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Digital Inheritance

What happens to our digital presence when we die or become incapacitated? Many of us have or know we should have a will and checklists of what loved ones need to know in the event of our passing. But what about all of our digital data and online accounts? Consider creating some type of digital will, often called a "Digital Inheritance" plan.
Categories: Security

Trump issues sweeping executive order against TikTok's parent company ByteDance

Mashable - 40 min 36 sec ago

In another escalation of the White House's vendetta against popular video sharing app TikTok, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order against its parent company ByteDance. This means that, starting 45 days from today, everyone in the U.S. will be banned from doing any business with ByteDance or any of its subsidiaries — including TikTok.

The U.S. government has been making a lot of noise over the past few weeks about TikTok potentially sharing user data with the Chinese government, claiming that the app is a threat to national security. 

Of course, both Facebook and Twitter already provide foreign governments with user data, but the fact that ByteDance is a Chinese company has been a real sticking point for Trump. Trump also signed an executive order against WeChat and its parent company, Chinese media conglomerate Tencent, which owns League of Legends developer Riot Games and has a significant stake in Fortnite developer Epic Games. Read more...

More about Donald Trump, Ban, Executive Orders, Tiktok, and Bytedance
Categories: IT General, Technology

'Judas and the Black Messiah' trailer is intense and incredibly relevant

Mashable - 2 hours 42 min ago

The official trailer for Judas and the Black Messiah is here, and it looks like an intense, gripping story made all the more upsetting by the fact that it's true.

Produced by Ryan Coogler and directed by Shaka King, the biopic tells the story of prominent Black Panther Party activist Fred Hampton (Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya) and William O'Neal (Sorry to Bother You's Lakeith Stanfield) — the FBI informant who was coerced into spying on him.

SEE ALSO: Dataminr helped cops surveil Black Lives Matter protesters, report finds

Judas and the Black Messiah feels particularly pertinent now, with widespread protests having drawn the world's attention to how police brutality and racism has shaped our society. It's been over 50 years since Hampton and O'Neal's story came to its head, but U.S. law enforcement still continues to surveil civil rights protesters even today. Read more...

More about Black Panther Party, Civil Rights Movement, Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, and Judas And The Black Messiah
Categories: IT General, Technology

Comic for August 06, 2020

Dilbert - 3 hours 28 min ago
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Categories: Funny

Cadillac's first electric vehicle goes after Tesla

Mashable - 4 hours 28 min ago

Cadillac introduced its first all-electric vehicle Thursday evening and it's a luxury crossover SUV. It's taking on both of Tesla's SUVs: the new "budget" Model Y and the pricy Model X

The LYRIQ (yes, all caps officially, but we're calling it the Lyriq) was supposed to launch back in April, but because of COVID-19 its debut was pushed back four months to a virtual event. It's not supposed to even start production until the end of 2022.

The online reveal finally showed how the American automobile brand is going fully electric. The Lyriq is supposed to hit at least 300 miles on a single charge using General Motors' Ultium battery systemUltium will power all of GM's future EVs aside from the newest Chevy Bolt models. For the Lyriq, this means it's fast-charging capable and uses a battery made with less environmentally and socially harmful cobalt. Read more...

More about Electric Vehicles, Cadillac, Tech, and Transportation
Categories: IT General, Technology

Easy cocktail recipes for people who aren't ready to go to bars just yet

Mashable - 4 hours 28 min ago

It feels like a lifetime ago that we were sipping a lukewarm pint in a sweaty pub on a week night. While pubs, bars, and restaurants are starting to reopen in many places, not everyone feels comfortable venturing out just yet. 

Just because you don't feel ready to paint the town red, it doesn't mean to have to forego your love of a good stiff cocktail after a long, hard week. If you spent lockdown working on your culinary and mixology skills to pass the time, then this collection of cocktail recipes is right up your street. 

SEE ALSO: Stanley Tucci teaching you to make a Negroni is the most soothing thing in your feed Read more...

More about Recipes, Alcohol, Cocktails, Evergreen, and Cocktail Recipes
Categories: IT General, Technology

Facebook bans troll farm running fake pro-Trump accounts like ‘BlackPeopleVoteForTrump’

Mashable - 5 hours 22 min ago

Here come the fake social media accounts trying to sway the 2020 U.S. election.

A foreign troll farm masquerading as African-American supporters of President Donald Trump was kicked off Facebook on Thursday. The troll farm, which has been traced back to Romania, was linked to hundreds of pro-Trump accounts, according to NBC News.

Examples of the deleted accounts include Facebook's "We Love Our President" page and the Instagram account  “BlackPeopleVoteForTrump."

According to Facebook, the accounts were removed based on “behavior, not content.” This means that the troll farm ran afoul of the social media giant’s rules on coordinated inauthentic behavior. These rules forbid users from doing things such as setting up fake accounts in order to game Facebook’s algorithm to promote their content. Read more...

More about Facebook, Donald Trump, Misinformation, 2020 Election, and Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology

Trump administration wants 'untrusted' Chinese apps removed from U.S. stores

Mashable - 5 hours 23 min ago

The Trump administration’s push to ban TikTok may eventually extend to numerous Chinese-developed apps. “We want to see untrusted Chinese apps removed from U.S. app stores," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said today.

Pompeo made the comment while introducing the State Department’s updated “Clean Networks” effort, which is focused on stopping foreign companies under authoritarian regimes from supplying U.S. vendors. 

The effort has largely been pushing U.S. allies to avoid using 5G technologies from Huawei and ZTE on concerns the companies will secretly do the Chinese government’s bidding and spy on users. (Both Huawei and ZTE deny they pose a spying threat.) Read more...

More about China, App Store, Trump Administration, Tech, and Politics
Categories: IT General, Technology

Trump mispronounced Thailand as 'Thighland' and the puns ran wild

Mashable - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 23:42

Trump's latest gaffe is ripe for puns. 

During a campaign event in Ohio on Thursday, the president mispronounced Thailand as "Thigh-land." 

"Shifting production to Thigh-land," Trump said during the speech, before correcting himself. "Thailand and Vietnam, two places that... I like their leaders very much." 

Here it is in all its glory:pic.twitter.com/PgTRnHpAA8

— The Recount (@therecount) August 6, 2020

It was only a matter of time before Twitter users began churning anatomical puns.

thighland and hondurass are nice but I’m more into titaly

— kilgore trout, new tone haver (@KT_So_It_Goes) August 6, 2020 Read more...

More about Viral Videos, Trump, Culture, and Web Culture
Categories: IT General, Technology

Why the Atlantic hurricane forecast went from bad to really bad

Mashable - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 22:48

The Atlantic Ocean is currently hurricane fuel

Thanks to, among other factors, unusually warm sea surface temperatures, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) now expects "an extremely active" Atlantic hurricane season, bumped up from the agency's earlier prediction of "above normal" activity. In an announcement Thursday, NOAA said this storm prediction is "one of the most active seasonal forecasts that NOAA has produced in its 22-year history of hurricane outlooks." 

Already, the 2020 season has broken numerous records for the number of storms formed by this time of year. Now, the most active time of year is just around the corner, as most hurricanes form from about mid-August through late October. Read more...

More about Extreme Weather, Climate Change, Hurricanes, Science, and Climate Environment
Categories: IT General, Technology

This robot changes its 'shoes' to adapt to new terrain — Strictly Robots

Mashable - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 22:09

Georgia Tech researchers  developed a small mobile robot that swaps out its “shoes,” or “swappable propolsers” as it adjusts to different terrains.  Read more...

More about Tech, Science, Robots, Mashable Video, and Strictly Robots
Categories: IT General, Technology

Charge and clean your phone simultaneously with this device — Future Blink

Mashable - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 21:58

‘Cell’ can clean anything that fits in its chamber and can also be opened up to clean larger surfaces from above. Read more...

More about Tech, Smartphones, Mashable Video, Cleaning, and Future Blink
Categories: IT General, Technology

These goggle glasses are designed to protect you in style — Future Blink

Mashable - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 21:47

‘Stoggles’ are light responsive, block blue light, and prevent fogging up all while keeping up fashionable appearances.  Read more...

More about Mashable Video, Glasses, Face Mask, Future Blink, and Coronavirus
Categories: IT General, Technology

Beirut explosion: How to help those in Lebanon

Mashable - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 20:44

On Tuesday, a massive blast wave in Beirut, Lebanon's capital, killed at least 135 people and wounded 5,000 others. 

The impact of the devastating explosion is ongoing: More than 300,000 people's homes were damaged in the explosion, and hundreds have been reported missing, which people fear could raise the death count. The president has called for a two-week state of emergency

The explosion's exact cause is currently undetermined, but Lebanese officials are pointing to the storage of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive fertilizer, which was kept without safety precautions in the port of Beirut for years. Investigators are looking into possible negligence concerning the ammonium nitrate's storage. There's evidence that Lebanese officials knew about the danger, yet failed to properly act.  Read more...

More about How To Help, Lebanon, Donate, Beirut, and Beirut Explosion
Categories: IT General, Technology

The 'Avengers' game beta raises many concerns for the full release

Mashable - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 20:39

A superhero video game should make players feel like they’re embodying that superhero. The Marvel’s Avengers beta does not do that, and that’s worrying.

I played several hours of Marvel’s Avengers in a three-day closed beta on the PlayStation 4, which included the prologue and the beginning of the game’s main story, primarily starring Kamala Khan and the Hulk, along with a sprinkling of disconnected missions.

The beta is disappointingly boring. The combat is monotonous even with the variety of characters to play as, and the lack of enemy variety doesn’t help there. There are so many hordes of robots that I feel like I’m up against the Trade Federation’s army of droids in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The random gear drops strewn around the world don’t feel appropriate for the setting. The missions selected for the beta are very generic. Read more...

More about Marvel, Avengers, Gaming Review, Entertainment, and Gaming
Categories: IT General, Technology

AOC praises Twitter's latest effort to fight misinformation: profile labels

Mashable - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 20:32

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Categories: IT General, Technology

How to travel sustainably in a post-pandemic world

Mashable - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 20:14

Mashable's Social Good Summit panelists discuss ways to continue living green, including sustainable travel, in a post-pandemic world. Read more...

More about Mashable Video, Social Good Summit, Pandemic, Covid 19, and Sustainable Travel
Categories: IT General, Technology

Liza Koshy and 'Work It' co-stars on how they achieved social media domination

Mashable - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 19:31

Social media superstars Liza Koshy, Sabrina Carpenter, Jordan Fisher and Keiynan Lonsdale discuss their approach to social media and how they beat the odds. Read more...

More about Youtube, Instagram, Netflix, Mashable Video, and Tiktok
Categories: IT General, Technology

NASA will stop using derogatory names for space objects

Mashable - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 18:45

Some 5,000 light-years from Earth, there's a picturesque, dying star that's shedding its mighty gaseous layers. Until recently, NASA referred to this deep space object, known as a planetary nebula, as the "Eskimo Nebula."

Not anymore.

The space agency announced Wednesday that it's scrutinizing and reviewing the nicknames for cosmic objects with derogatory names. The decision comes as both the sciences and greater society confront the ingrained use of names that are overtly racist, harmful, or historically repugnant. NASA's move follows the continued, momentous fallout from protests against police officers who have unjustly or horrifically killed Black people, such as (but not nearly limited to) Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and George Floyd. Read more...

More about Space, Nasa, Racism, Science, and Space
Categories: IT General, Technology

Clean up that pet hair with a Neato robot vacuum on sale for $300 off

Mashable - Thu, 08/06/2020 - 18:41

TL;DR: Buy a powerful Neato Robotics Botvac D6 robot vacuum for just $399.99 at Best Buy. That's $300 off its original price during a sale that lasts through the end of Aug. 6. 

Life at home is a bit more hectic these days, to say the least. We have plenty of tasks to juggle, whether it's childcare or working from home if you have the privilege to do so. That means cleaning can fall a bit by the wayside, but a friendly robot companion can help pick up the slack. And Best Buy has one particular robot vacuum on sale that's a huge help in cleaning up after your furry friends. 

SEE ALSO: Best robot vacuums for every budget Read more...

More about Tech, Home, Pets, Robot Vacuums, and Mashable Shopping
Categories: IT General, Technology
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