Google's Heart-Warming Super Bowl Ad Called 'Evil'

"I had an uneasy feeling about the Google commercial," writes Larry Magid in his column for the San Jose Mercury News. "But I couldn't put it into words until I read a blog post from tech strategic adviser Shelly Palmer." In the post Palmer describes Google's Super Bowl ad as "a three-hanky, heart-tugging spot that has us eavesdropping on an elderly widower hoping that Google Assistant will help him remember the highlights of his life with his late wife." The ad is beautiful, poignant, thought...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Tech, San Jose Mercury News, Google Facebook, Shelly Palmer, Larry Magid

Apple’s program for independent repair shops requires surprise inspections

A copy of the contract for Apple's Independent Repair Provider Program reveals very strict and invasive terms.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, Ipads, Iphones, Independent Repair Provider Program, Apple s Independent Repair Provider Program

Galaxy S20, Galaxy Buds+, Z Flip: Everything expected at Samsung Unpacked

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked is coming, and we're expecting a number of reveals, including the new Galaxy S20.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Wearables, Music, News, Samsung, Trends, Smart Home, Samsung Unpacked, Galaxy Buds, Galaxy S20, Mwc 2020, Galaxy Z Flip

Intel's 'Clear Linux' Distro Beats Ubuntu and Windows 10 -- on an AMD Laptop

An anonymous reader quotes TechRadar: Intel's Clear Linux distribution looks like it could be the best operating system to run on cheap AMD hardware, with benchmarks showing it outperforms Windows 10 and Ubuntu on a $199 laptop with a budget AMD Ryzen 3200U processor. The Phoronix website ran a series of benchmarks on a super-cheap AMD laptop from Walmart, and found that Intel Clear Linux beat popular Linux distros Fedora and Ubuntu for 78% of the tests. Not only is it remarkable that a relati...
Tags: Tech, Walmart, Intel, Amd, Ubuntu, AMD Laptop, Intel Clear Linux

Will China Seize an American Company's Drug For Fighting Coronavirus?

"Chinese researchers reportedly have applied for a local patent on an experimental Gilead drug that they believe could help fight the novel coronavirus outbreak -- and also significantly bolster Gilead's bottom-line going forward..." reports The Street. "If granted, Gilead will need to get Chinese patent owners on board when it wants to sell the drug for treating the novel coronavirus infection outside China." "The move is a sign that China views Gilead's therapy as one of the most promising ca...
Tags: China, Time, Tech, Gilead, Max Nisen, Bloomberg Opinion, Will China Seize an American Company

Edible Ghostbusters Marshmallow Man

Giant candy shaped to look like Stay Puft Marshmallow Man large humanoid monster in a sailor cap from 1984 Ghostbusters movie. Edible Marshmallow Man created out of marshmallows and coated in sugar icing. Made for Ghostbusters fans. Time to play with your food! Also check out: Marshmallow Cats
Tags: Design, Time, Tech

Almost Every Website You Visit Records Exactly How Your Mouse Moves

Medium's technology blog OneZero reports that many websites today use a service that collects all of your mouse movements, enabling "replays" of every move. "What surprised me was that the software even recorded when I shook my mouse around while deciding what to click on. It felt like observing digital body language." Session replay services have been around for over a decade and are widely used. One service, called FullStory, lists popular sites like Zillow, TeeSpring, and Jane as clients o...
Tags: Amazon, Ebay, Tech, Zillow, Jane, Carfax, Airbnb Reddit, Shopify ABC

"President Trump claimed on Saturday that a viral photo of his tan lines, which prompted #OrangeFace to trend on Twitter, was photoshopped...."

The Daily Beast reports.According to @photowhitehouse, the source of the photo, "This picture was never photoshopped, but used the Apple smartphone’s photo app to adjust the color of the picture": ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ returns to the White House from Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by William Moon at the South Lawn of the White House on February 7, 2020 — White House Photos (@photowhitehouse) February 7, 2020 ADDED: TMZ says:DT was captured on camera by a guy named Will...
Tags: Apple, Photography, Law, White House, Moon, Getty, Orange, Tanning, Trump, Donald J Trump, Charlotte North Carolina, South Lawn, Ann Althouse, Trump styles, William Moon

Windows 7 Bug Prevents Users From Shutting Down Or Rebooting Computers

An anonymous reader writes: A weird bug of unknown origins has been hitting Windows 7 computers this week, according to multiple reports online. Windows 7 users have been reporting that they are receiving a popup message that reads "You don't have permission to shut down this computer" every time they attempt to shut down or reboot their systems... Windows 7 reached official end of life (EOL) on January 14, 2020 and is not scheduled to receive new fixes. Last month, Microsoft made an exception t...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech

Keep Track of Your Favorite TV Shows Using This App

The Google Home in our living room is used for essentially three things: timers, asking what the weather is, and finding out when the next episode of a television show is supposed to air. this week I came across a mobile app that can also help with that question: Moviebase.Read more...
Tags: Android, Apps, Television, Streaming, Lifehacks, Google Home

A Long-Lost Legendary Roman Fruit Tree Has Been Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seeds

"Scientists have cultivated plants from date palm seeds that languished in ancient ruins and caves for 2,000 years," writes ScienceAlert. schwit1 shared their report: This remarkable feat confirms the long-term viability of the kernels once ensconced in succulent Judean dates, a fruit cultivar lost for centuries. The results make it an excellent candidate for studying the longevity of plant seeds. From those date palm saplings, the researchers have begun to unlock the secrets of the highly soph...
Tags: Tech, Middle East, Pliny, North Africa, Herodotus Galen

Startups Weekly: Asana numbers likely to be what the market wants

[Editor’s note: Want to get this weekly review of news that startups can use? Just subscribe here.]  Asana may get more attention than the average SaaS company due to the Facebook pedigrees and outspoken views of its founders, but in practice it’s a low-profile, cash-efficient machine. Today, the productivity toolmaker does not need to raise cash via a traditional IPO, as we explored this week following its filing for a direct listing, even though it hasn’t raised that much money compared to oth...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Softbank, Tech, Silicon Valley, EC, Alex, Nea, Megan Rose Dickey, Asana, Alex Wilhelm, Cagr, Sophie, Danny, ARR, Carta

New Ransomware Targets Industrial Control Systems

In recent months, researchers have caught ransomware "intentionally tampering with industrial control systems that dams, electric grids, and gas refineries rely on to keep equipment running safely," reports Ars Technica. According to researchers at the security firm Drago, the ransomware tries to kill 64 different processes, the names of which are all hard-coded within the malware. Long-time Slashdot reader Garabito shared Ars Technica's report: It remains unclear precisely what effect the kil...
Tags: Tech, Ukraine, Ars Technica, Slashdot, Drago, Dragos, Ars Technica According, Garabito

A 22-year-old beauty YouTuber explains the main ways she makes money, from a merchandise line, to a makeup palette with Tarte Cosmetics

Beauty and fashion influencer Adelaine Morin, is 22-years-old and has over 2.5 million subscribers on YouTube.  Morin was born in Canada, and she started her YouTube channel in 2011, posting makeup tutorials and fashion videos. We spoke to Morin about her influencer business and the main ways she makes money, from a popular merchandise line sold on FanJoy, to a makeup palette with Tarte Cosmetics.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When Adelaine Morin was 13-years-old, she ...
Tags: Google, Instagram, Youtube, La, Los Angeles, Trends, Canada, Ken Burns, UTA, Usc, Ethan, Morin, Bethany Mota, Tarte Cosmetics, Grayson Dolan, Fanjoy

Elementary OS Wants to Crowdfund a Better Distro-Independent 'AppCenter for Everyone'

In 2017 Elementary OS built a pay-what-you-want app store -- funded with $10,000 raised on IndieGogo. Now they're trying to raise another $10,000 for a one-week, in-person sprint in Denver, Colorado, Forbes reports, to upgrade the store while bringing an even grander concept to reality: That concept comprises 4 main goals: - Enable open source developers to monetize their apps on every other Linux distribution - Empower developers to ship apps with cutting-edge technologies - Improve privac...
Tags: Tech, Crowdfund, Better Distro Independent AppCenter, Denver Colorado Forbes

Why your next TV needs ‘filmmaker mode’

TVs this year will ship with a new feature called “filmmaker mode,” but unlike the last dozen things the display industry has tried to foist on consumers, this one actually matters. It doesn’t magically turn your living room into a movie theater, but it’s an important step in that direction. This new setting arose out of concerns among filmmakers (hence the name) that users were getting a sub-par viewing experience of the media that creators had so painstakingly composed. The average TV these da...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Media, Tech, Cinema, Sony, Displays, Panasonic, Lg, Tom Cruise, Tvs, Robinson, LG Vizio, Chris McQuarrie, Neil Robinson, Chris Ryan Getty

‘A city where you can pilot almost anything and figure out if it’s going to work’

Scott Bade Contributor Share on Twitter Scott Bade is a former speechwriter for Mike Bloomberg and co-author of "More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First." More posts by this contributor The tech of giving back: an interview with Salesforce’s Chief Philanthropy Officer Omidyar Network CEO opens up about VC-influenced philanthropy As founding executive director of Tech:NYC, Julie ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Column, New York, New York City, San Francisco, Tech, Queens, Venture Capital, WeWork, Albany, Datadog, Scott, Samuels, Mike Bloomberg

Fancy banana lamp

Would you just look at the $295 Seletti Banana Lamp [Bergdorf Goodman].
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Housewares, Just Look At It, Lamps, Bergdorf Goodman

How Google Maps put turn-by-turn navigation in your pocket

Google Maps celebrates its 15th birthday. Here's how it changed history by putting navigation in your pocket.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Cars, Trends, Gps, Google Maps, GPS Navigation

How to make your app’s ‘Settings’ menu more user-friendly

Did you know TNW Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring new design trends this year? Check out the full ‘Sprint’ program here. You might not think it, but we rely heavily on our devices’ Settings page. Maybe you’re not loving the look and feel? Go to Settings and change it. Do you need to run on notifications? Settings. Need help? Send feedback through Settings. Love the app? Rate it through Settings. Though accessed very less compared to other aspects of your product, its presence ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Sprint, Design & Dev, Syndication

California’s new privacy law is off to a rocky start

California’s new privacy law was years in the making. The law, California’s Consumer Privacy Act — or CCPA — became law on January 1, allowing state residents to reclaim their right to access and control their personal data. Inspired by Europe’s GDPR, the CCPA is the largest statewide privacy law change in a generation. The new law lets users request a copy of the data that tech companies have on them, delete the data when they no longer want a company to have it, and demand that their data isn’...
Tags: Security, Verizon, Twitter, Europe, Privacy, Law, California, Government, Tech, United States, Comcast, Davis, Data Protection, Facial Recognition, Data Security, Jean Yang

How 'MICE' Brings a Muon Collider Closer To Reality

"Scientists have announced a breakthrough that could be key to the creation of a powerful new kind of particle collider," reports the Fermilab/SLAC magazine Symmetry. Long-time Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot shared their report: As reported in the journal Nature, the Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment, or MICE, has for the first time demonstrated the successful taming of a beam of particles called muons through a process called transverse ionization cooling, and the more potential you have to make...
Tags: Tech, Fermilab SLAC

10 Insights to Help You Become a Better Small Business Leader

Entrepreneurs need to have strong leadership qualities in order to manage employees, communicate with customers, and outline a clear vision for their company. There are plenty of different styles and aspects that go into being a good leader. So here are some various insights from members of the online small business community to help you hone your skills. Learn What Makes a Good Leader In order to run a successful small business, you need to be a good leader. You also need to be able to ident...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Sales, Management, Content Marketing Institute, Julie Weishaar, Martin Zwilling, Ivan Widjaya, Hilary Thompson, Ron Lieback, Ann Gynn, Ryan Brock, Thom James Carter, John Jansch, Strella Social Media Blog Rachel Strella

Ongoing Coronavirus Outbreak Postpones Reopening of Apple Stores in China

Apple told its Chinese employees that although it would be working on reopening its corporate offices and contact centers in the country next week, retail stores would remain closed until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Health, Science, China, Apple Stores, Coronavirus

Exploring medical technologies

Image from Torange A lesser known fact about my career is that I have worked intermittently in medical science for quite several decades. One of my earliest jobs back in the 1980s was managing the educational technology and learning resources for several nurse education centres across the South West of England. During this time I also worked closely with several leading NHS surgeons and physicians as they developed new techniques and explored new technologies. I was involved for example...
Tags: UK, England, Technology, Learning, Education, Medicine, Research, University, Egypt, NHS, South West, eLearning, Publication, Plymouth University, BioScience, Steve Wheeler

A conversation with YouTube star Guava Juice, who has 14 million subscribers and a toy line sold at Target and Walmart

Roi Fabito, known as Guava Juice, has 14.9 million subscribers on his main YouTube channel.  Fabito started his YouTube career out of boredom in high school in 2006, and today he has grown the Guava Juice empire into a lucrative business.  Fabito has worked with brands like Mattel, Mastercard, Nickelodeon, and Lego on sponsored content.  He also sells products in retail stores like Walmart and Target, and has a branded merchandise line.  Business Insider spoke to Fabito about his YouTube busin...
Tags: Google, Spotify, Instagram, Youtube, Trends, Walmart, Lego, Philippines, Ken Burns, North Carolina, UTA, Pewdiepie, Usc, YouTube Today, Ethan, Wish Foundation

Facebook's Twitter Account Gets Breached

The Saudi-based group OurMine took over Facebook's Twitter account on Friday, then pointed Facebook's 13.4 million followers to their own web site, reports NBC News: "Well even Facebook is hackable but at least their security is better than Twitter," the hackers tweeted just before 7 p.m. They said businesses interested in improving online security should visit OurMine's website. The tweet was quickly taken down. Facebook later tweeted that it had regained control of the account. OurMine said...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Tech, OurMine, Facebook s Twitter

This Week in Apps: Chinese giants take on Google Play, Iowa caucus disaster, TikTok’s power over App Store charts

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s recently released “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a bi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Ios Apps, New York Times, Iowa, Android Apps, App Stores, App Annie, Iowa Democratic party, This Week In Apps, App Trends, Shadow Inc, Google Play Iowa

How millions use YouTube tutorials to perfect their trade

From bike mechanics to baking, the video-sharing site offers a goldmine of knowledgeHolding an Allen key in a grease-stained hand, João Cruz looks every bit the professional bike mechanic. Wind back five years, however, and this 39-year-old former journalist barely knew how to fix a brake cable.“To be a good mechanic, you need tools and knowledge; I had the tools, but I needed to get the knowledge,” said Cruz, owner of Velurb, a small bike rental business in the Portuguese city of Porto. Continu...
Tags: Technology, Youtube, UK News, World news, Cruz, Allen, Porto Continue, João Cruz, Velurb

Clearview AI Wants To Sell Its Facial Recognition To Authoritarian Regimes

popcornfan679 shares a report from Buzzfeed: Clearview has been touting a "rapid international expansion" to prospective clients using a map that highlights how it either has expanded, or plans to expand, to at least 22 more countries, some of which have committed human rights abuses. The document, part of a presentation given to the North Miami Beach Police Department in November 2019, includes the United Arab Emirates, a country historically hostile to political dissidents, and Qatar and Singa...
Tags: Buzzfeed, Singapore, Tech, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, New York University, BuzzFeed News, ClearView, Albert Fox Cahn, North Miami Beach Police Department, Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, Clearview But Buzzfeed

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