SlideMagic is a desktop app, and it isn't

“What, you are making a desktop app in 2020? Well, we (the U.S.) have moved totally into the cloud now, everyone is using Google Docs to collaborate. Maybe people in less developed countries might find your product interesting if it is offered at a low price (i.e., people who cannot afford Google Docs and/or are using pirated copies of PowerPoint. Your next challenge is to make your product available in non-English languages and get sales distribution in these markets (do you need some contacts...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Google Docs, Speaking, Andre Mouton, Investor presentation, SlideMagic

Westworld’s Vincent Cassel on That Final Serac Twist and What’s Next

The latest season of Westworld has revolved around Serac, an enigmatic figure who came out of nowhere to serve as the puppet master of their world. Every episode has brought us one step closer to understanding the man behind the tech—and it turns out the answer was the very thing that surprised the actor playing him…Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Technology, Interview, Robots, Ai, Westworld, Anthony Hopkins, Vincent Cassel

Silver Lake to invest $747M in India’s Jio Platforms

Weeks after Facebook invested $5.7 billion in Indian telecom giant Jio Platforms, private equity firm Silver Lake is following suit. Silver Lake announced on Monday it will be investing 56.56 billion Indian rupees (about $746.8 million) in the top Indian telecom operator Jio Platforms, giving it a valuation of $65 billion. The Menlo Park-headquartered PE firm, which has approximately $40 billion in combined assets and committed capital, has invested in dozens of tech firms over the years, sev...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Finance, India, Funding, Tech, Silver Lake, Reliance, Menlo Park, Reliance Industries, Jio, Mukesh Ambani, Ambani, Egon Durban, Reliance Industries India, Jio Platforms

Classplus raises $9M to grow its Shopify-like platform for teachers and coaching centers in India

An India-based startup that has built a Shopify -like platform for coaching centers to accept fees digitally from students, and deliver classes and study material online has received the nod — and capital — from a number of high-profile investors. The business-to-business startup, called Classplus, said on Monday that it has raised $9 million in its Series A financing round led by RTP Global, a prolific investor in early stage startups. Existing investors Blume Ventures, Sequoia Capital India’...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, Narendra Modi, Tech, Sequoia Capital, Shopify, Blume Ventures, Kirill Kozhevnikov, RTP Global, Classplus, Mukul Rustagi, Rustagi

Google Australia says government pulled pin on content-for-cash talks, hands in its homework anyway

And fires back with 'we do for free what meatspace distributors charge for' argument Google’s Australian tentacle has hit back at Australia’s plan to plan to make web giants pay publishers for content shared on their networks.…
Tags: Google, Australia, Software, Google Australia

The tide has turned against WeWork after a botched IPO attempt — now its trouble is deepening. Here's everything that's going on inside the coworking giant.

WeWork pulled its IPO in 2019 after mulling a massive valuation cut to drum up investor interest, and cofounder Adam Neumann was ousted as CEO and chairman. WeWork has been slashing jobs and selling or shuttering businesses.  New CEO real-estate veteran Sandeep Mathrani started in February, replacing Artie Minson and Sebastian Gunningham, who served as co-CEOs since Neumann was ousted. In April, investor SoftBank backed out of its plan to buy $3 billion worth of WeWork shares, including nearly...
Tags: Google, UK, Stanford, Wall Street, Ipo, Softbank, US, America, Trends, Kanye West, Italy, Brookfield, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, WeWork, Taylor

'Virtual Fistfight' Created With Historic Collaboration of 40 Film Stars

DevNull127 writes: You probably remember Zoe Bell strapped to the hood of a speeding 1970 Dodge Challenger in the Death Proof half of Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse. (She also had parts in The Hateful Eight and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.) Today Zoe pulled together what may become a historic video — a massive online collaboration with 40 different film celebrities [and also some stuntpeople] that one reporter called "a stunning display of stunt, editing and acting skills — all put together wi...
Tags: Hollywood, Tech, Cameron Diaz, Quentin Tarantino, Zoe Bell, Charlie, Zoe, Lucy Lawless Xena, Film Stars, Halle Berry Catwoman Drew Barrymore, Daryl Hannah Kill Bill Scarlett Johansson, Black Widow Margot Robbie Suicide Squad Watch

Giant Sloths, Medieval Dancing, and Too Many Cords: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Congratulations on making it through another week—especially now that each week feels about 2 billion years long. 2019 might as well be a myth at this point. Oh, speaking of losing all sense of time, next Sunday is Mother’s Day just FYI. So consider this your official warning siren for any gift-getting that you might…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Science, Movies, Intel, Star Trek, Movie, Birds, Garbage, Best Stories Of The Week, Movie Theaters, Star Trek Voyager, Google Pixel Buds, Pixel Buds, Birdmodo

Apple CEO Remembers Steve Jobs' Impact in Virtual Commencement Address

Today Apple CEO Tim Cook shared some heartfelt remarks in a virtual commencement address to the graduating seniors at Ohio State, reports CNET. "Those of us who can look back on this time and remember inconveniences and even boredom can count themselves lucky." "I hope you wear these uncommon circumstances as a badge of honor. Those who meet times of historical challenge with their eyes and hearts open — forever restless and forever striving — are also those who leave the greatest impact on the ...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Steve Jobs, Tech, Tim Cook, Ohio State, Cnet, Steve

Will Cellphone Tracing Bring a Tolerance of Surveillance?

An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post: In a matter of months, tens of millions of people in dozens of countries have been placed under surveillance. Governments, private companies and researchers observe the health, habits and movements of citizens, often without their consent. It is a massive effort, aimed at enforcing quarantine rules or tracing the spread of the coronavirus, that has sprung up pell-mell in country after country. "This is a Manhattan Project-level problem that is be...
Tags: Apple, Google, South Korea, Washington Post, Tech, Manhattan, Privacy International, Citizen Lab, University of Toronto He, Washington Post University of Maryland, John Scott Railton, Edin Omanovic

Tech for good during COVID-19: Sky-high gifts, extra help, and chips

When Roger Lee, the co-founder of Human Interest , heard that San Francisco imposed shelter-in-place orders, he started blogging about layoff news and posting crowdsourced lists of employees who were laid off. His goal was to increase awareness about layoffs and give recruiters a place to search for candidates. However, one week and 40 startup layoffs later, Lee saw his blog was not going to be able to keep up with the massive number of cuts happening across the country. So, trac...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Business, New York, Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Oregon, Groupon, New York City, Articles, San Francisco, Tech, Economy, Unemployment, Giving, Dropbox

Five Priorities for Marketing During the Next Phase of COVID-19

How do we market and manage our businesses as the country experiments with “opening up?” How do marketers balance their original growth strategies for 2020 with the new, much different reality? Is this about post-crisis or merely managing intervals in a crisis? There used to be an adage business folks bandied about in the early aughts, “the only constant is change.” Well, that could now be rewritten as “the only thing certain is uncertainty.” We just don’t know what will happen between the beha...
Tags: Google, Digital Transformation, Engagement, Reputation, Branding, Best Practices, Forbes, Interactive Marketing, Mckinsey, Consumer Marketing, Brand Strategy, Data & Insights, Paul Talbot, Kathy Bachmann, Analytic Partners Inc, Digital Transformation Clearly

Health Officials Worry About Possible Lack of Cooperation on Coronavirus Vaccines

Global health officials and diplomats are "alarmed" by America's "apparent lack of interest in cooperation" on international efforts for a vaccine against Covid-19. Slashdot reader Charlotte Web quotes this report from Politico: The fear is that Trump will be content with allowing the race to develop and distribute the vaccine to devolve into a global contest -- and that poorer countries will be left behind in the rush to procure doses. In essence: that the president's "America First" view of wo...
Tags: Europe, America, Tech, Bill, Melinda Gates, Trump, Slashdot, America First

America's Government Approves Release of Genetically-Engineered Mosquitoes

America's Environmental Protection Agency "granted permission for genetically engineered mosquitoes to be released into the Florida Keys and around Houston to see if they can help limit the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses," writes Bloomberg Environment. clovis (Slashdot reader #4,684) shared their report on ab experimental use permit granted to British biotech company Oxitec Ltd: Oxitec's first field trial in Brazil achieved up to a 96% suppression of target disease transmitting mosquito po...
Tags: Ge, Washington, America, Tech, Brazil, Houston, Environmental Protection Agency, Slashdot, Oxitec, Florida Keys, Hanson, Center for Food Safety, Jaydee Hanson, Bloomberg Environment, Oxitec Ltd

Lockdown in Paris: Day 50 - The Harvest

  Bonjour from the 50th Day of my Paris confinement in the 13th arrondissement! The past week I received the delivery of the fabric masks I ordered online, they’re very cute although I’ll need to tighten the elastic (I have a tiny head) and figure out how to wear them without fogging up my glasses. I could wear contacts, but the glasses keep me from touching my eyes. I only went outside once to pick up some food from my coop and a loaf of bread at the bakery. I’m more than happy to stay ind...
Tags: Travel, Google, France, Netflix, Paris, Castorama, Fred, Ile de France, Fontainebleau, Around Town, ARTE, Yann Tiersen, Leroy Merlin, Coronavirus, Areosmith, COVID-19

Google's reCAPTCHA Is Being Used To Hide Phishing Pages

An anonymous reader quotes Infosecurity magazine: New research from Barracuda Networks has revealed that cyber-criminals are increasingly using official reCAPTCHA walls to disguise malicious content from email security systems and trick unsuspecting users... [S]ophisticated scammers are beginning to use the Google-owned service to prevent automated URL analysis systems from accessing the actual content of phishing pages, and to make phishing sites more believable in the eyes of the victim, Barra...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Tech, Barracuda Networks, Infosecurity

Apple CEO Tim Cook Delivers Virtual Commencement Address to Ohio State University Graduates

Apple CEO Tim Cook today delivered the virtual commencement address at The Ohio State University's virtual commencement event. ‌Tim Cook‌ to Ohio State University graduates: Graduates, I’m sorry that we’re not celebrating together today. Your class is a special one marked by history like few others in OSU’s 150 years. And while we aren’t shoulder to shoulder in the Horseshoe, filling it to the rafters, I know your parents, your loved ones, your friends and teachers are no less overwhelmed with...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Tim Cook, Osu, Ohio State University, Ohio Stadium, Ohio State University Graduates, Ohio State University Commencement

App Recap: Views 4, CleanMyMac X, MacTracker and Major App Updates

In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted two new apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. New Apps Views 4 ($4.99) - Views 4 is a news and podcasts app that presents content tailored to the interests of the user. Upon downloading the app, users are presented with a series of screens that allow for the selection of popular interests, fonts for an optimal reading experience, and six color themes that can be used around t...
Tags: Apple, Siri, Pandora, Ulysses, Pandora Pandora, App Recap, CleanMyMac X MacTracker, Mactracker Mactracker, Mactracker

What Keeps Developers Happy? Contributing to Open Source

This week long-time open source advocate Matt Asay warned employers that the best way to keep their developers happy was to let them contribute to open source projects: SlashData recently surveyed over 16,000 developers to see what makes them tick... what they care about. The data is collected in SlashData's State of the Developer Nation, though let me give you the tl;dr: 59% of developers contribute to open source software today. Why do they contribute? The top two reasons are: To improve codin...
Tags: Tech, Aws, Matt, Slashdot, Matt Asay, SlashData, Bert Hubert

Why am I paying $60 for that bag of rice on

Did you know we have an online conference about digital commerce coming up? Checkout will share strategies on how to move forward in these unprecedented times.  After hovering at around $10 consistently, the price of a five-pound bag of Nishiki medium grain rice shot up to $30 on in March and hit a peak of $59.99 at 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, according to the Amazon price tracker Keepa. As of Friday, April 24, the bag of rice was priced at around $20. Prices on Amazon have been vol...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Tech, United States, Nishiki, Syndication

Could Open-Source Medicine Prepare Us For The Next Pandemic?

"A new, Linux-like platform could transform the way medicine is developed — and energize the race against COVID-19," reports Fast Company, while arguing that the old drug discovery system "was built to benefit shareholders, not patients." Fast Company's technology editor harrymcc writes: Drug development in the U.S. has traditionally been cloistered and profit-motivated, which means that it has sometimes failed to tackle pressing needs. But an initiative called the Open Source Pharma Foundation...
Tags: Tech, World Health Organization, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Bernard Munos, COVID, Open Source Pharma Foundation, Eli Lilly Munos

Astronaut Advice: How to Cope with Social Distancing

If you think social distancing is tough, imagine doing it in space. Veteran astronaut Michael E. Fossum offers some tips on coping with isolation.
Tags: Tech, Michael E Fossum

20 Years Later, Creator of World's First Major Computer Virus Located in Manila

"The man behind the world's first major computer virus outbreak has admitted his guilt, 20 years after his software infected millions of machines worldwide," reports the BBC: Filipino Onel de Guzman, now 44, says he unleashed the Love Bug computer worm to steal passwords so he could access the internet without paying. He claims he never intended it to spread globally. And he says he regrets the damage his code caused. "I didn't expect it would get to the US and Europe. I was surprised," he sai...
Tags: Europe, Microsoft, US, Tech, Bbc, Manila, Filipino Onel de Guzman

Beware of Emails Impersonating 'Microsoft Teams' Notifications

Researchers at the email security company Abnormal Security have discovered "a multi-prong Microsoft Teams impersonation attack" involving "convincingly-crafted emails impersonating the automated notification emails from Microsoft Teams," reports Forbes: The aim, simply to steal employee Microsoft Office 365 login credentials. To date, the researchers report that as many as 50,000 users have been subject to this attack as of May 1. This is far from your average phishing scam, however, and co...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Microsoft Teams, Abnormal Security

2H 2019 and Q1 2020 Quick Links, Part 7 (Content Moderation, Censorship, Defamation, & More)

Content Moderation * The Verge: The Terror Queue: These moderators help keep Google and YouTube free of violent extremism — and now some of them have PTSD * The Intercept: Trauma Counselors Were Pressured to Divulge Confidential Information About Facebook Moderators, Internal Letter Claims * : Inside Facebook’s efforts to stop revenge porn before it spreads *  Use of AI in Online Content Moderation 2019 Report (Produced on Behalf of OFCOM) * Washington Post: Content moderators at YouTube, Faceb...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Law, Australia, California, Washington, China, Russia, Court, Search Engines, Atlantic, United States, Iowa, Gizmodo

Calibre Compatibility with Google Drive

Hello everyone, this is my first post. I read in the Calibre manual that Calibre is not compatible with Google Drive. I also read this forum post: Since this article is seven years old I would like to ask if the information on it is current. I had to switch from OneDrive to Google Drive due to the extra space Google Drive provides and I discovered this information afterwards. Does anyone keep the Calibre Library in Google Drive? Any issu...
Tags: Google, Google Drive, Books, Calibre, Calibre Library

After the Pandemic, Will Big Tech Companies Be Unstoppable?

After the pandemic is over, "The tech giants could have all the power," warns Recode co-founder Kara Swisher, " and absolutely none of the accountability — at least all the power that will truly matter." This is the conclusion that many are coming to as the post-pandemic future begins to come into focus. Wall Street sure is signaling that the power lies with tech companies, vaulting the stock of Amazon to close to $2,400 a share earlier this week, from $1,838 at the end of January. While the pr...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Tech, Jeff Bezos, Kara Swisher, Big Tech

Xiaomi defends against accusations of collecting customers’ private data

Xiaomi said that the privacy and security of its customers is its top priority
Tags: Security, Mobile, News, Privacy, Trends, Xiaomi, Data Collection

The future of the office, how we'll shop and pay, and Masa Son's biggest challenge

Hello! As the curve flattens in many parts of the world and the movement to reopen the economy gains steam, I keep finding myself thinking about this seating plan. As Holly Secon reported this week, 44% of workers on one floor of a South Korean call center got the coronavirus. The desks colored blue show where employees with confirmed cases sat. For some of you, that seating plan might look a little like your bank of desks at the office. It certainly looks like mine.  A number of Business Insid...
Tags: Google, India, Softbank, US, Trends, Walmart, Paypal, Ubs, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Max Levchin, Costco, Alex, Flipkart, Sundar Pichai, Mastercard

Emulating 'Trolls', More Movies Try Bypassing Cinemas For On-Demand Releases

Trolls World Tour won't be the last major-studio release to bypass movie theatres altogether. An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian: Universal gets a greater cut of revenue from digital services than at the box office, which means the film has made the same amount of profit in its first three weeks as the first Trolls film did during its entire five-month run in U.S. cinemas.... "Universal has cast the first stone," said Jeff Bock, an analyst at research firm Exhibitor Relations. "This is exac...
Tags: Tech, Universal, Warner Bros, Staten Island, Judd Apatow, Jeff Bock, Exhibitor Relations This

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