Shopify is giving its employees $1,000 to furnish their work-from-home setups with whatever gear they need because of the coronavirus

Employees at Shopify, the e-commerce platform, are among hundreds of thousands who have been ordered to work from home amid efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus. A source familiar with the matter told Business Insider that Shopify has given its employees $1,000 each to furnish their home set-ups with whatever equipment needed to work remotely. Employees were also told they are allowed to take home any office equipment, including computer monitors, they need to do their jobs. Visit Busi...
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Short story: Algorithms of Mercy and Judgment

The General asked if I had ever listened to the program as it was begging for its life.“Of course not,” I replied. “Just because I trained the AI it doesn’t mean I’m immune to it.” “But you must surely know how it thinks, Doctor.” I had by then despaired of him ever understanding the point, but we were in the General’s office, and it had been his budget (and, something I tried not to think about, his volunteers — or at least I pretended to be sure they had been volunteers) what had made the pr...
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Congress Warns U.S. Will Be Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks Without Major Reform

A major congressional study of U.S. preparedness in cyberspace released this week found that the U.S. needs to catch up, and fast—or run the risk of being caught off guard by an adversary.Read more...
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Remote Working 101 | Survival Kit Remote Employees Need to Succeed

Managing teams is one of the necessities that comes with a successful business. As you develop and expand you will need to work with a wider range of people and utilize the best of their skills. Whether you are an entrepreneur growing your business, or a team lead at an established business, remote teams are a popular way of ensuring you have the right talent and skill without needing to expand your office space and invest in areas which may not be necessary for the best results for your busines...
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Internet 'is not working for women and girls', says Berners-Lee

Inventor of world wide web calls for urgent action to make cyberspace safer for women and girlsWomen and girls face a “growing crisis” of online harms, with sexual harassment, threatening messages and discrimination making the web an unsafe place to be, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned.The inventor of the world wide web said the “dangerous trend” in online abuse was forcing women out of jobs, causing girls to skip school, damaging relationships and silencing female opinions, prompting him to concl...
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Apple Limits AirPods and Apple Watch Try-Ons in Retail Stores to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

Apple is scaling back Apple Watch and AirPods try-on options at some of its retail stores as part of an effort to cut down on the spread of coronavirus, reports Business Insider. Customers can still ask to try on ‌Apple Watch‌ and ‌AirPods‌ models, but employees have been told not to offer try-ons proactively or to encourage them. Limited try-ons are part of Apple's broader efforts to fight the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 1,000 people in the United States. As was repor...
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Windows Has a New Wormable Vulnerability With No Patch Available

A vulnerability in version 3.1.1 of the Server Message Block (SMB) -- the service that's used to share files, printers, and other resources on local networks and over the internet -- can allow attacks to execute code of their choice on both servers and end-user computers that use the vulnerable protocol, Microsoft said in an advisory. Ars Technica reports: The flaw, which is tracked as CVE-2020-0796, affects Windows 10, versions 1903 and 1909 and Windows Server versions 1903 and 1909, which are ...
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Are Permanent Magnets the Solution For Delivering Fusion Energy?

According to research published in the journal Physical Review Letters, permanent magnets akin to those used on refrigerators could speed the development of fusion energy. Phys.Org reports: In principle, such magnets can greatly simplify the design and production of twisty fusion facilities called stellarators, according to scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald, Germany. PPPL fo...
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Desperate to exit, a $10B price tag for Magic Leap is crazy

Augmented reality headset maker Magic Leap has struggled with the laws of physics and failed to get to market. Now it’s seeking an acquirer, but talks with Facebook and medical goods giant Johnson & Johnson led nowhere according to a new report from Bloomberg’s Ed Hammond. After raising over $2 billion and being valued between $6 billion and $8 billion back when it still had momentum, Hammond writes that “Magic Leap could fetch more than  $10 billion if it pursues a sale” according to his so...
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US is preparing to ban foreign-made drones from government use

The Trump administration is preparing an executive order to ban federal departments and agencies from buying or using foreign-made drones, citing a risk to national security, TechCrunch has learned. The draft order, which was drafted in the past few weeks and seen by TechCrunch, would effectively ban both foreign-made drones or drones made with foreign components out of fear that sensitive data collected during their use could be transferred to adversarial nation-states. The order specifically c...
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Apple is telling retail workers not to encourage customers to try on the Apple Watch or AirPods in a precaution against spreading the coronavirus (AAPL)

Apple has scaled back Apple Watch try-ons at some of its retail stores as the coronavirus spreads, according to sources familiar with the matter. While Apple hasn't eliminated try-ons, employees are being told not to offer it proactively and to only allow try-ons at the customer's request. It's one of several measures Apple in light of the coronavirus outbreak, along with implementing deep cleanings in stores and installing hand sanitizer stations. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more ...
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Washington State and San Francisco Are Banning Large Gatherings As Coronavirus Spreads

Washington state and San Francisco are banning large gatherings to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. The bans are a way to create social distancing, which may help people avoid coming into contact with others who might be sick. The Verge reports: Gatherings of more than 250 people in the Seattle area are prohibited through the end of March, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced. Gatherings of more than 1,000 people will be banned in San Francisco for two weeks, according to the off...
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Elon Musk's Battery Farm Is an Undeniable Success

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Popular Mechanics: More than two years after winning an electricity bet, Elon Musk's resulting Australian solar and wind farm is an almost total success. The facility powers rural South Australia, whose population density falls between Wyoming and Alaska, the two least dense U.S. states. In 2016, South Australia experienced a near total blackout after "an apocalyptic storm -- involving 80,000 lightning strikes and at least two tornadoes," Vox explains. In...
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Scientists successfully created a cybernetic neural network

An international team of researchers spread out over three labs in Switzerland, Italy, and the UK have successfully joined artificial neurons and an organic neuron to form the first operational biological-artificial hybrid neural network. They’ve made a cyborg. The team set out to recreate a classic experiment showing how neurons can “learn” by transferring information through synapses. In a classic neural network, various neurons “light up” in response to stimulus. Over time the neurons will re...
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Logitech built a 3-in-1 charger for Apple fans

Apple’s AirPower may have never come to fruition (RIP), but in its wake several companies have tried to fill the void of wireless charging solutions that allow you to charge all your devices at once. The latest to enter the fray is Logitech, with its new Powered line of wireless charging docks. Chief among them is a $129 dock that is able to charge three devices at once. Unlike the AirPower, however, the 3-in-1 dock doesn’t just let you drop any wireless charging device onto a mat willy-nilly. I...
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Magic Leap, the hyped-up smart-glasses startup that raised over $2.6 billion from investors like Google, is reportedly exploring a sale (GOOG, GOOGL)

Magic Leap, a much-hyped augmented reality startup, is considering a sale, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. Magic Leap has raised more than $2.6 billion from investors including Google and Alibaba, and told Variety in December that it was in the process of raising additional money in a Series E round. Magic Leap is also exploring options including partnerships and a possible stock market listing, Bloomberg reports. As of March 2018, Magic Leap was burning about $50 million a month, Business In...
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The best Android tablets

With Apple's dominating the tablet market, there aren't many Android variants to choose from, but you can still find a few great options. We tested a bunch of Android tablets to find the best, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab S6 is the cream of the crop with its stunning screen, fast processor, and ability to serve as a laptop in a pinch. Android tablets never really caught on in the same way that did, but that doesn't mean there aren't some good ones out there. In fact, our recommended Android ta...
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Logitech Launches New POWERED 3-in-1 Dock for Wirelessly Charging iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch (mac rumors)

Logitech today debuted a new series of POWERED wireless charging options, which includes a POWERED Stand, a POWERED Pad, and a POWERED 3-in-1 dock for charging iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. Priced at $129.99, Logitech's POWERED Wireless Charging 3-in-1 Dock is a compact charger that accommodates an ‌iPhone‌ in an upright charging position alongside an ‌AirPods‌ (or second ‌iPhone‌) charging space at the bottom of the dock and a matching upright pedestal for charging an ‌Apple Watch‌. ...
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Yahoo Mobile is a $39.99 unlimited phone and data plan

As a cell phone plan, Yahoo Mobile seems pretty straightforward — there’s just one pricing tier, where you pay $39.99 per month for unlimited calls, data and mobile hotspot usage. But you may be wondering why Yahoo is getting into the phone business. It makes more sense when you recall that Yahoo is owned by Verizon, as part of the Verizon Media business. (Verizon Media also owns TechCrunch.) Verizon has also spun out a startup called Visible, which also offers unlimited cell services for the...
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Google veteran Daniel Alegre named Activision Blizzard COO and president -

Google veteran Daniel Alegre named Activision Blizzard COO and president
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Slack calls are having ‘connectivity issues’

Slack has confirmed that “Slack Calls are experiencing some connectivity difficulties right now.” The company said it is working to resolve the issue “as quickly as possible.” The difficulties coincide with the push from tech companies to move workers to remote-only meetings and conference calls, amid the outbreak of COVID-19. Slack did not comment on any correlation between the two, or identify what factors are behind the connectivity issues. Hey @SlackHQ @SlackStatus there's definite...
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Establishing an emergency relief fund, Amazon commits to two-week pay for workers affected by COVID-19

Amazon has instituted a new policy which will see all Amazon employees diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed into quarantine receiving up to two-weeks of pay. The additional pay is to “ensure employees have the time they need to return to good health without the worry of lost pay,” the company said in a statement. That pay is in addition to unlimited paid time off for all hourly employees through the end of March, which the company announced as a policy to its workers last week. The company also ...
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Google Stadia vs. Nvidia GeForce Now: The winner is clear

Stadia promises to change the way we play video games, but Nvidia's GeForce Now should have Google worried.
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Motherboard Built a Database of Over 500 iPhones Cops Have Tried To Unlock

"Motherboard built and analyzed a database of over 500 iPhones seized by law enforcement," writes Slashdot reader em1ly. "It's a deep dive into the ongoing "Going Dark" conversation." Here's an excerpt from the report: Most of all, the records compiled by Motherboard show that the capability to unlock iPhones is a fluid issue, with an ebb and flow of law enforcement sometimes being able to access devices and others not. The data solidifies that some law enforcement officials do have trouble acce...
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Apple Store employees are being told not to offer Apple Watch or AirPods try-ons unless customers explicitly request it as a precaution over coronavirus fears (AAPL)

Apple has scaled back Apple Watch try-ons at some of its retail stores as the coronavirus spreads, according to sources familiar with the matter. While Apple hasn't eliminated try-ons, employees are being told not to offer it proactively and to only allow try-ons at the customer's request. It's one of several measures Apple in light of the coronavirus outbreak, along with implementing deep cleanings in stores and installing hand sanitizer stations. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more ...
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Trump Administration Asks Tech Companies for Help Combating Coronavirus

The White House on Wednesday asked tech companies to help fight coronavirus disinformation while also helping the government with its response to the growing outbreak, reports Politico. The Trump Administration asked Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and IBM for help in a meeting that saw representatives from each of the companies speaking with White House officials and representatives from government agencies that include Health and Human Services, the National Institutes ...
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Leak: The Pixel 4a will cost $399

When we covered an extensive hands-on video of the Pixel 4a yesterday, we lamented that one of the only things we don’t know about the new phone at this point is its price. Well, that’s now been checked off the list, if images posted leaker Evan Blass is to be believed — and he has an unimpeachable track record. Blass shared a few images of what appear to be billboard ad mockups for the new device. Notably, one of them shows the device price at $399. This isn’t a huge surprise, as it’s the same ...
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Beware of 'Coronavirus Maps' – It's a malware infecting PCs to steal passwords

Cybercriminals will stop at nothing to exploit every chance to prey on internet users. Even the disastrous spread of SARS-COV-II (the virus), which causes COVID-19 (the disease), is becoming an opportunity for them to likewise spread malware or launch cyber attacks. Reason Cybersecurity recently released a threat analysis report detailing a new attack that takes advantage of internet users' [Author: [email protected] (Wang Wei)]
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Superpeer raises $2M to help influencers and experts make money with one-on-one video calls

Superpeer is giving YouTube creators and other experts a new way to make money. The startup announced today that it has raised $2 million in pre-seed funding led by Eniac Ventures, with participation from angel investors including Steven Schlafman, Ankur Nagpal, Julia Lipton, Patrick Finnegan, Justin De Guzman, Chris Lu, Paul Yacoubian and Cheryl Sew Hoy. It also launched on ProductHunt. The idea is that if you’re watching a video to learn how to paint, or how to code, or about whatever the t...
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Googlers are jolted by life without free lunch as hundreds of thousands work from home — but insiders say 'nobody could be more prepared' than their company for COVID-19 (GOOG)

Google is recommending nearly all of its hundreds of thousands of employees and staffers around the globe work from home due to COVID-19. The coronavirus outbreak has forced the California tech company to put new restrictions around routines at company offices and to take steps to protect its workforce. Workers told Business Insider they were largely positive about the steps Google has taken. One said "nobody could be more prepared." The biggest impact for many Googlers is the loss of the comp...
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