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Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook hits shelves April 6th Technology 

Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook hits shelves April 6th

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Chromebook finally has an official release date. You’ll be able to buy it at Samsung and Best Buy next Monday, April 6th, starting at $999. The device comes in Mercury Gray, or the bolder Fiesta Red that looks bright orange in some settings. It’s the first Chromebook to sport a 13.3-inch 4K OLED display. It also has a more powerful processor than most Chromebooks, an Intel 10th-generation chip. It includes 8GB of RAM (LPDDR3) and a 256GB SSD as well. When we first saw the device back…

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14 hidden iPhone and iPad gems: Screenshots, trackpad, better battery charging Technology 

14 hidden iPhone and iPad gems: Screenshots, trackpad, better battery charging

Apple’s iOS 13 software for iPhone and iPad keeps getting incrementally better. The latest boost comes in the form of iOS and iPadOS 13.4. One favorite new feature brings us iCloud folder sharing, a Dropbox-like experience for Apple storage on your iPhone, iPad and Mac (more on this below). From the first celebrated features in iOS 13 to the new crop, we also like to call attention to the lesser known gems, from a new type of voice search to a much-needed volume control and a new Audio Sharing feature…

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Duke University uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide to clean N95 face masks for reuse News 

Duke University uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide to clean N95 face masks for reuse

With shortages of N95 face masks persisting nationwide, healthcare facilities are scrambling to find ways to clean and treat the masks for reuse to protect doctors and nurses most at risk of exposure to COVID-19. Duke University thinks it has found a solution using vaporized hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate the masks. The process uses specialized equipment to vaporize hydrogen peroxide, which can then infuse all the layers of the mask to kill germs (including viruses) without degrading mask material. “This is a decontamination technology and method we’ve used for years…

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Can You Delay a Credit Card Payment Because of the Coronavirus? News 

Can You Delay a Credit Card Payment Because of the Coronavirus?

Efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus with shelter-in-place orders and closures of all but essential businesses have cut many workers’ income. Those who have lost jobs or hours since the COVID-19 crisis hit face a lot of tough financial decisions. One of those is how to make regular bill payments. The good news is that credit card issuers are responding to the crisis with help for people in distress. If you contact your credit card issuer, you may be able to delay your upcoming payments. But you need…

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Uber provides free meals, discounted rides for health care workers News 

Uber provides free meals, discounted rides for health care workers

Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story understated the number of first responders represented by 1199SEIU. Free meals and discounted Uber rides are now available for over 25,000 health care workers in certain regions of the U.S. who are helping respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is part of Uber’s latest partnership with health care union 1199SEIU, which represents over 450,000 first responders in the country. Uber says the $2-million partnership will serve health care workers in New York, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Maryland, offering 20% off…

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Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 13.4 with trackpad support Technology 

Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 13.4 with trackpad support

Apple has released software updates for the iPhone, the iPad, the Apple Watch, the Apple TV and the Mac. The biggest changes are on the iPad. Starting today, you can pair a mouse or trackpad with your iPad and use it to move a cursor on the display. Apple unveiled trackpad support for iPadOS when it announced the new iPad Pro last week. While the company plans to sell a new Magic Keyboard with a built-in trackpad, you don’t need to buy a new iPad or accessory to access the…

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Dell Mobile Connect now transfers photos between your iPhone and PC Technology 

Dell Mobile Connect now transfers photos between your iPhone and PC

Dell teased in January that its Mobile Connect software would become much more iPhone-friendly this spring, and it’s honoring that promise. The PC maker has updated Mobile Connect (you’ll need the Microsoft Store and App Store downloads, and officially a 2018 or newer Dell/Alienware PC) to enable both file transfers and screen mirroring for iPhones. The file exchanges are really just limited to photos and videos, but that may be enough if you’re just looking to save your iPhone snaps on your XPS laptop. Screen mirroring, meanwhile, is what you’d…

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Twitter will verify more health experts to fight coronavirus misinformation Technology 

Twitter will verify more health experts to fight coronavirus misinformation

Twitter wants to make it easier for health experts to get verified. The company is taking new steps to open up its notoriously opaque verification program in order help elevate accounts that are “providing credible updates around #COVID19.” “We are working with global public health authorities to identify experts and have already Verified hundreds of accounts,” the company tweeted. The update comes as Twitter has taken more aggressive steps to beat back a wave of hoaxes and other disinformation that’s spread on social media in the wake of the coronavirus…

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These Are the Biggest Shows Coming to the New Short-Form Streaming Service Quibi Technology 

These Are the Biggest Shows Coming to the New Short-Form Streaming Service Quibi

If you’ve been following streaming news at all lately, you probably already know about Quibi — mostly because the new short-form streaming service launching in April seems to announce a new show every couple of days. The app promises “quick bites” of content ranging from reality cooking competitions to teen cult classic reboots to horror series you can only watch after the sun has set. In other words, something for everyone. If you’ve been totally overwhelmed by the amount of Quibi news and don’t know where else to turn, we’ve…

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Instagram prototypes Snapchat-style disappearing text messages Technology 

Instagram prototypes Snapchat-style disappearing text messages

Instagram is finally preparing to copy Snapchat’s most popular feature, and one of the few it hasn’t already cloned. Instagram has prototyped an unreleased ephemeral text messaging feature that clears the chat thread whenever you leave it, a Facebook spokesperson confirms to TechCrunch. That could make users more comfortable with having rapid-fire, silly, vulnerable, or risque chats, thereby driving up the reply notifications that keep people opening Instagram all day long. Instagram already has disappearing photo and video messaging which it launched in February 2018 to let users choose if…

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