Americans Don't Trust Content Decisions Made By Social Media Giants, Study Says

Most Americans don't trust social media companies to police the content on their platforms, according to a poll published Tuesday from Gallup and the Knight Foundation. CNET reports: The poll found that 80% of Americans don't trust big tech companies to make the right decisions about what content appears on their sites and what should be removed. People, especially conservatives, trust the government even less than social media companies to make these decisions, according to the report. The poll...
Tags: Congress, Tech, Donald Trump, Gallup, Facebook Twitter, Social Media Giants, Knight Foundation CNET

NY Attorney General warns Apple, Google to police COVID-19 tracing apps in their souks – or she will herself

Worry about user privacy also results in Norway pulling its virus tracker The Attorney General of New York has warned Apple and Google she expects the tech giants to keep an eye on an upcoming crop of coronavirus contact-tracing apps, particularly when it comes to the accumulation of personal data.…
Tags: Apple, Google, New York, Software, Norway, Apple Google

15 Must-Have Tools for International Students in Canada

by  Fazreen Razeek Canada is a top study abroad destination for international students. The North American country is recognized for its top-notch quality of education. It is home to internationally acclaimed universities, including the University of Toronto, the University of Alberta, and the University of British Columbia. Although studying abroad is an exciting opportunity, it is also common for students to feel overwhelmed. It can be challenging to simultaneously sort out your student vis...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Drive, Microsoft, Canada, North America, Andy Rodriguez, University of British Columbia Although, Within Google Drive, React Mobile, Fazreen Razeek Canada, University of Toronto the University of Alberta

United States: Players Sue Apple Over Loot Boxes - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

The allegations of gambling issues with games continues. Last week, a class action lawsuit was filed against Apple relating to games in its App Store that include loot boxes. The complaint alleges that sale of such games are predatory ...
Tags: Apple, News, United States, Hampton, Mullin Richter

Huawei P40 Pro Plus vs. Huawei P40 Pro: Does the Plus add a lot more?

The Huawei P40 Pro Plus offers more zoom than the Huawei P40 Pro. But is it actually a better phone overall?
Tags: Android, Mobile, Trends, Huawei, Buying Guides, HUAWEI P40 Pro, Huawei P40 Pro Plus

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 690 processor brings 5G to midrange phones

The chip also offers better performance and Wi-Fi 6 support
Tags: Android, Mobile, Trends, Qualcomm, Breaking, Snapdragon 690

Scientists Say Most Likely Number of Contactable Alien Civilizations Is 36

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: They may not be little green men. They may not arrive in a vast spaceship. But according to new calculations there could be more than 30 intelligent civilizations in our galaxy today capable of communicating with others. In 1961 the astronomer Frank Drake proposed what became known as the Drake equation, setting out seven factors that would need to be known to come up with an estimate for the number of intelligent civilizations out there. Th...
Tags: Tech, Earth, Drake, University of Nottingham, Frank Drake, Astrophysical Journal, Christopher Conselice, Conselice

T-Mobile, Which Said Sprint Merger Would Create Jobs, Already Laying Off Sprint Employees

T-Mobile insisted that its dreaded $26.5 billion merger with rival Sprint was all about job creation, saying the two companies would have 11,000 more employees by 2024 than they were expected to as separate entities. But now that the deal’s closed, hundreds of former Sprint employees working under the merged brand …Read more...
Tags: Layoffs, Science, Technology, Labor, Sprint, Telecoms, Wireless, Mergers, Carriers, T Mobile

Snapchat Firm Unveils Platform Plan To Take On Google and Apple

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Snap, the company behind Snapchat, has revealed plans for a fully fledged digital platform taking on not only Facebook but also Google and Apple. The company is launching an app store, expanding its games platform and offering the facility for external developers to upload machine-learning models to build augmented reality experiences. It is allowing other apps to integrate its camera software for the first time, and incorporating businesses...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Tech, Snapchat, Van Gogh, Snap, Yuka, New AR

The Federalist Bends the Knee to Big Tech, Deletes Its Awful Comments Section

Google has booted fringe libertarian/conspiracist page Zerohedge from its AdSense platform over user comments and warned crackpot haven the Federalist that it could face the same fate, NBC News reported on Tuesday. The Federalist, which has postured itself as a haven for ideological outcasts of all stripes to post…Read more...
Tags: Google, Politics, Science, Technology, Advertising, Nbc News, Social Media, Adsense, Section 230, Garbage Fires, The Federalist

Super Secretive Russian Disinfo Operation Discovered Dating Back To 2014

Social media research group Graphika published today a 120-page report unmasking a new Russian information operation of which very little has been known so far. ZDNet reports: Codenamed Secondary Infektion, the group is different from the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the Sankt Petersburg company (troll farm) that has interfered in the US 2016 presidential election. Graphika says this new and separate group has been operating since 2014 and has been relying on fake news articles, fake leaks, a...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Germany, Russia, US, Tech, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Nato, Reddit, Kremlin, North America, Zdnet, Sankt Petersburg, Internet Research Agency IRA

The Federalist Bows the Knee to Big Tech, Deletes Its Awful Comments Section

Google has booted fringe libertarian/conspiracist page Zerohedge from its AdSense platform over user comments and warned crackpot haven the Federalist that it could face the same fate, NBC News reported on Tuesday. The Federalist, which has postured itself as a haven for ideological outcasts of all stripes to post…Read more...
Tags: Google, Politics, Science, Technology, Advertising, Nbc News, Social Media, Adsense, Section 230, Garbage Fires, The Federalist

Dating Apps Exposed 845GB of Explicit Photos, Chats, and More

Lily Hay Newman writes via Wired: Security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar were scanning the open internet on May 24 when they stumbled upon a collection of publicly accessible Amazon Web Services "buckets." Each contained a trove of data from a different specialized dating app, including 3somes, Cougary, Gay Daddy Bear, Xpal, BBW Dating, Casualx, SugarD, Herpes Dating, and GHunt. In all, the researchers found 845 gigabytes and close to 2.5 million records, likely representing data from hun...
Tags: Tech, Amazon Web Services, Lily Hay Newman, Noam Rotem, Ran Locar

Drone-deployed sterile mosquitoes could check spread of insect-borne illnesses

Drone deployment of sterile mosquitoes could accelerate efforts to control their populations and reduce insect-borne disease, according to a proof of concept experiment by an multi-institutional research team. The improved technique could save thousands of lives. Mosquitoes are a public health hazard around the world, spreading infections like malaria to millions and causing countless deaths and health crises. Although traps and netting offer some protection, the proactive approach of reducing t...
Tags: Health, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Drones, Uavs, Aerospace, Mosquitoes

T-Mobile's Outage Yesterday Was So Big That Even Ajit Pai Is Mad

T-Mobile's network suffered an outage across the U.S. yesterday, and the Federal Communications Commission is investigating. "The T-Mobile network outage is unacceptable. The @FCC is launching an investigation. We're demanding answers -- and so are American consumers," tweeted FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Ars Technica reports: No matter what the investigation finds, Pai may be unlikely to punish T-Mobile or impose any enforceable commitments. For example, an FCC investigation last year into mobile car...
Tags: Florida, Fcc, US, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Matthew Prince, Pai, T Mobile, Ajit Pai, Mike Sievert, Sievert, Ajit Pai Ars Technica

Triumph releases e-bicycle but no word on e-motorcycle debut

UK motorcycle manufacturer Triumph released an e-bicycle today, the Trekker GT — with 90 miles of riding range, a 250 watt motor and a 504 watt hour battery. With a five hour charge time, the bike weighs 52 pounds (24 kilograms) and can produce up to 60 Nm (or 29 ft-lbs) of torque. Triumph’s Trekker GT will be available for $3,750 at Triumph dealerships in the U.S. and abroad. The question is how this connects to the ultimate debut of a Triumph e-motorcycle. The manufacturer, which is a major gl...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, California, Tech, Austria, United States, Motorcycles, Ducati, United Kingdom, Italy, Honda, Electric Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, TechCrunch, Triumph

Google kicked ZeroHedge off its ad platform and warned the Federalist

Google has taken action against two news websites over what it says are offensive remarks in their comment sections, banning one site from making money off its advertising platforms and threatening to ban the other.
Tags: Google, Cnn

Apple Adds WWDC Special Event Video to YouTube Ahead of Monday, Lets People Set Reminders

Apple is planning to stream its upcoming WWDC keynote event on YouTube, and today, the company uploaded a WWDC Special Event video to its YouTube channel in preparation. The video allows YouTube users to set reminders for the keynote, which kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday, June 22. The reminders will alert YouTube users about the stream ahead of when it starts so it won't be missed. Apple also plans to stream the keynote on its Apple Events website, though the Apple Events app o...
Tags: Apple, Youtube, Wwdc, Pacific Time, Apple Developer

How to control your iOS app permissions

Worried that your apps hold too much info about you? Here's how you can grant and revoke iOS app permissions.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Mobile, Apps, Trends, How-to, App Permissions

Revolut expands bank account aggregation to Ireland

Fintech startup Revolut has expanded its open banking feature to Ireland. The feature first launched in the U.K. back in February. Once again, the startup is partnering with TrueLayer to let you add third-party bank accounts to your Revolut account. The feature launch also marks the launch of TrueLayer in Ireland. For now, Revolut users can only link their Revolut account with AIB, Permanent TSB, Ulster Bank and Bank of Ireland. Revolut and TrueLayer will add support to other banks in the ...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Finance, Tech, Ireland, Republic Of Ireland, Fintech, Revolut, Challenger Bank, U K, Steve O'Hear, Open Banking, TrueLayer

These Are the Best 11 Features We've Found in the Android 11 Beta So Far (gizmodo)

The Android 11 beta is finally here and available to download on newer Pixel phones—but don’t worry, it will soon expand to other handsets, too. Google had to cancel the in-person portion of its Google I/O developers conference (for obvious reasons) this year, so the company hasn’t had the chance to show off the new…Read more... [Author: David Nield]
Tags: Google, News, Best, David Nield

Oracle revenue falls as COVID-19 leads to a 'drop off in deals.' But Larry Ellison boasts of recent cloud wins against Amazon and Microsoft (ORCL)

Oracle beat Wall Street's profit estimates, but fell short on revenue, which the company attributed to the impact of COVID-19. "As the quarter progressed, we saw a drop off in deals, especially in industries, most affected by the pandemic," CEO Safra Catz told analysts on the company's earnings call. The stock slid about 4%.  But chairman and founder Larry Ellison touted the tech giant's in the cloud, pointing to major customer wins against rival Amazon, including video conferencing platforms ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Azure, Trends, Larry Ellison, Aws, Ellison, Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Amazon Microsoft, Safra Catz, Rebecca Wettemann, Brent Thill, Microsoft ORCL, COVID

Audi sets up Silicon Valley office to develop automated driving systems for US market

Audi has opened an office in Silicon Valley that aims to adapt and develop advanced driver assistance systems for the U.S. market.  The Audi Automated Driving Development (A2D2) R&D office will be located in San Jose and initially staffed with about 60 employees. The company said A2D2 will have the “flexibility to quickly develop new software and to collaborate with nearby startups for production-intent applications.” This new R&D office is focused on advancing so-called Level 2 systems, a...
Tags: Europe, California, Cars, US, America, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Volkswagen, North America, Audi, Driver, Malibu

Tesla Cuts Price of Model S Long Range Plus, Says EPA-Rated Range Improved To 402 Miles

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Tesla confirmed Monday night that it recently cut the price of the 2020 Model S Long Range Plus by $5,000 and boasted that the EPA-rated range for this version of the Model S -- meaning the number of miles the vehicle can travel per single charge in testing conditions -- has increased to 402 miles. A spokesperson for the Environmental Protection Agency told CNBC in an e-mail on Tuesday: "EPA can confirm that we approved a 402 mile range for the upda...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Cnbc, Ta, Model S Long Range Plus, Tesla Model S Long Range Plus Tesla

The Pirate Bay's IP Address Belongs To a VPN Provider, ISP Tells Court

An IP address allegedly used by The Pirate Bay and claimed to be owned by a Swedish ISP does not belong to the provider, it's being claimed. According to Obenetwork, the IP address is actually operated by local VPN service OVPN. As a result, the ISP has asked a court to withdraw an information injunction obtained by a pair of Scandinavian movie companies. TorrentFreak reports: [Earlier this month, movie companies Svensk Filmindustri and Nordisk Film] presented Cloudflare with a copyright infring...
Tags: Sweden, Tech, CDN, Pirate Bay, Vpn, Cloudflare, Bay, ISP Tells Court, OVPN, Svensk Filmindustri and Nordisk Film, ISP Obenetwork, Obenetwork, Tarnkappe, David Wibergh, Wibergh

Google Partners With Parallels To Bring Windows Apps To Chrome OS

For years, Parallels has provided virtualization software so you could run full Windows installs on a Mac, but today they're tackling a new OS. From a report: The company just announced that it is partnering with Google to work on bringing full Windows application support to Chrome OS enterprise devices. That's a big deal for the many businesses out there that run various pieces of legacy Windows software -- or just any business that wants to run Microsoft's Office software natively. It could Ch...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Tech, Microsoft Office to Chromebook Enterprise

A YouTube exec explains its newly relaunched program to broker deals between influencers and brands, and why she thinks in-house data will be its competitive edge

YouTube is rebranding FameBit, the influencer-marketing platform that it acquired in 2016, as YouTube BrandConnect. The in-house influencer-marketing service also has a new global head of business, Lori Sobel, who comes to BrandConnect after 16 years of working across various teams within Google.  Unlike FameBit, which offered a self-service tool for creators and brands to connect for sponsored content deals, all YouTube BrandConnect deals will be initiated by the company's in-house team. Sobe...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Trends, Business Insider, Sobel, FameBit, Marko Zlatic, Kyra Ann, FameBit YouTube, Lori Sobel, BrandConnect YouTube

Google Takes Action Against Conservative Websites Over Comment Sections

Google confirmed today that it took issue with two conservative websites over comments sections that violated the company's policies on "dangerous and derogatory" content. Zero Hedge will no longer be able to use Google's ad platform to monetize its content as of last week, and The Federalist was warned about their comments section and was...
Tags: Google, Advertising, Programmatic, Google Takes Action Against Conservative

Google pulls its ads from ZeroHedge, warns The Federalist about dangerous and derogatory speech

Conservative outlets ZeroHedge and The Federalist were given notices by Google to remove content violating its dangerous and derogatory policy.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Google, Usa, News, Usa Today, Zerohedge

One Fifth of Investors Sold All Their Stocks

The Compound on YouTube On the new edition of What Are Your Thoughts with Michael Batnick and Josh Brown… * Bubble behavior in a market crisis is nothing new or unusual * Fidelity says 18% of investors sold out of all their stocks during the last few months, and a third of investors over 65 years old! * With the Fed buying the investment grade bonds of Apple and Microsoft, do its critics have a point? * What did we...The post One Fifth of Investors Sold All Their Stocks appeared first on The Ref...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Finance, Fidelity, Fed, Josh Brown, Michael Batnick, Current Markets

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