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The Hunt Is On for Elusive Ghost Particles in Antarctica


Unlike light and other forms of radiation produced by these galaxies, a neutrino doesn’t lose its energy as it travels through space, since it doesn’t interact with other matter. This makes neutrinos extremely difficult to detect, but it also makes them the best way to study exotic celestial objects like quasars and blazars that are billions of light years away. When a neutrino is produced, it keeps traveling in a straight line at the speed of light for eons. This means a cosmic neutrino detected on Earth is almost exactly the same as it was when it was spit out by the core of a galaxy on the other side of the universe. Read More

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ZDNet

Watch out for these robocall scams during lockdown


Unwanted phone calls happen to almost everyone who has a phone. These calls often happen several times per day and, if you are not vigilant, you could end up the victim of a scam.

Within this in mind, seniors care services company Provision Living surveyed 4,038 Americans in March and April 2020. It wanted to find out their experiences with robocalls — automated calls from unknown entities — and whether these calls had changed since the coronavirus pandemic occurred.

Over nine out of 10 (91%) reported that robocalls are becoming more common. Read More

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TechCrunch

Rocket Lab’s next mission could launch just weeks after the last one – TechCrunch


Rocket Lab is creeping closer to its goal of weekly launches with its 13th commercial mission, nicknamed “Pics Or It Didn’t Happen,” which, if all goes well, will take off only three weeks after the last one.

“Don’t Stop Me Now” got to orbit successfully over the weekend, on June 13, and the next one is scheduled for July 3 — weather and other factors permitting.

“Rocket Lab has eliminated the small sat waiting room for orbit. We’ve focused heavily on shoring up our rapid launch capability in recent years and we’re proud to be putting that into practice for the small sat community with launches just days apart,” said the company’s founder and CEO, Peter Beck, in a press release. Read More

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Mashable

T-Mobile customers complain of widespread outages


Complete with dropped calls and an inexplicable lack of service, a widespread outage appears to be plaguing T-Mobile customers, and even customers of other cellular carriers including Verizon and AT&T.

The outages monitoring website DownDetector showed outages across the U.S. on the T-Mobile network Monday afternoon. T-Mobile later confirmed the network was having “voice and data issues” on Twitter. Outages were concentrated in southern cities like Atlanta, Miami, Tampa, and Houston, but were also occurring in New York, Chicago, and California.  Read More

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Tech Radar

4th of July sales 2020: the best deals from Home Depot, Lowe’s and Best Buy


The 4th of July is just around the corner, which means a long holiday weekend filled with family, friends, and outdoor fun. You can also find fantastic 4th of July sales from your favorite retailers like Home Depot, Best Buy, Amazon, and Lowe’s.  The 4th of July sale event is a fantastic opportunity to score Black-Friday like prices on everything from mattresses, appliances, and furniture to TVs, laptops, and smart home devices.

To help you sort through all the offers, we’ve rounded up the best 4th of July sales that are happening now. We’ve also hand-picked standout bargains from categories like home, electronics, and appliances. Our top sale picks include the all-new AirPods Pro down to a record low price of $219.99, up to 40% off appliances, tools, and patio furnitureat Home Depot, the Westinghouse 50-inch 4K TV on sale for just $249.99, and a $120 price cut on the best-selling Ecovacs Deebot robot vacuum. Read More

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Engadget

Roku discounts its streaming devices ahead of Father’s Day


Roku is hoping that you’ll buy a media streaming device for Father’s Day, and it’s running a sale on its players to match. Retailers like Amazon and Best Buy are selling Roku’s lineup significantly below their official prices, and it might be tempting if the fatherly figure in your life could stand a living room upgrade.

Roku Ultra

The steepest discount is for Roku’s flagship media hub, the Ultra (pictured up top). You can find it at Amazon for $80 instead of the normal $100, while Best Buy is carrying it for the same price. The appeal, as you might imagine, is that it does seemingly everything. On top of 4K and HDR playback, you’ll get a voice remote with personal shortcuts, fast channel launching, Ethernet networking, USB (for local playback) and microSD (for channel expansion). Read More

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The Next Web

US companies will soon be allowed to work with Huawei again (kind of)

The consequences resulting from the Huawei ban last year are manifold. While the most prominent effect for consumers has been the fact that Huawei phones are no longer allowed to run Google apps and services or be sold in the US, American companies have also been prevented from working with Huawei on technology like 5G connectivity. This has had the ironic effect of weakening the influence US companies can have over setting global standards, as Huawei has a major role in these discussions.

Reuters is now reporting that particular block will be lifted very soon. U.S Commerce Secretary Wibur Ross confirmed to Reuters that US companies will be allowed to collaborate with Huawei on developing standards for 5G networks. The US government is expected to make a public announcement later today. Read More

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The Verge

Apple says the App Store created $517 billion in commerce last year


Apple on Monday touted the findings of a new study from economic consulting firm Analysis Group that says the App Store was responsible for $517 billion in estimated total billings and sales of both physical products and services and digital goods in 2019.

Of that amount, Apple says it takes a 30 percent cut of just $61 billion of those sales, as that’s the portion of total billings that constitutes digital-only goods. That includes the biggest category, mobile games, as well as in-app purchases, subscriptions, and unit sales of paid apps. In-app advertising, also largely dedicated to mobile gaming, makes up another $45 billion. Of everything else — from ride-hailing software to food delivery apps to mobile retail shops from Best Buy and Target — making up the remaining $413 billion, Apple takes no cut, the study says. Read More

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VentureBeat

The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes interview — Bringing procedurally generated stories to RPGs


The Dark Eye is one of those tabletop role-playing games that doesn’t get a lot of attention in North America. It’s known as the “Dungeons & Dragons of Germany,” and it’s spawned a number of PC role-playing games along the way (like The Blackguards series and Drakensang: The Dark Eye, and underrated release from 2009).

The Book of Heroes is a new direction for The Dark Eye. It’s a co-op role-playing game with real-time/pause combat, though you can play it solo with PC-controlled party members. Co-op is either online or local. It’s a standalone story and adapts the 5th Edition of The Dark Eye. It also focuses on eight smaller, procedurally generated storylines, not one epic story. With 12 professions and four species, Book of Heroes is more about tinkering with character builds and seeing how things turn out with different party compositions. At times, it reminds me of an old dungeon-crawler: Dungeon Hack, a 1993 D&D PC release in which you rolled one character and went into a procedural dungeon. Read More

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Wired

Ex-Ebay Execs Allegedly Made Life Hell for Critics


The complaint lays out a hellish timeline: On August 12, another Amazon delivery, a copy of the book Grief Diaries: Surviving the Loss of a Spouse. The next day, a voicemail for the second victim following up on a fabricated inquiry to open an Adam & Eve sex toy franchise. The next, a package of fly larvae and live spiders. Another containing live cockroaches. On August 15, two of the couple’s neighbors received copies of Hustler: Barely Legal in the husband’s name. That same day, a local florist delivered a funeral wreath to the couples’ home. The Tui_Elei account sent harassing messages throughout. Read More