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Comic for January 19, 2020

Dilbert - Mon, 01/20/2020 - 00:59
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Categories: Funny

Exclusive: EU industry chief to dismiss fears strict security rules could delay 5G

Technology News (Reuters) - 4 hours 50 min ago
European industrial policy chief Thierry Breton is set to dismiss claims that relying on European companies to build a 5G network would delay its rollout, weighing in on an increasingly tense debate in Germany over the risk posed by China's Huawei.
Categories: Technology

Watching 'Little Women': We were four sisters. Now we are three.

Mashable - 5 hours 51 sec ago

When we first watched (and rewatched and rewatched, ad infinitum) Gillian Armstrong’s Little Women as girls we were four sisters. Now, we are three.

After my sister died two years ago, I couldn't understand why the change to our number — no longer four, but three — distressed me almost as much as how much I missed her. Watching Greta Gerwig's 2019 adaptation, though, I started to realize why. 

People always have the most incredulous reactions to hearing you’re one of four sisters — as if a house of three women was reasonable, but four or even five women including mother!? That’s one too many, a preposterous amount of girlishness under the same roof and surely torture for our “poor” father. Read more...

More about Grief, Greta Gerwig, Sisterhood, Little Women, and Entertainment
Categories: IT General, Technology

China to step up countermeasures as virus outbreak grows

Health News (Reuters) - 5 hours 29 min ago
China will step up efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays as a rise in confirmed cases fanned fears the virus could spread to other countries.
Categories: Health

New coronavirus outbreak in Chinese city of Wuhan

Health News (Reuters) - 5 hours 29 min ago
Chinese authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) say a new strain of coronavirus is behind the outbreak of pneumonia in the central city of Wuhan, which has erupted just ahead of the Lunar New Year, the country's biggest festival.
Categories: Health

HBO's 'Avenue 5' charts a ballsy voyage to comedy's final frontier

Mashable - 6 hours 51 sec ago
The following is a spoiler-free review of HBO's Avenue 5

HBO's Avenue 5 isn't stellar yet...but dang, if it isn't thiiiiiis close.

When Veep creator Armando Iannucci announced he'd be taking on the sci-fi genre, fans of his sharp satire yearned for Selina Meyer in space — a witty workplace comedy with punchy quips and intergalactic stakes. 

Instead, viewers are getting a send-up of the space industry twice as vicious and ten times as brutal as the beloved political comedy ever got. It's a risk that doesn't pay off entirely in the first four episodes I've seen, but could set the stage for a new HBO comedy staple. Read more...

More about Hbo, Veep, Streaming Services, Hugh Laurie, and Avenue 5
Categories: IT General, Technology

China's national health commission says viral outbreak is 'controllable'

Health News (Reuters) - 6 hours 56 min ago
China's National Health Commission on Sunday said the outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus is controllable, in the first statement from the body since the outbreak was reported in late December.
Categories: Health

Here's how to extend your activism beyond the Women's March

Mashable - 7 hours 51 sec ago

Once a massive outlet for the bubbling contempt felt by so many after President Trump's election and inauguration, the fervor for the 2017 Women's March, likely the largest single-day protest in U.S. history, has subsided to a simmer for some after a number of controversies marred the national Women's March organization. 

First, there were early complaints about the makeup of the marches, many of which skewed white. Then, in 2018, news broke of allegations of anti-Semitism within the organization's leadership, on the part of some of the march's national co-chairs. 

Attendance last year dropped off in comparison to 2017's record-breaking march. Although, as the Washington Post reports, 2019's march was still "number seven of the 10 largest days of protest since Trump took office."  Read more...

More about Feminism, Gender Equality, Gender Issues, Womens March On Washington, and Womens March
Categories: IT General, Technology

Give coding a shot with this $39 Python bootcamp

Mashable - 9 hours 51 sec ago

TL;DR: Become a master of data science with the Ultimate Python Programmer and Data Certification Bundle for $39, a 97% savings. 

If you want to be successful as a programmer, you need to master things like app development and data science. A great way to do it? Learning Python. 

Not only does Python power many of tech's top fields, but it's also reportedly one of the easiest languages to learn. And you don't need to spend major money and countless hours teaching yourself through random webinars with redundant content. In fact, you can start learning in literally a few minutes with this curated nine-course Ultimate Python Programmer and Data Certification Bundle for just $39.  Read more...

More about Coding, Python, Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Onlinelearning
Categories: IT General, Technology

Get a USB hub for your MacBook and don't ever look back

Mashable - 9 hours 51 sec ago

More and more gadgets are foregoing traditional USB ports and it appears that we have no choice in the matter. Don't get us wrong, the simplicity is awesome, but it's also severely limiting. More often than not, you just end up with a mess of power strips, cords, and devices plugged in all around youThanks, I hate it.

Fortunately, there is another option that will keep your work setup looking sleek and streamlined, not to mention the hours of productivity it will afford you: USB hubs. [Editor's note: Getting one of these has seriously changed the way I use my MacBook Pro, and in the best way possible.] Read more...

More about Mashable Shopping, Consumer Tech, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology

Don't miss this $12 Photoshop class you can take online from anywhere

Mashable - 9 hours 51 sec ago

TL;DR: Learn how to take advantage of all Photoshop has to offer with this super cheap online class — for a limited time it's just $11.99, which is a 94% savings. 

Apps like Facetune, PicsArt, Quickshot, and VSCO seem to have taken over the photo-manipulation game. But photographers, designer, and digital artists everywhere know that Adobe Photoshop is, was, and will (probably) always be king. If you've always wanted to learn this incredibly popular tool, an online class called Photoshop Master: From Beginner to Pro is the perfect introduction for just $12.

Whether you're trying to take on a new career or just gain more Instagram followers, this four-hour course is a stepping stone to your goal. Through over 40 lectures led by photographer and editor Manfred Werner, you'll work step-by-step learning the ins and outs of Adobe's gold standard editing software. You'll begin by building a foundation and learning the ways in which this digital darkroom works. Then you'll customize the layout in a way that works for you, which will lead you to an understanding of layers, panels, color profiles, PSD files, web files, cutting objects, and other functions and tools. Read more...

More about Photoshop, Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Onlinelearning, and Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology

This simulator turns any room into a high-tech golf range

Mashable - 9 hours 51 sec ago

TL;DR: Play a game of golf right in your living room with the PhiGolf's mobile and home smart golf simulator with swing stick for $199.20, a 20% savings. 

The game of golf can be rather frustrating. Even though your parents told you practice makes perfect, there's really no way to be perfect at it. Practice does, however, improve your consistency and shed some strokes off your game. And in order to practice 365 days a year, rain or shine, without even having to leave the house, you need the PhiGolf Golf Simulator.

This compact and portable simulator turns any room in your home into a high-tech golf range. With the integrated swing stick, PhiGolf emulates your real swing, so it actually feels like you're teeing off.  Read more...

More about Golf, Mashable Shopping, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology

Save $60 on this stellar Dell monitor for a (very) limited time

Mashable - 9 hours 51 sec ago

TL;DR: This 27-inch, LED-backlit display monitor by Dell is on sale for $129.99.

Looking for an excellent deal on a new display for work and light gaming? Then check out Dell’s SE2717HR. This 27-inch 1080p IPS display features a 75Hz refresh rate and FreeSync support, which makes it an excellent solution for gaming on a budget or just typing up reports. Best of all, you can get it now from PCMag’s Shop marked down from $189.99 to $129.99. [Editor's note: PCMag and Mashable are both owned by Ziff Davis.]

As mentioned above, Dell’s SE2717HR is a 27-inch display with a 1080p IPS panel. I actually own two of these displays that I use everyday in a multi-monitor setup for work, and I can report they perform quite well. This display features 6-bit+FRC technology to simulate 8-bit color support. Although the color accuracy is inadequate for professionally editing images, images on screen look clear and vibrant. Read more...

More about Monitor, Mashable Shopping, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology

Go after your dreams with classes starting at $11.99 during Udemy’s MLK Jr. Day sale

Mashable - 9 hours 51 sec ago

TL;DR: Take online courses starting at just $11.99 during Udemy’s MLK Jr. Day sale.

Browsing sales and bingeing on Disney+ might be all you have on deck for MLK Jr. Day, but it’s a good time to think about what this remarkable civil rights leader actually represented — the power to change the world, the importance of standing up for your dreams, and the value of education. He certainly inspires us to reach for more than the remote. 

During his time at Morehouse, Martin Luther King Jr., who was a total prodigy and started college at just 15 years old, wrote an article called “The Purpose of Education.” In this article, Dr. King emphasizes that intelligence alone is not enough. Education is a necessary tool that should enable people to establish and achieve worthy objectives. Read more...

More about Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Onlinelearning, Sponsored Shopping, and Culture
Categories: IT General, Technology

China virus cases spike, 17 new infections reported

Health News (Reuters) - 14 hours 1 min ago
China reported 17 more cases of pneumonia caused by a new coronavirus strain on Sunday, stoking worries of it spreading as the country gears up to celebrate Chinese lunar new year when hundreds of millions of people travel.
Categories: Health

Factbox: New coronavirus outbreak in Chinese city of Wuhan

Health News (Reuters) - 14 hours 1 min ago
Chinese authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) say a new strain of coronavirus is behind the outbreak of pneumonia in the central city of Wuhan, which has erupted just ahead of the Lunar New Year, the country's biggest festival.
Categories: Health

China reports 17 more cases of new virus strain

Health News (Reuters) - 16 hours 21 min ago
China reported 17 more cases of pneumonia caused by a new coronavirus strain on Sunday, stoking worries as the country gears up to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year when much of the population travels.
Categories: Health

Comic for January 18, 2020

Dilbert - 19 hours 52 sec ago
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Categories: Funny

Talk to the hand? Amazon reportedly wants you to pay with it.

Mashable - 19 hours 38 min ago

Apple and Google make it easy to leave your wallet be when it's time to pay at the register, but now there are murmurs about factoring out your smartphone as well.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon shops and other merchants could offer a hand-based payment system. Your credit card or account info would be linked to your palms, so when checking out you'd just put out your hand. Scan it and you're set.

The terminals could be used at any store, not just Amazon-owned ones. Early talks with financial institutions suggest the powers-that-be are mulling connecting customer payment info to the hand-readers. Read more...

More about Amazon, Payments, Biometric, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
Categories: IT General, Technology

Help your résumé stand out with these IT certification courses

Mashable - 19 hours 49 min ago

TL;DR: Add something impressive to your résumé with The Essential Cloud and Networking Certification Training Bundle for $39.99, a 97% savings. 

While slapping a certification on your résumé won't get you hired all by itself, there's no doubt that it will give you a leg up on your competition. While there's a lot of grey area for recruiters to navigate  on any given CV (what does proficient in Microsoft Word actually mean?), certifications are more black and white and signal to recruiters you, in fact, have a level of authority in your chosen field. 

If you're looking to advance in the IT world, where salaries are lucrative and the jobs are competitive, you'll definitely want an accreditation or two under your skills section. And The Essential Cloud and Networking Certification Training Bundle can help you get there by prepping you for a number of top network and cloud certification exams.  Read more...

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Categories: IT General, Technology
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