Giant Flywheel Project In Scotland Could Prevent UK Blackouts

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: A giant flywheel in north-east Scotland could soon help to prevent blackouts across Britain by mimicking the effect of a power station but without using fossil fuels. The trailblazing project near Keith in Moray, thought to cost about 25 million British pounds, will not generate electricity or produce carbon emissions -- but it could help keep the lights on by stabilizing the energy grid's electrical frequency. The Norwegian energy company S...
Tags: Scotland, Tech, Britain, General Electric, Eso, Keith, Moray, Statkraft, National Grid Electricity System Operator ESO

Apple CEO Tim Cook to Testify in U.S. Antitrust Hearing on July 27

Apple CEO Tim Cook will participate in an antitrust hearing held by the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee on Monday, July 27 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the Judiciary Committee announced today. The hearing is part of an ongoing U.S. antitrust investigation that involves competition in digital markets. The hearing, labeled "Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 6: Examining the Dominance of Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple," will also include Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Alphabet/Google CEO...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, Tim Cook, Antitrust, App Store, Justice Department, Sundar Pichai, House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, David Cicilline, Antitrust Subcommittee, House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, Eastern Time the Judiciary Committee

6 takeaways from California’s small-business Paycheck Protection loans

From Silicon Valley startups to Gavin Newsom’s wine business, a rundown of who got what from the federal coronavirus business loan program. Organic farms, the governor’s winery group, a scooter startup and … Burning Man? The new list of California recipients of federal Paycheck Protection Program loans to ease economic fallout from the coronavirus is long, varied and sometimes bizarre. The Small Business Administration effort “to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their ...
Tags: Apple, Business, Small Business, Congress, California, Government, San Francisco, Sport, Kanye West, Soccer, Treasury, Bird, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Airbnb, Michelin

Microsoft Is Interested In Acquiring Warner Bros. Gaming Unit

According to a new report from The Information, Microsoft is interested in bidding on Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which is currently a division of AT&T. From a report: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, or WB Games, is known for publishing the "Batman: Arkham" series, "Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor," many "Lego" and "Harry Potter" games, "Mortal Kombat," and "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt." The unit consists of game-development studios in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. AT&T acquired ...
Tags: Microsoft, Time Warner, Tech, Canada, Harry Potter, DirecTV, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, Warner Bros Gaming Unit, Information Microsoft, U K AT T

4 Signs Your Company Might Be VC-Backable

[Photo credit: Annie Spratt on Unsplash] by Axel Grubba, founder for Profit From Tech Do you know what some of the largest companies such as Facebook, Shopify, and Apple all have in common? They’re all VC-backed, and it was venture capital financing, those back then young startups, received, which was integral to their tremendous growth. However, many first-time entrepreneurs fail to grasp the important distinctions between a “venture backable” business and a “lifestyle business.” Just because ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Bill, Startup Funding, Advice For The Young At Heart, Startup Advice, Annie Spratt, Axel Grubba, Facebook Shopify, Profit From Tech

How Google Docs Became the Social Media of the Resistance

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: In just the last week, Google Docs has emerged as a way to share everything from lists of books on racism to templates for letters to family members and representatives to lists of funds and resources that are accepting donations. Shared Google Docs that anyone can view and anyone can edit, anonymously, have become a valuable tool for grassroots organizing during both the coronavirus pandemic and the police brutality protests sweepi...
Tags: Facebook, US, Tech, Google Docs, MIT Technology Review, Merrimack College, Georgia State University Read, George Floyd, Melissa Zimdars, Zimdars, Carlisa Johnson

Apple 'Assessing' Hong Kong National Security Law as Other Tech Companies Pause Data Requests

Apple is assessing a new Hong Kong security law that makes "subversion" of the government illegal and raises concerns about the criminalization of protests, reports Bloomberg. China last week implemented legislation allowing local authorities to supervise and regulate internet access in Hong Kong. The new measures criminalize acts that were previously considered protected speech under Hong Kong law, such as the ongoing protests. In a statement, Apple said that it already requires content req...
Tags: Apple, Hong Kong, China, United States, U S Department of Justice, China Hong Kong, Blurb, Bloomberg China, Hong Kong Apple, WhatsApp Facebook Instagram and Twitter

New H.266 VCC Codec Up To 50% More Efficient Than Previous Standard

The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute on Tuesday announced the H.266 Versatile Video Coding codec, which will power more data-efficient video capture and transmission on future iPhones. AppleInsider reports: Apple adopted the predecessor to the new codec, H.265/HEVC, in iOS 11. The updated video codec, which was developed after years of research and standardization, will bring a number of tangible benefits to future iPhone users. In its announcement, the Fraunhofer HHI said that H.266 will red...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Fraunhofer HHI, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

Microsoft's Next Xbox Series X Game Showcase Coming July 23

Microsoft will be holding its next Xbox Games Showcase on July 23, the company announced today. Ars Technica reports: Unlike Microsoft's May promotional event, which focused on third-party launch titles for the upcoming console, the July 23 event is expected to discuss first-party exclusives from Microsoft's own Xbox Game Studios. That likely includes new footage of Halo Infinite, which saw a new teaser trailer a few weeks ago. That lineup of first-party studios now includes Psychonauts 2 develo...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Ars Technica, Obsidian Entertainment

Apple Might Make Future MacBook Keyboards Out of Glass, and I'm Concerned

When I saw that Apple recently filed a patent application for transparent keycaps made of glass, possibly for use in future Bluetooth desktop or MacBook keyboards, I was intrigued. This could be Apple’s solution to making a longer-lasting and more reliable keyboard, something the company has struggled with over the…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Keyboards, Mac, Beautiful But Probably Dangerous

Daily Crunch: Uber confirms Postmates acquisition

You may have noticed that The Daily Crunch is publishing about six hours later than usual. Do not be alarmed! We decided that sending the newsletter later in the day was a better fit for the TechCrunch news cycle — hopefully, there will be fewer days when we hit Publish and then groan when we see a giant story break five minutes later. We’re also taking the opportunity to rethink the newsletter format. The mission hasn’t changed — the goal is to deliver the day’s big tech headlines in an email t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Facebook, Uber, Twitter, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, India, US, Tech, Intel, PPP, Postmates, Silver Lake, Sequoia, Alex Wilhelm, Index

Ireland Launches COVID-19 App That Uses Apple/Google Exposure Notification API

Ireland today released "COVID Tracker Ireland," a COVID-19 contact tracing app that takes advantage of Apple and Google's Exposure Notification API. The app, which is opt in, says that users will be alerted if they come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Those exposed will be able to track their symptoms, get advice on what to do, and choose to anonymously warn others they've been in contact with. The app downloads a list of anonymous IDs every two hours f...
Tags: Apple, Google, UK, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, National Health Service, Stephen Donnelly, Exposure Notification, Journal Health, Donnolly, Switzerland Latvia Italy Germany Poland

Hong Kong: Facebook, Google and Twitter among firms 'pausing' police help

Twitter and Telegram also put a halt to processing data requests, but Apple has not commented.
Tags: Apple, Hong Kong, News, Facebook Google

PlayStation's Secret Weapon: A Nearly All-Automated Factory

According to Nikkei Asian Review, much of the PlayStation's success can be attributed to an unassuming factory in Japan that is almost entirely operated by robots. From the report: On the outskirts of Kisarazu, a large, white building towers over an otherwise suburban landscape. Once inside, visitors are greeted by the whirring of motors as dozens of robots seamlessly churn out PlayStation 4 consoles. Just a few humans were present to deal with a handful of tasks -- two to feed bare motherboards...
Tags: Japan, Tech, Nikkei Asian Review, Mitsubishi Electric, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Kisarazu, Sony Global Manufacturing Operations

Google, Twitter, and Facebook Stop Handing Over User Data to Hong Kong Cops

When Hong Kong passed its shiny new national security law last week, the city’s authorities were probably expecting a bit of pushback from the locals, who’ve called the new regime everything from “chilling” to “draconian” to nothing less than the Chinese Communist Party’s “takeover of Hong Kong.” Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Hong Kong, Science, Chinese communist party, Authoritarianism, Google Twitter, Facebook Stop Handing Over User Data, Hong Kong Cops

BMW is Going All-in On In-car Microtransactions (slashdot)

BMW has detailed an overhaul to the digital systems that power its luxury vehicles, including a new map and navigation system, a revamped digital assistant, a "digital key" (first shown off at Apple's annual developer conference last month), and wireless Android Auto. But the most interesting thing BMW shared about the changes is that the company is going all-in on in-car microtransactions. From a report: Cars are more full of computers and software than ever before, which has made it possible f...
Tags: Apple, News, Tesla, Bmw, Msmash

New Mac ransomware is even more sinister than it appears (ars technica)

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) The threat of ransomware may seem ubiquitous, but there haven't been too many strains tailored specifically to infect Apple's Mac computers since the first full-fledged Mac ransomware surfaced only four years ago. So when Dinesh Devadoss, a malware researcher at the firm K7 Lab, published findings on Tuesday about a new example of Mac ransomware, that fact alone was significant. It turns out, though, that the malware, which researchers are now calling ThiefQuest,...
Tags: Apple, News, Mac, Wired, Patrick Wardle, Dinesh Devadoss, K7 Lab

Email is broken and Hey’s Jason Fried is here to fix it

Email is a critical tool in modern-day communications, so it’s natural that many entrepreneurs have tried to overhaul it over the years. In the last decade, email client Mailbox came and went, Slack launched to try to give people an alternative to email and Superhuman emerged to help people more easily reach the promised land of Inbox Zero. The latest startup to tackle email is project management software maker Basecamp, which launched Hey last month. Within its first 11 days of release, Hey ...
Tags: Work, Productivity, Startups, TC, Gmail, Email, Developer, Tech, Product Management, Basecamp, Jason Fried, Yahoo Mail, Market Analysis, Hey, Extra Crunch, CEO Jason Fried

Foreign Students Must Leave the US If Their Universities Transition To Online-Only Learning

ugen shares a report from Reuters: Foreign students must leave the United States if their school's classes this fall will be taught completely online or transfer to another school with in-person instruction, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced on Monday. It was not immediately clear how many student visa holders would be affected by the move, but foreign students are a key source of revenue for many U.S. universities as they often pay full tuition. ICE said it wou...
Tags: US, Tech, United States, State Department, Reuters, Customs Enforcement ICE

Fujitsu Announces Permanent Work-From-Home Plan

Technology firm Fujitsu announced a new "Work Life Shift" program that will offer unprecedented flexibility to its 80,000 workers in Japan. "Staff will be able to work flexible hours, and working from home will be standard wherever possible," reports the BBC. From the report: In a statement sent to the BBC, Fujitsu said it "will introduce a new way of working that promises a more empowering, productive, and creative experience for employees that will boost innovation and deliver new value to its...
Tags: Japan, Tech, Bbc, Fujitsu, Work Life Shift, BBC Fujitsu

Android Users Blessed With Dark Mode Support for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

I have made a terrible mistake. I, the owner of an Apple-made miniature computer I carry with me everywhere, am experiencing a profound feeling of regret over the decision to procure this particular gadget over one that runs on Android. Because beginning this week, Android users will officially have access to a…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Science, Google Docs, G Suite, Dark Mode, Dark Mode Everything

‘Greyhound’ Shift From Theaters to AppleTV+ is “An Absolute Heartbreak” to Writer and Star Tom Hanks

Greyhound, the new World War II movie starring Tom Hanks, was originally slated to hit theaters in March of last year. But it got pushed to January 2020, then moved back to May, and then bumped to June. Ultimately, the movie never hit theaters at all, because Apple swooped in, purchased the distribution rights, and decided to debut it directly on the AppleTV+ streaming service. The movie will be available for subscribers to stream in just a few days, but it sounds like Hanks – who also produced...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Movies, War, Tom-Hanks, Netflix, Hanks, Action/Adventure, Greyhound, Appletv, Aaron Schneider Get Low, Elisabeth Shue Stephen Graham

Influencer-tech startup ChannelMeter is launching an app that lets YouTubers get paid early — and it's not the only fintech going after creators

Startups are eyeing social-media stars as potential customers for financial services products as the influencer industry continues to grow.  Last month, the fintech startup Karat introduced a custom charge card for influencers, looking at a creator's social metrics, like follower count and engagement rates, rather than their FICO score to assess whether they qualify for its card. This week, the influencer-tech company ChannelMeter is launching a cash payment app for YouTubers with the goal of ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Youtube, Trends, Fintech, Lee, Karat, YouTube Instagram, Eugene Lee, Eric Wei, IGTV, Tiktok, YouTube TikTok, YouTube Facebook TikTok, Startup Jellysmack, Will Kim

The Rising Importance of Technology for Renters

Given the current state of the world, and the fact that a higher percentage of the population is working from home than ever before, people are quickly realizing the need for efficient and effective technology.  Initial data shows that internet usage has surged between 50 and 70 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic as the population tries to access work, entertainment and more. The sudden, unprecedented strain on residential technology has caused major concerns related to both bandwidth a...
Tags: Technology, Oregon, New York City, Radio, Smart Homes, Rentals, National Multifamily Housing Council, Online Rent Payments

Tech shares set fresh records despite uncertain economy

Despite record-setting COVID-19 infections, American equities rose today. All major indices gained ground during regular trading, while tech stocks did even better. The Nasdaq Composite set new 52-week and all-time highs, touching 10,462.0 points before closing at 10,433.65, up 2.21% on the day. Similarly, a basket of SaaS and cloud companies that has risen and fallen more sharply than even the tech-heavy Nasdaq closed this afternoon at 1,908.30 after touching 1,952.39 points. Both results were ...
Tags: Amazon, Yahoo, Tech, Tesla, Netflix, Yahoo Finance

Another State Moves Closer To Mandating Tech CLE, But Limited To Cybersecurity

The credit would be included within the Ethics and Professionalism category of CLE and would not add to the minimum number of CLE hours attorneys are required to take.
Tags: Technology, Law, Cle

Supreme Court Upholds Cellphone Robocall Ban

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Associated Press: The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 1991 law that bars robocalls to cellphones. The case, argued by telephone in May because of the coronavirus pandemic, only arose after Congress in 2015 created an exception in the law that allowed the automated calls for collection of government debt. Political consultants and pollsters were among those who asked the Supreme Court to strike down the entire 1991 law that bars them from making roboc...
Tags: Supreme Court, Congress, Tech, Associated Press, Kavanaugh, Brett Kavanaugh

Former Melania Trump Confidante to Release an ‘Explosive’ Tell-All Before the Election

Following months of legal drama, threats, and public controversy surrounding multiple books published by former Trumpworld insiders, yet another blockbuster Trump book is set to hit shelves this summer and contain “explosive” revelations about first lady Melania Trump, written by her once close adviser and friend of 15 years.According to people familiar with the project, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff—who was previously seen by the first lady as a loyal confidante and helped plan President Donald Tru...
Tags: Google, Amazon, New York, News, Washington Post, Washington, White House, Manhattan, The New York Times, Charles, Times, Donald Trump, Gawker, Google Books, Trump, Melania Trump

Prospecting For Clients: How to Prospect for Companies to Pitch as a Freelance Writer

One of the very first things you need to do during a cold pitching campaign is to prospect for companies to pitch. As a freelance writer, you don’t just go and randomly start pitching people. Instead, using a refined set of criteria you first come up with a list of qualified prospects you will be sending your cold pitches to. In this video, I give a thorough walkthrough of how to prospect as a freelance writer. The video shares the exact steps I take when prospecting for clients as a freelance w...
Tags: Google, Freelance, How To Prospect, Cold Pitching Challenge, Prospecting For Clients

U.S. Social Media Companies Cease Hong Kong Data Requests, Citing National Security Law

Several U.S. social media companies have ceased reviewing requests by Hong Kong authorities to search residents' data, following China's implementation of a new national security law covering the territory.The new law gives the Chinese government sweeping power to arrest dissidents in Hong Kong or curtail their activities."We believe freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and support the right of people to express themselves without fear for their safety or other repercussion...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Hong Kong, News, Congress, China, Boris Johnson, State Department, State, China Hong Kong, Mike Pompeo

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