Future directions for technology and education in Asia

COVID-19 began upending education across Asia Pacific in January, forcing hundreds of millions of students to learn remotely. As a father, helping my sons learn from home left me grateful to their teachers—and deeply appreciative of the technology that helped keep their education going outside the classroom. Within Google, we’ve made it a priority to help education authorities and schools adapt— providing tools like Google Classroom and Read Along, working with governments to make hardware avail...
Tags: Google, Asia, Japan, Education, Southeast Asia, Asia Pacific, OECD, APAC, Andreas Schleicher, Google in Asia, INCO, Scott Beaumont, Within Google

Oxford Scientists Develop 5-Minute COVID-19 Antigen Test

Scientists from Britain's University of Oxford have developed a rapid COVID-19 test able to identify the coronavirus in less than five minutes. CNBC reports: The university said it hoped to start product development of the testing device in early 2021 and have an approved device available six months afterwards. The device is able to detect the coronavirus and distinguish it from other viruses with high accuracy, the researchers said in a pre-print study. "Our method quickly detects intact virus ...
Tags: Europe, Tech, Britain, Oxford, University of Oxford, Cnbc, Department of Physics, Siemens Healthineers, Achilles Kapanidis

FCC Will Move To Regulate Social Media After Censorship Outcry

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said that the agency will seek to regulate social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter at the behest of the Trump administration's executive order signed earlier this year. "Members of all three branches of the federal government have expressed serious concerns about the prevailing interpretation of the immunity set for in Section 230 of the Communications Act. There is bipar...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, New York Post, Fcc, Congress, Tech, Joe Biden, Federal Communications Commission, Pai, Trump, Ajit Pai, Hunter Biden

Google Made Some Improvements to Search, and I Have Concerns

Google is taking a cue from the Apple-owned music recognition app Shazam by enabling a search feature that will recognize any song you hum to it—and you don’t need to hum on-key either, apparently. Hum to Search, along with a few other new features, is one of a few ways Google is improving its search with AI technologyRead more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Google Search, Google Assistant, Da Da Da Da Dum Dum Dum

How to Request Additional Quota for your YouTube API Project

A UK based organization recently organized an online conference with 300+ participants and each of the attendees were asked to upload a video to a common YouTube channel post the event. The organizers created a YouTube uploader to make it easy for attendees to submit videos but soon ran into the quota issue with YouTube.Let me explain.The YouTube API website says that 1600 quota units are required to upload a single video to the YouTube website through the videos.insert method of the YouTube API...
Tags: Google, UK, Youtube, Seo, Services, Google Compliance, Google Apps Script, YouTube API, YouTube Data API, Google Apps Project, Configure Google, Google Cloud Project, YouTube API Service, YouTube API Services Terms of Service

Sony’s $5,000 3D display (probably) isn’t for you

Sony just announced a $5,000 3D display, but odds are it’s probably not for you. Primarily known for its consumer goods, the company is targeting creative professionals with the Spatial Reality Display — more specifically, those working in fields like computer graphics and visual effects for films. Basically it’s a way for artists to view their 3D creations without having to wear a VR headset. The company’s not the first to offer up this kind of technology for a fairly niche audience. The Loo...
Tags: Hardware, Tech, Sony, Volkswagen, Sony Pictures, 3-D design

Apple Sending Emails Letting Apple TV+ Subscribers Know About Extended Trial Access

Apple this evening began sending out emails to Apple TV+ subscribers who have a trial subscription to let them know about a planned three month trial extension. We're giving you extra time to discover the latest Apple Originals and catch up on shows returning for a second season. You don't have to do anything -- just keep watching for free until February 2021. It's been an incredible debut year. Audiences are loving the Emmy Award winner The Morning Show, the blockbuster WWII thriller Greyhoun...
Tags: Apple, Dickinson, Peabody, Ted Lasso, Apple TV shows, Apple TV Plus, Apple TV Shows Apple, Apple Originals

Apple iPhone 12 and 12 Pro preorders begin at 5 a.m. PT Friday. Here's when the new iPhones will be delivered

Apple pre orders for the new iPhone 12 and 12 Pro start Friday, Oct. 16. Order early if you want the latest smartphone delivered on Friday, Oct. 23.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Google now lets users search for a song by singing, humming and whistling

An update released from Google today (October 16) allows users to search for a song by merely singing, humming or whistling the melody.
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Microsoft Will Share Digital Revenues With GameStop On Every Xbox It Sells

New details have emerged about a partnership between Microsoft and GameStop that will see the retailer receive a share of all digital revenues generated by a console sold in their stores. reports: The agreement has been rumored, but investment advisor DOMO Capital Management claimed via Twitter that it had received confirmation from GameStop: the chain will get a share of all downstream revenue for customers it brings into the Xbox ecosystem this generation. Essentially, if a c...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Sony, Gamestop, Domo, Dlc, DOMO Capital Management

FAA streamlines commercial launch rules to keep the rockets flying

The FAA has published its updated rules for commercial space launches and reentries, streamlining and modernizing the large and complicated set of regulations. With rockets launching in greater numbers and variety, and from more providers, it makes sense to get a bit of the red tape out of the way. The rules provide for licensing of rocket launch operators and approval of individual launches and reentry plans, among other things. As you can imagine, such rules must be complex in the first place,...
Tags: Space, Tech, Faa, Aerospace, Elaine Chao, U S Transportation, Commercial Space, Virgin Orbit, Commercial Launch, Advisory Circulars

Google Maps getting ready to fulfill Live View’s full AR potential

The initial Live View AR concept that Google demoed at I/O 2018 saw the Maps application mark and overlay information over the real world. Now...
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iPhone 12 vs. Apple's major rivals: Galaxy S20, S20 FE, Pixel 5, OnePlus 8T

Apple's iPhone 12 has arrived. Here's how it stacks up against Samsung's Galaxy S20 and S20 FE, Google's Pixel 5 and OnePlus' 8T.
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Google Music Shuts Down Smart Speaker Support and Music Store

Google has started to shut down parts of its 9-year-old music service as it transitions people to YouTube Music. Ars Technica reports: The gradual shutdown started on Monday with the death of the Google Play Music Store, which previously let you purchase music for playback and download, as opposed to the all-you-can-eat rental services that dominate the music landscape today. Google's Music store was a section of the Google Play Store, which now just shows a message saying the feature has been r...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Tech, Google Music, Google Home, Pandora Deezer, YouTube Music Ars Technica, Google Play Music Store

Top 3 Cities To Be Based In As A Tech Entrepreneur

Being a tech entrepreneur can be a difficult task. There are millions of people developing software around the world all looking towards making a name for themself in the game. In this article we have looked at cities that are notoriously known for house more tech entrepreneurs per capita than other cities around the globe. Together with Escapeaway , we have found three cities to be based in when being a tech entrepreneur. It is cities with a lot of options and frameworks that makes it e...
Tags: Apple, Startups, New York, Entrepreneurship, China, New York City, San Francisco, City, Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, Shenzhen, Startup Ecosystem, Others, Shenzhen China China, New York City New York United States New York City, Trello IBM

Trump vs. Big Tech: Everything you need to know about Section 230 and why everyone hates it

Section 230, a provision to a 1996 law that shields Facebook and Google from liability for what users post, is increasingly under fire from Trump.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Google, Facebook, Usa, News, Usa Today, Trump

B&O’s BeoPlay H4 headphones offer great looks and comfort, but no noise canceling

It’s easy to be smitten with the H4 at first sight. They’re a great-looking pair of headphones — one of the best I’ve seen. They sport a simple, streamlined design that feels both like an homage to older models, but modern enough to avoid the nostalgia trap. They’re comfortable, too. Like crazy comfortable. I say this as someone who is prone to dull earaches after wearing most models of over-ear headphones for an extended period. Since Bang & Olufsen sent me a pair to test a while pack, I’ve bee...
Tags: Hardware, Tech, Headphones, Sony, ANC, Bang Olufsen, Bang And Olufsen, B&O, Work From Home Gear

WeChat Likely Won’t Be Banned While Court Battle Proceeds, Judge Indicates

A federal judge in San Francisco indicated that the Department of Justice still doesn’t have jack shit to convince her to allow the Trump administration to move forward with a ban on new downloads of Chinese messaging app WeChat while court battles proceed, per the Verge.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Science, Technology, Privacy, China, Censorship, San Francisco, Social Media, Cybersecurity, WeChat, Department Of Justice, Doj, Justice Department, Trump, Tiktok

Google Hangouts Is Officially Biting the Dust

Earlier today, Google announced in a corporate blog post that the die-hards currently left on the Hangouts messaging platform are officially getting the boot. Starting in early 2021, the company will start making moves to “automatically migrate” everyone’s Hangouts chat history and contacts to the Google…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Obits, Google Meet, Covid 19

Daily Crunch: Stripe acquires Nigeria’s Paystack

Stripe makes a big acquisition, Google rolls out search improvements and Snapchat adds a TikTok-y feature. This is your Daily Crunch for October 15, 2020. The big story: Stripe acquires Nigeria’s Paystack Stripe has made its biggest acquisition to date. It announced today that it bought Paystack, a Lagos-headquartered startup that makes it easy to integrate payment services — we’ve referred to it in the past as “the Stripe of Africa.” Sources tell us that the acquisition price was more t...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Elon Musk, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Tesla, Snapchat, Payments, Mario Kart, Stripe, Lagos, New Oxford, Bryce Durbin, Patrick Collison

Facebook's Account Verification Leaves Some Quest 2 Buyers With 'Paperweight'

Quest 2 is the first Oculus headset to require a Facebook account at launch. False positives from its account verification system may be leaving some buyers with no choice but to return it. UploadVR reports: We're seeing reports from Quest 2 buyers who aren't on Facebook finding difficulty creating an account. Facebook's account verification system -- reportedly administered by a machine learning agent -- may ask for photographic evidence of identity. That evidence seems to be reviewed by a huma...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Reddit, Oculus Customer

Walmart Accepting Pre-Orders for New iPad Air, Release Date Listed as October 23 [Update: Out of Stock]

Apple hasn't provided release date information for the new 10.9-inch iPad Air, but Walmart this afternoon began accepting preorders for some models. Stock is limited, but Walmart is offering the space gray and rose gold models for preorder. According to Walmart, ‌iPad‌ Air purchases will ship out on Friday, October 23. Friday, October 23 is also the release date that was temporarily listed by Best Buy's Canadian site site before it was updated to say "coming soon." Walmart's preorders are a...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Walmart, iPad Air, Don

Walmart Accepting Pre-Orders for New iPad Air, Release Date Listed as October 23

Apple hasn't provided release date information for the new 10.9-inch iPad Air, but Walmart this afternoon began accepting preorders for some models. Stock is limited, but Walmart is offering the space gray and rose gold models for preorder. According to Walmart, ‌iPad‌ Air purchases will ship out on Friday, October 23. Friday, October 23 is also the release date that was temporarily listed by Best Buy's Canadian site site before it was updated to say "coming soon." Walmart's preorders are a...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Walmart, iPad Air, Don

Pre-Order: Apple 10.9″ iPad Air For $559 Shipped From Walmart After $40 Pre-Release Discount!

Pre-Order: Apple 10.9″ iPad Air For $559 Shipped From Walmart After $40 Pre-Release Discount! Select from Space Gray or Rose Gold. This was just announced yesterday and is selling for $599 directly from Apple.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Walmart, Space Gray

iPhone 12's four models compared: Differences between iPhone 12, Pro, Pro Max and Mini

A spec-by-spec comparison of Apple's newly announced iPhone 12 devices.
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Twitter down: social media platform suffers global outage with users unable to post

Millions of users left unable to tweet or share stories for more than an hourTwitter has suffered an outage in many countries across the world, leaving millions of users unable to post to its platform.The entire social media site went down for a number of minutes and, although it was quickly brought back online, users were unable to tweet or retweet anything for more than an hour. Continue reading...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Internet, World news, Australia news, Newspapers & magazines

Google Now Lets You Hum, Whistle or Sing a Song to Search For It

Can’t remember the name of a song, but you can hum a few bars? Google has felt your pain — and now has a solution to this particular first-world problem. The company today announced “hum to search,” which lets users hum, whistle or sing a melody to the Google app, which then tries to track […]
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Twitter is investigating widespread outage reports

If you’re reading this, you probably didn’t get here from Twitter . The service has been experiencing widespread reports of outages for at least an hour. The issue has impacted a range of different activities on the site, ranging from newsfeeds to the ability to tweet. The company has acknowledged the ongoing problem, noting on its official status page that it is investigating things: Update – We are continuing to monitor as our teams investigate. More updates to come. Oct 15, 22:31 UTC Invest...
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Your new Samsung smart TV will soon double as a Google Assistant microphone

Samsung reportedly has started phasing out some Bixby features
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Google develops AR cars for Volvo and Porsche to market in search

New feature lets buyers tour virtual vehicles in intricate detail without heading to the dealership.
Tags: Google, Advertising, Porsche, Volvo

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