E-Scooter Startup Bird: We're Sorry for Sending Wild Legal Threats to Media Over Scooter Hacks

On-demand electric scooter startup Bird has backed down from its legal threats against Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow for publishing a piece detailing how a $30 kit from China could be used to rewire the hoards of abandoned Bird scooters sitting around city impound lots, the BBC reported on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Transportation, Science, Technology, China, Bbc, Scooters, Hacks, Bird, Dmca, Lime, Cory Doctorow, E Scooter, Dmca Takedown

Slashdot Asks: How Do You Manage Your Inbox?

Being one of the oldest forms of electronic messaging, users have come up with all sorts of different approaches to managing emails. Some people follow the "Inbox Zero" method of filing and deleting emails religiously, while others embrace the "Inbox Infinity" method of letting email messages pile up, replying to what they can and ignoring the rest. Taylor Lorenz, a staff writer at The Atlantic, suggests users embrace the latter for 2019. Lulu Garcia-Nevarro writes via NPR: In a recent piece in ...
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WeChat is quietly ranking user behavior to play catch-up with Alibaba

Over one billion people leave behind trails of information on WeChat every day as they use the messenger to chat, read, shop, hail rides, rent umbrellas and run many other errands. And the Tencent app has quietly started using this type of signal to determine whether a user is worthy of perks such as deposit-free renting services. The rating system, which the company calls the “WeChat Payments Score” in Chinese, soft-launched last November across eight cities and has been piloting on a small ...
Tags: Apple, Messenger, Asia, Government, China, Tech, Beijing, Alibaba, Tencent, WeChat, Mobile Payments, Bank, Alipay, Payments, Alibaba Group, Ant Financial

Hulu unexpectedly releases “Fyre Fraud” days before Netflix’s competing documentary

Not since the literary biopic showdown between “Capote” and “Infamous” has there been such an intense battle for the attention of viewers. This time, the fight is between Hulu and Netflix’s competing documentaries about the disastrous Fyre Festival, a 2017 music festival whose failure led to eight lawsuits and a six-year prison sentence for co-founder Billy McFarland. Hulu unexpectedly released its film, “Fyre Fraud” today, just four days before Netflix’s “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never ...
Tags: TC, Films, Tech, Netflix, Streaming, Miami, Emmy, Smith, Hulu, Bahamas, Entertainment Weekly, Billy, Chris Smith, McFarland, Peabody, Jenner Furst


I love investing in good writing instruments. Here is the current line up (with a new addition):Apple pencil for notes I need to keep (meeting notes, important concepts for my app development, ideas for new blog posts)Mechanical pencil for sketching disposable charts, diagrams, concepts that either need partial creative erasing and/or a ruler (read the review of my trusted Lamy 2000 mechanical pencil here)And now: a nice roller pen for other “disposable” notes.Since I started my career at McKins...
Tags: Apple, Speaking, Mckinsey, Lamy

DerbyCon Will Hold Its Last InfoSec Conference in September This Year

DerbyCon 9.0, the upcoming edition of the popular InfoSec conference in September, will be its last. From an official announcement: When we first started DerbyCon, our goal was to create a conference where we could all come together to collaborate and share as a community, but most importantly as a profession. DerbyCon 1.0 was a huge gamble for us both personally and financially, but we believed in what we were doing, and it worked. For those that don't know the history of DerbyCon, it started o...
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VW Investing $800 Million In Tennessee Factory To Make Next-Gen Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen will spend $800 million to expand a U.S. factory that will produce the automaker's next generation of electric vehicles. "The factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. will be the company's North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles," reports TechCrunch. "The expansion is expected to create 1,000 jobs at the plant." From the report: VW's Chattanooga expansion is just a piece of the automaker's broader plan to move away from diesel in the wake of the emissions cheating scandal that er...
Tags: America, Tech, Vw, Tennessee, Volkswagen, Audi, Chattanooga, North American International Auto Show, VW Group, Chattanooga Tenn, Volkswagen of America

TSMC's $43 Billion Wipeout Will Only Get Worse, Analysts Say

TSMC will struggle to plug the hole left by Apple Inc.’s declining smartphone orders in 2019, according to Sanford C. Bernstein’s Mark Li, who has told clients to prepare for the firm’s first annual profit drop in eight years. CGS-CIMB Securities’ Peter Chan, whose recommendation in October to sell the shares proved prescient, says TSMC’s still-high valuations will spook tech investors into owning cheaper alternatives in Asia and the U.S. instead. While a downturn is widely expected after Appl...
Tags: Apple, Asia, Science, TSMC, Apple Inc, Sanford C Bernstein, Mark Li, Peter Chan, CIMB Securities

Apple needs to get serious about video. Here are 3 Hollywood studios it could buy to boost its new streaming service. (AAPL)

Apple should be in the hunt for a video content company, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said in a new report. The company's future growth is dependent on its services business, and a streaming video offering is expected and needed to drive that business, Ives said. Ives think the company has several potential and notable targets. Dan Ives thinks the time has come for Apple to open up its wallet and buy a piece of Hollywood. Like others on Wall Street, Ives, an analyst who covers the iPhone maker fo...
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, Time Warner, Lionsgate, China, Disney, Trends, Netflix, Sony, Nashville, Sony Pictures, 21st Century Fox, Jonah Hill, Shark Tank, Aapl, AT T

You Can Now Make Sick Beats by Having Siri Crunch Numbers

Start the year off right, and dance your way into 2019.
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Lincoln Center (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts) serves three primary roles: world’s leading presenter of superb artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012. POSITION Manager, Email Marketing and Analytics DEPARTMENT Marketing OVERVIEW Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles...
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Trump Administration Proposes Rules Allowing Drones To Operate At Night, Over Populated Areas

The Trump administration is proposing rules that would allow drones to operate over popular areas and end a requirement for special permits for night use. The goal is to "help speed commercial use of small unmanned aerial vehicles in the United States," reports Reuters. From the report: The proposals, drafted by the Federal Aviation Administration of the U.S. Transportation Department, come amid concerns about dangers that drones potentially pose to aircraft and populated areas. The FAA said tha...
Tags: Tech, United States, Faa, Trump, Reuters, Trump Administration

Report: Apple may abandon Lightning for USB-C (and bring back the iPod Touch)

A new report suggests Apple “might” make the switch to USB-C in 2019 on both the iPhone and iPad. The report, from supply chain blog Macotakara, claims Apple engineers are working on the USB-C transition but haven’t yet reached the reference design stage — meaning, it could miss the 2019 cut-off, pushing it to 2020. Macotakara, for those unfamiliar with the blog, has a sound track record, although not a perfect one. Take any rumors coming from a supply chain blog with a grain of salt. In other n...
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Future Unveils ‘The WIZRD’ Track List with Travis Scott, Young Thug & Gunna

Future’s new album The WIZRD is now a few days away, arriving this Friday (Jan. 18). Before the project arrives, the Atlanta rapper unveils the album track list. At 20 tracks, The WIZRD includes the singles “Crushed Up” and “Jumpin’ on a Jet.” Travis Scott (“First Off”), Young Thug and Gunna (“Unicorn Purp”) all make guest appearances. The album comes one week after the Apple Music premiere of its accompanying documentary, that boasts interviews with André 3000, Organized Noize’s Rico Wade (F...
Tags: Future, Uncategorized, Atlanta, Jazz, Yo Gotti, Gunna, Travis Scott Young, Gunna Unicorn Purp

New Batch of Drone Rules May Soon Allow Flying Over Crowds

Unmanned delivery drones are one step closer to reality. The federal government on Monday released a set of proposals that could see civilian drones fly over crowds, and end the need for permits for night flights. Read more...
Tags: Science, Drones, Faa, Duck Theres A Drone Behind You

Here's why Apple's China situation is at 'code red,' and why it needs to take dramatic action to plug up a key weakness in the business (AAPL)

Apple needs to cut the price of its iPhone XR in China by as much as 20%, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said in a research note Monday. The phone costs about $960 in the country, an example of Apple's "pricing hubris," he said. The danger for the company is that iPhone customers there will buy cheaper phones from rivals instead, Ives said. Apple needs to maintain its customer base to drive sales of its services, he said. When it comes to China, Apple might be facing a "code red" situation and may ...
Tags: Apple, Google, China, Trends, Tim Cook, Aapl, Wedbush, Ives, Gene Munster, China Apple, Coca Cola Here, Longtime Apple, Dan Ives

2019 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Review: Quiet & Confident

90 SOLID 2019 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Overall Impression Quiet CabinSmooth RideStylish Design Pros Luxurious Interior Abundant Features All-Wheel Drive Capability Cons Visibility At Times Headroom & Cargo Capacity The 2019 Mazda CX-9 offers up three-row seating, abundant features, and plenty of safety tech for growing families. But it’s the driving dynamics that set this family hauler apart from other seven-passenger SUVs. Mazda wants you to “feel alive” when you dr...
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Tidal Under Criminal Investigation In Norway Over 'Faked' Streams

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: High-fidelity music streaming service Tidal is under criminal investigation in Norway for allegedly inflating album streams for Beyonce's Lemonade and Kanye West's The Life of Pablo. The alleged faking of streaming numbers was exposed last year by Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv (DN), which said it had obtained a hard drive with the tampered data. Around 1.3 million accounts were supposedly used to lift the play counts of said albums by "...
Tags: Beyonce, Tech, Norway, Engadget, Tono, Dagens Naeringsliv DN, Okokrim

Hack Allows Escape of Play-With-Docker Containers

secwatcher quotes a report from Threatpost: Researchers hacked the Docker test platform called Play-with-Docker, allowing them to access data and manipulate any test Docker containers running on the host system. The proof-of-concept hack does not impact production Docker instances, according to CyberArk researchers that developed the proof-of-concept attack. "The team was able to escape the container and run code remotely right on the host, which has obvious security implications," wrote researc...
Tags: Tech, Docker, Docker Containers, Alpine Linux Virtual Machine

This little speaker-cap hacks your smart speaker to give you back your privacy

Project Alias looks and behaves like a parasitic fungus, in the sense that it latches onto its host, feeding off it and inhibiting its functions for its own gain. It may sound a little extreme, but it does it all for the sake of privacy. Smart speakers now sit in one out of three American homes… and while they’re great in terms of convenience, they’re a privacy nightmare. Smart speakers are always listening in on everything you say or do around your home, and companies create databases and pro...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Home, Echo, Design, Audio, Speakers, Popular, Alexa, Product Design, Brad, Now, Smart Speaker, Google Home, Bjørn Karmann, Project Alias

Future Talks New Album, ‘The Wizrd,’ and Revealing Documentary

After a comparatively relaxed 2018 — which saw him releasing just two mixtapes, as opposed to the two albums and mixtape he released the previous year — Future is diving head-first into 2019 with a new album and a documentary about his life and career, both titled “The Wizrd” and due Friday, Jan. 18. Last week, the […]
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NBCUniversal announces streaming service that will be free to paid TV subscribers

NBCUniversal is joining the long list of media giants looking to compete with Netflix. The company today announced plans to launch its own streaming service service in early 2020. The still-unnamed service will include advertising and will be available at no additional cost to pay TV subscribers. If you aren’t a pay TV subscriber, or if you want to watch without ads, you’ll also be able to buy a standalone subscription. Many of the specifics have yet to be announced, but CNBC reports that it ...
Tags: Hollywood, Media, Nbc, Tech, Netflix, Nbcuniversal, Hulu, Cnbc, NBCUniversal Disney, Comcast Cable, Burke, Netflix Amazon, Steve Burke, NBC TV, Parks Recreation, Bonnie Hammer

Turns out the science saying screen time is bad isn’t science

A new study is making waves in the worlds of tech and psychology by questioning the basis of thousands of papers and analyses with conflicting conclusions on the effect of screen time on well-being. The researchers claim is that the science doesn’t agree because it’s bad science. So is screen time good or bad? It’s not that simple. The conclusions only make the mildest of claims about screen time, essentially that as defined it has about as much effect on well-being as potato consumption. Instin...
Tags: Psychology, Social, Science, Social Media, Tech, Oxford, Statistics, Oxford University, Orben, Andrew Przybylski, Przybylski, Amy Orben

Google Fi is getting support for the next-gen messaging standard, RCS Chat

Google has been pushing the development of the RCS Chat standard, and now it's finally bringing that new standard to its own carrier -- Google Fi. With Chat, customers will get features like read receipts, better group messaging, and more. The post Google Fi is getting support for the next-gen messaging standard, RCS Chat appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, News, Trends, Google Fi, RCS, RCS Chat

Redesigned Cardo Freecom+ Line Revealed

Better Than Ever Cardo Systems is a Bluetooth communications company that makes comm systems for motorcycle riders. Recently the company unveiled its new Freecom+ Line. The lineup consists or the Freecom 4+, Freecom 2+, and Freecom1+. The lineup delivers improved quality communications to various areas of the market. The Freecom 4+ is a four-way rider-to-rider communications system. Handling two-way rider-to-rider communication is the Freecom 2+. The Freecom 1+ is the system designed for the si...
Tags: Apple, Google, Bluetooth, Siri, Motorcycles, Cardo, Motorcycle News, Cardo Systems, Bluetooth Adapters and Intercom Accessory, Cardo Freecom, Freecom, Abraham Glezerman, Cardo Systems Hopefully

A billion-dollar question: What was really behind Qualcomm's surprise ten-digit gift to Apple?

Is the chip company an abusive monopolist – or tough negotiator? The chip industry's strong-arm tactics have been laid bare this month in the anti-trust legal battle brought by America's Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Qualcomm.…
Tags: Apple, America, Software, Qualcomm, Federal Trade Commission FTC

CEO Satya Nadella didn't think it was worth celebrating when Microsoft became the world's most valuable company: 'That’s just not stable' (MSFT)

2018 was a fantastic year for Microsoft shareholders. But Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told journalists Monday that the price of Microsoft's shares, or its stint as the world's most valuable company, wasn't the kind of metrics that thrill him. Instead, Nadella says that it's more instructive to measure the impact that Microsoft has on the economies in which in participates.    2018 was a standout year for Microsoft shareholders. But that success wasn't a focus for Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, India, Satya Nadella, Trends, Bill Gates, Idc, Nadella, Amazon Nadella

Tesla Proposes Microgrids With Solar and Batteries To Power Greek Islands

Tesla is proposing ways to modernize the electric grid of Greece's many islands in the Mediterranean sea with microgrids and renewable energy to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. "Several Greek islands are relatively remote and rely heavily on fossil fuels to power their electric grid," notes Electrek. From the report: The Greek Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. George Stathakis, confirmed last week that they have met with Tesla to discuss the deployment of microgrids in Greek islan...
Tags: Greece, Tech, Tesla, Mediterranean, Ministry, George Stathakis, Power Greek Islands

Everyone Will Subscribe to Media in the Future. No, Really!

One of the things that is going to come up again and again over the next couple of years is the question of how many people are going to subscribe to all these paywalls and monetization plans that publishers are setting up?For instance, in a tweet from the News Media Alliance, they asked this question:Subscriptions make sense. But how many will consumers pay for?And in another tweet from Reuters Institute, they wrote this:Over half (52%) of publishers expect subscription & membership to be main ...
Tags: Apple, New York, Blogging, Chicago, Netflix, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Spotify Netflix, Reuters Institute, News Media Alliance, Stranger Things Black Mirror

How to stop Facebook, Google and Apple tracking your every move

This article was originally published by The Conversation and has been reproduced with permission. Technology companies have been pummelled by revelations about how poorly they protect their customers' personal information, including... [Author: [email protected]]
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