Study: No, bikes aren’t really slowing drivers down

One of the most common complaints cyclists hear from drivers is that bikes slow them down on city streets. It’s common to have drivers dangerously overtake you on crowded roads due to MGIF (Must-Get-In-Front) syndrome. Bikes can’t go as fast as a car, so obviously they’re slowing down the other motorists on the road, right? Not so fast. A study published in the Transportation Research Record journal last month suggests that on average, cyclists have a negligible impact on traffic speeds — generally no more than 1 mph (via Forbes). The study was conducted in Portland and, to be clear, it… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Facebook and Instagram will remind you to wear a mask atop your feed

Back in May, it seemed the number of new coronavirus cases was beginning to go down. Then, as states began to reopen (often against the advice of health officials), the number of new cases shot up dramatically — now at record daily levels that can’t be explained away by increased testing. One of the primary culprits is the most obvious one: many Americans still aren’t wearing masks. Facebook now wants to try and convince more people to wear a mask by prominently displaying an alert atop people’s news feeds on Instagram and Facebook. You’ll see the alert along with links to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook,Instagram...
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You can now use (some) Olympus cameras as webcams

Olympus‘s cameras are facing an uncertain future after the company announced it would be selling its camera brand to Japan Industrial Partners, an investment company that had previously bought VAIO from Sony. But now we know the cameras will be good for at least one thing a few years from now: being very fancy webcams. As several other camera manufacturers have done over the past few months in the wake of coronavirus and everyone being stuck at home, Olympus today announced it had brought webcam functionality to several models. These include the E-M1X, E-M1, E-M1 Mark II, E-M1 Mark III and… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Samsung apparently just leaked the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra by accident

Someone at Samsung appears to have committed a whoopsie today: the company seems to have leaked the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 Ultra on its own Russian site. Behold: Something weird!Might just be our first look at the #Samsung #GalaxyNote20Ultra smartphone. This picture of the Bronze/Copper Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was found on the official Russian website of Samsung. Do you think it's the actual render or concept used by a Samsung team? pic.twitter.com/bkZsD6MeJM — Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) July 1, 2020   The device was first spotted by Russian YouTuber @1garri (via Ishan Agarwal). While it’s not totally certain the device is supposed… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung...
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WhatsApp officially announces QR codes and animated stickers

WhatsApp today announced a slew of new features that are set to roll out “over the next few weeks.” While we’ve heard about some of these for a while, it’s nice to get official confirmation. The most notable addition is likely the ability to add contacts via a simple QR code, similar to the feature Snapchat introduced many moons ago; it’s a feature we’ve been hearing about since 2018. While people aren’t meeting up in person all that often these days because, you know, coronavirus, it’s a handy feature to have so you don’t have that should save some time… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: WhatsApp...
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YouTube TV raises price another $15, so I’m cancelling my subscription

When YouTube TV launched in 2017, it felt like the future of television. It provided the live playback nature of cable channels, with the convenience of also being able to watch later if you wanted. You could watch on any of your devices, and the automated, unlimited Cloud DVR was a godsend. But it worked because of the $35 price. Even if it was missing a few channels, the convenience and implementation made it worth it. Then, in 2018, the price went up to $40. Okay, five bucks isn’t too bad. Then again, in 2019, the price went up to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube...
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MacOS security bug could allow a bogus version of Safari to steal your data

Last year, Apple expanded its security bounty program to include macOS after several years of offering the same for iPhone developers. But according to at least one researcher, the company isn’t acting quick enough on some exploits. Developer Jeff Johnson informed Apple about an exploit that allowed an attacker to steal private data with a malicious clone of Safari over six months ago. Once a user is tricked into downloading the malicious file, the Safari clone is given undue access by macOS. Any restricted file available to Safari then becomes available to the attacker. Johnson explains that the exploit works… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Security...
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Microsoft will reportedly reveal cheaper ‘Xbox Series S’ in August

For almost as long as we’ve known about the Xbox Series X – even back when it was called Project Scarlett — we’ve also heard rumors of a second next-gen console codenamed ‘Lockhart’. Those rumors seemed to die down when Microsoft unveiled the Series X, only to pick back up again the past few weeks as mounting evidence suggested the company does indeed have a cheaper alternative on the way. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the naming scheme for the company’s last few consoles, the cheaper alternative is expected to be called ‘Xbox Series S. According to Eurogamer, Microsoft plans on unveiling the console… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Xbox,Microsoft...
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The OnePlus Nord phone will go back to the company’s budget roots

OnePlus has consistently made some of the best bang-for-your-buck phones since its inception. But while the company still manages to undercut most of its direct competition in performance per dollar, $900 is for the Pro model is still a lot of money. That’s a far cry from the $300 ‘flagship killer’ price the company flaunted back in 2014. Now OnePlus has confirmed it’s going back to its roots with the ‘OnePlus Nord.’ Presales will begin tomorrow and the price is expected to come in at under $500, although the device will only be available in India and Europe to start.… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Amazon Prime Video rolls out Watch Party feature for movies with friends

Just a month after Hulu began testing an official ‘watch party’ feature, Amazon has decided to join the bandwagon. The company today began rolling out a beta of the feature (US-only, for now) that allows up to 100 viewers to participate in synchronized playback of a TV show or movie. Playback is controlled by the host, and there’s a chat window that participants can communicate with. And because it’s 2020 and all, you can communicate in stickers too. To start a watch party, simply head on over to the content you’d like to watch; you’ll see the watch party button… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon Prime,Amazon...
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