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Short story: Dream Job

“I can’t sleep,” I complained to my therapist. The inhumanly empathetic rendering nodded.“That’s very common in the industry. Opinion management is a very fast-paced job.” Her voice sounded familiar and reassuring, and I wondered idly whose recordings it had been synthesized it from. “But don’t I need sleep?” “That’s a myth. You are doing a good job at something important. Think about it this way: if you lose your job, it’ll only make your parents happy.” We laughed together. It was true. “W...
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Study: 100% Face Mask Use Could Crush Second, Third COVID-19 Wave

"A new modeling study out of Cambridge and Greenwich universities suggests that face masks may be even more important than originally thought in preventing future outbreaks of the new coronavirus," reports SFGate: To ward off resurgences, the reproduction number for the virus (the average number of people who will contract it from one infected person) needs to drop below 1.0. Researchers don't believe that's achievable with lockdowns alone. However, a combination of lockdowns and widespread mas...
Tags: Washington Post, Tech, Cambridge, World Health Organization, Greenwich, Lancet


SpaceX vs. Space Shuttle: NASA's Falcon 9 Astronauts Compare the Differences

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken flew to the International Space Station on SpaceX's Crew Dragon. But they're also uniquely qualified to describe what it felt like, since both had also flown twice on NASA's Space Shuttle. So how did its solid-fueled booster rockets during the first stage of lift-off compare to SpaceX's liquid-fueled booster rockets? Slashdot reader Iwastheone shares their answer, in an article from Spaceflight Now: The Crew Dragon astronauts said the ride on the Falco...
Tags: Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Falcon, Hurley, Behnken, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley


Tesla’s US-made Model 3 vehicles now come equipped with wireless charging and USB-C ports

Tesla Model 3 vehicles produced at its Fremont, Calif. factory will reportedly come standard with a wireless charging pad and USB-C ports, upgrades that were first spotted by Drive Tesla Canada. Electrek also reported on the changes. The upgrades now put U.S.-made Model 3s on par with the same vehicles made at Tesla’s factory in China. The wireless phone charger and USB-C ports first appeared in the newer Model Y, which customers began to receive in March. Tesla has since taken steps to br...
Tags: TC, Europe, California, China, Cars, US, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3, FREMONT, Tesla Model, Fremont Calif, COVID


The 2021 Ford Bronco gets an official debut date

More than three years ago, Ford announced it was bringing back the Bronco after years of customer requests and speculation. The mid-size SUV that ended its 30-year production run in 1996 was supposed to debut in March. Then COVID-19 happened and well everything got cancelled, including numerous vehicle reveals. The reborn Ford Bronco will finally emerge to the media and public — beyond what we’ve already seen thanks to lots of leaked photos — on July 9. Ford announced the date in a post Saturday...
Tags: Instagram, Tech, Ceo, Automotive, Ford, Automotive Industry, Michigan, Baja, TechCrunch, Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company, Wayne, Ford Bronco, Wayne Mich, Bronco, Ford Ranger


Chemical Engineers Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Useful Industrial Materials

"Chemical engineers from UNSW Sydney have developed new technology that helps convert harmful carbon dioxide emissions into chemical building blocks to make useful industrial products like fuel and plastics," reports Phys.org: The researchers, who carried out their work in the Particles and Catalysis Research Laboratory led by Scientia Professor Rose Amal, show that by making zinc oxide at very high temperatures using a technique called flame spray pyrolysis (FSP), they can create nanoparticles ...
Tags: Tech, Sydney, UNSW, Lovell, Catalysis Research Laboratory, Scientia Professor Rose Amal


Tesla’s U.S.-made Model 3 vehicles now come equipped with wireless charging, USB-C ports

Tesla Model 3 vehicles produced at its Fremont, Calif. factory will reportedly come standard with a wireless charging pad and USB-C ports, upgrades that were first spotted by Drive Tesla Canada. Electrek also reported on the changes. The upgrades now put U.S.-made Model 3s on par with the same vehicles made at Tesla’s factory in China. The wireless phone charger and USB-C ports first appeared in the newer Model Y, which customers began to receive in March. Tesla has since taken steps to br...
Tags: TC, Europe, California, China, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3, FREMONT, Tesla Model, Fremont Calif, COVID, Drive Tesla Canada Electrek


Python Overtakes Java? JetBrains Releases 'State of Developer Ecosystem' Survey

The creators of the Kotlin programming language — the Czech software development company Jetbrains — announced results from their annual "State of the Developer Ecosystem" survey. This year's survey involved 19,696 developers in 18 countries, and found that: JavaScript is the most used overall programming language. Websites are the most common type of application developers work on. Python has overtaken Java in the list of programming languages used in the last 12 months. And it is also the mos...
Tags: Python, Tech, JetBrains, Kotlin, JetBrains Releases State


These desktops, laptops, and tablets — from Microsoft, Lenovo, and HP — are all on sale

If you need a new laptop or tablet, you’re in luck. Every once in awhile, we like to compile all the best deals we’re seeing in one place, so you can upgrade your tech while still saving a boatload of money.  Whether you’re a Microsoft fan, a Lenovo believer, an HP devotee, or completely brand agnostic, you should find something here to whet your tech whistle, regardless of what you seek. And of course, practically everything is a decent chunk of change off its regular price. Jump in — the ...
Tags: Post, News, Microsoft, Intel, Shop, Lenovo, Intel Core, HP Chromebook, Microsoft Microsoft, Microsoft Lenovo, Lenovo Lenovo


Interstellar Technologies’ privately-developed MOMO-5 rocket falls short of reaching space

Private launch companies seeking to lower the coast of reaching space continue to develop new vehicles, and the latest to attempt a trip to space is Interstellar Technologies (IST), a Japanese private launch company founded in 2003. The company first launched a vehicle in 2017, but the launch didn’t go exactly as planned and failed to reach space – in 2019, its MOMO-3 sounding rocket did break the Karman line, though just barely, and unfortunately its MOMO-5 sounding rocket launched today did no...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Space Tourism, Commercial Spaceflight, Rocket, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Additive Manufacturing, Outer Space, Hokkaido Japan, Karman, Momo, Rocket Lab, Private Spaceflight


Why One of Kubernetes' Creators Moved From Google To Microsoft

Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: One of the three Google employees who created Kubernetes — the open source container-orchestration platform now maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation — was software engineer Brendan Burns. But in 2016 Burns became an engineer at Microsoft (where since March he's been a corporate vice president at Microsoft). This week in a new podcast interview [video here], Burns explained why he went from Google to Microsoft, which was "all-in on clo...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Tech, Kubernetes, Burns, Slashdot, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Brendan Burns, Seattle Microsoft


Interview with the Science Writer Who Predicted the Pandemic 8 Years Ago

In 1945, after atomic bomb detonations at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, several former Manhattan Project scientists founded the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Publishing continuously since 1945, its current deputy editor, science writer DanDrollette, is also a Slashdot reader, and shared one of the nonprofit magazine's thought-provoking new interviews: In 2012, author David Quammen wrote a book, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, that was the result of five years of research...
Tags: China, Tech, Manhattan Project, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Slashdot, Shi, Yunnan province, David Quammen, Wuhan Institute of Virology, DanDrollette, Zhengli Shi


Apple Pay Promo Offers 20% Off At Fanatics

Apple sends out regular Apple Pay promotions via email, and this week's promotion provides a 20 percent discount on select items from sports store Fanatics when using ‌‌Apple Pay‌‌ and the promo code APPLEPAY at checkout. The email suggests gift purchases of sports apparel and fan gear ahead of Father's Day on June 21. The offer is available through June 19 and is valid in the United States only, both in the Fanatics app and on Fanatics.com. In addition to Fanatics, Apple in its email highli...
Tags: Apple, United States, Oakley, Apple Pay promo, Fanatics Apple


More Drone Deliveries Being Tested in America

Long-time Slashdot reader necro81 writes: For several years, Zipline has deployed autonomous, fixed-wing airplane drones for medical supply deliveries in Rwanda. Now they have received permission to test their aircraft in the U.S., ferrying COVID-19 supplies from a depot to a hospital in North Carolina. The practical benefit is small: the cargo is modest amounts of PPE that could have been delivered by truck in about 20 minutes. But this is a big deal, because it required a waiver from the FAA f...
Tags: Google, Florida, Washington Post, Virginia, America, Tech, UPS, Walgreens, Paris, North Carolina, Faa, Cvs, Rwanda, Forbes, Slashdot, Chennai India


'OpenCore Computer' Launches Commercial Hackintosh in Violation of Apple's macOS Licensing Agreement

Following in the footsteps of Psystar, a new company called "OpenCore Computer" this week launched a commercial Hackintosh computer called the "Velociraptor," which is a violation of Apple's end-user license agreement or EULA for macOS. On its website, OpenCore claims that it hopes to make Mac Pro-style workstations more accessible. The company's lineup of computers, which they call "zero-compromise Hackintoshes," are advertised as coming with macOS Catalina and Windows 10 Pro pre-installed. ...
Tags: Apple, U S Supreme Court, Catalina, Eula, Hackintosh, OpenCore Computer, Apple Mac Hackintosh, Psystar Corporation, Mac OS X Leopard, OpenCore, Psystar, OpenCore Computer Launches Commercial Hackintosh


Can AI Design Games? How Nick Walton Created 'AI Dungeon'

shirappu writes: Nick Walton created AI Dungeon as an experiment to build an AI dungeon master for D&D games. Since then, it's grown into a text adventure game in which players can type in anything they want, with the game's AI responding dynamically [and with over 1.5 million players and multiplayer adventures.] In this interview about the year since its release, Nick talks about how it works and what they're working on now: quest systems, world persistence, and longer-term memory. He also op...
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Startups Weekly: A Silicon Valley for everyone

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7am PT). Subscribe here. Many in the tech industry saw the threat of the novel coronavirus early and reacted correctly. Fewer have seemed prepared for its aftereffects, like the outflow of talented employees from very pricey office real estate in expensive and troubled cities like San Francisco. And few indeed have seemed prepared for the Black Lives Matter protests that have fo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, South Park, California, America, San Francisco, Tech, Palo Alto, Qantas, Silicon Valley, Napa, Oakland, Tahoe


'OpenCore Computer' Launches Commercial Hackintosh in Violation of Apple's macOS Licensing Agreement [Updated]

Update: The developers of the OpenCore Bootloader have released a statement regarding the unauthorized use of the OpenCore name. We at Acidanthera are a small group of enthusiasts who are passionate about Apple ecosystem and spend time developing software to improve macOS compatibility with different kinds of hardware including older Apple-made computers and virtual machines. For us, who do this on entirely volunteer and uncommercial basis, for fun, it is shocking and disgusting that some disho...
Tags: Apple, U S Supreme Court, Catalina, Eula, Hackintosh, OpenCore Computer, Psystar Corporation, Mac OS X Leopard, Psystar, OpenCore Computer Launches Commercial Hackintosh, Acidanthera, OpenCore Bootloader, OpenSource Computer, Hackintosh OpenCore Computer


India’s Reliance Jio Platforms to sell $250 million stake to L Catterton

Speaking of Reliance Jio Platforms, the top Indian telecom operator said Saturday it has secured another investment. L Catterton, a U.S. private equity firm will invest $250 million in Jio Platforms, becoming the ninth investor to back the Indian firm at the height of a global pandemic. L Catterton, which has invested in a number of firms including Peloton,  Vroom, ClassPass, Owndays  and PVR Cinemas, said it will acquire a 0.39% stake in Jio Platforms, valuing the Indian firm at $65 billion....
Tags: Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Classpass, Reliance, Reliance Jio, Vroom, Jio, TPG, Catterton, Peloton, L Catterton, PVR Cinemas, Michael Chu, Jio Platforms


How an Online Mob Doxxed an Innocent Man

"An innocent man faced a torrent of online threats and abuse after being mistakenly identified in a viral video in which an angry cyclist hurt a child," reports the BBC: Mr. Weinberg was falsely identified when the wrong date was attached to the initial appeal made by the police in Bethesda, U.S. Mr. Weinberg used the popular fitness tracking app Strava, which showed him as having been on the Maryland bike trail on that day. However on the correct date he was working at home... Once his add...
Tags: New York, Maryland, Tech, Bbc, New York Magazine, Bethesda, Weinberg


So you want to talk about race in tech with Ijeoma Oluo

“A lot of people denigrate the value of talking about race and racism in technological spaces,” said Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race, which has surged to the top of the New York Times best sellers list in paperback nonfiction, two and a half years after its initial January 2018 publication. “…I don’t think there’s a more important space to be talking about it.” Oluo and I were talking this January, just before the global pandemic struck, at One Cup Coffee: a no-frills, “mor...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Mark Zuckerberg, Nigeria, America, Tech, Diversity, Mit, Harvard, New York Times, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Birmingham, Jeff Bezos


Adobe Launches Photoshop Camera App

Adobe has launched its new Photoshop Camera app for Android users. Version 1.0 is available on the Google Play store Read more on howtoweb.com
Tags: Google, Crafts, Adobe, Photo


Gillmor Gang: Love & Fear

The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Michael Markman, Keith Teare, Denis Pombriant, Brent Leary, and Steve Gillmor . Recorded live Sunday, May 31, 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


In America, Only Three States Use Google-Apple Contact Tracing App

NBC News reports that in various parts of America, "States that had committed to using contact tracing apps or expressed interest are now backing away from those claims." The few states that have rolled them out have seen only tepid responses. And there are no indications of any momentum for the apps at a national level... A survey of state health officials from Business Insider this week showed that only three states — Alabama, North Dakota and South Carolina — said they were going to use the s...
Tags: Apple, Google, Utah, California, Washington, Nbc News, America, Tech, Who, World Health Organization, South Carolina, Google Apple, North Dakota South Dakota, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, America States, Alabama North Dakota


Software Defined Radio Site Closes

Long-time Slashdot reader Z00L00K writes: The site known in amateur radio for access to a plethora of SDR (Software Defined Radio) sites sdr.hu has now closed down. The SDR sites that exists all over the world are for listening in to primarily shortwave radio. From the site: I'd like to say a big thanks to everyone who joined my journey with this project! I hope you had a good time listening on the site, and learnt some things about SDR. The purpose of this site was to provide a technological ...
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Inside Ellevest: Why $80 million and one of the most powerful women on Wall Street isn't standing out in the crowded world of wealth

Four years after its public launch and nearly $80 million in outside funding later, women-focused digital wealth manager Ellevest's $635 million in assets trails rival robo-advisers. That Ellevest, co-founded by wealth management industry veteran Sallie Krawcheck, hasn't had more traction highlights the ultra-competitive nature of managing money. Its growth is further complicated by marketing to women whose tastes vary wildly between generations. And at least six software engineers left the co...
Tags: Google, Post, Valerie Jarrett, New York City, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Hillary Clinton, Ubs, Merrill Lynch, SEC, Goldman Sachs, Connor, Donald Trump, Morgan Stanley, Melinda Gates


Inside Ellevest: Why $80 million and one of the most powerful women on Wall Street isn't enough to stand out in the crowded world of wealth

Four years after its public launch and nearly $80 million in outside funding later, women-focused digital wealth manager Ellevest's $635 million in assets trails rival robo-advisers. That Ellevest, co-founded by wealth management industry veteran Sallie Krawcheck, hasn't had more traction highlights the ultra-competitive nature of managing money. Its growth is further complicated by marketing to women whose tastes vary wildly between generations. And at least six software engineers left the co...
Tags: Google, Post, Valerie Jarrett, New York City, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Linkedin, Hillary Clinton, Ubs, SEC, Goldman Sachs, Connor, Donald Trump, Morgan Stanley, Melinda Gates


This Week in Apps: Android 11 beta, Snapchat’s makeover, Apple’s WWDC20 plans

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x highe...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Apps, Twitter, Tech, Snap, Voice Access, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19, People Controls


Facebook Announces Results of 'Deepfake Detection Challenge': 65% Accuracy

An anonymous reader quotes Engadget: In September of 2019, Facebook launched its Deepfake Detection Challenge -- a public contest to develop autonomous algorithmic detection systems to combat the emerging threat of deepfake videos. After nearly a year, the social media platform announced the winners of the challenge, out of a pool of more than 2,000 global competitors... Facebook spent around $10 million on the contest and hired more than 3,500 actors to generate thousands of videos -- 38.5 d...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Engadget, Schroepfer, Mike Schroepfer, Facebook CTO, Selim Seferbekov


India’s Reliance Jio Platforms to sell $600 million stake to TPG

American private equity firm TPG will invest $600 million in Jio Platforms, joining a roster of high-profile investors including Facebook and Silver Lake that have backed India’s top telecom operator at the height of a global pandemic. TPG said it is acquiring a 0.93% stake in Jio Platforms, giving the Indian firm a valuation of $65 billion. TPG, which manages $79 billion of assets, is the eighth investor that has agreed to back Mukesh Ambani’s telecom network in just as many weeks. Reliance ...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Microsoft, India, Funding, Tech, Airbnb, Silver Lake, Tpg Capital, Reliance, Reliance Jio, Reliance Industries, Jio, TPG, Mukesh Ambani, Jim Coulter



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