The Doobie Brothers Sing Their 1974 Classic, “Black Water,” Live, in Isolation

The Doobie Brothers--they can't tour this summer and celebrate their 50th anniversary. But they can give you this: a performance of 1974’s “Black Water” performed virtually, live, in isolation. Make sure you catch the fan contributions toward the end... The Doobie Brothers Sing Their 1974 Classic, “Black Water,” Live, in Isolation is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, or get our Daily Email. And don't miss our big collections of Free Online Cours...
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'Hydrogen-On-Tap' Device Turns Trucks Into Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: The city of Carmel, Ind., has trucks for plowing snow, salting streets, and carrying landscaping equipment. But one cherry-red pickup can do something no other vehicle can: produce its own hydrogen. A 45-kilogram metal box sits in the bed of the work truck. When a driver starts the engine, the device automatically begins concocting the colorless, odorless gas, which feeds into the engine's intake manifold. This prevents the truck from guzzl...
Tags: Tech, Ford, Jerry Woodall, Carmel Ind, Aluminum Gallium Company, Carmel Street Department

EPA Denies Elon Musk's Claims Over Tesla Model S Range Test

The Environmental Protection Agency has rebuffed comments Tesla CEO Elon Musk made concerning what he calls an error during the Model S Long Range's testing process, which the executive says cost the car a 400-mile range estimate. The agency tells Roadshow it conducted the testing properly. CNET reports: During Tesla's Q1 investor call this week -- which also included some colorful language surrounding stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic -- Musk said the Model S Long Range should...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Cnet, Musk

Otonomo raises $46 million to expand its automotive data marketplace

New vehicles today can produce a treasure trove of data. Without the proper tools, that data will sit undisturbed, rendering it worthless. A number of companies have sprung up to help automakers manage and use data generated from connected cars. Israeli startup Otonomo is one such player that jumped on the scene in 2015 with a cloud-based software platform that captures and anonymizes vehicle data so it can then be used to create apps to provide services such as electric vehicle management, s...
Tags: Startups, TC, Internet Of Things, South Korea, Japan, Tech, Information, Automotive, Computing, Bmw, Connected Car, Player, Daimler, Data Security, Bessemer Venture Partners, Computer Security

Gigabyte says compatibility with 11th gen Rocket Lake-S CPUs, PCIe 4.0 Support

The good folks at Gigabyte said via AORUS livestream that the recently released Z490 motherboards are compatible with the upcoming 11th generation Rocket Lake-S processors. While this might not be unsurprising for some, its motherboard readiness is. We never expected an official word about it anytime soon.  The post Gigabyte says compatibility with 11th gen Rocket Lake-S CPUs, PCIe 4.0 Support appeared first on
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Steam Ends Mac Support For SteamVR

Steam will no longer support SteamVR on macOS. The Verge reports: Steam introduced SteamVR for Apple computers way back in the mists of time -- 2017's Worldwide Developers Conference. As The Verge wrote then: "Valve has been working with Apple on this since last summer, which shows a high level of technical and business confidence in Apple's VR efforts." The move was announced in a short post on SteamVR's news page, laid out in a single sentence: "SteamVR has ended macOS support so our team can ...
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Dogs Are Now Being Trained To Sniff Out Coronavirus

New Slashdot submitter Joe2020 shares a report from the BBC: Firefighters in Corsica, France, are aiming to teach canines how to sniff out coronavirus, as they can other conditions. It's hoped that detection dogs could be used to identify people with the virus at public places like airports. Their trial is one of several experiments being undertaken in countries including the UK and the USA. "Each individual dog can screen up to 250 people per hour," James Logan, head of the London School of Hyg...
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Weekend reading: Under-infected, over-optimistic

What caught my eye this week. M ixed events in the global soap opera saga Coronavirus this week. The good news is the Prime Minister returned from that episode to tell us we’re probably past the peak of Covid-19. The focus now is on R0 – or R, as it’s been sensibly rebranded – aka the basic reproduction number. Keep it under ‘1’ and the pandemic is not spreading exponentially. As a nation our R0 number is now somewhere under 1. Probably between 0.5 and 0.75, although it may still be higher in ...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, England, New York, London, Sweden, Wales, New York City, Africa, Marketing, Nbc News, US, San Francisco, Bbc, Netflix

Amazon's Jeff Bezos Called To Testify Before House Antitrust Panel

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: House lawmakers leading an antitrust investigation into Amazon demanded Friday that CEO Jeff Bezos testify about the company's alleged practice of gleaning financial information from third-party sellers to bolster its own private label business. The House Judiciary Committee threatened to subpoena Bezos if he does not voluntarily agree to testify. The letter comes after a Wall Street Journal investigation found that Amazon employees in the compa...
Tags: Amazon, Nbc News, Tech, House, Jeff Bezos, Wall Street Journal, Committee, Bezos, House Judiciary Committee, David Cicilline, Nate Sutton, Congress Amazon

EU Joins In The Bullying Of South Africa For Daring To Adopt US-Style Fair Use Principles

The intellectual property regime continues to crack down on reasonability.
Tags: Technology, Law, Eu, Copyright, South Africa, Intellectual Property, Fair Use

QEMU Version 5.0.0 Released

The developers of the open-source QEMU (Quick EMUlator) emulator, which can run programs on various architectures such as ARM and RISC-V, have released version 5.0. Slashdot reader syn3rg writes: Hot on the heels of the 4.0 release (from a major release perspective), the QEMU team has released version 5.0. This version has many changes, including: Live migration support for external processes running on QEMU D-Bus Support for using memory backends for main/"built-in" guest RAMblock: support for ...
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Frontier, Amid Bankruptcy, Is Suspected of Lying About Broadband Expansion

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Small Internet providers have asked for a government investigation into Frontier Communications' claim that it recently deployed broadband to nearly 17,000 census blocks, saying the expansion seems unlikely given Frontier's bankruptcy and its historical failure to upgrade networks in rural areas. The accuracy of Frontier's claimed expansion matters to other telcos because the Federal Communications Commission is planning to distribute up to ...
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Amazon employees say they're scared to go to work, but they're not alone — here are 9 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 sufficient protective gear or transparency arou...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Uber, Florida, New York, Whole Foods, California, New York City, US, Trends, Georgia, Tesla, Chicago, Starbucks, Louisiana, Houston

PBOT releases locations of first 100 temporary ‘Slow Streets’ barricades

Red dots are where barricades will go. View map here. PBOT has kept their promise: They just shared a map of the first 100 locations that will receive new temporary barricades to restrict driving in the name of their ‘Slow Streets Safe Streets‘ initiative. The first barricade installation will be this coming Thursday (May 7th) and new signs will be up shortly thereafter. The design of the signs and the expected intersection treatments were also just released. Advertisement --> ...
Tags: Google, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Northeast Portland, North Portland, Southeast Portland, Southwest Portland, Northwest Portland, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Coronavirus 2020, Slow Streets Safe Streets

Google's Fighting a Losing Battle Against Coronavirus Scammers

Among all of the other ills currently dumped on us by the current pandemic, swindlers and scam artists have come out in full force. And while we can’t speak to how many hucksters are out there trying to profiteer off the pandemic, now we have something of an idea.Read more...
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Introducing the term-sheet grader

Jamie Goldstein Contributor Share on Twitter Jamie is the founding partner of Pillar VC, a Boston-based seed-stage venture capital firm. He has spent the last 22 years investing in early-stage startups. When we launched in 2016, we took the unusual approach of saying we’d buy common stock in startups. We believed then, and still do, that alignment with founders was more important than covering our downside in investments that ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Boston, Funding, Tech, Investment, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Valuation, Fred Destin, Jamie, Said, Corporate Finance, Jamie Goldstein, Term Sheet

Valve drops VR support for macOS

Valve is calling it quits on macOS support for its virtual reality platform. A Valve employee posted an update to the company’s SteamVR forums noting that “SteamVR has ended macOS support so our team can focus on Windows and Linux.” Apple introduced “Metal for VR” back in June 2017 and highlighted a partnership with Valve. At the time, Valve was pushing VR as a platform and working with HTC on its Vive system; fast forward to 2020 and Valve has its own high-end headset and has just released its ...
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How to Share Your Location in WhatsApp and Other Apps

The idea of giving your phone permission to allow others to track your location is a little creepy, but there are plenty of scenarios where you might want a friend or family member to know exactly where you are at any given time.
Tags: Ios, Google, Android, Whatsapp, Location Sharing, Lifehacks

Documents Reveal FBI Head Defended Encryption for WhatsApp Before Becoming Fierce Critic

Christopher Wray, the FBI director who has been one of the fiercest critics of encryption under the Trump administration, previously worked as a lawyer for WhatsApp, where he defended the practice, according to new court filings. From a report: The documents, which were released late on Wednesday night as part of an unrelated matter, show Wray worked for WhatsApp in 2015 while he was an attorney for the Washington law firm of King & Spalding. While there are sparse details about the precise natu...
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$1.1 Billion Sale of .Org Registry to Private Equity Leeches Voted Down by ICANN

Something good has happened for once: The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers voted to block its partner organization, the Internet Society, from selling off control over the .org domain registry to private equity goons in a deal opposed by virtually everyone who wouldn’t have an opportunity to cash in.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Internet, Icann, Eff, Private Equity, Nonprofits, ISOC, Internet Society, Ethos, Internet Corp, Fight for the Future, Late Capitalism, Victories

Is AI already conscious?

The ultimate goal of most high-level AI research is the development of a general artificial intelligence (GAI). In essence, what we want is a synthetic mind that could function the same as a human were it placed into a physical vessel of similar capability. Most experts – not all – believe we’re decades away from anything of the sort. Unlike other incredibly complex problems such as nuclear fusion or readjusting the Hubble Constant, nobody really understands yet what GAI actually looks like. Som...
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OpenAI's Jukebox AI Produces Music in Any Style From Scratch -- Complete With Lyrics

OpenAI this week released Jukebox, a machine learning framework that generates music -- including rudimentary songs -- as raw audio in a range of genres and musical styles. From a report: Provided with a genre, artist, and lyrics as input, Jukebox outputs a new music sample produced from scratch. The code and model are available on GitHub, along with a tool to explore the generated samples. Jukebox might not be the most practical application of AI and machine learning, but as OpenAI notes, music...
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FAST FOOD NEWS: Sonic Queso Burger

It’s a new month, which means it’s time for a new Sonic product. Actually, I don’t think the chain releases a new product EVERY month, but it sure does seems like it. Anyhoo, Sonic has introduced the Queso Burger. It features a quarter-pound, 100% pure beef patty topped with cheddar, a zesty cheese sauce with Hatch Green Chiles, grilled onions, and mayo on a toasted bakery bun. The burger has an advertised price of $3.99 and is available for a limited time. If you’re not familiar with Hatch ...
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How to create (and switch between) multiple Gmail signatures

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Google recently rolled out a new feature to all Gmail users — namely, that you could both have and switch between multiple email signatures. It’s easy, and you can take advantage of it to be a little more creative with your emails. Multiple signatures to swap between doesn’t, at first blush, sound like something terribly useful. But suppose you’re using the sa...
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How to watch the season 3 finale of 'Westworld' this Sunday

  "Westworld" is set to conclude its third season on May 3, 2020 via HBO's pay-TV network and subscription streaming platforms. HBO streaming is available as a standalone service, called HBO Now, for $14.99 per month. You can also add HBO streaming to Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, or Apple TV for $14.99 per month on top of any existing fees. If you're not caught up on "Westworld", you can watch the show's first two seasons right now through HBO Now and HBO add-on channels. HBO's "Westwor...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hbo, Trends, Comcast, Westworld, Tessa Thompson, Michael Crichton, Hbo Now, Steven Cohen, Hulu Amazon, Lena Waithe, Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, YouTube TV, Hulu Amazon Prime Video

The New United Nations Coronavirus Social Distancing App Doesn't Even Work

This week a division of the United Nations announced its new social distancing app designed to help alert people when they get too close to another person during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Motherboard has found that the app, called 1point5, is barely functional, and an independent researcher highlighted how the app may be largely ineffective due to how it informs users when they are near any other device which uses Bluetooth, rather than only mobile phones, which a human is presumably car...
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Indian education startup Byju’s is fundraising at a $10B valuation

Byju’s, an education learning startup in India that has seen a surge in its popularity in recent weeks amid the coronavirus outbreak, is in talks to raise as much as $400 million at a $10 billion valuation, said three people familiar with the matter. The additional capital would be part of the Bangalore-based startup’s ongoing financing round that has already seen Tiger Global and General Atlantic invest between $300 million to $350 million into the firm. That investment by the two firms thou...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Education, India, Funding, Tech, Atlantic, Qatar Investment Authority, Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global, New Delhi, General Atlantic, Bangalore, Paytm, Chennai, Oyo

The best Android apps (May 2020)

There are thousands of apps that let you turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades. Here are our favorites.
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As COVID-19 dries up funding, only drought-resistant cannabis startups will survive

The COVID-19 crisis is creating an untold amount of uncertainty through every business sector, but for cannabis startups, it’s exacerbating a critical market that was already in decline. TechCrunch spoke to Schwazze CEO Justin Dye following his company’s recent rebrand. He joined the company when it was Colorado’s Medicine Man Technologies (MMT) in late 2019 and is revamping the organization, including changing its name to Schwazze and acquiring a handful of companies to create a healthier, vert...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Cannabis, Venture Capital, Dye, Eaze, Market Analysis, Caliva, Leafly, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Schwazze, Justin Dye, Colorado s Medicine Man Technologies MMT

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