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Watch live as NASA once again tries to launch historic SpaceX Crew Dragon mission

NASA and SpaceX are set to make history by launching astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time since the Space Shuttle era. The mission will take NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken to the International Space Station for a stay of up to several months. This is the last step for SpaceX before Crew Dragon is certified for use by NASA. NASA’s first attempt to launch American astronauts from US soil in almost a decade fizzled out before it could even begin on Wednesday. The launch of the SpaceX[..]

10 deals you don’t want to miss on Saturday: KN95 face masks under $3, free Echo Show 5, Apple deals, more

We cover so many fantastic deals during the week that we like to simplify things a bit on the weekends. Instead of covering dozens or even more than 100 of the hottest deals out there, we narrow things down to the 10 very best bargains you’ll find. Highlights from Saturday’s roundup include the best-selling coronavirus face masks on Amazon’s entire site at a new lower price of 60¢ each, thicker KN95 face masks for $2.85 each for higher-risk situations, popular Superfy 70% alcohol hand sanitizer that’s final[..]

Federal officials are flying a Predator drone over the Minnesota protests

Federal officials have been flying a Predator drone over Minneapolis on Friday, presumably to surveil Minneapolis protestors angry over the killing of George Floyd by police. The drone appears to be a Predator drone operated by US Customs and Border Protection, according to news accounts. This news comes as rioting and protests continued to intensify in Minneapolis heading into the weekend. Officials with US Customs and Border Protection have been flying a Predator drone over protestors in Minneapolis as th[..]

Refurbished iPhone XR models now on sale at Apple’s website

Apple began selling refurbished iPhone XR models in the US for the first time this week. Refurbished iPhone XR models start at $499 for the 64GB model and go up to $629 for the 256GB model, which was actually discontinued in September 2019 when the iPhone 11 launched. Depending on which iPhone XR model you buy, you can save up to $120 off the normal price. About a month and a half ago, Apple launched the long-awaited follow-up to the iPhone SE. While the design of the second-gen iPhone SE was virtually iden[..]

Here’s one way that Google’s Pixel crushes the iPhone

Pixel vs. iPhone: In a viral tweet, someone recorded a video of how much better Google’s Pixel is at voice-to-text dictation than Apple’s iPhone. The voice-to-text email on the Pixel is virtually flawless, while the iPhone email is riddled with errors. iPhones might come out on top in performance, but they aren’t always the smartest phones. Technically, the Pixel smartphones are Google’s answer to the iPhone. That’s not to say that they always target the same market, but Pixel is Google’s flagship mobile ph[..]

Best Invisible Fence for Dogs

Provide your dog with the ability to run around your yard, chase a squirrel, or go to the bathroom on their own when you install an invisible fence. Owning a home with a yard is a great environment for a pet and if you’re lucky enough to have room for your pup to get some laps in, think about letting them do so by adding an invisible fence. The fence will keep your dog contained to the area you want them to be, but also give them flexibility to get their daily exercise in or enjoy the beautiful outdoors. If[..]

Here are Amazon’s 5 best-selling electronics devices of the week

As has been the case for the past couple of months, coronavirus face masks and hand sanitizers were the best-selling products for our readers this past week. As far as electronics products go, however, there are some terrific deals this week that catapulted a few products in particular to the top of Amazon’s charts. Here, we take a look at the five best-selling electronics products on Amazon’s entire site this week. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. As has been the case since the novel coronavirus outb[..]

Best Proofing Basket for Dough

The smell that emanates from the oven when it’s finished baking is unmatched. Making homemade bread is one of the top skills any baker can master, as it is hard to do and even more difficult to perfect. Creating bread in your home is something that anyone can have fun with, as you can make bread many different ways to satisfy many kinds of dietary restrictions. You can also add many ingredients, like fruits or herbs, to make your dough and bread special. But after you’re done making your dough, you need a p[..]

Coronavirus face masks are on sale for 35¢ and it’s your last chance to get them

Face masks with filters have been in stock and for sale for weeks now, and our readers have bought tens of thousands of boxes since the CDC recommends that we all wear them to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Prices have come down in recent weeks, and the best-selling face masks on Amazon now cost just 70¢ each. That was been the best price we’ve seen for top-rated masks until now, thanks to a special sale that slashes the price of best-selling Modenna 3-layer face masks to just 35¢ apiece. How is [..]

Ancient mass extinction event tied to breakdown of the ozone layer

A mass extinction 360 million years ago was likely caused by a rapidly-warming climate that triggered a breakdown in the ozone layer. Plant samples from the time period reveal DNA that had been damaged by UV radiation. Scientists warn that we may be in store for another such event if we can’t control our own warming of the climate. When the miles-wide asteroid that arrived at Earth some 66 million years ago came crashing down, it wiped out an estimated 75% of all species on the planet. It was an incredibly [..]

This fake $420 anti-5G USB stick is hysterically stupid

An “anti-5G” USB stick is being sold online for up to $420, promising to block adverse effects of the new telecom standard. 5G has been at the center of wild conspiracy theories for a couple of years, including a new strain of unfounded theories that associate 5G tech with the novel coronavirus pandemic. The USB device in question is a 128MB storage stick that costs $6 to make, but the people who fall for 5G conspiracy theories will probably fall for this too. For years, we’ve been talking about the arrival[..]

This new Netflix series about healthcare workers is the show that we all need right now

On June 10, a new Netflix series called Lenox Hill will debut, following the efforts of doctors and nurses at the Lenox Hill hospital in New York City. The 8-episode documentary series shows the highs and lows of daily life for the nation’s frontline healthcare workers. Lenox Hill was filmed between April 2018 and November 2019, so while it doesn’t encompass the coronavirus pandemic, the specter of the virus still very much casts a shadow across what looks to be an inspiring story about healthcare heroes. T[..]

Restaurants, dentists, and hair salons are adding coronavirus surcharges to bills

Costs have exploded for businesses that have been closed for weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic and which are just now starting to open back up. Around the country, some customers haven’t been happy to see a coronavirus surcharge included on their bills and receipts. The businesses insist this is only a result of things like the cost of new cleaning supplies that have come with trying to maintain a safe environment in the age of the coronavirus. As costs keep mounting for businesses like restaurants [..]

You won’t believe these 3 Fire TV deals on Amazon, with prices starting at $140

After months of seeing devices in Amazon’s other device lines go on sale, Amazon is finally hosting a massive Fire TV sale this week. The best-selling deals are on the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K, of course, but flat-screen TVs with Fire TV software are also available at their lowest prices in months. You’ll find discounts up to $80 and pricing that starts at just $139.99, but these deals are almost done so you’ll need to hurry. Not all “smart TVs” are created equal. You know it just as well as we do[..]

Pulse oximeters can alert you to a coronavirus infection, and this one is only $36

Blood oxygen level is actually a much more accurate early indicator of a novel coronavirus infection than a fever, and there are two great deals right now on pulse oximeters with Amazon Prime shipping. It’s the $60 Wellue Fingertip Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor, and it’s on sale today for only $35.99 thanks to a special coupon. Amazon is also offering a killer deal right now on the $260 ViATOM Wrist Oxygen Monitor, which is available for just $125.99 for a limited time. Both models have built-in Bluetooth[..]

Amazon driver praying for a family after delivering their package will warm your heart

As the toll that the coronavirus takes on the US continues to mount, so, too, does the bad news. An Amazon delivery driver recently had a surprising reaction after she dropped off a package on the porch of one home, where a family has been relying on package deliveries more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic. They’d posted a note outside thanking drivers for delivering much-needed packages for their sick son. And in response to that note, which caught the Amazon driver’s eye, she can be seen on the f[..]

Pablo Escobar’s brother sues Apple for $2.3 billion over alleged iPhone security flaw

Pablo Escobar’s brother Robert is suing Apple for $2.3 billion. The lawsuit claims a FaceTime security flaw put Robert’s life in danger. Apple is no stranger to frivolous lawsuits, but a new suit from Pablo Escobar’s brother might take the cake. In a story that was seemingly lifted straight out of The Onion, the brother of the most ruthless and infamous drug lord in history is alleging that a security deficiency on his iPhone X almost ended up killing him. According to the suit, Robert Escobar alleges that [..]

New research points to bats as the origin of the novel coronavirus

The coronavirus can spread from animals to humans, the Dutch government concluded, after looking at data from mink farms in the region. Researchers discovered a brand new coronavirus strain in bats from China that’s described as “the closest relative of SARS-CoV-2 reported to date.” The samples were taken between May and October of last year, but the study was published only a couple of weeks ago. These unconnected events show that COVID-19 is a disease that could have originated in animals from a virus tha[..]

Historic SpaceX launch postponed moments before liftoff due to bad weather

NASA and SpaceX were scheduled to launch an historic mission to the International Space Station Wednesday, but it was unfortunately postponed with minutes to go before launch as a result of bad weather. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was set to carry SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule to the ISS from Kennedy Space Center. The next attempt at launching the SpaceX capsule could come as soon as this Saturday. NASA and SpaceX got so close to making history today. The space agency’s Commercial Crew program sought to launch [..]

Best Machete for Clearing Brush

Taking care of your yard and the surrounding area around your home can be difficult, especially if it has been overgrown after many years of neglect. Many people buy homes for a lower cost that may need a face lift and they plan on doing work themselves. Sometimes that will entail having to handle high grass and brush in the woods or near the house. There are plenty of farms that have plants that need to be trimmed frequently. For cases such as this, a machete can come in handy really easily. A machete has [..]

Best Practice Golf Balls

Golf is a really hard game. It takes endless amounts of work, effort, and practice to become remotely good and, even then, you’re bound to have a terrible day on the links every once in a while. But the more you play, the better you should, presumably, become. Consistency is key and you won’t be able to get away with just showing up for a tee time and shooting a low score, unless you’re naturally gifted. Most of us just need to practice as much as possible and a way to do that at home is by getting practice[..]

Woot!’s one-day sale on Amazon Cloud Cams will blow you away

Hitting the town for a night out is something we are all craving for. Going out to dinner or a movie can be an ideal time for couples or even for families. But if you’re leaving your kids at home with a babysitter, you’ll probably be curious how they’re doing at some point in the evening. You won’t have to wonder much longer, thanks to the latest sales event from Woot! If you’re looking for an indoor security camera, our favorite deals website has a new deal for you. Starting today and ending tomorrow, you’[..]

Galaxy S20 sales can’t match iPhone 11

iPhone 11 sales crushed competitors in the first quarter of the year. Apple moved nearly 20 iPhone 11 units during the period, just as the novel coronavirus health crisis started affecting the entire world. The Galaxy S20 series was no match for the iPhone 11, and the new Samsung flagships sold even worse than the Galaxy S10. The iPhone 11 displaced the iPhone XR as the world’s most popular phone in the first quarter, but the 2018 handset still made the top 10, surpassing the best placed Galaxy S20 version.[..]

Move over, Hearthstone: ‘Dark Table’ might be the future of collectible card games

There are plenty of Hearthstone alternatives, but Dark Table might be the most exciting yet. Dark Table is a four-player multiplayer card game with just one winner. Aside from card quality and skill, actual politics and alliances will alter the course of the battle. Dark Table already passed its Kickstarter goal, with launch planned for December 2021. Blizzard’s Hearthstone is one of the most popular online collectible card games (CCG) on the market. It’s available on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac and you [..]

Twitter finally adds a warning label to Trump’s tweets, but it will solve absolutely nothing

For the first time, a warning label has been added to misleading tweets posted from President Donald Trump’s Twitter account. The warning label includes a link to a new page debunking Trump claims about mail-in voting ballots. President Trump went on to blast Twitter for the move — on Twitter. There are three certainties in life that we know will never change. The twin realities of death and taxes — those are the two everybody already understood — but let’s go ahead and add a third to the list: It’s that Tw[..]

‘Grand Theft Auto 6’ release date might be scheduled for 2023

Rockstar Games hasn’t even hinted at Grand Theft Auto 6 yet, but a recent filing from the developer’s parent company Take-Two might reveal a potential release date. According to Take-Two’s latest K-10, marketing spend will spike in fiscal year 2024. The last time the company’s marketing spend spiked like this was the year Red Dead Redemption 2 launched. It seems increasingly likely that GTA 6 will be out in 2023. Gamers have been clamoring for news about Grand Theft Auto 6 ever since Grand Theft Auto 5 laun[..]

How to watch NASA’s historic SpaceX launch on Wednesday

NASA and SpaceX are about to launch a historic mission to the International Space Station from U.S. soil for the first time in roughly a decade. The launch will be live-streamed on NASA TV across all of its platforms. This is the last step in the Commercial Crew program before SpaceX’s Crew Dragon can be certified by NASA. After years of NASA’s Commercial Crew program partners working feverishly to deliver a crew-capable spacecraft for the space agency, we’re about to see the first launch of astronauts from[..]

Best Crib Sheets

Finding out if you’re having a boy or a girl is usually the surprise of a lifetime. Whether you wait until the baby is born or you decide to have a gender reveal party, it’s a celebration that’s unlike anything else. But once you do find out the gender of your child, you probably will start thinking about decorating your home and, specifically, their room. If you’re someone who wants to have things planned out ahead of time, you definitely already have a crib ready to go. But something you may have forgotte[..]

Today’s top deals: 70¢ coronavirus face masks, $1.79 hand sanitizer, huge Anker charger sale, chest freezers, more

The daily deals are really starting to pick up now that retailers are able to get more and more products in stock, so today’s roundup is even better than yesterday’s! Highlights include even faster shipping on Amazon’s best-selling 3-layer coronavirus face masks that only cost 70¢ each, the crazy wireless camera that lets your iPhone or Android see anywhere for $30.29 thanks to an on-site coupon you can clip, 8-ounce bottles of strong alcohol-based hand sanitizer for $28.99 or pocket-size 1-ounce bottles fo[..]

Samsung might fix one of the worst things about its foldable phones

The next-gen Galaxy Fold design might offer a feature no other Samsung foldable phone has, water and dust resistance. A new Samsung patent shows a design consistent with the original Fold, but the handset features a few notable changes that could apply to the Galaxy Fold Lite or Fold 2 phones that are expected to launch this year. The main focus of the patent is describing waterproofing technology for smartphones with foldable screens. The first foldable phone that Samsung decided to launch turned out to be[..]

‘Space Force’ review: A solid Trump-era comedy that never once mentions you-know-who

Netflix’s new Space Force show, co-created by Greg Daniels and Steve Carell, debuts this Friday. In an interview with BGR, Daniels explained why he wanted to take this project on and make a TV show about the Trump administration’s real-world Space Force in the first place. The cast of Netflix’s new series includes John Malkovich, Lisa Kudrow, Noah Emmerich, and Ben Schwartz, in addition to Carell. I have a theory about Greg Daniels’ approach to all the TV series he’s either created or had a hand in creating[..]

Why is our galaxy’s black hole blinking at us?

The black hole at the center of our galaxy is blinking at us, and scientists think they know why. In a new researcher paper, astronomers explain that a disk of material surrounding the black hole may be producing flashes due to “hot spots” that form within it. The research was published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. The Moon revolves around the Earth, Earth revolves around the Sun, and the Sun — along with everything else in our galaxy — revolves around a supermassive black hole that sits at the very ce[..]

Massive study reveals most common coronavirus symptoms and four main risk factors

A new study from The BMJ highlights the most common coronavirus symptoms, with a cough and a fever being the top two. The study also found that there are four main risk factors that make coronavirus victims more likely to experience severe and life-threatening symptoms. A new research study from The BMJ — formerly known as The British Medical Journal — relays that there are four main risk factors that tend to predict when a coronavirus victim is liable to suffer severe symptoms. Indeed, one of the more pecu[..]

Promising coronavirus vaccine might be delayed because not enough people are getting sick

One of the coronavirus vaccine candidates that has shown encouraging results is the one being developed at Oxford, which could be ready for emergency use this September. However, researchers are running into a potential issue with testing, as there might not be enough COVID-19 cases in the UK to actually see if the vaccine works during the late stages of the human trial. Delays in research could lead to a postponed “launch” for the coronavirus drug, assuming it is actually effective and safe for humans. If [..]

New renders show off updated design of the Galaxy Note 20+

The design of Samsung’s unannounced Galaxy Note 20+ has been revealed in a new leak. Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks) shared renders of the Galaxy Note 20+ on Monday, complete with the dimensions of the phone and the subtle design changes from the Galaxy Note 10+. Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20+ in August at a digital Unpacked event, but the novel coronavirus pandemic could potentially have an impact on the release date. By all accounts, the Galaxy S20 series hasn’t exac[..]

Remdesivir helps, but it’s not the coronavirus miracle cure people were hoping for

Coronavirus drug remdesivir was called the standard of care for COVID-19 patients in late April when Dr. Anthony Fauci announced the early results of an extensive study. Fauci said the drug can speed up recovery, although the COVID-19 treatment did not affect mortality. The drug should be combined with other therapies in a future study. The preliminary study has now finally been published, revealing that remdesivir isn’t the coronavirus miracle cure that some may have hoped it’d be. The world has been battl[..]

CDC says even rats are going crazy from coronavirus lockdowns

The CDC warns of coronavirus rat aggression in the wake of COVID-19 lockdowns across the country. Rats and mice that typically feast on our food scraps in or near restaurants and other food establishments have suddenly found themselves struggling to find something to eat. Rodents aren’t believed to carry the novel coronavirus, so the risk that they will spread it is essentially zero, but residents of larger cities may begin to see the creatures acting more bold and aggressive as they struggle to find new fo[..]

I can’t get enough of all the things ‘Animal Crossing’ players are recreating in the game

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become one of the defining pop culture products of the coronavirus era, with millions of copies of the game for the Nintendo Switch having been sold since its release in March. The game has also become a creative canvas for players around the world, who use their imagination to design an island. Animal Crossing: New Horizons players have also been recreating all kinds of things inside the game, from TV shows to prominent businesses and much more. I’m apparently one of the f[..]

Scientists solve the mystery of why some coral changes color when stressed

Coral bleaching occurs when ocean waters get too warm, driving algae away from the reef and prompting a change in the coral. Sometimes, bleaching leaves reefs pale white, while other times the coral takes on bright, neon shades. Researchers believe this is due to a natural protective mechanism within the coral. Coral bleaching can be devastating to a reef system. It happens when ocean water waters get too warm, prompting the corals to lose the algae that gives them much of their color. Humans are largely to[..]

Coronavirus symptoms are more severe for cigarette smokers

Coronavirus symptoms tend to be more severe for smokers. Cigarette users are more at risk as their lungs have more receptors that the coronavirus needs to latch onto. A recent study found that smokers with Covid-19 are 14% more likely to end up in the hospital than non-smokers Though anyone can contract the coronavirus, there are a few groups of people who are particularly prone to experiencing severe symptoms. It’s been widely documented, for example, that men over the age of 70 are at a greater risk of dy[..]

Terrifying black light videos show how easy it is to catch coronavirus

A new study looking at the novel coronavirus on surfaces shows the importance of PPE for frontliners caring for COVID-19 patients. Researchers used black light and a special substance to demonstrate exposure to a pathogen and proved that even PPE can’t always keep people safe from a virus. The study is consistent with previous experiments that used similar techniques to prove that the novel coronavirus can spread from human to human by touch and reach all sorts of surfaces. The CDC changed its guidelines a [..]

Church battling coronavirus stay-at-home orders was burned to the ground

A Mississippi church burning this week served as the latest flashpoint as coronavirus-related restrictions on gatherings around the country continue to generate extreme reactions and protests. Local officials in Holly Springs, Mississippi, suspect the church burning was the work of an arsonist. President Trump on Friday called for churches to be allowed to reopen immediately. The smoldering embers left from a small-town Mississippi church fire this week — which authorities believe was the work of an arsonis[..]

China has a vaccine candidate that can kill the coronavirus in humans

Coronavirus vaccine candidate Ad5-nCoV from Chinese pharmaceutical company CanSino is both safe and effective, according to the results of a Phase 1 clinical trial. Researchers looking at 108 healthy volunteers who received the test drug in mid-March found the vaccine generates the kind of immune response that can kill the novel coronavirus. The side-effects were mild and transitory, suggesting that the coronavirus treatment is safe to use. The Ad5-nCov drug has now moved to the next phase of clinical trial[..]

There’s something you need to know about coronavirus and face masks

Face masks are advised during the novel coronavirus health crisis, whether they’re homemade or disposable. Several studies have shown the virus can travel in the air with ease, and face masks can reduce the risk of transmission. But the COVID-19 virus can survive on surfaces, including the exterior and interior sides of face masks. New data shows that the virus can survive for up to 7 days on face masks, so reusable masks should be cleaned after each use and disposable masks should be discarded. The novel c[..]

A bunch of space junk just lit up the skies over Australia

A massive fireball appeared in the skies above Australia on Thursday night, prompting many witnesses to believe they were witnessing a meteorite entering Earth’s atmosphere. After a closer look by experts, the object was declared to be nothing more than a heap of space junk left by a Russian rocket launch earlier in the day. Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, launched a military satellite on Thursday and the object seen by witnesses is believed to have been a discarded rocket stage. For Australians in some p[..]

A stolen iPhone may be behind the avalanche of iOS 14 leaks

Apple will likely release iOS 14 to the public this coming September. A number of iOS 14 features have leaked out over the past few weeks and months. A stolen iPhone 11 may be the source of a number of iOS 14 rumors and leaks we’ve seen recently. Even though we’re months away from a new iPhone release and just a few weeks away from Apple unveiling iOS 14, we seemingly know all there is to know about Apple’s next-gen mobile hardware and software. Despite Apple’s best efforts, and despite Tim Cook exclaiming [..]

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon arrives for its date with destiny

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is days away from its highly anticipated launch to the International Space Station. It will be the first crewed launch in SpaceX history, and the first time NASA has sent humans to space from US soil since the Space Shuttle Era. NASA still hasn’t decided how long the astronauts will stay in space. NASA is less than a week away from launching humans into space from US soil for the first time since the Space Shuttle era. It’s an absolutely huge moment for NASA, but perhaps an even bigger [..]

Trump says US won’t shut down for second coronavirus wave

President Trump claims that a second wave of coronavirus infections won’t change plans for “reopening” the country. The state and local governments ultimately have the final say in how and when services and businesses resume normal operations. Trump made the claims during a tour of a Ford factor in Michigan. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. The United States will not “shut down” if another wave of coronavirus cases strikes, or at least that’s what President Donald Trump is promising the nation and the[..]

Pizza Hut is giving away 500,000 free pizzas

Pizza Hut is giving away half a million free pizzas to celebrate the graduating class of 2020. In order to claim your free pizza, you need to log in to your Hut Rewards account before May 28th. Once you claim your free medium one-topping pizza, you have until June 4th to actually redeem it. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. Graduation ceremonies are excruciatingly slow, are often held in overcrowded rooms or under the beating sun, and require students to buy silly caps and gowns that they’ll never even[..]

Best Buy’s huge Memorial Day sale is underway – here are the 10 best deals

Best Buy’s big Memorial Day 2020 sale has begun, offering hundreds of deals across every category you can think of. Here, we’ve rounded up our picks for the 10 best bargains you’ll find in Best Buy’s big sales event that lasts all weekend long. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. If you’re looking for great deals, you’ll definitely find them if you check out all of the BGR Deals team’s coverage on Friday. Highlights from their posts today include a bunch of exclusive deals only available to Amazon Prime [..]