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Of all the gadgets and gizmos I’ve reviewed over the years, the one I use the most requires no electricity: the Flair espresso maker. The device, which uses a simple lever mechanism to build up the high pressure levels necessary for espresso, has become a part of my daily routine. The only problem is that brewing good espresso can be pretty tricky for beginners, as you need to get the grind just right to build the requisite pressure level, often requiring a fancy grinder for the best results. The Flair gives you more control than most machines thanks to the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google‘s joining the legion of companies making it services free during the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s offering free access to its controversial cloud gaming service Stadia to everyone, starting today. To help people connect with friends online & have some fun during these challenging times, we're opening up Stadia for everyone. You'll also get 2 months of free access to Stadia Pro with some free games to play! Check out our blog for all the details → https://t.co/n27t4Pmnn4 — Stadia (@GoogleStadia) April 8, 2020 More specifically, it’s offering two months of Stadia Pro for free, which includes instant access to nine… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Donald Trump‘s latest executive order comes straight out of science fiction: He’s officially called dibs on outer space. All of it. The order, titled “Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources,” calls for an international effort to determine how we should all divvy up outer space. On the surface that sounds like a good idea. The US is on the verge of setting up a permanent Moon base and now seems like a great time to sort out the economical and financial logistics. Per a White House statement describing the order: Supportive policy regarding the recovery… This story continues at The Next Web

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Airbnb will pay more than 10% interest on the $1 billion it just borrowed from investors, a sign of the travel startup’s desperation amid the coronavirus pandemic. The San Francisco-based firm also promised to strengthen its leadership in return for the cash, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter. [Read: How location-tracking apps could stop the spread of coronavirus] Airbnb announced Monday that major tech-focused hedge funds Sixth Street Partners and Silver Lake would contribute the funds, as government-imposed lockdown measures around the world had gutted its business model and brought the travel industry to a screeching halt.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Airbnb

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AI has finally answered the question plaguing every soccer fan’s mind: Where would my team have finished in the league if coronavirus hadn’t wrecked the season? Boffins from soccer stats firm Opta produced their final English Premier League table by analyzing four years of historic results to predict the likely outcome of each match. And in a huge shock in the title race, Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the trophy by a single point! Only joking! The Reds were comfortably crowned champions — just like everyone expected — with an estimated probability of 99.9%. At the other end of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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There are plenty of streaming services around now, and maybe some new ones will come around once the coronavirus pandemic is over. These apps are filled with new shows, and honestly, watching or committing to a show for more than a few seasons can be a bit tiring sometimes. Sometimes I just want to indulge in a good movie, even if it’s a bit long, you know that there’s an end to a story. So, if you want a bit of a breather from switching to one show to another, here’s how you can watch movies for free. Mubi, which… This story continues at The Next Web

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In an unexpected announcement yesterday, Sony unveiled DualSense, the controller for the upcoming PlayStation 5 — and this thing looks absolutely gorgeous. The controller sports a new elegant aesthetic that blends a black and white color scheme into a clean, minimalist design, with a hint of blue around the center touch pad. As many have pointed out, it looks like the lovechild of the black DualShock and the white Xbox One S controllers. I don’t disagree. No matter how stunning, though, people have been rushing to Reddit to show off their own concept art for the new DualSense — and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Just when it looked like Zoom‘s getting its act together, the company‘s troubles got bad to worse. Yesterday, one of its shareholders sued the company in the US for “overstating its privacy standards and failing to disclose that its service was not end-to-end encrypted.” According to a report by Reuters, shareholder Michael Drieu said in the court filing that media coverage around these privacy issues tanked the company‘s stocks.  In the midst of general market chaos, the share price for Zoom Video, the company behind the app, skyrocketed from around $70 at the start of the year to an all-time high of $159.56… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Security

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The CashNotify app consolidates all that information down to one place and makes sure you’re never out of the loop on any financial activity. Right now, a 12-month subscription to CashNotify’s Pro service is on sale for just $19.99, an over 50 percent savings off the regular price from TNW Deals.

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Cardiac devices like pacemakers and defibrillators are prone to potentially dangerous malfunctions when exposed to strong magnetic fields. This has led some to raise concern about powerful electric vehicle motors and how they might affect people with pacemakers. According to a recent study, published in the Technology and Health Care journal, EV drivers who also have cardiac implanted electronic devices (CIEDs) don’t need to worry. The powerful magnets in common electric car motors do not interfere with the medical devices. [Read: Ride hailing apps like Uber linked to increased crashes, study finds] Researchers observed 108 CIED patients as they drove… This story continues at The Next Web

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A bioengineered virus, a genetic mutation induced by 5G technology, a big pharma conspiracy, a plot single-handedly masterminded by Bill Gates or Georges Soros. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, conspiracy theories have spread like the virus itself. The whiff of the conspiracy that inevitably seems to trail pandemics is nothing new. When the 1918 flu pandemic hit the Americas, it was blamed on German submarines spreading the virus. During the 1630 plague in Milan, the combination of folk superstitions and widespread anxiety led to the trial, torture, and execution of two citizens falsely accused of spreading the pestilence –… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nearly half of the world’s population is now locked down in their homes to avoid spreading the coronavirus. With a vaccine likely still many months away, many countries are looking for ways they can get their people and economies moving again without risking further deaths. New research suggests that using an app to track people’s movements and identify and isolate anyone who has come into contact with an infected person could be critical in avoiding or leaving lockdown. This kind of contact-tracing technology has already been used with some success in countries such as China and South Korea. But there… This story continues at The Next Web

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Imagine you’re sitting on the sofa, but you forgot to pick up the TV remote, and your smart speaker isn’t listening to your request. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your sofa’s armrest could act as a remote? That could be possible with MIT’s new sprayable sensor technology. Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have built a system called SprayableTech, that lets you create interactive surfaces. Through this new technology, you can spray a sign on your bedroom’s wall to turn on, turn off, and adjust the brightness of a lightbulb, or you can turn your sofa into a TV… This story continues at The Next Web

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Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Nietzsche used to say: Yolo! Bitcoin price We closed the day, April 07 2020, at a price of $7,176. That’s a minor 1.33 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$97.23. It was the lowest closing price in one day. We’re still 64 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at $131,409,299,432. It… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. It’s been a few weeks since Slack introduced its biggest redesign yet, but the new look is yet to reach all users. The company is going for a gradual rollout, which means you could wake up to the new interface any day now. I finally got the revamped look today, and so did my colleagues — but some of us were a little more surprised than others. “Ugh, this Slack interface is really bothering me,”… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Slack

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Is bigotry in our DNA, a remnant of our fear of “the other” way back when that was necessary? If so, why do some battle with their instincts while others embrace them? Peter, 71, Darlington I, Pencil, simple though I appear to be, merit your wonder and awe … if you can become aware of the miraculousness which I symbolize, you can help save the freedom mankind is so unhappily losing. I have a profound lesson to teach. And I can teach this lesson better than can an automobile or an airplane or a mechanical dishwasher because — well, because… This story continues at The Next Web

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We often hear suggestions on living happier, more fulfilling lives. We read them in books, hear them on podcasts, see them online – they’re practical things we know make sense, yet we often go back to our old ways because that’s the grind we know. For me, one bad decision changed my life. And that decision has and will affect how I make choices and live my life – both personally and professionally. My story In June of 2019, my family and I arrived at my friend’s vacation home in Merritt Island, Florida — and here’s what happened. My friend’s father… This story continues at The Next Web

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Despite going through a “will it, won’t it” phase a few weeks ago, Tesla closed its Fremont factory in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Now, the company is cutting wages, and putting staff on temporary leave until it decides to reopen. In an email sent to employees — seen by Electrek — Tesla‘s head of HR said that all salaried employees that are able to work from home or are considered to have a critical role, are taking temporary pay cuts from between 10% and 30%. [Read: Alternative electrode materials could unlock the secret to faster-charging EV batteries] Everyone else… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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Foxconn, Apple’s long-term partner for assembling iPhones, said today it’ll start manufacturing ventilators in the US to help healthcare agencies during the coronavirus pandemic. The Taiwan-based company, formally known as Hon Hai Precision, will produce ventilators designed by the US-based medical device company, Medtronic.  The medical device company’s CEO, Omar Ishrak, told CNBC about this partnership today and said the Taiwanese company’s Wisconson plant will be used for this initiative. He also added that the company has open-sourced the design of its PB-560 ventilator, and it plans to ramp up production in its own factories to reach the goal of producing 1,000… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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Startups have long lived by the mantra of ‘fake it till you make it’ and many are built on buzzwords and hype. For example, a blockchain startup claiming to use the technology without having an actual blockchain. Or a study last year which revealed that two in five ‘AI startups’ actually have no AI whatsoever. [Read: Darktrace’s co-CEO on trusting AI to fight cyberattacks on our behalf] Founders have come to believe that exaggeration and the latest tech lingo are the best way to land the cash they need to develop their big idea, and in many cases the resulting hype is harmless.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Netflix today added a feature that allows you to set a four-digit PIN on your user profile. While the feature was baked into a new set of parental controls and is ostensibly to stop kids from accessing content meant for grown-up persons, I know the real reason: to stop people from messing up your recommendations. I’ve ‘lent’ my Netflix password to so many people over the years, I’m pretty sure every other person I know is using my Netflix password. For all I know, they’ve given that password to more other people. It would explain why I have recommendations like ‘exciting… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Netflix

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Every once in a while, Facebook spits out an idea for an app via its NPE, or New Product Experimentation team. The team was previously responsible for a meme-creation app called Whale and a Pinterest-like app Hobbi. Now the NPE team’s latest venture is a messaging app meant only for you and your significant other. More than just straight-up messaging, the app lets you create a scrapbook-like feed that you can use to easily review memories with your partner. Aside from the basics like sending photos, you can send voice memos, cards, notes, and custom stickers. You can also connect… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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New research shows that the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms, called psilocybin, could affect the brain long after it has left the user’s system. To date, most studies of this type focused on the acute effects of psilocybin — or how the brain functioned while under the influence of the drug. In this study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers instead looked at the enduring effects of the drug. According to Fredrick S. Barrett, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and one of the authors of the study: Nearly all psychedelic imaging studies have been… This story continues at The Next Web

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I’m about three hours into a deep wallow in new US Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s blog and – spoiler alert – it’s a hot mess full of racism, Islamophobia, and right-wing conspiracy theories. The website – whose name changed from RealReaganConservative.Com to PoliticalProspect.com – appears to have gone into “maintenance mode” back in 2016, which of course coincides with Trump’s election. It appears McEnany had a lot to say about African Americans, liberals, Muslims (with a specific emphasis on Palestinians), and Christian conspiracy theories. In fact, several stories that were apparently published for public consumption during the lifespan of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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This was a perfectly ordinary Tuesday, Sony. The biggest news in gaming was supposed to be the new Animal Crossing update. And here you hit me out of the blue with the new controller for the PlayStation 5. Y’all haven’t even shown me the darned console yet, but all of a sudden there’s this gorgeous white-and-black thing on my Twitter and I just can’t. A first look at DualSense, PS5’s new wireless controller. More details and images: https://t.co/SuaUVDkyvD pic.twitter.com/ot5R1u5hsz — PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 7, 2020 According to Sony, the PS5 controller is called the DualSense — which I’m okay with, because “DualShock”… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Playstation,Sony

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