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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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Walmart’s movie plan will transform parking lots into drive-in theaters

500+SlashGear / 6h
Walmart just made a surprising announcement: it will turn some of its store parking lots into drive-in movie theaters, using its existing real estate to revive a largely defunct way to view movies. The drive-in theaters will start going live in early August, according to the company, but they won’t be available at every Walmart destination. In case you’re wondering: … Continue reading

This Scientist Says He’s Built a Jet Engine That Turns Electricity Directly Into Thrust

38KFuturism / 16h
This past autumn, a professor at Wuhan University named Jau Tang was hard at work piecing together a thruster prototype that, at first, sounds too good to be true. The basic idea, he said in an interview, is that his device turns electricity directly into thrust — no fossil fuels required — by using microwaves to energize compressed air into a plasma state and shooting it out like a jet. Tang sug

Your Visual Reminder That Covid Is Way More Than the Flu

2KLifehacker / 10h
People die of the flu sometimes. People die of COVID-19 sometimes. People die of suicide and drug overdoses and heart disease and a lot of other things. So if there haven’t been many COVID-19 deaths in your community yet, maybe you’ve convinced yourself that the coronavirus is about as deadly as other things you don’t… Read more...

Asus ROG Phone 3 global unveiling set for July 22

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 15min
Asus’s next gaming flagship, the ROG Phone 3 will be unveiled on July 22 via an online event from its home country.

Crysis remaster delayed as fans voice disappointment over leaked trailer

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 22min
Developer Crytek has delayed the release of Crysis Remastered due to negative fan reactions over leaked gameplay footage.

Facebook is shutting down Lasso, its TikTok clone

88TechCrunch / 42min
Facebook is no longer betting on Lasso, an app it launched a year and a half ago, to take on TikTok . The social juggernaut’s TikTok clone is shutting down on July 10, Facebook said. Launched in late 2018 , Lasso was seen as Facebook’s answer to TikTok that’s gained ground with young users, both in China and in the West . Lasso allowed users shoot up to 15-second long videos and overlay popular s

Tesla overtakes Toyota to become world's most valuable car maker

Tesla Musk Toyota Valuable
1KBBC News - Technology / 1h
Shares in the electric carmaker have surged, giving it a market value of $209bn.

China-based Terminus to deploy more than 150 interactive robots at Expo 2020

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Becomes official robotics partner and will set up its first headquarters outside the country at District 2020

6 of the best robot lawn mowers for lazy gardeners

60Mashable / 2h
For some, mowing the lawn is a pleasant experience. For others, it absolutely sucks. If you're an enthusiastic member of the latter category, a robot lawn mower may be an investment to consider. Once set up, they'll allow you to step back from lawn maintenance pretty much entirely. Think of robot mowers as Roombas for lawns, just way more expensive and definitely for outdoor use only. How do robo

Nintendo game codes can no longer be sold by European retailers

Nintendo European Switch
SlashGear / 2h
Digital distribution of games has definitely made it easier to acquire games without having to worry about physical media that may be damaged for good. It’s a double-edged sword, though, as publishers and game companies can decide to remove access to digital titles and that’s that. This greater control on the part of companies reared its head once again, this … Continue reading

Best mid-range phones in Australia

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Premium phones cost more and do more than you need? We've identified the best phones for around AU$1,000 – or less.

Google discontinues its affordable Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones

Google Pixel 3A 4A
100+Engadget / 3h
Google has officially discontinued its Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones, it has confirmed in a statement sent to Android Police . It was previously marked “Out of Stock” on the US Google Store, but now its listing says it’s already “Unavailable.” Google’s spokesperson says the tech giant has sold through its inventory, and partner retailers will only be selling the devices until supplies last. The tech

You’ll never guess Google’s most valuable Android app of 2020

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Google One is the surprise winner, report says.

iPhone 12 Pro might not get that 120Hz display after all

iPhone 12 120Hz ProMotion
SlashGear / 3h
Apple is slowly blurring the lines that separate its devices and platforms. This year’s iPhones, for example, may even look like miniature iPad Pros. That doesn’t mean it will get the same features, of course, but there’s still some discussion on what features the iPhone 12 may inherit from Apple’s slates. As with the LIDAR camera, there is still no … Continue reading

Apple reportedly rushing suppliers to prevent iPhone 12 delays

Apple iPhone 12 Months
SlashGear / 4h
There has been no shortage of rumors that this year’s iPhones could be delayed by a few months. Some even paint a worst-case scenario of an early 2021 shipping date. Apple, of course, would have none of that and is reportedly pushing its supply chain partners to make up for lost time. Whether that will be enough to narrow the … Continue reading

Microsoft, Google launch initiatives to help workers reskill for post-pandemic world

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Google and Microsoft are doing their part to help workers learn new digital skills and find jobs

Windows 10 Preview 20161 shows new Start Menu design, Alt+Tab behavior

SlashGear / 4h
There has been some speculation, even worries, about how the Windows 10 Start Menu would be changing but Microsoft is now calming those fears by confirming that nothing much is changing. At least nothing yet as far as big sweeping design and behavioral changes are concerned. The latest preview build for Insiders shows off a slightly refreshed Start Menu but … Continue reading

Facebook admits to wrongly sharing user data with third party apps yet again

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The social media giant has admitted to sharing 'inactive' user data with thousands of app developers, despite its own privacy policy.

Pixel 3a and 3a XL have been discontinued, Pixel 4a may be near

Google Pixel 3A 4A
SlashGear / 5h
All good things must come to an end, they say, and as far as the recent Pixel lineup is concerned, the Pixel 3a siblings may have been one Google’s better ones. Despite the less powerful specs, it was generally better received than the Pixel 3 and definitely more than the Pixel 4. Now, however, the smartphones have officially been discontinued, … Continue reading

Facebook admits to improperly giving user data to third-party developers, again

Facebook Boycott One
1KMashable / 5h
Stop me if you've heard this one before: Facebook gave user data to third-party developers, even after specifically telling users it wouldn't. In a Wednesday blog post , Facebook announced that (oops!) thousands of developers continued to receive updates to users' non-public information well past the point when they should have. Specifically, Facebook said that, for an unspecified number of users

8 actually good things about dating in 2020, so far

44Mashable / 5h
When I reflected on the past decade of dating at the end of 2019, none of us had any idea what was in store for us at the start of this year. Take your mind on a journey back to the far-off time of last year. Dating was still considered to be a bad time by many. Online dating and apps — now the most popular way couples meet — had long been blamed for hookup culture and fostering an environment wh

Chrome OS might soon run Steam games too

Intel Linux Steam M. VPU
SlashGear / 5h
It is increasingly becoming evident that Google is grooming Chrome OS to be something like a dumping ground for anything and everything it can cram into what was originally a glorified Chrome web browser. From that modest beginning, Chromebooks have grown up to support not just Android and Linux apps but also triple-A gaming via Stadia. It seems that Google … Continue reading

Tech's biggest CEOs agree to appear at House antitrust hearing

Cook Apple House Amazon
100+Engadget / 5h
Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai have all reportedly agreed to testify at a House antitrust hearing in late July. According to Kara Swisher ( The New York Times, Recode ), Rep. David Cicilline told her in an interview that the CEOs of the biggest tech companies in the world will appear in front of the Judiciary Committee. A spokesperson

Why Hong Kong residents and visitors now need to use a VPN

China Hong Kong UK
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
China has passed its controversial national security law giving it new powers over Hong Kong.

Four Top Tech C.E.O.s Will Testify on Antitrust, Panel Says

Cook Apple House Amazon
100+NYT > Technology / 6h
The hearing this month would be a central moment in the continuing backlash against the power of Amazon, Facebook, Alphabet and Apple.

TuSimple kicks off plan for a nationwide self-driving truck network with partners UPS, Xpress and McLane

TuSimple UPS McLane
100+TechCrunch / 6h
Self-driving trucks startup TuSimple laid out a plan Wednesday to create a mapped network of shipping routes and terminals designed for autonomous trucking operations that will extend across the United States by 2024. UPS, which owns a minority stake in TuSimple, carrier U.S. Xpress, Penske Truck Leasing and Berkshire Hathaway’s grocery and food service supply chain company McLane Inc. are the in

Work From Home Without Distraction: The Headphones Gizmodo and Lifehacker Recommend

Gizmodo / 6h
Ask any seasoned home office worker, and they’ll probably tell you that a good pair of headphones or earbuds is crucial to staying focused and drowning out the noise of your uncontrollable surroundings. There’s no need to listen to your neighbors having their trees trimmed at 7 AM sharp or your roommate’s hourly… Read more...

Work From Home Without Distraction: The Headphones Gizmodo and Lifehacker Recommend

Lifehacker / 6h
Ask any seasoned home office worker, and they’ll probably tell you that a good pair of headphones or earbuds is crucial to staying focused and drowning out the noise of your uncontrollable surroundings. There’s no need to listen to your neighbors having their trees trimmed at 7 AM sharp or your roommate’s hourly… Read more...

Sling TV offers price guarantee for subscribers worried about price hikes

SlashGear / 6h
Over-the-top (OTT) live streaming television service Sling TV is now guaranteeing its customers that it won’t raise their rates for at least a year, addressing price hikes introduced by competing companies like YouTube TV. This fixed-price guarantee isn’t available to everyone, however — you’ll need to sign up for the service sometime this month to take advantage of it. Several … Continue reading

This Microsoft Office exploit was patched years ago, but is still being abused by hackers

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
A patched vulnerability in Microsoft's Equation Editor remains a favorite among cybercriminals who routinely use it to launch attacks against organizations.

Ms Marvel: Trailblazing Muslim superhero goes gaming

200+BBC News - Technology / 7h
Marvel's first Islamic superhero will play a leading role in the forthcoming Avengers video game.

Loot boxes: Lords call for 'immediate' gambling regulation

500+BBC News - Technology / 7h
Loot boxes, skins and player packs should be regulated immediately, says a Lords committee.

Facebook shared user data with developers it shouldn't have — again

Facebook Zuckerberg
200+Engadget / 7h
Facebook has disclosed yet another instance of developers receiving user data they shouldn’t have. According to the company, at least a few thousand developers were able to access some personal details from “inactive” users who hadn’t used their apps in more than 90 days. Under Facebook’s guidelines, developers shouldn’t receive data from users once they become “inactive,” which Facebook defines

American Airlines Will Staff Fewer Flight Attendants On Planes Starting October 1

78View from the Wing / 7h
Once American Airlines is no longer restricted from laying off employees as a result of the CARES Act – October 1, 2020 – they will start staffing flights were fewer flight attendants. It will mean more furloughs and lower service levels. Continue reading ...

State-backed COVID-19 disinfo spreads faster and farther than local news outlets in 4 languages

100+TechCrunch / 7h
Questionable stories on COVID-19 from state-backed outlets in Russia, China, Turkey and Iran are being shared more widely than reporting by major news organizations around the world, according to Oxford analysts . French, German, Spanish and English news sites see far less social engagement than these foreign-originated ones in their languages. The study is part of ongoing monitoring of COVID-19

Hawaiian Airlines returns to Las Vegas, New York and 6 more US cities in August

The Points Guy / 7h
Hawaiian Airlines plans to resume flying much of its North American route map in August when Hawaii is due to begin easing restrictions on arriving travelers put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. The carrier will return to Boston (BOS), Las Vegas (LAS), New York John F. Kennedy (JFK), Oakland (OAK), Phoenix (PHX) and San Jose, California (SJC) from Honolulu (HNL) on Aug. 1, Hawaiian said

Venmo begins piloting ‘Business Profiles’ for small sellers

100+TechCrunch / 7h
Venmo is going after small businesses. The mobile-payments app announced today it’s piloting a new feature called Business Profiles, which offers small sellers and other sole proprietors the opportunity to have a more professional profile page on its platform. Sellers can share key business details like address, phone number, email, website and more. By adopting a Business Profile, sellers will b

Cinemark Will Require Face Masks in Movie Theaters, After All

200+Gizmodo / 7h
Cinemark will, in fact, require you to wear a face mask in its theaters after first releasing a murky policy that encouraged—but did not require—face coverings. That policy naturally received blowback as we have been, and continue to be, in the midst of a deadly pandemic. Read more...

Huge Fortnite leak reveals how the island looks without the flood

SlashGear / 7h
At this point it is clear that Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 3 will involve the gradual removal of the floodwaters, revealing more of the island and the destruction over the coming weeks. Questions remain about how extensively the water will recede, something seemingly answered by a new leak involving the final Season 3 island map. In case this isn’t … Continue reading

Rapid Antibody Testing Won’t Reliably Tell You If You’ve Had Coronavirus, Review Finds

200+Gizmodo / 7h
A new review out Wednesday paints a sorry picture about the state of antibody tests meant to find out whether you’ve ever had covid-19. It suggests that these tests range wildly in accuracy from manufacturer to manufacturer, with tests that quickly return results at the doctor’s office faring so badly that they… Read more...

Good bonus, lacks benefits: Aer Lingus Visa Signature credit card review

The Points Guy / 7h
Aer Lingus Visa Signature Overview The Aer Lingus Visa Signature® Card offers a strong bonus and decent earning potential on Aer Lingus, Iberia and British Airways flights. It does, however, fall a bit short in terms of airline-specific perks. Loyal Avios members can benefit from the card, but most casual travelers will be better off with a card that earns a transferable currency. Card Rating*: ⭐

Boeing’s 737 MAX completes recertification flights

46The Points Guy / 8h
The Federal Aviation Administration announced Wednesday that Boeing’s 737 MAX completed a crucial phase of its recertification process — namely, test flights. “During three days of testing this week, FAA pilots and engineers evaluated Boeing’s proposed changes in connection with the automated flight control system on the aircraft,” the agency said in a statement. “While completion of the flights

Dish Aims to Become Fourth Biggest Wireless Carrier Now That Boost Mobile Buy Is Official

Dish Boost Mobile T-Mobile
35Gizmodo / 8h
As part of T-Mobile’s contentious mega-merger with Sprint , one of the Federal Communications Commission’s stipulations was that new T-Mobile would have to sell off some its holdings, including Boost Mobile. And today, in a deal worth $1.4 billion, Boost Mobile’s new owner Dish has finally begun its attempt to become… Read more...

Eau de Space perfume uses old NASA recipe to smell like the cosmos

NASA Mars Earth July
SlashGear / 8h
Have you ever wondered what space smells like? Astronauts who have been there reported that it is unlike anything you’d have experienced on Earth…that is until NASA replicated the scent using a secret recipe. A new Kickstarter campaign seeks funding for what it claims is a commercialized version of that scent recipe acquired, in part, using multiple Freedom of Information … Continue reading

10 Tips and Tricks to Make You a Discord Master

US Army Discord
100+Lifehacker / 8h
Discord is based around digital chat in all its various forms, and while it’s maybe best known among gamers, it can power group chats for a whole host of purposes—like a cooler, less formal Slack. Whether you’ve been on Discord for years or only just opened up the app for the first time, these tips can help you get… Read more...

100,000 Avios now for travel later: A review of the Iberia Visa Signature card

The Points Guy / 8h
Editor’s note: We are publishing travel and credit card content because we should all use this time to think about and plan what’s next. Iberia is Spain’s flag carrier, and there are many travel restrictions now that you should be aware of. TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. Iberia Visa

Sling TV responds to streaming price hikes with a one-year 'guarantee'

62Engadget / 8h
One day after Google increased the cost of a base YouTube TV subscription to $65 per month , Sling TV says it will maintain the price of its streaming service for one year. As part of a new limited-time promotion , both new and existing customers won't see the price of the company's $30 per month Blue and Orange subscriptions increase before August 1st, 2021. The catch is you need to have an acti

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra official render leaks from Samsung website

58TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
An official render of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has been found on a Samsung website – and given us our first look at the top-specced smartphone.

Upper-level winds force a seven-week delay for the Vega rocket

40Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / The VV16 payload is trucked to the Vega Launch Zone in French Guiana. (credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace) The European rocket firm Arianespace has been trying to launch a Vega rocket carrying dozens of small satellites for the better part of a year. First, the launch was delayed from mid-2019 after the Vega rocket experienced its first failure in 15 flights. (That happened in July 2019.) Ear

Windows 10 Will Soon Show Edge Browser Tabs in Alt+Tab

45How-To Geek / 8h
Alt+Tab is useful for switching between windows, but it can’t help you find that browser tab you had open in one of your windows. Soon, Windows 10 will show all your open Edge browser tabs alongside your windows. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Xbox Summer Game Fest brings over 60 demos to your Xbox One on July 21

Skully Lego Xbox One
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Starting on July 21, you’ll be able to download and play over 60 new game demos for Xbox One.

Vizio’s 2020 TV plans: HDMI 2.1, FreeSync, eARC, and—at long last—OLED

60Ars Technica / 8h
A product shot of Vizio's new OLED set. [credit: Vizio ] Vizio is on the precipice of shipping its first OLED TVs, after having made a name for itself as the gadget-maker that produces LED TVs that offer a particularly strong balance between cost and performance. The company has also just begun rolling out its annual lineup of LED TVs. The OLED models will be pricy by most people's standards but

Lufthansa, Austrian and Qatar announce more flights

The Points Guy / 8h
Although COVID-19 is keeping demand for travel generally suppressed these days, airlines around the world are seeing a slight uptick as summer kicks into whatever counts as “full swing” in 2020. They’re responding by offering more flights. German carrier Lufthansa , its sister Austrian Airlines and Doha-based Qatar Airways all announced service increases for July. Sign up for the free daily TPG n

Global Entry enrollment delayed again, until August 10

33The Points Guy / 9h
Not so fast. As the latest a sign of how quickly things can change in the COVID-19 era, Customs and Border Protection announced Wednesday that Trusted Traveler enrollment centers will remain closed until at least Aug. 10. Just last week , the Department of Homeland Security division said it was preparing to allow in-person interviews for Global Entry, SENTRI and U.S.-Mexico FAST again beginning J

Dish buys Boost prepaid biz from T-Mobile, finally enters wireless market

Dish Boost Mobile Sprint
100+Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge (credit: Dish Network ) Dish Network has completed a $1.4 billion acquisition of Boost Mobile, a former Sprint subsidiary that resells prepaid mobile service. After years of buying up spectrum but never delivering service, Dish is finally a mobile provider—albeit as a reseller that doesn't yet operate its own network. Dish was able to buy Boost as part of the merger agreement in which the

Dish closes Boost Mobile purchase, following T-Mobile/Sprint merger

Dish Boost Mobile T-Mobile
100+TechCrunch / 9h
T-Mobile today announced that it has closed a deal that divests Sprint’s pre-paid businesses, including Boost and Virgin Mobile. The news finds Dish entering the wireless carrier game in earnest, courtesy of the $1.4 billion deal. The whole thing was, of course, a key part of T-Mobile’s bid to merge with Sprint. It was a relatively small concession to those worried that such a deal would decrease

I Got My Child Caterpillars: Greetings From My New Poop-Filled Life

100+Gizmodo / 9h
Currently, I type these words to the sounds of tiny little caterpillar poops dropping to the floor of the butterfly enclosure sitting on my desk. Plink, plink, plink. These swollen, wriggling Anise swallowtail caterpillars, striped with yellow, green, and black, are housing dill leaves and pooping nearly just as… Read more...

I Got My Child Caterpillars: Greetings From My New Poop-Filled Life

100+Lifehacker / 9h
Currently, I type these words to the sounds of tiny little caterpillar poops dropping to the floor of the butterfly enclosure sitting on my desk. Plink, plink, plink. These swollen, wriggling Anise swallowtail caterpillars, striped with yellow, green, and black, are housing dill leaves and pooping nearly just as… Read more...

Fallout 76 leads a huge month for Xbox Game Pass

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SlashGear / 9h
If you’re subscribed to Xbox Game Pass, you’ve got some big titles heading your way this month. Two of the four titles are exclusive to the console version of Game Pass, while one is exclusive to the PC version. The final game is coming to both console and PC, and it’s definitely the most recognizable one of the bunch: Fallout … Continue reading

Report: American Airlines Considers Restoring Seat Back Video Screens

100+View from the Wing / 9h
Just before the pandemic grew out of control, American Airlines data revealed that frequent customers represented a declining share of airline revenue . It seemed that a combination of award chart devaluation (higher prices for the best awards), product devaluations (less space per passenger on domestic narrowbody aircraft) and making status harder to earn (minimum spend requirement and taking aw

This designer held a digital runway show while the fashion industry is on hold — Mashable Originals

100+Mashable / 9h
Anifa Mvuemba used 3D models and animation for her Hanifa fashion show while COVID-19 shut down the fashion industry. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Fashion Show , 3d Animation , and Mashable Originals

How to Avoid the New 'EvilQuest' Mac Ransomware

EvilQuest Mac Apple
100+Lifehacker / 9h
One of the latest bits of Mac malware to keep top of mind as you go about your downloading day is a destructive strain of ransomware known as “EvilQuest.” Read more...

Phishing links hidden inside calendar invite attachments

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Cofense has discovered a new phishing campaign which uses calendar invites to bypass email gateways.

NASA made a necklace that buzzes every time you try to touch your face — Future Blink

80Mashable / 9h
Named Pulse, the 3D-printed necklace is meant to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Read more... More about Nasa , Mashable Video , Motion Sensor , Future Blink , and Covid 19

New Mac Ransomware Is Even More Sinister Than It Appears

Mac Ransomware Apple
400+Wired / 9h
The malware known as ThiefQuest or EvilQuest also has spyware capabilities that allow it to grab passwords and credit card numbers.

WhatsApp just made its group video chats a little less chaotic

73Mashable / 9h
WhatsApp's parent company Facebook is dealing with political crisis after crisis . That hasn't stopped WhatsApp from making some useful improvements for everyone still relying on chat services in quarantine. In a blog post published Tuesday , WhatsApp announced new features that would be rolling out "over the next few weeks." Most useful for pandemic times is its improvement to group video chat.

Snag Cheap Home Gym Equipment Right Now

100Lifehacker / 9h
I’ve had pretty good instincts about timing this year, I think. I ordered a barbell and some bumper plates in March, the day before my county announced that gyms would be closing. I told you at the end of March that this whole thing isn’t going to end soon . And two weeks ago, just before cases began to really spike, I… Read more...

This $15 Rainbow Card Turns Your Smartphone Into a Highly Accurate Color Picker

500+Lifehacker / 9h
Designers often rely on their smartphones for snapping a quick photo of something that inspires them, but Pantone has found a way to turn their smartphone into a genuine design tool. As part of a new online service, it’s created a small card that can be used to accurately sample real world colors by simply holding the… Read more...

Wash Yourself With a $8 Jumbo Dove Bodywash

40Lifehacker / 9h
Dove Body Wash | $8 | Amazon

Lincoln Continental axed as luxury sedan sales shrink

52SlashGear / 9h
The Lincoln Continental will end production at the end of the year, the automaker has confirmed, blaming the continued dwindling of luxury sedan sales in the US for the decision to axe the car. Launched in 2016, the Continental was to be Lincoln’s splashy return to all-American luxury. Instead, the automaker plans to focus on SUVs. It’s a disappointing end … Continue reading

This Forest Fire Was So Huge, NASA Spotted It From Space

400+Futurism / 9h
Blazing Up The Bighorn Fire is a vicious blaze that’s been raging in Arizona since the beginning of June — forcing evacuations as recently as this week . In fact, the fire has grown so large that satellites can easily see it from space, according to a new post by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Terra Firma NASA grabbed the imagery using its Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Ra

What to Do If You Lose Your Passport While Traveling

98Lifehacker / 9h
Nothing causes me anxiety quiet like the thought of losing my passport while I’m traveling. Losing anything when you’re traveling is frustrating, but your passport is really your lifeline to ensure a bit of safety, confirm your identity, and get you back home so you’re not stranded. No one wants to miss flights or… Read more...

Coronavirus delays hottest new ship from the world’s largest cruise line until 2021

29The Points Guy / 9h
Bad news, Royal Caribbean fans: Odyssey of the Seas won’t be arriving until 2021. The much-anticipated, 4,198-passenger cruise ship — one of the largest ever built — won’t debut until April, nearly six months behind schedule, Royal Caribbean announced on Tuesday. Odyssey of the Seas originally was scheduled to being sailing in November. All departures of the ship from Nov. 5, 2020 through April 1

This RGB slider marker could be the future of coloring — Future Blink

40Mashable / 9h
Designed by Berkay Gursoy, the Copic marker concept opens a range of possibilities for artists in the future. Read more... More about Tech , Mashable Video , Markers , Future Blink , and Copic

US food recalls expand to include 60,000lbs of chicken nuggets

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88SlashGear / 10h
This year has included several big food recalls in the US, something that doesn’t appear to be slowing down. In addition to the ongoing massive beef recalls, the USDA and FDA have both reported new and expanded food recalls over the past few days. Consumers in various parts of the US are warned to avoid certain pasta, salad, and chicken … Continue reading

Doom Patrol's Second Season Is Working Through Some Personal Shit

94Gizmodo / 10h
If DC Universe and HBO Max’s Doom Patrol were a comic book—not that comic book , but rather a comic based on the live-action series—one might safely assume that the consequences of season one’s gloriously demented finale would be dealt with off-panel, in the narrative void . Even though the show has prided itself by… Read more...

Apple stops updates for thousands of games in China’s App Store

100+Engadget / 10h
Apple has suspended updates for thousands of games on its App Store in China because they lack a license from the Chinese government, The Financial Times reported. The company has faced mounting pressure from the Chinese government in recent weeks to comply with local regulations, including that all games show proof of a government granted license. Apple’s biggest App Store market is China, accor

Student-led accelerator Envision is shaking up which startups get funded

200+TechCrunch / 10h
Meet Envision , a new startup accelerator. The group, built and run by a collection of students and recent graduates, just closed the application process for its first cohort of startups. Its goal isn’t merely to find some companies and give them a boost, however. According to Annabel Strauss and Eliana Berger , two co-founders of Envision, it’s to shake up the diversity stats that we’ve all come

Paying Bills With Plastiq (Probably) Isn’t Worth It Anymore

74One Mile at a Time / 10h
One of the best ways to rack up rewards points is with credit cards . The problem for many of us is that there are only so many things we can pay by credit card. That’s where Plastiq comes into play. This is a service that I’ve used for years, and have also reviewed in the past. However, I think my time using this service has come to an end. I’ll share more details below, but to summarize the cha

Be Careful, You Might Be Watching the Liam Hemsworth of Extraction Movies on Netflix

38Gizmodo / 10h
Fellow film streamers, should you find yourself looking for something to stream amid the muck of the overwhelmingly mediocre titles available on Netflix, I strongly advise against relying solely on the algorithmically driven top 10 trending carousels to inform your viewing options. If you do, you may find yourself… Read more...

Exclusive: Uber scraps its referral program for riders and drivers

The Points Guy / 10h
Uber has been on a downward trend the past few months and is showing no signs of slowing down. As of June 29, Uber has discontinued its rider and driver referral programs without any notice. This comes not too long after the company eliminated a key redemption option from its rewards program. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . What’s changed

BMW Operating System 7 is its biggest update ever: Here’s what’s new

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SlashGear / 10h
BMW is readying its biggest infotainment update so far for imminent release, with broad-ranging changes including new mapping features, wireless Android Auto, and support for Apple’s upcoming iPhone Digital Key feature in iOS 14. BMW Operating System 7 will be preloaded on new models from July 2020, starting with the new 5 Series. However many existing owners can expect it … Continue reading

BMW’s in-car store will sell or rent features like game DLC

BMW India One Cruise
SlashGear / 10h
BMW plans to offer drivers an in-car catalog of temporary or permanent feature upgrades, allowing owners to add things like driver-assistance or comfort tech to their vehicle just like you might subscribe to a service on your phone. The upgraded BMW ConnectedDrive Store will offer trials of hardware that was built into the vehicle at the factory, such as heated … Continue reading

A Japanese City Just Banned Using Phones While Walking

200+Futurism / 10h
No Multitasking Yamato, a city in Japan, just passed an unusual new law: Pedestrians are no longer allowed to use their smartphones while walking around. The city, a suburb of Tokyo, is treating smartphone use as a public health hazard, Agence France-Presse reports . And while it sounds like a bizarre thing to turn into a legal rule, the ban is reportedly popular among Yamato’s 240,000 residents.

‘We Have to Get This Right’: 60 House Democrats Call for Second Coronavirus Stimulus to be Green

200+Gizmodo / 10h
Democrats in Congress are calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to support a coronavirus relief package that’ll bring the U.S. closer to a clean energy economy. There’s never been a better time than now to make the leap. Read more...

Worms is coming back as a real-time battle royale game

300+Engadget / 10h
For a series that’s been around since 1995, Worms has fundamentally changed very little. Spin-offs aside, the series has always been about tactical turn-based battles. That’s about to change with Worms Rumble , the latest game in the franchise — introduced today as part of Sony's PlayStation Indies showcase . Online games have changed significantly since 2016 when Worms W.M.D came out, and so Wor

Unscheduled fixes released for critical flaw in optional Windows codec

Microsoft Windows 10
79Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge (credit: Microsoft ) Microsoft has published unscheduled fixes for two vulnerabilities, one of them with a severity rating of critical, that make it possible for attackers to execute malicious code on computers running any version of Windows 10. Unlike the vast majority of Windows patches, the ones released on Tuesday were delivered through the Microsoft Store . The normal channel for ope

AR 1.0 is dead: Here’s what it got wrong

Google North Focals
200+TechCrunch / 10h
The first wave of AR startups offering smart glasses is now over, with a few exceptions. Google acquired North this week for an undisclosed sum . The Canadian company had raised nearly $200 million, but the release of its Focals 2.0 smart glasses has been cancelled, a bittersweet end for its soft landing. Many AR startups before North made huge promises and raised huge amounts of capital before f

Kids adorably crashed both BBC and Sky News live broadcasts today

100+Mashable / 10h
Working from home and taking care of a child is a tough task, in large part, because kids don't totally get the concept of work. That difficultly was on full display on British TV on Wednesday, when two different adorable kids busted their way into live shots on both Sky News and the BBC. First, on the BBC, a little girl crashed her mother's interview while she was live on air. The BBC handled it

Instacart Sues Seattle Over Hazard Pay for Delivery Workers

100+Gizmodo / 10h
After the proposal received unanimous support from the city council, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan last Friday signed in local ordinance 119799 , the seemingly unimpeachable purpose of which was to impose “premium pay” for gig workers delivering groceries during the ongoing pandemic. Not even a week later, the city is… Read more...

Zoom CEO sets out what's next for privacy and security

21TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Zoom's 90-day feature freeze may be over but the company has made a long-term commitment to improving its privacy and security.

How to Fit Reading into Your Stay-at-Home Life

100+Lifehacker / 10h
After many months in quarantine, we’ve all learned that when every aspect of life—working, parenting, schooling, cooking, eating, sleeping—occurs within the four walls of your home, it’s nearly impossible to draw clear boundaries around any of them. Working from home also means no commute—and if that was the only time… Read more...

El Al suspends all flights

50The Points Guy / 10h
El Al’s troubles continue, and it’s increasingly unclear if the Israeli airline is going to survive the coronavirus pandemic. The carrier had already all but suspended service through the end of July, but it still planned to operate a few special passenger and cargo flights this month. Sign up for the free daily TPG newsletter for more aviation news. However, Israeli media reported July 1 that ta

Hyundai’s super-efficient 2020 Sonata Hybrid sedan is best in class

100+Ars Technica / 10h
A styling sedan that sips fuel? The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid really impressed us in testing. [credit: Jonathan Gitlin ] It seems like every article we write explaining just how good Korean cars have become is met with surprise. Well, I'm ready for more shocked faces, because I just spent a week with a 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and it is spectacular. It's handsome, well put-together, boasts so

Microsoft has a ton of Xbox One demos lined up for Summer Game Fest

Xbox Summer Game Fest
SlashGear / 10h
With E3 2020 cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Summer Game Fest was created to fill the void. Of course, a digital event like Summer Game Fest can’t really replicate the full experience of a show like E3, but it looks like Microsoft is going to try hard to do just that anyway. The company has announced that next … Continue reading

Instagram’s latest test puts all Stories on one page

200+TechCrunch / 11h
Instagram Stories has grown to become one of Facebook’s best products to date. As of last year, roughly half of Instagram’s users — or 500 million people — were interacting with Stories on a daily basis. That’s nearly double the entire daily active user base of all of Snapchat, which first popularized the Stories format. Now, it appears Instagram is testing a way to expand the Stories experience,

Tiny Quantum Fluctuations Can Actually “Kick” Large Objects

300+Futurism / 11h
Quantum Funhouse For the first time, scientists noticed that tiny fluctuations of quantum energy actually “kicked” a large mirror out of alignment — the first tangible impact of quantum noise at the human scale. The nudge happened inside the LIGO gravitational wave detector. And while it’s a fascinating discovery, it actually poses a bit of a practical problem for the observatory’s continued rese

Finally, There’s a Sustainable Bamboo Toilet Paper That’s as Gentle as Traditional TP

Futurism / 11h
The events of the last few months have forced all of us to devote more thought than we’d like to the subject of toilet paper . But even before the lock downs, many consumers were starting to see the inherent limitations of traditional toilet paper, and were looking for something more sustainable. So if doing what you can to help the environment is important to you, there are alternatives. Specifi

Spot Medical Problems Before They Begin With Genetic Health Testing From 23andMe

Futurism / 11h
Back in the day, there was no such thing as preventative healthcare . Human beings had no choice but to just sit around and wait for diseases and defects to pop up. Luckily, those days are over. After decades of research into the human genome, scientists today can identify hereditary dispositions and genetic indicators for a wide array of potential health issues before they become serious. All yo

If These Leaked Pics Are Real, the Galaxy Note 20 Is Going to Look Awesome In Copper

100+Gizmodo / 11h
While Samsung still hasn’t officially announced the Galaxy Note 20, Samsung’s Russian website may have just let the cat out of the bag by inadvertently posting photos of the Note 20 featuring an enchanting copper finish. Read more...

How to Bring Your Own Coffee or Tea to the Airport

68Lifehacker / 11h
Not everyone wants to spend $10 on a grande mocha latte or chamomile tea from Starbucks, Dunkin’, or anywhere else that may serve it in the airport. We all know that airports hike prices up because, well, people are still going to spend the money regardless. But, if you’re like me (cheap), you’re only spending money… Read more...

Google Glass 3.0? Google acquires smart glasses maker North

Google North Focals
100+Ars Technica / 11h
North's smart glasses. They look... normal?! [credit: North ] Google Hardware's latest acquisition is North, a wearables computing company that most recently was making smart glasses that seemed like a successor to Google Glass. Google Hardware SVP Rick Osterloh announced the purchase on Google's blog, saying, "North's technical expertise will help as we continue to invest in our hardware efforts

What Disbanding the Police Really Meant in Camden, New Jersey

200+Wired / 11h
Since the city overhauled its force in 2012, reported crimes fell, but electronic surveillance increased. Some community activists are unhappy.

Playing with the Ella Paradis Queen of Hearts: An Amazing, Wallet-Friendly Hands-Free Vibe

20Gizmodo / 11h
Queen of Hearts | $38 | 55% Discount Applied in Cart Read more...

Playing with the Ella Paradis Queen of Hearts: An Amazing, Wallet-Friendly Hands-Free Vibe

20Lifehacker / 11h
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Justice League's Ray Fisher Alleges Joss Whedon Fostered a 'Gross, Abusive' Environment On-Set

500+Gizmodo / 11h
With the announcement that HBO Max would be bringing some version of Zack Snyder’s take on Justice League to the streaming service, actors involved with the production have become increasingly frank about the movie’s troubled path to box office and critical disappointment . But in recent days, Ray Fisher has made those… Read more...

How to Block Windows 10 Updates for As Long As You Want

100+Lifehacker / 11h
I don’t generally recommend putting off system updates for too long, but there are good reasons why you might want to be wary of major feature updates for Windows 10. Microsoft’s track record at delivering flawless updates that won’t bork your system is spotty (to put it nicely), and it’s worth giving major Windows… Read more...

Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Colosseum: a guide reopening the wonders of the world

The Points Guy / 11h
Countries around the world are beginning to lift some of their coronavirus restrictions. Tourism – vital for many countries – has become a possibility once again as guidelines have been released for domestic and international tourism. From Zambia’s Victoria Falls to Mount Rushmore, some of the most sought-after attractions are opening their doors to the public this summer. Strict rules can be exp

Google delays reopening U.S. offices until September

48Mashable / 11h
When the coronavirus pandemic first started to take hold back in March, tech companies quickly shifted to getting as many employees to work from home as possible. Google was one of those companies, and it planned to get people back in the office this month, but not anymore. As Reuters reports , Google's intention was to start reopening its U.S. offices in different cities on July 6, initially at

New Apple iMac Geekbench leak teases exclusive Intel Core i9 CPU

Apple iMac Geekbench Intel
SlashGear / 11h
An unannounced Apple iMac has appeared in leaked Geekbench benchmarks indicating that not only is one on the horizon, but that it’ll potentially be running an exclusive Intel Core i9-10910 CPU. Rumors earlier this year suggested that Apple is working on a new iMac model, stoking anticipation that it may have been on the WWDC 2020 roster — hope that … Continue reading

WhatsApp update for July 2020: Dark Mode, QR codes, new stickers

WhatsApp Animated QR
SlashGear / 11h
Today we’re taking a peek at what you need to know about the next update for WhatsApp for multiple platforms. This update adds new Animated Stickers, upgrades QR codes, and adds Dark Mode for WhatsApp web and desktop platforms. If you’re working with video calls, you’ll find the newly upgraded ability to include 8 people on a call. If you’re … Continue reading

Unpacking how Dell’s debt load and VMware stake could come together

89TechCrunch / 11h
Last week, we discussed the possibility that Dell could be exploring a sale of VMware as a way to deal with its hefty debt load, a weight that continues to linger since its $67 billion acquisition of EMC in 2016. VMware was the most valuable asset in the EMC family of companies, and it remains central to Dell’s hybrid cloud strategy today. As CNBC pointed out last week, VMware is a far more valua

Lenovo's Virtual Care Service Helps Chronically Ill Patients Track Health and Reduce Doctor Visits

29How-To Geek / 11h
Lenovo is diving into telemedicine with Virtual Care, a new service that helps chronically ill patients track their health and make lifestyle changes between doctor visits. Virtual Care comes with health-monitoring tools, a Lenovo tablet, and an AI called Rosie that helps patients understand data and design custom health plans. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

One wild chart shows the intensity of 2020's Arctic fires

200+Mashable / 11h
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Twin Galaxies says Billy Mitchell “flirts with perjury” in high-score case

100+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / Billy Mitchell (left) and Jace Hall (center) attend an event at the Arcade Expo 2015 in Banning, California. (credit: Datagod / TwinGalaxies forums ) In May, Ars Technica was the first to report on a Los Angeles County defamation lawsuit brought against Twin Galaxies over the video game scoreboard's 2018 removal of Billy Mitchell's historical scores . As that case barrels toward a July

Google Sheets update will soon compose those pesky formulae for you

Google Sheets G Suite
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Google has announced new intelligent features for Sheets that make it easier to build spreadsheets and analyze data.

Will State Coronavirus Travel Restrictions Become Permanent?

View from the Wing / 11h
One of the reasons TSA temperature checks at airports are a bad idea is that they won't end after the pandemic. They'll become the new normal. Just like all of the new rules put in place after 9/11. Continue reading ...

The 13 Best New Features of Android 11

100+Gizmodo / 11h
The Android 11 Beta was initially slated to launch in tandem with Google’s annual developer’s event, but the world had different plans for this year’s software update. Despite the lack of fanfare, Google has now released the first public beta for Pixel users, leaving enough time to get the kinks worked out before it… Read more...

Let Your Kids Go to 'Camp YouTube'

100+Lifehacker / 11h
You wish the kids could go to summer camp. They just want to be on YouTube all day. Well it turns out that, in Pandemic Times, both things are possible. And it’s all thanks to “ Camp YouTube .” Read more...

Samsung may have leaked the Note 20 Ultra on its own website

100+Engadget / 12h
Samsung may have accidentally unveiled its next flagship ahead of schedule. On the company’s official Russian , Ukrainian and Chinese Note 8 product pages, there’s a photo of a new Note-series phone. According to frequent Samsung leaker Max Weinbach , who was among the first to spot the goof, the unannounced device is the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The phone is pictured in a new color reportedly calle

The Influencers Are Lobbying Washington, but What Do They Want?

44Gizmodo / 12h
In honor of the Tenth Anniversary of Social Media Day, influencers have issued a declaration of independence and the formation of an autonomous trade association, hereby known as the American Influencer Council . Founding members—most with over one million followers, all casually flawless—influence in such areas as … Read more...

Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok

300+Wired / 12h
The lives of incarcerated people are usually hidden from society. On prison TikTok, they’re going viral.

Galaxy Note20 Ultra leaked in official imagery

SlashGear / 12h
Today the Samsung Galaxy Note20 (or Note 20 if you prefer) was leaked in a set of images posted to Samsung’s official webpage in Russia. The version of the device that’s leaked seems to be connected to the name “Mystic Bronze” and is most likely the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra. This version of the device previously appeared in leaks which … Continue reading

It Looks Like Google Is Killing Chrome's Unofficial Forced Dark Mode

Google Today Android
Gizmodo / 12h
In recent builds of Chrome for Android, Google provided a hidden option that allowed users to force dark mode onto websites that would normally feature bright white backgrounds. Sadly, based on updated settings from the Canary build for next version of Chrome (86) , it appears Google is dropping support for forced dark… Read more...

Google brings its AI-powered SmartReply feature to YouTube

SmartReply YouTube
100+TechCrunch / 12h
Google’s SmartReply , the four-year-old, A.I.-based technology that helps suggest responses to messages in Gmail , Android’s Messages , Play Developer Console and elsewhere , is now being made available to YouTube Creators. Google announced today the launch of an updated version of SmartReply built for YouTube, which will allow creators to more easily and quickly interact with their fans in the c

Extra Crunch is now available in Greece, Ireland and Portugal

100+TechCrunch / 12h
We’re excited to announce that we’ve added Extra Crunch support in Ireland, Portugal and Greece. That adds to our existing support in Europe as we are already in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the U.K. Portugal’s 10 million citizens are no strangers to startup investment, with the country totting up 813 to date, according to Crunchbase. Notab

Amex Platinum Cell Phone & Streaming Credits Guide

500+One Mile at a Time / 12h
Update : This is a reminder that it’s a new calendar month, so if you’re like me and have to manually make payments to take advantage of these Amex cell phone & streaming benefits across multiple cards, you can now do so for July. Also check out this handy Amex credit & benefit tracker . In light of the current pandemic we’re seeing card issuers add some more perks on select cards, in particular

How Two Major Airlines Are Actually Handling Social Distancing

44Lifehacker / 12h
When travel first slowly began to open up, airlines confirmed they would put social distancing measures in place: blocking out middle seat assignments and not packing the planes to full capacity. However, United and American Airlines have now both opted out and are lifting social distancing measures on their flights,… Read more...

'GTA V' brings transphobia to the next console generation

500+Engadget / 12h
Imagine there’s a marquee game coming out next year from one of the coolest AAA video game studios in the world, and its first round of marketing has just gone live. You’re watching a Twitch streamer play through parts of the game in early access, showing off beautifully detailed real-world settings and NPCs living everyday lives in a bustling city. It’s nighttime in the game and the streamer, pl

The Expanse Studio Is Investigating Cas Anvar for Sexual Misconduct Allegations

500+Gizmodo / 12h
Alcon Entertainment, the studio behind The Expanse , has started an investigation into actor Cas Anvar after multiple reports of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior surfaced online last week. Anvar, who has denied the allegations, said he plans to cooperate. Read more...

Watch These Mad Geniuses Light Birthday Candles With a Rocket Engine

200+Futurism / 12h
Happy Birthday Rocket engines are great for blasting off into space. But what about getting ready for a party? The team at Firefly Aerospace — that’s one of the spacetech contractors NASA selected in 2018 to help it get back to the Moon — used one of its homebrewed rocket engines to try to light all those pesky candles on a birthday cake for its co-founder Max Polakov. The results were, well, abo

One nation under quarantine: when travel became the great divider

29The Points Guy / 12h
Whether it was gathering with family for a holiday barbecue, hopping on a cruise ship in Miami with friends, or crossing the globe to better understand and absorb a different culture, travel is supposed to be a great uniter. Right now? Not so much. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter COVID-19 is doing its best to force people apart in a million

Inflight service is resuming — here’s what food and drinks the major U.S. airlines are currently serving

39The Points Guy / 12h
As travelers are slowly returning to the skies, airlines are beginning to resume some services that were temporarily cut due to the pandemic . In an effort to lower the risk of contamination and save some cash, airlines made some drastic changes to their services, both on the ground and in the air. This included closing lounges and cutting all or most inflight service . However, as the situation

Marvel reveals the fate of the Infinity Stones at the end of Avengers: Endgame

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
A fan theory that the Infinity Stones could still exist has been debunked (again) by a new series of Marvel videos.

The Xbox Summer Game Fest demo event starts July 21st

Xbox Summer Game Fest
51Engadget / 12h
The big summer game events aren’t happening as usual this year due to COVID-19 , which means developers are losing an important avenue to give players an early chance to try their games. However, Xbox One owners can check out dozens of upcoming titles later this month when the Summer Game Fest Demo Event starts on July 21st. Through the Game Fest Demo icon on the Xbox One dashboard, you’ll get an

Crysis Remastered reveal and release hit with delay

Crysis Remastered Crytek
SlashGear / 12h
This week should have been a big one for Crysis Remastered, and in some ways, it already has been. Crytek was planning to fully reveal the game this week, but after a trailer for Crysis Remastered leaked and received a somewhat negative reaction from fans, it seems those plans have changed. Crytek announced today that the both the launch of … Continue reading

iMac 2020 may still be rocking an intel processor after all

Apple iMac Geekbench Intel
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Geekbench listing suggests Apple's incoming desktop machine will feature a mysterious Intel Core-10910 processor

Spotify Duo for couples is cheaper than the standard family plan

Two Spotify Premium Duo
86Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge / This promo clip for Duo is exactly what you think it is—green puppet is a classical musician who declares his superior taste, and blue puppet "can spot a good song when he hears it." (credit: Spotify ) Today, Spotify announced that it is expanding its Duo plan to 55 markets, including the United States. In a nutshell, Spotify Duo is a dual plan for couples—who must reside at the same ph

Elon Musk Is Still Sharing Coronavirus Misinformation

1KFuturism / 12h
Dangerous Platform As the coronavirus pandemic rages on in the U.S., Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk continues to downplay the very real danger it poses. As recently as Tuesday, Elon Musk tweeted inaccurate claims that official reports were exaggerating the COVID-19 death toll. But, as Business Insider reports , the opposite is likely true: The over 127,400 people officially killed by the disease

Going camping? Here's where to buy a sleeping bag on sale.

32Mashable / 12h
Getting a good night's sleep is important no matter where you decide to rest your head, but especially when you're outside camping . Enter: the humble sleeping bag. It'll keep you toasty when the sun goes down while properly cushioning your pressure points on hard surfaces (unlike a makeshift pile of fleece blankets) — that way, you're bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when it's time to wake up for a

BMW wants to sell you subscriptions to your car’s features

480 BMW M4 7
300+TechCrunch / 12h
BMW today announced a number of updates to its in-car software experience during a VR press event, complete with a virtual drive through Munich to show off some of these features. These new updates will come to most recent BMWs that support the company’s Operating System 7 later this year — and new cars will already have them built-in. The automaker is now able to not only update the car’s infota

A relatively unknown reopening that you should consider: St. Vincent and the Grenadines on July 1

100+The Points Guy / 12h
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. Sign up for the new, bi-weekly TPG Cruise newsletter to learn more about cruise tips and advice. In This Post St. V

How to Help Small Businesses Survive the Pandemic

200+Lifehacker / 12h
As states across the country begin reopening amid another surge of coronavirus cases, small business owners find themselves at a crossroads. In the video above, we speak with a number of independent business owners to find out how their customers and communities can help them survive this pandemic. Read more...