Tencent is now bigger than Cisco and Lenovo – and predicts this virus thingy will help it get bigger still

21 percent growth sees FY '19 revenue hit US$54bn, just a billion or so behind LG and Facebook Chinese internet titan Tencent has revealed its Q4 2019 and full year 2019 results, and the numbers are lovely.…
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Google halts Chrome, Chrome OS releases to avoid shipping flawed code, prioritizes security fixes amid coronavirus crunch

COVID-19 raises risk of software bugs due to staff schedule shifts Google has suspended Chrome browser updates after failing to release Chrome 81 on Tuesday.…
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What Happens If the US Does Absolutely Nothing To Combat COVID-19?

On Monday, the Imperial College report on COVID-19 was released and the results are terrifying. For those who may not know, the Imperial College in London "has advised the government on its response to previous epidemics, including SARS, avian flu and swine flu," reports The New York Times. "With ties to the World Health Organization and a team of 50 scientists, led by a prominent epidemiologist, Neil Ferguson, Imperial is treated as a sort of gold standard, its mathematical models feeding direc...
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How to find a business idea (from no idea to 6-figure business)

Sometimes the things that are holding us back are just in our minds. How many of us have looked at a pile of papers in our living room for weeks, building up how long it would take to clean… …and then when we finally tackled it, it took 5 minutes? I know the feeling. Sigh. (I love creating piles of paper.) A little while ago, I sent out a survey to hundreds of thousands of readers. I asked if they wanted to start their own businesses. Can you guess how many said yes? 90%! Nearly everyone. Whe...
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Steam's New Indie Festival Lets You Try 40 Upcoming Games For Free

The Steam Game Festival is returning for a spring edition starting today, featuring more than 40 indie games you can preview with free-to-play demos. The Verge reports: Geoff Keighley, The Game Awards executive producer and host, first announced the event yesterday on Twitter, saying it was put together to help feature games from indie developers who lost the opportunity to demo their titles at the now-canceled GDC, which was to take place this week in San Francisco. The Steam Game Festival will...
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NASA, SpaceX Still Aiming to Launch Manned Crew Dragon Demo-2 Test as Early as May

NASA and SpaceX are still planning on conducting the first manned commercial crew program launch to space as early as May, indicating that the timetable for the mission has not shifted despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Technology, Nasa, International Space Station, Iss, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Crew Dragon, Demo 2

During coronavirus school closures, distance learning may only exacerbate academic inequities

When LAUSD parent Brande Huntamer LaHaye heard about the remote instruction schedule  during campus closures spurred by the coronavirus pandemic for her best friend’s daughter, a student at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, she couldn’t help but compare notes. The private school student reports to her online classroom by 8:30 a.m. and works through the afternoon, even scheduling bathroom breaks. Huntamer LaHaye’s children at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, meanwhile, are struggling ...
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How to create a Virtual Machine (VM) on Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

Google Compute Engine lets you use virtual machines that run on Google's infrastructure inside the Google Cloud Platform. In this article, we will demonstrate how to create a virtual machine (vm) using the Ubuntu 18.04 boot disk image in Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
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Opendoor temporarily suspends homebuying, citing safety concerns

A spokesperson for the iBuyer said the company's priority is "the safety and well-being of our customers, employees and the general public."
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Tesla faces order to stop making cars at California factory, under coronavirus lockdown

Tesla has agreed to cut down on the number of active workers inside Elon Musk's electric vehicle factory in Fremont, CA, but authorities say they have yet to comply with other coronavirus lockdown measures, like not making more cars right now. “Tesla needs to comply with the health order,” said a county spokesman Wednesday. The factory in Fremont is the only Tesla auto factory in the United States, and more than 10,000 people work there. From Reuters: “They told us they had gone from about 1...
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Apple brings PC-like trackpad to iPad - a timely work-from-home upgrade

If you're reviewing your home office setup during the coronavirus remote-push, this one's worth checking. READ MORE:• NZ gets Apple Watch features that alert for dangerous heart conditions Apple's latest iPad Pro brings... [Author: [email protected]]
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Let ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn and This Chrome Extension Help Shape Your Quarantine Watch List

Have you created a quarantine watch list yet? Good thing there’s always room for more, right? Last Friday, writer/director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Super, Slither) shared a list of underseen movie recommendations to help keep film fans occupied while we all stay inside as much as possible to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Check out his list below, and learn about a new Google Chrome extension that lets you watch Netflix remotely with a group of friends. Your Quarantine Wa...
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NASA's SLS Moon Rocket Is 44 Percent Over Budget and 3 Years Behind Schedule, Report Says

schwit1 shares a report from UPI: Construction on NASA's mobile launcher program for the new Space Launch System moon rocket is 44 percent over budget and three years behind schedule, a new report said. The space agency has built one massive rolling platform to move its moon rockets, with another on the way. Crews are adapting the first launcher to be mated with the SLS rocket for its first launch, planned later this year. But the first launcher cost $308 million more than a budget set in 2014, ...
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The 20 best startups from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day

With world events overtaking the tech world’s preferences to meet for coffees and convene at events, Y Combinator skipped its famous two-day live Demo event and went for a radical experiment: no demos at all, but instead a long list of the nearly 200 startups in its Winter 2020 batch, with links to their sites and one-page slides. We’ve done the legwork for you in giving you a full rundown of who does what, and we have also come together on a group video chat on Zoom to talk through our takea...
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The PlayStation 5 vs. the Xbox Series X: Which Is More Powerful?

Now that Microsoft and Sony have published the technical specifications of their respective next-gen gaming consoles, we can compare them head-to-head to see which one has the edge. While Sony appears to lag behind Microsoft when it comes to specs, the PS5's speedy custom SSD may be its secret weapon. Engadget reports: Sony's lead PlayStation architect, Mark Cerny, finally gave us an in-depth look at the PS5 in a livestream event, in lieu of a major GDC keynote. [...] Cerny confirms that the Pla...
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How to delete your Google Hangouts account, or change its settings so you won't receive calls

The only way to delete your Google Hangouts account is to delete your entire Google account; Hangouts is inextricably linked to your main Google account.  If you don't want to delete your entire Google account, you can change your Hangouts settings so that no one can contact you. You can also delete the Google Hangouts mobile app, so that none of its data will be on your phone.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google Hangouts is a great platform for friends or family wh...
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Charter staff told to report to offices despite positive coronavirus tests

Staff at telecommunications giant Charter Communications are still having to work from corporate offices — against the advice from the federal government — despite at least one employee testing positive for coronavirus and other staff coming into contact with another confirmed case. The phone and internet giant, which owns the Spectrum brand, has doubled down in the past week on its policy of disallowing its 15,000 office-based employees to work from home, prompting one engineer to quit over ...
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7.5-Inch E-Ink Display Is Powered Completely By NFC

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: NFC is usually only used to for quick text transfers, like a tap-and-pay transaction at a register or a quick data transfer from an NFC sticker. A company called "Waveshare" is really pushing the limits of NFC, though, with a 7.5-inch e-ink display that gets its data, and its power, from an NFC transfer. The $70 display doesn't have a battery and doesn't need a wired power connection. E-paper (or e-ink) displays have the unique property of n...
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NASA and SpaceX targeting mid-to-late May for first astronaut launch, despite coronavirus pandemic

NASA and SpaceX issued a media accreditation invitation on Wednesday for their Demonstration Mission 2 (aka Demo-2) commercial crew launch – the first in the commercial crew program that will carry actual astronauts to space. The invite includes the current proposed timeframe for the mission, listed as no “no earlier than mid-to-late May.” Reports from earlier in the year had pegged the launch window for May, with the possibility that SpaceX and NASA could move that to as early as April, o...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, California, Russia, Tech, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Dragon, Astronaut, Demo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Roscosmos, Hurley

NYSE will temporarily close its trading floor and move to electronic trading only

The New York Stock Exchange will close its trading floor on Monday, March 23 and fully move to electronic trading, the exchange’s operator Intercontinental Exchange announced today. The actual physical locations that will close are the NYSE equities trading floor in New York, the NYSE American Options trading floor in New York and the NYSE Arca Options trading floor in San Francisco. The organization says it took this step as a precautionary step to protect the health of traders and employees on...
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The Dow and S&P near three-year lows, Nasdaq falls as well, and treasuries are no haven

It was another brutal day on Wall Street as with the new economic realities imposed by the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the S&P 500 are scraping near their lowest point in the last three years, brushing their lowest numbers since the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. The Nasdaq, while not down quite as sharply, is also following the the pack downward. It seems there’s no herd immunity from a dark fiscal prognosis. And another President...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Tech, Stock Market, Donald J Trump, Stonks, COVID-19

Original Content podcast: Hulu’s ‘Hillary’ retraces a controversial career and a heartbreaking election

While Hillary Clinton’s comments about Bernie Sanders (“Nobody likes him”) have prompted more headlines than anything else in Hulu’s “Hillary,” there’s a lot more to learn from the documentary. Over the course of four-plus hours, “Hillary” traces Clinton’s life and career, with a particular focus on the 2016 — both the combative primary with Sanders and then the shocking loss to Donald Trump. It is, fundamentally, a sympathetic portrait, drawing on extensive interviews with Hillary and Bill Clin...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Hulu, Donald Trump, Hillary, Bernie Sanders, Clinton, Sanders, Original Content Podcast

Hong Kong Content Creators and YouTube Spar Over Coronavirus-Related Fare

YouTube has been accused of political censorship by a group of leading Hong Kong content creators who claim the streaming giant has been barring their politically charged video clips — including coronavirus-related content — from reaching advertisers. Creators such as Phoenix Wong are among a contingent of prominent political commentators and media personalities who monetize […]
Tags: Google, Asia, Hong Kong, News, Youtube, Global, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Phoenix Wong

Raiders target defense early in free agency

The Las Vegas Raiders added another piece as part of their defensive overhaul in free agency, agreeing to a contract with former New Orleans cornerback Eli Apple on Wednesday. Apple is the sixth defensive player to agree to a contract with the Raiders since the open negotiating window opened on Monday, joining linebackers Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski, defensive tackle Maliek Collins, safety Jeff Heath and defensive end Carl Nassib.
Tags: Apple, News, Sports, Raiders, New Orleans, Eli Apple, Cory Littleton, Nick Kwiatkoski, Las Vegas Raiders, Jeff Heath, Maliek Collins

Amazon Echo Studio vs. Apple HomePod

Amazon Echo Studio or Apple HomePod? We spill the beans on which device will fit your digital music life.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Trends, Home Theater, Speaker, HomePod, Amazon Echo Studio, Echo Studio

All New 2020 iPad Pro Models Feature 6GB RAM and Ultra Wideband Chip

Apple this morning introduced updated iPad Pro models with 12XZ chips, dual camera setups, a new LiDAR Scanner for augmented reality, and a new Magic Keyboard accessory that adds a trackpad to the ‌iPad Pro‌ for the first time. Based on code in iOS 13.4, there are also a couple other ‌iPad Pro‌ features that have remained hidden. According to 9to5Mac, the new ‌iPad Pro‌ models are all feature 6GB RAM and include Apple's Ultra Wideband chips. With the 2018 ‌iPad Pro‌, the higher-capacity mode...
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Can Apple keep the AR industry alive?

Augmented reality still has Apple’s enthusiasm behind it, but can that keep the whole industry afloat? On Wednesday, Apple debuted a new iPad Pro, the hallmark feature of which was a lidar time-of-flight sensor baked into the camera, which is designed to make augmented reality experiences more realistic and immersive. For most potential users, the inclusion is something of an oddity. Consumer AR apps are few and far between, and Apple has also been slow to bring AR functionality into its own ...
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Tesla Told Employees to Show Up for Work on Wednesday Despite Shelter-in-Place Order

Electric car company Tesla asked employees to show up to work on Wednesday despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including at its sprawling Fremont, California, production facility, according to emails obtained by CNBC.Read more...
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Lean Thinking and the 5 Principles of Lean Manufacturing

Increasing the degree of effectiveness is every business’s main goal. To reach a high degree of development and customer satisfaction, a business should increase the value it offers while minimizing, for as much as it is possible, waste and loss. This is where “Lean Thinking” comes into the scene. Lean Thinking, in spite of what it may sound, is a business method made to offer customers more value while utilizing the smallest amount of resources to get there. As a business owner, you shou...
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