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Sony Destiny Bungie•
1KGizmodo / 1h
Sony is reportedly acquiring Bungie for $3.6 billion in the latest move of what has been a string of blockbuster purchases within the gaming industry. Read more...

American Lounge Heathrow 3•
At the start of the pandemic, airlines closed virtually all of their lounges, both due to the lack of passengers, and due to a need for updated policies. While airlines have started to reopen lounges, many premium international lounges have remained closed due to lack of demand. In the fall of 2021, American Airlines slowly began the process of reopening its Flagship Lounges. There’s now a furthe

Deepnote Accel Ventures•
200+TechCrunch / 3h
Deepnote , a startup that is building a data science platform on top of Jupyter-compatible notebooks, today announced that it has raised a $20 million Series A round co-led by Index Ventures and Accel, both of which participated in its 2020 seed round . Existing investors Y Combinator and Credo Ventures also participated in this round. As Deepnote co-founder and CEO Jakub Jurovych told me, the co

TechCrunch / now
Wei Lien Dang Contributor Wei Lien Dang is a general partner at Unusual Ventures , leading investments in security, infrastructure software and developer tools. He was previously co-founder of StackRox, a cloud-native security company acquired by Red Hat. In both Web 1.0 and Web 2.0, security models changed in tandem with application architectures to help unlock entirely new economies. In Web 1.0

51Futurism / 4min
Cutting a Deal Texas Governor Greg Abbot wants to make sure his state’s power grid doesn’t embarrassingly fail again — and he’s calling on crypto miners to help out. Abbot held a meeting with dozens of cryptocurrency entrepreneurs and influencers last October , Bloomberg reports . During the meeting, the governor asked those in attendance to shut down their mining operations in the event the Texa

TechCrunch / 9min
In the crypto ecosystem, wallets are perhaps the most critical user touchpoint serving as a gateway to exchanges and smart contracts. This positions the startups building popular wallet apps closest to the firehose of consumer crypto opportunities, while also leaving them to take charge in tackling many of web3’s unsolved problems including steep onboarding challenges and a hostile fraud environm

American Airlines has re-opened its Flagship business class lounges at New York JFK, Miami and Los Angeles. Flagship First Dining for long haul first class passengers has reopened at JFK and Miami. However the lounges in Dallas and Chicago remain closed. Fortunately American Airlines is now talking up a target for their re-opening. Continue reading ...

Ars Technica / 15min
Enlarge / The Blackberry Torch, the company's first touchscreen phone, is held for display during its debut in New York in 2010. (credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images) BlackBerry is adding another sad chapter to the downfall of its smartphone business. Today the company announced a sale of its prized patent portfolio for $600 million. The buyer is "Catapult IP Innovations Inc.," a new company BlackBe

Gizmodo / 15min
If you just downloaded the latest version of macOS, 12.2, keep an eye on your MacBook’s battery life. Furious Apple laptop owners are reporting across various forums and social media platforms ( Reddit , Twitter ) that their MacBooks are experiencing excessive battery drain while in sleep mode (via MacRumors ). Read more...

The founder of JavaScript , Mozilla and web browser Brave has said he considers the NFT craze a distraction from the long-term objectives of Web 3.0. In an exclusive interview with TechRadar Pro , Brendan Eich described NFTs as part of the “silliness” that has historically preceded landmark transformations of the web. “We’re in the early stages of Web 3.0 and nobody knows what it means,” he told

Lifehacker / 20min
There are many reasons to move away from Spotify. Apple Music now has lossless audio at a cheaper rate. If you use Amazon Prime, Prime Music comes free; if you have an Echo smart speaker, it’s the cheapest way to stream your music. Spotify doesn’t have music by Neil Young or Joni Mitchell . No matter the reason,… Read more...

Gizmodo / 21min
Snowed in ? A loather of Valentine’s Day ? Feeling sluggish on the doom-laden treadmill of life? Perk up with this robust list of brand-new sci-fi and fantasy books coming out in February. We got Jedi ! We got space nuns! We got monsters, slippery royals, thieves, and even a taser-wielding librarian! Read on! Read more...

TechCrunch / 23min
A lawsuit over App Store abuses has been given the green light to proceed, at least on some fronts. The case, filed in California’s Superior Court in Santa Clara County last March , hails from app developer and former Pinterest engineer, Kosta Eleftheriou, who claims his keyboard app FlickType was initially unfairly rejected from Apple’s App Store, then later targeted by scammers once approved, l

Mashable / 23min
Writing is a much-prized skill and a difficult one to master and, while some are naturally gifted in stringing sentences together, we all need to take the time to learn the craft. Whether you want to write your first novel , pen a poignant poem, pull together a screenplay, or create better business content, there is a free, online course out there to help. We've rounded up a list of free, online

Shohei Ohtani MLB 22 Xbox•
Engadget / 24min
MLB The Show 22 will arrive on April 5th and, for the first time in the series, you'll be able to play on Nintendo Switch. There will be full cross-platform support between Switch, PlayStation and Xbox. You'll be able to transfer Road to the Show or Franchise save files between platforms and have access to items across various consoles (though Xbox Series X/S and PS5-exclusive content will remain

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If you've been on the market for a brand new graphics card recently, there's a pretty good chance that you've either not been able to get one at all, or if you have, you've paid an absurdly high price for it. Ever since Nvidia and AMD launched their recent GPU generations, graphics cards have been both absurdly expensive and incredibly hard to find, thanks to a global silicon shortage. But now th

SlashGear / 33min
Chris Davies / SlashGear Ford disappointed customers when it revealed it would be suspending orders for its all-new, hybrid Ford Maverick pickup truck. Since its debut, the truck has been such a hit that January 27, 2022 was the last day to order one — at least for now, Fox News reports. Ford unveiled the Maverick in June 2021, a compact pickup truck that … Continue reading

Sony Destiny Bungie•
Ars Technica / 36min
Enlarge / Well, we didn't necessarily see this one coming. (credit: Aurich Lawson | Sony | Bungie) After Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard King , talk turned to how Sony and its PlayStation division would deal with the fallout of the purchase. If the Xbox becomes the exclusive home of Call of Duty games, would Sony be left out of the megaton first-person shooter space? Would Sony fir

Chase and Air Canada just launched the U.S. co-brand card for the big Star Alliance airline up north: the Aeroplan World Elite Mastercard. They could have done what everyone else does, offer 3-2-1 earning with accelerators in categories they hope you'll think you'll spend in but won't really and then throw in free checked bags and call it a day. They didn't do that. They made the card really inte

How-To Geek / 44min
Whether someone isn’t worthy of your connection anymore, or you are close to hitting your connection limit, it’s easy to remove connections from your LinkedIn profile. Here’s how to do that on desktop and mobile. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

It’s Jan. 31. Not only does that mean we’re already a month into the new year, but it’s also time to take inventory of any expiring benefits and rewards you might still have. There are a number of benefits and rewards that reset tomorrow – not only because it’s the last day of the month, but also because it’s the end of the status year with several loyalty programs. There are perks expiring for D

Lifehacker / 48min
For a number of reasons, living during a global pandemic for nearly two years has caused a lot of people to rethink their life choices—including their current job. These aren’t all necessarily people looking for a career change, or to follow whatever they see as their “true calling.” It also includes those who now… Read more...

Sony Destiny Bungie•
SlashGear / 55min
PlayStation/Bungie Another day, another industry-shattering gaming acquisition. Just weeks after Microsoft announced its intent to purchase Activision Blizzard, Sony has now announced that it’s acquiring Bungie, the studio behind Destiny and Destiny 2. This is an interesting deal for several reasons, but the biggest is that it appears Bungie will retain a higher degree of independence than most a

How-To Geek / 58min
Microsoft and Sony seem to be on a purchasing spree, and Sony is set to add Destiny 2 developers Bungie to its crew. Sony will spend a whopping $3.6 billion to bring Bungie to its collection of first-party developers. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Hazelight Takes Two•
Engadget / 1h
Hazelight Studios and Sonic the Hedgehog production company dj2 Entertainment are aiming to turn It Takes Two into a movie or TV show. Pat Casey and Josh Miller, who wrote both Sonic movies, are onboard to adapt the co-op game for the big or small screen. Although no studio or network has snapped up the project just yet, Variety reports that a bidding war is underway. “Creating the world and stor

Beijing Winter Olympic•
81Futurism / 1h
How does one hold the Winter Olympics when “winter” as we knew it is changing for the worse? Melting snow, high winds, and the many other ills of climate change are on the minds of Olympians and scientists alike as the world gears up for the Beijing Olympics, which are taking place not only on the eighth hottest consecutive year on record , but also, of course, during the still-raging COVID-19 pa

Rogan Spotify Neil Young•
200+Futurism / 1h
Reality-TV-host-turned-podcaster Joe Rogan is on yet another apology tour. Days after artists including Neil Young and Joni Mitchell pulled their music off Spotify due prevalent COVID-19 misinformation on the platform, Rogan has apologized for the controversy his podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” has created. He posted a video on his Instagram on Sunday wherein he addressed the criticism that hi

Sony Destiny Bungie•
PlayStation maker Sony announced on Monday plans to acquire Bungie for $3.6 billion – an enormous acquisition likely to shake up the gaming universe. The announcement followed hot on the heels of the startling news last week that Xbox manufacturer Microsoft planned to take over Activision Blizzard – so the Japanese company countered with its own major gaming acquisition. The game development stud

Gizmodo / 1h
Being cast as Batman isn’t the same as being cast as most other characters. There’s a never-ending legacy to it. A long and storied tradition . And that’s something the new Batman, Robert Pattinson, not only is aware of, but relishes. Speaking to Total Film Magazine about the March 4 release of The Batman , Pattinson… Read more...

Sony Destiny Bungie•
Bungie, the studio responsible for the creation of Halo and Destiny , two of the gaming world’s biggest franchises, has been acquired by Sony. It’s part of a consolidation and turf war being waged as the next generation of gaming (and the metaverse, whatever that is) builds up steam. The news was announced by both companies Monday morning (with industry sleuth Jason Schreier reporting early ) and

We’ve all been there. You’re on a first date, or in a meeting, or trying to be a considerate airplane passenger—whatever the reason, you’re holding in a fart. Sure, it’s uncomfortable—but could it be dangerous to your health? Could not passing gas cause you to pass away? Could you die by “ silent but deadly ?” (Okay,… Read more...

Engadget / 1h
If you've noticed that Apple's two-factor authentication texts include much more extra text than you're used to, don't fret — there's a good reason for it. As Macworld explains , Apple has implemented a previously proposed system that uses domain-bound codes for sign-ins. The extra tags (such as " #123456") are meant to improve the trustworthiness of autofilling text codes in

Whether you’re an everyday traveler or a world-class Olympic athlete, we’re all searching for a better night of sleep. Luckily for Olympians heading to Beijing and World of Hyatt members looking for a “suite” deal, new smart technology can help you get the gold medal when it comes to some serious shut-eye. Believe it or not, the Winter Olympics are kicking off this Friday, Feb. 4 in Beijing, with

Enlarge (credit: Scott Weady ) You would think that understanding something as common as melting ice would be relatively easy. But water is a peculiar substance, and that makes it very hard to predict how ice will melt. A lot of that unpredictability has been attributed to water flowing around the ice (as seen in sea currents flowing around icebergs, for example). Still, understanding melting is

Mashable / 1h
SAVE $230 : Bring the (mini) laundromat to you with the Costway Full Automatic Washing Machine and Spinner, which is on sale for $229.99 at Walmart as of Jan. 31. Sick of lugging your laundry up and down the steps of your fifth-floor walk-up? A portable washing machine could be a good investment. As of Jan. 31, the Costway Full Automatic Washing Machine and Spinner is on sale for just $229.99 at

Qatar Airways Boeing•
It’s a done deal — Qatar Airways has just placed a huge order with Boeing, worth up to $34 billion at list prices. Not only will Qatar Airways become the launch customer for the Boeing 777X freighter, but the airline has also ordered the Boeing 737 MAX. Qatar Airways orders up to 102 Boeing jets Qatar Airways and Boeing have just reached an agreement for up to 100 aircraft, including the followin

othmeralia : This book plate of Dr. A. Frank was designed by Richard Scholz. Richard Scholz was a German illustrator best known for children’s books including Hansel and Gretel. He lived from 1860 to 1939. Dr. A. Frank is Dr. Adolph Frank (1834-1916), a German-Jew chemist, engineer, and businessman. He is best known for having discovered uses of potash ( a mixture of potassium hydroxide and potas

Sony Destiny Bungie•
Engadget / 1h
Sony has plans to acquire Bungie , the studio behind the hit sci-fi MMO Destiny , in a deal worth $3.6 billion. Bungie will join the Sony Interactive Entertainment family, which includes Insomniac Games, Naughty Dog, Guerrilla Games, Sucker Punch Productions, Bluepoint Games and a handful of other prominent studios. Bungie is positioning the acquisition as the start of a new era for the company —

Spotify Afford Joe Rogan•
The controversy is different, in many ways, from the other conflicts between online stars and the companies that give them a platform.

Gizmodo / 1h
An international team of scientists says all-female termite colonies from Japan are the result of accidental hybridization, and that their highly robust nature makes them an ecological threat. Read more...

Did you accidentally delete an important text message on your Android phone? If so, you can try to recover your message using a Google Drive backup (if you have one) or a third-party method. We’ll show you the available ways. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

You’re not the only one who’s having trouble paying an Apple Card balance. Many Apple Card customers are now encountering an “Account Services Unavailable” error when trying to pay their monthly bill, including writers here at Review Geek. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Several leaks suggest that Google is preparing to release its biggest overhaul to Android Auto and the first major design change since 2019. It looks like Google wants to offer improved multi-tasking, ditch the status bar, and use a split-screen mode similar to the CarPlay dashboard. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Meta Avatars Facebook•
Engadget / 1h
If the company formerly known as Facebook is going to help establish the metaverse , it's going to need virtual personas that are consistent across its apps — and it now has just that. As of today, Meta is rolling out updated 3D avatars to Facebook, Messenger and Instagram (via DMs and Stories). The new design lets you bring the same avatar across Meta's platforms, including VR — you can maintain

Good sleep is vital, and for that you need a comfy place to rest at night. If you want that ‘place’ to be a luxury handcrafted Saatva mattress without the luxe price tag, then this deal is for you: save $250 on orders of $1,000 or more at Saatva thanks to our exclusive discount. It's available to use as of now until 6 February. You can use this $250 saving on any Saatva product as long as your to

Spotify is the leading music streaming service, but its Premium membership might not be for everyone. Maybe you have a better deal with Apple Music or Amazon Prime Music. Maybe you don’t want to support Spotify because of the Joe Rogan fiasco . No matter your reason is, if you’re looking to break up with Spotify, the… Read more...

Enlarge (credit: BOE/ ) Monitors with high refresh rates are able to depict fast-paced action more smoothly than standard 60 Hz monitors. Today's screens can go as high as 360 Hz, but BOE, a Chinese electronics company, is working on increasing speeds to 500 Hz. And it has the prototype to prove it. Today's PC monitors typically use a thin film transistor (TFT) array made with amorphous s

JFK Hundreds JetBlue Hours•
It was a snowy weekend for much of the Northeast, but once the blizzard ended, JetBlue‘s operation had a tough time digging out. The New York-based carrier suffered a big disruption in its New York-JFK hub on Sunday as airlines worked to recover from the storm. As the afternoon progressed, the airline had a big backup of arriving flights that didn’t have available gates or traffic marshallers to

Mashable / 1h
Researchers at University of Cambridge developed non-toxic glitter that's made from cellulose found in plants, fruits, and vegetables.

25TechCrunch / 1h
We’re in the business of talking to very impressive people who are working to solve incredibly tough problems— but Elizabeth Ruzzo, founder and CEO of adyn, may be one of the most impressive yet. Not only did she develop the only test for women to ensure they are prescribed the birth control that will be the least likely to have detrimental side effects, she also founded the company and fundraise

Gizmodo / 1h
Fallout from a devastating tropical storm that hit several countries in southern Africa is building as the death count continues to rise and communities struggle to recover. The death toll from Tropical Storm Ana, which blew through Madagascar, Mozambique, and Malawi last week, stood at nearly 80 on Monday, while… Read more...

Gran Turismo 7 SoP•
SlashGear / 1h
PlayStation With all of the hubbub surrounding games like Horizon Forbidden West and God of War: Ragnarok, it was starting to feel a little bit like Gran Turismo 7 was getting lost in the noise. Sony is aiming to bring the game back to the forefront with a new State of Play dedicated entirely to Gran Turismo 7. If you’re a … Continue reading

SlashGear / 1h
Nando Costa/Microsoft Windows 11 users rejoice: things are about to get a lot more colorful. Nando Costa, one of Microsoft’s designers, shared a LinkedIn post that teases what the team is currently working on. It seems that a much-needed emoji update is on the agenda, finally bringing the existing emoji up-to-snuff with a refreshed 3D design. This may not seem like huge … Continue reading

Ember Cardinal Health•
Last year, Ember outlined one of the more fascinating expansions of recent vintage we’ve seen in the hardware space. Primarily known for its smart mugs designed to keep their contents hot, the firm took a long, hard look at the cold chain — specifically, the transport of medicine across distances. What began as a conversation was bolstered by a $23.5 million raise last year, and now the firm has

200+Futurism / 2h
Eau de Space NASA astronaut Victor Glover sat down for a chat with Hollywood actor Tom Cruise to prepare him for what it’s really like to spend time on board the International Space Station — and it sounds like a surprisingly nose-crinkling experience. Glover, who was part of the first operational crew mission to the ISS on board SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft in November 2020, gave Cruise sever

Netflix Boy Season 4•
Top Boy season 4 – sorry, season 2 – has finally been given a release date on Netflix. Per the streamer’s StrongBlackLead Twitter account, the hit drama will return on March 18, 2022. And, like most other Netflix series , we expect new episodes to arrive en masse on that date – meaning you won’t have to wait between watches. So, why the confusion between seasons? Well, Top Boy’s first two seasons

Pokémon Legends: Arceus turns the video game series on its head in more ways than one. and from its open-world concept to the redesigned way you interact with wild Pokémon, plenty of these changes are for the better. And one of the biggest isn’t obvious, but might dramatically affect the way you catch Pokémon from… Read more...

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information. You can redeem for high-quality hotels using relatively few points with the Wyndham Rewards program. After all, you’ll pay no more than 30,000 Wyndham Rewards points per bedroom per night. This means you can get a lot of value from Wyndham Rewards points, especially compared with the high award night costs in other hotel loyalty prog

Netflix Texas Leatherface•
Mashable / 2h
The best horror movie villains never die, do they? After 50 years in hiding, the dreaded Leatherface is back to terrorize with Netflix's Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot. History may have forgotten Leatherface, but Sally Hardesty (now played by Olwen Fouéré) hasn't. And she's not letting him get away this time. David Blue Garcia directs the reboot, written by Chris Thomas Devlin and with a story by

Rogan Spotify Neil Young•
The controversy is different, in many ways, from the other conflicts between online stars and the companies that give them a platform.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and Amazon is here to help with fantastic deals on Fitbit's best-selling activity trackers. For a limited time, the tech giant has the record-low prices on the Fitbit Luxe, which is on sale for $99.95 (was $149.95), and the Fitbit Versa 3 marked down to $179.95 (was $229.95). Released last year, the Fitbit Luxe features a slim and stylish design, so it l

Witcher Gwent Game•
Engadget / 2h
A single-player version of the card game Gwent is in the works. CD Projekt Red said the standalone title, which is currently codenamed Project Golden Nekker, will be released this year. Although the developer has already released a single-player component of Gwent called Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tale s , it says the upcoming game will be a distinct experience. “It’s not another Witcher Tales bu

u-mspcoll : Newly featured on the Islamic Manuscript Studies research guide — a selection of resources for the study of watermarks , especially useful for Islamic manuscript cultural contexts. A selection of these resources was first published 5 September 2012 on a retired blog platform and subsequently enhanced and updated. Read more!

Hotel credit cards are among the most underrated credit cards out there, given the perks that they can offer, including elite status and free nights . While I’ve historically been primarily loyal to Hyatt and Marriott , Hilton has grown on me a lot in recent years, thanks to the number of new luxury hotels the group has opened, and also thanks to how easy it is to earn points and status with Hilt

Mobile users of Microsoft Teams may no longer need to worry about making unfortunate typing errors thanks to a new update. The collaboration and video conferencing platform will soon receive predictive text features to its mobile app, a new entry in the Microsoft product roadmap shows. The new addition should make it harder to make spelling or grammatical errors when typing on the go, particularl

After what's felt like the longest month imaginable, we've finally waved goodbye to January. And, while the first month of 2022 was filled with plenty of movies and TV shows to stream, February is promising to deliver a similarly packed schedule. Curiously, there aren't many new films launching on the world's biggest streamers in the coming weeks. That means there won't be many new entries to pot

Engadget / 2h
Respawn is continuing to expand Apex Legends beyond its battle royale roots . The studio is launching its first big team mode, Control, as a limited-time feature available starting February 8th. The mode will sound familiar if you've played Destiny 's Control or other hold-the-points gameplay formats. Two teams of nine players each vie to capture and keep up to three zones, with infinite respawns

Outdoor space is always a good thing in a home. No matter how nice your interiors are, human beings are animals, and as such, we are meant to roam free with the wind in our hair. While typical suburban homes often have a sizeable backyard, and some rural homes come with plenty of acreage to enjoy, the more urban your… Read more...

Spotify Rogan COVID•
Enlarge / Joe Rogan. (credit: Dylan Buell/Getty Images) Spotify publicly posted its platform policies for the first time on Sunday following artists’ outrage over COVID-related episodes of Joe Rogan’s podcast. The policies , which previously weren’t known to the public, offer podcasters and musicians wide latitude over what they can stream on Spotify. They’re similar to the approaches used by oth

A coalition of 35 state attorneys general is supporting the Fortnite-maker's appeal against an in-app purchases ruling.

Google Pixel phones generally get updates before other Android devices, but that’s not always the case. There are times when you may want to manually install a firmware update before it arrives over the air. We’ll show you how to sideload an OTA update on Pixels. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Now is the perfect time to upgrade your home theater setup, thanks to these uber-cool deals on the Roku Streambar and Roku Streambar Pro. These soundbars are already budget-friendly, but now they’re at the lowest price we’ve seen. Grab ’em before they’re gone! [match for the lowest price we’ve seen // both the soundbars are on sale til 2/12 Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Today is the last day for Delta Platinum and Diamond Medallion elites to pick their Choice Benefits for the 2021 Medallion year. Delta elites have until Jan. 31, 2022, to pick these benefits. As a refresher, these are awarded to Delta Platinum and Diamond elites after earning or requalifying for elite status. Delta also gave 2021 Choice Benefits to members who had elite status extended during the

There's a common theme in all of this: taking care of guests, whether they're infrequent (through use of small points to make stays better) to the most frequent (who have a truly seamless experience, and extending out into their air travel and not just hotels). That's what I value most in a hotel chain, and something that I think all of them can aspire to. The new Shangri-La Circle, then, makes a

100+Gizmodo / 2h
Leonardo da Vinci is best known for works like the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, but what you might not know is that in the 1480s—hundreds of years before the first flight—the polymath sketched a design for an aircraft. Lacking the right materials, da Vinci never built or tested the helicopter-like device, leaving us… Read more...

We’ve all been psyched to dig into some Kosher baby dills or fresh jam, but after twisting, grunting, and vowing I will not ask for help, I can do this myself, we realize our meager hands aren’t cutting it . Many of us reach for a silicone grip, a jar-opening kitchen gadget, or try to create friction with a dish towel.… Read more...

Every VR fan seems to love the Oculus Quest 2, and their love has generated some pretty powerful brand recognition. However, that’s not going to stop Meta, as the company is rebranding its beloved headset to the Meta Quest, which is an interesting choice, to say the least. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Thank goodness—Windows 11’s emoji could finally get the update they deserve. Microsoft distinguished designer Nando Costa now confirms that the company is still working on 3D “Fluent Design” emoji for Windows 11. These 3D emoji will replace the boring 2D emoji that Microsoft introduced to Windows 11 last year—in some apps, at least. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

100+TechCrunch / 3h
Ryan Breslow, who founded the “one-click” checkout tech company Bolt as a Stanford student and dropped out of college to build it, is stepping away as the company’s CEO seven years into his reign. Breslow, who says the decision is his own, is being replaced as CEO by Maju Kuruvilla, who joined the company as its chief product and technology officer in 2019 and became its COO in August of last yea

21TechCrunch / 3h
Are you a numbers nerd? A people person? In either case, there’s a TechCrunch podcast for you. TechCrunch’s premier (only) podcasts Equity and Found are kicking off 2022 with live recordings of the shows starting in February. Listeners can catch the live recordings on YouTube, Facebook or (to get even more involved) chat directly with the hosts by registering on Hopin. Here’s a look at the schedu

59Gizmodo / 3h
As convenient as self-checkout machines can be for quickly getting out of a store, they’re also a convenient way to expose yourself to a touchscreen that thousands of others have used. To make the machines more sanitary, some 7-Eleven stores in Japan will be installing floating holographic displays that work without… Read more...

Futurism / 3h
While Dyson doesn’t only make vacuums, it may be the product many consumers recognize the company by. Who can forget the classic early ‘00s commercial featuring founder John Dyson landing on the scene with his bright yellow vacuum cleaner? He opened by dragging modern vacuum engineering conventions and presenting a new device that Dyson claimed “doesn’t lose suction.” He was right, though these s

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch•
500+Futurism / 3h
Cruise Control While most Florida cruise ships are content with the same old boring routes to the Caribbean or Mexico, one decided to go rogue recently and check out a SpaceX launch zone — and completely disrupted a mission in the process. SpaceX was forced to scrub a launch after a cruise liner from Port Canaveral, Florida wandered into the launch exclusion zone on Sunday evening, CBS News space

82Gizmodo / 3h
Just like their murderous stars, you can’t keep a venerable horror franchise dead for long. In fact, it’s only been five years since chainsaw-enthusiast Leatherface appeared on screen in 2017's Leatherface , which served as a prequel to the original 1974 film. Now he’s back , and ready to slaughter the real enemy:… Read more...

100+The Points Guy / 3h
Feb. 1 marks the start of the Lunar New Year, when people across the world typically gather to celebrate the largest annual holiday for many Asian cultures from China to Vietnam to Tibet. This year they are celebrating the Year of the Tiger. Although many Asian countries are closed to tourists currently, in-person celebrations across the U.S. have resumed after two years of largely virtual celebr

Netflix Texas Leatherface•
Netflix has finally released the official trailer for its Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel – giving our first proper, blood-soaked look at Leatherface in 2022. A direct sequel to 1974’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (note the space), this ninth installment in the long-running horror franchise will see the famous killer wreaking his customary havoc on a group of unsuspecting millennials in a Texas gh

Uncharted Legacy PS5•
The Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is a timely reminder of just how great Nate and Chloe's adventures were all those years ago. However, the upgraded collection is also the perfect showcase of how the PS5 's unique features can substantially impact the overall experience. And boy, do they make a difference. Both games now include a 60fps ‘performance’ mode and 120fps ‘performance plus’ m

Microsoft Windows Hours•
Microsoft has published guidance on the conditions that might lead to someone missing out on all-important Windows 10 and Windows 11 updates. As explained in a new blog post , the company has discovered that Windows devices that spend too little time powered up and connected to the internet will often fail to meet the criteria for a successful update. “Specifically, data shows that devices need a

Skoda Enyaq Coupe vRS•
The Skoda Enyaq Coupé IV is the latest electric car from the Czech firm, and it's even available in a sportier RS trim too. It's not strictly an all-new EV, as the Coupé IV offering a new body type over its traditional SUV sibling with its sweeping roof-line giving it a more dynamic aesthetic - similar to what Audi has done with the etron and etron Sportback . However, it's the sportier RS IV whi

Witcher Gwent Game•
The Witcher 3’s competitive card game Gwent is being adapted into a new, single-player, standalone game for release later this year. The card game, codenamed Project Golden Nekker, is in development at CD Projekt Red’s in-house Gwent team, and aims to be notably different from past iterations of the card game, IGN says in its reveal of the game. That description sounds similar to 2018’s Thronebre

Pinterest AR Try Home•
A new Pinterest feature will allow consumers to see what furniture or other home décor items will look like in their own home, using augmented reality (AR). Similar technology has already been put into place by major retailers, like Amazon , IKEA or Wayfair , as well as others in the home design space, like Houzz . In Pinterest’s case, it’s working with a select group of U.S. retailers including

Whether you’re waiting for your free at-home COVID-19 tests from the government to arrive in the mail, or you’ve already stocked up and have a few sitting around, you should know that how—and more importantly, where—you store these rapid tests matters. Read more...

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Enlarge / China's Tianwen-1 spacecraft flies above Mars. (credit: CNSA) China celebrates the start of a new year on Tuesday—it will be the Year of the Tiger—and on the eve of the holiday, the Chinese space program sent a special message from the red planet. The country's Tianwen-1 spacecraft, which has been in orbit around Mars for nearly one year, captured a "selfie" video that shows the craft p

United Explorer Card overview The United Explorer Card isn’t your average airline credit card. It’s packed with premium perks such as an up-to-$100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee statement credit, two annual one-time lounge passes and free checked bags — easily justifying its modest $95 annual fee (which is even lowered to a $0 introductory rate for the first year). Card rating*: ⭐⭐

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Paramount It’s been a long, long time coming, but we finally have the first trailer for the upcoming Halo TV series. After a teaser trailer and first look revealed some characters and locations last year, this time we get to see the Master Chief in all his glory. He isn’t alone, either, as this new trailer reveals a number of characters … Continue reading

You know how time-consuming repetitive tasks can be. If you find yourself recreating the same table repeatedly in your Word documents, why not automate that job? Using a macro, you can make the table once and reuse it easily. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Microsoft and Paramount+ are bringing the long-awaited live-action Halo series out, and the show finally has a release date. We won’t have to wait long, as the show is slated to air on Paramount+ starting March 24, 2022. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Hello and welcome back to Equity , a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This Monday show actually felt a bit old-school, in that the weekend controversy in tech has spilled over into the working morning, meaning that we need to talk about it. But first, markets: After the somewhat punishing start to last week, today’s trading is so

Spotify Rogan COVID•
In a blog post yesterday , Spotify CEO Daniel Ek addressed mounting controversy over health misinformation. After Spotify pulled Neil Young and Joni Mitchell’s music over protest of the company’s deal with podcast monolith Joe Rogan, the executive conceded that the company hasn’t “been transparent around the policies that guide our content more broadly.” Ek added that Spotify is working to add co

Less than a year after the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Summer Olympics, the 2022 Winter Olympics are set to take place in Beijing, China, on February 4-20. They will be broadcast in the U.S. on NBC and its affiliated networks. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Young Spotify Rogan•
Regardless of which podcasts you enjoy listening to, you should have caught wind of the Joe Rogan situation by now. The Rogan-related Spotify saga has been burning long enough now that it’s worth taking a moment to sit back, consider the larger picture, and try to piece together the economic forces behind the kerfuffle. This morning, let’s talk about platforms, publishers, market reactions, and h

Engadget / 4h
Game day is right around the corner, which means it’s one of the best times of the year to upgrade your TV. Aside from the holiday shopping season, the few weeks leading up to the Super Bowl have some of the best TV deals you’ll find throughout the year. Sets from Samsung, LG, Hisense and others can be hundreds of dollars off and you can even find devices like soundbars and streamers for less, to

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Brain Power Trouble is still brewing at Neuralink. Despite co-founder Elon Musk’s insistence that the brain-computer interface startup will be headed to human trials later this year, many experts aren’t so sure . Now, several former employees have spoken to Fortune about just how dysfunctional it is at the company — casting even more doubt on Musk’s ambitious goals this year. Six former Neuralink

Elden Ring Miyazaki•
If there's one environment that FromSoftware fans almost universally groan at, it's the poison swamp. The controversial biome has made an appearance in almost every Soulsborne title to date, including the Dark Souls' Blighttown, Dark Souls 3 's Farron Keep and Demon's Souls ' dreaded Valley of Defilement. The poison swamp, then, is the bane of many a Souls player's existence, but it turns out the

Microsoft Edge Security•
Microsoft is looking to give its web browser a significant security upgrade with the release of a new build featuring some useful protection updates. The company has revealed that Microsoft Edge v.98 will offer a boosted browsing experience that puts safety and security at the forefront, as well as "giving you an extra layer of protection when browsing the web." This will allow users to "enhance

Samsung Galaxy S22•
If you were hoping to be able to get a Samsung Galaxy S22 in your hands shortly after the February 9 announcement then you might be out of luck, as according to the latest leak the phone might not ship until over a month later. That’s according to Jon Prosser , a leaker with a mixed track record, but who has often been right in recent months. Prosser claims that the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy

Public displays of affection have long been a touchy topic, pun intended. Some people just have handsy, exhibitionist tendencies while others are horrified by the idea of copping any type of feel in public. Since the world has opened up post-lockdowns—with a few starts and stops along the way—and we have reemerged… Read more...

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Virgin Atlantic ’s new Valentine’s Day sweepstakes, “Tickets to Love,” offers single Americans the opportunity to fly across the Atlantic in the airline’s Upper Class to find romance in London . Sign up for our daily newsletter for more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox. Virgin Atlantic. (Photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy) The airline says its own research shows 69% of single Ameri

Link: Apply now for the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card (this is the best publicly available offer for the card, and we appreciate your support if you use our link) In late 2021 we saw the launch of the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card , which is Capital One’s new premium credit card. While the card has a $395 annual fee, there are so many reasons to get this card , from the we

Land Range Rover SV•
SlashGear / 4h
Images: Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Land Rover has announced the base prices for its top-of-the-line Range Rover SV and Range Rover Extended-Range PHEV. The ultra-luxurious Range Rover SV starts at $188,200, while the long-wheelbase variant is at $212,550 (pricing includes $1,350 destination fees). Those are huge figures for a luxury SUV, but the Range Rover SV has an extensive array of bespoke exter

Tesla Supercharger•
Engadget / 4h
Starting today, owners of non-Tesla electric vehicles can juice up their batteries at select Superchargers in France and Norway. Drivers can find eligible locations in the Tesla app. Based on screenshots Tesla shared, there are 20 such sites in France and 15 in Norway. Non-Tesla vehicles can now charge at select Superchargers in France and Norway via the Tesla app. Learn more at

James M. Vaughn Jr., wielding a fortune, argues that he brought about the Fermat breakthrough after the best and brightest had failed for centuries to solve the puzzle.

The mathematicians who toiled on the famous enigma also devised powerful forms of end-to-end encryption.

twixnmix : Aretha Franklin at the 3rd Annual American Music Awards on January 31, 1976.

Today's gaming laptop deals at UK retailer Box are offering a whopping £900 price cut on the latest Razer Blade Stealth 13 - a real bargain if you're looking for a highly portable machine that will handle gaming on the go. Retailing for £999 (was £1,899.97) means you're paying almost half the price here for this 2021 model, which features an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, GTX 1650 Ti graphics ca

Virgin Media O2 VM•
The parent companies of Virgin Media O2 are reportedly seeking external investors to help fund the rollout of full fibre infrastructure to as many as seven million properties currently unserved by its cable network. Liberty Global and Telefonica merged their UK assets in a £31 billion transaction last year and every one of the 15.5 million homes and businesses served by its cable network can now

100+Gizmodo / 4h
Insects are cool (if you look past all the legs). They break down dead things by eating them and pollinate plants so that we can grow enough crops to feed the world. Conservation encourages us to protect wildlife, especially bugs that are now looking down the barrel of an insect apocalypse . Read more...

Pinterest Augmented•
Engadget / 4h
Pinterest is expanding its augmented reality “try on” feature to home furniture. With the update, users will be able to preview how furniture and other home decor will look in their space. The company has teamed up with major retailers, including Wayfair, Crate & Barrel, Macy’s and Target, which have made more than 20,000 products to the service. And, like Pinterest’s earlier AR try-on features f

SlashGear / 4h
Michael S. Schwartz/Getty Images The controversy over the Spotify exclusive podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, has been dominating news headlines the past week. It began unfolding after legendary rocker Neil Young called on Spotify to either pull The Joe Rogan Experience podcast or his music. Spotify has decided to stick with Joe Rogan, perhaps unsurprisingly, as the show is its most popular podc

When you think about freeing up storage space on your iPhone, iMessage may be one of the last things that comes to mind. However, the service tends to take up a deceptively large amount of storage space on your iPhone and on iCloud because we use it all the time to send photos, videos, and other large attachments—it… Read more...

I've argued for a year that the time to expect mask mandates to be lifted for planes would be before the mid term elections . It's not case counts or hospitalization that will drive an end to pandemic rules, as much as political necessity. This is what betting markets are predicting, too. Continue reading ...

Freezing temperatures, bulky gear and a learning curve to figure out how to make it down the mountain in one piece may sound more like the opening setup of a survival story than a family vacation, but those are indeed some of the components of a family ski trip . While I’m a big fan of waterslides , roller coasters, swim-up smoothie bars and relaxing resorts, after 12 years of taking a wide varie

Purely Elizabeth $50M•
It’s been a 12-year journey for Purely Elizabeth founder Elizabeth Stein, and based on her plans for the company’s next phase, she is just getting started. Stein, who began her career as a holistic nutrition counselor, started the company in 2009 after going back to school and learning about superfood ingredients and food as medicine, a concept that wasn’t as popular then as it is now. “It felt l

Microsoft had everyone excited when it showed off the 3D emoji in Windows 11, but they never made it to the final Windows 11 version. However, it appears that the company isn’t ready to give up on them yet, according to a Microsoft designer. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Why settle for crappy audio? To complement its line of Gorillapods and other mounting devices, Joby now sells high-end microphones for shooting video, podcasting, or performing interviews. Some of these mics are quite customizable, while others are more plug-and-play. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

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Every new technology has attracted scam artists throughout history. But the cryptocurrency space is particularly infested with fraud at the moment. Read more...

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Chevrolet Chevrolet probably didn’t predict that an adventurous cat would somehow overshadow its trucks and SUVs, but it knows a feline star when it sees one. Now Walter the cat is back, making a second appearance alongside the 2022 Chevy Silverado to prove that winter weather needn’t be a problem whether you’ve got all-wheel drive or just four paws. The commercial … Continue reading

Halo Cortana Trailer•
The official Halo TV show trailer has finally arrived – and fans have had plenty to say about Cortana's new look in the live-action series. Debuted during halftime of the AFC Championship game on Sunday (January 30), the trailer gave us our first detailed look at Halo's TV adaptation. And, for the most part, it looks pretty good, even if some creative liberties have been taken with its plot and s

Final Fantasy 7 FFV•
More Final Fantasy VII spin-off games are in development at Square Enix, the publisher has teased. Celebrating the game’s 25th anniversary, Square Enix shared a message from the Final Fantasy 7 director and its 2020 remake, which not only commemorated the game, but also hinted that more titles surrounding the game are currently being developed. “FFVII has re-emerged as the latest game in the seri

Apple App Store China•
Engadget / 5h
Grindr is still facing trouble in China. Bloomberg reports the gay dating app has disappeared from Apple's App Store in the country, with researchers at Qimai estimating the software was removed on January 27th. There was no immediate explanation for the departure, but it came just days after China's Cyberspace Administration launched a campaign to purge illegal online material, porn and rumors a

24Gizmodo / 5h
Another familiar face signs up for the Disney+ Santa Clause revival . Get a creepy glimpse at the new adaptation of The Midwich Cuckoos . Star Trek: Picard ’s showrunner teases the futures not told in season two’s time travel twists . Plus, what’s coming on Resident Alien and more. Spoilers, away! Read more...

Walmart Angi HS Services•
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Walmart is expanding into home services. The retailer today announced a new partnership with Angi ( previously Angie’s List), which will make service professionals available to Walmart customers in nearly 4,000 stores across all 50 states. When Walmart customers shop in-store or online, they’ll be able to also book an Angi professional for any of 150 common home projects, including flooring, pain

Lotus Electric Sports•
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Lotus Cars Limited British sports car maker Lotus has partnered with battery cell expert Britishvolt to fastrack “advanced EV technology” development. Commemorating this newest team-up is a design sketch of a new Lotus EV sports car, and it eerily resembles the most iconic Lotus of all: The Esprit. You probably heard of the Evija, a $2.15-million limited-edition hyper sports car of which only … C

It’s Monday morning, so let’s talk about disasters! This week’s disaster is the earthquake. These seismic catastrophes are the most deadly of all natural disasters. Read more...

I took a step out of my comfort zone recently when my husband and I vacationed at a luxury ranch in Montana. Living in the Bay Area and not considering myself an outdoorsy person, I didn’t know what to expect — least of all how much I’d love it. I tend to stick to what I know — like hotels with room service, on the beach or in a big city — and I try to stay at big-name hotels where I can redeem p

Halo Trailer March•
Enlarge / Master Chief leads Silver Team through the series' new "Silver" timeline. (credit: Paramount+) After years of teases, announcements, and false starts, a Halo TV series starring Master Chief is finally on the verge of existing—and its first substantial, dialogue-filled trailer landed on Sunday. The flashy, two-minute trailer arrived days after a major announcement last week from Halo 's

Mashable / 5h
TL;DR: As of Jan. 31, the Chargeworx 4-Piece Accessory Kit For Apple AirPods is on sale for $22.99 instead of their regular $49, which is a discount of 54%. You have a protective case on your iPhone , right? What about your MacBook? If you’re guarding your other Apple investments from destruction, you should probably look into protective gear for your AirPods as well. The Chargeworx Accessory Kit

Mashable / 5h
TL;DR: As of Jan. 31, The Mini Weighted Blanket is on sale for $126 instead of $149 — that's savings of 15%. A weighted blanket is a great gift for any time of the year. But for a day all about love, thrown in the middle of winter, it makes for an even better one. If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for your partner, parent, galentine, or even yourself (self-love, y’all), the Baloo Mini

In late 2021, we saw the introduction of the new Aeroplan® Credit Card . I’m a huge fan of the Air Canada Aeroplan program — even if you have no connection to Air Canada or Aeroplan, the program is fantastic for partner redemptions, and this card is worth being aware of. In this post I wanted to take an in-depth look at this awesome credit card. Aeroplan Credit Card welcome bonus The new Aeroplan

Intel Cinebench R23•
Intel’s incoming Core i9-12900KS , the supercharged version of the current Alder Lake flagship, has been spotted in a leaked benchmark. This was flagged up by hardware leaker HXL on Twitter (via VideoCardz ), with the benchmark purportedly coming from someone with an engineering sample (most likely) of the 12900KS processor , who had listed the CPU for sale on the Taobao marketplace in China. 129

GPU Fingerprinting•
Experts have revealed that a computer’s Graphics Processing Unit ( GPU ) can be used to track users across the web. A group of 10 researchers from universities in France, Israel, and Australia have published a report on a new "remote GPU fingerprinting” technique dubbed DrawnApart. Explained as plainly as possible, this uses a cross-platform API for rendering 3D graphics in the browser, called We

Joby New Wavo Rode•
Engadget / 5h
Joby is still better-known for its GorillaPods than any of its audio gear, but it's aiming to change that with a significantly expanded lineup. The company has introduced several microphones built for creatives like podcasters and streamers, and it's clearly chasing after incumbents like Blue and Rode. The Wavo Pod (pictured above), for instance, is a USB condenser microphone aimed at would-be Bl

41Wired / 5h
There are many ways to make your internet faster, but the specifics depend on what you’re willing to spend right now.

Legoland New York Resort in Goshen, N.Y., has set a 2022 season-opening date of April 8. With the reopening comes new attractions including a water playground and new holiday celebrations. Sign up for our daily newsletter for more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox. (Photo by Scott Mayerowitz/The Points Guy) There’s also updated pricing with multi-day vacation packages priced from $179

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S_E/Shutterstock Shopping for a new TV can be a bewildering affair with so many different choices on the market. Two of the most popular types of TVs are OLED and QLED TVs. Although they might appear to be similar based on their names, they are quite different technologies. Both have their respective advantages and disadvantages and generally traverse similar price points, … Continue reading

36Lifehacker / 5h
The first time I heard an ad for Noom—the so-called “anti-diet” weight-loss app—I was carrying more than a few extra post-anorexia pounds. The other things I carried far outweighed the weight gain: namely, a functioning brain and a fuller outlook on life and my self-worth. Still, I wasn’t exactly at peace with my… Read more...

Meta, Facebook’s parent company, has filed a number of patents for technology that would allow it to register Metaverse users’ facial expressions and use the extrapolated data to cater ads to them. Here’s how the technology will turn your face into cold hard cash. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

54How-To Geek / 5h
If you’ve ever encountered a house centipede you’d know it. They’re slender, silvery brown, and shockingly fast. Your first impulse would likely be to kill them on sight. But don’t! They’re the best bug to have in your home. Here’s why. Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

Are you a huge fan of Wordle and absolutely stuck today? Let me guess; you’re hanging out on guess four or five and feeling the pressure. We get it entirely: nothing feels worse than losing your streak. If you’re not ready to outright cheat, we have you covered with hints and today’s Wordle answer. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

31How-To Geek / 5h
Whole bean, pre-ground, the two types of coffee are right there next to each other on the shelf at the grocer. But there’s a big difference between the two, especially when it comes to the final product in your cup. Here’s what you need to know. Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

Engadget / 6h
If you're looking for a way to upgrade your TV setup before the big game without dropping too much money, one of Roku's soundbars could do the trick. Both the Streambar and the Streambar Pro are already competitively priced compared to other soundbars, but now you can get the Streambar Pro at its lowest price yet — only $150. The smaller Streambar has also been discounted to $100, but it's hovere

Elliott Vista Citrix•
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More consolidation is afoot in the world of IT to meet a new demand from enterprises for “one-stop shops” covering a wide range of needs in our hybrid world of work. Citrix , the long-in-the-tooth virtualization giant that had been making a slow transition into cloud computing, is being acquired by PE firms Vista Equity Partners and Evergreen Coast Capital (an affiliate of Elliott Investment Mana

Good news for those craving a trip to Marrakesh. The government of Morocco says airspace will reopen to international flights on Feb. 7. Morocco closed its borders on Nov. 29, 2021, suspending flights amid concerns over spread of the omicron variant. In a statement, the government said the decision to reopen had considered “the evolution of the epidemiological situation in the Kingdom.” Sign up f

Apple App Store China•
Apple's App Store is simultaneously the source of a huge amount of power for the company and annoyance for anyone trying to do anything outside of downloading pre-approved apps. Businesses, for example, have long been able to host internal apps using developer accounts but, as Facebook found , Apple often works in mysterious and sudden ways. That all could be about to change after MacRumors found


GT7 Turismo State of Play•
Engadget / 6h
Gran Turismo 7 , finally coming to the PS4 and PS5 on March 4th 2022 after significant delays, will be the focus of Sony's first State of Play in 2022. The event is set to stream at 5PM ET this Wednesday (February 2) and will feature "just over 30 minutes of new [ GT7 ] PS5 footage and gameplay details," Sony announced . Gran Turismo 7 takes center stage in an all-new State of Play, arriving Wedn

Mashable / 6h
Developed by Swedish company Eco Wave Power, these floating machines use waves to generate renewable energy. Biodegradable hydraulic fluid is built up and stored from the waves movement. Once the fluid is released it turns a hydraulic motor, effectively spinning up a generator to create electricity.

100+Mashable / 6h
Magic: The Gathering is packed full of fantasy elements, from spells and enchantments to angels and dragons. Now Wizards of the Coast is trying something completely different in the trading card game's next set: futuristic, neon-soaked sci-fi. Set in the Japanese-inspired Kamigawa plane, Magic 's upcoming expansion Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty takes place over 1200 years after it was last seen in 2005'

From our stacks: Illustration “Very savage.”, from the book Mary Bell; A Franconia Story . Jacob Abbott. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1850.

Australia sure has been an interesting country to watch during the pandemic. For nearly two years now, the country hasn’t welcomed visitors. There’s a light at the end of tunnel, as that should change soon. Australia nearing tourism reopening Australia’s borders first closed in early 2020, to curb the spread of coronavirus. Not only did the country not welcome visitors, but Australia also didn’t

Gaming Cheryl Savage•
28Wired / 6h
Trying to share game subscriptions with my spouse and kids is a headache. It doesn't have to be like this.

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Researchers are exploring whether tech giants can precompute certain data when the grid is humming with solar or wind power, then stash it away for later use.

Bayer Gandeeva AI $40M•
The field scientists once jokingly called “blobography” has come a long way. Cryogenic electron microscopy was formerly known for delivering amorphous images of biomolecules. Now it has become one of the highest fidelity methods available for viewing the body’s smallest building blocks. It’s also a key pillar of Gandeeva, a new biotech company that emerged from stealth on Monday with a $40 millio

The Garmin Forerunner 955 will be a top-end triathlon watch, following in the footsteps of the venerable Forerunner 945 , and we're rounding up all the latest news, rumors, and predictions for you right here. Details are scarce so far, but following the launch of the Garmin Forerunner 55 in 2021 and the long-awaited Fenix 7 in January 2022, it's surely only a matter of time before the 955 arrives

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 ...

Ford E-Transit Transit•
Engadget / 6h
While #vanlife makes for great Instagram posts, the reality is that vans are one of the backbones of many businesses. One of the most popular models in that market is Ford’s Transit van. So when the automaker announced that it would electrify the vehicle and add new telematic software, businesses like Amazon and Walmart perked up. We had a chance to drive the new electric E-Transit, and while thi

After multiple delays, one of the most anticipated new points hotels by Walt Disney World finally opened its doors last November. Having stayed at the Swan Reserve’s elder sister properties (the Swan and the Dolphin) near Epcot, I was interested to see how the Reserve stacked up. When TPG’s Summer Hull asked if I would tag along to test Disney’s new Genie+ service just a week after the hotel open

AllSpice , a collaborative hub designed for hardware development, came out of private beta on a mission to build a DevOps ecosystem inspired by GitHub. Founders Valentina Ratner (formerly Toll Villagra) and Kyle Dumont met at Harvard while both were getting a joint engineering master’s and MBA in 2019. They bonded over frustrations at their respective jobs in what seemed like a hardware industry

The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Our behavior at restaurants and venues has changed massively in the last two years because of the pandemic, but many of us have realized the huge advantages of being able to order via phones from the table, or even pay, instead of the usual “credit card dance”. French startup Sunday, which didn’t even exist in 2020, has raised large sums to allow people to easily pay and share the bill, freeing u

37Ars Technica / 7h
Enlarge / The MNT Reform, a boxy laptop built around maximally open-source hardware and software. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Specs at a glance: MNT Reform Screen 1920×1080 12.5-inch (176PPI) IPS screen OS Debian Linux CPU NXP/Freescale i.MX8MQ (1.5GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53) RAM 4GB GPU Vivante GC7000Lite Storage 32GB SD card, NVMe SSD optional Networking Optional 802.11n Wi-Fi, gigabit Ethern

From next month, Belgium's civil servants may not be contacted outside working hours.

Google Chrome Tabs•
In a future release of Google's web browser on Android, you'll be able to avoid the mistake of closing all your tabs at once, thanks to an additional message box to confirm if you want to go ahead with it. Google Chrome is the most widely-used web browser app on Android, mainly due to it being pre-installed on the majority of Android smartphones . But there may be an occasion when you've got mult

Southwest Airlines is feeling nostalgic. The airline celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021 , as it reached what its leadership sees as a crucial juncture in the airline’s evolution. Want more airline-specific news? Sign up for TPG’s free new biweekly Aviation newsletter! As it starts its 51st year, Southwest is making a big push for managed business travel; the airline is growing and revitalizi

Over the last decade, late-stage and crossover funds have faced sharper elbows from a wider number of non-traditional market participants that write checks to maturing but still-private companies. A lot of these firms have done well as their portfolio companies begin to trade publicly or get acquired. Still, it’s harder every year to stand out from the pack. That kind of heated competition may ex

Data Python AI 2022•
Protecting the security and integrity of data has become one of the bigger challenges for most companies nowadays, but unfortunately, employees don’t seem to be sharing the same sentiment, as data management practices for many of them are anything but secure. A report from Western Digital based on a poll of 737 data managers, and 1,467 data users across the UK, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Saud

Engadget / 7h
The tech news cycle has been dominated this weekend by Spotify as it continues to deal with the fallout from its decision to back Joe Rogan. Last week, Neil Young offered the streaming service an ultimatum, saying it either cracked down on COVID-19 misinformation, pumped out by Rogan’s podcast and others, or he’d quit. Spotify decided to back Rogan, which prompted Joni Mitchell to withdraw her mu

The next major revision of the Ethereum crypto network, often called “ETH 2.0,” promises to address some of its biggest criticisms, from high GPU prices to environmental pollution. Let’s take a look at the proposed changes and what they might mean for the future of crypto. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

81Wired / 7h
With so many extensive online selling and donation resources, there's no need to get bogged down.

78Wired / 7h
As an errant SpaceX rocket booster careens toward the moon, here are some of the ways space agencies and companies are trying to deal with huge pieces of debris.

100+Wired / 7h
From Microsoft to Meta, the race is on to sell an amorphous concept that no one really wants them to build.

Known for Port Wine and beautiful powdery beaches, Portugal is a country you should definitely consider visiting. Tap Air Portugal is offering affordable direct flights to its capital, Lisbon, from U.S. cities starting at $368 round-trip. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter . SecretFlying alerted us to this deal, available from February to Nove

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox . Hello readers: Welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. As always, you can email me at to share thoughts, criticism

70TechCrunch / 7h
As is commonly the case, data sets used inside companies almost always come from diverse sources and in different, unstructured formats. Connecting them up can lead to a very large headache. But if it can be done, there are all sorts of benefits, especially in finance, such as fraud detection, KYC/AML checks etc. This is a problem particularly faced by financial firms, but it could also be useful

Valve Steam Deck Linux•
We’re less than one month away from the launch of the Steam Deck , and it looks like players might now find it easier to take more than just their Steam library out on the go. The main selling point of the handheld PC is its portability - at the expense of performance (compared to a powerful gaming PC), players can enjoy their Steam library no matter where they are. However, PC game libraries are

Joby New Wavo Rode•
It may be best known for its Gorillapod tripods, but Joby has boosted its audio lineup in a big way with the launch of five new microphones for video creators. Collectively known as the Wavo range, the new mics sit across a range of price points and look like promising alternatives to the rival offerings we've seen from the likes of Rode, Sennheiser and Shure. Its flagship microphone is the Wavo

In the wake of the recent killing of two Canadian visitors in an outdoor dining area at a five-star hotel in Playa del Carmen on Jan. 21 and the fatal shooting of a bar manager days later at Mamita’s Beach Club six miles away, the U.S. Consulate General in Merida has issued a security alert for U.S. citizens traveling in the region. Sign up for our daily newsletter for more TPG news delivered eac

The American Express Centurion Card (often referred to simply as the “Black Card”) is probably the most famous credit card in the world. Talk about a hyped card, as it’s exclusively available to those who are invited, and a countless number of rap songs reference it. While I’m a fan of rap, I generally don’t recommend taking credit card advice from rappers. Most of us won’t ever be invited to app

GT7 Turismo State of Play•
Sony has announced that its next State of Play , and the first of 2022, will take place on February 2, with the event set to focus on the upcoming Gran Turismo 7 . Announced in a post on the PlayStation Blog, the special Gran Turismo 7 edition of State of Play will showcase "just over 30 minutes" of new PS5 footage, and gameplay details for the next entry in Polyphony Digital's racing series, wit

Cyberpunk 2077 PlayStation•
Cyberpunk 2077 may soon release on PS5 , according to one Twitter user who spotted the game in the PlayStation Network backend. Twitter account PlayStation Game Size has garnered a reputation for identifying the release dates and storage sizes of upcoming games by rummaging around the backend databases of the PlayStation store. From its latest datamine, it’s shared what looks to be a new piece of

Driving Zero Adoption•
Nothing drives the adoption of zero-trust network access ( ZTNA ) solutions like a good, old-fashioned, ransomware attack, a new report has claimed. Findings from Sophos saw awareness of ZTNA is much higher among those companies that had suffered a ransomware attack, than among those that hadn’t. Surveying 5,400 IT professionals, Sophos found those who’d been hit by ransomware are almost 50% more

Ford E-Transit Transit•
28Ars Technica / 8h
Enlarge / A trio of E-Transits in high and low roof configurations. (credit: Ford ) Ford provided two nights in a hotel and a flight from Washington DC to San Francisco so we could drive the new E-Transit. Ars does not accept paid editorial content. SONOMA, Calif.—The US commercial pickup market is often dominated by the many variations of Ford's F-series. But since 2014, Ford has had an alternat

Engadget / 8h
The cellular iPad Mini is a top choice for road warriors, offering 5G capability along with WiFi 6 so you can stay connected wherever you are. Given the desirability of that feature, however, it's rather expensive at $649 and we've rarely seen it go on sale. Luckily, if you've been eyeing one, it's now available at Amazon for $600 , or $49 off the regular price — the steepest discount we've seen

Chord Mojo 2 DAC Sound•
The best portable DAC we've tested has been given a follow up, and it could easily steal the crown from its predecessor if it lives up to its specs. The Chord Mojo 2 picks up where the original Chord Mojo left off, and comes with what the company calls a "world-first technology". Its lossless DSP (digital signal processor) apparently allows you to adjust the tone of the DAC to suit any pair of he

Fast 10 Jason Momoa•
Jason Momoa is reportedly in “final negotiations” to join Vin Diesel and his gearhead familia in Fast and Furious 10. According to a recent THR report, the Aquaman actor is poised to play the villain in the upcoming instalment – slated for release on May 19, 2023 – although Universal hasn’t yet commented on his role or casting. We heard last year that plans were in place to begin shooting Fast an

Horizon Forbidden West•
Horizon Forbidden West 's story will be roughly the same length as Horizon Zero Dawn 's, according to the game's director. Speaking to GamePro , Game Director Mathijs de Jonge revealed that Horizon Forbidden West's story is similar in length to its predecessor - however, the overall scope of the game is much larger. Horizon Zero Dawn's main story clocked in at around 22 to 23 hours (according to

Monterey 12.2 Bluetooth•
The macOS Monterey 12 .2 update was released on January 26, and some users are already reporting issues, with reports that BlueTooth accessories connected to the device are seemingly causing it to wake from sleep mode, draining battery life that would have otherwise been preserved. As reported by MacRumors , it's unclear how widespread the issue currently is, but there have been several posts acr

iPhone and iPad users might be about to get a gaming upgrade, courtesy of one of the PS5 ’s most interesting features. As part of the iOS 15.4 beta , MacRumors has uncovered an upgrade that will see the PS5 DualSense controller’s adaptive triggers become compatible with iPhone and iPad apps. On the PS5, this feature allows differing levels of tension to be applied to the triggers, making them sli

Saucony has launched its first new trail running shoe of 2022: the Peregrine 12, which is super lightweight and available in variants for both hard, rocky surfaces and slick, muddy tracks. The Peregrine 12 is 30g lighter than its predecessor, weighing 275g for the men's model and 235g for the women's, and its sockliner contains the same PWRRUN cushioning the Endorphin and Ride road shoes. The Per

Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan program will be introducing more flexible rewards on American Airlines, and I’d say that’s probably going to be good news. Alaska Mileage Plan changing American awards While details are limited as of now, Alaska Mileage Plan has updated its award chart to add the following: American Airlines awards update: Effective March 1, 2022, while the current award prices will

If you've been looking for a fantastic Nintendo Switch OLED deal, look no further. The Nintendo Switch OLED is available for its lowest-ever price at Tesco, as Clubcard members can grab the console for just £269 . That's a massive saving of £40 off the usual asking price, and the biggest discount we've seen yet on Nintendo's new Switch model. (Not in the UK? Scroll down for the best prices in you

Amazon has slashed a massive 64% off the price of the Panasonic EH-NA65 hair dryer , reducing it from £109.99 to just £39.99 , which is the best price we’ve ever seen. (Not in the UK? Scroll down for the best hair dryer deals in your region.) The best hair dryers strike the right balance between power and heat to dry your tresses quickly, without subjecting your hair to heat damage. However, they

Switch Controller Pak•
Hackers have found a way to add Controller Pak support to Nintendo Switch Online 's N64 collection, available via the premium Expansion Pack tier, allowing players to save certain games and activate other features such as saving time trial ghosts in Mario Kart 64. As reported by VGC , notable Switch hacker LuigiBlood took to Twitter to explain how to hack N64 Controller Pak support into Nintendo

A police officer is at the scene of a murder. No witnesses. No camera footage. No obvious suspects or motives. Just a bit of hair on the sleeve of the victim’s jacket. DNA from the cells of one strand is copied and compared against a database. No match comes back, and the case goes cold. Corsight AI, a facial recognition subsidiary of the Israeli AI company Cortica, purports to be devising a solu

Shifting a 68,000-person social networking company toward the theoretical metaverse has caused internal disruption and uncertainty.

Samsung Galaxy S22•
While Samsung Galaxy S22 leaks have totally laid bare the upcoming Android phones , it's easy to miss the small details when given big leaks, and it sometimes takes otherwise-unimportant leaks to get us to notice the little things. Case in point, hands-on pictures of cases for the entire Samsung Galaxy S22 range have leaked, via SamMobile . These wouldn't otherwise be noteworthy, as they look alm

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T. Global Nigerian Bamboo•
35TechCrunch / 10h
To buy a share in Amazon, you’d have to fork out almost $3,000. It’s a luxury very few can afford and despite the prospects of the trillion-dollar company or returns from its share price, it’ll take some contemplating to pay that full price for those who can afford to. But with fractional investing, pioneered by Robinhood, access to these securities are democratized and people can own smaller sha

Rogan Spotify Neil Young•
Engadget / 10h
Shortly after Spotify announced that it would add a ' content advisory ' to COVID-19 podcast episodes, Joe Rogan has issued his own response to the controversy. In a video uploaded to Instagram, he apologized to Spotify for the backlash that saw Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and other artists remove their music from the platform. He also defended his his decision to book controversial guests, while p

One Wordle Two Trump•
48Mashable / 12h
Another day, another Wordle , and also another Wordle clone offering a delightful or diabolical twist on the viral word game. A quick recap: In addition to Josh Wardle's massively successful daily format , there's Lewdle (rude five-letter words only), Absurdle (a truly evil variant that switches up the guessing process), Primel (five-digit prime numbers only), Sweardle (four-letter words, obvious