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The Ladder of Freedom

I was walking home from the gym in NYC and I had to stop and take a video of this.  I call it HELLSCAPE ON EARTH. Watch the entire video here Looking at this building full of people working at 7pm, what do you feel? I feel TRAPPED. Ever since I was a kid, I never wanted to work in a cubicle with fluorescent lights. I certainly never wanted to have people walking outside in the fresh air, looking at me through the glass in my conference room window like a zoo animal. I know it’s irrational, bu...
Tags: Google, Europe, Japan, Instagram, Colorado, Mexico, India, Marketing, Cisco, Spain, Thailand, Manhattan, Patagonia, Kenya, Starbucks, Cnbc


Amazon Tells Employees In New York and New Jersey To Work From Home To Prevent Coronavirus Spread

Amazon on Monday asked employees at its New York and New Jersey offices to work from home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This comes as the company told employees at its offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Seattle area to work from home, following reports that an Amazon employee in Seattle tested positive for the virus. CNBC reports: The Amazon-owned audiobook company, Audible, is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey. Amazon also employs thousands of people in New York City, i...
Tags: Amazon, New York, New York City, Tech, New Jersey, Italy, Seattle, Cnbc, Amazon Web Services, San Francisco Bay Area, Lombardy, Asti, Audible, Seattle Bellevue, Bay Area New York New Jersey, Newark New Jersey Amazon


Apple Exploring Ways to Let Developers Provide Custom Voice Synthesizers on iOS

Apple is exploring ways to let developers provide custom voice synthesizers on iOS by way of a new developer framework named VoiceProvider, which could debut as early as iOS 14, according to information obtained by MacRumors. Voice synthesizer extensions would be bundled with apps from the App Store, and then could be offered to the system to replace the default speech voice, which could be important for languages and dialects that Apple does not support. This could potentially extend to an A...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Ios 14, Developers Provide Custom Voice Synthesizers, MacRumors Voice


Apple's Rumored Tile Competitor 'AirTag' May Have Removable Coin-Shaped Battery Like the Tile Pro

MacRumors has learned that "AirTag" is likely the marketing name of Apple's rumored Tile-like item tracking tags, which will help users keep track of their personal belongings, such as their keys, wallets, and backpacks. This name was initially uncovered in iOS 13.2 code, but it was unclear if it was a placeholder until now. We've also learned that the tags will likely feature a removable CR2032 coin cell battery like the Tile Pro. Based on a prototype of the tag, removing and replacing the bat...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Ming Chi Kuo, Kuo, AirTag, Airtags


iOS 14 Features New OCR Capabilities That Will Convert Handwritten Text From Apple Pencil Into Typed Text

iOS 14 may include a new PencilKit feature that will allow you to handwrite text in any text input field using Apple Pencil, with the handwritten content then converted into standard text before it's sent. So, for example, you might be able to tap into a Messages text field with the ‌Apple Pencil‌, hand write a message to someone, have it automatically converted to a more easily readable typewritten text, and then send it. According to information obtained by MacRumors, the PencilKit feature ...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Apple Pencil, Ios 14


Apple Testing New iMessage Features Such as Mentions and Retracting Messages, Could Extend to Mac App

Apple is testing new iMessage features internally, according to information obtained by MacRumors. While these features could potentially arrive as early as iOS 14, they could be held back until a later software update or perhaps never released. For starters, there is a new Slack-like mention system that would allow users to tag other contacts with their name like @Joe or @Jane. When you type the @ sign, a list of suggested contacts would appear. This would be particularly useful in busy group ...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Mac, Imessage, Messages, Catalina, Steve Troughton Smith, Ios 14, Messages for Mac


Apple Developing Fitness App for iOS 14 That Lets You Download Guided Workout Videos

Apple appears to be working on a new fitness app for iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple TV that is designed to let users download guided fitness-related videos that will walk them through various workouts. Icons representing some of the exercises that will be available in the fitness app The app, which is codenamed "Seymour," may be named Fit or Fitness when it is released. Apple appears to be aiming to release the app in iOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14, and it seems to be a standalone app that w...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Seymour, Apple Watch Apple, Ios 14


Epic Games' Tim Sweeney Rips Google and Apple In Defense of Nvidia's GeForce Now

bigwophh writes: As the number of publishers pulling out of Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud game streaming service continues to grow, the company has found an ally in Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, who vowed on Twitter to "wholeheartedly" support the company's efforts. He also took potshots at Apple and Google over the royalty rate each one charges on their respective app stores and expects them to go to battle as game streaming gains momentum. "Just waiting till later this year when Google is lobby...
Tags: Apple, Google, Tech, Nvidia, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Fortnite, Epic Games Store, Epic Games Tim Sweeney Rips Google, GeForce Now Nvidia


"Only three per customer!"

This slogan creates a sense of scarcity and it works. People who would otherwise buy 1, or even one, take 3, just to be sure. Google used it to get users to sign up for Google Wave RIP.The same is happening now with people stocking up with supplies. They see a half empty shelf, better make sure not to be left out, and the shelf empties out completely soon after.When thinking about how to use scarcity in your presentations, consider the long-term implications to your brand as well. User might fee...
Tags: Google, Speaking, Miguel Pinto


Snapchat to stream Snap Partner Summit online due to coronavirus threat

Snap joins other tech conferences responding to outbreak including Facebook's F8 and Google I/O. 
Tags: Google, Facebook, Advertising


Santa Clara County Bans All Gatherings of 1000+ People After Coronavirus Death

The County of Santa Clara's Public Health Department today issued a mandatory order that requires all mass gatherings of 1,000 or more people in Santa Clara County to be canceled. Santa Clara County includes cities like Cupertino, Palo Alto, Mountain View, and San Jose, and it is the county where Apple's two main campuses are located along with many of its satellite offices. Last week, county officials issued guidelines suggesting that companies in the area minimize or cancel large in-person...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, San Jose, Santa Clara, Wwdc, Bay Area, Santa Clara County, San Jose California, Cupertino Palo Alto Mountain View, McEnery Convention Center, COVID-19, COVID, County of Santa Clara s Public Health Department


At Least 20 VPN and Ad-Blocking Apps With 35 Million Downloads Actually Monitored Users' Phones

At least 20 ad-blocking and virtual private network (VPN) apps owned by analytics firm Sensor Tower may have been secretly spying on users’ phones, according to a BuzzFeed News investigation on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Security, Apps, Science, Technology, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Ads, Play Store, Vpn, App Store, Ad Tech, BuzzFeed News, Sensor Tower


Sonos Decides Bricking Old Stuff Isn't a Winning Move After All

Sonos is reversing course on a plan to brick all trade-in devices, so if someone wants to give or sell you a used speaker, it will still work. For now. Ars Technica reports: Sonos launched its "trade up" program last October. Consumers who owned a handful of older devices would receive a 30 percent discount on newer models if they traded in their old versions -- a fairly typical program for expensive electronics, all things considered. The company drew customers' ire with one important deviation...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Sonos


Sensor Tower Secretly Collecting Data From VPN and Ad-Blocking Apps on iOS and Android

Sensor Tower, an analytics platform that aggregates data on app downloads and usage for developers, has been secretly collecting data from millions of Android and iOS users who have installed popular VPN and ad-blocking apps, reports Buzzfeed News. Luna VPN, one of the VPN apps owned by Sensor Tower that asked users to install an enterprise certificate These apps, which are owned by Sensor Tower, do not disclose that their user data powers Sensor Tower's analytics platforms. iOS and Android ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Buzzfeed, Mobile Data, App Stores, Vpn, App Store, BuzzFeed News, Sensor Tower, Randy Nelson, Buzzfeed News Luna VPN, Adblock Focus, Luna VPN


Lambda School Threatens Ex-Employee For Coming Forward About Conditions At the Coding Bootcamp

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Lambda School, the controversial coding bootcamp, is threatening a former employee for speaking out about problems at the school. In an article published on February 11th, Sabrina Baez, Lambda's former head of career services, told The Verge that she was called a "feisty Latina" and a "bulldog" when she pushed for a diversity initiative at the school. Baez had signed a severance agreement when she left Lambda after the incidents; the school sen...
Tags: California, Tech, Lambda, Latina, Baez, The Verge, Lambda School, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, Sabrina Baez Lambda


Honda Will No Longer Sell Any All-Electric Vehicles In the US

According to a report Green Car Reports, Honda said it discontinued the company's Clarity Electric and has no plans for the model to return. CNET reports: The battery-electric version of the Clarity rounded out a diverse lineup of alternative-fuel options housed in the nameplate. Honda still sells a plug-in hybrid version of the Clarity and introduced modest updates to the Clarity Fuel Cell for 2020. Honda only offered the EV version in Oregon and California, however. Ditto for the fuel cell ver...
Tags: California, Oregon, US, Tech, Honda, Cnet, Clarity Electric, Green Car Reports Honda


Google is banning ads for medical masks from marketers trying to capitalize on the coronavirus scare

Google is cracking down on ads that feature medical masks that promote protection from COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Google's existing policy blocked advertisers from promoting messages about coronavirus but did not include related products that marketers are peddling on e-commerce marketplaces. Facebook has also removed ads related to coronavirus. Click here for more BI Prime stories. As concerns about COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, continue t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, US, Trends, World Health Organization, Fox News, Sundar Pichai, Google Google, Shepard Smith


Petition Calls On Pornhub To Prevent Non-Consensual Videos From Being Posted

A petition with over 350,000 signatures is calling on Pornhub to stop posting non-consensual videos and marketing them as "pornography." Kate Isaacs writes via The Guardian: Pornhub's argument that "extremists" are lobbying to shut them down is ridiculous. I'm non-religious, liberal and sex positive and in no way "anti-porn." I started the #NotYourPorn campaign after a friend had her iCloud account hacked last year. Videos of her and an ex had been stolen from her phone and then uploaded to Porn...
Tags: UK, Tech, Pornhub, Catherine, Isaac, Kate Isaacs, Pornhub Pornhub


Immutouch wristband buzzes to stop you touching your face

In the age of coronavirus, we all have to resist the urge to touch our faces. It’s how the virus can travel from doorknobs or other objects to your mucus membranes and get you sick. Luckily, a startup called Slightly Robot had already developed a wristband to stop another type of harmful touching — trichotillomania, a disorder that compels people to pull out their hair. So over the last week, Slightly Robot redesigned their wearable as the Immutouch, a wristband that vibrates if you touch your f...
Tags: Apple, Health, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, Wearables, Hardware, Tech, Seattle, University Of Michigan, University of Washington, Facebook Perhaps, Pavlok, Coronavirus


CEO Marc Benioff told investors that Salesforce was built to endure any kind of crisis, but a new filing shows all the ways the company is concerned about coronavirus

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff recently told analysts that the company won't be affected by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak because it's built to withstand recessions and crises like this one.  Salesforce is now also urging many of its employees in areas affected by coronavirus to work from home and is suspending non-essential travel for its roughly 50,000 employees around the world in order to be safe. Despite Benioff's reassurances, the company is aware it might be affected by the coronavirus ...
Tags: Google, Australia, China, New York City, US, Trends, Salesforce, Seattle, Marc Benioff, San Francisco Bay Area, Benioff, Amazon Web Services Microsoft, Parker Harris


Target Quietly Opens Concept Store For the Future of Gaming

Target quietly soft-launched a new concept store in downtown San Francisco a few days ago: The Game Room lets people try out Magic Leap and Oculus Quest headsets, gaming PCs and mobile gaming rigs. It's an obvious play to make Target look hip to San Francisco's tech-savvy clientele, but it's also indicative of bigger industry changes. From a report: Missing from the store are the typical gaming fodder you'd find in your neighborhood Target. No physical discs or accessories for current-generation...
Tags: Google, San Francisco, Tech, Magic Leap


8 YouTube creators revealed their single highest-earning videos, including one that made $97,000

How much money a creator on YouTube can earn from a single video varies depending on the audience that watches it, the amount of time they spend watching, and how long the video is, among other factors. YouTube's Partner Program allows influencers to earn money directly off their channels by placing ads within videos, which are filtered by Google. We spoke to eight YouTube stars who each shared the most they've made from a single video, from $6,000 to $97,000.  Click here for more BI Prime sto...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, New York, Australia, Youtube, Trends, David, Business Insider, Amazon FBA, CPM, PDK, Kyra, NC State University, Kulani, Brian Barczyk


Split Verdict Given For CIA Programmer Charged In Massive Leak

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: A federal jury couldn't reach a verdict on whether a former software engineer for the Central Intelligence Agency was responsible for leaking a trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks, convicting him instead on lesser charges stemming from the leak (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source). Joshua Schulte, 31 years old, was convicted of making false statements and contempt of court -- charges that related to Mr. Schulte's...
Tags: Tech, Cia, Wikileaks, Central Intelligence Agency, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, Schulte, Joshua Schulte


BMW axes plans to bring electric iX3 SUV to US

BMW will not bring the iX3, the automaker’s first electric crossover, to the U.S., the latest automaker to shift its EV strategy to Europe and China. BMW told Automotive News, the first media outlet to report the change, that at this time, it doesn’t have plans to bring iX3 to the U.S. market. The change is notable because the iX3 is based off of the X3, the most popular BMW model in the U.S. The BMW iX3, which will be manufactured in China, is scheduled to come to market in the first half of 2...
Tags: Europe, China, Cars, US, Tech, Tesla, Beijing, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Automotive Industry, Bmw, Volkswagen, Automotive News, U S, Bmw I


Edtech startups prepare to become ‘not just a teaching tool but a necessity’

As Stanford , Princeton , Columbia and others shutter classrooms to limit the coronavirus outbreak, college educators around the country are clambering to move their classes online.  At the same time, tech companies that enable remote learning are finding a surge in usage and signups. Zoom Video Communications, a videoconferencing company, , and Duolingo, a language teaching app, has had 100% user growth in the past month in China, citing school closures as one factor.  But Kristin...
Tags: Startups, TC, Crowdsourcing, Education, Stanford, China, Tech, United States, Princeton, Stanford University, Duolingo, Video Conferencing, Online Learning, Boston University, Outschool, Conferencing


Clean your phones, ya filthy animals! Coronavirus can cling for days

Glass and plastic make happy homes for COVID-19
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, Coronavirus, COVID-19, How To Clean Your Phone


Apple’s Powerbeats 4: Everything we know so far

The PowerBeats 4 will use AirPods tech but won't be true wireless
Tags: Apple, Ios, Trends, Home Theater


‘Visible: Out on Television’ Editors on How the Series Reflects the Evolution of LGBTQ Representation

After working together on the Netflix docuseries “The Keepers,” editors Kate Amend, Rejh Cabrera and Mark Harrison established a creative shorthand that came in handy when collaborating again on another docuseries: Apple TV Plus’ “Visible: Out on Television.” “We had constant conversations as a team to make sure whatever we were working on tied in […]
Tags: Apple, Production, Netflix, Ryan Murphy, Ellen Degeneres, Mark Harrison, Visible: Out on Television


Seattle's Patient Zero Spread Coronavirus Despite Ebola-Style Lockdown

First known U.S. case offers lessons in how and how not to fight the outbreak. From a report: The man who would become Patient Zero for the new coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. appeared to do everything right. He arrived Jan. 19 at an urgent-care clinic in a suburb north of Seattle with a slightly elevated temperature and a cough he'd developed soon after returning four days earlier from a visit with family in Wuhan, China. The 35-year-old had seen a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventi...
Tags: Cdc, Tech, Atlanta, Seattle, U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Everett Washington, Wuhan China, Providence Regional Medical Center, afar County


Apple Giving Retail Workers Experiencing Coronavirus Symptoms Unlimited Sick Leave

Along with allowing corporate employees to work from home for the next week, Apple has also told its hourly and retail employees that it is providing unlimited sick leave to those experiencing coronavirus symptoms. Apple's hourly employees, which includes retail staff, are not required to submit a doctor's note if time off is required, according to details obtained by 9to5Mac. Apple's new policy will make it easier for employees who have COVID-19 symptoms to take necessary time off of work. ...
Tags: Apple, UK, United States, Seattle, Apple Store, Apple Retail, San Francisco Bay Area, U S Apple, COVID, COVID-19 Coronavirus, United States South Korea Japan Italy



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