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Monday, June 15, 2020

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T-Mobile hit by phone calling, text message outage

100KTechCrunch / 6h
T-Mobile appears to be having problems. Customers are reporting that they can’t make or receive phone calls, although data appears to be unaffected. Some customers say that text messaging is also affected. DownDetector, which collects outage reports from users, indicates that a major outage is underway. It’s not clear how widespread the issue is, but at the time of writing T-Mobile was trending a

T-Mobile outage cuts off users across the US

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11KEngadget / 5h
T-Mobile’s network is having an issue with voice and data service. There was a huge spike in outage reports on Down Detector starting at around 1 PM ET today, with many people across the US suggesting on that site and Twitter that they’re having problems. By around 3:30 PM ET, Down Detector had collected more than 82,000 outage reports. Some people are unable to make or receive calls, but Wi-Fi c

Twitter Wants You to Stop Retweeting Crap You Haven't Read

2KHow-To Geek / 16h
How many times have you seen someone retweet a story and it was abundantly clear that they only read the headline? I’ve seen it more times than I care to admit (and may have even been guilty of it myself). Now, though, Twitter is testing a new feature on Android to help curb this behavior. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Huawei allowed to work with US companies on 5G and other standards

SlashGear / 9min
While Huawei’s smartphones are often publicized as the most immediate casualties of its tussle with the US government, they aren’t the only business affected by it. Not only is Huawei involved in the equipment and technologies used to run many of the world’s networks, it also has a voice in existing and upcoming industry standards when it comes to networks, … Continue reading

Galaxy Tab S7+ renders show Samsung’s 12-inch iPad Pro

SlashGear / 41min
While Apple was content to sell its iPads as larger iPhones for the longest time, Samsung was in a position to drive the tablet market space at a very early stage. It may have been too far ahead of its time, though, and Samsung scaled back most of its efforts, only for the iPad Pro to revolutionize that tablet space. … Continue reading

Zoom says it will block certain users from meetings

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The video communications platform Zoom is currently working on technology that will allow it to block certain users from meetings. The move comes after the US-based firm faced criticism for shutting down the accounts of three prominent human rights activists who were trying to commemorate the anniversary of Tienanmen Square. As reported by Forbes , Zoom shut down the meetings and suspended or ter

Stockwell, the AI-vending machine startup formerly known as Bodega, is shutting down July 1

100+TechCrunch / 1h
Stockwell AI entered the world with a bang but it is leaving with a whimper. Founded in 2017 by ex-Googlers, the AI vending machine startup formerly known as Bodega first raised blood pressures — people hated how it referenced and poorly ‘disrupted’ mom-and-pop shops in one fell swoop — and then raised a lot of money . But ultimately, it was no match for COVID-19 and the hit it has had on how we

Yes, Apple Will Eventually Make a Foldable Phone, But Dear God, No, It Will Not Be This One

Apple WWDC 2020 iPhone
Gizmodo / 1h
Apple has long been rumored to be working on a flexible smartphone that would rival some of the experimental devices we’ve seen from Samsung and Motorola —though presumably more refined, one would hope. But today in Apple rumors that make you go “...what the fuck?” the foldable iPhone might have two displays separated… Read more...

KFC teases 4K gaming console concept with built-in chicken warmer

KFC PlayStation 5 Console
SlashGear / 1h
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), the fast-food restaurant best known for its fried chicken products, is no stranger to embracing modern trends and introducing gimmicky products as part of its marketing strategy. We’ve seen the KFC drone box, the Bitcoin Box, and even a dinner box that included a built-in phone charger. Now the company is back teasing its ‘KFConsole.’ The … Continue reading

Should you keep your airline credit card? Here’s what to consider as airport lounges reopen

The Points Guy / 1h
With demand for travel greatly reduced around the world, the ability to access airport lounges has been restricted for months. The good news is that more U.S. lounges are reopening , but the bad news is you can expect major changes on your next visit — and not ones for the better. Unfortunately, many lounges still won’t be open for quite some time. Some of the major credit card issuers — includin

Apple's AirPods are at their lowest-ever price on Amazon

Apple Free AirPods Mac
73Engadget / 1h
You might want to act quickly if you’ve been waiting for a sale on Apple’s AirPods Pro . Amazon is selling the noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds for $220 — that’s $30 off the usual sticker, and the lowest price we’ve seen on Amazon to date. That’s still more expensive than the standard AirPods with wireless charging case (they’re on sale for $170 as we write this), but the choice just got a

What's the Best Carry-On Luggage for Summer Travel?

Gizmodo / 1h
Oooof, let me tell you something, Co-opulace: I . 👏🏾 Need . 👏🏾 A . 👏🏾 Vacation! 👏🏾 Read more...

Clear Your Brain Fog and Give These Independent Coffee Brands a Shot

24Lifehacker / 1h
Coffee can make the world go round for some people. For those of us who run on caffeinated refreshments, it’s hard to imagine summer without cold brew, fall without pumpkin spice, dessert without espresso, and of course morning without hot java. Coffee’s not all just Maxwell House and Folgers; in fact, there are a ton… Read more...

A chilling first: Physicists create exotic “fifth form of matter” on board the ISS

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200+Ars Technica / 1h
Enlarge / This sequence of false-color images shows the formation of a Bose-Einstein condensate in the Cold Atom Laboratory prototype at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the temperature gets progressively closer to absolute zero, the temperature at which atoms have almost no motion. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech ) Physicists at Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have created a rare quantum

Something Weird Is Going On With T-Mobile Today

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84Gizmodo / 1h
T-Mobile customers across the U.S. are reporting that they cannot send or receive phone calls, and sometimes text messages. According to TechCrunch , the outage starting around 9-10 a.m. PT (12-1 p.m. ET) this morning, and at the time of this writing, is still the No. 1 trending topic in the U.S. on Twitter. Read more...

Sometimes basic just works: A review of the Capital One Platinum credit card

The Points Guy / 1h
Editor’s Note: The information for the Capital One Platinum Credit Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer. This page also includes information about the Discover it Secured that is not currently available on The Points Guy and may be out of date. Capital One® Platinum Credit Card overview If you’

Introverts are more likely to eat plant-based diets, study finds

SlashGear / 2h
A new study exploring the personalities and body mass of vegetarians and vegans found that they differ in notable ways, on average, when compared to that of meat-eaters. In addition to often having lower BMIs compared to their meat-eating counterparts, the study found that vegetarians are also more likely to have different personality traits, especially when it comes to the … Continue reading

Roku discounts its streaming devices ahead of Father's Day

44Engadget / 2h
Roku is hoping that you’ll buy a media streaming device for Father’s Day, and it’s running a sale on its players to match. Retailers like Amazon and Best Buy are selling Roku’s lineup significantly below their official prices, and it might be tempting if the fatherly figure in your life could stand a living room upgrade. Roku Ultra The steepest discount is for Roku’s flagship media hub, the Ultra

Beijing reinstated lockdown as US officials warn the same could happen here

100+Ars Technica / 2h
Enlarge / BEIJING, CHINA - JUNE 15: A Chinese epidemic control worker performs a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 on a man who had contact with the the Xinfadi Wholesale Market. Authorities are trying to contain the outbreak linked to the Xinfadi wholesale food market, Beijing's biggest supplier of produce and meat. Several neighborhoods have been locked down, and at least two other food markets we

Rocket Lab’s next mission could launch just weeks after the last one

100TechCrunch / 2h
Rocket Lab is creeping closer to its goal of weekly launches with its 13th commercial mission, nicknamed “Pics Or It Didn’t Happen,” which, if all goes well, will take off only three weeks after the last one. “Don’t Stop Me Now” got to orbit successfully over the weekend, on June 13, and the next one is scheduled for July 3 — weather and other factors permitting. “Rocket Lab has eliminated the sm

New American Airlines Seat, Falling Apart

View from the Wing / 2h
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 ...

The AI powered app for buying clothes online

100+BBC News - Technology / 2h
Buying clothes online has always been problematic because you can't see them for real or try them on.

Instagram 'will overtake Twitter as a news source'

100+BBC News - Technology / 2h
A report finds Instagram doubled its news audience last year - and could overtake Twitter by 2021.

Amazon v EU: Has the online giant met its match?

100+BBC News - Technology / 2h
The EU looks set to charge Amazon for anti-competitive behaviour.

Former eBay Execs Allegedly Made Life Hell for Critics

200+Wired / 2h
Surveillance. Harassment. A live cockroach delivery. US attorneys have charged six former eBay workers in association with an outrageous cyberstalking campaign.

Internet Archive's massive free e-book library shuttered amid copyright lawsuit

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In effort to make it easier for educators and students to access books during the pandemic, the Internet Archive launched its National Emergency Library back in March of this year with 1.3m books available for checkout, free of charge. In a blog post , the Internet Archive provided more details on how its National Emergency Library system works, saying: “Users will be able to borrow books from th

United Airlines: Wear your mask or risk being banned from flying

500+The Points Guy / 2h
United Airlines is stepping up its mask policy enforcement, saying Monday that all passengers will be required to wear masks per its existing policy. That reiterates the rules the carrier already has on the books, but now those who refuse will face real consequences. Beginning June 18, any passenger who does not wear a mask while traveling on United will be placed on the airline’s restriction lis

US lets companies work with Huawei on 5G standards

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100+Engadget / 3h
The US is bending its hardline stance on Huawei ... if only very slightly. The Commerce Department has instituted a rule allowing American companies to participate in developing standards where Huawei is involved, such as 5G wireless, AI and self-driving cars. Not surprisingly, the move has its roots in pride and pragmatism. The US doesn’t want to “cede leadership in global innovation” by sitting

Google Nest smart speaker ‘prince’ tipped to take on Sonos One

SlashGear / 3h
Google is gearing up to release a new Nest smart speaker that is allegedly codenamed ‘prince,’ a new leak claims. The model is said to feature a familiar Google smart speaker design, but with upgraded audio compared to the previous Google Home model, enabling it to take on the Sonos One smart speaker. The speaker model hasn’t been officially announced … Continue reading

43,000 Pounds of Raw Ground Beef Recalled Over Potential E. Coli Contamination

69Gizmodo / 3h
Roughly 42,922 pounds of ground beef products that were shipped to stores across the United States are being recalled over concerns that the meat may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Read more...

Ex-eBay Workers Sent Critics Live Roaches and a Mask of a Bloody Pig Face, U.S. Says

Six eBay Employees Charged
300+NYT > Technology / 3h
Six former employees of the site sent threatening messages and deliveries to a couple after the e-commerce newsletter they published wrote about a lawsuit involving eBay.

Bare It All With These Bellesa Boutique Deals on Sex Toys

Gizmodo / 3h
Featured Deal: Satisfyer Pro 2 | $59 | Promo code INVENTORY Read more...

Live roaches and a bloody pig mask: 6 eBay employees accused of threatening a couple over a newsletter

Six eBay Employees Charged
100+Mashable / 3h
Live cockroaches, spiders, and fly larvae. A bloody “pig face mask.” A funeral wreath. These are just some of the items sent by a group of eBay employees to harass a couple who ran an ecommerce newsletter that was critical of the company. On Monday, six former eBay employees, some who were in executive-level positions at the company, were hit with federal charges after inflicting a campaign of cy

Apple claims 'half a trillion dollars' App Store economy

200+BBC News - Technology / 3h
Firm says it only took a cut from a fraction of the trade, but still faces anti-competition scrutiny.

US Commerce Dept. amends Huawei ban to allow for development of 5G standards

US Commerce Huawei
100+TechCrunch / 3h
The United States Department of Commerce today issued a change to its sweeping Huawei ban. Proponents of the move note that the change in policy ought not be regarded as a softening on the government’s stance toward the embattled hardware maker, but instead is an attempt to develop more streamlined standards for 5G, along with the company, which has been one of the primary forces in its developme

What’s a coronavirus superspreader?

200+MIT Technology Review / 3h
As we learn more about how the coronavirus spreads between people, there’s more evidence to suggest that most infections are transmitted by a select few individuals we call “superspreaders.” Here’s what a superspreader is, the role these people play in transmitting the virus, and what we’re trying to do about it. What is a superspreader? The word is a generic term for an unusually contagious indi

Uber joins growing list of credit cards you can’t apply for right now; here’s why

The Points Guy / 3h
If you’re looking to apply for a specific card right now, don’t be completely blindsided if it’s temporarily unavailable. That’s because credit card companies are trying to mitigate risk in the current economic environment. We are, after all, officially in a recession . Want more credit card news and travel advice? Sign up for the TPG daily newsletter . (Photo by John Gribben for The Points Guy)

In uncertain times, jump start your SEO

100+TechCrunch / 3h
Eli Schwartz Contributor Eli Schwartz is a growth advisor and consultant who works with some of the web's most prestigious companies to build scalable and sustainable SEO strategies. More posts by this contributor How startups can use Amazon’s SEO best practices to dominate new shopping verticals As a result of the current economic volatility many startups and even established companies are proce

NASA plans to hold a big Mars Perseverance rover stream this week

SlashGear / 3h
NASA has announced plans to hold a big live-stream briefing this week about its Perseverance (“Mars 2020”) rover and the related mission, the space agency said on Monday. The briefing will take place on June 17 and include a number of experts and officials, including NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and NASA’s Planetary Science Division director Lori Glaze. The Perseverance rover … Continue rea

Satellite Images Show the Arctic's Fiery Unraveling

64Gizmodo / 3h
Even by the Arctic’s increasing erratic standards, it’s been a weird spring and summer in Siberia. The region of the world that’s considered a bastion of frigid temperatures and frozen landscapes is buckling under the intense pressure of the climate crisis. Read more...

The 2021 Oscars are delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic

68Engadget / 4h
The 2021 Oscars have been postponed for two months to April 25th, 2021, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The coronavirus pandemic was cited as the reason for the date change. As a result, movies released as late as February 28, 2021 will be eligible for an award. This means Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have a little extra time to release a film that could be nominated

BIPOC: What Does It Mean?

200+NYT > Technology / 4h
The acronym, which stands for black and Indigenous people of color, is suddenly everywhere. Is it doing its job?

Former eBay executives charged with cyber-stalking

Six eBay Employees Charged
200+BBC News - Technology / 4h
The campaign is alleged to have included sending live cockroaches and a funeral wreath to bloggers critical of the firm.

Learn to Code With This PC Role-Playing Game

32Lifehacker / 4h
I’ve tried to learn programming languages on my own using a bunch of different apps and online classes, but TwilioQuest might be the most fun I’ve had while trying to learn code. It started out as a game-like tutorial for developers to learn Twilio’s communication APIs , but expanded beyond its premise to become a… Read more...

Six former eBay employees charged in a bizarre cyberstalking scheme

Six eBay Employees Charged
100+Engadget / 4h
A handful of high-ranking former eBay staff allegedly carried out a bizarre cyberstalking campaign that involved sending a preserved fetal pig, bloody pig Halloween mask, funeral wreath, book on surviving the loss of a spouse and pornography to a couple who ran a newsletter that eBay viewed as critical of the company. Today, the US Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts charged six former staff with

Airlines Say They’re Going To Start Enforcing Mask Wearing. That’s Not What They’re Telling Crew.

74View from the Wing / 4h
Airlines For America, the major lobbying group whose members include the six largest U.S. airlines, announced today that face mask aren’t just required on board by their members but this time they mean it. Only it's not what crew are being told, such as this communication sent to American Airlines flight attendants today . Continue reading ...

Jamaica is open for tourists again, but only if you follow all of these rules

The Points Guy / 4h
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. In This Post Reach Falls, Jamaica. (Photo courtesy Monet Hambrick) Jamaica reopening After three months of preventa

Apple says its App Store facilitated $519B in commerce in 2019

Apple App Store 2019
100+TechCrunch / 4h
Amid increasing antitrust scrutiny by U.S. regulators, Apple announced an update on its App Store ecosystem. While the company normally shares some App Store metrics during its WWDC keynote, it’s today detailing the results of a new study that claims the App Store ecosystem facilitated half a trillion ($519 billion) in billings and sales globally in 2019. This is a new and broader figure than has

What You Need to Know About Plane Operations Post-Pandemic

28Lifehacker / 4h
You might’ve been a nervous flyer pre-pandemic, but there’s no question that getting on an airplane will be far more trepidatious for everyone as air travel slowly becomes a thing people do again. Owing to the health crisis of the past several months, planes around the world have been grounded, leaving us to wonder: W… Read more...

Japan Airlines Might Be Blocking First Class Awards

100+One Mile at a Time / 4h
For now we’ll have to mark this as “developing,” though it sure looks like something may be up… I love redeeming miles for Japan Airlines first class Japan Airlines (JAL) first class is one of my favorite first class products in the world, in particular for the amazing food, drinks, service, and wifi. While Japan Airlines first class isn’t the easiest product in the world to book on miles, the ai

IoT solutions are enabling physical distancing

100+TechCrunch / 4h
Tyler Cracraft Contributor Tyler Cracraft is an electronic engineer turned solution architect at Advantech who has more than a decade of experience working in the electronics technology industry. If you’re a business owner or investor and are wondering about the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business world, you’re not alone. Today’s business leaders have been plunged into the

Phone service issues appear across USA: T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon

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300+SlashGear / 4h
On the afternoon of June 15, 2020, T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint appeared to be having issues with connectivity. Phone voice calls and data connections seemed to be extremely slow and/or broken entirely for several hours. At 3:18 PM Central Time, CEO Neville Ray posted a Twitter message suggesting the network was being fixed. “Our engineers are working to resolve … Continue reading

Register for the next TPG Talks webinar and learn all about Disney’s reopening plans

The Points Guy / 4h
Register Here It’s time for another episode of TPG Talks, our weekly webinar series designed to give you pertinent information that helps make your travels more informed and more affordable. This week, we’re covering Disney’s big plans for reopening Walt Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in California — a hot topic for many readers. Date : Thursday June 18 Time : 3 p.m. Eastern Time / 12 p.m

Someone at AT&T thought these DC HBO Max comic books were a good idea

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SlashGear / 4h
Here’s something new for the “things nobody asked for and would never want anyway” pile: DC and WarnerMedia have teamed up to make a new comic series promoting HBO Max. Corporate team ups like this are nothing new, and indeed, Warner has been doing its best to position HBO Max as the hottest streaming service around, but we can’t help … Continue reading

eBay execs sent roaches and “bloody pig mask” to harass journalists, feds say

Six eBay Employees Charged
300+Ars Technica / 4h
Enlarge / A bloody pig mask allegedly mailed to cyberstalking victims by then-eBay employees. (credit: FBI) Six former eBay employees were "charged with leading a cyberstalking campaign" against a newsletter editor and publisher, which "included sending the couple anonymous, threatening messages, disturbing deliveries—including a box of live cockroaches, a funeral wreath, and a bloody pig mask—an

Pokemon GO Battle League is down, it’s not just cheaters

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SlashGear / 5h
Right this minute in Pokemon GO, users may notice their inability to access Battle League gameplay. Generally, users are able to get in and battle other Pokemon GO trainers in a league which allows remote play – gamers all over the world can usually participate. But because of a few rotten apples – or a bit of rotten game code … Continue reading

A Space Probe Just Took the Closest Pictures of the Sun Ever

1KFuturism / 5h
The European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter probe just made its first close approach of the Sun, getting within 77 million kilometers (47.8 million miles) of the star’s surface — about half the distance between Earth and the Sun. During its approach, it snapped the closest images of the Sun ever captured — which will be released in mid-July, according to a statement . “We have never taken pictures

This dangerous new keylogger could change the entire malware space

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A new keylogger called “Mass Logger” is currently being tracked by Cofense Intelligence and security researchers believe that it could significantly impact the larger keylogger market as well as the phishing threat landscape. Keloggers make up the largest volume of unique phishing campaigns by malware type today and they continue to grow in both popularity and sophistication. The reason that Cofe

To Motivate Yourself to Train, Start With a Question

24Lifehacker / 5h
I’ve never been able to keep up a sport or activity without having a driving, maybe obsessive, reason for doing it. I often refer to these reasons as “goals,” but every now and then I have a conversation with someone who, while similarly motivated, doesn’t think of their training as goal-oriented at all. And I… Read more...

Microsoft Broke One of Its Most Useful Windows 10 Features With Its Latest Update

100+Gizmodo / 5h
Microsoft has had one heck of a time fixing bugs in its last couple of Windows 10 versions. Many users, myself included, stuck with version 1809 longer than we anticipated because of all the bugs in version 1903 when it rolled out last year. One bug prevented users from upgrading to version 1903 if they had a USB… Read more...

Yum, Delicious: Inventors Built an Edible Robot

69Futurism / 5h
Choking Hazard A team of particularly inspired scientists finally pulled it off: they built an edible robot . Researchers from Austria’s Johannes Kepler University build a robotic elephant trunk capable of bending and gripping objects out of an edible, biodegradable gel, New Scientist reports . While you can’t buy yourself an edible robot quite yet, the technology could have a huge impact in area

Beat the heat and snag this personal air conditioner for less than $100

72Mashable / 5h
TL;DR: Stay cool all summer long with Nordic Hygge AirChill's personal evaporative cooler for $69.99, a 29% savings as of June 15. Summer is coming, and before you know it, sweat will be dripping down your temples, and other, uh, unmentionable parts of your body. We know you don't want to feel icky all season, but you don't want to incur a headache-inducing electricity bill, either. The solution?

Common cholesterol drugs may trigger protective gut bacteria changes

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SlashGear / 5h
Newly published research details a ‘clear link’ between taking a common cholesterol-lowering drug and healthier gut bacteria. Though additional research is necessary to understand the full implications of this discovery, the study indicates that certain medications may be a useful preventative treatment in people who have less healthy gut bacteria, giving them a beneficial boost that may help red

This pizza vending machine can make you a slice on the go — Future Blink

52Mashable / 5h
Designed to streamline the pizza shop industry, the Piestro pizza vending machine can be placed anywhere and allows users to make their own pizza. Read more... More about Food , Mashable Video , Pizza , Pepperoni , and Social Distancing

You Can Still Use a Personal Trainer During the Pandemic

41Lifehacker / 5h
Given the need for physical distancing, it’ll be a while before many of us feel comfortable with an in-person personal training session. But given that pandemic life is leaving many of us all a little more sedentary than normal, establishing a fitness routine is even more important—and online personal training… Read more...

T-Mobile customers complain of widespread outages

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1KMashable / 5h
Complete with dropped calls and an inexplicable lack of service, a widespread outage appears to be plaguing T-Mobile customers, and even customers of other cellular carriers including Verizon and AT&T. The outages monitoring website DownDetector showed outages across the U.S. on the T-Mobile network Monday afternoon. T-Mobile later confirmed the network was having "voice and data issues" on Twitt

Polestar 2 orders open for 275 mile electric vehicle

SlashGear / 5h
Polestar has begun taking orders for the Polestar 2, the first all-electric car from the automaker, and its answer to the Tesla Model 3. Announced in early 2019, the Polestar 2 went into production from March of this year at co-owner Geely’s plant in Luqiao, China, promising some Volvo flavor but an all-electric drivetrain. Until now, Polestar had been taking … Continue reading

Learning to play an instrument with ChordIQ will cost you just $6

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36Mashable / 5h
TL;DR: Train your musical ear with a lifetime subscription to ChordIQ Pro for just $5.99, half off as of June 15. We don't know who needs to hear this, but when you have some spare time on your hands, spending it on Twitter for hours at a time isn't the most productive. It's far too easy to get sucked into these unproductive traps these days – from mindlessly taking in social media nonsense to bi

Political groups use “deeply spooky” protester location data, report finds

200+Ars Technica / 5h
Enlarge / Demonstrators gather to protest the killing of George Floyd on May 29, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan—one of the cities where advocates and political action groups have been using phone location data to reach protesters after the crowds go home. (credit: Matthew Hatcher | Getty Images ) It's no secret that police and other law enforcement agencies have a history of using mobile phone locatio

This 3D printed machine is mesmerizing to watch — Future Blink

40Mashable / 5h
Kaleidoscope is a 3D printed machine that uses manual controls to move a marble in an infinite loop. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Science And Technology , 3d Printing , and Future Blink

Ditch These Racist Terms From Your Tech Vocabulary

300+Lifehacker / 5h
The tech industry has a lot of work to do in the fight for racial justice and equality. But while hiring black employees and other under-represented minorities in the field is crucial, there are subtler issues that need to be addressed, too. That includes reflecting on and changing the racially insensitive terminology… Read more...

'Fortnite' is flooding

Fortnite Device Event
68Engadget / 5h
As leaks suggested, water will play a bigger role than ever in Fortnite following today’s Device event . When players hopped back into the game after the event was over, there was a giant, encroaching wall of H2O around the active play area. It replaces the traditional storm with one you can swim in, but you’ll take damage when you’re in the sea. The event, which took place at The Agency in the m

EA Announces 'Star Wars: Squadrons,' a Soaring Spacefighter Game

21How-To Geek / 5h
EA just announced Star Wars: Squadrons, a first-person dogfighting game where players fly popular Star Wars ships into intense galactic combat. The game, which comes to PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 2nd, features a unique single-player story and 5v5 multiplayer battles. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Tickets for the Online-Only Pokémon Go Fest Are Available for $15

21How-To Geek / 5h
Last year’s Pokémon Go Fest attracted 60,000 trainers to Chicago’s Grant Park for a four-day frenzy of rare Pokémon and challenges. But 2020’s Pokémon Go Fest is an online-only event with an unlimited number of $15 tickets. The event runs on July 25th and 26th, and at least $5 million in proceeds go to causes related to Black Lives Matter. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How to Tenderize Your Meat Without a Mallet

35Lifehacker / 5h
I am a fan of pounded meat. Whether it’s a chicken breast that’s been thwacked into tender submission or a crispy breaded pork schnitzel, I am delighted by the flat, supple results one gets from the application of a little violence. Most people prefer to pound their meat with a dedicated meat mallet or tenderizer, but… Read more...

If You Can't Remember Your Last Good Night's Sleep It Might Be Time for Memory Foam

Lifehacker / 5h
Two Memory Foam Pillows | $29 | Meh

The Latest Generation iPad Mini Is $50 Off

Gizmodo / 5h
iPad Mini (Wi-Fi Only; 64GB , 256GB ) | $350-499 | Amazon iPad Mini (Wi-Fi + Cellular; 64GB , 256GB ) | $479-629 | Amazon Read more...

Comedy duo 'Feminarchy' smash their fear of painting — The Bob Ross Challenge

20Mashable / 6h
Dominique Salerno and Laura Hankin, the patriarchy-smashing comedy duo, "Feminarchy," overcome their painting fears and create an otherworldly masterpiece. Read more... More about Funny , Mashable Video , Comedy , Landscapes , and Bob Ross

Color’s COVID-19 testing shows most who test positive had either mild or no symptoms

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Echoing much of the existing data and research on the subject, SF-based Color released data today showing that based on its own testing program, most individuals who test positive for COVID-19 display either mild or no symptoms, including even running a fever. The results, taken from Color’s own testing of over 30,000 people to date across its California testing stations, shows that despite conti

Harley Quinn Just Gave Us the Most Fascinating Joker Ever

100+Gizmodo / 6h
Over Harley Quinn ’s past few episodes, Ms. Quinzel’s gotten a whole mess of things incredibly right (like figuring out she’s in love with Poison Ivy ) as well as getting even more things wrong (like unleashing a wave of parademons onto Gotham, plunging the already destroyed city into even more chaos). But because … Read more...

Stop Your Glasses From Fogging With This Kind of Mask

100+Lifehacker / 6h
Wearing a protective face mask is a crappy but necessary part of life right now—and that annoyance is perhaps strongest for wearers of glasses. The mere act of breathing (something that most experts consider to be quite important) shoots hot, wet air directly upward out of the mask and onto one’s glasses, rendering… Read more...

Jeff Bezos is willing to testify about Amazon's use of seller data

Amazon Bezos Congress
66Engadget / 6h
Jeff Bezos is willing to testify before Congress about Amazon's competitive practices. According to a letter obtained by The New York Times and several other publications , a lawyer for Amazon told the House Judiciary Committee Bezos will be available to take part in the panel's antitrust investigation into big tech . The hearing, which is slated to start in July, is likely to involve the CEOs of

Star Wars Celebration 2020 has been cancelled and we all know why

SlashGear / 6h
The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed a lot of conventions and events as governments around the world attempt to slow the spread of the virus, and today we’ve got one more event to add to the list: Star Wars Celebration 2020. Disney has announced that ticketholders will be able to get refunds for their tickets and credits for merchandise pre-orders, but … Continue reading

Fired eBay Execs Charged in Batshit Cyberstalking Plot Against Company’s Critics

Six eBay Employees Charged
200+Gizmodo / 6h
An unfortunate reality of journalism is that, while anyone in the industry for long enough has gotten their share of death threats, some coverage—reporting on white supremacists, taking photos in a war zone, exposing deep-pocketed oil companies—simply tends to be more emotionally, physically, financially dangerous to… Read more...

Marietje Schaake is ‘very concerned about the future of democracy’

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Scott Bade Contributor Scott Bade is a former speechwriter for Mike Bloomberg and co-author of "More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First." More posts by this contributor Huawei’s terrible week Startups are transforming global trade in the COVID-19 era In the ten years she spent as a member of the European Parliament, Marietje Schaake became one of Brussels’ leading voices on technolo

Ominous Green Fireball Lights Up Skies Over Australian Outback

400+Gizmodo / 6h
A greenish-blue fireball streaked across the skies over Australia last night, in an event captured by awe-struck observers on the ground. Read more...

The 2021 Oscars are getting delayed by the coronavirus

2021 Oscars Academy
76Mashable / 6h
More changes are coming to next year's Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday that the annual ceremony, which had originally been scheduled for Feb. 27, 2021, will be pushed back to Sunday, April 25 in 2021. The event is still expected to take place at the Dolby Theater and be broadcast live. In addition, the deadline for eligibility — that is, the date b

More than 7 in 10 Americans won’t use contact-tracing apps, data shows

200+Ars Technica / 6h
Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images ) Because of the lag between infection and the onset of symptoms, people can contract the SARS-CoV-2 virus and then pass it on, potentially to many others, before they know they're infected and have to isolate. So being able to identify and warn individuals who have been exposed to an infected person— known as contact tracing —is widely acknowledged t

Star Wars: Squadrons settles on key period in Empire’s history

Star Wars SWS Squadrons
SlashGear / 6h
Since the dawn of Star Wars, George Lucas’s universe has expanded with stories from across the galaxy – and across time. In Star Wars: Squadrons, the gamer is dropped in to the cockpit of a starfighter at a key point in the history of the Rebellion, and the decline of the evil Galactic Empire. Much like Star Wars: Battlefront (2015), … Continue reading

Astronaut: Killer Asteroid Plan Must Be Better Than COVID Response

500+Futurism / 6h
Teachable Moments If the world were to respond to an impending asteroid impact the way it did the coronavirus pandemic, then we would all be utterly hosed. That’s according to scientist and retired NASA astronaut Thomas Jones, who told that the uncoordinated and delayed attempts to contain COVID-19 ought to serve as teachable moments — lessons in failure — that should help world leaders

Paleolithic French didn’t let their dead rest peacefully

Norway Coronavirus
100+Ars Technica / 6h
If you died in Europe 35,000 to 25,000 years ago, you’d probably be buried with parts of your body painted with red ochre and bedecked with beads, carved figurines, and other items. Depending on your social standing, you might have just a little body art, or someone might have taken the time to paint your whole body red; you might be buried with just a few beads or with thousands. But people in a

How to Hide Your Background in Microsoft Teams Video Calls

100+Lifehacker / 6h
We previously showed you a hack that unlocked custom backgrounds for your Microsoft Teams video chats—allowing you to put yourself in front of an island, a static image of a room in your house or your favorite video game. Well, you can ignore that advice now, because Microsoft has officially rolled out this feature to… Read more...

Github to Remove 'Master' and 'Slave' Coding Terms Widely Seen as Racially Insensitive

Microsoft Github Master
100+Gizmodo / 6h
Github is preparing to overhaul coding terminology that has long been criticized for being racially insensitive, the company’s chief executive said. Read more...

Apple throws in free AirPods when you buy a Mac for college

Apple Free AirPods Mac
100+Engadget / 6h
We don’t know what the next academic year will look like, but that’s not stopping Apple from discounting back-to-school gear. Its educational pricing and back-to-school promotion is now live in the US. This year, you can get free AirPods (with wired charging) when you buy a Mac or iPad for college. Shop Apple's back-to-school promotions The deal applies to the purchase of a MacBook Air, MacBook P

Fortnite ‘The Device’ flood event wrap-up: Five important details

Fortnite Device Event
SlashGear / 6h
Epic Games has just wrapped up its ‘The Device’ event that Fortnite players have been anticipating for weeks. Many of the leaks we’ve been seeing since early May were proven true, namely that there’s a ‘Great Flood’ that will fundamentally change the way the game is played. The Device included a bunch of bright lights, loud noises, and floating around. … Continue reading

The Weird Cut-Resistant Glove Alone Is Worth the $14 in This Kitchen Knife Sharpener Deal

Lifehacker / 6h
3 Stage Kitchen Knife Sharpener | $14 | Amazon Gold Box Read more...

Ahead of WWDC, Apple’s Developer app adds Mac support, new features, iMessage stickers

Apple WWDC iPhone Mac
85TechCrunch / 6h
Ahead of Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference starting next week, the company has today launched a new version of its Apple Developer App to better support its plans for the virtual event. Notably, the app has been made available for Mac for the first time, in addition to a redesign and other minor feature updates. With the needs of an entirely virtual audience in mind, Apple has redesigned the

Start a 'Conversation Journal' With Your Kids

50Lifehacker / 6h
When I was in high school, I had a notebook that I passed around with two friends. We’d each take turns writing in it, handing it off in the hallways between classes like one endless spiral-bound note—texting before there was texting. We’d draw pictures, we’d complain about how boring biology class was, we’d make… Read more...

Keep yourself occupied with this kinetic toy — Future Blink

28Mashable / 6h
The Flipo Flip is made of solid metal, can fit in your pocket, and can continuously move. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Toys , Kinetic , and Future Blink

Pokemon GO Fest ticket sales price, no Pokecoins

Pokemon Go Niantic
SlashGear / 6h
Tickets to Pokemon GO Fest are live, as of the morning of June 15, 2020. This event will include a $14.99 USD price tag (plus applicable taxes and fees) in order to get a virtual ticket to play in Pokemon GO Fest 2020. This event’s tickets cannot be purchased with PokeCoins – partially because Niantic plans on donating proceeds from … Continue reading

Scientists Detect Green Glow on Mars

500+Futurism / 6h
Scientists have identified a green glow in the atmosphere of Mars caused by sunlight releasing oxygen atoms from carbon dioxide — the first time such a glow has been observed on a planet other than Earth. As oxygen is abundant in Earth’s atmosphere, a similar one can be observed from the International Space Station . It’s the same effect that gives auroras their green hue. “One of the brightest e

DC is making HBO Max-inspired comic books for some reason

Comics AT&T DC HBO Max
57Engadget / 6h
In addition to its originals and exclusives, HBO Max now has an original digital comic book series as well. Warner Media partnered with DC Comics to publish To The Max , which tells stories about “everyday people achieving their maximum potential,” according to a Warner Media statement . And, if you can tolerate some groan-worthy puns, there’s an opportunity to scour the comics for promised Easte

The best Father's Day sales 2020: deals from Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowe's, more

44TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Father's Day is this coming Sunday, which means you have less than a week to score a last-minute gift for dad. To help you find the perfect present (and save money), we've found the best Father's Day sales from retailers like Home Depot, Lowe's, and Best Buy. You'll find record-low prices on everything from grills, lawnmowers, and appliances to TVs, headphones, and smart home devices. To help you

Google is messing with the address bar again—new experiment hides URL path

80Ars Technica / 7h
The new experiment: after loading, Chrome shows only the domain name. [credit: Ron Amadeo ] It looks like Google is trying to mess with the URL bar again. As spotted by Android Police , new flags in the developer versions of the popular browser now want to hide the URL path. So for an article like this one, instead of "

Windows 10 programs not working? This could be why

53TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
If you're having trouble launching applications in Windows 10 then a bug, which has now been patched, in security software from AVG and Avast could be responsible. Some Windows 10 users recently discovered that they were unable to launch Microsoft Office and other applications on their systems. When they tried to do so, the were shown a message that said Windows was unable to find the software th

Always Plug in Your Vacuum Where You Plan to Finish

49Lifehacker / 7h
Cordless vacuums may be the wave of the future, but not all of us have upgraded to the fancy cord-free model that seemingly the entire Lifehacker staff swears by. For us plebeians stuck vacuuming with a machine plugged into the wall, the one constant drawback is the cord itself. Read more...

China Reports Progress in Ultra-Secure Satellite Transmission

China Beijing Alibaba
1KNYT > Technology / 7h
Researchers enlisted quantum physics to send a “secret key” for encrypting and decrypting messages between two stations 700 miles apart.

United MileagePlus Selling Miles With A Bonus

500+One Mile at a Time / 7h
Citi is an advertising partner of OMAAT United Airlines MileagePlus has just launched their latest promotion on purchased miles . Buy United Miles With A Bonus Through 11:59PM CT on July 2, 2020, United is offering a bonus on purchased miles . If you buy miles by June 21, 2020, the bonus is 15% better than that, at least based on the accounts I see. Different accounts may be eligible for differen

The PlayStation 5 dashboard and UI will intro some huge changes

PlayStation 5 PS5 UI
SlashGear / 7h
Sony’s “The Future of Games” presentation last week held a surprise waiting at the end: a look at the actual PlayStation 5, something few of us were expecting. Throughout the presentation, we caught glimpses of various aspects of the PlayStation 5 as well, including a very brief look at the console’s new UI. One Sony executive has now shared more … Continue reading

Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera offers night vision without the bridge

SlashGear / 7h
Arlo has a new wireless security camera, but unlike its predecessors the new Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera doesn’t need a base station in order to work. Promising Full HD video streaming, the wireless camera can connect directly to your home’s WiFi network rather than requiring a bridge in-between. Despite that, it still requires no cables whatsoever. Arlo uses a rechargeable … Continue reading

When Is a DSLR Camera Better Than Your Phone Camera?

56Lifehacker / 7h
The old maxim that bigger is better hasn’t been true in the tech world for some time—especially in the realm of photography. Cameras have gotten smaller, better and more powerful with each passing year—so much so that the mini camera rigs built into our phones are able to produce images that rival some professional… Read more...

Microsoft moves its Windows 10 Insider Program from rings to release channels

100+TechCrunch / 7h
For the last few years, Microsoft has given Windows enthusiasts the ability to opt in to early release “rings,” with the choice to pick between “fast” and “slow” rings, as well as a relatively stable “release preview” option. Today, the company announced a major change to this program as it is moving to release channels, similar to what you’re probably familiar with from most browser manufacturer

Save up to 30% on PNY MicroSD Cards, Flash Drives, and More

Gizmodo / 7h
Save up to 30% on PNY Memory | Amazon Gold Box Read more...

Get Your Installation Done Right the First Time, Bosch's Self-Leveling Laser Falls to $96

20Lifehacker / 7h
Bosch Self-Leveling Laser Level | $96 | Amazon Gold Box Read more...

US attorney details eBay employees’ harassment campaign, including live roaches and a pig fetus

Six eBay Employees Charged
200+TechCrunch / 7h
U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling held a press conference this morning detailing ongoing investigations into a bizarre alleged cyberstalking campaign against a couple based in Natick, Massachusetts. Six former eBay employees face charges in connection with the events targeting a writer and her husband. The targeted writer published a blog sometimes critical of eBay and other e-commerce sites. In appar

Man Survives Coronavirus, Gets $1.1 Million Hospital Bill

2KFuturism / 7h
Michael Flor, a COVID-19 survivor who holds the unfortunate record for the longest hospital stay linked to the pandemic, just got nailed with the bill. And in a horrifying indictment of the for-profit U.S. healthcare system, the hospital charged more than $1 million for his treatment. The 181-page itemized bill — that’s longer than Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” — comes to a total of $1,122,

Please Don't Disinfect Your Skin

100+Lifehacker / 7h
You don’t need to sanitize your groceries , you definitely shouldn’t wash your produce in disinfectants , and I really hope you’re taking our advice to not inject bleach . It’s time to add one more thing to the list of Things I Didn’t Think I’d Have to Say: Please do not use cleaning products on your skin or any other… Read more...

Apple's 10.2-inch iPad is back on sale for $250

200+Engadget / 7h
For the third time in as many months, Apple's entry-level tablet is on sale. You can currently get the 32GB 10.2-inch iPad for $250 at Best Buy and Target . The $80 discount matches the best deal we've seen for the device. Buy 10.2-inch iPad at Best Buy - $250 Buy 10.2-inch iPad at Target - $250 The 128GB model is also on sale. Currently, it's $100 off, making it $330 instead of $430. When the 10

What Is Money?

54Gizmodo / 7h
Money—what is it? It’s 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen, according to the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing website, whose official URL is . If you’re in America, it’s green. In other countries it can be a different color, maybe even a different shape. Read more...

Reader credit card question: What are next steps after ‘buyer’s remorse?’

The Points Guy / 7h
Editor’s note: This article is part of a column to answer your toughest credit card questions. If you would like to ask us a question, tweet us at @thepointsguy, message us on Facebook or email us at For many, the decision to apply for a certain credit card is the culmination of a lot of research — considering goals and spending habits, comparing card options and checking a

Learn how to give your brand a distinct voice from Slack’s Head of Brand Communications Anna Pickard at TC Early Stage

100+TechCrunch / 8h
How do you give your brand a voice that feels authentic and unique? How can you communicate with users in a way that helps and engages without feeling weird or forced? We’re thrilled to announce that Anna Pickard, Head of Brand Communications at Slack, will be joining us at TC Early Stage to teach us all that and more. In her role at Slack, Pickard helps teams across the company figure out how to

One Restaurant’s Survival Guide

400+NYT > Technology / 8h
This restaurant was forced to get creative with its use of technology — and to forgo the apps.

New Algorithm Is a Lot Like the “Enhance!” Feature In “CSI”

500+Futurism / 8h
Enhance! Researchers at Duke University have developed an algorithm that can upsample a detailed computer-generated portrait of a human face from a heavily pixelated version. It’s strikingly similar to the much-memed “Enhance!” tool from TV crime dramas like “CSI,” which can seemingly pull information out of thin air. The researchers’ AI, dubbed PULSE (Self-Supervised Photo Upsampling via Latent

Intel Tiger Lake processors will thwart future Spectre and Meltdown attacks

Intel CET Tiger Lake
44TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Intel has announced that its 10nm Tiger Lake CPUs will be boast a new hardware-based security feature to protect against Spectre-like malware attacks. The laptop processors will be the first to come with would be the new Intel Control-Flow Enforcement Technology (CET), which Intel claims offers protection against the misuse of legitimate code through control-flow hijacking attacks, a type of malw

The 16-inch MacBook Pro got a new GPU option that’s up to 75% faster

60Ars Technica / 8h
The 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro. [credit: Samuel Axon ] This morning, Apple quietly added a third discrete GPU configuration option to the 16-inch MacBook Pro available in its store : the new AMD Radeon Pro 5600M. It's a pricy upgrade, but Apple and GPU-maker AMD claim it offers substantially improved performance over the existing options. The 7nm GPU is designed for video editing, color grading, an

The 'Fortnite' doomsday event starts at 2PM ET

83Engadget / 8h
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 is finally coming to an end after weeks of delays , and you’ll get to see it go out with a bang — possibly literally. The Device “doomsday” event is now slated to take place in the game at 2PM Eastern across all the platforms where Fortnite is available. As the developer warns, though, room is “limited.” You’ll want to arrive ahead of time, and Epic recommends showing

Your State May Let You Deduct The Costs of Working From Home During the Pandemic

300+Lifehacker / 8h
When workplaces around the country closed abruptly due to the coronavirus outbreak, a lot of people had to get used to working from home fast . In a best-case scenario, your employer volunteered to cover the costs of a faster internet connection, or a desk chair for your temporary home office. Read more...

Star Wars: Squadrons release date, price, and VR cross-play revealed

Star Wars SWS Squadrons
SlashGear / 8h
Today we’re taking a peek at the release details of Star Wars: Squadrons. This is the newest EA Games / Motive Studios release in the Star Wars universe, centered on 5v5 dogfights in starfighters piloted by New Republic (rebellion) pilots and pilots fighting on the side of the dying Galactic Empire. Now that the Death Star II has been destroyed, … Continue reading

Free money for startups? It’s possible with MainStreet’s platform for economic development incentives

200+TechCrunch / 8h
Startups need money. State and local governments need startups and the employment growth they offer. It should be obvious that the two groups can work together and make each other happy. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Each year, governments spend tens of billions of dollars on economic development incentives designed to attract employers and jobs to their communities. The

Talking about Tiberium: Our Command & Conquer remaster Q&A needs your questions

28Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / This probably won't shape up like a battle between the GDI and Brotherhood of Nod, but if you want to suggest an ion cannon-caliber question, go for it, readers. (credit: Aurich Lawson) The 25th anniversary of real-time strategy game Command & Conquer landed earlier this month with a nuclear-sized explosion of content. C&C Remastered Collection was pretty much everything we'd hoped for

The 'Search Party' gang finally makes it big in crazy Season 3 trailer

55Mashable / 8h
The truth can be freeing — except perhaps to the self-absorbed protagonists of Search Party , who are no closer to admitting their many faults and crimes in the Season 3 trailer than they have been at any previous point. Season 3 finds Dory (Alia Shawkat) and Drew (John Reynolds) on trial, ostensibly for Keith's murder (Ron Livingston). The trial could lead to revelations about Keith, Lorraine (R

This power bank's huge battery will be a lifesaver, plus it's super cheap

40Mashable / 8h
TL;DR: Never run out of juice with the RAVPower 20,000mAh 2-Port Power Bank for $27.99, a 26% savings as of June 15. You might not be leaving the house too much these days. But America is going to go back to "normal" at some point, and chances are, you've destroyed your phone battery while scrolling Instagram at home. We totally get it, but what happens when its time to venture back out into the

Star Wars Celebration 2020 Has Been Canceled; Will Return in 2022

500+Gizmodo / 8h
We’re all just going to have to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back from the comfort of our own homes. Read more...

Apple adds new MacBook Pro 16″ GPU and Mac Pro SSD kits

Apple Mac Pro SSD MP
SlashGear / 8h
Apple is quietly adding new options for the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the Mac Pro, including SSD upgrades that will allow owners to squeeze more storage into their macOS desktop. Expected to be put up for sale later today, it’ll add a new flagship GPU option for Apple’s top-spec notebook, too. For the Mac Pro, it’ll mean a new DIY … Continue reading

Big Dairy Has a Big Carbon Problem

55Gizmodo / 8h
The fossil fuel industry rightly gets a lot of flack for how it contributes to the climate crisis, but a recent report show that greenhouse gas emissions from the dairy industry can go toe to toe with some major fossil fuel companies. Not only are emissions from dairy high, they’re also on the rise. Read more...

Spending more time outdoors lately? You need one of these.

Amazon One Carolyn
Mashable / 8h
Public parks have become this summer's hottest hangout spots amid lingering social distancing restrictions — and as someone who's currently dealing with the repercussions of sprawling out on hard lawns for several afternoons straight, let me just say this: A good folding camp chair is a must-have. The catch is that many retailers are having a hard time keeping said chairs on their shelves — Targe

How to Protest, With Activists L.A. Kauffman and Charlene Carruthers

77Lifehacker / 8h
What are our rights when it comes to protesting? How do we protest safely and effectively during this pandemic? We answer these questions and more this week with help from activists L.A. Kauffman and Charlene Carruthers. L.A. is a veteran grassroots organizer with over 35 years of experience in political activism and… Read more...

Cubasis 3 mobile DAW comes to Android

61Engadget / 8h
The Cubasis 3 mobile DAW is now available on Android, meaning the platform’s selection of digital audio workstations has caught up a little to iOS. The app brings a multitude of audio recording and editing tools to the fingertips of Android and iOS users alike, including the ability to combine multiple tracks, the Cubasis mixer and more. Cubasis, a mobile version of music creation software Cubase

The Supreme Court just gave LGBTQ people a major, major win

Supreme Court LGBTQ
500+Mashable / 8h
Read more... More about Supreme Court , Clarence Thomas , Gender Identity , Lgbtq Rights , and Brett Kavanaugh

Investors based in San Francisco? That’s so 2019

90TechCrunch / 8h
As coronavirus keeps offices closed, wealthy venture capitalists are moving out of apartments in San Francisco and New York and decamping to other vacation-friendly zip codes. In San Francisco, a city known for high housing costs, rates for a one-bedroom apartment have dropped 9% from a year ago. As one investor said to me the other day: Will Lake Tahoe’s seed ecosystem have a resurgence? Bourgeo

Daily Crunch: WhatsApp launches payments

Facebook WhatsApp Brazil
300+TechCrunch / 8h
WhatsApp is adding support for in-app payments, Apple is upgrading the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro desktop and we argue about the future of startup hubs. Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 15, 2020. 1. WhatsApp finally launches payments, starting in Brazil After months of talks and trials, WhatsApp has finally pulled the trigger on payments. Users in Brazil will be the first to be able to send and rec

Make Better Lemonade With Cocktail Bitters

54Lifehacker / 8h
I have about seven bottles of cocktail bitters on my bar cart, but I really only use two—Angostura and orange—when making cocktails. It’s not that the other flavors are bad, it’s just that I rarely want an old fashioned made with grapefruit or lavender bitters. But a lemonade is an entirely different story. Read more...

Norway halts coronavirus app over privacy concerns

Norway Coronavirus
300+MIT Technology Review / 8h
The news: Norway is halting its coronavirus contact tracing app, Smittestopp, after criticism from the Norwegian Data Protection Authority, which said that the country’s low rate of infections meant that the app’s privacy invasions were no longer justified. As a result, the app will cease collecting new data, all data collected so far is being deleted, and work on it is effectively paused indefin

That Microsoft Dual Screen Android Phone May Be Coming a Lot Sooner Than You Think

88Gizmodo / 8h
A few months ago, rumors started making the rounds that Microsoft’s upcoming dual-screen phone— the Surface Duo —might go on sale significantly earlier than Microsoft’s original late 2020 release date. But now, based on new rumors, it appears that one of Microsoft’s main goals for Surface Duo’s early arrival is to beat… Read more...

Save $150 on a Pair of Beats Studio 3 Wireless ANC Headphones

Gizmodo / 8h
Beats Studio 3 Wireless ANC Headphones | $200 | Verizon Read more...

LG Velvet launch roadmap revealed: Here’s what to expect

the LG Velvet
SlashGear / 8h
Over the past couple of months, we’ve seen a lot from the LG Velvet. The phone is already available in Korea, but today, LG revealed that it will soon be launching in other regions around the world. The roll out will first happen in regions around Europe, and then in the weeks to come, we’ll see the phone spread to … Continue reading

Google Maps adds images of Black Lives Matter mural in Washington, D.C.

500+Mashable / 9h
Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C., is now visible on Google Maps. Over the weekend, Google updated its satellite and street view imagery to show a newly painted stretch of 16th Street NW that leads to the White House. On June 5, the city painted the street art in huge yellow block letters. The blocks were renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza. While Google Maps quickly relabeled the area as

The Solar Orbiter Has Entered a Thrilling New Phase of Its Journey to the Sun

100+Gizmodo / 9h
The Solar Orbiter project, a collaboration between the European Space Agency and NASA, has begun a critical new stage of the mission after the probe’s first close encounter with the Sun. Read more...

Living the Top Gun dream, on a budget

82Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge / When seated in a Flying Legend Tucano—a kit-built ¾-scale replica of an Embraer Tucano military trainer—a good day is imminent. (credit: Lee H. Goldberg) “OK, just walk along the wing root until you get to the back seat.” I wasn’t about to ignore the pilot’s instructions. I edged up the wing to the cockpits and carefully grabbed the roll bar that sat above the aft instrument panel. Afte

Grab an Amazon Kindle for $65 in time for Father's Day

59Engadget / 9h
If you're scrambling to find something to give your dad for Father's Day , why not encourage them to read more by grabbing them an e-reader? Amazon has discounted its base model Kindle by $25, making it currently $65 . You can also get the ad-free version for $80, down from its usual $110 price. While $65 isn't the lowest we've seen the standard Kindle sell for, it's close to the $30 off it was o

Xbox Series X Smart Delivery means old game buys stay free

Xbox Smart Delivery
SlashGear / 9h
Microsoft expanded Smart Delivery for the Xbox Series X today with a variety of big-name game titles. With Smart Delivery, users will be able to play games on Xbox Series X that they’d previously purchased on systems like Xbox One and Xbox One X. Microsoft suggested that all Xbox Game Studios games that are “Optimized for Xbox Series X” will … Continue reading

So, an AMD Ryzen 4000 APU can apparently run Crysis without a CPU cooler 🤷‍♀️

100+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
While AMD Ryzen 4000 laptop chips are probably one of the best things to happen to gaming laptops in a while , we haven't really heard much about the U-series chips. However, they might be a tad underrated. Fritzchens Fritz over on Twitter, posted a video of an AMD Ryzen 3 4300U with no cooling whatsoever, running through the entire Crysis benchmark. It's impressive that the board running this ch

Control Your Devices Easily With This $14 Compact Keyboard and Touchpad

28Lifehacker / 9h
Mini Wireless Touchpad with Keyboard | $14 | Amazon | Use code CNPKEKMD Read more...

Paying for porn should be the post-pandemic 'new normal'

39Mashable / 9h
Read more... More about Porn , Sex And Relationships , Sex Workers , Erika Lust , and Culture

'Star Wars: Squadrons' will let you pilot an X-wing in VR

Star Wars SWS Squadrons
1KEngadget / 9h
A few days after it officially announced Star Wars: Squadrons , EA has released the first trailer and revealed a bit more about what to expect from its next Star Wars game. As expected, the EA Motive-developed title is centered around first-person dogfighting. It’s coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC (on Origin, Epic Game Store and Steam). It’ll support virtual reality play on PC and PS4, with full cr

These LG and Sony 77-inch OLED TVs are $1,000 (or more) off

32Mashable / 9h
Read more... More about 4k Tv , Oled , Mashable Shopping , Tech , and Consumer Tech

SpaceX will have to demonstrate Starlink internet’s low latency within the next month to qualify for up to $16B in federal funding

SpaceX Starlink FCC
500+TechCrunch / 9h
SpaceX is in the process of building out its Starlink network of low-Earth orbit small satellites that will provide the backbone of a global, high-bandwidth, low-latency internet service — but there’s a clock running out in terms of at least one potential source of funding for it to recoup revenue from those efforts. The FCC requires that anyone participating in its $16 billion federal funding au

Amazon Father's Day sale: deals on the Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick, Kindle, and more

44TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Father's Day is less than a week away, and if you're looking for a last-minute Father's Day gift , then Amazon has you covered. Amazon's Father Day sale is happening right now and includes price cuts on best-selling devices that are all dad-approved. For a limited time, you can save on tablets, e-readers, smart speakers, security cameras, and more. See all Amazon's Father's Day deals here Amazon'

DoorDash will deliver non-prescription essentials from CVS

100+Engadget / 9h
In April, DoorDash began delivering items from convenience stores like 7-Eleven, Wawa and Circle K. Now, DoorDash is expanding its offerings and will deliver non-prescription items from CVS Pharmacy, too. As of today, DoorDash customers in select cities can order over 3,000 items from CVS -- ranging from groceries to cleaning products and over-the-counter medicines. The deliveries will be no-cont

Amex Hilton Honors Surpass Card Review (2020)

65One Mile at a Time / 9h
Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card 12x points at Hilton properties 6x points at U.S. gas stations no foreign transaction fees Annual Fee: $95 | See Rates & Fees | Terms Apply. Apply Now Hotel credit cards are among the most underrated credit cards out there, in my opinion, given the perks that they potentially offer. While I’m primarily loyal to Hyatt and Marriott , Hilton has grown on

These PowerBeats Pro Headphones Are the Lowest Price They've Ever Been

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Powerbeats Pro Headphones | $200 | Amazon

How Long Will It Take to Get a Passport Right Now?

100+Lifehacker / 9h
After months spent at a standstill, travelers are finally starting to move about the globe again—or at least starting to think about it. And as government offices begin to ramp up operations once again, passport services are reopening in phases. If you’re planning ahead for a trip outside the country, here’s what you… Read more...

Did you know? Facebook reminds us they own these companies

SlashGear / 9h
This week the Facebook for Android app updated the way they show their brand – with all sorts of icons. You’ll see Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus. This is just the tip of the iceberg, really, as Facebook’s ramped up acquisitions of companies over the last several years. Do you know if your favorite app and/or service is owned … Continue reading

Get a Fire Tablet for $40, plus more tech deals this week

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Tired of scrolling through Twitter on your phone? Try doing it on a tablet — a bigger screen means more tweets at once. (Maybe also go for walk or something.) If you see a tablet in your future, you can get Fire 7 for $10 off its usual price right now, as well as other discounts on laptops and other tech. Check out this week's selection: Laptops $499 and below Dell Chromebook 3100 — $249 (list pr

Google Delays Library Transfers from Play Music to YouTube Music

28How-To Geek / 9h
Things can change quickly in a month. Last month, you could request to jump to the front of the line in the Play Music to YouTube Music transfer rollout. Now this month, Google decided to delay the feature altogether, due to high demand. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How to Quickly Show Your Desktop on Windows 10

100+How-To Geek / 9h
Sometimes, you need to quickly see your Desktop in Windows 10, but you don’t want to tediously minimize every open app window or move them and lose their layout. Luckily, several ways to allow you to quickly see the Desktop, then pick up where you left off. Here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Samsung's Huge New Odyssey Gaming Monitors Will Strain Your Desk and Your Wallet

21How-To Geek / 9h
Samsung makes some pretty sweet TVs, but it’s also deep in the PC monitor game, including models made specifically for gaming. The company’s latest Odyssey monitors feature big curved QLED panels and high refresh rates, and high price tags to match. They’re up for pre-order now, shipping on July 13th. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Microsoft Teams Lets You Upload Custom Background Photos for Video Calls

34How-To Geek / 9h
No more video chat envy. Microsoft Teams is finally catching up with Zoom with custom video backgrounds. Premium and free users can upload custom backdrop photos, but only during scheduled Teams meetings. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

The Next Star Wars Game Lets You Take Flight for the Rebellion and Empire

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All wings, report in .

The PlayStation 5 looks to be the biggest game console in decades

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Using the disc drives and USB ports as reference, we can get this side-by-side size estimate of various consoles. [credit: Reddit / GREB07 ] Last week, Sony finally gave us our first look at the unique design of the PlayStation 5 hardware , leading to plenty of Internet mockery (the company also showed some PS5 games , I guess). For all the ethereal coolness of hardware shots shown on an amorphou

'Star Wars: Squadrons' brings epic X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter dogfights back to video games

Star Wars SWS Squadrons
53Mashable / 10h
We don't know what the actual game looks like yet, but the gripping cinematic trailer revealed alongside Star Wars: Squadrons is accompanied by something just as helpful: FACTS. Squadrons is a budget-priced ($40) space dogfighting game set in the Star Wars universe. It will feature a story mode as well as versus multiplayer that pits teams of five Imperial and Rebel forces against one another in

Apple offers interest-free financing on more of its products

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100+Engadget / 10h
The rumors of Apple extending its zero interest purchase plans turned out to be true. Customers can now use an Apple Card to buy products like Macs , iPads and accessories on a monthly installment plan. Some of the less expensive items -- like AirPods -- can be financed over six months, though most are eligible for a 12-month plan. In addition to the interest-free payments, Apple Card users can a

COVID Could Be Making People So Lonely That They’re Getting Sick

1KFuturism / 10h
As we enter another week of pandemic lockdown, scientists are working to understand the toll extended isolation takes on our minds and bodies. The medical effects of loneliness are difficult to measure — especially because loneliness is a subjective experience that varies wildly from person to person. But semantics aside, a clear trend is emerging, CNET reports , and it’s not great. Extended lone

Star Wars: Squadrons trailer pits X-Wing vs TIE Fighter – and reveals a release date

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The Star Wars: Squadrons trailer is here, revealing the newest game set in a galaxy far, far away to be released by publisher EA. It's a first-person space dogfighting game between Rebel and Imperial ships, with 5v5 multiplayer. It'll be released on October 2, 2020, and you'll be able to play the entire game in VR. Star Wars: Squadrons is described as an "authentic piloting experience" where you

Apple gives students and teachers free AirPods with purchase of Mac or iPad

Apple Free AirPods Mac
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Silq is a new high-level programming language for quantum computers

500+TechCrunch / 10h
Quantum computing hardware continues to improve to the point where we may actually see real-world use cases in the next few years and so it’s probably no surprise that we are also seeing a steady increase in research projects that focus on how to best program these machines. One of the newest efforts in this space is Silq , a high-level programming language for quantum computers out of Switzerlan

Android 11 beta is available now for this Xiaomi phone – but you shouldn't download it

Android 11 Xiaomi Download
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The Android 11 beta is rolling out to Xiaomi phones , after being made available to Google Pixel and OnePlus phones several days ago. As announced on the MIUI Weibo account (MIUI is the name for the operating system on Xiaomi phones, which is a modified version of Android), the Xiaomi Mi 10 is now eligible for the Android 11 beta. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro and Poco F2 Pro aren't eligible yet, despite

Apple expands Apple Card’s interest-free financing to iPad, Mac, AirPods & more

0% Apple Mac AirPods
100+TechCrunch / 10h
Last year, Apple introduced interest-free financing for new iPhone purchases when you pay with an Apple Card . Today, it’s expanding interest-free Apple Card monthly installments to a range of Apple products, including Mac and iPad, Apple TV, HomePod and AirPods, plus select accessories and related products. However, the financing options available will vary by product and device — and none offer

How to Talk to Your Kids About Job Loss

45Lifehacker / 10h
If you’re among the tens of millions of Americans who became unemployed during the pandemic, you have likely been dealing with more stress than just lockdowns, remote learning and social distancing have brought (and that was enough to begin with). It can be tricky to know whether—or how—to approach the topic of job… Read more...

The Lanmodo Night Vision System Made Me Feel Like I Was Driving With Pricey Superpowers

54Gizmodo / 10h
The Lanmodo Night Vision system won’t turn your car into the Batmobile, but it definitely has that halo of techno-magic worthy of a Batman comic. It’s a night vision system in color for your car. It literally turns night into day and is so easy to use that you don’t even have to professionally install it. Which is… Read more...

Coronavirus: Contact-tracing apps face further hitches

500+BBC News - Technology / 10h
Norway has to halt use of its app and researchers report a major flaw in Australia's tool.

United’s New $5 Billion MileagePlus Loan Reveals More About The Program Than We’ve Ever Seen

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United Airlines shopped the MileagePlus loyalty program around to lenders to raise cash, and they had to present a lot of internal data as part of the process. Now that the transaction is moving forward, they've had to make this data public. Here's how the $5 billion loan is going to work, and some facts about the program they hadn't previously revealed. Continue reading ...

Norway pulls its coronavirus contacts-tracing app after privacy watchdog’s warning

Norway Coronavirus
200+TechCrunch / 10h
One of the first national coronavirus contacts-tracing apps to be launched in Europe is being suspended in Norway after the country’s data protection authority raised concerns that the software, called “Smittestopp,” poses a disproportionate threat to user privacy — including by continuously uploading people’s location. Following a warning from the watchdog Friday, the Norwegian Institute of Publ

Microsoft and SAS announce deep technology partnership

Microsoft Office 365
200+TechCrunch / 10h
Microsoft and SAS , the privately held enterprise data management and analytics company (and not the airline ), today announced a far-reaching partnership that will see Microsoft’s Azure become SAS’s preferred cloud, and deep integrations of SAS’s various products into Microsoft’s cloud portfolio, ranging from Azure to Dynamics 365 and PowerBI. The two companies also plan to launch new joint solu

Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

94Lifehacker / 10h
So you adopted a dog (or cat or bird). You’ve got the food, the bed and the toys, and now you’re wondering whether pet insurance is a good investment. What if your new companion gets sick or hurt? Could pet insurance help save their lives—and protect your wallet? Read more...

You can set up a Zoom call with Tony Hawk or Sinbad using Cameo’s latest feature

Zoom Cameo Woven 5
100+TechCrunch / 10h
My birthday was last month (still accepting belated greetings in the comments below). I was sick and sheltering in place, and my sister kindly gifted me a Cameo of Kids in the Hall/Newsradio star Dave Foley. His hair was blue for some reason and I found out he has a dog named Falkor. It was the best. Seriously. A+ birthday present. This is the best. Thanks @DaveSFoley and Falcor.

WhatsApp adds payments, starting in Brazil

Facebook WhatsApp Brazil
100+Engadget / 10h
WhatsApp has finally started rolling out its long-promised payments feature. Starting today, WhatsApp users in Brazil can send money and pay for purchases from local merchants without leaving the chat app. Adding a payment method is done through Facebook Pay , which means you can use the same information you have saved to Facebook to buy things on the platform's Marketplace page and send money to

Viral TikTok comments showcase zoomers expertly dunking on millennials

200+Mashable / 10h
According to Google, George Orwell once said, "Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it." Millennials are currently at that crossroads: Young enough to show off their superiority to boomers/Gen X on Twitter, but old enough to no longer be the youngest of young adults. Gen Z has now claimed that title, secu

The Space Station Is Getting a New Toilet

300+Futurism / 10h
Astronauts on board the International Space Station will be about to sigh a big sigh of relief: the space station is getting a brand spanking new toilet, as reports . The new system called the Universal Waste Management System (UWMS) is meant to be the (smelly) testing grounds for zero gravity toilets to be used during long space flight, such as a journey to Mars. It’s also meant to sta

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4: what we want to see

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The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 will almost certainly show up at some point. These past few years, Microsoft has been releasing a steady stream of Surface devices that have done well both commercially and critically, and there's no doubt that Microsoft wants to keep the ball rolling. The Surface Laptop 3 was released at the end of October 2019, and we were impressed with its excellent battery life

Build This Mini Star Trek TNG Computer To Make Yourself Feel Like You're Far Away From Earth

500+Gizmodo / 10h
Exploring the stars, thousands of light years away from Earth, sounds pretty great right about now. While Darian Johnson hasn’t invented intergalactic travel, he has created a tiny desktop computer that looks straight out of Jean-Luc Picard’s ready room, letting you at least pretend that you’re safely aboard a distant… Read more...

Apple's latest iPad mini drops to $349 at Amazon

100+Engadget / 10h
It’s now a little easier to get a small tablet that still packs a punch. Amazon is selling Apple’s current-generation iPad mini with 64GB of storage for $349 , or $50 below the official price. You’ll get $50 off the price if you want 256GB of storage or LTE, too. This is close to the lowest price we’ve seen, and should make the iPad mini easier to justify versus the larger but slower 10.2-inch iP

A 25% sitewide sale from The Bouqs is exactly what we all need right now

21Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: All bouquets and flower deliveries are 25% off today, June 15, (and today only) at The Bouqs — use code BOUQSDAY. With everything going on right now, it can be easy to forget happy feelings for June celebrations like Father's Day and Pride. For your friend, family member, or a person in your community who's been hanging solo due to social distancing, a flower delivery is a quick-yet-sweet

Learn a new language in a way that's actually fun — this app is 80% off

80% 97% Timothy Kenny
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TL;DR: Spend your free time exploring the FunEasyLearn app with a lifetime subscription for $49, an 80% savings as of June 15. You've used your phone to keep up with the news, throw virtual happy hours with your family and friends, stay in touch with your coworkers, and even play that free bubble-popping game for hours on end. Maybe it's time you switch gears and use it to better yourself, eh? Th

Spoil your pet during this Wayfair sale

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Introducing The Exchange, your daily dive into the private markets

200+TechCrunch / 10h
When 2020 began, the year seemed set to include another year of record-setting venture capital investment and, perhaps, some long-awaited IPOs . All that quickly faded when COVID-19 spread globally, shutting economies, undercutting swaths of the business world and rearranging the working life in countries around the globe. Here at TechCrunch we’re navigating the changing landscape, talking to the

Make healthier cooking more delicious with an air fryer on sale

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Read more... More about Mashable Shopping , Kitchen Appliances , Air Fryers , Tech , and Consumer Tech

Jeff Bezos Willing to Testify Before Congress

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Lawmakers had requested that he testify as part of their antitrust investigation into the big tech companies.

How to Archive or Delete a Facebook Group

53How-To Geek / 11h
Don’t like how your Facebook Group is doing? You can leave it, but the group will still be there. If you want to hide the Facebook Group from new members, or if you want to delete it, follow our guide. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Apple quietly upgrades its most powerful MacBook Pro and Mac

Apple Mac Pro SSD MP
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Apple has quietly added new upgrade options for the 16-inch MacBook Pro and Mac Pro , its two most powerful computing devices. The 16-inch MacBook Pro can now be configured to come with the new AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU with 8GB of integrated HBM2 memory. These are the best Macs and MacBooks How about the best desktop PCs ? Mac tips and tricks Upgrading to that will add $700/£700/AU$1,050 to the f

Walmart partners with Shopify to expand its online marketplace

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500+TechCrunch / 11h
Walmart this morning announced a new partnership with e-commerce shopping platform, Shopify, now used by over 1 million businesses. The deal will open Walmart’s Marketplace to Shopify’s small business sellers, with the goal of bringing 1,200 Shopify sellers to the marketplace this year. The partnership will greatly expand the reach of the participating brands by placing them in front of Walmart M

How Liberty Mutual shifted 44,000 workers from office to home

100+TechCrunch / 11h
In a typical month, an IT department might deal with a small percentage of employees working remotely, but tracking a few thousand employees is one thing — moving an entire company offsite requires next-level planning. To learn more about how large organizations are adapting to the rapid shift to working from home, we spoke to Liberty Mutual CIO James McGlennon, who helped orchestrate his company

Dating Apps Exposed 845GB of Explicit Photos, Chats, and More

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3somes, Gay Daddy Bear, and Herpes Dating are among the nine services that leaked the data of hundreds of thousands of users.

Target is having a buy 2, get 1 sale on video games — here's what you can get

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New Research: There Could Be 36 Alien Civilizations in Our Galaxy

11KFuturism / 11h
According to a new study in The Astrophysical Journal , there could be dozens of intelligent alien civilizations hiding in our galaxy, all capable of communicating. “There should be at least a few dozen active civilizations in our Galaxy under the assumption that it takes 5 billion years for intelligent life to form on other planets, as on Earth,” Christopher Conselice, Professor of Astrophysics

Samsung’s monstrous Odyssey gaming monitors priced and dated

Samsung Odyssey G7
SlashGear / 11h
Back at CES 2020 – before the coronavirus pandemic brought trade shows like that to a screeching halt – Samsung unveiled two new curved gaming monitors: the Odyssey G7 and G9. At the time, we didn’t have any pricing or release details about either monitor, but that’s all changing today. Not only do we now know the price of the … Continue reading

2021 Nissan Rogue heaps on style and tech (but leaves a big question)

2021 Nissan Rogue Escape
SlashGear / 11h
The 2021 Nissan Rogue has made its official debut, and if you thought the old midsize crossover was immemorable, this brand new version could fix that. Sharper, crisper, and generally more eye-catching on the outside, the 2021 Rogue borrows some of Nissan’s recent concept car flourishes, like its new headlamps. They’re paired with a more dramatic V-motion grille. Multi-level LED … Continue readin

Airbnb agrees to hand over hosts’ data to settle its NYC lawsuit

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97Engadget / 11h
For two years, Airbnb has been battling a New York City bill that would force short-term rental services to hand over data about hosts. Friday, Airbnb agreed to share that data. The two sides reached a settlement with compromises that Airbnb says provide more protections for hosts’ information than the original bill would have and build the trust that’s needed to legitimize short-term rentals. As

Equity Monday: Quibi, two Boston rounds and a shift to pessimism

100+TechCrunch / 11h
Hello and welcome back to Equity , TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our short-form week-starter in which we go over the weekend, look to the week ahead, talk about some neat funding rounds and dig into what is stuck on our minds. So, by section then: The weekend: The market narrative seems to have changed from o

Marriott Reduces Award Redemption Rates, Makes It Easier To Earn Status

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The hotel industry is struggling at the moment, and we’ve seen major hotel groups extend elite status for members, offer creative promotions, and generally try to engage with member. Well, Marriott Bonvoy has just announced some potentially valuable initiatives for members. Temporary Marriott Bonvoy perks With today’s news, Marriott Bonvoy members can expect award redemption rates to be lower ove

Marriott Promos: Redeem 5500 Hotels At Off-Peak Prices, And All Elites Get Free Qualifying Nights

200+View from the Wing / 11h
Marriott is making it easier to qualifying for a higher level of status this year - and a side effect is all current elites get free credit towards lifetime status, and many may receive additional 'choice' benefits without even staying at any hotels. The Bonvoy program is also putting award nights on sale for stays through July, by letting you book rooms at off-peak redemption prices this month.

Marriott expands off-peak pricing through July, will add bonus elite-night credits

100+The Points Guy / 11h
As the world begins to reopen — even amid the coronavirus pandemic — you might be planning some hotel stays in the coming weeks, especially if you’ve been cooped up since the spring. Marriott Bonvoy today announced several sweeping updates to its loyalty program, from pricing changes, to elite night credits, to perks for its top-tier members. Here’s what you need to know. For more TPG news delive

Google could be planning a controversial update to Chrome

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Google is certainly no stranger to messing around with the address bar – or omnibox as it is actually called – in Chrome. Over the years that have been numerous changes introduced, including hiding the leading 'https://' or 'https://www.'. But changes spotted in the Dev and Canary builds of Chrome 85 show that the company is experimenting with something rather more drastic. If the change rolls ou

‘Dead Space’ was once too scary to play. A decade later, I’m going to finish what I started.

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Embrace Your Inner Artist With This Best-Selling Online Drawing Class

Futurism / 11h
When it comes to being a truly great visual artist or illustrator, the unfortunate fact is that most people believe that they have to be born with a certain set of skills. This myth causes countless potential artists to give up on their passion before they’ve even started. But the truth is that regardless of whether you’re trying to launch a full-fledged career in illustration or simply want to l

Samsung's massive Odyssey monitors finally get a price tag

Samsung Odyssey G7
300+Mashable / 11h
It took a while, but Samsung's big, curved Odyssey monitors are available for pre-order. Announced at CES 2020, the Odyssey lineup is aimed at gamers and consists of three models: the humongous, 49-inch Odyssey G9 , and the slightly less extreme Odyssey G7 , which comes in 27- and 32-inch sizes. At CES, Samsung revealed the monitors' specs, which include a QLED display, 5,120 x 1,440 pixel resolu

Could The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Include Hints to an Obscure X-Men Villain?

45Gizmodo / 11h
The Bride of Frankenstein remake lives, apparently! Olivia Munn has boarded Jimmy Loweree’s next sci-fi thriller. There are still rumors that the Marvel movies have plans to introduce Thanos’ family . Plus, what’s to come on Stargirl and The 100 . To me, my spoilers! Read more...

Rewarding civic pride and boosting the local economy? Akron, Ohio is trying out a startup for that

100+TechCrunch / 11h
Akron, Ohio, the hometown of LeBron James; the seat of the U.S. tire industry; the 127 largest city in the U.S.; and the home of America’s first toy company, is now the latest site of a global experiment in whether cities can use behavioral economics to help foster good citizenship. Thanks to the work of the city’s deputy mayor for integrated development, James Hardy, Akron is the first city to r

The Amex Gold will need to offer some temporary perks to convince me to renew

The Points Guy / 11h
In early May, Amex announced several temporary perks for several cards in an effort to convince cardholders to keep their accounts open as travel has halted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Cards like The Platinum Card® from American Express, one of the best premium travel credit cards, have been collecting dust in my wallet in recent months as I am not traveling. Many of the best perks (

Oppo to make its own mobile chipsets - here's what we know

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50TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
The US-China trade war has changed the dynamics of the technology industry like nothing else. As an aftereffect, Huawei’s growth has been crippled. It cannot use Google Mobile Service nor does it have easy access to critical components like a smartphone processor anymore. As a result, Huawei’s smartphones are literally a no go outside China and the company has been busy in finding appropriate “pa

Here’s your chance to own an all-aluminum 2012 Aston Martin Zagato

SlashGear / 12h
Over the years, Aston Martin has made some iconic automobiles that have been associated with some iconic films, particularly the James Bond franchise. One of the more exciting vehicles that Aston Martin has made in modern times was the 2012 Zagato packing a V12 engine under the hood. A very rare and unique example of the 2012 Aston Martin V12 … Continue reading

Ford details Mustang Mach-E free charging and home charger pricing

Ford Bronco M. Mach-E
SlashGear / 12h
Ford’s new Mustang Mach-E may not have a dedicated charging network of its own, but that isn’t stopping the automaker from offering buyers of the upcoming EV a chunk of free charging credits. The electric crossover will be able to tap into Electrify America’s network of DC fast chargers, with Ford offsetting at least some of the fees. Meanwhile, the … Continue reading

Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro gets a 5600M GPU option with HBM2 memory

Apple Mac Pro SSD MP
100+Engadget / 12h
Apple is gearing up for WWDC with a pair of hardware upgrade options for pros. To start, the 16-inch MacBook Pro now has the option of Radeon Pro 5600M graphics with 8GB of speedy HBM2 memory. It’s reportedly up to 75 percent faster than the 4GB Radeon Pro 5500M (thanks in part to 40 compute units), and as much as 3.5 times faster than what you got in the last 15-inch MacBook Pro. It’ll cost you

CMU demonstrates nanoscale technology that causes plants to absorb nutrients with nearly 100% efficiency

200+TechCrunch / 12h
Spraying plants with fertilizers and pesticides is typically a highly lossy affair — as little as 1% of the substances currently used in industrial and food production farming is actually taken up by the plant, while the rest leaches off into the soil. A new technology demonstrated for the first time by Carnegie Mellon University’s Greg Lowry and his team reverses that — causing a plant to absorb

Apple adds new MacBook Pro graphics option and Mac Pro SSD upgrade kit

Apple Radeon Mac Pro SSD
100+TechCrunch / 12h
A week before kicking off WWDC, Apple introduced a pair of upgrades to its pro-level hardware lines. Both the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the Mac Pro desktop are getting select internal upgrades, starting today. On the notebook front, the 16-inch model gets an additional graphics configuration. The addition of the AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU marks the best graphics performance yet for the notebook line,

Intel's Tiger Lake processors will feature on-chip malware protections

Intel CET Tiger Lake
100+Engadget / 12h
Intel is getting ready to launch a new security product that could dramatically reduce opportunities for hijacking. Called Intel Control-Flow Enforcement Technology (Intel CET), the product is designed to protect against the misuse of legitimate code through control-flow hijacking attacks. This technique is widely used in large classes of malware, and it’s been a challenge to mitigate the problem

Samsung's Galaxy A71 5G comes to the US on June 19th for $600

Samsung Galaxy US AT&T
54Engadget / 12h
Don’t despair if you want a new Samsung phone somewhere between the cheap-but-cheerful Galaxy A51 and the more powerful Galaxy S20 family — relief will soon be at hand. Samsung has announced that the Galaxy A71 5G will be available to buy in the US through T-Mobile, Sprint and Samsung itself on June 19th for $600. It’ll also be available later in the summer in AT&T, Verizon (Engadget’s parent com

Australia to interdependently launch hybrid rockets by 2022

Popular Mechanics / 12h
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

What's New on Netflix the Week of June 15, 2020

69Lifehacker / 12h
This week Netflix is dropping a ton of new content including several original films including “Feel the Beat” the story of a woman that fails on Broadway and returns to her hometown to train a group of young dancers for competition. Read more...

Southwest Airlines Blocking Seats All Summer

300+One Mile at a Time / 12h
Southwest Airlines has announced plans to continue blocking seats on flights throughout summer. Southwest Airlines blocking seats through September 30 In early May, Southwest Airlines began capping how many seats they’d sell on a particular flight to around 67% of capacity. While Southwest markets this as “blocking middle seats,” in reality Southwest Airlines has open seating , so that’s not quit

Pay a little more and Uber Eats will deliver faster

74Mashable / 12h
If you've ever ordered a burger on Uber Eats and impatiently watched the app tracker as your meal was submitted, processed, cooked, and finally picked up for delivery, there's a new feature to speed up the process. The food delivery app added a Priority Delivery option on Monday. For an additional 99 cents to $2, you can make sure your delivery driver handles your order first before dropping off

Intel will soon bake anti-malware defenses directly into its CPUs

Intel CET Tiger Lake
500+Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge / A mobile PC processor code-named Tiger Lake. It will be the first CPU to offer a security capability known as Control-Flow Enforcement Technology. (credit: Intel) The history of hacking has largely been a back-and-forth game, with attackers devising a technique to breach a system, defenders constructing a countermeasure that prevents the technique, and hackers devising a new way to bypa

United Airlines to mortgage MileagePlus for coronavirus funds, anticipates no impact to members

200+The Points Guy / 12h
United Airlines thinks it has the cash it needs to navigate the rest of the coronavirus pandemic without further impacts on customers with a new $5 billion mortgage of the MileagePlus loyalty program . The deal coupled with an expected $4.5 billion loan from the federal government’s CARES Act coronavirus aid package would give the Chicago-based carrier around $17 billion in liquidity — or cash —

How to Sync Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets

28How-To Geek / 12h
You can sync Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to ensure that changes in one will automatically be reflected in another. It is possible to create links between different worksheets as well as separate Excel workbooks. Let’s look at three ways to do this. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G gets US release details

Samsung Galaxy US 20
SlashGear / 12h
Samsung’s latest 5G smartphone has got its US release details, and if you’ve been holding out for a more affordable 5G option then the Galaxy A71 5G may be the answer. Announced back in April, the A71 5G is the flagship of Samsung’s 2020 A-series line-up, with specs that may be enough to distract you from the Galaxy S20 family. … Continue reading

Newly observed phenomena could open the door to new quantum devices

SlashGear / 12h
Researchers at MIT have discovered an unexpected type of material exhibiting an exotic physical phenomena known as a Kohn anomaly. Researchers at MIT and elsewhere believe that the finding could provide new insights into certain fundamental processes that help determine why metals and other materials displayed complex electronic properties underlining technology today. The team says the way elect

GitHub abandons 'master' and 'slave' terms to avoid row

Microsoft GitHub Master
3KBBC News - Technology / 12h
Microsoft-owned GitHub is changing its default project names to avoid slavery-related terms.

These Are the Best 11 Features We've Found in the Android 11 Beta So Far

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58Gizmodo / 12h
The Android 11 beta is finally here and available to download on newer Pixel phones—but don’t worry, it will soon expand to other handsets, too. Google had to cancel the in-person portion of its Google I/O developers conference (for obvious reasons) this year, so the company hasn’t had the chance to show off the new… Read more...

The PS5's dashboard will have ‘a whole new visual language’

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The PlayStation 5 was finally unveiled last week and whatever you make of the design , we can probably agree that it’s something of a departure from the console’s previous iterations. Now, PlayStation’s head of UX design has said we can expect the same for its user interface. A new interface was always on the cards — something that was confirmed last week after we were given a quick demonstration

Reader Question: Will Delta reissue a companion certificate if my flight is canceled due to COVID?

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Reader Questions are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg . The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused an unprecedented number of flight cancellations. Many travelers have found it confusing enough to get a refund if they paid cash for their ticket, but alternative payment methods can make the issue even more complicated. TPG reader Arun wants to know if