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Tear gas is more dangerous than police let on—especially during the pandemic

107KArs Technica / 9h
Enlarge / A woman holds a placard reading 'I can't breathe' amid tear gas in Toulouse, France. (credit: Alain Pitton/NurPhoto via Getty Images) When Amira Chowdhury joined a protest in Philadelphia against police violence on Monday, she wore a mask to protect herself and others against the coronavirus. But when officers launched tear gas into the crowd, Chowdhury pulled off her mask as she gasped

The WHO just changed its COVID-19 face mask advice: Here’s what’s new

300+SlashGear / 8h
The World Health Organization now recommends wearing a face mask to help avoid the spread of COVID-19, updating its guidance after acknowledging new research during the coronavirus pandemic. The WHO had previously stopped short of recommending face masks, cautioning that the evidence for their efficacy was still insufficient. That changed today, however, with spokespeople from the WHO joining the

A Letter Not From a Birmingham Jail

3KLifehacker / 5h
I imagine I am a street sweeper. Read more...


Work from home securely with this discounted VPN

24Mashable / 21min
TL;DR: A one-year subscription to TunnelBear VPN is on sale for £3.95 per month, saving you 50% on list price. Working from home is the new normal, meaning it's even more important to be vigilant when it comes to online security and data privacy. Without the protection of an office network, your information is at risk of being exposed. There is no reason to panic though, because VPNs can help you

AMD Ryzen + Arduino: This motherboard has an exceptional feature found nowhere else

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A tiny company has combined an AMD Ryzen Embedded V1605B with a Microchip ATmega32U4 MCU for real-time I/Os and Arduino compatibility. The UDOO Bolt V8 costs $418 (roughly £330/AU$600) before tax/shipping and VAT and was one of the hardware success stories of 2018 for crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, despite shipping much later than expected. It's essentially a motherboard with a quad-core Ryze

Jio's hot streak continues: Silver Lake comes back to invest $600 million more

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This has to be some kind of record . It is pandemic time. There is lockdown everywhere. Economy in most countries is in a tailspin. And in this situation, Reliance Industries digital subsidiary Jio Platforms has raised $12.2 billion in just under two months. On a day when Abu Dhabi-based sovereign firm Mubadala committed itself to invest $1.2 billion in Jio Platforms, it emerged that Silver Lake

In TikTok protest, witches cast spells to hex cops

32Mashable / 1h
Under the light of this week's full moon, a group of witches of TikTok — or WitchTok, if you will — are casting protection spells for protestors and hexes for cops. With the U.S. a week into protests against police brutality after the killing of George Floyd, a surprising array of subcultures have stepped up to help. K-pop stans flooded police reporting platforms with fancams so informants couldn

When the NBA returns it may use 'NBA 2K' for crowd noise

100+Engadget / 2h
The NBA is moving toward restarting its season with 22 teams playing games at Disney World in Orlando, now that the NBA Player’s Association has approved further negotiations on the plan. One issue they’ll face is playing games without fans in the arena, and according to a report from The Athletic , discussions are ongoing but there’s a proposal to pipe in crowd noise from the NBA 2K video game .

Fake VPN messages used to lure Office 365 phishing victims

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A new phishing campaign is targeting Office 365 customers by impersonating their organizations in messages telling them they need to update their VPN configuration while working remotely. The phishing emails used in the campaign are made to look as if they come from an organization's IT support department in an effort to lure employees into opening them. According to the email security firm Abnor

Fast-growing Madison Reed is eyeing men’s hair next; “We’re going to blow the doors off that market”

100+TechCrunch / 2h
Amy Errett’s company, Madison Reed , sells in-home care color. It may not sound like a glamorous business but, as it turns out, it’s a very durable one, done the right way. Not only has the seven-year-old outfit been slowing chipping away at the dominant personal care giants like L’Oreal that have long controlled what’s currently a $30 billion market , but during one of the most dramatic economic

ESA’s reusable Prometheus rocket engine will be ground tested in 2021

SlashGear / 4h
In 2017, the European Space Agency tapped ArianeGroup to develop Prometheus, a full-sized and liquid-fueled rocket engine demonstrator intended to pave the way for reusable rocket engines. At the time, the agency had said that its demonstrator would be ground tested in November 2020; this week, the ESA returned with an update on the project, including some new dates. Reusable … Continue reading

Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Fold 2 Reportedly Launching Aug. 5

Gizmodo / 4h
With covid-19 having thrown a wrench practically every company’s product launch timeline, it’s impossible to predict when new gadgets might get announced. But according to multiple reports, Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Fold 2 in early August. Read more...

TGIF Playlist: Healing

Lifehacker / 4h
Happy Friday. This week has continued to be just as wild as the last, but instead of tunes inspiring you to email your local officials or safely protesting in the streets, I’ve decided to curate a playlist full of joints for genuine self-care. It is ok to log off, to spend time with the ones you love, and decompress.… Read more...

The Five Best Heavy Duty Office and Gaming Chairs, According to Our Readers

Gizmodo / 4h
When I sat down to read your comments for our latest group project (in the same chair I can’t wait to replace once I can afford one of these expensive ass recommendations you gave me ), I didn’t realize I’d get such a polarizing response to my use of the phrase “Pooh-sized.” Read more...

VMware snaps up network security firm Lastline

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VMware has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the network security firm Lastline as the company continues to try and position itself as a provider of cloud-native security tools. Both companies' boards have approved the transaction which is expected to close during Q2 of this year pending regulatory approval. As reported by TechCrunch , a source told the publication that VMware plans

‘Pokémon Go’ raid invites will let friends join your battle remotely

80Engadget / 4h
Pokémon Go creators recently announced that two of the game’s many planned updates will be available this summer: the ability to invite friends to raid battles, and a stickers feature for gifts. The raid battles feature is set to be released sometime this month, according to a statement on the Pokémon Go website. Niantic gave a less specific timeframe for the stickers, simply saying players can e

Porn Star Yanked Off United Flight After Speaking Out On Protests

22View from the Wing / 4h
Was Elle Knox making an important enough statement to ignore FAA rules that she stay seated - indeed, is it important for all of us not to stay seated? - or was the United captain right that the message may matter but a commercial airline flight is the wrong time and wrong place? Continue reading ...

Why it’s so difficult to donate your airline and hotel points and miles to the causes you care about

The Points Guy / 4h
You could say we’re pretty big on using points and miles for some pretty incredible things around here — and while travel is no doubt at the top of that list, there are other ways to put those valuable points and miles to good use, especially for those in need. Many airlines and hotel chains partner with various charities and organizations to which travelers can donate their points and miles. You

Coronavirus face mask lights up with moving mouth shapes

100+BBC News - Technology / 5h
A games designer creates a face mask that shows animated mouth shapes as you speak.

How Bill Gates became the voodoo doll of Covid conspiracies

500+BBC News - Technology / 5h
The ex-Microsoft head is currently the target of all kinds of outlandish theories and false claims.

Lidar helps uncover an ancient, kilometer-long Mayan structure

200+TechCrunch / 5h
Lidar is fast becoming one of the most influential tools in archaeology, revealing things in a few hours what might have taken months of machete wielding and manual measurements otherwise. The latest such discovery is an enormous Mayan structure, more than a kilometer long, 3,000 years old, and seemingly used for astronomical observations. Takeshi Inomata of the University of Arizona is the lead

Aukey introduces an extremely compact 100w charger

100+TechCrunch / 5h
Let’s talk about chargers. They are, quite possibly, the least exciting thing about a computer. Don’t get me wrong. They’re necessary, obviously. But when was the last time you got really psyched about one? And yet, here I am, tech blogger guy telling you that today is the first day of the rest of your charger-loving life. Why? Because of three alternately cased letters: GaN. Back at CES, I wrote

Demonstrating 15 contact tracing and other tools built to mitigate the impact of COVID-19

100+TechCrunch / 5h
Andy Moss Contributor Andy Moss is currently a Visiting Professor at NYU Tandon teaching entrepreneurship and innovation as well developing the COR Methodology, an active advisor/mentor to startups and business leaders, and is a former Microsoft executive. Connor Spelliscy Contributor Connor Spelliscy is Director of New Platforms at Hangar , a partner at Connectivity Fund and helps lead COVID-19

How I strategically booked a rental car for 110 days straight

The Points Guy / 5h
I have not owned a car since moving to Manhattan 13 years ago. That’s normally great. Subways, buses, taxis, Uber and Lyft — plus plenty of walking and biking — have all made my urban life possible. When we have needed to escape the city on a weekend , my family has turned to Avis, Hertz and National. Then came COVID-19 and a completely-reshaped existence in New York City. For weeks, my wife and

Millions of WordPress accounts targeted in major cyberattack

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Hundreds of thousands of WordPress websites were targeted over the course of 24 hours in a large scale cyberattack with the aim of harvesting database credentials. The cybercriminals behind the attack were attempting to download the wp-config.php configuration files from users WordPress sites as they contain valuable information including database credentials, connection info, authentication uniq

Remodel Your Home With Wayfair's Sales of the Day

Lifehacker / 5h
The best Wayfair sales for June 2020 are here. Read more...

How new technology could make airport social distancing possible

The Points Guy / 5h
Technology company Veovo is attempting to make social distancing in airports possible with its latest products. The technology promises to provide both real-time and predictive insights to airports about passenger movements through a combination of movement monitoring and machine learning. The pair of new products are Virtual Queuing and a Passenger Density Management Tool, which Veovo hopes will

America’s new busiest airport is Dallas/Fort Worth, at least for now

25The Points Guy / 5h
Coronavirus is making for all kinds of new superlatives in the airline world. The latest? A new airport was crowned America’s busiest last month. Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) , American’s fortress hub in Texas, saw the most commercial service of any airport in the nation in May, The Dallas Morning News reported . That title has long been held by either Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Telegram messaging app gets its own built-in video editor

SlashGear / 6h
The messaging app Telegram has been updated with some new features, the most notable of which is the addition of its own built-in video editor. The new feature joins the integrated photo editor that was added to the app in past years, enabling users to edit their videos directly within the messaging app. As well, users can expect better GIFs … Continue reading

Did Instagram Just Say It's Rewriting Online Copyright?

Instagram Embedding APIGizmodo / 6h
In one fell swoop, Facebook may have changed its mind about how the online news media will operate from here on out. Undermining a now age-old assumption, Facebook told Ars Technica on Thursday that embedding from Instagram may not shield news organizations from freely cross-posting on their sites. A spokesperson said: Read more...

'The Help' is currently the most watched movie on Netflix

69Mashable / 6h
Today in egregiously problematic, The Help is now the most watched movie on Netflix. As anti-racism protests continue across the country , media outlets and activists are suggesting people — especially white people — better educate themselves on the United States' systemic history of intolerance and oppression towards black people. Book lists and streaming guides (including Mashable's round-up of

New United Coronavirus Travel Restriction Starts Tuesday, Are You Ready To Fly?

View from the Wing / 6h
United is instituting a new requirement for passengers to fly starting Tuesday, June 9. Everyone traveling on United will be required to complete a health screening as part of the check-in process, and confirm that they're willing to wear a mask. Under United's new coronavirus rules I'm unlikely to ever be eligible to fly. Continue reading ...

It's Not Enough to Quit Your Job

Ohanian Reddit BlackGizmodo / 6h
Across the country, white people are being called on to use their power and privilege to lift up black people—by hiring them, promoting them, and in some cases actively relinquishing power. In a particularly bold reflection of this stance, Alexis Ohanian announced that he will step down from his seat on the board of… Read more...

Instacart Is Changing Its Tipping Policy to Curb Customer Tip-Baiting, but Customers Can Still Bait Tips

32Gizmodo / 6h
Instacart says it has revised its tipping policy to stop tip-baiting, a practice where a customer lures an Instacart shopper with a large tip to pick up their order, but removes the tip after the groceries have been delivered. This practice became increasingly problematic at the height of the covid-19 crisis due to an… Read more...

Reddit's Cofounder Wants a Black Person to Take His Board Seat

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Alexis Ohanian's resignation is among the most dramatic responses in the tech industry to the killing of George Floyd.

We put Western Digital’s dreaded SMR Red drive to the test

84Ars Technica / 6h
Enlarge / Western Digital's EFAX Red—an SMR disk—squares off against a Seagate Ironwolf in today's testing. (credit: Jim Salter) Western Digital has been receiving a storm of bad press—and even lawsuits —concerning their attempt to sneak SMR disk technology into their "Red" line of NAS disks. To get a better handle on the situation, Ars purchased a Western Digital 4TB Red EFAX model SMR drive and

United Airlines to require health acknowledgement during check-in

100+The Points Guy / 6h
Last month, United Airlines rolled out its “CleanPlus” program . It included a number of initiatives aimed at improving health and safety , developed in partnership with Clorox and Cleveland Clinic. Now, the carrier is expanding its efforts, requiring passengers to acknowledge that they’re healthy and willing to comply with airline policies during the check-in process. As of Tuesday, June 9, all

'Insecure' continues a tradition of excellence in Season 4

48Mashable / 6h
Some shows take time to improve, but the best of the best are born into this world flexing their brilliance. As viewers, we can take that for granted. What new is there to say about more of the same, even when the same was an artistic gift? But thankfully, more of the same also means more opportunities to give a show its due, which is why I get to now tell you what I've been saying for years: Wat

Astronomers have found a planet like Earth orbiting a star like the sun

500+MIT Technology Review / 6h
Three thousand light-years from Earth sits Kepler 160, a sun-like star that’s already thought to have three planets in its system. Now researchers think they’ve found a fourth. Planet KOI-456.04, as it’s called, appears similar to Earth in size and orbit, raising new hopes we’ve found perhaps the best candidate yet for a habitable exoplanet that resembles our home world. The new findings bolster

How K-pop fans became celebrated online vigilantes

100+MIT Technology Review / 6h
When the Dallas police called for the public to send them videos of illegal activity during protests a week ago, they didn’t get the evidence of law-breaking demonstrators they expected. Instead, fans of Korean pop music downloaded the police department’s app en masse, rallied each other to flood it with short, fan-produced videos, and gave it low ratings to make it less visible in the app store.

Here's What Black People Want From White Allies

49Lifehacker / 6h
Earlier this week, I created a post I thought would create a space and a moment for black people to state exactly what they need right now from their white allies. We are grieving. Our mental health is being continuously shaken in the midst of trauma brought on by police misconduct, the violence of white vigilantes… Read more...

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

Gizmodo / 7h
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EA Play and the Steam Game Festival have been pushed back one week

70Engadget / 7h
EA is postponing its summer game showcase. The digital version of EA Play was originally scheduled for June 11th at 7 PM ET. Instead, it’ll take place at the same time a week later on June 18th. pic.twitter.com/6NSTb4cxqE — Electronic Arts (@EA) June 5, 2020 "With the important conversations taking place and important voices being heard around the world right now, we're moving our time to come to

Instacart finally addresses tip baiting with threat of bans

SlashGear / 7h
Following widespread criticism of the practice, Instacart is taking steps to protect its shoppers from ‘tip baiting,’ the practice of dangling a big tip, then revoking it once the groceries are delivered. It will still be possible for customers to stiff shoppers when it comes to tipping, but things will be more tricky going forward and problematic customers won’t stay … Continue reading

Why Struggling Airlines Need To Invest Even More In Their Product

View from the Wing / 7h
A key point for turning around an airline, or any business, is delivering a product customers will pay for. And when you're not the low cost provider in the industry, you need to earn a revenue premium, and the details of the product therefore matter most. Continue reading ...

Reopening Europe: When can you visit again? A country-by-country guide

The Points Guy / 7h
At the Points Guy, we’re not recommending travel right now in light of the coronavirus, but we are encouraging folks to think about where they want to go once it’s safe to travel again. We’ve been doing a lot of stories at The Points Guy about our dream trips and when we can realistically book those trips. Related: Planning a dream trip to Greece Europe is at the top of our lists. The bad news is

Use a Chatbot for Faster Amazon Returns

63Lifehacker / 7h
When you experience a problem with an Amazon order and need to make a return or request a refund, you probably turn to the site’s live customer support representatives for help. Don’t. Instead, hit up Amazon’s automated chatbot, which can get you near-instant refunds or schedule returns without wasting any of your… Read more...

Protesting Is a Hack

1KGizmodo / 7h
Protests get shit done. If you celebrate Independence Day, Pride or Martin Luther King Day, you know that public demonstrations, even riots, have forced change where other means could not. Earlier this week we shared with you five demonstrations that changed history ; today let’s talk about what’s happening now . Read more...

The accelerating digital transformation, redux

200+TechCrunch / 7h
Earlier this week, TechCrunch covered a grip of earnings reports showing that some companies helping other businesses move to modern software solutions are seeing accelerated growth. Inside the Software as a Service (SaaS) world, this is known as the digital transformation. Based on how many software companies are talking about it, the pace of change is only picking up. But since we published tha

What It Means When a City Records No New COVID-19 Deaths

100+Lifehacker / 7h
On Wednesday, for the first time since March 12, NYC reported no new deaths from COVID-19. To put that number into perspective, during the peak in mid-April, NYC reported an average of 500 deaths a day. This is encouraging news, and worth celebrating. Preventative measures—closing businesses, the public adopting… Read more...

Jabra’s True Wireless Earbuds, the Elite 75t, Are on Sale for $100 Right Now

24Lifehacker / 7h
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Jabra’s True Wireless Earbuds, the Elite 75t, Are on Sale for $100 Right Now

24Gizmodo / 7h
Jabra Elite 75t (Refurbished) | $100 | Newegg Read more...

Future Flexible OLED Displays Could Be Made From Human Hair

26Gizmodo / 7h
Recycled human hair has been used throughout history for a variety of purposes, but never before has it been turned into OLED displays—until now. Read more...

Wonder Woman 1984 Is Delayed, But Here Are 17 Other Female Fighters to Watch in the Meantime

200+Gizmodo / 7h
Today was supposed to be the day we got to hear that unmistakable guitar riff again. You know the one. The song that plays when Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman makes an epic entrance (or at least some radical ‘80s remixes this time!). To hopefully provide some consolation, we’ve compiled a list of movies starring other… Read more...

Instagram may require permission before embedding photos

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How you use Instagram’s embedding feature may soon change significantly. In a statement to Ars Technica , Instagram said it doesn't give people who use its embed feature a copyright license to display the image they're embedding. "While our terms allow us to grant a sub-license, we do not grant one for our embeds API," a spokesperson for Facebook said. "Our platform policies require third parties

Protesting Is a Hack

1KLifehacker / 8h
Protests get shit done. If you celebrate Independence Day, Pride or Martin Luther King Day, you know that public demonstrations, even riots, have forced change where other means could not. Earlier this week we shared with you five demonstrations that changed history ; today let’s talk about what’s happening now . Read more...

United Airlines Closing Foreign Crew Bases

500+One Mile at a Time / 8h
Virtually all US airlines are planning significant job cuts this year due to the reduction in demand, and United Airlines has perhaps been most vocal about needing to reduce staffing levels. Unfortunately there’s bad news today for some flight attendants… United Airlines closing foreign crew bases United Airlines has flight attendants based in four foreign cities — Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, a

Halo Infinite might be followed by a second Halo game on Xbox Series X

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Halo Infinite isn’t the only Halo game we’ll see on the Xbox Series X . That’s news you probably expected to hear in a year or two, but a new job posting could point to either a spin-off game or a main series entry coming sooner rather than later. The job posting in question can be found on Microsoft’s careers page and put out a call for a senior producer to “help develop a new project in the Hal

Facebook Will, Uhh, Stop Promoting the ‘Boogaloo’ Race War Thing

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Facebook says it is cracking down even further against groups related to the “Boogaloo” movement, which has considerable momentum among far-right militiamen and is based around the idea that the U.S. is headed towards a second Civil War. Just kidding! It only said that it will stop actively promoting them. Read more...

Archaeologists find a way to look for ancient beer

100+Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / Barley grain used in the production of beer at the Asahi Kanagawa Brewery in Japan. (credit: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg/Getty Images) Over the last few years, archaeologists have learned a lot from ancient people’s dirty dishes. Microscopic residues clinging to the inside of potsherds contain chemical traces of ancient food and drink, which have revealed remarkable details of ancient peo

TaxProper raises $2M to automate getting your property taxes lowered

100+TechCrunch / 8h
If you own your home, how much do you pay for property taxes? Too much? Sounds about right. If you disagree with how much you’re paying in property taxes, you can appeal the assessment. Most people don’t, though — perhaps because they are unaware they can, or because they just don’t have the time to deal with the lawyers and paperwork. TaxProper , a company out of Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 batch

Telegram adds video editor and more creative tools

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A robust Telegram update has added video editing to the messaging app, according to a recent blog post . Users can also add animated stickers to media, along with several other new features. The “most powerful photo editor to be implemented in a messaging app,” as Telegram described it, can now be used to make a variety of changes to video. Enhance video quality in two taps, or manually adjust pa

Keep a Fully Charged Phone Power Bank at Home

300+Gizmodo / 8h
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...

NASA says a big asteroid will fly by Earth tomorrow, but don’t panic

79SlashGear / 8h
NASA has announced another asteroid flyby, one that will take place tomorrow, June 6. The event is notable because the asteroid will come close to Earth, relatively speaking. That doesn’t mean the planet is at risk, however — the space agency says there’s no need to panic because there’s zero chance the asteroid will hit the planet. How does NASA … Continue reading

Let's Abolish the Police Force

1KLifehacker / 8h
Abolishing the police—or at the very least, significantly defunding them, to the point they are only a minimal presence in our communities—might sound like a radical and far-fetched solution to systemic police violence. Who would you call if someone stole your car or broke into your house? What if you were a victim of… Read more...

Singapore Plans to Roll Out Its Own Contact-Tracing Wearable

56Gizmodo / 8h
As several countries mull how best to utilize contact-tracing technology, Singapore is planning to issue virus-tracking wearables to each of its 5.7 million residents. Read more...

Valve is allowing racist bots to invade ‘Team Fortress 2’

76Engadget / 8h
Content warning: This story contains images and descriptions of hate speech. For the past two months, Team Fortress 2 has been under attack by a horde of racist, homophobic, sexist, pornographic and generally bigoted robots. The bots appear in nearly every match, spewing hate speech in the chat, using cheats to automatically secure headshots, and taking advantage of cosmetic exploits to disrupt g

Pursue a future in big data and machine learning with these classes

84Mashable / 8h
TL;DR: Get involved with the world's most valuable resource — data, of course — with The Complete 2020 Big Data and Machine Learning Bundle for $39.90, a 96% savings as of June 5. Big data has gotten so big that the adjective doesn't even do it justice any longer. If anything, it should be described as gargantuan data, given how the entire digital universe is expected to generate 44 zettabytes of

Command & Conquer Remastered Collection modernizes two RTS classics today

Command & Conquer RASlashGear / 8h
Back toward the end of 2018, Electronic Arts announced that it was working with Petroglyph on remastering the Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and Command & Conquer: Red Alert. Since that announcement, we’ve seen some glimpses of the games in development, but now they’re ready for primetime. Electronic Arts launched the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection today, which is available … Continue

These Ultra-Breathable Summer Sneakers Are Really Steel Toe Boots in Disguise

Futurism / 8h
Summer is finally here. That means it’s time for lawn mowing, landscaping, and home repo projects. It’s time to trim the tree hanging over your driveway, clear the brush at the back of your property, and build that new deck you’ve been thinking about all spring. It’s time for camping trips, fishing trips, and all kinds of other outdoor activities. And for all this, you need the right shoes that w

The powerful XPS 13 laptop is on sale for just $879.99 at Dell

40TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Upgrade your laptop and snag a price cut on the all-new XPS 13 at Dell. Right now you can get Dell XPS 13 laptop on sale for $879.99 . That's a $20 discount and the best price we've found for this particular model. The Dell XPS 13 features a 13.3-inch InfinityEdge display and packs 4GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a 10th Generation Intel Core i3-1005G1 processor. The powerful laptop received an upgrade

EyeBuyDirect is running a deal on BOGO glasses for Pride Month

48Mashable / 8h
TL;DR: EyeBuyDirect is running a buy one, get one free deal on frames as of June 5. Just enter code LOVE4ALL at checkout. June is Pride Month , which is a time when we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and recognize all that's been done in the continuing fight for equality. It's not uncommon for brands to run sales in honor of Pride or to even launch new Pride-themed products , and EyeBuyDirect is h

Your Floors Need Cleaning, Get a Refurbished Dyson V10 for $250 off and Get Your Floors Looking Fresh Again

32Gizmodo / 8h
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How to avoid booking ‘ghost flights,’ which aren’t likely to fly

24The Points Guy / 8h
We’re living in exceptional times, especially when it comes to travel. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic , and an unprecedented drop in demand, airlines have been forced to cancel countless flights all around the world, often only a few days in advance . One practice we’ve seen play out often is that airlines will “zero out” a flight, while leaving it intact for customers with existing rese

How to Make a Pickled Cherry Sour

50Lifehacker / 8h
Earlier this week, I made a jar of pickled cherries , and I found them to be pleasing. They are good on cheese plates and they are good in salads, but they absolutely excel in a coupe full of alcohol. The easy move is to plop one in a Manhattan. The expert move is to smash them into some gin. Read more...

The best deals we found this week: 16-inch MacBook Pro, PS Plus and more

53Engadget / 8h
June kicked off with a few good discounts on Apple products. The 16-inch MacBook Pro is $300 off at Amazon right now and the Apple Watch Series 3 costs only $180 at both Amazon and Walmart. Gamers will want to consider new deals on Sony’s PlayStation Plus or PlayStation Now, as well as a deal on Amazon for three months of Xbox Game Pass Live. Here are the best deals we found this week that you ca

The Sea’s Weirdest Creatures, Now in ‘Staggering’ Detail

500+NYT > Technology / 8h
With a new laser-scanning tool, marine biologists are getting a fine-comb look at some of the gloopiest and most mysterious organisms in the ocean.

I’ve Worked in Customer Service Long Enough to Know That People Generally Look Down on You

CDC Americans61Gizmodo / 8h
Have you been laid off or furloughed? Are you a frontline worker dealing with new stresses or irresponsible management? Is working (or not working) from home starting to take a psychological toll? Submit a story using this Google form or send me an email with the subject line “My Covid Story” and provide as much … Read more...

Atmospheric CO2 hits a record high while emissions drop

CO2200+Engadget / 8h
New data published by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows that the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has reached a record monthly high of 417 parts per million (ppm). This two ppm change since last May’s reading is in line with the average annual increase. While many predictions strongly suggested that behavior changes due to COVID-19 would affect the atmosphere, temporary shutdown

Scientists Fight Plan to Release Gene-Hacked Mosquitoes in TX, FL

300+Futurism / 9h
Fly, Pretties! Over the next two years, the biotech company Oxitec plans to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida and Texas in an attempt to stop the spread of diseases like dengue and Zika. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has already approved the plan — but a group of biologists, ecologists, bioethicists, and sustainability researchers writes in an article

New iPad keyboard shortcuts aim to make up for lack of function keys

46Ars Technica / 9h
The Magic Keyboard with a 12.9-inch 2020 iPad Pro. [credit: Samuel Axon ] Apple may soon add keyboard shortcuts for the iPad that would perform some of the actions Mac and PC users use the function or media keys for, according to 9to5Mac. The claim is based on analysis of code within iPadOS 13.5.5 beta. When we reviewed the iPad Pro's new Magic Keyboard peripheral, one of our main complaints was

Watch a Badass Wearable Robot Arm Hulk Smash Through a Wall

300+Futurism / 9h
Hulk Smash A team of researchers from Université de Sherbrooke in Canada have created a badass, waist-mounted hydraulic arm that’s capable of smashing through walls, IEEE Spectrum reports . A video uploaded by the team shows the robotic arm in action. It can move heavy power tools, paint walls, pick vegetables — and even Hulk smash through drywall. The robotic arm can be remote controlled by a mi

Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests

500+Wired / 9h
The easing of stay-at-home orders and Memorial Day travel have led to spikes in some parts of the country. That’s bad news for what comes next.

Uber could lose its Grubhub deal to Just Eat or Delivery Hero

100+TechCrunch / 9h
According to CNBC there are two suitors rivaling Uber for purchase of U.S. food delivery company Grubhub: Just Eat Takeaway (the union of Just Eat and Takeaway ) and Delivery Hero. Both are European companies perhaps looking for a major entry to the United States market. Just Eat Takeaway is based in the U.K. and Holland, while Delivery Hero is based in Germany. They are both lavishly funded, wit

Massive Fire Engulfs Third-Party Amazon Fulfillment Center in California

500+Gizmodo / 9h
A massive three-alarm fire erupted early Friday at a distribution facility in Redlands, California, engulfing the structure in flames. The building belonged to one of Amazon’s distribution partners that handles extra-large shipments. Read more...

New Microscope Is So Powerful It Can Watch Light Move

2KFuturism / 9h
Light Speed For the first time, scientists used a microscope to directly observe light as it traveled through a crystal. The research, which was conducted with a one-of-a-kind, ultrafast transmission electron microscope at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, opens up a new realm of possibility to quantum scientists. Not only can researchers now observe phenomena they used to be forced to mod

Instacart takes steps to discourage 'tip baiting'

100+Engadget / 9h
Instacart is responding to scrutiny over “tip baiting” by discouraging attempts to stiff shoppers. The grocery delivery service will now require that customers leave feedback if they remove tips entirely, and will reduce the tipping window from three days to 24 hours. It’ll also ban any customer who “consistently and egregiously” baits couriers. To match, Instacart is also making it easier for th

Instacart makes changes to tip policy following shopper complaints

100+TechCrunch / 9h
Instacart announced today that it is changing its tip policy to protect its growing shopper network from tip-baiting. Tip-baiting, a grotesque tactic, is when customers bait shoppers with a big tip and then reduce the tip to zero after they receive their groceries. It emerged as Instacart’s demand skyrocketed due to the pandemic and people being unable to go to the grocery store. Instacart contin

How to Create an 'SOS' Android Shortcut with Action Blocks

65Lifehacker / 9h
Android: If you’re in a situation where you need to fire off a quick message to a friend or loved one because shit is about to hit the proverbial fan, don’t waste time. By the time it takes you to get out your phone, authenticate in with a PIN or passcode, pull up your messaging app, and start typing out a message,… Read more...

MysteryVibe’s Crescendo Is An INSANELY Versatile Vibrator for Literally EVERYONE

Lifehacker / 9h
As our period of social distancing and quarantine isolation drags on, we’ll be bringing you a series of sex toy reviews to help you make the best buying decisions to keep your solo sex life buzzing along, or to spice things up for couples (or thruples or etc, etc, etc.) who may be experiencing some boredom in the … Read more...

Study finds how psychedelics cause ego death and sense of oneness

28SlashGear / 9h
A popular psychedelic compound that has been consumed by humans since ancient days has pointed researchers toward the brain’s ‘ego center,’ according to a new study. Researchers evaluated psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found in mushrooms that grow around the world, and found how it reduces one’s sense of self, causing an effect that many users have reported as ego ‘death.’ … Continue readi

This inflatable scooter fits in your backpack — Future Blink

64Mashable / 9h
Poimo is a joint research project between mercari R4D and the University of Tokyo and makes personal mobility compact. Read more... More about Tech , Transportation , Mashable Video , Scooters , and Future Blink

Portobel turns food producers into direct-to-consumer businesses

100+TechCrunch / 9h
A startup called Portobel is working to help food producers shift their businesses so they can support direct-to-consumer deliveries. Portobel is backed by Heroic Ventures and led by Ranjith Kumaran, founder or co-founder of file-sharing company Hightail ( acquired by OpenText ) and loyalty startup PunchTab ( acquired by Walmart Labs ). Kumaran told me that he and his co-founders Ted Everson and

Quickly Remove Backgrounds From Your Pictures With This App

46Lifehacker / 9h
iOS: It’s easy to find guides on blurring or removing photo backgrounds online , but almost all of them require a desktop and image editing software. iOS users, however, can do it right on their phones using the PhotoRoom app. Read more...

Resources you'll need for raising an antiracist child

200+Mashable / 9h
So you've decided to raise an antiracist child.No doubt something profound has brought you to this crossroads. For many parents, the death of George Floyd , who died after an officer kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes, was the catalyst. For me, it was an evolution that took place over years but culminated in watching an unabashed display of white supremacy at the Unite the Right Rally in Ch

Summer Games Done Quick will be an online-only event this year

58Engadget / 9h
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic , this year’s edition of Summer Games Done Quick will be an online-only affair. The week-long charity speedrunning marathon had already been pushed back until August for coronavirus-related reasons, but organizers have conceded that it can’t go ahead as a physical event. Although speedrunners and spectators won’t be coming together in person as planned in Bloomington,

And that’s really it for Google+

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Last year, Google launched the beta of Currents , which was essentially a rebrand of Google+ for G Suite users, since Google+ for consumers went to meet its maker in April 2019. While Google+ was meant to be an all-purpose social network, the idea behind Currents is more akin to what Microsoft is doing with Yammer or Facebook with Workplace. It’s meant to give employees a forum for internal discu

Crayola introduces inclusive, skin-tone inspired crayon colors

59Mashable / 9h
The new crayon set is part of Crayola’s inclusivity initiative. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Coloring , Inclusivity , Kids Toy , and Crayola

Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, resigns to make room for a black board member

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The co-founder of Reddit just put the rest of the tech world on notice. Alexis Ohanian announced Friday that he was resigning his Reddit board seat, and "urged" the rest of the board to fill his spot with a new black board member. He will also be donating all future gains on his Reddit stock to "serve the black community," and is immediately giving $1 million to Colin Kaepernick's racial justice

What to Do If You're Arrested While Protesting

100+Lifehacker / 9h
It’s important to know your rights when attending a protest. In the video above, we speak with lawyer Maryanne Kaishian, a senior staff attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services, about the correct steps to take if you find yourself being arrested at a protest. Read more...

How to Get a Full Body Workout With a Pair of Paper Plates

100+Lifehacker / 9h
Even if your gym is reopening , it’s still safest to stay home when you can, so we’re going to dedicate this month to DIY workout equipment. Today: the humble paper plate. Read more...

Motorola’s sub-$200 Moto G Fast and Moto E pack modern designs, big batteries

G Fast Moto MGF TME48Ars Technica / 9h
The Moto G Fast, looking way better than a $200 phone should look. [credit: Motorola ] Motorola is releasing some cheap smartphones for 2020. You might think the company had already done this with the April release of the Moto G Stylus ($299) and the Moto G Power ($249), but today Motorola is announcing more budget devices for the US: the Moto G Fast ($199) and the 2020 version of the Moto E ($14

Twitter saw record app downloads this week in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests

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Singapore wants every resident to wear a COVID-19 tracing device

200+Engadget / 9h
For Singapore, contact tracing apps might not be enough to help reopen the economy as the COVID-19 pandemic eases. Smart nation minister Vivian Balakrishnan has revealed that the city-state is close to releasing a wearable contact tracing device that it may soon hand out to “everyone in Singapore.” It’s not certain if the device would be mandatory, but that amounts to giving 5.7 million residents

Energy news round-up: here's what happened in the last seven days

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This week in energy: COVID-19 continues to impact energy customers in the UK in various ways, including the risk of a surprise bill at the end of the summer, precautionary measures by suppliers to support prepaid meter customers and Bristol City Council’s intended sale of Bristol Energy after it ran up a major loss. Smart meter installations are also beginning to resume in some instances, but cau

The latest Pokémon short is a homage to Looney Tunes

Pokémon Looney Tunes100+Engadget / 10h
The Pokémon Company has uploaded a new video to its official Pokémon Kids TV YouTube Channel, and it’s a throwback -- not to the era of the original 151 characters, but to the time of slapstick cartoons. The short features a confrontation between Scraggy and the creepy Mimikyu, and has all the hallmarks of an early Looney Tunes cartoon. A shaky title card with concentric rings immediately sets th

Apple releases Password Manager Resources for open source security aplenty

SlashGear / 10h
Today Apple revealed the Password Manager Resources open source project to assist in the development password management systems of all sorts. This new system was made by Apple to be open sourced in order to invigorate the global digital community with password management protocol that’s as secure as today’s tech will allow. This system from Apple allows developers to integrate … Continue reading

'Selma' star says 2015 Oscars snub was retaliation for Eric Garner protest

100+Mashable / 10h
The Oscars are once again on blast for their historic prejudice against films by and about black people. Amidst ongoing national protests against systemic racism, Selma star David Oyelowo appeared in Screen International 's live Q&A series " Screen Talks " to revisit the film's infamous lack of recognition at the 87th Academy Awards. Although the universally acclaimed Martin Luther King Jr. biopi

Legendary SimRefinery game released for free after 30 years in hiding

SlashGear / 10h
Back in the early-to-mid 1990s, SimCity and its derivatives seemed to be everywhere. Maxis at one point was pumping out two or three Sim games per year, and after the success of the original SimCity in 1989, we saw the series branch out to a number of different themes – SimTower, SimFarm, SimAnt, SimCopter, SimGolf; the list goes on and … Continue reading

Surreal Landslide Sweeps Several Homes Into Norwegian Fjord

500+Gizmodo / 10h
Whoa, here’s something you certainly don’t see everyday: A large chunk of land fell into and temporarily drifted atop a Norwegian fjord earlier this week. Footage taken during the disaster has to be seen to be believed. Read more...

This 11-Piece Set of Stainless Steel Cuisinart Pots and Pans is Just $129

20Lifehacker / 10h
Cuisinart 11pc Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel Cookware | $129 | MorningSave Read more...

Researchers: Rubber Bullets Often Cause Death, Permanent Injuries

2KFuturism / 10h
The justification for equipping police with rubber bullets is often that they’re “non-lethal.” But rubber bullets are extremely dangerous, Inverse reports , and a growing mountain of evidence clearly demonstrates that the plastic-coated ammunition can permanently maim and kill people just like any other bullet. A massive review study published in the journal BMJ Open in 2017 analyzed 1,984 rubber

After 25 Years, DC Has Cut Ties With the Largest Distributor of Comics in America

1KGizmodo / 10h
Diamond Comics has held an essential monopoly on the distribution of mainstream comics on the biggest publishers in the industry for decades. And now, in the wake of ongoing differences between Diamond and one of the biggest of those publishers, DC Comics, the two are officially parting ways. Read more...

Alexis Ohanian steps down from Reddit board, asks for his seat to go to a black board member

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Alexis Ohanian, the founder and former CEO of Reddit, stepped down from his position on the company’s board Friday as the U.S. roils with nationwide protests against police brutality after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, an unarmed black man. Ohanian is calling on the company he founded to fill his position with a black board member, a high-profile step for a company with its own rocky tr

Head to Morocco for 44k points with wide-open, business-class award space

The Points Guy / 10h
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. Earlier this week, American Airlines added Royal Air Maroc award bookings to AA.com , finally giving

An S.O.S. for Listening at Home

100+NYT > Technology / 10h
Practical advice for a new home speaker — and not the creepy kind.

Pre-Sort Your Donations Before Thrift Stores Reopen

85Lifehacker / 10h
If your boredom-fighting activities during the first few weeks of sheltering in place included major decluttering efforts, you know what the later weeks have meant: Having to look at piles of all your ready-to-purge donations sitting around your house, waiting for thrift stores and donation centers to reopen. Read more...

The Square Off robotic chess board gets a video calling component for remote games

100+TechCrunch / 10h
The Square Off robotic chess board was already a great device for these times. The system makes it possible to play a solo game using 20 different degrees of difficulty or challenge someone remotely through chess.com . I met with the Mumbai-based startup a couple of CESes ago, and was quite impressed with the execution. Now, in the face of massive global isolation courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemi

Alexis Ohanian Is Done With Reddit

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Alexis Ohanian has stepped down from his seat on the board of Reddit, the website he cofounded just shy of 15 years ago, in an apparent act of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Read more...

Hulu ends support for old Roku devices

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In October last year, Netflix ended support for several old Roku devices. Now Hulu has announced it's set to do the same later this month. As Ars Technica reports , very old Roku devices were already limited to the classic version of the Hulu app, which doesn't offer access to live TV. However, from June 24, both the Roku Streaming Player (models 2400 to 3100) and the Roku Streaming Stick (model

EA Access to hit Steam this summer after delay

EA Access Games Steam86Engadget / 10h
PC gamers have to wait a little bit longer to enjoy titles like Battlefield and the Star Wars Battlefront franchise. After announcing last fall that EA Access would come to Steam in Spring 2020, EA said this week that the subscription service won’t hit the digital retailer until sometime this summer. The reason for the delay is unclear, but understandable in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. What i

Experts: Protests Unlikely to Cause Huge Wave of COVID Cases

1KFuturism / 10h
Thousands of protests have taken to the streets, largely in the United States but also across the world , to protest police brutality and systemic racism in law enforcement. While many protesters have adhered to social distancing measures and the majority are wearing masks, health officials have raised concerns about whether the demonstrations could trigger a second wave of coronavirus cases, esp

Dropbox is working on a password manager

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Cloud storage provider Dropbox appears to be preparing to launch its own password manager after a new app called Dropbox Passwords was spotted on the Google Play Store. As reported by Android Police , the company released a private beta of its new app on the Play Store which you can download now, though only some Dropbox users that received an invite will be actually be able to login and test it

Weber’s SmokeFire smart grills just got a lot better

100+Engadget / 10h
When Weber debuted its first WiFi-connected pellet grills earlier this year, there was a lot to like. The company made some unique design choices that provided benefits over the competition. It also had a guided experience that allowed grillmasters of all skill levels to cook stress-free. However, the Weber Connect app lacked basic features like remote temperature control and detailed push notifi

iPhone 12 Release Could Be Delayed, A Surprising Source Says

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Every September, almost like clockwork, Apple releases a new iPhone. Based on recent comments from an unlikely source, the CEO of wireless component supplier Broadcom, the iPhone 12's release might get delayed until much later in the year. Read more...

As Businesses Reopen, Some Workers Fear Returning

100+Wired / 10h
Employees who decline to work amid the pandemic could lose both their paychecks and their unemployment benefits.

Believe it or not, cruising is back — and it’s weirder than we expected

200+The Points Guy / 10h
Would you still want to take a cruise if you found out the spa, pool and fitness center on the ship you’d booked would be closed for the entirety of your trip? What if you had to undergo daily temperature checks while on board and sometimes wear a mask? Judging from the experience of passengers this week on the first cruise vessel in the world to restart operations, that might be the new normal i

Should You Return Your 2020 Required Minimum Distributions?

50Lifehacker / 10h
If you took required minimum distributions from your traditional IRA or 401(k) in 2020, you might be able to put them back in. The CARES Act allows retirees to waive both 2020 required minimum distributions (RMDs) and any 2019 RMDs due by April 1, 2020 for individuals who turned 70.5 in 2019. That means that if you… Read more...

Your Floors Need Cleaning, Get a Refurbished Dyson V10 for $250 off and Get Your Floors Looking Fresh Again

32Lifehacker / 10h
Dyson V10 Motorhead | $250 | Newegg Read more...

11 Apple Watch Apps You Need to Install ASAP

Apple Watch 911 Man100+Lifehacker / 10h
If you’ve finally splurged on a brand new Apple Watch (or been the lucky recipient of a very nice gift), you’re probably wondering: Now what? The Apple Watch comes with plenty of great built-in features, but you should hit the watch’s App Store to find third-party options that can make the device even more useful. Read more...

Influencers Are Fumbling the Revolution

36Gizmodo / 11h
On Sunday night, beauty YouTuber Allana Davison posted a 23-minute long video that opened with a general, brief mention of the protests around the country in response to the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Read more...

Charge Your iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch at the Same Damn Time With a $19 Aduro Stand

Gizmodo / 11h
Aduro 3-in-1 Charging Stand for Apple Devices | $19 | SideDeal Read more...

Silicon Valley can fight systemic racism by supporting Black-owned businesses

300+TechCrunch / 11h
Will Walker Contributor Will Walker is a JD candidate at Harvard Law School, and a contributing author to "Incomprehensible!: A Study of How Our Legal System Encourages Incomprehensibility, Why It Matters and What We Can Do About It" . As the United States sees its second week of large-scale protests against police brutality, it’s painfully clear that the country’s racial divide requires signific

Silver Lake secures additional $600 million stake in India’s Reliance Jio Platforms

JP Mubadala Reliance Jio100+TechCrunch / 11h
Silver Lake is doubling down its bet on India’s Reliance Jio Platforms . The U.S. private equity firm said Friday it is buying an additional stake worth $600 million in the top Indian telecom operator, which has now raised $12.2 billion in less than two months at the height of a global pandemic. The Menlo Park-headquartered firm, which invested nearly $750 million in Reliance Jio Platforms last m

Hosting a cookout? Score this air fryer on sale for 67% off at Best Buy.

40Mashable / 11h
Read more... More about Mashable Shopping , Kitchen Appliances , Air Fryers , Ninja Foodi , and Tech

Emirates will resume service to 20 cities by mid-June, but is there award space?

25The Points Guy / 11h
On June 4, Emirates announced that it will resume service to 20 additional cities by June 15. The Dubai-based airline has run at extremely limited service since the United Arab Emirates banned air travel in March due to the coronavirus outbreak . The airline restarted limited service to nine cities last month, so the addition of 20 more cities more than doubles the number of destinations served.

How to Make an Alcoholic Slushy in a Soup Container

100+Lifehacker / 11h
I make a cocktail every Friday morning, not because I need one, but because my job demands it. (I live on the west coast you see; getting a cocktail column up by 3 p.m. in New York means the photo shoot has to happen before noon Pacific time.) I always take a sip (or three) to verify I like the drink, then stick the… Read more...

Command & Conquer Remastered Collection review: Loving the smell of Tiberium

200+Ars Technica / 11h
Welcome back to Westwood's classic RTS series in this week's new Remastered Collection . [credit: EA / Petroglyph ] The strategy, the explosions, the FMV sequences, the ripping guitars, and the Kane-fueled cheese—they're all back. The original 1995 game Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and its 1996 prequel Red Alert have returned in today's launch of the C&C: Remastered Collection on Windows 8/10

How to protect your identity while protesting police brutality

200+Engadget / 11h
The response to protests against police brutality, ignited by the murder of Geoge Floyd, have been nothing short of draconian. While government forces on the ground gleefully beat protesters and passersby with batons and doused them with tear gas , the US Border Patrol has deployed Reaper drones to surveil citizens from the skies and the DEA has been tasked with tracking protesters . The outsized

Command & Conquer Remastered is the PC gaming nostalgia trip you deserve

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Command and Conquer was everything in the '90s. In this extremely influential real-time strategy series, you'd build a base, gather resources, raise an army and send them to battle, hoping like hell that the enemy had a slightly less powerful force than yours. In its second entry, Red Alert, the series' formula crystallized, and the goofy story went into alternate history: the game starts with Al

Select Samsung TVs at Best Buy come with a free *30-day* trial of HBO Max

36Mashable / 11h
We can officially add HBO Max to the list of streaming services that drop new content each month . In June, the new streaming service sees additions like Ad Astra and Doctor Sleep , plus a few original series. The seven-day trial just isn't enough time to make a dent in everything HBO Max has to offer. But when you're already paying for a handful of other streaming services (and still trying to d

Police Arrest Caviar Courier During Bill de Blasio's Curfew Despite Essential Worker Status

200+Gizmodo / 11h
As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s curfew—imposed conveniently at a time when protesters have taken to the streets to demand an end to police brutality and racial injustice— continues to backfire , it appears the NYPD is now arresting even essential workers who are permitted to continue performing their jobs. Read more...

US backs off ban of Chinese airlines, but limits them to just 2 total flights per week

26The Points Guy / 11h
Washington and Beijing’s aviation tit-for-tat continues. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday that Chinese carriers will have to immediately scale back their schedule of U.S. flights, with Chinese airlines now only permitted to operate a combined total of two weekly round-trip services. That represents a 50% reduction in service from the current schedule of Chinese airlines serv

Why Today's Optimistic Unemployment Report Is Still Not Great News

100+Lifehacker / 11h
In contrast to the gloom that has hovered over the economy since the coronavirus pandemic began, the nation’s employment status actually improved in May, according to the jobs report released today. The unemployment rate dropped to 13.3%, and 2.5 million jobs were added to payrolls. That means April’s unemployment… Read more...

Best Buy's earbud sale is on: Save up to $110

41Mashable / 11h
TL;DR: As of June 5, you can save up to $110 on wireless earbuds at Best Buy . Believe it or not, Airpods aren't the only wireless earbuds on the market. They're also not the only ones on sale. While $139.99 has slowly become the new normal for the obsessed-over headphones, other prices are dropping as well. That's why we thought we'd round them up for you — so you check out the options in all th

Sega wants to turn Japanese arcades into 'fog gaming' data centers

100+Engadget / 11h
Sega marked its 60th anniversary this week with a tiny version of the Game Gear . But that's not the only thing on the company's mind at the minute. It's working on a system that would turn Japanese arcades into small data centers. According to Weekly Famitsu (via Kotaku ), Sega will tap into powerful CPUs and GPUs in arcade machines as part of an ultra-low-latency streaming system. It's calling

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare now shows a statement supporting Black Lives Matter

Call of Duty WarfareSlashGear / 11h
Activision and Infinity Ward have already made a couple of statements and announcements in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, but now it seems they’ve taken their support one step further. If you boot up Call of Duty: Modern Warfare today, you’ll be greeted by a message of support for Black Lives Matter and the protests that are happening … Continue reading

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is still heavily discounted, plus more tech deals

40Mashable / 11h
Focusing on work from home can be hard — many office workers are still stuck working from home, some without the proper equipment. If you're one of those people, we have a great batch of tech deals for you. Highlights today include $1,480 off the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon , $100 off the Apple iPad Pro , and more below. Check them out: Laptops $499 and below Lenovo C340 — $299 (list price $449) Go

Join Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz for a live Q&A: June 11 at 3 pm EST/Noon PDT/7 pm GMT

200+TechCrunch / 11h
One of the earliest disruptions created by the novel coronavirus manifested in the form of event cancellations. Some of the world’s biggest tech conferences, like F8 and Google NEXT, got postponed and others turned to digital options to still connect. Even Disrupt is going digital this year . It is an unprecedented time for the events world, so we are bringing someone right in the center of it to

All gas stations must charge EVs too rule German lawmakers

35SlashGear / 11h
The German government is requiring all gas stations in the country to offer electric vehicle charging, as part of an aggressive push to encourage motorists out of combustion vehicles and into EVs. Described as “an ambitious program,” the new economic stimulus package announced this week by German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees cuts to tax and electricity pricing, among other things, … Continue rea

Pokemon GO adding stickers, friend invites for raids

32SlashGear / 11h
This week the folks at Niantic revealed that they’d be adding new social networking features to Pokemon GO in the near future. One of the several changes that’ll come to Pokemon GO “later this month” is the ability to invite in-game friends to Pokemon Raid Battles. This feature was previously announced to be coming “soon” – now it’s been tipped … Continue reading

Dropbox Stealthily Launches Invite-Only Password Manager

Dropbox Password Android26Gizmodo / 11h
Without much fanfare, Dropbox has decided to launch a password manager app called Dropbox Passwords. The catch is, the app is still in beta and unless you’ve got an invite, you’re out of luck. Read more...

You can finally play Maxis' long-lost 'SimRefinery' oil simulator

200+Engadget / 11h
Once thought to be lost forever, Maxis’ SimRefinery has resurfaced. What’s more, you can play it right now thanks to the work of ArsTechnica and one of its readers . The story of how SimRefinery became playable again starts with journalist and game historian Phil Salvador. In May, Salvador self-published an exhaustive, historical account of Maxis Business Simulations , a subdivision of the legend

Days of Play sales bring cheap PS4 games, headsets and PS Plus deals to your weekend

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The Days of Play sales are in full swing, and you can grab yourself some cheap PS4 games, headsets, and even PS Plus deals this weekend. So, whether you want to catch up on some of the classics you missed or take the opportunity to grab some gear to enhance your gaming even further, the latest PS4 deals will offer everything you need to get started for less. Traditionally taking us through E3 wit

UK’s COVID-19 health data contracts with Google and Palantir finally emerge

100+TechCrunch / 12h
Contracts for a number of coronavirus data deals that the U.K. government inked in haste with U.S. tech giants, including Google and Palantir, plus a U.K.-based AI firm called Faculty, have been published today by openDemocracy and law firm Foxglove — which had threatened legal action for withholding the information. Concerns had been raised about what is an unprecedented transfer of health data

Poisonous Toads Invade South Florida in Latest Sign of the Apocalypse

Florida Sea 20508KGizmodo / 12h
First, there were murder hornets . Now, invasive, poisonous toads are the latest bizarre creature to go wild in the U.S. As South Florida enters its wet season aka hurricane season, the cane toad—an ugly, warty, brown amphibian with poison can kill pet dogs—is thriving. That’s not only concerning for pet owners. These… Read more...

Elon Musk calls for 'break up' of Amazon

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The entrepreneur condemned the online retailer after it rejected a book about coronavirus.

The US & China Aviation Battle Continues

56One Mile at a Time / 12h
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) are engaged in quite the battle, which is progressing at a fast pace. What happened so far this week If you’re not caught up on what has happened until now, see these two posts: Chinese Airlines Will Be Banned From Flying To The United States China Loosens Restrictions On International Flights, But Is It Enough

Elon Musk Calls To “Break Up Amazon”

4KFuturism / 12h
Billionaire Brawl On Thursday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk sent some angry tweets directed at Amazon — and rival space company Blue Origin — CEO Jeff Bezos, calling Amazon a monopoly that deserved to be broken up. “This is insane,” Musk tweeted to Bezos . He then followed up with “Time to break up Amazon. Monopolies are wrong!” Time to break up Amazon. Monopolies are wrong! — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June

US airlines may have to retire 1,000 jets. These are the ones that could end up in the boneyard.

40The Points Guy / 12h
U.S. airlines are well on their way to a smaller future, at least for the next few years, once the coronavirus pandemic abates. More than 3,000 aircraft have been stored, flight schedules have been slashed and tens of thousands of staff have taken unpaid leave. The planes that are still flying are undergoing intense cleaning procedures to woo wary travelers out of their homes and back into the sk

The Surface Pen is 20% off, plus other Microsoft accessory bundles

56Mashable / 12h
TL;DR: As of June 5, Microsoft Surface accessories are on sale at Best Buy Save $21 on select colors of the Surface Pen , then bundle it with an Arc Mouse, wireless keyboard, or USB adapter to save an extra $20. So you're a proud new parent of a Microsoft Surface device. With the exception of the new Surface Go 2 or Pro X , taking complete advantage of the true versatility of Surface Pro or Go de

Some People Are Having Horrific COVID Symptoms For Months

1KFuturism / 12h
They weren’t sick enough to be admitted to a hospital or put on a ventilator, and they’re not being represented in the numbers of active cases or deaths — but what they are going through is nonetheless extraordinarily difficult. Thousands of COVID-19 patients, now calling themselves “long-haulers,” are reporting that they are experiencing symptoms including coughs, chest pain, and aching joints f

Get three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $25 at Amazon

95Engadget / 12h
Unless you only occasionally use your Xbox One console or collect physical games, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate might be the most cost-efficient way to play. You could let Microsoft auto-renew your subscription at full price, but to save a decent amount of money, you can top off with prepaid codes. A three-month code usually costs $45, but Amazon is currently selling them for just $25 , which is the be

This Wall-Smashing Wearable Robot Arm Is Also the Perfect Social Distancing Tool

41Gizmodo / 12h
Before autonomous robots completely replace humans in the workplace, we’re going to see a hybrid approach where workers augmented with extra robotic limbs will work safer, easier, and faster. In the case of this robotic third arm that can smash through walls, these upgrades will potentially also be an effective way to … Read more...

This iPhone 13 concept is too insane for Apple, but what about Android?

SlashGear / 12h
This week we were looking at the latest in an always-wild collection of iPhone 13 concepts, seeking the hidden points of reason that always seem to leak before the real deal from Apple. Today, a concept for an iPhone 13 device seemed to show a machine that was evolutionary, but perhaps a bit TOO revolutionary Apple to consider creating. Apple … Continue reading

Friday's Best Deals: Amazon Echo Flex, Lipsmaker Chapstick, Cuisinart Cookware Set, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Pedroncelli Wine, and More

44Lifehacker / 12h
A Cuisinart cookware set , and Audro charging stand , a case of Pedroncelli wine from Friends , a Skil drill driver , and a 3-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate sub lead Friday’s best deals. Read more...

Investors argue against excessive pay package for Activision CEO

59Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge A major investment group with substantial holdings in Activision stock is speaking out this week against the high compensation for Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. The move comes ahead of a shareholder vote on executive pay scheduled for June 11. "Over the past four years, Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick has received over $20 million in combined stock/option equity per year," t

As the Punisher Skull Re-Emerges on Cops in U.S. Protests, Marvel Comics Reckons With Its Imagery [Updated]

9KGizmodo / 12h
The appropriation of comic book character Frank Castle’s skull emblem by police and the military has been an ongoing issue for Marvel Entertainment as it wrestles with the questionable embrace of the anti-hero’s extrajudicial violence by real state and federal employees. But as the “


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