Comcast Usage Soars 34 Percent To 200GB a Month, Pushing Users Closer To Data Cap

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comcast said its customers' monthly Internet data usage increased 34 percent between Q1 2018 and Q1 2019, rising to a median of 200GB. The rise is being driven by streaming video, and, in particular, 4K video, Comcast said. The median customer is using only about 20 percent of Comcast's 1TB data cap, which is enforced in 27 of Comcast's 39 states. But the rise in median usage almost certainly means that more Comcast customers are exceeding t...
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Apple Considered Purchasing Intel's Smartphone Modem Chip Business

Apple reportedly considered acquiring parts of Intel's smartphone modem chip business as they looked into ways to speed up their own efforts to build modem chips for smartphones. MacRumors reports: Intel and Apple entered into discussions last summer and the talks continued for months, but ended right around the time Apple settled its legal dispute and reached a supply agreement with Qualcomm. Sources at Intel that spoke to The Wall Street Journal said that Intel is exploring "strategic alternat...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Intel, Wall Street Journal, Qualcomm, Patrick Moorhead, Moor Insights Strategy, Bob Swan

Google Staffers Share Stories of ‘Systemic’ Retaliation

The claims of retaliation are the latest in a series of internal upheavals over issues ranging from the use of artificial intelligence for military purposes to executive misconduct and the rights of contract workers. Alphabet Inc.’s Google set the standard in Silicon Valley for employing and retaining scores of highly-trained computer scientists. Employees registered a decline of faith in Google’s executives in recent internal surveys.
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Google worker activists accuse company of retaliation at 'town hall'

More claims surfaced at Friday’s meeting, where the employees announced plans for a ‘company-wide day of action’ on 1 MayWorker activists at Google held a “town hall” on Friday where they alleged that the company regularly retaliates against employees who speak out about workplace problems and announced plans for a “company-wide day of action” on 1 May.The meeting, livestreamed for Google employees in offices around the world, was announced after two of the organizers of the November 2018 global...
Tags: Google, Technology, Activism, US news

Elon Musk, SEC agree to guidelines on Twitter use

Tesla,  Elon Musk and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reached an agreement Friday that will give the CEO freedom to use Twitter —within certain limitations — without fear of being held in contempt for violating an earlier court order. Musk can tweet as he wishes except when it’s about certain events or financial milestones. In those cases, Musk must seek pre-approval from a securities lawyer, according to the agreement filed with Manhattan federal court. U.S. District Judge Alison Na...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Manhattan, SEC, Judge, Hyperloop, Tesla Model S, Musk, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Nathan, Tesla Elon Musk, Alison Nathan

Ask Slashdot: Why Are 3D Games, VR/AR Still Rendered Using Polygons In 2019?

dryriver writes: A lot of people seem to believe that computers somehow need polygons, NURBS surfaces, voxels or point clouds "to be able to define and render 3D models to the screen at all." This isn't really true. All a computer needs to light, shade, and display a 3D model is to know the answer to the question "is there a surface point at coordinate XYZ or not." Many different mathematical structures or descriptors can be dreamed up that can tell a computer whether there is indeed a 3D model ...

Elon Musk Makes Deal With SEC Not To Discuss Tesla's Finances Without a Lawyer's Approval

Two months after the SEC asked a federal judge to hold Tesla CEO Elon Musk in contempt for breaking terms of a settlement agreement with a tweet, the two have reportedly reached an agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, which still needs to be approved by a judge, Musk agreed not to tweet or otherwise disseminate information about Tesla's finances, production numbers or certain other information without a lawyer's approval. CNBC reports: The late Friday agreement [...] lays out exactly wha...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, SEC, Cnbc, Musk, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Dan Ives, Wedbush Securities Read

Closure of high-tech medical firm Arivale stuns patients: “I feel as if one of my arms was cut off”

Once touted as "the Google or Microsoft" of genomic "wellness" services, Seattle-based Arivale pulled the plug this week. "We were about 10 years too early," says its CEO.
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Google 'Thanos' For an Epic 'Avengers: Endgame' Easter Egg

Zorro shares a report from CBS News: If you're looking for more "Avengers: Endgame" content to fill the void until you get to see the movie, Google has the perfect Easter egg for you. Open Google, search "Thanos," click the Infinity Gauntlet on the right side -- and watch as half of your search results turn to dust. The gauntlet -- complete with the six Infinity Stones -- will snap its fingers when clicked, just as Thanos did in "Avengers: Infinity War." But this time, instead of eliminating hal...
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A female engineer at Google says her warnings to the company about a male colleague with a foot fetish were overlooked, leading her to seek psychiatric help (GOOGL, GOOG)

A female engineer at Google recently wrote a lengthy post recounting her experience with a coworker who she said had a disturbing obsession with her feet. Lea Coligado — a female engineer on the Google Maps team — said that a man in his 50s repeatedly stared at her feet during bus rides, at the cafeteria, and on other occasions. He was even able to move into the same building as her, she wrote. Google did not take action against the potential stalking case, she said, because she never filed a...
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FBI Searches Microbiome Testing Startup uBiome In Billing Probe

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched the offices of lab-test startup uBiome Inc. on Friday morning (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The FBI is investigating uBiome's billing practices. An FBI spokeswoman said, "I can confirm that special agents from the FBI San Francisco Division are present at 360 Langton Street in San Francisco conduc...
Tags: San Francisco, Tech, Fbi, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jessica Richman, FBI Searches Microbiome Testing Startup, uBiome Inc, FBI San Francisco Division, Langton Street

Equity Shot: Uber’s IPO terms and Slack’s S-1

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Kate and Alex are back (again), bringing you the latest on the IPO front. As Friday is coming to a close, we’ll keep this post short to leave plenty of room for you to dig into the audio. Welcome to the weekend. Up first we dug into Uber’s latest S-1 filing. This time, the company set a price range for itself (TechCrunch’s coverage here), valuing itself at $84 b...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Uber, Ipo, Tech, Information Technology, Transport, Venture Capital, Commuting, Kate, Alex, Carsharing, Slack, Crunchbase, Don

Google Staffers Share 350 Stories of ‘Systemic’ Retaliation

Alphabet Inc.’s Google set the standard in Silicon Valley for employing and retaining scores of highly-trained computer scientists. Employees registered a decline of faith in Google’s executives in recent internal surveys. On Monday, two of those organizers, Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton, wrote an email saying Google had punished them because of their activism.
Tags: Google, Science, Silicon Valley, Alphabet Inc, Meredith Whittaker, Claire Stapleton

AppSheet Raises $15M To Help People Who Aren’t Pro Coders Build Apps

Many of today and tomorrow’s high-paying jobs require a command of computing concepts and programming languages, but learning such skills from the ground up can be a time-intensive and expensive endeavor.While there’s high demand in the job market for people with these technical skills, some companies, such as Seattle-based AppSheet, are offering services designed to enable those with only minimal programming knowledge to build functional software applications.Now AppSheet has $15 million more ...
Tags: Google, Deals, Google Play, Startups, Apps, Trends, Tech, Smartphones, Mobile Apps, Vc, Software, Dropbox, Software Development, Salesforce, App Store, Seattle

Google’s nifty ‘Endgame’ Easter egg wipes out half your search results with a snap of Thanos’ fingers

Avengers: Endgame is smashing box office records, pulling in more than $60 million yesterday alone. And while the internet loses its collective shit over Endgame, we’re just over here trying to finish out the work week so we can slide into a theater for a peek at the film. Needless to say, we’re a bit wary of spoilers. This led us to pass up a pretty cool Easter egg by the folks at Google. But don’t worry, it’s spoiler-free. For those that haven’t been following along, Endgame is the culmination...
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Is the Samsung Galaxy Fold a bad omen for foldables?

I wrote a lot about the Galaxy Fold here. After a week with the device, I was left with mixed feelings independent of the whole ongoing display saga. The TLDR; of it is the story of a first-generation device that’s full of promise but still a bit clunky and prohibitively priced. Of course, the real reason we couldn’t possibly recommend the device is the high percentage of . Samsung issued a handful of early units to reviewers and multiple devices returned with broken screens. Samsung was qui...
Tags: Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Smartphones, Huawei, Corning, Fold, Samsung Huawei, Royole, Motorola Samsung, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold, TCL Xiaomi

Ripple Effects from the California Magazine Ban Decision

Ripple Effects from the California Magazine Ban Decision California/United States – -( When we discussed how the political landscape could change on Second Amendment issues, one of the things we mentioned that could do that are court decisions. One of those that could be decisive is Duncan v. Becerra, which is now on appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The shot down California’s ban on possession of magazines holding more than ten rounds. What was extremely important i...
Tags: Google, Guns, Supreme Court, Scotus, Obama, California, America, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Reagan, Newtown, Clinton, Citi, Nra, Duncan, Benitez

Bitcoin Drops 7 Percent On Allegations of $850 Million Fraud By Bitfinex By New York Attorney General

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: The price of Bitcoin has dropped seven per cent after New York's Attorney General accused leading exchange Bitfinex of trying to hide $850 million in missing funds. The accusation came in a legal filing [PDF] on Thursday that claims Bitfinex raided the reserves of Tether -- a digital currency that is kept at parity with the U.S. dollar in order to allow traders to switch easily between real and virtual currencies -- in order to make up the m...
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Google Bans Developer With Half a Billion App Downloads From Play Store

Google is banning app developer DO Global and removing their apps from the Google Play Store after it discovered the company was committing ad fraud. "As of today, 46 apps from DO Global, which is partly owned by internet giant Baidu, are gone from the Play store," reports BuzzFeed. "BuzzFeed News also found that DO Global apps no longer offer ad inventory for purchase via Google's AdMob network, suggesting the ban has also been extended to the internet giant's ad products." From the report: Pri...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Tech, Tumblr, Baidu, BuzzFeed News, Do Global, Pic Tools Group

Ok Google, please ignore this free tax filing code so we can keep on screwing America

TurboTax and H&R Block find robots.txt to hide in plain sight The United States' tax-filing software industry actively prevents search engines from discovering their free-filing versions, it has been discovered, adding further criticism to an industry that drives Americans toward unnecessary paid-for products.…
Tags: Google, America, Software, United States, Turbotax, H R Block

AeroVironment, SoftBank develop telecommunications platform

AeroVironment Inc. is gaining altitude. The Simi Valley company — whose drones and tactical missile systems are used extensively by the U.S. military — has partnered with SoftBank Corp. to develop a telecommunications platform that can operate in the stratosphere to help bridge the world’s digital divide. Connecting the world AV recently completed assembly of the first HAWK30 solar HAPS (High-Altitude, Pseudo-Satellite) platform station through its HAPSMobile Inc. joint venture with SoftBank. ...
Tags: Business, Technology, Softbank, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, Drones, Tokyo, Local News, Communications, Federal Aviation Administration, Simi Valley, AeroVironment, Softbank Corp, Junichi Miyakawa, AeroVironment Inc

How It Works: Modular Vehicle Platforms

A "platform" used to mean a frame, but today, it's primarily an engineering tool for building more than one vehicle on the same basic design. Find out how and why in my "How It Works" column at the National Post ( [Author: Jil McIntosh]
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Quantum breakthrough could lead to ‘super-powered’ hard disk drives

While the world’s focused on the latest Avenger’s flick, an international team of scientists have potentially unlocked the super powers of another familiar Marvel character: Magneto. Researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory, Oakland University in Michigan, and Fudan University in China have discovered a quantum-level exploit that has the potential to give engineers greater control over the magnetic properties of certain metals. The experimental observations were discovered through testin...
Tags: Startups, Science, China, Tech, Michigan, Fudan University, Magneto Researchers, Argonne National Laboratory Oakland University

Folding Wooden Ladder

Space-saving ladder folds in itself for easy thin storage and flat transportation. The Corner Ladder – innovative folding wooden ladder made by CO&CO. Also check out: Ladder Mirro
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A Bookstore, Finally, Comes To the Bronx

In no place Barnes & Noble's diminished fortune felt as intensely as it was in the Bronx, where gratitude for what it provided far outweighed snobbishness. From a report: Five years ago when Barnes & Noble announced that it was closing the only branch it had opened there, residents and local civic leaders were angry and heartbroken and fought to save it. At the time, there were 90 bookstores in Manhattan. But the Bronx essentially had just the one, and now it would disappear. Noelle Santos, wh...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Manhattan, Bronx, Santos, Barnes, Barnes Noble, Noëlle Santos

TurboTax Purposely Hid Its Free Tax-Filing Page From Google Search

If you can’t find something on Google, does it even exist? When it comes to free tax-filing offerings, at least, TurboTax maker Intuit sure as hell seems to hope you think the answer is no.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Taxes, Intuit, Turbotax, Cant Shit A Shitter, Tax Prep Software

How to Enable Chrome's New Dark Mode on Android

Dark mode has stealthily rolled out to the Android version of Google Chrome as a part of the app’s most recent updates. Finally, we can all stare at our phones a little more comfortably, especially at night, without having to enable night-time reader modes or other settings... and I suppose it’s helpful for battery…Read more...
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Turnover Hits Apple's Famed Industrial Design Team

Apple's famous and close-knit industrial design team that works under design chief Jony Ive is undergoing major changes, WSJ reported this week. From the report: Rico Zorkendorfer and Daniele De Iuliis, who together have more than 35 years of experience at Apple, decided to leave the company recently [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source], people familiar with the departures said. Another member of the team with a decade of experience, Julian Honig, plans to leave in the ...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Nike, WSJ, Jony Ive, Honig, Julian Honig, Rico Zorkendorfer, Daniele De Iuliis, Zorkendorfer, De Iuliis

Future – “F&N” (Video)

Future is back with another video from The WIZRD. After dropping clips…
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And in current affairs... Apple recalls three-prong AC adapters after some shocking behavior

Six incident reports prompt wall wart withdrawal Apple has issued a voluntary recall of some of AC wall adapters and travel adapter kits designed for the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore out of concern customers could get a jolt.…
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