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The Matrix Resurrections trailer teases the sequel we always wanted

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The Matrix Resurrections' first trailer has landed online – and it looks like a sequel befitting of the original movie.

The Matrix Resurrections Trailer Wants to Free Your Mind (Again)

6KGizmodo / 18h
When The Matrix Revolutions ended in 2003, few could have guessed we’d be here today, almost 20 years later, going back to where it all started. Back to The Matrix . After years of rumors, speculation, and anticipation, you better get ready to return to a world of red pills, blue pills, sentinels, agents, and more. … Read more...

United doubles down on vaccine requirement with stringent policy for religious exemptions

3KThe Points Guy / 9h
Editor’s note : This story has been updated with additional information about unvaccinated employees. Customer-facing employees at United Airlines who are approved for religious exemptions to the airline’s employee vaccine requirement will be required to go on an unpaid personal leave of absence Oct. 2, the airline said on Wednesday. Front-line employees who are approved for medical exemptions wi

Here's your first look at 'Alan Wake' in 4K for the PS5

Engadget / 14min
Alan Wake is coming back on October 5th, and you'll be able to help him find his wife in 4K. Remedy Entertainment first announced that it's releasing a remastered version of its beloved story-driven horror title a few days ago. Now, it has published the first trailer for the 4K version of the game with enhanced character models and richer environmental details. It shows Wake writing a warning to

Elizabeth Holmes: Has the Theranos scandal changed Silicon Valley?

100BBC News - Technology / 36min
Could a Theranos scandal happen again or has Silicon Valley learnt its lesson?

Embracing the cloud in the post-pandemic digital era

Digital Transformation•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 39min
With the pandemic restrictions easing, businesses have the perfect opportunity to reinvent how they work through the cloud.

6 new streaming movies and TV shows you can watch in Australia this weekend

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
Our top Aussie streaming picks this weekend include Kate, Impeachment: American Crime Story and The Voyeurs.

Apple Music uses Shazam to compensate creators in DJ mixes

SlashGear / 1h
Music streaming has become a giant industry in itself for the past few years, but there are still plenty of kinks to be ironed out in the prevalent business model. Proper compensation is always a thorny issue for music that’s aired over the Internet. DJ mixes are even more problematic because they, well, mix content from different artists. That’s a … Continue reading

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max comes with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
The Fire TV Stick 4K Max is available to pre-book starting today but the deliveries will commence from October 7

JioPhone Next launch delayed; To roll-out before Diwali

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Reliance-backed Jio has confirmed that the launch of its budget 4G phone JioPhone Next has been deferred and the ongoing chip shortage could be blamed for this

Epic is hoping to re-release 'Fortnite' on iOS in South Korea

Epic Apple Fortnite•
Engadget / 2h
Epic has asked Apple to restore its access to its developer tools so it can make Fortnite available on iOS again — in South Korea, at least. The developer has revealed asking Apple to reinstate its App Store account on the official Fortnite Twitter, where it also said that it intends to offer "both Epic payment and Apple payment side-by-side in compliance with the new Korean law." Apple said in a

Apple Fires Program Manager Who Accused Bosses of Harassment, Intimidation

Gizmodo / 2h
Not two weeks ago, Ashley Gjøvik filed a complaint with the U.S. labor board charging her employer, Apple, with unlawful retaliation. She’d become too vocal, she said, about her experiences with sexism and concerns about safety in the workplace. The company wanted her stopped. Read more...

Apple Music is using Shazam to solve the streaming industry’s problem with DJ mixes

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37TechCrunch / 2h
Apple Music announced today that it’s created a process to properly identify and compensate all of the individual creators involved in making a DJ mix. Using technology from the audio-recognition app Shazam, which Apple acquired in 2018 for $400 million , Apple Music is working with major and independent labels to devise a fair way to divide streaming royalties among DJs, labels, and artists who

iPhone 13 Pro dummy claims to show the final design

SlashGear / 3h
Apple fans are just counting down the days before the company’s big annual event, and it’s expected to be quite big on many accounts. It’s expected to announce a number of new products, but the highlight is, of course, the iPhone 13 series. Apple’s next flagship phones have been leaked to death by now, to the point that iPhone 14 … Continue reading

Create your first NFT with this discounted beginner’s guide

Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: The Beginner's Guide To Creating Your First NFT Course is on sale for £14.53 as of Sept. 10, saving you 89% on list price. The newest thing everyone loves (or loves to hate): NFTs (non-fungible tokens). Every NFT is unique and immutable, created on the blockchain, and tied to a digital asset: art, photos, memes, GIFs, or even tweets. If you’re interested in learning more, check out this be

Prep for Cisco certification exams with this stacked online bundle

Mashable / 3h
TL;DR: The Complete 2021 Cisco Certification Training Bundle is on sale for £50.17 as of Sept. 10, saving you 96% on list price. Cisco certifications are one way to make your CV stand out in the IT field. But in order to get certified, you'll need to pass a few key exams, and this Complete 2021 Cisco Certification Training Bundle can help you out. With over 75 hours of content, this training bund

Ig Nobel Prize winners include scientists who cleared blocked noses with sex

Nobel Prize 2021 Kinetics•
Mashable / 3h
The winners of 2021's Ig Nobel Prizes were announced on Thursday night, honouring scientists for their work in weird, funny, but ultimately intriguing science. One of the funniest awards on the scientific calendar, the annual Ig Nobel Prizes recognise "achievements that first make people laugh then make them think." And then probably make them laugh again. Last year's winners included Indian and

Apple Music will use Shazam's tech to ensure proper royalties for DJ mixes

Apple Music Shazam DJ•
Engadget / 3h
DJ mixes are mostly absent from "premium" streaming services. That's mostly due to the fact that properly sorting out royalties for all the samples is a nightmare. You can find them on platforms like SoundCloud (unless they get taken down), but these songs can have literally hundreds of rights holders between the DJ, original artist, labels and even a festival or venue. To remedy the problem, and

Epic Games asks Apple to reinstate Fortnite in South Korea after new law

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56TechCrunch / 3h
Epic Games has asked Apple to rejoin its Fortnite developer account in South Korea as the U.S. game maker plans to re-release Fortnite on iOS in South Korea, offering both Epic and Apple payments side-by-side, it said in a tweet. Epic has asked Apple to restore our Fortnite developer account. Epic intends to re-release Fortnite on iOS in Korea offering both Epic payment and Apple payment side-by-

Pixel 6 teaser pops up as Material You update lands on Google apps

SlashGear / 3h
Ever since its first Pixel phone, Google has been timing its Android releases to the launch of its new flagship. Being both phone maker and Android maker, Google has the advantage of syncing up the marketing and pushing features in preparation for the grand event. Although Android 12 might be rolling out before the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro … Continue reading

Russia Influences Hackers but Stops Short of Directing Them, Report Says

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The arrangement allows the Russian government some plausible deniability for attacks, researchers found.

Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash sue NYC for limiting fees the apps can charge restaurants

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28TechCrunch / 4h
Food ordering and delivery platforms DoorDash, Caviar, Grubhub, Seamless, Postmates and Uber Eats have banded together to sue the City of New York over a law that would permanently limit the amount of commissions the apps can charge restaurants to use their services. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news that the companies filed suit in federal court on Thursday evening and are seeking

Microsoft teases new super simple OneDrive interface

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
OneDrive is getting additional sharing options and a new command bar to help users focus on the task at hand.

How to see if someone unfollows you on Instagram

Mashable / 4h
Do you suspect somebody committed the cardinal sin of unfollowing you on Instagram? There's an easy way to check. Let's put on our sleuth trench coats, get out our magnifying glasses, and investigate. 1. Go to the Instagram profile of the person you want to check the follow status. 2. Tap where it says "Following" in the top right corner. There will be a number above it that shows how many accoun

Vivo X70 series puts the focus on photography yet again

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SlashGear / 4h
Like any other big player in the smartphone market, Vivo has quite a number of device families catering to different audiences. Since last year, the Vivo X series has been making headlines in mobile photography, particularly with its unique yet odd miniature gimbal system. Just less than a year after it launched the Vivo X60 series, one of the world’s … Continue reading

Vivo's X70 Pro+ does optical stabilization on all four rear cameras

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Engadget / 4h
The Vivo brand may not immediately ring a bell in the West, but its recent mobile photography ambitions are worth paying attention to. The company's latest flagship, the X70 Pro+, is the world's first smartphone to feature optical image stabilization (OIS) across all four of its rear cameras. Like the previous model , these all have Zeiss optics and Zeiss T* lens coating, but the main camera is f

Apple fires Ashley Gjøvik, senior employee who alleged sexism at work

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67Engadget / 4h
Apple has fired Ashley Gjøvik , a senior engineering program manager who's been outspoken about her experiences working for the tech giant. Gjøvik said she has experienced sexism and a hostile work environment while working for Apple and spent months talking to the company about it. According to tweets from Gizmodo's Dell Cameron, Apple asked Gjøvik for a talk this afternoon. When she asked for t

MediaTek Kompanio 900T aims for mid-range 5G Chromebooks and tablets

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SlashGear / 4h
As of the second quarter of this year, MediaTek has managed to keep its top spot in the mobile application processor (AP) market. Its continued success can be credited to its strategy of targeting affordable 5G phones and flooding the market with innumerable chipsets. Smartphones, however, are no longer the only hot consumer electronics these days as Chromebook sales continue … Continue reading

Can you get a free fibre NBN upgrade? Everything we know about FTTP upgrades

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
NBN Co will upgrade around 1.1 million Australian premises to full fibre connections by 2023 – are you one of the lucky ones?

Singapore police testing out public surveillance robot raises privacy concerns

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Singapore authorities are testing out an AI-powered robot that will monitor high-traffic public spaces for law breakers.

Vodafone launches Australia's first unlimited '5G' mobile plan for AU$85p/m

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Vodafone's Ultra Plus plan doesn't have a data cap, so you can download endlessly at the maximum available speed.

Google Assistant faces EU antitrust investigation

SlashGear / 5h
Google is no stranger to inquiries, investigations, and even lawsuits regarding its businesses and products, especially when it comes to anti-competitive behavior. From Search to shopping to news to even Chrome, Google has faced numerous legal challenges, especially within the European Union. Even while it faces the latest set of challenges over the Google Play Store, the European Commission is …

Gran Turismo 7, Spider-Man 2, KOTOR remake lead PlayStation 5 showcase

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Ars Technica / 5h
"Will one of you finally give me what I desire?" [credit: Sony ] Sony broke a months-long game of silence today with a wide-ranging PS5 showcase, announcing two new Marvel games from Insomniac, a remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic , and a March release date for Gran Turismo 7 , among other news. This is the first significant update from the publisher since it opted to skip multiple

Fortnite could be returning to the Apple App Store in South Korea

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SlashGear / 5h
Apple has long been criticized for its handling of its App Stores, especially on iOS, but it was Epic Games that really set off the chain of events that finally broke the camel’s back, so to speak. Apple has had to make adjustments and concessions in the past year or so to appease developers, regulators, and courts, but one of … Continue reading

Galaxy Watch 4 touch bezel fix lands in time for new slideshow app

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SlashGear / 6h
For quite some time, Samsung’s smartwatches were defined by a unique physical control that some regarded as more useful than the Apple Watch’s digital crown. Recently, however, the Galaxy Watch’s signature rotating bezel faded into the background, appearing only in some “Classic” models. For most models, Samsung opted to use a “virtual” touch bezel that relied on touch-sensitive areas around … Co

Twitter to label 'good' bot accounts

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70BBC News - Technology / 6h
Twitter wants "good" bot accounts to label themselves as non-human.

Costco recalls thousands of wood shower benches after multiple injuries

SlashGear / 7h
Tens of thousands of classy-looking teak wood shower benches have been recalled due to numerous reports of them falling apart, including a few incidents that resulted in injuries. The recall was published by the US Consumer Protection Safety Commission, which reports that there have been 81 reports related to the benches falling apart, breaking, or otherwise collapsing when used. The … Continue r

Animals likely ‘shape-shifting’ in response to climate change

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
A new study suggests some warm-blooded animals are evolving with larger beaks, bills, and ears, likely as a response to climate change.

Twitter Finally Embraces Bots

Gizmodo / 7h
After spending the past few years trying to usher out the many, many bots populating its platform, Twitter is finally trying to give some of them a chance. On Thursday, the company announced it would begin testing out labels for some automated accounts—better known as Twitter bots—to let users suss out which ones are… Read more...

Now We Know Why United Airlines Was So Bold With Its Vaccine Mandate

United Airlines Vaccine•
View from the Wing / 7h
President Biden on Thursday announced sweeping national vaccine mandates, which are still to be written. Timing remains uncertain, but federal workers will have to be vaccinated. So will federal contractors. And most health care workers. And anyone employed by a company with over 100 workers (though weekly testing will be an alternative). Federal workers, of course get a 75 day grace period and o

Wave Goodbye to Houseparty

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Gizmodo / 7h
Houseparty , the video chat app that Epic Games bought and integrated with its Fortnite gameplay experience, will be shutting down soon, the company announced Thursday . Read more...

Raducanu vs Sakkari live stream: how to watch US Open semi-final online anywhere

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 7h
Can the British teenager book her place in Saturday's final?Here's how to watch the US Open tennis online and get an Emma Raducanu vs Maria Sakkari live stream.

Snyk snags another $530M as valuation rises to $8.5B

42TechCrunch / 7h
Snyk , the Boston-based late-stage startup that is trying to help developers deliver more secure code, announced another mega-round today. This one was for $530 million on an $8.5 billion valuation, with $300 million in new money and $230 million in secondary funding, the latter of which is to help employees and early investors cash in some of their stock options. The $8.5 billion valuation was u

Rosario Dawson Is the Latest Big Name to Join the New Haunted Mansion Movie

25Gizmodo / 7h
A few years ago, photos went viral of director Guillermo del Toro and actor Ryan Gosling hanging out together at the Disneyland Resort in California. Rumor had it the pair were working on a film based on del Toro’s favorite ride, the Haunted Mansion . Eventually, though, that idea went away—and you had to wonder: if… Read more...

90 Airfare Deals Under $325 Roundtrip To Europe

View from the Wing / 7h
Thursday morning I wrote about a really impressive airfare deal between the U.S. and Europe on American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair and Iberia - roundtrips in coach starting at $240 between many cities in the U.S. and many cities in Europe. Here are 90 routes that are available for less than $325 roundtrip. Continue reading ...

Could a reboot make social media a nicer place?

37BBC News - Technology / 7h
A Harvard University project will explore whether social media can be de-toxed

DOE spends $16m for AI that can make its own scientific discoveries

SlashGear / 8h
Technology is getting more complex every year, opening the door to new scientific innovations and discoveries, but with a big downside: there’s more data than ever, and transforming it into something useful gets harder with the more data available. The Department of Energy wants to help address this by funding machine learning and AI research that may ‘automate scientific discovery.’ … Continue r

Houseparty's shutting down because it's all about the metaverse now

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Mashable / 8h
The Houseparty's over. The team behind the group hangout app announced Thursday that its curfew had long since passed, and that the app will no longer work as of October. Houseparty, which allowed participants to play various games while hemorrhaging personal data , is to be pulled from app stores "immediately." But that doesn't mean it's goodnight. Epic Games bought Houseparty back in 2019, and

Facebook is reportedly developing custom server chips

Facebook Developing•
Engadget / 8h
Add Facebook to the list of companies that could be trying to reduce its dependence on Intel and Qualcomm. According to The Information , the social media giant is developing a suite of custom chips for its data centers. One of the processors is reportedly designed to power machine learning tasks, including the algorithm that handles Facebook’s content recommendations, while another would assist

PlayStation Showcase games list: here are all the new PS5 game trailers

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 8h
The PlayStation Showcase included a ton of trailers for games coming soon (and not so soon). Here’s a look at all the best trailers from the event.

Google’s Plan to Use 120% Less Water Doesn’t Quite Add Up

Gizmodo / 8h
Just as oil companies laud their plans to address climate change, tech companies also tend to sound off about their respective efforts to be more environmentally sound. Sometimes they don’t wholly add up either. Read more...

What can — or should — we learn from porn?

Mashable / 8h
Welcome to Porn Week, Mashable's annual close up on the business and pleasure of porn. Although the jury is still out on the effects of watching porn, most adult industry insiders actively try to dissuade people from emulating their content — because it's all fantasy, not documentary. Rather than depicting sex as performers enjoy it off set, most professionally produced porn — even amateur or rea

Marvel Unlimited redesign adds vertical format, exclusives, personalization

SlashGear / 8h
Marvel Comics has reintroduced its Marvel Unlimited service with a design overhaul that makes it more useful on mobile devices. Many new features arrive with the redesign, including new vertical format support so that users can read comics while holding their phone naturally. Other additions include exclusives, offline downloads, and much more. Marvel Unlimited provides members with access to aro

Apple has reportedly appointed wearable chief Kevin Lynch to lead its car division

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28TechCrunch / 8h
Apple has reportedly appointed a new executive to lead the development of its secretive self-driving car division. According to Bloomberg , the company has tapped Kevin Lynch to oversee Project Titan following the departure of executive Doug Field , who left the iPhone maker for Ford earlier this week. The name may not be familiar, but if you’ve watched any Apple event in recent years, you’ve see

Halloween Kills Is Making Like Michael Myers and Coming Home

99Gizmodo / 8h
In the Halloween franchise , the night “he” came home is usually October 31. This year though, it’s October 15. Universal, Blumhouse, and Miramax just announced that the highly anticipated horror sequel Halloween Kills will debut in your home, if you have the streaming service Peacock, on the same day the film hits… Read more...

Texas Forbids Political ‘Censorship’ by Social Media Companies

Texas Social Media•
2KNYT > Technology / 8h
Conservative states have increasingly targeted the ways that Silicon Valley companies police their platforms.

Apple has reportedly appointed wearable chief Kevin Lynch to lead its car division

Lynch Toyota Apple Car•
Engadget / 8h
Apple has reportedly appointed a new executive to lead the development of its secretive self-driving car division. According to Bloomberg , the company has tapped Kevin Lynch to oversee Project Titan following the departure of executive Doug Field , who left the iPhone maker for Ford earlier this week. The name may not be familiar, but if you’ve watched any Apple event in recent years, you’ve see

'Halloween Kills' will bring Michael Myers sequel to Peacock same day as theaters

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30Mashable / 8h
Make sure your doors are locked and your Peacock subscription is up-to-date: Michael Myers is bringing Halloween Kills to both theaters and the NBCUniversal streaming service Oct. 15. Universal Pictures announced Thursday that director David Gordon Green's long-awaited sequel to Halloween (2018) will debut on the at-home entertainment platform at no additional cost to Peacock Premium subscribers.

Texas forbids political ‘censorship’ by social media companies.

Texas Social Media•
2KNYT > Technology / 9h
Conservative states have increasingly targeted the ways that Silicon Valley companies police their platforms.

Mastercard wants to tackle crypto and blockchain fraud with CipherTrace deal

Mastercard CipherTrace•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Mastercard has acquired CipherTrace to provide additional transparency and support for the digital assets ecosystem.

Daily Crunch: Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses are latest step in Facebook’s AR ambitions

40TechCrunch / 9h
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 . Hi friends! Greg here again for this edition of the Daily Crunch on Thursday, September 9, 2021. Alex Wilhelm is still out on vacation for a few more days … even though he’s still tweeting a lot, which leads me to think he’s either bad at vacation or dislikes Twitt

The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado gets a tech upgrade, hands-free trailering and a new ZR2 off-road flagship

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25TechCrunch / 9h
GM unveiled Thursday the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado, a full-sized pickup truck that received a major technology upgrade, including its hands-free Super Cruise advanced driver assistance system and an infotainment system with embedded Google services, as well as an overhauled interior. A new flagship trim, the off-road ZR2 truck with a factory-installed suspension lift, has also joined the Silverado

What China’s new data privacy law means for US tech firms

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23TechCrunch / 9h
Scott W. Pink Contributor Scott W. Pink is special counsel in O’Melveny’s Data Security & Privacy practice based in Silicon Valley. He advises technology, media, entertainment and a variety of companies on issues of cybersecurity and privacy, IP counseling; social media law; and advertising, marketing, and promotions law. China enacted a sweeping new data privacy law on August 20 that will dramat

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

One Mile at a Time / 9h
I consider the three Chase Ink cards to be among the best business credit cards out there. In late 2020, the two no annual fee cards received all new welcome offers. This is a reminder of that, as these are truly phenomenal bonuses that are still going strong, nearly a year later. Chase Ink Card $750 (or 75K points) bonus Both the Ink Business Cash® Credit Card and Ink Business Unlimited® Credit

Sex can relieve nasal congestion, and other work honored by 2021 Ig Nobels.

300+Ars Technica / 9h
Watch the 2021 Ig Nobel Prizes virtual ceremony, honoring "achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think." Scientists are nothing if not endlessly curious, and sometimes that trait can lead them into unusual research directions. Maybe they find themselves exploring whether sex could be a natural alternative to nasal sprays for relieving nasal congestion, or maybe they'll end

Infosec researchers say Apple’s bug-bounty program needs work

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33Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge / If you don't maintain good relationships with bug reporters, you may not get to control the disclosure timeline. (credit: mhatzapa via Getty Images / Jim Salter ) The Washington Post reported earlier today that Apple's relationship with third-party security researchers could use some additional fine tuning. Specifically, Apple's "bug bounty" program—a way companies encourage ethical sec

Ray-Ban Stories: These are Facebook’s first mass-market smart glasses

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Ars Technica / 9h
Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses, from Facebook and EssilorLuxottica. [credit: Facebook ] As previously rumored , Facebook has partnered with EssilorLuxottica to produce Ray-Ban Stories , one of the first potentially viable attempts at mass-market smart glasses. They are similar in some ways to early iterations of Snapchat Spectacles but with a more stylish aesthetic that looks right in line with ot

Radiohead and Epic Games team up for a virtual 'Kid A Mnesia' exhibit

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Engadget / 9h
Early-aught headliner Radiohead has teamed with Epic Games, makers of Gears of War and Fortnite, to compose "an upside-down digital/analogue universe created from Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood’s original artwork and audio design by Nigel Godrich. It commemorates the coming of age of Radiohead’s records, Kid A and Amnesiac ," per an Epic Games rep. The project, developed by namethemachine and Arb

Fines for refusing to wear a mask on a plane will double, Biden says

1KThe Points Guy / 9h
The federal government will double the fines charged against passengers who refuse to wear face masks on board aircraft, President Joseph Biden said on Thursday. Financial penalties, which will be issued by the Transportation Security Administration — the agency that sets the mask mandate — will range from $500 for first-time offenses to $3,000 for repeat offenders, the TSA said , effective Frida

NASA tests 4K cockpit screen to replace X-59 supersonic jet’s window

SlashGear / 9h
NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology aircraft may be futuristic in more ways than one. In addition to offering supersonic travel without the loud booms typical to these aircraft, the X-59 may also swap out the cockpit window in favor of a large 4K display. The screen would overcome the issue presented by the plane’s design, which reduces visibility out of … Continue reading

Prison Contractor That Charges Inmates Sky-High Phone Fees Proposes Virtual Reality Visitation

Gizmodo / 9h
Global Tel Link (GTL), the massive prison-contracting giant that supplies tech ranging from telecommunications systems to payment services for correctional facilities across the U.S., may have found another way to squeeze more change out of incarcerated persons making contact with the outside world. Read more...

Choice Privileges Selling Points With A Bonus

200+One Mile at a Time / 9h
Choice Privileges has just rolled out its newest promotion on purchased points, which has the potential to represent a good deal. Buy Choice Privileges points with 30% bonus Through Monday, September 27, 2021, Choice Privileges is offering a sale on purchased points . Choice is offering a tiered bonus on purchased points, as follows: Buy 4,000-7,000 points, get a 20% bonus Buy 8,000-15,000 points

COVID Test Made Man’s Head Leak Cerebrospinal Fluid for Nine Months

48Futurism / 9h
After enduring months and months of what seemed like an endlessly runny nose, a man from the Czech Republic finally got answers. It turns out that the problem ran deeper than he thought. The fluid that had drained from his right nostril for nine months straight wasn’t snot. It was actually cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), the liquid that helps cushion the brain and spinal cord inside the skull, flowing

Elon Musk: Next Full Self-Driving Beta “Will Blow Your Mind”

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200+Futurism / 9h
Blowing Minds According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the next beta version of the company’s Full Self-Driving beta (FSD) will “ blow your mind .” The driver assistance feature — which doesn’t actually allow Tesla vehicles to fully drive themselves, as the name suggests, but does provide a growing degree of self-driving capability for drivers who remain attentive on the road — first went out to a small

Choosing This Online Vet Service for Your Pets Will Save You Thousands of Dollars

Futurism / 9h
If we’ve learned anything in the last year-and-a-half, it’s that our pets are more than simply our companions. They’re part of our family. During the pandemic, they showered us with affection, comforted us when things felt hopeless, and motivated us to get up and play when we didn’t even want to get out of bed. This is why it’s no surprise that during the pandemic, pet owners began spending more

Israel will welcome back small tour groups this month

100+The Points Guy / 9h
Israel will once again welcome small tour groups from select countries this month, according to Reuters . Groups of between five and 30 people who can prove they are fully vaccinated will be allowed to visit starting Sept. 19, according to the tourism ministry. Travelers must be from countries on Israel’s green, yellow and orange travel lists . At this time, neither visitors from countries on the

New Warrior's Showrunner Revealed His Squirrel Girl—And Why the Show Got Scrapped

100+Gizmodo / 9h
New Warriors was the Marvel comedy series originally set to bring several starring heroes of the titular team, and a comics-renaissance-era Unbeatable Squirrel Girl to Freeform. It quietly slinked off into the realm of limbo and cancellation , after ABC decided to move the show from Freeform to find a new home ...which… Read more...

Our flexible processors can now use bendable RAM

Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge / Try doing that with your RAM. (credit: A.I. Khan and A. Daus.) A few months ago, we brought news of a bendable CPU , termed Plastic ARM, that was built of amorphous silicon on a flexible substrate. The use cases for something like this are extremely low-powered devices that can be embedded in clothing or slapped on the surface of irregular objects, allowing them to have a small amount o

With COVID out of control, Biden unveils hefty vaccine mandates

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Ars Technica / 9h
Enlarge / US President Joe Biden speaks on workers rights and labor unions in the East Room at the White House on September 08, 2021, in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty | Kevin Dietsch ) President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled a sweeping six-pronged plan to try to regain control over the COVID-19 pandemic, which is wildly raging once again in the US. Biden will discuss the plan in remarks from th

Squad Mobility eyes shared platforms as target for its compact solar electric quadricycle

35TechCrunch / 9h
Squad Mobility’s vision of the perfect urban vehicle is a low-cost EV equipped with solar panels, swappable batteries and enough zip and range in its diminutive 6.5-foot package to meet the needs of city drivers. The early-stage Dutch startup, which recently revealed the final design of its quadricycle, is now assembling working prototypes in Breda, the Netherlands. Squad has said the vehicle wil

UK dials up the spin on data reform, claiming ‘simplified’ rules will drive ‘responsible’ data sharing

25TechCrunch / 9h
The U.K. government has announced a consultation on plans to shake up the national data protection regime, as it looks at how to diverge from European Union rules following Brexit. It’s also a year since the U.K. published a national data strategy in which said it wanted pandemic levels of data sharing to become Britain’s new normal. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCPS) has

Biden Lays Out Six-Step Plan for Keeping Covid-19 Under Control for Good

Gizmodo / 9h
In a speech this afternoon, President Joe Biden laid out a course of action for containing the once-again resurgent pandemic in the U.S. Among other things, the administration will enforce vaccine mandates for the majority of federal employees and contractors, and they’ll put strong pressure on private businesses to… Read more...

Huawei nova 8 tips and tricks

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Trying to figure out everything about your new Huawei nova 8? Here are all your questions, answered.

Twitter’s New Reactions Are Too Friendly for Twitter

Gizmodo / 10h
In yet another example of Twitter cribbing features from its direct competitors, the company announced it would be trying out emoji reactions for users across Turkey over the coming weeks with a possible wider rollout if all goes well. Per the company, the new emoji roster is meant to help people “quickly express… Read more...

Back in action: You’ll be able to see Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in-person this year

36The Points Guy / 10h
Fall is a special time in New York City — the weather gets cooler, the leaves start to change and the start of the holiday season ushers in large-scale events that draw locals and tourists alike. One of those events is the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade , and after a drastically downsized television event last year, Macy’s is bringing back the full parade for 2021. Want more travel news an

'Marvel's Spider-Man 2' is coming to PlayStation in 2023

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Mashable / 10h
Hope all of you aspiring web-slingers kept your costumes clean, because Sony and Insomniac Games just announced the full sequel to 2018's hit game Marvel's Spider-Man and this time, Spider-Man 2 also means there are two whole Spideys. The first trailer features both Peter Parker and Miles Morales (last seen in the excellent half-sequel Spider-Man: Miles Morales ) and ends with the reveal that Mar

'Uncharted 4' and 'Uncharted Lost Legacy' are coming to PS5 and PC

Uncharted 4 Legacy•
Engadget / 10h
The Uncharted collection helped me survive the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and now, in addition to a live action movie expected to arrive in 2022 , the two latest iterations of Naughty Dog's popular adventure series are scheduled to arrive on PS5 and PC next year. Both Uncharted 4: A Thief's End , the finale of the Nathan Drake saga, and the follow-up DLC The Lost Legacy will be made av

'Wolverine' is getting his own PS5 game from Spider-Man studio Insomniac

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60Engadget / 10h
Insomniac Games is working on Marvel's Wolverine , a standalone game coming exclusively to the PlayStation 5. There's neither a release date nor many details about the project for now, but the studio showed off a teaser during today's PlayStation showcase. Check it out here: Insomniac is the studio behind Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Spider-Man: Miles Morales , Sunset Overdrive and other iconic

Komodo Dragons Are Lurching Toward Extinction

52Gizmodo / 10h
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has updated the status of the Komodo dragon to endangered, a worrying development for the world’s largest lizard. The dragon is just the latest animal to be threatened by a rapidly changing world. Read more...

PS5 gets Spider-Man 2 trailer with Venom and a new Wolverine game tease

Spider-Man 2 Venom•
SlashGear / 10h
Insomniac Games announced today that they’re not only working on Spider-Man 2 for PlayStation 5, they’re also working on Wolverine! Much like the now hit-release Spider-Man game series from Insomniac, the (also Marvel Comics-sourced) Wolverine will appear in his own stand-alone game. And Spider-Man 2 will have Venom – VOICED BY THE ORIGINAL CANDYMAN! Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will include both … Cont

God of War: Ragnarok revealed with first look at gameplay

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SlashGear / 10h
If you were hoping for a look at the next God of War during today’s PlayStation Showcase, then that’s exactly what you got. Nearly a year after it was first announced, today the next God of War was revealed as God of War: Ragnarok. We got our first look at the game through a rather extensive trailer that even features … Continue reading

Earn Free Nights When You Spend Points For Free Nights [Roundup]

View from the Wing / 10h
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 ...

Cowboys vs Buccaneers live stream: how to watch 2021/22 NFL kickoff game online from anywhere

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Here's how to get a Dallas Cowboys vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers live stream and watch the first NFL Thursday Night Football of the season online from anywhere.

Facebook's Smart Glasses Give People a Good Reason Not to Trust Your Ray-Bans

Gizmodo / 10h
Facebook’s smart glasses are here. They’re made by Ray-Ban, which means they look stylish, and as far as features go, they’re on par with many “smart glasses” currently on the market, with built-in cameras and speakers. Facebook is the biggest name to attempt smart glasses for consumers in years, and they probably… Read more...

First look at 'God of War Ragnarök' shows a war with Asgard

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Engadget / 10h
It's been about a year since Sony first said that God of War Ragnarök was officially on its way , and today we're finally getting our first look at the game. As expected, it look like God of War , with the familiar dual-weapon wielding that Kratos excelled at in the 2018 game . His son, Atreus, looks like he's grown up in the last few years, and he's challenging his dear old dad's decisions as we

'Marvel's Spider-Man 2' brings Venom to PlayStation 5 in 2023

Spider-Man 2 Venom•
Engadget / 10h
Sony is working on not one but two new Marvel games. During its PlayStation Showcase, the company revealed Insomniac Games is developing a sequel to 2018's Marvel's Spider-Man and 2020's Spider-Man: Miles Morales . Slated to come out sometime in 2023 exclusively on PS5, Spider-Man 2 will feature both Peter Parker and Miles Morales, with the two set to face off against Venom. Sony didn't share man

The best robot vacuum deals as of Sept. 9

Mashable / 10h
Shop the best robot vacuum deals as of Sept. 9: Roborock E4 Robot Vacuum — $219.99 (save $90) Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo N8+ Robot Vacuum and Mop with Self Empty — $399.99 (save $200) iRobot Roomba S9+ with Automatic Dirt Disposal — $1,099.99 (save $200.99) Only three things are certain in life: Death, taxes, and a few days each month when you need to vacuum but just don't have time. Whether you detest

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands gets new gameplay trailer as preorders arrive

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SlashGear / 10h
As part of its showcase today, Sony has given Borderlands fans another trailer for the upcoming title Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. Gearbox Software has also launched pre-orders for the game, which is set to hit shelves in March. The trailer gives fans a look at actual gameplay, as well as more story elements for the title. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is a … Continue reading

Venom is ready to hunt in Marvel's Spider-Man 2 on PS5

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Insomniac is working on Marvel's Spider-Man 2 – which will feature Venom as one of its main villains – and it drops on PS5 in 2023.

Fernandez vs Sabalenka live stream: how to watch US Open semi-final anywhere

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Can the 19-year-old Canadian slay another giant? Here's how to watch the US Open tennis online and get a Leylah Fernandez vs Aryna Sabalenka live stream.

God of War on PS5 has finally been revealed – and it's called Ragnarok

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Sony has finally given us our first look at the long-awaited God of War sequel, and we now know it's name.

The Wolverine PS5 trailer is here, bub – this is Insomniac’s next Marvel game

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
After Marvel Spider-Man’s success, Insomniac Games is now making a Wolverine game for the PS5.

Parents, Please Stop Doing These Things in School Group Chats

Lifehacker / 10h
It’s that time of year again, when we buy a small GDP’s worth of school supplies, prepare our kids’ backpacks, wave them off at the bus stop, and breathe a sigh of relief that school is back in session. And then, as we work in blissful silence, watch in horror as the school WhatsApp chat notifications roll in. Read more...

'Gran Turismo 7' comes to PS4 and PS5 on March 4th, 2022

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Engadget / 10h
Polyphony Digital has narrowed down the release date for Gran Turismo 7 following its delay in February. The developer now expects its next big racing game to reach PS4 and PS5 on March 4th, 2022. Appropriately, the company has released a gameplay trailer that shows what you can expect from the PS5 version's visuals — this will definitely be a showcase for the console . While the title still has

'Ghostwire: Tokyo' will land on PS5 next spring

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Engadget / 10h
Bethesda has narrowed down the release window for Tango Gameworks' Ghostwire: Tokyo (which, if you remember, is a PlayStation 5 exclusive from a Microsoft-owned publisher ). The supernatural action-adventure game will hit PS5 in spring 2022, after it was delayed from sometime later this year . Another pretty terrifying trailer emerged during Sony's PlayStation Showcase too. It shows otherworldly

The World's Largest Baby Yoda Funko Pop Will Take Flight This Thanksgiving

How-To Geek / 10h
The Mandalorian’s Grogu is back and larger than life. Today we learned that Baby Yoda would be the first Star Wars character to take flight in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. This is the way. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

MagSafe Battery Pack Review: Breaking the Ecosystem

How-To Geek / 10h
The MagSafe Battery Pack is a product I was waiting for since the launch of the iPhone 12. I’ve been a fan of Apple’s Smart Battery Case in the past, and the MagSafe Battery Pack was a product I was hoping to completely fall in love with. Unfortunately, the MagSafe Battery Pack did not live up to the hype. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

GTA 5 Online PS5 release date and temporary free access

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SlashGear / 10h
During the official PlayStation Showcase 2021 event today, the folks at Rockstar revealed the return of Grand Theft Auto 5. Or continuation of the legacy… however you want to look at it. Both Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online will be released for proper PlayStation 5 action in March of the year 2022. Before then, there’ll be … Continue reading

Gran Turismo 7 gets a fancy new trailer – and it's out March 2022

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Sony showed off more gameplay of Gran Turismo 7 during its PlayStation Showcase 2021 event.

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves brings Drake and friends to PS5...and PC

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Uncharted is reaching...well, Uncharted territories on PS5 and PC

Hacker Lawyer Jay Leiderman Is Dead at 50

200+Gizmodo / 10h
Jay Leiderman, a California defense attorney known for his whistleblower advocacy and defense of political dissidents and hackers, was confirmed dead in Ventura County on Thursday. He was 50 years old. Read more...

'GTA V' heads to PlayStation 5 in March 2022

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87Engadget / 10h
Nearly a decade after its initial release on the seventh generation of consoles, Grand Theft Auto V will come out on PlayStation 5 in March 2022. Rockstar first announced GTA V was making its way to Sony's latest console at the company's previous PlayStation 5 showcase last summer . The enhanced and expanded port was originally supposed to come out in the second half of 2021. The new trailer Rock

Swedish Central Bank Head: Bitcoin Price Could Completely Collapse

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Futurism / 10h
Stefan Ingves, the governor of Sweden’s central bank, said that Bitcoin’s value could collapse drastically — and compared the seminal crytocurrency to stamp collecting, undermining its validity and long-term feasibility. “Private money usually collapses sooner or later,” he said during a banking conference in Stockholm, in remarks reported by Bloomberg . “And sure, you can get rich by trading in

Insomniac's Next Spider-Man Game Will Bring Venom to the Party

100+Gizmodo / 10h
By the end of Insomniac’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales , New York City could count on two Spider-Men to keep it ( relatively ) safe in a world teeming with supervillains. After reminding everyone what a joy its original, Peter-centic game was with a remastered version for the PlayStation 5, Insomniac came to this year’s… Read more...

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake officially confirmed as PS5 exclusive

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SlashGear / 10h
Clearly, Sony does not believe in starting reveal events with small announcements and building to the big ones, because it started off today’s PlayStation Showcase with a bang. The very first announcement in today’s event was the reveal that the long-rumored Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake is real. This announcement has been a long time coming, as … Continue reading

GTA 5 Enhanced Edition for PS5 has been delayed – more bad news for GTA 6?

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Rockstar has announced that GTA 5 Enhanced Edition for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S has been delayed until 2022.

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands brings twisted fantasy to gamers on March 25th, 2022

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Engadget / 10h
Gearbox is finally ready to set a firm release date for Tiny Tina's Wonderlands — and offer a peek at gameplay in the process. The studio has revealed that its Borderlands fantasy spin-off will launch on PS5 (and presumably other platforms) on March 25th, 2022. The gameplay appears to have some very familiar elements, although not all of them are from Gearbox's sci-fi shooter. Yes, to some extent

Square Enix's 'Forspoken' will hit PS5 and PC in spring 2022

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Engadget / 10h
Sony offered another look at Square Enix's Forspoken during its PlayStation Showcase. The game, which is being developed by Luminous Productions, will hit PC and PlayStation 5 in spring 2022. A new story-focused trailer shows protagonist Frey Holland (Ella Balinska, 2019's Charlie's Angels ) being transported from New York City to the fantasy world of Athia. The clip provides a few more details a

After Spider-Man, Wolverine Will Star in Insomniac's Next Big Marvel Game

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300+Gizmodo / 10h
Before Insomniac Games announced its third Spider-Man game during this year’s PlayStation Showcase, the publisher slipped in an unexpected surprise about yet another upcoming Marvel project. Read more...

A rooftop pool deck and harbor views lure visitors to Boston’s just-opened Omni hotel

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The Points Guy / 10h
Boston’s redeveloped Seaport/South Boston Waterfront District has seen a few exciting openings in recent years, including the Envoy Hotel , Autograph Collection , which TPG checked into earlier this summer. But today’s grand opening of the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport — which the brand says is Boston’s largest hotel project to open in decades — is next level for the neighborhood right across

DoNotPay’s ‘robot lawyer’ can now help report potholes or fallen trees to the city, file damage claims

26TechCrunch / 10h
Tired of swerving around the same pothole every day but don’t know how to report it to your city? Already reported it but feel like said report was fired off into the ether, never to be read much less fixed? DoNotPay , a company that makes annoying processes less annoying through automation, might be able to help. Their “robot lawyer,” as the company calls it, started out as a service meant to he

Twitter introduces a new label that allows the ‘good bots’ to identify themselves

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41TechCrunch / 10h
Twitter today is introducing a new feature that will allow accounts to self-identify as bots by adding a label to their profile. This feature is designed to help people better differentiate between automated accounts — like bots that retweet the news, public service announcements or other updates — from those operated by humans. It’s not, however, designed to help users identify the “bad bots,” w

Take a good, long look at Korean action RPG 'Project Eve'

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Engadget / 10h
Project Eve is a futuristic action RPG built for the latest console generation, and today Korean studio Shift Up provided the longest look yet at how it'll play. From today's trailer, it feels like a cyberpunky blend of Nier, Devil May Cry, Bayonetta and God of War, with an energetic undercurrent. And bonus, some of the enemies are truly horrifying. Shift Up showed off the new trailer during toda

NASA’s annual rover challenge is back for industrious student teams

SlashGear / 10h
NASA has announced the details for its next annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge. The competition’s registration is now open to student teams located in the US, giving budding engineers and designers the chance to build their own lightweight rover and demonstration its suitability for exploring other worlds. Some of the teams may win awards for their work. NASA’s Human Exploration … Continue

The force is strong with this Star Wars KOTOR Remake teaser trailer

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27TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
A Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Remake is coming for PS5 from the folks who remastered Star Wars: Episode I - Racer.

7 Clever Ways You Can Use Your French Press (Other Than Making Coffee)

Lifehacker / 10h
A French press is a valuable addition to any coffee lover’s kitchen. I’ve had my stainless steel press for over a decade now—and it is still going strong, despite constant abuse—always ready for that moment when I need an intense cup of coffee you can only get by using a French press. However, that’s not all it can do.… Read more...

'Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic' is getting a PS5 remake

Knights the Old Republic•
Engadget / 11h
The rumors were true, BioWare's classic Star Wars RPG Knights of the Old Republic is getting a remake. Sony announced the title during its PlayStation showcase, revealing Aspyr, a studio best known for its macOS ports, is working on the project. "We’re rebuilding one of the greatest RPGs of all time for a new generation with modern tech, features, visuals and more, while maintaining the integrity

LA police ask people they stop for their Facebook and Twitter account info

100+Ars Technica / 11h
Enlarge / Los Angeles Police Department officers patrol Union Station on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. (credit: Getty Images | Irfan Khan ) The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) instructs officers to collect social media account information and email addresses when they interview people they have detained, according to documents obtained by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Th

Salesforce gives Service Cloud an AI boost

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 11h
Salesforce has announced a slew of new features for Service Cloud that make it easier to resolve customer issues faster.

A lot of work to go on vacation: 5 things to know before visiting Turks and Caicos

79The Points Guy / 11h
I needed a vacation like a cat needs an afternoon nap. Enjoying three nights at the new Ritz-Carlton in Turks and Caicos wasn’t going to be a long respite — but it was a much-needed one. But there’s trouble with visiting paradise. Getting to Turks and Caicos right now is anything but simple. The COVID-19 cases are currently comparatively low and the country is open to tourism without a quarantine

Jack Dorsey says what we're all thinking: Throwing things at Mark Zuckerberg looks fun

65Mashable / 11h
Even fellow tech executives want to throw stuff at Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook unveiled its Spectacles ripoff, officially dubbed Ray-Ban Stories , on Thursday to much warranted handwringing . The unsettling face camera is sure to make waves down the line for all sorts of privacy mishaps, but the glasses managed to grab the attention of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for another reason altogether: A pair r

LEGO Super Mario 64 set is more than meets the eye

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SlashGear / 11h
We’ve seen several different Super Mario LEGO sets launch over the past year or so, but none of them are quite like the Super Mario 64-themed set that was revealed today. The new set – officially called the LEGO Super Mario 64 ? Block set – is quite a bit more intricate than the Super Mario sets we’ve seen in … Continue reading

18 Sci-Fi Movies You Should Watch Before The Matrix 4 Comes Out

35Lifehacker / 11h
The Matrix , with its trippy, action-heavy explorations of the nature of reality (and heavy doses of trans allegory), brought mind-bending science fiction to the masses. It was, in many ways, the perfect blending of brain and brawn: a thoughtful movie, open to a wide variety of interpretations, that also happened to… Read more...

Epic will shut down its Houseparty video chat app in October

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Engadget / 11h
Houseparty's video chat may have been a popular choice in the early days of the pandemic, but that hasn't won it much favor with its owner Epic Games . Houseparty is shutting down its app sometime in October. Fortnite's Houseparty integration will vanish around the same time, the developers said. The app has already disappeared from stores. The team explained the move as a matter of focus. Housep

Spider-Man's Debut Is Officially the World's Most Expensive Comic

100+Gizmodo / 11h
Back in 1962, just a hair shy of 50 years ago, a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 cost a pretty penny—12 of them, to be exact. In 2021, the price has gone up just the teensiest bit, having increased $3,599,999.88 over the last half-century. That’s inflation for you! Read more...

Tech Companies Wade Into Abortion Politics in Texas

27Wired / 11h
In 2021, corporations are expected to take a stand on even the most divisive issues.

Tinder Introduces 'Completely New, Interactive Ways' to Swipe Right for Sex

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Gizmodo / 11h
In an attempt to give its mostly-Gen Z user base a wider range of options to click, swipe, and scroll through on their journeys to find love, Tinder announced on Wednesday that it had begun rolling out a series of planned updates to its app designed to make online dating a more immersive, interactive experience. Read more...

Oh Great, Another Giant Ship Blocked the Suez Canal

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500+Futurism / 11h
Knot Again It happened again: Another gigantic shipping vessel temporarily blocked the Suez Cana on Thursday, temporarily stopping traffic at what’s one of the most important waterways for global trade. A ship from Panama called the Coral Crystal got stuck after traveling about 33 miles into the canal, as originally reported by the Arabic language news outlet Al-Ain , blocking one lane and forcin

Space Force Head Says China Could Blow Up Satellites

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Futurism / 11h
Fighting Words US Space Force chief John Raymond, told Japanese newspaper Nikkei in an interview that he’s worried about China’s anti-satellite technologies posing a threat to the US military’s presence in space. Raymond told the newspaper that China is building “everything from reversible jammers of our GPS system — which provides navigation and timing with precision— to jamming of communication

Google and Jio delay their India smartphone launch

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34TechCrunch / 11h
The JioPhone Next, the much-awaited smartphone designed by Google and India’s Jio Platforms to tap hundreds of millions of users in the world’s second largest internet market, won’t launch on Friday, the Indian technology giant said Thursday midnight. In a statement issued just now, Jio Platforms said it has been testing the smartphone with a “limited set of users for further refinement” and is “

Investors are doubling down on Southeast Asia’s digital economy

57TechCrunch / 11h
Amit Anand Contributor Amit Anand is a founding partner of Jungle Ventures and an early pioneer and leader in the development of Southeast Asia’s venture capital industry. Southeast Asian tech companies are drawing the attention of investors around the world. In 2020, startups in the region raised over $8.2 billion, about four times more than they did in 2015. This trend continued in 2021, with r

WhatsApp ends service for some phones in November

SlashGear / 11h
WhatsApp has a cut-off date for a set of smartphones by the end of the year 2021. These devices will start to see their “end of service” message in WhatsApp starting on November 1, 2021. Before then, though, WhatsApp has a set of requirements that stand at Android OS 4.1 and newer, so long as that device is able to … Continue reading

California Advances Historic Bill Targeting Amazon's Punishing Warehouse Quotas

77Gizmodo / 11h
On Wednesday, California lawmakers advanced a groundbreaking legislation that could finally give Amazon warehouse workers the power to push back against some of the draconian conditions imposed on them. Assembly Bill 701 (AB 701), which passed the Senate this week and is the first of its kind in the U.S., specifically… Read more...

What Is Clear Whey (and Why Should You Try It)?

Lifehacker / 11h
Even though there are tons of different types of protein powders out there, I’ve always preferred plain ol’ unflavored whey. Its creamy flavor and texture make it great not just for shakes but for other dairy-themed meals like yogurt parfaits . But another great protein powder has finally won me over, and it’s a weird… Read more...

Nearly All the Unburned Coal Must Stay in the Ground to Avert Climate Catastrophe

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57Gizmodo / 11h
It’s becoming more and more clear that hobbling the fossil fuel industry and getting the world to decarbonize as rapidly as possible is our best hope at staving off the most catastrophic impacts of warming. A new study finds that we need to keep nearly all the world’s coal reserves and more than half its oil and gas… Read more...

Going to Aspen Food & Wine? Don’t forget your Amex card to unlock exclusive experiences

The Points Guy / 11h
Aspen’s Food & Wine Classic event is regarded as one of the best gastronomic festivals in the U.S., with celebrity chef (think Martha Stewart and Andrew Zimmern) presentations, free-flowing wine, dynamic dishes from the best restaurants around and the opulence that only Aspen can offer. Want more from TPG? Sign up for our daily newsletter. American Express, the presenting sponsor for the Food & W

California Passes Warehouse Worker Bill, Taking Aim at Amazon

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100+Wired / 12h
For years, algorithms have driven workers to meet punishing quotas. A state bill trying to reinject humans into the workflow has cleared a big hurdle.

Amazon reveals new college tuition benefit for its US warehouse workers

SlashGear / 12h
Amazon has announced a new plan to cover its warehouse workers’ college tuition costs, among other educational options, as part of its Career Choice program. Though some details are lacking at this time, the company says that some of its workers can qualify for the tuition coverage after only three months spent working for the company. Amazon announced the new … Continue reading

Microsoft indefinitely delays employees' return to its offices

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Engadget / 12h
Microsoft had a lot of news to share about remote work today, including a bunch of upcoming updates for Teams centered around hybrid meetings. But perhaps most pertinent to the company's employees was an announcement that it's delaying their return to the office yet again . Microsoft is putting the plans on hold indefinitely due to the COVID-19 delta variant. Most recently, the aim was to fully r

Box wins proxy board battle with activist investor Starboard Value

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23TechCrunch / 12h
A battle between Box and its majority shareholder Starboard Value over control of the board ended today when the company’s slate of directors easily defeated Starboard’s. It culminated months of maneuvering on both sides as they battled for control of the company. Box, in a somewhat generic statement , expressed gratitude for the results: Box appreciates the support and perspectives we have recei

A live 'Bridgerton' experience is coming to cities around the world

31Mashable / 12h
Ladies and gentlemen of the Bridgerton fandom, the time has come to put your orders in at the modiste, choose your jewels, and send your man to fetch the carriage. The queen is giving a ball! Starting in 2022, The Queen's Ball: A Bridgerton Experience will be a ticketed immersive tour for Bridgerton fans who want to step into the show's Shonda-infused version of Regency era London . It's planned

A Cardboard Mario Kart Arcade Cabinet Is the Ultimate Nintendo Labo Project

Gizmodo / 12h
YouTuber DanCreator has us wondering what fun Switch accessories we’d be enjoying had Nintendo not seemingly abandoned its Labo cardboard building kits . As fun as the cardboard fishing rod was, we’d eagerly swap it for a full-on cardboard Mario Kart Arcade cabinet , complete with a working steering wheel and gas pedal. Read more...

What Astronomers Thought Pluto Looked Like Before They Saw It Up Close

Gizmodo / 12h
It’s been 91 years since amateur astronomer Clyde Tombaugh first spotted Pluto on a set of glass negatives. Since then, the object has been declared a planet, named, and, of course, demoted to a dwarf planet in 2006. Whatever its status, our fascination with Pluto has held fast. But until very recently, we didn’t have… Read more...

Watch Sony's PlayStation Showcase 2021 right here at 4PM ET

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Engadget / 12h
As promised, Sony is ready to offer a peek at the PS5's future . The company is livestreaming PlayStation Showcase 2021 at 4PM Eastern, and you can watch the whole event below. It won't be a short presentation — Sony said the Showcase will clock in at about 40 minutes, with an after-show providing updates from featured studios. The stream will officially focus on upcoming PS5 games (including for

VW tries on tiny (but eye-catching) with a simplified electric concept car

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33Mashable / 12h
Volkswagen's ID.LIFE concept car looks like a toy car. The EV was presented late Wednesday at the IAA Mobility 2021 auto show in Munich, Germany, where its lit-up front "grille" and backside and illuminated doors were part of a noticeably smaller package than the usual electric SUVs and crossovers popular with consumers. The German automaker scaled back on design with a smaller, lighter car that

How to Work Two Full-Time Jobs Without Getting in Trouble

62Lifehacker / 12h
According to recent reports from Forbes , the Wall Street Journal , and Business Insider , there’s a new trend in remote work: Simultaneously (and secretly) holding down two full-time, salaried jobs—and enjoying all the perks that come with two salaries. If you work from home at a job that requires significantly less… Read more...

Star Trek: Lower Decks Reforges Its Strongest Relationships, With Model Kits and Bubble Bath

Gizmodo / 12h
Kirk and Spock. Burnham and Georgiou . Janeway and Tuvok. The list of Star Trek duos whose relationships define so much of the emotional cores of their series goes on, and on, and on. In a pairing like Boimler and Mariner, Lower Decks is no exception. But this season has seen the pair shift and shuffle around enough… Read more...

Why now may be the best time to apply for the World of Hyatt card

The Points Guy / 12h
The unofficial end of summer has passed, which means fall (and yes, even winter) travel is upon us. Whether it’s a getaway to go leaf-peeping close to home , or an international escape open to U.S. travelers , there are still numerous options this year. And if you’re looking to earn Hyatt hotel status — and plan on traveling through the end of 2021 — now is by far the best time to apply for the W

Epic Games to shut down Houseparty in October, including the video chat ‘Fortnite Mode’ feature

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100+TechCrunch / 12h
Houseparty, the social video chat app acquired by Fortnite maker Epic Games for a reported $35 million back in 2019, is shutting down. The company says Houseparty will be discontinued in October when the app will stop functioning for its existing users; it will be pulled from the app stores today, however. Related to this move, Epic Games’ “ Fortnite Mode” feature , which leveraged Houseparty to

The largest direct carbon capture plant is now making a small impact on emissions

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Engadget / 12h
The world's largest direct-air carbon capture plant is up and running, although you might want to keep your expectations in check. Bloomberg reports Climeworks has started operations for Orca, a plant in Iceland that grabs CO2 from the air, storing it underground and using a Carbfix solution to mix the chemical with water and (in two years) trap it in stone. The facility will capture 4,000 tons o

How to Easily Disable Sound Devices on Windows 11

How-To Geek / 12h
If you have an audio output device connected to your Windows 11 PC—such as speakers, headphones, or a headset—that you don’t want to output sound to, you can disable it in Settings without having to uninstall it in Windows. Here’s how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Microsoft Is Polishing Windows 11 Ahead of Release

How-To Geek / 12h
We’re rapidly approaching the release of Windows 11, and Microsoft is making its final tweaks and adjustments to the OS in the latest Beta and Dev builds for Windows Insiders. While there aren’t many new features, some nice polish makes Windows 11 look great. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Some of the biggest names in private equity think this go-go market has another year or two (at least)

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23TechCrunch / 12h
Earlier today, as part of a private event, this editor was afforded the opportunity to talk with some of the biggest names in the world of private equity, including Carlyle co-founder David Rubenstein; Bain Capital co-chair Steve Pagliuca; Jean Salata, the CEO and founding partner of Baring Private Equity Asia; and Sheila Patel, the vice chairman of B Capital Group AGM and formerly the chair of G

A customer-centric approach is key in a post-pandemic world

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89MIT Technology Review / 12h
Quoting Vladimir Lenin, Bill Kanarick describes the tectonic industry shifts brought on by the pandemic: “There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.” After months of hunkering down at home, consumers got used to online shopping, telehealth doctor’s appointments and contactless and curbside pickup, effectively doubling e-commerce sales in the last 18 months.

WHO Chief “Appalled” By Rich Countries Hoarding COVID Vaccines

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Futurism / 12h
World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has had it with the rich countries of the world hoarding and even starting to distribute booster shots of their COVID-19 vaccines. In remarks during a Wednesday briefing, Tedros said that he was “appalled” by the broken promises and hollow platitudes that world leaders offered in place of tangible action, according to Ars Techn

Study details whether your old face mask is still effective a year later

SlashGear / 12h
If you bought a pack of reusable face masks at the start of the pandemic and find yourself still using them more than a year later, you may be wondering whether they’re still effective at helping reduce the spread of the virus. A new peer-reviewed study from the University of Colorado at Boulder confirms they are — with one big … Continue reading

The latest Panasonic Toughbook is more rugged and powerful than ever

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Panasonic has updated the Toughbook 55 with improved performance, connectivity and security while maintaining its modular design.

7 perfect destinations in Europe to celebrate fall’s arrival

The Points Guy / 12h
From Mediterranean beaches to bustling capital cities to wine regions, Europe is one of the best places to visit between September and December. Most of the summer tourists have gone home, there’s off-peak award availability and you can view all the best tourist attractions without getting a sunburn. Vineyards in Umbria, Italy. (Photo by MauMar70/Getty) If your ideal autumn holiday includes warm

Dexter takes a stab at personal growth in totally killer 'New Blood' trailer

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Mashable / 12h
We're still two months out from release day, but the hype for Dexter: New Blood keeps on coming. On Thursday, Showtime dropped its first full-length trailer for the revival series, which sees Michael C. Hall return as the titular serial killer for the first time since 2013. While past teasers have given us only a vague sense of where the antihero's journey will pick up — we've known he's living i

Chase Acquires The Infatuation, Will Deliver More Dining Benefits To Cardmembers

View from the Wing / 12h
Chase created Chase Dining with Tock offering special restaurant reservations at top places set aside for cardmembers. This was part of a continued assault on American Express as the category leader in travel and entertainment. Amex, by the way, didn’t stand still. They traditionally offered a special reservations program but double down by acquiring reservations platform Resy. The American Expre

New Epic Games Store free game is perfect for Dark Souls fans

SlashGear / 12h
As they do every Thursday, the free games offered by the Epic Games Store have rotated, giving users a new pair of games to claim. This week seems to be a particularly big one for th