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So-called ‘Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance’, or DMARC, is a technical standard that is designed to protect the senders and recipients of email from spam, spoofing, and phishing. Before you fall asleep, it’s worth pointing out that this is a booming tech sector. What the fast-growing DMARC protocol is doing now is what “https” did the web: making email more communic



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A large-scale trial for a crucially needed vaccine has just gotten underway. Over the weekend, the first volunteers enrolled in the trial testing out a Lyme disease vaccine candidate developed by Pfizer and Valneva. Researchers hope that the multi-dose shot will protect kids and adults against six strains of the… Read more...



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Next year will see the arrival of two new electric motorcycle models, the Can-Am Origin and Can-Am Pulse. Here's everything we know about the upcoming models.




Manufacturing plants or factories take raw material inputs and add value through a sequence of unit processes before shipping a product. Now, this process must follow a recipe. There are a series of instructions for products such as cars; in those instructions, a list of parameter values, specific temperature for iron melting, specific pressure for mold casting… and the list goes on. These factor



Snap on Wednesday launched the paid version of its widely used social media service in India, bringing its exclusive and experimental features offering to the South Asian nation for just 62 cents a month as it looks to supercharge its customer base by attempting to monetize over 100 million users. The launch of the subscription offering, priced in India at 49 Indian rupees, follows Snap introduci




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Idris Elba has attempted to reclaim his dignity, explaining to The Daily Show host Trevor Noah what was really happening in that viral Hot Ones clip that became a meme . For those who haven't seen the voraciously GIFed moment , the video features Elba vigorously coughing and tearing up after eating a chicken wing covered in Da'Bomb's Beyond Insanity hot sauce . According to Hot Ones , this sauce



Kubernetes Nodes need occasional maintenance. You could be updating the Node’s kernel, resizing its compute resource in your cloud account, or replacing physical hardware components in a self-hosted installation. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›



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The company said it would prevent Russia-based users from uploading new content—but their videos are still showing up on FYPs.



Google may soon be facing its second antitrust lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice. According to Bloomberg , the DOJ is gearing up to sue the tech giant as soon as September after a year of looking into whether it's been using its dominant position to illegally control the digital ad market. The Justice Department's lawyers have reportedly been conducting another round of interviews to



(Image credit: Samsung) Good morning, and welcome to our Samsung Unpacked 2022 live blog, the place you need to bookmark now so you don't miss anything throughout the day as we build, build, build slowly to the crescendo that is the launch of the new Galaxy phones. Of course, nothing is set in stone just yet, but let's be honest here: Samsung has hardly hidden the fact it's launching new foldable



Convertedin , an Egyptian startup that operates a marketing operating system for e-commerce brands, has raised $3 million in a seed round led by Saudi Arabia-headquartered Merak Capital. Other participating investors include 500 Global and MSAS. The company, in a statement, said it plans to utilize the funds for strategic hiring and further development of its platform. When brands shift to e-comm



The world's richest man says he needs the money in case he is forced to buy Twitter for $44bn.



Coolpix, Cyber-shot, PowerShot, Exilim; these compact camera sub-brands all now sound like they're from a bygone era. And their demise has been all-but-confirmed by a new report from Japan that most major camera manufacturers, including Nikon, Sony, and Canon, are now dramatically scaling back their point-and-shoot camera offerings, if not abandoning them entirely. The Japanese business newspaper



TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to Mentorist Pro is on sale for £40.28, saving you 90% on list price. Self-improvement is hard. You may have goals for your job, but finding the energy to work toward them is tough. You may know what books to read to get some direction in life, but finding the time for it could be a challenge if you’re already working. Instead of waiting for more time and energy to



SAVE 41%: NordVPN is one of the best services for security, with powerful protection for your personal information and data. A one-year subscription to NordVPN is on sale for £43.08, saving you 41% on list price. Navigating cryptocurrency platforms can leave your personal information and data exposed. In order to protect yourself from hackers and viruses, you should equip yourself with a powerful



It seems the fabled day is closer than ever, and that Apple's big iPhone switch to USB-C may also include one of its most popular accessories.



The next generation of Oppo's smartwatch has appeared on a Chinese retailer's website, revealing some details about the upcoming Oppo Watch 3 model.



Which luxury car makers manage to make the coolest vehicles? That's no doubt subjective, so we asked hundreds of people, and here's the one they picked.



Tesla CEO Elon Musk is at it again selling shares of his electric vehicle company, per regulatory filings. Since Friday, the executive has sold 7.9 million shares, which totals about $6.9 billion. This is the first time Musk has sold shares in Tesla since April, when he disposed of 9.6 million shares, worth about $8.5 billion . Musk appears to be selling the shares to stock up on cash in case he’



It is Wednesday, my dudes, and there's a brand new Wordle waiting for you to get stuck in. If you just get stuck, though, don't fret — our daily Wordle help is here for you. The answer to the August 10 Wordle, puzzle #417, 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



I need to talk about Two Point Campus ' sex bed. To be clear, I don't want to. I think we would all be better off not thinking about this video game's plasticine-looking people in the throes of passion. But society cannot progress unless we tackle the hard questions, and I aim to leave this world better than I found it. Developed by Two Point Studios, Two Point Campus is a university management g



The Department of Justice is preparing a second major antitrust suit against Google, according to new reporting by Bloomberg . The DOJ could sue Google “as soon as next month,” according to the report, which details that the lawsuit will be filed in federal court in either Washington or New York. Unlike the first major Google antitrust case the federal government initiated during the Trump admini



Hyper is back with two new charging solutions, one that is capable of charging four laptops at the same time and another that you can keep in your backpack.




Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) At least two security-sensitive companies—Twilio and Cloudflare—were targeted in a phishing attack by an advanced threat actor who had possession of home phone numbers of not just employees but employees' family members as well. In the case of Twilio, a San Francisco-based provider of two-factor authentication and communication services, the unknown hackers succeede



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Number Four It happened again. On Saturday, park rangers came across yet another set of human remains in Lake Mead's shrinking waters, NPR reports . The investigation is still ongoing, and no cause of death has been released. This is the fourth grisly discovery of the like since May, when boaters discovered a human body stashed inside a barrel — likely a homicide victim, according to officials —



A former Twitter employee suspected of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia was found guilty, Bloomberg reported Tuesday . The employee, U.S. resident Ahmad Abouammo, was also convicted by a jury of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, falsifying records and money laundering. He faces up to 20 years in prison. Abouammo worked on media partnerships in the Middle East at the company from 2014 to 2015. Acco



SpaceX just got one step closer to the first orbital test flight of its launch system Starship with the successful static fire test of a prototype Super Heavy booster late Tuesday afternoon. That booster, “Booster 7,” was rolled to the launch pad overnight last Friday. The successful test is a notable milestone for SpaceX, which has been working on its Starship program from its Boca Chica develop



The Justice Department for more than a year has investigated whether Google abuses its dominance over the interlocking technologies that deliver ads online.



Meta provided user information to police in Nebraska that led directly to the prosecution of a 17-year-old girl for alleged crimes relating to an abortion, court documents show. The company could have challenged the legal order, but instead provided the teenager’s direct messages to cops, who are now charging the girl with three felonies for using a mail-order abortion pill and burying the miscar



Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson/T. Clements et al.) Sometimes science can be a messy endeavor—not to mention "disgusting and smelly." That's how British researchers described their experiments monitoring dead sea bass carcasses as they rotted over the course of 70 days. In the process, they gained some fascinating insights into how (and why) the soft tissues of internal organs can be selectively p



Enlarge / Just a few of the many Google messaging logos. Can you name them all? (credit: Ron Amadeo) Google has been unable to field a stable, competitive messaging platform for years and has thoroughly lost the messaging war to products with a long-term strategy. At least some divisions inside the company are waking up to how damaging this is to Google as a company, and now Google's latest strat



Struggling to figure out today's Wordle puzzle? We've got some hints (and the answer if you need it) to help you preserve your winning streak.



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Evasion Iran has purchased $10 million worth of imported goods using cryptocurrency — a move that could allow the country to evade US sanctions. So far, not much is known about the crypto order first announced by the country's Tasnim news agency . For one, we still don't know which specific cryptocurrency was used or what the large purchase order entailed. The import order could only be the begin



In deep space , a pilot goes through her routine with very little enthusiasm; when offered the chance to name a new planet, she just jams her finger on the “Y” key until the letter fills the submission box. Ho-hum. But when she encounters something unusual among the stars, she remembers why she’s out there in the first… Read more...



52Wired / 8h
New research found troubling vulnerabilities in the 5G platforms carriers offer to wrangle embedded device data.



You’d be forgiven for missing this bit of news. I fully cop to not seeing it myself amid the buzz of last week’s Amazon acquisition news on Friday (knowing nod to Robot Report for pointing it out). Later that day, inside its quarterly earnings report , iRobot announced plans to cut 140 jobs — a figure that amounts to roughly 10% of its global workforce. Here’s the full note from the filing: To be



While onstage at Tesla’s annual shareholder event , CEO Elon Musk hinted that the automaker would choose the location for a new gigafactory by the end of the year. Musk jokingly asked his fans where the company should build, and when a few yelled out “Canada!” Musk replied, “I’m half Canadian. Maybe I should.” It seemed like a throwaway comment at the time, but a July lobbyist registration from T



Wake up babe, new jam Advent calendar just dropped. The French preserves and spreads manufacturer Bonne Maman officially released its 2022 Limited-Edition Advent Calendar this week — and not a moment too soon, for those of us already counting down the days to Christmas (less than 150) or just looking for a quaint distraction from reality in the form of tiny Mason jars filled with marmalade and je



Enlarge (credit: Charles McQuillan / Stringer | Getty Images News ) For the first time since Roe v. Wade was overturned, there's a clear example showing exactly how Facebook will react to law enforcement requests for abortion data without user consent. Forbes reports that a 17-year-old named Celeste Burgess in Nebraska had her Facebook messages subpoenaed by detective Ben McBride, who suspected t



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 . Whazzaaaaaaa, we’re back with another round of newsy goodness on this fine Tuesday. It’s a pretty wild news day today, with a bunch of startup high-jinx. Check out the site for all of it, of course, but we’ve selected some of the stories that piqued our attention t



Space Surgery Do astronauts dream of robotic surgery? A remote controlled surgical robot called MIRA — short for Miniaturized In-Vivo Robotic Assistance — is set to make its debut aboard the International Space Station sometime in 2024. The robot’s creator, Virtual Incision Corporation, announced the news last week, after signing a contract with NASA. While the surgical robot isn't going to perfo



Docker Engine records an event whenever significant actions are taken by the daemon. You can access the event log to identify when an action occurred and track changes to objects over time. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›



Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to getting ahold of an appointment for your hair or another treatment…that’s a different story: The bespoke nature of a lot of the work has meant that a large swathe of the professionals providing these services have stayed offline when it comes to interfacing with customers. But that is changing, and today, Boulevard — one of the wave o




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After pulling open roles across its Office and Windows divisions and letting go of a portion of its 180,000-person workforce in July, Microsoft made additional cuts this week. This layoff round was concentrated in its Modern Life Experiences (MLX) group, one of the groups responsible for customer-focused project R&D at the company. According to posts on LinkedIn, the recent layoffs also impacted



Ford is raising the price of the F-150 Lightning , with increases ranging from $6,000 to $8,500, depending on the model and trim level. The entry-level “Pro” badged F-150 Lightning will now retail for $46,974, while the top-tier “Platinum Extended Range” version comes in at nearly $100,000. Ford cites rising costs for materials, as well as “other factors” as the reasons behind the bump, and noted



. This week, Spotify is launching separate feeds for music and podcasts that will be accessible through the Home page on the app. This makes it easier to find what you're really looking for. Your existing Home feed won't change, but you will notice two new tabs on the upper left of the page: one labeled "Music" and titled "Podcasts & Shows." These feeds will essentially put all of Spotify's recom



Amazon gift registries are a treasure trove of personally identifiable information, and due to some glaring security flaws, one that needs no keys, experts have warned. Findings from The Intercept found anyone is able use these registries to find out all kinds of sensitive information about people around the world, living - and even those that are yet to come to this world. The Intercept says the



If you’ve been prescribed Adderall or its generic equivalent (amphetamine salts) and you’re having trouble getting your prescription filled lately, you’re not alone. Although the Food and Drug Administration isn’t reporting an overall shortage of the drug , consumers across the country are finding a different reality… Read more...



The refreshed and renamed loyalty program at IHG Hotels & Resorts attracted tons of new members in the first few weeks following its debut . IHG first announced changes to its elite status tiers in early 2022, but the launch of the program — IHG One Rewards — and the official rollout of its new perks didn’t arrive until late spring. The new program isn’t as perfect as IHG leaders would have you b



TikTok is testing a new feature that enhances the popular short-form video app’s search functions. The new feature highlights keywords in comments and links to search results for the term. TikTok’s search function already allows users to discover content and trends, but the new feature would take the app’s search capabilities even further. The test feature also shows that TikTok is interested in



Hulu just announced that its recent film Prey , a prequel to the famed 1987 film Predator , is the “#1 premiere on Hulu to date, including all film and TV series debuts.” That’s a big deal for any film, but even bigger when you realize where it all started . Read more...



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According to the world’s top scientists, we have less than three years to right the ship to avoid climate disaster. Across the globe this summer, heat waves , fires , and floods are affecting millions of people and destroying lives as the impacts of our warming planet get more severe. Some scientists suggest that we… Read more...



A federal jury in San Francisco deliberated for nearly three days before convicting him on six charges while acquitting him on five others in the two-week trial.



If you read the headline and thought to yourself, “Netflix has games?” You’re not alone. Reportedly, less than 1% of Netflix subscribers are playing these games , which likely means many subscribers aren’t aware they even exist. In fact, if you exclusively watch Netflix on your TV, you likely haven’t even seen these… Read more...



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BIG WAVES WERE MADE earlier this year when a former Google engineer, Blake Lemoine, told a reporter at the Washington Post that a Google language-modeling AI — a chatbot called LaMDA — was sentient. Google refuted the claims, ultimately firing Lemoine, but not before the engineer's testimony sent the question of AI sentience and the ethics of language modeling programs ricocheting through public



The CEO of IHG says that the revamp of the chain’s loyalty program, IHG One Rewards, is starting to pay off. Every company says the bets they’re currently making are great, and they’ll marshal out of context numbers to prove the point. Here all we know is that travel is rebounding broadly, and IHG has historically gotten less mileage out of loyalty than competitors, so there’s nowhere to go but u



I love retention offers . These can be a great way to add extra points and miles to your balances. If a bank wants to keep you as a customer, then you may receive a retention offer in the form of points, miles or cash. Related: Quick Points: How to use retention offers for extra points and miles I recently used the chat function on the American Express website for retention offers on three cards



There's a real estate boom, but it's not happening in the real world. People are paying between thousands and millions of dollars for property in the metaverse.



The Apple MacBook Air M2 takes one of the Cupertino brand's most iconic products and steps it up a notch -- making it ideal for professional use.



Billionaire Elon Musk traded in his California homes for a modest one in Boca Chica, Texas, which is close to the SpaceX campus.



Smartphone cameras are more sophisticated than ever, and there are some simple things you can do to make sure the images turn out great every time.



The cryptocurrency exchange lost more than $1 billion in the second quarter.



Today after the bell, the largest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase reported its second quarter performance . In the second quarter, Coinbase reported net revenues of $802.6 million and earnings per share of -$4.98 (diluted), predicated on net income of -$1.09 billion. The company’s adjusted EBITDA, a highly non-GAAP metric, was -$151 million in the period. Analysts had expected the company t




Blizzard will stop selling Overwatch loot boxes on August 30th, the studio announced in a blog post published on Tuesday. The date coincides with the end of the game’s recently launched Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 event. Blizzard notes players will still have the chance to earn free loot boxes after the 30th. Additionally, the game will automatically open any loot boxes in a player’s inventory befor



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The Cape Canaveral Space Force Station may soon be under the watchful electronic eyes of the dystopian version of man’s best friend. The U.S. Space Force recently conducted a demonstration using robot dogs to patrol Cape Canaveral in the hopes of automating certain security tasks at the space station. Read more...



Cybercriminals are breaking into pharmacy websites and apps, and then stealing accounts with prescriptions for different medications, experts have warned. According to cybersecurity researchers from Kasada, those accounts are then sold on the black market, giving access to dangerous drugs to people who do not have their doctor’s permission. Kasada spotted that since April 2022, the number of phar



When you stay 60 nights or earn 100,000 base points annually with World of Hyatt , you can access a Globalist My Hyatt Concierge agent. The My Hyatt Concierge agent is a dedicated, single point of contact for any matter related to Hyatt reservations. This means anything from reservation changes to special requests can be handled by the same person if you reach out to them. Andaz Singapore. (Photo



Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week, Darrell and Jordan talked with Davida Herzl the co-founder and CEO of Aclima. We all have a right to clean air, but chances are you aren’t getting accurate air quality data — Davida and the Aclima team are looking to change that. In this episode, she talks with Jordan and Darrell about the struggles she faced trying t



On a recent vacation, I stayed in two different hotels. One had a gym that was a workout paradise, or as close as you can get without barbells. There was a dual cable machine, dumbbells up to 75 pounds, competition sized kettlebells(!), not one but two places to do pullups, assorted suspension trainers and medicine… Read more...



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Social media marketing firm Hootsuite says it has slashed its workforce by 30%. “We need to refocus our strategies to drive efficiency, growth and financial sustainability,” CEO Tom Keiser said in a statement sent to TechCrunch. The company offered no specifics on what exactly is changing about the business. It did not disclose the specific number of workers affected, nor would it say if they rec



Google Stadia is still very much alive and kicking — and has made some updates that will make it easier to livestream games. XDA Developers reported that Stadia will unveil a new Party Stream feature that enables players to privately broadcast their gameplay to up to nine other users, who can opt to either play or watch. Users can take advantage of Stadia’s party chat features during these stream



There's no such thing as an easy ride in any FromSoftware game . The Elden Ring developer reminded fans of exactly that on Tuesday with the release of patch version 1.06 . Joining some newly tweaked summoning rules is a host of balance changes, including a handful that weaken some of the go-to tools used by players who want to take some of the bite out of the more grueling late-game boss fights.



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Like butterfly keyboards and chargers being included with iPhones, the MacBook’s Touch Bar seems doomed to extinction soon. The feature wasn’t completely useless, but its diminutive size prevented it from reaching its true potential. If you’re going to put a screen on a keyboard, you need to fully commit to the idea,… Read more...



Fresh off of an expansion to Mexico, Google today previewed the launch of new Google Cloud regions concentrated in Asia-Pacific (APAC), specifically Malaysia, Thailand and New Zealand. When they come online, they’ll bring Google’s total number of cloud regions to 34 — short of Azure’s more than 60 but ahead of AWS’ 26. In the context of cloud computing, a region is a specific geographic location



At Hyatt, July was a time to party like it’s 2019 — and then some. The Chicago -based hotel company reached an important milestone last month: Hyatt’s global revenue per available room — the hotel industry’s key performance metric — was 5% above 2019 levels. This is an impressive feat, as lingering pandemic-related travel restrictions in China made performance in the Asia Pacific region a drag on



Tucked into the back corner beside your monitor, or suspended under the lip of your desk, headphone stands help you manage space and create a comfortable work environment. Some headphone stands are freestanding objects that capitalize on aesthetics and serve one single purpose. Others offer your headphones a proverbial gilded throne while concurrently serving as a charging bank, offering wireless



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Shilling NFTs A consumer watchdog group has issued a stern warning to more than a dozen celebrities for promoting non-fungible token (NFT) collections without disclosing if they're profiting off of them. In a statement, the Truth in Advertising (TINA) nonprofit announced that it had sent notification letters to 17 celebs , including Madonna, Tom Brady, and Paris Hilton, alerting them that if they



The Mazda MX-30 is the make's first production electric vehicle. One important metric, however, has left some drivers disappointed.



Demand for Ford's all-electric pickup has been huge, but there's bad news about F-150 Lightning pricing as the 2023 order books prepare to open.



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Anyone who’s ever had a sense of trepidation about jumping inside a bounce house will likely feel vindicated by recent research. A study found that there have been hundreds of injuries and at least 28 deaths worldwide over the past two decades that were caused by bounce houses set up or not properly secured during… Read more...



Enlarge / A Long March 2F carrier rocket carrying the Shenzhou-14 spacecraft blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on June 5, 2022. (credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images) Last week one of China's most reliable rockets, the Long March 2F vehicle, took off from a spaceport in the Gobi Desert carrying a secretive space plane. In a short report on the launch by China's state-owned Xinhua ne



Enlarge / A marketing splash image for Parallels Desktop 18, from the company's YouTube video about the release. (credit: Parallels ) Mac-based virtualization software Parallels launched a new version today. As with most updates to the suite, Parallels Desktop 18 adds support for new Apple hardware features, improves Windows virtualization, and expands compatibility. The two headlining features o




When Billy Libby and Seamless co-founder Jason Finger launched Upper90 in 2018, they wanted to solve a problem: founders giving up too much equity too early because they needed money to build capital-intensive businesses. They thought if they wrote checks that combined debt and equity, founders could get the capital they needed while keeping more of their equity. So far, they’ve seen demand. Over



I’ve recently gotten really into powerlifting, and “ getting enough protein ” does not mean what it used to. I cannot, and will not, abide a protein shake. I don’t like smoothies—or any beverage that isn’t Diet Coke—all that much to begin with, and powders bum me out. My new motto is “you gotta eat meat to build meat,”… Read more...



Disney’s own fan event, the D23 Expo , makes its return to the Anaheim Convention Center in September with a packed slate of direct-from-the-Mouse-House news about its franchises (including Marvel and Star Wars ), parks , and (of course) merchandising. Read more...



Amazon's palm-reading payment technology will soon be available in many more Whole Foods stores. The company is rolling out Amazon One to more than 65 Whole Foods shops in California, starting with Malibu, Montana Avenue and Santa Monica locations in Los Angeles. More stores in LA, Orange County, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Cruz will come online in the "coming weeks." Before,



In the fast-paced world of points and miles, the landscape is always shifting. Good deals can abruptly emerge — or expire — overnight. Two days ago, on Aug. 7, Hertz sent a nondescript email to its loyalty members with a small blub mentioning an adjustment to Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points values. Some investigation shows that these changes are notably bad. You can count on your Hertz points bein



After launching earlier this summer, Yamaha’s flagship TW-E7B true wireless earbuds are now available in the US . You can buy them starting today for $279.95. The TW-E7B have a few things going for them. They’re the first true wireless earbuds from Yamaha to include the company’s proprietary active noise cancelation algorithm. Yamaha claims its take on ANC doesn’t “color” audio the way some imple



1Password's latest app update bridges the gap between its mobile and desktop versions. Central to the 1Password 8 update are significant customization and ease of access enhancements, including a personalized home tab for quick tool access, redesigned Watchtower user interface, and the Collection feature, which migrated from the desktop app to mobile. There are also some minor tweaks such as new



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Burger King customers around the world were left baffled after opening their email inboxes to find a blank receipt from the fast food restaurant chain. It would seem that the company mailed everyone - not just people with an account, but most likely people in the marketing database , too - a completely blank receipt. Some people even got multiple receipts. While the initial thought was that the c



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As you might expect from the lightning-fast blue hedgehog , the Sonic movie franchise is picking up speed. After Sonic the Hedgehog 2 opened to over $70 million domestically earlier this year, on its way to $400 million worldwide, a third film was inevitable . What was more surprising was the date that third film… Read more...



Enlarge (credit: Chip Somodevilla / Staff | Getty Images News ) Chipmakers eager to receive huge subsidies stood with President Joe Biden as he signed a bill injecting $52.7 billion into their industry today. Executives from companies like Micron, Intel, HP, and Lockheed Martin witnessed the flick of Biden's pen, alongside auto industry leaders and other stakeholders. They are hopeful that these



Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Yuichiro Chino) The US Treasury Department blacklisted the virtual currency mixer Tornado Cash on Monday, saying the system "has been used to launder more than $7 billion worth of virtual currency since its creation in 2019." The platform was added to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN), prohibiting all transactions on Tornado Cash by



Enlarge / Supply-chain attacks, like the latest PyPi discovery, insert malicious code into seemingly functional software packages used by developers. They're becoming increasingly common. (credit: Getty Images) Researchers have discovered yet another set of malicious packages in PyPi , the official and most popular repository for Python programs and code libraries. Those duped by the seemingly fa



Enlarge / Oppo's store in Germany has been stripped of all phone info (translated). (credit: Ron Amadeo) Many Chinese brands have somehow escaped the global smartphone patent wars, but Oppo and OnePlus are feeling the pain in Germany due to a Nokia patent lawsuit. As the site Juve Patent reports, Nokia received two favorable patent rulings last week, and OnePlus and its parent company Oppo were o



Enlarge / Two Asus ProArt PA32DC OLED monitors. (credit: Asus ) OLED screens are slowly but surely making their way to desktops. The contrast-rich panel display tech is scattered across premium laptops, but when it comes to PC monitors, most options in the US are too big to fit on a typical desk. There are some, primarily from LG, but we need more options. The latest OLED looks to be the 31.5-inc



Enlarge (credit: Microsoft) Microsoft has published a knowledge base article acknowledging a problem with encryption acceleration in the newest versions of Windows that could result in data corruption. The company recommends installing the June 2022 security updates for Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022 "to prevent further damage," though there are no suggested solutions for anyone who has alrea



A combination of dry lightning and drought conditions have caused some of the worst wildfires in California’s history, a new study finds. Read more...



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Domino’s foray into the motherland of pizza—Italy—proved to be a failure. The pizza restaurant company has closed its final Italy-based store after seven years of operating in the country. Read more...



It’s been just a few weeks since OpenAI began allowing customers to commercially use images created by DALL-E 2, its remarkably powerful AI text-to-image system. But in spite of the current technical limitations and lack of volume licensing, not to mention API, some pioneers say they’re already testing the system for various business use cases — awaiting the day when DALL-E 2 becomes stable enoug



Walmart’s membership program Walmart+ may bundle with a streaming service. The report comes from the New York Times and sparks conversation about the strange idea of the retail giant entering the streaming world. Sources told the outlet that Walmart was in talks with major media companies such as Paramount (Paramount+), Disney (Disney+, ESPN+, Hulu) and Comcast (Peacock). Given the rivalry with A




Apple AirPods of all flavors might see USB-C charging cases in 2023. Noted analyst and generally reliable rumor monger Ming-Chi Kuo tweeted on Tuesday that he expects "Apple will launch USB-C-capable charging cases for all AirPods models in 2023." If accurate, this comes as something of a surprise because most rumors point to no new AirPods with charging cases next year. I predict Apple will laun



Straining can play an important role in cooking. A velvety, lump-free, custard is a dreamy experience, a perfectly clear consomm√© is gorgeous and flavorful, and smooth gravies and creamy sauces can make or break a meal. But there’s a difference between straining and saving . The former is a proper culinary technique;… Read more...



Earlier this year, Qatar Airways Privilege Club adopted Avios as its points currency. Soon after the switch from Qmiles to Avios, Qatar launched Avios transfers . As a reminder, Avios is now the points currency for British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, Aer Lingus AerClub, Qatar Airways Privilege Club and Vueling Club. But you can earn Avios when flying on many other airlines that partner w



By updating your Android phone or tablet, you get the latest bug fixes, general performance and stability improvements, as well as possibly new features. It’s quick, easy, and free to update your Android device and we’ll show you how. Read This Article on How-To Geek ›



Harnessing power from the sun is a great way to recharge gadgets or your smartphone for free while you’re out camping, going off-grid, or dealing with an emergency. However, portable solar panels aren’t free and are not always effective. So, are portable solar chargers worth buying? Read This Article on Review Geek ›



TechCrunch spends time each quarter covering the startup markets of the world. We look at aggregate numbers and dig in more closely to areas like Latin America , Asia , Europe , Africa and more. But sometimes key data points are lost in even those more specific venture capital data dives. For example, while it’s good to consider Europe’s venture capital and startup tallies each quarter, we also n



Product managers for software have a pretty thankless job — figuring out which features to put into a development sprint, how to prioritize what the developers work on and collecting requirements from internal teams, external customers and figuring out what the company can use in its marketing materials — it’s an endless game of balance and compromise. As hard as that job is, though, at least sof



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The fact that a search of Donald Trump's Florida home was even necessary says a lot.



One of the last things biologists expected to find in the balmy Caribbean Sea was an ancient Greenland shark , a creature known for dwelling far off, in the icy Arctic . Yet researchers, while temporarily catching and tagging tiger sharks off the coast of Belize, caught a Greenland shark (or potentially a Greenland-shark hybrid), a species that lives for centuries in the deep sea.



Twitter has confirmed that an “internal systems change” was to blame for its partial outage today. Earlier today, the social network confirmed that some were having problems accessing the social network and that it was working to fix the issue. Twitter has since rolled back the internal systems change. Reports from third-party web monitoring service Downdetector indicated that problems began arou



zsrspecial : It’s National Book Lovers Day! To celebrate, we’re sharing these photos of our rare book collections in use. Be sure to break out your favorite book and enjoy the day!



On your next trip to Thailand, if some have their way, you could smoke pot, gamble, and pay a bar fine all in a single visit. Funny, all I want to do when I go there is eat great street food. Continue reading ...



Microsoft Azure is set to become the official cloud partner of the top Unity game engine. Launched in 2005, Unity is a cross-platform game engine popular among indie game developers, and currently supports 19 different platforms including iOS, Android, and all the major current generation consoles. It's been used for titles such as Genshin Impact, Pokémon Go, Cuphead, Beatsaber, and Call of Duty:



TL;DR: As of August 9, you can get the NEWYES Smart Pen & LCD Pad Bundle Set for just $151.05 instead of $159 — that's a 5% discount. Hand-writing notes for yourself can be great. It’s fast and convenient, and most people tend to remember what they wrote better if they write it by hand. However, transcribing what you write can be frustrating, and paper notes aren’t exactly disaster-proof, conside



TL;DR: As of August 9, you can get the Freewrite Traveler Portable Writing Tool for just $429 with code FREEWRITE20 — that's a 10% discount. Whether it’s for school , work, or fun, where do you do your writing? Do you have some favorite writing software, or are you more the pen-and-paper type? If you write on your computer, you may find yourself getting distracted. And if you’re sporting ink stai



TL;DR: As of August 9, you can get the 2-in-1 Folding Wireless Magnetic Charger for just $69.99 instead of $114 — that's a 38% discount. How many chargers do you have to keep around for all your devices? What about when you’re going out? Cut down on some of that clutter with a 2-in-1 Folding Wireless Magnetic Charger. This folding charger can power your iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time , a



The number of hours streamed and watched across Twitch , YouTube Gaming and Facebook Gaming have dropped significantly over the last year, according to the latest Streamlabs and Stream Hatchet report on the landscape of livestreaming. Between April and June, streamers on the three platforms were live for 273 million hours. That's down 19.4 percent from Q2 2021 and 12 percent from the previous qua



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A new Russian-made, Iranian-operated satellite launched to orbit on Tuesday, joining the growing cloud of devices circling the Earth. Though unlike your average SpaceX Starlink, the high-powered imaging satellite has U.S. intelligence officials biting their nails, concerned over what both Russia and Iran could be… Read more...



Everyone knows what a police raid is, but up until recently, most of us probably assumed raids were something the rich and powerful didn’t have to worry about. But, as we’ve learned, even former presidents can see their private homes raided by law enforcement. Read more...



The legislation invests in American chip manufacturing and is part of a streak of legislative successes that President Biden is planning to highlight as the midterm elections approach.




Frederik Mijnhardt Contributor Frederik Mijnhardt is the CEO of Secfi , an equity planning platform for startup executives and employees. More posts by this contributor Late-stage tech companies must do right by their employees: Reassess your 409A valuations Inside Secfi’s 2021 state of stock options equity report Last year was a record 12 months for the tech industry, with immense amounts of mon



The biggest challenge facing the growing number of clamp-on gamepads that promise to turn your smartphone into a handheld console is their limited compatibility, especially when it comes to fitting your phone. The Gamevice Flex wants to change that with a modular design that can be reconfigured to support almost any… Read more...



Demand for electric vehicles has been far stronger than the supply of battery materials like lithium, nickel and cobalt.


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