Sending a gift to someone in another culture takes some extra consideration; you want to pay attention to any cultural disconnects, taboos, or expectations. But it’s also an opportunity to blow someone away without spending a ton of money. Cross-cultural business consultant Dean Foster gives advice for giving…
Source: LifeHacker – The Best Gifts to Send to Someone in Another Country
In 2018, the meaning of fandom is in flux. The relationship between fans and creators is in some ways more tense than ever before, even while fandom itself has reached a point where a simple piece of fanart can become an international sensation overnight.
Source: Kotaku – The State Of Fandom In 2018
What do you get the amateur athlete who already bought the fancy shoes, had their gait analyzed and owns a too-tight triathlon onesie? Genetic testing, of course. It’s in this field that weekend warriors are now looking for ways to shave seconds from…
Source: Engadget – DNAFit’s at-home blood test wrote my 2019 resolutions for me
Retro gaming is plentiful nowadays, and retro gaming consoles like SNK’s NeoGeo Mini, Nintendo’s SNES Classic, and Sony’s PlayStation Classic are selling extremely well. Sega is looking to undercut the competition in the retro gaming world, however, by working with Amazon to introduce its own bundle of retro games for the Fire TV.
Source: Hot Hardware – Turn Your Amazon Fire TV Into A Genesis With Sega’s New 25-Game Bundle
The case of the RMS Titanic sinking in 1912 has generated numerous absurd conspiracy theories over the years, but it turns out the discovery of its wreckage was indeed part of a real-life military cover-up. According to a new report, the team that found the “unsinkable” ship at the bottom of the ocean was actually…
Source: Gizmodo – Discovery of the Titanic Was Reportedly Part of a Conspiracy to Find Lost Nuclear Submarines
The largest greenhouse gas emitter wants wiggle room when it comes to cutting emissions.
Source: TreeHugger – China thinks it’s a developing country now
It looks as though Geekbench is providing us with some pretty good insight on incoming Ryzen 3000 Series processor from AMD. However, these aren’t the 7nm Zen 2 monsters that we’ve been talking about in recent weeks. Instead, the leaks pertain to upcoming Picasso APUs that pair 12nm FinFET Raven Ridge CPU architecture with Vega GPUs.
Source: Hot Hardware – HP Laptops With AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Picasso APUs Debut In Benchmarks Leak
YouTube has warned its creators that they are going to “see a noticeable decrease in your subscriber count” today when it bans hordes of spam subscriptions from the platform. This action is being taken to verify the legitimacy of accounts and actions on YouTube channels. A bug has been fixed that didn’t allow for spam subscriptions to be removed from the system. “Removing spam from the platform helps ensure that YouTube remains a fair playing field for everyone and should result in higher confidence that you’re organically building a community of authentic fans.”
What if I have fallen below the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) threshold of 1,000 subscriptions as a result of the removal? Channels that had a high percentage of spam and fall below 1,000 subscribers will no longer meet the minimum requirement for YPP and will be removed from the program. They are encouraged to reapply once they’ve rebuilt their subscribers organically. You can learn about how to apply for YPP here.
Source: [H]ardOCP – YouTube Targets Spam Subscriptions
Motherboard claims that right-to-repair activists are finally starting to gain traction in Europe. On Monday of this week, protesters gathered outside the Albert Borschette Conference Centre with a broken fridge and other busted appliances in support of a law related to the repairability of refrigerators, which the European Commission later passed. According to the report, these repair enthusiasts like this are particularly desperate in Western Europe now, as the region doesn’t have a particularly strong repair culture like the U.S. or Eastern Europe, but that’s starting to change. In spite of corporate pushback and some questionable wording, supporters are viewing the law as an “opportunity to open the floodgates towards developing regulations which set the minimum requirement for repair.”
The vote on changes to the Eco Design laws were the perfect opportunity for the EEB and other groups to make real political changes. “For the first time, within these proposals, they’re including some recommendations about repair…and how to expand the life of these products,” Schweitzer said… Despite the pushback, Monday’s vote was still a win. Going forward, refrigerator manufacturers selling the appliances in Europe will have to make them easier to disassemble. Before, the products were often welded shut or glued together, making it hard to replace parts without destroying the appliance. It’s an important first step towards enshrining the right-to-repair in European law, and the first such legislation that will affect the entire EU.
Source: [H]ardOCP – EU Is Making Progress on the Right to Repair Front
In an effort to usurp Steam’s position as the one-stop shop for gamers, Discord announced that it will open up its game store for all developers in 2019. Game makers who choose to use the Discord store will receive 90 percent of the revenue share. Me…
Source: Engadget – Discord will let anyone sell games on its platform
An anonymous reader writes: Plenty of high-tech electronic components, like solar panels, rechargeable batteries, and complex circuits require specific rare metals. These can include magnetic neodymium, electronic indium, and silver, along with lesser-known metals like praseodymium, dysprosium, and terbium. These metals are mined in large quantities in countries around the world, and they make their way into the supply chains of all sorts of electronics and renewables companies.
A group of researchers from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure determined how many of these important metals will be required by 2050 in order to make enough solar panels and wind turbines to effectively combat climate change. With plenty of countries, states, cities, and companies pledging to go 100 percent renewable by 2050, the number of both solar panels and wind turbines is expected to skyrocket. According to the analysis, turbines and solar panels might be skyrocketing a bit too much. Demand for some metals like neodymium and indium could grow by more than a dozen times by 2050, and there simply might not be enough supply to power the green revolution.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – We Might Not Have Enough Materials for All the Solar Panels and Wind Turbines We Need, an Analysis Finds
Just as ballet dancers need to learn a few words of French, and runners need to be able to hear and speak the Swedish word fartlek without giggling too much, people who practice yoga will do best if they can understand the Sanskrit and other terms that are common in yoga classes and yoga videos.
Source: LifeHacker – The Yoga Terms You Should Know
Gift wrap is expensive and wasteful—you spend so long wrapping something up all pretty, just to have the paper ripped off and thrown out immediately.
Source: LifeHacker – Save Money (and the Planet) By Wrapping Your Gifts With Trash
The precise location of NASA’s InSight lander within Elysium Planitia is now known, thanks to images captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Source: Gizmodo – Martian Satellite Spots NASA’s InSight Lander From Space
Facebook has disclosed yet another privacy flub. This time around, it says a bug in the Photo API led to third-party apps being able to access not only timeline photos (which users had permitted them to do), but Stories, Marketplace images and photos…
Source: Engadget – Facebook bug let apps access unposted photos for millions of users
This is some helmet-cam footage from Scottish cyclist David Brennan on the A739 Switchback Road between Bearsden and Glasgow when he gets into an argument with a motorist he spots texting and driving. He tells the guy to put down his phone, but the guy argues he can text and drive safely, before rear-ending the car in front of him shortly after. Obviously, while texting and driving has already been proven dangerous, I think it’s high time we add arguing with cyclists and driving to that same list. I’ll get to work on the PSAs.
Keep going for the video while I really wish it showed the aftermath.
Source: Geekologie – Cyclist Tells Driver To Put Down Phone, Driver Argues He Can Text And Drive Safely, Crashes
Google just made it a bit easier for Android users to make charitable donations. The company started rolling out a new donate feature on Google Play this week that allows Android users in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, Great Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Taiwan, and Indonesia to make a donation to a number of…
Source: LifeHacker – How to Donate to Charity Through Google Play
The tech world told a lot of lies in 2018, and it was caught in those lies at what feels like an unprecedented rate. Some Silicon Valley players even began to wake up to the lies they told themselves over the years. With such a flurry of falsehoods, it’s worth taking a look back to see who went big in the year that…
Source: LifeHacker – The Biggest Tech Lies of 2018
2016’s Your Name is not only the most successful anime film in history, it also cemented director Makoto Shinkai as one of the greats in modern-day anime. Now, Shinkai has finally announced his long-awaited follow up to his iconic anime. And yes, it is being released internationally.
Source: io9 – The Director of Your Name Announces His Next Anime Masterpiece