The Future of Tech, News and making sense of it all!

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Saturday Afternoon Technology and More...

Technology and more...



Strange radio transmissions are emanating from Proxima Centauri

1KSlashGear / 5h
Something strange is going on at the closest star to the sun. A mysterious radio signal is coming from Proxima Centauri, which is too dim to be seen from Earth with the naked eye. Despite being too dim for us to see from Earth, it’s a cosmic stone throw away at only 4.2 light-years away. A mysterious signal is emanating … Continue reading

Apple puts contract partner Wistron on probation after violence at India plant

Apple Wistron India•
1KTechCrunch / 13h
Apple has placed its contract manufacturing partner Wistron on probation and won’t give the Taiwanese firm any new business until it takes “complete corrective actions” following lapses at its southern India plant earlier this month. The iPhone maker said on Saturday that its employees and independent auditors hired by the company to investigate the issues at Wistron’s Narasapura facility found t

Cyberpunk 2077 gets a huge patch for PS4 and Xbox One, with PC fix for AMD Ryzen CPUs imminent

200+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 14h
Hotfix 1.05 comes with some important fixes and a whole load of bug squashing.


Panthers vs Packers live stream: how to watch NFL week 15 game online from anywhere

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 28min
How to get a Panthers vs Packers live stream and watch NFL Saturday Night Football online in week 15, as Green Bay looks to tighten its grip on the NFC.

Here's How the Mysterious Twitter 'Carp' Meme Came to Be

45Gizmodo / 1h
For a brief moment on Friday night, spectacularly bored and homebound Twitter users marveled in delight at a strange phenomenon on the social network: Everyone was tweeting the word “carp.” Questions abounded. What? Why? Huh? I’m missing something, right? Read more...

Google Offering Direct Booking Of Airfare, Could Change How Travel Is Sold

View from the Wing / 1h
Google is a great source for finding flights and hotels as well as activities at your destination. Eight years ago Google was on the cusp of becoming your new travel agent and the online travel agencies (like Expedia) were trying to get the federal government to stop them. Until now Google has largely sent travelers to other sites to make bookings. Continue reading ...

Law bars ISPs from charging rental fees for a modem you own

300+Engadget / 2h
Has your internet provider ever charged rental fees for a modem even after you bought one? You won’t have that pushback any longer. As Ars Technica notes , the Television Viewer Protection Act taking effect December 20th will ban ISPs and TV providers from charging rental fees for equipment customers own themselves, whether they’re modems or cable boxes. The law was originally slated to take effe

Weekly Review: December 19, 2020

One Mile at a Time / 2h
I hope everyone is having a great weekend, and has as a lovely and safe Christmas/holiday! On the points & travel front, this week JetBlue announced it’s launching flights to Miami, it was revealed that Canadian North may fly to Greenland, a passenger with coronavirus died on a United flight, American introduced free inflight messaging, and more. With that out of the way, here’s a recap of this w

Can you IPO sneakers? Also, this is the last Exchange roundup of the year

100+TechCrunch / 2h
Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch , but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Subscribe here . Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. Sweet dreams are made of IPOs, so merry f****** Christmas We’re all very tired but there’s

How Zoox turned a failed Series C into the future

68TechCrunch / 2h
I often begin calls with founders by asking why they’re willing to bet their livelihoods on an idea that will most likely fail. It’s a small hack that lets me see how vulnerable a founder is, and how much conviction they have behind their ideas. Sometimes, if they answer, it’s the lede of my story. And sometimes, if they don’t answer, it’s the reason I don’t write the story. As blunt as the quest

Mixed messages: Aeroflot creates mask-free zone on flights with mandatory mask policy

The Points Guy / 2h
Masks have become a part of daily life during the coronavirus pandemic , and an essential packing item for anyone traveling. Almost 40 out of 50 states in the U.S. have a mask mandate in place, and most airlines around the world are requiring mask-wearing from all passengers and crew members. But what happens when passengers refuse to comply? It differs from airline to airline. Some airlines will

The 5 best note-taking apps to organize your thoughts

44Mashable / 2h
Taking notes is a necessary task for many. Whether you're a student attending classes, a business person who needs to take minutes, or just someone that wants a way to jot down thoughts and ideas on the fly, there is a mobile solution to help. We're taking a look at five superb note-taking apps that offer a vast improvement over your iPhone's native Notes app, and all of them are available now —

Locke & Key Has Been Renewed for a Third Season

100+Gizmodo / 2h
If you’re a big fan of Locke & Key ’s first season, get excited, because there’s even more coming than you thought. Read more...

Apple puts another manufacturer on probation after India factory riot

69Engadget / 3h
Apple has once again put a manufacturer on probation over reported labor abuses. The company told TechCrunch in a statement that it has halted new contracts for Wistron after discovering pay issues at the contractor’s factory in the Narasapura industrial area in India. Rioting broke out at the iPhone plant on December 12th after workers complained of unpaid wages, long hours and poor conditions.

Congresswoman's good dog, named 'Fauci,' adorably interrupts CNN interview

200+Mashable / 3h
Even though many in the U.S. have been working from home for nearly the entirety of 2020, there are still a few bumps in the process that are yet to be smoothed out — like dealing with demanding pets. Rep. Donna Shalala, a Democrat who represents Florida's 27th district in the U.S. House of Representatives, was trying to speak about Congress struggling to pass another stimulus bill during a CNN a

Uncharted territory: Here’s what travel looked like in 2020

The Points Guy / 3h
Now that 2020 is almost squarely in the rearview mirror, we can all take a deep breath and ask ourselves what the heck just happened. This was a year unlike any other, and it resulted in a few surprising travel trends that will probably stay with us long after the pandemic has officially ended. After sheltering in place, many travelers took to the great outdoors to explore national and state park

'Wonder Woman 1984' rentals will start early in UK, where there's no HBO Max

44Engadget / 3h
Warner Bros. is using Wonder Woman 1984 to push HBO Max , but what happens in countries where the streaming service (or an equivalent partner) simply isn’t an option? Early rentals, apparently. Deadline and Variety have confirmed WW84 will be available for 48-hour digital rentals in the UK and Ireland on January 13th, just under a month after the superhero movie’s December 16th theatrical debut i

Cyberpunk 2077 Was Supposed to Be the Biggest Video Game of the Year. What Happened?

2KNYT > Technology / 3h
Nearly a decade of hype led to a troubled release riddled with glitches, a livid fan base, refunds for potentially millions of players and a possible class-action lawsuit.

British Airways to restore service in first and business class

The Points Guy / 3h
British Airways is set to restore most of its business and first-class service for flights starting Jan. 20, 2021. To limit the risk of spreading COVID-19 onboard, many airlines reduced in-flight services — replacing hot meals with prepackaged snack boxes, no longer distributing blankets and pillows, no open-pour drinks in the main cabin. But with a vaccine already in the early stages of distribu

American Airlines Meeting Passengers At The Airport To Warn Them Against ‘Throwaway Ticketing’

38View from the Wing / 4h
Airlines have tried to crack down on the money-saving practice of 'throwaway ticketing' for years. You buy a flight to somewhere that connects beyond your final destination because it's cheaper, and just don't take the flight. A reader was recently approached by American Airlines customer service staff at the airport and warned against throwaway ticketing. He did it anyway. Here's what happened.

How pilots change their takeoff preparation when it snows

The Points Guy / 4h
Whilst the idea of a white Christmas would put a shine on what has been a thoroughly depressing year, for those of us flying aircraft, snow provides a different challenge. Snow on the wings, ice in the engines and slush on the runway can all pose hazards to aircraft and must all be considered and evaluated by pilots before each takeoff. Changes to how we prepare the aircraft for departure, how we

Your guide to Lanzarote, Canary Islands

The Points Guy / 4h
Lanzarote’s charm goes beyond just windswept beaches . If you love the sun and sand but also want to infuse your vacation with some nature , culture and truly original wine adventures, this is the Canary Island for you. Lanzarote sunset. (Photo by Andreas Weibel/Getty) Besides long stretches of golden sands, Lanzarote is home to many art installations by the island’s very own C├ęsar Manrique, a Sp

Bills vs Broncos live stream: how to watch NFL week 15 game online anywhere now

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
How to get a Bills vs Broncos live stream and watch NFL Gameweek 15 online today, as AFC East leaders Buffalo look to further cement their credentials.

DJI says products will stay on sale despite US trade ban

DJI Says Products US•
69Engadget / 4h
DJI hasn’t been deterred by the US Commerce Department’s trade ban . The drone maker told TechCrunch that Americans can buy and use its products “normally” despite the company’s presence on an entity list barring US companies from doing business with the firm. DJI “remains committed” to making innovative hardware, a spokesperson said. The Commerce Department added DJI to the list for having alleg

Notre Dame vs Clemson live stream: how to watch ACC Championship game anywhere now

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
How to watch a Notre Dame vs Clemson live stream right now as today's 2020 ACC Championship game is a rematch of the college football game of the year.

Boeing Tried To “Coach” FAA Pilots On 737 MAX

74One Mile at a Time / 4h
The US has Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has now recertified the Boeing 737 MAX , so the plane can return to the US skies. Well, the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, has this week published its report on the 737 MAX, and my goodness… While I do think the 737 MAX is ultimately safe to fly again, there’s no denying that so much respect has been lost for both Boe

George Clooney Still Isn't Down With the Critical Reappraisal of Batman and Robin

100+Gizmodo / 4h
It’s been a couple decades, now, I think we can all just admit it: for a certain version of Batman, Joel Schumacher ’s Batman and Robin kind of rules . A cheesy fever dream, it’s an incredible exercise in ‘90s Blockbuster excess and the sort of Batman that fans of Adam West’s ‘60s series would recognize and enjoy. The… Read more...

Nine digital gifts on sale that don't need shipping

22Engadget / 4h
Holiday shopping, like many things in 2020, is more complicated than in the previous years. One major consideration people need to account for before buying a physical gift, for example, is if that gift will arrive at its destination on time as much of the delivery and shipping infrastructure across the country is overwhelmed by heightened demand caused by COVID-19. If meeting a certain shipping

Top Christmas gifts for pet owners

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Whether you're looking for a smart pet camera or the ultimate dog toy, we round up the best Christmas gifts for tech-savvy pet owners in 2020.

The Mandalorian season 2 finale's big cameo explained

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
How the ultimate Star Wars cameo ties into the events of The Mandalorian season 2.

Best gift card deals you can still grab in time for Christmas

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Gift card deals can save you plenty of cash on those last minute purchases in the lead up to Christmas.

Televangelist Got PPP Money, Bought Private Jet

36View from the Wing / 5h
A televangelist bought a private jet two weeks after receiving PPP funds. The preacher says they got a good deal on the 14 passenger Gulfstream, and that they had their own money so didn’t need to use PPP funds for it. The preacher's wife posted to social media that they took the non-profit church's jet on vacation. Continue reading ...

Microsoft plans to shut down 'Halo' services for Xbox 360 in December 2021

400+Engadget / 5h
You might not want to count on playing Xbox 360 Halo games online for much longer. Thurrott reports Microsoft and 343 Industries are winding down Halo Xbox 360 services over the next year. The two have halted digital sales of all Halo games for the platform (DLC is still available), and will shut down matchmaking, challenges and other key online features for the titles “no sooner than” December 1

Get Paid $1,000 and a PlayStation 5 to Review the Console

400+Lifehacker / 5h
Are you a fan of video games? Have you ever been told that spending all that time, energy and money on new consoles and games was a waste? Or that you’d never get paid to sit on the couch and play video games all day? Well, it turns out, you sort-of can. That’s right: it’s time for this week’s dream job contest, and… Read more...

The most popular vehicle color this year was white

SlashGear / 5h
No matter where you are in the world, when you hop in the car and drive down the road, we all realize that many people are buying the same exact colors for their cars. The Global Automotive Color Popularity Report has been published outlining the most common automotive colors on the road today. As you might expect, the top choices … Continue reading

NETGEAR Gigabit unmanaged PoE switches (video)

40TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
New NETGEAR Gigabit unmanaged PoE switches are tailored to installation with a market-first PoE selector to add support for non-standard implementations.

How to Watch the Empire State Building's Holiday Light Show Live From Anywhere

100+Lifehacker / 6h
The holiday season in New York City is something that people—many (or most) of whom don’t live here—seem to really love. It does make sense: the city’s usual glow is taken to the next level, thanks to holiday lights strung all over the place. Even our buildings dress up for the occasion, including the Empire State… Read more...

DJI says products will remain on sale after being added to US ‘entity list’

DJI Says Products US•
100+TechCrunch / 6h
Yesterday the U.S. Department of Commerce included DJI among the 77 new entries on its ‘entity list.’ Precisely what this means for the company’s future in the States remains uncertain, but it has since responded to TechCrunch’s request for comment. “DJI is disappointed in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision,” a spokesperson for the drone giant tells TechCrunch. “Customers in America can c

CDC warns drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed during pandemic

SlashGear / 6h
The CDC has warned that drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed to unprecedented levels during the pandemic, particularly ones involving synthetic opioids. The report highlights one of the major unintended consequences of the pandemic and related disruption to daily life, something expected to have an impact on public health that lasts longer than the pandemic. In the 12-month period ending in … Co

13 Christmas Movie Elves, From Naughty to Nice

Gizmodo / 6h
Santa Claus runs a pretty tight ship up at the North Pole , so it’s reasonably safe to assume most of his elves belong on the nice list. But as Christmas movies over the years have shown us, sometimes the holidays bring out some awfully naughty behavior, too. Here’s how 13 of Santa’s cinematic elves stack up. Read more...

United slates first commercial 737 MAX flight for Feb 2021

The Points Guy / 6h
It’s been nearly two years since the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft was grounded back in March 2019. The FAA recertified the aircraft to fly again on Nov. 18, 2020, and airlines have begun making plans for returning the aircraft to service. United will be among the U.S. airlines returning the MAX to the skies with its first commercial flight scheduled for Feb. 11, 2021. The full schedule for February wi

Don't worry kids, Dr. Fauci said he vaccinated Santa Claus

Fauci Santa Christmas•
500+Mashable / 6h
With anxiety over the coronavirus pandemic permeating this holiday season, children may be worried that Santa Claus — right in the target age range for those most susceptible to the virus — may catch it, or give it to others. As the network over the summer with Stand Up to Racism , CNN collaborated with Sesame Street for The ABCs of COVID-19 , a town hall where children can ask questions about ce

China National Space Administration outlines future mission plans

SlashGear / 6h
China’s coming off a very successful mission with the Chang’e 5 returning its samples to Earth recently. With one complicated and successful mission under its belt, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) has begun to talk about plans for future space missions. The agency outlined a new three-step plan detailing its plans for future moon and deep space exploration. CNSA … Continue reading

Mario's 'dad,' Shigeru Miyamoto, shows off the Super Nintendo World theme park

200+Mashable / 6h
Remember theme parks? Nintendo hopes you do, because Super Nintendo World is opening at Universal Studios Japan on Feb. 4, 2021. To celebrate the imminent influx of visitors, Nintendo shared an inside look at the park on Friday hosted by none other than the "father" of Mario himself, Shigeru Miyamoto. The 15-minute Nintendo Direct presentation sees Miyamoto walking us through some of the notewort

TSA Reports Man Concealed Box Cutters In A Shampoo Bottle. It Turned Out To Be Pot.

34View from the Wing / 6h
The TSA took to social media to congratulate themselves for stopping a bad actor. Box cutters raise huge alarms because they were used to take control of aircraft on 9/11. Someone bringing those through a security checkpoint - concealed - raises huge flags. And TSA stopped the plot! The TSA was forced to clarify that these weren't box cutters after all, it was marijuana, and nobody tried to take

ICYMI: We put the MacBook Pro M1 through its paces

44Engadget / 6h
As we head into the holiday season, we’re working on wrapping up the rest of this year’s reviews. This week, we tested the MacBook Pro M1 to see how well the company’s new chipset would work for professionals. We also checked out Razer’s active noise-cancelling Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds, spent some time admiring the fauna in Alba: A Wildlife Adventure, and played around with the Atom S

Saturday's Best Deals: HP Envy x360 Laptops, TCL 50-inch 4K Smart TV, AirPods Case Covers, 48-pack AA Batteries, KN95 Masks, and More

76Lifehacker / 7h
An HP Envy x360 convertible laptop and a TCL 50-inch 4K smart tv lead Saturday’s best deals. Read more...

Saturday's Best Deals: HP Envy x360 Laptops, TCL 50-inch 4K Smart TV, AirPods Case Covers, 48-pack AA Batteries, KN95 Masks, and More

100+Gizmodo / 7h
An HP Envy x360 convertible laptop and a TCL 50-inch 4K smart tv lead Saturday’s best deals. Read more...

How to Get a Free Six-Piece Order of Chicken McNuggets Today

51Lifehacker / 7h
We’ve gotten to that point of the holiday season where it feels as though a lot of people have already checked out for the year. Whether they’ve decided to use all their vacation days that piled up throughout the year as vacations were cancelled, or they’re still technically working (but not really), those of us who… Read more...

Hitting the Books: How Bell Labs jump-started the multimedia art movement

57Engadget / 7h
The modern world would be a pale shade of itself if not for the myriad foundational technologies developed at the Bell Telephone Labs. Its engineers invented the transistor and photovoltaic cell, charge-coupled devices, frickin’ lasers — even Unix and the C++ programming language. Those same engineers also worked with some of the Cold War era’s most influential artists — including Andy Warhol, Ro

A Very Strange Radio Signal Is Coming From the Closest Star

1KFuturism / 7h
Scientists at a prominent SETI group say they’ve identified a signal coming from Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Sun, that could possibly be from an alien civilization. The news first broke yesterday in a story by The Guardian . The signal was discovered by Breakthrough Listen, a project founded to listen for signs of extraterrestrial life affiliated with the late physicist Stephen Hawk

Car crashes killed 36,096 people in the US in 2019

100+Ars Technica / 7h
Enlarge / A truck on Route 93 in Canton, MA, rolled over on Dec. 7, 2020. (credit: Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images ) Motor vehicle traffic crashes killed 36,096 people in 2019, according to new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That's a 2 percent decline from the 2018 figure and a continuation of a decades-long trend toward safer roads. Traffi

Mazda heritage parts program covers two more classic RX-7 models

SlashGear / 7h
Fans of the Mazda RX-7 will be happy to hear that the automaker has launched a new heritage parts program that covers parts for the FC and FD RX-7. Mazda previously launched a heritage parts program that provides parts for the restoration of first-generation Miata vehicles. One thing that’s not great about the announcement is that it appears to be … Continue reading

How to Respond Directly to a Specific Message in Instagram

How-To Geek / 7h
It’s really easy to lose context in Instagram DMs, especially in a large group text. You can add some clarity by responding directly to a specific message. Here’s how to respond directly to messages in Instagram DMs on iPhone, Android, and the web. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

GoPro Unveils a New Wireless Remote, Plus a Much-Needed Update for New Cameras

28How-To Geek / 7h
It appears that Santa came early for GoPro users. GoPro is now selling an $80 wireless remote control for the HERO9 Black, HERO8 Black, and MAX action cameras. The company is also rolling out a firmware update that improves wireless file transfer on the aforementioned cameras and addresses some of the HERO9 Black’s shortcomings. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

AVer releases PTZ camera iPad control

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
AVer releases free mobile app to bring iPad control to PTZ cameras

Skype gets Together Mode from Teams to create virtual get-togethers

SlashGear / 7h
Microsoft Teams’ Together Mode feature has arrived in Skype, enabling more people to see themselves as part of a group using the power of AI. With Together Mode, participants in a video call are presented next to each other rather than isolated in their own windows, providing a more compact view of everyone in a somewhat more natural arrangement. Together … Continue reading

Watch the skies as Jupiter and Saturn align at night for the first time in 800 years

400+Mashable / 7h
On Monday night, a truly rare astronomical event will occur: Jupiter and Saturn will align in what NASA's calling the "great conjunction." Jupiter and Saturn align in the sky once every two decades, according to NASA. Why are they calling this a great conjunction, then? For one, it's been nearly 400 years since the two planets will appear this close to each other in the sky. To us, it'll look lik

The Morning After: The 'Cyberpunk 2077' spiral continues

90Engadget / 7h
After Sony pulled Cyberpunk 2077 from its PlayStation store , what could happen next? Well, Microsoft is still willing to sell the game on Xbox, but it has matched Sony’s offer with refunds for anyone who wants one. Meanwhile, CD Projekt Red itself will refund gamers who bought it on disc if their retailer won’t, but you’ll have to hurry -- it will only accept requests until the 21st, which is tw

Kazakhstan spies on citizens’ HTTPS traffic; browser makers fight back

200+Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge (credit: Thomas Jackson | Stone | Getty Images ) Google, Mozilla, Apple, and Microsoft said they’re joining forces to stop Kazakhstan’s government from decrypting and reading HTTPS-encrypted traffic sent between its citizens and overseas social media sites. All four of the companies’ browsers recently received updates that block a root certificate the government has been requiring some ci

This Week in Apps: App Store privacy labels, Facebook criticizes Apple over ad targeting, Twitter kills Periscope

200+TechCrunch / 8h
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, href="https://techcrunch.com/tag/this-week-in-apps/">the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in global consumer spend in 2019. Not including third-party Chinese app stores, iOS and Android users

SpaceX launches mysterious spy satellite for the NRO

36SlashGear / 8h
SpaceX was able to successfully launch a new spy satellite early this morning for the National Reconnaissance Office. For those unfamiliar, the National Reconnaissance Office is an extremely secretive agency within the Defense Department. Liftoff for the mysterious payload, a spy satellite dubbed “gorilla,” happened at 9 AM Saturday morning from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The launch

How to Add, Edit, or Delete Saved Passwords in Microsoft Edge

74How-To Geek / 8h
If you’re saving passwords in Microsoft Edge, then you don’t need to worry about signing in to your favorite websites. If you need to edit or delete a saved password, however, you’ll need to access Edge’s “Settings” menu. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Credit Card Scam Was Foiled At Wendy’s [Roundup]

View from the Wing / 8h
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 to Stream ‘Elf’ This Holiday Season

How-To Geek / 8h
When it was released in 2003, Elf looked like just another silly Will Ferrell comedy. Despite that initial impression, it’s become one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time, thanks to its perfect balance of holiday cheer and comedic absurdity. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

15 Gifts for PlayStation Lovers

100+Wired / 8h
Or for yourself, because we all deserve a little treat.

Bored? Compose your own inspiring 'blob opera' in seconds.

500+Mashable / 8h
After an exhausting year, we're now in the doldrums of 2020. The holidays are somehow here, and whether you're off work, stuck inside after a snowstorm, or just stuck inside, period — you may be bored. If you're annoyed with Cyberpunk 2077 's bugs or watched so much Bake Off that you can't even look at a pastry anymore, here's a suggestion: Blob Opera . You read that correctly: Blob Opera. A mach

Ugh: Alaska Airlines’ “Flying While Muslim” Incident

300+One Mile at a Time / 8h
Alaska Airlines is being called out for kicking two Muslim men off a plane for… texting in Arabic? Alaska Airlines kicked off two Muslim men This incident goes back to February 17, 2020, when two men were flying Alaska Airlines first class from Seattle to San Francisco on a business trip. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is now calling on Alaska Airlines to address this “flying wh

NASA Johnson Space Center receives Orion spacecraft training simulator

21SlashGear / 8h
NASA is preparing astronauts for missions in the Orion spacecraft with the arrival of the spacecraft simulator at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The simulator allows astronauts, engineers, and flight controllers to train and practice for mission scenarios using Orion for future missions to the moon. Orion is the spacecraft that will be used for the first Artemis missions … Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S21 pricing appears in the latest leaks

38TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Some models will be slightly cheaper than this year and some will be slightly more expensive, it seems.

Gifts for the Unrepentant Luddite

49Gizmodo / 9h
You know that special person in your life, the one who thinks technology is all around us. Who can taste the stink of it, as it were, and worries they’ll be infected by it? The result? Their anger at modernity creates a sense of absolute horror at what the world has become, and, worse, makes them really hard to shop… Read more...

Recommended Reading: Driving the Ford Mustang Mach-E

100Engadget / 9h
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E first drive: Worth the hype Lawrence Ulrich, Autoblog The marketing hype was at an all-time high for Ford’s “Mustang” EV , but thankfully, the American automaker has met expectations. Autoblog took the Mustang Mach-E for a spin and offered some impressions as to how it stacks up against the rest of the electrified pack. “For the first time, we have a genuine , no-excuses

How to Quickly Clear All Notifications on Mac

24How-To Geek / 9h
The Notification Center on the Mac is a one-stop destination for all the notifications from your installed apps. But sometimes, it can get a bit too much. Here’s how to quickly clear them all on Mac. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Google might face US antitrust lawsuit over its cut of Play Store sales

100+Engadget / 9h
Google is already facing quite a few antitrust lawsuits around the world, and the list could grow by one come January. According to Bloomberg , at least three US states (Utah, North Carolina and New York) are looking into the fees the tech giant takes from in-app purchases and subscriptions. The states’ attorneys general are reportedly in the midst of preparing an antitrust lawsuit and could file

Enjoy This Rare, Behind-the-Scenes Footage from 'The Empire Strikes Back'

How-To Geek / 9h
From the moment Luke Skywalker appeared on screen in A New Hope in 1977 up through the season finale of The Mandalorian which just recently aired, the wondrous universe of Star Wars has entranced fans for decades. Now, you can take a peek behind the scenes of The Empire Strikes Back in this rare exclusive footage from Good Morning America. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine now FDA authorized: What that means

FDA Pfizer Moderna•
SlashGear / 9h
The US Food and Drug Administration has just announced its second Emergency Use Authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine, paving the way for vaccination of the public against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that can cause COVID-19. This second EUA was given to Moderna for its two-dose mRNA vaccine, this authorization following a similar one given to Pfizer just days ago. Moderna’s SARS-CoV-2 … Continue reading

Unlock Your Cycling Fitness Goals by Upgrading Your Bike

100+Wired / 9h
Don't blow your savings on a new bicycle. Instead, learn how to better maintain the one you've already got and swap out some key components along the way.

That mobile version of CyberPunk 2077 is almost definitely malware

44TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Ransomware masquerading as a mobile version of CyberPunk 2077 has been discovered by a Kaspersky security researcher.

21 ways you didn't know you could use Shortcuts on your iPhone

100+Mashable / 9h
We're big fans of Apple's Shortcuts app . It's a time-saving widget-maker that's really fun to experiment with. Think of Shortcuts as an in-phone version of If This Then That , which gets your iPhone's apps to work together in a sequence to generate a useful action. There are official Apple-created Shortcuts and user-generated ones too. Some Shortcuts bring Siri voice control into the mix, such a

9 apps that made staring at screens less of a nightmare in 2020

48Mashable / 9h
2020 was arguably the greatest year of all time for staring at screens and one of the worst for every other thing imaginable. With the majority of the world at least strongly encouraged to stay inside due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our phones became our lifelines, even more than usual. Whether you used your iPhone or Android phone to watch movies , video chat with friends, or make the hours evapor

How to Disable Friend Requests on a Nintendo Switch

How-To Geek / 9h
If unwanted friend requests on the Nintendo Switch are getting on your nerves, it’s easy to disable them completely in Settings without affecting your current friend list. Best of all, you can still add friends later if you need to. Here’s how to do it. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

5 devaluation-proof rewards currencies I’m stocking up on in 2021

The Points Guy / 9h
To say that 2020 didn’t go quite as we’d all planned for any of us is an understatement. The travel industry took a huge hit which has resulted in a lot of customer-friendly moves. I’m very much a realist so in thinking ahead, I can’t help but wonder how long these positive changes will last. While we’re all benefiting from status extensions and generating tons of rewards thanks to mileage sales

British Airways Restoring Service In First & Business Class

400+One Mile at a Time / 10h
British Airways will be restoring most of its standard first and business class service in a few weeks, after significantly cutting it back in the spring of 2020. A few weeks ago these changes were first rumored, but they’ve now been confirmed by British Airways. Let’s take a look at the current service, and then we’ll talk about what’s changing. British Airways’ reduced coronavirus service At th

Internal Memo Reveals American Airlines Dropping Four Transatlantic Cities

100+View from the Wing / 10h
An internal American Airlines memo from Jim Moses to Philadelphia staff reveals routes that the airline is cutting from their primary transatlantic gateway. American will eliminate operations to Iceland, Manchester U.K. and Prague and won't fly to Venice in 2021 though they hope to return in 2022. Continue reading ...

How to Check Which Android Version Is on Your Chromebook

24How-To Geek / 10h
Many Chromebooks can install Android apps from the Google Play Store, which is a handy feature. This is possible through a special Android layer on your Chrome OS device. So, which version of Android does it run? Let’s find out. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Virtual Visits with Santa: The Best Apps and Services to See Santa in 2020

74How-To Geek / 10h
Christmas may be just around the corner, but there’s still plenty of time for your kids to talk with Santa. And despite COVID-19, there are plenty of socially distanced options for the annual Santa visit. In fact, we found some apps and websites that’ll let you book a slot for your kids to receive a video call from Santa Claus himself. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

From our stacks: Illustration from A Catland Companion. Classic cats by Louis Wain and many...

Music, Arts & Literature / 10h
From our stacks: Illustration from A Catland Companion . Classic cats by Louis Wain and many others. John Sylvester & Anne Mobbs. New York: Summit Books, 1991.

Second COVID vaccine approved for use in the US

FDA Pfizer Moderna•
60Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge (credit: DeFodi Images ) Late Friday, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization to a COVID-19 vaccine from a company called Moderna. The move follows an enthusiastic endorsement of the vaccine following an evaluation of clinical trial data by the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. Moderna already has millions of doses prepared, and

Pour Yourself a Glass of Something Strong for Huckberry’s End-of-Year Clearance Sale

100+Gizmodo / 10h
Featured Deal: Jaybird Vista Earthproof Wireless Headphones | $150 Read more...

Awesome accessories to gift folks who can’t be separated from their laptops

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
These laptop accessories make for the best gifts under the tree and stocking stuffers for your loved ones who are always on their laptops. Check out our holiday gift guide for awesome yet affordable ideas.

The fastest VPN out there just became one of the cheapest thanks to this new deal

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Get 81% off Hotspot Shield now with this fantastic new VPN deal.

Will Rising Temperatures Make Superweeds Even Stronger?

100+Wired / 10h
Widely used herbicides are struggling to kill some weeds. Some experts think heat could be part of the problem.

The Right Way Hook Your Laptop Up to a TV

100+Wired / 10h
You have to do more than just plug and go. Let us help you pick the best cable for your device, and adjust your laptop and your TV settings for the best picture.

Gear to Safely Make It Through a Pandemic Winter

99Wired / 10h
We've collected all the latest advice, equipment, and up-to-date information to help you navigate the cold months ahead.

There’s No Federal Mask Mandate, But The FAA Is Fining Two Airline Passengers Anyway

37View from the Wing / 10h
There's no federal mask mandate. All U.S. airlines require passengers to wear masks. So most people assume that the only penalties for non-compliance are imposed by airlines. That's not true. Airlines only impose penalties , other than asking a passenger not to fly, when enforcing mask rules leads to an altercation. But when an altercation occurs, the FAA can impose penalties too. In other words,

Wildfire smoke is loaded with microbes. Is that dangerous?

500+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge (credit: NOAA ) If you're unfortunate enough to breathe wildfire smoke, you’re getting a lungful of charred plant material, noxious gases, and—if the fire tore through human structures—incinerated synthetic materials. All across the board, it’s bad stuff, proven to be a severe detriment to human health, particularly for those with respiratory conditions like asthma. And not to pile on the

Super Nintendo World full tour video shows off new theme park

SlashGear / 11h
As promised, Nintendo has published a video showing off the new Super Nintendo World theme park at Universal Studios Japan. The new destination will open its doors to the public on February 4, giving fans access to what Nintendo describes as ‘a highly themed and immersive’ park complete with games and adventures. Nintendo announced earlier this week that it would … Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra deals have come way down in price recently

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra deals come packed with a massive price tag but these recent deals make it far more affordable.

10 best Christmas Zoom backgrounds to help you celebrate the holiday season

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
With the pandemic keeping many of us apart from our families, these Christmas Zoom backgrounds may well come in handy.

iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro: what are the key differences?

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
We take a look at the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro, to see how they compare.

18 Eleventh-Hour Holiday Deals on Games, Headphones, and More

72Wired / 11h
Have you always wanted an advent calendar with Baby Yoda socks? Today's your lucky day.

How to Understand the Russia Hack Fallout

500+Wired / 11h
Not all SolarWinds victims are created equal.

Virgin's fibre broadband deals come with £50 Amazon vouchers and price cuts

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Virgin's latest broadband deals are some of the best on the market right now, offering £50 Amazon vouchers and more.

A clever strategy to deliver COVID aid—with satellite data

200+Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge / A bird's-eye view of Lome, the capital of Togo, from Google Maps. (credit: Google Maps) When the novel coronavirus reached Togo in March, its leaders, like those of many countries, responded with stay-at-home orders to suppress contagion and an economic assistance program to replace lost income. But the way Togo targeted and delivered that aid was in some ways more tech-centric than man

Samsung’s foldable phone plan for 2021 seems overly promising

SlashGear / 12h
South Korean tech giant is an undisputed market leader in foldable phones. It has a decent portfolio that is keeping the concept of foldable phones alive and kicking. These smartphones have come of age since being a niche product a year back when the Galaxy Fo

Backblaze