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Senators Told Cell Phones or Other Electronic Devices Won't Be Allowed at Trump Impeachment Trial

Senators have been told they have to leave cell phones and all other electronic devices outside the chamber when Donald Trump’s impeachment trial commences, according to “decorum guidelines” obtained by CNN.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Technology, Congress, Senate, Smartphones, Cnn, Donald Trump, Trump Impeachment, Trump Impeachment Trial


How to Double Click on iPhone 11 to Install Apps from App Store

A lot has changed since Apple launched the iPhone X in 2017. In iPhone X and newer iPhones, there is no home button and hence no Touch ID, as well. The Side button replaces the power button found in iPhone 8 and earlier whereas Face ID replaces Touch ID. If you own an iPhone X or later, then you need to use gestures to navigate across your phone, multitask, search, access the Control Center and more. That said if you have upgraded to iPhone 11 from iPhone 8 or older then you may initially find i...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Security, Apps, Blogging, Apple Pay, App Store, How To's, Control Center, Faceid, iPhone 11, Side Button


Letting Slower Passengers Board Airplane First Really Is Faster, Study Finds

According to physicist Jason Steffen, letting slower passengers board airplanes first actually results in a more efficient process and less time before takeoff. An anonymous reader shares a report from Ars Technica: Back in 2011, Jason Steffen, now a physicist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, became intrigued by the problem and applied the same optimization routine used to solve the famous traveling salesman problem to airline boarding strategies. Steffen fully expected that boarding from...
Tags: Israel, Tech, Latvia, Einstein, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Steffen, Jason Steffen, Sveinung Erland, Western Norway University, Physical Review E Read


US lawmakers concerned by accuracy of facial recognition

Lawmakers heard testimony on the risks of facial recognition programs which are largely unregulated.
Tags: US, Tech


Only Known Full-Time Cybersecurity Director Working for Any Democratic Presidential Campaign Resigns

Democratic candidate for president and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign cybersecurity official has resigned, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.Read more...
Tags: Elections, Science, Technology, China, Russia, Iran, Cybersecurity, South Bend Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, 2020 Election, Election Security, Election Interference


The US and China's tech cold war is far from over, even with Trump's trade deal. Here's why tech companies will remain on the front lines of the trans-Pacific rivalry.

The US and China took the first steps toward halting a near-two-year-long trade war raging between the two countries, as President Trump signed an interim trade deal with China on Wednesday But although the first phase of the deal addressed intellectual property issues that American tech companies have complained about for years, the broader issues surrounding tech supremacy - which have fueled tensions between the two countries - remain largely unaddressed, according to some experts.  Issues ...
Tags: Google, UK, Obama, Stanford, White House, China, US, Trends, New York Times, Huawei, Financial Times, Trump, Reuters, Webster, New America, Department of Commerce


Google Introduces a New Shopping Section in Search Results via @MattGSouthern

Google’s rolling out a new addition to search results this week which makes it easy to shop for popular products.The post Google Introduces a New Shopping Section in Search Results via @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, News, Seo


Bose Is Closing All of Its Retail Stores In North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia

Bose plans to close its entire retail store footprint in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia. The company announced the decision earlier today and pointed to the fact that its headphones, speakers, and other products "are increasingly purchased through e-commerce" as the reasoning. Hundreds of employees will be laid off as a result. The Verge reports: Bose opened its first physical retail store in 1993 and currently has locations in many shopping centers and the remaining malls scattered...
Tags: South Korea, Australia, US, Tech, United Arab Emirates, Bose, Greater China, Framingham Massachusetts, India Southeast Asia, North America Europe Japan


Gary Starkweather, Inventor of the Laser Printer, Dies At 81

Gary Starkweather, engineer and inventor of the first laser printer, died on December 26 at the age of 81. The New York Times reports: Mr. Starkweather was working as a junior engineer in the offices of the Xerox Corporation in Rochester, N.Y., in 1964 -- several years after the company had introduced the photocopier to American office buildings -- when he began working on a version that could transmit information between two distant copiers, so that a person could scan a document in one place a...
Tags: Tech, New York Times, Rochester, Northern California, University of South Florida, Xerox Corporation, Palo Alto Research Center, Starkweather, Mountain View Calif, Gary Starkweather, Gary Starkweather Inventor


Europe Plans Law To Give All Phones Same Charger

On Monday, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) discussed the idea of introducing "binding measures" that would require chargers that fit all mobile phones and portable electronic devices. The company that would be impacted most by this legislation would be Apple and its iPhone, which uses a Lightning cable while most new Android phones use USB-C ports for charging. ZDNet reports: The EU introduced the voluntary Radio Equipment Directive in 2014, but MEPs believe the effort fell short of th...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Eu, Lightning, European Parliament, Ming Chi Kuo, Zdnet, Noted Apple


Google wants to kill cookies. Here's what that means

Google controls the way most of the world surfs the internet, with its Chrome browser accounting for more than half the global market. Now, it's planning to get rid of the way companies and advertisers track Chrome's millions of users.
Tags: Google, News, Stories


Google wants to change the way cookies work

Google controls the way most of the world surfs the internet, with its Chrome browser accounting for more than half the global market. Now, it's planning to get rid of the way companies and advertisers track Chrome's millions of users.
Tags: Google, Cnn


Virginia governor bans guns from State Capitol ahead of pro-gun rally

A lobby day against stricter gun laws is expected to attract thousands of people, including members of anti-government groupsThe Virginia governor on Wednesday said he was temporarily banning all guns and weapons from the area around the Capitol in Richmond ahead of a major gun rights demonstration set for next week.Ralph Northam, who is leading the push for stronger gun laws in his state, said he wants to avoid a repeat of violence that erupted at a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesvil...
Tags: Google, Texas, News, Washington Post, Oregon, Virginia, Connecticut, Guardian, Associated Press, Charlottesville, Tea Party, Richmond, Democratic, Capitol, National Public Radio, State Capitol


Joby Aviation raises $590 million led by Toyota to launch an electric air taxi service

Joby Aviation has raised a $590 million Series C round of funding, including $394 million from lead investor Toyota Motor Corporation, the company announced today. Joby is in the process of developing an electric air taxi service, which will make use of in-house developed electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that will in part benefit from strategic partner Toyota’s vehicle manufacturing experience. This brings the total number of funding in Joby Aviation to $720 million, an...
Tags: TC, Transportation, California, China, Tech, Companies, Automotive, Aviation, Toyota, Airbus, Manufacturing, Aerospace, Intel Capital, Federal Aviation Administration, Santa Cruz, Vtol


iPhones Can Now Be Used To Generate 2FA Security Keys For Google Accounts

Most modern iPhones running iOS 13 can now be used as a built-in phone security key for Google apps. 9to5Google reports: A built-in phone security key differs from the Google Prompt, though both essentially share the same UI. The latter push-based approach is found in the Google Search app and Gmail, while today's announcement is more akin to a physical USB-C/Lightning key in terms of being resistant to phishing attempts and verifying who you are. Your phone security key needs to be physically n...
Tags: Apple, Google, Tech, Google Smart Lock


Google may soon let you record phone calls on Android

I’m pretty sure most of have wished we could record our phone calls at one point or the other. I often interview people over the phone, and it’s annoying to have to jerryrig a microphone setup. Maybe you want proof of a spam caller’s harassment. Or maybe you just want to give that you want to give your bank a taste of its own medicine and record your conversation for quality assurance. Google’s Phone app, used in Pixel and Android One devices, may soon let you (again). Mishaal Rahman over at XDA...
Tags: Google, Startups, Xda, Insider, Mishaal Rahman, Plugged


Audible Settles Copyright Lawsuit With Publishers Over Audiobook Captions

After months of back and forth, Audible has settled in a copyright lawsuit with major publishers over its plan to introduce captions to their recordings, a proposal that the publishing houses argued was simply reading. The Guardian reports: In July, the audiobook company owned by Amazon announced Captions, an additional function for the existing app that would allow customers to read the text as it was read, as well as looking up words and translating them. Captions had been slated to launch in ...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Macmillan, Audible, New York Audible


Google Is Buying the World's Most Boring (but Useful) Startup (gizmodo)

You know how sometimes when you Google a store, you get a pop-out sidebar containing info about products that store currently has in stock? Well, in a deal announced today, Google has agreed to purchase the startup responsible for making those sidebars possible. Read more... [Author: Sam Rutherford]
Tags: Google, News, Sam Rutherford


Why Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's teenage daughter Apple got mad at dad

Even famous dads can embarrass their teenage kids. Just ask Chris Martin, whose surprise visit at his daughter Apple's first job did not go over well.          [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Apple, Usa, Religion, Chris Martin, Usa Today


Crowdfunded hardware startups are breathing fresh life into music making

I love music. Seriously, it’s one of the few things that brings solace in this cold, lonely world. Want to go deep on Joni Mitchell, William Onyeabor or Pablo Casals? I’m game. Yes, I worked at multiple record stores years before TechCrunch. Yes, I will always be that guy. What I will never be, however, is a musician, professional or otherwise. I’m resolved to this fact at this point in my life. I’ll never be a rock star like I’ll never be a professional baseball player — both facts I’ve mos...
Tags: Hardware, Tech, Kickstarter, Sensel, Roli, Sxsw, Nwa, Pablo Casals, ORBA, JOUE, Mike Butera, CES 2020, Ethan Jin, Artiphone, Joni Mitchell William Onyeabor, Rhythmo The Austin


Twitch Has Become a Haven For Live Sports Piracy

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: Twitch has been and remains home to illicit sports broadcasts; a late December boxing match attracted over 86,000 viewers -- some of whom spammed ASCII genitalia in chat -- and a mid-January soccer match drew over 70,000 over three livestreams. Although Twitch often stomps them out mid-match, plenty of livestreams posted by throwaway accounts with innocuous names like "Untitled" slip through the cracks and garner tens of thousands of viewers. As th...
Tags: Russia, Tech, Reddit, Twitch, Tom, ASCII, Muso On Discord, Yuliana Tabastayeva


Apple’s rack-mountable Mac Pro is now available (ars technica)

The front of the rack-mountable Mac Pro. [credit: Apple ] Apple has begun selling the rack-mounted variant of its Mac Pro desktop computer. The tower version launched about a month ago, but the rack version is currently showing ship dates ranging from January 23 to February 13, depending on the buyer's chosen specifications. Starting at $6,499 (or $500 more than the tower version), the ...
Tags: Apple, News, Intel Xeon, Samuel Axon


Companies take baby steps toward home robots at CES

“I think there are fewer fake robots this year.” I spoke to a lot of roboticists and robot-adjacent folks at this year’s CES, but that comment from Labrador Systems co-funder/CEO Mike Dooley summed up the situation nicely. The show is slowly, but steadily, starting to take robotics more seriously. It’s true that words like “fake” and “seriously” are quite subjective; surely all of those classified by one of us as the former would take great issue with the tag. It’s also true that there are s...
Tags: Hardware, Tech, Robotics, Darrell, Mike Dooley, CES 2020, Labrador Systems


Trump wants a backdoor into your iPhone. So do muggers, experts say

If the U.S. government were to get its way and be granted a backdoor into people's phones, the likelihood of street crime and muggings would exponentially increase, experts say.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, Cybersecurity, Trump, iPhone encryption, Phone Encryption, Government Unlocking Phones


Google update turns your iPhone into a physical account security key

Google today updated its iOS Smart Lock app with a feature that essentially replaces a physical security key with your actual phone. Android phones have had this feature for months, but now iPhone owners can also use it. The update notes for the new version of the Smart Lock app read “With this new update, you can now set up your phone’s built-in security key, the best second factor protection for your Google Account.” What this means is that, when you log into your Google accounts, you can conf...
Tags: Google, Startups


FBI Arrests Man Suspected of Orchestrating Dozens of 'Swatting' Calls

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The U.S. government has criminally charged a Virginia man for helping to organize dozens of "swatting" attacks and bomb threats made against a variety of targets in the United States and Canada. The man allegedly belonged to a group that coordinated via IRC and Tor hidden services to target prominent gamers, journalists, and government officials. The group's online chats were often racist, with comments suggesting antipathy toward Jews and b...
Tags: Virginia, Tech, Fbi, Canada, United States, Brian Krebs, IRC, Kelley, Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria Virginia Security, John William Kirby Kelley Krebs


Apple buys edge-based AI startup Xnor.ai for a reported $200M

Xnor.ai, spun off in 2017 from the nonprofit Allen Institute for AI (AI2), has been acquired by Apple for about $200 million. A source close to the company corroborated a report this morning from GeekWire to that effect. Apple confirmed the reports with its standard statement for this sort of quiet acquisition: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” (I’ve asked for clarification just in case.) Xnor.ai began as a pro...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Seattle, Farhadi, Madrona, University of Washington An, HomePod Apple, Ali Farhadi, XNOR, Allen Institute for AI AI2, Seattle s Madrona Venture Group


AirPods Pros giving you noise-cancellation issues? A fix could come soon

ANC, one of the best features of the new Apple AirPods Pro, is reportedly giving some owners problems. It has been negatively affected by a recent firmware update, leaving folks searching for answers.
Tags: Apple, Trends, Problems, Home Theater, ANC, True Wireless Earbuds, AirPods Pro, How To Fix


Save over $200 with discounted student tickets to Robotics + AI 2020

If you’re a current student and you love robots — and the AI that drives them — you do not want to miss out on TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020. Our day-long deep dive into these two life-altering technologies takes place on March 3 at UC Berkeley and features the best and brightest minds, makers and influencers. We’ve set aside a limited number of deeply discounted tickets for students because, let’s face it, the future of robotics and AI can’t happen without cultivating the next generation. Tic...
Tags: Startups, Technology, Events, Tech, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Machine Learning, Mars, Robotics, Berkeley, Uc-berkeley, Red Planet, SRI International, Karen Myers, Lucy Condakchian


The US government should stop demanding tech companies compromise on encryption

In a tweet late Tuesday, President Trump criticized Apple for refusing “to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements.” Trump was specifically referring to a locked iPhone that belonged to a Saudi airman who killed three U.S sailors in an attack on a Florida base in December. It’s only the latest example of the government trying to gain access to a terror suspect’s device it claims it can’t access because of the encryption that scrambles the device’s data wit...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Security, Florida, Congress, Government, US, Tech, Smartphones, Encryption, Cryptography, Online Shopping, President, Department Of Justice, Computer Security, Trump



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