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Monday, June 8, 2020

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Black Hole Paradoxes Reveal a Link Between Energy and Entropy

26KWired / 20h
What happens to a black hole as it decays? Investigating the possibilities has led researchers in recent years to major clues about quantum gravity.

With Real-Life Games Halted, Betting World Puts Action on E-Sports

52NYT > Technology / 28min
Computer-vs.-computer games of FIFA livestream to gamblers on Twitch. Fantasy contests carry League of Legends lineups. In the coronavirus age, video games have grown into a darling for casinos.

HSBC introduces index fund built by AI

42TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 46min
HSBC has built an automated, AI-based algorithm (in partnership with EquBot and IBM Watson) to read millions of data points about 1,000 of the largest publicly traded US companies. Data fed to the algorithm includes everything from press releases and tweets to satellite images of parking lots and the tone and language used during earnings calls. Based on these inputs, HSBC’s AI algorithm automati

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite with S Pen launched in India

29TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 46min
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite has been unveiled in India today. The Android tablet was initially announced back in April and is finally making its way to the Indian market. Samsung is one of the only OEMs to keep up the tablet segment alive in India for the past few years. Unlike, other Android tablets, this Samsung tab comes with a stylus dubbed S Pen. Also, the Tab S6 Lite is the list version

Realme Narzo 10, OnePlus 8 go on sale in India

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
BBK’s sub-brands OnePlus and Realme look to start sales of their smartphones again as their supply manufacturer Oppo resumes its factory operations in India. The Realme Narzo 10 and the OnePlus 8 has gone on sale at 12 PM today via the respective e-commerce platforms Flipkart, Amazon and the company’s own websites. Realme Narzo 10 Price and availability Realme Narzo 10 went go on sale at 12PM IST

Volcano Orange iQoo 3 to be available from June 11

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Almost three months after the initial launch, the special edition “Volcano Orange” iQoo 3 will be available in India starting June 11. The iQoo 3 Volcano Orange will be a limited edition device and will be available on Flipkart and iQoo’sofficial website for a price of Rs 37,990. Previously, the iQoo 3 was available in Quantum Silver and Tornado Black colour variants. The iQoo 3 is the cheapest s

Amazon's Crucible game takes a pause - to stay in pre-season phase

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Faced with poor ratings and a general lack of acceptance, Amazon has put its Crucible game into pause mode suggesting that it would remain in the pre-season phase till such time that all the complaints from reviewers are met and features included. It started off by retiring two of Crucible's three modes barely three weeks after the game's launch on March 20. The game received largely average revi

Weird weather: Can computers solve UK puzzle?

UK EV Telegraph500+BBC News - Technology / 1h
A top climate scientist has called for more investment in climate computing.

Is your WhatsApp number leaking on Google search?

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
WhatApp has always had security vulnerabilities . The social messaging app, to its credit, has been addressing them regulalrly. And once more WhatsApp needs to get its firefighting act right, as an independent cybersecurity researcher from India and a bug bounty hunter has come up with the serious allegation that the mobile numbers of many WhatsApp users are available via a simple Google search.

Millbrook car testing site aims to 'stay ahead of the game'

100+BBC News - Technology / 2h
The testing site used to film Top Gear and the James Bond film Casino Royale has turned 50

Nokia’s affordable 5G phone with Dimensity 800 in the works

44TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
5G smartphones are anything but affordable yet. One of the primary reasons behind this is the fact that the technology itself is in its nascent stages. However, that doesn’t stop manufacturers to work towards democratising the new age-connectivity. HMD Global-led Nokia is planning to work on similar lines and is reportedly developing an affordable 5G smartphone. This new phone is said to come equ

OnePlus 8 Pro knocked the Galaxy S20+ out of DxOMark’s top ten

Android OnePlus 8 ProSlashGear / 3h
OnePlus has always been known for its affordable high-end smartphones, even though that changed slightly in the past year or so. It hasn’t, however, been known for its cameras but that, too, has been changing, fortunately for the better. This year’s OnePlus 8 Pro seems like a modest and incremental upgrade to its predecessor when it came to the camera … Continue reading

New, cheaper OnePlus TV coming to India on July 2

OnePlus India July 251TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
In a surprise announcement, OnePlus will announce a more affordable variant of its smart TV in India next month. Last September, the OnePlus TV Q1 and Q1 Pro made their global debut in India, alongside the 7T, marking the company’s foray into the smart television market. However, at a base price of Rs 69,900, it was one of the more premium options in the market. A new development will delight con

Oppo factory in India resumes operations - good news for a slew of mobile brands

OnePlus India July 248TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
The Greater Noida manufactiring unit of Chinese smartphone maker Oppo opened for work from today after having been shut down for various Covid-19-related issues. And this should come as great relief for the operations of not only Oppo but also Realme and OnePlus in India. Well, the Chinese smartphone maker is resuming work in its factory at Greater Noida that had to be shuttered down early May af

UK may pay drivers to replace combustion cars with EVs

UK EV Telegraph400+Engadget / 4h
The UK car market has taken a bruising due to COVID-19, like much of Europe , but Prime Minister Boris Johnson may be counting on electric vehicles to bring it back. The Telegraph sources (via Reuters ) understand that Johnson’s team is drafting plans that would give drivers up to £6,000, or about $7,627, if they exchange their combustion engine car for an EV. The Prime Minister would tentatively

This is the cheapest ‘upgradable laptop’ we’ve seen to date

52TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
So, imagine you could upgrade your laptop every year or every time you get a new smartphone, that’s possible thanks to the Nexdock Touch, the followup to the Nexdock 2 which was unveiled a few years ago on Kickstarter. You can preorder it directly from Nexdock for $249 excluding P&P; the first units are expected to be shipped on August 31st. In a nutshell, it is a touch-capable computer screen wi

Panasonic LUMIX Tether for Streaming turns your camera into a webcam

SlashGear / 5h
As the use of video chats, conferences, and even live streaming surge during these times, so has the need for webcams. Many laptops already have built-in cameras as well as some monitors but those might not even be able to compare to the camera on your smartphone’s face. What if you already have a powerful dedicated pro or amateur camera … Continue reading

Apple patent will let you take group selfies even when far apart

Apple iPhone One 13.5.128SlashGear / 5h
Social or physical distancing, while not an assurance, is one of the simplest ways to keep the COVID-19 coronavirus from spreading. It isn’t, however, one of the easiest as people have realized after months or even just weeks of being deprived of close social interactions. That’s one of the reasons why video chat platforms are on the rise but that … Continue reading

Your Phone’s Hidden Data, the Dangers of Tear Gas, and Cowboy Bebop: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

27Gizmodo / 6h
I don’t know about y’all, but there’s been a lot going on in recent days. While my brain is intent on learning about the battles of 2020, including the ones against coronavirus and for racial justice, sometimes it just needs a break from the news. During those times, I binge on TV for a while. These past few weeks,… Read more...

Brave web browser inserted affiliate code in Binance crypto links

SlashGear / 6h
The Web has become a scary place thanks to all the ads and trackers that try to make money off your browsing activity. There have been a few attempts at developing privacy-focused browsers but some of those, like Mozilla Firefox, have trouble finding a way to generate revenue for their developers. Brave, developed by a company co-founded by Brendan Eich … Continue reading

Leaked 'Dead Island 2' copy shows the zombie game that might have been

100+Engadget / 6h
Dead Island 2 is still in development limbo years after its 2014 reveal, but you now know what it would have looked like if Deep Silver and Yager hadn’t parted ways . A leaked (via Eurogamer and Kotaku ) June 2015 gameplay build, reportedly originating on 4chan, shows just how the game was shaping up in its original form. As you might expect, it revolved around creatively shooting and slicing zom

Apple Wins Patent for Socially Distant Group Selfies

Apple iPhone One iPads100+Gizmodo / 6h
It can be difficult to return to business as usual during America’s first phase of reopening with federal social distancing recommendations still in effect. But a new patent from Apple gives us a glimpse into how one bit of normalcy—group selfies—might work even when we’re all at least six feet apart. Read more...

Samsung’s next 108MP camera to skip Galaxy Note 20 for Xiaomi

Samsung Galaxy Watch 20SlashGear / 6h
Although Samsung is perhaps best known for its smartphones and TVs, its myriad businesses cover the very components used in those consumer products. Samsung not only makes the display panels for smartphones, it also makes processors, RAM, storage, and camera sensors for those. Of course, it also sells those components to other phone makers, and, for the second time, it … Continue reading

Ridley Scott Wants to Use a New Movie to Answer an Obvious Question Raised by Alien

500+Gizmodo / 7h
Ridley Scott seems like there’s somewhere in his brain that is always thinking about Alien . He’s never quite been able to leave the franchise behind, and after returning with Prometheus and Alien: Covenant , it does feel like he’s camped out to stay. And while Covenant didn’t do well enough to demand an immediate… Read more...

Galaxy Note 20 Unpacked date leaked along with a device list

Samsung Galaxy WatchSlashGear / 7h
The world is still having trouble getting back to normal, or at least a “new normal”, but some companies will still push through their original plans, perhaps to give a sense of normalcy as well. Despite all odds, Apple is expected to push through with its 2020 iPhone debut and so will Samsung hold its annual Unpacked in August, this … Continue reading

Amid Pandemic and Upheaval, New Cyber Risks to the Presidential Election

3KNYT > Technology / 7h
Fear of the coronavirus is speeding up efforts to allow voting from home, but some of them pose security risks and may make it easier for Vladimir V. Putin, or others, to hack the vote.

Useful: Interactive Chart Showing All The Coronavirus Travel Restrictions In The World

View from the Wing / 7h
IATA, the world airline trade association, has an interactive chart you can click through to see the current COVID-19 travel restrictions that each country has in place. I’ve definitely bookmarked it. Continue reading ...

Elon Musk says Starship is SpaceX's 'top priority' from now on

1KEngadget / 8h
Don’t expect SpaceX to lavish much more attention on Crew Dragon now that it has launched people into orbit . CNBC said it had obtained email from Elon Musk asking staff to treat Starship as the “top SpaceX priority,” pushing them to “dramatically and immediately” speed up progress on the super-heavy rocket. About the only other focus is whatever can “reduce Dragon[’s] return risk,” Musk said. St

Director Kirk Wise Describes the Atlantis: The Lost Empire Sequel We Never Got

200+Gizmodo / 9h
Atlantis: The Lost Empire was a distinct and underrated entry in Disney ’s modern-day lineup, breaking with a lot of convention and showcasing gorgeous, engrossing animation to boot. According to its director, Kirk Wise, a sequel was planned, with a twisty villain reveal and everything. Read more...

The 15 best shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime

Amazon Today 8 One98Mashable / 9h
Need a new binge? We've looked through Amazon's catalog for the best shows included with a Prime membership. So whether you're searching for a snappy comedy, a historical adventure, or an emotional medical drama, we have you covered. In no particular order, here are fifteen shows on Amazon Prime that you should be streaming right now. 1 Upload Image: Amazon Studios, Prime Video/katie yu Step asid

Apple gets a patent for taking group selfies while you're socially distant

Apple iPhone One 13.5.1200+Engadget / 9h
It’s generally unsafe to take group selfies during a pandemic, but Apple might have a way to make that work in the future. The iPhone maker has received a patent (via Patently Apple and The Verge ) for creating a “synthetic group selfie.” You could invite people to a selfie session where the software would place people as if they were right behind you. The pics could include recorded or even live

Michelle Obama to 2020 graduates: 'Finish the work the generations before you have started'

500+Mashable / 10h
The Class of 2020 didn't get to walk across a stage in 2020 graduation ceremonies thanks to social distancing. Instead, the world's young people were sheltering in place — or else out in the world protesting for racial justice . Former First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to the extraordinary dual circumstances of a pandemic and widespread Black Lives Matter demonstrations facing the Class of 2020. He

The Austin Police Department Explains Its Bizarre Thank-You Card Tweet

500+Gizmodo / 10h
America is, you might be aware, expressing a groundswell of disgust against police brutality following the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor—a challenging scenario many local law enforcement departments have responded to with an increased escalation of said brutality. Considering the sheer number of videos… Read more...

Why Hotels Need To Continue Offering Room Service

View from the Wing / 10h
In an environment where every guest matters, with rooms that are empty, the high cost of room service is going to be an expense that fills rooms at the margin. Each property will have to figure out how many extra rooms they fill this way, because they're looking to lose some business to hotels that still make room service available. And for really premium hotels, understand that room service is a

Amazon extends 'Crucible' pre-season indefinitely to refine gameplay

92Engadget / 11h
Do you think that Amazon’s Crucible needs some polish before it can compete with the current crop of team-based shooters? So does Amazon. The Relentless Studios development team has extended (via Eurogamer and PCGamesN ) the title’s pre-season period indefinitely until players get the “features and polish” they’ve been asking for, including voice chat. On top of this, the team is refining Crucibl

Deal alert: Flights from the US to Europe from just $243 round-trip

30The Points Guy / 11h
Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter , and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @ tpg_alerts . Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia , which allows you to can

Elon Musk tells employees the next-gen Starship rocket is a 'top SpaceX priority'

Elon Musk SpaceX NASA100+Mashable / 11h
Now that SpaceX has successfully launched NASA astronauts into space , Elon Musk wants the company to put the pedal to the metal on developing its large capacity Starship rocket . Musk sent a company-wide email Saturday in which he told employees that accelerating progress “dramatically and immediately" on Starship should be their "top priority," according to CNBC . “Please consider the top Space

Top hacks for visiting Spain like a local

The Points Guy / 11h
Perhaps this is your first visit to the sunny, welcoming country of Spain. Or maybe it’s your eighth, eleventh or twentieth vacation there. Either way, Spanish culture is special, and if you’d like to have a more authentic and memorable time, there are a few hacks that are useful to know. Cádiz, Spain. (Photo by Joaquin Ossorio Castillo/Getty Images) After 12 years of living in Spain, a master’s

Virtually Visit the International Space Station

500+Gizmodo / 12h
After several months of social distancing and staying home, a lot of people are experiencing major wanderlust. And given that we’re still involved in a global pandemic, taking a break from Earth may seem especially tempting. Though we’re not quite there when it comes to space tourism, we can at least get a glimpse of… Read more...

The end of an era: Why I won’t be sorry to see room service go

The Points Guy / 12h
Room service has been dying for the past few years. Even since the largest hotel in New York City, the Hilton Midtown, announced that it was replacing room service with grab and go options , we’ve seen more and more hotels decide to start abandoning it too. Though room service is having a renaissance at some top-tier luxury hotels and resorts , it’s on its way out at most other properties. In fac

9 brunches worth traveling the world for

The Points Guy / 12h
Editor’s note: As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We will be here to help you prepare, whether it is next month or next year. Food doesn’t get much better than brunch, especially when it’s part of the lazy weekend ritual with

Enjoy watching as Brits tear down a slaver's statue and dump it in the river

2KMashable / 12h
If you happen to be looking for the Edward Colston statue in Bristol, England, try finding it at its new location: in the harbor, at the bottom of the river. If you’re not sure exactly where, you can try checking Google Maps. It’s been updated with the statue’s new underwater location. (It may be changed back when you go to look, though; keep reading.) An estimated 10,000 people showed up in Bris

Senate bill offers more incentives for private spaceflight

100+Engadget / 12h
Politicians are seizing on Crew Dragon fervor to offer more incentives for private spaceflight. A group of US senators including Marco Rubio, Dianne Feinstein and Ted Cruz have put forward the American Space Commerce Act, a bill that would expand perks for companies like SpaceX. It would extend depreciation-related tax deductions by another 10 years to the start of 2033, and would make clear that

15 of the most beautiful villages in Europe

34The Points Guy / 12h
Editor’s note: As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We will be here to help you prepare, whether it is next month or next year. While the draw of cosmopolitan European cities includes culture, gastronomy and night life, there’s

Virtually Visit the International Space Station

500+Lifehacker / 12h
After several months of social distancing and staying home, a lot of people are experiencing major wanderlust. And given that we’re still involved in a global pandemic, taking a break from Earth may seem especially tempting. Though we’re not quite there when it comes to spa