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What We're Watching: Binging 'The Witcher' for the Fourth Time

1KHow-To Geek / 22h
The Witcher is a perfect combination of rich fantasy, well-built and developed characters, and some pretty awesome swordplay. I’ve already watched the show three times all the way through and am currently watching it again because it’s just that good. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

How Computationally Complex Is a Single Neuron?

3KWired / 19h
Scientists taught an artificial neural network to imitate a biological neuron. The result offers a new way to think about the complexity of brain cells.

Delta Flight Left The Gate With More Passengers Than Seats

300+View from the Wing / 13h
Early this morning Delta flight 1732 from Charleston, South Carolina to Atlanta pushed back from the gate - with more passengers on board than seats. The Boeing 737-900 has 180 passenger seats, but there were 182 passengers on board. The aircraft returned to the gate quickly to offload the extra passengers, but this is uncommon enough I tried to find out how this happened and why the aircraft was

Celebrate the art of African animation at the Cape Town International Animation Festival

Popular Mechanics / 13min
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Can a Green-Economy Boom Town Be Built to Last?

20NYT > Technology / 41min
The race to make electric vehicles is turning some places into winners. Normal, Ill., is one of them. But it has seen good times go sour in the past.

LG Innotek develops eco-friendly magnet - It could be a major breakthrough

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
LG Innotek, a major electronics parts maker, has announced that it has developed an environmental friendly magnet that boasts enhanced magnetic strength.

Why is Dyson challenging the industry standard CADR test?

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OnePlus may launch sub Rs. 20,000 phones in India early next year

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
OnePlus's identity will be further diluted in case it starts churning out phones that look similar to the ones being sold by Oppo and Realme.

Samsung Galaxy M52 5G leak suggests 120Hz display and design refresh

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
The Samsung Galaxy M52 5G is likely to launch in India in September. It is likely to come with a 120Hz AMOLED display and Snapdragon 778G SoC.

Realme 8s 5G goes for sale today on Flipkart

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
The Realme 8s was launched in India last week and comes with MediaTek Dimensity 810 5G chipset with Dynamic RAM expansion up to 13GB RAM.

WhatsApp working on new feature to turn voice messages into text

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
WhatsApp is said to be working on a new voice message transcription. The transcription will be done on-device, or locally, and your voice messages won’t be sent to WhatsApp or Facebook server for getting the transcription.

Alibaba slides on report China plans to break up payment app

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61BBC News - Technology / 3h
Chinese regulators have been targeting Ant Group and other technology firms operating in the country.

Buy a Ticket to Gaze Upon a $69 Million NFT Artwork in Person, Even Though That's Dumb

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Gizmodo / 3h
Despite their horrible impact on the planet, NFTs are still unfortunately in style. Now, you can go spend money to look at a whole bunch of NFT artworks, including the most expensive piece ever sold— Beeple’s EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS—at a festival in New York City. Read more...

Android “Push” will mirror Pixel phone apps on Chromebooks

SlashGear / 3h
Google has long had two major platforms (three if you count The Web, more if you also count Fuchsia and other custom operating systems), but Android and Chrome OS haven’t exactly crossed paths until recently. Fortunately, Google has been working on bridging the two, more than just running Android apps on Chromebooks. An upcoming feature might be Google’s biggest push … Continue reading

Standard Nintendo Switch might get a price drop ahead of OLED model

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
Analysis: the non-OLED Nintendo Switch is expected to drop in price in Europe this week, but what about other territories?

Indonesia-based Rey Assurance launches its holistic approach to insurance with $1M in funding

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40TechCrunch / 3h
Rey Assurance co-founders Bobby Siagian and Evan Tanotogono Health insurance is the kind of thing people usually only think about only when they need it. Otherwise, their policies are just paperwork in their files or cards in their wallet. Indonesian insurtech Rey Assurance is taking a new approach. Once someone becomes a member, they also get access to a platform of health services, including AI

Xiaomi starts blocking phones in export-restricted territories

SlashGear / 4h
Not all smartphones are available in all markets, but it isn’t exactly difficult to purchase those via online retailers these days. Network compatibility and local regulations aside, it’s definitely possible to get phones working in unsupported territories. That goes the same for territories where there might be legal restrictions in where certain companies can export to. Xiaomi, however, might b

iPhone 13 Pro to offer new 1TB option

SlashGear / 4h
Apple’s big annual event is barely two days away, but that isn’t stopping last-minute leaks from flowing in. Despite Apple’s recent legal efforts, a lot about the iPhone 13 has already been leaked, but there’s always room for some last-minute surprises. Ming-chi Kuo, however, may have stolen Apple’s thunder, revealing that this year’s iPhone will see a refreshed selection of … Continue reading

How to access Instagram's 'On This Day' feature

Mashable / 4h
Every now and then my mom gets a rush of nostalgia and goes digging through old family photo albums. She'll find some embarrassing picture of me from 10 to 20 years ago which ultimately finds its way into my texts with the caption: "🎶 🎶 Meeeeeemmorriieeeessss 🎶 🎶" In that way, my mom is almost like my personal Instagram "On This Day" feature. The feature is available in your Story and shows y

Galaxy Note 22 might still happen next year after all

SlashGear / 5h
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has received rather mixed reviews, but the majority of them leaned more towards the positive side. At the very least, many are hopeful about the direction that Samsung is taking and are looking forward to a more refined execution in next year’s Galaxy Z Fold 4. Most reviewers, however, agree that the foldable phone isn’t … Continue reading

How to do a reverse image search from your phone

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Mashable / 5h
Depending on which mobile browser you use, it might not be immediately obvious how to do a reverse image search from your mobile device. The most simple solution we've come up with is to download and use Google's free Chrome browser for iOS or Android. This particular browser has a quick and easy built-in method for carrying out reverse image searches. We're taking a look at how you can do this i

Windows Subsystem for Android performance benchmarks look promising

SlashGear / 5h
One of Windows 11’s biggest highlights won’t be available when the newest version of Windows launches next month. While end users will probably have to wait until next year to see Android apps running on Windows in action, Insiders might be getting a preview earlier than expected. It seems that Microsoft is preparing what it calls the Windows Subsystem for … Continue reading

The ZTE Axon 30’s under-display camera proved that notch hate is overblown

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
The ZTE Axon 30’s under-display camera means its screen is notchless and punch-hole free, but you aren’t missing much if your phone doesn’t have it yet.

The Walking Dead Revealed the Origin of Its Newest Homicidal Nitwits

39Gizmodo / 5h
One of the most entertaining elements of The Walking Dead has always been its bad guys. Once the initial thrills of zombies were gone, the show has pitted its heroes against jerks, thugs, the Governor , the cannibals of Terminus , the Wolves , Negan and the Saviors , and the Whisperers . Although Negan’s group was an… Read more...

Galaxy A52s 5G RAM Plus update adds 4GB more RAM

SlashGear / 6h
The power and versatility of smartphones have probably made people take for granted the fact that, unlike even laptops, they are stuck with the hardware they bought for as long as the phone lasts. With OEMs slowly phasing out microSD card slots on higher-end phones, even data storage is no longer expandable. That said, those same manufacturers are now coming … Continue reading

Snapdragon 695G could give mid-range phones a gaming boost

SlashGear / 6h
For almost three quarters straight, MediaTek has managed to wrest the crown from Qualcomm in the mobile application processor (AP) market. Part of its winning strategy is to throw everything it has on a wall and see which ones stick, mostly targeting mid-range phones in both 5G and LTE categories. Qualcomm, of course, hasn’t been absent there, and its upcoming … Continue reading

If You Ever Wanted to Fill Your iPhone With Stuff, Rumor Has It the iPhone 13 Pros Will Have 1TB of Storage

57Gizmodo / 6h
I got to admit, my dinosaur 64GB iPhone XS is pretty good on storage. In fact, it almost never fills up (and when it does it’s often because I’ve saved too many TikTok videos). Yet, Apple seems to believe that folks need more, more, and more space—for real, what do you respectable people put in there—and it apparently… Read more...

Hyatt Credit Card Offering Double Elite Nights

One Mile at a Time / 7h
A few weeks ago we saw the introduction of a fantastic offer for new cardmembers on the World of Hyatt Credit Card , which could be a reason to pick up this card now. This offer is only available through the end of the month, so I wanted to recap it for anyone who has been considering it. Earn double elite nights with the Hyatt Card In addition to the current bonus of up to 60,000 World of Hyatt

Southeast Asia-focused Jungle Ventures announces $225M first close for its fourth fund

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100+TechCrunch / 7h
(From left to right) Jungle Ventures’ founding partner Amit Anand, managing partner David Gowdey and founding partner Anurag Srivastava Southeast Asia’s funding boom is set to continue, with Jungle Ventures announcing today the $225 million first close of its fourth fund. Fund IV started raising in mid-May and is targeting a total of $350 million. The majority of its limited partners are returnin

Galaxy S22 camera specs leak, sales predictions cautiously optimistic

SlashGear / 7h
The Galaxy S22 has been going around the rumor mill for quite some time, and the impressions seem to be a bit mixed. Aside from the Exynos 2200 processor expected to be available in a select few markets only, not much about the upcoming Samsung flagships sound incredibly exciting. The latest word on the phones’ cameras seems to emphasize that … Continue reading

Companies hope new benefits will solve your mental health issues. Don't fall for it.

41Mashable / 8h
Earlier this year, Amazon did something worth applauding. The trillion-dollar company introduced a new mental wellness benefit for its 950,000 employees, including warehouse workers. The benefit, known as Resources for Living , provides employees and their family members with a certain number of free counseling sessions, crisis and suicide prevention support, and an app that includes mindfulness

The pressures - and rewards - of being an influencer

57BBC News - Technology / 8h
Running your own popular YouTube channel can be lucrative, but it comes with downsides.

Technology giant Olympus hit by BlackMatter ransomware

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61TechCrunch / 8h
Olympus said in a brief statement Sunday that it is “currently investigating a potential cybersecurity incident” affecting its European, Middle East and Africa computer network. “Upon detection of suspicious activity, we immediately mobilized a specialized response team including forensics experts, and we are currently working with the highest priority to resolve this issue. As part of the invest

6 hidden details you definitely missed watching 'Malignant'

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Mashable / 8h
Malignant is a stupidly great movie — one that gets even more stupid and even more great every time you watch it. In theaters and streaming on HBO Max thru Oct. 10, the frightful new flick from director-producer James Wan set the horror-loving world ablaze with its absurd narrative and fearless execution. At first, the hellish journey of Madison Miller (Annabelle Wallis) seemed to prospective vie

Bears vs Rams live stream: how to watch NFL Sunday Night Football online from anywhere

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Here's how to get a Chicago Bears vs Los Angeles Rams live stream and watch the first NFL Sunday Night Football of the season from anywhere, as Stafford kicks off a new era.

YouTube killed Discord's most popular music bot, Rhythm

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100+Mashable / 9h
Discord, the Slack-like chat and streaming app that's become a preferred gathering place for online gamers, is about to get a little less musical. The music-streaming bot called, Rhythm, a third-party plugin for Discord servers that lets users stream in music (or really any audio) directly from YouTube, is going offline. The service will cease functioning on Sept. 15 in response to a cease and de

Snowpiercer season 3: what we know so far

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Season 3 of Snowpiercer is expected for early 2022 – here's what we know so far.

Scientists Debut Magnet Powerful Enough to Lift an Aircraft Carrier

1KFuturism / 9h
Massive Magnets Scientists in France have finally received one of their latest and most impressive tools in the effort to create nuclear fusion: a really big honkin’ magnet . Researchers at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) debuted the first part of the magnet on Thursday when they received it from its American manufacturer, according to The Associated Press . When fully

Succession season 3: what we know so far

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Here’s everything we know about the latest season of HBO’s addictive family drama, Succession.

Star Trek: Picard season 2: everything we know

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
Q, the Borg Queen and time travel are all heading Jean-Luc's way in Star Trek: Picard season 2.

Better Call Saul season 6: what we know

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9h
What we know about Better Call Saul season 6, including its release date, story and returning characters.

COVID-sniffing dogs now on duty at Miami International Airport

500+The Points Guy / 9h
Back in August 2020, Helsinki Airport (HEL) and Dubai International Airport (DXB) tested COVID-detecting dogs . Now Miami International Airport (MIA ) is the first US airport to pilot a program with canines that can sniff out COVID-19. The detector dogs – Cobra (a Belgian Malinois) and ‘One Betta (a Dutch Shepherd) – are specially trained by the Global Forensic and Justice Center (GFJC) at Florid

Ratched season 2: everything we know

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TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Ratched season 2 is coming from Netflix, but there's no sign of when it lands yet. Here's what we know.

The Book of Boba Fett: everything we know

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
Shooting has now wrapped on the hotly anticipated Star Wars spin-off TV show.

Review: Grand Hyatt Denver

One Mile at a Time / 10h
In connection with our stay at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek , we also spent a few nights at the 516-room Grand Hyatt Denver . I figured I’d quickly review the hotel, though there’s less to say than usual, given that some of the facilities were closed due to coronavirus. Booking the Grand Hyatt Denver We booked the Hyatt Privé rate at the Grand Hyatt Denver, and that cost under $100 per night. For

Defense Department seeks nuclear propulsion for small spacecraft

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71Engadget / 10h
The US Defense Department's ambitions beyond Earth just grew a little clearer. SpaceNews has learned the department recently put out a call for privately-made nuclear propulsion systems that could power small- and mid-sized spacecraft. The DoD wants to launch missions venturing beyond Earth orbit, and existing electric and solar spacecraft are neither suitable for that job nor suitable to smaller

Crypto Fanatics Are Taking Out Loans to Buy More Crypto

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Futurism / 10h
Crypto Lender Cryptocurrency enthusiasts seem to reach new heights of incredibly questionable and risky financial behavior each day. One recent example comes from the rise of lenders doling out loans to cryptocurrency addicts who, in turn, use it to buy more crypto. Similarly to a bank, crypto lenders take deposits to fund loans that leverage crypto as the collateral, according to The Wall Street

Fact-checking works to undercut misinformation in many countries

Ars Technica / 10h
Enlarge (credit: Gordon Jolly / Flickr ) In the wake of the flood of misinformation that's drowning the US, lots of organizations have turned to fact-checks. Many newsrooms set up dedicated fact-check groups, and some independent organizations were formed to provide the service. We get live fact-checking of political debates, and Facebook will now tag material it deems misinformation with links t

A Change To American Airlines Refunds [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 ...

Amex EveryDay vs. Amex EveryDay Preferred: Which should be in your wallet?

The Points Guy / 10h
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information. Part of having a well-rounded credit card strategy is to maximize every single purchase and make sure you’re never just getting 1 point per dollar or 1% cash back. When it comes to earning rewards on everyday spending, it can be hard to know which card is right for you. For those who have other Amex Membership Rewards cards such as t

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and David Tennant

99Gizmodo / 11h
A modern interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , from the showrunners/producers of Agent Carter and starring David and Georgia Tennant? Don’t mind if I do! Read more...

Scientists Find Tissue Deformities in Seafood Linked to Deepwater Horizon Spill

Futurism / 11h
Abnormal Oysters Researchers have discovered more evidence that oil spills can have long lasting impacts on marine life even more than a decade after a spill. Scientists have found that Eastern oysters from the Gulf Coast region affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster of 2010 have a much higher rate of metaplasia — a condition in which tissue forms abnormally — than Eastern oysters i

How to create Instagram Highlights

Mashable / 11h
It's cool that Instagram stories are temporary...until you want them to be permanent. Allow us to introduce you to Instagram Highlights, which allow you to take content from your Insta Story or archive and put it in its own little "Highlight" section on your profile. Did anything significant happen that you captured on your Story? Get engaged? Start a new job? Go to a concert? If it's on your Sto

Cheers! 5 up-and-coming English wine regions worth visiting

The Points Guy / 11h
When one thinks of planning a vacation to a wine region, England is typically not the first country to come to mind. But in fact, England is a real under-the-radar wine spot. The U.K. is certainly no stranger to rain that might ruin the grapes, but the southern and eastern areas of England, with their warmer, drier climates and diverse soil are ideal for winemaking. And the vintners in these area

Epic appeals ruling in lawsuit against Apple over App Store rules

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72Engadget / 12h
Epic may have scored a notable victory in its lawsuit against Apple, but it's dissatisfied enough to keep the legal battle going. The Verge reports Epic has filed an appeal against the ruling. The initial notice didn't explain how the Fortnite developer was challenging the decision, but there were a number of areas that left the company unhappy. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers' ruling determined Epi

'Mogul Mowgli' is Riz Ahmed's soul laid bare

Mashable / 12h
Riz Ahmed has been promoting Mogul Mowgli since long before he wrote it. The feature film co-written by Ahmed and director Bassam Tariq began film festival premieres in 2020, released later that year in the UK, and on Sept. 3, 2021 it finally arrived in the U.S. It is a deeply intimate portrait of Ahmed's most prized passions: rap music, identity, and the intertwined tension of living as a minori

Cressida Dick: Tech giants make it impossible to stop terrorists

100+BBC News - Technology / 12h
Pressure on tech firms intensifies as Priti Patel unveils fund for technologies to keep children safe.

Review: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

One Mile at a Time / 12h
We’ve been living in hotels for quite a while, and in late 2020 we spent a couple of weeks at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek (as I’ll explain below, the economics worked out very favorably). Yes, I realize I’m way late with this review, but better late than never, right? Booking our stay at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek There’s huge variance in the rates at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, as you’d expect

Enter to win 50,000 points and more with current Choice Privileges promotions

21The Points Guy / 12h
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information. Choice Privileges isn’t the most popular hotel loyalty program . After all, the elite perks are minimal and even the program’s best properties aren’t luxurious. In short, there are many ways in which Choice should improve its loyalty program . But savvy travelers who love maximizing promotions can find a lot of value in the Choice Pr

Dole recalls some of its fresh parsley over Shiga-toxin-producing E. coli

SlashGear / 12h
Dole, the company behind many of the fresh foods you may purchase, has recalled some of its parsley over the risk of Shiga-toxin-producing E. coli. The foodborne illness may result in gastrointestinal issues in those who eat the contaminated product, though people who have weakened immune systems, kids, and the elderly are most at risk. The E. coli contamination was … Continue reading

How to Transfer Your Apple Music Playlists to Spotify

How-To Geek / 12h
Music streaming services make it a little difficult to move your favorite songs when you decide to change your preferred service. If you’re moving from Apple Music to Spotify, we’ll show you how to take your playlists with you. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Researchers Confirm That a Captive Duck Learned to Curse

35How-To Geek / 12h
Back in 1987, a researcher named Peter J. Fullagar whipped out his Sony Walkman Professional cassette recorder to capture a captive duck’s unusual vocalizations. The duck repeatedly yelled “you bloody fool” when enraged by the presence of strangers, much to the enjoyment of Fullagar. New research shows that this duck was, in fact, mimicking something it heard from humans. Read This Article on Rev

10 of the best national parks to visit in the fall

100+The Points Guy / 12h
If you’re thinking about visiting a national park this fall, you’re in luck. There’s a secret many travelers with flexible schedules have long known: national parks are best in autumn. Of course, that’s not true of every national park — there are more than a few that are best visited at other times of the year. But, generally speaking, fall can be a spectacular time to visit the nation’s parkland

Epic Amazon sale knocks Fire TV Sticks to just $21.99

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Today's Amazon sale includes fantastic deals on the 4K Fire TV Stick, the Fire TV Stick Lite, and the powerful Fire TV Cube.

Why I no longer avoid flying with Spirit, Frontier and other budget carriers

100+The Points Guy / 12h
Before the pandemic, the first thing I used to do when browsing Google Flights was filter out all the ultra-low-cost carriers, including Spirit, Frontier, Allegiant and Sun Country. I wasn’t particularly excited about being nickel-and-dimed throughout the end-to-end travel experience, from bags to seats to snacks and more. Plus, I didn’t want to forgo the miles or elite perks that I’d enjoy on on