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No, Other People’s Covid Vaccines Can’t Disrupt Your Menstrual Cycle

20KNYT > Technology / 5h
You can’t experience effects from being near someone who is vaccinated, because it is biologically impossible for the vaccine material to be transmitted from person to person.

We just got our first look at new 'Dexter' and he ain't chopping trees

1KMashable / 4h
In the words of the late, great Krombopulos Michael : "Oh boy, here I go killing again!" Ahead of Dexter 's limited series return , slated for later in 2021, Showtime dropped a teaser for lead Michael C. Hall's updated take on the iconic serial killer. It's a meager 30-second snippet, but tells longtime fans of the dark comedy-drama some vital information about the homecoming. First, Dexter final

Ford, BMW and Honda cut production due to global chip crisis

1KEngadget / 9h
Car makers Ford, Honda and BMW have reportedly joined tech companies Apple and Samsung in flagging production cuts caused by the global chip shortage.

Biden's Labor Secretary Wants to See Gig Workers Reclassified as Employees

Gizmodo / 7min
Tech stocks tumbled on Thursday following a Reuters interview in which U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh stated that many of the millions of gig workers across the country should, in fact, be classified as employees, rather than independent contractors. Read more...

Amazon Renews Invincible for 2 More Bloody Seasons

Gizmodo / 13min
It shouldn’t be a surprise. Robert Kirkman ’s animated adaptation of his own 2003 comic has been even more popular and well-reviewed than its source material, thanks to its airing on Amazon Prime. Clearly, Amazon isn’t unaware of this fact, since it’s just renewed Invincible for not one but two more seasons. Read more...

Why Could Menthols Be Banned, but Not Regular Cigarettes?

Gizmodo / 25min
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it would begin the process of trying to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes and flavored cigars from the market. The decision will likely meet fierce opposition from many corners and may not come into effect for years. But it brings up an interesting question: Why… Read more...

Tesla holds $2.48 billion of Bitcoin

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 26min
Tesla has revealed in a new SEC filing that it currently has $2.48bn in Bitcoin on hand.

Real-life 'Disaster Girl' turns her meme into a $500,000 NFT

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39Engadget / 27min
The “Disaster Girl” photo that sparked a thousand memes is the latest to make it big all over again as an NFT.

Restricted Data explores controversial history of nuclear secrecy

20Ars Technica / 32min
Enlarge / A "Restricted Data" classification stamp on a document from the US Atomic Energy Commission in the early 1950s. The document pertains to the classification of opacity calculations that were part of the work on the hydrogen bomb. The document is no longer classified and is available in the US National Archives. (credit: Alexander Wellerstein/CC-BY-3.0 ) The revolutionary discovery of nuc

‘A Perfect Positive Storm’: Bonkers Dollars for Big Tech

64NYT > Technology / 34min
The dictionary doesn’t have enough superlatives to describe what’s happening to the five biggest technology companies, raising uncomfortable questions for their C.E.O.s.

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart looks gorgeous in new PS5 gameplay, photo mode confirmed

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 34min
Sony showed off over 15 minutes of new gameplay from Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart during a State of Play presentation.

What private tech companies should consider before going public via a SPAC

68TechCrunch / 37min
Drew N. Goodwin Contributor Drew N. Goodwin is a senior associate with Farella Braun + Martel LLP in San Francisco. Alex Reese Contributor Alex Reese is a partner with Farella Braun + Martel LLP in San Francisco. The red-hot market for special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, has “screeched to a halt,” according to CNN . As the SPAC market grew in the past six months, it seemed that every

'Among Us' heads to PS4 and PS5 later this year

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24Engadget / 40min
The platform-exclusive Ratchet & Clank skin is suspiciously adorable.

60-Member Ransomware Task Force Has a Plan to Crack Down on Ransomware Criminals

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Gizmodo / 48min
A new, Big-Tech-backed coalition is lobbying the Biden administration to more aggressively pursue the threat of ransomware. In a report sent to the White House this week, members of the new group—simply called the Ransomware Task Force —have asked the president and the U.S. intelligence community to prioritize the… Read more...

Borderlands' Moxxi Has Been Cast, Completing Eli Roth's Adaptation

44Gizmodo / 48min
Eli Roth’s Borderlands seems determined to claim the title for most star-studded video game adaptation ever , and today’s announcement that the cast is finally complete—with the addition of Gina Gershon, American Horror Story ’s Cheyenne Jackson, and a few others—seems likely to seal the deal. Read more...

Twitter quickly gained a lot of new users in 2020 thanks to the pandemic

31Engadget / 58min
Twitter just posted earnings for the first quarter of 2021, and it sheds a light on how much the company grew during the ongoing pandemic. On average, Twitter had 199 million daily active users in Q1 2021, up almost 20 percent compared to the 166 million Twitter counted one year ago, when the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic had recently become clear.

Apple Podcasts app is kind of broken, it’s not just you

SlashGear / 59min
After the update to iOS 14.5, along with app updates for several apps, the Podcasts app seems to have taken a turn for the worse. Not for all, but certainly for some, the newest update to the Apple Podcasts app has hit a bit of a log jam. One of the reasons for bad reactions people are having to the … Continue reading

Popular omega-3 supplements may spike AFib risk in some people

SlashGear / 59min
Omega-3 supplements, which are available both over-the-counter and in higher strengths as prescription medication, may put certain people at increased risk of a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation (AFib). That’s according to new research published by the European Society of Cardiology; it involved an analysis of several existing studies. Omega-3 supplements, which often come in the f

Leaks: May 21 will be the launch day for the new iMac, iPad Pro, and Apple TV

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Ars Technica / 1h
Enlarge / One of the new products Apple will launch in May: the 2021 Apple TV 4K and its new remote. (credit: Apple) When Apple announced the new iPad Pro, 24-inch iMac, and Apple TV 4K models during its April 20 livestreamed event, the company said those products would launch "in the second half of May" but didn't get more specific beyond that. Now, multiple apparent leaks—including one on Apple

Amazon made more profit during the pandemic than in the past three years

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29Engadget / 1h

United Airlines Wants Vaccinated-Only Seating Sections But Says Government Won’t Allow It

View from the Wing / 1h
United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby was asked about a 'vaccinated-only' seating section. Kirby endorsed the concept saying it "sounds like a great idea," and confirms that United has thought about it. Continue reading ...

How to Display Your Books Like a More Sophisticated Adult

38Lifehacker / 1h
Bookshelves have become the official unofficial backdrop for Zoom presentations. I can’t count the number of meetings where I’ve seen the speaker sitting in front of a wall of books, all strategically placed, and it makes sense: Nice-looking bookcases look professional. Elegant, even. They show off a sense of… Read more...

Amazon reports blockbuster Q1 2021: Pandemic and Prime Day 2021

SlashGear / 1h
Amazon has announced its Q1 2021 financial results, and it turns out a lot of people did a lot of online shopping during the pandemic. Jeff Bezos’ retail behemoth saw net sales surge 44-percent year on year, while net income rocketed to $8.1 billion for the three month period, more than three times the amount in Q1 2020. Looking ahead, … Continue reading

Amazon’s profits soar 220 percent as pandemic drives shopping online.

100NYT > Technology / 1h
The high volume of orders during the pandemic has let Amazon operate more efficiently.

Microsoft is adding support for AAC Bluetooth audio in Windows 10

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32Engadget / 1h
That's great news if you own a pair of AirPods.

These robots aren't crappy. But they do handle your crap.

24Mashable / 1h
As I look out over the Port of Los Angeles with its shipping cranes and waterways, I think about the 800,000 gallons of water similar in quality to drinking water lying in tanks under my feet. Less than 24 hours earlier, it had been raw sewage entering the Terminal Island Water Reclamation plant, where environmental engineer Lance Thibodeaux is showing me around so I can see high-tech filtration

Gym Selfies Are Good, Actually

Lifehacker / 1h
Social media is full of gym selfies showing people beaming sweatily after a good workout. It’s also full of people complaining about gym selfies. Are those who take them self-obsessed? Attention starved? Negatively affecting how you, as a viewer, feel about your body? Should everyone stop taking them? Read more...

Show Me a Directed Energy Weapon or Shut Your Anonymous National Security Official Mouth

60Gizmodo / 1h
Another day, another mostly anonymously sourced story about unidentified assailants supposedly assaulting U.S. government employees around the globe. This time, according to CNN , federal agencies are looking into something closer to home: symptoms suffered by a White House employee in Virginia and National Security… Read more...

Should You Include Your Mailing Address On Your Resume?

21Lifehacker / 1h
Most every resume template includes a spot for your home address, but do you really need to include it? If you’re a privacy hawk, you might chafe at doing so, and not only because prospective employers are highly unlikely to choose to contact you via snail mail: Including your address on something as public as a CV… Read more...

The 2021 iPad Pro 12.9-inch will work with your old Magic Keyboard (kinda)

20SlashGear / 1h
Apple’s latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro will, in fact, work with older Magic Keyboard cases, the company has quietly confirmed, though the experience may not be as slick as with earlier, thinner versions of the tablet. The 2021 iPad Pro switches to a Mini-LED panel for its 12.9-inch display, in the process gaining 0.5mm of thickness compared to its 2020 predecessor. … Continue reading

Apple's AirPods Max get a first-time price cut in a rare deal from Amazon

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
We've spotted a first-time price cut on the Apple AirPods Max, which are on sale for $532 in a rare deal from Amazon.

Microsoft Teams is getting an update that developers will love

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Microsoft has updated its GitHub app for Teams with new features that will enable developers to build and ship better software.

Uber, Lyft stocks plunge after Biden official says drivers are employees

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100+Ars Technica / 2h
Enlarge (credit: lechatnoir / Getty) Stock in Uber is down more than 6 percent after President Joe Biden's new labor secretary, Marty Walsh, told Reuters that drivers are employees under US labor law. Stock in Lyft, whose business is more concentrated in the United States, is down 11 percent. DoorDash, which heavily uses contract workers for food deliveries, saw its stock fall by 8 percent. The S

Castlevania's Final Season Trailer Teases an All-Out Supernatural War

100+Gizmodo / 2h
Trevor, Sypha, and Alucard’s journey are coming to a final end —and in true Castlevania style, it’s going to be a bloody good time . Read more...

Fortnite’s sneaky new Batman shack hints at bigger cave

SlashGear / 2h
You may not have noticed, but Fortnite is now home to a new Batman destination…though it’s not exactly the Bat Cave. Rather, the game added a small Bat Shack with its update earlier this week, one that teases a potentially bigger change involving Batman coming to the battle royale island — including, potentially, a new Bat Cave POI. Batman isn’t … Continue reading

Today’s best deals: Lots of video games, rechargeable batteries, and more

Ars Technica / 2h
Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Today's Dealmaster includes a number of noteworthy video game deals. Recommended titles such as Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury , Ori and the Will of the Wisps , and Disco Elysium are all discounted; other recent buzzy releases like It Takes Two , Little Nightmares II , and Nier Replicant are down to new lows; and Microsoft , Sony , and Valve have each kicked o

5 things we can’t wait to try on Disney’s brand new cruise ship

56The Points Guy / 2h
As they say, a dream is a wish the heart makes — and my heart (and begrudgingly, my wallet) has set its sights firmly on the forthcoming new Disney Wish cruise ship. I’m a bit of a Disney nut who has loved each Disney Cruise I’ve been on , so there was never a doubt I’d want to sail on the enchanting Disney Wish, which will be the fifth ship to join the Disney Cruise Line when it sets sail on its

How to Make Google Assistant Pronounce Your Name Correctly

Lifehacker / 2h
Google is updating Google Assistant with better contextual learning features that should make the digital helper more accurate. One of the changes is the ability to teach Google Assistant how to properly pronounce names—after a little bit of self-started voice training. Read more...

California’s Carbon Offset Program Is a Complete Disaster

40Gizmodo / 2h
As businesses in California race to tamp down their emissions by buying carbon offsets, some serious math errors in the program may mean more carbon dioxide—not less—is being added to the atmosphere. Read more...

Google Assistant Will Now Finally Be Able to Say Your Name Correctly

Gizmodo / 2h
It’s always awkward when you ask the robot (i.e. your phone’s digital assistant) to call a friend or family member, and then it responds with a cold and butchered pronunciation of that name. Now you can help stave off those unfortunate uncanny valley moments by teaching the Google Assistant how to pronounce your name… Read more...

Electrify America will expand its EV chargers to four more states by early 2022

54Engadget / 2h
The network will soon cover 47 states and the District of Columbia.

Luca's Mystique-Like Transformations Were Inspired by 'Squid Chromatophores'

Gizmodo / 2h
Like many fantasy stories involving sea-dwelling people who work up the courage to explore the land beyond the ocean, the young heroes of Pixar’s Luca have the ability to pass as humans thanks to a magical transformation. It’s easy for Luca and his platonic buddy Alberto to pass once they step out of the water and dry… Read more...

Nvidia driver preps RTX 3000 GPU owners for Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
The RTX 3000-series driver also updates Nvidia’s previously-bypassed hash rate limiter

Dashlane's $24 Essentials plan lets you to access your passwords on two devices

29Engadget / 2h
Password manager Dashlane has introduced a new essentials tier to its pricing structure.

15 Things I Love About the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

71View from the Wing / 2h
For many years this was the single best card for earning valuable rewards points, in a class by itself. Now it's refreshed with the biggest public offer there's ever been for the card. They've increased the offer to 80,000 points plus a $50 statement credit - without changing the $4000 spend requirement within three months. This is the strongest initial bonus offer on any card in my opinion. But

Book of Boba Fett leak says novelty Star Wars song divined future

SlashGear / 2h
The song was written and performed by MC Chris, and it’s called Fett’s Vette. The leak is related to The Book of Boba Fett, and it connects in a shockingly silly and entertaining way to the lyrics of the song. The song was originally released on an album in the year 2001 – so it’s not as if MC Chris … Continue reading

Biden’s labor secretary thinks many gig workers should be reclassified as employees

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76TechCrunch / 2h
Biden Labor Secretary Marty Walsh charged into the white hot issue of the gig economy Thursday, asserting that many people working without benefits in the gig economy should be classified as employees instead. In an interview with Reuters , Walsh said that the Department of Labor is “looking at” the gig economy, hinting that worker reclassification could be a priority in the Biden administration.

New Promo For United MileagePlus Premier Members

24One Mile at a Time / 3h
While leisure travel is starting to make a rebound in the United States, most airlines are still going to have to do more to help elite members requalify. In late 2020 United Airlines announced how it would be easier to earn MileagePlus status in 2021 , and today the airline has announced some further initiatives to reward members more. United MileagePlus’ “Pick Your Path” promotion United Mileag

Study finds genes help shape your subconscious coffee cravings

SlashGear / 3h
Do you often drink coffee, or do you tend to only turn to the popular beverage on occasion? Perhaps you made the switch from regular to decaf coffee at some point and you’re still not quite sure why you made the change. According to a new study from the University of South Australia, your genes may play a big role … Continue reading

How to Get a Refund on Federal Student Loan Payments You Made During the Pandemic

24Lifehacker / 3h
If you’re a federal student loan borrower in a cash crunch, consider asking for a refund if you made extra payments after March 13, 2020, when the CARES Act student loan payment moratorium was put in place. The only trade-off is that you’ll set yourself back on paying off your loan, but that might be worth it if your… Read more...

No, Sickos, You Can't Buy an NFT to Destroy a Basquiat (Today)

20Gizmodo / 3h
A Jean-Michel Basquiat has possibly averted annihilation by NFT. Earlier this week, a seller who only identified themselves as “DAYstrom” attempted to auction an NFT of Basquiat’s 1986 drawing Free Comb with Pagoda , granting the winner the option to destroy the work so that only the NFT would survive. Whether the… Read more...

Spotify CEO says live audio content is the next ‘Stories’

100+TechCrunch / 3h
Live audio experiences will be adopted by every major platform just like Stories have been, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek told investors on Wednesday’s earnings call. The streaming service recently acquired a live audio app, Locker Room, whose technology it expects to use to power a range of new live audio conversations centered around sports, culture and, of course music. Investors were curious how exac

Facebook jumpstarts newsletter ambitions with $5 million for indie writers

38Engadget / 3h
The company will prioritize reporters who plan to cover marginalized communities.

Healthcare is the next wave of data liberation

84TechCrunch / 3h
David Jegen Contributor David Jegen is a managing partner of F-Prime Capital ’s Technology Fund and co-founder of FinTech Sandbox . More posts by this contributor The restaurant table(t) is getting crowded Carl Byers Contributor Carl Byers is a partner at F-Prime Capital . He teaches finance at Harvard University and was previously the CFO of Athenahealth from its founding through IPO. Why can we

FCC reveals sign-up date and website for $50-per-month broadband subsidies

200+Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Douglas Sacha) Enrollment for $50-per-month broadband subsidies for US residents with low incomes or those who lost income during the pandemic will begin on May 12, the Federal Communications Commission announced today . The FCC also set up a new website at which people can sign up for the subsidies. "As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll i

A Chinese company has started charging for fully driverless rides

33Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge (credit: Baidu) Baidu, China's leading search engine, is often compared to Google. And just as Google has spun off Waymo to commercialize self-driving technology, so Baidu is developing self-driving technology of its own. On Thursday, the Chinese search giant announced the launch of what it is calling China’s first paid autonomous vehicle service, known as Apollo Go. Arguably, the service

Brazil rejects Sputnik V vaccine, says it’s tainted with replicating cold virus

100+Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge / Vials of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 are seen at the Boris Trajkovski sports hall in Skopje as the country starts its vaccination campaign, after months of difficulties on April 16, 2021. (credit: Getty | ROBERT ATANASOVSKI ) Health regulators in Brazil say that doses of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine contain a cold-causing virus capable of replicating in human cells. Th

FAA authorizes SpaceX’s next three Starship test launches

75TechCrunch / 3h
SpaceX is continuing its Starship spacecraft testing and development program apace, and as of this afternoon it has authorization from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct its next three test flights from its launch site in Boca Chica, Texas. Approvals for prior launch tests have been one-offs, but the FAA said in a statement that it’s approving these in a batch because “Spac

David Cronenberg's New Sci-Fi Film Casts Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, and More

100+Gizmodo / 3h
It’s been seven years since iconic director David Cronenberg made a film, and it’s been 22 years since he made a science-fiction with 1999's eXistenZ . Now Cronenberg is heading back to the genre with Crimes of the Future , and he’s bringing Aragorn, Madeleine Swann, and Bella Swann along with him. Read more...

Watch TPG UK compare London’s biggest vs. smallest hotel rooms

The Points Guy / 3h
Editor’s note: Rosewood London provided a complimentary stay to TPG. The opinions expressed below are entirely from the author and weren’t subject to review by Rosewood. Before the U.K. descended into its winter lockdown , TPG U.K. was invited to experience an incredibly special spot in London: The Manor House Wing at the Rosewood London . It’s one of the biggest hotel suites in the British capit

How to Share Your ETA in iOS 14.5 if You're Driving, Biking, or Walking

21Lifehacker / 3h
“Share ETA” is one of the best features to come from iOS 13—if you and your friends are Apple Maps users, that is. And once you’ve updated to iOS 14.5, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, you’ll be able to send ETAs to friends when you’re cycling or walking, too. Take that, cars . Read more...

Star Wars: Bad Batch show episode 1, 2, 3 details just dropped

SlashGear / 3h
If you’ve been digging for early leaks of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, you’ve probably felt pretty spoiled. If not, now’s not the time to give in to the dark side! If you’d like to sort of go halfway without spoiling yourself, Disney+ just released a lovely sort of teaser. We now know the names, descriptions, and lengths of the … Continue reading

Digital comics startup Madefire is shutting down

100+TechCrunch / 4h
R.I.P. Madefire, a startup that recruited high-profile artists to reinvent comics for new formats and platforms. An announcement on the Madefire website states the company entered into “an assignment of benefit for creditors” (explained as “a state-level insolvency proceeding similar to bankruptcy”) earlier this month, which was then reported this morning in The Beat . As a result, no new books w

Now Is the Time to Embrace Not-Hot Food

Lifehacker / 4h
It is not properly hot out yet, but once that happens, three things will become true: I will start to hate using my oven. I will want to invite people to my yard to enjoy a meal al fresco. I will grow increasingly lazy. None of these three things is in direct conflict with the other two, but their co-existence does… Read more...

NVIDIA GeForce drivers name-check CMP 40HX, update hash limits

SlashGear / 4h
This week the folks at NVIDIA released Game Ready 446.27 drivers which reference a hash limiter for GPUs. This driver updates the hash limiter specifically for the GeForce RTX 3060 12GB. This update is required for the product shipped starting mid-May 2021. In the notes for this update, NVIDIA references the article they released in February by the name of … Continue reading

Neil Gaiman, Chuck Wendig, and More Are Uniting to Make Disney Pay Royalties

400+Gizmodo / 4h
Late last year , Alan Dean Foster—the novelist who wrote the first Star Wars novels , the ghost-written novelization of A New Hope and its direct sequel, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye— went public with his struggles to negotiate a royalty contract for his work since Disney took ownership of Lucasfilm. Although Foster’s… Read more...

Declassified Satellite Images Show Glaciers Are Melting Faster Than Ever

100+Gizmodo / 4h
The world’s glaciers are melting faster and the climate crisis is to blame, a new study shows. Read more...

Scientists Closer to Creating Psychedelic-Like Drugs That Work Without Hallucinations

37Gizmodo / 4h
In a new study this week, researchers describe their work with experimental compounds that could offer the mental health benefits of a psychedelic drug, without causing people to trip out. Their early research, so far only conducted in mice, might someday provide people with more first-line treatments for illnesses… Read more...

Brydge 12.9 MAX+ iPad Pro keyboard supersizes the trackpad

SlashGear / 4h
Brydge has revealed a new keyboard for the latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro (5th Gen), increasing the size of the trackpad to make it even more capable as a laptop alternative. The company has also announced a new firmware update for all Brydge iPad keyboards with trackpads, which adds some much-requested functionality. Brydge 12.9 MAX+ Designed to work with the slightly-thicker … Continue reading

Instagram tries to take on Clubhouse with audio-only livestreams

39Engadget / 4h
Facebook has introduced a new feature inside of Instagram Live that allows you to turn off your phone’s camera when broadcasting.

Netflix serves up an enchanting teaser for DC Comics adaptation 'Sweet Tooth'

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38Mashable / 4h
Get ready because Netflix is diving horns first into the world of DC Comics. On Thursday, the streaming giant dropped its first teaser for Sweet Tooth — an eight-part adventure series that aims to combine the best of the fairytale and sci-fi genres . Based on the beloved comic written and drawn by Jeff Lemire (40 issues of which were produced between 2009 and 2013), Sweet Tooth takes place in pos

Microsoft follows Epic’s lead, lowers its cut of PC game sales to 12%

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20Ars Technica / 4h
Enlarge / Developers of games like these will soon earn more money when they're sold through the Microsoft Store. (credit: Microsoft ) Microsoft is lowering the revenue cut it takes on games sold through its Microsoft Store on PCs from 30 percent to 12 percent, marking a new front in its uphill battle to take on competing game distribution platforms like Steam and the Epic Games Store. "Having a

Conspiracy theorist said death threats were “jokes”—but jury didn’t buy it

100+Ars Technica / 4h
Enlarge / Brendan Hunt frequently posted videos about conspiracy theories to sites including YouTube and BitChute. (credit: Brendan Hunt/YouTube ) Over the past 20 years, Brendan Hunt increasingly bought into conspiracy theories. But unlike many others like him, he wasn’t just falling down the rabbit hole—he was the one digging it. In posts made to YouTube and other platforms, Hunt voiced support

U.S. Court Says Ghost Gun Blueprints Can Stay Online

Gizmodo / 4h
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled this week that posting plans for so-called “ghost guns”—homemade firearms and firearm parts designed to route around gun regulations—is technically legal. The ruling, which affirmed the Trump-era removal of these gun and gun parts from the State Department’s… Read more...

This macOS browser could be a game-changer for Chrome on Mac users

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
Mighty's new Chromium-based browser runs in the cloud to free up RAM and processing power on your Mac.

Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant Sues Airline Over Husband’s Death

28One Mile at a Time / 4h
This is a tragic story , and it’s hard to know what exactly to make of this lawsuit. Southwest flight attendant blames airline over husband’s death Carol Madden is a 69-year-old Baltimore-based Southwest Airlines flight attendant who is suing her airline over her 73-year-old husband’s death, which came shortly after he tested positive for coronavirus. In a wrongful death lawsuit filed in US Distr

First look inside and where to sit on Avelo’s Boeing 737-800

78The Points Guy / 4h
In case you missed it, there’s a brand-new airline in the U.S. That’s Avelo Airlines , an ultra-low-cost discounter, with operations based in Burbank (BUR) near Los Angeles. On Wednesday, the carrier inaugurated service with just one route between BUR and Santa Rosa (STS) in California’s famed wine county. Avelo plans to quickly ramp up its operations , growing to 11 routes on the West Coast, inc

United Is Giving Elites 3 Promotions To Choose From, Makes Status Easier To Earn

View from the Wing / 4h
United will let elite members earn 25% of their status requirements with 3 trips, or members can choose a bonus of 10% of their status requirements or bonus miles instead. That's on top of the 25% credit towards status United has already given. While some people will earn elite status this year, 2021 is mostly a wash out for an airline's best customers. And that means airlines need to take steps

What Are Your Go-to Parenting Mantras?

29Lifehacker / 4h
So much of parenting is about the long game . We may be raising children, but we’re really raising adults—people who, in a surprisingly short amount of time, will be off on their own, living their own lives. And how we parent them as kids will at least partially impact the type of adults they’ll grow up to be and the… Read more...

Family Sues SpaceX for Death, Spinal Injuries

500+Futurism / 5h
Aiming High SpaceX is looking to revolutionize orbit, but it’s dealing with legal problems down on the surface of the Earth. A Texas family is suing the Elon Musk-led spacetech company, along with its affiliate company Dogleg Park LLC, for $20 million dollars after a car crash last June left one of them dead and the other four with spine and leg injuries. The Venegas family says they had to flee

Enjoy homemade fries with a Dash air fryer on sale

Mashable / 5h
Save $30: The Dash Deluxe six-quart electric air fryer and oven cooker is on sale for $69.99 at Amazon through April 29. We often think that in order to eat healthier, we have to cut out delicious food. But you don't have to take fries off the menu if you upgrade your kitchen with an air fryer . And if you don't want to spend too much on chicken nuggets, Amazon has you covered with some affordabl

Are Sentences That End in Prepositions Really Something to Be Wary of?

20Lifehacker / 5h
“Proper” English is full of stumbling blocks, and chief among them is the sentence that ends in a preposition. For example, this question: Are sentences that end in prepositions really something to be wary of? Read more...

Want to save an island’s coral reefs? Get rid of invasive rats

84Ars Technica / 5h
Enlarge / The stark surface of Redonda Island is turning green again. (credit: Invertzoo ) Hundreds of years ago, Europeans were sailing the globe and “discovering” new parcels of land—and rats came along with them as stowaways. As crews made landfall on many islands, rats hopped off and made themselves new homes. The rats prospered, out-competing, eating, or otherwise driving off native species,

'Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order' PS5 and Xbox Series X/S update arrives this summer

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47Engadget / 5h
Folks who bought the PS4 or Xbox One version will get the upgrade for free.

As SpaceX helps the ISS get crowded, NASA has a fix for sleepy astronauts

SlashGear / 5h
The International Space Station is getting so crowded, NASA astronauts are setting up a whole new design of temporary bed, and it looks likely to need the new system a lot more over the next few years. The Crew Alternate Sleep Accommodation, or CASA, arrived on the ISS earlier this month, with the recent SpaceX Crew-2 mission demonstrating just why … Continue reading

Biden proposes ARPA-H, a health research agency to ‘end cancer’ modeled after DARPA

88TechCrunch / 5h
In a joint address to Congress last night, President Biden updated the nation on vaccination efforts and outlined his administration’s ambitious goals. Biden’s first 100 days have been characterized by sweeping legislative packages that could lift millions of Americans out of poverty and slow the clock on the climate crisis, but during his first joint address to Congress, the president highlighte

New York City will ‘fully reopen’ in July, mayor says

500+The Points Guy / 5h
New York City plans to “fully reopen” on July 1, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday. “Our plan is to fully reopen New York City on July [1]. We are ready,” de Blasio said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” According to de Blasio, there will be no restrictions on restaurants, shops, businesses or theaters. However, Broadway theaters will still remain shut until September, according to Bloo

Use Strava's Heatmap to Find New Places to Run, Bike, or Swim

Lifehacker / 5h
Strava’s heatmap isn’t new, but it wasn’t until recently that I really looked at it. This interactive tool shows where Strava users run, bike, swim, kayak, ski and snowshoe—and you can separate those activities as you browse the map. Want to look for secret swimming holes? Check which high schools have a track that’s… Read more...

Verizon tries to sell Yahoo and AOL after spending $9 billion on fallen giants

200+Ars Technica / 5h
Enlarge / Yahoo logo at the 2014 International CES conference in Las Vegas. (credit: Getty Images | Ethan Miller ) Verizon is reportedly ready to give up on Yahoo and AOL after spending a combined $9 billion on the once-dominant Internet brands that fell from prominence years before Verizon bought them. "Verizon is exploring a sale of assets including Yahoo and AOL, as the telecommunications gian

You can now teach the Google Assistant how to pronounce names

31Ars Technica / 5h
You'll soon be able to teach the Google Assistant how to pronounce names. Google demoed the process in a new video (embedded above). Press a button in the Google Assistant contact section to have the Assistant listen to your pronunciation of a name, and the Assistant will update its records. Google says the feature doesn't keep a recording of your voice. Teaching the Google Assistant correct pron

This Fast & Furious Promo Is Either Fantastic or Terrible, I Can't Decide

44Gizmodo / 5h
Do you have trouble remembering which movies are Fast & Furious movies ? This perplexing UK promo, which is not only for F9 but the entire franchise, is here to help by telling you exactly what makes one of these movies, beginning with “cars.” There are cars in the Fast & Furious movies. Who knew?! Read more...

This web app uses computer vision to teach you the ASL alphabet

59Engadget / 5h is a web-based experience that takes advantage of computer vision software to make the process of learning the ASL alphabet fun and easy.

Star Wars day 2021 hits the gaming universe

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SlashGear / 5h
Star Wars day is nearly here – that’s May the 4th (be with you), 2021. In the mix this year is an avalanche of temporary price cuts for Star Wars games on multiple platforms. For consoles, that means Xbox and PlayStation Star Wars games on the cheap. It also means the very, very few Nintendo Switch Star Wars games are … Continue reading

Is JetBlue’s IFE Personalization Creepy?

90One Mile at a Time / 5h
JetBlue is getting quite a bit of criticism for its attempt to personalize seatback entertainment screens. While personalization is usually considered to be a positive, perhaps this is where it crosses the line. JetBlue TV screens greet you by name @WandrMe Tweeted about the JetBlue inaugural Airbus A220 flight from Boston to Tampa, noting how each screen showed the first name of the passenger as

Microsoft Scientist: Emotion-Reading AI Is Doomed To Fail

200+Futurism / 5h
Affective AI Artificial Intelligence developers have an uncanny knack for reinventing bunk pseudoscience. Whether it’s resuscitating phrenology as facial recognition that can supposedly determine someone’s personality or claiming to universally detect emotions based on appearance, the AI field has a long history of claiming to do the impossible. The challenge is that building an algorithm to dete

Cruise executives are hopeful that sailings from US ports could restart by mid-July

31The Points Guy / 5h
The odds are improving that at least a few big cruise ships could be sailing out of U.S. ports by mid-summer. That was the word Thursday from the top executive of cruise giant Royal Caribbean Group, the parent company of Royal Caribbean , Celebrity Cruises and Silversea . In a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Royal Caribbean Group chairman and CEO Richard Fain suggested that a “signific

House of the Dragon set photos show off Matt Smith's Targaryen prince

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon is now filming, and set photos are already doing the rounds.

Zero Labs Turned an Old Rust-Bucket Truck into an EV in Just 24 Hours

31How-To Geek / 5h
Rather than compete with Tesla and Ford on new electric vehicles, a California company named Zero Labs transforms old classics into modern EVs. Better yet, the company just released footage of its proprietary EV platform going on a rusty, 50-year-old truck, and it only took 24 hours. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Don't Be a Wingding: Help Choose the New Default Font for Microsoft Office

45How-To Geek / 5h
Back in 2007, Calibri replaced Times New Roman as the default font in Microsoft Office. It has since become one of the most-used fonts of all time. But Calibri is going into retirement next year, and Microsoft wants you to help decide which font will replace it. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Alexa Helped Saved a Woman's Life After Deadly Bee Stings

32How-To Geek / 5h
AIn Uniontown, Ohio, Sarah Norton found herself in danger of losing her life after getting stung ten times by bees. A single sting could have killed her, thanks to a bee allergy. But thanks to her family, an EpiPen, and an Echo Show with Alexa’s Drop-in feature, she survived. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

The TechCrunch Survey of Dutch tech hubs: Calling Delft, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Utrecht

80TechCrunch / 6h
TechCrunch is embarking on a major new project to survey European founders and investors in cities outside the larger European capitals. Over the next few weeks, we will ask entrepreneurs in these cities to talk about their ecosystems, in their own words. This is your chance to put Delft, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Utrecht on the Techcrunch Map ! . We covered Amsterdam here . If you are a tech startup

Apple’s iMac 24-inch preorders open Friday: Here’s your tough decision

SlashGear / 6h
Apple’s first big hardware launch of 2021 is headed to preorder tomorrow, with the order books for the first Apple M1-powered iMac opening. Bringing not only Apple Silicon but an array of colors not seen since the iMac G3, the 24-inch iMac also brings with it a potentially tough decision for macOS users. Unveiled earlier this month, the iMac 24-inch … Continue reading

Don’t Ignore Ransomware. It’s Bad.

200+NYT > Technology / 6h
Ransomware attacks can bring down schools and hospitals. It’s time we took them more seriously.

China's Internet Antitrust Push Leads to Corporate Clashes

81NYT > Technology / 6h
Internet companies are using the threat of government action as a cudgel against rivals. That could make the Communist Party the ultimate arbiter over the industry.

Google to offer 40,000 developer scholarships in Africa; continues accelerator program

100+TechCrunch / 6h
Google today announced the launch of 40,000 new developer scholarships in Africa. Google will offer the scholarships — created in partnership with tech talent companies Pluralsight and Andela — to developers spread across mobile and cloud development tracks. According to the statement released by the company, Google will give full scholarships (with certifications in Android and cloud development

Sequoia’s Shaun Maguire and Vise’s Samir Vasavada will talk success in fintech on Extra Crunch Live

56TechCrunch / 6h
In the past few weeks, we’ve heard Fifth Wall’s Brendan Wallace and Hippo’s Assaf Wand discuss the biggest opportunities in prop tech , heard why Scale AI’s Alex Wang and Accel’s Dan Levine think that unconventional VC deals can be the best option and taken a stroll through the Poshmark Series A deck with CEO Manish Chandra and Mayfield’s Navin Chaddha . This is the particular flavor of content,

Instagram Live takes on Clubhouse with options to mute and turn off the video

100+TechCrunch / 6h
In addition to Facebook’s Clubhouse competitor built within Messenger Rooms and its experiments with a Clubhouse-like Q&A platform on the web, the company is now leveraging yet another of its largest products to take on the Clubhouse threat: Instagram Live. Today, Instagram announced it’s adding new features that will allow users to mute their microphones and even turn their video off while using

Jim Belushi is chasing the magic in cannabis

100+TechCrunch / 6h
I don’t think Jim Belushi was high while we talked on Zoom this week. Instead of a joint, he was puffing on a cigar, but he was still happy and smiling. “I have my brother’s face on it. I have the Blues Brothers brand. It’s got to be good shit, man.” Jim Belushi was telling me about his weed, specifically about the small 0.7 gram pre-rolls he sells — the perfect size for the post-Covid era, when

Click Studios asks customers to stop tweeting about its Passwordstate data breach

76TechCrunch / 6h
Australian security software house Click Studios has told customers not to post emails sent by the company about its data breach, which allowed malicious hackers to push a malicious update to its flagship enterprise password manager Passwordstate to steal customer passwords. Last week, the company told customers to “commence resetting all passwords” stored in its flagship password manager after t

United makes it even easier for elites to requalify for status in 2021

200+The Points Guy / 6h
At the end of 2020, United Airlines introduced a handful of changes to its 2021 elite program , making it easier for MileagePlus members to qualify for status . In addition to reducing the number of Premier Qualifying Points (PQPs) and Premier Qualifying Flights (PQFs) you’ll need to earn to reach each elite tier, the airline gave existing elite members a significant number of PQPs to start the y

Murder Cover-Up: Man Allegedly Set Deadly Wildfire to Hide His Crime

39Gizmodo / 6h
A fire that raged outside of San Francisco last summer was allegedly set to cover up a murder—and became part of the largest wildfire season on record in California as well as one of the deadliest. Read more...

You'll be able to turn off your sound or video in Instagram Live Rooms

24Mashable / 6h
Instagram Live Rooms is getting a small but notable update. During Live broadcasts, hosts will be able to mute their audio like you would in a Zoom or Google Meet call, and they'll also be able to turn off video for chats, bringing a vibe notably similar to the popular audio-based app Clubhouse . Instagram launched Live Rooms in March , allowing users to chat with three people at once in a Live s

Tim Cook warns of Apple product shortages

100+BBC News - Technology / 6h
A global shortage of computer chips is threatening to eat into the technology giant's profits.

Coinbase now lets US users pay for cryptocurrency through a PayPal account

100+Engadget / 6h
Starting today, PayPal users in the US can link their accounts to Coinbase to make it easier to buy digital currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin.

The Last of Us Part 2 once had a slightly different ending for Ellie

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
According to Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann and Halley Gross, The Last of Us Part 2 once had a slightly different ending.

Spain Expects To Re-Open To Americans In June, Vaccinated Or Not, Here’s What To Expect

38View from the Wing / 6h
Spain isn't just planning to re-open to vaccinated travelers this summer, it's planning to re-open to everyone in June. European travel won't be completely 'normal' this summer. Here's how to think about planning a trip. Continue reading ...

A Road Trip in a Rental RV Is Cheaper Than You Think

39Lifehacker / 6h
People all over the country (and the world) have found new creative ways to vacation the past 13 months—the most popular being stateside road trips or weekend getaways just hours from home. Short road trips were our way of still taking a vacation during the worst of the pandemic, but we might consider taking longer… Read more...

Microsoft Store PC game fees slashed below Steam

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SlashGear / 6h
Microsoft just cut their cut of profit for the sale of games on the Microsoft Store to 12%. This puts their profit margin down to match that of the Epic Games Store, and well below that of biggest PC game sales store in the world: Steam. Valve’s Steam platform currently takes a baseline 30%, with a sliding scale to 25 … Continue reading

The 10-second toothbrush that delivers more smiles per hour

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Why the Y-Brush will supercharge your smile.

Etsy-Owned Music Sales Site Reverb Hit With Data Breach

92Gizmodo / 6h
Last week, security consultant Bob Diachenko found an unsecured database run by the Etsy-owned music marketplace Reverb . Read more...

Gas prices are expected to rise due to the truck driver shortage

200+Ars Technica / 6h
Enlarge / A shortage of qualified tanker truck drivers may lead to rising gas prices this summer. (credit: Driendl Group/Getty Images) There are more than 1.8 million truck drivers in the US, but even so, it's not enough. On Tuesday, the National Tank Truck Carriers raised the alarm , warning that if more people don't start driving trucks soon, the nation might experience fuel shortages and price

I can’t stop looking at the 2022 Honda Civic’s dashboard

SlashGear / 6h
I had to Google what the outgoing Honda Civic’s dashboard looks like, and then wished I hadn’t bothered. Honda’s compact may be a lot of things – affordable, economical, surprisingly spritely to drive, and a gateway for new owners to the automaker’s brand – but being memorable for its cabin wasn’t one of them. That all changes with the new … Continue reading

NYPD stops using Boston Dynamics' robodog following backlash

300+Engadget / 6h
The police force canceled its $94,000 lease and will return the robot to the company.

Chase grocery bonus expires this Friday, April 30

The Points Guy / 6h
Heads up — if you’re a cardholder of either the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, your grocery store benefit ends on April 30. Since October 2020, cardholders have been able to earn bonus points on up to $1,000 in grocery store purchases (3x and 2x, respectively, for the Reserve and Preferred) each month. New to The Points Guy? Sign up for our daily newsletter and check out

FAUG TDM mode update to arrive on June 21 in beta

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
FAUG is all set to get its Team DeathMatch mode and the developers have released a trailer showing a bit of the gameplay that users can expect.

Linux kernel bug opens door to all manner of attacks

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
The vulnerability could’ve been used as a springboard to launch other attacks, warn researchers.

The World Knows Her as ‘Disaster Girl.’ She Just Made $500,000 Off the Meme.

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15KNYT > Technology / 6h
Zoë Roth, now a college senior in North Carolina, plans to use the proceeds from this month’s NFT auction to pay off student loans and donate to charity.

NYPD Puts Down Its Godforesaken Robot Dog

100+Gizmodo / 6h
The New York City Police Department’s contract with the robot dog that spawned countless Black Mirror memes has been mercifully cut short. On Wednesday, an NYPD deputy commissioner confirmed to the New York Times that in response to the pretty universal backlash stirred up by the so-called Digidog—along with a hefty… Read more...

IBM is acquiring cloud app and network management firm Turbonomic for up to $2B

89TechCrunch / 6h
IBM today made another acquisition to deepen its reach into providing enterprises with AI-based services to manage their networks and workloads. It announced that it is acquiring Turbonomic , a company that provides tools to manage application performance (specifically resource management), along with Kubernetes and network performance — part of its bigger strategy to bring more AI into IT ops, o

US video game spending increased 30% in Q1

80TechCrunch / 6h
Even as signs of life after the pandemic have begun to emerge here in the U.S., increases in video game spending continue. There’s no doubt that much of last year’s big numbers were driven by stay-at-home requirements in much of the country and the world. All said, U.S. spending on the industry increased 27% for 2020. There remains a broader question, however, around whether this momentum can mai

Get a full-body workout with Bowflex's adjustable kettlebell, now 10% off

Mashable / 6h
SAVE $17.94: Typically $179, the Bowflex SelectTech 840 adjustable kettlebell is on sale on Amazon for just $161.06 as of April 29 — that's a 10% savings. If you struggled to find a kettlebell around his time last year, you weren't alone: The early-pandemic rush to buy home gym equipment depleted an already-short supply of the cast iron free weights in what GQ deemed "the Great Kettlebell Shortag

This block of concrete is actually a fully functional trumpet

73Mashable / 6h
Designed by Henry Hanson , this fully functional trumpet is made out of a single block of concrete. The construction process includes creating a virtual model, 3D printing it, and adding the finishing touches using wood and concrete. Hanson believes this technique could open new doors for using computational design to create other concrete pieces in the future. Read more... More about Design , 3d

Feds Investigating “Directed Energy” Attack Near White House

1KFuturism / 6h
Havana Syndrome Starting in late 2016, US and Canadian embassy staff stationed in Havana, Cuba, started experiencing mysterious health problems, ranging from hearing loss to memory problems and nausea. The symptoms later became known as “Havana syndrome.” Later investigations concluded that the incidents may have involved the deployment of a microwave weapon, deployed by an unknown adversary to t

China's Space Station Is a Step Closer to Reality With Launch of Core Module

77Gizmodo / 6h
China today launched the main module of its new space station into low Earth orbit. The ambitious project is set to be China’s answer to the International Space Station, which has never included China in its membership. Read more...

We tried Delta’s new onboard cocktails — here’s what we thought

35The Points Guy / 6h
Here’s something to toast: Travel is starting to show signs of returning to normal . The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is still very much a concern, of course, but the success of the vaccine campaign here in the U.S. has meant things can start getting back to the way they were in the “before” days. One thing that’s meant — aside from fuller flights — is that airlines are resuming onboard food and

These Are the Boundaries Every Dog-Owner Should Teach

61Lifehacker / 6h
As the human of a smart, quirky herding dog, I’ve had to learn a few hard lessons about the importance of boundaries. If my pup isn’t given a job, for example, he’ll find one himself. And if anyone (especially a stranger) violates his personal space, he gets nippy. We’ve had to create a lot of structure to keep him… Read more...

OneDrive for Windows 7 gets stay of execution - for now

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 6h
Users of OneDrive for Business can continue using their clients on Windows 7.

Fintech startups set VC records as the 2021 fundraising market continues to impress

100+TechCrunch / 6h
While waiting for full first-quarter venture capital results for fintech startups to drop, we knew that they were going to be outsized. The Exchange previously explored the pace at which huge venture rounds were invested into the startup niche, noting that by mid-March the fintech market had already recorded a record number of $100 million rounds. But the largest venture capital rounds are only p

Google Pay update adds grocery offers, transit expansions and spending insights

92TechCrunch / 6h
Following November’s overhaul of Google Pay, which saw the service expanding into personal finance , the company today is rolling out a new set of features aimed at making Google Pay more a part of its users’ everyday lives. With an update, Google Pay will now include new options for grocery savings, paying for public transit and categorizing their spending. Through partnerships with Safeway and

Firstbase raises $13M to make remote work suck less

200+TechCrunch / 6h
The chance that I am ever willing to commute on a regular basis again in the future is zero. It’s too inefficient. And while workers and employers are somewhat split on where they stand on the question of remote toil, the COVID-19 pandemic has permanently shaken up the working world; we’re not going back to the pre-COVID normal. To support what could be droves of workers sticking to distance-labo

MoviePass co-founder’s PreShow Interactive raises $3M to expand into gaming

100+TechCrunch / 6h
PreShow Interactive is giving gamers a new way to earn in-game currency in exchange for watching ads — a concept that’s become familiar in mobile games but hasn’t really made much headway on PCs or consoles. The startup is led by MoviePass’ founding CEO Stacy Spikes. When I spoke to Spikes about PreShow two years ago , he was beta testing an app that provided users with free movie tickets in exch

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's Director Breaks Down Walker's Arc, Steve's Shadow, and More

24Gizmodo / 6h
The curse of working on a Marvel Studios project is you can’t talk about it for a long time . There’s joy to be had in the preparation, execution, and finally the completion, of course, but in the meantime, they’re so secretive it’s usually years from when you start on something to when you can finally talk about it.… Read more...

The 6 Best Apple AirTag Accessories

How-To Geek / 6h
The Apple AirTag offers an affordable way for iPhone users to track nearly anything, but there’s a catch. By itself, the AirTag can really only be thrown into a bag. To make it more versatile, you’ll need some accessories. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

The Boys season 3 will be the TV show's bloodiest yet - here's why

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
The Boys season 3 on Amazon Prime Video is currently in development - and it sounds like it'll be the TV series' most gory entry yet.

Microsoft Plans to Lower App Fees For Developers

96NYT > Technology / 7h
The fee will drop to 12 percent of revenue, from 30 percent, starting in August, the company said.

You May Have to Wait Longer for Your New iPad or Mac

21Gizmodo / 7h
If you’re thinking about getting a new iPad or Mac in 2021, you should factor in a longer-than-usual wait time. Although Apple raked in an obscene amount of money this past quarter, CEO Tim Cook also warned in Apple’s Wednesday earnings call that there will be supply issues affecting iPads and Macs in the second half… Read more...

Nintendo Switch Online members can save on these retro NES controllers

20Mashable / 7h
SAVE $18: Play enhanced NES games on your Nintendo Switch with these retro NES controllers . Nintendo Switch Online members can score $18 off. It's an exciting time for gaming. Next-gen consoles are now current-gen, new games are being released at a fast pace, and everything that comes out seems to push the boundaries of what games can do. But what about our innate thirst for nostalgia? That's at

There's plenty of patio furniture up for grabs at Wayfair's Way Day sale

Mashable / 7h
The last day of Wayfair's Way Day event includes deals on couches and love seats, umbrellas, lounge seats, and more. Outdoor furniture is on super sale for Wayfair's Way Day sale, which lasts through April 29. Living room seating, bedroom furniture, and area rugs are on sale as well. This weekend is the first weekend in May. Naturally, outdoor hangs (preferably with a marg in hand) are at the top

Google I/O 2021 schedule revealed with focus on What’s New

SlashGear / 7h
Google released the schedule of events set for Google I/O 2021, including keynotes, sessions, and breakouts of several sorts. On the first day of Google I/O 2021, Google will deliver sessions and keynotes in three key areas: Android, Google Play, and “web platform.” They also have Chrome in the title of events on the schedule – same for “Wear”, but … Continue reading

Grow your business online with GoDaddy’s new offering

28Engadget / 7h
GoDaddy Websites + Marketing makes it easy to grow your brand or business online using a variety of powerful SEO and marketing tools.

China Successfully Launches First Module of New Space Station

400+Futurism / 7h
One Down China successfully launched the core module of its upcoming space station — an unofficial rival to the International Space Station (ISS) — on Thursday morning. The module, dubbed Tianhe, is now in low earth orbit after being ferried to space by China’s Long March-5B rocket, where it will stay until it can be assembled alongside other modules that will soon follow, CNN reports . It’s an i

How to Remap Your Gaming Controller's Buttons on Any Platform

33Lifehacker / 7h
Remapping a video game’s buttons is an important feature that can make gaming sessions more comfortable, make you a better gamer, and open the experience to new players. Unfortunately, not all games support customizable controls, and some only offer a limited range of options. And even if a game does offer robust… Read more...

Oh, So Apparently Sony Has Enough PS5s for China Now

20Gizmodo / 7h
It seems low supply isn’t enough to stop Sony from opening up PS5 sales in yet another country because today Sony announced plans to begin selling the PS5 in China in mid-May. Read more...

Head, tail, knees and trees (knees and trees)

64TechCrunch / 7h
Some fun ones this week, so let’s get all of those pesky business transactions out of the way first, shall we? I mean, not that tens of millions of dollars changing hands for future robotics technology is boring, he said, tugging at his collar for comedic effect. Image Credits: Plus One Robotics Big raise this week for Plus One Robotics. The San Antonio-based company raised a healthy $33 million

Halo Infinite will let you jump seamlessly between Xbox Series X and PC

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28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Halo Infinite will have cross-play and cross-progression support on Xbox Series X and PC, Microsoft has confirmed.

ReleaseHub nabs $2.7M seed to give developers on-demand environments

100+TechCrunch / 7h
Every developer relies on environments like testing, staging and production as they build software, but building them can be a time-consuming operation. ReleaseHub , an early stage startup that was part of the Y Combinator Winter 2020 cohort, wants to change that by providing a service to make environments available on demand. Today, the company announced a $2.7 million seed, and also announced t

Why I paid $55 to bring a carry-on bag — and would do it again

300+The Points Guy / 7h
Spirit is an interesting airline. Personally, I appreciate the carrier’s quirky approach to flying and low-fares-first attitude. I don’t mind that the seats are smaller than many others or that the planes are the color of a bright, yellow highlighter. I like the affordable prices, and sometimes that matters more to me than legroom, lounges or perks. But we all have a line we won’t cross to save a

These Finger-Worn Chopsticks Are the Best Thing to Happen to Snacking Since Doritos

500+Gizmodo / 7h
The internet long ago figured out that the extended reach of chopsticks made them a great snacking tool to keep fingers clean while enjoying anything covered in powdered cheese. There’s always room for improvement, however, which brings us to the finger-worn Snactiv which appears to address some of the shortcomings of… Read more...

New Pokemon Snap event today in Pokemon GO: Shiny rarity ahoy!

SlashGear / 7h
If you’re looking for an early entry into the world of New Pokemon Snap, look to Pokemon GO. Starting today at 10AM (local time), Niantic starts the “New Pokemon Snap Celebration” for the Pokemon GO trainer universe. This event includes a new Gift Sticker (the Pokemon Snap camera) available in the in-game shop and from PokeStops, and that’s just the … Continue reading

Linksys’ WiFi 6E mesh router hits shelves with an eye-watering price

SlashGear / 7h
Linksys’ latest mesh network system has arrived on shelves, and if you need broader coverage and are willing to pay handsomely for WiFi 6E, you’re in luck. Announced at CES 2021 at the start of the year, the Linksys Atlas Max 6E (AXE8400) system looks at first glance like the familiar mesh totems we’ve seen from Linksys before. However inside … Continue reading

OnePlus Nord N10 2 release date might be sooner than we expected

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
A phone believed to be the OnePlus Nord N10 2 has been certified in two countries, suggesting an imminent launch.

EU approves rules for rapid takedown of online terrorist content

60Engadget / 7h
Platforms will have an hour to remove such material or face possible fines.

You Need Powdered Garlic in Your Marinades and Dressings

39Lifehacker / 7h
Garlic powder gets no respect. Sure, the aroma and taste of fresh garlic is hard to beat, but in some situations, the dried stuff doesn’t just measure up, it flat-out wins. If you need a garlicky vinaigrette , marinade, or dip to taste great for longer than 24 hours, powdered or granulated garlic is the way to go. Read more...

American Airlines adds new checked bag, companion baby policies

200+The Points Guy / 7h
American Airlines quietly introduced two new travel policies last week — one of which is a negative development for passengers, and one of which is an overall positive. Want more airline-specific news? Sign up for TPG’s free new biweekly Aviation newsletter! Under the first policy, the airline will charge passengers a checked bag fee if their carry-on bag does not fit in the gate-side bag sizer a

Breeze Will Pay Flight Attendants $1,200 Per Month, Wants To Ding Your Credit Card

1KOne Mile at a Time / 7h
With Avelo Airlines having launched operations yesterday, Breeze Airways is expected to be the next US airline startup to begin flying. The airline is expected to start selling tickets any day now, and I know many of us are curious about what the Salt Lake City-based carrier’s first routes will be. Ahead of the launch, Forbes has an interesting story about the airline, after having spent some tim

How to Find, Add, and Remove Fonts in Google Docs

How-To Geek / 7h
Google Docs offers more font styles than what you see at first glance. If you want an elegant script or a monospaced font, here’s how to find and manage additional fonts. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

After Public Rage, NYPD Secretly Fires Robot Dog

1KFuturism / 7h
After facing significant backlash for deploying a robot dog, the New York Police Department has decided to cut the experiment short sooner than expected, The New York Times reports . The robot dog, dubbed Digidog, was a futuristic, four-legged machine built by Boston Dynamics, meant to be deployed in dangerous situations to protect officers. But after the robot made several public appearances, th

Spotify updates Your Library with pinned playlists and smarter search

SlashGear / 8h
Spotify is giving its app a refresh, with a new “Your Library” section that promises quicker access with a revamped layout and dynamic filters. The new interface brings together music and podcasts in a single UI, following Spotify’s announcement earlier this week that it would be adding podcast subscriptions as an option for users. The downside to that is the … Continue reading

Smartphone shipments jumped 27% globally in Q1

84TechCrunch / 8h
More good news from a smartphone market currently rebounding from the far reaching impacts of the pandemic. New numbers from Canalys put global shipments for Q1 2021 at 27% above where they were the same time last year. The industry was hit early and hit hard by Covid-19. The first quarter saw company running into serious supply chain issues as the pandemic first hit China and parts of Asia where

Microsoft joins power-packed tech alliance to find new uses for WebAssembly

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
The Bytecode Alliance wants to extend the use of WebAssembly beyond the web browser.

Computer vision in AI: The data needed to succeed

100+MIT Technology Review / 8h
Developing the capacity to annotate massive volumes of data while maintaining quality is a function of the model development lifecycle that enterprises often underestimate. It’s resource intensive and requires specialized expertise. At the heart of any successful machine learning/artificial intelligence (ML/AI) initiative is a commitment to high-quality training data and a pathway to quality data

New business models, big opportunity: Financial services

400+MIT Technology Review / 8h
By any measure, 2021 corporate planning isn’t business as usual. As the coronavirus pandemic grinds on, financial services institutions are coming out of crisis mode— addressing immediate cash management and operational challenges—with a renewed readiness for business growth. Fortunately, most businesses across industries are doing a good job of navigating the pandemic and its economic fallout. A

How to Color Balance Your Apple TV Output Using an iPhone

How-To Geek / 8h
If you want the most accurate color reproduction for your Apple TV, you should try the built-in Color Balance feature. As long as you have a compatible iPhone, you can use this feature to improve your viewing experience without messing with your TV’s settings. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Airline Operates Long Haul International Flight For Just One Passenger

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

How to Be a More 'Playful' Parent

49Lifehacker / 8h
Before they have kids, everyone has a different image in their head of the type of parent they think they’ll be. Maybe you’ll be a free-range parent, or the parent who prioritizes family dinnertime above all else. Or—better yet!—you’ll be the fun parent, the parent every other kid wishes they could have. But then you… Read more...

Spirit Airlines doubles down on Kansas City with 4 new routes and expanded service

100+The Points Guy / 8h
Kansas City is the big winner in Spirit Airlines’ latest network adjustment. On Thursday, the Miramar, Florida-based carrier announced that it will add four routes from Missouri’s Kansas City International Airport (MCI) to the following destinations in Florida: Fort Lauderdale (FLL) Fort Myers (RSW) Pensacola (PNS) Tampa (TPA) Service to Tampa begins on June 9, while flights to the remaining thre

Netflix's Sweet Tooth May Become Our Summer 2021 Obsession

1KGizmodo / 8h
Iron Man might be gone from the Marvel Cinematic Universe but he’s bringing a whole new world to Netflix. Robert Downey Jr., along with his wife Susan Downey, are executive producers on a new dark, family, fantasy show called Sweet Tooth , based on the 2009 DC Comic series written and drawn by Jeff Lemire . The first … Read more...

Blue Origin will start selling tickets for New Shepard space tourism flights on May 5

90TechCrunch / 8h
Blue Origin seems very close to flying paying customers on its New Shepard sub-orbital rocket, having conducted a dress rehearsal of astronaut loading and unloading on its latest mission. Today, it also revealed that it will be selling the first ticket (tickets?) on board its inaugural commercial flight starting next week, on Wednesday, May 5. The ‘when, and how much’ are the two burning question

ChargePoint’s EV charger app now works in Android Auto

SlashGear / 8h
There’s another good reason to plug your Android phone into your car, assuming it’s electric, with ChargePoint bringing its charger-locating app to Google’s infotainment interface. The new integration sees ChargePoint’s EV charger database more easily accessible on the dashboard, something which could be a welcome sight should the power gauge on your car be unexpectedly low. Many EVs offer charge

Erase All Kittens raises $1M Seed round for Mario-style game which teaches girls to code

61TechCrunch / 8h
Erase All Kittens (EAK) is an EdTech startup that created a ‘Mario-style’ web-based game designed for kids aged 8-12. However, the game has a twist: it places an emphasis on inspiring girls to code (since let’s face it, most coding tools are created by men). After reaching 160,000 players in over 100 countries, it’s now raised a $1M Seed funding led by Twinkl Educational Publishing , with partici

Snap's latest diversity numbers are almost unchanged from last year

36Engadget / 8h
Snap published its second-ever diversity report, which confirms the company is still overwhelmingly white and male.

Xbox Series X restock: Game has stock with various bundles available

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The Xbox Series X stock is available at Game again, with various bundles and Xbox All Access available.

Smartphone demand sees Qualcomm revenues surge

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Smartphone recovery, 5G deployments and market shifts see Qualcomm increase revenues by half

Some vaccinated people are still getting covid. Here’s why you shouldn’t worry.

300+MIT Technology Review / 8h
Tens of millions of people in the United States have now been fully vaccinated against covid-19. These people are seeing friends, eating out, and—in rare cases—getting infected. But we shouldn’t panic: these kinds of “breakthrough infections” are entirely expected with any mass vaccine rollout. According to new figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 87 milli

Snap still isn't very diverse, but its engineers are trying to build a more equitable product

34Mashable / 8h
Snap engineers are working to root out racial bias from the company's products, even as improving diverse representation in the company's workforce is slow going. Snap, Inc. released its second annual diversity report Thursday, containing mixed results. The company has made modest gains in hiring underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, increasing by .5 percentage points to 13.6 percent at the

Lime launches 100 e-mopeds in New York City as Mayor de Blasio reveals plan to fully re-open by July 1

97TechCrunch / 8h
Weeks after Lime became one of the first companies to win the bid to operate e-scooters in New York City , the micromobility giant is bringing e-mopeds to the city’s streets. This will be the first company to host multiple modes of micromobility sharing in NYC. On Friday, Lime will release 100 electric mopeds onto the streets of Brooklyn, with planned expansions in Queens and lower Manhattan in t

The gig is up on 21st-century exploitation

56TechCrunch / 8h
Rebecca Dixon Contributor Rebecca Dixon is the executive director of the National Employment Law Project . Today’s app-based or “gig” economy is frequently dressed up in talk about “modern innovation” and the “21st century of work.” This facade is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Precarious, contingent work is nothing new — we’ve always had jobs that are low-paying, insecure and dismissed as “ unskill

PS5 is the most popular console to develop for, poll says – so what about Xbox Series X?

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Game developers at the GDC have said that they’re most interested in developing games for PS5.

How to Drag Windows on Your Mac Trackpad without Clicking

How-To Geek / 8h
Dragging windows using your Mac’s trackpad can be tedious: You need to click, hold, then drag. But thanks to a little-known accessibility feature, you can quickly drag windows using a three-finger gesture instead. Here’s how to set it up. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Linksys Launches Two New Congestion Busting Wi-Fi 6E Routers

How-To Geek / 8h
With more and more Wi-Fi devices from smart speakers to smartphones in our homes, it’s easy to congestion issues are worse than ever. Wi-Fi 6E promises to solve that with a new communication band, and Linksys just launched the first two Wi-Fi 6E routers, the Hydra Pro 6E and the Atlas Max 6E. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How to Use GitLab to Share Private ESLint Rules With Your Team

How-To Geek / 8h
ESLint statically analyses JavaScript to identify issues before the code is run. It can also find and fix stylistic discrepancies, helping your project align with any style guides you follow. Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

Anda Seat Fnatic Edition Review: A Very Large, Very Comfortable Gaming Chair

100+How-To Geek / 8h
Put together two of the biggest names in eSports, and they will build one of the biggest gaming chairs you’ve ever seen. Made from quality materials and plastered with logos, the Anda Seat Fnatic Edition is easily one of the best gaming chairs for people who are big or tall, or for smaller people who enjoy a roomy seat. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How to Get a Break on Your Credit Card Payments Right Now

28Lifehacker / 8h
A recent LendingTree report suggests that it’s an opportune time to ask your credit card lender to lower your interest rate, cancel a late fee, or waive an annual fee, noting the success rate for such requests has been over 80%. All you have to do is pick up a phone and ask—and knowing what to say helps too. Here are… Read more...

Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey promises gamers NVIDIA’s new RTX30 GPUs

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SlashGear / 8h
Samsung’s svelte Galaxy Book laptops weren’t the only new PCs the company had to show this week, with the Galaxy Book Odyssey promising gaming potential complete with NVIDIA’s latest GeForce RTX graphics. Thicker and heavier than its ultraportable siblings, the Odyssey takes full advantage of that by packing in more potent hardware for gamers. So, as well as 11th Gen … Continue reading

Mozilla is making big changes to Firefox updates

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
Soon, Firefox updates will be delivered in the background in much the same way as Windows updates.

James Gunn Teases One of The Suicide Squad's Villains

47Gizmodo / 8h
Chloé Zhao explains why she’s turning Dracula into a sci-fi western. David Cronenberg is remaking one of his classics. Finally, we have a release date (and new pictures) for The Green Knight . Plus, the stars of Stargirl and Supergirl talk heroes, and what’s to come on The Nevers . Spoilers now! Read more...

Wasabi scores $112M Series C on $700M valuation to take on cloud storage hyperscalers

100+TechCrunch / 8h
Taking on Amazon S3 in the cloud storage game would seem to be a fool-hearty proposition, but Wasabi has found a way to build storage cheaply and pass the savings onto customers. Today the Boston-based startup announced a $112 million Series C investment on a $700 million valuation. Fidelity Management & Research Company led the round with participation from previous investors. It reports that it

Bamboo Airways Offering Intriguing Status Match

93One Mile at a Time / 9h
While it might not be terribly useful to most, here’s a potentially fun opportunity to get a top-tier status match without any flying requirement. What is Bamboo Airways? Some context might be useful here. Bamboo Airways is a fairly new Vietnamese airline that was founded in 2017. The airline is growing at a ridiculously fast pace, and already has dozens of planes, including brand new Airbus A321

When Apple's new iPad Pro and iMac will launch, according to reports

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45Mashable / 9h
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Spotify makes it easier to navigate your library on the go

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53Engadget / 9h
Today, Spotify is finally modernizing its experience with a completely redesigned Your Library section, which will start rolling out to Android and iOS users over the next week.

Microsoft follows Epic and cuts Xbox PC revenue share to 12 percent

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100+Engadget / 9h
'It seems a good time to do that,' Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty said.

Linksys' first WiFi 6E routers are now available to buy

77Engadget / 9h
Linksys has launched its first WiFi 6E-certified systems.

AWS is helping make Disney+ even bigger

56TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
AWS and Disney+ partnered for a year before the launch of the service.

Prime Gaming May 2021 brings more free loot for Fall Guys, Madden 21 and more

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Prime Gaming has announced its May lineup of free games and loot available to Amazon Prime subscribers, including loot for Fall Guys, Madden NFL 21 and more.

Vectra AI picks up $130M at a $1.2B valuation for its network approach to threat detection and response

100+TechCrunch / 9h
Cybersecurity nightmares like the SolarWinds hack highlight how malicious hackers continue to exploit vulnerabilities in software and apps to do their dirty work. Today a startup that’s built a platform to help organizations protect themselves from this by running threat detection and response at the network level is announcing a big round of funding to continue its growth. Vectra AI , which prov

Waffle Yourself Some Tiny Potatoes

75Lifehacker / 9h
A few evenings ago I scrolled upon a video of a woman yelling about a potato . I still don’t know who that woman was, but the points she made in her video are absolutely correct, the main one being that potatoes are always good and normal thing to eat. Since then, I have been craving potatoes, and last night I ate… Read more...

Delta’s new Wi-Fi offering launches this week — but it’s missing one important detail

50The Points Guy / 9h
Some Delta passengers are in for an upgraded Wi-Fi experience starting later this week. On Tuesday, the Atlanta-based carrier announced that the first jet — a new Airbus A321ceo (current engine option) — equipped with Viasat’s Ka-band receiver will enter service on Saturday, May 1. The new service will cost $8 per flight, per device, regardless of the destination. However, there’s one thing missi

Microsoft plans to take a smaller cut from developers in its games store.

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200+NYT > Technology / 9h
The fee will drop to 12 percent of revenue, from 30 percent, starting in August, the company said.

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold definitely folds, but that's about it

32Mashable / 9h
A couple of years ago, for reasons that have never been quite clear to me, the tech world seized on the idea that foldable screens are the future. This movement has, so far, yielded things like the botched Samsung Galaxy Fold , its improved (but wildly expensive) successor , and a Motorola Razr revival that made disgusting noises when you tried to bend the screen. In other words, foldable devices

Gr4vy launches Cloud payment orchestration, pulls in $11.1M Series A led by Nyca Partners

100+TechCrunch / 9h
Gr4vy , (pronounced ‘gravy’) is a cloud-native payments company with a “payment orchestration platform (POP)” that merges a Cloud platform with payments infrastructure. It’s also announcing a Series A funding round of $11.1M, led by Nyca Partners (a VC with a bench of partners who are ex-Visa ), with participation from Activant Capital (a fintech investor), Global Founders Capital, and Firestartr

Google announces career and digital training initiative for formerly incarcerated individuals

200+TechCrunch / 9h
Google today announced the launch of Grow with Google Career Readiness for Reentry. The initiative — created in partnership with nonprofits The Last Mile, Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), Defy Ventures, Fortune Society and The Ladies of Hope Ministries — is designed to offer job readiness and digital skill training for formerly incarcerated individuals. As the company notes in a blog po

Hacking my way into analytics: A creative’s journey to design with data

100+TechCrunch / 9h
Sydney Anh Mai Contributor Sydney Anh Mai is an award-winning product designer at Kickstarter. Her work has appeared on The Verge, Design Weekly and Core 77. Growing up, did you ever wonder how many chairs you’d have to stack to reach the sky? No? I guess that’s just me then. As a child, I always asked a lot of “how many/much” questions. Some were legitimate (“How much is 1 USD in VND?”); some we

MagicBell raises $1.9M to build a plug-and-play notification platform for product teams

200+TechCrunch / 9h
One of the key ingredients in effective product development is receiving timely and relevant notifications about customer use, engagement, potential issues and more. Engineers, developers and product managers rely on that flow of information between themselves and their users, but it’s typically delivered either via legacy email tools, or through notification systems built into product management

How to Make File Explorer Open to “This PC” Instead of “Quick Access”

62How-To Geek / 9h
By default, when you click on the File Explorer shortcut on your Windows 10 taskbar, it opens to Quick Access. If you’d prefer it to open to “This PC” instead, it’s easy to change in File Explorer settings. Here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

JetBlue takes delivery of Airbus A321LR that will soon fly to London

400+The Points Guy / 9h
JetBlue is another step toward launching its service to London. Airbus announced on Thursday that JetBlue has taken delivery of its first A321LR , which will eventually operate the carrier’s transatlantic routes. In total, JetBlue has 13 of the long-range Airbus A321 aircraft on order. Thursday’s delivery marks the first of those to be delivered to the New York-based airline. Sign up to receive t

Solar Orbiter detected small and bright campfires on the sun

SlashGear / 9h
The ESA Solar Orbiter spacecraft is currently studying the sun. Among the discoveries made by the spacecraft so far are a surprising number of small and very bright regions in the hot solar corona that were undiscovered by other spacecraft. Tiny flares were discovered in the measurement data gathered from the Extreme-Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) taken during the commissioning of the … Continue readin

Microsoft Edge update could make it far faster than Google Chrome

36TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Windows 10 and macOS versions of Microsoft Edge set for a speed boost.

Gadgets that make great Mother's Day gifts

68Engadget / 9h
Here's a list of gadgets that will make great Mother's Day gifts, as chosen by Engadget editors.

Marriott free night awards extended through Jan. 3, 2022

64The Points Guy / 9h
If you’ve been accumulating Marriott free night awards and points but aren’t quite ready to redeem them, there’s some great news for you: Marriott is extending all free night awards through Jan. 3, 2022. The new change will go into effect on May 6 and impact all free night awards set to expire before Jan. 2, 2022. In addition, Marriott is pausing point expiration through March 31, 2022. Marriott

Marriott Extends Free Nights & Points Validity

88One Mile at a Time / 9h
Back in February, Marriott Bonvoy already announced positive program changes for 2021 , including depositing bonus elite nights into the accounts of elite members, and reducing the spending requirement for Ambassador status. Today Marriott has announced a further extension of both free night awards and points. Marriott free night awards validity extended Eligible Marriott Bonvoy free night awards

App used by emergency services under scrutiny

300+BBC News - Technology / 9h
What3Words is used by 100 emergency services but one security researcher has found potential issues.

Rolls-Royce x Hermès Phantom Oribe is fit for a billionaire

SlashGear / 9h
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Oribe is another one-off creation from the iconic British luxury automaker. Created in collaboration with French luxury house Hermès, Phantom Oribe is the brainchild of Japanese billionaire and art collector Yusaku Maezawa. If the fellow sounds familiar, it’s because Mr. Maezawa made headlines in 2018 by volunteering to be the first private passenger to fly around the … Co

Marriott Extends Expiration Of Free Night Awards And Pauses Points Expiration Again

32View from the Wing / 9h
Marriott free night awards, such as those awarded each year with their credit cards, won't expire until January 2, 2022. They've also extended the pause on points expiration again through March 31, 2022. Continue reading ...

The 10 Best Action Movies on HBO Max

28How-To Geek / 9h
With access to the Warner Media library, HBO Max features some of the biggest action movies around, from classics to recent blockbusters. Here are 10 great action movies to stream on HBO Max. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Passwordless Logins vs Multi-Factor Authentication

20How-To Geek / 9h
When upgrading to the scale of a business, reputable login and password protection methods need to stand up to scrutiny. But between forgoing passwords altogether for alternative identity verification methods and adding a layer of security to traditional passwords, which is the right choice? Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

Returnal review: Roguelite arcade combat has never felt this epic—or hard

28Ars Technica / 10h
Returnaling, over and over, to remember the things we shot. [credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Housemarque ] Returnal is a sci-fi video game about a person constantly reliving the past in order to find a new future. In some ways, it feels like a pointed metaphor for the game's creators. PlayStation fans are likely familiar with Finnish game studio Housemarque, whose best modern games have

CNBC-TV18’s Megha Vishwanath to lead Nothing’s Comms in India

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Megha Vishwanath, CNBC TV18’s tech anchor, has joined Carl Pei’s Nothing to lead PR and communications in India.

RapidDeploy raises $29M for a cloud-based dispatch platform aimed at 911 centers

200+TechCrunch / 10h
The last year of pandemic living has been real-world, and sometimes harrowing, proof of how important it can be to have efficient and well-equipped emergency response services in place. They can help people remotely if need be, and when they cannot, they make sure that in-person help can be dispatched quickly in medical and other situations. Today, a company that’s building cloud-based tools to h

‘Returnal’ is a frantic, familiar pleasure — but spurns mainstream appeal to its peril

100+TechCrunch / 10h
Returnal , released today for the PlayStation 5, is an action adventure that has you exploring an alien world that reconfigures itself whenever you die, bringing you back for another shot at escaping. It’s exciting, frustrating, and beautiful, though it isn’t particularly original. But while it is arguably the first game to be released that was designed and built for next generation consoles, it’

Zynga and Rollic acquire the hyper-casual game studio behind High Heels

100+TechCrunch / 10h
Last year, Zynga bought hyper-casual game maker Rollic . Today, Rollic is a Zynga subsidiary, and it’s announcing the acquisition of another game studio called Uncosoft . Like Rollic, Uncosoft develops hyper-casual games and is based in Turkey (Istanbul in Rollic’s case, Izmir in Uncosoft’s). In fact, Rollic has already published a couple of Uncosoft games, most notably High Heels, in which the p

Billionaire commissions bespoke Rolls-Royce that can be color-coordinated with his private jet

24Mashable / 10h
Yusaku Maezawa is an eccentric Japanese billionaire, who founded the giant online fashion mall, Zozotown and was the first to buy a SpaceX tourist ticket for a trip around the Moon. Maezawa recently commissioned a bespoke Phantom Oribe, a one-time collab between Rolls-Royce and Hermès, to complement his private jet. Because nothing screams global inequality like a color-coordinated private jet an

Study shows continental crust emerged 500 million years before previously thought

SlashGear / 10h
Researchers have published a new study that found the continental crust on Earth emerged 500 million years earlier than previously believed. According to the team, the first emergence and persistence of continental crust on Earth during the Archaean between 4 billion and 2.5 billion years ago has implications for plate tectonics, ocean chemistry, and biological evolution. Researchers note that th

Dogecoin miners are absolutely raking it in, but for how much longer?

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
The revenue generated by Dogecoin mining operations has reached a new all-time high.

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced Is the Definition of a Premium Gaming Laptop

50Gizmodo / 10h
Gamers aren’t a monolith, and neither are the systems they game on. Some prefer more barebones systems that aren’t much more than a collection of components, while others seek out beastly desktop replacements that light up like a battleship. But when it comes to premium gaming notebooks, the Razer Blade 15 Advanced… Read more...

'Returnal' is a PS5 winner that wraps an alien mystery in surreal cosmic horror

32Mashable / 10h
"Do you see the White Shadow?" It's a question that comes up again and again over the course of Returnal , the latest game and first PlayStation 5 exclusive from Housemarque. Finding an answer, though, isn't really the point. It's the repetition that matters. Selene, the astronaut "Scout" at the heart of of this story, is caught in an inescapable loop that sees her living and dying again and agai

9 Upgrades We’d Love to See in the Next Nintendo Switch

200+Wired / 10h
If it got better visuals, extended battery life, and Bluetooth support, a new Switch would go from a Maybe to a Must-Buy. And we pray for an end to Joy-Con drift.

Hitman 3 Is a Beautifully Executed Finale

100+Wired / 10h
The final chapter of the trilogy is a master class in level design for Agent 47’s murderous escapades.

Get A Top Tier Elite Status Match, With No Flight Required

32View from the Wing / 10h
Vietnamese carrier Bamboo Airways plans U.S. flights starting later this year. Now they're offering a status match for elites in any airline's program that's part of a major world alliance, up to their top tier, and they aren't requiring any flights in order to get it. Continue reading ...

We got a sneak peek at the all-new Legoland New York Resort — and it’s awesome

500+The Points Guy / 10h
Everything is going to be “awesome” this summer at New York’s newest theme park. The long-delayed Legoland New York Resort is finally slated to open this summer, and it’s only an hour-long drive from New York City. (Photo by Scott Mayerowitz/The Points Guy) When the park opens (the owners won’t say exactly when that is, except that it will be in phases this summer) the 150-acre attraction will ha

Emirates Eliminating More Partner First Class Awards

300+One Mile at a Time / 10h
Emirates is known for having one of the world’s best first class products , whether you want to shower in first class on the A380 , or enjoy the fully enclosed suite on the 777 . Late last year we learned that Emirates Skywards would increasingly restrict first class awards to members of its own Skywards frequent flyer program. As of April 1, 2021, Emirates pulled first class awards from Alaska M

The Morning After: Samsung's new family of Galaxy Book laptops

37Engadget / 10h
Today’s headlines: iPhone and Mac sales are way up from the start of the pandemic, Samsung unveils a new family of Galaxy Book laptops and CES plans a return as an in-person event in 2022.

SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites

100+TechCrunch / 10h
SpaceX has launched another batch of Starlink satellites, adding 60 more to the constellation on orbit. This is the 24th Starlink launch in total, and means SpaceX has now sent up over 1,500 Starlink spacecraft, with around 1,438 of those still in operation. This is the first Starlink launch since April 7 — which, surprisingly, is the biggest gap between these launches in quite a while. This year

This week's Apple Watch deals offer a rare return to record low prices

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Apple Watch deals don't come around too often, but we've spotted this excellent discount on the Series 6 this week.

Judge declines to dismiss Amazon's Trump allegation

400+BBC News - Technology / 10h
The tech giant claims the former President used his influence to award Microsoft a defence contract.

Hennessey turns the RAM TRX pickup into an SUV called the Mammoth 1000

SlashGear / 10h
One of the coolest and most powerful pickups ever revealed by a major auto manufacturer is the RAM TRX. That truck boasts the supercharged Hellcat V-8 found under the hood as some of Dodge’s most potent sports cars. The team over at Hennessey has laid hands on the RAM TRX pickup and turned it into a massive SUV for those … Continue reading

AMD could continue to eat Intel’s market share – and that’s good news for consumers

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AMD is increasing pressure on Intel, and this could lead to a “price war” in the future.

Hotel sweet spots: 16 European hotels you can book from 5,000 points per night

70The Points Guy / 10h
The European Union is set to reopen its borders to vaccinated travelers this summer and we couldn’t be more excited. Hotel rates will likely increase as more travelers begin planning trips to popular cities across the EU and beyond. Your hotel points and free-night certificates will likely go a long way in keeping your travel costs low, especially if you’re planning to stay at high-end properties

This sneaky Linux malware has been operating under the radar for years

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Linux malware strain manages to evade detection for years and researchers are unaware about its intention.

Confusion over use of NHS App as Covid passport

200+BBC News - Technology / 10h
The NHS App cannot "imminently" be used as a Covid passport, the BBC has learned.

Bang & Olufsen Beolab 28 adaptive wireless speaker looks like artwork

SlashGear / 10h
When it comes to high-end audio solutions, one of the biggest names is Bang & Olufsen. The company makes high-end audio gear ranging from small connected speakers up to massive home theater systems and car audio with some major automakers using its hardware. The company has introduced a new advanced connected speaker called the Beolab 28. Beolab 28 is an … Continue reading

Roku's Streambar falls to $100 at HSN

44Engadget / 10h
You can now pick up a Roku Streambar at HSN for $100, a $30 discount and one of the best prices we've seen yet.

Amazon to increase the pay of over 500,000 workers amid union battles

100+Engadget / 11h
Amazon will give workers a pay rise of between 50 cents and $3 as part of an early wage review, the retailer said on Wednesday.

Vivid Money raises $73 million to build a European financial super app

100+TechCrunch / 11h
German startup Vivid Money has raised a new $73 million Series B funding round (€60 million) led by Greenoaks with existing investor Ribbit Capital also participating. Following today’s funding round, Vivid Money has reached a valuation of $436 million (€360 million). Vivid Money could be considered as a Revolut competitor designed specifically for the Eurozone. Built on top of Solarisbank for th

The WFH Exodus Creates an Opportunity for Small Cities

100+Wired / 11h
Workers from urban centers will continue to work from home, at least part-time. Officials and developers are planning the shops and services they'll want.

How Pixar Uses Hyper-Colors to Hack Your Brain

300+Wired / 11h
The animation studio’s artists are masters at tweaking light and color to trigger deep emotional responses. Coming soon: effects you’ll only see inside your head.

How to Win a Hot Wheels Derby on a Moving Treadmill

100+Wired / 11h
Sure, you could just crank up the speed and let chance have its way. But there's also a reason why some cars go fast and others flip over the sidewall.

Most of us still rely on memory alone to recall passwords

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Nearly two-thirds of people use the same passwords for multiple sites.

Lypertek's new wireless earbuds boast unbelievable 80-hour battery life

31TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
The Lypertek PurePlay Z7 are the latest wireless earbuds from the budget brand – but they cost a lot more than their predecessors.

The 7 biggest new movies and TV shows coming to Netflix in May 2021

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Looking for something to stream on Netflix in May? Here are the 7 best options landing on Netflix this month.

Sony begins selling the PS5 in China

67Engadget / 11h
Sony has officially launched the PlayStation 5 in China ahead of Microsoft's Xbox consoles.

How to book an award ticket to Malta from 55,000 miles round-trip

The Points Guy / 11h
Starting June 1, Malta will be one of the few European countries opening its doors to fully vaccinated travelers. In fact, the Mediterranean island nation is so keen to welcome tourists that it’s offering up to $238 in credits towards hotel expenses. If you manage to get a hold of that credit, that’s great. But if you’re trying to budget for a trip to Malta using points and miles, we’ve got you c

Australian Political Staffer Fired for Filming Himself Jerking Off on Female Politician's Desk Says Video of the Incident Is 'Revenge Porn'

33Gizmodo / 11h
How do you define revenge porn? It might seem easy enough when it’s an angry man posting a naked photo of his ex-girlfriend to 4Chan. But what happens when it’s an image of a lewd act in the workplace that touches off a national conversation about gender bias, power imbalances, and sexual assault? Read more...

Nvidia is making life difficult for cryptominers buying GeForce RTX 30s GPUs

100+TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Nvidia is preparing to sneakily extend a new hash rate limiter across almost the entire Ampere graphics card lineup.

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer’s New Promo Awards

51One Mile at a Time / 11h
For now we’ll have to mark this as “developing,” but it’s at least something worth being aware of. Singapore Airlines’ new “promo” award category It looks like changes may be on the horizon for Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer awards. Or at least we may see the formalization of a new award category. When you go to Singapore Airlines’ website and do an award search there’s a link that says “compare aw

Older vaccinated adults are much less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19

Pfizer Moderna 94% CDC•
SlashGear / 11h
A new CDC assessment has been published that found fully vaccinated adults 65 and older are 94 percent less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19. The CDC says that both mRNA COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna that are authorized and recommended in the US have been shown to protect against COVID-19 related hospitalizations among adults 65 and older. The … Continue reading

How to Opt out of Google FLoC in Chrome

66How-To Geek / 11h
In March 2021, Google began testing its new ad-targeting initiative called Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) with a subset of Chrome users. The plan is to implement FLoC as an alternative to cookies—which are being phased out—to track online behavior. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Windows 10 May 2021 Update is finally done and should be rolling out soon

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Don’t get too excited, though, as this is just a minor upgrade which doesn’t bring much of interest to the table.

Microsoft is fixing the pain of arranging Windows 10 apps on multiple displays

200+Engadget / 11h
If you use a multi-monitor setup on Windows 10 for gaming, work or because they're built right into your laptop, Microsoft has some good news.

Volkswagen ID.4 GTX unveiled with dual-motors and standard AWD

SlashGear / 11h
German automaker Volkswagen presented its newest ID.4 GTX at a digital world premiere at Berlin Tempelhof Airport. The VW ID.4 GTX is the brand’s first high-performance EV with dual electric motors and a standard electric all-wheel drivetrain. “We are adding a new dimension of sportiness and dynamics with the ID.4 GTX,” said Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen Brand. “The … Continue reading

Here are all the startups pitching today at Venture Day Minsk

83TechCrunch / 11h
Venture Day Minsk (organised by tech startup hub Imaguru ) is run annually, but because of the pandemic and the political situation in Belarus it has gone virtual. Even Imaguru itself has had to switch to online-only operations after Lukashenko’s thugs shut down its physical space . If you want to support them, check out their startups, and maybe grab a T-shirt . There are are always interesting

New iPad Pro 2021 release date leak makes May 21 seem incredibly likely

iPad Pro Apple May 21•
20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
A retailer has listed the new iPad Pro 2021 as going on sale May 21 - a date a leaker has already suggested.

EU adopts rules on one-hour takedowns for terrorist content

100+TechCrunch / 11h
The European Parliament approved a new law on terrorist content takedowns yesterday, paving the way for one-hour removals to become the legal standard across the EU. The regulation “addressing the dissemination of terrorist content online” will come into force shortly after publication in the EU’s Official Journal — and start applying 12 months after that. The incoming regime means providers serv

Lemonade hopes to disrupt the pet insurance industry with pet-first policies

Futurism / 12h
If you’ve been lucky enough to spend the pandemic with a furry family member, you know just how much they keep you sane and smiling. There’s truly nothing better than an animal companion to help you weather the terrible storm that was 2020. So why not show your cat or dog just how much you care about their companionship by treating them to comprehensive pet insurance? It may sound odd, but it may

Samsung is the world's biggest smartphone manufacturer once again

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Samsung profits and Huawei struggles as smartphone market recovers.

Microsoft is working on a new version of the Office app for Windows 10

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
The Office app for Windows 10 is getting an update that non-paying users will love.

Paxos raises $300 million to build a cryptocurrency infrastructure giant

Paxos Raises $2.4B•
100+TechCrunch / 12h
Paxos has raised a $300 million Series D funding round led by Oak HC/FT. With today’s funding the round, the company is now valued at $2.4 billion. The company has been building infrastructure and white-label services for enterprise clients that want to offer cryptocurrency products to their own customers. In particular, Paxos has partnered with PayPal for its cryptocurrency features. Since Octob

Wyndham Rewards Selling Points For 25% Off

100+One Mile at a Time / 12h
Wyndham Rewards has just introduced its latest promotion on purchased points. Historically the program hasn’t sold points often, but this is the second promotion in the past several weeks. Buy Wyndham points for 25% off Through Friday, May 7, 2021, Wyndham Rewards is offering a 25% discount on purchased points : You can receive a 25% discount as long as you purchase at least 3,000 points in one t

An Ambitious Plan to Tackle Ransomware Faces Long Odds

RTF Ransomware Task•
100+Wired / 12h
A task force counting Amazon, Cisco, and the FBI among its members has proposed a framework to solve one of cybersecurity's biggest problems. Good luck.

Vodafone has the best fibre broadband deals out there...but they end this week

24TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Vodafone's latest fibre broadband deals lead the way for affordability and speeds. Plus they come with a cash incentive.

How climate change moved Earth's axis

400+Mashable / 12h
Climate 101 is a Mashable series that answers provoking and salient questions about Earth’s warming climate. Greenland is purging ice into the ocean . And Earth noticed. A strange impact of the continuously warming climate is that colossal amounts of ice melting into the planet's oceans have played a prominent role in moving Earth's axis — the invisible line Earth rotates around. As the planet wa

Weight loss apps don't help users with one really important thing

41Mashable / 12h
There is a secret to weight loss that should be more widely known and it has nothing to do with supplements, specialized diets, or intermittent fasting. Instead, it's something that countless people, especially after a yearlong pandemic, have in common: trauma. Scientists began understanding the relationship between weight gain and trauma decades ago. Since then, they've learned that negative, li

The J&J vaccine is back. Next comes trust.

100+MIT Technology Review / 12h
Last week US regulators recommended resuming use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, after deciding that a side effect involving blood clots was too rare to justify continuing the brief suspension they had imposed: there were just 15 reported instances out of 8 million doses. But even though the pause lasted just 11 days, it raised new concerns about whether Americans will trust vaccinations. Recen

Researchers claim glacier melting has accelerated all around the world

SlashGear / 12h
A team of researchers, including scientists from ETH Zürich, have conducted what they call the most comprehensive and accurate study of its kind so far. The team found that almost all the glaciers in the world are becoming thinner and losing ice mass, and the rate of mass loss is increasing. The scientists say that glaciers are sensitive indicators of … Continue reading

TravelPerk raises $160M in equity and debt after a year of derailed business trips

TravelPerk Raises $160M•
100+TechCrunch / 12h
The pandemic has hammered the travel sector over the past 12 months so you’d be forgiven for feeling a bit of pre-COVID-19 déjà vu at this news: Business trip booking platform TravelPerk is announcing a $160M Series D. The round, which is a mix of equity and debt funding, is led by London-based growth equity firm Greyhound Capital. Existing investors also participated (specifically: DST, Kinnevik

JEDI battle rumbles on as judge refuses to dismiss AWS Trump claims

28TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Judge throws out Microsoft’s appeal to dismiss Amazon’s suit that alleges impropriety.

Marvel reportedly has big MCU Phase 5 plans – but what could they be?

20TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Falcon and the Winter Soldier's head writer is "surprised" about how few upcoming MCU movies have been announced – so what could they be?

DJI admits DJI Mini 2 has battery issue and says a fix is coming

44TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
DJI has acknowledged that the DJI Mini 2 has a minor battery issue, but says a firmware update is coming soon.

Apple Watch Series 6 price falls again to a new low of $249

100+Engadget / 12h
The Apple Watch Series 6 Product Red edition is now down to $249 at Best Buy, marking an all-ti