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Revealed: American Airlines Plans To Take Gov’t Money, Won’t Bring Cabin Crew Back To Work

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Government payroll support (subsidies) require airlines to pay their furloughed workers, and not to furlough any more, through March 31. Internal American Airlines documents show that most workers won't be back to work before that meaning most will never be back to work. The airline does not even plan for two thirds of flight attendants to work during the Payroll Support Program period, and inter

Microsoft Word in Windows 10 will now use AI to make you a better writer

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Microsoft Editor is coming to the Windows 10 version of Word, and can use AI to make your writing better.

Save hundreds on this Cisco certification training bundle

Engadget / 5min
Most companies, no matter the industry or size, need technical support to operate a profitable business. That means employers are always on the hunt for talented and tech-savvy individuals, especially when it comes to networking and IT. As someone with an affinity for technology, it makes sense to align your interests with your career. Well, that's where this bundle of online courses can help you

NASA digs deep into the archives for a peaceful view of Earth from half a century ago

Mashable / 11min
On Dec. 27, 1968, two days after Christmas in one of the USA's worst years on record , the astronauts aboard Apollo 8 returned home after almost a week in space. The NASA mission crewed by astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders logged a number of important firsts. It was the first human-crewed space mission to launch from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, the first one to reach t

A Las Vegas local shares how the city is handling holiday festivities during the pandemic

The Points Guy / 20min
A city usually known for bright lights and a booming nightlife is a little bit quieter this holiday season due to COVID-19. Last year, according to Statistica, Las Vegas welcomed 43 million visitors. But this year, for the start of the holiday season in October, tourism occupancy was down to just under 2 million for the month. With less tourism and a new convention and visitors bureau motto of “S

Meters' OV-1-B Connect headphones have VU dials and a $349 price tag

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The best laid schemes of mice, men and niche British audio brands can go awry when the world is gripped by a global pandemic. Meters Music announced its new flagship headphones back in January, with shipping due a few months later. It’s now December, and this is the first time we’ve seen the new OV-1-B Connect cans in the flesh. Meters Music is a part of Ashdown Engineering, a British company tha

Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 and Z Flip rumor round-up

SlashGear / 33min
Today we’re taking a peek at the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Fold 3 and all the iterations of the bunch that’ll likely launch in the year 2021. The first major change is one similar to that of several other device line changes over the past year from a variety of brands – that of the number skip. … Continue reading

How to Mark a Message in Microsoft Teams as Important or Urgent

How-To Geek / 42min
When you have channel and message notifications flashing in Microsoft Teams, it’s hard to know which are a priority. Mark your message as Important or Urgent so your teammates know to pay attention to it. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Thursday's Best Deals: iPad Air, Mpow Flame Earbuds, Infrared Thermometer, Stackable Character Snack Packs, BioShock: The Collection, Xcom 2, Reusable Makeup Removers, The Last of Us Part II and More

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A RemoBell smart doorbell and an iPad Air lead Thursday’s best deals. Read more...

Thursday's Best Deals: iPad Air, Mpow Flame Earbuds, Infrared Thermometer, Stackable Character Snack Packs, BioShock: The Collection, Xcom 2, Reusable Makeup Removers, The Last of Us Part II and More

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A RemoBell smart doorbell and an iPad Air lead Thursday’s best deals. Read more...

Boxing Day bots: Threats to e-commerce and how to stop them

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Boxing Day sales will be front of mind for retailers looking to end 2020 on a high.

Square may snatch up TIDAL in an unexpected acquisition

SlashGear / 52min
While there’s no denying that TIDAL has taken a rather unique approach to music streaming, it’s also clear that the service hasn’t pulled a significant amount of market share away from the giants of the space – specifically Spotify and Apple Music. On that front, TIDAL may get some help from an unexpected buyer, as rumor has it that Square … Continue reading

This Was the Most Exciting and Disappointing Year for Computers and Consoles

Gizmodo / 56min
This fall was a blizzard of hardware and console announcements from practically every major company, all timed to launch just before the holiday shopping season. Nvidia wowed us with new graphics cards. AMD hit the ground running with new processors and its own graphics cards . Intel’s Iris Xe integrated GPU was… Read more...

How to Watch 'A Christmas Story' for Free, Even Without Cable

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For some, an annual viewing (or 12) of A Christmas Story is a holiday tradition. The classic movie provides viewers with a glimpse into what the holidays were like in the good ol’ days, when people understood the true meaning of Christmas: that children deserve to get the firearms they so desire. Just kidding—it’s… Read more...

Hawaii Restrictions Changing Again, Kauai May Re-Open To Tourism With 4 Day Quarantine

View from the Wing / 1h
No Covid-19 restrictions on travelers have been more erratic than Hawaii's. The state's planned re-opening date got shared and then pushed back several times. Communication around what tests would be accepted to avoid quarantine was poor. Even the state itself has gotten this wrong, sending a family into quarantine even with proper negative tests . The island of Kauai even opted out of testing to

Apple promises to fix ultrawide monitor support on M1 Macs

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Life isn’t pleasant right now if you want to pair an M1 Mac with an ultrawide monitor , but help is on the way. Macworld and 9to5Mac have learned that Apple is promising a macOS update to fix a lack of supported resolutions on ultrawide and super-ultrawide monitors connected to M1-based Macs. Apple didn’t say when that fix might arrive, although it’s already testing macOS Big Sur 11.2 and could t

US hits COVID-19 milestone but experts fear holiday travel surge

SlashGear / 1h
More than 1 million people in the US have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC has confirmed, though there are rising concerns that surging cases across the country will still outpace treatment. As of December 23, total coronavirus cases in the US had exceeded 18 million, with the virus now blamed for more than 321,000 deaths. More … Continue reading

Taiwan Applies For US Pre-Clearance Facility

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Taipei Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan might become the first airport in Asia-Pacific to get a US Pre-Clearance facility. Taipei Taoyuan may get US Pre-Clearance facility It’s being reported that Taiwan has applied to offer a US Pre-Clearance facility, offering US immigration screening before passengers board US-bound flights. US Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf revealed this during

Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro will reportedly cost $199

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We’ve already learned a lot about Samsung’s upcoming wireless Galaxy Buds Pro thanks to a leak on Samsung’s own site, but one key detail was missing: the price. According to slides leaked on Twitter by WalkingCat and spotted by The Verge , however, it looks like they’ll cost $199 — $30 more than Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Live , but a good $50 cheaper than the AirPods Pro from Apple. We already know t

Use This Map to Find the Most Over-the-Top Holiday Decorations In Your Area

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This year, holiday decorating took on new meaning for people who had been cooped up inside their homes for the bulk of 2020. Not only does putting up a tree or getting out the menorah give the inside of your home a festive feel, but you have an entire second canvas to work with outside. From those with giant houses… Read more...

Apple's Latest iPad Air is $40 off in Sky Blue or Rose Gold

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Apple iPad Air 4th Gen (64GB Sky Blue) | $559 | Amazon Apple iPad Air 4th Gen (64GB Rose Gold) | $559 | Amazon Read more...

How to Enter Recovery Mode on a Mac with Apple Silicon

How-To Geek / 1h
The macOS Recovery Mode is the only way to fix a dead Mac. If you want to reinstall the operating system or format the drive, this is where you go. Here’s how to enter Recovery Mode on Macs with Apple Silicon. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Bollywood, Reeling From the Pandemic, Shifts to Streaming

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India’s film industry, which relied on theatrical releases, is experimenting with going straight to streaming services such as Amazon, Netflix and Disney’s Hotstar.

Warner Bros. will release its 2023 movies in theaters first

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Warner Bros.’ plans to release all 2021 movies simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters is only temporary, it seems. Variety reports the studio has confirmed that its Mad Max prequel Furiosa , the animated/live action hybrid Coyote vs. Acme and a musical take on The Color Purple will all release in theaters in 2023 — with no mention of an HBO Max debut. That doesn’t rule out any streaming plans,

The First 9 Things You Should Make With Your New Waffle Iron

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The air fryer may have been the most talked about appliance of 2020, but the waffle iron was the actual hero of quarantine cooking. Whether you’re reheating leftovers, transforming cake into breakfast, or mashing two pieces of pizza together to make a sandwich (or “panino,” if you will), the waffle iron is your friend… Read more...

The 20 Most Underrated Movies of the Past 20 Years

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You might’ve missed them when they came out. Here’s what you should catch up on—and how to stream them.

Sorry, Facebook. iOS Changes Aren't Bad for Small Businesses

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The social media giant would have you believe that Apple’s privacy update will hurt the little guys. But Facebook’s motives aren’t so altruistic.

No, You Don't Need a New TV for the PS5 and Xbox Series X

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This round of next-gen gaming consoles comes with features that make the most of 4K and HDR. But you'll still get some benefits without shelling out.

How to Enable an Extension in Edge’s InPrivate Mode

How-To Geek / 2h
By default, Microsoft Edge disables extensions in InPrivate mode to prevent unintentional privacy leaks. But sometimes you might need to use an extension while staying private. If so, it’s easy to enable and extension in private browsing mode. Here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

The Best Computer Monitors

How-To Geek / 2h
Good grief, there are a lot of monitors out there. Choosing which one you want is a matter of juggling many variables: the size, the panel type, the refresh rate, the connection options, and of course, the price. It can feel like unlimited choices with very few correct ones. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

10 Tips and Tricks to Get the Most Out of Your Xbox Series X or Series S

Gizmodo / 2h
So you’ve decided to treat yourself (or maybe you were treated) to a brand new Xbox Series X or Series S and immerse yourself in the next generation of consoles—but are you getting the most out of your Microsoft-made box? These quick tips and tricks for your new console will help, covering everything from automatic… Read more...

Hackers threaten to leak plastic surgery pictures

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The Hospital Group has confirmed that patient photos are being held to ransom by hackers.

Square could be trying to buy Tidal from Jay-Z

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Could a Tidal buyout be in the offing? Maybe, according to Bloomberg . The outlet is reporting that Square, the payments company run by Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, has discussed a potential acquisition with Jay-Z, the rapper and entrepreneur who bought Tidal in early 2015 . Bloomberg cites an unnamed source and has emphasized that a deal isn’t guaranteed. Still, the report is an intri

All the ways The Points Guy gave back in 2020

The Points Guy / 2h
Despite the various traumas of 2020, TPG raised and donated more than $475,000 for a variety of organizations this year. We also helped get some 18 million miles donated. It wouldn’t have been possible without help from our generous and loyal readers, so thank you for making this another special year and helping TPG help others. Before we jump into 2021, let’s take a look at all the ways TPG and

Tiny origami robot unfolds to perform microscopic surgeries

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Developed by researchers at WYSS Institute , Harvard SEAS, and Sony, the mini-RCM is a small surgical robot that could help surgeons perform delicate teleoperated procedures. The robot uses the Pop-up Mems method, unfolding and popping into shape like origami. Read more... More about Robot , Origami , Surgeon , Microscopic , and Science

A new Amazon gift card scam is landing in inboxes - and it's really not very Christmassy

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Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the surge in online shopping with this new Amazon gift card scam.

Bristol’s Brightpearl raises $33M Series C round led by Sage to boost its platform for retailers

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Brightpearl , which allows retailers to streamline their operations thus boosting sales, has raised $33 million in funding to scale its business. This Series C round was led by Sage, which has put $23 million into the UK company . Previous backers Cipio Partners, Notion Capital and Verdane also participated, puting in $10 million. The Bristol, UK-based startup has a platform for financial managem

Nuro set to be California's first driverless delivery service

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Nuro's autonomous vehicles will take to the streets as early as 2021.

The privacy wins worth celebrating in an otherwise dreary 2020

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Let's talk about the good things that happened this year. Yes, 2020 has been a relentless nightmare that's unspooled at rapidly shifting speeds — and it's showing no signs of magically abating as the clock strikes 12 this New Year's Eve. But you, who by some combination of luck or fate are still thinking and breathing, know this already. What you may be less aware of, however, is that despite the

NASA animation shows key landing events for the Perseverance rover

SlashGear / 3h
The next rover that will land on the surface of the Red Planet is the Perseverance rover. The rover is scheduled to land on Mars on February 18, 2021. NASA has offered a new animated video that depicts key occurrences in the landing process for the rover. Forces the rover will experience during the landing process are incredible. The spacecraft … Continue reading

The 3 things I do before every hotel stay during the pandemic

The Points Guy / 3h
For most of March, April, May and June, I stayed at home, avoiding any and all travel, doing whatever I could to limit my exposure to COVID-19. As we learned more about how the virus spreads — and after I was able to get my hands on some N95 masks — I decided to begin venturing out, with several house rentals and even a hotel stay within driving distance from home. Eventually, I even felt comfort

What Is Apple’s ProRAW Photo Format on iPhone?

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The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are the first iPhones to support ProRAW, Apple’s take on the RAW image format. In professional photography, RAW files are a must for getting the most out of your images—but what does it mean for the iPhone? Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

The Biggest Video Game Surprise Hits of 2020

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Despite some big-name disappointments, this was a great year for gaming. And more than a few came out of nowhere to steal our hearts.

The Latest Nokia Phone Is a Big, Clumsy Mess

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It’s also a contender for the worst product name of 2020.

Google develops an AI that can learn both chess and Pac-Man

Ars Technica / 3h
The first major conquest of artificial intelligence was chess. The game has a dizzying number of possible combinations, but it was relatively tractable because it was structured by a set of clear rules. An algorithm could always have perfect knowledge of the state of the game and know every possible move that both it and its opponent could make. The state of the game could be evaluated just by lo

Etihad Airways Cuts First Class To New York

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First Etihad Airways grounded its entire A380 fleet , and now the airline won’t even offer first class to New York. Etihad removes first class on JFK flights Between March 27 and July 1, 2021, Etihad Airways has scheduled a two-cabin Boeing 787-9 between Abu Dhabi and New York, featuring just business class and economy . That’s fascinating to me, because up until March 27 and after July 1 the air

CloudFlare looks to make web app automation easier with Linc deal

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The acquisition will further enhance Cloudflare’s new hosting platform.

Beat the Boxing day sales with this incredible Asus ROG Strix G15 gaming laptop deal

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This powerful Asus ROG gaming laptop is the perfect portable gaming machine to pick up this holiday season.

The Morning After: We reviewed Apple's $549 AirPods Max headphones

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Even if this holiday season means spending less time with family and friends than we’re used to, you can still get judged for your decisions thanks to an AI that has been programmed to dislike your taste in music . The “ How bad is your Spotify ” bot ingests listening data and spits out personalized dismissive insults. While your results may vary, it told a member of the team that “your Spotify w

How TPG’s points and miles team first got into cards and loyalty programs

The Points Guy / 3h
With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to rage across the globe — and new variants creating even more restrictions — most TPG staffers in 2020 haven’t been able to travel the way we do in a normal year. However, our points-and-miles team has been busy building up our loyalty program balances in anticipation of a return to travel next year. As we wrap up a difficult, challenging year, we wanted

Google tells its scientists to be more positive about AI

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Leaked documents show senior managers asking for correction just before publication.

35 of the best toothbrush and whitening deals if you haven't been to the dentist all year

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Given how 2020 went down , we can't blame you for missing your biannual dental visits. Fortunately, plenty of products are available to give your teeth and gums a little extra love from home. From electric toothbrushes to flossers and more, scroll through this list of dental essentials to level up your routine. Plus, you can score an extra 15% off all your favorites by entering code MERRY15 at ch

McLaren Sabre is a bespoke hypercar limited to 15 units for the US only

SlashGear / 3h
McLaren has a long history of making some of the best-performing and best-looking hypercars in the world. Recently, the automaker sneakily unveiled the first version of the McLaren Sabre, delivered to McLaren Beverly Hills for its lucky buyer. Only 15 units are being produced, and the vehicle was designed and homologated exclusively for the US market. The Sabre is the … Continue reading

This festive season, post thirst traps with abandon

Mashable / 3h
I don't need to say it. You already know it. This year has been really tough. And the holidays are going to be markedly different for many. You may well be spending Christmas Day alone this year , you might be making peace with vastly altered plans, or having a pared-down celebration of sorts. Chances are, you've foregone any chance of a drunken snog at Christmas drinks. There isn't so much as a

Google's Christmas battle royale game is the perfect summary of the worst year

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'Tis the season for waves of elves to fight to the death at the ends of the world, for no apparent reason.

The Grand Tour's next episode on Amazon Prime Video: what we know

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What we know about The Grand Tour Presents' next Scotland and Russia specials on Amazon Prime.

The Year of Driving Less—but More Dangerously

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Total traffic deaths fell during pandemic lockdowns. But fatalities per mile traveled rose, due to faster driving, fewer cops, and more drug use.

A Bold Plan to Save the Last Whitebark Pines

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The high-altitude tree is vital to its ecosystem, but it’s being decimated by a fungus. Its admirers are fusing old and new methods to bring it back.

Here’s a Plan to Stop the Coronavirus From Mutating

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Prioritize people who are immunocompromised for early vaccination.

All the Gear We Fell In Love With During 2020

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From turntables to smart water bottles, here are the things that brought the WIRED gear team irrational delight in this most atypical year.

2020’s 20 most-read stories on Ars Technica

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Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images ) Let's just state the obvious: 2020 stank. It has been a terrible year on so many metrics, no matter where on this celestial orb you live. So we're going to do something slightly different this time around for our top 20 most-read stories. We're going to have two lists: the top 5 COVID-19 related stories and everything else. So if you have had more C

You can now get 40% off Malwarebytes Premium in this new antivirus deal

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Go into the new year on the right footing by utilising Malwarebytes' 40% off antivirus deal and keeping your devices under lock and key.

Report claims Google forced researchers to adopt a positive tone

SlashGear / 4h
It’s become more and more difficult over the years for the average American to trust some of the large technology companies out there like Facebook and Google. A new report has surfaced that claims Google moved during 2020 to tighten control over researchers working inside the company and the papers they publish. According to the report, Google launched a “sensitive … Continue reading

5 releases on Indian OTT platforms for your Christmas weekend

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These are the best movies, series and new releases on Netflix India, Amazon Prime Video, Zee5, SonyLiv, Disney+ Hotstar and other OTT platforms in India.

How to Quickly Resize Multiple Images on Windows 10

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Need to resize a group of images quickly on Windows 10? With Microsoft’s PowerToys utility, you can do it directly from File Explorer with a right-click—no need to open an image editor. Here’s how to set it up and use it. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

New genus and species of flower discovered from the mid-Cretaceous period

SlashGear / 4h
Researchers from Oregon State University discovered a new genus and species of flower that hails from the mid-Cretaceous period. The flower is a male specimen that was frozen in time by Burmese Amber. Researcher George Poinar Jr. says that the flower was part of a forest that existed 100 million years ago. It’s hard to tell in the images, but … Continue reading

Star Wars fans think Lucasfilm just teased the return of Mace Windu – here's why

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The official Star Wars Instagram account has sent fans down a speculation hole.

Disappearing chats are just a Honk away - but there's a catch

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Aimed completely at the millennials

Visa will allow select payments from Pornhub owner Mindgeek

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Visa isn’t done investigating allegations of illegal activity against Pornhub , but it has apparently seen enough to start accepting payments from its parent company again. According to Reuters and CNN , the credit card company will allow payments using its cards for some of MindGeek’s adult sites featuring professionally produced videos after an in-depth review. Its Pornhub ban, however, will re

A new exploit has emerged for an old Windows 10 bug after botched patch

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The initial Windows 10 patch failed to guard against this alternative exploit.

The 10 best British TV shows of 2020

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What would we have done without TV in 2020? In a year that saw countries across the world experiencing lockdowns and social distancing measures amid the coronavirus pandemic, television was one of the few sources of entertainment many people had left. Fortunately, the TV gods delivered. There has been an influx of awesome new and returning shows this year , and Britain's offering was no exception

SpaceX shares video of Starship SN8 high-altitude test

SlashGear / 5h
SpaceX has been pushing hard to perfect its Starship heavy launch rocket that it plans to use to carry people and cargo to the moon and beyond in the future. On Wednesday, December 9, Starship SN8, the eighth prototype, lifted off from the Cameron County launchpad in Texas. SN8 lifted off and successfully ascended, transitioned propellant, and performed its landing … Continue reading

Top PC games to get into the holiday spirit

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Looking for holiday-themed PC games to get into the holiday spirit? Here are our top picks.

Woolworths launches same-day delivery app

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Woolworths has launched a same-day delivery app, called Woolies Dash, which will rival the likes of Checkers Sixty60

Netflix's 'Death to 2020' clip sees Joe Keery as a highly annoying 'content provider'

Mashable / 5h
Joe Keery's Stranger Things character is so lovable that it's almost painful to watch him in this clip. Taken from the upcoming Death to 2020 , a Netflix mockumentary from Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker, the above video features Keery as a beanie-wearing hipster known as Duke Goolies, who works as a content provider/mixologist who's more than happy to share his insights into the coronavirus

China opens up largest radio satellite to international scientists

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The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Vivo V20 in India to now be powered by the Snapdragon 730G

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Vivo's latest mid-range has got a new hardware update and now comes with Snapdragon 730G.

You can now deploy Windows containers with OpenShift

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New functionality is developed jointly by Red Hat and Microsoft.

'Tetris Effect: Connected' adds VR support on PC

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Tetris Effect is an ideal game to both soothe and stimulate players , and now the multiplayer Connected edition works in virtual reality too. Tetris Effect Connected isn’t available on the PlayStation VR headset yet, but PC VR users can join the action via SteamVR or Oculus VR. The 1.1.0 patch is available now with official support for the Vive and Oculus Rift headsets, although the notes indicat

Grab an adjustable standing desk for under $200

Mashable / 6h
TL;DR: Work on your posture with this Stan Desk 2 Adjustable Standing Desk , on sale for $195.49 as of Dec. 24 when you use the code MERRY15. If you anticipate working from home well into 2021, you should probably look into ergonomic office furniture. An adjustable standing desk is a great place to start — and the Stan Desk 2 Adjustable Standing Desk is on sale. We’ve featured deals on the Stan D

Save 45% on this wireless charger that works on any surface

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TL;DR: Turn any desk into a charger with the Hudly Invisible Wireless Charger for $55.99 with the code MERRY15, a 45% savings as of Dec. 24. Christmas sales are already here. And with wireless chargers looking to be one of the biggest trends of 2021, it's the perfect time to upgrade your personal space or home office to be tech-forward while still looking sleek. Why deal with the mess of cluttere

This innovative band adds even more tricks to your Apple Watch, and it's on sale for 15% off

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TL;DR: Upgrade your Apple Watch with an Aura Smart Strap for $101.14 with the code MERRY15, a 15% savings as of Dec. 24. The Apple Watch has dominated Christmas wish lists once again this year. It’s not hard to believe considering the Series 6 model was just released in September, dropping the price of previous models. Plus, there’s the fact that everyone is focused on keeping track of their heal

The best way to keep your vibrator sparkling clean

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It's not the sexiest part of vibrator ownership, but properly cleaning and storing your vibrator is an important thing you should do for your own sexual health. Dirty vibrators aren't just gross, they can be dangerous too — germs from dirty toys can cause yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis or worse. Fortunately, cleaning a vibrator is just about as easy as washing your hands, and certainly you

Oculus Quest 2 is causing skin irritation such as bumps and swelling for some users

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Have you experienced any skin irritation when using the Oculus Quest 2 headset? You might not be the only one.

Google patent suggests the Pixel 6 might have an under-display camera

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A Google patent shows a smartphone with no visible selfie camera, suggesting it's hidden under the screen.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro could be the brand's best wireless earbuds yet

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More Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro specs have been revealed, including a 28-hour battery life and an IPX7 water-resistance rating.

EE says it's nearly connected all the UK's roads to 4G

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4G connectivity rolled out across more of the UK, including every national park.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will support S Pen stylus, confirmed by the FCC

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Samsung's new phone has been spotted in an FCC filing, and it suggests it'll feature S Pen support.

This is what Google's fitness tracker plans looked like before the Fitbit acquisition

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Before it acquired Fitbit, Google was trying to make its own fitness tracker, and a new patent shows what it had in mind.

Carphone Warehouse has slashed prices for Huawei phone deals this Christmas

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Carphone Warehouse is now offering some of the best Huawei phone deals in the Christmas sales.

Google Santa Tracker is here: follow him live right now (update: in Nauru)

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If you're all about following the Santa Tracker, this is the way to do it - and play some nifty games after.

Cyberpunk 2077 patch finally fixes game-breaking save corruption bug on PC

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The monstrous bug that turned Night City into Fright City is now cured, thankfully.

Boxing day sales: John Lewis launches winter deals on 4k TVs, tablets and more

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The John Lewis Boxing Day sale is here - see our handy guide to bag yourself some cheap tech, clothes, furniture, or appliances.

Twingate business VPN evaluation

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In this Twingate evaluation, we look at a zero-trust network access solution aimed at replacing traditional VPNs.

YouTube adds 'Shorts' button to app home screen in India

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YouTube came up with 'Shorts' as a replacement to TikTok. But with Shorts still to get desired traction, YouTube is trying to push it aggressively.

Telegram launches group voice chat rooms - and some more goodies

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Telegram and Whatsapp have been going head-to-head with a bevy of new features in recent times as the messenger battle gets more energy post the pandemic

Alibaba being investigated by China over monopoly tactics

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The Chinese tech giant is face a probe by regulators into locking merchants into its platform.

Pete Evans: Facebook removes celebrity chef's page over conspiracies

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Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans has been criticised for spreading misinformation to his followers.

Games of 2020: The Press X To Continue awards

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BBC Sounds podcast Press X To Continue chooses its best and worst of gaming in 2020.

Nuro R2 self-driving delivery cars receive California deployment permit

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The media frenzy around self-driving vehicles has mostly been drowned out by this year’s more pressing concerns. That said, the need for contactless ways to transport goods has actually become even more important exactly because of those concerns. Deliveries have become more common, especially in places where movement has been restricted but human drivers and couriers still pose a health … Contin

Alibaba is facing an anti-monopoly probe by Chinese regulators

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China’s market regulator has opened an investigation into Alibaba’s “suspected monopolistic conduct.” The State Administration for Market Regulation has posted a short statement on its website announcing the anti—monopoly probe. The regulator seems to have taken issue with Alibaba’s “choosing one from two” policy, in particular. According to TechCrunch , that policy forces merchants to sell on Al

DeepMind MuZero AI can master games without knowing the rules

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The holy grail of AI has always been to enable computers to learn the way humans do. The most powerful AIs today, however, still rely on having certain known rules, like rules for a game of chess or Go. Human learning, however, is often messy in inferential, learning the rules of life as we go. DeepMind has long been trying … Continue reading

Save 94% on a lifetime subscription to this privacy and security bundle

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TL;DR: The Internet Privacy and Security Lifetime Subscription Bundle is on sale for £65.53 as of Dec. 24, saving you 94% on list price. Computer and internet security are no joke and shouldn't be taken lightly. If you haven't invested in some precautions yet, consider stepping up your safety with this privacy and security subscription bundle. SEE ALSO: Enjoy unrestricted access to the online wor

Bypass geo-restrictions and stream securely with Private Internet Access

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SAVE 82%: A three-year subscription to Private Internet Access is on sale for £1.81 per month as of Dec. 24, saving you 82% on list price. We're not stupid. We know that most people aren't investing in VPNs for the increased online security and data protection. These are nice extra benefits, but they aren't the priority for most users. The majority of people invest in VPNs to bypass the geo-restr

Xiaomi Mi 10i colours, RAM and storage options leaked ahead of Indian launch

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While Xiaomi launched three Mi 10 series devices in 2020, the first launch of 2021 is scheduled on January 5. The company will launch the Xiaomi 10i.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 to come with QLED screen, lower price tag

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Chromebooks, just like their Windows laptop counterparts, come in all sizes and prices. Google’s Chrome OS platform, however, has traditionally been pushed to more “economical” devices aimed at academic institutions and workplaces. From time to time, there do come premium models, like Samsung Galaxy Chromebook that may have ended up being too premium for its own good. A sequel has … Continue read

iOS 14 tracking permission prompts have started popping up

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Ever since it rejected and fought off pressure to bypass security and privacy measures in its devices some years back, Apple has been pushing an image of the company as a champion of consumer privacy and safety. That means that it often stands against some questionable but common business practices, primarily when tracking for advertising purposes is concerned. Its latest … Continue reading

Zoom reportedly planning to offer email, calendar services

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Zoom has easily become one of the biggest buzzwords this year thanks to the surge in video conferencing use. But while future work might always include some aspect of online collaboration, Zoom might become yesterday’s news as quickly as it became tech’s new unicorn. Now the company is reportedly looking into ways it could remain relevant and profitable even in … Continue reading

SpaceX shows off its Starship test flight one more time

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Taking a victory lap around the test flight that wrapped up quite a year for SpaceX , the company posted a longer video of its Starship SN8 high-altitude test flight . Its high speed impact and explosion is just a footnote, as this two-minute video marvels at the spectacle of a 12-story-tall vehicle executing a controlled fall and landing flip maneuver. SpaceX has already rolled its next prototyp

Infinix Smart HD 2021 goes on sale: price, specs, and availability

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One of the cheapest smartphones launched in recent times, the Infinix Smart HD 2021 will go on sale in India today.