Amazon Targets Airports For Checkout-Free Store Expansion

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Amazon is looking at bringing its futuristic checkout-free store format to airports in an effort to win business from hungry, time-pressed travelers, according to public records and a person familiar with the strategy. For months, the world's largest online retailer has been expanding Amazon Go, where customers scan their smartphones at a turnstile to enter, and then cameras identify what they take from the shelves. When shoppers are finished, th...
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Google Play Services Drops Support For Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Google is pulling support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich more than seven years after it was first introduced. The company announced in a blog post that Google Play services will no longer provide updates for the APIs (14 and 15) used by applications running on ICS. VentureBeat reports: Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), as Android 4.0 to 4.0.4 is more affectionately known, was a landmark operating system in many ways, ushering in a whole new set of interface guidelines -- with a more minimalist desig...
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Content Comprehensiveness - Whiteboard Friday

Posted by KameronJenkinsWhen Google says they prefer comprehensive, complete content, what does that really mean? In this week's episode of Whiteboard Friday, Kameron Jenkins explores actionable ways to translate the demands of the search engines into valuable, quality content that should help you rank. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, guys. Welcome to this week's edition of Whiteboard Friday. My name is...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Seo, Speechpad, Joe Schmoe, KameronJenkins, Kameron Jenkins, KameronJenkinsWhen Google

Retail Analysts Reveal Top Tech Gifts of 2018

It’s shaping up to be a busy holiday season for tech and electronics companies, as gaming consoles, streaming devices and televisions top the list of most anticipated gifts, according to retail analysts. New data from Adobe Analytics forecasts that the holiday shopping season (the period from November 1 to December 31) will see more than […]
Tags: Apple, News, Holiday Gift Guide, Nintendo, Adobe Analytics, VarietySpy

Uber files confidentially for IPO

Two days after Lyft submitted paperwork to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an early 2019 initial public offering, Uber has done the same, per The Wall Street Journal. The company filed confidentially for an IPO on Friday, marking the beginning of a race for the two ride-hailing giants to the stock markets. Uber’s most recent private market valuation was a whopping $72 billion, though the nearly 10-year-old business reportedly expects Wall Street to value it at as much as $120 bil...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Lyft, Uber, Wall Street, Ipo, Tech, New York Times, Goldman Sachs, Toyota, First Round Capital, EBITDA, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Dara Khosrowshahi, Travis Kalanick Uber, TPG Growth

4 Ways Search Engine Optimization Can Help Your Business

The internet is a big place, with more websites being created every single minute. It is easy to feel that your small business’ website will be swallowed up and forgotten, which is why search engine optimization, or SEO, is crucial to boost your online visibility. What exactly is search engine optimization? It is a grouping of digital marketing techniques with the goal of increasing your online visibility by bringing high quality and willing to convert potential customers to your website. ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Seo, Search Engine Optimization, Online Marketing, Others, Digital Marketing, Charlotte North Carolina, Apple Nike

FCC To Probe Whether Carriers Gave Inaccurate Broadband Coverage Data

The FCC is launching an investigation into whether one or more major carriers gave the agency inaccurate maps of their broadband coverage, violating the rules of an initiative that provides subsidies for rural coverage. ZDNet reports: The initiative, called the Mobility Fund Phase II program "can play a key role in extending high-speed Internet access to rural areas across America," he continued. "In order to reach those areas, it's critical that we know where access is and where it is not." T...
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After 23 Years, IBM Sells Off Lotus Notes

"IBM has agreed to sell select software products to HCL Technologies," writes Slashdot reader virtig01. "Included among these is everyone's favorite email and calendaring tool, Lotus Notes and Domino." TechCrunch reports: IBM paid $3.5 billion for Lotus back in the day. The big pieces here are Lotus Notes, Domino and Portal. These were a big part of IBM's enterprise business for a long time, but last year Big Blue began to pull away, selling the development part to HCL, while maintaining control...
Tags: Tech, Ibm, Lotus, HCL, HCL Technologies, Vijayakumar

The Apple Watch’s new ECG feature is already saving lives

Sure, Apple may have announced three new iPhones, a new MacBook Air, and the new iPad Pro this year, but the most important product is the company’s Apple Watch Series 4. It was just last night that Apple activated the Watch’s electrocardiogram (ECG) feature, and it appears to already be saving lives. Redditor u/edentel posted his experience today after receiving an alert on his Apple watch indicating he may have atrial fibrillation – afib for short – and decided to go to the doctor. The Doctor ...
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'Send Noncompete Agreements Back To the Middle Ages'

Stephen Mihm, Bloomberg contributor and associate professor of history at the University of Georgia, argues against the use of noncompete agreements (NCAs) because they limit the free flow of employees and discourage innovation. An anonymous Slashdot reader shares an excerpt from his report: The agreements, known as NCAs, forbid workers from taking valuable skills acquired from one employer to a competing firm. They first appeared in the Middle Ages, when master artisans required them of apprent...
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My Two Favorite Christmas Apps for Organizing and Budgeting Gift Giving

Hey there, thanks for stopping by! If there is an easier way to stay organized over the holidays I want to know about it. I’m guessing you feel the same way since you are here reading this post. Well today I want to talk about my two favorite Christmas apps for organizing and budgeting gift giving. If you’ve read my blog for awhile you will already now about these apps. I’ve mentioned them before separately but I don’t think ever in the same post. I’ve been using both of these apps for years a...
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Huawei's CFO Is Being Accused of Fraud, and Her Main Defense Is a PowerPoint

"Today, a bail hearing was held for Huawei's chief financial officer, who was arrested in Canada on Saturday at the request of U.S. law enforcement," reports The Verge. "The CFO, Meng Wanzhou, is facing extradition to the U.S. for conspiring to defraud banking institutions, according to the Star Vancouver." The Verge reports that her main defense is "a PowerPoint presentation that Meng had once given to explain to a bank in Hong Kong that Huawei had not violated any U.S. sanctions." From the rep...
Tags: Hong Kong, New York, China, Tech, Iran, Canada, Huawei, Martin, Meng, Wanzhou, Skycom, Star Vancouver, Gibb Carsley

Report: Slack is prepping an IPO for next year, with Goldman Sachs as its lead underwriter

Slack, the workplace messaging company, has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to lead its IPO next year, according to a Reuters report. Reuters’ sources say the company is hoping to nab a valuation of “well over $10 billion.” The WSJ reported back in September that Slack was “actively preparing” for an IPO in the first half of next year, with an eye toward going public as early as the first quarter. It said, too, that the company thought it could achieve a valuation well in excess of the $7.1 ...
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Qualcomm lays off 269 employees in North Carolina and California

Qualcomm’s struggling data center business was hit another massive blow as the company laid off hundreds. The news, first revealed by the Information, has since been confirmed by TechCrunch. The chipmaker laid off 269 employees in all, including 144 in Raleigh, North Carolina, where its data center business is located, and an additional 125 in San Diego, the company’s hometown. This is the latest in a number of cost-cutting moves made by the company this year. In April, it slashed north of 1,...
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Sonos almost never discounts its speakers — but now through December 25 you can get up to $100 off

The   Insider Picks   team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase Sonos is running a holiday sale now through December 25. The sale includes a $20 discount the Sonos One speaker, $50 discount on a pair of Sonos Ones, and $100 off the Sonos Amp. It also includes a $20 discount on the colorful Sonos Ones from Sonos' limited-edition collaboration with Hay. Some of the discounts match the ones Sonos ...
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Death of a unicorn: Couple endures emotional crime in bizarre botched adoption

Cruelty has no boundaries, no depth, no shape. When it is practiced by someone who doesn’t care about the consequences of their actions, cruelty can continue past the point of understanding. In the age of social media and smartphone connectivity, vulnerable people, like the kind who adopt babies, too often have to rely on the perceived kindness of strangers to fulfill their dreams. Cruelty can be hidden behind the clicks of a keyboard. Even the law seems ill-equipped when the offense, without ph...
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If Your Gmail Inbox Is Being Flooded With Promo Emails, You're Not Alone

Gmail users are reporting that promotional emails (meant to showcase deals, offers, and other marketing emails) from companies are ending up in their main "Primary" inbox (meant for person-to-person conversations and messages that donâ(TM)t appear in other tabs.). The company says it is working on a fix. From a report: Google told BuzzFeed News it's working on a fix, but it did not specify when users should expect inboxes to go back to normal. In a statement, a spokesperson said, "We are aware o...
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Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg spit fire in new Epic Rap Battles of History

Epic Rap Battles of History just came back triumphant after almost two years of silence, and the opponents in the latest battle are none other than the most infamous CEOs of the year: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg versus Tesla’s Elon Musk. The choice of rivals is not a huge surprise — I’ve been seeing this match-up requested in comments for at least the last year. Series creators “NicePeter” Shukoff (who plays Zuckerberg) and “EpicLloyd” Ahlquist (who plays Musk) had previously said they would be s...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Musk, Zuckerberg, Epic Rap Battles Of History, Ahlquist

Listen to the soothing sounds of Martian wind collected by NASA’s InSight lander

The InSight Mars lander accomplished a perfect landing last week on the Elysium Planitia region of the planet, where it is hard at work preparing to drill into the surface (and taking selfies, of course). But one “unplanned treat” is a recording of the wind rolling across the Martian plains — which you can listen to right here. Technically the lander isn’t rigged to detect sound, at least in the way you’d do it if you were deliberately trying to record it. But the robotic platform’s air pressure...
Tags: Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Tom Pike, Elysium Planitia, Martian plains

What Do Pot And Software Have In Common? Stupid Patent Thickets Based On A Lack Of Patented Prior Art

Recently Reuters had a fascinating article all about the new patent thicket in pot that is appearing, thanks to legalization efforts in the US and around the globe. With marijuana now fully legal in Canada and at least partially legalized in the majority of U.S. states, companies are rushing to patent new formulations of the […]
Tags: Technology, Law, US, Canada, Patents, Intellectual Property, Reuters

Huawei CFO committed fraud in breach of US sanctions, prosecutors say

Meng Wanzhou lied about links between telecoms giant and shell company, prosecutors told Vancouver court as she sought bailA senior Chinese telecoms executive committed fraud when she lied about links between Huawei and a shell company used to sell telecommunications equipment to Iran in breach of US sanctions, Canadian prosecutors have told a Vancouver court.Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, appeared in court on Friday as she sought bail in a case which has sparked a major interna...
Tags: Business, Technology, China, Americas, US, World news, Iran, Canada, Asia Pacific, Vancouver, Huawei, Wanzhou, Meng Wanzhou Huawei, Huawei CFO

Microsoft is ‘handing even more of online life’ to Google, Mozilla CEO says

Not everyone is happy with Microsoft's switch to Google's Chromium engine. In a new blog post, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard writes that he believes the move is "handing online life control" to Google. The post Microsoft is ‘handing even more of online life’ to Google, Mozilla CEO says appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, News, Microsoft, Trends, Web, Mozilla, Computing, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Chris Beard, Google Mozilla

5G’s arrival is transforming tech. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know. The post 5G’s arrival is transforming tech. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Trends, Wireless, 5g, 4G LTE, Android Army, 5G cellular, Cellphone Tech

How China's tech sensation overtook Apple

China's tech giant leads the market for telecoms infrastructure, and is second only to Samsung in smartphone sales.
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Huawei CFO, accused of fraud, faces up to 30 years in prison

At a bail hearing today, new details emerged surrounding Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in Vancouver, Canada over the weekend. The daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei is accused of fraud with a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, according to journalists present at the hearing. The U.S. Department of Justice alleges Meng allowed SkyCom, an unofficial Huawei subsidiary, to do business in Iran, violating U.S. sanctions against the country and misleading American fin...
Tags: TC, White House, China, Tech, Eu, Iran, Canada, Un, Huawei, Justice Department, Cnbc, U S Department of Justice, Shenzhen China, Vancouver Canada, United States Justice Department, National Economic Council

AI desperately needs regulation and public accountability, experts say

Artificial intelligence systems and creators are in dire need of direct intervention by governments and human rights watchdogs, according to a new report from researchers at Google, Microsoft, and others at AI Now. Surprisingly, it looks like the tech industry just isn’t that good at regulating itself. In the 40-page report (PDF) published this week, the New York University-based organization (with Microsoft Research and Google-associated members) shows that AI-based tools have been deployed wit...
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Apple AirPods are popular but are they actually worth it?

Truly wireless earbuds are a new thing and Apple's AirPods are some of the most popular out there. But are they any good? Should you buy some?            [Author: Reviewed]
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Apple's stock just went into the red for the year (AAPL)

Apple stock closed at $168.49 on Friday, sliding more than 3%. Apple is now down for the year. On the last day of trading in 2017, December 29, it closed at $169.23.  Apple stock has had a wild year of ups and downs. It gained through the first nine months of the year — spurred by tax cuts, share buybacks, and rising iPhone prices.  But it has slumped over the past two months. It's lost 27% since October 3, when it closed at $232.07, wiping out its gains for the year.  It's now down less than ...
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Proposed H-1B rule change would benefit advanced degree holders

The change is designed to boost the number of H-1B recipients with a master’s degree or higher from U.S. institutions by 16 percent.
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Trump's Pick To Be the Next Attorney General Has Opposed Net Neutrality Rules For Years

William P. Barr, President Trump's pick to become the nation's next Attorney General, is a former chief lawyer for Verizon who has opposed net neutrality rules for more than a decade. "Barr, who served as attorney general under former President George H.W. Bush from 1991-93, warned in 2006 that 'network neutrality regulations would discourage construction of high-speed internet lines that telephone and cable giants are spending tens of billions of dollars to deploy,'" reports Fast Company. From ...
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