Mon, 03 Aug 2020 13:48:43 +0000
It's hard to believe, but Google is actually launching the Pixel 4a today. Well, probably: Numerous leaks indicate it, and an early listing of the phone at Australia's JB Hi-Fi all but confirms it.
The listing (via 9to5Google) contains a ton of information about the phone, save for a full spec sheet and the price. But the thing that caught our eye is Google's tagline for the device: "The helpful Google phone, at a helpful price." I'm not sure I'd call any price "helpful," but hey, we get the idea: It's cheap.
The listing mentions HDR+, Night Sight and Portrait Mode, all of which can be achieved with the phone's single camera on the back. The battery supposedly lasts up to 24 hours, which is good to know as the Pixel 4 wasn't exactly great in that department. Read more...More about Google, Pixel 4a, Tech, and Smartphones
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 17:11:46 +0000
Have you ever thought about how much of your personal data is exposed whilst you're browsing the internet? If you haven't, then maybe you should. Seriously, we recommend checking it out. The answer may surprise you.
Personal data is seriously valuable stuff, and once you come to understand just how insecure the online world is, it's natural to feel a little concerned. There's no need to panic though, because there is an effective and simple way to stay protected.
One of the best ways to ensure your safety and anonymity online is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). These services secure your data and identity with an encrypted tunnel, so nobody can access your personal information. Nowadays, VPNs are essential tools in the fight against scammers and cybercriminals. Read more...More about Tech, Internet, Shopping List, Shopping Tech, and Uk Deals
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Mon, 03 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, many Americans went from eating at restaurants to ordering meals on their phones. A new survey reveals which delivery app they have been using.
Toast, whose software helps restaurants do everything from take orders to print bills, surveyed 707 U.S. adults in early June. During the previous month, all of them had either ordered delivery or takeout, or eaten at a restaurant.
Of those surveyed, only 14 percent said they had not ordered food online. Not that picking up the phone is completely outdated. It also found that 52 percent of customers had called a restaurant to make an order. Read more...More about Food Delivery Services, Doordash, Uber Eats, Coronavirus, and Tech
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:35:37 +0000
We've all done a quick Google search to check basic facts, but many of us forget to actually check what we've found.
When you're a novelist, this speedy searching can be the difference between reality and fiction — and that's exactly what happened to Irish novelist John Boyne, who accidentally included details for a dye recipe from an unlikely source: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Reddit user u/NoNoNo_OhHoHo posted an image showing a page from Boyne's latest book, A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom, and underlined one particular section featuring a dye recipe. In the book, a character's dressmaking process is described, which includes some ingredients you might only find in one place, which is not accessible in the real world, where the novel is set. Read more...More about The Legend Of Zelda, The Legend Of Zelda Breath Of The Wild, Breath Of The Wild, Culture, and Books
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:24:36 +0000
It's the collaboration we never knew we needed: Sir David Attenborough, British rapper Dave, and composer Hans Zimmer, all joining forces for a nature documentary special.
Planet Earth: A Celebration will use some of the many memorable moments from Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II and combine them with new narration from Attenborough and some new compositions from Zimmer. Dave will feature on the piano, playing alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra's string section.
There'll be no new footage, exactly, but we will be getting more rumbling goodness from Attenborough and plenty of fairly intense, dramatic music to go along with such classic scenes as the great iguana snake chase of 2016. Read more...More about Bbc, Hans Zimmer, David Attenborough, Dave, and Entertainment
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:07:08 +0000
Ads are an inescapable part of our online lives. Even if you have an extreme case of banner blindness, like me, the ads are still there, tracking you, often in ways you wouldn't approve if you had a say in it.
To help alleviate this, Google has launched a new Chrome extension called Ads Transparency Spotlight. The extension, freely available in the Chrome web store, aims (per Google's description) to "give people more visibility into the data used to personalize ads and more control over that data."
In practice, click on the extension's icon while visiting a webpage, and you'll be shown how many ads are on that particular page, how many platforms they're served by, and a list of entities with a presence on the page. Clicking on any entity on the page will lead you to its legal policy regarding ads and tracking. Read more...More about Google, Ads, Chrome, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:44:18 +0000
With the memory of Trump's rescheduled June rally — originally planned on Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery — still fresh in memory, John Oliver decided to take a deeper look at the way U.S. history is taught, and specifically, the "embarrassing gaps in many people's knowledge."
In the monologue above, the Last Week Tonight host takes us through some troubling examples of actual school textbooks, explaining that the "impulse to downplay the horrors of slavery has marked how school children have learned about it ever since."
In general, Oliver cites three key errors that are made in the teaching of history: not fully acknowledging white supremacy, viewing history's progress as if it was constant and inevitable, and not connecting the dots to the present. Read more...More about John Oliver, Last Week Tonight, Entertainment, Politics, and Talk Show
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +0000
TL;DR: Create your own audiobooks with a one-year subscription to Speechify Audio Reader for $39.99, an 89% savings as of Aug 3.
Whether it's because of our your lifestyle or an inability to focus, more people are listening and fewer people are reading. In 2020, 73 million Americans listen to at least one podcast every month, with 48 million listening once a week. Heck, 19% of listeners even increase the speed when listening, so they can get more information in less time. Crazy, right?
But there's no lack of text out there. We've just decided we'd rather listen instead. But what if you could turn any text you wanted into an audiobook? That way, you could retain more information and save tons of time while actually reading all the books, articles, reports, and other text you've been meaning to. That's what the Speechify Audio Reader app sets out to do, and for a limited time, you can get a one-year subscription at a big discount. Read more...More about Apps And Software, Audiobooks, Mashable Shopping, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +0000
TL;DR: Stay organized (and germ-free) with a KeySmart Pro with Tile, CleanTray, and CleanKey Bundle all for $129.99, a 21% savings as of Aug 3.
Decades ago, a peek into the pockets and purses of people worldwide would showcase things like bulky bundles of keys, pocket knives, loose change, combs, and packs of gum. These days, things are looking a bit different — especially in the age of coronavirus. Everyday carry in 2020 includes things like face masks, hand sanitizer, and other tools to keep up safe (and sane) while away from home.
If you're looking for a way to enhance your pocket game to keep up with the way of the world in 2020, we've got a deal for you: the KeySmart Pro with Tile, CleanTray, and CleanKey Bundle. We've talked about all three of these ingenious gadgets individually before, but now you can get all three bundled together for over 20% off. Read more...More about Mashable Shopping, Cool Gadgets, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +0000
TL;DR: Stay fit even while at home with the HYFIT Smart Portable Training System for $249.99, a 16% savings as of Aug 3.
Every fitness startup’s new product launch is just the ~coolest~ thing, right?
Hyfit Gear One includes resistance bands that you can wear on your body — meaning, you don’t have to deal with finding a post, door frame, chair, or otherwise sturdy object to attach your bands to.
With Hyfit Gear One, you can create your own resistance with your body, completely eliminating the need for other objects. You accomplish this by wearing the wrist and ankle straps included with the product. Read more...More about Fitness, Mashable Shopping, Culture, and Other
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 08:49:50 +0000
No matter how cosy or super-organized you make your work-from-home space, and no matter how many plant babies you've assembled on your windowsill, there's one thing you can't do much about: the view out your window.
And if you're not lucky enough to have so much as a window, even with a shitty view, this might be a little lifesaver.
Window Swap is a simple, beautiful site that provides you with a random view, courtesy of video recorded out a window somewhere else in the world.
Rami's window in Stockholm is a still balcony in a riot of green against a blue sky, with a few bright flowers; Beate's window in Luneberg, Germany, is similarly green with idyllic suburban atmosphere, including a lawnmower and kids chattering in the background; Sana's window, in Kazakhstan's biggest city of Almaty, comes with a view of sunset-pink clouds over distant mountains and glowing light in a neighbour's window, with optional background dubstep; Sandy's slice of the Philippines is hazy, bucolic, barely a building in sight; Kurt's Austrian window is filled by almost unacceptably beautiful, possibly alive-with-certain-sounds hills. Read more...More about Working From Home, Single Serving Sites, Culture, Work Life, and Web Culture
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 01:10:41 +0000
Microsoft has confirmed reports it's in talks to acquire TikTok, writing that the deal is currently in preliminary discussions. Oh, and the U.S. president is part of them too.
TikTok has been the subject of intense international scrutiny as of late, with various governments accusing the video sharing app of sharing users' data with the Chinese government. President Donald Trump claimed he would ban TikTok just last week, and a report from stated he may even order China-based parent company ByteDance to sell the app.
It still isn't clear whether Trump has given a direct order mandating a sale. He's certainly involved though, as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella actually met with Trump to discuss the potential acquisition. Microsoft stated it "appreciates the U.S. Government’s and President Trump’s personal involvement as it continues to develop strong security protections for the country." Read more...More about Microsoft, Acquisitions, Donald Trump, Tiktok, and Bytedance
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 21:29:13 +0000
These are hard days for the humans of planet Earth, especially those of us who despise inequity and fascism. Wouldn't it be nice, then, if you could flap your brilliantly colored wings and take off into the stars?
The below image, captured by the European Southern Observatory's "Very Large Telescope" (great name) in northern Chile, gives us a look at the vibrant planetary nebula known as NGC 2899. Yeah, I know, it's not a real butterfly. But imagine if. Then go further, and pretend the butterfly is you.
Gorgeous view, right?
The nebula, which was apparently first discovered in 1835, resides in the Vela constellation. It's not especially close to Earth, at 6,500 light-years away, but the prospect of human space travel carrying us even a single light-year isn't really an option at this point. Read more...More about Nebula, European Southern Observatory, Science, and Space
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 21:12:36 +0000
Sheesh, can't a billionaire CEO tweet out a racially insensitive conspiracy theory in peace?
We are of course talking about Elon Musk, who loves to post wild shit in a way that makes it unclear as to whether he's joking or not. Experts on ancient Egypt weren't so tickled by his latest proclamation.
On Thursday, Musk tweeted, out of the blue: "Aliens built the pyramids obv." The claim that aliens built the pyramids is a conspiracy theory that spreads on YouTube and Reddit.
On Saturday, Rania al-Mashat, Egypt's Minister of International Co-operation, quote tweeted Musk with a seriously gentle rebuke and an invitation for Musk to visit Egypt and see the pyramids for himself. Read more...More about Egypt, Conspiracy Theory, Trolling, Culture, and Elon Musk
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 19:52:19 +0000
Trump provided few details, and any executive actions he might sign would be subject to legal challenges. TikTok also maintains that it . The issue might all be moot if the app’s to Microsoft comes to pass. Read more...More about China, Trump, Tiktok, Tech, and Social Media Companies
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 19:00:00 +0000
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Sun, 02 Aug 2020 18:16:58 +0000
Five months into self-isolating alone in a one bedroom apartment, I’ve accepted that my expectations of how all this was going to go were unrealistic. I don’t mean that in reference to the physical reality of the COVID-19 pandemic or even the whiplash unpredictability of the time loop that is 2020 — I mean my expectations for me, personally. I have not baked a single loaf of bread, planted no herbs, and completed exactly zero virtual yoga classes.
The reality of my isolation is that trying new things is hard and I’m tired. The paradox of being exhausted from a surfeit of nothing is not lost on me, but I’ll be damned before I spend my energy on something I’m not even sure I’ll like. As someone who works full time reviewing television and video games, I’m more comfortable letting things I like come to me. Read more...More about Twitch, Ghost Of Tsushima, Entertainment, and Gaming
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 17:43:31 +0000
Don't call it a "murder hornet."
The stinging. honeybee-hunting insect that first made the news in May is back in headlines once again. Months after it was first sighted in the U.S., the Washington State Department of Agriculture actually managed to catch one in a trap.
A WSDA press release confirms that an Asian giant hornet was recovered on July 14 from a trap set near Birch Bay, just south of the Canadian border. It wasn't formally identified until July 29, at which point it became the first of its species to be caught in the U.S., following five previous sightings.
The state agency characterized the news as "encouraging." While it's not great that the invasive species of hornet is indeed present in the U.S., having a viable trap means work can begin on finding and eradicating nests. Read more...More about Honeybees, Murder Hornet, Asian Giant Hornets, Science, and Climate Environment
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 15:06:56 +0000
Back at the end of May, SpaceX became the first private company to launch NASA astronauts into space. Now, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are back home.
In a process that kicked off on Saturday, Aug. 1, Behnken and Hurley made preparations for their return trip aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule that carried them to the International Space Station on May 30. The capsule's Sunday afternoon splashdown marked the end of the company's first successful crewed mission.
You can watch NASA's stream of the event right here:
The two astronauts boarded the Crew Dragon capsule and secured themselves inside on Saturday afternoon. In the hours that followed, they undocked from the ISS and continued to orbit the Earth as the capsule slowly moved away from the station to prepare for a descent into the atmosphere. Read more...More about Nasa, Spacex, Splashdown, Crew Dragon, and Science
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 14:00:00 +0000
Like many, many others around the world, we've been working from home for close to six months here at Mashable due to the coronavirus pandemic. We miss our coworkers and our lunch spots, but we've managed to get by knowing we're fortunate to be able to work from home at all.
Since we work on the internet, a big part of "getting by" has been learning the myriad ways tech can help and hinder us throughout the day. With that in mind, here are just a few of the basics that we and other remote workers have had to internalize and make part of our daily routines while our lives were turned upside down by the pandemic. We know you'd prefer to be back at the office or out with your friends, but take these tips to heart and working and videoconferencing from home can suck just a little bit less. Read more...More about Productivity, Wifi, Noise Cancelling Headphones, Coronavirus, and Covid 19
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000
The world may be at something of a standstill thanks to COVID-19, but Samsung is still out here making flagship phones and, uh, other things. As such, we have another Galaxy Unpacked event to look forward to this week.
Samsung previously announced that its next Galaxy Unpacked would be online-only for obvious reasons. The event will stream on Samsung's website at 10 a.m. ET on Aug. 5. In a blog post, Samsung revealed it would announce five new devices at the event. Since the new Galaxy Z Flip 5G has been officially confirmed, we can probably strike that one off the long list.Samsung, Unpacked2020, Tech, Consumer Tech, and Big Tech Companies
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +0000
TL;DR: Charge each of your devices at the same time with the Naztech 20,000mAh 18W PD + QC3.0 Fabric Power Bank for $59.99, a 33% savings as of Aug 2.
With many of us out of the office, our time that was once spent in meeting rooms is now spent staring at or chatting on our phones, tablets, and laptops. And as a result, our devices are always dead. Always.
To ensure your batteries stay alive for your weekly chats with your boss, you have a few options. You could set up a full-fledged power station in every area of your home and plugin when you need to. Or, you could constantly transfer your charging cables from room to room. But let's be honest: neither are great options. Instead, grab yourself this Naztech 20,000mAh Fabric Power Bank and keep it with you for an extra 104 hours of extra talk time. Not only is this bad boy lightweight and portable — clocking in at just 15 ounces — but it can also power up three of your gadgets simultaneously at the fastest possible speeds. Read more...More about Power Bank, Mashable Shopping, Charging Station, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +0000
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Sure, you may know how to update your Facebook page, but do you know to craft an SEO strategy, perform SEO split testing, and run profitable Instagram ads? Didn't think so.
The term "digital marketing" continues to grow more complex and analytical by the day, and if you want to land a career in the space, you've got to keep up.Social Media, Seo, Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +0000
TL;DR: Snag the 3-in-1 Gotek Wireless Charging Music Station on sale for $47, a 20% savings as of Aug 2.
While our gadgets and gizmos are practically essential to living our everyday lives, the clumsy collection of cords and chargers that accompany them are not. In 2020, we are blessed with more streamlined ways to keep our devices — from iPhones to AirPods and lots in between — juiced-up.
Take the Gotek Wireless Charging Music Station, for example. This multi-use gadget blesses you not only with wireless charging abilities, but also with a modern, yet humble alarm clock and a Bluetooth 5.0 speaker. With a single device, you can consolidate your bedside table and wake up to your favorite tunes and a fully-charged phone. We love to see it. Read more...More about Mashable Shopping, Cool Gadgets, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +0000
TL;DR: Enjoy HD audio wherever you go with the Coby® Waterproof True Wireless Portable Speaker, on sale for $37.99 as of Aug 2.
Portable speakers are great for everything from socially-distanced cookouts and camping trips to office meetings and solo dance parties. But finding the one that's right for your needs is a bit overwhelming. Just a quick Google search shows you there's an incalculable number of portable speakers on the market, at all price points, with all sorts of looks and features.
The best portable speaker to you may be budget-friendly, offer high-quality audio that's comparable to your stereo speakers, but in a portable package, is lightweight, has a strong battery life, and is waterproof. You don't want your speaker to be ruined the first time it gets splashed out by the pool, after all. Read more...More about Waterproof, Bluetooth Speaker, Mashable Shopping, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +0000
TL;DR: As of Aug 2, you can get a lifetime subscription to clinical hypnotherapist sessions for the price of one session ($49.99) via this deal from Mark Bowden's Hypnotherapy.
Many have been recommended hypnotherapy at one time or another. Maybe it was for your fear of public speaking or giving up sugar or quitting smoking, but likely you forgot all about it. Before you forget the idea once again, consider trying out a virtual session.
Clinical hypnotherapist Mark Bowden is offering lifetime access to audio sessions on 70 different topics for the first time ever. And you'll get it all for the price of a single session. He produces new sessions every month, which are all based on the latest and most effective techniques designed to help people condition themselves. Read more...More about Happiness, Mashable Shopping, Positivity, Hypnosis, and Culture
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 05:09:32 +0000
Wilford Brimley, whose work as an actor and as a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association made him a transgenerational favorite, is dead at 85.
Brimley died on Saturday morning, his manager Lynda Bensky confirmed to Mashable. He was in intensive care at the time, receiving dialysis treatments and dealing with unspecified medical problems. He is survived by his wife Beverly and his four children.
"Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust," Bensky said in a statement. "He said what he meant and he meant what he said. He had a tough exterior and a tender heart. I’m sad that I will no longer get to hear my friend's wonderful stories. He was one of a kind." Read more...More about Wilford Brimley, Entertainment, Celebrities, and Movies Tv Shows
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 04:00:00 +0000
TL;DR: The Complete MySQL Bootcamp is on sale for £6.85 as of August 2, saving you 95% on list price.
Only three things in life are certain: Death, taxes, and the enduring importance of good data management.
You're on your own when it comes to the first two (sorry), but as far as the latter goes, you'll find it easy to systematise and manipulate databases when you learn MySQL through the affordable Complete MySQL Bootcamp.
Based on the computer language SQL — that's pronounced "see-cue-ell" and stands for Structured Query Language — MySQL is the world's most popular relational database management system. It's ultra-efficient and really useful in the realms of e-commerce, app development, and sales, qualities that have made it a go-to tool for heavy-hitters like Apple, Amazon, Airbnb, Facebook, and Twitter. Read more...More about Mashable Shopping, Online Courses, Shopping Uk, Uk Deals, and Data Management
Sun, 02 Aug 2020 03:30:00 +0000
TL;DR: The Complete Front-End Web Development course is on sale for £11.43 as of August 2, saving you 92% on list price.
Interactive buttons. Scannable layouts. Flashy graphics. Beautiful typography. Elements of a website — or any digital product for that matter — that make you go "ooh" and "aah" are all thanks to the front-end developer.
The geniuses responsible for the look and visual aesthetic of a site, front-end developers make sure that it's pretty enough that people spend more than 30 seconds browsing it. It's not surprising that they get paid handsomely, too.Web Development, Online Classes, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
Sat, 01 Aug 2020 22:28:22 +0000
It's looking like curtains for Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant. On mobile, at least.
In an announcement posted on July 31, the company said it would pull the Cortana mobile app from both iOS and Android devices in early 2021. While this is new for American users, Microsoft did a similar scrubbing of mobile Cortana in regions like Canada, Australia, and the U.K back in Jan. 2020.
As Mashable tech reporter Alex Perry explained back then, this means that, "your reminders and lists won't work through [mobile Cortana] anymore. They'll still be synced to the Microsoft To Do app, as a minor consolation prize. It's also being integrated into Microsoft 365 apps." Read more...More about Tech, Microsoft, Cortana, Alexa, and Digital Assistants