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Instagram drops ‘recent’ posts from hashtag pages ahead of the election

The change comes as Facebook takes more aggressive steps to prepare for an uncertain election, company officials have said could result in violence or civil unrest. The company has also updated its policies to restrict political ads in the week before election day and will bar all political ads after the polls close. The company has planned for how it would handle a candidate trying to prematurely claim victory, or refusing to concede the election.  During the company’s third-quarter earnings call Thursday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was worried about what might happen after election day. “I’m worried that with our nation so divided and election results potentially taking days or weeks to be finalized, there is a risk of civil unrest across the country,” Zuckerberg said. “Given this, companies like ours need to go well beyond what we’ve done before.” Source linkContinue readingInstagram drops ‘recent’ posts from hashtag pages ahead of the election

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Asus ROG Phone 3 gets permanent price cut ahead of festival sales

ROG Phone 3 can be bought with its price reduced by Rs 3000 starting the Flipkart Diwali Sale. You can also avail the EMI offers in case you wish.View Deal The annual festival sales ensure that you can upgrade to your favourite smartphone at a much lower price than normal. And in case you are a gamer who likes to kill virtual zombies on your smartphones then the Asus ROG Phone 3, touted as the most powerful Android gaming phone, is available at its lowest price during the Flipkart Diwali Sale that starts from today i.e. October 29, and on till November 4. Asus is now offering the ROG Phone 3 at a starting price of Rs 46,999 for the 8GB+128GB variant while the 12GB+128GB variant will now retail at Rs 49,999. The top-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage is available at Rs 54,999. Remember, this Rs 3,000 discount is a permanent price cut and the phone can be bought at even lower price during the Big Diwali sale on Flipkart thanks to the sitewide 10% discount offered on Axis bank cards. Also, in case you do not want to pay the entire amount in one go, the phone will be available on a no-cost EMI for 3,6, or 9 months. To recall, the ROG Phone 3 comes with the latest Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset and has a massive 6.59-inches AMOLED panel boasting 144Hz refresh rate making it ideal for media consumption as well. The display…Continue readingAsus ROG Phone 3 gets permanent price cut ahead of festival sales

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SpaceX is replacing two engines on its Falcon 9 ahead of next crewed mission

SpaceX is replacing two engines on its Falcon 9 rocket that will soon carry four astronauts to the International Space Station. The change is being made after SpaceX found a substance in the engines that could have caused them to start earlier than planned. SpaceX found the substance after one of the company’s launches halted just before liftoff in October. One of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, tasked with launching a new GPS satellite for the Space Force, shut itself down just two seconds before takeoff. “It was a good abort,” Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of build and flight reliability for SpaceX, said during a press conference. “It did exactly what we programmed it to do.” Today, SpaceX revealed the rocket had automatically stopped its own launch after two of its nine main Merlin engines tried to start too early. Starting up too early could have caused something called a hard start, where the engine’s various propellants and liquids are combined in the wrong order. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 shut itself down before that happened, but such a hard start could have damaged the hardware. “It’s not necessarily bad, but in most cases, you know, it rattles the engine,” Koenigsmann said. “And it may cause, you know, a little bit of damage on the engine. In extreme cases, it may cause more damage to the engine.” “It’s not necessarily bad, but in most cases, you know, it rattles the engine.” After the abort, SpaceX inspected the engines and found a reddish lacquer…Continue readingSpaceX is replacing two engines on its Falcon 9 ahead of next crewed mission

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Disney+ adds a stronger warning ahead of films with racist stereotypes

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures Disney has quietly introduced a new disclaimer to some of its films. When you start watching these films, you’ll be treated to an unskippable content warning, informing you that the film will contain “negative depictions” of certain people and cultures. While the films themselves aren’t altered in any way, the disclaimer says the depictions are wrong and expresses the importance of “a more inclusive future together.” In case you’re curious, here’s what the warning looks like: The link goes to a page called “Stories Matter,” which lists the members of Disney’s third-party advisory council that is “supporting our efforts to increase our cultural competency,” as Disney puts it. The council includes GLAAD Media Institute, the African American Film Critics Association, and The Science and Entertainment Exchange. Some of the films that now carry this warning are Dumbo, Peter Pan, The Aristocats, The Swiss Family Robinson, and Aladdin. All of the films have uncomfortable, racist caricatures, which you can read more about on the Stories Matter page. For example, it describes the crows from Dumbo, shown in the featured image, as an “homage to racist minstrel shows, where white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations. The leader of the group in Dumbo is Jim Crow, which shares the name of laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States.” If this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s not the first time Disney has added such warnings to its content before. Last year, it added a disclaimer…Continue readingDisney+ adds a stronger warning ahead of films with racist stereotypes

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VCs reload ahead of the election as unicorns power ahead – TechCrunch

This is The TechCrunch Exchange, a newsletter that goes out on Saturdays, based on the column of the same name. You can sign up for the email here. It was an active week in the technology world broadly, with big news from Facebook and Twitter and Apple. But past the headline-grabbing noise, there was a steady drumbeat of bullish news for unicorns, or private companies worth $1 billion or more. A bullish week for unicorns The Exchange spent a good chunk of the week looking into different stories from unicorns, or companies that will soon fit the bill, and it’s surprising to see how much positive financial news there was on tap even past what we got to write about. Databricks, for example, disclosed a grip of financial data to TechCrunch ahead of regular publication, including the fact that it grew its annual run rate (not ARR) to $350 million by the end of Q3 2020, up from $200 million in Q2 2019. It’s essentially IPO ready, but is not hurrying to the public markets. Sticking to our theme, Calm wants more money for a huge new valuation, perhaps as high as $2.2 billion which is not a surprise. That’s more good unicorn news. As was the report that “India’s Razorpay [became a] unicorn after its new $100 million funding round” that came out this week. Razorpay is only one of a number of Indian startups that have become unicorns during COVID-19. (And here’s another digest out this week concerning…Continue readingVCs reload ahead of the election as unicorns power ahead – TechCrunch

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Google killed one of its most popular SEO features ahead of Black Friday

Google has temporarily disabled its Request Indexing SEO feature – likely for a few weeks – in order to make infrastructure changes. The firm has sought to reassure site owners that their content can still be indexed through alternative methods. These include taking a passive approach, pursuing the active management of URLs or submitting updated URLs to Google. The fact that the Request Indexing feature has been suspended wouldn’t normally be much of an issue, but its importance has grown of late due to a number of issues with Google’s search results. In addition, SEO managers have to navigate the change while making sure that their sites rank as highly as possible in the run-up to Black Friday. Request denied The Request Indexing feature is part of the URL Inspection tool within Google’s Search Console and is used to request a crawl of individual URLs. It is important to note, however, that even when a request is sent, there are no guarantees that a site will be indexed immediately, or at all. “We have disabled the ‘Request Indexing’ feature of the URL Inspection Tool, in order to make some infrastructure changes,” Google tweeted from its Webmasters account. “We expect it will return in the coming weeks. We continue to find & index content through our regular methods.” Site managers may feel that being without the Request Indexing feature is worthwhile if the “infrastructure changes” result in some improvements to Google’s search functionality. It will take some weeks to see if…Continue readingGoogle killed one of its most popular SEO features ahead of Black Friday

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Dell cuts $100 off the XPS 13 with these laptop deals ahead of Amazon Prime Day

This year’s Amazon Prime Day deals are due to start on Tuesday, and Dell – like many other retailers – has launched a rival laptop sale, which includes top discounts on a number of premium Dell XPS 13 machines. We’ve seen prices starting at just $799 (was $848.99) today for this slightly older, but still excellent, 2019 model. While you’re forgoing the fancy near bezel-less display of the Dell XPS 2020 models, this is easily one of the cheapest prices we’ve seen for a machine with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD – specs that beat out most of the cheaper Dell XPS offerings recently. If you need a little more power, consider this deal on a Dell XPS 13 Touch (2019) for $899.99 (was $999.99). That $100 saving makes this Intel Core i5-equipped ultrabook a lot more affordable; and with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, you’re not making any sacrifices either. Lastly, if only the very latest and greatest will do, there’s a neat $20 discount on a Dell XPS 13 (2020) too, bringing the price down to $979.99. It boasts a slick bezel-less display and brand new 11th generation i3 processor (something that isn’t widely available), making it one of the slimmest, most advanced ultrabooks you can buy. Not in the US? Check out all the best Dell XPS 13 deals in your region below. Today’s best Dell XPS 13 deals ahead of Prime Day Dell XPS 13 laptop (2019): $849.99 $799.99 at DellSave $50…Continue readingDell cuts $100 off the XPS 13 with these laptop deals ahead of Amazon Prime Day

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The Apple Watch 3 hits lowest sale price ever ahead of Amazon Prime Day

Thanks to the recent release of the Apple Watch 6, you can snag the best-selling Apple Watch 3 on sale for just $169 just ahead of the Amazon Prime Day two-day event. That’s a $110 discount and the best deal we’ve all year. The retailer also has a rare $15 discount on the all-new Apple Watch Series 6, bringing the price down to $384.99. The Apple Watch 3 is packed with health and fitness-focused features while also keeping you connected. The smartwatch tracks activity, workouts, and calories burned and offers 24/7 heart rate monitoring. The swim-proof smartwatch will even notify you when an unusually high or low heart rate is detected and features a breathing app to help with everyday stress. The Series 3 watch provides an 18-hour battery life and includes basic smartwatch features such as the ability to make calls, send messages, and receive notifications. As we’ve mentioned, the all-new Apple Watch 6 will set you back $384, which makes the $169 price tag on the Series 3 extremely attractive. We don’t expect the price to drop any lower for Prime Day, so if you like this deal, you should take advantage today. Pre-Prime Day Apple Watch deals: Apple Watch Series 3 GPS 38mm: $279 $169 at AmazonAmazon has the Apple Watch Series 3 in stock and on sale for only $169. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for the 38mm smartwatch that features heart rate monitoring and GPS technology and provides up to 18 hours of battery life.View Deal…Continue readingThe Apple Watch 3 hits lowest sale price ever ahead of Amazon Prime Day

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This weekend’s MacBook deals can save you $300 on luxury laptops ahead of Prime Day

MacBook deals are usually reserved for special occasions, and with Amazon Prime Day just around the corner it’s safe to say things are looking pretty special right now. If you’re looking for a specced out MacBook Pro or a cheaper MacBook Air this weekend, you’re in luck.  We’ve spotted a $300 saving on the 16-inch MacBook Pro. That discount brings the powerful i7 configuration down to just $2,099 right now – a massive improvement on its $2,399 MSRP in Amazon’s latest MacBook deals.  However, if you’re looking to spend a little less on a luxury laptop right now, you’ll also find the 2020 MacBook Air on sale. With a $50 price drop, the entry-level configuration is sitting pretty at $949.99 this weekend.  You’re getting a smaller spec with this MacBook deal – i3 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB of SSD storage – but it’s still an excellent configuration considering this is Apple we’re talking about.  Plus, if you do want to upgrade to an i5 (and 512GB SSD) you can save $100 as well, bringing the final price down to $1,199.  We’re rounding up these MacBook deals just below, but you’ll find plenty more MacBook Pro sales and MacBook Air deals further down the page.  Today’s best MacBook deals MacBook Pro 16-inch: $2,399 $2,099 at AmazonSave $300 on this 16-inch MacBook Pro, offering up a powerful spec that’s to be expected from the luxury laptop. You’re getting an i7 processor under the hood here, with 512GB of storage and 16GB…Continue readingThis weekend’s MacBook deals can save you $300 on luxury laptops ahead of Prime Day

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Amazon Prime Day 2020: the best early deals ahead of October 13

The best Amazon Prime Day deals 2020 Amazon Prime Day deals are heating up, and even though we’re not expecting the heavy hitters under Tuesday October 13, we’re already seeing a wave of discounts hitting the virtual shelves. We’re rounding up all the best early Amazon Prime Day deals right here, but keep this page bookmarked because we’ll be bringing you all the best offers as they go live over the next week.  When they do land, the best Prime Day deals will be reserved for those with an Amazon Prime membership. Luckily, however, Amazon is also offering a free 30 day trial. That will cover you for Amazon Prime Day 2020 and can save you on delivery costs well after the day itself as well. Plus, you can always cancel before it auto-renews.  With so many early Amazon Prime Day deals available now, there’s already a wide variety of savings to get stuck in with. From 4K TVs to cheap laptops, Nintendo Switch consoles to air fryers, there’s something for everyone discounted this week.  Start a free 30-day trial of Amazon PrimeIf you don’t have an Amazon Prime membership, you can still take part in Amazon’s biggest shopping event of the year by signing up for a free 30-day trial. You can cancel at any time within the 30 days with no strings attached.  Amazon Prime Day deals: quick links Top 10 early deals Blink Mini smart security camera: $34.99 $24.99 at AmazonPrime members can already save $10 on…Continue readingAmazon Prime Day 2020: the best early deals ahead of October 13