Tech Ghouls, Yoda Theories, and One Dumb Wikipedia War: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

This is it, everyone. 2020 begins this week. A new year, a new decade, a new physical form to inhabit . . .Read more...
Tags: Apple, Health, Ipad, Gadgets, Star Wars, Space, Elon Musk, Science, Wikipedia, Environment, Tesla, Yoda, Environmental Justice, Betelgeuse, Wikipedia Edits, Green New Deal

Short story: Sideways

There’s a trick to watching ad-supported videos in phones, TVs, or laptops: during the ads look just above the camera, so it thinks you’re paying attention and it doesn’t show you too many of them. Sadly, it doesn’t work for the videos in employee training and citizenship education, as it doesn’t fool the brain sensors.(Some say smalls kids somehow manage to do it, but you couldn’t tell it from their silent expressions in surveillance videos, nor the well-shaped EEG curves in kindergarten perfor...
Tags: Future

Rector Says There Is a 50% Chance That Notre Dame Cathedral Will Not Be Saved

McGruber quotes the Associated Press: The rector of Notre Dame Cathedral says the Paris landmark is still so fragile that there's a "50% chance" the structure might not be saved, because scaffolding installed before this year's fire is threatening the vaults of the Gothic monument... "Today it is not out of danger," he told The Associated Press on the sidelines of Christmas Eve midnight Mass in a nearby church. "It will be out of danger when we take out the remaining scaffolding... Today we can ...
Tags: Tech, Paris, Associated Press, Chauvet, Notre Dame Cathedral

iPhone XR outsold all other smartphones for four straight quarters since Q4 2018

The iPhone XR has been the top-selling smartphone model in the world from the fourth quarter of 2018 to the third quarter of 2019, according to Counterpoint Research.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, iPhone Xr

Google Search Now Has a (I'll Probably Never) Watchlist

There is entirely too much content out there—so much so that plenty of folks find it quite literally overwhelming. And trying to keep track of all those horror movies and melodramatic reality shows and whodunnits starring Chris Evans in a cable knit sweater (oh ok, fine. There’s only one of those. But I’m optimistic…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Television, Movies, Youtube, Google Search, Chris Evans, Google Search Results, Who Am I Kidding

4 Questions To Ask Before You Hire An App Developer

by Guy Cooper, Managing Director of Wave Digital The startup industry is littered with stories of founders being taken for a ride by their app developer. So if you want an app that not only works at the end but will be a hit with your users, what should you do? The key to choosing an app developer is research. Here are four critical questions to ask both yourself and an app developer before making the decision to engage them to design and deliver your app. 1. What is your experience in the app...
Tags: Google, Startups, Australia, Washington Dc, App Development, Professionalisms, LinkedIn Research, Guy Cooper

Apple Mac for gaming rumored in development, to be unveiled at WWDC 2020

Apple is reportedly working on a gaming-focused Mac that will allow the company to enter the esports scene, Patently Apple reported.
Tags: Apple, Gaming, News, Trends, Computing, Mac Computers, Apple Mac, Mac for Gaming

Microsoft Wants Schoolchildren Playing Minecraft To Learn Math

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: A Microsoft blog post notes the company has lined up K-12 educators to sing the praises of Minecraft Education Edition at the Future of Education Technology Conference, where it'll also be pitching Microsoft Education in general. A 2019 Recap of Minecraft: Education Edition (and an accompanying video) highlight Microsoft's success in getting teachers to use Minecraft to teach subjects across the K-12 curriculum, not just Hour of Code tutorials. Microsoft'...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Minecraft, Slashdot, Minecraft Education Edition, Common Core, Microsoft Education, Microsoft Minecraft

Redmi K30 5G with 6.67-inch FHD+ 120Hz display, Snapdragon 765G, liquid cooling, 64MP quad rear cameras to go on sale in China starting from Jan 7

Xiaomi’s Redmi brand announced the Redmi K30 5G and 4G versions at an event in China earlier this month. Even though 4G version of the phone went on sale China from December 12th, the company said that the Redmi K30 5G will go on sale from January 2020. Today it has confirmed that the first sale of the phone will happen starting from January 7th. Even though this might be the first phone to be announced with Snapdragon 765G, the OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G which was introduced last week will be the firs...
Tags: News, China, Blogging, Xiaomi, Sony, MIUI, Redmi K30 5G, Redmi K30 5G sale date

'Why is my Google Maps app not working?': 4 ways to fix Google Maps when you can't navigate with the app

If Google Maps isn't working, you can usually solve your issue in a few different ways.  You may need to update your Google Maps app, connect to a stronger Wi-Fi signal, recalibrate the app, or check your location services.  You can also reinstall the Google Maps app if it isn't working, or simply restart your iPhone or Android phone.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's never fun when technology just isn't working the way it's supposed to.  If you're having trouble acces...
Tags: Google, Samsung, Trends, Google Maps, Best Buy Samsung

Washington Post Writer Calls 2019 'The Year of OK Boomer', Calls for Inter-Generational Kindness

"It was the year of 'OK boomer,' and the generations were at each other's throats," argues the national features writer for The Washington Post, starting with a quote from New York University's Michael North, who studies ageism in the workplace. "Age-based prejudice is the last acceptable form of prejudice. People are making age-based generalizations and stereotypes that you wouldn't be able to get away with about race or background..." People are getting away with it. This year, the baby boo...
Tags: Congress, Washington Post, Tech, North, New York University, AARP, Myrna Blyth, American Association of Retired Persons, Michael North

New Amazon Scanner Can Identify Shoppers By The Veins In Their Hand

An anonymous reader quotes USA Today: What if you could pay for your groceries using your veins? Amazon filed a patent for technology that could identify you by scanning the wrinkles in the palm of your hand and by using a light to see beneath your skin to your blood vessels. The resulting images could be used to identify you as a shopper at Amazon Go stores. It was previously reported that the Seattle-based tech giant might install these hi-tech scanners in Whole Foods grocery stores. Howeve...
Tags: Amazon, Usa, Tech, Seattle, U S Patent and Trademark Office

How Apple -- and Millennials -- Stopped the Rise of eBooks (slashdot)

As this decade winds to a close, Vox looks back 10 years to when ebooks "appeared poised to disrupt the publishing industry on a fundamental level." Analysts confidently predicted that millennials would embrace ebooks with open arms and abandon print books, that ebook sales would keep rising to take up more and more market share, that the price of ebooks would continue to fall, and that publishing would be forever changed. Instead, at the other end of the decade, ebook sales seem to have stabili...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, News, Department Of Justice, Vox, Doj, John Green, Publishers Weekly, Albanese, Andrew Albanese, EditorDavid

How to share a video on Google Drive in 2 different ways

You can easily share a video on Google Drive with other users.  If you share a video with a user on Google Drive, they must have the appropriate permissions set up to watch or download it.  You can share a video on Google Drive with a specific person, anyone with a sharing link, or even the general public. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google Drive allows you to not only upload files for easy access from wherever you're signed into your Google account, but you can also u...
Tags: Google, Google Drive, Trends, Nasa

How to change the background color of your Instagram story with a photo

You can change the background color of your Instagram story with a photo by using 3D Touch or Haptic Touch on your iPhone 6S or later.  When you post or repost a photo on your Instagram story the background will automatically be a gradient matching the photo, but you can change it to any solid color using 3D or Haptic Touch. The 3D or Haptic Touch feature on iPhone prompts a command when you press down on the screen, as opposed to quickly tapping. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more sto...
Tags: Apple, Instagram, Trends

Sony Patents New PlayStation Controller

The World Intellectual Property Organization’s database reveals that Sony has patented a new controller design, possibly giving insights into a future PlayStation 5 joypad. The new controller is similar in appearance to the PlayStation 4’s default joypad, although it includes two new buttons on the back. These buttons can be programmed to perform the same […]
Tags: Games, Technology, Playstation, Sony, Patents, Anime, Ps4, Controllers, World Intellectual Property Organization, PS5, Sony Patents New PlayStation Controller

2020 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES [Model Overview]

New For 2020: The Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sport ES Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The legendary Honda Africa Twin returns for 2020 with some serious updates. The engine is bigger, the chassis is lighter, and the technology is out of this world—but the most important update is the addition of two new models to the range: the Africa Twin Adventure Sport ES and Africa Twin Adventure Sport DCT. The new Adventure Sport ES models come equipped with the...
Tags: Apple, Africa, Motorcycles, Honda, Seat, Apple Inc, Dakar, DCT, IMU, Africa Twin, Africa Twins, Showa, Honda Africa Twin, Honda Africa, Honda Selectable Torque Control, Traction Control

2020 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT [Model Overview]

Introducing The 2020 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links For 2020, Honda pulled the covers off of four models in the Africa Twin family: the Africa Twin, Africa Twin DCT, Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES, and Adventure Sports DCT. Every model received impressive updates from the outgoing Africa Twin models, but it’s the Adventure Sports ES DCT model that really shows off what Honda’s versatile adventure bike can do...
Tags: Apple, Africa, Motorcycles, Honda, Apple Inc, Dakar, DCT, IMU, Africa Twin, Africa Twins, Inertial Measurement Unit, Honda Selectable Torque Control, Fuel Tank Capacity, Honda Selectable Torque Control HSTC, Honda USA Honda Canada Honda, Honda YouTube Facebook Twitter Wikipedia

NYU doctor Joseph Wiesel claims Apple used his patented heartbeat-monitoring tech without permission in lawsuit

Cardiologist Joseph Wiesel says Apple used his patented heartbeat-monitoring technology without permission and integrated it into Apple Watches.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Apple, Usa, News, Usa Today, Nyu, Joseph Wiesel

Russia Claims New Missile is 27 Times Faster Than Sound

"A new intercontinental weapon that can fly 27 times the speed of sound became operational Friday, Russia's defense minister reported to President Vladimir Putin," according to the Associated Press: Putin has described the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle as a technological breakthrough comparable to the 1957 Soviet launch of the first satellite. The new Russian weapon and a similar system being developed by China have troubled the United States, which has pondered defense strategies. Defense ...
Tags: Putin, Vladimir Putin, China, Russia, Defense, Tech, United States, Moscow, Pentagon, Associated Press, Defense Ministry, Sergei Shoigu, Avangard, Mark Esper

What Exactly Happened During Boeing's Starliner Mission to the ISS?

Space News reports on Boeing's Saturday update about the "Starliner" spacecraft which cut short a test flight last week: Boeing emphasized the good condition of the spacecraft, which showed "little scorching" from reentry and used only a fraction of its onboard propellant reserved for reentry, which the company said confirmed aerodynamic models of the spacecraft. The interior of the Starliner cabin appeared the same after landing as it did before its Dec. 20 launch from Cape Canaveral, the comp...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Boeing, Cape Canaveral, Space News, Jim Chilton

Calif. Vastly Expands Digital Privacy. Will People Use It?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Forty million Californians will soon have sweeping digital-privacy rights stronger than any seen before in the U.S., posing a significant challenge to Big Tech and the data economy it helped create. So long as state residents don’t mind shouldering much of the burden of exercising those rights, that is. Come Wednesday, roughly one in 10 Americans will gain the power to review their personal information collected by large companies around the world, from purchase histories an...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, California, California News, San Francisco, Ap, Digital Privacy, Silicon Valley, University Of Colorado, Calif, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Stanford Law School, Xavier Becerra, CCPA, Big Tech, Jen King

California Takes Lead On Laws Affecting Gig Economy, Privacy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s long tradition of advancing nation-leading legislation continues into the new year, with laws reining in the gig economy, boosting online privacy and discouraging shootings by police, among other potential trend-setters. The laws have sent businesses including Uber, Lyft and Google scrambling, not to mention President Donald Trump. The state dominated by Democrats has delighted in tweaking the Republican president on immigration and other issues, though leg...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Uber, Supreme Court, California, Oregon, California News, America, San Francisco, Ap, New Jersey, Vaccinations, Rent Control, California Supreme Court, Donald Trump, Gig Economy

Cloud gaming is the future of game monetization, not gameplay

When you look at all of the tech trend stories of the past decade, one important saga that’s likely to be overlooked is the platformization of gaming. In the 2010s, the value of video games was realized in a way that completely transformed how the majority of users experienced sitting down with their favorite FPS or RPG. The gaming industry questioned everything about the gaming experience in the past decade, but only in the past year have there been earnest efforts from major players to rethink...
Tags: TC, Tech, Google Stadia

How Tech Companies Could Skirt California's Strict New Privacy Law

Forty million Californians "will soon have sweeping digital-privacy rights stronger than any seen before in the U.S.," reports the Associated Press, saying the new law taking effect Wednesday "might end up serving as a de facto national standard." "Early signs of compliance have already started cropping up in the form of 'Don't sell my personal information' links at the bottom of many corporate websites..." But there are catches galore. The law -- formally known as the California Consumer Priv...
Tags: California, Tech, Associated Press, Don, CCPA, Joseph Jerome, Common Sense Media Kids Action

A tale of ‘trons’: the suffix that tells the story of modern science

If you grew up in the United States in the 1980s, chances are you’ll remember riding the Gravitron at the local fair or struggling to get past level one of the video game Robotron: 2084 at the arcade downtown. That would be after you got up early to watch five cartoon robots form the defender Voltron on the eponymous TV series, and stayed up late to see Woody Allen’s emergence from the Orgasmatron in Sleeper (1973). Throughout middle school, the cool kids got out their Celestron telescopes, whil...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, United States, Woody Allen, Syndication

Security Camera Startup Wyze Leaked Data on Millions of Customers

An anonymous reader quotes CNET: Security camera startup Wyze has confirmed it suffered a data leak earlier this month that left the personal information for millions of its customers exposed on the internet. No passwords or financial information was exposed, but email addresses, Wi-Fi network IDs and body metrics for 2.4 million customers were left unprotected from Dec. 4 through Dec. 26, the company said Friday. The data was accidentally left exposed when it was transferred to a new databas...
Tags: Tech, Cnet, Wyze, Dongsheng Song

Investing in Your Core

Which investments in your education, skills, work, and lifestyle will be most valuable to you in the long run? A lot is going to change in the next 10 years for you, both personally and professionally. The problem is that you can’t accurately predict what will change and how it will change. This makes it difficult to know where to invest your time, energy, and money today. It’s hard to be sure what will pay off in the long run. But now consider what isn’t likely to change. What can you say...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Lifestyle, Careers, Values, Las Vegas, Panama Canal, Bruce Lee, Seattle, Vegas, Steve, Las Vegas Strip, Don, Rachelle, Abundance, Conscious Growth Club

Why Is 'Rise of Skywalker' Dividing Critics and Fans?

"After opening 20 percent behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi last weekend, Skywalker has almost caught up with its predecessor as it heads for the $1 billion mark in a fitting end to Disney's unprecedented domination at the 2019 box office," writes the Hollywood Reporter. But Forbes senior contributor Paul Tassi notes that critics seem to hate it -- while it's been embraced by Star Wars fans: Rise of Skywalker now has some critics calling JJ Abrams' finale effort one of the worst in the series, ...
Tags: Hollywood, Disney, Tech, Jj Abrams, Johnson, Forbes, Rose, Luke, Abrams, Skywalker, Jedi, Paul Tassi

Are Government Shutdowns of the Internet Becoming The World's New Normal?

An anonymous reader quotes CNN: CNN reports that government shutdowns of the internet are becoming the new normal: An ongoing internet blackout in Indian-controlled Kashmir is now the longest ever in a democracy -- at more than 135 days -- according to Access Now, an advocacy group that tracks internet freedom. Only the autocratic governments of China and junta-era Myanmar have cut off access for longer... Kashmiris have been without internet access for so long that WhatsApp has reportedly begu...
Tags: Washington, China, India, Tech, Cnn, Beijing, Middle East, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Kashmir, NGO, Asia Africa, Freedom House, People s Daily, Democratic Republic of Congo Chad

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