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Don't get caught out by these banking scams

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 13min
Banking scams are rife this time of year, don't fall for them

Amazfit GTS 2 price in India, features, where to buy online and review

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 27min
The Amazfit GTS 2 is now available in India for Rs 12,999 on Amazon.

ZTE Axon 20 5G - the first phone with an under display camera - is on sale now

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 49min
Those in the UK are able to buy the ZTE Axon 20 5G now, but we've yet to hear of plans for Australia or the US.

How should you talk to friends and relatives who believe conspiracy theories?

4KBBC News - Technology / 1h
Advice from experts and those who used to believe conspiracy theories about how to avoid rows this festive season.

US cyber-attack: Around 50 firms 'genuinely impacted' by massive breach

7KBBC News - Technology / 1h
The expert whose company uncovered the hack also backs US officials' view that Russia was behind it.

Apple story in India: Wistron in trouble, but what are Foxconn, Pegatron up to?

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Apple's plans for India do not seem to have suffered much damage despite the violence at Wistron's factory coming as a shock. The other two Apple suppliers seem to be ready to fill in the breach.

Zoom native Apple Silicon M1 app coming in time for the holidays

SlashGear / 2h
Although originally conceived for serious meetings, Zoom has quickly become the buzzword for video conferencing, no matter the purpose, and Zoom knows that too well. Proof of that is how it’s waiving its 40-minute limit for free accounts on certain holidays, expecting and hoping its service will be used for virtual family and friends gatherings. One other step it’s taking … Continue reading

Al Jazeera hacking blamed on zero-click iPhone exploit

SlashGear / 3h
Just as we’re about to put a close on an already troubled 2020, news of massive hacking incidents, particularly targeting US government offices, exploded over the Internet. They aren’t, however, the only victims and something equally sinister and serious may be taking place around the Persian Gulf. Al Jazeera, the popular and outspoken Doha-based media organization, was informed that dozens … Con

Indian court rejects retail giant Future Group’s plea against Amazon

100+TechCrunch / 3h
An Indian court rejected Future Group’s plea that sought to prevent its partner Amazon from interfering in — and blocking — the Indian retail giant’s $3.4 billion asset sale deal to Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries, delivering a glimmer of hope to the American e-commerce firm that has invested more than $6.5 billion in the world’s second largest internet market. Future Group was seeking an ad-

John Krasinski and Dwayne Johnson save one dad's Christmas in surprise 'Some Good News' holiday special

100+Mashable / 3h
It feels like a million years since John Krasinski last graced YouTube with an episode of Some Good News , the adorably janky posi-vibes-only fake news show he created in the first wave of the pandemic. (It was May, by the way May. ) And we thought we'd seen the last of Krasinski behind the SGN home-office desk when he wrapped it up after eight installments earlier this year (and controversially

SoftBank will reportedly file for a SPAC on Monday

200+TechCrunch / 3h
SoftBank Investment Advisers may file as early as Monday to raise between $500 million and $600 million through an initial public offering of its first special purpose acquisition vehicle, reports Axios . SoftBank Investment Advisers manages the two Vision Funds and may continue leaning into SPACs, with two more reportedly in the works. Almost everything you need to know about SPACs The conglomer

Build your own video games and apps with this stacked bundle

24Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: The Complete AppGameKit Game Creator Bundle is on sale for £22.21 as of Dec. 21, saving you 84% on list price. You don't necessarily have to be a coding expert to produce high-quality apps and games. If you didn't go to school to study coding, all is not lost. This AppGameKit Game Creator Bundle is one way to learn the nuances of game creation, even if you don't have programming experience

Yes, 'Alexa, Play the Queen's Christmas Day Message,' Is Going to Be a Thing

86Gizmodo / 3h
If you, like me, were addicted to Netflix’s The Crown and didn’t leave the comfort of your couch for many hours because you were binging it, you might also gasp in delight at this news. On Christmas day, you’ll be able to have your own The Crown moment with the real Queen Elizabeth II, courtesy of Alexa. Read more...

Watch the Premier League for free these holidays with Amazon Prime

20Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: Watch the Premier League for free these holidays with a 30-day trial of Amazon Prime . The festive break is great for a few days, before you run out of things to actually do. At this point, streaming services can help you beat boredom. There is absolutely loads of content tucked away on sites like Netflix and Prime Video, and you could spend days (or weeks) bingeing on all the movies and s

Now streaming: best new TV shows & movies this week in Australia (Dec 21-27)

32TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Our top Christmas picks include Disney and Pixar's Soul, The Midnight Sky and more.

DJI to continue selling drones in the US despite blacklist

SlashGear / 4h
The year is far from over and, as far as the current US government is concerned, there is still plenty of time for actions that have long-lasting effects. One of those is expanding the US’ notorious “Entity List” to include not just SMIC, China’s largest chipmaker, but also, surprisingly, popular drone company DJI. That said, the latter was already rumored … Continue reading

This is the cheapest 4G LTE tablet right now

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Connectivity anywhere at a surprisingly low price

Rental fees for customer-owned routers will be illegal starting Monday

SlashGear / 5h
One would think that using your own equipment that you bought yourself would mean avoiding having to rent something similar and pay for that rental. That common-sense line of thinking, however, didn’t seem to apply to Internet broadband providers who still charge subscribers for the ISP-provided routers they don’t use anyway. Starting next week, however, that will finally become illegal … Continu

Xiaomi Mi QLED TV 4K goes on sale today: price features, and availability

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
After taking the crown as India's top smart TV maker, Xiaomi has thrown its hat into the premium segment. The Mi QLED TV 4K is now available in India.

UK Prime Minister: ‘We Cannot Continue With Christmas as Planned’

100+Gizmodo / 5h
With only days left before Christmas, millions of people in the United Kingdom received disheartening, though not unsurprising, news on Saturday. They were under a strict lockdown again, and would in general not be allowed to mix with other households for the next two weeks. The reason was related to a new strain of… Read more...

Epic Games’ free giveaway list has leaked

SlashGear / 6h
The period between mid-November until around the first week of January is always filled with sales, discounts, and even some giveaways. That almost applies to all industries but even more to those in the digital content distribution enterprise. In short, gamers can expect a lot of giveaways during the holiday season and Epic Games’ Christmas list has just been leaked … Continue reading

Tesla Full Self-Driving subscription coming really soon

SlashGear / 6h
Tesla did more than just make electric vehicles a thing, it also changed the ways some features are delivered to cars and owners. Rather than requiring a physical upgrade or add-on parts, Tesla’s EVs have the capabilities already built-in, just disabled through software. While that makes it easier to “upgrade” to those new features, it doesn’t make it cheaper. That’s … Continue reading

Cyberpunk 2077 on Microsoft Store gets a warning, save file limits revealed

SlashGear / 7h
It seems that there is really no longer any hope of salvaging Cyberpunk 2077’s reputation, especially on consoles. The most damning evidence of the game’s problematic performance came from Sony who pulled out the game from the PlayStation Store in addition to refunding buyers. Microsoft hasn’t made such a bold move, at least not yet, but while it is also … Continue reading

Congress Finally Reaches Deal on How Many Pennies to Throw to Americans

500+Gizmodo / 7h
Congressional leaders have reached a bipartisan deal on an almost $1 trillion covid-19 economic relief package Sunday afternoon that would establish a temporary $300 per week bump in unemployment benefits and send $600 stimulus checks to most Americans, the Associated Press reports. Read more...

Is Four Seasons about to launch a loyalty program?

The Points Guy / 7h
For fans of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s top luxury hotel brands, being loyal doesn’t give you an edge. Instead, every guest can expect the same, VIP experience. And that may be one of the reasons Four Seasons — which operates everything from iconic city hotels such as the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown to private island escapes like the Four Seasons Resort Maldives a

Galaxy S21 series specs and price leaks leave no stone unturned

24SlashGear / 8h
It is often the case that unofficial details about upcoming smartphones get leaked in their entirety close their official announcements. The fact that the Galaxy S21 is now getting a flood of leaks is perhaps indirect proof of how close its launch really is. We have seen no shortage of bits and pieces of rumors and tidbits here and there … Continue reading

You Didn’t Travel Much In 2020, But With This Luggage You’ll Look Like You Did

View from the Wing / 8h
Some travelers think when you buy new luggage, you have to worry about it getting dinged and scraped, but I don’t think that’s true. The whole point of luggage is to protect what’s inside of it. Getting nicked is literally what it’s for. And the well-worn look just means the luggage has been with you through many journeys. But what if you want your bags to look damaged from the start, like a new

'Yes, people have Zoom fatigue but it's not our fault'

300+BBC News - Technology / 8h
Zoom director Aparna Bawa says video conferencing can tire people out, but her firm isn't to blame.

You Know the Pandemic's Getting Worse if Apple's Closing Its Stores En Masse Again

500+Gizmodo / 8h
Besides the official reports from states, the federal government , and entities like Johns Hopkins , there’s always been another, unorthodox way to gauge the severity of the pandemic: Apple Store closures. The company was one of the first major retailers to close its stores during the pandemic and has been opening and… Read more...

Entrepreneurs say regulatory constraints are hampering commercial applications of space tech

100+TechCrunch / 9h
When Payam Banazadeh and his team started Capella Space in 2016, they had visions of providing private industry with a wealth of new data that they could use in all sorts of ways to create business opportunities and improve efficiencies. Four years later, Banazadeh is still waiting for that commercial opportunity. Capella is still successful. The company has managed to raise $82 million in ventur

Alleviate the Stress of the Holidays With 30% off Sunday Scaries Holiday CBD Spiced Drops

Gizmodo / 9h
Spearmint and Cinnamon CBD Spiced Drops | $27 | Sunday Scaries | Promo Code KINJA30 Read more...

Apple closes all California stores as virus cases spike.

40NYT > Technology / 10h
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Brighten your day with this hilarious blooper reel from 'The Witcher' on Netflix

200+Mashable / 10h
Today, Dec. 20, 2020, marks exactly one year since The Witcher premiered on Netflix. And while it'll likely be some time before we get to dig into Season 2 , Netflix delivered a little treat for fans all the same. What we have here is a roughly one-minute montage of Season 1 bloopers, featuring everything from flubbed lines to a dropped apple to an unfortunately timed horse poop. It's light, it's

Zoom will officially support Apple's M1 Macs on December 21st

100+Engadget / 10h
If you’re using Zoom on your M1 Mac for virtual holiday get-togethers , you’ll be happy to hear that an upgrade is arriving in a timely fashion. 9to5Mac has learned that Zoom is rolling out a December 21st update that lets the video calling app natively support Apple Silicon Macs. You may need to grab a separate installer, but you’ll likely want to leap on this if you’d rather not run Zoom using

Apple closes a bunch of stores yet again because of COVID-19

100+Mashable / 10h
Every Apple store in California is closing as the state sees a massive surge in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. According to USA Today , all 53 stores around the state are "temporarily closed." Looking up my local San Francisco store on Apple's retail location site I found that the Union Square store in the middle of the city's shopping district was no longer open for in-person s

iPhone security flaw let spies hack dozens of Al Jazeera journalists

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100+Engadget / 10h
Journalists appear to have fallen prone to a particularly sophisticated digital espionage campaign. According to the Guardian , Citizen Lab has discovered that operators using NSO Group software, nicknamed Kismet, hacked the iPhones of 37 journalists (most from Al Jazeera ) using an iMessage vulnerability that had been present for roughly a year. The zero-click attacks left no trace and would hav

The Case Against Post-Covid Business Travel. Will You Ever Fly Again The Way You Used To?

View from the Wing / 10h
With more and more Americans testing positive for Covid-19, and with the first (Pfizer-BioNTech) vaccine already rolling out, we're likely approaching the final stages of the pandemic. But are we all going to go right back to normal, how things were before? Now that everyone uses Zoom remote work is better than it used to be. People coming into a meeting by video that's happening in person used t

Eddie Izzard now uses she/her pronouns, receives an outpouring of support

500+Mashable / 10h
You love to see it. Accomplished comedian, The Riches star, and international treasure Eddie Izzard has brought some light into the end of a dark 2020. During a recent stint as a model for Sky Arts' Portrait Artist of the Year , Izzard opened up about embracing the use of she/her pronouns, describing herself as "gender fluid." The topic came up in relation to a question asking her to explain "why

Huzzah, Now ISPs Can't Charge Rental Fees for Your Own Dang Modem

4KGizmodo / 11h
If you’ve ever wondered why you still have to pay your internet provider rental fees for a modem even after you bought it, I have some good news: A new U.S. law is shutting that shit down from here on out. Read more...

The Queen's Christmas message will be available on Alexa for the first time

200+Engadget / 11h
You won’t have to go out of your way to catch Queen Elizabeth II’s annual Christmas Day message if you have an Echo (or a similar device) on hand. The Guardian reports that the Queen’s message will be available on smart speakers for the first time through Amazon’s Alexa. So long as you live in an English-speaking country, you can ask Alexa to “play the Queen’s Christmas day message” after 3PM GMT

How to delete your Instagram account. Bye, Mark Zuckerberg.

300+Mashable / 12h
So, you finally deleted your Facebook account. The misinformation , the scams , the data privacy issues, the odd company decisions (like the one giving politicians a pass to lie ) — it all just became too much. Your Facebook profile is now gone, and you’ve moved on to other social media platforms like … deleting Instagram?! You probably know this, but just in case you don’t: Facebook owns Instagr

American Slashes Philadelphia Transatlantic Routes

200+One Mile at a Time / 12h
American Airlines has made quite some schedule changes over the weekend, including retaliating against JetBlue in Fort Lauderdale , and adding a new Charlotte to Honolulu flight . Now there’s even more. American cuts several transatlantic routes American Airlines has just suspended four transatlantic routes, which were supposed to return in the summer of 2021. Specifically, the following four tra

Full self-driving mode will open to all Tesla owners with monthly subscription

500+Mashable / 12h
If you want your Tesla to drive itself down some streets and on the highway (with you still at the wheel, paying attention, of course) you need to put down some serious cash for the Full Self-Driving (FSD) mode. But in 2021, there might be more options. Instead of paying $10,000 to add FSD mode to the Tesla advanced driving system, called Autopilot, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Sunday about subscr

Top Christmas tech gifts for those who have everything

60TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Looking for some high-end picks when it comes to tech gifts this Christmas? Then look no further.