This ultra-thin iPhone case made of real body armor proves good cases don’t have to be bulky

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We test a whole lot of iPhone cases here at BGR Deals. In fact, we’ve likely tested hundreds of different cases over the past few years. But no matter how many different cases we test, we always seem to come back to the same model when it comes to protecting the iPhones we use ourselves on a daily basis. It’s called the Pitaka MagCase, and it’s better than rivals on a number of different levels. It’s made out of the same material used to make actual tactical body armor, so it provides terrific protection despite being remarkably thin and lightweight. It also has a wonderfully sleek look and a great rubbery finish that offers tons of grip. This case costs a bit more than rivals, but it’s worth every penny and then some.

PITAKA Slim Case Compatible with iPhone XR 6.1″, MagCase Aramid Fiber [Real Body Armor Material…: $ 49.99

PITAKA Slim Case Compatible with iPhone Xs 5.8″, MagCase Aramid Fiber [Real Body Armor Material…: $ 49.99

PITAKA Slim Case Compatible with iPhone Xs Max 6.5″, MagCase Aramid Fiber [Real Body Armor Mate…: $ 49.99

Here’s what you need to know from the product page:

  • Almost naked — Enjoy your phone with this case which is slim fit and thinner than a dime. Too light to feel the weight added to your phone. Still well protect phones from most of the daily drops.
  • Exclusive “Body Armor Grade” Material — Made of 100% Aramid Fiber which is used in armor, spacecraft, jet engines, and Formula 1 Race cars. Special design and cutting around the buttons and ports makes it retain the thinness of your phone.
  • Wireless charging friendly — Show you the best carrying and wireless charging experience by using with PITAKA magnetic car mount (MagMount Series), the unique transit free design with metal plates inside lets you use PITAKA car mount freely without sticking adhasive metal plate on your device. Yet, no interference to WIFI, GPS, Wireless charging or your signals.
  • A Soft 3D-Grip touch —- Texture you need to feel to believe. It almost clings to your hand without feeling sticky. A protective three-layer coating and manual polishing is applied to each phone case.
  • Fits your phone perfectly — Easily and naturally access all buttons and ports. Each opening is not only accurately aligned, but also at natural “surface level”.—Package includes: 1 x MagCase compatible with iPhone XR. Notes: the screen protector is not included.

PITAKA Slim Case Compatible with iPhone XR 6.1″, MagCase Aramid Fiber [Real Body Armor Material…: $ 49.99

PITAKA Slim Case Compatible with iPhone Xs 5.8″, MagCase Aramid Fiber [Real Body Armor Material…: $ 49.99

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Chipmaker ASM beats first-quarter targets, sees market outperformance in 2019

Dutch semiconductor supplier ASM International on Wednesday reported first-quarter revenue of 249 million euros ($ 278.5 million) and an order intake of 235 million euros, both exceeding its own expectations.


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Tesla Model S and Model X ranges get big upgrades

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Tesla is giving its Model S and Model X cars much-needed boosts — just as its older offerings have seen sales languish.

Range and charging capabilities will be upgraded in both, the carmaker announced in a blog post Tuesday. Tesla is also bringing back a cheaper version of the cars that don’t have as much range.

The new Model S can now get 370 miles on a single charge, while the Model X steps up to 325 miles thanks to an all-new drivetrain design. Previously, these cars got 335 miles and 295 miles out of their batteries, respectively. (To help you picture all that, the shortest route from LA to San Francisco is about 380 miles.) The cars will be slightly less-expensive than what used to be Tesla’s longest-range options: starting at $ 88,000 for the S and $ 93,000 for the X. These upgrades come with no changes to the cars’ 100 kWh battery packs. The improvements will start at its Fremont factory this week.  Read more…

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Jack Dorsey’s whirlwind day included stock surge, White House visit

Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey had a whirlwind day Tuesday, with the social network’s shares surging on a strong earnings report followed by an impromptu trip to Washington to mend fences with President Trump. Dorsey and a contingent of Twitter executives flew to the nation’s capital for a 30-minute powwow with the president — mere…
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Amazon sale gets you a stand mixer for $140 that’s just as good as KitchenAid’s $300 model

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Want the KitchenAid mixer everyone always goes on and on about but don’t want to pay $ 300, $ 400, or even more to get it? Well we have a fantastic alternative for you to check out. The Hamilton Beach 63232 Eclectrics All-Metal Stand Mixer is just as good, with 12 different speed settings and plenty of capacity thanks to its large 4.5-quart stainless steel bowl. It retails for $ 200 but Amazon is running a killer sale that slashes the price to just $ 139.99 in three colors: black, white, and red. That price is only good on Tuesday though, so hurry up or you’ll miss out.

Hamilton Beach 63232 Eclectrics All-Metal Stand Mixer – Red: $ 139.99

Here are the bullet points from the product page:

  • Planetary mixing action rotates the beaters around for even and complete bowl coverage.
  • 12 speed settings. Hamilton Beach eclectrics stand mixers let you go from a slow stir to a fast whip, excellent for mixing anything from sticky bread dough to light whipped cream.
  • Designed for durability. Eclectrics stand mixers give you a powerful 400-watt motor and a built-to-last die-cast metal finish.
  • 4. 5 quart stainless steel bowl with handle. Large enough to mix dough for your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, loaves of fresh bread, pans of birthday cake batter or mashed potatoes for your Thanksgiving guests.
  • Accessories included. Stand mixer attachments include a flat beater, dough hook, whisk and pouring shield to protect/guard against splatters.

Hamilton Beach 63232 Eclectrics All-Metal Stand Mixer – Red: $ 139.99

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‘Hero’ cybersecurity expert pleads guilty to creating malware

MILWAUKEE — A British cybersecurity researcher credited with stopping a worldwide computer virus has pleaded guilty to developing malware to steal banking information. Federal prosecutors in Wisconsin and Marcus Hutchins’ attorneys said in a joint court filing Friday that the 24-year-old agreed to plead guilty to developing malware called Kronos and conspiring to distribute it…
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The Yi home camera with pan, zoom, and motion tracking is down to just $38 today

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Before you go and spend $ 200 on a Nest Cam that just sits there and gives you a view of a portion of a room, you definitely need to check out the deal Amazon is running right now on the YI Dome Camera. This excellent $ 50 wireless home cam can pan around and entire room, and it can zoom as well. But we’re not just talking about manual controls in the app — it even has an automatic motion tracking feature that will follow people around the room and record video the entire time! It’s worth every penny at $ 50, but a 10% on-site coupon and the special coupon code 9XM4WEMZ slash the price all the way down to $ 37.99. You’re crazy if you pass up this great deal.

YI Dome Camera 1080p HD Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wireless IP Security Surveillance System with Auto-Cruise…: $ 37.99 (use code 9XM4WEMZ)

Here’s some additional info from the product page:

  • 1080p High-definition, 112° wide-angle advanced glass lens combined with 345° horizontal & 115° vertical rotation range create a complete 360° coverage. Advanced night vision with 8 built-in 940nm infrared LED beads extend the viewing distance to 3 meters in pitch dark with no light pollution, so your baby or pet will not be disturbed by LED glare.
  • Responsive and advanced microphone with a built-in anti-noise filter for a clear 2-way Audio experience. Intercom Mode: one party to talk and listen at a time or Hands-free Mode: both parties talk and listen freely for maximum flexibility.
  • Receive real-time Activity Alerts while you’re out. 10-sec motion tracking records and centers the moving object. Bookmark your favorite positions (up to 8) and return to them at the tap of a button. Select Auto-Cruise to survey the area 360° horizontally or cruise your bookmarks, suitable for large areas that need a quick scan (and tracks moving objects).
  • YI Dome integrates with your YI Home family in one simple interface. User-friendly and intuitive app to customize your settings: activity alerts, auto-cruise, bookmarks, camera sharing, customize schedules, and more. Supports connectivity to a large number of devices with the same app/account for maximum convenience. Available for iOS and Android.
  • Supports YI Cloud to avoid the risk of losing footage from a SD card, ensure all your videos are safe and protected. We provide the most efficient compression and the highest protection of data, so you can be sure that your footage is secure. Reliable Wi-Fi connectivity to access your camera with YI Home App on mobile device, and YI Home App on PC* at anytime, anywhere. Built-in support for 802.11b/g/n 2.4Ghz (5Ghz currently not supported) Wi-Fi band. *PC App is for viewing only

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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ and all the new ‘Avengers’ clips you need to see from this week

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You can tell that there’s just one week left until Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas around the world, because we don’t have any big movie launches this weekend. Not only that, but studios haven’t exactly been generous with new movie trailers this week either. It’s as if they’re planning to launch trailers next week when cinemas will be packed with moviegoers looking to find out how the Infinity War ends.

Marvel, on the other hand, released a bunch of new clips for Endgame, from a trailer-like video to short TV spots, showing a few scenes that weren’t included in any of the previous trailers.

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX suffers capsule anomaly during Florida tests

Elon Musk’s SpaceX suffered an anomaly in one of its Crew Dragon capsules while conducting engine tests at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday, the company said.


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Fitbit Inspire HR review: Detailed fitness tracking for a low price

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Fitbit Inspire HR
$ 99.95
The Good

Impressive feature lineup for the price • Easy setup • comfortable to wear • Mobile app integration works seamlessly

The Bad

Serious lack of extra features • Mobile notifications on the watch screen are useless • Step counter a bit generous at times

The Bottom Line

It’s easily the best value in Fitbit’s product line, but don’t expect a lot of bells and whistles.

⚡ Mashable Score
3.5
😎 Cool Factor
2.0
📘Learning Curve
2.5
💪Performance
4.0
💵 Bang for the Buck
4.5

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Ancestry.com apologizes, pulls slavery-era ad after backlash

Ancestry.com on Friday apologized for an ad that showed a mixed-race couple discussing escaping to the North during the Civil War era. The ad drew widespread criticism on social media for whitewashing slavery, prompting the DNA testing company to remove it from TV and its YouTube channel. Ancestry started running the ad on TV on…
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Hurricane Michael was even more powerful than scientists initially thought

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The science of tracking hurricanes has seen huge advancements in recent years, allowing forecasters to better predict paths and overall impact of the large storms before they actually reach land. Warning systems and preventative measures are getting better, but it’s an imperfect science, and even measuring the sheer power of a hurricane as it’s happening can be difficult.

In a new announcement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Michael, which made landfall in October of last year on Florida, has now been upgraded from a category 4 storm to a category 5. This makes the storm the first category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 1992’s Hurricane Andrew.

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Samsung’s $2,000 folding phone gave me a tantalizing glimpse of the future — before it broke

Samsung's Galaxy Fold is a remarkable phone that shows what future foldable devices will eventually be like, allowing you to unfold your phone into a tablet, but this $ 2,000 phone broke after two days of testing.
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Pinterest shares surge 28% in public debut

Shares of online scrapbook company Pinterest surged as much as 30 percent in its public debut Thursday, suggesting that investors aren’t yet planning to write off tech listings after Lyft’s rocky first few weeks. Questions have been swirling around demand for tech initial public offerings after Lyft, the nation’s second-largest ride-hailing company, struggled to hold…
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We finally know what sharks are afraid of

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If you were given a few seconds to name a sea creature you wouldn’t want to run into during a swim on the beach there’s a good chance you’d arrive at “a shark.” It’s a good answer and, even if shark attacks are relatively rare, it’s hard not to see a shark’s intimidating grin and see it as anything other than a threat.

With that kind of a reputation you might imagine that sharks have very little to fear in the sea. They’re apex predators that have existed for millions of years, honing their skills to become the ultimate ocean killers. As it turns out, even sharks have something to fear, and a new research effort reveals the one thing that strikes fear in the heart of a white shark: an orca.

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Facebook says it ‘unintentionally uploaded’ 1.5 million users’ email contacts without permission

Facebook said it used to have a step in the account verification process where some users had the option to confirm their email address and voluntarily import their email contacts onto the site. The process was redesigned but the function was not.
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A fossil hunter is selling a baby T-rex on eBay, and scientists are livid

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One of the great things about the world of science is that researchers in most fields tend to be incredibly open with their work. Many publish papers that are available to anyone who wants to read them, and paleontologists in particular love to show what they’ve discovered, lending fossils of ancient creatures to museums and institutions where they can be studied further and enjoyed by the general public.

Fossil hunter Alan Detrich has gone firmly against that trend, deciding to list the tiny T-rex fossils he discovered on eBay, despite the fact that they were still on display at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum. Now, his decision to sell the bones has drawn the ire of researchers around the globe, and his $ 2.95 million asking price is getting a heap of criticism.

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NASA’s Cassini discovers deep lakes on one of Saturn’s moons

It’s been well over a year since NASA’s incredibly trusty Cassini probe performed its final act, plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere where it was obliterated by the intense friction. It was a bittersweet day for the astronomy community, but the wealth of information Cassini gathered during its over 13 years orbiting Saturn is still yielding new…
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Kia’s ‘spicy’ electric concept car makes an over-the-top debut at NY Auto Show

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Kia’s new electric car is called the Niro EV. Now its electric concept car is the HabaNiro. Get it?

If the name is already too much, you won’t be able to handle the ridiculous details about the crossover compact SUV shown at the New York International Auto Show Wednesday.

First, the not-so-hot-and-spicy specs: it’s an all-electric, all-wheel drive, four-seater with 300-mile range and full autonomy capability with butterfly-wing doors. 

While the HabaNiro is just an idea, it could pave the way for future electric vehicles beyond the Niro, which recently went all electric after debuting as a hybrid vehicle a few years ago. Read more…

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FCC chairman opposes China Mobile bid to provide U.S. services

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said on Wednesday he opposes China Mobile Ltd’s bid to provide U.S. telecommunications services and that the commission will vote on whether to deny the application in May.


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Nearby exoplanet may have the potential to support life

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Finding planets outside of our solar system is a challenge, and determining the size, composition, and surface conditions of such planets is more difficult still. Figuring out whether life could exist on an exoplanet, based on all the previous information? Well that’s about as difficult a challenge as an astronomer can imagine, but researchers from Cornell are doing exactly that.

In a new study published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, scientists from Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute reveal that conditions on nearby exoplanet Proxima-b may be near the fringe of what is considered suitable for life to take root.

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Tech stocks are best positioned this earnings season, says analyst Nick Colas

"Technology is honestly the place where you have to look both because of its importance to market and because you have a wide disparity of expectations, " says DataTrek Research's Nick Colas.
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Huawei says it hasn’t talked with Apple about any 5G chip deal — even though CEO Ren is ‘open’ to it

Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei, told CNBC over the weekend that the company is "open" to selling its 5G chips to Apple. But the two companies have not spoken about the subject, another top Huawei boss said Tuesday.
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White Twitch user booted off streaming site for cosplaying in blackface

A white Twitch user from Lithuania got booted off the video game streaming platform after she tried cosplaying — live — in blackface. The young woman, Karina “Karupups” Martsinkevich, was portraying a fictional character known as Lifeline from the popular battle royale game “Apex Legends,” according to Kotaku. She told the website that she was…
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‘Game of Thrones’ does a lot more telling than showing in its season 8 premiere

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As was undoubtedly the case at countless offices (virtual or otherwise) around the world on Monday morning, the first thing my colleagues and I did when we got into work was talk about the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere. While all of us were glad to have the show back in our lives, some of us were less impressed with the first episode than others. So rather than keep all our thoughts to ourselves, we’ve decided to share them with you.

If you didn’t watch Winterfell — the first episode of season 8 — be warned that spoilers will follow. This is not going to be a detailed breakdown of the episode, but we’re not going to shy away from discussing details when necessary. If you’ve already seen the episode, then forget about this warning, and feel free to read on.

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We really wish Apple’s $159 AirPods had one simple feature from these $30 true wireless earbuds

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$ 159 is a whole lot of money to spend on headphones that you can’t even fully enjoy. Since Apple decided to make the tips out of smooth plastic instead of grippy silicone, they don’t isolate sound and all that great bass leaks right out of your ears. Then you have the SoundPEATS True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds, which have silicone tips and cost just $ 30. They keep all that great sound locked in your ears so you don’t leak and bass and your music sounds as good as you want it to. For $ 159, Apple should’ve been able to do the same.

SoundPEATS True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds in-Ear Stereo Bluetooth Headphones Wireless Earphone…: $ 29.99

Here are the key details from the product page:

  • [TWS & BLUETOOTH 5.0] – Adopt global professional Realtek chipset, true wireless design with latest Bluetooth 5.0, the SoundPEATS TrueFree wireless earbuds own fast and stable transmission without tangling.
  • [SINGLE & COUPLE] – Support working together to enjoy stereo sound, or using one earbud only for preference or driving safety. Different from the previous version or other brand, the TrueFree wireless earbuds provide HiFi stereo sound at both music and phone calls.
  • [ONE-STEP PAIRING] – Born to offer you every convenience, the earbuds are built with very easy operation. Pull out the earbuds from charging case and hit on Bluetooth list. That’s how easily you get the earbuds paired.
  • [EXTENDED PLAYTIME] – Compact and lightweight magnetic charging case for you to carry the earbuds around. 3.5 hours playtime per charge and 15 hours in total, the earbuds strive to keep you company longer.
  • [BIG IN SMALL] – SoundPEATS TrueFree wireless earbuds fulfill all your fantasy and needs about Bluetooth earphones. As long as your device is with Bluetooth version above 4.0, you can use it with the earbuds. SoundPEATS provides 12 months hassle-free warranty to ensure the enjoyment of your purchase.

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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp go down for users

The social media behemoth Facebook and its two other digital properties, Instagram and WhatsApp, went down Sunday morning, reports say. Facebook’s website was inaccessible starting at around 6:30 a.m., according to The Verge. The same goes for the picture-sharing app Instagram. The news feeds on both apps were not refreshing, the story says. WhatsApp and…
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Get a lifetime subscription to this VPN for just $20

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Another day, another Facebook data leak to remind you that online privacy is an eternal struggle requiring you to always be on your toes. One great way to protect yourself online is by getting a VPN. We’ve outlined some of our picks for the best VPNs before, the best cheap VPNs, and even those that are most loved by people on Reddit. But when we see a great deal on a VPN, we get really excited.

It’s recommended that you invest in a VPN that locks down your privacy, lets you browse anonymously, and protects against online threats. The good news is that getting a VPN doesn’t have to be pricey. Case in point: FastestVPN, which you can get a lifetime subscription to for just $ 20. Read more…

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World’s largest plane makes first flight over California

The world’s largest aircraft took off over the Mojave Desert in California on Saturday, the first flight for the carbon-composite plane built by Stratolaunch Systems Corp, started by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, as the company enters the lucrative private space market.


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A new world was found in our solar system, and you can help name it

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Being allowed to officially name a planetary body is a privilege that few are ever granted. Typically, new planets, moons, and other large objects found in space are named by the person or group that discovered them, but many of them are never formally named at all, sitting with their scientifically-designated label for years.

The minor planet 2007 OR10 is one such world and, although it was originally discovered in July 2007, it never received an official name. Now its discoverers want suggestions on what its name should be, and you can help.

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Israeli Beresheet spacecraft snaps picture moments before crashing into moon

Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft snapped a stunning picture of the moon moments before it crashed into the lunar surface Thursday. The spacecraft experienced an engine problem seconds before it was expected to reach the moon. Beresheet was just a few hundred feet above the lunar surface when Mission Control in Yehud, Israel, lost contact with the…
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Dead alligator is devoured by giant ‘pill bugs’ on the sea floor in creepy video

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When an animal dies in a forest or field its body usually becomes food for scavengers large and small. Sometimes that includes larger animals like vultures or wild dogs, but it’s usually insects that are left to clean up the last bits of tissue. The bottom of the sea is no different and, as a new video from the Gulf of Mexico reveals, there’s always something waiting for a free meal.

Scientists from LUMCON were studying the effects of “food falls” in the sea, providing marine scavengers with a feast by dropping dead alligators into the Gulf and then observing the results. The video they captured is equal parts science and nightmare fuel.

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Google’s Pixel is winning over plenty of Android users, but iOS users are staying put

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A new study published by Counterpoint Research sounds like good news for Google’s efforts to expand the user base of its generally well-regarded Pixel smartphone series.

According to the study, the Pixel 3 is a solid enough handset that it’s convincing plenty of Samsung owners to switch over to a device that offers a pure Android experience. It turns out that a little more than half of the buyers this study classifies as having switched over to the Pixel 3 (51%) were former Samsung handset owners.

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Amazon employees are listening to you through Alexa devices

Amazon is listening to customers through Alexa devices – with employees recording thousands of clips including a woman singing in the shower and a sex assault, it emerged last night. Full-time workers and contractors at the online retail giant reportedly sift through as many as 1,000 recordings per shift – and even share “amusing” clips…
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You’ve just been harassed in an Uber or Lyft. Here’s what you can do.

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A woman’s recent Lyft horror story involving an inappropriate driver has become yet another reminder that safety issues can be hard to navigate when using ride-hailing apps. But as a passenger, you do, in fact, have several different options you can take during and after a bad ride.

Let’s say you’re coming home late at night, alone and with your home address plugged into the app. Using this guide, you can better know what to do if the driver starts harassing you — whether you’re in a Lyft or Uber.

First, if anything life-threatening goes down in a car, call the police on your phone immediately. Uber has its safety center always clickable within the app and a dedicated 911 button. Other safety features introduced last year on the Uber app include a contact list you can set up to notify friends and family about a situation. Read more…

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The New York Department of Financial Services said on Wednesday it has rejected the application of Bittrex, a U.S.-based digital asset exchange, for a virtual currency license that it needs to operate in the state.


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Another fireball exploded over Russia, and plenty of people caught it on video

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If you want to see space rocks exploding in Earth’s atmosphere apparently you’d be best served by moving to Russia. At least that seems to be the case now that yet another fireball has appeared in the skies over Siberia, catching the eyes of countless citizens and giving everyone just the tiniest bit of a scare.

The object, which exploded over the town of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia, didn’t cause any damage and there have been no injuries associated with it visiting Earth in a blaze of glory. What it did do, however, is provide a reason for lots of people to look skyward, and thankfully several of them had cameras rolling.

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Scientists discover type of matter that could rewrite the textbooks

A bizarre new form of matter has been discovered by physicists and it’s not a solid, liquid or gas. Researchers in Scotland used artificial intelligence to confirm the new substance which could rewrite textbooks and change what we know about basic science. A spokesperson for the University of Edinburgh said: “The discovery is important because…
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We may be just days away from seeing a black hole for the first time ever

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For how much astronomers know about black holes — it’s a lot, trust me — it’s a bit of a shock that mankind has never actually seen one. Everything science knows about black holes is based on inference rather than actually witnessing one with our own eyes (electronic or otherwise), but that may be about to change.

The Event Horizon Telescope project plans to reveal the first-ever images of a black hole, and the international group of researchers working on the project have something very big to show the world this week. We may be just days away from seeing a black hole for the first time ever.

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The explosive fury of an airplane toilet flushing might be a lot quieter soon

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The frequent fliers amongst you will no doubt be aware that newer airplanes come with increasingly quieter cabins, which can make long flights a little more bearable, but can also be something of a double-edged sword. If you read the title, you already know where we’re going with this.

The reduced noise level only amplifies the volume of passengers flushing the toilet, which generally sounds like a terrifying approximation of standing with your head in a jet engine. Luckily, though, some Brigham Young University physicists think they’ve solved the intractable problem of the overly loud airplane loo.

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Sharing an HBO password for ‘Game of Thrones’? Here’s what you need to know.

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It’s April, and a very specific chill lingers in the air: Game of Thrones Season 8 is about to premiere, and your tragic ass doesn’t have an HBO account. 

Luckily, someone you know almost certainly does have an account. The only real question then is just how cool HBO is with people sharing passwords. The short answer? Kinda. The long answer? Well, we’ll get to that.

The first episode of the final season of Game of Thrones is set to drop on April 14, at which point a large number of people will remember that they do not, in fact, have access to HBO’s content. No cable package, no HBO GO, and no HBO NOW. And, just as quickly, they will remember that a friend does.  Read more…

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Software company SAP said the head of its cloud business group had quit, the latest in a string of top departures as Europe’s most valuable technology company reshapes its operations.


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Disney just previewed 10 minutes of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ – here are all the major spoilers

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We’re in the endgame of Disney and Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame marketing campaign. The two companies seem to be pulling out all the stops in the weeks leading up to what will likely be the biggest movie of 2019 — and I say that being fully aware that the finale of the third Star Wars trilogy is hitting theaters too.

This week alone we saw a Special Look clip that qualifies as a new Endgame trailer considering all the new footage Marvel revealed, as well as a TV spot that contained a few new scenes. On top of that, the Avengers: Endgame scene that was first shown during the Disney shareholders meeting in early March was again shared with a limited audience, this time at CinemaCon 2019. If you though the two companies would stop there, you were wrong.

Disney just shared some 10 minutes of the upcoming Avengers movie with select press members, revealing several major spoilers. If you want to avoid any of that, here’s your chance to walk away. What’s about to follow will surely influence your thoughts about what you think happens in the movie.

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Vaccine wars: Social media battle spread of misinformation

SAN FRANCISCO — Like health officials facing outbreaks of disease, internet companies are trying to contain vaccine-related misinformation they have long helped spread. So far, their efforts at quarantine are falling short. Searches of Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram turn up all sorts of bogus warnings about vaccines, including the soundly debunked notions that they cause…
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Early tests show Verizon’s new 5G network is insanely fast

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Remember how painstakingly slow the arrival of 4G LTE support felt a few years ago? Well, get ready to experience the same feeling as you wait for your carrier to roll out 5G in your area. Just like a few years ago, carriers around the world will gradually expand their new networks, starting with the busiest areas. If you’re not in one of the major cities or locations that are going to be part of the first wave of the 5G rollout, you’re surely going to envy the lucky few who get to use it. Take Verizon’s first 5G markets, including Chicago and Minneapolis, where you can already take advantage of the next-gen network. And early speed tests will tell you that you indeed have every reason to be jealous.

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