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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite fan festival tickets are going now – CNET July 19, 2019

You can’t guarantee tickets, but you can enter the draw to buy one. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite fan festival tickets are going now – CNET Source: CNet

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite fan festival tickets are going now – CNET

You can’t guarantee tickets, but you can enter the draw to buy one. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite fan festival tickets are going now – CNET
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Equifax will pay $700 million for data breach, report says – CNET

The settlement could be announced as soon as Monday. Equifax will pay 0 million for data breach, report says – CNET
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I cosplayed for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con – CNET

Armed with a blond wig and a red dress, I hit SDCC as Sabrina Spellman from Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I cosplayed for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con – CNET
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Google reportedly fined over children's privacy on YouTube – CNET

The FTC settlement is expected to cost Google millions, a report says. Google reportedly fined over children's privacy on YouTube – CNET
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Tinder is now bypassing the Play Store on Android to avoid Google’s 30 percent cut

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Tinder parent company Match Group has just become the latest high-profile software maker to stiff Google on its 30 percent fee for all Android transactions through the Play Store. To avoid paying the company on in-app purchases of subscriptions to services like Tinder Gold and Tinder Plus, Match Group will now encourage users to enter credit card details directly into Tinder’s systems, according to Bloomberg, citing new research by Macquarie analyst Ben Schachter.

The move is similar to one made by popular video game developer Epic Games, which last year released the Android version of battle royale hit Fortnite via its own downloadable launcher to avoid the 30 percent cut. Notably, Tinder is Match Group’s most profitable entity, and…

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Tinder is now bypassing the Play Store on Android to avoid Google’s 30 percent cut
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The Witcher’s first trailer brings Henry Cavill’s Geralt to life

The first trailer for Netflix’s live-action Witcher series has arrived, and unfortunately does not include main character Geralt in a bathtub.

It’s evident The Witcher is ready to take over for Game of Thrones as people’s new, favorite fantasy series. The trailer teases the magical Geralt’s story, as he and those around him prepare to take on a series of evil forces. There are teases of black magic, giant creatures and, of course, political turmoil. Netflix isn’t trying to make a magical drama designed for teens; it’s a pretty adult interpretation.

The Witcher is one of Netflix’s most anticipated shows. The company caught attention when it announced that Henry Cavill (Superman in the DC Cinematic Universe films) would play the central…

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The Witcher’s first trailer brings Henry Cavill’s Geralt to life
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The trailer for Steven Universe: The Movie introduces a new villain and a new look

As of the end of the last season of Cartoon Network’s beloved science-fiction-and-feelings animated series Steven Universe, things seemed pretty ideal for the heroes. The series’ biggest villains broke down and talked about their emotions, and came at least provisionally to terms with their past mistakes. It looked like Steven might finally be able to return to Earth and live as normal a life as a half-human, half-alien kid who’s constantly in the middle of cosmic wars can live.

So of course the upcoming animated film introduces a whole new villain.

The trailer, which debuted at San Diego Comic-Con, gives Steven a slightly new look — he’s a little older, a little taller, a little thinner, and overall less of a tiny wee donut of a boy —…

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Google is making it easier to monitor the battery life of wireless earbuds in Android

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Pixel buds | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Google has been steadily building out its Bluetooth Fast Pair features for the last few years, and the company just revealed the next wave of updates that should make managing compatible Bluetooth devices even better on Android.

The biggest update is said to be arriving “later this year” and will add deeper support for truly wireless headphones. Headphones that support fast pair will eventually be able to show the individual battery life data for the case and each earbud independently, as well as pop-up that information when opening or closing the case.

Fast Pair headphones will also start appearing in Google’s Find My Device app “soon”, making it easier to track down a missing pair of headphones in the future, as well…

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Google is making it easier to monitor the battery life of wireless earbuds in Android
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Publishers are pissed about Amazon’s upcoming Audible Captions feature

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Earlier this week, Audible revealed that it was working on a new feature for its audiobook app: Audible Captions, which will use machine learning to transcribe an audio recording for listeners, allowing them to read along with the narrator. While the Amazon-owned company claims it is designed as an educational feature, a number of publishers are demanding that their books be excluded, saying these captions are “unauthorized and brazen infringements of the rights of authors and publishers.”

On its face, the idea seems useful, much in the same way that I turn on subtitles for things that I’m watching on TV, but publishers have some reason to be concerned: it’s possible that fewer people will buy distinct e-book or physical books if they…

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Publishers are pissed about Amazon’s upcoming Audible Captions feature
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Order Groceries Online Before You Head Home From a Trip

I’m sure you’ve been there. You come home from a long day of travel—exhausted and famished—only to open up your refrigerator to see it stocked full of nothing. Bah. You just want food. Preferably fresh food if you’ve been eating your meals off of airplane trays for far too many hours.

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Order Groceries Online Before You Head Home From a Trip
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Enable 2FA for Your Discord Account so You Don't Get Phished

The good news? A recent phishing attempt hit Discord and only ensnared a small batch of users—around 2,500 in all. The bad news? There’s no easy tool to tell if you’re on that list, so you might as well take a moment to reset your password on the service right now. More important, it’s time to stop being lazy and…

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Enable 2FA for Your Discord Account so You Don't Get Phished
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Comic-Con 2019: Russo brothers, Endgame writers spill Avengers secrets – CNET

Heads up: Thanos was going to de-CAPitate Captain America. Comic-Con 2019: Russo brothers, Endgame writers spill Avengers secrets – CNET
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Medallia, a customer experience management platform, closes up 76% on its first day trading, after raising $326M at a valuation of $2.5B in its IPO (Kate Clark/TechCrunch)


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Medallia, a customer experience management platform, closes up 76% on its first day trading, after raising $326M at a valuation of $2.5B in its IPO  —  Customer experience management platform Medallia (NYSE: MDLA) rose up more than 70% in its New York Stock Exchange debut Friday.

Medallia, a customer experience management platform, closes up 76% on its first day trading, after raising 6M at a valuation of .5B in its IPO (Kate Clark/TechCrunch)
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American Airlines and Qantas gain approval to form joint venture – CNET

Qantas and AA could coordinate flight pricing, sales and frequent flyer programs. American Airlines and Qantas gain approval to form joint venture – CNET
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Star Trek: Picard unveils first look at costumes, props at San Diego Comic-Con – CNET

The Starfleet museum returns to San Diego for Comic-Con with a large installation of Jean-Luc Picard’s life. Star Trek: Picard unveils first look at costumes, props at San Diego Comic-Con – CNET
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The first clip from Rick and Morty season 4 stars a diabolical Taika Waititi

There’s been a Rick and Morty-sized hole in our hearts since October 2017, but San Diego Comic-Con’s first look at the show’s fourth season promises new hijinks soon.

The clip stars an alien intern, voiced by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, who has developed an app that Morty and his father Jerry want removed from the internet. It doesn’t exactly go as planned. Although this isn’t a full season trailer, it is one of the longest Rick and Morty clips we’ve gotten in close to two years.

Prior to Comic-Con, co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk about the new season, confirming that stars like Waititi, Paul Giamatti, and Kathleen Turner all made vocal appearances on the show.

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The first clip from Rick and Morty season 4 stars a diabolical Taika Waititi
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Parrot reportedly grounds its toy drones – CNET

The French company will instead focus on its Anafi camera drone line, according to a report. Parrot reportedly grounds its toy drones – CNET
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It's Time to Find a Safe Deposit Box Alternative

Safe deposit boxes are legendary for revealing items that fix problems—at least, they do in Hollywood stories. But in real life, safe deposit boxes may not be the haven for your valuables they used to be. A horrifying story from the New York Times recounts the tales of some people who put their valuables (think…

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It's Time to Find a Safe Deposit Box Alternative
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Here’s How Early You Should Arrive at the Airport

Have you ever been late for a flight and had to run through a terminal Home Alone-style? No? Lucky you. If you have had this experience, though, you know that few things add to travel stress more than showing up with mere minutes to spare before your plane leaves.

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Here’s How Early You Should Arrive at the Airport
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Uninstall These Eight Browser Extensions That Stole Data from Millions

A massive data leak was recently discovered by cybersecurity researcher Sam Jidali, revealing private information for 45 major companies and millions of individuals. Dubbed “DataSpii” by Jidali and his team, the leak was perpetrated by innocent-looking Chrome and Firefox browser extensions that collected and…

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Uninstall These Eight Browser Extensions That Stole Data from Millions
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Hulu has released Veronica Mars season 4 a week early

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Well, this is a surprise. Hulu had previously announced that its revival of the mystery series Veronica Mars would debut on July 26th, but the service has bumped the release date up by a week. The eight-episode fourth season is streaming now.

The series, which first debuted in 2004 on UPN, followed high-school student Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) as she worked to figure out who murdered her best friend, Lily Kane (Amanda Seyfried), all while trying to navigate the ins and outs of life in high school (and by season 3, college). The series became a cult classic. A couple of years after it was canceled, creator Rob Thomas kickstarted a 2014 feature film sequel, which took place nearly a decade after the events of the series.

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Hulu has released Veronica Mars season 4 a week early
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Huawei says 28 out of its 50 commercial 5G infrastructure contracts are in Europe (Li Tao/South China Morning Post)


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Huawei says 28 out of its 50 commercial 5G infrastructure contracts are in Europe  —  Huawei said 28 of 50 commercial contracts for 5G that it signed globally are with operators in Europe Europe is a key market for Huawei’s 5G equipment, especially since the US has been pressuring its allies …

Huawei says 28 out of its 50 commercial 5G infrastructure contracts are in Europe (Li Tao/South China Morning Post)
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Trump repeatedly asks NASA administrator why we can’t go straight to Mars

President Trump And First Lady Melania Commemorate The 50th Anniversary Of The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

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On Friday, President Trump commemorated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 with a photo opportunity in the Oval Office, where he spent a lot of time questioning his administration’s own policy for deep space human exploration. Surrounded by NASA officials, Moon walkers, and lawmakers, Trump repeatedly asked NASA’s administrator, Jim Bridenstine, why astronauts couldn’t go straight to Mars instead of going to the Moon first.

“To get to Mars, you have to land on the Moon, they say,” Trump asked Bridenstine, according to a recording provided by Politico. “Any way of going directly without landing on the Moon? Is that a possibility?”

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Trump repeatedly asks NASA administrator why we can’t go straight to Mars
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These white Converse sneakers change colors when you step into the sun

Multi-dimensional colors are in again: you see it in smartphones that glisten into different colors as you change angles, game consoles are available in all kinds of color, and now we have shoes that change color when you step outside. The new Converse collection, in collaboration with Chinatown Market, is like a mood ring for your feet: they look like regular white sneakers but change colors when exposed to UV light.

Depending on how much UV light the shoe receives, the intensity also changes from pastel shades to vivid colors. The transformation happens pretty quickly, as demonstrated by Chinatown Market in an Instagram teaser.

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These white Converse sneakers change colors when you step into the sun
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Twitter’s redesigned website looking a bit more mobile

Twitter unveils a new website as critics question the company’s judgment about abusive tweets. Twitter’s redesigned website looking a bit more mobile
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