Google AI Tech Will Be Used For Virtual Border Wall, CBP Contract Shows

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: After years of backlash over controversial government work, Google technology will be used to aid the Trump administration's efforts to fortify the U.S.-Mexico border, according to documents related to a federal contract. In August, Customs and Border Protection accepted a proposal to use Google Cloud technology to facilitate the use of artificial intelligence deployed by the CBP Innovation Team, known as INVNT. Among other projects, INVNT ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mexico, Virginia, Tech, Dhs, Pentagon, CBP, Donald Trump, Border Patrol, Palmer Luckey, Trump, Customs And Border Protection, Google Cloud, Anduril Industries, Jack Poulson

Meet Amit Mehta, the judge for Google's antitrust case

International Business News: The Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit against Google has a judge: Obama appointee Amit Mehta, who was...
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How to use Apple’s iMessage on iOS 14

Apple's iMessage was completely overhauled in iOS 10. Four releases later, it's bigger than ever. Our guide will help you navigate those wide iMessage waters.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Mobile, Imessage, Trends, How-to, macOS, Tier 4, TabletOS

Apple Introduces Option to Download iOS Updates Over 5G on iPhone 12 Models

Apple has introduced the option to download iOS software updates using 5G cellular data on the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, according to a support document published this week. To download iOS updates over 5G, users will have to enable the "Allow More Data on 5G" mode in the Settings app under Cellular > Cellular Data Options > Data Mode. Apple says this mode also enables higher-quality video and FaceTime calls, and allows third-party apps to use more cellu...
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What Your Favorite iPod Says About You

In honor of the launch of the original scroll wheel iPod on Oct. 23, 2001, let’s look back on some notable iPod models and what they say about you as an early tech consumer. Every iPod tells a story, and some of the stories they told were pretty darn rough. Rip. Mix. Burn.Read more...
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James Randi, Magician and Stage Artist Devoted To Debunking the Paranormal, Dies At 92

James Randi, a Canadian-American stage magician and scientific skeptic who extensively challenged paranormal and pseudoscientific claims, has passed away Tuesday "due to age-related causes." He was 92. Slashdot reader trinarybit first shared the news. The Washington Post reports: An inveterate skeptic and bristly contrarian in his profession, Mr. Randi insisted that magic is based solely on earthly sleight of hand and visual trickery. He scorned fellow magicians who allowed or encouraged audienc...
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Airbnb Hires Jony Ive To Design Next-Gen Products and Services

Online vacation rental giant Airbnb on Wednesday said it has hired former Apple CDO Jony Ive and his company LoveFrom to assist in the design of future products and services. AppleInsider reports: Announced in a blog post from Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky, Ive will work on next-generation "products and services" as a design consultant. It appears that he will report directly to Chesky, or collaborate on design initiatives with the CEO, throughout what is described as a "multi-year rela...
Tags: Time, Tech, Information, Airbnb, Chesky, Ive, Jony, Alex Schleifer, Schleifer, Apple CDO Jony Ive, Brian Chesky Ive, Information Ive

These Apple accessories will go great with that new iPhone 12 — and they're all on sale

With the announcement of the iPhone 12 just a few days ago, everybody is assessing their smartphone needs and making the big decision about upgrading. While the smartphone may be at the heart of these latest tech questions, it's probably also a good time to give your entire Apple device collection a once over and see what could use with some sprucing up. — Read the rest
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Apple’s former design guru Jony Ive gets into bed with Airbnb

The man who helped create some of Apple’s most iconic products is teaming up with online accommodation service Airbnb to help design its future products and services.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Design, News, Trends, Airbnb, Smart Home, Jony Ive, Breakingtwitter

A united front against online piracy in Asia Pacific

With more people staying at home, video streaming is up everywhere—and by as much as 60 percent in Southeast Asia, according to a Media Partners Asia study. That makes it all the more critical that we and our partners in the region continue to address the serious challenge of online piracy.   Google’s overall approach is set out in our Anti-Piracy Principles, and we work closely with media and entertainment industry organizations to tackle new challenges. Two years ago, we started talking to the...
Tags: Google, Asia, Southeast Asia, Search, Asia Pacific, Media Partners Asia, APAC, Avia, Public Policy, Google in Asia, India Hong Kong, Rohan Tiwary, Asia Video Industry Association AVIA, Louis Boswell, Coalition Against Piracy CAP

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

Pre-Order: Apple 10.9″ iPad Air For $559 Shipped From Amazon After $40 Pre-Release Discount! This was selling for $599 yesterday and is now the lowest price ever from Amazon. Stunning 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone and P3 wide color A14 Bionic chip with Neural Engine Touch ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay […]
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This former Tesla CIO just raised $150 million more to pull car dealers into the 21st century

“I have to choose my words carefully,” says Joe Castelino of Stevens Creek Volkswagen in San Jose, California, when asked about the software on which most car dealerships rely for inventory information, to manage marketing, to handle customer relationships and to otherwise help sell cars. Castelino, the dealership’s service director, laughs as he says this. But the joke has apparently been on car dealers, most of whom have largely relied on a few frustratingly antiquated vendors for their dealer...
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Apple Lobbies for Tax Breaks for Manufacturing More Chips in United States

Apple is seeking tax breaks from the U.S. government for domestic chip production, which suggests Apple may be aiming to move more iPhone manufacturing to the United States. According to Bloomberg, second and third-quarter lobbying disclosure reports indicate that Apple lobbied officials from the Treasury Department, Congress, and the White House on tax issues that included "tax credits for domestic semiconductor production." Apple designs many of its own chips, including the A-series chips ...
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Airbnb Working With Jony Ive's 'LoveFrom' Company

Apple's longtime head of design Jony Ive left the company back in mid-2019 to start his own company called LoveFrom, and one of Ive's first clients is Airbnb. Airbnb today announced that it is working with Ive's LoveFrom company on a "special collaboration" that will include a multi-year relationship to "design the next generation of Airbnb products and services."Today, I'm thrilled to announce that Jony and his partners at LoveFrom will be engaging in a special collaboration with me and the ...
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Google, U.S. Government Each Face Challenges in Court Fight

The U.S. government needs to show how Google’s alleged conduct is harmful even as it gives away its services, experts say. Google likely...
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FCC Defends Helping Trump, Claims Authority Over Social Media Law

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission's top lawyer today explained the FCC's theory of why it can grant President Donald Trump's request for a new interpretation of a law that provides legal protection to social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Critics of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan from both the left and right say the FCC has no authority to reinterpret Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which gives legal immunity to ...
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Apple lobbies the US government to cut taxes on local chip production

Apple has been trying to boost domestic chip production in the United States, and for that the company has lobbied the U.S. government...
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GMC Hummer EV vs. Tesla Cybertruck, Bollinger and Rivian

Last night, GMC unveiled the Hummer EV, the company's first electric pickup with a 350-mile range, 1,000 HP and up to 11,500 pound-feet of torque. Although there's still plenty more questions than answers, CNET has compared what we know about the Hummer EV against the Tesla Cybertruck, as well as trucks from startups like Bollinger and Rivian. And just for fun, they've included the tried and true Ford F-150 (Raptor). Here's a summary of the specs/features based on CNET's analysis: Performance ...
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HomePod Mini vs. HomePod Buyer's Guide

This month, Apple unveiled the HomePod mini as the first addition to the popular HomePod lineup, with a new spherical design and the S5 chip. With a more affordable price tag of just $99, ‌HomePod mini‌ is a much more accessible and versatile HomePod in a compact design. The original ‌HomePod‌ continues to be sold by Apple for $299. At over three times the price of ‌HomePod mini‌, should you still consider the larger, original ‌HomePod‌, or choose the new ‌HomePod mini‌? Our guide outlines th...
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Daily Crunch: Quibi is shutting down

The end is in sight for Quibi, PayPal adds cryptocurrency support and Netflix tests a new promotional strategy. This is your Daily Crunch for October 21, 2020. The big story: Quibi is shutting down The much-hyped streaming video app led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, which raised nearly $2 billion in funding, is shutting down, according to reports in The Information and The Wall Street Journal. Katzenberg, a longtime Hollywood executive, had blamed the coronavirus pandemic for a lac...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Asia, Hollywood, Media, Ipo, India, US, Tech, Walmart, Paypal, Netflix, United States, Jeffrey Katzenberg

AOC's Debut Twitch Stream Is One of the Biggest Ever

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made her Twitch debut last night to play Among Us and quickly became one of the platform's biggest broadcasters. According to Twitch, her stream peaked at 435,000 viewers around the time of her first match. The Verge reports: That peak viewership puts her broadcast among the 20 biggest streams ever, according to the third-party metrics site TwitchTracker, and much higher if you're only looking at broadcasts from individual streamers. Ninja holds the record fo...
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Quibi reveals why it failed in a somber letter offering 'a profound apology' to employees and investors

Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg offered employees and investors a "profound apology" on Wednesday. Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter Quibi is shutting down after just six months, the company confirmed on Wednesday.  Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman offered a "profound apology" to employees and investors in a public letter.  "Quibi is not succeeding," the letter reads. "Likely for one of two reasons: because the idea itself wasn't strong enough to just...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Trends, Tech, Dreamworks, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Whitman, Meg Whitman, Katzenberg, Tech Insider, Stefanie Keenan Getty, Hayley Peterson, Quibi, Silicon Valley All, Meg Whitman Read

Nest Secure Is the Latest Google Device to Be Chopped (gizmodo)

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... [Author: Joanna Nelius]
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Apple TV Plus Unveils First Look at ‘Becoming You’ (TV News Roundup)

In today’s TV news roundup, Apple TV Plus released first look images of “Becoming You,” and CBS announced premiere dates for series including “FBI” and “SEAL Team.” DATES CBS announced November premiere dates for five scripted series: The second season of “The Unicorn” will premiere on Nov. 12 at 9:30 p.m., while the fifth season […]
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How would Prop. 15 impact California’s housing crisis?

By Matt Levin | Calmatters When Californians approved Proposition 13 in 1978, critics of the landmark ballot measure say voters did not foresee many of the unintended consequences of capping property taxes on both residential and commercial land: lower school funding, cash-strapped cities, major corporate tax benefits. Forty-two years later, Californians are about to vote on Proposition 15, which proponents say will solve many of those problems by raising taxes on commercial properties. But ...
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Why it's so hard to dethrone Google

If you use the internet, Google is practically inescapable. This is most evident in how we search for almost everything online — so much so that "Google" is synonymous with search.
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Tesla is a chain of startups, Elon Musk explains

Today during a call with investors and journalists, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was asked to expand a tweet from yesterday. In it, he stated: “Tesla should really be thought of as roughly a dozen technology startups, many of which have little to no correlation with traditional automotive companies.” Tesla wows on latest numbers In short, he explained there are over a dozen startups in Tesla, and he views every product line and plant as a startup. It’s an interesting point of view from the top o...
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4 quick bites and obituaries on Quibi (RIP 2020-2020)

In memory of the death of Quibi, here’s a quick sendoff from four of our writers who came together to discuss what we can learn from Quibi’s amazing, instantaneous, billions-of-dollars failure. Lucas Matney looks at what the potential was for Quibi and how it missed the mark in media. Danny Crichton discusses why billions of dollars in VC funding isn’t enough in competitive markets like video. Anthony Ha discusses the crazy context of Quibi and our interview with the company earlier this year...
Tags: Startups, Media, Tech, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Lucas Matney, Anthony Ha, Meg Whitman, Danny Crichton, Brian Heater, WndrCo, Quibi

The best cheap iMac deals for October 2020

Looking to get your hands on a sleek all-in-one Mac computer? We've got the best cheap iMac deals right here.
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How to search a conversation on Skype and find specific text in old chat threads

Skype lets you search through old messages on the desktop and mobile apps. David Ramos/Stringer/Getty Images You can search a conversation on Skype to find particular words or phrases in text chats with contacts.  Skype's search or "find" feature will only review text from the last six months.  The search function is available on both the desktop and mobile versions of Skype. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. If you've ever had a conversation with someone vi...
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