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Amazon: Hope You Weren't Expecting Your Pre-Ordered PS5 to Ship on Time

With retailers royally jumping the gun on PlayStation 5 pre-orders, count yourself lucky if you managed to snag one before they sold out everywhere. Unless you got yours on Amazon. In which case, you might still be screwed.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Science, Playstation, Sony, Preorders, Consumer Tech, Consumer Technology, Preorder, Game Consoles, PlayStation 5, PS5, Sony PS5


'Stay calm!': US TikTok users prepare for world without newly banned app

Donald Trump’s decision to ban downloads of the Chinese-owned platform prompts realignment of tech spaceTikTok users in the United States have reacted with a collective shrug to Donald Trump’s decision to ban new downloads of the video-sharing app, but many are already planning an exit to other platforms should the clampdown lead to an outright ban.“Oh my God! Ok! It’s happening! Everybody stay calm!” TikToker Nick Foster told his 577,000 followers, dubbing a video of himself with audio of actor...
Tags: Technology, US, US news, United States, Steve Carell, Donald Trump, Nick Foster, Trump Administration, Tiktok


How to use iOS 14’s Translate app

We explain how to use iOS 14's Translate app, covering how to translate text and speech into a second language, save favorites, and check definitions.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Trends, How-to, Language Translator, Translation Apps, Ios 14, Apple iOS 14, Apple Translate


Iranian Hackers Found Way Into Encrypted Apps, Researchers Say

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Iranian hackers, most likely employees or affiliates of the government, have been running a vast cyberespionage operation equipped with surveillance tools that can outsmart encrypted messaging systems -- a capability Iran was not previously known to possess, according to two digital security reports released Friday. The operation not only targets domestic dissidents, religious and ethnic minorities and antigovernment activists abroad, ...
Tags: Europe, Tech, Iran, United States, New York Times, Middle East, The New York Times, Mashhad, Check Point, Point Software Technologies, Miaan Group, Miaan, Andromedaa Miaan, Andromedaa


Commerce Department To Ban TikTok, WeChat Downloads In U.S.

(CNN) — The Commerce Department plans to restrict access to TikTok and WeChat on Sunday as the Trump administration’s executive orders against the two apps are set to take effect. The Department said Friday that as of Sunday, any moves to distribute or maintain WeChat or TikTok on an app store will be prohibited. Apple and Google didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. While users who have already downloaded the apps may be able to continue using the software, the restrictions mean u...
Tags: Apple, Google, Business, Politics, Technology, China, US, Tech, Cnn, Commerce, Tencent, WeChat, Chinese communist party, Oracle, Ross, Trump


Trump's ban on WeChat leaves many people, especially Chinese Americans, scrambling to find ways to stay in contact with loved ones in China

President Trump's new executive order threatens Chinese app WeChat. Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The US Commerce Department issued an order prohibiting downloads or updates to the Chinese messaging app WeChat starting on Sunday. WeChat will also be rendered unusable to US users, as internet hosting services are disallowed from "enabling the functioning or optimization of the mobile application in the US." For many Americans, particularly Chinese Americans, We...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Facebook, Asia, Politics, Enterprise, California, White House, China, India, US, International, Trends, United States, Shanghai, WeChat


Facebook Accused of Watching Instagram Users Through Cameras

Facebook is again being sued for allegedly spying on Instagram users, this time through the unauthorized use of their mobile phone cameras. Bloomberg reports: The lawsuit springs from media reports in July that the photo-sharing app appeared to be accessing iPhone cameras even when they weren't actively being used. Facebook denied the reports and blamed a bug, which it said it was correcting, for triggering what it described as false notifications that Instagram was accessing iPhone cameras. I...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Bloomberg, Brittany Conditi, San Francisco New Jersey Instagram


Here’s our best look at Google’s new Android TV Chromecast yet

We’ve been hearing rumors about a new Android TV-powered Chromecast — with a proper remote control, finally — for months. There have been sporadic leaks since, but today we’re getting our first good look at the fable remote control, courtesy of WinFuture. Behold:   Ooooo. Ahhhh. As usual with Android TV remotes, the physical interface is kept fairly sparse. There’s a directional pad, a volume rocker, the usual navigation buttons, as well as YouTube and Netflix presets. Of course, this being Goog...
Tags: Google, Startups, Youtube, Netflix, Insider, Plugged


Facebook Does It Again (and Again), More Bans, and FOSTA v. the Amendments

The never-ending battle over content moderation is only intensifying as we get closer to the 2020 elections and beyond. We’re trying out new formats to round up and summarize developments in this space—both in the interest of everyone’s sanity and to allow more time for the ramifications and context of the outcomes of…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, Youtube, Social Media, FOSTA, Hellfeed, Free Speechh


Tesla Wins Lawsuit Against Whistleblower Accused of Hacks

An anonymous reader writes: The US District Court of Nevada awarded Tesla a win in its lawsuit against a former employee, filed two years ago. You may recall CEO Elon Musk referred to this incident in a previously leaked email calling on employees to be "extremely vigilant." Martin Tripp, who worked at the company's Nevada Gigafactory, was accused of hacking the automaker and supplying sensitive information to unnamed third parties. Reuters reported Friday the court ruled in Tesla's favor and di...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, The Washington Post, Reuters, Tripp, Nevada Gigafactory, Martin Tripp, US District Court of Nevada


5 Steps To Building A Remote Work Environment That Sustains Over Time

by Larry English, author of “Office Optional: How to Build a Connected Culture with Virtual Teams“ When COVID-19 began, work-from-home seemed like a blessed stopgap — a way out of working in potentially health- and life-compromising environments, and a way to (partially) manage kids who had nowhere to go during the day. But now, more and more organizations are focusing on how to transition to remote work for the long-haul — from Twitter to Google, work from home is the new office, and likely wi...
Tags: Google, Startups, Leadership, Management, Remote Work, Team Building, Larry, Professionalisms, Larry English, Centric Consulting


Conan O’Brien on how to embrace an ever-changing media landscape

“Like most of the best things in my life,” Conan O’Brien explains, with a wry smile, “the success of the podcast was a complete surprise.” The answer is a typically self-effacing one from the comedian. Since launching “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” nearly two years ago, the show has quickly risen up the podcasting charts to become one of the country’s most popular. For those who have followed his 30-odd-year career in entertainment, it’s easy to see why. Quick-witted and almost superhumanly affa...
Tags: Nbc, Entertainment, Robin Williams, Tech, Tom Hanks, Conan, Jim Carrey, Tbs, Rob Lowe, Turner, Techcrunch Disrupt, Conan O Brien, Andy Richter, Steve Carrell, O'Brien, Team Coco


Bill Gates On the Difference Between Elon Musk and Steve Jobs

In an interview with Bloomberg, Bill Gates was asked whether his contemporary Elon Musk could be considered the "next Steve Jobs," due to the advancements his companies Tesla and SpaceX have made in electric cars and reusable rockets, respectively. CNBC reports: "If you know people personally, that kind of gross oversimplification seems strange," Gates told Bloomberg in the interview published Thursday. There are some key differences between the way Musk and Jobs operate, Gates said. "Elon's mor...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Gates, Cnbc, Steve, Musk, Elon, Shepard, Bloomberg Bill Gates, Dax Shepard Aug


6 big data blunders businesses should avoid

Had Hergé been into businesses, this article would have been a point of interest to him. And he could have avoided the Big Data errors in his ‘Tintin’ enterprise.  Are you willing to follow down the line too? Not yet intrigued? #Sigh# Thought so! Let’s get you hooked! Here’s the modern business landscape – Data data everywhere, not a drop to waste! Data has become considerably crucial for modern businesses. In this age even AI is getting powered by Big Data. The secret lies in the capability to ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Podium, Neural


Fortnite: Save the World For Mac Is Shutting Down Because of Epic's Battle With Apple

Epic Games says Fortnite: Save the World will no longer be playable on macOS beginning on September 23rd because Apple is preventing the game from receiving new updates. The Verge reports: The co-op action shooter was initially released as a paid early access title in 2017. Epic's far more popular free-to-play battle royale will still be playable on Mac, the company says. Epic says Apple is blocking new updates and patches for the macOS version of Save the World, and an upcoming update going out...
Tags: Apple, Tech, World, Epic, Save the World


Unity Software has strong opening, gaining 31% after pricing above its raised range

Whoever said you can’t make money playing video games clearly hasn’t taken a look at Unity Software’s stock price. On its first official day of trading, the company rose more than 31%, opening at $75 per share before closing the day at $68.35. Unity’s share price gains came after last night’s pricing of the company’s stock at $52 per share, well above the range of $44 to $48 which was itself an upward revision of the company’s initial target. Games like “Pokémon GO” and “Iron Man VR” rely on the...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Boston, Tech, Chicago, Pokemon, Palantir, Asana, Unity-technologies, Jfrog, Don, Unity, Jabal, Unity Software


Apple Watch Series 6 Blood Oxygen Monitoring Available in Most Countries Worldwide (mac rumors)

Apple yesterday announced the Apple Watch Series 6 with a new sensor that enables blood oxygen monitoring capabilities, but Apple did not clarify which countries the feature would be available in. Some health capabilities, like ECG and irregular heart rate notifications, have been limited in availability because of regulatory requirements, but it appears that those requirements don't apply to the blood oxygen monitoring feature. According to the Apple Watch Feature Availability page, blo...
Tags: Apple, News, Juli Clover


Daily Crunch: Partial US TikTok ban is imminent

The Trump administration moves forwards with plans to ban TikTok and WeChat (although TikTok gets a partial extension), Unity goes public and we announce the winner of this year’s Startup Battlefield. This is your Daily Crunch for September 18, 2020. The big story: US TikTok ban is imminent The U.S. Commerce Department has released details about how it will be implementing the Trump administration’s domestic ban of TikTok and WeChat. Both apps will no longer be available (and will not be able...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Apps, Taylor Swift, Nsa, India, US, Tech, Nasa, Fbi, United States, Aclu, Las Vegas, Mars, Marc Benioff, Bessemer


Chamath launches SPAC, SPAC and SPAC as he SPACs the world with SPACs

SPACs are going to rule the world, or at least, Chamath’s future portfolio. Chamath Palihapitiya, the founder of Social Capital, has already tripled down on SPACs, the so-called “blank check” vehicle that takes private companies and flips them onto the public markets. His first SPAC bought Virgin Galactic last year, and his second SPAC bought Opendoor this week in a blockbuster deal valuing the instant home sale platform at $4.8 billion, less cash. His third SPAC officially fundraised in Apri...
Tags: Facebook, Dick Costolo, Finance, Tech, Virgin Galactic, Ian Osborne, Chamath Palihapitiya, SPAC, Social Capital, Simon Williams, Jay Parikh, Nirav Tolia, Opendoor, Palihapitiya, Chamath, Hedosophia


How to Buy Everything Apple Announced This Week: Apple Watch Series 6, SE, iPad Air 4, and More

Apple’s September event concluded earlier today, where they announced updates to the iPad Air and standard iPad, alongside the Apple Watch Series 6, the Apple Watch SE, and the ‘Apple One’ streaming bundle. Here’s the lowdown on what was announced, and where you can purchase the devices.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Ipad, Science, Applewatch, Series 6, Ipad Air 4


Google Pixel 4a vs. Apple iPhone SE (2020): Can Pixel take a bite of the Apple?

The Google Pixel 4a and Apple iPhone SE (2020) are two of the best budget smartphones available right now. We find out which one is best.
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Mobile, Trends, Buyers Guide, Buying Guides, Google Pixel 4a, 2020 iPhone SE


Gaming companies are reportedly the next targets in the US government’s potentially broader Tencent purge

Some of the biggest names in online gaming in the United States have received letters from the U.S. government requesting information about their relationship with the multibillion-dollar Chinese technology company, Tencent, according to reports. Even as the U.S. Department of Commerce moves to block new downloads of the Chinese company’s popular messaging and payment app, WeChat, it has sent out letters to U.S. gaming companies like Epic Games, Riot Games, and others about their data-securit...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Instagram, China, US, America, Los Angeles, Tech, Bloomberg, United States, Commerce, Aclu, Tencent, Chinese communist party, Huawei, Ross


SaaS Ventures takes the investment road less traveled

Most venture capital firms are based in hubs like Silicon Valley, New York City and Boston. These firms nurture those ecosystems and they’ve done well, but SaaS Ventures decided to go a different route: it went to cities like Chicago, Green Bay, Wisconsin and Lincoln, Nebraska. The firm looks for enterprise-focused entrepreneurs who are trying to solve a different set of problems than you might find in these other centers of capital, issues that require digital solutions but might fall outside a...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, Boston, Toronto, Tech, Chicago, SaaS, Venture Capital, Lincoln Nebraska, Gutman, Silicon Valley New York City, Healthcare Tech, Seed Investing, Collin Gutman


Major US companies are joining a crusade to give workers time off to vote on Nov. 3. From Apple to Salesforce, here are all the tech companies that are onboard.

An election judge directs voters outside a polling place in the Pearl Park Recreation Center on August 11, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images Major tech companies like Twitter and Salesforce are giving their employees Election Day off in order to vote.  Others, like Apple and Facebook, are encouraging employees to volunteer to be poll workers.  Several tech firms have joined a movement called "Time To Vote," which aims to give US workers more flexibility to cast t...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Voting, Etsy, US, America, Trends, Tech, Paypal, Features, Salesforce


iOS 14: A Quick Tour of All the New Features

Over the course of the iOS 14 beta test, we here at MacRumors have been putting together in-depth feature guides, tutorial videos, and how tos on the new features in the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates. Many of our MacRumors readers have likely been running the betas for a couple of months now, but those who are new to the update will want to check out all of the content we have available below. It's also a great resource to send to friends and family members who have questions about iOS and iPa...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Facetime, Ios 14, FaceTime Siri


iOS 14: All the New Features With Guides and How Tos

Over the course of the iOS 14 beta test, we here at MacRumors have been putting together in-depth feature guides, tutorial videos, and how tos on the new features in the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates. Many of our MacRumors readers have likely been running the betas for a couple of months now, but those who are new to the update will want to check out all of the content we have available below. It's also a great resource to send to friends and family members who have questions about iOS and iPadO...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Facetime, Ios 14, FaceTime Siri


Gaming companies are reportedly the next targets in the US government’s Tencent purge

Some of the biggest names in online gaming in the United States have received letters from the U.S. government requesting information about their relationship with the multibillion-dollar Chinese technology company, Tencent, according to reports. Even as the U.S. Department of Commerce moves to block new downloads of the Chinese company’s popular messaging and payment app, WeChat, it has sent out letters to U.S. gaming companies like Epic Games, Riot Games, and others about their data-securit...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Instagram, China, US, America, Los Angeles, Tech, Bloomberg, United States, Commerce, Aclu, Tencent, Chinese communist party, Huawei, Ross


Our top accessory picks for your new Apple Watch Series 6 or SE

Apple announced two new Apple Watches and we're absolutely stoked. On top of all of the new watch features, Apple revealed new bands to perfectly complement the device. Take a look at the new accessories along with some of our old favorites.
Tags: Apple, Cnn


How to clear iCloud storage and free up space on your iPhone, iPad, and other Apple devices

You can clear your iCloud storage on your iPhone, iPad and by going to the iCloud website on your Mac. SOPA Images/Getty Images You can clear an iCloud account's storage in several ways to free up space and avoid having to pay for extra storage.  Apple gives you 5 GB of iCloud storage with the purchase of one of its devices, and that can fill up fast.  Most often, your iCloud storage goes towards backing up your photos, files, voice memos, apps, and text messages. Visit Business Insider's ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ipad, Mac, Cloud Storage, Trends, Icloud, Mobile Devices, Voice Memos, CTRL, Dave Johnson, iCloud Drive, Tech Insider, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference


How to set up parental controls on your Nintendo Switch and customize or disable them

Parental controls are easy to enable on the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo To set up parental controls on your Nintendo Switch, you can use the Nintendo Parental Controls app, which is available on both Apple and Android devices. You can also set up parental controls manually on the console, but you won't have access to all the features. You can remove the parental controls at any time by unregistering your Switch from the app. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. O...
Tags: Apple, Google Play Store, Gaming, Trends, Nintendo, Parental Controls, Switch, Tech Insider, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Parental Controls, Parental Control Apps, Nintendo Switch Lite, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To



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