Celebrating the fabric of Indonesia

Today is National Batik Day in Indonesia—and if you’re familiar with this beautiful craft, you know that there’s a lot to celebrate. Batik (meaning to ‘connect the dots’) is an Indonesian technique of wax-resist dyeing whole cloth. A one-meter piece of batik typically takes at least five skilled artisans six months to create, so we know each piece contains a wealth of hard work and emotion. To showcase Indonesia’s batik tradition and the stories behind it, Google Arts & Culture, the Jakarta Text...
Tags: Google, Indonesia, China, Unesco, Arts And Culture, Batik, Google in Asia, Pierre Caessa, Pekalongan, COVID, Jakarta Textile Museum, Galeri Batik YBI, Ikat Ulos, Iwan Tirta, Batik Indonesia, Batik City

Google Maps adds new AR tools to help you get around town

Not content to just launch new hardware this week, Google today revealed a few updates to Maps that should make the platform a bit more useful for getting around — and a little more futuristic, too. Specifically, Google is expanding the augmented reality (AR) capabilities within Maps. Last year, Google introduced Live View, a feature that used AR to guide you around a city. Soon, the company will roll out a new feature that will help you be able to visualize the location of specific businesses a...
Tags: Google, Startups, Google Maps, Plugged

Netflix Will Only Stream In 4K To Macs That Have a T2 Security Chip

According to a Netflix support document, an Apple T2 Security chip is required to stream Netflix in 4K HDR on a Mac. "What that hardware requirement means is that only recent Macs have the ability to play UHD content from Netflix," reports Engadget. From the report: Here's the full list of T2-equipped Macs: 2018 or later MacBook Pro, 2018 or later MacBook Air, 2018 Mac mini, 2019 Mac Pro, iMac Pro and 2020 iMac. If you're not sure whether your Mac has the necessary hardware, you can find out by ...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Netflix, Engadget, HEVC, MacBook Air 2018 Mac

Iger quits Newsom’s task force as tensions rise over Disneyland reopening plans

Disney chairman Bob Iger quit Gov. Gavin Newsom’s economic recovery task force in a sign that the entertainment company and state officials are at odds over California theme park reopening guidelines expected to be released this week. Iger stepped down from the governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery that was formed in April to serve as an advisory panel on the state’s pandemic recovery efforts, according to the Sacramento Bee. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’...
Tags: Apple, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Tim Cook, Janet Yellen, Iger, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, State

What is Apple TV?

Not sure what Apple TV is all about? We've got all the details on this streaming device and what it can do.
Tags: Apple, Trends, Apple TV, Home Theater, Smart Home, Movies & TV, Apple TV guide, how Apple TV works, what is Apple TV

For the First Time Ever, Scientists Caught Time Crystals Interacting

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Popular Mechanics: For the first time, scientists have observed an interaction of a rare and baffling form of matter called time crystals. The crystals look at a glance like "regular" crystals, but they have a relationship to time that both intrigues and puzzles scientists because of its unpredictability. Now, experts say they could have applications in quantum computing. [...] Researchers say they've collided two time crystals to see what happens next. "...
Tags: Tech, Lancaster University, Samuli Autti

Google workers say their contracts prevent them from reporting illegal activity, discrimination, unsafe working conditions, and wage theft

TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images Google contractors alleged in a lawsuit that they were required to sign illegal nondisclosure agreements that prevented them from whistleblowing and violated their free speech rights. According to a California court's discussion of the legal proceedings, the workers claimed Google's rules barred them from reporting "violations of state and federal law," "unsafe or discriminatory working conditions," and "wage and hour violations." The workers, some of whom...
Tags: Google, Lawsuit, California, Careers, Trends, Silicon Valley, Working Conditions, Adecco, NDA, Contract Workers, Tech Insider, Tolga Akmen, Gig workers, Getty Images Google, Tyler Sonnemaker, Nondisclosure Agreement

Controversial Data Firm Palantir Fetches Market Value of Nearly $22 Billion In Its Debut On the NYSE

US tech firm Palantir, known for supplying controversial data-sifting software to government agencies, has fetched a market value of nearly $22 billion in its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. The BBC reports: The firm, which launched in 2003 with backing from right-wing libertarian tech investor Peter Thiel and America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), builds programs that integrate massive data sets and spit out connections and patterns in user-friendly formats. The firm - sometimes des...
Tags: UK, Iraq, US, America, Tech, Bbc, Afghanistan, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Palantir, Nyse, Morningstar, Amnesty, New York Stock Exchange The BBC, America s Central Intelligence Agency CIA, U S Amnesty International

Facebook's Latest QAnon Crackdown Scraps Ads, Pushes 'Credible' Info on #SavetheChildren Searches

In its ongoing crusade to keep QAnon stans from congealing on its platform, this week Facebook announced new restrictions aimed at limiting the conspiracy movement’s spread online.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Conspiracy Theories, Conspiracies, Trump, Kenosha, Moderation, Content Moderation, QAnon, Kenosha Guard

Publishers Worry As Ebooks Fly Off Libraries' Virtual Shelves

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: After the pandemic closed many libraries' physical branches this spring, checkouts of ebooks are up 52 percent from the same period last year, according to OverDrive, which partners with 50,000 libraries worldwide. Hoopla, another service that connects libraries to publishers, says 439 library systems in the US and Canada have joined since March, boosting its membership by 20 percent. Some public libraries, new to digital collections, delight in ex...
Tags: US, Tech, Canada, Macmillan, Denver Public Library, Public Library Association, Archer City Texas, Gretchen Abernathy Kuck, Michelle Jeske, LeCharles Gonzalez, Panorama Project

Nintendo’s new RC Mario Kart looks terrific

In a year, Nintendo would have demoed, in person, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. The company would have invited select members of the press into some rented event space and let us experience the game first-hand, like it had with Labo and Ring Fit Adventures. It’s 2020, however, and that’s just not how we do things. Watching someone else play an RC game over teleconference software is not ideal. But it’s nothing if not extremely of the moment. And more importantly, it’s probably a testament...
Tags: Gaming, New York, Tech, Nintendo, Mario, Luigi, Mario Kart, Albany, Activision, Niantic, Guha, Mario Maker, Labo, Nintendo Switch, Velan Studios, Mario Lego

Microsoft Testing Windows 10 Feature That'll Detect If Your SSD Is Failing

Microsoft is testing a new feature for Windows 10 that will alert you if your SSD drive is failing. Microsoft is also testing an update to Your Phone that will allow it to work with multiple devices. PCWorld reports: Both features arrived as part of Windows 10 Insider Build 20226 for the Dev Channel, Microsoft's laboratory for future features. The Dev Channel is truly experimental, meaning that these two new features may or may not become official features of the operating system. Fortunately, b...
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Apple Watch Series 6 tips and tricks

The Apple Watch Series 6 includes handy new features for testing blood oxygen, measuring elevation, and more. Here are our favorite tricks and how to do them!
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Wearables, Trends, Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch new features, Apple Watch Series 6 tricks, hidden Apple Watch abilities, Series 6 Apple Watch tips

Hacked hospital chain Universal Health Services says all 250 U.S. facilities hobbled by attack

Earlier this week, we reported that a "Suspected ransomware attack" took down the Universal Health Services hospital network, and that doctors and nurses were using paper records because the entire computer system was offline. New reporting by AP shows that all 250 of the network's hospital facilities were "hobbled in last weekend's malware attack and efforts to restore hospital networks" are ongoing. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Business, Technology, News, Ap, Hack, Ransomware, Tech News, Health Care, Universal Health Services

Senate may subpoena Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Sundar Pichai, Twitter's Jack Dorsey to testify

The Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday authorized subpoenas for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai of Google, and Twitter's Jack Dorsey. Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS], who heads the committee, today said testimony of the three social media CEOs testimony is needed "to reveal the extent of influence that their companies have over American speech during a critical time in our democratic process." — Read the rest
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Politics, Technology, News, Senate, Tech News, Jack Dorsey, Senate Commerce Committee, Mark Zuckerberg Sundar Pichai, Sundar Pichai Twitter, Jack Dorsey Sen Roger Wicker

Amazon says nearly 20,000 of its U.S. workers have COVID-19

Amazon revealed Thursday that almost 20,000 of its workers in the U.S. have tested positive or are presumed to have the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. "We hope other large companies will also release their detailed learnings and case rates because doing so will help all of us," Amazon says in a blog post published Thursday. — Read the rest
Tags: Health, Amazon, Post, Technology, News, Tech News, Public Health, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Google pledges to $1 billion to publishers for their content

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for October 2. I'm Tanya Dua, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider, filling in for my colleague Lauren Johnson while she's away this week. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected]'s news: Google's latest product for news publishers, advice from Instagram's beauty and fashion brand whisperer, McDonald's new "positive change" team, and stories you may have ...
Tags: Google, Instagram, Obama, Germany, Barack Obama, Trends, Sydney, Brazil, Doj, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, McDonald, Reuters Google, Andrew Burton Getty, Kate Taylor, Jennifer Hyman

We’re All Doomed!: Weird Al Yankovic Tries to Make Sense of the Disastrous Trump vs. Biden “Debate”

Can you make sense of the nonsensical? Weird Al gives it a go. You can watch a behind the scenes making-of video here. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. It's hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue providing the best free cultural and educational materials to learners everywhere. Also consider following Open Culture on Facebook and   Twitter and  sharing intelligent media with your ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, College, Biden, Random, Facebook Twitter, Al Yankovic

60 clever gifts under $25 that won't end up getting regifted

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. You can get a great gift and stick to your budget. Below, we've rounded up 60 thoughtful and fun gifts under $25 that will do the trick, from a mini waffle iron to a set of travel-friendly lipsticks.If you're looking for more gift ideas under $25 or $50, check out this guide of 50+ thoughtful gifts for her or 80+ gifts for him. You can also find all our gift guides here.Sign up for Insider Reviews' weekly ...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Gift Guide, Makeup, Etsy, France, Disney, Trends, Walmart, Gifts, Fox, Beauty, New York Times, David Bowie, NARS

Daily Crunch: Google commits $1B to pay publishers

Google is paying a lot of money for its news licensing program, Microsoft announces an affordable laptop and Facebook says it won’t accept ads casting doubts on the election. This is your Daily Crunch for October 1, 2020. The big story: Google commits $1B to pay publishers Specifically, CEO Sundar Pichai said today that the company will be paying $1 billion to news publishers to license their content for a new format called the Google News Showcase — basically, panels highlighting stories fro...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Media, Microsoft, Australia, China, US, Tech, Policy, Latin America, Sundar Pichai, Eileen Burbidge, U K, Google News Google, Brian Heater

Wohl Hits Wall

The office of the Attorney General of Michigan announced felony charges on Thursday against far-right conspiracy theorists Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, saying the world’s least dynamic pro-Trump duo was behind tens of thousands of robocalls attempting to intimidate voters. If convicted on all four counts, they could…Read more...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Science, Technology, Michigan, Conspiracy Theories, Donald Trump, Hoaxes, Robocalls, Trump, Misinformation, Whoops, 2020 Election, Jack Burkman, Jacob Wohl, Surefire Intelligence

Apple Removes Two RSS Feed Readers From China App Store To Please China's Censors

Two RSS reader apps, Reeder and Fiery Feeds, said this week that their iOS apps have been removed in China over content that deemed "illegal" by the local cyber watchdog. TechCrunch reports: Apps get banned in China for all sorts of reasons. Feed readers of RSS, or Real Simple Syndication, are particularly troubling to the authority because they fetch content from third-party websites, allowing users to bypass China's Great Firewall and reach otherwise forbidden information, though users have re...
Tags: Apple, China, Tech, Beijing, Reeder

Apple to Announce Q4 2020 Earnings on October 29

Apple today updated its investor relations page to announce that it will share its earnings results for the fourth fiscal quarter (third calendar quarter) of 2020 on Thursday, October 29. Fourth quarter earnings calls typically provide some insight into the early sales of new iPhones, but since this year's iPhones have been delayed until October, initial iPhone sales data will not factor into fourth quarter revenue. Apple will perhaps provide detail on sales of the Apple Watch Series 6 and t...
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FSC Generations: Professional Advice - Get In Shape: The Next Bite of the Apple, supported by Chatswood Consulting

Chatswood Consulting is pleased to support the FSC's Generations conference and the professional advice session in particular. In a time of great transition, why not meet with the decision makers of the regulatory change? This year’s panelists Sharon Corbett, Manager...
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The Google Home sequel, the “Nest Audio,” is official for $99.99 (ars technica)

The new Nest Audio. [credit: Google ] After four years on the market, Google has announced a sequel to the original Google Home. Meet the Google Nest Audio, the company's new mainstream smart speaker. The device is in stores now for $99.99, a price drop over the original $129 Google Home. There's not much reason to upgrade a speaker, but a big part of the sales pitch here is that this sh...
Tags: Google, News, Ron Amadeo, Google Home, Google Home Google, Nest Audio, Google Home Meet the Google Nest Audio, Google Home Read

A PC gaming site had to ban political troll mods for games, because nowhere is safe

NexusMods, a large platform and gathering place for modding PC games, has banned all content relating to the U.S. elections following a flood of troll content, saying “we’ve decided to wipe our hands clean of this mess.” Not exactly headline news, no, but a reminder that the toxic behavior frequently seen (and blamed) on social media is pervasive even in niches where politics would seem to be completely irrelevant. “Modding” (as in modifying) is the practice of creating new content for games tha...
Tags: Gaming, Facebook, US, Tech, United States, Reddit, Trolls, Modding, Trump, Kenosha, Skyrim, Kyle Rittenhouse, NexusMods

Spain’s startup ecosystem: 9 investors on remote work, green shoots and 2020 trends

As reported in the first half of our Spain-focused VC survey, the nation’s startup ecosystem continues to grow and is keeping pace with ecosystems in more developed European countries such as U.K., France, Sweden and Germany. While main hubs Madrid and Barcelona bump heads politically, tech ecosystems in each city have been developing with local support. According to , Spain is home to 62 angels, 84 seed funds and 19 Series A and beyond institutional funds. As the capital and financial cente...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Germany, Tech, Spain, Barcelona, Venture Capital, Madrid, Fintech, Don, Aon, Lana, France Sweden, Colvin, Cathay Innovation

Digital vote-by-mail applications in most states are inaccessible to people with disabilities

The 2020 election is without a doubt going to be the biggest one in history for voting by mail, but people with disabilities may find it rather difficult to apply for their ballot, since according to an audit by Deque, most states don’t actually have an accessible digital application. Deque, a company that helps develop accessible web applications and processes, checked each state’s process for applying to receive a mail-in or absentee ballot (they’re basically the same thing). Disappointingly, ...
Tags: Youtube, Kentucky, Government, Massachusetts, Tech, Accessibility, Michigan, Deque, Preety Kumar

What are Breadcrumbs in SEO? Do They Really Matter?

Breadcrumbs are the elements that help in website navigation for better crawlability and user experience. Read on to know the impact of breadcrumbs in SEO. A lot of factors are combined to affect SEO for a website, such as in-depth content, links and keywords. With these factors, your website can rank in the almighty Google. But what SEO has to do with breadcrumbs? These are basically the navigational elements and they can have a great impact on UX and SEO. There are still lots of websites makin...
Tags: Google, Digital, Sales, Nestle, Google Search Console, Reebok

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