IBM Research Created a New Battery That May Outperform Lithium-Ion, Doesn't Use Conflict Minerals

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: [S]cientists at IBM Research have developed a new battery whose unique ingredients can be extracted from seawater instead of mining. The problems with the design of current battery technologies like lithium-ion are well known, we just tend to turn a blind eye when it means our smartphones can run for a full day without a charge. In addition to lithium, they require heavy metals like cobalt, manganese, and nickel which come from giant mines that p...
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IBM to Google: Istio, Knative, TensorFlow should be under 'open governance' (the register)

And by the way, sorry about Swift and Kitura Interview  What does a £63m investment even mean in a country where you don't need to declare cash flow?… [Author: Tim Anderson]
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Thoughts on technology in music

This is an excerpt of a conversation I had with Ken Vandermark on July 1, 2019 as part of the Option Series at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago. Technology and Music from Jeff Albert on Vimeo.
Tags: Music, Technology, Chicago, Jazz, Thoughts, Ken Vandermark, Jeff Albert

A highly subjective list of some of this year’s notable young startups

I’m not a venture capitalist. I don’t play one on TV, either (though I might if anyone asked!). Still, after many years of covering startups, including as an editor with TechCrunch, in a daily newsletter I publish called StrictlyVC, and at numerous media outlets before that (anyone remember the early years of Red Herring magazine?), there have always been startups that stand out a little more than others. This is not to say that what I find intriguing will be a predictor of success. A lot of gre...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Navy, Boston, India, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Paypal, Earth, Cambodia, Jordan, Oakland, Berkeley, Duke

How I fully quit Google (and you can, too)

Over the past six months, I have gone on a surprisingly tough, time-intensive, and enlightening quest — to quit using, entirely, the products of just one company — Google. What should be a simple task was, in reality, many hours of research and testing. But I did it. Today, I am Google-free, part of the western world’s ultimate digital minority, someone who does not use products from the world’s two most valuable technology companies (yes, I don’t use Facebook either). I made this guide to show ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Tech, Syndication

Brookline Votes To Ban Face Surveillance

The town of Brookline, Massachusetts, became the fifth municipality in the nation to ban its government agencies from using face surveillance. The passage of Article 25 comes as a new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) found that many of the world's top facial recognition algorithms are biased along lines of age, race, and ethnicity. The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports: Brookline joins nearby Somerville as the two Massachusetts municipalities to have bann...
Tags: Massachusetts, Tech, Aclu, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Somerville, Brookline, Brookline Massachusetts, Metro Boston, Brookline Votes To Ban Face Surveillance, Brookline s State, Cynthia Stone Creem

Search Buzz Video Recap: Google Search Algorithm Tremors, Analytics Bugs, News Issues, Search Console Changes, Bing User Agent & Much More

This was a busy week kicking off with a big Google Analytics bug coinciding with an unconfirmed Google search ranking algorithm update and tremors. Was there an update...
Tags: Google, Seo, Google Analytics, Search Engine Roundtable Vlog by Barry Schwartz

2020 Toyota Highlander: Redesigned In The Face of Stiff Competition

The 2020 Toyota Highlander rides on a new platform and architecture.Gasoline and hybrid powertrains are available, along with all-wheel drive. Tech and connectivity features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Waze. Toyota recently unveiled the redesigned, fourth-generation Highlander for the 2020 model year, and it’s just about time. The previous model was still riding on the underpinnings of the third-gen model introduced in 2014. We’re not saying that’s a bad thing considering the Hig...
Tags: Apple, Autos, Toyota, Qi, Alexa, Telluride, Kia Telluride, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, New York International Auto Show, Car News, Toyota Safety Sense, Toyota Highlander, Alvin Reyes, Lancer GSR, Waze Toyota, Lexus RX Toyota

Vaping-Related Lung Injuries Declining, As CDC Confirms Vitamin E Acetate As Main Culprit

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: A health-surveillance system put in place after the terrorist attacks of September 2001 has been used to pinpoint the cause of the vaping-related lung injuries that have killed 54 Americans and sent more than 2,500 people to the hospital. Using this system, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that the lung injuries rose sharply in June of this year. Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director, says this...
Tags: Cdc, Tech, Wisconsin, Npr, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Anne Schuchat, Vaping Related Lung Injuries Declining As CDC

Volkswagon Has 'massive' Software Problems With New ID3 Electric Vehicles

Socguy shares a report from Electrek: Germany's Manager Magazine reports today that Volkswagen is struggling with software problems for its ID3 all-electric car. According to the report, the ID3 will be built for months with an incomplete software architecture that could affect up to 20,000 electric cars. These units, intended for sales in Europe and not the U.S., will require a manual software update. The nature of the software problem -- how it affects vehicles or the sales timeline -- was n...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Tech, Volkswagen, Electrek, Manager Magazine

Apple Plays Catch Up With Super-Lucrative Bug Bounties

Apple is opening its bug bounty program to all security researchers as well as expanding the systems they can be reported for. And hoo buddy, Apple is willing to slide them a pretty significant chunk of change for it, too.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Security, Science, Bugs, Exploits, Bug Bounty, macOS, Bugs Bugs Bugs

Motorola Delays Razr To Meet Unexpectedly High Demand

Motorola is slightly delaying its reimagined foldable Razr flip phone, citing an unexpectedly high demand. Android Police reports: Pre-orders were originally slated to begin on December 26th, ahead of the launch on January 9th, but it looks like we'll have to wait a little bit for our fancy blasts from the past. Motorola has stated that it doesn't foresee "a significant shift" from the original launch window, so hopefully the delay won't be too long. With the announcement of the delay coming at ...
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Star Citizen: Is this £200m game becoming too ambitious?

In development since 2012 Star Citizen wants to build an entire universe for game players.
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Will audio livestreaming take off in America?

For many podcast listeners, following their favorite shows is a solitary experience. A recent survey of 2,000 users by the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications found they listened to podcasts most often at home, during commutes or while exercising. Over the past couple of years, however, a new trend, audio livestreaming, has taken off in China. The medium is basically a combination of podcasting and talk radio, with mobile apps enabling interactive features like live ch...
Tags: Facebook, China, America, San Francisco, Tech, Beijing, United States, Reddit, Livecast, CastBox, Livecasts, Ximalaya Lychee, Yicheng Ruan Castbox

Vape lung is on the decline as CDC report fixes blame on oily additive

The CDC has issued a set of reports showing that the lung disease associated with vaping seems to be declining from peak rates, and that Vitamin E acetate seems — as speculated early on — to be the prime suspect for the epidemic. The affliction has cost at least 54 lives and affected 2,506 people across the nation. The condition now officially known as EVALI (E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use-Associated Lung Injury) appeared over the summer, with hundreds of people reporting chest pains, sh...
Tags: Health, Gadgets, Cdc, Government, Tech, Fda, Vaping, BAL, Vape Lung, Evali

Amazon just told sellers that it had the 'largest one-year investment' in fulfillment infrastructure — but it's raising fees by just 3% next year (AMZN)

Amazon told third-party sellers in an email on Friday that it will raise fulfillment fees by just 3% next year. The modest price increase follows a record year of investment in improving its storage and delivery capabilities. The move shows the importance with which Amazon views growing its third-party seller base, even if it results in smaller profits for the company. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Amazon is raising the fulfillment fees it charges third-party sellers in the US by just...
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2019’s 10 defining moments in venture capital

Every year, the tech industry experiences moments that serve as guideposts for future entrepreneurs and investors looking to profit from the wisdom of the past. In 2017, Susan Fowler published her heroic blog post criticizing Uber for its culture of sexual harassment, helping spark the #MeToo movement within the tech industry; 2018 was the year of the scooter, in which venture capitalists raced to pour buckets of cash into startups like Bird, Lime and Spin, hoping consumer adoption of micro-mobi...
Tags: Startups, Lyft, Uber, New York, Ipo, Softbank, Israel, Tech, Getty Images, New York Times, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, WeWork, Cnbc, Bill Gurley, Elizabeth Holmes

Here are the world's largest drone companies and manufacturers to watch and stocks to invest in 2020 (AVAV, AMBA, BA, GPRO, LMT, PARRO, NOC)

This is a preview of Drones for the Enterprise research report from Business Insider Intelligence. Purchase this report. Business Insider Intelligence offers even more technology coverage with Connectivity & Tech Pro. Subscribe today to receive industry-changing connectivity news and analysis to your inbox. From conceptualization to actual application, drone manufacturers have taken the theories of sci-fi movies and books and turned them into real-life applications, giving birth to the phenome...
Tags: Apple, Google, Hong Kong, China, Ipo, Germany, US, Samsung, Trends, Department Of Defense, Intel, Paris, Lockheed Martin, North America, Robotics, Ba

Facebook, Twitter Shutter Pro-Trump Network That Used AI To Create Fake People and Push Conspiracies

On Friday, Facebook and Twitter shut down a network of fake accounts that pushed pro-Trump messages all while "masquerading" as Americans with AI-generated faces as profile photos. The Verge reports: In a blog post, Facebook said that it connected the accounts to a US-based media company called The BL that, it claims, has ties to Epoch Media Group. In August, NBC News first reported that Epoch Media Group was pushing messages in support of President Donald Trump across social media platforms lik...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Nbc News, US, Tech, Donald Trump, Trump, Facebook Read, Falun Gong, Epoch Times, Vietnam Facebook, Epoch Media Group, Twitter Epoch, Facebook Twitter Shutter Pro Trump, BL Facebook

The Big Business of Being a Space Janitor

Companies are trying to capitalize on the threat of space junk with new technology to clean it up, but it's not clear who will pay for the service. From a report: Today, thousands of pieces of space junk -- ranging from tiny fragments of destroyed satellites to spent rocket bodies and defunct spacecraft -- orbit around Earth, threatening operational satellites and astronauts. As thousands of new satellites are slated for launch in the coming years, operators are desperate to find ways to track, ...
Tags: Tech, Earth, Northern Sky Research

The Apple TV 4K and the Nvidia Shield TV Pro are both great high-end streaming boxes — but the Apple TV 4K offers a better value

The Apple TV 4K and the Nvidia Shield TV Pro are largely considered to be two of the best standalone streaming devices out there. Both players include support for 4K HDR video with Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos audio, and a large selection of apps. The Apple TV 4K offers the best balance between high-end features and value, and it's also the best choice if you already own other Apple devices and want to watch Apple TV+. If you're a dedicated Android user, however, and don't mind paying a bit more ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Trends, Siri, Netflix, Nvidia, Hdr, Dolby Atmos, Roku Apple, Nvidia Shield TV, Nvidia Shield TV Pro, Dolby Vision Dolby Atmos, Nvidia Shield TV Pro Both

New Boson Appears In Nuclear Decay, Breaks Standard Model

An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from an Ars Technica article: In November, people started polishing a Nobel prize for a group of physicists who seemed to have found new boson. [...] This result has been cooking for quite some time. The first experimental results date back to 2015, with publication in 2016. Essentially, the scientists took some lithium and shot protons at it. By choosing the energy of the protons correctly, Beryllium in a particular excited state is produced, which quickly ...
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Foldable Moto Razr Gets Delayed Less Than a Week Before Pre-Orders Go Live

The new foldable Razr seems like the perfect reboot, capturing the style and spirit of Motorola’s iconic mid-2000s phone, but with clever upgrades based on more modern tech. Unfortunately, less than a week before pre-orders were scheduled to go live, Moto has just announced that the Razr’s launch is getting delayed. Read more...
Tags: Android, Motorola, Science, Smartphones, Moto, RAZR, Moto Razr Reboot Launch Gets Postponed, Moto Razr 2020, Razr Reboot

Juiced Bikes Camp Scrambler review: Fat tires and retro looks make this e-bike a winner

Juiced Bikes‘ Camp Scrambler changed my life. It’s an excellent e-bike that combines a head-turning aesthetic with thoughtful design and top-notch technology. But it’s so much more to me: it gave me back my freedom. I’ve always loved all things that go. I wanted to grow up to be a fighter pilot. My first car was a Mustang. I spent my military career riding in speed boats and helicopters. Much like my fictional shipmate, Lt. Maverick from the movie Top Gun, I feel the need for speed. Unfortunatel...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Plugged

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus may be en route: Here’s everything we know

Samsung is expected to launch the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus alongside the Galaxy S11 in February 2020 as a rival to the Apple AirPods Pro. Here’s what we know.
Tags: Android, News, Samsung, Trends, Home Theater, Apple AirPods, Samsung Galaxy Buds, Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, Apple AirPods Pro, Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus

Twitter blocks accounts linked to Saudi 'state-backed' manipulation effort

Social network suspends thousands in the latest crackdown on state-sponsored propagandaTwitter said on Friday it had suspended thousands of accounts linked to a manipulation effort stemming from Saudi Arabia, in the latest crackdown on state-sponsored propaganda efforts.The social network said some 88,000 accounts being blocked were linked to Saudi state-backed “information operations” in violation of Twitter’s platform manipulation rules. Continue reading...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Internet, Saudi Arabia, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Saudi

The best Apple iPhone deals for December 2019

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Mobile, Trends, Iphone 6, Iphone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X

Just because it’s legal, it doesn’t mean it’s right

Polina Arsentyeva Contributor Share on Twitter Polina Arsentyeva, a former commercial litigator, is a data privacy attorney who counsels fintech and startup clients on how to innovate using data in a transparent and privacy-forward way. Companies often tout their compliance with industry standards — I’m sure you’ve seen the logos, stamps and “Privacy Shield Compliant” declarations. As we, and the FTC, were reminded a few month...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Massachusetts, Tech, Robins, Cnil, Ftc, Iab, Clapper, Spokeo Inc, CCPA, Noah Phillips, Alastair Mactaggart, Amnesty Intern USA, Vectuary

Hardware IPOs continue to struggle

Now that the final technology IPOs of 2019 have touched down, it’s a good time to start looking back at what happened during the year. We’re hunting for trends as the clock winds down. Here’s one that’s obvious: Hardware startups are still struggling. It’s cliché to note in startupland that hardware is hard. Everyone knows it. Making hardware is difficult by itself, but as all tech hardware requires software, hardware shops wind up needing wider domain expertise than pure-software startups. And ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Hardware, Microsoft, China, Samsung, Tech, United States, Nba, Roku, Sonos

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