The Best Gifts to Send to Someone in Another Country

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…

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Source: LifeHacker – The Best Gifts to Send to Someone in Another Country

DNAFit's at-home blood test wrote my 2019 resolutions for me

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

Turn Your Amazon Fire TV Into A Genesis With Sega's New 25-Game Bundle

Turn Your Amazon Fire TV Into A Genesis With Sega's New 25-Game Bundle
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.

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Source: Hot Hardware – Turn Your Amazon Fire TV Into A Genesis With Sega’s New 25-Game Bundle

Discovery of the Titanic Was Reportedly Part of a Conspiracy to Find Lost Nuclear Submarines

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…

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Source: Gizmodo – Discovery of the Titanic Was Reportedly Part of a Conspiracy to Find Lost Nuclear Submarines

HP Laptops With AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Picasso APUs Debut In Benchmarks Leak

HP Laptops With AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Picasso APUs Debut In Benchmarks Leak
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.
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Source: Hot Hardware – HP Laptops With AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Picasso APUs Debut In Benchmarks Leak

YouTube Targets Spam Subscriptions

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.

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Source: [H]ardOCP – YouTube Targets Spam Subscriptions

EU Is Making Progress on the Right to Repair Front

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.

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Source: [H]ardOCP – EU Is Making Progress on the Right to Repair Front

Blizzard shifts developers away from Heroes of the Storm

<em>Heroes of the Storm</em> will continue to increase this character roster going forward, but maybe not as quickly as previously.

Enlarge / Heroes of the Storm will continue to increase this character roster going forward, but maybe not as quickly as previously.

Blizzard may only have seven active games listed on its Battle.net launcher at the moment, but that list includes some of the biggest in the gaming world. So when the company announces it’s shifting its development priorities away from one of those ongoing online titles, it’s a big deal.

So it is with last night’s surprise update on the status of Blizzard-universe MOBA Heroes of the Storm. Blizzard now says “we need to take some of our talented developers and bring their skills to other projects,” and thus has “made the difficult decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams.”

This doesn’t mean the immediate end of the game or anything of the sort. Blizzard promises continued active support, “with new heroes, themed events, and other content that our community loves, though the cadence will change.” We’re guessing that last part means the “cadence” will get less frequent, for what it’s worth.

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Source: Ars Technica – Blizzard shifts developers away from Heroes of the Storm

We Might Not Have Enough Materials for All the Solar Panels and Wind Turbines We Need, an Analysis Finds

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.

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Source: Slashdot – We Might Not Have Enough Materials for All the Solar Panels and Wind Turbines We Need, an Analysis Finds

The Yoga Terms You Should Know

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.

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Source: LifeHacker – The Yoga Terms You Should Know

Facebook bug let apps access unposted photos for millions of users

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

Cyclist Tells Driver To Put Down Phone, Driver Argues He Can Text And Drive Safely, Crashes

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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

How to Donate to Charity Through Google Play

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…

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Donate to Charity Through Google Play

The Biggest Tech Lies of 2018

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…

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Source: LifeHacker – The Biggest Tech Lies of 2018

The Director of Your Name Announces His Next Anime Masterpiece

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.

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Source: io9 – The Director of Your Name Announces His Next Anime Masterpiece