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After six months of stonewalling by Apple, app dev goes public with macOS privacy protection bypass

So much for preventing malicious software from peeking at sensitive files Six months after software developer Jeff Johnson told Apple about a privacy bypass vulnerability opening up protected files in macOS Mojave, macOS Catalina, and the upcoming macOS Big Sur, the bug remains unfixed – so he's going public.…
Tags: Apple, Software, Catalina, Jeff Johnson


After six months of stonewalling by Apple, app maker goes public on macOS privacy protection bypass

So much for preventing malicious software from peeking at sensitive files Six months after software developer Jeff Johnson told Apple about a privacy bypass vulnerability opening up protected files in macOS Mojave, macOS Catalina, and the upcoming macOS Big Sur, the bug remains unfixed – so he's going public.…
Tags: Apple, Software, Catalina, Jeff Johnson


Dr. Anthony Fauci Says New Virus In China Has Traits of 2009 Swine Flu, 1918 Pandemic Flu

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that U.S. health officials are keeping an eye on a new strain of flu carried by pigs in China that has characteristics of the 2009 H1N1 virus and 1918 pandemic flu. The virus, which scientists are calling "G4 EA H1N1," has not yet been shown to infect humans but it is exhibiting "reassortment capabilities," Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tol...
Tags: White House, China, Tech, Anthony Fauci, Cnbc, Fauci


Free tools and training to help with economic recovery in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Through lockdown, many of us found that online tools have been a real lifeline. We’ve used them to find information and stay connected with our communities, support local businesses, teach our children and learn new skills ourselves. The same tools will be vital in helping countries recover more quickly and more sustainably. That’s why Google is making a new pledge to help 10 million people and businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) find jobs, digitize and grow over the next 18 ...
Tags: Google, Europe, Small Business, Germany, Africa, Google Search, Research, Middle East, UN World Tourism Organisation, EMEA, Matt Brittin, Africa EMEA, Google in Europe, Grow With Google, Google in the Middle East, Certificatewhich


Facebook shuts down Hobbi, its experimental app for documenting personal projects

Facebook’s recently launched app, Hobbi, an experiment in short-form content creation around personal projects, hobbies, and other Pinterest-y content, is already shutting down. The app first arrived on iOS in February as one of now several launches from Facebook’s internal R&D group, the NPE Team. Hobbi users have now been notified by way of push notification that the app is shutting down on July 10, 2020. The app allows users to export their data from its settings. In the few months it’s been ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Pinterest, Tech, Ios Apps, Facebook Messenger WhatsApp, NPE Team, Hobbi, NPE Team Hobbi, Hobbi Facebook


The College Board is a case study in corporate racism

Every day, one million families watch every move on the College Board website because it controls so much of the college application process. Today it looked like the site was hacked. There is bold, white copy centered on a black background that is unreadable in a way I haven’t seen since the early Internet. Looking more closely I saw it’s a letter “from the Black employees at College Board.” The College Board has 353 employees. Seven employees signed the letter. What?? This is an organizati...
Tags: Google, US, Careers, Diversity, Ap, Harvard Business Review, Black, College Board, the College Board, Jackie Robinson Foundation, College Board The College Board, College Board We, Black Lives Matter None


Honey Co-Founder Buys the $18 Million House Next Door

It’s been only four months since tech entrepreneur George Ruan, the co-founder and primary force behind electronic coupon-clipping browser extension Honey, and his wife paid $60 million for an unfinished Bel Air estate with 21,000 square feet of living space and 1.2 acres of land. But the couple are already expanding — property records reveal […]
Tags: Los Angeles, Tech, Moguls, Bel Air, George Ruan


The show goes on: Australia’s theaters go digital

Griffin Theatre Company, in Sydney’s bustling Kings Cross, has  produced new Australian plays and welcomed theater-goers since 1978. In March, like many performing arts organizations in Australia, Griffin had to close its doors—but it was determined to figure out a way for the show to go on. With help from Google’s Creative Lab, Griffin Theatre Company created what their Artistic Director Declan Greene calls “theater, but not as you’ve seen it before.” Their piece, “Thirsty!” is an interactive t...
Tags: Google, Australia, Sydney, Griffin, Kings Cross, Dorian Gray, Declan, Creative Lab, Google in Asia, Opera Queensland, Griffin Theatre Company, Louise Richards, Sandpit, COVID-19, Creative Lab Griffin Theatre Company, Declan Greene


Cendana Capital, which has been backing seed funds for a decade, has $278 million more to invest

When in 2010, former VC Michael Kim set out to raise a fund that he would invest in a spate of micro VC managers, the investors to which he turned didn’t get it. Why pay Kim and his firm, Cendana Capital,  a management fee on top of the management fees that the VC managers themselves charge? Fast forward to today, and Kim has apparently proven to his backers that he’s worth the extra cost. Three years after raising $260 million across a handful of vehicles whose capital he plugged into up-and-co...
Tags: TC, Tech, Kim, University of Texas, Cendana Capital, Michael Kim, Cendana, XYZ Ventures, U S Israel Entree Capital and India Saama Capital, Kim Cendana


Skygauge’s innovative tilting rotor drones are up for pre-order, with deliveries in 2021

I have had a few occasions to see Skygauge’s drones in-person, primarily on visits to Asia. The Canadian team is involved in HAX’s program and has spent time working out of their Shenzhen offices. In fact, they competed at our last hardware battlefield in the city late last year. To a person, everyone I’ve spoken with seems impressed by the company’s tiltable rotor technology, which allows the massive industrial drones to maneuver in ways more traditional quadcopters can’t. I have little dou...
Tags: Asia, Texas, Hardware, Tech, Drones, Faa, Shenzhen, Hax, COVID, Skygauge, Nikita Iliushkin


Elementary Robotics is making its quality assurance robots commercially available

Two years and over $17 million after it first began working on its robots for quality assurance, the Los Angeles-based Elementary Robotics has finally made its products commercially available. The company already boasts a few very large initial customers in the automotive industry, consumer packaged goods, and aerospace and defense, including Toyota, according to chief executive Arye Barnehama. Now, the robotics technology that Barnehama and his co-workers have been developing for years is br...
Tags: TC, Los Angeles, Tech, Companies, Islam, Machine Learning, Toyota, Manufacturing, Robotics, Robot, Aerospace, Elementary, Cognex, Fika Ventures, Toyota AI Ventures, Ubiquity Ventures


Someone Mysteriously Sent Almost $1 Billion In Bitcoin

Someone transferred bitcoins worth close to $1 billion on Tuesday morning, a move that was public for everyone to see while the identities of the sender and receiver remain unknown. Motherboard reports: Big money moves hiding in plain sight tend to be events of some interest among Bitcoiners. Decrypt noted that the sending wallet was recognized as the largest Bitcoin wallet not known to be associated with a business such as an exchange. This means that it could belong to a wealthy private indivi...
Tags: Tech, Bitcoin


2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road Review: Great for Playing in the Mud!

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road In Our Opinion: The 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road is the newest member of the automaker's TRD family. While the off-road capability is a given, we were taken back by how comfortable this RAV4 is on dry pavement. It was a pleasant surprise to discover this off-road rig was still pretty good in the city. Although we are not sold on the exterior styling, the interior is sharp and that makes up for it. Exterior Styling 74 Interior Layout 87 ...
Tags: Apple, Autos, Detroit Lions, Toyota, Epa, Detroit, Keith, Southeast Michigan, Amazon Alexa, Carl Anthony, Ryan Millen, Toyota Safety Sense, Test Drives, Midwest Automotive Media Association, Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation, Detroit Working Writers


Qualcomm Made a Modern Smartwatch Chip: Meet the Snapdragon Wear 4100

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: After years of repackaging the same basic smartwatch chip over and over again, Qualcomm has graced Wear OS with a modern smartwatch SoC. Meet the Snapdragon Wear 4100, a Qualcomm smartwatch chip that, for the first time ever, is faster than the previous chip. The Wear 4100 uses four 1.7GHz Cortex A53 CPUs built on a 12nm manufacturing process, a major upgrade from the 28nm Cortex A7s that every other Qualcomm smartwatch chip has been up unti...
Tags: Tech, Gpu, Qualcomm, Qualcomm Sensor Assisted Positioning PDR Wearables


How to get a $100,000-plus career in cloud computing without a college degree, from a guy who did it and now coaches others

Broadus Palmer flung himself into a high-paying career in cloud computing without a college degree and says anyone can do the same. His path to tech was a long and windy one which began in earnest by his expensive sneaker collecting hobby. He was using "sneaker bots" to help him buy and sell sneakers on the internet when he decided to learn more about how the bots worked. That led him to spend nearly a year self-studying a number of cloud certifications. He was turned down for all the jobs he ...
Tags: Google, Trends, Palmer, Amazon Web Services, BROADUS, Linux Academy, Broadus Palmer, Apple Tesla Amazon


Lyft’s self-driving test vehicles are back on public roads in California

Lyft’s self-driving vehicle division has restarted testing on public roads in California, several months after pausing operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Lyft’s Level 5 program said Tuesday some of its autonomous vehicles are back on the road in Palo Alto and at its closed test track. The company has not resumed a pilot program that provided rides to Lyft employees in Palo Alto. The company said it is following CDC guidelines for personal protective equipment and surface cleaning. It has ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, California, Cdc, Tech, Palo Alto, Automotive, United States, Autonomous Vehicles, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Robert Morgan, Waymo, Self Driving Vehicles, London Munich, Sameer Qureshi


See Intricate Details in Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper in a New Gigapixel Image

The Royal Academy of Arts and Google teamed up on a high-resolution scan of a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper painted by his students. Even though the top part of the original is not depicted, this copy is said to be “the most accurate record of the original” and since the actual mural by Leonardo is in poor shape, this copy is perhaps the best way to see what Leonardo intended. This version was made around the same time as Leonardo made his original. It’s oil paint on canvas, whe...
Tags: Google, Royal Academy of Arts, Jesus, Napoleon, Jason Kottke, Judas, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Royal Academy, Saint Simon, Haltadefinizione Image Bank


The New York Times Ends Apple News Partnership and Pulls All Articles (mac rumors)

The New York Times today announced that it is pulling out of Apple News, as the service does not "align with its strategy of building direct relationships with paying readers." Starting today, articles from The New York Times will no longer show up in the ‌Apple News‌ app. The news site says that Apple has given it "little in the way of direct relationships with readers" and "little control over the business." Rather than allowing its articles on ‌Apple News‌, The New York Times wants to dr...
Tags: Apple, News, Washington Post, New York Times, The Times, Apple News, Juli Clover, New York Times The Washington Post, Apple News Apple, Meredith Kopit Levien, Wall Street Journal the Los Angeles Times, New York Times Ends Apple News Partnership, Apple News The New York Times, Condé Nast Apple News


TransferWise to offer investment products but has ‘no plans’ to become a bank

TransferWise, the London-headquartered international money transfer service recently valued at $3.5 billion, has secured an additional license with U.K. regulators to enable it to offer investment products in the future. This will mean that U.K. customers who have money deposited in a TransferWise multi-currency or so-called “borderless” account will be given the option to make that money work harder on their behalf. Total deposits currently sit at £2 billion, so there is quite a lot of custo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Finance, Tech, Transferwise, U K, Kristo Käärmann, Käärmann


NASA pays out $51 million to small businesses with big ideas

NASA has announced its latest batch of small business grants, providing more than 300 businesses a total of $51 million in crucial early-stage funding. These “phase I” projects receive up to $125,000 to help bring new technologies to market. The Small Business Innovation Research/Technology Transfer programs help entrepreneurs and inventors transition their work from lab to commercial availability. The money is like a grant, not an investment, and Phase I recipients are eligible for larger Ph...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Aerospace, SBIR, Sttr


‘Unruly’ Will See Mahershala Ali Step Into the Ring as Legendary Boxer Jack Johnson

Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali is set to play legendary boxer Jack Johnson in Unruly, a six-part limited series for HBO, from Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman‘s Playtone. Dominique Morisseau is writing the script, based on the Geoffrey C. Ward book Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, which was adapted into a PBS documentary from director Ken Burns. During the Jim Crow era, Jack Johnson became the country’s first African American world heavyweight boxing champion, which launche...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Movies, Mahershala Ali, Casting, America, Tom Hanks, Ken Burns, Pbs, Johnson, Jim Crow, True Story, Ali, Unruly, Jack Johnson, Beau Willimon


400 TB Storage Drives In Our Future: Fujifilm

One of the two leading manufacturers of tape cartridge storage, FujiFilm, claims that they have a technology roadmap through to 2030 which builds on the current magnetic tape paradigm to enable 400 TB per tape. AnandTech reports: As reported by Chris Mellor of Blocks and Files, Fujifilm points to using Strontium Ferrite grains in order to enable an areal data density on tape of 224 Gbit-per-square-inch, which would enable 400 TB drives. IBM and Sony have already demonstrated 201 Gbit-per-square-...
Tags: Tech, Sony, Ibm, Fujifilm, LTO, Chris Mellor, Barium Ferrite, Barium, Fujifilm Strontium Ferrite, Strontium Ferrite


LEAKED MEMO: Alphabet's healthcare unit Verily suspended bonuses mid-pandemic to fund diversity programs instead, frustrating employees (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google sister company Verily Life Sciences has suspended employee spot bonuses for the remainder of 2020. It says it will redirect the money into diversity and inclusion programs instead. Employees aren't happy about it. In an internal letter sent to management, viewed by Business Insider, employees are calling on leadership to reinstate spot bonuses and subsidize diversity efforts by other means. The decision "implies that these efforts are charity causes not worthy of their own investment," ...
Tags: Google, US, Trends, Alphabet, Business Insider, Google Life Sciences, Andrew Conrad, Business Insider Employees, Verily Life Sciences, COVID, Carolyn Wang, Hugh Langley


YouTube TV Jacks Up Pricing To Become Most Expensive Cable TV Alternative

On Tuesday, Google's YouTube TV announced a monthly $15 price hike, bringing its streaming package of channels to $64.99 monthly, from $49.99. "YouTube TV is now the most expensive of the cable TV streaming alternative services," notes USA Today. "When YouTube TV launched in 2017, it was $35." From the report: In a company blog post, YouTube defended its decision by announcing the availability of additional channels from Viacom, including MTV and Nickelodeon. The move is effective Tuesday for ne...
Tags: Google, Tech, Mtv, Hulu, Nickelodeon, Viacom, Philo, YouTube TV, AT T Now, USA Today When YouTube TV


Fund manager Di Yao has beaten most of his peers by picking unknown stocks or big names the market doesn't understand. Here are 3 of his favorite bets. (MSFT, SE, AMAT, PGTYX)

Putnam's Global Technology Fund has outperformed nearly all of its peers over the last five years. Di Yao, the fund's co-manager, said he and his partner have focused on companies that the market either doesn't understand or with which it's not familiar.  They've found some of their best bets overseas and among smaller companies in the US; but they've also placed some winning bets on some of the tech giants. Yao told Business Insider about 3 stocks he particularly likes in his portfolio — Micr...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, China, Southeast Asia, US, Trends, Intel, Taiwan, Sea, Alibaba, Tencent, Salesforce, Amazon Web Services, Business Insider


Why Is COVID-19 Killing So Many Black Americans?

COVID-19 threatens the health of Americans in a way that hasn’t happened since the Spanish Flu in 1919. At this writing, it has killed half a million people around the world—a quarter of whom were Americans. The virus brought the economy to its knees, with unemployment rates and business closings that look more like the Great Depression than a mere downturn. But the suffering inflicted by COVID-19 is not evenly distributed. Black folks (and Latinos) are more likely to contract COVID-19, less li...
Tags: Google, Parenting, Congress, California, Cdc, America, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, International Monetary Fund, Naacp, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, UC, Black, Jones


Dfinity demo’s its TikTok clone, opens up its ‘Internet Computer’ to outside developers

Dfinity appeared in 2018, amid the flurry of investments in the blockchain space, It raised $102 million in funding at a $2 billion valuation in a round jointly led by Andreessen Horowitz and Polychain Capital, along with other investors including KR1. I must admit that at the time it appeared to all intents and purposes as if it would be yet another attempt to replace Ethereuem. Or at least something similar. But then something odd happened. It started behaving like an actual software company. ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Europe, Tech, Andreessen Horowitz, Big Tech, Facebook LinkedIn Instagram, Motoko, Polychain Capital, DFINITY, Dominic Williams, Dfinity Foundation, Andreas Rossberg, Internet Computer Interested


Dfinity demonstrates its TikTok clone, opens up its ‘Internet Computer’ to outside developers

Dfinity appeared in 2018, amid the flurry of investments in the blockchain space. It raised $102 million in funding at a $2 billion valuation in a round jointly led by Andreessen Horowitz and Polychain Capital, along with other investors, including KR1. I must admit that at the time it appeared for all intents and purposes as if it would be yet another attempt to replace Ethereum. Or at least something similar. But then something odd happened. It started behaving like an actual software company....
Tags: TC, Facebook, Europe, Tech, Andreessen Horowitz, Big Tech, Facebook LinkedIn Instagram, Motoko, Polychain Capital, DFINITY, Dominic Williams, Dfinity Foundation, Andreas Rossberg, Internet Computer Interested


Facebook bans ‘violent network’ of far-right boogaloo accounts

Facebook took action to remove a network of accounts Tuesday related to the “boogaloo” movement, a firearm-obsessed anti-government ideology that focuses on preparing for and potentially inciting a U.S. civil war. “As part of today’s action, we are designating a violent US-based anti-government network under our Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy and disrupting it on our services,” Facebook wrote in the announcement. “As a result, this violent network is banned from having a prese...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, US, Tech, Air Force, Oakland, Boogaloo, Online Extremism, Dangerous Individuals and Organizations, Tech Transparency Project, Mark Zuckerberg Lawmakers


Peekaboo, I See You II: Why Facial Recognition Technology Needs Humans As Much As AI

With great innovation comes great responsibility.
Tags: Technology, Law, Surveillance, Artificial Intelligence, Tom Kulik



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