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YouTube back online, other Google services slowly returning

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Google has suffered a major outage, but services including YouTube, Gmail, Maps, Photos are slowly coming back online.

Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs and other services go down in multiple countries (Update: slowly coming back online)

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8KTechCrunch / 8h
Update : It looks like various services are starting to come back again , but with some glitches (such as the address bar in Gmail not working correctly). A Google spokesperson has now provided us directly with a statement about the outage: “Today, at 3.47AM PT Google experienced an authentication system outage for approximately 45 minutes due to an internal storage quota issue. Services requirin

Google outage: YouTube, Docs and Gmail knocked offline

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35KBBC News - Technology / 7h
Users around the world were unable to access applications including YouTube, Gmail and Docs.

The Majority of Wild Edible Plants in the U.S. Are Endangered

Gizmodo / 7min
All of our crops have naturally-occurring predecessors that are found in the wild. But that may not be the case for long. A new study found that those OG edible plants are doing badly. Read more...

Best Buy Will Restock the PS5 and Xbox Series X Tomorrow at 9 a.m. EST

How-To Geek / 8min
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’d know that picking up any variation of the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series S or X is super difficult. But don’t give up just yet. Best Buy will be restocking all the next-gen consoles on its online store at 9 a.m. EST on December 15. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Pay Apple $5 to Get Your Last-Minute Christmas Gifts Delivered In Two Hours

How-To Geek / 8min
We get it; it’s easy to put off Christmas shopping, but this is the wrong year to procrastinate. Yet despite our warnings to get your holiday shopping done early, you’re probably still last-minute shopping. And with all the shipping delays, that’s a scary prospect. Now Apple wants to save the day with $5 two-hour delivery. If you’re lucky enough to be close to an Apple Store, that is. Read This A

Nest Hub Max Users Can Now Start Making Group Video Calls via Zoom

How-To Geek / 8min
Though the Nest Hub Max has been able to make group video calls on Google Duo or Meet since summer, it has now updated to support using Zoom, as well. An early preview of the feature starts rolling out today, so if you’ve got a Hub Max and love Zoom, keep an eye out for the new feature. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Amazon's First Fitness Tracker Is Out Now for You to Buy

20How-To Geek / 9min
Last August, Amazon announced its first Fitness tracker, the Halo. It looks like a bracelet and promises to track everything from body fat to your emotional state. If you’re comfortable trusting the giant company with even more personal data, you can buy the Halo right now for $100 with six months of service. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

FTC demands Amazon, Facebook and others explain their privacy practices

Engadget / 10min
The Federal Trade Commission has ordered nine social media and video streaming companies to provide details about their privacy practices, including how they collect and use personal information. It has also asked Amazon , TikTok owner ByteDance , Discord , Facebook , Reddit , Snap , Twitter , WhatsApp and YouTube to submit data on advertising and user engagement, and explain how their activities

American Airlines Will Take Delivery Of 21 New Planes In 10 Weeks, Add Seats To Planes In 2021

View from the Wing / 16min
At the end of last week American Airlines President Robert Isom held a town hall meeting with pilots, a recording of which has been reviewed by View From The Wing . Isom outlined the airline's aircraft fleet plans for 2021. Continue reading ...

How to safely volunteer this holiday season

Mashable / 22min
You might have heard it before but volunteering doesn't only help those in need. It also benefits you. "Volunteering is a great way to both amplify your mental and physical wellbeing ...and, obviously, it's a great way to help people who really need some extra support," says Laura Plato, chief solutions officer at VolunteerMatch , a U.S. based nonprofit that helps people find both online and virt

Top Christmas tech gifts for kids

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 23min
Gifts that'll keep them entertained all year, and grow with them as they learn the basics of coding and robotics.

Alexa Live Translation feature arrives on Echo with six language pairs

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SlashGear / 23min
Amazon has announced the arrival of Live Translation on its Echo devices, enabling users to have a conversation in two different languages in real-time with Alexa serving as a translator. The feature is arriving for Echo devices in the US with a total of six language pairs to kick things off, including English – Spanish. The ability to use machine … Continue reading

How today’s 100k Capital One Venture approval will earn me Hyatt Globalist status

The Points Guy / 25min
Ever since Hyatt came out with a way to earn top-tier Hyatt Globalist status valid until Feb. 2023 in as little as nine nights spent in Hyatt properties (normally 60 nights), the wheels in my head have been turning. I miss having top-tier Hyatt status and I know from experience how valuable the perks will be for my family as we make up for lost time traveling in 2021, 2022 and into 2023. I though

Shiny Pokemon GO – what’s out today?

SlashGear / 29min
Despite the cold snap that’s cracked upon the midwest this week, Pokemon GO’s next event is live! The event is “Distracted by Something Shiny,” and it contains a Shiny Celebi. If you’re all about completing Special Research VS Jessie and/or James 4x times, you’ll find a Shiny Celebi awaiting you in a reward encounter. The Special Research story called Distracted … Continue reading

Xbox Series X|S can connect to original Xbox through system link

SlashGear / 29min
With the Xbox One, Microsoft focused a lot on backward compatibility and bringing a number of games from previous generations forward. That same focus remains in the new generation, but today we’re learning that it applies to more than just games. As it turns out, the Xbox Series X|S are capable of connecting to other Xbox consoles across generations to … Continue reading

Star Wars: The High Republic Is as Refreshing as It Is Familiar

29Gizmodo / 43min
Adding something truly new to the canon of Star Wars media has to strike a delicate, daunting balance. Anything so vastly removed from what we know about the franchise—particularly the Skywalker saga —has to balance feeling worthy of being called new, while paradoxically still delivering that vague, yet tangible, feel … Read more...

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is Axed Down to $45 at Amazon Today

Gizmodo / 43min
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (PS5) | $45 | Amazon Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (PS4) | $45 | Amazon Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Xbox) | $45 | Amazon Read more...

Apple Watch can now warn if your cardio fitness is low

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35Engadget / 46min
The latest iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2 updates, which have just been released have introduced a new way to measure your health, specifically your cardio fitness level. Not only can Apple Watch users view their cardio fitness level in the iPhone Health App, they’ll also receive a notification if it falls to a low range. Apple first briefly mentioned this feature in September when it revealed the Appl

Elon Musk Has Some Strong Opinions About Cyberpunk 2077

500+Futurism / 49min
Even The New York Times is now reporting that long-awaited videogame Cyberpunk 2077 is plagued by bugs and crashes. In fact, the game’s developers officially apologized today and have offered to refund frustrated gamers. Things got even stranger when Tesla CEO and cyberpunk genre enthusiast Elon Musk offered up his own two cents on the matter. It’s not uncharacteristic of the billionaire to wade

Apple Fitness+ subscription service now available for iPhone, Apple Watch

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SlashGear / 1h
After weeks of buildup from the moment of announcement, Apple Fitness+ was released for several Apple device platforms. This includes iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. The Apple Fitness+ program is included in the Apple One Premier plan alongside Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and 2TB of iCloud storage. Apple Fitness+ is “the first fitness experience … Continue reading

Researchers made a material that's 90% water but behaves like a robot – Strictly Robots

24Mashable / 1h
Researchers at Northwestern University created a first-of-its-kind material that moves like a robot without hardware, hydraulics, or electricity. Read more... More about Robots , Mashable Video , Robot , Northwestern University , and Northwestern

iOS 14.3 is out with support for Fitness+, AirPods Max and more

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37Engadget / 1h
Apple has rolled out iOS 14.3 with support for Fitness+, AirPods Max, App Store privacy labels and much more. The Apple Watch-powered Fitness+ service is now live in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the US. It costs $10/month , but if you have an Apple One subscription , it's included in that plan. The company announced the $549 AirPods Max last week. The active noise c

15 deals on chargers and power banks (that make great gifts)

24Mashable / 1h
If there’s one gift that everyone in your life will appreciate, it’s an innovative charger or power bank. We all have devices, and those devices need to be charged. Here are 15 options for charging phones, tablets, watches, earbuds , and laptops at home and on the go. Be sure to use the included coupon codes to score the best deal possible for a limited time as of Dec. 14. ChargeWorx 10,000mAh Du

Roblox buys digital avatar startup

80TechCrunch / 1h
Roblox announced today that it’s buying a digital avatar startup called . Purchasing a company that has focused singularly on creating more realistic human avatars is an interesting play for a gaming platform that has made such an impact by building experiences that tend to cast realism to the wayside. We covered the company’s $1.35 million seed round back in 2016. The company brought in

Back Up Everything With 96% Off 15TB Of Online Storage From Degoo

Futurism / 1h
With billions of people on the internet, we can only offer estimates of how much data we generate, but it’s clear that it’s vast: 2.5 million TB, by some estimations . And how much of it is lost when we upgrade our devices is an open question as well, but we upgrade relentlessly; smartphones alone move 1.56 billion units every year , with untold photos, texts, emails, and more slipping away with

Become A Pivot Table Hero With This Excel & Data Certification Bundle

Futurism / 1h
While there’s generally something to be said for crafting things by hand, spreadsheets and data analysis don’t exactly fall into that category. Fortunately, Excel is commonplace in computers across the world; so much so, that scientists have renamed certain genes so they can keep using it to crunch data. Mastering Excel can open new doors in your career, whether you want to perform better at the

Atlanta-based gaming controller peripheral seller KontrolFreek has been bought by SteelSeries

60TechCrunch / 1h
After nearly a decade selling gaming and console peripherals to gamers looking to spice up their systems, Atlanta-based KontrolFreek has been acquired by the international peripherals retailer, SteelSeries. Terms of the acquisition were undisclosed, but KontrolFreek has shipped over 2 million units of its flagship product, which is available in over 9,000 retailers in 60 countries and can be foun

Alexa can translate conversations in real-time on Echo devices

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45Engadget / 1h
Starting today, Alexa can translate conversations between two people who speak different languages. At launch, the digital assistant’s new Live Translation feature works on Echo devices in the US and supports translation between English and French, German, Hindi, Italian, Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese. To start using the feature, ask Alexa to serve as an interpreter for the language that the pe

Make professional presentations in a fraction of the time

Engadget / 1h
Meetings, although they're almost entirely digital these days, still play a central role in the world of business. And at the heart of most business meetings are presentations, whether the meeting is with a new client, an existing partner, an internal team, an investor or anyone else. This reality means it's crucial to have engaging and professional presentations at your disposal all the time, es

Follow This End-of-Year Financial Checklist

28Lifehacker / 1h
While this annus horribilis might not be ending soon enough, you don’t want to let 2020 pass without some year-end personal finance upkeep, as there are deadlines you might not be aware of. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll want to consider. Read more...

A Letter to My Pandemic Baby

80Wired / 1h
On this week's Get WIRED podcast, an editor captures the bizarre world of 2020 for his unborn daughter.

Japan opens Ryugu asteroid probe, removes black sand-like material

SlashGear / 1h
Today the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) opened a space capsule containing material from the asteroid Ryugu. This was the Hayabusa2 re-entry capsule, retrieved all the way back on December 6, 2020, at landfall in Woomera, Australia. This opening and retrieval is a little odd, as JAXA describes he material as “thought to be the particles attached to the entrance … Continue reading

A TikTok Doctor Talks Coronavirus Vaccines

68NYT > Technology / 1h
He brings the energy of popular short videos to cancer screenings and infection rates.

Go Glamping At Singapore Changi Airport

33One Mile at a Time / 1h
“Mommy/daddy, can we go glamping at the airport?” That’s probably not a question that has been asked too often, but then again, Singapore is also a different place in many ways… Singaporeans are anxious to travel Coronavirus has been under control in Singapore more than in most other places, and as part of that, the country has kept its borders largely closed. So we’ve seen some cool initiatives

iOS 14.3 released: ProRAW for iPhone 12 Pro plus AirPods Max support

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27SlashGear / 1h
Apple has released iOS 14.3, adding support for its new AirPods Max headphones and bringing hotly-anticipated Apple ProRAW support to its flagship iPhone 12 Pro models. The new release also adds support for Apple Fitness+, the company’s new guided health workout system aiming to unseat Peloton. For AirPods Max, iOS 14.3 adds the needed support before Apple’s headphones begin arriving … Continue r

Let AirPods 2 Whisper Sweet Nothings in Your Ears for $110

20Lifehacker / 1h
Apple AirPods 2 (Wired Charging) | $110 | Amazon Read more...

Dazzling Video Shows How Milky Way Will Evolve Over 400,000 Years

100+Futurism / 1h
Shooting Stars It goes without saying that the Milky Way will be a very different place 400,000 years from now. Earlier this month, the European Space Agency’s Gaia space observatory released a trove of new data from its years of observing the galaxy. With the ultra-precise map of the Milky Way in hand, ESA scientists were able to, essentially, look into the future by projecting forward. To show

MIT professor wants to overhaul ‘The Hype Machine’ that powers social media

100+TechCrunch / 1h
More than 3.6 billion people use social media, and its runaway success has left the industry at a crossroads. There are now heated debates in Washington and Brussels over the future of antitrust regulation for this market, whether platform operators should filter certain content (and if so, which types), and how to open the market to new innovators. To find my way through this thicket of interest

How Do I Get Into My Phone if I Forgot My PIN or Password?

200+Gizmodo / 1h
People forget things. It happens. While I can’t say I’ve ever forgotten the password or PIN for my phone, I totally get how it’s possible. Maybe you set the phone up and placed it down to process any and all updates it has to go through, or charge up to full capacity, and came back to a locked screen and a vague… Read more...

Indiegogo expands its Global Fast Track Program to Japan

56TechCrunch / 1h
Indiegogo plans to help more Japanese entrepreneurs run successful crowdfunding campaigns through a new expansion of its Global Fast Track Program . Indiegogo first launched the program several years ago in China . The idea behind Global Fast Track is to provide an extra level of support to entrepreneurs in specific markets, guiding them through the process of creating campaigns for global consum

How to Get Your Toddler Dressed in the Morning Without a Fight

40Lifehacker / 1h
It should be pretty straight forward: One wakes up in the morning, and one swaps out their pajamas in lieu of some daytime clothes. It’s a thing we humans do nearly every day, and yet, your toddler is not interested in performing this ritual. In fact, the mere idea of getting dressed is full-on pissing them off right… Read more...

Fujifilm X-E4 and GFX100S could arrive in double mirrorless camera launch soon

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A new camera registration suggests the Fujifilm X-E4 could arrive alongside the Fujifilm GFX100S early in the new year.

The Audi e-tron GT Concept was the best sort of bait-and-switch

SlashGear / 1h
Audi may not have shown off the production e-tron GT yet, but having flipped the design process it turns out we’ve already seen what the automaker has been up to with its electric Gran Turismo flagship. Back in 2018, Audi turned heads when it showed off the e-tron GT Concept, a deeply covetable four-door coupe that promised luxury and zero … Continue reading

Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5 restock this week – When and where to start refreshing

SlashGear / 2h
If you’ve been trying to secure a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X but haven’t had any luck yet, it looks like Best Buy will be the next place to turn to. Best Buy has announced that it will have next-gen consoles in stock beginning tomorrow as part of a three-day sale, but unfortunately, the company didn’t give us a … Continue reading

How to Use ProRAW on Your iPhone 12 Pro

60Wired / 2h
Apple’s update that enables RAW camera capture—and makes your photos more editable—is now available.

The Streaming Wars Could Finally End in 2021

56Wired / 2h
With Disney’s announcement of 22 new series, and Warner Bros. teaming up with HBO Max, the battle for every last subscriber will come to a head next year.

Troy Carter and Suzy Ryoo’s music tech startup Q&A launches software group, Venice Innovation Labs

68TechCrunch / 2h
Q&A , a startup developing tech for the music industry co-founded by industry insiders Troy Carter (Lady Gaga’s first manager) and Suzy Ryoo (Carter’s longtime collaborator), has launched a new suite of software products through a division called Venice Innovation Labs . The new tools are designed to help record labels beta test songs, manage artists, and distribute music easily and efficiently,

World Of Hyatt Guest Of Honor: How Does It Work?

100+One Mile at a Time / 2h
Guest of Honor is a benefit available exclusively to World of Hyatt Globalist members , and it’s one of my favorite perks offered by any hotel loyalty program. In this post I wanted to take a closer look at how Guest of Honor works, and what makes it so useful. What is Hyatt’s Guest of Honor benefit? Hyatt introduced the Guest of Honor benefit in 2015, back when the loyalty program was called Gol

Famed Ferrari Designer Absolutely Demolishes Tesla’s Cybertruck

400+Futurism / 2h
Cybertruck Take Down Legendary car designer Frank Stephenson, who’s worked on vehicles for BMW to Ferrari, is not a fan of Tesla’s Cybertruck. At least, that’s according to a recent video Stephenson uploaded to YouTube, first spotted by Jalopnik. Stephenson didn’t mince words. To him, the Cybertruck appears “inhospitable,” “sterile,” and “anti-environmentalist.” Pivotal Tesla first showed off its

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

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100+Wired / 2h
It remains unclear how effective the warnings will be, but the attempt alone is a promising development.

Apple forces apps to display what they do with data

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100+BBC News - Technology / 2h
Apps on all of Apple's app stores will now have to reveal what data they collect and what it is used for.

15 Best Credit Card Bonus Offers [December 2020]

87View from the Wing / 2h
Every month I post what I find are the biggest credit card offers out there. Some of last month's biggest credit card offers are gone or changed. Some card issuers have reduced their offers, reticent to encourage people to apply for credit in the current environment. I recommend getting the best offers that are out there now, because more could disappear. Here's the current up to date list of big

Your Apple Watch can now warn you if your cardio fitness is dangerously low

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The watchOS 7.2 update adds Cardio Fitness Levels, which tell you where you rank alongside other people like you.

Netflix just revealed 7 new TV shows – including one you won't want to miss

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Netflix doubles down on British shows as it announces seven new TV series made in the UK.

Google’s Nest Hub Max smart screen can now make Zoom calls

88TechCrunch / 2h
The Nest Hub Max is getting Zoom . Google outlined the arrival of the popular teleconferencing platform in a blog post today , noting that it has started to roll out for users in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia. The much-requested feature is arriving as an “early preview,” essentially meaning that users will have to opt-in to receive the firmware prior to wide release — though the company in

How to Start 2021 Off Right, With Charles Duhigg

50Lifehacker / 2h
This week we’re getting advice on how to make our New Year’s resolutions stick with help from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg. Listen to hear Charles share multiple science-backed strategies we can use to enhance habit formation, transform bad habits into good ones, and how mental models can help us… Read more...

Facebook's collaborative iOS music video app is open to all US users

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27Engadget / 2h
Collab, a Facebook app that allows users to collaborate on music videos, is now available to all iOS users in the US . The app emerged as an experiment from the NPE Team, Facebook's R&D division, back in May. It was initially available to beta testers in the US and Canada. You can explore a feed of collaborations, which consist of three videos that are layered on top of each other and play simult

Apple launches its new app privacy labels across all its App Stores

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100+TechCrunch / 2h
At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, the company announced it would soon require developers to disclose their app’s privacy practices to customers via new, glanceable summaries that appear on their apps’ product pages on the App Store. Today, these new app privacy labels are going live across all of Apple’s App Stores, including iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. On the develope

COVID-19 vaccine rollout starts in the US

73Ars Technica / 2h
Enlarge / NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Sandra Lindsay, left, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, is inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Michelle Chester in the Queens borough of New York City. (credit: Getty Images ) In the wake of positive results from large-scale trials, many countries are adopting the COVID-19 vaccine produced by the Pfizer/BioNTech collaboration. That led to

MacBook deals return to lowest prices yet in Green Monday sales

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
These MacBook deals are offering some of the lowest prices yet on 2020 models in the Green Monday sales.

POS terminals may have some serious security vulnerabilities

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Vulnerabilities could have allowed attackers to steal credit card details, clone terminals and commit financial fraud.

Your Spinach and Artichoke Dip Needs Some Pepper Jack

59Lifehacker / 2h
Hot spinach and artichoke dip—or, in my case, Brussels sprout and artichoke dip —requires a large amount of cheese. But what kind(s) should you use? Cream cheese is a given, and parmesan, mozzarella, pecorino, and gruyere are common, but pepper jack is usually what’s missing . Read more...

Researchers Debut Whole New Type of Solar Energy Storage

500+Futurism / 2h
Solar Battery A team of researchers from Lancaster University in the UK have invented a whole new way to store energy from the Sun for several months at a time, with the option of releasing it on demand in the form of heat. The goal is to be able to capture and store significant amounts of solar energy during the much brighter and sunnier summer months for use in winter. In fact, their proposed m

Amazon launches a Live Translation feature for Echo devices

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100+TechCrunch / 2h
Amazon today announced a new Alexa feature, Live Translation, that will translate conversations between people who speak two different languages. The feature uses Amazon’s speech recognition technology and neural machine translation technology to work, and supports translating between English and French, Spanish, Hindi, Portuguese (Brazilian), German, or Italian. To use Live Translation, an Echo

Surprise, Surprise: Tim Cook Killed an Apple TV+ Show About Gawker

28Gizmodo / 2h
Surprising absolutely no one, Tim Cook is not a fan of now-dead Gawker Media, of which Gizmodo was a part. And though Gawker has been dead since 2016, it appears that Cook also decided to kill a fictional Gawker by pulling the plug on a proposed Apple TV+ show about the site’s glory days. Read more...

Green Monday gaming deals: last-minute sales on Razer, Corsair, and Logitech peripherals

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
We've rounded up today's best gaming deals in the Green Monday sales event, featuring great prices on mice, keyboards, and headsets.

BitChute welcomes the dangerous hate speech that YouTube bans

44Mashable / 2h
If Parler is a conservative alternative to Twitter and MeWe is attempting to replicate Facebook, BitChute is best described as the right-wing alternative to YouTube. Hate speech. Neo-Nazi propaganda. Anti-Semitic QAnon conspiracy theories. Even terrorism. It's all there. And the platform keeps growing. Home for hate speech Ben Horne, an assistant professor of Information Sciences at the Universit

Get $100 off the Oculus Rift S and Enter the World of Virtual Reality

Gizmodo / 2h
Oculus Rift S | $300 | Amazon

Your PlayStation 5 is probably upside-down

SlashGear / 2h
This week it’s become extra clear that the design of the PlayStation 5 is not particularly intuitive. It became as clear as it is today as the Head of PlayStation Studios posted a photo of his cat attempting to bat at a creature in a game. Below the cat was a PlayStation 5 sitting upside-down. As noted by stryke at … Continue reading

What we bought: Our favorite gadgets of 2020

41Engadget / 2h
2020 was a rough year, which is probably why several Engadget editors exercised quite a bit of retail therapy over the past 12 months. We purchased a wide assortment of things, including an Aerogarden , a 4K monitor , an air purifier and Nintendo’s Ring Fit Adventure . But the ones that proved the most memorable sometimes went unmentioned on our site. Here, a few of our staffers look back on at l

Chase is getting a new transfer partner and credit card in 2021 — here’s what we know

23The Points Guy / 2h
In early November, Air Canada relaunched the first phase of its completely revamped Aeroplan loyalty program. From the elimination of fuel surcharges to incredibly generous stopover rules , there are plenty of updates to be excited about. Air Canada also unveiled information about its lineup of Canadian-issued credit cards while hinting at the prospect of a card for U.S. residents. Well, now we k

The Stand Feels Both Timely and Overwhelming

200+Gizmodo / 2h
It will never not be spooky that a new adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand came out in 2020. Much like the year itself, the story begins with a pandemic and goes on to showcase some truly awful human behavior. CBS All Access certainly has timeliness on its side—but what about the rest? Read more...

Fauci Says That His Greatest Fear Is Anti-Vaxxers

4KFuturism / 2h
The FDA has granted emergency use authorization to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Now the next step is to actually distribute it — but Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has serious concerns about how the rollout will go. The trouble? Anti-vaxxers and others who are specifically concerned about this vaccine’s safety and efficacy, Fauci told T

IPO delays are bumming me out

56TechCrunch / 2h
A spurt of delays could derail the end-of-year IPO cavalcade, pushing some major flotations into 2021 and possibly complicating next year’s public-liquidity run. On Saturday, the NYT reported that gaming development platform Roblox would delay its IPO into the new year. Its CEO informed employees that the hiatus would allow Roblox to “improve [its] specific process” for shareholders of all types.

Starlux Airlines’ Surprisingly Tight A350 Configuration

66One Mile at a Time / 3h
Starlux Airlines is the Taipei-based, detail-oriented, luxury airline that launched operations earlier this year . The airline has huge growth plans, as it has a total of 39 planes on order , including A321neos, A330-900neos, A350-900s, and A350-1000s. While we’ve known that Starlux Airlines plans to fly to up to 15 destinations in North America , the airline has now made its first filing with th

Get your first look at a OnePlus 9 prototype

20Ars Technica / 3h
Real OnePlus 9 photos! There's not much new. [credit: PhoneArena ] 2021 is fast approaching, and in the world of Android, that means a new Qualcomm chip and a new round of phone upgrades. OnePlus will be one of the earlier companies out of the gate with the OnePlus 9, a device that leaked pretty extensively at PhoneArena over the weekend. First up, PhoneArena has hands-on pictures with a prototyp

My friend's 'Minecraft' realm was the community I needed while 2020 slid downward

Mashable / 3h
It was a normal evening in late June when a friend's fateful suggestion landed in our Discord server. "If I set up a private Minecraft server for Friend Land, would anyone be interested in that?" he asked innocently. The chorus of affirmative responses was quickly followed by a heatedly nerdy discussion about what kind of server and where it should live. Should it be on Minecraft Realms, Microsof

Klima publicly launches its consumer-focused carbon offset app

72TechCrunch / 3h
Andreas Pursian, Markus Gilles, and Jonas Brandau, the three co-founders of Klima , an app focused on helping consumers understand and offset their carbon emissions, first found entrepreneurial success at Hyper. The mobile magazine publishing toolkit they developed was sold to Mic in 2017, but it was only the most recent success in a string of collaborations dating back nearly a decade. “We had a

'Outside the Wire' teaser shows Anthony Mackie as a cyborg solider

38Engadget / 3h
Netflix has been fairly quiet about Outside the Wire , a sci-fi thriller starring Anthony Mackie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Altered Carbon. But today we’re getting our first look at the action thanks to a just-released teaser trailer that shows Mackie playing an android super-soldier. The plot details are still fairly fuzzy, but the video’s description notes that a “disgraced drone pi

Millions of videos purged from Pornhub amid crackdown on user content

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100+Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge / A Pornhub logo at the company's booth during the 2018 AVN Adult Expo on January 25, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (credit: Getty Images | Gabe Ginsberg ) Pornhub last night purged millions of user-uploaded videos from its platform amid allegations that it was hosting content featuring child sexual exploitation, nonconsensual violence, rape, and other unlawful material. "As part of our pol

Pornhub Just Removed Millions Of User-Uploaded Videos

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200+Gizmodo / 3h
Pornhub announced today that it’s removing all videos uploaded to the site by unverified users, purging millions of uploads in the process. Read more...

Create Pixel-Perfect Masterpieces in 'Bitmoji Paint,' Snapchat's New MMO

How-To Geek / 3h
It looks like all those hours in MS Paint are gonna pay off. Announced through the Snap Newsroom, Bitmoji Paint allows friends and strangers to build an enormous pixel art collage. Bitmoji Paint is now when you press the rocket icon in Snapchat chats. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Sequoia picks its horse in the consumer carbon offset market, leading a $2.5 million round for Joro

76TechCrunch / 3h
Sanchali Pal first woke up to the world’s climate crisis after watching the 2008 documentary Food Inc. The Princeton undergraduate saw the film in 2011, and it started her on the journey that would lead her to launch Joro , the Sequoia-backed startup that monitors consumer spending to offer tips on how to offset and reduce a user’s carbon footprint. After scoring a job at the development firm, Da

Do you really need a secured card if you have bad credit?

The Points Guy / 3h
Whether you’re buying a home , leasing a vehicle, or applying for a new credit card , a healthy credit score has a significant impact on attaining a low-interest rate or upping your approval odds. More so, if you have poor credit or no credit history, getting a loan or line of credit may prove to be a challenging quest towards your financial goals. New to The Points Guy? Sign up for our daily new

Google's Nest Hub Max now makes Zoom video calls

39Engadget / 3h
Google is making good on its promise to add support for Zoom video calls to its devices — just in time to support your socially distant holiday get-togethers. The company has started rolling out Zoom call support to the Nest Hub Max through a preview program . You’ll need a Zoom account (free or paid) in the US, UK, Australia or Canada, but after that it’s just a matter of linking to your Google

Oppo Teamed Up with a Japanese Design Firm to Create a Neat Triple-Hinged Slider Phone

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Gizmodo / 3h
While everyone might not be on board yet, one of the things I like most about flexible display tech is the way it allows phone makers to get really creative with new designs. Thanks to a partnership with Japanese design firm Nendo , Oppo’s new triple-hinged slider phone might be one of the most interesting concepts… Read more...

Here’s what went viral online this week.

NYT > Technology / 3h
As Covid-19 killed thousands, the biggest stories on social media were about immigration, K-pop and the death of a “Friday” star.

Shazam brings song recognition to the web alongside new design on iOS

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If you find yourself wondering what song is playing while you're listening to music at your computer, you now have another way to help you figure out what it is. Shazam added a beta version of its music recognition tool to desktop browsers. For the time being at least, the feature only works on Safari, Chrome and Firefox on macOS and Chrome OS — sorry, Windows users. A macOS version of the Shazam

Get a taste of TC Sessions: Space 2020 with an Expo Ticket

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If your event budget is more like dental floss than a shoestring, this is your lucky day. Our $25 Expo Only ticket offers affordable access to an impressive array of presentations — and opportunity — at TC Sessions: Space 2020 on December 16-17. Full disclosure: The Expo Only ticket does not include networking with CrunchMatch, the free Extra Crunch membership or access to the main stage programm

Looking for a cool gift under $50? Check out this photography drone.

28Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: Take photos and videos from the sky with this E88 Four-Axis High-Definition Aerial Photography Drone , on sale for $47.96 as of Dec. 14. The E88 Four-Axis High-Definition Aerial Photography Drone is a great gift option under $50. It's lightweight, it's durable, and it has folding wings that condense its normal 11-inch frame down to just four inches — prime stocking stuffer material. With a

Pornhub removes all unverified content, following reports of exploitation

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200+TechCrunch / 3h
Adult video giant Pornhub this week announced that it has taken the unprecedented step of removing millions of user-uploaded videos. The move, which the Canadian-born site calls “the most comprehensive safeguards in user-generated platform history,” arrives in the wake of a New York Times opinion piece that stated the “site is infested with rape videos.” Pornhub announced last week that it would

Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation say they’ve teamed up for safety

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SlashGear / 3h
Today gaming leaders at Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony gaming teamed up to announce a shared commitment for gaming safety. Corporate Vice President of Xbox Operations, Dave McCarthy, announced that Xbox was aligned with Nintendo “on behalf of the community of Nintendo Switch players”, and PlayStation on accomplishing a set of goals for the greater good of the gaming industry. The … Continue readin

How to Use the Assistant Driving Mode in Google Maps

28How-To Geek / 3h
Google Maps has great turn-by-turn navigation, but it’s important not to use your phone while driving. That’s why Maps has a Google Assistant-fueled Driving Mode that puts common shortcuts within reach. We’ll show you how to get on the road. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Cyberpunk 2077 Developer Apologizes and Offers Refund for Game Glitches

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1KNYT > Technology / 3h
The company behind the long-awaited video game pledged to fix the bugs and crashes after complaints from players poured in over the weekend.

Get creative in the kitchen with this sale on the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher

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Save $30: The Ninja SS201 Foodi Power Pitcher is on sale on Amazon for $109.99 as of Dec. 14. If you're the one that usually acts as the chef in your household, you'll understand how much of a process it is to cook for multiple people. To help minimize some of the trouble, you're gonna want to maximize your appliance size. The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher is the first step to doing just that. It's 7

Track Your Games' FPS With These Apps

55Lifehacker / 4h
Cyberpunk 2077 is a beast of a game, and it’s going to crush your frame rates (FPS) if you want to experience it in all its ray tracing, high-resolution, gorgeous glory. My heart goes out to you, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gamers; you must be having a rough time . Cyberpunk 2077 punishes PC users, too, but at least we… Read more...

Electronic Arts is buying Codemasters for $1.2 billion – Here’s why

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SlashGear / 4h
Electronic Arts today announced a new deal to purchase UK developer and publisher Codemasters. Electronic Arts has reached an agreement with the Board of Codemasters to buy the company for £6.04 (around $7.98) per share, which equates to a grand total of $1.2 billion. It’s a big acquisition to be sure, and with it, it seems that Electronic Arts is … Continue reading

Students targeted with university-themed phishing emails

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New phishing campaign looks to impersonate official university communications.

Long-term cloud solutions offer path to 2021 success

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The future of work is right now, even if still evolving and unevenly applied. The path forward must incorporate a long-term cloud-based workforce infrastructure.

Zoox self-driving robotaxi revealed – Amazon cash builds bidirectional pod EV

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Autonomous vehicle startup Zoox has revealed its self-driving car, a purpose-designed robotaxi that the Amazon subsidiary says is ready for the road. Founded in 2014, Zoox was bought by Amazon earlier this year and has come up with a distinctively different take on the driverless vehicle category compared to most vehicles we see claiming to be autonomous. Rather than a … Continue reading

Snag a hot-and-cold blender for under $100

Mashable / 4h
TL;DR: Up your soup game with the Razzori Fresco 7-in-1 Professional Hot and Cold Blender for $98.99, a 23% savings as of Dec. 14. Counter space is sacred, especially if you have a small kitchen. So if you're going to invest in an appliance, it had better be a multitasker — like the Razzori Fresco 7-in-1 Professional Hot and Cold Blender . This blender's most notable feature is a special blending

Amid massive bugs, CDPR offers refunds for Cyberpunk 2077 on consoles

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Cyberpunk Enlarge / A Cyberpunk NPC is shown talking before his textures have fully loaded on the console version of the game. (credit: CCPR / @MrDelabee Twitter ) Developer CD Projekt Red has issued an apology and offered a full refund to frustrated Cyberpunk 2077 players who are running into numerous issues with the console versions of the game. "We should have paid more attention to making it

My journey to EU citizenship through Portugal’s Golden Visa program

The Points Guy / 4h
This story was originally published in Brian Kelly’s newsletter. Subscribe to the weekly newsletter written by The Points Guy himself. If there’s one key theme of 2020 for Americans, it’s that our passport is a lot less valuable than it was pre-pandemic. It will likely recover after vaccines are widely distributed, but it opened my eyes to the reality that our right to travel freely throughout th

Pornhub removes all user-uploaded videos amid legality row

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The adult site has removed all unverified uploads as it battles accusations of illegal content.

The Station: Uber’s 2020 evolution and QuantumScape’s big breakthrough

76TechCrunch / 4h
The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox . Hi friends and new readers, welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. This year has delivered turmoil, volatility and pain along with some unexp

Tonic is betting that synthetic data is the new big data to solve scalability and security

100+TechCrunch / 4h
Big data is a sham. For years now, we have been told that every company should save every last morsel of digital exhaust in some sort of database, lest management lose some competitive intelligence against … a competitor, or something. There is just one problem with big data though: It’s honking huge. Processing petabytes of data to generate business insights is expensive and time-consuming. Wors

Air Canada Aeroplan & Chase Launch US Partnership

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100+One Mile at a Time / 4h
The Air Canada Aeroplan program was recently refreshed , and it has some fantastic sweet spots. I love the ability to redeem on Star Alliance airlines with no fuel surcharges, and to have a stopover on a one-way award for just 5,000 extra miles. For those of us in the US, there are some exciting updates about the ease with which we can earn Aeroplan miles, thanks to a new partnership with Chase t

Interested in Solar Energy? This Free Personalized Assessment Has the Info You Need.

Futurism / 4h
Want to do something good for the planet that also adds value to your home ? If so, you need to think about making the switch to solar power. The cost of installing solar energy systems has never been lower, and the potential return on your investment has never been higher. And while the process of making the switch the switch to solar can be pretty complicated, thanks to the solar experts at Und

Monday's Best Deals: Baby Yoda and Gaming Holiday Sweaters, Oculus Rift S, UGG Sherpa Throw Blankets, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Bomaker Projector, and More

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Baby Yoda and gaming holiday sweaters and the Oculus Rift S lead Monday’s best deals. Read more...

Wow: Air Canada Will Become Chase Transfer Partner, Introduce Chase Mastercard In The U.S.

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73View from the Wing / 4h
Air Canada Aeroplan which launched its new program last month just announced that they will issue a U.S. Mastercard with Chase in "late 2021" and become a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. Continue reading ...

Monday's Best Deals: Baby Yoda and Gaming Holiday Sweaters, Oculus Rift S, UGG Sherpa Throw Blankets, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Bomaker Projector, and More

68Gizmodo / 4h
Baby Yoda and gaming holiday sweaters and the Oculus Rift S lead Monday’s best deals. Read more...

The First Nor'easter of the Season Could Be a Huge Snow-Maker

62Gizmodo / 4h
After months of late fall cosplaying as early fall, we’re finally jumping right into winter in the Northeast. A full-blown nor’easter is set to bring the first meaningful snow of the season to the region as well as the Mid-Atlantic. Read more...

EU Council wants secure encryption and lawful data access

76TechCrunch / 4h
The Council of the European Union, the body which represents individual EU Member States’ governments, has adopted a resolution on encryption — calling for what they dub “security through encryption and security despite encryption”. “Competent authorities must be able to access data in a lawful and targeted manner, in full respect of fundamental rights and the relevant data protection laws, while

Equity Monday: IPO delays and mega-deals kickstart the week

56TechCrunch / 4h
Hello and welcome back to Equity , TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest big news, chats about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can follow the show on Twitter here and myself here — a

Amazon's Zoox shows off its first autonomous robotaxi

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100+Engadget / 4h
It’s been almost six months since Amazon purchased self-driving startup Zoox , and today the company pulled the wraps off its first autonomous vehicle . Rather than automating a standard car built with a human driver in mind, the Zoox robotaxi is built specifically for autonomous driving in in dense urban environments. For example, its only 3.63 meters long, which gives the robotaxi one of the sm

The UK just took an important step in making blood donation more inclusive

20Mashable / 4h
Rules are changing in the UK meaning more gay and bisexual men will be able to donate blood. The government's adjusted rules, which will be rolled out across the UK, mean that gay and bisexual men in long-term relationships will be able to donate blood. Until now, the government's policy has stipulated that gay and bisexual men were not allowed to donate blood unless they stopped having sex with

Stop scrounging for promo codes — Uber Eats and DoorDash gift cards are 20% off

32Mashable / 4h
Save 20%: Uber Eats and DoorDash gift cards are 20% off as part of GameStop's massive Green Monday sale . Save $5 on a $25 card, $10 on a $50 card, or $20 on a $100 card. The flood of food deliveries over the past eight months of social distancing guidelines leaves us with one question: How did people make it through the 1918 flu pandemic without Uber Eats? Just in time for cold weather, another

Shop for Kids Using This Gift Guide From an Actual Tween

86Lifehacker / 4h
Your holiday gift-shopping time is running out. If you’ve been dragging your feet, unsure of what to get for those last few kids on your list, my son is here to help you out. Because who better to advise you on what to get the nephew you haven’t seen all year or your best friend’s daughter, than a tween who takes… Read more...

PS5 will be in stock at Best Buy this week - but you'll have to be fast

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PS5 restocks are coming this week, as Best Buy announces more units available December 15.

Happy holidays only to Netflix's scandalous 'Bridgerton' trailer

500+Mashable / 4h
This holiday season, we're thinking more about debutante season, the chosen setting for Netflix's Bridgerton , produced by Shonda Rhimes. Created by Scandal and Grey's Anatomy 's Chris Van Dusen, Bridgerton follows the eponymous lady Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynover) and her high-society dance to find a husband — but no amount of planning and primping will prepare her for the Duke of Hastings (R

'Cyberpunk 2077' is already on sale, but only buy it if you have a next-gen console

21Mashable / 4h
SAVE $10: Cyberpunk 2077 only came out last week, and is one of the biggest game releases of the year — it's already on sale for $10 off at Amazon ( NOTE: Only buy this game if you're playing on a next-gen console; Cyberpunk 2077 is basically broken on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One). If you've followed video games at any time during the last eight years, you've heard the name Cyberpunk 2077 — it's o

Oppo and Nendo's 'slide-phone' concept unfolds into three screen sizes

100+Engadget / 4h
Oppo and design studio Nendo have created a concept for a "slide-phone" that would allow users to unfold the device into three different screen sizes. According to Oppo, the trend towards larger smartphone screens is a growing concern for users, in part because it makes devices "difficult to hold and less convenient.” The slide-phone could prove to be a solid blend of functionality and convenienc

Amazon’s Zoox unveils electric robotaxi that can travel up to 75 mph

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500+TechCrunch / 4h
Six years ago, Zoox launched quietly with a mighty mission: build and commercialize just about every aspect of a robotaxi service from the self-driving software stack and on-demand ridesharing app to the management of the fleet and an unconventional vehicle that would transport passengers. Now, it’s finally lifting the veil on its multi-year effort. Zoox, which was acquired earlier this year by A

Singapore is poised to become Asia’s Silicon Valley

89TechCrunch / 4h
Long established as a global financial center, Singapore also looks set to become the “Silicon Valley of Asia.” Tencent, ByteDance and Alibaba are reportedly planning regional hubs in the city-state, with ByteDance in particular expected to add hundreds of jobs over the next three years . They will join an international coterie of tech giants like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Stripe, Salesforce and

The 5 best new or refreshed credit cards of 2020, according to savvy cardholders

The Points Guy / 4h
We saw change after change (after change) in 2020. The credit card industry as a whole also saw a variety of developments, from tightening of credit limits to shifting bonuses and benefits and even the launch of new and refreshed card products. Yes, even in an economic environment where fewer people were applying for cards, issuers still revealed new and updated products throughout the year. Want

Everything Wrong With The Tesla Cybertruck, According To A Legendary Designer

500+Gizmodo / 4h
When Tesla released its Cybertruck, it made a splash because it was certainly a different look to, well, pretty much anything we see on the market today. With futuristic, inorganic lines and sharp panels, it’s the kind of car you’re either going to love or hate. And automotive designer Frank Stephenson… isn’t a big… Read more...

Huge Google outage today takes Gmail, YouTube, Classroom and more offline

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SlashGear / 4h
A huge Google outage took services like Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs, and more offline today, leaving users unable to access their email and remote students facing the possibility of a virtual snow-day. Sadly for those being home-schooled – and happily for everyone else – the outage lasted for around an hour before services began to light back up again. It’s … Continue reading

Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony will collaborate to make gaming safer

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200+Engadget / 4h
Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony are setting aside their usual rivalries to improve online gaming. The companies have outlined a set of common principles for safer gaming, particularly for younger players. The concepts aren’t radical, but make it clear they won’t tolerate toxic players and other forms of abuse. To start, the three promise to offer prevention tools like customization, easy-to-use safe

How to Backup and Restore Emails in Microsoft Outlook

32How-To Geek / 4h
Modern email systems keep your mail in the cloud so you can access it from anywhere, but even they have storage limits. Here’s how to take a backup of your Microsoft Outlook emails and restore it if you ever need those messages again. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Subway customers complain they're being served up phishing emails

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Subway UK has admitted that a hacked server has been sending customers phishing emails containing malware.

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone is a splurge-worthy gift

41Mashable / 5h
Save $80: The DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is back down to its Black Friday price of $1,519 at Amazon. Not everyone has a $1,500 budget for holiday gifts, but if you have someone you really want to spoil this year, check out the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0. This impressive drone is normally $1,599, but as of Dec. 14, it's on sale for $1,519 . We know, $80 is not a huge savings relative to the price, but tha

Cyberpunk 2077 console fixes are coming

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SlashGear / 5h
By now, it’s pretty clear that Cyberpunk 2077 has some major issues on last-gen consoles. The game’s poor performance has been well-documented on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and while playing on a next-gen console like Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 can vastly improve the experience, neither console is particularly easy to find. That means many console players … Continue reading

Green Monday TV deals: save up to $470 on a range of Samsung, Sony, and LG 4K TVs

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See our roundup of the best Green Monday TV deals to bag yourself a great sale on a new display with savings of up to $470.

Building your smart home? Save up to $75 when you buy two Echo devices.

37Mashable / 5h
SAVE UP TO $75: Get an extra $10 off when you buy two Echo Dot devices with the code DOT2PACK and an extra $15 off two Echo devices with the code ECHO2PACK as of Dec. 14. Building a smart home takes time and money, and some devices are definitely an investment. If you're looking to start your smart home journey, the first stop should definitely be a smart speaker to help you play music, control s

iCIMS acquires video recruiting startup Altru for $60M

300+TechCrunch / 5h
Enterprise recruiting company iCIMS is announcing that it has acquired Altru . ICIMS declined to comment on the terms of the deal, but a source with knowledge of the companies told us that the price is a combination of cash and stock, totaling around $60 million. Founded in 2000, iCIMS offers a “talent cloud” used by more than 4,000 employers to attract, engage and hire new employees, and to help

A U.S. Airline Will Declare Bankruptcy In 2021, And Two Smaller Airlines Will Merge

35View from the Wing / 5h
A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading ...

How can businesses protect against rising Covid scams?

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McAfee's Raj Samani discusses the recent rise in Covid-19 related threats and scams.

Facebook Messenger could be the most surprising Zoom rival in 2021

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With an install base as large as Facebook’s, it’s hard to see why Messenger Rooms hasn’t taken off.

Ubisoft’s game subscription service is available through Google Stadia

100+Engadget / 5h
When Ubisoft announced in October that its subscription service will soon be accessible on Amazon Luna , it promised Stadia players that they’re also getting it before the year ends. The developer is now making good on its word just a couple of weeks before 2021 arrives. It has started giving Stadia gamers in the US access to the beta version of Ubisoft+ — formerly known as Uplay+ — and it expect

The Best Ways to Clean Grout

61Lifehacker / 5h
Most substances wipe off tile pretty easily, but getting the surrounding grout back to its original pearly white state is much harder. Because it is so narrow and coarse, scrubbing grout lines clean can be a hassle (unless you like spending hours hunched over with a toothbrush). Luckily, we have three methods to make… Read more...

Facebook publicly launches its collaborative music video app, Collab

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Collab , Facebook’s experimental app for making collaborative music videos, is today launching out of private beta testing with a public release on the App Store . The app is one of now many projects from Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team, which tests new ideas that could ultimately influence Facebook’s next steps in social media. Collab itself first emerged in late May, as the pandemic for

Mombox is a curated kit of postnatal products that puts new moms first

100+TechCrunch / 5h
Just last week, General Catalyst’s Peter Boyce explained how one of the most important things he looks for in a founder is a personal connection to the problem they’re solving. Kate Westervelt is one such founder. Westervelt founded Mombox , a curated kit of postnatal care products focused squarely on the mom rather than the child. The company recently closed a $500k angel round led by Wayfund an

Does Shaming Work?

100+Lifehacker / 5h
Nine months and more than 290,000 deaths into the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States is facing a crisis within a crisis. In addition to contending with the spread of a highly contagious virus—and the overcrowded hospitals and overworked medical staff that come with it—we also have to deal with living alongside… Read more...

Virgin Galactic’s stock price drops following failed spaceflight attempt

30Ars Technica / 5h
SpaceShipTwo Unity Enlarge / SpaceShipTwo Unity is seen shortly after landing in New Mexico on Saturday. (credit: Virgin Galactic) On Saturday, nearly two full years after its last powered flight, Virgin Galactic attempted to send its sleek SpaceShipTwo space plane on its third suborbital flight above 80km. However, shortly after the space plane was released from its carrier aircraft, named White

Pornhub removes all unverified videos from its platform

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200+Engadget / 5h
Last week, infamous porn-hosting site Pornhub made a big change by cutting off “unverified” uploads. Now, the company is taking things a step further and has removed all content that wasn’t uploaded by either a “content partner” or a verified user. Overnight, Pornhub has removed millions of uploaded videos — and, according to Vice , the site will start reviewing and verifying that those videos me

Scientists Just Dropped a Bunch of New Animals

1KGizmodo / 5h
There are some 8.7 million known species on Earth. But it’s always exciting to know when scientists find some mysterious creature they didn’t know existed or rediscover one not seen in ages. When it comes to biodiversity, more is a good thing . And I know this is silly, but honestly, bonus points if they’re cute, right? Read more...

Microsoft’s Outlook also faces intermittent outage, amid crash across multiple Google services

100+TechCrunch / 5h
It’s not nearly on the same scale as Google’s outage earlier today , but it turns out that Microsoft’s Outlook email service has been having problems, too. Readers are reporting to us, and an update on Microsoft’s site status for its various Office services confirms , that some Outlook users may not be able to sign in and use their email on because of a glitch in its Active Directory

Now anyone in the US can buy Amazon’s controversial Halo fitness band

SlashGear / 5h
Amazon’s controversial Halo fitness wearable is now available for general order, with the health-tracking band emerging from the retailer’s Early Access beta program with its divisive feature-set intact. Announced earlier in the year, Amazon Halo does what you’d expect from a fitness tracker, but also adds microphones so that it can judge the wearer’s tone, and a body-fat analysis system … Contin

Nokia 8.3 5G now available in South Africa

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Nokia's first 5G smartphone – the Nokia 8.3 5G is now available in South Africa

The Best Kitchen Gadgets That Unnecessarily Do Exactly One Thing Well

45Gizmodo / 5h
It takes years of practice and tutelage under a master to become a chef worthy of your own restaurant—or reality TV show—but as with everything in life, there are shortcuts. Assuming your kitchen is as large as one of Amazon’s warehouses, there’s a gadget or machine that can take care of every culinary skill you don’t… Read more...

Patty Jenkins Teases Her Star Wars Rogue Squadron Movie

500+Gizmodo / 5h
Nancy Drew is adding deep cut kid’s lit stars. Superman & Lois gives us a new look at our heroes at home. The Witcher ’s second season resumes production. Plus, what’s to come in The Outpost , and Dwayne Johnson just can’t help himself teasing Black Adam . Read more...

Catchy & Genius: The Alaska Airlines Safety Dance

73One Mile at a Time / 5h
I absolutely love this, and now can’t get it out of my head… Alaska Airlines’ amazing safety dance Alaska Airlines has revealed a new minute-long ad, known as the “Alaska Safety Dance,” and it’s… simply amazing. Check it out here, and then we’ll talk more about it below: For those who don’t want to watch the whole thing or couldn’t understand everything, here are the lyrics: S-A-F-E-T-Y safety da

How to Enable Photoshop’s Old Undo Keyboard Shortcuts

How-To Geek / 5h
Not all changes are for the best; sometimes you just want to undo them. That’s how I feel about Adobe Photoshop’s current undo/redo keyboard shortcuts. Here’s how to bring back the old—and much better—classic ones. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Everything Coming to Netflix the Week of Dec. 14, 2020

How-To Geek / 5h
Sure, the beginning of the month is when Netflix drops mounds of content, but this December, the streaming service is keeping the hits coming. This week, subscribers are getting highly anticipated releases, like Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Chadwick Boseman’s last film), the second season of Song Exploder, and even more Christmas content. Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

The 5 best new cruise ships of 2020 that we can’t wait to try

The Points Guy / 5h
For fans of new cruise ships, it’s been the oddest of years. More than half a dozen cruise lines have taken delivery of major new vessels in 2020. But, with a few exceptions, nobody has gotten to sail on them. The coronavirus-caused cruising shutdown that began in March has meant that a significant number of newly completed vessels in recent months have gone straight from the shipyards that built

Strange exoplanet discovery makes a case for the elusive 'Planet Nine'

2KEngadget / 5h
Scientists have long theorized about a “Planet Nine” in the Solar System with a strange orbit, and there’s now more evidence to suggest it’s possible. Researchers using the Hubble Space Telescope have determined that a jovian exoplanet 336 light-years away, HD 106906 b, has an orbit so eccentric it travels past the edge of its binary star system’s debris disk and circles every 15,000 years. It’s

Caviar just created the world’s most unnecessary iPhone 12

Popular Mechanics / 5h
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Virgin's bargain fibre broadband deals come with £50 vouchers and low costs

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Virgin's latest broadband deals are some of the best on the market right now, offering £50 Amazon vouchers and more.

You Can Finally Share Tweets in Snapchat

59Lifehacker / 6h
Twitter and Snapchat are technically rivals in the social media marketplace, but the two companies recently joined forces to make sharing tweets in Snapchats much easier. The new cross-platform share option is available for Twitter on iOS right now, and it’ll hit Android soon. Read more...

The best Walmart Green Monday deals: TVs, laptops, iPads, toys, and more

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Walmart Green Monday deals are here, and we've rounded up the best sales on TVs, laptops, appliances, toys, and more.

Hackers are abusing a disputed vulnerability to launch attacks on Linux machines

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First cryptojacking bot that exploits misconfigured PostgreSQL databases.

Green Monday iPad deals: save up to $100 on Pro and 8th generation today

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iPad deals are running out fast so move quickly to save up to $100 on some of the latest models today.

The Best Fantasy Books of an Unfantastic Year

100+Wired / 6h
In the midst of a global pandemic, the genre got a lot more real.

Amazon’s body-scanning Halo fitness band is now available to everyone in the US

100TechCrunch / 6h
Given all of the…feedback Amazon has received, it’s hard to believe the Halo wasn’t widely available until today. Announced in late-August, the product has been offered in “early access” to invited users. That changes today, however, as the product opens to everyone in the U.S. The band runs $100, a price that includes six months of membership. It was probably inevitable that the company would la

It won’t replace the gym, but Fitness+ will help you break a sweat

80TechCrunch / 6h
I’m glistening. My heart rate is finally slowing a bit as I type this. The slightest hints of my asthma are subsiding. I’m not going to tell you I feel “good,” as relative as that term might be in a year when everything has gone to hell somehow both gradually and all at once over the course of 12 awful months. But I certainly don’t feel “bad,” either. There is, of course, a kind of serendipity in

Holiday 2020: 11 Gifts for People with Tiny Living Spaces

How-To Geek / 6h
Buying gifts for someone with limited space at home can be tricky. This list combines a few useful items like organizational tools with fun little things they won’t stress about storing. Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

How to Clear Chrome Browsing Data With a Keyboard Shortcut

48How-To Geek / 6h
Need to clear your Google Chrome browsing data quickly? Three’s no need to dig through menus—it’s as easily as a single keyboard shortcut and a few clicks. Here’s how to do it. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Microsoft Teams is getting an Outlook integration that could be a serious time-saver

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Microsoft Teams will soon receive an update enabling Outlook integration, with a release expected in March next year.

Timnit Gebru: Google and big tech are 'institutionally racist'

1KBBC News - Technology / 6h
The AI academic at the centre of a race row at Google speaks to BBC News.

They're Too Big!

20Gizmodo / 6h
The Bose QuietComfort earbuds slip into my ears relatively easily. They connect to my phone, and the moment they do, that pleasing Bose brand of silence washes over me. I can’t hear the fridge’s compressor or the steady hum of my server—only silence. Then, because the Bose QuietComforts are pretty large, one pops out… Read more...

Cruise-line winners in the 2020 TPG Awards Readers’ Choice categories

The Points Guy / 6h
In case you missed this morning’s announcement post , today marks the start of Cruise Week at the 2020 TPG Awards — and there’s a lot to look forward to for all of the cruisers among our readers. But what better way to kick off the final week of the awards than give out some trophies? Just as we did during earlier weeks, we’re thrilled to announce the winners of our first-ever cruise-related awar

Amazon's weirdly judgy fitness tracking bracelet is now on sale

83Engadget / 6h
After coming out earlier this year on an invite-only basis, Amazon’s Halo Band activity tracker is now available to anyone in the US who wants to buy one. You can purchase the wearable for $100 on Amazon and Best Buy. It’s available in three colors: black, blush and silver. You’ll need to pay for the company’s Halo subscription fitness program to get the most out of it. The monthly membership wil

Save 50% on This Bomaker Projector to Easily Create Your Own Theater Experience

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Bomaker Projector GC357 | $65 | Amazon | Use Code VRK8I652 Read more...

Chase Freedom Flex 5x Points Categories Q1 2021

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Several months ago we saw the introduction of the Chase Freedom Flex SM Credit Card , which is an incredible card belonging to Chase’s Freedom portfolio. This is a heads up that: Today is the last day to register for the Q4 2020 5x points categories The Q1 2021 5x points categories have just been revealed, and registration for that will open tomorrow Note that these same bonus categories are also

The Google outage killed Android phones, showing how fragile tech ecosystems are

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When Google suddenly stopped working, Android fell the hardest, and it should have us thinking about the ecosystems we rely on.

Virgin Galactic test flight fails to reach space after failsafe landing triggered

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Virgin Galactic attempted a test flight of its SpaceShipTwo Unity spaceplane on Saturday, but the flight was cut short after the spacecraft detached from its carrier aircraft. A failsafe prevented Unity’s rocket engines from firing up because the computer that monitors the rockets somehow lost their connection to the rocket engines themselves, Virgin Galactic revealed on Monday. The failsafe cut-

10 great holiday gifts MacBook users will love

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Make MacBook users’ Christmas merry and bright with one of these holiday gifts they will love.

Virgin Galactic test flight fails after rocket motor fails to ignite

SlashGear / 6h
Virgin Galactic has been working on getting its SpaceShipTwo Unity ship into space. The unique launch system drops SpaceShipTwo from a mothership at altitude, and the intent is for SpaceShipTwo to ignite its rocket motor and proceed into space. Over the weekend, Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier and pilots were supposed to take a test flight into space, but that … Continue reading

Your personal data could be for sale online for a lot less than you'd think

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Kaspersky research reveals stolen personal data is being traded on the dark web for as little as 50 cents.

Why I’m earning more Marriott Bonvoy points during the pandemic

The Points Guy / 6h
Through the bad and good, I’ve remained a Marriott loyalist through the years. It all started when I got into points and miles in 2014. I opened a Starwood cobranded card from American Express early on and used it for all of my non-bonused spending . This helped me rack up free stays and airfare (with the program’s excellent transfer rates) until the program merged with Marriott Rewards in 2019 .

Qatar Airways Selling Miles For 50% Off (1.5 Cents)

95One Mile at a Time / 6h
Qatar Airways has just launched its latest promotion on purchased miles, which is the best we’ve ever seen (for that matter, we’ve only ever seen the frequent flyer program sell miles a few times). Buy Qatar Airways Qmiles for 1.5 cents each Qatar Airways Privilege Club is offering a 50% discount when you purchase miles through Tuesday, December 15, 2020 . Qatar Airways ordinarily sells Privilege

How to Check Which Websites Are Tracking You on Safari

20How-To Geek / 6h
Safari prevents advertiser’s trackers from following you all over the web. It can also tell you which websites tried to collect data on you, and how many it’s blocked. Here’s how to generate your privacy report on Safari. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Why Cyber Criminals Love Cellphones

20How-To Geek / 6h
Safeguarding your data by protecting your computers? Great. Don’t forget the one in your pocket that you make calls on. Cellphone cybercrime figures increase every month. And that’s really no surprise. Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

Why Windows 10 Users Should Buy Android Phones, Not iPhones

100How-To Geek / 6h
We tend to think of Windows as an agnostic operating system. It works with just about any device that you buy, regardless of that device’s branding. But when it comes to smartphones, your Windows 10 PC is all about Android. In fact, Windows users should skip the iPhone and stick with Android for perks like desktop texting, wireless file transfer, and superb Office 365 integration. Read This Artic

Green Monday laptop deals: save on cheap Chromebooks, Dell XPS, gaming laptops and more

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Green Monday laptop deals are here, and you can save on everything from super cheap Chromebooks to the excellent Dell XPS.

The Best Blockbuster Movies of 2020 (in a Parallel Universe)

75Gizmodo / 6h
Something strange is afoot on io9.

Nvidia's Shield TV Pro is down to an all-time low at $180

100+Engadget / 6h
NVIDIA’s Shield TV Pro is not just an Android TV device that can stream Netflix and other entertainment services. It also comes with its own storage, can work as a Plex Server and runs NVIDIA’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service. The downside is that it’s pretty expensive at $200 and rarely goes on sale, but luckily you can now find them for around $180 at several sites right now, including Best Bu

YouTube, Gmail and Google all went down

20Popular Mechanics / 7h
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Peugeot and Total have created a Le Mans hypercar

SlashGear / 7h
It looks fascinating, right? You’re looking at Peugeot Sport and Total’s newest Le Mans hypercar. This monster of a race car is heading to the 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s the newest Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) project between the two French conglomerates to celebrate Peugeot’s return to the World Endurance Championship. “Le Mans is the … Continue reading

Conferences After Covid Will Be Shorter—and Smarter

100+Wired / 7h
In-person gatherings will resume eventually, but innovations born during the pandemic will remain.

An AI Used Facebook Data to Predict Mental Illness

500+Wired / 7h
Volunteers let an AI scan their messages from more than a year before they received a psychiatric diagnosis. It was able to flag signs of their conditions.

Boeing Paid The Families Of The Lion Air 737 MAX Crash. Their Lawyer May Have Stolen The Money.

31View from the Wing / 7h
The Boeing 737 MAX is ungrounded. Part of moving on, though, isn't just getting regulators to sign off on the plane. It's making things right with the families of people who lost their lives. Boeing paid out a substantial settlement, but Lion Air 610 families say their lawyer - made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich - stole the money to support himself and his reality star wife. Continue readin

Your guide to Cruise Week at the 2020 TPG Awards

The Points Guy / 7h
Welcome to Cruise Week of the 2020 TPG Awards ! Today marks the start of our fourth and final week for this year’s awards, and we have a full slate of content for our readers — along with additional ways for you to participate. Throughout the week, we’re diving deep into the cruise industry and will consider what the future holds for those of you waiting to take to the high seas in 2021 and beyon

This Online Platform Makes It Easy for Anyone To Invest in Real Estate

20Futurism / 7h
Whether you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or a public school teacher, diversification the key to building a solid long term investment portfolio. That said, for a long time there were two different sets of rules governing what sorts of assets you could invest in: the set of rules that regular people had to play by, and the set of rules that the ultra rich had to play by. But now things are

What Are App Clips on iPhone, and How Do You Use Them?

How-To Geek / 7h
App Clips offer app-like functionality on your iPhone (or iPad) without downloading an entire app. They have all sorts of uses, from previewing apps and games, to paying for parking and other goods. Here’s how they work. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Vista acquires IT education platform Pluralsight for $3.5B

100+TechCrunch / 7h
The hectic M&A cycle we have seen throughout 2020 continued this weekend when Vista Equity Partners announced it was acquiring Pluralsight for $3.5 billion. That comes out to $20.26 per share. The company stock closed on Friday at $18.50 per share on a market cap of over $2.7 billion. With Pluralsight, Vista gets an online training company that helps educate IT professionals, including developers

Tesla stops Model S and Model X production for over two weeks

SlashGear / 7h
When it comes to electric vehicles, the most in-demand are definitely models from Tesla. Anyone who lives in a modestly sized city likely sees numerous Tesla models cruising the streets. The number of Model 3 and Model Y units has likely grown significantly in recent months. It appears that Tesla buyers now prefer those lower-priced units. Tesla will reportedly stop … Continue reading

Oracle is the latest tech giant to quit Silicon Valley

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Oracle set to leave California as headquarters moves to Texas.

South Africa affected by Google outage

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Google is down globally and South Africans also feeling the effects as major applications freeze

Google’s apps crash in a worldwide outage.

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3KNYT > Technology / 7h
The tech giant’s popular services like Gmail, Hangouts, Meet and YouTube went offline, halting work across the globe.

The Morning After: Netflix explains how it uses AI to sell shows

69Engadget / 7h
Without revealing all its secrets, Netflix has laid out how it uses AI to market shows and predict their success. We already knew that Netflix shuffles and redesigns its interface and show tiles, apparently on the fly, to hook more viewers. But it also uses AI to compare new shows to those its country-by-country viewership watched in the past and to tap into metadata and information on non-Netfli

Gmail, YouTube and more went down in major Google outage

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400+Engadget / 7h
Not the best start to the week. Around 6:29AM ET, the vast majority of Google-operated services, including Gmail and YouTube, went down for customers in multiple markets. A quick glance at Downdetector reveals that Google Drive, Maps, Nest, Calendar, Classroom, Meet, Hangouts, Stadia, Duo and YouTube TV have been affected, too. Most of these outages have also be confirmed on Google’s own Workspac

OPPO shows off slick folding phone and other designs

SlashGear / 8h
OPPO currently builds and sells several smart devices, and the Chinese company has showcased some new conceptual designs. The designs were shown off at the fourth annual China International Industrial Design Expo and were created by a Japanese design studio called nendo. The designs revealed hint at possibilities for future products. One of the coolest designs unveiled at the show … Continue read

YouTube, Gmail, and Everything Else Google, Is Down Right Now

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1KGizmodo / 8h
It’s not just you. YouTube, Gmail, and just about every conceivable Google-based service, from Google Docs to Google Play Movies to Google Calendar, is down right now across several parts of the globe, including the U.S., UK, Japan, India, and Australia, among a host of other countries. Read more...

YouTube and Gmail are down (Update: And they're back)

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1KMashable / 8h
Several major Google services are currently unavailable. At the time of writing, Gmail and YouTube are returning an error message on access. We've tried the services from several geographic locations and gotten the same result. The same goes for numerous other Google services, including Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Drive and even Google Maps (though not all users in all locations are seei

Cyberattack hits US treasury and commerce departments

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The US treasury and commerce departments have been hit by a serious cyberattack, with fingers already being pointed in Russia’s direction.

Cyberpunk 2077 makers apologise for game glitches

500+BBC News - Technology / 8h
Players are reporting performance issues and the game crashing on PS4 and Xbox One.

TikTok lands on Samsung TVs in world-first smart TV app

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Samsung and TikTok have announced a partnership to bring a TikTok smart TV app to new Samsung TVs.

You can now browse in style with custom color schemes for both Edge and Chrome

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We've already had a sneak preview of Chrome's custom color schemes, and now Microsoft is getting in on the action too.

20 Great Green Monday Deals on Apple, Bose, Sonos, and More

97Wired / 8h
Whether you've heard of this retail holiday or not, you should check out these tech deals.

26 of the Best Books WIRED Read in 2020

100+Wired / 8h
From pig poop to sunscreen to poker to hackers, the books we love dive deep to tell smart stories about how the world works.

This ‘Invisible’ Charger Juices Your Phone Through Your Desk

70Wired / 8h
Kew Labs’ unique charger installs under your desk, where it sends electrons to your phone wirelessly through the tabletop.

Mass Transit Is in Jeopardy—and So Are Cities

300+Wired / 8h
Subways and buses are the lifeblood of dense cities like New York. If the system withers, the region becomes a less attractive place to live and work.

3 ways Capital One makes it easy to earn great rewards

The Points Guy / 8h
Sometimes, simple is best. Most of us spend untold hours making decisions every day: deciding where to go, who to pick for a big project at work, even something as simple as choosing what to make for dinner (and lunch, and breakfast). Decisions surround, and sometimes confound, us. The last thing we need is complexity in something that should be fun – credit card rewards. Fortunately, Capital One

The Ars Technica ultimate holiday gift guide 2020

44Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / Our gift guide has dozens of recommendations on good gadgets and gear, including various games and accessories for Nintendo Switch owners. (credit: Guillaume Payen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images ) If you're buying for someone who appreciates good tech this holiday season, Ars is here to help make the gift giving process less stressful. The Orbital HQ spends much of its time te

Scientists discover a superhighway network to travel the solar system

39SlashGear / 8h
Researchers have discovered what they describe as a new superhighway network to travel the solar system much faster than previously thought possible. Scientists say that these routes can push comets and asteroids close to the distance between Jupiter and Neptune in under a decade. The speedy paths can also move comets and asteroids 100 astronomical units in less than a … Continue reading

EA to acquire Codemasters for $1.2 billion

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Everybody thought the deal was done — Take-Two was supposed to acquire Codemasters for nearly $1 billion . Take-Two even reached an agreement with the board of Codemasters. But Electronic Arts crashed the party at the last minute and offered even more money. EA now plans to buy Codemasters for $1.2 billion. Sky News originally reported that EA was planning a knockout bid. Since then, EA has offic

Giffgaff migrates entire IT infrastructure to the cloud

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Giffgaff says it is more innovative and efficient thanks to full cloud migration.

Palaeontologists identify possible Earth mass extinction cycle

30Popular Mechanics / 8h
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

30 Years of Vorticons: How Commander Keen Changed PC Gaming

200+How-To Geek / 8h
On Dec. 14, 1990, Apogee Software released Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons. It was the first in a series of PC shareware games that brought fluid, Mario-like platforming to the PC. It also launched legendary developer id Software. Here’s why it was special. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Reddit snaps up TikTok rival Dubsmash

58Engadget / 8h
Reddit has acquired short-form video platform and TikTok rival Dubsmash for an undisclosed sum, the companies announced . Dubsmash will keep its current platform and brand, while Reddit will integrate Dubsmash’s video creation tools. “Dubsmash provides a welcoming platform for creators and users who are under-represented in social media,” Reddit said. The site boasted over a billion video views p

Apple AirPods Max vs Sony WH-1000XM4 vs Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700: how do they compare?

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We put the best noise-cancelling headphones on the market head-to-head.

Linux 5.10 LTS is now live, packing a wealth of new features

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Has one of the longest lists of changes in an LTS kernel in recent history.

EdTech boom continues as IntellectoKids raises $3M from Allrise Capital and others

100+TechCrunch / 8h
The rush to capitalize on the shift to online learning, post-pandemic, continues. IntellectoKids , a developer of educational apps for children aged 3 to 7 years, has raised $3 million in a Series A financing led by US-based Allrise Capital and other investors, including Genesis Investments. The platform offers parents of preschool children ‘gamified’ educational content and structured lessons av

CD Projekt Red promises to fix game-breaking bugs

Popular Mechanics / 8h
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

2021 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup: Ready for the checkered flag

SlashGear / 8h
German automaker Porsche has finally unveiled the production specs of its newest 2021 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The Cup version is the nastiest 992-series Porsche 911 to date, and it’s the first make-cup racer from Porsche to have a wider turbo-spec body. “The 911 made history as the baseline model for the Carrera Cups and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup … Continue reading

Pregnant in the pandemic? It helps to have good Wi-Fi.

70MIT Technology Review / 9h
As covid-19 has taken over the US, medical providers have looked for any possible way to keep people home and out of hospitals without compromising care. We’re only now coming to grips with the unintended consequences of changes meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus and relieve strain on the medical system. One of the most significant is that millions of women and babies have become subject

Virgin Galactic’s latest SpaceShipTwo test did not go as planned

Popular Mechanics / 9h
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

This Microsoft Surface Laptop Go deal makes the perfect Christmas present for students

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Amazon has cut the price of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go by £70 ahead of Christmas.

The next Windows 10 update will get rid of this divisive tab minimizing feature

44TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Microsoft is about to disable a controversial productivity feature with an upcoming Windows 10 update.

Photos show a treasure trove of species discovered in a misty cloud forest

200+Mashable / 9h
They could hear the frogs everywhere. But they couldn't see them. Amid heavy rains in March 2017, 17 scientists trudged deep into the cloud forests in Bolivia's Zongo Valley to scour the mountains for life. They brought everything they needed for two weeks. They set up two camps. Then, the researchers started documenting what lived in this misty, largely untrammeled forest in the Andes. On Monday

How to share your screen on Google Meet

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A Bolivian 'Cloud Forest' Reveals a Bonanza of New Species

1KWired / 9h
An expedition into a steep, remote mountain area unveils discoveries of strange frogs, snakes, and plants—and the return of species thought to be extinct.

Leaked DJI FPV drone image gives us new clues about its camera and design

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A new leaked DJI FPV drone image has given us a clear view of what we can expect from the incoming flying machine.

Google might soon let you search in dark mode on the desktop

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Google is reportedly testing a new dark mode for desktop browsers, for more comfortable browsing at night.

Intel could steal back its gaming performance crown from AMD, according to leaked benchmark

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
A benchmark of the forthcoming Intel i9-11900K has appeared, and with a surprising lead over AMD's flagship chip in gaming capabilities.

SpaceX successfully completed its 25th launch this year

SlashGear / 9h
SpaceX has announced that it successfully launched the SXM-7 satellite on Sunday, completing its 25th launch this year. The mission put a satellite into orbit for Sirius XM radio to provide satellite-based radio programming for people in Canada, the US, and the Caribbean. The satellite sent into orbit was quite large, weighing in at 15,432 pounds. Another interesting tidbit about … Continue readi

Cyberpunk 2077 is reportedly underperforming with some AMD Ryzen CPUs

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Intel chips don’t have this apparent bug with using multiple threads.

Amazon Prime Video finally comes to Sky Q, as Now TV hits Fire TV devices

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The word of the day is 'synergy', as Amazon, Sky, and Now TV all launch support for each other's various services and streaming devices.

Oppo's new foldable smartphone looks like a car key and it's really, really weird

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The Oppo X Nendo gets our award for 'the weirdest foldable phone we've seen'.

Netflix's 'Equinox' trailer sets up a dark Danish mystery thriller

300+Mashable / 9h
If you're into the perplexing German thriller Netflix series Dark , you might want to pencil in Denmark's Equinox . In the trailer for the streaming giant's new Danish supernatural thriller series, The Mist 's Danica Curcic plays Astrid, whose sister was one of 21 high school students who vanished without a trace in 1999. Two decades later, she's suddenly plagued by nightmares and decides to find

Infinix launches X1 Smart Android TVs in India

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After budget and entry-level phones, Chinese smartphone maker Infinix is debuting in Smart TV segment by launching X1 Android TVs

India continues to resist PUBG Mobile's re-entry - here's why

33TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
PUBG Mobile India may have been announced, but that does not mean that it can be launched in India yet. And MEITY is still not interested in reinstating the game.

German Bionic raises $20M led by Samsung for exoskeleton tech to supercharge human labor

200+TechCrunch / 9h
Exoskeleton technology has been one of the more interesting developments in the world of robotics: instead of building machines that replace humans altogether, build hardware that humans can wear to supercharge their abilities. Today, German Bionic , one of the startups designing exoskeletons specifically aimed at industrial and physical applications — it describes its Cray X robot as “the world’

Ola to set up world's largest scooter factory in Tamil Nadu - e-vehicles the focus

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Indian ride-hailing firm Ola, backed by Japan’s SoftBank Group, will invest $326 million to set up a factory in Tamil Nadu to produce electric scooters.

Cyberpunk 2077 apology promises fixes for the PS4 and Xbox One versions

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Cyberpunk 2077 has had a messy launch, but bug fixes for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game are en route.

Next entry-level iPad might have the lowest starting price of any Apple tablet

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According to a leak, the next entry-level iPad will cost only $299, but we're not totally convinced.

Apple reportedly killed a TV+ show about Gawker after a Tim Cook email

100+Engadget / 10h
Apple+ TV killed a show called Scraper about the rise of Gawker Media after CEO Tim Cook personally weighed in, according to a report in the New York Times . Apple TV+ was supposedly working with former Gawker writers on the dramedy earlier this year . Then, Cook found out and via an email, “expressed a distinctly negative view toward Gawker,” sources told the NY Times . Now, the show is gone fro

Android 11 has started rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 range

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra users are getting the Android 11 update, but so far only on one network.

Google Dominates Thanks to an Unrivaled View of the Web

400+NYT > Technology / 10h
As regulators seek ways to curb the company’s power, there is more focus on the vast index — hundreds of billions of web pages — behind its search engine.

Grab these brilliant headphones deals with huge savings on Jabra wireless earbuds

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Looking for a last-minute gift? Check out these Jabra headphones deals from Amazon.

Google is testing dark mode for desktop web searches

Popular Mechanics / 10h
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Google is testing dark mode on its desktop Search results

300+Mashable / 10h
At a time when pretty much every app on desktop and mobile has a dark mode, it's a bit sad that us darkness lovers still have to endure unbearable whiteness on one of the most commonly opened pages on the internet: Google's desktop Search page. However, it appears that even Google is succumbing to the trend 9to5Google has noticed that the company is testing a dark theme for desktop Search. It's p

Telkom opens pre-orders for iPhone 12

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Telkom are offering two-year contracts on the latest offering from Apple

EA to buy Dirt Rally-maker Codemasters for £1bn

1KBBC News - Technology / 10h
Games giant Electronic Arts is set to acquire the British game-maker, beating an earlier rival offer.

EA, not Take-Two, is buying Codemasters now

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300+Engadget / 10h
Well, that was unexpected. Codemasters, the British developer behind countless racing franchises including Dirt, Project Cars and the annualized F1 games, has been snapped up by EA . A little more than a month ago, Take-Two Interactive, the owner of 2K and Rockstar Games, announced that it had reached an agreement with Codemasters’ board. That deal valued the racing studio at a little under $1 bi

Apple's Music Memos App Is Going Away, but Voice Memos Is Better Anyway

29How-To Geek / 11h
Remember Music Memos? Me either. But the app’s latest update, version 1.0.7, says that it is going away on March 1, 2021. Apple is urging users to migrate from Music Memos to Voice Memos as soon as possible. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Amazon Prime goes for the jugular - plans bid for IPL, India cricket streaming rights

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Amazon Prime is mulling major plans to enhance its cricket offering in India, a country where the game enjoys huge popularity. The Jeff Bezos company is now said to be eyeing the Indian national cricket matches and IPL.

Cledara, the SaaS purchase and management platform, raises $3.4M funding

200+TechCrunch / 11h
Cledara , the SaaS purchase and management platform that helps bring greater viability and control over a company’s sprawling software subscriptions, has raised $3.4 million in additional funding. The round is led by Nauta Capital, with participation from existing investor Anthemis. It comes off the back of the startup growing revenues by 20x in 2020 — including 7x since August, although Cledara

CD Projekt Red promises to fix 'Cyberpunk 2077' on consoles

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500+Engadget / 11h
Cyberpunk 2077 is less than a week old, but already the game has come in for some serious criticism, namely for its performance on older-generation consoles. Graphical issues have plagued the title, while other glitches have made it difficult to players to complete quests, which resulted in its maker, CD Projekt Red (CDPR), issuing a hotfix to eliminate some of the most egregious issues. The comp

Amazon to produce its own electricity in South Africa

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
The company has decided to get around the South Africa's power supply issues by generating its own.

Say hello to the new Big 5

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TECNO Launches the SPARK 5 with Five Cameras to Level Up Your Photos and Videos

Best Christmas gifts for home cooks

91TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Buying Christmas gifts can be hard, but these are the best gifts for passionate home chefs and bakers.

Big Tech Turns Its Lobbyists Loose on Europe, Alarming Regulators

500+NYT > Technology / 12h
Silicon Valley is building a powerful influence industry in Brussels, which has “never seen this kind of money” spent this way.

US treasury and commerce departments targeted in cyber-attack

2KBBC News - Technology / 12h
All federal civilian agencies are told to switch off a network tool exploited by "malicious actors".

Nokia launches a laptop in India

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Nokia, the 155-year-old iconic firm that has manufactured a range of items from rubber to cables to phones and telecommunications equipment, is ready to expand to a new category. The Finnish firm on Monday launched the Nokia PureBook X14 laptop in collaboration with Walmart -owned Flipkart for the Indian market. The Nokia PureBook X14, which is priced at Indian rupees 59,990 ($815), features a 14

Through acquisition of PayFort, Amazon Payment Services launches in the Middle East

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Best Christmas gifts for Lego fans 2020: how to build the ultimate gift

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These are all the best Christmas gifts for the child or adult in your life who loves Lego

Nokia along with Flipkart launch PureBook X14 laptop in India

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The new Nokia PureBook X14 laptop is powered by 10th gen Intel i5 processor coupled with 8GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal storage.

China fines Alibaba, Tencent’s e-book subsidiary over anti-trust violations

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The Chinese government is moving to curb the power of some of China’s most influential internet companies. The country’s top market regulator announced Monday that it is fining Alibaba and China Literature, Tencent’s e-book spinoff , for failing to report their past acquisition deals for clearance. The cases involve Alibaba’s equity investments in major Chinese mall operator Intown and China Lite

Doogee S96 Pro Review: Rugged Android Phone

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We’ve reviewed our fair share of smartphones through more than a decade, most of them conventional while a few outliers to end up in our hands from time to time. Although by no means unusual or rare, rugged smartphones aren’t exactly a staple in the consumer market, often reserved for industrial customers, nor do they often spark curiosity beyond their … Continue reading

Russian hackers hit US government using widespread supply chain attack

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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Russian hackers have breached networks belonging to the US government and private organizations worldwide in a widespread espionage campaign that uses the global software supply chain to infect targets. The