for roughly 100,000 of them might be one of the more ethically icky for its workers’ bodies and budgets . If that didn’t turn you off, there’s a good chance that its sourcing for the thermal-tracking… Read more...

How to Find COVID-19 Testing Sites in Apple Maps

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I’m hoping you never need to search for a COVID-19 testing site, period. (Stay quarantined! Stay safe!) But if you do, and you’re on your iPhone or iPad, you can now easily find the nearest testing location via Apple Maps. Read more...

Single-chip lidar routing is in our tiny future

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Enlarge / A bit like this, except for photons. (credit: Image Alliance/Getty Images ) Sometimes you can't seem to go a week without hearing new lidar news. This is disconcerting, as lidar was the desperation application for lasers for a very long time. If you had made a new pulsed laser and couldn't think what it might be good for, you figured out something that needed a measurement at distance a

Elon Musk's latest twitter spree reveals his anti-lockdown stance

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Musk is taking a firm stance against government-mandated lockdowns. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Elon Musk , Quarantine , and Coronavirus

Apple finally fixes the most annoying thing about Group FaceTime calls

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Hallelujah, FaceTime sanity is coming. Apple released the beta version of iOS 13.5 to registered developers Wednesday, and it reportedly comes with some very timely coronavirus-era features. People whose social lives revolve around FaceTime might want to listen up. If you've used Group FaceTime recently, you've probably noticed the windows that show your friends' faces swell and shrink, depending

Fortnite's leaked Party Mode invites you to leave weapons behind

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If you use Fortnite as a way to socialize and relax with friends, Epic Games is working on what could be the perfect palate cleanser after a couple of battle royale rounds. Based on evidence found by Fornite 's data mining community, the studio plans to add a new non-competitive mode that will allow you to hang out with your friends without worrying about winning. think this is the party royale p

FDA to Allow Emergency Use of Experimental Drug as Studies Show Mixed Results for Treating Covid-19

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A wave of results from studies involving remdesivir, an experimental antiviral being used to treat covid-19, has arrived today. The data so far doesn’t provide a concrete answer as to how effective or life-saving the drug truly is for coronavirus patients. Nonetheless, the New York Times reports that the Food & Drug… Read more...

Amazon to stream NFL’s Thursday Night Football through 2022, plus one exclusive game each season

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The NFL’s Thursday Night Football is returning to stream on Amazon. The companies announced today they’ve renewed their agreement, which will allow Amazon Prime Video to offer a live, digital stream of Thursday Night Football to a global audience through the 2022 season. This time around, the NFL and Amazon also announced a new deal allowing Amazon to exclusively stream one NFL game globally on P

Juul is reportedly laying off 800 to 950 employees

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Juul is set to eliminate between 800 to 950 jobs, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. Those massive cuts would amount to around a third of the Bay Area vaping giant’s entire workforce. While the news comes amid a deluge of layoff reports, Juul’s troubles are said not to be a direct result from the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather, they stem from larger ongoing problems. After all, it

12 Nations Ask The E.U. To Allow Airlines To Steal Money From Customers

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Airlines are cancelling flights and downsizing their operations because of the global coronavirus pandemic. When they don't fly the flights they've sold, they have to refund customers' money. The European Union's rule 261 applies and requires these refunds. The E.U. reiterated that last month. However European airlines have been ignoring this and not processing refunds, at least for their Europea

What to Watch Tonight, April 29, 2020

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It’s Wednesday, which means we’ve successfully made it through the bulk of the week. Read more...

GMC delays the reveal of its 1,000HP Hummer EV

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Add GMC to the list of electric car makers with COVID-19-related delays . The GM badge has postponed the reveal event for the Hummer EV beyond its original May 20th date to an unspecified point in the future. The company is still “on track” for developing the electric truck, a spokesperson told Electrek , and still expects the machine to reach customers in fall 2021. To that end, it released a ne

Because We're All Driving Less Due To The Pandemic It's Affecting Beer And Soda Production, Somehow

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Just in case you don’t believe that everything is somehow deeply and profoundly connected, listen to this: because we’re all stuck indoors and driving less, there’s been less refinement of oil into gasoline, which means there’s less production of ethanol, which is an additive in 98 percent gasoline in America, which… Read more...

It's Only $8 to Ditch the Cable With Anker's PowerWave 10W Wireless Charger [Exclusive]

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Here’s what Boeing’s next moves say about the slow resumption of travel

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The downturn in travel demand isn’t just hitting airlines and hotel chains. It’s also causing trouble for big industrial companies like Boeing that — as one of the two largest manufacturers of commercial airplanes in the world — is also seeing swift changes to its business. Since the coronavirus pandemic came to the U.S., the Chicago-based aerospace giant has shuttered production at its factories

Unlocking an iPhone while wearing a face mask will get a little easier

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When Apple transitioned from Touch ID to Face ID, it likely did so without considering one big future issue in mind: a once-in-a-century global pandemic that would result in most of the world’s population wearing face masks while in public. With half of one’s face shielded behind a mask, the iPhone refuses to unlock, making access less convenient overall. Apple … Continue reading

Windows 10 preview adds COVID-19 info to the search box

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The newest Windows 10 Insiders preview build (19619.1000) includes a handful of features that will make it easier to find the latest coronavirus information. Users can now look for reliable info via the search bar, and a new coronavirus info banner will appear in Search Home. Microsoft added fast access to the Bing COVID-19 Tracker, and a new COVID-19 module will show the latest pandemic news fro

These puppies had an adorable playdate with rescued farm animals

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The Gentle Barn animal sanctuary has been closed to visitors for weeks, so to keep their sprits up, five puppies from Paw Works came to visit and play. Read more... More about Dogs , Animals , Mashable Video , Puppies , and Rescue Dog

Three weeks in, Quibi has its first privacy scandal

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There are certain online activities -- like clicking on an ad -- that obviously lead to companies tracking your behavior . But it might be surprising to hear that entering your email address while signing up for a new service -- or even just clicking on an email -- can lead to companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter keeping tabs on your browsing and shopping habits, too. According to a study

Digging for dollar signs amid edtech’s current momentum

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Edtech was long defined by stodgy sales cycles, sluggish adoption and splashy pitches to K-12 districts with tight budgets, but the COVID-19 pandemic turned that reputation on its head in short order. Now, companies in the space are entering Q2 — traditionally a slower time reserved for product development and extra focus on existing clients — busier than ever. In this piece, we’ll unpack some of

Google Meet, Google’s Zoom competitor, is now free for everyone

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Enlarge (credit: Google Meet ) Google Meet, Google's newest video chat service, will soon be free for everyone . The service, which was previously locked behind G Suite, is opening up to anyone with a Google account. Users will be able to access the service at or through the iOS and Android apps. While the service's free tier is unrestricted now, it won't be unrestricted forever.

Build These Papercraft Models of Classic Computers

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There are lots of ways to pass the time right now. You could read more books. Watch more TV. Take longer family walks after dinner. Or— or— you could build paper models of the computers you grew up with so your kids can see (and appreciate, dammit !) how far technology has come and how lucky they are, what with their… Read more...

Amazing Deal: $30 Bonus For New Rakuten Members

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Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points or cash back in addition to the rewards you’d earn for credit card spending. A bit over a week ago I wrote about how my favorite online shopping portal introduced an awesome limited time bonus for new members. I wanted to write about

Cut off from flights, cruise lines turn to their own ships to get stranded crew home

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It’s been more than a month since cruise lines around the world began shutting down operations due to the coronavirus outbreak, and — with one small exception — there no longer are passengers aboard cruise vessels crossing the world’s oceans. But that doesn’t mean cruise ships are now sitting empty. Tens of thousands of crew members have been stuck on vessels for weeks as cruise lines try to figu

Your guide to dirty talk while social distancing

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In the era of social-distancing, words have become one of our best replacements for physical intimacy. That's especially true when it comes to dirty talk, whether it's done over the phone, sexting, or video chat. "If I'm dirty talking with someone who's sheltering in place in Italy or just down the street, I can't touch them, can't taste them, can't smell them," says Tina Horn, a sex educator who

The AI meme generator is better at making memes than humans

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Why are these AI-generated memes better than any a human being could make? Internet users have used the Imgflip meme generator to create their own memes for the better part of a decade. Now, the site is generating its own memes, using the help of artificial intelligence. Harkening back to AI-generated feet pictures and AI-generated faces , the site This Meme Does Not Exist matches captions with a

What Today's GDP Numbers Mean for the Economy

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The latest report on the state of economy has that dreaded word popping up again: recession . Read more...

Apple iPhone SE Review: This Is the iPhone to Buy Right Now

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Rumors of a cheaper, smaller iPhone swirled for years before Apple actually announced the $400 second-gen iPhone SE this month, so it’s likely that the company has long been planning to release a successor to its popular pint-sized iPhone. But the iPhone SE is so much a gadget of this specific moment in time that, if… Read more...

GM delays GMC Hummer EV debut

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GM said Wednesday that it will postpone its upcoming reveal of a GMC-branded electric Hummer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hummer EV debut, which was scheduled to occur May 20, is the latest automotive event to be delayed in recent months due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The Geneva Motor Show and Cadillac’s Lyriq reveals were also canceled or postponed. GM said it will

Wednesday's Best Deals: Nintendo Switch Lite, Anker PowerWave Wireless Charging Duo, 400 Hershey's Kisses, Xbox One Stereo Headset, and More

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A Nintendo Switch Lite , an Anker PowerWave wireless charging duo , 400 Hershey’s Kisses , an official Xbox One stereo headset , and more highlight Wednesday’s best deals. Read more...

Trials of Mana demo taken down after crackers use it to enable piracy

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Enlarge / Artist's conception of Square Enix temporarily casting the Trials of Mana demo back into the void. (credit: Square Enix ) Square Enix has removed the demo version of Trials of Mana from Steam after hackers found a workaround that used the demo to gain access to the full version of the game. "Due to unforeseen circumstances, we need to temporarily take the Trials of Mana Demo on Steam of

I Wasted My Whole Morning on an AI Meme Generator

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Like most people, I have absolutely no sense of impulse control. I’m full of potential, but I get distracted by shiny things. Last week I spent my grocery money on a copyright-infringing Nintendo Switch decal. And today, after warnings from my editor and co-writers, I wasted four or five hours pressing the refresh button on an AI meme generator. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

After Months of Waiting, RetroPie Now Works With the Raspberry Pi 4

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RetroPie, the OS that turns Raspberry Pi computers into retro emulation stations, now works with the Raspberry Pi 4. Gamers have spent the last few months waiting for official Pi 4 support, as the Pi 4’s upgraded processor, graphics, and RAM should increase the performance of some games. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Roborock's New S6 MaxV Robot Vacuum Won't Take Your Pet's Crap

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Today, Roborock announced a new S6 MaxV robot vacuum with a feature every pet owner should love—pet dropping avoidance. Thanks to its dual-camera system and new ReactiveAI technology, it can avoid weight scales (the kind you stand on), shoes, and poop. It’s the kind of feature that should prevent messes rather than create them. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Classic Square Enix Games Go on Sale for Android and iOS Devices

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Looking to replay some classic RPGs on your phone or tablet? Square Enix is running a massive sale on its Android and iOS titles, including Chrono Trigger and games from the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Lenovo's New $100 Keyboard Ditches the Wires but Keeps the Trackpoint

How-To Geek / 11h
Seven years ago, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard, and now it’s finally ready to release the sequel. For a good idea of what you’re in for, imagine a Thinkpad laptop. Now lop off the screen and the touchpad. That’s the $100 ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II in a nutshell. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Twitch makes it easier to find live esports tournaments

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Since esports are pretty much the only sports running at the minute , you might be looking for a way to keep tabs on when tournaments are running and your favorite pros are streaming their own gameplay. Twitch ’s latest feature might help. It’s adding an esports directory, which is rolling out over the coming days. It'll include a list of ongoing tournaments and events, including the likes of the

How to Take an Online Eye Exam

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Staying safe during a pandemic means having to weigh each and every trip out of the house, as well as assess whether any possible emergency is worth risking exposure. If you are in a position where you need a new pair of eyeglasses or extra pairs of contacts, but your prescription has expired, online eye exams are a… Read more...

Wise locks down $5.7 million to scale its challenger bank designed for small businesses

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Stripe and Shopify have transformed the face of commerce for small business users, yet when it comes to putting that cash somewhere, SMBs have found that the banking options aren’t quite as transformative. Wise is a new challenger bank built specifically for small businesses. The startup is aiming to insert itself as an essential service in the small business repertoire by bundling banking with p

Cruise can't test its self-driving cars. So it's delivering food instead.

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Watch the Original Darth Maul Help Bring Clone Wars' Most Incredible Lightsaber Duel to Life

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Ahsoka and Darth Maul’s duel for the planet Mandalore on last week’s j aw-dropping Clone Wars wasn’t just perhaps the best ever lightsaber duel on the entire show: it might just be the best ever lightsaber duel in Star Wars , full stop. This behind-the-scenes look offers plenty of evidence as to why because it’s clear… Read more...

Soldiers Named a US Army Tank “Crippling Depression”

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Big Mood Members of the U.S. Army are once again showing their more creative side when it comes to naming their vehicles and artillery . One tank crew, for instance, recently named its tank after one of the most terrifying killers of all, Task & Purpose reports — dubbing it “Crippling Depression.” My quarantine anthem #usawtfm — U.S Army WTF! Moments (@TheWTFNation) Apr

Coronavirus quarantine fatigue spurs Fauci warning of ‘inevitable’ 2nd wave

SlashGear / 12h
As quarantine fatigue spreads across the planet, a second round of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is “inevitable” according to the USA’s leading epidemiologist. If states lift restrictions on quarantine too early, the results could be dire. But if the USA makes significant progress in efforts to deal with the pandemic before the second wave, suggested Dr. Anthony Fauci, the USA should … Continue re

Now 10% off, Our Custom Neck Gaiters Can Double as a Headband—and Proceeds Go to Charity

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Epic Games Store two-factor authentication: How to turn it on (and why)

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A lot of security-minded folks will tell you that two-factor authentication is a good thing to have in this day and age, but for those who want to claim the free games on offer from the Epic Games Store, Epic is going to insist on it. For the next month, those looking to pick up the free games on offer … Continue reading

Wow: United MileagePlus Devalues Partner Award Travel

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Yesterday United Airlines removed partner award charts from its website . The only reason a loyalty program removes award charts is so that they can raise the price of awards while trying to hide what they're doing . I have never seen a program eliminate award charts and become more valuable. We now know exactly why United pulled these charts yesterday without any notice to members. Seriously, th

Hackers hit Chegg for the third time since 2018

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Chegg has confirmed its third data breach in the past three years. The education tech giant, which last year was acquired by Thinkful for $80 million, said hackers stole 700 current and former employee records, including their names and Social Security numbers. Chegg said it enlisted an outside forensic firm — without naming the firm — and notified law enforcement of the breach. A spokesperson fo

Spotify hits 130 million subscribers amid Covid-19

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The streaming giant says it is weathering the crisis - but some analysts are unconvinced.

Save $300 on the Roomba i7+ vacuum robot at Best Buy

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For all the convenience they bring, vacuum robots like iRobot's Roomba i7+ can be prohibitively expensive. But if you've been patiently waiting to buy one, now is a good time to act. Both Best Buy and iRobot have discounted the i7+ to $700, down from its usual $1,000 price. We've seen the device drop to $800 recently, but at $700, the i7+ is an even better deal since it effectively lowers its cos

Here’s why Tony Stark drove an Audi in the Avengers movie

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Audi's vehicles have shown up in plenty of movies recently, but this RSQ e-tron concept car was designed just for Spies in Disguise . [credit: Audi ] One of the more jarring things about movies for the last couple of decades, to me at least, has been the heavy product placement that comes with the price of admission. You know the sort of thing—a shot that needlessly lingers on a beer bottle's lab

Hatch's smart sleep light for adults will be available next week

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Hatch isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic affect the launch of its first product designed with adults in mind. The company, which is known for its baby-focused products, is releasing its new smart sleep light device called Restore next week. We first saw Restore with its Google Home-like aesthetic back at CES earlier this year. Hatch calls it an all-in-one sleep system designed to help people

What coronaviruses emerging from a dying cell look like

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Android Users Can Now Be Free From Their Netflix Viewing Mistakes

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With much of the U.S. still under orders to shelter in place, there’s not much to do besides stay home and binge watch streaming video. Thankfully, for people who’ve been watching a lot of Netflix on their mobile Android device, Netflix has finally made it possible to remove shows from your Continue Watching row. Read more...

Experts: People Probably Aren’t Actually Catching COVID Again

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South Korean infectious disease experts claim that reports of citizens being reinfected by the coronavirus were likely based on flawed tests, The New York Times reports . Oh Myoung-don, the head of South Korea’s central clinical committee, said during a news conference today that there was a “high possibility” that tests claiming people got reinfected for the second time were based on bad test re

Gamevice's patent war against Nintendo rages on at the ITC

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Gamevice, maker of detachable controllers for smartphones and tablets, lost its years-long patent feud against Nintendo last month. That hasn’t stopped the company from continuing to sue the Japanese gaming giant, though. Gamevice petitioned the US International Trade Commission to launch an investigation into the Switch due to patent infringement, and the ITC has decided to move forward with an

Apple and Google give devs a first look at their COVID-19 tracking API

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Just as we expected , Apple and Google aren’t wasting any time getting developers ready for their coronavirus tracking collaboration. Today, the companies announced that they’re seeding the first versions of their COVID-19 exposure API to devs working together with public health authorities. It’s sort of like a beta release, which will hopefully let developers kick the tires and prepare for the A

Apple and Google release first seed of COVID-19 exposure notification API for contact tracing app developers

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Apple and Google have released the first version of their exposure notification API, which they previously called the contact tracing API. This is a developer-focused release, and is a seed of the API in development, with the primary intent of collecting feedback from developers who will be using the API to create new contact tracing and notification apps on behalf of public health agencies. Last

Twitter launches a COVID-19 data set of tweets for approved developers and researchers

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Twitter is making it possible for developers and researchers to study the public conversation around COVID-19 in real time with an update to its API platform. The company is introducing a new COVID-19 stream endpoint to those participating in Twitter Developer Labs — a program that offers access to new API endpoints and other features ahead of their public release. The new COVID-19 endpoint will

Ted Cruz Wants to Stop the U.S. Military From Helping Produce Hollywood Movies Censored by China

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Senator Ted Cruz plans to introduce legislation that would prohibit the U.S. Department of Defense from working on Hollywood movies where producers might censor scenes to appease the Chinese government. Hollywood producers have come under fire in recent years for changes to numerous films to ensure that they play in… Read more...

Lyft lays off nearly 1,000 employees

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More than 1,000 people are out of work due to cutbacks at Lyft. The company is laying off 982 employees, 17 percent of its workforce, CNBC reports. It is furloughing another 288 workers. In a regulatory filing , the company detailed plans to reduce the base salary for remaining employees for a 12-week period. Executives will take a 30 percent pay cut. Vice presidents will see a 20 percent cut, an

Arm is offering early-stage startups free access to its chip designs

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The year’s already off to a rocky start for hardware companies, and we’re only beginning to see the true impact COVID-19 will ultimately have on the market. Arm — the U.K. company behind the designs of chips for everyone from Apple to Qualcomm to Samsung — is hoping to kickstart developing by