Short story: My Brother the Sensor

Whatever the Ministry finds in his weekly blood samples they will never share, but we’ve shared a room for the few years my little brother has been alive, and if his uneasy breathing worsened or improved I would notice at once. The health drone’s visits are neither for him nor for us. His blood is for the epidemiological surveillance network - a stream in the red delta of hundreds of other kids with weak immune systems.Canaries is the online word for them. They are hailed as anonymous heroes, yo...
Tags: Future, Mom

What it took

Building a product is slow, but steady going. I jotted down this list of the various hurdles and went through to get a useable product today:Design the UI: most of this was done for version 1.0 five years agoUnderstand the basics of Javascript (with 1990s Pascal to start from)Understand post 1990s programming concepts: objects, methodsGet an environment up and running so that I actually could run a simple piece of codeFind a way to get access to the data (presentations) version 1.0 was producing...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Pascal, Speaking, Thomas Galler

Building a product is slow, but steady...

Building a product is slow, but steady going. I jotted down this list of the various hurdles and went through to get a useable product today:Design the UI: most of this was done for version 1.0 five years agoUnderstand the basics of Javascript (with 1990s Pascal to start from)Understand post 1990s programming concepts: objects, methodsGet an environment up and running so that I actually could run a simple piece of codeFind a way to get access to the data (presentations) version 1.0 was producing...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Pascal, Speaking, Thomas Galler

Mark Zuckerberg Again Calls for Big Tech to be Regulated

Mark Zuckerberg wrote an op-ed published in The Financial Times "once again calling for more regulation of Big Tech," reports MarketWatch, "even if it affects his company's bottom line." Zuckerberg has previously called for more government regulation of internet companies, and reiterated his arguments in favor of laws covering four major areas: elections, harmful content, privacy and data portability. "I don't think private companies should make so many decisions alone when they touch on fundame...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Munich, Financial Times, Marketwatch, Zuckerberg, Reuters Reuters, Big Tech

IOTA Cryptocurrency Shut Down Its Entire Network After a Wallet Breach

The nonprofit organization behind the IOTA cryptocurrency shut down its entire network this week after someone exploited a vulnerability their wallet app to steal funds. ZDNet reports: The attack happened this week, Wednesday, on February 12, 2020, according to a message the foundation posted on its official Twitter account. According to a status page detailing the incident, within 25 minutes of receiving reports that hackers were stealing funds from user wallets, the IOTA Foundation shut down ...
Tags: Tech, Trinity, Zdnet, IOTA, IOTA Foundation, IOTA Foundation Based

NASA is Looking for New Astronauts

"With a renewed interest in sending humans back to the Moon and then eventually to Mars, NASA needs all the able-bodied space explorers it can get..." writes BGR. "The requirements are, well, pretty strict, but what else would you expect from a group that sends humans into space?" Quoting Since the 1960s, NASA has selected 350 people to train as astronaut candidates for its increasingly challenging missions to explore space. With 48 astronauts in the active astronaut corps, more wil...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, International Space Station, Moon, Orion, Mars

Check your subscription! YouTube TV says bye-bye to Apple App Store billing

YouTube TV subscribers will no longer be able to pay for the live channel streaming service via Apple's App Store, starting March 13.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Apple, Usa, News, Usa Today, Apple App Store, YouTube TV

Iran Has Been Targeting VPN Servers to Plant Backdoors

"A new report published today reveals that Iran's government-backed hacking units have made a top priority last year to exploit VPN bugs as soon as they became public in order to infiltrate and plant backdoors in companies all over the world," writes ZDNet: According to a report from Israeli cyber-security firm ClearSky, Iranian hackers have targeted companies "from the IT, Telecommunication, Oil and Gas, Aviation, Government, and Security sectors." The report comes to dispel the notion that Ir...
Tags: Tech, Iran, Vpn, Zdnet, ClearSky

Facebook, Amazon, Google teaming up with WHO to stop coronavirus misinformation

Facebook, Amazon, and Google joined a meeting with the WHO that focused on stopping coronovirus fake news.
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, News, Trends, Social Media, Who, Facebook Amazon, Facebook Amazon Google, Coronavirus

Trouble At The Law Firm Filing Patently Ridiculous Lawsuits On Behalf Of Tulsi Gabbard (techdirt)

We've covered the two ridiculous lawsuits filed by Tulsi Gabbard in the past few months -- one against Google and another against Hillary Clinton. In both cases, the lawsuits were filed by lawyers at the law firm Pierce Bainbridge, and we questioned why they'd want to sully their own reputation by filing lawsuits that seemed clearly destined to fail, and which only seemed to serve a PR purpose in playing to her supporters. A few days later, NBC News posted quite an incredible story about how p...
Tags: Google, New York, News, Navy, Nbc News, Ukraine, Hillary Clinton, Army, Giuliani, Doj, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Masnick, Pierce, Tulsi Gabbard, John Pierce, Pierce Bainbridge

Gwyneth Paltrow gives rare insight into relationship with daughter Apple – and it might surprise you

Gwyneth Paltrow is a doting mum to children Apple, 15, and Moses, 13, and prefers to keep...
Tags: Apple, Moses, Gwyneth Paltrow

Miniature Vases

Beautiful and unique vases created in tiny scale on miniature pottery wheel. Miniature ceramic and porcelain vases handcrafted by Almeda Pottery. Also check out: Transparent Vases
Tags: Design, Tech

Check your subscription! YouTube TV is saying bye-bye to Apple's App Store

YouTube TV subscribers will no longer be able to pay for the live channel streaming service via Apple's App Store starting March 13.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Apple, Usa, News, Usa Today, YouTube TV

Cómo subir mi música a QQ Music, Kugou, Kuwo, Xiami y Xiaomi gratuitamente y hacer dinero al mismo tiempo

RouteNote se ha asociado con Kanijan el cual distribuye a las principales tiendas en línea y servicios de streaming en China (Incluyendo QQ Music, Kugou, Kuwo, Xiami y Xiaomi). Simplemente dirígete a la sección “My Content” , selecciona tu lanzamiento que quieras editar y añade a Kanijan como una Tienda Asociada y da en guardar.  Esto está disponible para todos los artistas de RouteNote tanto en las versiones gratuitas como Premium. Estamos seguros que Netease es uno de los jugadores clav...
Tags: Music, China, Xiaomi, NetEase, QQ Music, Kugou, Kuwo, How To / Support / FAQs, China Incluyendo QQ Music Kugou Kuwo Xiami, una Tienda Asociada

Original Content podcast: ‘Mythic Quest’ is a likable comedy with a single standout episode

There’s plenty to like about “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet,” a new series on Apple TV+ — its sympathetic-but-critical portrayal of the video game industry, its goofy-but-likable characters and a couple of big surprises that come at the end of the season. But what really stood out to us — as we discuss on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast — was a single episode, “A Dark Quiet Death.” Without getting into spoilers, it’s probably safe to reveal that the episode mostly stands ap...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Apple TV, Ubisoft, Anthony, Cristin Milioti, Jake Johnson, Original Content Podcast, Mythic Quest

Alternative Browser 'Waterfox' Acquired By System1

Waterfox is an open-source web browser for x64, ARM64, and PPC64LE systems, "intended to be speedy and ethical, and maintain support for legacy extensions dropped by Firefox, from which it is forked," according to Wikipedia. (Its tabs also still have angled sides with rounded corners.) Friday Waterfox's original creator, 24-year-old Alexandros Kontos, announced that the browser "now has funding and a development team, so Waterfox can finally start to grow!" after its acquisition by a company c...
Tags: Firefox, Google, Microsoft, Wikipedia, Tech, Mozilla, Bing, Waterfox, Kontos, Alexandros Kontos, Tor Waterfox, Bromite Mozilla, Alex Kontos

Check your subscription! YouTube TV says bye-bye to Apple's App Store

YouTube TV subscribers will no longer be able to pay for the live channel streaming service via Apple's App Store, starting March 13.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Apple, Usa, News, Usa Today, YouTube TV

What is Social Commerce?

If the past holiday season was any indication, social commerce is set to surge in the 2020s. According to research from, a social media advertising automation platform, consumers are now shopping via social media. And social advertising influences their purchases. So, what exactly does social commerce include? A Simple Definition Social commerce is the term for the buying and selling of items and services on social media networks. Back in 2015, Small Business Trends noticed the gro...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Sales, Social Media, Social Commerce, Facebook Instagram, Instagram Pinterest, Facebook Shop, Facebook Snapchat, Pinterest Buyable Pins, Pinterest YouTube, Facebook Marketplace Product Pins, Instagram What Works in Social Commerce, Pinterest Partners

Google Chrome Will Soon Start Blocking Insecure Downloads

"Google has revealed plans to initially warn Chrome users about 'insecure' downloads and eventually block them outright," reports The Verge. The warnings will begin in April: "Today we're announcing that Chrome will gradually ensure that secure (HTTPS) pages only download secure files," Joe DeBlasio of the Chrome security team wrote in a blog post. "Insecurely-downloaded files are a risk to users' security and privacy. For instance, insecurely-downloaded programs can be swapped out for malware b...
Tags: Google, Tech, Joe DeBlasio

Silicon Valley Heads to Europe, Nervous About New Rules

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai have journeyed to Brussels as the European Union drafts regulation for A.I. and the digital economy.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, News, Research, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, European Commission, Brussels, Sundar Pichai, Apple Inc, Vestager, Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Margrethe

Dark Mode vs. Light Mode: Which Is Better?

Recently a well-respected UI consulting firm (the Nielsen Norman Group) published their analysis of academic studies on the question of whether Dark Mode or Light Mode was better for reading? Cosima Piepenbrock and her colleagues at the Institut für Experimentelle Psychologie in Düsseldorf, Germany studied two groups of adults with normal (or corrected-to-normal) vision: young adults (18 to 33 years old) and older adults (60 to 85 years old). None of the participants suffered from any eye dise...
Tags: Germany, Tech, Nielsen Norman Group, Institut, Cosima Piepenbrock, Experimentelle Psychologie

With the development of generalized AI, what’s the meaning of a person?

For the next installment of the informal TechCrunch book club, we are reading the fourth story in Ted Chiang’s Exhalation. The goal of this book club is to expand our minds to new worlds, ideas, and vistas, and The Lifecycle of Software Objects doesn’t disappoint. Centered in a future world where virtual worlds and generalized AI have become commonplace, it’s a fantastic example of speculative fiction that forces us to confront all kinds of fundamental questions. If you’ve missed the earlier ...
Tags: Tech, Reddit, Ted Chiang, Ana, Derek, Robyn, Marco, Kyle, Dacey, Chiang, Jax, Lolly, Blue Gamma

Do We Need To Talk About 'Cloud Neutrality'?

"A multibillion-dollar, privately-owned infrastructure is now essential to the modern internet economy," writes Wired. And if you care about net neutrality, "That should freak you out." [T]here's an even bigger issue brewing, and it's time to start talking about it: cloud neutrality. "While its name sounds soft and fluffy," Microsoft president and general counsel Brad Smith and coauthor Carol Ann Browne write in their recent book, Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age,...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Tech, Brad Smith, Carol Ann Browne

Hate Those Robocalls? This Service Lets You Sue Them for Up to $3,000 Per Annoying Call

Until now, the majority of us might have simply hung up on robocallers. However, there’s now a way to get back at the companies who torment you with endless robocalls that ask you for your information or try to sell you stuff. The solution is called Robo Revenge, a service that lets you sue the unwanted caller for up…Read more...
Tags: Apps, Science, Technology, Robocalls

German court orders Tesla to stop felling trees for Gigafactory

Ruling comes after state environmental office greenlit clearance of 92 hectares of forestA German court has ordered Tesla to stop clearing forest land near Berlin to build its first European car and battery factory, in what is being hailed as a victory for environmental activists.The US electric carmaker announced plans last November to build a “Gigafactory” in Grünheide in the eastern state of Brandenburg. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Germany, Berlin, Environment, US, Tesla, World news, Trees and forests, Grunheide, Brandenburg Continue

AI systems claiming to 'read' emotions pose discrimination risks

Expert says technology deployed is based on outdated science and therefore is unreliableArtificial Intelligence (AI) systems that companies claim can “read” facial expressions is based on outdated science and risks being unreliable and discriminatory, one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of emotion has warned.Lisa Feldman Barrett, professor of psychology at Northeastern University, said that such technologies appear to disregard a growing body of evidence undermining the notion t...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Technology, UK News, Computing, Consciousness, Northeastern University, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Artificial intelligence (AI

OpenPower Foundation Releases a Friendly EULA For IBM's Power ISA RISC

Long-time Slashdot reader lkcl writes: Michael Larabel, of Phoronix, writes that the OpenPower Foundation has released a license agreement for Hardware Vendors to implement the Power ISA RISC instruction set in their processors. Hugh Blemings, the Director of OpenPower, was responsible for ensuring that the EULA is favourable and friendly towards Libre and Open Hardware projects and businesses. Of particular interest is that IBM's massive patent portfolio is automatically granted, royalty-free a...
Tags: Tech, Ibm, Phoronix, Michael Larabel, Eula, OpenPower Foundation Releases, OpenPower Foundation, Hugh Blemings the Director of OpenPower

The Gig Workers For Target's Delivery App Hate Their Algorithmically-Determined Pay

In 2017 Target bought a same-day home-delivery company called Shipt for $550 million. Shipt now services half of Target's stores, reports Motherboard, and employs more than 100,000 gig workers. Unfortunately, they're working for a company that "has a track record of censoring and retaliating against workers for asking basic questions about their working conditions or expressing dissent," reports Motherboard. For example, an hour after tweeting about how there was now much more competition for a...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Seattle, Gizmodo, Ralph, Kalamazoo, Palm Springs California, Shipt, Snapple, La Croix, Shipt Shopper Lounge

Pre-(Publish and Perish)

Guest post by Evangelos Georgiadis Quite a few posts have recently focused on papers,publications and venues; "optimal" venues for papers under different objective functions,e.g. minimizing carbon footprint while maximizing community building, networking as well as information sharing, see Moshe Vardi. Here we would like to take a closer look at one of the key assumptions -- the paper. In order to generate a paper, one needs to come up with a result, something novel, fresh or interesting to sa...
Tags: Google, Japan, Seo, Eureka, Rio, Aspen, Nassim Taleb, Simons, Murray Gell Mann, Lance Fortnow, Moshe Vardi, Jacques Hadamard, Helmholtz, Knuth, Hermann von Helmholtz, Evangelos Georgiadis

These 10 must-have digital subscriptions are on sale today

Check out 10 digital subscription offers available right now.These offers include language training, cloud storage, VPN protection and more.The deals all come with discounts up to 98% off.If you got a nice holiday check from a relative or even a tidy little Christmas bonus from your employer, think twice before you decide what to do with your windfall. Do you spend it on a spur of the moment impulse-buy gadget—or do you pick up something that can keep giving back throughout 2020?Here are 10 grea...
Tags: Travel, Google, Technology, Media, Learning, Education, Social Media, Computers, Language, Innovation, Vpn, Speech, Matt, Rosetta Stone

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