Amazon Reportedly Has Lord of the Rings Writers in a Locked Office With a Guard and Fingerprint Scanner

Amazon has a lot riding on its secretive, $250 million deal with The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien’s estate, publisher HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema to produce a streaming show in the franchise’s Middle-Earth setting, with expectations that the budget could cross one billion dollars.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, TV, Science, Technology, Television, Movies, Fantasy, Amazon Prime, Streaming, Harpercollins, Lord Of The Rings, Jrr Tolkien, Middle Earth, J R R Tolkien, New Line Cinema, My Precioussss

Image recognition startup ViSenze raises $20M Series C

ViSenze, a startup that provides visual search tools for online retailers like Rakuten and ASOS, announced today that it has raised a $20 million Series C. The round was co-led by Gobi Ventures and Sonae IM, with participation from other backers including returning investors Rakuten and WI Harper. Founded in 2012, ViSenze has now raised a total of $34.5 million (its last round was a Series B announced in September 2016). The Singapore-based company, whose clients also include Urban Outfitters...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Singapore, Tech, E-commerce, Image Search, United States, Image Recognition, Rakuten, Huawei, Asos, Visual Search, Rakuten Ventures, Samsung LG, Asia Europe, Syte

Robot Assistants Available for Socially Awkward Couples

Japanese media company Cyber Agent and technology manufacturer Sharp have created innovative robotic matchmaking assistants for Japanese couples trying to get into the dating game. The robotic assistants are equipped with the participants’ personal profiles created via a survey consisting of 45 questions asked before the dating. The robots are tasked with working with the participants as […]
Tags: Japan, Technology, Dating, Robots, Sharp, Anime

Collection Lawsuits: Appealing Judgement for Medical Debts Not Owed

My question involves collection proceedings in the State of: Michigan I'm trying to help my girlfriend figure out what to do next. She was sued by a law firm for medical debts in the amount of $700.00 dollars that should not be owed. Small back story, few years ago she had a credit check done and found some debt on her credit for medical related stuff from Spectrum Health related to her autistic son. She had no idea why this was on her credit so she disputed it wth the credit bureos and said t...
Tags: Google, Law, Michigan, Debts and Collections

China Has Abandoned a Cybersecurity Truce With the US, Report Says

Cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike says China has largely abandoned a hacking truce negotiated by Barack Obama as President Trump embarked on a trade war with Beijing last year. "A slowdown in Chinese hacking following the cybersecurity agreement Obama's administration secured in 2015 appears to have been reversed, the firm said in a report released Tuesday that reviewed cyber activity by U.S. adversaries in 2018," reports Bloomberg. From the report: The report comes as the Trump administration seek...
Tags: Asia, Obama, North Korea, China, Russia, US, Barack Obama, Tech, Bloomberg, Iran, Beijing, Crowdstrike, Trump, Meyers, Huawei Technologies Co, Crowdstrike Groups

Listen up, Apple: This is our wishlist for the (rumored) 16-inch MacBook Pro

A report emerged this weekend with rumors of a new Apple laptop lineup. If analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is right — and he’s hands-down the most reliable source of information about Apple’s supply chain — then we could see a new MacBook Pro that’s between 16 and 16.5 inches. Kuo noted that an “easy to upgrade” Mac Pro will land in 2019, as well as a 13-inch MacPro with a 32GB RAM option. It currently maxes out at 16GB, while the 15-inch version does support 32GB. But let’s stick to what’s important here:...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Opinion, Macbook, Ming Chi Kuo, Kuo

Apple brings back the iPhone SE with a $100 clearance discount included

Apple is offering the iPhone SE on their online clearance store once again. With discounts of $100, you can get a brand new unlocked iPhone SE for as little as $249. This offer is only available while supplies last. The post Apple brings back the iPhone SE with a $100 clearance discount included appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Mobile, Trends

Sphero's BB-8 Rolled into Robot Fame. Their RVR Prototypes Open Up a Much Wider Universe of Possibilities.

Sphero's RVR prototypes expand on the functionality that made their BB-8 bot a household name. Late one night in 2015, the Sphero team gathered in their Boulder, Colorado, offices to watch Star Wars Celebration Live, a 30-hour live stream hyping the first new Star Wars movie to come out in 10 years. The team knew something other fans didn't: this would be fans' first look at BB-8, a lovable new droid character. Disney had licensed their team to make it, but no one had spoken publicly about it...
Tags: Apple, Design, Microsoft, Crowdfunding, Disney, Nintendo, Boulder, Roomba, Sphero, Wilson, Kathleen Kennedy, Kalman, BURNETT, J J Abrams, Boulder Colorado, Ryan Burnett

Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret' (GOOG, GOOGL)

In early February, Google announced that Assistant would now work with its home security and alarm system Nest Secure.  The problem — users didn't know a microphone even existed on their Nest Secure devices to begin with.  On Tuesday, a Google spokesperson told Business Insider it had made an "error." "The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs. That was an error on our part," the spokesperson said. In early February, Goog...
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Sirin Labs Finney review

The Sirin Labs Finney phone is to cryptocurrency what the iPhone is to Apple Pay. It facilitates the payment, processing, and exchanging of cryptocurrencies on a smartphone, and surprisingly does it in a user-friendly way. The post Sirin Labs Finney review appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Trends, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Finney, Sirin Labs, Sirin Labs Finney, Finney Phone

Apple brings back the iPhone SE with a $150 clearance discount included

Apple is offering the iPhone SE on their online clearance store once again. With discounts of $100, you can get a brand new unlocked iPhone SE for as little as $249. This offer is only available while supplies last. The post Apple brings back the iPhone SE with a $150 clearance discount included appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Mobile, Trends

Where to find Schalke vs. Man City on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Schalke vs. Man City in the UEFA Champions League, you’ve come to the right place. Turner and Univision’s coverage of the UEFA club competitions continues Wednesday with their broadcast of Schalke vs. Manchester City. FOX Sports no longer has the rights, and TNT has decided not to show this game, so if you want to watch the game on TV, Galavision is the only way to go (in Spanish). Match: Schalke vs. Man City Kickoff: Wednesday, 3pm ET ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Usa, England, Nbc, Mexico, US, Sport, Soccer, Uefa, TNT, Schalke, Man City, Cnbc, Turner, UEFA Champions League

House Dems Accuse Trump Admin of Trying to Export Nuclear Secrets to Saudi Arabia

Donald Trump’s administration rushed to reach a deal to provide Saudi Arabia and its despotic government with protected U.S. nuclear technology, despite numerous legal and ethical warnings that such a deal was ill-advised and possibly in violation of the law, Democrats in the House of Representatives alleged in a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Saudi Arabia, War, Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power, Weapons, Donald Trump, Nukes, Mohammed bin Salman, Jared Kushner, Atomic Energy Act, House Dems Accuse Trump Admin of Trying

Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 Modem Is the 4G/5G Solution We've Been Waiting For

Qualcomm has unveiled its latest 5G modem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55. The chip is the company's second-generation 5G modem and successor to the Snapdragon X50 that was announced back in 2017. "Headline features of this new chip include multi-mode 4G and 5G in a single chip, blazing fast 7Gbps speeds, and futureproof support for the 5G Standalone specification," reports Android Authority. From the report: Starting with 5G, the chip supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrum, just like its prede...
Tags: Europe, Tech, Qualcomm, MWC, Android Authority, Snapdragon X55

Who Are Alternative Legal Service Providers Today?

Bob Ambrogi reported this morning that Axiom, a global legal services company providing legal professionals and technology to legal departments in the largest companies in the world, is going public. Made me wonder who were the “alternative” legal service providers of today. Companies like Axiom or traditional law firms? After all, Axiom already has 2,000 employees across three continents.   A few weeks ago, Frank Ready of Legaltech News reported that Elevate, providing consulting, te...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, UK, Technology, Law, Cisco, Andreessen Horowitz, Thomson Reuters, Justin Kan, Chandler, Atrium, Ambrogi, LegalZoom, Bob Ambrogi, Access to legal services, Liam Brown

'Samsung's One UI Is the Best Software It's Ever Put On a Smartphone'

In preparation for the Galaxy S10 launch event tomorrow, The Verge's Dieter Bohn writes about the new "One UI" software that will run on these new phones. After testing the software on a Galaxy S9 for the past week, Bohn says he really likes it, adding that it's better in some ways than the software found on Google's Pixel 3. "If it weren't for the fact that I don't yet trust Samsung to deliver major software updates quickly, I would be shouting about One UI from the rooftops," writes Bohn. "As ...
Tags: Google, Samsung, Tech, Pixel, Bohn, Dieter Bohn

You Can Redecorate Your Home From The Comfort Of...Your Home

Decorating a home or apartment is a fun project, but it's also daunting. Whether you're starting with a blank canvas or looking for a statement piece to upgrade an area, it can be hard to know where to start. That's where the internet can be your best — and worst — friend. Enter a few words into Google, and you'll open up pages and pages of every kind of bookend, end table, or table runner you can imagine. Now your search has gone from a treasure hunt to a needle-in-a-haystack hunt.To avoid sea...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, Fashion, Music, UK, Hollywood, Etsy, California, India, America, Italy, Portugal, Ikea, Kate Spade, Melbourne

Hollywood Tries To Cripple Several Alleged Pirate TV Services In One Lawsuit

The major Hollywood movie studios last week filed a copyright infringement suit against Omniverse One World Television Inc., which provides streaming video to several online TV services. Omniverse claims to have legal rights to the content, but the studios say it doesn't. Ars Technica reports: The complaint was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California by Columbia Pictures, Disney, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros. The studios pr...
Tags: Usa, Hollywood, Tech, Ars Technica, Warner Bros, U S District Court, Central District of California, Omniverse, SkyStream TV Flixon TV, Omniverse One World Television Inc, HDHomeRun Service, SkyStream, HBO SkyStream, Omniverse One World Television According, Netflix Amazon Hulu YouTube TV, Jason DeMeo

GenCure Plans Adult Stem Cell Lab at San Antonio “Innovation Center”

San Antonio—GenCure, a subsidiary of life sciences nonprofit BioBridge Global, expects to open a biomanufacturing laboratory this year at a new “innovation center” that’s being developed by VelocityTX in San Antonio.GenCure is a regenerative medicine-focused organization that accepts and stores bone marrow and umbilical cord blood, which it uses to produce adult stem cells for research. BioBridge plans to lease 21,000 square feet of space for GenCure at the new four-acre VelocityTX complex, whi...
Tags: Energy, Startups, Accelerator, Texas, Science, Technology, Funding, Entrepreneur, Trends, Startup, Tech, Tax, Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology, Incubator, Innovation

Amazon will survive the HQ2 fiasco. Its bigger problem is winning over reluctant advertisers

Hello! First, if you're a Prime subscriber, we'd love to hear what you think. Please take our quick survey here. What a week it’s been for Amazon. The company accustomed to being slobbered over by local municipalities got a cold welcome when it tried to expand to New York City, and ended up pulling out. It was another sign that the public's goodwill toward big tech is fading.   Amazon's business will be just fine without New York City. But more crucial to its business, and less publicly, it’s t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, New York City, US, Trends, Netflix, Comcast, The New York Times, Times, Jonah Peretti, Kenshoo, DirecTV, Amdocs, Meredith Levien

Grand Canyon Visitors May Have Been Exposed To Radiation For Years

joeflies writes: Park safety manager Elston Stephenson provides details about buckets of uranium that exposed visitors to radiation, and the subsequent cover up. The radiation was detected by a teenager that brought a Geiger counter to the building, and was subsequently "cleaned" up by employees equipped with dish washing gloves and a broken mop handle. "If you were in the Museum Collections Building (2C) between the year 2000 and June 18, 2018, you were 'exposed' to uranium by OSHA's definition...
Tags: Tech, National Park, Stephenson, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, OSHA, Geiger, Elston Stephenson

There's a new snag for Amazon in the winner-take-all $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract, and it could be good news for Microsoft (AMZN, MSFT)

The Department of Defense has agreed to investigate some of the central complaints Oracle raised in a lawsuit. Oracle is suing to keep the Pentagon from granting the $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract to Amazon, which is far and away the favorite to win the bid.  This is a half-step win for Oracle that may simply delay the inevitable. On the other hand, some in the industry are predicting that Amazon's struggles could be a windfall for another of Oracle's competitors: Microsoft. The De...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Virginia, Trends, Department Of Defense, Bloomberg, Chromecast, Steve Ballmer, Aws, Pentagon, Wall Street Journal, Oracle, Los Angeles Clippers, Trump, Roger Stone

These hyper-efficient solar panels could actually live on your roof soon

The clean energy boffins in their labs are always upping the theoretical limit on how much power you can get out of sunshine, but us plebes actually installing solar cells are stuck with years-old tech that’s not half as good as what they’re seeing. This new design from Insolight could be the one that changes all that. Insolight is a spinoff from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where they’ve been working on this new approach for a few years — and it’s almost ready to hit your roof....
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Solar Power, GreenTech, Cto, EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Solar Cells, Ackermann, Insolight, Mathiu Ackermann

Porsche Taycan production forecast may be ‘conservative’

Porsche’s production forecast for its first all-electric vehicle may be too conservative, the company’s head of production said this week. Porsche has targeted 20,000 Taycan electric vehicles for the first year of production. But interest in the vehicle could push those estimates higher, Albrecht Reimold, Porsche’s board member in charge of production, said in an internally produced Q&A. Reimold didn’t provide a specific figure. In the interview, Reimold was asked about the company’s new factory...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Porsche, Electric Cars, Cnet, Oliver Blume, Wirtschaftswoche, Zuffenhausen Germany, Reimold, Porsche North America, Klaus Zellmer, Zellmer, Electrify America, Tesla Porsche

The SEC is looking to make it easier for any company to test the IPO waters

Under the leadership of its newest chairman, Jay Clayton, the SEC has for the last two years made it clear that it wants more companies to go public already. A new proposal, revealed today, may get it closer to that objective. Specifically, the agency has proposed giving any company that’s exploring a potential IPO a chance to explore its plans privately with potential investors — both institutional and accredited — before making any public pronouncements. It would essentially widen the net to a...
Tags: TC, Ipo, Tech, SEC, Clayton, Jay Clayton

Subterranean garbage chutes and a cooling system for trees: The crazy tech behind Hudson Yards

Slated to open next month, Hudson Yards, the NYC mega project, features an eye-catching array of cutting-edge technology.
Tags: Technology, New York City, Development, Radio, Manhattan, Industry News, Thomas Keller, Hudson Yards, Malls, The Related Companies

Amazon knows what we buy, and it's turning that into a huge ad business

Facebook and Google might need to watch out.
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook

Argument preview: Justices to consider whether First Amendment applies to public-access channels

Next week the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case involving free speech and public-access television channels. Although the issue may sound somewhat obscure, internet giants like Facebook and YouTube are paying close attention, fearing that the court’s ruling could have ripple effects that limit their ability to control their content. The First Amendment provides that “Congress shall make no law” restricting freedom of speech. Through the 14th Amendment, the First Amendment also ap...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Youtube, Hawaii, Federal Communications Commission, Manhattan, Rhode Island, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, Anthony Kennedy

The US Cannot Crush Us, Says Huawei Founder

The founder of Huawei has said there is "no way the US can crush" the company, in an interview with the BBC. From the report: Ren Zhengfei, founder and president of Huawei, described the arrest of his daughter Meng Wanzhou, the company's chief financial officer, as politically motivated. The US is pursuing criminal charges against Huawei and Ms Meng, including money laundering, bank fraud and stealing trade secrets. Huawei denies any wrongdoing. Mr Ren spoke to the BBC's Karishma Vaswani in hi...
Tags: US, America, Tech, Bbc, South America, North, Huawei, Ren, Karishma Vaswani, Ren Zhengfei, West The East, Meng Wanzhou, Ms Meng

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