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Sunday, June 28, 2020

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Facebook's advertiser boycott is getting even bigger

Facebook Zuckerberg
8KEngadget / 1d
Mark Zuckerberg’s promise to add labels to rule-breaking posts from politicians hasn’t stopped more big-name advertisers from joining an advertising boycott of the social network. Coca-Cola, Hershey and Honda are among the latest high-profile companies to say they will temporarily stop advertising with Facebook. Unilever, the company behind brands like Dove and Lipton, and Verizon (which owns Eng

Delta could furlough more than 2,500 pilots, will close 3 flight attendant bases

2KThe Points Guy / 10h
Delta Air Lines is offering more details on its plans to shrink as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a big bite of its business, warning thousands of pilots of possible furloughs and closing flight attendant bases across the country. The Atlanta-based carrier intends to notify 2,558 pilots of possible furloughs in the coming weeks, Delta senior vice president of flight operations John La

NASA Pulse necklace is a clever DIY solution to prevent face touching

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Humanity has found itself within another global pandemic, one involving a respiratory virus that can be easily transmitted from a surface to its next victim simply by touching one’s own face. There’s an obvious preventative method to avoid this issue, which is that you shouldn’t touch your face, at least not if you haven’t thoroughly washed your hands first. Developing … Continue reading

Even if the iPhone 12 4G is real, you probably shouldn't buy it – here's why

32Future - All the latest news / 2h
We've heard a cheaper 4G iPhone 12 may be released, but people who want their iPhone to last should avoid it.

PlayStation 2 can play homebrew games by using DVD player exploits

200+Engadget / 2h
The PlayStation 2 is over 20 years old , but it’s still difficult to hack if you want to run homebrew games without tweaking the hardware. You usually need to install a modchip, buy a specially-configured memory card or even pry the system open to block the disc reader’s sensors. However, it might just be a matter of using the discs themselves to fool the console. Security software engineer CTurt

This Raspberry Pi laptop has a feature even the most expensive MacBook Pro lacks

36Future - All the latest news / 4h
Kickstarter campaign shows there's an appetite, but will it be a commercial success?

Twitter: Sorry for Putting Covid-19 Misinformation Labels on Your 'Oxygen' Tweets

40Gizmodo / 5h
It’s not always easy to do the right thing in tech, and it can lead to some embarrassing (and funny) mistakes. Just ask Twitter. Read more...

Google's Phone app will tell you why businesses are calling

200+Engadget / 5h
If you’re using Google’s Phone app , you’ll soon be able to know why a business establishment is calling before you even pick up. In a new support page discovered by Android Police , the tech giant goes into detail about a feature called “Verified Calls.” Businesses that choose to go through and pass Google’s verification process will be able to send the dedicated Verified Calls server their phon

St. Louis Mayor Says Sorry for Doxing Protesters During Livestreamed Q&A

300+Gizmodo / 5h
The mayor of St. Louis is being put on blast for reading out the full names and street addresses of demonstrators who want to defund the police during a Friday briefing on Facebook Live. She’s since apologized for what was either an unbelievably boneheaded move or a thinly veiled intimidation tactic aimed at advocates… Read more...

Dreadbox's portable Typhon analog synth is loaded with effects

72Engadget / 6h
It’s not hard to find portable synths , but they typically have one or two effects at most — even larger models (with some exceptions ) tend to only have a few. You won’t have that issue with Dreadbox’s just-introduced Typhon, however. As Synth Anatomy notes , the USB-powered analog mono synth includes 12 DSP stereo effects, such as a bit crusher, distortion, flanger and reverb. You might not hav

New American Airlines Capacity Limits For Each Aircraft

80View from the Wing / 7h
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 ...

Blackpink breaks YouTube's 24-hour viewing record

400+Engadget / 8h
BTS’ YouTube viewership record has been broken over a year later — although it might not surprise you to hear who managed the feat. Variety reports that K-pop band Blackpink managed to break the record for the most views in 24 hours, racking up 82.4 million views for its new “How You Like That” music video versus BTS’ 74.6 million for “Boy With Luv.” It might also be the fastest to 100 million vi

Kids See Ghosts Is a New Animated Series Starring Kid Cudi and Kanye West

51Gizmodo / 8h
At least, that seems to be the case? It’s all a little unclear. But it does look real nice. Read more...

Twitter admits it went too far with '5G causes COVID-19' fact-check labels

100+Mashable / 8h
Even Twitter admits it was too heavy-handed with its misinformation labels for posts about COVID-19, especially those about the unproven connection between coronavirus infections and 5G cellular connectivity. A Twitter Support thread on Friday explained how back in April the platform started highlighting potentially misleading posts around coronavirus and inaccurate causes of the infectious disea

UFC Fight Night live stream: Poirier vs Hooker - watch the full card online today

41Future - All the latest news / 9h
Top lightweights collide at the UFC Apex tonight - here's how to watch UFC Fight Night online and get a Poirier vs Hooker live stream from anywhere.

Super Nintendo World theme park opening delayed due to COVID-19

100+Engadget / 9h
Universal Studios’ theme park in Japan tentatively reopened to visitors on June 8th, but that doesn’t mean its upcoming Super Nintendo World section will be open on time. NHK says company has indefinitely delayed the Nintendo area’s debut after originally intending to fling the gates open in late July. It won’t surprise you to hear as to why: Mario and crew are likely to increase the number of vi

The Simpsons and Family Guy Will Also Recast Their Black Characters With Black Actors

2KGizmodo / 9h
The animation industry is currently going through a small reckoning as it finally, finally, really, finally seems to realize that its characters of color could be voiced by actors of color just as easily as white ones. Read more...

This Group Got Tech Twitter Hyped on an App That Doesn't Exist to Raise Money for BLM Charities

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49Gizmodo / 10h
Leveraging FOMO to get people to donate to meaningful causes is the best thing to come out of 2020 yet. Read more...

Flying Just Isn’t a Big Coronavirus Risk

42View from the Wing / 10h
We need to stop acting like it's February or March, when we didn't know much about spread of the virus. As the CDC says, "Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes." Your bigger risks are in the airport, and at security checkpoints, than in the air . For most of us, though, we don't need to fear air travel. Continue rea

NASA designed a vibrating necklace to help you stop touching your face

300+Mashable / 10h
If you still can't stop touching your face as the coronavirus outbreak drags on, NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab has a wearable for you. The PULSE is a pendant that you can hang from your neck like a necklace, but it's not just decorative. When your hand gets close to the device it starts to vibrate. That's supposed to remind you to stay away from your face zone. Three teammates at the lab developed th

Facebook is testing a dark mode in its mobile app

Facebook Dark Mode
1KEngadget / 10h
You might not have to stick to your computer if you want to browse Facebook in dark mode . After reports of the palette change popping up, Facebook has confirmed to SocialMediaToday that it’s testing a dark mode in its mobile apps. The feature is only available to a “small percentage” of users worldwide at the moment, according to a spokesperson. You likely won’t see if for a while, then, even th

Weekly Review: June 27, 2020

21One Mile at a Time / 10h
Hello from Miami! After returning home from our road trip last weekend, we’ve been in town all week, just in time for cases here to spike. On the points & travel front, this week we saw some new promotions on purchased points, JetBlue launched cash and points award redemptions, Dubai revealed plans to reopen to visitors, Qantas announced the A380 will be grounded for years, and more. With that ou

Finally, some better pricing: Start-up cruise line Virgin Voyages cuts rates for early sailings

The Points Guy / 11h
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. There’s good news this week for cruisers eager to try Virgin Voyages , the new, Richard Branson-back

The 10 best films of 2020 (so far)

Pride Netflix 2020
56Mashable / 11h
Need it be said that 2020 has been an especially odd year for film? The coronavirus threw the entire spring and summer movie calendar into disarray. Blockbusters we'd been looking forward to for years were delayed. Indies saw their carefully planned rollouts cut short. Crowdpleasers pivoted from traditional theatrical rollouts to VOD-only ones. Theaters were shuttered, while drive-ins made a come

Tesla (and other electric truck competitors) just got good news

California Zero 2024
95Mashable / 11h
Elon Musk may have threatened to remove his Tesla electric vehicles factories from California for its aggressive pandemic policies, but he'd better start thanking the state for its progressive environmental policies. The California Air Resources Board adopted a new electric standard for cargo truck manufacturing at the end of June. By 2035, the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Rule will require zero-e

Your next flight could be a pilot’s final test before making captain

36The Points Guy / 11h
The path to becoming an airline captain starts on the first day of flight school. Every flight, every simulator session and every event that happens along the way builds the skills that a first officer needs to become a captain . All good first officers will view each flight as if they were the captain. How would they react in the same situation if they were they sat in the left hand seat? What w

danismm:“La Musique” by Claude Debussy, 1912. Georges Lepape

Music, Arts & Literature / 11h
danismm : “La Musique” by Claude Debussy, 1912. Georges Lepape

gameraboy1:Peter Lorre, 1944

Music, Arts & Literature / 11h
gameraboy1 : Peter Lorre, 1944

'Doom Eternal' classic mode recreates the original game's aesthetics

300+Engadget / 12h
id Software has rolled out Doom Eternal’s second update, and it comes with new Render modes that give you a way to play the game in different visual styles. One of the new modes called Classic turns Eternal into a pixelated game with a 256 color palette that looks like the original Doom for PC. And, yes, it’s not just for Photo mode — you can play the game with the filter on if you want a throwba

13 of the coolest European fifth-freedom routes you should know about

The Points Guy / 12h
The fifth-freedom is one of nine freedoms of the air, which are a set of rights that grant airlines, among other things, the possibility of landing in foreign countries. These freedoms are negotiated between nations across the world to allow commercial flights to operate fairly. Fifth-freedom flying is of particular interest to AvGeeks and frequent flyers alike because it allows an airline to ope

Top Twitch streamer Dr. Disrespect was mysteriously banned from the platform

Disrespect Banned Twitch
30Mashable / 12h
Herschel "Guy" Beahm, who goes by the streamer name Dr. Disrespect, is no longer on Twitch. The circumstances of Beahm's removal from the service aren't clear at this time. His page on the Amazon-owned video streaming website is currently shut down, with a message reading "that content is unavailable." A statement provided to Mashable on Saturday by a Twitch spokesperson suggests that Beahm viola

The Second Season of The Boys Is Coming to Amazon Prime on September 4th

1KGizmodo / 12h
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Worst timing ever? Kontiki Expeditions, a new cruise line, plans to launch later this year

The Points Guy / 12h
Even as most established cruise lines around the world remain mired in a global halt to operations due to the coronavirus pandemic , there’s a new cruise company hoping to start up by the end of the year. To be called Kontiki Expeditions, the just-announced brand plans to specialize in voyages on intimate, yacht-like vessels that will hold just 18 passengers a piece. The idea sounds great. The ti

How American Airlines Decided To Stop Serving Food

39View from the Wing / 12h
Speaking to employees this week at a Crew News forum, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker shared that he wasn't in the loop on the decision to cut meals from inflight service. Cuts are being made across the company faster than ever before. Continue reading ...