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Marriott reveals another security breach: 5.2 million guests exposed

Marriott reveals another security breach: 5.2 million guests exposed

A Marriott International franchise property may have been the source of a data leak that compromised information on up to 5.2 million hotel guests, the company announced on Tuesday. The breach involved the login credentials belonging to two employees; the incident happened in mid-January and was discovered by Marriott in late February 2020. The intruder's access has since been disabled.

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Apple just bought weather app Dark Sky

Apple just bought weather app Dark Sky

Apple has acquired popular weather app Dark Sky, though it's bad news for those who were using the software on Android or Google Wear OS. Launched after a Kickstarter in 2011, Dark Sky promised hyper-local weather forecasts, with minute-by-minute precision for those who wanted to know exactly when they'd need an umbrella or sunblock.

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Samsung is about to leave LCDs in the dust

Samsung is about to leave LCDs in the dust

It looks like LCDs are on the way out, at least as far as Samsung Display is concerned. The company, which is a subsidiary of Samsung dedicated to making displays for all sorts of devices, has announced plans to phase out LCD production by the end of the year. That's a fairly big shift for Samsung Display, though not an entirely unexpected one as demand for LCDs seems to be falling.

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D-Wave Systems offers free quantum cloud access to beat COVID-19

D-Wave Systems offers free quantum cloud access to beat COVID-19

In a recent press release, D-Wave Systems Inc. is now offering free access to its Leap quantum cloud service to beat the COVID-19 pandemic. D-Wave is considered a leader in quantum computing software, systems, and services.

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LG G series phone line ended, what’s next? [UPDATE: LG statement]

LG G series phone line ended, what’s next? [UPDATE: LG statement]

Notes from LG this week suggested they're switching gears when it comes to smartphones in 2020 and beyond. Where they've been pushing a headline "G" brand series for the past 8 years, they'll fold two lines into one. Instead of releasing a "G" and a "V" each year, they'll just release a "V"... but they'll also have a new phone. So will anything really change?

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Why your groceries are late: Instacart strike is still on

Why your groceries are late: Instacart strike is still on

Last week we reported on a strike being organized by the Gig Workers Collective with Instacart Shoppers. Over the weekend, Instacart indicated they'd be updating health and safety measures. Instacart did not reply directly to the strike announcement, but the timing of their announcement would seem to be done in order to avoid the strike - at least in part. Unfortunate for the Instacart business, their response was not enough to quell the demands of the Gig Workers Collective and/or Instacart Shoppers, and the strike is still on.

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Lyft drivers directed to Amazon as demand for rides plummets

Lyft drivers directed to Amazon as demand for rides plummets

Employment issues have impacted millions of people across the US as an increasing number of states shut down non-essential services. Many people have been left scrambling for work, and some are turning to gig economy jobs like ride-hailing services. The only problem? Very few people are ordering rides right now, meaning driving isn't the source of income it used to be. That's where Amazon comes in.

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Amazon leak claims workers offered higher pay as grocery demand grows

Amazon leak claims workers offered higher pay as grocery demand grows

Amazon is offering its own warehouse workers a pay increase to $19 an hour as an incentive to get them to work with its Whole Foods grocery business, a new leak claims. The move is said to be the result of a big increase in online grocery orders, something that has become very popular amid the ongoing quarantine. The leaked Amazon message reportedly states there has been 'a mass increase' in Prime Now grocery orders.

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Tech problems while working from home and how to solve them

Tech problems while working from home and how to solve them

Work from home. Not seeing your friends. Not seeing your boss. For good or worse, the coronavirus is forcing all of us to adjust to a whole new way of life. One thing many of us working from home (WFH) have had to get used to again is technology. We may be out of the office, but our employers still expect the same efficiency you would get out of the office. Technology becomes our best friend in uniting the office and reducing the disruption caused – but it can also be an enemy. Allow us to help you get on the good side of technology with a list of WFH tech headaches with quick and inexpensive fixes.

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The EPA just suspended environmental rules indefinitely, citing coronavirus

The EPA just suspended environmental rules indefinitely, citing coronavirus

An announcement from the EPA* effectively suspended environmental rules for organizations in the USA for an indefinite amount of time. The EPA's document claims that because the COVID-19 pandemic is constraining the abilities of groups normally regulated by the EPA, that those groups will not be subject to the same rules as normal. This "temporary policy" is in effect until the EPA says it's done.

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5G iPhone could be delayed to 2021 in worst-case scenario

5G iPhone could be delayed to 2021 in worst-case scenario

Although there were already signs that Apple's supplies would be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, the general presumption has been that the company would push through with its scheduled product launch even if it meant starting off with limited supplies. Now the word from insiders in Apple's supply chain isn't exactly hopeful. Apple's first 5G-capable iPhone could be delayed beyond its initial September launch date and could extend even to 2021 at the extreme latest.

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UPS will develop a fleet of VTOL drones for unmanned deliveries

UPS will develop a fleet of VTOL drones for unmanned deliveries

UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF), a subsidiary of the delivery company UPS, has teamed up with Wingcopter, a German drone manufacturer, to develop a new fleet of quieter delivery drones. These new drones will be designed with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities (VTOL) and they'll be used for various delivery purposes both in the United States and internationally.

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