Kamala Harris Introduces Bill To Send Millions To Local Governments For Tech Support

Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has introduced legislation that would allocate millions of dollars for local government to create dedicated teams that could "update and rebuild" government systems. The Verge reports: The United States Digital Service, an office established in 2014 after the widespread failures of, provides IT support for the federal government, bringing technologists into the government to work on tools like federal websites. It's conti...
Tags: Congress, Tech, Healthcare, Kamala Harris, Trump, HARRIS, Digital Service, United States Digital Service

Scientists Call For Global Moratorium On Gene Editing of Embryos

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Leading scientists have called for a global moratorium on the use of powerful DNA editing tools to make genetically modified children. The move is intended to send a clear signal to maverick researchers, and the scientific community more broadly, that any attempt to rewrite the DNA of sperm, eggs or embryos destined for live births is not acceptable. Beyond a formal freeze on any such work, the experts want countries to register and declare ...
Tags: Tech, Harvard, Broad Institute of MIT, Cambridge Massachusetts, Eric Lander, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Feng Zhang, He Jiankui, World Health Organization Alongside

Google Ads Will Recommend Which Columns to Add to Reports by @MattGSouthern

Google Ads has a new “recommended columns” feature, which will highlight columns of data that are worth paying attention to.The post appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, News, Seo, Paid Search

Face It. Hate is Profitable.

Of all the places I’ve traveled to around the world, my favorite by far is New Zealand. Not only is its natural beauty absolutely spectacular, but its people are incredibly warm and welcoming. And as a Native Hawaiian, I was especially struck by how the indigenous Māori people had forged and maintained respectful and equal relationships with the western world. They weren’t marginalized or caricatured cast-offs lost in the military industrial-slash-tourism complex. They were respected and...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Technology, Social Media, Racism, United States, Hawaii, New Zealand, Newsfeed, Christchurch, Hate, Trump, Facebook Twitter, Facebook Twitter and Instagram

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Benchmarks – Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7 in India last month starting Rs 9,999, powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 64-bit 14nm mobile platform based on FinFET technology with Adreno 512 GPU that has support for Open GL ES 3.2, Open CL 2.0, Vulkan graphics and Hexagon 680 DSP that includes Hexagon Vector extensions (HVX), designed to support Caffe2 and Tensorflow for machine learning and image processing using the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine SDK. Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 features 8...
Tags: India, Blogging, Xiaomi, Benchmarks, Gpu, DSP, Geekbench, Helio, Kirin, Octa, Redmi Note, Redmi Note 7 Antutu, Redmi Note 7 Benchmarks, Redmi Note 7 India Benchmarks, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Benchmarks, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 India Benchmarks

I could really get used to this notch-less Google Pixel 4 design…

It’s good to see the Pixel surrender that incredible notch it managed to acquire last year. The Pixel 3 was considered the pinnacle of Google’s smartphone tech, and actually housed the best smartphone camera in 2018, but it left a lot to be desired. For starters, the Pixel 3 still had pretty thick bezels on the top and bottom, and the Pixel 3XL had a massive notch on the top, much bigger than any other notch on any other phone (Google said this was because of the wide-angle selfie camera). Based...
Tags: Google, Design, Cellphones, Pixel, Product Design, Google Pixel, Jonas Daehnert, Jonas Dähnert, Phone Designer, Pixel 4

Write On (Blog Notes)

I finally broke down, bit the bullet, unclenched the fist clinging to the wallet like grim death, and bought a new computer. I had the kind help of Ben Rosengart and Steve Rosenblum. I bought an Apple 3.0GHz i7 six-core Mac Mini with 16 GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It's not here yet. I have a stack of envelopes sitting on my desk from readers who mailed donations recently, which is what paid for most of the new computer. The return addresses include J. Reid, Nicholas Hartmann, Robert J. Sliclen, R...
Tags: Apple, Photography, Computers, Blog Notes, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Steve Rosenblum, Ben Rosengart, Alan Currie

ISPs Strike Deal With Vermont To Suspend State Net Neutrality Law

The state of Vermont has agreed to suspend enforcement of its net neutrality law pending the outcome of a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission. In October 2018, five industry groups representing major internet providers and cable companies sued Vermont seeking to block a state law barring companies that do not abide by net neutrality rules from receiving state contracts. But, as Ars Technica reports, "the lobby groups and state agreed to delay litigation and enforcement of the V...
Tags: Fcc, Tech, Ars Technica, Federal Communications Commission, Vermont, DC Circuit, U S Supreme Court Read

Man Arrested For Selling One Million Netflix, Spotify, Hulu Passwords

Police in Australia have arrested a man who allegedly made AU $300,000 (US $211,000) running a website which sold the account passwords of popular online subscription services including Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, PSN, and Origin. From a report: The 21-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday in Sydney, Australia, following an international investigation by the FBI and the Australian Federal Police into the website Wicked Gen. The Wicked Gen website bragged that it had over 120,000 users and almost one ...
Tags: Australia, US, Tech, Fbi, Australian federal police, Sydney Australia, Netflix Spotify Hulu PSN

No Man’s Sky has a big new update due out this summer

After a conspicuous stretch of silence ending with a mysterious teaser tweet on Thursday, No Man’s Sky creator Sean Murray revealed that another major free update is on the way. The new content, which is the first since last year’s Visions update, will hit the massive space exploration game this summer. The bundle of new content, called No Man’s Sky “Beyond,” will tie together three different updates, though Murray is only giving up the details of one so far. The one we know about is something t...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Tech, Murray, Sean Murray, Hello Games, No Man's Sky

Apple iCloud Joins Facebook in Outages This Week

This week was the week of Internet outages apparently because we can add Apple iCloud to the list that includes Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Apple’s cloud service was only down for a brief... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Google’s Foldable Pixel Phone Could Be This Wild Triptych

Google has patented a method to fold a phone in two and three parts, the latter in a Z-shape triptych. It’s the last of many evidence pieces that show that the Mountain View company is working on foldable Pixels.Z-shape foldable phone concept. Credit: Chesky/ShutterstockWhile there’s no guarantee that these products will see the light, it’s clear that Google is pushing hard for what it believes is the future of mobile computing. Perhaps its engineers have been binging on Westworld way too much, ...
Tags: Google, News, Samsung, Cupertino, Pixel, Chesky, Eldar Murtazin, GoogleGoogle, Mountain View company, Murtazin

Hands-On With the 17" LG Gram and a Look at Apple's Old 17" MacBook Pro (mac rumors)

LG recently introduced a 17-inch ultralight laptop, which we thought would be interesting to take a look at in light of rumors suggesting Apple may be planning to introduce a 16 to 16.5-inch MacBook Pro in the future. We compared the LG Gram to a 15-inch MacBook Pro, but we also thought it might be fun to take a look at Apple's old 2011 17-inch MacBook Pro at the same time, as it was the last larger-display notebook Apple released. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos...
Tags: Apple, News, Lg, Macbook Pro, MacRumors YouTube, Juli Clover, Lg Gram

Apple Loses Patent Case to Qualcomm: Here’s What It Means

Qualcomm scored a victory today (March 15) in its ongoing legal dispute with Apple over mobile phone patents, as a jury awarded the chip maker $31 million in damages.Credit: Tom's GuideSpecifically, the jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California decided that the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X infringe on two of Qualcomm's patents, and that the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X also infringe on a third.Considering that Apple tallied a littl...
Tags: Apple, News, China, Germany, US, Intel, Munich, San Diego, Qualcomm, Federal Trade Commission, Tom, Don Rosenberg, Avi Greengart, Greengart

After Christchurch, Reddit bans communities infamous for sharing graphic videos of death

In the aftermath of the tragic mosque massacre that claimed 49 lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, tech companies scrambled to purge their platforms of promotional materials that the shooter left behind. As most of the internet is now unfortunately aware, the event was broadcast live on Facebook, making it one of the most horrific incidents of violence to spread through online communities in realtime. As Twitter users cautioned others from sharing the extraordinarily graphic video, some Reddit ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Tech, Morocco, Reddit, Christchurch, Don, Pacific Time, Christchurch New Zealand, Christchurch Reddit

New Zealand shooter steeped attack in dark internet culture

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The suspected New Zealand shooter carefully modeled his attack for an internet age. He live-streamed the massacre, shouted out a popular meme slogan and published a long, rambling manifesto replete with inside jokes geared for those steeped in underground internet culture. The gunman, who carried out an attack on at least […]
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Google Play Apps With 150 Million Installs Contain Aggressive Adware

Researchers from Checkpoint Software have identified a massive adware campaign that invaded the Google Play Store with more than 200 highly aggressive apps that were collectively downloaded almost 150 million times. "The 210 apps discovered by researchers from security firm Checkpoint Software bombarded users with ads, even when an app wasn't open," reports Ars Technica. "The apps also had the ability to carry out spearphishing attacks by causing a browser to open an attacker-chosen URL and open...
Tags: Google Play, Google Play Store, Tech, Ars Technica, Checkpoint Software

Tesla's New Model Y SUV Hits the Right Note By Playing It Safe

Last night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company's brand new electric SUV, the Model Y. The car is only slightly larger than the Model 3 and shares 75% of its parts, leaving many people wanting more. But, as USA Today reports, "The ho-hum reaction to Tesla's new electric SUV is, oddly enough, exactly what the company needs. [F]or a company that needs a little less pizzazz and a little more substance to make good on its promise to become a sustainable force in the auto industry, the Model Y h...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Usa Today, Musk, Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Hyundai Kona

XGenomes is bringing DNA sequencing to the masses

As healthcare moves toward genetically tailored treatments, one of the biggest hurdles to truly personalized medicine is the lack of fast, low-cost genetic testing. And few people are more familiar with the problems of today’s genetic diagnostics tools than Kalim Mir, the 52-year-old founder of XGenomes, who has spent his entire professional career studying the human genome. “ Ultimately genomics is going to be the foundation for healthcare,” says Mir. “For that we need to move toward a sequenci...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, England, Biology, Tech, Harvard, United States, United Kingdom, Healthcare, Genome, Yorkshire, Lasers, Genomics, Human Genome Project, Northern England, Biotechnology

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Will SEO Fall?

“My dear, SEO is alive an well. But it’s changing as we speak,” replied the mirror. And the mirror would be correct. SEO is a constantly moving target. Some who don’t understand the “science” would go so far as to say it’s snake oil. But SEO is alive and well…if we can keep ahead of Google. We’re spending $65 billion annually on SEO service, so the money will drive the industry. There’s plenty of motivation to stay ahead of the game. So, let’s look at what we know about the future of SEO so far....
Tags: Google, Business, Future, Seo, User Experience Optimization, Google RankBrain

Shiok Meats takes the cultured meat revolution to the seafood aisle with plans for cultured shrimp

Rising consumer interest in alternative proteins and meat replacements has brought hundreds of millions of dollars to companies trying to grow or replace beef or chicken, but few companies have turned their attention to developing seafood alternatives. Now Shiok Meats is looking to change that. The company has raised pre-seed financing from investors like AIM Partners, Boom Capital, and Bryan Bettencourt and is now part of the recent Y Combinator cohort presenting next week. Co-founders Sand...
Tags: Meat, TC, Y Combinator, Asia, Australia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, India, Tech, Asia Pacific, United Nations, Food And Drink, Associated Press, Agency for Science Technology And Research, Ling, Hong Kong India

Google’s Gaming Service: Patents, Code Snippets and Other Clues Suggest Chromecast Link

Google is set to unveil its take on the future of gaming at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco next week. Little is known about Google’s plans, with speculation ranging from a cloud gaming service to a full-fledged game console. However, patents filed by the company, code snippets, and other clues suggest that […]
Tags: Google, News, San Francisco, Chromecast, GDC

Big Tech's Favorite Excuse for Letting Hate Go Viral Is a Great Argument Against Big Tech

Every horrifying moment amplified by social media follows the same basic script, and Friday’s livestreamed deadly terrorist attack in New Zealand, which left at least 49 people dead and dozens injured, hits all the usual plot points of hate going viral online.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Youtube, New Zealand, Reddit, Content Moderation, You Did This To Yourselves On Purpose

Qualcomm scores $31 mn win in patent battle war with Apple

US smartphone chip titan Qualcomm said Friday it won a $31 million verdict in its multifront war with Apple over patented technology used in iPhones. A jury in a federal court in Southern California ordered that Apple pay Qualcomm for patent infringement for chips used on iPhone 7, 8 and X models. "Today's unanimous jury verdict is the latest victory in our worldwide patent litigation directed at holding Apple accountable for using our valuable technologies without paying for them," Qualcomm g...
Tags: Apple, News, US, Qualcomm, Southern California, Don Rosenberg

Verified Expert Lawyer: Mital Makadia

Mital Makadia’s legal career began on the East Coast, with Big Law firms, but she moved into early-stage startup work with long-time Silicon Valley boutique Grellas Shah nearly a decade ago. She’ll work with companies on a range of usual startup issues, but she and the firm also focus on individual founder representation (when it comes to that). As part of the interview below, we got into a conversation about contentious terms in term sheets — and she ended up writing a guest post for us about t...
Tags: TC, New York, Tech, Silicon Valley, West Coast, Lawyers, East Coast, Eric Eldon, Verified Experts, Mital Makadia, Grellas Shah, George Grellas George

YD JOB ALERT: NewDealDesign is looking for an Industrial Designer to join their team!

NewDealDesign, founded and headed by Gadi Amit, has always been on our watchlist for creating some of the most game-changing products for practically household companies. NewDealDesign helped design the first Lytro camera, a large part of Fitbit’s product catalog, and even created the blueprint for Google’s modular Project Ara phone! The company, for long, has had an obsession with the intersection between design and technology, and has shaped how we perceive these new, revolutionary technologie...
Tags: Google, Design, San Francisco, United States, Job Board, Product Design, San Francisco California, San Francisco California USA, New Deal Design, Industrial Designer, YD Job Alert, Gadi Amit

Spotify takes aim at Apple's slice of digital sales

Load up the website of SoundCloud, a music streaming company, and you can purchase a monthly subscription to its on-demand service for £9.99 ($19.42). But to do the same thing on the SoundCloud iPhone app, and the fee rises to £12.99.No... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Business

Apple to pay $45 million to Qualcomm over patent infringement

A jury has decided Apple should pay US$31 million ($45.2m) in damages for infringing on patents for technology owned by mobile chip maker Qualcomm that helps iPhones quickly connect to the internet and extend their battery life.The... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Apple, Business, US, Qualcomm

The Intercept Shuts Down Access To Snowden Trove

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Daily Beast: First Look Media announced Wednesday that it was shutting down access to whistleblower Edward Snowden's massive trove of leaked National Security Agency documents. Over the past several years, The Intercept, which is owned by First Look Media, has maintained a research team to handle the large number of documents provided by Snowden to Intercept journalists Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald. But in an email to staff Wednesday evening, Fir...
Tags: Snowden, Tech, Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, National Security Agency, First Look Media, Laura, Glenn, Bloom, Greenwald, Poitras, Michael Bloom

2019 Lexus LS 500h Review: A Hybrid of The Highest Order

95 excellent overall impression Quiet & luxurious cabin.Solid engine performance.Infotainment touchpad is difiicult. Pros Ride Quality World-Class Interior Cons Infotainment Touchpad Options Add Up Quickly If you think Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo have the market on the full-size luxury segment, Lexus is making a bold statement with the LS 500. When Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda said he wanted to change the Lexus culture, he wasn’t kidding. The 2019 Lexus LS 500h says...
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