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Guy drops iPhone out of plane, iPhone survives, takes video of entire ordeal

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Taking photos or videos with your phone out of the window of an airplane is not a great idea; the winds are strong up there in the sky, and you can easily lose your phone. But one man who dropped his iPhone out of a plane was lucky enough to find his device afterwards in working condition. Even better, the phone took a video of the fall. According to Brazilian news outlet G1 (via 9to5Mac ), filmm

Scientists plan to manufacture oxygen on Mars

Popular Mechanics / 1h
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

A new record has been set in solar cell efficiency

SlashGear / 3min
Scientists worldwide are working hard to improve the efficiency of solar cells for several uses. A new record has been set for solar cell efficiency that could one day help harvest more power from the same surface area with the same amount of sunshine. Researchers have hit an efficiency of 29.15 percent in the perovskite/silicon tandem solar cell category. There … Continue reading

Gamers! Check out these 6-amazing laptops for your ultimate holiday gaming fix

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These insanely powerful and best gaming laptops are powered by the 10th gen. Intel Core processors

If you're looking for the perfect HP laptop this Christmas, look no further than AO

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Whether you're after a laptop to soup-up your studies or a gaming laptop that boasts the latest specs, AO has you covered.

South Africa agrees on key communications targets

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Some changes are coming for South Africans as the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has entered into a performance agreement with the President

How to Pause Updates on Windows 10

How-To Geek / 17min
Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs updates as they become available. To stop this, you can “pause” updates for up to 35 days in just a few clicks—even on Windows 10 Home. Here’s what you need to know about pausing Windows Update. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Apple Watch now monitors (and notifies you about) low-level cardio fitness

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Timed to the launch of its Fitness+ service , Apple has also launched some new features for the Apple Watch. Starting with iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2, the Apple Watch will monitor a user's cardiorespiratory fitness levels. Prior to this update, the Watch measured VO2 max (the maximum amount of oxygen the body can use during exercise, typically a measurement of someone's fitness level), but only for

Nokia brings out new feature phone for just R299

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The Nokia 215 4G is aimed squarely at the cheaper phone market. It gives those who can't afford the mid-tier smartphones accessibility at a much lower price point

Here’s another CentOS clone - and this one is backed by a million dollars a year

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Project Lenix shows the value of CentOS project now shuttered by IBM/Red Hat.

2021 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo pays homage to Alfa’s racing DNA

SlashGear / 30min
You’re looking at the final limited edition of Alfa Romeo’s 4C Spider. Aptly called the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo, this new special model pays tribute to the brand’s 33 Stradale racing car, which debuted at the 1967 Formula One Italian Grand Prix. “Since its introduction in 2014, the 4C has been a halo vehicle for Alfa Romeo, exciting enthusiasts … Continue reading

iOS 14.3 release date, features, widgets and compatible iPhones

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iOS 14 has brought big changes to the iPhone, and now iOS 14.3 has changed things even more.

Barclaycard launches app-based platform for handling all your business expenses

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Virtual expense cards are quicker and easier to issue and will allow employees to get reimbursed much more rapidly.

A four-step plan to reignite growth in a post-pandemic world

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After stabilizing post-COVID-19, growth is back on the agenda.

Alexa can now offer real-time translation

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Alexa will now provide translation in real-time for six language pairs.

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron movie takes influence from the games and books

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The just-announced Star Wars: Rogue Squadron movie will be based on an original, but director Patty Jenkins says it takes "great influence" from the games and books.

This mini soundbar packs in Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Audio without taking over your living room

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The Definitive Technology Studio Mini soundbar offers high-spec audio in a small package.

The Mustang Mach-E Delivers a Jolt—If You Can Find a Charge

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The electric version of Ford’s legendary sports car is a lot of fun to drive. But road trips can be derailed by an underpowered charging network.

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E disappoints in our first drive

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This is not a review of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Sport SUV. A few weeks back, I spent two short hours in Ford’s upcoming EV. I don’t feel comfortable declaring a conclusion with just a couple of hours behind the wheel. I need more time with the Mach-E, and after Ford reads this article, I’ll probably be last in line for long-term tests. During my short time with the Mach-E, one thing became c

Iceland’s Controlant, with $50M backing, emerges as key player in Cold Chain for COVID-19 vaccine

82TechCrunch / 52min
A startup hailing form far-flung Iceland is emerging as one of the key players in the race to distribute one of the key Coronavirus vaccines around the world. Controlant — which has a unique real-time supply chain monitoring technology based on GSM networks and is specifically geared to areas like pharmaceuticals and life sciences — has confirmed it is providing its monitoring services to Pfizer

NASA X-59 Quiet SuperSonic aircraft reaches a construction milestone

SlashGear / 57min
NASA has announced the construction of its X-59 Quiet SuperSonic aircraft at Lockheed Martin has reached a milestone. The milestone was reached on November 5 when the team building the aircraft at the Lockheed Martin Skunkworks factory in Palmdale, California, completed major work on the aircraft’s wing. That major milestone was adding the wing skin to the wings covering the … Continue reading

California fines Uber $59 million for not sharing sexual assault case data

36Engadget / 1h
Uber has been fined $59 million by California regulators over its refusal to hand over more detailed data from a 2019 report on sexual assault, the Washington Post reports. State regulators have threatened to pull its license if it doesn’t comply with the order and pay the fine. Uber disputed the ruling, telling the Post that the demand by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) would b

Encrypted messaging app Signal enters video conferencing game

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Signal has launched a group video calling feature with full end-to-end encryption.

Apple AirPods Max support comes to MacBooks with macOS Big Sur 11.1

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macOS Big Sur 11.1 is the first big update for Apple’s new operating system, and comes with AirPods Max support, along with many other new features.

The perfect way to ensure festive protection for all your devices

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Stay safe this Christmas with our top security tips.

Twitter fined ~$550k over a data breach in Ireland’s first major GDPR decision

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Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has issued Twitter with a fine of €450,000 (~$547k) for failing to promptly declare and properly document a data breach under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The decision is noteworthy as it’s the first such cross-border GDPR decision by the Irish watchdog, which is the lead EU privacy supervisor for a number of tech giants — having a

Extra Crunch membership now available to readers in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark

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We’re excited to announce that Extra Crunch memberships are now available in several Nordic countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. For a full list of supported countries, head here . Sign up for Extra Crunch membership here to join our growing community of founders, startup teams, and investors. Use the code NORDICCRUNCH during checkout for an additional 25% off an annual or 2-year plan

Windows 10 could see big changes as Microsoft officially launches Project Reunion

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The new initiative will enable Windows 10 developers to write facelifted, feature-rich apps.

Windows 10 taskbar change could be a problem for those who haven’t activated the OS

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Although those running without activation could be left in the lurch at any point, theoretically.

The Nintendo Switch now has an app for anime streaming – but still no Netflix

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The Funimation anime streaming service is getting an app for Nintendo Switch, joining the console's relatively small lineup of streaming platforms.

Chrome's latest update finally turns it into a decent PDF reader

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Google has upgraded Chrome with an improved presentation mode that disguises the fact you're using a web browser.

Get helpful book summaries with an Instaread subscription on sale

Mashable / 1h
TL;DR: Get a one-year subscription to Instaread Book Summaries for $19.99, a 77% savings as of Dec. 15. If your reading list is longer than you can handle, an Instaread subscription might come in handy. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars on the App Store, Instaread provides summaries of over 1,000 bestselling books, which you can read right on your phone. Here's how it works. Instaread's categories range f

Save 45% on a portable hair dryer that you can use without a cord

28Mashable / 1h
TL;DR: Say goodbye to annoying cords with a Dolce cordless portable hair dryer for $109.95, a 45% savings as of Dec. 15. A fresh wash and blow dry can make you feel like you just went to the salon — even if you did everything yourself. The Dolce Portable Hair Dryer can help you out. This hair dryer is designed to dry your hair relatively quickly while minimizing heat damage. This model is also co

Turn any room into a movie theater with these projectors on sale

24Mashable / 1h
Do you miss going to the movies? Same. But if you're willing to get creative, it's actually pretty easy to turn your home (or even tiny apartment) into a theater-ish experience. All you need is a mini projector, a blank wall, and some microwave popcorn to throw your own DIY movie night. These projectors are on sale as of Dec. 15 — check them out below. Prima 1080p HD Pocket Projector This iPhone-

Save an extra 20% on these 13 home fitness products

Mashable / 1h
If you're still looking for ways to spruce up your home gym, we bet you'll find something below. These home fitness products are on sale for an extra 20% off for a limited time. Whether you’re trying to become a bodybuilder or are just looking for a way to make exercise fun, there’s some gear for you. Just be sure to enter the code GREEN20 at checkout to score the best deals as of Dec. 15. ABLE:

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and three other Samsung foldables could land in 2021

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Two Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 models and two Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 2 models could be in the works.

Valve officially launches Steam's personalized news hub

38Engadget / 2h
The personalized news portal that Valve started testing for Steam back in March is no longer an experimental feature. It has now been fully released and can be easily accessed by clicking on the “News” link under the “Store” drop-down menu on the platform. Unlike Steam’s old news feed that showed the same information for everyone, the News Hub will show you posts from the developers of the games

Vodacom expands 5G reach into KwaZulu-Natal

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Vodacom is bringing 5G to even more areas in South Africa as it expands its network into municipal districts across KwaZulu-Natal

iPhone 13 could have a big feature we originally expected on the iPhone 12

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The iPhone 12 was rumored to come with a 120Hz refresh rate screen, but it didn't. Now we're hearing similar about the iPhone 13.

Ubisoft+ Subscription Adds 16 Titles to Your Stadia Library for $15 a Month

24How-To Geek / 2h
Google Stadia‘s public perception hasn’t been the best, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the service is a failure, especially with the release of Cyberpunk 2077. And now, Ubisoft is bringing its Ubisoft+ subscription service to Stadia for $15 a month. With it, you can access the Ubisoft+ catalog of games without the hassle of downloading and installing them. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Data privacy startup eXate raises £2.3M Seed led by Outward VC

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Accessing and sharing data is a complicated issue for large businesses, and doing this in a secure, compliant way is a problem for many. eXate , a London-based data software firm is attacking this problem and has now raised a £2.3 million seed round led by Outward VC, with additional backing from ING Ventures and Triple Point Ventures. eXate is competing with those that tend to do more specific t

Thor: Love and Thunder: cast, release date, trailer, plot and what we know

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Thor 4, officially called Thor: Love and Thunder, is coming in 2022. But what do we know about it so far?

Best Christmas gifts for music lovers: from turntables to great headphones

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If you have a music lover on your shopping list, and you don't know what to buy them, we've got your back. We found the best Christmas gifts for the music lovers in your life.

Sharon Series PTZ cameras with NDI debut from Salrayworks

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Salrayworks is entering the market for PTZ cameras with NDI and plans to expand into 4K.

Best Christmas gifts for photographers: from tripods to SSDs

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If you're stuck for Christmas gift ideas for the photographer in your life, then you're in the right place.

‘Fortnite’ is trying to get squads back together with ‘Reboot a Friend’

28Engadget / 3h
Fortnite has dominated gaming over the last couple of years, but no one can stay on top forever. Eventually some players move on, although what that means for Epic’s free-to-play shooter is unclear. Apple even took shots at the company’s fortunes, claiming its attack on App Store payment policies is actually a scheme to increase interest in the game . Epic itself is taking the issue seriously eno

Dell XPS 13 (9310) with 11th gen Intel processors launched in India

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The new Dell XPS 13 9310 with an upgraded chipset and a thin and lightweight design has been launched at Rs 1,50,990.

Taxdoo, the tax compliance platform for cross-border e-commerce, raises $21M Series A

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Taxdoo , a startup that has built what it calls an “automated platform for financial compliance” aimed at cross-border e-commerce companies, has raised $21 million in new funding. Leading the Series A round is venture capital firm Accel, with participation from Visionaries Club, 20VC and existing investor HTGF. The funding will be invested in Taxdoo’s growth — including international expansion– i

Western Digital releases new high-performance storage solutions for Middle East gamers

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The latest WD Black products feature breakneck transfer speeds and slick-looking RGB effects.

You can now watch STARZPLAY on Huawei Video

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STARZPLAY shows and movies can now be accessed on Huawei Video

Nokia's new phone might steal the title of 'best cheap phone' from Xiaomi

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With the Nokia 5.4, HMD Global shows it's ready to make a play for the 'best cheap phone' crown.

Lux Capital’s Deena Shakir sees space and frontier tech going mainstream right now

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Deena Shakir joined Lux Capital as a partner last year after spending seven years with Google, the last of them with GV, Google’s venture unit. While Shakir seems to fit right in with the firm — known for its wealth of PhDs and moonshot investments — venture wasn’t something she was focused on as a career, as she told us during a lengthy interview last week. An Iraqi-American who grew up in Silic

Panasonic PTZ NDI camera at a glance

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NDI camera from Panasonic (AW-UE100) is the first 4K/60 integrated pan/tilt/zoom PTZ camera with NDI and SRT.

What South Africans are watching on Showmax

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South Africans aren't scared to binge-watch a show or eighteen.

Zenoti becomes a unicorn with $160 million funding round

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Zenoti, a 10-year-old startup that develops services for the spa and salon industry , is the latest entrant to the coveted unicorn list. The Bellevue, Washington-headquartered SaaS startup has raised $160 million in its Series D financing round that valued it at “well past $1 billion,” said Sudheer Koneru, founder and chief executive of Zenoti, in an interview with TechCrunch earlier this week. T

Tencent invests in DJI-backed agritech startup FJ Dynamics

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Back in 2018, Tencent pledged to put more focus on enterprises as traditional industries in China increasingly tapped technology to boost productivity. The firm’s industrial projects range from using AI to screen medical images to building customer management tools for retailers on its WeChat messenger. Most recently, Tencent invested in FJ Dynamics, a Chinese startup selling agricultural automat

Dott to expand beyond e-scooters with bike-sharing service

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Dott is better known for its electric scooter service that is available in a few cities across Europe. But the company is working on electric bikes and wants to launch a bike-sharing service in London and Paris in March 2021. Dott currently doesn’t operate in London. So it looks like it’ll be the company’s 16th city with this launch. As for the bike, it has been designed by Dott and it is going t

Nest Hub Max is now ready to make Zoom calls

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The feature will support both paid as well as free Zoom accounts. Though users will need to link the Zoom account with their Google account.

Best soundbars in Australia 2020: enhance your TV shows, movies, games and music

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Our top soundbar list of 2020 will give your TV and home theatre an audio boost that's 7.1 times better.

Cyberpunk 2077 on PCs also have performance issues especially with AMD

SlashGear / 6h
Just when the PC Master Race thought it got the better bargain with Cyberpunk 2077, reports and guides are popping up over the Internet to reveal just how bad the game’s launch has been across all platforms. Sure, the game is still playable on PCs, unlike their console counterparts, but the game apparently isn’t taking advantage of the hardware that’s … Continue reading

Echo of violence: Wistron shifts production to other plants in India, China

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Apple's contract manufacturer Wistron is suspending its operations at the iPhone factory in Karnataka till around the New Year, according to sources. The company also expects the losses to be higher than originally stated.

LG autonomous UV robot will help sanitize hotels, classrooms next year

SlashGear / 6h
LG is perhaps best known for its TVs, home appliances, and some smartphones but it has also started a business of developing robots to automate some business tasks. Those range from guiding travelers going through airports to carrying luggage in hotels. Next year, LG is eyeing a new niche market in a COVID-19-infested world, using tall cylindrical robots to kill … Continue reading

Where to find the best Apple Watch Series 5 deals before Christmas

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SAVE UP TO 40%: The Apple Watch Series 5 is on sale on Amazon, saving you up to 40% on list price. If you're looking for last-minute deals on the Apple Watch Series 5, there is only one place to be. Amazon is offering up to 40% off a wide range of models, and you can still get your delivery before Christmas. There are a bunch of different styles and configurations up for grabs, with prices starti

Manage all your Apple devices with lifetime access to this clever app

Mashable / 6h
TL;DR: The iMazing iOS Device Manager is on sale for £14.92 as of Dec. 15, saving you 55% on list price. So you've saved up for the iPhone 12, but haven't pulled the trigger yet because the thought of transferring everything to a new device fills you with dread. A lifetime license to iMazing, the highly-rated iOS device management software, is on sale for just £14.92 for a limited time and will m

Spice things up with these gifts from Lovehoney

Mashable / 6h
FREE DELIVERY: Find a wide range of sex toys, lingerie, and stocking fillers on Lovehoney , with free delivery when you spend £40 or more. What are the first things that come to mind when you think about stocking fillers? Socks, chocolate, or maybe a nice candle? What about sex toys and lingerie? We didn't think so. When it comes to Christmas, you might not have considered sex toys and lingerie a

The best Christmas Nintendo Switch bundle deal on Amazon

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SAVE £9.01: The Nintendo Switch (Welcome to Animal Crossing Edition) is on sale for £319.99 on Amazon, saving you 3% on list price. Let's deal with the elephant in the room. We're highlighting a Christmas deal on the Nintendo Switch, but the discount is less than £10. You might not think that this is worth your time, but given the lack of Switch stock and deals this year, you should seriously con

The new 'Mortal Kombat' movie reaches theaters and HBO Max on April 16th

500+Engadget / 7h
When Warner Bros. announced plans for day-and-date releases across theaters and HBO Max for its entire 2021 slate , the studio mentioned that release dates are subject to change. One of the movies on deck is the new James Wan-produced Mortal Kombat flick, which previously had a January 15th release date, but now is scheduled to arrive on April 16th. Screenwriter Greg Russo promised last year that

Samsung Smart TVs get exclusive TikTok TV app in Europe

SlashGear / 7h
Its fate in the US may still be hanging in the balance but TikTok’s business elsewhere around the globe continues to be strong and lucrative. In fact, it has partnered with other companies to help spread its service and its name to devices beyond smartphones. In Europe, it has signed a juicy deal with Samsung that will let users of … Continue reading

Save £100 on the ultimate virtual reality gaming experience

Mashable / 7h
SAVE £100: The Oculus Rift S VR gaming headset is on sale for £299 on Amazon, saving you 25% on list price. Looking for something to do over the Christmas holidays? We know the feeling, so we've been searching high and low for the best gaming deals to keep you occupied over the next few weeks. There has been a bit of a lull since Black Friday came to a close, but Amazon is still offering a wide r

Xiaomi Mi 10T series now available on Amazon India

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Xiaomi’s latest flagship series the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro is now available on Amazon. Also, you can avail Rs 3,000 instant discount on the same.

Signal secure messaging app launches encrypted group video calls

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81Engadget / 7h
The work-and-study-from-home arrangements prompted by the coronavirus pandemic led to the rise of apps with group video calling capability this year. Now, Signal is joining the fray and offering a secure way to video chat with friends, colleagues or classmates. Signal has launched the new feature with the latest version of its apps, and as you’d expect, video calls on the service are end-to-end e

Moto G9 Power goes on sale in India: price, specs, and availability

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Moto G9 will launch in India next week. It features a massive battery and a 64MP camera setup.

Hisense Tornado 4K TVs with JBL audio system announced in India

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The Hisense Tornado TVs run on Android TV 9 Pie and come with features like Dolby Vision, Dolby Audio and comes equipped with JBL's 6 speaker system

US government, thousands of businesses now thought to have been affected by SolarWinds security attack

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State-sponsored hackers believed to have used flaw to access multiple US government agencies and 18,000 businesses.

Google Home Max discontinuation marks the end of a pre-Nest era

SlashGear / 8h
It might be hard to believe but smart speakers have been in the market for more than half a decade now. Amazon launched the Echo, which was then seen as an oddity, in late 2014 and Google followed it up with the Home speaker two years later. Google would eventually expand that into a new line of “Home” branded smart … Continue reading

Nokia C1 Plus brings 4G and Android Go to the mass market

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SlashGear / 8h
This year’s smartphone news has unsurprisingly been filled with 5G tidbits, from the slow but sure rollout of 5G networks to new phones toting 5G support even on mid-range hardware. There are times, people, and markets, however, that just need a serviceable phone, one that can work almost anywhere, especially in places that 5G has yet to set foot in. … Continue reading

SolarWinds hackers have a clever way to bypass multi factor authentication

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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images ) The hackers behind the supply chain attack that compromised public and private organizations have devised a clever way to bypass multi-factor-authentication systems protecting the networks they target. Researchers from security firm Volexity said on Monday that it had encountered the same attackers in late 2019 and early 2020 as they penetrated deep inside of a thi

Uber Fined $59 Million For Failing To Answer Questions About Sexual Assault Cases

32Gizmodo / 9h
California regulators slapped Uber with a $59 million fine on Monday after they determined that the company had failed to adequately respond to questions about a report detailing thousands of sexual assaults that occurred during trips taken with the company’s ride-hailing platform. Read more...

What's on TV this week: 'Tenet' and 'The Expanse'

81Engadget / 9h
This week Christopher Nolan’s Tenet makes its debut at home, via video on-demand at midnight ET, as well as on Ultra HD Blu-ray. On Amazon Prime, season five of The Expanse starts streaming, while CBS Access premieres its suddenly-relevant series The Stand , based on Stephen King’s book. Sports fans can check out college football championships, while gamers gave new DLC for Gears 5 to look forwar

Fortnite Performance Mode promises a smoother game on weaker PCs

SlashGear / 9h
It seems that PC gamers are having a great season this year, sometimes at the expense of their console cousins. Cyberpunk 2077’s much-criticized flaws seem to largely affect consoles only and specifically last-gen consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One. That said, there are also gaming-capable PCs that may now be a bit too old or too weak to run … Continue reading

Samsung expected to launch four foldables next year

SlashGear / 10h
If it wasn’t yet clear that Samsung is all-in on foldables, this news about its 2021 plans for the product line might dispel those doubts. That is, of course, if reports that Samsung has no less than four foldable phones planned next year is right on the mark. Make no mistake, however, we will still only see two foldable form … Continue reading

Six Men Charged In Federal Court With Stealing Millions Of American AAdvantage Miles

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Six men were charged with “stealing millions of airline frequent flier miles” in the Northern District of Texas. While the Department of Justice doesn’t say this, the court in which charges are being brought includes Dallas and almost certainly means they’re prosecuting a theft of American AAdvantage miles. The lead defendant was arrested in Poland in May and extradited, arriving in FBI custody o

LG Rollable phone and LG Rainbow coming in just a few months

SlashGear / 10h
LG has had a rather interesting year, even with and including the COVID-19 pandemic. Although it didn’t launch as many phones as it usually does and even though it’s extremely late to the Android 11 update game, the company still managed to reach two important milestones, launching the first phones of two new product lines. Despite not exactly being heavy … Continue reading

California's AG Is Now Trying To Force Amazon To Comply With Subpoenas Probing Covid Labor Concerns

28Gizmodo / 10h
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Monday asked a Sacramento County Superior Court judge to intervene in what he claims is now six months of Amazon failing to comply with investigative subpoenas over how its warehouse workers were treated during the covid-19 pandemic. Read more...

Snap up Vodafone's ripper 50GB SIM-only plan for just AU$35

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Time is running out to snag Vodafone's discounted mobile plans.

Twenty years later, Dungeons & Dragons gets another movie adaptation

100+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / Here's to hoping Wizards of the Coast leans into Chris Pine's casting in the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons film and slaps him into an official rulebook. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images / Wizards of the Coast) The next Dungeons & Dragons film appears to still be alive—and has rolled a crit on its first major casting decision, ahead of plans to finally start filming early next year. A

What's the Best Soundbar to Buy My Dad?

44Gizmodo / 11h
When you have a Tech Dad™, shopping for the holidays gets expensive, and also elusive since he buys almost everything for himself. This year, however, I’ve got my eye on the target. Because my wife has been reviewing so many soundbars lately, he unsurprisingly wants one in every room. And while I’m not sure I can… Read more...

Now streaming: best TV shows and movies this week in Australia (Dec 14-20)

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Our top picks include The Expanse: Season 5, Four Weddings and a Funeral: Season 1 and the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian.

iOS 14.3 update is about to change the way you work out and take photos

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iOS 14.3 is out, bringing a host of new features like the ProRAW photo format for iPhone 12 devices, Apple Fitness Plus and AirPods Max support, new Apple TV app perks, and more.

What's the Best Soundbar to Buy My Dad?

44Lifehacker / 11h
When you have a Tech Dad™, shopping for the holidays gets expensive, and also elusive since he buys almost everything for himself. This year, however, I’ve got my eye on the target. Because my wife has been reviewing so many soundbars lately, he unsurprisingly wants one in every room. And while I’m not sure I can… Read more...

How AI could increase IVF treatment success rates

84BBC News - Technology / 11h
Artificial intelligence is being used in a trial to help select suitable embryos.

Earn 5x At Costco, Sam’s Club, Streaming Services and Internet/Phone Bills

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The Chase Freedom Flex and legacy Freedom cards let you earn 5x points per dollar spent in rotating categories each quarter on the first $1500 in eligible spend. You need to register each quarter to activate this increased earning anew each time. From January through March, 5x categories are categories are streaming services, wholesale clubs, and internet and phone services. Continue reading ...

EU Digital Services Act set to bring in new rules for tech giants

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Europe is set to announce two new acts in the biggest shake-up of digital laws in 20 years.

Online harms law to let regulator block apps in UK

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Ofcom would be able to fine tech giants huge sums if it believed they had failed to protect users.

Arya raises $21M to provide farmers in India finance and post-harvest services

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Only about a third of the yields Indian farmers produce reaches the big markets. Those whose produce makes it there today are able to leverage post-harvest services. Everyone else is missing out. A Noida-based startup is working with all the stakeholders — farmers, food processors, traders and financial institutions — to bridge this post-harvest services gap — and it just secured new funds to con

A palm oil alternative could help save rainforests

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Plantations for palm oil are blamed for rainforest destruction, but an artificial palm oil is close.

New Mortal Kombat movie gets an April 2021 release date

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Mortal Kombat is coming to theaters and HBO Max on April 16, 2021, according to the newly release movie poster.

Fancy Dinosaur With Bizarre Shoulder Decorations Was the Peacock of the Cretaceous

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The re-analysis of an old fossil has revealed features never seen before in a dinosaur, including a long, fur-like mane along its back and a pair of stiff structures jutting out from its shoulders. Scientists say these elaborate decorations were likely used for display, in what is a very early version of peacocking. Read more...

UK Online Harms Bill, coming next year, will propose fines of up to 10% of annual turnover for breaching duty of care rules

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The U.K. is moving ahead with a populist but controversial plan to regulate a wide range of illegal and/or harmful content almost anywhere online such stuff might pose a risk to children. The government has set out its final response to the consultation it kicked off back in April 2019 — committing to introduce an Online Safety Bill next year. “Tech platforms will need to do far more to protect c

Mileage Thieves Charged With Wire Fraud

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Six men are looking at up to 20 years in prison on wire fraud charges, in a case that involves frequent flyer miles . Millions of frequent flyer miles stolen The Unites States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas has charged six men with committing wire fraud in August 2019, in a scheme in which they allegedly stole millions of frequent flyer miles. A federal grand jury has indict

Nest Hub Max smart display finally gets Zoom support

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As previously promised, Google has added support for Zoom on its Nest Hub Max smart display, enabling users to fire up video calls with a single voice message. The new support joins video calling with Meet and Duo, expanding the number of people you can contact using the product. The addition has arrived in time for the holidays. Video conference … Continue reading

Google Cloud is majorly upping its security game

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Google Cloud has hired Phil Venables to serve as the company's first ever CISO.

This is probably the fastest PC under $200 right now

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You won't find a cheaper computer with 256GB storage and 8GB RAM

Volkswagen shelves the ID Buggy to focus on more mainstream EVs

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Volkswagen won’t release a production variant of its whimsical electric dune buggy prototype. In an interview with Autocar , VW CEO Ralf Brandst├Ątter said the automaker plans to focus on models with mainstream appeal instead of niche projects like the ID Buggy. “No, we won’t do this car,” he told the publication when asked about the prototype. “We had a partner, but in the end it didn’t work out.

Pinterest in $22.5m gender discrimination payout

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The $22.5m payout by Pinterest to a former top executive is the largest of its kind to be publicly disclosed.

FTC Orders Amazon, YouTube, Discord, and 6 More to Explain What the Hell They're Doing With Your Data

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The Federal Trade Commission on Monday announced it was issuing orders to nine of the most popular social media and streaming platforms in the U.S., requiring them to offer up intel on business practices ranging from data collection to advertising, to the way that user engagement gets tracked overtime. Read more...

Perez Hilton Was Banned From TikTok. Why?

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The celebrity blogger was banned from TikTok on Saturday in a move he said was influenced by the app’s biggest stars.

Ravens vs Browns live stream: how to watch NFL Monday Night Football from anywhere

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AFC rivals face off, and it might not be so easy for the Ravens this time around - here's how to watch Browns vs Ravens online with an NFL live stream no matter where you are.

Shazam gets new UI on iOS, browser tool for Mac and Chromebooks

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Music ID app Shazam has received an updated design on iOS, giving fans a sleek new interface that makes it easier to discover new music. In addition, the company is now testing a beta version of its tool for desktop browsers, though it is only available on Chromebooks and Mac at this time with support for Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. … Continue reading

Daily Crunch: Apple launches Fitness+

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We review Apple Fitness+, Gmail goes down and Pornhub cracks down on unverified content. This is your Daily Crunch for December 14, 2020. The big story: Apple launches Fitness+ Brian Heater tried out Apple’s new $10-per-month subscription service for guided workouts , prompting some broader reflections on exercise during this terrible year — and on how Fitness+ might fit in. The service requires