Six Dark Sky alternatives for Android weather watchers

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If you’re a weather geek, you must already know that Dark Sky, one of the most popular weather apps around, has been acquired by Apple — and that, as a result, anyone who uses an Android device is going to lose access to that app. In addition, a variety of other apps (some not even weather-related) will lose access to the Dark Sky API.

If you’re an Android user with Dark Sky and you’re wondering where to go now for your weather report, there are a few alternatives to choose from. But first, here are a couple of things to consider.

Several Android weather apps have been found to ask for more permissions than they need and to have shared location data with advertisers and other third parties. These privacy issues are detailed in a Vice…

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Best Picture-winning film Parasite is $10 to own in 4K HDR

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If you are looking for a great film to watch, Parasite from director Bong Joon-ho is $9.99 to own in 4K HDR through iTunes. This movie swept the 2020 Academy Awards, picking up big awards in several categories, including Best Picture (it’s the first non-English film to do so), Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.

Even if you don’t use iTunes, buying Parasite through Apple’s storefront will allow you to add it to your Movies Anywhere library.

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Webcams are tough to find these days since almost everyone is working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re finding yourself in need of one, Wyze recently issued a firmware update for its affordable Wyze Cam so it…

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Ring’s mysterious new ‘Doorbox’ leaks

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Amazon-owned smart home company Ring appears to have a new product on the way called the “Ring Doorbox,” according to an image discovered by Dave Zatz over at Zatz Not Funny. However, it’s not immediately obvious what exactly the Doorbox is. It doesn’t appear to have a camera, so it’s probably not another video doorbell, and there are no obvious motion sensors for a security system. It’s all a bit of a mystery.

Although the term “doorbox” is sometimes used for intercom systems, Zatz speculates that Ring’s new device is actually for storing keys since it can apparently be locked and unlocked remotely. That could make it a good alternative to a smart lock for anyone who wants to give someone access to their home using a smartphone, but it…

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Sony’s latest true wireless earbuds have nine-hour battery life and cost $129.99

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Sony’s high-end 1000XM3 earbuds offer noise cancellation and some of the best audio quality you’ll find in a truly wireless set, but today, the company is announcing a significantly less expensive option: the new WF-XB700 earbuds. Priced at only $129.99, the XB700s feature Sony’s signature “Extra Bass” technology for punchier sound output. At that price, Sony is undercutting competitors like Jabra and Samsung.

They last for up to nine hours on a single charge, with the battery case getting you another nine hours for 18 total. And they’ve got an IPX4 water and sweat resistance rating, so they should be able to handle your workouts and the occasional run in the rain. The earbuds use Bluetooth 5.0, and each one establishes an individual…

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The Moto G Stylus and G Power will release on April 16th

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Motorola announced that presale has begun for the Moto G Stylus and Moto G Power, and both phones will be available on Monday, April 16th. These are the latest entries to Motorola’s budget-friendly lineup of phones, and if you need a breakdown, my colleague Chaim Gartenberg spent time with both devices in February when they were announced, resulting in the hands-on video above.

The Moto G Stylus, as you might assume, includes a stylus that you can use for jotting down notes. In addition to the stylus, it features a more capable array of rear-facing cameras than the G Power offers. The G Power’s defining trait is its bigger 5,000mAh battery that will likely last for multiple days.

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Samsung offers 50-percent buy-back guarantee on the Galaxy S20

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Samsung phones are notorious for dropping in price quickly — the S20, for example, went on sale for $200 below its MSRP within weeks of its first release. Perhaps as a way to mitigate that reality, Samsung has introduced an unusual buy-back program for its own store (via Droid Life) that gives customers 50 percent of the value of an S20-series phone if it’s returned within two years.

That could be a pretty great deal given the usual market for used Samsung phones two years after their launch. A refurbished Galaxy S9, for example, can easily be found on Amazon for under $270 right now, though it cost $720 upon release. If you’re buying a $1,400 128GB Galaxy S20 Ultra today, then, the prospect of getting $700 back in 24 months probably…

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This app lets musicians remotely jam out on loops in real time

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Collaborative music-making app Endlesss is now available for iOS. The app’s been in beta for quite a long time, so newcomers will find that there’s already a community using Endlesss and sharing and discussing projects on the software’s dedicated Discord server.

Even though Endlesss is a music-making app, it’s not really meant for making complete songs. It’s a collaborative “virtual musical hangout with a live chat room” that lets multiple users build and change loops of music in real time. Just select a project and start tapping out drum patterns and melodies to change up someone’s loop. You can make stuff just for yourself, but the social aspect is encouraged.

Open loops where anyone can remix layers on the fly sounds like a recipe…

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Wyze firmware update lets you turn its security cameras into webcams

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Smart home gadget maker Wyze has released a firmware update and set of instructions for turning its low-cost security camera into a working webcam at a time when proper webcams from brands like Logitech are increasingly hard to find.

The update, which was released roughly an hour ago on Wyze’s support website, involves manually installing firmware onto your Wyze camera that will temporarily turn it into a webcam, after which it will no longer connect to the Wyze app and function normally. However, Wyze says you can reverse the process to restore security camera access to the device and have it function normally again.

The instructions say you’ll need a Wyze Cam v2, a…

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Movie advertising is now just making Zoom backgrounds

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Movie posters and billboards are useless right now, so marketing teams all seem to have landed on the same solution: Zoom backgrounds.

Yesterday, Pixar tweeted out backgrounds for Toy Story, Cars, and Up. The Twitter accounts for the Top Gun sequel, the Spongebob movie, and the Quiet Place sequel offered their own Zoom backgrounds. And CBS and Starz got in on the move too, offering up backgrounds for Young Sheldon, Big Brother, and a bunch of sitcoms I’ve never heard of.

Your mileage will vary depending on what kind of event you’re joining.

Meeting with your boss? Probably don’t pull up in a fighter jet.

You’ll also want to avoid looking like you’re in imminent danger or very clearly trying to promote a movie that might,…

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been remastered and is out today

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After years of speculation, a remastered version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s single-player campaign is finally here, bringing an enhanced version of one of the most iconic FPS games of the late 2000s onto modern hardware.

The enhanced version of Modern Warfare 2 only includes the single-player campaign. The remastered version adds high-definition visuals and audio improvements to the original story from 2009, according to a blog post by Activision. The game is available digitally on PS4 for $19.99 and will be a timed exclusive until April 30th, when it launches on PC and Xbox One, though preorders are currently not available at this time.

PS4 owners who…

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A new Humble Bundle offers tons of great games to raise money to fight COVID-19

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If you’ve been wanting to support organizations that are helping to supply those fighting on the front lines against the novel coronavirus, the latest Humble Bundle is a good opportunity to do just that. You can pay anything you want, but you’ll need to pay $30 in order to get the full bounty of PC games available (DRM-free or Steam keys), as well as several ebooks and digital comics (available in several formats), and some software.

That $30 gets you a bunch of top games, including Into The Breach, Hollow Knight, Undertale, Wizard of Legend, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, The Witness, Superhot, Killing Floor 2, Jackbox Party Pack 2, Tropico 4, and several other titles. The ebooks cover a range of topics like mindfulness and coping,…

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NBA.FM will try to simulate the 2020 season as if everything is fine

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Like every other sports league, the NBA is paused right now. However, the fact that there aren’t any actual games airing hasn’t stopped some people from wondering how the rest of the season would play out.

So online stunt collective MSCHF is launching NBA.FM, a new simulation that will broadcast hyperrealistic audio gameplay from the remaining games on the NBA’s 2020 calendar. MSCHF has partnered with official broadcasters to provide commentary on the game as if it were actually happening, and the broadcasts will feature exclusive interviews with players like the Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, Boston Celtics’ Grant Williams, and Sacramento Kings’ Harrison Barnes among others.

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How to get started with Zoom

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While many companies are already using the videoconferencing app Zoom for business meetings, interviews, and other purposes, individuals who are facing long days without contact with friends and family are moving to Zoom for face-to-face and group get-togethers.

This is a quick guide for those who haven’t tried Zoom yet, featuring tips on how to get started using its free version. One thing to keep in mind: while one-to-one video calls can go as long as you want, any group calls on Zoom are limited to 40 minutes. If you want to have longer talks without interruption, you can either pay for Zoom’s Pro plan ($14.99 a month), or try an alternative videoconferencing app. (Note: there have been reports that the 40 minutes is sometimes…

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Apple acquires popular weather app Dark Sky and will shut down the Android version

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Apple has acquired popular weather app Dark Sky and will be shutting down the Dark Sky Android and Wear OS apps in July, Dark Sky announced in a blog post today.

“Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information possible, to help as many people as we can stay dry and safe, and to do so in a way that respects your privacy,” Dark Sky co-founder Adam Grossman writes in the post. “There is no better place to accomplish these goals than at Apple. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to reach far more people, with far more impact, than we ever could alone.”

There aren’t any changes coming to Dark Sky for iOS “at this time,” and you can still buy it on the App Store right now for $3.99. But you won’t be able to…

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Samsung’s AKG quietly launches noise-cancelling Galaxy Buds Plus rival

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AKG, one of Samsung’s many audio brands, has quietly announced its first pair of true wireless earbuds, the AKG N400, via a product page posted on Samsung’s South Korean website. According to TizenHelp, which spotted the page, the earbuds feature noise cancellation, and can run for five hours on a single charge (or six if you turn off ANC). They’re available in black, white, and blue, and also support wireless charging.

It’s an interesting time to launch a new pair of earbuds, especially since Samsung has only just released its own $150 Galaxy Buds Plus true wireless headphones, which it advertises as having sound that’s been tuned by AKG. However, there are a number of differences between the two pairs.

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Popular livestreaming software Streamlabs OBS is launching on Mac today

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Streaming is bigger than ever now that staying inside is a requirement; you’ve probably noticed friends start posting links to their newly created Twitch and YouTube channels, and maybe thought to yourself hm, looks fun. If you’re a Mac user and you happen to be interested in livestreaming, I have some good news for you: Streamlabs OBS is launching today (in beta) on macOS.

Streamlabs OBS is the beautifully-designed, closed-source brother of OBS — which stands for Open Broadcaster Software — that was acquired by Logitech for a cool $89 million last September. The free-to-use software is basically a portal to streaming on any service that allows it; it has beautiful overlays and themes that you can use to beautify and customize your…

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Grubhub’s $10 off promo forces restaurants to front the discount costs

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Grubhub announced last week that, between the hours of 5 to 9 PM, customers could order takeout or delivery through its platform and receive $10 off orders of $30 or more. It sounds like a good deal, until you realize that while Grubhub is promoting the offer on behalf on restaurants, it’s also contractually forcing those business owners to eat the cost of that discount for every eligible order. (Disclosure: my parents are restaurant owners that list their business on Grubhub / Seamless.)

Under Grubhub’s Supper for Support program terms and conditions, the fine print says that while restaurants must opt into the program, they also have to agree to fund the $10 discounts — or roughly 30 percent off the cost of one order if the customer…

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Microsoft’s new scrolling News Bar app brings your PC back to the ‘90s

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Microsoft has created a scrolling news bar app for Windows 10. It sits above the Windows taskbar and provides scrolling 24/7 news from more than 4,500 publications alongside customizable stock information. It’s very similar to scrolling news apps we used to see in the ‘90s for Windows PCs, and it was developed by Microsoft’s internal News team (formerly MSN News).

Microsoft is releasing the News Bar app as a beta for Windows 10 user this week. The settings panel has a fair amount of customization. You can position the bar at the top, bottom, left, or right-hand side of a screen and pick between images or text for news items. It also supports multiple monitors, and can be minimized if it’s distracting. You can’t customize the news,…

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Master & Dynamic truly wireless headphones and Peak Design backpacks are discounted today

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Some days yield more deals than others, and today is one of those days. Starting things off are the Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus truly wireless headphones, which are seeing their first big discount at Best Buy. Normally $300, they’re $240. In my review, I enjoyed their noise cancellation effect and fantastic sound performance, and they have a unique look. I considered the high price as one of their biggest weaknesses, especially since the AirPods Pro accomplish similar results for $50 less. But now that price is less of a factor (yet, these are still fairly pricey), they might be worth checking out.

Peak Design’s 20-liter Everyday Backpack might not be the most useful thing to buy during a pandemic, given that most of us are…

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How to send private messages and make calls in Slack

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Slack is a popular workplace instant-messaging tool. But that doesn’t mean it only has to be for work. You can use Slack for whatever you’d like — keeping up with friends, sharing recipes, organizing activities, and so on. Although Slack is largely intended for group collaboration, it also has tools if you just want to chat one-on-one with people.

There are a couple of different ways you can do that:

  • If you’ve recently sent a personal message to someone, you’ll find their name in the sidebar to the left under “Direct messages.” Type your message in the box at the bottom and press enter / return to send.
  • If the name is not in the sidebar, click the + next to “Direct messages.” Type in the name of the person you want to send a message to….

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