Pixel 3, Pixel 3a slowdowns reportedly caused by Google’s Digital Wellbeing

Some Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a owners have reportedly solved the slowdown issues on their devices by deactivating Google's Digital Wellbeing. However, it remains unconfirmed if the feature is indeed negatively affecting the smartphones. The post Pixel 3, Pixel 3a slowdowns reportedly caused by Google’s Digital Wellbeing appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, News, Trends, Pixel, Pixel 3, Digital Wellbeing, Pixel 3a

Is Constant Connection Ruining Travel?

In 2019, there’s no shortage of ways to stay connected while on the road. Undeniably, the ease of connection is one of the modern conveniences that now allows more people than ever to consider stepping out into the world for an extended period. Keeping in touch with mom is as easy as a Skype call. Encouraging others to try long-term travel on for size is as easy as sharing a photo and status update on social media. Heck, even making money as you go now requires little more than a laptop. There i...
Tags: Travel, Technology, Featured, Jenni Mahnaz

Commentary: The case against breaking up Facebook

It’s impossible to root for Facebook. It’s like rooting for the New England Patriots. (Sorry, Pats fans.) Besides partisans and kooks, who could side with an organization that is successful beyond belief, skirts the rules and is led by an all-powerful boss facing serious legal questions? And unlike the sports team, Facebook wields enormous influence […]
Tags: Facebook, Business, Technology, News, New England Patriots Sorry Pats

Ancient Psychedelics, Robocall Scams, and Space Bezos: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

This was one heck of a week in the tech and science world. Ridesharing giant Uber finally launched its long-awaited IPO, which was a major flop, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes asked the Federal Trade Commission to break up the company, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tried his damnedest to convince humanity to colonize the…Read more...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Gaming, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Wearables, Eyes, Space, UK, Science, Technology, Fitness, Video Games, Climate Change, Drugs

5 Most Lucrative Work from Home Jobs

In a 2017 report , it was revealed that 5.2% of Americans now work from home. The United States census confirms that eight million people now work this way in comparison to the 5% who worked from home in 2016 and the 3.3% who worked from home in 2000. Internet connectivity, technology and a growing call for better work hours and setups are helping this number to rise. As more employees work from home as a way to make themselves more productive and spend more time with their families, analy...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Business, Marketing, US, United States, Customer, MacBook Air, Newvoicemedia, Slack Skype, Customer Support Data

4 Tips to Grow your Business by Increasing App Downloads

Small businesses, brands, startups and established companies — nearly everyone in the global business landscape is trying to ride the mobile tide for business growth. According to Statista, the will pass 258 billion by the end of 2022. It was just 178 billion in 2017. In an ecosystem where everyone is hooked to their mobile phones, a lot of growth opportunities have surfaced for your business. Having a mobile app is pertinent if a business wants to grow in modern times. Customer acquisition, ...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Business, Mobile Marketing, Mobile Apps, Aso, Ama, Statista, App Store Optimization, Rajat Chauhan, App Optimization, Rajat, App Store Optimization ASO, Total Number of Mobile Apps Before, App Store Optimization App Store Optimization ASO

The Tinkerers Fighting Apple's War on YouTube 'Repair' Videos

The Guardian profiles stay-at-home mom Jessa Jones, who taught herself how to fix her daughter's iPhone with online tutorials, eventually leading to motherboard repair work that she found through eBay. "After recruiting other stay-at-home moms in her neighborhood and teaching them electronics repair, she launched a small business from her dining room called MommyFixits. 'Suddenly our play dates became moms sitting around the dining table fixing mailed-in iPhones,' she told me." As Jones's expe...
Tags: Apple, Youtube, Tech, Jones, Proctor, US Public Interest Research Group, Nathan Proctor, Jessa Jones, Campaign for the Right to Repair, Proctor YouTube

August Smart Lock Pro + Connect Review Love this lock! I’ve been using August locks in my home for YEARS now, love em. The ultimate smart lock for your smart home Lock and unlock your door from anywhere, grant secure access to friends and family, and track who is coming and going, all from the August app. Automatically unlocks when you arrive and locks when you leave. August Smart Lock Pro works with all three voice assistants – Siri, Amazon Alexa, and the Google Assistant. Add a Smart Keypad and save Total control ...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Seo, Home Automation, Philips, Voice, Aa Batteries, Alexa, Control, Siri Apple, Chris Voss, Siri Amazon Alexa, DoorSense Auto Lock Locks, Google Assistant Control

Ask Slashdot: Could We Fight Ransomware With 'Unencryptable' Folders?

CaptainDork writes: I'm a retired IT guy and ransomware was not a huge thing 3-5 years ago (at least few victims were self-reporting) and I'm very curious about protection schemes. In my, now ancient, world we did not encrypt anything -- anywhere. Seems to me the trick would be to mark certain places as "unencryptable," similar to long-time attributes like "hidden," "system," "read-only," etc. Do solutions exist that would mark local data folders and backup drives as "unencryptable," and if ...
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CO2 in the atmosphere just exceeded 415 parts per million for the first time in human history

The human race has broken another record on its race to ecological collapse. Congratulations humanity! For the first time in human history — not recorded history, but since humans have existed on Earth — carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has topped 415 parts per million, reaching 415.26 parts per million, according to sensors at the Mauna Loa Observatory, a research outpost of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency. CO2 emissions over time as recorded by measurements of Arctic ice and the M...
Tags: TC, Climate Change, California, Tech, Global Warming, Earth, United States, Arctic, Noaa, Greenhouse Gas, University Of California, Greenhouse Gases, Carbon Dioxide, University Of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Eric Holthaus

Kamala Harris Says 'We Have to Seriously Take a Look At' Breaking Up Facebook

California Senator Kamala Harris, one of the (innumerable) Democrats eyeing the White House in a 2020 presidential bid, has joined Massachusetts senator and fellow candidate Elizabeth Warren in calling for antitrust authorities to look at a possible breakup of Facebook.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Science, Technology, California, White House, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Antitrust, Kamala Harris, Facebook Read, Tech Policy

Equity Shot transcribed: Judging Uber’s less-than-grand opening day

Another day, another episode of Equity. This time it was an emergency episode, because Uber (finally) went public and a lot of financial folks were quite looking forward to how it would perform on opening day. Turns out it didn’t do so well. Kate and Alex had a lot of questions about why? Was it the company’s fault? Was it simply the macro market? Was it something else altogether? And then there was the fact that it wasn’t a great week for the stock market or U.S.-China trade relations. But don’...
Tags: TC, China, Tech, Kate, Alex, Equity podcast, Kate Clark, Uber IPO

From crypto winter to crypto weirder

Captain Kirk and neo-Dadaists. Repugnant markets and legendary cryptographers. “Digital couture” auctioned by CryptoKitties developers. Distributed autonomous art organizations. A keynote speech looking back from 2047 at the near-apocalypse of 2026, from which we were saved by a new, fully tokenized economy. Yes, that’s right: NYC Blockchain Week has begun. Where to begin? I suppose with context. This week’s series of cryptocurrency conferences kicked off with “Ethereal,” hosted by Consensys, a ...
Tags: TC, Opinion, Digital, US, Tech, Square, William Shatner, Ethereum, Consensys, Kirk, Chase Bank, Charley Moore, Michael Novogratz, NYC Blockchain Week, Rocket Wallet, Leah Callon Butler

West Virginians Now Say Code School Promising Jobs Was a Fraud

"Two years after dozens of West Virginians left their jobs to take classes from Mined Minds, a nonprofit that promised to teach them to write computer code, former students have filed a lawsuit claiming the entire operation was a fraud," according to a report: The program promised a better life and room for career advancement, which resonated with people in Appalachia, where career opportunities are limited. According to the New York Times, Mined Minds offered a paid apprenticeship in which stu...
Tags: Google, Tech, The Times, Times, APPALACHIA, Appalachian Regional Commission, New York Times Mined Minds

Oxford: Teens' life satisfaction has 'nothing to do' with how much they use social media

Study finds that children's use of social media has a trivial effect on them.Satisfaction and happiness is not as connected to social media as originally thought. Only girls reduced their use of social media when they felt discontented.Social media is a scourge to some and a mere distraction for others. Much has been said about the negative consequences of unchecked social media use. It has even become common wisdom to want to limit your screen time and limit kids' time online. Yet, there seem...
Tags: Psychology, Technology, Children, Social Media, Computers, Innovation

Two years after WannaCry, a million computers remain at risk

Two years ago today, a powerful ransomware began spreading across the world. WannaCry spread like wildfire, encrypting hundreds of thousands of computers in over 150 countries in a matter of hours. It was the first time that ransomware, a malware that encrypts a user’s files and demands cryptocurrency in ransom to unlock them, had spread across the world in what looked like a coordinated cyberattack. Hospitals across the U.K. declared a “major incident” after they were knocked offline by the mal...
Tags: Microsoft, North Korea, Nsa, US, Tech, Atlanta, Sony, US Treasury, National Security Agency, Beaumont, Shodan, Kevin Beaumont, Jake Williams, Hutchins, DoublePulsar, Marcus Hutchins

Is Big Tech Needlessly Ruining Entire Industries?

Salon tech editor Keith A. Spencer just published a new article describing what happens when "venture capital-backed entrepreneurs jackhammer their way into a new industry, 'tech'-ify it in some way, undermine the competition and declare their new way superior once the old is bankrupted." - Being a taxi driver was once a much-vaunted job, so much so that a taxi medallion was perceived of as a ticket to the middle class. Then came Uber and Lyft, who flooded the market for private transit and und...
Tags: Tech, Silicon Valley, Spencer, Keith A Spencer

Mother's Day: “Chicago Girl Makes Good.”

She lights up all rooms--not just ours. My mother--to us, "mom"--was and is that mom all the other kids in the neighborhoods we lived in wanted to be their mom. Before that, way before, she and her ancestors were part of one of the most romantic stories ever told. I imagine first thousands, and then tens of thousands, and then even more, of people out of Suffolk via Ipswich to Groton and other towns and slowly invading America, Massachusetts, Canada, and Three Oaks, Michigan. But she neve...
Tags: Google, Massachusetts, America, Chicago, Paris, Michigan, Times, Ipswich, Palatine, Duke, Mom, Suffolk, Cincinnati, Whipple, Rotterdam, Jacksonville Florida

Where cannabis investors see the next big wave? In precision dosing

Women and seniors are joining the cannabis movement, and that’s presenting new investing opportunities, according to a panel of cannabis investors who we interviewed several days ago at an event organized by the cross-border venture firm DCM. Specifically, they say, expect to see an uptick in products of all types that make it easier to consume small and controlled amounts of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in pot. The trend isn’t so surprising. Anecdotally, women increasingly see cannabis...
Tags: TC, Massachusetts, Tech, Cannabis, John Boehner, DCM, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Pax Labs, Juul, Leaflink, Woodland, Casa Verde Capital, Poseidon Asset Management, Karan Wadhera, Dosist, Acreage Holdings

Nick Clegg rejects Facebook break-up calls backed by Kamala Harris

California Democrat favours action against social media giant Former deputy PM: new employer ‘a great American success’Facebook head of global affairs Nick Clegg has rejected calls for the social media giant to be broken up, an idea gaining currency among contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, with Kamala Harris seemingly its latest convert. Related: It's not enough to break up Big Tech. We need to imagine a better alternative | Evgeny Morozov Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, California, Elizabeth Warren, Social Media, World news, US news, US politics, Nick Clegg, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Evgeny Morozov, US elections 2020

/e/ Announces 'Un-Googled' Android Smartphones (slashdot)

"This will probably be the first fully 'un-Googled' Android-based smartphone to hit the market ever," writes Slashdot reader getupstandup1: The /e/ smartphone will start to ship soon, on high-grade refurbished smartphones. While more and more people are concerned about privacy, it's interesting to see such initiatives, especially considering that it was started by someone who is coming from the Linux distro world. Gaël Duval started this non-profit project after realizing "he was more and more...
Tags: Apple, News, Samsung, Slashdot, EditorDavid, Gaël Duval

Hotstar, Disney’s Indian streaming service, sets new global record for live viewership

India’s video streaming giant Hotstar, owned by Disney, today set a new global benchmark for the number of people an OTT service can draw to a live event. Some 18.6 million users simultaneously tuned into Hotstar’s website and app to watch the deciding game of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament. The streaming giant, which competes with Netflix and Amazon in India, broke its own “global best” 10.3 million concurrent views milestone that it had set last year....
Tags: Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Asia, UK, Media, Entertainment, India, Disney, Sports, Tech, Earth, Fox, Netflix, Canada, Cricket

How Electric Cars Will Affect Oil Company Investors

"Between global warming, Elon Musk, and a worldwide crackdown on carbon, the future looks treacherous for Big Oil," argues CNN Business writer Matt Egan, calling the rise of electric vehicles "an existential threat to the oil industry." "Passenger vehicles are the No. 1 source of demand for oil -- and tomorrow's transportation system may no longer rely on the gas station." Reliance on oil will probably peak between 2030 and 2035 if countries adhere to their recent low-carbon pledges, Barclays ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Barclays, Electric, ESG, Reliance, Natixis, DNV, Matt Egan, Alvik, Mirova, Electric Cars Will Affect Oil Company Investors, Sverre Alvik, Jens Peers

Are we making artificial intelligence biased?

The tale is told of a large realm, of 1.4 billion, the largest nation in the world. It has a culture that is old, rich and grounded. A citizen’s worth can be understood, determined, exalted or decried. In modern times said country has a visionary leader for life. His foresight includes the automation of culture […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Facebook: Nick Clegg rejects calls to break up company as idea spreads

Kamala Harris is latest convert among Democratic presidential candidates while Cory Booker expresses cautionFacebook head of global affairs Nick Clegg has rejected calls for the social media giant to be broken up, an idea gaining currency among contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, with Kamala Harris seemingly its latest convert. Related: It's not enough to break up Big Tech. We need to imagine a better alternative | Evgeny Morozov Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Elizabeth Warren, Social Media, World news, US news, US politics, Nick Clegg, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Evgeny Morozov, US elections 2020

New Zealand Seeking Global Support for Pledge to Counter Extremist Content Online

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is preparing a global push called the “Christchurch Call” to compel large internet platforms to do more about extremist content in the wake of a massacre of 51 Muslims at mosque in the country in March, the New York Times reported on Sunday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Social Media, Cybersecurity, New York Times, New Zealand, Extremism, Christchurch, Jacinda Ardern


As I wrote earlier, Elizabeth (Walton)Conant was the daughter of William Walton, a leading citizen of Marblehead, Ma. He is my 9x great grandfather and I blogged about him four years ago because I am also descended from his son Samuel Walton on my grandmother Barker's side of the family. Here's some of what I previously wrote about Reverend Walton:1. Rev. William Walton was born in England about 1598. He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, England, February 18, 1G17 or '18, and took his degre...
Tags: Google, England, Boston, America, John, William, Genealogy, Family History, Samuel, Elizabeth, Mary, Walton, Barker, Martha, Hingham, Bill West

Facebook Says Breaking Up Facebook Won't Do Any Good

Thursday Facebook's co-founder called for the government to break up the company. Saturday Facebook responded, according to an article shared by Slashdot reader soldersold: Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president for global affairs and communications wrote the piece, and in it, he agrees with Hughes that "companies should be held accountable for their actions," and that tech companies such as Facebook shouldn't be the ones handling all of the "important social, political and ethical questions" f...
Tags: Facebook, France, Tech, Zuckerberg, Mark, Slashdot, Hughes, Clegg, Nick Clegg Facebook, Facebook Says Breaking Up Facebook

Audiobooks and Calibre

This particular discussion has been mentioned in a couple other threads, but I thought that I would start a new thread since I couldn't find the others. My primary audiobook database has been iTunes. The main reason is that I have been using iTunes to transfer audiobooks to my iPhone/iPad and I can put both Audible books as well as books from other sources (I've got about 30 or so from non audible sources such as the LOTR and Harry Potter audiobooks) A few months ago, I upgraded my car audio sy...
Tags: Apple, Books, Audiobook Hardware & Software

Google Accused of 'Posing' on Privacy

"You heard the headline, surely. Google is giving you privacy. Lots of privacy. Privacy here, there and everywhere. You're free. Rejoice. Leap in the air," writes Inc. columnist Chris Matyszczyk -- arguing that there's one huge and painful catch: Google needs to know everything about you because, as my colleague Bill Murphy Jr. reported, it's after as much of the advertising industry as it can swallow whole. However, Google also needs to look as if it's doing something about privacy, because pr...
Tags: Google, Tech, Chris Matyszczyk, Inc, Bill Murphy Jr

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