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Windows 10's Start menu is getting a visual refresh

Microsoft has rolled out the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build, giving us a glimpse of a new Start menu that was redesigned to look cleaner and more coherent. Insiders in the Dev Channel will now have access to a refreshed menu that no longer uses solid color backplates behind logos in the app list. A subset of Insiders now also have access to a new Microsoft Edge feature that shows all… → Read More

Google discontinues its affordable Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones

Google has officially discontinued its Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones, it has confirmed in a statement sent to Android Police. It was previously marked “Out of Stock” on the US Google Store, but now its listing says it’s already “Unavailable.” Google’s spokesperson says the tech giant has sold through its inventory, and partner retailers will only be selling the devices until supplies last. → Read More

Tech's biggest CEOs agree to appear at House antitrust hearing

Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai have all reportedly agreed to testify at a House antitrust hearing in late July. According to Kara Swisher (The New York Times, Recode), Rep. David Cicilline told her in an interview that the CEOs of the biggest tech companies in the world will appear in front of the Judiciary Committee. → Read More

NASA will fund six more Artemis missions as it plans return to the moon

NASA has started preparing for the possibility of launching six more Artemis missions on top of the three it has already confirmed. The space agency has revealed that it has agreed to “provide initial funding and authorization to Northrop Grumman to order long-lead items” for the construction of twin boosters for the next six Space Launch System (SLS) flights. The SLS is slated to become become… → Read More

Samsung will skip IFA in September to hold its own virtual event

IFA 2020 will have a Samsung-sized hole when it takes place in September. According to The Korea Herald, the tech giant will skip IFA in Berlin, which is supposed to be the first big in-person tech conference since the world was put under coronavirus-related lockdowns. Samsung has confirmed its decision to TechCrunch, telling the publication that it will host its own virtual event in early… → Read More

Facebook is shutting down its Pinterest-like experimental app

Hobbi, Facebook’s experimental app for hobbyists, is shutting down. According to TechCrunch, the social network sent a push notification to users to let them know that the application will only be around until July 10th, 2020, and that they can export their data before then. Hobbi was created by Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) Team, which is the division in charge of developing new… → Read More

Google will host a virtual 'Hey Google' smart home keynote on July 8th

Google has just announced that it’s holding an online event for its smart home developer community on July 8th. While California seems to have rolled back its reopening plans due to an explosion of new coronavirus cases, Google will push through with a virtual event this time. The Works With "Hey Google" Smart Home Summit will start with a keynote by Michele Turner, the Product Management… → Read More

Boeing successfully tests Starliner's parachutes ahead of second flight attempt

Boeing has a lot to prove before Starliner can make its second attempt to reach the ISS. One of the tests it has recently conducted focused on parachute reliability — in particular, the company wanted validate that the vehicle’s parachute system can deploy under an adverse set of environmental factors. The aerospace giant’s main objective was to ensure that the parachutes would inflate correctly… → Read More

Amazon will let you co-watch Prime videos with friends in the US

Amazon’s new Prime Video feature could help you stay connected with friends even while social distancing. If you’re in the US, you can now host and attend a Prime Video Watch Party, a new option for desktop that lets you co-watch with friends and fellow Prime members. The new feature seems to be an expansion of Watch Parties for Twitch, which Amazon launched as a test feature in late 2019, that… → Read More

Google's Phone app will tell you why businesses are calling

If you’re using Google’s Phone app, you’ll soon be able to know why a business establishment is calling before you even pick up. In a new support page discovered by Android Police, the tech giant goes into detail about a feature called “Verified Calls.” Businesses that choose to go through and pass Google’s verification process will be able to send the dedicated Verified Calls server their phone… → Read More

'Doom Eternal' classic mode recreates the original game's aesthetics

One of the new modes called Classic turns Eternal into a pixelated game with a 256 color palette that looks like the original Doom for PC. You can enable them in video settings like Classic Mode if you like 2016 Doom’s aesthetics. There’s also a Hack to the Future II event coming soon, which lets you unlock Doom’s skeleton Revenant monster collectibles. → Read More

Steam's Summer Sale kicks off with discounts on 'Doom Eternal', 'Skyrim' and more

The Steam Summer Sale is now live and has thousands of games on discount if you’re looking for something new to help you cope with COVID-19-related stress. You can get Metal Gear Solid V for $6 or 70 percent its original price, Cities Skylines for $7.50 (75 percent off) and Tabletop Simulator, which enjoyed a rise in popularity after the lockdowns started, for $10 (50 percent off). Like previous… → Read More

iOS 14's copy and paste detection forces TikTok to remove anti-spam feature

Unfortunately, it’s unclear if TikTok will also update its Android app to remove the same anti-spam feature for Google’s mobile platform. → Read More

Google is finally adding virtual backgrounds to Meet for education

Aside from those moderator features, Google will also roll out a larger tiled view that can display up to 49 participants at once. → Read More

HBO re-releases 'Gone with the Wind' with a video disclaimer

The film’s other Black actors weren’t allowed to attend the movie’s premiere with everyone else due to Georgia’s Jim Crow segregation laws, as well. → Read More

Amazon forms Counterfeit Crimes Unit to tackle its fake goods problem

Now, the e-commerce giant has formed a new division called the Counterfeit Crimes Unit that’s dedicated to taking down fraudsters selling fakes on its website. → Read More

Amazon Honeycode is a no-programming-needed app builder for businesses

A new tool from AWS lets businesses create mobile or web apps without doing any programming. → Read More

Brazil's Central Bank forces WhatsApp to suspend mobile payments

Brazil’s Central Bank has put a pause on WhatsApp payments in the country, according to Bloomberg. → Read More

TCL gives its flagship 10 series phones much-needed updates and price cuts

The manufacturer has also launched promotional offers for the devices, making them both available for 15 percent less on Amazon and Best Buy. In addition, Best Buy is offering an additional $50 off for those who buy the phone and activate service with Verizon or AT&T. There’s a special discount for Sprint customers activating a new line or a new account, as well. Customers can get the 10 Pro for… → Read More

HTC updates Vive Sync to let non-VR participants attend virtual meetings

HTC has rolled out its first major Vive Sync update, and one of the features it’s adding to the VR collaboration tool is the ability to welcome non-VR participants in virtual meetings. More features are coming to Vive Sync. The first major update includes non-VR PC participation, desktop meeting login, a whole new casual wardrobe for your avatars and more! → Read More