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Is it Worth Subscribing to Peacock, NBC's New Streaming Service? July 15, 2020

{$inline_image} Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming platform, launched to the general public today—and if you’re already paying for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and/or a combination of other streaming services, you may be wondering whether to add this one to the list. Read more… Is it Worth Subscribing to Peacock, NBC's New Streaming Service? Source: Life […]

Is it Worth Subscribing to Peacock, NBC's New Streaming Service?

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Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming platform, launched to the general public today—and if you’re already paying for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and/or a combination of other streaming services, you may be wondering whether to add this one to the list.

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Is it Worth Subscribing to Peacock, NBC's New Streaming Service?
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The Overwatch League’s Grand Finals championship will take place online

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For the first time in its three-year history, there won’t be an arena full of screaming fans to go along with the Overwatch League’s Grand Finals. As the league has shifted online for 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic, it has had to reimagine what its championship tournament will look like. And today Blizzard provided some details on the upcoming playoff format.

Essentially, at the conclusion of the regular season, all of the 20 teams will face off in a playoff-style tournament kicking off on September 3rd, with seeding based on how they performed during the year. The format will be similar to the tournament structure the league adopted midway through 2020, with two competitions: one for teams based in Asia and another for North America….

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The Overwatch League’s Grand Finals championship will take place online
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This is the max number of hot dogs a human can cram down – CNET

Don’t try this at home. This is the max number of hot dogs a human can cram down – CNET
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Mozilla launches VPN service to help protect your privacy – CNET

VPNs have become popular tools for hiding online activity and bypassing geography-based restrictions on streaming services. Mozilla launches VPN service to help protect your privacy – CNET
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Microsoft’s Outlook email app is crashing suddenly for people worldwide

Microsoft’s Outlook email app for Windows is crashing at launch for a large number of users around the world. Office 365 business users are reporting that Outlook launches and then crashes immediately, seemingly after a recent update. “We’re investigating whether a recently deployed update could be the source of this issue,” explains Microsoft in a Twitter status update. “As a workaround, users can utilize Outlook on the web or their mobile clients.”

Affected users should be able to log into Outlook on the web until the issues are resolved. IT admins over on Reddit are also testing a variety of workarounds to roll back the update that appears to have caused the crashes today.

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Microsoft’s Outlook email app is crashing suddenly for people worldwide
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Apple is launching its own daily news podcast to compete with The Daily and others

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Apple is launching its own daily podcast. The company announced the show today along with other news about audio stories coming to Apple News and curated local Apple News collections, as well as the release of iOS 13.6. The show, called Apple News Today, will be hosted by Apple News editors Shumita Basu and Duarte Geraldino. New episodes, which will be seven to eight minutes long, will be released Monday through Friday, and the show will exclusively be available through Apple News and Apple Podcasts in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia.

Additionally, Apple will release 20 audio stories a week through Apple News Plus. The stories will be voiced by professional actors and there will be narrated longform pieces published by big-name…

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Apple is launching its own daily news podcast to compete with The Daily and others
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Apple releases iOS 13.6 update with CarKey and Apple News Plus Audio – CNET

The update is available to all users for download today. Apple releases iOS 13.6 update with CarKey and Apple News Plus Audio – CNET
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Lordstown Endurance electric pickup's interior revealed via renderings – Roadshow

Lordstown Motors said this is what the production interior should look like when the truck hits the streets next year. Lordstown Endurance electric pickup's interior revealed via renderings – Roadshow
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Leaked Gmail redesign integrates Chat, Meet, and document collaboration in one place

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Google seemingly has a big Gmail redesign in the works that could let you collaborate with colleagues, work on Google Docs, and talk over Google Meet all without leaving Gmail. Leaked images of the redesign were spotted on Google’s website for the Google Cloud Next ‘20: OnAir event by Twitter user Tahin Rahman (via Android Police).

In the redesign, there are now tabs for Mail, Chat, Rooms, and Meet. The Chat tab looks to take you to your conversations with people, while Rooms appear to be spaces for topic-based conversations, similar to Slack channels. The Meet tab shows your upcoming Google Meet meetings and suggestions for who you might want to contact. (The Meet tab might look familiar — Google already announced in June that it was…

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Leaked Gmail redesign integrates Chat, Meet, and document collaboration in one place
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Battlestar Galactica's on Peacock: Top moments from the best sci-fi series ever – CNET

Commentary: As the show makes its debut on NBC’s streaming service, let’s remember what made it so frakking great. Battlestar Galactica's on Peacock: Top moments from the best sci-fi series ever – CNET
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How spending more time at home might affect your health

In North America and Europe, people usually spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. All that time inside affects our health and happiness, but how?

Journalist Emily Anthes, author of the new book The Great Indoors tries to answer that question. It’s a fascinating read — especially at a time when the ongoing pandemic has changed how we spend our time inside. With restaurant dining off the table in many regions with coronavirus-induced lockdowns, people are spending more time cooking and baking at home. Others found themselves growing herb gardens in their kitchens to avoid long lines at grocery stores. The Verge spoke with Anthes about the costs and benefits that might come with some of our new indoor habits, and what we can do to…

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How spending more time at home might affect your health
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Arm-based Macs: Smart move for Apple, but irrelevant to the future of Windows PCs

The end of Microsoft Intel PCs? Nonsense! A closer look at the two companies’ underlying business models exposes some crucial differences. Arm-based Macs: Smart move for Apple, but irrelevant to the future of Windows PCs
Source: ZDNet Microsoft

Audeze’s latest gaming headset is made with the PS5 and Xbox Series X in mind

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Audeze has a new gaming headset called the Penrose, which will cost $299.99 when it is released in September, but the company is knocking $50 off if you preorder it before then.

Audeze is making two different versions. The first has blue outlining the ear cups and is compatible with the PS5, PS4, Windows 10, and macOS. The other model has green detailing and works with Microsoft’s consoles, the Xbox Series X and the current Xbox One lineup, as well as Windows PC.

Despite that there’s a separate model for Xbox, an Audeze spokesperson told me that the headphones are exactly the same; it’s the included dongle that’s different. One supports Microsoft’s wireless protocol, whereas the other does not. Either dongle will work when plugged into…

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Audeze’s latest gaming headset is made with the PS5 and Xbox Series X in mind
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Librarians turned Google Forms into the unlikely platform for virtual escape rooms

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Librarians are using the activities to keep communities entertained and informed

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Librarians turned Google Forms into the unlikely platform for virtual escape rooms
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New details and images emerge of SpaceX’s Starlink user antennas and planned beta testing

New images found within the code of SpaceX’s Starlink website show the official look of the company’s future user satellite terminals — the antennas that customers will use to tap into the massive internet-from-space satellite constellation that SpaceX is building. The white disc-shaped device does indeed look like a “UFO on a stick” as SpaceX CEO Elon Musk once described.

Musk seemingly confirmed that the images of the user terminals were real on Twitter after replying to a user who had posted the pictures. “Starlink terminal has motors to self-orient for optimal view angle,” he said. “No expert installer required.” He also noted that the design of the terminal had changed slightly. The “latch on post near base” is no longer there, he…

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New details and images emerge of SpaceX’s Starlink user antennas and planned beta testing
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Apple Scores Legal Victory Against $14.9 Billion E.U. Tax Demand

The decision is a setback for European efforts to clamp down on what the authorities there believe is anti-competitive behavior. Apple Scores Legal Victory Against .9 Billion E.U. Tax Demand
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Amazon warns Echo Buds owners to update firmware to avoid overheating risk

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Amazon has begun sending emails out to owners of its Echo Buds true wireless earbuds, cautioning those customers to update the device firmware as soon as possible to avoid a “potential safety risk.”

“We recently determined that in rare cases it’s possible for Echo Buds to overheat while in the charging case,” the email says. According to Amazon, the latest software update eliminates this issue and “improves the long-term performance of Echo Buds’ batteries.” Android Central first reported on the email.

Amazon’s email doesn’t mention whether there have been real-world overheating incidents involving the Echo Buds. I’ve asked the company whether it’s aware of any, or if this problem was discovered internally. Amazon is urging anyone who…

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Amazon warns Echo Buds owners to update firmware to avoid overheating risk
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Virtual dating is booming, but daters say it’s not enough

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Why’d You Push That Button? is back for a special episode all about virtual dating in 2020. The pandemic has forced many people to stay at home, which means dating has had to move online. For this episode, Kaitlyn Tiffany and I talk to online daters and Bumble’s VP of strategy about how they’re adapting to virtual-only dating. They try to figure out what, if any, features and behaviors will stick around after social distancing and the pandemic end.

Dating apps have leaned into virtual dates over the past few months. Tinder is launching video calls and added a feature called Global Mode, which lets you match with people around the world. Hinge launched a virtual dating badge that users can put on their profiles to indicate they’re down…

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Virtual dating is booming, but daters say it’s not enough
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Mario Monopoly and Jenga celebrate Nintendo mascot's 35th anniversary – CNET

Exclusive: Buy up the Mushroom Kingdom and stack up a tower to beat Bowser in Hasbro’s games, available Aug. 1. Mario Monopoly and Jenga celebrate Nintendo mascot's 35th anniversary – CNET
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Signing up for Peacock? Use an Android device to get the best deal – CNET

When it comes to Peacock Premium, Google’s got the best offer even if the app is currently a bit harder to find. Signing up for Peacock? Use an Android device to get the best deal – CNET
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Donkey Kong Country comes to Switch – CNET

It will join the classic SNES games for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, along with Natsume Championship Wrestling and NES title The Immortal. Donkey Kong Country comes to Switch – CNET
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Paper Mario: The Origami King on Nintendo Switch is one part Mario, one part Zelda – CNET

Nintendo’s new casual adventure is a distracting summer beach read of a game. Paper Mario: The Origami King on Nintendo Switch is one part Mario, one part Zelda – CNET
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Toxic hand sanitizer: FDA warns consumers to avoid these brands – CNET

Methanol in hand sanitizers is a health hazard, the FDA says. Make sure the products you buy don’t have it. Toxic hand sanitizer: FDA warns consumers to avoid these brands – CNET
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Get this top VPN for pennies courtesy of new ‘Pay-What-You-Want’ model

Atlas VPN adopts a Pay-What-You-Want model to help customers that might be struggling financially. Get this top VPN for pennies courtesy of new ‘Pay-What-You-Want’ model
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Google disables Windows 10 RAM reduction in Chrome

The cost to CPU performance of a Windows 10 memory-saving feature is too great to keep, say Chromium developers. Google disables Windows 10 RAM reduction in Chrome
Source: ZDNet Microsoft