Preserving and Restoring Your Car Battery

The Noco Genius battery charger/restorer can extend the life of your car battery, and restore a failing battery to good health. While much focus these days is on new battery types; generally the most expensive investment in batteries we currently make is with the decidedly old fashioned lead-acid battery in our vehicles.  The technology dates back to the very first ever rechargeable batteries in 1859, and while there have been modern-day tweaks such as the development in the 1970s of “sealed” or...
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The Rise of Fear-Based Social Media Like Nextdoor, Citizen, and Now Amazon's Neighbors

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Vox: Violent crime in the U.S. is at its lowest rate in decades. But you wouldn't know that from a crop of increasingly popular social media apps that are forming around crime. Apps like Nextdoor, Citizen, and Amazon Ring's Neighbors -- all of which allow users to view local crime in real time and discuss it with people nearby -- are some of the most downloaded social and news apps in the U.S., according to rankings from the App Store and Google Play. N...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Tech, Fbi, Brooklyn, Pew Research Center, App Annie, Gallup, Michigan State University, Center for Media Justice, Amazon Ring, App Annie Amazon Ring, Bureau of Justice Statistics David Ewoldsen, Steven Renderos

Google Is Starting To Reveal the Secrets of Its Experimental Fuchsia OS

At Google's I/O developer conference this past week, Android and Chrome chief Hiroshi Lockheimer offered some rare insight into Fuchsia, albeit at a very high level, in front of public audiences. The Verge reports: What we do know about Fuchsia is that it's an open source project, similar to AOSP, but could run all manner of devices, from smart home gadgets to laptops to phones. It's also known to be built on an all-new, Google-built kernel called "zircon," formerly known as "magenta," and not t...
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Uber to give its market value a lift in stock market debut

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber’s next stop is the stock market, where it hopes to pick up more investors willing to bet on a ride-hailing market brimming with potential and conspicuously lacking in profits. The world’s largest ride-hailing service reached a major milestone Thursday when Uber priced its long-awaited initial public offering at $45 price […]
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San Francisco Proposes 'IPO Tax' On Eve of Uber Offering

"San Francisco voters this November will be asked to approve a corporate tax increase on stock-based compensation from 0.38% to 1.5%," reports Axios. Since the rate hike would be retroactive to May 7, it would apply to Uber's recent $8 billion IPO. From a report: San Francisco Board of Supervisor Gordon Mar said six supervisors are supporting the ordinance -- the minimum number needed to get the measure on the Nov. 5 ballot. The full board is expected to vote on the plan within the next two mont...
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Finally! Sonos says it’ll launch Google Assistant for select speakers next week

Sonos customers have been waiting patiently for the company to make good on its 2017 promise to integrate Google Assistant into its platform. The good news is that it’s finally about to happen. No, really. It is. The post Finally! Sonos says it’ll launch Google Assistant for select speakers next week appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, News, Trends, Home Theater, Sonos, Google Assistant, CES 2019

Best Buy drops a massive $150 discount on this Sony smart speaker

There's never been a better time to treat yourself to a smart speaker. That's because Best Buy has knocked $150 off the Google Assistant-driven Sony LF-S50G — sending the price plummeting down to a more affordable $50. The post Best Buy drops a massive $150 discount on this Sony smart speaker appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Deals, Trends, Sony, Home Theater, Smart Home, Smart Speaker, Sony SL-S50

US Adults Are Spending Big On Video Games, Playing Mostly On Smartphones

A new report from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) found that the average American video gamer is 33 years old, prefers to play on their smartphone and is spending big on content -- 20 percent more than a year ago and 85 percent more than in 2015. Reuters reports: The $43.4 billion spent in 2018 was mostly on content, as opposed to hardware and accessories. Of pay-to-play games, "Call of Duty: Black Ops III," "Red Dead Redemption II" and "NBA 2K19" took the top spots for most units s...
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Hands-On With Apple's New Powerbeats Pro Earbuds (mac rumors)

Apple's new wire-free Powerbeats Pro are set to launch this Friday after pre-orders became available last week, and ahead of their official debut, we were able to get a pair to test out to find out whether Apple's latest Beats-branded earbuds are worth the $250 price tag. While Apple is planning to sell the Powerbeats Pro in four colors, including ivory, moss, navy, and black, only the black version is available right now, with the other options coming later in the summer. Subscribe to the...
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Uber Completes $8.1B Public Market Debut in Spite of Tumultuous Past

Ride-hailing giant Uber secured $8.1 billion in new capital late Thursday as it priced an initial public offering that set its market capitalization at $82.4 billion, according to calculations by The New York Times and other news outlets.Uber announced late Thursday it will sell 180 million shares of common stock at $45 apiece when it completes the IPO. That price is near the lowest end of the range Uber set at $44 to $50 in the amended prospectus it filed on April 26.Uber (NYSE: UBER) will sta...
Tags: Google, Deals, Transportation, Mobile, Lyft, Uber, Hardware, Marketplace, Workplace, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Ipo, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech

Chelsea Manning released from jail as grand jury expires

Chelsea Manning walked free today for the first time after spending two months in Virginia’s Alexandria Detention Center for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury probing her relationship with WikiLeaks. Gizmodo first reported news that Manning left the facility today. Manning was found to be in contempt of court, remaining in custody until the Eastern District of Virginia grand jury expired. Before her release, Manning was issued another subpoena for a second grand jury for Thursday May 16...
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One Year Later, Restaurants Are Still Confused By Google Duplex

An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via The Verge: Google Duplex was arguably one of Google's biggest announcements in 2018, but the AI faded into the background this week at the same I/O developer conference that introduced it just one year ago. Rather than an update on how the AI has been improved since its official release, Google CEO Sundar Pichai simply noted that the technology has gotten "great feedback," then he quickly moved on to announce that Duplex would be coming to ...
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New HHS Rule To Force Drug Companies To List Prices In TV Ads

schwit1 writes: The new rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will force companies to disclose the prices of prescription drugs covered by Medicare and Medicaid that cost $35 or more for a month's supply. Addressing high prescription drug prices has been one issue that the Trump administration and Democrats have agreed on over the past two years, with Congress calling big pharma executives and pharmacy heads to testify. "Requiring the inclusion of drugs' list prices in TV ads ...
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Google Is Releasing More Than 50 New Gender-Inclusive Emoji

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, emoji have become a key part of the way that many of us communicate, and that makes representation vitally important to the way they’re designed. With this in mind, Google is releasing 53 new emoji that work to be more gender inclusive. Read more...
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Best Buy drops the price of the Google Home Hub and throws in a free Mini

Best Buy added to its deal for the Google Home Hub, which now comes with a free Google Home Mini. Whether you are starting or adding to a Google Home smart home, this Best Buy deal is an attractive opportunity to acquire both for $99. The post Best Buy drops the price of the Google Home Hub and throws in a free Mini appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Deals, News, Trends, Smart Home, Google Home, Google Home Mini, Google Home Hub

From Chromebooks to MacBooks, here are the best laptop deals for May 2019

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work or you're just doing some post-holiday shopping, we have you covered: These are the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs. The post From Chromebooks to MacBooks, here are the best laptop deals for May 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Deals, Trends, Computing, Acer, Lenovo, Chromebooks, Macbooks

Microsoft Recommends Using a Separate Device For Administrative Tasks

In a rare article detailing insights about its staff's efforts in securing its own internal infrastructure, Microsoft has shared some very insightful advice on how companies could reduce the risk of having a security breach. From a report: The central piece of this article is Microsoft's recommendation in regards to how companies should deal with administrator accounts. Per Microsoft's Security Team, employees with administrative access should be using a separate device, dedicated only for admin...
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Jeff Bezos Unveils Lunar Lander To Take Astronauts To the Moon By 2024

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Jeff Bezos, chairman of Amazon and founder of Blue Origin, unveiled his space company's lunar lander for the first time on Thursday. "This vehicle is going to the moon," Bezos said during an invite-only presentation to media and space industry executives. "We were given a gift -- this nearby body called the moon," Bezos said. He added that the moon is a good place to begin manufacturing in space due to its lower gravity than the Earth. Getting resou...
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Opinion: The closed nature of the open web

The world wide web celebrated its 30th birthday this past spring. That’s three decades’ worth of growth and evolution for an experiment whose entire purpose was to encourage freedom and decentralization of information and communication. Unfortunately, this open, free global information network has never worn heavier shackles than it does today. Today’s web has calcified into a mostly closed environment in which a few powerful players control the majority of information being shown to the m...
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Original iPod hits eBay at insane $20,000 list price

When Apple unveiled the original iPod back in 2001, the reactions weren't universally positive. Indeed, some fan reactions on a MacRumors message board at the time have since taken on a life of their own.As an illustrative example, one outraged Apple fan wrote the following nearly 18 years ago: "I still can't believe this! All this hype for something so ridiculous! Who cares about an MP3 player? I want something new! I want them to think differently! Why oh why would they do this?! It...
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The World's First 3D-Printed Village Is Coming To Latin America This Summer

MikeChino writes: Yves Behar, ICON, and New Story just unveiled plans to build the world's first 3D-printed community this summer in Latin America. The project will provide over 50 homes for impoverished families who typically live on less than $200 per month. ICON has developed a portable printer that will print the walls of each home in just 24 hours with nearly zero waste. "Each site-specific house will feature an outdoor kitchen and an expanded outdoor area for raising chickens and crops," r...
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Cisco open sources MindMeld conversational AI platform

Cisco announced today that it was open-sourcing the MindMeld conversation AI platform, making it available to anyone who wants to use it under the Apache 2.0 license. MindMeld is the conversational AI company that Cisco bought in 2017. The company put the technology to use in Cisco Spark Assistant later that year to help bring voice commands to meeting hardware, which was just beginning to emerge at the time. Today, there is a concerted effort to bring voice to enterprise use cases, and Cisco...
Tags: TC, Open Source, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Cisco, Artificial Intelligence, Voice, Voice Recognition, MindMeld, MindMeld Conversational AI Platform Cisco, Karthik Raghunathan

Final Fantasy VII Remake trailer shows redo of the classic in action

’90s kids will remember this. Final Fantasy VII, the game that busted JPRGs out of their niche and helped make the original PlayStation the must-have console of the generation, is, as we all know, being remade. But until today it wasn’t really clear just what “remade” actually meant. The teaser trailer put online today is packed full of details, though of course they may change over the course of development. It’s exciting not just for fans of this game, but for those of us who prefer VI and are...
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A dress with 3D-printed petals and other tech news

BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the week's best technology stories.
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Beats Powerbeats Pro Review

Beats’ first true wireless earbuds, the Powerbeats Pro, borrow technology from Apple in a pair of waterproof earbuds with nine hours of battery life. Unfortunately, an intermittent connection issue has us pumping the brakes on these Beats beauties. The post Beats Powerbeats Pro Review appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Delta is testing free Wi-Fi on flights this month

Delta says it plans to eventually offer free Wi-Fi on flights. The first step to achieving that goal, however, involves testing it on a handful of planes, beginning later this month. Starting May 13, the carrier will begin offering free service on 55 domestic flights per day. The idea here is to test the strain on the system. Currently, the number of passengers who actually use the in-flight service is fairly low. Delta’s current provider Gogo says it’s around 12% of passengers across its variou...
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Delta is testing free WiFi on flights this month

Delta says it plans to eventually offer free WiFi on flights. The first step to achieving that goal, however, involves testing it out on a handful of planes, beginning later this month. Starting May 13, the carrier will begin offering free service on 55 domestic flights per day. The idea here is to test the strain on the system. Currently, the number of passengers who actually use the inflight service is fairly low. Delta’s current provider Gogo says it’s around 12 percent of passengers across i...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Gogo, Delta, Wifi, Jetblue

With new raise, Unity could nearly double valuation to $6 billion

Unity Technologies, the company behind one of the world’s most popular game engines, could nearly double its reported valuation in a new round of funding. The company has filed to raise up to $125 million in Series E funding according to a Delaware stock authorization filing uncovered by Prime Unicorn Index and reviewed by TechCrunch. If Unity closes the full authorized raise it will hold a valuation of $5.96 billion. A Unity spokesperson confirmed the details of the document. The SF company ...
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Three ‘new rules’ worth considering for the internet

Daniel M. Gerstein Contributor Daniel M. Gerstein works at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and is an adjunct professor at American University. He was the undersecretary (acting) and deputy undersecretary in the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security from 2011-2014. Gerstein’s latest book, “The Story of Technology: How We Got Here and What the Future Holds,” will be published in August 2019. In a recent commentary, ...
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U.S. Charges Chinese Hacker For 2015 Anthem Data Breach

The United States Justice Department today announced charges against a Chinese hacker and his hacking team member for their alleged role in the 2015 massive data breach at health insurance giant Anthem and three other unnamed American companies. Fujie Wang (王 福 杰) and another hacker named John Doe with three different aliases—Deniel Jack, Kim Young, and Zhou Zhihong—are charged with four [Author: [email protected] (Mohit Kumar)]
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