Google’s Solution for African Internet: Balloons

Now, a sister company of Google says it has the answer: balloons. Loon, spun out of the search giant’s X innovation lab in July, is teaming up with Telkom Kenya Ltd. to build a network of high-flying balloons to connect people in the east African country starting next year. The prize for Alphabet Inc., the parent of Google, is the opportunity to profit from advertising and other businesses tied to bringing the web to more of sub-Saharan Africa, where hundreds of millions of people lack net acc...
Tags: Google, Science, Loon, Saharan Africa, Alphabet Inc, Telkom Kenya Ltd

Tinder tests ‘Swipe Surge’ in US to connect users during peak times

Tinder today announced the test of a new in-app experience it’s calling “Swipe Surge,” that will send notifications to users when there’s a spike in Tinder usage in their area. The feature is designed to allow Tinder to better capitalize on real-world events that drive increased usage – like music festivals, parties, or spring break holidays, for example. The company says that it tested out sending push notifications to alert users about surge periods in its app back in 2016, and found that i...
Tags: US, Tech

Inventors of Omnidirectional Wind Turbine Win James Dyson Award

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A spinning turbine that can capture wind traveling in any direction and could transform how consumers generate electricity in cities has won its inventors a prestigious international award and ~$38,000 prize. Nicolas Orellana, 36, and Yaseen Noorani, 24, MSc students at Lancaster University, scooped the James Dyson award for their O-Wind Turbine, which -- in a technological first -- takes advantage of both horizontal and vertical winds witho...
Tags: Tech, James Dyson, Dyson, Lancaster University, Nicolas Orellana, Yaseen Noorani

Tidal arrives on the Amazon Echo

One key thing the HomePod has on the competition: streaming service synergy. It’s an important advantage at the heart of the premium smart speaker. While both Amazon and Google have their own streaming options, they pale in comparison to the top services, so third-parties are really the way to go. Amazon’s just added another key offering to its arsenal. Tidal, the music streaming service that Jay-Z built, is now available on Echo devices courtesy of Amazon’s recently introduced Music Skill A...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Echo, Entertainment, Jay Z, Tech, Tidal, Amazon Echo, Samsung Wearable app Tidal

Shyft raises $6.5M to help retail and service workers swap shifts

Anyone that has experience in the service or retail industry knows swapping shifts can be a logistical nightmare that leaves employees in trouble with management or stuck working during a friend’s birthday party. As a former Old Navy “sellebrity” myself, I can confirm there’s a huge need for an efficient tool to solve this problem. That’s where Shyft, a Seattle-based startup that helps connect shift workers, comes in. Using Shyft, employees can message each other, pick up each other’s shif...
Tags: Startups, Navy, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Seattle Seahawks, Old Navy, Seattle, Major League Baseball, TechStars, Madrona Venture Group, Gap Inc, Russell Okung, Ignition Partners, Madrona, Bob Kelly

Return to the Days of DOS With PC Classic

The obsession video game companies recently attained for releasing “classic” versions of their obsolete consoles has now spread to the PC master race, as Unit-e Technologies has announced the “PC Classic”, a device that will play DOS games through a TV. The portable device has joystick support but can also work with keyboard and mouse […]
Tags: Games, Technology, Anime, Announcements, Retro, DOS, Pc Gaming, PV

Amazon launches ‘Alexa-hosted skills’ for voice app developers

Amazon on Thursday launched a new service aimed at Alexa developers that automatically provisions and helps them to manage a set of AWS cloud resources for their Alexa skill’s backend service. The service is intended to help developers speed the time it takes to launch their skills, by allowing them to focus on their skills’ design and unique features, and not the cloud services they need. “Previously you had to provision and manage this back-end on your own with a cloud endpoint, resources f...
Tags: Amazon, Cloud, Tech, Skills, Developers, Aws, Voice Assistants, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Amazon S3, Google Home, Voice Computing, Lamdba

Silicon Valley Shot-Callers continue to Censor the Second Amendment

Silicon Valley versus the Second Amendment U.S.A. – -( The internet has been a bonanza for Second Amendment supporters. In essence, it has allowed them to bypass the mainstream media to give them the facts needed to show the logic in pro-Second Amendment public policies. Well, the gun-grabbers got tired of it, and they’re starting to make moves to end this channel of information.The internet made a lot of changes. The good was how much information was placed at people’s fingertip...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Guns, Youtube, America, Reagan, Cnn, Gun Control, Silicon Valley, Dianne Feinstein, Gun Rights, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mainstream Media, Second Amendment, Nra, Harold

Justice Department Is Preparing To Prosecute WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

According to the Wall Street Journal, "the Justice Department is preparing to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source) and is increasingly optimistic it will be able to get him into a U.S. courtroom." From the report: Over the past year, U.S. prosecutors have discussed several types of charges they could potentially bring against Mr. Assange, the people said. Mr. Assange has lived in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since receiving political asyl...
Tags: London, Tech, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Ecuador, Justice Department, Assange, Wall Street Journal the Justice Department

Giving up privacy and friends for 90% discounts

China, UK and other countries take away privacy with massive use of cameras, cellphone, internet browser and credit card monitoring. There are also cameras hidden in street lights and traffic... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Ecommerce, Apps, Technology, Internet, China, World, Innovation, Smart Phones, China UK

Apple Shares New 2018 Holiday Gift Guide (mac rumors)

Apple today updated its website to introduce its annual holiday gift guide, recommending Apple products for people to purchase for friends and family this holiday season. This year's gift guide is streamlined and simple, focusing primarily on Apple's newest selection of devices organized into different color collections. The $999 iPhone XS, the $159 AirPods, and the Apple Watch Series 4, starting at $499, are the top three recommendations in the gift guide and these are the devices that ...
Tags: Apple, UK, News, MacBook Air, Juli Clover, UNITED STATES CANADA AUSTRALIA

Why Sleep Apnea Patients Rely On a Lone, DRM-Breaking CPAP Machine Hacker

Jason Koebler writes: "SleepyHead" is a free, open-source, and definitely not FDA-approved piece of software for sleep apnea patients that is the product of thousands of hours of hacking and development by a lone Australian developer named Mark Watkins, who has helped thousands of sleep apnea patients take back control of their treatment from overburdened and underinvested doctors. The software gives patients access to the sleep data that is already being generated by their CPAP machines but gen...
Tags: Tech, Fda, Jason Koebler, Mark Watkins

Walmart and Target embrace in-store mobile checkout for the holidays

Two of the U.S.’s largest brick-and-mortar retailers, Walmart and Target, are launching new mobile checkout systems in their stores to accommodate the influx of shoppers expected during the 2018 holiday season. Walmart says it’s expanding its “Check Out With Me” service to every Supercenter by Black Friday, while Target’s recently launched “Skip the Line” mobile checkout service is available nationwide and will have extra staff throughout the store during the busier shopping days. Walmart ...
Tags: Amazon, Black Friday, Mobile, Ecommerce, Shopping, Tech, Walmart, Retail, Target, Associates, Walmart Target, Checkout, Lawn Garden, U S Starting on Black

Stunning astronaut photos show Australia's outback 'like an open geology book'

German astronaut Alexander Gerst posts many extraordinary views from his lofty perch in the International Space Station. The European Space Agency astronaut and geophysicist has posted videos and photos from orbit showing the extreme power of Hurricane Florence, an amazing timelapse of the Southern Lights, and dramatic views of extreme fires burning in California. Now, he's posted a rare view of Australia's spectacular natural red rock formation, Uluru (also previously known as Ayers R...
Tags: Google, Science, Australia, California, Esa, European Space Agency, Iss, Uluru, Unesco World Heritage, Alice Springs, Kata Tjuta, Thomas Pesquet, Alexander Gerst, Gerst, Uluṟu Kata Tjuṯa National Park

A leaky database of SMS text messages exposed password resets and two-factor codes

A security lapse has exposed a massive database containing tens of millions of text messages, including password reset links, two-factor codes, shipping notifications and more. The exposed server belongs to Voxox (formerly Telcentris), a San Diego, Calif.-based communications company. The server wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone who knew where to look to peek in and snoop on a near-real-time stream of text messages. For Sébastien Kaul, a Berlin-based security researcher, it didn’...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Security, Florida, Microsoft, Yahoo, California, Berlin, Los Angeles, Tech, Sms, UPS, Hack, Viber, Search Engine, Kakaotalk

Facebook Claims NYT Expose Has 'A Number of Inaccuracies'

Earlier today, Facebook issued a response to a New York Times report on the social media company's handling of the many scandals it faced last year, including Russian interference and the Cambridge Analytica scandal. "There are a number of inaccuracies in the story," Facebook said in a point-by-point blog post, including that the company was aware of Russian meddling on the social platform months before taking any action. Variety reports: Facebook said it has "acknowledged publicly on many occas...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Washington, Russia, Tech, New York Times, Times, Zuckerberg, George Soros, Cambridge Analytica, Definers Public Affairs, Freedom From Facebook

Google’s balloon internet is coming to Kenya in 2019

In order to bring the internet to those who lack it, a company called Loon is launching balloons into the stratosphere. From more than 12 miles up, these balloons beam connectivity over a large area on the ground. The post Google’s balloon internet is coming to Kenya in 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, News, Internet, Africa, Trends, Kenya, Balloons, Emerging Tech

Tech to give new insight into gorillas and other news

BBC Click’s Nick Kwek looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.
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Mark Zuckerberg really wants you to know he reads the New York Times

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today held a press call to talk about the company’s 2nd Community Standards Enforcement report. It was supposed to last 45 minutes, but it ended up nearly 2 hours long thanks to an extended – and very entertaining – interactive session with the national news media. The part about that “Community Standards” stuff — more blah-blah-blah about how Facebook’s algorithms and newly-hired team of crack human hate-speech finders are going to make Facebook great again– was bor...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Social Media, Tech, New York Times

SpaceX Launched and Landed Another Used Falcon 9 Rocket, Marking Its Record-Tying 18th Launch of the Year

SpaceX has successfully sent up a communications satellite for the country of Qatar, marking the aerospace company's 18th mission in 2018, which ties the company's record in 2017 for the most launches done in a year. Since the company has several more missions planned for this year, it's very likely that the company will set a new all-time high soon. The Verge reports: For this mission, SpaceX is employing another one of its used rockets, a Falcon 9 booster that launched the Telstar 19 VANTAGE s...
Tags: Asia, Spacex, India, Tech, Qatar, Middle East, Brazil, South America, Falcon, North Africa, Atlantic Ocean

Soros calls for Facebook probe after report of a smear campaign

By Hamza Shaban, (c) 2018, The Washington Post Liberal philanthropist George Soros has called on Facebook to initiate an independent, internal investigation of its lobbying and public relations work. FILE – This March 29, 2018 file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) The call comes after the New York Times published a report claiming the company had hired an opposition research firm to discredit critics b...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, New York, Washington, Sport, Soccer, New York Times, Republican, Times, The Washington Post, Sheryl Sandberg, Times Square, George Soros

Join telemedicine’s transformation of the health care delivery model

I came across Dr. Kevin Tolliver’s post, “Beware the Limits of Telemedicine,” and found it to gloss over the benefits of telemedicine and the opportunities that increasing telemedicine uptake can afford to the patient and provider. With this post, I aim to show that these opportunities for systemic change to the health care delivery model […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Tech, Mobile Health, Primary Care, PA NP, Kevin Tolliver, CRNA

E3 slouches towards irrelevance again as Sony announces it’s skipping the show

I like E3 . I really do. But it’s also monumentally dumb: game companies spending millions to show off essentially faked content to an increasingly jaded audience. And it’s increasingly out of step with how the gaming industry works. So it should come as no surprise that Sony will be skipping the show more or less altogether this year, joining Nintendo in taking a step back from spectacle. Sony has been a part of CES for 20 years and this will be the first one it’s ever missed. I’ve gone to...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Microsoft, Tech, Esa, Sony, Nintendo, E3, Sony Interactive Entertainment, TGS, E3 2019, Natal Kinect

Amazon and high street chains kick off Black Friday early

Britons are expected to spend more than £10bn during November discount eventAmazon has fired the starting gun on Black Friday, the US tradition that has become a near-fortnight long £10bn shopping extravaganza in the UK.The web giant has been joined by other high street street names, including Argos and Currys PC World, in making an early start to the bargain shopping event on Friday 23 November. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Black Friday, Business, UK, Technology, Internet, US, UK News, Retail industry, E-commerce, Argos

Zuckerberg: I didn't know of Facebook ties to firm that attacked George Soros

CEO says he learned about relationship with PR company after it was reported in New York TimesMark Zuckerberg defended his leadership of Facebook on Thursday, claiming ignorance of the company’s relationship with a political consultancy that used an antisemitic narrative to undermine critics.“Look, I learned about this reading in the New York Times yesterday,” a defensive Zuckerberg said on a conference call with reporters that was ostensibly about Facebook’s content moderation practices. “As so...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Technology, New York Times, Zuckerberg, George Soros, Antisemitism

Zuckerberg: I didn't know of Facebook ties to firm attacking George Soros

CEO says he learned about relationship with PR company after it was reported in New York TimesMark Zuckerberg defended his leadership of Facebook on Thursday, claiming ignorance of the company’s relationship with a political consultancy that used an antisemitic narrative to undermine critics.“Look, I learned about this reading in the New York Times yesterday,” a defensive Zuckerberg said on a conference call with reporters that was ostensibly about Facebook’s content moderation practices. “As so...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Technology, New York Times, Zuckerberg, George Soros, Antisemitism

All the Best Target Black Friday deals for 2018

The mega-retailer opens its doors to the most competitive shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, and signs indicate that the retailer means business this year. We've sifted through all of the deals, from consumer electronics to small home appliances, and filtered out those we think are best. Have more fun shopping with less […] The post All the Best Target Black Friday deals for 2018 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Cyber Monday, Black Friday, Mobile, Gaming, Thanksgiving, Trends, Computing, Home Theater, Smart Home, Target, Black Friday 2018

Misfit Vapor 2 review

Misfit’s next-generation smartwatch, the Vapor 2, packs built-in GPS, a heart-rate sensor, and more, into a beautiful design that starts from $250. We take a closer look at the company's latest device. The post Misfit Vapor 2 review appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Wearables, Trends, Fossil, Misfit, Android Army, Wear OS, Misfit Vapor 2

Cassette decks from Crosley take aim at tape-hoarding nostalgia-seekers

Crosley, makers of the “good enough” record players you see in Urban Outfitters and Target, have turned their retro novelty eye on the next obvious format: cassettes. These two new decks from the company have all the latest features from 1985, but also a handful of modern conveniences. Let’s get one thing clear at the outset: these are certainly ridiculous. And yes, you can buy a boom box with a cassette deck right now, new, for $30 or so. But having browsed the stock I can tell you that most of...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Audio, Tech, Retro, Cassettes, Crosley, SD USB

Google Maps Now Lets Users Send Messages to Businesses by @MattGSouthern

Google has extended users' ability to message business profiles to Google Maps.The post Google Maps Now Lets Users Send Messages to Businesses by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
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