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Apple patents describes smart home system that can automatically configure itself

The truly smart home future is near as more and more companies invest into technologies that enable seamless smart home experiences. At the moment, the experience is finicky at best, but they may change in the future as an Apple patent posted on February 13th describes a truly smart home that can configure itself without user intervention. At the moment, the smart home space is a mess, with multiple standards, communication protocols and different brands coming with their won designs that a...
Tags: Apple, News, Blogging, Rumors, Apple truly smart home patent


China Quarantines Cash to Sanitize Old Bank Notes From Coronavirus

Today China announced it was taking unusual new steps to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. It's blocking the transfer of old bank notes between provinces and cities affected by the outbreak, according to the deputy governor of the People's Bank of China — and that's just the beginning. Bloomberg reports: The central bank also ramped up measures to sanitize old money to reduce contagion risks and added 600 billion yuan ($85.9 billion) of new cash for Hubei, the epicenter of the coronavir...
Tags: New York, China, Tech, Bloomberg, World Health Organization, Hubei, People s Bank of China


Motorola Razr tagged by iFixit as ‘most complicated’ phone for repairs

The new Motorola Razr earned the lowest possible repairability score from iFixit's teardown of the device.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Motorola, News, Trends, Motorola Razr, iFixit


Northrop Grumman Launches Spacecraft Delivering Snacks and Equipment To the ISS

Space.com has footage of Northrop Grumman's successful launch of a spacecraft that's bringing 7,500 pounds of supplies (as well as scientific equipment for experiments) to the astronauts on the International Space Station: Those experiments include studies into bone loss from prolonged exposure to weightlessness, bacteria-targeting viruses that could lead to new medications, as well as some cowpeas to be grown as part of a space food experiment. Heidi Parris, NASA's assistant program scientist f...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Northrop Grumman, Cygnus, Johnson Space Center, James Martinez, Saffire IV


Android malware keeps returning even after factory reset through Google Play

Malwarebytes detailed a case involving the xHelper malware that kept re-installing even after a factory reset.
Tags: Android, Google Play, Mobile, News, Trends, Malware, Xhelper


Google’s Area 120 launches GameSnacks for players with slow phones, connections

GameSnacks, by Google's Area 120, aims to make online games more accessible for slow phones and connections.
Tags: Google, Gaming, News, Trends, Area 120, GameSnacks


Love Live Fanatic Recreates Rina Tennoji’s Electronic Mask

The ardor of the Love Live community is once again on display as one worshiper of the idol series has produced an imitation of Rina Tennoji‘s electronic mask, a jaw-dropping piece of technology that could probably fetch a handsome price as a cosplay accessory. The fictional idol enthusiast detailed the creation process in a video, […]
Tags: Technology, Anime, Otaku, Anime Goods, Love Live, Rina Tennoji


'Sonic the Hedgehog' Has Biggest-Ever Opening For a Video Game Adaptation

An anonymous reader quotes The Wrap: "Sonic the Hedgehog" is giving Paramount its best box office news in over a year, with a currently 3-day opening weekend of $55 million to become the best opening weekend ever for a video game adaptation... The delayed release of this film prompted by an intense rejection of Sonic's initial design is turning out to be a bit of a blessing in disguise. Moved from last November to this extended Presidents' Day weekend, "Sonic" is standing out in the movie market...
Tags: Tech, Pixar, Paramount, Tomb raider, CinemaScore


Can we debate free will versus destiny in four pages?

The informal TechCrunch book club (which is now a whole week off schedule thanks to the news cycle — let’s see if we can catch up here shortly!) is now venturing into the very, very short story What’s Expected of Us, the third piece in Ted Chiang’s Exhalation collection. If you’re one of those people that fall behind in book clubs, don’t fret: you’ve had two weeks to read four pages. You can probably read the short story before finishing this post. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out th...
Tags: Book Review, Tech, Reddit, Ted Chiang, Chiang, Eliot Peper, Peper, Gate Chiang


Gary Keller, Josh Team on why they copied the portals: ‘All this chaos’

Keller Williams new consumer app tries to give homebuyers and sellers exactly what they want — and strip away everything they don't.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Mls, Agent, Zillow, Slack, CRM, Trello, Portal, Trulia, Redfin, Industry News, Command, Portals, Keller Williams, Gary Keller


Huawei's Silicon Valley Outpost Allegedly Stole Trade Secrets From Cisco

"Controversial Chinese technology firm Huawei and its Santa Clara-based subsidiary Futurewei allegedly stole trade secrets from San Jose tech giant Cisco and used them to copy Cisco routers," reports the San Jose Mercury News, citing the federal indictment released Thursday. The U.S. Department of Justice claimed in its racketeering indictment and a news release that Huawei and its Silicon Valley subsidiary stole operating system code and other data needed to make routers, and used the pilfered...
Tags: Texas, China, Tech, Cisco, United States, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Huawei, Santa Clara, Company, San Jose Mercury News, U S Department of Justice, United States Read, Futurewei, Huawei Futurewei


Warning: Microsoft Pulls Windows 10 Security Update After Reports of Serious Bugs

Slashdot reader golden_donkey quotes Forbes: Are you booting up your Windows 10 machine and discovering you can't log in to your profile? It appears you're not alone. Reports are increasing across Twitter and Microsoft forums that following the most recent Patch Tuesday update (KB4532693), users are complaining that their profiles and desktop files are missing, and that custom icons and wallpaper have all been reset to their default state... The KB4532693 update is allegedly causing much more ...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Forbes, Zdnet


New Documents Reveal One Driver’s Agony and Confusion During the Fatal Tesla Model 3 Crash in Florida

New documents released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) this week reveal the agonizing experience of one of the drivers involved in the fatal crash with a Tesla Model 3 in Delray Beach, Florida in 2019. The Tesla crash in Florida is one of two recent cases that have captured the federal government’s…Read more...
Tags: Florida, Science, Technology, Cars, Tesla, Autopilot, Tesla Model, Delray Beach Florida, National Transportation Safety Board NTSB


'Five Open-Source Projects AI Enthusiasts Might Want To Know About'

b-dayyy quotes Linux Security: As AI becomes more and more ingrained in our daily lives through consumer products, we can't help but be concerned that proprietary software will comprise the market. And we are not talking about a million-dollar market, but a bigger one that may reach US$118.6 billion by 2025. Many industries and end-users would thus benefit from more open-source AI projects and tools for developers' use. That would save tons of individuals and companies money to build their own A...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, US, Tech


Former NASA Official William Gerstenmaier Joins SpaceX

schwit1 shared this report from Ars Technica: This is a consequential hire for SpaceX — it is difficult to overstate the influence Gerstenmaier has over human spaceflight both in the United States and abroad. He led NASA's space shuttle, International Space Station, commercial crew, and exploration programs for more than a decade. He immediately brings credibility to the company's safety culture. Former Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale, who now chairs the human spaceflight committee of N...
Tags: Spacex, Tech, Ars Technica, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Bill, Boeing, Ars, William Gerstenmaier, Gerstenmaier, Wayne Hale, NASA s Advisory Council, Commercial Resupply Service


This Week in Apps: YouTube TV cancels Apple’s rev share, more bad news for mobile voting, WhatsApp hits 2B users

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 b...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, Microsoft, Youtube, Washington, Tech, Mit, Netflix, Iowa, Sony, App-store, App Annie, Voatz, YouTube TV


27 easy ways to live sustainably in 2020 (and why you should)

It’s time to make a tiny sacrifice and live sustainably with the planet. Since she gives us everything we need to survive, it seems so stupid to actually say those words. Humans have come to that point. Yosemite Valley I get it. Life is crazy busy, and your comforts and conveniences help you to manage and get through your day. When you have immediate pressing issues like paying the bills, getting your kids to school on time, helping them solve an endless run of problems, and managing a house...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Instagram, Australia, New York City, US, prAna, Gmo, United States, Travel Inspiration, Ford, Italy, B Corp, Un, Monsanto


Python programming language: Now you can take NSA's free course for beginners

Developers already have numerous options from the likes of Microsoft and Google for learning how to code in the popular Python programming language. But now budding Python developers can read up on the National Security Agency's own Python training materials.
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Nsa, Linux, National Security Agency


Google Doodle honors Susan B. Anthony on her birthday

Google is honoring a key leader of the women's suffrage movement, Susan B. Anthony, and celebrating her 200th birthday with a Google Doodle.
Tags: Google, Cnn, Google Doodle, Susan B Anthony


Moto G Power vs. Moto G Stylus: All the differences explained

Find out how the Moto G Stylus differs from the Moto G Power and whether either one might be good for you.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Motorola, Trends, Lenovo, Moto, Spec Comparison, Moto G8 Power, Moto G Power, Moto G8 Stylus


WeWork is bringing in a new CEO as it tries to right the ship — here's everything that's going on inside the coworking giant

WeWork pulled its IPO in 2019 after mulling a massive valuation cut to drum up investor interest, and cofounder Adam Neumann was ousted as CEO and chairman. WeWork has been slashing jobs and selling or shuttering businesses.  WeWork has announced real-estate veteran Sandeep Mathrani as its new CEO, replacing Artie Minson and Sebastian Gunningham, who served as co-CEOs since Neumann was ousted. It's also seen a big board shakeup.  Marcelo Claure will stay on as chairman, according to The Wall S...
Tags: Google, New York, Mexico, Stanford, Wall Street, Softbank, Israel, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Kanye West, Brooklyn, Aol, Italy, Brookfield


Startups Weekly: A pre-IPO list of unicorn companies that also generate lots of revenue(!)

[Editor’s note: Want to get this weekly review of news that startups can use by email? Just subscribe here.]  My colleague Alex Wilhelm has been researching the companies that are both getting impressive valuations and also generating annual recurring revenues of around $100 million on more. These are the sorts of companies that any savvy public-market tech investor might want to take a closer look at, particularly the sort of investor who is comfortable digesting modern online subscription metr...
Tags: TC, China, Tech, Alex, Vmware, Ftc, Bessemer, Alex Wilhelm, Nps, Danny, Escher, Danny Crichton, Mike Volpi, Lidia Yan, Startups Weekly, Anna Escher


Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook must accept some state regulation

Co-founder says site sits between telephone company and newspaper as content providerFacebook must accept some form of state regulation, acknowledging its status as a content provider somewhere between a newspaper and a telephone company, its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has said.He also claimed an era of clean democratic elections, free of interference by foreign governments, is closer due to Facebook now employing 35,000 staff working on monitoring content and security. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet


Tesla Restores Remotely-Disabled Autopilot to Used Model S

An anonymous reader quotes The Verge: Tesla has restored the Autopilot driver assistance features it remotely disabled on a used Model S, just days after Jalopnik published a story about the customer's ordeal. The owner, who Jalopnik simply referred to as Alec, confirmed to The Verge that the features are back after The Next Web spotted new Tesla Motors Club forum posts he wrote earlier this week. Alec said he was contacted by a Tesla customer experience rep who "apologized for my troubles, to...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, ALEC, Jalopnik, Tesla Motors Club


Thermometer guns used to screen for coronavirus are 'notoriously' unreliable experts say, warning about improper use and false temperatures

A new coronavirus spreading across the globe has led to temperature screenings at airports, Chinese cities, and businesses. The thermometer guns used in these screenings are "notoriously not accurate and reliable," since many screeners hold them at the wrong distance or use them in the wrong environments, experts told The New York Times. Demand for thermometer guns has spiked since the coronavirus outbreak began, leaving some manufacturers struggling to keep up. Visit Business Insider's homepa...
Tags: Apple, Cdc, China, US, Trends, Hawaii, New York Times, New Jersey, West Africa, Who, The New York Times, Wuhan, Grainger, World Health Organization WHO, Shenzhen China, Mo


Shadow-IT: Employees putting Business at Risk

Shadow-IT: Employees putting Business at Risk There are robust computers in every employee’s possession.  And they carry them everywhere. Yes, I am talking about their cellphones.  On these devices, they can download 1000’s of apps. These apps allow them to create accounts that are external to you...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Updates, Uber, Apps, Business, Technology, Internet, Passwords, Ceo, Sem, Smartphones, Cybersecurity, Software, Hacking, Employees


FSF Sends Microsoft A Blank Hard Drive For Sending Back The Windows 7 Source Code

The Free Software Foundation sent Microsoft a hard drive for Valentine's Day -- along with a petition calling for the release of the source code for Windows 7 (which is no longer supported by Microsoft): It's as easy as copying the source code, giving it a license notice, and mailing it back to us. As the author of the most popular free software license in the world, we're ready to give them all of the help we can. All they have to do is ask. We want them to show exactly how much love they ha...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, FSF, Free Software Foundation


Silicon Valley Community Foundation challenges donors to address local problems

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 Over the last decade, Silicon Valley Community Founda...
Tags: Tech, Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, Taylor, Reed Hastings, Bay Area, Midwest, Scott, San Mateo, Mike Bloomberg, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Mark Zuckerberg Jack Dorsey, Nicole Taylor, SVCF, Scott Bade, Nicole Taylor SVCF


The drunken HQ Trivia finale before it shut down was insane

“Not gonna lie. This f*cking sucks. This is the last HQ ever!” yelled host Matt Richards . And it just got crazier from there.The farewell game of HQ Trivia before it shut down last night was a beautiful disaster. The hosts cursed, sprayed champagne, threatened to defecate on the homes of trolls in the chat window, and begged for new jobs. Imagine Jeopardy but Trebek is hyped-up and blacked-out. Yesterday HQ Trivia ran out of money, laid off its 25 employees, and shut down. It was in talks to ...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Wtf, Entertainment, Tech, Humor, Shut Down, Exit, Richards, Trebek, Colin Kroll, Matt Richards



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