November 28, 2020

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President Trump speaks in Virginia on Election Day. | Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Democrats have worried that Trump would declare a premature victory via social media.

Twitter and Facebook both labeled a post President Trump shared at the end of Election Day in which he baselessly said the election is being “stolen” from him. Twitter took more aggressive action by warning users that the post is “potentially misleading” and slowing its reach; Facebook posted a label saying that ballots could take days or weeks to count.

In fact, it’s standard process in the United States for votes to be counted well after election night, and that’s even more anticipated this year given the record volume of mail-in ballots due to people staying at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Democrats had been worried about this very scenario — that Trump would declare a premature victory via social media — for … Read the rest

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Millions of voters across the US received robocalls and texts encouraging them to stay at home on Election Day, in what experts believe were clear attempts at suppressing voter turnout in the closely contested 2020 political races.

Employing such tactics to spread disinformation and sow confusion amid elections isn’t new, and it’s not yet clear whether they were used more this year than in previous elections—or what effect they actually had on turnout.

However, there is some speculation that given the heavy scrutiny of election disinformation on social media in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, malicious actors may have leaned more on private forms of communication like calls, texts, and emails in this election cycle.

Among other incidents on Tuesday, officials in Michigan warned voters early in the day to ignore numerous robocalls to residents in Flint, which encouraged them to vote on Wednesday to avoid the long … Read the rest

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  • The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions of Fortnite will be ready to download on launch day.
  • The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S launch globally on November 10th, while the PS5 is coming to some territories on November 12th, and others on November 19th.
  • Fortnite on next-gen consoles will add 4K resolution at 60FPS, a more dynamic world, faster loading, and support for the haptic feedback of the PS5’s DualSense controller.

Traditionally, the start of a console generation is marked by next-generation games that are capable of showcasing the power of the upgraded hardware. This time around, virtually every game that launches on PS5 or Xbox Series X will also be playable on the PS4 and Xbox One. But the last generation also saw the rise of live service games which will carry over into the next generation with substantial updates of their own, including Fortnite, which … Read the rest

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Apple may be bringing TestFlight to the Mac next week.

What you need to know

  • A rumor suggest Apple will announce TestFlight for Mac.
  • The Verifier points to Apple’s upcoming November event for the announcement.
  • Apple is expected to announce Apple Silicon and the first Apple Silicon Macs at the event.

Reported by 9to5Mac, a new rumor from The Verifier says that Apple may announce TestFlight for the Mac at its “One More Thing” event next week.

The outlet posted to Twitter saying that, alongside the potential announcement of new apps and a new App Store, Apple may also bring TestFlight, its app testing platform currently on iOS, to the Mac.

The information was shared today by The Verifier editor Avi David on Twitter, which was later corroborated by the blog’s profile on the social network. The blog claims that Apple will finally announce the Mac version of

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The surface of Mars is now red, dead and barren – but it was once covered by water (Image: Nasa)

Mars could have had water more than four billion years ago, suggests a new study.

Scientists say that a meteor that landed on Earth from the Red Planet shows water may have formed naturally on Mars.

Several years ago, a pair of dark meteorites – worth more than gold if the rare rocks were sold – were discovered in the Sahara Desert.

Analysis showed these meteorites are new types of Martian meteorites and are mixtures of different rock fragments, researchers said.

The earliest fragments formed on Mars 4.4 billion years ago, making them the oldest known Martian meteorites and rocks like this are rare and can fetch up to $10,000 per gram.

Researchers have often thought water on planets and satellites came from either asteroids and comets that landed post-formation … Read the rest

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President Trump waves outside the White House on October 21, as he departs for a North Carolina rally. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

What happens to the likes of Sarah Cooper, Crooked Media, and the Lincoln Project in a Trumpless world?

Donald Trump made Sarah Cooper famous.

She can’t wait for him to leave.

“I’m very excited about him being gone,” says the comedian, who went from (mostly) unknown to omnipresent this spring with a brilliant series of Trump lip-sync videos. “I want my career to do other things, and I don’t want to talk about him anymore.”

Cooper doesn’t have a love-hate relationship with Trump. She hates him. Which puts her in the same boat as other media personalities and companies that have turned the Trump era to their advantage by focusing their ire into opportunities.

And now that it looks as though Trump might be leaving, they need … Read the rest

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The election results will start to come in as early as 7pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, when seven states begin closing the polls. The next few hours will see more polls close around the country, more votes processed, more counts updated. But we won’t have the final result that night.

This isn’t unusual: In the US, counting votes and officially certifying them always goes on longer than Election Day, and the coronavirus means the counting will probably take longer than typical. But on Sunday, Axios reported that President Trump intends to prematurely declare victory if it looks like he’s leading in the early returns, even if there are still millions of votes left to be counted. He has denied this specific claim, but it is in line with his long campaign to undermine the legitimacy of the election, and matches his promise to use lawyers to stop ballot … Read the rest

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  • Newegg is bringing back its Black November sales event in 2020.
  • In addition to offering deals on electronics all month long, Newegg is also extending the return window for products and offering price protection on all purchases.
  • The Newegg Black November sale kicks off this Sunday with the site’s “most aggressive deals.”

One of the most stressful things about Black Friday is that you don’t have much time to decide whether or not you really need to shell out for a new computer or a new TV. Not only do many of the best sales last for just a day or two, but the best deals sell out in minutes, so you have to constantly be at the ready. Thankfully, not all retailers wait until the day after Thanksgiving to start offering great deals. Some, like Newegg, use the whole month.

On Friday, Newegg confirmed that its annual Black … Read the rest

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Ah, the ’80s. I wasn’t alive for much of it, but there’s a good chance a lot of you reading this were, so no doubt you remember the rise of Polaroid. We own some of the best digital cameras out there, but still have a soft spot for film. Instant print camera technology defined childhood for quite a lot of folks, and many will be happy to know that they’re still alive and kicking in the 21st century. They have an impressive array of cameras that expertly combine the nostalgia and fun of old with the new technology of today.

The new hotness

OneStep+

Staff Favorite

Announced at CES 2019, the new OneStep+ camera is one of Polaroid’s latest instant cameras. It’s a step up from the OneStep 2 and the biggest improvement is the Bluetooth connectivity. With this device, you can download the Polaroid Originals app, connect it to

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The Halloween full moon is also a Blue Moon, a Micro Moon, and the Hunter’s Moon (Picture: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

You may want to keep a careful eye out for werewolves this Halloween, as for the first time in nearly 20 years the spookiest night of the year will coincide with a full moon.

If the sky is clear, the spectacular sight will not only be visible from the UK but around the world, which makes this an especially rare lunar event.

But that’s not even the half of it. The Halloween full moon is also a Blue Moon, a Micro Moon and the Hunter’s Moon.

When was the last Halloween full moon?

The last time we were treated to a full moon on Halloween was all the way back in 2001, when Mary J. Blige’s Family Affair, Nickelback’s How You Remind Me, and Afroman’s Because … Read the rest

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