New US Experiments Aim To Create Gene-Edited Human Embryos

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: A scientist in New York is conducting experiments designed to modify DNA in human embryos as a step toward someday preventing inherited diseases, NPR has learned. For now, the work is confined to a laboratory. But the research, if successful, would mark another step toward turning CRISPR, a powerful form of gene editing, into a tool for medical treatment. Dieter Egli, a developmental biologist at Columbia University, says he is conducting his experim...
Tags: New York, Tech, Columbia University, Npr, Egli, Dieter Egli, Columbia Specifically Egli

Making Decisions – Where Next?

There are three framed pictures just above the couch, just above my head since I’m sitting here, working. It’s the kind of generic wall art you’d buy at IKEA to “personalize” your living space, conveniently forgetting that it’s unlikely it will look unique since thousands of customers had the same idea and grabbed the same cheap posters. One of them is a close-up of a woman’s eyes. Watercolour was applied to the black-and-white picture, covering it with various shades of pink. The other two are ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Canada, Ikea, Brazil, Argentina, Patagonia, Uruguay, Skype, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Watercolour, Mark, Rosario, Mendoza, Montevideo

Page Speed Optimization: Metrics, Tools, and How to Improve

Posted by BritneyMullerPage speed is an important consideration for your SEO work, but it's a complex subject that tends to be very technical. What are the most crucial things to understand about your site's page speed, and how can you begin to improve? In this week's edition of Whiteboard Friday, Britney Muller goes over what you need to know to get started. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, Moz fans. Welcome t...
Tags: Google, Godaddy, Seo, Lighthouse, Dom, Speechpad, Britney Muller, BritneyMuller, Optimizilla, Lighthouse Lighthouse, Chrome Dev Tools

Dire Predictions

• I don't subscribe to the Nikkei (the Nihon Keizai Shinbun, the world's largest financial newspaper) and I don't speak or read Japanese, but according to the Google-translated intro to this interview with Canon President Fujio Mitarai, Canon fears that that market for digital cameras could shrink by "about half" in the next two years. The estimate is a likely a worst-case scenario and the culprit is most likely the rapid improvement of smartphone cameras. The market in higher-end stand-alone IL...
Tags: Google, Photography, Canon, Around The Web, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Lewis Bush, World Press Photo Foundation, Fujio Mitarai Canon, Nihon Keizai Shinbun

Sankaku App 3.1 – Calm Before The Storm Edition

Probably the last release of the official Android app before the launch of some as yet unannounced top secret features is finally here – 3.1 brings both essential maintenance and bug fixes, as well as a number of nice usability enhancements. Prisoners of Google’s increasingly hostile panopticon OS are also advised that Android’s support for […]
Tags: Google, Internet, Smartphones, Anime, Announcements, Sankaku Channel, Sankaku Complex, Sankaku App

Google Play Apps With Over 4.3 Million Downloads Stole Pics, Pushed Porn Ads

Google has banned dozens of Android apps downloaded millions of times from the official Play Store after researchers discovered they were being used to display phishing and scam ads or perform other malicious acts. Ars Technica reports: A blog post published by security firm Trend Micro listed 29 camera- or photo-related apps, with the top 11 of them fetching 100,000 to 1 million downloads each. One crop of apps caused browsers to display full-screen ads when users unlocked their devices. Clicki...
Tags: Google, Tech, Ars Technica, Trend Micro, Wu

Right To Repair Advocates Are Hosting YouTube Town Halls To Show You How To Get Involved In the Movement

iFixit, a company that advocates for the right for users to repair their own devices, is hosting live town halls on YouTube to help get new people involved in the movement. "We're going to do them every two weeks while the legislative season is in full swing," Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, told Motherboard in an email. Motherboard reports: The first town hall aired on Thursday, and featured prominent right to repair leaders like's Gay Gordon-Byrne and US PIRG's Nathan Proctor. The broadc...
Tags: US, America, Tech, Motherboard, Kyle Wiens, Gordon Byrne, Nathan Proctor

Where to find Chelsea vs. Huddersfield on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Chelsea vs. Huddersfield on US TV in the Premier League, you’ve come to the right place. For viewers in the US, Chelsea vs. Huddersfield will be shown on TV and streaming (more details below). Match: Chelsea vs. Huddersfield Kickoff: Saturday, 10am ET Looking to watch Chelsea vs. Huddersfield online from your work, home or on the go? If you live in the USA, there are several options to catch all the action. We Recommend: US Only. ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Usa, England, Nbc, Mexico, US, Sport, Soccer, Chelsea, Premier League, Huddersfield, Cnbc, NBCSN, Roku Amazon Fire TV, Roku Apple

Best hotels for whale watching

Whale watching is never a guarantee. Sometimes you step off the lido deck of a luxurious cruise ship and are greeted by a pod of frolicking orcas. Sometimes you take a janky boat through choppy waters freezing your ass off for an entire morning and don’t even get a lousy tail flip. Whales are fickle creatures. Of course, there are places with better odds of seeing these big boys than others, and certain hotels in those places have packages, amenities, and tours tailored towards whale watching...
Tags: Travel, Google, US, America, San Francisco, Maine, Hawaii, Portugal, West Coast, Monterey, Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Ocean, Lisbon, Whale Watching, Maui, All

Google Trends Super Bowl foods

Lists along the lines of “the favorite thing in every state” are fun. They’re fun to identify with and even more fun to argue about. That’s why so many publications (including the one you’re reading now) write them. There’s just one problem: It’s all too easy to get lists about the top/best/favorite thing in all 50 states wrong. Case in point is a Google Trends map about what everyone is eating for the Super Bowl. The map purports to show the “uniquely searched Super Bowl recipes by state” in...
Tags: Travel, Google, Utah, Florida, New York, Minnesota, Mississippi, Colorado, California, Montana, Washington, Kentucky, Oregon, Massachusetts, US, Alabama

Nokia 3.1 Plus hands-on review

The Nokia 3.1 Plus is HMD Global’s first smartphone to be sold by a U.S. carrier in-store. It’s only available on Cricket Wireless right now, which underlines its focus on affordability. But should you buy a phone so cheap? The post Nokia 3.1 Plus hands-on review appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Nokia, Trends, Android One, HMD Global, Nokia 3.1 Plus, Nokia 3.1 Plus review

Apple’s long-time Siri leader reportedly no longer in charge

The man who has headed up Siri at Apple since 2012 is no longer at the helm, according to The Information. Bill Stasior remains at the company in a different role, the report states. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment. Stasior joined Apple to take over Siri in 2012 after being poached from Amazon’s A9 retail search team. At this in time, most of the original Siri co-founders had already left Apple and Stasior was tasked with taking on the mantle of deciding where the digital assistant sho...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Siri, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Alexa, John Giannandrea, Bill Stasior, Stasior

Zillow is showing its own listings first for some users

In Phoenix and Las Vegas, Zillow appears to have tested the prioritization of its own listings above others on its website, according to an analysis by Inman.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Las Vegas, Zillow, Industry News, Phoenix, Brokerage, Zillow Homes, Ibuyers, iBuyer, Zillow Offers, Las Vegas Zillow

Microsoft: What went right under Satya Nadella?

How Satya Nadella turned around the tech firm's fortunes.
Tags: Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Tech

Apple Says Its Update for Group FaceTime Bug Is Getting Bumped to Next Week

After a massive FaceTime bug that allowed users to potentially listen in on others when using the Group feature surfaced Monday, Apple disabled Group FaceTime in a short-term fix to the problem. An update to address the problem was expected this week, but Apple said Friday that while it has fixed the issue on its…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Security, Ipad, Science, Bugs, Facetime, Creepy Security Bugs, Apple Says Its Update for Group FaceTime

Apple Removes Siri Team Lead As Part of AI Strategy Shift

The Apple executive who led the Siri team since 2012 has been removed as head of the project in a sweeping strategy shift favoring long-term research. Apple Insider reports: The Information reports Apple executive Bill Stasior is no longer in charge of Apple's virtual assistant team, though the executive is still employed at the company. Apple SVP of machine learning and AI strategy John Giannendrea reportedly made the decision in an attempt to shift the Siri program toward research rather than ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Siri, Tech, SVP, Google Apple, Scott Forstall, Apple SVP, Giannandrea, Apple Insider, Siri Read, Siri Team, Core ML, Bill Stasior, John Giannendrea

Hypezone: How AI is making game streams more exciting

The software, which runs on streaming site Mixer, picks the most interesting moments to show people.
Tags: Tech

Israel is about to launch the first privately-funded mission to the Moon

Getting to the Moon takes an incredible amount of technical know-how, engineering excellence, and of course money. That's why embarking on a lunar landing mission is typically done by a government-funded space agency rather than private citizens, but the rise of commercialized rocket launches is helping to change that. This month, Israel plans to become the fourth country to embark on a Moon landing, and it's doing so thanks to a nonprofit group which is privately funding the mission. T...
Tags: Google, Spacex, Science, Israel, Nasa, Moon

Politicians have failed us, it’s time for AI to stop school shootings

Every passing minute brings us closer to the next school shooting. There were 24 resulting in injury or death last year — an average of two per month. Politicians didn’t address the problem in 2018, and they won’t this year either. The never-ending political debate between the right and the left has overshadowed arguably the best and most immediate solution: artificial intelligence. Lisa Falzone, CEO and co-founder of Athena Security, has had enough. She, and others in the security space believe...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, TNW, Falzone, Athena Security, Lisa Falzone

Employee confidence in Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his leadership team is reportedly at a six-year low (GOOGL, GOOG)

Employee in Google's leadership is sinking.  74% of Google employees gave a positive response  when asked if they are confident that CEO Sundar Pichai and his management team can “effectively lead in the future," according to an internal survey reported by Wired.  The result was 18% lower than the 92% "positive" response Pichai and his team received in 2017, and the lowest it's been in six years.  Employee satisfaction with compensation also dropped from 64% in 2017 to 54% in 2018.  Th...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends, Bloomberg, Pentagon, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Googlegeist, Prasad Setty Google

NERC Fines Utilities $10 Million Citing Serious Cyber Risk, But Won't Name Them

chicksdaddy shares a report from The Security Ledger: The North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) imposed its stiffest fine to date for violations of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) cybersecurity regulations. But who violated the standards and much of what the agency found remains secret. In a heavily redacted 250-page regulatory filing, NERC fined undisclosed companies belonging to a so-called "Regional Entity" $10 million for 127 violations of the Critical Infrastructure Prot...
Tags: Congress, Russia, Tech, Ukraine, CIP, North American Electric Reliability Corp NERC, NERC, National Intelligence Dan Coats, Bulk Power System NERC, Electronic Security Perimeter

How Spatial and augmented reality could change work

The software allows people to chat and share images, videos and 3D models in augmented reality.
Tags: Tech

UPDATE: Snopes quits and AP in talks over Facebook’s fact-checking partnership

Snopes, which recently rebuffed reports that its relationship with Facebook was strained, has stopped working for the program and the Associated Press is in negotiations over its role. Snopes joined Facebook’s group of third-party fact checkers in 2016, at first volunteering its services and the next year accepting a lump $100,000 payment for their work. But the company said in a statement that it’s rethinking providing services like this at all: At this time we are evaluating the ramificatio...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Tech, Ap, Associated Press, Fact Checking, Afp, David Mikkelson, Facebook It, Danny Green, FactCheck, Mikkelson, Snopes

Snopes and AP stop fact checking for Facebook

Two of Facebook’s four fact-checking partners in the U.S. are no longer working for the program: Snopes, which recently rebuffed reports that its relationship with Facebook was strained, and the Associated Press. Both confirmed they are no longer performing fact checking for Facebook, but left open the possibility of future collaboration. Snopes joined Facebook’s group of third-party fact checkers in 2016, at first volunteering its services and the next year accepting a lump $100,000 payment ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Tech, Ap, Associated Press, Fact Checking, Afp, David Mikkelson, Facebook It, Danny Green, FactCheck, Mikkelson, Snopes

Snopes and AP leave Facebook fact-checking partnership

Two of Facebook’s four fact-checking partners in the U.S. have left the program as of the beginning of this year: Snopes, which recently rebuffed reports that its relationship with Facebook was strained, and the Associated Press. Both confirmed they are leaving the program, but left open the possibility of future collaboration. Snopes joined Facebook’s group of third-party fact checkers in 2016, at first volunteering its services and the next year accepting a lump $100,000 payment for their w...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Tech, Ap, Associated Press, Fact Checking, Afp, David Mikkelson, Facebook It, Danny Green, FactCheck, Mikkelson, Snopes, Associated Press Both

This light-powered 3D printer materializes objects all at once

3D printing has changed the way people approach hardware design, but most printers share a basic limitation: they essentially build objects layer by layer, generally from the bottom up. This new system from UC Berkeley, however, builds them all at once more or less by projecting a video through a jar of light-sensitive resin. The device, which its creators call the replicator (but shouldn’t, because that’s a Makerbot trademark), is mechanically quite simple. It’s hard to explain it better than B...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, 3d Printing, 3d Printers, Berkeley, Uc-berkeley, Taylor, Holograms, Lawrence Livermore, Hayden Taylor, Holography

14yo at heart of FaceTime bug discovery that could rattle Apple

At the heart of Apple's shocking FaceTime bug, which allowed just about anyone to turn an iPhone into a live microphone, stands a 14-year-old boy who stumbled upon the eavesdropping flaw more than a week before Apple took action."The... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Apple, Business, Facetime

LittleBits lays off employees as it shifts focus toward education

New York City open-source maker startup LittleBits began to lay off staff last month, TechCrunch has learned. The loss of jobs comes as the company looks to shift more focus toward the K-12 market. Education-specific offerings have been lucrative for the company in its eight-year existence, but recent products have found the company embracing licensed products, courtesy of its involvement with Disney’s hardware accelerator. LittleBits confirmed the layoffs as part of an internal restructu...
Tags: Layoffs, Education, New York City, Disney, Tech, Littlebits, Sphero, Personnel, DIY Co

One of the Biggest At-Home DNA Testing Companies Is Working With the FBI

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: Family Tree DNA, one of the largest private genetic testing companies whose home-testing kits enable people to trace their ancestry and locate relatives, is working with the FBI and allowing agents to search its vast genealogy database in an effort to solve violent crime cases, BuzzFeed News has learned. Federal and local law enforcement have used public genealogy databases for more than two years to solve cold cases, including the landmark...
Tags: Tech, Fbi, Houston, Family Tree, BuzzFeed News, BuzzFeed News Its

Foxconn Says It Will Build Wisconsin Factory After All

Citing a phone conversation with President Trump, Foxconn said it will proceed with plans to build a government-subsidized plant in Wisconsin to make liquid crystal display screens. The news capped a week of reversals about the Taiwanese company's plans in the state. CBS News reports: Foxconn drew headlines in 2017 when it said the company would invest $10 billion in Wisconsin and hire 13,000 people to build a factory to make screens for televisions and other devices. State leaders offered nearl...
Tags: Cbs News, White House, Tech, Wisconsin, Foxconn, Trump, Reuters, Terry Gou, Louis Woo, Foxconn Says It Will Build Wisconsin Factory, Trump Foxconn

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