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Multiple US agencies have purchased this mysterious mobile eavesdropping device

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Multiple US federal agencies have obtained a mysterious new eavesdropping device thought to be designed to monitor 4G-enabled mobile phones. Very little is known about the ‘Crossbow’ device, other than it iterates on the Stingray ISMI-catchers manufactured by Harris, used to trace location data and listen in on phone calls. While devices of this kind are used by law enforcement and intelligence a

HBO Max pulls ‘Gone with the Wind’ movie over racist content

HBO Max GWW Wind Racist100+SlashGear / 6h
WarnerMedia’s newly launched streaming service HBO Max has pulled the classic movie Gone with the Wind from its library following a heated editorial pointing out its racist content. The decision to pull the movie is only temporary — WarnerMedia plans to return the title to HBO Max, but when it does, it’ll include a disclaimer. Gone with the Wind is … Continue reading

Tesla is ready to mass-produce the Semi, Elon Musk says

Musk Tesla Semi China2KEngadget / 14h
For years, Elon Musk has been touting the Tesla Semi , an electric big-rig meant for hauling cargo. Now, in an email to staff, Musk said it’s time to prepare the Tesla Semi for “volume production.” “It’s time to go all out and bring the Tesla Semi to volume production. It’s been in limited production so far, which has allowed us to improve many aspects of the design,” Musk said in the memo seen b


Ethyca raises $13.5M to help businesses automate data privacy and compliance

44TechCrunch / 13min
The upcoming CCPA regulations coming into effect in the US have put a renewed focus on how companies online are handling the issues of data privacy and compliance. Today a startup that’s built a platform to help them navigate those waters more easily is announcing a round of funding to meet that demand. Ethyca , which lets organisations both identify where sensitive data may be used and then prov

Alkemics picks up €21M for its supplier-retailer collaboration platform

100+TechCrunch / 14min
Alkemics , the Paris-based platform that lets brands collaborate and launch products with retailers, has picked up €21 million in a Series C funding. It follows €20 million raised in 2016. Backing the round is growth-stage fund Highland Europe. Existing investors Cathay Innovation, Index Ventures, SEB Alliance and Serena Capital also participated. The new investment comes off the back of what Alk

6 of the best keyboards for working from home

28Mashable / 47min
The reality of working from home is different for everyone, and depends on lots of factors. For some people, the transition to working from home is totally straightforward. These people will probably have their home office set up with things that make for a comfortable and efficient working day. They'll have desk chairs , monitors, and printers . Basically, all the things that you take for grante

Uber, Lyft drivers are employees according to California regulator

74Engadget / 55min
Uber and Lyft drivers are classified as employees, the California Public Utilities Commission has officially ruled. The regulator, which oversees ride-hailing companies, declared its decision in an order published on Tuesday. It said “a person providing labor or services for remuneration shall be considered an employee rather than an independent contractor” under AB5, the state’s new law covering

Master copywriting with this comprehensive online course

28Mashable / 1h
TL;DR: The 2020 Complete Digital Copywriting Master Class Bundle is on sale for £30.54, saving you 94% on list price. As a copywriter your job is simple: write in a way that's engaging and results in action, whether that's running out to the supermarket and buying a new product that just hit the shelves or donating to a worthy cause. As simple as that mission may sound, the work that goes into it

Get ready for London Fashion Week, the Digital Version

81NYT > Technology / 1h
Coronavirus has made physical fashion weeks an impossibility. Can a digital equivalent be the same?

This Adobe alternative takes care of all your graphic design needs

40Mashable / 1h
TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to Design Wizard Pro is on sale for £30.49, saving you 93% on list price. They say Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are the gold standard graphic design programs , but what if you don't have an extra £200 laying around for a one-year license to a single service? And what if you don't have the extra time or patience for the extensive training? We're glad you asked. SE

Walmart’s Sam’s Club launches curbside pickup nationwide

100+TechCrunch / 1h
Walmart’s online grocery business has been a significant contributor to its growing e-commerce sales , particularly now amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now the retailer is expanding access to curbside pickup at its warehouse club chain, Sam’s Club. Today, Sam’s Club announced the nationwide launch of curbside pickup, bringing the service to all its 597 clubs across the U.S. The retailer had been p

Codat raises $10 million to aggregate all financial data from small businesses

100+TechCrunch / 1h
London-based startup Codat has raised a $10 million funding round from Index Ventures. If you’ve ever tried to apply for a loan for your small business or filled out an application for an insurance product, you know it can be a long and painful process. Codat is building an API that connects with all the systems that hold all the relevant financial data. That type of information is usually spread

Uber appoints Pradeep Parameswaran as new head of its Asia Pacific business

80TechCrunch / 2h
Uber has appointed Pradeep Parameswaran, who oversaw the ride-hailing giant’s business in India and South Asia for two years, as the regional general manager of its Asia Pacific region operations. Parameswaran, who starts his new role next week, will be tasked to improve Uber’s presence in the nine nations in the Asia Pacific region where the company currently operates. “There is huge potential t

George Floyd: Amazon bans police use of facial recognition tech

IBM Amazon Recognition500+BBC News - Technology / 2h
The move comes after IBM ended its facial recognition activities amid concerns over racial bias.

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX revives a forgotten Sega mascot

Sega Alex Kidd MW MWDSlashGear / 2h
Yes, it may come as a complete surprise to many gamers that Sega actually has a mascot. And, no, it wasn’t originally Sonic the Hedgehog whose popularity eventually outgrew the gaming company. The distinction of being Sega’s first real mascot belongs to the 80s’ Alex Kidd who is, just like many old-school games, making a comeback on modern gaming devices … Continue reading

'Metal: Hellsinger' is a rhythm FPS game due in 2021

66Engadget / 2h
We’ve seen plenty of games that mixed music in with other styles of gameplay, but now Metal: Hellsinger will try to blend guitar riffs with standard first-person shooter action. Similar to games like Parappa the Rapper , the focus here is staying on beat. If you can do it, then your character will become more powerful, the music will become more intense and so on. Metal: Hellsinger’s trailer prem

Disney plans phased reopening of parks and resorts next month

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Many industries have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic but there has always been hope that they’d be able to bounce back eventually. The hospitality and tourism industries, however, maybe not be so lucky, at least until vaccines or cures have been discovered and developed. Nonetheless, there will definitely still be a need to gets hotels, resorts, and theme … Continue reading

Galaxy Note 9 One UI 2.1 update starts rolling out

SlashGear / 3h
Samsung has long been regarded to be one of the worst when it came to Android updates and it’s almost difficult to believe that it has turned over a new leaf. It’s not perfect but the company has definitely improved its record, at least as far as its high-end smartphones go. It didn’t take long for Samsung to roll out … Continue reading

Amazon puts police use of facial recognition tech on hold for a year

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From the very start, there have been concerns about how facial recognition technology was being made available too easily to “the right people” with the privacy safeguards often provided by laws. Recent events in the US seem to have been the rude awakening that both companies and lawmakers needed to rise to the challenge of regulating the use of this … Continue reading

European Police Bust Alleged Pirate Streaming Service With Over Two Million Users

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Sick of streaming paywalls and unending searches on multiple services to find where that one movie doesn’t cost five bucks? Seems like a whole lot of people in Europe are too. Police throughout the European Union have taken down a TV and movie streaming ring that they claim involved over two million subscribers,… Read more...

ANA eliminates the bulk of fuel surcharges on business and first class awards

27The Points Guy / 4h
All Nippon Airways Mileage Club (ANA) has always been one of the most underrated airline loyalty programs, thanks to low redemption rates and its partnership with Amex Membership Rewards . As is often the case, their low award redemption rates came with fuel surcharges ­– not exactly British Airways level, but around $260 round-trip for premium cabin awards between the U.S. and Tokyo. For more TP

NVIDIA GeForce NOW will soon be streaming to Android TVs

SlashGear / 4h
Game streaming news continues to flow especially during these days when the console hardware market seems to be waiting with bated breath for the next big thing. The promise of universal gaming is strong but its current implementations are not that convincing since you’re limited by what devices or specific models are officially supported. NVIDIA might be preparing to expand … Continue reading

Delightfully bonkers Doom Patrol is coming back for a second season

55Ars Technica / 4h
Doom Patrol returns later this month for a second season on both HBO Max and DC Universe. Chances are you missed Doom Patrol when it debuted last year, due to the fact that it aired exclusively on the DC Universe streaming platform. (It's based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name.) That's a shame, because it proved to be a delightfully bonkers show about a "found family" of superhero

Amazon Won’t Let Police Use Its Facial-Recognition Tech for One Year

300+Wired / 4h
Amid nationwide protests over police brutality, the company is stopping law enforcement from using its most controversial product.

PlayStation 5: Sony to give gamers first look at new platform

Sony PS5 PlayStation 5100+BBC News - Technology / 4h
The Japanese firm is due to unveil some of the highly anticipated PlayStation 5's games.

Coronavirus: Ministers consider NHS contact-tracing app rethink

100+BBC News - Technology / 4h
A switch to the Google-Apple model is being considered, but developers believe it would be a mistake.

Server and storage sales plummet in 2020

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Server and storage sales declined significantly during the first quarter of 2020 based on new data from the analyst firm IDC . The firm's latest Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker revealed that server revenue fell by six percent year over year to $18.6bn during Q1 of this year. At the same time, server shipments also declined by 0.2 percent year over year and just under 2.6m servers were shipped

Social Distancing Gets Extra Horrific With This Homemade Alien Remake

77Gizmodo / 4h
Alien is one of the most influential sci-fi films of our time, and we’ve seen several attempts to recreate its genius—from countless copycat sci-fi horrors to a clever high school play in New Jersey. Now, a group of socially distant creators have joined together to bring Alien to the living room. Read more...

HTC Vive to support XR Viewers powered by Snapdragon phones

SlashGear / 5h
It seems that the VR and AR pendulum is swinging back to the smartphone side of things. Headsets started out as hulking boxes strapped to your head and wired to a computer but, thanks to Google, some got the idea of shoving a smartphone into that box instead and calling it a day. Realizing the limitations of phones, headset makers … Continue reading

Report: Facebook Helped the FBI Exploit Vulnerability in a Secure Linux Distro for Child Predator Sting

Facebook FBI Child100+Gizmodo / 5h
Facebook security personnel and engineers helped the FBI track down a notorious child predator by helping a third-party company develop an exploit in a security-focused version of the Linux operating system, Tails, per a Wednesday report by Vice . But they did so quietly and without notifying the developers of Tails… Read more...

Watch Rocket Lab’s 12th launch ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ take off tonight

100+TechCrunch / 5h
Rocket Lab’s delayed 12th launch is scheduled to take place tonight late night Pacific time, mid-afternoon on the 11th at the company’s New Zealand launch facility. The Electron rocket will be taking payloads to orbit from NASA, the National Reconnaissance Office and the University of New South Wales. “Don’t Stop Me Now,” named after the favorite Queen song of board member Scott Smith, who passed

Quibi video service for smartphones adds Chromecast support

Quibi Chromecast AirPlaySlashGear / 5h
Quibi, the short-form video service with an uncertain future, has introduced Chromecast support in its mobile app. The new feature will enable subscribers to ditch their phones and watch the short episodes on their TV instead, something that is arguably vital in light of the pandemic lockdowns. After months of hype, short-form video streaming service Quibi launched in early April…the … Continue r

Forget your Hogwarts House, here's how you can identify instead

69Mashable / 5h
After the internet (once again) had to cancel J.K. Rowling for problematic comments, Twitter users are calling for the end of identifying by Hogwarts House. Author J.K. Rowling may have created a beloved multimillion dollar franchise about the wizarding world, but she continues to tarnish the series with her bad tweets. Most recently, she posted another string of transphobic tweets — and during P

Bellesa Can't Keep This Oral Sex Simulator in Stock and Now I Know Why

Gizmodo / 5h
20% off Satisfyer Pro 2 | Bellesa Boutique | Promo code Inventory Read more...

Grubhub sells itself to Just Eat to create a food delivery giant

Takeaway Uber Grubhub100+Engadget / 6h
The food delivery world is about to get a bit smaller. Just Eat Takeaway.com (Just Eat to most people) is buying Grubhub in a deal worth $7.3 billion. The merger will create the largest online food delivery outlet outside of China, according to the companies, and will focus on US, UK, Germany and the Netherlands. The two expect the deal to close in the first quarter of 2021, with Grubhub chief Ma

Don't know how to tell trees apart? There's an app for that.

61Mashable / 6h
"Do you think Frank recognizes us?" my 10-year-old asked one afternoon as we peered over the railing of a bridge along the greenway in our neighborhood. Frank, naturally, is the copperhead snake who lives around the stream bed below the bridge. From a very safe distance, we check in on him (or her) during our regular bike rides. When we first spotted Frank’s tan skin and reddish hourglass marking

Amazon says cops can't use its facial-recognition tech for a year, but not much else

Amazon Brand100+Mashable / 6h
When it comes to publicly pushing back against an ever-encroaching police state, the devil is in the details — or, in Amazon's case, the lack of them. Amazon announced Wednesday — in the most passive voice possible — that, for a year, police will no longer have access to its controversial facial-recognition tool dubbed Rekognition . Without mentioning the Black Lives Matter movement or the police

MongoDB Cloud brings developers and edge together

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MongoDB is making it easier for developers to work with data wherever it resides with the announcement of a series of products that make up its MongoDB Cloud platform. The launch of version 4.4 of MongoDB alongside the general availability of Atlas Data Lake, Atlas Search and MongoDB Realm will provide organizations with a way to leave behind data silos and fragmented APIs as MongoDB Cloud delive

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Amazon’s facial recognition moratorium has major loopholes

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In a surprise blog post, Amazon said it will put the brakes on providing its facial recognition technology to police for one year, but refuses to say if the move applies to federal law enforcement agencies. The moratorium comes two days after IBM said in a letter it was leaving the facial recognition market altogether. Arvind Krishna, IBM’s chief executive, cited a “pursuit of justice and racial

Apple is ditching iTunes U and iBooks Author: Here are the alternatives

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In updates on its support pages, Apple quietly revealed that it will discontinue iTunes U next year and that it will stop supporting iBooks Author starting in July. Both offerings are aging — iTunes U launched way back in 2007 and iBooks Author was released in 2012. This isn’t bad news, mind; Apple has alternatives for users of both products. … Continue reading

Sega classic 'Alex Kidd' is coming to modern consoles and PCs

Sega Alex Kidd MW MWD200+Engadget / 7h
It’s been easy to revisit early Super Mario games, but what if you were one of those rebels who had a Sega Master System and played Alex Kidd instead? Don’t worry, there’s a nostalgia trip in store for you as well. Jankenteam and Merge Games have unveiled Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX , a revival and expansion of the 1986 classic coming to PC, PlayStation, Switch and Xbox. This is considerably mo

Disneyland announces planned reopening date — Here’s what you need to know

100+The Points Guy / 7h
Disneyland in Anaheim, California, celebrates its 65th anniversary on July 17 of this year. It’s likely no coincidence that the theme park has just announced that date as its target for reopening , pending necessary government approvals. That will place Disneyland just six days behind the July 11 reopening date for the Disney World theme parks in Florida. For more TPG news delivered each morning

Just Eat Takeaway confirms it’s gobbling up Grubhub in a $7.3B deal

Takeaway Uber Grubhub200+TechCrunch / 7h
Consolidation in the world of on-demand food ordering and delivery continues apace. Today, Just Eat Takeaway — the European company that only just got its own $7.8 billion merger approved by regulators in April of this year — officially announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Grubhub in the U.S. in an all-share deal for an enterprise value of $7.3 billion. The acquisition is not jus

Amazon Takes Bold Stance Against Momentary Bad Optics

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For the second time in a week , Amazon is trying to score PR brownie points for doing next to nothing in the wake of global anti-racist protests—this time for the weakest possible concession around some of its most dangerous software. And so intones our humble refrain: Fuck off! Read more...

Theaters are ready to reopen, but is America ready to go back to the movies?

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Last week, AMC marked its earnings report with a somber note. The movie theater giant warned of losses reaching up to $2.4 billion, courtesy of COVID-19-related closures, adding that “substantial doubt exists about our ability to continue as a going concern for a reasonable period of time.” AMC isn’t alone. The pandemic has had a devastating impact on theaters that rely on in-person foot traffic

Amazon Facial Recognition Moratorium

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The company said it hoped the moratorium “might give Congress enough time to put in place appropriate rules” for the technology.

HBCUvc founder Hadiyah Mujhid on one way investors can advance racial equity

200+TechCrunch / 7h
In response to VCs’ sudden rush to invest in more Black founders , Black venture capitalists and entrepreneurs have penned a bunch of advice on the best way to tap into talent. Among the strategies? Team up with Black firms already doing the work. Some firms have said that they’re going to turn to HBCUvc , a nonprofit organization that helps students from historically Black colleges and universit

11 passport centers are reopening, but you’ll still have to wait on your application

The Points Guy / 7h
Home-weary travelers, rejoice: Your local passport agencies and centers are coming out of quarantine. Sign up for TPG’s daily newsletter The State Department announced this weekhttps://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/get-fast/passport-agencies.html that 11 passport agencies and centers will reopen Thursday, June 11, under Phase One of the agency’s three-phase reopening plan. Image co

Ricoh GR III Street Edition debuts limited-edition style and new feature

SlashGear / 7h
Ricoh’s popular compact camera is getting a limited edition, with the GR III Street Edition promising exclusivity along with a splash of extra style. Based on the same GR III that proved a hit with reviewers last year, the Street Edition swaps the sober black styling of the original for a metallic gray finish instead, and then throws in an … Continue reading

Tesla stock soars above $1,000 as Musk vows to “go all out” for Semi

Musk Tesla Semi China100+Ars Technica / 7h
Enlarge / The Nikola Two truck drives out on the stage at an April 2019 event. (credit: Megan Geuss ) Tesla's stock price soared above $1,000 on Wednesday. The rise pushed the company's valuation to around $190 billion—within striking distance of the world's most valuable valuable car company, Toyota, at $215 billion. Tesla's stock surge comes a week after one of Tesla's leading electric vehicle

Amazon places 'moratorium' on police use of its facial recognition tech

100+Engadget / 8h
Amazon is temporarily halting the use of its controversial facial recognition technology in the wake of widespread protests against police violence and discrimination. The internet giant is starting a year-long “moratorium” on police use of Rekognition. The pause should give Congress time to pass “appropriate rules” for facial recognition, Amazon said, noting that it had called for “stronger” eth

The Best Cooling Weighted Blankets to Temper the Warmth

30Lifehacker / 8h
Weighted blankets are all the rage right now, but what happens when we move further into summer? Nothing sounds more unpleasant than sweltering under something heavy that you’ll struggle to kick off in the middle of the night. Read more...

Grado unveils its $420 Hemp Headphone

100+TechCrunch / 8h
Grado has a new pair of their signature headphones on the way, and between the pricing, hemp-infused wooden body and pot leaf insignia, it’s clear they’ve got their eye on a very particular customer. The Brooklyn-based audio brand known for their rich, open-air sound has a pretty established lineup at this point, but over the past few years they’ve been playing around more with limited editions t

Tulsa is trying to build a startup ecosystem from scratch

100+TechCrunch / 8h
When you think about startup hubs, Tulsa, Oklahoma is probably not the first city that comes to mind. A coalition of business, education, government and philanthropists are working to foster a startup ecosystem in a city that’s better known for its aerospace and energy companies. These community leaders recognized that raising the standard of living for a wide cross-section of citizens required a

Twitter wants its users to start reading articles before sharing them

SlashGear / 8h
Some social media users have developed the bad habit of reading an article’s title and then either commenting on it or sharing it without actually reading its content first. Twitter is addressing this problem with a new test that encourages some of its users to read the article before sharing it with their followers, paving the way for more accurate … Continue reading

Scientists: Super High Potency Weed Doesn’t Really Get You Higher

500+Futurism / 8h
Bad news for people buying super-potent, high-end weed : it doesn’t actually seem to make you any higher than the cheap stuff. A team of scientists from the University of Colorado, Boulder — where else — tested how both physical and cognitive impairment varies based on THC blood concentration, and found that, well, it doesn’t. Rather, it seems that once you’re high, you’re high, according to rese

This tiny robot is the size of a penny — Strictly Robots

64Mashable / 8h
Researchers shrunk the robot, testing to see if the bot's design could work at different sizes, even on a micro-scale. Read more... More about Tech , Robots , Mashable Video , Cool Tech , and Strictly Robots

IDC: Google outsells OnePlus with 7.2 million Pixel smartphones in 2019

Google Pixel 2019 Android83Ars Technica / 8h
The Pixel 3 XL. [credit: Ron Amadeo ] Francisco Jeronimo of IDC published some surprising sales stats for Google's Pixel line, saying that 2019 was the hardware division's best year so far, and with sales up 52 percent from 2018, Google managed to outsell OnePlus in 2019. Google's Pixel line was most recently in the news for the fallout from a disappointing Pixel 4 launch, so some positive sales

Android 11 beta hands-on: More controls, more clutter

Google Android 11 Pixel68Engadget / 8h
Google has just launched the Android 11 public beta , and for most of us this will be our first chance to preview the changes coming to the OS. The 1.72GB update promises a slew of improvements around messaging, navigation, multitasking and privacy, not to mention back-end enhancements for developers. If you’re willing to trade in your stable Android experience for a potentially buggy preview and

Why Everyone Should Care About iOS Accessibility Features

68Lifehacker / 8h
We’ve covered a ton of iPhone and iPad accessibility features in the past , but these options are easy to overlook if you’re not used to browsing through that section of your iPhone or iPad’s Settings. And you should take some time to learn what’s available, as there are plenty of useful tools that anyone can use to… Read more...

This Guy Accidentally Took a Photo That Crashes Android Smartphones

2KFuturism / 8h
Basilisk Stare Amateur photographer Gaurav Agrawal had no idea his spectacular picture of St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana could end up mercilessly crashing countless Android phones. But if it was set as the wallpaper on smartphones running the Android 10 operating system, the phones started acting up, switching off and on repeatedly. “I didn’t do anything intentionally,” Agrawal t

Crossing Swords Is a Cutesy Wonderland of Flesh and Debauchery

68Gizmodo / 8h
It might seem like Hulu’s Crossing Swords is an advertisement for a magical Playmobil set . But within the first two minutes, a clown man ends up being called a “fucking idiot” by the other members of his raiding party for not understanding the basics of dragon biology . Not long after, an orphanage full of kittens is… Read more...

Insane? Maldives Says They’ll Open In July With No Restrictions

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I wouldn't hesitate to spend time in the Maldives. And at present there's very little confirmed spread of the virus in the country. My approach would be this: be prepared (and be prepared to fund) a longer stay if something went wrong. And if you're in an especially vulnerable group, for instance over 60 with pre-existing conditions, consider staying home. Continue reading ...

‘It has just been devastating’: This state could face an entire year with almost no tourists

100+The Points Guy / 8h
Just a few months ago, Premier Alaska Tours was gearing up for a record summer tourist season. The Alaska -focused tour company — one of the state’s biggest — was expecting tens of thousands of customers for its multiday trips to classic destinations like Denali National Park. Including seasonal workers, it planned to have around 600 people on the payroll. Then the coronavirus outbreak emerged, a

Twitter test asks you to open an article before you share it

400+Engadget / 8h
Twitter is about to deal with one of the greatest threats to meaningful discussions on the internet: people who forward articles they haven’t even read. It’s starting an Android test that asks you if you’d like to open an article you’re about to retweet. This should help foster “informed discussion,” the company said. The social network told Engadget it doesn’t have a timeline for bringing the fe

2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e hybrid SUV gets torque, range and tech bumps

SlashGear / 8h
BMW has revealed its latest plug-in hybrid, with the 2021 X5 xDrive45e promising more all-electric range than the previous SUV. Under the hood there’s a new 3.0-liter inline-6 turbocharged engine, larger and with more cylinders than the old X5 xDrive40e could boast. Combined with a new electric motor, meanwhile, it sees total system power increase to 389 horsepower. That’s an … Continue reading

You Can Have All the Martini Garnishes at Once

94Lifehacker / 8h
While not as annoyingly iconic as “Shaken or stirred?” the question “Olive or twist?” is sincerely asked far more often, as most bartenders don’t give patrons the option of a shaken martini. (Good.) The choice of a garnish may seem like one of aesthetics—are you feeling bright and sunny or retro-sexy?—but both olives… Read more...

Android 11 beta launches – here are the new features

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The Android 11 beta is finally here for everyone to download, providing an early look at what’s coming when the next big Android update drops for everyone later this year. After cancelling Google IO 2020 over coronavirus concerns, which had been slated for May, the company then planned to unveil the Android 11 beta during an online-only event on June 3 – but that event was postponed due to the Bl

Someone paid $2.6 million in fees to move $134 worth of crypto and oops

100+Mashable / 9h
There are typos, and then there are typos . Someone appears to have made a mistake this morning when transferring the cryptocurrency ether (ETH), the younger sibling to bitcoin, from one digital wallet to another. After all, when moving around $134 dollars worth of digital currency, it hardly seems like anyone would intentionally pay a $2.6 million fee — and yet that's exactly what happened. That

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Warzone season 4 update gets new release date

Warfare Warzone Season 4SlashGear / 9h
Last week, Activision and Infinity Ward decided to delay the roll out of season 4 for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone and season 7 for Call of Duty: Mobile in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests that were happening across the US. At the time, neither company said when these updates would be launching, … Continue reading

Give Your Passwords a Safe Home With 50% off Two Years of Nordpass

Lifehacker / 9h
50% Off Two Years of NordPass | $60 | NordPass | Use Code KINJAPASS Read more...

Pay now, book later: Get a 50% bonus when you buy an Etihad travel voucher

28The Points Guy / 9h
Airlines have taken a particularly hard hit during the coronavirus pandemic and are doing whatever they can to help pad their cash flow . Nearly all airlines have introduced flexible change and cancellation policies for new bookings, including some that seem too good to be true . But the promotion Etihad is currently offering is perhaps the best one yet. Through June 24, 2020 Etihad is selling tr

Scientists go on strike to address racism in academia and STEM

100+Engadget / 9h
Top STEM scientists, publications and organizations are on strike today. They’re pausing to give Black academics a break and to encourage others to reflect on racism in academia, as well as in local and global communities. The strike is meant to be a call-to-action, and according to New Scientist , at least 5,000 academics from universities around the world have joined. Among those striking, Natu

The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid gets highly disappointing gas mileage

Honda Fit CR-V Hit37Ars Technica / 9h
This is the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid. [credit: Jonathan Gitlin ] A hybrid SUV should be the best of both worlds—a big, spacious vehicle with good fuel efficiency. That was certainly the hope for the latest version of Honda's CR-V. One of the country's best-selling crossovers, this year the CR-V got the addition of a hybrid powertrain for the first time. It's Honda's third hybrid for the US market,

How to Investigate Your Local Police Department

200+Lifehacker / 9h
Protests against racism and police violence are occurring in pretty much every city across America, but you don’t have to be in a big city for the issue to affect you. Wherever you are, you have a local police department, and as a resident you can start pushing for the change you want to see. One of the first steps is… Read more...

Collapsed Star Proves Another of Einstein’s Theories

400+Futurism / 9h
Free Falling Yet again, scientists have validated a major component of Einstein’s theory of general relativity . Specifically, a trio of two white dwarf stars and a collapsed neutron star demonstrated the concept of freefall, according to research published this month in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics . That’s the idea, famously illustrated by Galileo’s Leaning Tower of Pisa thought exper

AT&T takes on Mint Mobile with new multi-month prepaid plans

SlashGear / 9h
AT&T has rolled out a couple of new prepaid wireless options akin to the multi-month plans long offered by companies like Mint Mobile. Under these new deals, AT&T Prepaid customers have the option of pre-paying for multiple months at a time, ultimately scoring a discount on a per-month basis compared to paying monthly. The wireless company currently has two multi-month … Continue reading

New Plan: Maldives To Welcome Visitors In July With Few Restrictions

200+One Mile at a Time / 9h
We’re seeing countries around the world announce new entry requirements, and in many cases these are evolving by the day. The Maldives appears to be going from one extreme to the other, as the country plans to welcome tourists as of July. The Maldives’ initial plan for welcoming visitors A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how the Maldives was considering some of the most extreme entry requiremen

Twitter tests a feature that calls you out for RTing without reading the article

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A new Twitter test feature aiming to “promote informed discussion” will nudge users to read before they retweet. The company describes the test as a step to help people be more aware of what they’re sharing in a broader effort to inspire “healthier conversations” on the platform. Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to read it before you Tweet it. To help promote informed di

How to Change Your Name on Your Passport

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Congrats! You carried out your nuptials during a quiet quarantine Zoom ceremony and now you’re stepping into a new role as Mr. or Mrs. [insert new last name here]. Or maybe that Bali retreat you took before the pandemic led to spiritual enlightenment and your new name is “Radiant Sunflower.” In either case, you’ll be… Read more...

Grace Your Ears With a Sleek and Affordable Pair of Headphones From Status Audio

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This inflatable face shield is designed for safe social interaction — Future Blink

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Named Soffio, or “blow” in Italian, the shield is designed to be an inexpensive, safe solution for social interaction. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Future Blink , Coronavirus , and Face Shields

How Do Police Departments' 'Acoustic Weapons' Work?

66Lifehacker / 9h
In recent weeks, acoustic weapons like flash bang grenades and sound cannons have come to new prominence in the public consciousness thanks to their inclusion in the arsenal of weapons used by police against protesters. Flashbang grenades , also called stun grenades, are explosive devices that emit an extremely loud… Read more...

A brand-new Amex Centurion Lounge is coming to LaGuardia Airport

The Points Guy / 9h
Fans of the Amex Centurion Lounge network will soon have an all-new space to enjoy. As part of the LaGuardia redevelopment project, the airport’s newest building — the Terminal B Arrivals and Departures Hall — opens this Saturday, June 13. The old terminal, home to the original Centurion Lounge at LGA , will not be operational come Saturday. Though all Amex lounges are currently closed due to the

LG's latest Cinebeam projector is ultra-affordable – but there's a catch

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LG is expanding its Cinebeam line of home cinema projectors with the new LG PH30N that will launch on June 10 for just $399 (around £300, AU$600). The LG PH30N joins the rest of the Cinebeam lineup that includes the excellent LG HU70 , HU80 and HU85 – but differs from them all in one key area: resolution. While all of the other Cinebeam projectors offer 4K at a resolution of 3840 x 2160, the PH30

How to blur people's faces in protest photos to protect their identities

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Here are some easy ways to blur or pixelate the faces of those protesting before sharing them online. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Surveillance , Protests , Identity , and Face Recognition

New York City to Sex-Havers: 😉

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The moment we’re living in is so strange that even the phrase “unprecedented times” is seeing unprecedented usage . Fear is a natural response to such uncertainty, but it’s worth remembering that this time also makes great change possible. For instance: The New York City Department of Health seems to have quietly… Read more...

3M sues price-gougers who used Amazon to sell masks at 1,800% markup

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Enlarge / The (replica) disembodied marble head of David probably didn't need a 3M mask, but he nonetheless looked fashionable sporting it in the window of a jewelry shop in Switzerland in March 2020. (credit: Christiane Oelrich | picture alliance | Getty Images ) 3M—which manufactures N95 filtration masks that have been in high demand since the COVID-19 pandemic began—is suing merchants who used

The electric truck wars are getting interesting

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No longer can the automotive industry afford to move at its old, glacial pace, not when the players in the electric truck wars are starting to show their hands. Pickups, vans, and utility vehicles in general have typically lagged behind their passenger vehicle counterparts when it comes to embracing new tech, but with no reasonable person able to write off … Continue reading

Canadian Man Used A James Bond-Style Submersible To Smuggle Drugs Into The U.S.

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A Canadian man is charged with drug possession, smuggling and violating immigration laws after admitting to using a Bond-style submersible to speed across the Detroit River. Surprisingly, it didn’t go as smoothly as he planned. Read more...

Four Ways to Install the New Android 11 Public Beta

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Because I just wrote a story about how to install the potentially buggier Developer Preview of Android 11, it’s only fitting that Google, today, launched the Android 11 public beta. And installing this latest beta onto your Pixel smartphone—and only Pixels, via official means—couldn’t be any easier. Read more...

You can now avoid crowds for train departures with the Amtrak app

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Have you ever witnessed travelers crowding to board a plane or train the moment the doors open? Sign up for TPG’s daily newsletter Gate lice behavior may be here to stay, but you don’t have to stand around for it — at least when traveling with Amtrak , anyway. Now for select Amtrak stations, you can track real-time gate and departure information directly through the Amtrak app . The app feature a

The Maldives welcomes all tourists in July with risky open-border approach

The Points Guy / 10h
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen countries all around the world implement a dizzying array of policies when it comes to reopening borders. And, even within each country, entry requirements continue to evolve — in some cases, changing from one week to the next — as we most recently observed with Iceland, which, after much deliberation, remains off-limits to Americans through June . I have yet t

All mobile networks vulnerable to DoS, impersonation and fraud attacks

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As a result of security vulnerabilities in the GTP protocol, all mobile networks are vulnerable to denial of service (DoS), impersonation and fraud attacks based on new research from Positive Technologies . The firm's new Vulnerabilities in LTE and 5G networks 2020 report highlights the cybersecurity risks to networks that utilize the GTP protocol which is used to transmit user data and control t

Study finds another good reason to stop eating high-sugar foods

32SlashGear / 10h
If the existing body of research on refined high-sugar diets isn’t enough to convince you, new research out of the University of Michigan has found another good reason to change your eating habits. Too much sugar is linked to an increase in appetite, the reasons for which are often associated with increased insulin levels and insulin resistance. The new study … Continue reading

Some Chimpanzees Have a Bone in Their Heart—and Some Humans Might, Too

100+Gizmodo / 10h
Scientists in the United Kingdom have discovered a rare bone, called the os cordis, in chimpanzees with a common heart condition. The implications of this finding could extend to humans, who share a close genetic relationship to chimps. Read more...

This low-key Android 11 feature has big implications

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There are two sorts of people that’ll read this article: Those that think the Hinge Angle Sensor feature in Android 11 is interesting, and those that do not. This feature has big implications for the future of foldable devices. That’s a term that refers specifically to devices with foldable displays – but Hinge Angle Sensor functionality in Android could have … Continue reading

Three Home Office Printers Our Friends at Gizmodo and Lifehacker Can’t Live Without

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Brother Monochrome Laser Printer | $190 | Amazon HP OfficeJet 3830 | $80 | Best Buy Brother HLL2350DW | $120 | Amazon Read more...

The Recipe for Supporting Black Eateries Isn't Hard to Follow

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When St. Louis-based food writer Robin Caldwell wants to order vegetables from one of her favorite restaurants, she calls before she puts in a DoorDash order. “I called the owner and I said, ‘If I give DoorDash this money, and I’m telling you I want your pork chop dinner...I want you to send me three canisters of… Read more...

Three Home Office Printers Our Friends at Gizmodo and Lifehacker Can’t Live Without

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Brother Monochrome Laser Printer | $190 | Amazon HP OfficeJet 3830 | $80 | Best Buy Brother HLL2350DW | $120 | Amazon Read more...

Switch eShop summer sale sees discounts on some of Nintendo’s heavy hitters

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Those of you looking for something new to play on Nintendo Switch will want to head over to the eShop, as Nintendo has kicked off the Summer Game Sale. As is usually the case during big sales like this, most of the discounts are on third-party games, but there are a handful of first-party Nintendo games on sale as well. … Continue reading

Apple plans to shut down iBooks Author and iTunes U

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Apple is discontinuing two products you’ve probably forgotten about: iBooks Author and iTunes U. As of July 1st, iBooks Author will not be available to new users, and Apple plans to discontinue iTunes U at the end of 2021. Existing iBooks Author users will still have access to the app, but it will no longer be updated. Apple says it’s working on a tool that will allow users to transfer content in

The Economic Theory That Could Fuel a Climate Change Revolution

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Addressing climate change will require massive investments in everything from shoring up dams that aren’t ready for future rainstorms to wind farms and workers. It’s a huge shift that will require reorienting the economy and the way the world works. Read more...

How to Securely Transfer Your Signal Account to a New iPhone

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One of the many ways Signal safeguards your data is by saving everything locally to your phone or tablet rather than on external servers. That’s great for privacy, but it makes it a pain to migrate your account to a new device. Thankfully, Signal now lets iOS and iPadOS users wirelessly transfer their account data … Read more...

IBM Director: Get Ready For Quantum Computing App Stores

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Free Download Right now, writing the software for quantum computers and circuits requires an extensive understanding of the underlying science. But that could change as something resembling a sort of quantum app store emerges within the industry, IBM Research director Dario Gil wrote in a Scientific American op-ed . And, he argues, that era of increased accessibility is coming soon. Open Access G

JetBlue is offering full refunds for vacation packages right now — here’s what to know

The Points Guy / 10h
If you’re currently planning future travel, you’ll probably want to book through JetBlue Vacations. While nearly all airlines have been waiving change and cancellation fees for new bookings, very few have been offering refunds instead of vouchers for voluntary cancellations. However, to lure back skittish travelers, JetBlue Vacations is currently doing just that. For more TPG news and deals deliv

Just Eat Takeaway to Acquire Grubhub for $7.3 Billion

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The Dutch food delivery company beat out Uber to buy Grubhub, whose chief executive will oversee operations in North America.

Crypto Startup School: How to build companies by building communities

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Zoran Basich Contributor Zoran Basich is the crypto editor for Andreessen Horowitz. More posts by this contributor Crypto Startup School: Capturing value in crypto through network effects and mechanism design Crypto Startup School: How to scale companies using crypto Editor’s note: Andreessen Horowitz’s Crypto Startup School brought together 45 participants from around the U.S. and overseas in a

Spin scooters head to Europe, starting with Germany

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Spin has launched its scooter sharing business to Germany, the first step in the U.S. company’s plans to expand to Europe. The company, which was acquired by Ford in 2018 for about $100 million , has launched in Cologne and plans to open up in German cities Dortmund and Essen in the coming weeks. Spin said it’s also expanding its footprint in the U.S., starting with Atlanta. Other U.S. cities wil

Google’s Drone Delivery Service Now Dropping Library Books to Kids

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Book-loving kids in Christiansburg, Va., are about to get a special delivery to ease the boredom of summer quarantine (and months of being stuck at home). Google will soon start dropping books to kids via its drone delivery service, Wing , according to the Washington Post . Now they can get their hands on a copy of The … Read more...

Huawei P40 Pro+ with five-lens camera available for pre-order in Europe

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Huawei’s new P40 Pro+ , featuring what Huawei calls the “most professional smartphone camera system ever,” is now available for pre-order and will hit stores in western Europe on June 25th. The five-lens camera with 100x zoom capability is its big selling point and makes the phone comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra . Like many other Huawei devices, the P40 Pro+ lacks Google apps due to US

Are you ready for the coming wave of VC down rounds?

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Nathan Beckord Contributor Nathan Beckord is CEO of Foundersuite.com , a software platform for raising capital and managing investors that has helped entrepreneurs raise over $2 billion since 2016. He is also the host of Foundersuite’s How I Raised It podcast. More posts by this contributor Raising VC in Silicon Valley as a female POC Non-obvious fundraising tips from a Silicon Valley outsider As

Tesla copycats are suddenly all about online ordering

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Buying a Tesla has always been a contactless process. Everything from customizing the car to paying for it happens online. Then the vehicle is delivered to your home. Tesla dealerships don't even exist in the classic sense, only stores with display cars to see what you can buy online. Now, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, traditional companies like Ford and Volkswagen are eyeing Tesla's o

The Best Online Multiplayer Games for Kids in Lockdown

100+Gizmodo / 11h
If your kid is getting a tired of lockdown-based isolation, single-player gameplay and not interacting with their friends, it may be time to help them take their gaming online. To that end, I have compiled a list of my five favorite time-wasters your kid can play virtually with their pals—plus a bonus, classic pick… Read more...

Apple to discontinue iTunes U after 2021

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If you’re a teacher who has been relying on Apple’s iTunes U platform to digitally share your courses with the world, it’s time to shift to something new. After a few years of letting it mostly stagnate (the last update with anything but “stability improvements” was in 2017), Apple has quietly disclosed that iTunes U will be discontinued at the end of 2021. The news comes via a support document o

Ford’s all-electric F-150 and Transit van will hit dealerships mid-2022

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All-electric Ford F-150 pickups and Transit vans are slated to debut by mid-2022, according to Ford Motor COO Jim Farley. In an interview with CNBC , he cited Ford’s success in producing some of the most popular trucks and vans of all time. “We are number one in the pickup and the van market in Western Europe and the US, and this is our chance.” Details on an electric F-150 have been sparse since

Apple is now worth 1.5 trillion dollars

Apple ARM $1.5 Trillion300+Ars Technica / 11h
The Nasdaq chart representing Apple's stock performance over the past five years. (credit: Nasdaq ) Today, Apple became the first US company to achieve a $1.5 trillion market capitalization. The stock surged even as investors began pulling back in many other areas of the economy. Reasons given by investors for the optimism include anticipation of the launch of a 5G iPhone this fall, signs of stro

How to Host a Socially Distanced Playdate

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Summer vacation is here. For many of us, it’s been with a mix of relief and dread that we kick the 2019-20 school year to the curb and enter a summer that seems to spread out endlessly before us. Hey, remember when kids used to play with each other? Like, in person? Read more...

Citibank’s New 65,000 Mile AAdvantage Business Card Offer

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I assumed they'd drop back down to offering 40,000 or 50,000 miles but instead they're making the strong offer of 65,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles after spending $4,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of account opening. This card has a $0 annual fee the first year (then $99). The card offers first checked bag on domestic American Airlines itineraries. There's preferred boarding o

25 years of the Boeing 777: My story with the Triple Seven in pictures

The Points Guy / 11h
The Boeing 777 just turned an important milestone: 25 years from its first commercial flight . The story that began on June 7, 1995, when United Airlines flew its first 777 from London Heathrow to Washington Dulles, has turned out to be one of the great successes in commercial aviation. The Triple Seven is now the best-selling wide-body airplane ever, and it’s second only to the ubiquitous 737 as

HBO Max temporarily removes ‘Gone with the Wind’ for ‘racist depictions’

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One of the selling points for HBO Max, the recently launched streaming service from WarnerMedia , is the inclusion of classic films from Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection. But choosing which old movies to include, and how to present them, can get thorny. Case in point: “Gone with the Wind” is generally considered one of the greatest and most popular movies of all time — but it al

Scientists Say You Could Charge Batteries Using Humidity

1KFuturism / 11h
Researchers from Tel Aviv University have found that water vapor in the atmosphere has the potential to become a viable source of renewable energy. So far, the voltage generated in their experiments is extremely low. But if it scales up, they say the phenomenon could be used to charge batteries. “If an AA battery is 1.5V, there may be a practical application in the future: to develop batteries th

Facebook suspended hundreds of anti-racist skinheads and musicians

200+Engadget / 11h
Facebook’s determination to crack down on hate speech swept up some innocent people. OneZero has learned that Facebook temporarily suspended “hundreds” of anti-racist activists from SHARP (Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice), as well as the reggae and ska communities, for allegedly violating site standards. It even included ska legend Neville Staple of The Specials. It’s not certain what qualifie

Magic Keyboard review: Is this the iPad Pro's missing piece?

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Why Restaurants Are Fed Up With Apps

200+NYT > Technology / 11h
Delivery apps promised to connect restaurants with more customers. The dream isn’t working.

3 Black Photographers on Capturing the George Floyd Protests

200+Wired / 11h
Lynsey Weatherspoon, Alexis Hunley, and Darrel Hunter capture the narrative and moral identity of Black protesters in an era of misinformation and surveillance.

How Does The Hilton Weekend Night Reward Work?

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There are four co-branded American Express Hilton cards , with annual fees ranging from $0 to $450. Three of these cards offer the opportunity to earn one (or more) free weekend night rewards. In this post I wanted to take a closer look at how those benefits work, especially given the added flexibility that these rewards are offering at the moment, in light of circumstances. What’s The Difference

Volkswagen will start delivering ID.3 EVs to Europe in September

100+Engadget / 11h
Volkswagen's ID.3 EV finally has an official release date. Consumers in most European countries will be able to put a deposit on the EV starting on June 17th . Those who do will have two delivery options. They'll be able to get the EV either as soon as possible or later in the year. The earliest deliveries will take place in September, with the latter ones scheduled for Q4 2020. There's a good re

Researchers say online voting tech used in 5 states is fatally flawed

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Enlarge / Voting machines are shown at a polling location on June 9, 2020 in West Columbia, South Carolina. (credit: Sean Rayford/Getty Images) OmniBallot is election software that is used by dozens of jurisdictions in the United States. In addition to delivering ballots and helping voters mark them, it includes an option for online voting. At least three states—West Virginia, Delaware, and New J

These are the 8 best cards to use for your next pharmacy run

The Points Guy / 11h
This page includes information about the Discover it Cash Back that is not currently available on The Points Guy and may be out of date. With more than 62,000 retail pharmacies across the country, the U.S. spends the most per capita on prescription medicines in the world. With all those dollars being spent, what credit card should you be using for pharmacy purchases? Well, the key to the right ca

Google Releases Android 11 Beta With Better Notifications and Conversation Bubbles

30How-To Geek / 11h
Today, Google took the wraps off the new Android 11 Beta. Typically, the company uses Google I/O to show off its prominent new features, but it canceled that event this year. Instead, we’re getting a quieter launch, but Google packed the beta with new features for your notifications, conversations, and controls. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Amazon Is Selling Samsung Galaxy S10 and S20 Phones at a $200 Discount

21How-To Geek / 11h
Watch out world, Amazon is selling Samsung Galaxy S10 and S20 phones at a $200 discount. The phones are unlocked for any carrier and are available in different colors and storage configurations. Amazon is also selling some heavily discounted S10 and S20 accessory bundles, which include the Galaxy Buds+ or Galaxy Watch. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Facebook News Launches in the US With Updated "Integrity Standards"

65How-To Geek / 11h
Facebook is trying its hand at news again. The website just launched a dedicated section for journalism, aptly titled Facebook News. According to Facebook, the new News section is vetted by a team of actual humans and includes hundreds of local and national sources. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

13,300-year-old Chinese bird figurine found in a rubbish heap

100+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge The figurine is a small songbird, about 19.2mm (0.75 inches) long, standing on a pedestal. It's carved from a burned, blackened fragment of animal bone. Whoever created it was probably a hunter-gatherer living at Lingjing, in northern China, near the end of the last Ice Age; their culture also made simple pottery and shaped black chert into small, sharp blades. To modern eyes, the carving

What to Watch Tonight, June 10, 2020

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Looking for something to watch tonight? Every afternoon we’re hunting down and highlighting the best viewing options around. Read more...

Bellesa Can't Keep This Oral Sex Simulator in Stock and Now I Know Why

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20% off Satisfyer Pro 2 | Bellesa Boutique | Promo code Inventory Read more...

June is a big month for Xbox Game Pass

SlashGear / 12h
Xbox Game Pass subscribers have a lot to look forward to in June, as Microsoft has detailed the games that will landing on the service throughout the month. We already had prior confirmation of June’s headliner, No Man’s Sky, but today, Microsoft confirmed that it’ll be landing on Game Pass tomorrow, June 11th. It’ll go live across the console and … Continue reading

How to set up your nice camera as a high-quality webcam in 5 minutes

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Everyone needs a webcam these days, whether for business meetings or the distant socializing accomplished via video calling — but if you’re like most, you’re using the built-in camera on your laptop or some piece of junk from years ago. But if you happen to have a nice big-brand camera, it’s possible to set it up as a standalone webcam and produce imagery that will be the envy of your friends and

How to Stay in Love During the Pandemic, According to a Divorce Lawyer

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It’s been roughly three months (or 47 years...who’s counting?) since we’ve started social distancing. Despite the “distance,” many of us have found ourselves physically closer to our partners and significant others. Read more...

American tries to avoid the ‘old airline playbook’ on furloughs even as it shrinks

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American Airlines — along with nearly every other carrier in the world these days — is getting smaller as a result of the coronavirus. Schedules have been slashed and carriers around the world expect to be smaller in 2021 than they were at the beginning of this year. American is among those, but CEO Doug Parker said the company is doing its best to avoid involuntary furloughs even as it shrinks i

Scientists confirm the basis of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

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If you simultaneously drop a feather and a bowling ball in a vacuum, they’ll hit the ground at the same time. In other words, despite their mass, they’re affected by a gravitational field in exactly the same way. The same goes for massive objects like stars, according to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, and astrophysicists have confirmed his inference . The scientists used radio telescopes to mea

Android 11 Beta just released for your phone, if it’s a Pixel 2+

Google Android 11 PixelSlashGear / 12h
Today Google VP of Android Engineering Dave Burke revealed the update Android fans had been waiting for: Android 11 Beta. As of today, Android 11 Beta is available for a variety of smartphones (starting with Google Pixel 2 and newer). If you’d like to download this software, you’ll need to agree with Google on a set of rules, including but … Continue reading

How to purchase your next pair of glasses online

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As cities and states around the country begin reopening from their respective COVID-19 lockdowns, many optometrists and eyewear shops remain shuttered for the time being. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to squint your way through the next few months until they finally open their doors. So long as you have a relatively recent prescription and an internet connection, you can easily find a pair of

Social media platforms must protect democracy, even from the president

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Quibi gets Chromecast support on iOS and Android

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If you haven’t checked out Quibi and the lack of Chromecast support was the thing holding you back: Now’s the time. Just a few weeks after adding AirPlay support , Quibi has released another update that brings Chromecast support into the mix. The update is live on the iOS App Store now, and is rolling out to Android devices through the week. In a tweet , Quibi Chief Product Officer Tom Conrad say

Potential down market could temper VCs’ promise of more diversity

100+TechCrunch / 12h
Venture hiring by definition is exclusive. Legally, investors have to be able to fork out their own capital, ranging from hundreds of thousands to multi-millions, to join as a partner of a fund, meaning to be a senior partner typically requires some personal wealth. The industry is exceedingly gender imbalanced, with data showing that 84.6% of senior investors are male. The vast majority of VCs,

Email is still the biggest security risk around today

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New research from Mimecast has revealed that 60 percent of organizations expect to suffer an email-borne attack in the coming year, highlighting the fact email continues to be the most popular attack vector among cybercriminals. To compile its fourth-annual State of Email Security 2020 report , the email and data security company surveyed 1,025 global IT decision makers on the current state of cy

Don't Flush Disposable Masks Down the Toilet

500+Lifehacker / 12h
Disposable face masks are an efficient way of protecting yourself and others during the coronavirus pandemic—as long as you dispose of them correctly. Don’t toss a used mask into the road or onto the sidewalk. (I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen a lot of little blue masks littering in public spaces here in Iowa.) Read more...

Eternal Darkness fixed with Windows 10 update

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You’ll want to take a peek at the latest Windows 10 security update this week, as it fixes a flaw with two names. One name for this latest and exis SMBGhost, the other is Eternal Darkness. A new patch from Microsoft is ready to roll to Windows 10 computers right this minute, if you’d like to take a gander and … Continue reading

Emirates boss says first A380 with premium economy is ready and ‘waiting to go’

The Points Guy / 12h
Emirates has long tossed around the idea of a premium-economy product. It wasn’t until May 2018 that the airline confirmed that it would bring premium economy to its portfolio, on new A380s beginning in 2020 . Now, the first A380 with premium economy installed is ready to enter service. But coronavirus is delaying its entry into service. Emirates President Sir Tim Clark said during the Arabian Tr

NYC's safe sex guidelines for COVID-19 now officially recommend getting kinky

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James Webb Space Telescope will “absolutely” not launch in March

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Enlarge / Technicians work on the James Webb Space Telescope. (credit: NASA ) On Wednesday, the chief of NASA's science programs said the James Webb Space Telescope will not meet its current schedule of launching in March 2021. "We will not launch in March," said Thomas Zurbuchen, the space agency's associate administrator for science. "Absolutely we will not launch in March. That is not in the c

Facebook paid for a tool to hack its own user, then handed it to the FBI

Facebook FBI Child400+Engadget / 12h
For years, a California man harassed and terrorized young girls, extorting them for nude photos and videos and threatening to kill and rape them or shoot up their schools. Much of this abuse took place on Facebook, and now, months after the man, Buster Hernandez or “Brian Kil,” pleaded guilty , Motherboard has discovered that Facebook paid a security firm to develop the hack that the FBI eventual

Starbucks to close 400 stores, speed expansion of Pickup locations, curbside and more

1KTechCrunch / 12h
Starbucks announced today it will expedite the rollout of its new “Pickup” store concept, powered by mobile ordering, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It will also expand access to curbside pickup, drive-thru and walk-up counters in less dense, suburban markets, the company said. These changes aren’t going to arrive as new additions to Starbucks’ existing store lineup, however. Instead, t

What Is Elite TikTok?

300+NYT > Technology / 12h
Teenagers on the platform have inherited the legacy of Weird Twitter and Weird Facebook, posturing as multinational corporations and posting about beans and frogs.

Merriam-Webster to revise its definition of racism following request from Missouri woman

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Cut the Cord on Cleaning: Dyson's V7 Motorhead Is $250 off at Newegg

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Ajit Pai caves to SpaceX but is still skeptical of Musk’s latency claims

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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Yuichiro Chino) The Federal Communications Commission has reversed course on whether to let SpaceX and other satellite providers apply for rural-broadband funding as low-latency providers. But Chairman Ajit Pai said companies like SpaceX will have to prove they can offer low latencies, as the FCC does not plan to "fund untested technologies." Pai's original proposa

Android 11 Will Help You Rein In Zombie App Permissions

100+Wired / 12h
The latest update to Google's operating system has a host of privacy and security improvements.

The Best Time to Withdraw Your Cash-Back Balance Is Right Now

30Lifehacker / 12h
If you use a rewards credit card to earn toward travel, you’re probably biding your time and holding onto those points and miles until you feel comfortable packing your bags again. Read more...

The Android 11 public beta is officially here

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After repeated delays , Google is finally ready to launch the Android 11 public beta . Those who have a Pixel 2 or newer can install the preview by enrolling in the company’s beta program . Bear in mind, though, that beta software can be unstable and buggy. Unless you’re really itching to test out these new features, you might want to wait before getting this. The Android 11 public beta was meant

Google updates its Android developer tools

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Last week, Google postponed its Android 11 event, because, as the company rightly noted, “now is not the time to celebrate.” Today, however, it went ahead and launched both the first beta of Android 11 and provided updates about a slew of tools that should make developing for Android a bit easier for developers. It’s not holding a splashy celebration with live keynotes, though. Instead, the compa

You can now install the first beta of Android 11

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After a series of developer previews, Google today released the first beta of Android 11 , and with that, it is also making these pre-release versions available for over-the-air updates. This time around, the list of supported devices only includes the Pixel 2, 3, 3a and 4. If you’re brave enough to try this early version (and I wouldn’t do so on your daily driver until a few more people have tes

Here Are the States Where Coronavirus Cases and Hospitalizations Are Spiking

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On Sunday, there were 453 covid-19 deaths reported in the U.S., according to the Covid Tracking Project—the lowest daily toll recorded since late March. Yet unfortunately, there are signs in several parts of the country that the pandemic is getting worse, including in states that have reopened businesses and public… Read more...

Developer warns VR headset damaged eyesight

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Spending too long wearing a virtual reality headset could have implications for vision, doctor warns.



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