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Surprise, you can actually turn anything into a smart device — Future Blink

The Fingerbot Plus lets you turn your traditional buttons and switches into smart home-ready controls.  Read more...More about Mashable Video, Smart Home, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Smart Home Voice Commands [...]

See the grim climate graphs censored by Trump

They're back. After a four-year hiatus during the Trump administration, the EPA announced this week the return of its Climate Change Indicators website. (The previous administration deleted many of the EPA's climate pages.) The public now has access to dozens of updated, and often telltale, graphs produced by the EPA, the government agency that protects both human health and the environment. Atmospheric CO2 levels are skyrocketing, and haven't been this high in some 3 million years. The planet is reacting: Heat waves are increasing, flooding is increasing, Arctic sea ice is diminishing, and beyond. That's all now clear once again… [...]

DryCycle looks like a mini electric car...but it's made for bike paths — Future Blink

DryCycle is a commuter vehicle specifically designed for rainy days, so you can "bike" to work rain or shine.  Read more...More about Mashable Video, Rain, Electric Bike, Commuter, and Electric Vehicle [...]

How 'The Mitchells vs the Machines' harnesses the power of memes

Welcome to Thanks, I Love It, our series highlighting something onscreen we're obsessed with this week. Netflix's The Mitchells vs. The Machines looks like few other animated films we've seen before, combining CG sleekness with an almost hand-painted texture and then scribbling over all of it with doodles, captions, and surrealist clip art. Yet it's a look that might also feel oddly familiar, at least if you've spent enough time online: With its floating emoji and bouncing GIFs, the film looks a lot like, well, the internet. It's not an accident. "Something that we liked the idea of was taking… [...]

The very first look as 'Friends: The Reunion' is here

HBO Max's Friends: The Reunion (The One Where They Reunite, if you will) hits streaming later this month, and an emotional teaser is here to take you back with the somber notes of that familiar theme song. But as sweet as the teaser is, an HBO press release about the reunion stole the show with its guest list — a whole paragraph of text that includes previous Friends guests (Reese Witherspoon, Tom Selleck) and people who were babies when the show premiered on NBC (Justin Bieber, who is now as old as the characters) joining the main cast (Jennifer Aniston,… [...]

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US stocks rally as jobless claims hit another pandemic-era low

US stocks gained on positive jobless claims data. The cryptocurrency space was battered by news Tesla would no longer accept bitcoin as payment. [...]

The 10 best drugstore foundations that work just as well as luxury brands

Good foundation doesn't have to be expensive. I've tested quite a few drugstore foundations to find the best options for various skin types and coverage needs. [...]

How long humans could survive in space without a spacesuit

Why are astronauts always wearing those bulky suits? You don't NEED them, do you? Here's what would really happen to an exposed human in the void of space. [...]

The online best sales and deals happening now, from exclusive Grill Week deals to discounts at Thermoworks, Carbon38, and Ulta

We rounded up the best sales and deals happening online today, from exclusive Grill Week deals to discounts at Thermoworks, Carbon38, and Ulta. [...]

The 13 best places to learn how to code online, including Codecademy, Udacity, and Coursera

Whether you're learning Python or Java, there are many affordable online coding and computer science courses, and some offer certificates or degrees. [...]

TechCrunch

- Walter Thompson
Is there a creed in venture capital?

When faced with shifting terms, I apply four basic principles to frame my approach. First: avoid any escalation that endangers the overall success of the enterprise. [...]

- Sarah Perez
PayPal acquires returns logistics business, Happy Returns

PayPal announced today it’s acquiring Happy Returns, a returns solution provider that offers online shoppers access to easier ways to send back unwanted merchandise to retailers without having to box it up and ship it themselves. The company today offers a network of more than 2,600 drop-off returns locations in the U.S., including those in […] [...]

- Annie Siebert
Software subscriptions are eating the world: Solving billing and cash flow woes simultaneously

Subscription business models are attractive, but there are two major pitfalls. First, payment. Second: How do businesses cover the funding gap between when customers sign up and when they pay? [...]

- Rita Liao
China’s autonomous vehicle startups AutoX, Momenta and WeRide are coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

As the autonomous vehicle industry in the United States marches toward consolidation, a funding spree continues to exhilarate China’s robotaxi industry. Momenta, Pony.ai, WeRide and Didi’s autonomous vehicle arm have all raised hundreds of millions of dollars over the past year. And 21-year-old search engine giant Baidu competes alongside the startups with a $1.5 billion […] [...]

- Frederic Lardinois
Google Analytics prepares for life after cookies

As consumer behavior and expectations around privacy have shifted — and operating systems and browsers have adapted to this — the age of cookies as a means of tracking user behavior is coming to an end. Few people will bemoan this, but advertisers and marketers rely on having insights into how their efforts translate into […] [...]

VentureBeat

For language models, analogies are a tough nut to crack, study shows

Language models struggle to understand analogies, according to a new study from researchers at Cardiff University. [...]

E3 Rewind: Sony’s stunning show from 2015

At E3 2015, Sony delighted and surprised fans with an impressive stable of big games coming to the PlayStation 4. [...]

Warhammer III hands-on — A journey into the Realm of Chaos

Sega Europe's The Creative Assembly studio showed off a demo of Total War: Warhammer III at a press event. [...]

Sosivio nabs $4M for container monitoring and observability

Sosivio, a startup developing a container monitoring and observability platform, has raised $4 million in seed funding. [...]

LinkedIn open-sources Greykite, a library for time series forecasting

Greykite, a library for time series forecasting, is available on GitHub in open source courtesy of LinkedIn. [...]