A Group of Materials Called Perovskites Could Be a Game-Changer For Solar Power

Researchers from Australia have discovered that the widely acclaimed mineral perovskite can be used to transform the solar industry through cheaper and more efficient photovoltaics. The Independent reports: Perovskite, which is forged deep within the Earth's mantle, has been hailed for its unprecedented potential to convert sunlight into electricity. Researchers have already improved its sunlight-to-energy efficiency from around 3 per cent to over 20 per cent in the space of just a few years. "I...
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Trump says ‘nobody gets hacked’ but forgot his hotel chain was hacked — twice

According to President Trump speaking at a campaign event in Tucson, Arizona, on Monday, “nobody gets hacked.” You don’t need someone who covers security day in and day out to call bullshit on this one. “Nobody gets hacked. To get hacked you need somebody with 197 IQ and he needs about 15 percent of your password,” Trump said, referencing the recent suspension of C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully, who admitted falsely claiming his Twitter account was hacked this week after sending a tweet to ...
Tags: Security, Government, White House, Tech, Sabre, Trump, Tucson Arizona, Anthony Scaramucci, Steve Scully, 2020 Election

MF DOOM Announces Augmented Reality Blockchain Auction Halloween 2020

Today, hip-hop anti-hero MF DOOM and Rhymesayers Entertainment announce an innovative partnership with Illust Space to deliver augmented reality masks just in time for Halloween. The enigmatic rapper is stepping into the realm of digital collectibles, teaming up with Illust Space to make a splash in the decentralized finance and art market with a collection of augmented reality masks minted on the blockchain. MF DOOM’s augmented reality masks will be accessible at an auction, set to go live in ...
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QAnon/8Chan Sites Back Online After Being Ousted By DDoS-Protection Vendor

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A few dozen QAnon and 8chan-related sites were knocked offline temporarily yesterday when a DDoS-protection vendor disabled their access, according to an article by security reporter Brian Krebs. The websites [...] are connected to the Internet via the US-based ISP VanwaTech, which in turn "had a single point of failure on its end," Krebs wrote. "The swath of Internet addresses serving the various 8kun/QAnon sites were being protected from o...
Tags: US, Tech, Brian Krebs, Hillsboro, Belfast Northern Ireland, McCully, Krebs, ISP VanwaTech, CNServers LLC, Ron Guilmette, Spartan Host Ltd, Spartan Host, VanwaTech Krebs, St Petersburg Russia Krebs, Nick Lim, Ars Technica Spartan Host

Chess's Cheating Crisis: 'Paranoia Has Become the Culture'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: In one chess tournament, five of the top six were disqualified for cheating. In another, the doting parents of 10-year-old competitors furiously rejected evidence that their darlings were playing at the level of the world No 1. And in a third, an Armenian grandmaster booted out for suspicious play accused his opponent of "doing pipi in his Pampers." These incidents may sound extreme but they are not isolated -- and they have all taken place ...
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Microsoft's Xbox App Now Lets Xbox Users Stream Games to iPhone and iPad

Microsoft today released an updated version of its Xbox app designed for the iPhone and the iPad, which will allow Xbox users to play their games remotely on their Apple devices using streaming functionality. Microsoft has been testing this feature for a few weeks, first providing it to Xbox app beta testers back in September. From the app's release notes:- Set up new consoles and queue games - Play remotely from your console - View and share game clips & screenshots - Party chat with frie...
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ShopUp raises $22.5 million to digitize millions of mom-and-pop shops in Bangladesh

A startup that is aiming to digitize millions of neighborhood stores in Bangladesh just raised the country’s largest Series A financing round. Dhaka-headquartered ShopUp said on Tuesday it has raised $22.5 million in a round co-led by Sequoia Capital India and Flourish Ventures. For both the venture firms, this is the first time they are backing a Bangladeshi startup. Veon Ventures, Speedinvest, and Lonsdale Capital also participated in the four-year-old ShopUp’s Series A financing round. Sho...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Bangladesh, Bengaluru, Dhaka, Zaman, Voonik, Speedinvest, Sequoia India, Sequoia Capital India, Flourish Ventures

IKEA To Buy Back Used Furniture In Recycling Push

Last week, the BBC reported that IKEA, the world's biggest furniture business, is planning to launch a scheme to buy back your unwanted furniture you no longer need or want. From the report: Under the plan, it will offer vouchers worth up to 50% of the original price, to be spent at its stores. The "Buy Back" initiative will launch to coincide with Black Friday. "By making sustainable living more simple and accessible, Ikea hopes that the initiative will help its customers take a stand against e...
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Pixel 5 owners complain about a dangerous manufacturing defect

Google’s 2020 not-so-high-end flagship has just started going out to new owners and there are already worrying complaints about the...
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Far-right online forum 8chan loses internet after protection services are cut

Site was back online Monday morning with a Russian company enlisted to protect it from DDoS attacksThe latest incarnation of the hate-filled online forum 8chan was temporarily kicked off the internet on Sunday, after a company protecting the site from DDoS attacks cut its services.The site, which is now called 8kun but was formerly known as 8chan, was back online on Monday morning, security researcher Brian Krebs reported, with a Russian company freshly enlisted to provide the protection service...
Tags: Technology, 4chan, US news, The far right, Brian Krebs, QAnon

Here's How to Avoid Accidentally Showing Your Genitals to Your Colleagues on Zoom

It’s happened to the best of us during this period of extended working from home: You’re minding your own business when suddenly a Zoom room full of your colleagues and/or business partners gets a non-consensual eyeful of unsecured loin. Accident or not, that’s really fucked up. It’s even possible that the incident…Read more...
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Daily Crunch: Pakistan un-bans TikTok

TikTok returns to Pakistan, Apple launches a music-focused streaming station and SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites. This is your Daily Crunch for October 19, 2020. The big story: Pakistan un-bans TikTok The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocked the video app 11 days ago, over what it described as “immoral,” “obscene” and “vulgar” videos. The authority said today that it’s lifting the ban after negotiating with TikTok management. “The restoration of TikTok is strictly subject t...
Tags: Apple, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Spacex, Instagram, Singapore, Disney, US, Tech, Ukraine, Policy, Pandora, Pakistan, Paris

TikTok’s QAnon ban has been ‘buggy’

TikTok has been cracking down on QAnon-related content, in line with similar moves by other major social media companies, including Facebook and YouTube, which focus on reducing the spread the baseless conspiracy theory across their respective platforms. According to a report by NPR this weekend, TikTok had quietly banned several hashtags associated with the QAnon conspiracy, and says it will also delete the accounts of users who promote QAnon content. Tiktok tells us, however, these policies...
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Tesla Powerwall Rival Seeks To Bring Hydrogen Into Your Home

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: It's about the size of Tesla Inc.'s Powerwall, but can store up to three times as much energy over a longer period. That's the promise of a new hydrogen-based energy-storage system for homes and businesses being developed by Australian startup Lavo Hydrogen Technology Ltd. The technology, developed with scientists at the University of New South Wales, uses power from rooftop solar panels to produce hydrogen from water by electrolysis. The gas i...
Tags: Australia, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Yu, University of New South Wales, Powerwall, Alan Yu, Tesla Inc, Lavo, Lavo Hydrogen Technology Ltd

Nest Secure Is the Latest Google Device to Be Chopped

Google seems to be on a big hack-and-slash spree this year, culling products—even beloved ones—in an attempt to streamline its offerings. The tech giant is known for abandoning or restructuring certain devices, services, and apps that didn’t take off the way it hoped, but 2020 seems to be the year for it. And now …Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Rip, Nest, Nest Secure, Google Graveyard

Microsoft Adds Option To Disable JScript In Internet Explorer

As part of the October 2020 Patch Tuesday security updates, Microsoft has added a new option to Windows to let system administrators disable the JScript component inside Internet Explorer. ZDNet reports: The JScript scripting engine is an old component that was initially included with Internet Explorer 3.0 in 1996 and was Microsoft's own dialect of the ECMAScript standard (the JavaScript language). Development on the JScript engine ended, and the component was deprecated with the release of Inte...
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New ‘Peanuts’ Specials and 70th Anniversary Documentary Coming to AppleTV+, Along With Your Favorite ‘Peanuts’ Holiday Classics

AppleTV+ is ordering more Peanuts from the menu. The streaming service already had a deal in place to produce series like Snoopy in Space and the upcoming The Snoopy Show, but AppleTV+ will soon become a hub for all things Peanuts, including brand new specials centering on Mother’s Day, New Year’s Eve, and more; as well as a 70th anniversary documentary; and beloved specials like A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Get the details ...
Tags: Apple, Comedy, Movies, Abc, Peanuts, Animation, Charles Schultz, Charlie Brown, Vince Guaraldi Trio, Ron Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Philistine, Comic Book/Superhero, Family Films, Morgan Neville, Appletv

SAIF Partners rebrands as Elevation Capital, secures $400 million for its new India fund

SAIF Partners has raised $400 million for a new fund and rebranded the 18-year-old influential venture capital firm as it looks to back more early-stage startups in the world’s second largest internet market. The new fund is SAIF Partners’ seventh for early-stage startups in India. Its previous two funds were each $350 million in size, and the firm today manages more than $2 billion in assets. SAIF Partners started investing in Indian startups 18 years ago. The firm began as a joint venture w...
Tags: Asia, India, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Brazil, Sequoia Capital, SAIF Partners, Accel, Paytm, Lightspeed, Tracxn, Swiggy, Acko, One97 Communications

Lee Fixel is already raising a massive second fund

On Friday, former Tiger Global Management investor Lee Fixel registered plans for the second fund of his new investment firm, Addition, just four months after closing the first. According to the Financial Times, that ship has sailed. It reported over the weekend that Fixel had already secured a fresh $1.4 billion in capital commitments for the second fund, which Addition reportedly doesn’t plan to begin investing until next year.  But Fixel’s camp is now saying otherwise — that the fund has n...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Spotify, London, India, Funding, Tech, Addition, Venture Capital, Seattle, Tiger Global, Flipkart, Financial Times, Tiger Global Management, Forbes

Director Barry Jenkins Reveals ‘The Underground Railroad’ Teaser (TV News Roundup)

Director Barry Jenkins shared a teaser for “The Underground Railroad,” and Apple TV Plus announced that “Peanuts” specials including “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” will be made available on the platform. RENEWALS Vice TV announced that it has renewed “Dark Side of the Ring,” a docuseries about controversies in the wrestling world, for a […]
Tags: Apple, News, Peanuts, Charlie Brown, Underground Railroad, Barry Jenkins, The Underground Railroad, Dark Side of the Ring, Murder Unboxed

Why Good Website Design Is So Important

Many factors contribute to a website’s success, one of them is design. Investing the time and effort into your website design is worth the rewards you’re getting. In this article, you will learn how good website design benefits your business. On top of that, you’ll find tips on how to ensure your website design is up to par. So, whether you’re creating your first website or redesigning it – keep on reading. 1. Effectively Convey Your Brand’s Image and Values. A company’s website is often the ...
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Now you can use Xbox remote play on your iPhone

Apple's terms are still preventing cloud gaming on your iPhone or iPad, but the new Xbox app will let you play games from the console in...
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GM To Run Robot Cars In San Francisco Without Human Backups

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors’ Cruise autonomous vehicle unit says it will pull the human backup drivers from its vehicles in San Francisco by the end of the year. Cruise CEO Dan Ammann said in a statement that the company got a permit Thursday from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles to let the cars travel on their own. The move follows last week’s announcement from Waymo that it would open its autonomous ride-hailing service to the public in the Phoenix area in vehicles without human dri...
Tags: Google, California, San Francisco, Ap, Cruise, Gm, Autos, University Of California Berkeley, Driverless Cars, Detroit, San Francsico, Phoenix, Department of Motor Vehicles, Alphabet Inc, Wert, Dan Ammann

When you tell Chrome to wipe private data about you, it spares two websites from the purge:, YouTube

Is this another case of one rule for the Chocolate Factory and one for everyone else? Google exempts its own websites from Chrome's automatic data-scrubbing feature, allowing the ads giant to potentially track you even when you've told it not to.…
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Apple TV+ Nabs Rights for Classic Charlie Brown Holiday Specials and New Series

Good grief--classic Peanuts specials are leaving broadcast television and moving to Apple TV+ just in time for the holidays. A deal between Apple TV+ and media company WildBrain, Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions will make the subscription streaming service the home for the classics like It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie...
Tags: Apple, Advertising, Apple TV, Streaming & OTT, Lee Mendelson Film Productions, WildBrain Peanuts Worldwide

Apple's new MagSafe Charger actually works on the Z Fold 2

MagSafe is Apple's new wireless charging tech for the iPhone 12 series. It uses magnets to connect the charger to the phone, basically...
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Here are all the MagSafe accessories Apple announced for the iPhone 12

The new iPhones will come with a contactless system for charging and other uses.
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The best headphone deals — save $70 on Bang & Olufsen's Beoplay E8 true wireless earbuds

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon Good-quality headphones can be expensive, but they often go on sale.We've rounded up the best headphone deals for October 2020.We'll update this list regularly with the top deals.Right now, the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 are on sale for $280 — that's $70 off their regular price.A great pair of headphones can change the way you listen to music. Sure, the random earbuds that you have in your bo...
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Google discontinues its Google Nest Secure alarm system

Google isn’t producing the system anymore.
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A Good Lawyer Is Hard To Find

Technical skills, once established, are almost never a reason to make a final hiring decision.
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