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Researchers Found a Way To Control Bacteria To Transport Microscopic Cargo

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Bacteria form the largest biomass in the world, larger than all the animals and plants combined, and they are constantly moving, but their movement is chaotic. The researchers [at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, in collaboration with groups in U.S. and U.K.] pursued the idea that if this motion could be controlled, they might be able to develop it into a biological tool. They used a liquid crystal to dictate the direction of ...
Tags: Tech, Niels Bohr Institute University of Copenhagen, Niels Bohr Institute, Control Bacteria To Transport Microscopic Cargo, Amin Doostmohammadi


How Amazon Thrives On Being Misunderstood

What are Amazon’s greatest innovations? Drones? Cloud computing? Echo and Alexa? These are impressive; some are even revolutionary. However, I believe Amazon’s greatest innovations are the ones that have changed the basics of competing to the point where they now sound mundane. My top list of greatest Amazon innovations includes Free Everyday Shipping, Prime Loyalty, and Item Authority. Deceptively simple, Item Authority signed up multiple sellers of the same item to increase item selection, ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Nordstrom, Ebay, United States, Larry Ellison, Berkshire Hathaway, Ibm, Jeff Bezos, Richard Johnson, Oracle, Jp Morgan Chase, Alexa, Branding, Magento, Saks Fifth Avenue


Apple's former CEO thinks the coronavirus shift to working from home will see airlines and hotels permanently rethinking business travel revenue expectations

As the former chief executive of both Pepsi and Apple, John Sculley has a fair amount of experience in guiding companies through downturns.  Sculley predicts that the fundamental shift in consumer behavior as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is going to present a far more challenging problem to the airline and hotel industries than any temporary economic downturn.  "I'm getting actually more work done working remotely from my home office, and not racing around," Sculley pointed out. "So wh...
Tags: Apple, John Sculley, US, Trends, Bill Gates, Pepsi, Al Gore, Palm Beach Florida, Sculley, RXAdvance


The Supreme Court Says States Cannot Be Sued For Copyright Infringement

sandbagger shares a report from PetaPixel: The Supreme Court of the United States dealt a major blow to photographers' copyright protections when it declared that states cannot be sued for copyright infringement because they have "sovereign immunity." The opinion came down as part of a writ of certiorari regarding the case of Allen v Cooper. A writ of certiorari is basically a review of a lower court's decision, and in this case, the Supreme Court has upheld the decision by the Court of Appeals ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Congress, Tech, United States, North Carolina, State, Anne, Cooper, Fourth Circuit, Court of Appeals, Allen, US Court of Appeals, Eastern District of North Carolina, PetaPixel, Frederick Allen, Supreme Court Says States Can


Google is extending the contracts of temp workers whose jobs were about to end during the pandemic — starting with the hundreds that were due to leave this week (GOOG)

Google is extending the contracts of temporary workers whose jobs were due to end during the pandemic. The company is keeping workers who were due to end from March 20 onwards on for an extra two months. Workers had raised concerns internally that workers might have to start looking for other jobs amid an unprecedented outbreak and economic downturn. 600 temporary Google workers had been due to end their roles at the company this week.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Goog...
Tags: Google, Trends, Nasa, Silicon Valley, Signal, Google Facebook


Rocket Lab postpones next mission due to coronavirus pandemic

Rocket Lab is the latest new space company to feel the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic: The small satellite launcher announced on Tuesday that it would be suspending its next launch, a mission called ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ that was set to take-off from Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia peninsula on March 30. The launch is a rideshare mission that includes satellites from a range of customers, including NASA, as well as the US. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), an...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, United States, New Zealand, Satellite, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Don, Outer Space, Mahia, Rocket Lab, StarLink


Microsoft Throttles Some Office 365 Services To Continue To Meet Demand

In response to high demand as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Microsoft has started taking action to preserve overall performance by throttling some services. ZDNet reports: On March 16, Microsoft posted to Microsoft 365/Office 365 admin dashboardds a warning about "temporary feature adjustments" that it might take. That warning told customers that Microsoft was "making temporary adjustments to select non-essential capabilities." Officials said they did not expect these changes to...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Zdnet, DLP


California scrambles to avoid Covid-19's worst-case scenario: 'It will take a heroic effort'

State has more than 2,500 cases and faces a shortage of protective equipment and hospital beds * Coronavirus – latest US updates * Coronavirus – latest global updates * See all our coronavirus coverageLeaders in California are scrambling to prepare the state amid a shortage of hospital beds, limited access to masks and ventilators and a patchwork approach to testing, as a surge of cases in New York provides a warning of how quickly the coronavirus crisis could spiral out of control.The number...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, New York, News, California, La, New York City, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tesla, Tim Cook, Bill De Blasio, Donald Trump, Santa Clara, Los Angeles Times


Second Life-maker calls it quits on their VR follow-up

The game developer behind Second Life has abandoned its grand efforts for a virtual reality follow-up to its early 2000s hit. SF-based Linden Lab announced today that they’ve sold off assets related to Sansar to a small, little-known company called Wookey Search Technologies, which will take over development of the title. Linden Lab will continue developing and maintaining Second Life and it sounds like some of its employees will be joining Wookey. The deal was reported by Protocol. The ga...
Tags: Gaming, Facebook, Tech, Second-Life, Virtual Reality, Linden Lab, Sansar, Wookey Search Technologies


The best Google Hangouts tips and tricks everyone should know

Videoconferencing isn't limited to corporate conference rooms. Those at home can become pros with these tips.
Tags: Google, Trends, Computing, Hangouts, Google Hangouts, Video Conferencing, Video Conference


Firefox Is Launching a New Test Pilot With Scroll To Pay Web Publishers

Mozilla and Scroll have made an earlier-announced partnership slightly more official today with the wider release of a browser extension called "Firefox Better Web." It's part of Firefox's ongoing effort to combat tracking on the web, but with the small twist that it includes the option to sign up for Scroll. The Verge reports: Scroll, if you don't recall, is the $5-a-month service that stops ads from loading on certain websites. It's not technically an ad blocker, but rather lets publishers kno...
Tags: Firefox, Tech, Mozilla


Looking back at Zoom’s ascent a year after it filed to go public

Zoom, a video chat service then popular with corporations, filed to go public on March 22, 2019 . Best known in venture and corporate circles, Zoom was far from a household name at the time. However, the groundwork for its 2020-era consumer breakthrough during the novel coronavirus epidemic was detailed during its IPO march in the years leading up to its public debut. The company didn’t begin trading until mid-April last year, but it was through its March 2019 IPO filing that its name t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Ipo, Tech, Cisco, SaaS, Slack, Zoom, WebEx, Videoconferencing, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19


The most common Google Hangouts problems and how to fix them

Stop dealing with errors and get to your hangouts
Tags: Google, Work From Home, Trends, Computing, Google Hangouts, Teleconferencing


Apple Releases iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4, macOS 10.15.4, tvOS 13.4, and watchOS 6.2

Apple today officially released versions 13.4 of iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS to the public, alongside macOS 10.15.4 and watchOS 6.2. While many of their improvements are minor, there are a few standout features across the updates. From a report: One of the most noteworthy additions is a dramatic expansion of iPadOS 13's prior trackpad and mouse support, which was limited solely to an Accessibility option before evolving to full system-wide support across all iPad models capable of running iPadOS 13.4....
Tags: Apple, Tech, Standalone Mac App Store


Mobile Networks in Multiple Countries Display 'Stay Home' Message When Users Connect to Cellular Instead of WiFi

iPhone users in several countries who disconnect from WiFi on their devices will see a "Stay Home" message at the top of the Control Center where cellular network information is displayed. Image via Matt Navarra According to reports on Twitter, the status bar messages are showing up in countries that include Germany, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, Peru, Turkey, India, Luxembourg, Romania, Indonesia, Nigeria, and more. The message appears when WiFi is toggled off in the Control Center, causi...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Rumors, Control Center, Matt Navarra According


Wefunder launches campaign to help coronavirus-impacted small businesses crowdfund loans

With the COVID-19 crisis, startups across Silicon Valley are looking for opportunities where they can both increase the visibility of their services and be helpful to people and businesses deeply affected by the pandemic. Wefunder, an investment crowdfunding platform, announced an initiative Tuesday to help small businesses impacted by the coronavirus secure loans through its platform on friendlier terms. The goal of the Coronavirus Crisis Loan program is to “provide critical cash flow during th...
Tags: TC, Crowdfunding, Tech, Silicon Valley, Wefunder, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Visary Capital


Facebook's ads business is being hurt by coronavirus — even though the lockdown has caused unprecedented usage

Usage of Facebook has skyrocketed due to coronavirus lockdowns. But its ad business isn't getting boosted, as much of the activity is on unmonetized services, while advertisers are pulling back due to the pandemic. On Tuesday, the company published a blog post detailing how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the business. Messaging and group video-chats are seeing particular spikes in usage. Usage of Facebook is booming. But its ads business isn't seeing the benefit. The Silicon Valley-bas...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Italy, Silicon Valley, Signal, Jay Parikh, Alex Schultz


SF Businesses Decline Cash, Fearing it Could Spread the Virus

When customers step in for a cup of coffee at Ritual Coffee Roasters on Valencia Street, a sign informs them that cash is no longer welcome. The coffee shop wants customers to use contactless forms of payments to pick up their cups of joe, in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. More and more businesses are turning away from cash, fearing that the virus could be sitting on banknotes and coins, as it exchanges hands from person to person in everyday transactions. From a report: "L...
Tags: San Francisco, Tech, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area, Valencia Street, Gloria Chan, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Eileen Rinaldo


Apple is donating 9 million protective face masks to help fight the coronavirus pandemic (AAPL)

Apple is donating 9 million protective face masks to COVID-19 relief efforts in the US, the Vice President Mike Pence said in a press briefing on Tuesday. The vice president said he and President Trump recently spoke with Apple CEO Tim Cook. Cook is one of several tech CEOs that has pledged to donate face masks, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple is donating 9 million protective face masks to help combat t...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, Cook, California, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Trump, Mike Pence, Pence


Doctors Are Hoarding Unproven Coronavirus Medicine By Writing Prescriptions For Themselves and Their Families

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ProPublica: A nationwide shortage of two drugs touted as possible treatments for the coronavirus is being driven in part by doctors inappropriately prescribing the medicines for family, friends and themselves, according to pharmacists and state regulators. Demand for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine surged over the past several days as President Donald Trump promoted them as possible treatments for the coronavirus and online forums buzzed with excitemen...
Tags: Tech, Donald Trump, Reynolds, State Association, Garth Reynolds, Illinois Pharmacists Association


A Google Taxonomy of Covid-19

Coronavirus information and resources (COVID-19) Google has removed the small “Do the Five” front page GIF. A Google marketer, Joshua Spanier, Google’s global marketing VP for media, had earlier explained the reasoning behind the Do the Five focus and said then that Google would change the message and tone depending on how the “context” changed. The new small link on the google home page now takes the user to a table of contents page — one that should give SEO folks a hint to what Google designe...
Tags: Google, Wikipedia, Marketing, New York Times, Joshua Spanier, COVID-19


Time for Experts

In this novel crisis, we in media and online need to shift much of our attention away from trying to eradicate disinformation (and how’s that going?) to spend more of our time and resources once again finding and amplifying good information — authoritative information from experts. That is why I am maintaining and immersing myself in my COVID Twitter list of 500 epidemiologists, virologists, physicians, researchers, NGOs, and selected specialist journalists. I have been taking in their c...
Tags: Google, Expertise, Facebook, Publishing, UK, California, Senate, Uncategorized, Journalism, Harvard, Atlantic, Yale, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Fox News, Boris Johnson


Volvo’s Polestar begins production of the all-electric Polestar 2 in China

Polestar has started production of its all-electric Polestar 2 vehicle at a plant in China amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended the automotive industry and triggered a wave of factory closures throughout the world. The start of Polestar 2 production is a milestone for Volvo Car Group’s standalone electric performance brand  — and not just because it began in the midst of global upheaval caused by COVID-19, a disease that stems from the coronavirus. It’s also the first all-electric car ...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play Store, TC, Europe, China, Cars, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Smartphones, Automotive, Ford, Shanghai, Gm


TripActions, the $4 billion Andreessen Horowitz-backed corporate travel startup, just laid off 350 employees as the travel industry grinds to a halt

TripActions, the corporate travel startup backed by Andreessen Horowitz's massive $2.2 billion growth fund, laid off 350 employees across business divisions on Tuesday, Business Insider has learned. The company had over 1,000 employees prior to the cuts, according to startup database PitchBook, which would mean that the layoffs affected roughly a third of its workforce. The startup was valued at $4 billion after the Andreessen-led funding round in June and took on a $500 million in debt financ...
Tags: Google, Softbank, Trends, Andreessen, Silicon Valley, WeWork, Andreessen Horowitz, Signal, Watch Google


I played a long-distance version of Settlers of Catan, the wildly popular and complex board game, with 3 of my friends. Here's how you can do it from your own home.

To practice safe social distancing, my friends and I are staying far apart from each other. That means we won't be able to play Settlers of Catan, the popular board game, together anytime soon. So we, like many millennials, turned to the Internet for answers, and played an online version called Catan Universe. We used a Zoom chat to see each other while playing, and while our first game was a little rocky, it eventually turned into a delightful Catan game. Visit Business Insider's homepage for...
Tags: Google, New York, Boston, Trends, Spain, Facetime, Rose, Don, Adam, Juliana, Catan, Asya, Settlers Of Catan, Rose Adam, Catan Universe, Catan Gold


UPS To Develop New Delivery Drones With German Drone-Maker Wingcopter

UPS' Flight Forward subsidiary focused on drone delivery is partnering with German drone-maker Wingcopter to develop the next generation of package delivery drones for a variety of use cases in the United States and internationally. GPS World reports: UPS chose Wingcopter for its unmanned aircraft technology and its track record in delivering a variety of goods over long distances in multiple international settings. As part of this collaboration -- UPSFF's first new relationship with a drone man...
Tags: Tech, UPS, United States, Bala Ganesh, Wingcopter, UPS Advanced Technology Group


#578 How Sleep Can Be the Missing Key to Your Success

Listen to “#578 How Sleep Can Be the Missing Key To Your Success” on Spreaker.         On this episode of The Small Business Radio Show… SEGMENT 1, starting at 0:00: There is at least one overlooked component to small business success and it’s something we don’t get enough of: sleep. For many of us, when we don’t get enough sleep, we aren’t at our best. Is sleep the missing key to success? Here to help is coach and mentor Giles Watkins, author of “POSITIVE SLEEP: A Holistic Approach to Resolve...
Tags: Technology, Sleep, Small Business, Sales, Entrepreneur, Success, David, Dell, Valuation, South Pole, Erik, Carter, Tahiti, Dell Technologies, Erik Day, Small Business Radio Show


YouTube defaults to SD quality worldwide to tame bandwidth surge

YouTube has announced that videos on the site will default to standard definition (SD) quality for the next month in order to cope with demand from the bored, housebound masses. Similar measures were undertaken by the company in Europe last week, and other big consumers of bandwidth are likewise taking steps to minimize their impact. Bloomberg first reported the new, or rather expanded policy of limiting stream quality by default. In a statement, Google wrote that “we continue to work closely...
Tags: Google, TC, Europe, Media, Microsoft, Youtube, Tech, Bloomberg, Sony, Netflix Disney, Coronavirus, COVID-19


FDA now allows treatment of life-threatening COVID-19 cases using blood from patients who have recovered

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its rules around use of experimental treatments for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to include use of ‘convalescent plasma,’ in cases where the patient’s life is seriously or immediately threatened. This isn’t an approval of the procedure as a certified treatment, but rather an emergency clearance that applies only on a case-by-case basis, and only in extreme cases, as a means of helping further research being done into the possible efficacy ...
Tags: Health, TC, New York, Science, Medicine, White House, Tech, Disease, Fda, Andrew Cuomo, Blood, Director, Blood Donation, Governor, U S Food and Drug Administration FDA, Transfusion


iCONECT Raises Bar With New Version 10 Platform

At a time when software and service providers are moving to the cloud, iCONECT has chosen to let the customer decide where to implement their platform.
Tags: Technology, Law, Mike Quartararo, iCONECT



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