FAA Proposes Requiring Four Key Boeing 737 MAX Design Changes

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday that it is proposing requiring four key Boeing 737 MAX design changes to address safety issues seen in two crashes that killed 346 people and led to the plane's grounding in March 2019. Al Jazeera reports: The agency is issuing a proposed airworthiness directive to require updated flight-control software, revised display-processing software to generate alerts, revising certain flight-crew operating procedures, and changing the routing of some wi...
Tags: Tech, Al Jazeera, Faa, Boeing, Federal Aviation Administration

Great Smokies Fall Writing Workshops--All Online

Beginning August 27 on Thursdays from 6 to 8:30, I'll be leading a 15 week workshop  for writers of creative fiction who have up to sixty pages in need of careful, compassionate scrutiny from me and their fellow workshoppers.  I led this same class back in the spring and when the virus shut things down in March, we transitioned rather seamlessly to an online meeting.  I found that the platform (we were using Google Hangouts) allowed plenty of spontaneity and that personalities came acros...
Tags: Google, Gardening, Asheville, Vicki Lane

In Wake of Apple Acquisition, Dark Sky Ends Android Support

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: As promised, popular weather app Dark Sky ended support for Android and Wear OS over the weekend. Android Dark Sky users report that the app is no longer working and that it presents the user with a message saying that the "app has shut down." The impending shutdown was first announced when Apple acquired the company in March of this year. Despite the end of support for the world's most popular mobile operating system, Dark Sky's developers ...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Ars Technica, Dark Sky

Firefighters mopping up Post fire that sparked in Gorman near 5 Freeway

Firefighters halted a wildfire burning in Gorman overnight, allowing some lanes of the 5 Freeway to reopen. Los Angeles County fire officials said they stopped the fire, which was burning on the northeast side of the freeway, at around 120 acres. As of Monday morning, firefighters had surrounded about 35 percent of the burned area. The fire was sparked at around 7 p.m. on Sunday, around the same time that fires across the region were still smoldering, like the massive Apple fire in Riverside Cou...
Tags: Apple, News, Fire, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, CalTrans, Local News, Riverside County, Nws, Los Angeles County, Gorman, Crime + Public Safety, Tejon Pass, Five Freeway

China will not accept 'theft' of TikTok by Trump and the U.S, reports state-run China Daily

China isn't prepared to accept the “theft” of Chinese technology company TikTok, and has the capability to respond to Trump's move to push ByteDance to sell short-video app TikTok’s U.S. operations to Microsoft, state-controlled China Daily newspaper said on Tuesday. From Reuters: The United States’ “bullying” of Chinese tech companies was a consequence of Washington’s zero-sum vision of “American first” and left China no choice but “submission or mortal combat in the tech realm”, the state-...
Tags: Post, Business, Technology, News, Microsoft, Washington, China, United States, Donald Trump, China Daily, Trump, Reuters, State, Microsoft Corp, Reuters Microsoft, Mike Pompeo

FTC probing Twitter's use of sensitive data for ad targeting

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating Twitter over claims the social media company violated a federal law that bans the use of personal data provided for security purposes to target ads, Twitter disclosed on Monday. In a regulatory filing made public today, Twitter disclosed it received a draft FTC complaint that claims violations between 2013 and 2019. From Reuters: Twitter said it estimates probable loss of between $150 million and $250 million in settlement charges, and has a...
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Trump Admin Moves to Boot GOP FCC Commissioner Who Hinted Its Social Media Order Is 'Gibberish'

The White House has yanked its nomination to give GOP Federal Communications Commissioner Mike O’Rielly another term at the agency, offering no explanation as to why.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Science, Technology, Fcc, Youtube, White House, Social Media, Federal Communications Commission, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Tech Policy, Section 230, Mike O'Rielly, Mike Orielly

Trump Fires TVA Chair, Cites Hiring of Foreign Workers

schwit1 writes: President Trump announced the removal of Tennessee Valley Authority's chair James Thompson and board member Richard Howoth and called for the removal of their CEO Bill Johnson. This was in response to the company laying off employees and hiring H1-B visa holders. [TVA announced it would outsource 20% of its technology jobs to companies based in foreign countries, which could cause more than 200 highly skilled American tech workers in Tennessee to lose their jobs to foreign worker...
Tags: Microsoft, Kentucky, White House, Tech, Tennessee, Trump, TVA, Tennessee Valley, Bill Johnson, Tennessee Valley Authority, Georgia North Carolina, Alabama Mississippi, James Thompson, Virginia Trump, Trump Fires TVA, Richard Howoth

3 Ways to Break Through When You’re Burning Out and Ready for a Change

In the midst of particularly hard days when I feel that I can’t endure, I remind myself that my track record for getting through hard days is 100% so far. On my birthday many moons ago, when Google and I were both a lot younger, I Googled “how to change your life when you’re burning out” to see what would come up. I had been feeling hopelessly trapped in a cycle of busyness—like I was racing around in circles every day without any meaningful progress. And it was time to find a better roadmap ...
Tags: Google, Life, Happiness, Lifehacks, Aspirations

Cause of California's Apple Fire determined

Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire Department investigators said Monday that the Apple Fire — which has burned more than 26,000 acres so far — was caused by a malfunctioning vehicle. CBS Los Angeles reports.
Tags: Apple, News, California, Los Angeles, Cbs, Riverside County Fire Department

Virgin Galactic uses space tech to create new supersonic jet

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic announces a partnership with Rolls Royce.The space tourism company will create a new supersonic jet for super-fast travel on Earth. The aircraft will travel at Mach 3 – three times the speed of sound. Virgin Galactic made the hearts of all speed enthusiasts beat faster by announcing a new agreement with Rolls-Royce to create a supersonic passenger jet.The space tourism company founded by billionaire Richard Branson revealed an enticing look at the aircraft's de...
Tags: Travel, Space, Technology, Nasa, Virgin Galactic, Innovation, Virgin, Richard Branson, Invention, Airplane, Supersonic, Faa, Mach, Rolls Royce, Cosmos, George Whitesides

'Wakaresaseya': Private Agents Hired To End Relationships

Christine Ro from the BBC writes about the private agents in Japan, called "wakaresaseya," that you can hire to seduce your spouse or their partner. From the report: The industry is still serving a niche market. One survey showed around 270 wakaresaseya agencies advertising online. Many are attached to private-detective firms, similar to private investigators in other countries (who can also become entangled in relationship dissolution). "Wakaresaseya service costs quite a lot of money," acknowl...
Tags: Japan, Tech, Bbc, First Group, Mochizuki, Christine Ro, Wakaresaseya, Yusuke Mochizuki, Mai Nishiyama, Yamagami International Law Office, Shogo Yamagami

PS4 Gamepads Won't Work For PS5 Games, Sony Says

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: You won't be able to use Sony's DualShock 4 or other third-party PS4 gamepads to play PlayStation 5 games, Sony confirmed in a blog post today. Those older gamepads will still work with "supported PS4 games" running on the PS5, Sony said, and PS5 software will work with "specialty peripherals" designed for the PS4 -- including "officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks." Those caveats highlight the fact that there's...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Sony, Geoff Keighley, Xbox Elite controller

Garmin Reportedly Paid Millions To Obtain Decryption Key, Resolve Recent Ransomware Attack

Garmin has reportedly paid a ransom to receive a decryption key to recover its files, after they were hit by the WastedLocker Ransomware last month. Digital Trends reports: [BleepingComputer] found that the attackers used the WastedLocker Ransomware and reported that they demanded $10 million as a ransom. Now, it also uncovered that Garmin is using a decryption key to regain access to its files, suggesting that the company may have paid that ransom demand or some other amount. The WastedLocker s...
Tags: Tech, Garmin, WastedLocker Ransomware

‘Long Way Up’ Will Have Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman Back on Their Bikes for Apple TV+

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are hitting the road again. The duo who previously appeared in the British TV series Long Way Round are back for Long Way Up, which will once again have McGregor and Boorman hopping onto motorcycles and riding across the world. Headed to Apple TV+, Long Way Up finds McGregor and Boorman traveling through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and up through Colombia, Central America, and Mexico. Between 2004 and 2005, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman app...
Tags: Apple, New York, London, Television, Movies, Mexico, New York City, Apple TV, South America, Ewan-McGregor, Central America, Harley Davidson, Ushuaia, McGregor, Ewan, Charley

4 things I love about the Pixel 4A, and 1 thing I don’t

There's only one problem with Google's incredibly cheap new Pixel
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Opinion, Trends, Google Pixel 4a

Alphabet issues sustainability bonds to support environmental and social initiatives

For more than 20 years, Google's products have improved the lives of people all over the world. Operating our business in an environmentally and socially responsible way has been a core value since our founding in 1998. Google has been carbon neutral since 2007 and we’ve matched our entire electricity consumption with renewables for the past three years. We continue to make major investments in affordable housing and have made a number of significant commitments to promote racial equity. Today, ...
Tags: Google, Sustainability, Alphabet, Ruth Porat, Bay Area, American Library Association, LEED, Company announcements, Opportunity Finance Network OFN

The Canceled 2020 Telluride Film Festival Announces Its Lineup Anyway, Including ‘Ammonite’, ‘Nomadland’, and More

Thanks to COVID-19, the 2020 Telluride Film Festival has been canceled. The festival organizers made that decision a few weeks ago. But just because the fest isn’t actually happening this year, doesn’t mean they can’t still shine a light on the movies that would have played there if this godforsaken pandemic hadn’t thrown the world into turmoil. “Though we aren’t able to present our program in-person as planned, we still want to announce the lineup to bring attention to these brilliant films,” ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Usa, UK, Movies, France, Los Angeles, Spain, Fbi, Colombia, Tennessee, Frances Mcdormand, Denmark, Kate Winslet, Lithuania, Gia Coppola

What Does the United States’ Coronavirus Response Look Like Abroad?: Watch the Rest of the World Stare Aghast at Our Handling of COVID-19

"Even in third world countries, like Senegal, it isn't like this..." Related Content: Carl Sagan Predicts the Decline of America: Unable to Know “What’s True,” We Will Slide, “Without Noticing, Back into Superstition & Darkness” (1995) The Splendid Book Design of the 1946 Edition of Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire  Orson Welles Narrates an Animated Parable About How Xenophobia & Greed Will Put America Into Decline (1971) What Does the United States’ Coronavirus Response ...
Tags: Google, College, Senegal, United States, Current Affairs, Carl Sagan, Facebook Twitter, Gibbon, Decline of America, Roman Empire Orson Welles

AI-Generated Text Is the Scariest Deepfake of All

An anonymous reader shares a report: In the future, deepfake videos and audiofakes may well be used to create distinct, sensational moments that commandeer a press cycle, or to distract from some other, more organic scandal. But undetectable textfakes -- masked as regular chatter on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and the like -- have the potential to be far more subtle, far more prevalent, and far more sinister. The ability to manufacture a majority opinion, or create a fake-commenter arms race -- w...
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Apple Shares Requirements for Default Third-Party Browser and Email Apps With Developers

Apple in iOS 14 plans to allow users to set a third-party app as the default email or browser app on an iPhone or iPad, replacing the current Apple-made default apps Safari and Mail. Apple hasn't provided many details on the new feature to users, but as noted by MacStories' Federico Vittici, Apple has shared documentation with developers who want their apps to have the option to be set as a default email or browser app. According to Apple, developers will need to meet certain guidelines and ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Rumors, MacStories Federico Vittici Apple

Trump Demands Microsoft Pay Off the U.S. Treasury to Secure TikTok Deal

Donald Trump is demanding the U.S. government somehow get a juicy cut of any deal for Microsoft to buy Chinese-owned video app TikTok—or else.Read more...
Tags: Security, Apps, Music, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Privacy, China, Espionage, Donald Trump, U S Treasury, Bytedance, Tiktok, Trump Demands Microsoft

TV Displays Will Soon Be Flexible If LG Has Any Say

LG is forever pushing the boundaries of zany display technology, and it’s not stopping with rollable TVs. This week, the company is showing off a 65-inch, 4K bendable OLED TV that looks truly delightful—until you consider what such innovation will eventually cost when it trickles down to consumers.Read more...
Tags: Science, Displays, Tablets, Lg, Tvs, Curved Display, curved OLED, Curved Tvs, Bend It Like Oled

Chinese Games Will Force Players To Use Their Real Names

The Chinese government will soon require video game users to log in with their real names. According to the South China Morning Post, the government is rolling out a state-run authentication system that will ask game makers to join the system in batches. From the report: The plan has been in the works for some time, with the government pushing for tighter controls based on the argument that it needs to protect minors. In 2019, the State Administration of Press and Publications (SAPP), the body i...
Tags: China, Tech, Tencent, NetEase, South China Morning Post, State Administration of Press

Daily Crunch: Microsoft-TikTok acquisition inches closer to reality

A possible Microsoft -TikTok acquisition is causing plenty of drama, we review Google’s new budget Pixel and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon returns to Earth. Here’s your Daily Crunch for August 3, 2020. Microsoft-TikTok acquisition inches closer to reality This weekend, Microsoft confirmed reports that it’s in talks to acquire TikTok, the popular mobile video app currently owned by Chinese company ByteDance. It sounds like the outcome of those talks may ultimately have less to do with Microsoft and m...
Tags: Google, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Spacex, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Policy, Netflix, United States, Treasury, Federal Reserve, Donald Trump

FCC invites public comment on Trump’s attempt to nerf Section 230

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has decided to ask the public for its thoughts on an attempt initiated in Trump in May to water down certain protections that arguably led to the creation of the modern internet economy. The nakedly retaliatory order seems to be, legally speaking, laughable, and could be resolved without public input — but the FCC wants your opinion, so you may as well give it to them. You can submit your comment here at the FCC’s long-suffering electronic comment filing system, but before ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Fcc, Congress, Government, White House, Tech, Executive Order, Wyden, Ron Wyden, Pai, Trump, Starks, NTIA, Ajit Pai, Brian Schatz D HI

If Microsoft buys TikTok, it could be bad news for Google Cloud (MSFT)

Microsoft's plans to buy TikTok may seem crazy at first, but it's all about the data. TikTok would give Microsoft eyes into a market where it is mostly blind: smartphone use among Generation Z. But there's another appealing side for Microsoft: TikTok is reportedly a huge customer of arch-rival Google Cloud. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. At first glance, Microsoft's talks to acquire TikTok's US operations from Chinese owner ByteDance seems somewhere between odd and crazy....
Tags: Google, Microsoft, India, US, America, Trends, Wells Fargo, Trump, Google Facebook, Microsoft Azure Google, Kevin McLaughlin, Google Cloud, Amir Efrati, Bytedance, Google Cloud MSFT, TikTok Redmond

The Dream Of The Late ’90s Is Alive With Dominic Fike

Dominic Fike was born at the end of 1995, and so was his musical aesthetic. Fike, a singer, guitarist, and rapper from Naples, Florida, looks like a hypermodern rap-adjacent pop star -- he has an Apple logo tattooed on his face where many people put a teardrop, rocks a loosely androgynous style highlighted by a … More »
Tags: Apple, Music, Taylor Swift, Logic, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Bastille, Sam Smith, Britney Spears, Drake, Tyga, Garth Brooks, Graham Coxon, Bon Iver, Ludacris, Bts

This chart shows how a Microsoft acquisition of TikTok for $50 billion would stack up against tech's largest deals ever (MSFT)

Microsoft is in talks to purchase TikTok, the massively popular video app that's owned and operated by the Chinese company ByteDance. The purchase talks come amid threats from President Donald Trump to ban the app in the United States. Trump says the app funnels user information to the Chinese government, and must be operated by an American company to ensure the safety of user information. The cost to purchase TikTok could be as high as $50 billion, according to a recent valuation reported by...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Motorola, Facebook, Adobe, Microsoft, Softbank, Nokia, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Linkedin, Cisco, Walmart, Intel

EventGeek relaunches as Circa to help marketers embrace virtual events

EventGeek was a Y Combinator-backed startup that offered tools to help large enterprises manage the logistics of their events. So with the COVID-19 pandemic essentially eliminating large-scale conferences, at least in-person, it’s not exactly surprising that the company had to reinvent itself. Today, EventGeek relaunched as Circa, with a new focus on virtual events. founder and CEO Alex Patriquin said that Circa is reusing some pieces of EventGeek’s existing technology, but he estimated that 80%...
Tags: Startups, Enterprise, Okta, Events, Tech, North America, Marketo, EventGeek, Alex Patriquin, Patriquin, Liz Kokoska, Kokoska

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