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Astronomers Observe Star Being 'Spaghettified' by a Supermassive Black Hole
Submitted 10 day(s) ago by system

A star 215 million light-years away has been obliterated by a supermassive black hole, making it the closest observation to date of stellar spaghettification.

Yale Is Collaborating With the NBA on a Coronavirus Saliva Test
Submitted 68 day(s) ago by system

The Yale School of Public Health received an emergency use authorization for its covid-19 saliva test from the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday. The organization's effort has a surprising collaborator: the NBA.

Google Is Upgrading Search to Make it Easier to Find Live TV
Submitted 71 day(s) ago by system

With a seemingly ever-increasing number of cable and streaming services, simply figuring out where to watch that one live event or show has become its own challenge. So in an effort to help cut down on the noise, Google is upgrading Google Search with some new features to help you find live sports, shows, and movies.

Ancient Mars May Have Been Less Wet Than We Thought
Submitted 80 day(s) ago by system

Ice sheets, and not rushing rivers, sculpted many Martian valleys, according to scientists. The new research suggests ancient Mars wasn’t as warm and wet as we thought, but an expert we spoke to remains unconvinced.

Dark Sky's Android and WearOS Apps Are Officially Dead
Submitted 81 day(s) ago by system

Well, Android friends, it’s time to say a final goodbye to Dark Sky.

Instagram to fix bug that quietly accesses iOS device's camera
Submitted 90 day(s) ago by system

Apple’s iOS 14 beta has proven surprisingly handy at sussing out what apps are snooping on your phone’s data. It ratted out LinkedIn, Reddit, and TikTok for secretly copying clipboard content earlier this month, and now Instagram’s in hot water after several users reported that their camera’s “in use” indicator stays on even when they’re just scrolling through their Instagram feed.

Spotify Is Doing Video Podcasts Now, Too
Submitted 94 day(s) ago by system

As part of its hard-lean pivot to Podcast King, Spotify is now bringing video podcasts to its platform, complete with seamless multitasking support if you prefer to listen instead.

Five Things to Know About UAE’s First Mission to Mars
Submitted 101 day(s) ago by system

The Emirates Hope Mission, scheduled to launch this Friday, is the first Arab attempt to reach the Red Planet. Here’s how the UAE will endeavor to make history.

The $100 Ad-Free Kobo Nia Could Be Your Ticket to Ditching the Kindle
Submitted 101 day(s) ago by system

If you’re in the market to buy an ereader in North America, Amazon’s Kindle and Rakuten’s Kobo are really the only two options if you want access to a well-stocked ebook store. Today the latter revealed its alternative to the current cheapest Kindle model with the new $100 Kobo Nia, which includes a high-res display, a backlight, and no ads on the lock screen.

Astronomers Have a Plan to Detect a Possible Black Hole in Our Solar System
Submitted 105 day(s) ago by system

You may have heard about Planet Nine—a hypothetical planet thought to exist in the outer reaches of the solar system. One possibility is that it’s not a planet at all but a tiny black hole. New research outlines a potential strategy for detecting this supposed black hole, in a search that could begin as early as next year.

Leaked Photos Spill the Beans on Samsung's Next Wireless Earbuds
Submitted 106 day(s) ago by system

On Thursday, we got a purported first look at Samsung’s latest truly wireless earbuds, although deciding to call them anything but bean buds is a huge missed opportunity if you ask me.

Android Users Blessed With Dark Mode Support for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
Submitted 108 day(s) ago by system

I have made a terrible mistake. I, the owner of an Apple-made miniature computer I carry with me everywhere, am experiencing a profound feeling of regret over the decision to procure this particular gadget over one that runs on Android. Because beginning this week, Android users will officially have access to a beautiful dark mode in Docs, Sheets, and Slides—apps many of us use regularly, if not constantly.

AMC Changes Its Mind, Will Require Moviegoers to Wear Masks
Submitted 125 day(s) ago by system

After facing customer backlash, AMC, the largest movie theater chain in the U.S., decided on Friday that health was more important than politics and announced that it would require all moviegoers to wear face masks in its theaters.

Apple Is Closing Some U.S. Stores Again Because of Coronavirus
Submitted 125 day(s) ago by system

Although many people may be glad to see parts of the country gradually reopening, it doesn’t mean that some places or companies won’t decide to close again if coronavirus cases flare up. That’s exactly what Apple is doing at about a dozen stores in the U.S. “out of an abundance of caution.”

Britain Embraces Apple and Google for its Contact-Tracing App
Submitted 127 day(s) ago by system

Britain swore an oath of sovereignty against Apple and Google earlier this year, resolving to devise a workable contact-tracing app that didn’t have to cave to Apple and Google’s user privacy demands. After numerous warnings from experts that the app simply wouldn’t work, the rollout has been delayed from May to winter, and now Britain is joining countries like Germany and Italy, which reluctantly agreed to work with the tech companies in the early phase of development. Now, they both have contact-tracing apps.

Amazon's Reportedly Fielding Probes From California, Washington State Over Trade Practices
Submitted 133 day(s) ago by system

Officials in California and Washington State are investigating Amazon’s business practices with a focus on whether the tech giant abuses its power over third-party sellers on its online marketplace, according to reports from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Ancient Two-Legged Crocodile Left Behind These Awesome Footprints
Submitted 134 day(s) ago by system

Modern crocodiles are known for their sprawling four-legged gait, but this Cretaceous crocodilian walked on two legs as it prowled prehistoric shores, as evidenced by well-preserved footprints it left behind.

Google Made an AR Tool to Better Visualize Social Distancing
Submitted 147 day(s) ago by system

Parts of the U.S. are starting to open up again, but with covid-19 continuing to plague communities throughout the country, it’s still important to maintain proper social distancing where needed when out in public. To help make staying six feet away from others easier to visualize, Google made a simple augmented reality tool called SODAR.

The CDC Is Screwing Up How We Count Covid-19 Testing Numbers
Submitted 155 day(s) ago by system

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with several states, are muddling the statistics on covid-19 testing, according to reporting from The Atlantic and other media outlets. They have combined the results of two different types of tests in their tallies released to the public, only one of which is used to confirm an active infection. The conflation, experts say, could make states appear safer to reopen than they actually are.

The USPS Is Reviewing Delivery Fees for Amazon, Fedex, and More
Submitted 162 day(s) ago by system

Almost a month after President Donald Trump threatened to block a $10 billion emergency loan to the U.S. Postal Service unless it raised shipping prices on companies like Amazon, UPS, and FedEx, the USPS has decided to review its package delivery contracts, according to anonymous sources who spoke with the Washington Post. Trump has complained for a long time that he believes the USPS undercharges those companies to deliver on its behalf, and has consistently pushed the independent agency to charge them more—approximately “four times” more than what it currently does.

Apple's Magic Keyboard Really Does Turn the iPad Pro Into a Neat Little Laptop
Submitted 170 day(s) ago by system

The iPad Pro is the best tablet you can buy, but without the right accessories, it can’t fully replace your laptop for every task. The Magic Keyboard for iPad is the right accessory. In fact, it’s the perfect accessory.

What Apple and Google Want Coronavirus Contact-Tracing Apps to Look Like
Submitted 172 day(s) ago by system

Apple and Google aren’t developing coronavirus-tracking apps, but on Monday they shared examples of what those apps could look like. Most notably, the tech giants detailed what the public health authorities who can use their contact-tracing APIs to create those apps can’t do: namely, they can’t track your location and they can’t use your data to advertise to you.

Elon Musk Tries to Stop Reporter's Covid-19 Question During NASA Call, Saying 'Move On'
Submitted 175 day(s) ago by system

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk attempted to deflect a reporter’s question during a NASA press conference yesterday, saying “move on.”

'Crazy Beast' Fossil Discovered in Madagascar Reveals Bizarre Mammal From the Cretaceous
Submitted 177 day(s) ago by system

An incredible skeleton unearthed in Madagascar over 20 years ago has finally been studied in detail. The well-preserved bones reveal a “crazy beast” that was unlike any mammal living today.

Google Pixel Buds 2020 Review: Smart, Comfy, and Too Distinctive
Submitted 177 day(s) ago by system

The original Pixel Buds were a strange product. They came out a full year after the AirPods, and despite having the same $160 price tag, they weren’t very comfortable, they weren’t very smart, and they weren’t even truly wireless, as they still had a cable connecting the left and right buds. But for the new 2020 Pixel Buds, Google has almost completely redeemed its previous efforts by creating something that’s a joy to use and listen to, that is if you can ignore or avoid the Pixel Buds’ one potential deal-breaker, a pernicious hiss.

Facebook Will Take on Twitch and YouTube With Its Own Gaming App
Submitted 187 day(s) ago by system

With so many people turning to video games to while away their newfound time stuck indoors, Facebook is releasing a dedicated mobile app for Facebook Gaming months ahead of schedule to try to capitalize on the recent surge of viewership seen on other livestreaming platforms like Twitch and YouTube.

To Celebrate Hubble's 30th Anniversary, NASA's Sharing What it Snapped on Your Birthday
Submitted 187 day(s) ago by system

Next week marks the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s launch, and NASA’s celebrating its birthday with another launch: a new search feature to find out what out-of-this-world photo Hubble captured on your birthday.

America's First Crewed Space Launch in Nearly a Decade Set for May 27
Submitted 189 day(s) ago by system

Next month, NASA will launch its first astronaut mission from U.S. soil in almost a decade. This mission marks the final test for SpaceX before NASA begins regularly ferrying astronauts into orbit using the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft.

Amazon Employees Plan Virtual Walkout Over Recent Firings
Submitted 189 day(s) ago by system

Amazon employees are preparing an organized action for a collective digital “sick-out” to protest the recent firing of two employees who raised concerns over conditions in the company’s warehouses and the lack of protections for workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Potentially Habitable Earth-Sized Exoplanet Spotted in the Kepler Reject Pile
Submitted 190 day(s) ago by system

For years, a dedicated team of experts has manually sifted through troves of rejected Kepler data in hopes of finding something the computers had missed—an exercise that has resulted in the discovery of what is now arguably the most Earth-like planet known to astronomers.

Amazon to Shut Down for 5 Days in France After Court Finds Its Coronavirus Response Inadequate
Submitted 191 day(s) ago by system

Amazon will temporarily shut down in France after a court there ruled it had to stop delivering all products outside of food, medicine, and hygienic categories because of poor safety conditions at its warehouses during the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Fitbit Charge 4 Review: a Good but Safe Tracker in a Weird Time
Submitted 193 day(s) ago by system

How does one review a fitness tracker—something meant to get you moving and measure your athletic progress—at a time when most of us are forcibly stuck indoors, slowly melting into our couches? That’s the conundrum I’ve been grappling with ever since I unboxed my shiny new Fitbit Charge 4.

Boeing to Redo Unmanned CST-100 Starliner Test
Submitted 199 day(s) ago by system

Boeing is calling a mulligan on the failure of its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft to reach proper orbit in an unmanned test for NASA last year and will conduct another before it tries to use it to launch astronauts, the Washington Post reported Monday.

Here's What We Know About Coronavirus Risks to Children, According to the CDC
Submitted 199 day(s) ago by system

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the first to try detailing how covid-19 is affecting children in the U.S. Children tend to experience milder symptoms and are less likely to be hospitalized, the report found.

Earth-Spanning Telescope Takes Unprecedented Image of Black Hole Spewing Radiation
Submitted 199 day(s) ago by system

A worldwide network of telescopes has produced an image of a jet of radio waves appearing to blast out from the center of a supermassive black hole at over 15 times the speed of light.

SpaceX Starship Prototype Collapses in Third Failed Test
Submitted 203 day(s) ago by system

Space is hard. We now have another reminder of this sad fact, as a prototype of SpaceX’s next-gen rocket collapsed in on itself during tests this morning, in what is now the third incident of its kind for the Starship program.

Nvidia Launches New RTX GPUs and Max-Q Design, But Not 2060 Super
Submitted 204 day(s) ago by system

When RTX Super graphics cards arrived for desktops, they provided a great ‘middle-option’ for people who wanted to get the most frames for their budget. The RTX 2060 Super, in particular, kind of made the RTX 2070 obsolete, not because the hardware itself was outdated, but because the RTX 2060 Super had the same amount of power at a cheaper price. It was, and still is, the best ‘bang for your buck’ option with ray tracing when it comes to desktop GPUs. But don’t expect to see an RTX 2060 Super as part of Nvidia’s latest mobile GPU lineup.

Humanity's Origin Story Just Got More Complicated
Submitted 205 day(s) ago by system

Human evolution was messy, with multiple human species living and interbreeding at the same time, in a convoluted process that eventually led to us. Such is the emerging narrative in anthropology, and it’s a theory now bolstered by three fascinating new studies released today.

Google Boots InfoWars App Off Play Store Over Bogus Coronavirus Claims
Submitted 210 day(s) ago by system

Google has finally kicked the Infowars app from its Play Store, the company confirmed to multiple outlets Friday. The tech giant’s app store was one of the last major bastions for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as his show (and all the extremist views and tainted supplements it touts) has been booted from nearly every mainstream online platform.

Neanderthals Enjoyed Seafood, Too, New Evidence Suggests
Submitted 211 day(s) ago by system

Neanderthals living in Portugal during the last ice age consumed copious amounts of seafood, according to new archaeological evidence. The discovery suggests Neanderthals, like our modern human ancestors, made the most of marine resources.

3.3 Million Unemployment Claims Are Likely the 'Tip of the Iceberg'
Submitted 211 day(s) ago by system

According to the Department of Labor, 3.3 million Americans—roughly the population of Utah—have filed for unemployment insurance since last week. Huge doesn’t even begin to capture the scale of mass job loss, and yet there’s every reason to believe the reality is even worse.

Trump's Latest Inflated Claim: Automakers Are Making Emergency Ventilators 'Right Now'
Submitted 215 day(s) ago by system

As officials scramble to contend with a critical ventilator shortage amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Trump administration is resorting to “wartime” measures and leaning on the private sector to help meet demand for these potentially life-saving devices “FAST!”, the president tweeted Sunday. And while this is indeed promising news, President Donald Trump—per his usual M.O.—oversold things significantly.

Facebook Anti-Spam System Goes Haywire Amid Covid-19 Outbreak
Submitted 220 day(s) ago by system

Facebook’s automated moderation tools went wild and targeted tons of posts about the coronavirus pandemic and other topics on Tuesday evening, blocking users from sharing articles from legitimate news sources.

AMD Is Finally Taking on Intel With Gaming Laptop CPUs
Submitted 221 day(s) ago by system

Intel could finally see some competition in the laptop gaming space. Today, AMD announced the addition of the Ryzen 9 4900HS and Ryzen 9 4900H processors to its mobile lineup. Based on the company’s 7nm Zen 2 architecture, they will take on Intel’s Core i9 laptop line. Like the company’s Ryzen 9 desktop processors, this latest addition to the AMD processor family comes with the high-end gaming and content creation demographics in mind. AMD first announced its new series of mobile processors at CES 2020.

Apple's Powerbeats 4 Are Here and They're Cheaper Than Ever
Submitted 221 day(s) ago by system

After being rumored for months and even being spotted on shelves a couple days early, Apple has finally announced its new Powerbeats 4 semi-wireless headphones.

Don't Build a Game in Dreams Just Yet
Submitted 223 day(s) ago by system

Creators who took a chance on Dreams, the new PlayStation platform which provides the tools for the time-consuming labor of constructing a video game, have long been asking when they’ll be able to take their work off of Dreams and, say, sell it. The answer is: not anytime soon.

Oppo Find X2 First Look: A New Bar For Refresh Rates on Phones
Submitted 231 day(s) ago by system

Samsung just raised the bar for high refresh rate screens on phones to 120Hz with the Galaxy S20 line, but now, Oppo may have just one-upped Samsung with the Find X2.

Facebook Closes Seattle Office After Worker Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Submitted 232 day(s) ago by noklpopl

A Facebook worker in Seattle has tested positive for the novel coronavirus that has infected at least 150 people on U.S. soil and killed 11 in Washington and California. Facebook employees in the Seattle area are being told to work from home.

Apple to Pay up to $500 Million In Settlement Over Slow iPhones
Submitted 235 day(s) ago by noklpopl

Back in 2017, Apple was hit with a class-action lawsuit claiming that updates to iOS had throttled iPhones and negatively impacted performance. And now, after a prolonged legal battle, Apple has agreed to settle the lawsuit by paying out up to $500 million.

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