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Xiaomi's '100W' Quick Charging Goes From 0 To 100 In 17 Minutes

Xiaomi is teasing a new 100W quick-charging solution for mobile phones that can fully charge a large 4,000mAh battery in just 17 minutes. Ars Technica reports: The video shows a charging race between two phones, Xiaomi's unnamed "100W" prototype and a phone with "50W" charging from "Brand O," which looks like it's an Oppo RX17 Pro. I put both of these wattage ratings in quotations because neither phone actually hits its rated charging speed. Xiaomi's video shows a live, in-line power reading, an...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Xiaomi


Apple AirPods (2nd Gen) hands-on review

Apple’s updated AirPods arrived last week with little fanfare and packing only minimal improvements. The question is: Do Apple’s latest wireless buds offer enough improvements to keep up with the growing crowd of competitors? The post Apple AirPods (2nd Gen) hands-on review appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Trends, Wireless Headphones, Home Theater, Earbuds, AirPods


Reports: Trump Admin Approved Secret Deal to Sell U.S. Nuclear Tech and Assistance to Saudi Arabia

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry approved six “secret authorizations” to allow companies to sell “nuclear power technology and assistance” to Saudi Arabia as part of a plan to win a deal to help build at least two nuclear power facilities in the country, Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing a document written by the…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Technology, Human Rights, Saudi Arabia, Rick Perry, Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power, Nuclear, Donald Trump, Nukes, Reuters


French Gas Stations Robbed After Forgetting To Change Gas Pump PINs

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: French authorities have arrested five men who stole over 120,000 liters (26,400 gallons) of fuel from gas stations around Paris by unlocking gas pumps using a special remote. The five-man team operated with the help of a special remote they bought online and which could unlock a particular brand of gas pumps installed at Total gas stations. The hack was possible because some gas station managers didn't change the gas pump's default lock code from t...
Tags: Tech, Paris, Le Parisien


74% of US Coal Plants Threatened by Renewables, But Emissions Continue To Rise

The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report this week saying that in 2018, "global energy-related CO2 emissions rose by 1.7 percent to 33 Gigatonnes." That's the most growth in emissions that the world has seen since 2013. From a report: Coal use contributed to a third of the total increase, mostly from new coal-fired power plants in China and India. This is worrisome because new coal plants have a lifespan of roughly 50 years. But the consequences of climate change are already upon ...
Tags: China, India, US, Tech, United States, IEA, Reuters, International Energy Agency IEA, Rhodium Group


Texas Tech’s meticulous Chris Beard is a coach worth watching

Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver speaks with Coach Chris Beard during the second half of the their NCAA Tournament second-round game against Buffalo on Sunday in Tulsa, Okla. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) LUBBOCK, TX – FEBRUARY 23: Head coach Chris Beard of the Texas Tech Red Raiders instructs his team during the second half of the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on February 23, 2019 at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech defeated Kansas 91-62. (Photo by John Weast/Get...
Tags: Florida, Sports, Raiders, Tech, Sport, Soccer, South Dakota, Nba, Kansas, College sports, Ncaa, Michigan, Espn, Buffalo, Oklahoma, Memphis


'Making Amazon Look Bad': Microsoft Is Backing a Major Tax On Itself and Amazon

Microsoft is urging lawmakers in Washington to increase the tax burden on itself and Amazon (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source) to help pay for a new higher education fund. "The bill, which was introduced Monday by Rep. Drew Hansen and Rep. Gerry Pollet among others, "would pour about a billion dollars over the next four years into a 'workforce education account,' to be spent on more financial aid as well as more degree slots in high-demand subjects such as computer science, e...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Washington, Tech, Seattle Times, Drew Hansen, Pollet, Amazon Warning, Gerry Pollet, Gael Tarleton D Seattle


Why Apple founder Steve Jobs may be turning in his grave

COMMENT: As Oprah Winfrey bounded on to the stage of the Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino, Apple's late founder may have turned in his grave.With all the Hollywood razzmatazz that a company with US$245 billion ($360b) of cash in... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Apple, Business, Hollywood, Steve Jobs, US, Oprah Winfrey, Cupertino Apple


Oracle asks Supremes to snub Google's Java API copyright protest – and have a nice cuppa tea, instead

Big Red makes its case to America's highest court that... there's no case to hear Oracle has filed its formal response to Google's plea in January for the US Supreme Court to review the two tech goliaths' long-running war over Java, Android, APIs, and copyright.…
Tags: Google, America, Software, Oracle, US supreme court


Apple Watch ECG capabilities arrive for users across Europe and Hong Kong

Apple’s latest-generation Apple Watch doesn’t just have a curved display and a new industrial design, one of the major features of the Watch when it launched last year were its advanced health-tracking capabilities, particularly in regards to heart health and AFib detection. Those features arrived in the US in December, but users abroad have had to wait. Today, Apple announced that the electro-cardiogram feature and irregular rhythm detection functionality is coming to 19 European countries a...
Tags: Apple, TC, Hong Kong, Europe, US, Tech, Switzerland, Apple Watch, Biotech


Palantir wins $800 million contract to build the US Army’s next battlefield software system

Palantir just landed a landmark contract with the U.S. Army worth north of $800 million. The Washington Posts reports that the Silicon Valley data analytics company was tapped over traditional defense contractor Raytheon on the project, which tasks Palantir with delivering a comprehensive combat intelligence hardware and software suite to replace the Army’s outdated system, known as DCGS-A. A year ago, the Army named Palantir and Raytheon as finalists to compete for the contract, which will t...
Tags: Congress, Navy, Washington, Government, Tech, Department Of Defense, Fbi, Army, Silicon Valley, Cia, US Army, Palantir, U S Army, Raytheon, U S Special Operations Command That


Palantir wins $800 million contract to build the U.S. Army’s next battlefield software system

Palantir just landed a landmark contract with the U.S. Army worth north of $800 million. The Washington Posts reports that the Silicon Valley data analytics company was tapped over traditional defense contractor Raytheon on the project, which tasks Palantir with delivering a comprehensive combat intelligence hardware and software suite to replace the Army’s outdated system, known as DCGS-A. A year ago, the Army named Palantir and Raytheon as finalists to compete for the contract, which will t...
Tags: Congress, Navy, Washington, Government, Tech, Department Of Defense, Fbi, Army, Silicon Valley, Cia, Palantir, U S Army, Raytheon, U S Special Operations Command That


Microsoft Takes Control of 99 Domains Operated By Iranian State Hackers

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Court documents unsealed today revealed that Microsoft has been waging a secret battle against a group of Iranian government-sponsored hackers. The OS maker sued and won a restraining order that allowed it to take control of 99 web domains that had been previously owned and operated by a group of Iranian hackers known in cyber-security circles as APT35, Phosphorus, Charming Kitten, and the Ajax Security Team. The domains had been used as part of sp...
Tags: Microsoft, US, Tech, Zdnet, Ajax Security Team


Internet access in Africa - Are mesh networks the future?

Residents in a rural South African community get cheap online access from a network they own and run.
Tags: Africa, Tech


Apple Releases macOS Mojave 10.14.4 With Safari Automatic Dark Mode and Apple News+ Support (mac rumors)

Apple today released macOS Mojave 10.14.4, the fourth update to the macOS Mojave operating system that first launched in September. macOS 10.14.4 comes more than two months after the release of macOS Mojave 10.14.3, a minor bug fix update. macOS Mojave 10.14.4 can be downloaded by going to the "Software Update" section of System Preferences. The update is free for all Mac users who have a machine that supports it. macOS Mojave 10.14.4 introduces support for the new Apple News+ subscripti...
Tags: Apple, News, Mac, India, Canada, Aol, MacBook Air, Garageband, Apple News, US UK, Mojave, Juli Clover, Intelligent Tracking Prevention, Apple News Apple News, MacBook Air MacBook


Someone made an actual toy-diorama of Google’s offline browser game!

Now isn’t this the coolest thing ever! Designed to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Google Chrome, New York-based artist Andrew Bell created this absolutely adorable box-set of Chrome’s most amazing Easter egg… the offline browser game.For the people who don’t know what this game is about (basically Safari users), the game starts as a webpage that tells you that your browser is offline. Press any key, and the game initiates, and you’re tasked with getting the dinosaur to jump over cacti, a...
Tags: Chrome, Google, Design, Game, Browser, Dinosaur, Offline, Recreation, Bell, Product Design, Cactus, Random, Dino, Andrew Bell, Babies/Childcare/Toys, Dead Zebra Inc


California Law Banning Paper Receipts Clears First Hurdle In State Legislature

In January, California Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced a law barring retailers from printing paper receipts unless a customer requests one. Otherwise they'd be required to provide proof-of-purchase receipts "only in electronic form." The bill has cleared its first hurdle in the sate Legislature on Monday as it passed the Nature Resources Committee in a 6-3 vote, despite concerns from some industry groups that say the switch should be driven by the market, not a government mand...
Tags: California, San Francisco, Tech, United States, Los Angeles Times, Cvs, State Legislature, Phil Ting, CalRecycle, Department of Resources Recycling, Nature Resources Committee, Phil Ting D San Francisco, American Forest and Paper Assn


Boeing Unveils 737 Max Software Fixes

hcs_$reboot shares a report from CNBC: Boeing previewed its software fix, cockpit alerts and additional pilot training for its 737 Max planes on Wednesday, saying the changes improve the safety of the aircraft which has been involved in two deadly crashes since October. By the end of this week, Boeing plans to send the software updates and plan for enhanced pilot training to the FAA for certification approval. After the FAA approves the fix, Boeing said it will send the software update to custom...
Tags: Tech, Faa, Boeing, Cnbc, Max


The new owner of Gawker and Mic just acquired a $21 million independent publication that was supposed to reinvent digital media

Bustle Digital Group, which recently bought Gawker and Mic, has acquired the indie tech publication The Outline, the companies announced Wednesday. The Outline was founded in 2016 as an alternative media outlet, eventually raising $10 million in venture capital, most recently at a $21 million valuation. But the Outline has struggled and laid off all of its staff writers last fall. Bustle Digital Group, the the acquisitive media company run by founder and CEO Bryan Goldberg, has bought indie p...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends, Gawker, Mic, Louis Vuitton, Josh, Goldberg, Outline, Bryan Goldberg, Topolsky, Bustle Digital Group, Josh Topolsky, PitchBook Bustle Digital Group


New details about Google’s upcoming mid-range Pixel model just leaked

Bit by bit, we're learning new details about the long-rumored mid-range Google Pixel model that's been the subject of speculation for almost a year now.It seems that these next additions to Google's reasonably successful Pixel line, which will reportedly be called the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, will be released in black, white and "iris" color finishes (with the latter looking like a mix between blue and purple). They'll also be priced around 450 euros, or the equivalent of a litt...
Tags: Google, Verizon, News, US, Pixel


Apple ‘sorry’ for latest MacBook keyboard woes

Apple’s continued to improve the MacBook line’s butterfly switch keyboards. In fact, the technology is on its third generation, which added a rubberized membrane designed to fix ongoing issues and reduce that loud clacking sound. But even the most devoted Apple fans have continued to have gripes, from stuck keys to random misfires. True story: One time at an Amazon event in Seattle I sent an employee on a mad dash for some compressed air inside the Spheres. I can’t remember which consonant I ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Hardware, Tech, Keyboard, Macbook, Seattle, Wall Street Journal, Matthew Panzarino


The Marriage of Silicon Valley and the Pentagon Is Happening Whether You Like It or Not

Reports of the death of Silicon Valley’s relationship with the Pentagon have been greatly exaggerated.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Microsoft, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Pentagon, Defense Department, Palantir


‘Smart Referer’ Firefox Extension Blocks Google Two-Factor Authentication

The other day I echoed recommendations on Hardening Firefox that I got from an article by Keith Axline. Since then, however, I’ve learned two things. First, Axline has changed his recommendations from HTTPS Everywhere to Smart HTTPS for the reasons given in this thread. Second, I discovered that when I had Smart Referer on, I wasn’t able to use Google two-factor authentication.  Instead,  when google asked me to authenticate via my phone, I got timeouts instantly. Disabling the Smart Referer ext...
Tags: Google, Keith Axline, First Axline


Xealth Gets $11M, Aims to Be Surescripts of Digital Health Services

Doctors prescribe all sorts of things for their patients, like drugs, medical procedures, and changes to diet and exercise regimen. Prescribing a software application—one that helps a patient manage diabetes, for example—may sound futuristic to some people. But to Mike McSherry, CEO of Xealth, a Seattle-based startup that announced $11 million in new funding Wednesday to help fuel its continued growth, prescribing digital products and services is where the healthcare industry is headed.“We let ...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Medicine, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Diabetes, Epic, Healthcare, Health Records, Novartis, Philips, Seattle, Digital Health, Electronic Health Records


Apple AirPods, Samsung Galaxy Buds wireless earbuds are both getting price cuts

Looking to snag a pair of wireless earbuds? We've found deals on two of the best models available right now. The Samsung Galaxy Buds and the first generation of Apple AirPods are both getting discounts. The post Apple AirPods, Samsung Galaxy Buds wireless earbuds are both getting price cuts appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Mobile, Trends, Home Theater, Samsung Galaxy Buds


Before breaking up with Shopify, Mailchimp quietly acqui-hired LemonStand, a Shopify competitor

Here’s an interesting twist on the story from last week about the break-up between Shopify and Mailchimp, after the two said they were at odds over how customer data was shared between the two companies. It turns out that before it parted ways with Shopify, Mailchimp had quietly made an acquisition of LemonStand, one of the e-commerce platform’s smaller competitors, to bring more integrated e-commerce features into its platform. After news broke of the rift between Mailchimp and Shopify, rumors ...
Tags: TC, Ecommerce, Enterprise, Advertising Tech, Tech, Atlanta, M&a, Vancouver, Mailchimp, Shopify, The Square, Shopify MailChimp, Ross Paul LemonStand, Mailchimp Paul, LemonStand Mailchimp, Shoppable Landing Pages


Lyft increases IPO price

Lyft, expected to hit public markets in a landmark initial public offering Friday, has increased its share price range. In a new filing published Wednesday afternoon, the company outlined plans to charge between $70 and $72 per share. In an amended IPO prospectus filed last week, the company said it would sell 30.7 million shares at between $62 and $68 a piece. Following high demand from Wall Street — its IPO was said to be oversubscribed on the second day of its roadshow — Lyft has opted to ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Transportation, Lyft, Tech, Venture Capital, Stock Market, Initial Public Offering, Logan Green, John Zimmer, Lyft Lyft


FTC smacks down robocallers, but the penalties don’t match their heinous crimes

The fight against robocallers is just getting started, and the wheel of justice turns slowly, but the FTC just took down a handful of major operations responsible for billions of unwanted calls, some of them adding additional fraud to the mix. The money coming out of the cases is surprisingly small, however — but there’s a reason for that. In an announcement yesterday, the FTC said it had taken down four operations: NetDotSolutions, which did all kinds of marketing with a custom mass dialing pla...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Florida, Fcc, Government, Tech, Robocalls, Ftc, Mercedes CLS, Pointbreak Media, Veterans of America, Travis Deloy Peterson


Mattress startup Casper valued at $1.1B with new funding

Direct-to-consumer mattress business Casper has secured a $100 million Series D investment from existing investors Target, NEA, IVP and Norwest Venture Partners. The fresh infusion of capital values Casper at $1.1 billion, Bloomberg first reported and Casper confirmed. “We are in the very early chapters of our growth story as demand for Casper products continues to expand across the globe,” Casper chief executive officer and co-founder Philip Krim said in a statement. “Today’s financing accel...
Tags: Startups, New York, Finance, Films, New York City, Tech, Bloomberg, Venture Capital, Leonardo Dicaprio, Casper, 50 Cent, Nea, Initial Public Offering, Reuters, Norwest Venture Partners, EBITDA


Mattress startup Casper said to be valued at $1.1B with new funding

Direct-to-consumer mattress business Casper has secured a $100 million Series D investment from existing investors Target, NEA and Norwest Venture Partners. The fresh infusion of capital values Casper at $1.1 billion, Bloomberg reports. We’ve reached out to Casper to confirm the numbers. Casper posted $373 million in net revenue in 2018, according to leaked financials published by The Information this week. The company, of course, isn’t profitable, with losses reaching $64 million last year. ...
Tags: Startups, New York, Finance, Films, New York City, Tech, Bloomberg, Venture Capital, Leonardo Dicaprio, Casper, 50 Cent, IVP, Nea, Initial Public Offering, Reuters, Norwest Venture Partners



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