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The KFConsole is real, and it boasts one big advantage over the PS5 and Xbox Series X

KFConsole Cooler Real•
400+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
The KFConsole is more than a mere pipe dream, and it comes with a unique surprise that will please KFC enthusiasts.

Xiaomi Mi 11 will be the first Snapdragon 888 phone, and it launches very soon

Xiaomi 11 Snapdragon•
2KMashable / 10h
Xiaomi is often the first company to launch phones with new Qualcomm Snapdragon processors (even if it's only by a week or two), and the new Snapdragon 888 will be no exception. The company announced on Weibo (via Android Central ) that it will be launching its new flagship, the Xiaomi Mi 11, on Dec. 28 at an event in China. Xiaomi will also probably launch a more powerful version of the phone, d

How to Avoid Cyberpunk 2077's Save-Corrupting Bug

500+Lifehacker / 2h
Considering it’s one of the biggest-selling games of the year, Cyberpunk 2077 is a mess . It might run well on your PC, if you have good enough specs, but there are still plenty of game-breaking bugs to deal with. One of the worst can corrupt your save file without warning, leading to hours of lost gameplay. Read more...

NASA explains the secret weapon for its audacious Mars sample mission

SlashGear / 9min
NASA’s mission to take the Perseverance rover to Mars may be ambitious in its own right, but even that pales in comparison to the US space agency’s incredible plan to bring samples of Martian rock back to Earth. While Perseverance will join Curiosity, Sojourner, Spirit, and Opportunity as permanent residents of Mars, the samples the rover collects of soil and … Continue reading

How to watch All Creatures Great and Small 2020 Christmas Special online anywhere

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8min
A dog in labour lands James and Helen in a tricky situation - here's how to watch All Creatures Great and Small 2020 Christmas Special online today.

Engadget will judge the Best of CES Awards for the eighth year in a row

Engadget / 12min
With the coronavirus still spreading worldwide, CES 2021 has gone online only , and so has Engadget. Though this year's event will undoubtedly be different, at least one thing remains the same: We will continue to judge the official Best of CES Awards. This will be our eighth year hosting the awards, and our first doing so from our homes. We will miss Vegas (or will we ?), but we're delighted as

Listen to Forests From Around the World With

Lifehacker / 13min
A simple walk in the woods can be a sensory treat: in addition to everything you see, there’s also the feel of the ground under you, the sounds of the birds, the wind in the branches. Read more...

Microsoft Flight Simulator VR update released in time for holiday break

Microsoft Flight VR FS•
SlashGear / 14min
The update the game was destined for was released today: Microsoft Flight Simulator now works in virtual reality. This update brings the game out a brand new door, allowing users to transport not just a rectangle of their reality into flight, but their entire audio/visual experience. This update works with a wide variety of VR headsets, starting with (but not … Continue reading

Antarctica Got the 'Rona

Antarctica Chilean•
32Gizmodo / 15min
The virus responsible for covid-19, SARS-CoV-2, has now reached all seven continents on Earth, with Antarctica reporting its first batch of cases. Read more...

MIT Media Lab names Dava Newman as new director

64TechCrunch / 16min
MIT’s famous Media Lab, the multidisciplinary idea factory that produces many a fascinating invention and influential thinker, has found a new director in its backyard after scouring the globe for candidates. Dava Newman, MIT professor of aeronautics and astronautics and former deputy administrator of NASA under Obama, will helm the intellectual hub. The Media Lab is famed for its freewheeling te

Gift Guide: TechCrunch’s Favorite Things of 2020

60TechCrunch / 16min
It goes without saying, but 2020 was a bad year for a lot of people. For many, it was a year of stress, of sadness, and anxiety. It was a year of missing friends and family; of just getting to the next day, even as each day seemed to blur into the last. As we’ve done at the end of each of the past few years, we invited our team to look back and highlight some of their “favorite things” — the thin

How Smartwatches, Workout Apps, and Connected Bikes Dominated 2020

Gizmodo / 27min
Back in January 2019, as I huffed and puffed on the Peloton Tread (now Tread+), I thought to myself, “This thing is really nice, but I don’t know in what world the average person would fork over $4,000 for this.” Read more...

Cloudflare has identified a new type of DDoS attack inspired by an acoustic beat

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 30min
Cloudflare has managed to thwart a new type of attack that used a clever idea to try and bypass its DDoS protection.

Scientists Say There Was a Huge, Mysterious Object in the Early Solar System

100+Futurism / 40min
Lost World After studying one of the fragments of an asteroid that exploded over Sudan, a team of scientists arrived at a provocative conclusion. The researchers suggest that at least one giant space rock, the size of a dwarf planet, orbited the Sun during the earliest days of our solar system. Inside of the tiny asteroid splinter allocated to the study, they found an unusual crystal structure th

Cheap TV deal: get this 70-inch 4K TV on sale for $499.99 at Best Buy

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 44min
Score cheap TV deals at Best Buy like this 70-inch 4K TV that's on sale for just $499.99.

Barclaycard Arrival adds new ways to redeem miles through Jan. 31

The Points Guy / 48min
It’s no secret that many credit cardholders didn’t travel much, if at all, in 2020, and thus may be approaching a full year of not using their reward points as expected. As a result, we’ve seen travel-focused rewards credit cards work to find new ways to continue to add value to cardholders during this strange, difficult year. For 2020, American Express added several new monthly statement credits

The New York Times brings its crossword to AR

24Engadget / 48min
As easily one of the most popular daily puzzles in the world, you can play The New York Times crossword in the paper, online and on mobile devices . And now you can add augmented reality to that list as well. You’ll find the NYT’s new Shattered Crosswords game through the Effects tab of its Instagram account — the icon for the tab is located underneath an account’s Story highlights and before the

Brighten Things up With $45 off a Pack of Three Phillips Hue Light Bulbs

20Lifehacker / 56min
Phillips Hue Smart Bulb 3 Pack | $90 | Best Buy Read more...

Brighten Things up With $45 off a Pack of Three Phillips Hue Light Bulbs

20Gizmodo / 57min
Phillips Hue Smart Bulb 3 Pack | $90 | Best Buy Read more...

5 of the best last-minute gifts from Amazon you can still get before Christmas

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 58min
We've rounded up the best last-minute gifts from Amazon that should arrive in time for Christmas.

Have card issuers opened a Pandora’s box by offering temporary pandemic benefits?

The Points Guy / 1h
Many cardholders, including myself, have seriously considered closing one or more cards during the pandemic. After all, most of us are traveling less than we did before the pandemic. Some of us aren’t traveling at all right now . And almost all of us are spending money differently now. For example, before the pandemic, I was traveling full-time as a global digital nomad . As such, my largest expe

Ebola Species Thought to Be Harmless to Humans Can Sicken Pigs, Raising Alarm Bells

28Gizmodo / 1h
U.S. government scientists have shown in the lab, for the first time, that pigs can become severely sick from a particular species of the Ebola virus, called Reston ebolavirus (RESTV). The virus is known for being the only species of Ebola not to sicken people so far. But the discovery suggests that it can still pose… Read more...

Today’s free Epic Games Store title won’t be a surprise

SlashGear / 1h
The free game offered through the Epic Games Store has rotated, and as expected, Metro 2033 Redux has gone free for the next day. This is part of a promotion Epic is running during its Holiday Sale, with a new free game on offer every 24 hours. New games will keep rotating in each day until December 31st, allowing those … Continue reading

Whoa: American Admirals Clubs Selling Krug Champagne

31One Mile at a Time / 1h
American Airlines Admirals Clubs might just be the best place to buy Krug champagne nowadays… though unfortunately you do have to consume it in the lounge. American Admirals Clubs selling Krug It’s being reported that American Airlines has started selling Krug champagne in Admirals Clubs. Specifically, half bottles (375ml) of Krug Grande Cuvée are available for $65. This is an incredible price —

The Steam Winter Sale is live with savings on thousands of games

58Engadget / 1h
It's one of the most wonderful times of the year for game deals hunters. The 2020 Steam Winter Sale is live with discounts on thousands of games. It runs until 1PM ET on January 5th. You’ll find some decent discounts, including on some recent games. You can save 50 percent off Ori and the Will of the Wisps ( $15 ) and NieR:Automata ( $20 ), while Half Life: Alyx is 25 percent off ( $45 ). Hades i

Microsoft, McAfee and others form a ransomware task force

44Engadget / 1h
Ransomware attacks can cause serious disruptions. They’ve locked people out of hospital , school district and city government networks. To help tackle the scourge, Microsoft, McAfee and 17 other tech companies, security firms and non-profits have formed the Ransomware Task Force. Victims of ransomware attacks often turn to security experts for help, but independent contractors may offer wildly di

Start your fitness resolutions early with a Garmin smartwatch on sale for $169.99

32Mashable / 1h
Save $30: The Garmin Venu Sq GPS fitness smartwatch is down to just $169.99 at Amazon as of Dec. 22. It's hard to believe it, but 2020 is almost over. Before you celebrate that with more gingerbread, consider that it might be time to think about your fitness resolutions. And a brand new fitness tracker is one of the best tools to have as we continue to focus on workouts at home. For anyone on a b

Waffle Yourself a Quick 'Spanish Tortilla'

28Lifehacker / 1h
Spanish tortillas—aka eggs stuffed with potatoes and other things—are not difficult to make, especially if you cheat and use potato chips, but they are time-consuming. They take about half an hour to assemble and cook, and they are usually quite large. This is not the best news if you’re a single person with limited… Read more...

Singapore-based open finance startup Finantier gets backing from Y Combinator

200+TechCrunch / 1h
Being “underbanked” doesn’t mean that someone lacks access to financial services. Instead, it often means they don’t have traditional bank accounts or credit cards. But in markets like Indonesia, many still use digital wallets or e-commerce platforms, creating alternative sources of user data that can help them secure working capital and other financial tools. Finantier , a Singapore-based open f

How Retail Online Shops Are Trying Augmented Reality

28NYT > Technology / 1h
Retailers are turning to the filtering technology popularized by Snapchat to add a real-world feel to online shopping.

YouTube’s Copyright Filter Is Crushing Video Critique—And It’s Getting Worse

67Gizmodo / 1h
In July, Harry “hbomberguy” Brewis shared a video on his popular YouTube channel called “ RWBY Is Disappointing, And Here’s Why .” The two-and-half-hour video — a sharp, detailed critique of the cartoon RWBY — was the result of a lot of work by Brewis and his producer, Kat Lo. It also took an extra week and a half of… Read more...

Cyberpunk 1997

500+Gizmodo / 1h
Wake the fuck up, Samurai. We have a city to burn. An original PlayStation-era city, courtesy of game developer Anders Lundbjörk ’s completely accurate demake of Cyberpunk 2077 . Read more...

Nintendo makes Pokemon into documentary with off-brand David Attenborough

SlashGear / 1h
Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra and The Isle of Armor are the subject of a new video from Ninendo. This might well be a series of videos – we’re not yet sure – but we ARE sure that it’s amazing. While this video is certainly an effort to promote the game series, it might not be a bad … Continue reading

Pulse Oximeters and Coronavirus: Devices Have Higher Error Rate in Black Patients

500+NYT > Technology / 1h
A study showed that the devices, which measure oxygen levels in the blood, were three times more likely to give misleading readings in people with dark skin.

United has an intricate plan to repatriate COVID-positive pilots

The Points Guy / 1h
One of the many concerns of COVID-era travel is the possibility of testing positive for the novel coronavirus while on a trip. For travelers , that would mean a two-week (or longer) quarantine in a hotel or government-sponsored facility, with limited access to medical care. For United pilots, however, the outcome wouldn’t be nearly as inconvenient. Sign up for TPG’s free new biweekly Aviation new

A Quarantine Expert's Guide to Maximizing Post-Pandemic Social Awkwardness

26Lifehacker / 1h
As we come within a stone’s throw of one year since all non-dickheaded people began covering their blowholes and sequestering themselves for the greater good, many have started to wonder what the post-vaccine world will look like when our pale bodies trundle back into the sun, or probably more likely the darkened… Read more...

Former SpaceX, Teslas Designers Selling “Pods” for Human Habitation

1KFuturism / 1h
Juped? Startup Jupe is selling prefabricated portable shelters that were designed by ex-Tesla and SpaceX designers, Business Insider reports . The off-the-grid shelters offer 111 square feet of living space and cost $17,500 per pod. All images courtesy of Jupe “Jupe is an off-grid escape from the city, whether to the middle of a sprawling desert, a windswept cliff by the sea or your own backyard,

2020 Mercedes-Benz A220 4MATIC Review – Bucking Trends

SlashGear / 1h
For all the talk that the sedan is dead, there sure are plenty of them. The sales chart rise of the SUV may be steep enough to give even experienced mountaineers vertigo, but three-box four-doors like the Mercedes-Benz A220 4MATIC prove there’s more to the market than its broadest trends. Point of entry to Mercedes’ range, the A-Class Sedan is … Continue reading

Boardable’s board management software for non-profits raises $8 million

76TechCrunch / 1h
Indianapolis-based Boardable , a provider of board management software tools for nonprofits, has raised $8 million in a new round of financing, the company said. The investment came from Base10 Partners with participation from the company’s seed stage backer, the Indianapolis-based enterprise investment firm High Alpha . Boardable provides organizational tools to help nonprofits better manage the

Voice search lands in Chrome for Android – thanks to this nifty little trick

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
You can now use your voice to conduct online searches in the Chrome browser on Android devices with this neat trick

Black Panther and the Wakanda Forever Salute Are Now Available in 'Fortnite'

21How-To Geek / 1h
Can I get some V-Bucks for Christmas? Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Taskmaster are now available in Fortnite as part of the $25 Marvel Royalty and Warriors Pack. The new skin pack follows on the heels of Fortnite‘s free Black Panther quests, which you can complete to unlock the Wakanda Forever salute. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

HBO Max on Chromecast and Android TV is Ready for 'Wonder Woman' in 4K HDR

How-To Geek / 1h
At this point you can’t throw a rock without hitting a 4K, HDR-enabled television, at least if you’re throwing rocks in an electronics store. Why are you doing that? Cut it out, you’re gonna break something. Anyway, if your TV has both 4K resolution and HDR capability, now you can use HBO Max to the fullest on your Chromecast. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Russian Space Chief Accuses US of Sabotaging Russian Space Program

100+Futurism / 1h
Rogozin Scorned Once again, Dmitry Rogozin, the director general of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, is lashing out at the U.S. government. On Monday, the U.S. Commerce Department raised economic sanctions against a long list of Chinese and Russian companies that have ties to their respective militaries, Ars Technica reports . Among them is the Progress Rocket Space Center in Samara, Russia, whic

Reminder: Donate to win swag in our annual Charity Drive sweepstakes

Ars Technica / 2h
Enlarge / Just some of the prizes you could win by entering this year's sweepstakes. The holiday season can get busy. We get it. In between present shopping, home decoration, and endless replays of that Super Nintendo World tour with Shigeru Miyamoto , you may not have had time to take part in this year's Ars Technica Charity Drive sweepstakes . Like we said, we get it. But fear not! You still ha

IAC plans to spin off Vimeo as an independent company

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92TechCrunch / 2h
IAC announced today that it plans to turn Vimeo into an independent, publicly-traded company. Last month, IAC CEO Joey Levin wrote a letter to shareholders in which he said the holding company had “begun contemplating spinning Vimeo off to our shareholders.” It sounds like the company has moved beyond the contemplation phase, with plans that will be submitted for stockholder approval in the first

Ars Technica’s best games of 2020

20Ars Technica / 2h
Enlarge (credit: Collage by Aurich Lawson) When the world at large looks back at 2020, how much will video games figure into our memories? Frankly, humanity has a pretty massive bullet list of crazy, important, and scary moments that will likely outweigh the importance of, say, knocking out your dailies in an MMO. But at Ars, we know that you've still been keenly interested in gaming articles thi

NASA Killed All Its Monkeys on the Same Day, Investigation Reveals

1KFuturism / 2h
Mass Euthanasia NASA euthanized all 27 primates at the agency’s Ames research center in California in February 2019, The Guardian reports , causing outrage among animal welfare groups. According to the newspaper, the culling eliminated all the agency’s monkeys. According to animal rights advocates, the monkeys could have easily gone to sanctuaries. John Gluck, an expert in animal ethics at the Un

How to See the Ursid Meteor Shower at its Peak Tonight

24Lifehacker / 2h
Even as life on Earth continues to get worse, cool stuff is happening in space. If you happened to miss the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn last night, the heavens have absolved you for being remiss, and given you something else to look at: The Ursid Meteor Shower will peak tonight in the Northern Hemisphere. Read more...

Microsoft brings 'Flight Simulator' to the VR headsets people care about

Microsoft Flight VR FS•
68Engadget / 2h
Microsoft Flight Simulator now supports most virtual reality headsets. If you have a headset that’s SteamVR compatible or OpenXR compliant, such as an HTC Vive, Oculus or Windows Mixed Reality one, you'll be able to explore the world in VR following the latest update . Windows Mixed Reality headset owners were able to try the feature first as part of a closed beta, but now it’s open to everyone.

NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti review: The new king of $399 GPUs

63Engadget / 2h
So far, we've been nothing but impressed with NVIDIA's RTX 3000 video cards: The RTX 3080 offers a tremendous amount of performance for anyone willing to shell out $699 for a video card, while the 3070 is more practical at $499 but still offers plenty of power. But as usual, NVIDIA isn't stopping there. Earlier this month, it unveiled the $399 RTX 3060 Ti, the cheapest entry in its new lineup. Gi

Resolve to Watch These 8 Shows in 2021

20Lifehacker / 2h
2021 is around the corner, and a vaccine is on the way —but for now, we’re stuck inside. It’s time to seek out the shows that can help you set your intentions for the new year. Read more...

What is a crypto trading bot? Everything you need to know

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
All your questions about crypto trading bots, answered.

American’s Partnerships With Alaska And JetBlue Will Force American To Improve

59View from the Wing / 2h
American Airlines has new partnerships coming online with JetBlue and Alaska Airlines. Normally we think of these sorts of partnerships as reducing competition, but there are two ways this will increase competition. Continue reading ...

You might not get a PS5 for Christmas but at least you can watch this hardware trailer

SlashGear / 2h
By now, many of you know just how difficult it is to find a PlayStation 5. The console is in very short supply at the moment, and while that’s common for a new console in its first holiday season (especially a new console launching right before the holiday shopping season begins), the COVID-19 pandemic is only making matters worse by … Continue reading

This Ridiculously Cool Robot Arm Is Also a 3D Printer, Laser Engraver, and AI Assistant

Futurism / 2h
Cool technology has a funny way of trickling down to regular people. Ten years ago, if you wanted to do 3D printing and laser engraving with an AI-driven robotic arm , you would have needed a PhD and a job at Caltech or MIT. But today all you need is a computer and a credit card to order yourself the Rotrics DexArm, an incredible desktop robot arm that will make you feel like you’re Tony freakin’

Austin-based ReturnSafe raises $3.25 million for its employee health management tools

ReturnSafe Raises $3.25M•
100+TechCrunch / 2h
ReturnSafe , a symptom checking and contact tracing employee health management toolkit for businesses, has raised $3.25 million in financing from investors including Fifty Years and Active Capital. With companies looking to reopen operations and have their employees return to work safely, management toolkits that track employee health are piling into the market offering all sorts of strategies to

What a Facebook Photos product manager thinks about antitrust

100+TechCrunch / 2h
Samuel Odio Contributor Samuel is a product leader and two-time founder, currently serving as VP of Product at Fivestars. He previously founded Divvyshot (acquired by Facebook) and co-founded Freshplum (acquired by TellApart). Leading up to Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, I was the product manager in charge of Facebook Photos. Mark Zuckerberg had bought my previous company, Divvyshot, one of

Viral 'butt-less' pyjamas ad sparks confusion

200+BBC News - Technology / 2h
Web users have questioned why the adverts are being targeted at them.

Jins Pokemon glasses make prescription lenses fun again

SlashGear / 2h
The Pokemon glasses frames you’re about to see are fun, imaginative, and unique. These are words I did not expect to attach to a pair of prescription lenses – not here in 2020, nor ever, really. In a move that I most definitely did NOT see coming, the folks at Jins worked with the official Pokemon Company and created a … Continue reading

New Blue Whale Population Discovered After Scientists Hear Unknown Song

70Gizmodo / 2h
Do you ever hear a new song and realize it’s unlike anything you’ve heard before? I felt that a few times this year, mostly with Phoebe Bridgers and Polo G. It happened to scientists recently, too. But it wasn’t a new singer or rapper they discovered; it’s a new population of whales. Read more...

Tuesday's Best Deals: Watch Dogs Legion, 20% off Ulta Beauty, LEGO Wonder Woman 84, Just Dance 2021, Non-Stick Frying Pans, Razer Kraken Headset, and More

56Gizmodo / 2h
Watch Dogs: Legion and an Ulta Beauty sale lead Tuesday’s best deals. Read more...

Tuesday's Best Deals: Watch Dogs Legion, 20% off Ulta Beauty, LEGO Wonder Woman 84, Just Dance 2021, Non-Stick Frying Pans, Razer Kraken Headset, and More

56Lifehacker / 2h
Watch Dogs: Legion and an Ulta Beauty sale lead Tuesday’s best deals. Read more...

Google counters DOJ antitrust charges by pointing out Bing exists

100+Engadget / 2h
Google is offering one of its first formal responses to the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit over mobile search dominance, and it won’t surprise you to hear the company isn’t thrilled. Axios and the New York Times report that Google has rejected the DOJ’s claims in a court filing, insisting that its deals with Apple and Android vendors were “lawful, justified [and] pro-competitive.” People

PS5 deals see latest games plummet in price ahead of Boxing Day sales

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
PS5 deals can save you some serious cash on next-generation games at Amazon ahead of the Boxing Day sales.

Blumhouse Is Summoning Another Exorcist Movie to the Mortal Plane

30Gizmodo / 2h
Though it’s only been a few years since Hollywood last made a go at capitalizing on Warner Bros.’ Exorcist IP with a short-lived Fox series , it won’t be long before audiences are invited to watch yet another story about priests trying to save unsuspecting people who are possessed by malevolent beings from hell. Read more...

'Super Mario 3D All-Stars' is on sale for the first time ever — here's where to buy it

20Mashable / 2h
SAVE $10.05: As of Dec. 22, you can score a physical copy of the new Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection on sale for just $49.94 at Walmart and Amazon . (It usually retails for $59.99, so you'll be saving about 17%.) Yes, 2020 brought us two great new video game consoles and tons of exciting new titles to play ( and meme ). But when all's said and done, we think we'll remember it as the year of r

$50-per-month emergency broadband subsidies approved in pandemic stimulus

65Ars Technica / 2h
Enlarge / A mother and daughter using Internet-connected devices at home. (credit: Getty Images | Tang Ming Tung) Americans who have low incomes or who lost their jobs during the pandemic will be eligible for $50-per-month broadband subsidies under the stimulus package passed by Congress last night. Congress is providing $3.2 billion from the US Treasury for a new Emergency Broadband Connectivity

New Leak Claims to Reveal Samsung's Next Galaxy Chromebook

24Gizmodo / 2h
While much of Samsung’s attention is probably focused on the upcoming arrival of the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy Buds Pro, a new leak suggests Samsung is also prepping for the release of its next Chromebook. Read more...

Group Nine Media forms a SPAC to fund acquisitions

100+TechCrunch / 2h
Group Nine Media — which owns Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo, Seeker and PopSugar — is the latest company to form a SPAC, according to a filing with the SEC . These blank-check corporations, as they’re also known, have become a popular way to raise money from the public markets . The filing says that Group Nine is creating a SPAC “for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset

One final $100M ARR company and the startups we want to meet in 2021

100+TechCrunch / 2h
As we head towards the exits of 2020, we have one more name to add to our roll call of private companies that have reached the $100 million annual recurring revenue (ARR) milestone. Well, one and a half. But before we get into Nexthink and give Coalition a honorable mention, let’s talk about the startups we’re looking for in 2021. The $100 million ARR list came together by accident, a quirk of a

Netflix drops profanity-filled 'History of Swear Words' trailer with Nicolas Cage

100+Mashable / 2h
So-called "swear words" are such an interesting facet of human language, deemed "bad" for one reason or another. With History of Swear Words , hosted by the ever-electric Nicolas Cage, Netflix is digging into these words' pasts and how they came to be what they are today. In the first trailer for the new series, there is plenty of swearing but also a sneak peak at some of the interesting facts th

How to Open and Read a PDF on Android

How-To Geek / 2h
Handling a PDF file on your mobile device can sometimes be a pain. The good news is simply opening a PDF is pretty easy. Your Android device can probably already do this, but if not, we’ll share some options. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Maybe Now Peloton Orders Won't Take So Long

24Gizmodo / 2h
This year may not have started off so great for Peloton, but the company’s fortunes have since reversed thanks to a surge of interest in at-home fitness during the pandemic. Popularity can be a double-edged sword, however, as Peloton has struggled to keep up with demand , resulting in delivery delays and long wait… Read more...

23andMe's DNA test is $70 off at Amazon

Mashable / 2h
Save $70: The 23andMe Health + Ancestry Service DNA test is on sale on Amazon for $129 as of Dec. 22. It probably won't arrive before Christmas, but you could get it before New Year's Day. 23andMe offers insight into your genes and health with their detailed DNA test. In addition to pinpointing almost exactly where you came from, the easy-to-complete test also gives you reports on potential healt

The power of value 4.0 for industrial internet of things

41MIT Technology Review / 2h
Many companies expected 2020 to be a challenging year. They anticipated technological shifts that would affect their business—like the transition from combustion to electric vehicles for automotive manufacturers—or ongoing instability due to raging trade wars or Brexit. But the impact of the covid pandemic on top of these challenges has, for many companies, been unprecedented. Never before have t

An AI is livestreaming a never-ending bass solo on YouTube

400+Engadget / 3h
Even the most dedicated musicians have to put down their instruments sometimes, but on YouTube, you can listen to a bass solo that keeps going and going. Dadabots, which is also behind an endless death metal stream , used a recurrent neural network (RNN) to create a YouTube stream featuring an infinite bass solo. The Dadabots team, CJ Carr and Zack Zukowski, trained the RNN with two hours of bass

NASA Completes ‘Wet Dress Rehearsal’ of Its Most Powerful Rocket

41Gizmodo / 3h
Engineers from NASA and Boeing have added cryogenic propellants to the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS), reaching a major milestone in the development of this advanced rocket. Read more...

Save $150 on the Beats Solo Pro Wireless Headphones at Best Buy

28How-To Geek / 3h
You can’t go wrong with the Beats Solo Pro, a pair of wireless headphones that combine the ANC and transparency features of Apple’s AirPods Pro with the sound and comfort of over-ear headphones. We gave the Beats Solo Pro an 8/10 at their full price of $300, but today you can grab them for just $150 at Best Buy. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

‘Fuser’ is a complex music game that can still please newbies

23Engadget / 3h
The phrase “perfect pandemic game” is one that’s been thrown around quite a bit this year, awarded to various popular titles like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Among Us . Now that I’ve spent a few weeks with Harmonix’s concert DJ simulation game, Fuser , I’m starting to think it should be added to the list. When I first played Fuser back in March , I talked about how it was the culmination of

Could Carbon Dioxide Be Turned Into Jet Fuel?

100+Wired / 3h
A team at Oxford University has reverse engineered fuel from the greenhouse gas—but so far just in the lab.

The best 2-in-1 laptops for 2020 in India: Top hybrid laptops ranked

300+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
These are the best 2-in-1 laptops you can buy right now

[Roundup] United’s Plan To Extract Pilots Who Test Positive For Covid-19 Mid-Trip

View from the Wing / 3h
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 ...

Work at any desk and exercise simultaneously with FlexCycle

24Engadget / 3h
Multitasking, the ability to perform more than one task simultaneously, is a crucial skill for life and work in the 21st century. Anyone looking to stay fit and entertained, for example, knows the value of listening to a podcast while at the gym or on a run. The LifePro FlexCycle Under Desk Exercise Bike , much in the same way, allows people to improve their full-body wellness while working from

Our 8 Best Work-From-Home Tips From 2020

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This was a bad year in all kinds of ways, but perhaps no institution suffered quite as shocking a blow as the physical office space. Tips for managing your commute or navigating office politics were understandably replaced by tips for optimizing how to work from your couch. Read more...

Both Apple Pencils are on sale for less than $100

32Mashable / 3h
Save up to $30: Both Apple Pencils are on sale at Amazon as of Dec. 22 — get the first-gen model for $79.99 or the second-gen model for $99. Everyone understands the basic concept of a stylus. But the Apple Pencil is more than a flimsy wand with a rubber bumper on the end that makes clicking small buttons easier. And because Apple wouldn't be caught dead giving free Apple Pencils away with an iPa

The first 'Coming 2 America' trailer brings the king back to Queens

500+Mashable / 3h
Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, and James Earl Jones are back in royal fashion for the first Coming 2 America trailer. Where the first movie focused on Prince Akeem traveling to Queens to find a queen, the trailer reveals the sequel's new plot — King Akeem returning to Queens to find the son and heir he never knew he had. It does raise a few questions, mainly if Lisa (Shari Headley, also returning) i

SETI Institute Admits That Proxima Centauri Signal Is Very Strange

2KFuturism / 3h
Over the weekend, astronomers made a tantalizing discovery : a mysterious radio beam that emanated from the vicinity of Proxima Centauri, the Sun’s closest stellar neighbor, as first reported by The Guardian . The discovery, made by Breakthrough Listen, a project dedicated to hunt for signals from extraterrestrial life affiliated with the late physicist Stephen Hawking, led to widespread speculat

This Google TV Chromecast bundle comes with 6 months of Netflix

24Mashable / 3h
SAVE UP TO $103.94: Get a Google Chromecast with Google TV , six months of Netflix, and $60 off your first three months of YouTube TV for only $89.99 as of Dec. 22. If we learned anything from 2020, it's that we all watched *a lot* of TV and movies this year. If you have a loved one who needs a streaming upgrade, this Google Chromecast bundle just might be the perfect gift. Although it might not

Facebook reportedly offered to help create rivals to avoid antitrust lawsuits

100+Engadget / 3h
Facebook was reportedly willing to go to great lengths to avoid antitrust lawsuits . Washington Post sources claim the company offered to license its code to others, helping them create rival social networks. This would have underscored Facebook’s “commitment to competition,” the Post said. If so, it clearly didn’t work. According to the insiders, the antitrust investigators decided the code and

The New York Times launches an AR-enabled crossword on Instagram

100+TechCrunch / 3h
The New York Times is bringing its signature crosswords game into augmented reality. The media company announced this morning it’s launching a new AR-enabled game, “Shattered Crosswords,” on Instagram, where players will be able to solve clues by finding spinning broken crossword pieces in AR. When the right vantage point is achieved, players will find the words hidden among the shards above the

StepZen snares $8M seed to build data integration API

100+TechCrunch / 3h
StepZen , a new startup from the crew who gave you Apigee (which was sold to Google in 2016 for $625 million) had a different vision for their latest company. They are building a single API that pulls data from disparate sources to help developers deliver more complex customer experiences online. Today, the startup emerged from stealth and announced an $8 million seed investment from Neotribe Ven

There's been a Nintendo Switch data leak, according to reports

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Documents relating to the Nintendo Switch have reportedly been leaked online.

OnePlus Watch will be ‘released early next year’ according to CEO

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OnePlus has revealed that its first smartwatch will be launched early in 2021.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 First Drive – Ripe for the Picking

SlashGear / 3h
The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is America’s first taste of a new-age VW electric vehicle. Riding atop the German carmaker’s EV-specific MEB platform, the ID.4 is all-new from the ground up, and it certainly feels like it both inside and out. After my brief stint driving the ID.4. I can see why it makes a lot of sense for the US … Continue reading

If You Don't Need Your Stimulus Check, Consider a Mutual Aid Network

75Gizmodo / 3h
Congress’s embarrassingly slow and insufficient response to the still-surging pandemic, you might have heard, will be $600 checks—dropping into mailboxes as soon as next week. If you don’t need that money, some or all of it should be going to people that do. And one of the shortest paths to depositing it straight into… Read more...

In HBO Max's 'The Little Things' trailer, Denzel takes us on a twisted hunt for a serial killer

20Mashable / 3h
Ready to solve a complicated case? In The Little Things , Kern County Deputy Sherrif Joe "Deke" Deacon (Denzel Washington) heads to L.A. to collect a little evidence only to instead be pulled into a massive hunt for a serial killer by a local sergeant (Rami Malek). However, the deeper they dig into the details of the murders, the faster secrets from Deke's past begin to come forward. The eerie, h

Get into mindfulness in 2021 with a Headspace subscription

Mashable / 3h
Save $21: An annual subscription to Headspace is 30% off through Dec. 31, dropping the price down to $48.99. We don't have to tell you that 2020 has been a hard year. Mentally, we could all use a break. While we can't be sure 2021 will be better , we can make mental health a priority in the new year. In case you aren't familiar, Headspace is an app focused on guided meditation and mindfulness to

New Hertz promotion lets elite members gift status to a friend or family member

The Points Guy / 3h
This week, Hertz launched a new promotion that lets you give Hertz status to a friend, family member or colleague for a year. Hertz Gold Rewards elite members can gift their equivalent status to another Hertz member, so President’s Circle members can gift President’s Circle status for free. The recipient will have complimentary status from Jan. 31, 2021, to Jan. 31, 2022. There is no restriction

The Essential Items That Got Us Through 2020

33Lifehacker / 3h
We bought a lot of new stuff in 2020: toilet paper, workout app subscriptions, sourdough starters, and masks that go with every outfit. Read more...

Facebook will offer enhanced security to more people in 2021

40Engadget / 3h
Facebook Protect , a security monitoring platform offered to political officials during the 2020 US elections, will be offered to more people in 2021. Axios reports that the company’s head of security policy, Nate Gleicher, says that Protect will be offered to journalists, human rights advocates and activists. This will include real-time monitoring for political accounts related to overseas elect

Mercedes to unveil ultrawide 'Hyperscreen' at CES 2021

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Mercedes will debut its full-width dash screen at the forthcoming event.

Wash All The Crap Out Between Your Teeth With a Waterpik Flossing Toothbrush

20Gizmodo / 3h
Waterpik Sonic Fusion Flossing Toothbrush | $135 | Bed, Bath, and Beyond Read more...

How to Change Microsoft Office’s Default Save Location on Windows 10

How-To Geek / 3h
Saving files in Microsoft Office is a pretty painless process, but you can make it even quicker by changing the default save location to your preferred folder. Here’s how to do it on Windows 10. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Make Judy the Elf's Hot Cocoa From 'The Santa Clause' With Help From YouTube

37How-To Geek / 3h
Remember The Santa Clause? That now timeless classic features a scene with an elf named Judy and her incredible hot cocoa. This Christmas, why not re-watch The Santa Clause on Disney+ and make yourself some fantastic cocoa to go with it? Andrew Rea from the Babish Culinary Universe YouTube series will walk you through it. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Best chat apps: the top ways to video call your friends and family

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Six of the best apps for staying in touch via video call, whatever platform you use.

Return to retro gaming with the Sega Genesis Mini — it's $30 off at Amazon

24Mashable / 3h
SAVE $30: Relive your retro gaming days with the Sega Genesis Mini — it's $30 off the usual price at Amazon as of Dec. 22. The tail-end of 2020 has been all about trying to score a next-gen console — either the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X (or both, if you roll like that). But it's been nearly impossible to get one with how fast they go out of stock. Only a lucky few have actually been able

Fall Guys serves up a free holiday outfit, but you have to claim it quick

SlashGear / 3h
The holidays are nearly upon us, and it looks like Fall Guys is getting into the spirit of the season this year. Developer Mediatonic and publisher Devolver Digital have published a new live-action trailer for Fall Guys, and at the end, the two companies reveal a new holiday-themed outfit that’s free to all players for a limited time. We’ve already … Continue reading

Leaving awkward Zoom calls just got a lot easier

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One creative individual has created a physical lamp cord that he can pull on to instantly leave his Zoom meeting to avoid awkward goodbyes.

Coronavirus Has Officially Hit Antarctica

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The coronavirus has officially reached the final continent: Antarctica. A Chilean research base on the frosty landmass has reported 36 new infections, including 26 members of the Chilean army and 10 maintenance workers, The Guardian reports . These are the first cases reported in Antarctica, which had been the last continent to escape the pandemic. According to Newsweek , three crew members on a

American Airlines Selling Off Its Stock Of Krug, The End Of Flagship First Dining?

39View from the Wing / 4h
The future of American Airlines premium lounges is in question. Their international business class Flagship lounges have been closed for 9 months, and won't re-open until international business class demand returns. Inside three of American's Flagship lounges are Flagship First Dining facilities, sit down dining rooms with cooked-to-order menus and private bars for first class passengers. They se

5 Ways to Monitor Your Blood Pressure Wherever You Are

68Wired / 4h
These portable devices can send results to your phone—and help you keep track of your health.

Turn Your Laptop Into a Larger Portable Screen For Your Nintendo Switch With This Tiny USB-C Adapter

96Gizmodo / 4h
The Switch’s 6.2-inch screen is fine for playing by yourself, but despite what Nintendo claims, it’s not great for multiplayer when you’re not near a TV. The Genki ShadowCast solves this by turning another portable device you probably travel with, your laptop, into a larger screen for any almost any device with HDMI. Read more...

The 'Three R's' Can Help Your Kids Get Through This

48Lifehacker / 4h
All year, parents have been worried about the longterm effects this pandemic will have on our kids, and rightfully so: Their mental health, their physical health, and their academic and social skills have probably all taken a hit as schools closed and activities they love were cancelled and their friendships had to… Read more...

Activism platform actionable helps users be proactive about the causes they love

100+TechCrunch / 4h
In 2016, when the world felt like an entirely different place, Jordan Hewson launched a platform called Speakable . It was meant to let news readers take action on a cause or issue in the very moment they cared most: while reading a news article about it. The company partnered with publishers and NGOs to deliver an action button, right on the publisher’s website. Skip forward to today, and people

VergeSense raises $12M Series B for its workplace analytics service

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VergeSense, a startup that uses machine vision to help businesses better understand how their office spaces are being utilized, today announced that it has raised a $12 million Series B funding round led by Tola Capital. Including the company’s $9 million Series A round , which it raised earlier this year, VergeSense has now raised a total of $22.6 million. Previous investors include JLL Spark, A

Signal: Cellebrite claimed to have cracked chat app's encryption

200+BBC News - Technology / 4h
The details explaining how Cellebrite had done so were quickly removed from its website.

How to Stay Productive When Google's Services Go Offline

83Gizmodo / 4h
As much as you might hope your internet connection, games, and services will be there for you when you need them, guess what? Shit breaks. Facebook goes down. Gmail stops delivering. Slack pushes everyone offline and into (blissful) workplace silence. And every time this happens, I think to myself: “Why didn’t I have… Read more...

Microsoft Teams is getting a new feature you won't believe we've lived without until now

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Microsoft Teams desktop users will soon have access to a History Menu to make navigation quicker and easier.

Apple's M1 Mac mini is $60 off at B&H Photo until midnight

28Engadget / 4h
Now might be a good time to pick up Apple’s M1 Mac mini — if you’re willing to act quickly. B&H Photo is selling the base 8GB RAM, 256GB storage configuration of the tiny desktop for $639 , or $60 below its official price. You can get $50 off a model with 512GB of storage, too. The sale only lasts until 11:59PM Eastern on December 22nd and is confined to “limited supply at this price,” so don’t h

Brie Larson and Elijah Allan-Blitz discuss 'Messy Truth VR' at Infinity Festival

25Mashable / 4h
Have you ever wanted to see what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes? Well, now you can through The Messy Truth VR experience, directed by Elijah Allan-Blitz and co-produced by Van Jones and Brie Larson. Allan-Blitz and Larson sat down to discuss the project virtually at Infinity Festival, a multi-day event that explores the intersection between content creation and technology, with chief cur

5 Delicious Glazes for Your Holiday Ham

78Lifehacker / 4h
I love ham. When I was nine years old, my parents went away for the night on Boxing Day; when they returned, they found that someone had eaten most of a 20-pound leg of ham. I didn’t even understand how to slice it properly. I just shaved it from the top down. (One could say that I was ham-fisted in my approach.) In… Read more...

Another Guardian of the Galaxy Is Coming to Thor: Love & Thunder

100+Gizmodo / 4h
Patty Jenkins talks about what she’d need to come back for a third Wonder Woman movie. Kevin Feige teases how She-Hulk will do things Marvel Studios hasn’t done before. Riverdale is weaving in a real-life pregnancy to Toni’s story. Plus, a tiny tease for Netflix’s animated Witcher spinoff. Spoilers, assemble! Read more...

Best board games 2020: our pick of the top games to lose yourself in

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We’ve put together this handy guide to the best board games on the market, including some cult classics, hidden gems and golden oldies.

How mushrooms are transforming the construction industry

Mashable / 4h
Construction is a major cause of pollution, both in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and waste creation. Technology design group Mogu is working on a green alternative, partnering with nature to grow biodegradable interior design materials. Mogu collaborated with engineering company Arup to develop building materials, like acoustic panels and floor tiles, grown from mycelium. Mycelium, the syste

How to Set Different Light and Dark Mode Wallpapers in WhatsApp

How-To Geek / 4h
WhatsApp can automatically change its theme based on the system-level dark mode setting on your iPhone or Android. But did you know that you can set a different chat wallpaper based on light or dark mode? Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

California's Greenhouse Gas Pollution Is Increasing Again

24Gizmodo / 4h
After five consecutive years of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, California saw an increase in its planet-warming pollution. That’s according to a new report from the nonprofit Next 10 and research firm Beacon Economics. Read more...

Google's latest Stadia push is a commitment-free 30-minute trial

71Engadget / 4h
Google is offering would-be Stadia Pro users a 30-minute trial with no need for payment information, reports 9to5Google . Until now, if you wanted to test the cloud gaming service for a month, you’d still need to hand over your payment information before starting. As part of Google’s plan to remove every reason you’d ever use to not try the platform, it’s now offering these commitment-free mini-t

Red Hat defends CentOS decision following push back

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A CentOS board member confirms that it was Red Hat that came up with the plan.

How to watch Golden State Warriors: live stream every 2020/21 game from anywhere

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Can Steph Curry and the Warriors bounce back this season?Here’s how to watch a Golden State Warriors live stream for every 2020/21 NBA game to find out.

Attak Piks are High Tech Guitar Picks that Mix Up Your Music

52Gizmodo / 5h
Guitar picks are pretty low-tech. They’re usually little pieces of plastic and you buy a few dozen and keep them for years or promptly lose most of them and then buy another few dozen. Read more...

Take a Temperature With Ease With the iHealth Infrared Thermometer for $24

Gizmodo / 5h
iHealth Forehead Thermometer | $24 | Amazon

Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points With 50% Bonus (Last Chance)

500+One Mile at a Time / 5h
There are quite a few loyalty programs that frequently run promotions on purchased points , which can represent a great deal, especially for aspirational redemptions. Back in the day Starwood Preferred Guest would often have promotions on purchased points, while Marriott Rewards wouldn’t. Since the Marriott Bonvoy program was formed we’ve seen several promotions on purchased points, and that tren

How to Stay Productive When Google's Services Go Offline

83Lifehacker / 5h
As much as you might hope your internet connection, games, and services will be there for you when you need them, guess what? Shit breaks. Facebook goes down. Gmail stops delivering. Slack pushes everyone offline and into (blissful) workplace silence. And every time this happens, I think to myself: “Why didn’t I have… Read more...

Its Price Is Unpredictable but in the End It's Right, This Ibanez Is $299

45Lifehacker / 5h
Ibanez AEG50N Acoustic Electric Guitar | $300 | Adorama Read more...

Our Digital Lives Drive a Brick-and-Mortar Boom in Data Centers

100+NYT > Technology / 5h
Developers and investors see more opportunities in commercial real estate as businesses and consumers gobble up more data.

Microsoft and McAfee wants to kill off ransomware forever

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Ransomware Task Force is made up of 19 technology firms including the likes of Microsoft and McAfee.

Optimize Your Home Workout With This AI-Powered VR Fitness Studio

Futurism / 5h
It hasn’t been a very good year for gyms . As if you needed yet another excuse not to go, the COVID-19 virus is particularly prone to spread in places where people breathe heavily in close proximity to one another. That means that optimizing your home workout has become more important for physical health and fitness than ever. And the best way to do that is with the Tempo Studio . The Tempo Studi

Everything you need to know about Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Club loyalty program

The Points Guy / 5h
Disney Cruise Line has a relatively modest loyalty program. Unlike such cruise lines as Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line , Disney doesn’t offer its loyalty club members over-the-top perks such as a free cruise after reaching a top tier. There are no big discounts on shore excursions and spa treatments for members, like some lines offer. For more cruise news, reviews and tips, sign up for

The Morning After: Apple's Project Titan car could start production in 2024

53Engadget / 5h
As the year comes to a close, some of Engadget’s writers have highlighted the games they enjoyed the most in 2020 . With new and old games on the list, it’s probably not surprising to see picks like Animal Crossing: New Horizons , Ghosts of Tsushima , Hades and Fall Guys on the list, but Cyberpunk 2077 might shock you. Still, it’s worth giving games from the Before Times a shot, too, so don’t ove

My Year Watching Submarine Movies

100+Wired / 5h
To cope with Covid-19 lockdowns, many folks watched older films at home. Some tackled the AFI 100, or picked a favorite director. I picked a theme.

How Much Will Data Caps Hurt Game Streaming?

92Wired / 5h
Spoiler: Not too much, but watch your wallet before signing up for anyone's “unlimited” plan.

How to Automatically Enable Dark Mode at Sunset on Your iPhone

How-To Geek / 5h
Dark mode, first introduced in iOS 13, offers a dark theme that’s easier on your eyes, especially at night. If you’d like your iPhone to automatically switch to Dark mode at sunset, it’s as easy as visiting the Settings app. Here’s how to set it up. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

How to watch LA Clippers: live stream every 2020/21 Clippers NBA game from anywhere

40TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Can Kawhi and the Clippers dethrone the rival Lakers? Here’s how to watch an LA Clippers live stream and catch all the latest 2020/21 NBA action online.

Russia’s space chief is hopping mad over most recent US restrictions

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Enlarge / NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left, speaks with Roscosmos' Dmitry Rogozin in 2019. (credit: Alexei Filippov / TASS via Getty Images ) On Monday the US Commerce Department released a list of Chinese and Russian companies that it says have military ties. The list designates 58 Chinese and 43 Russian companies as "military end users" and requires exporters to obtain a license before

Year in Review: Cool Gadgets of 2020, and they aren't smartphones

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The best of tech that may or may not have got the same limelight as few other devices. However, here are a few of them that you should definitely look at.

Researchers create a device that can detect hand gestures

SlashGear / 5h
Researchers at UC Berkeley have created a device that uses wearable sensors and artificial intelligence software to recognize what hand gesture a person intends to make. The sensors and AI are able to determine the hand gesture a person intends to make based on electrical signal patterns in the forearm. Researchers say the device paves the way for improved prosthetic … Continue reading

Echo Frames review: Alexa on your face is both helpful and annoying

53Engadget / 5h
It’s been more than a year since Amazon introduced the Echo Frames to the world, and this month the connected glasses finally became widely available for purchase. For $250 , you get hands-free access to Alexa wherever you go. Additionally, you can take calls, play music and hear your notifications through the device’s open-ear speakers, while still being aware of your surroundings. To be clear,

Walmart promises more PS5 and Xbox Series X stock ‘soon’

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If you’re still searching where to buy PS5 and Xbox Series X stock, Walmart has said more stock is on the way soon.

6 awards to book for 2021 before travel demand returns

The Points Guy / 5h
The coronavirus pandemic has been tough on the travel industry. While demand is slowly recovering , TSA numbers show less than half as many people are flying this year than in 2019. This is extremely unfortunate for the travel industry, but it has resulted in one small positive for travelers: wide-open award space. We’ve seen record numbers of open award space on premium routes since the start of

This Carrera GT from Porsche Academy is a full-scale classroom tool

SlashGear / 6h
Back in the day, Porsche’s Carrera GT was the daddy of mid-engine supercars. Unveiled as the Carrera GT concept at the 2000 Paris Auto Show, Porsche began production of its ultimate grand-touring sports car in 2004, and the world has never been the same. Now, it’s hard to think of Carrera GT as ‘vintage’ or ‘classic’ despite its analog roots, … Continue reading

Beats' Solo Pro headphones are half price at Best Buy

42Engadget / 6h
Beats Solo Pro wireless headphones are ideal if you’re looking for powerful bass but also want convenient Apple features like hands-free Siri. They’re not cheap at all with a regular price of $300, but Best Buy is now selling them in the “More Matte” color collection in red, dark blue or light blue for $150 — the lowest prices we’ve seen yet. Buy the Beats Solo Pro More Matte headphones at Best B

Man, Woman Open Door Of Taxiing Delta Jet, Head Down Slide With Their Service Animal

29View from the Wing / 6h
About about 10:30 a.m. on Monday morning two passengers on Delta Air Flights flight 462 from New York LaGuardia to Atlanta opened an emergency exit door on the Airbus A321 after pushing back - and exited the aircraft down the slide with their large service dog. Continue reading ...

My 5 credit card predictions for 2021 — and how they’ll impact you

The Points Guy / 6h
2020 was a year of vast change. For those of us who use credit cards, especially travel rewards cards , there were indeed changes aplenty. The pandemic radically transformed how we use our cards on a daily basis. As the year progressed, changes in spending behavior — along with a sudden slowdown in travel — forced card issuers to scramble to make adjustments. For more TPG news delivered each morn

Why You Should Consider a Prepaid Cell Phone Plan

29How-To Geek / 6h
There’s no reason to overpay on your phone plan. Prepaid plans cost nearly half the price of typical postpaid plans, and they don’t require any contracts or credit checks, so you can leave at any time. Lower costs, freedom, and flexibility: These are the reasons to switch over to a prepaid carrier. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How to Use Spotify in PC Games on Windows 10

How-To Geek / 6h
Windows 10 includes a tool called the Game Bar, and it has some cool features you might not know about. You can control Spotify while gaming without having to switch out of full-screen mode. It’s super handy. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Amazon's overdue Fire TV facelift mostly cleans up its old mess

66Mashable / 6h
Amazon's been releasing and iterating on its Fire TV streaming device line for six years. Now it's built into various TVs and sold in sticks and cubes. But one constant has remained: a bloated, ad-filled user interface that lags behind the competition. Not anymore, though. The rollout for what the company is calling the "new Fire TV Experience" has begun, with support coming to nearly all Fire TV

Test Positivity Is a Bad Way to Measure Covid’s Spread

100+Wired / 6h
So why do policymakers keep using it?

Uber and Lyft’s Gig Work Law Could Expand Beyond California

100+Wired / 6h
The companies are backing proposals in other states that would give workers the ability to form unions—but still consider them contractors, not employees.

Video Game Hell Isn’t Nearly Agonizing Enough

61Wired / 6h
Games like Hades take place, largely, in hell. What does that say about the players who happily retreat into the underworld?

Family Kicked Off United Flies Again… On Delta, Without Daughter

500+One Mile at a Time / 6h
A bit over a week ago a couple and their two year old daughter got kicked off a United Airlines flight because the daughter refused to wear a face mask. Well, the couple was back on a plane a few days later, this time without their daughter. What happened on the couple’s United flight For context, a couple was flying from Denver to Newark with their two year old daughter. The couple was violating

Toyota TRD-Sport Trailer takes the rough out of roughing it

SlashGear / 6h
Toyota has unveiled something that fans of off-roading, camping, and overlanding will want very badly. The product is a concept trailer designed to pack everything needed to spend time in the wild without really roughing it. It’s called the TRD-Sport Trailer, and basically, it’s the bed of a Toyota Tacoma pickup used to create a “basecamp” solution that’s easy and … Continue reading

Cheap Chromebooks could get price rises thanks to supply issues

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Problems with the supply of eMMC storage may usher in price hikes.

4 easy ways airlines can improve loyalty programs in a post-pandemic 2021

The Points Guy / 6h
There’s no doubt that airlines have had a rough 2020. Between coronavirus wreaking havoc on travel demand and business travel changing forever , airlines are in a tough spot when it comes to retaining loyal travelers. Some travelers may not need to get back in the sky as often, while others will have a delay in resuming travel. Airlines aren’t doing themselves any favors when it comes to loyalty

Google Cloud is heading to Saudi Arabia despite environmental concerns

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Google Cloud expands global network with new regions in Chile, Germany, and Saudi Arabia.

Hisense Tornado series 4K TVs to start retailing from December 24

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Hisense may launch the 65-inch variant of the Tornado TVs on a later date, while the 55-inch TV will be available to purchase starting December 24

Astroscale ships its space junk removal demonstration satellite for March 2021 mission

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Japanese startup Astroscale has shipped its ELSA-d spacecraft to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan, where it will be integrated with a Soyuz rocket for a launch scheduled for March of next year . This is a crucial mission for Astroscale, since it’ll be the first in-space demonstration of the company’s technology for de-orbiting space debris, a cornerstone of its proposed space sustainability

Windows 10 chkdsk bug causing boot failures addressed by Microsoft

SlashGear / 6h
Microsoft recently acknowledged an issue that some Windows 10 customers have been complaining about. The issue caused the Windows 10 devices to fail to boot when the chkdsk tool was used to repair file system errors. For those unfamiliar, chkdsk is a command-line tool used to check Windows drive volumes for logical and physical errors. While Microsoft confirmed the issue … Continue reading

Yukon gold miner unearths a mummified Ice Age wolf pup

1KArs Technica / 6h
Enlarge / The puppy's remains are dried out but mostly intact thanks to being buried in permafrost. (credit: Government of Yukon ) This Ice Age wolf puppy doesn’t look much like a fearsome predator, what with her tiny puppy teeth and soft little ears. According to her DNA, however, the mummified puppy, named Zhùr, came from a population that's among the ancestors of all modern wolves. Canada’s pe

MTN launches MoMo International Airtime

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You can now buy airtime for someone in another country

The Newest Weapon Against Covid-19: AI That Speed-Reads Faxes

77Wired / 7h
Local health departments rely on the old-fangled tech to track cases. A hastily developed machine-learning program gives it an assist.

25 of the Best Longreads of 2020

81Wired / 7h
It was a brutal year. Take a breath and enjoy some of our favorite in-depth stories.

Apple Fitness+ Is Either Right on Time or Much Too Late

68Wired / 7h
Apple invites users to sweat along with prerecorded classes on its new streaming workout platform—but the experience lags behind the competition.

How to watch Los Angeles Lakers: live stream every 2020/21 NBA game from anywhere

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Catch all the NBA action from Los Angeles this season - here’s how to watch a Lakers live stream as LeBron and AD chase back-to-back titles.

Congress Agrees To Second Airline Bailout. United’s CEO Prepares To Ask For A Third.

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Now that the second airline bailout is done – the CARES Act contained $50 billion plus invaluable tax relief for U.S. airlines – United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby is already positioning for a third bailout. United Airlines is telling the employees they’re recalling from furlough to expect to be furloughed again after March. Continue reading ...

Stardew Valley 1.5 update is now live on PC with buckets of new content

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Pelican Town is getting a fresh batch of features and fixes thanks to the new Stardew Valley 1.5 update.

UK banks facing stiff competition from digital rivals, report suggests

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Banking institutions in the UK are adopting digital platforms due to the growing popularity of rival challenger banks and fintech firms.

A 57,000-year-old wolf pup discovered while gold-mining still has fur

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A gold miner working in the Yukon discovered something amazing. The miner found a wolf pup that has been estimated at 57,000 years old that still has its fur. Researchers estimate the wolf pup lived for six or seven weeks in an underground den before the den collapsed around her. The only reason the ancient wolf pup is so well … Continue reading

Marriott Bonvoy Status Challenge: How It Works

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This year loyalty programs sure have started to compete for business. In August Marriott Bonvoy joined the list of hotel programs offering status challenges, and in this post I wanted to review how exactly this works. Marriott Bonvoy’s limited time status challenge Marriott Bonvoy is offering a status challenge for elite members of Accor Live Limitless, Hilton Honors, IHG Rewards Club, and World

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro release date, price, leaks, and rumors

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Here’s everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, plus the features we’re hoping to see.

Ripple Claims Bitcoin Is 'Chinese-Controlled' While Announcing New Lawsuit From SEC

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The Securities and Exchange Commission plans to sue Ripple in federal civil court for selling unregistered securities, according to a news release published online by the cryptocurrency company late Monday . Ripple defended its cryptocurrency, known as XRP, as a valid currency but then drifted into conspiracy-laden… Read more...

When Are Integrated Graphics Good Enough on a PC?

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Anybody looking for serious graphics power needs to have a graphics card from AMD, NVIDIA, or (someday soon) Intel. Not everyone wants that kind of power, however, especially when it comes at a price tag of $150 to more than $1,000. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

This homemade server is pure Raspberry Pi

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3D printed server rack can mount over a dozen Raspberry Pis.

The Mandalorian spin-offs will be set 'right after' Return of the Jedi

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Creator Jon Favreau discusses when the two newer shows are set in the Star Wars.

Toyota hits the jackpot with custom-built Supra Sport Top

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The covers are off for Toyota’s custom-built GR Supra Sport Top. It not only has a removable hardtop roof similar to its iconic predecessor, but it drew inspiration from the GR Supra Heritage Edition first seen at the 2019 SEMA show. Toyota’s Supra Sport Top not only looks fast and furious (pun intended), but it’s a properly quick roadster. It … Continue reading

Motorola’s Android 11 update plans include lots of phones and lots of omissions

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Motorola has revealed the list of its phones that will be getting Android 11, but you might be waiting a while.

UK set to fall short of next generation broadband and 5G promises

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A committee of MPs believe the Prime Minister has over-promised and is set to under-deliver.

Aer Lingus Approved To Join Oneworld Transatlantic Joint Venture

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The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has just issued final approval for Aer Lingus joining the oneworld transatlantic joint venture, which comes just over a month after tentative approval was issued for this. What does that mean? The Aer Lingus & oneworld relationship In 2015 Aer Lingus was taken over by International Airlines Group (IAG) , the parent company of British Airways, I

'Late Show' outtakes prove celebs are just as awkward on Zoom as you are

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"I want to put all of the stars who came onto the show into a montage of them just slating." That's what Stephen Colbert told Cate Blanchett during one of The Late Show 's many video interviews this year, and it looks like he's finally got his wish. Slating, for anyone who isn't familiar, is the act of getting a guest to say their name, count to three and then clap their hands together, in order

Scientists observe octopuses punching fish proving 2020 is tough all over

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No one likes a bully who punches for no reason. In the human world, we tend to avoid that type of person, and as it turns, the aquatic world also has its share of bullies. Scientists recently published a study where they observed octopuses punching fish. The most interesting part of the octopus’ aggressive behavior is that there appeared to … Continue reading

Yet another crypto exchange has fallen victim to a massive hack

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Cryptocurrency exchange EXMO revealed that assets, including Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, and others, were stolen from its hot wallets.

Liberis, the embedded finance provider for SMEs, raises additional £70M in debt

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Liberis , the U.K.-based fintech that provides finance for small businesses as an alternative to a traditional bank loan or extended overdraft , has replenished its own coffers with £70 million in funding. The round is a mixture of debt and venture debt, although the company is declining to disclose the percentage split, so we can likely chalk this up as mostly debt to fund the loans Liberis issu

AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs are almost twice as fast as original Ryzen processors

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And as we’ve seen in recent times, Intel has been left way behind in terms of desktop CPU sales as a result.

Congress approves COVID-19 spending bill with contentious copyright measures

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US Congress has finally passed a new spending bill with COVID-19 relief measures, which on the one hand is good news for many Americans. As often happens with crucial legislation, however, lawmakers tacked on some extra legislation, including a controversial copyright bill called the CASE Act. They make illegal streaming for profit a felony and could see individual internet users being fined up t

NASA drops surprisingly intense mission trailer for Perseverance's arrival on Mars

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The Perseverance rover is only a couple of months away from completing its 300 million mile journey to the surface of Mars, and NASA wants you to know about it. On Monday night, the space agency dropped a one-minute "mission trailer" that looks less like an advert for a highly anticipated scientific event and more like a teaser for a new Ridley Scott movie — heart-pounding music and all. Should P

Tech giants unite to back WhatsApp in hacking case

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Host of major technology firms have come out in support of WhatsApp as it fights legal battle against Israeli intelligence firm NSO.

Xiaomi Mi 11 to launch on December 28

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Xiaomi's Mi 11 will be unveiled on December 28 in a China-only event while the global launch schedule could be announced at a later date.

Canyon reveals three impressive-looking city e-bikes – and they're surprisingly cheap

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We don't have full specs for the new Commuter range yet, but early signs are very promising.

Astronomers may have found the oldest galaxy ever observed

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Does the Shoe Fit? Try It On With Augmented Reality

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Retailers are turning to the filtering technology popularized by Snapchat to add a real-world feel to online shopping.

Save on a course bundle packed with freelance writing advice

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TL;DR: Get advice on freelance writing with The Freelance Writing 12-Course Bundle , on sale for $37.99 as of Dec. 22. Want to get into freelance writing but need a little push in the right direction? Check out this freelance writing guide from coach Laura Briggs . Over the course of a dozen workshops and 16 hours of content, she’ll help you become a freelance writing expert, land jobs, and earn

Save 64% on an encrypted video conferencing platform

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TL;DR: Keep your video chats secure with a one-year license to's video conferencing tool, on sale for $99.99 as of Dec. 22. Do you ever wonder how safe your Teams or Zoom video channels are? Since you're using them more than ever, it would make sense that your online security is top of mind. works by providing secure, customizable, and encrypted video conferencing spaces. This

Save nearly 20% on a versatile water filtration vacuum cleaner

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TL;DR: Keep your home spotless with a Quantum X Water Filtration Vacuum for $399.99, a 19% savings as of Dec. 22. Since you've likely been staying home quite a bit lately, you've probably noticed how quickly gunk and dirt collect on your floors. Why not tackle the problem with the right cleaning tools? The Quantum X water filtration vacuum doesn't have a traditional vacuum filter to trap dirt and

Learn all about Six Sigma with this 45-hour training

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TL;DR: Become well-versed in Six Sigma with The 2021 Complete Six Sigma Training Suite Bundle , on sale for $31.99 as of Dec. 22. Six Sigma is a business methodology designed to streamline processes and minimize mistakes. If you want to learn more about how it works, this Six Sigma Training Suite can help. This training suite includes 45 hours of content broken down into 15 individual courses. Th

iPhone 13 could have a smaller notch and even more camera sensors

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A report suggests the notch will be shrunk for the iPhone 13 range, and that all four models will get a LiDAR scanner.

Samsung's first remarkably cheap 5G phone may land by the end of 2021

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Samsung is rumored to be developing a new handset called the Galaxy A22 5G, and it'll be far cheaper than the Galaxy S21.

Vodafone Christmas Sale: Festive savings on Google Pixel 5, iPhone 11 Pro deals and more

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Jingle all the way with Vodafone's Christmas sale, offering fantastic phone deals on the iPhone 11 Pro and Pixel 4, as well as festive price cuts on SIM-only contracts.

Xiaomi Mi 11 launch date confirmed, but don't bother tuning in for the live event

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The Xiaomi Mi 11 is definitely getting shown off on December 28, but it's a China-only event for now.

Let's Encrypt will help old Android phones browse securely for three more years

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Back in November, Let's Encrypt warned that older Android phones stuck running 7.1.1 Nougat or lower won’t be able to visit large portions of the secure web by September 2021. Now, the nonprofit certificate authority has announced that it has found a solution for the problem that will extend older Android phones’ compatibility with its certificates by three years. Let's Encrypt relies on IdenTrus

Asia’s casino capital Macau to host a CES alternative in 2021

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Macau, the former Portuguese colony that is now the world’s biggest gambling center, is planning to host a tech fair next year to match the famed CES in Las Vegas. The brains behind the “Beyond” conference are Lu Gang, founder of Chinese tech news media company TechNode, which was TechCrunch’s former China partner, and Jason Ho, a Macanese venture investor and a member of the CPPCC Beijing, China

Google backs Indian startups Glance and DailyHunt

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Indian startup Glance, which serves news, media content, and games on the lock screen of over 100 million smartphones , has a new investor: Google. The two-year-old Glance, which is part of advertising giant InMobi Group, said on Tuesday that it has raised $145 million in a new financing round from Google and existing investor Mithril Partners. The new round values Glance at over $1 billion, a pe

Xiaomi Mi 10i with 108MP camera to launch on January 5 in India

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Xiaomi Mi 10i 5G India launch date is now confirmed to be January 5. It will be a rebranded Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G from China.

Oppo sets up 5G innovation lab in India

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The India R&D team of Oppo is also working closely with industry chain partners such as Jio, Airtel, Qualcomm, and MediaTek. Oppo is the first tech brand to launch 5G mobile products in the European market and organised the first 5G WhatsApp call from India.

CMR study says 5G is a key smartphone purchase decision for Indian buyers

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Indian consumers, especially millennials, believe 5G will give greater thrust to user-generated content.

GameStop labels Cyberpunk 2077 as defective, accepts returns

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When it rains, it pours, even in the dystopian Night City. Especially in the dystopian Night City. Almost like this entire year, CD Projekt RED’s most ambitious game so far has been nothing short of a complete train wreck, forcing even Sony to pull out its digital stocks of the game from its PlayStation Store. Some retailers are following suit … Continue reading