12 Charming Inns of Alberta to Visit Year-Round

If you’re looking for unique places to stay in Alberta, check out the Charming Inns of Alberta – a collection of 12 distinctive properties covering a swath of the province from Jasper National Park in the north to Waterton Lakes National Park in the south. Choose from romantic small inns, log cabins, B&B’s, boutique hotels, and even glamping tents in a world-class mountain setting. Most of these properties are family and pet-friendly. Many are locally owned and offer personalized service. I fi...
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What Happened When Microsoft Analyzed Its Own Remote Work Patterns?

Harvard Business Review just published a new analysis by the director of Microsoft's Workplace Analytics team, a director on Microsoft's workplace intelligence team, and the editor of Microsoft Workplace Insights. "Four months ago we realized that our company, like so many others, was undergoing an immediate and unplanned shift to remote work..." "So, we launched an experiment to measure how the work patterns across our group were changing, using Workplace Analytics, which measures everyday wo...
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A new skills partnership for Singaporeans

Singaporeans have built one of the most competitive economies in the world. But right now, the country’s workers are facing a challenging outlook. There are fewer jobs available, while the jobs that are available require different skills. COVID-19 means more people are working from home, more roles are reliant on technology, and more small businesses are adopting digital tools—trends that we know will continue beyond the pandemic.  Today, in partnership with several government agencies, we’re la...
Tags: Google, Southeast Asia, Singapore, US, Asia Pacific, Sephora, RedDoorz, Ben King, Omnicom Media Group, UOB, Google in Asia, FNZ, Grow With Google, Infocomm Media Development Authority, COVID-19, Dentsu Aegis Network Publicis

America's Border Patrol 'Can Track Everyone's Car' By Buying License Plate-Reader Data

America's border-protection agency "can track everyone's cars all over the country thanks to massive troves of automated license plate scanner data, a new report reveals," reports Ars Technica. And they didn't need to request search warrants from the courts, the article explains, since "the agency did just what hundreds of other businesses and investigators do: straight-up purchase access to commercial databases." U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been buying access to commercial aut...
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Apple and Tim Cook Commemorate Rep. John Lewis

Apple this weekend has honored the life of late politician and civil rights leader John Lewis with a full-page tribute on its website. A photo of Lewis is accompanied by a quote of his: "Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble." Apple CEO Tim Cook yesterday commemorated Lewis in a follow-up tweet. We have lost an American hero. John Lewis guided us toward a more righteous world. He marched in Selma, he marched on Washington—he marched for us all. ...
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Solar + Battery in One Device Sets New Efficiency Standard

Ars Technica reports on an international team's demonstration of a device merging photovoltaic and battery hardware into a single, unified device "that can have extensive storage capacity... a device that's both stable and has efficiencies competitive with those of silicon panels." The resulting hardware can operate in any of three modes: providing power as a solar cell, using sunlight to charge as a battery, or providing power as a battery. Previous records for a solar flow battery show the t...
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Could Pine64's Cheap Linux Smartphone Replace Your PC?

TechRadar reports on Pine64's new "PinePhone Convergence Package" handset, calling it "a Linux desktop you can keep in your pocket" that can be used as a PC when plugged into an external display and a keyboard. The device costs just $199 and is aimed primarily at Linux enthusiasts. The PinePhone Linux smartphone is based on the Alpine Linux-based PostmarketOS that can be used both in smartphone and desktop modes... The main component that transforms the PinePhone into a PC-like device is its US...
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Can consumer brands survive boycotting Facebook?

Over 500 companies, well-known consumer brands among them, have announced that they will not advertise on Facebook-owned media properties until the company curbs hate speech on its platform. Facebook is likely to sustain minimal damages at the hands of the #StopHateForProfit movement, because the lion's share of potential participants depend on the platform for business, and it isn't mutual. Even if all 100 of Facebook's top ad buyers were to suddenly freeze their campaigns and participate i...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Instagram, Activism, Race, Advertising, Cnn, Innovation, Naacp, Levi Strauss, Levi, Zuckerberg, Trump, Gonzalez

'If War Breaks Out on Top of the World'

The United States Air Force's elite "PJ" pararescue units and Alaska National Guard units "are ready to respond if war breaks out on top of the world," reports a new article in Popular Mechanics: With much of the ice cap melted, the Arctic is teeming with competitive activity because it's no longer an impenetrable land of glaciers — void of economic or strategic military advantages. In fact, quite the opposite. The U.S., Russia, and China all recognize that new shipping lanes and natural resour...
Tags: China, Russia, Tech, World, Alaska, Arctic, U S Air Force, Russia China, United States Air Force, Alaska National Guard, Dan Sullivan, Arctic Council, Russia Russia, Tom Bussiere, U S Senator of Alaska, Arctic state China

Gedmatch investigating after user DNA data made available to police

Gedmatch, the DNA analysis site that police used to catch the so-called Golden Gate Killer, was pulled briefly offline on Sunday while its parent company investigated how its users’ DNA profile data apparently became available to law enforcement searches. The site, which lets users upload their DNA profile data to trace their family tree and ancestors, rose to overnight fame in 2018 after law enforcement used the site to match the DNA from a serial murder suspect against the site’s million-plus ...
Tags: Health, Security, Facebook, Privacy, California, Dna, Tech, Law Enforcement, Genetics, Williams, University Of California,, Ancestry, Brett Williams, Elizabeth Joh, Verogen

The United Arab Emirates Successfully Launch a Spacecraft to Mars

The United Arab Emirates has successfully launched a spacecraft towards an orbit around Mars, reports the New York Times. Built by a space physics lab at the University of Colorado, the Hope Mars probe was tested in Dubai, before being shipped to Japan's Tanegashima Island, where it was launched by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The launch is being streamed on the web and on YouTube. It will join a fleet of six other spacecrafts studying the red planet from space, three operated by NASA, two by t...
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Gedmatch investigating after users’ DNA profile data made available to police

Gedmatch, the DNA analysis site that police used to catch the so-called Golden State Killer, was pulled briefly offline on Sunday while its parent company investigated how its users’ DNA profile data apparently became available to law enforcement searches. The site, which lets users upload their DNA profile data to trace their family tree and ancestors, rose to overnight fame in 2018 after law enforcement used the site to match the DNA from a serial murder suspect against the site’s million-plus...
Tags: Health, Security, Facebook, Privacy, California, Dna, Tech, Law Enforcement, Genetics, Williams, University Of California, Signal,, Ancestry, Brett Williams, Elizabeth Joh

The Station: Summer of the SPAC, Adam Neumann returns and the Nissan Ariya debuts

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. The dog days of summer are almost upon us. Technically, we won’t enter this period until July 22. In normal times, vacation season would be well underway and the hit song of the summer would be ...
Tags: Apple, Energy, Transportation, Uber, Hong Kong, Europe, Japan, Elon Musk, UK, California, China, Israel, Global, San Francisco, Tech, Atlanta

29 Free Short Stories from Some of Today’s Most Acclaimed Writers: Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell & More

Let us call your attention to 29 free short stories, written by some of today's most acclaimed writers. They come courtesy of The New York Times' Decameron Project. They write: Inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” a 14th-century collection of tales told by a group of 10 characters taking shelter in an Italian villa during the Black Plague, this [collection] features stories from Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, Téa Obreht, Karen Russell, Tommy Orange, Yiyun Li and others. The so-ca...
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TikTok halts talks on London HQ amid UK-China tensions

Video-sharing app suspends building plans, with British ban on Huawei 5G kit seen as factorThe Chinese social media firm TikTok has pulled back from talks to site the headquarters for its non-China business in the UK, threatening the creation of 3,000 jobs, as fears grow of a tit-for-tat trade war between London and Beijing.Parent company, ByteDance, which is based in Beijing, had spent months in negotiations with the Department for International Trade and No 10 officials to expand operations in...
Tags: UK, Technology, London, China, Social Media, Beijing, Huawei, UK China, Department for International Trade, Tiktok, Beijing Parent, TikTok Continue

Comment on thick, chewy oatmeal raisin cookies by Apk Mux

An APK file is an app created for Android, Google’s mobile operating system. Typically, users never see APK . files because Android handles app installation in the background via Google Play or another app distribution platform.
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Airbnb Criticized For Asking Its Customers To Donate to Their Past Hosts

"Airbnb has been in hot water with hosts since the coronavirus crisis began, since the company told hosts to refund guests who needed to cancel their trips due to the pandemic," reports Travel + Leisure magazine. "According to USA Today, the company spent $250 million in March to try to reimburse hosts for their cancellations plus a $17 million fund for Airbnb Superhosts, though the site reported $1 billion in cancellations, CEO Brian Chesky told USA Today." But some people strongly criticized...
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Open Source Proponents React to Google's 'Open Usage Commons'

Google's announcement of a new open source initiative called the Open Usage Commons "caused some consternation among other open source proponents," according to Diginomica: IBM's reaction is typical. In a statement, the company said that "the creation of the Open Usage Commons (OUC) is disappointing because it doesn't live up to the community's expectation for open governance... Without this vendor-neutral approach to project governance, there will be friction within the community of Kubernete...
Tags: Google, Tech, Ibm, The Linux Foundation, Diginomica, James Governor

Surveillance Software Scanning File-Sharing Networks Led To 12,000 Arrests

Mr. Cooper was a retired high school history teacher using what NBC News calls those peer-to-peer networks where "the lack of corporate oversight creates the illusion of safety for people sharing illegal images." Police were led to Cooper's door by a forensic tool called Child Protection System, which scans file-sharing networks and chatrooms to find computers that are downloading photos and videos depicting the sexual abuse of prepubescent children. The software, developed by the Child Rescue ...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Nbc, Tech, Canada, Brazil, Cooper, Broward County Florida, Child Rescue Coalition, Child Protection System, Child Rescue Coalition The Child Protection System, Dennis Nicewander, Child Rescue Coalition Before

How YouTube’s bias algorithm hurts those looking for information on health

YouTube hosts millions of videos related to health care. The Health Information National Trends Survey reports that 75% of Americans go to the internet first when looking for information about health or medical topics. YouTube is one of the most popular online platforms, with billions of views every day, and has emerged as a significant source of health information. Several public health agencies, such as state health departments, have invested resources in YouTube as a channel for health commun...
Tags: Startups, Youtube, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Syndication, Neural, Health Information National Trends Survey

Companies made millions building unemployment websites that didn’t work

In 2010, California hired the consulting firm Deloitte to overhaul the state website people use to apply for unemployment benefits. Things didn’t go well: Later that year, technical errors led to the halting of payments for some 300,000 people, according to the Los Angeles Times. And, the paper reported that, at $110 million, the final cost of the system was almost double the initial estimate. A decade later, the taxed, aging system built by Deloitte in California is struggling again, this time ...
Tags: Startups, California, Tech, Deloitte, Los Angeles Times, Syndication

Enabling humanoid robot movement with imitation learning and mimicking of animal behaviors

Rish Joshi Contributor Rish is an entrepreneur and investor. Previously, he was a VC at Gradient Ventures (Google’s AI fund), co-founded a fintech startup building an analytics platform for SEC filings and worked on deep-learning research as a graduate student in computer science at MIT. More posts by this contributor Enabling humanoid robot movement with imitation learning and mimicking of animal behaviors It’s time to build against pandemics...
Tags: Google, Tech, SEC, Honda, UC Berkeley, Boston Dynamics, Agility Robotics, Gradient Ventures Google, Rish Joshi Contributor Rish

20 Years of Kaedrin Weblog

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years (two decades!) since I started Kaedrin Weblog. I’ve already covered the history behind the site often enough, so I won’t bore you with repetition. I’ll bore you with something new and hopefully even more boring. The first few years of the blog were filled with design changes, upgrades and the like, and I suppose I “found my voice” at some point, whatever that means. I eventually settled into a pretty comfortable 1-2 posts a week cadence and subject...
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The dual PhD problem of today’s startups

One of the upsides of this job is that you get to see everything going on out there in the startup world. One of the downsides of this job is seeing just how many ideas out there aren’t all that original. Every week in my inbox, there is another no-code startup. Another fintech play for payments and credit cards and personal finance. Another remote work or online events startup. Another cannabis startup, another cryptocurrency, another analytics tool for some other function in the workplace (jan...
Tags: Tech, Php, Innovation, Venture Capital, GPT, COVID

'Mozilla VPN' Launches in Six Countries

"Starting today, there's a VPN on the market from a company you trust," Mozilla announced Wednesday. Mozilla VPN is now officially available for Windows and Android in six countries: the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Singapore, Malaysia, and New Zealand, and it'll be coming to even more countries later this year, reports the Verge: The service is available for $4.99 a month, and, like other VPNs, it's designed to make your web-browsing more private and secure. As part of the move, the service is b...
Tags: US, Tech, Mozilla, New Zealand, Vpn, Firefox Private Network, Mozilla VPN, U S Canada the U K Singapore Malaysia

Gwyneth Paltrow shares photo inside garden at home in LA with daughter Apple

Gwyneth Paltrow spent some time kicking back and relaxing outside with her oldest child at...
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"Almost anyone, with a little exaggeration, would make a good comic character. There is no lack of raw material. Not only the woods, but the streets and houses are full of it."

Said Frank King (1883-1969), quoted in "Growing Old in Gasoline Alley: Ninety-four Years And Counting" (Comics Journal).For a while, King focused exclusively on the car talk of his regular cast (Walt, Doc, Avery, and Bill), and then in 1921, Colonel McCormick’s cousin, partner and head of the Tribune-Daily News syndicate, Captain Joseph Patterson, decided that the cartoon would be even more popular if something in it appealed to women. "Get a baby into the story fast," he commanded the flabberg...
Tags: Comics, Technology, Law, Aging, Bill, Names, Rod Stewart, Alley, Doonesbury, Joseph Patterson, Allison, Walt, McCormick, Meade, Ann Althouse, Althouse + Meade

Q2 2020 Quick Links (Everything)

Copyright * Sony Music Entertainment v. Cox Communications, Inc., 2020 WL 3121306 (E.D. Va. June 2, 2020). Each downloaded song file generally can support its own statutory damage, but “compilations” only get one statutory damages award, and no double-counting of statutory damages for overlapping copyrights in the same file. * Mourabit v. Klein,  19-2142-c (2d Cir. June 8, 2020). Makeup artistry is within copyright’s scope for preemption purposes “because it is essentially a painting that is di...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Coco, New York, Law, California, Court, US, Ppc, Copyright, Fbi, Trade Secrets, New Jersey, Arizona, Nintendo, SEC

Disney Reportedly Joins Facebook Boycott, Slashes Ad Spending

An anonymous reader quotes the Verge: Disney has significantly reduced its spending on Facebook and Instagram ads amid concerns about the social media platform's enforcement of its content policies, The Wall Street Journal reported. It joins a list of large companies that have cut back on Facebook ads as part of an effort to compel Facebook to change how it handles hate speech and misinformation on its platforms. The monthlong #StopHateforProfit boycott organized by a coalition of civil right...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, Disney, Tech, Unilever, Wall Street Journal, Anti Defamation League, NAACP Color of Change and Sleeping Giants, Hershey Honda Ben Jerry, Coca Cola Lego Starbucks

Statisticians Warn That AI Is Still Not Ready To Diagnose COVID-19

Discover magazine reports: For years, many artificial intelligence enthusiasts and researchers have promised that machine learning will change modern medicine. Thousands of algorithms have been developed to diagnose conditions like cancer, heart disease and psychiatric disorders. Now, algorithms are being trained to detect COVID-19 by recognizing patterns in CT scans and X-ray images of the lungs. Many of these models aim to predict which patients will have the most severe outcomes and who wil...
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