Scientists Create Glowing Plants Using Mushroom Genes

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Emitting an eerie green glow, they look like foliage from a retro computer game, but in fact they are light-emitting plants produced in a laboratory. Researchers say the glowing greenery could not only add an unusual dimension to home decor but also open up a fresh way for scientists to explore the inner workings of plants. "In the future this technology can be used to visualize activities of different hormones inside the plants over the lif...
Tags: London, Russia, Tech, Austria, Imperial College, Planta, Karen Sarkisyan, Nature Biotechnology Sarkisyan, Sarkisyan

Top 3 Remote Work Software Tools To Empower Your WFH Employees

The work-from-home (WFH) culture has officially come of age. With masses of employees huddled at home, safe from the ravages of the novel coronavirus threat looming on our horizon, remote work is no longer an option for millions of companies across the globe. However, there’s a big challenge that faces most employers who are unfamiliar with the remote work setup: what software tools do your staff need in order to stay in the game and run your day to day operations with minimal business impact? ...
Tags: Google, Work From Home, Startups, Microsoft, Office, Remote Work, OCR, Remote Working, Jira, Products & Services, Business Tools, Business Software, Work Utilities, Google Drive Easily, Features Office

Need a new tablet? Here are the best Apple iPad deals for May 2020

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is the king. We curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Trends, Ipads, Computing, Ipad Mini, Ipad Pro, Apple deals, iPad deals

USB4 will support DP 2.0 via DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA for short) made an announcement for USB4 standard. It also highlighted the upcoming DisplayPort 2.0 spec via DP Alternate Mode 2.0. The first DP Alt Mode allows its users to use USB Type-C specification for monitors. The 2.0 spec via USB4 includes DisplayPort 2.0 support, increasing its resolution, refresh rates, colour advanced HDR. The post USB4 will support DP 2.0 via DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 appeared first on
Tags: All News, Hardware News, Thunderbolt 3, Vesa, Displayport, Usb Type-c, DP, Video Electronics Standards Association VESA, USB-IF, Usb4, DP 2.0, DisplayPort Alt Mode, DP Alternate Mode

Google Is Killing Its Experimental Social Network Shoelace

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Google's experimental Area 120 unit launched Shoelace in mid-2019 as a way to help people get together in real life. Unfortunately, the fledgling social network won't make it out of the experimental phase -- the tech giant has announced that Shoelace is shutting down on May 12th. The service was geared towards people looking for group activities with other locals who share the same interests. Say, people interested in photography who want to mee...
Tags: Google, Tech, Engadget, Shoelace

Toshiba Publishes Full List of Its Drives Using Slower SMR Technology

"Toshiba has just published a full list of all the consumer HDDs in their lineup that use SMR (shingled magnetic recording) technology," writes Slashdot reader williamyf. "This comes after the whole submarine consumer SMR HDDs fiasco, and fresh on the heels of Western Digital publishing a full list of all their consumer HDDs using SMR. With this, Seagate is the only HDD vendor which has not yet published a full list of their consumer HDDs using SMR." Blocks and Files reports: Toshiba uses SMR te...
Tags: Seagate, Tech, Nas, Toshiba, Western Digital, Slashdot

18 Asia Pacific news organizations with big ideas

Last October, we invited news organizations to apply to the second round of the Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge in Asia Pacific: a call for new ideas to help journalism thrive in the digital age. Since then, the COVID-19 outbreak has affected publishers across the region and, after discussions with publishers, we made the decision to go ahead with the Challenge—alongside our broader support for journalism in this challenging time. The first round of the Challenge focused on diversify...
Tags: Google, Japan, Australia, India, Asia Pacific, Korea, GNI, Google in Asia, Nippon TV, Google News Initiative, Fazal Ashfaq, Iwate Nippo, Busan Daily Maeil Daily, Australian Community Media

Fairphone 3 Now Available With 'de-Googled' Android /e/OS

joestar writes: Fairphone, the European manufacturer of mobile phones with a reduced environmental impact, has announced a partnership to offer /e/OS, the most "de-Googled" and pro-privacy Android OS, on their latest model Fairphone 3. An interesting move that reminds me of the recent introduction of the Google-free Huawei Mate 30. A pithy explainer of its "privacy by design ecosystem" -- and the point of "Android without Google" -- further notes: "We have removed many pieces of code that send y...
Tags: Google, Tech, Huawei, Fairphone

Apple has a simple solution for unlocking an iPhone without using FaceID

Face masks are a problem for the iPhone's face-recognition technology
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Mobile, News, Trends, Face Mask, Faceid

Toshiba lists Hard Drives with inferior SMR Technology

Following Western Digital, Toshiba lists the number of SKUs it uses with Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology. If there's one thing that came out of WD Red's performance and reliability controversy, its HDD manufacturers coming out with this important information. The post Toshiba lists Hard Drives with inferior SMR Technology appeared first on
Tags: All News, Hardware News, Toshiba, Western Digital, Hdd, CMR, Smr, WD Red, Mechanical HDD, Following Western Digital Toshiba, Shingled Magnetic Recording SMR

EV charging company moves US headquarters to Irvine

Noodoe EV, a Taiwanese maker of electric vehicle charging systems, has moved its U.S. headquarters to Irvine from Walnut. Company CEO Jennifer Chang said the move to a bigger facility was fueled by a growing demand for the company’s products in North America. Last year, Noodoe installed nearly 1,000 EV charging stations at U.S. casinos, hotels, parking lots and shopping malls. The company entered the U.S. market three years ago but has been servicing Europe and Asia for about eight years. The co...
Tags: Google, Asia, Europe, Business, News, China, Cars, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Taiwan, Soccer, North America, Local News, Chang, Fisher

Balancing Business Survival And Responsibility

The Coronavirus crisis has seen some incredible corporate responses. Google has pledged $800 million in ads and loans to help businesses and crisis response efforts. Unilever is donating €100 million of food and sanitizer, and guaranteeing the jobs of all of its 155,000 workers – including contractors as well as employees. These stories are inspiring. But they also seem unrealistic for most companies. What if you’re in an industry that’s not directly impacted by the crisis, such as property ...
Tags: Google, China, Unilever, Bank Of America, Vodafone, Qantas, New England Patriots, Barry, Branding, London Business School, Woolworths, Qantas Airways, Pesa, Brand Purpose, Alex Edmans, Workshop NOW ONLINE Branding Strategy Insider

As small businesses are devastated by coronavirus, Facebook looks in a stronger position than ever (FB)

Facebook stands to be a major beneficiary of the pandemic. Its efforts to combat coronavirus may help revived the company's damaged reputation. Advertisers are likely to choose Facebook's precise ad tools over other mediums during the crisis. Unable to attract physical customers, businesses are going online — another trend that may help Facebook. And the company has also quietly been investing in ecommerce, an area that is growing rapidly due to the pandemic. Businesses across the United Stat...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, California, Trends, United States, Myanmar, Signal, Rob Price, Cambridge Analytica, Contact Business Insider, Oprah Similarly Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg says relaxing shelter-in-place rules too soon will cause the pandemic to worsen and may 'guarantee' future outbreaks (FB)

After Facebook reported better-than-expected earnings on Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg opined about the damage of reopening the US economy too soon. "I worry that reopening too quickly will almost guarantee future outbreaks and worse health and economic outcomes," he said. Facebook is seeing surging use, but the company acknowledges this probably won't last after the pandemic. It also acknowledged a "significant reduction" in the demand for advertising. Visit Business Insider's homepage for m...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Instagram, US, Trends, Zuckerberg

Lenovo made a new ThinkPad keyboard for your desktop – mouse nub and all

It’s no secret that ThinkPad laptops have historically had some of the best keyboards on the market – better than many desktop ones. If you’ve ever wished you could just chop the keyboard off your ThinkPad and use it on for your desktop setup, Lenovo’s new $99 ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II has you covered. The keyboard was first announced at CES, and it even has the little red nub (that’s the ‘TrackPoint’ part) that ThinkPads are famous for. It might especially come in handy if you ever need t...
Tags: Startups, Lenovo, Insider, Plugged

Half of Americans Won't Trust Contact-Tracing Apps, New Poll Finds

Before life can safely return to normalcy, we'll need an enormous increase in our ability to perform contact tracing -- identifying and contacting everyone who's been in contact with a person infected with COVID-19 so that they in turn can hunker down in quarantine and avoid infecting others. But, as Ars Technica reports, there are two huge problems with the massive contact-tracing platform that Google and Apple are working on. "First, billions of phones won't be able to use the tech," reports A...
Tags: Apple, Google, Washington Post, US, Tech, Ars Technica, University of Maryland Half

Covidsafe app: how to download Australia's coronavirus contact tracing app and how it works

The app will ask for your name (or pseudonym), age range, postcode and phone number. Scott Morrison says the Australian government’s covid safe tracking app won’t be mandatory to download and install, but could play a part in easing Covid-19 restrictionsCovid safe: Australian government launches coronavirus tracing appWill Australians trust a government with a history of tech fails and data breaches?Sign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the...
Tags: Health, Technology, Privacy, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Christian Porter, Coronavirus outbreak

Mark Zuckerberg warns that relaxing shelter-in-place rules too soon will cause the pandemic to worsen, saying it will 'guarantee' future outbreaks (FB)

After Facebook reported better-than-expected earnings, CEO Mark Zuckerberg opined about the potential damage of reopening the economy too soon. "I worry that re-opening too quickly will almost guarantee future outbreaks and worse health and economic outcomes," he said. Facebook users are surging, but the company acknowledges this probably won't last after the pandemic. It also acknowledged a "significant reduction" in the demand for advertising. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stori...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Instagram, Trends, Zuckerberg

Lyft To Lay Off 17 Percent of Staff As Uber Weighs Even Bigger Layoffs

Less than 24 hours after it was reported that Uber was considering layoffs of 20% of staff, its big rival Lyft said it would be reducing its staff by 17%, working out to 982 employees, and furloughing an additional 288, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. TechCrunch reports: It also will put in place salary reductions of 30% for executive leadership, 20% for vice presidents and 10% for all other employees, while members of Lyft's board of directors will forego 30% of their cash compensa...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Tech, If Lyft, COVID

Facebook reports slowest quarterly growth since going public

Company earns $4.9bn as it faces slowdown in digital advertising market amid coronavirusFacebook reported its slowest quarterly growth as a public company, pressured by a global slowdown in the digital advertising market due to the coronavirus pandemic.Like other tech companies, the social network is feeling the squeeze from the global pandemic, but its results still beat analyst expectations. Revenue rose 18% to $17.74bn, sending stocks surging more than 7% in after-hours trading. Continue read...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Technology, Social Networking, Social Media, US news, Quarterly Results

Predictive Text Patent Troll Tries To Shake Down Wikipedia

martiniturbide writes: WordLogic (patent troll) claims it has the rights of the concept of predictive text writing and went after the Wikimedia foundation. WordLogic offered a "discounted, lump sum fee of $30,000 in exchange for a paid-up one-time license," an easy win they thought, but Wikimedia fought back. "Wikimedia notes that (1) WordLogic's patents are invalid due to prior art, (2) that they are invalid for not covering patentable subject matter, and (3) that anyway, it doesn't even infrin...
Tags: Wikipedia, Tech, Wikimedia, Wordlogic

Your iPhone Can't Recognize You With a Mask On, So Apple Has a New Workaround

Coronavirus has upended lives in countless ways, and of those, my inability to unlock my iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask in public spaces is not that consequential.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Science

Tesla to reduce price of standard range Model 3 in China

Tesla said it will reduce the price of its standard range Model 3 vehicle in China to meet the government’s new eligibility requirements for subsidies. This marks the second time this year that the automaker has reduced the price. Several months ago, the base version of China-made Model 3 was lowered by 9%. Tesla has to cut the price of the vehicle to continue to qualify for government rebates on electric vehicles. The Chinese government instituted new regulations that require prices below 30...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, China, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Shanghai, Hyperloop, Tesla Model S, The Boring Company, Tesla Model Y, China Tesla, Zachary Kirkhorn

Amazon used a China firm on U.S. blacklist for thermal cameras to monitor workers for COVID-19 fever

• Amazon's new Chinese thermal spycam vendor was blacklisted by U.S. over allegations it helped China detain and monitor Uighurs and other Muslim minorities At Reuters, reporting by Krystal Hu and Jeffrey Dastin found that Amazon and Jeff Bezos went to a Chinese technology company on the United States' national security blacklist for its thermal camera needs -- to monitor Amazon warehouse workers for fever, a sign of COVID-19. Amazon is buying thermal cameras and other surveillance equipment...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Technology, News, China, Tech, US news, Surveillance, Beijing, United States, Muslim, Jeff Bezos, Uighur, Reuters, U S Food and Drug Administration, FLIR Systems Inc

Tesla pushes Tesla Semi deliveries to 2021

Tesla is pushing back plans to produce and deliver its all-electric Class 8 until 2021, the company said in its quarter earnings report Wednesday. The move puts the Tesla Semi two years behind the automaker’s previous target. “We are shifting our first Tesla Semi deliveries to 2021,” the company said without providing any more details. The Tesla Semi was first unveiled in November 2017 in splashy ceremony in Hawthorne, Calif. on the grounds of Tesla’s design studio and Musk’s other company, S...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, California, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Walmart, Automotive, Transport, Hyperloop, Tesla Model S, Musk, Anheuser Busch, Hawthorne Calif, Tesla Semi

Simple Link Building Tactics to Grow Brand Authority

It is no secret that link building is one of the most challenging, yet most vital tactics in search engine optimization. Google holds such high regard for high-quality backlinks, because they are the best indicators of whether or not your website is authoritative in the space. Through basic crowdsourcing, Google can use website data (number of links pointing toward your website) to determine the viability and relevance of your website on certain topics.  So why is link building so difficult...
Tags: Google, Marketing, Content Marketing, Link Building, Gizmodo, Backlinks, Databox, Brand Authority, Mashable Business Insider

Instagram ‘pods’ game the algorithm by coordinating likes and comments on millions of posts

Researchers at NYU have identified hundreds of groups of Instagram users, some with thousands of members, that systematically exchange likes and comments in order to game the service’s algorithms and boost visibility. In the process, they also trained machine learning agents to identify whether a post has been juiced in this way. “Pods,” as they’ve been dubbed, straddle the line between real and fake engagement, making them tricky to detect or take action against. And while they used to be a nic...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Nyu, Tandon School of Engineering, Greenstadt, Rachel Greenstadt, Janith Weerasinghe, Weerasinghe

Google Cloud, which generated $2.8 billion in revenue last quarter, is one of the 'bright spots' as advertising slows and the company cuts costs, analysts say (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google Cloud's revenue grew 52% from a year ago despite the coronavirus crisis even as the company's advertising business took a hit.  Analysts say that the coronavirus pandemic may lead more businesses to move to the cloud.  However, the coronavirus crisis is still causing some cloud-related challenges: Google is facing delays in building data centers and closing large deals. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Analysts see Google Cloud as one of the company's "bright spots" ...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Trends, Aws, Sundar Pichai, Amazon Web Services, Pichai, Ruth Porat, SunTrust, William Blair, Google Cloud, GCP, Youssef Squali, Brent Thill, Microsoft Jefferies, Doug Anmuth J P Morgan

The lockdown is driving people to Facebook

The quarantine lockdown is driving a record number of users to Facebook’s products. On a conference call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg disclosed a number of new metrics highlighting a significant bump in Facebook usage during the broader quarantine lockdown. In the past month, more than 3 billion internet users logged onto a Facebook service, including its central app, Instagram, Messenger or WhatsApp, Zuckerberg disclosed. This number constitutes roughly two-thirds of the world’s total internet users...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Earnings, Zuckerberg, Instagram Messenger, Coronavirus, COVID-19

FAA investigates after actor Harrison Ford is involved in another runway incident at a Southern California airport

Actor Harrison Ford is again the subject of a Federal Aviation Administration investigation after he crossed a runway while another plane was approaching for a touch-and-go landing last week at Hawthorne Municipal Airport, authorities said. Ford was piloting an Aviat Husky and preparing to take off Friday afternoon, April 24, when a tower operator told him to hold short of the runway, according to archived audio from the tower. Ford, however, told the tower he was crossing, prompting a stern rep...
Tags: Google, Crime, News, Airports, Sport, Soccer, Ford, Venice, Harrison Ford, Faa, Federal Aviation Administration, Southern California, ATC, John Wayne Airport, Santa Monica Airport, Hawthorne Municipal Airport

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