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Tesla shows how it builds ventilators using Model 3 parts

Tesla’s EV plants are shuttered due to the coronavirus, but like other automakers, it’s retooling its operations to build ventilators. Now, the company has released a YouTube video showing a prototype built with EV parts including the Model 3’s displ…
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Galaxy Tab S6 updated to Android 10, One UI 2.1

Samsung has rolled up the Android 10 update to its Galaxy Tab S6, bringing one of the nicest Android tablets on the market up to the latest version of Google’s mobile OS. This update also upgrades the Galaxy Tab S6 to One UI 2.1 and everything that entails. Galaxy Tab S6 updated to Android 10 […]

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School districts ban Zoom over security concerns

Concerns about Zoom's security are having a real impact on its use in remote education. Some US school districts, including large ones like New York City and Nevada's Clark County, have banned or disabled Zoom over security and privacy worri…
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Samsung will buy back your Galaxy S20 for 50% of its price, if you give it back within two years

It’s no surprise that the Galaxy S20 has gotten off to a slow start. Reviews for the Galaxy S20 Ultra haven’t been great, and the expensive starting price with no budget option hasn’t helped. Couple that with a current global pandemic, and, well, you don’t have a recipe for success. Samsung’s solution? They’ll give you […]

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Android 11 Developer Preview 2.1 arrives with minor bug fixes

The Android 11 DP2 went live last month, fixing a few things and adding some others. It’s a slow buildup to Android 11’s official release, which should be later this year. Now Google has pushed out Android 11 DP 2.1, which is an incremental update to fix some of the things wrong with the original […]

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ESPN2 will air 12 hours of esports coverage on April 5th

TV networks are already trying to fill the void in sports coverage left by the COVID-19 pandemic, but ESPN is going all-out. The broadcaster's ESPN2 channel is airing a 12-hour ESPN Esports Day on April 5th starting at 12PM Eastern, and there wi…
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Zoom puts a pause on features while security issues are resolved

It’s safe to say that Zoom has gotten the attention that it never thought it would have as a enterprise-level application. A jump from 10 million daily users in December to nearly 200 million is no small number. And with that kind of growth, comes security issues unfortunately. With such an increase, a variety of […]

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Xiaomi’s 2019 financial report is in, signals huge growth

Xiaomi published its 2019 financial report. Even with plenty of hurdles in 2019, the company is reporting significant growth. Yearly revenue came in at CNY 205.8 billion — (USD $ 29 billion) — marking the first time that Xiaomi has passed the 200 billion milestone. Revenue is great — it means the company is doing more […]

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Google Art Transfer uses AI to recreate your photos as a famous work of art

If you’re looking for the next cool way to entertain yourself, Google’s kicked off a really neat new feature that will transform your personal photos in a way that you’ve never seen before. Whether or not you’ve actually created the next Mona Lisa, Google Art Transfer will make it seem like you have. Google Art […]

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Deadpool is Fortnite’s latest playable crossover cameo

While he's been in the periphery of the game since the start of the current season, Deadpool is finally making his way to Fortnite proper. If you purchased this season's battle pass, you can obtain the skin by finding the mercenary's two…
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Honda will build two EVs based on GM battery technology

Honda will launch two new EVs for model year 2024 in the US and Canada, and they'll both be based on GM's EV platform. According to GM EVP Doug Parks, the automakers have teamed up to achieve an "all-electric future" and to deliver…
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Sony indefinitely delays ‘The Last of Us Part II’

Naughty Dog has just about finished work on The Last Of Us Part II. It's taking care of the last few bugs and then the long-awaited sequel should be all set. However, Sony has delayed the game for a second time. It's pushing back the release…
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Nextdoor allows businesses to reach out about pandemic relief efforts

Facebook isn't the only site that added ways for people to help out their community during the pandemic. Nextdoor is doing the same thing, with several new updates that'll let you and fellow community members lend a hand to local businesses t…
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Xbox Series X and PS5: The new consoles are all about crazy fast storage

The Xbox One and PS4 were the start of an unusual console generation. Both systems adopted very "PC-like" architecture and instead of a new generation we instead got a refresh where Microsoft and Sony both released faster versions of th…
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No surprise: Google stops selling the Pixel 3 online

This is no surprise, but Google has officially nixed the Pixel 3. The device held on for a little bit after the Pixel 4 announcement, at least on Google’s online store, but now it’s been pulled and thrown in the same graveyard as other old Pixel devices. RIP Google Pixel 3 This means if you […]

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Twitch’s Mod View puts all of its moderation tools in one place

Behind every successful Twitch channel, there's at least one person who's there to moderate chat. The best mods create a safe space where everyone in a community can express themselves. It's not an easy job, but in an attempt to make it a…
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Two more astronauts join SpaceX’s first crewed mission to the ISS

Two more astronauts have been assigned to the first operational crewed flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA astronaut Shannon Walker and Noguchi Soichi, of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agenc…
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Google has discontinued the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Google is no longer selling its landmark Pixel 3 and 3 XL phones, the company confirmed with Android Police. If you enter the old Pixel 3 listing you'll get the home page instead and it no longer appears in the product carousel. Meanwhile, the carrie…
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NBA reportedly plans ‘players-only’ 2K tournament that will air on ESPN

The NBA already has an official esports league with various teams represented, but with the live basketball season on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's reportedly about to put real NBA players on the sticks. Yahoo Sports reporter Chris Hay…
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Niantic is doing more to help ‘Pokémon Go’ gamers play at home

Niantic isn't done making it easier to play its location-based games while you're staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The developer has outlined some of its future plans for titles like Pokémon Go, Ingress and Harry Potter: Wizards Unit…
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Instacart workers go on strike after rejecting mild concessions

Instacart hasn't had success trying to avert a strike over a lack of COVID-19 protections. The Gig Workers Collective has declared that a shopper strike is "still on" after asserting that Instacart's concessions were inadequate. A change that sets…
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‘HQ Trivia’ makes a surprise return

HQ Trivia — the once-popular mobile game that turned your random knowledge into a few bucks — abruptly shut down earlier this year after an investment deal fell through. As such, players that still had the app on their phones were probably surprise…
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Anker PowerCore III Sense 10K Review

When you purchase a new phone, it comes with two standard accessories: a charging cable and a wall charger. The only issue is, what do you do if you need to charge your device, but you aren’t around your computer or near a wall outlet? Most of us (if not all) have been in a […]

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2020 Detroit Auto Show canceled as venue becomes a field hospital

Yet another major 2020 auto show has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although now it's less about timing and more about supporting the current fight. Organizers have canceled the Detroit Auto Show (officially the North American Internat…
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Roborock S6 Pure review: Put the kitchen sink in a robot vacuum

The Roborock S6 Pure robot vacuum is the latest iteration of Roborock’s automated cleaning devices, and it promises to be one of their best models yet. It’s competing in a crowded field, but promises quiet cleaning, smart automations, and even some mopping attachments. Is it worth the price tag, though? We had a chance to […]

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Russia busts card fraud ring that included an infamous hacker

Russia tends to turn a blind eye to some fraudsters and hackers, but it just clamped down on a particularly large group. Investigators have charged at least 25 people involved in a credit card fraud ring that included a notorious hacker. While Russ…
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OnePlus 8 Pro leaks, confirming design, new color, and a hole-punch display

The OnePlus 8 Pro looks like it’s going to shake things up for OnePlus, adopting a new design and a really slick new color. Seriously, can I get every phone in this teal color from now on? The leak is reportedly an official press render that OnePlus will be using, and if that holds up, […]

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Newton Mail might manage to avoid the graveyard one more time

Newton Mail is, well, weird. It’s a really good email app, and it’s only improved since we originally reviewed it several years ago. But it’s expensive as ever at $ 50 per year, and that’s just a tough sell when Gmail is so good and Microsoft Outlook can offer email alongside a full Office 365 subscription. […]

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Fitbit Charge 4 leaks, but no Google influence just yet

The Fitbit Charge 4 has leaked ahead of an official announcement, although you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s almost identical to the Fitbit Charge 3. There are some new features under the hood, but this looks like the same old Fitbit you either love or hate. No Google influence on the hardware just yet. Fitbit […]

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Always-On Display coming to OnePlus phones sometime this year

OnePlus is reportedly testing bringing an Always-On Display feature to its phones. We don’t know exactly when that’ll happen, but it’s confirmed to be in the works directly from the company. The confirmation comes OnePlus’s IDEAS program, where users can submit their most wanted features on OnePlus phones. OnePlus Always-On Display If you’ve wanted an […]

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Games Done Quick will host a charity stream for COVID-19 relief

If you want to help people directly affected by the coronavirus pandemic while watching some of the best speedrunners in the world show off their craft, you're in luck. The good folks over at Games Done Quick (GDQ) announced today they plan to host a…
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Google’s $800 million COVID-19 relief effort includes 2 million face masks

Google's support for the fight against COVID-19 includes more than advisories and a search hub. The internet firm is making a $ 800 million-plus investment in multiple areas to aid treatment, support businesses and keep the public informed. This inc…
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Samsung announces the Galaxy A31, sporting quad cameras in a mid-range package

Smartphone sales are, well, not great right now. Pretty much everyone is struggling in a market that’s shrinking fast and hard due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. We’re not seeing quite as much excitement around phone launches these days, but Samsung’s trying to stay the course with a refreshed Galaxy A31 smartphone. It’s another mid-range […]

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AT&T and Cricket offer customers a $15 plan for a limited time

AT&T Prepaid and Cricket Wireless have launched a $ 15 phone plan that's available for a limited time to both new and existing customers. It comes with 2GB of data, unlimited talk and text and no activation fee — and it's clearly a direct competi…
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Google resumes Chrome updates on a modified schedule

Google is ready to restore some semblance of normalcy to its browser release strategy after pausing Chrome updates to adjust to the work-from-home realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is resuming releases for Chrome and Chrome OS on an al…
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Watch the Huawei P40 Pro launch live stream right here

In what might be one of the last big smartphone announcements for a while, Huawei’s brand new P40 series of flagship smartphones are about to be unveiled in less than an hour’s time. We’ve seen the leaks and rumors in previous weeks and fully expect the P40 Pro to knock it out of the park […]

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Samsung and Verizon launch the affordable new Galaxy Tab A 8.4 LTE

Samsung has announced a brand new Galaxy Tab A 8.4 in an LTE flavor, and this model’s headed exclusively for Verizon. While LTE tablets can be a little pricey, Samsung and Verizon are trying to keep this a little more budget-friendly. You’re only paying $ 279 for a tablet that seems like a pretty decent option […]

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Plex makes live TV free for three months

Plex is joining the chorus of companies handing out freebies to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The media app makers are offering their Live TV feature free to all users for three months through June 30th. You'll still need a tuner and an over-the…
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Google is going to slow YouTube down for the next month

With everyone staying indoors and practicing social distancing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen some sites and services degrade video quality to deal with the boost in traffic that they’re getting. As of right now it’s mostly just affected Europe, but Google has announced they’ll be throttling YouTube video streams across the […]

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Uncarrier customers get two-months of YouTube Premium for free with T-Mobile Tuesdays

Wondering what to watch while you self-isolate? Well, if you are an Uncarrier customer you’ll be glad to learn that T-Mobile Tuesdays is rewarding you with a two-month subscription to YouTube Premium (with YouTube Music Premium included), at no cost to yourself. From today onwards, T-Mobile customers can watch ad-free videos, download their favorite content […]

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Mozilla combines tracker blocking with paid, ad-free browsing

Last year, Mozilla partnered with Scroll — a subscription service that enables ad-free browsing of its partner publications — to analyze if a select group of users preferred paying a small fee rather than being served ads, and if the strategy was c…
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Check out the last Huawei P40 Pro details before its announcement on March 26th

Huawei is set to announce both the P40 and P40 Pro in just a few days during an online-only event happening March 26th. But even with the real announcement just a few days away, the rumors keep on coming. The latest leak clarifies the last few details about the duo of phones, including Huawei’s continued […]

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‘Half-Life: Alyx’ is the flagship VR game we’ve been waiting for

Half-Life: Alyx is a Half-Life game through and through. While it might not be the long-awaited "Episode 3," it's not just a trifling VR side-story either. It carries on Half-Life's tradition of pushing PC gaming forward — this time, by focusing…
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OnePlus is testing forced dark mode for more apps in their latest OxygenOS beta

Dark mode is a big deal for Android users. It was a primary selling point with Android 10, and tons of apps and developers have been quickly trying to support that new native dark theme. But not all apps have taken advantage of Android’s native dark mode. Lots of apps are lagging behind, with some […]

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Paramount cancels movie’s theatrical release in favor of Netflix

Movie studios are already sending theatrical releases to streaming services as the coronavirus outbreak grips the world, but they've usually gone directly to in-house services. Paramount, however, appears to be breaking rank. Both Deadline and Hollyw…
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Facebook’s Dark Mode rolling out now

Here’s some good news during the current Coronavirus-driven global pandemic: Facebook is finally rolling out its Dark Mode user interface for users across the globe. To start out, this is going to be for the desktop only. If you get the update (being pushed out server-side), you’ll get a prompt asking you if you’d like […]

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Smartphones will be just one industry impacted by Coronavirus

As you might expect, smartphone sales are going to slump during the global Coronavirus pandemic. Research firm Strategy Analytics says that shipments in February fell by 38% year-on-year. March numbers could be worse. Industries worldwide are feeling the pain of Coronavirus. In China specifically, “Some Asian factories were unable to manufacture smartphones, while many consumers […]

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[Deal] Score four months of TIDAL Premium or HiFi for the insane price of just $4/£4

At times like these where many of us are practicing social distancing, being trapped in a residence with other people that listen to what you consider to be terrible music could push you over the edge. There’s no need to fork out lots of cash on a music streaming subscription of your own, though, because […]

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Want to see the canceled Essential Phone 2?

The Essential Phone 2 is canceled and Essential as a company is gone, and despite some last gasps, it’s officially over for the company. But we do know they were working on something before going under, and some new hardware prototypes have surfaced showing off what could’ve been the company’s follow-up smartphone. Essential Phone 2 […]

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COVID-19: Resources to help people learn on YouTube

As more and more families find themselves at home, we know people are learning how to adjust to this situation. Beyond helping people find authoritative sources of news and information, we also want to be a helpful learning resource to families across the globe.

We’re fortunate to have an incredible community of learning creators on YouTube. From CrashCourse to Physics Girl, the EduTuber community has been helping people around the world learn and keep up with their studies. We wanted to take a moment to provide an update around how we’re supporting their efforts.

Learn@Home

Starting today, we’re launching Learn@Home, a website with learning resources and content for families. From Khan Academy to Sesame Street to code.org, Learn@Home will spotlight content across math, science, history and arts from popular learning channels. We’ll also have a dedicated section for families with kids under 13, where parents and kids can watch videos together that encourage kids’ creativity, curiosity, playfulness and offline activities, such as how to build a model volcano. The website is launching today in English and will continue to evolve. We’re working to expand to more languages in the coming days, such as Italian, French, Korean, Spanish, Japanese and more.

YouTube Learning Destination

The YouTube Learning destination is designed to inspire and help students with high-quality learning content on YouTube. The destination regularly features supplemental learning content, celebrates learning moments, and shares tips for learners. The destination is available in English today and will expand to Italian, French, Korean, Spanish, Japanese and more in the coming days. You can find the Learning destination at youtube.com/learning or in the brand new Explore tab on the YouTube app.

#StudyWithMe

As people #StayHome to work and study, it can feel like an isolating time. We’ve been inspired by the #StudyWithMe movement, where students share their study experiences with each other online. Whether reading or listening to music, it helps to feel less alone when you study together.

YouTube Kids

YouTube Kids provides kids under 13 with a safer environment where they can explore their interests and curiosity on their own while giving parents the tools to customize the experience. The app features a range of timely content, such as healthy habits, indoor fun and learning.

We understand this is an unprecedented situation facing families across the globe. We’re humbled by the incredible EduTuber community that’s sharing knowledge with the world, and we hope you find these resources helpful in these challenging times.

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