Is Planet Nine a Black Hole?

"Astrophysicists have recently begun hatching plans to find out just how weird Planet Nine might be," reports the New York Times. Long-time Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot shares their report: Although it is probably wishful thinking, some astronomers contend that a black hole may be lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system. All summer, they have been arguing over how to find it, if indeed it is there, and what to do about it, proposing plans that are only halfway out of this world... Earl...
Tags: Tech, Earth, Harvard, Chile, University Of Maryland, Yuri Milner, Slashdot, Loeb, Rubin, Witten, Avi Loeb, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Scott Lawrence, Edward Witten, New York Times Long, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

Best Prime Day tablet deals 2020: What to expect

We’re expecting some great deals on brands like Apple’s iPad, Windows Surface, Samsung’s Galaxy, and more.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Samsung, Trends, Computing, Tablet Deals, Prime Day 2020

Will Japan Have Flying Taxis by 2023?

Slashdot reader damitr shared IEEE Spectrum's look at Japan's push for flying taxi services: Last year, Spectrum reported on Japan's public-private initiative to create a new industry around electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles and flying cars. Last Friday [August 28th], start-up company SkyDrive Inc. demonstrated the progress made since then when it held a press conference to spotlight its prototype vehicle and show reporters a video taken three days earlier of the craft undergoing a...
Tags: Japan, Tech, Kansai, Toyota Motor, Kobe, Steve Wright, Universal Studios Japan, Cartivator, Osaka Bay, Tomohiro Fukuzawa, SkyDrive Inc, Public Private Conference for Air Mobility, Fukuzawa, Aircraft Systems, University of West England Almost

Cory Doctorow Crowdfunds His New Audiobook to Protest Amazon/Audible DRM

Science fiction writer Cory Doctorow (also a former EFF staffer and activist) explains why he's crowdfunding his new audiobook online. Despite the large publishers for his print editions, "I can't get anyone to do my audiobooks. Amazon and its subsidiary Audible, which controls 90% of the audiobook sales, won't carry any of my audiobooks because I won't let them put any of their digital rights management on it. "I don't want you locked in with their DRM as a condition of experiencing my work,"...
Tags: Amazon, Hong Kong, Neil Gaiman, Tech, Edward Snowden, Eff, Cory Doctorow, Cory, Doctorow, Amazon and Audible

Best Prime Day smartphone deals 2020: What to expect

Prime Day Deals are really extraordinary, featuring some of the hottest tech out there, including smartphones.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Android, Mobile, Trends, Smartphone Deals, Prime Day 2020

Check out these Breakout Sessions at Disrupt 2020

We’re on the brink of the biggest Disrupt in TechCrunch history. It’s five days of education, exhibition, competition and connection that spans the globe. As you plan your schedule, keep this in mind: You’ll find some of the most insightful and downright interesting programming at Disrupt 2020 in our Breakout Sessions. And that, given our powerhouse agenda, is saying something. Every Disrupt attendee can take part in the breakout sessions — they’re open to every pass level. Breakouts cover a ran...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Japan, US, San Francisco, Tech, Taiwan, Canada, Middle East, Korea, Gm, Toyota, Bahrain, Kite, Dassault, Brian Quinn

SoftBank could make, gasp, a profit on its expected sale of Arm for $40B

While the big deal we have been tracking the past few weeks has been TikTok, there was another massive deal under negotiation that mirrors some of the international tech dynamics that have plagued the consumer social app’s sale. Arm Holdings, which is the most important designer of processor chips in smartphones and increasingly other areas, has been quietly shopped around as SoftBank works to shed its investments and raise additional capital to placate activist investors like Elliott Mana...
Tags: Apple, Japan, UK, Hardware, Softbank, Tech, European Union, Intel, Britain, United Kingdom, Cambridge, M&a, Nvidia, Alan Turing, ARM Holdings, Wall Street Journal

Is the vaunted cloud acceleration falling flat?

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange , a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch , but free, and made for your weekend reading.  Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. Is the vaunted cloud acceleration falling flat? This week we’re taking a look at the bad side of the cloud software market. In case you were avoiding the news over the last week, tech and software stocks . Not much compared to t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, Bank Of America, Chicago, Fintech, Palantir, Bessemer, Danny, Natasha, Canaan, Brent Bellm, Mark Mader, Smartsheet, The Exchange, Pierre Naudé

'A Robot Wrote This Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?'

This week the Guardian published an essay written by GPT-3, OpenAI's language generator, calling it "a cutting edge language model that uses machine learning to produce human like text. It takes in a prompt, and attempts to complete it." For this esssay, the essay was fed the prompt, "I am not a human. I am Artificial Intelligence. Many people think I am a threat to humanity. Stephen Hawking has warned that AI could 'spell the end of the human race.' I am here to convince you not to worry. Artif...
Tags: Tech, Stephen Hawking, GPT

Elon Musk says Starship SN8 prototype will have a nosecone and attempt a 60,000-foot return flight

Elon Musk has shared some details about future testing of Starship, the SpaceX launch vehicle currently being developed by the company at its Boca Chica, Texas facility. Recently, SpaceX has completed short, 150 meter (just under 500 feet) test flights of two earlier Starship prototypes, SN5 and SN6 – and SN8, which is currently set to be done construction “in about a week” according to Musk will have “flaps & nosecone” and ultimately is intended for a much higher altitude test launch. The...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Science, Tech, Ceo, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Musk, Starship, Boca Chica Texas, SpaceX Starship

Energy 'Scavenger' Could Turn Waste Heat From Devices Like Refrigerators Into Electricity

"Scientists have known for nearly 200 years that certain materials can convert heat to electricity..." reports Science, describing research into an intriguing new approach: Refrigerators, boilers, and even lightbulbs continually dump heat into their surroundings. This "waste heat" could — in theory — be turned into electricity, as it is sometimes done with power plants, automobile engines, and other high-heat sources. The problem: These "low-grade" sources give off too little heat for current t...
Tags: Tech, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Jun Zhou

Snowflake, Unity, JFrog move towards IPOs despite public market turmoil

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. Warren Buffet is eager to invest in a money-burning SaaS unicorn that is about to IPO. Despite recent tech stock declines and growing fears of US election turbulence, this is one reason that Snowflake is on track to be one of the biggest offerings of the year. And it is not the only company defying the pandemic and newer problems in order to get out o...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, TC, Adobe, China, Ipo, US, Tech, Vienna, Poland, Belarus, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Silicon Valley, Houston

How to Develop an E-learning App

Technological advancements have significantly changed the approaches to education. More and more schools, colleges, and universities are moving towards the digital platform and mobile application usage to provide students with the best educational experience and practices. Besides, the Covid-19 outbreak and its consequences have also significantly boosted e-Learning app development as there is a need to provide a continuous educational process even in this challenging situation. Today, many e le...
Tags: Sales, Tech, Tips, Oleh Sadykow

Security Researchers Detail New 'BlindSide' Speculative Execution Attack

"Security researchers from Amsterdam have publicly detailed 'BlindSide' as a new speculative execution attack vector for both Intel and AMD processors," reports Phoronix: BlindSide is self-described as being able to "mount BROP-style attacks in the speculative execution domain to repeatedly probe and derandomize the kernel address space, craft arbitrary memory read gadgets, and enable reliable exploitation. This works even in face of strong randomization schemes, e.g., the recent FGKASLR or fine...
Tags: Tech, Intel, Amsterdam, Amd, Slashdot, AMD Ryzen, Intel Whiskey Lake CPU, Skylake KabyLake and Coffee Lake

Production Problems at Boeing Factory Prompt Regulators to Review Lapses

Long-time Slashdot reader phalse phace writes: The FAA has begun looking into quality-control problems at Boeing for their wide-body jet Dreamliner that go back almost a decade. The Wall Street Journal reports that "the plane maker has told U.S. aviation regulators that it produced certain parts at its South Carolina facilities that failed to meet its own design and manufacturing standards, according to an Aug. 31 internal Federal Aviation Administration memo." (Non-paywalled source here.) ...
Tags: Tech, Seattle, Faa, Boeing, Wall Street Journal, South Carolina, Journal, Federal Aviation Administration, Slashdot, U S aviation, Boeing Factory Prompt Regulators

Schools are buying up surveillance technology to fight COVID-19

Fayette County Public Schools, a 24-school district in Georgia, reopened its classroom doors last month. As at many schools around the country, officials in Fayette have concerns about safely bringing students back to school amid a pandemic — and they’re turning to surveillance technology for help. The school district recently made a deal to purchase up to 75 cameras equipped with thermal imaging. The cameras, made by Hikvision, a Chinese provider of facial recognition tools and other surveillan...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Georgia, Fayette, Hikvision, Syndication, Fayette County Public Schools

Save big on latest Apple iPad Mini and iPad Pro 12.9 this weekend at Amazon

The Apple iPad Mini and iPad Pro 12.9 are both on sale at Amazon today starting from $350.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Mobile, Trends, iPad deals, Apple iPad Mini, Apple iPad Pro 12.9

Microsoft's 'Patch Tuesday' Includes 129 Security Updates, Mostly to Windows

This week Krebs on Security reported that Microsoft "released updates to remedy nearly 130 security vulnerabilities in its Windows operating system and supported software." None of the flaws are known to be currently under active exploitation, but 23 of them could be exploited by malware or malcontents to seize complete control of Windows computers with little or no help from users. The majority of the most dangerous or "critical" bugs deal with issues in Microsoft's various Windows operating s...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Tech, Exchange, Krebs, Dustin Childs

Are Elon Musk's ‘megaconstellations’ a blight on the night sky?

Miniature satellites open up a world of technological possibility. But experts say they degrade the astronomical landscapeThe natural serenity of the night sky is a touchstone for all of us. Everyone alive today looks at the same stars no matter where they are located on the planet. But the connection is more profound because, next to our brief lives, the stars are immortal. Shakespeare saw the same stars in the same patterns that we do. So did Galileo, Columbus, Joan of Arc, Cleopatra and the f...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Satellites, Shakespeare, Galileo Columbus Joan

Disrupt 2020 kicks off tomorrow — are you ready?

Happy Disrupt 2020 Eve, startup fans! It’s been a crazy mad dash to transform our annual flagship San Francisco event at Moscone Center into the first all-virtual Disrupt (thanks, COVID-19). Then again, going global seems an appropriate way to celebrate 10 years of Disruption. It all starts tomorrow with a pre-show session to explain how to access the different platforms we’ll use during the event — are you ready? Wait, what? Did you just say you don’t have your Disrupt 2020 pass yet? Talk about...
Tags: Startups, San Francisco, Tech, Moscone Center, Startup Alley, Startup Battlefield, Digital Startup Alley, Disrupt 2020, TC Top Picks Disrupt Digital

New Hubble Observations Suggest Gap in Current Dark Matter Models

Long-time Slashdot reader bsharma shares an announcement from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope site: Researchers found that small-scale concentrations of dark matter in clusters produce gravitational lensing effects that are 10 times stronger than expected. This evidence is based on unprecedently detailed observations of several massive galaxy clusters by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile... Priyamvada Natarajan of Yale Unive...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Chile, Hubble Space Telescope, Slashdot, VLT, European Southern Observatory, New Hubble Observations Suggest Gap

This Week in Apps: The App Store’s new rules, Epic’s battle continues, TikTok’s time is up

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x high...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Australia, China, India, Tech, Developers, Beijing, Epic, App Stores

With Wildfires, California Experiences a 'Cascading' of Climate Disasters

"Multiple mega fires burning more than three million acres. Millions of residents smothered in toxic air. Rolling blackouts and triple-digit heat waves. "Climate change, in the words of one scientist, is smacking California in the face," reports the New York Times. (Alternate URL here.) The crisis in the nation's most populous state is more than just an accumulation of individual catastrophes. It is also an example of something climate experts have long worried about, but which few expected t...
Tags: California, Washington, Oregon, Tech, New York Times, West Coast, Gavin Newsom, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Vacaville California, Roy Wright, Philip B Duffy, Woodwell Climate Research Center

Apple Registers Multiple 'Apple One' Domain Names Ahead of Tuesday's Event [Updated]

Just a day after strings in Apple's own Apple Music app for Android suggested that the company's upcoming subscription bundle will indeed be called "Apple One," Apple acted to register a number of domain names for the term. The move further indicates that Apple One is likely to be the marketing name for the bundles rather than a placeholder. While Apple will likely not end up using many of the domain names, it is typical for the company to secure numerous variations in order to ensure that ot...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Apple Music, Apple News, Apple One, Apple News There, Apple One Apple

IT Guru Serge Belamant is Using Technology to Change the World

Serge Belamant has been an entrepreneur and has worked in the business world for most of his life. He is a technology guru who has helped changed the banking industry in South Africa. His contribution to the banking sector in terms of technology has seen money transfer evolve and become convenient for those sending and receiving monthly grants. He founded his company Net1 technologies with the aim of creating a universal payment system in 1989. One of the innovations they hold patents to is the ...
Tags: Technology, Entrepreneur, South Africa, Social Security Administration, Financial Institutions, Serge Belamant, Belamant, COPAC, First National Bank of South Africa

Karen Wants Her Privacy

“Karen” wants her privacy. Come to think of it, so does “Ken.” I like this commercial because it is awkward. For me, peak awkward happens when the coworkers speak in emoji. “Read heart emoji. Blue heart emoji. Puke emoji!” The spot offers the technorati a funny takedown of the quantified life and a well-earned poke […] The post Karen Wants Her Privacy appeared first on Adpulp.
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Advertising, Social Media, Data, Karen, Ken, Creative Review, Lifestyle Marketing

Karen Wants Her Privacy; Apple Provides

“Karen” wants her privacy. Come to think of it, so does “Ken.” I like this commercial because it is awkward. For me, peak awkward happens when the coworkers speak in emoji. “Read heart emoji. Blue heart emoji. Puke emoji!” The spot offers the technorati a funny takedown of the quantified life and a well-earned poke […] The post Karen Wants Her Privacy; Apple Provides appeared first on Adpulp.
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Technology, Advertising, Social Media, Data, Karen, Ken, Creative Review, Lifestyle Marketing

Twenty years after the dotcom crash, is tech’s bubble about to burst again?

Dramatic swings in stock prices are causing serious alarm – but these huge companies are no longer fragile startups‘Everybody loves a party ... but, inevitably, after a big party there’s a hangover,” billionaire investor Stanley Druckenmiller said last week as stock markets seesawed amid fears that a new tech bubble was about to burst. “Right now, we’re in an absolute raging mania,” he said.And at times it did look like a tech bubble was about to burst again. Last Tuesday, Tesla’s and Elon Mus...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Elon Musk, Technology, Internet, Tesla, E-commerce, Stock Markets, Technology sector, Jeff Bezos, Nasdaq, Stanley Druckenmiller, Bloomberg Billionaires Index Amazon

Original Content podcast: Disney’s ‘Mulan’ is a decent remake overshadowed by controversy

Disney’s live-action remake of “Mulan” comes with some serious baggage. First, the film has drawn political controversy for its star’s statements in support of the action Hong Kong police against protestors, as well as the fact that “Mulan” was partly filmed in the Xinjiang region, where the Chinese government has held Muslim ethnic minorities in detention camps. And although it’s less weighty, it’s also hard to escape the business context: “Mulan” is one of the first big Hollywood blockbusters ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Hong Kong, Hollywood, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, China, Disney, Muslim, Jordan, Mulan, Warner Bros, Xinjiang, Tenet, The Walt Disney Co

C++ is About To Get a Huge Update

ZDNet reports: The International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) C++ group, Working Group 21 (WG21), has agreed upon the finalized version of 'C++20', the first major update to the 35 year-old programming language since C++17 from 2017... The 2020 release of C++ is huge by historical standards. Herb Sutter, a Microsoft engineer and long-time chair of WG21 C++ ISO committee, said it "will be C++'s largest release since C++11", meaning it's bigger than any of the past three releases, whic...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Tech, ISO, Mozilla, Richard Smith, Sutter, Zdnet, Herb Sutter

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