New giant squid footage shows they're not terrible monsters, after all

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We love tales about monsters.

Especially monsters that dwell in the dark, and have only been glimpsed alive in grainy, murky pictures or videos. But recent footage of the legendary giant squid — including a new video captured during a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expedition on June 19 — shows the elusive cephalopods likely aren't beasts of horror. They're a somewhat cautious, though huge, deep sea species.

"When we think of the giant squid we think of the Kraken dragging sailors to their deaths and images of doom," said marine biologist Nathan Robinson, who helped seek out and find the recent giant squid.  Read more...

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Wendy's just sent everyone a mysterious Google Calendar invite for a lunch date

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It's not every day that you receive a Google Calendar lunch invite from Wendy's. Yes, the entire corporation, Wendy's, is going to wine and dine us.  

Today, Wendy's official Twitter account teased us all with the promise of something when they posted a subtle GCal link with the caption "Let's hang." Since using something as official and business-y as Google Calendar to announce a potential new item is new territory for brand marketing, I'll bite — but the internet has so many questions. Is this a casual hang, a professional lunch, or does Wendy's want something more? Do we have to bring a greasy bouquet of french fries?  Read more...

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How to download and install the iOS 13 public beta on your iPhone

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iOS 13 doesn't come out until the fall (likely in September when new iPhones are released), but you can now try it early with the public beta.

Originally expected to arrive in July, Apple's just released the first public beta version of iOS 13 for iPhone SE, iPhone 6S (and newer) and iPod touch (7th-generation) as an over-the-air update.

iPadOS, which is based on iOS 13, is also available as a public beta for the 9.7-inch iPad (5th- and 6th-generation), iPad Air 2 and 3, iPad mini 4 and 5, and all iPad Pros.

SEE ALSO: 9 hidden iOS 13 features you need to know about

Announced at WWDC, iOS 13 includes several major additions such as a dark mode, a redesigned Photos app, Sign-in with Apple, more detailed and accurate Apple Maps, and more customizable Memoji. Read more...

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macOS Catalina: 3 features that make it worth the upgrade

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Attention Mac users: You can now test drive the next version of Apple's desktop operating system, macOS Catalina, months before it's officially released in the fall.

Before we get into how to install the public beta version of Catalina, let's talk about why you should upgrade. Besides keeping your Mac safe with security patches (always welcome!), Catalina has a couple of standout features that'll make you more productive.

We won't highlight them all, but the following three are the big ones.

1. Sidecar

Sidecar turns your iPad into a powerful touchscreen-enabled secondary screen.

Sidecar turns your iPad into a powerful touchscreen-enabled secondary screen.

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If you own an iPad (running the new iPadOS), you can turn that sucker into a second screen for your Mac using Sidecar. Anyone who's ever used Duet Display knows how useful it is to connect an iPad to a MacBook and get a two-display setup. Read more...

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10 Best Gadgets of 2019 (So Far)

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Best 4K TV deals the week of June 24

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Looking forward to your vacation is easily one of the best parts of summer. Returning to reality when it's over is easily the worst.

It may not compare to Italy or Disney World, but coming home to a new TV could make the transition a lot less miserable — especially if you finally decide to invest in a new show instead of rewatching It's Always Sunny for the 12th time. Make yourself a frozen margarita and it'll be just as nice as sitting on the beach. (We can dream, can't we?)

SEE ALSO: The 10 best returning TV shows of 2019 (so far)

Walmart's collection of Samsung QLED TVs on sale last week is somehow still happening: You can grab a 55-inch model for less than $1,300. If you don't need that fancy of a display, another 55-inch 4K TV from Samsung is on sale for $399. Read more...

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Bill Gates reveals his greatest mistake

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During a "fireside chat" with the venture capital firm Village Global, Bill Gates got extremely candid about what he considers his "greatest mistake ever" while running Microsoft.

Apparently, Gates regrets letting Google become the dominant non-Apple mobile operating system. He explained that, at the time, the market had room for just one Apple alternative, and Microsoft should have been poised to produce that system. However, Gates said he engaged in "mismanagement," that led to Microsoft not competing hard enough, and letting Google "win." 

"In the software world, particularly for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets," Gates said. "So the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is. That is, Android is the standard non-Apple phone platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win." Read more...

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Tom Hardy sera bel et bien de retour pour Venom 2 !

Figure emblématique des comics, Venom a lui aussi eu droit à son film. Avec 850 millions de dollars de recettes pour 100 millions d’investissements, ce long-métrage pourtant assez bancal a fait le bonheur de Sony Pictures, qui n’a donc pas hésité à mettre en chantier un second épisode.

Et si Tom Hardy était probablement l’élément le plus convaincant du film, il n’était pas certain de le voir resigner dans le rôle d’Eddie Brock. Dans une interview donnée à Fandango, Amy Pascal, la productrice du film, a néanmoins confirmé la présence du Britannique, en faisant référence à une scène amusante du premier opus.

« Je peux dire que Tom Hardy sera de retour, pour jouer magnifiquement ce personnage comme personne d’autre ne le peut […] Quand vous pensez à Venom, vous ne serez plus jamais capable de vous détacher de l’image de Tom Hardy assis dans un aquarium de homards. »

Guerre des licences oblige, le long-métrage ne mettait pas en scène Spiderman, son ennemi de toujours. Ce dernier appartient pourtant à Sony et une rencontre est donc envisagée. Amy Pascal ne cache d’ailleurs pas son envie de voir Tom Holland apparaître à l’écran.

« Tout le monde aimerait voir ça. On ne sait jamais, un jour… ça pourrait arriver. »

On imagine que l’idée lui trotte dans la tête depuis un moment. Il parait effectivement compliqué de réaliser un second film sans que Spidey et sa Nemesis ne se rencontrent. Tom Holland est par ailleurs attendu dans le quatrième volet de « sa » saga, Spiderman : Far From Home, le 3 juillet prochain. La production devrait avoir le temps de négocier puisque le second volet des aventures de Venom ne devrait pas sortir avant octobre 2020.

Microsoft aurait perdu près de 400 milliards de dollars en laissant Android s’imposer

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Quand il s’agit d’ordinateurs, les utilisateurs ont généralement le choix entre opter pour un appareil Apple, tournant sous l’OS propriétaire de la marque à la pomme, ou préférer un appareil de n’importe quel autre constructeur, et son système d’exploitation Windows, appartenant à Microsoft. Une concurrence assez binaire qui aurait pu se répéter avec l’avènement du marché mobile, mais qui a finalement été court-circuitée par Android, le système d’exploitation de Google, aujourd’hui considéré par le grand public comme l’unique alternative à iOS. La faute à Microsoft, si l’on en croit les récents aveux de Bill Gates au site The Verge, qui aurait largement sous-estimé l’avènement du marché mobile dans les années 2000.

Une erreur stratégique qui pour Bill Gates serait “l’une des plus grosses de tous les temps”. Selon les estimations de The Verge, cette dernière aurait en effet coûté près de 400 milliards de dollars à Microsoft. Si la société américaine n’avait, à l’époque, pas sous-estimé le potentiel du marché mobile, elle serait aujourd’hui la société “la plus puissante du monde”.

Le pari gagnant de Google

S’il faut bien admettre qu’à l’époque, Microsoft n’avait pas eu le nez creux en ce qui concerne le développement d’un OS pour mobile, Google semblait en revanche, beaucoup plus conscient de la situation. En 2005, la société rachète Android pour 50 millions de dollars, avec un objectif initial non dissimulé de contrer l’hégémonie de Microsoft. L’ancien PDG de la société américaine Eric Schmidt explique en effet qu’au début des années 2000, Google était “très inquiet du possible succès de la stratégie mobile” de la concurrence. De son côté, Bill Gates a lui-même avoué que depuis 2017, il avait abandonné les Windows Phone au profit d’un smartphone Android, tandis que la mort programmée de l’OS de Microsoft a déjà été planifiée au mois de mars 2020.

Save $500 on the Alienware curved gaming monitor and get a $150 Visa card

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TL;DR: The immersive Alienware 34-inch curved gaming monitor is on sale for $999.99, saving you $500. Plus, get a $150 Visa prepaid card with your purchase.


If you’re going to make the investments into PC gaming (i.ecomputer, keyboard, mouse, headset, etc.), you want to make sure what you’re spending money on is actually worth it. A monitor is arguably one of the most important pieces of your gaming setup — it’s how you actually see what you’re playing. 

The Alienware 34-inch curved gaming monitor features a display that will cause you to lose yourself in every game. Currently, you can snag the monitor on sale for $500 off, and you’ll receive a $150 Visa prepaid card with your purchase. Read more...

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