Federal Program Offers Free Phones For the Poor, So Long as You're OK With Chinese Malware

So much for that “free” lunch, huh?
Tags: Android, Security, Science, Privacy, Malware

Scientists Give Cuttlefish 3D Glasses To Prove They Perceive Depth

New submitter wolff000 writes: A group of researchers at the University of Minnesota have shown that cuttlefish see in 3D. They did this by making 3D glasses and then showing the cuttlefish movies of prey. "While cuttlefish wearing glasses is an unexpected sight, a University of Minnesota-led research team built an underwater theater and equipped the cephalopods with specialized 3D glasses to investigate how cuttlefish determine the best distance to strike moving prey," a report says. "The initi...
Tags: Tech, University of Minnesota

Spiced Apple & Pecan Cake

A nice flavourful Apple cake. Good with or without the icing. [Author: Super Madcow]
Tags: Apple, Crafts, Super Madcow

Amazon Warned Holiday Shopper That Honey, a Popular Browser Extension, Was a 'Security Risk'

In an apparent swipe at PayPal's recent $4 billion acquisition of Honey, a popular browser extension that tracks prices and discount codes, Amazon labeled the service as "a security risk" for shoppers over the holidays. Wired reports: "Honey tracks your private shopping behavior, collects data like your order history and items saved, and can read or change any of your data on any website you visit," the message read. "To keep your data private and secure, uninstall this extension immediately." I...
Tags: Amazon, Los Angeles, Tech, Paypal, Honey, Amazon Amazon, Ryan Hutchins, Politico Honey

Researchers Develop Universal Flu Vaccine With Nanoparticles That Protect Against Six Different Viruses

clm1970 shares a report from Georgia State University: A novel nanoparticle vaccine that combines two major influenza proteins is effective in providing broad, long-lasting protection against influenza virus in mice, showing promise as a universal flu vaccine, according to a study by the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University. The double-layered nanoparticle vaccine contains the influenza virus proteins matrix protein 2 ectodomain (M2e) and neuraminidase (NA). Mice were im...
Tags: Tech, Georgia State University, Institute for Biomedical Sciences, Advanced Healthcare

Panasonic’s VR glasses are living proof that virtual reality headsets can look ‘spectacular’

Now here’s a pair of VR glasses that don’t look like a toaster mounted on your face. Styled to resemble a wonderful pair of steampunk-style aviators, Panasonic has done for the VR headset industry what the Snap spectacles did for Google Glass (remember that?)With an undeniably better form factor, and better image quality too, Panasonic’s VR glasses are classier and well, ‘glassier’ (as opposed to the massive ski-goggles that most VR headsets look like). Fitted with micro-OLED panels on the insid...
Tags: Google, Design, Ces, Steampunk, Virtual Reality, Panasonic, Hdr, Product Design, Technics, VR glasses, AR / VR, CES2020

Samsung's Galaxy XCover Pro Brings Back the Removable Battery

Samsung's "Galaxy XCover Pro" rugged smartphone includes a feature that all but disappeared from the market: a removable battery. "There are a handful of very low-end smartphones that still have removable batteries, but as a mid-ranger, this would be the highest-end removable-battery phone on the market," reports Ars Technica. From the report: It's hard to say if the XCover Pro is currently official or not. Samsung's Nordic division posted a CES press release that detailed the never-before-seen ...
Tags: Samsung, Tech, Finland

Meet MarsCat, a robot cat with lots of love to give and room to grow

At CES 2020, one of the more well-represented gadget categories was definitely consumer robots – but none was more adorable than MarsCat, a new robo-pet from industrial robot startup Elephant Robotics. This robot pet is a fully autonomous companion that can respond to touch, voice and even play with toys, and it’s hard not to love the thing after spending even just a brief amount of time with it. MarsCat’s pedigree is a bit unusual, since Elephant Robotics is focused on building what’s known ...
Tags: Germany, Tech, Korea, Sony, Kickstarter, Sdk, Elephant Robotics, Joey Song

Secretive Surveillance Company Is Selling Cops Cameras Hidden In Gravestones

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A surveillance vendor that works with U.S. government agencies, such as the FBI, DEA, and ICE, is marketing spying capabilities to local police departments, including cameras that are hidden inside a tombstone, a baby car seat, and a vacuum cleaner. The brochure highlights some of the capabilities on offer to law enforcement agencies, from the novel to the sometimes straight-up bizarre. Special Services Group, the vendor behind the brochure, ...
Tags: Tech, FBI DEA, Tombstone Cam

Pac-12 media strategy: A worst-case scenario with ESPN and Fox looks something like this

With the backing of the presidents and chancellors, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott made a big bet at the start of the 2010s. Scott wagered the conference’s present and future on the value of independence, eschewing a partner for the Pac-12 Networks and establishing coterminous expiration dates for all media contracts. The Tier One deals with Fox and ESPN … the Pac-12 Networks’ deals with Comcast and others — they would all expire at the same time. In the spring of 2024, the rights to every Pac-...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Nbc, Abc, Disney, Sports, Sport, Fox, Netflix, Soccer, Comcast, Tennessee, Cbs, College sports, SEC

SEO for Voice Search | 5 Valuable Tips to Optimize Voice Search in 2020

What is Voice Search? Why is it Important? Voice search is a technology that allows you to say a voice command to access information on Google and other search engines. Companies like Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft created voice technologies and aliases like Siri and Alexa to be your sidekick that helps you find information on the web.  But, how do these companies decide which information best answers the questions you ask? Ever since the Hummingbird update , Google focuses on ranking rele...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Marketing, Siri, Seo, Voice, Voice Search, Alexa, Search Engine Optimization, Google Search Console, Brad, Google Google, Taste of Home, Amazon Apple, Public Answer the Public, Voice Search Optimization

The End of the Beginning (slashdot)

The beginning of technology was about the shift from batch computing in one place to continuous computing everywhere. That era of paradigm changes may be over, which means the real changes are only beginning, argues columnist Ben Thompson. His conclusion: Today's cloud and mobile companies -- Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, and Google -- may very well be the GM, Ford, and Chrysler of the 21st century. The beginning era of technology, where new challengers were started every year, has come to an end; h...
Tags: Google, News, Ben Thompson, Chrysler, GM Ford, Msmash, Amazon Microsoft Apple

Apple AirPlay 2: Here’s everything you need to know

Apple's most recent update to its AirPlay protocol is called Airplay 2, and it's available on a growing list of devices. We explain what AirPlay 2 is, how it's different from the original, and how to take advantage of it.
Tags: Apple, Trends, Other, Home Theater, Airplay, Buying Guides, iOS 11, HomePod, Airplay 2, Tier 4

Peak TV Hits a New Peak, With 532 Scripted Shows

The number of original series continued to swell in 2019, with Apple and Disney adding to the glut. When will the bubble pop?
Tags: Apple, Television, News, Disney, John, Netflix Inc, Landgraf, Downloads and Streaming, Video Recordings, Home Box Office, Web-Original Programming, FX (TV Network, Disney Plus

SiriusXM and Pandora test bundle discounts

It’s been less than a year since SiriusXM completed its $3.5 billion acquisition of streaming music service Pandora, but the two companies have already leveraged their collective assets to boost each other’s services. For example, SiriusXM talk shows arrived on Pandora as podcasts, while a Pandora-powered station now streams popular songs for both sets of listeners. Now, the company is considering tying the two services together in a different way — by packaging them as a discounted bundle. What...
Tags: Apps, Music, Media, Tech, Pandora, Streaming, Streaming Music, Phillips, Chris Phillips, SiriusXM, Pandora Premium Family, CES 2020

Toyota announces plans for the “Woven City”, a high-tech hydrogen-powered community of the future

In California, the Toyota motor corp revealed plans to build a prototype “city” of the future neat Mt. Fuji, Japan, where it will be a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Named the “Woven City,” the community will act as a “living laboratory” where the space will serve as a home to full-time residents and researchers who will be able to test and develop technologies such as autonomy, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes, and artificial intelligence. The city’s buildings...
Tags: Google, London, California, Bjarke Ingels, Toyota, Producer News, Mt Fuji Japan

Watch Out, Opportunity, Mark Zuckerberg Is About to Fuck You Up

On Thursday, Facebook overlord Mark Zuckerberg published his annual New Year’s resolution list. Last year, he promised to hold a series of public talks on issues posed by the tech industry (and boy, did he ever). Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Technology, Instagram, Social Media, Whatsapp, E Commerce, Decentralizing Opportunity

E-Scooter Startup Lime Shuts In 12 Markets, Lays Off Around 100

Scooter company Lime is laying off about 14% of its workforce (roughly 100 employees) and shuttering operations in 12 markets as it seeks to become profitable this year, the company tells Axios. From the report: After two years of explosive growth, scooter companies have entered a new phase -- survival of the fittest in a capital-intensive, money-losing industry. "We're very confident that in 2020, Lime will be the first next-generation mobility company to be profitable," Lime president Joe Krau...
Tags: Europe, US, Tech, Latin America, Sao Paulo, Lime, Kraus, Joe Kraus, Atlanta Phoenix San Diego San Antonio, Linz Austria Kraus

The best laptop deals for January 2020: Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre X360, and more

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work, we have you covered. We've put together a list of the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.
Tags: Deals, Trends, Computing, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, Chromebooks, Macbooks

The top ten most valuable companies in the world

When Apple became the world's first trillion-dollar company last year, it lifted the benchmark of success among the international giants of commerce.Amazon and Apple's long-time nemesis Microsoft would also cross that threshold,... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Business, Microsoft

Alex Garland's Tech Horror Series Devs Drops an Eerie First Trailer

After all the intriguing glimpses we got of Devs—Alex Garland’s new FX on Hulu sci-fi series, starring Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) and Sonoya Mizuno (Garland’s Ex Machina)—at last year’s New York Comic Con, we’re excited to see there’s now an official trailer and a release date for the eight-episode series.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Horror, Streaming, Sci Fi, Nick Offerman, Ai, Hulu, FX, Quantum Computing, Alex Garland, Sonoya Mizuno, New York Comic Con, Devs, Nick Offerman Parks, Sonoya Mizuno Garland

Installing Air Filters in Classrooms Has Surprisingly Large Educational Benefits

An emergency situation that turned out to be mostly a false alarm led a lot of schools in Los Angeles to install air filters, and something strange happened: Test scores went up. By a lot. And the gains were sustained in the subsequent year rather than fading away. From a report: That's what NYU's Michael Gilraine finds in a new working paper titled "Air Filters, Pollution, and Student Achievement" that looks at the surprising consequences of the Aliso Canyon gas leak in 2015. The impact of the ...
Tags: Los Angeles, Tech, Nyu, Aliso Canyon, Michael Gilraine, Gilraine

Thermaltake’s MONSTER Case, DistroCase, new TOUGHRAM & More at CES 2020!

This year at CES 2020 Thermaltake had quite a lot, but the thing that really caught our attention was their AH T600 TG, which was this massive case! They also had an ultimate case for watercooling enthusiasts, which was the DistroCase 360! The post Thermaltake’s MONSTER Case, DistroCase, new TOUGHRAM & More at CES 2020! appeared first on
Tags: Ces, All News, Hardware News, Watercooling, Thermaltake, Toughram, CES 2020, AH T600 TG, DistroCase 360p, Floe RC240, Floe RX360

The ThinkPad X1 Fold made me a believer in the foldable PC

Plenty of experimental products claim to evolve laptops to their next form. But at CES 2020, I tried out the ThinkPad X1 Fold, a foldable PC, and it made me a believer
Tags: Trends, Computing, Lenovo, Laptops, Thinkpad, CES 2020, Thinkpad X1 Fold

Porch pockets $20.6M in first funding round since 2015

The funds will be used to fund operations and push the company toward profitability, said CEO Matt Ehrlichmann in a statement.
Tags: Technology, Funding, Radio, Porch, Keller Williams, GeekWire, Select, Moderne Ventures, Matt Ehrlichmann

Wall St. notches records on trade optimism, Apple gains

Major U.S. stock indexes registered record closing highs on Thursday as optimism about a U.S.-China trade deal firmed and as Apple and other market heavyweights posted strong gains.
Tags: Apple, Money, China, businessNews, Major U S

Google scolded for depriving the poor of privacy after Chinese malware bundled on phones for hard-up Americans

To make matters worse, uninstalling it could cause even more pain Updated On Wednesday, more than 50 advocacy groups accused Google of exploiting poor people by failing to police misbehaving Android apps on cheap phones.…
Tags: Google, Software

Google scolded for depriving the poor of privacy as Chinese malware bundled on phones for hard-up Americans

To make matters worse, uninstalling it could cause even more pain Updated On Wednesday, more than 50 advocacy groups accused Google of exploiting poor people by failing to police misbehaving Android apps on cheap phones.…
Tags: Google, Software

Google Parent Alphabet Poised to Reach $1 Trillion Market Valuation

Google parent Alphabet Inc., the holding company that consists of a wide range of ventures in addition to the search giant, is inching toward a $1 trillion valuation after positive analyst commentary triggered a 1.7% rise in shares, according to Bloomberg. Now, at $980 billion after a nearly 40% increase following a low in June,...
Tags: Google, General, Advertising, Alphabet Inc, Bloomberg Now

Facebook Is Forcing Its Moderators To Log Every Second of Their Days

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: When Valera Zaicev began working in Dublin as one of Facebook's moderators a couple years ago, he knew he'd be looking at some of the most graphic and violent content on the internet. What he didn't know was that Facebook would be counting the seconds of his bathroom breaks. Facebook, which outsources the majority of its content moderation to over 15,000 third-party contractors, didn't always keep those employees on such a tight leash. When Z...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Dublin, Chris Gray, Increasingly Facebook, Valera Zaicev, Zaicev

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