The LOFT Battery Base helps your Google Home go truly mobile

The world seems well on pace to putting a smart assistant in every home. Just during the first three months of 2020, over 28 million smart speakers were sold , a rise of over 8 percent from 2019.  But while users all enjoy streaming music, getting information and controlling smart home functions through speakers like the Google Home, there’s still one standout problem these speakers haven’t fixed yet. They still need to be tethered to a wall, plugged into an AC outlet.  For those who wan...
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Renewable Energy Breaks UK Record In First Quarter of 2020

Renewable energy made up almost half of Britain's electricity generation in the first three months of the year, with a surge in wind power helping to set a new record for clean energy. The Guardian reports: The government's official data has revealed that renewable energy made up 47% of the UK's electricity generation in the first three months of the year, smashing the previous quarterly record of 39% set last year. The government's renewable energy data includes electricity from the UK's windfa...
Tags: UK, Tech, Britain, Jorge, Ciara Dennis

A Massive Saharan Dust Plume Is Moving Into the Southeast US

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A hot desert wind is carrying a massive cloud of Saharan dust into the Southern United States this week. Dust plumes from the Sahara routinely blow westward across the Atlantic at this time of year, but this event is a doozy -- by some measures, the biggest in decades. And a second plume appears to be forming about a week behind the big one. Across the southeastern US, from the Gulf Coast to the Carolinas and potentially as far north as Indi...
Tags: US, Tech, Indianapolis, Earth, Atlantic, Gulf Coast, Cincinnati, Colorado State University, Carolinas, Sahara, Southern United States, Southeast US, Scott Denning

Guide To Improving Customer Communication – A 2020 Edition

When running a business, there’s one element that is more important than any other: the customer. If you don’t have customers purchasing your products or services, your company will quickly cease to exist. It’s that simple. Due to the importance of customers, your communication with them should be a primary concern. Not only can this help to convince potential consumers into buying your wares, but it’s also a significant factor in ensuring current customers keep coming back for more. If you’re ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Twitter, Customer Relationship Management, Others, Customer Management, Customer Communication, Managing Customers, Improving Customer Communication

Mobilewalla Used Cellphone Data To Estimate the Demographics of Protesters

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: On the weekend of May 29, thousands of people marched, sang, grieved, and chanted, demanding an end to police brutality and the defunding of police departments in the aftermath of the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. They marched en masse in cities like Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, empowered by their number and the assumed anonymity of the crowd. And they did so completely unaware that a tech company w...
Tags: New York, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Tech, Atlanta, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Minneapolis New York Los Angeles, Mobilewalla, Major US Cities In, New York 59, Anindya Datta

Facebook policy changes fail to quell advertiser revolt as Coca-Cola pulls ads

Company follows Unilever’s lead after platform announces shift in how it handles hate speechFacebook has announced changes to its policies around hate speech and voter suppression, but the measures have done little to quell the wave of companies pulling advertising from the platform amid backlash over how the company handles hate speech online.The CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, on Friday announced tweaks to a number of policies, hours after the multinational Unilever said it would pull its advertisements...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Unilever, US news, Coca Cola, Verizon Communications

The trailer to Asimov's Foundation sure looks grand

The first trailer to Apple TV+'s series adaption of Isaac Asimov's Foundation is certainly gorgeous eye candy. It remains a mystery how they plan to adapt such an immense and complex space opera, but... fingers (toes and tentacles) remain crossed. On Quinn's Ideas, he offers his reaction to the trailer and discusses both this series and the forthcoming Dune film. Here's a decent little backgrounder on Foundation. Image: YouTube
Tags: Apple, Post, News, Trailers, Quinn, Dune, Foundation, Isaac Asimov, Asimov

Covid-19 Killed the Era of 'Big' Flying

COVID-19 has shattered the aviation industry, with nations closing their borders and banning all but essential travel. A world where people could hop from country to country is now one where empty planes travel to maintain contractual obligations. Major carriers, including American, IAG, Delta and Lufthansa have all asked for government bailouts. From a report: One airline that will receive a substantial amount of taxpayer cash is Air France-KLM, which will get around $17 billion worth of help. ...
Tags: France, US, Tech, Bloomberg, Shanghai, Airbus, Jfk, Boeing, Lufthansa, Air France KLM, Airbus Airbus, International Air Transport Association IATA, Cape Town Paris, COVID, American IAG Delta

Rosetta 2 is Apple's Key To Making the ARM Transition Less Painful

At WWDC 2020 earlier this week, Apple announced that it's moving Macs away from Intel processors to its own silicon, based on ARM architecture. To help ease the transition, the company announced Rosetta 2, a translation process that allows users to run apps that contain x86_64 instructions on Apple silicon. The Verge reports: Rosetta 2 essentially "translates" instructions that were written for Intel processors into commands that Apple's chips can understand. Developers won't need to make any ch...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Intel, Rosetta, Intel Apple, Apple Silicon, Angela Yu, ARM Macs Microsoft

22 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching to Investors

Revised and updated June 26, 2020 By Richard D. Harroch, Neel Lilani, and Kate O’Laughlin Entrepreneurs have to pitch investors to raise financing. Many entrepreneurs from earlier stage companies make common mistakes that could be avoided. Read below for some tips on how to improve investor interest and increase the likelihood for financing. The mistakes are categorized as follows: Mistakes to avoid when planning investor outreach Mistakes to avoid in the investor pitch deck Mistakes to avoid d...
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Zuckerberg: It Is Now More Convenient for Me to Be the Arbiter of Truth

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has pulled a massive 180—at least on his public rhetoric—and said at a town hall meeting and Facebook post on Friday that the company will start affixing labels to or taking down posts from public figures like Donald Trump that violate its rules, as well as prohibit more categories of hate…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Science, Technology, Ads, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Political Ads

TuSimple seeking $250 million in new funding to scale self-driving trucks

TuSimple, the self-driving truck startup backed by Sina, Nvidia, UPS and Tier 1 supplier Mando Corporation, is headed back into the marketplace in search of new capital from investors. The company has hired investment bank Morgan Stanley to help it raise $250 million, according to multiple sources familiar with the effort. Morgan Stanley has sent potential investors an informational packet, viewed by TechCrunch, that provides a snapshot of the company and an overview of its business model,...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Hong Kong, Texas, China, Tech, UPS, Beijing, Automotive, United States, Arizona, Shanghai, San Diego, Morgan Stanley, Embark

Alphabet Reportedly Buying Smart Glasses Maker North

According to The Globe and Mail, Alphabet is rumored to be acquiring smart glasses maker North for $180 million. 9to5Google reports: This comes after North in December stopped selling Focals to focus on launching second-generation smart glasses sometime in 2020. "Focals 2.0" has been teased over the past several months with North claiming that they would be the "most significant product introduction to date in the category." A "lighter" and "sleeker" design would have a "10x display," while mini...
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Microsoft is giving up on its physical stores

Back in 2015, Microsoft opened its flaghip physical store just five blocks away from the iconic Apple cube in Manhattan. Featuring both Surface products and a curated set of partner hardware, it seemed a warning shot — a statement that the company was getting serious in its efforts to rival Apple’s mindshare. Today, less than five years later, Microsoft announced it will be closing all of its physical stores, at least in their current form. The company plans to ‘reimagine’ four locations — Londo...
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Senators Launch Full On Nuclear War Against Encryption: Bill Will Require Broken Encryption, Putting Everyone At Risk (techdirt)

Another day, another bad bill. Just as we're coming to terms with the EARN IT Act moving forward in Congress, three Senators -- Lindsey Graham, Tom Cotton, and Marsha Blackburn -- have announced a direct attack on encryption. The full bill is here. It's 51 pages of insanity that would effectively destroy privacy and security on the internet. This is five-alarm fire bad. For what it's worth, Graham is also a co-sponsor of the EARN IT Act, which makes me wonder if he's going to agree to an amend...
Tags: Apple, News, Congress, US, Fbi, United States, Graham, Blackburn, Alexa, Mike Masnick, Barr, Marsha Blackburn, Wild West, Matt Blaze, Bill Barr, Lindsey Graham Tom Cotton

U.S. Antitrust Regulators Investigating Apple's App Store Fees and Policies

As part of an ongoing antitrust inquiry into Apple's App Store policies, U.S. antitrust regulators are looking into the 30 percent cut that Apple takes from in-app subscriptions, reports Bloomberg. Government lawyers have been meeting with developers over the course of the last several months, and in meetings as recent as last week, developers have been asked questions about Apple's subscription rules. Apple requires developers to use its ‌App Store‌ payment system for subscriptions, an issu...
Tags: Apple, Google, Bloomberg, Antitrust, App Store, Rakuten, Kobo, U S Justice Department, U S House, David Cicilline, Bloomberg Government, Apple Developer Program

Alexis Ohanian is leaving Initialized Capital

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is leaving Initialized Capital, the investment firm he co-founded in 2011 with Garry Tan, as first reported Axios and confirmed by TechCrunch. The move comes weeks after Ohanian publicly stepped down from the Reddit board of directors, with Y Combinator president Michael Seibel taking his spot. Ohanian launched Initialized Capital back in 2011 with a $7 million investment vehicle. Since, the San Francisco-based firm has grown immensely and made early stage bet...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Codecademy, San Francisco, Tech, Cruise, Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, Instacart, Coinbase, Black, TechCrunch, Garry Tan, Initialized Capital, Flexport, Alexis

Telegram to pay SEC fine of $18.5 million and return $1.2 billion to investors as it dissolves TON

Pavel Durov’s grand cryptocurrency dreams for his Telegram messaging service are ending with a $18.5 million civil settlement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and a pledge to return the more than $1.2 billion that investors had put into its TON digital token. The settlement ends a months long legal battle between the company and the regulator. In October 2019 the SEC filed a complaint against Telegram alleging the company had raised capital through the sale of 2.9 billion Grams to ...
Tags: TC, Tech, SEC, Telegram, Pavel Durov, US Securities and Exchange Commission, Durov, SEC Enforcement Division, New York Regional Office, Kristina Littman, Lara Shalov Mehraban

5 DIY Tech Projects to Keep You Busy During Covid-19

Do-it-yourself (DIY) tech projects can be the perfect thing to keep you busy during a Covid-19-inspired lockdown – or if you’re still looking for a way to stay busy while the economy recovers. There’s nothing quite like a great passion project to distract you and engage your energies, and if the finished result is an […]
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Commenting platform Spot.IM becomes OpenWeb

Spot.IM, which offers a platform for publishers (including TechCrunch) to manage their user comments, announced this week that it’s rebranding as OpenWeb. CEO and co-founder Nadav Shoval told me that the new name reflects a vision that’s far grander and more ambitious than the company’s initial product, a location-based messaging service. “We all felt that this is the time to be proud of what we actually do,” Shoval said. “It’s about saving the open web.” Specifically, Shoval is hoping to move...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Media, Tech, Donald Trump, East Coast,, Nadav Shoval, Goldberg, Shoval, Openweb, Ido Goldberg OpenWeb

Newzoo forecasts 2020 global games industry will reach $159 billion

Games and esports analytics firm Newzoo released its highly cited annual report on the size and state of the video gaming industry yesterday. The firm is predicting 2020 global game industry revenue from consumers of $159.3 billion, a 9.3% increase year-over-year. Newzoo predicts the market will surpass $200 billion by the end of 2023. Importantly, the data excludes in-game advertising revenue (which surged +59% during COVID-19 lockdowns, according to Unity) and the market of gaming digital asse...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Europe, Hardware, Tech, Playstation, Asia Pacific, Xbox, Latin America, Pc Gaming, Middle East Africa, Newzoo, Console Gaming, Market Analysis

Setting the record straight on news

We care about quality journalism because it helps create a more informed world. A strong fourth estate is important for society and democracy. But the truth is the business model for news that worked 40 years ago is facing enormous challenges today. The Internet has changed how we access information, providing new sources for everything from job listings to movie reviews. Given this vast marketplace of information and services, news businesses are having to reinvent themselves. As a company with...
Tags: Google, Google Search, Brazil, Deloitte, Germany Australia, Richard Gingras, Google News Initiative

California City Bans Predictive Policing In US First

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: As officials mull steps to tackle police brutality and racism, California's Santa Cruz has become the first U.S. city to ban predictive policing, which digital rights experts said could spark similar moves across the country. "Understanding how predictive policing and facial recognition can be disportionately biased against people of color, we officially banned the use of these technologies in the city of Santa Cruz," Mayor Justin Cummings said o...
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Making Music in Excel

Dylan Tallchief created a complete digital music studio app in Excel and in this video, he demonstrates how he used his spreadsheet program to recreate a-ha’s Take On Me. You can listen to the whole song here: If you’d like to make your own songs in Excel, you can download the spreadsheets on Google Drive or the individual modules and objects on Github. See also and Super Mario Bros Recreated in Excel. (via @pomeranian99) Tags: Dylan Tallchief   Excel   music   remix [Author: Jason...
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Lyft Settles With Justice Department Over Disability Lawsuit

Lyft has settled with the Justice Department in a lawsuit alleging the company discriminated against customers with disabilities. Engadget reports: Now, drivers will be required to help fold and stow wheelchairs and walkers for customers. The rideshare company has also been ordered to educate its drivers as well as pay complainants and a $40,000 civil penalty. Lyft will pay various amounts in damages to the complainants, including $30,000 to J.H. It's been ordered to modify its wheelchair policy...
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The Exchange: IPO season, self-driving misfires and a fintech letdown

Welcome to The TechCrunch Exchange, a forthcoming weekly newsletter from the TC crew about startups, money, and markets. You can sign up for it here, and receive it regularly when it formally launches in a few weeks. You can email me about it here, or talk to me on Twitter. Let’s go! In the last week there were 23 rounds worth $50 million in the world, according to Crunchbase data. The rounds were worth a total of $3.72 billion, with a median value of $80 million and an average size of $161.9 mi...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Verizon, Facebook, New York, California, Ipo, Tech, Unilever, Agora, Fintech, Kate Clark, Snap Facebook, Verizon Media Group, Jamin Ball, The TechCrunch Exchange

I've reviewed a few Hisense TVs in the past, but the company's latest $699 Quantum Series display is the first that I can wholeheartedly recommend without reservations

  Hisense's new 65-inch H8G 4K TV is a budget-friendly High Dynamic Range (HDR) display with impressive picture quality. The TV includes local dimming for deep black levels, along with quantum dot technology for wide color capabilities. The Android TV platform is integrated as well, enabling extensive smart TV support with Google Assistant voice control.    For a current sale price of $699.99, the 65-inch H8G is one of the top performers in this price range.   Table of Contents The market...
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Luckin Coffee’s board is forcing out its chairman (also, chairman is forcing out the rest of the board)

Sometimes you can’t just get a [L]uckin’ break. After announcing this morning that it is ending its fight to stay listed on Nasdaq, China-based coffee chain and delivery company Luckin Coffee announced that it is requiring that its chairman, Lu Zhengyao, resign in a filing with the SEC. Luckin Coffee will unluckin’ly delist from Nasdaq following fraud allegations It also announced in its SEC filing that the chairman has requested the firing of independent director Sean Shao through a sha...
Tags: Asia, Finance, China, Tech, SEC, Nasdaq, Shao, Yang Jie, Luckin Coffee, Luckin, Lu Zhengyao, SEC Luckin Coffee, Nasdaq China, Sean Shao, Zeng Ying

Google execs say we need a plan to stop A.I. algorithms from amplifying racism

Bias is hurting already marginalized communities, they said
Tags: Google, News, Trends, Racism, Discrimination

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