A New Artificial Material Effectively Cannot Be Cut

Researchers from the University of Stirling, UK, have embedded ceramic spheres in aluminum foam to create a material that couldn't be cut with angle grinders, power drills or water jet cutters. "They dubbed it Proteus after the shape-shifting Greek god, for the way the material metamorphosed in different ways to defend against attacks," reports New Scientists. From the report: "It's pretty amazing," says Miranda Anderson at the University of Stirling, UK, who worked on the project. Rather than j...
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Google Promises Privacy With Virus App But Can Still Collection Location Data

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: When Google and Apple announced plans in April for free software to help alert people of their possible exposure to the coronavirus, the companies promoted it as "privacy preserving" and said it would not track users' locations. Encouraged by those guarantees, Germany, Switzerland and other countries used the code to develop national virus alert apps that have been downloaded more than 20 million times. But for the apps to work on smar...
Tags: Apple, Google, New York, Tech, Switzerland, Denmark, Latvia, The New York Times, Voss, Apple Google, Health Ministry, Germany Switzerland, Pete Voss, Federal Office of Public Health, Cecilie Lumbye Thorup, Dr Sang Il Kim

Lithium Can Be Extracted From Groundwater At Geothermal Installations

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CleanTechnica: Scientists at the KIT Energy Center at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology say there is enough lithium dissolved in the groundwater extracted by German geothermal heating and electricity installations to meet the needs of most if not all of the battery manufacturers in the country. "As far as we know, there can be up to 200 milligrams per liter," says geoscientist Dr. Jens Grimmer of the Institute of Applied Geosciences at KIT. "If we con...
Tags: Germany, Tech, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT Energy Center, Jens Grimmer, Institute of Applied Geosciences, Florencia Saravia, Grimmer Saravia

Most Dedicated VPN IP-Addresses Are Not Anonymous

"Many VPN services advertise themselves as ideal tools to offer security, privacy, and anonymity. To ensure the latter, they often have no-logging policies to prevent individual users from being exposed," writes Ernesto Van der Sar via TorrentFreak. "However, this is not necessarily true for the small group that use dedicated or static IP-addresses." From the report: Today, most of the top providers pride themselves on their "no logging" policies. They go to extreme lengths to ensure that anonym...
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Tech watchdog calls on Facebook Oversight Board members to demand real power or resign

A new policy-focused nonprofit that emerged from the recent wave of big tech scrutiny is calling for members of Facebook’s Oversight Board to either step up or step down. In an open letter, Accountable Tech urges the five U.S.-based Facebook Oversight Board members to “demand the Board be given real authority” or quit their positions. “Each of you were selected to serve on this Board because of your outspoken commitment to free expression, human rights, and democratic values,” the letter’s au...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Government, Tech, Hillary Clinton, Clinton, Trump, Board, Gill, Trump Administration, Oversight Board, Lehrich, Jesse Lehrich, Facebook Oversight Board

Microsoft President Met With U.S. Antitrust Committee Investigating Apple and Expressed Concerns Over App Store

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are all set to participate in an antitrust hearing next Monday held by the United States House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee as part of an ongoing antitrust investigation on competition in digital markets. Ahead of the hearing, the committee spoke with Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith, with The Information sharing details on the virtual meeting. The committe...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Brussels, App Store, Smith, Sundar Pichai, Brad Smith, Eastern Time, App Store Microsoft, June Smith, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Alphabet Google, U S Antitrust Committee Investigating Apple

Facebook Overrides Fact-Checks When Climate Science Is 'Opinion'

Facebook says its fact-checking process is one of the ways it plans to fight disinformation heading into the U.S. presidential election, but as Ars Technica points out, opinion content is largely exempt from review. "New reports about the way the site handles the fact-checking of climate science stories [...] make clear that fact-checking can only work as well as Facebook allows it to," reports Ars. "While Facebook has heavily invested in efforts to stem the overwhelming tide of false and mislea...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Ars Technica, New York Times, Washington Examiner, Sen Elizabeth Warren D Mass, Daily Wire, Andy Stone

Daily Crunch: COVID-19 vaccine trials show promise

Vaccine researchers have some good news, Google Maps adds end-to-end bikesharing directions and Roblox launches a new virtual event platform. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 20, 2020. The big story: COVID-19 vaccine trials show promise Two vaccine trials — one conducted at the University of Oxford, and another by researchers in Wuhan — both had promising results, with a vaccine leading to an increased antibody response, while also appearing to be safe for human use. The Oxford team is now re...
Tags: Health, Science, Tech, General Motors, Tesla, Oxford, Gm, University of Oxford, Google Maps, Wuhan, Alex Wilhelm, Buick, Ev, Dhillon, Darrell Etherington, Roblox

Zuck: Would These Hips Lie... About a Secret Deal With Trump?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is mostly in the news today for an unflattering photograph of him taken while surfing, slathered in Marilyn Manson-esque levels of sunscreen paired with an unsettlingly perky ass. In what may well have been an attempt to change Google results for his name to anything else, Zuckerberg…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Science, Donald Trump, Marilyn Manson, Zuckerberg, Trump, Zuck, 2020 Elections, Tech Policy, Zucc

GitHub buried a data archive at the north pole in case post-apocalyptic society needs help

Dear people of the future: we’re sorry for whatever horrible thing we did that caused the apocalypse (was it nukes? climate change? killer robots? idiots who wouldn’t wear masks during a pandemic?). But the good news is, if you’re reading this you must have found GitHub’s buried data archive containing everything you need to reboot society — pun intended. GitHub inc, a Microsoft subsidiary, recently archived some 21 terabytes of data in long-term storage in hopes that an advanced future society ...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural

Microsoft-Owned Minecraft Will Stop Using Amazon's Cloud

Microsoft will stop relying on Amazon to help it run the popular Minecraft video game. CNBC reports: The shift represents an obvious way for Microsoft to cut back on payments to one of its toughest competitors and promote its own product. Amazon Web Services rules the market for public cloud infrastructure for running software from afar through vast data centers, and Microsoft has been working to take share with its Azure cloud. Azure is growing faster than many other parts of Microsoft, helping...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Tech, Aws, Minecraft, Mojang, Cnbc, Amazon Web Services, Matt Booty, AWS for Realms Microsoft

The Brain Behind the Google Pixel Camera Is Building a Universal Camera App For Adobe

Marc Levoy, the researcher who used software to turn Google's Pixel camera into a powerhouse, has joined Adobe to build a universal camera app, Adobe announced today. The Verge reports: Levoy headed up the team that developed the impressive computational photography technology used in Google's Pixel smartphones, including features like Night Sight, Portrait Mode, and HDR+. His work also helped Pixels take great photos without requiring as much hardware as competing phones -- the Pixel line famou...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Adobe, Tech, Pixel, Levoy, Marc Levoy, Abhay Parasnis, Photoshop Camera, Photoshop Camera Adobe Research

Linux Foundation Launches COVID-19 Project to Help Health Authorities Make Apps With Apple's API

The Linux Foundation today announced the launch of a new Linux Foundation Public Health Initiative (LFPH) (via TechRepublic) that uses open source technologies including Apple and Google's Exposure Notification API to help public health authorities combat COVID-19. The LFPH includes Cisco,, Geometer, IBM, NearForm, Tencent, and VMWare, and is launching with two exposure notification projects: COVID Shield and COVID Green. COVID Shield and COVID Green are apps that use the Apple and Go...
Tags: Apple, Google, Cisco, Canada, Denmark, Ibm, South Carolina, Shopify, Linux Foundation, Vmware, Canada Ireland, Dan Kohn, COVID, COVID-19 Coronavirus, Exposure Notification, Alabama North Dakota

The best wellness apps for iOS and Android

From sleep apps to meditation and yoga, these apps will help you stay centered and create healthy habits.
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Trends, Buying Guides, Health Apps, Wellness Apps, Meditation Apps, Wellbeing Apps, Yoga Apps


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SpaceX successfully catches both fairing halves for the first time on its latest launch

SpaceX has managed a first – catching both halves of the fairing used on one of its Falcon 9 rocket launches, according to CEO and founder Elon Musk. The fairing is a two-piece protective cover that surrounds the cargo on the launch vehicle as it ascends through Earth’s atmosphere on its way to space. SpaceX has been attempting to recover the fairing using two ships equipped with special nets designed to catch them as they fall, but this is the first time that the company has managed to actua...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Ceo, Earth, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Musk, Falcon, Elon, Outer Space

Treasure8 adds Chris Cowart to its executive team as it renews pushing its tech to reduce food waste

Chris Cowart, the longtime IDEO product designer, Singularity University faculty member, and consultant to a variety of venture firms and tech projects, is joining the food preservation technology developer Treasure8 as its new chief innovation and strategy officer, according to a post on LinkedIn. “In the last three years food has come to the fore as a theme,” said Cowart in an interview with TechCrunch. Cowart, who previously spent the majority of his time consulting on healthcare companies...
Tags: Health, Food, TC, Nutrition, America, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Healthcare, Computing, Food And Drink, Food Waste, Food Science, San Francisco Bay, Advisor, Alphabet, Ideo

Your 'Doomscrolling' Breeds Anxiety. Health Experts Offer Ways To Stop the Cycle

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: So many of us do it: You get into bed, turn off the lights, and look at your phone to check Twitter one more time. You see that coronavirus infections are up. Maybe your kids can't go back to school. The economy is cratering. Still, you incessantly scroll though bottomless doom-and-gloom news for hours as you sink into a pool of despair. This self-destructive behavior has become so common that a new word for it has entered our lexicon: "doomscrolling...
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'Verzuz' Series That Pits Artists Against One Another Coming to Apple Music

Verzuz, an Instagram Live series founded by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, is making its way to Apple Music, reports Variety. Verzuz launched in March and is designed to pit two artists against one another in a friendly competition. So far, the series has featured Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, John Legend, and DJ Nice. The first Verzuz episode on ‌Apple Music‌ will air on Wednesday, July 22 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time and will feature Snoop Dog and DMX. While Verzuz will be aired on ‌Apple Music‌, it ...
Tags: Apple, Timbaland, Apple Music, Swizz Beatz, Snoop Dog, Verzuz, Variety Verzuz, Alicia Keys Erykah Badu John Legend, Swizz Beatz Timbaland

Business debt hibernation at a standstill

A Google search of "business debt hibernation NZ" will return more than 50 articles from different professional services firms advising how to use it.In one of these, law firm DLA Piper writes, "while we remain interested to see... [Author: [email protected]]
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After numerous rejections, Struck’s dating app for the Co-Star crowd hits the App Store

Founded by former Apple engineers, a new app called Struck wants to be the Tinder for the Co-Star crowd. In other words, it’s an astrology-based matchmaker. But it took close to 10 attempts over several months for the startup to get its app approved by Apple for inclusion in the App Store. In nearly every rejection, app reviewers flagged the app as “spam” either due to its use of astrology or, once, simply because it was designed for online dating. Apple continually cited section 4.3 of its App ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Mobile, Apps, New York, Instagram, La, Tech, Ios Apps, Antitrust, App Store, Dating Apps, Astrology, Bay Area, Kama Sutra, Lisa Jackson

Zuckerberg says there’s ‘no deal of any kind’ between Facebook and Trump

In an interview with Axios, Mark Zuckerberg shot down suspicions that Facebook is giving President Trump lenient treatment on the platform as part of a closed-door agreement. “I’ve heard this speculation, too, so let me be clear: There’s no deal of any kind,” Zuckerberg told Axios. “Actually, the whole idea of a deal is pretty ridiculous.” While Trump faces increasing scrutiny for rule violations on other social platforms—most notably Twitter—the president’s activity on Facebook has largely rema...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Obama, Congress, Government, White House, Tech, United States, Peter Thiel, Anthony Fauci, Justice Department, Zuckerberg, Trump, Trump Administration, Facebook Trump

Patients Aren't Being Told About the AI Systems Advising Their Care

At a growing number of prominent hospitals and clinics around the country, clinicians are turning to AI-powered decision support tools -- many of them unproven -- to help predict whether hospitalized patients are likely to develop complications or deteriorate, whether they're at risk of readmission, and whether they're likely to die soon. But these patients and their family members are often not informed about or asked to consent to the use of these tools in their care, a STAT examination has fo...
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The best investment apps to use right now

  Investing feels more accessible than it's ever been. Whether you prefer a hands-off approach or love to pour over market research and make trades — or fall somewhere in between — the right investment app can make it that much easier to reach your goals. The best investment apps right now Brokerage Editor's rating (out of 5) Fees Best for E*TRADE 4.50 $0 trading 0.30% AUM fee; 0.65%-1.25% AUM fee for higher balances Fee-free trading and low-cost automated investi...
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Apple’s New Ads Capture the Creative Processes of James Blake, Samin Nosrat and More

For several years now, the Behind the Mac campaign has been putting a spotlight on creatives of all stripes who work on Apple products. Most recently, Apple built on the vibe of the campaign to launch "Creativity Goes On," a celebration of the diverse kinds of content and ideas coming to life in quarantine. Today...
Tags: Apple, Mac, Advertising, Ad of the Day, Life in Quarantine, James Blake Samin Nosrat

Facebook's donations to politicians are dropping, even as it faces unprecedented attacks ahead of the 2020 election (FB)

Facebook is slowing its donations to US politicians, even as a hotly contested presidential election approaches. The social media company is on track to spend significantly less via its political action committee in 2020 than it did in either 2016 or 2018 — despite tripling revenues since 2016. The company is also slowing the speed at which it is making donations, an analysis of FEC filings by Business Insider found. And it is moving away from donating to candidates directly, instead directing...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Montana, US, Trends, United States, South Dakota, PAC, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Delaware, Signal, Trump, DCCC, Federal Election Commission FEC

Microsoft Brings Procmon To Linux

ProcMon for Linux is Microsoft's newest open-source Linux software. ProcMon is a rewritten and re-imagined version of its Processor Monitor found on Windows within their Sysinternals suite. From a report: Microsoft explains, "The Procmon is a Linux reimagining of the classic Procmon tool from the Sysinternals suite of tools for Windows. Procmon provides a convenient and efficient way for Linux developers to trace the syscall activity on the system." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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SpaceX successfully launches ANASIS-II satellite and breaks booster turnaround record

SpaceX has completed another successful launch, this time on behalf of Lockheed Martin and its client South Korea. The payload is ANASIS-II, a dedicated military communications satellite (South Korea’s first), which the nation will use to help safeguard its national security. The Falcon 9 carrying the ANASIS-II lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 5:30 PM EDT (2:30 PM PDT) on Monday, using a first stage booster that SpaceX flew under two months ago – on the Demo-2 mission that carr...
Tags: TC, South Korea, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Lockheed Martin, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Spacecraft

One of the Lead Engineers Behind the Pixel Camera Just Surfaced at Adobe

After quietly leaving Google in March of this year, one of the lead engineers behind the development of the Pixel Camera—Marc Levoy—has just surfaced at Adobe.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Adobe, Photoshop, Smartphones, Cameras, Marc Levoy, Pixel Camera, Photoshop Camera, Adobe Getting Serious About Camera Apps

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