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Best portable DACs: the best external DACs to replace your phone's awful amp

500+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
The best portable DACs (or Digital-to-Analogue converters) are a must-buy accessory for audio-lovers.

Nerf's Biggest Mandalorian Blaster Won't Let You Disintegrate a Jawa, But It's Cool

Nerf Mandalorian Amban•
6KGizmodo / 9h
Although an apparent expert in hand-to-hand combat , most of us would rather see Din Djarin whip out his Amban phase-pulse blaster and completely disintegrate anyone impeding his mission (or latest side quest). Hasbro’s first detailed replica of the blaster won’t vaporize anyone, but it will annoy them, since it’s also… Read more...

Black Mirror's creators made a 'Death to 2020' Netflix special

1KEngadget / 9h
If you’re one of many who’ve cursed the year 2020 more times than you can count, Netflix hears you. The streaming giant just announced Death to 2020, a “comedy event” from the creators of Black Mirror that features some huge names. The announced cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow, Leslie Jones, Joe Keery (of Stranger Things fame), Kumail Nanjiani ( Silicon Valley and The Big

OnePlus 8, OnePlus Nord end-of-life dates revealed

SlashGear / 55min
Because they don’t require physical components or production, software is relatively easier to produce, maintain, and support compared to hardware. In theory and ideally, software can be supported almost indefinitely, as long as there are people who have knowledge and time to do. Human resources, however, aren’t infinite and Android manufacturers have unofficially agreed to a software support per

Encrypted messaging puts children at risk, CCE warns

68BBC News - Technology / 55min
The children's commissioner for England warns that encrypted message apps are a danger to children.

So you want a career in computer games tournaments?

72BBC News - Technology / 1h
The first e-sports graduates are about to hit the jobs market, so was it worth the time and expense?

Hyatt Regency Bangkok ‘One Million Baht Club’ Lets You Become A Resident For A Year

View from the Wing / 1h
Your year-long Bangkok City Center stay is in a club room, so you get club level benefits including breakfast, light snacks, evening hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Think of it like rent, without having to pay extra for utilities for housekeeping, and meals thrown in. You even get complimentary parking. And they throw in club lounge meeting room use, too, so call it your office. They rebate 20% of

I have over 2.1 million points and miles — and I’m in no rush to redeem them

The Points Guy / 1h
This past weekend, I took a break from shopping online and watching holiday movies to play a fun game called, “How many points and miles do I have?” I had solid ideas of my individual balances, as I log in to check all of them on a regular basis. However, I was curious to know the cumulative total held by my household — which consists of me, my wife and my six-year-old daughter. Even I was surpri

Galaxy S21 might not come with chargers or headphones in the box

SlashGear / 1h
If you were completely shocked by this turn of events, then you probably don’t know Samsung that well. Not too long ago, Samsung joined or maybe even led the Internet in mocking Apple for the latter’s decision to exclude a charger inside the iPhone 12 packaging. Those who were more familiar with Samsung’s history simply started counting down instead. Less … Continue reading

Bristol entrepreneur who exited for $800M doubles-down on the city with deep-tech incubator and VC fund

100+TechCrunch / 1h
Harry Destecroix co-founded Ziylo while studying for his PhD at the University of Bristol . Ziylo , a university spin-out company, developed a synthetic molecule allowing glucose to bind with the bloodstream more effectively. Four years later, and by then a Phd, Destecroix sold the company to Danish firm Novo Nordisk, one of the biggest manufacturers of diabetes medicines, which had realized it c

This tiny drone uses an actual moth antenna to sniff out target chemicals

100+TechCrunch / 1h
Sometimes it’s just not worth it to try to top Mother Nature. Such seems to have been the judgment by engineers at the University of Washington, who, deploring the absence of chemical sensors as fine as a moth’s antennas, opted to repurpose moth biology rather than invent new human technology. Behold the “Smellicopter.” Mounted on a tiny drone platform with collision avoidance and other logic bui

Video conferencing calls may finally be about to get a bit less boring

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Cisco plans to add improved audience interaction to Webex with new dynamic polls, Q&As, quizzes, word clouds, surveys and more.

Study warns many people are drinking too much alcohol in lockdown

SlashGear / 1h
Lockdowns and quarantines have led to excessive drinking, a new study warns, putting these individuals at risk of health issues and developing alcohol use disorders. Heavy drinking was more common in people who already had a tendency to binge drink, as well as people suffering from depression, according to the researchers, with the amount consumed increasing during stay-home orders. The … Continu

Save 30 percent on this Marshall speaker featuring Alexa

32Engadget / 1h
Music enhances almost every experience, from family dinners and house chores to kicking up one's feet after a long day of work. So, it should come as no surprise that one of the most highly requested gifts around the holidays is an at-home speaker. And speakers today, like the Marshall Stanmore II Wireless Smart Speaker , are capable of delivering both convenient listening and stellar audio. The

Uber sheds self-driving cars to focus on profits

Uber ATG Driving Aurora•
100+BBC News - Technology / 1h
Driverless cars were one seen as core to the company's future but lately it's focused on rides and food.

California's COVID-19 exposure notification app starts rolling out

California Apple COVID•
77Engadget / 1h
Starting later this week, people in California will be able to take another step to slow the spread of COVID-19 when the most populous state in the US rolls its own COVID exposure notification app. You’ll be able to enroll in CA Notify starting on Thursday, December 10th. With that upcoming launch, California becomes the 18th state in the US to deploy an app using Apple’s and Google’s Exposure AP

SpaceX's Starlink receives $886 million from FCC to improve rural internet

SpaceX FCC RDOF Broadband•
44Mashable / 2h
The FCC is giving SpaceX’s satellite internet service, Starlink , $886 million as part of an effort to bring high-speed broadband to rural America. The money will come from a $9.2 billion fund the FCC created to subsidize expanding high-speed internet to underserved rural areas across the U.S. On Monday, the regulator announced the results of an auction in which telecom providers pledged to provi

How to use points and miles to give gifts with $0 out-of-pocket cost

The Points Guy / 2h
Each holiday season, some consumers find themselves sitting on rewards at a time when the wallet often feels a bit constrained. It can be tempting to offset a little pain by redeeming a few points on gifts, even if the return per mile is suboptimal compared to when redeeming for travel. But, this year is different. For many families, the realities of this year mean there simply isn’t any extra ca

Bills vs 49ers live stream: how to watch NFL Monday Night Football anywhere now

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
How to get a Bills vs 49ers live stream and watch NFL Monday Night Football online tonight, as Buffalo and San Francisco clash under the bright lights.

Warner Bros. Trades Box Office for HBO Max, but Stars Still Want Their Money

300+NYT > Technology / 2h
If studios are no longer trying to maximize ticket sales, what will that mean for often lucrative pay packages tied to a film’s performance in theaters?

Uber Kicks Its Self-Driving Car Unit Out the Side Door

Uber ATG Driving Aurora•
28Gizmodo / 2h
Uber is bailing on its self-driving car unit, the Uber Advanced Technologies Group, and will sell it off to driverless trucking -focused startup Aurora in a deal that could create a combined firm valued at $10 billion, the companies announced on Monday . Read more...

Fortnite leak reveals crazy new weapons, including a heavy sword

SlashGear / 2h
The arrival of Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5 included a launch trailer, and as expected, players have picked through that launch material for hints about what may be destined to arrive in coming weeks. One such item players noticed is a new shotgun, but it seems that isn’t the only weapon that may be arriving soon. The new Fortnite season … Continue reading

“You can’t just give people more data and expect them to act differently”

67MIT Technology Review / 2h
Digital contact tracing apps first emerged early in the pandemic. They’d let you know if you’d been around anyone who had tested positive, and they worked on a regular personal smartphone. So far, they haven’t been a silver bullet, and they’ve faced criticism over usability, privacy, and more. But they’re low-cost tools based on technology already in our pockets. Do they have a role now, as cases

This is why iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are almost impossible to find in stock

40TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Want an iPhone 12 Pro? It's gonna take nearly a month to ship, according to a new report.

Daily Crunch: Google smart speakers add Apple Music support

100+TechCrunch / 2h
You can listen to Apple Music on your Google Nest device, Apple is working to top Intel with its next set of chips and Cisco acquires Slido. This is your Daily Crunch for December 7, 2020. The big story: Google smart speakers add Apple Music support Google announced this morning that devices including the Nest Audio, Nest Hub Max and Nest Mini will now be able to play Apple Music via voice comman

Bring on the bells: 18 great Christmas songs from the past decade

83Lifehacker / 2h
It’s been 26 years since Mariah Carey proved you could still create a Christmas staple —kicking off decades of copycats and wannabes trying to recreate her holiday hit, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” But while no one has toppled that track in terms of chart performance , these 18 original songs from the past decade… Read more...

Fitness startup Aarmy reinvents itself for a remote fitness world

100+TechCrunch / 2h
Like a lot of startups, Aarmy faced some big challenges when the pandemic forced widespread shutdowns in March. Up until then, Aarmy was offering in-person fitness classes from its locations in New York and Los Angeles. Trey Laird, who founded the startup with trainers Akin Akman (chief fitness officer) and Angela Manuel-Davis (chief motivation officer), told me that within 48 hours, the strategy

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 down to just AU$359 for one day only

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Beating even its Black Friday offer, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are at their lowest price yet – for just one day.

Here are 26 different credit card bonuses for your next Amazon purchase

The Points Guy / 2h
Millions of shoppers rely on Amazon and its super-fast deliveries of tidy brown boxes of all sizes not only for everyday purchases of pet food and toilet paper but also to source gifts during the holiday season. Even if you’re just putting a few Amazon purchases on a credit card this month, there are ways to save big. This year, more than ever before, credit card companies are incentivizing you t

Traditional Vitamins Are Inefficient. These Transdermal Spray Vitamins Are a Game Changer.

Futurism / 2h
Vitamins are a great way to make sure your body has the fuel and nourishment it needs to function at its best. Or at least, that’s the theory . In reality, most of the vitamins you get at your local pharmacy or health food store don’t actually make it into your bloodstream, which means you are literally flushing both the nutrients and your money down the toilet. So if you want vitamins that actua

Revealed: Emirates’ New Premium Economy Seat

1KOne Mile at a Time / 2h
As Emirates prepares to take delivery of its first plane with premium economy seats before the end of the year, it looks like we finally know what seat the airline has chosen… and it’s not what I expected. Emirates’ new premium economy seat It’s being reported by that Emirates has selected the RECARO PL3530 as its new premium economy seat. Premium economy will debut on the A380, and we ca

Google promises “spectacular” city GPS improvement with 3D building data

45Ars Technica / 2h
Enlarge / It's pretty hard getting line-of-sight to several GPS satellites down there. (credit: Google Maps ) Getting a solid GPS location in a city can be tough thanks to all the tall buildings. Skyscrapers reflect the GPS signal and can make your location data go crazy, but now, Google says it can correct for this and give users a much more accurate location. Google is working on an update that

This Magnificent Undersea Tunnel In Denmark Will Cut An Hourlong Trip To 16 Minutes

500+Gizmodo / 3h
An undersea tunnel and roundabout between towns in the Faroe Islands, set to open later this month, will reduce a 64-minute trip to just 16 minutes — and will look utterly beautiful while doing it. Read more...

SpaceX's first high-altitude Starship test could happen Tuesday

SpaceX Starship SN8•
100+Engadget / 3h
We’ve seen some small hops, but the SpaceX Starship is ready to make a much larger leap. The SN8 prototype is on the launch pad in Boca Chica, TX, and SpaceX has confirmed that its f irst high-altitude test flight could take place as soon as Tuesday, December 8th. As Elon Musk previously described , the test will see the Starship reach as high as 15 Km (about 50,000 feet). First attempt of Starsh

What Are the Best Noise-Canceling Headphones?

44Lifehacker / 3h
“Work from home” has become the new normal as lockdowns continue across the world. For some, that’s a welcome and more comfortable change of pace from office life. The transition is tougher for others who find themselves easily distracted at home. Finding a way to focus can be hard, but here’s one tip: noise… Read more...

When The FDA Approves A Covid-19 Vaccine, Pilots Won’t Be Able To Take It

View from the Wing / 3h
When the FDA gives its initial approval for a Covid-19 it will not be full approval (emergency use) so the FAA will consider its use by pilots separately even if pilots are considered essential or frontline workers for jumping to the head of the queue for access. Continue reading ...

Grand theft GPU: $340,000 worth of RTX 3090s “fell off a truck” in China

100+Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge / The GPU Grinch doesn't care about your lists or whether you've been naughty or nice. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Dr. Seuss / GettyImages ) Some time last week, thieves stole a large number of Nvidia-based RTX 3090 graphics cards from MSI's factory in mainland China. The news comes from Twitter user @GoFlying8, who posted what appears to be an official MSI internal document about the theft

SpaceX’s Starlink scores $885m for high-speed Internet rollout in rural US

SpaceX FCC RDOF Broadband•
SlashGear / 3h
SpaceX has received $885.5 million in federal subsidies as part of an FCC effort to expand rural Americans’ access to high-speed Internet services. The Starlink platform involves small satellites that will be able to deliver Internet services to regions where traditional cable services aren’t available or are prohibitively expensive. The Internet has become a key part of modern life, but … Contin

Uber is selling its self-driving unit to autonomous vehicle startup Aurora

Uber ATG Driving Aurora•
70Engadget / 3h
As expected , Uber is selling off its self-driving unit. On Monday, the company confirmed the sale of its Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) to Aurora Innovation, one of its now previous competitors in the autonomous vehicle space. As part of the deal, Uber will invest $400 million in Aurora, with CEO Dara Khosrowshahi joining the startup’s board of directors. Effectively, Uber is paying Aurora to

Iran Insists That Its Nuclear Scientist Was Killed by a “Satellite-Controlled Machine Gun”

1KFuturism / 3h
Machine Gun Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s top nuclear scientist, was killed on November 27 by a “smart satellite-controlled machine gun” that used AI, the country’s Revolutionary Guards commander Brig-Gen Ali Fadavi told local media, as the BBC reports . The scientist was allegedly killed by a weapon mounted to a pickup truck, which shot Fakhrizadeh inside a vehicle from a distance — but spared his

How to Talk to Someone With a Substance Abuse Problem

70Lifehacker / 3h
Amid all the justifiable clamor online surrounding COVID-19, the flailing economy, and our generally uncertain global future, a TV show about drug addiction and teenagers is managing to cut through the noise. Sunday’s first special episode of HBO’s Euphoria defied its own conventions as a racy show about chaotic… Read more...

Uber abandons dreams of self-driving domination, sells self-driving unit

Uber ATG Driving Aurora•
59Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge / Aurora CEO Chris Urmson in front of an Aurora semi truck. (credit: Aurora) Aurora, one of the nation's leading self-driving startups, will become the new owner of Uber's self-driving division, Aurora announced on Monday . In addition to turning over Uber's self-driving division, known as the Uber Advanced Technology Group (ATG), Uber will also pump $400 million into Aurora. In exchange,

Beware the Advice in TikTok Videos

40Lifehacker / 3h
There are very few domains of life in which thoughtful, sound advice can be delivered in 60 exhilarating seconds. If you’re scrolling through TikTok and think you’ve found actionable advice about cooking, personal finance, fitness or anything else... take heed, because you probably haven’t. Read more...

Get 14 PC games and a month of EA Play Pro for only $15 with this Humble Bundle

Mashable / 3h
SAVE UP TO $235: Snag the Humble Choice PC gaming bundle with 14 games and one month of EA Play Pro for only $15 through 10 a.m. PST on Dec. 11. Editor’s Note: Humble Bundle is owned by J2 Global, the parent company of Ziff Davis and Mashable. Any J2 products or services featured on Mashable are covered independently by our content team. It's a great time to be a gamer, since indoor hobbies are t

Cyberpunk 2077: A retro-futuristic fantasy with huge potential — if you can ignore the Cyberjank

Cyberpunk 2077 Night City•
100+TechCrunch / 3h
Practically speaking, it’s nearly impossible to offer a real review of “Cyberpunk 2077,” the long-awaited follow-up to “The Witcher 3” from developer CD Projekt Red. In the first place, it’s so big that the few days I’ve had with it aren’t enough to realistically evaluate the game; second, it’s so buggy and janky now that it feels wrong to review it before it becomes the game I know it will be; a

There Appears to Be an Elon Musk Cameo in “Cyberpunk 2077”

Futurism / 3h
Spoiler Alert “Cyberpunk 2077,” arguably one of the most hyped up video games in recent history, is finally dropping on Thursday — and the world can’t wait to get their hands on a copy. And as it turns out, the CD Projekt Red game is flush with Easter eggs that are likely to keep gamers guessing for months to come. Eagle-eyed early reviewers of the game, for instance, spotted an NPC non-player ch

Japan’s Government Is Using AI to Set Up Lonely Singles on Dates

200+Futurism / 3h
RomanceBot Japanese officials are taking an unconventional approach to boosting the country’s declining birthrate: Helping the lonely populace find love, using AI. Yoshihide Suga, the new Prime Minister of Japan who was elected in September, will invest $19 million in local governments that develop artificial intelligence algorithms to serve as matchmaker for lonely singles in their region, accor

This measurement tool could help settle the quantum supremacy debate once and for all

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Atos has developed the first set of universal metrics to assess quantum performance and supremacy.

Yay: Hyatt Expanding Significantly In Europe

40One Mile at a Time / 3h
I’m always happy to see Hyatt’s footprint expanding, in particular given how compelling of a loyalty program World of Hyatt is. I often seek out Hyatts when on vacation, because I love the perks I receive as a Globalist member , in particular the ability to apply Globalist Suite Upgrade Awards to confirm a suite at the time of booking. Hyatt’s biggest disadvantage (compared to competitors) is its

You can download Cyberpunk 2077 now – here’s when play time starts

SlashGear / 3h
If you’re looking to download Cyberpunk 2077 as soon as possible, now’s the time. Just so long as you’re aiming to download the game before the game launches, and you’re attempting to download the game for your PC via GOG, Steam, or the Epic Store. If you’re on an Xbox, you’ll also be able to download the pre-load of the … Continue reading

Pornhub Might Lose Visa and Mastercard After New York Times Exposé

63Gizmodo / 3h
Last week, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof detailed the easily-searchable horrors uploaded in plain view onto Pornhub, arguing that the site goes unpunished for profiting from child sex abuse material (CSAM), sexual assault, and nonconsensual pornography (sometimes called “revenge porn.”) Now, Visa and… Read more...

There’s a Mysterious New Disease Outbreak in India

4KFuturism / 4h
India is reporting hundreds of cases — and one death — linked to a mysterious disease that’s yet to be identified. Patients with the disease show symptoms including dizziness, headache, and even epilepsy-like symptoms, according to the large Chennai-based newspaper The Hindu , and doctors are looking for answers. While they still don’t know what’s causing this new illness, doctors treating the in

Uber’s self-driving car project is now someone else’s problem

SlashGear / 4h
Uber is washing its hands of its self-driving division, with the ride-hailing company throwing in the towel on the autonomous project as it swaps the tech for a minority stake in Aurora. It’s an end to what has proved to be one of the most controversial attempts to get humans out from behind the steering wheel, and will see Uber … Continue reading

Cyberpunk 2077 Reviews Are Out, and I'm Glad I Got This MS Paint Sweater Instead

24Gizmodo / 4h
Reviews of one of the most anticipated games of 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 , are out, and the general consensus seems to be the game looks beautiful and has a ton of interesting content, but is marred by bugs and a lackluster story. Reviewers haven’t had a lengthy amount of time to dive into what the game really has to… Read more...

The 10 Best Deals of December 7, 2020

56Gizmodo / 4h
Monday’s Best Deals | Kinja Deals

Delta Air Lines giving customers 10,000 SkyMiles for cancellations during Thanksgiving

30The Points Guy / 4h
Delta Air Lines canceled hundreds of flights during the busy week of Thanksgiving, and now it’s trying to make up for the unusual snafu with bonus miles (and even some flights credits) for many of the affected passengers. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . Delta automatically deposited bonus SkyMiles in the accounts of those who had flights

The 10 Best Deals of December 7, 2020

56Lifehacker / 4h
Monday’s Best Deals | Kinja Deals

This Xbox Series X video shows Master Chief like you’ve never seen him before

SlashGear / 4h
Microsoft’s ad campaign for the Xbox Series X has definitely been a little strange, but the latest ad from the big M takes it to a whole other level. Clocking in at 3:31, it’s less of a traditional ad and more of a video, and it has some big names attached to it. Specifically, the video was directed by Taika … Continue reading

The Period Company's underwear is super cheap and super absorbent

20Mashable / 4h
The Period Company's Sleeper underwear $14 View Product The Good Super absorbent • More affordable than other brands • Easy to clean The Bad Runs small • Often sells out quickly The Bottom Line Period Company's Sleeper is indeed a sleeper hit. At $14, this pair of period underwear does the job that other companies charge more than double for — and they're easy to wash, too. ⚡ Mashable Score 4.5 �

What’s Up With the Latest COVID Relief Bill?

100+Lifehacker / 4h
With lapsing COVID benefits expiring before the end of the year, negotiations for a new relief bill have picked up in recent days, although another round of direct $1,200 payments is looking unlikely. Here’s what you need to know. Read more...

Uber Gives Up on the Self-Driving Dream

Uber ATG Driving Aurora•
500+Wired / 4h
The ride-hail giant invested more than $1 billion in autonomous vehicles. Now it’s selling the unit to Aurora, which makes self-driving tech.

Uber Is Giving Self-Driving Car Project to a Start-Up

Uber ATG Driving Aurora•
500+NYT > Technology / 4h
Company executives once said having cars that can drive on their own would be a salvation for their business. But the effort turned into a legal and financial headache.

Amazon's Zoox Driverless Car, or Possibly an iMac G3 on Wheels, Spotted in San Francisco

100+Gizmodo / 4h
Zoox, the Amazon-owned autonomous taxi company, is scheduled to reveal its first self-driving cars on Dec. 14. Spoilers: They look dorky as hell. Read more...

Aurora acquires Uber's self-driving cars

Uber ATG Driving Aurora•
40Mashable / 4h
Uber is offloading as much as it can as the pandemic continues to decimate demand for ride-hailing. On Monday, self-driving technology company Aurora announced it was acquiring Uber's Advanced Technologies Group, or ATG, which houses its self-driving vehicle unit. As part of the deal, Uber is investing $400 million in Aurora, and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will join the Aurora board. Now, Amazon-

How to safely celebrate the holidays this year

Mashable / 4h
Mashable's Jess Joho has all of the fun, socially-distanced holiday hacks — even if you're not seeing your family in person this year. Click here for the link to the full story. Read more... More about Christmas , Holidays , Mashable Video , Zoom , and Hanukkah

The 10 best films of 2020

34Mashable / 4h
Each year, we write these top 10 lists to talk about how unique the past year in film has been, how spectacularly dramatic or delightfully unexpected the best movies of the year were, and so on and so forth. Well, we'd like to take a moment to apologize for all the other years we've said that because in retrospect, that was nonsense. Those years were nothing compared to this year, which by any ob

Nuun electrolytes are for more than just working out

21Mashable / 4h
Essentials Week spotlights unexpected items that make our daily lives just a little bit better. There are long stretches of time — hours, a full day, who knows — where I just sort of forget to drink water. Like no water at all. This is not due to some anti-water agenda, but rather pure laziness, stupidity, and likely other self-destructive character traits I possess. In fact, here the my Top 3 (v

YouTube makes first 19 James Bond movies free to stream in the US

SlashGear / 4h
YouTube has a special treat for its users in the US: the first 19 James Bond movies. Anyone can stream the movies for free now directly on the YouTube Movies account, the same one that offers up a variety of films for digital rental and purchase; the company also has many movies that are streamed for free with advertisements. The … Continue reading

Uber sells self-driving unit Uber ATG in deal that will push Aurora’s valuation to $10B

300+TechCrunch / 4h
Aurora Innovation, the autonomous vehicle startup backed by Sequoia Capital and Amazon, has reached an agreement with Uber to buy the ride-hailing firm’s self-driving unit in a complex deal that will value the combined company at $10 billion. Aurora is not paying cash for Uber ATG, a company that was valued at $7.25 billion following a $1 billion investment last year from Toyota, DENSO and SoftBa

California launches COVID contact tracing app for iPhone and Android

California Apple COVID•
47Mashable / 4h
Read more... More about California , Coronavirus , Contact Tracing Apps , Tech , and Health

QNAP patches another load of major NAS device security flaws

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Keeping the firmware and software of your NAS device updated is key to protecting your data from hackers.

Review: Andaz Munich, Germany

23One Mile at a Time / 4h
Over the summer we spent one night at the Andaz Munich . I never got around to reviewing it, but better late than never, right? I’ve had nothing but phenomenal experiences at Hyatt’s full service properties in Germany (like the Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf and Park Hyatt Hamburg ), and the Andaz Munich was no exception… well, except the service, but I’m willing to give the hotel the benefit of the do

Forget miles, this card pays you back in Bitcoin — Is it worth it?

The Points Guy / 4h
From travel rewards , to cashback to free Starbucks coffee , there are lots of different types of credit card rewards out there. Soon, you’ll even be able to earn Bitcoin rewards. Crypto exchange platform BlockFi recently announced that it’s partnering with Visa to launch a credit card that rewards purchases with Bitcoin, rather than points, miles or cash back. This will be the world’s first cred

Tinder's parent company is auditing its sexual violence prevention policies

46Engadget / 5h
Tinder parent company Match Group is partnering with one of the largest anti-sexual violence groups in the US to audit how it handles reports of sexual assault across its many dating platforms. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) will “conduct a comprehensive review of sexual misconduct reporting, moderation and response across Match Group's dating platforms and to work together to

I’m Not Your Mother, And This Plane’s Not Your Living Room

39View from the Wing / 5h
When passengers see a messy cabin, they tend to leave it that way themselves and perhaps even in worse condition (Cf. lavatories). It's the 'broken windows theory' of policing applied to an aircraft cabin. Slovenliness begets slovenliness. But the reverse is also true. Hold up your end, keep things looking respectable, and your fellow passengers are more likely to do so as well - and an airline's

How to Prepare For Google's New Cloud Storage Restrictions

100+Lifehacker / 5h
Starting June 1, 2021, all files your create or upload across Google’s services will using the same account eat up some of your allotted storage space. If you’re on a free account, it’s only a matter of time before you fill it. And if you have an older Google account you use for long-term storage—but rarely log… Read more...

Beware the Cyberpunk 2077 'Free Download' Cyberscam

42Gizmodo / 5h
I really shouldn’t have to warn anyone about this kind of scam, but it’s time for Cyberpunk 2077 to hit the streets and hackers are ready to take advantage of the excitement. So, if you receive a free download code for the year’s most anticipated video game, no matter how cool it looks, don’t install it. Read more...

What Are the Best Noise-Canceling Headphones?

44Gizmodo / 5h
“Work from home” has become the new normal as lockdowns continue across the world. For some, that’s a welcome and more comfortable change of pace from office life. The transition is tougher for others who find themselves easily distracted at home. Finding a way to focus can be hard, but here’s one tip: noise… Read more...

Quell raises $3M to turn home fitness into a game

100+TechCrunch / 5h
Do people want their at-home fitness to come in video-game form? The incredible popularity of games like Ring Fit Adventure suggests yes. London-based startup Quell thinks it’s just the beginning for this genre, and they’ve raised a $3 million seed round to help prove it. At the core of Quell’s gameplay is the “Gauntlet” — a harness, of sorts, that the player slips on to control Quell’s games. As

Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners looks to make CA power grids more reliable with a $100 million investment

60TechCrunch / 5h
Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners , the company which spun out of Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to fund, develop and own the next generation of infrastructure, has unveiled its latest project — Resilia, which focuses on upgrading the efficiency and reliability of power grids. Through a $20 million equity investment in the startup OhmConnect, and an $80 million commitment to develop a demand response pr

How to Eat Rum Cake for Breakfast

100+Lifehacker / 5h
It is a well-documented fact that one of the main benefits of waffling a food is the subsequent increase in textured surface area. Those peaks and valleys offer crisp, crunch, and (sometimes) caramelization, while also acting as little sauce reservoirs. But the deeper magic of the waffle iron lies in its ability to… Read more...

Divers Accidentally Stumble Upon Nazi Enigma Machine in Baltic Sea

100Gizmodo / 5h
Divers searching for discarded fishing nets in the Baltic Sea have discovered a rare Enigma encryption machine used by the Nazis in World War II. Read more...

Your Google Nest smart speaker can now play your entire Apple Music catalogue

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Google opens its smart speakers up to Apple Music streaming - marking a new era of collaboration between the two tech giants.

Washington vs Steelers live stream: how to watch NFL week 13 game anywhere now

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How to get a Washington vs Steelers live stream - watch tonight's first NFL Monday Night Football game online now as Pittsburgh look to stay undefeated.

Popular natural sweetener stevia may cause unfortunate gut health changes

45SlashGear / 5h
A natural sweetener called stevia has proven to be a popular alternative to sucralose and other sweeteners, but it may come with its own potential issues. A new study from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev found that stevia may cause gut health problems by upsetting the balance of beneficial bacteria. The scientists are encouraging more research into the potential … Continue reading

Quantum device performs 2.6 billion years of computation in 4 minutes

400+Ars Technica / 5h
Enlarge / One beam enters, two beams leave. (credit: Melissa Meister / Flickr ) I am a great believer in solving problems with lasers. Are you suffering from a severely polarized society and a fast-growing population living below the poverty line? Well, I have the laser to solve all your problems. OK, maybe not. But when it comes to quantum computing, I believe that lasers are the future. I suspe

The HomePod Mini Is a Perfect Smart Home Overlord

25Gizmodo / 5h
The HomePod Mini is $50 more than the Echo Dot , $75 more than the Nest Mini , and the exact same price as the larger Nest Audio . Its voice assistant, Siri, is not nearly as smart as its rivals. Its audio quality is only so remarkable. It is shaped like a Magic 8 Ball, which is certainly a choice. And I love the HomePod… Read more...

Transformers: War for Cybertron—Earthrise's First Trailer Reveals Strange Worlds and Dark Shadows

67Gizmodo / 5h
If you thought the Autobots were having a miserable enough time fighting on Cybertron in the first season, well, things aren’t getting much better for them now that they’re off it. Read more...

Moft's Slick Phone Kickstand Now Comes in MagSafe Form for the iPhone 12

25How-To Geek / 5h
We’re big fans of Moft around here: their slim, foldable kickstands and laptop stands are elegant and functional. The company’s releasing a new version of its combination kickstand-wallet for the iPhone 12, complete with its snap-on MagSafe attachment system. The new designs are live on the Moft site, but aren’t available for order yet. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Eco-conscious car subscription platform raises $24.2M, with White Star and Zalando founders

100+TechCrunch / 5h — which allows people to subscribe to their car instead of owning it, and offsetting their CO₂ emissions — has raised a $24.2 million / €20 million Series A funding round. White Star Capital (which has also invested in Tier Mobility), and the Zalando co-CEOs Rubin Ritter, David Schneider and Robert Gentz, are new investors in this round. All previous investors participated. The funding

Apple Music Arrives on Nest Audio Smart Speakers

32Gizmodo / 5h
Hey Google, play Apple Music.

No, Kelly Loeffler didn’t wear a wire during a debate.

100+NYT > Technology / 5h
The false claim about the Georgia Republican was shared by some liberals on Twitter.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game – Complete Edition dated for January

SlashGear / 5h
Earlier this year, a 10-year-old game based on a comic book that launched alongside a movie of the same name (also based on that comic book) suddenly found itself thrust back into the spotlight once more. That game was Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game, a side-scrolling beat-em-up developed by Ubisoft Montreal that originally launched on PlayStation 3 and … Continue reading

How to Lift in the Cold

88Lifehacker / 5h
This year has brought many new experiences. Lifting at home was a new-ish one to me. Lifting outdoors (necessitated by low ceilings in the garage) came next. And as the seasons changed, I’ve had to lift outdoors in the cold and the dark and the snow. You can do it. Here are my tips. Read more...

Binge Drinking Got Way Worse During the Pandemic

200+Futurism / 5h
The coronavirus has been spreading all year. For many — especially in the U.S., where the virus has raged out of control — that’s meant months of isolation and minimal human contact while things fall apart around them. So perhaps it’s not surprising that, according to a study published Monday in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse , binge drinking in the U.S. is on the rise. The extent

Researchers Invent Material That Could Create Invisibility Cloak

2KFuturism / 5h
Invisibility Cloak A team of researchers in South Korea are developing an artificial “skin” that could allow soldiers to perfectly blend in with their surroundings. Such a cloak could make them invisible not only to regular cameras, Defense One reports , but infrared-based night vision ones as well. The skin, as detailed in a new paper published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials , can

Twitter users complain of timelines being overrun with ‘Promoted Tweets’

200+TechCrunch / 6h
Twitter’s timeline is currently overrun with ads for some users, in what at first appeared to be a glitch involving the distribution of Promoted Tweets. Typically, a Promoted Tweet — which is just a regular tweet an advertiser has paid to promote more broadly — will appear just once at the top of a user’s timeline, then scroll through the timeline like any other tweet. Now, however, Promoted Twee

Own the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie for $13 and Relive the Scene Where He Talks About Olive Garden Forever

Gizmodo / 6h
Sonic the Hedgehog Steelbook Blu-Ray | $13 |Best Buy Read more...

Spotify readies local offline music file playback at last

SlashGear / 6h
The latest version of Spotify includes preparatory file mentions of local music playback. This code suggests there’ll be a toggle for “Show device files” – which would allow the user to show all audio files “on your device” in Spotify’s “Your Library.” This would allow you to view the music files on your phone – like MP3s you have downloaded … Continue reading

The next 16-inch MacBook Pro could leave Intel-based Macs in the dust

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Apple is looking to seriously refine their new ARM-based silicon for desktop Macs, MacBooks, and even the half-sized Mac Pro to completely box out even high-end Intel processors.

The mikme pocket is a fantastic mobile audio solution for podcasters, reporters and creators

100TechCrunch / 6h
Portable audio recording solutions abound, and many recently released devices have done a lot to improve the convenience and quality of sound-recording devices you can carry in your pocket — spurred in part by smartphones and their constant improvement in video recording capabilities. A new device from Austria’s mikme, the mikme pocket (€369 or just under $450 USD) , offers a tremendous amount of

NSA says Russian state hackers are using a VMware flaw to ransack networks

100+Ars Technica / 6h
Enlarge / This image was the profile banner of one of the accounts allegedly run by the Internet Research Agency, the organization that ran social media "influence campaigns" in Russia, Germany, Ukraine, and the US dating back to 2009. (credit: A Russian troll) The National Security Agency says that Russian state hackers are compromising multiple VMware systems in attacks that allow the hackers t

Here’s why Sylvania Roadsight dash cameras are the perfect gift this holiday season

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Sylvania Roadsight dash cameras offer detailed footage and a line of smart features to keep your car safe, even when it’s parked.

Thousands more back Dr Timnit Gebru over Google 'sacking'

100+BBC News - Technology / 6h
The scientific community has raised concerns about conducting research with technology companies.

NVIDIA found a way to train AI with very little data

100+Engadget / 6h
NVIDIA has developed a new approach for training generative adversarial networks (GAN) that could one day make them suitable for a greater variety of tasks. Before getting into NVIDIA’s work, it helps to know a bit about how GANs work. Every GAN consists of two competing neural networks: a generator and a discriminator. In one where the goal of the algorithm is to create new images, the latter is

SpaceX snags $885M from FCC to serve rural areas with Starlink

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The FCC has just published the results of its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction, which sounds rather stiff but involves distributing billions to broadband providers that bring solid internet connections to under-served rural areas “on the wrong side of the digital divide.” Included is $885 million earmarked for SpaceX, whose Starlink satellite service could be a game-changer for plac

Do Not Gift Someone a Pet

100+Lifehacker / 6h
I’ll be the first to admit that the puppy in the above photo is a level of adorable that seems nearly criminal. Nothing has a right to be this cute: It’s compact, practically looks like a baby bear, and I absolutely want to bury my face into that fur, which appears to be made of clouds and love. He even looks like he… Read more...

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is Finally Back on Sale, So Hit the Gas

50Lifehacker / 6h
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Mario Set) | $100 | Amazon Read more...

3 questions to ask before adopting microservice architecture

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Madison Friedman Contributor Madison Friedman is an investor intern at Vertex Ventures US and an MBA candidate at the Wharton School of Business. As a product manager, I’m a true believer that you can solve any problem with the right product and process, even one as gnarly as the multiheaded hydra that is microservice overhead. Working for Vertex Ventures US this summer was my chance to put this

Spectrm’s conversational marketing platform unlocks revenue

32Engadget / 6h
What makes a conversation good? It's a question you may or may not spend a lot of time thinking about, but it's something you instantly recognize when it happens. A great exchange cuts through the noise and arrives at the heart of any matter without the trivial small talk. Engaging chats emerge as a natural byproduct of people talking with each other — not at one another — in a genuine dialogue.

Esports Training Factory, Moritz Esche: Expert Interview

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Esports training relies on streaming at Esports Factory.

SpaceX gets $886 million from FCC to subsidize Starlink in 35 states

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Enlarge / Starlink satellite dish and equipment in the Idaho panhandle's Coeur d'Alene National Forest. (credit: Wandering-coder ) SpaceX has been awarded $885.51 million by the Federal Communications Commission to provide Starlink broadband to 642,925 rural homes and businesses in 35 states. The satellite provider was one of the biggest winners in the FCC's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF)

Baidu approved for fully driverless road tests in Beijing

62Engadget / 7h
A few months after Baidu's robotaxi service arrived in Beijing , the company has received the first permits to run driverless vehicle tests in the city. China's capital granted Baidu Apollo permission to deploy five such vehicles on public roads. The company plans to remove safety drivers from test vehicles after gradually reducing human intervention. However, a remote safety operator will still

Apparently this solar electric vehicle needs no charging — Future Blink

40Mashable / 7h
Aptera Motors unveiled a new solar electric vehicle that the company claims needs no charging. Read more... More about Cars , Mashable Video , Electric Cars , Solar Power , and Electric Vehicle

You Can Now Jam Out to Apple Music on Google's Nest Speakers

How-To Geek / 7h
Google’s Nest line of speakers, including the Nest Audio, Nest Hub Max, and Nest Mini are gaining support for Apple Music. Users in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, and Japan will be able to play any of the 70 million+ songs from the service just by using your voice. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

The Mandalorian season 2 release schedule: when is episode 7 on Disney Plus?

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When is the next episode of The Mandalorian season 2? Here's when you can stream season 2, episode 7 on Disney Plus.

These Razer accessory deals on Amazon would be the perfect Christmas gaming gift.

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Score up to 50% off select Razer peripherals in today's Amazon early Christmas gaming deals.

How to watch Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown special 2020 online free from anywhere

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Hit BBC sitcom is back...over Zoom, of course! Here's how to watch Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown 2020 special free online wherever you are right now.

Cloudflare is testing a Netlify competitor to host Jamstack sites

100+TechCrunch / 7h
Cloudflare is working on a new product called Cloudflare Pages. The new product could compete directly with Netlify and Vercel , two cloud hosting companies that let you build and deploy sites using Jamstack frameworks. Popular Jamstack frameworks include Gatsby, Jekyll, Hugo, Vue.js, Next.js, etc. The new product was discovered on Saturday by reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong , who found detail

The cloud can’t solve all your problems

100+TechCrunch / 7h
Jon Shanks Contributor Jon Shanks is CEO and co-founder of cloud-native delivery platform Appvia . The way a team functions and communicates dictates the operational efficiency of a startup and sets the scene for its culture. It’s way more important than what social events and perks are offered, so it’s the responsibility of a founder and/or CEO to provide their team with a technology approach th

IHG Card’s Best-Ever 140,000 Point Offer [Ending]

100+View from the Wing / 7h
Last year Chase had an initial offer of 125,000 points with an IHG credit card. That was really impressive -- the standard offer used to be 60,000 and we'd get excited when it bumped up to 80,000. Now Chase has trumped even that offer. How can you not jump at a 140,000 point initial bonus offer? Chase now shares when it will be ending: January 13, 2021. Continue reading ...

Pornhub under investigation by Visa, MasterCard amid abuse allegations

48Ars Technica / 7h
Enlarge (credit: Panpreeda Mahaly | EyeEm | Getty Images ) Paying for adult entertainment may become more challenging in the near future, as both Visa and MasterCard are investigating Pornhub following allegations that the site allows and profits from content depicting rape and child sexual abuse and exploitation. Visa and MasterCard on Sunday each issued separate statements saying they were inve

Keep All The Windows Down To Reduce The Spread Of COVID-19 When Sharing A Car: Study

400+Gizmodo / 7h
We know that driving with the windows down is bad for you in terms of driving in an extremely polluted place, but a new study from Brown University indicates that driving with the windows up can greatly increase your chances of getting COVID-19 if you’re sharing a car with someone who is infected. Read more...

Citizen Cope live streaming concert at VERSE LA

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For this live streaming concert, Citizen Cope joined multi-Grammy winner Manny Marroquin at VERSE LA in a new space with a Meyer Sound Constellation electro-acoustics system, an SSL desk, and networked streaming.

Google’s December 2020 Pixel feature drop is here – What you get

SlashGear / 7h
Google has released its latest feature drop for Pixel owners, and if you’ve been clutching your Pixel 3 or Pixel 4 and wondering whether it’s time to upgrade, these new-found abilities could help you postpone that decision a little longer. As always, one of the Pixel range’s most significant charms is that they’re first in line for Google’s Android updates, … Continue reading

Which Amex Centurion Lounges Have Reopened?

500+One Mile at a Time / 7h
American Express shut down its popular Centurion Lounges back in mid-March . This was presumably done due to a combination of lack of demand, as well as a need for updated procedures. Well, after a closure of over six months, Centurion Lounges started to reopen in a phased approach as of October, and that trend is continuing, as nearly all Centurion Lounges are now open. Amex Centurion Lounges re

How to host a virtual gift exchange

Mashable / 7h
Virtual celebrations might be the only way of reuniting with some of your loved ones this holiday season. Here's a step-by-step guide on pulling off a virtual gift exchange that'll be just as memorable as your IRL holidays. Read more... More about Holidays , Mashable Video , Zoom , Video Calling , and Gift Exchange

It's 2020, So We're All Here for Mario Lopez in 'A Recipe For Seduction'

41How-To Geek / 7h
Look, some things don’t need to make sense to be awesome. Take the KFC Double Down, a “sandwich” that literally puts fried chicken where the bread should go. And speaking of KFC, it teamed with Lifetime to make this year’s best romance movie. A Recipe For Seduction, starring Mario Lopez as Colonel Sanders. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Nerf Aims for Your Wallet With Its Full-Scale 'Mandalorian' Amban Phase-Pulse Blaster Rifle

22How-To Geek / 7h
Of all the weird and wild weapons wielded by The Mandalorian, the Amban Phase-pulse Blaster might be the most memorable. So why not buy one for yourself? Nerf is selling a full-sized replica of the famous rifle, giving you a chance to cut through pesky Jawas like your favorite masked bounty hunter. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

New report reveals Apple’s roadmap for when each Mac will move to Apple Silicon

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2015 13-inch i7-powered MacBook Air at left, 2020 13-inch M1-powered MacBook Air at right. [credit: Lee Hutchinson ] Citing sources close to Apple, a new report in Bloomberg outlines Apple's roadmap for moving the entire Mac lineup to the company's own custom-designed silicon, including both planned release windows for specific products and estimations as to how many performance CPU cores those p

Google Stadia gets a big expansion in time for Cyberpunk 2077

SlashGear / 7h
Today is a big day for Google Stadia, because it’s getting a major expansion. Stadia is heading to eight new countries in Europe today, significantly expanding the service’s footprint. Even better is the fact that service is going live just a few days before Cyberpunk 2077 is due to launch, giving those without a console or capable PC a way … Continue reading

When Should You Consider Coming Out of Retirement?

61Lifehacker / 7h
The concept of retirement, in a traditional sense, is a rough transition for any retiree: After spending the vast majority of one’s life clocking in to a full-time career, there’s a radical and abrupt shift not only to how you spend your days, but to how you cultivate your sense of meaning. If you’re lucky, you’ve… Read more...

Airbnb starts non-profit for those who need a place to stay during a crisis

66Engadget / 7h
For a few years now, several Airbnb hosts have opened up their homes for those in need, like those escaping Hurricane Sandy or COVID-19 responders . Today, Airbnb has decided to formalize the process by starting a new non-profit appropriately called designed to provide shelter in emergency situations. In a statement, Airbnb said that the new non-profit will focus on “emergency response

Startup Says Solar-Powered Electric Car Never Needs to Charge

3KFuturism / 7h
Perpetual Motion The electric car company Aptera Motors is back from the dead — and it claims to have built a vehicle which, in theory, never need to be charged up, thanks to banks of solar panels on its roof and hood. Of course, there are a lot of caveats and footnotes on the claim, as The Verge reports , and we’ll get into those. But assuming that the solar panels work moderately well, the Apte

Pad Your Cookie Shipments With Popcorn

88Lifehacker / 7h
Christmas cookies are always important, but remote gestures of love and holiday cheer are crucial this year—it’s imperative that any cookies that are shipped to friends and family arrive at their final destination unscathed. Read more...

WWI Trench Disease Is Reappearing Among People Experiencing Homelessness

200+Gizmodo / 7h
A disease infamous for sickening soldiers during World War I is popping up again among one of the most vulnerable populations: people struggling with homelessness. In a new case report out this week, doctors detail how a 48-year-old man in Manitoba, Canada developed a life-threatening heart infection from a bacterial… Read more...

Google brings Pixel 5 features to older Pixel phones

49Engadget / 7h
Google is giving Pixel 3 devices and later models access to features that launched with the Pixel 5 as part of the line’s December update. One of those features is Assistant’s “ Hold for Me ,” which allows the voice assistant to wait for someone to come on the line if you were put on hold. The tech giant says the feature saves eight minutes per call on average, though it’s only available in Engli

Star Wars NERF Amban Phase-pulse blaster needs a paint job

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SlashGear / 7h
Ask your average Star Wars fan a few years ago how likely it was that a Star Wars Holiday Special weapon were to be made into a NERF toy, they’d have called you crazy. Thanks to Disney+ and The Mandalorian, the Amban Phase-pulse blaster found its way to an official NERF weapon. This is the weapon that was originally sported … Continue reading

New Olympus PEN and OM-D cameras could arrive in 2021, interview suggests

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An interview with an Olympus engineer suggests it isn't the end of the road for Olympus-branded cameras – yet.

BT's latest broadband deals are excellent - £120 cash incentives and low prices

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BT's broadband deals offer low prices and a massive cash incentive making it an excellent time to buy.

Microsoft announces its first Azure data center region in Denmark

100+TechCrunch / 7h
Microsoft continues to expand its global Azure data center presence at a rapid clip. After announcing new regions in Austria and Taiwan in October, the company today revealed its plans to launch a new region in Denmark . As with many of Microsoft’s recent announcements, the company is also attaching a commitment to provide digital skills to 200,000 people in the country (in this case, by 2024). “

Amex Blue Cash Preferred Card Review (2020)

62One Mile at a Time / 7h
Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express 6% cash back at U.S. supermarkets 6% cash back on Select U.S streaming services 3% cash back at U.S. gas stations Annual Fee: $0 introductory annual fee for one year, then $95 | See Rates & Fees | Terms Apply. Apply Now Personally, I love earning points for my credit card spending, though understandably a lot of people prefer to earn cash back. Afte

Google's Latest Pixel Feature Drop Delivers Better Battery Management and Baby Yoda

20Gizmodo / 7h
Last week Google announced a bunch of new features coming to Android devices as a whole , and now the company has returned to provide some new software for its own phones specifically with the latest Pixel feature drop. Read more...

School photo is viral internet meme, Adrian Smith finds

400+BBC News - Technology / 7h
Adrian Smith discovered a photo of him taken when he was eight years old had a life of its own.

Amazon Last Minute deals: save on AirPods, iPads, laptops, 4K TVs and more

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It's the final rush before Christmas, and Amazon's Last Minute deals are helping many breeze through their shopping list. Here's the best offers in this year's sale.

Google Cloud will store 20TB of nightly sky observations for the Rubin Observatory

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Google Cloud is helping astronomers and scientists unlock the secrets of the universe.

Ring Doorbell sale: the Ring Pro drops to lowest price ever at Amazon

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The Ring Doorbell Pro is on sale at Amazon for a record-low price of $169.99 and ships in time for Christmas.

Surprise your child with a personalized greeting from Santa for only $10

32Mashable / 7h
TL;DR: Keep the Christmas magic alive for your child with a personalized Elfi video from Santa , on sale for $9.99 as of Dec. 7. It's the most wonderful time of the year and we bet things would get even better if you told your little ones that Santa would be greeting them personally this year. Introducing Elfi videos from Santa , on sale just in time for the holidays. Elfi is here to make sure ev

All of Fitbit's new activity trackers and smartwatches are on sale for up to $50 off

44Mashable / 7h
As of Dec. 7, select Fitbit smartwatches and fitness trackers (including all the new ones) are on sale on Amazon and Best Buy for up to 30% off: OUR TOP PICK: Fitbit Charge 4 — save $30 BEST BUDGET PICK: Fitbit Inspire 2 — save $30 BEST APPLE WATCH ALTERNATIVE: Fitbit Versa 3 — save $30 BEST FOR WELLNESS WARRIORS: Fitbit Sense — save $50 If most of your daily "activity" nowadays consists of meand

Coronavirus Apps Show Promise but Prove a Tough Sell

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500+NYT > Technology / 7h
Technology to alert people exposed to the virus could slow transmission, pilot studies show, but only if people and states sign up. So far, most haven’t.

Cloudflare lets you control where data is stored and accessible

56TechCrunch / 7h
Cloudflare has launched a new set of features today called the Data Localization Suite . Companies on the Enterprise plan can choose to enable the features through an add-on. With the Data Localization Suite, Cloudflare is making it easier to control where your data is stored and if you’re authorized to view data depending on from where you are accessing it. It’s a feature that lets you take adva

There Are Officially Too Many Damn Monoliths

2KFuturism / 7h
It all started innocently enough in a quiet corner of the Utah wilderness. A team of biologists were counting bighorn sheep from a helicopter when they spotted something strange: a ten to 12 foot shiny metal monolith standing out like a sore minimalist thumb in the rocky, rust-colored hills. Several weeks — and several monolith discoveries and disappearances — later, and the novelty has arguably

These watches can help change the world — and they're on sale

32Mashable / 7h
TL;DR: Get yourself (or someone else) a beautiful minimalist watch and make a donation all with one purchase of a 1:Face charity watch for $39.99, a 49% savings as of Dec. 7. While Giving Tuesday is a wonderful sentiment, giving back isn’t limited to just one day. In fact, isn’t that what the holiday season is all about? Of course, you still need to snag some swag for your friends and family for

The IPO market looks hot as Airbnb and raise price targets

100+TechCrunch / 7h
So much for a December slowdown — this morning, Airbnb and raised their IPO price ranges and we got early pricing information from Upstart and Wish. This gives us a good amount of ground to cover. So, we’ll dig into Airbnb’s new price range first, working to understand how richly investors are valuing the American home-sharing unicorn. We’ll repeat the experiment with, a company we fi

Wall Street’s New Water Market Is the Latest Sign We’re Headed Toward a Mad Max Future

500+Gizmodo / 8h
We need water to cook and wash our bodies and clothes, and especially to drink—without it, we can’t live. Despite this, Wall Street traders are going to start betting on it as a commodity. Read more...

Eufy's RoboVac 11S Gives You a Break From Cleaning, Down to $150

48Lifehacker / 8h
eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S (Refurbished) | $120 | Newegg Read more...

You Can Now Buy a $10,000 Replica Monolith on Etsy

200+Futurism / 8h
Bargain Monolith We’ve arguably reached peak monolith, with copycat installations materializing around the planet — and, since everything gets monetized, some are now trying to cash in on the trend. For instance, Etsy account “Makebuilder” will sell you a hand crafted ten-foot-tall “Utah monolith replica” made out of 7 gauge 304 stainless steel — a barnstormer of a Christmas gift for a princely s

Buy This Adorable Animatronic Baby Yoda, You Must

How-To Geek / 8h
On the one hand, you could spend $375 on a life-sized Baby Yoda that doesn’t even move its arms. You wouldn’t regret it (I don’t). But if you’d like to spend less, and get something that moves and make noises, check out this Animatronic The Child, in variations with and without a carrier. It’s adorable. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Cyberpunk 2077 Review Roundup

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SlashGear / 8h
The game Cyberpunk 2077 seems to be a win. Reviews released thus far suggest the game is a masterpiece, well worth the $60 (or so) you’ll pay for it. On PlayStation 4 (or 5) and Xbox One (or Xbox Series X), and Google Stadia, the game appears to be as playable as it is on your high-end gaming PC. The … Continue reading

California’s CA Notify app to offer statewide exposure notification using Apple and Google’s framework

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500+TechCrunch / 8h
The state of California has now expanded access of its CA Notify app to all in the state, after originally deploying the app in a pilot program at UC Berkeley in November, which later expanded to other UC campuses. The statewide launch of the app, announced by California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday, means that the tool based on Apple and Google’s exposure notification API will be available fo

Don’t miss the university research showcase at TC Sessions: Space 2020

100+TechCrunch / 8h
We are T-minus one week until TC Sessions: Space 2020 lifts off on December 16-17. Join the global space community’s leading experts, brightest visionaries and rising stars for two days dedicated to space technology and exploration — and the opportunities they offer. Speaking of opportunity, you don’t want to miss our University Showcase sessions featuring the latest research from top universitie

First at-home COVID-19 and flu test kit gets FDA approval

SlashGear / 8h
The first combination COVID-19 and flu test designed for home-collected samples has been authorized by the FDA, meaning a single swab can be used to detect up to three different potential infections. The Quest Diagnostics test kit doesn’t require users to go to their doctor, a hospital, or a test site in order to be tested, though the system doesn’t … Continue reading

LG plans to outsource more of its low-end and mid-range phones

60Engadget / 8h
LG is shaking things up in its mobile division once more. It confirmed to Reuters it will increase outsourcing of its low- and mid-range smartphones. Third-party companies will design and build more of the devices, and LG will slap its label on the phones. The company still plans to make its own high-end devices . Increased outsourcing will free up more in-house research and production resources

The Iconic IKEA Catalog is Now Discontinued, After a 70-Year Run

34How-To Geek / 8h
After a truly impressive 70-year run, furniture titan IKEA has discontinued its printed catalog and will be focusing more on digital advertising. The company made the tough decision after seeing a decline in catalog readership, but will be commemorating its iconic catalogs with a book launching in Autumn of 2021. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Add Hands-Free Alexa to Your Car With iOttie's Aivo Connect Dashboard Mount

22How-To Geek / 8h
There’s nothing more dangerous than playing with your GPS or looking through Spotify while driving. Still, very few cars have effective or up-to-date voice controls. iOttie wants to solve the problem with its $90 Aivo Connect, a smartphone dashboard mount that doubles as a wireless charger and a hands-free Alexa Auto system. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Learn how to become an in-demand Cisco engineer with the help of this training

28Mashable / 8h
TL;DR: Prepare for the CCNA & CCNP exams with the Complete 2021 Cisco Enterprise Certification Training Bundle for $49, a 95% savings as of Dec. 7. Movies and shows have always touted that you don't really need a diploma to succeed in tech. Most successful tech tycoons are dropouts, after all ( Bill Gates , Mark Zuckerberg, and Larry Ellison to name a few). According to pop culture, you just have

Got an iPhone 11? Apple May Replace Your Display for Free

100+Gizmodo / 8h
Apple says it’ll fix a display-related issue for qualifying iPhone 11 users. Read more...

'Cyberpunk 2077' is worth the wait

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300+Engadget / 8h
It doesn’t take long for Night City to feel like home. The city is sprawling and spotted with neon, even when drenched in Northern California sunlight. Concrete roadways serpentine over the asphalt, sliding by staggeringly tall skyscrapers and discrete, busy alleyways. Sex shops, restaurants, bars and black market surgeons pack the streets, while a constant barrage of advertisements, gunfire and

Google Stadia is now available in eight more European countries

76Engadget / 8h
Google has switched on Stadia in eight more European countries. Residents of Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Switzerland will be able to start using the game-streaming service over the next day or so as Google rolls out access. That brings Google's tally of countries in which Stadia is available to 22. As long as you have a Gmail address and a decent

Here's When Your Samsung Phone Gets Android 11

100+Lifehacker / 8h
Samsung is the most popular Android smartphone manufacturer, but since its phones run a customized version of the Android OS known as One UI, it takes longer for new versions of the operating system to show up on its devices. Thankfully, we finally know when Android 11 and One UI 3 are coming to Samsung’s stable of… Read more...

Cyberpunk 2077 is equal parts beautiful and messy

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200+Ars Technica / 8h
I still wonder what would have happened if I tried to gun it, but I was a wimp. Cyberpunk 2077 , the first game by CD Projekt Red since 2015's triumphant The Witcher III: Wild Hunt , delivers perhaps the most ambitious open-world facade to date. Open-world games like Grand Theft Auto to Watch Dogs are just facades, after all—giant virtual theme parks that try to get gamers to suspend their disbel

NASA and SpaceX Launch a Shiny New Airlock and a Christmas Feast to the ISS

100+Gizmodo / 8h
Crew supplies, a new airlock, some spare parts, and a bunch of science experiments are currently en route to the International Space Station, following yesterday’s successful launch of an upgraded SpaceX Dragon resupply vehicle. Read more...

LG out-sourcing some phones after losing money for 5+ years

SlashGear / 8h
This week LG announced that they’d be reorganizing a bit of their mobile phone business, at long last. They’ll be increasing outsourcing of designs for low end and mid-end smartphones, according to a spokesperson for LG. This would create a model similar to that of several major players in the smartphone market, particularly those speedily growing brands that’ve expanded beyond … Continue reading

How to Hide or Disable “Meet Now” on Windows 10

73How-To Geek / 8h
Microsoft’s “Meet Now” feature in Windows 10 appears as an icon in the notification area of the taskbar that includes links to Skype teleconferencing functions. Here’s how to hide or disable the Meet Now icon and notification. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

The most pirated software in the world might just surprise you

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Research looking into the most pirated software in the world has found that, surprisingly, WinRAR comes out on top.

Earn 500 Bonus World Of Hyatt Points For Meditating

37One Mile at a Time / 8h
Here’s an easy opportunity to earn 500 World of Hyatt bonus points this Wednesday. Hyatt has a focus on wellness, and Wednesday is Hyatt’s third annual Global Day of Gratitude (okay, to be honest, this is the first time I recall hearing about this, but…). Hyatt has a partnership with Headspace , offering guided meditations through the World of Hyatt app, through in-room TVs at Hyatt properties, a

Google adds support for Apple Music to its Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers and displays

100+TechCrunch / 8h
Google announced this morning it’s adding support for Apple Music to its Google Nest smart speakers, as well as other Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers and displays in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Japan. This means Google’s flagship smart speaker devices, including Nest Audio, Nest Hub Max and Nest Mini, will now be able to play Apple Music songs, albums and playlists by way of voice

How to Search Open Tabs on Google Chrome

47How-To Geek / 8h
Browser tabs can be a blessing and a curse. It’s handy to have multiple pages open at once, but if you use a lot of tabs, it can quickly become hard to manage. That’s where Google’s Chrome Tab Search comes in. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

California's Hellish 2018 Wildfires Cost the U.S. Economy $148.5 Billion

100+Gizmodo / 9h
Two years later, we’re still adding unfortunate superlatives to the 2018 California wildfire season. The latest is a new study that reveals the hidden toll of what—until this year—was the state’s most destructive fire season. Read more...

Grab a Vava 8-in-1 USB-C Hub for $29

24Gizmodo / 9h
Vava 8-in-1 USB-C Hub | $29 | Promo code KJF9AH26 + Clip Coupon Read more...

Hot PS5 deal: Buy 2 PS5 games and get one free, including Cyberpunk 2077

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If you're looking to save on games, this PS5 deal from Target is a great chance to plump up your library.

500 Free Hyatt Points

View from the Wing / 9h
My wife would attest that mindfulness is hardly my area of focus. You might even say that I couldn’t find ‘true north’ if I was firmly planted in the Arctic with a compass. Nonetheless I’ll open up the Hyatt app on Wednesday because of an opportunity to earn 500 free Hyatt points. World of Hyatt shares that Wednesday, December 9 is their “third annual Global Day of Gratitude” and members who comp

IKEA Will No Longer Print Its Legendary Catalog

100+Gizmodo / 9h
It’s a sad day for folks who look forward to holding a well-designed product guide for Swedish furniture in their meat hands. On Monday, IKEA announced that it will cease publication of its beloved catalog after 70 years of annual editions. Read more...

Denmark plans to end all offshore oil and gas pumping by 2050

100+Engadget / 9h
Denmark hasn’t been shy about moving to a greener future , and that now includes casting off a large part of its fossil fuel legacy. The Press Association and Greenpeace report that the Danish Parliament has voted to end all offshore oil and gas pumping in the North Sea by 2050. It’s cancelling all upcoming exploration and production permits, and expects to wind down existing operations by that 3

How to Send Someone Money with Google Pay

24How-To Geek / 9h
Thanks to smartphones, it’s now easier than ever to send money to people. Google Pay is a powerful service with many features, one of which is peer-to-peer payments. We’ll show you how easy it is to send others money. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Apple Music on Google Home smart speakers brings Assistant and Nest to the party

SlashGear / 9h
Google has added Apple Music support to its smart home system, meaning subscribers can now ask the Google Assistant to play tracks on their Nest Audio and other smart speakers. The new integration further bridges the divide between Apple and Google’s media and smart home platforms, which can at times prove a headache for those trying to make the most … Continue reading

Microsoft just stress-tested its most powerful Azure node in a pretty fun way

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Microsoft has been stress-testing its most powerful Azure node by playing Tetris using the activity level of 420 virtual Xeon processors in Task Manager.

Got knots? Reviewers swear by this vibrating massage ball.

Mashable / 9h
TL;DR: Soothe your muscles with the Vibrating Peanut Massage Ball for just $56.99, a savings of 42% off the regular price of $99. DIY massages are usually okay or completely useless. Sadly, we don't have many options in 2020 — so it's worth upgrading your toolkit. Step one: grab yourself a Vibrating Peanut Massage Ball . If you've done your research on Amazon, you've noticed that this ball is rat

The Organizational Fantasy of the Perfect Entryway

92Lifehacker / 9h
The cover of a Better Homes and Gardens “Do It Yourself” supplement makes a big promise: “Organize Your Life: 18 Weekend Projects to Help You Store More.” The image they’ve chosen to accompany the guide depicts an expansive entryway space with a custom bench, cubbies, and beautiful built-in storage. The bench has… Read more...

Fall Guys Season 3 costumes teased with more promised for The Game Awards

SlashGear / 9h
Fall Guys Season 3 is nearly among us, and to pique the interest of players, developer Mediatonic has shared an early look at four new costumes that will be up for grabs once the new season kicks off. As the season is set to begin later this month, the costumes unsurprisingly have a holiday theme to them, so if you’re … Continue reading

The Most Intriguing Archaeological Discoveries of 2020

1KGizmodo / 9h
Archaeology is the closest thing we have to a time machine. Instead of using flux capacitors, however, archaeologists rely on technology like ground-penetrating radar, scanning electron microscopes, DNA sequencing, and of course, the good-old-fashioned shovel. Equipped with the right tools and techniques, the work of… Read more...

Top Christmas gifts for PC gamers, from graphics cards to gaming chairs

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Our top suggestions for spoiling the PC gamer in your life in the Holiday 2020 season.

Kratos in Fortnite is a step too far – here's why

39TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Seeing Kratos dancing around like a moron in Fortnite brings shame on the Greek God.

Apple Reportedly Has an Aggressive Roadmap for Its Homegrown Silicon in 2021

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28Gizmodo / 9h
After the success of its new M1-based MacBooks and Mac Mini, for 2021 it appears Apple is hoping to follow its early success with a new line of even faster homegrown chips that could challenge the performance of Intel chips on both laptop and desktop. Read more... nabs $35M Series B as it releases machine learning feature store

200+TechCrunch / 9h , the startup founded by three former Uber engineers who wanted to bring the machine learning feature store idea to the masses, announced a $35 million Series B today, just seven months after announcing their $20 million Series A . When we spoke to the company in April, it was working with early customers in a beta version of the product, but today, in addition to the funding, they are

Apple's new processors will put Intel to shame, report says

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100+Mashable / 9h
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Stocking stuffer idea: Skullcandy truly wireless earbuds on sale for $30

32Mashable / 9h
Save up to 41%: Multiple pairs of Skullycandy truly wireless earbuds are between 29% and 41% off at Amazon as of Dec. 7: BEST BATTERY LIFE: Skullcandy Indy — $49.99 (save $35) BUDGET PICK: Skullcandy Sesh — $29.99 (save $12) Despite their small size, finding an easy (but equally legendary) stocking stuffer or age and gender-neutral gift exchange item is one of the trickiest decisions of the seaso

Apple Music arrives on Google's smart speakers and displays

62Engadget / 9h
It’s hard to imagine Apple and Google playing nice on a device, but that can be the case starting today. That is, for music streaming, anyway. Google announced today that Apple Music is now rolling out to Assistant-enabled speakers and displays like the Nest Audio , Nest Hub Max , Nest Mini and more. Apple Music subscribers can ask the Assistant to find and play your songs, albums and playlists u

Despite the pandemic, SpaceX is crushing its annual launch record

500+Ars Technica / 9h
Birds passing in flight as Cargo Dragon 2 launches on its first mission to the ISS on Sunday. [credit: Trevor Mahlmann ] On Sunday, a thrice-flown rocket took to the skies for the fourth time, lofting a Dragon spacecraft that will ferry a few tons of cargo toward the International Space Station. This particular Falcon 9 rocket first stage had only made its first flight on May 30, with the histori

Monday's Best Deals: Magic Chef Air Fryer, Buy 2 Get 1 Free Next-Gen Games, Clinique Hydration Set, Aukey Power Bank, Bella Mini Waffle Maker, and More

92Lifehacker / 9h
A Magic Chef Air Fryer and a Buy 2 Get 1 Free next-gen games sale lead Monday’s best deals. Read more...

16 Best Credit Card Offers December 2020

400+One Mile at a Time / 9h
Every month I make a post with what I consider to be the best credit card offers at the time, with a particular focus on the best travel credit cards . While many people may not be traveling now, that doesn’t mean that you can’t start racking up rewards towards future adventures. That way you’ll be able to plan your dream trip when the time is right. While there are several excellent long-standin

Monday's Best Deals: Magic Chef Air Fryer, Buy 2 Get 1 Free Next-Gen Games, Clinique Hydration Set, Aukey Power Bank, Bella Mini Waffle Maker, and More

92Gizmodo / 9h
A Magic Chef Air Fryer and a Buy 2 Get 1 Free next-gen games sale lead Monday’s best deals. Read more...

'The 12 Days of Christmas' Is a Sickening Chronicle of Consumerist Excess

300+Gizmodo / 9h
Judging by its seasonal omnipresence even 240 years after it was written , “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is undoubtedly one of the most enduring of all holiday tunes , perhaps because it is both catchy, slightly annoying, and fun to sing (a ranking by the New York Public Library likened it to the yuletide equivalent… Read more...

Bookworm alert: The Kindle Paperwhite is on sale for less than $100

28Mashable / 9h
SAVE $30: Gift the 8GB Kindle Paperwhite this holiday season (or snag it for yourself). It's on sale for only $99.99 as of Dec 7. If you haven't ordered all your holiday presents yet, it's time to start shopping. There are already some products on Amazon that are out of stock and won't be restocked until after Christmas, so be diligent and get your shopping done ahead of time this year. The Kindl

Keep summer alive with these sales on indoor grills

28Mashable / 9h
These are the best deals on indoor grills this week: BIGGEST SAVINGS: Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Electric Countertop Grill — $179.99 ($50 savings) MOST AFFORDABLE: Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler — $59 ($20.99 savings) BEST FOR LARGE SERVINGS: Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill — $69.99 ($20 savings) Winter is here and while it may feel like you're stuck indoors at times, you still have exciti

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Plus leaks are a matter of good taste

SlashGear / 10h
Samsung’s set of three devices leaked in a few ways over the past several days, and today we’ve collected the lot. The Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra will likely be released in the first couple of months of the year 2021 with a whole new design. The frontside bezels will be thinner, the punch hole will … Continue reading

IKEA Catalog discontinued as retailer turns page on furniture shopping

77SlashGear / 10h
IKEA is axing its catalog, retiring both the printed and digital versions of the iconic product guide. It’s an end to seven decades of the printed IKEA Catalog, the vessel by which the now-famous Swedish furniture retailer managed to convince people just how its distinctive Scandinavian style could fit into their homes. First published in 1951, the IKEA Catalog was … Continue reading

iPad deal alert: the all-new Apple iPad gets a $30 price cut at Amazon

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This iPad deal at Amazon includes the all-new Apple iPad on sale for $299 and available to ship before Christmas Day.

Samsung Galaxy S21 release date, price, specs, news, leaks and what to know

79TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Everything you need to know about the Samsung S21 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Kickstart your PS5 and Xbox Series X libraries with this next-gen game sale at Best Buy

Mashable / 10h
BUY TWO, GET ONE FREE: Best Buy is offering a limited time sale on next-gen video games — when you buy two, you can get a third at no extra cost . So, you were able to get a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X — lucky you! They've been nearly impossible to secure, so it's no small achievement that you actually own one. Here's the thing, though; all next-gen games are getting a price hike, making the s

Why this is the best time to stack World of Hyatt promotions

The Points Guy / 10h
Stacking is a critical strategy for any points and miles enthusiast who wants to maximize the value of every purchase — and now might just be the most lucrative time to stack World of Hyatt promotions and save on your upcoming stay, or earn an outsize amount of points. Whether it’s booking an award night with points for a relaxing weekend away, getting a change of scenery to enjoy remote work and

Tinder makes it easier to report bad actors using ‘unmatch’ to hide from victims

100+TechCrunch / 10h
Last month, Bumble introduced a new feature that would prevent bad actors from using the dating app’s “unmatch” feature to hide from victims. Now Tinder has done something similar. The company announced on Friday it will soon roll out an update to its app that will make it easier for users to report someone who has used the unmatch feature in an effort to get away with their abuse. But in Tinder’

Living in “Third Person View” With VR and a Backpack-Mounted Camera

300+Futurism / 10h
Earlier this year, an intriguing meme made the rounds online. It depicted a young man wearing a virtual reality headset and a backpack to which someone had mounted a pole and what appeared to be a small camera. “Man lost a bet and had to live life in the third person for a day,” it read. “Brutal.” It was an evocative image, open to interpretation. Perhaps the man’s stature was self-assured. But a

Ford's autonomous cars are delivering fresh produce in Miami

85Engadget / 10h
Ford’s long-running Miami self-driving car tests might just prove vital during the pandemic. The automaker, Argo AI and The Education Fund are running an eight-week pilot program that uses autonomous Fusion Hybrid cars to deliver fresh produce to Miami-Dade County students learning at home. Education Fund members load fruits and vegetables into the test vehicles, which drop them off at the homes

Japanese Spacecraft Returns Asteroid Samples to Earth

2KFuturism / 10h
Special Delivery After spending more than a year studying Ryugu, an asteroid some 180 million miles away, Japan’s space agency’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft has returned samples from the space rock back to Earth . The Hayabusa2 capsule that landed in Woomera, Australia yesterday, will be shipped to Japan by transport aircraft today (12/7) from Woomera Airport at 22:30JST (24:00 local ). Arrival at Hane

NortonLifeLock acquires Avira in $360M all-cash deal, 8 months after Avira was acquired for $180M

92TechCrunch / 10h
Only eight months after getting acquired for $180 million , Avira is changing hands again, for double the value: NortonLifeLock today announced that it would acquire the German security firm for around $360 million in an all-cash deal. The M&A deal is the latest of a series of consolidations and shifts in ownership around both companies: NortonLifeLock came into existence as a standalone company

How to Create a Checklist in Microsoft Excel

82How-To Geek / 10h
If you’re building a spreadsheet to share with others or simply one for your own tracking, using a checklist can make data entry a breeze in Microsoft Excel. Here’s how to create a checklist in your spreadsheet and make it look like your own. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Buy a Nintendo Switch game and get a second one for 50% off

46Mashable / 10h
BOGO 50% off: As of Dec. 7, buy one Nintendo Switch game and get a second of equal or lesser value for half off at Best Buy. Getting a Nintendo Switch has been tricky since the pandemic began and everyone was trying to hop on the Animal Crossing train. But, if you've been lucky enough to get your hands on the console, you obviously need some games to play. Best Buy is running a pretty sweet promo

Buying an AMD RX 6900 XT GPU could be like winning the lottery (literally in some cases)

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Unfortunately there's some more bad news when it comes to Big Navi stock levels.

Xbox Series S wasn't a factor in PS5 price, says Sony boss

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan has stated that the PS5 price wasn't influenced by the competing Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles.

The NSA Warns That Russia Is Attacking Remote Work Platforms

500+Wired / 10h
A vulnerability in VMWare has prompted a warning that companies—and government agencies—need to patch as soon as possible.

Best-Ever Chase Ink Cash & Ink Unlimited Bonus: 75K Points Or $750

One Mile at a Time / 10h
I consider the three Chase Ink cards to be among the best business credit cards out there. In early November the two no annual fee cards received all new welcome offers. This is a reminder of that, as these are truly phenomenal bonuses. Chase Ink Card $750 (or 75K points) bonus At the moment both the Ink Business Cash® Credit Card and Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card are offering cardmember bo

Cybercrime has cost us over $1 trillion globally

46TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
McAfee finds cybercrime has cost the world economy $1 trillion since 2018, equivalent to just over 1% of global GDP.

Lunaz is turning 'classic' Range Rovers into EVs

100+Engadget / 10h
Electric cars are undeniably the way of the future, but a company called Lunaz has been bringing that technology to older, classic vehicles like the Jaguar XK120 and Rolls-Royce Phantom V. As of today, the company is expanding its lineup to include Range Rovers from the 1970-1994 time period, what Lunaz calls the “classic era” of Range Rover design. The first run of 50 vehicles will be available

15 Reasons I’m Loving Capital One Venture And Its New 100,000 Mile Offer [Final Week]

33View from the Wing / 10h
There's no question that Capital One Venture is the most improved rewards card of the last few years, and their 100k initial bonus offer ends in a week. It's gone from a celebrity endorsed card I didn't used to think about daily, to becoming one that I absolutely love. The card's changes have even made me like Jennifer Garner more. Continue reading ...

Cards I’m recommending for a $30,000 home renovation project

20The Points Guy / 10h
My sister just hit a major milestone that’s giving us both cause for celebration: She bought her first home. Being a single mom of three kids, that’s an incredible feat. And as excited as I was for her, I was even more proud that she came to me for points and miles advice. Since she’s renovating the house, it occurred to her that it might be a great opportunity to bank a credit card sign-up bonus

LG Display’s transparent OLED doors are movie-magic made real

SlashGear / 10h
LG makes displays for a lot of different products, but it won’t be long before we see it branch out to the realm of OLED doors. Yes, you read that correctly, as LG today announced that it’s teaming up with Assa Abloy Entrance Systems to craft transparent, automatic OLED doors. While LG didn’t give any indication of when these doors … Continue reading

FAU-G could launch in December - here's what we know

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
FAU-G went for pre-registration on Google Play Store on Gurupurab. And now if rumors are true then the game will be launching sometime this month

Jio and Google’s budget Android phone delayed till Q1 next year

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Jio's affordable 4G phone is expected to run on a customised version of Android specially designed to power budget phones

Last-minute Christmas shopping? Bag yourself a deal from Razer

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[no content] announces $4M seed to build incident analysis platform

100+TechCrunch / 10h
When one of AWS’s east coast data centers went down at the end of last month , it had an impact on countless companies relying on its services, including Roku, Adobe and Shipt. When the incident was resolved, the company had to analyze what happened . For most companies, that involves manually pulling together information from various internal tools, not a focused incident platform. wants

Pornhub: Mastercard reviews links with pornography site

300+BBC News - Technology / 11h
The payment giant reacts after the New York Times publishes allegations about the pornography platform.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: 'Machine-gun with AI' used to kill Iran scientist

5KBBC News - Technology / 11h
Iran says Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was shot by a satellite-controlled weapon with artificial intelligence.

Apple Silicon roadmap leak gives power-users good news

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SlashGear / 11h
The M1 chipset in the new MacBook Air may have wowed, but the Apple Silicon roadmap includes designs with up to 32 cores, it’s reported, as the most potent Mac Pro prepares to abandon Intel. Apple’s two year transition of its Mac range from Intel’s x86 processors to custom Arm-based silicon of its own design was already known to be … Continue reading

The hotel changes we hope stick around in 2021 and beyond

20The Points Guy / 11h
Staying at a hotel in 2020 looks and feels a lot different than it did in 2019 — or even just several months ago. You see plexiglass everywhere, guests are walking around in masks, some amenities remain closed and your minibar may be totally empty. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . But, as hotels have learned to adapt to the pandemic , we’v

How to Back Up Your Photos and Videos to More Than One Place

79Gizmodo / 11h
The traditional adage is that you need to have three copies of your important files to protect yourself against data loss , but most of us settle for two when it comes to our digital photos and videos. Here’s why you might want to set up a third set of copies, how it can work, and what it’s going to cost you. Read more...

Updates From Cassian Andor, Wonder Woman 1984, and More

67Gizmodo / 11h
Pedro Pascal teases his hammy, demented Wonder Woman 1984 villain. Amazon’s Invincible adaptation rounds out its cast. Plus, what’s to come when Pennyworth returns, David Boreanaz talks not wanting to return as Buffy ’s Angel, and work begins on The Orville ’s next season. Spoilers now! Read more...

Equity Monday: Airbnb pricing, Sequoia makes money and early-stage rounds

96TechCrunch / 11h
Hello and welcome back to Equity , TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest big news, chats about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can follow the show on Twitter here and myself here — a

The sun is experiencing a second fusion

Popular Mechanics / 11h
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

How to Quickly Turn Off App Notifications on Mac

How-To Geek / 11h
It’s very easy to get distracted when an app starts sending you annoying notifications. Right after you get an app notification, use the Notification Center on Mac to disable notifications for each app. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

If an iPhone 12 Bug Broke Your Wireless Charging, Try This

65Lifehacker / 11h
It’s unclear just how many new iPhone 12 owners are affected, but it seems that there’s at least some kind of issue that prevents the new iPhones from consistently recharging on a wireless charger. Read more...

TIM and Ericsson set new long-distance record for mmWave 5G

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Speeds of 1Gbps over 6.5km distance are promising for FWA deployments

Apple's 2021 Mac CPU roadmap reportedly includes 32-core chips

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500+Engadget / 11h
Apple’s in-house silicon could scale well beyond the eight-core (or rather four-plus-four-core) M1 you find in entry-level Macs . Bloomberg sources claim Apple’s 2021 roadmap is considerably more aggressive, to the point where the company is reportedly testing chips for higher-end desktops (including a “half-sized” Mac Pro ) with as many as 32 high-performance cores. That’s not as many as in AMD’

Chrome update will uncover why some sites are slow - here's how to get it

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Experimental Core Web Vital metrics shine a light on web sites

Multiple leaks purportedly show what AMD has in store with Ryzen 5000 mobile chips

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Serious hype is building around Ryzen 5000 mobile CPUs, and Intel must be getting worried at this point.

Flight Center leaks customer data in an incredibly stupid way

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Flight Center has confirmed that a significant data breach from 2017 was the result of sensitive information being left in a database given to hackathon participants.

Uber is offering its subscription service for half-off: Is it worth it?

The Points Guy / 11h
If you’re a frequent Uber user, odds are you’ve heard of Uber Pass. Much like Lyft Pink , the subscription service offers discounted rides and free food delivery for a monthly fee. Since launching in 2018, the program expanded to more than 200 cities across the U.S., including New York City, Seattle, Portland, St. Louis, Honolulu, Madison, Milwaukee, and Nashville. Membership usually costs $24.99

Apple's Magic Keyboard for iPad drops to $250 at Amazon

100+Engadget / 11h
The iPads that Apple released this year are its most viable laptop replacements yet, and the company’s Magic Keyboard is arguably the best accessory to get if you plan on using your tablet as such. But with the keyboard’s eye-watering price tag, it’s often hard to recommend it when other affordable options exist. But now Amazon has the Magic Keyboard at the best price we’ve seen it: the 11-inch m

Let’s Unpack the Pendulum Rocket Fallacy

100+Wired / 11h
And explore how it relates to Iron Man’s flight strategy.

Which Google Pixel Phone (and Gear) Should You Buy?

72Wired / 11h
If you’re going to get an Android phone, these are the best. Here’s a guide to all the models, along with case recommendations and software tips.

Nurvv Run Made Me a Faster Runner, but I Don't Know if I'm a Better One

34Gizmodo / 11h
I’ve never been a particularly fast runner. As a wearables reviewer, that kind of bugged me because so many running apps and smartwatches are geared toward helping you get faster. But no matter how many interval runs, fartleks, or tempo runs I did, I struggled to shave off more than 20-30 seconds off my time. Which is… Read more...

AfterShokz Aeropex Mini Review: A Pretty Big Deal for Something So Small

20How-To Geek / 11h
Exactly one lifetime ago, in July of 2019, I proclaimed my love for the AfterShokz Air bone conduction headphones. I’ve been using them on nearly all workouts—indoors or out—since then. Well, until now. The newer, more modern, and (best of all) smaller Aeropex Mini, which were originally announced at CES 2020, have been on my skull for the past couple of weeks. And I love them even more. Read Thi

How to Correctly Parse File Names in Bash

How-To Geek / 11h
Bash file naming conventions are very rich, and it is easy to create a script or one-liner which incorrectly parses file names. Learn to parse file names correctly, and thereby ensure your scripts work as intended! Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

How to Clear Firefox Browsing Data With a Keyboard Shortcut

How-To Geek / 11h
If you’re a fan of Mozilla Firefox and you’d like to clear your browsing history quickly, there’s a simple keyboard shortcut available to help you do the job on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Here’s how to use it. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

How to Help Kids Who Feel Isolated Right Now

100+Lifehacker / 11h
Over the summer, when it became clear that my 10-year-old son’s school district was going to offer both face-to-face and virtual options for returning to school in the fall, his mom and I wanted him to feel like he had input into whatever decision was made. Read more...

Hotel winners in the 2020 TPG Awards Readers’ Choice categories

The Points Guy / 11h
We’re now into our third week of the 2020 TPG Awards , as this week will focus on Hotels & Destinations . There’s a ton of great content to come across our site and social channels, but as we did during Airlines Week and Credit Cards Week , we’re starting off by announcing the winners of our two Readers’ Choice awards. Read on to see if your favorite loyalty program and cobranded card took home h

Leaked OnePlus 9 Pro schematics show off the flagship's design

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Leaked schematic diagrams give us a more unusual look at what OnePlus is preparing for next year.

Best VoIP headsets

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We take a look at some of the best VoIP headsets available on the market for all budgets.

Quartix Inc fleet management services

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In our Quartix evaluation, we cover every aspect of this telemetrics service provider to help you decide whether it’s the right option for your business.

Researchers have captured the sound of a “perfect fluid”

28SlashGear / 12h
Scientists at MIT have announced that they have recorded the sound of a “perfect fluid.” The sound is important because what a so-called “perfect flow” sounds like could help researchers study the viscosity in neutron stars and other strongly interacting fluids. In physics, a perfect flow refers to a fluid that flows with the smallest amount of friction, or viscosity, … Continue reading

Never Lose Power on the Go Again With This $14 Aukey 10000mAh Power Bank

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Aukey 10000mAh Power Bank | $14 | Amazon | Use Code CXLVWP8Z Read more...

Brilliant POS point of sale system

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We take a closer look at Brilliant POS, including its various pricing plans, key features, and ability to stand up to the competition.

Nextiva VoIP services

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Is Nextiva the best VoIP service for your business? Read on to find out whether the provider outdoes its competitors

How to Share Screenshots and Gameplay Clips on Xbox Series X|S

How-To Geek / 12h
Microsoft added a Share button to the Xbox Series X and S that allows you to easily capture screenshots and in-game videos. You can then share your captures with the rest of the world via the Xbox app—here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

For Better Beginner Photography, Buy a Cheaper Body and Nicer Lenses

45How-To Geek / 12h
If you’re looking to get into photography, it’s easy to walk into Best Buy and pick up the latest and greatest DSLR or mirrorless camera that’s within your budget. But these cameras often come with mediocre lenses at best, so there’s a better way: Buy a cheaper (read: older) body and spend the bulk of your budget on a nicer lens (or lenses). Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How Online Shopping is Feeding a Phishing Frenzy

How-To Geek / 12h
COVID-19 lockdowns, working from home, and the run-up to the festive holiday season have driven an unprecedented rise in online shopping—and a perfect opportunity for phishing attacks. Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

South African app delivers fuel to your vehicle

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A new South African startup has developed an application called Refuelthat allows customers to order fuel remotely and have it delivered, and dispensed, to their vehicle

Cisco is buying Slido to improve Q&A, polls and engagement in WebEx videoconferencing

400+TechCrunch / 12h
While Zoom continues to hold a lot of mindshare (and market share) in the world of videoconferencing, Cisco’s WebEx division today announced an acquisition to underscore its own intention to keep its hat firmly in the game. It is picking up Slido , the company that lets people moderate questions and interactions from a larger group participating in virtual conferences as well as in live events. T

You can now spend China's cryptocurrency at online stores

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Chinese retailer has announced that it will become the country’s first online store to accept the digital yuan.

This iPhone 12 mini deal brings the handset to its lowest price ever

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This beats out all of the other iPhone 12 mini deals we've seen since it launched, offering market-leading value.

CRISPR gene editing shows promise for sickle cell disease

200+Engadget / 12h
A breakthrough in CRISPR gene editing for patients with blood diseases shows the promise and problems with the new technology, according to the New England Journal of Medicine (as seen by Science Mag ) . Researchers from CRISPR Therapeutics engineered DNA-cutting enzyme that forced blood cells to produce more hemoglobin, allowing patients to live pain free without the need for regular blood trans

This Arizona college student has taken over 60 driverless Waymo rides

100+Ars Technica / 12h
Enlarge / Joel Johnson with a driverless Waymo vehicle. (credit: Joel Johnson) Waymo has long kept details about its industry-leading self-driving technology under wraps. The company has done millions of miles of testing in Arizona and California—including thousands of driverless miles with no one behind the wheel. But until last month, almost everyone who experienced those driverless rides was b

2021 Dodge Challenger Gold Rush is back by popular demand

SlashGear / 12h
The 2021 Dodge Challenger can now be yours with its iconic Gold Rush paint job. Available on the Challenger T/A, T/A 392, SRT Hellcat, and SRT Hellcat Redeye, the gold paint pays homage to the 50th Anniversary Challenger models unveiled last year. “Dodge offers a wide variety of performance models and powertrains, but we also have the same mindset when … Continue reading

Hyatt Credit Card $15K First Year Sweet Spot

74One Mile at a Time / 12h
In 2018 we saw the introduction of The World of Hyatt Credit Card . This is one of my favorite hotel credit cards thanks to its great welcome bonus, perks just for having the card, and ongoing rewards for spending. World Of Hyatt Credit Card Benefits One of the reasons I consider The World of Hyatt Credit Card to be so well thought out is because Chase and Hyatt created a card that’s not just wor

Paywalls, Newsletters, and the New Echo Chamber

200+Wired / 12h
When everything is subscription-based, how many news sources will any one person actually read?

Do Adaptogens Actually Work?

61Gizmodo / 12h
Spend enough time desperately googling cures for “brain fog” and “pathological procrastination” and you’re likely to come across all kinds of things—YouTube videos in which bodybuilders beg you to take vitamin C, shady websites selling generic Adderall, Reddit threads in which weirdos who think they’re doctors speak… Read more...

Ransomware operators have adopted a dastardly new strategy

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Ransomware groups have found a way to further intimidate victims into paying the ransom.

Plane Lands On Freeway, Merges Into Traffic

View from the Wing / 12h
A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading ...

Your guide to Hotels & Destinations Week at the 2020 TPG Awards

The Points Guy / 12h
Welcome to Hotels & Destinations Week of the 2020 TPG Awards ! We’re now halfway through our four weeks of themed content, and today we’re launching another packed week. As has been the case with prior weeks, you again have a bunch of ways to participate as we zero in on the hotel industry and consider what the future holds for popular resorts and destinations around the world. And don’t forget:

The wild world of VRChat is a joyful antidote to these dark times

54Mashable / 12h
Essentials Week spotlights unexpected items that make our daily lives just a little bit better. Want to soar around a floating iridescent tree in a neon-lit, Tron -inspired atrium with one arm outstretched like some virtual Superman? Or perhaps you’re the type who’d prefer to hang around an “Ancient Art Museum” offering dating advice to strangers engaged in strained virtual romances? Maybe you ju

How to Send Texts from Windows 10 Using an Android Phone

100+How-To Geek / 12h
You probably have both a computer and a phone, so shouldn’t they work together? Why should you have to text from your phone when you have a PC keyboard right in front of you? Microsoft’s Your Phone app solves that problem—for Android users. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Best AirPlay speakers: the best Apple-friendly wireless speakers in 2020

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Here are the best wireless speakers to stream audio from your iPhone or iPad.

Samsung Galaxy S21 renders unofficially show off the phones from all angles

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We should see these flagship phones in January, and they should look a lot like this.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid MSRP increases by $200

SlashGear / 12h
Subaru has announced the official pricing for the 2021 Crosstrek Hybrid SUV. The new MSRP starts at $35,345, only a $200 increase from the previous model year. For the extra money, buyers get a new front facia design, upgraded suspension, and the ability to drive up to 17 miles in EV mode. Subaru says the StarDrive plug-in hybrid powertrain delivers … Continue reading

A capsule carrying asteroid rocks has successfully landed on Earth

1KMIT Technology Review / 12h
The news: A capsule containing the first rock samples from the asteroid Ryugu returned to Earth on Sunday, December 6, in “perfect” condition, according to researchers. The samples were gathered after a six-year mission by the Jap