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Archaeologists Discover the Largest, Oldest Maya Monument Yet

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The structure, believed to have served as a ceremonial center 3,000 years ago, was discovered in Tabasco, Mexico.

Schools turn to surveillance tech to prevent COVID-19 spread

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Enlarge / A Daimler electric schoolbus (powered by Proterra) on display at CES 2019. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin) When students return to school in New Albany, Ohio, in August, they’ll be carefully watched as they wander through red-brick buildings and across well-kept lawns—and not only by teachers. The school district, with five schools and 4,800 students, plans to test a system that would require

'Command & Conquer Remastered' updates 90s RTS action for 4K monitors

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25 years after Westwood Studios’ first Command & Conquer game kicked off the hit real-time strategy series, gamers can roll back the clock with the Remastered Collection. Now available on both EA’s Origin store and Steam for $20, it includes both both Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert , as well as their expansion packs: Covert Ops, Counterstrike and The Aftermath. The games are now p

The cheapest ways to get the private jet experience

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on January 19, 2020, and has been updated with new information. Once upon a time, really rich people bought their own planes. Later, other rich people realized they could buy shares in a jet instead of actually owning one. Today, alternatives to commercial air travel are entering the Uber age, making airplane travel an on-demand perk as accessible

The F-word’s hidden superpower: repeating it can increase your pain threshold

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Enlarge / Got pain? Go ahead and swear a little, science says. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty) There have been a surprising number of studies in recent years examining the effects of swearing , specifically whether it can help relieve pain—either physical or psychological (as in the case of traumatic memories or events). According to the latest such study, published in the journal Frontiers in Ps

Weekly Review: June 6, 2020

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Hello from Miami! I’m still home this weekend — as I have been for the past three months — but fortunately my mom is visiting, so I’m grateful we get to spend some time with her. We are still planning on going to Iceland soon(ish), and are finalizing the details of that. On the points & travel front, this week Aeroplan and Etihad announced a new partnership, airlines revealed updated onboard serv

Kenneth Branagh Has No Idea If He's Playing the Bad Guy in Tenet

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Tenet is apparently pretty twisty, in more ways than just the whole time travel thing. Read more...

British Airways plans to fly 29 long-haul routes in July, including 13 to North America

The Points Guy / 34min
British Airways is gearing up for a return to long-haul service. During the coronavirus lockdown, the carrier had mostly halted passenger flights, opting to operate necessary flights. However, as of July, the carrier appears to plan to pick service back up in a big way. In the first-quarter earnings call of International Airlines Group (IAG), the company that owns British Airways, CEO Willie Wals

7 weird and wonderful theme parks in Europe

The Points Guy / 41min
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. Theme parks are a real winner in the summer. In the U.K., some of the big ones include Alton Towers, Thorpe Park or

Saturday's Best Deals: Star Wars Comics, Shoulder and Neck Massagers, Men's Underwear, and More

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A big sale on Star Wars comics , Sonic the Hedgehog in 4k , a solid mechanical keyboard for $40 , one super bright garage light , and more take the lead on Saturday’s best deals. Read more...

Marriott ordered to cease Cuba hotel operations by August

The Points Guy / 1h
Despite having an economy that’s heavily reliant on tourism, there’s currently only one US-managed hotel in all of Cuba . If you’re looking to redeem points for a free hotel night in Cuba, the only option is the Four Points by Sheraton Havana , though that option will be disappearing by August 31, 2020. Marriott will be forced to terminate its management of the Four Points Havana and, along with

Conquering the Backlog Part 6: Video game choice paralysis

SlashGear / 1h
One thing I often struggle with when it comes to gaming is choice paralysis. I’ll know I want to play something, but when you’ve got an extensive backlog of games to choose from, deciding on what to play can be a tricky thing. The same concept applies to all forms of entertainment, whether you’re deciding on the TV show or … Continue reading

IBM toolkit keeps data encrypted in iPhone and Mac apps while in use

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It’s now more practical to keep data encrypted while you use it , provided you’re using an Apple device. IBM has released (via ZDNet ) a toolkit that makes it easier to implement fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) in iOS and macOS apps. In theory, hackers will have a tougher time prying on certain kinds of sensitive information that would normally need to be decrypted, like your financial or medi

This Interactive Map Tells You Which Countries Are Open for Travel

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As we head into summer, it’s hard not to think about traveling. Not only it is the traditional season for vacations, but we’ve also been cooped up inside for months and most of us are probably itching to explore something new. Of course, given that we’re in the middle of a global pandemic where travel—especially by… Read more...

Perfect landing: How pilots avoid colliding with the ground in tricky situations

The Points Guy / 1h
As the old saying goes, “What goes up, must come down” and in aviation, the coming down part is statistically the most hazardous. From the very start of our training, pilots are taught to know where we are in relation to the terrain around us at all times. We all love the views out of the window on a beautiful clear day, but how do we know where the terrain is on a nasty cloud-covered windy night

Startups Weekly: The George Floyd protests come home to the tech industry

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The tech industry has generally wished that structural discrimination would go away, while pretending that it already has. But technology can be used by anyone for anything. And so, the world has watched video after video of police brutality against Black people in a real-time stream that plays through the closing days of quarantine, culminating in the death of George Floyd and ongoing protests.

Riot Games will donate $1 million to support racial equality

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Riot Games President Dylan Jadeja has published a letter revealing how the company intends to help combat racism and injustice. In it, Jadeja has announced that the developer is committing $1 million on efforts focusing on areas that the company believes “require attention and in which [it] can have an impact.” Those include areas include justice reform, investing in minority-owned businesses, cr

United Airlines Relents: Will Give Full Refunds For Two Hour Schedule Changes And Cancellations

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Even if you were forced to accept a travel vouchers you can contact United for an exchange. You were entitled to a refund if your flight was cancelled, or if the airline changed its schedule more than two hours. And United will honor this policy retroactively, even where they had previously reneged. Continue reading ...

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The ultimate guide to visiting Cork, Ireland

The Points Guy / 2h
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. When planning a trip to Ireland , Dublin and Galway are two of the main destinations that spring to mind. But Cork

Apps that help you find black-owned businesses see a download spike

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Apps, hashtags, and Google Docs are circulating online to support the black community after the police killing of George Floyd last month. Black-owned business directory apps are particularly popular as protests continue. A handful of apps that let you search for restaurants, clothing stores, grocery shops, and other black-owned and -operated small businesses saw download numbers soar in the past

These moments from CNN's Sesame Street town hall on racism will give you hope

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On Saturday morning, CNN hosted a joint town hall for kids and families with Sesame Street , called Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism . Racism and police brutality are difficult subjects to broach with adults, let alone children. But given the global protests, these issues are — and should be — impossible to ignore. This goes for children, who see what's going on either through media or thei

This new hotel is worth a trip to the Catskills just for the bathtub

The Points Guy / 2h
We left the city (Jersey City, if we’re being picky) at exactly 6 p.m., chasing the tail end of rush hour. It was early March, and the threat of the coronavirus escalating was very much a concern. We wanted to travel , but not so far we might get stranded. There was a sense of urgency — not just at our house but also at the TPG office — that if we didn’t travel immediately, we might not have the

Studio Interference Kept Sue Storm From Being Black in 2015's Fantastic Four, Says Director Josh Trank

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Josh Trank , in the time surrounding the release of his latest movie, Capone , has been more open than ever about his troubled experiences directing big-budget superhero fare with the disastrous 2015 version of Fantastic Four . Now, he’s being frank about the racial politics of casting that film. Read more...

NASA taps Northrop Grumman to design Gateway outpost’s HALO module

SlashGear / 3h
NASA has struck a deal with Northrop Grumman that tasks the company with designing the first crew module for the future Gateway lunar outpost. Once completed and launched, this orbiting outpost will be the base station for planned future missions on the Moon, including a place where astronauts can live and perform experiments. The Gateway is part of NASA’s larger … Continue reading

WOW Air Becomes A Global Cargo Airline Based In West Virginia

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WOW Air, the Icelandic airline that liquidated last year, will soon become a “worldwide” cargo airline based in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Yep, you ready that right… or something. Some background on WOW Air For a bit of background, Iceland-based WOW Air ceased operations in March 2019. Shortly thereafter the rights to the company were purchased, and the airline was supposed to make a comeback. T

SpaceX will answer Crew Dragon and Starlink questions on Reddit at 3PM ET

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If you’ve wanted to learn more about SpaceX’s projects than you normally see in the news, now’s your chance. The company’s software team is holding a Reddit AMA session today starting at 3PM Eastern to answer questions on the software that guides SpaceX’s projects, including Crew Dragon and Starlink . Six key staffers will be on hand, so you can expect a fair number of responses. The spaceflight

How to Virtually Attend DC Jazz Festival Performances

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Like many live events this year, the DC Jazz Festival has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic—but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the smooth sounds of some of the world’s best jazz musicians. Despite the official live event being on hold for now, each Saturday, the DCJazzFest from Home Series is… Read more...

Here’s what WHO says your mask should have to prevent COVID-19 spread

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Enlarge / French fashion student sews homemade protective face masks to stop the spread of COVID-19. (credit: Getty | GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT ) The World Health Organization on Friday updated its guidance on the use of masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic, making several changes and additions. Most notably, the agency is now recommending that governments encourage healthy members of the general publ

Don't miss these great Surface Pro sales and deals from Amazon this weekend

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Surface Pro sales are here this weekend thanks to Amazon and Microsoft, spoiling us for choice when it comes to picking up a (relatively) cheap Surface deal on these fantastic premium tablets. Our pick of the bunch is this Surface Pro 7 with a bundled black Type Cover for $799 (was $1,029.99) - a massive saving of $230 overall. Not only are you getting a handy accessory here that's worth $100 by

The new Dell G5 15 special editions offer great cheap gaming laptop deals

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It's a great time to be looking for a cheap gaming laptop deal right now with Dell just releasing some brand new special edition G5 15 gaming laptops, which you can pick up right now for $862.39 . These new G5 15's are a departure for Dell, offering exclusively AMD components inside and subsequently offering an interesting and excellent value alternative to the standard Intel equipped machines at

Grab Aukey's Mechanical Keyboard for $40 and Enter the World of the Clack

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AUKEY 104-Key Mechanical Gaming Keyboard | $40 | Amazon | Use code KINJAG12 Read more...

Facebook releases tips for group mods on how to be more inclusive

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Just as the internet as a whole erupted in discussion about the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests about police brutality, so have Facebook groups. That is, if mods keep the posts up. Some Facebook groups have fallen apart according to The Verge, as a result of infighting or post deletion by mods, or a combination of the two. Anyone who's in a group for their seemingly-unrelated

Grab a brand new Dell XPS 13 deal with these price cuts from Dell and Amazon

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Fantastic Dell XPS 13 deals are dropping this weekend in the US and UK, including this neat little discount on a brand new 2020 Dell XPS 13 for $1,049.99 (was $1,099.99) at the official Dell store. They're also offering an eye-watering discount on this specced out 2019 Dell XPS 13 for $1,129.99 (was $1,249.99) , which is a great $120 saving on an absolute beast. Featuring a 10th gen Intel Core i7

The first live 'Destiny 2' event kicks off at 1PM ET (updated)

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Bungie is about to try a new strategy for keeping Destiny 2 fresh: holding Fortnite-style live events. The studio is promising (via PC Gamer ) that humans will “take aim at the Almighty” (the massive Red Legion spaceship on a kamikaze mission against the Last City) at 1PM Eastern. It’s not certain just what will happen, but season lead Lars Bakken told gamers to be at the Tower hub if they want t

The Most Offensive Reason Yet An Airline Refuses To Refund Cancelled Flight

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Lufthansa's hypothetical thought experiment about a future world that differed from our own, in which they hadn't cancelled the flight, might be ripe for a TV script - indeed, the writers are running out of ideas for the rest of 2020 - but carry no legal force. Continue reading ...

Why was The Last of Us 2 delayed so many times?

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Anticipation surrounding The Last of Us: Part 2 seems to have been going on for years. Naughty Dog got gamers excited since its first look back in 2017 – a return to its brooding vision of a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a mutated strain of fungus that turns humans into terrifying zombies. But gamers have had to wait. A reunion … Continue reading

Pollution Is Racial Violence

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Today, Black families are most likely to live surrounded by toxic air pollutants extractive industries discharge into their backyards. Black people face a more immediate threat whenever they leave their homes: the police. To disconnect the two is irresponsible. Polluting industries don’t wind up in Black communities… Read more...

Indian online travel booking firm Yatra terminates merger deal with Ebix

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Indian online travel booking company Yatra has terminated a pending merger agreement with Atlanta-based software firm Ebix and filed a litigation seeking “substantial damages” over alleged breach of deal terms. In July last year, Ebix announced its plan to acquire Yatra , giving the Indian firm an enterprise value of $337.8 million, in a move to strengthen its position in India’s hotel and flight

This Week in Apps: Protests impact app stores, FTC fines app developer, kids’ app trends

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Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idl

Let's Abolish the Police Force

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

Airbus Threatens To Sue Airlines Over Aircraft Deliveries

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It’s rare to see aircraft manufacturers publicly make threats towards airlines, given how close their partnerships are. Airbus’ CEO countered that trend with some comments yesterday. Airbus CEO threatens airlines We know that many airlines are attempting to defer or even cancel aircraft deliveries. The aviation industry was growing like crazy for the past few years, but now we’re seeing airlines

New iPad Air 4: what we want to see

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If rumors are to be believed, the new iPad Air could be the next iPad Apple releases, likely sometime in 2020, after the iPad Pro 2020 from earlier in the year, and before perhaps a new iPad Mini towards the end of the year or in early 2021. The iPad Air is Apple’s second most top-end tablet, sitting above the iPad Mini (2019) and entry-level iPad ranges, but not packing all the features and spec

Sky and EA Sports team up to offer crowd noise for the Premier League restart

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When the English Premier League kicks off again on Wednesday June 17, Sky viewers in the UK will have the option to watch matches with simulated crowd noises developed in partnership with EA Sports. "A range of bespoke and team-specific crowd noises and chants" will be on offer "to bring the vibrant atmosphere of the Premier League to the restart" according to Sky , though we're assuming they're

Hitting the books: The ancient technology behind astronaut ice cream

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It’s been one week since astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley made history by successfully riding SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket up to the International Space Station. This calls for a celebration! And what orbital party would be complete without the most American of freeze-dried fare, astronaut ice cream? But while the cold and crunchy confection is most often associated with our most technolo

United’s back to issuing refunds for 2-hour schedule changes

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Well, we’ve come full circle here. “Back in the day” — that is to say, before the pandemic — United Airlines would allow customers to request a full refund, to their original form of payment, for any flights impacted by a schedule change of two hours or more. Then, as the mass cancellations began, “Flyer Friendly” went out the window, with United changing that requirement to 25 hours — yes, more

These GoPro deals offer premium action cameras for less this weekend

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GoPro deals can save you up to $100 / £90 on premium Hero 7 and Hero 8 models this weekend - excellent news if you've been getting better acquainted with your bike over the last few weeks. Not only are we seeing these discounts on the older generation of GoPro action cameras, but the latest Hero 8 Black model is also sharing in the fun. That means 4K video at 60fps with a wealth of image stabiliz

Exploit code for wormable flaw on unpatched Windows devices published online

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Enlarge (credit: Windows ) A researcher has published exploit code for a Microsoft Windows vulnerability that, when left unpatched, has the potential to spread from computer to computer with no user interaction. So-called wormable security flaws are among the most severe, because the exploit of one vulnerable computer can start a chain reaction that rapidly spreads to hundreds of thousands, milli

Criterion streaming service now offers select films from black creators for free

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In early 2019, Criterion announced its own streaming service called “The Criterion Channel.” The service launched in the US and Canada where anyone can now stream notable films from black creators for free. The company has made these movies available to the public, no subscription required, as part of their pledge to help support Black Lives Matter. If you head … Continue reading

Watch this dog play with a balloon for 42 seconds of calm

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There is, uh, a lot going on in the world right now. Your feeds are likely full of serious and potentially upsetting current events. That's not necessarily a bad thing; actually, some would consider it a responsibility to be informed on what's happening in your country. But that doesn't mean you have to spend every waking moment consuming the news. In fact, don't do that! Instead, take 42 seconds

Stephen Colbert unravels the mystery of 'secret police' showing up at protests

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Stephen Colbert kicked off his Friday episode of the Late Show with a monologue dissecting the past week of protest actions. The segment is specifically focused on the actions of state and federal officials who have, in many cases, been responsible for escalating situations toward violence , as well as the growing presence of ID-less "secret police." "No, it's not necessarily a bad thing for the

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 release date, news, and rumors

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The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 could launch very soon, with rumors of the upgraded true wireless earbuds ramping up in the lead up to the brand’s next Unpacked event, which is expected to take place in August. In late April, the South Korean company registered the brand name 'Samsung BudsX' in the UK and Europe, which suggests a new version of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus could be on the way. It’s not

How to Hide or Delete a Facebook Page

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Facebook Pages don’t always work out. If you’ve got an old Facebook Page that you don’t want anyone to find, here’s how you can unpublish (hide) your Facebook Page for a while, or delete it permanently. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Host or Attend a Virtual Dinner to Discuss Race in America

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Since Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd on May 25, ongoing demonstrations have taken place in all 50 states. And while thousands of people have participated, many others—who would have otherwise joined the protests—have stayed at home because we’re also in the midst of a global pandemic. But that doesn’t… Read more...

Maximizing points and miles on summer road trips

The Points Guy / 6h
Summer is upon us and every state has at least partially reopened . While travel is slowly picking up again , it’s fair to say that many people will choose to stick closer to home this summer and embark on road trips instead of taking the skies. It probably goes without saying that points and miles are best for first-class flight redemptions and high-end hotel stays. However, with a little bit of

How canceling a credit card impacts your FICO score

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Here at TPG we spend an incredible amount of time talking about which credit cards you should open, which cards pair well together and even how to build an overarching credit card strategy. An equally important topic that rarely gets as much attention is when — and why — you should consider closing your credit cards. New to The Points Guy? Sign up for our daily newsletter and check out our update

Hyatt Is Turning The Cook County Hospital Into Two Hotels

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Hyatt is nearly done turning a former Chicago hospital into a hotel. Well, two hotels actually with a combined 210 rooms. A hundred year old building that once housed the nation's first blood bank will become a Hyatt Place and Hyatt House next month. Continue reading ...

Watching The Simpsons on Disney Plus? Here's when it gets bad

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The Simpsons' true 4:3 aspect ratio has been restored on Disney Plus , and while other animated series like Goof Troop and Chip 'N' Dale: Rescue Rangers are seemingly doomed to a stretched 16:9 picture forever, it's a major win for hardcore fans of the service's only adult animated sitcom. If you're considering a Simpsons rewatch, you probably recall that the show's quality drops off at a certain

Yelp adding tool to make it easier to find black-owned businesses

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In a blog post released Thursday, Yelp co-founder and CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced that the app will launch a searchable attribute so businesses can identify themselves as black-owned , making it easier for customers to find them. The attribute will be opt-in so only businesses who want to proclaim they're black-owned can do so. Stoppelman explained that in the past week, Yelp saw 25x increase

Save 10% At Hyatt With Chase Offers (Targeted)

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With Chase Offers you can save money for purchases with select retailers. These promotions are targeted, and you’ll see different bonuses on different card accounts. There’s a great new offer for anyone who is planning a Hyatt stay in the next couple of months. Save 10% at Hyatt with Chase Offers We haven’t seen many Chase Offers for travel lately (for obvious reasons), though there’s a new one f

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How to Track the Tech That's Tracking You Every Day

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It’s easy to feel helpless right now. Cities across the country are seeing unarmed protesters maimed by police officers who enjoy both the full support of the current presidential administration and of the American legal system itself. Congress is, in 2020, debating whether to make lynching a federal hate crime . And… Read more...

How to Troubleshoot Discord Push to Talk on Windows 10

How-To Geek / 7h
Push to Talk allows you to control background noise when communicating with your friends in Discord. Sometimes, though, external factors like Windows 10 or other applications can prevent the feature from functioning correctly. Here’s how to troubleshoot common problems. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

TCL Now Sells Affordable Android TVs in the US

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Less than a decade ago, TCL wasn’t a household name, but today it’s one of the well-known TV manufacturers in the United States. The company made its name by offering affordable quality televisions with Roku baked into the hardware. Now the company has a new option for you to consider—affordable Android TVs. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

India Is Using More Solar Energy—but It Carries a Lead Risk

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In rural areas, solar power is stored in lead batteries. If they aren't properly recycled, contamination can cause health problems.

'Dune' Is One of the Most Influential Sci-Fi Books Ever

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Originally published in 1965, Frank Herbert's classic novel has continued to help shape works from Star Wars to 'Game of Thrones'.

Valorant in testing on console, but it’s too early to celebrate

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Valorant, the free 5v5 first-person shooting game from Riot Games, is in testing on consoles, the company has revealed. The game is only available to download on PC at this time, but the company had previously indicated that it may eventually make its way to console. The latest revelation underscores that, but don’t get too excited — Riot says a … Continue reading

Details Of Lufthansa’s Updated Onboard Service

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Airlines around the world are adjusting service protocols in light of coronavirus. What’s surprising is the vastly different approaches that airlines are taking. For example, comparing premium cabin service: Emirates will continue to offer all the same food & drinks in first class, but will just serve them more efficiently Turkish will simply offer cold snack boxes, and won’t serve coffee or tea,

PS5 patent offers a closer look at the dev kit’s cooling solution

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We still don’t know what the PS5 will look like but a recently published patent for its dev kit suggests that Sony is taking cooling and ventilation very seriously in this upcoming generation. The utility patent, filed by Sony in late 2019 but published on the World Intellectual Property Organisation Database in June 2020, highlights the dev kit’s “plurality of cooling fans” which work with a hea

“You like to read too?”

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The Best White Noise Apps for Helping You Fall Asleep

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Having difficulty falling asleep? White noise, like a ceiling fan, can help your brain tune out distracting noises (a barking dog, for example), and these white-noise apps have all kinds of relaxing sounds to help your brain relax. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Sony Xperia 1 II Review: A Surprise Hit

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After years of punching below its weight, Sony finally found the formula for making an excellent phone. Too bad it costs $1200.

What Happens To Loyalty Executives Who Devalue Frequent Flyer Programs

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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 ...

Proceed at a Speedy Pace to Amazon For a Sonic the Hedgehog Blu-Ray Sale

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Sonic the Hedgehog (4K) | $28 | Amazon Sonic the Hedgehog (Blu-Ray) | $21 | Amazon Read more...

Qatar Airways Eliminates Pesky Award Redemption Fees

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Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club loyalty program will be eliminating an annoying fee that they added just over two years ago. Qatar Airways cuts redemption booking fee In May 2018, Qatar Airways Privilege Club introduced a redemption booking fee . This was a complete junk fee, as the airline started charging $25, $50, or $75 per award segment, in economy, business, or first class, respectively. Sinc

What’s up with Sweden?

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Enlarge / State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency of Sweden has admitted that the pandemic response he promotes hasn't worked out as well as he hoped. (credit: ANDERS WIKLUND/Getty Images) Earlier this week, Sweden's government epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell , admitted that his plans for how the country should handle the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic hasn't quite worked out as he ho

5 things PS5 must improve over the PS4

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The PS4 has been a runaway success for Sony ever since it launched in 2013. With over 102 million units sold to date, the PlayStation 4 will be remembered as one of the most popular video game consoles of all time – and rightly so. Nevertheless, there’s always room for improvement, and Sony needs to ensure that some of the foibles of its predecessor are not repeated for PS5 . The early signs poin

How Google Docs became the social media of the resistance

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In the week after George Floyd’s murder, hundreds of thousands of people joined protests across the US and around the globe, demanding education, attention, and justice. But one of the key tools for organizing these protests is a surprising one: it’s not encrypted, doesn’t rely on signing in to a social network, and wasn’t even designed for this purpose. It’s Google Docs. In just the last week, G

What to Watch on Quibi: The 10 Best Shows

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By definition, Quibi’s content is meant to be consumed in bite-sized chunks, which doesn’t necessarily lend itself to engaging experiences. Nevertheless, it has some top-quality dramas, comedies, and documentaries that are well worth the price of admission. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Poor sleep quality named major risk factor for deadly heart condition

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Poor sleep quality may prime you for a serious heart condition later in life, a new study warns. Researchers evaluated chronic sleep issues and their impact on heart health, finding that people who get unrestful sleep experience chronic inflammation that leads to the development of atherosclerosis. The condition, if not caught early and treated, can be deadly. The study comes … Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Fold 2 tipped to launch on August 5

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We might finally have a date for the next pair of Samsung flagship phones, the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Fold 2 : the two handsets are rumored to be launching on Wednesday August 5, according to multiple sources. Those sources are the often reliable Ice Universe on Weibo as well as Korean news site the Dong-A Ilbo , so these rumors carry some significant weight – even if nothing is certain un

Why now is the perfect time to buy an electric bike

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As the world starts to make tentative steps towards leaving lockdown, and starts to establish a ‘new normal’, it’s a great time to reconsider your everyday travel needs – and an electric bike could be exactly what you need. Electric bikes have come a very long way in recent years, and are no longer defined by clunky looks, noisy motors, or limited range. Modern e-bikes look almost identical to st

14 Best Weekend Deals: Tablets, Phones, Laptops, and More

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Need a new laptop? Or an affordable phone? We've rounded up some sales that might help.

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

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The best end-to-end encrypted messaging app has a host of security features. Here are the ones you should care about.

Police Tactics Could Turn Protests Into Covid-19 Hot Spots

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Sure, large crowds already carry a risk of transmission. It's just worse when you teargas people, make them cough on each other, and bus them to jail.

Virtual internships and the Zoom skills you don't learn in college

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With the spread of the coronavirus, summer internships — once a staple of collegiate and post-grad life — have dried up . Now, like many jobs, they've gone virtual. A survey of more than 400 companies conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that around 80 percent of employers were making some kind of change to their internship programs, which included things like piv

How the Gravis PC GamePad Transformed PC Gaming in the ’90s

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In 1992, when Nintendo’s Super NES and Sega Genesis ruled home video gaming, Gravis brought console-style controls to the PC with its PC GamePad. It sold well and opened the door to new styles of gameplay on PCs. Here’s what made it so memorable. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

The Best DIY Home Improvement Apps of 2020

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Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or designing the perfect backyard getaway, it’s critical to have all the necessary tools at hand. With these convenient DIY home improvement apps, you’ll be able to measure, build, or shop right from your smartphone. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

What to expect from future smartphone batteries

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As smartphones become more and more advanced; chips and operating systems powering them become more energy efficient; we still live with handsets that last a day or two before having to recharge. We are still distant from a phone that backs a week’s power, but the tech world is headed for a power revolution which will improve battery life to … Continue reading

Grab 'Overcooked,' the Chaotic Couch Co-Op Game, for Free on Epic

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After three weeks of handing out free classics, like GTA V, CIV VI, and Borderlands 2, Epic Games is setting its sights on Overcooked, a popular, modern couch co-op game. Anyone with an Epic Games account can download Overcooked for free, and enjoy some chaotic, rage-inducing multiplayer challenges. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Deal Alert: Grab 3 Months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $25 ($20 Off)

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The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription is a no-brainer if you’re an Xbox fan or even a PC gaming fan. Simply put, it’s one of the best values in gaming today, especially if you like to go back and forth between console and PC playing. And that’s why you should jump on Amazon’s deal today; you can grab three months for $25, which is $20 off the usual price. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Doom, Doom II, and Stardew Valley Are Free for some Chromebook Owners

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Google likes to offer a rotating selection of free “perks” to Chromebook owners. And boy, it’s hard to pass on the free games and software that Google is giving away right now. For a limited time, Doom, Doom II, and Stardew Valley are free for qualifying Chromebook users. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Lenovo's 7-inch Google smart display is on sale for $80 at Best Buy

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You’re in luck if you want an affordable, Google-powered smart screen but feel the Nest Hub is too basic for your tastes. Best Buy has discounted Lenovo’s Smart Display 7 to $80 , or a good $20 off the usual price. That’s lower than Best Buy’s recent sale price for the Nest Hub, making it a particularly good value — especially given the Smart Display’s extra capabilities. Buy Lenovo Smart Display

Save 33% on these totally wireless earbuds that mold to fit your ears

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TL;DR: Don't start your next workout without a solid pair of earbuds. This pair by Decibullz are on sale for just $98.99, a 33% savings as of June 6. You know what's annoying? When you're trying to knock out your last rep during a workout, or you're going for that KOM on a bike ride, or your favorite song is about to peak, and your earbud pops out. There's finally a solution, though: earbuds mold

Is there a magic formula for becoming famous on Instagram?

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TL;DR: Learn how to build your brand with The 2020 Ultimate Instagram Influencer and Marketing Bundle for $35, a 97% savings as of June 6. Everyone thinks becoming an Instagram influencer is pure dumb luck. As it turns out, that's not the case at all. From advertising products and creating original content to knowing the best time to post and how to write a caption, growing your Instagram followi

Learn to wrangle big data in Excel with this online course sale

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TL;DR: Become a data-driven worker with The 2020 Master Microsoft Excel and Power BI Certification Bundle for $34.99, a 97% savings as of June 6. "Data science" seems to be all the rage these days. The buzzword sounds super fancy, but when you actually break it down, it's just the ability to wrangle big data, break it down, and use it to make decisions. From self-driving cars in the automotive in

40 deals on Father's Day gifts that are actually pretty useful and fun

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The father figure in your life may seem like the low-maintenance type, but trust us when we say that he's tired of receiving socks and mugs every year. (In 2020, Father's Day falls on June 21. You're welcome.) We know you mean well, but how about giving him something he would actually like and use? Don't fret — we did the work for you. Lo and behold, here is a roundup of things your dad will appr

This workout device targets muscles you never even knew you had

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TL;DR: Get the six-pack you've been dreaming about with the META 360 Legacy Pack Core-Based Trainer for $79.99, a 38% savings as of June 6. Between strength training, cardio, yoga, and foam rolling, you've probably felt a burn in every muscle in your body at some point. But what if you could feel them all at the same time? That's the idea behind the Meta 360 Legacy Pack Core-Based Trainer . This

Oppo launches its first fitness band - no word yet on Indian launch

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Oppo had launched the Reno 4 series yesterday in China. However, the new Oppo Band managed to steal the show. It marks the company’s entry into fitness trackers after smartwatches. The new wearable from the company comes in three variants - the Oppo Band, Oppo Band Fashion and Oppo Band EVA and prices are around the CNY 200-300 bracket. Best fitness tracker in India for 2020 Oppo Reno 3 Pro revie