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Driving the VW ID Buggy, an EV concept for the dunes - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 08:00
A Meyers Manx for modern times, VW's little green machine has dune buggy style with an all-electric powertrain underneath.

Succession is the perfect successor to Game of Thrones - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 08:00
Here’s another HBO drama to appease your inner Lannister fan.

Amazon or the military: Warehouse bosses pressured 2 workers to choose - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 08:00
The alleged actions may violate federal workplace discrimination laws.

A timeline of recent Juul and vaping health controversies - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 08:00
Get up to date on this growing -- but controversial -- industry.

The best robot vacuums of 2019: iRobot Roomba vs. Neato vs. the rest - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 08:00
Robot vacuums are smarter and faster than ever before. Here are the best models you can buy right now.

Edibles vs. topicals vs. vaping vs. oils: CBD products, explained - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 08:00
A guide to the most common CBD products and how they affect the body.

'Windjammers 2' is a stylish update to a Neo Geo classic

Engadget - Fri, 2019-08-23 08:00
Windjammers is basically Pong on steroids. The original, released for the Neo Geo arcade system in 1994, had two players throwing a frisbee -- sorry, "ultimate flying disc" -- across a net. If you managed to hit the opponent's end zone, you got some...

Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 07:17
Save big on the Surface Book 2, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6.

Self-folding 'Rollbot' changes its shape in response to heat

Engadget - Fri, 2019-08-23 07:05
Soft robots have potential applications in everything from space exploration to health care, as they're able to change shape depending on the needs of their environment. Most soft robots need to be "tethered" though, meaning they need to be attached...

Backpacks vs. shoulder bags: Laptop commuters take sides - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 07:00
For lugging a laptop and other tech gear, the choice is more contentious than we thought.

The free Dragon Quest XI demo on Nintendo Switch is pretty darn long - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 06:52
You can play around 10 hours and you can carry your progress over to the full game.

Surprise: Bees Need Meat

Scientifc America - Fri, 2019-08-23 06:45
Microbes in flowers are crucial to bee diets, and microbiome changes could be starving the insects

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The Morning After: iPhone 'Pro' rumors

Engadget - Fri, 2019-08-23 06:30
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. We're ready with our review of Samsung's big-screen Galaxy Note 10+, and the rumor machine is already cranking up ahead of Apple's next big iPhone reveal. Also, an OTA update can make some Teslas handle better a...

Google Photos now has the ability to search for text in images

Engadget - Fri, 2019-08-23 06:01
Google is making it much easier to look for specific images with text through its Photos app. Over the years, the tech giant released various object recognition features powered by Google Lens for its backup application, so it doesn't end up a photo...

Amazon Will No Longer Use Tips To Pay Delivery Drivers' Base Salaries

SlashDot - Fri, 2019-08-23 06:00
Amazon is ending its practice of using customer tips to pay its Flex drivers' wages, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times and confirmed by The Verge. From the report: The practice came under fire when it was revealed back in February that Amazon (along with other delivery services like Instacart and DoorDash) were using customer tips to pay delivery drivers their base pay, letting the corporations in question save money at the expense of compensating their workers. Now, Amazon confirms that the initial minimum payment for each delivery will come entirely from Amazon, with driver's tips going directly to the driver on top of that -- i.e., the almost universally understood intent of how tips should work in the first place, where they're a bonus for a specific person on top of their base pay from the company for which they work. "Amazon will always contribute at least $15 per scheduled hour to driver pay, and often more, based on location and demand," says Amazon spokesperson Rena Lunak. "As always, for deliveries with tipping opportunities, drivers will receive 100% of the tips." The difference now is that the tips will be in addition to that base pay, instead of being part of it. The new payment policy is set to start today, the company confirmed. In an email to The Verge, Amazon clarified that it would be contributing a minimum of "at least $15-$19 per scheduled hour, depending on location," -- seemingly down from the original promise of $18 to $25 that Amazon Flex's site used to offer, although it's unclear how much of that old number came from Amazon and how much was from worker's tips. For its part, Amazon does say that it's "raising" its minimum contribution to those new numbers, which would imply that it previously contributed less than $15 an hour before -- again, depending on the location. Amazon declined to say what its minimum contribution was previously. The news comes after DoorDash is still pocketing workers' tips almost a month after it promised to stop.

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Disney+ docu-series will focus on the people behind its movies and parks

Engadget - Fri, 2019-08-23 05:02
Disney+ will have access to Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Fox's impressive film library, but it needs a wide variety of other content to compete with Netflix's endless scroll. The entertainment giant has dropped a clue at what we can expect to see with t...

Amazon will no longer use drivers' tips to cover their base pay

Engadget - Fri, 2019-08-23 03:22
Amazon has pledged to be more transparent and to tell its its Flex delivery drivers how much they actually earn, according to an email sent to contractors as seen by the LA Times. Perhaps more importantly, the e-commerce giant will no longer dip into...

Enter for your chance to win* a Fluance audio system - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 03:01
The grand prize includes a turntable, powered speakers and a Bluetooth speaker.

Vaping Is Suspected In Severe Lung Illnesses

SlashDot - Fri, 2019-08-23 03:00
U.S. health authorities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating the cases of 153 people, mostly teenagers and young adults, who developed several lung illnesses after using electronic cigarettes (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source). The Wall Street Journal reports: The cases have occurred in 16 states over the past two months, with many of the injured rushing to emergency rooms with difficulty breathing and other symptoms. No deaths have been reported, but some patients were so ill they spent days in intensive-care units on mechanical ventilators, the health authorities said. What exactly is causing the acute illnesses is unknown, though health experts suspect vaping plays a role. Vaping refers to the use of an electronic cigarette to inhale. Many of the injured have told doctors or health authorities they were vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, a key ingredient in marijuana, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is working with state health departments to identify the cause. At least some of the products were purchased from unlicensed sellers. "Investigators have not identified any specific product or compound that is linked to all cases," the CDC said in a statement. The Food and Drug Administration said it is testing e-cigarette products that the patients used. The health effects of vaping any product, even a well-known brand name, are under research and not yet fully known, tobacco researchers said.

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Disneyland's 'Avengers Campus' theme park unveiled at D23 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2019-08-23 02:18
The Marvel-themed area will be launching in 2020.