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People may have kept pet cats 1,000 years ago, fossil finding suggests - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 2 min ago
Researchers discovered a feline skeleton along the Silk Road that suggests humans had cared for it.

Best vlogging cameras for 2020: Sony, Canon and more compared for YouTube - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 2 min ago
Whether you're just shooting for fun or you're a professional YouTuber, this is the gear you need to make your videos shine.

SDCC cosplay: The very best Comic-Con costumes spotted in recent years - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 12 min ago
Join us as we look back at the hottest cosplay we saw at San Diego Comic-Con over the last three years, from Harley Quinn to Hulkbuster, Davy Jones and Miles Morales.

Great coffee subscriptions for every type of java drinker - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 15 min ago
Keep yourself caffeinated with a coffee subscription -- there's one for every taste.

Chipmaker Analog Devices To Buy Rival Maxim For About $21 Billion

SlashDot - 9 hours 35 min ago
Hammeh writes: Semiconductor maker Analog Devices said on Monday it would buy rival Maxim Integrated Products for about $21 billion in the largest U.S. deal this year, aiming to boost its market share in automotive and 5G chipmaking. The deal, which is also Analog's biggest, will create a chipmaking force with a combined enterprise value of about $68 billion that will compete with larger rivals including Texas Instruments). Analog Devices Chief Executive Vincent Roche told Reuters in an interview that the combined engineering teams would help the resulting company design more specialized, higher-margin chips for customers such as automakers. "If you're doing commodities, you're at the mercy of the of the heavy hammer of the procurement folks," Roche said. "But our game is about getting there first, getting out on the edge and making a real impact at the application level for our customers." The companies said the deal added Maxim's strength in automotive and data center markets to ADI's broad industrial, communications and digital healthcare segments.

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Twitch restores Donald Trump's account after a two-week suspension

Engadget - 9 hours 45 min ago
Twitter has lifted its temporary ban on Donald Trump’s account. It suspended the president two weeks ago for “hateful conduct” related to controversial comments regarding Mexican migrants that he made in two streams. The service cited a quote from Tr...

The best Android tablet for 2020 - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 45 min ago
Android tablets rarely make the case for ditching your iPad, but that doesn't mean there aren't any good options available. Here are our favorites.

A Kinect mod for 'Super Mario 64' provides a fun pandemic workout

Engadget - 9 hours 51 min ago
What do you do when you’re in lockdown during a pandemic but still want to get some exercise? Well, if you’re YouTuber SuperLouis64, you’d make a Kinect mod and, together with a Nintendo Switch Joy-Con, use your own body as a controller for Super Mar...

The awesome Ember self-heating coffee mug: 2 for $100 - CNET

CNET News - 10 hours 55 sec ago
If feels magical the way it controls and maintains the temperature of your coffee or tea.

EV startup Fisker will go public to fund Ocean production in 2022 - Roadshow

CNET News - 10 hours 12 min ago
Thanks to a merger with Spartan Energy Acquisition, Fisker will debut on the New York Stock Exchange in a deal set to finalize late this year.

Best back to school gear under $250 - CNET

CNET News - 10 hours 15 min ago
Have a decent budget for your back-to-school needs? Here are our favorite items in the $100 to $250 range.

DNC and RNC Warn Campaigns About Using TikTok

SlashDot - 10 hours 20 min ago
The Democratic and Republican national committees have warned their staffs about using the Chinese-owned app TikTok. From a report: The Democratic National Committee warned Democratic campaigns, committees and state parties Friday to take additional security precautions when using TikTok. In the email, the DNC security team wrote, "We continue to advise campaign staff to refrain from using TikTok on personal devices. If you are using TikTok for campaign work, we recommend using a separate phone and account." Republican National Committee national press secretary Mandi Merritt said Saturday the RNC had longstanding guidance on TikTok. "The RNC has advised employees and stakeholders to not download the TikTok app on their personal devices," she said, citing "security concerns." The DNC had suggested to campaigns in a memo in December not to use TikTok, citing concerns about the app's "Chinese ties and potentially sending data back to the Chinese government."

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Facebook built a new fiber-spinning robot to make internet service cheaper - CNET

CNET News - 10 hours 45 min ago
The robot's code name is Bombyx, which is Latin for silkworm, and pilot tests with the machine begin next year.

Star Wars animated series 'The Bad Batch' is coming to Disney+ in 2021

Engadget - 10 hours 47 min ago
Star Wars: The Clone Wars wrapped up its final season on Disney+ a couple of months ago, but there’s another animated series in the works from a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars: The Bad Batch will premiere on the streaming service next year. The ca...

Gigantic, red and full of spots

Science Daily Astronomy - 10 hours 50 min ago
Starspots are more common among red giant stars than previously thought. Astronomers report that approximately eight percent of red giants exhibit such spots. Although red giants are generally regarded as slowly rotating stars, those with starspots are apparently an exception. The new publication offers a comprehensive analysis of the reasons for their short rotation periods.

Microsoft Worked With Google To Bring Progressive Web Apps To the Play Store

SlashDot - 10 hours 55 min ago
Microsoft has been collaborating with Google to ensure that their tools interoperate and can help developers get their Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) into the Play Store. From a report: "We're glad to announce a new collaboration between Microsoft and Google for the benefit of the web developer community," Microsoft's Judah Gabriel Himango announced. "Microsoft's PWABuilder and Google's Bubblewrap are now working together to help developers publish PWAs in the Google Play Store." As Himango explains, PWABuilder is a Microsoft tool that helps developers build PWAs from existing websites and publish them in app stores, while Bubblewrap is a Google tool and library used to generate and sign Google Play Store packages from PWAs. After months of collaboration, the two firms have made some interesting progress towards integrating the tools. Now, PWABuilder utilizes Bubblewrap "under the hood," as Himango puts it, allowing developers to package PWAs for the Play Store with PWABuilder that support the new web shortcuts standard. (On Windows 10, web shortcuts appear as jump lists.)

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NBC is creating a 24-hour version of 'Today' for Peacock

Engadget - 10 hours 58 min ago
Soon, if you miss a morning of NBC’s Today, you’ll be able to catch up with a never-ending stream of material from the show. Beginning Wednesday, NBC is bringing an around-the-clock, free, ad-supported feed of Today to its Peacock streaming platform....

2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid is pretty affordable after tax credits - Roadshow

CNET News - 11 hours 8 min ago
With the Escape PHEV's large battery onboard, the federal tax credit will shave $6,843 off the price.