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Georgia Tech built a ‘slothbot’ that slowly climbs through trees — Strictly Robots

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 22:09

‘SlothBot’ mimics the movement of sloths and travels between two large trees on a cable using solar panels for power. Read more...

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Barack Obama slips on his mask after eulogizing John Lewis, and this shouldn't even be a story

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 21:15

It was a striking moment. 

Former President Barack Obama, after delivering a powerful, pointed eulogy for Rep. John Lewis, slipped on a face mask. In the moment, it felt iconic — a sign of the strange times and a reminder of a U.S. leader willing to sacrifice a tiny bit for the well-being of others

At the conclusion of his tribute, the crowd delivering a standing ovation, Obama walked off the podium. Just before he got too close to a Secret Service agent to social distance, the former president reached into his pocket, grabbed a mask, and carefully slipped it on. 

It was markedly different than President Donald Trump, who fought against wearing a mask until he practically had no other choice.  Read more...

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Shopping at CVS? Pretty soon you can just Venmo the drug store.

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 21:06

Usually when you open the Venmo (or PayPal) app, it's to send a payment to another user — like your roommate who ponied up for the pizza delivery. But starting in the fall, you'll be able to use those apps to pay with your phone at CVS Pharmacy stores across the U.S.

Even if you don't have digital payment systems like Apple, Google, or Samsung Pay set up on your smartphone, you probably have Venmo or PayPal since it works on most devices. After October, most standalone CVS drug stores will let you use your Venmo account balance, connected credit and debit cards, or bank account to scan a QR code and shell out for that shampoo, floss, and hand lotion. It'll work the same for PayPal users, too. (PayPal owns Venmo, but each operates a separate app.)  Read more...

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Obama's touching eulogy for John Lewis was also a pointed critique of our current leaders

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 21:01

The funeral of Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis took place on Thursday, and a crowd of mask-wearing family members, friends, and fellow change-makers were there to pay their respects.  

Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton each made their way to the podiums to share kind words and memories of Lewis, but it was former president Barack Obama's heartfelt and impassioned eulogy that had the biggest impact.

Obama told the crowd that like so many others he "owed a great debt" to Lewis. He spoke of Lewis' courage from the time he was a young boy until the day he died, and called him "a man of pure joy and unbreakable perseverance." Read more...

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Make your video calls more personal with this cardboard robot — Future Blink

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 20:24

'Smartipresence' is a tiny robot made out of cardboard that lets people on video calls move your phone so they can see around you.  Read more...

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Stunning photos show socially distanced pilgrims attending Hajj in Mecca

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 19:38

Large gatherings are no easy logistical feat during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Many have done their best to keep important traditions and events alive responsibly and safely, whether protesting or praying. One especially striking example of this has come from those starting the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. 

One of the world's largest annual religious gatherings, the five-day Hajj event is one of the five pillars of Islam. Usually, millions descend upon the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, and circumambulate around Islam's holiest shrine, the Kaaba, which sits at the centre of Mecca's Grand Mosque. In the past, pilgrims would kiss or touch the sacred black stone, but that's not allowed this year amid the COVID pandemic. Pilgrims wear face masks during the event, and The New York Times reports that Saudi authorities have been giving out bottled water from the holy Zamzam well — usually pilgrims would drink from cups provided in the Grand Mosque — as well as prayer mats and sterilised stones to be ritually cast at pillars that symbolise the devil. Read more...

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Students get an extra $100 off and a free smart plug with these laptops at Best Buy

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 19:28

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Get summer movie nights started with these projector sales

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 18:36

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PC gaming gear is selling fast, so don't sleep on these Alienware deals

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 18:16

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Facebook sued by news media outlet over 'Russia state-controlled' label

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 18:06

An online media company identified as “Russia state-controlled” on Facebook is now suing the social network over that very label.

Maffick LLC has filed a lawsuit against Facebook over the foreign-controlled label that the social media giant puts on all of its pages and posts. Maffick runs popular Facebook Pages and Instagram accounts for online news media outlets such as In the NOW, Waste-Ed, and Soapbox. 

You’ve probably come across Maffick’s Facebook page for “In the NOW.” With nearly 5 million followers on the social media platform, In the NOW’s video content is regularly shared on Facebook.  Read more...

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Where to buy face masks that kids will actually want to wear

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 17:47

There's a lot of uncertainty going into this school year. One thing is for sure, though: Kids attending in-person classes need to wear a face mask to help protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

To make sure your kids will actually wear their masks all day, get them ones that fit their personalities that they'll actually want to show off. Make sure they're comfortable and fit their faces properly, too, or they'll be tugging at them nonstop. 

We've seen face masks for kids come in all sorts of fun designs, whether that's interesting patterns or themes from popular children's TV shows and movies. Just make sure your kids know that their masks should only be worn by them. Read more...

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Get free Galaxy Buds when you buy a select Samsung laptop

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 17:17

TL;DR: Samsung's back-to-school sale includes 15% off monitors and free Samsung Galaxy Buds with the purchase of a 13-inch Galaxy Book Ion, Galaxy Book Flex, and the Galaxy Book Flex Alpha, as of July 30. (There are also special savings for students and educators. Read on!)

Though we're steamrolling toward August more quickly than any of us would like, many students and teachers are still uncertain about what the school year will bring — or where the school year will even be taking place.

Back-to-school clothes shopping may be on the back burner, but you'll need a reliable laptop either way. Samsung's back-to-school deals are going on now and can get you prepared early: Our favorite deals include free Samsung Galaxy Buds with the purchase of a certain laptop or 15% off monitors. Read more...

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'Ring Fit Adventure' is back in stock at Best Buy — get yours before they're gone (again)

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 16:02

TL;DR: The highly sought after Ring Fit Adventure for the Nintendo Switch has been nearly impossible to get as of late — as of July 30 at this writing, Best Buy has a limited stock of the game, so act fast if you want one of your own. 

Ring Fit Adventure has been almost as impossible to get as a Nintendo Switch itself since lockdown started. Everyone wants one, and every single time it gets a restock, they're gone within hours. If you've been desperately trying to get your hands on a copy, that can be pretty frustrating, to say the least.

But a restock is once again upon us, this time at Best Buy. As of July 30, you can get Ring Fit Adventure for $79.99, but we're positive that won't be the case for long. So yeah, if you want one, you should probably stop reading this and go get itRead more...

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Disney and Pixar's new film 'Luca' spends a summer of friendship in the Italian Riviera

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 15:29

If you'd like to while away summer days in the Italian Riviera with a secret sea monster next year, you might want to pencil in a date with Disney and Pixar's new film Luca.

Directed by La Luna's Academy Award nominee Enrico Casarosa, who grew up where the film is set, Luca is set to open in U.S. theaters June 18, 2021. Announced on Thursday, the upcoming film is set in a seaside town on this infamous strip of the Ligurian coastline, and is a coming-of-age tale about a young boy spending summer inhaling gelato and pasta, and riding scooters. Luca finds a new best friend to share these adventures with, who has a bit of a secret: he's a sea monster! From another world under the sea! Read more...

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NASA sends Perseverance rover to Mars in stunning launch

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 14:26

Folks, we're off to Mars again! 

After a successful launch on Thursday morning at 7:50 a.m. ET, NASA's new Perseverance rover is on its way to Mars. The research vehicle launched from the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and once out of orbit will spend the next seven months zooming through space toward the red planet. 

With clear skies, the launch seemed to go without a hitch. It actually launched 10 milliseconds early, that’s how on the ball the launch team was. Moving quickly up to 14,000 miles per hour within minutes, the rocket saw strong engine response throughout the launch. The spacecraft proceeded to move into orbit, from where it detached from its booster engines, before finding the trajectory toward its Martian destination.  Read more...

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G is available for preorder

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 13:22

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'Serial' team's new podcast spotlights the anti-racist work that needs to be done

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 13:00

If the title of Serial Productions’ new podcast makes you uncomfortable, good. That's the point. 

It’s emblematic of what makes Nice White Parents such a powerful, vital example of the anti-racist work white Americans need to be doing right now if we have any hope of even beginning to make good on our recent promises to support the equality of Black lives.

Nice White Parents, released on July 30, is a five-part limited series from the team that redefined podcasting back in 2014. Instead of complex true-crime cases, however, Nice White Parents puts a different criminal on trial: the white liberalism that has helped perpetuate the segregation of public schools in America for decades under the guise of progressive ideals. Read more...

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Video shows the horrendous amount of droplets we spew out when we don't wear masks

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 12:21

Researchers filmed the droplets produced when people talk, sneeze, and cough. Masks blocked a significant amount of droplets from escaping into the air.

The results, recently published in the medical journal Thorax, underscore the critical importance of wearing masks amid a newly emerged pathogenic virus that spreads mostly by airborne transmission between people. Read more...

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'Fight Crab' is a bizarre, joyous experiment in crustacean combat

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 12:00

There stands a snow crab, spindly and splendid orange, on top of a wooden table inside a Chinese restaurant.

Across the table is a coconut crab, a beefy thing with green blotches along its back and thick, meaty claws. In those meaty claws is a halberd, a medieval weapon that’s a cross between an ax and a spear with a sweep that spans half the table.

I, the lowly snow crab, must defeat this imposing, armed opponent that I would estimate weighs three times more than me.

Fight Crab is a goofy game. Players take control of a crab and fight other crabs (or sometimes lobsters). The first one to knock the other on its back wins. Read more...

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Take your YouTube videos to the next level with these feature-rich editing options

Mashable - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 11:00

These days, you don’t need a college degree or formal training to edit videos for YouTube — although, it might help in the grand scheme of things. Rather, with the help of sophisticated video editing software and some patience while you get the hang of it, you can edit movie-quality videos from the comfort of your home.

What should I look for in YouTube editing software?

When you first set out to find your perfect video editing software, there are a few features that you should pay close attention to — the first being price. There are so many options out there, so there’s really no need to break the bank when purchasing video editing software if you don’t have to.  Read more...

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