Hitting the Books: The Englishman who figured out flight

Four decades after Tesla and Edison waged their “War of Currents,” a similar struggle unfolded in the skies overhead as a pair of daring entrepreneurs — Hugo Eckener, protege of Count von Zeppelin, and Juan Trippe, founder of Pan American World Airwa…

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Earth’s first off-world colonies will be built on soil

As Apollo astronauts trundled and trod awkwardly across the desolate lunar landscape, an insidious menace scuffed up their spacesuits. Moondust. Fine as talcum powder, sharp as glass and seemingly everywhere, these super-fine particles coated the ast…

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Recommended Reading: He bought StubHub right before the pandemic

Worst. Deal. Ever.Noah Kirsch, ForbesIn November, Eric Baker’s online ticket marketplace Viagogo purchased rival StubHub for $4 billion. Baker was actually one of StubHub’s co-founders before he was fired from the company. The deal closed in February…

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The Morning After: Why would anyone buy a $350 'anti-5G' USB stick?

It’s normal for our weekend newsletter to recap some of the highlight stories posted earlier in the week. It’s a bit unusual for them to include one about Pablo Escobar’s brother trying to sell refurbished iPhone 11 Pros. Back on our usual beat, we’l…

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Best Buy is selling the Lenovo Smart Clock for half of its launch price

If you’re looking for an affordable Google-powered smart speaker, you may want to check out the Lenovo Smart Clock that’s currently on sale for $40 on Best Buy. That’s down $20 from its $60 retail price, and that’s also half of the device’s original…

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Save $70 on Jabra's Elite 85h noise-cancelling headphones at Best Buy

If you’re looking for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones to give you some peace and quiet while working from home, Best Buy has a compelling offer on one of the better pairs you can buy at the moment. The Jabra Elite 85h are currently $180, down f…

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'Call of Duty: Warzone' adds Duos mode in Battle Royale

Call of Duty: Warzone has a new mode for Battle Royale that could make or break friendships. In Duos mode, you play as a two-person team to battle enemies in Verdansk, complete contracts and beat other squads to be the last pair standing at the end….

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Sony exec touts PS5 exclusive games while Xbox pushes 'choice, value'

A new console generation is just around the corner, and with it comes a new battle over whose strategy is better, and which one better serves gamers. Earlier, Sony announced an event next week where it will show off “the future of gaming on PlayStati…

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Another SpaceX Starship prototype explodes after an engine test

While the next launch attempt for Crew Dragon is still set for tomorrow afternoon in Florida, in Texas SpaceX is busy working on its Starship project. This afternoon the company appeared to successfully complete a static fire test on the SN4 prototyp…

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Twitter said Trump broke its rules. Facebook allows the same posts.

If Twitter’s decision to hide Donald Trump’s tweet has amped up the pressure on Facebook to do the same, it hasn’t resulted in any noticeable action from the social network. Twitter said in a statement Trump’s words received the label “in the interes…

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The ultra-chill ‘Tetris Effect’ soundtrack is now available for streaming

The hypnotic chillwave soundtrack of Tetris Effect is now available for streaming, composer Hydelic announced on the PlayStation Blog. The zen music can be streamed for free on BandCamp, and can also be found on Spotify, YouTube Music and Amazon.Afte…

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Eight US companies will manufacture NASA’s COVID-19 ventilator

Last month, the FDA rushed a NASA-designed ventilator through its fast-track Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) program in hopes that it might be used to treat COVID-19 patients. Caltech, which manages NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), offered t…

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HBO Max is a mess — but it's still a smart bet on HBO’s future

Confusion and HBO Max practically go hand-in-hand. When AT&T’s WarnerMedia announced the streaming service last year, it was hard to tell if it was going to be an additional charge for existing HBO Now and cable subscribers. It took a few more mo…

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Amazon's Echo Look fashion camera will stop working on July 24th

We hope you wren’t leaning on Amazon’s Echo Look for fashion advice — you’ll have to find an alternative soon. Amazon has confirmed to Voicebot.ai (via TechCrunch) that that it’s shutting down Echo Look functionality on July 24th. Simply put, the com…

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Jabra’s Elite 75t earbuds now offer personalized sound and customizable controls

The Jabra Elite 75t and Elite Active 75t already offered high-quality audio at a palatable price, but the latest update for these true wireless earbuds adds customization options that make them even better. The update, available now, adds MySound and…

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Senators ask FTC to investigate Instacart over 'tip baiting'

Tip baiting, where delivery service customers promise generous tips to couriers only to stiff them afterward, is a scummy practice — and politicians want to know if companies are letting it slide. A group of US senators led by Brian Schatz have sent…

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The best deals we found this week: AirPods Pro, Fire TV Cube and more

Memorial Day may be behind us but you can still grab some of its deals. Apple’s AirPods Pro are still at the very good sale price of $228 at Amazon, and a bunch of Fire TV devices are on sale as well. The Fire TV Cube is $100 right now and both the F…

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Is there a good reason to buy the Apple Watch Series 5 ?

It’s been five years since Apple debuted its smartwatch, and in that time the square-faced device has become iconic and infamous. The most recent version offers ‘dimmable’ faces that keep the screen available at all times, courtesy of its low-tempera…

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