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Trumpet the Bloodhound has been crowned Best in Show at the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show , becoming the first dog of his breed to ever be granted the title. It was already obvious that he is a very good boy, but now he has a ribbon to prove it. This year almost 3,500 canine contestants competed in the Westminster Dog Show, with the judges gradually whittling them down in the lead-up to t

As companies grow they expose more of themselves online and become harder to defend in terms of cybersecurity. One report estimates that 30%-40% of a company’s IT infrastructure isn’t even known about by the security team. So startups have appeared with an ‘offensive’ profile in order to similate cyber attacks. One such is Amsterdam-based Hadrian , a ‘hacker-led’ cybersecurity startup that offers

Windows Microsoft W11•
Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 update that PC gamers in particular should install, as it fixes an annoying issue that caused games to sometimes crash. The update, known as KB5014668, is currently an optional update, which means it won’t be installed automatically. However, as Bleeping Computer reports , it’s set to be included in an automatic update on the next ‘Patch Tuesday’, which is

Four Seasons has just started accepting reservations for its new Naviva property in Punta Mita, which might on balance be the most expensive Four Seasons property in the world. Basics of Four Seasons Naviva Punta Mita Naviva, a Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita , is now accepting reservations for stays as of December 1, 2022. Four Seasons Punta Mita is one of the brand’s most popular resorts in Nor

EA's Codemasters is making F1 2022 audio more realistic with an improved driver modes plus updates that make broadcast and car sounds more authentic, it revealed in its latest Developer Deep Dive video. It also unveiled its first licensed soundtrack with 33 songs from artists like Charli XCX, Hozier and Marshmellow. This year Formula 1 introduced all new cars that rely on floor tunnels to generat

Gizmodo / 6min
The Chinese government issued a long list of new guidelines for internet livestreamers and so-called influencers this week, according to a new report from the South China Morning Post and rules posted online . The new rules prohibit influencers from talking about topics like law, medicine, and finance, unless those… Read more...

Gizmodo / 6min
House Republicans want to drastically change a federal privacy bill that Democrats in the Senate are also threatening to murder . The American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) is one of the few pieces of privacy legislation to get the time of day on Capitol Hill in the last few years—even if looks now like it’s… Read more...

GTA 3 has been spruced up in a fan-made remake that reimagines a portion of Rockstar’s acclaimed open-world crime fest in the dazzling visuals of Unreal Engine 5. Last year’s launch of the official remastered GTA Trilogy was so disastrous Rockstar eventually offered disappointed players free games as compensation . But this fan-made take shows Liberty City in all its glory. The short video is sty

Canon may be experiencing worldwide stock issues for its RF lenses, but it seems the camera giant is planning to launch two new ones for its mirrorless cameras soon – a wide-angle macro and an ultra wide-angle zoom lens. According to the reliable Canon Rumors , we'll likely see the arrival of the Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro and RF 15-30mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM "some time in the next week or three

Mashable / 26min
It’s no secret that skincare is trending right now, and a quick glance at social media proves it. Celebrities and influencers alike have hopped on the “skincare as self-care” train, and the resulting swarm of must-have products can be overwhelming to say the least. From the best Korean beauty products to the latest skincare gadgets , there’s a lot to choose from. However, while skincare has (than

PrivadoVPN is a relatively new player in the VPN market. It touts itself as being an all-around solution, offering security, privacy, and the ability to stream anything from anywhere. In this PrivadoVPN review, we’ll put these claims to the test. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

SpaceX Dish Starlink•
Engadget / 43min
Dish's plan to use 12GHz radio spectrum for its 5G network could drastically affect the Starlink satellite internet network, SpaceX said in a letter to the FCC. "If Dish’s lobbying efforts succeed, our study shows that Starlink customers will experience harmful interference more than 77 percent of the time and total outage of service 74 percent of the time, rendering Starlink unusable for most Am

If you don’t like being limited to a few color options for your smartphone then the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 could be the handset for you, as a new leak has revealed some possible colors, and there’s a wide selection of choices. According to Ross Young – a leaker with a solid track record – the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will be available in a choice of gold, gray, light blue or purple – which is a s

In 1959, in a short essay called “The Great Game to Come,” a little-known Dutch visual artist named Constant Nieuwenhuys described a new utopian city—one that he was soon to dub “New Babylon.” “The technical inventions that humanity has at its disposal today,” he presciently stated, “will play a major role in the construction of the ambiance-cities of the future.” Like nearly every imagined futur

Hyundai Mobis S. Cabin•
Drowsy or drunken driving is one of the major causes of major traffic accidents. Automakers are applying driver negligence monitoring technologies to prevent it. Hyundai Mobis, the parts-making unit of Hyundai Motors , has come up with a smart cabin controller that can monitor and analyse various biometric signals such as driver's posture, heart rate, and brain wave in real time to ensure safe dr

Luhrmann Elvis Presley•
Elvis Presley, infamous for his swinging hips, iconic for his swaggering style and raw sex appeal, heralded as the King of Rock and Roll, deserves better than Elvis . Remarkably, Baz Luhrmann, the visionary behind such steamy and stupendous cinema as Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! , has translated the life of Presley, whose indulgences included sex, drugs, and decadent junk food, into a bloated

TL;DR: As of June 24, the One80 LED Headlamp is on sale for just $50.99; it's usually worth $65, so that's a discount of 21%. Whether you’re in tornado alley or live in a coastal town constantly threatened by hurricanes, it’s imperative to have an emergency kit at your disposal in case something bad happens. An emergency kit looks different for everyone, of course, but every kit should contain a

TL;DR: As of June 24, you can get a refurbished MacBook Air 13.3" Core i5, 1.4GHz 4GB RAM 128GB for just $295.99, when it would usually cost you $1,199. That's a whole 75% in savings. Apple just announced a brand-new MacBook Air with an M2 chip to be released “next month” at WWDC 2022. However, reports say that the new laptop might be in short supply at launch. For those willing to drop at least

TL;DR: As of June 24, you can take 12% off this 3-in-1 Magnetic Leather Wireless Charger with the code CHARGE12 , which brings its price down to $132 from $149.99. Most typical charging stations just look like big gaudy tech on your counter, desk, or nightstand. They don’t blend in with your decor; they stick out like a clunky piece of plastic. The VogDuo 3-in-1 Magnetic Leather Wireless Charger,

TL;DR: As of June 24, you can take 62% off a Electric Massage Chair with Bluetooth Music Headrest & U-Shaped Pillow and snag it for $2,999.99, when it would normally cost you $7,999. "Sit back and relax" is a cliche term that people often use when telling you to let go of stress, but what if you can do it literally? On a comfy massage chair? With built-in speakers that play soothing music as you

The Black Phone TBP•
Typically, nostalgia is a mix of longing, joy, and melancholy. But when you grew up in the era of Stranger Danger, that longing might have a bloody raw edge, festered with lingering nightmares. The Black Phone calls to all those who remember fearing an unmarked van, the neighbors whispering, a bogeyman appearing at any moment to rip away your freedom, family, and life. A grim tale of a serial kil

The Twilight core hive is eating well this Pride Month , thanks to First Kill . There's a new supernatural teen vampire romance to sink our teeth into, and it's more deliciously sapphic than any other mainstream teen drama on TV has ever dared to be. Among a certain cross-section of niches, First Kill quickly became one of the most hotly anticipated summer releases of 2022. From queer trash TV lo

The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Phone 1 Pre Order India•
You can finally put money toward the Nothing Phone 1 — provided you can join an exclusive club. Nothing has opened pre-order reservations for its first smartphone using an invitation code system. Private community members go first, and will have 48 hours to use their code, place a £20 (roughly $25) non-refundable deposit and secure an order opportunity on July 12th . Everyone else can sign up for

Carl Pei thinks there’s something wrong with the smartphone industry. That’s not to say the handsets on sale today are bad. Across the board, modern mobiles are faster, more sophisticated and take better photos than previous generations. But like a growing number of tech enthusiasts, Pei has started feeling like new phones just aren’t as special as the devices that came out five or 10 years ago.

Activision Blizzard•
Bobby Kotick will get to keep his seat on Activision Blizzard's board of directors despite catching flak over the alleged role he played in creating the company's toxic workplace culture. At the video game developers' annual meeting of stockholders, investors voted on several proposals, as well as who gets to be on the company's board of directors over the next year. A total of 533,703,580 shareh

Twitter Android iOS•
From the "Why the heck wasn't this available ages ago" department: Twitter's closed caption toggle is now live on the company's iOS and Android apps. Twitter started testing the closed captions toggle, showing up as a little "CC" button on a video with available captions, back in April. Tweet may have been deleted (opens in a new tab) Now, the toggle is available for everyone . Note that the feat

Wordle Today June 24•
Welcome, weekend Wordlers! It's nearly Saturday and that means a brand new Wordle is imminent. If you get stuck and start to get nervous about your streak, we'll be here with some handy hints to nudge you towards the solution. You'll soon be able to skip to the very end of this article for the answer to the June 25 Wordle, #371 — but we don't want to spoil it ahead of time. (Also, we don't know w

India Fintech Ppi RBI•
For nearly all fintech startups, lending has long been the end game. A notice from India’s central bank this week has thrown a wrench into the ecosystem, scrutinizing just who all can lend. The Reserve Bank of India has informed dozens of fintech startups that it is barring the practice of loading non-bank prepaid payment instruments (PPIs) – prepaid cards, for instance – using credit lines, in a

Spotify Community Mobile•
Music fans have been calling on Spotify to bring the Friend Activity sidebar from the desktop version to mobile for what seems like a lifetime, and it now finally looks like they’re about to get their wish. Up until now, the feature, which allows you to see what your Spotify friends or Facebook contacts are currently streaming ,has somewhat inexplicably never been available on Android or iOS mobi

There’s a one day opportunity to get better value out of Radisson Americas points with a 25% rebate on redemptions made on Friday, June 23. The chain's top properties are available for a net of 37,500 points per night under this offer. Continue reading ...

Marvel Studios ’ Thor: Love and Thunder , helmed by Taika Waititi, brings more of the director’s signature wild flair to the franchise with the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster—finally wielding Mjolnir as the Mighty Thor —and the addition of Christian Bale as the villainous Gorr the God Butcher . Read more...

Twitter Android iOS•
Twitter is giving you the power to switch closed captions on or off on your mobile device. The social network has started rolling out a closed caption toggle to everyone on Android and iOS, a couple of months after it started testing the feature. So long as a video posted on the platform has available subtitles, you'll see a CC button at its top right portion — simply tap it to turn subtitles off

Toyota Recalls bZ4X•
The bZ4X is the Japanese motor industry giant's first mass-produced all-electric vehicle.

Chris Evans iPhone•
Actor Chris Evans has revealed his iPhone 6S finally died, tweeting a tiny obituary to his loyal phone. "RIP iPhone 6s," the Lightyear voice actor tweeted on Thursday . "We had a good run. I’ll miss your home button. I won’t miss the nightly battle of trying to get you to charge. Or your grainy pictures. Or your sudden drops from 100% battery, to 15%, to completely dead all within minutes. It was

Samsung makes a big song and dance about its top-end phones like the new Galaxy S22 , showing off all the fun and useful features that these devices have. However if you can't afford one of these premium mobiles, you might assume that you don't get to enjoy these tools. That's not the case though, as plenty of the more affordable Samsung phones also bring lots of the great features shown off on t

For those of us who’ve been a little bit wobbly on the mental health front over the past couple of years, there are a bunch of options starting to crop up. The on-demand chat-based therapy options are one, and at-home ketamine-assisted treatments are another. We’ve seen Mindbloom and Fieldtrip Health taking pole position, and recently, Wondermed announced it raised $4.6 million to join the ketami

NIO Two Car Shanghai•
Pictures show a gaping hole in the side of carmaker Nio's Shanghai HQ, and a smashed vehicle below.

The Nothing Phone (1) smartphone has been hyped substantially, which is why some Android fans may be disappointed by newly leaked benchmarks.

Wordle Today June 24•
It's finally Friday again, and we're here to help you with Wordle #370 — if you get stuck and start to get nervous about your streak, we've got some tips and hints to nudge you towards the solution. You can scroll to the very end of this article for the answer to the June 24 Wordle , or read on for a few tips and strategies to help you every day and some subtle hints for today's solution before y

Microsoft Edge Xbox•
Microsoft has rolled out another big feature for its Edge browser, this one targeting gamers who subscribe to Xbox Game Pass and regularly stream content.

The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

If you successfully guess today's Wordle solution, you're probably going to feel a bit god-like. Not sure what that means? We have some other hints, too.

Bungie Destiny DMCA•
In December of last year, a YouTuber by the name of Lord Nazo received copyright takedown notices from CSC Global — the brand protection vendor contracted by game creator Bungie — for uploading tracks from their game Destiny 2's original soundtrack. While some content creators might remove the offending material or appeal the copyright notice, Nazo, whose real name is Nicholas Minor, allegedly ma

Meta is having a game sale for its Quest VR customers, offering up some big-name titles at notable discounts. The sale is very temporary, so don't delay.

A lack of skilled cargo handlers is now hampering the booming air freight business too.

Netflix 300 Employees•
In April the streaming giant reported its first subscriber loss in more than a decade.

Any given year, the real unsung highlight of re:Mars are the dozen or so startups and researchers who show off their wares on the show floor. There are always a couple of cool projects that have somehow managed to escape our radar, thus far. Los Angeles-based Airrow jumped out with a clever product offering. The startup makes a device designed to automatically remove and replace batteries and pay

Though Mars is often thought of as a dusty red sphere, it is home to incredible rocky landscapes, including some stunning ones shaped by ancient water.

If the world were to end, you’d probably want to be as sequestered as possible—preferably underground with a freshly stocked pantry, your loved ones close by, and plenty of stuff to distract you from the fiery inferno outside your door. Apocalypse media loves a good bunker plotline, but the fallout shelters we see in… Read more...

Carnival Cruise Costa•
Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. Thinking about a cruise on a Carnival Cruise Line ship? Luckily, you have a lot of options. By the end of 2022, Carnival will have 25 vessels in service. That’s more ships than any other major cruise line except Royal Caribbean , which has 26 vessels. In general, Carnival ships are large but, aside from one exception

Russia Putin Sarmat•
Near Missile Speak of the devil — Russian President Vladimir Putin has happily announced the country's so-called "Satan II" rocket is ready for deployment this year. Yesterday, the Independent reported that the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), also evocatively known as the Satan II, is nuclear capable and can hold 10 or more warheads. It's also so fast that the outlet said the mi

Whether you’re looking to build out your dream home office, optimize your mobile work gear, or upgrade your in-office computer setup, a Logitech keyboard can help you get the job done. Anyone who’s spent an extended period of time stuck at their computer can attest to how important it is to have a comfortable keyboard. These days, an external keyboard, regardless of whether it’s wired or wireless

500+Futurism / 11h
Shoot the Sun Space weather experts are monitoring a growing sunspot that's pointing straight towards Earth, USA Today reports — but there's "no need to panic," an expert says. It's absolutely nothing out of the ordinary, scientists say. Sunspots form when magnetic activity on the surface stop heat from reaching the surface. They generally grow over time and decay. But they've also been associate

Moderna Omicron US•
Enlarge / A COVID-19 testing tent stands in Times Square on April 27, 2022, in New York City. (credit: Getty | Spencer Platt ) Omicron coronavirus subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are now accounting for an estimated 35 percent of US cases , according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The subvariants are on a course to reach dominance at a faster clip than the subvariants before them, in

Gas prices are soaring, but that doesn't mean you'll immediately save money with an EV. Initial costs can be high, especially if you're getting a home charger.

Humans don’t deserve dogs. They’re beautiful , they’re loyal , and they’re fun to have around. Life with a dog is great—which makes it all the more terrifying when something goes wrong. We hope your dog is healthy and happy for the duration of their life, but in the event of a medical emergency, you should be prepared.… Read more...

U.S. Travel Freeman•
The U.S. Travel Association has a new leader just in time for the rebound in travel post-coronavirus. The lobbying firm that represents airlines, airports, hotels, theme parks and tourism groups announced it has appointed Geoff Freeman as its next CEO and president. On Sept. 1, Geoff Freeman will rejoin the company after nearly a decade of leadership stints at other Washington, D.C. -based trade

Ro , a healthcare unicorn that last raised $150 million just months ago at a $7 billion valuation , has cut 18% of its staff to “manage expenses, increase the efficiency of our organization and better map our resources to our current strategy,” leadership wrote in an e-mail obtained by TechCrunch and confirmed by multiple sources. “Due to our obligation to protect patient healthcare information,

IKEA AR Kreativ Furniture•
Enlarge / IKEA Kreativ, the retailer's new AR app. (credit: IKEA) You might have seen augmented reality (AR) mobile apps that allow you to place 3D models of furniture in a camera view of your home, but a new app from IKEA will take that idea to a new level with the help of machine learning (ML). Called IKEA Kreativ, the app allows you to take an accurate 3D scan of your room, then remove existin

500+Gizmodo / 12h
The great crypto implosion of 2022 is starting to look more and more like a classic run on the banks. Read more...

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here . Hey, folks! Me again. As I’m sure it had you on the edge of your seat, I’m pleased to report that the team wasn’t completely dissatisfied with my inaugural work (it’s here in case you missed it), and so they’ve agreed to let me have another go. In other uplifting n

Nobody wants bed bugs. You do not want bed bugs. The hotel you’re staying in does not want bed bugs, but it’s entirely possible that it has them. We have tips on how to check your hotel room for bed bugs, but what do you do if you actually find some? You do not want to risk bringing these guys home. Read more...

35Gizmodo / 12h
Star Wars , on many levels, exists in series of parallels and couplets —a cycle of the rise and defeat of darkness, the fall and rebirth of light, an echo of a story told over and over across generations of families and civilizations. “It’s like poetry, they rhyme,” George Lucas says in the Phantom Menace documentary … Read more...

The only real limits to DALL-E Mini are the creativity of your own prompts and its uncanny brushwork. The accessible-to-all AI internet image generator can conjure up blurry, twisted, melting approximations of whatever scenario you can think up. Seinfeld nightmares? You got it . Court room sketches of animals, vehicles … Read more...

The popularity of Kindles and other eReaders took a nosedive once tablets went mainstream. And that’s a shame. While I don’t blame anyone for reading a book on their iPad, you bookworms would have a much better experience on an eReader. I’m talking about reduced eyestrain, fewer distractions, and a months-long battery life. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Brex’s announcement last week that it would stop serving small-to-medium-sized businesses shocked — and upset — many in its suddenness and delivery. The fintech decacorn, which started its life as a provider of cards to startups and SMBs, began notifying customers last week that they would be cut off from Brex’s services as of August 15. Earlier this year, Brex had declared a move toward serving

Onstage at re:Mars this week, Amazon showcased a developing Alexa feature meant to mimic the flow of natural language. Conversation between two humans rarely follows some predefined structure. It goes to strange and unexpected places. One topic segues into another, as participants inject their lived experience. In a demo, a conversation about trees turns to one about hiking and parks. In the cont

With summer travel in full swing, TPG wants to help you book your next trip quickly . A lesser-known benefit of American Express credit cards is the ability to save with Amex offers . Many TPG staffers have been targeted with a new offer from Hyatt Regency on their American Express® Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express credit cards: Spend $300 or more, get $60 back until July 18

3KFuturism / 12h
Cosmic Cooties Mars exploration is a still-growing focus for the international space community, and organizations worldwide — particularly China and the US — have their sights set on obtaining Martian samples back to Earthly labs over the next ten or so years. Some scientists, however, aren't exactly thrilled about the rock retrieval missions, Scientific American reports . Many fear that Martian

If you’re still looking to find a cheap price for your summer vacation accommodation, you may be in luck. Radisson Hotels Americas just announced a sweet deal, but you have to act fast. This summer deal will let you save up to 35% on your accommodation when you stay three nights or more. Whether you want to t ake a tropical trip to Costa Rica , explore Mexico City, lounge on the beaches of the Do

Alexa's newest feature, dubbed creepy by some but heartwarming by others, will allow users to hear the voices of deceased loved ones.

In news certain to cast a pall over high school bathrooms across the nation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today ordered all Juul e-cigarette products currently marketed to be removed from store shelves, effective immediately . “The company must stop selling