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Disney Plus confirms it's making 10 Marvel and 10 Star Wars TV shows (updated)

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Disney is betting big on the Marvel and Star Wars universes, as it confirms 10 shows are in the works.

Netflix's 'Fate: The Winx Saga' teaser sends you off to teen fairy school

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Look, we've been to a fair few schools of witchcraft and wizardry, why not one for fairies? Netflix dropped a trailer for its new six-part fantasy teen series, Fate: The Winx Saga, a coming-of-age tale about five fairies attending a magical boarding school called Alfea. It's located in a realm called the Otherworld, and according to Netflix "they must learn to master their powers while navigating

Erectile Dysfunction Drug and Anti-Depressant Accidentally Swapped in Factory

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Pharmaceutical company AvKare issued a recall on Wednesday for two different medications after pills were inadvertently mixed during bottling, according to a new report from the FDA . The generic drugs being recalled are sildenafil, used to treat erectile dysfunction, and trazodone, an antidepressant and sedative.… Read more...

Apple is developing its own modem for future iPhones

Engadget / 6min
Apple has started developing its own cellular model this year, one of the company’s executives has revealed. According to Bloomberg , Apple hardware technologies SVP Johny Srouji told employees in a meeting: “This year, we kicked off the development of our first internal cellular modem which will enable another key strategic transition. Long-term strategic investments like these are a critical pa

Understand the fundamentals of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with this online course

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TL;DR: The Complete Web Developer Course is on sale for £11.27 as of Dec. 11, saving you 92% on list price. Web development is one of those professions that is in demand pretty much all the time. But while website builders are plentiful, business owners are still looking for web wizards who can craft them a page that stands out from the pack. You can be that wizard and position yourself as an in-

CyberGhost VPN is still offering its best Black Friday deal

Mashable / 12min
SAVE 82%: A three-year subscription to CyberGhost VPN is on sale for £1.99 per month as of Dec. 11, and includes an extra three months for free. Black Friday is always the best time to bag deals on VPNs, but fortunately plenty of providers have extended their offers into the Christmas shopping season. You can still secure CyberGhost VPN's best Black Friday deal, and get an extra three months of c

Save 10% on 'Cyberpunk 2077' using this handy voucher code

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SAVE £5: Cyberpunk 2077 is on sale for £44.99 on Currys PC World using the code CYBER10, saving you 10% on list price. There has been an awful lot of speculation about what Cyberpunk 2077 will look like over the last few months, and now you can see it for yourself. There are only so many reviews you can read before you simply need to play. We have checked out all the best Cyberpunk 2077 deals fro

Amazon's Echo Dot is back to its Black Friday price

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SAVE £20: The all-new Echo Dot (fourth generation) is on sale for £29.99 on Amazon, saving you 40% on list price. The all-new Echo Dot is available for just £29.99 in Amazon's last-minute Christmas sale. That's the same price as Black Friday, which would normally be enough of a reason to buy, but wait, there's more. If you order right away, your Echo Dot will arrive before Christmas. This is obvi

The cheapest 10th gen Core i3 PC out there is powered by Windows 10 Pro

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Can your computer drive three 4K monitors? This one can on a budget

Tecno Pova goes on sale today: price, specs, and availability

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The Tecno Pova budget-gaming smartphone with MediaTek Helio G80 processor will go on sale in India today.

The rise of Skynet: Arm to use Arm-based AWS Graviton2 instances to design better CPUs

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Arm will leverage AWS Graviton2 instances to design its future chips in the cloud instead of relying on on-premises data centers.

The new Mass Effect trailer could be the first sign of a true Mass Effect 4

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The Game Awards saved a new Mass Effect trailer for the end of the show that gives a nod to the original crew.

Bad News, Disney+ Users, Your Subscription Price Is Going Up

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Disney+ is following Netflix’s lead and bumping up its monthly subscription cost in the U.S., raising it to $8 per month. The company announced the $1 price hike at its investor’s day presentation on Thursday after showing off a slew of new content headed to the streaming service. Read more...

India contributes 30% to Disney+'s global base - IPL was key

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India, where Disney+ is Disney+ Hotstar, accounted for 30% of its 86.8 million global subscriber base, the company said at its annual investor day yesterday.

The Last of Us Part 2 bags Game of the Year crown, Among Us in mobile

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Games have become almost critical this year with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many to survive indoors. That almost makes this year’s The Game Awards even more poignant and important for the gaming industry. It is also the first time the awards show was done virtually, making this year’s event even more surreal. And as if emotions aren’t already riding high, … Continue reading

Visa and Mastercard ban Pornhub over abusive videos

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Enlarge (credit: RyanJLane / Getty Images ) Pornhub has been banned from accepting payments over the Visa and Mastercard networks—a serious blow for a site that has come under increasing fire for failing to effectively filter harmful content. "The issue is not pornography but rape," wrote New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof in a column last week that inspired the credit card companies' move

Master Chief's next game isn't Halo Infinite, it's Fortnite

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Epic announced that their latest Fortnite season addition will be none other than Master Chief.

Oculus Rift S price slashed to just AU$499, its lowest yet

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Amazon Australia cuts the price on one of our favourite VR headsets before Christmas.

Disney+ expanding overseas via Star, raising prices next year

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Disney’s Investors Day definitely dumped a lot of information over the Internet you’d be forgiven if you feel a bit overloaded. Especially if you follow and subscribe to the company’s numerous properties and content distribution services like Disney+, Hulu, and even ESPN+. Not everyone, however, might enjoy hearing all about these new films and shows since these services aren’t widely … Continue

'Fortnite' adds Halo's Master Chief and a playable Blood Gulch

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Master Chief, the rockstar of the Halo series, is live in Fortnite right now. There’s a Master Chief Outfit for 1500 V-bucks, the UNSC Pelican Glider for 1200 V-bucks, Gravity Hammer Pickaxe for 800 V-bucks, and the Lil’ Warthog Emote for 500 V-bucks. Or, pick up all of them in the Master Chief Bundle for 2600 V-bucks. Epic Games revealed the Master Chief Fortnite pack during The Game Awards, whe

'Microsoft Flight Simulator' comes to Xbox Series X/S next summer

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Tonight Microsoft Flight Simulator took home a trophy for Best Simulator/Strategy at The Game Awards, and also confirmed a launch window for the game on consoles. In the summer of 2021, players on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will be able to play while experiencing “the same level of depth as the PC version.” In a blog post , the team mentions that Xbox players will benefit from the same fixes

New 'Among Us' map The Airship is coming early next year

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As promised , during The Game Awards developer InnerSloth shared a look at the new map that’s coming to Among Us . You’ll be able to play the Airship when it comes out for free sometime early next year. The map comes with new tasks for you and your crewmates to complete, and you’ll have the option to decide where you start a match. Oh, and they’ll be ladders for even more imposter hijinks. ☀️ THE

Marvel announces four new Disney+ series including 'I Am Groot' and 'Secret Invasion'

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It'll be a few more weeks before the first Marvel Cinematic Universe series, WandaVision , debuts on Disney+ — but the studio's already cooking up even more new shows for the future. During the Disney Investor Day presentation Thursday, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced four new Disney+ series, plus a special, in development. Secret Invasion , based on a 2008 comic book storyline des

Ms. Marvel, Loki, and Secret Invasion headline upcoming Disney+ shows

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It might be The Game Awards night for some but it almost feels like Disney+ night as well. The streaming service has made quite a few revelations but one that will probably tickle gaming and comics fans pink is the handful of teasers that Marvel just dumped on YouTube. From long-delayed series like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to … Continue reading

5 interesting offerings on Indian OTT platforms this week

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These are the best TV shows and new releases on Netflix India, Amazon Prime Video, and other OTT platforms in India.

Disney+ drops Andor teaser, announces gazillion other Star Wars projects

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Enlarge / Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy unveiled a slew of forthcoming Star Wars projects at Disney's Investor Day. (credit: Lucasfilm ) Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy gave updates on a slew of forthcoming Star Wars film and TV projects at Disney's Investor Day—including a behind-the-scenes teaser for Rogue One -spinoff series, Andor, set five years before the events of the 2016 bloc

Vin Diesel will punch dinosaurs in the sequel to Ark: Survival Evolved

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Vin Diesel will star in the sequel to Ark: Survival Involved as a dinosaur-punching hero in this Games Awards 2020 trailer.

Marvel's Fantastic Four are coming to film again

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Fourth time's the charm. Marvel has just announced a new Fantastic Four film directed by Jon Watts, who previously directed Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home . It seems that, at long last, the Four are finally joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Watts seems a perfect pick for the MCU's take on the Baxter Building's most famous residents. Like Spider-Man, Marvel's First Famil

'Medal of Honor' in VR takes the training wheels off of WWII video game guns

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Put ink to paper, set it in stone, and take any other measures needed to make it official: I would perish immediately in any type of armed conflict. I've long suspected this, but Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond made me more sure of that than I've ever been. The newest game from Titanfall and Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment is a bit of a departure for the company, ditching the sci-fi

Google Adds Knowledge Panels in Search Results for Covid-19 Vaccines to Counter Misinformation

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Google plans to counter vaccine conspiracy theories and misinformation by tacking on new knowledge panels to search results when people look up information about covid-19 vaccines. Read more...

Play 'Disco Elysium' on consoles in 2021 with 'The Final Cut'

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Disco Elysium , a genre-bending RPG that became a cult classic when it debuted in October 2019, is heading to consoles in 2021. Disco Elysium: The Final Cut adds full voice acting to the game, as well as new quests, more characters and fresh explorable areas. Disco Elysium: The Final Cut comes out for PC, Mac, Google Stadia, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in March 2021. It’ll hit Xbox Series X,

Fantastic Four Finally Entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe and More Huge News

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It’s official. The Fantastic Four is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jon Watts ( Spider-Man Homecoming ) will direct. And that’s only the beginning. Read more...

Disney Plus is getting a price increase in 2021 – will it be worth it?

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US subscriptions are going up by a dollar a month, Disney has revealed.

Fall Guys' winter-themed season three kicks off on December 15th

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Season three of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout will start on December 15th, developer Mediatonic announced today during The Game Awards. As you might have guessed, they’ll be a winter theme to the new content that’s coming next week. The season will bring with it seven new levels and over 30 new costumes for you to spend your hard-earned crowns on. They’ll also be new emotes to unlock. After the un

FCC starts process to remove Huawei, ZTE equipment from US networks

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It seems that the year won’t be ending well for Huawei and ZTE even though the two’s smartphone businesses remain somewhat stable for now. The Chinese companies’ networking businesses, on the other hand, might be dealt with a rather devastating blow based on the FCC’s latest orders. Removing Huawei’s and ZTE’s networking equipment will hurt rural carriers the most but … Continue reading

The chart that shows how we’ll get back to normal

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A covid-19 chart that’s been shared thousands of times is dramatizing just how well vaccines against the disease can work and how we might get out of pandemic hell. Today, advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted in favor of emergency authorization for Pfizer’s covid-19 shot, and the data in this chart is a big reason why. The graphic, released by Pfizer and its partner, BioNTech, sh

Marvel's 'WandaVision' unveils an appropriately bizarre new trailer for Disney+

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Even by Marvel Cinematic Universe standards, Scarlet Witch and Vision make an unusual couple. So it seems only appropriate that the latest trailer for their upcoming series looks deeply bizarre as well. Retro sitcom stylings (think I Love Lucy ) give way to something much darker and more disturbing, as Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) seems to lose her grip on reality. Where this goes, no one knows — but

New Loki Disney Plus trailer shows the god of mischief stirring up trouble (again)

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You can count on seeing a lot more of Tom Hiddleston’s signature smirk when the show hits Disney Plus in May 2021.

Kogan offers up AirPods Pro for AU$309 and plenty more in pre-Boxing Day 48-hour sale

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Kogan's 48 hour flash sale offers plenty of tech at a lower price – we've picked out the worthwhile deals to save you the trouble.

Marvel confirms MCU Fantastic Four movie from Spider-Man director

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The Fantastic Four are finally coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a director has been confirmed.

Disney+ will raise its monthly price by a dollar in March

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Disney just unveiled a ton of Star Wars , Marvel and other content coming to streaming, and unsurprisingly all of that won’t come free. Right after that, it announced the price of Disney+ will go from $6.99 per month to $7.99 in March 2021. Disney: Beginning March 26, 2021, Disney+ will be priced in the U.S. at $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year, while the Disney Bundle with Disney+, Hulu, and ES

Captain America's best buds are back in explosive trailer for 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier'

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Captain America may have hung up his shield at the end of Avengers: Endgame , but his friends aren't giving up the fight. As previously announced, the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) are returning for their own spinoff on Disney+, titled, well, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier . It's what the rest of us might call a TV series, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Fe

Windows 10 on ARM finally gets an x64 emulation preview

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The highly-successful and highly-praised launch of Apple’s M1 MacBook showed what ARM-powered computers can be capable of with the right combination of hardware and software. Unfortunately for Microsoft, it resulted in renewed scrutiny, comparisons, and criticisms of its own attempts at bringing Windows to ARM PCs. It hasn’t given up yet and although still far from the ideal, it is … Continue rea

New Star Wars shows and movies deliver more mystery than fans can handle

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Star Wars fans have waited patiently for the slightest morsel of news on movies and TV shows coming in the wake of the Disney+ hit The Mandalorian . So it was more than a little shocking when a raft of content larger than the entire Skywalker Saga was announced in a Disney investor video Thursday. Not only did the unveiling bring us to 10 Star Wars shows on Disney+ and one new named movie ( Rogue

BioWare teases the next 'Dragon Age' in a new trailer

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As promised, BioWare shared a new teaser for its next Dragon Age game during The Game Awards. It doesn’t seem the sequel has a title yet, with the studio simply calling the project “The Next Dragon Age.” While the clip doesn’t tell us much about what we can expect from the game and doesn’t include any gameplay footage, Dragon Age fans will still be excited to see it. That’s because it’s narrated

EA is still barely releasing any footage of Dragon Age 4 – but now we have a title

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EA and Bioware have released a short Dragon Age teaser at the Game Awards 2020.

Wandavision,' 'Loki' and 'Falcon' series come to Disney+ early next year

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47Engadget / 4h
After Star Wars, Hulu, Disney live-action, animated films and a few other things, Disney is highlighting its plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe during its investor’s day event. That included a lot of information and teasers for its upcoming Disney+ Marvel series. Wandavision will make its streaming debut on January 15th and showed off a new trailer, while The Falcon and The Winter Soldier wi

The Epic Games Store adds 'Warframe' to its lineup of free titles

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Digital Extremes’ free-to-play online shooter Warframe is available right now on the Epic Games Store, complete with a bundle that adds weapons from the Unreal franchise to the carnage. Warframe has been available on Steam and consoles for years, but the Unreal Tournament Weapon Bundle will only be available via the Epic Games Store for a limited time. It’ll eventually come to consoles, but it do

Tom Hiddleston's Loki takes the spotlight in thrilling first look at his Disney+ series

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Thor's perpetually aggrieved brother is finally taking center stage. Marvel Studios has released the very first peek at Loki . Billed as a crime thriller, the Disney+ series features the return of Tom Hiddleston as the notorious trickster. The clip opens with a brief return to the scene in Avengers: Endgame when Loki disappears, and, well, we'll let you see for yourself beyond that. Also starring

Loki's First Trailer Brings the Asgardian Trickster Back Into the Fold

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The god of tricks is getting into the crime game, with a suitably wild trailer for his new, self-titled series . Read more...

Huge Star Wars Updates: Andor Teaser, Obi-Wan Timeline, Lando Show, and The Acolyte

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Star Wars and Disney+ will continue to get cozy even when The Mandalorain isn’t around. At Disney’s 2020 Investor’s Day event, significant updates were given on the other Star Wars official shows we knew were coming to Disney+. Read more...

Ridley Scott inspires Network Rail’s cave-exploring drone

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Scenes from the movie Prometheus inspired Network Rail to develop a drone that can explore caves.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier March release date confirmed with new trailer

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Marvel's second TV show lands on March 19, 2021, after a long wait.

Xbox studio The Initiative is working on 'Perfect Dark'

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It’s official: Xbox Game Studios subsidiary The Initiative is building a new game in the Perfect Dark universe. Its name? Perfect Dark . Xbox has released a two-minute trailer for the game and a video of developer interviews, but there aren’t a ton of concrete details, and there’s no release window in sight. On Xbox Wire, The Initiative studio head Darrell Gallagher described Perfect Dark as, “a

Jet Airways Plans To Re-Launch In Summer 2021 As A Full Service Airline

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Low yield traffic may lead the way out of the pandemic, and if there's hope for success it's precisely that Jet Airways sat out Covid-19 in bankruptcy court - they already went bankrupt - and reviving the concept might mean facing scaled back competition, albeit alongside scaled back demand. Continue reading ...

Disney is about to release an ad-free Hulu, ESPN+, and Disney+ bundle

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Disney has announced plans to release another bundle featuring its top streaming services, one that will be similar to the Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+ bundle it already offers. As many have hoped for, the new bundle will feature the ad-free version of Hulu rather than the cheaper ad-supported version, giving users the opportunity to avoid commercials. The ad-free Hulu option … Continue reading

One of Final Fantasy’s most popular characters is coming to Super Smash Bros Ultimate

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As promised, the next fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was just confirmed at The Game Awards, and it looks like our pal Cloud is going to be reviving an old rivalry. Sephiroth has been confirmed as the next character in Ultimate‘s second Fighters Pass. His reveal happened in a three-minute trailer featuring Cloud and other Smash Bros Ultimate characters … Continue reading

Disney ramps up Star Wars and Marvel franchises

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The move marks another industry shift away from cinema to streaming.

Alleged Mi 10i spotted on Geekbench ahead of the launch

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The new device carrying a model number M2007J17I runs on Android 10, has 8GB of RAM and is powered by an octa-core processor.

Perfect Dark trailer at Game Show Awards shows Joanna Dark is back

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A new Perfect Dark game is coming with a teaser trailer debuting at The Game Awards, showing a mysterious world - and not much else.

Back 4 Blood is the Left 4 Dead 3 we'll never get from Valve

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Turtle Rock has announced a spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, with Back 4 Blood. Alpha starts next week.

More than 85,000 MySQL databases are up for sale on the dark web

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Cybercriminals have been hacking into databases, downloading their contents and selling this data back to victims.

Alien TV show in the works from Fargo creator Noah Hawley

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FX and Hulu behind the series, which will be set on Earth in the not-too-distant future.

Disney's live-action 'Pinocchio,' 'Peter Pan & Wendy' movies shift to Disney+

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Disney already announced a premium VOD plan for its next big animated movie, a new tie-up for Hulu and ESPN+, and a truckload of Star Wars news. Now during its investor’s day presentation, the studio announced two live-action movies, Pinocchio (directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks) and Peter Pan & Wendy, will both come to Disney+ instead of theaters. While Disney still has plans to

Sephiroth joins 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s newest fighter is Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII , and he’s heading to the game this month. Announced during The Game Awards, he’s the first new playable SSBU character since Nintendo added Min Min from Arms in June. Sephiroth is a fitting addition to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate , since his foil, Cloud, is already in the game. New main? 🤔 World Premiere of a brand n

Google rolls back update that broke SMS on Android phones

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They say haste makes waste and while there are some cases where speed is critical, there are also times when it results in less than ideal situations. Google may have accidentally run into something like that in one of its silent updates for critical Android background apps. The good news is that it is already rolling back the offending update … Continue reading

Hayden Christensen will play Anakin Skywalker again in Disney's new Obi-Wan series

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Disney drops the news about the return of Anakin Skywalker - and actor Hayden Christensen - at its Investor Day 2020 briefing.

Humanity dumped 37 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere in 2020

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The worst pandemic in a century won't make a dent in humanity's accelerating carbon problem . In 2020, civilization emitted an estimated 34 billion tonnes (or 37.5 billion tons) of heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to an annual analysis released Thursday by the Global Carbon Project , an organization that annually compiles worldwide carbon emissions. Because the pandemic

'Hyper Light Drifter' co-designer returns with indie-pop series 'We are OFK'

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Teddy Dief is good at keeping secrets. They helped ignite the indie game scene in 2016 as a co-designer on Hyper Light Drifter , and ever since, their follow-up project has been highly anticipated by fans of that game’s neon-infused vibe. Meanwhile, Dief has been cobbling together a global team of artists, musicians and programmers, quietly building something known as the Palmtree Project, or sim

Here's Where SpaceX Has Promised to Provide Starlink Internet

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The Federal Communications Commission recently announced the winning bidders of its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase 1 auction , revealing SpaceX’s Starlink won a massive $885 million to provide high-speed internet to underserved and unserved rural areas of the U.S. The agency’s report provided information on how… Read more...

New Star Wars movies announced – including Rogue Squadron for 2023

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Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins is directing Rogue Squadron, which is coming to theaters in 2023.

LG’s home battery company just revealed its new Tesla Powerwall rivals

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Tesla Powerwall is getting more competition, with LG Energy Solution unveiling a new home battery system designed to keep the lights on even if the power goes out. The new LG RESU Prime and LG RESU Flex ranges package up lithium-ion batteries for off-grid, solar, and backup use, with the company claiming it has the largest residential energy storage system … Continue reading

Disney+ Star Wars plans include Hayden Christensen, C-3PO and R2-D2

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We’d heard that Disney would have a slew of new Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe announcements , and it did not disappoint. The Obi-Wan Kenobi series coming to Disney+ next year will bring back not just Ewan McGregor in the title role, but will also feature Hayden Christensen playing Darth Vader. Hayden Christensen returns as Darth Vader, joining Ewan McGregor in OBI-WAN KENOBI. The Origin

Leica's new mirrorless is its cheapest SLR yet, promises exceptional video chops

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Boasting unlimited 4K/60p video capture and a huge 25fps burst rate, Leica's newest full-frame mirrorless SLR is all about the action.

The Mandalorian is getting two Star Wars spin-offs – and one is about Ahsoka Tano

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The Mandalorian now has two new Star Wars TV show spin-offs in the works: Ahsoka and The Rangers of the New Republic.

Star Wars movie 'Rogue Squadron' coming from 'Wonder Woman' director Patty Jenkins

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Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins is taking a trip from Themyscira to a certain galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced Thursday that Jenkins will direct the next new Star Wars feature film, titled Rogue Squadron . No casting has been announced at this time. Jenkins confirmed the news with a video posted on social media. Per Lucasfilm , the movie will "introduc

Hyatt drops 9 Small Luxury Hotel properties, adds 10 new hotels

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Hyatt’s partnership with Small Luxury Hotels — SLH for short — has been a hit among Hyatt loyalists. The brand is made up of boutique and independent properties around the world. These properties usually have an interesting twist too — whether that be an excellent location, a historic property or a great on-site spa. Regardless, you’re in for a truly unique experience when you stay at an SLH hote

Pfizer's Covid-19 Vaccine Wins Crucial Vote, Now One Step Away From FDA Authorization

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The covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is one big step closer to reaching the American public. On late Thursday afternoon, a group of outside experts assembled by the Food and Drug Administration largely voted to recommend the vaccine for emergency use in people ages 16 and older. The vote will likely… Read more...

Fortnite x Predator may be the battle royale game’s best crossover yet

SlashGear / 5h
Fortnite fans are used to crossovers, but the surprises never end. Hot off the heels of its big Marvel crossover, it looks like Epic may be planning to introduce another big franchise in its game — though in a smaller way, at least based on teasers players have noticed on the battle royale island. We’re only days into the new … Continue reading

Republicans and Democrats actually agree on something: Breaking up Facebook

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Facebook says it's all about connecting people and building community. And it's done just that, uniting Republican and Democratic lawmakers against it. On Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission and 46 states (along with Washington, D.C., and Guam) filed two antitrust lawsuits against Facebook . In the Washington version of a rare lunar eclipse, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle support the la

Patriots vs Rams live stream: how to watch NFL Thursday Night Football from anywhere

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New England needs a win to keep their playoff hopes alive - here's how to get a Patriots vs Rams live stream and watch NFL Thursday Night Football online.

Google Will Let You Limit the Alcohol and Gambling Ads You See

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It’s not very often that Google shows care for anything besides its bottom line these days, but on Thursday, the company made a small step in the right direction by announcing a new setting that lets people limit the alcohol- and gambling-related ads they come across. Read more...

Massachusetts governor won’t sign police reform bill with facial recognition ban

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has returned a police reform bill back to the state legislature, asking lawmakers to strike out several provisions — including one for a statewide ban on police and public authorities using facial recognition technology, the first of its kind in the United States. The bill, which also banned police from using rubber bullets and tear gas, was passed on December

Spotify forces more password resets after plugging a security hole

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If you use Spotify, you’ll want to keep an eye on your email inbox to see if you get a message prompting you to change your login credentials. The company told TechCrunch it recently reset the passwords of a small subset of its users after a software oversight exposed private account information to some of its business partners. In a filing with California’s attorney general office , Spotify said

Daily Crunch: First impressions of the AirPods Max

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We try out Apple’s new headphones, Spotify resets passwords and Airbnb goes public. This is your Daily Crunch for December 10, 2020. The big story: First impressions of the AirPods Max Our fearless leader Matthew Panzarino has written what he insists is “not a review” of the AirPods Max , (not a full review because he’s had them for less than 24 hours). Still, Matthew seems impressed by the quali

Etihad Drops Belgrade Flights, Despite Controlling Air Serbia

View from the Wing / 6h
Etihad owns a 49% stake in Air Serbia, and the Serbian government owns the other 51%. This was one of the better airline investments previous Etihad management made in its effort to acquire stakes in airlines and redirect their traffic through its hub in Abu Dhabi. But it's now falling apart. Etihad has terminated flights from its Abu Dhabi hub to Belgrade, and will reportedly end its codesharing

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Pinocchio’ and More as Disney Leans Sharply Into Streaming

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1KNYT > Technology / 6h
A blitz of new projects includes 10 series from the “Star Wars” universe for Disney+, which now has 87 million subscribers. Hulu will also get a major content boost.

This transgender activist went through hell. Here's how she got to the other side.

Mashable / 6h
When Lillian Lennon was 14, her parents sent her thousands of miles away from her home in Alaska to Utah for two years to undergo conversion therapy. The harmful practice , which has been banned in 20 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, seeks to change a person's gender identity or sexual orientation. Lennon is a transgender woman and while in the residential therapy center she was shuttled

Residential renewable energy developer Swell is raising $450 million for distributed power projects in three states

68TechCrunch / 6h
Swell Energy , an installer and manager of residential renewable energy, energy efficiency and storage technologies, is raising $450 million to finance the construction of four virtual power plants representing a massive amount of energy storage capacity paired with solar power generation. It’s a sign of the distributed nature of renewable energy development and a transition from large-scale powe

Disney+ has plans for 10 Marvel shows and 10 Star Wars shows in the next few years

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100+TechCrunch / 6h
Disney just wrapped up the first segment of an investor day in which it laid out its plans for its direct-to-consumer streaming business, including Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and Hotstar/Star. The company kicked off the presentation with some new subscriber numbers — 86.8 million for Disney+ (roughly 30% of those are subscribers to Disney+ Hotstar, which leveraged an existing streaming service in India

Early DoorDash investor Saar Gur makes the case for 10x growth from here

100+TechCrunch / 6h
The stunning debut of the food delivery company DoorDash on the public market this week has plenty of people puzzled. While undeniably fast-growing , the unprofitable delivery company has come under fire numerous times over its employment practices , and its IPO, like that of other gig-economy companies, leaves a lot of economic issues unresolved . So why is a company that lost $667 million in 20

FDA advisors give thumbs up to Pfizer vaccine, paving way for authorization

100+Ars Technica / 6h
Enlarge / An illustration picture shows vials with Covid-19 Vaccine stickers attached, with the logo of US pharmaceutical company Pfizer, on November 17, 2020. (credit: Getty | JUSTIN TALLIS ) The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech should be granted an Emergency Use Authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration, according to a committee of independent experts advising the

FDA panel recommends approving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorization

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100+TechCrunch / 6h
An independent panel of experts has recommended the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approve an official Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. This means that it’s one step closer to beginning to be administered to people in special circumstances — including for front-line healthcare workers dealing with healthcare facilities stressed to the breaking po

The Best Pop Culture We Caught Up On in 2020

33Gizmodo / 6h
It has been a year of weirdness , especially when it comes to wrangling the kinds of media we’ve been watching. Though there’s been new things to read, watch, listen to, and play, 2020 has seen many of us revisit familiar favorites as well as things we missed when they first came out. Here’s the media of years past… Read more...

Disney Plus UK will get heaps more TV shows and movies via Star in 2021

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Expect Disney Plus to host adult content for the first time in the UK starting next year.

10 Star Wars series coming to Disney Plus in “next few years” – Some possibilities

28SlashGear / 6h
This afternoon, Disney’s Investor Day 2020 revealed that they’d be delivering 10 Star Wars series over the next few years. They also committed to 10 Marvel series, and 30 more features from Disney live action, Disney Animation, and/or Pixar, all for Disney Plus. What could this all mean? What other Star Wars series could Disney+ possibly deliver? Rebels Sequel It’s … Continue reading

Experts Debate How To Tame Big Tech

100+NYT > Technology / 6h
A group of experts gathered to debate privacy, competition and what to do — if anything — about tech giants’ growing power.

Run Your Cover Letter Through This Basic Checklist

73Lifehacker / 6h
The dreaded cover letter might seem like an antiquated formality, but 87% percent of hiring professionals say they do read cover letters, according to a survey by ResumeGo. To increase your chances of getting hired, your cover letter should include the following items. Read more...

Southwest Airlines adds 16 new routes, including from Houston and Long Beach

48The Points Guy / 6h
Southwest Airlines announced 16 new daily nonstop routes on Tuesday as the carrier extended its booking schedule into August. Included in the latest update are Southwest’s schedules for Houston Bush Intercontinental and Jackson, Mississippi – two cities it’s returning to after an extended absence – and a big expansion in Long Beach, California. Southwest also revealed new daily routes from Miami

ESPN+ will be directly integrated into Hulu next year

32Engadget / 6h
In an effort to unify its many streaming services, Disney announced today that it plans to integrate ESPN+ into Hulu's interface in 2021. During its Investor Day presentation today, the company said you'll be able to subscribe and watch ESPN+ entirely within Hulu — no more need for a separate app. While there's no word on when that integration will arrive, it should make life a bit easier for som

Disney will fuel international growth with Star brand and Star+ app

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100+TechCrunch / 6h
Disney+, the on-demand streaming service that launched a year ago and has already courted over 86 million subscribers , is ready to expand to more international markets. At its annual investor day Thursday, the American entertainment giant announced a new streaming brand called “Star” that will feature content from ABC, FX and 20th Century Studios. In some markets, such as Europe , Canada, Singap

Google Is Now Calling on You to Help Develop Its Enigmatic Fuchsia OS

20Gizmodo / 6h
While it’s never been officially called a replacement for Android or Chrome OS, Fuchsia is an operating system Google has been working on for the last five years, and this week, Google announced that now it’s opening up Fuchsia to public contributions. Read more...

Microsoft Teams is about to get a whole lot more festive this holiday season

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Microsoft has added new experiences to Teams so that organizations and even families can use the service to host virtual holiday parties.

IHG Rewards Club Selling Points With 75% Bonus

500+One Mile at a Time / 6h
IHG has just rolled out its latest promotion on purchased points , which is going to be the last promotion of the year from the program. Buy IHG points with 75% bonus Through Thursday, December 31, 2020, IHG Rewards Club is offering a sale on purchased points . IHG is offering a tiered bonus of up to 75%, as follows: Buy 3,000-6,000 points, get a 60% bonus Buy 7,000-250,000 points, get a 75% bonu

Google will let you turn off YouTube ads for alcohol and gambling

97TechCrunch / 6h
If you’ve ever had a Father’s Day ad offering great deals for your dead dad sail into your inbox, you know that online advertising can be disturbing sometimes. Children’s gifts for people struggling to get pregnant, pet toys for your deceased doggo, the list goes on. Google is taking a small but helpful step to help people control which ads they run into. Starting with YouTube in the U.S., users

10 ways to get the most out of your Google Drive ecosystem

32Mashable / 6h
Trust us, Google Drive has a lot more to offer than you probably realize. Mashable's Brenda Stolyar walks you through ten tips to maximize your Google Drive use and make your life so much easier. Read more... More about Google , Mashable Video , Google Drive , Hacks , and Google Docs

The 10 Best Deals of December 10, 2020

44Gizmodo / 6h
Thursday’s Best Deals | Kinja Deals

Netflix accidentally reveals 3D Sonic the Hedgehog animated TV show

SlashGear / 6h
Netflix accidentally revealed one of its upcoming originals, a 3D animated TV show based on the classic game IP Sonic the Hedgehog. The company quickly deleted the tweet that revealed it, indicating that it wasn’t ready to reveal the title at this time, but it wasn’t fast enough to prevent fans from grabbing some details about the upcoming series. The … Continue reading

The 10 Best Deals of December 10, 2020

44Lifehacker / 6h
Thursday’s Best Deals | Kinja Deals

Seven Settings To Change In Cyberpunk 2077

400+Lifehacker / 6h
After eight years, multiple delays, and 800,000 cumulative lifetimes’ worth of reported crunch , Cyberpunk 2077 is out in the wild. It’s a whole lot of game , brimming with gear, side-quests, and map icons that make you compulsively go, “Ooh, what’s that? ” As with any massive game, there’s also an overwhelming amount of… Read more...

You’ll Be Able to See the Northern Lights From the United States This Week

1KFuturism / 6h
Golden Compass Great swathes of the northern US and Canada will have a breathtaking spectacle to look forward to this week: the Northern Lights are likely to be visible anywhere from Maine to Montana to Washington this week, according to . The Weather Network predicts that the most visible auroras will occur over Thursday evening and the early morning hours of Friday. Solar Flare

'Raya and the Last Dragon' hits Disney+ alongside theaters on March 5th

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24Engadget / 7h
Disney’s next animated epic, Raya and the Last Dragon , will debut on Disney+ the same day as it hits theaters: March 5th, 2021. It’ll be a premium release like Mulan , the company announced during its investor day presentation. We don’t know how much it’s going to cost, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Disney kept Mulan’s $30 early access pricing. That makes it a bit more exclusive than a normal v

The Xbox Family app gives parents a remote 'pause' button

83Engadget / 7h
Xbox is giving parents a couple new ways to monitor their children’s gaming. The company introduced a new feature that allows parents to pause their child’s gameplay directly from their phone. The new feature was added in an update to the Xbox Family Settings app. Xbox says the feature allows parents to temporarily block their kid’s screen time, even if they haven’t reached their daily limit. Whe

Sorry, WoW Shadowlands: Cyberpunk 2077 is actually the fastest-selling PC game

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Cyberpunk 2077 is the fastest selling PC game of all time, if CD Projekt Red's internal numbers are to be believed.

How Will You Know If Your Neighbors Have Gotten the Vaccine?

1KLifehacker / 7h
In almost every sci-fi movie about a pandemic, there’s some trinket to differentiate the immune from the potentially infected. In 2011’s Contagion , the vaccinated received bar-coded wristbands; in the extremely triggering trailer for the forthcoming Michael Bay produced movie Songbird (a movie that asks “what if COVID… Read more...

Lake Tahoe bans most visitors — What it could mean to your ski trip

35The Points Guy / 7h
Lake Tahoe has joined other California counties and regions that have banned leisure travelers from visiting. Related: California crackdown: Stay-at-home orders, quarantines and more California is dealing with a major resurgence of coronavirus cases that is overwhelming hospitals across the state. Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom authorized local governments to issue stay-at-home order

Cyberpunk 2077 tips: 7 hints for getting started in the massive RPG

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Our Cyberpunk 2077 tips will help you navigate the game's early hours.

Keep Your Home Safe and Your Family Safer: a Two-Pack of Eufy 2K Indoor Security Cams Is Just $60

40Gizmodo / 7h
Indoor Security Cam 2K Two Pack | $60 | Newegg Read more...

Netflix's next big animated show is Sonic the Hedgehog – and it actually looks promising

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Netflix leaked some details on its next big animated show starring Sonic the Hedgehog that’s slated for 2022.

YouTube TV Subscribers, Check Your Email for a Free Chromecast with Google TV

22How-To Geek / 7h
Usually, we’re used to companies handing out free stuff to woo new subscribers and shafting loyal customers. Like that time YouTube TV handed out a Chromecast with Google TV to new subscribers only. But loyal YouTube TV subscribers rejoice because prices are going up again now Google is handing out a free Chromecast with Google TV to “long time friends.” Better go check your email. Read This Arti

Microsoft Aims to Make Edge More Efficient with "Sleeping Tabs"

How-To Geek / 7h
Everybody wants better battery life on their laptop, right? Well, Microsoft is trying to solve that problem with a new feature in its Edge browser called Sleeping Tabs. What it does is freeze or “sleep” your tabs when you’re not actively using them. This equates to is improved battery life and reduced load on your computer overall. It’s rolling out in beta with version 88 or later. Read This Arti

Make the T-Shirt Designs of Your Dreams With the Brother ScanNCut DX

Gizmodo / 7h
As we’re all crafting this holiday season, the Brother ScanNCut DX offers endless possibilities for DIY decorations. The ScanNCut is a CNC-style cutting machine designed to create shapes in paper, vinyl, and even thin wood. It also includes a small spatula for removing the stickers from the mat. Read more...

4 major browsers are getting hit in widespread malware attacks

400+Ars Technica / 7h
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images ) An ongoing malware campaign is blasting the Internet with malware that neuters the security of Web browsers, adds malicious browser extensions, and makes other changes to users’ computers, Microsoft said on Thursday. Adrozek, as the software maker has dubbed the malware family, relies on a sprawling distribution network comprising 159 unique domains with each one h

Mastercard and Visa cut off payments to Pornhub

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200+Engadget / 7h
Pornhub is no longer able to accept payments from Mastercard . The credit card company says it’s axing its relationship with the website after finding illegal content on the site. “Today, the use of our cards at Pornhub is being terminated,” Mastercard told New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, whose investigation into Pornhub lead to calls for prominent companies to sever ties to the site.

A cheaper entry-level iPad with an iPhone 11-era chipset could come in early 2021

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A new leak claims Apple is revamping its 10.5-inch iPad with an A13 Bionic chipset and Touch ID, and it may come out in early 2021.

How to watch the Disney Investor Day livestream right now: Star Wars and Marvel news expected

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Here's how to watch the Disney Investor Day livestream right now from your home.

T-Mobile launches its first 5G hotspot alongside 100GB standalone plan

SlashGear / 7h
T-Mobile has announced its first 5G hotspot, one that can be activated on multiple standalone plans offering up to 100GB of data per month. There are some big advantages to the 5G hotspot over the 4G LTE alternatives, including support for a huge number of devices connected simultaneously and lower prices with higher data caps. The new T-Mobile 5G MiFi … Continue reading

At-home COVID-19 test gets 1st FDA authorization for over-counter sales

SlashGear / 7h
The first direct-to-consumer COVID-19 testing system has been authorized by the US FDA, paving the way to easier and more widespread diagnostics that don’t require a doctor’s prescription. The hope is that the LabCorp test will soon be available over-the-counter, in addition to existing availability online. COVID-19 testing has become a hot topic during the coronavirus pandemic, with demands for

Gift free Hilton elite status to your family or friends for a limited time

100+The Points Guy / 7h
Hilton Honors allows anyone who spends 60 or more nights with the chain in a calendar year to gift elite status to another Honors member. However, Hilton is expanding this benefit to all of its highest elites for a limited time, regardless of how you earned your status. Beginning next week until Jan. 31, 2021, Hilton Diamond and Lifetime Diamond members will be able to gift elite status for one y

R.I.P. Henri, le Chat Noir, angst-ridden feline YouTube star for the ages

500+Ars Technica / 8h
"Je suis un chat noir." Henri the existential cat made his YouTube debut on May 24, 2007, and quickly became an Internet sensation. He and Will Braden, aka "the thieving filmmaker," would go on to make 17 short films together. We are très désolé to report that YouTube cat-video sensation Henri, le Chat Noir has died at the ripe old age of 17. His collaborator Will Braden, aka the "thieving filmma

Fry Your Latkes in Duck Fat

100+Lifehacker / 8h
This morning I received a message from my friend Amanda. Amanda is very good at food. I don’t just say this because she has written for Skillet —I have eaten multiple meals at her home, ranging from intimate fondue-fueled dinner parties to full-blown Passover Seders with over 30 people in attendance. Read more...

Watch The Game Awards right here at 6:30PM ET

41Engadget / 8h
In just a few short hours, The Game Awards 2020 will get underway. The proceedings start at 6:30PM ET with a 30-minute preshow before the main event begins at 7PM ET. You can watch the entire show on YouTube , Twitch , Twitter , Facebook Live and Steam , as well as a variety of other platforms . In all, the show will see host Geoff Keighley and company hand out awards in 30 different categories .

Give the gift everyone wants: a hologram of yourself — Future Blink

40Mashable / 8h
Looking Glass Portrait lets people make personal holograms as easily as just taking a Portrait mode photo on your iPhone. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Holograms , Hologram , Portrait Mode , and Future Blink

American Express Plans New Benefits To Upgrade Platinum Cardmembers To Centurion

View from the Wing / 8h
A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading ...

Mastercard Dumps Pornhub

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77Gizmodo / 8h
Following an opinion piece in the New York Times which called out both Pornhub for hosting nonconsensual and often illegal material, and the credit card companies for enabling the site to profit from it, Mastercard has terminated its relationship with Pornhub. For now though, Mastercard will continue to do business… Read more...

Customer support startup Gorgias raises $25M

100+TechCrunch / 8h
Gorgias announced today that it has raised $25 million in Series B funding, bringing the startup’s pre-money valuation to $300 million. When the company raised its Series A just over a year ago, CEO Romain Lapeyre (who founded Gorgias with CTO Alex Plugaru) told me that it works with e-commerce businesses to automate responses to their most common customer service questions, while also providing

Cyberpunk 2077 is more proof we should stop pre-ordering games

43SlashGear / 8h
It’s been a turbulent few days for the Cyberpunk 2077 community. After years and years of waiting, Cyberpunk 2077 finally launched, with the game going live across different regions and platforms throughout the day yesterday. While you’ll find a mix of reactions from the gamers who have been looking forward to Cyberpunk 2077 sprinkled across the internet, there’s been one … Continue reading

Ex-Apple employees say company ignored China labor-law violations

59Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / An iPhone assembly worker works with Apple supplier Pegatron in an image distributed by Apple. (credit: Apple ) A new report in The Information cites both former Apple employees and the company's internal presentations and data to make the case that Apple has failed to keep its manufacturing partners in China accountable after the Chinese government passed a new law limiting the use of

Whose Brilliant Idea Was It to Bring Spiders to the Space Station?

500+Futurism / 8h
Arachnauts In an unusual series of experiments, scientists on the International Space Station kept live spiders on the International Space Station in order to study how arachnids spin their webs in microgravity. The resulting research , published last week in the journal The Science of Nature shows that in the absence of gravity, spiders can instead orient their asymmetric webs around a light sou

Balenciaga made a video game for its latest collection — Future Blink

Mashable / 8h
The interactive experience is called Afterworld: The Age of Tomorrow, and players can walk through all the latest fashions in the futuristic world of 2031. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Fashion Show , Video Games , Balenciaga , and Fashion Technology

Shiny Pokemon GO December update brings new Pikachu, Rufflet, Frustration away!

SlashGear / 8h
There’s a new Pikachu in the mix for the next Pokemon GO event, complete with his own cute little satchel. This new version of the monster is called Explorer Pikachu, and he’ll be in the game in both standard and Shiny form. This update also includes a new “background” for the game. Secrets of the Jungle and Shiny Pikachu The … Continue reading

Gift Guide: 8 DIY and crafting gifts to help your friends make more stuff and learn new skills

96TechCrunch / 8h
Welcome to TechCrunch’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We’re here to help! We’ll be rolling out gift guides from now through the end of December. You can find our other guides right here. Crafting and DIY tools are wonderful gifts right now. We’re all stuck inside and, for many of us, the days are sort of blurring together. Why not help your friends and family learn to make s

Turn Off Spell Check on Your Kid's Computer

400+Lifehacker / 8h
One of the things I have enjoyed as the parent of an elementary student is watching how my son’s spelling has evolved over the years. When he’d bring classwork home as a kindergartener and first grader, it could be a bit of a puzzle to decipher his writing. The letters themselves were clear (he’s always been blessed… Read more...

Hackers are targeting kindergartens for profit, warns government

84Mashable / 8h
Kindergartens and elementary schools struggling to educate children amid sustained coronavirus -induced remote learning can officially add a new woe to their list: hackers. The U.S. government on Thursday issued a statement warning that criminals are specifically going after schools' distance-learning programs. And while this fits a well-established pattern, the latest alert from the Cybersecurit

What I missed when I missed going to the movies this year

40Mashable / 8h
I didn’t go to the movies much in 2019. I had the year staked out for other things, for long-term projects and self-improvement regimens that I thought would make the years after 2019 easier. My friends would ask me if I wanted to see a movie on a weekend and I’d shrug them off, insisting I was too busy to waste an afternoon watching something I could catch streaming a few months down the line. “

Tasmanian Devils May Overcome Transmissible Cancer That Nearly Wiped Them Out

300+Gizmodo / 8h
A new study out Thursday suggests that Tasmanian devils are starting to adapt to one of the strangest diseases known in nature: a contagious cancer spread by biting. The study has found evidence that the disease is spreading more slowly and becoming endemic in the devil population, rather than the very fatal and… Read more...

Dad goes viral on TikTok after buying airplane seats for his home

71The Points Guy / 8h
People have been coping with travel withdrawal in many different ways. Some began running on treadmills with suitcases , some have turned washing machines into airplane windows and some have even ordered airline meals to eat at home . And then there’s the dad that missed flying so much that he bought old airplane seats for his living room. In a series of videos on TikTok, Annisa Simao shares the

Google adds document editing to Gmail attachments in Workspace

49Engadget / 8h
Google is making it a lot easier to edit Microsoft Office documents sent as Gmail attachments. A new feature for Google Workspace (formerly known as G Suite) allows users to edit documents directly from their inbox. With the change, Microsoft Office attachments will have a new “edit” option. And when edits are complete, there will be a new option to share the document via email. Both changes shou

How to Get Free 'Witcher' Gear in 'Cyberpunk 2077'

91Lifehacker / 8h
I barely made it past Cyberpunk 2077's character-creation prompts last night—the joys of having a busy evening on the release date of a major open-world title. The game looks pretty AF so far, and I’m pleased I haven’t encountered any glitches in my few minutes within Night City thus far. However, I’m most excited to… Read more...

Study finds sleep aid melatonin may boost memory and protect cognition

67SlashGear / 8h
Melatonin, a hormone available in supplement form and often sold as a sleep aid, may boost long-term memory and help protect from cognitive decline over time, according to a new study out of Japan. The potential benefits were linked to melatonin and two metabolites that result from it called N1-acetyl-N2-formyl-5-methoxykynuramine (AFMK) and N1-acetyl-5-methoxykynuramine (AMK). The new study come

WordPress users now have access to better stock images

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Shutterstock's new Smart Image Recommendations tool automatically suggests relevant images based on a WordPress post's text.

Researchers built a breakdancing, light-powered hydrogel robot

82Engadget / 9h
Researchers at Northwestern University have created a dime-sized robot that looks like an animal you might find at the bottom of the sea. The soft robot is almost 90 percent water by weight. It has a hydrogel exterior while its nickel skeleton allows it to change shape. It doesn't use hydraulics or electricity to move around. Instead, the researchers used a chemical synthesis process to program m

Do the celebrities help the startups or do the startups help the celebrities?

80TechCrunch / 9h
Hello and welcome back to Equity , TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast ( now on Twitter! ), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. What a week, yeah? Instead of the news cycle slowing as the year races to a close, things are still as hot as ever. We have funding rounds big and small, IPOs, first-day extravaganza and more. Luckily we had the whole crew around — Chris and Danny

Alaska Mileage Plan Changes How Status Is Earned

92One Mile at a Time / 9h
Alaska Airlines has just adjusted how status in the Mileage Plan program can be earned in 2021. For most people this will make it easier to earn status, but not for everyone. Alaska Mileage Plan adjusts elite requirements Alaska Airlines is changing 2021 elite qualification , which applies for those looking to earn status for the 2022 program year. I’d assume there are a few reasons status qualif

A 3D animated Sonic series is coming to Netflix in 2022

58Engadget / 9h
Back before he found success in movie theaters , Sega’s Sonic starred in multiple animated series, including the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog , and now he’s heading back to the small screen. In a tweet Netflix has since deleted, the company announced that it’s working on a Sonic the Hedgehog 3D animated series. netflix deleted the tweet for some reason — Wario64 (@W

Airbnb’s first-day pop caps off a stellar week for tech IPOs

100+TechCrunch / 9h
After pricing above its raised range last night, Airbnb opened this morning at $146 per share, up around 115% to kick off its life as a public company. The company is now worth $158 per share. Using its IPO share count inclusive of shares reserved for underwriters, the company is worth $95.1 billion, but on a fully diluted basis, including shares that could be exercised or awarded in the future,

We're Finally Starting to See Some Great MagSafe Accessories, but They're Not Coming from Apple

59Gizmodo / 9h
One of the more interesting features of the new iPhone 12 lineup is the return of the MagSafe power connector . It doesn’t only make wireless charging easier, as Apple demonstrated with a $60 wallet, it can also expand the usefulness of the device that’s always in your pocket. But MagSafe has even more potential than… Read more...

There Was a Close Call at a Nuclear Power Plant Today

500+Futurism / 9h
Close Call Finland’s Olkiluoto nuclear power plant had a close call on Thursday. The Finnish newsroom Yle reports that the plant needed to perform an emergency shutdown after something went wrong with one of its two functioning reactors. Thankfully, the shutdown worked and there was no radiation leak — but it’s a timely reminder that every nuclear plant has the capacity, however slim, for terribl

9 Recent Shows That Ended Before Their Time

90Lifehacker / 9h
The lifespan of the television show is dwindling . The rise of original programming from streaming services has shifted the TV landscape, making room for more shows with fewer episodes per season, and larger content-driven platforms like Netflix can quickly move on to the next thing before we, the TV-loving public, are… Read more...

Hilton Allowing All Diamond Members To Gift Elite Status

View from the Wing / 9h
One feature of the Hilton Honors Diamond program is that members can gift someone Gold status when they reach 60 qualifying nights in a year. If they stay 100 nights, the gift becomes Diamond status. In addition to this standard offer, Hilton will allow all Diamonds to gift someone elite status this year. Diamond members can gift Gold status, lifetime Diamonds can gift Diamond status. Continue re

What is a digital whiteboard?

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Everything you need to know about digital whiteboards.

Your old Google account may be deleted if it’s too full or inactive

SlashGear / 9h
This week Google sent notifications to users about policy changes that’d be going into effect in the year 2021. These changes affect users of all Google services, including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, and the rest. If you’re the sort of person who works with a Google One membership, you’ve got little or nothing to worry about. If you’ve been … Continue reading

United Airlines shares plan to become ‘100% green’ by 2050

32The Points Guy / 9h
It’s impossible to operate a global airline in 2020 without negatively impacting the environment. But with United Airlines’ latest sustainability plan, that hopefully won’t be the case forever. Over the next three decades, United plans to go “ 100% green ” — primarily through the use of a technique called “carbon capture and sequestration,” or CCS, which could prove to be far more impactful than

Space Station Spiders Found a Hack to Build Webs Without Gravity

2KGizmodo / 9h
Experiments on the International Space Station suggest spiders can weave normal-looking webs in space—they just need a surprising resource. Read more...

2020 Genesis G70 Review – Agent of Change

SlashGear / 9h
It’s clear that Genesis is on a roll right now, its first SUV reaping rave reviews, and a smaller – and even more striking – crossover set to do the same in the segment below. Easy, then, to forget where that punchy reputation arguably first started, in the shape of the G70 sedan. Flag-bearer for the South Korean luxury marque’s … Continue reading

Southwest Launching Flights To IAH & ORD (Routes Revealed)

500+One Mile at a Time / 9h
Suffice to say that it’s not business as usual at the major US airlines lately when it comes to network planning. Back in October, Southwest Airlines announced its two latest (surprising) destinations, and today we’ve learned more about what routes we should expect out of these airports. Southwest expanding service in Chicago & Houston Southwest Airlines announced plans to expand its footprint in

How to cruise like Meryl Streep in ‘Let Them All Talk’

200+The Points Guy / 9h
Are there really passenger ships with two-story-high apartments? If you’ve never taken a cruise before — or even if you have — you might be asking that question after watching “Let Them All Talk,” the new Steven Soderbergh film opening today. Much of the movie takes place on Cunard Line’s iconic Queen Mary 2, where one of the main characters, Alice (played by Meryl Streep), stays in a sweeping, t

I Feel Like $156,000 for a 110-Inch TV Is a Lot

300+Gizmodo / 9h
Borrowing its microLED technology from “The Wall,” Samsung’s latest monster display was announced this week in Korea. Read more...

The Best Noise Cancelling Headphones, According to Our Readers

51Gizmodo / 9h
Noise cancelling headphones are a Godsend in 2020. As I try to type this, a car alarm is blaring outside, which has been happening for 20 minutes straight with no end in sight. That’s probably a familiar story for anyone who’s had to readjust to a work from home environment in 2020. There’s a lot of unexpected audio… Read more...

The Best Noise Cancelling Headphones, According to Our Readers

51Lifehacker / 9h
Noise cancelling headphones are a Godsend in 2020. As I try to type this, a car alarm is blaring outside, which has been happening for 20 minutes straight with no end in sight. That’s probably a familiar story for anyone who’s had to readjust to a work from home environment in 2020. There’s a lot of unexpected audio… Read more...

The 20 best viral videos of 2020

40Mashable / 10h
2020 is nearly over, thankfully. It was, clearly, a hellish, odd year. We spent more time online than ever, considering the pandemic forced us to isolate inside. And if nothing else, the internet is good for mindlessly passing time. That in mind, we collected 20 of our favorite viral videos from 2020. Hopefully you can waste a little time watching these videos and take yourself ever-so-closer to

Replace Spinach With Brussels Sprouts in All Your Hot Dips

100+Lifehacker / 10h
People love to bury vegetables in cheese. And why wouldn’t they? It makes them taste better, and is the only thing that can turn previously frozen, wet spinach and bland, canned artichokes into a dip that gets veritably inhaled at holiday gatherings. People don’t shove it into their mouths because they love previously-… Read more...

Amex wants to improve Platinum, Centurion benefits; here’s our wish list

21The Points Guy / 10h
Next year, American Express will add new features to its premium card offerings, including The Platinum Card® from American Express and invite-only Centurion card . As reported by Bloomberg , Amex CEO Steve Squeri told investors that the company plans to add features to these cards in order to retain customers and encourage upgrades. For consumers, this means we could see lucrative new benefits a

No, There Isn’t Evidence That Pfizer’s Vaccine Causes Infertility

500+NYT > Technology / 10h
A flurry of rumors online has prompted concern. But scientists assert the claims are baseless.

AT&T sells Crunchyroll to Sony for $1.2B amid “streamlining” efforts

75Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge / The logo may or may not last after the deal is complete. (credit: Rafael Henrique | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images ) Those of us who are old enough to have clear memories of video stores may remember the time when "Japanimation" comprised a single bottom shelf of battered VHS cases near the back of the shop. These days, however, anime distribution in the US is a billion-dollar

COVID-19 made our tech addiction worse: It’s time to do something about it

200+TechCrunch / 10h
Stuart Wall Contributor Stu Wall is a technology executive and entrepreneur who founded Signpost , a cloud-based customer communication platform that helps small businesses scale. The coronavirus pandemic accelerated America’s addiction to technology, and it’s making us sad, anxious and unproductive . Companies like Facebook, TikTok and Snapchat earn more advertising revenue the more frequently w

The Creator of Cyberpunk Game Says It’s a “Warning” About the Actual Future

1KFuturism / 10h
Take Warning The long-awaited game Cyberpunk 2077 has finally dropped, and gamers everywhere are ready to dive into an action-packed thriller set in a dystopian world with uneasy similarities to our own. Interestingly, the game is based on a series of Dungeons and Dragons-like tabletop board games, branded as Cyberpunk, that date back to the late 1980s, created by game designer Mike Pondsmith — w

This $40 smartwatch makes a great present

37Engadget / 10h
Two things are sure to happen with the holidays just around the corner. As part of various festive celebrations, people will receive and give gifts to family members and friends, and plenty of delicious, high-calorie food will be eaten. Anyone looking for a great gift that can also help balance out the latter of these two occurrences will want to check out the Smart Fit Multi-Functional Wellness

Google will let you limit YouTube ads for booze and gambling

66Engadget / 10h
Google is introducing new advertising settings that allow users to see fewer ads related to gambling and alcohol. The feature will be available on YouTube within the US first, but will also eventually be available for all Google ads as well. The company says it will expand the feature globally “in early 2021.” Google notes it already has “policies which determine when and where gambling and alcoh

Google, Intel, Zoom and others launch a new alliance to get enterprises to use more Chrome

200+TechCrunch / 10h
A group of industry heavyweights, including Google, Box, Citrix, Dell, Imprivata, Intel, Okta, RingCentral, Slack, VMware and Zoom, today announced the launch of the Modern Computing Alliance . The mission for this new alliance is to “drive ‘silicon-to-cloud’ innovation for the benefit of enterprise customers — fueling a differentiated modern computing platform and providing additional choice for

Xbox Family Settings app’s 2 new features make all the difference

SlashGear / 10h
This week Xbox revealed a pair of new features for their Xbox Family Settings app. One allows the user to more usefully manage purchases – now with the ability to accept or decline requests to purchase games. The other big feature allows the user to pause a child’s screen time – with the greatest of ease. If you are a … Continue reading

FCC lays out rules for replacing Huawei and ZTE telecoms equipment

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90Engadget / 10h
The Federal Communications Commission has taken a further step towards forcing providers to remove Huawei and ZTE equipment from their networks. Commissioners voted 5-0 to create a list of banned gear. The FCC also formally established a program to reimburse eligible smaller providers for replacing equipment that's deemed a risk to national security. It's waiting for Congress to allocate funding,

Google breaks SMS on many Android phones, is rolling back changes now

300+Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge / Google's Messaging app. It's broken now. (credit: Google) If the text messages on your Android phone have suddenly stopped working, you're not alone. Google pushed out a bad copy of the Carrier Services app, and the result was broken SMS on many Android phones. It also sounds like the company is rolling back the update and fixing the problem. Carrier Services is a little-known Android s

Spotify resets passwords after a security bug exposed users’ private account information

200+TechCrunch / 10h
Spotify said it has reset an undisclosed number of user passwords after blaming a software vulnerability in its systems for exposing private account information to its business partners. In a data breach notification filed with the California attorney general’s office, the music streaming giant said the data exposed “may have included email address, your preferred display name, password, gender,

DOJ announces guilty plea for 2016 cyberattack that broke the internet

71Engadget / 10h
More than four years after the Dyn cyberattack in 2016 , we have a better idea of who was behind one of the most disruptive DDoS attacks in internet history. This week, the Justice Department announced a guilty plea from an individual who took part in the attack. Due to the fact they were under the age of 18 when they committed the crime, the agency didn’t share their identity. But it did reveal

Ordering Starbucks through your phone might get you more than just coffee

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Remote code execution vulnerability in Starbucks' Singapore website could have allowed hackers to upload malicious files.

I woke up to LifeMiles changing its program, but don’t fret

The Points Guy / 10h
Like many of you, I woke up this morning to see an email from LifeMiles announcing changes. My heart skipped a beat. Avianca LifeMiles is one of those unique programs that offers great value on Star Alliance award bookings and partners with multiple transferable-point currencies . It’s become one of my go-to programs over the years, since it offers great redemption rates and doesn’t add fuel surc

Providing healthcare to lower-income communities values Cityblock Health at $1 billion

100TechCrunch / 10h
Cityblock Health , a company that provides healthcare services to low-income communities, is now commanding a high-priced valuation of over $1 billion after venture capitalists poured $160 million into the company. The round was led by new investor General Catalyst with participation from crossover investor Wellington Management and support from major existing investors, including Kinnevik AB, Ma

The Game Awards 2020 live stream and live updates

40TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
The Game Awards is happening right now. Here's how to watch it and the many, many game reveals to come.

No, there isn’t evidence that Pfizer’s vaccine causes infertility.

500+NYT > Technology / 10h
A flurry of rumors online has prompted concern. But scientists assert the claims are baseless.

YouTube is forbidding videos claiming widespread election fraud.

200+NYT > Technology / 10h
The company said that it was making the change because the deadline for recounts and audits of the election had passed.

The Facebook Antitrust Lawsuits Explained

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100+NYT > Technology / 10h
Regulators accuse Facebook of buying up rivals. Here’s what this means for us and Big Tech.

Honeybees Fend Off Asian Giant Hornets With Poop

1KGizmodo / 10h
Attacks by giant hornets, relatives of murder hornets , on honeybee hives are absolutely horrifying . Worker hornets identify bee hives and then bring in reinforcements of two to dozens of others , slaughtering bees at a rate of up to one per 14 seconds and sawing off their heads to gather protein-rich thoraxes and… Read more...

PUBG may have super-sized map surprises in store for 2021

SlashGear / 10h
In Season 10 for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, we’ll see the smallest map to date added to the game’s lineup. A map that’s purely urban, Haven will only have an overall footprint of 1km x 1km, and it’s hard to overstate how tiny that is when compared to PUBG‘s largest maps like Erangel. This has definitely been a year of small maps … Continue reading

France Says It’s Working on Bionic Supersoldiers Because Everybody Else Is Doing It

2KFuturism / 10h
Freedom Fries The French military is starting exploratory work on the development of bionic supersoldiers, which officials describe as a necessary part of keeping pace with the rest of the world. A military ethics committee gave its blessing to begin developing supersoldiers on Tuesday, according to The BBC , balancing the moral implications of augmenting and altering humanity with the desire to

Wonder Woman 1984 Will Include a Post-Credits Scene for Its Theatrical and Streaming Debuts

100+Gizmodo / 11h
That’s the thing about streaming debuts —you don’t actually have to wait to get to the post-credits stuff! Read more...

You can now share tweets directly to Snapchat, and Instagram might be next

71Mashable / 11h
Twitter is coming to Snapchat. Starting Thursday, Twitter users will be able to share tweets directly to Snapchat. Much like selecting a tweet to forward to a friend via SMS, the new option — for now limited to iOS, but coming soon to Android — will let people put clickable tweets directly in their Snapchat posts. Notably, according to Twitter, the company will begin a similar (albeit more limite

Ariana Grande's 'excuse me, i love you' gets emotional, energetic trailer from Netflix

32Mashable / 11h
"I don't know how to feel right now," Ariana Grande says in the trailer for excuse me, i love you — the upcoming Netflix feature that goes behind the scenes of her Sweetener World Tour. That sentiment may encapsulate the upcoming feature, which from the trailer promises high energy and emotion from excuse me, i love you , with a mix of Grande's stage performances, behind-the-scenes footage, and e

Save $500 on this Lenovo Legion 5 laptop that's great for gaming and anything else

32Mashable / 11h
Save $500: This Lenovo Legion 5 15-inch laptop with Intel Core i7-10750H, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, and 16GB RAM is $999 at Walmart as of Dec. 10. Even though Black Friday is over, you haven't missed your shot to save big on a brand new laptop . In fact, you can find some surprising deals for our favorite laptop brands , whether you need one for gaming or for work. But if you need something that d

Twitter will let users share tweets directly to Snapchat and Instagram

69Engadget / 11h
The best tweets often go viral on other platforms. Now, Twitter is fully embracing that with new sharing tools that allow users to natively share tweets to Snapchat and Instagram. With the change, which is rolling out now for Snapchat, Twitter’s share menu will include the option to send a tweet directly to the Snap Camera. The company will test a similar feature for Instagram’s Stories “in the c

You Have a Right to Your Eyeglasses Prescription, FTC Says

300+Lifehacker / 11h
Many businesses that provide eye exams are hoping to sell you eyeglasses, but you have the right to shop around. The Federal Trade Commission has a rule that states you are entitled to a copy of your glasses prescription, and they’re cracking down on prescribers that refuse . Read more...

Snap launches a native Twitter integration

200+TechCrunch / 11h
Twitter is partnering with Snap to bring tweets into Snapchat with a native integration that both companies hope will push users away from screenshots and toward more interactive embeds. Twitter users who are also logged into the Snapchat app on their phone will be able to access the functionality by tapping share on a particular tweet and navigating to the Snapchat icon where they’ll be able to

Robot lawyer startup DoNotPay now lets you file FOIA requests

200+TechCrunch / 11h
DoNotPay, the consumer advice company that started out helping people easily challenge parking tickets , has come a long way since it launched. It’s expanded to help consumers cancel memberships, claim compensation for missed flights and even sue companies for small claims. In the early days of the pandemic, the startup helped its users file for unemployment, where many state benefit sites crashe

Save Some Coin on Your Smart Home with Google Nest's Refurbished Line

21How-To Geek / 11h
Google is now broadening its refurbished products selection to include connected home devices, in addition to the refurbished Pixel phones and Pixelbooks it started reselling last September. If you don’t mind your products being gently used, this is a terrific way to build up your smart home gadget collection without breaking the bank. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Funimation Acquires Crunchyroll, Merging Two of the Biggest Anime Brands

48How-To Geek / 11h
The biggest names in anime are doing the Fusion Dance. AT&T has agreed to sell the Crunchyroll production company and streaming service to its rival, the Sony-owned Funimation. The $1.2 billion deal is a total game-changer, as Crunchyroll and Funimation are practically the Netflix and Hulu of anime. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

These Roborock Robot Vacuum Deals Will Suck Up Dirt and Not Your Money

How-To Geek / 11h
Let’s be honest: vacuuming sucks (pun intended). It’s a monotonous task that’s too loud and takes too long, and no one really loves to do it. That’s a problem robot vacuums promise to solve by doing the work for you. But robot vacuums are expensive, right? Not today! You can get a Roborock Vaccum for up to $240 off, and all you have to do is click a checkbox. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Samsung's 110-inch MicroLED TV is Basically the Viewscreen on the USS Enterprise

23How-To Geek / 11h
The 110-inch Samsung MicroLED TV isn’t the biggest television ever made. But it’s the biggest TV you can conceivably fit into a conventional living room, without some kind of custom installation. At exactly four times the size of a standard 55-inch, you’ll still probably need some help to get it in there. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

The Pixel 2 Won't Get Any More Software Updates: Here Are Your Upgrade Options

50How-To Geek / 11h
Google’s software support for its self-branded Pixel phones is second to none…well, except maybe Apple. But if you’re looking for an Android phone with frequent updates, it’s the only way to go. Unfortunately all good things, et cetera, and the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones have been given their very last software update after a little more than three years. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Palm Beach two ways — elegant classic and effortlessly modern

The Points Guy / 11h
If a tough 2020 has you craving open space, golden sand beaches and balmy winter weather, look no further than Florida. As other parts of the U.S. retreat indoors for the season, the state is making the most of its many open-air business and restaurants and its many glamorous hotels. Among Florida’s chicest escapes is The Palm Beaches . Easy to reach, blessed with more than 200 sunny days a year

Sentencing Nears for Gamer Who DDoS'd PlayStation Network as a Minor

53Gizmodo / 11h
A person behind a October 2016 cyberattack that temporarily crippled Sony’s Playstation Network and other online services has pleaded guilty to committing the act as a juvenile, Justice Department officials in New Hampshire said Thursday. Read more...

This “Pill” Sprouts Needles to Inject Medicine Inside Your Body

500+Futurism / 11h
In order to make the frequent injections associated with chronic illness a little more bearable, the biotech company Rani Therapeutics is developing a smart pill that injects patients from the inside instead. The robotic pill contains a time-release mechanism that triggers the growth of tiny spikes, made of sugar, that inject the medicine directly into the intestine, according to VentureBeat . It

SpaceX's Starship exploded in a flaming blaze on touchdown

32Mashable / 11h
SpaceX ran a test of its Starship rocket, which hit the land too quickly and exploded. But, yeah, maybe it'll get us to Mars one day. (Elon Musk says SpaceX got "all the data" it needed.) Read more... More about Mashable Video , Elon Musk , Spacex , Spacex Explosion , and Spacex Video

Meet the Artemis Team – NASA’s astronauts for the 2024 Moon mission

SlashGear / 11h
NASA has revealed its astronaut candidates for its upcoming mission to the Moon, naming the Artemis Team that will see America once again set foot on the lunar surface. The US space agency has picked 18 astronauts to make up the group initially, and from which the next man, and first woman, to land on the Moon will be selected. … Continue reading

Save a ton of dough on Certified Refurbished Acer Products on eBay

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eBay’s Certified Refurbished Acer laptops are a great way to save money on your holiday shopping, while still getting a like-new product.

Shop eBay’s Certified Refurbished Razer laptops this holiday season

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eBay’s Certified Refurbished Razer laptops can save you a ton of money while still meeting high standards.

This RAM-powered storage is technically the world's fastest external disk solution

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100x faster than flash-based array based on solid state drives.

Somehow, 3 of the new iPads are still in stock (and on sale) at Walmart

36Mashable / 11h
SAVE UP TO $100: As of Dec. 10, Apple's brand new iPad , iPad Air , and 12.9-inch iPad Pro are all on sale at Walmart for as low as $299, $599, and $949, respectively — and if you order one soon, it should arrive before Christmas. Hoping to score a new iPad this holiday season? So is everyone else, apparently: Google's 2020 Shopping Gift Guide notes that searches for tablets are up 12% this year,

Despite limitations, 3D and AR are creating new realities in retail

100+TechCrunch / 11h
Kate Wilson Contributor Kate Wilson is a Vancouver-based journalist. Previously technology editor at the Georgia Straight , Western Canada’s largest news and entertainment weekly, she has also written for The Independent , BetaKit , BC Business , and others. More posts by this contributor Corporate, public investments spur interest in Pacific Northwest startups Dan Burgar Contributor Dan Burgar i

TCL expands cheap TV range with new budget 4K screen, again

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TCL's P615K is a new 4K TV coming to the UK in mid-December, though it's an awful lot like the P715K we saw in September.

At Least You Can Try to View the Northern Lights Tonight

300+Lifehacker / 11h
Despite the early sunsets and the blistering winter cold, our friend the sun is still hard at work and brimming with activity that can brighten up your dreary nights. The heavenly body, sensing we are feeling low down here on Earth, even released a very large geomagnetic storm that has added to the jam-packed schedule… Read more...

TPG exclusive: How to earn a free night if you’re one of the first 1,000 new Omni Select Guest members

The Points Guy / 11h
There’s an argument to be made that the golden age of travel isn’t in the rearview, but instead is just around the corner. With every passing day, we get closer to a widespread vaccine rollout and you can almost hear the hum of the proverbial travel engine returning to life. In a bid to capture some of that momentum, travel providers are coming up with rewarding, creative promotions and deals . T

Timnit Gebru: Google boss apologises for row

200+BBC News - Technology / 11h
But Sundar Pichai does not admit she was fired or explain the circumstances of her departure.

Cathay Pacific’s A321neo Business Class Revealed

100+One Mile at a Time / 11h
Cathay Pacific’s very first Airbus A321neo has just been (unofficially) unveiled, and I’m not sure whether I find the exterior or interior more interesting. Why Cathay Pacific is getting A321neos For decades, Cathay Pacific has exclusively operated a wide body fleet. However, that changed with very little notice, as it was recently announced that Cathay Dragon will be integrated into Cathay Pacif

Sony's best noise canceling headphones get a $72 price cut at Amazon

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Sony's best noise canceling headphones are on sale for $278 at Amazon and ship in time for Christmas.

Uber wants drivers and delivery workers to get priority access to COVID-19 vaccine

100+TechCrunch / 11h
Given how reliant many people have become on rideshare drivers and especially delivery workers during the pandemic, Uber is pushing for them to get priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Today, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi sent a letter to all 50 governors asking them to prioritize giving drivers and delivery workers the vaccine as essential workers. “Over the last nine months, these workers have

IoT gadgets dominate the holiday sales - and so do their security risks

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IoT devices are prone to various security issues that you should be aware of.

How to Watch The Game Awards 2020

38Lifehacker / 11h
Tonight is this year’s Game Awards , the video game industry’s annual year-end ceremony highlighting the best games and esports titles of the past 12 months. As always, the event is hosted by Geoff Keighley, but this year’s event is foregoing the usual live theater venue and opting for a smaller, virtual setting due… Read more...

'Cyberpunk 2077' is riddled with bugs and rogue penises

2KEngadget / 12h
This post includes NSFW images. There’s plenty of junk on show in Cyberpunk 2077 and we’re not only talking about the garbage strewn around Night City. Now that players finally have their hands on the long-awaited RPG, a ton of images and videos of glitches have popped up. Hilariously (or disturbingly, depending on your perspective) many of them include main character V’s penis or breasts stickin

Cyberpunk 2077 on base PS4 / Xbox One is basically unplayable

38SlashGear / 12h
If you’re going to buy and play Cyberpunk 2077 on a gaming console, you might want to wait. Early gameplay videos and screenshots of the game on base Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles show the title functioning… but barely playable. If you’re looking at the game on an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S or a PlayStation 5, … Continue reading

New Research Bolsters Claim That Neanderthals Buried Their Dead

200+Gizmodo / 12h
A thorough re-analysis of a skeleton belonging to a 2-year-old Neanderthal and the archaeological site in which it was discovered some 50 years ago is providing some of the strongest evidence yet that Neanderthals deliberately buried their dead. Read more...

Obscure Chinese company unveils $399 Dell XPS 13 wannabe business laptop

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Chuwi adds another product to the Lark family.

Brave browser-maker launches privacy-friendly news reader

72Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Brave Software, maker of the Brave Web browser, is introducing a news reader that’s designed to protect user privacy by preventing parties—both internal and third party—from tracking the sites, articles, and story topics people view. Brave Today, as the service is called, is using technology that the company says sets it apart from news services offered by Google an

Alaska Airlines Changes How Elite Status Will Be Earned In 2021

35View from the Wing / 12h
Alaska Airlines has changed how elite status will be earned in 2021. Alaska used to require more miles flown if you include miles on partner airlines than if you’re using miles flown exclusively on Alaska. That’s gone. Starting in 2021, Alaska and partner flights will count the same towards elite status, and the lower “Alaska-only” status requirements apply. But they'll require a minimum number o

Bandwidth Limits at National Weather Service Could Hobble Our Weather Apps

54Gizmodo / 12h
The National Weather Service’s data budget is hitting a ceiling, and it apparently doesn’t have the money to fix the situation. Now, the agency is considering throttling users who access its essential forecast data. Read more...

Get One Year of PlayStation Plus for $30 So You Can Absolutely Wreck Me in Destiny 2 for 12 Months

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PlayStation Plus - 12 Months | $30 | Eneba | Enter code CYBERPLUS2020 Read more...

Global Human-Made Stuff Now Outweighs All Living Biomass

500+Futurism / 12h
Massive Shift According to a new study published in the prestigious journal Nature this week, the total mass of human-made materials now outweighs the entirety of the Earth’s living biomass. “We find that Earth is exactly at the crossover point; in the year 2020 (±6), the anthropogenic mass, which has recently doubled roughly every 20 years, will surpass all global living biomass,” the researcher

Announcing the final agenda for TC Sessions: Space 2020

92TechCrunch / 12h
TC Sessions: Space is happening this December 16 and 17 — our first-ever dedicated space event. This is a live, virtual two-day conference featuring the most important people in the space industry, across public, private and defense. We’re thrilled to be hosting NASA’s head of the Human Spaceflight Office Kathryn Lueders, Rocket Lab CEO and founder Peter Beck, U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Oper

Cadillac taps 3D printing for its most potent Blackwing cars

SlashGear / 12h
GM is using functional 3D printed parts for the first time on production cars, with the upcoming 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing performance sedans set to include several pieces that eschew traditional manufacturing. While commonplace on prototypes – where automakers turn to sizable 3D printers to fast-track the design process – 3D printing techniques have proved slower to … Con

Galaxy S21 leak drops a release day bombshell

SlashGear / 12h
There have been a lot of leaks concerning the Galaxy S21 already, but today, a whopper of one is possibly revealing the phone’s global launch date. We’ve been expecting Samsung to reveal the phone sometime in January, and this new leak corroborates those earlier reports. In fact, if this leak is accurate, the Galaxy S21 is just a few weeks … Continue reading

How to Get Apple's AirPods Max a Month Earlier

56Gizmodo / 12h
The Apple passion is strong. There was once a time when I, too, would clamor for many of the items the company makes—even going so far as to camp out for hours in line for a brand-new iPhone. Say what you will about Apple’s just-announced luxury AirPods Max, but there’s one indisputable fact about the new $550 (!)… Read more...

Google to add COVID-19 vaccine information panels to Search

100TechCrunch / 12h
Google announced today it’s introducing a new search feature that will surface a list of authorized vaccines in users’ locations, as well as informational panels about each individual vaccine. The feature is first being launched in the U.K., which earlier this month gave emergency authorization to the BioNTech/Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. The company says the feature will roll out to other countri

How to Make a Playlist From Your Pixel’s “Now Playing” History

How-To Geek / 12h
Google Pixel phones have a feature called “Now Playing” that automatically identifies music playing around you. You can add these identified songs to a playlist to continue listening to them after you’ve left a public space that plays music. We’ll show you how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Hyatt Launches “Pay My Way” Booking Feature

100+One Mile at a Time / 12h
In general Hyatt has made some significant improvements to its website and app in recent months (for example, I love being able to see when your room has been upgraded in the app ). Earlier in the year Hyatt launched a pilot program intended to improve the booking process, and initially only select World of Hyatt accounts were eligible. New World of Hyatt “Pay My Way” booking option It would appe

Turing nabs $32M more for an AI-based platform to source and manage engineers remotely

200+TechCrunch / 12h
As remote work continues to solidify its place as a critical aspect of how businesses exist these days, a startup that has built a platform to help companies source and bring on one specific category of remote employees — engineers — is taking on some more funding to meet demand. Turing — which has built an AI-based platform to help evaluate prospective, but far-flung, engineers, bring them toget

Everybody Wants a Piece of Facebook

51Gizmodo / 12h
The day after the FTC and dozens of Attorneys General filed two separate suits against Facebook over it anticompetitive track record, the company’s being slammed with yet another antitrust probe—this time, from Germany’s antitrust regulator. Specifically, the country’s Federal Cartel Office (otherwise known as The… Read more...

A Final Fantasy veteran is the new Super Smash Bros Ultimate fighter

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Nintendo has announced that Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII will be coming to Smash.

Attacks on remote desktop protocols soared this year

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Kaspersky found attacks on remote desktop protocols grew by a staggering 242% compared to last year.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 could actually be affordable

SlashGear / 12h
In the year 2021, you might actually be able to afford a “foldable” smartphone. That’s a smartphone with a display that folds, not just a classic flip-phone. Reports today suggest that the next Samsung foldable smartphone, likely called Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, could be the winner in Samsung’s 2021 foldable smartphone strategy – with a price that the average … Continue reading

How to Use Microsoft’s Edge’s Built-In Task Manager

29How-To Geek / 12h
If you’re experiencing slow performance while browsing the web with Microsoft Edge, you can use Edge’s built-in Browser Task Manager to identify which sites or extensions might be bogging down your system with heavy resource usage. Here’s how to use it. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Google's 2020 Year in Search Says This Is the Time When We Asked "Why"

20How-To Geek / 12h
Every year Google likes to sum up what we as a people searched for most. It breaks down the actors, athletes, news, shows, and general searches we looked at the most. But if this year feels different, then Google’s trends seem to confirm it. According to Google, this is the year we asked “Why?” and then moved forward. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Leaked Samsung Galaxy S21 Teasers Show Off Divisive Design

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66Gizmodo / 12h
Rumors have been swirling around claiming the Galaxy S21 could get announced as early as January (possibly a month sooner than S20's debut last year), and now it appears some official teasers have leaked out giving us a glimpse at the S21's unique design. Read more...

Orbex raises $24 million in new funding, can now scale up for orbital launch

Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge / The upper stage of the Orbex Prime rocket will have a single engine. (credit: Orbex) United Kingdom-based launch company Orbex says it has raised an additional $24 million in venture capital funding as it continues development of its small satellite launcher. This booster is planned to be similar in size and performance to Rocket Lab's Electron vehicle. Orbex CEO Chris Larmour said this

Behind-the-scenes 'Queen's Gambit' video answers all your questions about chess

200+Mashable / 12h
If you can't get enough of The Queen's Gambit , you're in luck; Netflix just dropped a 14-minute video that takes a closer look at the creation of the coming-of-age period drama. This behind-the-scenes feature is loaded with interviews from the show's director, chess advisor, hair and makeup artist, costume designer, cast members, set decorator, and more. It examines Beth Harmon's (Anya Taylor-Jo

Packaging Error Mixes Up Antidepressant and Erectile Drugs

1KFuturism / 12h
If you have a prescription for either the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil — the active ingredient in Viagra — or the antidepressant trazodone that was distributed by AvKare, you might want to take a very close look at what you’re taking. That’s because 100mg tablets of both drugs were accidentally packaged together, according to CNN , meaning there’s a chance that patients who were prescribe

PC version of Cyberpunk 2077 now features an epilepsy warning

63Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge / This kind of flashing-light-filled celebration would probably not be an appropriate response to this news... The PC version of Cyberpunk 2077 now features an on-screen notice at load time warning players of the risk of seizures. The Washington Post's Elise Favis was among the first to note the addition last night. "In this game you will encounter a variety of visual effects (e.g. flashi

The Next Generation of Vaccines Might Be Inhalable

200+Gizmodo / 12h
Future vaccines might involve a deep breath rather than an injection, if technology detailed in research published Thursday pans out. The proof-of-concept study in mice and primates suggests that vaccines can be safely absorbed through the lungs into the bloodstream in order to do their job of training the immune… Read more...