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Opera Accused of Offering Predatory Loans Through Android apps

"It's no secret that Opera isn't doing so well in the era of Chrome dominance," reports Android Police. "According to a report published by Hindenburg Research, the company's losses in browser revenue have apparently led it to create multiple loan apps with short payment windows and interest rates of ~365-876%, which are in violation of new Play Store rules Google enacted last year." The apps are aimed at India, Kenya and Nigeria, reports Engadget: The apps would claim to offer maximum annual ...
Tags: Google, China, Nigeria, Tech, Opera, Engadget, India Kenya, Hindenburg Research


SAG Awards: Jennifer Aniston Lands Apple TV Plus Its First Major Hollywood Win

Apple TV Plus is on the board. The new streaming service won its first major Hollywood honor on Sunday, as “The Morning Show” star Jennifer Aniston picked up a SAG Award for best female actor in a drama. The win capped a busy Sunday for the streaming service, which held its first-ever presentation at the […]
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, News, Awards, Jennifer Aniston, SAG Awards, The Crown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Apple TV Plus


Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G live images surface — punch-hole 120Hz OLED screen, Snapdragon 865, 108MP quad rear cameras, 65W fast charging

Xiaomi already confirmed that it will introduce Mi 10 powered by Snapdragon 865 Mobile platform with Samsung's 108MP sensor in Q1 2020. Today live images of the smartphone have surfaced revealing the design of the smartphone. The images show curved punch-hole screen, which should be AMOLED with 120Hz refresh rate and feature in-display fingerprint scanner, quad rear cameras, which should be similar to Mi Mix Alpha and a 3D curved glass back. The box confirms the Mi 10 Pro 5G name, and there sh...
Tags: News, Samsung, Blogging, Xiaomi, Rumors, Mi 10 Pro 5G, Mi 10 Pro 5G leak, Mi 10 Pro 5G specs, Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G


Parasite Wins Big at SAG Awards, but So Do Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston

“Parasite” has officially infected this year’s award season. Bong Joon Ho’s Korean class satire became the first foreign language film to take top honors from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday, setting itself up as a legitimate best picture contender to the front-runner “1917” at next month’s Academy Awards. The best ensemble win for “Parasite” came over the starry epics “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and “The Irishman.” It was a surprise but only to a degree. “Parasite,” up for six Osca...
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, Celebrities, News, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Jennifer Aniston, Leonardo Dicaprio, Robert De Niro, Sam Mendes, Heath Ledger, Brad Pitt, Scorsese, Donald Trump, Screen Actors Guild, Adam Sandler


Do Engineering Managers Need To Be 'Technical'?

Will Larson has been an engineering leader at Digg, Uber, and Stripe, and last May published the book An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management. Recently he wrote a thoughtful essay asking, "Do engineering managers need to be technical?" exploring the industry's current thinking and arriving at a surprisingly thoughtful conclusion: Around 2010, with Google ascendant, product managers were finding more and more doors closed to them if they didn't have a computer science degree. If t...
Tags: Google, Tech, Will Larson, FANG Facebook Amazon Netflix Google, Digg Uber, Fastly Lyft


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Eric Volkman: Apple Sued for Patent Infringement by Masimo and Affiliate (Source: The Motley Fool) Jon Erlichman: BlackBerry Led Canadian Tech Firms in U.S. Patent Grants Last Year (Source: BNN Bloomberg) Laurence Watts: Synedgen Granted New EU Patent For Treating GI Mucositis (Source: Yahoo Finance) Ingrid Lunden: US Patents Hit Record 333,530 Granted in 2019; IBM, Samsung (Not the FAANGs) Lead the Pack (Source: Tech Crunch) Todd Bishop: Sonos vs. Google: ...
Tags: Google, Law, US, Stevens, Yahoo Finance, Sarah Kaplan, Ingrid Lunden, Masimo, Todd Bishop, Eric Volkman, Knobbe Martens, Christopher Buccafusco, IBM Samsung, BNN Bloomberg, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni


Need 2 Know Series – Purchasing an Enterprise ATS – CABs

    Part 6: ATS Customer Advisory Boards Customer Advisory Boards (CABs) are essentially partnerships between recruiting/HR Tech vendors and practitioners. In an ideal CAB relationship, the vendor would have a slate of new features to showcase, a list of questions about how the recruiters and TA leaders tend to use the software, questions about […]
Tags: Technology, Featured, News, Recruiting, Hiring, Branding, Greenhouse, ATS, Blog Posts, Applicant Tracking System, Talent Acquisition, William Tincup


Huawei Will Get Mapping Tech from TomTom Because the U.S. Banned It from Using Google Maps

Huawei has a message for the United States: It can live without Google Maps. The Chinese smartphone giant has reached a deal with the Dutch location technology provider TomTom that will allow it to use the company’s maps, traffic information and navigation software to develop its own mobile apps.Read more...
Tags: Android, Science, United States, Google Maps, Huawei, TomTom


Apple TV+: ‘Defending Jacob’ and ‘Central Park’ Premiere Dates, Early Renewals for ‘Mythic Quest’ and ‘Home Before Dark’ [TCA 2020]

Apple TV+ presented panels to the Television Critics Association for the first time since its launch on November 1. Two of the shows appearing on the panel shows have already been renewed for a second season before they premiere (just like some of the shows that have already debuted on the streamer), and Apple announced premiere dates for them and a couple other upcoming original series. Chris Evans, Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Daveed Diggs, Rob McElhenney, and more star in the upcoming Apple TV+ s...
Tags: Apple, Florida, Comedy, New York, Television, Movies, Drama, Brooklyn, Animation, Evans, Philadelphia, Bob, Burgers, Stanley Tucci, Chris-Evans, Central Park


Wolf Puppies, Coke Energy and the Last Vestige of Internet Explorer: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

To celebrate this three-day weekend, we’re going to share some pretty adorable news: Wolf puppies can play fetch. Isn’t that cool? Yes, I know, these are wolf puppies. They’re probably a lot more dangerous when they grow up when compared to normal puppies, but the idea of cute little wolf puppies playing fetch still…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Tinder, Languages, Wolves, Windows 7, Internet Explorer, Doordash, Colin Trevorrow, Wolf, Energy Drinks, Best Of Gizmodo, Wolf Puppies Coke Energy


Samsung invests $500M to set up a smartphone display plant in India

Samsung, which once led India’s smartphone market, is investing $500 million in its India operations to set up a manufacturing plant at the outskirts of New Delhi to produce displays. The company disclosed the investment and its plan in a filing to the local regulator earlier this month. The South Korean giant said the plant would produce displays for smartphones as well as a wide-range of other electronics devices. In the filing, the company disclosed that it has allocated some land area from i...
Tags: Gadgets, Mobile, Asia, India, Samsung, Tech, Xiaomi, New Delhi, Noida, India Samsung


71-Year-Old William Gibson Explores 'Existing Level of Weirdness' For New Dystopian SciFi Novel

71-year-old science fiction author William Gibson coined the word "cyberspace" in his 1984 novel Neuromancer. 36 years later he's back with an even more dystopian future in his new novel Agency. But in a surprisingly candid interview in the Daily Beast, Gibson says he prefers watching emerging new technologies first because "To use it is to be changed by it; you're not the same person." "I'm not someone who works from assumptions about where technology might be going. My method of writing is ...
Tags: London, Washington Post, White House, Tech, Earth, Britain, Middle East, Silicon Valley, William Gibson, Donald Trump, Gibson, Eunice


Apple Reveals ‘Amazing Stories’ Premiere Date and First Look, Series Already Renewed for Season 2 [TCA 2020]

Apple TV+ presented panels on the last day of the Television Critics Association winter press tour. The streamer finally announced premiere date for the long-awaited reboot of Steven Spielberg’s anthology series Amazing Stories. The revival of the series has been one of the cornerstones of Apple’s originals slate, but this is the first word we’ve gotten on when the show will arrive, and it also came with an Amazing Stories first look photo. Amazing Stories will premiere Friday, March 6 with t...
Tags: Apple, Movies, Santa Claus, Spielberg, Steven Spielberg, Rod Serling, Television Critics Association, Robert Forster, Bryan Fuller, Adam Horowitz, Eddy Kitsis, Appletv, Amazing Stories, Mark Mylod, Juliana Canfield, Bishé


Apple TV+ Reveals ‘Amazing Stories’ Premiere Date and First Look [TCA 2020]

UPDATE: The original version of this story inaccurately mentioned a second season renewal for Amazing Stories, but this was a misconception by our reporter at the TCAs. Our corrected story follows below. Apple TV+ presented panels on the last day of the Television Critics Association winter press tour. The streamer finally announced premiere date for the long-awaited reboot of Steven Spielberg’s anthology series Amazing Stories. The revival of the series has been one of the cornerstones of Appl...
Tags: Apple, Movies, Santa Claus, Spielberg, Steven Spielberg, Rod Serling, Television Critics Association, Robert Forster, Bryan Fuller, Adam Horowitz, Eddy Kitsis, Appletv, Amazing Stories, Mark Mylod, Juliana Canfield, Bishé


127 Tesla Owners Complain The Cars Accelerate On Their Own

An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press: The U.S. government's auto safety agency is looking into allegations that all three of Tesla's electric vehicle models can suddenly accelerate on their own. Brian Sparks of Berkeley, California, petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking for an investigation. An agency document shows 127 owner complaints to the government that include 110 crashes and 52 injuries. The agency said it will look into allegations that cover ...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Associated Press, Cnbc, Nhtsa, Berkeley California, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Borris, Brian Sparks, Frank Borris


‘Bob’s Burgers’ Creator Loren Bouchard on ‘Conundrum’ of Casting Kristen Bell as Biracial Character in ‘Central Park’

“Bob’s Burgers” creator Loren Bouchard addressed his decision, at the Television Critics Assn. winter press tour on Sunday, to cast men as female animated characters and Kristen Bell as a biracial lead in his new Apple TV Plus animated musical comedy, “Central Park,” calling the latter a “casting conundrum.” “Central Park” centers on a family […]
Tags: Apple, News, Bob, Kristen Bell, Central Park, Daveed Diggs, Loren Bouchard, Television Critics Assn, Apple TV Plus


China leads the World Design Rankings in 2020: A look at a few A’ Design Awardees from the country

We’re kicking off 2020 with the World Design Rankings as they stand, and it seems like China has steadily found its way to the number 1 position, with a stunning 1538 A’ Design Awards over the years. The World Design Rankings provide a window into which country is the most progressive when it comes to design thinking and more accurately, which country houses the world’s best designers. As of the beginning of this decade, China, USA, Japan, Italy, and the UK sit at the top five positions of the g...
Tags: Motorola, UK, Design, Microsoft, China, Awards, Nike, Shanghai, Best Of, Lenovo, Product Design, Times Square, Guilin, Yang, Guangxi, Nike Run Club


Facebook Won't Put Ads in WhatsApp -- For Now

Facebook "will no longer push through with its plans to sell ads on WhatsApp," writes Engadget, citing a report in the Wall Street Journal which says WhatsApp still "plans at some point to introduce ads to Status." Newsweek reports: WhatsApp is the only app in Facebook's suite of products free from ads, which make up a vast amount of the parent company's revenue, bringing in the majority of its $17.65 billion during Q3 last year. Like rival apps Snapchat or TikTok, advertising features promine...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Wall Street Journal, Jan Koum, Engadget, Acton, Newsweek, Koum, Navarra, Brian Acton, Matt Navarra


Apple TV Plus Announces Premiere Dates for Steven Spielberg’s ‘Amazing Stories,’ ‘Defending Jacob,’ More

Apple TV Plus announced the premiere dates for a number of upcoming series, including Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories.” “Amazing Stories,” a reimagining of the original anthology series, will debut five episodes on Mar. 6. One of these is “The Rift,” a first look from which can be seen above, that stars Kerry Lynn Bishe, Whitney […]
Tags: Apple, Home, News, Steven Spielberg, Central Park, Jacob, Dear, Trying, Amazing Stories, Defending Jacob, Apple TV Plus, Visible: Out on Television, Kerry Lynn Bishe Whitney


China Roundup: Tencent’s new US gaming studio and WeChat’s new paywall

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. The spotlight this week is back on Tencent, which has made some interesting moves in gaming and content publishing. There will be no roundup next week as China observes the Lunar New Year, but the battle only intensifies for the country’s internet giants, particularly short-video rivals Douyin (TikTok’s Chinese version) an...
Tags: Apple, TC, MOBA, Asia, China, Southeast Asia, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Spokesperson, Model, Software, United States, Tencent, WeChat, AAA


HBO's New Space Comedy Mocks 'Tech Bros in Charge'

Engadget reports on a new tech-industry-in-space comedy premiering tonight on HBO: If you thought that HBO was done mocking technology companies now that Silicon Valley is done, think again. Avenue 5 is the channel's new sitcom, and one that asks the question: "What if tech bros were in charge of more than just our internet histories?'" The answer, at least according to the first half of the season, is that it won't be pretty -- or safe... The Avenue 5 is a large space liner that, in the word...
Tags: Hbo, California, Tech, Silicon Valley, Huawei, Engadget, Judd, Eben Bolter, Herman Judd Josh Gad, Judd Corporation


Apple TV Plus Announces Premiere Dates for Steven Spielberg’s ‘Amazing Stories,’ More

Apple TV Plus announced the premiere dates for a number of upcoming series, including Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories.” “Amazing Stories,” a reimagining of the original anthology series, will debut five episodes on Mar. 6. One of these is “The Rift,” a first look from which can be seen above, that stars Kerry Lynn Bishe, Whitney […]
Tags: Apple, Home, News, Steven Spielberg, Central Park, Dear, Trying, Amazing Stories, Apple TV Plus, Visible: Out on Television, Kerry Lynn Bishe Whitney


In Los Angeles, the Women’s March embraces technology to organize and inspire

The roughly 300,000 marchers that filled the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the third annual Women’s March received more than just an opportunity to hear from some of the state’s high powered politicians, they were also part of a new experiment from local March organizers in bringing technology into the movement. Using an organizational tool called SameSide, whose launch coincided with the Women’s March and a joint effort with RockTheVote, Women’s March organizers are hoping to transfer exc...
Tags: TC, Navy, China, Los Angeles, Tech, Fatma Al Remaihi, KO, Shenzhen, Mark, Nicole, Beckett, Greater China, Emiliana, Guereca, iDreamSky, Sybo


Scientists Are Generating Oxygen from Simulated Moon Dust

"European researchers are working on a system that can churn out breathable oxygen from simulated samples of moon dust," reports Gizmodo: "Being able to acquire oxygen from resources found on the Moon would obviously be hugely useful for future lunar settlers, both for breathing and in the local production of rocket fuel," explained Beth Lomax, a chemist from the University of Glasgow, in an European Space Agency (ESA) press release. Lomax, along with ESA research fellow Alexandre Meurisse, are...
Tags: Tech, Esa, European Space Agency, Gizmodo, European Space Agency ESA, Lomax, University of Glasgow, Beth Lomax, Alexandre Meurisse, Materials and Electrical Components Laboratory, Noordwijk the Netherlands


8 Ways To Get A Perfect Site Health Score In WordPress

In case you missed it, WordPress’ 5.2 update last year actually came with a significant new metric for measuring your website’s stability or quality. It’s called the site health score and you can use it as a way to find out whether your website should be functioning properly. It will give each and every WordPress website a rating from 0 percent up to 100 percent. Of course, 100 percent is the highest and best number a WordPress website must aspire for in the site health score. This ensu...
Tags: Health, Google, Wordpress, Advertising, Php, Mysql, Website Security, Blog Tips


Telnet Passwords Leaked For More Than 500,000 Servers, Routers, and IoT Devices

ZDNet is reporting on a security breach leaking "a massive list of Telnet credentials for more than 515,000 servers, home routers, and IoT (Internet of Things) 'smart' devices." The list, which was published on a popular hacking forum, includes each device's IP address, along with a username and password for the Telnet service, a remote access protocol that can be used to control devices over the internet... Some devices were located on the networks of known internet service providers (indicatin...
Tags: Tech, Zdnet


Apple TV Plus Mystery ‘Home Before Dark’ Renewed for Season 2 Ahead of Series Premiere

“Home Before Dark,” Apple TV Plus’ mystery series inspired by the real-life reporting of 9-year-old investigative journalist Hilde Lysiak, has nabbed an early Season 2 renewal ahead of its series premiere on April 3. Directed and executive produced by Jon M. Chu and created by showrunners and exec producers Dana Fox and Dara Resnik, the […]
Tags: Apple, News, Jon M. Chu, Dana Fox, Hilde Lysiak, Dara Resnik, Apple TV Plus, Home Before Dark


Are Software Designers Ignoring The Needs of the Elderly?

"[A]t the very time that it's become increasingly difficult for anyone to conduct their day to day lives without using the Net, some categories of people are increasingly being treated badly by many software designers," argues long-time Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein: The victims of these attitudes include various special needs groups — visually and/or motor impaired are just two examples — but the elderly are a particular target. Working routinely with extremely elderly persons who are very ...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Weinstein, Lauren Weinstein, Jeff Atwood


SpaceX could catch future Crew Dragons with astronauts onboard using ships at sea

SpaceX demonstrated a safety system that will protect astronauts in the case of any unfortunate unforeseen accidents in future Crew Dragon flights, which included the spacecraft splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean, but during a post-mission press conference SpaceX CEO Elon Musk suggested future return trips for the human-rated spacecraft could look very different. Musk suggested that SpaceX could eventually seek to recover the Crew Dragon capsule using ships at sea that ‘catch’ the spacecraft a...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Dragon, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Musk, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Atlantic Ocean


Apple TV Plus Renews ‘Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet’ Ahead of Series Premiere

Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Megan Ganz’s “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet” has been renewed for a second season ahead of its series debut, Apple TV Plus announced Sunday. The half-hour comedy follows a team of developers as they navigate the challenges of running a popular video game. It was inspired by McElhenney’s visit to Ubisoft’s […]
Tags: Apple, News, Ubisoft, Tca, Rob McElhenney Charlie Day, Megan Ganz, McElhenney, Apple TV Plus, Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet



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