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A great movie allows us to slip into some feelings for a bit, kind of like putting on an old, reliable coat. Sometimes we seek the feel of something whimsical and romantic . Other times we want a thrill that'll give us goosebumps. Still other days, all we crave is the embrace of the warm and fuzzy . But sometimes, you just want to slide into the sad, slipping into a tearjerker for the sopping, sn



When you create a virtual hard disk in VirtualBox or VMware, you specify a maximum disk size. If you want more space on your virtual machine’s hard disk later, you’ll have to enlarge the virtual hard disk and partition. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›



I've been fortunate enough to spend a week with the Canon EOS R10, which is now the cheapest route into its RF mirrorless camera system. And while it isn't perfect, the R10 has convinced me that it should now be top of the list for beginner photographers. That's a pretty big deal, because it's something we haven't been able to say about a Canon camera for a long time. Its Rebel DSLRs (known as it




TL;DR: As of August 14, you can get the Python Certification Bootcamp Bundle for just $34.99 instead of $2,388 — that's a 98% discount. Want to start coding but don't know what language to start with? Python could be a useful first language to have under your belt. Often recommended by programmers as a primer because of its accessibility and the many different ways you can use it, Python is also



TL;DR: As of August 14, you can get the Essential 2022 Excel Wizard Bundle when you pay what you want (see below for details) instead of its retail value of $199. Excel is a remarkably useful program for data organization and analysis. The only problem is that it’s not super user-friendly if you’re still learning. Once you’ve mastered some key functions, Excel could be a useful tool for you in a



TL;DR: As of August 14, you can get your first month of the Composer Pro Subscription for free. (It's $24 per month after that.) Elon Musk now says he never suggested people should buy cryptocurrencies . That’s easy for him to say after the already highly combustible crypto market has recently started to combust. But after years of tweeting about crypto, including his seemingly personal favorite



TL;DR: As of August 14, you can get the Top 18 Wines for Winter 2022 by Splash Wines for just $69.99 instead of $350 — that's an 80% discount. Flowers are great and all, but there might be another kind of bouquet to enjoy, and it looks great in a glass. Whether you’re all about warm reds or enjoy a fresh Riesling to welcome the weekend, this discounted wine delivery deal could be the one for you.



TL;DR: Through August 24, you can get the BOSMA Aegis Smart Door Lock for just $79.99 with code SMARTLOCK — that's a 16% discount. Your dorm room is a new space for you. It may not be dangerous, but you might feel a little vulnerable living somewhere new. However, even if there’s nothing to worry about, you might be able to make your new digs feel a little safer with a smart lock that’s easy to i



National security concerns over the Chinese-owned viral video app remain unresolved. Lawmakers and regulators are increasingly pushing for action.
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SAVE 49%: You can access Korean Netflix from anywhere in the world with ExpressVPN. A one-year subscription to ExpressVPN is on sale for £85.25 and includes an extra three months for free — 49% off for a limited time. There are a lot of reasons to be interested in South Korean Netflix , starting with the long list of popular Korean dramas . Netflix also has 109 Oscar-winning films and the highest



TL;DR: The PlayStation Plus Essential 12-month subscription and VPN Unlimited lifetime subscription bundle is on sale for £57.86, saving you 73% on list price. How much of your time online is spent gaming and browsing? With a PlayStation Plus Essential 12-month subscription and VPN Unlimited lifetime subscription bundle , that time might be a little more fun and a little more private, and it’s on



SAVE 49%: ExpressVPN is the best service for unblocking streaming sites from around the world. A one-year subscription to ExpressVPN is on sale for £85.25 and includes an extra three months for free — 49% off for a limited time. We hate to break it to you like this, but Hulu is only available in the U.S. It's really not fair, because Hulu showcases a wide range of award-winning movies, hit shows,



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A hacker has formulated an exploit that provides root access to two popular models of the company’s farm equipment.



Sunday can only mean one thing, and that's a fresh Wordle to solve — which means our daily Wordle help is here for you just in case you need an extra, end-of-the-week nudge in the right direction. The answer to the August 14 Wordle, puzzle #421, can be found at the end of this article. Before you get there, though, there are a couple of subtle clues to help you narrow it down, and as you scroll d



You know what always gives me a case of the Sunday Scaries? A Quordle puzzle that I can't seem to solve. With the workweek starting up again tomorrow, you so do not need this stress right now. But fortunately, the solution to today's Quordle is coming shortly, and if you scroll all the way down to the bottom you'll see it. But why rush things when the weekend is going to be over soon? Read carefu



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Lost at Sea Astrophysics professor Avi Loeb was the longest-serving chair of Harvard's astronomy department until he got snapped up by a White House science and technology advisory committee. His next adventure lies at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Yesterday, NBC reported that Loeb wants to recover fragments of an interstellar meteor he says fell to Earth in 2014 after it arrived from outside



The video game industry hasn't been all fun and games. These consoles were the biggest flops of all time.



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Hard Water Two former mining regulators want an investigation into just how badly strip mining impacted the recent, deadly Eastern Kentucky floods. On Monday, KY newspaper Courier Journal reported that both Jack Spadaro, a former top federal mine-safety engineer and lawyer,


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The F.B.I. has pumped new life into the Trump campaign by raiding his Mar-a-Lago home to obtain some documents that they themselves had locked in a room some months back. Exactly why this was done can only be fully understood once the contents of a support affidavit are made public, if ever. In the affidavit, according to the observers, there was an “insider” telling tales of some sort that made the raid necessary.

One angle to this is to smear Trump if at a possible. The latest ploy is to accuse him of violating the Espionage Act, meaning he is selling state secrets to the enemy, meaning Russia. Oh, please what is this hang up with Russia? What secrets? Why? So he can build a Moscow hotel?

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Author and speaker Salmon Rushdie was attacked in NYC and stabbed by an assailant who authorities  have taken forever to identify. This is because it is obviously an extremist that nobody has time for. We need to be looking instead at the Americans who use the Betsy Ross flag as “code” for “dangerous right-wing-nutball.” Keep an eye on them.

Now the media gave a lot of people the impression that the Iranian fatwa targeting Rushdie some 33 years ago (magic number noted) was lifted. Apparently this is not true and it was reemphasized in 2019.
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The story of space is a story of collisions . Sometimes, a meteor plummets through Earth's atmosphere and slams into a doghouse . Sometimes stars crash into one another , violently. Other times, two dazzling spiral galaxies collide. Hawaii's Gemini North telescope, atop the towering volcano Mauna Kea, recently captured a brilliant view of the galaxies NGC 4568 and NGC 4567 before they collide. In



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We live in a capitalist society intent on grinding down the human spirit into sellable parts. As such, for many people it is no longer enough to work a steady, full-time job in pursuit of debt-free financial security. In this nightmare of a reality built from panic attacks and crushed dreams, we must side hustle . The peddling of hustles is, in itself, a hustle. Numerous TikTok and YouTube creato



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I admit that I haven’t always been a fan of seltzer (I thought it tasted like boring soda), but at some point in my mid-20s everything changed. The LaCroix boom happened, and sparkling water suddenly burst onto the scene as a new, young, cutting-edge beverage. Now, in the age of spiked seltzer and CBD soda waters it’s hard to overstate the culture impact seltzer water has had, and I have to confe



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Just like the mischievous Tim Burton character of the same name, the red supergiant star Betelgeuse's head shrank. Scientists watched the star blast its outer surface into space in 2019, an unexpected cosmic event they had never seen before in a normal star. The eruption was so catastrophic, it blew off 400 billion times as much material as the sun does routinely in ejections linked to solar flar



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TL;DR: As of August 13, you can get the CompTIA & AWS, Cisco Certification Paths Bundle for just $34.99 instead of $449 — that's a 92% discount. If you’re looking for a job in IT , then there may be an alternative to the traditional four-year schooling route. IT certifications like CompTIA could give you the hands-on experience and content knowledge to eventually earn your first IT position . Com



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TL;DR: Through August 24, you can get PDF Reader Pro For Mac for just $39.99 instead of $59.99 — that's a 33% discount. Have you ever met a teacher in the modern age who doesn’t use PDFs? Between readings, worksheets, and syllabi, there are plenty of opportunities for you to encounter this ubiquitous file type in school, and if you don’t have the right software, PDFs might get a little frustratin



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TL;DR: As of August 13, you can get the Mymanu CLIK Translation Earbuds for just $157 instead of $220 — that's a 28% discount. Whether you’re still in school or long since graduated, every time you touch down in a place you’ve never been, you have a new chance to learn. However, if there’s a language barrier, things might be a little difficult. While you could spend months cultivating a rudimenta



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TL;DR: As of August 13, you can get the 10Ft Magnetic Wireless USB-C Charging Cable for just $20.99 instead of $24 — that's a 16% discount. Have you held off buying a wireless charger because you enjoy the maneuverability of a cable? It’s true, many wireless chargers keep your devices landlocked, but that’s not the case for all of them. It’s certainly not true for this 10-foot Magnetic Wireless U



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TL;DR: As of August 13, you can get the LogicLike Brain Games and Tricky Puzzles Lifetime Subscription for just $49 instead of $240 — that's a 79% discount. As a parent, you watch your child learn something new every day, but some things are a bit easier to teach than others. Teaching your child not to touch the hot stove was likely easier than helping to foster logical thinking and creative expr



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Fall is being promoted as "from the producers of 47 Meters Down ," which is a clever move for two films that could be sisters — or a future cult classic double feature. Both films follow a pair of deeply bonded women who must pull together to survive an extreme sporting trip gone fatally off the rails. While 47 Meters Down plunged audiences into shark-infested waters, Fall perches us high atop a



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Though there are plenty of miles to go, incredible strides have recently been made in the journey toward a fully representative creative workforce in Hollywood. Just check out the career of Victoria Alonso , the Argentine film producer who has worked behind the scenes at Marvel as an executive producer on almost every single one (!!!) of Marvel’s blockbuster superhero films, including all of our



Penfold , a digital pensions platform, has closed a £7m ($8.49m) Series A funding round led by Bridford Group, an investment group. Also participating in the round was Jeremy Coller, Chief Investment Officer and Chairman of Coller Capital. Penfold also raised additional funding via a crowdfund amongst its customer base. The cash will be used to expand Penfold’s workplace pension division. Chris E



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DevOps is an approach to software delivery that integrates the development process with service operation tasks. Effective DevOps implementations facilitate greater throughput by increasing efficiency and cutting down silos between teams. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›



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SAVE 49%: ExpressVPN can quickly and easily unblock Indian Netflix from the UK. A one-year subscription to ExpressVPN is on sale for £85.25 and includes an extra three months for free — 49% off for a limited time. Netflix has a pretty extensive offering of movies and shows to keep you entertained, but we're a greedy bunch, and it's never enough. If you're looking to expand your content options, y



SAVE 82%: Surfshark can unlock extra content on streaming sites like Netflix and Prime Video. A two-year subscription to Surfshark is on sale for £46.54 with an extra two months for free — 82% off list price for a limited time. ExpressVPN has a reputation for being the best service for unblocking and watching U.S. Netflix , and we're not here to argue with this. It is difficult to beat the connec



TL;DR: The Unlimited Lifetime Learning Subscription Bundle is on sale for £131.62, saving you 88% on list price. You’re only done learning when you decide you’re done. Learning a language as a kid might be easier than when you’re an adult, but that doesn’t have to stop you — just like you can keep learning new skills once you’re out of school. With the Unlimited Lifetime Learning Subscription Bun



Happy Saturday, folks! A new day means a fresh Wordle to solve — and that means our daily Wordle help is here for you just in case your weekend brain is feeling a bit mushy. The answer to the August 13 Wordle, puzzle #420, can be found at the end of this article. Before you get there, though, there are a couple of subtle clues to help you narrow it down, and as you scroll down, you'll see we've g




You'd think Saturday would be the most pleasant day of the week, but here comes Quordle pulling you back into work mode. Some things aren't meant to be so hard! You will find the solution to today's Quordle if you hastily scroll to the bottom. But relax a little. Slow down. Read the strategy guide we've provided, and hey, maybe you won't need it. What is Quordle ? Quordle is a five-letter word gu



Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) describes an approach to system security where users are allocated one or more discrete roles. The assigned roles determine the application functions available to the user. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›



Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of the coolest toys and merchandise on the internet. This week, Fisher-Price sets its teeny tiny little people hands on some pop culture crossovers, and Sentinel’s Iron Man inspired figure line gets mischievous. Check it out! Read more...



Miner No Mining Riot Blockchain, a crypto mining company based in Texas, just told everyone how much it got paid to do absolutely nothing — and it's a hefty sum. Back in July, Riot voluntarily shut down some of its mining rigs to prevent power outages during a massive Texas heat wave. With so many residents needing to consume more electricity to stay cool, rolling blackouts could have occurred if



Evidence is growing that lysergic acid diethylamide — the psychedelic drug better known as LSD or by various street names like "acid" — has significant cognitive benefits. Previous findings have suggested that psychedelics like LSD can help people suffering with traumatic brain injury and even promote cardiac health — and, provocatively, even improve memory and cognitive flexibility . Adding furt



Threats of violence reached a fever pitch — reminiscent of the days leading up to the Capitol attack — following the news that the FBI raided Trump’s Florida beach club to retrieve classified documents the former president may have unlawfully taken there. After Trump himself confirmed Monday’s raid at Mar-a-Lago, pro-Trump pundits and politicians rallied around declarations of “war,” and Trump’s



As individuals try to manage medical information and understand their conditions, many typically turn to Google or WebMD — neither of which does much to verify or provide the latest information. But Roon plans to change this with a medical education platform for vetted information, sourced strictly from doctors, patients, and caregivers. By curating the data it makes available around individual c



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An injection flaw allowed a researcher to access all files on a Mac. Apple issued a fix, but some machines may still be vulnerable.



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International theme parks like Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and the soon to open Ghibli Park in Japan are enticing tourists to book visits with their fan destinations. Meanwhile, stateside summer winds down with a cinema classic returning to the big screen, activations from Stranger Things, Loungefly and then there’s… Read more...



Spend any amount of time in New York, and you’ll feel it. Manhattan and Brooklyn are teeming with activity. It’s electrifying to be there after years spent relatively locked down. The question, and one asked this week by the San Francisco Chronicle, is why San Francisco isn’t bouncing back in the same way. As reporter Roland Li writes: “There’s always been a disparity — New York has 10 times the



It’s finally happened: For the first time since early March, the U.S. average price of gas has fallen back below $4 per gallon, according to AAA . Although gas prices are falling, now isn’t the time to go to the pump and pay full price. From the best gas loyalty programs to expert ways to save at the pump , TPG is committed to helping you save when filling up your car. We get it — some of these g



retropopcult : A Michigan family on a hot August day in 1935. According to the description, the young boy is enjoying a Stroh’s beer alongside his uncle. Photograph by Howard McGraw for the Detroit News.



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 . Last night was a full moon, somehow it’s already halfway through August, and did you know there’s a Beach Plum LaCroix flavor ? The world’s gone topsy-turvy, but at least it’s time for the weekend. What did you do this week that made you feel alive? Can you do more



It's week 2 of the NFL preseason , and if you want to see Tom Brady... keep waiting . He won't be playing this week. Still, Tampa Bay vs. Miami is an exciting matchup, and kickoff is 7:30 pm ET on Saturday, August 13, 2022. The game airs live on the local NBC affiliate in Tampa , but outside the local market it won't be on live TV. The NFL Network, for instance, won't be airing this game until Su



Monitoring the resource usage of your Kubernetes cluster is essential so you can track performance and understand whether your workloads are operating efficiently. The kubectl top command streams metrics directly from your cluster, letting you access the basics in your terminal. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›



Judgement Day , Marvel’s big three-way throwdown between the Eternals, Avengers, and X-Men opened mostly with the Eternals trying do a genocide on Mutantkind, and the Avengers mostly just thrown into the crossfire. Good news: some of the Eternals have decided to try and stop the slaughter with the help of Tony Stark.… Read more...



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The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the Democrats’ pared-down environmental and economic package, appears to have enough momentum to pass and with it comes tax perks for electric vehicle buyers. But as the bill enters the final stretch, the EV company Rivian isn't among the crowd celebrating this legislative milestone. Despite the climate change benefits touted by backers of the IRA, it looks like



Tired of COVID-19 precautions? So is the CDC, apparently. As outlined in a Thursday press release , the ostensibly disease-preventing body is promoting no longer requiring that folks exposed to the virus self-quarantine, regardless of vaccination status. Workers and students are only asked to wear a "high-quality" mask for ten days, and to test for the virus on day five. Oh, and pretty much no mo



Going Up The global population is set to hit 8 billion people by November 15, 2022, according to the United Nations' latest population projections. The report also predicts 8.5 billion people by 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050 and 10.4 billion in 2100 — or, in simple terms, a rapid slowdown in the explosive growth we've seen over the past century or so. Though we've known the population was going to hi




You can’t take anything with you when you die, including your body. In the absence of serving you, your organs would simply rot away, which would be a real shame since some of them could help other people. If you’re considering a way to make your final act one of good will, here’s how to make sure your organs—or even… Read more...



There's no quicker and easier way to earn a large amount of miles quickly than with a new credit card. It's not super complicated and you probably have access to more spending that you can put on a credit card than you think -- so it's far less daunting to meet credit card minimum spending requirements than you think in order to earn an initial card bonus. Continue reading ...



Jay Y. Lee's pardon will go into effect early next week, and the controversial heir could be back on the Samsung board before too long.



Samsung is betting the house on its foldable phone offerings, expecting them to count for 50% of its premium smartphone shipments.



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While getting hacked would give most be a major concern for most companies, SpaceX has had a rather uncommon reaction to a Starlink security breach.



The Estrema Fulminea pushes the boundaries of what supercars can do -- and its electric motor means it has incredible speed off the line.



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DALL-E 2, OpenAI’s powerful text-to-image AI system, can create photos in the style of cartoonists, 19th century daguerreotypists, stop-motion animators and more. But it has an important, artificial limitation: a filter that prevents it from creating images depicting public figures and content


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It's official: Jon Batiste is leaving his role as bandleader at The Late Show after seven years. The multi-Grammy-winning, Album of the Year artist has led his Stay Human band for Stephen Colbert's show since it re-launched in 2015 . The news was announced by Colbert himself on air on Thursday. "Jon has decided to leave the show," he said. "But it’s for all the best reasons, including to continue



The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which marks the US’s largest-ever investment in climate and clean energy at nearly $400 billion, is a clear environmental victory. But just how far that funding will go in cutting carbon emissions is yet to be seen, and the results are far less certain that some have claimed. Estimates predict that the bill’s mix of tax credits, grants, and loan programs could



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Xiaomi had a busy Thursday. It revealed a new slimmer foldable smartphone to go up against Samsung’s just-announced Galaxy Z Fold 4 , then made that appear dull when its own humanoid robot prototype walked on stage. The Xiaomi CyberOne is 177cm (5.8 feet) tall, weighs 52kg (115 pounds) and is, apparently, a Leo. It comes before Tesla’s humanoid vision arrived as a real-world prototype. But there’



The Meta Quest VR headsets are brilliant standalone VR systems packed with accessible games and experiences, but these affordable VR machines can do much more than you may realize. These are ten of the coolest features you should try today. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›



Here’s a video that any avgeek will appreciate. Wizz Air A321neo lands at Skiathos Airport There are some airports that are famous with avgeeks, which regularly get plane spotters. Probably the most well known is Princess Juliana International Airport in Sint Maarten (SXM), where people love to stand on Maho Beach and have planes fly right over their heads. Well, Skiathos Airport in Greece (JSI)



Amazon’s cash-cow cloud division AWS has launched a new service designed to help companies deploy their own private 5G networks — eventually, at least. AWS first announced AWS Private 5G in early preview late last year, but it’s now officially available to AWS customers starting in its U.S. East (Ohio), U.S. East (N. Virginia), and U.S. West (Oregon) regions, with plans to roll it out internation



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These software shortcuts will make your workday more productive. Your coworkers will appreciate them too.



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Google is rolling out a redesign of its email service. If you don't care for the new look, you can switch back—for now.



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Companies that once battled to hire employees close to home are now turning to Latin America and other markets for talent.



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The space agency’s upcoming lunar mission will launch the ambitious Artemis program, building on the landings 50 years ago.



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This is a first for a major airport, I think? Schiphol will compensate passengers who missed flights This has been a rough summer for travel , as many airlines and airports have been unable to cope with the increase in passenger demand. Things have been especially bad in Europe, with three major airports — Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS), Dublin (DUB), and London Heathrow (LHR) — getting the most attent



Nvidia’s graphics card shipments for 2022 could fall dramatically, at least if a new prediction is right. This comes from a DigiTimes report which claims that, going by forecasts from Taiwanese graphics card suppliers, Nvidia’s shipments for this year are set to fall by something like 40% to 50%. DigiTimes underlines that this will mean the amount of money raked in by Team Green will also drop su



It's no secret that Elden Ring houses significant unfinished content, and one modder's just highlighted this by accessing a pre-release build. A known figure in Soulsborne circles, modder Lance McDonald has been hard at work ever since Elden Ring 's launch back in February. Having previously datamined Elden Ring's November 2021 network test build — where he discovered you could originally get NPC



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You know a celebrity is good with their spicy wings when they go in for a second bite of Da Bomb , the dreaded eighth wing on First We Feast's Hot Ones . Neil Patrick Harris closes the latest season in style in the video above, calmly knocking back hot wing after hot wing while discussing escape rooms, How I Met Your Mother , and his new Netflix series Uncoupled . Is he the toughest wing-eating c



Google has been sanctioned A$60 million (around $40M+) in Australia over Android settings it had applied, dating back around five years, which were found — in a 2021 court ruling — to have mislead consumers about its location data collection. Australia’s Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) instigated proceedings against Google and its Australia subsidiary back in October 2019, going on to ta



Sonos has confirmed that it's delaying the launch of a new product – which we think is the long-rumored Sub Mini – after a "challenging" quarter in which the company has been hit by the effects of currency fluctuations and inflation. Sonos spokesperson Erin Pategas confirmed to The Verge that "an anticipated product launch" had been shifted from the fourth quarter of 2022 to the first quarter of



We've reached the final boss of restaurants serving the hungry, insatiable appetite of Instagram influencers: cat food, but for humans. Food for humans, inspired by food for cats Credit: Mashable / Molly Flores Fancy Feast, a brand of gourmet wet cat food that my cat Colby Jack adores but rarely receives, opened "Gatto Bianco by Fancy Feast." It's a New York-based limited-time pop-up restaurant t



For a "wearable" piece of technology, the Meta Quest 2 is pretty hard to wear out of the box. Ads for the virtual reality device will have you believe it's as easy to throw on as a hat or sunglasses, but that wasn't my reality. After a blissful 72-hour honeymoon period, I realized that, as much as I loved playing in it, I couldn't use the Quest 2 every day without a few adjustments. The headset w



The financial aid model more closely associated with coding boot camps has made its way to traditional universities. Now it's coming under scrutiny.




Gaming chairs often set themselves apart from office chairs in a few key areas: adjustability, style, and seat design. The Vertagear SL5000 holds true to that standard but breaks many others—namely in comfort and durability. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›



South Korean president President Yoon Suk Yeol has pardoned Samsung heir Jay Y. Lee and has cleared him of bribery charges in hopes of revitalizing the country's economy. Lee was originally sentenced to five years in prison in 2017 after being found guilty of bribing public officials to back the merger of two Samsung affiliates, which would have solidified his control over the tech giant. He walk



Is there anything more terrifying than house guests who outstay their welcome? That's the opening premise for Duncan Birmingham's Who Invited Them , which sees a housewarming party gatecrashed by two strangers (Timothy Granaderos and Perry Mattfield) who give off increasingly sinister vibes. Melissa Tang and Ryan Hansen also star in this horror that comes with slice of comedy. Who Invited Them is



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The Motorola Razr 2022 has the potential to be the most exciting foldable phone of the year, so it’s disappointing that so far it’s only been announced for China. But a couple of leakers have chimed in to suggest it will hit Europe, and perhaps even go global. Roland Quandt – a leaker with a good track record – tweeted saying that it “sure is coming to Europe as well.” They sound very confident o



TL;DR: As of August 12, you can get the Amazon Web Services e-book Bundle when you pay what you want (see below for details) instead of its retail value of $35.99. Have you ever wanted to get a handle on Amazon Web Services but held back because of the hassle of instructional texts? AWS provides a suite of useful services for a variety of tech careers and industries, but the learning curve is ste



TL;DR: As of August 12, you can get an iBrave Cloud Web Hosting: Lifetime Subscription for just $99.99 instead of $2,997 — that's a 96% discount. Finding a good host for your website is like finding a good home for yourself. You more than likely want somewhere that’s secure, reliable, and hopefully not too expensive. Normally, hosting prices are month-to-month. However, if you’re planning on stay



The buoyant, body-swap-adjacent comedy Mack and Rita is Katie Aselton’s third time directing a feature-length film. And COVID precautions aside, it was a veritable romp in the park compared to her last outing, the rape-revenge thriller Black Rock , which premiered over 10 years ago at the Sundance Film Festival. That was her second film as a director, coming just two years after The Freebie , a m



Many of the best sitcoms of recent years follow the same basic formula: Assemble a crew of distinct and lovable characters, then have them work together to make the world a better place. Notable examples include Abbott Elementary , Parks and Recreation , and The Good Place . Now, Apple TV+'s Loot , starring Maya Rudolph as a billionaire attempting to be a philanthropist, is also trying its hand a



Makeup in the metaverse makes no sense to most people; beauty routines are deeply tangible experiences, and trying to virtually replicate either the process or results seems rather pointless. But what about metaverse makeup that becomes real, actual makeup? That's the type of metaverse beauty that virtual try-on services fall under. The tech is simple to understand: When shopping for certain prod



Moguls and investors from the tech industry, which endorses housing relief, banded together to object to a plan for multifamily homes near their estates in Atherton, Calif.



Carmakers may need several years to revamp their supply chains to meet new rules, but the legislation is still seen as a win for electric vehicles.



Gird your inboxes. A vote by the Federal Election Commission on Thursday indicates that more political spam emails may be coming for Gmail users. Read more...



The most effective horror films are the ones that tap into fears we can all connect to — and there aren't many things more unnerving than the idea of looking out the window at night and seeing someone staring back at you. Chloe Okuno's Watcher follows an American woman who moves with her partner to Bucharest, Romania, only to become obsessed with a stranger in the apartment opposite who appears t



If you're in the market for an Echo Show 8 but missed Amazon's Prime Day sales, don't despair. Right now, you can grab the latest second-generation model for $85 , a substantial 35 percent discount ($45 off) and just $10 than the record low price. At the same time, the Echo Show 5 is still on sale for $40 , for a savings of 53 percent But Echo Show 8 at Amazon - $85 The second-generation Show 8 e



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JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is a standardized format for representing structured data. Although JSON grew out of the JavaScript programming language, it’s now an ubiquitous method of data exchange between systems. Most modern-day APIs accept JSON requests and issue JSON responses so it’s useful to have a good working knowledge of the format and its features. Read This Article on How-To Geek



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Xiaomi has launched a humanoid robot called CyberOne. It can detect human emotion and create 3D visual reconstructions of the world. It also walks funnily. In a press release Thursday, the company announced the robot, which is actually a new iteration of an existing "Cyber" series of robots, as Xiaomi also has a quadruped robot called CyberDog. CyberOne is very different from its dog-like friend.




Tonight Show guest host Megan Thee Stallion completely took over Jimmy Fallon's interview with Natalia Dyer on Thursday, enthusiastically chatting to the Stranger Things actor about her character Nancy's love triangle with Steve and Jonathan. It seems that while other fans may be divided on which suitor they prefer, Stallion is firmly on Team Stancy. "Let's talk about it, though," said Stallion.



If you visit a website you see on Facebook and Instagram, you've likely noticed that you're not redirected to your browser of choice but rather a custom in-app browser. It turns out that those browsers inject javascript code into each website visited, allowing parent Meta to potentially track you across websites, researcher Felix Krause has discovered. "The Instagram app injects their tracking co



Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y. Lee will receive a presidential pardon on Monday, South Korea’s Ministry of Justice said, paving way for the heir to the country’s biggest company to regain power at the top. Lee was paroled from prison last year after serving 18 months in jail for bribing former South Korean president Park Geun-hye. The parole banned Lee from being employed for five years
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Amazon is working on a television show compiling videos taken from Ring security cameras . Called Ring Nation , the clip show will be hosted by comedian Wanda Sykes and serve as an ever-timely reminder that privacy is eroding into nothing more than a vaguely remembered relic of the faded past. Deadline reports Ring Nation is scheduled to premiere Sept. 26 and will feature video from people's door



While the video industry seems to be doing just fine with its current digital technology, it is about to experience an irreversible shift in technology once again that will disrupt almost every aspect of the production process as we know it. This is an all too familiar shift for an industry that is just settling in from a similar earth-shaking evolution less than 20 years ago. At that time, it wa



Google is updating its search engine to cut down on misleading snippets and improve the ways it educates people by adding more contextual information. Put another way, Google's expanding its efforts to stamp out misinformation across its formidable search service. Snippets are the text you see highlighted at the top of a Search results page and are meant to provide a quick answer. While sources a



Fittingly for a camera that will be the last to bear the 'Olympus' badge, the OM System OM-1 is one of the best mirrorless cameras we've seen this year – and the rumors suggest it could soon get a smaller, more affordable sibling called the OM System OM-5. Seasoned fans of Olympus cameras, which were sold last year to an investment firm and re-born as OM System, will notice a familiar pattern in



Docker is one of the leading platforms for building and running software containers. It comes with everything you need to use containers on either a single host or multiple distributed nodes in Swarm mode. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›



Amazon's Echo Show 15 comes with a digital photo frame picture that enables it to display only photos or artwork, uninterrupted by random Alexa skill suggestions, recipes or your schedule. Only the 15.6-inch had that feature, though — until now. According to The Verge , the e-commerce giant has recently added its dedicated photo frame feature to all Echo Show Models in the US, the UK, Canada, Ger



You might understandably be pining for an iPhone 14 , but the iPhone Photography Awards 2022 has just landed to proved you don't really need that rumored 48MP camera to take incredible snaps. The annual competition, which runs independently from Apple but is now in its 15th year, has just announced its impressive winner's list. And it's by no means dominated by the latest iPhones, with the winner



Fitbit announced that it will discontinue the ability to sync your wearable device with PC and Macs, preventing users from downloading their own music from their computers onto their devices. Fitbit has declared it will kill the feature on October 13, writing on its site that “we're removing the option to sync your Fitbit device with the Fitbit Connect app on your computer. Download and use the F



TL;DR: ProtonVPN offers one of the best free cybersecurity services, with access to 24 servers in three countries, decent connection speeds, and a strict no-logging policy. You can upgrade if you require more advanced features for streaming. Should you consider free VPNs? It's a common question without a straightforward answer. There are plenty of free VPNs out there worth considering, but to get



TL;DR: The 2022 Premium Project Management Super Prep Bundle is on sale for £49.65, saving you 93% on list price. Project management is one of those transferable skills that are usually pretty in-demand. It’s also a skill that could be hard to learn if you don’t have a dedicated teacher or a way to learn it in practice. To that effect, the 2022 Premium Project Management Super Prep Bundle could h



It's Friday and there's a fresh Wordle to solve — which means our daily Wordle help is here for you just in case you hit that pre-weekend wall. The answer to the August 12 Wordle, puzzle #419, can be found at the end of this article. Before you get there, though, there are a couple of subtle clues to help you narrow it down, and as you scroll down, you'll see we've gathered a selection of the bes



The Emmy campaign for Severance is clearly in full swing. Not only did The Late Show devote an entire segment of Thursday night's show to the AppleTV+ series — which is nominated for 14 of TV's pointiest and most prestigious award statuettes — but host Stephen Colbert also got to join the severed Macro Data Refinement team at Lululemon Lumon for a day, with three of the main cast members, on what



Love it or hate it, Amazon's strange palm-scanning checkout system is expanding to more Whole Foods stores, renewing talks (and concerns) about privacy.



histsciart : Happy Feathursday! Sunbird asities ( Neodrepanis coruscans ), natives of Madagascar, have distinctly curved bills and very short tails. SciArt by John Gerrard Keulemans for A Monograph of the Nectariniidae, or Family of Sun-birds (1876-1880) by George Ernest Shelley. View more in the Biodiversity Heritage Library ( @biodivlibrary ) with thanks to the Smithsonian Libraries and Archive



indigodreams : Meadowlark. John James Audubon. From Birds of America, 1827-1838.



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It's been an up and down year for Elon Musk, and one statistic gathered about EV automaker Tesla might cause some concern for the world's richest man.




Enlarge (credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images ) The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its pandemic guidance today, offering slightly looser recommendations that likely won't change much about how Americans handle the pandemic these days. According to the updated guidance , people who are not up-to-date on their vaccinations —i.e., unvaccinated people or people who have not receive



Welp, you made it to Friday. You fought your way through another whole week, and now Quordle has the nerve to overheat your brain? At a time like this you need to be transitioning to the weekend, not beating your head against the wall because of four confusing words! The good news is: the Quordle answers are about to be revealed to you. But first, maybe glance at our strategy guide before you get



Stateful and Stateless are two different kinds of compute architecture that determine how an application manages long-lived processes. Some systems are naturally stateless whereas others have a bias towards stateful modelling. Whichever approach you pick, it will affect how engineering and operations teams build and maintain the solution. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›



Space Spies The US military says that Russia just launched a new satellite , called Kosmos 2558, specifically to shadow an orbital US reconnaissance satellite . Again. Space.com reports that Kosmos 2558, dubbed an "inspector satellite," was launched into the same orbit as US spy satellite USA 326 back on August 1. According to information gleaned by a Netherlands-based satellite tracking system c



The Xiaomi 12 Lite has a few bullet points on its spec sheet that suggest there's more to it than meets the eye, but how does it hold up during everyday use?



News that Meta turned over a teen's Messenger chats to law enforcement has caused some confusion among users who wonder whether their conversations are safe.



India's water situation requires a big investment in tech and many small projects on the ground.



Gamma Automotive enthusiast Jack Scarlett from the YouTube channel "Fully Charged" recently got a thorough tour of the Gamma, an outrageous-looking solar-powered vehicle that claims to be as efficient as electric vehicles get these days. The solar electric prototype was built by Aptera, a California-based startup. The company has already locked down more than 27,000 reservations for the sleek thr



Fanning The Tesla fanboys are not OK — and now, some of them are admitting as much. In interviews with New York Magazine , two Elon Musk stans with relatively sizable Twitter followings were accidentally hilarious when describing the moments they became Tesla-pilled. "Elon tweeted my video — of my car parking itself in my garage — and it was the first time I really had a big tweet," neuropsycholo



It’s been thirteen years since we first saw a 100,000 mile airline credit card offer. That became the gold standard for Oh My Goodness. We’ve seen bank cards with bigger offers in their own rewards programs, but the United Business Card was the first airline co-brand card ever to have a 150,000 mile initial bonus offer, introduced last year. That offer is back. Continue reading ...



MGM (which is owned by Amazon) is making a viral video show based on footage from Ring security cameras (also owned by Amazon). The syndicated television show, “Ring Nation,” is poised to be a modern-day, surveillance-tinged spin on “America’s Funniest Home Videos” with Wanda Sykes as host. According to a report in Deadline , the show will feature Ring footage of “neighbors saving neighbors, marr



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What was it about Catastrophe , the comedy/drama Sharon Horgan co-created with Rob Delaney, that made it so damn good? The sharp writing? The clever blend of genres? The fun story? All those things played a part, but it was the characters — in all their flawed, human, amusing glory — that truly elevated the show. Catastrophe is finished now, but Horgan is still busy writing, producing, and acting



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Loungefly’s Liz DeSilva, VP of Creative, and Derrick Baca, VP of Business Development and Merchandising, are the minds behind the iconic mini-backpack line you see people wearing virtually everywhere, from conventions to theme parks to grocery stores. The versatility and imagery used on their products—including … Read more...



Enlarge / This is definitely not a Razer mouse—but you get the idea. (credit: calvio via Getty Images ) There has been a recent flurry of phishing attacks so surgically precise and well-executed that they've managed to fool some of the most aware people working in the cybersecurity industry. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, two-factor authentication provider Twilio, content delivery network Clo



Enlarge / Amazon's combining its endless reach with its constant surveillance—but for laughs. (credit: Getty Images) For some people, the term "Ring Nation" might evoke a warrantless surveillance dystopia overseen by an omnipotent megacorp. To Amazon-owned MGM , Ring Nation is a clip show hosted by comedian Wanda Sykes, featuring dancing delivery people and adorable pets. Deadline reports that th



Truepill , a platform that helps other companies offer diagnostics, telehealth services and prescriptions, has conducted its third mass layoff in a string of workforce reductions, sources tell TechCrunch. The layoff impacted about third of the company, or 175 people. The company did not respond to multiple requests for comment. One source says that Truepill’s entire U.K. team was laid off, as wel



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Stormy Weather Things are about to get stormy with our Sun — and it could spell trouble for satellite infrastructure. "Whatever you’ve experienced in the past two years doesn’t matter," space weather expert Tzu-Wei Fang of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association told crowds at the 36th Small Satellite Conference in Utah this week, per SpaceNews . "Whatever you learned the past two years



Back Order Multiple state officials are worried that supply chain shortages will worsen an already above-average hurricane season. On Saturday, Fox Business reported that transformers , which convert high voltage into low voltage usable in residential homes, are in short supply. "Transformers are a critical component for electric restoration and electric delivery. Some manufacturers were not even


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