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Apple Offers Free Books and Audiobooks to Users in U.S. for Limited Time Only

Apple Books today sent out a push notification highlighting free books and audiobooks available to users for a limited time only. This appears to be U.S. only for now. The push notification reads: Enjoy a good book, on us Explore free books, read-alongs for kids, cozy mysteries, and audiobooks for the whole family. Upon tapping on the notification, users are brought to the Free Books page in the Apple Books Store. From there users can browse through several novels from various genres, expl...
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Apple Offers Free Books and Audiobooks to Users for a Limited Time Only

Apple Books today sent out a push notification highlighting free books and audiobooks available to users for a limited time only. The push notification reads: Enjoy a good book, on us Explore free books, read-alongs for kids, cozy mysteries, and audiobooks for the whole family. Upon tapping on the notification, users are brought to the Free Books page in the Apple Books Store. From there users can browse through several novels from various genres, explore a wide selection of audiobooks, or...
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Rumor Claims 'AirPower Isn't Dead' After Ming-Chi Kuo Says Apple Working on 'Smaller Wireless Charging Mat'

Nearly a year after canceling its AirPower wireless charging mat, Apple has resumed development of the project, according to YouTuber and leaker Jon Prosser. However, there is no guarantee that the accessory will ever be released. Prosser claims that Apple engineers are attempting to redesign the mat's charging coils to displace heat more effectively, adding that prototyping is underway. Apple only said that the AirPower failed to achieve its high standards, but rumors suggested that the mat ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Youtuber, Ming Chi Kuo, Prosser, Steve Jobs Theater, Airpower, Jon Prosser, AirPower Jon Prosser


DevOps startups that help developers be more productive will fare well in an economic downturn, VCs say. Here are 17 they think will thrive in 2020.

Venture capitalists are betting big on startups in DevOps, a term that combines development and operations. More companies are relying on DevOps software because it allows developers to be more productive when building websites, releasing updates, and more. Investors even say that DevOps startups may be more resilient during an economic downturn, because companies will need those products to keep their online services running smoothly. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Even ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Okta, Trends, Cisco, SIM, Github, HashiCorp, Gitlab, Business Insider, Moore, Myers, Gatsby, PRISMA, Blumberg, Satyavolu


Lilium raises another $240M to design, test and and run an electric aircraft taxi service

Long and short distance travel have all but stopped for many people at the moment. But looking forward to a time when that may no longer be the case, a company designing flying taxis is today announcing a large round of funding to help continue developing its product. Lilium, a Munich-based startup that is designing and building vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft with speeds of up to 100 km/h that it plans eventually to run in its own taxi fleet, has closed a funding round of “over” $...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, Munich, Tencent, Aerospace, Vtol, Kitty Hawk, Joby, LGT, Volocopter, Air Taxi, Lilium, Daniel Wiegand, Patrick Nathen


Lilium raises another $240M to design, test and run an electric aircraft taxi service

Long and short distance travel have all but stopped for many people at the moment. But looking forward to a time when that may no longer be the case, a company designing flying taxis is today announcing a large round of funding to help continue developing its product. Lilium, a Munich-based startup that is designing and building vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft with speeds of up to 100 km/h that it plans eventually to run in its own taxi fleet, has closed a funding round of “over” $...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, Munich, Tencent, Aerospace, Vtol, Kitty Hawk, Joby, LGT, Volocopter, Air Taxi, Lilium, Daniel Wiegand, Patrick Nathen


How to Import MailChimp Subscribers to Google Sheets

The Gmail Mail Merge addon can now import the email addresses of subscribers from your MailChimp mailing lists into Google Sheets. If you wish to send emails to your subscribers directly from Gmail, instead of using MailChimp mail servers, this is the way to go.As a developer, you can use Google Apps Script to import subscriber lists, HTML campaigns, performance reports and any other data from MailChimp to Google Sheets for analysis. You can use the MailChimp OAuth2 library but in this example, ...
Tags: Google, Seo, JSON, DESC, Google Sheets, Google Apps Script


Apple Lifts Purchase Limits on iPhones, New iPad Pro, and New MacBook Air Outside of China

Apple has lifted purchase limits previously imposed on iPhone, new iPad Pro, and new MacBook Air purchases made outside of China. Apple this past week had set purchase limits across several of its products. For example, the new ‌MacBook Air‌ and Mac mini were limited to five orders per customer, the new ‌iPad Pro‌ was limited to two 11-inch models per customer and two 12.9-inch models per customer, and iPhones were limited to two of each model per customer. Some purchase limits have yet to b...
Tags: Apple, Mac, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, China Apple, iPad Pro 12.9, iPad Pro 11, New MacBook Air Outside of China, China Although China


McDonald's Is Closing All Its Restaurants in the UK

An anonymous reader quotes the BBC: McDonald's will close all 1,270 of its restaurants in the UK by the end of Monday, as fears over the spread of coronavirus escalate. Previously, the fast food giant had closed its seating areas but had continued to offer takeaway and drive-through services. McDonald's said it wanted to protect the wellbeing of staff and customers. On Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said restaurants and cafes must close, but exempted take-away food places. McDonald's e...
Tags: UK, Tech, Bbc, Boris Johnson, McDonald, Paul Pomroy


Amazon's New 'Prime Video Cinema' Offers Movies Now Playing in Theaters

Amazon just launched "Prime Video Cinema," which lets you buy and watch movies that are just now playing in theaters, reports CNET: Movies currently offered through the hub include Onward, The Hunt, The Invisible Man and Emma, although Onward is only available at the $18.49 purchase price, while the others are only available for rental at that same reduced price. They'll be available to rent for 48 hours. NBCUniversal said Tuesday it would make movies available to rent online in the home the ...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Nbcuniversal, Cnet, Emma


IBM, Amazon, Google and Microsoft partner with White House to provide compute resources for COVID-19 research

During today’s White House coronavirus task force press conference, President Trump announced the launch of a new public/private consortium to “unleash the power of American supercomputing resources.” The members of this consortium are the White House, the Department of Energy and IBM . Other companies, including Google, Amazon and Microsoft, as well as a number of academic institutions, are also “contributing lots of different things,” the president said. While Trump’s comments were character...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Microsoft, White House, Tech, Nasa, Mit, Computing, Ibm, Supercomputer, Nih, Private, Department Of Energy, Bay Area, Trump


Facebook Donates Over 700,000 Masks to Coronavirus Health Workers, Working to Get ‘Millions’ More

Facebook is contributing its supply of 720,000 respiratory masks to U.S. health care workers and is looking to procure millions of additional masks, joining Apple and others pitching in to provide the protective gear amid critical shortages during the COVID-19 outbreak. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and CEO, announced the donation Sunday on the social platform. […]
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Mark Zuckerberg Facebook, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Health Workers Working


Siri Can Now Field Questions About Coronavirus

If you have questions about Coronavirus, now you have another source available to get answers: Siri.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Siri, Lifehacks, Siri Read, Coronavirus


What Happens When Tech Companies Offer to Fight Coronavirus With Digital Surveillance?

"White House officials are asking tech companies for more insight into our social networks and travel patterns," reports Wired, noting that Facebook even "created a disease mapping tool that tracks the spread of disease by aggregating user travel patterns." And Clearview AI "says it is in talks with public officials to use its software to identify anyone in contact with people who are infected." Such efforts clash with people's expectations of privacy. Now, there's a compelling reason to collect...
Tags: Facebook, Congress, White House, Tech, Tech Law, Electronic Frontier Foundation, American University, Daskal, Jennifer Daskal, Clearview AI, Kelsey Finch


COVID-19 and the Rise Of Intermediate-Term Business and Marketing Planning in 2020

Photo by  John Gibbons  on  Unsplash Phrases like "medium-term" and "intermediate-term" have been lost from our business lexicon, it seems. According to Google Trends, searches for these keyphrases have declined 50% or more in the past 15 years. But 2020 is going to be the year intermediate-term planning becomes necessary. Now is an excellent time to consider what that may mean for preparing and managing your business for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.Back when I went to school, we...
Tags: Google, Cdc, US, Seo, Gartner, Nba, John Gibbons, Augie Ray, Johns Hopkins Covid, Worldometer


Ford, GM, Tesla given the ‘go ahead’ to produce ventilators, Trump says

Ford, GM and Tesla have been given the “go ahead” to make ventilators to help alleviate a shortage amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump said in a tweet Sunday that ended with a challenge to auto executives to show how good their companies are. Ventilators are a critical piece of medical equipment for patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by coronavirus. COVID-19 attacks the lungs and can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia....
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Spokesperson, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Ford, United Kingdom, President, Gm, Disease, Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, Hyperloop


Best Buy Shifts Services Curbside, Suspends Home Installations and Repairs

As of today, Best Buy is restricting access for all U.S. stores solely to employees and switching over to “contactless” curbside service for customer pick-ups, exchanges, and returns in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Best Buy, Retail, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Box’s Aaron Levie says it will take creativity and focus to get through this crisis

The COVID-19 virus is touching every aspect of our lives and having a profound impact on individuals, businesses and society at large. Box’s Aaron Levie has built a successful business from dorm room to IPO and beyond. He spoke to TechCrunch today about the level of creativity and focus that it’s going to take to succeed in the current environment. Levie pointed out that his company was a fledgling startup when the economic downturn hit in 2008, but he thinks this one could have a much greate...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Corporate Social Responsibility, SaaS, Tim Cook, Silicon Valley, Box, Aaron Levie, Levie, Startup Advice, COVID-19, Chuck Robbins Marc Benioff


Today Only, Two 'Tomb Raider' Games are Free on Steam

"If you act quickly, both the gritty Tomb Raider origin story and 2014's Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris are free for the taking on Steam," reports CNET: We've already told you about a slew of free stuff you can get while you're stuck at home. I don't know if this particular deal has anything to do with the coronavirus, but right now you can not one, but two Tomb Raider games for free. You'll need to download them right now though, because these return to their regular price tomorrow. The ...
Tags: Tech, Tomb raider, Cnet, Lara Croft, Temple of Osiris, Tomb Raider Lara Croft


Videogames Are Setting New Records For Simultaneous Users

Forbes reports that in a world filled with school closings and social isolation, gaming has surged: - Steam, the most popular digital PC gaming marketplace, reached new heights Sunday, drawing a record 20,313,451 concurrent users to the 16-year-old service, according to third-party database SteamDB - Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, released by Steam-owner Valve in 2012, seems to be the top beneficiary of the increased engagement, breaking it's all-time peak on Sunday with 1,023,2290 concurre...
Tags: Verizon, Tech, Nintendo, Forbes


Apple Shares New Support Document Addressing Distorted Screen Issue on Macs Running Windows 10

Apple yesterday published a new support document detailing fixes for an issue where the right side of a user's Mac screen may be distorted when running Windows 10. Some Mac models with AMD Radeon graphics may be experiencing an issue where the right side of the screen flickers and is distorted when running Windows 10. On external displays, this distortion may affect the entire screen. Alternately, the Windows 10 installer may say that the Mac isn't ready for this version of Windows 10 becaus...
Tags: Apple, Windows 10, Amd, Lg


Justice Dept. files its first coronavirus takedown: a bogus vaccine website

U.S. federal prosecutors have filed and won a temporary restraining order against a website offering a fraudulent coronavirus vaccine, which the Justice Department said is its first enforcement action related to the pandemic. In a statement, the Justice Dept. said the action was taken against a website, said to be engaging in a wire fraud scheme, seeking “to profit from the confusion and widespread fear” surrounding COVID-19. The website, seen by TechCrunch, claims the World Health Organization ...
Tags: Health, Security, New York, Biology, Mexico, Tech, Canada, Vaccination, World Health Organization, Vaccine, Department Of Justice, Illinois, Justice Department, Justice Dept, California New York, Jody Hunt


Oprah Talks COVID-19 in New Apple TV+ Series, No Subscription Required

Apple has launched "Oprah Talks COVID-19," a new free to view Apple TV+ series where Oprah holds remote discussions with leaders and those personally affected by COVID-19. The series, first announced on Twitter by Oprah, examines the vast amount of stress and uncertainty some may have amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a result of remote discussions, the goal of the series is to help generate hope and insight among viewers in times of hardship. The show's premise reads: How can we mindful...
Tags: Apple, United States, Idris Elba, Vizio, Oprah, Samsung LG Sony, Apple TV shows, Apple TV Plus, Apple TV Shows Apple, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, Apple TV Mac Roku Amazon Fire TV


Hey Siri, Do I Have Coronavirus?

If you’re an Apple user feeling under the weather and are worried you might have covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, you now have a new resource at your disposal: Siri.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Technology, Siri, Telehealth, Siri Read, Coronavirus, Covid 19


US Senator Rand Paul Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus

An anonymous reader writes: 57-year-old U.S. Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for the coronavirus, reports CNN, citing a tweet from the senator's Twitter account. "He is feeling fine and is in quarantine," the tweet reports. "He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person." Another tweet adds that "Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually...
Tags: Senate, US, Tech, Cnn, Rand Paul, Rand Paul Paul


German Leader Angela Merkel in Quarantine after Her Doctor Tests Positive for Coronavirus

An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has gone into quarantine after being informed that a doctor who administered a vaccine to her has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Merkel's spokesman said the German chancellor was informed about the doctor's test shortly after holding a news conference Sunday announcing new measures to curb the spread of the virus. The 65-year-old Chancellor will continue her work from home. Read more of this st...
Tags: Angela Merkel, Tech, Merkel, Associated Press


Should You Stop Selling During This Crisis?

There is an ongoing conversation on the social channels as to whether one should continue selling through a crisis. Some suggest selling during times like this is to be tone-deaf, that it ignores the nature of our global emergency. Like most things, there is some truth to the idea that business-as-usual, ignoring the severity of the circumstances, may make one appear to be self-oriented. If you believe that is true, then you also have to recognize the opposite view. The opposing view is that it ...
Tags: Apple, Sales, United States, Mindset, Anthony


Predicting a Post-Pandemic Future: Remote Working and Distance Learning?

This week Politico published predictions from 34 "big thinkers" about what the future will be like after the coronavirus pandemic. (An associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland argues that "The Reagan era is over. The widely accepted idea that government is inherently bad won't persist after coronavirus.") Others predict a future with voting from mobile devices (and possibly higher voter turnout), and one author even predicts a society that accepts "restraint...
Tags: Politico, Tech, Reagan, University Of Maryland, Vassar College, Sonia Shah


How Uber and Lyft Drivers Handle the Risk of Coronavirus Infections

"Thousands of full-time rideshare drivers are still out on the streets trying to carve out a living," notes The Hustle, interviewing more than 50 full-time rideshare drivers facing a difficult choice: "Stay home and sacrifice a livelihood, or keep driving in a depressed market and risk contracting the virus." As independent contractors, rideshare drivers don't receive sick leave, unemployment insurance, or the many other benefits enjoyed by W-2 employees. During a pandemic, this has proven to be...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, New York City, Tech, Hustle, Hastings, Veena Dubal


Weekend Reading 3.22.20

The last time I ate at a restaurant was a week ago, before the Bay Area (and now all of California) went into full lockdown. Since then the world has dramatically changed. Everyone is staying a minimum of 6 feet apart. I’m only able to see friends and extended family via FaceTime or Zoom. This article offers a glimpse of life in California right now. I rotate through different emotions each day. When I’m walking in the sunshine, I feel gratitude for clean air and the ability to move. When I cook...
Tags: Google, Crafts, California, Nasa, Walgreens, San Diego, Facetime, Easter, Bay Area, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Polulu Valley



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