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Jun 17, 2019 10:50 AM ET is shutting down and that’s a damn shame

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - After 20 years of serving the nerds of the internet with a wide variety of geek-related merchandise, ThinkGeek will officially close down its website and will migrate its operations over to its parent company GameStop’s website instead. In the meantime, the store is holding a 50 percent off “moving sale.” By way of explanation, a GameStop spokesperson would only provide the following business-speak: The company is “engaging in a strategic business transformation. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 10:40 AM ET

Hot Wheels goes digital with smart tracks and NFC cars, exclusively at Apple Stores

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - Mattel is introducing Hot Wheels id, which lets kids race their NFC-enabled Hot Wheels on its Smart Track, and scan their collections into a free iOS app. In the app, which acts as a virtual garage, kids can track speed and laps via infrared sensors in the Hot Wheels Race Portal, which scans in your cars and connects to classic Hot Wheels tracks. It sounds great for kids who are into. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 10:30 AM ET

Hundreds of active and former police officers are part of extremist Facebook groups

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - Hundreds of active and retired police officers and law enforcement personnel are congregating in private Facebook groups where they engage in open racism, Islamophobia, and even lend support to violent, anti-government groups, according to an investigation from nonprofit news organization Reveal, which is run by the US Center for Investigative Reporting. After Reveal notified law enforcement agencies, more than 50 departments have reportedly opened internal investigations. In some cases, departments say they’ll be evaluating. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 10:20 AM ET

The Black Shark 2’s pressure-sensitive screen makes mobile gaming better

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - It makes PUBG, and other games with complex controls, easier Gaming on a touchscreen is one of my least favorite things to do. One-handed games that are a natural fit for a phone aren’t an issue for me, but tapping and swiping in games with complex control schemes can be maddening. The Black Shark 2, a Xiaomi-made gaming phone released in China earlier this year, reduces that friction with its MagicTouch. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 10:10 AM ET

11 new science fiction and fantasy books to check out in late June

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - With the 50th anniversary of the lunar landings coming up next month, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the vast canon of Apollo histories that are out there. There has been of ink spilled in the last five decades exploring every detail of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, and there are more on the way. A handful of works stand out in the history of spaceflight literature. The. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 9:50 AM ET

Google’s loud Home Max speaker is $40 off for Verge readers

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - Google’s Home Max is the biggest, most powerful smart speaker that it makes. This weekend, Daily Steals is offering readers of The Verge an exclusive deal that takes $40 off of its $299.99 price. The cheapest price is $259.99 right now, though it’s not the only retailer discounting this speaker. Google Store, Best Buy, and B&H Photo, to name a few, are selling it for $269.99. If you choose to purchase a Google Home Max through. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Amazon shut down Amazon Spark, its discovery shopping feature

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - Amazon has shut down its social network-like feature on its site and app called Amazon Spark, in which Prime customers could post pictures of the products they’ve bought, according to TechCrunch. The company launched the service for Prime members in 2017. It prompted customers to pick a selection of interests in the section in the feature, and would then show you a feed of posts from users that related to those interests. The. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 9:30 AM ET

Aggretsuko’s second season introduces meddling moms and psychotic colleagues

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - Netflix’s Aggretsuko was a surprise breakout hit last year, considering it was a Sanrio property that got unexpectedly real about sexism in the workplace and millennial anxieties. The second season is streaming now, and it’s as hilarious and painfully relatable as ever. While the first season introduced us to Retsuko, the 25-year-old red panda who deals with the stress of her power-tripping boss through death metal karaoke, season 2 finds her settling into. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 9:20 AM ET

Magic for Liars blends magic school with a murder mystery

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - Magic school clashes with a murder mystery in Magic for Liars, the debut novel from Sarah Gailey, best known for their American Hippo short stories — but with one key twist. That’s because while the school and the murder may be magical, Ivy Gamble, the investigator hired to solve the case, is completely ordinary. Unable to sling a spell or cast a charm, she’s a far more relatable character than most other magical detectives. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 9:10 AM ET

XOXO shut down its subscription platform before it launched

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - Last October, Kickstarter announced that it was ending its subscriber-based crowdfunding platform, Drip, but that it was planning a successor project with XOXO festival creators Andy Baio and Andy McMillan. Now, that project has been shut down, according to its creators. Drip’s unnamed successor project was designed to provide “financial stability and transparency to independent artists.” It came out of conversations from Kickstarter founder Perry Chen and Baio, Kickstarter’s former CTO, with. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 8:50 AM ET

Twitter is bringing back its Mac desktop app

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - A little over a year after discontinuing its Mac desktop app, Twitter says that it’s bringing the program back after Apple unveiled Project Catalyst for macOS 10.15 Catalina. It explained why it decided to drop the app last year. Twitter made the announcement during Apple’s WWDC conference last week, saying that the app would launch with Catalina this fall, and that this new version will have a variety of features like dark mode, keyboard. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 8:40 AM ET

US Cyber Command has reportedly been aggressively targeting Russia’s electrical grid

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - The United States Cyber Command has made a number of incursions into Russia’s electrical infrastructure in recent months, according to a new report in The New York Times. Officials that the publication spoke with characterized the moves as a warning to Russia that the US is willing to operate more aggressively in this arena to deter potential cyberattacks. According to the Times, “officials described the previously unreported deployment of American computer code inside. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 8:30 AM ET

Revel’s mopeds are a fun ride around Brooklyn and Queens

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - A first in the city The electric motor scooters came at dawn. Slowly, at first, but then truckful after truckful. They were parked on the streets of densely populated (and mostly affluent) neighborhoods across Brooklyn and Queens like Williamsburg, Park Slope, Long Island City, and Astoria. New Yorkers are used to rapid change, but the black-and-bright-blue Vespa-style scooters from a startup called Revel kept coming, at a clip of more than 100. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 8:20 AM ET

Harvest Moon: Mad Dash is a fast-paced, welcome take on the slow franchise

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - Harvest Moon: Mad Dash is not your typical Harvest Moon. Instead of settling in to farm and starting a family, Mad Dash has you racing to harvest crops, catch fish, or milk cows alongside another player. It’s a frenzied version of a franchise that has long played with long-term player investments. If Mad Dash seems outside the realm of what Harvest Moon can be, producer Yasutaka Maekawa has a counter — Mario. There aren’t just traditional platformer Mario. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 8:10 AM ET

New Hampshire installs first historical marker to honor computer programming

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - New Hampshire has installed what appears to be the first historical highway marker honoring computer programming, according to the Concord Monitor. The new sign honors BASIC, Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, a programming language that was invented at Dartmouth College in 1964. The sign came about after Concord Monitor journalist David Brooks noted in a column that the state’s 255 historical markers honored things like bridges and historical figures, but that there was “distressingly little. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 7:50 AM ET

Neal Stephenson’s Fall is Paradise Lost with brain uploading and weaponized fake news

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - The Singularity — a moment where technological progress speeds up exponentially and humanity as we know it becomes obsolete — has jokingly been referred to as the “rapture of the nerds.” Neal Stephenson’s novel Fall, or, Dodge in Hell takes things a step further: what if the nerds weren’t simply the prophets of a new order, but literally became our gods? Over a sprawling web of modern techno-thriller, near-future sci-fi, and high fantasy subplots, Fall lays. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Walmart launched an unlimited grocery delivery subscription service

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - Walmart has introduced an unlimited grocery delivery service called Delivery Unlimited, as spotted by TechCrunch. The service is an expansion of the company’s existing delivery and pickup efforts, and costs $98 a year. The company already offered a delivery service for online orders: customers could have items shipped to their nearest store for free, or to their home for a $9.95 delivery fee for each order. TechCrunch notes that this new annual subscription will cost. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 7:30 AM ET

Amazon laid off ‘dozens’ of game developers amidst reorganization

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - Amazon has confirmed that it has laid off “dozens” of game developers from Amazon Game Studios amidst a reorganization, and has reportedly canceled some unannounced games, according to Koktaku. The layoffs game at the end of this week’s E3 in LA, and an Amazon spokesperson told Kotaku that “Amazon Game Studios is reorganizing some of our teams to allow us to prioritize development of New World, Crucible, and new unannounced projects we’re excited to reveal in the future.”. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 7:20 AM ET accuses Google of copying its song lyrics

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - In the last couple of years, if you type a song title into Google, you’ll get a box that includes the its lyrics, alongside the usual search results. It’s a useful tool, but one company that specializes in song lyrics, Genius Media, says that Google has been copying their lyrics for years for its search results. Genius has been around since 2009, and it describes itself as a platform “platform for. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom review: a OnePlus 7 Pro with a better camera

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - As has often been the case in the past, Oppo’s latest flagship phone has a lot in common with another from OnePlus, since the companies share ownership and supply chain resources. In this case, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom follows the release of the impressive OnePlus 7 Pro. But for the first time, Oppo’s phone might actually be better. Although the usual move has been for OnePlus to build a higher-spec phone. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 6:50 AM ET

Samsung accidentally makes the case for not owning a smart TV

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - Samsung has reminded owners of its smart TVs that they should be regularly scanning for malware using its built-in virus scanning software. “Prevent malicious software attacks on your TV by scanning for viruses on your TV every few weeks,” a tweet from the company’s US support account reads with a video attachment that demonstrates the laborious process. The obvious question here is why in the world doesn’t Samsung automate this process. When. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 6:30 AM ET

Huawei’s CEO reveals expected damage of US sanctions

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - Huawei’s founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, says that he expects US sanctions to cause the company’s revenue to drop by billions of dollars, Reuters reports. The company expects its revenue to drop to $100 billion this year, down from around $104 billion last year. Previously it said it expected to make $125 billion in revenue. “We did not expect [the Trump administration] would attack us on so many aspects,” Ren said, although. [more...]

Jun 17, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Newly recovered Ground Zero photos show why you should back up your CD-Rs now

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 17, 2019 - When comedian and activist Jon Stewart gave an impassioned speech before Congress to seek ongoing aid for 9/11 first responders, it inspired Internet Archive software curator and digital preservationist Jason Scott to share something timely with the world as well: a newly discovered cache of photos from one of the workers who toiled away at Ground Zero, and who’d saved thousands of those photos on CD-R. Jason [email protected]  · Jun 12, 2019   Today, Jon. [more...]

Jun 16, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Poshmark is moving beyond fashion to sell home goods

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 16, 2019 - Commerce platform Poshmark is launching a new Home market today, allowing users to sell home decor products like wall art, bedding, bath, and storage organization. It’s the first time that Poshmark, which lets users buy and sell new and used clothes on the site and its iOS and Android app, has expanded past its fashion and makeup categories. The Home market joins other markets like Women, Men, Kids, and Boutique where users can browse featured. [more...]

Jun 16, 2019 6:30 AM ET

Elizabeth Warren says US antitrust chief should recuse himself from investigating Google and Apple

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 16, 2019 - Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is calling for the head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division to recuse himself from investigations into Google and Apple, saying lobbying work he did for the companies raises ethics concerns. In letters to the head of the division, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, as well as to Justice Department ethics officials, Warren says Google paid Delrahim about $100,000 in 2007 to lobby for the company’s. [more...]

Jun 16, 2019 6:20 AM ET

NASA administrator says ‘nothing has changed’ after Trump’s tweet about the Moon and Mars

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 16, 2019 - NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine claims “nothing has changed” after President Trump seemed to question the space agency’s plans to return humans to the Moon in a tweet last week. While speaking at NASA Glenn Research Center, Bridenstine argued that the Moon is still a valuable proving ground for the eventual goal of getting to Mars, which is what the president was trying to say. “Some people have tried to read more. [more...]

Jun 16, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Uber’s air taxis will resemble really nice helicopters on the inside

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 16, 2019 - Uber has shown off what it wants the insides of its flying taxis to look like for the first time. The company debuted a reference design for the vehicles it believes will eventually power a service called “Uber Air” at the third annual Elevate conference, which is all about flying taxi tech. Many of the designs Uber has toyed with for its air taxi service resemble more advanced helicopters, so it’s unsurprising that the. [more...]

Jun 15, 2019 10:40 AM ET

How and when to cancel your Netflix, Prime Video, and other video subscriptions

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 15, 2019 - If your streaming subscriptions are piling up and feel like they’re digging into your bank account more and more every month, it might make sense to take a break from the ones you don’t watch regularly. The good thing about Netflix, HBO, Hulu, and others is that there’s no contract or obligation involved, and you can come and go as you please. You can also sample networks that you haven’t. [more...]

Jun 15, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Amazon’s Restaurants delivery service is shutting down

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 15, 2019 - Amazon will wind down its Amazon Restaurants delivery service in the US at the end of this month, reports GeekWire. Combined with its closure in London last year, this means that Amazon’s Uber Eats rival will officially be no more. “As of June 24th, we will discontinue the Amazon Restaurants business in the US,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement to GeekWire. Amazon Restaurants initially launched in Seattle back in 2015, before expanding to. [more...]

Jun 15, 2019 6:30 AM ET

Opera made a ‘gaming browser’ that lets you control CPU usage

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 15, 2019 - For E3 this year, Opera is releasing what it’s calling the “world’s first gaming browser,” a version of Opera that’s been customized to appeal to gamers. It’s a silly conceit, but there are actually some smart changes in here that could win over anyone who’s serious about customizing every element of their PC. The real highlight of the new browser, named Opera GX, is a panel that lets you set limits on. [more...]