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Google makes it easier to add more info to Calendar events

Google is making it easier for G Suite users to add info to Calendar events without having to click “more options.” Now, when users create an event, more editable fields will appear directly in the pop-up dialog. In G Suite, you’ll be able to grant guests permission to see the guest list, invite others or edit the event. You can add attachments to the event’s description or change an event’s visibility. You can choose an event color, customize notifications and set a free or busy status. News Article Courtesy Of »...

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Blizzard releases an 'Overwatch' soundtrack that covers all 21 maps

Rich, orchestral music is one of the hallmarks of Overwatch, and you can now listen to more of it outside of the game whenever you like. Blizzard has released a soundtrack album called Overwatch: Cities And Countries, which includes tunes linked to all of the core maps. Every time you load into a match, you hear a small snippet of music that evokes the setting of the battlefield on which you’re about to play. The album is made up of full-length versions of those, with tracks for each of the 21 main maps,......

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Why are scientists trying to manufacture organs in space?

Gravity can be a real downer when you are trying to grow organs. That’s why experiments in space are so valuable. They have revealed a new perspective into biological sciences, including insights into making human tissues. Gravity influences cellular behavior by impacting how protein and genes interact inside the cells, creating tissue that is polarized, a fundamental step for natural organ development. Unfortunately, gravity is against us when we try to reproduce complex three dimensional tissues in the lab for medical transplantation. This is difficult because of the intrinsic limitations of bio-reactors used......

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The Superstrata ebike is made of 3D-printed carbon fiber and tailored to your body

For all ebikes can do to make transportation easier and more pleasant, there’s one complaint that continues to haunt them: weight. Slowly but surely though, we’re beginning to see more ebikes approach the weights of traditional bikes using clever designs and lighter components. An upcoming bike called the Superstrata, launching for pre-order on Indiegogo today in both regular and electrified versions, claims to push the boundaries of lightweight ebikes even further by using a 3D-printed, unibody carbon fiber manufacturing process. Coming in at around 24.2 pounds for the electric model, dubbed the Superstrata......

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Vivo's next gaming phone can fully charge in 15 minutes

Vivo has used its lineup of iQOO gaming phones to push the envelope on smartphone tech for a while now, and it looks like the company has a significant new innovation in its next device. A video from the iQOO brand on Weibo shows a new device using the 120W wired fast charging solution that the company announced last June. From the video, it looks like the 120W fast charger can fully charge a 4,000 mAh battery in 15 minutes, and can get the phone to 50 percent in just five minutes. If......

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Super Mario Bros or Apple stock?

Wanna hear something disgusting? A vintage copy of Super Mario Bros. on the NES was just sold at auction for $114,000. Admittedly, it’s one of the most influential games ever (it introduces Mario to the world) and the specific copy was given a 9.4 grading, which means it’s in near-perfect condition. Oh, and there’s some weird technicality about a cardboard hanger tag that makes it super rare. But still… $114,000? This got me thinking — how good of an investment would it have been buying a copy of Super Mario Bros. and leaving it somewhere safe for 20-odd......

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Lenovo discounts its Google Assistant-powered Smart Clock to $40

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. If you buy something through one of the links on this page, we may earn an affiliate commission. Lenovo’s excellent Smart Clock with the Google Assistant hit $40 today, which is 50 percent off its normal price. It’s a great deal on the smart display that would make a good upgrade to your regular alarm clock with its sunrise alarm feature, ambient light sensor and minimalist design. You can buy it at the sale price on Lenovo’s......

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Apple announced this morning it’s allocating more than $400 million toward affordable housing projects and other homeowner assistance programs in California, as a part of its earlier multi-year pledge of $2.5 billion to address the state’s housing crisis and homelessness issues. The funding is expected to support thousands of Californians with first-time homebuyer assistance or new, affordable housing units, Apple says. Projects launching in 2020 include 250 new units of affordable housing across the Bay Area — the first affordable housing developments funded in a private-public partnership with Housing Trust Silicon Valley. The......

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India should set up a data regulator to oversee how companies collect, process, store, monetize and even destroy non-personal data (or data that has been anonymized), a panel tasked by New Delhi has recommended in a draft report. The eight-person panel said that companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Uber have benefited from a combination of “first mover advantage,” “sizable network effect” and “enormous data” that they have collected over the years. This dominance has “left many new entrants and startups being squeezed and faced with significant entry barriers,” said the draft......

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Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our week-starting primer in which we go over the latest news, dig into the week ahead, talk about some neat funding rounds and dive into the latest big news from the startup world. (You can follow the show on Twitter here, and myself here, if you are so inclined! Don’t forget to check out last Friday’s episode as well. All the cool kids are doing it.) Some weekends are slow. This weekend was not. Here’s......

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AI shows all tourists basically take the same picture

Images shared online have a big impact on how we travel. As documentary photographer Sara Melotti puts it: We are all going to the same places, trying to get similar versions of that same shot because we know it will get us more likes….we go to Instagram-spots! What a sad sad word that is, isn’t it?! Sad as it may be, those photos can reveal a lot about our travel choices, as Facebook‘s AI team recently discovered. The researchers analyzed the influence that online photos and conservation policies have on travel patterns by applying algorithms to thousands of images of Cuzco, Peru.......

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Superstrata's $3,999 Ion is a made-to-measure carbon fiber e-bike

Superstrata frames won’t be a single piece, though. The team is planning to print the main portion of the frame — which doesn’t have a traditional seat tube, creating an open diamond shape — and front forks separately. Still, it’s an impressive design feat that is catch the attention of other cyclists and road users. Superstrata The company will use additive manufacturing to build two similarly-shaped bicycles: a standard $2,799 ‘Terra’ model, and an electrified $3,999 ‘Ion’ version. That might sound expensive, however a carbon road bike can cost anywhere between $1,250 and......

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Get an Inspire HR fitness tracker for $70 in Fitbit's summer sale

Buy Inspire HR at Amazon – $70 Buy Charge 4 at Amazon – $130 Buy Versa Lite at Amazon – $100 The Inspire HR fitness tracker normally costs $100, and this is the lowest price we’ve seen it since May. It’s one of the best fitness wearables for most people thanks to its slim design, all-day activity tracking with its built-in heart rate monitor, automatic workout tracking with SmartTrack, sleep monitoring and more. You won’t find advanced features like onboard GPS on this device (although it does supported connected GPS), but it does......

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Less than a month after picking up Simplecast for its podcast distribution and analytics tools, SiriusXM today is announcing an even bigger acquisition to raise its game in the realm of streamed spoken-word content. The satellite radio company said it has reached a deal to acquire Stitcher from E.W. Scripps for $325 million, a return of more than double Scripps’ investment in podcasting, the companies reported this morning. Stitcher is a podcast pioneer that provides a popular one-stop platform to create, monetize (via advertising) and distribute podcasts to listen to via its app and on multiple platforms,......

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Lego is teasing a buildable NES console set

The first Lego / Super Mario Bros. mashup will be on sale in just a few weeks, but Lego is already teasing the next collaboration it has in the works with Nintendo. A tweet on the official Lego Twitter account shows off a mostly-unidentifiable set in silhouette, but a series of photos from VJGamer says the set will be a full-size replica of the original NES, complete with a controller, cartridge and even a TV you can build that has Super Mario Bros. set on its screen. To be clear, this set is......

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The evolution of iPhone screen-to-body ratios — shown by our sexy-ass graph

Last week, I put together a piece about the rising size of iPhone screens. It was, in summary, a graph showing them getting bigger. Surprise! But as the week progressed, I thought about it a bit more and had another thought: what about the evolution of iPhone screen-to-body ratios? If you don’t know what this is — although the name should give you a very big clue — screen-to-body ratio is a number that shows (roughly) what percentage of the front of a phone is screen, compared to, you know, not screen. [Read: Why your......

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Ubisoft stock crashes after 3 top execs resign over toxic company culture

Ubisoft stock fell 8% on Monday morning following the ousting of three top executives over company-wide sexual misconduct allegations this weekend. In a weekend press release — just before the French video game giant’s first virtual conference — Ubisoft chief creative officer Serge Hascoët formally resigned in the wake of an internal investigation. He later confirmed he’d leave the company altogether. Hascoët is credited as the lead “creative force” behind much of Ubisoft‘s catalogue over the past decade, including Assassin’s Creed and The Division. Hascoët started at the company way back in 2000. This is a *huge* deal for Ubisoft. Serge......

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EV startup Fisker Inc. to become publicly listed company after special merger

Credit: Fisker Inc. – Edited Fisker, the latest car company from legendary car designer Henrik Fisker, has entered into an agreement with a special acquisition company which will see the EV startup listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Fisker becoming a publicly listed company! Today we announced a merger with Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp. (NYSE:SPAQ). I’m excited about our plans to become a global leader in the #EV space, starting with the 2022 Fisker Ocean. See https://t.co/eI1Xz4nX13 #Fisker #SPAQ #NYSE pic.twitter.com/F1R4c4C7Rc — Henrik Fisker (@henrikfisker) July 13, 2020 According to an announcement......

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If you’re currently building a startup, you know what product you want to build. But do you know if people are actually going to notice you? Emily Heyward from Red Antler can tell you how to get people obsessed with your brand. Join us at TC Early Stage online to understand what makes a specific brand stand out from the crowd. And if you pay attention to her advice, your first customers could become your best assets to reach your next big wave of users. Red Antler works with founders to help them......

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