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Tweets wishing for Trump's death violate Twitter policy, company says

Platform says abusive tweets about the president, who was diagnosed with Covid-19 this week, could result in suspensionTwitter has said that tweets wishing for Donald Trump’s death in the wake of the president’s diagnosis with Covid-19 violate its policies and could result in suspension. As Trump made his way to Walter Reed medical center for treatment on Friday, many people on Twitter, including his opponent Joe Biden, wished him a speedy recovery. However many others did the opposite, saying t...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Internet, Joe Biden, US news, United States, US politics, Donald Trump, Walter Reed, Trump, COVID


E-Scooters Should Be Legalized, Says UK Transport Committee

E-scooters should be legalized on roads but riding on pavements should be prohibited, the United Kingdom's Transport Committee of MPs said. The BBC reports: Currently, privately-owned e-scooters are banned to use in the UK anywhere except on private land. The committee argues the vehicles, which usually travel 9-15mph, could offer a green alternative to the car. Official trials of rented e-scooters have already been announced in some places in England. While supporting the introduction of e-scoo...
Tags: UK, England, Tech, Bbc, United Kingdom, Department For Transport, Transport Committee, UK Transport Committee, Transport Committee of MPs


The Subtle Effects of Blood Circulation Can Be Used To Detect Deepfakes

An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: This work, done by two researchers at Binghamton University (Umur Aybars Ciftci and Lijun Yin) and one at Intel (Ilke Demir), was published in IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Learning this past July. In an article titled, "FakeCatcher: Detection of Synthetic Portrait Videos using Biological Signals," the authors describe software they created that takes advantage of the fact that real videos of people contain physiological...
Tags: Tech, Intel, SUNY, Binghamton University Umur Aybars Ciftci, Lijun Yin, Intel Ilke Demir


The Apple Watch Heart Monitor Sends Too Many People To the Doctor

The heart monitoring feature on the Apple Watch may lead to unnecessary health care visits, according to a new study published this week. The Verge reports: Only around 10 percent of people who saw a doctor at the Mayo Clinic after noticing an abnormal pulse reading on their watch were eventually diagnosed with a cardiac condition. The finding shows that at-home health monitoring devices can lead to over-utilization of the health care system, said study author Heather Heaton, an assistant profes...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Iowa, Apple Watch, Mayo Clinic, Heaton, Apple Watches, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Heather Heaton, Arizona Florida Wisconsin


How to change your phone number on the Signal messaging app on an iPhone or Android device

It's possible to update your phone number on Signal on an Android or iPhone. NurPhoto/Getty Images You can't change your phone number in the Signal app directly, but you can deregister your old number and then update the app as if it were new.  Signal is a secure messaging app with end-to-end encryption that relies on your phone number to identify you and your contacts.  On an iPhone, you need to uninstall and then reinstall the app, but on an Android you can tap a banner to set up you...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends, End-to-end Encryption, App Store, Signal, Messaging Apps, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Product Card, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Newsroom Affiliate How To, Smartphones (Reference


The CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter will all testify before Congress, days before the election, over legal protections for internet companies

Sen. Ted Cruz, left, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. AP/Jacquelyn Martin; AP/Jose Luis Magana Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, have agreed to testify before Congress on October 28. Twitter said in a tweet Friday that Dorsey had "voluntarily agreed to testify," while calling for "reasoned and productive debate" over "reactionary and politicized attempts to erode #Section230." The Washington Post reporter Tony Romm earlier ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Politics, Congress, Washington Post, Senate, US, Trends, Social Media, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet


How to lock your Signal messaging app with a passcode and keep all of your private conversations and files secure

It's easy to lock Signal and protect your messages. Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images You can lock your Signal app so that anyone trying to open it will have to enter a passcode or other type of verification. To lock Signal, open its in-app settings and select "Screen Lock." Signal will use the same security method and passcode that your phone uses. Locking the Signal app is an important way to keep your private conversations private. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for mor...
Tags: Apple, Privacy, Passwords, Trends, Signal, Secure Messaging, Encrypted Messaging, Lock Screen, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Passcode, Thomas Trutschel Getty, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To


Google research lets sign language switch ‘active speaker’ in video calls

An aspect of video calls that many of us take for granted is the way they can switch between feeds to highlight whoever’s speaking. Great — if speaking is how you communicate. Silent speech like sign language doesn’t trigger those algorithms, unfortunately, but this research from Google might change that. It’s a real-time sign language detection engine that can tell when someone is signing (as opposed to just moving around) and when they’re done. Of course it’s trivial for humans to tell this...
Tags: Google, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Sign Language


Google Contractor Alleges Disability Discrimination In Mass Email

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A contractor who works on Google's G Suite for Higher Education/Google For Education team alleged Google discriminated and retaliated against her after she suffered a knee injury in 2019 by removing her from team meetings, in a complaint reviewed by Motherboard that was filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights on Wednesday. In a mass email sent on Wednesday to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and thousands of Google employees, a sales d...
Tags: Google, New York City, Tech, Motherboard, Sundar Pichai, New York State Division of Human Rights, VACO, G Suite for Higher Education Google For Education, New York State Division of Human Rights Google


Twitter Says You Cannot Tweet That You Hope Trump Dies From COVID-19

Twitter told Motherboard that it will suspend people who openly hope Trump dies from the coronavirus, which he recently tested positive for and, as a result, was moved to Walter Reed hospital "out of an abundance of caution." Twitter referred to an "abusive behavior" rule that's been on the books since April. From the report: "Content that wishes, hopes or expresses a desire for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against an individual is against our rules," Twitter said in a statement. ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Tech, Walter Reed, Trump


Why Google's Search Page Redesign is the Death of SEO

I have been a digital marketer for more than 20 years, which seems like an eternity at this point. Google has always been a staple of any good digital marketing strategy, especially for search engine optimization (SEO), to attract free organic traffic based on the quality of the content on your page. But, when we recently started to see our SEO traffic start to decline, we asked our SEO consultant to investigate the root cause. He said it was due to a recent Google Search page redesign, moving ...
Tags: Google, Startups, George Deeb


How to find and use deals on PayPal through the site itself or a deals-finding extension

You can use PayPal's "Deals and Offers" section or the Honey extension to find deals online. Roberto Westbrook/Getty Images You can find deals on PayPal by browsing through the payment service's "Deals and Offers" section, or by using a browser extension called Honey. Some of these rotating deals are made possible through partnerships directly with stores, while others are through Honey, a browser add-on that helps you find coupon codes at checkout. All of the deals and offers availabl...
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Trump's recent COVID-19 diagnosis has ignited interest in the possibility of him invoking the 25th Amendment. Here's how it works.

Then-President-elect Donald Trump stands with Vice President-elect Mike Pence at a news conference at Trump Tower on January 11, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images The 25th Amendment formally outlines the transition of power if the president is unable or unfit to serve. Section IV allows the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet to remove the president from office. Americans have been particularly interested in the amendment since President Donald Trump took office. V...
Tags: Google, Politics, News, Law, Congress, Life, Senate, White House, Trends, Cnn, Fbi, Commerce, Tennessee, New York Times, House Of Representatives, Treasury


Google's Daydream VR Is Officially, Really, Finally Dead

If you happen to be one of the few people who still use Google’s Daydream VR platform, I’m sorry to tell you that it’s officially dead. (If you didn’t know Daydream was a thing, that’s totally OK. I forgot it was, too.) Spotted by Android Authority, Google recently issued a service update for Daydream letting any…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Vr, VR headsets, Smartphone Vr, Daydream, DayDream VR, Android Authority Google


How to add DuckDuckGo to a Google Chrome browser to get a privacy-focused default search engine

It's easy to add DuckDuckGo as your default search engine in Google Chrome. Alexander Spatari/Getty Images You can add DuckDuckGo to Google Chrome as an extension to make it your default search engine and begin searching the web with greater privacy. You can also make DuckDuckGo your default search engine in Chrome's settings menu, without installing the extension. DuckDuckGo is a privacy-focused search engine that doesn't track you, store personal information, or use cookies when you ...
Tags: Google Chrome, Firefox, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Trends, Search Engines, Duckduckgo, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Google Chrome Extensions, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To


How to get the Microsoft Office Suite on your iPhone and use certain apps for free

It's easy to get Microsoft Office apps on your iPhone. Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images There are two ways to get the Microsoft Office Suite on your iPhone — a single Office app, and separate apps for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.   Office apps are free to download, and can be used without paying, but you'll need to pay a yearly fee for Microsoft 365 to access all the features. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Microsoft offers numerous ways to use ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Microsoft, Office, Iphone Apps, Trends, Microsoft Office, Powerpoint, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Microsoft Office Suite, Thomas Trutschel Getty, Product Card, BI-freelancer


Daily Crunch: Twitter confronts image-cropping concerns

Twitter addresses questions of bias in its image-cropping algorithms, we take a look at Mario Kart Live and the stock market takes a hit after President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis. This is your Daily Crunch for October 2, 2020. The big story: Twitter confronts image-cropping concerns Last month, (white) PhD student Colin Madland highlighted potential algorithmic bias on Twitter and Zoom — in Twitter’s case, because its automatic image cropping seemed to consistently highlight Madland’s face o...
Tags: Social, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Digital, Tech, Tesla, Spain, Barcelona, Zynga, Nintendo, Mario Kart, Madrid, Trump, Starship, Madland


The next big tech hearing is scheduled for October 28

A day after the Senate Commerce Committee moved forward with plans to subpoena the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google, it looks like some of the most powerful leaders in tech will testify willingly. Twitter announced late Friday that Jack Dorsey would appear virtually before the committee on October 28, just days before the U.S. election. While Twitter is the only company that’s openly agreed to the hearing so far, Politico reports that Sundar Pichai and Mark Zuckerberg also plan to appear....
Tags: Google, TC, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Congress, Senate, Politico, Tech, Regulation, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, Twitter Facebook, Senate Commerce Committee, Senate Hearings, Section 230, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act


How to Protect Yourself from the Aerosol Spread of Covid-19

A group of scientists who believe that WHO and the CDC are being too slow in acknowledging the role of aerosol transmission in spreading Covid-19 have written up a Google Doc of advice for the public: FAQs on Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 Aerosol Transmission. The goal of these FAQs is to provide information to the general public in an efficient manner about how to prevent aerosol transmission of COVID-19, with the hope that this will allow more informed decision making by individuals or or...
Tags: Google, Cdc, Time, Atlantic, Jason Kottke, Ny Times, Jimenez, MIT Technology Review, Aaron Carroll, Zeynep Tufekci, COVID, CDC WHO, Jose Luis Jimenez, Charlotte Jee


And you thought Fuzzilli was a pasta... Google offers up $50k in cloud credits to fuzz the hell out of JavaScript engines

And don't forget the paperwork after, says Chocolate Factory Google is offering bug hunters thousands of dollars worth of compute time on its cloud to hammer away at JavaScript engines and uncover new security flaws in the software.…
Tags: Google, Software, Chocolate Factory Google, Fuzzilli


Apple TV Plus Releases ‘The Snoopy Show’ Teaser (TV News Roundup)

In today’s TV news roundup, Apple TV Plus released a teaser for ‘The Snoopy Show’ in celebration of the comic’s 70th anniversary, and the author of “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” will appear as a guest on “Oprah’s Book Club” and “The Oprah Conversation.” DATES Peacock will debut original news shows “The Mehdi Hasan Show” and “Zerlina” Oct. […]
Tags: Apple, News, Oprah Winfrey, Oprah's Book Club, Apple TV Plus, The Snoopy Show


2 Kindred Capital partners discuss the firm’s focus and equitable venture model

Kindred Capital, the London-based VC that backs early-stage founders in Europe and Israel, recently closed its second seed fund at £81 million. Out if its first fund raised in 2018, the firm has backed 29 companies. They include Five, which is building software for autonomous vehicles; Paddle, SaaS for software e-commerce; Pollen, a peer-to-peer marketplace for experiences and travel; and Farewill, which lets users create a will online. However, what sets Kindred apart from most other seed VC...
Tags: TC, Europe, London, Israel, Tech, Diversity, Corporate Social Responsibility, Venture Capital, Talent, Chrys Chrysanthou, Kindred Capital, Leila Rastegar Zegna, Rastegar Zegna


Index Ventures’ Nina Achadjian and Sarah Cannon: ‘There’s basically an infinite bid’ for growth-stage startups

The venture world is swimming in capital these days, and the flood doesn’t appear to be abating. That’s changing the game for venture capitalists and their firms, which transformed from solo practitioners focused on one stage and a single geographical area to covering all startups in all geos in all industries in just a handful of years. One firm that has navigated those changes for decades is Index Ventures, one of the first funds to launch in Europe that has evolved into a multi-stage firm in ...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Venture Capital, Shopify, Index Ventures, Index, ECL, Sarah Cannon, Nina Achadjian, COVID-19, Extra Crunch Live


Want Chromecast with Google TV free?Here's how to get it

One month of YouTube TV costs more than the dongle
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Trump Goes To Hospital After Testing Positive For COVID-19

President Donald Trump has been flown to the hospital less than 24 hours after testing positive for COVID-19. The BBC reports: The White House said the decision to transport him to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was taken "out of an abundance of caution." Mr Trump began exhibiting "mild symptoms" of Covid-19 on Thursday. He said early on Friday he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive. The White House said he was feeling "fatigued but in good spirits." Wearing a mask a...
Tags: White House, Tech, Bbc, Donald Trump, Walter Reed, Trump, Melania Trump, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, COVID


How One Piece of Hardware Took Down a $6 Trillion Stock Market

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg on how a data storage and distribution device brought down Tokyo's $6 trillion stock market: At 7:04 a.m. on an autumn Thursday in Tokyo, the stewards of the world's third-largest equity market realized they had a problem. A data device critical to the Tokyo Stock Exchange's trading system had malfunctioned, and the automatic backup had failed to kick in. It was less than an hour before the system, called Arrowhead, was due to start processing o...
Tags: Tech, Bloomberg, Tokyo, Exchange, Tokyo Stock Exchange, Arrowhead, Nicholas Smith, TSE, Fujitsu Ltd, CLSA Ltd


Twitter will make users remove tweets hoping Trump dies of COVID-19

President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 result has made Twitter a busy place in the past 24 hours, including some tweets that have publicly wished — some subtly and others more directly — that he die from the disease caused by coronavirus. Twitter put out a reminder to folks that it doesn’t allow tweets that wish or hope for death or serious bodily harm or fatal disease against anyone. Tweets that violate this policy will need to be removed, Twitter said Friday. However, it also clarified tha...
Tags: Social, Twitter, White House, Tech, Donald Trump, Trump, Melania Trump, Walter Reed Medical Center, Sean Conley, COVID-19, SAR Cov


How to run iPad apps on the new, upcoming Mac computers or using an emulator app

New Apple chipset Mac computers will enable you to run iPad apps natively on your Mac. Shutterstock You can’t natively run iPad apps on a Mac computer without using an emulator, though that will change with a new generation of Macs, set to come out by the end of 2020. The new Macs will run on new Apple-designed chips that are similar to the ARM chips in iPadOS devices, making them compatible. Older Intel-based Macs can’t run iPad apps without an emulator, which isn’t easy to use and has ma...
Tags: Apple, Ipad, Mac, Trends, Intel, Macbook, App Store, Apple App Store, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Product Card, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To


How to Embed Barcode and QR Code In Google Forms Notifications

The Google Form Notifications add-on lets you automatically send Google Form responses in an email message to one or more recipients. The email notifications are dispatched the moment your form receives a new submission.The more recent version of the Google Form addon includes support for QR Code and Barcode symbols that you can embed in the email messages. The images can be generated from static text or you can create dynamic images based on answers submitted by the user. Add QR Code images...
Tags: Google Forms Email Notifications, QR Codes, Barcode, Archives


watchOS 7: 14 Tips and Tricks for Apple Watch

With the arrival of watchOS 7, Apple introduced headline features for Apple Watch like Sleep Tracking and Handwashing Detection, but it also snuck in a bunch of lesser changes and improvements to the interface that are more likely to have gone under the radar, so we've collected some of our favorites here. To make the most of them, you'll need to make sure your Apple Watch is up to date with the latest software. You can do that by opening the Watch app on iPhone and selecting General -> Softw...
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