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The best folding phones of 2020: What’s available now and what’s coming up

The foldable smartphone has arrived. Tech companies are presenting design innovations with more personality, variety, and use. Here is what's out there so far.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Trends, Smartphone, Buying Guides, Foldable Smartphones, Foldable phone, Mwc 2020


Xbox All Access Seems Like One of the Best Deals In Gaming

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Today, Microsoft revealed prices for its next-gen consoles: $299 or $499 for an Xbox Series S or Xbox Series X, respectively, starting November 10. But Microsoft is also talking up a smartphone-style program that lets players get either system for no money upfront as part of a subscription plan called Xbox All Access. With Xbox All Access, you make a two-year commitment to pay $24.99/month (for the Xbox Series S) or $34.99/month (for the Xbo...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Ars Technica


Apple TV Arrives on Vizio SmartCast TVs

If you own a Vizio SmartCast TV, you’ll now be able to access Apple TV+ and Apple TV channels. You may even be able to snag a couple of months of Apple’s streaming service for free—which is probably about what users are willing to pay for it right now anyway.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Apple TV, Vizio, Tvs, Streaming Wars, Apple TV Plus


Whistleblower: DHS Goons Whitewashed Intel to Downplay White Supremacist Threat

It’s not exactly a secret that Donald Trump’s race-baiting, fascistic administration has turned a blind eye to violence committed by extreme far-righters. Trump said there were “very fine people” among the ranks of the neo-Nazis behind a deadly march in Charlottesville in 2017, encourages bigoted conspiracy theories…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Intelligence, Dhs, Surveillance, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Charlottesville, Trump, White Supremacy, Chad Wolf, Neo Nazis, Right Wing Extremism, DHS Goons Whitewashed Intel


Mastercard To Help Central Banks Test Their Own Digital Currencies

International payments provider Mastercard has launched a virtual testing environment to help central banks around the world test their Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), said an announcement today. From a report: "Today, Mastercard announced a proprietary virtual testing environment for central banks to evaluate CBDC use cases. The platform enables the simulation of issuance, distribution and exchange of CBDCs between banks, financial service providers and consumers," said the company. Ac...
Tags: Tech, Mastercard, CBDC, Central Bank Digital Currencies CBDCs


Google-owned mobility startup Waze is reportedly laying off more than 5% of its total workforce as roads empty out during the pandemic

Google purchased navigation startup Waze in 2013. Brian Ach/Getty Images Google-owned Waze is laying off more than 5% of its total workforce as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, The Verge reported Wednesday. Waze CEO Noam Bardin told employees in a memo that the company is refocusing on "product improvements," "technical infrastructure," and sales and marketing in "a small number of high-value countries," according to The Verge. The company will also shutter offices in Asia and Latin A...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Asia, Layoffs, Trends, Chile, Waze, Rideshare, Latin America, Alphabet, Tech Insider, Noam Bardin, Bardin, Navigation Apps, Mobility Apps, Coronavirus


Google’s new Fundo app gives creators and fans a new way to connect

Fundo is a new app from Google that lets YouTube creators and other influencers easily set up virtual experiences and events for their fans.
Tags: Google, News, Trends, Web, Creators, Fundo


LA County leaders announce new contact tracing app to fight coronavirus

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti looks on as Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia speaks during Wednesday night’s announcement of a new mobile app on Wednesday capable of notifying residents when they might have been exposed to the novel coronavirus. Photo: Facebook screenshot Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti looks on as Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek speaks during Wednesday night’s announcement of a new mobile app on Wednesday capable of notifying residents when they might have been exposed to the nov...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Pasadena, Eric Garcetti, Garcia, LA County, Terry Tornek, Garcetti, Jurupa Valley, Robert Garcia


Los Angeles County leaders announce new contact tracing app to aid fight against coronavirus

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti looks on as Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia speaks during Wednesday night’s announcement of a new mobile app on Wednesday capable of notifying residents when they might have been exposed to the novel coronavirus. Photo: Facebook screenshot Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti looks on as Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek speaks during Wednesday night’s announcement of a new mobile app on Wednesday capable of notifying residents when they might have been exposed to the nov...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Pasadena, Eric Garcetti, Garcia, Los Angeles County, Terry Tornek, Garcetti, Robert Garcia, Barbara Ferrer


Portland passes expansive city ban on facial recognition tech

The city council in Portland, Oregon passed legislation Wednesday that’s widely regarded as the most aggressive municipal ban on facial recognition technology so far. Through a pair of ordinances, Portland will both prohibit city bureaus from using the controversial technology and stop private companies from employing it in public areas. Oakland, San Francisco and Boston have all banned their governments from using facial recognition tech, but Portland’s ban on corporate uses in public spaces br...
Tags: TC, Oregon, Boston, Tech, Surveillance, Digital Privacy, Aclu, Portland, Portland Oregon, City Council, Facial Recognition, U S Marshals Service, Oakland San Francisco, Hardesty, Jo Ann Hardesty, Clearview AI


Hydrogen and Carbon Capture Tech Are Key To Net-Zero US Electricity, Study Says

The United States can generate affordable electricity without producing carbon dioxide emissions by 2035 by deploying hydrogen or carbon capture technology, according to a report released on Wednesday by a climate policy think tank. Reuters reports: The report by California-based Energy Innovatihere which researches ways to combat global warming, highlighted five scenarios for the United States to generate 100% clean energy in 15 years, without raising power costs. Three rely on the deployment o...
Tags: California, Tech, United States, University Of California Berkeley, Reuters, Aggarwal, Energy Innovation, Energy Innovatihere, Sonia Aggarwal


Best Prime Day iPhone Deals 2020: What to expect

Here's everything we expect to see from 2020's Prime Day iPhone deals -- plus some early bargains you can grab now.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Mobile, Trends, iPhone 11, iPhone deals, Iphone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, Prime Day 2020


Groww, an investment app for millennials in India, raises $30M led by YC Continuity

Even as more than 150 million people are using digital payment apps each month in India, only about 20 million of them invest in mutual funds and stocks. A startup that is attempting to change that by courting millennials has just received a big backing. Bangalore-headquartered Groww said on Thursday it had raised $30 million in its Series C financing round. YC Continuity, the growth-stage investment fund of Y Combinator, led the round, while existing investors Sequoia India, Ribbit Capital and ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Apps, Asia, Finance, India, Funding, Tech, Sequoia Capital, Flipkart, Bangalore, Yc, Anu Hariharan, Sequoia Capital India, Ashish Agrawal, Recent Funding


Lucid lets shoppers customize cars like a video game character

Lucid just launched its first production vehicle, and it looks impressive. But let’s talk about the new website, too. It features a remarkable buying experience that lets shoppers build a 3D car online and experience it in VR at a Lucid dealership. Right now, minutes after its launch, the site is laggy at time. I expect it will improve. Using the tool is just like building a character in a video game. Select a model, add some color, and spin the model around to get another look. Don’t like ho...
Tags: TC, Tech, Tesla, United States, Lucid, Lucid Motors, Lucid Air, Lucid Mercedes Benz


Lucid Motors reveals its long-awaited Air electric sedan

Lucid Motors CEO and CTO Peter Rawlinson had a clear vision for how to take an electric car to another level. The former chief engineer of the Tesla Model S just didn’t expect it to take quite so long. Today, nearly four years since the company first announced its intentions to produce electric vehicles, Lucid Motors revealed the final version of its all-electric luxury Air sedan. The Air has eye-popping performance specs, an estimated range of up to 517 miles and a design that manages to balanc...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, Saudi Arabia, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Arizona, Air, North America, Cto, Musk, Lucid, Amazon Alexa, Atieva, ADAS, Rawlinson


Dieselgate’s cost Volkswagen over $30 billion, now its former CEO faces conviction

A German court today ordered former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn to stand trial on charges of organized commercial fraud over his alleged involvement in the ‘dieselgate’ emissions rigging scandal. In 2015 the US formally charged Volkswagen with defrauding the US government and consumers after it was discovered certain models claiming to use ‘clean diesel‘ technology used illegal software to cheat emissions tests. Winterkorn and four unnamed alleged co-conspirators are charged with the creati...
Tags: Startups, US, Tech, World, Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn, Winterkorn


Former NSA Chief Keith Alexander Joins Amazon's Board of Directors

Gen. Keith Alexander is joining Amazon's board of directors, the company revealed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing today. The Verge reports: A former director of the National Security Agency and the first commander of the US Cyber Command, Alexander served as the public face of US data collection during the Edward Snowden leaks, but he retired from public service in 2013. Alexander is a controversial figure for many in the tech community because of his involvement in the widespread...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Snowden, Nsa, US, Tech, Edward Snowden, National Security Agency, Securities And Exchange Commission, Alexander, Keith Alexander, Google Microsoft Yahoo, Amazon Alexander


Dieslegate’s cost Volkswagen over $30 billion, now its former CEO faces conviction

A German court today ordered former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn to stand trial on charges of organized commercial fraud over his alleged involvement in the ‘dieselgate’ emissions rigging scandal. In 2015 the US formally charged Volkswagen with defrauding the US government and consumers after it was discovered certain models claiming to use ‘clean diesel‘ technology used illegal software to cheat emissions tests. Winterkorn and four unnamed alleged co-conspirators are charged with the creati...
Tags: Startups, US, Tech, World, Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn, Winterkorn


Apple is seeking damages from Epic over Fortnite ban

It was sure nice to have a few days off from the Epic Games vs Apple conflict, wasn’t it? But grab your popcorn and maybe a fresh pretzel, because the show is not over. Now Apple is seeking damages from Epic’s breach of contract, and responded to Epic’s recent requests that it be forced to reinstate Fortnite. This is a juicy one, I’m not going to lie. If you want to see where this whole mess got started, I recommend reading this, this, or this. Long story short: Epic tried to get around the App ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Gaming, Epic


Giant Cloud of Incompetence Hangs Over California

Giant clouds are hanging over California and blotting out the sun. Pyrocumulonimbus clouds are a type of cumulonimbus cloud that forms above a source of heat, such as a wildfire. The size and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Technology, California, Government, World, Innovation, Risks


Daily Crunch: Taboola and Outbrain call off their merger

A massive content recommendation merger falls apart, Microsoft reveals the release date and pricing for its flagship game console and Alexa enables phone calls for AT&T customers. This is your Daily Crunch for September 9, 2020. The big story: Taboola and Outbrain call off their merger Looks like the two biggest companies in the content recommendation market won’t be teaming up after all. Taboola and Outbrain announced an $850 million merger last year, but apparently a “challenging cultu...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Advertising Tech, NFL, Tech, Snapchat, Xbox, Palantir, Alexa, Alex Wilhelm, Lens, Taboola, Outbrain, SPAC, AT T, Yubico


Is Virtual Burning Man the Internet's Ultimate Test?

An anonymous reader shares an opinion piece from The New York Times, written by Neil Shister, author of "Radical Ritual: How Burning Man Changed the World." Here's an excerpt: In perhaps the ultimate test of whether the internet can satisfyingly replicate the real world, Burning Man has gone online this year. The notion isn't as much of a mismatch as it might seem. Larry Harvey, who helped start Burning Man on a San Francisco beach in 1986 and was its guiding luminary until his death in 2018, sa...
Tags: Elon Musk, San Francisco, Tech, Silicon Valley, The New York Times, Black Rock City, Larry Harvey, Neil Shister, Burning Man Which


An eerie orange sky has blanketed San Francisco and residents are comparing it to 'Blade Runner' and post-apocalyptic films

San Francisco sky. Eric Risberg/AP The sky over San Francisco was remarkably dark and orange on Wednesday. Scientists say the color comes from smoke particles from wildfires across the state. San Francisco residents took to social media to share the sky, comparing it to sci-fi films like "Blade Runner." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As California experiences one of its most severe wildfire seasons on record, the sky in San Francisco turned an ominous orange color on W...
Tags: Weather, Science, Climate Change, California, Stanford, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Global Warming, Bloomberg, Pacific, Business Insider, Jason Goldman, Sam Houston, Sarah Frier


Former NSA chief General Keith Alexander is now on Amazon’s board

General Keith Alexander, who oversaw the National Security Agency when Edward Snowden revealed the shocking extent of its illegal wiretapping and data collection programs, has joined Amazon’s board as a director. Gen. Alexander’s duties on the audit committee and anywhere else he might be needed are not spelled out anywhere. He is currently co-CEO of IronNet Security, the firm he founded six years ago. Before that he was head of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command. He is perhaps best remembered...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Microsoft, Congress, Snowden, Nsa, Tech, Edward Snowden, Bill, National Security Agency, Alexa, Alexander, Bezos, Keith Alexander, Gen Alexander, IronNet Security


Here’s every angle of the all-electric Lucid Air in pictures

After years of development, Lucid Motors took the wraps off the Air, an electric luxury sedan that was unveiled Wednesday in a live streamed event. The Air combines high-end features with eye-popping performance specs and technology that puts it in the same luxury category as a Mercedes S Class. The Air will range in price from as high as $169,000 for its flagship Dream variant to just below $80,000 for the base model, not counting the $7,500 federal tax credit. The vehicle will have four var...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Air, Lucid Motors, Lucid Air


Lucid Motors’ second act will be an all-electric SUV called Gravity

Lucid Motors provided Wednesday a peek of the next vehicle in its all-electric lineup — an SUV called the Lucid Gravity. The Lucid Gravity follows the Air, a luxury all-electric sedan that was revealed Wednesday in a live streamed event. The Gravity, which will have the same underlying vehicle platform as the Air, is already well into the design process. The company has a working prototype, which was spotted this summer out in the wild. Lucid Motors CEO and CTO Peter Rawlinson later confirmed...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Air, Cto, Lucid, Jenkins, Rawlinson, Lucid Motors, Peter Rawlinson, Derek Jenkins, Lucid Gravity


Lucid Motors’ second vehicle is an electric SUV, the Gravity

Lucid Motors provided Wednesday a peek of the next vehicle in its all-electric lineup — an SUV called the Lucid Gravity. The Lucid Gravity follows the Air, a luxury all-electric sedan that was revealed Wednesday in a live streamed event. The Gravity, which will have the same underlying vehicle platform as the Air, is already well into the design process. The company has a working prototype, which was spotted this summer out in the wild. Lucid Motors CEO and CTO Peter Rawlinson later confirmed...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Air, Cto, Lucid, Jenkins, Rawlinson, Lucid Motors, Peter Rawlinson, Derek Jenkins, Lucid Gravity


Tribus unveils ‘Slack for real estate’ chat tool

Tribus Chat lets real estate professionals break their communication into different channels, which the company believes will improve efficiency.
Tags: Real Estate, Technology, Radio, Slack, Select, News Brief, Pandemic, Tribus, Eric Stegemann, COVID-19, COVID, Coronavirus Pandemic


Instagram is building a product equity team and hiring a director of diversity and inclusion

Instagram announced some changes it’s making that are geared toward advancing equity within its workplace. The changes come after Instagram in June spoke about elevating, rather than suppressing Black voices in light of the killing of George Floyd. “More than ever, people are turning to the platform to raise awareness for the racial, civic, and social causes they care about,” Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, wrote in a blog post. “It’s a big part of why we committed in June to review the ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Diversity, Instagram Instagram, Adam Mosseri, Black LGBTQ, Instagram Mosseri


The best videoconferencing apps for 2020

Want to improve productivity, boost employee morale, or just check in on a loved one? Here are the best videoconferencing apps available for PCs and mobile.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Small Business, Trends, Videoconference, WFH, Coronavirus, Socializing at a distance



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