ByteDance Weighs TikTok Stake Sale Over U.S. Concerns

(Bloomberg) -- China’s ByteDance Inc. created one of the country’s rare global hits with the addictive video app TikTok. Now the U.S. government is threatening that success as officials in Washington warn the service presents a security threat.The Beijing-based company, led by Chief Executive Officer Yiming Zhang, is weighing a range of options to address those concerns, according to people familiar with the matter. Advisors are pitching everything from an aggressive legal defense and operationa...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Hong Kong, New York, News, Washington, Senate, China, Singapore, US, Beijing, United States, Arkansas, Shanghai, Marco Rubio

The Human Brain Evolved When Carbon Dioxide Was Lower

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Atlantic: Kris Karnauskas, a professor of ocean sciences at the University of Colorado, has started walking around campus with a pocket-size carbon-dioxide detector. He's not doing it to measure the amount of carbon pollution in the atmosphere. He's interested in the amount of CO2 in each room. The indoor concentration of carbon dioxide concerns him -- and not only for the usual reason. Karnauskas is worried that indoor CO2 levels are getting so high ...
Tags: Tech, Harvard, Atlantic, University of Pennsylvania, University Of Colorado, Syracuse University, American Geophysical Union, Shelly Miller, Karnauskas, Kris Karnauskas, Anna Schapiro

Warning: Apple, Google Remove ToTok After App Is Classified As A Foreign Spy Tool

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A popular messaging app that enables users to chat by video or text message is actually a secret spying tool for United Arab Emirates, according to American intelligence officials and a New York Times investigation. The app known as ToTok was installed on phones, it allowed UAE intelligence officials to track conversations, appointments, sounds, images and more, according to the investigation. The name is remarkably similar to the popular Chinese app, TikTok, but the app...
Tags: Apple, Google, News, San Francisco, Tech, New York Times, United Arab Emirates, Skype, Uae, CBS SF

AirPods were a $6 billion business for Apple this year

Sales of Apple’s AirPods nearly doubled to $6 billion this year and should take another leap forward next year, as per analyst Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein. Apple could sell 85 million AirPods in 2020, generating about $15 billion in revenue. If sales of the wireless headphones grew at the same rate again in 2021, the product would become Apple’s third largest business. The post AirPods were a $6 billion business for Apple this year appeared first on NextBigWhat.
Tags: Apple, Business, Tech, Toni Sacconaghi, Bernstein Apple

Google Assistant Only Holds 9% of the Virtual Assistant Market via @MattGSouthern

Google finds itself in a rare position, coming in third place in the virtual assistant market after Microsoft and Apple.The post Google Assistant Only Holds 9% of the Virtual Assistant Market via @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Seo

Uber, Lyft Win Court Fight Over How Long Drivers Can Cruise Without Passengers in NYC

Beleaguered taxi giants Uber and Lyft won a break on Monday, scoring victory in a New York state court dispute over a law that would have dramatically slashed the number of cars between jobs that the firms let clog up Manhattan streets, Reuters reported.Read more...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Apps, New York, Science, Technology, Transit, Manhattan, Cruising, Ridesharing, Ride Hailing, Taxis, Reuters

Mumford -- Art and Technics (ivb)

If the acronym STEM once found merely prosaic use, it now by its mere existence and invocation encapsulates quite neatly the territory which the objective has pillaged from the non-objective. STEM encompasses the most lucrative professions and growthiest growth industries, and also demands the most rigorous academic and technical skills. It experiences shortages of qualified (home-grown) workers, and it is also too white and too male for its own good. For all of these reasons and more, STEM Matt...
Tags: Technology, Stem, Steam, Jazz, Consumerism, Cory Doctorow, Bfa, Technics, Mumford, Bruce Schneier, Stefan Kac, DeBord, Jorn, Objectivity, Blog Month 2019, Art And Technics (mumford

One of Apple's biggest bulls thinks its rebound this year is only the start. Here's why he thinks it's on its way to $2 trillion. (AAPL)

Apple's market capitalization could hit $2 trillion within as little as two years, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives told Business Insider on Monday. The company's current valuation stands at $1.3 trillion after its stock rose 83% this year. But surging iPhone sales starting next fall are likely to send Apple's stock even higher, Ives said. Some 350 million iPhone customers are in need of an upgrade, and Apple will offer them a big inducement with its next devices — support for the new 5G wireless netw...
Tags: Apple, China, Trends, Business Insider, Aapl, Wedbush, Ives, Dan Ives

The Navy's Flawed Bridge Technology Set the USS McCain Up For Disaster

schwit1 writes: [ProPublica] outlines in detail the causes behind the crash in 2017 of the USS McCain and an oil-tanker that killed ten sailors and injured many others. It is a horror story of a bankrupt Navy upper management that seemed more in love with cool computer software and automation than making sure the Navy's ships and its crews can function efficiently and effectively in any situation. Moreover, the story suggests that this same upper management made lower level officers the scapegoa...
Tags: Navy, Tech, Donald Trump, McCain

Judge Strikes Down NYC Law Limiting Uber, Lyft Driver Cruising Time

A New York judge ruled on Monday that a state law designed to control how much time ride-hailing drivers can spend looking for passengers was "arbitrary and capricious." Engadget reports: Had the law gone into effect, it would have limited the amount of time Uber and Lyft drivers could spend searching for passengers in Manhattan south of 96th Street to 31 percent of their overall drive time, down from 41 percent. When it passed the rule this summer, the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission said ...
Tags: Lyft, New York, Tech, Manhattan, Engadget, New York State Supreme Court, Limousine Commission, Lyle Frank

Report: Mike Bloomberg's Campaign Quietly Pouring Millions Into a Tech Firm He Founded This Year

Former New York City mayor, billionaire, and longshot presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg—who is definitely, totally not just a clueless rich guy running a widely unpopular vanity campaign—is pouring a considerable portion of his gratuitous wealth into a digital advertising firm he founded this year, CNBC reported.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Science, Technology, New York City, Advertising, Billionaires, Cnbc, Digital Advertising, Mike Bloomberg, Tech Policy, 2020 Election

DJI patents an off-road rover with a stabilized camera on top

DJI is easily the leading brand when it comes to camera drones, but few companies have even attempted a ground-based mobile camera platform. The company may be moving in that direction, though, if this patent for a small off-road vehicle with a stabilized camera is any indication. The Chinese patent, first noted by DroneDJ, shows a rather serious-looking vehicle platform with chunky tires and a stabilized camera gimbal. As you can see in the image above, the camera mount is protected against ...
Tags: Gadgets, Hardware, China, Berlin, Tech, Dji

Tesla Stock Hits 'Funding Secured' $420 Price

140Mandak262Jamuna writes: Elon Musk tweeted he had secured funding to take Tesla private at a share price of $420 right in the middle of a trading day in August 2018, without any prior approval from the board of directors. The plan fell through, SEC fined him and the company $20 million each and forced him to step down as Chairman. The stock touched a low of $178 in Jun 2019 and it has been rising steadily and it has been on a tear in the last few trading days of the year. It briefly went abo...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, SEC, Ihor Dusaniwsky, Tesla Stock Hits Funding

T-Mobile/Sprint Deal Is Good Actually, Feds Tell Court In States' Lawsuit

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Federal regulators that want to let T-Mobile complete its acquisition of rival wireless carrier Sprint are pushing back on a collective effort by some states to block the deal. The $26 billion transaction was subject to federal approval by both the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. The agencies both blessed the deal, with the DOJ reaching a settlement in July and the FCC granting a green light in October. The d...
Tags: Fcc, Tech, Ars Technica, Sprint, Federal Communications Commission, Department Of Justice, District Of Columbia, Doj, U S, Antitrust Division

Twitter Bans Animated PNG Files After Online Attackers Targeted Users With Epilepsy

Twitter is banning animated PNG image files (APNGs) from its platform, after an attack on the Epilepsy Foundation's Twitter account sent out similar animated images that could potentially cause seizures in photosensitive people. The Verge reports: Twitter discovered a bug that allowed users to bypass its autoplay settings, and allow several animated images in a single tweet using the APNG file format. "We want everyone to have a safe experience on Twitter," the company says in a tweet from the T...
Tags: Tech, Epilepsy Foundation, Yahoo Twitter, Epilepsy Foundation s Twitter, National Epilepsy Awareness Month

Sweeping regulations like California's upcoming privacy bill threaten to wipe out the advertising industry. These 10 tech companies are trying to help marketers survive.

As regulation and privacy laws start to take shape, marketers are turning to advertising and marketing companies to help them prepare. These companies are selling marketers software and other tools that help collect, store, and use first-party data. Business Insider asked advertising agencies and investors to identify the leading companies helping marketers navigate the new privacy landscape. The 10 we list include startups, established security companies, and data firms belonging to major ho...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Europe, California, Washington, Ebay, Germany, Digital, US, Trends, European Union, Netflix, United States, Kantar, North America

These are the top Google searches of the past decade: From Disney Plus to Whitney Houston and the World Cup (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google has shared the top 10 trending searches from each year of the past decade. Google puts out an annual list of the search terms that saw spikes in traffic for a sustained period during the year. It also recently announced the top searches of 2019, and "Disney Plus" topped the list.  Since 2010, Google's top searches lists have included celebrity deaths, major news events, and key moments in pop culture. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As 2019 — and another decade — c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Florida, Hbo, Pinterest, Microsoft, Congress, France, Robin Williams, Russia, New York City, Powerball, Disney, US, Trends, Spain

California Gives a Green Light To Companies Testing Driverless Delivery Vehicles

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: California has said it will now allow companies to test light-duty autonomous delivery vehicles on the state's public roads. The State of California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced the new regulations last week, which allows companies with a permit to operate autonomous delivery vehicles that weigh up to 10,001 pounds (4.54 tons). "This weight category includes "autonomous passenger cars, mid-sized pickup trucks and cargo vans carr...
Tags: California, Tech, DMV, Zdnet, Department of Motor Vehicles DMV, Steve Gordon

Boeing Fires CEO Dennis Muilenburg

McGruber writes: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Boeing Corporation fired its Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source) as the company struggles to contain the fallout of its biggest crisis in decades, caused by two fatal crashes and the subsequent grounding of its 737 MAX jetliner. Boeing said David Calhoun, a longtime Boeing director with deep ties to the aviation and private-equity industries, will become CEO on January 13. "Regu...
Tags: Tech, Faa, Boeing, Wall Street Journal, Dennis Muilenburg, Muilenburg, McGruber, Steve Dickson, Boeing Corporation, David Calhoun, Boeing Fires

How to set up and use Google Pay on your Android phone to make contactless payments at thousands of stores

You can set up Google Pay to pay for goods and services both online and in stores using your Android phone. To do this, you'll need to have the Google Pay app on your Android phone. Once you've installed it, start the app and follow the step-by-step setup instructions. You'll need to add at least one payment method and follow the instructions for in-store purchases if you want to use Google Pay in stores. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google Pay is Google's answer to App...
Tags: Apple, Google, Samsung, Trends, Paypal, Watch Google, Gmail YouTube

Amazon challenges Google and Facebook's hold on digital ad market

A review of predictions from Ad Age's 2019 forecast, including Amazon vs. Google and Facebook, and Facebook, Google and Twitter vs. scrutiny over fake political ads.
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Advertising, Facebook Google

How to lock your iPad with a passcode, fingerprint, or facial scan, and make it nearly impenetrable to strangers

To lock your iPad, you simply need to press the lock button on the side of the device. However, before you do this, you should set up a security method. You can set a passcode on your iPad, which you'll need to enter whenever you want to unlock it. You can also set up Touch ID or Face ID (depending on your iPad model), which scan your fingerprint or facial features. Best practice is to set up both forms of security for your particular iPad. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. ...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Siri, Apple Watch, Watch Google

Soap Bottles

Natural shampoo packaged inside eco-friendly bottles made of soap that gradually dissolves. Innovative soap bottles designed by Jonna Breitenhuber eliminate the need for plastic shampoo bottles and unsustainable wasteful packaging. Also check out: Paper Water Bottle
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AMD RX 5600 XT 30% Faster than the RX 5500 XT?

New benchmarks found of the RX 5600 XT put its performance some 30% ahead of the RX 5500 XT which would make its performance on-par with AMD's RX Vega 56 and very close to the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. The post AMD RX 5600 XT 30% Faster than the RX 5500 XT? appeared first on
Tags: All News, Hardware News, Graphics Card, Amd, Radeon, Benchmarks, Navi 10, Rx 5600 XT, Radeon RX 5600 XT

IT Worker With Grudge Jailed

A former Jet2 IT contractor with a grudge has been jailed for a cyber-attack on the company. From a report: Scott Burns, 27, of Queen Street in Morley, Leeds, was jailed for 10 months for his actions, which cost the company $214,000. The attack shut down Jet2's computer network for 12 hours in January 2018. Burns wanted revenge for the firm's treatment of him following an incident at a 2017 "Benidorm roadshow," Leeds Crown Court heard. Details about happened at the event in Benidorm were not out...
Tags: Tech, Leeds, Benidorm, Burns, Leeds Crown Court, Scott Burns, Morley Leeds, Jet2 Burns, Andrew Stubbs

Try These Hidden Features in Chrome 79 Before They Go Away

Chrome 79 is ready for public consumption, and while it adds new features and tweaks, it’s also the last chance most users will have to use a handful of hidden Chrome features.Read more...
Tags: Chrome, Google, Web Browsers, Lifehacks

SEO 101 Episode 371: 2019 Rewind

Summary of SEO 101 Episode 371 This special episode revisits some of the most significant Google updates and issues that caused a stir in the SEO industry in 2019. Among the topics that Ross and John discussed in previous episodes include Google Search Console’s canonical URL option, Google June Core Update, new Google Maps features, Google search pagination tests, and more.   Notes from SEO 101 Episode 371 Google Search Console to consolidate Search Performance reports to canonical URL – ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Seo, John, Google Maps, Ross, Seo Podcast, Seo 101, Google Search Console, Danny Sullivan, Rand Fishkin, Facebook Group, Google Maps Now, Sparktoro, SEO 101 podcast, Ross Google

Advanced SEO Techniques for 2020: Generate More Traffic

This article was contributed by Roman Daneghyan. Is SEO important for every business, or just selected ones need it? Should you invest in SEO, or can you get by without it? Most online startups ask questions like these.  It is important to understand that Search Engine Optimization or SEO is Google’s way of identifying which websites should rank high for queries searched into its search engine. In the absence of SEO, it won’t be difficult for businesses to manipulate the search results and ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Design, Social Media, Seo, Css, Best, United States, Vpn, Voice, Forbes, Guest Articles, GoogleBot, Google My Business, Amazon Alexa, Google Yahoo Bing

These are 13 of the most popular social networks a decade ago that have died or faded into obscurity

Social media has drastically changed in the last decade, introducing platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and Tinder into our daily routine. While Facebook was undoubtedly the king of social in 2010, there were also a variety of apps making moves on the scene: chat platform AIM, discovery engine StumbleUpon, and social game Club Penguin. Here are 13 of the most popular and notable social networking apps a decade ago that have since dropped away into the background or have shut down completely. V...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Facebook, Asia, Spotify, Yahoo, Russia, India, Disney, US, Trends, StumbleUpon, Bbc, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Aol

Emily Ratajkowski and husband get paid to vacate apartment after 2 years of not paying rent

Model Emily Ratajkowski and her husband Sebastian Bear-McClard got paid to vacate the property for an undisclosed amount.
Tags: Technology, Listings, Lifestyle, Radio, Emily Ratajkowski, News Brief, Sebastian Bear-McClard, Antoni Ghosh, Roger Investments

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