November 28, 2020

Tech News

Archaeologists at work at a mass grave on the city moat in Vianen, the Netherlands (Credits: EPA)

A disturbing mass grave of 20 skeletons has been unearthed in the Netherlands.

The bodies were found in Vianen by city workers excavating a moat. The majority of the remains belonged to young men aged between 15 and 30.

It’s believed there could be more in the area and experts estimate those inside lived between the late Middle Ages and the 18th century.

At first, workers only found nine skeletons last Friday. But when they returned to the site on Monday, they found eleven more.

Alderman Christa Hendriksen, one of the archaeologists, said she was ‘surprised’ by the discovery and even more that the bodies had been stacked, according to Teller Report.

epa08839375 Archaeologists at work at a mass grave on the city moat in Vianen, the Netherlands, 24 November 2020. Excavations have uncovered dozens of human skeletons on 24 November. The skeletons probably date from a period between the late Middle Ages and a few hundred years ago and are located near the site of the former Batestein castle grounds. EPA/ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN

The bodies were found as archaeologists excavated a moat in the Netherlands (Credits: EPA)

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If you’re in the market for a new iPad, today’s your lucky day as Apple recently unveiled is new 8th-generation iPad during its September press event. It is the latest affordable model in to Apple’s tablet lineup, alongside the mid-range 2020 iPad Air that was also announced, and you can order it right now at a discount ahead of Black Friday.

Like the 7th-generation model before it, the 8th-gen iPad is the gateway product to the iPad platform with prices starting at just $329. Despite its low cost, the device is no slouch.

Apple’s 2020 iPad makes the jump to the A12 processor, up from the A10 in the last model, which will help it keep apace with other products in Apple’s lineup and add support for future iPadOS updates. The design has remained similar to the previous-gen model — no iPad Pro-style redesign here like in the new

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  • Microsoft has announced the four free Xbox games being given away in December.
  • Xbox Live Gold subscribers can grab The Raven Remastered and Bleed 2 for Xbox One, and Saints Row: Gat out of Hell and Stacking for Xbox 360.
  • You can save about $75 by picking up all four Games with Gold while they’re on sale for free.

One of the most frustrating parts of buying a console at launch is the lack of new games available for the console on day one. Thankfully, Microsoft gives away at least four games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers every month, so as long as you’re subscribed, you can pick up all four games for your new Xbox Series X or Series S.

Unfortunately, the selection isn’t especially compelling, but Saints Row is always a ridiculously good time.


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Lisa Long is immunosuppressed and suffers from chronic pain. That means that since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in the US in March, she and her family, which includes her two daughters, 11 and 14, have been isolating at home outside St. Louis, save for the occasional doctor’s visit. Visiting family is out of the question for Thanksgiving.

But Long will get to be with her nieces and nephews in Utah and Colorado on Thursday. She’ll sit down to dinner with them on Bloxburg, a simulation game on the popular children’s video-gaming platform Roblox. For months, Long has been working with her daughters and their cousins to build a house on Bloxburg, and those efforts will lead to a “Bloxburg Thanksgiving,” as Long puts it.

“We’re going to try to get together to make turkeys and set big tables,” she says. “We’re going to try to get as many … Read the rest

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Parler is attracting the posts that Twitter and Facebook don’t allow, like hate speech and conspiracy theories about the US election. | Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Conservatives are flocking to a site where they can post things that Facebook and Twitter don’t allow.

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In recent weeks, you may have been hearing more about a site called Parler, which conservatives are touting as an alternative to Twitter and Facebook. From Ivanka Trump to the governor of Nebraska, right-wing influencers are asking those frustrated with alleged Big Tech censorship to join them on Parler, a two-year-old app and website that promises free speech online. It’s social media — minus the curation algorithms and content moderation.

Parler, which has been around since 2018, looks at first glance a lot like Twitter and Facebook. Open the app, there are profiles pushing doubt about the 2020 election’s results and declarations that the mainstream … Read the rest

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A mysterious discovery has been made in the Utah desert over in the United States.

A gleaming twelve-foot tall metal monolith with no clear markings was spotted by a wildlife resources workers from a circling helicopter.

The crew went in for a closer look and found the metal object had been firmly planted in the dirt.

There were no labels on it, or any other information to suggest where it may have come from.

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Angela Ahrendts has found her new role.

What you need to know

  • Angela Ahrendts has been appointed as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Save the Children International.
  • Ahrendts was the former CEO of Burberry and Senior Vice President of Retail and People for Apple.

In a press release, Save the Children International has announced that Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s former Senior Vice President of Retail and People, has been appointed as the organization’s chair of its Board of Trustees.

In a statement, Ahrendts said that she is looking to helping the organization continue its work to “champion the basic rights and needs of children worldwide.”

“I am truly honored to step in as Board Chair of Save the Children International. I’ve always been passionate about serving children and look forward to leveraging my experience with the remarkable Save the Children global partners and team to continue to

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  • Comcast is expanding its data cap in 2021 to all of the territories that it covers.
  • Starting next year, Comcast subscribers in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington D.C., and West Virginia will all be subject to a 1.2TB data cap.
  • You can pay an additional $30 per month for an unlimited plan without a data cap.

The degree to which cable and internet companies receive constant and passionate scorn from virtually everyone on the planet might seem like overkill until you read about their policies and practices. Few are more detestable than the data cap, which Comcast introduced for millions of its internet customers in 2016. As Ars Technica reports, 27 of the 39 states that Comcast services have had 1.2 terabyte data caps for the last four years, and starting next year, the remaining 12 states which … Read the rest

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Turbulent times can expose weaknesses in distribution chains, putting stress on chokepoints and reducing access to critical components, suppliers, and capital. The ability to respond to changes rapidly and effectively depends on a variety of assets and business capabilities: replacing or augmenting supply sources in response to partner inventory issues or trade war-induced tariffs or restrictions, and having agile manufacturing processes that reduce redundancies and streamline product inputs.

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Each thread of this complex web of factors that affects supply chain resilience must be examined and assessed separately to identify potential vulnerabilities and mitigate them. At the same time, most of this web simplifies down to two primary strands, common capabilities that run through every resilient business: increasing visibility and maintaining sufficient diversity in the supply chain.

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A Biden campaign worker checks their phone while canvassing in Pennsylvania in early November. | Mark Makela/Getty Images

It was Silicon Valley’s attempt to fix the party’s infrastructure.

One of the most expensive, highest-profile efforts to fix the Democratic Party’s data woes is shutting down.

Alloy, a group started with $35 million in part from Silicon Valley billionaire Reid Hoffman, said on Monday that it would begin to “wind down its operations” next year after it completes its work for the January runoff elections in Georgia. The decision is a huge reversal in fortunes for Alloy, which had massive hype when announced but has failed to live up to its original promise, many Democratic data operatives have said over the course of the year.

Alloy was originally seen as a tech solution that the party establishment — the Democratic National Committee — couldn’t provide. Plotted in the aftermath of the … Read the rest

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