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Saturday, May 30, 2020

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NASA astronauts fly SpaceX’s Crew Dragon into orbit for the first time

2KMIT Technology Review / 26min
Two NASA astronauts launched into space aboard SpaceX’s brand new Crew Dragon vehicle, en route to the International Space Station. It’s the first time the company is sending humans into space, and the first time in nine years Americans are launching into space from US soil. What happened: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Crew Dragon was launched at 3:22 p.m. Eastern Time from Kennedy Space Cent

What Do the Quark Oddities at the Large Hadron Collider Mean?

9KWired / 8h
Measurements of particles called B mesons deviate from predictions. Alone, each anomaly looks like a fluke, but their collective drift is more suggestive.

Breaking: SpaceX Launches Astronauts From American Soil

8KFuturism / 57min
3… 2… 1… Update: Nine minutes after launch, the Crew Dragon module successfully reached orbit. Here’s our story on that milestone . SpaceX just became the first for-profit company to launch human astronauts — who are now en route to the International Space Station. “We’ll talk to you from orbit,” said NASA astronaut Doug Hurley, minutes before liftoff. At 3:22 pm, NASA astronauts Hurley and Bob B

The Maldives may reopen to tourists soon, with a very big catch

The Points Guy / 13min
I’ve had an opportunity to visit The Maldives three times over the years, including fantastic stays at The Conrad Rangali Island , The St. Regis Vommuli and Baros . It’s easily one of my favorite places on the planet, and I’ve loved every visit, each time staying for about five days. Sadly, as One Mile at a Time points out, five-day visits might not be possible again for quite some time. Accordin

South African elegance, for a price: A review of the Cape Grace Hotel

The Points Guy / 20min
During the COVID-19 crisis, our team has temporarily ceased taking review trips. However, we have resumed the publication of new flight , hotel and lounge reviews, from trips taken before the lockdown; and we are also republishing a selection of reviews from previous years. As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health offici

Billie Eilish is absolutely fed up with people saying 'All Lives Matter'

Floyd Minneapolis Eilish37Mashable / 34min
Billie Eilish isn't afraid to speak out against injustice. On Saturday, the 18-year-old singer posted a blunt and lengthy statement to her 63.3 million Instagram followers to address the death of George Floyd. Since Floyd died on May 25 after a Minnesota police officer pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, protests against racism and police brutality have taken place

SpaceX launch: Nasa astronauts blast off to the International Space Station

100+BBC News - Technology / 36min
Two astronauts launched into orbit for historic mission to the International Space Station.

SpaceX becomes first private company to launch NASA astronauts into space

SpaceX NASA Dragon300+Mashable / 40min
For the first time in nearly a decade, NASA launched astronauts into space from U.S. territory. And for the first time ever, it was on a spacecraft built by a private company, Elon Musk's SpaceX. The company's reusable Falcon 9 rocket took off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Saturday after the first attempt was aborted Wednesday. The Crew Dragon spacecraft carries two NASA astronauts, Robe

Kit Harrington, At Least, Is Happy With Jon Snow's Ending in Game of Thrones

44Gizmodo / 45min
It’s been a little over a year since the last episode of Game of Thrones aired, giving us a lot of time to reflect on whether or not we were satisfied with how things ended up. This is true for the actors who brought those characters to life, too. And for Kit Harrington, at least, it turned out okay. Read more...

Conquering the Backlog Part 5: Retro gaming failures

SlashGear / 45min
I’m finishing week five of my challenge to complete as many games in my backlog as possible throughout the rest of the year, and like the last few weeks, I haven’t made a ton of progress toward that goal. Some of that is down to Terraria, which I’m slowly working my way through with friends after the Journey’s End update … Continue reading

SpaceX Makes History: Launches NASA Astronauts Into Orbit

5KFuturism / 50min
A global pandemic couldn’t stop them . Storm clouds and downpours may have delayed their first shot at making history, but the second time was the charm. “I’m breathing a sigh of relief, but I will also tell you: I’m not gonna celebrate until Bob and Doug are home safely,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said. The launch means that SpaceX has ushered in a new era in space travel, by becoming t

SpaceX makes history with successful first human space launch

SpaceX Dragon Launch1KTechCrunch / 50min
SpaceX made history today, flying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to space aboard its Crew Dragon spacecraft using a Falcon 9 rocket. The launch, titled ‘Demo-2’, is for the final demonstration mission in the human rating process of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and Falcon 9, meaning that once this mission is complete, the launch vehicle will finally be certified for operational use for regula

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SpaceX's historic launch succeeds on its second attempt

SpaceX Dragon Launch1KEngadget / 51min
A new era of American spaceflight began Saturday as SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket broke through Earth’s upper atmosphere carrying veteran astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley atop a pillar of flame. This marks both the first time that a commercial aerospace company has transported astronauts off-world and the first time since the cancellation of the Space Shuttle program in 2011 that astronaut

SpaceX Launched Two Astronauts—Changing Spaceflight Forever

SpaceX NASA Dragon3KWired / 54min
The test mission will clear the way for regular crewed launches from the United States for the first time in nearly a decade.

Nasa SpaceX launch: Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken successfully launch

BBC News - Technology / 1h
The historic mission to the ISS is the first crewed outing from American soil in nine years.

Waymo's self-driving vans will return to Bay Area streets on June 8th

40Engadget / 1h
Waymo’s plan to resume self-driving operations will soon extend to San Francisco. A spokesperson has confirmed a report in The Verge that Waymo’s autonomous minivans will return to San Francisco Bay Area streets on June 8th. The company isn’t carrying passengers, however. It will instead carry out “charitable delivery support to community partners,” according to the spokesperson. The original rep

Android 11 reveal delayed, Google says 'now is not the time'

Android Google StrandHogg76Mashable / 1h
The Android 11 reveal is no longer happening on June 3. The delay was confirmed in an overnight Friday-Saturday tweet from the mobile operating system's official account. There's no specific reason given for the change in plans, beyond a general sense of acceptance that "now is not the time to celebrate." We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate. We a

Warren Buffett’s Advice To The CEO Of American Express

View from the Wing / 1h
It's important to define who you are, and tell that to your customers. It's also important to tell that to your employees, so they know how to make decisions inside the company. Apple can focus on creative types, empowering them to pursue their missions and dreams. Nike can celebrate great athletes. Very few companies have been able to create a clear purpose that customers associate the way Ameri

Ronald D. Moore Dishes on the Original, Four-Hour Concept For the Battlestar Galactica Finale

93Gizmodo / 2h
This is a really long finale, said the joker to the thief. At roughly 141 minutes, the three-parter that ended Battlestar Galactica way back in 2009 wasn’t a short ending by any stretch of the imagination. But the original cut, which clocked in at around four hours, was even more extensive. The only problem was, it… Read more...

Saturday's Best Deals: Birds of Prey, Gaming Chairs, Stylish Chinos, and More

40Lifehacker / 2h
A three-piece multi-function wrench set , JACHS NY chinos , a sleek gaming chair , the Show Your Pride bundle , and more are some of Saturday’s best deals. Read more...

Learn How to Make Pretzels from Auntie Anne Herself on Facebook Live

200+Lifehacker / 2h
Whether you got your Auntie Anne’s pretzel fix at the mall or the airport (do they exist anywhere else?), you may be missing those salty, buttery treats now that we’re not spending much time in either place. If this is the case, mark your calendar for Sunday, May 31 at 4 p.m. EST, when THE Auntie Anne herself (the… Read more...

Round out National Masturbation Month by jerking off online with thousands of people

49Mashable / 2h
May is National Masturbation Month, and we're celebrating with Feeling Yourself , a series exploring the finer points of self-pleasure. This National Masturbation Month was a bit different considering, uh, there's a global pandemic going on. That doesn't mean that people aren't masturbating, though — in fact, quite the opposite . With social distancing limiting our options for partners, self-love

Nike urges people to stand against racism in striking new ad

Minneapolis George Floyd1KMashable / 2h
Nike is urging people to not only acknowledge the racism that exists in America today, but to take a firm stand against it. On Friday, the sportswear company dropped a powerful new ad, titled "For once, don't do it." The ad comes days after George Floyd, a black man, died when white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Since

Zoom plans to offer stronger encryption to paying customers (updated)

Zoom Encryption Paying98Engadget / 2h
If you want your Zoom video calls to be as secure as possible , you may need to pay up. Zoom security consultant Alex Stamos told Reuters in an interview that the company plans to offer stronger videoconference encryption to paying customers, enterprises and institutions like schools, but not to free accounts. He cautioned that the plan could change, and that it wasn’t clear if non-profits, dissi

Why more lie-flat seats on United flights isn’t necessarily good news

The Points Guy / 2h
United has been making lots of adjustments to its flight schedules throughout the coronavirus pandemic. But there’s one route in particular that’s received the most attention, and that’s the carrier’s premium transcon service between Newark and Los Angeles and San Francisco. During May, United pulled most of its lie-flat seats from the route. In June, the carrier is back to offering lie-flat seat

Watch SpaceX's second attempt at launching astronauts at 3:22PM ET

300+Engadget / 3h
It’s time for take two. NASA and SpaceX are making their second attempt at launching the Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission after scrubbing the first due to weather, and they’re once again livestreaming the potentially historic event. The launch itself is scheduled for 3:22PM Eastern, although pre-launch coverage is available now and will continue right up to takeoff. Whether or not it goes ahead is uncl

Google delays Android 11 event and beta release amid US protests

Google Android 11 USSlashGear / 3h
Earlier this month, Google said that it would announce the first Android 11 public beta on June 3 in a live stream. The live stream was officially announced on the Android developer site soon after, but things have changed. In a brief update on the matter today, the Android team said that Google is postponing the event and the Android … Continue reading

Southwest Airlines is cutting more than 100 routes from its ‘full’ schedule this winter

100+The Points Guy / 3h
Southwest Airlines may be among the first U.S. carrier to resume nearly its entire schedule with plans to operate a full complement of flights this winter after deep cuts during the coronavirus pandemic. The Dallas-based carrier loaded a schedule of 226,446 flights in November and December on Saturday, according to Cirium schedules. That is only 1.5% fewer flights than it flew during the same per

Tom Ellis Signs On for an Almost Inevitable Sixth Season of Lucifer

2KGizmodo / 3h
Lucifer , Fox’s formerly orphaned Satanriffic procedural and now Netflix’s beloved child , is one step closer to yet another season renewal. Read more...

Killer Mike's viral speech cuts to the heart of the nationwide protests

Minneapolis George Floyd300+Mashable / 3h
Chaos has overtaken the streets of multiple cities in the wake of George Floyd's death , and Killer Mike had some things to say about that on Friday night. The Atlanta-based Run the Jewels rapper, whose real name is Michael Render, appeared alongside Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and others in a public plea aimed at ending the unrest. Atlanta became one of many cities dealing with mass prote

Uber to offer hourly rides in select US cities beginning in June

The Points Guy / 3h
Like many businesses in the travel industry , ride-sharing services have been impacted tremendously by the coronavirus pandemic, with a significant drop in demand for rides. Shared rides are off the table in some markets, and, earlier this month, Uber and Lyft began mandating masks , in a bid to protect passengers and drivers during the outbreak. Now, Uber is rolling out a new type of ride, calle

karynlibrarian:She sits so politely

Music, Arts & Literature / 3h
karynlibrarian : She sits so politely

The Beats Solo 3 wireless reach their lowest price on Amazon ever in US and UK

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The Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones are reaching their lowest price ever this weekend at Amazon, where you can pick them up for just $159 / £120 - a neat saving of $40 and £58 respectively. These are sitting at great value right now with the real selling point of the Beats Solo 3 being their fantastic wireless functionality and stunning 12-hour battery life. With Apple's much-lauded W1 wireless

An advanced and unconventional hack is targeting industrial firms

100+Ars Technica / 4h
Enlarge / Binary code, illustration. (credit: KTSDESIGN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY / Getty Images ) Attackers are putting considerable skill and effort into penetrating industrial companies in multiple countries, with hacks that use multiple evasion mechanisms, an innovative encryption scheme, and exploits that are customized for each target with pinpoint accuracy. The attacks begin with emails that a

SIM only deals: get six months of Disney Plus and 10GB of data for £10 a month

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There are a lot of great cheap SIM only deals out there but a recent offer from O2 takes it a step further. On top of the excellent data to cost ratio, O2 is also throwing in a pretty tempting freebie. For the first six months of your 18 month contract, O2 will throw in Disney Plus completely free. Considering that's a subscription that would normally cost £5.99, the £10 a month you're paying for

Restaurant Dining In The COVID-19 Era (And What That Has To Do With Travel)

37One Mile at a Time / 4h
Yesterday Ford and I had our first “dinner” date at a restaurant since early March. I put the word dinner in quotes because our reservation was for 3:15PM… more on that below. I wanted to share our experience for a few reasons: We live in a new world, and I was surprised by how the experience of dining out made me feel I think there are some implications here when it comes to travel resuming This

What We Know About Disney World's Reopening in July

100+Lifehacker / 4h
As of mid-March, all of the Disney theme parks and resorts around the world have been closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as some states begin the process of reopening, Walt Disney World in Florida has announced its plans to welcome people back to the Happiest Place on Earth starting on July 11 , according to… Read more...

United Airlines to return to 11 cities in Asia, Europe and South America in July

300+The Points Guy / 4h
United Airlines will resume flying a quarter of its schedule in July as the carrier builds back its route map from the depths of its coronavirus pandemic cuts. The Star Alliance carrier will return to 11 long-haul cities in Asia, Europe and South America, United said on May 29. Destinations include Brussels (BRU), Buenos Aires (EZE), Delhi (DEL), Dublin (DUB), Hong Kong (HKG), Lima (LIM), Munich

What's the Deal With All These Cicadas?

52Gizmodo / 4h
It’s like clockwork. Seasons change. Fads come and go. And, once every 17 years, millions of cicadas emerge from the ground to scream. And scream. And scream . Read more...

Last Chance, Earn 70,000 American Airlines Miles With 7 Months To Meet Required Spend, Expires May 31

View from the Wing / 4h
With no initial fee and a lot of bonus points on the table it's actually a pretty unique time to acquire the card - because you have more time to meet the requirements to earn the bonus but only if you act right away, and because spending on the card currently even counts towards lifetime elite status with American Airlines. This is the best offer I've ever seen for the card, and approvals by May

Original Content podcast: ‘The Lovebirds’ has charming leads and not much else

HBO Max Apple Netflix84TechCrunch / 4h
“The Lovebirds” was originally slated for a theatrical release, but with movie theaters closed, Paramount decided to release the film through Netflix instead . But even without a global pandemic, a Netflix release was probably the right call. As we discuss latest episode of the Original Content podcast , this doesn’t feel like a movie that would have done well in theaters. It is, to be clear, a f

Free lounge access for select Amtrak credit cardholders this summer

The Points Guy / 4h
Planning a great American rail adventure this summer? Or, perhaps just a regional hop on Amtrak? You might be able to get into one of the rail operator’s lounges, even if you don’t usually have access. In an email to select cardholders , Amtrak Guest Rewards senior director Vicky Radke shared a limited-time invitation to visit the lounge: Because you are a valued Amtrak Guest Rewards® Mastercard®

Hitting the Books: The Englishman who figured out flight

52Engadget / 4h
Four decades after Tesla and Edison waged their “War of Currents," a similar struggle unfolded in the skies overhead as a pair of daring entrepreneurs — Hugo Eckener, protege of Count von Zeppelin, and Juan Trippe, founder of Pan American World Airways — fought for technological supremacy between airplane and airship. In Empires of the Sky , author Alexander Rose, takes readers on an exhilarating

This Week in Apps: Facebook launches trio of app experiments, TikTok gets spammed, plus coronavirus impacts on app economy

100+TechCrunch / 4h
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idl

Need website hosting for your business? Here are 6 great choices.

48Mashable / 4h
Your small business needs a website. Nowadays, it's as essential as any other kind of presence like a physical shop or your business phone line. A business website doesn't necessarily need to be expansive, complicated, or even expensive to launch, but you do need some kind of web presence. After all, many users flock to Google first when trying to find a new product or service they require. Web h

This weekend's best gaming laptop deals can save you up to $500

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Still on the hunt for that lockdown gaming rig? Some first-rate cheap gaming laptop deals can be had this weekend from the likes of Dell, Amazon and Best Buy. Our pick of the bunch is this Asus ROG G531GT for $897 (was $999) , which is currently enjoying a neat $100 discount. Without a doubt, the highlight here is the Core i7-9750H - an incredibly fast processor that you don't often see for under

Recommended Reading: He bought StubHub right before the pandemic

45Engadget / 5h
Worst. Deal. Ever. Noah Kirsch, Forbes In November, Eric Baker’s online ticket marketplace Viagogo purchased rival StubHub for $4 billion. Baker was actually one of StubHub’s co-founders before he was fired from the company. The deal closed in February — just in time for COVID-19 to stop all live sporting events around the world. Baker was on the verge of creating an online ticket re-selling jugg

Live SpaceX NASA Launch Updates

SpaceX NASA Dragon98KNYT > Technology / 5h
Here’s what you need to know about Saturday’s second launch attempt of NASA astronauts in the Crew Dragon spacecraft.

Saturday's Best Deals: Birds of Prey, Gaming Chairs, Stylish Chinos, and More

40Gizmodo / 5h
A three-piece multi-function wrench set , JACHS NY chinos , a sleek gaming chair , the Show Your Pride bundle , and more are some of Saturday’s best deals. Read more...

Thought the lockdown would lead to a spike in smart speaker sales? Think again

Alexa Amazon Blink48TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Since their inception, smart speakers have been touted as the new center of the home, providing us with music, supplying us with virtual PAs in the form of voice assistants, and acting as the control hub for the myriad smart home devices designed to make our lives easier. However, smart speaker sales are slowing down – and that’s in spite of the lockdown conditions that many people across the wor

Apple Watch deals: the Series 3 is still available for one of it's lowest prices ever

Apple Watch AutoSleep40TechRadar - All the latest technology ne.../ 5h
There's still time to grab a cheap Apple Watch deal with this Apple Watch Series 3 for just $179 (was $199) at Amazon US right now. Surprisingly, this already discounted cheap Apple Watch sale hasn't sold out yet since it was put up as part of the Amazon Memorial Day Apple sale. This is one of the cheapest Apple Watch prices we've seen yet since the Apple Watch 3 settled into it's new $199 retail

India blocks File transfer service WeTransfer - here's what we know

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Popular file transfer service WeTransfer went off the radar for many across India today with reports coming in later in the evening that it has been blocked by the federal government. Responding to user complaints on social media, the company confirmed the block. Early reports suggested that the Department of Telecommunications issued an order blocking the Netherland-based company's file transfer

Earth’s first off-world colonies will be built on soil

100+Engadget / 5h
As Apollo astronauts trundled and trod awkwardly across the desolate lunar landscape, an insidious menace scuffed up their spacesuits. Moondust. Fine as talcum powder, sharp as glass and seemingly everywhere, these super-fine particles coated the astronauts like soot and permeated their crew cabin, where it became more than a mere nuisance. Not only did it interfere with their equipment, it irrit

How to watch SpaceX launch its first crewed mission into space

SpaceX NASA Dragon500+Mashable / 5h
Let's try this again. SpaceX had planned to stage a major launch on Wednesday, sending the company's first-ever crewed vehicle into space. The event would have also marked the first such U.S.-operated mission in almost a decade. Well, that launch got scrubbed at the last minute due to weather concerns. It was quickly rescheduled for May 30 at 3:22 p.m. ET. While NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine

NASA reveals 8 US companies that will make its COVID-19 ventilator

SlashGear / 5h
Weeks ago, NASA revealed that it was working on a special ventilator designed specifically for COVID-19 patients. The prototype was created by NASA engineers in a little over a month and soon after was granted an Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA. Now, only a couple of weeks later, the space agency is back with an update: it has selected … Continue reading

Hong Kong Airport Opens To Transit Passengers With Restrictions

1KOne Mile at a Time / 5h
Some of Asia’s biggest global hubs are once again opening to transit passengers. For example, Hong Kong will be opening to transit passengers as of June 1, while Singapore Changi will be opening transit passengers as of June 2. While we’ve known for a few days that Hong Kong would reopen to connecting passengers, we now have a better sense of the restrictions that will be associated with transiti

You can now hire Uber drivers by the hour in select US cities

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Uber has announced it's giving users in selected US cities the option to hire drivers by the hour, so you can get a feel for what it's like having your own personal chauffeur on call. The new feature will set you back $50 (about £41/AU$75) per hour, with a variable add-on fee if you cover a lot of miles. Passengers will be matched with a vehicle that fits the Uber Comfort guidelines, with more he

Patience is a virtue: 5 things I want to buy during Amazon Prime Day 2020

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Even if the Amazon Prime Day 2020 date is postponed, the deals will be here before you know it. With countless sales across a range of products in a little over three months from now, I’ve found it hard not to second guess my purchasing decisions recently. Should I buy it now or wait for Amazon Prime Day? Inevitably, after shaking my head at the mere idea of waiting, I quickly succumb to the sill

Watch Live: SpaceX's Second Try to Launch NASA Astronauts to the Space Station

SpaceX NASA Dragon500+Gizmodo / 5h
Bad weather stopped the much-anticipated countdown earlier this week, but SpaceX and NASA will try again today to launch a Crew Dragon to space with astronauts on board. You can catch the action live right here. Read more...

kelseykingillustration:Are the fruits big or the cats small?

Music, Arts & Literature / 5h
kelseykingillustration : Are the fruits big or the cats small?

6 California trips for every type of traveler

The Points Guy / 5h
If you’re dreaming of a trip to California, you have tough choices to make. Stretching for nearly 900 miles along the Pacific, the Golden State is massive — home to theme parks , national parks , sprawling cities and tiny rural towns. Whether you’re traveling with the entire family or looking for a quiet, private retreat, there’s more than one way to vacation in California. To help you plan the p

How to Pin and Reframe Video Feeds in Microsoft Teams

How-To Geek / 5h
Microsoft Teams faces high demand for improvements to its video chat feature as telecommuting becomes the new norm. On a Teams video call, you can pin or reframe individuals to focus on the people you really want to see. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Watch the World’s Largest Electric Plane Take to the Skies

500+Futurism / 6h
Clear Skies The world’s largest all-electric plane passed a short test flight with flying colors last week. The plane, a Cessna Grand Caravan 208, was retrofitted with an electric motor and flew for a half hour after its first-ever takeoff, Tech Xplore reports . While there’s a long way to go before the aviation industry stops depending on fossil fuels, the test is an important first step toward

Watch continuing coverage of SpaceX crewed launch to the International Space Station

SpaceX NASA Dragon2KTechCrunch / 6h
SpaceX is once again preparing to make history – the private spaceflight company is set to launch its Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission in collaboration with NASA today. This is the second time they’ve prepared to launch this mission, after an attempt on Wednesday last week was scrubbed due to bad weather . Today’s attempt is set for 3:22 PM EDT (12:22 PM PDT) and preparations, along with the launch its

Should American Airlines Be Saved?

26View from the Wing / 6h
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 ...

How to Watch the 'Lord of the Rings' Reunion

100+Lifehacker / 6h
It’s going to be a beautiful summer weekend. (Maybe—we don’t know where you live.) We do know how tempting it’s going to be to get outside and see other people, but Josh Gad has other plans for you on Sunday. That’s when he’s turning the upcoming episode of his quarantine YouTube series, “ Reunited Apart ” into a “Lord… Read more...

The current buy points and miles promotions worth considering — with bonuses up to 100%

The Points Guy / 6h
Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. The travel industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. Thousands of aircraft are parked due to the low passenger loads , and hotel occupancy in the U.S. and abroad has plunged to historic levels . This has left airlines and hotel groups scrambling to find new income streams in order to secure fast cash. O

How to change up your masturbation routine for hotter, better self-love

32Mashable / 6h
May is National Masturbation Month, and we're celebrating with Feeling Yourself , a series exploring the finer points of self-pleasure. Masturbation can be like your oldest, most reliable best friend: always there when you need it most, a guaranteed good time, and (if we're being real), a little easy to take for granted. Lifelong masturbators learn pretty early on exactly what it takes to get the

Turns Out 4 ‘Blank’ Dead Sea Scrolls Actually Have Text

1KWired / 6h
A new analysis revealed what scientists believe is a passage from the book of Ezekiel.

Space Photos of the Week: An Eternal Voyage of Discovery

100+Wired / 6h
As we sunset this weekly series, we take a farewell tour of the outer planets—and pay tribute to one of the most famous last looks at Earth.

Nintendo Switch hidden gems: 6 underrated Switch games you need to play

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There are plenty of fantastic Nintendo Switch games out there, but it's fair to say that some titles hog the limelight more than others. (That's right, Mario and Zelda, we're talking about you.) This sometimes means that wonderful (but smaller) Switch games get lost in the Nintendo eShop and never truly get the recognition they deserve. Well, here at TechRadar, we've decided to shine a light on t

Scientists: Magnetic Fields May Have Crushed Our Entire Galaxy

200+Futurism / 6h
Cosmic Crusher In the earliest days of the universe, when the Milky Way galaxy was a cosmic baby, powerful magnetic fields may have seriously stunted its growth. At least, that’s according to new simulations out of the University of Cambridge that suggest our galaxy would be significantly larger today, had it not been for the unfathomably powerful, primordial magnetic fields that helped shape the

Average card, above-average airline: A review of the Cathay Pacific Visa Signature card

The Points Guy / 6h
Cathay Pacific Visa Signature® Card overview The Cathay Pacific Visa Signature card is an airline credit card that offers decent benefits for occasional Cathay Pacific flyers. However, if your goal is to accumulate miles towards redeeming for Cathay Pacific and partner flights, you’d likely be better off earning on another card that allows you to transfer points . Card Rating*: ⭐⭐⭐ *Card Rating i

Why You Should Consider Becoming a Data Analyst this Year—And How to Start

Futurism / 6h
Humanity has been using visuals to understand data for centuries, from 17th-century maps to the invention of the pie chart in the early 1800s. Charles Minard’s map of Napoleon’s Russian campaign in 1812 depicts the size of Napoleon’s army, the path of its retreat from Moscow, and ties that information to temperature and time scales for a more intricate understanding of the event. Even in 1812, da

Lufthansa Giving Up Frankfurt & Munich Slots

300+One Mile at a Time / 7h
On the plus side, it looks like Lufthansa will be getting up to €9 billion in aid from Germany. Unfortunately for Lufthansa, the airline also has to agree to give up a significant number of slots at mega-hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. Lufthansa giving up slots in Frankfurt & Munich The Lufthansa Executive Board has agreed to accept the EU Commission’s conditions for accepting the bailout money fro

Is Star Wars Dying?

300+Wired / 7h
The fanbase is fractured and the future seems unclear.

How to Zoom In on the Nintendo Switch While Playing Any Game

20How-To Geek / 7h
While playing Nintendo Switch, you’ll sometimes find a game with text or interface elements that are too small for you to comfortably see. Luckily, the Switch includes a system-wide Zoom feature that lets you set the magnification level on any game while playing. Here’s how to use it. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Americans are wary about contact tracing apps

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New research from ExpressVPN has revealed that while many Americans distrust contact tracing apps , they are still willing to use them for the greater good during the global pandemic. The VPN provider surveyed 1,200 American adults to find that 75 percent of respondents believe that contact tracing apps violate a person's privacy and 77 percent think these apps put them are at risk of long term m

What's next for WhatsApp: new features and tools on the horizon

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It’s been a busy few months for WhatsApp. In February, the app’s long-awaited dark mode arrived, accompanied by a tongue-in-cheek video soundtracked by a rare recording of Paul Simon’s The Sound of Silence. It was no mean feat – creating a new look for an app used by 1.5 billion took months of work, and the fanfare was justified – but the developers soon had a far bigger challenge on their hands:

Tempo Studio review: The answer to all your weight training needs during lockdown

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Work(out) From Home is a weekly column where we review smart fitness machines and apps in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Thanks to technology, there are still plenty of ways to exercise if your gym is closed. Read more... Tempo Studio $1,995 View Product The Good Sleek and compact • Large touchscreen display • High-quality equipment • Hundreds of live and on-demand workouts • Built-in 3D s

Amazon Echo Look camera discontinued: What users need to know

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Amazon has discontinued an Echo product you probably forgot exists: the Echo Look. The device is no longer for sale on the company’s website — attempts to search for it returns other Echo devices. Amazon will not support the Echo Look going forward, raising questions from device owners about what they should do with the gadget. The answer is one … Continue reading

SpaceX successfully launches two humans into orbit [Updated]

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Stormclouds roll into NASA's Kennedy Space Center on the evening of May 29, 2020, as xenon lights illuminate historic pad 39A. [credit: Trevor Mahlmann ] 3:30pm ET Update : The weather was good, and right on cue a Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Kennedy Space Center on Saturday. The first stage performed nominally, and separating, it successfully landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Mean

Which credit card should I use to buy an engagement ring?

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Congratulations! You’ve decided to pop the question and you know exactly how much you want to spend on the engagement ring. But did you ask the most important question: how will you actually pay for the ring? According to The Knot’s 2019 Jewelry and Engagement Study , the average engagement ring cost $5,900. Understandably, you’ll want to maximize a big purchase like this with the right credit ca

Virgin's broadband and TV deals are great value this weekend and with no setup fee

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Spending your weekend scouring the web for the perfect broadband and TV deals to upgrade to? There is a lot of choice out there from the likes of Sky, BT and more but two offers especially stand out at the moment - and they both come from Virgin. The cheaper of these two offers is Virgin's Big Bundle . It offers speeds averaging 108Mb, over 110 channels, inclusive weekend calls and the ability to

Lord Alfred says “Knowledge comes, but Wisdom lingers.”

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‘Why I recreated my local pub in virtual reality’

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Tristan Cross taught himself how to make the 3D models from scratch by watching YouTube videos.

8 Tea Subscription Boxes Worth Your Tea Time

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Tea is more than a beverage—it’s a peaceful moment in your day that can help you relax or give you a gentle boost. With these tea subscription boxes, you can experiment and enjoy new flavors every month. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Everyone’s ordering delivery, but apps aren’t making money

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Enlarge / Two Uber Eats delivery courier wait outside Mc Donalds fast food in Ghent, Belgium on May 14, 2020. As Belgium takes steps in easing Restrictions, Restaurant and cafe are not allowed to open to customers only fast food and take away is allowed. restaurants and restaurants may not reopen before June 8. (Photo by Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto via Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images) When Luke Edw

Elite Status And Free Stays With One Two Night Stay In Las Vegas

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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 ...

Binged 'Space Force' too fast? Watch these other Steve Carell hits.

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Maybe you loved it and knocked the whole thing out immediately. Or maybe it didn't land and you're disappointed. Either way, Space Force on Netflix, which premiered Friday, ended too quickly for you. Look, I get it. Even if you set aside the huge, ridiculously funny ensemble cast, there's also the fact that Steve Carell – Michael Scott himself! – is back to doing a scripted half-hour comedy with

The Quest to Purge New Zealand of Invasive Predators

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Rats, weasels, and other imported mammals have destroyed native bird populations. Local group Predator Free Wellington wants to turn the tables.

Brightline Sonic Rechargeable Toothbrush Review: The Best Brush, and Only $30

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This inexpensive electric is better than the high-end brushes that cost many times more.

The Best HBO Originals on HBO Max (May 2020)

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HBO is synonymous with top-tier original entertainment. Its new streaming service, HBO Max, offers the best of the best. Skipping obvious hits like The Wire, Watchmen, and Game of Thrones, here are the best original HBO shows, new and old. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Space Force on Netflix isn't funny enough

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After The Good Place, it feels like we've seen a spike of 'big idea' comedies that look a lot more expensive than traditional sitcoms. In 2020 we've had HBO's space station-based Avenue 5, which kicked off with such a disappointing opening episode that I didn't continue with it, and Amazon Prime's Upload, set in a digital afterlife where niceties are bought with microtransactions. In Netflix's Sp

Air India Plane Turns Around Because Pilot Tests Positive For COVID-19

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An Air India Airbus A320 operated a 5hr23min flight to nowhere today because a pilot tested positive for COVID-19. Early this morning a one year old Air India Airbus A320neo with the registration code VT-EXR was supposed to operate Air India flight 1945 from Delhi to Moscow and back. This flight was supposed to bring home Indians who were stranded in Russia during this pandemic. To date Air India

The Best Electric Skateboards for Commuters, Travelers, and Daredevils

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Electric skateboards make for wonderful toys, and they’re one of the most convenient alternatives to costly cars or crowded public transport. And, unlike regular skateboards, they won’t make you a sweaty smelly mess. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro mini-review: A vast improvement

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The Magic Keyboard with a 12.9-inch 2020 iPad Pro. [credit: Samuel Axon ] The past year has brought big changes to the iPad. First, the branch from iOS to iPadOS—and some accompanying changes to the software—signaled an effort by Apple to make real productivity possible on the platform. Second, Apple introduced trackpad support, bringing a whole new user interface paradigm to the iPad. The latest

When COVID-19 and flu collide: Multiple factors determine severity

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Public health officials have warned that the US likely faces a second wave of COVID-19 infections later this year, one that is expected to happen right around the start of the flu season. This is problematic for multiple reasons, not the least of which is that it is possible to contract the flu and coronavirus at the same time. A … Continue reading

15 Best Weekend Deals: Phones, Earbuds, and More

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You can get two Borderlands games for free right now, and plenty of other gadgets and gizmos for nice discounts.

In the Walking Capitals of the World, Drivers Still Rule the Road

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In sub-Saharan Africa, about half of travelers move around by foot. Yet in its cities, conditions for pedestrians remain incredibly dangerous.

Use Vimium to Browse with the Keyboard in Chrome and Firefox

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The mouse is a great invention, but don’t sell the keyboard short—even for web browsing. Thanks to a very effective browser add-on called Vimium, you can browse the web without ever touching your mouse. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Android 11 reveal delayed as Google pushes back its big event

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We had been looking forward to hearing a lot more about Android 11 this coming Wednesday, June 3 – and maybe trying it out – but Google has now decided to push back the launch of the public beta . That's according to a tweet from the official Android Developers account, which says: "We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate." It's not explicitly stated

Microsoft 'to replace journalists with robots'

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Dozens working on the MSN site look set to be replaced by AI, media reports say.

Horny and romantic books that will completely consume you

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May is National Masturbation Month, and we're celebrating with Feeling Yourself , a series exploring the finer points of self-pleasure. The first few weeks of lockdown, I couldn't read a single page without my mind wandering elsewhere. A phone call with a very dear friend soon made me realise it wasn't so much reading, but the type of books I was choosing, that was the problem. On my friend's adv

Why Hollywood is counting on Christopher Nolan’s Tenet to be a success

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Summer blockbusters this year are done for. Most have shifted to later this year or 2021 – Mulan was pushed from March 27 to July 24; Black Widow from May 1 to November 6; and Wonder Woman 1984 from June 5 to August 13. But one film sticks out, stubbornly standing its ground as a 2020 summer blockbuster – Christopher … Continue reading

Fibre broadband deals: TalkTalk is a top choice with an £80 voucher and low bills

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With everyone spending more time at home, fibre broadband deals have become more of a necessity, giving you the speeds to stream in HD, game and fight off buffering in a large household. But if you're looking to upgrade, which plan should you go for? Right now, TalkTalk is looking like the best value option of all the broadband deals out there. Go with its cheaper fibre plan and you'll get speeds

If your kid isn't ready for a phone, a smartwatch might be a better fit

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The percentage of kids who have a smartphone grows by the year: As of Oct. 2019 , over half of kids have their own phones by age 11 (compared to ages 13 and 14 over the past few years). Kids seem to start begging for their own phone as soon as they can talk (or at least it probably feels that way to parents who are always handing their phone over to keep a kid busy). In some ways, your child havi

In Lockdown, a Neighborhood Opens Up

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Grab a hyperlocal bakery loaf and a copy of the kids’ newspaper, and we can discuss over stoop cocktails.

Best Buy is selling the Lenovo Smart Clock for half of its launch price

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If you’re looking for an affordable Google-powered smart speaker, you may want to check out the Lenovo Smart Clock that’s currently on sale for $40 on Best Buy. That’s down $20 from its $60 retail price, and that’s also half of the device’s original $80 price at launch. We gave the smart home device a score of 87 in our review and recommended it for its price, attractive minimalist design, ambien

Save $70 on Jabra's Elite 85h noise-cancelling headphones at Best Buy

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If you're looking for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones to give you some peace and quiet while working from home, Best Buy has a compelling offer on one of the better pairs you can buy at the moment. The Jabra Elite 85h are currently $180, down from their usual price of $250. Not only is $70 off a sizeable discount, but you're also not paying the $300 the Elite 85h cost when they first became

Improve flexibly and reduce pain with this massage gun that's 71% off

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TL;DR: Get the muscle relief you've been needing with the VBX Pro handheld massage therapy gun for $139.99, a 71% savings as of May 30. Personal, at-home massagers can get a bad rap. Think massagers with vibrations so intense that you're left in even more pain than you started with. The terminology for these machines can also be falsely appealing, with names like the "G-Force," which sounds more

Learn how to launch a podcast from people who have already done it

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TL;DR: Score lifetime access to all content from Podcast Like a Boss for just $59.99, a 72% savings as of May 30. Wanting to start a podcast and actually following through are two very different things. At some point, everyone thinks they're interesting enough, or influential enough, or bored enough to start a stellar podcast, but that dream quickly dies once they realize it takes more than simpl

Livestreams looking cloudy? Save 20% on this screen cleaner bundle.

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TL;DR: Keep your screens sparkling clean with the Screen Mom™ Screen Cleaning Super Bundle for $23.99, a 20% savings as of May 30. We use our screens every day – even more so recently. All those fingerprints, particles in the air, and oils from who knows where can really lead to a smudged, gunked-up mess. So, while you've been blaming your poor internet connection for the low-res quality of live

Match your #OOTD with these stylish cotton face masks on sale

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TL;DR: Stay safe and grab a four-pack of printed face masks for just $19.99, a 50% savings as of May 30. Stay-at-home orders may be starting to ease, but mandates on using masks aren't. Masks are becoming a bigger part of our new normal. But hey, that doesn't mean we can't look cute while wearing them. To level up your mask game, pick up a couple of these printed face masks that marry function an

Can't get to the dentist? This high-tech teeth whitening kit is on sale.

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TL;DR: Keep your pearly whites shining with a teeth whitening kit from glowup. for $49.99, a 16% savings as of May 30. After several weeks of social distancing and staying home, the beauty and health upkeep that was part of our monthly routines is in need of some attention. Roots are growing out, the last single eyelash extensions are holding on for dear life, and anyone with acrylics has debated

Best car vacuums: Clean up pet hair, crumbs, and more with ease

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It doesn’t take much to make a car dirty, even when you have the best of intentions. All it takes are a few spilled crumbs from that Starbucks pastry you ate, some muddy shoes or a coffee spill on your way to work, and before you know it, you need to vacuum cleaner. And that’s before you factor in kids who love spilling their snacks or dogs that shed all over the backseat. But the truth is, it’s

Massive Hisense 4K TV deals offer lowest prices yet this weekend

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Hisense 4K TV deals are seeing new price lows at Argos this weekend, with the exclusive Roku-based display on offer for as little as £299 right now . That means you can secure a cheap 4K TV for even less right now, and pick up a size above what we usually see at this price. These sales begin at 50-inches right now, so you're getting far more screen real estate for your cash on top of a cheaper pr

Call of Duty: Warzone finally has the mode everyone’s been asking for

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After weeks of pleading, Infinity Ward has finally added duos mode to Call of Duty: Warzone battle royale—and it’s available to play now on all platforms. The news was announced in a tweet from the official Infinity Ward account, which confirmed that, thanks to the new playlist update, Warzone now has solos, duos, trios, quads and plunder quads all at once. That still leaves plenty of choice for

'Call of Duty: Warzone' adds Duos mode in Battle Royale

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Call of Duty: Warzone has a new mode for Battle Royale that could make or break friendships. In Duos mode , you play as a two-person team to battle enemies in Verdansk, complete contracts and beat other squads to be the last pair standing at the end. You can either play with a friend or, if you’re feeling up for a challenge, team up with a random player whom you think can hold their own. “Duos is

Samsung releases 8GB variant of the Galaxy M31 in India

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Samsung has announced a maxed out 8GB variant of the Galaxy M31 in India. The smartphone that launched a few months back comes with a maximum of 6GB of RAM. The new variant of the device is listed at Rs.19,999 and is expected to go on sale soon. The listing on Samsung’s official website shows the 8GB RAM, 128GB storage variant of the device at a price tag of Rs.19,999. The model, like the previou

This extraordinary 12GB for £8/pm SIM only deal from Three ends soon

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Three doesn't often do 'flash sales'. But when it does, it really makes them count. And the network's current blink-and-you-miss-it SIM only deal is no exception. As long as you grab it by June 1 , Three is offering a SIM only tariff that will give you 12GB of data a month with unlimited cal