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Thor Love Thunder Marvel•
The official runtime for Thor: Love and Thunder has been revealed – and it won't be as long as you may have expected. According to its page listing on the AMC and Cineworld websites (as first reported by The Direct ), the upcoming Marvel movie will clock in at one hour 59 minutes. That makes it the shortest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) since Ant-Man and the Wasp, which landed in th

Are you a Bitcoin holder currently wallowing in despair seeing your crypto investment plunging off a cliff? Don't worry. It can always be worse. You could be El Salvador. El Salvador's president, Nayib Bukele, is a big crypto bro and he's invested big into Bitcoin. And when I say he invested in Bitcoin, I mean the El Salvadorian taxpayers have invested in Bitcoin because that's whose money he's u

Google Engineer AI Lemoine•
Enlarge (credit: Yuchiro Chino | Getty Images) Google has ignited a social media firestorm on the nature of consciousness after placing an engineer on paid leave who went public with his belief that the tech group’s chatbot has become “sentient.” Blake Lemoine, a senior software engineer in Google’s Responsible AI unit, did not receive much attention last week when he wrote a Medium post saying h

The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Pan-African venture capital fund Launch Africa Ventures today is announcing the close of its $36.3 million fund, which it has primarily used to invest in B2B and B2B2C startups across Africa. In an interview with TechCrunch, managing partner Zachariah George said Launch Africa has backed 108 startups across 21 African countries. They include the likes of Nigerian neobank Kuda , Kenyan B2B e-comme

The pandemic was a moment of truth for Amazon Robotics. After years of work, numerous acquisitions and millions spent, could the retail giant’s massive investment in automation help keep things running amid the biggest pandemic in a century? The answer was, decidedly, yes. The company’s deployment of hundreds of thousands of robotics systems across American fulfillment centers has become a gold s

CoachHub Sofina SVF2•
Digital coaching platform CoachHub plans to further expand in the Asia Pacific and other regions of the world after raising a $200 million Series C. The round, led by Sofina and Softbank Vision Fund 2, comes just eight months after the startup’s last funding announcement . Other participants included returning investors Molten Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank/SVB Capital, HV Capital, Signal Ventures

REV Evil Village DLC•
Engadget / 54min
The downloadable content Capcom had promised for Resident Evil Village last year now has a release date: It's called Winters' Expansion , and it will be available starting on October 28th. Capcom started developing the extra content in 2021, just a few weeks after the game was released, due "popular demand." Now Capcom producer Tsuyoshi Kanda has revealed some pertinent details about the three fe

PSP Sony PlayStation•
The full list of PS Plus Premium games is now available to view on the official PlayStation website, and there's plenty of retro goodness to indulge in if you're willing to pay a bit more each month for the Premium tier. We were treated to the first batch of PS Plus Premium titles not too long ago. However, it was just a selection of what we can expect when the subscription service relaunches tow

DoorDash App Reviews•
Foodies have a new way to gush about their favorite restaurants thanks to the upcoming review sections coming to DoorDash. Now you won’t have to swap back and forth between Google reviews and the DoorDash app to see if the food at a restaurant is any good. Written Reviews are being added to condense all this information together as a direct upgrade to the original Public Reviews . With this updat

Many people have plenty of online subscriptions that they barely use, and can save a fair amount of money with a service like Truebill to see all their recurring payments in one place. Spendflo wants to do the same for enterprise subscribers of SaaS services, and is targeted toward chief financial officers and finance leadership teams. The startup announced today that it has raised $4.4 million i

TL;DR: A five-year subscription to a AppMySite Mobile App Builder Pro Plan is on sale for £40.90, saving you 97% on list price. Every brand or business needs an app these days, but not every brand or business can afford to pay for a professional app builder. Or afford to take the time to learn to code. That’s where no-code app builders like AppMySite come in handy. If you’re looking to build an a

META Pharmaceuticals•
Biotech startup Meta Pharmaceuticals sets itself an ambitious goal as it secures its initial investment. The Shenzhen-based company, which sets out to develop treatments for autoimmune diseases with the help of artificial intelligence, has raised $15 million from its seed and pre-A rounds. There is no lack of investor interest in companies applying machine learning to small-molecule drug discover

Among Samsung’s repertoire of forgotten devices is its line of fitness bands , although that will change soon with the potential release of the Galaxy Fit3 . This information comes from the Korean side of the Samsung Community forums where someone asked if there will be a Galaxy Fit3. A community manager let the cat out of the bag by saying the Fit3 would launch by the end of the year or early 20

ONE BMW iX 600 Miles•
Battery startup Our Next Energy (ONE) and BMW today said the carmaker’s prototype of its flagship EV, iX , will run on ONE’s unique Gemini dual-chemistry battery pack by the end of the year. BMW’s iX was introduced late last year with a maximum range of 324 miles, based on estimates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. With the prototype, ONE is hoping to nearly double that to 600 miles

TestGorilla Atomico•
Sending in a resume is the main way a person hope to get noticed for a job. But a startup out of Amsterdam called TestGorilla is today announcing $70 million in funding for a very different kind of approach: it has built an assessment platform that can be used to screen for a wide range of job categories, verticals, and skills, and it says its approach is more effective, and more equitable, than

Lady Gaga Harley Quinn•
Last week, we reported that a Joker sequel was all but confirmed by director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix when the pair took to social media to reveal its official title, Joker: Folie à Deux . The title alone gave us plenty to speculate on in terms of the film's story, however, we never could have predicted this twist: according to an exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter , Joker: Folie

A security researcher said an Indian government website was exposing the Aadhaar numbers of India’s farmers, potentially amounting to millions of people. Atul Nair told TechCrunch that he found a part of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi website that was revealing the farmers’ information. PM-Kisan, as the agency is better known, is an Indian government initiative aimed at providing every farmer

Musk Twitter This Week•
The Tesla boss has warned he may quit his takeover deal over the number of fake accounts on the platform.

Binance US LUNA UST•
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Very Bad Day Cryptocurrency exchange Binance's day just keeps getting worse. First, the company was dealing with major fallout from the price of Bitcoin continuing to plummet . Then Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao announced that all Bitcoin withdrawals were on a "temporary pause" due to a "stuck transaction causing a backlog," an allegedly 30 minute fix that turned into a much longer lasting headache.

Regardless of what commercials depicting men as gormless oafs say, there’s a big market of grooming products aimed at fellas looking their best. The usual suspects are there, from shampoo to shaving cream, but there are new innovations in grooming and skin health to allow you to reach untapped levels of handsome. Here’s a selection of the best men’s grooming products available right now. Wolf Gro

Years ago, Google debuted a pair of glasses with a built-in camera. The public didn't react to it well, but Apple's mixed-reality headset may avoid that fate.

Ferrari's hopes of picking up its first world title since 2008 have taken a blow, as the team suffered the worst possible outcome at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Some new FCC documents have revealed a couple of new details about Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Watch 5, including an interesting note about its charger.

The latest Windows 11 Insider preview is bringing some key changes to File Explorer, including the previously announced tabs, though it still may not be enough.

Wherever you are in the world, whatever the season, it's heating up in Wordle land — to 360 degrees! Look, we're not scientists, just word nerds, and we're celebrating Wordle number 360. And while we know that working it out all by yourself is the most satisfying way, 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

The world can be a dark and awful place. But as Brian and Charles so delightfully explores, the power of friendship can perform miracles, even when that friendship gets stormy at times—and even when that friendship is between a lonely inventor and the awkwardly bulky robot he crafts from random parts. Read more...

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This is, to use the most obvious phrase on the table, not a joke: according to a new report, Oscar-winning singer-turned-actress Lady Gaga is in early negotiations to co-star as Harley Quinn opposite Joaquin Phoenix (also an Oscar winner) in DC Comics and Todd Phillips’ Joker sequel, recently announced to be titled … Read more...

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Obi-Wan Kenobi is—was—a Jedi. A General of the Clone War. A warrior monk of such skill, such balance, such understanding of his form both spiritual and physical that he could sit atop the Jedi Order’s ranks as a Master of its Council. And here he is, stuffing a child under a trenchcoat on a wing and a prayer, and I’m… Read more...

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When Taika Waititi took over the Thor franchise , fans began to hope that Natalie Portman would return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Jane Foster , especially since the two Oscar winners share similar indie dramedy sensibilities. In a new interview with Fandango , Waititi—along with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa… Read more...

Sequoia India SA Two•
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Sequoia India and Southeast Asia has launched two new funds, a $2 billion early-stage, venture and growth fund for India and an $850 million dedicated fund for Southeast Asia, as the storied venture firm doubles down on the region at a scale unrivaled by most of its peers and at a time when money is proving increasingly hard to come by. The new funds follow a payday for the 50-year-old venture fi

Bluesheets , a Singaporean AI-powered data-processing platform that enables financial automation for enterprises, has raised $4 million led by Insignia Ventures. The latest funding, which brings its total raised to $5.7 million, will help bluesheets to expand the use cases of its software and reach more businesses in international markets. Since its SaaS product launch in September 2021, Blueshee

Commercial EV maker Electric Last Mile Solutions said Monday that it will file for bankruptcy, the first among a spate of troubled EV manufacturer SPACs to go out of business. Electric Last Mile Solutions, which went public in June 2021 through a $1.4 billion merger with Forum Merger III, plans to liquidate through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy process, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and

FAA Starship Texas•
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The FAA wants SpaceX to address a number of environmental concerns before it approves an expansion of the Starbase launch facility, located on Texas’s Gulf Coast. The agency asked SpaceX to make more than 75 changes — according to an environmental impact assessment released today — before the company can use the South Texas site to launch flights to the Moon and Mars. Located near Boca Chica, Tex

Michigan Digital License•
300+Engadget / 6h
Michigan drivers now have the option of adorning their cars with digital license plates, which can locate lost vehicles and receive public safety alerts — for a fee. Reviver, the maker of the connected plates, announced that Michigan residents and businesses can now purchase the device (known as the RPlate) online. Consumers can choose between two models: a battery-powered plate and a hard-wired

Enlarge / British troops moving to the trenches east of Ypres in October 1917. A new book by historian Lindsey Fitzharris explores the stories of those soldiers who suffered severe facial injuries, and the pioneering surgeon who rebuilt their faces: Harold Gillies. (credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images) In August 1917, a World War I British soldier named John Glubb was hit in the face by a shell.

At Fox News, there was little drama over the decision to project Joseph R. Biden the winner of Arizona. But the relationship between Trump and the network was never the same.

The shopping giant hopes to deliver parcels to shoppers by air for the first time later in 2022.

Airless tyres that do not puncture are getting close to market but some remain sceptical about them.

The crypto market continues to tumble, with bitcoin owners and everyone beneath them feeling the ramifications of this seemingly out-of-control downturn.

Bugatti, the maker of one of the world's fastest vehicles, appears to have banned Tom Cruise from buying its cars, and for a rather odd reason.

Through your Netflix account, using the desktop version on your computer, you can access your entire streaming history.

The newly redesigned multi-tier PlayStation Plus plan has arrived, offering subscribers various features depending on their plan, including cloud gaming.

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Thirty-one members of one of the most active white nationalist groups in the U.S. are facing criminal charges after a local Idaho police department made a mass arrest in response to a 911 tip over the weekend. Members of the fascist group, Patriot Front —formed in late 2017 in the wake of the racist “Unite the Right”… Read more...

Amazon Thousands Users•
On Monday, online retail giant Amazon experienced several outages starting from about 1PM EST. Amazon has more or less resolved the outages now but they lasted for roughly two hours. During that time, people reported over 11,000 incidents they had with the site, according to outage-tracking website Downdetector and reported on by Reuters. Back in December 2021, there was a massive outage that dis

Enlarge / Members of the public queue outside a pharmacy to receive COVID-19 antigen tests in Paris on January 6, 2022. (credit: Getty | LUDOVIC MARIN ) Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are on the rise in the European Union, spurring officials there to warn that a surge of COVID-19 cases will likely follow in the coming weeks. In an alert Monday , the European Center for Disease Prevention and C

FAA Starship Texas•
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Finally The Federal Aviation Administration has released its long-awaited environmental assessment into SpaceX's Starship launch program at its testing facilities in South Texas, paving the way for the company's inaugural orbital test launch. The upshot: the Elon Musk-led company will have to make a substantial amount of changes to its launch site, as detailed in a 183-page document , to ensure t

Good news, stoners! Science is finally backing up what you've long known: that smoking weed does, in fact, make you nicer — and less greedy, to boot. In a recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports, University of New Mexico researchers found evidence that cannabis use makes people more empathetic, as well as less motivated by money. Though the study focused on the "prosociality" of

This fall, a reprised 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro could be on the roster. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who authors the subscriber-only Power On newsletter , reports that he expects Apple to update the two iPad models with the M2 chip in September or October. 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 . June 13, 2022. You know what that means: It’s Monday! Whether the word fills you with dread or delight, Monday is securely attached to not caring about your opinions about itself. May we all be a little more like Monday in that regard. Meanwhile, we learned from Da

Hello and welcome back to Max Q. In this issue: A micrometeoroid ping heard around the galaxy SpaceX cargo resupply delay News from Rocket Lab, United Launch Alliance and more Don’t forget to sign up to get the free newsletter version of Max Q delivered to your inbox. Astra mission fails, resulting in the loss of two NASA satellites An Astra rocket failed on Sunday, when the second stage experien

How would you like an all-time best offer worth $2,000 on one of our favorite cards here at TPG? If that sounds good to you, you’ll be happy to know that American Express currently has a public link for the American Express® Gold Card that awards new applicants 100,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 in purchases on your card in your first six months of card membership. Let’s take a look at t

Amazon has been working on drone-based package deliveries for years, and it's now finally one step closer to making the aerial service a reality.

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Comedian John Oliver decided to wade into the antitrust battleground this week, and he didn’t hold back any punches. Read more...

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The One Punch Man film based on the hugely successful manga series and beloved anime has found a director who’s no stranger to hugely successful franchises himself: Justin Lin, who made Fast & Furious parts three, four, five, six, and nine, as well as Star Trek Beyond . Read more...

In spite of the many promises made by Hollywood movies, fistfights are almost never balletic exercises in controlled violence after which the winner walks away rubbing his bruised knuckles and looking like a badass. They’re usually terrifying, random encounters in which untrained, generally drunk combatants flail… Read more...

Google Rivals YouTube EU•
21Gizmodo / 9h
While Google’s multiple antitrust cases continue to drag on here in the U.S., it looks like the search giant’s starting to make a few concessions across the pond. Reuters reports that Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has made an offer to European Union regulators in response to an ongoing investigation into the tech… Read more...

SpaceX Starship FAA•
On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) completed its environmental assessment of SpaceX’s proposed site expansion in Boca Chica, Texas, after months of delay. Read more...

Toyota Congress EV•
The $7,500 federal EV tax credit has been used for several years to entice consumers to make greener car purchasing decisions, but it has expired for some automakers — and they feel the government needs to remove limits on that incentive. Reuters has learned the CEOs of Ford, GM, Stellantis and Toyota sent a letter to congressional leadership asking them to eliminate the sales-based tax credit ca

It looks like OnePlus smartphones will lose one of the features that distinguished them from other Android handsets, pushing them even closer to Oppo models.

As a female solo traveler , I’m always thinking of ways to keep myself (and my belongings) safe — even in countries deemed “safe” by the U.S. government . I take the same approach in my day-to-day life as I do while traveling. For example, I share the details of any Uber, Lyft or taxi ride I take with loved ones, so someone can confirm I get from point A to point B without issue. I also call a lo

Meta Horizon Worlds•
Meta might soon want everyone to hop into its playful virtual realms, but some users are set up for a shock. In the service of pushing people to socialize in Horizon Worlds , the virtual social network has voice chat enabled by default. As anyone — particularly any woman — who’s played an online multiplayer game in the last decade can attest, chatting over live audio with people you don’t know is

Most of us dread the thought of having to return a piece of clothing we purchased online. In recent years, a newer generation of shoppers — mainly Gen Z — have put their trust in influencers to help them find the best products. Influencer shopping app LTK (formerly and rewardStyle) is tapping into that trend. Between 2019 and 2021, LTK has decreased return rates by 30%. The company

'Evil' stars Katja Herbers, Mike Colton and Michael Emerson go into detail on their biggest internet fears and temptations. Michael Emerson and Katja Herbers give a little insight into the feud between Leland and Kristen's kids. Evil Season 3 is currently streaming on Paramount+.

A dedicated NAS device is sort of like a cloud server for your home—it lets you back up and access data through the internet. But NAS devices are more than just glorified hard drives. With minimal effort, they unlock a world of functionality for computer nerds, movie snobs, music fans, or even small businesses. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

Windows 10’s lock screen is at home on a tablet, but it just adds an additional keypress to the login process on a desktop or laptop. You can disable the lock screen with a quick registry hack. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Celsius Bitcoin Crypto•
Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images) Major cryptocurrencies suffered big losses on Monday. As I write this, bitcoin is down 14 percent over the last 24 hours, while ether is down 16 percent. Other major cryptocurrencies—including solana, dogecoin, and litecoin—are also down by double digits, according to CoinMarketCap . The cryptocurrency crash is part of a broader market sell-off. The

Buzz Lightyear Pixar•
For 27 years, audiences have followed Buzz Lightyear and his friends to infinity and beyond in a string of Toy Story movies and shorts. But now, with Lightyear , the Buzz we know and love gets a down-to-Earth plotline, which re-imagines him as a real man facing some all-too-real inner demons. While kiddos might be confused about the concept, the whole family will revel in Lightyear . Pixar's late

FDA Approves Alopecia•
People with a severe form of baldness will now have a significant treatment option available. On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration approved baricitinib for treating alopecia areata. The drug, taken as a pill, is the first of its kind intended to treat the autoimmune disorder, though it’s already commonly used… Read more...

Nintendo Direct June•
Rumors of a Nintendo Direct in late June are true, TRG sources can corroborate. While Nintendo was a no-show at Summer Games Fest proper, a Nintendo Direct later this month would still let Nintendo slip in the back door to the gaming party. With massive announcements at Summer Games Fest around known quantities like Starfield and Diablo 4 , and then new surprises like Minecraft Legends , Nintendo

PSP Sony PlayStation•
Sony Interactive Entertainment announced today that gamers from North and South America can now explore the newest version of its PlayStation Plus game subscription service, which now has one monthly fee and will incorporate its separate cloud gaming platform, PlayStation Now. As a result, current PlayStation Plus subscribers will be migrated over to the PlayStation Plus Essential tier and get cl

Nigeria has announced plans to regulate internet companies like Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram (all owned by Meta), Google and TikTok in a draft shared by the country’s internet regulator. This information, released by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Monday, can be viewed on its website and Twitter page . Just six months ago, Nigeria lifted the ban on Twi

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Try, if you can, to put aside all the off-screen Lightyear nonsense . What is this movie? How does it fit in with Toy Story ? None of that matters. The first three frames of the latest Pixar animation film clear all that up simply and succinctly. In 1995, a boy named Andy got a Buzz Lightyear toy. It was from his… Read more...

Tesla Sacramento Weeks•
1KFuturism / 10h
Putting out a Tesla fire once is one thing. Putting out a Tesla fire that kept reigniting three weeks after it was taken to the junkyard is another entirely. As Sacramento's KCRA reports , the Tesla blaze was a first for the city's firefighting department, and a confusing first at that — both because water alone wouldn't put out the battery fire, and because the car had been sitting in a junkyard

If you’re already enjoying your PlayStation 5 (PS5), chances are you’re on the hunt for a high-quality monitor to take advantage of everything this system offers. The best monitors for PS5 have the refresh rates and resolution to make it feel like you’re part of the game (and give you an advantage over your competitors). These monitors can come with a high price, as in almost as high as the cost

You can earn 1000 bonus American AAdvantage miles per stay of two nights or more across 10 U.S. cities between July 5 and September 5, 2022. This isn’t choosing ‘miles or points’ this is on top of the Hyatt points you’ll earn And it stacks on top of Hyatt’s existing partnership with American where American elites earn 1 AAdvantage mile per dollar spent with Hyatt and Hyatt elites earn 1 Hyatt poi

Creating dozens of unique, secure passwords is a necessary part of life, but you probably can't remember them all. That's where password managers come in.

Microsoft AB CWA Union•
100+Wired / 10h
The company’s future owner, Microsoft, has entered into a labor neutrality agreement, making it easier for workers to unionize.

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The most recent crypto crash is causing quite a lot of reviled FUD (a term used in the community for fear, uncertainty, and doubt) not only among investors but inside the companies as well, though in the latter’s case its for their job prospects. The crypto lending company BlockFi announced Monday it was slashing 20%,… Read more...

Blizzard Diablo 4 DI•
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Diablo IV will feature a different set of monetization systems than those found in Diablo Immortal , according to Blizzard. “To be clear, D4 is a full-price game built for PC/PS/Xbox audiences,” said Diablo franchise general manager Rod Fergusson following the game’s latest showing during Microsoft’s Summer Game Fest presentation on Sunday. “We are committed to delivering an incredible breadth of

FAA Starship Texas•
Enlarge / SpaceX's next rocket on site at Boca Chica. (credit: Getty Images / Washington Post ) On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave SpaceX one of several approvals that will be needed before the company can launch its Starship from the Boca Chica site in South Texas. The environmental approval comes in part because technology developments have allowed the company to eliminat

Car Goodguys•
Despite what Dunkin’ Donuts would have you believe, America runs on gasoline. We are a nation of drivers with a transit infrastructure geared overwhelmingly towards automobile travel (with fewer than one percent of those on US roads today being of the electric variety). We’re awash in cars ( 276 million were registered in the US as of 2020 ) with around 14 million new light duty trucks and passen

Healthy Brain 40 Degrees•
People might be more hotheaded than we thought. In new research this week, scientists say they were able to create the first maps of healthy people’s brain temperatures. Their findings indicate that brain temperature varies widely depending on many factors, like the time of day and region of the brain, but that it’s… Read more...

FAA Starship Texas•
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SpaceX must address dozens of environmental issues before it can upgrade Starbase in Boca Chica. The launch license needed for the Starship program remains pending.

For those looking to book a vacation rental, Homes & Villas by Marriott has a new limited-time promotion. When you book a stay of at least five consecutive nights at a single Homes & Villas by Marriott property by June 22 and complete your stay by Dec. 31, you will earn double points and a free night certificate for use at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels. You don’t need to register to utiliz

Ask just about any car enthusiast about their favorite sports cars from the 1990s and we'd bet the Toyota Supra will be on their list - perhaps even at the top.

K-9 Mail Thunderbird•
Enlarge / K-9 Mail will become Thunderbird for Android in time. (credit: Mozilla ) The open source Thunderbird email client has a long and storied history, but until now, that history has been limited to the desktop. That's about to change, according to a post on the Thunderbird blog . Thunderbird will be coming to Android through the popular open source mobile email client K-9 Mail . According t

Editor’s note : This post has been updated with the latest information. World of Hyatt and American Airlines are back with another promotion. From July 5 to Sept. 5, World of Hyatt members can earn 1,000 bonus American Airlines miles per eligible stay at over 150 participating Hyatt hotels and resorts in 10 U.S. cities. The promotion is not targeted, but registration with your AAdvantage membersh

Google announced that the Pixel 6a wouldn’t debut until later this summer, but that hasn’t stopped the leakers from teasing us. Over the weekend, Malaysian YouTuber, Fazli Halim, published an 11-minute long look at the upcoming Pixel 6a. The device featured in the reel matches the Pixel 6a previewed during the Google… Read more...

A Google engineer has been put on administrative leave after expressing concern over what he perceived as sentience in an artificial intelligence program.

Apple Second Headset LG•
Apple’s WWDC event came and went without any mention of an AR/VR headset , but that hasn’t slowed the influx of reports and rumors surrounding this highly anticipated product. Despite the first model’s absence, we’re now learning about Apple’s second-generation mixed reality headset. Read more...

Ads Streaming Services•
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As struggling streaming services race to expose more viewers to ads , advertisers are seeing some pretty expensive hiccups start to happen. Case in point: on Monday, GroupM—one of the biggest ad-buying brands around—published a new study that found that about $1 billion worth of streaming ads every year are playing… Read more...

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Are you the sort of music listener who'll happily pay more for a set of earphones than you would on a nice computer? If so, Sony has the MP3 players for you. The company has released two ultra-high-end Walkman MP3 players aimed squarely at audiophiles. The headliner, the $3,700 NW-WM1ZM2 (pictured at left), mates an S-Master HX digital amp with "fine-tuned" capacitors, thick Kimber Kable (to link

Netflix Dragon Age•
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Throughout the years, BioWare has become equally known for both the games it makes and the reactions surrounding those games . Most of the time, this relates to its sci-fi RPG Mass Effect, which is due to receive some type of resurgence within the next couple of years. And while you very much wouldn’t say that’s the… Read more...

With a few noticeable exceptions, such as blueberries, blue raspberry candy, and certain cocktails, blue is not a color you want your food to be, especially if you weren’t planning on it. Blue (or turquoise, or green) garlic is particularly startling. Garlic is supposed to be beige, golden brown, or a deep, sticky… Read more...

Now more than ever, heed this advice: Stop looking at your 401k so damn much. When there’s alarming news about the stock market (see: every last shred of economic news at the moment), you might feel compelled to obsess about how your retirement savings are faring, but don’t—even if the balance is listed clearly on the… Read more...

Google Engineer AI•
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Google suspended software engineer Blake Lemoine this week after he made an eyebrow-raising claim: that one of the company's experimental artificial intelligences had gained sentience. The story drew widespread media attention , stoking the fires of a familiar debate. Are contemporary language models really capable of gaining consciousness — or did Lemoine just see the image of his own humanity r

Amazon Smart Thermostat vs. Google Nest -- lets break down the similarities and differences between the two to help you make the right choice.

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Microsoft dropped Internet Explorer from Windows 11, instead only making it accessible through ‘IE Mode’ on the new Edge browser. Now the company is preparing to remove it from some builds of Windows 10, too. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Chevrolet Blazer EV•
There are more choices than ever for electric cars, especially as older companies like General Motors and Ford are starting to create electric versions of their gas and hybrid cars. GM has now (partially) revealed another upcoming model: the Chevrolet Blazer EV. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Rune Labs FDA Apple•
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Turns out the Apple Watch’s motion sensors can be a useful tool for Parkinson’s patients and their physicians. The FDA has granted approval to Rune Labs to use their software paired with the Apple Watch to track symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, Reuters reported today. The San Francisco-based digital health startup has created software for watchOS that can detect common Parkinson’s symptoms such a

Who says it’s too late to book summer travel? Every once in a while, even amid peak demand, you can find a great fare for a last-minute flight, and that’s certainly what we have here. These discounted flights will bring you to a place that boasts one of the best beaches out there. We’re talking about a trip as soon as this week … in fact, if you could be ready tomorrow, you could leave tomorrow.

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There are several ways your Meta Quest 2 adventures can be shared to your TV, it's just not as simple as plugging in an HDMI cable.

Self-parking cars seem like magic, but the idea isn't new. In fact, the first version of this technology involved a fifth wheel and dated back to the 1930s.

Apple Stage M1 iPad•
Though the iPad was a huge hit from the beginning based on its user-friendly interface and single-application focus, it had begun feeling a bit stale for those who hunger for more depth. Long one of the world’s lightest and most powerful medium-format computers, the lag between what kind of work it was capable of and what kind of work it actually welcomed had been growing. Over the past couple of

Many people rarely -- if ever -- shut off their phone entirely. As it turns out, doing so at least once per week is a best practice.

The long and chequered lifespan of mathematical icon pi has been extended even further thanks to Google Cloud. Google Developer Advocate, Emma Haruka Iwao, successfully calculated pi to 100 trillion digits using the company's cloud platform. What's even more striking it that this is the second time in just three years that Iwao has broken the record. Why does this matter? Mathematicians have been

Meta Quest VR H. Worlds•
Quest 2 VR headset owners in the UK will finally get access to Horizon Worlds starting today – and an update coming to the headset this week will make socializing in VR much easier for everyone. Horizon Worlds is Meta’s burgeoning metaverse platform and Quest 2 users in the UK (who are over 18) can now download and jump into it for free. They’ll join users already accessing the service in the US

Choice Radisson Americas•
With 624 hotels in total, this is just over $1 million per property (abstracting away from real estate). That actually seems low for the business, even though it includes few hard assets. This seems like a real miss for Hyatt. Though the hotels are more downmarket than Hyatts overall, it would have given them some reach outside of the larger metro areas in the U.S. where they’re strong. Continue

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There’s not much you can thank one-hit ‘90s wonder Vanilla Ice for, but among those few things is this: he tied the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles inextricably with rap music . Of course, he did it by performing the confounding “Ninja Rap” in the second TMNT movie, Secret of the Ooze , but the many, many TMNT-themed raps… Read more...

Celsius Bitcoin 2020•
Crypto markets were shaken as the not-so-stablecoin UST and sister cryptocurrency LUNA collapsed last month, bringing the digital asset economy down with them and exposing smaller, more vulnerable players. Now, we’re seeing crypto whales like Celsius floating up to the surface for different reasons, causing the global crypto market capitalization to fall below $1 trillion for the first time since

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A shutdown of a major current in the Atlantic Ocean would rapidly transform wind, temperature, and precipitation patterns across the whole globe, according to new research. Read more...


Another report has surfaced about Apple's next iPad Pro lineup, one that may include far more powerful hardware, not to mention a huge display.

Twiiter iappears to be joining other major social media networks by developing a collaborative Tweets feature that lets users co-author Tweets.

Whether you want an online calendar to share with others, or you just want a physical calendar you can print and use in the office, you have three options for creating a calendar in Google Sheets. Let’s get started. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Adobe has a vision for an internet peppered with photos and videos packaged up with extra data about where they came from. The company’s central aim is to mitigate the spread of visual misinformation, but the system could also be a boon for content creators keen to keep their names attached to their work. First announced in 2019, Adobe’s Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) project has since rel

FAA Starship Texas•
The Federal Aviation Administration published its highly anticipated environmental assessment of SpaceX’s Starbase launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, and the Starship launch program on Monday, with the agency finding that SpaceX’s plans would not result in significant impacts to the environment — but requiring the company to implement a number of mitigation measures before it can start conducting

You may have heard of Tenerife or Gran Canaria, but there’s more to Spain’s Canary Islands than these two popular spots. The Canary Islands are popular with European travelers, but may not be on the radar of U.S.-based travelers thanks to their far-flung location closer to Africa than Spain. With United’s new nonstop service from Newark (EWR) to Tenerife South (TFS), though, these islands are muc

Windows 11 File Explorer•
Enlarge / Oft-tested and never released, tabs could be coming to Windows Explorer soon. (credit: Microsoft) Browser tabs have been a thing for decades, but the file explorers you use to navigate your computer's storage have been slow to follow suit. The macOS Finder picked up tabs in 2013 , and now Windows 11's File Explorer is getting them too. Microsoft released a new build of Windows 11 (versi

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Have you ever wished you could keep a work meeting going as you leave for home ? No? Too bad, you're getting that option regardless. Cisco has introduced seamless transition features that 'help' you continue Webex meetings on your iPhone and through CarPlay. Move to Mobile lets you move a call from the desktop to your iPhone by scanning a QR code, while CarPlay can now continue a meeting the mome

Persona 5 Xbox PlayStation•
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Microsoft made a lot of western JRPG fans happy on Sunday when it shared it was working with Atlus to bring the Persona series to Xbox Game Pass . Outside of Persona 4 Golden , the franchise’s main entries have been exclusive to PlayStation consoles, limiting their accessibility. The good news is that expansion isn’t limited to Game Pass. On Monday, Atlus said it would bring Persona 3 Portable ,

In this post I wanted to talk about something I’m passionate about — good coffee. I travel a lot, I’m often jetlagged , and I’m an early riser, so I’m going to keep this focused on the core of the blog, and talk specifically about good airline and hotel coffee (which on the surface seems like an oxymor