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Windows 10 Is Getting Linux Files Integration In File Explorer

Microsoft is planning to fully integrate Linux file access into the built-in File Explorer. The Verge reports: A new Linux icon will be available in the left-hand navigation pane in File Explorer, providing access to the root file system for any distros that are installed in Windows 10. The icon that will appear in File Explorer is the famous Tux, the penguin mascot for the Linux kernel. Microsoft is testing the Linux File Explorer integration in a new build of Windows 10 that's available for te...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech


University Libraries Offer Online 'Lending' of Scanned In-Copyright Books

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The coronavirus crisis has forced the closure of libraries around the world, depriving the public of access to millions of printed books. Books old enough to be in the public domain may be available for free download online. Many recent books are available to borrow in e-book form. But there are many other books -- especially those published in the mid-to-late 20th century -- that are hard to access without going to a physical library. A con...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Cornell, Ars, James Grimmelmann, National Emergency Library, Ars Cornell University


Italy Working On Coronavirus Tracing App To Help Lockdown Exit

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Italian authorities are working on introducing a smartphone app that would help health services trace the contacts of people who test positive for the coronavirus as the government looks at ways of gradually lifting a lockdown imposed a month ago. Innovation minister Paola Pisano acknowledged that launching the app would raise major issues of privacy and data control, something which would have to be resolved before it went into operation. But it...
Tags: Tech, Eu, Italy, World Health Organization, Reuters, Pisano, European Data Protection Supervisor, EDPS, Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Paola Pisano


Amazon's Shifting Definition of What Is 'Essential'

Maddy Varner, reporting for The Markup: On March 17, Amazon informed U.S. sellers that it would no longer accept nonessential products at its warehouses. To the casual shopper, it might have sounded similar to the pledges Amazon has made in Italy, France, and India to stop taking orders from customers entirely for nonessential goods. But examining the fine print reveals that it was nothing of the sort. The original pledge -- which was announced as policy for March 17 to April 5 -- allowed Amazon...
Tags: Amazon, India, Tech, United States, Italy France, Maddy Varner


WeWork Can't Pay the Rent

WeWork has bailed on April rent on some of its locations as the beleaguered coworking space company goes into a financial spiral amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from Bloomberg.Read more...
Tags: Real Estate, Science, Technology, Softbank, Bloomberg, WeWork, Wegrow Wework Welive Wedie, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Nintendo's Animal Crossing Becomes New Hong Kong Protest Ground

Nintendo's Animal Crossing has become a place for Hong Kong protesters to congregate without flouting social distancing rules. Bloomberg reports: Animal Crossing is a simulation game where players live on an idyllic tropical island and befriend anthropomorphic animals. Players can customize their islands with in-game illustrating tools and visit each other's islands online. Pro-democracy content created for the game has gone viral on social media, including Twitter. In a tweet last week, one of ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Tech, Bloomberg, Nintendo, Joshua Wong, Carrie Lam, New Hong Kong Protest Ground


Teen Charged With Sexual Assault, Murder of Nevada Cowgirl

A Nevada man is facing charges for the murder of Britney Ujlaky, a 16-year-old cowgirl who disappeared last month after getting a lift from the suspect. The high-schooler was found stabbed to death in a rural area days later.Bryce Dickey, 18, of Spring Creek, is charged with sexual assault and open murder with the use of a deadly weapon. Elko County prosecutors have also proposed the alternative charge of felony murder during a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault, and they’re reserving th...
Tags: Apple, News, Ford, Chevy, Nevada, Washoe County, Fry, Elko, Bryce, Britney, Woodbury, Spring Creek, Dickey, Elko County, Tolhurst, Schrader


U.S. approves Google request to use segment of U.S.-Asia undersea cable

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday approved Alphabet Inc unit Google's request to use part of an U.S.-Asia undersea telecommunications cable after the company warned it would face significantly higher prices to carry traffic by other means.
Tags: Google, Asia, Money, businessNews, Alphabet Inc, Federal Communications Commission FCC


Zoom hires ex-Facebook security chief as Google bans desktop app

Zoom Video Communications Inc has tapped former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos as an adviser as safety and privacy concerns about its fast-growing video-conferencing app drive a global backlash against the company.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Money, businessNews, Alex Stamos, Zoom Video Communications Inc


Commercial real estate could be in trouble — even after this is over

Commercial real estate owners, brokers, and landlords have collectively made many hundreds of billions of dollars a year in recent years as the economy zipped along. Now, they’re getting clobbered by the pandemic-fueled economic crisis. Worse, their industry may be forever changed by it. To state the obvious, extracting rent from nearly anyone right now is problematic. According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, just 69% of U.S. households had paid their rent by April 5 compared with ...
Tags: Amazon, New York, San Francisco, Tech, San Jose, Federal Reserve, Cbre, WSJ, Bay Area, City Hall, George, SAN JOSE Calif, Chu, Scott Cutler, Leitner, National Multifamily Housing Council


How to Pitch Journalists and Bloggers with Mail Merge for Gmail

John is a public relations professional and he is often required you to send press releases and event invites to journalists, bloggers and influencers via email.Reaching out to individual journalists can be slow so how do you send the same email to multiple people in one go? Some people use the BCC option in Gmail - compose a single email, put email addresses of all recipients in the BCC field and hit send.That’s obviously the easiest option for sending bulk emails through Gmail but such generi...
Tags: Google, Gmail, Seo, John, Archives, Bcc, CSV, Google Sheet, Mail Merge for Gmail, Mail Merge


Alphabet's drone service has completed more than 1,000 deliveries during the past two weeks of the coronavirus crisis. One top product: toilet paper (GOOG, GOOGL)

Wing, Alphabet's drone company, says it's seeing a significant uptick in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company tells Business Insider that it is forming partnerships with more grocery stores, pharmacies, and retailers. Wing is still the only drone delivery service available to the general public in the US, but Amazon is working to launch its competitor service Prime Air. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. AAlphabet drone division Wing has completed more than 1,000 ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Australia, Virginia, US, Trends, Beverly Hills, Finland, Jeff Bezos, Toilet, Helsinki, Business Insider, Dennett, Christiansburg Virginia, COVID, Wing Alphabet


How to make group video calls without logins or downloads

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Video calling is more important now than it’s ever been. To avoid getting sick, more and more of us are working from home, and we’re avoiding in-person tete-a-tetes with friends and family. I’m sure there are a number of you who have taken to socialization-via-vidcall like ducks to water. But not everyone wants (or needs) to become a Zoom or Google Hangouts ex...
Tags: Google, Startups, Basics, Coronavirus


Outrunning COVID-19 twice

Editor’s note: Our writer Rita’s journey from China to the US and back again was planned months before the coronavirus pandemic descended on the world. That descent ended up turning a simple trip home into a kind of epic journey. The changes in her location — which we reference, but do not dwell on, to help anchor the story — gave her a unique perspective on the changing landscape — and outlook — of the world as COVID-19 infections spread. We’re publishing a diary of that period here in part to ...
Tags: TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Texas, China, US, America, Tech, Chicago, Beijing, Philadelphia, Airbnb, Taipei, Costco, Wuhan, Shenzhen


How the Rapid FDA-Approved Coronavirus Testing System Works

Tekla Perry writes: In 2001, a rapid, easy-to-use, PCR-based testing system for biological testing was still in prototype form when letters containing anthrax spores started arriving in the mailboxes of journalists and senators. Its creators at startup Cepheid quickly adapted it to test for anthrax, and now it is used to run that test as part of U.S. mail sorting systems. The tool, now called GeneXpert, is also installed in health care facilities around the world. And cartridges to allow these s...
Tags: Tech, Petersen, Tekla Perry, Kurt Petersen, Rapid FDA


Attackers Can Bypass Fingerprint Authentication With an 80 Percent Success Rate

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A study published on Wednesday by Cisco's Talos security group makes clear that the alternative isn't suitable for everyone -- namely those who may be targeted by nation-sponsored hackers or other skilled, well-financed, and determined attack groups. The researchers spent about $2,000 over several months testing fingerprint authentication offered by Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Huawei, and three lock makers. The result: on average, fake finger...
Tags: Samsung, Tech, Cisco, Ars Technica, Macbook, Huawei, Talos, Apple Apple, Apple Microsoft Samsung Huawei


Gillmor Gang: Digital Ben

The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Michael Markman, Keith Teare, Denis Pombriant and Steve Gillmor . Recorded live Sunday, March 29, 2020. The Gang returns with a Zoom recording, checking in from London, Seattle, Palo Alto, Boston, and the Bay Area. Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor @fradice, @mickeleh, @denispombriant, @kteare, @stevegillmor, @gillmorgang Liner Notes Live chat stream The Gillmor Gang on Facebook
Tags: TC, Video, Tech, Gang, Gillmor Gang, Steve Gillmor, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, Bay Area, Ben, Gillmor, Tina Chase Gillmor, Denis Pombriant, Michael Markman, London Seattle Palo Alto Boston


Disney+ Hotstar has about 8 million subscribers

We finally know just about how many subscribers Hotstar has amassed over the years in India. “Approximately 8 million.” Disney said on Wednesday that its eponymous streaming service has hit 50 million subscribers, nearly 8 million of whom are in India, where it launched its service atop of Hotstar this month. Five-year-old Hotstar is the most popular on-demand streaming service in India with more than 300 million users. The service and its operator, Indian network Star India, were picked up b...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Asia, Media, Entertainment, India, Disney, Tech, Best, Fox, Hotstar, Star India, Disney Hotstar


Rolls-Royce leads data analytics alliance with its sights set on COVID-19 economic recovery

Aims to limit recessionary impacts, help global pandemic response First data was the new oil, then Google said data is more like sunlight. A flood of organisations proposing big data insight into the COVID-19 response would have anyone believe it is the new medicine.…
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Foxconn and Other Chinese Factories Implement Strict Measures to Prevent Another Outbreak

Foxconn and other factories in China have implemented stringent measures to prevent the another viral outbreak in the country, according to an overview of the practices shared today by The Washington Post. Pages from a manual issued by Foxconn that covers rules employees must follow. Image from The Washington Post. Apple iPhone supplier Foxconn, for example, has organized workers into teams of 20 who stick together day and night for health tracking purposes. "The same group of employees work...
Tags: Apple, Washington Post, China, United States, The Washington Post, Foxconn, Zhengzhou, China China, Washington Post Pages, The Washington Post Apple


Disney+ Reaches 50 Million Subscribers in Just Five Months

Five months after launching, and with millions of people stuck at home, Disney's streaming service Disney+ now has 50 million subscribers, reports Deadline. Disney+ in early February had 28.6 million subscribers, which means the streaming service has grown by 21.4 million subscribers in the last two months. Much of the boost can be attributed to recent launches of the service in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, France, Switzerland, and India. 50 million subscribers is ahead o...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, India, Disney, Deadline Disney, All Mankind Apple


Unicode Consortium Delays Emoji 14 Update for Six Months, Emoji 13 Characters Not Affected

The Unicode Consortium today announced that it is delaying version 14 of the Unicode Standard by six months due to the impact of the ongoing pandemic, and the delay will affect emoji that were scheduled to be included as part of the update. Unicode 13 Emoji image via Emojipedia "Under the current circumstances we've heard that our contributors have a lot on their plates at the moment and decided it was in the best interests of our volunteers and the organizations that depend on the standard to...
Tags: Apple, Emoji, Unicode, Mark Davis, Unicode Consortium, Unicode Standard, Unicode Consortium Delays Emoji


Zoom is making its security features easier to access, as it moves to improve the privacy of its app and stop all the 'Zoombombing' (ZM)

Zoom is making its security features easier to access by consolidating them in a single button that users can access during a video call. This is part of Zoom's plan to address the privacy and security of its app after facing massive criticism, as it saw a huge wave of new users due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new security feature is meant to stop so called "Zoombombing" incidents, where hackers or trolls will enter random Zoom calls to share indecent messages or other spam. Earlier Wedne...
Tags: Google, New York, Taylor Swift, China, Trends, Tesla, Fbi, New York Times, Times, Yuan, Zoom, Alex Stamos Facebook, Eric Yuan, Zoombombing, New York Times Yuan


The latest Apple Watch Series 5 is $50 off right now — starting from $349

  Several models of the Apple Watch Series 5 are $50 off. The wearable starts at $399, but can be had for $349 from Best Buy. The Apple Watch Series 5 comes with a variety of sizable upgrades, especially for those with with the Series 1, 2, or 3 versions. Those upgrades include an always-on screen that's larger and has narrower bezels, Apple's acclaimed heart monitoring, haptic feedback in the crown, emergency SOS and falling detection, international emergency calling, and 50-meter water resi...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Nike


The post-coronavirus office: more air purifiers, less open floor plans

In the past few weeks, demand for air purification systems has jumped in an effort to provide safer work environments for employees. A shift away from open-concept offices may not be far behind.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Design, China, Lifestyle, Radio, WeWork, Co-working, Office Environment, Select, News Brief, Air Purifiers, Open Floor Plan, Coronavirus, Social Distancing, AtmosAir


Six iPad and iPhone Apps and Games to Keep You Entertained at Home

If you're stuck at home and are looking for things to do, our latest YouTube video has some suggestions for various apps and games that we've found fun during our quarantine period. We're highlighting podcast apps, a few games, and a couple other options that will hopefully help keep you or your family members entertained this week. Some of these are iPhone and iPad, while some are ‌iPad‌ only. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Quibi ($4.99/Month)- Quibi, wh...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Ipad, Mac, Rumors, Chroma, MacRumors YouTube, Peggle, Quibi, Roundguard, Google Podcasts Free Google


Disney+ has more than 50M subscribers

The Walt Disney Company just announced that its streaming service Disney+ has more than 50 million subscribers. The service launched less than five months ago, and apparently had 28.6 million subscribers as of February 3. These “paid subscriber” numbers include subscribers who are bringing in revenue for Disney but are not paying for the service themselves. (TechCrunch’s parent company Verizon is offering a year of free Disney+ to some customers.) It also includes 8 million subscribers in Ind...
Tags: Verizon, Japan, Media, Entertainment, India, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Switzerland, Walt Disney Company, Latin America, Streaming Service, Western Europe, The Walt Disney Co, Kevin Mayer, Hotstar


Bessemer’s Tess Hatch on the evolving aerospace market and COVID-19 adjustments

The aerospace market is evolving quickly and merging with other segments of tech, making it an exciting space for both startups and investors — but the complications of the global pandemic are being felt by both. Bessemer Venture Partners investor Tess Hatch has been helping guide companies in their portfolio through these strange times, and has been rolling with the punches herself. Hatch recently spoke to us about the investment advice she’s been offering, which companies are being hit hard...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Tech, Drones, Satellites, Venture Capital, Aerospace, Bessemer Venture Partners, Bessemer, Hatch, Tess Hatch, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Original Content podcast: We have mixed feelings about Quibi

Quibi, the short-form, mobile-focused video service that Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg first hinted at in 2017, officially launched on Monday. After years of star-studded content announcements, not to mention $1.75 billion in funding, it might have been impossible for Quibi to live up to expectations. And indeed, it divided the hosts of the Original Content podcast. None of us was totally won over, but Anthony and Jordan saw something to admire in Quibi’s ambition, and thought there ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Hollywood, Media, Podcasts, Tech, Punk, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Liam Hemsworth, Jordan, Anthony, Darrell, Chrissy, Picard


Apple Releases macOS Catalina 10.15.4 Supplemental Update With FaceTime Bug Fix

Apple today released a supplemental update to macOS Catalina 10.15.4, two weeks after releasing the macOS Catalina 10.15.4 update with Screen Time Communication Limits and Real-Time Apple Music lyrics. The ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.4 Supplemental Update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for free using the Update feature in the System Preferences app. The new software introduces a fix that caused Mac computers running ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.4 to be unable to participate in FaceTime calls ...
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