Fitbit Unveils New Software for Versa 3 and Sense, Zilch for Other Models

If you’re waiting for your new Fitbit Versa 3 or Sense, you’re in for some news. First of all, you’re probably going to get your device soon, as the company said it expects to start shipping at the end of September. And second, once you receive your device, you’ll find that it also comes with new software: Fitbit OS…

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Source: Gizmodo – Fitbit Unveils New Software for Versa 3 and Sense, Zilch for Other Models

Right-Wing Content Flourishes on Facebook Because Fearmongering Has Always Worked, Exec Says

Even though right-wing elites repeatedly tout claims of conservative bias on Facebook and other online platforms, in reality, the bulk of data shows the opposite to be true. Per a weekend Politico report, as we near the 2020 presidential election, some of the most engaging posts on Facebook come from conservative…

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Source: Gizmodo – Right-Wing Content Flourishes on Facebook Because Fearmongering Has Always Worked, Exec Says

Trump Administration Whacks China Again With New Restrictions on Its Biggest Chip Maker

The Trump administration has another Chinese technology company on its radar: the Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, the country’s biggest chip maker. And as you all can imagine if you’ve been following the recent news cycle, that is not good for SMIC.

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Source: Gizmodo – Trump Administration Whacks China Again With New Restrictions on Its Biggest Chip Maker

This Hacked Coffee Maker Demands Ransom and Demonstrates a Terrifying Implication About the IoT

It’s no secret that the Internet of Things is full of insecure gadgets. All you need is one high profile incident to be flooded with terrifying headlines about how everything from robotic vacuum cleaners to smart sex toys can be hacked to spy on you. However, apparently some devices like Smarter’s IoT coffee machine…

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Source: Gizmodo – This Hacked Coffee Maker Demands Ransom and Demonstrates a Terrifying Implication About the IoT

Amazon Luna Isn't Solving Cloud Gaming's Biggest Problems

Luna—no, not the surprisingly delicious protein bars—is Amazon’s upcoming foray into the world of cloud gaming. Some of us probably rolled our eyes at the announcement and thought, “Ugh, why does Amazon need to have its greedy little paws in everything?” When you dig into the announcement and see what its service will…

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Source: Gizmodo – Amazon Luna Isn’t Solving Cloud Gaming’s Biggest Problems

Amazon Warns Xbox Series X Preorder Customers That Their Consoles May Arrive Late Too

Amazon sent out an email blast Friday to customers who preordered an Xbox Series X warning them that they may not receive their console on launch day. PlayStation 5 preorder customers received a similar notification from Amazon last week, thus corroborating what we basically already knew: The preorder season for this…

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Source: Gizmodo – Amazon Warns Xbox Series X Preorder Customers That Their Consoles May Arrive Late Too

Facebook Is Mad at Apple Again

There is seemingly no end to the ways that tech companies—and there are many of them—will yell at Apple these days. Some of the ire comes from small developers who are rightfully frustrated that they have to fork over a big percentage of their revenue to Apple, the gatekeeper of the iOS App Store. But what’s still…

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Source: Gizmodo – Facebook Is Mad at Apple Again

She's Voting From Space, So Y'all Have No Excuse

For this November’s presidential election, NASA astronaut Kate Rubins plans to cast her ballot from the International Space Station, 200 miles above Earth, effectively obliterating every excuse in the book for why us earthbound voters can’t make it out to the polls.

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Source: Gizmodo – She’s Voting From Space, So Y’all Have No Excuse

FAA Chief: Look, I'll Fly the Freakin' Thing Myself

In a bid to reassure the public that Boeing has fixed the problems with its disastrous 737 Max line of passenger jets, Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dickson will personally take get behind the controls for a test flight next week, according to Bloomberg.

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Source: Gizmodo – FAA Chief: Look, I’ll Fly the Freakin’ Thing Myself

Alphabet Settles Major Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

A yearlong lawsuit against Alphabet’s board of directors over allegations of shielding the sexual harassment has, at long last, come to a close. It’s a decision that, as one attorney on the plaintiff’s side said, will “fundamentally alter” the way Google’s parent company operates—and hopefully the way some of its…

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Source: Gizmodo – Alphabet Settles Major Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

A 'Climate Anomaly' Worsened World War I and the 1918 Flu Pandemic, New Research Suggests

A once-in-a-century “climate anomaly” exacerbated the awful conditions along the Western Front in Europe during the First World War, according to new research. This unusual weather may have also amplified—and possibly even initiated—the catastrophic 1918-19 flu pandemic, exposing an underappreciated threat posed by…

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Source: Gizmodo – A ‘Climate Anomaly’ Worsened World War I and the 1918 Flu Pandemic, New Research Suggests

The Cheap iPad Is Still Good

Apple’s new wallet-friendly iPad is a good one. It looks the same as last year’s cheap iPad, and it doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but it offers plenty for the price. It’s the iPad I would give to my nieces and nephews to play educational games or read books, or the iPad I would buy for a grandparent who…

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Source: Gizmodo – The Cheap iPad Is Still Good

The Mandalorian’s Razor Crest Is Hasbro’s Next Magnificent Crowdfunding Toy

With a handful of successfully funded projects under its belt, including a towering X-Men Sentinel robot, Hasbro’s HasLab crowdfunding platform is returning to its Star Wars roots with another Vintage Collection spaceship: an incredibly detailed, 30-inch long replica of the Razor Crest from The Mandalorian. Now this

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Source: Gizmodo – The Mandalorian’s Razor Crest Is Hasbro’s Next Magnificent Crowdfunding Toy

Twitter to Roll Out Prompt Warning You to Read the Dang Article

Twitter is rolling out its system that warns its users that they’re huge dumbasses who might want to consider reading the goddamn article first, the company announced on Thursday. Basically, this is the 2020 equivalent of Microsoft Clippy asking “Are you sure you want to do that?”

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Source: Gizmodo – Twitter to Roll Out Prompt Warning You to Read the Dang Article

iOS 14 Update Fixes Bug That Borked Your Default Browser and Mail Settings

The latest version of Apple’s iOS brought with it some nifty new changes that allow for customization of both home screens as well as apps themselves (in some cases, arguably too much customization). But one feature that allows iOS users to select their default browser and mail apps got borked after a reboot.

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Source: Gizmodo – iOS 14 Update Fixes Bug That Borked Your Default Browser and Mail Settings

Don't Be Fooled by Reports on the 'New' Coronavirus Mutation

A wave of attention is once again being paid to studies suggesting that the coronavirus behind covid-19 has mutated, possibly into a form that’s more infectious. But while the basic science of this research may be legitimate, it isn’t as worrisome as some headlines might lead you to believe—the virus is not becoming…

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Source: Gizmodo – Don’t Be Fooled by Reports on the ‘New’ Coronavirus Mutation

Shipt's 'Effort-Based' Pay Model Decided a 1,400-Item Order Was Worth About $20

Target-owned personal shopping platform Shipt—which competes with the likes of Instacart—has been transitioning its markets to what it calls an “effort-based” wage system, dubbed V2. We, and the contractors who work for Shipt, have no idea how the new model determines pay. But a very unusual order sent to Gizmodo…

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Source: Gizmodo – Shipt’s ‘Effort-Based’ Pay Model Decided a 1,400-Item Order Was Worth About