You Can Now Ride a Submarine To the Deepest Point On Earth

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: For some, the ultimate adventure is up in the stars. (See: Musk, Branson, Bezos.) For Texas businessman Victor Vescovo, the trip of a lifetime is a dive to the deepest known point on our own planet, the bottom of the Marianas Trench. For $750,000 per person, Vescovo will take guests down 35,843 feet in Limiting Factor, his $37 million Triton 36,000/2 submarine, whose depth capacity is more than 100 times that of the typical superyacht submersib...
Tags: Tech, Bloomberg, Earth, Pacific, Triton, McCallum, Guam, Rob McCallum, Victor Vescovo, Vescovo, Musk Branson Bezos For Texas

A new FDA-authorized COVID-19 test doesn’t need a lab and can produce results in just 5 minutes

There’s a new COVID-19 test from healthcare technology maker Abbott that looks to be the fastest yet in terms of producing results, and that can do so on the spot right at point-of-care, without requiring a round trip to a lab. This test for the novel coronavirus causing the current global pandemic has received emergency clearance for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and will begin production next week, with output of 50,000 per day possible starting next week. The new Abbott ID ...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, Tech, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Biotech, Viruses, Infection, Abbott, Veterinary Medicine, U S Food and Drug Administration, Coronavirus

Google-parent Alphabet to donate $800 million in response to coronavirus crisis

Alphabet Inc will donate more than $800 million (645 million pounds) in funds towards producing medical supplies used to fight COVID-19, and in ad credits to government and health organizations and businesses, Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said on Friday.
Tags: Google, Money, businessNews, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet Inc

Apple Suppliers Worried About iPhone Demand, Production Ramp-Up for New iPhones Reportedly Postponed

Most of the factories in China that supply devices and components to Apple are back to churning out products, but Apple suppliers are said to be worried about how much demand there will be for the current iPhone models and the new iPhones expected in the fall. According to Reuters, a senior official at one of Apple's major supply companies said that orders for quarter ending in March are likely to drop 18 percent compared with the previous year. Production ramp-up for new 5G iPhones has also ...
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US Officials Reportedly Agree To Cut Off Huawei From Global Chip Suppliers

Senior U.S. government officials have agreed to new rules to cut off Huawei from global chip suppliers, according to a Reuters report Thursday, citing sources familiar with the matter. CNET reports: Under the new measures, foreign companies that use American chipmaking equipment would first need to secure a license before supplying some chips to Huawei, the report says. The focus of the new rules is to restrict the sale of more sophisticated chips to the Chinese telecom giant rather than generic...
Tags: Apple, US, Tech, Taiwan, Huawei, TSMC, Qualcomm, Cnet, Trump, Reuters, Huawei From Global Chip Suppliers

Some Recovered Coronavirus Patients In Wuhan Are Testing Positive Again

NPR is reporting that some Wuhan residents in China who had tested positive earlier and then recovered from the disease are testing positive for the virus a second time. It's raising concerns of a possible second wave of cases, as China prepares to lift quarantine measures to allow residents to leave the epicenter of its outbreak next month. From the report: Based on data from several quarantine facilities in the city, which house patients for further observation after their discharge from hospi...
Tags: China, Tech, Npr, Wuhan

Zoom Updates iOS App to Stop Sending Data to Facebook

Zoom, a video conferencing app that many people are using at the current time to keep in touch with coworkers while working from home, was sending data to Facebook without disclosing the data sharing to customers. As of today, Zoom has updated its iOS app to remove the SDK that was providing data to Facebook through the Login with Facebook feature, according to Motherboard, the site that first discovered Zoom's data sharing practices. Zoom was providing Facebook with data that included when ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Facebook, Mac, Rumors, Sdk, Zoom, Facebook SDK

Scientists Identify Microbe That Could Help Degrade Polyurethane-Based Plastics

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: German researchers report in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology that they have identified and characterized a strain of bacteria capable of degrading some of the chemical building blocks of polyurethane. The team out of Germany managed to isolate a bacterium, Pseudomonas sp. TDA1, from a site rich in brittle plastic waste that shows promise in attacking some of the chemical bonds that make up polyurethane plastics. The researchers performed a...
Tags: Germany, Tech, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Frontiers, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ, Christian Eberlein

Google Cancels Its Infamous April Fools' Jokes This Year

Google won't be participating in April Fools' Day this year due to the serious threat of the coronavirus that continues to impact the entire world. The Verge reports: According to an internal email obtained by Business Insider, Google will "take the year off from that tradition out of respect for all those fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Our highest goal right now is to be helpful to people, so let's save the jokes for next April, which will undoubtedly be a whole lot brighter than this one." ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Lorraine Twohill, Business Insider Google

As the U.S. shuts down, StockX’s business is booming, says its CEO

StockX, the high-flying resale marketplace that connects buyers and sellers of sneakers, streetwear, handbags and other collectible items who agree on pricing, has seen its fortune rise along with the $6 billion global sneaker resale market, which is part of the broader $100 billion sneaker category. In fact, the company, which was assigned a billion-dollar-plus valuation last year, says $1 billion worth of merchandise was sold through its platform last year. The big question is whether StockX c...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Europe, Ebay, China, Nike, Adidas, New York Times, New Jersey, Jordan, Detroit, Stubhub, Griffith

Airbnb is freezing marketing spending and slowing hiring as losses reportedly reach hundreds of millions of dollars

Airbnb has halted most teams to freeze hiring for the foreseeable future, according to a report in . Technical and essential roles are still open and moving through the process on a case by case basis, a source close to the company told Business Insider. An independent analysis of open roles showed that technical and contingent roles dropped sharply starting in January, and have continued to fall. Airbnb is among other startups struggling with an extreme decrease in revenue as people halt tra...
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ANALYSIS: Tag-team chief executives Newsom and Garcetti face fiercest common foe yet: coronavirus

With a backdrop of a massive Navy hospital ship behind them, the leader of the nation’s most populous state and his counterpart at the nation’s second-largest city faced cameras on Friday, March 27. The common goal: “Bend the curve” for COVIC-19. Defeat it. As Gov. Gavin Newsom met with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday in Los Angeles, they came together in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. It is not, however, the first crisis the two have faced. In Newsom’s relatively short tenure as gover...
Tags: Apple, Google, Politics, New York, News, Navy, California, La, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Fox News, Getty, Disneyland

Apple Launches COVID-19 Screening Website and App

Apple launched its own coronavirus screening site and iOS app developed alongside the White House, CDC and FEMA. From a report: The site is pretty simple with basic information about best practices and safety tips alongside a basic screening tool which should give you a fairly solid idea on whether or not you need to be tested for COVID-19. The site which is -- of course -- accessible on mobile and desktop also includes some quick tips on social distancing, isolation, hand-washing, surface disin...
Tags: Apple, US, Tech, Fema, White House CDC

Bosses Panic-Buy Spy Software To Keep Tabs On Remote Workers

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: With so many people working remotely because of the coronavirus, surveillance software is flying off the virtual shelves. "Companies have been scrambling," said Brad Miller, CEO of surveillance-software maker InterGuard. "They're trying to allow their employees to work from home but trying to maintain a level of security and productivity." Along with InterGuard, software makers include Time Doctor, Teramind, VeriClock, innerActiv, ActivTrak and...
Tags: Tech, Bloomberg, Miller, Sutton, Brad Miller, Teramind, InterGuard, Rita Selvaggi Teramind, Eli Sutton, Jim Mazotas

Elizabeth Warren's Campaign Is Making Its Software Open Source

gavron writes: While most politicians are pro copyright maximalism and patent exclusivity, Elizabeth Warren's campaign just open-sourced a bunch of software and are proud of having used open source to save money, and build upon the shoulders of other giants. Way to go! "Our tech team worked hard to make getting involved with @ewarren's campaign as easy as possible," reads a tweet from @TeamWarren. "We leaned heavily on open source technology, and we want to contribute back. So we're open-sourcin...
Tags: Elizabeth Warren, Dnc, Tech, Iowa, MoveOn, Gavron, Warren for President Tech Team

The best iPhone to buy in 2020

Our advice on choosing the best iPhone for you in 2020.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Mobile, Trends, Best Of, Buyers Guide, Buying Guides, iPhone 11, Iphone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, Tier 4

YouTube to Viewers: #StayHome #WithMe During the Coronavirus Crisis

YouTube introduced its #WithMe initiative in 2010 as a way to encourage people to do things together, and Friday, it incorporated #WithMe into its #StayHome effort to stress the importance of adhering to social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic. The Google-owned video site said, "From Cook With Me to Clean With Me, Jam With...
Tags: Google, Advertising, Social Pro Daily, Coronavirus

Help Needed To Rescue UK's Old Rainfall Records

At a loss to know what to do with your self-isolation time? Well, why not get on the computer and help with a giant weather digitisation effort? From a report: The UK has rainfall records dating back 200 years or so, but the vast majority of these are in handwritten form and can't easily be used to analyse past periods of flooding and drought. The Rainfall Rescue Project is seeking volunteers to transfer all the data into online spreadsheets. You're not required to rummage through old bound volu...
Tags: UK, Tech, Met Office, Ed Hawkins, Rainfall Rescue Project

Charter Gives Spectrum Technicians Entering Homes During Pandemic $25 Gift Cards

Charter Communications, the operator of Spectrum, has been one of the companies refusing to allow staff to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, ignoring guidelines from federal, state, and local authorities while citing its “indispensable” status as an infrastructure provider. Spectrum technicians have also …Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Spectrum, Charter Communications, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

John Borthwick & Matt Hartman of betaworks discuss coronavirus adaptation strategies

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of hopping on Zoom with betaworks’ John Borthwick and Matt Hartman to discuss the tech world’s adaptation to this new locked-down world, the future of new media and answer questions from the audience. We discussed whether new media companies can raise capital right now, and touched on emerging trends around audio, voice, AR, live events, travel-related companies and many other topics. It was a delight, and I’m excited to do more of these in the future. For those ...
Tags: Work, Startups, TC, Tech, Fundraising, BetaWorks, John Borthwick, Matt Hartman, Verified Experts, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19

The best Huawei P40 Pro cases to protect your shiny new phone

You'll want to keep on snapping with the Huawei P40 Pro's camera, and these cases will keep it safe to do so.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Trends, Huawei, Buyers Guide, Buying Guides, Accessory of the Week, P40 Pro

Attract, engage and retain employees in the new remote-work era

Irene DeNigris Contributor Share on Twitter Irene DeNigris, chief people officer of iCIMS, has a passion for cultivating a highly engaged, high-performance culture. When looking for answers, where do people first turn? For many, it’s Google. During the first half of March, we saw Google searches for “work from home” reach a 12-month high, garnering at least 50% more search interest than the anticipated peak, which usually occu...
Tags: Google, Work, Startups, Column, Employment, Tech, Remote Work, Recruitment, Hiring, Video Conferencing, Human Resource Management, Telecommuting, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Irene DeNigris

Trump Signs $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill

President Trump on Friday signed into law the largest economic stimulus package in modern American history, backing a $2 trillion measure that expands on a Republican proposal issue last week called the CARES Act -- the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The New York Times reports: Under the law, the government will deliver direct payments and jobless benefits for individuals, money for states and a huge bailout fund for businesses battered by the crisis. Mr. Trump signed the me...
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Google Sees Rise in State-Sponsored Hackers Posing as Journalists

Government-backed hackers are increasingly posing members of the press in attempts to spread malicious email attachments and disinformation among newsreaders, according to Google’s own elite team of hackers.Read more...
Tags: Google, Security, Science, Malware, Phishing, Sandworm

Rocket startup Skyrora shifts production to hand sanitizer and face masks for coronavirus response

One of the newer companies attempting to join the rarified group of private space launch startups actually flying payloads to orbit has redirected its entire UK-based manufacturing capacity towards COVID-19 response. Skyrora, which is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, is answering the call of the UK government and the NHS to manufacturers to do what they can to provide much-needed healthcare equipment for frontline responders amid the coronavirus crisis. Skyrorary says that the entirety of its UK...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Space, UK, Scotland, Tech, Chemistry, NHS, United Kingdom, World Health Organization, Rocket, Edinburgh, Hygiene, Aerospace, Ethanol

Duke University uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide to clean N95 face masks for reuse

With shortages of N95 face masks persisting nationwide, healthcare facilities are scrambling to find ways to clean and treat the masks for reuse to protect doctors and nurses most at risk of exposure to COVID-19. Duke University thinks it has found a solution using vaporized hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate the masks. The process uses specialized equipment to vaporize hydrogen peroxide, which can then infuse all the layers of the mask to kill germs (including viruses) without degrading mask...
Tags: TC, Safety, Tech, University, Chemistry, Vice President, Mask, Duke, Director, Brown, Duke University, Pharmaceutical, Cameron Wolfe, Scott Alderman, N95, COVID-19

Why the 2020 MacBook Air is one of the best laptops you can buy

The latest Apple MacBook Air laptop offers double the storage, handles daily tasks more seamlessly, and, most excitingly, features the Magic Keyboard.
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Hackers Exploit Zero-Day Bugs in Draytek Devices to Target Enterprise Networks

Cybersecurity researchers with Qihoo 360's NetLab today unveiled details of two recently spotted zero-day cyberattack campaigns in the wild targeting enterprise-grade networking devices manufactured by Taiwan-based DrayTek. According to the report, at least two separate groups of hackers exploited two critical remote command injection vulnerabilities (CVE-2020-8515) affecting DrayTek Vigor [Author: [email protected] (Swati Khandelwal)]
Tags: Network Security, Tech, Taiwan, Cyber Security, Router hacking, Zero-Day Vulnerability, Swati Khandelwal, Load Balancer, Network Switches, Networking Devices

5 eDiscovery Best Practices From Industry Experts [Sponsored]

Join the team at Onna, as they sit down with five industry experts who give their best advice for navigating the rapidly evolving legal tech industry.
Tags: Technology, Law, Ediscovery, Sponsored Content, Onna

Google is donating $800 million to help with the coronavirus crisis

Google is committing to donate more than $800 million to support businesses, organizations and healthcare workers as part of its coronavirus response -- most of it in the form of free advertising.
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