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The best Apple iPad (2018) cases and covers

The iPad is powerful, but it isn't invincible. Thankfully, we've rounded up some of the best iPad cases and covers for Apple's popular tablet, just in case you want to outfit your device with some added protection.
Tags: Apple, Ipad, Mobile, Trends, Cases, Covers, Buying Guides, Accessory of the Week


Redox-Flow Cell Stores Renewable Energy As Hydrogen

An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: Hydrogen is a very good carrier for this type of work," says Wei Wang, who is the chief scientist for stationary energy storage research at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington. It's an efficient energy carrier, and can be easily stored in pressurized tanks. When needed, the gas can then be converted back into electrical energy via a fuel cell and fed into the grid. But water electrolyzers are expensive. They work under a...
Tags: Washington, Tech, Pacific Northwest, Oslo, Wang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Wei Wang, Nel Hydrogen, Kathy Ayers


One month after White House pledges, access to testing and equipment still lags

One month after President Trump declared a national emergency and announced commitments from some of the nation’s largest companies to help expand testing capabilities in the U.S., most regions still lack access to the necessary tests and equipment they require. When the president stepped to the podium in the Rose Garden in March surrounded by executives from the country’s largest pharmacies and retailers, including Target, Walmart, CVS and Walgreens, the expectation was that the nation would so...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, South Korea, New York, California, Washington, White House, Massachusetts, Tech, Georgia, Walgreens, Ford, Italy, Bill De Blasio, Fda


Samsung's S-Voice Is Shutting Down On June 1st

Samsung is reportedly shutting off the servers for its S-Voice voice assistant on June 1, 2020, "at which point Samsung's original voice assistant will stop attempting to respond to your voice queries," reports Ars Technica. From the report: S-Voice arose in the early days of voice assistants, when Android OEMs were scrambling to photocopy Apple's Siri voice assistant, which launched in 2011. Samsung licensed the same underlying technology for S-Voice that Apple originally used for Siri -- Nuanc...
Tags: Apple, Samsung, Siri, Tech, Voice, Bixby, Viv Labs


Return Policy Comparison: The Worst Five Retailers

Some retailers will let you return anything under any circumstances. I once purchased an artificial Christmas tree on sale from Walmart in December and returned it in July. I returned an unopened Aerobed to Costco a full year after I purchased it. Kohl’s let me exchange a Keurig that had broken down almost 2 years after purchase….without a receipt. Other retailers have a notoriously bad return policy. Below are five of the worst return policy offenders: Apple Apple thrives on it’s reputatio...
Tags: Apple, Shopping, Marketing, Walmart, Spending, Costco, Gamestop, Kohl, Return Policy, Barnes Noble Don


Would a Post Office Bankruptcy Kill E-Commerce?

MountainLogic writes: With the U.S. Postal Service slated to run out of money this summer, a congressional bailout has become embroiled in the usual, critical and unusual political fights. Every day letter carriers deliver some of our web orders, there are many other functions the post office performs including providing an address validation API that is the core of many shipping systems. Would the collapse of this service mean a major disruption of e-commerce? What other impacts to technology w...
Tags: America, Tech, U S Postal Service, MountainLogic, Post Office Bankruptcy Kill E Commerce


The best Mac games (April 2020)

Contrary to popular belief, there exists a bevy of popular A-list games compatible for Mac computers. Take a look at our picks for the best Mac games available for Apple fans to enjoy.
Tags: Apple, Gaming, Video Games, Mac, Trends, Steam, Computing


Apple Maps Will Soon Show You How Few Coronavirus Testing Centers There Are In the U.S.

Coronavirus testing centers are slowly opening up across the country, but tracking them down and finding out if you’re even eligible to take the test has been a challenge. Apple over the weekend rolled out an application for labs and businesses offering covid-19 tests to submit their information to Apple Maps, which…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Coronavirus, Covid 19


The Station: Starship expands, AutoX opens up shop and a big moment for e-bikes

Hi and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to the future (and present) of transportation. I’m your host, Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. What you’re reading now is a shorter version of the newsletter, which is emailed every weekend. If you want to subscribe, go here and click The Station. The transportation industry has seen an influx of “disruptors” in the past 15 years, including car sharing and ride-hailing apps and later shared e-bikes an...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, New York, California, Washington, China, Tech, Tesla, AV, Bicycles, Healthcare, Arizona, Shanghai, Portland, Sharing Economy


Vote-by-mail should be having its moment. Will it?

It’s a mark of 2020 that the image of throngs of Americans flocking to polling places to exercise their right to vote, once a heartening symbol of democracy in action, is now a nightmare scenario that could visit widespread death on unsuspecting communities nationwide. In the midst of a viral outbreak that’s infected more than half a million people and swiftly claimed more than 20,000 lives in the U.S. alone, the country is grappling with the question of how Americans will safely cast their v...
Tags: TC, Florida, Elections, Congress, Cdc, Washington, Oregon, Government, White House, West Virginia, Tech, Georgia, Policy, Hawaii, House, Wisconsin


Apple's Contact Tracing System Will Require Verification When Users Report Testing Positive for COVID-19

Apple today in a press briefing indicated that its upcoming COVID-19 contact tracing system with Google will have a verification flow, meaning that users will be required to submit proof in order to report that they have tested positive for the disease. As an example, Apple said that a person who tests positive for COVID-19 could receive a QR code with their test results and then scan that QR code within the contact tracing system for confirmation purposes, but the exact implementation remain...
Tags: Apple, Google, COVID, COVID-19 Coronavirus


Two Quick Links for Monday Afternoon

Scientists have found evidence of the cultivation of crops (squash & cassava) in the Amazon over 10,000 years ago. [bbc.com]Google Doc of dozens of board games, card games, and puzzles that you can play online. [docs.google.com] ---Note: Quick Links are pushed to this RSS feed twice a day. For more immediate service, check out the front page of kottke.org, the Quick Links archive, or the @kottke Twitter feed. [Author: Jason Kottke]
Tags: Google, Amazon, Jason Kottke


Coronavirus 10 Times More Deadly Than Swine Flu, Says WHO

The coronavirus has proven ten times deadlier than the swine flu outbreak that spread across the globe a decade prior, the World Health Organization has confirmed. The Independent reports: The swine flu pandemic, which spanned a stretch of time between January 2009 and August 2010, saw more than 1.6 million confirmed cases, resulting in the confirmed deaths of 18,449 people. Now the World Health Organization's top official Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned the coronavirus pandemic currently ...
Tags: Tech, World Health Organization


Washington IHME Model COVID-19 Peaked and Predicts Half the Patients by May 8

New York Governor Cuomo and the University Washington IHME say the worst of the US Coronavirus for this wave happened three days ago. The Washington IHME, says Italy had its peak of COVID-19 resource... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, Medicine, Washington, US, World, Public Health, University, Italy, Innovation, Disease, Predictions, Cuomo, IHME, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Silicon Valley restructuring veteran says his firm is winding down up to 3 startups a day

Marty Pichinson gets called a lot of things: Silicon Valley’s undertaker, its terminator, a grave digger. These aren’t meant as slights; Pichinson is the founder of Sherwood Partners, a restructuring firm that Bay Area venture firms frequently turn to when they need someone to help sell off the assets of startups they have funded. The idea is to return at least some money to the company’s creditors and, if anything is left, to the VCs, too. We last checked in with Pichinson almost exactly three ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Silicon Valley, Business Incubators, Bay Area, Sherwood Partners, Marty Pichinson, Pichinson, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Players Ntwrk launches celebrity gaming channel backed by WME, Daylight and Stratton Sclavos

Emerging from the smoldering wreckage of Echo Fox and Vision Venture Partners, the investor Stratton Sclavos is rising again to launch a new esports related venture — a gaming-focused digital network also backed by the WME talent agency and Daylight Holdings. Tapping Daylight and WME’s roster of talent, Sclavos has created PLAYERS NTWRK, a new gaming-focused production company that will look to compete with other upstarts angling to tap into esports and competitive gaming’s newly dominant pla...
Tags: TC, Spotify, Hbo, Entertainment, Internet, Sacramento Kings, Tech, Netflix, Telecommunications, Digital Media, WME, Espn, Lebron James, Pacific, Twitch, Esports


The Station: Starship expands, AutoX opens up shop, and a big moment for ebikes

Hi and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to the future (and present) of transportation. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch . What you’re reading now is a shorter version of the newsletter, which is emailed every weekend. If you want to subscribe, go here and click The Station. The transportation industry has seen an influx of “disruptors” in the past 15 years, including car sharing and ride-hailing apps and later shared ebike...
Tags: TC, Asia, New York, California, Washington, China, Tech, Tesla, AV, Bicycles, Healthcare, Arizona, Shanghai, Portland, Sharing Economy, Oakland


Italians stuck at home are measuring light pollution for ‘science on the balcony’

The fact that so many people are stuck at home makes for strange opportunities. Italy’s confined populace has taken to singing from the balconies — and now researchers are asking them to use those same balconies to help accomplish a bit of citizen science. The project, created by the Italian National Research Council, aims to take widespread samples of light pollution in the country. The question of “light trespass,” or how much light from outside our homes reaches inside them, isn’t a particula...
Tags: Mobile, Science, Tech, Italy, National Research Council, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Alessandro Farini


For sale on the dark web: +500,000 Zoom accounts, some at less than a penny each

Is your Zoom account one of them? Today, reports are circulating that 500,000 Zoom account credential sets are for sale on the dark web and hacker forums. Writes Lawrence Abrams at Bleeping Computer, “These credentials are gathered through credential stuffing attacks where threat actors attempt to login to Zoom using accounts leaked in older data breaches.” Logins that work get compiled into lists that are sold to other hackers, and some are available free of charge, just for the fun of usin...
Tags: Security, Post, Business, Technology, News, Education, Privacy, Tech News, Zoom, Bleeping Computer, Lawrence Abrams


Layoffs are disproportionately impacting startup satellite offices

Layoffs have struck the startup world swiftly, hurting hospitality and travel startups , as well as recruitment and scooter companies. New data shows that some of those layoffs, brought on by COVID-19, might be disproportionately impacting satellite campuses. By nature, satellite offices are secondary to a startup’s headquarters. Opening smaller offices is a strategic move when a company gets a fresh round of funding or wants to expand to a new market. We’ve seen satellite offices pop up in...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Facebook, Layoffs, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Tech, Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Omaha, Salt Lake City, Denver, Revolution Ventures


6GHz Wi-Fi Access Could Boost Speeds and Generate $183 Billion By 2025, Study Says

The move to expand unlicensed Wi-Fi use into the much wider 6GHz band has the potential to generate more than $180 billion in U.S. revenue over the next 5 years, according to a new new industry-funded study, which comes 10 days before the FCC votes on the proposal. CNET reports: Released Monday, the report was funded by WifiForward, an industry advocacy group whose membership includes Google, Microsoft, Comcast, Charter, Broadcom, Arris and others. It was put together by Dr. Raul Katz, director ...
Tags: Fcc, US, Tech, Cnet, Google Microsoft Comcast Charter Broadcom Arris, Raul Katz


Invite a llama or goat to your next corporate Zoom meeting or video call for under $100

An animal sanctuary in Silicon Valley called Sweet Farm is letting people pay to get llamas, goats, and other farm animals to tune into their video calls for under $100. Since launching the service, called Goat 2 Meeting, last month, Sweet Farm had fielded more than 300 requests for animal cameos and virtual field trips in work happy hours and corporate meetings.  Sweet Farm cofounder Anna Sweet told Business Insider that the money made from Goat 2 Meeting will help the farm recover some of th...
Tags: Google, Trends, United Kingdom, Beverly Hills, Brazil, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, North Carolina, Anna Sweet, Sweet Farm, Business Insider Sweet Farm


A12Z Chip in iPad Pro Confirmed to Be Same As A12X, But With Extra GPU Core Enabled

The 2020 iPad Pro models are equipped with an A12Z processor that is the same as the A12X processor in the 2018 ‌iPad Pro‌ models but with an extra GPU core enabled, TechInsights confirmed today. Speculation that Apple was using the same chip began shortly after the new iPad Pros launched and benchmarks found little in the way of performance improvements. Our analysis confirms #Apple #A12Z GPU chip found inside #iPadPro (model A2068) is the same as A12X predecessor. A report of our findings...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Gpu, iPad Pro 12.9, TechInsights, iPad Pro 11, A12Z


Ransomware Scumbags Leak Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX Documents After Contractor Refuses To Pay

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Internal confidential documents belonging to some of the largest aerospace companies in the world have been stolen from an industrial contractor and leaked online. The data was pilfered and dumped on the internet by the criminals behind the DoppelPaymer Windows ransomware, in retaliation for an unpaid extortion demand. The sensitive documents include details of Lockheed-Martin-designed military equipment -- such as the specifications for an ...
Tags: Spacex, Tech, Lockheed Martin, Visser, Boeing Lockheed Martin SpaceX, Tesla Lockheed Martin Boeing


Q&A: Apple and Google discuss their coronavirus tracing efforts

Last week, Apple and Google announced a partnership that will soon let users opt-in to a decentralized tracing tool, designed to help determine if a person has come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The opt-in system uses Bluetooth to transmit a randomized and anonymous identifier to nearby devices. A user can then choose to upload their anonymized data, which is then broadcast to other devices. If a match is found based on time spent and distance between nearby devi...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Security, Privacy, Tech, Mit, Signal, Ftc, Apple Google, Ashkan Soltani, Coronavirus, COVID-19


John Conway, Game of Life Author, Dies At 82 of COVID-19

kbahey shares a report from Planet Princeton: Renowned mathematician and Princeton University professor John Horton Conway died April 11 as a result of complications from the coronavirus. He was 82. Conway made contributions to many areas of mathematics, including game theory, but was most well known for the invention of the cellular automaton called the Game of Life. The Guardian once called Conway the world's most charismatic mathematician. "John Horton Conway is a cross between Archimedes, Mi...
Tags: Tech, Mick Jagger, Salvador Dalí, Princeton, Princeton University, Conway, John Conway, John Horton Conway, Siobhan Roberts


How Adobe shifted a Las Vegas conference to executives’ living rooms in less than 30 days

Adobe was scheduled to hold its annual conference in Las Vegas two weeks ago, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the company to make alternate plans. In less than a month, its events team shifted venues for the massive conference, not once, but twice as the severity of the situation became clear. This year didn’t just involve Adobe Summit itself. To make things more interesting, it was also hosting Magento Imagine as a separate conference within a conference at the same time. (Adobe bought Mage...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Adobe, Marketing, Events, Tech, Remote Work, Customer Experience, Las Vegas, Event Planning, Magento, Las Vegas Strip, Ron Miller, Alex Amado, Digital Experience


‘Social Distancing’ v. ‘Together Remotely’? Upleveling Our Terms To Health And Prosperity

We can continue connecting, collaborating, and interacting as we stay at home.
Tags: Technology, Law, Olga V. Mack, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Apple and Google say their coronavirus-tracking tech will remain 'opt-in' only, and governments won't be allowed to require people to use it

Apple and Google have said governments will not be able to mandate the use of their coronavirus tracking technology, which will roll out in May. The companies are pushing privacy to the forefront, and they say only public health authorities will be able to build apps that use their API. The plan is to roll out an OS-level update that would bake this tech into the phone, but the companies say it will remain opt-in. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google and Apple have clari...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Beverly Hills, Jeff Bezos, San Francisco Bay Area, Sundar Pichai Join, COVID


HomePod Operating System Now Based on tvOS Instead of iOS Amid Rumors of Smaller HomePod

Apple in March released new 13.4 software designed for the HomePod, alongside of the release of iOS 13.4 and tvOS 13.4. 9to5Mac recently looked at the ‌HomePod‌ code and says that Apple made a curious change with the new software -- the ‌HomePod‌ operating system is now based on tvOS instead of iOS. watchOS, tvOS, and the software that run on the ‌HomePod‌ are all variants of iOS, but each one is differentiated by tweaks made for the device the software is intended to run on, featuring unique...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Bloomberg, HomePod



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