Short story: Saints of the Scorched Earth

Decades of algorithmic CEO headhunting inevitably led to the evaluation of potential religious charisma at a very early age.Over time the denials of churches and governments became pro forma, their systematic search for legitimacy on the face of chronic disasters as open a secret as the end of things both slow and all at once (most or all?, only them or also us? - those were the last remaining questions). Although they still raised an indignant voice, and made one of their extraordinarily rare j...
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Tech firms duke it out with Trump again in a no-win situation

Emmy nominations came out this past week. It’s a shame the performances of our elected officials and tech barons in Washington were not considered. President Trump, as well as Senate and House committees, turned their attention to internet regulation, creating a spectacle that was mostly misguided and incapable of resolving any actual concerns about the growing power of big-tech firms raise in our democracy. Trump announced he was taking on regulating social media again. As is often the case, he...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Fcc, Congress, Opinion, Washington, Senate, White House, China, Sport, Soccer, House, California Supreme Court, Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Southern Methodist University

How to add your email account to an iPhone

Apple makes this process painless, whether you want to connect an email account automatically or manually.
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Prime Day Apple Watch Price Predictions 2020: Series 3 and Series 5

These predictions are not based on insider pricing knowledge, nor are they set in stone
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Python Overtakes Java in New Language Popularity Ranking, As Rust Reaches Top 20

"Programming language Python is now firmly the second most popular programming language, for the first time knocking Java out of the top two places in RedMonk's language popularity rankings," reports ZDNet: It's the first time since 2012 that Java is not one of the top two most popular languages in the developer analyst firm's programming language popularity list. The company's previous rankings in March placed machine-learning propelled Python in a tie for second place with Java, behind JavaSc...
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YouTube Criticized For Ending Its Community Captions Feature

Long-time Slashdot reader xonen quotes the Verge: YouTube plans to discontinue its community captions feature, which allowed viewers to add subtitles to videos, because it was "rarely used and had problems with spam/abuse," the company announced. It says it's removing the captions and will "focus on other creator tools." The feature will be removed as of September 28th. "You can still use your own captions, automatic captions and third-party tools and services," YouTube said in an update on its...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Tech, Deaf YouTuber Rikki Poynter

Apple-Acquired Dark Sky Officially Shuts Down Android App

Apple in March purchased weather app Dark Sky, and at that time, Dark Sky's developers said that the app's Android version would be discontinued on July 1, 2020. However, instead of shuttering the app on that date, the app's developers announced that the discontinuation would be delayed for another month. Now that it's August, Android users are no longer able to access the app, and subscribers who were previously active will be receiving a full refund. Dark Sky previously said that its API wi...
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NASA Astronauts Are Undocking SpaceX's Crew Dragon from ISS, Returning to Earth

"NASA and SpaceX are going ahead with plans to bring NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken home from the International Space Station for a splashdown this weekend, even though Hurricane Isaias is heading for Florida's Atlantic coast," reports GeekWire. "Fortunately, SpaceX's Dragon capsule is heading for waters off Florida's other coast." NASA said weather conditions are all systems go for the targeted site in the Gulf of Mexico, close to Pensacola, as well as for an alternate site off t...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Atlantic, International Space Station, Gulf of Mexico, Pensacola, Isaias, PANAMA CITY Fla, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley, Megan McArthur

iPhones may soon function as payment terminals with new Apple acquisition

Startup Mobeewave was reportedly purchased for about $100 million
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Astronauts successfully depart the ISS aboard SpaceX Dragon, starting their trip home

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have successfully undocked from the International Space Station, which is the first crucial stage of their return to Earth. Next, they’ll travel on a coast phase that will take them on a descent course back through the atmosphere from space, shedding speed as they prepare to deploy the parachutes of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and drop into the Atlantic Ocean for recovery. The undocking, coast and splashdown phase are all meant to be perfor...
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Pre-Clinical Test of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Shows It Protected Monkeys from Covid-19

"Johnson & Johnson's experimental coronavirus vaccine protected macaque monkeys with a single shot in a pre-clinical study, potentially gaining on other vaccines that are further along in testing but require two doses over time," reports Bloomberg: Five of six primates exposed to the pandemic-causing pathogen were immune after a single injection. The exception showed low levels of the virus, according to a study published in the medical journal Nature... The health-care behemoth kick-started hu...
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As threats to the company mount, TikTok pushes back

As TikTok’s existential rollercoaster ride continues to rattle on, the company is trying to sway regulators and the public with a flood of dollars and arguments wrapped in free enterprise and free speech to ensure that its parent company Bytedance can retain control of its operations. The push to validate its business comes as reports swirl around a potential Presidential ban and bid from Microsoft to take over the company’s business in the U.S. ByteDance and Microsoft offer deal to allow T...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, China, US, Entrepreneur, Tech, Software, United States, Aclu, Lil Wayne, Adware, Weibo, Snoop Dogg, Troy Carter, Byte, Reeves

Spacecraft Made From Ultra Thin Foam Could Reach Proxima Centauri In 185 Years

An anonymous reader quotes Newsweek: A hypothetical spacecraft made from an extremely thin layer of a synthetic foam could technically make it to our closest neighboring star Proxima Centauri in just 185 years, scientists have said. If Voyager were to make the same journey, it would take around 73,000 years, according to NASA. In a study that is due to be published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, René Heller from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany, and colleag...
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Best/recommended way to export selected contacts from Google Contacts to Kobo Forma

I'd like to save some contact information from selected contacts in my Google Contacts to my Kobo Forma. It looks like Google Contacts can export as: 1. Google CSV 2. Outlook CSV 3. vCard (for iOS contacts) 1. Which should I choose? 2. After I choose one of the 3, what would be the next steps?
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The Fox That Plays Golfs

An angry fellow writes to tell me he is an expert on digging dogs and knows all about sheep and fox. Except it seems he lives in an east coast state about three hours away and he has never even *seen* a sheep in that state. Really? Okay. Cool. I will accept he is an expert in working terriers and all other things. Who knows,  he might be.  Never heard of the guy before, but the "stars" on the cover of the supermarket tabloids are a complete mystery to m...
Tags: Google, UK, Wales, Australia, Montana, Scotland, Pets, US, Spain, Fox, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Tasmania, Loch Ness, PBurns

The Exchange: Unicorn IPOs, tech earnings and my favorite VC round from the week

The TechCrunch Exchange newsletter just launched. Soon only a partial version will hit the site, so sign up to get the full download. Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange , a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter for your weekend enjoyment. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch , but free. And it’s made just for you. You can sign up for the newsletter here . With that out of the way, let’s talk money, upstart companies and the latest spicy IPO ru...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Facebook, China, Tech, United States, Brazil, Airbnb, WSJ, Crunchbase, Lucas Matney, Trump, Chine, Nerdwallet

Apple Card Deferred Payment Program Extended Through August

Apple has again extended its Apple Card COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program by a month, which will allow cardholders who apply for aid to defer their August payments without incurring interest charges. Enrolling in the program can be done by opening up the Wallet app on the iPhone or iPad, tapping on ‌Apple Card‌, tapping on the black circle with three dots, tapping on the message bubble, and then sending a message that states "I want to enroll in the Customer Assistance Program." Confirmat...
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Startups Weekly: Qualtrics IPO to be even more exciting this time around

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7am PT). Subscribe here. German software giant SAP bought experience management platform Qualtrics for $8 billion days before the unicorn’s IPO, back in November of 2018. But last weekend it decided to spin out the experience management provider to finally go public on its own. The analysts Ron Miller talked to speculated about strategic issues on the SAP side, and concluded thi...
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Google Threatens to Remove All Danish Music From YouTube

YouTube is "embroiled in a very public spat with songwriters and music publishers in Denmark," according to one music-industry news site. They cite Koda, the group that collects royalties and licensing fees for musicians, as saying that YouTube is now threatening to remove all music written by Danish songwriters: The cause of this threat is a disagreement between the two parties over the remuneration of songwriters and publishers in the market. YouTube and Koda's last multi-year licensing deal ...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Tech, Denmark, Koda, YouTube Music EMEA

Gillmor Gang: 3 Weeks Ago

The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Michael Markman, Keith Teare, Denis Pombriant, Brent Leary, and Steve Gillmor . Recorded live Saturday, July 11, 2020. For more, subscribe free to the Gillmor Gang Newsletter. Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor @fradice, @mickeleh, @denispombriant, @kteare, @brentleary, @stevegillmor, @gillmorgang The Gillmor Gang on Facebook The latest G3:
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Online school: Teachers want to improve but training varies

After a rocky transition to distance learning last spring, Georgia teacher Aimee Rodriguez Webb is determined to do better this fall. She bought a dry-erase board and a special camera to display worksheets, and she set up her dining room to broadcast school lessons. Related: Desperate parents pay whatever they can to escape online schools “I’m getting myself geared up for what I feel will prepare me and allow me to teach remotely with more fidelity now that I know what I want it to look like,” R...
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11 hidden iOS 13 features you need to know about

We dug through iOS 13 to find 11 of the best hidden features that'll up your productivity and iPhone game.
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Future & Lil Uzi Vert Drop “Over Your Head” & “Patek” SIngles

After a bunch of teases, the pair release a pair of tracks.
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All the storage you'll ever need to back up your data for under $100

140,000 hard drives crash in America every week. 93 percent of businesses that suffer data loss for over 10 days file for bankruptcy within 12 months.Four million data records are stolen or lost every single day. Data loss is an expensive problem. The enormous amount of data that is lost due to hard drive crashes creates financial headaches as well as emotional pain. There's nothing worse than losing years of photos, videos, or music because you forgot to back up your data. But sadly, it happen...
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Attention Rogue Drone Pilots: AI Can See You

schwit1 quotes IEEE Spectrum: The minute details of rogue drone's movements in the air may unwittingly reveal the drone pilot's location — possibly enabling authorities to bring the drone down before, say, it has the opportunity to disrupt air traffic or cause an accident. And it's possible without requiring expensive arrays of radio triangulation and signal-location antennas. So says a team of Israeli researchers who have trained an AI drone-tracking algorithm to reveal the drone operator's whe...
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Why vehicle-to-grid charging could be the cheapest way to secure renewable energy

The UK electricity system is undergoing significant and rapid change. It has the world’s largest installed capacity of offshore wind, has effectively stopped generating electricity from coal, and has recorded a 20% drop in demand since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this transition from traditional, reliable coal to weather-dependent wind and solar generation brings with it increasing challenges to match electrical supply and demand at every instant. This is where large grid-scale ...
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Arm China Goes Rogue, Ex-CEO Accused of Blocking the Business

An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg: Arm Ltd., the chip designer owned by SoftBank Group Corp., accused the ousted head of its China joint venture of hurting its business there, escalating a dispute that's becoming a test of Beijing's willingness to protect foreign investment in the world's second-largest economy. The U.K. chip giant in June announced it was firing Allen Wu, the head of its Chinese unit, over undisclosed breaches of conduct, but the executive has refused to step down and rema...
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William English, Engineer Behind 'The Mother of All Demos', Dies at 91

An anonymous reader quotes The Los Angeles Times: On Dec. 9, 1968, the then-small world of computer engineering was shaken to its core by a presentation of new technologies projected onto a screen in a San Francisco hall. The attendees at the historic event saw demonstrations of video conferencing, the first public use of a computer mouse, hyperlinking in which clicking a word in a document transported the user to an entirely new document — and more. The man who was the star of the hands-on show...
Tags: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Nasa, Xerox, Sri, Sun Microsystems, Menlo Park, Roberta, Doug, Palo Alto Research Center, Menlo Park California, Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, William K English, Bill Engelbart

Is It Possible to Implement Faster Binary Searches?

Last week Slashdot reader scandum described the search for the most efficient sorting algorithm. Now he's back, touting a new implementation for binary searches (using the same GitHub repo, and written in 15 to 30 lines of C code) that he says may be "up to 40%" faster for 32-bit integers. ("Keep in mind performance will vary depending on hardware and compiler optimizations.") The most commonly used binary search variant was first published by Hermann Bottenbruch in 1962 and hasn't notably cha...
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Future & Lil Uzi Vert – “Over Your Head” & “Patek”

Yesterday was Lil Uzi Vert's 26th birthday. Happy birthday, Lil Uzi Vert! To celebrate, he dropped two new tracks with Future, "Over Your Head" and "Patek." The former is basically a melodic Uzi song over a burbling synthetic beat, while "Patek" -- not to be confused with Uzi's 2018 song "New Patek" -- … More »
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