The best laptop deals for August 2020: Dell, HP, Apple, and more

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work, we put together a list of the best laptop deals right now.
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Glum Alphabet execs look up from red-ink ad figures. What will we do, they ask. Ahem, coughs Google Cloud

Chocolate Factory's as-a-service stuff grows as advertising, profit takes a tumble Google-parent Alphabet saw its bottom line take a tumble this past quarter as the coronavirus pandemic cut into its lucrative advertising business.…
Tags: Google, Software, Google Cloud

Italy: Italian Telecom Provider Fined Nearly €17 Million For GDPR Violations; Google Fined €600,000 For Violating The Right To Be Forgotten - Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz

Italian Telecom Provider Fined Nearly €17 Million for GDPR Violations; Google Fined €600,000 for Violating the Right to be Forgotten.
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When you're stuck at home in a pandemic, what do you do? Watch TV, play music, use apps, buy laptops, gadgets... Stuff that Apple touts

And stuff that Cupertino just banked billions from Apple is weathering the COVID-19 storm well so far: on Thursday, it reported a surge in sales from its online souks, and maintained iPhone revenues despite temporarily shuttering stores during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.…
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New Imaging System Creates Pictures By Measuring Time

An anonymous reader writes: Photos and videos are usually produced by capturing photons -- the building blocks of light—with digital sensors. For instance, digital cameras consist of millions of pixels that form images by detecting the intensity and color of the light at every point of space. 3-D images can then be generated either by positioning two or more cameras around the subject to photograph it from multiple angles, or by using streams of photons to scan the scene and reconstruct it in th...
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Is Your Chip Card Secure? Much Depends on Where You Bank

A recent series of malware attacks on U.S.-based merchants suggest thieves are exploiting weaknesses in how certain financial institutions have implemented the technology in chip-based credit and debit cards to sidestep key security features and effectively create usable, counterfeit cards. Brian Krebs reports via Krebs on Security: Traditional payment cards encode cardholder account data in plain text on a magnetic stripe, which can be read and recorded by skimming devices or malicious software...
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Australia is set to force Google and Facebook to pay for news content

Australia's government has introduced draft legislation which would force Google and Facebook to pay news publishers for hosting their content. Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the aim of the legislation is to give news companies fair remuneraton for original content. Google's Australia and New Zealand managing director said the draft legislation was a "heavy-handed intervention" that "threatens to impede Australia's digital economy and impacts the services we can deliver to Australia...
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A digital exhibit to elevate Indigenous art

In March 2020, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney opened to wide acclaim—only to close after 10 days because of COVID-19. The Biennale has since physically reopened to limited audiences, but now, through a virtual exhibit on Google Arts & Culture, people all over the world can experience it. This year’s Biennale is led by First Nations artists, and showcases work from marginalized communities around the world, under the artistic direction of the Indigenous Australian artist, Brook Andrew. It’s titled N...
Tags: Google, Cook, Australia, First Nations, United States, New South Wales, Sydney, Black Lives Matter, Hyde Park, Arts And Culture, Brook, Pacific Island, Museum of Contemporary Art, Biennale, Zanele Muholi, Google Arts Culture

Ford Bronco reservations surpass 150,000

The reception to Bronco 2021 — Ford’s flagship series of 4×4 vehicles that were revealed earlier this month — surpassed expectations of the company’s most optimistic initial projections, CEO Jim Hackett said in an earnings call Thursday.  More than 150,000 customers have plunked down $100 to reserve a spot to order one of the vehicles, according to Ford.  “We think this family of vehicles has big upside potential in the growing off-road category and this is a category with a leading OEM ha...
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Self-driving startup Argo AI hits $7.5 billion valuation

Autonomous vehicle technology startup Argo AI is valued at $7.5 billion, just a little more than three years after the company burst on the scene with a $1 billion investment from Ford. The official valuation was confirmed Thursday nearly two months after VW Group finalized its $2.6 billion investment in Argo AI. Under that deal, Ford and VW have equal ownership stakes, which will be roughly 40% each over time. The remaining equity sits with Argo’s co-founders as well as employees. Argo’s boa...
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Learning Curve: A Lesson On Distance Learning For Parents

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Navigating a virtual world is hard enough for students and sometimes even more so for the families that help them. But, a Sacramento technology teacher is stepping up to offer her expertise at no cost to parents. “Thank god for technology, I don’t know how I could do it without it,” said Junior Goris, a dad of three. Goris is able to see his kids only from afar during the pandemic – having a child with underlying conditions and an essential job that requires him to come into...
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The coronavirus has only made Big Tech more dominant

One day after the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google were grilled by Congress about whether their companies are too dominant, the businesses posted earnings results that showed they are only getting more dominant amid the pandemic.
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Big Tech's CEOs wrapped themselves in the flag and warned about China. Here's why their patriotic appeal was meaningless, misleading, and should be ignored.

In the congressional hearing Wednesday into antitrust concerns in the tech industry, the four CEOs who testified all touted their companies American roots, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg warned of competition from China. The appeal to patriotism and nationalistic sentiments is a familiar tactic; the tech companies have used it repeatedly in recent years as they've come under increasing scrutiny. But it also has a long history — giant companies routinely tout their all-American roots and the th...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Congress, China, US, Trends, Intel, House Of Representatives, Tim Cook, Ibm, Jeff Bezos, Boeing, Justice Department

Should the US Military Be Recruiting On Twitch?

The U.S. military has for years been using streaming channels and video gaming to recruit people. "Several branches of the military -- with the exception of the Marines -- have had esports teams since 2018," reports The Verge. "And according to, the Army's esports efforts alone generated 3,500 recruiting leads in fiscal year 2019." But the question is... should they be recruiting on these platforms? According to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), the answer is no. She is propos...
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Why Disruptions Favor Emerging Trends & Brands

When marketplace disruptions are far-reaching and radical, conventional ways of doing business are swept aside, clearing the way for emerging trends and small yet burgeoning brands to accelerate into an enduring and sometimes dominant mainstream position. This is the principle of acceleration. Marketplace change is not always incremental or slow to catch on. Sometimes, change happens all at once in what seems like, and often is, the blink of an eye. But the hallmark of acceleration is not tha...
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The Gig Economy Is Failing. Say Hello to the Hustle Economy.

An anonymous reader shares a report: "We have nothing to sell besides physical touch." The thought jarred Amber Briggle awake some nights. It kept her from eating in the first week of the Covid-19 shutdown when she lost six pounds fretting over the sudden collapse of the business she'd built up her "entire adult life." For seven years, Briggle has owned a massage studio called Soma in Denton, Texas. She grew the operation from a pop-up in her house to a mini-empire with a wall of local "best of"...
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Google is 'reimagining' work for the post-pandemic era, but losing its famously lavish office perks could pose a big challenge to its culture (GOOGL)

During the company's Q2 earnings call, Google said it was "reimagining the optimal work environment," days after it told employees they could work from home for another year.  As the pandemic shows no sign of relenting, Google is faced with a new challenge: How to make the company a great place to work when it can no longer rely on its famously lavish office perks.  That will be especially challenging as Google plans to grow its headcount, particularly through new graduates who will have no se...
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Google's $2.1 Billion Fitbit Deal Faces Full-Scale EU Antitrust Investigation

According to CNBC sources, Google's $2.1 billion bid for fitness tracker maker Fitbit will face a full-scale EU antitrust investigation next week. From the report: Alphabet unit Google this month offered not to use Fitbit's health data to help it target ads in an attempt to address EU antitrust concerns. The opening of a full-scale investigation suggests that this is not sufficient. The deal, announced last November, would see Google compete with market leader Apple and Samsung in the fitness-tr...
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Take a Look Inside Apple's New Retail Store in Bangkok

Apple's newest retail store in Bangkok, Thailand is set to open in just a few hours, and ahead of the store's launch, MacRumors reader Scott Nibley shared some photos of the store's interior taken during the location's soft opening. The new store is Apple's second retail location in Thailand, joining Apple Iconsiam, which . Apple's new Bangkok store features a cylindrical two-story glass design with a flat roof. Inside, there are product tables arranged in a ring shape around the sto...
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Emails and IMs from the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook and Google show how they think about acquiring companies — and it has little to do with the quality of a startup's product (AMZN, FB, GOOG)

Documents made public Wednesday as part of a Congressional antitrust hearing give insight into the concerns of tech's most powerful CEOs leading up to game-changing acquisitions. Amazon, Facebook and Google all made big purchases of startups whose technology, the documents reveal, their teams found to be lacking. Instead, the deals got done because the companies feared losing market share or wanted a leg up in a new sector.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you're lookin...
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Amazon is actively helping customers cut cloud usage and costs amid the pandemic, CFO Brian Olsavsky explains, as AWS whiffs on revenue expectations (AMZN)

Despite an impressive second-quarter earnings report, Amazon's cloud business missed analyst expectations and reported slowing revenue growth. Amazon Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky explained the deceleration in the company's earnings call by revealing that Amazon Web Services has been actively looking for ways to help customers scale down usage to save money during the pandemic. The move helps both parties, he reasoned: It helps clients stay afloat while also benefiting the "longterm h...
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GOP Congressman Turns Antitrust Hearing Into Personal Tech Support Session

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VICE News: We all have trouble with our email sometimes. We don't typically get to harangue the CEO of Google about why, say, Dad's Gmail is acting up, though. You have to be a member of Congress to pull that. Rep. Greg Steube, Republican from Florida, went there during Wednesday's high-profile congressional hearing about tech giants' market dominance and anti-competitive behavior. Handed the chance to throw any question at some of the most powerful peopl...
Tags: Google, Florida, Congress, Washington, Tech, Gop, Silicon Valley, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Greg Steube, Steube

Rakuten is shuttering the online shop formerly known as

Japanese conglomerate Rakuten has pulled the plug on its U.S. online retail store, originally known as, and will wind down its operations over the next two months, the company confirmed to TechCrunch. The shutdown means that the US headquarters will lay off its staff as well, meaning 87 people will lose their jobs, according a source familiar with the developments. “We have decided to sunset the U.S. Rakuten Marketplace,” a company representative said in an email to TechCrunch. They c...
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Google reports first-ever quarterly decline

Although the company's overall ad revenue fell, bright spots included strong demand from direct response advertisers on YouTube and growth in commerce.
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NTIA Follows Trump's Unconstitutional Order To Request The FCC Review Section 230 (techdirt)

As we mentioned on Friday, on Monday, the NTIA followed through on a key part of Trump's executive order on Section 230, asking the FCC to weigh in on interpreting the law. Everything about this is crazy. The NTIA request was almost certainly written by a recently hired lawyer who has spent the last couple of years attacking Section 230. He's also the same lawyer who sued Twitter on behalf of a white supremacist, and when I had reached out to him over email to ask him how that made sense under 2...
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Google's Web App Plans Collide With Apple's iPhone, Safari Rules (slashdot)

Google and Apple, which already battle over mobile operating systems, are opening a new front in their fight. How that plays out may determine the future of the web. From a report: Google was born on the web, and its business reflects its origin. The company depends on the web for search and advertising revenue. So it isn't a surprise that Google sees the web as key to the future of software. Front and center are web apps, interactive websites with the same power as conventional apps that run na...
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Kylie and Kendall Jenner endorsed 'knock-off' Apple products on Instagram

They promoted AirPods clones, whose design may be in breach of Apple's intellectual property rights.
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iPadOS 14 Features You Need to Know

Apple's iPadOS 14 update includes many of the same features that are found in iOS 14 (minus some of the Home Screen changes), but there are also quite a few notable iPad-only features. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. In our most recent video, we highlight some of the best new features in iPadOS 14, some of which are also available on iPhone and some of which are unique to the larger tablet form factor. App Sidebars and Toolbars - iPadOS didn't get quite the sa...
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You'll have to wait a little longer for a new phone, Apple's next iPhones to be delayed for 'several weeks'

Apple had a record June quarter, as work at home crowd bought more Macs, iPhones, iPads and Watches, and viewed more iTunes movies than usual         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Google Cloud's $3 billion quarter shows strong but slowing growth, even as Google reported its first quarterly revenue decline since going public (GOOG, GOOGL)

Alphabet reported earnings on Thursday, disclosing that Google Cloud generated over $3 billion in revenue — up 43% from the same period of last year. Last quarter, Google Cloud saw a 52% year-over-year increase, showing that revenue growth in the unit is slowing down. On a call with investors, Google CFO Ruth Porat attributed the slowdown to price changes at G Suite, its productivity software suite.  Google Cloud was still a bright spot on Alphabet's earnings report, which saw Google report it...
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