The Death of Tumblr

Tumblr will ban 'female-presenting nipples' and other content beginning December 17, 2018. Photographer and writer Nate 'Igor' Smith is a longtime Tumblr user whose work straddles the boundaries of art, editorial, and adult. Here, Nate explains why Tumblr's decision to censor is devastating for the Tumblr's longtime users, and the rest of us. — XJ THERE WAS A TIME when Tumblr was my favorite place to post photos. It was a social network that you could customize in so many ways that you could cre...
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Madrid's Ban On Polluting Vehicles Cuts Traffic By Nearly 32 Percent In Some Areas

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Last Friday, Madrid's tough new vehicle emissions controls went into effect, resulting in a drop in traffic by nearly 32 percent in some parts of the city, reports El Pais. The new rules impose strict restrictions on which vehicles can enter an area of just under two square miles in the city's downtown. The plan, known as Madrid Central, is an attempt to lower the city's nitrogen dioxide levels, which have exceeded European limits since 2010 an...
Tags: Tech, Petrol, Madrid, Reuters, El Pais, San Bernardo, Madrid Central

Microsoft is Building a Chromium-powered Web Browser That Will Replace Edge on Windows 10: Report

Microsoft is throwing in the towel with Edge and is building a new web browser for Windows 10, this time powered by Chromium, news blog Windows Central reported Monday. From the report: Microsoft's Edge web browser has seen little success since its debut on Windows 10 back in 2015. Built from the ground up with a new rendering engine known as EdgeHTML, Microsoft Edge was designed to be fast, lightweight, and secure, but launched with a plethora of issues which resulted in users rejecting it earl...
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Google rolls out December 2018 Android security update for Pixel and Nexus devices, Improves memory and camera performance for Pixel 2 and 3 series

Google has started rolling out new over-the-air (OTA) update for Pixel devices and also posted factory images as part of monthly Android Security release. The update for this month also includes several functional improvements for these eligible Pixel and Nexus smartphones. however the first generation Pixel and Pixel XL have not received the update. The update includes Improved memory performance in certain circumstances, Improved camera capture performance, Improved Android Auto compatibilit...
Tags: Google, News, Blogging, Hdr, Pixel, December 2018 Android security, XL Pixel

Agency Bad Guidance Practices at the Patent and Trademark Office: a Billion Dollar Problem

David Boundy’s writing often focuses on the intersection between administrative procedure and Patent Office operations. In his new Patently-O Law Journal essay, Boundy walks through several ways that the USPTO’s procedural failures are creating difficulties for patent applicants. Example 1: The secret 2007 restriction memo Example 2: Unpublished rules for ADS submission of bibliographic data Example 3: MPEP § 2144.03(C) misstatement of the law of intra-agency Official Notice Example 4: MPEP § 1...
Tags: Google, Law, Uspto, Dc, Patent, Journal, Alice, Federal Trade Commission, Hyatt, Donald, PAUL, Mayo, Duffy, PTO, Patent Office, Trademark Office

Tencent Music moving ahead with its $1.2B U.S. stock market debut

Tencent Music Entertainment’s initial public offering is back in motion, two months after the company reportedly postponed it amid a global selloff. In a regulatory filing today, the company, China’s largest streaming music service, said it plans to offer 82 million American depositary shares (ADS), representing 164 million Class A ordinary shares, for between $13 to $15 each. That means the IPO will potentially raise up to $1.23 billion. The company is offering 41.03 million ADS, while selling ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, China, Ipo, Tech, Tencent, Streaming Music, New York Stock Exchange, WSJ, Tencent Holdings, Tencent Music Entertainment, Tencent Music

Where are the drone deliveries? Amazon’s customers are still waiting

Overcoming the regulatory hurdles and safety issues posed by drones appears to be a challenge even for the online retail giant.
Tags: Amazon, Business, Technology, News, Retail, Nation & World Politics

Elon Musk Says Autopilot Will Soon Recognize Emergency Response Vehicles

Over the weekend, Elon Musk alluded to impending software updates that would make Teslas even safer than they already are. In response to a story about a DUI where a Tesla autopilot may have been involved, Musk said Autopilot may soon be able to recognize emergency response vehicles and react accordingly. Inverse reports: "Default Autopilot behavior, if there's no driver input, is to slow gradually to a stop & turn on hazard lights," Musk explained in the replies. "Tesla service then contacts th...
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Ultimate Tech Stocking Stuffers Guide

It is the holiday season again and that means going out and buying gifts for family and friends. A lot of the time people are hard to buy for, but if they are into tech we have a handful a great products that are the perfect stocking stuffer and will not break the bank either! We are also going to be giving away everything listed in this guide away! Check out the bottom of this article for all of the details! The post Ultimate Tech Stocking Stuffers Guide appeared first on
Tags: Articles, Blog, Tech, Contests, Contest, Guide, Buyers Guides, Cooler Master, Giveaway, Stocking Stuffers, Crucial P1, Divoom Tivoo, FNATIC Flick2, Kingston Nucleum, MasterFan MF120R ARGB, Tile Pro

Quora says 100 million users may have been affected by data breach

Quora said today that a security breach may have compromised data from about 100 million users. In an email sent to users today and a blog post by CEO Adam D’Angelo, the company said a “malicious third party” gained unauthorized access to Quora’s systems on Friday. Its internal security teams and a “leading digital forensics and security form” are currently investigating the breach. Law enforcement officials have also been notified. The company believes it has identified the root cause of the...
Tags: TC, Tech, Data Breach, Quora, Security Breach, Adam D'Angelo

Swiss hotel chain offers a ‘social media sitter’ to handle your Instagram while you relax

Ibis, A popular European hotel chain, just introduced the world to the “social media sitter.” It’s the answer to a problem few knew existed, and even fewer though we needed professional help with. “Enjoy your trip without digital stress. Our Social Media Sitter takes care of your Instagram profile. And you can explore the city in peace,” a Google-translated version of Ibis’ website reads. Because, if you go on vacation without overwhelming your Instagram followers with intimate glimpses into you...
Tags: Google, Startups, Instagram, Social Media, Social Media Sitter

How Evolving Print-Media Brands Are Creating Value

The last decade has seen sharp declines in traditional print-based media including magazines and newspapers. Some, like Teen Vogue and Self have transitioned to digital-only editions. Other legacy titles are being transformed into networks, as with Glamour. And pillar publications like Vogue are playing with new approaches to maintain relevance in a world where celebrities can make their own image on social media. These kinds of seismic shifts can create opportunities for brands. Take the Gla...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Advertising, New York Times, Vogue, Conde Nast, Branding, Facebook Google, Teen Vogue, JWT Intelligence, Brand Research Brand Strategy Brand Licensing, Pamela Drucker Mann, Cherry Bombe, Adweek Pamela Drucker Mann, May Conde Nast

India: Google+ To Shut Due To Data Leak - S.S. Rana & Co. Advocates

Technical advancement has facilitated the transformation of the channel of communication which was dependant in physical form to virtual media inclusive of means such as email, chatting, text messages, etc.
Tags: Google, News, India, Rana

Amazon: What If You Thought of Doing Manual Labor for Us as More of a Workout

On Monday, Amazon’s PR department touted the story of a woman who allegedly lost a ton of weight working for its Flex delivery service. In the company’s framing, Flex isn’t a dystopian project to reduce shipping costs by letting an army of expendable, plainclothes contractors compete to score “last-mile” delivery gigs…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Apps, Science, Technology, Pr, Contractors, Gig Economy, Amazon Flex, Its All About How You Look At It

Two iOS Fitness Apps Were Caught Using Touch ID To Trick Users Into Payments of $120

secwatcher shares a report from Threatpost: Two apps that were posing as fitness-tracking tools were actually using Apple's Touch ID feature to loot money from unassuming iOS victims. The two impacted apps were the "Fitness Balance App" and "Calories Tracker App." Both apps looked normal, and served functions like calculating BMI, tracking daily calorie intake or reminding users to drink water; and both received good reviews on the iOS store. However, according to Reddit users and researchers wi...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Reddit, ESET, Threatpost, Lukas Stefanko

AT&T Will Keep Your Money If You Cancel TV Or Internet In Middle of Billing Cycle

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: The telecom giant has announced the end of its prorated credits for some subscribers who cancel a service in the middle of a billing period. AT&T bills service for DirecTV, U-verse TV, AT&T Phone, AT&T Internet, and Fixed Wireless Internet in advance. It previously offered the option to receive a credit for any unused days in a month when a subscriber canceled before the next billing period, but it will now force many customers to ride out the mo...
Tags: Tech, Michigan, Gizmodo, California Illinois New York

An important reform in antitrust law could be on the way

Last week, the United States Supreme Court signaled that it was about to adopt a major change in antitrust law. In a delightful contrast to the political branches of government, justices appointed both by Democrats and Republicans appear ready to make the change, moving toward an outcome that none of the detractors of the recent appointees would have predicted. Justices Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, Kagan, Sotomayer, Alito and Breyer indicated in their questioning at oral argument that each would favor th...
Tags: Apple, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Congress, Opinion, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Department Of Justice, App Store, UC Berkeley, Federal Trade Commission, Clinton, Trump, U S Supreme Court, Fletcher

Most Valuable Company Title Moved Between Amazon, Apple and Microsoft

The Most Valuable Company in the World title was with Microsoft on Friday. Over the weekend there a cease-fire in the Trade War between the USA and China. This gave more of a boost to Apple and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Apple, Usa, Microsoft, China, Innovation

Spokane astronaut reaches space station aboard Russian craft

The first Russian rocket to fly with people aboard since a harrowing failure two months ago blasted off Monday morning in a successful return to flight, carrying a Spokane astronaut. Lt. Col. Anne McClain was among the crew heading to the International Space Station (ISS) as students at her alma mater, Gonzaga Prep, watched, The […]
Tags: Science, Technology, News, World, Nation, Northwest, Spokane, International Space Station ISS, Anne McClain, Nation & World, Boeing & Aerospace

There's another famous Google duo that worked together to change internet history and their names are not Larry and Sergey (GOOG, GOOGL)

Larry Page and Sergey Brin isn't the only duo at Google that played a crucial part in the company's history. A new profile by The New Yorker tells the story of how early engineers Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat saved the company from disaster. Coding together side by side-for-days, the pair of engineers resolved a flaw that was causing Google to serve five-month old search results at the worst possible time. If you've got some time to spare, it's worth tucking into the fascinating 6500+ word st...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Yahoo, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, New Yorker, Jeff, Larry, Dean, Sanjay, Brin, Jeff Dean, Crystal City Virginia, James Somers

Robot Janitors Are Coming To Mop Floors At a Walmart Near You

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The world's largest retailer is rolling out 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in some of its stores in the U.S. by the end of the January, it said in a joint statement with Brain Corp., which makes the machines. The autonomous janitors can clean floors on their own even when customers are around, according to the San Diego-based startup. Brain's robots are equipped with an array of sensors that let them gather and upload data. Brain doesn...
Tags: Softbank, Tech, Walmart, Bloomberg, San Diego, Miami, Brain Corp, Eugene Izhikevich, Seattle San Diego Boston

How to register your drone with the FAA

Before you take to the skies with your new drone, you need to make sure it has been properly registered with the U.S. government. Check our guide for registration requirements and easy, step-by-step instructions on how to complete your drone registration with the Federal Aviation Administration. The post How to register your drone with the FAA appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, How-to, Drones, Faa, Uav, Federal Aviation Administration, Emerging Tech, Drone Registration

Verizon and Samsung team up for a 5G smartphone in 2019

It feels like it's been a long time coming, but it looks like 5G smartphones are arriving sooner than we think. Samsung and Verizon announced they will be launching a 5G smartphone compatible on the carrier's network early next year. The post Verizon and Samsung team up for a 5G smartphone in 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Verizon, News, Samsung, Trends, 5g, Android Army

The Battle Between Data and Privacy Rights Will Become Even More Chilling

Over Thanksgiving, I had several conversations with nonmedia people about living in a tech dystopian present. They asked me all sorts of questions about Facebook and Google, artificial intelligence and 5G, data and privacy, and blockchain (of course) because, you know, I'm a tech editor. They asked if they should delete their Facebook account (yes),...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Advertising, Magazine, Connected World

7 Ways to Enhance Your Predictive Analytics

Predictive analytics is a broad field. Almost any industry could take advantage of predictive analytics. In fact, Lenovo once reduced warranty costs by 10-15 percent by using predictive analytics to better understand claims. Marketing can be an extremely inefficient field. You might be constantly worried that you’re sinking thousands of dollars into a leaky cauldron. Instead of worrying whether you’re losing money on your marketing campaign, take control. Below we’ll discuss several ways you can...
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Google’s call screening transcripts are live and they’re pretty rad

If you’re the proud owner of a Pixel handset you, like 9to5Google, may have spotted this already. The call screening transcripts feature, first noted back in November, are starting to arrive for Pixel users, Google confirmed with TechCrunch. Making good on the “end of year” promise, the offering has been rolling out for a few days now, bringing with it the ability to read voice transcriptions of voice mails. An addition to the Pixel’s existing call screening feature, the feature answers calls...
Tags: Google, Apps, Tech, States, Pixel, Google Pixel, Call Screen

Don’t worry, ‘Friends’ isn’t leaving Netflix anytime soon

Thousands of internet users were understandably upset this morning when a terrible rumor surfaced that “Friends” would be removed from Netflix on January 1, 2019. Despite numerous reports confirming the news, Netflix took to Twitter to confirm the beloved slapstick sitcom wouldn’t be going anywhere, at least not in 2019, and fans everywhere breathed a sigh of relief. The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: “Friends” will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019
Tags: Hollywood, Entertainment, US, Tech, Netflix, Warner Bros, Rachel Green, Binge Watching, Ross Geller

Will Uber gobble up Lime or fly off with Bird?

Winter is coming. It’s time for scooter startups to find a cozy, protective blanket to get them through the chilly months. For Lime and Bird, that could be Uber . The pair of venture capital darlings, which both operate fleets of electric scooters around the world, are said to be in talks with the SoftBank-backed ride-hailing behemoth about a possible acquisition, as first reported by The Information. The news follows Lyft’s of bike-rental service Motivate, Ford’s acquisition of dockless ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Travis Vanderzanden, London, Softbank, Los Angeles, Tech, Austin, Ford, Sydney, Venture Capital, Bird, Seattle, Electric Scooters, Lime

Trump Administration Wants To End Subsidies For Electric Cars, Renewables

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Monday that the United States wants to end subsidies for electric cars and other items including renewable energy sources. "Asked about actions planned after General Motors announced U.S. plant closings and layoffs last week, Kudlow said he expected subsidies for buying electric cars will end in 2020 or 2021," reports Reuters. "Kudlow said the Trump administration will end other subsidies, including on 'renewables.'" Read more of this ...
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Former Facebook exec Mary Lou Jepsen said her new company will make telepathy possible. But first, it’s going to upend the medical-imaging industry (FB, GOOG, GOOGL)

At Business Insider's IGNITION conference on Monday, Mary Lou Jepsen, a former executive at Facebook and Google, discussed the technology being developed by her new company. Openwater is working on a new kind of imaging technology that relies on ultrasound and infrared light.  The resolution of its system is better than that of MRI machines, Jepsen said. The technology could be used to do everything from detecting cancers early to reading people's minds, she said. Mary Lou Jepsen has some bol...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Silicon Valley, Jepsen, Scott Galloway, Ignition, Mary Lou Jepsen, Openwater, MIT Jepsen, Food and Drug Association

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