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Apple warns against closing MacBooks when using webcam covers

If you use a webcam cover, you should remove it before closing your MacBook, according to a new advisory from Apple. The company warns that closing a MacBook, including the Air and Pro models, while using a webcam cover may result in damage to the laptops display due to minimal clearance between it and the keyboard. Instead, Apple encourages users Continue reading

12 Jul 2020 9:59 pm
Superhot: Mind Control Delete game will be free for most fans

Popular time-bending shooter game Superhot is getting a new sequel that will be free for game owners. Called Superhot: Mind Control Delete, the developers are promising longer gameplay with more insight into the unique world, as well as additional storylines. The same basic mechanics remain, however players will be tasked with shooting opponents in a world where time only Continue reading

12 Jul 2020 8:15 pm
Violence prevention study reveals the unique gun culture in each US state

When it comes to discussing firearms and violence prevention in the United States, gun culture presents a big stumbling block what will work in some places may not be effective in other regions, something largely due to how firearms are viewed differently depending on where you look. A new study has identified three specific gun cultures in the US Continue reading

12 Jul 2020 6:30 pm
Fitbit Charge 4 wearable update adds Dynamic GPS and Smart Wake alarm

Fitbit has released an update for its Charge 4 smartwatch, adding new features that improve its usefulness as a wake-up device while also improving battery life. The changes arrive in update v1.96.29. With this, users will be able to get their watch to wake them up at the ideal time, avoiding alarms that go off during deep sleep. As well, Continue reading

12 Jul 2020 4:45 pm
Tesla Gigafactories Whats the future plan?

Elon Musk is headstrong about his vision for a world where sustainable energy fulfills a major chunk of our lifes needs. Elon kick-started his vision with the first-ever Tesla Roadster making it to production lines in February 2008 and then completing a batch of 500 cars by June 2009. That was an eye-opener for the world as Teslas battery technology Continue reading

12 Jul 2020 3:33 pm
NASA is upgrading its massive deep space antenna in Australia

NASA is upgrading one of the biggest deep space antennas it owns, the Deep Space Station 43 (DSS-43) located in Australia. This antenna is part of NASAs Deep Space Network, the interplanetary switchboard used to communicate with machinery located in space. The DSS-43 in Canberra is massive at 230ft across, making it one of the largest radio antennas on the Continue reading

11 Jul 2020 10:13 pm
Google bans ads for partner surveillance products and services

Google is cracking down on technology advertised for spying on other people, including intimate partner surveillance systems. The ban will go into effect next month when Google updates its policies, prohibiting advertisers from promoting any services or products that are intended for monitoring another person. There will be, however, some important exceptions to this rule. Google announced the new policy Continue reading

11 Jul 2020 8:15 pm
Amazons New World MMO delayed following Crucible beta switch

Just days after announcing that its Crucible would be returning to a closed beta for additional work, another Amazon game is facing delays: New World. The MMO game was scheduled for release next month, but its developers have revealed that they need more time to make some important improvements to the game, ultimately bumping the debut by several months. READ: Continue reading

11 Jul 2020 6:30 pm
MIT creates reusable rubber face mask as effective as N95 masks

A new face mask prototype introduces a tantalizing alternative to the coveted N95 face mask, offering a reusable version made from silicone rubber that has the same level of effectiveness. The project comes from researchers with MIT and Brigham and Womens Hospital who explain that this mask can be made using the injection molding systems that are already available in Continue reading

11 Jul 2020 4:45 pm
Covid-19 and air travel: The effect and future

Youre wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) kit, someone walks up to you to monitor your temperature and youre then asked to walk across the aisle to be seated distant from a co-passenger. Welcome to the future of air travel. Traveling by air is not going to be as it was probably a few months back. The onset of COVID-19 Continue reading

11 Jul 2020 3:32 pm
PlayStation Plus subscribers get special new PS Plus cosmetics pack

Sony is back with another Fortnite exclusive for its PlayStation Plus subscribers, offering them a new cosmetics pack that includes a glider, emote, and more. The arrival of this new free and exclusive content follows Sonys announcement of its big investment into Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite. The PS Plus cosmetics pack is available to download now. The new Continue reading

11 Jul 2020 5:00 am
Instagram cracks down on posts promoting conversion therapy

Facebooks image-based social media platform Instagram is cracking down on conversion therapy content, declaring that it will ban any content that promotes this unscientific practice. The platforms policies are being updated to include a global ban on any posts promotes or otherwise advertises conversion therapy, Instagram has confirmed. The pseudo-scientific practice known as conversion therapy is often religiously motivated and Continue reading

11 Jul 2020 3:57 am
Massive Pokemon GO leak: New Shiny spawns, items, clothing

Today were taking a peek at the latest iteration of Pokemon GO as datamined this afternoon. In this version of Pokemon GO, we see a whole lot of detail on the game and what itll become in the next few weeks. That includes data on Shiny Pokemon, new Galarian Pokemon, Pokemon GO Fest 2020 and other Event data, and other Continue reading

11 Jul 2020 3:01 am
NASA wants to take humans to the Moon and Mars but not their germs

NASA has detailed its plan to prevent contamination of space caused by human activities. According to the space agencys Administrator Jim Bridenstine, NASAs newly published Interim Directives (NIDs) will cover both manned and robotic missions to Mars, as well as anticipated future manned missions to Mars. A day after announcing these new NIDs, NASA has awarded a related contract to Continue reading

11 Jul 2020 2:20 am
Mercedes looks to new sensors so lavish S-Class is more user-friendly

Mercedes will use cabin cameras to figure out not only whos inside the car but where theyre sitting, and what theyre looking at, with the upcoming 2021 S-Class promising new levels of tracking and convenience for its high-tech interior. Expected to make its official debut later in 2020, the new S-Class will be Mercedes-Benzs most lavish and technically-complex Continue reading

11 Jul 2020 1:51 am
Microsoft Flight Simulator Closed Beta released to final testing

If youve been waiting for Microsofts latest Flight Simulator release, the time is close at hand. Today the folks that run the development of Microsoft Flight Simulator revealed that theyd reached an important milestone. Alpha 5 was was released this week, on the 9th of July, 2020, and Closed Beta was moved into final testing! Included in the update notes Continue reading

11 Jul 2020 1:05 am
Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Earbuds include special McLaren Edition

Audio company Klipsch has introduced its new T5 II True Wireless Sport McLaren Edition, a pair of true wireless earbuds made in collaboration with auto company McLaren. The McLaren Edition earbuds are joined by two other models, the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless and T5 II True Wireless Sport, each of which is smaller than the previous model, among other Continue reading

11 Jul 2020 12:56 am
Live action Batman drama puts Gotham Police on HBO Max

The Robert Pattinson The Batman movie is still scheduled for October 2021, so its not out yet. But it already has a spin-off. The show doesnt yet have a title, but itll focus on the Gotham Police Department. Itll expand on the story told by the movie The Batman after* its released on October 1, 2021. The groundbreaking television series Continue reading

11 Jul 2020 12:31 am
Dell XPS Desktop PC gets a sleek and thoughtful 2020 redesign

Dell has redesigned its XPS Desktop PC and, while notebooks may get the most attention these days, its a reminder that style and attention to detail isnt just important when youre mobile. Smaller but more powerful than its predecessor, the new XPS Desktop offers up to 10th Gen Intel Core i9K processors. On the GPU side, theres the option of Continue reading

11 Jul 2020 12:25 am
Your Android updates are getting faster, says Google

Google suggested this week that they are in the process of accelerating Android updates. Its possible theyre set to move the future of Android updates to a more speedy place with deployment across all devices but their wording remains vague enough that theyll find plausible deniability should a major smartphone ever appear in the news for its lack of Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 11:20 pm
Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor Review: A fun, but short, addition

If anything, it should be clear by now that Pokemon Sword and Shield represent some big departures for the series in general. For starters, theyre the first main-series games on a home console. Then we had the whole Pokedex controversy and the fact that a significant number of Pokemon were culled the first time in the series that has Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 11:15 pm
With Thunderbolt 4 on the horizon, good news for Apple Silicon Macs

Apple may have signed the divorce papers with Intel over future processors, but that doesnt mean Apple Silicon Macs will miss out on eagerly-awaited features like next-gen Thunderbolt. The countdown to the first Apple Silicon Mac which could be a 13-inch MacBook Pro, the latest speculation suggests is already on, with Apple promising its first consumer-ready hardware by Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 11:01 pm
New Shiny Galarian Pokemon GO added in game code leak

Overnight a series of new Pokemon were added to Pokemon GO, many of them Galarian Pokemon, and many of those Galarian Pokemon delivered with Shiny editions. The latest update also added a new icon and new imagery of the new Pokemon mentioned in said code. This new wave of Pokemon will likely appear before the big Pokemon GO Fest 2020 Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 10:09 pm
Apple Glass AR lenses reportedly just took a huge step forward

Apples smart glasses lenses have reportedly gone into trial production, as one of the key components for its upcoming AR products apparently makes it past the prototype stage. Based on technology expected to be used first in an augmented reality headset, and then a pair of sunglasses-style Apple Glasses, the lenses will presumably allow apps to project digital graphics into Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 9:25 pm
Far Cry 6 release date leaked with art and plot

No less than Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring from Breaking Bad) appears on the cover for the next major release in the Far Cry game series. The game Far Cry 6 was leaked today before the folks at Ubisoft had a chance to hold an event or make any sort of major announcement of the title on their own. This game Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 9:13 pm
Comet NEOWISE caught on camera as it feels the Suns fury

Serendipity has helped produce a striking image of the newly-discovered NEOWISE comet, after the fast-moving rock was caught on camera by the Parker Solar Probe. Only discovered in late March, the comet officially named C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, though referred to by the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer which first spotted it proved a fascinating subject as it Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 8:52 pm
Pixel 5 and 4a 5G clues release Googles next big switch

Code from the latest iteration of the Google Search app showed a couple of clues for the future of the Pixel smartphone lineup. In said code, a line of Google Pixel devices can be seen, from Pixel 4 all the way to Pixel 5. In the list is also the device called Pixel 4 XL, as well as the midrange Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 8:35 pm
2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel official: More torque and more range

Jeep is adding a new diesel option for its pickup truck, with the 2021 Gladiator EcoDiesel headed to dealerships later this year. One of the most-requested options, Jeep claims, for its long-anticipated truck, the EcoDiesel will use a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 to offer a significant uptick in torque compared to the gas engine. Since it launched in 2019, the Gladiator Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 8:07 pm
Crashing iPhone apps blamed on Facebook: Tinder, Spotify and others impacted

A Facebook SDK glitch is causing popular apps like Spotify, Waze, Nextdoor, Pinterest, and others to crash on iPhones, even if users dont have Facebook accounts themselves. Its the second time this year that problems with the Facebook SDK which many apps rely upon for user authentication have led to uncontrollably crashing software. The problem is that the Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 7:37 pm
Rivian raises $2.5 billion more: New and old investors back EV-maker

Rivian has added another $2.5 billion to its coffers, with the electric truck company closing its first investment round of 2020. The further cash injection comes even before Rivian has released its first model, with the R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV not expected to launch until 2021. At the same time, Rivians delivery trucks for Amazon which the Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 7:04 pm
Scientists develop a new cathode coating to extend lithium-ion battery life

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energies Argonne National Laboratory have been working with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to develop a new particle-level cathode coating for lithium-ion batteries meant to increase their life and safety. The new coating the team created is called PEDOT. PEDOT is an idea three years in the making scientists say is an Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 6:51 pm
The first Apple Silicon Mac may not be what we expected

Apple may have confirmed its working on its own processors, but exactly which will be the first Macs to use Apple Silicon remains a source of speculation. Announced at WWDC 2020, Apples homegrown Arm-based chips will begin to show up in Macs by the end of the year, the company promised; now, analysts are wading in with their instincts on Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 6:48 pm
Lincoln announces Monochromatic Package for Corsair, Nautilus, and Aviator

Lincolns luxury SUVs have proven to be quite popular with buyers, and the automaker has announced that the Monochromatic Package that debuted with the Navigator last fall is now available for other luxury SUVs in its line. Luxury SUV buyers looking at the Corsair, Nautilus, and Aviator can choose to add the Monochromatic Package to their vehicles. The package is Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 6:19 pm
Scientists find one of the biggest cosmic structures ever dubbed the South Pole Wall

Researchers studying 3D maps of the universe and have discovered one of the biggest cosmic structures ever. The structure is a vast wall that stretches 1.4 billion light-years across and contains hundreds of thousands of galaxies. It has been dubbed the South Pole Wall and has been hiding in plain sight. Scientists say that it has remained undetected until now Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 5:59 pm
PC shipments grew in Q2 2020 but its too early to celebrate

After years of declining shipment figures, the traditional PC market, made up of desktops, notebooks, and tablet computers that arent Chromebooks and iPads, have finally seen a tiny bit of growth in the second quarter of the year. Almost tragically, that growth happened only because the world was plunged into a period of uncertainty, change, and a pandemic. But while Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 5:34 pm
2021 Aston Martin DBX production is finally underway

Aston Martin is weathering the storm by unveiling its first-ever production DBX SUV. Following a fresh infusion of funds from Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, Aston Martins St Athan assembly plant is bustling with activity to finally deliver its first batch of DBX SUVs to waiting clients. It is a real privilege to be here today to witness the completion of Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 5:06 pm
Epic Games iOS app lets your face control game characters expressions

Photorealistic games have more or less become a staple of modern games to the point that even smaller studios and indie developers would love to take a stab at it. While there are many tools, both free and expensive, that let game devs create mouth-watering 3D visuals, one aspect of 3D games still escapes the grasp of all but the Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 4:39 pm
2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black appears in a new teaser video

Its been a while since Mercedes-AMG gave us a new Black series, but the wait is finally over. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black has finally shown its sinister face. The German carmaker recently posted a short video teaser on YouTube, and it featured its newest GT Black series in all its racing-inspired glory. The AMG Black series is a rare Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 4:11 pm
PlayStation 5 box art is thankfully and disappointingly normal

The formal revelation of the PlayStation 5 console has had fans and the Internet split over its design. The most neutral way to describe the box, if you can even call it a box, is that its different. Because of that, there have been some concerns that physical copies of games, which will still come in good old-fashioned circular disc Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 3:44 pm
GoPro HERO8 Black can now also be used as a webcam

Its been a while since weve heard any major news from the company that started the whole action camera market. That doesnt mean GoPro is out of the picture, no pun intended. It has yet to launch a major action cam after launching a number of accessories and it isnt doing that today either. Instead, it is putting its current Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 11:15 am
NVIDIA GeForce NOW adds an MMO and welcomes back old friends

You have to give NVIDIA some credit for making good on its promise a few months back. After what was an almost disastrous public launch, the graphics tech giant promised it would expand its game streaming catalog every week. It has indeed done so and while not all new titles are noteworthy, there are a few that could make the Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 9:40 am
Galaxy Tab S7+ could have two more surprises in store

Samsung has quite a lot packed for its Unpacked event next month and it wont just be about phones. The Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ are poised to be more than just your regular annual Samsung tablet. Based on earlier leaked specs, this years Android slates are poised to go head to head with Apples iPad Pros not Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 9:10 am
Android 10 adoption numbers bring hope for the future

Weve stopped covering Androids distribution numbers every month for one simple reason. Last year, Google has stopped publishing those monthly figures, a change that some say was its way of hiding how poor Android adoption really is compared with iOS. Android updates have always been a sore point even for the most steadfast Android believer but its not for the Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 8:18 am
Android 11 will leave OEMs with fewer excuses for slow updates

Every year at WWDC, Apple indirectly puts the Android world to shame when it reveals adoption numbers for its supported iOS versions. While things have certainly improved in the last two or three years, there is still much left to be desired. Part of the problem lies in the dynamics between Google as Android maker and manufacturers as Android implementers. Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 7:49 am
Google teases next Nest smart speakers odd design

First, they were rectangular boxes. Then they became canisters or pucks. Over the years, wireless speakers have changed their form and now Google seems to be considering yet another revolution in speaker design. Practically confirming an earlier leak, Google has apparently been sending out more or less official marketing material for what may be the successor of the Google Home Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 7:20 am
Gamers will soon be able to change their World of Warcraft gender for free

World of Warcraft players will soon be able to change their characters gender without paying the somewhat hefty fee, Blizzard has revealed. The change will arrive as part of the recently detailed Shadowlands expansion, which will arrive for everyone later this year. As of now, players who dont want to pay the fee can still change their characters gender presentation Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 6:28 am
Facebook and Instagram users can now opt out of seeing political ads

Facebook has announced that users in the United States, including those on Instagram, can now opt out of seeing certain types of advertisements on the social media platforms, including ones related to politics. Users may still see some of these types of ads even if they opt out, but Facebook is giving users the ability to tag advertisements that made Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 5:17 am
Microsoft Teams smart displays make it easier to work from home

In addition to detailing new features for its Teams software, Microsoft has also taken the wraps off Microsoft Teams displays, which are small portable displays that include high-quality microphones, speakers, and webcams for use with video chats. According to the company, these new displays are all-in-one devices made specifically for Teams users, offering them voice access to Cortana and a Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 4:07 am
Google working on tablet experience, Android Beyond Phones soon

Google spoke up today about their future in Android and/or Chrome OS tablets. Only very briefly, of course, and not in a way that definitely guaranteed theyd be making any sort of new hardware any time soon. But still, it has been acknowledged that Google is, indeed, working on the tablet experience, both for users and for developers according to Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 3:15 am
Cats were seducing humans for care more than 1,000 years ago

A popular saying claims that cats choose their people, not the other way around. This feline seduction has been traced back more than 1,000 years thanks to a newly detailed ancient cat skeleton, a new study reports. The skeleton reveals that humans traveling the Silk Road trade routes likely cared for cats along the way, treating them as pets similar Continue reading

10 Jul 2020 2:55 am