Commonwealth Nations To Protect Coral Reefs With Satellite Technology

Commonwealth countries are to gain free access to satellite technology that will help them monitor and protect their endangered coral reefs from threats such as climate breakdown, overfishing and pollution. The Guardian reports: Commonwealth countries hold nearly half of the world's remaining tropical coral reefs, with 47 out of the 54 member countries having a coastline. Nearly half of them are islands or groups of islands, which face particular threats from the climate crisis, and for whom cor...
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Scientists Engineer One Protein To Fight Cancer and Regenerate Neurons

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Our lungs, bones, blood vessels and other major organs are made up of cells, and one way our bodies keep us healthy is by using protein messengers known as ligands that bind to receptors on the surfaces of cells to regulate our biological processes. When those messages get garbled, it can make us ill with a host of different diseases. Now a team led by Stanford bioengineer and department chair Jennifer Cochran has tweaked one ligand in slightly ...
Tags: Stanford, Tech, National Academy of Sciences, Jennifer Cochran

Techstars doubles down on space with a new Starburst cohort and European space program

Techstars has got the stars in its eyes, and space on the brain as it doubles down on investment programs that aim to enable the commercial space industry to boldly go where it has never gone before. On the heels of SpaceX’s historic mission last weekend taking astronauts to the International Space Station, the space industry feels newly invigorated and its prospects loom large in the minds of early stage investors. SpaceX’s astronaut launch marks the dawn of the commercial human spaceflight i...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Air Force, TechStars, Ministry of Defense, Small Business Innovation Research, Kozlov, Matt Kozlov, Techstars Starburst Space, Techstars Starburst, Morpheus Space, U S Air Force the Netherlands Ministry of Defense, Natural Intelligence Systems, Ellipsis Earth Intelligence

Apple staff to return to a different kind of office from June 15

The pandemic has prompted changes in work practices at its Silicon Valley base
Tags: Apple, News, Trends, Silicon Valley, Remote Working, Apple Park, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Apple staff to return to a different kind of office starting June 15

The pandemic has prompted changes in work practices at its Silicon Valley base
Tags: Apple, News, Trends, Silicon Valley, Remote Working, Apple Park, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Likebook Ares - Wallpaper Problem?

Hello! Brand-new Ares owner, and generally speaking, I'm loving it, though I'm encountering one particular problem that's vexing me. Has anyone else here encountered this, and if so, is there a known solution or workaround? * Desired result: I'm looking to run a third-party launcher (Nova Launcher preferred, but willing to consider others with similar functionality and customizability) with a white background. * What I've done: Updated to latest available firmware online (2.3.3-2020041717), ac...
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Transparent face mask startup inhales $1M seed round

A Swiss startup called HMCARE, spun out of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, has raised a million Swiss Francs (equivalent to about $105 million) to commercialize its transparent and relatively eco-friendly surgical masks. The founders were inspired by healthcare workers in the 2015 Ebola outbreak and at children’s hospitals around the world working closely with patients but unable to show their faces. Likewise parents and relatives of immunocompromised people who must make a human...
Tags: Health, Startups, Science, Tech, Lausanne, EPFL, Empa, Face Masks, Recent Funding, Thierry Pelet, HMCARE

Audio Engineers Built a Shield To Deflect Police Sound Cannons

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Over the past two weeks, cops have been deploying every tool at their disposal to suppress worldwide protests and riots over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and other Black citizens killed by police. Since the protests began, demonstrators in multiple cities have reported spotting LRADs, or Long-Range Acoustic Devices, sonic weapons that blast sound waves at crowds over large distances and can cause permanent hearing ...
Tags: New York City, Tech, Dave Rife, Gabe Liberti, Liberti, Long Range Acoustic Devices, George Floyd Breonna Taylor Tony McDade, Genasys

The "FAANG'' tech giants recovered fast from the share price plunge due to COVID-19, but that rebound for Apple, Alphabet, and Facebook defies logic, a longtime tech investor says (AAPL, FB, GOOG, NFLX, MSFT, AMZN)

The stock market's recovery following its coronavirus plunge has been led by the so-called FAANG stocks — Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google parent Alphabet — along with Microsoft. After outperforming the S&P 500 for the year, those companies now comprise more than 20% of the total market capitalization of that index. There's a good case for the run-up in the shares of Netflix, Amazon, and even Microsoft, said Dan Morgan, a longtime tech investor; all seem to have benefited from the ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, China, Softbank, US, Trends, Netflix, Airbnb, Business Insider, Morgan, Facebook Facebook, Netflix Amazon, Troy Wolverton

Feds Charge Executive of Pinprick Blood Testing Firm With Fraud Over Coronavirus Scheme

The Department of Justice has brought charges against the president of a Silicon Valley-based pharmaceutical firm, Arrayit, alleging a scheme to profiteer off the coronavirus pandemic with a shoddy covid-19 test it tried to bundle with an expensive, unrelated allergen finger stick test. The DOJ said the charges are…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Crime, Silicon Valley, Department Of Justice, Doj, Justice Department, Pandemic, Pricks, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Arrayit, Mark Schena

Apple Granted Patent That Would Allow For Socially Distant Group Selfies

With people around the world self-isolating at home in order to curb the spread of Covid-19, Apple has received a patent for software that would allow people to take group selfies while socially distancing from one another. CNN reports: The US Patent and Trademark Office recently granted Apple a patent for the software that would allow for "synthetic group selfies," or socially distant group selfies. The software would allow a user to invite others to participate in a group selfie that would arr...
Tags: Apple, US, Tech, Cnn, Trademark Office, Socially Distant Group Selfies

Remind us again, why work for AWS? Petty Amazon sues marketing veep after he defects to Google Cloud

Hyperscalers spar in non-compete, NDA spat Amazon has kicked off a legal challenge to prevent a former AWS product marketing veep from taking a senior role at rival Google Cloud.…
Tags: Google, Amazon, Software, NDA, Petty Amazon

Google Meet Rolls Out Impressive New Background Noise Cancellation Feature

Google is rolling out AI-powered noise cancellation in Google Meet. It's coming to the web first, with iOS and Android following later. The Verge reports: A video produced by VentureBeat shows the software in action, with G Suite's director of product management Serge Lachapelle demonstrating how it can pretty seamlessly remove the sound of crackling crisp packets, clicking pens, or glass clinking. Google's announcement said the tech will also work on dogs barking or the clicking of a keyboard. ...
Tags: Google, Tech, LaChapelle, Serge Lachapelle

California To Allow Movie Theaters To Reopen In Most Counties

California counties, including Los Angeles County, could decide to reopen movie theaters as early as Friday. The Los Angeles Times reports: Each local health officer has the authority to decide whether to move forward with relaxing restrictions on reopening theaters. While the state provides guidance on how businesses can reopen, counties decide when they occur. The new rules would limit the number of guests in a movie theater to 25% of theater capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever i...
Tags: California, Tech, San Diego, Santa Clara, Los Angeles Times, Ventura, Los Angeles County, Imperial County, AMC Regal Cinemark

First Phase of Apple Employees Returning to Apple Park Kicks Off June 15

Apple is proceeding with a multi-phase plan to begin having employees return to its Silicon Valley campuses, and the first phase of the process will begin on June 15, Apple said in a memo to employees sent out this week. According to Bloomberg, employees have been informed that the first phase will be "very limited" and people will only be allowed onto the campus on select days depending on their job. Some Apple employees, like hardware and software engineers, began returning to Apple Park i...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Featured, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, Infinite Loop, Apple Park, Silicon Valley Employees

Edtech is surging, and parents have some notes

Unlike most sectors, edtech has been booming over the last few months. Flashcards startup Quizlet is now a unicorn, digital textbook company Top Hat is finding unprecedented surges in usage and student success business Edsights raised nearly $2 million from high-profile investors, all from inbound interest. Investors are so confident that homeschooling might become a trend that they just invested $3.7 million in Primer, which creates a “full-stack infrastructure” to help parents get started. ...
Tags: Google, TC, School, Education, Rihanna, Boston, Los Angeles, Tech, Atlanta, Ariana Grande, Pwc, Edtech, King, Vermont, Sara Mauskopf, Winnie

New CrossTalk Attack Impacts Intel's Mobile, Desktop, and Server CPUs

Academics from a university in the Netherlands have published details today about a new vulnerability in Intel processors. From a report: The security bug, which they named CrossTalk, enables attacker-controlled code executing on one CPU core to leak sensitive data from other software running on a different core. The Vrije University's Systems and Network Security Group (VUSec) says the CrossTalk vulnerability is another type of MDS (microarchitectural data sampling) attack. MDS attacks target u...
Tags: Tech, Intel, Netherlands, MDS

Google promises to improve the Pixel Buds’ connectivity problems ‘in the coming weeks’

When it comes to design, features, price, and usability, Google’s 2020 Pixel Buds get almost everything right. As I wrote in my review, they’re Android‘s first real alternative to Apple’s AirPods, and one of the best true wireless earbuds you can buy. But try as I might to offer useful insights for buyers, a single user’s limited review period does not always translate to long-term experience. Case in point: many users have complained about connectivity issues plaguing their new Pixel Buds, incl...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Insider, Pixel Buds, Plugged

Obscure Indian Cyber Firm Spied On Politicians, Investors Worldwide

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A little-known Indian IT firm offered its hacking services to help clients spy on more than 10,000 email accounts over a period of seven years. New Delhi-based BellTroX InfoTech Services targeted government officials in Europe, gambling tycoons in the Bahamas, and well-known investors in the United States including private equity giant KKR and short seller Muddy Waters, according to three former employees, outside researchers, and a trail of onli...
Tags: Europe, Mexico, France, Tech, United States, South Africa, New Delhi, KKR, Bahamas, Reuters, Citizen Lab, BellTroX InfoTech Services, John Scott Railton Reuters

'Can you Chromecast Apple Music?': How to connect your Google streaming device with Apple's music library

You can use a Chromecast-enabled device to listen to Apple Music as long as you have an Apple ID and an Apple Music subscription.  To cast your favorite Apple Music podcasts, radio channels, and curated playlists using Android devices and Chromebooks, they will need to meet model and software specifications.   Before casting your Apple Music library, make sure your smartphone or tablet with the Apple Music app are on the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast. Visit Business Insider's Tech Ref...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Trends, Walmart, Apple Music, Alexa, Apple Samsung, Google Home, Best Buy Samsung

How to invite others to your Google Duo call with a link

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. Duo is Google‘s video chatting app, and, like almost all video-chatting apps, it’s getting a lot more use during the coronavirus lockdown than it did before. It’s now rolling out a feature that allows users to invite friends to a call with a link. In case you’re wondering what’s the difference between Google Duo and Google Meet: unlike Meet (or Hangouts, for t...
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IBM Cloud suffers prolonged outage

The IBM Cloud is currently suffering a major outage, and with that, multiple services that are hosted on the platform are also down, including everybody’s favorite tech news aggregator, Techmeme. It looks like the problems started around 2:30pm PT and spread from there. Best we can tell, this is a worldwide problem and involves a networking issue, but IBM’s own status page isn’t actually loading anymore and returns an internal server error, so we don’t quite know the extent of the outage or w...
Tags: Cloud, Enterprise, Cloud Computing, Tech, Information Technology, Computing, Dallas, Ibm, Cloud Infrastructure, Ibm Cloud, Downtime, IBM Aspera

Meet the Real Rosa Parks

From motion graphics studio Eido, director Joash Berkeley, and educator Riché Richardson, an animated short film about civil rights icon Rosa Parks. Many people only know of Parks through sanitized stories in school textbooks, documentaries, and the top results on Google: that she was a tired old seamstress who quietly (and almost accidentally) ignited the Montgomery bus boycott by not wanting to move from her seat. But Parks was a political radical who had a long history of fighting for ci...
Tags: Google, Congress, Kkk, Naacp, Rich, Parks, Montgomery, Jason Kottke, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Richardson, Scottsboro, Marcus Garvey, EIDO, Theoharis, Jeanne Theoharis

Nick Caldwell Joining Twitter as Consumer Engineering Lead

Twitter shared details on three new hires for its engineering team, as well as one employee who shifted roles. Nick Caldwell will join the company June 15 as consumer engineering lead. Caldwell had been chief product and engineering officer at Looker until its acquisition by Google last June, after which he became senior director, product...
Tags: Google, Advertising, Looker, Caldwell, Social Pro Daily, Nick Caldwell, Nick Caldwell Joining Twitter

Indian IT Company Was Hired to Hack Politicians, Investors, Journalists Worldwide

A team of cybersecurity researchers today outed a little-known Indian IT firm that has secretly been operating as a global hackers-for-hire service or hacking-as-a-service platform. Based in Delhi, BellTroX InfoTech allegedly targeted thousands of high-profile individuals and hundreds of organizations across six continents in the last seven years. Hack-for-hire services do not operate as a [Author: [email protected] (Wang Wei)]
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Twitter starts putting fact-checking labels on tweets about 5G and COVID-19

Conspiracy theories claiming a connection between 5G technology and the coronavirus have been around since the pandemic’s early days and apparently they’re still going strong. So strong, in fact, that Twitter began applying a label to some tweets about COVID-19 and 5G, encouraging users to “get the facts” about the virus. As Business Insider reported, clicking through the label leads to a page collecting sources debunking claims with links to pages like the BBC and Snopes. Earlier this year, the...
Tags: Social, TC, Tech, Bbc, Conspiracy Theories, Misinformation, Coronavirus

God Help Us, the Winklevoss Twins Are Co-Producing a Movie About Their Bitcoin Journey

The Winklevoss twins—the brothers Mark Zuckerberg allegedly stole the idea for Facebook from—are making a movie about themselves, Deadline reported this week. If that doesn’t seem masturbatory enough, rejoice: said film is about how they amassed a net wealth of more than $1 billion by getting really into Bitcoin.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Technology, Movies, Film, Social Media, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Winklevoss, Winklevii, Winklevoss Twins, Tyler Winklevoss, Cameron Winklevoss, Winklevoss Twins Are Co

KDE Plasma 5.19 Released

jrepin writes: The KDE community has released Plasma 5.19, the popular free and open-source desktop environment. "In this release, we have prioritized making Plasma more consistent, correcting and unifying designs of widgets and desktop elements; worked on giving you more control over your desktop by adding configuration options to the System Settings; and improved usability, making Plasma and its components easier to use and an overall more pleasurable experience," reads the announcement. For a...
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One of the best deals for Apple's $250 noise-cancelling AirPods Pro is back — save $30 at Verizon

  Verizon is selling Apple's AirPods Pro for $30 off right now, bringing their price down from $249.99 to $219.99.   The $30 discount is applied at checkout. Apple's AirPods Pro have improved sound compared to other AirPods models, along with a better in-ear fit, active noise cancellation, water resistance, and a wireless charging case.  For more headphone recommendations, check out our continually updated roundup of the best headphone deals. Verizon has Apple's AirPods Pro noise-cancelling ...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Mac, Trends, Best, Sony, AirPods Pro

If you’re not investing in diverse founders, you’re a bad investor

BLCK VC Contributor Share on Twitter BLCK VC is a nonprofit focused on empowering Black investors and increasing diversity in venture capital. We won’t sit here as we have for so many years with strong faces and encouraging words and pretend that we’re not tired. We’re tired because we’ve spent yet another week mourning our Black brothers and sisters who died unjust deaths. We’re tired because we spent half of that week holdin...
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