This CDC infographic lets you know if your facial hair won’t work with a mask

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is preparing for the potential spread of the coronavirus in the US. You might be considering getting masks or a respirator to cover your mouth and protect yourself. Before you do, note that the CDC does not recommend you wear a mask to protect against coronavirus unless you are already showing symptoms.

But if you find yourself in a situation where you need a mask and you have facial hair that could break the seal of that mask, check out this handy CDC infographic, which I’ve also included at the top of this post, to know what facial hair you can wear while not breaking the seal of that mask.

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Founders Factory backs Creator Fund, student-led VC to back EU student startups

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It seems like everyone wants student entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur First makes startups out of raw student material, for instance. Most countries want high-skilled students to stick around and make new companies. Only the U.K. likes to charge them a fortune for an education and then kick them out if they don’t earn enough. But I digress! […]

LG’s New V60 ThinQ Is a Huge Phone With a Removable Second Screen

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: 5G connectivity. 8K video recording. A design that folds. These are some of the things you’ll get in one of Samsung’s newest phones — but the privilege will cost you at least $1,000 for the most affordable device of the lot. If you want these next-gen features but aren’t feeling the four-figure price tags, you could try LG’s new phone: the V60 ThinQ. It supports the new mobile network, packs a camera sensor with 64 megapixels for 8K recording, and comes bundled (depending on where you buy it) with the Dual Screen attachment — a case that adds a second screen to the phone, exactly like last year’s G8X ThinQ. You get all of this and a headphone jack, something missing from all of Samsung’s flagship phones, for a few hundred dollars less. (LG hasn’t announced pricing yet, but the company says it will be priced in the ballpark of previous devices, so around $700 or $800.) “I only spent a few minutes with the phone, and while it’s a compelling offer on paper, I’m not convinced the company has improved the areas where the V60’s predecessors fell short,” writes Wired’s Julian Chokkattu. “The cameras are usually decent, but not as nice as what you get from Samsung, Google, and Apple; more megapixels doesn’t guarantee better photos. The software still looks dated, and there’s no sign of the phone receiving Android updates faster. There’s no folding screen here, and while the second screen does turn the V60 ThinQ into a foldable phone of sorts, it comes at the cost of being bulky, heavy, and cumbersome — and frankly a little ugly too.”

Chokkattu also mentions the phone is massive, thanks to the “abnormally large 6.8-inch screen.” Paired with the Dual Screen attachment and its 6.8-inch screen, you end up with a phone that’s not very enjoyable to lug around. “It’s great that the accessory is bundled with the phone, and that it gives you more visual real estate, but the experience still feels clunky,” he writes.

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How to use filters to improve your Instagram photos

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If you want to get the most out of Instagram, it pays to improve your pictures with a little bit of technical magic before you post them. Serious photographers do this by using digital tools to adjust everything from color balance to sharpness to saturation.

For everyone else, the Instagram app includes easy-to-use filters and editing tools that can make your photos and videos more visually appealing.

Using Instagram editing tools, step by step

Consider this photo I took at a municipal park in Austin. Not bad, maybe, but what if I could increase the visual appeal before sharing it on Instagram? Here’s how you do it.

First, upload the photo to the Instagram app using the + button on the home screen. Then, choose the picture…

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Sacramento Kings arena to use liquor-measuring gadget to control how much guests drink

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The NINA attachments on the liquor bottles measure how much alcohol you get. | Image: Sacramento Kings/NINA

The Sacramento Kings arena will let guests in its suite and loft areas make their own drinks at the Golden 1 Center using an internet-connected gadget affixed to the top of liquor bottles to monitor how much alcohol is being poured.

It sounds like a good idea from the venue’s point of view: the NINA bottle-mounted device may reduce staffing costs (sorry, bartenders) and help with liquor ordering and other cost controls. It’s not totally clear, however, why guests who pay between $1,000 and $15,000 for premium seating at the arena would want to buy their drinks like they’re shoppers in a self-checkout grocery lane. But the Golden 1 Center says the devices will “allow guests to skip the lines and stay safe.”

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Grab your ticket: Only one week to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020

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It’s T-minus one week to the big day, March 3, when more than 1,000 startuppers will convene in Berkeley, Calif. for TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020. We’re talking a hefty cross-section representing big companies and exciting new startups. We’re talking some of the most innovative thinkers, makers, researchers, investors and influencers — all focused […]

Get your toddler on the road earlier with the world’s lightest balance bike

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Learning to ride a bike is one of those quintessential childhood experiences that’s as rewarding as it is scary. Prep your precious babe for success by starting them early with the world’s lightest balance bike, the Brilrider FLIGHT.

For the uninitiated, balance bikes are no-pedal bicycles that propel forward by pushing off the ground with the feet, a la the Flintstones. Stopping, too, is accomplished by foot, which kids tend to do naturally anyway. (Hands up if you’re stopping like that to this day… *raises hand*)

They’re way easier for a toddler to learn than a traditional bike + training wheels setup, thanks to their uncomplicated design that eliminates intimidation while helping little ones gain confidence and independence as they focus on simply balancing. Most babies can balance by the age of 2, so once they get their road-legs they’ll be set for a faster transition to a standard bike, no training wheels required.

The incredibly lightweight frame of the Brilrider FLIGHT was designed with children as young as 12 months in mind; made with airplane-grade aluminum, it’s tough, durable, and insanely easy to maneuver. That’s a bonus for parents, too, since you’ll likely be the one hauling it around. Also a bonus? Tool-free assembly and quick-release adjustments of the handlebars and seat.

Speaking of the seat, kids benefit from its 11″ starting position. This means not only is the Brilrider sized better for learners—allowing for full control and walking of the bike—but even if they were to fall, there’s a much shorter distance to the ground. Read the rest

Login With Google Using ReactJS

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In this article, we will learn the step-by-step process of allowing users to log into an application with Gmail using ReactJS. Login with Gmail makes it safe and easy for users to use applications. When a user clicks on the "Login with Gmail" button, the user is navigated to Google to give the app permission. In response, the user receives a Token key and other personal details.


Microsoft is adding a secret SkiFree-like surfing game into its Edge browser

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Microsoft created a fun little Easter egg for its Edge browser to reveal the new logo last year. The Edge surf game is very similar to SkiFree, a classic skiing game that was released as part of Microsoft’s Entertainment Pack 3 for Windows back in 1991. While it was used as part of an elaborate Easter egg hunt, where Microsoft employees posted cryptic clues to a series of puzzles and images, the software maker is now making it an offline game in the browser.

There will be three modes available: a classic surf mode, a time trial, and a slalom mode where you surf between gates. The standard classic surf mode is an endless surfer mode where you have to avoid obstacles and a kraken following you at all times. Time trial is self-explanatory,…

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Destiny 2 will remove paid loot boxes in favor of a Fortnite-style battle pass

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Destiny 2 is the latest game to abandon paid loot boxes, with director Luke Smith announcing in a new “Director’s Cut” state of the game update that “we want players to know what something costs before they buy it.”

The change means that the randomized “Bright Engram” items will be removed from the in-game Eververse Store. Players will still be able to purchase paid cosmetic items in two ways: by directly purchasing an item they desire or by buying the Fortnite-style seasonal pass and unlocking it there. (Although some items will only be available for direct purchase.) The difference is that, now, you’ll know exactly what you’re buying and how much it will cost upfront in Destiny 2, instead of rolling the dice on getting the cosmetic…

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Lerer Hippeau leads $6M investment in Pinterest-like digital asset manager Air

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When it comes to the so-called “consumerization of the enterprise,” a workplace tool that looks an awful lot like Pinterest seems like it would be the trend’s final form. Brooklyn-based Air is building a digital asset manager for communications teams that aren’t satisfied with more general cloud storage options and want something that can show […]

A visual history of the many Xbox dashboards

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Few interfaces have changed more often — or more radically — than the Xbox dashboard. Most platforms with a large user base are incredibly slow to introduce sweeping changes, but that hasn’t been the case for Microsoft’s game consoles. History shows that its strategy for working in new features and services involved scrapping its previous interface, essentially asking you to re-learn how to use the machine and find your content.

Microsoft deserves credit for experimenting with its dashboard throughout the years, even if many of those experiments weren’t great. With the Xbox Series X set to release later in 2020, now seems like a good time to catch up on the history of the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 dashboard to see where it’s been and…

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Cartesiam helps developers bring AI to microcontrollers

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Cartesiam, a startup that aims to bring machine learning to edge devices powered by microcontrollers, has launched a new tool for developers who want an easier way to build services for these devices. The new NanoEdge AI Studio is the first IDE specifically designed for enabling machine learning and inferencing on Arm Cortex-M microcontrollers, which […]

New Etch A Sketch lets you draw curves

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Spotted at the New York Fair – a new Etch A Sketch, called The Revolution, that lets you draw curves and circles.

From Gizmodo:

The Etch a Sketch Revolution is a tad smaller than your typical Etch a Sketch, but it does feature the two signature knobs at the bottom. The main difference is it features a spinning screen that makes drawing circles magnitudes easier. As in, all you have to do is manipulate the knobs on the spinning rim, and that’s it. It’s simple, but pretty neat when you consider just how torturous trying to draw anything circular, rounded, or curvy on a traditional Etch a Sketch is.

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This New Orleans convenience store has a great Instagram account

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From Rob Walker’s excellent Art of Noticing newsletter, this recommendation to subscribe to the Instagram feed of a convenience store in New Orleans called Hank’s Market:

This NYT writeup on bodegas “going viral on TikTok” reminded me of a current favorite Instagram account. Hank’s is a convenience store on St. Claude, in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans. It’s not the kind of place you would expect to have a social media presence, per se, but it’s got a very fun Instagram account. Especially during Mardi Gras season — which is right now. Enjoy @hanks_supermarket.

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Check Out The Ultimate Arduino Learning Kit Deal

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If you’re looking for a good way to learn arduino, we’ve got an incredible deal available right now. The Ultimate Arduino Kit is available at $120, but for a limited time, includes a $99 educational book bundle for free!  

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