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How to delete your TikTok account

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. So… you want to delete yourself from TikTok, huh? Here’s how you do it. I can think of multiple reasons why you might not want to have a TikTok account anymore. Maybe you don’t approve of the parent company ByteDance‘s questionable rules with regards to disabled content creators. Maybe you’re leery of the app‘s reputation for being “spyware.” Or maybe you’re just not interested in TikTok content, your......

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SpaceX has been developing Starship, its next-generation spacecraft, at its site in Boca Chica, Texas. The company has built a number of different Starship prototypes to date, include one prior version called the Starhopper that was essentially just the bottom portion of the rocket. Today, the company flew its first full-scale prototype (minus the domed cap that will appear on the final version, and without the control fins that will appear lower down on its sides), achieving an initial flight of around 150 m (just under 500 feet). This is the furthest along......

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How to watch Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 event

Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked events are some of the biggest events in the tech world, matched only by the likes of Apple and Google. But in the year 2020 of coronavirus, physical tech events have almost all been canceled, and Samsung is hosting its first-ever virtual Unpacked event. The event will take place on August 5, at 7AM PT / 10AM ET/ 4PM CEST / 7:30PM IST. Samsung will be streaming the announcement right from its homepage on Samsung.com. It’s expected to be a bit of a doozy too, with Samsung planning to announce five......

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Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has been sentenced to 18 months on one count of stealing trade secrets.  <levandowski won’t be heading straight to prison, however. Judge William Alsup postponed his incarceration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He will report to prison at a future date yet to be determined. Prosecutors agreed to set a date in February and Alsup said he should report to prison once COVID is under control. Judge Alsup said that home confinement......

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Stream Game Pass games to your Android with xCloud in September

After waiting for so long, Microsoft is finally launching on September 15 in 22 countries, albeit for Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. While it’ll be in beta form, it’ll be great to finally see Microsoft’s pet project finally reach gamers. Project xCloud has been in the works for a while as Microsoft’s cloud gaming solution — a “play your games anywhere, anytime” ambition we’ve also seen from the likes of Google’s Stadia. Now it seems to have found a home as the “cloud gaming” portion of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Microsoft’s gaming subscription service.......

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Apple sponsors a three-year UCLA study on depression and anxiety

The university says it designed the study so that it could conduct it entirely remotely. Privacy was another major consideration. UCLA and Apple say they plan to anonymize any data they collect during the study.    The hope is that the study will lead to a breakthrough that will give healthcare workers a better way to spot the symptoms of depression and prevent potential depressive episodes. As the university notes, how the medical field goes about detecting depression hasn’t changed significantly for more than a century. Much as they’ve done in the past,......

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Activision Blizzard reports a record quarter amid growing wage dispute

Activision Blizzard is facing growing pressure from employees and stockholders to address wage disparities at the company. CEO Bobby Kotick pulled in $40 million in compensation last year, while Blizzard employees such as testers and customer service representatives report struggling to meet basic needs, according to Bloomberg. In the company’s Q2 2020 financial report, CEO Bobby Kotick said, “Our record engagement resulted in greater revenue and earnings per share than previously forecast.” Executives have used the word “record” to describe other positive periods in the company’s financial operations. Like in February 2019, when......

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Those wondering whether The Walt Disney Company would eventually give up on a traditional theatrical release for “Mulan” now have their answer. While the coronavirus pandemic prompted Disney to accelerate the release of some movies like Pixar’s “Onward” on streaming, and to send certain lower-profile movies like “Artemis Fowl” straight to Disney+, the company chose to delay its bigger releases like “Mulan” and “Black Widow.” In fact, “Mulan” and Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” were expected to be the first big movies in theaters whenever they reopened. However, with the pandemic showing no real signs......

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Disney+ had more than 60.5 million paying subscribers as of yesterday, according to The Walt Disney Company’s CEO Bob Chapek. Chapek shared the number during a call to discuss the company’s latest earnings report, which covered the company’s most recent quarter ending on June 27. He was essentially offering an update on the 57.5 million paid subscriber figure included in the report, and he said the growth is “far exceeding our initial projections for the service.” Disney+ launched in November of last year. The company previously announced in April that the service had......

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What if black holes had a safe zone where little planets could live? Let's call them blanets

Every once in a while the scientific community comes up with a discovery so important that it immediately changes the course of human evolution. I’m talking of course about the invention of the word blanet. I think we can all agree that it is the cutest word science has ever created. However, if you’re like me, you’ll be disappointed to know that a blanet is in fact not a tiny little planet covered in soft comfy blankets – it would have had a pillow moon as well. Blanets are actually a theoretical class......

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'Mulan' will premiere on Disney+ September 4th for $30

With theaters closed, Disney has decided to try a “premiere access” release strategy for its live-action Mulan movie. While it still plans to attempt a theatrical release in some parts of the world, on September 4th viewers will be able to buy it at home for $30 via Disney+. Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced the decision on his company’s earnings call, where it also announced it’s topped more than 100 million streaming subscribers across all of its services. The $200 million-budgeted blockbuster was originally supposed to premiere in theaters on March 21st, but......

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Disney now has over 100 million streaming video subscribers

The company also announced today that it will be releasing its live action Mulan adaptation on Disney+ for $29.99 on September 4th. That’s surprising, as the company has never discussed premium offerings on top of its streaming service before. “We’re looking at Mulan as a one off, as opposed to trying to say there’s a new business windowing model we’re looking at,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek said during an earnings call today. “That said, we find it very interesting to be able to take a new offering, our premiere access offering, to consumers......

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Fall Guys Gets Review Bombed, Then Un-Bombed

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout released today, and thanks to a successful beta, lots of people were excited to play it. So many, in fact, that the game has been experiencing server issues, which makes it difficult to play and enjoy. The server issues made users understandably frustrated, but rather than wait for the issues to get sorted, some bombarded the game with negative reviews on Steam.  We’re currently being review-bombed on Steam… ☹️ We’re working really hard to get running smoothly for SO MANY players! We know it’s super frustrating, but if you could hold off......

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Test Your Reasoning Skills with Seasons of the Samurai, Available Now as Xbox Play Anywhere Title

Summary Put your brain to the test with fun brain teasers that grow in complexity and experience Japan in vivid colors Control the seasons and the time of day to reconfigure the world around you and find a path for war Season of the Samurai is available now on Xbox One No guns. No bad guys. No blood. It’s just you against the machine. Seasons of the Samurai is a series of puzzles set in medieval Japan that challenges you to use your brain in new and unexpected ways. Don’t worry, you are......

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The NSA tells military personnel to avoid using location services

The NSA also warns against using fitness trackers, smartwatches and IoT devices, among other gadgets. When it comes to recommendations, the agency has many the same suggestions you might see online if you search for ways to protect your privacy. It says staff should turn off location services on their mobile devices and grant apps as few permissions possible. The agency also recommends personnel disable features that allow users to find missing or misplaced devices.  While location information is mostly used by advertisers to target specific consumers, governments have also taken advantage of......

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Oxenfree And Afterparty Developer Releasing New Game "Very Soon"

Night School Studio is the team behind unique, story-driven games like Oxenfree and Afterparty. Today, the studio announced via Twitter that it has another project called Next Stop Nowhere in the works … and won’t have to wait long to see it. According to the trailer, Next Stop Nowhere stars a courier named Beckett and a criminal named Serra as they fly through space and explore the stars in search of Serra’s son Eddy. This initial reveal doesn’t give us too much beyond that, but the trailer’s soundtrack and visuals establish a stylish sci-fi vibe. ......

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You might have missed it, but amidst the current political-M&A-pandemic-election-disinformation news cycle we find ourselves in this week, SaaS and cloud companies reached new public market records. Yesterday, the Bessemer-Nasdaq cloud index closed at 2,035.54, a new record finish for the basket of software companies. And, today, the index broached the 2,040 mark before ceding some ground. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. You can read it every morning on Extra Crunch, or get The Exchange newsletter every Saturday. What matters for our purposes is that with a good chunk of the......

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Apple isn’t the only one accused of kicking out competitive solutions from its App Store. Google did the same — for over a month at least — or so alleges parental control app maker Boomerang. The company’s product competes with Google’s own Family Link solution for controlling screen time and children’s use of mobile devices. The company claims Google repeatedly removed its application from the Play Store for a variety of issues, including violations of Google’s “Deceptive Behavior Policy” which relates to users’ inability to easily remove the application from their Android device.......

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News – The Month in WordPress: June 2020 – WordPress.org

The second release candidate for WordPress 5.5 is here! WordPress 5.5 is slated for release on August 11, 2020, but we need your help to get there—if you haven’t tried 5.5 yet, now is the time! You can test the WordPress 5.5 release candidate in two ways: Thank you to all of the contributors who tested the Beta releases and gave feedback. Testing for bugs is a critical part of polishing every release and a great way to contribute to WordPress. Plugin and Theme Developers Please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 5.5 and update the Tested up to version......

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Avengers Adds Community Challenges Plus Even More PlayStation Advantages

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that those playing Marvel’s Avengers on PlayStation platforms will be the only ones able to add Spider-Man to their roster, Crystal Dynamics has revealed even more exclusive advantages coming to the PlayStation version when it launches in a month. Today, Crystal Dynamics took to the PlayStation Blog to announce Community Challenges, a new feature coming to all versions of the game. This newly announced feature gives the global Avengers player base gameplay goals to achieve to unlock rewards. While the studio isn’t quite ready to detail what the challenges......

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