Stephen Wolfram Presents a Path to The Fundamental Theory of Physics

New submitter wattersa writes: Mathematician/Physicist Stephen Wolfram, founder of Wolfram Research and creator of the technical computation program Mathematica, has announced a discovery in the area of theoretical physics. His long-form blog post discusses the emergence of physical properties of our universe from what he describes as simple, universal, computable rules. He claims the emergent properties are consistent with relativity and quantum mechanics through a 448-page technical paper on t...
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State Officials Ask Trump Administration To Pull 3D-Printed Gun Files Offline

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Two dozen state attorneys general are asking the Trump administration to crack down on Defense Distributed's Defcad site for selling 3D-printed gun files. In a letter sent today, they urged the Justice Department and State Department to enforce rules against exporting weapons and making undetectable firearms. "If the federal government fails to act, these files will be distributed widely with potentially grave consequences for our national and ...
Tags: Tech, Trump, ITAR, Defcad, Justice Department and State Department, United States Defcad

Selena Gomez Files $10 Million Lawsuit Against Mobile Game for Stealing Her Likeness

Selena Gomez has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the makers of a mobile game, alleging that it rips off her likeness and those of other celebrities. “Clothes Forever — Styling Game” is available for download in Apple’s App Store. It allows users to buy “diamonds” for prices ranging from $.99 up to $99.99, and […]
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Ooni’s Koda 16 pizza oven is the rare kitchen gadget that delivers on its promise

Ooni (nee Uuni), has been around for a few years now, but its latest oven, the Koda 16, launched in March. Just like everyone else, I’ve been cooped up at home for weeks with nothing but all of the projects I would get around to one day. At the top of my list was learning how to make decent pizza at home (we don’t have many decent pizzaiolo’s in my town). I’d been hearing about the Ooni oven for a while — mostly via Neven Mrgan’s great Instagram feed — so I spring for the Koda 13” and started fi...
Tags: Energy, TC, New York, Instagram, Pizza, US, Tech, United States, Kickstarter, Food And Drink, Online Sales, Edinburgh, Oven, Chinese New Year, Kristian, Koda

Medical Device 'Jailbreak' Could Help Solve the Dangerous Shortage of Ventilators

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Security researcher Trammell Hudson analyzed the AirSense 10 -- the world's most widely used CPAP -- and made a startling discovery. Although its manufacturer says the AirSense 10 would require "significant rework to function as a ventilator," many ventilator functions were already built into the device firmware. Its manufacturer, ResMed, says the $700 device solely functions as a continuous positive airway pressure machine used to treat sle...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Hudson, Resmed, Trammell Hudson, Airbreak

On World Art Day, try out this activity for the whole family

We could all use a little inspiration these days. For World Art Day Google Arts & Culture is launching Family Fun with Arts & Culture, a new collection to bring your family new ways to learn about art, animals, science, space, books and music. You can discover what's inside a black hole, hang out with a Jurassic giant in virtual reality in virtual reality, or even practice some Harry Potter magic. And for our little ones, why not follow a pesky penguin through virtual tours of museum galleries? ...
Tags: Google, Japan, UK, Bangkok, Arts And Culture, Keith Haring, Gustav Klimt, Palazzo, Klimt, Italy France Spain, Valeria Gasparotti, Atassi Foundation UAE Museum of Contemporary Art, Buenos Aires Argentina Palazzo Monti Italy, Yale Center for British Art USA, Nakamura Keith Haring, Kiyoharu Art Colony

Super Mario 64 Smoke Effect Bugged for 20 Years

People digging through the code of the cherished Super Mario 64 have happened upon an astounding discovery as the game’s smoke effect has apparently been bugged since launch, something that went unknown for over 20 years. According to those online, a (rather old) Super Mario 64 code decompilation has allowed experts and novices alike to […]
Tags: Games, Technology, Bugs, Errors, Mario, Anime, Retro, Super Mario, Comparison, Nintendo 64

$967 million startup DataStax laid off 15+ employees last week — its third round of job cuts since its new CEO joined in October

The $967 million data management startup DataStax laid off about 15 employees last week, two sources told Business Insider.  This is DataStax's fourth round of layoffs in the past year and third since Chet Kapoor replaced Bill Bosworth as CEO in October 2010.  DataStax was reportedly heading towards an IPO in spring 2019, but the year since has been marked by management shake-ups and job cuts.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. DataStax, an enterprise software startup valued...
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Microsoft's New Browser For Windows 7 Will Be Retired In July 2021

Microsoft's relatively new Chromium-based Edge browser is going to be retired in mid-2021. Softpedia reports: News of Microsoft supporting Edge on Windows 7 until at least July 2021 first surfaced earlier this year, but now the software giant has updated its official documentation with more specifics about this date. "We will continue to support Microsoft Edge on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 until July 15, 2021. These operating systems are out of support and Microsoft recommends you move...
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Trump Halts US Funding For World Health Organization As It Conducts Coronavirus Review

President Trump is following through with the threat he made last week by suspending funding to the World Health Organization while his administration reviews the agency's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Slashdot reader schwit1 first shared the news. CNBC reports: "Today I'm instructing my administration to halt funding of the World Health Organization while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization's role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavir...
Tags: Congress, White House, China, Tech, West, Who, World Health Organization, Cnbc, Trump, Slashdot

Google wants to build a serious hardware rivalry with Apple – but it will take much more than a new chip to fix its messy product strategy

Google is reportedly working on a custom chip for its range of smartphones and tablets, which would give the company more control over building future phones and laptops. However, the company faces many other challenges if it wants to succeed in hardware. The division has faced an identity crisis for several years. Rick Osterloh currently oversees Google's hardware efforts, and took charge of the division in 2016. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. For the past four years, Go...
Tags: Apple, Google, Motorola, Trends, Chromebook, Qualcomm, Sundar Pichai, Pixel, Rick Osterloh, Rohit Kulkarni, Kulkarni, Axios Google, MKM Partners Google

NASA’s Curiosity team is operating the Mars rover from home

It’s hard enough in the first place having to drive an astronomically expensive rover around a planet millions of miles away. Doing it from home seems like a pretty big ask — but it turns out NASA’s Curiosity team is up to it. The space agency posted today about how the team has adapted to the unprecedented situation of having to manage an important, ongoing mission involving hundreds of people, without any of those people meeting in person. “We’re usually all in one room, sharing screens, im...
Tags: Space, Tech, Nasa, Mars, Jpl, Pasadena CA, Alicia Allbaugh

Verily told 5 US senators that it has run more than 7,000 tests for COVID-19 and plans to keep the mandatory Google sign-in – here's the letter it sent (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google's Verily division has been screening and testing participants for COVID-19, but lawmakers are concerned over how it is collecting and using people's data. The company has now responded to senators, in a letter seen by Business Insider. It says more than 7,000 people have been tested at its sites as of April 9. Verily says it has no intention of removing the Google sign-in, which is currently required for using its screening service. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. V...
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Turn your phone into a webcam with the best iOS and Android apps

Webcams are sold out everywhere, but we tested the best ways to make your own with the help of these apps.
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Trends, How-to, Webcam, Videoconferencing, Coronavirus

Adriel brings automation to small business advertising

Adriel is a South Korean startup bringing automated ad tools to small businesses — and in recent months, it’s been expanding into the United States and the United Kingdom. This might seem like exactly the wrong time to be growing an ad-buying platform, since we’re at the beginning of what’s likely to be a tremendous pullback in ad spend due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, co-founder and CEO Sophie Eom told me via email that ad spend on Adriel increased by 7% in February, then by 6% in March, ...
Tags: Social, Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Advertising Tech, San Francisco, Tech, United States, United Kingdom, Facebook Google, Providence Equity Partners, EOM, Plus Facebook, Adriel, COVID, Sophie Eom

Google is lowering Nest camera quality “to conserve internet resources”

If you’re looking at footage from your Nest Cam and the quality seems a bit lower than normal: it’s not your eyes. In an email to users, Google says it is temporarily lowering the video quality of Nest Cams in an effort to limit how much bandwidth each camera uses and, in turn, “conserve internet resources”. The adjustment is rolling out over the next few days, and Google says anyone who has their quality settings adjusted will get a notification in the Nest app. It’s the latest in a serie...
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Open-Source Electronics Maker Adafruit Switches To Producing Face Shields, Other PPE

Slashdot reader and managing director of Adafruit, Phillip Torrone, a.k.a. ptorrone, writes: Tom's Hardware talked to Adafruit about what it's like to switch from selling tech to selling protective gear, and when hobbyists can expect things to return to normal. In March of 2020, Adafruit was deemed an essential service and business for critical manufacturing in NYC by executive order 202.6, making face shields and making/shipping critical components and electronics for COVID-19 related efforts a...
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Luxury consignment retailer The RealReal lays off 10% of workforce, furloughs 15%

Online consignment company The RealReal is the latest tech company to lay off and furlough employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In the company’s quarterly earnings report today, The RealReal announced layoffs affecting 10% of its workforce and furloughs impacting 15% of employees. By doing so, The RealReal says it will be able to reduce its operating expenses by about $70 million. In a press release, The RealReal said these changes are designed to “support its employees through the pandemic ...
Tags: TC, Layoffs, Tech, Personnel, Julie Wainwright, The Realreal, RealReal, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Best folding phones of 2020: What’s available now and what’s coming up

The foldable smartphone has arrived with a host of design innovations that deviate from the Great Glass Slab.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Trends, Smartphone, Buying Guides, Foldable Smartphones, Foldable phone, Mwc 2020

NBC Streaming Service 'Peacock' Launching for Some Comcast Customers Tomorrow

NBCUniversal's streaming service, Peacock, is launching for free to some Comcast customers tomorrow, reports Reuters. The service, which has been in the works for quite some time, will see a wide launch in July 2020 with upwards of 7,500 hours of programming that includes NBC shows and Universal movies, but it is launching early for some Comcast customers. Peacock will feature a library of existing TV shows and movies like "30 Rock" and "Jurassic Park," along with a limited slate of original...
Tags: Apple, Nbc, Comcast, Reuters, Peacock, Disney Netflix, NBC Peacock, NBC Streaming Service, Comcast Customers Tomorrow

Labster’s latest partnership, and what it tells us about the future of remote learning

Labster , a virtual science lab edtech company, today announced that it is partnering with California’s community college network to bring its software to 2.1 million students. California Community Colleges claims to be the largest system of higher education in the country. The Labster partnership will provide 115 schools with 130 virtual laboratory simulations in biology, chemistry, physics and general sciences. As COVID-19 has forced schools to shutter, edtech companies have largely respond...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Technology, Education, California, Stanford, America, Tech, Mit, Harvard, Chrome Os, Chromebook, Copenhagen, Chromebooks, Edtech

Notre Dame

Last year at this time we were in Japan. It was quite a shock, as it was with the world, to learn that Notre Dame was burning. I watched a special just last night on what they have done so far this year in the rebuilding. Mostly it has been shoring up the building so that there isn’t further collapse. They went through the rubble on the floor down below where the burning roof collapsed like archeologists at a long buried site collecting the large pieces first and then all of the small pieces lik...
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MIT developed a wireless box that can detect COVID-19 patients’ movement and breathing at home

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an unprecedented challenge for healthcare workers. Among the major challenges are social distancing issues, which have required novel approaches to diagnosing and treating illness. For many who have already tested positive, home stays are the best option to avoid an already massively overtaxed hospital system in many areas and to avoid further infecting others. The question, then, is how doctors and nurses can continue to provide treatment remotely with th...
Tags: Health, Hardware, Boston, Tech, Mit, Csail, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Heritage Assisted Living, William McGrory

Google Is Developing Its Own Processor for Use in Future Devices: Report

After buying $1.1 billion of intellectual property and resources from HTC back in 2017, it appears the next big step for Google’s hardware division is creating its own homegrown computer chip.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Leaks, Rumors, Htc, Processors, ARM, Whitechapel, Consumer Tech, Computer Chips, The Rumor Mill, Google Wants Some Custom Silicon, Custom Google Chip

The Trump Administration and a Group of Major Airlines Have Agreed On a $25 Billion Bailout

According to The New York Times, the Trump administration has reached an agreement in principle with major airline companies over a $25 billion bailout to prop up the struggling industry. From the report: The terms of the agreement were not disclosed on Tuesday. The Treasury Department said that Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, SkyWest Airlines and Southwest Airlines will be participating i...
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AMD Launches 3 Second-Gen Epyc Processors With 50% Lower Cost of Ownership

Advanced Micro Devices said it is adding three new 2nd-Gen AMD Epyc server processors that can deliver up to 50% lower cost of ownership than rival Intel Xeon processors. From a report: The chips are part of AMD's attempt to grab technology leadership away from Intel, which has long dominated the server chip market. AMD has had an advantage lately with its high-performance Zen 2 cores designed to handle database, high-performance computing, and hyper-converged infrastructure workloads, Dan McNam...
Tags: Tech, Intel, Amd, Intel Xeon, Advanced Micro Devices, EPYC, AMD Epyc, Dan McNamara

Rocket Lab inks deal to carry Japanese startup Synspective’s first satellite into orbit

The well-funded Japanese space startup Synspective has tapped launch provider Rocket Lab to take its first Earth observation satellite to orbit. Launch is planned for late 2020, and the company’s StriX – α craft will be the sole payload. Synspective was founded in 2018 and by mid-2019 had raised about $100 million, making it one of the most successful recent funding stories in the country. It’s going to need all that and more, though, to realize its ambition of a 25-satellite constellation ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Tech, Earth, Satellites, New Zealand, Launches, Rocket Lab, Rocket Lab s Electron, Rocket Lab s Launch Complex, Synspective, Motoyuki Arai

Need online lessons for your kid? This site lets them Skype with a scientist

Free service lets kids ask an expert questions that you (and Google) can't answer
Tags: Google, Trends, Web, Scientists, Experts, Skype, Distance Learning, Education in isolation, Skype A Scientist

Opinion: British costume dramas are keeping me sane

The volume of available content to stream and the urge to binge-watch is at an all-time high in the age of Covid-19. "Tiger King," "The Two Popes," "Uncut Gems," "Phantom Thread," "A Quiet Place" and more are on Netflix, and I hear Apple makes TV now. As a child-free laptop owner lucky enough to be working from home during the UK lockdown, there couldn't be a more open opportunity to broaden my cultural horizons -- or at least have a clue what the rest of Twitter is on about.
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NBA star Kevin Durant’s former Bay Area home lists for $6M

A Bay Area home that Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant recently rented has been listed off market for $5.99 million.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Listings, Lifestyle, Nike, Radio, Lexus, Nba, Agent, Compass, Mercedes-benz, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Bay Area, Kevin Durant, Hennessy

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