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Monday, February 28, 2022

New Week, New Technology News and More

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SAG CODA Oscar Kotsur•
55Mashable / 59min
On Sunday night, Apple TV+'s CODA — a coming-of-age dramedy about a "child of Deaf adults" — made history at the SAG Awards , becoming the first movie with a predominately Deaf cast to win the award for best film ensemble, while star Troy Kotsur became the first Deaf actor to pick up a SAG with best supporting actor. During the acceptance speech for best film ensemble, Marlee Matlin took to the s

TechCrunch / 44min
Food tech company Better Dairy is closer to getting its aged and hard cheeses into the testing phase after securing $22 million in Series A funding. The U.K.-based company, founded in 2019 by Jevan Nagarajah, is still in the R&D phase of developing animal-free cheeses using precision fermentation. We initially got to know Nagarajah and Better Dairy back in 2020 when the company raised £1.6 millio

We’ve just had the biggest Sony Xperia 1 IV leak yet, as high-quality renders of the upcoming flagship Android phone have now been leaked, showing off the possible design of the phone from all sides. But looking at these renders (which come from leaker @OnLeaks on behalf of Giznext ) you might think you’re looking at the Sony Xperia 1 III , as based on this, the two phones look near identical. Th

Windows 11 's February feature update is causing issues for some users, where the Start menu disappears as soon as you hover over to it, thanks to a conflict with widgets trying to appear at the same time. The update brought a preview option for Android apps on the Microsoft Store, alongside dark mode in Notepad, the return of Windows Media Player, and more. But there's a growing number of users

The rate of employee surveillance is getting out of hand after rising during the pandemic, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has warned. The organization has published a report in which it claims almost two-thirds (60%) of employees reported being under some form of technological surveillance and monitoring, up from 53% last year. Furthermore, three in ten survey respondents said surveillance incre

the Steam Deck•
Mashable / 30min
The Steam Deck is finally here. You can get the power of high-end PC gaming right in the palms of your hands…if you manage to snag one amidst supply constraints , that is. But whenever your $500 handheld gaming powerhouse shows up, whether it’s right at launch or years down the road, you’ll need to know which games work well. Steam Deck is a unique piece of hardware that, because of its Linux-bas

Conti Chats Russia•
Russian ransomware operators Conti has had thousands of sensitive internal chat logs leaked to journalists, law enforcement agencies and cybersecurity researchers, apparently by a disgruntled employee. The leak reportedly comes as retaliation for the group recently choosing to side with the Russian government following its invasion of Ukraine. The news was first broken by BleepingComputer , which

Finnair Russian Asia•
Finnair’s shares are collapsing today (down 24% as of the time of this post), as the airline has warned that its Asia route network is no longer sustainable. Finnair has always been strong in Asia Historically Finnair’s biggest strength when it comes to long haul flights has been Finland’s geography. Thanks to how far north Finland is, the airline has had a massive route network to Asia. Helsinki

Gizmodo / 40min
The world of cryptocurrencies and NFTs is filled with scammers. And every month there seems to be more and more hucksters launching new crypto tokens and shilling ripoff apes. Read more...

If you’re looking to get your hands on the Dyson Airwrap , you’re in luck. It’s available right now at , but you’ll need to be quick as we don’t know how long stocks will last. Even better, it’ll only cost you $499.99, which is $50 cheaper than the list price, because this is a refurbished Airwrap. According to Dyson, every refurbished item it sells – including its hot air styler – has

Pokémon Scarlet Violet•
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is the next mainline game to release in the pocket monster series and will be making its way to Nintendo Switch later this year. Announced during February’s Pokémon Presents , Scarlet and Violet will introduce the ninth Generation of Pokémon, three new starters, and a new region to explore across an open-world map. It’s under development at Game Freak, the same studio t

Microsoft Xbox Game Pass•
Valve president Gabe Newell has said that he's open to working with Microsoft to get Game Pass onto Steam , while also confirming that the company isn’t currently interested in a competing service. The news of the potential partnership came from Newell himself. With the Steam Deck getting into the hands of players , the Valve president has been taking interviews. Speaking to PC Gamer , when asked

Wired / 44min
The UN's latest IPCC report paints a dire picture for the species of Earth. But it also suggests how urban areas can help humanity face down the threat.

The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is promising "a lot more besides" what its title suggests, according to one of its main stars. Benedict Cumberbatch, who reprises his role as the Sorcerer Supreme in the MCU movie , believes that fans aren't ready for how mind-bending and surreal it'll be. Interviewed by Entertainment Tonight at the 2022 SAG Awards ceremony, attentions inevitably turned

Mashable / 59min
For some, mowing the lawn is a leisurely pastime. For most of us, however, it absolutely sucks. If you fall into the latter camp, a robot lawn mower may be the answer — a worthwhile investment that will make cutting the grass a wholly relaxing experience. Think of robot mowers like Roombas for the garden. Deciding to invest in a robot lawn mower is easy. Choosing the right model for you is a job

MWC 2022 Realme 2 Pro•
We got our hands on the Realme GT 2 Pro ahead of its MWC announcement, so check here for our early impressions of the device. Burgeoning mobile-maker Realme has officially lifted the international lid on its GT 2 series of premium smartphones – and the Pro model, in particular, looks like it could give the Samsung Galaxy S22 a run for its money. The still-young Chinese company first announced the

Cooking the same type of meal regularly, can lead to food boredom. After all, variety is the spice of life, so whether you’re trying to impress friends and family with an array of cuisines, or you simply want to liven up dinner time for yourself, there are plenty of handy kitchen gadgets to help. The Instant Pot is perfect for this. Already a cult product, this multi-cooker offers an array of coo

It’s been a potentially frustrating week for owners of Roku streaming sticks and boxes. The mega-popular provider of online TV dongles and devices executed its long-planned move to remove uncertified channels from its set top box , meaning viewers lost access to potentially hundreds of streaming channels as of February 23, 2022. Looking to soften the blow somewhat, Roku has announced a new upgrad

2022 could be a hugely exciting year in the world of headphones if all the rumors about upcoming releases are to be believed. Apple is expected to launch the AirPods Pro 2 later this year, the successors to the most popular noise-cancelling wireless earbuds on the planet. We’ve also heard rumors that the company’s working on the over-ear AirPods Max 2 . In fact, the over-ear wireless headphones m

Mashable / 1h
Sure, electric air purifiers are great, but what about the original air-purifying “devices?” Good old air-purifying houseplants have been taking our carbon dioxide and other pollution and chemicals and turning it into oxygen since, well, the dawn of time. Whether you’re already a houseplant parent or are just getting into the indoor gardening hobby (welcome!), there’s an air-purifying plant perfe

Mashable / 1h
It doesn’t need to be a holiday for you to score mega discounts. In fact, you can soothe your retail shopping urge and splurge on these unique deals without leaving the comfort of your computer chair. Not that you need an excuse to spend your hard-earned cash, but it is tax season , after all. Whether you’re expecting a huge return or you’re unbelievably stressed thinking about those cryptocurren

Mashable / 1h
TL;DR: As of Feb. 28, The Complete Ableton Live 11 Music Producer Bundle , valued at $1,194, is on sale for just $29.99. Save 97% on the bundle for a limited time. In the music industry, it’s easy to judge a product by the company it keeps. In some cases that’s not exactly fair, but as far as Ableton Live goes, the credentials are hard to deny. While there are many DAWs (digital audio workstation

35Mashable / 1h
You might think of your cat as an aloof, independent creature that's capable of handling anything — they do have nine lives, after all. But many owners have learned that cats can develop separation anxiety, just like dogs . Cats may not express separation anxiety as enthusiastically as a squirmy, slobbery dog might, but cats are capable of forming deep attachments with their owners that can leave

Mashable / 1h
TL;DR: As of Feb. 28, you can take 19% off the price of The Voting Game: Party Card Game About Your Friends and get it for $19.99 instead of $24. Ever get tired of going out and cruising the bar scene? Instead of wasting money out, why not stay in and invite your friends over for games and cocktails at your house? All you need to get the party going is your favorite beverages, a cheese tray, and

Mashable / 1h
TL;DR: A year-long subscription to MagellanTV Documentary Streaming Service is just $35.99 as of Feb. 28, which is 39% off its regular price of $59. If you have a true passion for learning and expanding your knowledge, your curiosity likely didn't end just when you were finished with school. If you find yourself rushing to Google multiple times throughout the day to answer the questions that pop

Apple Watch This Year•
This could be a big year for the Apple Watch - in fact, according to a new claim, it could be the biggest in the range’s history, with three new models possibly launching. That’s according to Mark Gurman in the latest edition of his Power On newsletter for Bloomberg. He has a great track record for Apple information, and he claims that as well as the Apple Watch 8 , we’ll also see the Apple Watch

It seems that PC manufacturers are finally starting to take ARM seriously. Lenovo just announced its ThinkPad X13s laptop, the very first ThinkPad to run on a Snapdragon chipset. While the ThinkPad X13x won’t crush any of Lenovo’s high-end machines, it packs some impressive specs and (supposedly) packs a 28-hour battery life. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

We're currently in the midst of annual smartphone tech event Mobile World Congress (shortened to MWC 2022 because we're not writing that whole name out all the time) and it's bringing us loads of new launches all the time - you can follow the big beats with our MWC 2022 live blog which is running all week. Perhaps one of the biggest exhibitors is Xiaomi, which is launching two new Pocophone devic

20-Inch Gurman Apple•
Mashable / 2h
Apple might be working on a large, foldable device – though it may take years before we can actually buy it. Last week, Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) analyst Ross Young (via 9to5Mac ) said Apple is looking into the idea of a foldable notebook, likely at "20.x" inches in size. Young said it would be a "notebook with a full-size keyboard when folded and for use as a monitor when not folde

If you're looking to take your business to the next level, making sure your content is visible and accessible is absolutely paramount, but ensuring this requires a fair amount of reliance on a range of technologies. Chief among these is CDN, or content delivery networks, which make sure your content is found, accessed and displayed to customers and end-users as fast as possible. The technology lo

Engadget / 2h
Microsoft's Xbox Series S is a bestseller for a reason: it's a solid next-generation console that is almost always in stock and often enjoys the odd discount between retailers. If you've been waiting for one such price drop, Woot has come in clutch with one of the best deals we've seen. Today, the Xbox Series S is on sale for just $250 , which is $50 or almost 17 percent off the regular $300 pric

Today Wordle The Days•
Mashable / 2h
Another week down, and another seven Wordle s in the can. I hope you all preserved your streaks — when the world is in such a grim state, it's OK to celebrate the tiniest wins. (And if one Wordle a day isn't quite enough to keep you from doomscrolling, you can try one of the ever-growing number of clones and variations that have sprung up since the original went mega-viral.) As the days can tend

FPL Technologies, the Indian startup that operates OneCard, is set to double its valuation to about $1.5 billion in a new financing round, just a month after it disclosed its previous funding, according to three sources familiar with the matter. Singapore’s Temasek, one of the world’s largest investors, is in advanced stages of talks to lead a new financing round of the Pune-headquartered startup

Lenovo ThinkPad Snapdragon•
42Ars Technica / 3h
Enlarge / Lenovo ThinkPad X13s. (credit: Scharon Harding) Lenovo's ThinkPad X13s will be the first ThinkPad to use an Arm-based processor, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, Lenovo announced on Friday. ThinkPads represent Lenovo's most powerful laptop lineup, and they're marketed to enterprises and power users. It's interesting to see one of the machines foregoing the new Intel 12th-generation and

Enlarge / Lenovo ThinkVision M14d. (credit: Scharon Harding) We've been watching PC screens get taller , especially those of laptops, and now Lenovo is bringing that trend to its ThinkVision line of small screens. Today, it announced the ThinkVision M14d, Lenovo's first portable monitor with a 16:10 aspect ratio. Lenovo's other portable monitors, as well as most PC displays, use the 16:9 aspect r

SlashGear / 3h
Lenovo revealed its thinnest line of ThinkBook devices yet with multiple takes on a theme that looks simple, sleek, and powerful, with Windows 11 inside.

SlashGear / 3h
Lenovo delivers the first ThinkPad powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset alongside a new ThinkPad X1 Extreme, a T series, and a USB-C mobile monitor.

SlashGear / 3h
Lenovo revealed a set of new IdeaPad devices that flex, fold, and/or convert while they run Windows 11, and their 3rd-gen Tab M10 holds the line with Android.

SlashGear / 3h
Lenovo revealed a new series of relatively small gaming notebooks in their IdeaPad line with low prices and only the most essential features for gaming action.

Lenovo when absolutely crazy at MWC 2022 with all sorts of laptops, but one that really stood out from the crowd is the ThinkPad X13s, which lasts around 28 hours on a single charge and runs the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chip. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Lenovo ThinkPad Snapdragon•
Engadget / 3h
Unlike Apple’s M1 MacBooks, ARM-based Windows on Snapdragon laptops haven’t enjoyed quite the same level of success or popularity. But Lenovo is hoping to change that – at least for enterprise customers – with the new ThinkPad X13s. The ThinkPad X13s’ secret weapon is its Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chip , which Lenovo says is the first time Qualcomm’s newest laptop processor has been featured in a comm

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Intel•
Engadget / 3h
Lenovo isn't just devoting its energy to high-end laptops at Mobile World Congress 2022. The company has revamped its IdeaPad Gaming lineup with systems aimed at relative newcomers to portable PC gameplay. The AMD-powered IdeaPad Gaming 3 and Intel-based IdeaPad Gaming 3i both sport 15- and 16-inch screens (including a 1600p 165Hz display option on 16-inch models) and a "cleaner" overall design w

Engadget / 3h
Lenovo is coming to Mobile World Congress 2022 with a small flood of IdeaPad tablets, including one of the relatively few Windows tablets on the market. The IdeaPad Duet 5i (shown above) mates a 12.3-inch Surface-style detachable tablet with Windows 11 and Intel's 12th-gen Core ultraportable chips . It won't have the 13-inch 120Hz display of the Surface Pro 8 , but the size and refresh rate might

Lenovo ThinkPad Snapdragon•
Engadget / 3h
Lenovo has refreshed its ThinkPad lineup once again with the latest version of its beefy X1 Extreme laptop . The performance-focused ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5 is powered by a 12th-gen Intel Core i9 H-Series processor up to i9 and supports NVIDIA's latest GeForce RTX laptop GPUs. Vapor chamber cooling and integrated liquid metal thermal paste deliver up to a 10 percent performance boost, Lenovo cl

Lenovo ThinkPad Snapdragon•
31TechCrunch / 3h
After dominating the world of high-end mobile processors for so long, Qualcomm’s got a laptop it would like to sell you. Announced at the tail end of last year as part of the annual Snapdragon summit, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 marks the chipmaker’s latest foray into the world of laptop components. As the name suggests, this marks Qualcomm’s third major foray into the category. It arrives at time w

TCL 30 5 Five 2022•
Engadget / 5h
TCL's affordable 30-series smartphone family has just grown considerably with no less than five new models, making for a total of seven. The new devices start at just €139 for the TCL 30 E and go up to €249 for the TCL 5G, while offering some nice features like 50-megapixel triple cameras on all models, along with AMOLED displays and 5,000 mAh batteries. Along with the phones, TCL introduced the

With so many movies and TV shows to stream across a variety of Australian streaming services , which includes the likes of Netflix , Stan, Amazon Prime Video , Disney Plus , Binge , Apple TV Plus and more, it can be tough to cut through all the noise to find the best stuff to watch each month. It's with this in mind that we've cobbled together this January Aussie streaming calendar, which helpful

The world is getting much smaller for Russian state-owned airline Aeroflot, and that was reflected in Sunday’s flight from Moscow to New York, as noted by Flightradar24 . Aeroflot operates eight hour flight to nowhere On Sunday, the European Union and Canada officially banned Russian airlines from using their airspace . While the United States hasn’t yet banned Aeroflot, it looks like Aeroflot ma

32Mashable / 6h
TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to the iScanner App is on sale for £29.89, saving you 79% on list price. The iScanner app works across a wide variety of everyday tasks for business, education, and organisation, using AI technology to make high-quality scans of everything you need it to — including official documents, to-do lists, forms, IDs, passports, and more. Using your phone’s camera, you’ll b

Mashable / 6h
SAVE 49%: ExpressVPN can reliably access the best American content on Disney+. A one-year subscription to ExpressVPN is on sale for £76.04, and includes an extra three months for free — 49% off for a limited time. Have you considered dipping your toe into the NFT market ? You're not alone. Interest in non-fungible tokens has skyrocketed over the last year, which has inevitably resulted in cyberse

Facebook Russian Ukraine•
74Engadget / 6h
Facebook has taken down a network of fake accounts attempting to spread Russian disinformation in Ukraine. The company said it had removed about 40 accounts, pages and groups from Facebook and Instagram that were detected over the last 48 hours. The company has also worked to stop hacking attempts targeting Ukrainians military and government officials on recent days. In a briefing Sunday night, M

Gizmodo / 8h
The first Governor was a madman. The people of Terminus were cannibals. Negan and the Saviors murdered the show’s most beloved character. The Whisperers were a cult of killers. And yet, of all of The Walking Dead ’s many villains, has there been an antagonist you’ve wanted to feed to zombies more than Sebastian Milton ,… Read more...

Ukraine Kremlin Russian•
1KGizmodo / 10h
Faced with a powerful Russian army at its doorstep, Ukraine once again affirmed that it would not go down without a fight. Just as the government called for civilian volunteers to fight against the invasion, it was now seeking volunteer hackers to launch cyber attacks against Russian businesses, banks, and government… Read more...

SlashGear / 10h
Supply chain rumors claim Apple is working on a foldable device with a 20-inch display, and a new report claims it may be a MacBook/iPad hybrid.

Feel like going to adult space camp and diving into some mouthwatering Texas barbecue? American Airlines is offering flights to Houston from major U.S. cities starting below $100 round-trip. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter. Greetings from Houston by Daniel Anguilu and Frank Nathan. (Photo courtesy of Houston Airports) These discounted fares

One of the reasons I first started coming to the Bahamas for my Travel Therapy TV show was to discover some unique, unspoiled off-the-beaten-path islands where you could truly disconnect to reconnect, relax and rejuvenate. There are a staggering 700 islands in the Bahamas spanning more than five thousand miles. The government of the Bahamas says only 30 of the islands are inhabited, and of those,

Mashable / 12h
Every year, exciting new video games are released by hard-working developers, promising players hours of entertainment to suit a myriad of preferences. And every year, I continue to play the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), Dota 2 . It's my one game to rule them all. Dota 2 first launched in 2013, 10 years after the fan-made Warcraft III mode from which it was derived. Yet despite being al

HMD Global Nokia C21•
With the cheap phone market dominated by big Chinese names like Redmi, Realme and Pocophone, it can be easy to forget about the stalwart mobile manufacturers – but HMD Global has just given us a reason to pay it some heed. HMD Global, which makes Nokia phones, debuted three new super-budget mobiles as part of annual tech conference MWC 2022 . These new mobiles are the Nokia C2 2nd Edition (the or

100+Futurism / 12h
NASA’s Mars Exploration Program released an intriguing, beautiful image of what it almost certainly not a flower this week. The space agency’s Curiosity Rover merged six images on Friday to complete a photo of a tiny, microscopic formation that indeed looks like it could be an organism, but is actually created from delicate mineral crystals. The photo was taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI

EU Russian Sputnik•
100+Engadget / 12h
In a decision that could have a significant impact on how companies like YouTube moderate their platforms, the European Union announced it plans to ban Russian state media organizations. On Sunday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Russia Today (RT), Sputnik and their respective subsidiaries would “no longer be able to spread their lies to justify Putin’s war.” The EU’s exec

Reliance Future Retail•
35TechCrunch / 12h
Future Retail, India’s second largest retail chain, is scaling down its operations to reduce losses, it said, the latest casualty in its years-long battle with estranged partner Amazon. The firm, led by Kishore Biyani, said in filings to the stock exchanges that it has been finding it “difficult to finance the working capital needs,” and its losses at store level are “increasing” and of “grave co

SlashGear / 12h
You've probably heard about Kepler, but may not have realized the mission reached its end years ago. What happened and where is the space telescope today?


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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Sunday Technology News and More

 Technology News and More...

10KThe Points Guy / 18h
Editor’s note: This post was last updated on Feb. 26, 2022, with new information. While the U.S. omicron surge is subsiding, ever-changing testing requirements for international travel continue to complicate things for travelers. While several major European countries have announced plans to ease COVID-19-related restrictions for those gathered in public, vaccination and, in many cases, testing i

Tesla Yoke Steering•
300+How-To Geek / 10h
When Tesla debuted its Yoke steering wheel on the new Model S, many people had mixed reactions. It became even more controversial when CEO Elon Musk confirmed the company had no plans to offer a regular round steering wheel on the car. However, it looks like the EV maker could be ready to change its mind. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

At the 'State Of The Airline' employee forum last month current American Airlines President and incoming CEO Robert Isom laid out his vision for the airline. It was mostly about operating reliably as the priority that matters most. One line, though, struck me at the time. I didn't write about it. Instead it's been tossing around in my head ever since. Continue reading ...

Whether you want to smooth out curly locks, or even create soft waves in your tresses, a hair straightener (yes, they straighten, but can curl too) is a versatile styling tool. They’ve been around since the 1980s, but it wasn’t until the early 2000’s that their popularity rose thanks to salon-brand GHD. Now, they’re a staple when it comes to styling your hair. Until recently, most hair straighten

Russia Space ISS US•
100+Gizmodo / 3h
In a series of bizarre and somewhat threatening Twitter posts this week that at times resembled a rant, Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, suggested that American sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine could result in the International Space Station crashing into the U.S., Europe,… Read more...

Mashable / 4h
TL;DR: A one-year subscription to TravelHacker Premium is on sale for £29.15, saving you 84% on list price. We've all spent a year staying at home dreaming about our next holiday. But now is the time to actually make it happen for yourself and make the memories you've been longing to make. Don't worry; you don't have to wipe out your savings account to do so. You just have to know where to look t

Mashable / 4h
TL;DR: The 25 Course Web Development Super Bundle is on sale for £25.29, saving you 98% on list price. Skilled tech talent, especially in web development, is hard to come by these days, which means there’s an ever-increasing demand for people who can walk the walk and talk the talk. And there’s no sign demand will wane, as the expansion of e-commerce and reliance on mobile continues to create fur

Mashable / 4h
SAVE 49%: ExpressVPN is the best service for unlocking BBC iPlayer. A one-year subscription to ExpressVPN is on sale for £76.04, and includes an extra three months for free — 49% off for a limited time. Rejoice, because Peaky Blinders is back. The first episode of the final season will hit screens on Feb. 27, with six episodes released once a week. What a time to be alive. Previous seasons were a

Mashable / 7h
Streamline the process of going live on Instagram by scheduling it in advance. Since Oct. 2021 you've had the ability to schedule lives on Instagram . This helpful tool makes the time of your scheduled live visible in your bio, and also gives you the option to post that you're going to go live so your followers will know about it ahead of time. Beware that Instagram won't send you a push notifica

If you’re thinking about a Caribbean getaway to enjoy some time at the beach (aren’t we all?), then start planning. American Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are offering discounted business class flights to Montego Bay and Kingston from U.S. cities starting in the low $600s. Want your TPG news delivered straight to your inbox each morning? Sign up for our daily n

1KFuturism / 9h
Space Hero Russian space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin seemed to threaten the United States and Europe with an International Space Station collision following US sanctions over the country invading Ukraine and killing hundreds. Rogozin took to Twitter where he ranted on Thursday that sanctions interfering with Russian work on the ISS could cause the 500-ton station to crash. “Who will save the ISS

European Poland Russian•
Update : Despite initial reports, it appears that this policy hasn’t consistently been implemented yet. While several European Union countries individually have bans, it’s expected that a blanket ban could be coming in the next day or so. You can find the original post below. The European Union is sending a strong message to Russia on the aviation front… Russian aircraft now banned from European

Apple Pay Russia Ukraine•
Engadget / 10h
Following Western sanctions on Russia’s financial institutions in response to the invasion of Ukraine, customers of several of the country’s largest banks can no longer use their debit and credit cards in conjunction with Apple Pay and Google Pay. Among the affected organizations include VTB Group, Sovcombank, Novikombank, Promsvyazbank, and Otkritie FC Bank, according to a press release from the

300+Futurism / 10h
You Can Look Up Now A new report published yesterday could’ve been the plot of 2021’s “Don’t Look Up,” the Netflix original about an asteroid that threatens to hit Earth but luckily, it was just a close call. According to the website initial observations of an asteroid called 2022 AE1 showed potential impact with Earth in July of 2023, but the threat has now been reduced to nearly zero a

Desk Job Steam Deck•
Mashable / 10h
Portal fans, rejoice — or rather, bask in the mixed feelings of a new game set in the beloved franchise's universe that isn't at all what you've been clamoring for over the past decade. Just as Steam Deck pre-orders started going out, Valve dropped a surprise trailer for Aperture Desk Job , a free Steam Deck game that's coming on March 1 and is set within the world of Portal . BUT (isn't there al

This isn’t just limited to majority state-owned Aeroflot. It applies to all Russian airlines (even private ones, like oneworld member S7). Even Germany is now sending munitions to Ukraine. European airlines, including most recently Lufthansa What can Americans do? Continue reading ...

If you’re heading to Milan, Italy, before the end of August, lucky you. You’ll get to visit the Duomo di Milano, the world’s largest Gothic cathedral; see Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper; and shop for the very latest in designer brands. Show up this week, and you might also spot some celebrities who are in town to see – and be seen at – the catwalk shows presented by some of the world’s bigge

YouTube RT Russian•
Engadget / 11h
YouTube has temporarily barred Russia Today (RT) and a handful of other Russian channels from earning ad revenue. Citing “extraordinary circumstances” and the recent sanctions against the country, the company told Reuters it was putting a pause on the ability of several channels to monetize their content on the platform. Additionally, YouTube said videos from those content creators would appear l

84Mashable / 11h
Space is brutal. In a vivid cosmic image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, two galaxies are shown after what is almost certainly a dramatic deep space collision. On right is the dazzling galaxy NGC 2445, surrounded by vivid bursts of star formation. On left is the less brilliant, but still powerful NGC 2444. What happened? "Astronomers suggest that the galaxies passed through each other, ig

AP Migrants NFT Twitter•
21Futurism / 11h
Shameful Profiteering After rightfully facing blowback online, the Associated Press cancelled its plans to sell an image of desperate migrants packed into a small boat as an NFT this week. The photo the wire service planned to auction off depicted migrants in bright orange life jackets in an overcrowded boat in the Mediterranean Sea as they made a bid for safety, according to the Guardian . Journ

If you’re in the mood for some deep-dish pizza or a trip to Portillo’s hot dogs, then this deal to the Windy City could be for you. American Airlines and JetBlue Airways are offering round-trip flights under $200 to Chicago from major cities in the U.S. Sign up for our daily newsletter for more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox. Scott’s Cheap Flights, which offers a premium membership

I hope everyone is having a good weekend (well, as good of a weekend as one can have with what’s going on in the world right now). I’m shortly wrapping up my trip to Oman, with a fun return routing that will allow me to review a few new products. It has been a great trip overall, though there have definitely been some highs and lows in terms of airlines and hotels. On the points & travel front, t

Thousands of anonymous donations are being made to the Ukrainian military in Bitcoin.

100+The Points Guy / 12h
When airplanes retire from flying passengers around the world, many get shipped off to graveyards in the desert where they may get stripped of parts or provide unique furniture pieces for AvGeeks. Some have even been transformed into boutique hotels such as the 727 Fuselage Home in Costa Rica . But, one of the most useful ways an airplane can be repurposed is to use it to fight fires. Sign up for

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