TikTok row: Microsoft pursues deal as Pompeo says Trump will take action soon

Microsoft confirms acquisition plans, hours after US secretary of state says Chinese software companies are feeding data directly to Communist party Donald Trump will take action in coming days to tackle an array of national security risks presented by TikTok and other Chinese software companies, Mike Pompeo has said, as Microsoft revealed it was pursuing a deal after speaking to the US president.Microsoft said late on Sunday that - after a conversation between Trump and its CEO, Satya Nadella –...
Tags: Technology, Microsoft, China, Satya Nadella, US, Social Media, World news, US news, US politics, Donald Trump, Trump, State, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Tiktok

App Recap: Filter, Hue Menu Bar, TimeBloc and Major App Updates

In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted productivity app "Filter," utilities app "Hue Menu Bar for Philips Hue," and productivity app "TimeBloc" as three apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week. Apps to Check Out Filter - Website and App Blocker (Mac, Free) - Filter is an app that lets users organize websites and apps to block into customizable lists that feature a duration or end time set by users. Once the blocker h...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Apple Store, Philips Hue, Alexa, Apple Store Apple, Amazon Alexa Amazon, App Recap, Hue Menu Bar for Philips Hue, App Blocker Mac Free Filter, Hue Menu Bar for Philips Hue Mac

Pompeo says U.S. may take action against TikTok and other Chinese tech companies “shortly”

Days after President Donald Trump announced he could use an executive order to ban TikTok from the United States, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said the administration is “closing in on a solution and I think you’ll see the president’s announcement shortly.” In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo, Pompeo also said that the Trump administration may take action against other Chinese tech companies doing business in the U.S., claiming that some are “feeding d...
Tags: TC, Apps, Microsoft, White House, China, India, Satya Nadella, America, Tech, Policy, Beijing, United States, New Zealand, WeChat, Treasury, Fox News

The Gauss story is false yet we still tell it. Should we?

When teaching discrete math a while back I told the following story which some had already heard in High School:  When Gauss was in 1st grade the class was being bad. So the teacher made them sit down and add up the numbers from 1 to 100. Gauss did it in 2 minutes by noting that if S was the answer then  2S = (100+1) +(99+2) + ... + (1 + 100) = 100*101 So S = 50*101.  Then he went to Google and typed in 50*101 for the answer. The class laughed because of course the last part about Google wa...
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Linus Torvalds pines for header file fix but releases Linux 5.8 anyway

Lots of love for AMD and POWER 10 and a hint of some Google's operational code making it into future releases Linus Torvalds has released a new version of the Linux kernel.…
Tags: Google, Software, Amd, Linus Torvalds

Connecting to mesh network

We upgraded to a Google Nest WiFi system over the weekend (jury's still out as to whether "upgrade" is the right word, but still) and I'm finding that KOReader can't connect to the new mesh network. It sees each of the three mesh points as three networks (each with the same SSID) instead of one, and if I try connecting to one it doesn't really work. If I drop out of KOReader and connect to the network using Nickel it works, and I can then start KOReader and check for updates etc., but it's annoy...
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TikTok row: Trump to take action soon, says Pompeo, as Microsoft pursues deal

Chinese software companies are feeding data directly to Communist party, says secretary of state, as Microsoft confirms acquisition plansDonald Trump will take action in coming days to tackle an array of national security risks presented by TikTok and other Chinese software companies, Mike Pompeo has said, as Microsoft revealed it was pursuing a deal after speaking to the US president.Microsoft said late on Sunday that, after a conversation between Trump and its CEO, Satya Nadella, it would move...
Tags: Technology, Microsoft, China, Satya Nadella, US, Social Media, World news, US news, US politics, Donald Trump, Trump, State, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Tiktok

A 17-Year-Old's Journey: Minecraft, SIM-Swapping Bitcoin Heists, Breaching Twitter

The New York Times tells the story of the 17-year-old "mastermind" arrested Friday for the takeover of dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts. They report that Graham Ivan Clark "had a difficult family life" and "poured his energy into video games and cryptocurrency" after his parents divorced when he was 7, and he grew up in Tampa, Florida with his mother, "a Russian immigrant who holds certifications to work as a facialist and as a real estate broker." By the age of 10, he was playing the vi...
Tags: Amazon, Twitter, Youtube, Tech, New York Times, Secret Service, Graham, Minecraft, Times, Seattle, Tampa, Bennett, Clark, Tampa Florida, Bitcoins, Gregg Bennett

American Airlines Offers Free Apple TV+ Streaming as In-Flight Entertainment Option

Apple has expanded its partnership with American Airlines, as the airline is now offering free Apple TV+ streaming as an in-flight entertainment option (via The Points Guy). Only select Apple TV+ shows like "The Morning Show," "Dickinson," and "Defending Jacob" are available for in-flight viewing at the current time. An American Airlines representative confirmed to The Points Guy that the airline will rotate content available from Apple TV+ each month. Apple last year partnered with American...
Tags: Apple, Samsung, Apple TV, United States, American Airlines, Jacob, ViaSat, Apple TV Mac, Apple TV Plus, LG smart TVs Amazon Fire TV, American Airlines Offers Free Apple, American Airlines Apple

Microsoft pursuing TikTok purchase by September 15th, may invite U.S. investors to deal

Microsoft has posted a statement today on its corporate blog that says it will continue discussions on a potential TikTok purchase in the U.S.. As a part of the statement, it says that it may invite other “American investors” to participate on a minority basis. The company says that this is a result of conversations between CEO Satya Nadella and President Trump. That is, basically, the ‘news’ here. Previous reports and our own digging pointed to the situation being totally in the hands of ...
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Microsoft Fixes Edge Bug That Made It Crash When Searching With Google

"Microsoft's new Edge browser started randomly crashing when users typed into the address bar," reported the Verge on Thursday. "The issues appear to have affected Edge users who had selected Google as the default search engine." Microsoft investigated the problem and now says it's believed to have been resolved. The Microsoft Edge crashes started at around 7PM ET, and were affecting macOS and Windows users. Microsoft resolved the problems after around four hours of crashes, but it's not clear...
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Will Elon Musk License Tesla's Technology To Other Automakers?

Audi's CEO "willingly admits that Tesla is two years ahead of the industry in some critical areas of building electric vehicles," reports Electrek. But where will that lead? "Earlier this week, Musk made a subtle comment on Twitter that could majorly upend the auto industry," reports Inc. magazine: In response to an article in Teslarati highlighting German automakers' attempts to bridge the gap between Tesla's technology and their own, Musk tweeted the following: "Tesla is open to licensing so...
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Larry King Duped Into 'Disinfomercial' on Social Media By China (and Possibly Russia)

For 25 years, until 2010, Larry King had a live interview show on CNN. But now ProPublica reports "In the twilight of a remarkable radio and television career spanning more than six decades, battling health problems but determined to stay in the public eye, King was ensnared in an international disinformation scheme." It involved filming Larry King asking questions, and then later splicing in responses from Anastasia Dolgova (an employee of a Russia state-owned broadcaster) — and then widely pr...
Tags: Twitter, Putin, Washington, China, Russia, US, Tech, Cnn, Xi Jinping, Kremlin, King, Larry King, Twitter Facebook, Russia China, Institute for the Study of War, Vladivostok Russia

Amazon Canada Deals: Save 42% on YCbingo Ludo Board Game & Chinese Checkers + 34% on Xbox One Gaming Headset + More Offers

Amazon Canada has awesome deals available now! The Amazon Canada deals include: Get YCbingo Ludo Board Game & Chinese Checkers 2 in 1, for $13.99, (when you apply 2.00 Coupon), Save 42% off Get Speedboat Inflatable Ride-On Kiddie 1 Red, for $26.75 Get Fisher-Price Imaginext Jurassic World Sub Dino Catcher, for $5.00, Save 44% off Get Cardinal Games Pinkfong Baby Shark 25Piece Foam Puzzle, for $9.99, Save 38% off Get Nerf N-Strike Elite Delta Trooper, for $28.98, Save 28% off Get Sew Mini Garde...
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Do Animals Really Anticipate Earthquakes? Sensors Hint They Do

An anonymous reader quotes Scientific American: For centuries, people have described unusual animal behavior just ahead of seismic events: dogs barking incessantly, cows halting their milk, toads leaping from ponds... Now researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and the University of Konstanz, both in Germany, along with a multinational team of colleagues, say they have managed to precisely measure increased activity in a group of farm animals prior to seismic activity... The...
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Apple Fire grows in Southern California: 7,800 ordered to evacuate; 0% contained

The Apple Fire has spread to more than 20,000 acres, sent smoke drifting to Arizona and continues to threaten thousands of homes.         [Author: Palm Springs Desert Sun]
Tags: Apple, News, California, Arizona, Palm Springs Desert Sun

New Repository Leaks Souce Code From Microsoft, Adobe, and Dozens of Other Companies

Bleeping Computer reported this week that a new public repository of leaked code includes big names like Microsoft, Adobe, Lenovo, AMD, Qualcomm, Motorola, Roblox, and Disney: The leaks have been collected by Tillie Kottmann, a developer and reverse engineer, from various sources and from their own hunting for misconfigured devops tools that offer access to source code... According to Bank Security, a researcher focused on banking threats and fraud, code from more than 50 companies is published ...
Tags: Microsoft, Disney, Tech, Dmca, Lenovo, Tom, Mercedes Benz, Daimler AG, ESET, Bleeping Computer, BleepingComputer, Bank Security, Kottmann, Jake Moore, Tillie Kottmann, Qualcomm Motorola Roblox

Caring for students goes beyond the teaching project

The Covid-19 pandemic gives universities an opportunity to find new ways of ensuring the health and well-being of students The post Caring for students goes beyond the teaching project appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Technology, Students, Opinion, Data, Universities, Lecturers, Online Learning, Openaccess, Top Six, Coronavirus, South Africa (country, COVID-19, Virtual Learning, Gender-based Violence

More than 7,000 people evacuated due to the Apple Fire in Southern California

An out-of-control wildfire burning in Cherry Valley, California, east of Los Angeles, has grown to over 20,000 acres, forcing thousands of people to evacuate, according to the US Forest Service.
Tags: Apple, News, Los Angeles, Stories, Southern California, Cherry Valley California

Apple Removes Nearly 30,000 Apps From China App Store

Apple on Saturday removed nearly 30,000 apps from its Chinese App Store due to the apps lacking an official license from local regulators, reports Reuters. The report, which cites data from research firm Qimai, says that 90% of the apps removed were games. The report also mentions that over 2,500 additional apps were removed from the China App Store over the first week of July. Apple in February gave app developers an initial June 30 deadline to prove they had a license for their games, and...
Tags: Apple, China, Reuters, China App Store, Qimai

Apple Asks UK Retail Landlords for 50% Rent Cut Despite Record Sales

Apple has asked landlords of its retail stores in the UK for a 50 percent cut to rent, reports The Sunday Times. If landlords agree to cut rent by up to 50 percent and offer a "rent-free period" of an undisclosed duration, Apple is supposedly offering a considerable lease extension in return. The proposal is understood to relate to stores with several years left to run on their leases, meaning that landlords are not faced with making an immediate decision. The tactic has reportedly caused "c...
Tags: Apple, UK, United Kingdom, Apple Retail, United Kingdom Apple,, Apple Asks UK Retail Landlords

Unreleased iPod Touch with Mac Pro Glossy Black Finish Shared Online

Twitter user @DongleBookPro has today posted images of what seems to be a first-generation iPod Touch prototype with a 2013 Mac Pro-style glossy black finish. The Twitter user claims that the iPod Touch prototype pictured has "the same coating as the 2013 Mac Pro." Had the finish been selected for the final product, it would have been the first metallic glossy black finish to be shipped on an Apple device. The glossy black ‌Mac Pro‌ was announced at WWDC in 2013, with a radical cylindrical r...
Tags: Apple, Ipod Touch, Don, Space Black Apple

Over 7,000 people evacuated due to the Apple Fire in Southern California

An out-of-control wildfire burning in Cherry Valley, California, east of Los Angeles, has grown to over 20,000 acres, forcing thousands of people to evacuate, according to the US Forest Service.
Tags: Apple, Los Angeles, Cnn, Southern California, Cherry Valley California

SpaceX and NASA successfully return Crew Dragon spacecraft to Earth with astronauts on board

SpaceX and NASA have made history once again, successfully completing the crucial final phase of their Demo-2 mission for the Crew Dragon spacecraft, SpaceX’s first spacecraft made for human flight. This marks the end of this last demonstration mission, which flew NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station on May 30, where they remained for two months prior to making the return trip on Sunday. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon appears to have performed exactly as int...
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These are the best cheap MacBook deals for August 2020

If you’re in the market for a new MacBook, our deals roundup will help make your choice a little easier.
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Microsoft Edge Accused of Stealing Data From Chrome

Some Windows 10 users have complained that when Microsoft sets up its Edge browser, it steals data from Chrome and Firefox without asking first, writes ZDNet columnist Chris Matyszczyk. But today a reader sent him a new complaint involving Windows 7: "My wife's computer, which is running Windows 7, got a Windows update this morning, which then gave the full-screen welcome page for Edge Chromium. She was terrified as this looked exactly as if malware had taken over the machine... How could any...
Tags: Firefox, Microsoft, Tech, Chris Matyszczyk, Zdnet

Apple Reportedly Eyes Turning iPhones Into Payment Terminals

Apple has reportedly bought Mobeewave, a startup that allows phones to become payment terminals with a simple tap, Bloomberg reported this week. The company’s apparently got money on its mind. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Bloomberg, Square, Nfc, Mobeewave

NASA Astronauts Fire Deorbiting Burn. Watch Splashdown Back to Earth

After travelling all night to return from the International Space Station, two NASA astronauts will splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico at 11:48 PT, reports CNET. "There will be about an hour of excitement prior to that moment as Crew Dragon deorbits and re-enters Earth's atmosphere..." That 11-minute deorbiting burn should begin in five minutes (at 10:56 PT), and you can watch it live on SpaceX's YouTube channel before the splashdown 52 minutes later. CNET notes that "This will be the first crew...
Tags: Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Gulf of Mexico, Cnet, Reuters

Here's why you should consider changing your auto insurance

Did you know that you are free to change your auto insurance at any time? Maybe you do know that, but don't want to deal with the inconvenience of changing providers. Or maybe you simply already think you have a great deal. The fact is that your car insurance is one of those expenses that should stay under constant surveillance. Company rates shift constantly, so the carrier you’ve been with forever may not be offering you the best deal anymore.  And cost isn't the only reason to make a ch...
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Sequoia has hired a second partner in Europe: Revolut product lead George Robson

Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital recently set up shop in Europe after hiring Luciana Lixandru away from Accel’s London office. Now, according to a tweet by Revolut product lead George Robson — and since confirmed by Sequoia — the VC has recruited a second European partner. Robson, who also previously co-founded Kickstart London, a student-run accelerator programme in the U.K. and has worked at Morgan Stanley as an analyst, announced via Twitter last week that he has joined ...
Tags: TC, Twitter, Europe, London, Tech, Silicon Valley, Sequoia Capital, Morgan Stanley, Accel, Revolut, Sequoia, Robson, UiPath, Luciana Lixandru, George Robson, Revolut Metal

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