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How biased algorithms and moderation are censoring activists on social media

Following Red Dress Day on May 5, a day aimed to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), Indigenous activists and supporters of the campaign found posts about MMIWG had disappeared from their Instagram accounts. In response, Instagram released a tweet saying that this was “a widespread global technical issue not related to any particular topic,” followed by an apology explaining that the platform “experienced a technical bug, which impacted millions of people...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Social Media


The Sonos Roam is an excellent Bluetooth speaker, and we’ve got the data to prove it

Smart speakers and portable speakers get a bad rap in the audiophile world, and the Sonos Roam is both smart and portable. But as we showed with Google’s Nest Audio, there’s no reason wireless speakers can’t bring serious sound quality. The Sonos Roam, like the Sonos Move before it, is a pretty rad little Bluetooth speaker –and we’ve got the data to show why. First things first, my colleague Callum Booth already wrote an excellent review of the Roam and made an awesome video about it. You should...
Tags: Google, Startups, Insider, Callum Booth, Plugged


Here’s why the AirPods Max don’t support Apple Music’s lossless audio

Apple took the music world by storm last night with its new lossless tier announcement. The company is offering high-fidelity music streaming for all Apple Music subscribers for free. The iPhone maker will offer lossless quality in three tiers. CD-quality (16-bit depth/44.1KHz sampling rate), 24-bit depth/48KHz, 24-bit depth/192KHz sampling rate. [Read: What’s bit depth? And how does it impact music?] If you’re an Apple fan, you’d expect that its $550 headphones, the AirPods Max, will support hi...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Insider, Plugged


Crunch kills: Nearly 750,000 deaths linked to ‘overwork’ every year

In a massive study spanning 194 countries and accounting for billions of people, the World Health Organization (WHO) has compiled incredible evidence linking as many as 750,000 deaths per year to overwork. Here’s the scary part: The WHO defines “overwork” as spending more than 55 hours per week on the job. That makes it a very serious issue for employees in industries that experience crunch such as STEM and gaming, and for entrepreneurs who think the key to success is putting in long hours. Per ...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Science, Tech, Who, World Health Organization WHO


Apple and Amazon make lossless music a free upgrade, but that sucks for artists

In a surprisingly coordinated announcement, both Amazon Music and Apple Music announced they were making lossless audio a free upgrade. In two fell swoops, premium audio services like Tidal and Deezer are likely being forced to re-evaluate their pricing structure, and the folks at Spotify are likely rethinking the price of their upcoming HiFi tier. Apple announced it was bringing lossless to Apple Music in June, starting at CD Quality (16-bit/44.1kHz) and going all the way up to 24 bit at 192 kH...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, Spotify, Amazon Music, Insider, Hifi, Plugged


Why you should be very wary of AI that ‘processes’ college video applications

To the graduating class of 2021 I have but one piece of advice for you: watch out for snake oil. Artificial intelligence is a backbone technology that’s as important as the internet or electricity. But it’s also a field so rife with scams that even institutions of higher learning are getting duped by smooth-talking marketing teams and BS AI. The long and short of it is that colleges and universities are implementing AI systems to process admissions videos. Here’s a quote from an executive at one...
Tags: Startups, Opinion, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, The Hill, Neural


Twitter’s subscription service may cost $2.99 a month and have an ‘undo tweet’ feature

Twitter’s upcoming subscription service may cost $2.99 per month and include an “undo tweet” button and “Collections” feature, according to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. Wong, who’s renowned for finding hidden app features before they’re released, tweeted a screenshot of the platform, tentatively titled Twitter Blue. Twitter is calling their upcoming Subscription Service “Twitter Blue”, priced at $2.99/month for now, including paid features like: Undo Tweets: https://t.co/CrqnzIPcOH Collecti...
Tags: Startups, Insider, Jane Manchun Wong, Jane Manchun Wong Wong, Plugged, Twitter Blue Twitter


This portable air conditioner can chill out any room and dehumidify too, all for $300.

TLDR: This TOSOT 8,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner could be just the ticket for cooling and dehumidifying your home when the summer heat finally hits. If you’re one of those folks living in a home without any great air circulation answers as the summer bears down, it’s probably worth considering your options. Installing central air conditioning ductwork and a unit will cost you anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000, depending on variables. And of course, if you don’t own the home, you could even do it...
Tags: Startups, Offers


The 3-in-1 charger can power up your iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch, all at once.

TLDR: The 3-in-1 Apple Watch and Lightning Charger Cable is designed to power up three Apple devices at once, including the wireless charging of the Apple Watch. Apple has always been a company about streamlining processes and trying to gracefully simplify how all your tech works as well as how it works together. With that in mind, it always just seemed like a matter of time before Apple owners found a way to bridge the gap between Lightning-charged devices like the iPhone or iPad and the connec...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Offers, Apple Watch Apple, Lightning Charger Cable


Feast your eyes on Samsung’s next-gen foldable and slidable displays

Samsung is betting big on foldables. The South Korean tech giant reportedly aims to ship as many foldable phones as Galaxy Notes, which would be more than 10 million units a year. The company today unveiled a series of prototypes that give us a glimpse of what this insane amount of foldables could look like. The most eye-catching device is the S-foldable OLED display, which can be folded not just once, but twice! Unfurled, the 7.2-inch screen functions as a tablet, but double-fold it twice, and ...
Tags: Startups, Samsung, Insider, Plugged


Why on earth is Michelin launching special ‘EV tires’?

Michelin recently launched two types of tires in China, specifically made for electric vehicles. The new tires are meant to show Michelin’s “concern for Chinese consumers and the company’s development strategy,” Shanghai Daily reports.  But… why would EVs need special tires to begin with? Well, it all boils down to weight. EVs generally weigh more than gasguzzlers, which means they wear tires down much faster. Also, worn tires will reduce the cars’ range, so there’s a lot to win by preventing th...
Tags: Startups, China, Michelin, Shift, Shanghai Daily


Why NASA is building a gigantic telescope on the far side of the Moon

Following the Big Bang, our budding Universe slowly cooled, and the first atoms took shape. Gravity gradually pulled on clumps of hydrogen and helium gas, forming the earliest stars. This era, lasting a few hundred million years prior to the large-scale formation of stars, is called the cosmic dark ages. The Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (LCRT), an ambitious concept to place a massive radio telescope on the far side of the Moon, would study the Universe during this ancient era in detail for the v...
Tags: Startups, Space, Nasa


Revive old paintings with your singing head with Reface’s new app feature

AI-based face replacing apps are fun and they let you reimagine photos and songs in a different way. One of those apps, Reface (previously known as Doublicat) is introducing a new feature that will let you animate old paintings, and even add your face in them. There have been a few apps that offer similar functionality. For instance, Deep Nostalgia allows you to resurrect old photos into animated GIFs, and Wombo turns your selfies into lip sync videos with music. Reface’s new feature combines bo...
Tags: Startups, Reface, Neural


Sharp’s new phone with a massive 1-inch sensor has me salivating

Sharp’s newest flagship has a 1-inch camera sensor with Leica branding — and that’s probably enough to catch the attention of camera photography nerds. But it might be hard to get your hands on a unit as the Aquos R6 is limited to Japan for now. The 1-inch 20-megapixel camera sensor is the largest in the smartphone world, beating the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra’s 1/1.12-inch sensor. This means that the phone’s camera will be able to absorb more light in a short amount of time, resulting in detailed photo...
Tags: Startups, Japan, Sharp, Leica, Ultra, Plugged


An electric Ducati sounds awesome — but it won’t happen until battery tech improves

Ducati is waiting for better battery tech before it branches out into electric motorcycles, CEO Claudio Domenicali said to MOTO.IT. Domenicali explained that lithium-ion batteries may have significantly evolved over the years, but they’re still not advanced enough to store enough energy, while simultaneously keeping the current weight of the bike. He also hinted at the prospect of solid state batteries as a possible solution. This announcement confirms Ducati’s VP of Sales Francesco Milicia’s ea...
Tags: Startups, Ducati, Shift, Moto, Domenicali, Claudio Domenicali, Francesco Milicia


Apple AirTags and the ‘Find My’ app only work because of a massive covert tracking network

Apple recently launched the latest version of its operating system, iOS 14.5, which features the much-anticipated app tracking transparency function, bolstering the tech giant’s privacy credentials. But iOS 14.5 also introduced support for the new Apple AirTag, which risks doing the opposite. For the uninitiated, an AirTag is a small device (similar to a Tile) that can be attached to personal items such as keys, wallets or luggage. The tag periodically sends messages that can be used to track it...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Plugged


Tesla ranks 1st in global battery EV sales, but Chinese automakers get the lion’s share

Battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales have skyrocketed during the first quarter of 2021, according to the investigation by market intelligence company TrendForce. In fact, they have witnessed an impressive 153% increase year-over-year, with 750,000 units sold.  Most notably, their report provided significant insights on the sales ranking. Tesla may have remained the established sales leader with 24.6% market share, but it is the Chinese automakers who collectively hold the largest market share of...
Tags: Startups, Tesla, Shift


Amazon launches free ad-supported video streaming service in India

Amazon seems to be cooking up a new way to attract users in India to shop on its platform: a free video streaming service. The company launched a new ad-supported streaming platform called Amazon MiniTV that lives inside the main shopping app. MiniTV currently resides in Amazon’s Android app and has various content sections including Comedy, Lifestyle, and Web Series. It’s separate from Amazon Prime Video, the company’s paid streaming service. Amazon has partnered with content studios such as Th...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, India, Plugged


This PMP Exam Prep Course will get you certified in just 6 weeks — with a 100% guarantee. 

TLDR: The Accredited PMP Exam Prep Course is a different approach to learning PMI methods, including small-group, instructor-led training that can get you certified in just 6 weeks. Trying to unravel the intricate inner workings of one of the premier project management approaches can feel like trying to learn a foreign language. In fact, the two really aren’t all that different. Both employ whole new vocabularies and require an intimate understanding of very precise methodologies to make sure yo...
Tags: Startups, Offers, PMP Exam Prep Course


Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for getting your first novel written and published, all for under $30.

TLDR: The 2021 Complete Creative Writer’s Workshop Bundle features 10 courses that can help turn you into a published novelist, regardless of your genre of choice. “Everyone has a story to tell, everyone is a writer. Some are written in the books and some are confined to hearts.” – Savi Sharma Everybody has the tale that’s been lurking inside them for years. Maybe it’s a remembrance of childhood. Maybe it’s a life-defining incident or turning point. And maybe it’s just one helluva story that nob...
Tags: Startups, Offers, Savi Sharma Everybody


How dating apps have adapted to the pandemic and made romancing safer

The pandemic has challenged and changed how most people date and hookup. “Monogamy is preferable at this time,” said Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s National Director of Public Health, during the height of the first wave. Government-imposed physical distancing measures, stay-at-home orders and other public health initiatives resulted in a shift toward online dating. This shift has increased the number of dating app users and the amount of time people spend on dating apps. Tinder says its users had 11 p...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Plugged, National Director of Public Health, Next Featured, Horacio Arruda Quebec


Get one of these Kodak projectors for the ultimate summer movie night experience

TLDR: These Kodak projectors and other accessories can turn movie night into something truly special this summer. Here’s an idea…how about holding your weekly movie night in your backyard this summer? With the warm nights ahead, now is a great time to put your backyard movie palace plans into motion, complete with a brilliant projector, a giant screen, and a whole heaping truckload of family, friends, and snacks to make the event truly special. You’re on your own for the family, friends, and sna...
Tags: Startups, Kodak, Offers


After a year of Zoom meetings, we’ll need to rebuild trust through eye contact

The pandemic has exacerbated an already troubling trust deficit across political, economic and demographic divides. Research shared just before the pandemic’s onset uncovered that millennials are reluctant to trust government, business leaders, corporations, social and mass media or even traditional social institutions. Meanwhile, a recent Canadian survey found that half of respondents believe business leaders are purposely trying to mislead them, and just under half believe the same about gover...
Tags: Startups, Insights


Here’s why predicting space weather is even harder than it sounds

Recent developments at the forefront of astronomy allow us to observe that planets orbiting other stars have weather. Indeed, we have known that other planets in our own solar system have weather, in many cases more extreme than our own. Our lives are affected by short-term atmospheric variations of weather on Earth, and we fear that longer-term climate change will also have a large impact. The recently coined term “space weather” refers to effects that arise in space but affect Earth and region...
Tags: Startups, Space, Earth, Next Featured


What we’re expecting from Google I/O 2021

Because we’re still in the midst of COVID19, Google I/O is going virtual this year, — it was canceled last year — livestreamed for free to all. The company’s developer conference begins on Tuesday, May 18, with the keynote event set to kick off at 10 AM PT/ 1PM ET. With that date soon approaching, it’s time to speculate about what might make an appearance, and what we’re unlikely to see. This year, there haven’t been that many leaks ahead of time, which makes me hope the company has something ju...
Tags: Google, Startups, Insider, Plugged


This quantum paradox will make you question reality

If you don’t finish reading this article it may never be written. If that’s not incentive to abandon a boring news piece, we’re not sure what is. A team of researchers from Australia recently published a new take on Wigner’s Friend that’s pretty mind-blowing. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic: this might be the most exciting quantum physics theory since Schrodinger’s Cat. Wigner’s Friend is a theory posited by Eugene Wigner in 1961. A really dumbed-down version of it goes like this: Wigner and ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Australia, Schrodinger, Eugene Wigner, Wigner, Neural, Next Featured


Ex-Apple designer’s ‘triphonic’ speaker may be the hi-fi HomePod we deserve

Say what you will about Apple’s original HomePod, but it was actually a really solid speaker by technical standards. So when Apple discontinued it, we wondered what might eventually replace it. Although there are currently rumors of a HomePod with a screen and camera, it’s now looking like one of the best alternatives may actually come from an ex-Apple designer and his new company, Syng. Well, it’s more of an ‘upgrade’ than an alternative, considering it costs $1,799. Christopher Stringer, who w...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Jony Ive, Insider, Christopher Stringer, Damon Way, Plugged


This AI can tell what an instrument sounds like from pictures

A team of researchers from Politecnico Di Milan have developed an AI system capable of helping master instrument makers determine what an unmade violin might sound like. Violins have been around since the 16th century and, for those who build and play them, not much has changed. Modern luthiers tend to apply modest design twists to centuries-old designs because, well, that’s the way it’s done. Per the team’s research paper: Of all the characteristics of a violin, those that concern its shape are...
Tags: Startups, Music, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Next Featured, Politecnico Di Milan


This Android TV box streams movies and shows to your TV in up to 6K glory

TLDR: The Q Plu Android TV Box can turn any TV into a streaming TV, capable of playing back all your favorite streaming media or video files right out of the box. While it probably feels like every TV today is now a smart TV, that’s not actually the case. In fact, there are plenty of TVs who need some real help if you want them to stream anything from popular streaming services to movies to games to even pictures. Thankfully, with the help of an Android box, it’s become incredibly easy to stream...
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Watch GTA V get an AI-powered photorealistic makeover

The sprawling cityscapes of Grand Theft Auto V have been given an AI-powered makeover that makes the game’s online world look almost photorealistic. Researchers at Intel Labs transformed the graphics by training convolutional networks on real-world images. The network then applied the style of the training data to rendered images from the game. In one example, the team trained the model on the Cityscapes dataset, a collection of urban street scenes recorded primarily in Germany. [Read more: This...
Tags: Startups, Germany, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Insider, Intel Labs, Neural