Day: July 11, 2021

A ‘Mario 64’ auction ended at $1.56 million, smashing a record ‘Zelda’ set days earlier

A copy of 'Super Mario 64' that isn't in the original box and definitely isn't worth $1.5 million. It's probably been loved a whole lot more though.

If you thought $870,000 was a lot to spend on a copy of The Legend of Zelda then you’re not going to believe this latest development from the world of video game auctions.

Super Mario 64, the beloved and top-selling Nintendo 64 launch game, sold at auction for $1,560,000. Yes, on the same day that one of Earth’s billionaires launched into space on the wings of a weird, self-aggrandizing infomercial livestream, another person elsewhere on the planet decided that a 25-year-old video game was worth well over $1 million. The most a video game has ever sold for at auction.

Of course, for collectors this particular copy of Mario 64 turned out to be quite a find, and not just because it’s one of the most popular video games in history. Heritage Auctions called it the “highest graded copy” of the game to date, with a professional grading of Wata 9.8 A++ Sealed.

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“The cultural significance of this title and its importance to the history of video games is paramount, and the condition of this copy is just so breathtaking that we’re really at a loss here,” the description reads.

Video game auctions have been on a tear in 2021. This record-setting Mario 64 sale follows the record-setting Legend of Zelda sale from just days earlier. Just a few months earlier, back in April, a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. sold for $660,000 — which was the most anyone had paid for a game to that point.

That’s not all. If we look back another stretch of months, to November 2020, a copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 sold for $156,000. That auction’s claim to fame? You guessed it: The most ever paid for a video game.

Rarity of course plays a major role in determining how historical curiosities like these are valued. No one’s buying these games to play them — they’re readily available for far less money and far newer gaming hardware. Collectors gravitated to these auctions because the full packages, unopened game box and all, are in such stellar shape.

But value isn’t a fixed property here. It’s more a measure of what collectors are willing to pay. The numbers could be skyrocketing because of the rarity of certain packages; the latest two auctions, for example, seem to have been real finds. The escalating series of auctions over the past year is starting to feel like a pissing contest where collectors are competing just as much for a broken record as they are for a rare game box they’ll never open.

When you have $1.5 million to burn on a video game that you’ll never actually play, the calculation around what that money is actually paying for starts to change. It remains to be seen just how long this new record will stand, but for now Super Mario 64 is the priciest video game purchase ever.

How to repost on Instagram

Instagram is a bit of an anomaly in the social media marketplace in that it doesn’t offer a native option to share other users’ content. While you can easily retweet on Twitter, or hit the “Share” button on Facebook, Instagram gives you no such choices. Instagram maintains this is a strategy to protect copyright and content, but if your only motive is to share something awesome with your followers, it can be an annoying restraint.

We’ve got two workarounds to allow you to repost other Instagram users’ posts.

How to repost Instagram content with a screengrab

The quickest and easiest way to share an Instagram image with your followers is to create a screengrab of the image, edit it, and post it as a fresh post.

It goes without saying that you should obviously give the original poster credit by @ mentioning them, and in an ideal world you should also reach out and expressly ask for permission before you create the post.

To take a screengrab on a Windows PC, press the “PrtScn” button on the upper-right side of your keyboard. You can then paste the screengrab into your image editing software of choice.

To take a screengrab on a Mac, press and hold shift, command, and 3.

To get a screengrab on an iPhone that has Face ID, you need to press and then release the side button and volume up button.

On an iPhone with a home button, you need to simultaneously press and then release the home button and the side button or sleep/wake button, depending on your model.

Most Android phone users can generate a screengrab by pressing the power and volume down buttons at the same time.

If that doesn’t work, press and hold the power button for a few seconds. Then tap “Screenshot.”

Once you have the screengrab edited and ready to go, you can simply create a new Instagram post — but again, don’t forget to credit the original creator of the content.

How to repost on Instagram using a third-party service

The other option open to you is to use a third-party app or service that will allow you to repost on Instagram.

There are various apps and web services available that can help you do this by simply inserting the URL of the post you want to share. Here’s our top three.

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Repost for Instagram is a web-based service that makes it easy to repost your favorite photos and videos on Instagram while giving credit to the original Instagrammer.

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This iPhone app allows you to repost and archive photos and videos from Instagram and offers support for posts, stories, IGTV, and posts with multiple media.

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This Android app lets you repost Instagram photos and videos without adding watermarks.

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Virgin Galactic and Richard Branson celebrate launch of first passengers into space

Virgin Galactic has successfully taken its first passengers to space, including its billionaire founder Richard Branson. The event, at Spaceport America in New Mexico, was a field day for press and employees, complete with an early-morning Khalid set and hero walk by Branson and the crew.

“Just imagine a world where people of all ages, all backgrounds, from anywhere, of any gender, of any ethnicity, have equal access to space,” Branson said on returning. “Welcome to the dawn of a new space age!”

The remark is a bit premature, of course — that world is still some distance off, but it’s true that this flight marks a historic moment in the nascent space tourism industry. At present, leisurenauts are still an elite class, but the events of the day suggest we’re closer than ever to seeing that change.

After an incredibly early start to the day (shuttles to the Spaceport left at 2:45 AM from nearby Las Cruces), the festivities began in true space launch style with a delay. A thunderstorm overnight prevented the team from rolling out the spacecraft, which believe it or not can’t get wet. At the speeds and temperatures involved nothing can be left to chance — like ice forming from water in or on the chassis.

Press set up before dawn at Spaceport America.

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Soon the sun rose and crowds arrived: VIPs, employees, a bunch of local students, and Branson’s own guest list (reportedly numbering around 150). Elon Musk showed up as well, presumably to congratulate his fellow spaceman personally, billionaire to billionaire.

At 8:30 local time the engines started on VMS Eve, the “mothership” carrying VSS Unity, the rocket-powered spaceplane that Branson, along with Virgin Galactic’s Beth Moses (her second flight), Sirisha Bandla, and Colin Bennett, would ride to the edge of space.

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Eve was wheels up at 8:40, commencing a wait on the ground while it climbed to about 36,000 feet. Unity detached and began its rocket-powered climb at about 9:24, reaching Mach 3 and after two minutes reached its peak altitude of about 282,000 feet — about 53 miles, as planned.

The crew and passengers enjoyed a minute or two of microgravity, which they seem to have employed gainfully:

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A planned mid-air speech by Branson proved impossible as the signal cut in and out, but the craft itself proved more reliable, touching down at 9:38.

In a celebratory stage appearance (following a brief Khalid concert) Branson expanded on the ideas cut short in transmission, beginning with: “It’s hot, I’m sorry,” but quickly moving on to more inspiring words. “I have dreamt about this moment since I was a child, but nothing could have prepared me for the view of Earth from space. We are at the vanguard of a new space age.”

At a press conference following shortly after, Branson fielded questions from elementary schoolers, and the crew described the view from space and whether they saw any planets. (No, just an alien that the pilot shook off during descent, Branson said. At least one kid I saw believed him.)

A long road to space

Virgin Galactic Pilots on their way to the Virgin Galactic Spaceflight System

It’s a triumph long in the making for Virgin Galactic and Branson. The company was ahead of the curve in its space tourism ambitions, but in 2014 a test flight ended in a horrific crash and the death of one of the pilots.

Virgin’s engineers and leaders worked through it, however, and built a stronger, better spacecraft which was christened Unity by Stephen Hawking, who was then still living — and, not surprisingly, hoping to hitch a ride some day.

Pilots flew test flight after test flight over the years, slowly ratcheting up the power and finally, in 2018, touching the edge of space. On that note there is some slight controversy in that the exact altitude where the atmosphere gives way to space isn’t completely agreed upon. Some authorities place the Kármán line, as the imaginary boundary is called, at 100 kilometers above sea level, others at 50 miles, or about 80 kilometers.

Unity 22 spreads its “feathers” during descent. Image Credits: Virgin Galactic

Virgin uses the lower estimate, while its arch rival, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, uses the higher. This led Bezos to throw shade on Virgin’s flights, saying he didn’t want his customers to have an “asterisk” on their trip to space. When I asked about this before, a Virgin representative said they use the same standard that NASA and the U.S. Air Force does: pilots are given their “astronaut wings” if they pass the 50-mile mark.

Kármán quibbles aside, the race to send passengers to space has been heating up lately, and Bezos recently announced that he would be flying aboard the first crewed launch of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket on July 22 — with his brother, a mystery passenger who has paid $28M for the privilege, and Wally Funk, among the first women trained to be astronauts in 1961 but who never made it to space.

But Branson rained on his parade by announcing shortly afterward that he would fly aboard Virgin’s first passenger launch to space (crew and pilots have been up several times) about a week earlier.

While Branson has good-naturedly denied any competition between himself and Bezos (“We wish jeff the absolute best,” he said, adding that Bezos sent over a message of goodwill before the flight) it’s hard to believe that’s completely true. Though neither man has anything to prove at this point, there must surely be some satisfaction in Branson’s not merely going to space (a lifelong dream, as he tells it) but doing so before his upstart rival. However much he denies it, the narrative is too tempting to quash completely.

The direction forward for Virgin Galactic now is, clearly, towards paying customers, of which there are plenty lined up. Of course, they all have a quarter of a million dollars to spare, but you might not, and for you Branson has a special offer. They’ve partnered with Omaze, and donations to the chosen charity will enter you into a raffle of sorts, with the winner receiving two tickets on an upcoming Virgin Galactic flight. “And with my Willy Wonka hat on, a guided tour of Spaceport America, given by yours truly,” Branson added.

Branson expressed hope that this would become an ongoing thing as long as donations continue, so perhaps this is the answer to the question of how they hope to, as he so frequently promises, make space available to everyone.

You can watch the whole day unfold as it happened in Virgin Galactic’s archived livestream below:

‘Black Widow’ combines box office and Disney+ for a wild $215 million opening

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Did anyone actually expect the first Marvel movie in more than two years to not do well?

Black Widow officially arrived on Friday, bringing some big-budget Marvel hype to the silver screen, and walking away from its opening weekend with an estimated $80 million in U.S. ticket sales. But that’s only a partial picture.

There was another (also estimated, Sunday’s not over yet folks) $78 million earned outside the U.S., including key international markets across Europe, South America, and parts of Asia. That includes a range of #1 openings and broken records in various locations.

The most interesting data point for Black Widow‘s opening weekend, though, is how this combined almost-$160 million in ticket sales happened while Black Widow also opened for at-home streaming on Disney+ Premier Access. Disney noted in an email that the movie picked up “over $60 [million]” from Premier Access, which means at least 2,000,000 subscribers paid $30 to just watch the movie at home.

Bear in mind, that’s not a huge proportion of the company’s reported 100 million subscribers as of March 2021. But Disney has got to be happy with this turnout all the same. There’s nothing to carve out for theatrical distributors when it’s Premier Access income, so even if we’re just looking at the raw numbers, that $60 million from Disney+ is probably more valuable to the studio than the $80 million from U.S. ticket sales.

In the bigger picture, Black Widow‘s dual successes in theaters and at home also suggests that Disney’s bet on streaming new releases is paying off. Mulan, Raya the Last Dragon, and Cruella previously launched on the Disney+ premium tier, but Marvel movies exist in a whole other category of blockbuster.

Theater owners probably don’t see things in quite the same way, of course. How many of those 2,000,000 subscribers who ponied up for Premier Access would have ventured to theaters if that hadn’t been an option? There’s no way of knowing. But Black Widow was hardly a disaster.

It beat F9, which opened in the U.S. a couple weeks earlier with a pandemic-topping $70 million first weekend. Taken together, it sure seems like eased pandemic restrictions are making people feel comfortable with the idea of heading back to theaters. There’s still plenty of bouncing back left to be done, but it’s safe to say that movies in theaters are back (for now).

As for the Disney+ factor, Disney wouldn’t be touting Black Widow‘s performance in a press release if it wasn’t happy with the results. Day one streaming via Premier Access is likely here to stay, and continued successes will no doubt start pushing other studios — especially the ones linked to streaming services of their own — in a similar direction.

Warner Bros. is already in the day one streaming mix, with the studio’s 2021 slate of movies hitting theaters and HBO Max right on day one. There’s no added charge to subscribers for those movies currently — and that’s not likely to change in 2021 — but don’t be surprised if WarnerMedia moves HBO Max closer to a Premier Access model at some point.

How Retail Zipline’s Series A pitch deck ticked every box for Emergence Capital

Melissa Wong spent more than a decade working for major retail brands before founding Retail Zipline. That kind of outrageous advantage — a complete understanding of the industry — is something that investors struggle to resist in a vertical SaaS company. At least, according to Emergence Capital investor Lotti Siniscalco.

Wong and Siniscalco joined us on a recent episode of Extra Crunch Live and went into detail on why Emergence was eager to finance Retail Zipline’s Series A round, walking us through Zipline’s Series A pitch deck and sharing which slides and bits clinched the deal.

Extra Crunch Live is a weekly virtual event series meant to help founders build better venture-backed businesses. We sit down with investors and the founders they finance to hear what brought them together, what they saw in each other and how they work together moving forward. We also host the ECL pitch-off, where founders in the audience can pitch their startups to our outstanding speakers.

Extra Crunch Live is accessible to everyone on a live basis, but the on-demand content is reserved exclusively for Extra Crunch members. You can check out the July slate here and see the full ECL library here.

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During Wong’s fundraising process, Zipline was also attending a big industry conference. Emergence suggested that they do a virtual pitch meeting while Wong was at the trade show, but Wong pushed back, insisting on an in-person pitch meeting. Not only did she know that she would deliver a better pitch in person, but she didn’t want to squander the limited amount of time she had at the trade show with potential clients and partners.

“She pointed to the screen projected behind her to help us stay on the most relevant piece of information. The way she did it really made us stay with her. Like, we couldn’t break eye contact.”

Once the in-person meeting did take place, Wong surprised the Emergence team. For one, she stood up to pitch. Wong explained that her co-founder is a bigger guy, and she’s a smaller woman, and she feels more confident and comfortable presenting from a standing position.

“She was one of the few or maybe the only CEO who ever stood up to pitch the entire team,” said Siniscalco. “She pointed to the screen projected behind her to help us stay on the most relevant piece of information. The way she did it really made us stay with her. Like, we couldn’t break eye contact.”

In terms of delivery, Wong had already made an impact. But the content of the deck, and her experience in retail, clinched the deal.

“I look for an unfair reason for a founder to be the perfect person to build this product,” said Siniscalco. “Wong gave us her background in the first slide, and I knew quickly that she was a credible person in the retail industry. Then, what I look for in a pitch, is customer love.”

Siniscalco said the combination of that unfair advantage and intense customer love is highly correlated with a very positive outcome for a company.

“When we first started out, I was really insecure because I came from the industry versus coming from a lot of Silicon Valley knowledge,” said Wong. “In retrospect, I really underestimated the competitive advantage of coming from the industry. People said it to me, but I didn’t understand what that resulted in. But it resulted in the numbers in our deck, because I know what customers want, what they want to buy next, how to keep them happy and I was able to be way more capital-efficient.”

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Zipline’s entire deck (with some minor redactions) is embedded below. You can swipe on through at your leisure, but the real value here (in my humble opinion) is Siniscalco’s breakdown of how she reacted to the information in the deck. I’ll relay that here in text, but I also strongly suggest you watch (at least) the first half of the episode below to hear the founder/investor duo walk us through this deck.

Unpacking that ‘Black Widow’ credits scene and what it means for Marvel’s future

Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) and Yelena (Florence Pugh) share a last hurrah in

Black Widow is now in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access, and it’s an action-packed film worthy of Natasha Romanoff herself.

Though it’s more of a standalone story than any other Marvel movie, Black Widow does spend its last moments setting up the future of the MCU in more ways than one. The post-credits scene shows Yelena (Florence Pugh) visiting Nat’s grave after the events of Infinity War and Endgame when she hears a theatrical sniffle next to her.

Enter Val, a.k.a. Contessa Valentina Alegra de la Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), in her first scene since The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 5. She offers Yelena a chance to seek vengeance against the man who she says is responsible for her sister’s death: Clint Barton. (As anyone who saw Endgame knows, it’s a bit more complicated than that.)

Dreyfus was rumored to be in Black Widow prior to her Disney+ debut and this scene confirms it. Before the coronavirus pandemic led to movie delays and Disney reshuffling its slate, Black Widow would’ve been out long before Falcon and the Winter Soldier, making it Val’s introduction to the MCU. We don’t know if Dreyfus filmed more scenes or a different version that better establishes Val within Widow, because there’s barely any exposition in this one.

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What we get establishes a thin but intriguing connection between Disney’s upcoming Hawkeye series and Falcon and the Winter Soldier. It stands to reason that Val is putting together a team — but why? At the very least, Yelena and John Walker (Wyatt Russell) now have the same boss, beef with Avengers, and plans that go against what, let’s say, world governments and Nick Fury would want.

Speaking of Fury, he and Val have a past in the comics, which may or may not come to fruition in the screen universe. Black Widow in particular shows just how much the MCU can innovate and rethink source material, like with Taskmaster and Yelena’s backstory. In Marvel Comics, both Val and Taskmaster have a past with S.H.I.E.L.D., and Fury’s character is gearing up for Secret Invasion on Disney+, an epic intergalactic crossover battle.

The Hawkeye lead-in is the most intriguing. Pugh’s involvement with the Hawkeye series was confirmed in late 2020, and we’ve known for some time that Yelena is supposed to become the new Black Widow. But the revenge element adds a new thrill.

Clint Barton was Natasha’s closest friend, one who would have as easily died to save her on Vormir in Endgame — but how much of that does Yelena know? Does she even care? Clint killed a lot of innocent people before Endgame when he played dress-up as Ronin — something the Disney+ series is set to explore — and he’ll have to reckon with that past in the series while also setting up Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) to be the new Hawkeye.

Setting aside the franchise of it all, Black Widow‘s post-credits scene offers a quiet but moving memorial for Nat in a way that Endgame never did. This character has been with us since 2010’s Iron Man 2 — longer than Thor or Captain America or Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Even without her own movie, she left an indelible mark on the MCU, a mark which Endgame wasn’t able sit with quite enough while it also contended with defeating Thanos and effectively mourning Tony Stark.

Pugh’s performance and the spareness of the scene manage to speak to all of this without any words. Throughout her life, Nat deserved better. She deserved her agency, her happiness, her family (families), and after everything she’s done — good and bad — she deserves at least to be recognized for her role in saving the world. There was no one quite like her, and Yelena knows it.

Black Widow is now in theaters and available with Premier Access on Disney+.

Billionaire Richard Branson heads to space aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo

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In a wild and expensive spectacle, the 70-year-old British founder of Virgin Galactic, billionaire Sir Richard Branson, launched into space on Sunday morning aboard a Virgin Galactic flight.

The flight was pushed back 90 minutes from its original takeoff time because overnight weather at Spaceport America in New Mexico delayed some of the flight preparations, but they ended up taking off at roughly 10:30 a.m. ET. Stephen Colbert hosted the livestream, and Khalid is set to perform a new song after the crew lands. The entire flight should take less than two hours.

Branson is riding the flight as a member of the crew, and will be checking out the cabin experience for future paying customers, according to The New York Times. In addition to Branson, the rocket plane SpaceShipTwo will also carry two pilots and three crew mates, including Beth Moses, the chief astronaut instructor; Colin Bennett, the lead operations engineer; and Sirisha Bandla, the vice president of government affairs and research operations.

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Bandla, who became the second India-born woman and third person of Indian descent to leave Earth’s atmosphere, according to Newsweek, is also conducting a research project for the University of Florida. She said in a promotional video that Branson’s goal of using the private sector to bring space travel to more people could “get people from different backgrounds, different geographies, different communities into space.” That is, of course, you can afford the steep $250,000 ticket price.

The plane flies about 80 kilometers, or nearly 50 miles, into the upper atmosphere, which leaves some wondering if that actually counts as space. The U.S. recognizes 80 kilometers as the boundary of space, but there isn’t an international agreement on where space begins. The passengers will experience some kind of weightlessness at the top of the arc, but they won’t have escaped gravity, the Times reported. Instead, they will simply be falling at the same pace as the plane, which will help them feel that coveted weightlessness.

In a little over a week, Jeff Bezos will also take the plunge into the questionable zone of space travel, in which his Blue Origin flight will reach above 100 kilometers, or 62 miles, above the Earth’s surface. Despite the timing and appearance that there may be a rivalry between the two space-traveling billionaires, Branson told The Today Show earlier this week that there isn’t much of a fight.

That didn’t stop Blue Origin from hyping the size of its own spacefaring vessel’s windows in a Saturday tweet, just a day before the Virgin Galactic launch.

How to turn on and access your App Privacy Report in iOS 15

It's time to take back control of your data.

We’re all aware that our apps are collecting our personal data, but wouldn’t you like to know just how often they’re peeping in?

Apple’s new App Privacy Report, which is set to arrive with iOS 15, creates a summary of all the times your installed apps have collected your data over a seven-day period. This report includes information regarding access to your location, microphone, photos, and contacts. It also displays any third-party domains your apps may be contacting so you know where your data could end up.

The setting is a little hidden away in iOS 15, so if you want to turn the summary option on, follow along with our guide below.

1. Open your Settings and scroll down to “Privacy”

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Naturally, your App Privacy Report will be housed in the “Privacy” section of the Settings menu. It’s a little far down in the list of options, so make sure you navigate to the bottom to get there and then tap on “Privacy.”

2. Tap “Record App Activity” at the bottom of the “Privacy” menu

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At the very bottom of the Privacy menu, you’ll find the new “Record App Activity” option. It can be a little confusing, since the feature isn’t actually labeled “App Privacy Report” here, but we promise this is what you should tap on.

3. Toggle “Record App Activity” on

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The toggle to enable “Record App Activity” will be the first option on the next screen and all you have to do is tap to turn it on. Your phone will now record when and how often your apps access your data, and you can return to this screen to see the full report.

Here's what an App Privacy Report will look like.

Here’s what an App Privacy Report will look like.
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When you tap on an app in the Privacy Report, it will show any third-party domains that it has contacted.

When you tap on an app in the Privacy Report, it will show any third-party domains that it has contacted.
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4. Download your App Privacy Report

If you want to save any of your reports somewhere else, there’s a handy “Save App Activity” option right under the toggle button. Tapping this will generate a JSON file, which is a simplified JavaScript format for data.

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You can then share the file or save it to your Notes app. It definitely looks a bit confusing this way, but if the format makes sense to you and you have use for the data elsewhere, it’s a convenient way to get it out of your phone’s settings.

And that’s all it takes. You can now track how often your apps are tracking you. How very meta.

How to create a Tab Group in Safari with iOS 15

Want to organize all those tabs? iOS 15 has a solution.

It’s okay to admit that you constantly have too many tabs open in Safari — we’re all guilty of it. Thankfully, iOS 15 (currently available as developer and public betas) has a solution for that: Tab Groups.

True to its name, Tab Groups allows you to not only save tabs but also group them together according to certain topics and categories. That way, you won’t have to swipe through a mess of tabs to find a specific site you had open.

Here’s how to create a Tab Group with iOS 15.

1. Open the Safari web browser

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To get started, you’ll have to open the Safari app and face all of those tabs you currently have open.

2. Tap on the tabs icon

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On the bottom right-hand corner, tap on the tabs icon. It’s the one represented by two overlapping squares.

3. Tap the tabs arrow

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In the middle, next to the ‘+’ icon, you’ll see the number of tabs you have open with a downward-facing arrow right next to it. Tap on that arrow to open up the Tab Groups menu.

4. Select “New Empty Tab Group”

New Group Tab, new you

New Group Tab, new you
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To create a group for your tabs, select “New Empty Tab Group.” From there, any tabs you open within that group will automatically be added.

If all the currently open tabs already fall under one specific category, then you can also select “New Tab Group from [X] Tabs.” That way, they’ll automatically be added to the group.

5. Name the Tab Group

What shall we name the Tab Group?

What shall we name the Tab Group?
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Use the text box to type in any Group Name your heart desires and then click “OK” to save it.

6. Add tabs to the group

Keep addin' those tabs to the group.

Keep addin’ those tabs to the group.
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Simply type in the website and click "go."

Simply type in the website and click “go.”
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To add tabs to a group, tap on the “+” icon in the left-hand corner to open a new Safari window. From there, type in whatever it is you’re looking for, and hit “go” on the right. Whenever you tap on the tabs icon for a full-screen view of the entire Tab Group, it will appear alongside the tabs.

You can also add those stray tabs to the group.

You can also add those stray tabs to the group.
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You'll know it worked once the tab disappears from the window.

You’ll know it worked once the tab disappears from the window.
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You can also move already open tabs into a specific folder. First, tap on the folder name at the bottom of the display. Then, tap on the first section that lists the amount of tabs you have open.

Once you see all of your open tabs, choose which one you want to move to another group and long-press until you see a menu appear. On the menu, select “Move to Tab Group” and tap on the specific group you’re looking for. It’ll then disappear from the window of open tabs and into its respective Tab Group.

It’s also worth noting that your Group Tabs sync across all of your Apple devices, whether it’s an iPhone, iPad, or a Mac. That way, you can stay organized regardless of which device you use with Safari.

‘Loki’ composer Natalie Holt wrote that glorious theme without ever seeing the show

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Marvel Studios' LOKI, exclusively on Disney+.

The jury’s still out on where Loki will rank in the growing Marvel television universe, but Natalie Holt’s musical score has been a mind-blowing highlight since episode 1.

A British composer who grew up playing violin, Holt gives Loki a sound that is at once eerie and playful — the most perfect musical accompaniment we can imagine for the God of Mischief in his first solo outing. Mashable spoke with Holt about the challenges (and surprising ease) of scoring Loki, which concludes on July 14.

“You know that feeling when you’re sitting in a symphony orchestra and you hear that might and the weight of a big orchestra playing a theme? I wanted it to have that, but also have the range to be kind of nimble as well,” she says via Zoom interview. “He is quite mercurial and he’s not always big and bold, he’s sometimes kind of shifty and… I just knew it needed to have that range.”

Despite the challenge of personifying Loki’s multitudes via melody, Holt says she came up with the main Loki theme before her pitch meeting with director Kate Herron — based on scripts alone.

“I came up with the theme for him just super quick,” she recalls. “So it’s been there for me in my head, associated with him from day one.”

Herron requested use of the electronic theremin to give Loki that otherworldly sound. Holt had recently met thereminist Charlie Draper, “the perfect guy to collaborate with” and a Marvel fan to boot. Holt had never composed for theremin before, or even worked with a large brass section like the one heard in the Loki theme, but Herron and Kevin Feige encouraged her to experiment “push it too far.”

“I feel like I always want to do something a bit twisted and unusual in what I’m writing, I always want to turn things on their head a little bit,” Holt says. “The whole thing about Loki was doing something unusual and just being really creative and trying stuff out… So that was amazing to have their support to try out something different.”

The Thor movies do not share a common composer — Patrick Doyle wrote the score for the first Thor, Bryan Tyler did The Dark World, and Ragnarok‘s Mark Mothersbaugh will return for Love and Thunder. While a few themes repeat throughout the series, Marvel was fine with Loki being entirely new.

The main themes of Loki are simple, but Holt enriches them with layered harmonies, surprising chord progressions, and of course that heavy brass. Like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier composer Henry Jackman, she looks up to Alan Silvestri and his work on The Avengers — “his coloring and the kind of textures that he creates.”

Holt also worked extensively with the Swedish nyckelharpa and Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, both stringed instruments that still proved difficult to translate to from violin. She ended up entrusting the experienced folk players to improvise the right sound for pieces like “Frigga.”

“I was like, ‘Just play it,'” she says. “‘Give it some heart, and you can add some folk ornamentation to it as well’. And then receiving things back once people had played their solo parts was so unexpected and elevated it.”

“I always think composers have to be so thankful for the incredible skills of the musicians that they’re working with,” she adds “Because if you heard what stuff sounded like when I’m thrashing it out on the piano, like scratching my bad violin over the top — if it was just me on my own, it would sound awful. I have to be so thankful for all the people I collaborate with.”

Loki airs Wednesdays on Disney+.

Save on a refurbished fifth-gen iPad this weekend

A refurbished iPad will save you tons of money and cut back on e-waste.

TL;DR: Keep yourself entertained this summer with this refurbished Apple iPad 5th Gen As of July 11, grab one for only $319.99.


Still haven’t grabbed yourself an iPad? Here’s an opportunity: this refurbished Apple iPad 5th Gen from 2017.

This model features a 9.7-inch screen and 128 GB of space. It’s powered by a dual-core 18GHz Apple A9 processor with 4GB of RAM.

Check out this unboxing video for a closer look:

For a limited time, you’ll pay just $319.99 for this refurbished model. It has a “B” rating, which means it may have light dents or scuffing on the exterior, but the inside is confirmed to run like new. 

How to go live on Instagram

Going live on Instagram is a great way to share a special moment, to allow others to experience an event remotely, to spread good news, or to simply get things off your chest. When you broadcast live on the social platform, anyone who follows you can tune in to watch your video, and after you’ve finished the recording, you can choose to publish the clip to Instagram’s IGTV platform.

Here’s a quick explainer on how to go live on Instagram.

How to start a live Instagram broadcast

To begin the process of broadcasting live on Instagram, tap the plus icon that appears at the top of your screen.

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Look to the bottom of your screen to see the “LIVE” option.

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Tap this. In the next screen, you need to give your broadcast a title. Do this by tapping the four lines icon.

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You now need to enter your title in the pop-up window that appears.

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Now you’re ready to start broadcasting. To do so, simply tap on the round icon at the bottom of your screen.

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Once you are live, your profile picture will appear at the top of your follower’s feed with a colorful ring around it and the word “Live.”

When you want to stop broadcasting, simply tap “End” in the top right, then tap to confirm. From there, you can tap the download icon to the top left of your screen to save your broadcast to your camera roll or share it to IGTV.

How to control who sees your Instagram live broadcast

You can control who does — and doesn’t — see your live Instagram broadcast.

After you’ve followed the process above and given your broadcast a title, before you hit the go live button, head to your settings by tapping the cog-shaped icon on the top left of your screen.

From the settings menu, tap on “Story.”

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Now you will see options to “Hide story from,” which lets you block people from seeing your broadcast.

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You also have the option to only share the broadcast with your “Close friends” list.

Twitter appoints resident grievance officer in India to comply with new internet rules

Twitter has appointed a resident grievance officer in India days after the American social media firm said to have lost the liability protection on user-generated content in the South Asian nation over non-compliance with local IT rules.

On Sunday, Twitter identified Vinay Prakash as its new resident grievance officer and shared a way to contact him as required by India’s new IT rules, which was unveiled in February this year and went into effect in late May.

Earlier this week, the Indian government had told a local court that Twitter had lost the liability protection on user generated content in the country as it had failed to appoint compliance, grievance, and a so-called nodal contact officials to address on-ground concerns.

Other internet giants including Facebook, Google, and Telegram have already appointed these local compliance officers in India.

Internet services enjoy what is broadly referred to as “safe harbor” protection that say that tech platforms won’t be held liable for the things their users post or share online. If you insult someone on Twitter, for instance, the company may be asked to take down your post (if the person you have insulted has approached the court and a takedown order has been issued) but it likely won’t be held legally responsible for what you said or did.

Without the protection, Twitter — which according to mobile insight firm App Annie, has over 100 million users in India — is on paper responsible for everything those users say on its platform. Indian police have already filed at least five cases against the company or its officials in the country over a range of issues.

The new development should help assuage the tension between Twitter and the Indian government. A special squad of Delhi police made a surprise visit to two of Twitter’s offices in late May in what many perceived as an intimidation tactic. Twitter said at the time that it was “concerned by recent events regarding our employees in India and the potential threat to freedom of expression for the people we serve” and requested the Indian government to grant it three additional months to comply with the new IT rules.

Earlier this week, Twitter told an Indian court that it was working to “fully comply” with the new rules.

More countries are formulating similar requirements for tech giants in their nations. Russia President Vladimir Putin signed a law that mandates foreign social media giants to open offices in Russia. Any social firm with a daily user base of 500,000 people or more is required to comply with the new law.

Land your dream job with a lifetime subscription to this AI-powered CV software

A lifetime subscription to the 2021 Complete Résumé Builder Bundle is on sale.

TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to the 2021 Complete Résumé Builder Bundle is on sale for £29.01 as of July 11, saving you 98% on list price.


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The software takes advantage of today’s applicant tracking systems (ATS) — which many employers use to automatically weed through candidates — and adjusts words and phrases from your CV to make you stand out as a top applicant.

It compares keywords from specific job descriptions to the content of your CV and helps you figure out which ones to highlight or add. Plus, it can identify common errors by analysing your content in real-time. For a limited time, you can snag a lifetime subscription to Rezi as part of the 2021 Complete Résumé Builder Bundle.

Along with the AI-powered software, you’ll also get access to lots of professional templates in multiple file formats, as well as a pair of pro-taught courses to help you land your dream job. As part of the bundle, Résumé Inventor, a team of innovative designers provide 100 CV and cover letter templates for you to choose from. These templates are completely customisable — from content and colour down to font and sections — and compatible with both Windows and macOS programs.

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This bundle is valued at over £2,259, but you can gain access to all of the above for only £29.01 for a limited time.

Watch live as Virgin Galactic’s first passenger flight takes off with Richard Branson on board

Virgin Galactic is set to launch its first passengers to space tomorrow morning, and you can watch the whole thing right here. The launch is scheduled for 6 AM Pacific, with streaming festivities (including commentary by Stephen Colbert) starting on the hour.

This launch is the 22nd for VSS Unity, Virgin Galactic’s first spacecraft to leave the atmosphere. As before, Unity will leave the Spaceport attached to the belly of VMS Eve, which will take it up out of the thickest part of the atmosphere.

Unity will drop off and ignite its rocket engine, reaching speeds approaching Mach 3 until it reaches the 80 kilometer mark, the lowest altitude considered to be in space. When the engines shut off, the pilots and passengers will enjoy a short period of weightlessness and of course stunning views.

The whole thing will be livestreamed, from the ground and, connectivity permitting, from the craft itself. When they return safely there will be a triumphant press conference and, remarkably, live music from Khalid.

I’ll be there on the ground, but you can see what I see by tuning in to the official stream below:

How to delete your Gmail account

If you no longer require your Gmail service, it’s a quick and easy process to remove the email tool from your Google Account. Keep in mind: Deleting your emails won’t delete your entire Google Account.

Here’s how to do it.

What happens when you delete your Gmail address and emails

When you choose to delete your Gmail account, all your emails and mail settings will be deleted. You will no longer be able to use your Gmail address to send or receive email.

Your Google Account won’t be deleted, however; only your Gmail service will be removed. You’ll still have a record of your Google activity and any purchases you made on Google Play.

Download your Gmail data before you delete your Gmail account

Once you delete your Gmail account, you will no longer have access to any of your emails, so it’s strongly advised that you download your data first. Here’s how.

Go to your Google Account.

On the navigation panel to the left of your screen, click on “Data & personalization.”

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Look for the section in the “Data & personalization” menu that says “Download, delete, or make a plan for your data.”

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Click on “Download your data.”

In the next screen, you’ll see all your different Google data for all the products and services you use. You can select which data you want to include in your download by checking the box next to the name of the service.

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Deselect the ones you don’t want, and make sure that Gmail is selected. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click on “Next step” to complete the export process.

How to delete your Gmail account

Once you’ve exported your Gmail data, you’re just a few clicks away from deleting your Gmail account. Back in the “Data & personalization” menu, scroll down to the “Download, delete, or make a plan for your data” section. Click “Delete a service or your account.”

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Click this. You will need to sign in. Then, on the “Delete a Google service” panel, click “Delete a service.

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In the next screen, next to “Gmail,” click on the trash can icon.

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Follow the steps on the screen to complete the Gmail account deletion process.

How to recover your deleted Gmail account

It is possible to recover your deleted Gmail account through Google’s account recovery service. Go to the account recovery sign-in page and follow the instructions.

If it’s been some time since you deleted your account, Google warns that you may not get all your emails back.