VPN protocol WireGuard now has an official macOS app

WireGuard could be the most promising VPN protocol in years. It lets you establish a connection with a VPN server that is supposed to be faster, more secure and more flexible at the same time. The developers launched a brand new app in the Mac App Store today. WireGuard isn’t a VPN service, it’s a …

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Presidents’ Day sales 2019: here are the final deals

Presidents’ Day is officially here, and that means deals and sales from your favorite retailers on TVs, mattresses, appliances, and more. Today is probably the last day of discounts, so if you see a deal you like, we wouldn’t wait around too long as there’s a good chance it’ll be back to full price tomorrow.

To help guide you through all the deals and offers, we’ve put together a list of the best sales that are currently going on. We’ve also hand-picked the top standout deals that include categories such as electronics, appliances, and home items.

We’ll also tell you everything else you need to know about the Presidents’ Day sale event such as the date, the retailers that are participating, and what deals you can expect and from what categories.

The best Presidents’ Day sales:

Our best Presidents’ Day sale picks:

Fire TV Cube $119.99 [...]  read more

Google Assistant Actions up 2.5x in 2018 to reach 4,253 in the US

In addition to competing for smart speaker market share, Google and Amazon are also competing for developer mindshare in the voice app ecosystem. On this front, Amazon has soared ahead — the number of available voice skills for Alexa devices has grown to top 80,000 the company recently announced. According to a new third-party analysis from Voicebot, Google is trailing that by a wide margin with its own voice apps, called Google Assistant Actions, which total 4,253 in the U.S. as of January 2019.

For comparison, 56,750 of Amazon Alexa’s total 80,000 skills are offered in the U.S.

The report notes that the number of Google Assistant Actions have grown 2.5 times over the past year — which is slightly faster growth than seen on Amazon Alexa, whose skill count grew 2.2 times during the same period. But the total is a much smaller number, so growth percentages may not be as relevant here.

In January 2018, there were 1,719 total Google Assistant Actions in the U.S., the report said. In [...]  read more

Paris: Heart and Soul of France

Paris: Heart and Soul of France … Here are some of the reasons why you might want to travel to Paris, and tips about the best places to visit and take …
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Star Wars News: Is ‘Episode IX’ Called ‘Balance of the Force’?

Following a down period for rumormongering around December’s Star Wars: Episode IX, things have really picked up in the last couple of weeks. Now all kinds of potential plot points, costume designs, and even maybe-possibly-kinda movie titles are being thrown around with wild abandon. Fans won’t know for sure until the end of the year, …

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Why a Grape Turns Into a Fireball in a Microwave

The internet is full of videos of thoughtful people setting things on fire. Here’s a perennial favorite: Cleave a grape in half, leaving a little skin connecting the two hemispheres. Blitz it in the microwave for five seconds. For one glorious moment, the grape halves will produce a fireball unfit for domestic life.

Physicist Stephen Bosi tried the experiment back in 2011 for the YouTube channel Veritasium, in the physics department’s break room at the University of Sydney. On camera, he and the show’s host whooped in the glow of the grape. “Who needs drugs?” Bosi yells in the video, as a particularly psychedelic plume erupts. Off-camera, they discovered they had burned the interior of the physics department microwave.

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It’s a crowd pleaser, as long as you avoid melting your kitchen appliances. But it turns out, even after millions of YouTube views and probably tens of scorched microwaves, no one knew exactly why the fireball forms. Popular online [...]  read more