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Mobile roaming: What will happen to charges after Brexit?

1KBBC News - Technology / 1h
Will Britons be able to use their mobile phones in Europe after Brexit transition, without paying extra?

Chinese online education app Zuoyebang raises $1.6 billion from investors including Alibaba

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100+TechCrunch / 53min
The rivalry between China’s top online learning apps has become even more intense this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest company to score a significant funding round is Zuoyebang , which announced toda y (link in Chinese) that it has raised a $1.6 billion Series E+ from investors including Alibaba Group. Other participants included returning investors Tiger Global Management, Soft

Apple car will launch later than we thought, report claims

33Mashable / 24min
If there's ever a reward for the most mythical gadget, the Apple car should win it. The fabled electric, self-driving vehicle has reportedly been in the works for at least six years, and a recent report rekindled hopes that we might see it on the roads fairly soon, as early as 2024. However, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is here to pour some cold water on those dreams. Kuo's recent research note (vi

What happened to the Xiaomi Mi Note 11, the successor to one of 2019's best phones?

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 39min
The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 was one of the best phones of 2019, so why didn't it see a successor in 2020?

Maestro Dudamel takes virtual reality Symphony on tour

300+BBC News - Technology / 54min
Conductor Gustavo Dudamel believes music can lead the way and wants to inspire young people.

Covid lockdown helped teacher Holly King-Mand realise her dream

91BBC News - Technology / 54min
Holly King-Mand began giving English lessons online and now has nearly 60,000 social media followers.

Xiaomi tipped to release three foldable smartphones in 2021

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Xiaomi is apparently getting ready to launch three new foldable smartphones in 2021. Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, apparently shared this development on Twitter.

Xiaomi Mi 10i 5G price in India, specs, comparison and launch date

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Xiaomi will finally refresh its sub Rs 30,000 smartphone lineup in India with the launch of the Mi 10i 5G on January 5.

Realme to launch over 100 AIoT products in India next year

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Realme, which entered AIoT space this year, has big plans for 2021 with over 100 AIOT products like Smart speakers, trimmer et al.

Oppo Reno 5G getting ready for an India launch

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
The Oppo Reno 5 series has three phones but it is not clear if Oppo plans to bring all of them to India at the same time.

Make Your Own Smart Lock with a Raspberry Pi, RFID Badge, and Custom Code

36How-To Geek / 2h
One of the better smart home products you can buy is the smart lock. It’ll help you know who is coming and going, and you can set up routines to lock your door at night or when you leave. But it also often means giving up your data to the company that made your smart lock and any connected smart company like Amazon and Google. If you don’t like that thought, why not make your own? Read This Artic

Adobe Flash warnings start popping up on Windows 10

90SlashGear / 3h
We’re counting down the days to the end of the year but that won’t be the only thing that will end after December 31, 2020. While we probably wish a certain pandemic will magically end at the stroke of midnight, it will be some other lingering malady that will be ceasing at the turn of the year. Adobe will be … Continue reading

How to watch the A-League 2020/21 season in Australia: live stream matches online

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
The A-League championship is underway, here's how to watch it live.

5G phones became the norm in 2020, but it still isn't a reason to upgrade

40TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
5G is now much more prevalent after an impressive 2020, but it’s still not mature enough as a reason to upgrade.

Mobile phone makers in India may miss PLI scheme target - Here's why

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Mobile phone manufacturers in India have approached the government to roll over timelines of the PLI scheme.

Game of Thrones games maker dies 'after poisoning'

1KBBC News - Technology / 3h
Lin Qi, 39, was the founder of Chinese firm Yoozoo which developed the popular online game.

KFC launches game console with built-in chicken warmer

3KBBC News - Technology / 3h
Fast food chain says people thought the built-in warmer was a spoof but is ready for production.

Cyberpunk 2077 runs on Nintendo Switch with Google Stadia hack

SlashGear / 4h
Cyberpunk 2077 and its developer CD Projekt RED have quickly become those things that gamers love to hate. But despite its troubled launch on consoles, the game has raked in millions of sales, already excluding returns. It’s pretty ironic then that someone was able to play Cyberpunk 2077 smoothly on the technically weakest current-gen console but, truth be told, it’s … Continue reading

OPPO X Tom Ford could be a rollable screen slider phone

SlashGear / 4h
It seems that OPPO is on a roll, showing off concepts for future phones both actual and still imagined. Even as the year comes to a close, the smartphone maker is still not done with the teasers, at least unofficially. Although still unconfirmed, there are whispers about yet another unorthodox phone form factor, this time in taking aim at the … Continue reading

Brush up on your Microsoft skills with this stacked certification bundle

Mashable / 4h
TL;DR: The Premium Microsoft Office and Data Apps Certification Bundle is on sale for £29.44 as of Dec. 28, saving you 97% on list price. We're betting "Microsoft Office" is listed as a skill on your CV. But if you still don’t have a clue how to format a Word document or use formulas in Excel, you better shape up. This Microsoft course bundle has you covered. It includes 18 courses and over 70 ho

China lays out ‘rectification’ plan for Jack Ma’s fintech empire Ant

200+TechCrunch / 4h
What a whirlwind holiday for Jack Ma and his fintech empire. The People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, summoned Ant Group for regulatory talks on December 26th, announcing a sweeping plan for the fintech firm to “rectify” its regulatory violations. The meeting came less than two months after China’s financial authorities abruptly halted what could have been a record-setting initial

Realme Watch S goes on sale in today: price, features, and availability

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Realme's first circular smartwatch, the Realme Watch S is now available on Flipkart. It is a step further in the wearable segment for Realme after the Realme Watch.

Galaxy Z Fold 3 S Pen will have an important consequence

23SlashGear / 5h
One of the concepts associated with a phone that can unfold like a notebook is the ability to use it almost like a notebook, including the ability to write on it with a stylus. Due to the limitations of early flexible screens, that wasn’t exactly possible or even advisable. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is rumored to be the first … Continue reading

Indian startups raised $9.3 billion in 2020

100+TechCrunch / 6h
The coronavirus pandemic — and a handful of other factors — slowed dealmaking for startups in India this year. Compared to their record $14.5 billion fundraise last year , Indian startups are ending 2020 with about $9.3 billion. This is the first time since 2016 that startups in India, one of the world’s largest startup communities, has raised less than $10 billion in a year, according to consult

Huawei Harmony OS 2.0 may still be Android underneath

SlashGear / 6h
Huawei has long been boasting about its independence from Google, especially in software, though that independence was more or less forced upon it anyway. In addition to building its own ecosystem of Android apps and services, the embattled Chinese tech giant has been working on its own OS to replace Android on its devices. Harmony OS 2.0 is being positioned … Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Smart Tag design confirmed by SmartThings app

SlashGear / 7h
In just a few weeks, Samsung will be unveiling yet another one of its worst-kept secrets, the Galaxy S21 series. It won’t be alone, though, if rumors are correct, and the Galaxy S21 will be joined by a few accessories. Although not exactly as big as the Galaxy Buds Pro, the Galaxy Smart Tag tracker is still an interesting addition … Continue reading

Xiaomi Made Fun of Apple for Not Including Charger in Box, but Now Thinks It's a Great Idea

100+Gizmodo / 7h
It’s a lesson many of us learn throughout life: First they laugh at you, then they copy you. That’s exactly what Xiaomi did when it made fun of Apple for deciding to stop shipping wall chargers with its iPhones earlier this year. In the greatest of twists, just two months later, Xiaomi now thinks nixing wall chargers… Read more...

MediaTek surpassed Qualcomm as the largest mobile chipmaker in Q3

SlashGear / 7h
It’s not that hard to see Qualcomm and MediaTek as the Intel and AMD of smartphones. Qualcomm pretty much has the lion’s share of the smartphone chipset market while MediaTek’s silicon is often regarded as the more affordable option at the expense of some performance. Like AMD, however, MediaTek is also making an even more aggressive push, especially in the … Continue reading

Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ get their own massive leak

29SlashGear / 8h
If the rumors are correct, we’re less than a month away from Samsung’s extremely early Galaxy S21 launch. But while the company is breaking away from tradition as far as its schedule goes, the leaks surrounding next year’s earliest premium phones definitely aren’t. After being treated to what may be the most complete Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G leak, the same … Continue reading

Apple Car might not launch until 2028 according to Kuo

20SlashGear / 9h
Apple has pretty much dipped its hands in almost every cookie jar of modern life and technology but there is still one thing it has long been rumored to be working on. Recently, however, rumors about Apple’s own-made car have resurfaced again, one of which even claimed a 2021 launch date for the mysterious vehicle. Famed analyst Ming-chi Kuo, however, … Continue reading

How Covid conspiracies, 'fake news' and misinformation spread in 2020

400+BBC News - Technology / 9h
Celebrities spread Covid conspiracies and video games were shared as ‘real’ war footage.

Dark Archives: Come for the floating goat balls, stay for the fascinating science

100+Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge / These might look like your standard leather-bound texts, but they are actually bound in human skin—a practice known as "anthropodermic bibliopegy." All five are housed in the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. (credit: Mütter Museum/College of Physicians of Philadelphia)) There's rarely time to write about every cool science-y story that comes our way. So this year, we're once again running

This periscope-like projector can display movies on your ceiling

60TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
A one-of-a-kind portable projector with a built-in computer

Titans vs Packers live stream: how to watch NFL Sunday Night Football anywhere

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
How to get a Titans vs Packers live stream and watch NFL Sunday Night Football online today for a week 16 clash that promises fireworks.

LAST CHANCE: Hyatt Visa Double The Elite Nights For New Cardmembers Ending

20View from the Wing / 10h
World Of Hyatt Credit Card cardmembers normally receive 5 elite nights every year (and earn 2 more elite nights for every $5000 they spend on the card). However Hyatt tells me that new cardmembers who are approved by December 31, 2020 will receive (10) elite nights both for 2020 and for 2021. That's double the number of elite nights, twice. And there's a new card offer that gives you a choice of

Tesla Owners Can Now Customize Their Car Horns With Sounds Like Fart or Goat

1KGizmodo / 10h
I now know when it is likely that I will have a heart attack. It will be when I’m walking, unsuspectingly, on the sidewalk and a Tesla happens to honk using the most terrifying sound I’ve heard in weeks: a bleating goat. Now, I’ve looked up videos of other goats bleating, and they do not scare me. In fact, they’re… Read more...

Scientists turn CO2 into jet fuel

7KEngadget / 11h
Researchers may have found a way to reduce the environmental impact of air travel in situations when electric aircraft and alternative fuels aren’t practical. Wired reports that Oxford University scientists have successfully turned CO2 into jet fuel, raising the possibility of conventionally-powered aircraft with net zero emissions. The technique effectively reverses the process of burning fuel b

5 kickass indie games in 2020 that you might've missed (but should check out)

42Mashable / 11h
There was a lot of attention paid to video games in 2020, what with two new console launches and a global pandemic keeping everyone locked inside. As usual, the bulk of the attention focused on major releases like Assassin's Creed Valhalla , The Last of Us Part II , and Cyberpunk 2077 . But also as usual, the year was marked by some powerful indie game releases as well. We covered a fair number e

22 facts you never knew about Wikipedia

200+Mashable / 11h
We're huge fans of Wikipedia. The nonprofit organization represents the largest collection of knowledge collaboratively accumulated in one place — ever. While the concept of a free, community-managed, online encyclopedia had been around for some time, Wikipedia, as we know it now, officially began with its first edit on Jan. 15, 2001, two days after the domain was registered by Jimmy Wales and La

Fusion energy device sets a record by running for 20 seconds

4KEngadget / 12h
Most technology creators would consider a seconds-long test a bitter disappointment , but it’s a rousing success in the world of fusion energy. According to , the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) device recently set a world record by maintaining its plasma at a super-hot 180 million degrees Fahrenheit for 20 seconds. That may not sound like much, but no previous fu

American Airlines Is Nearly Done Updating Its Boeing 737s Into ‘Torquemada Configuration’

400+View from the Wing / 12h
While other airlines minimize their spending to conserve cash during the pandemic, American has been accelerating their capital spending to convert planes more quickly to this new standard. This is the wrong product at the wrong time: exactly the moment where there are fewer customers (so planes with more seats are less needed) and customers value space between them most (so reducing space betwee

2020 was the year of walks

96Mashable / 12h
Nobody tells you how boring a pandemic can be. The movies missed that. That's not to say the ongoing COVID crisis lacked awful action. It was all too full of it. But so much of a pandemic is avoiding stay safe. In the movies people are alw