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Babbel's deal on a lifetime of language training is back, just in time for your quarantine

There are plenty of productive ways to spend time while stuck indoors. While it’s undoubtedly fun to binge all 15 seasons of Supernatural or sink days of playtime into an Overwatch campaign, learning something new is definitely a more meaningful and long-term beneficial use of  open hours. And if you’re going to invest time in learning something new, you better make sure it sticks. More than half a million Apple App and Google Play users have given the Babbel Language Learning system a 4.6 out o...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Shop, Babbel, Babbel Language Learning


New X-Ray Technique Images Soft-Tissue Tumors Clearer Than MRI

Researchers at Tohoku University have developed a new method of adapting X-ray to image soft tissue, "so that its higher resolution can reveal tumors or other problems earlier than other techniques," reports New Atlas. From the report: Elastography is a field of medical imaging that focuses on the stiffness or softness of tissues. Shear waves are sent through the body, and then an imaging technology like ultrasound or MRI is used to watch how they spread. The waves move through stiff tissue fast...
Tags: Tech, Tohoku, Tohoku University, Applied Physics Express Read


Google is shutting down its Neighbourly app

Google is killing another one of its experimental apps — Neighbourly. The company said it’s shutting down the app on May 12, as the project didn’t take off as expected. The search giant first unveiled the app in May 2018 as a test in the Indian city of Mumbai to let you explore your neighborhood with help from local experts. Later in November, it expanded its base to a few more cities in the country. However, it failed to gain traction, likely because it simply didn’t have enough users to delive...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, India, Mumbai


California Governor Says 'We Need More Googles' As Company Offers Free Wi-Fi and Chromebooks To Students

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Google will offer 100,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots and will donate 4,000 Chromebooks to students across the state of California, governor Gavin Newsom said during a news conference Wednesday. The internet access points are supposed to help improve broadband internet in rural households across the state where internet access is either limited or very slow. Students will get access to the free Wi-Fi for a minimum of three months.There are still many parts ...
Tags: Google, California, Tech, Cnbc, Gavin Newsom, Newsom


2020 iPad Pro May Not Have a U1 Ultra Wideband Chip After All

While it was previously reported that all 2020 iPad Pro models feature the same Apple-designed U1 chip as the iPhone 11 lineup, enabling Ultra Wideband support, we have compiled evidence to suggest that this may not be the case. As a reminder, Apple's tech specs for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro list an Ultra Wideband chip for spatial awareness, but the chip is not mentioned in Apple's tech specs for the new iPad Pro. Apple also did not mention the new iPad Pro featuring the U1 chip in its ...
Tags: Apple, iPad Pro 12.9, iPad Pro 11, Ultra Wideband


Teardown of Huawei Flagship Phone Finds US Parts Despite Blacklisting

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Huawei is still using components made by U.S. companies in its newest flagship smartphone, a Financial Times teardown has found, despite the U.S. all but blacklisting the Chinese telecoms equipment manufacturer. The teardown was done by XYZone, a Shenzhen-based company that disassembles smartphones and identifies the suppliers of their components. The biggest surprise was that some parts from U.S. companies were still ending up in the newest...
Tags: South Korea, US, Samsung, Tech, United States, Huawei, Financial Times, Shenzhen, Department of Commerce, U S Commerce Department, Micron Micron, Qualcomm Skyworks


Detroit to be first to deploy Abbott Labs’ 5-minute COVID-19 test, mayor says

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said today on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN show that the city of Detroit is on track to be the first city to deploy Abbott Labs’ five-minute COVID-19 test. The mayor said the test would be available for first responders. The goal, he said, was to test those first responders who are self-isolating but have yet to test positive for the virus. The city of Detroit received the Abbott Labs tests today, April 1. They will be available for use within the next 24 hours, the mayor said. T...
Tags: Health, TC, Washington Post, Tech, Cnn, Michigan, Fda, Detroit, Abbott, Wolf Blitzer, Mike Duggan, U S Food and Drug Administration, Abbott Labs, Miles White, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Slack Launches Call Integrations For Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and More

Slack is launching a new app to integrate Microsoft Teams calling features into its chat app today. "Slack is also launching VoIP phone integration with Zoom, Cisco Jabber, RingCentral, and Dialpad," reports The Verge. "This will allow Slack users to use these VoIP calling providers to call phone numbers directly within the Slack interface." From the report: Slack users will be able to set Microsoft Teams Calls as the default calling provider and get to see who's already on a call and when it ki...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Dialpad, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Jabber RingCentral, Microsoft Teams Calls, Outlook Slack


‘A perfect storm for first time managers,’ say VCs with their own shops

Until very recently, it had begun to seem like anyone with a thick enough checkbook and some key contacts in the startup world could not only fund companies as an angel investor but even put himself or herself in business as a fund manager. It helped that the world of venture fundamentally changed and opened up as information about its inner workings flowed more freely. It didn’t hurt, either, that many billions of dollars poured into Silicon Valley from outfits and individuals around the globe ...
Tags: Google, Tech, General Motors, Lp, Silicon Valley, Intuit, Hudson, Felicis Ventures, Ron Conway, Credit Karma, Fika, Ho, Conway, Gosh, Charles Hudson, Precursor Ventures


“A perfect storm for first time managers,” say VCs with their own shops (and who have advice)

Until very recently, it had begun to seem like anyone with a thick enough checkbook and some key contacts in the startup world could not only fund companies as an angel investor but even put himself or herself in business as a fund manager. It helped that the world of venture fundamentally changed and opened up as information about its inner workings flowed more freely. It didn’t hurt, either, that many billions of dollars poured into Silicon Valley from outfits and individuals around the globe ...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, General Motors, Lp, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Intuit, Hudson, Felicis Ventures, Ron Conway, Credit Karma, Fika, Ho, Conway, Gosh


What is the Marco Polo app for Android and iOS?

While it's been dubbed the "video walkie-talkie," what exactly does this video messaging app do? We explain.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Trends, Marco Polo, Video Chat Apps, Best Messaging Apps


Proposed amendments to the Volcker Rule could be a lifeline for venture firms hit by market downturn

In the wake of the financial crisis, Congress passed regulations limiting the types of investments that banks could make into private equity and venture capital funds. As cash strapped investors pull back on commitments to venture funds given the precipitous drop of public market stocks, loosening restrictions on the how banks invest cash could be a lifeline for venture funds. That’s the position that the National Venture Capital Association is taking on the issue sent to the chairs of the Fede...
Tags: TC, Money, Congress, Finance, Virginia, Softbank, Tech, Georgia, Investment, Banking, Economy, New Hampshire, Venture Capital, Wisconsin, Ohio, Private Equity


Tile Claims Apple's Anticompetitive Behavior Has 'Gotten Worse, Not Better'

Apple's anticompetitive behaviors have gotten worse over the course of the last few months rather than better, Tile claimed in a congressional panel today, reports Reuters. Executives from Tile, PopSockets, Sonos, and Basecamp in January testified in front of a congressional hearing in an ongoing antitrust inquiry launched by the U.S. government against tech companies like Amazon, Apple, and Google. Tile at the time complained about Location Services changes implemented in iOS 13 that encour...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mac, Tile, Location Services, Reuters, Amazon Apple, Airtags, Tile s Bluetooth


Early Meme Site YTMND Has Been Resurrected With the Help of Fans

The popular early internet meme machine YTMND.com is back online after shutting down last May due to declining ad revenue and the site creator's ill health. Motherboard reports: Launched in 2001, YTMND was one of the early internet's first sources of viral content. Users could attach a gif, often animated but not always, to a piece of looping sound. Users could vote on these animations, share, or remix them. Its death was sad, a piece of early internet, gone forever. But over the last year, [the...
Tags: Tech, Goldberg, Max Goldberg, Ytmnd


How to Send SMS Messages with Google Sheets and your Android Phone

The Mail Merge for Gmail add-on lets you send personalized emails via Gmail but wouldn’t it be nice if a similar solution existed for sending personalized SMS to your contacts directly from your mobile phone?There are services, Twilio and Vonage for example, that let you send text messages programmatically to any phone number in the world. You can either build an SMS solution on top of these messaging APIs or you can take a simpler and less expensive route - build your own text sending app with...
Tags: Google, Android, Gmail, Seo, Sms, Mit, Archives, Google Sheet, Vonage, Google Sheets, Android app Connectivity


Quibi Will Hit Its April 6 Launch Date, Lawsuits be Damned [Updated]

Update: A source close to these proceedings has reached out to clarify that Eko’s injunction is not intended to stop Quibi’s launch, but is rather the next step in the company’s court filing. If Eko had filed a temporary restraining order, that would have been a different matter altogether. Quibi’s launch will proceed as planned, but we’ll be keeping our eye on these court cases as they develop. Our original article follows. Quibi, the mobile-only streaming platform which has full backing from ...
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, Movies, Legal, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Eko, Quibi, Quibi Lawsuit Bring Down, Eko Quibi


YouTube ‘Shorts’ is Google’s answer to TikTok, says report

Since TikTok exploded in popularity over the last year or two, some YouTubers have made a transition over to the platform. According to The Information, it seems YouTube is looking to reclaim some of those creators by launching its own TikTok rival feature called ‘Shorts.’ According to the report, Shorts will live within the regular YouTube app and will include “a feed of brief videos posted by users.” Thanks to the company’s stockpile of licensed music, users will be able to use these as backin...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Tiktok


Coronavirus Update: Twin Rivers, Washington Unified School Districts Providing Tech To Students So They Can Learn At Home

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – In order to encourage students to continue learning during the coronavirus pandemic, at least two school districts are providing laptops to students. On Wednesday Twin Rivers Unified began distributing Chromebooks and laptops at four Twin Rivers high schools. In order for students to be able to get a laptop, they must visit https://lfweb.twinriversusd.org/Forms/devicerequest ,fill out the form and schedule a pick-up time.  Students and families must present their confirmati...
Tags: Google, News, Washington, Local, Syndicated Local, Sacramento, Chromebooks, Washington Unified School District, Coronavirus


Will Quibi Hit Its Launch Date, or be Shut Down Due to a Lawsuit?

Quibi, the mobile-only streaming platform which has full backing from every major Hollywood studio and tons of big-name filmmakers and performers signed on to star in shows and movies, is supposed to launch next Monday, April 6, 2020. But a company called Eko is alleging that Quibi’s “Turnstyle” technology, which allows for seamless video transitions when switching between landscape and portrait mode, is actually stolen technology, and demanding that a judge stop Quibi’s launch until the situat...
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, Movies, Legal, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Eko, Quibi, Quibi Lawsuit Bring Down, Eko Quibi


Original Content podcast: ‘Star Trek: Picard’ launches with a bumpy, memorable season

Star Trek TV shows generally take a while to get good — but if any of them was going to have a strong start, you’d think it’d be “Star Trek: Picard.” After all, it returns Patrick Stewart to the role that made him famous, that of onetime Starfleet captain Jean-Luc Picard. Plus, the writing team was led by Michael Chabon, author of beloved novels like “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” and “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.” (He also wrote a lovely New Yorker piece about writing for Star Tr...
Tags: Apple, TC, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Star Trek, Michael Chabon, Patrick Stewart, Cbs All Access, Stewart, Jean Luc Picard, Picard, Star Trek TV, Starfleet, Brent Spiner


Hospitals Tell Doctors They'll Be Fired If They Speak Out About Lack of Gear

schwit1 shares a report from Bloomberg, commenting: "And the claim that this is about protecting 'patient privacy' is b***shit." From the report: Ming Lin, an emergency room physician in Washington state, said he was told Friday he was out of a job because he'd given an interview to a newspaper about a Facebook post detailing what he believed to be inadequate protective equipment and testing. In Chicago, a nurse was fired after emailing colleagues that she wanted to wear a more protective mask w...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Washington, Tech, Bloomberg, Chicago, Mount Sinai, NYU Langone Health, Ming Lin


Apple's Orders for iPhone 12 Components Complicated by Unclear Consumer Demand

Amid the ongoing pandemic in the United States and other countries, Apple is continuing to forge ahead with work on its upcoming iPhone 12 devices, which are expected to feature 5G connectivity, new 3D cameras, and other features. With travel restrictions to China, Apple is experiencing difficulties preparing for its new devices and placing orders for components, according to The Wall Street Journal, and one factor Apple is dealing with includes predicting consumer demand. Apple's new iPhone...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Bloomberg, United States, TSMC, Wall Street Journal, Apple Inc, Susquehanna, China Apple, Information Apple, Mehdi Hosseini, Iphone 12


What is Apple TV+?

Apple TV+ may not be as popular as Netflix or Hulu, but it has its perks. Here's everything you need to know.
Tags: Apple, Trends, Apple TV, Netflix, Hulu, Movies & TV, Apple TV Plus, Tier 4


Opera To Support Sites Using the .Crypto Top-Level Domain

Opera has updated its lightweight browser for Android so that it can access unofficial .crypto domains, primarily to exchange cryptocurrency. The Register reports: Support for .crypto in Opera will "bring the blockchain-browsing experience to a new level," the Norwegian software maker gushed on Monday. Crucially, dot-crypto simply doesn't exist in the global domain name system, and is not recognized by DNS overseer ICANN nor the world's DNS resolvers. It is a renegade generic top-level domain ma...
Tags: Tech, Icann, Crypto Top Level Domain


Mobile payments firms in India are now scrambling to make money

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder and chief executive of India’s most valuable startup, Paytm, posed an existential question in a recent press conference. “What do you think of the commercial model for digital mobile payments. How do we make money?” Sharma asked Nandan Nilekani, one of the key architects of the Universal Payments Infrastructure that created a digital payments revolution in the country. It’s the multi-billion-dollar question that scores of local startups and international giant...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Asia, Ebay, Finance, China, India, Softbank, Tech, Walmart, Bloomberg, Getty Images, Pakistan, Credit Suisse, Alibaba, Silicon Valley


Amazon Prime now lets you buy movies on its iOS apps — here’s how

Amazon recently made a much-needed update to its Prime Video apps on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV: you can now purchase and rent videos directly from the app. Given how many people are using their streaming apps — such as Prime Video — to watch movies, this could not have come at a more welcome time. Here’s how it works. Up to now, you couldn’t make your purchases within these apps, and the rumor was that this was because the typical in-app payment method allowed apple to take a 30% cut. However, C...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, Cnbc, Basics


Amazon Prime Video’s Apple Apps Now Let You Buy or Rent Movies and TV Shows, Bypassing App Store’s ‘Tax’

Amazon, in partnership with Apple, has quietly turned on a new feature in Prime Video’s apps for Apple devices that lets users buy or rent TV shows and movies, using the in-app payment feature. Previously, the Prime Video app for Apple’s family of devices didn’t let you make purchases. The Prime Video app for iPhone, […]
Tags: Apple, Amazon, News, App Store, Amazon Prime Video


Microsoft President Calls Washington State's New Facial Recognition Law 'a Significant Breakthrough'

Microsoft President Brad Smith took a break from responding to the COVID-19 outbreak this week to praise Washington state's landmark facial recognition regulations. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Tuesday that establishes rules specifically governing facial recognition software. From a report: Smith called the law an "early and important model" and "a significant breakthrough" in a blog post published Tuesday. Some cities have enacted their own facial recognition rules, but Washington i...
Tags: Microsoft, Washington, Tech, Smith, Brad Smith, Jay Inslee


Best free workout apps on Android and iOS

Elevate your fitness game from the comfort of your own home, all without spending any money to get in shape.
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Fitness, Trends, Health & Fitness, Home Workout, Best Fitness Apps, Free Fitness Apps, Free Workout Apps


Work From Home to Navigate the Future

Many people around the world are having a new experience.   Working from home.   Not from choice, not as a considered way of being able to work more efficiently, or more happily, but as a decision imposed on them as a result of the current pandemic.   Some will find it hard to adjust and long to be back in their regular workplace.   There are all sorts of factors that can make working from home challenging – the lack of direct, daily social interaction with workma...
Tags: Google, Work From Home, Business, Seo, Home Based Business, Pandemic



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