/Technology/ Last Updated: Sat, Jul 11th, 2020 @ 6:15pm EDT

Engadget

Jon Fingas

Tesla drops Model Y price by $3,000

Tesla just gave would-be Model Y buyers an unexpected treat: a sudden price drop. Electrek has discovered that Tesla lowered the cost of a Long Range AWD variant by $3,000 to $49,990 before taxes and incentives. The electric crossover still isn’t a t...

The Verge

Kim Lyons

Cisco’s Webex videoconferencing software now lets you set virtual backgrounds

As it tries to catch up with the popular features offered by some of its younger competitors, Cisco’s Webex has unveiled virtual backgrounds for its videoconferences. Users can either apply a “blur” effect to mask their background or replace with one of Webex’s preset background images.

Zoom, the most popular videoconferencing app of the moment, and rivals Google Meet and Microsoft Teams all allow users to upload their own custom images for background displays.

Webex is one of the...

The Verge

Kim Lyons

Fitbit Charge 4 gets ‘smart wake’ alarm and dynamic GPS with latest software update

The latest software update to the Fitbit Charge 4 gives two big upgrades including dynamic GPS, and a “smart wake” option. First reported by 9to5Google, the new features are now rolling out to all users.

Dynamic GPS allows you to connect with the GPS in your phone if it’s in range, which may help with location accuracy and preserve the Fitbit’s battery life. If your phone isn’t close enough, the tracker will revert to its internal GPS, which can drain the battery more quickly.

The...

Gizmodo

Alyse Stanley

Wells Fargo Directs Employees to Delete TikTok, Citing Security Concerns

America’s fourth-largest bank, Wells Fargo, is barring the app TikTok on company devices and instructing any employees who have it currently installed to remove it immediately, citing privacy concerns.

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Mashable

Jess Joho

Aggro corgi defending her self-care routine is all of us in 2020

2020 has forced many of us to get real aggressive about our self-care practices. Nobody embodies that more than this corgi, seen snarling at anyone — from another dog to a full-grown horse — who dares try to interrupt her bath time.

Sure, this isn't textbook "good girl" behavior. But in this economy, who can afford to not viciously defend their R&R at all costs?  Read more...

More about Dogs, Animals, Culture, Viral Videos, and Corgis

Engadget

Jon Fingas

Trump confirms cyberattack against Russian trolls during 2018 midterms

The US is normally secretive about its cyberattacks against Russia, but it just acknowledged one of them. President Trump confirmed to the Washington Post in an interview that he authorized an attack against the Internet Research Agency (a troll team...

Engadget

Mariella Moon

Wells Fargo wants employees to delete TikTok from company phones

Wells Fargo does not want TikTok on its employees’ phones. According to The Information, the financial institution sent its employees a note, telling them to remove the app from corporate devices immediately. TikTok’s Wells Fargo ban would’ve come ho...

Mashable

Adam Rosenberg

Disney World's reopening trailer gets an appropriately snarky response

If you're going to re-open one of the world's most popular theme parks during a pandemic, and in a U.S. state that is currently considered a hot spot, you're going to get dragged for it.

That's the response greeting Disney on Saturday as company leadership moved forward with a plan to fling open the doors to the some Florida parks, come hell or COVID-19. All the protective measures in the world can't keep park guests safe from an illness that has led to bans on large gatherings of people...

Mashable

Alex Perry

Wells Fargo tells employees to uninstall TikTok while Amazon reverses its own ban

Amazon may have backed away from telling employees to uninstall TikTok, but it seems Wells Fargo actually went through with it.

The Information reported that the San Francisco-based financial institution recently told its workers to remove TikTok from any company-issued devices immediately. Apparently there was just a "small number" of employees who had the social video app installed in the first place, according to a statement from Wells Fargo.

Still, the bank felt the need to issue the...

Mashable

Jess Joho

Netflix drops 'Unsolved Mysteries' evidence on Reddit to help internet sleuths solve cases

Netflix's recent revival of the beloved Unsolved Mysteries series is a hit, with the show appearing on the site's Top 10 Most Watched list since premiering. While a lot has changed in the reboot itself, the biggest change is arguably how the show now exists in a world with Reddit sleuths.

Netflix even directly addressed those sleuths in a Reddit post on July 7. The post dropped an entire Google Drive of evidence organized by each episode's case, containing not only the evidence that aired...

TechCrunch

Eric Eldon

Startups Weekly: The world is eating tech

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You could almost hear the internet cracking apart this week as international businesses pulled away from Hong Kong and the US considered a ban on TikTok. Software can no longer eat the entire world like it had attempted last decade. Startups across tech-focused industries face a new reality, where local markets and efforts are more protected and...

Engadget

Jon Fingas

EA's 'UFC 4' focuses on your fighter's backstory

It’s been three years since EA last released a UFC game, and the company is clearly eager to show some progress. The publisher has unveiled UFC 4, where the focus in is on developing your fighter’s backstory in Career Mode. Every action feeds into yo...

Gizmodo

Andrew P. Collins on Jalopnik, shared by Alyse Stanley to Gizmodo

Why Most LED Headlight Upgrades Don't Really Work: An Expert Explains

Plug-and-play LED replacements for halogen headlight bulbs are a popular car mod. LEDs often look brighter than incandescent lights, but “looks brighter” and “illuminates better” are not the same thing. I got a stern talking-to from an actual lighting expert about LED retrofits, and science says: Putting LEDs where…

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Gizmodo

Elizabeth Henges on Kinja Deals, shared by Elizabeth Henges to Gizmodo

Umbrella Academy Season 2 is Coming Soon, Why Not Read Some Umbrella Academy Comics While You Wait?

Dark Horse Umbrella Academy Sale | ComiXology

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Mashable

Rebecca Ruiz

5 ways to cope with climate change anxiety

Melting ice sheets. Wildfires that turn the sky red. Record-breaking heat waves. 

The terrifying effects of climate change are hard to miss. They also leave many people fearful about the future of the planet and our civilization. 

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If that sounds familiar, you're not alone. A recent survey, conducted in December by The Harris Poll on behalf of the American Psychological Association, found that more than two-thirds of respondents experience at least a little "eco-anxiety" and...

Mashable

Adam Rosenberg

Carl Reiner's final performance is a fitting goodbye and instant tear-jerker

I challenge anyone who appreciates the life and work of Carl Reiner to not cry after watching this.

The comedy legend (and father of fellow Hollywood great, Rob Reiner) died on June 29 at the age of 98. But there's at least one more chance to see him perform, thanks to a clip that was shot just a few days before Reiner left this world behind.

The clip is the cap-off scene in Quibi's weird, socially distanced remake of The Princess Bride. And it's just perfect.

In the Quibi remake,...

Mashable

Alex Perry

Google bans ads for products that people use to stalk partners

Google's newest ad ban is a classic "better late than never" situation.

In its latest advertising policy update, Google announced that "stalkerware" apps will not be able to advertise through Google anymore starting Aug. 11. In case you aren't aware, that's a particularly odious class of software that is largely associated with abusive partners who want to stalk the movements and activities of their significant others.

A non-exhaustive list of ads Google will not allow includes text, call,...

Engadget

Jon Fingas

LinkedIn faces lawsuit over claims it 'secretly' read iPhone clipboard data

The clipboard detection in iOS 14 isn’t just prompting developers to rethink app privacy — it’s also putting these companies in legal trouble. Reuters reports that iPhone user Adam Bauer has sued LinkedIn over claims the job-focused social network “s...

Gizmodo

James Whitbrook on io9, shared by Alyse Stanley to Gizmodo

Harley Quinn's Newest Comic is a Clever Celebration of Her Evolving Identity

Since her inception on Batman: The Animated Series has brought Harley Quinn from TV, to comics, and beyond over the years, there have been many different takes on just who she’s really meant to be—not just aesthetically or tonally, but as her own person. The latest issue of her stylish new digital series nails those…

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TechCrunch

Sarah Perez

This Week in Apps: US ponders TikTok ban, apps see a record Q2, iOS 14 public beta arrives

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all.

The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544...

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