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YouTube will now ban content with vaccine misinformation

YouTube Misinformation•
12KTechCrunch / 17h
YouTube expanded its medical misinformation policies today to include new guidelines that ban vaccine misinformation. The Google-owned video platform had previously banned over 1 million videos spreading dangerous COVID-19 misinformation. Now, YouTube says it will also remove content that spreads misinformation about vaccine safety, the efficacy of vaccines and ingredients in vaccines. The platfo

YouTube Bans Anti-Vaccine Misinformation

YouTube Anti Vaccine•
110KNYT > Technology / 18h
The new set of policies will cover not just the Covid-19 vaccines or long-approved vaccines against diseases like measles and hepatitis B, but also general claims about vaccines, YouTube said.

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: EE's Elise Howard wins Shop Idol 2021 crown

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Elise Howard from EE has been picked as the best mobile salesperson in the country this year!

Vivo X70 Pro and X70 Pro Plus with Zeiss cameras launched in India

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Vivo has launched its flagship smartphones the Vivo X70 Pro and X70 Pro Plus smartphones in India with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset.

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Alcatel's William Paterson wins Outstanding Contribution

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William Paterson talks about his career, the industry, and his belief in making technology available to everyone who needs it

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: BT Consumer CEO Marc Allera is our Power 50 Person of the Year

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Marc Allera wins our Person of the Year award for a third time.

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is our Phone of the Year

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Samsung's latest flagship is the 2021 Phone of the Year

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Genuine Solutions wins Best Place to Work

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Genuine Solutions is rewarded for its workplace culture

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Vodafone wins Best MVNO partner

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Vodafone is rewarded for its support for the MVNO ecosystem

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Sky Mobile is Best MVNO

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Sky Mobile is rewarded for service and innvation

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Vodafone Business wins Best Network for Business

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Vodafone Business has supported organisations during a challenging year

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: O2 is Network of the Year

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O2 secures the top network award

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: ZAGG wins Accessory Manufacturer of the Year

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ZAGG's accessorises itself with an MIA

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Bullitt Group wins Ruggedised Manufacturer of the Year

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Cat's out of the bag, Bullitt Group is the winner!

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Samsung is Smartphone Manufacturer of the Year

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Samsung is our top phone maker of 2021

Varjo launches VR/XR products in the UAE through Lenovo partnership

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PC manufacturer Lenovo will be Varjo’s first reseller in the UAE

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Samsung wins CSR and Sustainability Initiative of the Year

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Samsung's Not a School campaign wins out

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Alcatel wins Campaign of the Year

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Alcatel wins for its 'People's Champion' campaign

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Samsung wins Best Manufacturer Field Marketing Team

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Samsung's field marketing team is recognised for its achievements

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: EE wins Best High Street Retailer

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EE wins out on the high street battle

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: O2 wins Best Online Retailer

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O2 is top dog in the online channel

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Kid-A wins Partner of the Year

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Kid-A goes from strength to strength

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: musicMagpie wins Best Recycling Service

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musicMagpie is rewarded for a stellar year

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Likewize wins Best Mobile/Gadget Insurance Service

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Likewize wins for its range of services to the industry

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: iSmash wins Best Repair Service

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iSmash wins for its convenient, customer-centric approach

Installare Windows 11 darà parecchi mal di testa, preparatevi

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Passare a Windows 11 potrebbe rivelarsi una faccenda complicata per le aziende e i reparti IT

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Likewize wins Best Wholesale Service and Solution

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Likewize is recognised for its role in serving the industry

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Vodafone wins 5G Innovation of the Year

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Vodafone's Standalone 5G is 5G Innovation of the Year

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Aerial Direct wins Best Mobile Service & Solution

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Aerial Direct wins a hotly-contested category

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Predict Mobile wins Start-up of the Year

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Predict Mobile's business-focused comparison platform takes home first prize

Mobile Industry Awards 2021: Crystalusion+ wins Innovation of the Year

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Crystalusion+'s ability to make our phones safer to use impresses judges

Mobiles launched in September 2021: Specs, price, and availability

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September was one of the busiest months in terms of launches. With the festive season approaching, we had over 25 new smartphone launches.

Vivo X70 Pro+ Review – Imaging in Focus

Vivo X70 Pro India•
SlashGear / 1h
Photography has been a core focus of smartphones for the past years, with companies competing on imaging features that often revolve around pixel counts. Both consumers and manufacturers have become smarter and have started putting the focus on other aspects of digital photography, like HDR, low-light performance, and, of course, the all-famous portrait mode or bokeh simulation. Smartphone makers

Sinch acquires Pathwire, the company behind Mailgun and Mailjet, for $1.9B to add email into its API-based communications platform

Sinch Pathwire Email•
26TechCrunch / 1h
Sinch , the Swedish company that competes with Twilio and others in the world of messaging and other communication APIs is making another big M&A play to build out its platform. It has signed a definitive deal to acquire Pathwire , the cloud-based email provider behind Mailgun, Mailjet and Email on Acid. Sinch said it would pay $925 million in cash, with an additional 51 million new shares in Sin

Virgin Galactic cleared to fly again following FAA investigation

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Engadget / 1h
Virgin Galactic has been cleared to fly again by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) following an anomaly on its previous flight, the WSJ has reported. The agency launched a probe into the space company's first crewed flight after it dropped below its approved trajectory. The FAA determined that the SpaceShip Two Unity craft, with founder Richard Branson and five others aboard, had devia

5 new movies and series on Indian OTT platforms this week

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These are the new releases on Amazon Prime Video, SonyLIV, Zee5 and other OTT platforms in India.

Here's how you can stay productive with the 2K all-rounded sleek laptop - the HUAWEI MateBook 14

Huawei’s MateBook 14•
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With a stunning display, powerful performance, and great battery life, the Huawei MateBook 14 is a perfect pick for your daily laptop needs.

To celebrate the arrival of Black Widow, OSN is giving away an incredible figurine

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We have a stunning figurine of Black Widow to give away to one of our viewers helps your team communicate better during outages

TechCrunch / 3h has raised a $4.7 million funding round led by Index Ventures and Point Nine. When your company is facing an outage or a data breach, provides the right framework to communicate about the issue — both internally and externally — and make sure it is resolved as quickly as possible. In addition to Index Ventures and Point Nine, several business angels are also investing in t

Nintendo denies it supplied developers with tools for a 4K Switch

Nintendo 4K Switch•
Engadget / 4h
A Bloomberg report claims that Nintendo provided at least 11 developers with a toolkit to create games for the Switch that support 4K graphics. Shortly after it was published, though, the gaming giant has issued a statement firmly denying that it's supplying tools to drive the development of titles for a 4K console. "[T]his report is not true," the company tweeted . Further, it reiterated that it

Gain access to hundreds of live channels with a lifetime subscription to SelectTV

Mashable / 4h
TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to the SelectTV Streaming App is on sale for £73.18 as of Sept. 30, saving you 79% on list price. Prioritising streaming is basically the norm these days. Most streaming platforms come with a monthly fee, but the SelectTV Streaming App by FreeCast offers a huge library with a one-time payment. SelectTV combines content from broadcast, cable, internet, on-demand, and

5 best free music download sites

Mashable / 4h
Everyone likes getting something for free, right? Well, what if we told you we'd found five free music download sites that are completely above board and legit? The sites we're featuring all offer some kind of free audio downloads, giving you a risk-free way to discover new bands and artists. If you like what you hear and can afford to do so, you can choose to pay to download more of their conten

Get exclusive access to free games with a discounted subscription to PlayStation Plus

Mashable / 4h
TL;DR: A three-year stackable subscription to PlayStation Plus is on sale for £87.82 as of Sept. 30, and includes a £15 store credit. After unwrapping your shiny new PlayStation 5 and admiring its beauty, then gawking at the jaw-dropping visuals, you’ll quickly realise it’s missing something. In order to access online gameplay and everything else your new console has to offer, you’re going to nee

‘No code’ tool maker, Heyflow, nabs $6M to fix your customer conversions

TechCrunch / 4h
Heyflow , a Hamburg, Germany-based startup touting ‘no code’ tools for easily building interactive “clickflows” to boost customer conversions, has bagged a $6 million seed. The round was led by Project A Ventures, with participation from Atlantic Labs and several unnamed angel investors. Heyflow competes with a growing number of no code/low code tools which aim to simplify customer interactions u

UC Berkeley finds gig workers could earn $4.82 per hour if MA ballot proposal passes

TechCrunch / 4h
A coalition of app-based delivery and ride-hail companies like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash recently filed a ballot proposition in Massachusetts to continue classifying gig economy workers as independent contractors, rather than employees. If the measure makes it to the November 2022 ballot and passes, drivers could end up earning as little as a quarter of the minimum wage, according to a University o

Google Drive suggestions in Chrome could raise antitrust red flags

SlashGear / 5h
Google has so many products that it’s not really surprising to see it trying to connect the dots across its different properties, like Android, Search, and Chrome. What may sound natural, however, isn’t always desirable or even legal in some cases, especially when businesses are involved. That is why the company has been embroiled in numerous monopoly and antitrust lawsuits, … Continue reading

Indian social commerce Meesho raises $570 million at $4.9 billion valuation

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50TechCrunch / 5h
Meesho has more than doubled its valuation in less than six months, to $4.9 billion, as a growing number of high-profile investors back the Indian social commerce startup that is reporting strong growth despite the pandemic. The Bangalore-headquartered firm said on Thursday it has raised $570 million in its Series F financing round, following a $300 million Series E in April when it was valued at

How to record calls on an iPhone

Mashable / 5h
Apple's iPhones do not offer a native way to record incoming or outgoing voice calls. As this is not a particularly advanced or difficult technology to implement, it's thought that Apple chose to omit call recording due to legal complications. In most U.S. states, only one person needs to give consent for a call to be recorded, but 11 states require everyone involved in a conversation to agree to

Exclusive: GameStop PS5 restock in-store event time and all 202 locations listed

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The long-awaited in-store GameStop PS5 restock is finally here, but the Sony console won't be available at every store location in the US.

The best vibrators you can have shipped right to your door

22Mashable / 5h
They say sex sells itself, but vibrators? Not so much. In fact, shopping around for the just-right "personal massager" can be intimidating as hell. It’s definitely not a task to take lightly — after all, you’re buying something that’ll go inside, around, and on top of all your most intimate nooks and crannies. You want to make sure it’ll get you off, obviously, but you also want to make sure it’s

Nintendo makes it official: a 4K Switch Pro definitely isn't happening (for now)

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Despite years of rumors around a more powerful Nintendo Switch Pro boasting 4K support, the company has officially stated it isn't working on 'any new model'.

Nintendo Switch Pro 4K rumor officially shot down again

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SlashGear / 6h
The Nintendo Switch remains one of the most loved game consoles in recent years, but it is far from perfect. In fact, it might also be getting too old to compete with the current generation of consoles, at least as far as playing on a big screen is concerned. That has made desires and rumors of a 4K-capable Nintendo Switch … Continue reading

Best sex toys for couples looking to switch things up between the sheets

Mashable / 6h
Yes, of course, there’s something special between you and your sweetie. But perhaps it’s time to add in a little something else . Fortunately, we find ourselves in the golden age of couples sex toys. There’s now something for everyone — including these pop culture sex toys for anyone obsessed with Game of Thrones or Doctor Who . If you have an itch, then it's pretty much guaranteed there's a sex

Best sex toys for men: From Fleshlights to VR and beyond

Mashable / 6h
The world of sex toys for men has more options than ever before. From sex toys for trans men to sex toys designed specifically to satisfy your geekier side , the wide range of options available means there’s truly something for everyone. While it may seem sometimes like male sex toys are getting left out of the current sextech revolution , that’s far from true. Real sex positivity applies to ever

Getting a new MacBook Pro? You still need a VPN — here's why.

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Mashable / 6h
In case you haven't heard, Apple's new 24-inch iMac is an absolute dreamboat of a desktop — and those colors? *chef's kiss* "With its fun aesthetic, compact size, smooth performance, and more," it basically "begs to be used anywhere but the office," says tech reporter Brenda Stolyar, who bestowed Tim Cook's latest M1 machine with a coveted Mashable's Choice Award after taking it for a test drive.

Comparing popular VPNs? Folks on Reddit have some thoughts.

NordVPN Secure VPN•
Mashable / 6h
Slow WiFi and an exposed Google history are an avid internet user's worst nightmares, and the Obama-era rules that protect from these have been under attack since 2017 . Hopes for change were all but crushed when a late 2020 vote affirmed the FCC's commitment to erasing net neutrality. Squashing these protections essentially gives internet service providers the green light to dish unfair treatmen

Galaxy S21 FE references are vanishing from Samsung’s websites

SlashGear / 6h
When Apple announced that it would no longer launch the AirPower wireless charging mat, it probably wished it could rewrite history and stop the product from even being mentioned in the first place. Samsung would have probably been in the same boat had it announced the Galaxy S21 FE, only to realize too late that it wouldn’t be able to … Continue reading

Facebook Downplays Internal Research Released on Eve of Hearing

66NYT > Technology / 7h
The social network published its findings about Instagram’s effect on young users, as senators prepared to question an executive on Thursday.

iPad mini 6 iFixit teardown explains jelly scrolling behavior

SlashGear / 7h
The iPad mini 6 introduced a lot of big changes to the small tablet family, the first one in a very long time. Not only has it adopted the design language now common across all iPhones and iPads, but it also finally embraced the USB-C connector. Although it seems minor in comparison, the larger display of the 6th gen iPad … Continue reading

PS4 consoles will still be playable long after PSN has died, thanks to this major update

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Enlarge / Sony's latest PS4 system update fixes a problem with the internal battery which would have eventually caused all consoles to be bricked. (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images ) PlayStation owners looking to preserve their PS4 libraries well into the future can breathe a sigh of relief, as the system's latest firmware update reportedly fixes a time bomb found inside every console. Recent

Everyone you need to remember before seeing 'No Time to Die'

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73Mashable / 7h
Folks, it's finally here. But wait, who is that again? After over a year's worth of delays due to the ongoing pandemic , No Time To Die is about to land in cinemas . It's been six years since the last James Bond film, Spectre, was released in 2015, so it's been quite a while between missions. With director Cary Joji Fukunaga at the helm, No Time to Die introduces a host of new characters, includi

Fortnite PlayStation Cup earmarks $113,400 for PS4 and PS5 players

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SlashGear / 7h
Epic Games has announced the next Fortnite PlayStation Cup, a tournament with a cash prize for those who compete. As you’d expect given the competition’s name, the tournament is exclusive to PlayStation console owners, meaning you’ll need a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 model for a shot at part of the cash prize pool. As far as Fortnite tournaments go, … Continue reading

Facebook publishes slides on how Instagram affects teen mental health

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Engadget / 8h
Facebook has published two slide decks detailing its research into how Instagram affects teens’ mental health. The slides were heavily cited by The Wall Street Journal earlier this month in a story that reported the company’s own researchers had found that ““Instagram is harmful for a sizable percentage” of teens, particularly teenage girls.” Instagram has attempted to rebut those claims, saying

Facebook-backed 2Africa set to be the longest subsea cable upon completion

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32TechCrunch / 8h
Facebook announced on Tuesday that its 2Africa cable would now extend to over 45,000 kilometers with the addition of nine landings collectively dubbed the 2Africa Pearls. The subsea cable will directly connect three continents — Africa, Europe and Asia. The extension will see 2Africa become the longest subsea cable system in the world upon completion, Facebook said. It will best the current recor

TheMarket’s massive Apple sale: save up to NZ$250 on iPads, MacBooks and iPhones

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TheMarket has discounted a huge range of Apple gear, including the iPhone 12 Pro, iPad Air 4 and MacBook Air M1.

Trendy microgreens offer nutrition security as climate concerns grow

SlashGear / 8h
Microgreens, a trendy ‘gourmet’ source of nutrients, may play an important role in nutritional security as the climate changes and during emergency situations, according to researchers. These leafy greens are, as the name suggests, tiny in size, but they offer a large number of nutrients without the space, time, and fertilizer demands of full-grown crops. What are microgreens? Put simply, … Conti

Health workers get panic buttons as COVID deniers get violent

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Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge / A healthcare worker treats a patient inside a negative pressure room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, Missouri, on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg ) Hospitals in several states are ramping up security and even providing wearable panic buttons to staff amid a wave of violent attacks sparked by COVID-related misinformation, denialis

American AAdvantage Plans To Go More Revenue-Based, “Simplify” Earning Elite Status

View from the Wing / 9h
Based on an interview with Chief Revenue Officer Vasu Raja, changes to American AAdvantage seem likely to shift away from frequency and more towards revenue (remember - United awards elite status on spending and not miles flown ) and to reward buying up to Main Cabin Extra or first class more than the program does today. Continue reading ...

Universal Studios Will Require Proof of Vaccination and Masks Starting Next Week

500+Gizmodo / 9h
As the world slowly attempts to drag itself toward a sense of normalcy as the covid-19 pandemic continues , events and businesses looking to bring the public back have already had to try and balance waning federal restrictions with private rules regarding masks, vaccination status, and more. Now one of the biggest… Read more...

Prepare Your Closets for Fall Like a Goddamned Adult

Lifehacker / 9h
It is time. The seasons have officially turned, the air has gotten that crisp morning edge, and the humidity has left the building. (At least where I live. Sorry, Florida). Which means? It’s time to flip those closets for fall. And we’re not just talking about clothes here. New seasons often call for new linens, new… Read more...

Fortnite leak hints next Tilted Towers may be made entirely of cubes

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SlashGear / 9h
The latest season of Fortnite is all about cubes — big ones, small ones, and even a mysterious highly-mobile yellow one. New cubes keep appearing on the map, some of them as little baby cubes, and they’re seemingly moving around, leaving damaged landscape and purple speckles all over the place. What is the point of all these cubes? They’re going … Continue reading

You Can Theoretically Book the Scream House as an AirBnb This Halloween

51Gizmodo / 9h
Got plans for late October? Then forget about them, because the house from Wes Craven ’s original meta-horror film Scream —you know, the house from which the call comes from inside—will be up to rent as an Airbnb. Amazingly, it will only cost guests a frankly ridiculous $5 a night. The catch, of course, is that there… Read more...

This Massive New Robotech Blu-ray Set Is Certainly... Massive

37Gizmodo / 9h
Although Robotech was a heavily edited (even-more-heavily rewritten) mishmash of three unrelated anime series, it’s hard to overstate the importance it had in America. For many, it was their first taste in anime and a key part of creating today’s massive fandom. It was the first time ‘80s kids got to see a serialized… Read more...

Apple finally lets you rate its apps on the App Store

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20Engadget / 9h
You've the option to re-download Apple's in-house apps for a while, but you haven't been allowed to write App Store reviews for them like you can for third-party titles. Apple is now treating its apps more as equals, though. 9to5Mac notes Apple has quietly enabled App Store ratings and reviews for its own software. If you want to laud improvements to Maps or trash Mail, you can. The volume of rev

Elon Musk Longs for the Days When Trump Would Invite Him to the White House

42Gizmodo / 9h
Elon Musk is apparently hankering for those halcyon days when America had a President who really got him. You know, the kind of pro-business bigwig who isn’t afraid to tell the AFL-CIO to screw off? To be sure, this is not an apt description of our current POTUS, with whom Musk seems to be slightly out of step. Read more...

The Nerd's Watch: Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Streaming in October

60Gizmodo / 9h
Though most movie theaters are back to full function, the safer option for entertainment remains streaming, and fans who choose to stay home and take advantage are constantly rewarded with tons of new content. At the start of each month , most streamers— Netflix , Hulu, Amazon, Disney+, and HBO Max —do a little shuffle,… Read more...

Electric Scooter Racing Is Here to Melt and/or Scrape Your Face Off

100+Gizmodo / 9h
If a vehicle can go fast, you better believe people are going to race it. Boats, planes, motorcycles; there are racing leagues for almost every type of vehicle imaginable. Next year, electric scooters are getting in on the action now that the eSkootr Championship has finalized what every racer will be riding . Read more...

Windstar Cruises targets luxury travelers with more all-inclusive fares

The Points Guy / 9h
Small-ship specialist Windstar Cruises is rolling out a new fare option for cruisers who hate paying for lots of little extras while on ships. The new “All-In” package, as Windstar is calling it, will bring unlimited Wi-Fi; unlimited drinks such as beer, wine and cocktails; and included gratuities to those sailing on any of the line’s six vessels. The package will cost a flat $79 per person per d

United Club Infinite Credit Card Gets 5 New Benefits Including Upgrades And Hotel Status

View from the Wing / 10h
United elites striving for status will find this card valuable, though, and those who would pay for a club membership are better off doing so in most cases via this card's annual fee in my view anyway. The rest of the add-on benefits are gravy. Continue reading ...

Ben Rubin explains why the Web3 era of social media will help everybody get paid

45TechCrunch / 10h
After a decade of a handful of dominant social media companies trading what are essentially publishing tools in exchange for serving us all an endless deluge of ads, the winds of change are finally blowing — in a few different directions at once. Content creators (arguably either a special echelon of influencers or anyone who posts online) are slowly siphoning off some of the power that social me

Britney Spears' father ousted from her conservatorship

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100+Mashable / 10h
After 13 years of oversight, a media fervor, and personal pleas from the pop icon herself, a judge decided Wednesday to remove Britney Spears' father from her conservatorship. Spears had called the legal relationship with her father " abusive " and " cruel ." Spears' estate will temporarily be overseen by John Zabel, a certified public accountant, according to Variety . Los Angeles Judge Brenda P

Google Maps Now Lets You Know if Your Route Is on Fire

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100+Futurism / 10h
Pyrocene Kids First coined in 2015 by Arizona State University Stephen Pyne, the term “pyrocene” describes our modern era, in which humanity has gone from learning to cook food to utterly scorching the planet . Thankfully, Google just unveiled the perfect tool to help us navigate this fiery era. As Gizmodo reports , Google Maps is getting a new layer that will show whether or not your destination

New Exoskeleton Transforms Into Motorized Scooter

100+Futurism / 10h
Autobots Roll Out Japanese Panasonic subsidiary Atoun has come up with a futuristic exoskeleton that can transform itself into a powered buggy. The suit, dubbed the Koma 1.5, is designed to allow its wearer to lift heavy items while also rolling across relatively smooth terrain, like a factory or warehouse floor — and to do it in style, seemingly. Doin’ Buggy In Buggy Mode, the suit’s wearer can

JetBlue’s big New York LaGuardia terminal move could give Spirit a leg up

The Points Guy / 10h
There’s mixed news for travelers passing through New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Starting on Oct. 31, all JetBlue flights, except the Boston shuttles, will depart and arrive from the airport’s new Terminal B . This will allow for easier connections with the carrier’s Northeast Alliance partner, American Airlines, which already operates from the Western Concourse of Terminal B . Boston flights will

DC’s first NFT collection launches in October for FanDome 2021

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SlashGear / 10h
We’re a little more than two weeks away from FanDome 2021, a free virtual fan event for DC fans. This year’s event comes with something special: DC’s first batch of NFTs, a collection that is made possible in partnership with Palm NFT Studio. DC fans will be able to get at least two NFT collectibles from the collection. NFTs, the … Continue reading

Windows 11 TPM requirements will cause massive headaches for businesses

Microsoft Windows 11•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Upgrading to Windows 11 will likely prove quite challenging for enterprise organizations with hundreds to thousands of PCs.

Amazon settles with activist workers who say they were illegally fired.

Amazon Settles Fired•
27NYT > Technology / 10h
The two women said they had been fired for speaking out. The company said they had repeatedly flouted its employee policies.

Daily Crunch: Andela reaches $1.5B valuation after SoftBank leads $200M Series E

TechCrunch / 10h
To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here . Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for September 29, 2021. Welcome to what feels like fall on the East Coast of the United States. Yes, the seasons are changing, but the technology and startup worlds are refusing to shift from the high-velocity pace that they’ve hel

A revamped wired Nest Doorbell is coming in 2022 with 24/7 video recording

Google Nest Doorbell•
45Engadget / 10h
Google is feeling the smart home heat. Shortly after Amazon announced its dirt-cheap $50 Blink video doorbell , Nest VP Rishi Chandra announced that Google also has a competing second-generation Nest Doorbell coming next year. And unlike the recently launched battery-powered Nest Doorbell , the new device will be hardwired like the original Nest Hello . That opens the door for 24/7 video recordin

Virgin Galactic is clear to fly again following FAA’s ‘mishap investigation’ of Branson flight

Virgin Galactic FAA•
20TechCrunch / 10h
The Federal Aviation Administration has closed its “mishap investigation” into the July 11 flight of Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson and three others, the space tourism company’s first dedicated passenger trip. Future flights will reserve a greater volume of airspace and the company promises better communication, but other than that the company is clear to fly again. The flight anomaly th

This new cruise line is already sailing at full capacity after successful debut

The Points Guy / 10h
Luxury adventure small-ship cruise line Atlas Ocean Voyages is one of the first cruise lines to sail at full capacity after the successful August debut of its first ship, World Navigator . The ship initially began sailing Greek Isles and Egypt itineraries — a change from what the line had originally planned, due to COVID-19 restrictions — at about 60% capacity but has since managed to ramp up. It

Scientists test medieval gunpowder recipes with 15th-century cannon replica

Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / Researchers tested medieval gunpowder recipes in this replica of an early 15th-century stone-throwing cannon. (credit: T.S. Ritchie et al., ACS Omega 2021) Gunpowder—as opposed to modern smokeless powder —isn't used much these days in current weaponry, although it's still useful for historical weapons and remains popular for fireworks and other pyrotechnics. An interdisciplinary team of

YouTube to remove all anti-vaccine misinformation

YouTube Anti Vaccine•
500+BBC News - Technology / 11h
Videos saying vaccines cause autism, cancer or infertility are among those banned from the platform.

Former Google Exec Warns That AI Researchers Are “Creating God”

5KFuturism / 11h
Dire Warning According to a former Google executive, the singularity is coming. And, what’s more, he says that it poses a major threat to humanity. Mo Gawdat, formerly the Chief Business Officer for Google’s moonshot organization, which was called Google X at the time, issued his warning in a new interview with The Times . In it, he said that he believes that artificial general intelligence (AGI)

Corporations Are Sending Huge Mining Machines to the Bottom of the Ocean

1KFuturism / 11h
Sea Scraping A number of companies are moving forward with plans to mine the seafloor, a process that would involve huge machines scraping nodules of metals like nickel, copper, manganese, and cobalt off of the bottom of the ocean. The problem is that mining the bottom of the ocean would inevitably destroy any local ecosystems or habitats in the area, The Guardian reports , many of which have nev

Bungie makes it easier to sue over harassment following Activision scandal

Engadget / 11h
Bungie split from Activision a long time ago, but that isn't stopping the company from distancing itself from the sexual harassment scandal affecting its former publisher. The Destiny 2 creator is implementing a number of reforms that it hopes will foster diversity and inclusion, prevent harassment and clamp down if abuse takes place. Most notably, it's joining other tech companies in dropping th

EVO 2021 Showcase canned due to COVID resurgence

SlashGear / 11h
Another day, another in-person event claimed by COVID-19 and the delta variant. Earlier this year, we saw EVO 2021 move almost entirely online in the wake of the ongoing pandemic. The original plan was to host much of the tournament online and then invite the best players in the world to the in-person EVO 2021 Showcase in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

Injecting tumors with dead bacteria is a promising way to treat cancer

Injecting Bacteria Cancer•
SlashGear / 11h
Researchers have developed a unique and very inexpensive method for treating cancerous tumors, and it involves dead bacteria. Though the bacteria isn’t harmful to the body, the researchers explain that the patient’s immune system mobilizes to attack the substance, targeting the cancer cells at the same time and even metastases throughout the body. Typically speaking, cancer immunotherapies are ve

YouTube bans vaccine nonsense, such as claims that vaccines alter genetic makeup

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Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / A COVID-19 vaccine. (credit: Getty Images | Morsa Images ) YouTube is banning a wide range of anti-vaccine misinformation, saying it will remove videos that falsely claim vaccines cause diseases or alter people's genetic makeup, that vaccines are used to track people, or that vaccines "are part of a depopulation agenda." "Specifically, content that falsely alleges that approved vaccines

How Bali Plans To Re-Open To Americans Next Month

View from the Wing / 11h
Bali’s Vice Governor has announced that tourism will re-open in October, limited to visitors from four countries. Americans are included. Continue reading ...

Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney talk about 'BRZRKR', the top selling debut comic in 30 years

25Mashable / 11h
In case you missed it, Keanu Reeves co-created the highest selling debut comic in 30 years. Not content to reside in the storytelling realms of film , TV, and video games , Reeves spent years formulating an idea for a comic series about a berserker — an 80,000-year-old, half-mortal, half-god character known as "B." Through LA-based independent comic label Boom! Studios, Reeves linked up with fame

'No Time To Die' is an epic last chance to fall for Daniel Craig's Bond

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Mashable / 11h
Does James Bond deserve love? Sure, the legendary MI-6 agent is written to be inherently worthy of lust. But does James Bond deserve to be loved? Really loved? Loved so much that, after five films of state-backed day-saving, he'd finally throw in the blood-soaked towel to pursue happily ever after with one woman — and maybe even live to enjoy it? In director Cary Joji Fukunaga's No Time To Die ,

Robot vacuum meets its worst nightmare: A spring door stop

75Mashable / 11h
If you're worried about a dystopian future where robots take over the earth, perhaps this will calm your nerves. Twitter user Nathan Lawrence, a self-described "connoisseur of weird robot vacuum issues," recently shared a hilarious example on the platform in a tweet that has gone viral. Tweet may have been deleted As you can see, his robot vacuum shut off after it turned into a spring door stoppe

Best laptops for students: See where the MacBook falls on our list

Mashable / 11h
If you’re a student, your laptop is your toolbox, your textbook, your everything — and you need a solid machine that’s going to last you from orientation to graduation. It’s an essential tool, and you need one that you can rely on: No one has the extra cash to be replacing a subpar laptop halfway through school, and you don’t want to be dealing with unexpected repairs when you have papers to writ

Celebrating 50, Southwest and Disney unveil new livery; We have some thoughts

32The Points Guy / 11h
In case you haven’t heard by now, the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort is upon us (Oct. 1) and Southwest Airlines , which marked its 50th anniversary as a company in June, decided to join in on the celebration by unveiling a new livery on its Boeing 737-700 aircraft, and its design has sparked quite a reaction among aviation fans — or, dare I say, AvGeeks. For more TPG news delivered

Samsung Galaxy S22’s small battery feels pretty final with new leak

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
A new leak reinforces the Samsung Galaxy S22’s small battery size, suggesting the phone may not last as long as predecessors.

The death of identity: Knowing your customer in the age of data privacy

29TechCrunch / 12h
Ted Schlein Contributor Ted Schlein is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins and a leading expert on cybersecurity and enterprise software. More posts by this contributor The United States needs a Department of Cybersecurity What Silicon Valley can do about cyber threats “Know your customer” is one of the foundational concepts of business. In the digital age, companies have learned much about thei

Hot Wheels Unleashed game review: The good, the bad, and the tiny

Hot Wheels Unleashed HWU•
Ars Technica / 12h
Take your favorite shout of "yeeeee-haw!" and then miniaturize it. Welcome to Hot Wheels Unleashed . [credit: Milestone S.r.l / Mattel ] This week's Hot Wheels Unleashed is one of the best video games ever made using licensed toy cars. To be fair, that specific concept isn't necessarily common in gaming, but Codemasters' legendary Micro Machines series holds a lot of water for a certain type of a

Wendy’s restaurant has its own phone now, with Wendy inside

SlashGear / 12h
If you’re looking for a unique smartphone, the restaurant chain Wendy’s might have what you seek. They’ve suggested they’re releasing a total of 20 Wendy’s Phone devices that they’ll be sending to fans that take part in an event hosted by Wendy’s Canada – and it would appear that it’s all legit. Wendy’s really, truly has it’s own smartphone. Per … Continue reading

Sony's latest big sale includes deals on 'Returnal' and 'The Last of Us Part II'

45Engadget / 12h
Sony's latest big PlayStation sale is underway with discounts on hundreds of games. As the name of the Blockbuster Games sale suggests, you'll be able to save on a ton of major PS4 and PS5 titles. The sale runs until October 13th. Some Sony exclusives are on the list, including Returnal (which is down from $70 to $49.69), Sackboy: A Big Adventure ($34.79, usually $60), The Last Of Us Part II ($26

Reduce system latency with the world's 1st RLA ecosystem from ASUS ROG

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
ASUS ROG has launched a family of products which supports NVIDIA's new Reflex Latency Analyzer technology. This is one of the most effective ways to combat input lag, making it an invaluable tool for competitive gamers. Here’s why.

Creators of Amazon’s New Robot Secretly Admitted It’s “Terrible”

Amazon Astro Robot•
200+Futurism / 12h
According to developer documents and video meeting recordings obtained by Vice , the engineers behind Amazon’s new $999 robot aren’t thrilled with the finished product. The e-retailer recently announced the Astro , a stalkerish two-wheeled robot designed to keep track of everything you do, and even spy on anybody unlucky enough to enter your home. Even if you sign on to that troubling premise, th

Gene Therapy Restored Vision To Patient Who Hadn’t Seen Colors in Years

CRISPR Gene Vision•
200+Futurism / 12h
An experimental gene therapy that involves injecting CRISPR therapy directly into visually impaired patients’ eyeballs has vastly improved most volunteers’ vision — even allowing some to see color more vividly than ever before. Multiple study participants, all of whom had a severe type of genetic vision impairment called Leber congenital amaurosis, told NPR that they were thrilled with their impr

Marvel dares to compare PS5’s Spider-Man 2 to your favorite Star Wars movie

SlashGear / 12h
During its PlayStation 5 showcase at the beginning of the month, Sony confirmed that a sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man is in development at Insomniac Games. That there’s a sequel on the way is hardly a surprise – the first game was well-received by critics and fans alike and went on to become one of the best-selling games for PlayStation 4. … Continue reading

Dell wants to simplify PC management for the hybrid working age

Dell ProSupport Suite•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
ProSupport Suite for PCs has been updated with new features that allow IT managers to manage their fleets remotely from anywhere.

Luxury cruise lines eye customers who want to travel in a ‘more purposeful way’

The Points Guy / 12h
Get ready for even more luxury cruises that are as much about getting access to unique and transformational experiences as they are about pampering. So said several of the luxury cruise world’s leading executives Wednesday at Seatrade Cruise Global, the cruise industry’s annual meetup in Miami. “The idea behind luxury is changing where people want to travel far and away, but they want to sculpt t

Is Your Credit Card Annual Fee Refundable?

Lifehacker / 12h
It can be easy to overlook the annual fee when your credit card automatically renews for another year. Once you’ve gotten over the excitement of welcome bonuses and cash back perks, it’s easy to forget, as the fee becomes one line item among many on a monthly statement, only noticed long after the charge has been… Read more...

Warby Parker makes it clear that direct listings are unicorn-friendly

Warby Parker Direct•
25TechCrunch / 12h
Another day, another direct listing. The once-exotic method of going public is increasingly popular with venture-backed companies as they look to list without running headfirst into the IPO pricing issues that have bedeviled a number of high-profile public offerings in the last year. Precisely who is underpricing whom in those situations is a fun, if slightly academic, question. Today’s direct li

Hot Breakfast Buffets Return To Four Marriott Brands

41One Mile at a Time / 12h
During the pandemic we’ve seen hotels largely cut back service to minimize contact and save money. Most limited service hotel brands have historically offered a complimentary hot breakfast for all guests, though during the pandemic that has largely been scaled back. Well, it looks like this will soon be changing at four Marriott brands… hopefully these changes are as good as they sound. Marriott

Google Lens and Search gets visual with magic context

SlashGear / 12h
Earlier this year Google showed quite a few features that’d be coming to Google Lens in the future – now would appear to be the time these features will start to be available to the public. Google described their future in intelligent information parsing with their Multitask Unified Model, or MUM. The first pair of features for Google Lens are … Continue reading

Amazon’s ‘Cute’ Little Nightmare

44Gizmodo / 12h
“Cute.”

Timothée Chalamet's Wonka Prequel Just Bagged a Factory-Load of Stars

88Gizmodo / 12h
There’s no golden ticket needed for Warner Bros. The studio is finally going ahead with its origin story for Roald Dahl’s mysterious, marvelous confectionary king in Wonka , which is celebrating the beginning of production by casting what feels like half of England in the process. Read more...

New regional airline Aha! unveils first 8 routes, launch details

ExpressJet Aha Reno•
99The Points Guy / 12h
It’s been a busy year already for the U.S. airline industry. Two new startups, Avelo Airlines and Breeze Airways , launched earlier this year and are already flying. Now a third entrant is gearing up for a splashy


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