Donald Trump lets the world know he misses the iPhone’s home button

President Donald Trump has tweeted Apple CEO Tim Cook — and the rest of his 66 million followers — to let him know how much he misses the iPhone's physical home button.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, Donald Trump, President Trump

Why Ants Are Practically Immune To Traffic Jams

ScienceAlert reports on a new study published in the journal eLife that explains for the first time how ants are immune to traffic jams, even under crowded conditions. From the report: By cooperating in a self-organized system, researchers have found that Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) can adapt to different road conditions and prevent clogging from ever occurring. All it takes is a little selflessness and restraint - something we humans should maybe consider. Filming 170 repeat experiments...
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Microsoft Beats Amazon To Win the Pentagon's $10 Billion JEDI Cloud Contract

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The U.S. government has awarded a giant $10 billion cloud contract to Microsoft, the Department of Defense has confirmed. Known as Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), the contract will provide the Pentagon with cloud services for basic storage and power all the way up to artificial intelligence processing, machine learning, and the ability to process mission-critical workloads. It's a key contract for Microsoft as the company battle...
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Don Valentine, who founded Sequoia Capital, has died at age 87

Sequoia Capital founder Don Valentine passed way at his home in Woodside, Ca., today at age 87 of natural causes. Sequoia posted a tribute to Valentine shortly afterward, calling him “one of a generation of leaders who forged Silicon Valley.” A native of New York, Valentine majored in chemistry at Fordham University before joining Raytheon in South California, then moving north to the Bay Area to work at Fairchild Semiconductor, where over the years, Valentine began investing his own small...
Tags: TC, Tech, Venture Capital, Sequoia Capital, Tom Perkins, Don Valentine

Trump Subtweets Apple About Ditching the Home Button Years After the Fact

Seemingly out of the blue Friday, Donald Trump decided to weigh in via his usual presidential soapbox, Twitter, on an unexpected subject: Apple’s UI decisions. So, as I’m sure you’re now wondering, what does the commander in chief think about the company’s recently released iPhone 11 series?Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Donald Trump, Home Button, Let It Go Dude

HBO Max Will Reportedly Get a Cheaper, Ad-Supported Tier In 2021

According to Reuters, AT&T is exploring an ad-supported tier for HBO Max that would launch in 2021. "That's one year after HBO Max is expected to launch as an ad-free subscription service," reports The Verge. "Reuters suggests that HBO Max is likely to cost more than HBO's current standalone streaming service, HBO Now ($15 a month), which is on par with earlier reports. However, FierceVideo recently reported that analysts believe HBO Max could cost as low as $8 a month through an ad-supported of...
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How the Genre-Defying NVDES Became Apple’s ‘House Band’

Traditionally, artists have struggled with the idea of selling their music to advertisers. And others, such as Arcade Fire and Adele, have steadfastly refused, citing artistic integrity. But the relationship between creatives and corporations is only getting stronger with the rise of labels like AWOL and Kobalt, and Josh Ocean, the artist who is signed to […]
Tags: Apple, News, Awal, Kobalt Music

Microsoft wins Pentagon’s $10B JEDI contract, thwarting Amazon

The Department of Defense on Friday awarded a $10 billion technology contract to Microsoft, in what was a closely scrutinized contest after President Donald Trump said he might intervene in the hard-fought commercial battle.
Tags: Amazon, Business, Technology, News, Microsoft, Local News, Eastside, Nation & World

Man Kept Getting Drunk Without Drinking. Docs Found Brewer's Yeast In His Guts

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: After years of inexplicably getting drunk without drinking alcohol, having mood swings and bouts of aggression, landing a DWI charge on the way to work one morning, and suffering a head injury in a drunken fall, an otherwise healthy 46-year-old North Carolina man finally got confirmation of having alcohol-fermenting yeasts overrunning his innards, getting him sloshed any time he ate carbohydrate-laden meals. Through the years, medical profes...
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VC Ben Horowitz on WeWork, Uber, and one cultural value his employees can’t break

Ben Horowitz, the co-founder of the venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, has a new book coming out this coming Monday titled “What You Do is Who You Are,” that takes a look at how to create “culture” at a company. It’s a word that’s thrown around a lot but very hard grasp, let alone implement in a sustainable way. Horowitz learned firsthand as a CEO how elusive it can be when he took stock of his company, only to discover it was made up of “screamers who intimidated their people,” others who “ne...
Tags: TC, Tech, Culture, Venture Capital, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz

Security Researcher Gets Access To Thousands of Automatic Pet Feeders By Xiaomi

New submitter arkamax writes: A security researcher based in Russia discovered that her research (article in Russian, Google Translate) into API for a new automatic pet feeder manufactured by Xiaomi resulted in obtaining full control of approximately 10,950 of similar devices across the world. She found ways to access logs of those pet feeders, change their settings, invoke manual feeding or completely delete all feeding schedules. She mentioned that the feeder is based on a widely known ESP8266...
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City of Johannesburg Hit by Ransomware, Again

A hacker group going by the name of Shadow Kill Hackers has infected the city of Johannesburg's internal network with ransomware and is holding South Africa's largest city for ransom. From a report: The hackers are demanding 4 bitcoins to be paid by next Monday, October 28, 5 pm, local time, or they claim they'll upload the city's data on the internet. "Your servers and data have been hacked," the ransom note reads, according to reports from local media [1, 2, 3, 4] and a screenshot posted on Tw...
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Man Sues AT&T, Saying He Lost $1.8 Million In Cryptocurrency With SIM Card Hack

A California man is suing AT&T after he says one of its employees allowed a hacker to access his cell phone number that resulted in his data being compromised and more than $1.8 million in cryptocurrency stolen from his accounts. ABC News reports: Seth Shapiro says that an AT&T employee allowed a hacker to swap his phone number from his phone to a separate device, which resulted in "the compromise of highly sensitive personal and financial information and the theft of more than $1.8 million," ac...
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IrisVision: A Smartphone/Goggles Combination Intended to be a Cheaper, Less-Invasive Alternative to Retinal Chip Implants for the Visually Impaired

The deterioration of eyesight is terrifying. As I get older, I now have to use my smartphone to photograph labels and other tiny text, then pinch and zoom on the image to read it. I recently received a subscription to Car & Driver as a gift, and discovered that the magazine's font size is too small for me to read.For me, that's a mild hassle. For the millions of folks who have worse vision than mine--those who suffer from macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, and glau...
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NASA’s VIPER lunar rover will hunt water on the Moon in 2022

NASA is looking for liquid gold on the Moon — not oil, but plain-old water. If we’re going to have a permanent presence there, we’ll need it, so learning as much as we can about it is crucial. That’s why the agency is sending a rover called VIPER to the Moon’s south pole — its first long-term surface mission since 1972. VIPER, or the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, will touch down in December 2022 if all goes according to plan. Its mission: directly observe and quantify the p...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Space, Science, Hardware, Tech, Nasa, Robotics, Artemis

White House cybersecurity chief quits, says leadership is inviting an attack

White House computer security Chief Dimitrios Vistakis gave the White House one helluva resignation notice earlier this week when he quit over practices he dubbed “absurd” including the systemic purging of cybersecurity staff. They say that history repeats itself. Unfortunately given all of the changes I’ve seen in the past three months, I foresee the White House is posturing itself to be electronically compromised once again. Allowing for a large portion of institutional knowledge to concurrent...
Tags: Security, Startups, Politics, Tech, United States

iPhone Users Are Accidentally Deleting Their Emails Thanks to Apple's Boneheaded UI Update

It’s honestly impressive how much a small change can derail our routine, especially when we’re used to muscle memory taking the wheel for those million and one itty bitty tasks each day no one has time to think about.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Science, Ios 13

Algorithms Will Be 'Driving the Majority of Facebook News,' Says Facebook

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook's news section, which was previously reported to be imminent, is here: The company is rolling out Facebook News in a limited test in the U.S. as a home screen tab and bookmark in the main Facebook app. In a blog post, Facebook's Campbell Brown (vice president of global news partnerships) and Mona Sarantakos (product manager, news) said that news articles will continue to appear in the main News Feed. However, they said that creating a...
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Microsoft Wins $10 Billion Pentagon Cloud Contract, Beating Amazon

Microsoft has been awarded the sought-after JEDI cloud computing contract with the Pentagon valued as much as $10 billion over a decade, the Defense Department said in a statement on Friday night. The decision deals a blow to, which had been seen as the most likely winner in a deal whose terms were hotly […]
Tags: Amazon, Business, Technology, News, Microsoft, Nation & World

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Arrives Amid China Controversy

The latest Call Of Duty (CoD) game has been released, amid calls to boycott its publisher's products. From a report: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare is the sixteenth major title in the series, which is one of the best-selling games franchises of all time. Activision Blizzard has faced criticism for punishing an e-sports competitor who voiced support for the Hong Kong protests at another game's event. Some fans said they had cancelled their pre-orders of CoD as a consequence. But industry watchers s...
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Pentagon hands Microsoft $10B ‘war cloud’ deal, snubs Amazon

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Pentagon has awarded Microsoft a $10 billion cloud computing contract , snubbing the early front-runner Amazon, whose participation drew criticism from President Donald Trump, among others. Bidding for the huge project, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, pitted leading tech titans Microsoft, Amazon, Oracle and IBM against […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Nation

Crossing Divides: How a social network could save democracy from deadlock

An online tool developed in Taiwan could help defuse political rows across the globe.
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How a social network could save democracy from deadlock

An online tool developed in Taiwan could help defuse political rows across the globe.
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Facebook’s Pretty Sure It Won’t Fuck Up the News This Time

On Friday, Facebook started tests of what seems like its umpteenth attempt at handling journalism on the platform—a dedicated Facebook News section for users that lives separately from the standard News Feed on its mobile app and licenses content from the outlets writing it.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Technology, Social Media, Journalism, Facebook News News

Nearly 7.5 Million Adobe Creative Cloud Users Exposed To Hackers

Nearly 7.5 million Adobe Creative Cloud users are left open to phishing campaigns after their records were left exposed to the internet. Threatpost reports: Adobe Creative Cloud, which has an estimated 15 million subscribers, is a monthly service that gives users access to a suite of popular Adobe products such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Audition, After Effects and others. Comparitech partnered with security researcher Bob Diachenko to uncover the exposed datab...
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In a victory over Amazon, Microsoft wins $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract

The U.S. Department of Defense today announced that Microsoft has won its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract, worth up to $10B over a period of ten years. With this, Microsoft will provide infrastructure and platform services for both the Pentagon’s business and mission operations. “The National Defense Strategy dictates that we must improve the speed and effectiveness with which we develop and deploy modernized technical capabilities to our women and men in uniform...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Cloud, Business, Microsoft, Tech, Department Of Defense, President, Pentagon, Chief Information Officer, Pentagon JEDI contract

Tesla’s new Solar Roof costs less than a new roof plus solar panels, aims for install rate of 1K per week

Tesla has launched the third iteration of its solar roof tile for residential home use, which it officially detailed in a blog post on Friday and in a call with media. Tesla CEO Elon Musk kicked off the call with some explanatory remarks on the V3 Solar Roof, and then took a number of questions. The company says it’ll begin installations in the coming weeks (Musk says some installations have already begun) and that it hopes to ramp production to as many as 1,000 new roofs per week. Tesla’s...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Construction, Solar Power, GreenTech, Solar Panel, Green Energy, Roof, Green Tech

Comcast Slides Reveal It's Lobbying Against Plans to Encrypt Browser Data: Report

Comcast, one of the largest and most reviled internet service providers in the country, has reportedly been lobbying against efforts by companies like Mozilla and Google to switch on or test, respectively, a tool for encrypting your browser history, thereby making it trickier for ISPs to snoop on it.Read more...
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How to Use Pixel 4 Facial Recognition on LastPass

Despite being so new, plenty of third-party apps already support some of the Pixel 4's unique features. One of those apps just happens to be one of our favorite password managers, LastPass, which supports the Pixel 4's biometric unlock capabilities.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Security, Lifehacks, Facial Recognition, Password Managers, Lastpass, Google Pixel

The FCC is Using Streaming Services as an Excuse To Raise Cable Rates

The rise of streaming services could give cable companies an excuse to raise rates under a Federal Communications Commission order handed down on October 25th. From a report: The order, which comes in response to a petition by Charter, finds that AT&T's TV Now streaming service qualifies as reasonable competition for conventional cable, opening the door to a massive deregulation in monopoly cable markets. Under the Cable Act of 1992, local regulators are permitted to regulate cable prices in mar...
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