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Lu Weibing appointed as president of Redmi and Xiaomi VP ahead of Redmi Note 7 event today

Xiaomi is all set to introduce its new Redmi smartphone at an event in China today in a couple of hours. Ahead of the launch, the company introduced the new Redmi by Xiaomi logo yesterday, today the company's has confirmed that the phone will be called the Redmi Note 7 and the CEO Lei Jun has announced the appointment of Lu Weibing as the president of the new Redmi brand and vice president of Xiaomi. Lu Weibing was the former president of Gionee and he stepped down  in 2017 and went on to...
Tags: News, China, Blogging, Xiaomi, Sony, Gionee, Redmi, Lu Weibing, Redmi Note 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Xiaomi Lu Weibing


CES 2019: Amazon and Google Assistant carve up tech expo

The rivalry between Amazon and Google's voice assistants is in full swing at the Las Vegas tech show.
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CES 2019: Amazon and Google voice assistants carve up CES

The rivalry between Amazon and Google's voice assistants is in full swing at the Las Vegas tech show.
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People Older Than 65 Share the Most Fake News, Study Finds

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Older Americans are disproportionately more likely to share fake news on Facebook, according to a new analysis by researchers at New York and Princeton Universities. Older users shared more fake news than younger ones regardless of education, sex, race, income, or how many links they shared. In fact, age predicted their behavior better than any other characteristic -- including party affiliation. Today's study, published in Science Advances, ex...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Buzzfeed, Tech, Yougov, Trump, Craig Silverman, Princeton Universities Older


Self-Described Proud Boy, QAnon Believer Arrested for Allegedly Murdering Brother With Sword

A 26-year-old Seattle man who described himself online as both a member of the far-right Proud Boys group and a believer in the sprawling QAnon conspiracy theory, Buckey Wolfe, is in custody after allegedly stabbing his brother in the head with a sword on Sunday, the Seattle Times reported.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Youtube, Social Media, Conspiracy Theories, Seattle, Far Right, Seattle Times, Proud Boys, Online Extremism, QAnon, Buckey Wolfe


Travel News: January 10, 2019

Crystal campaign focuses on personal experiences Travel Weekly Crystal has launched a new marketing campaign, its first since Tom Wolber became CEO in September 2017. The campaign theme “Where Luxury is Personal” will avoid platitudes about luxury and instead focus on how luxury “is defined by each traveler, making the experience wholly individual,” Crystal said.   TSA Union Says Government Shutdown Causing Agents to Quit Travel Pulse The union representing Transportation Security Administratio...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Microsoft, Washington, Amsterdam, Tsa, Las Vegas, Alexa, Crystal, News And Deals, Transportation Security Administration TSA, Siri Amazon, American Federation of Government Employees AFGE, Google Home, Tom Wolber, Travel Weekly Crystal


Chamberlain Group acquires Lockitron and Tend for its myQ smart garage hub

Chamberlain Group, which owns several security and access brands including the myQ smart garage hub, has added two new companies to its portfolio: connected door lock maker Lockitron and wi-fi home security camera startup Tend. In a press statement, Chamberlain Group CEO JoAnna Sohovich said Tend and Lockitron’s produts will be integrated into myQ. “We know families enter and exit their homes through their garage doors multiple times a day. Our myQ technology allows homeowners to monitor and con...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Tech, Smart Locks, Home Security, Security Cameras, Chamberlain, Robertson, Lockitron, Chamberlain Group, JoAnna Sohovich, Paul Gerhardt, Gerhardt, Cameron Robertson, Herman Yau, Tend Insights


Chrome's Ad Blocker Will Go Global On July 9

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today announced that Chrome's ad blocker is expanding across the globe starting on July 9, 2019. As with last year's initial ad blocker rollout, the date is not tied to a specific Chrome version. Chrome 76 is currently scheduled to arrive on May 30 and Chrome 77 is slated to launch on July 25, meaning Google will be expanding the scope of its browser's ad blocker server-side. Google last year joined the Coalition for Better Ads, a grou...
Tags: Google, Europe, Tech, North America, Coalition for Better Ads


Twitter Mulls Redesign That Looks a Heck of a Lot Like Facebook, Just With More Neo-Nazis

Twitter will be rolling out beta updates including “conversational”-style speech bubbles and indented/color-coded replies based on whether you follow another user in the coming weeks, the Verge reported on Wednesday. Other features under consideration, but which will not be available in the forthcoming beta, include…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Design, Technology, Nazis, Social Media


How to Name a Startup: The Crash Course

An important first step is creating a job description for your name. What are its most important duties? The most common decision is that a name should explain to the world what business you are in or what your product does. Intuition dictates that this will save you the time and money of explaining it, which actually turns out not to be true. Why not?The notion of describing your business in the name assumes that the name will exist at some point without contextual support, which, when you thin...
Tags: Apple, Nike, Cnbc, Name changes, Branding, Fannie Mae, Hotwire, Igor, Product Names, Company Names, DNA Brand Mechanics Brand, ABC Namebank, Better Branding Company, Apple Stingray Oracle Virgin Yahoo, Velveeta Slinky Mustang Snapple, FatBrain


Oil and gas giants Chevron and Occidental are backing tech to combat carbon emissions

Carbon Engineering, a Canadian company developing technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and process it for use in enhanced oil recovery or in the creation of new synthetic fuels, has locked in financing from two big industry backers — Chevron and Occidental Petroleum — to bring its products to market. The undisclosed amount of capital Carbon Engineering raised from the investment arms of two of the world’s largest oil and gas companies — Oxy Low Carbon Ventures and Chevron Tech...
Tags: Energy, TC, Microsoft, Climate Change, California, Tech, Renewable Energy, Chemistry, Nature, Bill Gates, Oil And Gas, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Chemicals, Energy Storage, Michael Bloomberg


Hulu redesign may drop the confusing screen called ‘Lineup,’ simplify navigation

Hulu is preparing to update its streaming app in order to make its simpler to navigate to and discover content you want to watch. Some of the changes coming in the weeks ahead are smaller, but worthwhile tweaks – like adding buttons or re-arranging where menus sit. But the more notable change is that Hulu is testing doing away with the app’s existing landing page – currently known as “Lineup” – and replacing it with a new experience. There’s a possibility that the testing might reveal that vi...
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Hulu redesign will drop the confusing home screen called ‘Lineup,’ simplify navigation

Hulu is preparing to update its streaming app in order to make its simpler to navigate to and discover content you want to watch. Some of the changes coming in the weeks ahead are smaller, but worthwhile tweaks – like adding buttons or re-arranging where menus sit. But the more notable change is that Hulu is testing doing away with the app’s existing home page – currently known as “Lineup” – and replacing it with a new experience. That’s a change that could have a significant impact, as the H...
Tags: Tech, Hulu, Jim Denney, Denney, Recent Channels My Channels All Channels


Three-Day Rout Wipes $6 Billion Off Xiaomi Stock

The stock fell 4.1 percent as of 10:18 a.m. in Hong Kong, taking its three-day decline to 18 percent, or $6.3 billion in market value. Analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and China International Capital Corp. were the latest to cut their price targets on the Chinese smartphone maker, joining at least five others who have tempered their estimates just this week. A flurry of off-exchange block trades showed that some have taken the opportunity to offload the stock, even though Xiaomi is nowhere...
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, Xiaomi, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, China International Capital Corp


Where to find Athletic vs. Sevilla Copa del Rey on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Athletic vs. Sevilla in the Copa del Rey, you’ve come to the right place. In LaLiga, Sevilla is flying high as the club is currently in third place ahead of Real Madrid. And with Sevilla being a good cup team, the team will be looking forward to their trip to Bilbao for the Copa del Rey match against Athletic on Thursday. For soccer fans in the United States, the game will be shown live on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Espanol, which can be stream...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Usa, England, Nbc, Mexico, US, Sport, Soccer, United States, La Liga, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Copa Del Rey, Cnbc, NASL


YouTube influencers: Inside the weird world of social media burnout

Meet the social media superstars who are increasingly suffering from mental health problems.
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The Feds Cracked El Chapo's Encrypted Comms Network By Flipping His System Admin

With signs that the New York trial of notorious Mexican drug lord and alleged mass murderer Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is entering its end phase, prosecutors on Tuesday played copies of what they said were audio recordings of Guzman the FBI obtained "after they infiltrated his encrypted messaging system" with the help of Colombian and former cartel systems engineer Cristian Rodriguez, Reuters reported. Gizmodo reports: As has been previously reported by Vice, Colombian drug lord Jorge Cifuentes t...
Tags: New York, Tech, Fbi, Canada, New York Times, Netherlands, Times, Rolling Stone, Gizmodo, Voice, Reuters, El Chapo, Guzman, Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, Rodriguez, Sinaloa Cartel


Astronomers spot more mysterious radio signals from far outside the galaxy

Whenever some new “cosmic puzzle” crops up, you always have to be ready for the other shoe to drop. But just because something isn’t an alien message or Ringworld doesn’t mean it can’t be interesting science. Today’s shoe drop concerns “fast radio bursts” coming from a distant galaxy — but don’t expect a secret message from an advanced civilization. Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are short, intense blasts of radio waves that come from far outside our galaxy. No one knows what causes them, but they’...
Tags: TC, Astronomy, Space, Science, Tech, Mit, Puerto Rico, Arecibo, Chime, Kiyoshi Masui


A simple bug makes it easy to spoof Google search results into spreading misinformation

A bug that anyone can easily exploit in Google makes it easy to kick out manipulated search results that look entirely real. The search manipulation bug was documented by Wietze Beukema, a London-based security specialist, who warned that a malicious user could use this bug to generate misinformation. By splicing together values from a Google search result’s “knowledge graph,” the cards that pop up in search results to supplement the search query with visuals and quick facts. Anything from count...
Tags: Google, Security, Facebook, London, Internet, Government, US, Barack Obama, Google Search, Tech, Hack, Britain, United States, Digital Media, George Bush, Search Engine


American Cheese Surplus Reaches Record High

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there's a 1.4 billion-pound cheese surplus. "The glut, which at 900,000 cubic yards is the largest in U.S. history, means that there is enough cheese sitting in cold storage to wrap around the U.S. Capitol," reports NPR. Americans managed to consume nearly 37 pounds per capita in 2017, but that wasn't enough to reduce the surplus. From the report: The stockpile started to build several years ago, in large part because the pace of milk production b...
Tags: Tech, Usda, Npr, Cornell University, U S Department of Agriculture, U S Capitol, Jeremy Hobson, Novakovic, Andrew Novakovic


There's a Cleaning Kit Hidden Inside This Portable NES so You'll Never Have to Blow on a Cartridge Again

Do I need another portable gaming device weighing down my backpack every time I leave the house? My spine says no, but the retro gamer in me loves the idea of taking an NES with me wherever I roam. As handheld consoles go, My Arcade’s RetroChamp, announced at CES this year, pushes the boundaries of portable gaming.…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Video Games, Tech, Nes, Ces, Nintendo, Consumer Tech, My Arcade, CES 2019, Ces2019, Retrochamp


TransferWise applies for Belgian license amid Brexit fears

Transferwise, the cross-border payments unicorn, has announced it’s in the process of applying for a Belgian license, in order to ensure a continuity of service to its European customers in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The company also plans to open an office in the Belgian capital, although has pledged to keep its London office open, where it employs over 200 people. In a statement, TransferWise’s CEO and co-founder, Kristo Käärmann, said: “Brussels is at the heart of all EU affairs, so estab...
Tags: Startups, UK, London, Money, Tech, Eu, World, Brussels, Kristo Käärmann, National Bank of Belgium


The world’s first 1-terabyte SDXC card is here

Do you frequently record super-slow-motion 8K video? Do you want to back up your entire computer to your coin pocket? Then these measly 512-gigabyte SD cards probably aren’t cutting it. Fortunately, Lexar has a 1-terabyte card for you. Only $500! Terabyte cards have been promised for years — SanDisk said it was going to, but never made it happen. Longsys (which owns the Lexar brand) beat them to the punch, and today you can buy one. Or pay for one, anyway — it’s unclear what the shipping date is...
Tags: Tech, Sandisk, Lexar, Longsys


Hey, look, it’s a hamster wheel for your cat

Have a stationary lifestyle and a penchant for lasagna left your cat overweight and sluggish? Sure, kicking dogs off the sides of tables and mailing cats to Abu Dhabi are decent legwork, but what about the full-body workout your furry friend deserves? That, dear reader, is where The Little Cat comes in. This $1,800 hamster wheel from South Korean company Pet Ding promises to help your feline burn away those excess kilograms. There’s a small, color changing light in the middle of the track for...
Tags: Hardware, Tech, Abu Dhabi, CES 2019, Pet Ding


With SEC workers offline, the government shutdown could screw IPO-ready companies

The government shutdown has entered into day 19, making it the second-longest shutdown in U.S. history. With President Donald Trump slamming his hands down on a table and storming out of negotiations with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer earlier today, a fast-approaching end feels unlikely. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are out of work as U.S. leaders struggle to reach a fair agreement on the federal budget, including employees of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commiss...
Tags: Startups, Lyft, Uber, Chuck, Pinterest, Ipo, Tech, SEC, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Nancy, Cnbc, Exit, Trump, Donald J Trump


Huawei MateBook 13

Huawei takes aim at Apple's most popular laptop
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AWS gives open source the middle finger

AWS launched DocumentDB today, a new database offering that is compatible with the MongoDB API. The company describes DocumentDB as a “fast, scalable, and highly available document database that is designed to be compatible with your existing MongoDB applications and tools.” In effect, it’s a hosted drop-in replacement for MongoDB that doesn’t use any MongoDB code. AWS argues that while MongoDB is great at what it does, its customers have found it hard to build fast and highly available appli...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Open Source, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Aws, Mongodb, Cto, Ron Miller, Dev Ittycheria, Ittycheria, Eliot Horowitz


Senators Call On FCC To Investigate Carriers Selling Location Data To Bounty Hunters

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On Tuesday, Motherboard revealed that major American telcos T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint are selling customer location data of users in an unregulated market that trickles down to bounty hunters and people not authorized to handle such information. In our investigation, we purchased the real-time location of a cell phone from a bail industry source for $300, pinpointing it to a specific part of Queens, New York. The issue potentially impacts hu...
Tags: Fcc, Tech, United States, Sprint, Msnbc, Kamala Harris, Ron Wyden, Mark Warner, HARRIS, Queens New York, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Jessica Rosenworcel, Velshi Ruhle


Hands-on with Ledger’s Bluetooth crypto hardware wallet

French startup Ledger unveiled a new hardware wallet at CES this week. While the device isn’t going to ship until March, the company let me play with a prototype version of the device. The Ledger Nano X feels just like using the Nano S, but on mobile. When the company’s previous hardware wallet first came out, that was before the cryptocurrency boom, before Ledger raised $75 million. And the user experience wasn’t great. You had to install multiple Chrome apps to manage multiple cryptocurrenc...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Europe, Tech, Ces, Ledger, Ledger Wallet, CES 2019, Ledger Nano X


Google's New Policy Chief Weighs Washington Reshuffle

Karan Bhatia, who joined in June, is reassessing the roles of existing staff, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters. This may hasten the departure of Google’s longtime Washington director, former Representative Susan Molinari, according to one of the people. Molinari, a Republican who joined Alphabet Inc.’s Google in 2012, was slated to transition to an advisory role this month, opening up her position as head of policy for the Americas.
Tags: Google, Science, Washington, Molinari, Alphabet Inc, Susan Molinari, Karan Bhatia, Washington Reshuffle



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