App Recap: Cosmicast, Incognito, Pager, and Major App Updates

In this week's App Recap, we've compiled a list of several apps released recently that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a second list highlighting some apps that received major updates this week. New Apps Cosmicast ($7.99) - Cosmicast, a new semi-skeuomorphic podcast player available for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, has a very simple and intuitive interface. As podcasts are playing, podcast artwork spins in the center of a digital vinyl record and easy speed a...
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Can New Zealand and Australia Eliminate All Coronavirus Infections?

"What Australia and New Zealand have already accomplished is a remarkable cause for hope," reports the New York Times, in an inspiring article shared by Slashdot reader tflf (also republished here and here): The results are undeniable: Australia and New Zealand have squashed the curve. Australia, a nation of 25 million people that had been on track for 153,000 cases by Easter, has recorded a total of 6,670 infections and 78 deaths. It has a daily growth rate of less than 1 percent, with per capi...
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U.S. Space Force's First Weapon Is a Satellite Jammer

Long-time Slashdot reader RoccamOccam quotes Interesting Engineering: The United States Space force now has offensive power, though it might not be the massive orbiting weapons system that you're envisioning. The new weapons system delivered to the space force is a jammer type array that can prevent military or intelligence combatants from accessing their military satellites. This functionality allows the space force to neutralize orbiting satellites in a matter of minutes. The International ...
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Free Google Pixel Repairs For COVID-19 Frontline Responders!

Google is offering free repairs on all Pixel phones for COVID-19 frontline workers. That includes law enforcement, police officers, EMTs, firefighters, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and nursing home and hospital staff. Frontline responders can just walk into any UBreakiFix location and show their badge or ID for the free service. You can call beforehand to make […]
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How to Install Google Chrome Web Browser on Ubuntu 20.04

This article explains how to install the Google Chrome web browser on Ubuntu 20.04.
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iFixit Details Which Parts Can Be Swapped Between the iPhone 8 and iPhone SE

iFixit today shared a new report detailing which parts from the new iPhone SE can be replaced with those from the ‌iPhone‌ 8. This comes just days after a teardown video shared on Thursday by a Chinese YouTuber also highlighted many of the similarities between the two devices. ‌iPhone‌ 8 (left) and the new ‌iPhone‌ SE (right) via iFixit The report mentions that the 2020 ‌iPhone‌ SE's cameras, SIM tray, Taptic Engine, and the display assembly are all swappable with ‌iPhone‌ 8 parts. Howeve...
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Netflix vs. Blockbuster and bad profits (reflections from my Bazaarvoice days)

In honor of Netflix’s big beat today in the very unfortunate age of COVID-19, I decided to revisit my four-part Bazaarblog series while I was CEO of Bazaarvoice (from our inception in 2005 to our IPO in 2012). The name of the last part? “Netflix vs. Blockbuster: Round Four (Lights Out?)”First, just to provide a foundation here, Bazaarvoice was named after Chapter 4 of “The Cluetrain Manifesto” (available for free online), “Markets Are Conversations”. I still think it is the best chapter of any b...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Wisdom, California, US, General Motors, Apple TV, Netflix, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Blockbuster, Reed Hastings, Nyse, Word-of-mouth, Madoff

iPhone 6, 6s, & 7 vs. iPhone SE: Should You Upgrade? (mac rumors)

Apple in April 2020 unveiled the iPhone SE, a new low-cost iPhone that marries the design of the iPhone 8 with the super fast A13 chip in the iPhone 11, all for a super low $399 price tag. If you have an older iPhone, like an iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, or an even earlier iPhone, you may be wondering whether it's worth the upgrade to a newer device. In a nutshell, the answer is yes, but we'll walk through the reasons why in the guide below. Key iPhone SE Features Same design as iPhone 8 ...
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Facing Criticism, Germany Switches to Google/Apple's Decentralized Contact Tracing

"Germany changed course on Sunday over which type of smartphone technology it wanted to use to trace coronavirus infections," reports Reuters, "backing an approach supported by Apple and Google along with a growing number of other European countries." Chancellery Minister Helge Braun and Health Minister Jens Spahn said in a joint statement that Berlin would adopt a "decentralised" approach to digital contact tracing, thus abandoning a home-grown alternative that would have given health authorit...
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Should the Government Subsidize Online Jobs and Classes -- and Streaming Services?

Two lead economists for the World Bank called for an updated online version of a legendary government program from America's Great Depression during the 1930s -- public works programs -- as a companion to widespread calls for quarantining: What is missing in such mandatory "stick" approaches is the more active use of "carrot" incentives that could both encourage self-isolation and help prepare a workforce to bounce back in the recovery phase.... [W]e propose that governments subsidize a set of a...
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Quebec's Government Urges Online Shoppers To Local Retailers Instead of Amazon

"The coronavirus crisis is giving Quebec's nationalist government an excuse to attempt what may be impossible," reports Bloomberg. "The Canadian province is embarking on an uphill battle to chip away at Amazon's position." Reckoning that weeks of confinement will permanently accelerate the growth of online shopping, Premier Francois Legault wants to boost Quebec retailers' digital sales, and is urging the population of 8.5 million to buy from local firms. His government took a first step by b...
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5 Marketing Hacks On The Cheap To Grow Your Business During a Pandemic

For small businesses, resources can be tight. Especially right now. Limited budgets can present challenges for how businesses raise awareness, acquire customers, and generate revenue. In fact, 39% of small business owners agree that a limited budget is a major roadblock in growing their businesses. However, there are plenty of low-cost, high-yielding marketing hacks that can help you reach your customers. These marketing hacks might not leverage traditional channels, but they can impact your bo...
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Tech for good during COVID-19: Therapy for nurses, baby food, and an online diary 

If you’re one of the 12.3 million people who watched Travis Scott perform on Fortnite this past week, you’ll agree: The sky’s the limit right now when it comes to cheering people up. One kid, per our commenters , said Scott’s performance was better than Star Wars. The popular multiplayer game Fortnite, owned by Epic Games, is just one example of tech finding a creative way to continue business as usual amid this pandemic. And it got extra points for being psychedelic. Let’s get into other tec...
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Elon Musk Says SpaceX Took 'Key Steps' To Reduce Starlink Satellites' Brightness

"SpaceX's Starlink internet satellites will soon sport an accessory to tamp down their surprising brightness," reports Live Science: That brightness worries many astronomers, who say that the huge Starlink constellation could seriously disrupt a variety of scientific observations. And Starlink will indeed be huge, if all goes according to SpaceX's plan: The company has approval to launch 12,000 craft to low Earth orbit (LEO) and has applied for permission to loft 30,000 more. (For perspective, h...
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Android’s Live Caption feature reportedly coming soon to phone calls

Code reveals the transcription feature might arrive with Android 11
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The best OnePlus 8 cases and covers

This smartphone has glass on its front and back, which scream out for a case to protect it against drops.
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Magic Leap’s $2.6 billion bait and switch

Two years ago I attended an “Innovation in Immersive Storytelling” event at Industrial Light & Magic, featuring the Chief Game Wizard of Magic Leap. I should have known then, from all the strained corporate sorcery in that sentence, that their demise was inevitable. But in fact I went into that talk a Magic Leap skeptic, and came out … less so. The Chief Game Wizard of Magic Leap has the relieved look of a man whose company has, 5 years and $1.6 billion later, finally released something, anyt...
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New CPU Performance Testing Concludes AMD Beats Intel

An anonymous reader quote Hot Hardware: If you're looking for the best gaming CPU or the best CPU for desktop applications, there are only two choices to pick from: AMD and Intel. That fact has spawned an almost religious following for both camps, and the resulting flamewars, that make it tricky to get unbiased advice about the best choice for your next processor. But in many cases, the answer is actually very clear. In fact, for most users, it's a blowout win in AMD's favor. That's an amazing...
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Company Spends $25M Building Ventilators That Are Now No Longer Needed

U.K. vacuum cleaner company Dyson "said the British government no longer needed the ventilator it had developed from scratch," reports Reuters: Company founder James Dyson said the company had welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's challenge to build ventilators. "Mercifully they are not required, but we don't regret our contribution to the national effort for one moment," he said in a statement. Dyson said his company had spent around 20 million pounds ($25 million) on the project to date, a...
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Firefox Raises Its Bug Bounties to $10,000

"We're updating our bug bounty policy and payouts to make it more appealing to researchers and reflect the more hardened security stance we adopted after moving to a multi-process, sandboxed architecture," reports the Mozilla security blog: Besides rewarding duplicate submissions, we're clarifying our payout criteria and raising the payouts for higher impact bugs. Now, sandbox escapes and related bugs will be eligible for a baseline $8,000, with a high quality report up to $10,000. Additionally,...
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Developer Attempts 'Doom' Clone for the Amiga 500

Mike Bouma is Slashdot reader #85,252. (And judging by his Slashdot profile, he was also a participant in the short-lived Amiga webring.) He writes: KK of the demo scene group Altair is making a Doom clone for the Amiga 500. The system requirements are a mere 7 Mhz Amiga 500 with 1 MB of RAM! Have a look: Dread Ep 01 — making "Doom" clone for Amiga 500 Dread Ep 02 — "Doom" clone for Amiga 500 — Laying out the map... You can find KK/Altair at the English Amiga Board. Read more of t...
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Search engine optimization is an effective tool to build awareness and increase sales. If you’re thinking about using search engine optimization (SEO) to grow your business, then the latest offering from will excite you. The Company recently announced the launch of an innovative SEO marketing solution, Simple SEO, to help businesses improve their search engine rankings. It goes without saying that people search online before buying any product or availing any service. According to the s...
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Bring your remodeling visions to life with this easy-to-use software

Building additions to homes can be an expensive and cumbersome undertaking. Remodeling is exciting, but finding the starting point is challenging. The vision for your dream home or new living room can be quickly sketched up on your laptop. There are many reasons for building an addition to your home. Another child is on the way. The light in the back of the house would hit a sunroom perfectly. After a few years in your space, storage is harder to find. Maybe you're ready for that deck. ...
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How Australia's New Contact-Tracing App Tries to Fight Covid-19 While Protecting Privacy

"Australia's coronavirus tracing app, dubbed COVIDSafe, has been released as the nation seeks to contain the spread of the deadly pandemic," reports People who download the app will be asked to supply a name, which can be a pseudonym, their age range, a mobile number and post code. Those who download the software will be notified if they have contact with another user who tests positive for coronavirus... Using Bluetooth technology, the app "pings" or exchanges a "digital handshake"...
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On TV: Saturday Watch Log

What I describe below is a mix of movies, documentaries, and TV shows that I watched throughout the day yesterday (a Saturday), and I’m just now realizing that in order to watch all of this, I had to use four different streaming services (Apple TV+, Netflix, NHK World, and Prime Video), which again, suggests that all of these services existing is just not sustainable in the long run. At least two of them are free (NHK World, and Apple TV+ since I got a year trial when I got my iPhone XR earlier ...
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Decrypted: Space hacking, iPhone vulnerability, Zoom’s security boom

Security startups to the rescue. As we continue to ride out the pandemic, security experts are closely monitoring the surge of coronavirus-related cyber threats. Just this week, Google’s Threat Analysis Group, its elite threat hunting unit, says that while the overall number of threats remains largely the same, opportunistic hackers are retooling their efforts to piggyback on coronavirus. Some startups are downsizing and laying off staff, but several cybersecurity startups are faring better, tha...
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Binge-Watching The Morning Show: What Happens to #MeToo after the Pandemic?

Over the weekend, I finished binge-watching Apple TV+’s The Morning Show and had two immediate impressions from it. First off, OMG these people are  not social-distancing .  The workplace is so crowded! WHERE ARE THEIR MASKS? But beyond that, my second impression was that the show presented a fairly complicated (at least for a drama) presentation of the #MeToo movement and sexual harassment. Remember #MeToo? It seems like it was years ago that Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison...
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Why Aren't More Developers Using Rust?

An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet: Rust has been voted the "most-loved" programming language by developers on Stack Overflow for four years in a row. But the Rust project now admits it has an adoption problem among developers and organizations. Rust's adoption issue surfaced in January's Stack Overflow's 2019 survey, which revealed that despite developers' positive feelings toward Rust, 97% of them hadn't actually used it. Rust maintainers have now explored the adoption challenges in their late...
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How Freight master Flexport’s Ryan Petersen learned to CEO

“I didn’t know what the term ‘freight forwarder’ meant until a year into starting the business.” Considering his shipping logistics startup Flexport was last valued at $3.2 billion, that quote from my first interview with CEO and founder Ryan Petersen back in 2016 seems even more surprising now. But it also hints at why he’s one of the most talented and exciting executives in tech: He learns. Humbly. Relentlessly. About whatever the role requires as it evolves. Right now, it means learning...
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Reviewing some more national and local accounts of (mostly declining) crime rates during a pandemic

In this post last week, I complained about a Bloomberg headline blaring that "Some Crimes Are Spiking in America’s Major Cities," even though the bulk of the data reviewed in the article detail that crime was down considerably in a number of cities.   Today I can flag this recent CBS News piece that reviews mostly positive crime news with a very positive heading "Miami goes seven weeks without a homicide for first time since 1957."  Here are excerpts: From February 17 until April 12 of this yea...
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