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DST-Hating Reps in Washington State Vote To 'Ditch the Switch'

In the state of Washington, the House has voted 89 to 7 to "ditch the switch, bring the light, and defeat the dark night," says one representative. KOMO reports: Changing the clocks twice a year impacts the body's natural rhythms and is associated with a spike in heart attacks, strokes, and traffic collisions each year, according to the Washington State Department of Health's impact review. Extended daylight in the evening is also better for kids who play sports or who are active outside, Riccel...
Tags: Washington, Senate, America, Tech, Pennsylvania, House, KOMO, Eastern Standard Time, Washington State Department of Health, DST Hating Reps, Riccelli


Limerick-Off Monday – Rhyme Word: RACE or ERASE at the end of any one line

It’s Limerick-Off time, once again. And that means I write a limerick, and you write your own, using the same rhyme word. Then you post your limerick(s) as a comment to this post and, if you’re a Facebook user, on Facebook too. I hope you’ll join me in writing limericks using RACE or ERASE at the end of any one line. (Homonyms or homophones are fine.) The best submission will be crowned Limerick-Off Award Winner. (Here’s last week’s Limerick-Off Award Winner.) Additionally, you may write themed...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Search Engines, Humor, Contests, Reputation, Limerick, Writing Prompts, Limericks, Facebook Limerick, Behavior & Personality, Limerick Competition, Limerick Contest, Limerick Writing Contest, Limerick & Haiku Prompts, Limerick-Offs


It’s time to disrupt nuclear weapons

Beatrice Fihn Contributor Share on Twitter Beatrice Fihn is the executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and the winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. “Atomic bombs are primarily a means for the ruthless annihilation of cities.” Those are the words of Leo Szilard, one of the scientists who pushed for the development of nuclear weapons. He wrote them as part of a petition signed by dozens of o...
Tags: TC, Column, Japan, Technology, London, North Korea, Russia, India, US, Tech, United States, Pakistan, President, Pentagon, Mumbai, Harry Truman


Sunday Firesides: Don’t Borrow an Ego

If you have a dispute with your landlord, is the first thing you do to call Mom and Dad for advice? Whenever a question crosses your mind, do you immediately type it into Google? When your girlfriend does something to make you mad, do you deal with it by texting a friend? Psychologists would describe these behaviors as “borrowing an ego.” (Here “ego” refers not to overweening pride, but to the part of the psyche that plans, decides, regulates impulses, and gives you a sense of self.) When you ...
Tags: Google, Life, Mom, Dad, A Man's Life, Meg Jay, Sunday Firesides


Slack starts testing dark mode on iOS and Android: Here’s how to try it

Slack has started testing dark mode for the iOS and Android versions of the workplace collaboration app. Users who are interested in trying out the feature may sign up as a beta tester. The post Slack starts testing dark mode on iOS and Android: Here’s how to try it appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Ios, Android, Mobile, News, Trends, Slack, Dark Mode


A Doctor Remotely Told A Patient He Was Going To Die Using A Video-Link Robot

dryriver quotes the BBC: A doctor in California told a patient he was going to die using a robot with a video-link screen. Ernest Quintana, 78, was at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fremont when a doctor — appearing on the robot's screen — informed him that he would die within a few days. A family friend wrote on social media that it was "not the way to show value and compassion to a patient". The hospital says it "regrets falling short" of the family's expectations. Mr Quintana died the ne...
Tags: California, Tech, Bbc, FREMONT, Quintana, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Ernest Quintana


Here are the unique Apple items you can only find at the visitor center near its spaceship headquarters (AAPL)

Apple's visitor center across the street from its new spaceship headquarters offers items you can't find anywhere else. Among the unique goods are tote bags, t-shirts, and even onesies — all featuring Apple logos. The store also has a wide selection of Apple's electronics products and offers a good view of the spaceship building. If you're an Apple fan and you're looking for some unique company merchandise to show your love, you need to make your way to the company's visitor center in Cuperti...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Aapl, Cupertino California, Apple Park, Cupertino Right


Is Bad Customer Service More Profitable Than Good?

Two associate professors of marketing recently shared research in the Harvard Business Review about how customer service is structured at at tech, travel, and finance companies: [O]ur research suggests that some companies may actually find it profitable to create hassles for complaining customers, even if it were operationally costless not to.... We found that these companies screen complaining callers by using a hierarchical organizational structure. This structure, we argue, keeps a lid on the...
Tags: America, Tech, Harvard Business Review


Elizabeth Warren reportedly also wants to break up Apple

Massachusetts Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren made waves yesterday when she outlined her plan for breaking up big tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook. Now, The Verge reports Warren also wants to break up Apple. Specifically, Warren believes Apple should not be able to both run the Apple App Store and distribute apps in it. “It’s got to be one or the other,” Warren told The Verge. “Either they run the platform or they play in the store. They don’t get to...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, TC, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Policy, Warren, Google Amazon, Amazon Google, Amazon Basics, Facebook Now The Verge


Elizabeth Warren also wants to break up Apple

Massachusetts Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren made waves yesterday when she outlined her plan for breaking up big tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook. Now, The Verge reports Warren also wants to break up Apple. This, of course, makes sense given that Apple falls into the bucket of a platform utility with more than $25 billion in global annual revenues. Specifically, Warren believes Apple should not be able to both run the Apple App Store and distribute ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Tech, Policy, Warren, Google Amazon, Amazon Google, Amazon Basics, Facebook Now The Verge


Tufts Expelled a Student For Grade Hacking. She Claims Innocence

An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch: As she sat in the airport with a one-way ticket in her hand, Tiffany Filler wondered how she would pick up the pieces of her life, with tens of thousands of dollars in student debt and nothing to show for it. A day earlier, she was expelled from Tufts University veterinary school. As a Canadian, her visa was no longer valid and she was told by the school to leave the U.S. 'as soon as possible.' That night, her plane departed the U.S. for her native Toronto,...
Tags: Toronto, Tech, Tufts University, Tufts, Tiffany Filler


If You Must Use Slack on Your Phone, Why Not Do It in Dark Mode?

For those of us attached to our phones or laptops during all hours of the day, Dark Mode offers a welcome alternative to the searing whiteness that usually greets our eyeballs. It’s the default pretty much everywhere: from documents to search engines and everywhere in between, including Slack.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Apps, Science, Slack, Dark Mode


SDF Podcast 26: To regulate, or not to regulate, that is the question…

“We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.“ So the famous US Supreme Court Justice and ‘crusader for social justice’ and breaker-upper of Gilded Age monopolies, Louis D. Brandeis is said to have said, perhaps sometime in the early 1930s. Today, perhaps the best-known neo-Brandeisian anti-trust advocate is Tim Wu, Columbia law professor, ‘father of net neutrality’ and author of a series of books likening ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Technology, London, Social Networks, France, Germany, US, Communication, Public Relations, Eu


My little robot dude

It was only a matter of time before I let a robot enter my apartment and run wild. Roomba’s have been around since 2002, so it’s somewhat odd that it took me so long to get on board the robot vacuum train. But, alas, I’ve been testing the Roborock S5, a combo vacuum and mop, in my apartment for the last few weeks. TL;DR: I love him. We’ve only been together for a little while but I’ve grown to care for him, and I worry about him when he goes on a rug that’s just a bit too shaggy for his liking. ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Tech, Xiaomi, Robotics, Roborock, Amazon Roborock


Warren Says Breaking Up Tech Giants Will Keep Market Competitive

The Massachusetts senator spoke Saturday at the annual South by Southwest cultural festival in Austin, Texas, a day after proposing to take steps to break up companies like Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Co.’s Google if she’s elected. On Friday she called for legislation that would designate large technology companies as “platform utilities,” and for the appointment of regulators who’d unwind technology mergers that undermine competition and harm innovation and small businesses.
Tags: Google, News, Massachusetts, Southwest, Austin Texas, Facebook Inc, Alphabet Co


Amazon's Charity 'AmazonSmile' Funds Anti-Vaccine Groups

An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian: Amazon appears to be helping fund anti-vaccine not-for-profit organizations through its charity arm, the AmazonSmile Foundation. The AmazonSmile fundraising program -- through which Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of a shopper's Amazon transactions to an organization of their choice -- is promoted on the websites of four prominent anti-vaccine organizations... Numerous other anti-vaccine organizations are also listed by Amazon as eligible for th...
Tags: Amazon, US, Tech, AmazonSmile Foundation


Japanese Police Charge 13-Year-Old Girl For Sharing 'Unclosable Popup' Code Online

"Japanese police have brought in, questioned, and charged a 13-year-old female student from the city of Kariya for sharing [links to] browser exploit code online," writes ZDNet. An anonymous reader shares their report: The code was a mere prank that triggered an infinite loop in JavaScript to show an "unclosable" popup when users accessed a certain link, Japanese news agency NHK reported yesterday. The popup could be closed in some browsers -- such as Edge and Firefox on desktop -- but couldn't...
Tags: Firefox, Tech, Ars Technica, NHK, Zdnet, Yamaguchi, Kariya


Elizabeth Warren Stokes War With ‘Tech Monopolists’ at SXSW: ‘Less Profit? Boo Hoo’

After a bold pledge to “break up” and regulate monolithic tech companies like Google and Facebook, Sen. Elizabeth Warren came to, uh, the country’s preeminent tech conference to state her case. Appearing in conversation at the SXSW on Saturday, the presidential hopeful was immediately asked to address a regulatory proposal she floated at a rally […]
Tags: Google, News, Elizabeth Warren, Sxsw, Boo Hoo, Elizabeth Warren Stokes, Facebook Sen Elizabeth Warren


'Smart' Car Alarm App Could Allow 3 Million Cars To Be Unlocked Remotely

"Two popular smart alarm systems for cars had major security flaws that allowed potential hackers to track the vehicles, unlock their doors and, in some cases, cut off the engine," reports CNET: The vulnerabilities could be exploited with two simple steps, security researchers from Pen Test Partners, who discovered the flaw, said Friday. The problems were found in alarm systems made by Viper [known as Clifford in the U.K.] and Pandora Car Alarm System, two of the largest smart car alarm makers i...
Tags: Tech, Pandora, Clifford, Cnet, Munro, Zdnet, Pen Test Partners, Ken Munro


SXSW: Warren tells tech audience plan to break up giants is 'like baseball'

Klobuchar addresses allegations she mistreated staffBeto O’Rourke to attend premiere of film on Senate runA slate of Democratic presidential candidates will this weekend speak at South by Southwest (SXSW), seeking to connect with a young and liberal crowd at the tech-heavy festival in Austin. Related: Elizabeth Warren vows to break up Amazon, Facebook and Google if elected president Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Texas, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, World news, US news, Austin, Democrats, US politics, Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Sxsw, Klobuchar, Julian Castro, Amazon Facebook, Southwest SXSW


Facebook reportedly blocks ads for vaginal dryness treatments while allowing those for erectile dysfunction medications (FB)

Facebook is blocking ads for products promoting women's health products, . The company appears to be treating ads for such products differently from those that promote men's health products, according to the report. Facebook representatives said the company is reviewing the ads in question. Facebook routinely blocks ads promoting women's health products, particularly those that treat symptoms of menopause, on Saturday. The company has blocked most of the ads Seattle startup Pulse has tried...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Pulse, Seattle, Cnbc, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Samsung Galaxy, American Civil Liberties Union, Communications Workers of America, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Facebook CNBC, Facebook Pulse, Amy Buckalter


Many Android VPN Apps Request 'Dangerous' Permissions They Don't Need

A VPN researcher found that many Android VPN apps request access to sensitive permissions that they don't need, according to an article shared by WaitingForSupport. ZDNet reports: The study, carried out by John Mason from TheBestVPN.com, analyzed 81 Android apps available for download through the Google Play Store. Mason said he downloaded and extracted the permissions requested by each VPN app from their respective APK installer files.... According to Mason, 50 of the 81 Android VPN apps he te...
Tags: Tech, Vpn, Mason, John Mason, WaitingForSupport ZDNet, Google Play Store Mason


Google Pixel: The most common problems, and how to fix them

Google's Pixel smartphone may be running the latest software, but it still has its fair share of issues. We've rounded up some of the more common Google Pixel problems, along with a few solutions for addressing them. The post Google Pixel: The most common problems, and how to fix them appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Trends, Problems, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL


Tyler Oakley applied for a job at Google and got rejected. Now he has a media empire on YouTube

Since 2007, Tyler Oakley has lived a portion of his life on a screen, building a following of over seven million subscribers on YouTube. During his senior year in college, he applied for a job at Google and got rejected, so he had to get creative. He turned his YouTube vlog into a career. He's now sharing some of what he learned along the way, mentoring a young woman through the McDonald's "Where You Want to Be" initiative. Oakley shared some of his career advice with Business Insider. Someti...
Tags: Google, Youtube, US, Trends, Tesla, Hillary Clinton, Michigan, Oakley, PAUL, McDonald, Michigan State University, Tyler Oakley, Kaila, Korey Kuhl, Los Angeles Oakley


DOJ Arrests Chief of OneCoin, Says It Was Multi-Billion-Dollar Pyramid Scheme

Authorities on Friday announced the arrest of one of the founders of Bulgarian cryptocurrency business OneCoin, saying it was nothing more than a pyramid scheme designed to defraud users. While crypto scams are disturbingly common, according to a Department of Justice press release, prosecutors allege that this…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Crime, Cybersecurity, Scams, Crypto, Courts, Department Of Justice, Doj, Blockchain, Pyramid Schemes, Onecoin


Facebook Begins Hiding Anti-Vaccine Misinformation

America now has 206 confirmed cases of measles, its highest year-to-date number in over 25 years . Now USA Today reports on how Facebook is responding: In mid-February, Facebook told USA TODAY it had "taken steps" to reduce fake health news and anti-vaxx posts and said it was considering making anti-vaccination content on its site less visible amid a measles outbreak that has reignited a conversation about preventative shots. At the time, Facebook said, "we know we have more to do...." Revealed...
Tags: Facebook, Usa, Pinterest, Instagram, America, Tech, Usa Today, Additionally Facebook, Search Facebook


Mapleread - Dropbox and Drive

1. I have a problem with MapleRead not displaying all files in DropBox. In list view there is only a fraction, same in large icons view. In small icon view I get more significantly more titles available but only about a third of my 170 titles. They are a mix of ePub and pdf. 2. In Google Drive they all show up fine but the ePubs are in a folder and there is no way for me to download them. The pdfs are ok. The ePub folder opens to reveal all the subfolders and files and the only export option...
Tags: Google, Books, Reading and Management


The most common Google Pixel problems, and how to fix them

Google's Pixel smartphone may be running the latest software, but it still has its fair share of issues. We've rounded up some of the more common Google Pixel problems, along with a few solutions for addressing them. The post The most common Google Pixel problems, and how to fix them appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Trends, Problems, Google Pixel


Apple to reportedly keep Touch ID, headphone jack in next iPad

Apple will keep Touch ID and the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack on the 2019 iPad. The features, which were removed from the 2018 iPad Pro, will live on in the 7th-generation iPad, though there are conflicting reports on display size. The post Apple to reportedly keep Touch ID, headphone jack in next iPad appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Ipad, Mobile, Trends, Touch ID, Headphone Jack


Major League Baseball Finally Begins Experimenting With Robot Umpires

"Baseball's potential future will be showcased in the independent Atlantic League this year, and it includes robot umpires..." reports ESPN, calling it part of "a wide variety of experiments that the Atlantic League will run this season as part of its new partnership with Major League Baseball." While MLB has long tested potential rule changes in the minor leagues, its three-year partnership with the Atlantic League -- an eight-team league that features former major leaguers trying to return to ...
Tags: Tech, Mlb, Espn, Major League Baseball, Atlantic League



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