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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

French drone maker Parrot continues to shift away from consumer sales, dominated by DJI, says it will only make business focused Anafi drone line (Sean O'Kane/The Verge)


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French drone maker Parrot continues to shift away from consumer sales, dominated by DJI, says it will only make business focused Anafi drone line  —  The French dronemaker continues to shift away from consumer sales, which are dominated by DJI  —  France’s Parrot has left the toy drone market …

French drone maker Parrot continues to shift away from consumer sales, dominated by DJI, says it will only make business focused Anafi drone line (Sean O'Kane/The Verge)
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Lyft will add NYC subway and bus directions to its app

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Lyft is adding New York City subway directions to its app in the latest bid by the ride-hailing industry to make peace with public transportation.

The rollout of transit directions in the app will take place over the next several weeks, according to Bloomberg. With the update, Lyft’s app will show users subway stations and bus stops, as well as docks for Citi Bike, the bike-share system owned by the ride-hail company. The features are designed to keep users in the app rather than switching to a different product for public transportation directions.

All New York users will receive the updated app by the end of September. In addition to subway and bus information, Lyft customers will also see commuter rail options like Long Island Rail…

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Lyft will add NYC subway and bus directions to its app
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Chrome and Firefox extensions with up to 4M installs leaked sensitive data, including names and passwords, to marketing intelligence service Nacho Analytics (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)


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Chrome and Firefox extensions with up to 4M installs leaked sensitive data, including names and passwords, to marketing intelligence service Nacho Analytics  —  Have your tax returns, Nest videos, and medical info been made public?  —  When we use browsers to make medical appointments …

Chrome and Firefox extensions with up to 4M installs leaked sensitive data, including names and passwords, to marketing intelligence service Nacho Analytics (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)
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Score an Upgrade by Obsessively Checking Seats Before a Flight

One of the best tips I can give any flyer who doesn’t want to pay stupid fees for the slight extra legroom of “premium” seating is this: check your seat assignment constantly.

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Score an Upgrade by Obsessively Checking Seats Before a Flight
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This pixel tracking demo shows how easy it is to make a creepy surveillance tool

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The Superhuman controversy from earlier this month, in which a former Silicon Valley exec blew the lid off a series of controversial email surveillance tools offered by the up-and-coming startup, has prompted a bit of soul searching among those in the tech industry. But in twisted fashion, the public blasting of a company like Superhuman has been the tech equivalent of opening Pandora’s Box, unearthing all sorts of free and easily available tools that have done this for years and can be employed by anyone with just the tiniest shred of tech savvy.

For instance, an open source, Python-based web tool called Supertracker has popped up on Github, courtesy of Delian Asparouhov, an investor with the venture capital firm Founder’s Fund. It…

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This pixel tracking demo shows how easy it is to make a creepy surveillance tool
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Play as your favorite Golden Girl in Funko's Funkoverse board game – CNET

You probably didn’t realize how much you wanted this game. Play as your favorite Golden Girl in Funko's Funkoverse board game – CNET
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Uber, Lyft drivers stage protest for better working conditions – CNET

The protest, which will take place at Uber’s headquarters, comes as California considers legislation that could affect their employment status. Uber, Lyft drivers stage protest for better working conditions – CNET
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How to Survive a Long Airport Delay

Last week, hundreds of flights at New York’s LaGuardia Airport were delayed or canceled because of thunderstorms in the area; inbound flights landed nearly four hours past their scheduled arrival times. And while we’d like to think delays are a rare occurrence, United and other major airlines like Delta and American

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How to Survive a Long Airport Delay
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Cadillac owners can now find and book parking through the infotainment system – Roadshow

It’s all thanks to the system’s online Marketplace app bazaar. Cadillac owners can now find and book parking through the infotainment system – Roadshow
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Twitter's redesign, which rebuilt the desktop website as a progressive web app, solves none of its problems, but will help the famously slow company move faster (Will Oremus/OneZero)


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Twitter’s redesign, which rebuilt the desktop website as a progressive web app, solves none of its problems, but will help the famously slow company move faster  —  It’s about making a notoriously slow-footed company faster on its feet — which could eventually pay off for its users

Twitter's redesign, which rebuilt the desktop website as a progressive web app, solves none of its problems, but will help the famously slow company move faster (Will Oremus/OneZero)
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How Much Do Planes Actually Get Cleaned in Between Flights?

It’s usually best, in any situation where you end up with your finger touching your eye or grazing your lips, to not think of where it’s been. That goes double when taking any form of public transit, where your hands touch the places all the other hands of people who are just as gross as you have touched (relax, it’s…

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How Much Do Planes Actually Get Cleaned in Between Flights?
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Airbus’ new bird-plane hybrid is both fascinating and unsettling

Airbus unveiled a new concept airplane called “Bird of Prey,” which seems fitting because this thing seems designed to prey on your deepest fears. The bird-like conceptual airline design features multiple propellors, a rudder branded with the Union Jack, and something called “feathered wings” which I can’t seem to unsee.

The body of the plane is bronze-colored and looks more fish-like than anything else. The addition to the tendril-tipped wings, though, make it clear that Airbus’ designers had birds on the brain when they came up with this one.

Airbus unveiled the concept at the Royal International Air Tattoo air show in the UK. The French aerospace giant thankfully has no plans to build or manufacture this chimeric monstrosity, which…

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Airbus’ new bird-plane hybrid is both fascinating and unsettling
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How to save battery life on your Android phone

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My first Android phone was the original Motorola Droid, which I purchased and loved using despite its abysmal anti-woman marketing campaign. And one of the things I loved about it was that it had an interchangeable battery. I always kept an extra charged battery on hand, and simply swapped them out when needed. It was a lot more convenient and lightweight than dragging around a heavy battery pack, and kept the phone going strong over the course of the busiest workday.

But as phone designs changed over the years, swappable batteries were abandoned by phone manufacturers to keep their phones sleeker and to accommodate wrap-around screens. Batteries are getting stronger, but phones are also getting more use. So despite advances in power…

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How to save battery life on your Android phone
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Quickly Thaw Frozen Food Using These Techniques

If you’ve ever found yourself in a position where you need to defrost some chicken thighs ASAP, you’ve probably wondered which thawing method is best and also quickest. Well, you’re in luck—because that’s exactly what we’re about to tell you.

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Quickly Thaw Frozen Food Using These Techniques
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Source: Oyo founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal to pay $2B at a $10B valuation to up his stake in Oyo from 10% to 30%; Lightspeed and Sequoia India sold some shares (Deepti Chaudhary/Livemint)

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Source: Oyo founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal to pay $2B at a $10B valuation to up his stake in Oyo from 10% to 30%; Lightspeed and Sequoia India sold some shares  —  – This investment by Agarwal is backed by global institutional banks and his financial partners

Source: Oyo founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal to pay B at a B valuation to up his stake in Oyo from 10% to 30%; Lightspeed and Sequoia India sold some shares (Deepti Chaudhary/Livemint)
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Watch the Best Episodes of a TV Series With ShowSkimmer

The site ShowSkimmer is a new tool for finding the best episodes of a TV show. Search for a series, and ShowSkimmer will list the best 5, 10, 25, or 50 episodes, in chronological order. It’s a great way to watch a series while skipping all the forgettable episodes—which is especially good for long-running sitcoms with…

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Watch the Best Episodes of a TV Series With ShowSkimmer
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Phones with in-screen fingerprint scanners: Galaxy S10, OnePlus 7 Pro and more – CNET

The iPhone 11 is rumored to have an in-display fingerprint scanner. But these phones already have the feature. Phones with in-screen fingerprint scanners: Galaxy S10, OnePlus 7 Pro and more – CNET
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Steve Bannon used location targeting to reach voters who had been in Catholic churches

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In 2018, former Trump strategist Steve Bannon used location data from smartphones to target church-goers with get-out-the vote advertisements, according to a new report from ThinkProgress Friday.

“We’re sending a message from CatholicVote, not to go vote for a specific guy,” Bannon said. “But for all Catholics to go out and do their duty and they’re going to put out a thing to support President Trump.”

The concession came from a now-deleted scene from The Brink, a documentary by Alison Klayman focusing on Bannon’s efforts to mobilize the far-right throughout the 2018 midterm elections. In an interview with Klayman, Bannon says that he worked with the conservative group CatholicVote to use location data obtained from carriers to target…

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Steve Bannon used location targeting to reach voters who had been in Catholic churches
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Driverless Navya shuttle dings pedestrian, suspending AV trials in Vienna – Roadshow

This is the same company that had an accident with a truck in Las Vegas. Driverless Navya shuttle dings pedestrian, suspending AV trials in Vienna – Roadshow
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The Week in Tech: Some Workers Hate Robots. Retraining May Change That.

Striking Amazon employees complained about how robots changed their jobs, but the company may help them think differently. The Week in Tech: Some Workers Hate Robots. Retraining May Change That.
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For San Diego Comic-Con weekend, it’s time to re-watch Galaxy Quest

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There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services, and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend.

What to watch

Galaxy Quest, a 1999 science-fiction comedy in which the cast members of a canceled but still beloved Star Trek-like television series are whisked away by Thermians, a high-minded but credulous alien race. Not realizing their heroes’ adventures are fictional (they can’t grasp the concept of storytelling), the Thermians have modeled their…

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Parrot exits the toy drone market

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France’s Parrot has left the toy drone market, a spokesperson for the company confirmed to The Verge on Friday. “Parrot has stopped the production and development of any drone but the Anafi and its variations,” the spokesperson said, adding that the company no longer has any Mambo or Swing drones in stock (though some are available through resellers). The news was first reported by The Wirecutter.

Parrot’s been making these minidrones for years, since well before it launched its flagship Bebop and Anafi drones. But while the consumer drone market is booming, it’s also dominated by DJI, which makes up about three quarters of global sales.

With that in mind, Parrot has actually spent the last few years shifting the focus of its core…

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Parrot exits the toy drone market
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How to Balance on Your Hands

Last week we talked about how to balance really well on your feet (or, better yet, one foot). This time let’s flip the script and balance on our hands.

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How to Balance on Your Hands
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The perfect speaker for your new Echo Dot or Home Mini: $124.99 – CNET

Cheapskate exclusive! The top-rated Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 4 is portable, wireless and wonderful. Plus: A free indie game and an SDCC giveaway. The perfect speaker for your new Echo Dot or Home Mini: 4.99 – CNET
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SpaceX video highlights Crew Dragon parachute tests – CNET

Elon Musk’s space company shows off its progress as it continues to prepare for human spaceflight. SpaceX video highlights Crew Dragon parachute tests – CNET
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