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Old Nukes, Hot Dog Toasters, and Dr. Phil: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

As we all try to adjust to our current new reality, I have some thoughts to share with you all. I have come to realize that it is likely that for the next few months, or year, we will have to learn to live with dry, papery hands. At least, that’s what my hands feel like because of all the soap and hand sanitizer in my…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Star Wars, Science, Fbi, Sony, Nuclear Weapons, Roku, Fossils, Dr Phil, Smart Watches, Phil, Best Of Gizmodo, She Ra And The Princesses Of Power, Coronavirus


Fitbit’s Chinese rival Amazfit mulls a transparent, self-disinfecting mask

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a wave of Chinese companies with manufacturing operations to produce virus-fighting equipment: Shenzhen-based electric vehicle giant BYD quickly moved to launch what it claims to be the world’s largest mask plant; Hangzhou-based voice intelligence startup Rokid is making thermal imaging glasses targeted at the US market; and many more. The latest of such efforts comes from Huami, the NASDAQ-listed wearables startup that makes Xiaomi’s Mi Bands and sells...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Asia, Smartwatch, California, China, US, Tech, Xiaomi, Fitbit, Gopro, Biotech, Huawei, Hangzhou, Wearable Devices, Shenzhen


Small Protest Outside Tesla Plant Calls For Arrest of Elon Musk

A small group of protesters "rallied outside Tesla's Fremont manufacturing plant Saturday, calling for CEO Elon Musk to be arrested and jailed," reports a local Bay Area news site: Carlos Gabriel is an employee, and has refused to return to work. "I'm worried for my health," said Gabriel. Gabriel is worried about the spread of COVID-19 and the difficulty of social distancing in the workplace. "I'm very disappointed in the leadership. I'm very disappointed in Elon Musk putting profits over the he...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Musk, Bay Area, Gabriel, FREMONT, Michael Coates, Gabriel Gabriel, Carlos Gabriel, Steve Zeltzer, Public Workers for Action Advocacy They, Zeltzer


Lenovo 15.6″ Laptop Backpack For $12.53 From Amazon

Lenovo 15.6″ Laptop Backpack For $12.53 From Amazon This was selling for $17.67 yesterday and is now the lowest price ever from Amazon. Plus stack savings with these targeted AMEX 30%-40% off, AMEX $5-$20 off, Citi $15 off, or Discover 20% off Amazon promotions! DURABLE DESIGN: Laptop backpack features a durable, water-repellent snow yarn polyester fabric and streamlined design with […]
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Your next Apple Store visit will be unlike any you have made before

The stores are starting to reopen after closing due to the coronavirus
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, Computing, Apple Store, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Apple Details Safety Measures When Reopening Apple Retail Stores, Including Curbside Pickup and Drop-off Option

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail & People Deidre O'Brien today published a letter regarding Apple's approach on the reopening of retail stores. O'Brien mentioned that over 100 stores globally have already reopened their doors. The letter notes that when a store does reopen, face coverings will be required for both Apple employees and customers. Apple will also be providing face coverings to those who do not bring their own. In addition to face coverings, temperature checks will be take...
Tags: Apple, US, Apple Store, Apple Retail, Brien, Deirdre O Brien, Brien Apple, Deidre O Brien


Stay "connected to culture" on International Museum Day

Culture is the glue that connects us, even when we can’t be together. Right now people around the world are learning, exploring and finding joy in unexpected places and things, and cultural organizations everywhere are responding with new ways of staying connected to audiences digitally.Supporting cultural organisations onlineTo mark this year's rather unusual International Museum Day, together with the International Council of Museums, we’re supporting cultural organizations to continue their c...
Tags: Google, Japan, Mexico, Nelson Mandela, Cern, Kenya, Arts And Culture, Versailles, Robben Island, Michelangelo, Frida Kahlo, Kandinsky, Meiji Shrine, International Council of Museums, Google Arts Culture, Liudmila Kobyakova


Apple Plans to Reopen Some Stores in America This Week, But Customers Must Wear Masks

An anonymous reader quotes CNBC: Apple released its blueprint Sunday night for how it will reopen its retail stores once it is safe to due so, per official coronavirus health guidelines. It will also open 25 stores in the U.S. this week. When a store reopens, customers will be required to submit to a temperature check and wear a mask before entering the store, according to the guidelines, written by Apple's retail and human resources boss Deirdre O'Brien. If a customer doesn't have a mask, Appl...
Tags: Apple, Washington, Tech, Cnbc, Reuters, Florida California, Deirdre O Brien, Hawaii Oklahoma, Colorado O Brien


Apple begins reopening some stores with temperature checks and other safeguards in place

In mid-March, Apple closed all of its stores outside of China “until further notice.” It was a sweeping — but necessary — move for a world facing down a growing pandemic. In a statement issued today until the title, “To our Customers,” Retail SVP Deirdre O’Brien offered insight into the company’s plans to reopen locations. Nearly 100 stores have already resumed services, according to O’Brien — though the famously open retail spaces are taking on a new look in the face of the highly contagious...
Tags: Apple, Health, Hardware, China, US, Tech, Apple Store, O'Brien, Deirdre O'Brien, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Ask Slashdot: Are Virtual Or In-Person Developer Conferences 'Better'?

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: Microsoft Build kicks off online Tuesday as a free virtual event after plans for an in-person Seattle conference with a $2,395 entry fee and 6,000 or so attendees were shelved due to the coronavirus outbreak. It is just one of many large in-person developer conferences that were canceled in response to the pandemic. While the deep-pocketed sponsors of Microsoft Build (virtual for 2020), Facebook F8 (canceled for 2020), Google I/O (canceled for 2020), an...
Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Tech, Seattle, Slashdot, Microsoft Build


Apple reopens some stores with temperature checks and other safeguards in place

In mid-March, Apple closed all of its stores outside of China “until further notice.” It was a sweeping — but necessary — move for a world facing down a growing pandemic. In a statement issued today until the title, “To our Customers,” Retail SVP Deirdre O’Brien offered insight into the company’s plans to reopen locations. Nearly 100 stores have already resumed services, according to O’Brien — though the famously open retail spaces are taking on a new look in the face of the highly contagious...
Tags: Apple, Health, Hardware, China, US, Tech, Apple Store, O'Brien, Deirdre O'Brien, Coronavirus, COVID-19


'King of Donkey Kong' Billy Mitchell Continues Defamation Suit Over Cheating Accusations

destinyland shares an update about Billy Mitchell, the intense dark-haired videogame champion in the 2007 documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Last year the videogame record-keepers at Twin Galaxies revoked Billy Mitchell's entire lifetime's worth of videogame high scores after an online discussion argued videotapes of three of Mitchell's performances suggested they'd been achieved using a MAME emulator. Electronic Gaming Monthly reports that Mitchell has since streamed games o...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Guinness, Mitchell, Billy, Donkey Kong, Jason Hall, Billy Mitchell, Walter Day, Twin Galaxies, CmdrTaco, Donkey Kong Billy Mitchell, Electronic Gaming Monthly, World Records Mitchell, Burger Time Because Twin Galaxies


Why are people who cite videos always wrong?

Jon Evans Contributor Jon Evans is the CTO of the engineering consultancy HappyFunCorp; the award-winning author of six novels, one graphic novel, and a book of travel writing; and TechCrunch's weekend columnist since 2010. More posts by this contributor Seven viral futures Let housing rise from the empty offices and malls I’m sure you’ve experienced it too. Some kind of discussion — perhaps a dispute, perhaps just a friendly exch...
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Microsoft President: We Were 'On the Wrong Side of History' About Open Source

In 2001, Slashdot covered Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's description of Linux as "a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches." This week during a chat with MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, Microsoft's current president Brad Smith admitted that "Microsoft was on the wrong side of history when open-source exploded at the beginning of the century." "And I can say that about me personally. The good news is that, if life is long e...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Mit, Steve Ballmer, Brad Smith, Slashdot


Gartner Predicts $300 Billion Less IT Spending, More Spending on Cloud Services and Automation

An anonymous reader quotes Forbes: In a new report, research firm Gartner says it thinks global tech spending will drop 8% in 2020 based on what it is hearing from tech suppliers and other sources. It's forecasting that $3.46 trillion will be spent on IT products and services this year by businesses and consumers, down from $3.76 trillion in 2019. Gartner's estimate is the latest in a series of predictions by research firms that have become more and more pessimistic as the crisis has deepened. L...
Tags: Tech, Gartner, Forbes, Enterprise Technology Research, John David Lovelock Gartner


History of Digital and Transformation it has enabled

If you look around, you will see that every single aspect of our modern world runs on electronic devices. The core of everything is ones and zeroes nowadays, and the world is on a path of aggressive modernization and digitization. This was not the case for the last century. We have come a long way, and today, we will decipher the history of digital and the revolution it has created.Ones and zeroes have become the building blocks of modern technological advancements. Moreover, digitization has le...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, UK, Digital, Trends, Mit, Britain, Cern, Ibm, Skype, Bell, William Shockley, Epson, Tim Berners Lee, Ray Tomlinson, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz


REI Anniversary Sale: Save on bicycles, smartwatches, tents, and more

From backpacks to bicycles and smartwatches to tents, this annual sale has what you need to seize the summer.
Tags: Deals, Android, Outdoors, Wearables, Clothing, Trends, Bicycles, Smartwatches, Backpacks, Tents, Rei Anniversary Sale, Memorial Day 2020


Tech for good during COVID-19: Snorkels, thank you notes, and Headspace

Everyone is living a different pandemic right now. Your relationship with shelter-in-place mandates and social distancing can look wildly different depending on your profession, age, health and, often, privilege. It’s why a week of monotony for some of us might mean a week of madness for others. The best we can do, as exhaustion and Zoom fatigue sets in, is try to be patient, kind and thoughtful. That’s why this week we are showcasing a number of different tech initiatives trying to tackle the s...
Tags: Google, TC, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Chicago, Healthcare, Fda, Cowboy Ventures, Tech For Good, Chicago Public Schools, Major League, John Fennessy, Shure


Is Support Now Growing for a Universal Basic Income?

Economist Tyler Cowen and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov (now the chairman of the nonprofit Renew Democracy Initiative) co-authored an opinion piece this week in Bloomberg arguing that "a pandemic is providing a tragic preview of some of the conditions UBI was conceived to address." Though they worry about the cost of such a program, "And, though there are some important qualifications, Covid-19 is making UBI look better..." Job creation during the pandemic is as slow as many UBI a...
Tags: Washington, Senate, America, Tech, Bloomberg, House, New York Times, Mitt Romney, Tyler Cowen, Kamala Harris, Democratic, Service Employees International Union, Mary Kay Henry, Garry Kasparov, Heartland Institute, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez


App Recap: 'Usage' System Activity, 'Backdrops' Wallpapers, and Major App Updates

In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted two apps worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. Apps to Check Out Usage: System Activity & Info (iOS, Free) - Although not a particularly new app, Usage recently received a major update with version 3.0 in which the app was completely redesigned using SwiftUI. Complete with a sleek and modern design, Usage now features both an extended functionality with device and battery information and...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Microsoft, Garageband, Retweets, Twitter Twitter, Spotify Spotify, App Recap, Logic Pro X Mac Apple


Andrew Yang's Nonprofit Helps Fund Five-Year, $500-a-Month Basic Income Experiment

Working with the city of Hudson, New York and a local career center, Andrew Yang's nonprofit, Humanity Forward will be giving 20 people a basic income of $500 a month for five years, in a collaboration called HudsonUP. Business Insider reports: A spokesperson for HudsonUP said the 20 residents will be selected later in 2020, likely in the fall, and will begin receiving payments shortly thereafter. Humanity Forward will cover half the bill, which according to Chris Sommerfeldt of the Daily News w...
Tags: Tech, Spain, Hudson, Daily News, Hudson New York, Danziger, Hudson Yang, Albert Wenger, UBI, Andrew Yang, Chris Sommerfeldt, Susan Danziger, Humanity Forward


Gillmor Gang: Freed Media

The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Michael Markman, Keith Teare, Denis Pombriant, Brent Leary, and Steve Gillmor . Recorded live Saturday, May 9, 2020. For more, subscribe to the Gillmor Gang Newsletter. Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor @fradice, @mickeleh, @denispombriant, @kteare, @brentleary, @stevegillmor, @gillmorgang Liner Notes Live chat stream The Gillmor Gang on Facebook
Tags: TC, Video, Tech, Gillmor Gang, Steve Gillmor, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, Gillmor, Tina Chase Gillmor, Denis Pombriant, Brent Leary, Michael Markman, Gillmor Gang Newsletter Produced


Covid-19 Could Normalize Surveillance - or Provide a Moment for Reasserting Rights

"Will we look back at 2020 as the moment privacy finally evaporated?" asks CNN's international security editor: Privacy International called Covid-19's impact on privacy "unprecedented." "9/11 ushered covert and overt surveillance regimes, many of which were unlawful," said Edin Omanovic, the campaign group's advocacy director. The surveillance industry "understands that this is an opportunity comparable to 9/11 in terms of legitimizing and normalizing surveillance. We've seen a huge willingness...
Tags: Tech, Cnn, Shoshana Zuboff, Edin Omanovic


Roger Waters Performs a Socially-Distanced Version of Pink Floyd’s “Mother”

The video comes prefaced with these words: "Social distancing is a necessary evil in Covid world. Watching 'Mother' reminds me just how irreplaceable the joy of being in a band is." He's joined here by his band: vocalists Holly Laesig and Jess Wolfe of Lucius, keyboardist Drew Erickson, guitarists Dave Kilminster and Jonathan Wilson, bassist Gus Seyffert, and drummer Joey Waronker. Find more socially distanced performances in the Relateds below. Would you like to support the mission of ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, College, Jonathan Wilson, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Lucius, Facebook Twitter, Jess Wolfe, Dave Kilminster, Joey Waronker, Gus Seyffert, COVID, Holly Laesig, Drew Erickson


World Health Leaders Stress Need For Sharing of Vaccines

Long-time Slashdot reader tomtermite shares a report from The Guardian: Ministers and officials from every nation will meet via video link on Monday for the annual world health assembly, which is expected to be dominated by efforts to stop rich countries monopolising drugs and future vaccines against Covid-19... The leaders of Italy, France, Germany and Norway, together with the European commission and council, called earlier this month for any innovative tools, therapeutics or vaccines to be sh...
Tags: UK, Tech, Eu, Oxfam, Norway, Slashdot, Alex Harris, Wellcome, Italy France Germany, COVID, Anna Marriott


TV Bits: ‘Masters of the Universe’, ‘After Life’, ‘Yellowstone’, ‘Project Blue Book’, ‘Fuller House’, and More

In this edition of TV Bits: CBS has renewed – and canceled – several shows. Kevin Smith gives an update on his Masters of the Universe series. Ricky Gervais’ After Life gets a third season at Netflix. Watch a trailer for Yellowstone season 3. Peacock signs a deal with Apple. History has canceled Project Blue Book and Knightfall. Hey, remember Quibi? They’re still around, and still picking up new shows! Fuller House is ending. Let us all bow our heads. Room 104 is ending with season 4. The Smas...
Tags: Apple, Television, Movies, US, America, Los Angeles, Siri, Fbi, Netflix, House, Nbcuniversal, Ricky Gervais, Cbs, Smash, Renée Zellweger, Smith


eBay Flash Sale: Save on Apple Watch, iPhone XR, and Microsoft Surface Pro 7

eBay has exceptional bargains on smartwatches, noise-canceling headphones, and 2-in-1 tablet-and-notebooks.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Deals, Mobile, Wearables, Microsoft, Ebay, Trends, Computing, Apple Watch, Microsoft Surface Pro, Sony Headphones, Commerce 2020, Memorial Day 2020, Galaxy smartwatch, Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch


Elon Musk's 'Boring Company' Finishes Digging Second Tunnel in Las Vegas

"Not all of Elon Musk's projects have been thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic," writes Bloomberg. Slashdot reader Charlotte Web quotes Popular Mechanics: After a year's worth of digging, Elon Musk's The Boring Company has completed the second tunnel for its underground people-mover system at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It's keeping in step with an anticipated opening date in January 2021 — just in time for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES)... Back in May 2019, the Las Vegas Co...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Hill, Steve Hill, Las Vegas Convention Center, Hawthorne California, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Boring Company, The Boring Company, Bloomberg Slashdot, Visitors Authority Board of Directors


For coronavirus-jolted bridal shops, curb service just isn’t cutting it

May is usually one of the busiest months for White Tie Tuxedo owner Flor Vergara, who is used to spending long days in her San Fernando shop assisting grooms and their guests with tailoring tuxedos and suits. But as the coronavirus pandemic swept across Southern California, weddings, graduation parties, quinceañeras were canceled, put on hold or switched to no-frills virtual versions. Safer-at-Home orders, aimed at “flattening the curve” of the disease’s alarming spread, have been gradually ease...
Tags: Google, Business, News, California, Sport, Soccer, National Bureau of Economic Research, Chatsworth, Local News, Ventura County, Ross, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Thomas, Anaheim, Los Angeles County


Complaining of 'Surplus' of iOS Exploits, Zerodium Stops Buying Them

wiredmikey writes: An abundance of iOS exploits being submitted to be sold should alarm iPhone/iPad users, according to the CEO of exploit acquisition firm Zerodium. The company announced that it was no longer buying certain types of iOS exploits in the next two to three months [including local privilege escalation, Safari remote code execution, and sandbox escape exploits] due to a surplus. And the company expects prices to drop in the near future. "iOS Security is fucked," Chaouki Bekrar, CEO ...
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