dingonato: Google doodles to celebrate the birthday of Steve Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September...

dingonato: Google doodles to celebrate the birthday of Steve Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006)
Tags: Google, Sport, Cycling, Steve Irwin

Your Next Car Could Have Airbags That Inflate on the Outside

German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG has spent 10 years working on external airbags for cars, according to Popular Mechanics, and "The tech is finally ready for carmakers -- that is, if ZF can convince them to buy it." With ZF's system, each side sill (the outside bodywork underneath the car doors) packs one airbag that runs the full length of the doors. Sensors on the car will watch out for any objects that look likely to slam into the side of the car. When the computers decide a crash i...
Tags: Tech, ZF, ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Are you being scanned? How facial recognition technology follows you, even as you shop

As digital billboards record customers’ reactions to advertisements tailored to them, just who is safeguarding Australians’ privacy?If you shop at Westfield, you’ve probably been scanned and recorded by dozens of hidden cameras built into the centres’ digital advertising billboards.The semi-camouflaged cameras can determine not only your age and gender but your mood, cueing up tailored advertisements within seconds, thanks to facial detection technology. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Technology, Privacy, Australia news, Retail industry, Surveillance, Westfield, Facial Recognition, Business (Australia

Google’s Project Yeti hardware may be revealed at Game Developers Conference

Google will reportedly unveil its gaming hardware for Project Yeti at the Game Developers Conference in March. The console will be powered by the game streaming technology featured in the recently concluded Project Stream beta test. The post Google’s Project Yeti hardware may be revealed at Game Developers Conference appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Gaming, News, Trends, Project Stream, Project Yeti

Did A US Navy Scientist Just Invent A Room-Temperature Superconductor?

"A scientist working for the U.S. Navy has filed for a patent on a room-temperature superconductor, representing a potential paradigm shift in energy transmission and computer systems," reports Salvatore Cezar Pais is listed as the inventor on the Navy's patent application made public by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday. The application claims that a room-temperature superconductor can be built using a wire with an insulator core and an aluminum PZT (lead zirconate tita...
Tags: London, Navy, Tech, US Navy, Slashdot, U S Navy, U S Patent and Trademark Office, Nextbigfuture, Salvatore Cezar Pais

Amazon Air cargo plane operated by Atlas crashes in Texas, killing 3 on board

An Atlas cargo plane flying on behalf of Amazon Air — Amazon’s own freight delivery service that competes with FedEx and UPS, among others — has crashed outside Houston, Texas, killing three people on board. Amazon and Atlas both confirmed the accident with short statements. Neither provided any details on the nature of the accident. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the flight crew, their families and friends along with the entire team at Atlas Air during this terrible tragedy. We appreciate t...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Texas, Tech, UPS, Atlas, Miami, Amazon Prime Air, Houston, Faa, Boeing, Fedex, Federal Aviation Administration, Ntsb, National Transportation Safety Board, Houston Texas

NYT Reporter 'Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain'

"It's an unnerving sensation, being alone with your thoughts in the year 2019," writes New York Times technology columnist Kevin Roose, in an article shared by DogDude. "I don't love referring to what we have as an 'addiction.' That seems too sterile and clinical to describe what's happening to our brains in the smartphone era." We might someday evolve the correct biological hardware to live in harmony with portable supercomputers that satisfy our every need and connect us to infinite amounts o...
Tags: Steve Jobs, Tech, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Kevin Roose

SpaceX's Crew Dragon Is Greenlit for March 2 Unmanned Mission to the ISS

NASA has given the green light for Elon Musk’s SpaceX to launch the first unmanned test of its seven-seat Crew Dragon capsule on March 2 after passing a full day of reviews, bringing the space agency one step closer to replacing the retired Space Shuttle program after years of delays and ending its dependency on…Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Nasa, Falcon 9, Iss, Commercial Crew Program, Crew Dragon, Starliner, Boeing Cst 100

Samsung's Newest Phones Read Your Fingerprints With Ultrasonic Sound Waves

An anonymous reader quotes CNET: The Galaxy S10's in-screen fingerprint scanner may look just like the one on the OnePlus 6T, but don't be fooled. Samsung's flagship Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are the first phones to use Qualcomm's ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint technology, which uses sound waves to read your print. Related to ultrasound in a doctor's office, this "3D Sonic Sensor" technology works by bouncing sound waves off your skin. It'll capture your details through water, lotion and greas...
Tags: Samsung, Tech, Qualcomm, Cnet

Amazon Air Jet Crashes in Texas, With Three on Board Believed Dead

An Atlas Air Boeing 767 cargo plane crashed in a bay near Anahuac, Texas on Saturday afternoon with three people on board, according to multiple media reports and the Federal Aviation Administration. The flight, which was contracted to fly cargo for Amazon Air (formerly Prime Air), went down while flying to Houston…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Science, Technology, Air Travel, Airplanes, Aviation, Plane Crash, Houston, Federal Aviation Administration, Amazon Air, Atlas Air Boeing, Atlas Air, Anahuac Texas, Flight 3591, Amazon Air Jet Crashes

3 Pack Of Google Home Mini Smart Speakers For $56.99 Shipped From BuyDig

3 Pack Of Google Home Mini Smart Speakers For $56.99 Shipped From BuyDig Use $42 off code: FEB22 Wireless Audio Streaming via Wi-Fi Far-Field Voice Recognition Technology Multi-User Capability Dual-Band Wi-Fi Connectivity
Tags: Google, Deals, Electronics, Wi Fi Far Field Voice Recognition Technology Multi

New Material Can Soak Up Uranium From Seawater

A new adsorbent material "soaks up uranium from seawater, leaving interfering ions behind," reports the ACS's Chemical & Engineering News, in an article shared by webofslime: The world's oceans contain some 4 billion metric tons of dissolved uranium. That's roughly 1,000 times as much as all known terrestrial sources combined, and enough to fuel the global nuclear power industry for centuries. But the oceans are so vast, and uranium's concentration in seawater is so low -- roughly 3 ppb -- that...
Tags: Tech, ACS, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Chemical Engineering News, Japan Atomic Energy Agency JAEA, Alexander S Ivanov

Amazon Prime Air Cargo Plane Crashes in Texas, Three Dead

An anonymous reader quotes An Amazon Prime Air cargo plane crashed Saturday afternoon into Trinity Bay near Anahuac, Texas, as it approached Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Three crew members aboard the plane did not survive the crash, the Chamber County sheriff told WJTV. Air traffic controllers lost radar and radio contact with Atlas Air Flight 3591 shortly before 12:45 p.m. CST. The 767 jetliner was arriving from Miami when the crash occurred 30 miles southeast of...
Tags: Tech, George Bush, Miami, Amazon Prime Air, Houston, Trinity Bay, Federal Aviation Administration Read, Anahuac Texas, Amazon Prime Air Cargo Plane Crashes, Texas Three Dead, Chamber County, WJTV Air

New York with small kids

Expedia has commissioned me to write a piece on travelling to New York with young kids, presumably because most people would read that sentence and think to themselves WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT ARE YOU CUCKOO NEW YORK CITY WAS BUILT FOR COCKTAILS AND RESTAURANTS AND SHOPPING LEAVE THEM AT HOME WITH GRAMMY AND POPPOP FOR THE LOVE OF BAGELS. As it turns out, not only is NYC entirely do-able with kids (the people who live there even have some of their own!) it’s fun. And it makes for a pretty exquisite...
Tags: Travel, Google, New York, Greece, NYC, New York City, Brooklyn, Italy, Manhattan, Ny, Brooklyn Bridge, Expedia, Central Park, Prospect Park, Moma, Times Square

Elephant Straws

Creative drinking straws with cute attachments that look like small elephants. Elephant Straws – reusable plastic drinking straws designed by Paladone. Also check out: Drinking Straws Art
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Twitter rips PETA for criticizing Steve Irwin's Google doodle on the late conservationist's birthday

Steve Irwin would have turned 57 on Friday, and to honor "The Crocodile Hunter" host, Google changed the logo its search page, which PETA criticized.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Google, Usa, News, Usa Today, Peta, Steve Irwin

Record-Breaking Jet Stream Accelerates Air Travel, Flight Clocks In At 801 MPH

pgmrdlm quotes CBS News: On Monday night, the river of air 35,000 feet above the New York City area, known as the jet stream, clocked in at a blazing 231 mph. This is the fastest jet stream on record since 1957 for the National Weather Service in Upton, New York — breaking the old record of 223 mph, according to NWS forecaster Carlie Buccola. This wind provided a turbo boost to commercial passenger planes along for the ride. With the help of this rapid tailwind, Virgin Atlantic Flight 8 from Los...
Tags: National Weather Service, London, Cbs News, New York City, Los Angeles, Tech, Pennsylvania, Cbs, Jfk, Boeing, Nws, London Gatwick, Kris Van Cleave, Upton New York

Make Your Google Home Quiet Down Automatically at Night Using This Mode

The Google Home Max in our living room has been great for settling arguments ranging from the correct pronunciation of ciabatta to when some of our favorite shows are going to return from their winter hiatus, but it’s loud. Very loud.Read more...
Tags: Google, Lifehacks, Smarthome, Google Home, Google Home Max

Mobile apps built with Facebook's SDK secretly shovel mountains of personal information into the Zuckermouth

If you need to build an app quickly and easily, you might decide to use Facebook's SDK, which has lots of bells and whistles, including easy integration of Facebook ads in your app's UI. The quid pro quo is that your app will send all your users' sensitive data to Facebook, and Facebook stores that data forever and uses it in every conceivable way. That means that menstruation-tracking apps like Flo Period and Ovulation, real estate apps like Realtor, and fitness trackers like Instant Hear...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Post, News, FLO, Wall Street Journal, Cnbc, Sdk, Gdpr, Surveillance Capitalism, Facebook Analytics

YouTube & Pinterest Are Cracking Down On Anti-Vax Propaganda

Tired of scrolling through YouTube or Pinterest and being bombarded with anti-vaccine theories and messages? You’re in luck, as both platforms are actively taken steps to reduce the amount of propaganda like this you see on a daily basis.“We’re a place where people come to find inspiration, and there is nothing inspiring about harmful content,” said Ifeoma Ozoma, a public policy and social impact manager at Pinterest in an interview with The Guardian. “Our view on this is we’re not the platform...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Fashion, Music, Pinterest, Youtube, Marie Kondo, Ifeoma Ozoma

What Happens When Police License Plate Readers Make Mistakes?

An anonymous reader writes: The Verge reports that San Francisco Bay Area police "pulled over a California privacy advocate and held him at gunpoint after a database error caused a license plate reader to flag a car as stolen, a lawsuit alleges." Brian Hofer, the chairman of Oakland's Privacy Advisory Commission, was handcuffed and surrounded by multiple police cars, and says a police deputy injured his brother by throwing him to the ground. They were finally released -- 40 minutes later. But ir...
Tags: California, Tech, San Francisco Bay Area, Piedmont California, HOFER, Brian Hofer, Denise Green, Oakland s Privacy Advisory Commission, Northern California Regional Intelligence Center

Group of employees calls for end to Microsoft’s $480M HoloLens military contract

More than 100 Microsoft employees have signed a letter sent to CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith criticizing the company’s plans to build HoloLens AR tech for the military, the organizing group said Friday. The development is part of a $480 million military contract that Microsoft won this past November. The group’s letter demands that the company cancel their work on the contract and cease development of weapons technologies. “We did not sign up to develop weapons, and we demand a s...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Tech, Barcelona, United States, Augmented Reality, Brad Smith, Jedi, IVAS, HoloLens AR

ICANN warns of “ongoing and significant” attacks against internet’s DNS infrastructure

The internet’s address book keeper has warned of an “ongoing and significant risk” to key parts of the domain name system infrastructure, following months of increased attacks. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, issued the notice late Friday, saying DNS, which converts numerical internet addresses to domain names, has been the victim of “multifaceted attacks utilizing different methodologies.” It follows similar warnings from security companies and the federal ...
Tags: Google, Security, Internet, Tech, Cisco, Iran, Icann, Cryptography, United States, United Arab Emirates, Fireeye, Cloudflare, Lebanon, Federal Government, Dns, Dnssec

YouTube Filters At It Again: Pokemon YouTubers Have Accounts Nuked Over Child Porn Discussions That Weren't Occurring (techdirt)

It's clear at this point that the automated filtering and flagging done by YouTube is simply not good. Whatever legitimacy the platform might want to have by touting its successes must certainly be diminished by the repeated cases of YouTube flagging videos for infringing content that isn't infringing and the fact that the whole setup has been successfully repurposed by blackmailers that hold accounts hostage through strikes. While most of these failures center around ContentID's inability to ...
Tags: Google, News, Youtube, Bbc, Timothy Geigner

Facebook attacked over app that reveals period dates of its users

Sensitive data sent to social media giant from ‘at least 11’ platformsFacebook is battling fresh controversy on both sides of the Atlantic amid claims that it has been receiving highly personal data from third-party apps.The swirl of bad news around the company comes after its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, was criticised for meeting the culture secretary, Jeremy Wright, having refused to appear before an influential parliamentary committee in Westminster. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Social Networking, UK News, Atlantic, Data Protection, Jeremy Wright, Westminster Continue

Patreon’s future and potential exits

Through the Extra Crunch EC-1 on Patreon, I dove into Patreon’s founding story, product roadmap, business model and metrics, underlying thesis, and competitive threats. The six-year-old company last valued around $450 million and likely to soon hit $1 billion is the leading platform for artists to run membership businesses for their superfans. As a conclusion to my report, I have three core takeaways and some predictions on the possibility of an IPO or acquisition in the company’s future. Th...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Media, Youtube, Ipo, Singapore, Tech, App, Dropbox, Ufc, EC, Jack Conte, Shopify, Patreon, Spark Capital, Zuora

What we learned this week

Conservative environmental think-tank Bright Blue have released a report on gas: “Deeper decarbonisation of the gas network is essential if the UK is to meet its current greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 80% by 2050.” From Bright Blue to Bright Now, who are inviting churches to sign the Easter Declaration for Fossil Free Churches. […]
Tags: UK, Future, Miscellaneous

Intel 5G modem chips won’t be available until 2020, could delay 5G iPhone

Chip manufacturer Intel announced its 5G modem chips would not be available until 2020. This could be a problem for Apple, which had planned to launch the next-generation iPhone with 5G capabilities in 2020. The post Intel 5G modem chips won’t be available until 2020, could delay 5G iPhone appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, Intel, Qualcomm, 5g, Chip Manufacturers

Airbnb, Automattic and Pinterest top rank of most acquisitive unicorns

Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Companies raising supergiant VC aren’t getting any younger Coastal startups don’t have a monopoly on raising big at early-stage It takes a lot more than a good idea and the right timing to build a billion-dollar company. Talent, focus, operational effectiveness and a healthy dose of luck are all co...
Tags: Startups, TC, Lyft, Uber, Column, Pinterest, Tech, Italy, Transport, Venture Capital, M&a, Commuting, Docker, Airbnb, WeWork, Coinbase

Microsoft's Cloud Evangelist Adds 'Clippy' To Their Business Card

An anonymous reader quotes Business Insider's update on Microsoft Clippy, the animated cartoon paperclip that was Office's virtual assistant until the early 2000s, that "everyone loved to hate." After 18 years, has it become retro chic? When Chloe Condon, a newly hired Microsoft cloud evangelist, ordered new business cards, she avoided the standard corporate look and instead went with Clippy-themed cards and tweeted them out... They've got a picture of Clippy on the front and on the back they ...
Tags: Microsoft, San Francisco, Tech, Microsoft Office, Clippy, Chloe, Steven Sinofsky, Chloe Condon, Sinofsky, Sinfosky

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