Essential Debuts Phone, Just Cut in Half and With a Creepy Backstory

Here’s something to raise your eyebrows. Essential, the company founded in 2015 by disgraced former Google exec Andy Rubin, released images of its Project Gem smartphone on Tuesday—and it basically looks like a phone chopped down the middle.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Gadgets, Science, Technology, Smartphones, Phones, Andy Rubin, Essential, Essential Phone

581 I'm tired of the restrictions my mono husband puts on me

After four years, listener Newseeker is tired of asking her husband's permission every time she wants to go on a date with her partner of three years. How long should she accommodate his slow pace? 0:00 Introduction and host chat If you’re under 18, visit We have new FAQs! The Discuss, distract, do exercise to help deal with event-based jealousy When to come out We’re slowly uploading episodes 1-40 on our LibSyn page to the archives of 2005 4:00 Poly in the news Poly paren...
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Tech leaders and policy makers talk regulation at GeekWire Summit

More than 800 people in tech, policy, media and business swarmed downtown Seattle’s Hyatt Regency on Tuesday for the first full day of the 2019 GeekWire Summit. The eighth annual technology conference highlighted investment trends and explored concerns around surveillance and regulation. In a morning discussion about security technology moderated by Geekwire’s Monica Nickelsburg, panelists […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Seattle, Hyatt Regency, GeekWire, Monica Nickelsburg

Google Begins Showing User-Generated Images in Product Reviews via @MattGSouthern

Google is introducing user-generated images in product reviews on Google Shopping.The post Google Begins Showing User-Generated Images in Product Reviews via @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, News, Mobile Search, Seo

California Bans Political Deepfakes During Election Season

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: California has passed a law meant to prevent altered "deepfake" videos from influencing elections, in a plan that has raised free speech concerns. Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 730, which makes it a crime to distribute audio or video that gives a false, damaging impression of a politician's words or actions. The law applies to any candidate within 60 days of an election, but includes some exceptions. News media will be exempt ...
Tags: California, Tech, Gavin Newsom, Newsom

What the hell is up with this Essential device?

Essential CEO Andy Rubin has been pretty silent over the past year for, well, lots of reasons — both business and otherwise. The company has struggled to sell devices, reportedly shipping only 88,000 handsets in its first year. On a far more serious note, Rubin has been plagued by reports of inappropriate behavior during his time at Google. A bombshell report from The New York Times highlighted sexual misconduct accusations prior to his receiving a $90 million exit package from the company.  ...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Hardware, Tech, New York Times, Rubin, Andy Rubin, Essential, Galaxy Fold

Teens Choose YouTube Over Netflix For the First Time, Survey Finds

According to Piper Jaffray's fall 2019 survey, teens prefer watching videos on YouTube more than Netflix. CNBC reports: Piper Jaffray found 37% of teens surveyed are streaming video most often on the Google-owned platform, narrowly edging out longtime leader Netflix, which came in at 35%. The firm attributed the shift to YouTube's diversified content library, which includes a "wide array of teen-oriented content" like music videos, video game playthroughs, how-to videos and videos from social me...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Youtube, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Hulu, Piper Jaffray, Netflix CNBC

Twitter Took Phone Numbers for Security and Used Them for Advertising

When some users provided Twitter with their phone number to make their account more secure, the company used this information for advertising purposes, the company said today. From a report: This isn't the first time that a large social network has taken information explicitly meant for the purposes of security, and then quietly or accidentally use it for something else entirely. Facebook did something similar with phone numbers provided by users for two-factor authentication, the company confir...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Tech, Twitter Took Phone Numbers for Security, Partner Audiences

Looking for a job selling weed? EpicHint pitches training for cannabis dispensary ‘budtenders’

Adriana Herrera first came up with the idea for EpicHint, a training and staffing service for cannabis dispensaries, while she was surfing off the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. Decompressing after the dissolution of her last startup venture — her second attempt at running her own business — Herrera realized quickly that surfing and #vanlife wasn’t her ultimate calling. The serial entrepreneur had previously founded FashioningChange, a recommendation engine for sustainable shopping, back in 2011. The ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Tech, Cannabis, Oaxaca, Herrera, EpicHint, Adriana Herrera

Microsoft Plans To Bring Internet Access To 40 Million People By 2022

Almost 30 years after the World Wide Web was first invented, there are still billions of people that don't have access to any sort of internet connectivity. Microsoft wants to change that by using its 2017 Airband Initiative to streamline efforts to build out internet access across Africa, Latin America and Asia. "Moving forward, the company plans to connect 40 million people across the world to the internet by 2022," reports Engadget. From the report: Initially, Microsoft will focus on rural an...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Latin America, Sub Saharan Africa, Africa Latin America, Texas Read, Asia Moving, Iowa Illinois Kansas Nebraska Oklahoma

California's Largest Utility to Shut Off Power to 800,000 Customers Due to Wildfire Risk

Power shutoffs are slated to hit customers in 34 of California’s 58 counties between Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon due to high risk of wildfires, with utility company Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) saying it expected nearly 800,000 customers to be affected.Read more...
Tags: Energy, Science, Technology, Climate Change, California, Environment, Infrastructure, Wildfires, Pge, Pacific Gas and Electric, Pacific Gas and Electricity PG E

'Collapse OS' Is An Open-Source Operating System For the Post-Apocalypse

Collapse OS is a new open-source operating system built specifically for use during humanity's darkest days. According to its creator, software developer Virgil Dupras, Collapse OS is what the people of the future will need to reconfigure their scavenged iPhones. For now, though, he's hosting the project on GitHub and looking for contributors. Motherboard reports: According to the Collapse OS site, Dupras envisions a world where the global supply chain collapses by 2030. In this possible future ...
Tags: Tech, Reddit, Post Apocalypse, Dupras, Virgil Dupras, Reddit Dupras

‘A Christmas Carol’ Musical With Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell is Headed to Apple

Unlike Ebeneezer Scrooge before his ghost-inspired transformation, Apple isn’t afraid to spend tons of money. The company has won a bidding war for a new take on A Christmas Carol from Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell. Netflix, Warner Bros., and Paramount were all vying for the movie, but it was Apple who emerged the victor, agreeing to large chunks of change for Reynolds and Ferrell, ensuring that they’ll both have happy holidays. THR has the scoop on Apple scoring a big win with A Christmas ...
Tags: Apple, Movies, Netflix, Adaptation, Charles Dickens, Musical, Ryan-Reynolds, Will-Ferrell, Paramount, Carol, Variety, Dickens, Ferrell, John Morris, Reynolds, Albert Finney

Report: WeWork expected to cut 500 tech roles

The WeWork saga continues this week with new reports the company may slash as many as 500 tech roles. The co-working business, who’s eccentric co-founder and chief executive officer Adam Neumann stepped down two weeks ago, is expected to let go of 350 employees within its corporate division, The Information reports. Initial cuts will be within the software engineering, product management and data science teams. Another 150 roles may be dissolved as the company looks to sell several assets, in...
Tags: Startups, New York, Workplace, Finance, Ipo, Tech, Venture Capital, The Wall Street Journal, WeWork, Financial Services, Meetup, Software Engineering, Product Management, Conductor, Jpmorgan, Neumann

Ylopo, BoomTown highlighted in Facebook’s real estate trends report

Facebook's 2019 Real Estate Trends and Insights report cites success stories from brokerages using Ylopo and BoomTown.
Tags: Mobile, Facebook, Technology, Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Radio, Industry News, Facebook Pixel, News Brief, Boomtown, Industry Reports, dynamic Faecbook ads, Facebook real estate trends and insights, Ylopo

Android creator’s tweet shows off a remote-shaped Essential Android phone

Andy Rubin tweeted images of what could be the second Essential Phone. The new device looks bar-shaped, kind of like a remote control, and has a new user interface.
Tags: Android, Mobile, News, Trends, Andy Rubin, Essential, Essential Phone

Here’s how to use Sidecar in MacOS Catalina to make your iPad a second screen

Want to use Catalina's Sidecar feature? It can be particularly helpful for creators who need to use multiple screens. Here's a handy guide to everything you'll need to set up MacOS Catalina's new second screen support feature.
Tags: Apple, Trends, Computing, Sidecar, Macs, Catalina, Macos Catalina

Google exploited homeless black people to develop the Pixel 4’s facial recognition AI

The US city of Atlanta, Georgia alleged last week that contractors working on behalf of Google used confusing, aggressive tactics to exploit black people in order to obtain their likeness for facial recognition AI research. Now Google‘s responded, saying the contractors were conducting work related to the Pixel 4’s face unlock feature, and that it’s suspended the program. The research in question was conducted by temporary workers for Randstad, a company under contract with Google. The objective...
Tags: Google, Startups, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Atlanta Georgia, Randstad

Google Ads Lets Users Optimize Video Ads at the Campaign Level via @MattGSouthern

Google Ads is letting advertisers set conversion actions at the campaign level for video ads.The post appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, News, Seo, Paid Search

FBI's Use of Surveillance Database Violated Americans' Privacy Rights: Court

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: Some of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's electronic surveillance activities violated the constitutional privacy rights of Americans swept up in a controversial foreign intelligence program (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), a secretive surveillance court has ruled. The ruling deals a rare rebuke to U.S. spying activities that have generally withstood legal challenge or review. The intelligence community disclose...
Tags: Tech, Fbi, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Trump, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, James Boasberg

Instagram launches Create mode with On This Day throwbacks

Instagram has finally turned Throwback Thursday into an official feature. It’s part of the new Instagram “Create” mode that launches today in Stories, bringing the app beyond the camera. Create makes Instagram a more omni-purpose social network with the flexibility to adapt to a broader range of content formats. For now, the highlight of Create is the “On This Day” option that shows a random feed post you shared on the same calendar date in the past. Tap the dice button to view a different On...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Giphy, Instagram Stories, Instagram Create

Andy Rubin, the creator of Android who left Google after a sexual misconduct allegation, is tweeting again to tease a weird, new phone-like gadget (GOOGL)

Essential CEO Andy Rubin on Tuesday tweeted out images of what looks to be a new kind of smartphone. The device would be Essential's first smartphone in two years and comes a year after it reportedly cancelled its second model and laid off 30% of its staff. The new phone is long and slender and will have a new kind of user interface, Rubin said. Rubin, the creator of the Android operating system and a former Google executive, has largely stayed out of the public eye since a news report last y...
Tags: Google, Navy, Trends, New York Times, Rubin, Doherty, Andy Rubin, Essential, Shari Doherty

Boeing backs Virgin Galactic with strategic $20M investment

Virgin Galactic has $20 million more to pursue its goal of space tourism with a new investment from Boeing announced this morning. The two companies are both deeply involved in human spaceflight, but in different ways — and Boeing seems to feel that it’s better to join Virgin than try to beat them at this particular game. VG is well on its way to its goal of being the first company to offer “routine, consistent and affordable” space tourism, though obviously the last item is relative. Its spa...
Tags: Space, Funding, Tech, Virgin Galactic, Virgin, Richard Branson, New Mexico, Aerospace, Boeing, Branson, Chamath Palihapitiya, Spaceport America, Saudia Arabia, George Whitesides, Accion Systems, Khashoggi

Senator Proposes Mandatory Labeling For Products With Mics, Cameras

Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced a bill, dubbed the Protecting Privacy in our Homes Act, that would require tech companies to include a label on products disclosing the presence of internet-connected microphones or cameras. "The proposed law does not define what kind of labels would need to be appended but rather would order the Federal Trade Commission to put in place specific regulations 'under which each covered manufacturer shall be required to include on the packaging of each cover...
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Twitter says it mistakenly used phone numbers for ads

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter says it mistakenly used the phone numbers and email addresses people provided for security purposes to show advertisements to its users. The company said Tuesday that it “inadvertently” used the emails and phone numbers to let advertisers match people to their own marketing lists. Twitter is not saying how many […]
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The Oculus Quest is the perfect introduction to VR gaming — here's how it works and the best apps and games to get started

  Turning an uninterested family member or friend on to VR can be a challenge. But with the right headset, apps, and games, they will be surprised by how accessible and fun it really is. The Oculus Quest VR headset is a simple, portable device that is great for those looking to dip their toes into the virtual-reality waters. No wires, no computer, no TV screen are needed to play the Oculus Quest All-In-One VR, which retails at and model that I opted for.   Selfishly, we like to share ...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Trends, Netflix, Brooklyn, Vr, Andy, Esther, Quest, Beat Saber, Michael Scott Again, Erin Netflix, Virtual Lounge Lounge, Esther s VR, Netflix Spark

How to change the language on an Apple Watch, and make it differ from the language on your paired iPhone

You can change the language on your Apple Watch using the Language & Region settings of the Watch app to make it display a different language than your paired iPhone. Your Apple Watch is designed to "mirror" the language used on your iPhone, so by default it'll use whichever language is set on that device, but you can make the two devices differ. Once you add languages to the watch, you can switch among them by changing the Preferred Language Order.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more...
Tags: Apple, Samsung, Trends, Siri, Apple Watch

Stream transfer feature moves your music around the house using Google Assistant

This new Google Assistant feature lets you move podcasts, music and videos from one Google device to another throughout your home.
Tags: Google, Spotify, News, Trends, Pandora, Smart Home, Youtube Music, Google Home, Nest Hub Max, Nest Hub, Stream transfer

Everyone's AirPods will die. We've got the trick to replacing them.

"Sorry, we can't help you," said the Apple store Genius. My AirPods were dying. After just 15 minutes of use, the wireless headphones I use daily chirp a sad little battery-depleted alert. I came to Apple to get them repaired.The... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Apple, Business

Europe’s recharged antitrust chief makes her five year pitch to be digital EVP

Europe’s competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, set for a dual role in the next Commission, faced three hours of questions from members of four committees in the European Parliament this afternoon, as MEPs got their chance to interrogate her priorities for a broader legislative role that will shape pan-EU digital strategy for the next five years. As we reported last month Vestager is headed for an expanded role in the incoming European Commission with president-elect Ursula von der Leye...
Tags: Google, Startups, Europe, China, Elizabeth Warren, US, America, Eu, Commission, European Commission, Silicon Valley, European Parliament, Broadcom, Margrethe Vestager, Vestager, Member States

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