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People Testing Negative For COVID-19 Antibodies May Still Have Some Immunity, Study Suggests

Thelasko shares a report from the BBC: For every person testing positive for antibodies, two were found to have specific T-cells which identify and destroy infected cells. This was seen even in people who had mild or symptomless cases of Covid-19. But it's not yet clear whether this just protects that individual, or if it might also stop them from passing on the infection to others. Researchers at the Karolinksa Institute in Sweden tested 200 people for both antibodies and T-cells. Some were b...
Tags: UK, Sweden, Tech, Bbc, Karolinksa Institute, Office for National Statistics Infection Survey


As Apple closes more stores, here’s what to do if your device breaks

It is reclosing some of its stores in response to rising coronavirus cases
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Apple closes more stores, here’s what to do if your device breaks

It is re-closing some of its stores in response to rising coronavirus cases
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Apple closes more stores, here’s what to do if your iDevice breaks

Apple is closing some of its stores again in response to rising coronavirus cases
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A team of advocacy groups is urging antitrust regulators around the world to take a hard look at the Google-Fitbit merger, saying the deal 'is not in the interest of citizens' (GOOG, FIT)

A letter signed by 20 consumer and citizen advocacy groups is calling on regulators to closely scrutinize Google's proposal to acquire Fitbit. The merger is still under review. European regulators have set a July 20 deadline to make a decision on whether they will allow it to go ahead. The letter's signees, which include the Omidyar Network and Public Knowledge, say they are concerned that the deal would be bad for competition. "Google's proposed acquisition is not in the interest of citizens,...
Tags: Google, Europe, Australia, Ebay, US, Trends, Eu, Brazil, Fitbit, Department Of Justice, Omidyar Network, Public Knowledge, DoubleClick, Pierre Omidyar, Omidyar Network and Public Knowledge, EU Canada Australia Mexico


Apple-Acquired Dark Sky Delays Shutting Down Android App Until August 1

Apple in March purchased weather app Dark Sky, and at that time, Dark Sky's developers said that the Dark Sky for Android app would be discontinued on July 1, 2020. Now that it's July, Dark Sky's developers today announced that the discontinuation of the Android app will be delayed, and it will be available until August 1, 2020. The Android app will be shuttered on August 1, and Android users will no longer be able to use it. Subscribers who are active at that time will be provided with a fu...
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Dish Buys Prepaid Carrier Boost Mobile For $1.4 Billion

Today, Dish announced the $1.4 billion acquisition of Boost Mobile. With this purchase, Dish secures its place in the retail wireless market and will serve more than nine million customers. Engadget reports: The deal is the result of T-Mobile's Sprint merger. In order to gain FCC approval and quell fears that the merger would hurt competition, T-Mobile and Sprint agreed to several demands, including divesting Boost Mobile, one of Sprint's prepaid brands. Rumors circulated last year that Dish wou...
Tags: Fcc, America, Tech, Sprint, Engadget, T Mobile, Erik Carlson, Prepaid Carrier Boost Mobile, Boost Mobile With


U.S. tech chief executives expected to testify before House panel in late July

The chief executives of the four U.S. tech giants -- Amazon.com, Facebook, Alphabet's Google and Apple -- will testify before the U.S. Congress in late July as part of an ongoing antitrust probe into the companies, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai of Google and Apple's Tim Cook will appear as part of the probe by the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel, the sources said.
Tags: Apple, Google, News, House, Tim Cook, U S Congress, House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Mark Zuckerberg Sundar Pichai, Amazon com Facebook Alphabet, Amazon s Jeff Bezos Facebook


Venmo begins piloting ‘Business Profiles’ for small sellers

Venmo is going after small businesses. The mobile-payments app announced today it’s piloting a new feature called Business Profiles, which offers small sellers and other sole proprietors the opportunity to have a more professional profile page on its platform. Sellers can share key business details like address, phone number, email, website and more. By adopting a Business Profile, sellers will be able to raise awareness about their business through Venmo’s social feed and search, as well as ...
Tags: TC, Tech, Paypal, Venmo


iCloud Website Down for Some Users

Apple's iCloud.com website is down for some users, according to a report on Apple's System Status page. The issue began at 3:25 p.m. Pacific Time, and is ongoing. Affected users who visit iCloud.com run into a message that says the iCloud website can't be found. "‌iCloud‌ can't find that page," it reads. Apple is working on fixing the issue, though it is not clear when the website will be back up and running. Tag: iCloud This article, "iCloud Website Down for Some Users" first appeared on ...
Tags: Apple, Icloud, Pacific Time


TuSimple kicks off plan for a nationwide self-driving truck network with partners UPS, Xpress and McLane

Self-driving trucks startup TuSimple laid out a plan Wednesday to create a mapped network of shipping routes and terminals designed for autonomous trucking operations that will extend across the United States by 2024. UPS, which owns a minority stake in TuSimple, carrier U.S. Xpress, Penske Truck Leasing and Berkshire Hathaway’s grocery and food service supply chain company McLane Inc. are the inaugural partners in this so-called autonomous freight network (AFN). TuSimple’s AFN involves four ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Europe, Los Angeles, Tech, UPS, Automotive, United States, Dallas, Berkshire Hathaway, Autonomous Vehicles, Morgan Stanley, Jacksonville, Self-driving Trucks, Southwest


Apple Recloses More Than 25% of Its US Retail Stores Due To COVID-19 Spikes

Apple will close 30 additional stores in the United States by Thursday, the company said, bringing the total number of reclosures in the United States to 77 as Covid-19 cases rapidly rise in several regions around the country. CNBC reports: Stores in Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada and Oklahoma will close Thursday. Other stores in Florida, Mississippi, Texas and Utah are closed as of Wednesday. Apple has 271 stores in the United States. An Apple spokesman said in a stateme...
Tags: Apple, Utah, Florida, US, Los Angeles, Tech, United States, Oklahoma, Cnbc, Wednesday Apple, Alabama California Georgia Idaho Louisiana Nevada, Florida Mississippi Texas


Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant (ars technica)

Enlarge (credit: Schönherr et al.) As Alexa, Google Home, Siri, and other voice assistants have become fixtures in millions of homes, privacy advocates have grown concerned that their near-constant listening to nearby conversations could pose more risk than benefit to users. New research suggests the privacy threat may be greater than previously thought. The findings demonstrate how common it is for dialog in TV shows and other sources to produce false triggers that cause the devices to turn o...
Tags: Google, News, Dan Goodin, Alexa Siri, Dorothea Kolossa, Amazon Apple Google, Alexa Google Home Siri


State-backed COVID-19 disinfo spreads faster and farther than local news outlets in 4 languages

Questionable stories on COVID-19 from state-backed outlets in Russia, China, Turkey, and Iran are being shared more widely than reporting by major news organizations around the world, according to Oxford analysts. French German, Spanish and English news sites see far less social engagement than these foreign-originated ones in their languages. The study is part of ongoing monitoring of COVID-19 disinformation campaigns by the Computational Propaganda Project. The group found that major outlets l...
Tags: Social, Europe, Science, China, Tech, Iran, United States, Oxford, Oxford University, Latin America, El Pais, Pandemic, Russia China Turkey, Computational Propaganda Project, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google will testify before Congress in July

Big Tech's giants will be focus of an antitrust hearing
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Uncovered: 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Wall Street Journal: As Alexa, Google Home, Siri, and other voice assistants have become fixtures in millions of homes, privacy advocates have grown concerned that their near-constant listening to nearby conversations could pose more risk than benefit to users. New research suggests the privacy threat may be greater than previously thought. The findings demonstrate how common it is for dialog in TV shows and other sources to produce false triggers tha...
Tags: Google, Siri, Tech, Wall Street Journal, Alexa Siri, Dorothea Kolossa, Amazon Apple Google


Apple Card Promo Offers New Users $50 in Daily Cash for First Apple Service Purchase

Apple is offering new Apple Card holders a $50 Daily Cash bonus when they use the card for an Apple service, which includes renting a movie in the Apple TV app, subscribing to Apple Arcade or Apple Music, or making an App Store purchase. Apple says that the $50 will be provided as a Daily Cash transfer to the new Apple Card after a qualifying purchase has been made. The promotion is being highlighted on the Apple Card website, as 9to5Mac points out. The deal is valid for new ‌Apple Card‌ hol...
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Kongregate No Longer Accepting New Games, Shutting Down Forums and Chat

Kongregate, a video game publisher and web gaming portal featuring over 128,000 titles, announced that many features on the site are going away. The site is no longer allowing uploads of new flash games, and will be shutting down forums and chat services. From a report: Previously, anyone who created a game was able to upload their title for anyone to play, which is why the website has "over 128,000 titles." Another key feature hitting the chopping block is badges. Badges were achievements of va...
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Will Testify in U.S. Tech Antitrust Probe in July

Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to testify in an upcoming antitrust hearing with the U.S. House judiciary antitrust subcommittee, chairman David Cicilline said today in an interview with Kara Swisher. According to Cicilline, Apple CEO ‌Tim Cook‌, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Alphabet (Google) CEO Sundar Pichai, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will all appear at the antitrust hearing set to take place in late July. The antitrust subcommittee has embarked on a probe of competition in digital markets that ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Cook, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Jeff Bezos, App Store, Sundar Pichai, U S House, Kara Swisher, David Cicilline, Cicilline, Cicilline Apple, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Alphabet Google


What if Middle-earth was in Pakistan?

J.R.R. Tolkien hinted that his stories are set in a really ancient version of Europe.But a fantasy realm can be inspired by a variety of places; and perhaps so is Tolkien's world.These intriguing similarities with Asian topography show that it may be time to 'decolonise' Middle-earth. Mental decolonisation Where on earth was Middle-earth? Based on a few hints by Tolkien himself, we've always sort-of assumed that his stories of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" were centered on Europe, bu...
Tags: Google, Asia, Europe, England, India, Fantasy, Iran, Britain, Pakistan, Innovation, Storytelling, Cambridge, Literature, Himalayas, Shire, East Yorkshire


Detroit Police Chief: Facial Recognition Software Misidentifies 96% of the Time

Detroit police have used highly unreliable facial recognition technology almost exclusively against Black people so far in 2020, according to the Detroit Police Department's own statistics. From a report: The department's use of the technology gained national attention last week after the American Civil Liberties Union and New York Times brought to light the case of Robert Julian-Borchak Williams, a man who was wrongfully arrested because of the technology. In a public meeting Monday, Detroit Po...
Tags: Tech, Detroit, Craig, Detroit Police Department, Detroit Police, James Craig, DataWorks, Robert Julian Borchak Williams, American Civil Liberties Union and New York Times


Midsommar Director’s Cut Coming to Blu-ray!

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Midsommar Director’s Cut coming to Blu-ray! For fans a little disheartened that the director’s cut of Ari Aster’s haunting psychological thriller Midsommar only received a physical copy in the UK, we’ve got exciting news for you as A24 has unveiled a special new collector’s edition of the extended cut that is coming to Blu-ray and 4K UHD here in the states! The announcement tweet can be viewed below and you can pre-order your copy here! RELATED: Ari Aster Says His Next F...
Tags: Apple, UK, Movies, Sweden, US, Martin Scorsese, Blu, ComingSoon, Ari Aster, Vilhem Blomgren, Poulter Detroit William Jackson Harper, Ragnar Persson, Florence Pugh Black Widow


Apple Now Offering Radeon Pro W5500X for Mac Pro

Apple's Mac Pro can now be configured with a Radeon Pro W5550X with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, a graphics card option that's a step above the entry-level Radeon Pro 580X but not as expensive as the W5700X graphics card that Apple introduced as an option in April. Upgrading a ‌Mac Pro‌ with the Radeon Pro W5550X costs an additional $200 over the base price of the machine.The AMD Radeon Pro W5500X with 8GB of GDDR6 memory is based on AMD's RDNA architecture, featuring up to 5.6 teraflops of single-pr...
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30-Day Cold Pitching Challenge: My Strategy Revealed

Abraham Lincoln famously said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” This Lincoln quote makes one thing very clear: effort alone is not enough to succeed in any endeavor. You also have to be smart and strategic. As we gear up to start the 30-day cold pitching challenge, where the focus is on cold pitching businesses and corporate clients, the importance of having the right strategy cannot be overstated. With the right strategy, you can get im...
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Mazda Releases 100th Anniversary Special Edition MX-5 Miata

My love for Mazda’s Miata is well known. Sure, call it bias, but, from my perspective, it’s a hard car for a gearhead not to like. Light, tight, handles right; sure, it could use more power, but show me a car that doesn’t. Mazda’s had a good thing on its hands since the get-go, and they’re not about to mess with it . . . much. They are coming up on the company’s centenary, and to mark that 100 years, they’ve chosen their Miata to carry a special package. Miata 100th Anniversary Special E...
Tags: Apple, Autos, Android Auto, Don, Mazda, Miata, Car News, Tony Borroz, 100th Anniversary, Soft Top, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Mazda North American Operations Original


Best smartphone deals for July 2020: iPhone, Samsung, and Google Pixel

It's never a bad time to score a new smartphone, and here are some great deals that can save you hundreds.
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These are the best cheap Mac Mini deals for July 2020

Looking for a compact MacOS desktop? Here are some great cheap Mac Mini deals you can score online right now.
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Dish closes Boost Mobile purchase, following T-Mobile/Sprint merger

T-Mobile today announced that it has closed a deal that divests Sprint’s pre-paid businesses, including Boost and Virgin Mobile. The news finds Dish entering the wireless carrier game in earnest, courtesy of the $1.4 billion deal. The whole thing was, of course, a key part of T-Mobile’s bid to merge with Sprint. It was a relatively small concession to those worried that such a deal would decrease competitiveness in the market, as the number of major U.S. carriers shrunk from four down to ...
Tags: Mobile, Fcc, Tech, Sprint, T Mobile, Dish, John Legere, Boost Mobile, John Swieringa, Mobile Sprint, TechCrunch T Mobile


Enforcement of California's data privacy law kicks in today. Here's what companies need to know, according to compliance experts

Enforcement of California's privacy law begins Wednesday, and many questions linger about how the state will handle it. The law calls for fines against companies that fail to protect consumers' data, but it's not clear where the attorney general will focus enforcement.  The attorney general has said of offenders "I will descend on them and make an example of them." Experts say companies need to show they're making an effort to comply, and pay particular attention to the rules around selling da...
Tags: Google, Europe, California, France, Trends, Intel, Social Security, Arizona, Clarke, Morrison Foerster, Xavier Becerra, CCPA, Becerra, Dan Clarke, Miriam Wugmeister, Data Security Group



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