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Apple is launching its online store in India on September 23

Apple today announced that it’s launching its online store in India on Septemeber 23. The store will be available in both English and Hindi and sell iPhone, iPad, and Macs in the country. Apart from selling its products, the company will also provide support for its devices on call on the chat. The store will enable customers to trade-in their older iPhone and get an additional discount towards the new purchase. Apple is also bringing its AppleCare+ device insurance program, which provides two y...
Tags: Apple, Startups, India, Plugged


Encrochat Investigation Finds Corrupt Cops Leaking Information To Criminals

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: After searching through some of the tens of millions of encrypted messages pulled from Encrochat devices, Dutch police have launched a new investigation team that will look specifically into corruption, the police force announced on Wednesday. In some cases authorities are looking to identify police who leaked information to organized criminals. The news broadens the scope of the Encrochat investigations, which have focused heavily on drug tr...
Tags: Tech, EncroChat, Henk van Essen


TikTok’s Chinese rival Kuaishou becomes a popular online bazaar

In China, short video apps aren’t just for mindless time killing. These services are becoming online bazaars where users can examine products, see how they are grown and made, and ask sellers questions during live sessions. Kuaishou, the main rival of TikTok’s Chinese version (Douyin), announced that it accumulated 500 million e-commerce orders in August, a strong sign for the app’s monetization effort — and probably a conducive condition for its upcoming public listing. On the heels of the anno...
Tags: TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Hong Kong, China, Tech, Alibaba, Tencent, Reuters, Kuaishou, Zynn, Douyin, Pinduoduo, ByteDance China Kelly Zhang


Tools for Mars are being developed in preparation for colonization

Researchers at the Singapore University of Technology and Design constructed Mars-ready tools in preparation for colonization. The team chose chitin as a cheap and abundant material to fashion a wrench and habitat. Chitin occurs naturally in arthropod exoskeletons, fungus, and fish scales. In 1963, a spaceship crash-landed on Earth. The vehicle was carrying one Martian, a very man-like creature who would be called Uncle Martin. He was so named by Tim O'Hara, a local newspaper reporter that dis...
Tags: Space, Technology, Sustainability, Nasa, Engineering, Innovation, Silicon Valley, Mars, Product Design, Derek, Martin, Tim, Fernandez, Twitter Facebook, Red Planet, Bill Bixby


Apple claims Epic is only suing to boost interest in Fortnite

To answer your first question: yes, this nonsense is still going on. Grab your fizzy drink of choice and a fresh tub of buttered kernels, because it’s going off again between Epic Games and Apple. This time, Apple has completely ditched its facade of pacificism and is going straight for the jugular, accusing Epic of using the lawsuit to boost flagging interest in Fortnite. Oh. No. They. Didn’t. As always, if you need some background on the case, start here, then read this, this, and this. Like 2...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Gaming, Fortnite


DuckDuckGo Is Growing Fast

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, announced that August 2020 ended in over 2 billion total searches via its search platform. While Google remains the most popular search engine, DuckDuckGo has gained a great deal of traction in recent months as more and more users have begun to value their privacy on the internet. DuckDuckGo saw over 2 billion searches and 4 million app/extension installations, and the company also said that...
Tags: Google, Tech, United States


iOS 14 Bug Will Bork Your Default Mail and Browser Settings

With iOS 14 now officially here, it was only a matter of time before we started hearing about the bugs. There are always bugs—some are more inconsequential than others.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Science, Bugs, Ios 14


US Charges Chinese and Malaysian Hackers In Global Hacking Campaign

schwit1 shares a report from NewsNation Now: The Justice Department has charged five Chinese citizens with hacks targeting more than 100 companies and institutions in the United States and elsewhere, including social media and video game companies as well as universities and telecommunications providers, officials said Wednesday. The five defendants remain fugitives, but prosecutors say two Malaysian businessmen accused of conspiring with the alleged hackers to profit off the attacks on video ga...
Tags: China, US, Tech, United States, Justice Department, Trump


Microsoft & Blk Ops Show the 'Magic' of Surface Duo in New Spot

To announce the new Microsoft Surface Duo, now available for purchase, Microsoft has launched a campaign to introduce a brand new category of mobile device and highlight its innovative features: the dual flip screen with its innovative 360° hinge, the ability to easily switch from one screen to two, and the revolutionary gaming and social experiences that harness the power of Microsoft and Android together.     The campaign, by Blk Ops, hones in on the “magic” of the product and its ...
Tags: Technology, Featured, Microsoft, Advertising, Louis Leterrier, New Spot, Leterrier, Blk Ops


Facebook Will Stop Recommending Health Groups

The Verge reports on the new rules Facebook is adding to slow the spread of misinformation and other harmful content on its Groups feature. From the report: Some of the new policies encourage more active administration of groups. If administrators step down, they can invite members to take their place; if nobody does, Facebook will apparently "suggest" admin roles to members, then archive the group if that fails. Also, if group members accrue a community standards violation, moderators will have...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Facebook Will Stop Recommending Health Groups


Apple Bringing Online Store to India on September 23

Apple today announced that it plans to open its online store in India on Wednesday, September 23, providing customers located in India with a way to purchase iPhones, Macs, iPads, and more directly from Apple. "We're proud to be expanding in India and want to do all we can to support our customers and their communities," said Deirdre O'Brien, Apple's senior vice president of Retail + People. "We know our users are relying on technology to stay connected, engage in learning, and tap into their c...
Tags: Apple, India, Cupertino, Apple Store, Apple Retail, Edu, India Apple, Deirdre O Brien Apple


Boston Dynamics delivers plan for logistics robots as early as next year

Boston Dynamics is just months away from announcing their approach to logistics, the first real vertical it aims to enter, after proving their ability to build robots at scale with the quadrupedal Spot. The company’s new CEO, Robert Playter, sees the company coming into its own after decades of experimentation. Playter, interviewed on the virtual main stage of Disrupt 2020, only recently ascended from COO to that role after many years of working there, after longtime CEO and founder Marc Raib...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Gadgets, Hardware, Softbank, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, Coo, Techcrunch Disrupt, Marc, Marc Raibert, Boston Robotics, Playter, Robert Playter


Information itself may be what ends the human race

IBM estimates that humans produce 2.5 quintillion digital data bytes daily.We'll one day reach a point where the number of bits we store outnumber the entirety of atoms on Earth.In the most severe scenario, it takes just 130 years for all the power generated on Earth to be sucked up by digital data creation and storage. Although many places in the world are currently preoccupied by the COVID‐19 pandemic, most infectious disease experts believe that a pandemic is unlikely to end the human race...
Tags: Europe, UK, Technology, Information, Data, Earth, Computers, Innovation, Ibm, AIP, University of Portsmouth, Melvin Vopson, Vopson, Earth Vopson


Boston Robotics delivers plan for logistics robots as early as next year

Boston Dynamics is just months away from announcing their approach to logistics, the first real vertical it aims to enter, after proving their ability to build robots at scale with the quadrupedal Spot. The company’s new CEO, Robert Playter, sees the company coming into its own after decades of experimentation. Playter, interviewed on the virtual main stage of Disrupt 2020, only recently ascended from COO to that role after many years of working there, after longtime CEO and founder Marc Raib...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Hardware, Softbank, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, Coo, Marc, Marc Raibert, Boston Robotics, Playter, Disrupt 2020, Robert Playter


Why Passenger Jets Could Soon Be Flying In Formation

New submitter ragnar_ianal writes: Looking at the V-shaped formations of migrating ducks, scientists have long surmised that there are aeronautical efficiencies at play. Airbus is examining this in a practical manner to see if fuel efficiency can be enhanced. "Building on test flights in 2016 with an Airbus A380 megajet and A350-900 wide-body jetliner, [the Airbus fello'fly] hopes to demonstrate and quantify the aerodynamic efficiencies while developing in-flight operational procedures," reports...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, Tech, Cnn, Airbus, CNN Initial, Frenchbee, Sandra Bour Schaeffer


Daily Crunch: Twitter tightens security ahead of election

Twitter takes preemptive steps to avoid election-related hacks, we check out the new Apple Watches and Facebook launches new business tools. This is your Daily Crunch for September 17, 2020. The big story: Twitter tightens security ahead of election Twitter said today that “high-profile, election-related” accounts in the United States will be receiving notifications telling them they’re required to adopt strong passwords. The company will also be enabling password reset protections for those ...
Tags: Amazon, Social, Facebook, Twitter, Tech, Tesla, Policy, United States, Hulu, Alexa, Justin Kan, Facebook Instagram, Swiss Army, Jennifer Doudna, JB Straubel, Doudna


iOS 14.2 Beta Adds New Shazam Music Recognition Feature for Control Center

Apple today released the first beta of iOS 14.2 to developers for testing purposes, and the new update introduces a Music Recognition control for the Control Center. The new feature lets you discover music playing around you and it recognizes the music playing with in apps, even when you're wearing AirPods. Songs pop up as notifications, and you can tap to listen in Apple Music. Shazam's Music Recognition feature can be added to Control Center through the Control Center options in the Sett...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Siri, Shazam, Control Center, Ios 14


Is Apple One a Bargain? It's Complicated

Apple One, Apple's long-awaited services bundle, has arrived and The Verge's Chaim Gartenberg has crunched the numbers to see which subscription package, if any, is worth it. From the report: Let's start with the Apple One Individual plan. Offering a single Apple Music plan ($9.99 per month), a 50GB iCloud storage bucket ($0.99 per month), and access to Apple Arcade ($4.99 per month) and Apple TV Plus ($4.99 per month) for $14.99, it seems like it saves you money. But unless you're interested in...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Apple Music, Individual, Gartenberg, Chaim Gartenberg, Apple Arcade, Apple One Individual


Facebook employees with video camera glasses are prowling the streets to do research on privacy

A participant in Facebook's Project Aria research. Facebook Facebook is working on smartglasses that CEO Mark Zuckerberg says will launch in 2021. In the meantime, the social media giant is deploying employees and contractors into public spaces equipped with smartglasses that map the world by capturing photos. The initiative is known as "Project Aria." The research is intended to inform best practices for the future, including getting ahead of potential privacy concerns, Facebook said....
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Research, Augmented Reality, Andrew Bosworth, Facebook Facebook, Bosworth, Facebook Faces, Luxottica Group, Ben Gilbert, Tech Insider, Facebook Participants, Smartglasses, Facebook Reality Labs


Meet the five startup Battlefield finalists at Disrupt 2020

TechCrunch hosted an unusual Startup Battlefield this week — the founders, judges, audience and moderator (me) were all in different locations, doing our best to interact over WebEx. But the 20 startups still demonstrated their products and explained their visions, then were grilled by expert judges. And those judges helped the TechCrunch team select our five finalists. Those finalists will be presenting tomorrow at 10:40 a.m. Pacific for a whole new set of judges and you can watch the live stre...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Canix, Pacific, Latin America, Battlefield, Dallas Texas, Startup Battlefield, WebEx, Metrc, Disrupt 2020, Matidor, Firehawk Aerospace, HacWare, Tiffany Ricks, Jefa


Schools are closing their doors, but OpenDoor isn’t

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Natasha Mascarenhas, Danny Crichton and myself hosted a live taping at Disrupt for a digital reception. It was good fun, though of course we’re looking forward to bringing the live show back to the conference next year, vaccine allowing. Thankfully we had Chris Gates behind the scenes tweaking the dials, fitting us into the program, an...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, Equity, Snowflake, Greylock, Natasha, Desktop Metal, Opendoor, Equity podcast, Chainsmokers, Chris Gates, Natasha Mascarenhas Danny Crichton


FKA twigs on Artemisia Gentileschi’s Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy

Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy is a painting made in the 1620s by Artemisia Gentileschi. The painting was presumed lost until it was rediscovered in a private collection in France and sold at auction for more than $1 million in 2014. As part of season 2 of Google Arts & Culture’s Art Zoom project (previously), British singer/songwriter FKA twigs gives her personal interpretation of the painting in the video above. Scholars assumed it was painted in the 1620s, when Artemisia Gentileschi left Flo...
Tags: Google, France, Rome, Florence, Jason Kottke, Magdalene, Mary Magdalene, Artemisia Gentileschi


Apple Releases First Betas of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 to Developers [Updated]

Apple today seeded the first betas of upcoming iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 updates to developers, just one day after releasing the iOS 14 update and a few hours after hinting at the iOS 14.2 beta in an Xcode beta update. iOS and iPadOS 14.2 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or over the air after the proper developer profile has been installed, though the update does not appear to be available over the air at this time. There's no word yet on what's included in iOS 14.2, but ...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Control Center, Ios 14


Ron Howard and Brian Grazer say that their accelerator can help diversify Hollywood

Impact Creative Systems (formerly Imagine Impact) is bringing a startup accelerator-style approach to finding fresh creative talent, and it announced this morning that, with funding from venture capital firm Benchmark, it’s spinning out from Imagine Entertainment — the production company founded by director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer. Right after the news broke, the accelerator’s founders — Howard, Grazer and CEO Tyler Mitchell — joined us at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference to discu...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lulu, Ron Howard, Mitchell, Brian Grazer, Howard, Grazer, Tyler Mitchell


Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 14.2 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 14.2 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta coming just a day after the release of the tvOS 14 update. Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the tvOS 14.2 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌‌ via a profile that’s installed using Xcode. tvOS updates other than new releases are typically minor in scale, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements rather than m...
Tags: Apple, Apple TV, Blurb, Apple TV Don


Benchmark’s Peter Fenton: ’10 to 20 years of innovation just got pulled forward’

Earlier today at TechCrunch Disrupt, venture capitalist Peter Fenton joined us to talk about a variety of issues. Among them, we discussed how he’s putting his stamp on Benchmark now that, 15 years after joining the storied firm, he’s its most senior member. Fenton said that he’s mostly focused on ensuring that firm doesn’t change. It wants to remain small, with no more than six general partners at a time. It wants to keep investing funds that are half a billion dollars or less because its...
Tags: Tech, WeWork, Bill, Bruce, Fenton, Susan Fowler, Peter Fenton, Chetan Puttagunta, Fenton Sarah Tavel Eric Vishria, Said Fenton, Bruce -LSB- Dunlevie, Bill -LSB- Gurley


Apple Releases First Betas of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first betas of upcoming iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 updates to developers, just one day after releasing the iOS 14 update and a few hours after hinting at the iOS 14.2 beta in an Xcode beta update. iOS and iPadOS 14.2 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or over the air after the proper developer profile has been installed, though the update does not appear to be available over the air at this time. There's no word yet on what's included in iOS 14.2, but ...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Ios 14


Joe Rogan falsely claimed that 'left-wing' activists set forest fires in Oregon

Joe Rogan hosts "The Joe Rogan Experience," a popular podcast. PowerfulJRE/YouTube Joe Rogan echoed false claims on the latest episode of his podcast that "left-wing" activists had been arrested for setting forest fires in Oregon. The claim that "extremists" or "ANTIFA" had been arrested for arson in the area has been debunked by local law enforcement, the FBI, and Snopes. "The Joe Rogan Experience" signed an exclusive deal with Spotify in May, and will become exclusively available on the ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Science, News, Media, Podcasts, Oregon, Advertising, Trends, Fbi, Fires, Portland, The New York Times, Kardashian, Portland Oregon


WeChat Users Won't Be Targeted By Trump's Order, US Says

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: WeChat users who download the Chinese app for personal or business communications won't be targeted by President Donald Trump's executive order that will prohibit using the app for some transactions, the U.S. said. The U.S. Commerce Department plans to clarify by Sept. 20 which transactions will be prohibited. But it doesn't intend to define "the relevant transactions in such a way that would impose criminal or civil liability on such users," a...
Tags: China, San Francisco, Tech, Bloomberg, Donald Trump, Trump, U S Commerce Department, U S WeChat Users Alliance


Joe Rogan falsely blamed forest fires in Oregon on 'left-wing' activists

Joe Rogan hosts "The Joe Rogan Experience," a popular podcast. PowerfulJRE/YouTube Joe Rogan echoed false claims on the latest episode of his podcast that "left-wing" activists had been arrested in connection to forest fires in Oregon. Local law enforcement, the FBI, and Snopes have repeatedly debunked rumors linking the fires to activity by "extremists" or antifa. Spotify reached a deal in May that will see Rogan's "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast become exclusively available on the pla...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Science, News, Media, Podcasts, Oregon, Advertising, Trends, Fbi, Fires, Portland, The New York Times, Kardashian, Portland Oregon



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