Apple Expecting to Reopen 'Many More' Stores in May

Deidre O'Brien, Apple's vice president of retail and people, today told Apple employees that "many more" Apple Stores are set to start reopening in May. O'Brien made the comments during a weekly video update shared with staff, according to Bloomberg. "We are continuing to analyze this health situation in every location, and I do expect we will reopen up many more stores in May," O'Brien told staff. Apple did not specify which stores would be reopened, or the regions where the stores would reo...
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Best cheap Apple Watch deals for May 2020

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Wearables, Trends, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Watch deals, Apple Watch Series 4

TechCrunch Editor-at-large Josh Constine is leaving the Verizon-owned blog to become the latest in a string of journalist-VCs (VZ)

After a decade spent reporting on startups, TechCrunch Editor-at-large Josh Constine is leaving the publication to invest in startups at SignalFire, a VC firm with a focus on data.  The move deprives the Verizon-owned tech blog of one of its most recognizable names. Constine's leap isn't without precedent: a long line of VC partners including Sequoia Capital's Mike Moritz and General Catalyst's Katherine Boyle began investing after previous stints as writers.  "I've written about thousands of...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Washington Post, Samsung, Trends, Paypal, Time Magazine, Ryan Lawler, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, Instacart, General Catalyst, Michael Moritz, Michael Arrington, Signal Fire, Bezos

TechCrunch Editor-at-large Josh Constine is leaving the Verizon-owned blog to become the latest in a tradition of journalist-VCs (VZ)

After a decade spent reporting on startups, TechCrunch Editor-at-large Josh Constine is leaving the publication to invest in startups at SignalFire, a VC firm with a focus on data.  The move deprives the Verizon-owned tech blog of one of its most recognizable names. Constine's leap isn't without precedent: a long line of VC partners including Sequoia Capital's Mike Moritz and General Catalyst's Katherine Boyle began investing after previous stints as writers.  "I've written about thousands of...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Washington Post, Samsung, Trends, Paypal, Time Magazine, Ryan Lawler, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, Instacart, General Catalyst, Michael Moritz, Michael Arrington, Signal Fire, Bezos

Pentagon Formally Releases 3 Navy Videos Showing 'Unidentified Aerial Phenomena'

The Pentagon on Monday formally released three unclassified videos taken by Navy pilots that have circulated for years showing interactions with "unidentified aerial phenomena." CBS News reports: One of the videos shows an incident from 2004, and the other two were recorded in January 2015, according to Sue Gough, a Defense Department spokeswoman. The 2004 incident occurred about 100 miles out in the Pacific, according to The New York Times, which first reported on the video in 2017. Two fighter...
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Become fluent in one of the most dynamic programming languages for $35

Since its release in 1991, Python has become one of the world's most popular general-purpose programming languages. Python enables programmers to write clear code with significant use of whitespace. From data mining and web programming to cybersecurity and game design, Python can be used for virtually everything online. Though it was first dreamed up in the eighties, Python's first release in 1991 made this general-purpose programming language an ideal successor to the ABC language. Log...
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Short story: Guidelines for a Contemporary Vampire Story

Like seasons or car accidents, vampires must be known but considered an unavoidable part of the natural world. They must be spoken of as ecologically and socially beneficial, mostly by themselves and by people entirely ignorant about both topics or naively attempting to be eaten last.You won’t find a vampire hunting through foggy streets. They know stakes are the great equalizer; the defining trait of vampires is that they have no taste for equality. Their castles are vast and hidden, full of wo...
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Parolees Are Being Forced To Download Telmate's Guardian App That Listens and Records Every Move

XXongo writes: Monitoring parolees released from prison by an app on their smartphone sounds like a good idea, right? The phone has facial recognition and biometric ID, and a GPS system that knows where it is. But what if the app doesn't work? In a story on Gizmodo, the [Telmate Guardian] app's coding is "sloppy" and "irresponsible" and its default privacy settings are wildly invasive, asking for "excessive permissions" to access device data. And the app isn't even accurate on recognizing parole...
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DJI Claims the Mavic Air 2 Is Its Smartest Drone Yet, But It's Definitely Not Its Lightest

Two years after the Mavic Air wowed us with a drone so small it could be shoved in a (very large) pocket DJI is back with the Mavic Air 2, and this time the size is similar, the weight is heavier, but the drone sounds a whole lot smarter.Read more...
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Verizon, Comcast Will Not Cancel Service Through June Due To Coronavirus

Verizon Communications, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, and cable giant Comcast said on Monday they will extend a commitment through June 30 not to cancel service or charge late fees to customers because of the coronavirus pandemic. From a report: In March, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said major wireless and internet providers -- including Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, T-Mobile and Alphabet's Google Fiber -- had agreed not to terminate service for subscribers for 60 days. In total, ...
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NY attorney general calls out Amazon’s ‘inadequate’ COVID-19 measures and ‘chilling’ labor policies

The New York attorney general’s office reportedly sent a sternly-worded letter to Amazon telling the company that the measures it has taken regarding the COVID-19 pandemic “are so inadequate that they may violate several provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act,” and firing outspoken workers sends “a threatening message to other employees.” The letter, not yet published but obtained by NPR (I’ve asked the NY AG for confirmation of the contents), is only informational and does not ...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Unions, Labor, Government, Tech, Indiana, Npr, Jeff Bezos, General Counsel, Nlrb, PTO, NY AG, Smalls, NY AG James, Coronavirus

Former Tesla and Lyft exec Jon McNeill just launched a fund that plans to spin out its own companies

Lyft’s former COO Jon McNeill has had a fairly storied career as an operator.  A Northwestern University economics major who worked at Bain & Co. out of college, he went on to start and sell five companies before being introduced in 2015 to Elon Musk by Sheryl Sandberg and spending 2.5 years as Tesla’s president of global sales and service. He was apparently so good at his job that Lyft’s investors asked him to join the car-share company to help it go public. There, he helped build up the com...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Lyft, Ge, Tech, Tesla, United States, Delta, Cambridge, Symantec, Evergreen, Sheryl Sandberg, Sutter Hill Ventures, Bay Area, Northwestern University, Bcg Digital Ventures

SpaceX Starship Prototype Finally Aces Pressure Test

The Starship SN4, a prototype of a SpaceX ship meant to one day take humans to the moon and Mars, has remained intact during pressure testing. ExtremeTech reports: Last year, SpaceX successfully tested the "Starhopper" prototype with one of the company's new Raptor engines. However, the full-scale prototypes haven't fared well in pressure testing. SN1 blew its top in February, and both SN2 and SN3 suffered similar fates during the "cryo" testing phase, which simulates a full-pressure tank in the...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Mars, Starship

Broadcom Offers To Scrap Exclusivity Deals To End EU Antitrust Probe

U.S. chipmaker Broadcom has offered to scrap its exclusivity deals with TV and modem makers to end an EU antitrust investigation and stave off a possible hefty fine. Reuters reports: Broadcom, which makes chips to power smartphones, computers and networking equipment and is a major supplier to Apple, found itself in EU competition enforcers' crosshairs over its deals with six companies to buy chips exclusively or almost exclusively from it. That triggered an investigation in June last year and a...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Eu, Commission, European Commission, Broadcom, Reuters

Patently dogged: Apple unleashes lawyers to slash $454m patent rip-off bill – even after Supreme Court snub

Will literally argue anything to tie up VirnetX lawyers for a bit longer Apple’s decade-long refusal to accept it was wrong has hit absurd depths.…
Tags: Apple, Supreme Court, Software

Verizon, AT&T, Comcast promise not to cancel service through June for users impacted by coronavirus

On Monday, Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc., the two largest U.S. wireless carriers, and US cable giant Comcast all said they have agreed that through June 30, they won't cancel service or charge late fees to customers who can't pay their bills because of the coronavirus pandemic. More from Reuters: In March, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said major wireless and internet providers - including Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O) and Alphabet’s Google Fiber (GOO...
Tags: Verizon, Post, Business, Technology, News, Fcc, US, US news, Virus, Tech News, Comcast, Telecommunications, Telecoms, Outbreak, Reuters, David Shepardson

Choose a Brand Name Like You’re Hiring a CMO

A brand name has a job to do.  So create a job description for it. It’s natural to put together a list of asks for your name that includes things like credibility, trust, reliability, honesty, transparency, quality, yada yada yada.But a name is a specialist, and these types of foundational brand positioning qualities are common to every business in existence. They need to be established by the other touch points of your brand. “Not my job”, should be the response of any name candidate asked t...
Tags: Apple, Uncategorized, Godzilla, Branding, Don, Hotwire, Trillium, Megagon, Igor Bad, Truist Slack

DJI’s mini Mavic Air gets an upgrade with improved camera and battery life

DJI had to kibosh its usual big unveil this time out, for obvious reasons, but the company won’t let a little thing like a global pandemic get in the way of an announcement. A little over two years after unveiling its lightweight Mavic Air, the drone giant is announcing the sequel. When I reviewed the original shortly after the announcement, most of my complaints centered around the product’s usefulness. True, it was an impressive bit of engineering, but that only gets you so far. This time ...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, China, Drone, Drones, Dji, DJI Mavic Air, Mavic Air

Diamond and Silk Axed From Fox News' Streaming Service for Asinine Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

Fox News has cut ties with pro-Donald Trump media personalities Diamond & Silk—who have repeatedly appeared with the president at rallies and White House—after they pushed headache-inducing conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic, the Daily Beast reported on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Health, Twitter, Politics, Science, Technology, White House, Fox News, Conspiracy Theories, Donald Trump, Diamond And Silk, Fox News Streaming Service, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

Tesla Vehicles Can Now Recognize and Respond To Traffic Lights, Stop Signs

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Properly equipped Tesla vehicles can now recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs thanks to a software update the company started pushing out to owners over the weekend. The software update had been available to a sliver of Tesla owners, some of whom had posted videos of the new capability. Now, the automaker is pushing the software update (2020.12.6) to the broader fleet. The feature isn't available in every Tesla vehicle on the...
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Pass the Time and Soothe Your Mind With Google's Legacy Doodle Games

Many of us are spending considerably more time at home than we were just a few months ago, and that means looking for ways to pass the endless time we suddenly all have on our hands. If you’ve got a soft spot for puzzles and low-level gaming, Google’s coming through with a handful of legacy Google Doodle games to help…Read more...
Tags: Google, Games, Science, Google Doodle, Coronavirus

Apple Delays Mass Production of 2020 Flagship iPhones

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is delaying the production ramp-up of its 2020 flagship smartphones by about a month, "as the coronavirus pandemic weakens global consumer demand and disrupts manufacturing across Asia, the heart of the consumer electronics supply chain." From the report: Apple is forging ahead with plans to release four new iPhone models later this year, people familiar with its plans say. The phones, some with 5G connectivity, will vary in price and come in three siz...
Tags: Apple, Asia, Tech, Wall Street Journal Apple

NYC Will Close Public Roads To Traffic To Create More Recreational Space

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday the city will close 40 miles worth of streets near parks to give residents a lot more room to get out of their homes. CNET reports: The eventual goal is to open 100 miles of public roads for residents to bike, walk, jog and more while spreading groups of people out. It's not clear which roads will be affected yet, but Mayor De Blasio said the street closures will be "mostly" near parks. Last week, the city of Milan announced that 22 miles of...
Tags: Milan, New York City, Tech, Bill De Blasio, De Blasio, Cnet

Coronavirus US live: Trump holds briefing after previously canceling it

Monday coronavirus task force briefing had been cancelledNew York cancels June primaryCuomo: New York deaths ‘on the decline’Live global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGet a fresh perspective on America – sign up to our First Thing newsletter 11.24pm BST We’re hearing a lot about very large numbers of tests that will be done during the month of May. But it’s worth remembering that we have heard big promises in the past about testing, such as the big promises of drive-through testing ...
Tags: Google, New York, California, Massachusetts, US, America, Joe Biden, US news, New Jersey, Michigan, Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, Trump, US elections 2020, Coronavirus outbreak

A full-time VC & part-time ER doctor shares his thoughts on COVID-19

An emergency room physician for the past 12 years, Dr. Robert Mittendorff joined Norwest Venture Partners eight years ago as a healthcare investor; the firm invests in a number of healthcare startups, including Talkspace, which raised a $50 million Series D last year , and TigerConnect . As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, Mittendorff is spending his weekdays with portfolio companies and weekends working with Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. While he notes that his medical colleagues are “bea...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford, San Francisco, Tech, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Biotech, Talkspace, Telemedicine, Norwest Venture Partners, Norwest, Market Analysis, Robert Mittendorff

Netflix announces a new Michelle Obama documentary ‘Becoming’, due out May 6

Netflix and Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company have announced their latest film: “Becoming,” a documentary that follows Michelle as she goes on tour to promote her bestselling memoir of the same name. Although the documentary was directed by Nadia Hallgren, it sounds like the film had extensive access to and input from Michelle Obama . After all, it was produced by Higher Ground Productions, the company the Obamas formed to create content for Netflix, Spotify and others. And the...
Tags: TC, Media, Entertainment, Obama, Tech, Netflix, Michelle Obama, Barack, Michelle, Obamas, Netflix Spotify, Higher Ground Productions, Nadia Hallgren

a16z co-founder Ben Horowitz is leaving Lyft’s board

Ben Horowitz, the co-founder and general partner of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz won’t seek re-election to Lyft’s board, according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday. Horowitz has served as a board of director at the ride-hailing company since June 2016. His venture firm, which he co-founded with Marc Andreessen, was an early investor in Lyft . He will stay on the board until Lyft’s annual shareholder meeting scheduled for June 19. ...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Technology, Board of Directors, Okta, Finance, Tech, Companies, Andreessen, Software, Venture Capital, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Executive, Marc Andreessen, Logan Green

Halide Does Deep Dive Into iPhone SE's Software-Based Portrait Mode

Though it is a budget device with a single-lens camera, the iPhone SE features support for Portrait Mode, enabled through the powerful A13 chip in the smartphone. It is the first of Apple's smartphones to offer Portrait Mode photos created entirely with software techniques rather than hardware, which prompted the developers behind popular iOS camera app Halide to take a deep dive into how it works. The ‌iPhone‌ SE is equipped the same camera sensor as the ‌iPhone‌ 8, based on a recent teardo...
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Scientists think we’ll finally solve nuclear fusion thanks to cutting-edge AI

Scientists believe the world will see it’s first working thermonuclear fusion reactor by the year 2025. That’s a tall order in short form, especially when you consider that fusion has been “almost here” for nearly a century. Fusion reactors – not to be confused with common fission reactors – are the holiest of Grails when it comes to physics achievements. According to most experts, a successful fusion reactor would function as a near-unlimited source of energy. In other words, if there’s a worki...
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Amazon employees say they're scared to go to work, but they're not alone — here are 8 big companies facing worker criticism over their coronavirus safety response (AMZN, UBER, GOOG, GOOGL, MCD, TSLA)

The coronavirus pandemic has put most of the US on lockdown, but millions of "essential" workers — even outside the healthcare system — are still showing up for their jobs. Even as many of their colleagues are able to make a living from the relative safety of their homes, these workers are putting themselves at an increased risk of catching COVID-19. But many say their employers aren't doing enough to minimize those risks, from failing to provide protective gear and clean workplaces to refusin...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Uber, Florida, New York, Whole Foods, California, US, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Starbucks, Louisiana, Houston, Instacart, Cnbc

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