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It's here, at long last. On Monday, James Corden shared Lizzo's episode of Carpool Karaoke , and we're please to confirm it's 15 minutes of non-stop fun. In the footage above Corden and Lizzo harmonise to classics like "Good as Hell" and "Juice", fan out over Beyoncé, and get stuck in to an impromptu flute session. To finish, there's even a street recreation of the viral TikTok dance for "About D

In a world of $50 streaming sticks, the $180 Apple TV 4K looks like an outrageous purchase. But even the biggest Android nerds swoon over Apple TV 4K when they see it in person. Its high price comes with premium features, and for some people, it’s the best streaming device available today. Read This Article on Review Geek ›

One of Elden Ring’s most recognizable areas looked very different when it first appeared earlier this year, as Bandai Namco quietly altered the game after release. Leyndell, a grand fortress-city and one of Elden Ring ’s late-game areas, included different enemies and items in the game’s 1.0 version. Playing an unpatched PS5 disc copy of the game, YouTuber Sekiro Dubi was able to play this early

When you climb up a set of stairs to look over Boston Metal ’s newest project, it becomes clear just how big a job it is to cut steel’s climate impact. The impressive new installation is a pilot reactor that the startup will use to make emissions-free steel. It’s about the size of a school bus, set down into the floor of the research facility; the stairs, with freshly painted yellow railings, lea

Engadget / 11min
Rocket Lab has successfully launched NASA's 55-pound CAPSTONE cubesat that will eventually orbit the moon if all goes to plan. It's a small but important step in NASA's Artemis mission that aims to send humans to the moon for the first time since 1972. The launch proceeded nominally according to NASA's broadcast, reaching low-Earth orbit at about 'T' plus 10 minutes. An Electron launch is much li

Ford's Bronco evolves into its most off-road friendly form, as the Bronco Everglades loads up on accessories for some serious mud and rock capabilities.

For our trip to Europe , our first stop was at Hotel Martinez Cannes , a Hyatt Unbound Collection property (this used to be a Grand Hyatt, but has been rebranded). This wasn’t our final destination (we were headed to Saint-Tropez from there), but rather we spent two nights here since our flight was arriving late in the evening, and we wanted to adjust to European time for a couple of days. Ultima

The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Gizmodo / 19min
The January 6th Committee made a surprise announcement on Monday that it would be holding a new hearing on Tuesday about President Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow the government after he lost the 2020 presidential election. And if you’re looking for ways to watch live, Gizmodo has got you covered. Read more...

Vezeeta , a healthtech startup operating in the Middle East and Africa, reportedly laid off about 10% of its staff last week. The number of affected employees isn’t known; however, multiple sources who posted the news on LinkedIn , including affected employees, revealed that up to 50 people were let go. Vezeeta has almost 500 employees, according to its LinkedIn page. TechCrunch reached out to th

Mashable / 24min
TikTok users are sharing their innermost insecurities under the guise of asking a simple question. The trend appears nonsensical at first: TikTokkers reveal their intimate fears within a consumer-driven question and answer. Typically, these anxieties are accompanied by an edit of Lord Huron’s "The Night We Met" (first posted on TikTok back in January), which has now been used in over 200,000 vide

It's official: Obi-Wan Kenobi's final episode is the most popular Star Wars TV episode to air on Disney Plus – and that's bad news for the franchise. According to streaming data analyst Samba TV (per Deadline ), the season 1 finale of Obi-Wan's TV series drew in 1.8 million viewers between Wednesday, June 22 (its release day) and Sunday, June 27. That figure may not sound that significant, but it

Valve Steam Deck tSD•
Valve has announced that Steam Deck production is being increased, promising that from June 28, 2022 shipment numbers from the console will have doubled, writing that "today we'll be shipping more than double the number of Steam Decks every week". This information comes directly from the official Steam Deck Twitter account, where the company also confirmed some good news for gamers who pre-ordere

Microsoft is making the finishing touches to Sun Valley 2, Windows 11 's first major update since its release back in 2021, but users have been unsure of whether their PC would be able to support it. According to Windows Latest , there's a way of going into the Registry Editor, and checking if your PC can update to 22H2 once it's available (supposedly later this year). Called Sun Valley 2 interna

Mashable / 35min
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert , where the two spoke about journalism, accountability reporting, lack of public trust, and the dangers journalists are increasingly facing worldwide for simply doing their jobs. His appearance comes alongside the release of HBO documentary Endangered , for which Farrow is an executive producer. The film

21Mashable / 35min
Wanda Sykes has been taking the U.S. government to task for an age, challenging what the hell we consider to be "normal" behaviour from politicians and lawmakers. And appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert , the comedy legend condemned the overturning of Roe v. Wade on Friday, with the Supreme Court voting to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion . "The country, it’s no longe

Mashable / 35min
Extreme slow motion content featuring large water balloons is becoming an annual tradition for YouTube duo The Slow Mo Guys. Dan has previously been showered by one , submerged himself inside one , and even been crushed beneath one on a trampoline — and now, continuing the don't-try-this-at-home trend with the video above, he's also been sandwiched between two of the things. The long filling part

We’re just a few weeks away from Amazon Prime Day 2022 – the online retailer’s yearly discount event – but it might not be the only one it hosts in 2022. Usually, the Prime member-exclusive sale takes place around the middle of the year, this year falling on July 12 and 13 . But according to leaked notices sent to Amazon retailers, we might see another happen in “Q4" later this year. The notice (

The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Two EV Charging GM•
The United States has around 150,000 fuel stations to refill its fleet of fossil-fuel-burning vehicles. Despite the rapid growth of all-electric vehicles in America—400,000 of them were sold in 2021 , up from barely 10,000 in 2012 —the country has only 6,000 DC fast electric charging stations, the kind that can rapidly juice up a battery-powered car. A glance at America’s charging map reveals an

Instagram Facebook•
If you post about being able to mail abortion pills to those who need it on Facebook, don't be surprised if you get a warning — or even get your account restricted. A tipster told Motherboard that they were notified a minute after posting "I will mail abortion pills to any one of you" that their status update had been removed. When they tried to post about it again later, they were banned for it.

Companies like BlueWave are betting on it. But the technology has its critics.

Samsung Galaxy S23•
If you were hoping for a camera revolution from the Samsung Galaxy S23 or Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus then you might be out of luck, as the latest leak suggests at least one of the sensors will be the same as the Samsung Galaxy S22 ’s – and there’s reason to suspect another might be too. According to GalaxyClub , the Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus will both have a 10MP telephoto camera, just

TL;DR: As of June 28, you can get this 2-in-1 Folding Wireless Magnetic Suction Charger for $69.99, which is 38% lower than its regular price of $114. Clutter is more than annoying. As it happens, a messy space can negatively affect your mental health , and obtrusive charger cables certainly count as clutter. If you’re looking for a quick, convenient way to clear up some room on your nightstand,

TL;DR: As of June 28, the Kiru Knife™ Kurouchi Chef Knife is on sale for 50% off, so you can get it for $84.99 instead of its usual $169.99. It doesn’t matter if you’re a wizard in the kitchen or struggle to dice an onion , one thing you can’t get around is how useful a quality chef knife is. Besides making prepwork a breeze, an all-purpose knife that will keep its edge sharp is just safer than l

TL;DR: As of June 28, you can get the Digital Photography Insiders 17-Hour Course , worth $299, for just $60. That's savings of a whole 79%. All those professional-looking photos you double-tap on Instagram may seem effortless, but good photography actually takes a lot of skill. Sure, some people have a better eye than others, but it still takes a great deal of finesse to nail the shot every time

TL;DR: As of June 28, you can get the CarbonIce™ 7-in-1 Bacteria Protection & Cooling Pillow for $69.99 instead of its regular price of $100, which means it's 30% off. Night sweats are a real drag. And flipping your pillow only works for so long before the heat of the night comes back to get you. You really should just swap out your pillow altogether for a cooling one. Consider the CarbonIce 7-in

Living on the moon may still seem to most people like a fantasy out of The Jetsons , rather than a potential near-term reality, but NASA has its nose to the grindstone and is taking its first steps toward building a lunar base right now. A rocket expected to blast off Tuesday morning from New Zealand will tread a unique path around the moon where the U.S. agency would like to put an orbiting spac

It’s hard jumping into a multiplayer shooter that some people have been playing at a high level for months. You better at least know the basics before you get your behind kicked. And the basics in Battlefield 2042 aren’t all that self-explanatory, especially for longtime Battlefield -heads. This game, which was met with disappointment at launch but has seen a recent revitalization due to the laun

Players is an act of love. The new Paramount+ series from Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda, creators of the Netflix hit American Vandal , is a reality-meets-fantasy esports story built in the mold of Hulu's multi-hour Michael Jordan docuseries, The Last Dance . Functionally, Players is a mockumentary. But there's nothing mocking about its portrayal of gaming culture and the professional players who

API Security Annually•
Google today announced a preview of Advanced API Security, a new product headed to Google Cloud that’s designed to detect security threats as they relate to APIs. Built on Apigee, Google’s platform for API management, the company says that customers can request access starting today. Short for “application programming interface,” APIs are documented connections between computers or between comput

In the hours and days after the US Supreme Court announced its ruling overturning the constitutional right to abortion, tech companies rushed to show their support for employees living in states where the procedure is now outlawed. Meta, Facebook’s parent company, promised to pay expenses for staffers who need to travel out of their home state for an abortion. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, t

There are a number of concerns around data protection following the US Supreme Court's ruling on abortion.

Gurman Apple TV HomePod•
An upgraded new version of Apple TV looks set to provide a boost for gaming, but will dent hopes of a cheaper version of the streaming set top box, based on this new report. The latest update from noted Apple tipster Mark Gurman in his Power On newsletter claims that the upcoming new model will get a boosted A14-power CPU as well as an extra gigabyte of RAM. Code-named J255 , the report doesn’t a

Last week I wrote about an AI startup that’s building technology that can alter, in real time, the accent of someone’s speech. But what if the AI goal instead is to make it possible for people speaking in whatever way they do, to be understood just as they are, and to remove some of the bias inherent in a lot of AI systems in the process? There’s a major need for that, too, and now a UK startup c

India will give VPN providers and cloud service operators an additional three months to comply with new rules that require they maintain names and addresses of their customers and their IP addresses, giving some relief to firms as many scramble to follow the new guidelines and some explore the option of leaving the South Asian market. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, the body appointe

Google 6A Faster Pixel 6•
Google’s Pixel 6a may not have formally hit the market yet but that hasn’t stopped some reviewers from getting hands on a device early, testing it out and showing a few ways that the cut-price Google phone doesn’t quite belong with the Pixel 6 family. Malaysian tech YouTuber, Fazli Halim, managed to get hands on a retail-ready Pixel 6a sample in early June and gave it the unboxing treatment , but

After repeated delays, the microwaved oven-sized CubeSat known as CAPSTONE may finally start its long journey to the moon. With this launch, NASA aims to begin the first chapter of its ambitious Artemis program, and lay the groundwork for what would be a first in human history: an orbiting crewed platform around the moon. Before the crewed platform, which the agency is calling “Gateway,” can laun

Apple Watch Series 8•
According to the rumors, the Apple Watch 8 is getting a 'Rugged Edition' or 'Extreme Edition', designed for extreme sports or intensive outdoor use. This kind of smartwatch would be like those designed by Garmin, Amazfit or Casio, with a hardy design, long-lasting battery, and a focus on features that would be useful for extreme sports. Think long-distance hiking, trail running, climbing, skiing

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information. No matter how much you plan ahead, you’ll often need to withdraw money in the local currency when you’re overseas. Of course, the U.S. dollar is accepted in some countries and you’ll want to have a credit card on you. However, there might be situations where that will just not work — and the local currency (in cash) is the only accep

If you ask most executives if they want to do the right thing by the planet, chances are they are going to say yes, even if they don’t know exactly what that involves. Some companies could exaggerate their intentions in a process known as “greenwashing ,” but companies with more honorable motives need tools to help understand the data about their energy usage, and if they are meeting the goals th

The all new PS Plus is here and it has an absolute gem of horror game waiting for you. PS Plus now offers three membership tiers: Essential, Extra, and Premium. The latter comes with all the perks you could ask for, and is the priciest of the bunch. One of these benefits is cloud streaming access to a whole horde of OG PlayStation, PS2, PS3, PS4, and PSP games. Nestled amongst the PS2 titles is S

Apple M2 Pro M.•
Since its announcements at WWDC 2022 , users have been wondering how much of an improvement the battery life is on laptops running the new M2 chip - well, it's already impressing testers. Both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro were refreshed to have the M2 chip, the successor to Apple's Silicon efforts that it announced almost two years ago. The M1 chip and its subsequent spinoffs impressed with it

People with arm paralysis might easily feed themselves in the future. Johns Hopkins University-led researchers have developed a new technique that let a partially paralyzed man feed himself using robotic arms connected through a brain-machine interface . He only had to make small movements with his fists at certain prompts (such as "select cut location") to have the fork- and knife-equipped arms

N. Pelosi House Democrats•
In a letter posted on her official website, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has revealed that House Democrats have been working on legislation to protect personal data collected by reproductive health trackers. It's one of the three avenues the lawmakers are exploring following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. "Many fear that this information could be used against women by a sinis

Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned longstanding precedent Roe v. Wade , allowing individual states to ban abortions . It was a devastating decision that many Americans had feared. " Most people who seek access to abortion care are already parents, so they're worried about how to take care of their families and how to ensure that they have what they need to afford for their own self de

Samsung is popular for a reason, but that doesn't mean it always makes decisions that consumers like. The Galaxy S23 may not be an exception.

Sure, stick vacuums can clean the heck out of your floors and robot vacuum cleaners can do all the dirty work for you without having to get up from the couch. But sometimes, you need a tool that can easily reach awkward spots (like in your car), quickly clean up messy spills, and bust the dust in no time. Enter, handheld vacuum cleaners. SEE ALSO: New Roomba i7+ remembers a map of your home Handh

Some Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners can now grab Starbucks-themed accessories for the devices, though the availability is very limited right now.

Waymo, Aurora, UPS and Luminar are among a group of 34 autonomous vehicle developers, California business organizations, and automotive and logistics companies that have signed an open letter to Governor Gavin Newsom asking him to revisit the California Department of Motor Vehicles’s 2015 prohibition on the operation of autonomous trucks in the state. California began regulating autonomous vehicl

Degreed Acquires Learn In•
Edtech up-skilling platform Degreed has acquired Learn In , which creates talent resource hubs for employers to better spin up education services for their teams. While we’d nearly always cover a notable acquisition in a relevant tech sector, the extra interesting bit here is a personnel one: both companies were co-founded by the same entrepreneur, David Blake. It feels rare to see serial entrepr

While most Wordle words are easy to figure out, some are unusual enough to evade players' best guesses. That's the case with #374, though you might get lucky.

Wordle Answer Today June•
It is *checks notes * Tuesday June 28, and if you're trying to get your head around the idea that we're just about halfway through the year, you're not alone. A simple word puzzle should be easier to wrap your head around, but sometime you just get stuck on the daily Wordle — and that's where we come in. The answer to the June 28 Wordle can be found at the end of this article, with the spoiler cl

Teachers urgently want parents to understand the tech which could help to keep kids safer online.

It’s the battle of the holiday announcements at the theme parks! The Horrors of Blumhouse is the latest house to be added to Halloween Horror Nights for Universal Studios’ annual fall haunt event. Meanwhile it’s beginning to look a lot like halfway to Christmas at Disneyland and the Walt Disney World Resort. And look… Read more...

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Cryptocurrency is doing so bad right now that even some of the quintessential "HODLers" are selling. Bitcoin miners have been unloading their Bitcoin holdings over the past two months as the cryptocurrency markets plummet and Bitcoin declines in value, according to a new report from Reuters . In an unusual trend throughout May, Bitcoin miners actually sold more Bitcoin than they obtained through

Four Plural Founders•
Until recently, Taavet Hinrikus, co-founder of Wise, and Sten Tamkivi, co-founder of Teleport, had banded together as a sort of “mini Angel brand” known as “Taavet+Sten.” Tamkivi has done around 50 angel deals, Hinrikus has, reportedly, done as many as 150. But they were effectively pooling their personal capital as angel investors. However, evidently this wasn’t enough for either, plus as former

Something happened a couple of years back (won’t say what), that made going to the movie theater an incredibly daunting prospect. Luckily, this coincided with some serious advancements in home projector technology, including the LG CineBeam. Instead of casting its image from a distance, the projector image shoots up, which makes home projection far easier than it’s ever been before. Here’s a thor

The best drones for under $100 are ideal for beginners looking to try flying a drone for the first time or parents purchasing a drone as a gift for their child. With their low price and features designed to make them easy to fly, these drones are often the best choice for learning to fly a drone before advancing to more complex and pricier models. In fact, many drones at this price point have but

100+Gizmodo / 11h
There’s no word yet on if Obi-Wan Kenobi will return to Disney+ for more seasons, but apparently the stories are there. In a new interview, writer Stuart Beattie explained that the original plan for Obi-Wan Kenobi was to make three movies, and the story on the first season of the show was just part one. Read more...

Passwords are pretty easy to steal and just as easy to forget. Some companies are working to get rid of them entirely, and that's where passkeys come in.

Riot Games Valorant•
Maybe they're already on their best behavior? Developer Riot Games will soon be listening in on the voice chats of Valorant players, the company announced recently -- and most people are a-okay about that. Starting July 13 , Riot will launch a “voice evaluation system” and record in -game voice chats whenever a disruptive behavior report is submitted by players. Riot says this will help to train

When Frontier Airlines raised its offer to buy Spirit Airlines and gave the Spirit Airlines board cover to again endorse a merger between the two airlines (walking away from a much bigger offer from JetBlue that faces greater anti-trust scrutiny) it seemed like game over. The new offer even got the endorsement from two independent proxy advisory firms. JetBlue isn't done though. They've come out

Samsung smartphone owners in Australia have won a lawsuit against the company after some of its supposedly water-resistant phones were damaged by water.

OX Securities Instagram•
Your Steam account might get hacked, but there are ways to recover it and other precautions to take to prevent it from happening again.

100+TechCrunch / 12h
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 . Hello, friends! I’m back from being OOTO for the past week. My inbox is a hot mess, but the beach was very relaxing, and I’m still thinking of those watermelon margaritas. As you can see, my partner in crime, Haje , is still enjoying his adventures, but we have a f

In handling his financial troubles, renowned actor Nic Cage may have broken a number of Ferrari's unspoken purchaser rules.

41Gizmodo / 12h
Sony Pictures continues to take chances on its extended Spider-Man universe of characters with the Dakota Johnson-led Madame Web , adding yet another name—Emma Roberts, star of American Horror Story and Scream Queens —to its cast in yet another undefined role. Read more...

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Lithuania Hit Cyber
Enlarge / Drowning in a sea of data. (credit: Getty Images ) Internet services in Lithuania came under "intense" distributed denial of service attacks on Monday as the pro-Russia threat-actor group Killnet took credit. Killnet said its attacks were in retaliation regarding Lithuania's recent banning of shipments sanctioned by the European Union to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Lithuania's g

Hello and welcome back to Max Q. In this issue: NASA sees a future for nuclear energy on the moon Epsilon3 closes funding for space industry OS News from AWS, SpaceX and more Don’t forget to sign up to get the free newsletter version of Max Q delivered to your inbox. NASA taps three companies to design nuclear power plants for the moon In a rather cool bit of news, NASA said that it’s contracting

The Goodwood Festival of Speed's 23-year-old outright hill record has finally been broken, and the car that did it isn't what many would consider conventional.

Electric Cars 2022 EV•
While you might think your electric vehicle is saving you money, think again if you're considering its potential resale value.

Enlarge (credit: Tesla ) Last week, Tesla announced a program for California-based owners of its home battery products. Sign up with the company, and you'd become part of what the company calls a "virtual power plant." You would be able to use your battery to keep the grid stable during periods of high demand and be well-compensated for the electrons. While this may conjure images of Powerwall ba

For some reason, the frequency of google searches for “How to move to Canada” spiked by 550% last week . Maybe Justin Trudeau must have announced a new tourist-attracting marketing campaign or something? Read more...

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There’s a moment in the new season four trailer for FX’s What We Do in The Shadows where the vampires’ neighbor asks, “What’s the word for what you guys are?” When Guillermo (Harvey GuillĂ©n) responds “ Polyamorous ?”, the neighbor says, “No, I was kind of thinking like dirty hippies.” Read more...

If you've dreamed of owning a vintage sports car but don't want to spend too much, a classic Maserati dating back to the 1970s may be what you're looking for.

Rivian Adventure Network•
300+Engadget / 12h
When Rivian drivers do eventually get on the road , they'll have their pick of charging networks including a brand new one from the EV truckmaker itself. Rivian announced on Monday that the first three sites of its burgeoning "Adventure Network" of Level 3 fast DC chargers are coming online and will be accessible to nearly every other EV on the road, regardless of who makes it. The first station

The sun can wreak havoc on a lot of things, from your car to your skin . Did you know that even your eyes are susceptible to damage from UV rays? They are. We don’t usually call that “an eye sunburn,” though; we call it photokeratitis. But it’s effectively the same thing, and it’s bad news. Here’s what it is and how to… Read more...

300+Gizmodo / 12h
Our existing infrastructure isn’t built to withstand climate change, and heat waves have started to drive wedges into the cracks in the system. Triple-digit temperatures caused a train to derail near San Francisco last week, according to an internal evaluation by Bay Are