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Best lightweight Linux distros of 2020

500+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Top distros for resource strapped machines.

No more emotional support animals on planes; DOT closes major loophole

500+The Points Guy / 3h
The U.S. Department of Transportation just announced a major revision to its Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) with specific updates to the Traveling by Air with Service Animals section. In it, the agency makes a final ruling on emotional support animals. When the final ruling goes into effect, 30 days after the publication date in the Federal Register, emotional support animals will no longer be con

Satan and 2020 are a match made in hell in this clever Match ad

500+Mashable / 5h
Brands usually wait until the Super Bowl to drop their greatest ads, but Match couldn't wait for the year's end to drop this funny, unhinged promotion. The app paired up with board member Ryan Reynolds and his company, Maximum Effort, to bring us the "Match Made in Hell": Satan and 2020. In the video, Satan (in a Hellboy-like interpretation) and 2020 (a petite woman) meet on Match. What was a har


Visa just doubled down on cryptocurrency with USDC and Bitcoin rewards card

SlashGear / 4min
The credit card company Visa just announced that they’ll be working with Circle Internet Financial for USDC. Earlier this week, Visa announced a partnership with BlockFi to offer a Bitcoin Rewards Credit Card that offers 1.5% of purchases rewarded as Bitcoin. It’s almost as if Visa has accepted the idea that cryptocurrency is the way of the future, and the … Continue reading

Dungeons & Dragons & Novels: Revisiting Vampire of the Mists

34Gizmodo / 9min
Welcome to Ravenloft , boils and ghouls! Where it’s always a dark and stormy night, where monsters are always under your bed, and your blood always curdles in horror—right before a vampire sucks it out. So what the hell is a gold elf from the Forgotten Realms doing here? Short answer: Not having a particularly fun time. Read more...

Twitter expands hate speech rules covering race, ethnicity and nationality

28Engadget / 12min
Twitter is once again expanding its hate speech policies. The company updated its rules to “prohibit language that dehumanizes people on the basis of race, ethnicity, or national origin.” The change comes more than two years after Twitter first said it intended to ban dehumanizing language and more than six months from the last change to the policy, which banned hate speech related to age, disabi

The gold, 8th-generation iPad returns to $299 at Amazon

Engadget / 12min
Update 2:55pm ET: The 32GB gold iPad has gone back up to $329. Apple devices were some of the quickest to sell out during Black Friday, but now you have a chance to grab the company’s latest iPad for a bit less. The gold, 32GB iPad is down to $299, or $30 off its normal price. The last time it was that low was a little more than one week before Black Friday, making this a good opportunity to grab

Rocket League season 2 dated with a new car and arena in tow

SlashGear / 14min
Earlier this year, Rocket League entered a new era five years after it originally launched. After Epic Games purchased developer Psyonix, it was revealed that Rocket League was going free-to-play. The game also left Steam and took up residence on the Epic Games Store with this free-to-play shift, so Rocket League has gone through a fairly dramatic change throughout 2020. … Continue reading

China Releases Footage of Lander Touching Down on Lunar Surface

100+Futurism / 19min
Moon Landing China released video footage today of its Chang’e-5 spacecraft approaching and then safely landing on the surface of the near side of the Moon. The footage shows the small craft zooming over countless craters of various sizes before slowing down and descending vertically for touchdown. China now has three landers currently operating on the Moon. No other country has safely landed on

Amtrak shows off video of new Acela high-speed trains; Service set for late 2021

The Points Guy / 22min
Amtrak unveiled a new video Wednesday that showed off its brand-new Acela train cars performing speed tests near Pueblo, Colorado. As you can see in the video, the trainset is being put through its paces. The top speed for the trains so far has been 166 mph. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . Amtrak said, “Far from home, with a multinational

Amazon Showcases Fossil Fuel Ties the Same Day Climate Pledge Arena Sign Unveiled

Gizmodo / 27min
On Tuesday, the blue-and-green sign that will sit atop Climate Pledge Arena rolled out to be placed atop the home of Seattle’s new hockey team. Amazon bought the naming rights to highlight the company’s plan to get to net zero emissions by 2040 and plow $2 billion in venture capital money on its way to getting there. Read more...

Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro sports updated design in leaked images

22Engadget / 36min
Thanks to an FCC filing earlier this week, we know Samsung’s next true wireless earbuds are very likely called Galaxy Buds Pro. And thanks to noteworthy leaker Evan Blass , we now have our first look what’s reportedly the unannounced buds and their charging case. As previously reported, the Buds Pro design is more akin to the look of the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds+ rather than the bean-shaped ea

Avoid This Fake Zoom Meeting Invite Phishing Scam

Lifehacker / 38min
The popularity of Zoom— the world’s number one most-downloaded app in 2020 —has made it a target for phishing attacks, and the Better Business Bureau is now warning users to avoid sketchy meeting invites that could actually infect your system with malware. Here’s what you need to know. Read more...

Best Buy flash sale: epic deals on TVs, Apple Watch, Fitbit, AirPods, and more

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 39min
The Best Buy flash sale is happening now and includes epic deals on TVs, Apple Watch, Fitbit, AirPods, and more.

Web Summit: Oculus co-founder talks China and military AI

76BBC News - Technology / 39min
He offers his opinion on why tech firms are reluctant to work with US military.

Amazon may buy podcast network Wondery

Engadget / 42min
Amazon is in talks to acquire Wondery, according to The Wall Street Journal . The podcast network is best known for shows like Blood Ties and Dying for Sex . The asking price is reportedly is in and around the $300 million mark. For context, Spotify bought Gimlet Media for approximately $230 million last year . While not as well-known as Gimlet, Wondery is no slouch either. This year, the company

With Hyperforce, Salesforce lets you move your data to any public cloud

100+TechCrunch / 43min
For much of its existence, Salesforce was a cloud service on its own with its own cloud resources available for its customers, but as the company and cloud computing in general has evolved, Salesforce has moved some of its workloads to other clouds like AWS , Azure and Google . Now, it wants to allow customers to do the same. To help facilitate that, the company announced Hyperforce today at its

Fear not, there's a Happiness Museum out there — Future Blink

Mashable / 45min
Visitors to the Happiness Museum in Copenhagen can learn all about the science, politics, and future of happiness. It's sure to put a smile on your face. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Happiness , Mental Health , Copenhagen , and Positivity

Pokemon GO Kalos release is live – catch ALL the Fletchling

SlashGear / 46min
As of today, the Kalos region is live in Pokemon GO. Not the ENTIRE Kalos region, of course – that’d be absolute madness. Instead, just as it was with each region release in the past, the Kalos region will be released bit by bit. This first event includes 16 individual Pokemon that you’ll be able to catch or evolve – … Continue reading

Physics is somewhat less broken, but still not quite right

Ars Technica / 46min
Enlarge / One way to measure the charge radius of a proton is to bounce something off it (proton-sized clamp is only available via metaphor). (credit: Jefferson Lab ) How big is a proton? This doesn't sound like a very complicated question, but it's one that turned out to have the potential to wreck a lot of modern physics. That's because different methods of measuring the proton's charge radius

From surviving to thriving as a hardware startup

200+TechCrunch / 51min
Nils Mattisson Contributor Formerly at Apple, Nils Mattisson is now CEO and co-founder of smart home tech company Minut . More posts by this contributor The road to recurring revenue for hardware startups When a friend forwarded this tweet from Paul Graham , it hit close to home: Startups are subject to something like infant mortality: before they’re established, one thing going wrong can kill th

Scientists made an enzyme "cocktail" that can digest plastic waste — Future Blink

Mashable / 51min
Scientists built on their past research to create a two-enzyme system to break down a polymer commonly found in plastic. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Plastic Waste , Waste , Plastic , and Plastic Pollution

Top Christmas gifts for photographers: make sure everyone is snap-happy

89TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
If you're stuck for Christmas gift ideas for the photographer in your life, then you're in the right place.

Scientists Unimpressed by Google’s Protein Folding Algorithm

82Futurism / 1h
Unimpressed Earlier this week, the Google-owned AI development company DeepMind announced with great fanfare that it had built an algorithm capable of predicting how proteins would fold based on their molecular composition. If it holds up, it’s a stunning achievement that’s eluded scientists for decades. But Business Insider reports that many experts in the field remain unimpressed, instead calli

Thai Airways Opens New Bangkok Business Class Lounge That No One Can Use

View from the Wing / 1h
Thai Airways has opened a refurbished Royal Orchid business class lounge in Bangkok. It’s an international departures lounge on level 3 of the Suvarnabhumi airport E concourse. It’s a strange time to be making capital investments and opening a lounge when the airline is not generally selling international flights leaving the country. Continue reading ...

Fill the Emptiness Inside With Free Breakfast Baconators All Month Long

36Lifehacker / 1h
Introduced in 2007 amid the heady, early days of the internet’s fixation with salty, cured meats (and with a name that presages the “hello, fellow kids!” tone that would come to define its Twitter feed ), Wendy’s Baconator has somehow managed to endure for more than a decade despite the push for healthier fast food… Read more...

The Journey of Electronic Bottles and the Ocean Plastic Crisis

87Wired / 1h
Researchers loaded containers with trackers and released them in the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, giving new insight into how plastic pollution travels.

These Advanced Probiotics Are Designed to Promote GI Health

Futurism / 1h
These days the science is very clear when it comes to the important role probiotics play in promoting and sustaining gut health. Unfortunately, most people get their information about probiotics from TV doctors, health bloggers, and international food conglomerates, who are trying to sell “probiotic” supplements, foods, and beverages that don’t actually provide any known health benefits. However,

Frivolously Install Every Game You Own on a 2TB WD_Black P50 Game Drive External SSD at a 58% Discount

Gizmodo / 1h
WD_Black P50 Game Drive External SSD (2TB) | $209 | Adorama Read more...

Discovery's New Streaming Service, Discovery+, Launches in January

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How-To Geek / 1h
If you love watching history and nature programming, we’ve got good news: Discovery’s new streaming service, Discovery+, is launching in the U.S. on January 4, 2021. It’ll be available on most major platforms with two plan options, one with ads and another that’s ad-free. But it’s also yet another service asking for your hard-earned dollars. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Save $50 and Buy a Mic-Free Sonos Arc Soundbar Through Costco

How-To Geek / 1h
It’s nearly impossible to buy a gadget nowadays that doesn’t have a microphone, this includes home entertainment gear. Well, Sonos is releasing a mic-free version of its Arc soundbar. It’s exclusive to Costco, unfortunately, but you do save $50 if you decide to buy this model. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Prove You're a True Hufflepuff With the New $120 LEGO Hogwarts Crest Artwork

24How-To Geek / 1h
Who said LEGO is just for little kids? The company’s focus on art posters just expanded, and this time it’s after Harry Potter fans. Now you can show off your favorite Hogwarts House with the new $119.99 LEGO Hogwarts Crest art posters, coming in January 2020. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Get a Free $50 Amazon Gift Card When You Buy One Year of Microsoft 365

How-To Geek / 1h
One of Amazon’s daily deals is offering a one-year subscription to Microsoft 365 Family and a $50 gift card for Amazon for just $99.99. Normally, the Microsoft plan alone costs that much, so it’s like you’re getting a $50 gift for free, especially if you were planning on purchasing the Microsoft 365 Family plan to begin with. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

9 Reasons To Get The IHG Premier Card

300+One Mile at a Time / 1h
The IHG ® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card ( review ) is a phenomenal card — it’s worth getting for the limited time bonus that is being offered right now, and it’s worth keeping for the long term perks that it offers . While a lot of people may not be planning travel right now, there are a couple of reasons to consider getting this card now: It has a reasonable minimum spending requirement, so e

Our Favorite io9 Videos of 2020

Gizmodo / 1h
Oh, goodness: What a year, right? Twenty-twenty is one of those (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime events that impacted so much of our lives. We saw countless movie delays , comic cons were canceled or moved online, theme parks shut down , and everything had to happen over video. In spite of the challenges, io9 still… Read more...

Apple M1 MacBook Air Review (2020) – Evolutionary Leap

SlashGear / 1h
Were Charles Darwin here today, once he’d finished screaming at us for tinkering with necromancy and demanding to know what the heck a Lexus was, I think he’d want to see the new MacBook Air. Apple’s M1-powered notebook is one of a trio of Apple Silicon showcases and, as the “Father of Evolution” was well aware, some generations take a … Continue reading

Uber is reportedly 'in advanced talks' to sell its flying taxi division

28Engadget / 1h
Uber is in advanced talks with Joby Aviation to sell its flying taxi division, Axios reports. An Uber spokesperson declined to comment to Engadget on the possible deal for Uber Elevate. However, the sale could be confirmed within the next few weeks. Joby Aviation previously agreed to partner with Uber on air taxi services. Elevate previously ran a helicopter service in New York City, but Uber put

How to Fix a One-Sided Friendship

36Lifehacker / 1h
You might spend hours staring at your phone, waiting for a reply to a text. Maybe they talk over you in a group of friends or in a group chat. Or perhaps their attention seems to drift, their gaze averted, whenever you talk. Read more...

China's lunar sampling robot beams back its first full-color moon shots

100+Engadget / 1h
Yesterday, China’s Chang’e-5 robotic lunar lander successfully set down on the lunar surface marking, for the first time in four decades, that humans have travelled to the moon to collect soil samples. Today, the Chang’e-5 reported back to Earth , transmitting a full-color recording of its descent. The lander has already begun its sampling protocols by starting to bore into the surface and scoopi

Amazon's Panorama box lets firms check if staff follow coronavirus rules

300+BBC News - Technology / 1h
AWS Panorama adds a range of employee monitoring powers to existing workplace camera systems.

Okay nabs funding from Sequoia to build performance dashboards for engineering managers

80TechCrunch / 1h
Amid the pandemic, workplace cultures have been turned on their heads, meanwhile investment and growth haven’t slowed for many tech companies, requiring them to still onboard new engineering managers even while best practices for remote management are far from codified. Because of remote work habit shifts, plenty of new tools have popped up to help engineers be more productive, or quickly help ma

Why Your Workplace Software Stinks

73NYT > Technology / 1h
The person writing the check is still the most important customer.

Break Your Own Parenting Rules Once in a While

72Lifehacker / 1h
Setting reasonable rules and boundaries, which you then enforce consistently, is the cornerstone of good parenting. On the other hand, life is tedious right now. It’s all dark and dreary and distanced, and we could use a little fun. Which is why it might be time to bend your own rules a bit. Read more...

Ravens vs Steelers live stream: how to watch the NFL week 12 game anywhere today

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
One week later, it's time for our final Thanksgiving showdown - here's how to get a Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers live stream and watch NFL online.

Discovery+ Will Launch Next Month for $5 and Be Free for a Year to Some Verizon Users

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39Gizmodo / 1h
Discovery is making its soon-to-launch streaming service super cheap or all-out free to millions of users right out of the gate. Read more...

The Vizio Elevate's Rotating Speakers Are a Clever Dolby Atmos Solution

Gizmodo / 1h
Dolby Atmos soundbars have a problem: They struggle to simulate height. Regardless of how many drivers a speaker has or how fancy its room-tuning audio is, you can tell the sound isn’t coming from above you. That kind of sucks when you have a fancy home theater setup but the spaceships on-screen don’t sound like… Read more...

Google News Showcase will offer some paywalled articles for free

37Engadget / 1h
As a Google News Showcase user, you’ll soon have the chance to read some paywalled articles for free. Google News Showcase, in case you need a refresher, is a program and product Google announced in October . The company said it would invest $1 billion in partnerships with news publishers to curate high-quality content within Google News and other parts of its online footprint. As part of an upda

The Mandalorian season 2: how did the Empire survive Return of the Jedi?

34TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
We saw the end of Emperor Palpatine and the second Death Star, but the Galactic Empire didn't go quietly after Return of the Jedi.

This cheap Chromebook deal already had a great price - now you're getting free headphones too

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Cheap Chromebook deals just keep getting better - grab a free pair of JBL headphones with this 2-in-1 Lenovo IdeaPad.

Making the workplace safer with innovative covid-19-fighting solutions

86MIT Technology Review / 1h
As businesses of all sizes welcome a fearful and anxious workforce back to the office, they are simultaneously challenged with ensuring a safe work environment. The stark reality facing business owners still navigating the covid-19 pandemic is the diligence required to limit infectious spread. Corporations are taking note: plexiglass barriers, clearly marked walkways, and hand-sanitizing stations

Amazon Fire TV Cube now supports video calls to Echo Show and Fire tablets

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
The second-gen Fire TV Cube has just got support for third-party webcams, opening up a world of hands-free video calling on your TV.

Lab-Grown Meat Is Officially Going on Sale, for the First Time Ever

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3KFuturism / 1h
Chicken Taste US-based company Eat Just’s lab-grown meat is going for sale in Singapore following regulatory approval, The Guardian reports , marking the first time such a product has been authorized for sale in a yet-unidentified restaurant. The company is also going through regulatory processes to eventually get their product approved in the United States. Unlike plant-based meats — your classi

The DOOM Slayer is about to invade Fall Guys

SlashGear / 2h
Crossovers between Fall Guys and other games have been a fairly common sight ever since Fall Guys arrived on the scene earlier this year. Today, Fall Guys social media began teasing an all new crossover, and this is a big one. It seems that it won’t be much longer before the DOOM Slayer joins Fall Guys‘ lineup of celebrity skins, … Continue reading

Don't Cut Your Fudge Before You Ship It

44Lifehacker / 2h
Shipping treats to family and friends is one tradition that’s probably getting more play than usual this year. Cookies are the go-to, but fudge is an equally delicious confection with a dense, brick-like nature that makes it just a little easier to ship. There are, of course, some rules. Read more...

Hacker faces three years in prison for child porn, Nintendo data breaches

69Engadget / 2h
Ryan Hernandez, the 21-year-old who spent years breaking into Nintendo servers, was sentenced to three years in prison today for his hacking exploits and possession of child pornography. The Palmdale, CA resident pleaded guilty to both charges in January 2020 and originally faced sentencing the following April, but the process was postponed due to COVID-related court delays. As part of sentencing

YC-backed Heru raises $1.7M to build software services for Latin American gig workers

100+TechCrunch / 2h
Given the attention that TechCrunch pays to Y Combinator’s Demo Days , we also try to keep tabs on the same startups as they scale and raise more capital. Yesterday we covered YC Winter 2020 participant BuildBuddy , for example. Today we’re taking a look at Heru , a startup based in Mexico City that is announcing a $1.7 million raise after taking part in YC’s Summer 2019 session. The pre-seed rou

CDC Relaxes Quarantine Guidelines for People Exposed to Covid-19

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31Gizmodo / 2h
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided new guidance on how long people exposed to the coronavirus should quarantine away from others. Though the agency still recommends a 14-day quarantine period for people exposed to the coronavirus as the safest way to reduce the risk of further spread, it is… Read more...

Google AI is now piloting Loon's internet-beaming balloons

100+Engadget / 2h
Alphabet’s Loon has shifted to a different type of navigation system for its internet-beaming balloons. Rather than relying on algorithms designed by humans, the balloons are using an artificial intelligence system Loon developed with Google AI over the last few years. A reinforcement learning (RL) system is now in charge of navigation for a fleet of balloons over Kenya, where Loon switched on it

Why You Should Ignore '30 Under 30' Lists

98Lifehacker / 2h
Over the long arc of one’s career, one eventually realizes there’s no single formula to attain professional success, financial stability, and personal contentment. At least in the United States, the road to middle-class comfort no longer follows the linear roadmap that it used to: Student debt has reached a crippling… Read more...

iD Mobile has launched a Christmas sale with £100 Currys vouchers on SIMs and phone deals

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
iPhone 11 deals, SIM only deals, Google Pixel 5 deals and more. iD Mobile is throwing vouchers on top of these offers.

No face, no service

44MIT Technology Review / 2h
Facial recognition technology is being deployed in housing projects, homeless shelters, schools, even across entire cities—usually without much fanfare or discussion. To some, this represents a critical technology for helping vulnerable communities gain access to social services. For others, it’s a flagrant invasion of privacy and human dignity. In this episode, we speak to the advocates, technol

Google top 100 trending gifts may ensure sold out products aplenty

SlashGear / 2h
Google just released their first ever “top 100 trending gifts” guide, also known as the Google Shopping Gift Guide 2020. This website puts in focus the products that’ve been most-purchased for the holiday season, effectively pushing the biggest to sell bigger, and the lesser-known an even lesser chance of finding their target audience. Google’s top 100 includes categories like The … Continue read

Fylamynt raises $6.5M for its cloud workflow automation platform

60TechCrunch / 2h
Fylamynt , a new service that helps businesses automate their cloud workflows, today announced both the official launch of its platform as well as a $6.5 million seed round. The funding round was led by Google’s AI-focused Gradient Ventures fund. Mango Capital and Point72 Ventures also participated. At first glance, the idea behind Fylamynt may sound familiar. Workflow automation has become a pre

High-energy X-rays reveal the secrets of ancient Egyptian inks

47Ars Technica / 2h
Enlarge / Detail of a medical treatise from the Tebtunis Temple Library with headings marked in red ink. (credit: The Papyrus Carlsberg Collection) An international team of scientists used high-energy X-rays to analyze 12 fragments from ancient Egyptian papyri and found lead compounds in both red and black inks used. According to their recent paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Ac

Now is the time to teach kids how to stay safe online

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Practical advice for parents hoping to educate their children about online security.

PS5 storage could be worryingly expensive, if this 2TB NVMe SSD is anything to go by

52TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
PS5 storage might not be cheap if you’re hoping to expand the system’s internal memory with an NVMe SSD.

Cheap TV deals: this 75-inch 4K TV drops to just $699.99 at Best Buy

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Cheap TV deals are happening at the Best Buy Cyber Week sale and you can get this Hisense 75-inch 4K TV on sale for just $699.99.

The 12 best ways to spend Marriott Bonvoy points across the US

The Points Guy / 2h
Have you been saving your Marriott Bonvoy points, trying to figure out the best ways to use them? Since many travelers are sticking close to home right now, it’s the perfect time to consider redeeming your points for a vacation within the U.S. In fact, you might have been overlooking fabulous properties right here at home in favor of far-flung destinations like the Maldives or Australia. We’re no

TikTok is reportedly testing longer videos

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57Mashable / 2h
Read more... More about Tiktok , Tech , and Big Tech Companies

Huawei Gentle Monster II: Your glasses can be a headset, too

Mashable / 2h
You have to hand it to Huawei: The company never stopped experimenting. Huawei's in a tough spot. Once the world's biggest smartphone maker, the company is struggling to produce smartphones due to a U.S trade ban that's been going on for more than a year. It's consequently pretty hard to write a meaningful review of new Huawei Android phones, as they come without Google services. But the company

AMD CEO Lisa Su to give CES keynote, Ryzen 5000 APUs and Radeon RX 6700 rumored

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Su is expected to make some major announcements at the virtual conference on January 12

These iRobot vacuums and mops are still on sale from Cyber Weekend

24Mashable / 2h
Select iRobot robotic vacuums and mops are on sale on Amazon for up to 43% off as of Dec. 2: OUR TOP PICK: iRobot Roomba i7 — save $300.99 BEST BUDGET PICK: iRobot Roomba 675 — save $100.99 BEST ROBOTIC MOP DEAL: iRobot Braava Jet M6 — save $100.99 Need a new vacuum , but missed out on this year's Cyber Weekend sales? Don't worry about it— Consumer Reports' 2020 Best Time to Buy Things list says

I’m obsessed with the Ford Mustang Mach-E physical touchscreen volume knob

100+TechCrunch / 2h
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E features a giant touchscreen, and at the bottom is a sizable knob for volume control. I love it. There, stuck on a touchscreen, is a physical knob. Twist it! Spin it! There’s even a resounding click as it twists. The knob works so much better than a touchscreen slider bar, and I implore other automakers to follow Ford’s lead. This knob is a surprisingly simple solutio

Explore Neighborhoods With Google Maps' New 'Community' Feed

38Lifehacker / 3h
Several new features are showing up in the Google Maps app that could make finding stuff to do—and finding your way there—much easier. Read more...

A Broken Piece of Internet Backbone Might Finally Get Fixed

200+Wired / 3h
Efforts to secure the Border Gateway Protocol have picked up critical momentum, including a big assist from Google.

Discovery+ starts streaming in the US on January 4th for $5 per month

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89Engadget / 3h
Discovery’s long-in-the-making streaming service is nearly ready. The media giant has revealed that its Discovery+ service will launch in the US on January 4th, 2021. It’ll cost the $5 per month you’d expect for some specialty services, but that still includes ads — you’ll need to spend $7 per month to avoid interruptions. It’ll be available on “major” mobile and TV platforms with up to four simu

Elon Musk Says He Did Have Covid-19, Actually

37Gizmodo / 3h
“Something extremely bogus is going on,” Elon Musk tweeted on Nov. 13 . It’s been a busy month, and you could be forgiven if you forgot about the Tesla founder’s confusing tweet in which he said that his rapid antigen test had come back positive and negative. It appeared that Musk may have covid-19, but then we didn’t… Read more...

Eventually, Other Stars Will Steal our Solar System’s Planets

500+Futurism / 3h
Empty Nest Billions of years from now, the Sun will lose the ability to keep the planets of our solar system — and one by one, they’ll leave the nest. It’s common knowledge that the Sun will eventually exhaust its fuel supply and expand into a red giant. The aging beast will engulf Mercury, Venus, and likely Earth and Mars as well. But now Universe Today reports that scientists have predicted the

US Airlines Are Considering Requiring Covid-19 Vaccination To Fly. This Is Completely Unnecessary.

28View from the Wing / 3h
While Qantas CEO Alan Joyce was the first to voice a plan to permit only passengers who have been vaccinated to fly internationally, U.S. airlines are considering a vaccination requirement as well. They want to figure out whether this will give customers confidence to travel, and whether requirements can be made uniform across airlines so they don't have to compete for customers with vaccine poli

Walmart+ takes on Prime by dropping $35 minimum on purchases

100+TechCrunch / 3h
Walmart+ , the retailer’s lower cost alternative to Amazon Prime offering same-day delivery of groceries and other items, is making its service more appealing with today’s launch of a new perk. The company says that starting on Friday, December 4, it will remove the $35 shipping minimum on orders from for its members. However, this doesn’t apply to the same-day orders of groceries or

Aerospace’s Steve Isakowitz to speak at TC Sessions: Space 2020

100+TechCrunch / 3h
A mere two weeks remain until we kick off TC Sessions: Space (December 16 & 17) , our first conference focused on the technology designed to push galactic boundaries and the people making it happen. Building successful space programs, whether private, public or hybrid combination, requires a well-trained workforce — today and for generations to come. That’s why we can’t wait for Building the Work

Super Mario Odyssey is free with this Nintendo Switch Pro Controller deal

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Nintendo Switch deals may be running low, but this bundle is a steal - grab a Pro Controller and Super Mario Odyssey for just $69.

United Flight Attendants Have To Prove They’re Sick This Holiday Season

49One Mile at a Time / 3h
United Airlines is putting its flight attendants in an interesting position this upcoming holiday, as reported by Live and Let’s Fly . I see where United is coming from, and also think the requirement is a bit unreasonable… United requiring absence certificate if sick United Airlines’ flight attendant contract allows the airline to request that those who call in sick over the holidays present an

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti sale fail – and how to fix it

SlashGear / 3h
This morning it became clear that the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti launch wasn’t going to be simple. As sources like NewEgg noted, inventory did not match traffic. Not by a long shot. As of two hours ago, NewEgg suggested they had RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards available for sale. In well under an hour, they made a statement. At … Continue reading

Dishwashers of the Future Were Sometimes Supposed to Just Break Your Dishes

Gizmodo / 3h
“The house of 1999 will be virtually maintenance free,” the narrator declares in his 1967 concept film. And while you can probably guess some of the technological advancements in the movie—like computers, fax machines, and even email—there’s one prediction from the short promotional film that didn’t quite pan out. It… Read more...

Japan is about to bring back samples of an asteroid 180 million miles away

50MIT Technology Review / 3h
On December 5, Earth is getting a delivery of something literally out of this world: some small grains and dust snatched up from an asteroid 180 million miles away. Once safely back on Earth, the fragments of Ryugu will help scientists learn more about how the solar system formed. JAXA, Japan’s space agency, launched Hayabusa2 six years ago, on December 3, 2014. The spacecraft made it to Ryugu fo

Salesforce announces new Service Cloud workforce planning tool

64TechCrunch / 3h
With a pandemic raging across many parts of the world, many companies have customer service agents spread out as well, creating a workforce management nightmare. It wasn’t easy to manage and route requests when CSAs were in one place, it’s even harder with many working from home. To help answer that problem Salesforce is developing a new product called Service Cloud Workforce Engagement. Bill Pat

Elon Musk “Highly Confident” SpaceX Will Land Humans on Mars Within 6 Years

3KFuturism / 3h
Mars 2026 During an interview in Berlin, Germany this week, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he is “highly confident” that his space company will land humans on the Martian surface as soon as 2026, as CNBC reports . “If we get lucky, maybe four years,” he added. “We want to send an uncrewed vehicle there in two years.” These ambitious timelines all depend on the company’s development of the Starship , a

Fortnite’s Nexus War event could expose Twitch streamers to DMCA problems

52Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge / Luckily you can't hear this image—it might result in a DMCA strike if you could. (credit: Epic Games) Epic Games and Twitch are warning streamers who broadcast during Fortnite 's season-ending Marvel-crossover "Nexus War" event last night that they may need to delete their VOD clips to avoid the risk of DMCA copyright strikes. The event, which saw players take on the world-eating Galact

Spotify's 2020 Wrapped is here and, yep, we're all sad

34Mashable / 3h
It's been A Year. I don't really need to recap why, do I? To exist in 2020 is to comprehend why. But we were all reminded of how much of A Year it has been this week when Spotify released to users their annual Wrapped playlists and data. Music, after all, can tell you a lot about how you're feeling. People online, as per usual, were quick to share their playlists and, yep, it's confirmed: This ye

Orbit raises $4M for its community experience platform

44TechCrunch / 3h
Orbit , a startup that is building tools to help organizations build communities around their proprietary and open-source products, today announced that it has raised a $4 million seed funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz’s Martin Casado. A number of angel investors, including Chris Aniszczyk , Jason Warner and Magnus Hillestad , as well as the a16z’s Cultural Leadership Fund also participate

Gut-Wrenching Photos Show Damage at Arecibo Observatory Following Collapse

500+Gizmodo / 3h
As feared, the 900-ton instrument platform collapsed yesterday at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, falling onto the gigantic radar dish below. Photos of the scene are revealing the extent of the damage at the famous facility, which is known for contributing to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and … Read more...

Be a Better Listener When You Grab an Arctis Pro Wireless Gaming Headset for $240

20Gizmodo / 3h
SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless Gaming Headset | $240 | Amazon Read more...

Flaw allowed iPhone hacking remotely through wi-fi

300+BBC News - Technology / 3h
The vulnerability has been fixed in an update since May this year.

How to Run the Intel Version of a Universal Mac App on an M1 Mac

How-To Geek / 3h
By default, a Mac with Apple Silicon will always run the ARM version of a universal binary app if available. But sometimes, older plug-ins you rely on may not have been upgraded to support Apple Silicon yet. Luckily, it’s easy to force macOS to run the Intel version of an app through Rosetta instead. Here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Google Shopping Introduces a Gift Guide Based on 2020's Most Popular Presents

26How-To Geek / 3h
Need some help with your Christmas shopping? Google wants to help with its 2020 gift guide. The guide, which is compiled from Google Search data, shows the top 100 presents across 7 different categories, including technology, athletics, and wellness. It should help you find the best (or most popular) gifts for each person on your Christmas list. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Ring in the Holidays With Nest Hello's Festive Chime Options

How-To Geek / 3h
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Or Kwanza. Or winter general. And if you’re like me and already put up the decorations, then you’ll be glad to hear that Nest Hello doorbells are in on the fun and added new chimes to go with the season. Best of all, they’re free! Read This Article on Review Geek ›

The Amazon Fire TV Cube Can Now Use USB Webcams for Living Room Video Calls

20How-To Geek / 3h
A lot of us are trying to figure out how to have the holidays with our loved ones virtually, and realizing that the cameras on laptops and phones aren’t ideal for a big gathering. If you have a Fire TV Cube and a USB webcam handy, you can put them together and kitbash a living room video meeting setup. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Wednesday's Best Deals: New M1 MacBooks, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Christmas Tree Skirts, Switch Pro Controller Bundle, Too Faced Lipstick, and More

60Gizmodo / 3h
Apple’s new MacBooks and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate lead Wednesday’s best deals. Read more...

Amazon Fire TV Cube is getting webcam support (yes, really)

SlashGear / 3h
Amazon is rolling out some rather surprising functionality for the Fire TV Cube today by giving it webcam support for two-way video calling. That will enable users with a Fire TV Cube to place a video call to any other Alexa device with a display, such as another Fire TV Cube connected to a webcam and TV or something with … Continue reading

Wednesday's Best Deals: New M1 MacBooks, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Christmas Tree Skirts, Switch Pro Controller Bundle, Too Faced Lipstick, and More

60Lifehacker / 3h
Apple’s new MacBooks and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate lead Wednesday’s best deals. Read more...

The Beats Solo3 headphones are still at their Black Friday price

20Mashable / 3h
Save $81: The Beats Solo3 wireless on-ear headphones is on sale on Amazon for $119 as of Dec. 2. The majority of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals have ended (or sold out) but a few have stuck around to help with gift shopping. Amazon's sale price on the Beats Solo3 wireless on-ear headphones is one such deal. At $81 off, you'll be saving a pretty penny while treating yourself or someone else t

I Miss Making CD Mixtapes and Discovering Music

50Gizmodo / 3h
I can’t even remember the last time I actually held a CD mixtape, much less played one. But there’s a CD wallet kicking around in storage that’s filled with unassuming silver discs doodled on with short titles and dates, part 1s, part 2s, and “greatest hits.” Read more...

Watch a short film shot in augmented reality with Snap's Spectacles 3

47Engadget / 4h
Creatives have been using Snap's Spectacles 3 to create music videos with augmented reality effects for a while, and the company is now moving into another filmmaking format. Snap teamed up with Los Angeles-based artist and community organizer Lauren Halsey for the first in a series of short films shot entirely with Spectacles 3. Halsey's four-minute film is called Summaeverythang — it shares a n

Southwest Credit Cards Have Biggest-Ever 80,000 Point Offers – Use Them For Twice The Travel

View from the Wing / 4h
The three Southwest Airlines personal credit cards all had offers to earn 80,000 Rapid Rewards points as an initial bonus. That's uniquely valuable because this gets you most of they way towards a Companion Pass to bring someone with you on your travels through the end of 2022. And it's the perfect time of year to time an application for a Southwest card. Continue reading ...

American Selling AAdvantage Miles With 50% Bonus

1KOne Mile at a Time / 4h
American AAdvantage constantly has promotions on purchased miles. The airline has just launched its latest promotion, offering up to a 50% bonus. American’s promo on purchased miles Before I talk about this promotion specifically, it’s worth noting that nowadays American Airlines requires you to log into your account to see what offer is available on purchased miles. Therefore it’s possible that

The Best One-Season TV Series of 2020

70Lifehacker / 4h
Entertainment has become an important part of pandemic life, and binging television shows has been a key component to getting through the hard times. Miniseries like Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You moved audiences by exploring addictions, trauma, and the difficulties of self care; documentary series like Cheer … Read more...

Apple names the best iPhone, iPad, and Mac games and apps of 2020

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SlashGear / 4h
This week Apple revealed their picks for best apps of the year 2020. This is what Apple calls their “App Store Best of 2020” and, unlike Google’s very similar list, they’ve siphoned down the list to “15 of the amazing apps and games that inspired the world in 2020.” Apple’s list requires that apps and games are notable for their … Continue reading

New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place

100+Wired / 4h
Reinforcement learning might be the next step in keeping broadband-carrying balloons afloat above remote areas. Could Venus be next?

Wellory raises $4.5M for its ‘anti-diet’ nutrition app

100+TechCrunch / 4h
Wellory , a startup that bills itself as taking an “anti-diet approach” to nutrition and wellness, is announcing that it has raised $4.2 million in funding. The round was led by Story Ventures, with participation from Harlem Capital, Tinder co-founders Sean Rad and Justin Mateen, Ground Up Ventures, NBA player Wayne Ellington, Hannah Bronfman and others. Wellory founder and CEO Emily Hochman (who

Dear Sophie: Hacks for the March 2021 H-1B lottery?

87TechCrunch / 4h
Sophie Alcorn Contributor Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: What I’m thankful for Dear Sophie: Can an H-1B co-founder own

Google acquires Actifio to step into the area of data management and business continuity

100+TechCrunch / 4h
In the same week that Amazon is holding its big AWS confab, Google is also announcing a move to raise its own enterprise game with Google Cloud. Today the company announced that it is acquiring Actifio , a data management company that helps companies with data continuity to be better prepared in the event of a security breach or other need for disaster recovery. The deal squares Google up as a co

Loon’s stratospheric balloons are now teaching themselves to fly better thanks to Google AI

100+TechCrunch / 4h
Alphabet’s Loon has been using algorithmic processes to optimize the flight of its stratospheric balloons for years now – and setting records for time spent aloft as a result. But the company is now deploying a new navigation system that has the potential to be much better, and it’s using true reinforcement learning AI to teach itself to optimize navigation better than humans ever could. Loon dev

AgentSync lands consecutive rounds as insurtech booms

100+TechCrunch / 4h
This morning AgentSync , an insurtech startup focused on agent compliance management, announced a new funding round worth $6.7 million. The financing event, led by well-known SaaS founder David Sacks’ Craft Ventures , included dollars from both Operator Collective and prior investors. The new capital will help AgentSync move faster, with co-founder and CEO Niranjan Sabharwal saying that it is pul

Google says its News Showcase will add free access to paywalled stories

64TechCrunch / 4h
Google News Showcase visitors will soon be able to read select paywalled articles at no extra charge. That’s one of several announcements that the search giant made today about News Showcase, the program where it pays publishers ( with $1 billion committed initially ) to license their content for a new format in Google News. So far, Google News Showcase has launched in countries including Germany

Sight Tech Global is live! Join top AI technologists and accessibility innovators to discuss the future of assistive tech

48TechCrunch / 4h
Today and tomorrow, from 8 a.m. PST to 12:30 p.m. PST the first annual, virtual event Sight Tech Global is streaming on TechCrunch. The event looks at how AI-based technologies are rapidly changing the field of accessibility, especially for blind people and those with low vision. Today’s programming includes AI giants Amnon Shashua and Kai-Fu Lee, as well as accessibility innovators from Waymo, M

Chinese Robot Mission Successfully Collects Moon Rocks

500+Futurism / 4h
Package Secured China’s entirely robotic Chang’e-5 mission has successfully scooped up samples from the surface of the Moon. The uncrewed lunar lander, which landed on the Moon on Tuesday, is expected to bring the first samples of lunar rocks and soil back down to Earth since the mid 1970s. It’s already gathered some during its first day on the job, Business Insider reports , putting the mission

5 more major cruise lines cancel sailings into March and April

84The Points Guy / 4h
You’ll now have to wait until at least March to take a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line , Royal Caribbean or Celebrity Cruises and at least April to sail with Oceania Cruises or Regent Seven Seas Cruises . Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, the parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, on Wednesday canceled all the brand’s sailings through the end of February and the majority of its March voyages. I

Been eyeing a bidet since the TP shortage? Everything at Tushy is 20% off.

Mashable / 4h
Save 20%: Ultra-cool bidet brand Tushy is in the midst of its Fyber Monday sale , which gets you 20% off its best-selling bidets, bamboo toilet paper, and more. If asked, most of us would probably guess that the infamous toilet paper shortage was "a few months ago." Weirdly enough, we're only a few months away from the one-year anniversary of the whole mess. Surprise, she's back! Panic buying app

Of Course The Mandalorian's in Fortnite's Next Season

45Gizmodo / 4h
You think after the Rise of Skywalker stuff and last season’s Marvel-a-go-go Epic that Disney wouldn’t want to put the hottest father/son team-up it’s got in the world’s biggest video game? Read more...

TikTok is experimenting with longer-form, three-minute videos

TikTok Three-Minute•
69Engadget / 4h
The beauty of TikToks is that they're (usually) never long enough to overstay their welcome, but a new report suggests the company behind the app is mulling a big change. Per a tweet shared by social media consultant (and former Next Web journalist) Matt Navarra , TikTok is beginning to offer some users the ability to upload videos as long as three minutes, up from the app's classic 60-second lim

Lightspeed buys Upserve as POS market consolidates

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
POS solution provider Lightspeed snaps up restaurant management platform Upserve in a cash plus shares deal.

Apple Might Soon Be Embracing Mini-LEDs in a Major Way

24Gizmodo / 4h
Now that the transition to Apple Silicon is well underway, it seems like Apple could be gearing up for a rapid shift to mini-LED displays too. Read more...

Virta Health’s behavioral diabetes treatment service is now worth over $1 billion

73TechCrunch / 4h
A new $65 million investment led by the growth capital and public investment arm of Sequoia Capital will give Virta Health , a developer of a behavioral-focused diabetes treatment, a valuation of over $1 billion. Virta’s approach, which uses a combination of approaches to change diet and exercise to reverse the presence of type 2 diabetes and other chronic metabolic conditions, has shown clinical

Salesforce applies AI to workflow with Einstein Automate

80TechCrunch / 4h
While Salesforce made a big splash yesterday with the announcement that it’s buying Slack for $27.7 billion , it’s not the only thing going on for the CRM giant this week. In fact, Dreamforce, the company’s customer extravaganza, is also on the docket. While it is virtual this year, there are still product announcements aplenty, and today the company announced Einstein Automate, a new AI-fueled s

A roundup of recent unicorn news

76TechCrunch / 4h
So much for a December news slowdown. The last few days have been so chock-a-block with news from a host of unicorns, we’ve all fallen behind. This morning, The Exchange is going into summary mode to help us better understand the full scope of recent unicorn activity. Why unicorns? It would be fun to noodle on early-stage news — Salut raised $1.25 million this week and BuildBuddy picked up $3.15

Space Perspective raises $7M for its plan to ferry tourists to the edge of space

100+TechCrunch / 4h
Space tourism startup Space Perspective has raised a new $7 million in seed funding, from investors including Prime Movers Lab and Base Ventures . The company, founded by Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, who previously founded stratospheric balloon company World View, is focused on developing Spaceship Neptune, a pressurized passenger capsule that is meant to be carried by an ultra-high altitude

This Amazon Echo bundle comes with two free smart lightbulbs

36Mashable / 4h
SAVE $59.99: Get your smart home started with the all-new Echo and two Philips Hue smart lightbulbs for only $69.99 as of Dec. 2. Just because Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over doesn't mean that low prices are. Amazon has tons of products that are still on sale for their shopping holiday prices, so even if you missed the sales, you can still score some sick deals. This Amazon Echo bundle is

China releases a super-clear image of the Moon taken by Chang’e 5 probe

200+Ars Technica / 4h
Enlarge / This panoramic image shows the Chang'e 5 lander and the lunar landscape. (credit: CNSA) Less than a day after its Chang'e 5 probe made a soft landing on the Moon, the China National Space Administration has released both a short video showing the spacecraft's descent to the surface as well as a high-definition image of the lunar landscape. The panoramic surface image , highlighting the

Get this fancy SteelSeries gaming headset at Amazon and save $90

28Mashable / 4h
SAVE $90: One of the best gaming headsets around — the SteelSeries Arctis Pro — is $90 off at Amazon for a limited time. Whether you mostly play your games online or prefer going solo, a gaming headset is something you're going to want to have at your disposal. Sure, they allow you to talk to your friends online while you play, but at their base, gaming headsets generally allow for a more immersi

The Second Monolith Has Now Also Disappeared

2KFuturism / 4h
X-Files 2.0 Reuters reports that the second mysterious monolith , spotted near an archeological site in northern Romania, has disappeared. If you’re keeping count, that’s the second mysterious metal monolith that has disappeared without a trace recently. Last week, a monolith spotted in the Utah wilderness also disappeared — in what some open-minded folks would call an alien abduction. As it late

Leverage web scraping to protect your brand during the golden quarter

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Counterfeiting is an increasingly important issue to tackle for businesses.

How to Create Random (Fake) Datasets in Microsoft Excel

20How-To Geek / 4h
Creating random data to fill an Excel workbook is as simple as adding a few little-known formulas. These formulas come in handy when honing your Microsoft Excel skills, as they give you fake data to practice with before you risk mistakes with the real thing. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Teen banking service Step raises $50M, adds TikTok star Charli D’Amelio to investor list

200+TechCrunch / 4h
Step , a mobile banking service aimed at teens , announced this morning it has raised $50 million in Series B funding after growing to over 500,000 users only two months after its official launch. The round was led by Coatue, with returning investors from Stripe, Crosslink Capital, Collaborative Fund, and Will Smith’s Dreamers VC. The startup also added some celeb investors to this round, includi

Teardown of “Dishy McFlatface,” the SpaceX Starlink user terminal

100+Ars Technica / 4h
Enlarge / Ken Keiter gets ready to tear apart the SpaceX Starlink user terminal, "Dishy McFlatface." (credit: Ken Keiter ) Engineer Ken Keiter recently came into possession of one SpaceX Starlink user terminal , the satellite dish that SpaceX nicknamed "Dishy McFlatface." But instead of plugging it in and getting Internet access from SpaceX's low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, Keiter decided to ta

Windows 10 patch cures bug that plagued PCs with Thunderbolt ports

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
This troublesome gremlin caused some serious crashes, so affected users will be pleased to see a resolution.

Amazon's Fire TV Cube can now handle two-way video calls

47Engadget / 4h
Amazon is bringing several Alexa-powered features to the second-generation Fire TV Cube , including two-way video calls . Since the device doesn't have a camera, you'll need to connect a webcam that has UVC support and a resolution of at least 720p. It’ll also need to capture video at a minimum of 30 frames per second — 4K webcams aren't recommended, however. You'll also require a Micro USB to US

Walmart Plus drops $35 order minimum to battle Amazon Prime

100+Engadget / 4h
Walmart hasn’t been shy about challenging Amazon Prime with its Plus service , and that now includes no-charge shipping. CNBC reports that Walmart Plus is dropping its $35 order minimum for free one- or two-day shipping as of December 4th. You won’t have to add something superfluous to your order just to get free shipping for a must-have item, in other words. The loosened restrictions don’t apply

Welcome raises $6M to help your company hire and keep employees

100+TechCrunch / 4h
Welcome , the HR software that helps organizations make and close offers to new candidates, announced the close of a $6 million seed round today, led by FirstMark Capital. Participating investors include Ludlow Ventures, Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg, and Keenan Rice and Ben Porterfield (which were existing investors), as well as a wide array of angels. TechCrunch last covered Welcome in August ,

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5 kicks off with a Mandalorian crossover

SlashGear / 4h
Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5 has arrived, and it seems that we’re in for something of a shake up following last season’s Marvel antics. Season 5 is officially called Zero Point, and during it, we’ll see hunters from across all realities and various timelines arrive in Fortnite‘s world. Chief among those hunters is none other than The Mandalorian, who is … Continue reading

Chrome has a new way to warn you about weak passwords

29TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Discover if any of your saved passwords are substandard and protect your valuable accounts.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888: all the new upgrades coming to flagship phones

29TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
The Snapdragon 888 has been officially unveiled, giving us a look at what to expect from 2021's flagship phones.

Patch hints at website builder and newsletter platform for journalists

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Digital news firm Patch working on new website builder and newsletter platform targeting journalists.

Best Buy Garmin smartwatch deals can still save you $100 in Cyber Week sales

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Garmin smartwatch deals are seeing $100 discounts in Best Buy's continued Cyber Week sales, but move fast these offers end soon.

Inside American Airlines’ first public Boeing 737 MAX flight since its grounding

The Points Guy / 5h
This breaking story will be updated throughout the day. American Airlines put its Boeing 737 MAX back in sky today, a symbolic first push for the carrier as it tries to restore confidence in its 24-and-counting fleet of the troubled aircraft. The Fort Worth-based carrier will operate test flight with media and employees from its mega-hub in Dallas to its maintenance facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a

Living algae facades cover buildings, sucking in CO2 and sun to produce renewable energy

100+Mashable / 5h
The world's first bio-reactive facade, where glass panels cultivate microalgae to produce renewable energy, was unveiled on a residential building in Hamburg, Germany in 2013. Since then, the technology has significantly improved, making the facade system an integral part of a building project that automatically provides heat and warm water. Mashable and Arup are working together to showcase inno

Ouch: The New American Airlines Safety Video Is Full Of People Who No Longer Work At American

31View from the Wing / 5h
The new American Airlines safety video was supposed to debut back in April. It was delayed due to the pandemic. They queued it for December rollout, but decided it wasn't a good time and tried to pull it back. Many of the employees featured in the safety video are... no longer employees. They've been furloughed since the video was shot. Continue reading ...

Qualcomm’s new flagship SoC is the Snapdragon 888

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28Ars Technica / 5h
Enlarge / The Snapdragon 888, sitting on the world's biggest ARM motherboard. (credit: Qualcomm) This week Qualcomm announced its flagship smartphone SoC for 2021, the "Snapdragon 888." The TL;DR is that Qualcomm's 2021 chip is a 5nm SoC with an ARM Cortex-X1 core and Qualcomm's first flagship SoC with an on-board 5G modem, dumping the mandatory two-chip 5G solution that Qualcomm forced on the in

Snapdragon 888: A Rundown of Qualcomm's Next Big Mobile Chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888•
Gizmodo / 5h
In what has become a yearly tradition in early December, Qualcomm has announced its next flagship mobile chip designed for use in high-end phones and tablets. This is the chip that will be found in the biggest phones from Android makers, and plenty of tablets too. So here’s a rundown of all the new specs and features… Read more...

This 24" 1080p Dell Monitor Is Completely Unremarkable, and You Know What? For $100, That's Okay

38Gizmodo / 5h
Dell 24 Monitor | $100 | Dell

Self-driving trucks startup TuSimple raises $350M from U.S. rail, retail and freight giants

96TechCrunch / 5h
Self-driving trucks startup TuSimple has closed a $350 million funding round from a diverse consortium of strategic investors that include major U.S. corporations in rail, retail and freight, according to sources familiar with the deal. The round, which was oversubscribed, was led by VectoIQ LLC, confirming a report by TechCrunch in September. VectoIQ is the consulting and investment company foun

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 will land on phones in Q1 2021

Qualcomm Snapdragon•
200+TechCrunch / 5h
As promised, more info following yesterday’s Snapdragon 888 announcement. First off, as expected, the company’s next flagship SoC will arrive in the first quarter of next year. We’re still waiting on specific models, but as noted yesterday, the San Diego-based chip giant already has a lineup of smartphone makers planning to employ the 765 follow-up, including ASUS, Black Shark, LG, MEIZU, Motorol

Jitsu nabs $2M Seed to build open source data integration platform

100+TechCrunch / 5h
Jitsu , a graduate of the Y Combinator Summer 2020 cohort, is developing an open source data integration platform that helps developers send data to a data warehouse. Today, the startup announced a $2 million seed investment. Costanoa Ventures led the round with participation from YCombintaor, The House Fund and SignalFire. In addition to the open source version of the software, the company has d

AWS targets call center wins with Amazon Connect announcements

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
AWS announces five new capabilities for its cloud call center, Amazon Connect.

Get a free $50 Amazon gift card when you buy Microsoft 365's family plan

28Mashable / 5h
Free $50 gift card: As of Dec. 2, you can buy a 12-month subscription to Microsoft 365 Family for $99.99 and get a free $50 Amazon gift card. If you've got multiple people in your family who go to school or work, you should consider getting the family plan of Microsoft 365. It includes the Microsoft programs you use on a regular basis and it can be shared between up to six people. The best part i

Kate Flannery recalls Meredith getting hit by a car on 'The Office'

20Mashable / 5h
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Snapdragon 888 – Meet Qualcomm’s 2021 Android 5G super-chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888•
SlashGear / 5h
We knew it’s name, we knew the highlights, and now it’s time for the big news on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, the chipset flagship Android phones will be using in 2021. Latest in the SoC-maker’s 5G portfolio, the Snapdragon 888 not only integrates a 5G modem but cranks up CPU and GPU performance for up to 144 fps and 4K … Continue reading

2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 First Drive Review – Luxury you can’t ignore

SlashGear / 5h
The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 is the first-ever SUV from Maybach and, you could say, a playful jab – and somewhat less costly alternative – to other super-luxe contenders like the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Bentley’s Bentayga. The Maybach name returned in 2015 as a sub-brand of the three-pointed star, and since then the automaker has sold more than 45,000 of … Continue reading

Why I'm Finally Getting Rid of All My HDDs Forever

67Gizmodo / 5h
There are a handful of gadget-related sounds that fill my heart with dread, but few are more fear-inducing than the repeated tick-tick-tick of a dying hard disk drive. I’ve been hurt by that sound more than a few times in my life. So this year I finally tasked myself with a quest to get rid of all my HDDs and really… Read more...

Vodacom confirms iPhone 12 launch date for SA

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Vodacom has confirmed the iPhone 12 range will be here very, very soon

The world's best headphones are still on sale: Sony WH-1000XM4 deals live now

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Sony WH-1000XM4 deals were some of the best to hit us over Cyber Monday, and you can still save $50 right now.

UK Becomes First Western Country to Approve COVID Vaccine

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1KFuturism / 5h
The UK has officially licensed the COVID-19 vaccine developed by multinational pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German partner BioNTech. The country will begin vaccinating high risk groups as soon as next week with 800,000 initial doses, according to officials. Most if not all will be administered to healthcare workers. Medical authorities in the US and Europe have yet to approve the Pfizer vacc

MINI is looking to develop an electric John Cooper Works hatchback

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

Strategies For Easily Earning Hyatt Globalist Status

21One Mile at a Time / 5h
World of Hyatt Globalist is my favorite hotel status out there, and in 2021 it’ll be easier to earn than ever before, thanks to an announcement from World of Hyatt on Monday. There are so many different promotions right now that it seems to be causing confusion among some members. In this post I wanted to recap the promotions that make it easy to earn status, and then talk about some of the best

Beautify Your WhatsApp Chats With Custom Wallpapers

46Lifehacker / 5h
Want custom backgrounds for your many WhatsApp conversations? That might sound like clutter, but adding wallpapers to your chats gives you a great visual reminder of which group you’re talking to. And, of course, it livens up WhatsApp from the drab (but delightful) grays you might otherwise enjoy. Read more...

My return to ‘No Man’s Sky’ was a reminder of death and the void

100Engadget / 5h
I turned 36 in October, and one of my birthday gifts was Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 Remastered . It was a game I was good at as a kid, and loved playing, despite my total disinterest in skating in the real world. But, for whatever reason, the muscle-memory never came back to me, and I couldn’t connect to those vaseline-on-the-lens-tinted memories of youth. Cold, hard reality, like the sidewalks

Amazon's ARM-based CPU embraces extreme fine-tuning as it takes on Intel and AMD

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
AWS unveils new Graviton2-powered C6gn instances, promising significant cost savings.

Telkom launches digital wallet for mobile transactions

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
The platform allows users to pay others and get paid themselves using their mobile phone through the WhatsApp messaging app; to anyone on their contacts list

How to Connect Google Pay to Your Bank or Credit Card to Track Spending

64How-To Geek / 5h
Google Pay is the company’s one-stop-shop for all things related to your finances. It’s a very powerful service if you use all of its features. One handy feature is the ability to add your bank or credit card to track spending. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Virgin Galactic prepares to test rocket-powered VSS Unity spacecraft

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

Marc Benioff Sets His Sights on Microsoft

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100+NYT > Technology / 5h
The Salesforce C.E.O.’s planned acquisition of Slack will have him competing directly with the Goliath that is Microsoft.

NHS Covid-19 and Zoom top Apple's iPhone 2020 app charts

1KBBC News - Technology / 5h
The contact-tracing app was downloaded more times than TikTok and WhatsApp via Apple's store.

Great tech holiday gifts under R600

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Christmas is just around the corner and the most expensive shopping season is coming with it

Want to track your kids? New Disney smartwatch will rope Darth Vader in to help

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
The Neo, from Vodafone and Disney, comes with loads of tools designed for helicopter parents.

Most security vulnerabilities take years to see the light of day

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
GitHub’s annual Octoverse survey reveals most vulnerabilities are from mistakes, not malicious attacks.

iPhone exploit gave hackers control over WiFi without your input

100+Engadget / 5h
Many security exploits require at least some kind of interaction on your part, but that wasn’t true for an iPhone exploit earlier this year. As Ars Technica reports , Google Project Zero researcher Ian Beer has detailed an iOS 13 exploit that let someone remotely control a device over WiFi using a “zero-click” attack — that is, with no input required from the target. The exploit took advantage of

SteelSeries' wireless Arctis Pro headset is 27 percent off on Amazon today

45Engadget / 5h
If you’re still looking for a gift for the gamer in your life, Amazon’s one-day sale on a premium SteelSeries headset could help you out. The SteelSeries Arctis Pro wireless headset is $90 off today, bringing down from $330 to $240. That’s only $20 more than the lowest we’ve ever seen it, and that all-time low price was last spotted over one year ago. Buy Arctis Pro wireless headset at Amazon - $

Make Your Own Irish Cream Immediately

300+Lifehacker / 6h
There are two types of people in this world: People who would be put off by the question “Ever drink Bailey’s out of a shoe?” and people who watched The Mighty Boosh in their early 20s. If you’re not familiar with pre- Great British Bake Off Noel Fielding, all you need to know is that Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur plays… Read more...

How the New Spider-Man Game Gets Miles Morales Right

97NYT > Technology / 6h
Evan Narcisse, a writer for the new Spider-Man game for PlayStation 4 and 5, worked to make the hero’s connections to his Afro-Latino neighborhood feel as authentic as possible.

Extended NordVPN deal: three months free still available on one of the best VPNs

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Get all your anonymous browsing and site unblocking taken care of - and for an extra three months free - by NordVPN with this ace VPN deal.

Oppo Reno 5 series comprising of three devices to be unveiled on December 10

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
The Reno 5 series is a highly anticipated lineup of smartphones that may get a global launch in due course of time

How to watch the live Amazon Premier League games for free this December

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Fancy watching every live Amazon Premier League game in December for free? Here's how you can set it up from today.

Space balloon company raises funds, will conduct first test flight next year

100+Ars Technica / 6h
Space Perspective seeks to take people to the edge of space in a pressurized vehicle. [credit: Space Perspective ] A company that plans to send passengers to the edge of space in a pressurized vehicle beneath a large balloon said Wednesday it is on track to fly a demonstration mission next year and has raised the funds needed to accomplish this. Space Perspective, which is based at Kennedy Space

Holiday 2020: 10 Whimsical Gifts for the Foodie in Your Life

How-To Geek / 6h
When the chef in your life has just about every unique kitchen gadget there is, you might have to look past the practical and get creative. Check out these fun food-related gifts you can wrap up this holiday season. Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

Using CRON Jobs in CloudFlare Workers through Wrangler

How-To Geek / 6h
Cloudflare Workers have shown themselves to be a unique and powerful solution to serverless computing. With the new addition of CRON jobs, you can now run Cloudflare Workers on a schedule without relying on an external trigger. In this article, we explore how to set up a new script, deploy that script to Cloudflare, and ultimately trigger that script with a CRON job. Read This Article on CloudSav

How to Turn Tablet Mode On and Off on Windows 10

32How-To Geek / 6h
By default, Windows 10 automatically switches to tablet mode when you reconfigure your convertible PC into tablet form. If you’d rather turn on or turn off Tablet mode manually, there are several ways to do it. Here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

The top innovations in credit card benefits of 2020 — and TPG’s Editor’s Choice award winner

The Points Guy / 6h
Nearly every industry has seen drastic changes in 2020. Last month, we outlined the year’s major developments in airline loyalty and safety during Aviation Week of the TPG Awards — including our TPG Editor’s Choice winners in each category. Credit card issuers — and the impact they have on consumers — are no different. With consumer behavior and many of life’s priorities transformed from a year a

Shop-Ware raises cash as cars make a comeback

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Shop-Ware has been waiting for a year like 2020 since 2015. The startup, which sells software to neighborhood automotive shops to digitize their operations, had struggled to capture capital from venture firms. Until recently, its sole major investor was aftermarket automotive giant Bosch. For companies like Shop-Ware, the disruptive wake of COVID-19 has cleared a path to capital as mainstream inv

Looking Glass’s next product is a holographic digital photo frame

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Looking Glass’s technology is extremely cool, but has, thus far, been prohibitively expensive, ranging from $600 for its 8.9-inch product to $6,000 for the 15-inch model — and an undisclosed sum for its 32-inch 8K display. Portrait might not be the most technically ambitious or versatile product the Brooklyn-based startup has produced, but it’s easily the most accessible. At $349, it’s still not

Jio Platforms backs SF-based AR gaming startup Krikey

73TechCrunch / 6h
Jio Platforms, the biggest telecom operator in India and which has raised over $20 billion from Facebook, Google and other high-profile investors this year, is leading a financing round of a San Francisco-based startup that develops augmented-reality mobile games. Jio has led the Series A fundraise of Krikey, founded by sisters Jhanvi and Ketaki Shriram, the Indian firm said on Wednesday. They di

Research claims 5G networks are 90% more efficient

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Operators need to reduce costs to handle the cost of increased traffic.

AWS CEO: Cloud can be the key for your business reinvention and success

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Digital transformation via the cloud can be the key to success, AWS head Andy Jassy declares.

When is The Mandalorian season 2 episode 6 released on Disney Plus?

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
When is the next episode of The Mandalorian season 2? Here's when you can stream season 2, episode 6 on Disney Plus.

The 305-meter Arecibo Observatory telescope has collapsed

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The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Researchers detect CNO neutrinos in the sun’s core

SlashGear / 6h
Researchers from Princeton have announced that they have been able to detect CNO neutrinos, tiny particles pointing to the presence of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen inside the core of the sun. The particles are said to reveal the last missing detail of the fusion cycle that powers the sun and other stars. These are a rare type of neutrinos known … Continue reading

DeepMind co-founder: Gaming inspired AI breakthrough

100+BBC News - Technology / 6h
The discovery is expected to advance medical research in treating disease.

Everything we know about Hyundai and Kia’s new electric vehicle platform

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67Ars Technica / 6h
Hyundai Motor Group has a new modular battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform for larger rear- or all-wheel drive vehicles. It's called E-GMP and it sounds very impressive. [credit: Hyundai Motor Group ] It would be inaccurate to describe the Korean auto industry as firing on all cylinders, if only because it's also really good at making electric vehicles, and those don't have cylinders that fire

How to Translate Web Pages in Safari on Mac

20How-To Geek / 6h
Often find yourself on websites with text in a foreign language? If you use Safari, there’s no need to go to Google Translate. You can translate web pages between seven languages right in Safari on a Mac. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Snag a wide-body flight on these unusual domestic routes during the holidays

The Points Guy / 6h
In a “normal” year, the travel industry would be gearing up for a busy holiday season. For airlines, that includes tweaking schedules to boost capacity on the most popular domestic routes. During winter in the Northern Hemisphere — and particularly over the holidays — U.S. carriers typically see weaker demand for transatlantic travel. Instead of parking their wide-body jets or flying them well be

10 Tips and Tricks for Your Brand-New PS5

100+Gizmodo / 6h
Congratulations on getting yourself a brand-new PlayStation 5 ! After making all of your friends incredibly jealous, it’s time to dive into everything this next-gen console has to offer. Here are 10 tips and tricks for making the most of your PS5. Read more...

Welp, Apple's M1-Powered MacBooks Are Already $100 off at Adorama—at Least for Today

60Gizmodo / 6h
13" MacBook Air With Apple M1 Chip (256GB) | $899 | Adorama 13" MacBook Air With Apple M1 Chip (512GB) | $1,149 | Adorama 13" MacBook Pro With Apple M1 Chip (256GB) | $1,199 | Adorama 13" MacBook Pro With Apple M1 Chip (512GB) | $1,399 | Adorama Read more...

MINI is working on an all-electric John Cooper Works hot hatchback

SlashGear / 6h
MINI is expanding its EV portfolio. Just recently, news broke of a prototype MINI circling the Nürburgring. As it turns out, MINI is testing a prototype of its first-ever, high-performance, all-electric John Cooper Works hot hatch following the release of its Cooper SE EV last year. “With the MINI Electric, we’ve shown how well brand-typical driving enjoyment and electric mobility … Continue read

iPhone 12 Mini Review: Phenomenal Cosmic Power, Itty Bitty Living Space

How-To Geek / 6h
The Apple iPhone 12 is, unsurprisingly, the most powerful iPhone of all time. But what happens when you take all that power and shrink it down to a similar form factor of yesteryear’s phones? You get the iPhone 12 Mini—the smallest and most powerful iPhone. It’s a hell of a combination and makes for an exceptional device for anyone who is tired of tablet-sized phones. Read This Article on Review

Why Excel Looks The Way it Does

63How-To Geek / 6h
The spreadsheet you are probably most familiar with is Microsoft Excel. But have you ever wondered why Excel looks and acts the way that it does? Why does Excel arrange data in a grid of cells? Why are columns identified by letters, and rows by numbers? The answer, like most things in IT, is because of compatibility. Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

American Airlines CEO Flies On The 737 MAX

400+One Mile at a Time / 7h
At the end of December, American Airlines will resume scheduled passenger flights with the 737 MAX , following the plane being “ungrounded” by the FAA . Ahead of that, the airline is trying to convince both employees and customers that the plane is safe to fly. The first major step towards that was taken last night. American executives fly the 737 MAX Last night, a Boeing 737 MAX operated a 57-mi

Double Your Laptop’s Screen Size With a Portable Monitor

64Wired / 7h
The Vissles-M is an excellent and easy-to-use touchscreen monitor that sits next to your computer, embiggening your WFH workspace.

American’s Holiday Gift Promotion Makes No Sense, And Is Stunning In Its Lack Of Generosity

24View from the Wing / 7h
Yesterday I wrote about American's holiday gift promotion and new targeted promotions for flying . Offers are now live in ember accounts. What gift did you receive, and what offer was targeted to encourage you to fly? Here's what I got - I'm left shaking my head. Continue reading ...

Florida-based logistics provider ShipMonk raises $290 million on the back of rising eCommerce demand

100+TechCrunch / 7h
Jan Bednar started ShipMonk with $70,000 in winnings from a string of student business plan competitions and launched the business that just closed on $290 million in new funding from a small warehouse with no air conditioning in the middle of Florida. While Bednar’s new offices are still inside the warehouse his company operates, they now have air conditioning… and a $290 million financing round

How to Copy Nintendo Switch Screenshots to a PC Over USB

How-To Geek / 7h
Starting with Nintendo Switch System Update Version 11.0.0, you can now transfer all of your game and software screenshots and videos over a USB-C cable to a compatible Windows computer. Here’s how to do it. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo pricing announced starting at $29,900

SlashGear / 7h
Mazda has announced pricing and package availability for the 2021 CX-30 2.5 Turbo. The vehicle uses the Mazda Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine and slots into the crossover segment. Mazda promises a blend of sophisticated design, amenities, and nimble driving dynamics. The turbocharged engine under the hood makes 250 horsepower and 320 pound-foot of torque on 93 octane fuel. If it’s … Continue reading

Web Summit: Stricter rules for technology companies

100+BBC News - Technology / 7h
An overhaul of European regulations will make them far stricter for unsafe products and hate speech online.

Dua Lipa and other Spotify artists' pages hacked by Taylor Swift 'fan'

300+BBC News - Technology / 7h
An apparent Taylor Swift fan defaced the artist pages for Lana Del Ray and Dua Lipa, among others.

The Morning After: Samsung might not release a new Galaxy Note next year

71Engadget / 7h
So Samsung might give the Galaxy Note series a break in 2021 , according to a Reuters report , but the stylus (Samsung calls it an S-Pen, of course), compatible with Galaxy S devices, may well live on. The decision apparently comes due to a drop in demand for high-end phones during the coronavirus pandemic — not to say that Samsung isn’t moving ahead with its foldables, which are even more expens

Three's incredible unlimited data for £16 a month SIM only deal is still available

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Cyber Monday and Black Friday are now over but this awesome SIM only deal from Three is still going.

Amazon Echo devices won't be restricted by your spotty Wi-Fi network

60TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Amazon Sidewalk is rolling out 'later this year' and should help Echo and Ring devices to stay connected even outside of your home Wi-Fi network.

Windows 10 update will give power users plenty to play with

49TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
New Windows 10 update fixes a number of bugs and comes with a new interface for the PowerToys Image Resizer feature.

American AAdvantage Giving All Members A Gift

100+One Mile at a Time / 7h
Well here’s a cute concept… AAdvantage members get gifts & promotions The American Airlines AAdvantage program will be giving every member a gift, simply for being a member. This promotion is valid for those who register between December 2 and December 16, 2020. As Rick Elieson, President of AAdvantage, describes this promotion: “Our members truly are our greatest gift. This holiday season, we’re

LTE and 5G issues plague some iPhone 12 devices

SlashGear / 7h
Apple launched its iPhone 12 series not long ago, and they have been in the hands of end-users for more than a month. The devices represent the first generation from Apple that support 5G service. However, some users report issues with both 5G and LTE connectivity dropping, particularly when driving or traveling. It’s hard to know how widespread the problem … Continue reading

Virgin Galactic may attempt a rocket-powered test flight next week

65Engadget / 7h
Virgin Galactic plans to do the first rocket-powered test flight of its VSS Unity spacecraft from its freshly christened Spaceport America facility in New Mexico as early as next week, the company announced . It could launch as soon as December 11th, and would be the first rocket-powered Unity flight since it took a passenger to the edge of space in February, 2019 . So far in New Mexico, Virgin G

Linux Foundation to offer new entry-level IT certification

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
The course should help fill a gap identified by recent Linux Foundation survey.

Logging in to get kicked out: Inside America’s virtual eviction crisis

100+MIT Technology Review / 7h
When Gabrielle Diamond and her boyfriend, Brian Cox, showed up for eviction court on October 15, they were more than a little nervous. The two had been renting a bedroom in transitional housing for veterans in Kansas City, Missouri, since January, paying $600 per month for their month-to-month lease. Almost as soon as they moved in, Diamond says, the issues started. The building was unclean and a

Two Global Efforts Try to Trace the Origin of the Covid Virus

400+Wired / 8h
Both teams want to know when—or how often—the virus passed from animals to people. But the trail may have gone cold, and the search has gotten political.

This Company Uses AI to Outwit Malicious AI

100+Wired / 8h
Robust Intelligence is among a crop of companies that offer to protect clients from efforts at deception.

The Pandemic Gives Us a Chance to Change How We Get Around

100+Wired / 8h
City transportation ecosystems are suddenly getting more diverse, creating an opportunity to (finally) rethink the car.

The Best Barefoot Shoes for Walking or Running

72Wired / 8h
Our favorite zero-drop, minimalist footwear will let you feel the ground beneath your feet.

Salesforce confirms multi-billion dollar Slack takeover

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Definitive agreement is now in place for Salesforce acquisition of Slack for cash plus shares.

HP launches eSports scholarships worth Rs 12 lakh in India

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
HP India has announced eSports scholarships to take the Indian gamers to the global stage.

Khan Academy is an essential homeschooling resource, especially for math

200+Mashable / 8h
Even though it’s the wee hours of morning, my son’s ready for school, and I’m happy to oblige. This year we’re trying out Khan Academy, and logging in is simple. “So cute!” he exclaims when an abstract illustration of smiling creatures welcomes him to his work. Soon, he’s happily dragging colorful squares across his Chromebook’s screen. My family has never been normal, especially when it comes to

MIT RoboGrammar system helps choose the right shape for robots

SlashGear / 8h
There are several ways to figure out which robot design is the most efficient for crossing various terrains. The most time-consuming would be to simply build every variation of a robot and test them in the real world. MIT has developed a system called RoboGrammar that can test various robot designs virtually and determine which is the best for crossing … Continue reading

Oculus VR headsets look set to lose one of its highest profile games

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Marvel Powers United has left the Oculus Store, despite being an exclusive, high-profile release.

Olympus extends Cyber Monday sale of super-cheap renewed mirrorless cameras

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Forgot about Cyber Monday and need a cheap mirrorless camera? You'll struggle to find better than than this Olympus sale.

Halo Infinite battle royale rumors won’t go away as 343 Industries addresses new leak

31TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Is Halo Infinite getting a battle royale mode? Maybe, but 343 Industries is keeping schtum for now.

Next year's Moto G phones look set to be far more powerful than the Moto G9 Plus

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Motorola has confirmed that future Moto G phones will use high-end processors, though it's not clear how many.

Windows 10 is trying something different with feature updates

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Windows 10’s new plan for standalone updates will allow for more regular tinkering with the OS.

You can now buy these official 'Ugly Microsoft' sweaters, and for a good cause

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Microsoft will donate $20 from every sweat to the charity Girls Who Code, so you can be a part of its close-knit family

Google enhances SMB security with Android Enterprise Essentials

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Google offers easy to manage and deploy security tools on Android handsets.

What Is an “Optional Quality Update” on Windows 10?

71How-To Geek / 8h
On Windows 10, Windows Update may sometimes offer you an “Optional Quality Update.” Unlike other updates, Windows won’t automatically install these—so what exactly are they? Should you install them? Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Cyber Monday may be over, but you can still save $400 on gaming laptop deals today

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Gaming laptop deals with savings of up to $400 are still available today despite Cyber Monday being over - don't miss them though.

Hyundai officially unveils E-GMP platform for its future electric cars

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SlashGear / 8h
We’ve heard about Hyundai’s dedicated E-GMP electric vehicle platform since the 45 Concept’s debut at Frankfurt last year. And now, the South Korean automaker has officially unveiled its Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) via an online event. “Today, our front-wheel driven Hyundai and Kia BEVs are already among the most efficient ones in their segments,” said Albert Biermann, President and

Microsoft Teams calls finally get the overhaul you’ve been waiting for

42TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
The latest Microsoft Teams update both streamlines and expands the audio calling facility.

Why focus on protection, instead of relying on detection

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
The changing threat landscape and the need for a new approach to security.

Netflix is remaking one of its most popular TV shows

39TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Netflix smash hit Money Heist is getting a remake in Korea, according to a new report.

Fortnite's new season features The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda

62Engadget / 8h
Fortnite ’s Marvel arc is now over after the big final event last night that saw Galactus being destroyed with the help of Iron Man, Thor and a whole lot of battle buses. Despite the lawsuits with Apple that blocked the season on iOS, the finale was still the most popular event in Fortnite history — likely because it was held late enough in the US that enough users could see it. We defeated him!

Qualcomm won't make its own smartphones after all

64TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
The only handsets Qualcomm will make are reference devices for technology demos.

Microsoft releases new version of Edge packed with new and exciting features

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Latest Dev build includes new password options, PDF notes and more.

Apple releases list of best apps of 2020

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

Google's Shopping Gift Guide will show you what everyone's buying

92Engadget / 9h
Google has unveiled the Shopping Gift Guide , a microsite that lets you browse trending categories, compare prices and find local buying options. When you first launch it, you can go into product areas for chefs, athletes, techies, decorators, “wellness gurus,” gamers and kids. Once you click on the “techies” area, for instance, it shows top trending products including the Pixel 5, Apple Watch Se

Bizzabo raises $138M for a platform that helps you build and run virtual conferences

200+TechCrunch / 9h
Conferences have — for better or worse (and if you’ve ever been trapped in a cavernous CES exhibition hall, you might say worse) — become a significant cornerstone of how industries engage with their audiences, whether they are comics superfans, or iOS developers, or insurance brokers. This year has undoubtedly seen a huge shift in how those conferences exist. The Covid-19 health pandemic has dra

Genesis Therapeutics raises $52M A round for its AI-focused drug discovery mission

200+TechCrunch / 9h
Sifting through the trillions of molecules out there that might have powerful medicinal effects is a daunting task, but the solution biotech has found is to work smarter, not harder. Genesis Therapeutics has a new simulation approach and cross-disciplinary team that has clearly made an impression: the company just raised a $52 million A round. Genesis competed in the Startup Battlefield at Disrup

SpaceX plans uncrewed Mars mission within two years

22SlashGear / 9h
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk gave an interview this week, where he talked about several different topics. One of the big topics he talked about was his company’s ambition for putting humans back on Mars. Musk mentioned that the company’s big shiny spacecraft known as Starship would have a high-altitude test later this week. During the interview, he also mentioned that … Continue reading

Xbox Series X scalpers get what they deserve as retailer cancels 1,000 orders

70TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Xbox Series X scalpers have been dealt a blow as a UK retailer cancels over 1,000 orders that were exploited during a technical error.

Samsung Galaxy Note 21 looks increasingly less likely to launch

29TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Three more sources are claiming that there won't be a Samsung Galaxy Note 21.

AMD RX 6900 XT custom graphics cards could soon arrive to unlock full potential of Big Navi

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Big Navi is set to get bigger still, with AMD supposedly having greenlit custom third-party versions of its flagship.

This zero-click iOS exploit could let hackers hijack your iPhone

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Google Project Zero researcher finds iOS exploit allowing attackers to remotely take over an individual’s iPhone.

The UK has granted emergency approval for Pfizer/BioNTech’s covid-19 vaccine

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200+MIT Technology Review / 9h
The news: The UK’s regulator has approved Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine, making it the first country in the world to provide emergency authorization for a covid-19 vaccine. The UK had already signed an agreement to buy 40 million doses due to be delivered this year and in 2021, with the first batch set to arrive in the coming days. The vaccine requires two doses, so that is enough for 20 million peop

Amazfit reveals new GTS 2 Mini and Pop Pro smartwatches, with impressive specs

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
The latest devices from Huami are a shrunk-down version of the GTS 2, and a souped-up edition of the Amazfit Pop.

Samsung Galaxy S21 leaked renders show... isn't that the Galaxy S20?

35TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
This Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus render looks so similar to the S20 that they could almost be the same phone.

Remedy's Control lands on Xbox Game Pass, as gamers wait for Xbox Series X upgrade

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Remedy's Control was one of the standout games of the past year, and Game Pass subscribers can now try it out at no extra cost.

First Snapdragon 888 phones look to be Oppo Find X3, Xiaomi Mi 11 and more

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
The Oppo Find X3, Realme Race and Xiaomi Mi 11 will be among the first Snapdragon 888 phones.

Samsung Android 11 update schedule confirmed - here's when your phone gets it

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Samsung has confirmed its rollout of Android 11 to a variety of its phones, and here's when it'll be arriving.

Get a one-year VPN subscription for less than $25

57Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: Secure your internet connection with a one year subscription to IPVanish VPN , on sale for $24.65 as of Dec. 2. If you're concerned about your privacy online, you may want to invest in a virtual private network (VPN) to beef up your security and kick hackers to the curb. For a limited time, you can score a year of IPVanish on sale for less than $25. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on the App Stor

Here's how you could win a PS5, Xbox Series X, and more

20Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: Donate to the Playing for Change Foundation for a chance to win The Ultimate Gaming Giveaway , which includes a PlayStation 5, an Xbox Series X, accessories and more. It's the season of giving, so we're bringing you the Ultimate Gaming Giveaway . Packed with pretty much everything on every gamer's dream wish list, this charity giveaway gives you the chance to win not only the hottest conso

How to learn the basics of data science online

20Mashable / 10h
TL;DR: Access 13 courses with the Complete Excel, VBA, and Data Science Certification training bundle for $38.24, a 99% savings as of Dec. 2. For four years in a row, Glassdoor has named " data scientist " the number one job in America. Plus, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 27.9 percent increase in employment in the field through 2026, driven by the demand for data science skills.

Score Cyber Monday-level prices on this kitchen gear

20Mashable / 10h
You didn’t think the deals were over, did you? Even if you took an extended holiday from screens, you can still score some sweet deals — like these kitchen tools and gadgets, on sale for up to 76% off as of Dec. 2. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your own kitchen or help someone in your life upgrade theirs, these best-selling kitchen items — from cookware and air fryers to pressure cookers and

Spotify Wrapped 2020 launches to remind music lovers of a year we'd rather forget

40TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Spotify Wrapped has launched for 2020, letting you relive the music that got you through the past year.

This is probably the scariest iPhone hack ever

400+Mashable / 10h
Read more... More about Apple , Iphone , Hackers , Hack , and Tech

China’s Chang’e-5 probe successfully lands on the moon

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

The UK approves the BioNTech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

UK Pfizer BioNTech Vaccine•
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The UK government has approved the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 for emergency use, following the recommendation of the national medicines regulator. The UK is the first country to approve the vaccine for widespread use — paving the way for some of the most “high risk” citizens, such as elderly care home residents and front-line healthcare workers, to get the jab before the end of the

Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank, picks up additional £60M in funding

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Monzo , the U.K. challenger bank now with more than 4.8 million customers, has closed another £60 million in funding, priced the same as and effectively an extension of the its previous top-up round in June. This saw Monzo valued by private investors at around £1.2 billion , marked by industry observers as a down round . It was lower than the upstart bank’s previous — perhaps overheated — valuati

Spotify launches ‘2020 Wrapped’ with new features including quizzes, badges and, yes, stories

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Spotify is today launching its 2020 Wrapped personalized experience — the company’s popular year-end review of users’ favorite artists, songs, genres, and podcasts. This year, however, Spotify is making a few changes. For starters, Wrapped will be exclusively available on mobile for Spotify users, while a web experience will offer a version of Wrapped for non-Spotify users for the first time. To

Revolut launches early salary feature in the UK and web app

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Fintech startup Revolut has two new features this week. First, the company is launching a web app for its regular users — not just business users. Second, in the U.K., Revolut has partnered with Modulr to let you receive your salary a day early. Revolut has historically focused its efforts on its mobile app. If you have a business account with Revolut, you know that you can see your past transact

Facebook's cryptocurrency project rebrands as Diem

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In the run-up to a rumored 2021 debut , Facebook has announced that the body behind its cryptocurrency project is being renamed. The Libra Association , which was designed to build a legal framework and support the coin itself, has now been rebranded as the Diem Association. In a statement , the body said that the change represented a “new day for the project.” The announcement adds weight to the

Mi 11 officially to be among the first few phones to use Snapdragon 888

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888•
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The Mi 11 is expected to come with Mi 11 Pro and is touted as a “cutting-edge” product by the company's co-founder Lei Jun.

Google launches People Cards for South Africa

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Google has brought out People Cards on its mobile search engine for South Africa

Rainbow Six Siege Operation Neon Dawn brings Aruni to main server

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Rainbow Six Siege's Year 5 Season 4 Operation Neon Dawn is now live with new operator Aruni and the reworked Skyscraper map. It also brings a slew of new changes to operators and game mechanics.

MTN brings out eSIM for select smartphones

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MTN has added support for the eSIM among a range of iPhones and Samsung smartphones

Sennheiser launches entry-level HD 560S audiophile headphones in India - and it is pricey

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Sennheiser has launched the entry-level HD 560S audiophile headphones in India which have been priced at Rs 18,990

Vivo V20 Pro 5G with Snapdragon 765G processor launched in India

Vivo V20 Pro India•
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The Vivo V20 Pro 5G is now official in India with a 44MP eye AF selfie camera and Snapdragon 765G chipset at a price of Rs 29,990.

Instagram Live now supports up to 3 guests - a made for India feature

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Instagram has increased guest support from one to three guests for live broadcasts on its platform in India.

Razer enables custom Chroma lighting effects for Opera's gaming browser

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While the Opera GX gaming browser launched with Razer Chroma compatibility last year, the integration was pretty limited: Chroma devices could only match your chosen highlight colors in the browser. Now, the companies have made using Opera GX with Chroma devices a bit more interesting by giving the browser the power to trigger dynamic lighting effects. Chroma devices can now light up with custom

Apple's MagSafe Duo is finally available for purchase and yep, it comes without a power adapter

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PUBG Corp merges with Krafton to announce new studio

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PUBG Corp has merged with Krafton Game Union to become PUBG Studio that will be handling all things related to PUBG, be that the PC version, the console ones or PUBG Mobile.

Samsung Smart club loyalty program and referral program announced in India

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Samsung has announced two new programs in India for its smartphone users.