France, Netherlands call for an EU watchdog to regulate tech giants

France and the Netherlands on Thursday called for a European Union authority to regulate large tech companies such as Google and...
Tags: Google, France, Eu, European Union, Netherlands, France Netherlands

What If the Government Ran a Social Network?

A publicly-funded social network run by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation "has been proposed as one possible response if Facebook and Google limit services in Australia when the mandatory news code becomes law this year," reports the Guardian: Facebook has warned it will block Australians from sharing news if the landmark plan to make digital platforms pay for news content becomes law. Google has been running a public campaign against the code and launched an international campaign target...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Abc, Australia, Tech, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Social Network, ACCC, Peter Lewis

Taiwanese Carriers Believe iPhone 12 Sales Will Be Highest Since iPhone 6

Taiwanese carriers believe that sales of iPhone 12 models will be strongest since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, according to the Economic Daily News. To keep up with strong demand for the devices, the publication claims that Apple suppliers Foxconn and Pegatron are offering increased bonuses to workers on the assembly line. iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders began Friday, while the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available to order starting November 6. Earlier this week, ...
Tags: Apple, United States, Foxconn, Pegatron, Economic Daily News, Iphone 12, iPhone 12 Pro

Another California City Launches a Two-Year Guaranteed Income Program

The Los Angeles Times reports a new guaranteed income pilot program which within a few months "will begin giving 800 Compton residents free cash for a two-year period," according to mayor Aja Brown: So far, private donors have contributed $2.5 million to the Fund for Guaranteed Income, a charity headed by Nika Soon-Shiong, daughter of Los Angeles Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong... Each selected family will receive at least a few hundred dollars on a recurring basis, as well as tools that will he...
Tags: Tech, Stockton, World Bank, Los Angeles Times, Compton, Brown, Aja Brown, California City, Michael Tubbs, Jain Family Institute, Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, Nika Soon Shiong, Patrick Soon Shiong Each, Halah Ahmad

Are These the Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra? Whatever Samsung Calls Them, Rumors Say They'll Drop in January

To no one’s surprise, it seems like Samsung doesn’t want to give Apple too much time in the limelight. At least, that’s one possible reason the company could be gearing up to launch its new Galaxy S21 line in January, which is earlier than expected. If you’re curious as to what the Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra could look…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Samsung, Leaks, Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S30

Stupid Russian Disinformation Campaign Targets Oxford Vaccine

The Times of London reports that "a Russian disinformation campaign designed to undermine and spread fear about the Oxford University coronavirus vaccine has been exposed by a Times investigation." Pictures, memes and video clips depicting the British-made vaccine as dangerous have been devised in Russia and middlemen are now seeking to "seed" the images on social media networks around the world. The crude theme of the distorted images is that the vaccine, millions of doses of which will be man...
Tags: Russia, Tech, Cnn, Astrazeneca, Oxford University, Times, Times of London

Google kills off app that let you find loved ones’ location during an emergency

Google Maps assumes the job of another mothballed Google service
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Google Assistant's driving mode for Android is nearly ready, one year later (yahoo! technology news)

Android phones are finally getting their Google Assistant driving mode, over a year later than planned.
Tags: Google, News

Three npm Packages Opened Remote-Access Shells on Linux and Windows Systems

"Three JavaScript packages have been removed from the npm portal on Thursday for containing malicious code," reports ZDNet. "According to advisories from the npm security team, the three JavaScript libraries opened shells on the computers of developers who imported the packages into their projects." The shells, a technical term used by cyber-security researchers, allowed threat actors to connect remotely to the infected computer and execute malicious operations. The npm security team said th...
Tags: Tech, Zdnet

China Bans Internet Services Which 'Induce Addiction' In Children

"China is implementing stricture measures in its bid to keep kids away from addictive digital content," reports Engadget: The state-backed news agency Xinhua reported (via Reuters) that China has voted for a revamped law that will ban internet products and services which "induce addiction" in kids. Game creators, livestream services and social networks also have to set up time and consumption limits. The revised measures also give kids and their parents the right to ask internet providers to t...
Tags: China, Tech, Reuters, Xinhua, Engadget

Is QAnon an 8Chan Game Gone Wrong?

This week London's prestigious Financial Times published a 15-minute video investigating the question: "Is QAnon a game gone wrong?" In 2017, the Q team, whoever they may be, made use of the modern equivalent of the Playboy's letters page. It's a message board called 4Chan... A YouTuber called defango has since claimed the work was his. He says he created Q as an alternative reality game, mostly for the LOLs, but also to smoke out bad journalists in the alternative media space. But he also says...
Tags: London, Disney, Tech, Philippines, Playboy, Cia, Financial Times, Chavez, Cicada, Schoenberger, Jim Watkins, Thomas Schoenberger, Jim Stewartson, FBI Anon, Lisa Clapier, Cicada Heavy

The best iPhone 12 Pro screen protectors

The iPhone 12 Pro has arrived to take its crown as the best phone out now. Preserve its stunning looks by checking out our list of the best screen protectors.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Trends, Screen Protector, Buying Guides, Screen Protectors, iPhone 12 Pro, Best iPhone 12 Pro screen protectors

Zeptoseconds! Scientists Measure the Shortest Unit of Time Ever

nickwinlund77 quotes Live Science: Scientists have measured the shortest unit of time ever: the time it takes a light particle to cross a hydrogen molecule. That time, for the record, is 247 zeptoseconds. A zeptosecond is a trillionth of a billionth of a second, or a decimal point followed by 20 zeroes and a 1. Previously, researchers had dipped into the realm of zeptoseconds; in 2016, researchers reporting in the journal Nature Physics used lasers to measure time in increments down to 850 ze...
Tags: Germany, Tech, Hamburg, Goethe University, Nature Physics, Reinhard, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron DESY

3 TB of Private Webcam/Home Security Video Leaked on Porn Sites

schwit1 quotes Input: A hacking group that has yet to identify itself found and stole more than 3 TB of private video from around the world — mainly collected from Singapore — and shared it on porn sites, according to reports from local media like The New Paper. While some of the footage was indeed pornographic in nature, other videos are more mundane. More than 50,000 private IP-based cameras were accessed by hackers to amass the collection. Some were explicitly tagged with locations in Sing...
Tags: Singapore, Tech, Check Point Software Technologies, Clement Lee

Fitness Influencer Who'd Believed Covid-19 'Didn't Exist' Dies of Covid-19

"Fitness influencer Dmitriy Stuzhuk has passed away at the age of 33 after suffering from complications related to COVID-19," reports E! Online. The Daily Dot points out that Stuzhuk believed COVID-19 "didn't exist" — until he caught it himself after travelling in Turkey: Stuzhuk, who boasted more than 1 million followers on Instagram, tested positive after returning home and immediately went to the hospital. In his final post on Instagram, Stuzhuk, who said that the hospital was "completely ...
Tags: Instagram, Tech, Turkey, Sofia, Dmitriy Stuzhuk, Stuzhuk, Instagram Stuzhuk

Google’s Dev Board Mini SBC launches for $100

Seeed has opened $100 pre-orders on Google’s “Coral Dev Board Mini,” which runs Linux on a quad -A35 MediaTek 8167s along with a 4-TOPS Edge TPU. The Mini supplies 2GB LPDDR3, 8GB eMMC, WiFi/BT, micro-HDMI, MIPI-DSI/CSI, 2x Type-C, and 40-pin GPIO. In January, Google announced a stripped down Coral Dev Board Mini version of its […]
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After Math: Apple's unveils its inaugural 5G phone amid a week of firsts

Lucid announced last week that its first entry into the EV market, dubbed the Air, would be competitively priced against the main rival,...
Tags: Apple, Lucid

Cloudflare Offers 'Isolated' Cloud-Based Browser, Plus a Network-as-a-Service Solution

Cloudflare has released the beta of its new "browser isolation" service, which runs a web browser in the cloud, reports TechRadar. As more and more computing is done inside a browser as opposed to on a system itself, many enterprise organizations have begun to deploy browser isolation services where the browser doesn't actually run on a user's computer. Instead the browser runs on a virtual machine inside a cloud provider's data center. This means that any threats from the browser will stay in ...
Tags: Firefox, Tech, Cloudflare, Matthew Prince

Tesla Drops Its 7-Day Return Policy

"Tesla has removed its ballsy 'no questions asked' 7-day return policy that Elon Musk has been pushing as a show of confidence for the automaker," reports Electrek: CEO Elon Musk often used the policy in marketing Tesla vehicles to potential buyers... Tesla literally wrote in its support page for the policy, "This return policy is intended to give you confidence in your purchase of a Tesla vehicle, and so is in addition to any other rights you may have under applicable law." As long as there wa...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Electrek, Motley Fool

A hiring manager for Google and Amazon says she's wary of candidates who can't admit they're wrong — here's what she looks for instead

Amazon gets its pick of top talent, but not everyone makes the cut. AP/Mark Lennihan Nancy Wang has been a hiring manager at both Google and Amazon, two companies that get their pick of the best and brightest candidates in tech. She says the most desirable candidates — and the ones who ultimately make the cut — are naturally curious people who like solving problems and can learn as they go. Wang has also figured out how to quickly identify candidates who probably won't work out: They're...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Ap, Huang, Wang, Inc, Contributor, Tech Insider, Hiring Managers, Chieh Huang, Betsy Mikel, Nancy Wang, Contributor 2019

Linux 5.10 Solves the Year 2038 Problem Until 2486

The Linux 5.10 kernel's XFS file-system will have two new on-disk meta-data capabilities, reports Phoronix: 1. The size of inode btrees in the allocation group is now recorded. This is for increasing redundancy checks and also allowing faster mount times. 2. Support for timestamps now until the year 2486. This "big timestamps" feature is the refactoring of their timestamp and inode encoding functions to handle timestamps as a 64-bit nanosecond counter and bit shifting to increase the effec...
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Apple wants to make lidar a big deal on iPhone 12 Pro and beyond. What it is and why it matters

The new iPhone 12 Pro and 2020 iPad Pro have a new sensor that adds depth scanning for AR and could improve your photos, too.
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Toyota is creating a Lunar Cruiser for Japan's space exploration agency — take a look

Lunar Cruiser. Toyota The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota are working together to design a pressurized space rover. The vehicle will be called the Lunar Cruiser, a reference to Toyota's Land Cruiser.  They signed an agreement in 2019, with plans to launch in the late 2020s. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The future of space exploration might be in the form of public-private partnerships, like the one between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (...
Tags: Transportation, Space, Japan, Trends, Tech, Features, Space Exploration, Toyota, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA, JAXA, Mary Meisenzahl, Lunar Cruiser, Hiroshi Yamakawa

Sprinter Passenger Van Review: How Does This Popular People Hauler Stack Up?

Sprinter Passenger Van In Our Opinion: During our travels for work, we have been shuttled around countless times in a Sprinter Passenger Van. It seems like every hotel or airport utilizes the popular van for getting people where they need to go. More recently, Ford, Nissan, and Ram have appeared to challenge the Sprinter's long track record. Although we feel the Sprinter is still as viable as ever, especially after a few key updates in 2019. Pros Safety Features High Roof Option...
Tags: Apple, Colorado, Autos, Denis, Denver, Max, Van, Mercedes Benz, Denver International Airport, Standard, Mercedes Benz Sprinter, Ford Nissan, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Jet Black, Passenger Van Review

Mercedes Sprinter Passenger Van Review: How Does This Popular People Hauler Stack Up?

Sprinter Passenger Van In Our Opinion: During our travels for work, we have been shuttled around countless times in a Sprinter Passenger Van. It seems like every hotel or airport utilizes the popular van for getting people where they need to go. More recently, Ford, Nissan, and Ram have appeared to challenge the Sprinter's long track record. Although we feel the Sprinter is still as viable as ever, especially after a few key updates in 2019. Pros Safety Features High Roof Option...
Tags: Apple, Colorado, Autos, Denis, Denver, Max, Van, Mercedes Benz, Denver International Airport, Standard, Mercedes Benz Sprinter, Ford Nissan, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Jet Black, Passenger Van

Bill Gates Asked Microsoft's 'Junior Engineer' Job Interview Question

DevNull127 writes: Let's say you're interviewing for a junior engineering position at Microsoft," Bill Gates was asked. "Why should we hire you?" "I like to be on a team," Gates replies. "I like ambitious goals. I like thinking through how we can anticipate the future. Software is cool, and I want to be involved." The question was asked by top basketball player Steph Curry, in a new YouTube series CNN says will focus on ideas for positive change. In its first 20-minute episode Gates also spo...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Cnn, Steph Curry

Google Assistant Driving Mode appears to be coming to Android at last

Users had started seeing a new navigation interface in Google Maps
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5 alternatives to the iPhone 12 that cost under $700

Apple's new iPhone 12 lineup has some strong selling points — 5G connectivity, dual cameras (three on the Pro versions), a powerful processor and a thinner, lighter design than the iPhone 11.
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Apple prepares safe iPhone launch season with Express Pickup locations and store reopenings

Express Pickup at Apple Aventura (Photo courtesy of @jgrano305) Apple is significantly expanding its new Express Storefront pickup...
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Google Pixel 5's wimpy camera is driving me to the iPhone 12

Commentary: For this photo enthusiast, the Pixel 5's middling camera hardware has undercut Google's advanced image processing.
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