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The white noise machine that has me sleeping like a baby is only $30 for Prime Day
White Noise Machine Prime Day Deal

I've always been a light sleeper, and a couple of years ago I realized that noise was a big part of my problem. I live in a quiet neighborhood so it's not that my surroundings were loud, it's just that little variations in ambient noise were a problem for me. You would be surprised to know how many people out there have the same issue, and if you have trouble staying asleep at night then you might be one of them. Want to know what worked for me? The LectroFan Evo White Noise Sound Machine, which has a bunch of different non-looping fan and white noise to choose from. It has more than 4,700 5-star ratings so it clearly works for plenty of people, and it's down from $60 to just $29.80 for Prime Day — a new all-time low!

LectroFan Evo White Noise Sound Machine with 22 Unique Non-Looping Fan & White Noise Sounds & S…: $29.80

Here's what you need to know from the product page:

  • Provides ten fan sounds, ten white, pink and brown noise variations, and two varieties of ocean sounds -- calm, and surf.
  • Helps mask disruptive environmental noises so you can fall asleep with ease
  • Safe, solid-state design is powered by AC or USB and dynamically creates unique, non-repeating sounds with no moving parts
  • Precise volume control, an optional timer, and a 3.5mm connector for headphones or a portable speaker to match your environment and sleep style
  • Also ideal for creating a disturbance-free work area, or just reducing the distracting effects of outside noises for a more relaxing environment, day or night

LectroFan Evo White Noise Sound Machine with 22 Unique Non-Looping Fan & White Noise Sounds & S…: $29.80

BGR Top Deals:

  1. Surprise! Soooooo many Nintendo Switch games are on sale for Prime Day
  2. Holy cow: Wireless noise cancelling headphones with 30-hour battery life are only $40 for Prime Day

Trending Right Now:

  1. ‘Pokemon Go’ adds Team Rocket, better battles, and more in massive update
  2. Galaxy Note 10 might be even faster than the S10 and OnePlus 7 Pro, new leak teases
  3. ‘Stranger Things’ found to be Netflix’s second most popular show – and #1 is pretty surprising

The white noise machine that has me sleeping like a baby is only $30 for Prime Day originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 at 16:50:35 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active 2 won’t have the Apple Watch 4’s best feature until 2020
Samsung Watch

If a new report is to be believed, we may see the announcement of Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 wearable next month alongside the big unveiling of the Galaxy Note 10.

That's according to an exclusive report from Wareable, which confirms among other things our report from a few weeks ago -- about the new smartwatch, which Samsung has reportedly codenamed internally as "Renaissance," including an electrocardiogram feature. Unfortunately, while Samsung's forthcoming watch would be following in the footsteps of the Apple Watch 4's most exciting feature, it doesn't seem that Samsung's inclusion of an ECG will quite be ready at launch.

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BGR Top Deals:

  1. Surprise! Soooooo many Nintendo Switch games are on sale for Prime Day
  2. Holy cow: Wireless noise cancelling headphones with 30-hour battery life are only $40 for Prime Day

Trending Right Now:

  1. Galaxy Note 10 might be even faster than the S10 and OnePlus 7 Pro, new leak teases
  2. ‘Pokemon Go’ adds Team Rocket, better battles, and more in massive update
  3. ‘Stranger Things’ found to be Netflix’s second most popular show – and #1 is pretty surprising

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active 2 won’t have the Apple Watch 4’s best feature until 2020 originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 at 16:35:21 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


Amazon’s Kindle and waterproof Kindle Paperwhite are down to all-time lows starting at $60
Kindle Prime Day Deal

The All-new Kindle with Built-in Front Light is the first entry-level Kindle to feature front lighting, which means there's finally a relatively affordable Kindle you can read in the dark. We wrote "relatively" affordable because $90 is still pretty pricey, even for a device you're going to use as often as a Kindle. If you want this sleek new eBook reader but you've been balking at the price, today is your lucky day because it's down to just $59.99 for Prime Day!

Also of note, the new $130 waterproof Kindle Paperwhite is down to a new all-time low of $84.99 for Prime Day 2019 — and you get 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for free with either deal!

All-new Kindle

  • Adjustable front light lets you read comfortably for hours—indoors and outdoors, day and night.
  • Purpose-built for reading, with a 167 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper, even in direct sunlight.
  • Read distraction-free. Highlight passages, look up definitions, translate words, and adjust text size—without ever leaving the page.
  • Select from millions of books, newspapers, and audiobooks. Kindle holds thousands of titles so you can take your library with you.
  • With Prime Reading, Prime members read free with unlimited access to over a thousand titles.
  • A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.
  • Enjoy more books with Audible. Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to switch seamlessly between reading and listening.

All-new Kindle - Now with a Built-in Front Light - Black - Includes Special Offers + Kindle Unl…: $59.99

Kindle Paperwhite

  • The thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet—with a flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper even in bright sunlight.
  • Now waterproof, so you’re free to read and relax at the beach, by the pool, or in the bath.
  • Enjoy twice the storage with 8 GB. Or choose 32 GB to hold more magazines, comics, and audiobooks.
  • Now with Audible. Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your story.
  • A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.
  • The built-in adjustable light lets you read indoors and outdoors, day and night.
  • Shop the Kindle Store for new releases, best sellers, deals and more.

Kindle Paperwhite - Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage - Includes Special Offers + Kindle Unlim…: $84.99

BGR Top Deals:

  1. Surprise! Soooooo many Nintendo Switch games are on sale for Prime Day
  2. Holy cow: Wireless noise cancelling headphones with 30-hour battery life are only $40 for Prime Day

Trending Right Now:

  1. Galaxy Note 10 might be even faster than the S10 and OnePlus 7 Pro, new leak teases
  2. ‘Pokemon Go’ adds Team Rocket, better battles, and more in massive update
  3. ‘Stranger Things’ found to be Netflix’s second most popular show – and #1 is pretty surprising

Amazon’s Kindle and waterproof Kindle Paperwhite are down to all-time lows starting at $60 originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 at 16:20:53 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


Don’t miss out on this Prime Day deal: $65 smartwatch with 30-day battery life
Best Smartwatch Deal

Apple Watches are on sale at insanely low prices starting at $169 right now, which makes Prime Day 2019 the perfect time to finally see what all the fuss is about. Before you take the leap though, you should know that there's another smartwatch deal that might ve even better. The Amazfit Bip Smartwatch by Huami works with Android in addition to iPhones, and it has all-day heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and more. On top of all that, it lasts up to 30 days on a single charge! The $100 retail price is already a bargain, but it's on sale today for Prime Day 2019 just $64.99, which matches its lowest price ever!

Amazfit Bip Smartwatch by Huami with All-Day Heart Rate and Activity Tracking, Sleep Monitoring…: $64.99

Here are the highlights from the product page:

  • Look as Good as You Feel: With a range of colors and options, the Bip is designed to be worn as an extension of your personal style. Weighing only 1.1oz (32g), and with a bright, transflective always-on 1.28" display, the Bip can be worn all day
  • Go the Distance: Use the Amazfit Bip for up to 30 days on a single 2.5-hour charge.
  • Don't Miss a Beat: Optical heart rate monitoring and built-in GPS allow you to accurately track in real-time your steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and quality of sleep. Special sport modes (running, treadmill, cycling and walking) give you even more detailed insights into your most frequent activities.
  • Be in the Know: The perfect companion to keep you organized and productive all day long. Receive one-way notifications for emails, SMS messages, and incoming phone calls (prompting you to take action on your smartphone), as well as alerts for Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Snap, Slack, weather forecasts, and other mobile apps
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed: Buy with confidence. Amazfit offers a 30-day refund policy, and 12-month new replacement warranty. 190mAh Li-Polymer Battery

Amazfit Bip Smartwatch by Huami with All-Day Heart Rate and Activity Tracking, Sleep Monitoring…: $64.99

BGR Top Deals:

  1. Holy cow: Wireless noise cancelling headphones with 30-hour battery life are only $40 for Prime Day
  2. Surprise! Soooooo many Nintendo Switch games are on sale for Prime Day

Trending Right Now:

  1. ‘Pokemon Go’ adds Team Rocket, better battles, and more in massive update
  2. Galaxy Note 10 might be even faster than the S10 and OnePlus 7 Pro, new leak teases
  3. ‘Stranger Things’ found to be Netflix’s second most popular show – and #1 is pretty surprising

Don’t miss out on this Prime Day deal: $65 smartwatch with 30-day battery life originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 at 16:05:23 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


Prime Day 2019’s best unlocked smartphone deals: Pixel 3, Samsung, Nokia, and more
Prime Day 2019 Deals

If you're in the market for a new cell phone and you don't want to be tethered to your carrier until you pay it off, boy oh boy does Prime Day 2019 have some killer deals for you. Some of the latest and greatest smartphones on the market have seen huge price cuts of Prime Day, and there's definitely something for everyone.

Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are each $260 off, slashing the prices to $539 and $639, respectively — and there's an even better deal on the Pixel 3a XL: you can get it for $479, plus you get $100 in gift cards for free. Factory unlocked Samsung flagships start at just $499.99 for Prime Day, and you won't believe the deals Amazon is running on unlocked Nokia phones. Prices start at just $109! Check out all the deals below.

Google - Pixel 3 with 64GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked)

  • Works with all major carriers.
  • Capture the perfect shot every time, get things done with the Google Assistant, enjoy an all-day battery, and more.
  • Get help from the Google Assistant: reserve a table at your favorite restaurant, buy tickets, get commute times, weather info, and more—all with a simple squeeze, or just by using your voice.
  • Screen spam, scams, and other nuisance calls. Get real-time transcription and block unwanted callers so you’ll never hear from them again.
  • Disconnect from your phone when and where you want with Digital Wellbeing. It lets you focus on time with family and friends by setting timers on apps and turning off visual notifications. Use the wind down mode to turn the screen to gray scale and get ready for a good night's sleep.
  • Search what you see with Google Lens6 to look up clothing and home decor, copy and translate text, and identify landmarks, plants, and animals. Playground lets you add fun animated stickers of things like animals and superheroes to your photos and videos.

Google - Pixel 3 with 64GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked) - Clearly White: $539.00

Google - Pixel 3 XL with 64GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked)

  • Works with all major carriers
  • Capture the perfect shot every time, get things done with the Google Assistant, enjoy an all-day battery, and more.
  • Get help from the Google Assistant: reserve a table at your favorite restaurant, buy tickets, get commute times, weather info, and more—all with a simple squeeze, or just by using your voice.
  • Screen spam, scams, and other nuisance calls. Get real-time transcription and block unwanted callers so you’ll never hear from them again.
  • Disconnect from your phone when and where you want with Digital Wellbeing. It lets you focus on time with family and friends by setting timers on apps and turning off visual notifications. Use the wind down mode to turn the screen to gray scale and get ready for a good night's sleep.
  • Search what you see with Google Lens6 to look up clothing and home decor, copy and translate text, and identify landmarks, plants, and animals. Playground lets you add fun animated stickers of things like animals and superheroes to your photos and videos.

Google - Pixel 3 XL with 64GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked) - Clearly White: $639.00

Pixel 3a XL

  • Get more done with an extraordinary camera, fast-charging battery, and the helpful Google Assistant built in.
  • Motion Auto Focus will make sure the people and pets in your shot stay sharp as you snap away.
  • Let the Google Assistant help screen your calls, so you know who’s calling and why before you pick up.
  • Gift card is also usable as a bookmark (6.5" x 2" x 0.1")
  • Gift Card has no fees and no expiration date
  • No returns and no refunds on Gift Cards

Pixel 3a XL, Just Black plus $100 gift card: $479.00 (plus $100 gift card)

Samsung Galaxy S9+

  • Super Speed Dual Pixel Camera with Rear Dual Camera
  • Infinity Display: edge-to-edge immersive screen, enhancing your entertainment experience**
  • IP68 rating: withstands splashes, spills, and rain so it can take a dip, worry-free***
  • Internal Memory 64 GB. Expandable Storage up to 400GB****
  • Fast Wireless Charging: Avoid the wires and power up quickly by placing your phone on a Fast Wireless Charger *****

Samsung Galaxy S9+ Factory Unlocked Smartphone 64GB - Midnight Black - US Warranty [SM-G965UZKA…: $499.99

Samsung Galaxy S10

  • An immersive Cinematic Infinity Display, Pro-grade Camera and Wireless PowerShare The next generation is here
  • Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint ID protects and unlocks with the first touch
  • Pro-grade Camera effortlessly captures epic, pro-quality images of the world as you see it
  • Intelligently accesses power by learning how and when you use your phone

Samsung Galaxy S10 Factory Unlocked Phone with 128GB - Prism Black: $599.99

Samsung Galaxy S10+

  • An immersive Cinematic Infinity Display, Pro-grade Camera and Wireless PowerShare The next generation is here
  • Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint ID protects and unlocks with the first touch; Video Play Time: Up to 22 hours
  • Pro-grade Camera effortlessly captures epic, pro-quality images of the world as you see it
  • Intelligently accesses power by learning how and when you use your phone. All-day Intelligent Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4G+5GHz, HE80, MIMO, 1024-QAM, USB 3.1 Gen 1, Bluetooth v5.0, Earjack 3.5mm Stereo

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Plus Factory Unlocked Phone with 128GB (U.S. Warranty), Prism Black: $699.99

Samsung Galaxy Note9

  • The largest battery in a Note, ever. When you have a long-lasting battery, you really can go all day and all night
  • The Note9 has twice as much storage as the Note8, which means more music, more videos, more pictures, and less worry when it comes to space on your phone
  • The Note9 gives you a quick network connection for incredibly fast streaming and downloading, so you can do more, uninterrupted
  • Still amazing on screen, but now the S-Pen has more power off screen. Remotely control different applications and use the S pen to capture shots from far away, scroll, and play music
  • At 6.4", the Note9 has the largest screen of any Galaxy phone. Perfect for gaming and streaming, our Super AMOLED display is bigger than ever before
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, VHT80 MU-MIMO,1024-QAM

Samsung Galaxy Note9 N960U 128GB Unlocked 4G LTE Phone w/ Dual 12MP Camera - Midnight Black: $729.99

Nokia 3.1

  • Premium design with diamond cut aluminum sides and sculpted display
  • Flagship form factor with a 18: 9 5.2” 1440x720 HD+ Gorilla glass display
  • Android One ensures that you have Pure, secure and up-to-date Android
  • 1.25 GHz Octa-Core Mediatek 6750 mobile platform with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage
  • Perfect memories with a 13MP Camera

Nokia 3.1 - Android 9.0 Pie - 16 GB - Dual SIM Unlocked Smartphone (AT&T/T-Mobile/MetroPCS/Cric…: $109.00

Nokia 6.1

  • Made from a solid block of aluminum Series 6000, with distinctive two-tone anodized diamond cut edges
  • Android One ensures that you have pure, secure and up-to-date Android
  • Latest generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 mobile platform with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage
  • Bright, high contrast 5.5” full-hd screen in more Compact screen to body ratio with Corning Gorilla glass
  • Fast USB Type-C charging gets you to 50% in only 30 min

Nokia 6.1 - Android 9.0 Pie - 32GB + 32GB MicroSD - Single SIM Unlocked Smartphone (AT&T/T-Mobi…: $179.00

Nokia 7.1

  • Discover the power of the latest generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 that will let you reimagine what can be done on a smartphone, complete with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and up to 400GB with a micro SD powered with an all day battery
  • Bright, high contrast 2. 5D 5. 84” FHD+ HDR screen with 2220x1080 resolution and 19: 9 aspect ratio with a Compact screen to body ratio of 80% and Corning Gorilla glass
  • Dual 12+5MP rear camera for vibrant and stunning images and an 8MP selfie camera with an 84 degree FOV so everyone fits in the picture every time that utilizes HDR, Dual Sight, and pro camera modes to create unparalleled images
  • Built on the most advanced version of Android One that brings a Google designed software experience with a streamlined, easy to use interface and curated set of pre-installed Google apps and two years of OS upgrades
  • All the latest connection options including NFC, Bluetooth 5. 0, OTG, fast USB Type-C charging, and a fingerprint sensor. LTE Bands supported: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 28, 38, 40, 66. Wi-Fi 802. 11 a/b/g/n/ac

Nokia 7.1 - Android 9.0 Pie - 64 GB - 12+5 MP Dual Camera - Dual SIM Unlocked Smartphone (at&T/…: $249.00

Nokia 9 PureView

  • A revolutionary, next generation camera with an incredible five cameras and ZEISS optics complete with two color sensors that provide accurate vibrant color images and three panchromatic sensors that allow the array to collect up to 10-times the amount of light resulting in sharp, incredibly atmospheric still shots with blur effects and Google Photos integration alongside rich and vibrant UHD 4k HDR video with spatial audio capture.
  • Exceptional detail and dynamic range for exceptional photography with control over every element of your image starting with incredible detail and texture from all 5 cameras that automatically adjusts the exposure across the scene or allows for complete control down to the smallest detail with the custom build Pro camera UI. Images can be saved as “Raw” DNG format images with unparalleled dynamic range, details and low noise that can be edited directly on your device with Adobe Light room for advanced editing control, retaining the dynamic range that you would ordinarily lose in a jpg.
  • Built to protect everything that makes it great with a resilient and durable 6000 series aluminum chassis, that houses a next generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform and imaging co-processor complete with Qualcomm Bluetooth audio, and integrated Qi wireless Charging.
  • Premium design and performance featuring an edge to edge ultra slim Gorilla Glass 5. 99”QHD 2k LED display enhanced with Pure Display and HDR10 support lets you enjoy latest content with crisper details, greater contrast and richer colors with integrated under screen fingerprint sensor.
  • Pure, Secure and Up-to-Date Android Free from bloat ware with no skins and no UI changes and years of Android monthly updates. – it’s all part of the Android One family

Nokia 9 PureView - Android 9.0 Pie - 128 GB - Single SIM Unlocked Smartphone (at&T/T-Mobile/Met…: $499.00

BGR Top Deals:

  1. Holy cow: Wireless noise cancelling headphones with 30-hour battery life are only $40 for Prime Day
  2. Stunning wireless headphones with active noise cancelling are down to their best price ever for Prime Day

Trending Right Now:

  1. ‘Pokemon Go’ adds Team Rocket, better battles, and more in massive update
  2. Galaxy Note 10 might be even faster than the S10 and OnePlus 7 Pro, new leak teases
  3. ‘Stranger Things’ found to be Netflix’s second most popular show – and #1 is pretty surprising

Prime Day 2019’s best unlocked smartphone deals: Pixel 3, Samsung, Nokia, and more originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 at 15:50:08 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


‘Thor: Ragnarok’ director Taika Waititi is returning to helm ‘Thor 4’
Thor 4: Taika Waititi

News regarding the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been in scant supply since Spider-Man: Far From Home released earlier this month, but the drought has finally ended. On Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has signed on to write and direct the next Thor movie.

Not only is this great news for fans of how Waititi handled Thor in Ragnarok, but it's seemingly the first confirmation we've received that there will be a fourth standalone Thor movie. Following the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, it seemed likely that the god of thunder would remain an important part of the MCU, but there was no guarantee. Now we're left to wonder how big of a role Thor will play in the next Guardians of the Galaxy.

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BGR Top Deals:

  1. Holy cow: Wireless noise cancelling headphones with 30-hour battery life are only $40 for Prime Day
  2. Stunning wireless headphones with active noise cancelling are down to their best price ever for Prime Day

Trending Right Now:

  1. ‘Pokemon Go’ adds Team Rocket, better battles, and more in massive update
  2. ‘Stranger Things’ found to be Netflix’s second most popular show – and #1 is pretty surprising
  3. Galaxy Note 10 might be even faster than the S10 and OnePlus 7 Pro, new leak teases

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ director Taika Waititi is returning to helm ‘Thor 4’ originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 at 15:35:38 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


DASH’s insanely popular perfect egg cookers are down to all-time lows starting at $15 for Prime Day
Best Prime Day 2019 Deals

If there's a kitchen gadget on Amazon that needs no introduction, it has to be the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker. This awesome little gadget cooks eggs in a bunch of different styles with a single touch of a button, and it cooks them perfectly each and every time. It's always a bargain at between $20 and $25, but right now it's on sale for just $14.99 in any color you want! And if you'd rather have one that'll fit a full dozen eggs instead of 6 at a time, the Dash Deluxe Rapid Egg Cooker all the way down to $17.99 from $40!

Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

  • SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: Dash Rapid Egg Cooker is the ORIGINAL (and most trusted) egg cooker on the market, for perfect eggs, your way, EVERY TIME, we guarantee it!
  • QUICK + EASY: Short on time? Simply choose your preferred eggs and set the timer. The auto-shut off function prevents overcooking, and the buzzer will alert you when your eggs are ready. Its so simple, even your kids can use it
  • VERSATILE: This is the PERFECT appliance for picky eaters, large families, or those who have busy schedules. Hard boiled eggs, soft boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, individual omelets, and all within minutes of the push start button - it couldn’t be easier!
  • COMPACT + LIGHTWEIGHT: Weighing 1lb, the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker is your MUST-HAVE for that first apartment, smaller kitchen, college dorm life, or camper/RV traveling. Plus, its sleek design and trendy color options will accent any kitchen space (bonus all included accessories fit inside, taking up even LESS space)
  • INCLUDES: Dash Rapid Egg Cooker is backed by a 1-year manufacturer warranty and includes a poaching tray, omelet tray, 6 egg holder tray, measuring cup, recipe book and recipe database access (all non-electric parts are dishwasher safe).Power:360 watts

Dash Rapid Egg Cooker: 6 Egg Capacity Electric Egg Cooker for Hard Boiled Eggs, Poached Eggs, S…: $24.99

Dash Deluxe Rapid Egg Cooker

  • SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: Dash Deluxe Rapid Egg Cooker is based off the ORIGINAL (and most trusted) egg cooker on the market, for perfect eggs, your way, EVERY TIME, we guarantee it! Now with TWICE the egg cooking capacity!
  • QUICK + EASY: Short on time? Simply choose your preferred eggs (or steamed food) and set the timer. The auto-shut off function prevents overcooking, and the buzzer will alert you when your eggs (or steamed foods) are ready. Its so simple, even your kids can use it
  • VERSATILE: This is the PERFECT appliance for picky eaters, large families, or those who have busy schedules. Hard boiled eggs, soft boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, and individual omelets, all within minutes of the push start button - it couldn’t be easier! Power - 500 Watts
  • 2 IN 1: Alleviate appliance clutter with the Dash Deluxe Rapid Egg Cooker. Steam vegetables, dumplings, seafood, warm tortillas, and more! Making full meals is a snap with the double decker tiers - the options are endless! Plus, its sleek design and trendy color options will accent any kitchen space
  • INCLUDES: Dash Deluxe Rapid Egg Cooker is backed by a 1-year manufacturer warranty and includes a poaching tray, omelet bowl, egg holder trays, measuring cup, recipe book and recipe database access (all non-electric parts are dishwasher safe)

Dash DEC012BK Deluxe Rapid Egg Cooker Electric for for Hard Boiled, Poached, Scrambled, Omelets…: $17.99

BGR Top Deals:

  1. Holy cow: Wireless noise cancelling headphones with 30-hour battery life are only $40 for Prime Day
  2. Stunning wireless headphones with active noise cancelling are down to their best price ever for Prime Day

Trending Right Now:

  1. ‘Pokemon Go’ adds Team Rocket, better battles, and more in massive update
  2. Galaxy Note 10 might be even faster than the S10 and OnePlus 7 Pro, new leak teases
  3. ‘Stranger Things’ found to be Netflix’s second most popular show – and #1 is pretty surprising

DASH’s insanely popular perfect egg cookers are down to all-time lows starting at $15 for Prime Day originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 at 15:20:42 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


These $25 true wireless earbuds might be a better Prime Day deal than discounted AirPods 2
Best Prime Day Deals

Yes, AirPods 2 are $15 off for Prime Day. And yes, they have an even bigger $20 discount if you get the version with the wireless charging case. But there's another deal on true wireless earbuds that you might want to check out if you'd rather not spend $145+ on earbuds. SoundPEATS TrueFree+ True Wireless Earbuds are super popular with our readers, offering great sound quality and battery life as well as Bluetooth 5.0 support for just $33. But if you clip the coupon on Amazon and use the promo code CWXHEI5F at checkout, and you can get a pair for just $24.74!

SoundPEATS True Wireless Earbuds 5.0 Bluetooth Headphones in-Ear Stereo Wireless Earphones with…: $24.74 (use code CWXHEI5F)

Here are the bullet points from the product page:

  • [TRUE WIRELESS & BLUETOOTH 5.0] - Adopt professional Bluetooth 5.0 chipset with high resolution decoder built-in and AAC/SBC audio coding technology to deliver extraordinary Hi-fi sound with low latency.
  • [AUTO PAIRING & ON-EAR CONTROL] - Auto power on and enter pairing mode right after out of charging case. User-friendly on-ear button on each side supports play/pause, switching tracks and handling phone calls easily.
  • [MONAURAL & BINAURAL CALLS] - Built-in microphones in both earbuds for you to enjoy hands-free calls and voice assistant with single or both earbuds as prefer. Voice comes from both earbuds in stereo mode.
  • [MORE & LONGER ENJOYMENT] - 3.5-4 hours working time per charge for the earbuds, 9-10 times full charge by the charging case. SoundPEATS TrueFree Plus wireless earbuds bring extended playtime and enjoyment.
  • [COMFORT FIT & WIDE COMPATIBILITY] - Different sized ear tips and in-canel cable-free design provide comfortable fit. Support Bluetooth-enabled devices with version 4.0 and above. PS: SoundPEATS provides 12 months hassle-free warranty to ensure the enjoyment of your purchase.

SoundPEATS True Wireless Earbuds 5.0 Bluetooth Headphones in-Ear Stereo Wireless Earphones with…: $24.74 (use code CWXHEI5F)

BGR Top Deals:

  1. Stunning wireless headphones with active noise cancelling are down to their best price ever for Prime Day
  2. Holy cow: Wireless noise cancelling headphones with 30-hour battery life are only $40 for Prime Day

Trending Right Now:

  1. ‘Pokemon Go’ adds Team Rocket, better battles, and more in massive update
  2. Galaxy Note 10 might be even faster than the S10 and OnePlus 7 Pro, new leak teases
  3. ‘Stranger Things’ found to be Netflix’s second most popular show – and #1 is pretty surprising

These $25 true wireless earbuds might be a better Prime Day deal than discounted AirPods 2 originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 at 15:05:48 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


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Code Cracker Turing to Be on 50-Quid Notes
Alan Turing, the British mathematician known for his World War II code-breaking exploits and for a test to distinguish between human and machine intelligence, will be on 50-pound notes in the UK by the end of 2021. The Bank of England, which made the announcement, explained that Turing, who died in 1954, was chosen from a field of 989 eligible characters after a public nomination period. Other characters included theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, mathematician Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, maker of a mechanical computer.

Qualcomm Gives Speed Boost to New Mobile Gaming Platform
Qualcomm Technologies aims to push the speed limits of mobile gaming with the added features in its Snapdragon Mobile Platform. The Snapdragon 855 Plus Mobile Platform, its newest processor, performs graphics functions 15 percent faster. It will show up in new devices later this year. Snapdragon 855 Plus is an update to the flagship Snapdragon 855, released earlier this year. The 855 emphasized speed to support enhanced performance and deliver leading experiences in multi-gigabit 5G, gaming, AI and XR.

Making Amazon Prime Day Work for You
For Halloween, we buy all kinds of crap we shouldn't be eating and feed it to our kids. When Valentine's Day approaches, husbands and boyfriends live in fear of getting their significant other's card, gift or flowers wrong again. Fourth of July is when we buy expensive things we can burn and piss off our neighbors. Of course, there are the various gift-giving holidays that are linked to specific religious groups. I wonder -- if we got rid of the gift requirements for all these holidays, would U.S. retail collapse?

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The Online Grocery Shopping Comeback
Do you enjoy grocery shopping? Some shoppers love walking up and down the aisles, seeing what's new, looking for what's on sale, and getting new ideas. They often pick up things that weren't on their list. However, while many shoppers love that experience, others don't. They would rather run in and out as quickly as possible. That's where online grocery shopping comes into play. Simply log on to your favorite store's site, select the items you want, pay online, then make a quick run to the store to pick up your bags.

Isn't It Time to Buy Cyber Insurance?
Every day we read stories about data breaches and cyberattacks on business and government websites, and the resulting the loss of personally identifiable information. Cybercrime is on the rise, and given the ever-evolving methods of attack, meaningful relief and reliable measures to fend off cybercriminals are unlikely in the foreseeable future. It would seem obvious that companies need to insure against cybertheft, but amazingly enough it appears that many businesses, likely the majority, do not have any cyber insurance.

The Subscription Model: The Shining Star of E-Commerce
Subscription sales have become a strong part of e-commerce. Everything from razors to dog toys to movies is being sold on the subscription model, and subscriptions don't show any signs of letting up. "Our customers tell us that opening their BarkBox with their dog is one of the best experiences they share every month," said Allison Stadd, vice president of marketing at Bark, about its monthly dog supply box. "Nothing makes true dog people happier than seeing their dog go nuts with excitement."

E-Commerce Startup Bolt Snags $68M to Grow Checkout Biz
E-commerce checkout platform vendor Bolt has raised $68 million to help it increase its engineering team, invest in additional enterprise functionality, partner with best-in-breed e-commerce platforms, and build and expand advanced features and functionality. Bolt's platform combines checkout, payments and fraud detection to provide a better buying experience for shoppers and maximize conversions for retailers, according to the company. Bolt claims its checkout page is up to 10 times faster than the competition.

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7 tax scams to watch out for this year

7 tax scams to watch out for this yearIn case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.



Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone CallsJeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”



Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United StatesPope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.



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Retail role play

Retailers and brands have both seen a tremendous shift in traditional retail dynamics, with merchants and marketplaces increasingly ceding control of the online and in-store shopping experience to the brands themselves. Democratizing access to data through new verticalized tools, however, represents a unique opportunity for retailers to leverage this trend by further transforming the retail dynamic and changing their role in the process.

Marketplaces and third-party sellers have always represented a kind of data “blind spot” for brands. Both provided little visibility on customers and even less control over customer experience or satisfaction.

Verticalized tools that provide new levels of data access are changing all that. For example, b8ta is offering a Retail-as-a-Service model and software platform to brands and retailers to better manage and analyze their in-store experience. Companies like Chatter Research are capturing real-time customer feedback that can be integrated side-by-side with POS data to further improve store performance. Solutions like these enable both parties to collaborate and give brands a unified omnichannel strategy. It also provides retailers with a unique opportunity to rethink their purpose and elevate their value proposition within the retail ecosystem, while also expanding margins and driving potential new revenue streams.

Brands already own the entire customer experience through their O&O stores and e-commerce sites. Amazon has also started providing access to more robust customer and sales information through their API. This has encouraged brands to build internal expertise while increasing their desire to have greater insight into — and control over — the sales process. The impetus now is on third-party retailers and marketplaces to provide similar (or better) opportunities and insight to match what O&O and e-commerce sites now provide.

The democratization of data access is a rare bit of good news.

Retailers are already shifting their focus to product discovery, search and transaction. They are more focused on ensuring a positive, in-store user experience — from processing a transaction (the global retail automation industry is expected to reach $21 billion by 2024) to finding and purchasing the product and accelerating conversions. These shifts, coupled with increased data visibility and analysis, fundamentally alter the value proposition for the retailer.

Platforms — like the above-mentioned b8ta and Chatter Research — allow retailers to capture data and provide it to brands so that they can ultimately be smarter about marketing and promoting through tracking customer visits, interactions and transactions. Soon, smart retailers will leverage this data access to an even greater degree, as brands increasingly rely on third-party retailers/marketplaces to grow their sales and market share. Retailers will sell it directly to brands using data marketplaces or use it to negotiate more favorable terms with product supply.

There are derivative benefits for retailers, as well. As more verticalized tools are deployed and adopted by both brands and retailers, they will continue to marry transactional data with user behavioral data while mapping consumer identification to brand marketing activity. Once the data is properly analyzed it will increase not only revenue per square foot but product margins in physical stores, as well, by helping retailers identify and recover lost sales. It also will lead to incremental investment by brands in shopper marketing, transforming advertising into selling.

The data holistically makes retailers stronger.

As merchants and third-party sellers struggle to reverse years of decline, the democratization of data access is a rare bit of good news. It changes the economics for all stakeholders involved, alters the roles of brands and merchants and creates new, much-needed monetization opportunities for retailers. Unlocking the value of data and empowering brands with it allows retailers to focus on where they can make the highest impact. While roles will change, data connectivity will ultimately strengthen partnerships and improve outcomes for all.

Revel Partners has published a white paper on retail, the brand-direct economy and the impact of data on retail efficacy and consumer satisfaction. To view it in its entirety click here.


Final ticket release to the 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party

One of Silicon Valley’s most fun and enduring traditions — the 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party — takes place on July 25. If you don’t have a ticket yet, know this: We just released the last batch of tickets. Once they’re gone, that’s it. No party for you. Don’t miss out on a night of fun and opportunity — buy your ticket today.

The Park Chalet, San Francisco’s coastal beer garden, provides a picturesque setting (ocean views anyone?) for a casual evening celebrating the early-startup spirit. Hang out and enjoy local craft beer, cocktails, delicious food and great conversation with other fearless tech entrepreneurs.

TechCrunch parties provide a relaxed way to connect and network, and they’re known as a place where startup magic happens. Who knows? You might meet your future co-founder or funder. Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith, founders of Box, met one of their first investors at a TechCrunch party.

It shouldn’t be too difficult to chat up an investor since our lead VC partner, Merus Capital, will be in the house, along with August Capital, Battery Ventures, Cowboy Ventures, Data Collective, General Catalyst and Uncork Capital.

No TechCrunch event would be complete without exciting startups showcasing their tech and talent.

Here’s the when, where and how:

  • When: July 25 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Park Chalet in San Francisco
  • How much: $95

As always, you have a chance to win great door prizes, including TechCrunch swag, Amazon Echos and tickets to Disrupt San Francisco 2019.

The 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party takes place on July 25, and this is the last ticket release. Don’t miss out on a convivial evening of food, drink, connection and possibility in the company of your entrepreneurial peers. Buy your ticket right here.


Want a free ticket to Disrupt SF?

Volunteer for the Summer Party and work with the TechCrunch team for a few hours. Sign up to volunteer here.


Amazon Prime Day sees competition from more than expected number of retailers

Amazon’s Prime Day continues to gain competition from rival retailers piggybacking on the annual event with their own sales. Ahead of this year’s Prime Day, RetailMeNot had forecast that this year’s sale would see competition from 250 retailers. Today, the firm upped this figure to over 300, saying it found that more retailers than earlier estimated have decided to run their own counter-sales.

As of 9 AM on the second day of Prime Day — Tuesday, July 16, 2019 — RetailMeNot says it has counted over 300 unique retailers running Prime Day-related offers. This is up from the 275 retailers it had uncovered yesterday afternoon, and up from the 250 it had forecast.

For comparison’s sake, Prime Day 2018 saw competition from 194 retailers; the year before that, just 119. And only 27 retailers ran counter sales back in 2016.

The rival sales come from retailers both large and small and are targeting online shoppers with aggressive deals, flash sales, free shipping offers, and other promotions. These sales extend across all categories and retailer segments, the report also notes.

Free shipping — which is one of Amazon Prime’s biggest draws — is a common offer from the Prime Day rival sales. Retailers are either lowering their free shipping minimums or touting free shipping “with no membership” needed, to counter Amazon’s plan to woo subscribers to join its free shipping service and perks program, Amazon Prime.

Many retailers are also using messaging that includes words and phrases that appeal to e-commerce deal hounds, like “Cyber” (13% of retailers used) or “Black Friday” — e.g. “Black Friday in July” — which 32% of retailers used. But even more are directly copying from Amazon, as 38% used the word “Prime” in their messages to consumers.

Some retailers even went for clever variations on the word “Prime” itself — like Joann Fabric’s “Primo Days,” for example. Meanwhile, ULTA’s deals on beauty primers were referenced as “up to 50% Off Primer Days” while West Elm noted several “Reasons to Love West Elm, (Primarily) Today.”

Already, the e-commerce market in the U.S. is feeling the impact from Amazon’s sale. According to Adobe, large retailers have already seen a 64% increase in their e-commerce revenue, compared with a typical Monday. It also predicts Prime Day 2019 will push total U.S. e-commerce sales to over $2 billion, when it all wraps.

Whether or not the sale is still paying off for Amazon as expected with all this new competition remains to be seen, however.


Facebook reportedly hasn’t contacted the regulator it says will oversee Libra’s privacy and data security

A Swiss regulatory agency that Facebook executive David Marcus said in Congressional testimony would be responsible for overseeing data and privacy protections for the company’s newly launched cryptocurrency, Libra, has not been contacted by Facebook, according to a report.

CNBC is reporting that the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner, who Marcus said would oversee data protections for its cryptocurrency in his testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, has yet to hear from the company which is depending on it for oversight.

In a statement provided to CNBC, Hugo Wyler, who’s the head of communication at the FDPIC said:

“We have taken note of the statements made by David Marcus, Chief of Calibra, on our potential role as data protection supervisory authority in the Libra context. Until today we have not been contacted by the promoters of Libra… We expect Facebook or its promoters to provide us with concrete information when the time comes. Only then will we be able to examine the extent to which our legal advisory and supervisory competence is given. In any case, we are following the development of the project in the public debate.”

Facebook’s attempted end-run around national monetary policy already has been criticized by lawmakers in the U.S. and around the world.

“With the announcement that it plans to create a cryptocurrency, Facebook is continuing its unchecked expansion and extending its reach into the lives of its users… Given the company’s troubled past, I am requesting that Facebook agree to a moratorium on any movement forward on developing a cryptocurrency until Congres and regulators have the opportunity to examine these issues and take action,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who heads the House Financial Services Committee, in a statement on the day Facebook announced its cryptocurrency.

Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, also had harsh words for Facebook and its planned cryptocurrency. “Libra raises many serious concerns regarding privacy, money laundering, consumer protection, and financial stability,” Powell said last week.

Even Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, normally a proponent of laissez faire approaches to private enterprise, voiced concerns about Libra that seemed to echo Powell’s.

“Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin have been exploited to support billions of dollars of illicit activity like cyber crime, tax evasion, extortion, ransomware, illicit drugs and human trafficking,” Mnuchin said in a press conference yesterday.

 


Minecraft Earth starts rolling out in beta in Seattle and London

If you’ve been waiting to check out Minecraft Earth (Mojang’s Pokemon GO-style augmented reality reimagining of its hugely popular game Minecraft) good news: it’s starting to roll out to some people now.

The catch? It’s only available to a slice-of-a-slice of the world, at first.

After opening up a registration system for its closed beta just a few days ago, the company says that it sent out the first batch of beta invites this afternoon.

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The beta is being rolled out on a region-by-region basis, with randomly picked players in Seattle and London getting access at first. Mojang says more cities should go live in “the next few days,” but doesn’t get any more specific than that.

It’s also worth noting that the beta is iOS only for now; Android support is on the way, but it won’t land until later this summer.

Our own Devin Coldewey went hands on with an early build of Minecraft Earth a few months ago – check out his first impressions here.


Peter Thiel says Elizabeth Warren is ‘dangerous,’ Warren responds: ‘Good’

Senator Elizabeth Warren doesn’t seem too unhappy about being labeled “dangerous” by investor Peter Thiel .

Thiel, who co-founded PayPal, Palantir and Founders Fund, made the comments in an interview on Fox News with Tucker Carlson, where he described most of the Democratic presidential field as “equally unimpressive” and called Warren “the dangerous one.”

“I’m most scared by Elizabeth Warren,” he said. “I think she’s the one who’s actually talking about the economy, which is the only thing — the thing that I think matters by far the most.”

Warren tweeted a link to a Bloomberg story about Thiel’s remarks with a succinct response of her own: “Good.”

Thiel is a high-profile backer of libertarian causes and a Trump supporter — a fact that’s made him a controversial figure in Silicon Valley — so it’s hard to imagine that many Democratic primary voters will be following his recommendations. Indeed, to some, Thiel’s criticism could be seen as an endorsement.

During the same interview, Thiel — who sits on Facebook’s board — repeated points made in an earlier speech where he accused Google of “seemingly treasonous” conduct and said the government should investigate the search giant’s ties with China. (China being the main target in Trump’s trade war.)

Warren, who’s been gaining in some recent polls, has some thoughts on tech policy as well, having called for the breakup of Google, Amazon and Facebook and also proposed an equity fund for underrepresented entrepreneurs.


Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Toyota sign 3-year deal to develop a fuel cell Moon rover

Toyota will work with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on a fuel cell Moon rover vehicle, with a target launch date of a Moon mission currently set for 2029. The two previously announced their collaboration, but on Tuesday they signed a formal agreement which defines a three-year joint research agreement to co-develop pressurized lunar rover prototypes.

Each year will see the partnership focus on a different phase of the prototype’s development, with 2019 all about identifying technical requirements and drawing up spec docs; next year, the goal will be to build test parts and then actually putting together a rover prototype; finally, in fiscal 2021, the partners will test both the rover parts and rover prototype in order to evaluate the results for potential full production.

The pressurized rover will be able to transport astronauts over 10,000 km using its onboard fuel cells and solar recharging mechanism, according to a press release detailing the concept from March, prior to today’s development partnership agreement. It would have a total seating capacity of two people, with the option to carry as many as four if there’s an emergency need to do so.

It’s about the size of two microbuses, according to Toyota, which means about 20 feet long, by 17 feet wide and 12.5 feet tall. The six-wheeled concept also features deployable solar panels for recharging, ample communications equipment and a front winch for getting itself out of jams another potential applications.

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JAXA intends to launch a series of lunar missions, including 2007’s Selene (or ‘Kayuga’), which sent an orbiter and a pair of communication satellites to lunar orbit. Ultimately, JAXA’s goal is to host a series of uncrewed and human missions under a broader Lunar Exploration Program with the ultimate aim of establishing a presence for Japanese astronauts in a combined international lunar outpost program.


What seed-stage dilution tells us about changing investor expectations

Round sizes are up. Valuations are up. There are more investors than ever hunting unicorns around the globe. But for all the talk about the abundance of venture funding, there is a lot less being said about what it all means for entrepreneurs raising their early funding rounds.

Take for instance Seed-stage dilution. Since 2014, enterprise-focused tech companies have given up significantly more ownership during Seed rounds. What gives?

Scale is an investor in early-in-revenue enterprise technology companies, so we wanted to better understand how this trend in Seed-stage dilution impacts companies raising Series A and Series B rounds.

Using our Scale Studio dataset of performance metrics on nearly 800 cloud and SaaS companies as well as Pitchbook fundraising records covering B2B software startups, we started connecting the dots between trends in valuations, round sizes, and winner-take-all markets.

Bottom line for founders: Don’t let all the capital in venture mislead you. There’s an important connection between higher Seed-stage dilution and increased investor expectations during Series A and Series B rounds.

These days, successful startups are growing up faster than ever.

Founders face an important trade-off decision


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Apex Legends is punishing cheaters by making them fight each other

In any online game, cheaters can really ruin it for everyone else. Not only do they ruin the sense of fair play, but, in defiance of the old adage, they often prosper. So what’s EA doing with Apex Legends‘s cheaters? Sticking the offenders in a pool together. Respawn, the game’s developers, posted a “check-in” update to Reddit over the weekend, detailing among other things its attempts to mitigate unfair play. There’s the usual measures: creating AI that detects cheating programs; identifying spam accounts; requiring two-factor authentication on suspect accounts. But another solution bears mentioning, because it sounds kind of ingenious: “[m]atchmaking…

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Counteracting the Sea of Sameness in Marketing

Follow the leader is not only a children’s game but a concept ingrained in the social psychology that drives us to emulate what’s popular. Marketers are notorious for paying close attention to what’s resonating in their industry amongst their peers and capitalizing on it, but often to a fault. Whether duplicating a company’s branding outright or adopting an identical tone on social media, many marketing strategies today are exactly the same. This sea of sameness in marketing doesn’t benefit advertisers as it quickly dilutes the effectiveness of a tactic when everyone adopts it at once. And it doesn’t serve customers…

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There’s a secret hidden inside the binary code on Alan Turing’s new £50 note

On July 15, the Bank of England revealed Alan Turing, a pioneer of computer science and artificial intelligence, will be the face of the new £50 note. One thing the announcement didn’t touch on, however, is that there’s a witty easter egg permanently embedded in the note’s design. The note, which will be printed on polymer, has a ticker tape showing a binary code: 1010111111110010110011000. You can see the the code to the left of Turing’s photo. While the number might seem random at first, it actually contains a piece of information about Turing’s life, as spotted by eagle-eyed Twitter users. When converted,…

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What’s a cryptocurrency exit scam and how do I spot one?

Welcome to Hard Fork Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and info to keep you up to date in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world. Google ‘cryptocurrency’ and the likelihood is you’ll see ‘exit scam’ somewhere in the results. But, what are they, how do they work, and more importantly, how can you spot one? What’s an exit scam? Put simply, an exit scam is a fraudulent operation orchestrated by unethical cryptocurrency promoters who disappear with investors’ funds during or in the aftermath of an initial coin offering (ICO). To do so, the scammers typically launch a new cryptocurrency based…

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This $79 portable AC is the eco-friendly way to beat the heat this summer

The alternative? Split the difference by creating a comfortable micro-climate around you that doesn’t involve cooling an entire building. The EvaChill EV-500 Personal Air Conditioner accomplishes just that -- and right now, you can save $20 on this eco-safe and wallet-friendly summer reliever for just $79.

55,000 cryptocurrency users affected in Bitpoint’s $28 million hack

Embattled cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint has revealed that roughly half of its 110,000 users were affected by last week’s $3.02 billion yen ($28 million) hack, reports The Mainchi. Speaking at a Tokyo press conference, Bitpoint president Genki Oda noted that of the 3.02 billion yen stolen, customers owned 2.06 billion yen ($19 million), while 960 million yen ($8.9 million) consisted of the company’s own holdings. According to Oda, customer losses represented 13 percent of the total amount of cryptocurrency users had kept on Bitpoint. He also pledged to repay victims (in cryptocurrency) once standard trade resumes. The theft, which included sums of Bitcoin, Bitcoin…

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Hackers breached Bulgaria’s tax agency and leaked the data of 5M people

Bulgaria has suffered what has been described as the biggest data leak in its history. The stolen data, which hackers emailed to local media on July 15, originates from the country’s tax reporting service – the National Revenue Agency (NRA). The breach contains the personal data of 5 million citizens, local outlet Capital reports. To put that into perspective, Bulgaria has a population of 7 million. Among other things, the trove includes personal identifiable numbers, addresses, and even income data. “The authorities are investigating a potential security breach in the systems of the National Revenue Agency,” the Bulgarian NRA wrote…

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Make a living keeping networks safe from attack with this $39 bundle

You can be the answer to a hiring manager’s prayers (and get paid like a godsend as well) with the instruction in The A to Z Cyber Security and IT Certification Training Bundle. The package is available now at a huge savings off the regular price, only $39 from TNW Deals.

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