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TikTok, Trump and an Impulse to Act as C.E.O. to Corporate America August 3, 2020

The president’s interventions in company dealings based on his own instincts are a departure from the arm’s-length approach of predecessors of either party. TikTok, Trump and an Impulse to Act as C.E.O. to Corporate America Source: NY Times Tech

Handful of vintage Volkswagens could return with an electric twist – Roadshow

We’ve already seen VW and eClassics create vintage cars with modern, electric hearts, and new trademarks suggest we’re in for more. Handful of vintage Volkswagens could return with an electric twist – Roadshow
Source: CNet

The Strange Saga of TikTok

The chief executive of a big tech company negotiated directly with the U.S. president over an app. Say what? The Strange Saga of TikTok
Source: NY Times Tech

ESPN and other Disney channels now live on FuboTV

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ESPN and many other Disney channels are now live on FuboTV, according to a FuboTV support document. You should now be able to watch ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, ABC, ABC News Live, FX, FXX, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, National Geographic, and more on the over-the-top live TV streaming service following a deal struck with Disney on June 24th.

The new additions to FuboTV come on the heels of a recent price hike, however — FuboTV announced in July that it would be increasing its monthly subscription prices, meaning the company’s standard plan now costs $59.99 a month. However, such price hikes aren’t uncommon when a streaming service strikes a deal to carry more content. YouTube TV announced a price jump from $50 per month…

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ESPN and other Disney channels now live on FuboTV
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Microsoft reveals redesigned, much faster Xbox store

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Microsoft has announced a significant overhaul of its digital store for Xbox, and the end result is a much faster browsing experience and more straightforward navigation. “Far more than a typical app update, we’ve rebuilt the experience from the ground up to be faster, safer and easier to use than ever before,” wrote the Xbox team’s Cody Bird in a blog post.

The new Microsoft Store app for Xbox will roll out to some Xbox insiders on August 5th before expanding to other testers in the coming weeks and ultimately reaching all Xbox One owners — and the Xbox Series X — this fall. To me, the current store can be a genuine hassle to browse, and this feels like a huge step in the right direction.

The new store is dramatically faster than the…

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Microsoft reveals redesigned, much faster Xbox store
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Snapchat is adding a TikTok-style music feature

Snapchat will soon let you add music to the videos you record, making it the latest social app to take on TikTok by offering the ability to embed popular songs. The announcement comes as President Trump threatens to crack down on TikTok and Instagram plans to unveil its own TikTok competitor in the coming weeks.

Snap said it would launch the feature to English-language users this fall, with it rolling out first in New Zealand and Australia starting today. The feature could let Snapchat gain some of the energy and creativity users are currently bringing to TikTok, but it seems as though this isn’t being designed as a full-on TikTok competitor.

For now, it sounds like there won’t be a feed of videos set to music, and there won’t be a way…

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Snapchat is adding a TikTok-style music feature
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Google Pay will support mobile checking accounts starting next year

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Google is getting into mobile banking through a new partnership announced on Monday with a total of eight US-based banks, including the US division of the Bank of Montreal (BMO) and BBVA. The bank accounts will exist entirely within Google Pay, with customers able to access checking accounts handled digitally on the front end by Google while partner banks handle the infrastructure, FDIC insurance, and other backend technology.

It’s unclear at this time if customers will have access to physical debit cards issued through Google or its partners, but the banking feature is slated to go live sometime in 2021. News of Google’s mobile banking plans, known internally as the “Cache” project, first surfaced last year, when the company formally…

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Google Pay will support mobile checking accounts starting next year
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GM-backed electric truck startup Lordstown Motors is going public

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One-year-old Lordstown Motors will become a publicly traded company in an effort to bring its commercial electric pickup truck, the Endurance, to market. And it will do this with more support from General Motors than was previously known, according to financial filings.

The startup plans to list on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker “RIDE” by combining with a special purpose acquisition company called DiamondPeak, shares of which already trade on the exchange. It’s the same type of “reverse merger” move that hydrogen trucking company Nikola pulled off earlier this year to go public and that EV startup Fisker is currently trying to execute. It’s also the latest to cash in on a sudden funding frenzy in the electric vehicle startup…

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GM-backed electric truck startup Lordstown Motors is going public
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Google Pixel 4A Review: At $350, a Win for Those on a Budget

Yes, you can now pay less than $399 for a smartphone — and it won’t stink. Google Pixel 4A Review: At 0, a Win for Those on a Budget
Source: NY Times Tech

BBVA USA to offer digital bank accounts via Google Pay

Collaboration hopes to let customers enjoy more innovative banking using Google Pay. BBVA USA to offer digital bank accounts via Google Pay
Source: Tech Radar Software

Microsoft adds new Teams calling features and holds off on others

Microsoft is rolling out its new Advanced Communications Plan for M365/O365 subscribers, while it puts some other anticipated calling plans on ice. Microsoft adds new Teams calling features and holds off on others
Source: ZDNet Microsoft

Apple’s AirPods with a wireless charging case are cheaper than ever today at Amazon

Apple’s second-generation AirPods

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Apple’s second-generation AirPods that come with a wireless charging case are down to their cheapest price ever at Amazon. Normally $199, they’re just $140 right now. The previous best price was holding steady at $169, so this is a great time to invest. Interestingly, these are the same price as the model that doesn’t include a charging case that supports Qi chargers.

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If you’re in the market for tech that will help to extend and strengthen your home Wi-Fi connection, Google’s Nest Wifi mesh Wi-Fi system is among the best. Today at Target, you can save $70 on a bundle containing a Nest Wifi router along with a Point (what Google calls its mesh Wi-Fi extender that doubles as a Google…

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Apple’s AirPods with a wireless charging case are cheaper than ever today at Amazon
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Investigate Your Kid's Symptoms With This AAP App

Given that we’re all a little hesitant to run out to a doctor’s office, hospital or urgent care unless absolutely necessary these days, there’s an app you might want to have handy as flu season approaches and we continue to ride the wave of the pandemic: The KidsDoc app.

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Investigate Your Kid's Symptoms With This AAP App
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Valorant’s new skin line turns your gun into a cyberpunk sticker book

Riot’s shooter Valorant hasn’t been out long, but it’s already becoming known for its excellent character designs and weapon skins. Recently, that’s included a stylish German hacker with adorable robots, and guns that transform into dragons. Now the developer has revealed its “glitchpop” skin line, which basically turns your weapons into cyberpunk sticker books.

Really, the name says it all: all the weapon skins have a glitchy look out of a far-out dystopia but with bright colors to liven them up. A big collection of stickers adds more personality, giving the guns the feel of a DJ’s laptop. The weapons can also be leveled up to earn different color schemes, sound effects, and even a holographic projector.

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Valorant’s new skin line turns your gun into a cyberpunk sticker book
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Google Pixel 4A review: back to basics for $349

Stripped to just the phone essentials, but it gets them right

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Google Pixel 4A review: back to basics for 9
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Google announces Pixel 5, Pixel 4A 5G, and Pixel 4A all at once

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One is available now, but the flagship is coming this fall

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Google announces Pixel 5, Pixel 4A 5G, and Pixel 4A all at once
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Elon Musk says Tesla Cybertruck has 200,000-plus reservations to its name – Roadshow

We’re a little surprised the figure isn’t higher, given how much buzz the Cybertruck earned during and after its reveal. Elon Musk says Tesla Cybertruck has 200,000-plus reservations to its name – Roadshow
Source: CNet

Treat Yourself to a Tech Upgrade

Times are tough. The unemployment rate is off the charts; schools can’t decide how to open safely, or whether they should open at all; we did such a bad job preventing a second wave of COVID-19 that we’re still riding the first one. And many of us lucky enough to still be employed are going stir-crazy from working at…

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Treat Yourself to a Tech Upgrade
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Your PS4 controller won't work with PS5 games – CNET

The DualShock 4 can be used to play PS4 games on Sony’s backwards compatible next gen console, but not games made for the PS5. Your PS4 controller won't work with PS5 games – CNET
Source: CNet

Virgin Galactic wants to whip passengers across the planet at Mach 3 – CNET

Richard Branson’s space tourism company is working with Rolls-Royce on supersonic air travel. Virgin Galactic wants to whip passengers across the planet at Mach 3 – CNET
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How TikTok’s Owner Tried, and Failed, to Cross the U.S.-China Divide

The founder of ByteDance, Zhang Yiming, dreamed of building a global tech company based in China. Then the geopolitical reality set in. How TikTok’s Owner Tried, and Failed, to Cross the U.S.-China Divide
Source: NY Times Tech

Back-to-school laptop deal: Ace remote learning with $250 off this Acer Aspire 5 – CNET

You can also knock an extra 10% off with a cash-back option. Plus: Save 50% on the Shark programmable air pump. Back-to-school laptop deal: Ace remote learning with 0 off this Acer Aspire 5 – CNET
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Mix Sweet and Bland Cereal for a Balanced Breakfast

Making breakfast sucks. You are already tired, and now you need to cook? Cook food? In the morning?

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Mix Sweet and Bland Cereal for a Balanced Breakfast
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Computer mouse co-creator Bill English dies at 91

Microsoft and Apple can thank Bill English’s work on the mouse for computer interfaces they introduced in the 1980s. Computer mouse co-creator Bill English dies at 91
Source: ZDNet Microsoft

You Should Keep a Tiny Bottle of Bubbly in Your Fridge

There are a lot of terrible things happening in the world right now, but—while it is completely fine and valid to be sad or angry about the terrible stuff—that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy, or even celebrate when good things happen. Even small things. Seeing as there is nothing quite as celebratory as Champagne (or…

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You Should Keep a Tiny Bottle of Bubbly in Your Fridge
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What's New on Netflix the Week of August 2, 2020

In Stephen King’s IT, a sort of curse lies on the town of Derry, Maine. Every 27 years, the demonic spirit of Pennywise returns to the town and preys on its children. It turns out a similar curse hangs over Hollywood, but instead of a literal demon returning to devour the souls of children, it’s a figurative demon…

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What's New on Netflix the Week of August 2, 2020
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