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5 Of The Top CrowdStrike Alternatives In 2024

19 July 2024 @ 7:52 pm

CrowdStrike had a major technical issue earlier today, so if your business is looking for a change, here are a few good alternatives to consider.

What Happened To Encarta? Why Microsoft Discontinued The Encyclopedia Software

19 July 2024 @ 7:15 pm

Microsoft Encarta was a staple in school libraries and home computers for much of the late '90s and early 2000s. So why did Microsoft decide to pull the plug?

2024 Toyota Land Cruiser Review: Better Than The Badge

19 July 2024 @ 6:53 pm

The 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser offers true off-road capability backed by a proven hybrid powertrain, all packaged at a lower price than its predecessor.

Are Microsoft Services Down (Or Is It Just You)? Here's How To Tell

19 July 2024 @ 6:19 pm

Are you having trouble accessing a Microsoft service like Teams or Xbox? Here's how to tell whether there's an outage or the problem is only on your end.

How Tight Should An Apple Watch Be? Tips For Getting The Best Fit

19 July 2024 @ 6:15 pm

One of the most important parts of using the Apple Watch is making sure its sensors are working accurately. And to get that, you need to ensure a good fit.

OnePlus Nord 4 Review: 5G Metal Midrange Hero At An Enticing Price

19 July 2024 @ 6:11 pm

The OnePlus Nord 4 keeps the midrange price-for-value proposition alive with an above-average performer with unique looks to boot.

Snag A Brand New Roborock Vacuum During The Prime Day Extended Sale

19 July 2024 @ 5:53 pm

Save time on chores, and money on reliable, capable robotic vacuum and mop models from Roborock, but don't delay as these great prices won't last long.

10 Rider-Favorite Dirt Bike Brands You Probably Didn't Realize Existed

19 July 2024 @ 5:30 pm

Here are 10 dirt bike brands that may not be as familiar as the big names, but are just as recommended by riders from all parts of the globe.

Windows 11 Start Menu Not Working? Here's How To Fix It

19 July 2024 @ 5:15 pm

Sometimes, Windows' Start Menu can get a little finnicky, even if you've never had an issue before. Luckily, there's plenty of things you can do to fix it.

How To Spot Fake Makita Batteries

19 July 2024 @ 4:15 pm

When it comes to Makita tools it's important that you use batteries that won't endanger you or the tool. Here is how to spot a fake Makita battery.

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UK Glow in the Dark Flashing Novelties from Glow Sticks, Glow Gadgets, Lava Lamps, Torches, Candles and Home Lighting.

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VX4 tilt-rotor eVTOL gets 20% power boost ahead of flight tests

19 July 2024 @ 12:42 pm

The second full-scale VX4 prototype from Vertical Aerospace features redesigned props, more power and proprietary batteriesVertical Aerospace has pulled back the hanger doors on the second full-scale prototype of its four-passenger VX4 tilt-rotor eVTOL aircraft. The latest flavor has been given a significant power boost, and features proprietary batteries for the first time.Continue ReadingCategory: Aircraft, TransportTags:

Rogue wave prediction: AI takes to the high seas to battle walls of water

19 July 2024 @ 10:32 am

Rogue waves can seemingly come out of nowhere, risking cargo and the lives of sea workersUnpredictable monster waves at sea can severely damage ships and offshore platforms, putting the lives of those who work on them at risk. A new system out of the University of Maryland uses a neural network to provide valuable early-warning alerts.Continue ReadingCategory: Marine, TransportTags: Wave,

Ultra-light electrostatic VTOL drone flies indefinitely in sunlight

19 July 2024 @ 9:32 am

Computer generation that demonstrates how CouloumbFly's rotor ring powers for sustained flightThis remarkable miniature rotorcraft is so lightweight and efficient that it can lift its own mass given nothing but sunlight. The entire thing weighs about as much as four paperclips, and it can fly all day if the sun's shining.Continue ReadingCategory: Drones, TechnologyTags: drones,

Anesthetic causes unconsciousness by creating brain chaos

19 July 2024 @ 8:33 am

Propofol, a general anesthetic, causes unconsciousness by producing chaotic activity in the brainResearchers have figured out how a commonly used general anesthetic drug induces unconsciousness by causing brain activity to become increasingly unstable. The findings could lead to better anesthetic control in the operating room and treatments for conditions like depression and schizophrenia.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle

Unlucky new Pompeii skeletons met a different fate

19 July 2024 @ 7:32 am

Two recently discovered skeletons in Pompeii tell a new tragic storyThe ancient Italian city of Pompeii is famous for its uniquely pristine preservation of the daily lives of its residents 2,000 years ago. While most residents were quickly buried under volcanic ash, two newly discovered skeletons reveal a couple of unlucky people who suffered a different fate.Continue ReadingCategory: HistoryTags: Italy,

‘Dolphin skin’ propeller boosts fuel efficiency of cargo ships

19 July 2024 @ 6:17 am

Propellers coated with synthetic dolphin skin improves fuel efficiencyA new propeller created by the Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering (NIMTE) coated with a skin mimicking that of a dolphin holds the promise of significantly reducing fuel consumption and emissions in large cargo ships.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Shipping, Dolph

Remarkable magnetic brain control tech alters appetite and behavior

19 July 2024 @ 4:16 am

An overview of the Nano-MIND technologyResearchers have developed a remote, non-invasive method of selectively controlling neurons in the brain using magnetic fields. The technique opens the door to a greater understanding of brain function and, potentially, new treatments for disorders.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, LifestyleTags: Brain,

The $1-million camper van: Two stories of self-sufficient ostentation

19 July 2024 @ 1:17 am

The new Vanyx camper van looks to combine off-grid capability and luxury living like no other Class B camper before itYep, that's a big head. But there's a method to the Franken-headed madness – the cartoonishly massive roof on the new Vanyx camper van is a habitat in itself, splitting the van into separate floors for sleeping and daytime living. The new all-German camper looks to bring an unprecedented level of land yacht luxury to the Class B segment while still offering enough hard-nosed grit and self-sufficient supply to handle extended treks off road and grid. Ingenious creation or proof the overland-glamping market has finally pushed its luck too far?

How NASA and SpaceX will deorbit and destroy the ISS

19 July 2024 @ 12:03 am

Artist's concept of the USDV docked with the ISSNASA has revealed details about its plan to deorbit the International Space Station (ISS) after it's decommissioned in 2030. At a press conference, NASA explained how the US Deorbit Vehicle (USDV) being built by SpaceX will be used for the job.Continue ReadingCategory: Space, ScienceTags: NASA, SpaceX,

Record-setting drone utilizes ant-inspired smarts to make its way home

18 July 2024 @ 9:18 pm

The drone utilizes an omnidirectional camera to take snapshots of its surroundings – much like ants do with their large compound eyesTiny aerial drones have many potential uses, but their ability to navigate is severely limited by their minuscule amount of onboard processing power. Scientists have now set about addressing that limitation, taking a cue from foraging insects such as ants.Continue ReadingCategory: Drones, TechnologyTags:

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Cobra Kai Creators Talk Season 6 Spoilers and Future Teases

19 July 2024 @ 9:00 pm

John Kreese has some new Cobras in Cobra Kai season 6Netflix's hit Karate Kid show just dropped the first part of its sixth and final season.

The Acolyte‘s Amandla Stenberg Reflects on the Duality of Her Star Wars Journey

19 July 2024 @ 8:05 pm

io9 sits down with the Star Wars star to discuss her twinned experience in The Acolyte, and where Osha and Mae's story could go next.

Trump Shooter Searched for Porn and Political Rallies Ahead of the Attack

19 July 2024 @ 7:30 pm

New details are emerging about the assailant's online activity, though a thousand questions remain.

Right-Wing Conspiracy Theorists Say Global IT Outage Was an Attack on Trump

19 July 2024 @ 7:15 pm

Donald Trump attends the Republican National Convention (RNC) since surviving an attempted assassination at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States on July 18, 2024. During a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, a lone 20-year-old gunman opened fire on Trump during the campaign rally, striking him in his right ear and critically injuring two rally goers and killing a third. (Photo by Jacek Boczarski/Anadolu via Getty Images)Let's see what the dumbest people on the internet have to say.

Why The Acolyte Introduced That Iconic Star Wars Character

19 July 2024 @ 7:15 pm

Vernestra on the Acolyte finaleCreator Leslye Headland spoke at length about including a certain popular Star Wars character on the Disney+ show.

Pornhub Pulls Out of Nebraska

19 July 2024 @ 7:05 pm

Pornhub siteAnother state finds itself with fewer porn options.

Kevin Feige Teases the X-Men MCU Team and Spider-Man 4 Update

19 July 2024 @ 6:30 pm

A scene from X-Men '97The Marvel Studios president spoke to io9 on the occasion of Deadpool & Wolverine, out July 26.

Don’t Rush to Buy the Samsung Galaxy Ring

19 July 2024 @ 6:15 pm

Samsung Galaxy RingTake time with the sizing kit or the experience might dull your feelings on all smart rings going forward.

Kevin Feige Says Not to Expect Everyone to Come Back for the Next Avengers Films

19 July 2024 @ 6:00 pm

Eternals poster cropio9 spoke to Marvel Studios' president about Deadpool & Wolverine as well as the rest of the MCU.

Doctors Pulled a 2-Pound Hairball From a Woman’s Stomach

19 July 2024 @ 5:45 pm

Close-up of heap cat fur isolated on white, top viewThe hairy mass inside the 24-year-old woman was about 16 inches long and caused her intense stomach pain.


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Twitch restores former President Trump’s Twitch account

19 July 2024 @ 8:43 pm

Twitch has confirmed that former president and current Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s three-year ban on the gaming stream platform has been reversed. A statement from Twitch confirmed the news about the status of Trump’s ban from the platform. “We reinstated former President Trump’s Twitch channel,” the statement read. “We believe there is value in hearing from Presidential nominees directly, when possible. Trump is now the official Republican nominee for US President.” The Amazon-owned platform first issued a temporary suspension on President Trump's account in 2020 for violating its hateful conduct and harassment policies and restored it two weeks la

Faulty Windows cybersecurity update takes out banks, airlines and other major companies worldwide

19 July 2024 @ 7:45 pm

A massive Microsoft Windows BSOD (blue screen of death) outage has impacted multiple companies worldwide including airlines, broadcasters and others. The problem was caused by a faulty update from security giant CrowdStrike that forced PCs and servers into an unrecoverable boot loop. The change has since been rolled back, and airlines and hospitals were gradually recovering by midday in the US, but many machines are still affected. "We have widespread reports of BSODs on windows hosts, occurring on multiple sensor versions," CrowdStrike wrote in a pinned Reddit post. "[We have] identified a content deployment related to this issue and reverted those changes." The company went on to describe a workaround, which involves booting Windows into Safe Mode and deleting a specific driver. CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz

Samsung is freezing Galaxy Buds 3 Pro shipments amid quality control issues

19 July 2024 @ 6:49 pm

Samsung has temporarily shut down Galaxy Buds 3 Pro shipments. With memories of its flaming hot (and not in a good way) Galaxy Note fiasco eight years ago, the company is halting the earbuds’ launch while “urgently assessing and enhancing” the product’s quality control, according to a statement shared with Engadget and Android Authority, which first published the news. Some users who receive

Another 'missing link' black hole discovered near the center of the galaxy

19 July 2024 @ 5:59 pm

A group of international researchers at the University of Cologne in Germany recently discovered one of the rarest types of black holes in the universe. The researchers were observing a cluster of stars in the vicinity of a supermassive black hole named Sagittarius A (Sgr A) at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. They then discovered signs of an intermediate-mass black hole, a type of black hole that’s sometimes referred to as the “missing link” of black holes, according to NASA. Black holes range in size from supermassive to primordial and the intermediate sits above primordial in size. They are believed to have formed just after the Big Bang and act as “seeds” f

The 22 best Amazon Prime Day 2024 tech deals still available to shop today

19 July 2024 @ 5:36 pm

Amazon's latest Prime Day sale has been over for a couple of days now, but a surprising number of the event's better offers remain available. If there's a gadget or two you're still hoping to grab at a discount, we've picked through the leftovers and broken down the best tech deals left standing below.  While the selection isn't quite as vast as what we saw earlier in the week, there are still larger-than-usual price drops on

Schim is an inventive, beautiful platformer that's just a little too repetitive

19 July 2024 @ 5:00 pm

Schim is one of the games I was most looking forward to this year, and I generally had a pleasant time with it. It’s a pretty platformer in which every object and living thing has a soul called a Schim. These frog-like critters live in the shadow of their host but can become lost when its object or creature is neglected, damaged or going through something life-changing. You play as a Schim that gets separated from its person, who is going through a difficult spell in their life. There are no prizes for guessing that the goal is to reconnect with them. You’ll have to navigate some treacherous environments to do so, but the catch is that you can only swim through shadows and jump from one inky blob to another. If you miss a jump, you can take one extra little hop to reach it. Developers Ewoud van der Werf and Nils Slijkerman play around wi

A nifty hack made Mario a playable character in 1994's Donkey Kong Country

19 July 2024 @ 4:40 pm

Mario and Donkey Kong have been rivals, frenemies, go-kart competitors and tennis partners. The Italian plumber once kidnapped Donkey Kong’s son. DK once, uh, took over Mario’s toy company (?) and stole a bunch of little figurines for some reason. They have history. What they haven’t done, however, is appear as playable characters in one another’s platforming adventures. Thanks to a nifty bit of hacking, that just changed. Mario is a playable character in a hacked version of the SNES classic Donkey Kong Country, due to a ROM programmer called RainbowSprinklez. It’s appropriately named DKC X Mario and this is not a simple sprite swap. We wouldn’t waste your time with that. Mario had to be completely engineered i

Why an 'unexciting' galaxy could provide clues about the universe's evolution

19 July 2024 @ 2:47 pm

NASA and the European Space Agency have released an image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope of a dwarf irregular galaxy that they admit looked "unexciting" at first glance. However, there's more going on than might initially meet the eye. The agencies say that a great deal of research is going into the "complicated structure" of NGC 5238, which is 14.5 million light-years away in the Canes Venatici constellation. In fact, astronomers believe the distribution of stars in NGC 5238 may have been distorted after it swallowed up another galaxy. They reckon that due to NGC 5238's star population (which Hubble is adept at helping to image), it had a "close encounter" with

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 review: The king, but for how much longer?

19 July 2024 @ 2:01 pm

No one has been making foldable phones longer than Samsung. And for the first few years, the sheer number of improvements we got on the Galaxy Z Fold line meant it didn’t really have any competition. But more recently, the pace of innovation has slowed while new challengers like the OnePlus Open and Pixel Fold have arrived. Now for 2024, Samsung has reinforced the Galaxy Z Fold 6 with a stronger but significantly lighter frame, a new ultra-wide-angle camera and a bunch of AI-powered tools. Unfortunately, not much else has changed, leaving us with a very iterative upgrade. So while the Galaxy Z Fold 6 remains the best all-around big foldable on the market, it feels like complace

Google is turning off its shortener links next year

19 July 2024 @ 1:00 pm

Starting on August 23 this year, when someone clicks on a link, it could first take them to a page with a warning that says the link "will no longer work in the near future" before taking them to the website they want to visit. Google shut down its URL shortening service way back in 2018 and stopped users from being able to create new links. Now, the company has announced that it will stop supporting all existing links altogether: The URLs will return a "404 page not found" result by August 25, 2025.  Google is giving developers ample time to move to other shorteners by displaying the aforementioned warning page to visitors over the next year. It will only show up for a pe

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