Freelance work remains an important part of the US economy

2 million more Americans joined the ranks of freelancers in the last 12 months, according to a new study from Upwork. The pandemic caused a pause for some.

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Some 59 million Americans performed freelance work in the past 12 months, representing 36% of the U.S. workforce—an increase of 2 million freelancers since 2019, according to a new study by Upwork.

This increase was fueled in part by an influx of younger, highly skilled professionals seeking flexible alternatives to traditional employment, the “Freelance Forward: 2020” study of the US independent workforce found.

Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, freelancers

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The unlocked OnePlus 7T is back on sale for $400

The OnePlus 7T features, among other things, three rear cameras.


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In the old days, OnePlus made bargain phones. With the arrival of the OnePlus 8 earlier this year, however, the company moved squarely into the premium category. No more bargains, then? Actually, here’s one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Woot has the unlocked OnePlus 7T for $399.99. (This is something of a repeat, as a couple other sellers had it for the same price in recent weeks.) You can choose between the Glacier Blue and Frosted Silver colors.

This phone isn’t even a year

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Apple Event: New iPad, Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE Specifications Leaked Hours Before Launch

Apple event today will see new product launches and the Cupertino, California-based giant is largely expected to launch new iPad and Apple Watch models. Hours before the big event, a leak offers key specifications of some of the rumoured products that Apple is expected to announce. This includes the 4th-generation iPad Air or the iPad Air 4, 8th-generation iPad, Apple Watch Series 6, and Apple Watch SE. The leak suggestions information regarding the processor and charging port on both the rumoured iPad models.

Prolific tipster Evan Blass took to Twitter to share leaked information about the upcoming iPad and Apple

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Why Percona wants your database to be open source, and not everyone is happy about it

Commentary: Percona runs open source databases as managed services, which makes the company popular with customers but less so with competitors.

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Percona, a company that offers open source databases as managed services, has an ambitious goal: “… anyone, anywhere, should have free access to the software and tools necessary to turn their ideas into a viable business.” The only problem with this high-minded sentiment? The software to which Percona wants to provide “free access” is owned and/or primarily developed by others, who may not like sharing revenue with Percona. 

Indeed, as Percona co-founder and CEO Peter Zaitsev

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The LG Wing 5G phone has a swiveling screen, because it’s 2020, so why not?

The LG Wing has two screens, which can work in various orientations.


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Turns out the swiveling LG Wing phone, which was leaked last week in a YouTube video, is real and as wacky as the rumors purported it to be. Unveiled at a virtual presser Monday, the 5G phone has two screens, one of which swivels on top of the other to form a T-shape design. In the US it will be available first on Verizon, then AT&T in the fall and T-Mobile.

The phone is the first of LG’s Explorer Project, a company endeavor that

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