Apple Agrees To Notify iPhone Users If iOS Updates Will Affect Performance, UK Watchdog Says

A UK watchdog group said on Wednesday that Apple has agreed to clearly notify consumers if future iOS software updates slow down or change the performance of an iPhone. CNBC reports: The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority investigated the issue after Apple said in early 2018 that it had deliberately slowed down processor speeds through a software update on some iPhones to extend battery life. Public pressure stemming from the revelation forced Apple to provide discounted $29 battery replacem...
Tags: Apple, UK, Tech, Cma, Cnbc, U K government, U K Competition and Markets Authority

Amazon workers demand Bezos act on climate crisis

At a shareholder meeting Wednesday, the CEO refused to address workers urging the company to overhaul its climate policyAmazon’s chief executive officer, Jeff Bezos, refused to address employees demanding the company take action on the climate crisis at its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday.About 50 members of the group Amazon Employees for Climate Justice attended the event, representing 7,700 staffers who signed a letter publicly urging Amazon to overhaul its climate policy. Employees pu...
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Climate Change, US news, Jeff Bezos, Bezos, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice

Faith in Filters and the Fate of Safe Harbors

New Controversies in Intermediary Liability Law Annemarie Bridy The challenge of keeping harmful and illegal content off the Internet is as old as the Internet itself. Meeting that challenge, however, has never felt as urgent as it feels now. And technology companies have never felt so pressured to figure out how to do it quickly, at scale. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently assured members of Congress that advances in machine learning over the next few years will improve and more fully aut...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Europe, Congress, Youtube, Eu, United States, Dmca, United, Ugc, Branding, Zuckerberg, Acr, Guest Blogger

Elon Musk’s Boring Company lands $48.7M contract for underground “people mover” in Las Vegas

The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s tunneling and transportation startup, has landed a $48.7 million project to shuttle people in an underground Loop system around the Las Vegas Convention Center. This is the company’s first commercial contract. The initial design for the project, dubbed Campus Wide People Mover or CWPM, will focus on the Las Vegas Convention Center, which is currently in the midst of an expansion that is expected to be complete in time for CES 2021. The newly expanded Las Vegas ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Washington, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, The Guardian, Las Vegas, Nevada, Driver, Baltimore, Hyperloop, Downtown, TBC, Las Vegas Convention Center, McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority lays off Arizona sales team, consolidates in California

The team in Scottsdale had been working on's lead generation and marketing products, which are geared toward real estate agents. Now, all those sales efforts at will be consolidated into an office in Westlake Village, California, about 37 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Tags: Technology, California, Los Angeles, Leads, Radio, Arizona, Agent, Robert Thomson, News Corp, Lead Generation, Industry News, Scottsdale, Westlake Village, Brokerage, Select, News Brief

Google Algorithm Updates & Data Refreshes Are Different Systems

All of you know there are ranking algorithms, data refreshes and infrastructure changes - those are the big three. There are other things in search, such as feature changes, user interface changes and more. But they are all separate systems and don't all happen the same time.
Tags: Google, Seo, Google Search Engine Optimization

Brian White, A Lead Spam Fighter Leaves Google

Brian White worked at Google for over 16 years, joining the company before I started this blog back in November 2002. He worked with Matt Cutts I believe almost his whole time while at Google and fought spam side by side with him and the webspam team all those years.
Tags: Google, Seo, Search Engine Industry News, Matt Cutts, Brian White

Google Tests Renaming Posts To Updates

Mike Blumenthal spotted Google renaming the Google Posts section in the local knowledge panel from "Posts" to "Updates."
Tags: Google, Seo, Google Maps, Mike Blumenthal, Google Posts

Google Stopped Indexing The Web?

There may be a serious Google bug or it might just be a interface issue - I am not sure - but if you try to find recent content indexed by Google - Google won't be able to help you out. If you try to search for content in the past hour or so from sites like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal or almost any site, you will be out of luck.
Tags: Google, Seo, Google Search Engine, Google Google, New York Times Wall Street Journal

Google unveils a fresh new look for Search on mobile devices

Google unveiled a new look and feel today for the way it presents Google Search results on mobile, and the update has been regarded in a few corners now as somewhat News Feed-like.It's easy to see why that's the case, as the search giant's changes include putting emphasis on a website name and favicon above the search results. Whereas the source of results had previously not been so clearly emphasized, which makes the new design for showing results feel a little like scrolling throug...
Tags: Google, News, Google Search, Leach, Jamie Leach

Huawei Executive Accused of Helping Steal Trade Secrets

CNEX Labs, a Silicon Valley startup backed by Microsoft and Dell, is accusing high-level Huawei executive Eric Xu of participating in a conspiracy to steal its trade secrets (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), reports The Wall Street Journal. From a report: The Journal quotes a newly released hearing transcript that offers some details in a largely locked-down trial. According to its write-up, CNEX claims that Xu -- one of Huawei's rotating chairmen -- "directed a Huawei engineer to...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Silicon Valley, Dell, Huawei, Journal, Huang, Xu, Xiamen University, Eric Xu, CNEX Labs, Yiren Ronnie Huang, CNEX, Journal Huawei

Apple Watches get steep smartwatch discounts for Memorial Day

If you've been thinking about picking up a new wearable, an Apple Watch is one of the best smartwatches you can buy. With Memorial Day sales from Walmart and Amazon springing up all over the place, now is a great time to save. The post Apple Watches get steep smartwatch discounts for Memorial Day appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Mobile, Wearables, Trends, Walmart

Phones Can Now Tell Who Is Carrying Them From Their Users' Gaits

PolygamousRanchKid shares an excerpt from a report via The Economist: Most online fraud involves identity theft, which is why businesses that operate on the web have a keen interest in distinguishing impersonators from genuine customers. Passwords help. But many can be guessed or are jotted down imprudently. Newer phones, tablets, and laptop and desktop computers often have beefed-up security with fingerprint and facial recognition. But these can be spoofed. To overcome these shortcomings the ne...
Tags: Tech, Economist, Apple Google, LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Meet the power players at Netflix leading the streaming giant's defense against Disney and other rivals (NFLX)

Netflix is about to face a bevy of new streaming-video competitors — some larger, with more experience developing TV and film, and with deeper pockets than itself. Disney, WarnerMedia, and Apple are all launching subscription services in 2019. Netflix is focusing on its growing international audience, building its reputation for Hollywood-grade films and children's programming, and inking distribution deals with more wireless and TV providers to keep growing its subscriber base, in spite of th...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Asia, Orange Is The New Black, Japan, Hbo, New York, Hollywood, Shonda Rhimes, Nbc, Yahoo, Abc, California, Stanford, India

Boom wants to build a supersonic jet for mainstream passengers; here’s its game plan

While much of the world remains fixated on the competition to build autonomous cars, there’s another race that’s gaining momentum fast. It centers on supersonic jets that can fly faster than the speed of sound, or 767 miles per hour. Indeed, while most commercial airliners today fly at between 400 and 650 miles per hour — largely because it’s more economical to burn fuel more slowly — a spate of startups is borrowing from the age of the legendary Concorde to build planes that they say will fly a...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Transportation, Y Combinator, New York, London, Wikipedia, Boston, Groupon, Tech, Atlanta, Shanghai, Venture Capital, Tokyo, Virgin Group, Boom

Millions of Golfers Land In Privacy Hazard After Cloud Misconfig

Millions of golfer records from the Game Golf app, including GPS details from courses played, usernames and passwords, and even Facebook login data, were all exposed for anyone with an internet browser to see -- a veritable hole-in-one for a cyberattacker looking to build profiles for potential victims, to be used in follow-on social-engineering attacks. Threatpost reports: Security Discovery researcher Bob Diachenko recently ran across an Elastic database that was not password-protected and thu...
Tags: Google, Facebook, San Francisco, Tech, Fowler, Bob Diachenko, Jeremiah Fowler

Cala Health Secures $50M to Launch Anti-Tremor Wrist Device

Cala Health announced this week it raised $50 million in a Series C financing that will fund the market introduction of its wristwatch-like device that delivers nerve stimulation as a remedy for tremors of the hands.New investors Novartis, Baird Capital, LifeSci Venture Partners and TriVentures participated in the fundraising round, and were joined by all of the company’s previous investors, including Lux Capital, Lightstone Ventures, Action Potential Venture Capital, dRx Capital, GV—the invest...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Mobile, Wearables, Hardware, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Devices, Vc

Consumer Reports: Latest Autopilot 'Far Less Competent Than a Human'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In recent weeks, Tesla has been pushing out a new version of Autopilot with automatic lane-change capabilities to Model 3s -- including one owned by Consumer Reports. So the group dispatched several drivers to highways around the group's car-testing center in Connecticut to test the feature. The results weren't good. The "latest version of Tesla's automatic lane-changing feature is far less competent than a human driver," Consumer Reports de...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Ars Technica, Connecticut, Jake Fisher, Keith Barry

Making Meaningful Connections that Drive Business Success

Behind every great entrepreneur there is usually someone (or several someones) who helped guide them on the path to achieving greatness. Many entrepreneurs credit teachers, mentors and colleagues who left a lasting impression, changing the course of their lives in some meaningful way. That’s been the case for Patrick Campbell as he transitioned from working for the government, to Google to the start-up world and eventually founding his own company. Today, Patrick is the CEO of Profi...
Tags: Google, Podcast, Featured, Navy, Boston, Pr, United States, SaaS, Cto, Andy Grove, Entrepreneurism, Peter, Patrick, Patrick Campbell, Hyman Rickover, The Successlab Podcast

Crowdfunded Android Console Ouya Will Be Shut Down On June 25th

Razer, the gaming hardware manufacturing company that purchased Ouya's software assets in mid-2015, announced today that the crowdfunded Android console will cease functioning on June 25th. "That date will mark the unremarkable end of what began as a runaway Kickstarter success story: the inexpensive Ouya mini-console was powered by Android and introduced games such as TowerFall," reports The Verge. "But despite being positioned as the indie console, Ouya never quite took off after its $8.5 mill...
Tags: Android TV, Tech, Razer, Ouya

Google’s URL Parameter Tool Does Not Remove URLs From Search Results via @MattGSouthern

Google's John Mueller cleared up a misconception about the URL parameter tool in Search Console, saying it doesn't remove URLs.The post Google’s URL Parameter Tool Does Not Remove URLs From Search Results via @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, News, Seo, John Mueller

Mona Lisa frown: Machine learning brings old paintings and photos to life

Machine learning researchers have produced a system that can recreate lifelike motion from just a single frame of a person’s face, opening up the possibility of animating not just photos but also of paintings. It’s not perfect, but when it works, it is — like much AI work these days — eerie and fascinating. The model is documented in a paper published by Samsung AI Center, which you can read it here on Arxiv. It’s a new method of applying facial landmarks on a source face — any talking head will...
Tags: Science, Samsung, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Marilyn Monroe, Moscow, Machine Learning, Berkeley, Facial Recognition, Einstein, Mona Lisa, Deepfakes, Samsung AI Center

Google’s Duplex calls still frequently require human intervention

When Google launched Duplex with a demo at I/O last year, the audience was left wondering how much of the call was staged. The AI-based reservation booking service seemed almost too impressive to be a machine. Now that it’s been used for real-world reservations, Google has revealed that it frequently isn’t. The company recently told The New York Times that Duplex calls are often still made by human operators at call centers. Roughly a quarter of calls start with a live human voice. Of the cal...
Tags: Google, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, The New York Times, Duplex, Google Duplex

Panic’s Playdate is a pint-sized gaming machine with a ‘season’ of 12 intriguing titles

Tired of your smartphone games, and don’t want to take the Switch with you on the train today? Panic, renowned creator of useful Mac apps and more recently publisher of interesting games, has created a tiny handheld console that goes anywhere and receives a regular trickle of new games. It’s called Playdate. One has to admire the gumption of jumping into a space that has been so thoroughly dominated by Nintendo and smartphones over the last decade that hardly anyone has even attempted to brea...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Tech, Nintendo, Gaming Console, Panic, Takahashi, Greg Maletic, Crankin, Playdate, Zach Gage, Maletic, Keita Takahashi Katamari Damacy Bennett Foddy

Panic’s Playmate is a pint-sized gaming machine with a ‘season’ of 12 intriguing titles

Tired of your smartphone games, and don’t want to take the Switch with you on the train today? Panic, renowned creator of useful Mac apps and more recently publisher of interesting games, has created a tiny handheld console that goes anywhere and receives a regular trickle of new games. It’s called Playdate. One has to admire the gumption of jumping into a space that has been so thoroughly dominated by Nintendo and smartphones over the last decade that hardly anyone has even attempted to brea...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Tech, Nintendo, Gaming Console, Panic, Takahashi, Greg Maletic, Crankin, Playdate, Zach Gage, Maletic, Keita Takahashi Katamari Damacy Bennett Foddy

Google’s Duplex Uses A.I. to Mimic Humans (Sometimes)

In a free service, bots call restaurants and make reservations. The technology is impressive, except for when the caller is actually a person.
Tags: Google, News, Hotels, Restaurants, Smartphones, Artificial Intelligence, Google Inc, ETC, Mobile Applications, Android (Operating System, Reservations (Airlines

It's About to Get Much More Difficult to Fly DJI Drones Into Planes

Last year, when a Robinson R22 crashed outside of Charleston, South Carolina, the student pilot and instructor in the helicopter said they lost control of the aircraft as they tried to avoid a DJI Phantom quadcopter. The incident could have been one of the first drone-caused aircraft crashes in the U.S.Read more...
Tags: Science, Flying, Drones, Airplanes, Uavs, Robinson, Charleston South Carolina

Digital Trends Live: Huawei updates, Starlink launch, and Pac-Man’s birthday

On this episode of DT Live, we discuss the ongoing Huawei saga, Amazon’s social games for workers, Ford's partnership with a robotics company, the Starlink satellite launch, Pac-Man’s birthday, and more. The post Digital Trends Live: Huawei updates, Starlink launch, and Pac-Man’s birthday appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Android, Gaming, Trends, Ford, Huawei, Pac-Man, Emerging Tech, StarLink, Dt Live, Digital Trends Live

Apple Is Testing Private Web Ads on Safari So You Feel Less Creeped Out While Shopping

Ads are the bane of the internet. On top of being an eyesore, by now everyone’s had that experience of googling an item, only to find targeted ads for that same product follow you across the web. It’s creepy, and today, Apple announced in a blog post that it’s working on a way to make the ads you see while browsing on…
Tags: Apple, Science, Privacy, Safari, Browsers, Ads

Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Speaks Out Against 'Always-On' Work Culture

At The Wall Street Journal's Future of Everything Festival on Tuesday, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian spoke out against the toxicity of "hustle porn" and how always-on work culture creates "broken" people. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from the report: I've spoken out quite a bit about things like 'hustle porn,' and this ceremony of showing off on social [media] about how hard you're working," said Mr. Ohanian, who previously co-founded online discussion forum Reddit. "Y'all see it on ...
Tags: Tech, Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, Reddit Co, Ohanian

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