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Best Bitcoin exchanges of 2020

500+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
With the best Bitcoin exchanges, it couldn't be easier to buy, sell and transfer your cryptocurrency.

How They Made a Vaccine So Fast

COVID Pfizer Vaccine•
4KGizmodo / 8h
Vaccine development takes time. Earlier this spring, we learned that the previous record for vaccine development was four years from sample to approval, and that we might not see a COVID vaccine for years, if at all. But here we are, barely one year past the discovery of the novel coronavirus, and we already have a… Read more...

A New Breakthrough In Tape Storage Could Squeeze 580 TB Onto a Single Cartridge

33Gizmodo / 40min
Cramming a full terabyte of storage onto a microSD card the size of a baby fingernail is a remarkable feat, but when it comes to cost and reliability, magnetic tape is still the preferred method for archiving data for decades. And even as hard drives continue to swell in size, magnetic tape storage still holds a solid… Read more...

Apple Watch gets cardio fitness notification in watchOS 7.2

SlashGear / 41min
Although people were initially doubtful and even apprehensive about the purpose smartwatches would play in modern life, the Apple Watch was able to carve out its own niche that its competitors are now trying to catch up with. That niche focuses on monitoring and measuring wearers’ health with the need for dedicated, expensive, and bulky medical equipment, and the latest … Continue reading

New Google Antitrust Lawsuit Could Be Filed As Soon As Thursday

20Gizmodo / 46min
A coalition of states is reportedly readying a new antitrust lawsuit against Google that will claim that the company changed its search infrastructure to the disadvantage of certain rivals that offer specialized search results. Read more...

Now you can watch Netflix on your Echo Show

23Engadget / 1h
In September Amazon revealed its Echo Show 10 with a rotating base , and announced that Netflix streaming would come to the platform. Today is that day, and if you have one of Amazon’s Alexa-connected smart displays, you should be able to queue up a few episodes of The Queen’s Gambit or whatever show you might prefer to watch on its small screen. According to AFTVNews the only Echo Show that does

Nokia 5.4 debuts in Europe, US online store launched

SlashGear / 1h
HMD Global literally has dozens of Nokia phones littering the global market, just like the Finnish giant of old. Almost ironically but unsurprisingly, it hasn’t yet flooded the US market with those easy to forget models. It does have a few which you can get only through carriers or third-party retailers but it is now making it possible for US … Continue reading

This VC introduced Palantir’s first business hire to its earliest engineer, then his business took off

100+TechCrunch / 1h
You might not know yet of XYZ Venture Capital , a four-year-old, San Francisco-based seed-stage venture firm, but many veterans of Palantir are surely aware of it. XYZ says it has already backed 22 startups whose founders came out of the data analysis company, including most notably, Anduril , Lucky Palmer’s defense tech startup. In fact, the founder of XYZ, Ross Fubini, says his firm wrote Andur

Amazon Luna game streaming now on Android for a few phones

Amazon Luna Android•
SlashGear / 1h
They say hindsight is 20/20 and sometimes being late to the game does have such an advantage. One of the latest to jump into the nascent game streaming fad is Amazon it definitely benefited from experiences and problems of the likes of Google Stadia, NVIDIA GeForce NOW, and Microsoft xCloud. By banking on web technologies, Amazon’s Luna game streaming service … Continue reading

CloudReady Chrome OS for old laptops is now owned by Google

SlashGear / 2h
Although Android’s and Chrome OS’ open source natures allow them to be reshaped and installed on a variety of devices, Google has never really endorsed or even encouraged putting them on anything other than smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, and a small number of boxes. Companies like Neverware have taken it upon themselves to make that happen, creating CloudReady OS, a version … Continue reading

Among Us is sneaking its way onto Nintendo Switch today

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A Switch version of Among Us has been announced as part of Nintendo's Indie World Showcase event.

Bic Buys Notebook Company That Lets You Easily Upload Your Dumb Scribbles to the Cloud

200+Gizmodo / 2h
If you’re anything like me, your unmanageable luddite tendencies will have, by now, made you the proud owner of probably well over 100 notebooks. Spiral-bound, composition, Moleskine; the type doesn’t really matter, but what DOES matter is your unfettered ability to tote these notebooks around from apartment to… Read more...

If the Computer Accessory of the Year Isn't a Webcam We Don't Know What Is. Grab This Aukey One for Just $27

Gizmodo / 2h
Aukey FHD Webcam | $27 | Amazon | Use Code QHX7A7H5 Read more...

The Robot Vacuums Moms (and Pet Owners) Love

62Lifehacker / 2h
Robot vacuums are hot right now! With countless options available and price points ranging from a buck and a half to a grand or more, it can be tough to pinpoint which one you need and when the extra money makes sense. I’ve tried all of these brands, but I don’t have dogs, birds, or kids, so I don’t put mine through… Read more...

Periscope is shutting down but it’s OK if you forgot it existed

Twitter Periscope March•
SlashGear / 3h
Unlike its rival Facebook, Twitter doesn’t make a big fuss over acquisitions of former rivals. Like Facebook, however, these new properties eventually make their way into the core features of the social network, ultimately leading to their demise. That was the case with Vine, whose legacy pretty much got buried and overshadowed by the likes of Instagram’s Stories. Now the … Continue reading

Delta launches ‘COVID-free’ flights to Europe on Tuesday

The Points Guy / 3h
Delta will fly its first “COVID-free” flight Tuesday, part of an effort to demonstrate that international travel can occur even at the height of the coronavirus crisis. Delta Flight 76 will depart Atlanta at 9:55 p.m. Tuesday and arrive Amsterdam at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, all times local. Only a few dozen passengers will occupy the Airbus A330-300, but Delta sees the flight as “just a first step,”

Pittsburgh Airport Introduces On-Demand Covid-19 Testing Inside The Terminal

View from the Wing / 3h
I really like the Pittsburgh airport. There's a Hyatt hotel on the grounds, and they pioneered allow people to go through security even when not traveling same day , something we lost in this country after 9/11. The program meant people could meet arriving passengers, shop and dine, and planespot. Now they have something new to like: on-demand Covid-19 testing inside the terminal . Continue readi

A-Rod Is Going To Buy 20 Hotels And Turn Them Into Hiltons

View from the Wing / 3h
Former Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, who recently failed in his bid with fiance' J. Lo to buy the New York Mets, will invest in and front a $650 million hospitality fund which plans to acquire 20 hotels - largely in New York, Miami and Seattle but potentially also the Caribbean - and turn them into Hiltons. He's already acquired the Curio Collection hotel in Miami. Continue reading ...

ClickUp hits $1 billion valuation in $100M Series B raise

100+TechCrunch / 3h
Just six month after raising its first bit of outside funding, ClickUp has closed $100 million in new funding and reached a $1 billion valuation, a report in Bloomberg first reported. The company has seen plenty of growth in the past several months to justify that new unicorn status, including doubling the amount of users to 2 million. In a press release the company also detailed it had grown rev

The property that received the most Marriott redemptions may surprise you

The Points Guy / 3h
From overwater villas to cozy cabins , Marriott Bonvoy offers accommodations to suit every traveler and every trip. With thousands of properties worldwide, deciding which one to spend your hard-earned points at can sometimes be challenging. If you need some inspiration, you might be curious to know how other Bonvoy members are redeeming their points. Marriott just shared its list of Bonvoy member

Xbox will now use blockchain for gaming rights and royalties

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Blockchain-based solution will provide a financial system of record for Microsoft's Xbox gaming partners and network of content creators.

SolarWinds: Why the Sunburst hack is so serious

300+BBC News - Technology / 3h
The hack of thousands of high-profile organisations, including the US government, could have major consequences.

Amazon Made for You tool offers shirts custom-made for each user

Amazon Fashion Custom•
SlashGear / 3h
Amazon has launched a new service called ‘Made for You’ that enables users to purchase custom-made shirts in the style and colors they prefer. The service is offered through the company’s mobile app, which is used to create a virtual model of your body to see exactly how the shirt will fit and whether you still like how it looks … Continue reading

Revolut launches mid-tier subscription plan

100+TechCrunch / 3h
Fintech startup Revolut is tweaking its subscription plans with a new mid-tier offering called Revolut Plus — it costs £2.99 per month. Like N26 Smart and Monzo Plus , the new plan is a pandemic-proof package that doesn’t focus as much on travel. For the past couple of years, challenger banks and alternatives to traditional bank accounts have been packaging additional services into paid plans. Es

Keep Warm This Winter With 78% Off This Entertainment Bundle

Futurism / 3h
With the coming of winter comes a lot more time indoors. Fortunately, the Entertainment and Streaming Mini Bundle is here with over $600 worth of ways to make your winter fun and productive . Here’s what you get to make for a better winter. One Year of PlayStation Plus (MSRP: $59.99) Just because your friends can’t be on your couch doesn’t mean you can’t game with them. A year of PlayStation Plus

FDA authorizes use of a nonprescription home COVID test

FDA Home Covid Test•
60Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge (credit: Ellume ) The FDA's ability to issue Emergency Use Authorizations isn't limited to treatments; the administration can also hand them out for medical equipment and tests. And today, it approved the first over-the-counter, at-home SARS-CoV-2 test kit. The kit detects the presence of a protein found on the surface of the virus and sends the results to a user's smartphone via a Blueto

We Already Have the Technology to Decarbonize U.S. Electricity

200+Gizmodo / 3h
It’ll take a lot to transition the U.S. off fossil-based energy: money, political will, labor. But a new report shows it won’t take new technological innovation. The study , published in the journal Joule last week, shows U.S. electricity demand can be met with currently available carbon-free tech, like solar panels… Read more...

How to watch Tszyu vs Morgan: live-stream the big Australian fight

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
A rising star gets one step closer to a title shot – here's how you can watch the live stream.

The Robot Vacuums Moms (and Pet Owners) Love

62Gizmodo / 4h
Robot vacuums are hot right now! With countless options available and price points ranging from a buck and a half to a grand or more, it can be tough to pinpoint which one you need and when the extra money makes sense. I’ve tried all of these brands, but I don’t have dogs, birds, or kids, so I don’t put mine through… Read more...

Uber tacks on new fee for Prop. 22 gig worker benefits

76Mashable / 4h
California voters were told that voting for Prop. 22 last month would keep ride-hailing and delivery prices from increasing on apps like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart, because all gig workers would stay independent contractors. But prices are still going up on the Uber app, even though Prop. 22 passed in California with 58.6 percent of the November vote. The passage of Prop. 22 was a win fo

Pinterest’s $22.5M settlement highlights tech’s inequities, say former employees who alleged discrimination

100+TechCrunch / 4h
When Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banks, formerly of Pinterest’s policy team, alleged racial and gender discrimination at Pinterest in June, the hope was for Pinterest to make them whole and address its culture of alleged discrimination, Ozoma told TechCrunch. But that’s not what happened. Just two months later, former Pinterest COO Fran├žoise Brougher sued Pinterest, alleging gender discrimina

Trust Me, This $1,000 Winter Jacket Is Worth the Investment

30Lifehacker / 4h
Canada Goose Langford Parka | $1,050 | Canada Goose Read more...

Google’s Blob Opera experiment lets anyone create dramatic music

SlashGear / 4h
If you’ve dreamed about creating your own opera masterpiece, Google has your back. The company has introduced a new experiment under its Arts & Culture non-profit initiative called ‘Blob Opera.’ The name sounds like nonsense until you learn exactly what Blob Opera is — a tool featuring colorful blobs that, you know, sing opera music. The blobs drop one by … Continue reading

Daily Crunch: Goodbye, Periscope

100+TechCrunch / 4h
Periscope is shutting down, Samsung has plans for more foldable devices and Airbnb sets new diversity goals. This is your Daily Crunch for December 15, 2020. The big story: Goodbye, Periscope It’s official: Twitter -owned live-streaming app Periscope is shutting down by March of next year. That’s not hugely surprising, both because Jane Manchun Wong spotted some app code suggesting that a shutdow

Microsoft will release the Surface Duo in more countries next year

45Engadget / 4h
After a buggy initial release in the US this past August, Microsoft’s Surface Duo will make its way to other countries next year. On Tuesday, the company announced its dual-screen Android phone will be available in Canada, France, Germany and the UK in early 2021, with more information to follow. In the same blog post, Microsoft said Duo users can now download an enhanced version of TikTok — whic

All AAdvantage Members Will Get Preferred Boarding

100+One Mile at a Time / 4h
American Airlines will give all AAdvantage members preferred boarding, which sure is a nice way to encourage people to join the AAdvantage program. Group 6 boarding for AAdvantage members Starting on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. all American AAdvantage members will receive Group 6 boarding at a minimum (yes, that even includes those booked in basic economy ). On top of that, there will be an ann

Parkland survivor wants a different kind of gun reform movement: One that centers Black lives

Mashable / 4h
Right now, Aalayah Eastmond is in the middle of finals week at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. The 19-year-old is a second-year student in the Criminal Justice program, looking forward to a future at Howard Law and a career as a defense attorney. But, two years ago, on Feb. 14 , Eastmond was in her morning class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. By th

Robomart launches its mobile convenience store in beta for West Hollywood residents

100+TechCrunch / 4h
Nine months into the pandemic, one of the first states to institute a shut down is back at square one. Following a major spike in COVID-19 cases, California governor Gavin Newsom reinstituted major closures across the state, leaving many residents in search of new avenues to acquire essentials without leaving their home. Robomart is seemingly still a long ways away from being a fully finalized of

Launch startup Astra’s rocket reaches space

200+TechCrunch / 4h
Rocket launch startup Astra has joined an elite group of companies that can say their vehicle has actually made it to orbital space — earlier than expected. The company’s Rocket 3.2 test rocket (yes, it’s a rocket called “Rocket”) passed the Karman line, the separation point 100 km (62 miles) up that most consider the barrier between Earth’s atmosphere and space, during a launch today from Kodiak

Superhuman Hack Brings Real-Time 3D Ray Tracing to the SNES

32Gizmodo / 4h
With the help of an extra graphics processing chip inside the cartridge, Star Fox did the impossible by bringing 3D graphics to the 16-bit Super Nintendo. The decision to engineer the SNES’ hardware to allow for this upgrade was a clever one on Nintendo’s part, and 29 years after its debut, Ben Carter has used a… Read more...

Gmail is broken right now, one day after a massive outage (Update: Fixed?)

Google Gmail Users•
500+TechCrunch / 5h
While it doesn’t appear to be completely down like it was yesterday morning , we’re hearing many reports from Gmail users that the email service is having major issues right now. Some users are reporting that Gmail is particularly slow, while others are reporting constant error messages. One TechCrunch writer, meanwhile, noticed that emails he was sending to Gmail accounts appeared to immediately

As The Last Jedi turns 3, DJ’s cynicism powers the Star Wars universe

SlashGear / 5h
Three years ago, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released, and it divided the masses. Some fans thought the movie was so extremely bad, they wanted it struck from the record!* Despite the negativity, The Last Jedi remained staunchly on-record and its influence blasted its way into the creators of every Star Wars title thereafter. *You can still find this … Continue reading

RIP Periscope, 2015-2021

Twitter Periscope March•
20Mashable / 5h
Twitter is cleanin' out the closet. On Tuesday, Twitter announced that it is ending its live video service, Periscope , as a standalone app. The app will cease to exist as of March 2021, and people won't be able to make new Periscope accounts starting with the next release. Twitter acquired Periscope before the app even officially launched back in 2015. The ability for anyone to live stream might

In the Super Mario Cartoon's Holiday Episode, the Greatest Gift Is Attempted Murder

90Gizmodo / 5h
Happy holidays, everybody! Now with that out of the way, I need to talk to you about this “ Worst Episode Ever ” featuring the Super Mario Bros . Read more...

Walmart will test driverless delivery trucks in Arkansas next year

Walmart Gatik Arkansas•
400+Engadget / 5h
In 2019, Walmart started working with a company called Gatik to test autonomous delivery trucks on a two-mile route between a fulfillment center and a store in Bentonville, Arkansas. After those vehicles logged more than 70,000 miles with a human driver there to make sure nothing went wrong, Walmart and Gatik say they’re ready for a new challenge . Next year, there won’t be any human drivers in t

Bill Resurrected to Stop Feds From Reading Your Old Emails Without a Warrant

29Gizmodo / 5h
Decades before cloud computing was invented, the government decided it should have the power, after 180 days, to read anyone’s emails, and that it shouldn’t need a warrant to do this. While no lawmaker today would seriously suggest passing such an incredible invasive law, Congress has found itself incapable of closing… Read more...

Twitter Kills Periscope Because It Was a Broken Cash-Suck

Twitter Periscope March•
Gizmodo / 5h
Livestreaming app Periscope, beloved by far-right conspiracy theorists and child predators alike, will be put out of its misery by the end of this coming March, Twitter announced on Tuesday. Read more...

How to Use Apple Fitness+

51Lifehacker / 5h
Apple Fitness+ launches today, and if you have an Apple Watch Series 3 or newer, you can try it out. The service will cost $9.99/month (or $79.99/year) but when you buy a watch (or upgrade yours), you get a month’s access for free. Read more...

Don't Miss the Affordable Care Act Deadline Today

56Lifehacker / 5h
For many people, today is the last day to enroll in federally subsidized health insurance for 2021, as open enrollment in the 36 states that use the federal exchange will end tomorrow. Read more...

This supercomputing center has chosen Nvidia for its AI

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Hybrid computing where CPUs and GPUs work together is the future of the HPC community.

10 tips for choosing the right password manager for your team

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
The importance of password managers and how to choose the right one for your organisation.

Fortnite’s new ‘The Spy Within’ LTM is basically Among Us

SlashGear / 5h
Epic Games has launched an entirely new Limited Time Mode (LTM) called ‘The Spy Within,’ and it revolves around the same general gameplay as hit game Among Us. As you may anticipate, the matches involve unwitting players who are infiltrated by two unknown spies masquerading as teammates — ones tasked with killing as many people as they can without getting … Continue reading

The 10 Best Deals of December 15, 2020

56Gizmodo / 5h
Tuesday’s Best Deals | Kinja Deals

How to Make 'Fortnite' Run Better on an Older Computer

34Lifehacker / 5h
With over 350 million players, Fortnite is one of the biggest franchises in gaming, and it owes much of that success to its accessibility. The game is free to download and play on every major console, many smartphones, all Windows PCs, and Macs ( with big caveats ). Even weaker computers with outdated hardware can run … Read more...

The 10 Best Deals of December 15, 2020

56Lifehacker / 5h
Tuesday’s Best Deals | Kinja Deals

Ball Out With Nomad's $230 Leather MacBook Pro Sleeve

20How-To Geek / 5h
The MacBook Pro isn’t just your daily driver; it’s a premium piece of technology. So why carry it in a cheap case? Our friends at Nomad now sell a fancy leather sleeve for the 13 and 16-inch MacBook Pro, giving you protection and style wherever your work takes you. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Believe It: Funimation Anime Streaming App Lands on Nintendo Switch

How-To Geek / 5h
Despite its portable form factor, the Nintendo Switch doesn’t have a lot of streaming apps available—just Hulu and YouTube so far. Today Funimation’s anime streaming service joins that short list with an official app downloadable from the eShop. The app is free, though you’ll have to pay for a subscription (at least $6 a month) to watch. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Grab a Google Nest Mini for Just $25 with This Deal at Best Buy

How-To Geek / 5h
Best Buy’s sale on the Google Nest Mini (2nd Generation) Smart Speakers is one for the books. They’re just $24.99, which is $25 off the normal price of $49.99. in Charcoal, Sky, Coral, or Chalk colors. The speakers can play music and allow you to connect to Google Assistant just by saying “Hey Google.” Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Wyze's Latest $10 Smart Plug Goes Outdoors to Power Your Christmas Lights

26How-To Geek / 5h
After an onslaught of announcements, including a home monitoring system, a smartwatch, a smart sprinkler, and a robot vacuum, Wyze is back with one more new product. This time, it’s firmly back in smart home territory with an incredibly affordable $10 outdoor smart plug. Pre-orders for Wyze Plug Outdoor open up today. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Watch as an iPhone 6s Falls From an Airplane, Records Its Descent, and Survives

78How-To Geek / 5h
As a tall person, I know just how scary it is to drop a phone from five or six feet in the air. But can you imagine dropping a phone from 200 times that height? Documentary filmmaker Ernesto Galiotto’s iPhone 6s survived a 984-foot drop from a plane, and more surprisingly, it recorded its descent for everyone to enjoy. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Multiplayer Hit 'Among Us' is Now Available on Nintendo Switch for Five Bucks

How-To Geek / 5h
Among Us is a gaming phenomenon, rocketing from a niche mobile title in 2018 to 2020’s most talked-about casual game. Previously available only on iOS, Android, and Windows, the game expands to the Nintendo Switch today. You can find it in the eShop for $5, the same price as on Steam. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Just Joining American AAdvantage Now Gets Better Boarding Privileges

22View from the Wing / 5h
American Airlines is making the AAdvantage program friendlier for new members, who are the people that are flying today. They're introducing better boarding just for joining the program, after eliminating telephone booking fees for award redemptions for all members and eliminating mileage redeposit fees, too. Continue reading ...

What 2020's nightmare of a year means for horror

25Mashable / 5h
2020 was another great year for horror. Or, at least, it will be. As we wrap up this nightmarish trip around the sun (think Event Horizon, but with easier, more direct access to the bowels of hell), it's tempting to reflect on everything we’ve missed. This year, horror fans had to withstand not only tons of major movie delays — Halloween Kills, A Quiet Place Part II, Spiral: From the Book of Saw

SpaceX’s Next Starship Prototype Could be Headed to Launch Pad on Thursday

500+Futurism / 5h
Making Moves SpaceX may be getting ready to push its next Starship prototype onto the launch pad. According to the latest highway closures in Cameron County, Texas, where SpaceX’s test facility is located, the company’s SN9 prototype could be headed to the pad as early as Thursday, as spotted by Ars Technica senior space editor Eric Berger. Next Fireball The new road closures are set for December

Uber defends sexual assault victims’ privacy, gets fined $59 million

41Ars Technica / 5h
Enlarge (credit: Westend61 / Getty ) The California Public Utility Commission has slapped Uber with a $59 million fine for refusing to hand over detailed records about more than 1,200 alleged sexual assaults involving Uber drivers in California between 2017 and 2019. "The CPUC has been insistent in its demands that we release the full names and contact information of sexual assault survivors with

Gear up for gaming with the Hisense Android TV, H8G Quantum Series

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
The Hisense Android TV, H8G Quantum series features Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos for a premium gaming experience

Spotify’s latest deal brings exclusive podcasts from Prince Harry and Meghan

Harry Meghan Spotify•
SlashGear / 6h
Spotify has penned a new major deal with Archewell Audio, an audio production company formed by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan. The multi-year partnership between the two companies will bring a variety of podcasts to Spotify’s platform, an arrangement that will kick off with a holiday special in the coming days. The partnership has taken place between Spotify’s Gimlet … Continue reading

What's Coming to Disney+ in January 2021

71Lifehacker / 6h
Last week, during an investor conference call masquerading as entertaining content (or vice versa) Disney announced an exhausting number of new Disney+ series and films arriving over the next few years, most of them having something to do with the Marvel or Star Wars franchises . The majority of those are a long way… Read more...

How to Send a Holiday Gift Without Spoiling the Surprise

24Lifehacker / 6h
Packages in my household are opened the second they arrive, so keeping the holiday gifts separate from standard packages this holiday is essential. Half the fun of Christmas is opening presents on Christmas morning, and you don’t want someone opening the brand new tablet you got them thinking it’s the deodorant they… Read more...

Scientist Left “Speechless” After Opening Asteroid Samples

9KFuturism / 6h
Speechless In February 2019, Japan’s Hayabusa-2 space probe pulled off an incredible feat. The small spacecraft managed to collect surface dust from asteroid Ryugu, hundreds of millions of miles from Earth. Earlier this month, the spacecraft dropped off a special package in South Australia: a tiny capsule with traces of the asteroid’s dust inside. Scientists from Japan’s space agency JAXA opened

This solar-powered floating device can remove 110,000 pounds of plastic from rivers per day

38Mashable / 6h
The autonomous device was developed by a Dutch nonprofit organization called the Ocean Cleanup . It catches waste using floating barrier, and then guides it onto a conveyor belt where it's extracted from the water. Read more... More about Mashable Video , Plastic Waste , Solar Power , Waste , and Garbage

Vista’s $3.5B purchase of Pluralsight signals a maturing edtech market

100+TechCrunch / 6h
On Monday, Pluralsight, a Utah-based startup that sells software development courses to enterprises, announced that it has been acquired by Vista for $3.5 billion. The deal, yet to close, is one of the largest enterprise buys of the year: Vista is getting an online training company that helps retrain techies with in-demand skills through online courses in the midst of a booming edtech market. Add

Removing space debris requires action and caution

300+TechCrunch / 6h
Tess Hatch Contributor Tess Hatch hopes to travel to space. In the meantime, she is a venture investor at Bessemer Venture Partners who invests in frontier tech. More posts by this contributor Who’s building the grocery store of the future? The space in between: The stratosphere Chris Wu Contributor Chris is an Electrical Engineering MS student at Stanford. He enjoys tinkering and contributing to

'Doom Zero' brings 32 new levels to the original games on mobile and consoles

100+Engadget / 6h
Should Doom Eternal 's arrival on Nintendo Switch and Xbox Game Pass have you hankering for even more demon slaying, then you're in luck. If you have the re-releases of Doom (the original one) and Doom II , you can battle a bunch more enemies in a mod called Doom Zero . There are 32 more levels for you to tackle in Doom Zero with new demons, bosses, sounds, music and sprites. It freshens up class

Apple’s watchOS 7.2 is out, offers new health and fitness metrics

62Ars Technica / 6h
Enlarge / Apple Watch series 6, launched this September, offers health and fitness monitoring in a dizzying array of styles. (It can also tell you the time, if you're looking for that.) (credit: Apple ) There's a new version of watchOS, the operating system used by the Apple Watch, out today. WatchOS 7.2 includes support for Fitness+ , Apple's new subscription-based fitness service, as well as ne

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E First Drive Review: Yes, it’s a Mustang

45SlashGear / 6h
Brand your new electric crossover a Mustang, and you set it up for some big expectations. Ford wasn’t making life easy for the 2021 Mustang Mach-E, risking the reputation of its muscle car brand on a category it had yet to prove itself in. “Should it drive like it looks?” That’s the question I couldn’t help but ask, as I … Continue reading

Make Next-Level Nachos by Melting Shredded Cheese in Queso

100+Lifehacker / 6h
Usually, when one makes nachos (or cheese fries), there comes a point when you have to choose between a creamy, saucy queso and a gloriously stretchy cheese pull. Queso does not stretch like melted, shredded cheese, and shredded cheese has a tendency to grease out and solidify quite quickly—but, with their powers… Read more...

Facebook lifts ban on political ads for Georgia runoff elections.

1KNYT > Technology / 6h
The social network said it made the change because of the“importance of expressing voice and using our tools to reach voters.”

Santa Impersonator Exposes Throngs of Children to COVID

1KFuturism / 6h
Last Thursday, as many as 50 kids were likely exposed to COVID-19 by Santa and Mrs. Clause impersonators at a photo-op in Georgia. The jolly old couple didn’t display any symptoms during the event, but both tested positive for the coronavirus just two days later, according to NBC News . That suggests, given the coronavirus’ incubation period, that the two were sick during the appearance when they

Signal adds encrypted group video calls that friends can pop in and out of

28Mashable / 6h
The best messaging app around just got even better. Signal , the free and open source encrypted messaging app, launched end-to-end encrypted group video calls Tuesday. The feature, which at present is limited to five people per call, allows members of a Signal group to pop in and out of an ongoing call at will. It's pretty great. "Now when you open a group chat in Signal, you'll see a video call

Live-streaming platform BoxCast raises $20M

200+TechCrunch / 7h
BoxCast , a Cleveland-based company aiming to make it easy to live stream any event, has raised $20 million in Series A funding. Co-founder and CEO Gordon Daily said that when the company first launched in 2013, “streaming wasn’t something that everyone understood,” and you needed professional help to live stream anything. BoxCast is supposed to make that process accessible to anyone. The company

Twitter will discontinue its standalone Periscope apps in March

Twitter Periscope March•
50Engadget / 7h
Twitter plans to no longer offer a standalone Periscope experience. In a blog post the company shared today , Twitter says it will discontinue the Periscope mobile apps by March 2021. “The truth is that the Periscope app is in an unsustainable maintenance-mode state, and has been for a while,” the company says in the post. “Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen declining usage and know that t

How Cyberpunk 2077 Sold a Promise—and Rigged the System

1KWired / 7h
Video game companies are increasingly putting restrictions on what reviewers can show, widening the gap between expectations and reality.

Cyberpunk 2077 refunds are as big a mess as the game is

35SlashGear / 7h
Yesterday, CD Projekt Red issued a statement in which it apologized for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Cyberpunk 2077. While the game has received criticism for bugs, glitches, and crashing issues on PC, the Cyberpunk 2077 experience on base PS4 and Xbox One consoles is particularly flawed, with poor framerates, stability, and graphics pretty much across the board. … Continue reading

Google will officially support running Chrome OS on old PCs

500+Engadget / 7h
Over the past five years, a company called Neverware has allowed individuals, schools and businesses to essentially turn their old PCs and Macs into a Chromebook with its CloudReady software . The beauty of the operating system is that it allows you to extend the life of a computer that would otherwise be obsolete. This week, Google acquired Neverware and now plans to make CloudReady into an offi

Periscope will shut down by March, Twitter confirms

Twitter Periscope March•
100+TechCrunch / 7h
Following recent reports, Periscope announced today that it will end operations as a standalone app by March 2021. The Twitter -owned company referred to its current operations as “unsustainable” in an open letter posted today . It also cited a decline in usage in recent years as a driving factor. “Leaving it in its current state isn’t doing right by the current and former Periscope community or

iPhone factory workers say they haven’t been paid, cause millions in damages

3KArs Technica / 7h
Enlarge / The Wistron factory in Narsapura, India. (credit: Getty Images / MANJUNATH KIRAN ) Worker protests at an iPhone manufacturing plant in India have caused up to $7 million in damages, Reuters reports. Workers at the plant, owned by the Taiwanese-based company Wistron, say they haven't been paid what they were promised and are demanding better working conditions. The Times of India has sev

The Special Edition Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch Is Back on Sale, So Throw Away Your PS5

28Gizmodo / 7h
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Ordinary water may be an unexpected tool against obesity hormone

SlashGear / 7h
Vasopressin, a hormone linked to diabetes and obesity, may be suppressed by water, potentially making it a tool against metabolic syndrome. The findings come from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus where researchers found that fructose stimulates the hormone and water suppresses it — at least in lab rodents. The study, which was recently published in JCI Insight, involved … Contin

FDA Approves Over-The-Counter Coronavirus Test

FDA Home Covid Test•
500+Futurism / 7h
On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the regulatory body that evaluates and regulates new pharmaceuticals, approved its first over-the-counter test for COVID-19. The test, developed by the biotech firm Ellume Health, is the first entirely at-home diagnostic for the coronavirus that doesn’t require a doctor’s prescription. Given that many parts of the country still face long li

The Super-est SuperFX: An unmodified SNES, revved up with ray tracing [Updated]

200+Ars Technica / 7h
The SuperRT project, developed by Japanese engineer and game programmer Ben Carter. That's an FPGA board connected via wires and breadboards to a standard SNES cartridge. [credit: Ben Carter ] If you've ever wondered exactly how far a Super Nintendo could be pushed, today's surprise reveal of a brand-new SNES cartridge hack, as made by a single engineer, is for you. Behold: the SuperRT chip, a pr

Get Free Games and Add-ons from Ubisoft and Epic All Week

79Lifehacker / 7h
My favorite part of the holidays is knowing that some game developers and distribution services will stop at nothing to win my attention. I’m fine with the resultant marketing deluge, because it usually means I can spend 15 minutes or so each day—for about a week—collecting a hoard of free games, add-ons, and other… Read more...

The Best Gifts and Gadgets to Help Your Youngest Child Build Character

30Gizmodo / 7h
Children are wonderful miracles. The way they go from babies to chaos to creatures with genuine personalities and feelings all their own is remarkable. But youngest kids of a multi-child household are another story. They are nightmare hellions with little regard for others, an incredible capacity to care only about… Read more...

You can literally turn chattering teeth into music with this synth

Mashable / 7h
VOC-25 is a vocal synthesizer that lets you "play" teeth. Each set of teeth represents a particular note on the keyboard. Read more... More about Music , Mashable Video , Music Tech , Music Production , and Synthesizer

Firefox 84 dramatically boosts performance on Apple Silicon Macs

100+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Mozilla's browser now launches faster and web apps are twice as responsive on Macs running Apple Silicon.

Bandcamp Fridays will continue through next May

92TechCrunch / 7h
The past eight or so months have been profoundly difficult for musicians. With touring ground to a halt and streaming services offering fractions of cents, livelihoods have been utterly upended for countless artists. Since March, however, Bandcamp has been a rare beacon for many musicians. On the first Friday of every month, the service has waved its fees, letting artists and labels reap the bene

Microsoft Office apps now run natively on Macs with the M1 chip

Microsoft Mac Apple M1•
300+Engadget / 7h
Microsoft is rolling out fresh versions of its Office apps that work natively with Apple’s M1 chip, the powerhouse of the new Macbook Air , Macbook Pro and Mac Mini. Specifically, the apps getting an upgrade are Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Microsoft says the programs will run faster and take full advantage of the performance boost provided by the M1. These are Universal apps, an

Airbnb sets new diversity goals

68TechCrunch / 7h
Airbnb, which recently went public and became a $100 billion company , has set two goals to try to improve diversity at the home-sharing and experiences company because it “is nowhere near satisfied with the status quo,” the company wrote in a blog post . By the end of 2025, Airbnb is aiming for 20% of its U.S. workforce to be underrepresented minorities, which includes folks who self-identify as

Alan Tudyk plays a crime-solving alien in disguise in Resident Alien trailer

74Ars Technica / 7h
Alan Tudyk stars as an alien masquerading as a doctor in a small Colorado town in the new sci-fi dramedy Resident Alien , premiering on Syfy next month. Geekerati icon Alan Tudyk ( Firefly , Doom Patrol ) plays an alien disguised as a small-town doctor who gets roped into solving murders in Resident Alien , a new sci-fi dramedy series coming to Syfy next month—finally. Based on the Dark Horse com

The EU could break up big tech companies that violate stricter rules

82Engadget / 8h
Major tech companies are facing stricter rules and hefty fines for breaking them in the European Union . Officials could even break up companies that often engage in anti-competitive actions. The European Commission has unveiled drafts of two sweeping pieces of legislation. The object of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) is to limit antitrust behavior among tech companies. The Digital Services Act (D

Tesla Full Self-Driving Code Contains Secret “Augmented Reality View”

100+Futurism / 8h
AR View While digging through the code of their Tesla’s Full Self-Driving feature, a noted Tesla hacker-owner who goes by the handle “green” found an augmented reality view of everything the vehicle is capable of seeing in vivid detail, Teslarati reports . The Elon Musk-led company began rolling out its Full Self-Driving beta in October, allowing a select group of Tesla owners to test the feature

Inside Zoox’s six-year ride from prototype to product

72TechCrunch / 8h
Zoox, the autonomous vehicle company that was acquired this year by Amazon, revealed this week the product of six years of work: A purpose-built self-driving vehicle designed to carry people — and someday maybe even packages — in dense urban environments. The company’s story has captured the attention of skeptics and supporters alike, perhaps because of its secretive nature and outsized mission.

The Orion spacecraft is now 15 years old and has flown into space just once

500+Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / NASA's Orion spacecraft floats in the Pacific Ocean after splashdown from its first flight test in 2014. (credit: NASA ) The December dawn felt hopeful as we stood outside, watching NASA's Orion spacecraft streak into the Florida sky. We could imagine that America was taking its first tentative step into the future of human exploration of the cosmos. "This is the beginning of the Mars e

This Is the Year to Ramp Up the Holiday Magic, Damn It

68Lifehacker / 8h
The other day, my 10-year-old said something that broke my heart a bit: “This pandemic has taken all of our holiday traditions away from us.” Maybe it hasn’t taken all of our traditions, but it certainly has taken a lot of them. We couldn’t travel to see my family for Thanksgiving. The large Christmas party my in-laws… Read more...

10 Reasons To Get Citi’s American Airlines Business Card Now

40View from the Wing / 8h
I’ve had the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® both recently and in the distant past, and it’s spending on this card that largely accounting for my first lifetime elite status with American Airlines way back in 2006. American’s miles are the currency I’ve spent the most over the years, and there’s no longer a great way to earn miles through another credit card besides an Am

Financial aid-focused Frank expands into helping students take online classes

52TechCrunch / 8h
Frank , a startup best known for helping college students secure and manage financial aid, is expanding into a new part of the edtech world. Namely, finding and taking online classes, with the company helping students deploy their financial aid money to open digital slots at more than 100 colleges. As a company, Frank straddles the ground between consumer fintech, which helps regular people bette

Get 90% off an annual DocSend plan with Extra Crunch

56TechCrunch / 8h
Extra Crunch is excited to announce we’re renewing our Partner Perk with DocSend. Annual and two-year members of Extra Crunch that are new to DocSend can get up to 90% off an annual plan. DocSend is a secure document-sharing platform that not only lets you share your documents with ease, but it also provides you with real-time actionable analytics. Whether you’re a founder, executive or VC, DocSe

The Snapdragon 678 is a modest update to a two-year-old chip

26Engadget / 8h
With devices like the Pixel 5 and OnePlus Nord , Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 700-series chips have been the go-to for most mid-range phones in 2020. But the chipmaker hasn’t forgotten about its 600-series. It’s adding a member to the mid-range family called the Snapdragon 678 that builds on the 2018 Snapdragon 675 . More than two years after Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 675, you might think the 67

Are flying taxis the future of commuting? Blade thinks so with announcement to go public

The Points Guy / 8h
Even as the pandemic continues to devastate the aviation industry, Blade remains committed to providing relatively affordable air transportation alternatives to cut traffic. The six-year-old Uber-like aviation company has just announced plans to go public by merging with a blank-check company . This deal will value Blade at about $825 million, which is well ahead of its 2018 valuation of $140 mil

Are 'Buy Now, Pay Later' Retail Loans a Good Deal?

35Lifehacker / 8h
While shopping online, you may have noticed “buy now, pay later” purchase options that break up the cost of an item into interest-free installments. It’s sometimes called “digital layaway,” except that your item is shipped to you right away—what’s not to like? Well, these loans can make shopping a little too easy, and… Read more...

Surprise: Walmart PS5 restock happening every 10 minutes

100+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Missing out on the PS5 restock just now? Walmart is coming to save your gift-giving day. Here's how to buy a PS5 at Walmart.

Japanese Probe Returned More Asteroid Than Expected—Including Pebbles and Gas

1KGizmodo / 8h
It looks like coffee beans in a grinder, but it’s actually bits of dust and pebbles scooped up from the surface of asteroid Ryugu. The Japanese space agency confirmed the presence of these precious samples earlier today, following the recent return to Earth of its Hayabusa2 spacecraft. Read more...

Facebook adds new notifications for COVID-19 misinformation

34Engadget / 8h
Facebook is doing more to alert users who have shared dangerous misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. The social network is introducing a new notification that will tell users that a post they liked, shared or commented on has been removed due to “potentially harmful information about COVID-19,” Fast Company reports . The update is Facebook’s latest escalation in its handling of misinfor

Walmart Plans to Start Ditching Human Delivery Drivers Next Year

400+Futurism / 8h
Robotic Delivery For over two years, Walmart has been testing out autonomous delivery trucks — and now the company says it’s almost ready to take human drivers out of the driver’s seat. Beginning next year, the retail giant plans to do away with the human operators tending to its self-driving fleet of trucks in Arkansas and Louisiana, The Verge reports . This comes after 18 months of tests with t

Now Open: Escape Lounge Palm Beach Airport

35One Mile at a Time / 8h
Prior to 2020, Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) had just one lounge, which was the Delta SkyClub. While that was great for Delta flyers, it didn’t exactly help others, both in terms of access requirements, and in terms of the location of the lounge. Late last year we learned that PBI would be getting a Primeclass Lounge, and sure enough that opened in early 2020. Well, that lounge has alrea

Senator tries to block Frontier’s FCC funding, citing ISP’s various failures

100+Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / A Frontier Communications service van. (credit: Mike Mozart / Flickr ) A Republican US senator from West Virginia has asked the government to block broadband funding earmarked for Frontier Communications, saying that the ISP is not capable of delivering gigabit-speed Internet service to all required locations. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) outlined her concerns in a letter to Fede

Among Us launches on the Nintendo Switch

Among Us Nintendo Switch•
100+TechCrunch / 8h
Surprise! Among Us is now available on the Nintendo Switch for $5.00. The Switch version features cross-platform play allowing PC, mobile and Switch players to play a game together. The hit game just launched on the gaming platform after becoming a surprise hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally launched in 2018, the game found an eager audience during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemi

2020 was a disaster, but the pandemic put security in the spotlight

68TechCrunch / 8h
Let’s preface this year’s predictions by acknowledging and admitting how hilariously wrong we were when this time last year we said that 2020 “showed promise.” In fairness ( almost ) nobody saw a pandemic coming. With 2020 wrapping up, much of the security headaches exposed by the pandemic will linger into the new year. The pandemic is, and remains, a global disaster of epic proportions that’s fo

Act fast: Amex Platinum cardholders can book discounted domestic airfare through the end of the month

The Points Guy / 8h
Great news for Amex Platinum cardholders: Through the end of the year, The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express can book discounted domestic airfare through Amex Travel . The discount works similarly to American Express’ International Airline Program , which offers discounted premium cabin airfare on international flights. This promotion, howe

Save 68 percent on these wireless and waterproof earphones

20Engadget / 8h
Most people this holiday season fall into one of two camps just about now. They either have all their shopping done and are enjoying everything December has to offer, or they're stressed out at the prospect of an overwhelming amount of last-minute holiday shopping. If you happen to fall into the latter group or know someone who needs help landing sweet tech deals this winter, it's time to conside

BenQ ultrawide IPS LED monitor ready for designers and new Mac

SlashGear / 8h
BenQ just announced their new BenQ PD3420Q ultrawide monitor made for designers. This monitor works with BenQ’s own AQCOLOR tech for top-notch color accuracy, Display P3 coverage, and a 34-inch, 21:9 aspect ratio flat screen display panel. This monitor is what BenQ America director Houston Wei describes as “the most comprehensive display for graphic designers, web designers, artists, and creative

Among Us gets a surprise release on Nintendo Switch

Among Us Nintendo Switch•
SlashGear / 8h
Nintendo’s latest Indie World Showcase just wrapped up and it ended with quite the whopper of an announcement: Among Us is coming to Nintendo Switch. Though Among Us originally released on PC and smartphones back in 2018, it didn’t catch on until earlier this year when a number of popular streamers started broadcasting the game. With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping … Continue reading

'Wonder Woman 1984' reviews are in. Here's what critics think of it.

40Mashable / 9h
It's official: Wonder Woman 1984 is saving Christmas. The long-awaited Wonder Woman sequel, which was delayed from June 5 due to the coronavirus , is finally arriving on HBO Max and in theaters on Dec. 25 . Lucky for us, while the film isn't quite as perfect as the original due to some over-plotting, most critics still enjoyed it. Picking up during the Cold War era, the film has Diana Prince (Gal

The TikToks That Got Us Through

28Gizmodo / 9h
In a long year where everything was, generally, not great, the one questionably-bright star in our collective galaxy was TikTok—an app with an addictive quality that consumed hours of our valuable leisure time. For every bout of Sunday Scaries that hit hard during 2020, TikTok was there for us, serving story ideas,… Read more...

Apple Arcade hit 'Grindstone' makes its way to Switch today

26Engadget / 9h
Grindstone , the stellar Apple Arcade puzzler from Sword and Sworcery studio Capybara Games, is available on the Nintendo Switch right now. It’s a timed exclusive on the new platform, which means it’ll likely hit additional consoles after a predetermined amount of time, generally between a few months to a year. Hey Nintendo fans, from the whole team at CAPY: we’re so excited that Grindstone is av

The Mandalorian spin-offs Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic explained

48TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Why these memorable characters are worthy of their own Mandalorian spin-off.

iPad who? The new Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is already $200 off at Amazon.

36Mashable / 9h
Save $200: The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 256GB 11-inch WiFi tablet is $529.99 at Amazon as of Dec. 15. You get a $150 instant discount and a bonus $50 coupon applied at checkout. The iPad continues to be the gold standard of tablets, but no one wants to pay the "Apple tax" if they can help it. Luckily, it's not hard to find plenty of iPad alternatives that offer a lot of the same advanced tech specs

The Amazfit GTR 2 Raises the Bar for Budget Smartwatches

34Gizmodo / 9h
Generally speaking, budget smartwatches tend to keep things simple. You usually get one advanced feature, cheaper materials, a fuzzier display with big bezels, and a barebones companion app—basically, a fitness tracker in a smartwatch form factor. The affordable Amazfit GTR 2, however, blows up that formula. Read more...

Office 365 now supports Apple Silicon natively – and that’s not all

Microsoft Office M1 Mac•
SlashGear / 9h
Microsoft 365 for Mac has been updated with native support for Apple Silicon, with the core Office apps now running at their best on chipsets like the M1 in the newest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. The update, released today, also brings a redesign to Microsoft 365, bringing it in line with the rest of macOS Big Sur. … Continue reading

Getting a Nintendo Switch for Christmas? These 10 games make great last-minute gifts

38TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Need some inspiration for Nintendo Switch games to gift this Christmas? We're here to help.

Microsoft Surface Duo is finally coming to the UK next year

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Microsoft confirms the dual-screen Android device will be released outside of the US in 2021

Online Shopping Is Amazing. Or Is It?

69NYT > Technology / 9h
So many shower curtains! But with the endless choice comes the risk of being fooled.

You Can See the Pandemic From Space, NASA Says

1KFuturism / 9h
Different World This year’s COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down. With a record number of people staying within the confines of their own homes, the environment has seen dramatic shifts throughout 2020 — impacts so profound that you can see them from space, according to NASA . “Economic and social shutdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to noticeable changes in Earth

Deal Alert: JetBlue lie-flat Mint business class for $293, coach from $49

The Points Guy / 9h
Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter , and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @ tpg_alerts . Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia , which allows you to can

Both 'Spelunky' games will land on Nintendo Switch next summer

26Engadget / 9h
Roguelike fans, rejoice! Spelunky and its numbered sequel are headed to the Nintendo Switch next summer. The original will have local multiplayer, while Spelunky 2 will support both local and online play. The ‘original’ Spelunky launched on the Xbox 360 back in 2012 . It was actually a remake, though, of a more visually-primitive game that was released on PC back in 2008. In both versions, you gu

Best Bitcoin wallets of 2020

400+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
It's vital you choose the right place to store your cryptocurrency. Here's our list of the best Bitcoin wallets around.

Chemicals in Plastics Are a Global Health Threat, Says New Report

300+Gizmodo / 9h
A new scientific report out Tuesday concludes that plastics and the chemicals they leave behind in the environment are a major threat to human health. It identifies over 140 chemicals readily found in plastic products that can harm our bodies, particularly through interfering with the endocrine system. Read more...

'Fortnite' is getting an Among Us-style mode for the holidays

56Engadget / 9h
On the same day that Among Us makes its way to Nintendo Switch , Epic is adding a new limited-time gameplay mode called The Spy Within . If you’ve played any Werewolf-style game, the broad strokes of the new mode will be familiar. Each time you start a new match, you won’t know what side everyone is on. They’ll be two players known as the spies. Their goal is to eliminate the other players in the

AWS introduces new Chaos Engineering as a Service offering

100+TechCrunch / 9h
When large companies like Netflix or Amazon want to test the resilience of their systems, they use chaos engineering tools designed to help them simulate worst-case scenarios and find potential issues before they even happen. Today at AWS re:Invent , Amazon CTO Werner Vogels introduced the company’s Chaos Engineering as a Service offering called AWS Fault Injection Simulator . The name may lack a

Canada set to raise carbon price considerably over next decade

29Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge / An oil refinery in Alberta. (credit: Kurt Bauschardt ) In 2018, Canada passed a federal carbon pricing law in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act was designed to not interfere with any provinces that had independently put a price on carbon, so long as a province’s system met the requirements of the federal law. In provinces that hadn't

Grate a Little Orange Zest in Your Coffee Grounds

100+Lifehacker / 9h
There are two genres of coffee drinkers: purists and people with a sense of whimsy. I am (obviously) the latter, and will drink pretty much any kind of coffee, even—gasp—flavored. This horrifies my boyfriend, but he sweetens his coffee like a hummingbird, so his opinion does not count. Flavored coffee is fun , and I… Read more...

'Among Us' hits Nintendo Switch today

100+Engadget / 10h
Among Us , one of the most popular online games of the quarantine era, is scheduled to go live today on Nintendo Switch, complete with cross-platform play. Unlike discovering your best friend has been an Impostor this entire time, today’s announcement is a welcome surprise for Among Us fans. Nintendo dropped the news as part of its Indie World Showcase event this afternoon. Prep the airlock and j

The New Nokia 5.4 is a Solid Mid-Range Smartphone with an Affordable Price

Nokia 5.4 Snapdragon 662•
How-To Geek / 10h
Nokia just officially announced its latest smartphone release, the Nokia 5.4, which promises to be another solid and highly-affordable option on the market at just €189 (about $230). It will roll out starting in the U.K. on December 18 in Polar Night (blue) on Nokia’s site, and other colors and shipping options following in the weeks after. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Samsung: "Accessible" Folding Phones are Coming, Galaxy Note Features Expanding

Samsung Galaxy S21•
How-To Geek / 10h
This morning, Samsung’s President and Head of Mobile Dr. TM Roh posted an editorial talking about what the company is planning for 2021. Specifics were hard to find, but there were some highlights in the long post that might be of particular interest to consumers planning to upgrade to a new phone next year. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

The Newest DRL Racing Drones Will Come with T-Mobile 5G Radios

How-To Geek / 10h
Drone racing is picking up speed as a new and exciting sport, and T-Mobile wants in. The US carrier is investing an undisclosed amount in the Drone Racing League, the most visible drone racing program in the world with live TV broadcasts on major sports networks. But T-Mobile isn’t sending just money: it’s packing 5G radios into the drones themselves. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Twitter signs up AWS for its cloud needs

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Twitter will use AWS Graviton2-based instances for its cloud-based workloads and AWS container services to create new features and applications.

Fifth Wall adds new partner as it seeks at least $200 million for a new climate impact fund

84TechCrunch / 10h
When it first launched nearly three years ago, Fifth Wall had a vision of leveraging capital limited partners from across the real estate development and construction business to back the technologies the industry needed most. That early vision resonated so well that the firm has grown from managing one fund of $212 million to holding roughly $1.2 billion in assets under management. It has also c

Guy Fieri's at-home Trash Can Nacho kit is a perfect gift for Flavortown superfans

100+Mashable / 10h
Guy Fieri's BBQ Trash Can Nachos $69.00 to $79.00 View Product The Good A perfect gift for the Guy Fieri fan in your life • Making the nachos is a delightful experience • The final product is genuinely delicious • You can use the trash can for future nacho creations The Bad The meat bags might not meet your standards • The kits are extremely pricey The Bottom Line Guy's at-home Trash Can Nacho ki

GullivAir, Bulgaria’s New Long Haul Airline

100+One Mile at a Time / 10h
There’s a new Bulgarian airline with an Airbus A330 that plans to start flying to New York… GullivAir, Bulgaria’s new airline startup GullivAir is a new private airline in Bulgaria. While the airline has a website , it doesn’t currently have much information, in spite of the fact that the airline is already operating flights. So let’s talk about what we know as of now. GullivAir fleet GullivAir c

Scientists Say Pee-Drinking Machine Could Save Lives

1KFuturism / 10h
Vitamin P Life on the International Space Station is a lesson in efficiency. To wit, the NASA astronauts there have to recycle all their urine back into drinkable water. Now a company that designed an efficient wastewater recovery system for NASA has set its sights earthward, CNN reports , in hopes that similar technology might improve access to clean water around the world — yet another example

Surface Duo availability expanding (for better or worse)

SlashGear / 10h
Microsoft suggested today that they’d be increasing availability for Surface Duo in the year 2021. Back in October of 2019, Microsoft first revealed the Surface Duo (and the Surface Neo), and in August of 2020 the Surface Duo was released on a relatively limited basis. According to Microsoft Devices VP Pete Kyriacou, “since introducing Surface Duo in August of 2020, … Continue reading

EA Play integration with Xbox Game Pass for PC delayed

SlashGear / 10h
Earlier this year, EA Play joined Xbox Game Pass, making its debut in the console version of Microsoft’s subscription service. If you own Xbox Game Pass on console (or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate), you can download many of the games that are included in EA Play as part of your subscription. While the plan was to roll out EA Play … Continue reading

Get a new-to-you Dyson vacuum on sale at Walmart for up to $100 off

28Mashable / 10h
As of Dec. 15, select refurbished Dyson vacuums are on sale at Walmart for up to 26% off: OUR TOP PICK: Dyson V8 Absolute — save $60 BEST VALUE: Dyson V10 Total Clean — save $100 BEST BUDGET PICK: Dyson V7 Motorhead — save $40 BEST FOR PET HAIR: Dyson V11 Animal — save $50 When Consumer Reports named December as one of the best times to score a new vacuum cleaner at a deep discount, they really w

Microsoft Edge borrows one of Netflix's best features to make your life easier

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
New syncing option lets you access open tabs across Windows and Android devices.

Wonder Woman 1984's Powerful Message Soars Above Its Superheroic Excess

300+Gizmodo / 10h
The first 10 minutes of Wonder Woman 1984 moved me to tears. Part of it was the long-awaited return to Themyscira, seeing a young Diana (Lilly Aspell) battle her fellow Amazons in an epic action scene set to an incredible new score by Hans Zimmer. But another part was just that after a year of delays and uncertainty ,… Read more...

CDPR admits it “ignored the signals” of Cyberpunk 2077’s console issues

92Ars Technica / 10h
Cyberpunk 2077 Enlarge / People are complaining about situations like this in Cyberpunk 2077 , but I'm not sure I see the problem. (credit: CDPR / Twitter ) Amid widespread reports of major technical and gameplay problems in the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Cyberpunk 2077 , CD Projekt Red is acknowledging that it took "the wrong approach" in development leading up to the release. "After three del

Best Robotic Vacuum Cleaner so far by Dreame - D9 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Smart vacuums are all the rage these days, but none of them are quite as awesome as Dreame’s new D9 robotic cleaner. Here’s a look at what makes it an excellent choice.

Top Christmas gifts for fitness fans

35TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
From fitness trackers to smartwatches and beyond, any of these gifts would make a fitness fan very happy.

This annual GoPro Hero 9 Black highlights reel is ludicrously exciting for 2020

48TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
GoPro has released its annual Million Dollar Challenge highlights reel – and it's impressively action-packed for 2020.

Get 50% off this award winning password manager

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Secure your online life with this top-rated password manager, for half the normal price.

Where to find the best deals on headphones and earbuds before Christmas

Mashable / 10h
SAVE UP TO 53%: Jabra earbuds and headphones are on sale for up to 53% off on Amazon, including the Elite 75t and Elite 85h models. Headphones and earbuds are always a good gift idea for Christmas. It doesn't matter if the intended recipient already has a set, because an upgrade is always welcome. Fortunately, Amazon has made the searching and buying process a whole lot easier this year by groupi

Apple plans major boost for iPhone in 1H 2021

SlashGear / 10h
It would appear that the lull in smartphone sales for 2020 was just that – a temporary situation. A report from Nikkei Asia suggests that the first half of 2021 will see Apple increase production by 30% year-on-year. A combination of demand for the first 5G-enabled iPhone and COVID-19 vaccination distribution worldwide appear to be paving the way for a … Continue reading

How to Use Cartoons as a Healthy Escape

81Lifehacker / 10h
Watching my favorite program until my eyes fall out has its benefits, especially during the pandemic. When emotions are high, television has been a healthy escape and comfort throughout the quarantine. I’ve had in-depth conversations on why I’m not a fan of Molly from Insecure, or how I relate to Craig of the Creek a… Read more...

Pinterest agrees to $22.5 million settlement in discrimination lawsuit

28Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge / A Pinterest logo seen displayed on a smartphone. (credit: Mateusz Slodkowski | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images ) Pinterest has reached a major settlement with a former executive who filed a lawsuit alleging rampant gender discrimination after she was pushed out of her role at the firm, the company disclosed Monday afternoon. Fran├žoise Brougher served as Pinterest's chief operat

Google Photos' new Memories include 3D cinematic images

47Engadget / 10h
Google Photos will start turning your old images into new types of Memories over the coming weeks. The Memories feature displays old photos saved in your account in a stories-like format similar to Snap’s and Facebook’s. These new types of Memories can add new life to your old images, though, instead of showing them to you as they are — Cinematic photos, for instance, add animation to previously

'Wonder Woman 1984' gives the gift of grace and compassion to a desperate world

300+Mashable / 10h
In retrospect, what was striking about 2017's Wonder Woman was not just that it got Diana right, but that it got us right. The film saw humankind in all our failings and contradictions, and understood what Diana could mean in a world like that. For those among us who loved her best, she wasn't merely a fantasy or a distraction, but a beacon of hope . The same holds true in Wonder Woman 1984 . Dia

Frontier Airlines Promises New, Uncomfortable Seat Will Be Good For The Environment

View from the Wing / 10h
Frontier Airlines announced today that their 156 Airbus planes on order, which begin delivering in March, will receive Recaro’s slimline SL3710 seats. Slimline seats are known for passenger discomfort. They have less padding, and therefore take up less space. That lets airlines squeeze more passengers into the same amount of space. Frontier claims the sufferiing, though, is good for you because i

Startup valuations have recovered from summer lows

100+TechCrunch / 10h
As 2020 comes to a close, some parts of the startup world are completing a loop, ending the year where they began. Startup valuations, for example, as seen in the Silicon Valley area are effectively back to where they were at the start of the year. According to a report from Fenwick & West examining data through October in the San Francisco Bay area, the percentage of startups that raised up roun

Google Photos adds 3D ‘Cinematic’ photos, plus new Memories and collages

100+TechCrunch / 10h
Google Photos is rolling out a series of updates to its Memories feature, which surfaces your best photos from years past. Over the next month, Memories will be expanded to include 3D Cinematic photos, updated collage designs and new types of Memories, the company says. These “new types” of Memories may include those of the most important people in your life or your favorite things — like sunsets

EA Play on Xbox Game Pass for PC is delayed to 2021

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Plenty of gamers have been left scratching their heads at the way this has happened at the very last minute.

EA Play's arrival on Xbox Game Pass for PC is delayed to 2021

41Engadget / 10h
You’ll need to wait a little longer to play the likes of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order through an Xbox Game Pass subscription on PC. Microsoft says EA Play won't be available on the platform as part of Game Pass Ultimate or the PC version of Game Pass until sometime next year. EA Play was supposed to arrive on Game Pass sometime this month for PC players, possibly today given the way Microsoft phr

Google Photos’ new Memories hope AI edits will convince you to stay

SlashGear / 10h
Google Photos is tapping AI for a new Memories update, adding new Cinematic photos along with fresh collage designs and more. As with existing AI-powered editing and personalization in Google Photos, the new features will do things like add movement, backgrounds, and other customizations to pictures uploaded to the service. For example, Google Photos has already been making customized videos … Co

FDA Approves Gene-Hacked Pigs for Human Consumption

500+Futurism / 10h
For the second time ever, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a gene-hacked animal for human consumption. In this case, it’s the GalSafe pig, CNN reports , a genetically modified swine that’s safe even for people with allergies to eat. All in all, it’s a fresh sign that genetically-altered animals and sophisticated gene-hacking technology are now becoming commercially viable and

Find Focus With This DIY Distraction-Free Editor

41Gizmodo / 10h
I’ve tried way too many distraction-free writing devices, from the Freewrite to an old Brother typewriter. As a glutton for punishment, however, I may just build the FeatherQuill while I’m trapped at home. Read more...

The Galaxy Note can't come to the phone right now. Why? It's pretty much dead.

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40Mashable / 10h
Is Samsung's Galaxy Note lineup dead or not dead? That is the question. According to Samsung's president and head of mobile communications business, Roh Tae-moon, it pretty much is — in the U.S., at least. On Tuesday, the company published a press release reflecting on all of the devices it released in 2020 while also looking ahead to what we can expect in 2021. And, it appears the company has ba

What to expect tomorrow at TC Sessions: Space 2020

100+TechCrunch / 10h
Ready to explore an incredible range of space technology from the comfort of your own home or office? TC Sessions: Space 2020 starts tomorrow, December 16, and we’re here to point out just some of the events, presentations and fireside chats waiting for you on day one. You’ll hear from and engage with the world’s top space experts, founders, scientists, engineers and investors across public, priv

AWS launches CloudShell, a web-based shell for command-line access to AWS

100+TechCrunch / 10h
AWS today launched CloudShell , a new, fully featured web-based shell environment, based on Amazon Linux 2, for developers who want to be able to use some of their favorite command-line tools — and scripts — right inside the AWS Console. CloudShell, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels explained in his announcement today, is a new browser-based service that will give developers access to a Linux console. Whe

His Dark Materials Turns Into a Heist Thriller and Sets Up the Eventual Endgame

87Gizmodo / 10h
BBC and HBO’s His Dark Materials is building to something big, with last week’s episode finally seeing Will come into possession of the Subtle Knife. Now, we’re seeing him put it to the test in a high-stakes episode that also delved into sexism, the line between science and faith, and what happens when someone finds… Read more...

A Tiny Optical Thumb Mouse Gives This Game Controller Unrivaled Aiming Accuracy

77Gizmodo / 11h
The debate over which is the better gaming system—a console or a PC—may never be resolved, but it’s hard to argue against the benefits of gaming with a keyboard and mouse, including improved accuracy. You can have the best of both worlds, however, as this clever hack that grafts a computer mouse onto a console gamepad… Read more...

The Google Home Max is dead—Google shuts down production

53Ars Technica / 11h
The Google Home Mini, the original Google Home, and the Google Home Max. [credit: Google ] Google's biggest smart speaker, the Google Home Max, is dead. The speaker is listed as "sold out" on, and the company told Android Police , "We’ve sold out of Google Home Max and will no longer be manufacturing the device." If you've been wanting Google's 12-pound mega speaker, now is proba

MacBook Pro M1 review (13-inch, 2020): Pro, but only to a point

54Engadget / 11h
Apple's new MacBook Air proved that its M1 chip is a powerful beast, even in a thin and light machine. It's so good, in fact, it made me wonder if the M1-equipped 13-inch MacBook Pro could be much better. The M1 chip is the same across both machines, save for one missing GPU core on the base MacBook Air. So why pay more, especially when you can get an M1 Air for hundreds less than the equivalent

Facebook takes down fake accounts linked to French military and Russia

64Engadget / 11h
Facebook has taken down three networks of fake accounts for coordinated influence campaigns. The company said the networks had ties to individuals linked to the French military, and Russia’s Internet Research Agency. The takedowns represent the first time Facebook has uncovered coordinated inauthentic behavior linked to people associated with a western country’s military, according to the company

Plan a Post-Pandemic Vacation in a Novelty Airbnb

83Lifehacker / 11h
Unique stays have always been a part of Airbnb’s selection, from tree houses to glamping, but if you ever wanted to stay in a fairytale, now you can: Current listings include stays at the North Pole and a gingerbread house in the woods. Now that we’re months away from a publicly distributed COVID-19 vaccine , you might… Read more...

Steam News Hub rolls out to everyone: What to expect

SlashGear / 11h
After months of testing, Steam today rolled out its News Hub to all users. As the name suggests, the News Hub acts as a personalized space for news on the games you play. For instance, not only will you see every post from the developers of games you play – including announcements and patch notes – but you can also … Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Review – How to look good on a budget

SlashGear / 11h
Though many of us often devote our attention to flagship devices, budget tablets and phones are particularly easy to find today. Samsung has a robust lineup of more affordable devices itself, and one of the more recent additions to that is the Galaxy Tab A7. As always, the major concern with budget devices is whether or not you’re buying something … Continue reading

13 of the best Christmas horror movies to haunt your holiday

62Mashable / 11h
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Ray tracing will come to more games with a new Vulkan SDK

56Engadget / 11h
To date, PC games with ray traced visuals have had to lean on Microsoft’s DirectX or use GPU-specific code. Now, however, that technology should be available to a wider audience. LunarG has r eleased a Vulkan software toolkit that lets developers add ray tracing to games and apps using the open graphics standard. You’ll need a capable GPU like AMD’s Radeon 6800 models or NVIDIA’s RTX 20- and 30-s

When Will Google Delete Data in Inactive Accounts?

40How-To Geek / 11h
If you have an account with Google cloud services, such as Photos, Drive, or Gmail, your content is subject to being deleted. Inactive accounts will have their data cleaned up after a certain amount of time. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Need an Interpreter? Amazon Alexa Now Has a Live Translation Feature.

37How-To Geek / 11h
Amazon is rolling out Alexa’s new Live Translation feature, which allows the smart assistant to interpret both sides of a bilingual conversation in real-time. Live translation only works on Echo devices and currently supports interpretation between English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Hindi, German, and Italian. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Newegg Makes Some PC Hardware Combos All-Or-Nothing with New Return Policy

How-To Geek / 11h
For years, Newegg has bundled popular PC hardware components together with combined discounts. You could buy a bundle and return individual components, surrendering the combined discount but keeping the items you didn’t return. That’s no longer the case for some Newegg combo deals, thanks to a revised return policy: some combos can only be returned in full, all components included. Read This Arti

Europe lays out its plan to reboot digital rules and tame tech giants

76TechCrunch / 11h
European lawmakers have introduced two legislative proposals as part of a major policy reboot to update regional rules for digital business and rein in big tech. The Digital Services Act (DSA) will update the bloc’s long-standing ecommerce rules while widening requirements to define areas of additional responsibility around content — such as how platforms must handle illegal content or dangerous

Signal Rolls Out Encrypted Group Video Calls

63Gizmodo / 11h
Signal, the encrypted messaging app beloved by tech privacy enthusiasts around the world (including Edward Snowden ), is taking on the world of group video calls. The company rolled out a new video-based group chatting feature on Monday alongside its latest app update, promising these chats will have the same end to… Read more...

Google wearable may signal an answer to Apple Fitness+

SlashGear / 11h
Today a Google brand fitness band appeared in USPTO filings with a unique feature. The unique feature is the absence of a feature – there’s no display. This device might well be the first smart band made by a major brand without the ability to show fitness results without a secondary device. Google fitness band As discovered by 91Mobiles, Google … Continue reading

An inside look at how trust accelerates transformation

44MIT Technology Review / 11h
With thousands of developers, publishers, authors, designers, production houses and distributors, Microsoft’s Xbox gaming platform is a complex ecosystem of relationships. Collaboration across this ecosystem is key to producing a high-quality product that attracts the best talent and satisfies consumers—but Microsoft recognized points of friction that needed to be addressed. A multitude of manual

Save $100 on the powerful JBL Boombox speaker

28Mashable / 11h
Save $100: The JBL Boombox is on sale on Amazon for $299.95 as of Dec. 15. Sure, portable speakers are great and all but they always come with the worry that they'll die right before the chorus of your favorite song when you're nowhere near an outlet. Stop worrying and get yourself a JBL Boombox . This speaker has a massive 20,000 mAh battery that can last up to 24 hours on a single charge. Keep

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting royally into podcasts with Spotify

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80Mashable / 11h
Your favourite Hollywood royals are getting big into podcasts. Just months after signing a major deal with Netflix , Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced a multi-year partnership with Spotify, specifically with their newly-formed production company Archewell Audio. It's unclear whether the name of the production company is a reference to Meghan and Harry's child, Archie. As part of the p

Need a gift for a sports fan? An ESPN+ subscription is the perfect present

48TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
A year of exclusive live action and compelling sports docs - an ESPN+ gift subscription is your route to becoming the GOAT of giving.

World’s Largest Iceberg Now Ominously Close to Sensitive Island

500+Gizmodo / 11h
A scary situation is developing in the southern Atlantic Ocean, as iceberg A68a is now within striking distance of South Georgia island. Alarmed by the turn of events, a team of scientists is heading out to investigate the ways in which this gigantic iceberg might affect the local wildlife. Read more...

Tuesday's Best Deals: Apple Watch SE, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, Adam & Eve Stocking Stuffers, Razer Kishi, EltaMD Face Moisturizer, TCL 50" 4K Smart TV, and More

68Gizmodo / 11h
The Apple Watch SE and Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate lead Tuesday’s best deals. Read more...

Modern Vintage Gamer talks dev details and hardware hackery

200+Ars Technica / 11h
Produced by Adam Lance Garcia, edited by Ron Douglas. Click here for transcript . (video link) We've hung out with Linus , made incoherent shouting noises with Markiplier , chilled with LGR , and debriefed with Scott Manley —but we've got one last video to share as we roll into the end of 2020. This time we're sitting down with Dimitris Giannakis, better known as Modern Vintage Gamer . We're runn

Extra Crunch membership now available in Croatia and Czech Republic

81TechCrunch / 11h
We’re excited to announce that our membership product, Extra Crunch, is live in Croatia and Czech Republic! Join our growing community of founders, startup teams and investors here , and use the code HRCZE25 during checkout to get 25% off an annual or two-year plan. The discount code expires on January 15, 2021. Extra Crunch membership includes: Daily private market analysis Weekly startup invest

Most Popular Marriott Hotels For Redeeming Bonvoy Points

100+One Mile at a Time / 11h
It’s always fascinating to learn more about how people redeem their hotel points. I’m not talking about those of us who are obsessed with maximizing points, but rather just how the “average” member chooses to redeem. Marriott has published the list of top redeemed Marriott Bonvoy hotels, according to 2019 data. Now, in fairness I should note that we don’t know exactly what the data means — are we

FDA releases data on Moderna’s COVID vaccine: It looks good [Updated]

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200+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge (credit: DeFodi Images ) Original story, 11:07am EST: As the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine were administered yesterday , most of the US public began a potentially long waiting game, as the vaccine will be in short supply for many months and is being administered to healthcare workers and the elderly first. For most of the US, that means waiting until manufacturing can catch u

Tuesday's Best Deals: Apple Watch SE, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, Adam & Eve Stocking Stuffers, Razer Kishi, EltaMD Face Moisturizer, TCL 50" 4K Smart TV, and More

68Lifehacker / 11h
The Apple Watch SE and Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate lead Tuesday’s best deals. Read more...

Tech’s biggest winners in 2020

100+Engadget / 11h
2020 has felt like an eternity, but the year is finally coming to a close. Despite everything we’ve all been through, though, there were a few bright spots in the world of tech. Console makers blessed us with mouthwatering next-gen hardware, while Apple wowed the industry with the prowess of its own M1 CPU. Google also delivered an excellent phone for just $350, demonstrating an ability to not ju

Amazon's $25 custom T-shirt service uses virtual body doubles

29Engadget / 11h
Amazon has opened a custom clothing store, allowing all users in the US to buy T-shirts that conform to their measurements and specifications. Made for You requires you to submit details about your weight, height and body type, along with two photos of yourself, through Amazon’s app or website. There are eight colors to choose from and you can pick how long you'd like the T-shirt and sleeves to b

Microsoft Excel is making it way easier to annotate your spreadsheets online

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Microsoft Excel updates should make it simpler for users to annotate their spreadsheets.

Sick of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla game-breaking bugs? New patch could offer fix

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Ubisoft has released a major update for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, including fixes to progress-halting quest bugs.

Can't find the Oculus Quest 2 in stock? The Rift S is $100 off.

32Mashable / 11h
Save $100: The 2019 Oculus Rift S VR gaming headset is $100 off at Amazon as of Dec. 15, bringing the price down to $299. Once the hot, new successor of the OG 2016 Rift, the Oculus Rift S is now a sort of swan song for the entire Rift legacy. Oh yes, Oculus is halting production of the 2019 Rift S given the suffocating success of the Quest 2. But that doesn't change the fact that the Rift S is o

Need a kitchen upgrade? Grab a Ninja appliance for up to $70 off.

Mashable / 11h
Here are our top picks on discounted Ninja kitchen appliances as of Dec. 15: OUR TOP PICK: Ninja four-quart air fryer — save $50 BEST FOR WINTER GRILLING: Ninja Foodi AG301 5-in-1 indoor electric grill — save $50 BEST FOR SMOOTHIE LOVERS: Ninja Professional 72-ounce blender — save $20 Everyone loves a fun kitchen upgrade for Christmas, and what better brand to gift than Ninja? From air fryers to

Supabase raises $6M for its open-source Firebase alternative

100+TechCrunch / 11h
Supabase , a YC-incubated startup that offers developers an open-source alternative to Google’s Firebase and similar platforms, today announced that it has raised a $6 million funding round led by Coatue, with participation from YC, Mozilla and a group of about 20 angel investors. Currently, Supabase includes support for PostgreSQL databases and authentication tools , with a storage and serverles

Santa's little helper: Curve, the smart GPS tracker from Vodafone, for only £20

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Why Social Media Name Games Are a Security Risk

1KGizmodo / 11h
This should be common sense at this point, but the fact that they continue to trend on social media suggests plenty of people need the reminder: Stop participating in those weird memes that ask you to provide seemingly innocuous personal information (your full name + the street your grew up on + your first car, etc.)… Read more...

Google is releasing a video meeting analytics tools for all the data fiends out there

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Google adds option for administrators to access more detailed insights on Meet video conferences.

Japan's space agency shows off samples collected from asteroid Ryugu

1KEngadget / 11h
Japan’s space agency JAXA has opened the space probe Hayabusa2 ’s recently-returned sample capsule and found that the mission did succeed in collecting material from the asteroid Ryugu. It also confirmed that a gas sample inside the collector “differed from the atmospheric composition of the Earth,” confirming that it also came from the squarish asteroid. Hayabusa2 spent 16 months in 2018 and 201

Shiny Pokemon GO Christmas detail list released

26SlashGear / 12h
Today we’re taking a peek at the end-of-year Christmas event series for Pokemon GO. Normally we’re most excited about the Halloween event – it was the FIRST Pokemon GO event, after all. But this year, everything changed! Now, the biggest event of the season starts on December 22, 2020. During the entire event, the number of gifts you can open … Continue reading

Twitter taps AWS for its latest foray into the public cloud

200+TechCrunch / 12h
Twitter has a lot going on, and it’s not always easy to manage that kind of scale on your own. Today, Amazon announced that Twitter has signed a multi-year agreement with AWS to run its real-time timelines. It’s a major win for Amazon’s cloud arm. While the companies have worked together in some capacity for over a decade, this marks the first time that Twitter is tapping AWS to help run its core

Chinese Lander Dies on Lunar Surface

4KFuturism / 12h
Get Some Rest Good night, Chang’e-5. China’s lunar lander has completed its mission of collecting the first Moon samples in almost half a century — meaning, reports , that it has effectively died. Its ascent vehicle took off with roughly four pounds of lunar rocks on December 3 to rendezvous with the mission’s orbiter and fly back to Earth. That means the lunar lander is finally able to

EU reveals plan to regulate Big Tech

2KBBC News - Technology / 12h
Facebook, Google and others face yearly checks and limits on what they can do with users' data.

Why Social Media Name Games Are a Security Risk

1KLifehacker / 12h
This should be common sense at this point, but the fact that they continue to trend on social media suggests plenty of people need the reminder: Stop participating in those weird memes that ask you to provide seemingly innocuous personal information (your full name + the street your grew up on + your first car, etc.)… Read more...

How They Made a Vaccine So Fast

4KLifehacker / 12h
Vaccine development takes time. Earlier this spring, we learned that the previous record for vaccine development was four years from sample to approval, and that we might not see a COVID vaccine for years, if at all. But here we are, barely one year past the discovery of the novel coronavirus, and we already have a… Read more...

'Alba: A Wildlife Adventure' is a chill game about protecting nature

43Engadget / 12h
UsTwo Games continues to prove that it’s not a one-hit-wonder. The studio, best known for the award-winning Monument Valley , has pulled off an equally-creative sequel , a dreamy adventure in mobile VR , and a timed exclusive for Apple Arcade about fixing objects and fraying relationships . UsTwo’s latest project, Alba: A Wildlife Adventure , hits the same creative heights. It also shows that the

Snapdragon 678 promises affordable Android phones a camera upgrade

SlashGear / 12h
Qualcomm may only have just revealed its 2021 flagship chipset for Android phones, but the Snapdragon 888 is getting a low to midrange counterpart in the shape of the Snapdragon 678. Slotting into the company’s line-up of relatively affordable chipsets for equally affordable smartphones, the new SoC borrows some of the AI-powered camera features from its more expensive sibling. Successor … Contin

EU warns that it may break up Big Tech companies

500+Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Walter Zerla) The EU will threaten on Tuesday to break up Big Tech companies if they repeatedly engage in anti-competitive behavior. The warning comes as Brussels publishes its drafts of two major new pieces of tech regulation. A Digital Markets Act will aim to tackle unfair competition in the sector, and a Digital Services Act will force tech companies to take mor

How to Enable Noise Cancellation for AirPods Pro on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

How-To Geek / 12h
Noise cancellation is one of the big features on Apple’s AirPods Pro. You can cycle between the Noise Cancellation, Transparency, and the default mode. Here’s how to quickly enable noise cancellation for AirPods Pro on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Origin PC's Retro Gaming Desktop Can LAN Party Like It's 1999

20How-To Geek / 12h
If you’re feeling nostalgic for the days when a new PC game came from an actual store on a stack of floppy disks, boutique manufacturer Origin has the machine for you. Its new “Resto-Mod” design recreates the crowded front fascia of an old beige box PC, complete with (completely ornamental) CD, 5.25, and 3.25-inch drives. It even has a “Turbo” button. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

The Apple Watch SE is On Sale for $250 ($60 Off) on Amazon

22How-To Geek / 12h
I’ve had a few people come to me during the holiday shopping season asking about smartwatches. My first question is always “what kind of phone is the person using?” If it’s an iPhone, the Apple Watch SE is my number one recommendation. It’s the best Apple Watch for most people. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Razer's Blade 15 gaming laptop is $450 off at Amazon

45Engadget / 12h
If you’re in the market for a gaming laptop to get you through a particularly rough winter, you might be in luck. Amazon is selling a well-equipped version of the Razer Blade 15 Base laptop for $1,350 , or a steep $450 off the usual price. That money nets you a six-core, 10th-generation Core i7 chip, GeForce RTX 2060 graphics, a 1080p 144Hz display, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. It’s $50 lowe

This wearable Sony speaker (yes, that's a thing) is $120 off at Amazon

40Mashable / 12h
SAVE $120: This unconventional wearable speaker from Sony is way cooler than you might think, and it's $120 off the usual price at Amazon. Maybe headphones aren't your thing — they block out too much of the world and take away any ambiance you might actually enjoy. And maybe Bluetooth speakers aren't your thing, either — you have to stay in their general vicinity to get the best experience, and y

Relive your flip phone days with the Motorola Razr 5G

32Mashable / 12h
Save $200: The nostalgic Motorola Razr 5G 256GB is on sale for $1,199.99, down from $1,399.99. Motorola really tapped into nostalgia by bringing back its Razr phone, but Mashable's tech reviewer was not impressed with the first iteration . However, the brand came back stronger with the Razr 5G , which has more durable hinges and better cameras. The Motorola Razr 5G gives you the usability of a to

Parsec raises $25M from a16z to power remote work and cloud gaming

200+TechCrunch / 12h
Parsec , a startup that’s built streaming technology for both work and play, is announcing that it has raised $25 million in Series B funding. This brings Parsec’s total funding to $33 million, according to Crunchbase . The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, with the firm’s general partner Martin Casado joining the board. Previous investors Lerer Hippeau, Makers Fund, NextView Ventures and Not

Millions of medical images leaked online to be viewed by anyone

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Security experts say more than 45 million medical images were freely accessible after being stored on unprotected servers.

Twitter fined £400,000 for breaking EU data law

100+BBC News - Technology / 12h
The firm acknowledges it failed to notify the regulator of its 2019 data breach within the required time.

Snapchat: Young people targeted in Crimestoppers safety campaign

100+BBC News - Technology / 12h
The mum of a boy who bought lethal drugs on the social media app welcomes a Crimestoppers campaign.

How technology will define “the next normal” for business

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Technology will enable businesses to thrive in the new normal, connecting them to global talent.

Giant Telescope Could Spot Individual Continents on Exoplanets

4KFuturism / 12h
Magnifying Lens There are loads of potentially-habitable exoplanets out there in the galaxy, but because they’re so far away , they’re incredibly difficult to study. Being able to take a close look at these worlds would help, but we don’t have any telescopes powerful enough. Now, though, Universe Today points to a hypothetical new telescope design that would use the Sun as a gigantic gravitationa

Donkey Kong Country 3 leads a new SNES and NES game drop for Switch Online

SlashGear / 12h
Nintendo is serving up a new handful of SNES and NES games for Nintendo Switch Online, and if you’ve been paying attention to the last couple of batches, then you should already know what the headliner is this time around. Nintendo is rounding out the Donkey Kong SNES trilogy with this incoming slate of games, adding Donkey Kong Country 3: … Continue reading

Spotify signs exclusive podcast deal with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

100+Engadget / 12h
If you’re craving more Royal Family content after season 4 of The Crown , Spotify is going to help. Today, the streaming service announced an exclusive podcast deal with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The royal couple will host and produce multiple podcasts starting in 2021. While you’ll have to wait for a complete series, the first item on the agenda will debut t

A Way To Book Las Vegas Strip Hotels Without Resort Fees (And Lower Rates, Too)

100+View from the Wing / 12h
One of the most annoying features of hotels is the resort fee, a mandatory charge that's not included in the room rate in order to deceive customers - to make a hotel look less expensive than it is. The practice spread beyond resorts to city hotels, and became known as a 'destination charge.' Even with many of the supposed-inclusions the resort fees pay for suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic,

The Milky Way just burped out a fiery bubble of plasma

Popular Mechanics / 12h
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Spotify inks multi-year podcasting deal with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

100+TechCrunch / 12h
In its latest bid to outspend the competition on podcasting exclusives, Spotify this morning announced that it has signed a multi-year deal with Archewell Audio , a new production founded by Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markel, The Duchess of Sussex. Financial details haven’t been disclosed, but given the profile of the names and the cost of previous exclusives, it seems safe to sugges

Skylum launches Luminar AI, its AI photo editor

92TechCrunch / 12h
Over the course of the last few years, Skylum made a name for itself with a set of photo-editing apps like Aurora HDR and Luminar. With Luminar AI , it is now launching a brand-new photo editor, starting at $79. The new application, available as a standalone product for Mac and Windows and as a plug-in for Lightroom and Photos for MacOS, was built from the ground up and offers many of the traditi

Vodafone UK CEO Nick Jeffery steps down

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Jeffery will be replaced by Group CCO Ahmed Essam.

Sony acknowledges ‘severe shortage of key parts’ for its compacts and video cameras

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Sony has told us that it's facing 'severe' shortages of keys parts for its compact cameras and video cameras – here's what it means.

500 Free Hyatt Points For Meditating Are Now Posting

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Hyatt points for opening up their app on December 9th and playing a brief Headspace recording are posting. I'm surprised by the IT that made this work as there was no registration or indication on the app that they'd be bonusing this, just separate communication from Hyatt. Continue reading ...

Register Now: Chase Freedom Flex 5x Points Categories Q1 2021

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Several months ago we saw the introduction of the Chase Freedom Flex SM Credit Card , which is an incredible card belonging to Chase’s Freedom portfolio. We recently learned the details of the Q1 2021 5x points categories, and today registration has opened for this. Note that these same bonus categories are also valid for the Chase Freedom Card , which is no longer open to new applicants. Why I L

Google won't reopen its offices until September 2021

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Google is once again delaying its return to the office in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, although it’s now planning a change to the way people work when they get back. The New York Times has obtained company-wide email from Sundar Pichai indicating that the company will not only push back reopenings to September 2021, but pilot a “flexible workweek” when in-person work resumes. Staff would be ex

Tive nabs $12M Series A to track shipment conditions in real time

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Tive , a Boston-based startup, is building a hardware and software platform to help track the conditions of a shipment like say food or medicine to make sure it is stored under the proper conditions as it moves from farm or factory to market. Today, the company announced a $12 million Series A. RRE Ventures led the round with help from new investor Two Sigma Ventures and existing investors NextVi

Best Buy PS5 restock is gone, but another retailer is selling it right now

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Best Buy PS5 page shows it's in stock right now, but you'll have to act fast before they're gone.