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Friday, June 5, 2020

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'Call of Duty' games now display a Black Lives Matter message

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been updated with a splash screen message in support of the Black Lives Matter organization. “Our community is hurting. The systemic inequalities our community experiences are once again center stage,” developer Infinity Ward wrote. “ Call of Duty and Infinity Ward stand for equality and inclusion. We stand against the racism and injustice our Black community endu

Could the EU be about to build its own cloud network?

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European countries could be planning to construct its own multi-national cloud computing network to reduce reliance on US-built services. France and Germany are among several nations to have backed the "moonshot" plans, known as Gaia-X, which would see a new "European data ecosystem" built across the continent. This would help to lessen the need to rely on American technology giants for technolog

Arctic Circle river runs red due to oil spill

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Become a Costco member and get $20 to put toward purchases

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TL;DR: Sign up for a Costco Gold Star Executive Membership for $120, and receive a $20 Costco Shop Card through June 20. Pub mix, gummy dolphins, 40-ounce buckets of cheese balls — Costco is a beacon for snackers and grazers alike. But there’s more to Costco than candy bins and bulk chocolate. Costco has a vast selection of useful products that you can use to stock your shelves. To take advantage

This animation app sale can help bring your imagination to life

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TL;DR: As of June 5, you can bring your ideas to life with The Complete Cartoon Animator 4 PRO for just $69.99. If anyone with access to GarageBand can identify as a DJ and promote their Soundcloud links all over social media, then surely any creative with the right software can call themselves an artist and profit off their work. If you have a knack for animation and want to join the ranks of aw

[Update] Google is Promising Nest Aware Subscribers Nest Hubs but Sending Codes for Minis

How-To Geek / 15min
Subscribers of the new Nest Aware plans were surprised on Tuesday when Google sent out codes for free Nest Hubs and Minis. Although some codes didn’t work at first, those issues were quickly resolved. Oddly, others were advertised a free smart display but ended up with an Assistant speaker instead. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Moving IT toward robotics and automation

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The past few weeks of employees working from home have put enormous strain on businesses and brought into sharp focus the importance of being agile, adaptable, and able to increase the pace of innovation and change at short notice. Technology solutions such as robotics and automation are pivotal to enabling this, so we can expect to see their use rapidly accelerate over the next few months, as th

This autonomous robot can outsquat you

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Created by Agility Robotics , Digit is a human-sized autonomous delivery bot. It can carry boxes weighing up to 40 pounds and uses its sensors to navigate its environment and even climb stairs. More notably you can find Digit working out alongside people, opening the door for a variety of useful tasks. Read more... More about Boston Dynamics , Delivery , Agility , Squat , and Autonomous Robots

Why should you care about a VPN's server network?

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TL;DR: A three-year subscription to NordVPN is on sale for $3.49 per month as of June 5, saving you 70% on list price. There's a fairly long list of features you should look out for in a VPN , like strong encryption, apps for different operating systems, and fast download speeds. These are all useful, but probably not as important as a VPN's server network. NordVPN has one of the largest networks

Save 31% on video backgrounds for all those Zoom calls you're making

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TL;DR: Switch up your next Zoom meeting background with Hello Backgrounds for $19.99, a 31% savings as of June 5. As celebrities, news anchors, and even government officials continue to broadcast live from inside their homes, one question remains on everyone's mind: how do all of their houses look perfectly organized and spotless? It's pretty annoying to tell you the truth – especially as you loo

Finally realizing your phone is filthy? Get this sanitation box on sale.

20Mashable / 21min
TL;DR: Kill common bacteria on your frequently-used items with the UVSHIELD+ 360° Phone Sanitizer Box for $49.99, a 28% savings as of June 5. If you're not in the know, let us catch you up: your phone is one of the dirtiest things you own. Think about all of the times you put it down on public surfaces, let other people use it, take it into the bathroom — all the while innocently collecting more

Thai shoppers offered hand sanitiser by robots

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This robot can automatically swab your throat

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iPhone 12 delay now looks very likely, but it's probably not a long one

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While some leaks suggest the iPhone 12 could land in September, as is typical of Apple’s smartphones, the majority of sources are pointing to a delay. That includes people who we’d really expect to know what they’re talking about, such as Hock Tan, the chief executive officer of Broadcom (a company which is expected to supply wireless components for the iPhone 12). Tan’s claims came in a recent e

Microsoft has fixed one of Google Chrome's most annoying quirks

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A Microsoft developer has fixed a particularly annoying quirk in Google Chrome that can result in you accidentally losing your current tab. When you need to upload a file to a website (if you're adding an attachment to an email, for example, or using a PDF to Word converter), you'll often be given the option to drag and drop it onto the page rather than browsing for it using File Explorer. It can

What will the future of work look like post-pandemic?

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After undergoing weeks of lockdown, people are starting to get into the stride of working from home . We know how to set up and join a virtual meeting, and balancing work and family is becoming less of a tight rope walk and more of a routine. Where once your children or pets barging in while you spoke to colleagues was the stuff of viral videos, it's now welcomed and embraced by all. We're in thi

Catch the Strawberry Moon this evening

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Slack video and voice calls will rely on Amazon Chime

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Just as Slack reported quarterly earnings, it also a nnounced a new agreement with Amazon . Under the terms of the deal Slack will keep using Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider — as it has since launching in 2014 — and is shifting its Slack Calls feature to use Amazon Chime. In case you’ve forgotten what Amazon Chime is, it’s the in-house teleconferencing tool the company r

There's mounting evidence that iPhone 12 won't launch in September

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Apple's iPhone 12 will probably be late this year. A new Bloomberg report cites Broadcom CEO Hock Tan as saying that a "large North American mobile phone" maker might experience a "major product cycle delay." Broadcom is one of the chip suppliers for Apple's iPhone, and the report says that Tan frequently refers to Apple this way. Broadcom usually gets a surge in revenue in its third fiscal quart

Coronavirus: NHS contact-tracing app in place by end of month, says minister

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The app will "be running as soon as we think it is robust", a government minister says.

Xiaomi patents foldable design eerily similar to the Mate Xs

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Xiaomi has been patenting a lot of foldable smartphone designs lately. Now, the company has patented yet another design which is similar to the Huawei Mate Xs that launched a few months back. The company is also expected to unveil a foldable smartphone later this year. The patent, with Xiaomi Mobile Software Co. Ltd. as an applicant, was filed at the CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Ad

Inventions that changed women’s lives

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Watch this 5-second clip of lightning striking the Washington Monument

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Local news station WUSA 9 's SkyCam recently captured video of the Washington Monument being struck by a powerful bolt of lightning, illuminating up the night sky. The Washington Monument is basically a big-ass lightning rod that distracts God's wrath from the White House. According to Atlas Obscura , the 555 foot-tall obelisk is "constantly being hit by lightning" — so much so that the solid alu

Realme X3 SuperZoom may launch in India on June 16

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Among the key reasons behind Realme becoming one of the fastest growing brands in India is the fact that the company has been busy launching a slew of devices in quick succession. This strategy of flooding the market with devices and the overall value for money that Realme’s smartphones offer has been its mantra of success. Continuing further on the same strategy, Realme might soon launch a coupl

Jake Paul: YouTuber charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly

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The 23 year old is charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly at a Scottsdale mall.

Indian OnePlus 8 Pro could have its colour filter camera disabled

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OnePlus announced its 8 and 8 Pro smartphones a couple of months ago. While the 8 Pro is yet to go on sale in India, the device has been in the news for a fair bit of time now. First, it was for the display -related issue where few people claimed a green tint appeared on a part of the display when the phone was in dim-light settings. And, then it was the colour filter photochrom sensor which coul

'A lot more bullet than rubber': Stephen Colbert targets violent police tactics at protests

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Thousands of people across the U.S. are currently protesting against police brutality and racism, sparked by the death of George Floyd. The 46-year-old father died on May 25 after police handcuffed him and knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes, continuing to do so even after he stopped responding. On Thursday, Late Show host Stephen Colbert noted that "the vast majority" of ongoing protests h

‘Venus flytrap hand’ has gentle touch and other tech news

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BBC Click's Paul Carter looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

Bosch's motorcycle crash detection automatically alerts emergency services

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Bosch has launched a new emergency call system called Help Connect, which can automatically call for assistance when it detects accidents. Unlike similar emergency services that cater to cars , however, Help Connect is meant for motorcycles. In its announcement , Bosch explains that “[t]he risk of being killed in a crash is still 20 times higher for motorcyclists than for car drivers” and the qui

6 of the best gaming headsets for your PC, PS4, and Xbox One

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Take a moment to imagine your perfect gaming setup. We reckon you've got a really comfortable chair , plenty of drinks and snacks, and maybe some moody lighting. You'll also have your console and controller of choice, obviously. You might also have imagined a quality gaming headset, and for this we applaud you. The gaming headset is so often forgotten about, and that's a shame because these devic

Xiaomi looking to bring 120x zoom to smartphones

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Telephoto cameras on smartphones are now as common as megapixel races. For its next leg, Xiaomi is looking to up the ante with a phone that can zoom in 120x, a step above what the current crop of smartphones offer. Xiaomishka , the popular Russian leakster shared some details about an upcoming smartphone which it believes will be a part of the Mi CC10 series which is expected to launch later this

Jio Platforms keeps widening its horizon - Mubadala to invest $1.2 billion

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Just as was widely speculated in previous reports , the Abhu Dhabi-based sovereign investor Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala) will invest $1.2 billion (Rs 9093.60 crore) in India’s leading digital services platform, Jio Platforms, at an equity value of ₹ 4.91 lakh crore and an enterprise value of ₹ 5.16 lakh crore. Mubadala’s investment will translate into a 1.85% equity stake in Jio Platfor

A lost Maxis “Sim” game has been discovered by an Ars reader, uploaded for all

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SimRefinery Wow. It may only be an incomplete prototype, but in a breathtaking span of time, SimRefinery has gone from a seemingly lost legend to a playable, downloadable video game. (That's its real, full-resolution opening screen, as captured using a DOSBox emulator.) And it's all thanks to an Ars Technica commenter. (credit: / Maxis / Chevron) We at Ars Technica are proud to be mem

Realme Watch first sale at 12 noon today in India

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Realme Watch will go on sale for the first time in India today. The watch was announced alongside Realme TV 32-inch , Realme TV 43-inch, and Buds Air Neo recently. Along with the watch, the Narzo 10A budget smartphone is also set to go on sale today noon. Realme Watch is the company’s second wearable tracker after the Realme Band. The Realme Watch promises a lot for the asking price. Here’s is ev

Kickstart your career with these discounted Photoshop courses

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TL;DR: The Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud Certification Bundle is on sale for £26.95, saving you 97% on list price. Even if you have zero intention of becoming a graphic designer or photographer, it's always useful to have some grounding in Adobe Photoshop. Marketers use Photoshop to create compelling graphics for everything from emails to flyers, and photographers use it to take their photos to

These countries are the most vulnerable to cybercrime

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New research from NordVPN has revealed that residents of developed countries are more likely to become victims of cybercrime. To compile its new Cyber Risk Index , the VPN provider partnered with the business data provider Statista. Statista was responsible for collecting the socioeconomic, digital, cyber and crime data from the 50 countries that make up the index while NordVPN analyzed the data'

A lifetime subscription to this popular VPN is seriously cheap

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TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to Hola VPN Plus is on sale for £27.76, saving you 94% on list price. You might not know this, but there are absolutely loads of Oscar-worthy foreign films waiting to be consumed. They're just not typically offered on local streaming sites and terrestrial channels, let alone showing at your local cinema. Unfortunately, there's still a barrier to enjoying these movie

Google Search and Maps business info is adapting to the new normal

SlashGear / 5h
The COVID-19 coronavirus has definitely changed the world in more ways than one. Until cures or even at least a vaccine has been discovered, the way we interact with each other and do businesses will have to change and adapt to what is being called the “new normal”. For some businesses, that means a change in operations and hours and … Continue reading

This new laptop has the world's largest battery

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Apple might claim its MacBook Pro 16 has a battery capacity of 100Whr, but the small print reveals the actual capacity is 99.8Whr. This small discrepancy opened the door for Taiwanese manufacturer MSI to claim the crown of laptop with the largest battery; its new Creator 15 mobile workstation bests the Macbook Pro by one-tenth of a Whr. While MSI's record could be matched by a future device, it's

Facebook labels state-controlled media ahead of US elections

SlashGear / 6h
Although controversial right from its infancy, Facebook got into deep trouble because of its involvement in the 2016 US elections. Most of that centered the spread of misinformation, some of which came from accounts that were traced to state-controlled actors and media. It has spent the past years trying to defend and rebuild its reputation and with another US election … Continue reading

iPhone 12 launch delay hinted by Broadcom

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The show must go on, as they say, and that definitely seems to be Apple’s philosophy when it comes to announcing new products. Whether those products become available in the market on time, however, is a completely different matter. Under normal circumstances, Apple usually makes new iPhones, iPads, and Macs available close to when they were announced. These aren’t normal … Continue reading

India’s Reliance Jio Platforms to sell $1.2 billion stake to Mubadala

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Abu Dhabi-based sovereign firm Mubadala has become the latest investor in Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Platforms , joining five American firms including Facebook and Silver Lake that have secured stakes in India’s biggest telecom operator at the height of a once-in-a-century global pandemic. Mubadala said it had agreed to invest $1.2 billion in Reliance Jio Platforms for a 1.85% stake in the firm

Feds Explore How to Hinder Google's Search Dominance in Latest Antitrust Probe: Report

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State regulators and Justice Department officials are purportedly investigating ways to limit Google’s authority in the online search market as part of an antitrust probe. Read more...

Apple supplier Broadcom suggests a delayed iPhone launch this year

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There’s no official word about any iPhone delay yet, but Bloomberg reports that Broadcom CEO Hock Tan’s comments on a quarterly earnings call lend credence to their earlier rumor that the new device will launch a few weeks later than usual . New mainstream iPhones traditionally appear in September (as shown above during last year’s launch event), but moving the new mobile devices’ appearance back

Amazon in talks to acquire stake in India's Bharti Airtel - here's what we know

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Amazon could be set to follow Facebook's footsteps into the Indian telecom market through a strategic investment in Bharti Airtel. Media reports said the US conglomerate could pay up to $2 billion for a 5% stake in the Indian telecommunications company. However, there is a catch as neither of the two companies were ready to confirm the move, each claiming that it is nothing more than rumours thou

Dropbox Passwords promises to securely store your secret keys soon

SlashGear / 7h
When it comes to cloud storage services, Dropbox is still the household name over the likes of Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or even Apple iCloud. People have trusted it with anything from personal files and photos to super-secret work documents. Now it seems that Dropbox will soon ask people to trust it with their passwords as well, making Dropbox the … Continue reading

A detective hunts a costumed vigilante in Major Grom: Plague Doctor trailer

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Major Grom: Plague Doctor is adapted from the Russian comics of the same name. A rogue detective who doesn't always play by the rules hunts a costumed vigilante serial killer in the first English-language trailer (well, subtitled) for a Russian superhero film called Major Grom: Plague Doctor , directed by Oleg Trofim ( Ice ). There's some pretty strong The Punisher vibes here, as well as V for Ve

HTC Desire 20 Pro specs are unsurprisingly ironic

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With a name that has both the words “desire” and “pro” in it, you would expect that this phone would at least be something worth desiring. If you thought that, then you probably don’t know HTC at all or at least the HTC that continues to struggle in the mobile market for the past years. The Taiwanese company hasn’t launched … Continue reading

Epic Games Store could be coming to Android and iOS

SlashGear / 8h
Epic Games is one of the biggest names in the gaming market, not just for its published titles but also because of its Unreal game engine that’s used in hundreds if not thousands of games. That reputation has definitely given it enough clout in the industry to make its voice heard on certain contentious topics like revenue splitting and app … Continue reading

Here’s what is driving GM’s reported plans to develop a commercial electric van

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GM’s electric offensive to bring at least 20 new EVs to market by 2023 reportedly includes a commercial van. Reuters reported Thursday that the company is developing an electric van for the commercial market code named BV1. The vehicle is expected to start production in late 2021 and will use the Ultium battery system that was revealed in March, according to the report. When, and if, GM delivers

Scientists grow miniature human livers for rats using stem cells

SlashGear / 9h
Using cells scraped from a person’s skin, researchers grew miniature human livers in a lab and then successfully transplanted them into living rats. The research was a proof-of-concept for the process, demonstrating that in the future, we may simply grow someone a new liver rather than giving them a donor organ transplant. The study was recently published in Cell Reports, … Continue reading

These Are the Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands to Support Right Now

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Who here cares about animals? They’re super fluffy, and whatever your choice make great companions. My love for pets made me realize that maybe I should make a list of some of my favorite cruelty-free beauty brands and highlight one product from each, just to support the movement. I’m not vegan or anything, but I do… Read more...

Hulu will cut off older Roku players after June 24th

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Hulu will stop working on some older Roku player models on June 24th, according to a recent update to a Hulu help center page originally noticed by Ars Technica . Affected models are the Roku Streaming Player (models 2400 to 3100) and the Roku Streaming Stick (model 3420 or older). After June 24th, users of those models may see error messages, won’t be able to sign in or may see the app disappear

On Top Of COVID-19 Airlines Lost Almost $5 Billion On Fuel Hedges This Year

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Ten airlines combined to lose $4.65 billion on fuel hedging this year. Half of the losses belong to Lufthansa and to British Airways parent IAG. Germany bailed out a financial derivatives trading firm, as much as an airline. Continue reading ...

Uber Rewards is eliminating a key redemption option

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Editor’s note: This story was updated to include a statement from Uber. Back in 2018, Uber began rolling out it its loyalty program Uber Rewards . It was initially only available to select people in certain cities but has since expanded nationwide. Soon, it will see its first major devaluation. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . Background M

Lenovo quietly releases smaller 11″ Chromebook 3 budget laptop

SlashGear / 10h
A week after rolling out the larger variant, Lenovo is back with a smaller, cheaper version of its new Chromebook 3. This model features an 11.6-inch display, making it smaller and more portable than its larger 14-inch sibling. With the smaller size comes a smaller price tag, as well, making this an interesting model for buyers in need of a … Continue reading

Is coronavirus changing the world of cleaning?

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Hi-tech cleaning products are being offered to tackle coronavirus, but are they better than soap and water?

Elon Musk tweets 'time to break up Amazon' in defense of coronavirus skeptic

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Elon Musk is tweeting again. The eccentric billionaire ended his short Twitter sabbatical to post about how ecommerce giant Amazon is a monopoly that needs to be broken up. Usually, this is a call that would be echoed by progressives such as Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren , and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. However, the reason Musk jumped back on Twitter and called for Amazon’s breakup was to defen

United Airlines joins American in signaling that the summer may not be lost

The Points Guy / 10h
United Airlines is joining joining peers in rolling out a more robust schedule in July, yet another indication that summer holidays may not be lost. The Chicago-based Star Alliance carrier is adding flights across its U.S. domestic network. Key business markets, like its Newark (EWR) hub, will see more flights, but so will less-obvious vacation destinations. Places like Aspen, Colorado (ASE) — ne

Ethena raises $2 million in seed funding for smarter anti-harassment software

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Corporate harassment training is often defined by mandatory annual workshops, stock photo-ridden curricula and, often, outdated scenarios. Harvard graduates Roxanne Petraeus and Anne Solmssen think there’s a business in doing better than that. The duo co-founded Ethena , a software-as-a-service startup that sells anti-harassment training software that is more comprehensive and flexible than the s

FTC fines kids’ app developer HyperBeard $150K for use of third-party ad trackers

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced a settlement of $150,000 with HyperBeard, the developer of a collection of children’s mobile games over violations of U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule ( COPPA Rule ). The company’s applications had been downloaded more than 50 million times on a worldwide basis to date, according to data from app intelligence firm Sensor To

Lenovo is adding Linux to all its workstation products

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Following the news that it will soon offer Linux laptops , Lenovo has now announced that it will also be bringing Ubuntu and Red Hat Linux to its full workstation portfolio. Many Linux users prefer to customize their own machines by configuring and installing Linux distros themselves but this can raise uncertainty when it comes to system stability, restricted performance compatibility, end-user p

Google’s European Search Menu Draws Interest of U.S. Antitrust Investigators

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To placate European regulators, the company started giving Android phone users a choice in search engines when they set up their devices.

Clever Fortnite trick turns Proximity Mine into weaponized drone

SlashGear / 10h
There has been no shortage of clever and complex Fortnite exploits that make the game do things the developers didn’t intend. Some of these exploits have been fairly small and useless, but many have given players who know about them an advantage. The latest exploit falls somewhere in the middle — it’s fairly complex, but won’t be too useful unless … Continue reading

Curfews have a disturbing racist history

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The curfews that rolled out across the country this week in reaction to police brutality protests mark a tragic milestone: Not since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. have so many cities ordered simultaneous curfews . And what have we seen come from these sweeping restrictions placed on more than 60 million people across roughly 200 c ities? Confusion and chaos. While law enforcement se

Do face masks help? Studies leaning towards yes

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Enlarge / If only some of the public wears protective gear, is it helpful? (credit: Diego Puletto / Getty Images ) What's the best way to protect yourself when you're at risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2? It seems like a simple question, but many of the options—face masks, lockdowns, social distancing, etc.—have been politically controversial. In addition, it has been difficult for public health aut

Having trouble getting through to Delta? You’re not alone

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Throughout the pandemic, airline call center agents have had to deal with unprecedented flight cancellations and reservation changes, leading to hours-long hold times, if customers were able to get through at all. As we explain in this post , we’ve generally had success reaching a Delta agent at 1-800-323-2323, but that isn’t the case right now. Reader Tom S. contacted TPG to share his experience

OTTO Motors raises $29M to fill factories with autonomous delivery robots

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When Clearpath Robotics CEO and co-founder Matthew Rendall looks at the “miles” of roads inside industrial factories, he sees them filled with autonomous vehicles. And in the past five years, the company has inched toward that goal through its industrial division OTTO Motors. The division, which launched in 2015, has landed a number of customer contracts to bring its autonomous mobile robot platf

Hulu ends all support for old Roku players: Here are your new options

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If you’re still clinging to your ancient Roku player, now is the time to move on. Hulu has ended all support for several of these aging devices, meaning the classic app no longer works. This effectively ends Hulu’s presence on the old hardware, a change that has been expected for a while. The news follows Netflix’s own decision to end … Continue reading

Instagram just threw users of its embedding API under the bus

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Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson ) Instagram does not provide users of its embedding API a copyright license to display embedded images on other websites, the company said in a Thursday email to Ars Technica. The announcement could come as an unwelcome surprise to users who believed that embedding images, rather than hosting them directly, provides insulation against copyright claims. "While our te

Astronomers Discover “Mirror Image” of Our Solar System

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Mirror World Scientists have discovered a distant exoplanet that closely resembles the Earth, orbiting a star that resembles our Sun — almost, they say, as though they were looking in a mirror at our own solar system. Scientists can’t yet tell whether the exoplanet, given the name KOI-456.01, could support life. But, according to a Max Planck Society press release , it looks like a strong candida

Should You Get a Coronavirus Test If You Protested?

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The nationwide protests against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death are unfortunately not happening in a vacuum—we’re still very much in the midst of a once-in-a-century viral pandemic spread by close contact. This week, officials in Texas and New York said that demonstrators should get tested for the… Read more...

Mercato Partners just launched Savory, a $90 million fund focused on fueling fast-casual restaurant concepts

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Mercato Partners, a 13-year-old, Salt Lake City, Utah-based investment firm that oversees a growth fund, a secondary investment fund and a venture fund, has launched yet another fund — this one a $90 million vehicle that the firm says will be used to invest in restaurant concepts that are gaining traction. Its timing is interesting, given the devastating impacts of the coronavirus on the restaura

Huawei’s temperature-taking smartphone is the most 2020 phone of 2020

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Point the phone at someone's forehead, get a temperature reading. [credit: Huawei ] Smartphones have always been the modern tech equivalent of a Swiss Army knife, combining a phone, a music player, a camera, a GPS, a PDA, and more into a single device. Now Huawei is pitching yet another device that can be integrated into a smartphone: a thermometer. Huawei's Honor Play 4 Pro has an IR temperature

It’s on us: How TPG is joining the fight for equality and justice

34The Points Guy / 12h
The Points Guy came to life 10 years ago as a community centered around a mutual love of travel. We firmly believe that travel builds connection and makes our world a smaller, better place. However, TPG can no longer ignore the fact that our fellow Americans do not experience equal rights, whether in the world of travel or beyond. And this week in particular, we cannot deny the inequality that th

Germany Is Requiring All Gas Stations Get Electric Car Chargers

5KFuturism / 12h
Gas and Electric Germany will require all future gas stations to feature electric car charging ports, in a move to boost demand for electric cars, Reuters reports . The move is also in large part to help alleviate “range anxiety,” one of the major reasons people chose a gas vehicle over an electric one. “Internationally this puts Germany in the leading group of battery electric vehicle support,”

Calls to delete popular astrology app Co—Star after controversial protest meme

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Co—Star, the astrology app known for its outlandish push notifications , has come under fire for a post related to the police brutality protests on their popular Instagram account: hey everyone if you have the co—star app do me a favor and delete it right now. they turned the protests into a meme. they turned fighting for the end of police brutality & murder against black people into a MEME pic.t

Reversing type-2 diabetes study reports overwhelming success

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A new study out of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar has found that an “intensive” year-long program successfully sent type-2 diabetes into remission for 61-percent of the participants, highlighting a potentially very effective treatment option. Rather than focusing on drugs, the protocol involved an overall lifestyle, tasking the participants with eating a low-calorie diet, losing weight, and more. T

How to Support Black Journalists

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This week, the New York Times chose to publish a deeply problematic and dangerous op-ed by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton in which he advocated for the use of military force against protesters . As so many journalists have noted, the decision to run this piece, without context, without fact-checking Cotton’s many… Read more...

Watch Your Wallets: Transportation Secretary Says Let’s Talk About Another Airline Bailout In The Fall

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Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao isn’t ruling out another bailout and says it’s something to discuss and consider in the fall, if airlines need one. However there was absolutely no reason to bail out the airlines and for the overall economy - and for workers who will lose their jobs anyway - the bailouts were actually destructive . Still, the President doesn't want mass layoffs one month befo

Nature’s cosmic hard drive? Black holes could store information like holograms

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Enlarge / New research suggests we really can describe black holes as holograms: they have two dimensions, in which gravity disappears, but they reproduce an object in three dimensions. (credit: Gerd Altmann for PIxabay) Nearly 30 years ago, theoretical physicists introduced the "holographic principle," a mind-bending theory positing that our three-dimensional universe is actually a hologram . No

A bunch of Electronic Arts games just went live on Steam

EA Games Access Steam28SlashGear / 12h
Years ago, many of Electronic Arts’ PC games could be found on Steam. New EA releases were published there frequently, but then one day, Electronic Arts decided that it wanted to take the fight to Steam, launching Origin as a storefront all its own. Many of EA’s existing games were left on Steam after Origin launched, but from that point … Continue reading

Riot is testing 'Valorant' on consoles -- but don't get your hopes up

Valorant Riot LoL New100+Engadget / 12h
Valorant is a PC-only game right now, and that won’t change any time soon. However, Riot Games isn’t ruling out the possibility of bringing its new tactical shooter to consoles at some point. In fact, the developer is currently prototyping a console version, executive producer Anna Donlon told GameSpot . But she made it clear that there’s no guarantee that you’ll ever be able to play Valorant on

Signal now has built-in face blurring for photos

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Apps like Signal are proving invaluable in these days of unrest, and anything we can do to simplify and secure the way we share sensitive information is welcome. To that end Signal has added the ability to blur faces in photos sent via the app, making it easy to protect someone’s identity without leaving any trace on other, less secure apps. After noting Signal’s support of the protests occurring

Ransomware operators are joining forces - here's what you need to know

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Ransomware operators have joined forces and they are now exchanging tactics, intelligence and extorting victims through a shared data leak platform. Back in November, the operators of the Maze ransomware released the unencrypted data of a victim after they refused to pay its ransom. Shortly after, the group launched a site called “Maze News” which it uses to shame unpaid victims by publicly relea

The Essential Episodes of Avatar: The Legend of Korra

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Thanks to its recent release on Netflix, fans new and old alike have rejoined Aang on his journey to bring balance to the world in Avatar: The Last Airbender . Finished your watch through and are itching for where to go next ? The answer is pretty easy, thankfully, and we’re here to help: because it’s time to watch The … Read more...

These loyalty programs have suspended awards due to coronavirus

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The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted businesses in ways we’ve never seen before. Perhaps the hardest hit is the travel industry . In addition to making significant service cuts, airlines , hotels and cruise lines around the world have suspended all or most of their operations due to the pandemic. Although technically still running, we’ve also seen several travel companies — such as car rental g

Keep a Fully Charged Phone Power Bank at Home

200+Lifehacker / 12h
Portable cell phone battery chargers have saved my bacon more than once while traveling. From overtaxing my iPhone taking vacation pictures to relying on Google Maps to get me where I’m going in a car without an aux port, there are times that low battery warning would trigger a major anxiety attack were I out and… Read more...

Join Us For Today’s OMAAT Virtual Happy Hour!

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Today at 6:30PM ET we’ll be having our weekly OMAAT virtual happy hour . This evening we’ll be joined by guest Erick Prince of Minority Nomad . Though I’m a massive introvert, it’s nice to get some sort of human interaction, even if it’s virtual. We’ve had so much fun with the ones we have done, and many people seem to enjoy them, so we want to keep doing these. For the time being we’re going to:

iOS 13.5.5 leak: Apple Music and other services may get money-saving bundle

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Apple may be preparing to bundle several of its services together – like Apple Music , Apple TV Plus , and more – into what could be a single subscription package, according to a new code leak from an upcoming version of iOS 13 . Files appearing for the first time in the iOS 13.5.5 beta refer to a ‘bundle offer’ and ‘bundle subscription,’ according to 9to5Mac . These code snippets seem to refer t

How to Quickly Blur Faces in Photos

500+Lifehacker / 12h
Just like turning off your phone’s GPS or limiting what data you share with Google , people have a right to digital privacy, but the built-in facial recognition algorithms on sites like Facebook or apps like Google Photos actively work against our digital autonomy. Read more...

Slack drops 10%+ after its revenue growth, guidance fail to impress

Slack Amazon Inquirer100+TechCrunch / 12h
Today Slack reported its earnings results for the three months ending April 30, 2020, the first quarter of its fiscal 2021. The well-known SaaS chat service posted revenue of $201.7 million, up 50% compared to its year-ago period. Slack also reported an adjusted per-share loss of $0.02,