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German court ruling clears the way to settle VW…

A German court has ruled Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners who bought vehicles rigged to cheat in emissions tests but consumers must accept current value taking into account the mileage they drove rather than the full purchase price

Do Ring Cameras Have Privacy Issues?

With a history of privacy breaches, Ring says that their cameras and home security products are safer than ever.

A 'Quarantunes' playlist

Playstation 5 Will Offer an 'Evolution' in Sound

Playstation 5 Will Offer an 'Evolution' in Sound Sony has confirmed that the highly-anticipated console will include a 3D audio processing unit. It's possible the unit will represent a landmark moment for the PlayStation console series as a whole. Sony, via corporate strategy meeting Sony, via corporate strategy meeting Sony also explained that PlayStation 5 will offer gaming enthusiasts "experiences that were not possible before." The console is set for release later this year.

Brussels Airlines to resume flights on downsized…

Brussels Airlines will restart commercial flights next month with a significantly downsized summer schedule, planning to reach 59 destinations in 33 countries in Europe, Africa and the U.S. by August

Do You Have Houseplant Problems?

Taking care of houseplants sounds easy, but keeping them alive is a challenge.

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Spotify Introduces Artist Fundraising Pick Feature

Spotify Introduces Artist Fundraising Pick Feature The music-streaming platform is giving musicians the opportunity to highlight their fundraising efforts on their dedicated landing pages. The chosen cause will appear front and center on the artists’ pages, similar to when a musician selects a song as their Artist Pick. Artists may use the feature to raise money for themselves, their crews or other charitable organizations. Links can only come from three partners: Cash App, GoFundMe and PayPal.me. Artists can also link to a number of verified organizations participating in the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project.

NASA astronauts go back to the future with…

It's back to the future as NASA astronauts launch again from the U.S. — aboard a retro-style "Right Stuff' capsule

Trans-Fat Foods To Avoid

Trans-fat foods should be avoided at all costs, here are some things to consider.

Zoom Hits 300 Million Daily Users Despite…

Zoom Hits 300 Million Daily Users Despite Security Problems Just this past December, the video chat service reported 10 million users. As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, Zoom's activity has exploded in recent months. According to The Verge, it revealed a huge increase to 200 million at the start of April. The Verge adds that Zoom's use has jumped 50 percent since then. The increase comes despite security experts and the FBI saying default settings are not secure. In 2019, Apple removed Zoom software after it was revealed websites could take over cameras. There is also the "Zoombombing" issue, where pranksters have entered random calls to show "shock content." In response, Zoom recently released its 5.0 version to combat security and privacy problems. 5.0 heightens encryption, security for meetings and users must now have a default password.

UK's Johnson struggles to shift attention from…

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plans to announce further lockdown-easing measures are being overshadowed by an outcry over the movements of a senior aide

It's the economy stupid! Part 2_digital

IT'S THE ECONOMY STUPID! THAT'S THE MESSAGE BILL CLINTON WON THE PRESIDENCY WITH BACK IN 1992, AND IT'S A MESSAGE THAT IS EVEN MORE RESONANT TODAY. IT'S CLEAR THAT THE ECONOMY IS GOING TO BE TOP OF THE TICKET IN 2020, WITH VOTERS LOOKING FOR A SOLUTION TO THE ECONOMIC TURMOIL UNLEASHED BY THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. MATT KLINK: Campaign Strategist, Klink Campaigns "WHAT THE ELECTION WILL TURN ON IS: 'WHO HAS THE BEST RECOVERY PLAN. THAT WILL CHANGE HOW DONALD TRUMP AND JOE BIDEN CONDUCT THEIR CAMPAIGNS- ALBEIT, REMOTELY. THE PRESIDENT HAD BASED HIS REELECTION MESSAGE AROUND A STRONG ECONOMY NOW WITH AT LEAST 14% UNEMPLOYMENT THAT MESSAGE NO LONGER HOLDS WEIGHT. DESPITE SUPPORTING MULTIPLE RELIEF PACKAGES- THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS YET TO LAYOUT A DETAILED ECONOMIC PLAN. BUT THAT DOESN'T LEAVE JOE BIDEN OFF THE HOOK EITHER- MATT KLINK 'AS AMERICA BEGINS TO GET BACK TO WORK, BOTH PARTIES WILL BEGIN TO PUSH MORE IDEOLOGICAL AGENDAS ABOUT HOW THEY THINK THEY CAN GET THE COUNTRY BACK TO WORK MOST EFFECTIVELY. (10 SECONDS) SOT Dr. Jody Armour , USC "THIS CORONAVIRUS CRISIS IS EXPOSING A LOT OF INEQUALITIES IN AMERICA AND MAKING THEM UNAVOIDABLE ANYMORE BIDEN WILL HAVE HIS WORK CUT OUT TO WIN BACK THOSE WHO LEFT THE DEMOCRATIC BASE IN 2016. WHAT'S MORE, ECONOMIC EXPERTS SAY THE US SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR A CHANGED ECONOMY. THINGS WON'T GO BACK TO AS THEY WERE BEFORE, ESPECIALLY IN THE LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRIES. STEVEN BLITZ- CHIEF US ECONOMIST TS LOMBARD"THESE WILL BE REPURPOSED AND REOPENED AND THEY ARE GOING TO BE DIFFERENT GOING FORWARD, THAN THE WAY THEY WERE BEFORE." IT'S CLEAR- BOTH CAMPAIGNS WILL NEED TO PRODUCE INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES, NOT ONLY TO WIN THE ELECTION- BUT TO HELP THE ECONOMY RECOVER.

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Facebook to Launch Dedicated Gaming App

Facebook to Launch Dedicated Gaming App Facebook is preparing to introduce a new mobile gaming app amid the coronavirus pandemic when many are glued to their phones. Facebook Gaming will be a free app designed largely for creating and watching live gameplay. According to Facebook, 700 million of its reported 2.5 billion monthly users already engage with online gaming content. The gaming industry is one of a few experiencing a boon during the era of COVID-19. Fidji Simo, Head of Facebook App The app has no advertising in it for now and will rely on 'stars,' a currency that viewers can use to 'tip' streamers.

Germany divided over plans to nix rules despite…

A spat is brewing between Germany’s federal government and state governors over plans by some regional leaders to end pandemic-related restrictions despite fresh clusters of cases across the country

UPDATED - Mood-Boosting Foods

What sits on your plate dictates not only the size of your waist but also your mood.

Activision Blizzard 'Still on Track' With…

Activision Blizzard 'Still on Track' With Upcoming Games Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick says things are still running as planned despite the coronavirus pandemic. The firm has a slew of new titles in the pipeline, including a new 'Call of Duty' game. It is speculated to be a reboot of the 'Black Ops' sub-series, similar to 2019's 'Modern Warfare' remake. And there has also been talk of new 'Crash Bandicoot' and 'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater' games. Robert Kotick, to CNBC

Japan lifts coronavirus emergency in all…

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is lifting a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and four other remaining areas, ending the restrictions nationwide as businesses begin to reopen

UPDATED: Don't Exercise Too Much In Quarantine

With more time than ever on our hands for many it is tempting to begin a new and sometimes intense exercise regime, experts warn you must be careful with doing too much too soon.

Facebook Gaming Launches Tournaments

Facebook Gaming Launches Tournaments The new feature will allow users to create and organize virtual tournaments from the comfort of their homes. Users will be able to create tourneys in a variety of formats, including round-robin or double elimination. The feature is also made for a wide range of levels from casual to high-level esports play. 'Tournaments' is currently debuting in early access. Facebook Gaming has experienced a huge growth in the last year, with streaming hours doubling due to the current pandemic.

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EU's top diplomat urges 'more robust strategy…

The European Union’s top diplomat has called for the bloc to have “more robust strategy” toward China amid signs that Asia is replacing the United States as the center of global power

UPDATED- Emotional Resilience In Uncertain Times

Emotional resilience is vital during such uncertain times and experts insist it is a skill that can be learned through routine and mindful activities.