Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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Facebook and Google head back to Congress for hearing on white nationalism

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 08:20 AM PDT


Google and Facebook are back at Capitol Hill on Tuesday. While both companies are no stranger to Congressional hearings at this point, this time the tech giants are talking about the growing threat of white nationalism on its platforms in the wake of the mosque shooting in New Zealand.

Facebook’s public policy director Neil Potts and Google’s public policy and government relations counsel Alexandria Walden will speak before the Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee for a hearing on hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism.

Online radicalization, specifically among white nationalists, is not exactly a new issue. However, since the New Zealand mosque shooting, which left 50 people dead, the rising concerns over the spread of white nationalism on the internet has been thrust to the forefront of the conversation. Read more...

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ViewSonic monitors are great for both gaming and business — and are 20% off on Amazon

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 08:14 AM PDT


A new monitor can change everything. 

It can take gaming from a hobby to a lifestyle, change the entire aesthetic of an office, and hell, can get you through the dragging hours of work when you know the rest of your group is at happy hour. 

The best part? Getting a new one doesn't have to be some huge, bank-breaking purchase. The market is filled with budget-friendly flat screens, curved screens, and gaming monitors that short you on price, not features. One standout affordable brand is ViewSonic, and select monitors and projectors are 20% off on Amazon today.

We've pulled out a few of the best deals, but you can shop the whole sale here. Read more...

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Fire Kids Edition tablets are up to $40 off at Amazon

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 08:09 AM PDT


There are some great tablets out there, but when you’re looking to buy one for your child you likely want to narrow it down to the more kid-friendly options. Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets have features and specs that make them a great device for kids.

Fire 7, Fire HD 8, and Fire HD 10 Kids Edition tablets are all on sale at Amazon — you’ll save $30 or $40, depending on the model.

Fire Kids Edition tablets are not toys — they're fully functioning tablets, but have top-of-the-line parental controls. As a parent, you can personalize screen time limits, set educational goals, filter age-appropriate content, and manage web browsing and content use. Read more...

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We're all downloading the same old apps instead of new ones

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 08:08 AM PDT


Open up your phone and take a quick scan of the apps you have installed? Are any of them new?

Chances are most of the apps you have on your phone aren't. Most people are "choosing to download more established, mature apps" as opposed to "upstart apps" observes Eric Feng, a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, and former CTO of Hulu and Flipboard.

Compiling data from Apple's iTunes App Charts and app analytics firm App Annie, Feng astutely concludes that the great app gold rush may be over.

With over 2 million apps available in Apple's App Store, the likelihood of a young app breaking into its "top 30" and staying there is no longer as likely as it once was, says Feng. Read more...

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'Old Town Road' yeehaws its way to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 08:01 AM PDT


Lil Nas X's viral hit "Old Town Road" has reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

The TikTok mainstay — which is definitely a country song, you monsters — shot from 15 to the top spot, no doubt pushed by the remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus that came out on Friday.

It's also Lil Nas X's birthday!

hitting #1 on billboard on my birthday wow

— nope (@LilNasX) April 9, 2019

"Old Town Road" was also No. 1 on the R&B/hip-hop and rap charts. It remained absent from the country chart, from which it was cruelly removed after failing to "embrace enough elements of today's country music." (This was not very cowboy of Billboard.) Read more...

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Blackpink sets new YouTube record with 'Kill This Love'

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 08:01 AM PDT


Blackpink's "Kill This Love" has set a new YouTube record for the fastest music video to reach 100 million views. The video hit the mark in just two days and 14 hours. The female K-pop group joins the record-breaking ranks with Ariana Grande, BTS, Taylor Swift, and Eminem. Read more...

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Man perfectly imitates text-to-speech reader

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 07:45 AM PDT


Between the rigid cadence and the flattened vocal range, there's something kind of charming about text-to-speech readers.

One man recently attempted to imitate a text-to-speech reader while reading the intro to The Flash.  In a follow-up video, he demonstrated how others can do similar imitations by carefully manipulating their voices.

His impression is unnervingly spot-on. Watch and feel jealous. Read more...

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Petcube Bites camera lets you take care of your pet remotely — and it’s $44 off on Amazon

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 07:44 AM PDT


A lot of us pet owners see our furry counterparts as more than just pets — they’re basically our children. And what kind of pet-parents are we if we don’t have eyes on them for the majority of the day? If you have to hold back tears every time you leave your pet at home to go to your day job, we have a product that’ll ease the pain and guilt. 

The Petcube Bites Pet Camera and Treat Dispenser is currently $44 off on Amazon and is the perfect device to score you the coveted “pet-parent of the year” award. Usually retailing for $249, you can grab one of these for just $204.99. Read more...

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Why Daenerys Targaryen should end up on the Iron Throne

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 07:43 AM PDT


Who should end up on the Iron Throne? We've got some ideas. 

If Game of Thrones actually ends with someone on the eponymous Throne and not the mass-zombification of every character we've come to know and love, then there can only be one answer for whom should sit upon the Iron Throne: Daenerys Targaryen.

Listen up, fives: Daenerys Stormborn was commanding a whole-ass Khalasar before Jon Snow had even left Castle Black to meet his first girlfriend. She studied the culture and language of the Dothraki to earn their respect and love as Khaleesi. She inspired loyalty that lasted well beyond Khal Drogo’s death as the Khalasar accompanied her to Qarth and even across the Narrow Sea, which no Dothraki had ever crossed before. Read more...

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Scammers use tax-themed emails to infect PCs with malware

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 07:43 AM PDT


Watch out for tax scams popping up in your email inbox. They can often be rigged to secretly install malware onto your computer.

As the April 15th filing deadline approaches, IBM says it's recently detected a wave of tax-themed phishing messages targeting both businesses and personal email addresses. The emails have been crafted to deliver a Trojan called Trickbot, which can steal bank account information from your internet sessions.

According to IBM, the scammers have been delivering the Trickbot Trojan by pretending to send emails from well-known payroll and HR firms such as Paychex and ADP. Unlike shoddy spam email campaigns, the messages from the scammers will generally be free of spelling or grammar mistakes. Read more...

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Amazon Alexa adds detailed news reading option

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 07:37 AM PDT


If you like to catch up on the news each day in a little more depth, but without having to turn on the TV, Amazon has a solution for you using its smart speakers. Alexa will now offer to read you the news in a lot more detail.

As Engadget reports, Alexa users in the US can benefit from a new feature which allows the voice assistant to convey the news in detail. It's a feature that's been made possible thanks to partnerships with Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, Newsy and NPR, from where the news will be sourced.

Alexa users can ask "tell me the news" or "play news" from any of the news outlets mentioned above and detailed audio will be played. If you don't care about a particular news story it's possible to skip over it and move on to whatever is next in the queue. Read more...

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Save over £100 on the Hive smart thermostat with professional installation

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 07:23 AM PDT


Have you ever come home from a wonderful holiday in the early hours of the morning, and all you want to do is curl up in your own bed, except you can't, because your home could double as an igloo? 

You end up shivering under multiple duvets until the temperature slowly rises to something less arctic. It doesn't need to be this way, though. Not with a Hive smart thermostat.

Hive lets you can take control of your heating and hot water anytime, and anywhere, with your mobile, tablet, or laptop. Set heating and hot water schedules with up to six daily time slots, boost your heating for up to six hours, prevent frozen pipes with automatic frost protection, and more.  Read more...

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Here's how you can work with Maisie Williams on her new short film

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 07:08 AM PDT


If you've ever fancied working alongside a Game of Thrones star, you might well be in luck.

Everyone's favourite Stark assassin Maisie Williams has announced she's starting work on a short film — and she's put out an open call for people to collaborate with.

Williams' project is tied in with Daisie — the creative networking app she co-founded and launched in 2018.

Here's the video Daisie's Twitter account posted on Sunday:

Maisie Williams and Bill Milner are making a short film. But they can’t do it alone.

Apply to join their Daisie team if you have a way with words, camera, hair, makeup, styling, music, design or even acting#LDNcreates

— Daisie (@daisie) April 8, 2019

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The Ultimate Ears Blast Bluetooth speaker is over £100 off in the Amazon Spring Sale

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 06:59 AM PDT


A speaker can make or break a party. 

We've all been there. You've got your friends over and everyone is feeling the music, but the speakers keep cutting out or coming unplugged. It's enough to ruin the vibes that you had so carefully cultivated. It might even be bad enough to force your friends to pack up their things and leave. This might seem harsh, but it happens.

It's at this point, disappointed and alone, that you should turn to the Ultimate Ears Blast speaker. The portable WiFi/Bluetooth speaker has immersive 360 degrees sound and hands-free voice control, with Amazon Alexa built-in. So the next time you decide to play host, you and your friends can blast your favourite tunes with just the power of your voice.  Read more...

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Game on the go: 7 of the best Nintendo Switch cases in the UK

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 06:45 AM PDT


Since the Nintendo Switch hit the scene, it has been a dominant piece of hardware in the games space. Beloved for killer first-party titles like Super Mario Odyssey and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, plus its ease of use, it has been able to satisfy most picky gamers.

One of the best parts of the system is its portability, and if you find yourself on the go, you're going to need the right accessories to fit your needs. These are some of the best cases for the Nintendo Switch: Read more...

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The Good
Fits the entire system • Includes small zip case for tablet • Comfortable design
The Bad
Large bag
The Bottom Line
Whether you need something for the Switch tablet or want to transport the whole system, the PowerA bag is the one to get.

1. PowerA Everywhere Messenger Bag

Get flexibility, ample storage space, and double the protection for your Switch.
  • Compartments: Four fitted spaces + one zippered pocket on the back
  • Shoulder strap: Yes
The Washington-based PowerA is one of biggest accessory manufacturers in gaming, with products available for Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and PC, through every possible retailer. And when it comes to the Switch, they haven't skimped on quality.
The Everywhere Messenger Bag is one of the bigger means of transporting your Switch, games, and any additional accessories you have for it. And for £29.99, bigger definitely means better. The shoulder slung bag allows you to pack everything up, from controllers to the charging/video dock, and transport it in one case. There's also the added bonus of a small, hard shell zippered case for the Switch itself, which turns this bag into a great two-for-one deal. 
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Save over £500 on the Flymo 1200R robotic lawn mower in the Amazon Spring Sale

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 06:45 AM PDT


We have seen great offers on a wide range of devices in the Amazon Spring Sale, with deals on everything from TVs to toothbrushes. There isn't a clearly defined theme to the sale, but there are naturally quite a lot of gardening, DIY, and spring cleaning deals, as we look to get things in shape for the summer.

Those long summer nights are just around the corner. They are so close, we can almost taste the charcoal-crusted sausages and cold beer. It's therefore time to start sorting out the garden, before it's too late and you're left with an overgrown mess than nobody is going to want to spend an afternoon relaxing in. Read more...

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'The Addams Family' teaser brings back our favorite spooky family

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 06:44 AM PDT


The iconic Addams Family is all set to return to our screens this Halloween in the Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan-directed computer animated The Addams Family. 

It's stacked with an incredible voice cast including Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Allison Janney, Nick Kroll, Finn Wolfhard, and Chloë Grace Moretz. 

Just be ready to snap your fingers to their classic tune. 

The Addams Family hits theaters on October 11. 

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Get Google Assistant to talk in John Legend's voice

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 06:39 AM PDT


Google Assistant has teamed up with Grammy-winning artist John Legend for its first celebrity voice cameo. Read more...

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Kirstjen Nielsen gets ripped by the 'Daily Show' upon leaving the White House

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 06:21 AM PDT


Kirstjen Nielsen, the controversial head of the Department of Homeland Security, is the latest Trump administration official to "resign" from the White House and The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joined a chorus of critics wishing her farewell.

Nielsen will best be remembered for her role in enforcing the administration's horrific migrant family separation policy — despite her denials

And Noah gives her the send-off she deserves. Discussing the report that Trump thought she was too soft on immigration, Noah quips, "How are you going to get rid of 'kids-in-cages' woman for being 'too nice'? That's like firing a cat for not displaying its anus enough."  Read more...

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How's Arya doing on her kill list ahead of 'Game of Thrones' Season 8?

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 06:17 AM PDT


Joffrey. Cersei. Walder Frey. Meryn Trant. Tywin Lannister. The Red Woman. Beric Dondarrion. Thoros of Myr. Ilyn Payne. The Mountain.

She whispers their names, one by one, every night before she goes to sleep. Arya Stark's greatest driving force is vengeance, and those names along with a handful of others comprise her infamous kill list that keeps her pushing onward in the face of tremendous hardship.

Each one of them wronged her, hurt her family, or hurt her friends at some point or another, and while many of the names she's added to her list over the years have been crossed off by her own actions or the actions of others, Arya has quite a bit of work left to do in the final season of Game of Thrones. Read more...

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Companies can now give you 'Uber Vouchers' for free or discounted rides

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 06:00 AM PDT


When attending a conference or company-wide party, you might've gotten a promo code to take a ride-share car for a discount or even a free ride if you order a Lyft or Uber to a certain location or venue through the ride-hailing app. 

On Tuesday, Uber overhauled its discount ride program — now it's called Uber Vouchers. It's a separate way for customers to pay for a ride. As a passenger, the discounted or free ride lives within the Payments section of the Uber app. You order an Uber as usual, but the Voucher discount or free fare offer will come up as a payment option, if applicable.

To start off the new payment method, more than 100 businesses are offering Vouchers. Some of those companies are TGI Fridays, Live Nation, the Golden State Warriors, MGM Resorts, Sprint, Freshworks, Westfield, and Allstate. Read more...

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Nintendo Labo, ViewSonic Monitors, Blink XT cameras, and more deals for April 9

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 05:02 AM PDT


Drop your plans this Easter and get your hands on the most immersive Nintendo Labo to date. This Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR kit combines pass-and-play multiplayer, DIY fun, and family-friendly play for a unique first VR experience. It comes with Toy-Con VR Goggles, Toy-Con Blaster, Toy-Con Elephant, Toy-Con Camera, Toy-Con Bird, and more. It will be released on April 12, 2019, so pre-order yours today to be one of the first to enjoy hours of fun with your family during the Easter holidays. 

Looking for other deals? Here are the best deals   from Amazon, Walmart, BuyDig, Adorama, Best Buy, Home Depot, and more for Tuesday, April 9:    Read more...

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China wants to ban Bitcoin mining, report claims

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 04:36 AM PDT


China plans to put an end to cryptocurrency mining in the country, Reuters reported Tuesday citing a "draft list of industrial activities" China's state planning agency looks to put a stop on. 

The decision doesn't appear to be final — the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is seeking public opinions on a revised list of industries that will either be encouraged, restricted or eliminated. Bitcoin now falls in that last category. 

According to Reuters, the NDRC didn't give a date or any details on how, exactly, Bitcoin mining should be eliminated — but that would mean that Bitcoin mining is to cease immediately.  Read more...

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The one line in the 'Fleabag' finale that cut me to the core

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 04:33 AM PDT


If you've not yet watched the final episode of Fleabag Season 2, then be warned — spoilers abound. 

It's been 18 hours since I watched the final ever episode of Fleabag. But, even now, one day on, there's one line — just two words, actually — that I cannot shake from my mind. 

Two devastating words that cut me to my core as I watched Andrew Scott whisper them to our eponymous heroine in a bus shelter: "It'll pass." Just seconds before, Fleabag had uttered three very different words to the man who'll henceforth be known as "hot priest." 

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Samsung tablets, Microsoft laptops, Fitbits, Amazon devices, and more on sale for April 9 in the Amazon Spring UK Sale

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 03:56 AM PDT


A sale is much like a marathon. It's crucial to make a good start, but it's more important to keep a consistent pace throughout the race, and leave a little bit of energy for a big finish.

The Amazon Spring Sale certainly began strongly, but crucially it looks to be keeping up the pace with a bunch of new deals to be grabbed. We have highlighted the best of these, including great offers on wearable technology and laptops.

In this round-up you can save on Amazon devices, De'Longhi coffee machines, Samsung tablets, Fitbit smartwatches, HP laptops, and more. All the biggest brands are here, with chances to save on a wide range of devices. Read more...

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Don't hold your breath for that 16-inch MacBook Pro

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 03:13 AM PDT


Apple might not launch a 16/16.5-inch MacBook Pro for at least a year or more according to a new report from reliable leaker of Apple things, Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors). 

Same goes for a new version of the iPad, which will be 10 or 12 inches in size. But the good news is that a new, 31.6-inch 6K display from Apple is still on track to launch in the second or third quarter of this year. 

The new report is a bit hard to follow, so here's some background. In February, Kuo said Apple would launch a completely new MacBook Pro with a display that's 16 or 16.5 inches in size. He also said the company is working on a 31.6-inch, 6K display with a mini LED-like backlight design. Finally, he predicted the launch of new iPad Pro models, a new iPad mini, and a new, 10.2-inch iPad model — and Apple indeed launched a new, 10.5-inch iPad Air and a new iPad mini in March. All of that was supposed to happen in 2019.  Read more...

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'Avengers: Endgame' cast explain how bathroom breaks should work during the movie

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 02:46 AM PDT


Three hours is a long time to sit in one seat without going to the bathroom — even if you do have the latest Avengers movie to distract you.

Well, good news — the cast of Endgame has some tips on how to get around this particular issue.

"Well, Mark said that you should wear a diaper," says Scarlett Johansson in the Jimmy Kimmel Live! clip above. "Then you don't have to get up. But you're also sitting in your own urine..."

Paul Rudd, meanwhile, has a slightly different — albeit equally gross — suggestion.

"Well, not having seen the film, I would say get one of those giant tubs of popcorn, and then just like lower it under the seat in the middle of the movie," he says. Read more...

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'Game of Thrones' star John Bradley gives an emotional speech about his weight

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 02:45 AM PDT


John Bradley is best known to us as the kindhearted, bookish Samwell Tarly from Game of Thrones

He spoke to Conan O'Brien about a speech he delivered at the GoT wrap party in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

"As somebody who grew up overweight and kind of unhappy because of it, and thinking that life was going to pass you by because of it, and all the times where you go to bed and you think, I'd give anything to wake up and not have this weight [...] while I was feeling that about myself, David and Dan — our producers and everybody else connected with the show — they were looking for me," Bradley told O'Brien. "They were looking for exactly me." Read more...

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Eastbay just dropped the latest colorway of Nike's Vaporfly 4% Flyknit running shoe

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 02:00 AM PDT


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Nike’s hard-to-get running shoes have a cult following among sneaker nerds and marathon runners alike, and now you can grab yourself a pair in sweet new colors.

When Nike released its first generation of the Vaporfly 4% — with a promise to improve running economy by 4 percent — sneaker scientists rushed to the lab to put them to the test and studies found these kicks actually do make you run faster. You’ll want to secure a pair in this season’s hottest new colorway, Black/Crimson, at Eastbay stat.  Read more...

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