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What the Mashable staff bought this month: July 2020 edition


Who else is finding themselves online shopping way more often lately? Over at Mashable, it’s happening to a lot of us. Maybe it’s boredom. Maybe it’s that we’re longing to fill some sort of void with material possessions. Yeah, it’s probably one of those two things.

Reasons for rampant online shopping aside, we’re back again to share with you all the cool stuff we bought this month to hopefully inspire our fine readers to treat themselves, just like we did. Come on, we’ve all been living through tough times (that show no signs of stopping anytime soon) — you deserve to hit that “buy” button on that thing you’ve been wanting. Go ahead, do it.  Read More

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Engadget

Twitter pins its July 15th breach on a phone spear phishing attack


Two weeks after a massive breach saw hackers take over some of the most prominent accounts on Twitter — including Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Joe Biden and Bill Gates — the company has published more details about how it happened. While a number of people from the “OGUsers” gray market forum provided details about a “Kirk” who was the source of access to internal tools, it was unclear how they came by that access in the first place.

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According to Twitter, the answer is a phone spear phishing attack that targeted a “small number” of employees who did not all have access to management tools. However, attackers then “used their credentials to access our internal systems and gain information about our processes.” Twitter didn’t confirm a report that the access came from finding logins for the admin tool in a Slack channel, but it didn’t quite rule that out either, nor did it provide any clarity about who may have been behind the initial attack. Read More

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Mashable

Google tells employees to work from home until July 2021 amid pandemic

The coronavirus isn’t going anywhere.

That appears to be the thinking of Google, as CEO Sundar Pichai told employees Monday morning that many of them would be working from home until July 2021 at the earliest. That’s right, the Big Data company thinks we’re all in this for the long haul — at least in the U.S., anyway.

So reports the Wall Street Journal, which quotes Pichai as framing the announcement as a way to grant his employees a modicum of certainty in otherwise uncertain times.  Read More

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The Verge

Best Apple Watch deals July 2020


Thinking about picking up a new Apple Watch? It’s never a bad idea to wait until there’s a good deal, and thankfully, those happen with some regularity. The latest model, the Apple Watch Series 5 starts at $400, but it’s frequently available for $100 less than that. If that’s a little too expensive, you can drop at least another $100 off that price for the Series 3 Watch.

The Series 4 is a good choice, too, though not many retailers sell it, and it can be tough to find at a discount that’s all that much better than the Series 5. At this point, I wouldn’t recommend buying a new Series 1 or 2 Apple Watch, as they’re slower, less feature-rich, and they won’t get the upgrade to watchOS 7 later this year. Read More

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Engadget

Big tech antitrust hearing with Apple and Google rescheduled to July 29th


The House Judiciary Committee’s big tech antitrust hearing has a new date after a delay to honor the late Rep. John Lewis. In the wake of an Axios report, the committee has confirmed that the hearing has been rescheduled to July 29th at 12PM Eastern. You’ll likely still find a livestream of the hearing on the committee’s YouTube channel, although it hadn’t been updated to reflect the new date as of this writing.

The hearing will have the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook testify on their companies’ claimed dominance in online spaces. It’s the first time all four executives will testify in one hearing (albeit virtually due to the pandemic), and it will be Amazon chief Jeff Bezos’ first time testifying in Congress. Read More

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TechCrunch

Join Playground Global co-founder Peter Barrett for a live Q&A on July 28 – TechCrunch


Peter Barrett might be best known today as co-founder and CTO of Playground Global. But his experience in the technology world stretches back to when he was a teenager.

Barrett’s first security program got the attention of the NSA when he was just 19 years old. His career has been an adventure ever since, starting with his first company, Rocket Science Games. Barrett went on to build an IPTV platform at Microsoft, cloud intelligence for automotive at CloudCar and now quantum and optical computing, robotics and artificial intelligence at Playground. Barrett also holds more than 100 patents. Read More

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Engadget

Oppo will debut a Wear OS smartwatch on July 31st


If the Wear OS-powered device is going to be anything like the earlier version, then it’ll likely have an AMOLED screen, eSIM for LTE and cellular calls, heart rate monitoring and water resistance up to 3ATM (or 5ATM on a larger model). The first Oppo Watch starts at 1,499 yuan (about $220) in China for the smaller, 41mm version, while the bigger 46mm option starts at 2,999 yuan (about $260). While that’s not as low as Mobvoi’s entry-level smartwatches, this price range is certainly on the lower end for the spectrum for a Wear OS watch. We won’t know the full specs, price and availability details till July 31st, but for now those who have been thinking about buying a Wear OS smartwatch might want to wait and see if this could be worth considering. Read More

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Mashable

Best VPN deal in July 2020


All products featured here are independently selected by our editors and writers.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.
A three-year subscription to Hotspot Shield is on sale for $2.99 per month.

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TL;DR: A three-year subscription to Hotspot Shield is on sale for $2.99 per month as of July 23, saving you 77% on list price.

Cybersecurity is something you should be taking seriously, and if you haven’t already secured your online world, this is the time to invest in a VPN.

Hotspot Shield hides your real IP address and encrypts all of your online traffic with military-grade encryption, and doesn’t log what you view online. This keeps you safe from hackers and snooping ISPs. Read More

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Tech Radar

The best cheap Dyson Vacuum sales and deals for July 2020


The Dyson brand is known to make top-of-the-line vacuums thanks to its powerful suction, innovative filter, and quality design. The only downside to the popular brand can be the price, which is why we’ve put together a list of the cheapest Dyson sales and deals that are currently available.

We’ve rounded up the most popular Dyson vacuums that include several different models and types with a variety of features. All Dyson vacuums are built with powerful motors and feature a patented cyclone technology for a unique filtration system. The main differences in models are if the vacuum is cordless or not, and different features include attachments, suction power, bin size, and more. Read More

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The Verge

LG’s stylish midrange Velvet phone launches in the US on July 22nd


LG’s Velvet will be available in the US starting tomorrow, July 22nd, following its launch in South Korea and several European countries. The midrange phone will debut online at AT&T with support for its 5G network, costing $20 per month for 30 months (totaling $600). For a limited time, the carrier is offering the phone for half that monthly cost if you buy one on an installment plan with a new line of service. AT&T will carry the Velvet in stores starting on August 7th.

T-Mobile and Verizon will support it later this summer. LG noted in its press release that the Velvet is compatible with Verizon’s mmWave ultrawide band 5G network as well as its sub-600Hz network, which Verizon currently plans to have ready later this year. Read More