Facebook to Verify the ID of Suspiciously Popular Accounts

From PC Mag: Facebook is set to introduce another way of ensuring the information we consume on the social network isn't misleading.

Facebook product managers Anita Joseph and Michelle Paselli explain in a Newsroom post how ID verification is being extended to include "some profiles with large audiences in the US." More specifically, the verification check will be triggered for, "people who have a pattern of inauthentic behavior on Facebook and whose posts start to rapidly go viral in the US."

Uber now lets you book a ride for $50 an hour

From CNET: Uber is now letting passengers use its service on an hourly basis. The ride-hailing company announced Friday a new feature called "hourly booking" that lets people schedule a trip for $50 per hour for up to seven hours at a time.

Typically, people hail an Uber when they need to get from one place to another. But Uber says with hourly booking, customers can do several errands or take an excursion. There are some caveats, like no rides to and from airports and no trips outside of a city service area.

Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition Gets a More Powerful Intel Chip and a Price Bump

From PC Mag: Razer’s most expensive laptop is getting even pricier.

On Thursday, the PC maker debuted a refreshed Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition, which goes on sale today. The laptop has been outfitted with a new Intel 10th-generation Core i7 “Comet Lake-H” processor and an updated keyboard layout for better typing.

However, Razer has also bumped up the product’s price from $3,999 to $4,299, making it one of the most expensive mobile workstations on the market for powerhouse users.

Google launches website to help people avoid online scams

From CNET: Google on Thursday unveiled a website aimed at teaching people how to spot and avoid online scams, as digital hoaxes hit an uptick amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The website, Scamspotter.org, tries to show people how to identify things such as bogus stimulus checks, fake vaccine offers, or other false medical information. The site also highlights certain patterns that are typical of hoaxes, like a romance scammer asking a target to wire them money or buy them a gift card.

Cooler Master Announces the Winner of the MM711 Design Challenge

From Cooler Master Press Release: Cooler Master has announced the winner of the MM711 Challenge for COVID-19 Relief and the beginning of the fundraising portion. The challenge aims to raise funds for those impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Winner: MM711 Retro
In the design phase that ended on 5/11, Cooler Master asked fans to submit colorway designs for the MM711. Having received over 300 submissions, Cooler Master selected five colorways to put up to a vote.

Samsung Money is the company’s new Samsung Pay-linked debit card program

From The Verge: Samsung has announced further details for its upcoming debit card program: it’s called Samsung Money by SoFi (which, as previously announced, is partnering with Samsung on the program), and it’ll tie in directly with the existing Samsung Pay app.

Originally announced earlier in May, today’s news offers more concrete information on what Samsung Money will actually offer — specifically, a cash management account and a Samsung Money debit card (a Mastercard issued by The Bancorp Bank).

Facebook Launches Experimental Voice Call App 'CatchUp'

From PC Mag: Video chats are really having a moment right now. But whether you're still sporting bed head, on the move, or running low on monthly data allowance, not everyone wants (or can afford) face-to-virtual-face contact. Enter CatchUp.

The latest experiment from Facebook's (New Product Experimentation) NPE Team harkens back to the olden days, when phones were used simply for voice calls. CatchUp helps users stay in touch by showing when family and friends are available for a talk.

High-end smart home brand Savant acquires GE Lighting

From CNET: Savant Systems Inc., a Massachusetts-based maker of professionally-installed smart home systems, has struck a deal with General Electric to purchase the GE Lighting brand, the companies announced today. The venerable lighting manufacturer, which dates back to the invention of the incandescent light bulb well over 100 years ago, will remain headquartered at its Nela Park facilities in Cleveland, Ohio. Its 700 employees will transfer to Savant upon the transaction's completion, expected by mid-2020.

Introducing the New Thermaltake ToughDesk 300 RGB Battlestation Gaming Desk

From Thermaltake Press Release: Thermaltake proudly presents the ToughDesk 300 RGB Battlestation Gaming Desk. The new technology and extensive functions of the desk include, electric height adjustment control, ample cable management space, and built with a full surface RGB mouse pad that is balanced for speed and control, with dimensions landing at 62.99” (160cm) in length and 31.49” (80cm) in width.

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