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This dying galaxy is strangely beautiful

There is a beginning and an end to everything. We often measure time in terms of how long our species tend to live, and over that relatively short span it can seem like stars, planets, and galaxies live forever. That's not true, of course, but since these objects and structures exist for so much longer than we do, it's difficult to imagine how something like a galaxy could die. Luckily we have scientists, and those scientists have ultra-powerful hardware capable of showing us what it looks like

13 Apr 2021 8:58 am
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier sneak peek teases the fight weve all been waiting for

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is the hottest show streaming on Disney+ or any other service right now. It feels like one long Marvel movie, which is what many fans seem to want. Thats not to say that WandaVision isnt a fun show to watch or that Marvel doesnt deserve recognition for trying a new approach in telling superhero stories, but Falcon manages to hit all the right notes while telling a more familiar story. We dont just get to explore Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Seba

13 Apr 2021 7:56 am
Google is killing another one of its apps, but this one probably deserves to die

Google has become somewhat infamous for shutting down its apps and services as soon as they show any signs of slowing down, and that doesn't appear to have changed in the new year. As reported by 9to5Google , the company is shutting down the Google Shopping app on iOS and Android in the coming months and will instead route users to the web experience . The apps will continue to function through June, but they will stop working after that. Within the next few weeks, well no longer be supporting t

13 Apr 2021 6:54 am
Mac sales are surging thanks to Apples new M1 processor

Just when most everyone thought that the days of impressive Mac sales growth were behind us, Apple late last year unveiled its ARM-based M1 processor and, in turn, generated newfound interest in the Mac. According to recent market research from IDC , overall PC shipments during the first quarter of 2021 were up 55% year over year. This data point is likely attributable to the fact that more people than ever before are working remotely due to COVID-19 and are investing in home workstations. While

13 Apr 2021 5:52 am
This new Android feature reminds you to look up from your phone while youre walking

Weve all been there -- staring at our smartphones while walking and running into a fellow pedestrian, a tree, or a stop sign. You get texts and calls, you need to check out navigation instructions, and then comes the endless list of notifications begging you to look at the screen. Spend too much time staring while walking, and you risk colliding with others, bumping into buildings and road signs, or wandering right into traffic. Google is aware of the problem, and has been working on a new featu

13 Apr 2021 3:48 am
Two dozen monkeys escape German zoo, attempt to return to nature

Whenever you see news of animals breaking out of a zoo there's always a hint of fear. Nobody wants their dog to be attacked in their own backyard by a tiger on the loose or something, so I totally get it. Still, not every escaped animal wants to cause problems, and some of them might even just want to return to their own instinctual way of doing things rather than interact with humans or their pets at all. In Germany, not one, not two, but two dozen monkeys broke loose from the zoo in Loeffingen

13 Apr 2021 2:46 am
The iPhone 12 is selling like hotcakes right now

New sales data is out from Counterpoint Research about Apple's iPhone 12 series, which the company unveiled in October last year about a month later than expected. During that month's big iPhone reveal event, Apple unveiled four different devices -- two of which came out in October, and the other two launching in November. So how did consumers respond to these new iPhone models? According to the new Counterpoint Research Market Pulse report , the iPhone 12 series helped Apple capture six spots o

13 Apr 2021 2:15 am
Dominos just launched a driverless robot delivery program in Texas

Contact-free food delivery is one of many innovations dreamed up during the pandemic, but Domino's wants to take the concept to a new level. On Monday, Domino's announced that it has partnered with self-driving delivery company Nuro to bring autonomous pizza deliveries to Houston, Texas as part of a pilot program. As Domino's explains in a press release, select customers who place a prepaid order on on specific days and times from the Domino's in the Woodland Heights neighborhood (32

13 Apr 2021 1:44 am
DuckDuckGos new tools can stop Google from tracking you in Chrome

Google promised to remove the third-party cookies from Chrome that are widely used to track users online for advertising purposes. But Google remains one of the most important players in the online ads business. The company will replace the cookies with a technology that it claims will enhance user privacy. FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts) -- the new user tracking technology -- analyzes browsing history to put the user into groups with similar interests. They will then be served personalized

13 Apr 2021 1:13 am
This Spot robot has been modified to pee beer

Back in the 1950s, robots that could navigate on their own were nothing but science fiction. The idea that a robot could open a door or walk down a flight of stairs was just a pipe dream, but today we have robots that do all that and more. The Spot robot from Boston Dynamics was one of the first intelligent robots to become commercially available, and while they still cost an incredible amount of money and wouldn't be particularly useful for everyday life, they're still capable of some remarkabl

13 Apr 2021 12:42 am
5 brilliant Amazon tool sets thatll replace all the old junk in your toolbox

Whether you've owned a home for 50 years or you just recently moved into your first starter home, every homeowner has one thing in common: they tend to accumulate all sorts of tools. That's not necessarily a bad thing, of course, but it becomes a problem when you have so much clutter that you can't even remember where certain things are stored. It's okay to admit that you've re-purchased the same tool on more than one occasion because you couldn't find it anywhere in your home. Don't worry, it's

13 Apr 2021 12:11 am
Microsoft just made a $20 billion bet on the future of computing

Microsoft announced plans on Monday to buy Nuance in a $19.7 billion all-cash transaction which includes the companys debt. Microsoft paid $56 per share, a 23% premium over Fridays close, the company said. The deal should be finalized by the end of the calendar year, subject to the approval of regulators and Nuances shareholders. Nuance is Microsofts second-largest acquisition after the $26 billion purchase of LinkedIn in 2016, but the deal might be even more important. The acquisition of Nuance

12 Apr 2021 11:40 pm
Best-selling smart plugs with 18,000 5-star ratings are only $5.74 each today

In addition to all the other great deals that Amazon is running right now on smart home gadgets, there's one sale in particular that our readers have been swarming to buy. It offers a terrific discount on what might very well be the single most popular type of smart home device out there. We're talking about smart plugs, and Amazon is running a fantastic limited-time sale on Gosund Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plugs , which happen to be among the best-selling smart plugs on Amazon's entire site! These white

12 Apr 2021 11:09 pm
Some people might need to return their $1,400 stimulus checks

We've covered every aspect of the ongoing stimulus check rollout, in the wake of the President Biden's signing of the $1.9 trillion stimulus legislation a little over a month ago now that kick-started the disbursement of a new wave of stimulus checks to US taxpayers. There have been so many angles to consider, from who's eligible for one of the new $1,400 coronavirus relief payments to when and how they'll be distributed to the likelihood that yet another wave of stimulus checks might get approv

12 Apr 2021 10:38 pm
The $700 Sonos Playbar is down to $555 right now at Amazon

After all this time, the Sonos Playbar is still one of the most impressive soundbars we've tested at any price point. It sold for $699 at Sonos and other retailers, but now this beloved model has been replaced by an even more expensive new Sonos soundbar called the Arc. Both of those Sonos soundbars are expensive indeed, but you're actually getting a tremendous value with either model. You're also getting the unequaled Sonos software experience along with sound quality that can rival high-end so

12 Apr 2021 10:07 pm
Disney might revive a long-lost Star Wars show on Disney+ next month

A long time ago in this very galaxy, George Lucas teamed up with Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich to make a CGI-animated comedy series set in the Star Wars universe. It was called Star Wars Detours , and it was the last project that George Lucas had any involvement in prior to his decision to sell Lucasfilm to Disney for $4 billion. The show, which was announced in 2012, was quietly shelved, never to see the light of day. That is where the story of Star Wars Detours came to

12 Apr 2021 9:36 pm
Pre-order Sonys mind-bending 360 Reality Audio speaker now if you want one on launch day

I am by no means an audiophile or a sound snob of any kind. Still, I've tested practically every type of personal audio product there is because it's part of my job, so I have plenty of experience that most people out there don't get to enjoy. I have definitely formed some preferences over the years and there are only a few companies whose products I use personally. When it comes to headphones, I go with Sony for audio quality and Apple's AirPods Pro for ease of use. And where wireless speakers

12 Apr 2021 9:05 pm
NASA forced to delay first Mars Helicopter flight

NASA's Perseverance mission to Mars has been pretty much perfect thus far. The rover and its tiny helicopter companion landed on the Red Planet with ease and after about a month of systems testing and other startup work, both the rover and the Ingenuity helicopter were given clean bills of health. This past weekend, the Mars helicopter was slated to have its first moment in the spotlight this past weekend, but unfortunately, that didn't come to pass. In an announcement , NASA revealed that the d

12 Apr 2021 8:34 pm
Theres a secret sale for Prime members on Sony noise cancelling headphones

If ever there was a time to upgrade your personal audio experience and pick up a pair of industry-leading Sony WH1000XM3 wireless noise cancelling headphones , now is that time. These headphones retail for about $350 and people swarmed Amazon last year when they dropped to $278 on Black Friday. Today, there's a secret sale happening at Amazon that slashes the beloved Sony WH1000XM3 headphones to an all-time low price of just $228, beating Black Friday's discount by an impressive $50! The catch i

12 Apr 2021 8:03 pm
Galaxy Z Fold 3 leaks suggest launch could come sooner than expected

A new cycle of Galaxy leaks might have just started, signaling that Samsung is getting closer to launching a new flagship. Phones like the Galaxy S and Note appear in various leaks and rumors in the months preceding their official launch. By the time Samsung takes the stage during a Samsung Unpacked event, fans already know everything about the new high-end handsets, from design and specs to price and release date. The Galaxy Z foldables also qualify as Samsung flagships, especially the Z Fold t

12 Apr 2021 7:32 pm
Todays best deals: $20 MyQ, secret Sony headphones sale, viral gadget from TikTok, $32 Instant Pot accessory kit, more

Did Amazon forget to tell everyone that today is Prime Day 2021?! You'll understand our confusion when you see how many incredible daily deals there are out there on Monday. Highlights from today's impressive roundup include the awesome MyQ smart garage door opener that everyone loves for just $19.98 on Monday only (that's the lowest price ever!), the mesmerizing Elcaus galaxy Star projector that went viral on TikTok for only $30.99, a best-selling Instant Pot accessory kit that'll be a game-cha

12 Apr 2021 7:01 pm
Apple might combine the Apple TV and HomePod in a new product

It has been more than three years since Apple introduced the fifth-generation Apple TV with support for 4K video, but according to Bloomberg , the company has big plans for the future of the product line. Citing people with knowledge of Apple's plans, Bloomberg reports that the iPhone maker is currently working on a new smart-home device that would combine an Apple TV with a HomePod smart speaker, plus a built-in camera for video conferencing. The upgraded Apple TV would have all of the same cap

12 Apr 2021 6:30 pm
This awesome gadget went viral on TikTok now its just $31 at Amazon

Millions of people recently went nuts over the Eicaus Galaxy Star Projector with Remote Control when it went viral on TikTok. I have to admit, however, that I was beyond skeptical at first. This little gadget is basically just a glorified night light, isn't it? But the more I saw it pop up on TikTok, the more intrigued I became. Then, when the time came for me to get a birthday present for my 6-year-old niece who has become increasingly interested in the night sky and outer space in general, I d

12 Apr 2021 5:59 pm
MyQ, Amazons hottest smart home device, is $19.98 for one day only

Are you wondering which Amazon deals our readers really flock to? Well, sometimes the answers are simple as is the case with the MyQ smart garage door opener . This is easily the hottest smart home gadget on Amazon among our audience, and right now is the perfect time to see what all the fuss is about because it's currently on sale at the lowest price of all time. The $40 retail price has dropped to $30, which is already a steal if we're being honest. But on Monday, for one day only, Amazon has

12 Apr 2021 5:28 pm
Clubhouse CEO contradicts hack reports, says user data was not leaked

Several hack reports emerged last week concerning popular social networks, including Facebook and LinkedIn . The Facebook and Microsoft systems were not breached, but attackers scraped personal data from more than a billion users between the two services. The Facebook attack dates back to August 2019, but it reemerged a few days ago, as a database containing information for 533 million users was posted on a forum. The LinkedIn attack followed. Facebook and Microsoft arent the only companies hit

12 Apr 2021 5:01 pm
The most exciting new iPad pro might be hard to find at launch

Apple is widely expected to launch several new products this month, including a new iPad Pro generation. Apples flagship tablet will still come in two versions, both of them receiving a few significant upgrades over their predecessors. But the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is expected to get an exclusive feature, a mini-LED display unlike anything seen on previous iPads. The 11-inch iPad Pro should have the same LCD screen as its direct predecessor. Apple should soon announce the iPad Pro and other product

12 Apr 2021 4:20 pm
Clubhouse user data was posted on a hacker forum

Data associated with 1.3 million users of the Clubhouse app -- including their name, username, User ID, numbers of followers, and more -- has been posted on a hacker forum, according to a cybersecurity industry news report. Clubhouse has been going out of its way, however, to stress online and to try and correct news reports suggesting that these details connected to the app's user base were not hacked from Clubhouse, and that Clubhouse did not suffer a breach or data leak of some kind. In what

12 Apr 2021 11:29 am
This site tells you if Googles new ad tech is spying on you

Google vowed a few weeks ago to stop allowing advertisers to track users online with third-party cookies, a move intended to improve user privacy. But Google also said at the time that it would introduce FLoC (or Federated Learning of Cohorts), a new technology in Chrome that will let it improve the anonymity of users while still collecting their browsing data for advertising purposes. Google said at the time that FLoC would be tested in a limited pilot run before it rolls out, but it didn't pro

11 Apr 2021 11:07 pm
Everything coming and going on Netflix: Week of April 11th

Look, this may not exactly be the best month of new releases that Netflix has ever had, but there are at least a few interesting additions here to tide you over between new episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Reality fans will be pleased to see The Circle returning for a second season, Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! with Jamie Foxx could be funny, and The Master is joining the streaming library if you want to see Joaquin Phoenix as not the Joker. Arrivals

11 Apr 2021 9:36 pm
This is insane more leaked Facebook data found online

This is going to surprise absolutely no one, but less than a week after word that more than half a billion people had their personal data leaked from the world's largest and least-loved social network, Facebook has apparently gone and done it again. A new Facebook data leak has been uncovered, this one including user phone numbers that weren't part of the initial haul that was first reported this past weekend . That one, in case you forgot, included such personal information from more than 533 m

11 Apr 2021 8:04 pm
Mario Kart might teach us how to solve poverty

Looking for solutions to some of the world's biggest problems like poverty, environmental sustainability, and agricultural struggles in developing regions can be absolutely mind-bending. There are so many factors to consider that the sheer scope is overwhelming, and maybe that's why it's so hard to solve these kinds of issues. Sometimes it's better to boil things down as much as you can and come up with a model that is applicable to both small- and large-scale problems. A new paper by Andrew Bel

11 Apr 2021 6:32 pm
10 deals you dont want to miss on Sunday: $7 Kasa smart plugs, $72 2K camera drone, Fire TV Stick 4K, Echo Show 10, more

We've got some truly outstanding daily deals to share with you on Sunday, including two deals on the hottest Amazon devices out right now. First up, the $50 Fire TV Stick 4K that's always a best-seller is down to $39.99 right now, which is the same price as the cheaper version. In fact, it's even cheaper to buy a new one right now than a refurbished Fire TV Stick 4K, which costs $45 at Amazon. Then, on top of that, the $250 Echo Show 10 that follows you around as you move got its biggest price c

11 Apr 2021 5:29 pm
Lets talk about the crazy Marvel cameo coming in Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 5

One of the great things WandaVision did for the MCU Phase 4 is to teach fans to temper their expectations. Not everything that happens in the forthcoming films and TV series can rival Avengers: Endgame . Thats a once-in-a-decade experience for Marvel and something other studios have never been able to recreate. Hopefully, Marvel will build up to another crescendo worthy of Endgame , but we need to get back to the basics for that to happen. And the basics are shows like WandaVision and The Falcon

11 Apr 2021 12:37 am
Google just found the strangest way to announce a new phone

In recent years, Google has found increasingly abstract ways to confirm the existence of its upcoming phones. For example, last summer, the company accidentally published an image of the Pixel 4a on its own internet store weeks before an official announcement . This latest reveal might be the strangest yet, though, as Google decided to publicly deny rumors that the unannounced Pixel 5a has been canceled, in turn announcing the phone. This odd saga began when Front Page Tech host Jon Prosser stat

10 Apr 2021 11:06 pm
If you use this cell phone carrier, your personal data mightve been stolen

The stars aligned themselves just right this past week for a significant number of data breaches and security vulnerabilities to come to light. The massive Facebook hack from August 2019 come back to haunt more than 533 million users whose personal data ended up in the hands of hackers. Even Mark Zuckerbergs account was included on the list, yet Facebook will not notify users who might have been impacted. A similar hack involving scraped personal data for 500 million LinkedIn accounts was also d

10 Apr 2021 9:35 pm
Please stop doing this when you create a new password

One of the things that often goes hand-in-hand with the countless hacks and data leaks we've written about in the past, and which continues to dominate cybersecurity news headlines, is the frequency with which people keep making the same dumb password-related mistakes over and over again. One of the most egregious mistakes that people make -- and the reason so many people's account credentials end up being found in the hands of hackers, thanks to sites like Have I Been Pwned -- is the re-use of

10 Apr 2021 8:03 pm
Heres when youll finally be able to see the Mars helicopter fly

It's now been well over a month since NASA's Perseverance rover arrived on Mars. Along with it, the Mars Ingenuity helicopter landed safe and sound on the Red Planet, and a significant portion of the rover's first weeks was dedicated to delivering the helicopter to its test flight location. The helicopter was deployed and has since survived several chilly Martian nights, but it has yet to take flight. At present, the helicopter is scheduled to begin its flight test on April 11th, which is this c

10 Apr 2021 6:31 pm
10 deals you dont want to miss on Saturday: Fire TV Stick 4K, viral gadget from TikTok, waterproof portable speaker, more

The weekend has finally arrived... and it brought some fantastic daily deals with it! Highlights from Saturday's top deals roundup include Amazon's beloved $50 Fire TV Stick 4K for $39.99 (the same price as the cheaper Fire Stick!), best-selling Gosund Mini Wi-Fi smart plugs for just $5.40 each, a surprisingly deep discount on the hot new Tuff & Co crystal clear iPhone cases everyone raves about, the $33 must-have kitchen gadget that went mega-viral on TikTok, the lowest price of 2021 for Amazon

10 Apr 2021 5:28 pm
Elon Musk confirms that SpaceX is done trying to catch its rocket components

SpaceX has been wildly successful in just about every one of its efforts. The company was the first to make reusable rocket technology both safe and reliable, and it's proven that by launching the same rockets over and over and over again. The company's Starlink internet service is growing rapidly, and while it's still in its beta state, it looks like an incredibly promising start to a service that could provide high-speed data access to countless people in areas where it wouldn't otherwise be a

10 Apr 2021 6:37 am
Apples AirPods 3 design was just leaked in the weirdest way

Apple is widely expected to launch two new AirPods this year, including successors to the regular models and the Pro. Usually referred to as AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2 in reports to differentiate them from the current-generation models, the new wireless earphones will probably be sold under the existing AirPods and AirPods Pro brands. These arent products that get updated every year like the iPhone, so Apple isnt likely to use a numbering scheme for future models. Naming aside, theres no indica

10 Apr 2021 1:32 am
Amazon somehow still has used Ring Video Doorbell 2 models in stock for $70

Ring's Video Doorbell 2 retailed for a whopping $250 when was first released a few years ago and it was worth every penny. In fact, even now that it has been replaced by the Ring Video Doorbell 3 and the upcoming Ring Video Doorbell 4 that both cost even less, it's still worth every penny of that original retail price that so many people paid. Crystal-clear 1080 Full HD resolution, a head-to-toe view from the ultra-wide-angle lens, and Amazon Alexa integration are just a few of the awesome feat

10 Apr 2021 12:57 am
Falcon and the Winter Soldier fans hate the new Cap for all the wrong reasons

Captain America fans have been hating John Walkers Captain America since the first The Falcon and the Winter Soldier teasers that showed someone other than Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) was wearing the uniform and the shield. But all that animosity wasnt warranted, yet it continued to escalate online after the TV shows premiere, to the point where some manifested their hatred towards Wyatt Russell , the actor who plays Walker. That sort of behavior has to stop, especially now that Episode 4 gave u

10 Apr 2021 12:22 am
Amazon has a smartwatch with face unlock and the biggest display ever for $199

Even if you've been using smartwatches for years, we can pretty much guarantee that you've never seen another smartwatch like the Ticwris Max S smartwatch that just came back in stock at Amazon. This crazy gadget packs a huge 2.86-inch touchscreen, IP67 water and dust resistance, as much RAM as some iPhones, and a huge 2000 mAh battery. It also sports face unlock like the latest smartphones, plus cellular connectivity so you might not even need your phone anymore. The Ticwris Max S works with An

9 Apr 2021 11:47 pm
Pixel Watch revealed: Googles Apple Watch rival has finally leaked

The Apple Watch is the undisputed champion of the smartwatch ecosystem. Its the smartwatch most people want to buy and the watch that many companies try to copy. Some have released wearables that look like Watch clones, although theyre not quite as feature-rich as the Apple Watch. One big reason for the absence of great Apple Watch alternatives is Google, which hasnt made an effort to compete in this particular department in recent years. That includes both Wear OS -- the Android-based operating

9 Apr 2021 11:12 pm
An important stimulus check update you need to read right now

The federal government is in the midst of several massive, complex undertakings at the moment stemming from the coronavirus pandemic that weve all been living with for more than a year now -- the efforts including, for one thing, a staggeringly large vaccination effort for most of the US population. On a somewhat related note, the government is also in the final throes of sending out new stimulus checks funded by the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief legislation President Biden signed on March 11. T

9 Apr 2021 10:47 pm
Amazon coupon slashes $100 off this awesome 4K camera drone now just $90!

Summer weather has already arrived across much of the US, and it's right around the corner for the rest of the country. That means people aren't going to be cooped up inside anymore. People obviously always look forward to summer but this year it's especially welcome because of the pandemic. Covid is an airborne disease, after all, so experts say gathering outside is much safer and smarter than gathering indoors. Looking for something awesome to play with while you're enjoying that warm summer w

9 Apr 2021 10:12 pm
People are obsessed with this TikTok account showing a stop sign where drivers never stop

In an inter-connected social media landscape where Twitter memes go viral on Facebook and Instagram videos routinely blow up on Reddit, it's not at all surprising that a Twitch channel recently exploded in popularity after it was posted to TikTok last week. The Twitch channel is called Stopsigncam and encompasses the exact type of nonsense and tomfoolery that can quickly attract millions of viewers. So just what is Stopsigncam , exactly? At a base level, it's nothing more than a video camera foc

9 Apr 2021 9:37 pm
Last chance to save $75 on the high-tech gadget of every golfers dreams

Are you a serious golfer who has been honing your skills for decades? Or perhaps you're a golfing newbie who's just getting into the game. In either case, there's one universal truth that everyone knows: Actually playing golf is only half the fun the other half is finding and playing with all the awesome gadgets and other golfing gear out there. Golf is a massive industry with countless gizmos and other equipment designed to help golfers improve their game. After all, golf is the type of game w

9 Apr 2021 9:02 pm
If you have one of these Verizon devices, update it now or it could start a fire

Verizon is recalling a huge number of its popular mobile hotspots due to a very serious issue with the rechargeable batteries that are built into them. In a new bulletin posted by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission , Verizon explains that a whopping 2.5 million of its mobile hotspots may overheat. In some cases, this overheating can lead to fires, causing property damage as well as potential injury to users. The hotspots included in this recall are the Ellipsis Jetpack model which is oval

9 Apr 2021 8:27 pm
Todays best deals: Discounted kitchen gadgets, Ring Camera sale, $24 headphones, $16 Wi-Fi extender, $5 smart plugs, more

We've got so many terrific daily deals to share with our readers on Friday, and they span pretty much every product category you can think of. We're going to start in the kitchen though, where you'll find the incredible Sinceller Electric Jar Opener that just went viral on TikTok. It makes quick work of even the most stubborn jars and all you have to do is press one button! Other top deals on kitchen items include Amazon's #1 best-selling 24-piece chef utensil set for just $23.79, a digital meat

9 Apr 2021 7:52 pm