Microsoft unveils new Surface Book 2 model with Intel’s latest quad-core processor

Microsoft unveils new Surface Book 2 model with Intel’s latest quad-core processor

Microsoft is quietly refreshing its Surface Book 2 base model today. The software giant is introducing Intel’s latest 8th Gen quad-core i5 processor for the 13-inch Surface Book 2 model, and keeping the existing dual-core 7th Gen model at a discounted price of $1,299. The refreshed quad-core model will be priced at $1,499, and includes an i5-8350U which bumps the processor’s maximum boost clock speed up to 3.6GHz. The new mid-range Surface Book 2 will…

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Care.com deleted ‘tens of thousands’ of providers after report found lax vetting procedures

Care.com deleted ‘tens of thousands’ of providers after report found lax vetting procedures

On March 8th, The Wall Street Journal published a damning report about caregiver platform Care.com, which found that it put the burden on users to evaluate its caregivers, that it didn’t conduct full background checks or vet the daycare centers that were listed on the site, and that in some instances, providers were unlicensed and even were responsible for deaths of the children in their care. In a followup report published today, the WSJ says…

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PewDiePie takes one last shot at T-Series as he concedes defeat to YouTube’s Bollywood powerhouse

PewDiePie takes one last shot at T-Series as he concedes defeat to YouTube’s Bollywood powerhouse

Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg ended his months-long, facetious war with Bollywood powerhouse T-Series today by issuing a music video with a series of personal confessions and accusations against his rival. The video, “Congratulations,” accuses T-Series executives, including chairman Bhushan Kumar, of multiple misdoings. Kjellberg references a Times of India article, which reported that Kumar is currently being investigated for “alleged evasion of huge tax and siphoning off hundreds of crores to foreign countries to purchase properties…

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Joe Biden responds to allegations: He “never” acted inappropriately around women

Joe Biden responds to allegations: He “never” acted inappropriately around women

Former Nevada lawmaker Lucy Flores says different. Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday he “never” acted inappropriately over his more than four-decade career in politics, in response to allegations that he kissed a former Nevada lawmaker — unsolicited — on the back of the head. “In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort,” Biden said in a statement…

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Google Maps adds Snakes game in app for April Fools’ Day

Google Maps adds Snakes game in app for April Fools’ Day

Google is temporarily adding a version of the classic game Snakes into its Google Maps app for April Fools’ Day this year. The company says that the game is rolling out now to iOS and Android users globally today, and that it’ll remain on the app for the rest of the week. It also launched a standalone site to play the game if you don’t have the app. Image: Google Users can find the game…

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More 2 million credit card numbers stolen from Earl Enterprise restaurants in 10-month breach

More 2 million credit card numbers stolen from Earl Enterprise restaurants in 10-month breach

The parent company of restaurants such as Planet Hollywood, Buca di Beppo, and Mixology has confirmed that it experienced a security breach after security researchers found more than 2 million stolen credit card numbers being sold online. KrebsOnSecurity says that it contacted the company in February after it discovered “strong evidence” that customer credit card and debit card numbers were being sold online. Hackers used “malware installed on its point-of-sale systems” to steal 2.15 million…

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New York lawmakers reach deal to ban plastic bags in 2020

New York lawmakers reach deal to ban plastic bags in 2020

New York governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislative leaders have announced that they have reached an agreement on the state’s 2020 budget, a provision of which includes a ban on single-use plastic bags, making it the third state to adopt such legislation. Lawmakers will vote on the budget deal later today. The provision will effectively ban the single-use plastic bags that are found in grocery stores, which often make their way into waterways and oceans….

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The Amazon Dash button was a physical interface to digital shopping

The Amazon Dash button was a physical interface to digital shopping

In today’s digital age, it can sometimes feel like hardware has taken a back seat to the software that drives devices. Button of the Month is a column that looks at some of these buttons and switches on devices both old and new to appreciate how we interact with our devices on a physical, tactile level. Shopping on Amazon is a vastly digital experience. Until the last few years, there hasn’t been a physical way…

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Alex Jones blames “psychosis” for his Sandy Hook conspiracies

Alex Jones blames “psychosis” for his Sandy Hook conspiracies

He know admits the shooting massacre was not a hoax. Notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones claims a “form of psychosis” caused him to believe that the Sandy Hook massacre was staged. For years Jones, the founder of InfoWars.com, peddled a conspiracy theory about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman brutally killed 20 children and six adults in 2012. Jones has repeatedly claimed the massacre was a “giant hoax” carried out by…

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