Software Engineer Reverse-Engineers McDonald's Ordering API To Find Locations With a Broken Ice Cream Machine

Software engineer Rashiq Zahid debuted a web app today that uses a reverse-engineered version of McDonald's ordering API to query every single McDonald's in the United States. "Assuming a store has correctly indicated that ice cream is unavailable and that its ice cream machine isn't working, it'll show up as a little red dot on the McBroken map," reports Lifehacker. From the report: Zahid even built in a statistics box into McBroken so you can see how various cities compare for ice cream uptime...
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iPhone 12 review: Should you upgrade to Apple's latest smartphone? Maybe

You'll get better photos in low light and a screen that promises not to break as easily. But the 5G isn't here yet, and won't be until 2021.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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It's Official: Solar Is the Cheapest Electricity In History

An anonymous reader writes: In a new report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says solar is now the cheapest form of electricity for utility companies to build. That's thanks to risk-reducing financial policies around the world, the agency says, and it applies to locations with both the most favorable policies and the easiest access to financing. The report underlines how important these policies are to encouraging development of renewables and other environmentally forward technologies. ...
Tags: Europe, China, US, Tech, IEA, International Energy Agency IEA, CB, India Read

Americans really wanted to know how many houses Trump and Biden have during the debate

One tiny quip in Thursday's presidential debate sparked an interesting Google search spike.It wasn't anything substantial, like how many children whose parents can't be found after they were split at the border (545). It was President Trump's false claim that Democratic nominee Joe Biden "has houses all over the place." Following Trump's insistence that Biden "lives very well" in his many houses, Google searches for "how many houses does Biden have" and, less so, "how many ho...
Tags: Google, News, Joe Biden, Biden, Delaware, Trump

Print These Electronic Circuits Directly Onto Skin

An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: New circuits can get printed directly on human skin to help monitor vital signs, a new study finds. In the new study, researchers developed a way to sinter nanoparticles of silver at room temperature. The key behind this advance is a so-called a sintering aid layer, consisting of a biodegradable polymer paste and additives such as titanium dioxide or calcium carbonate. Positive electrical charges in the sintering aid layer neutralized the n...
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Don't look to stand on line at Apple Store for new iPhone, they won't let you

Apple is offering interest-free monthly installments to buy the new iPhone12 for users of its Apple Card credit card.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Google Fi's phone subscription gets you a Pixel 4a for just $15 per month

Google Fi users can get a Pixel 4a for $15 per month with subscription, or pay $216 total if they opt-out of device protection.
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Elon Musk Sells the Gene Wilder House to Wilder’s Nephew

Much as he’s done in business, Elon Musk appears to be blazing his own trail when it comes to buying and selling houses. After listing all six of his Bel Air estates earlier this year to much fanfare, the Tesla and SpaceX tycoon is proving the naysayers wrong, slowly but surely unloading each of the […]
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Apple’s Massive iPhone 13 Upgrade Suddenly Confirmed

Planning on buying a new iPhone? You might want to think twice...
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Drivers Sue Uber Over Pressure To Support Prop 22

Uber drivers say the company unlawfully pressured them to support a ballot initiative that would make gig workers independent contractors, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court by a proposed class of California drivers. Bloomberg Law reports: The suit alleges Uber used a coercive campaign of misinformation to exert pressure on drivers to advocate and vote for the passage of Proposition 22, which would overturn a California law that makes it difficult for the gig c...
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Huawei’s Mate 40 Pro looks like one of the best phones people won’t buy

Huawei today unveiled its latest flagships, the Mate 40 Pro and Pro+. The phones pack a massive ring-shaped camera array with multiple lenses, and their Kirin 9000 processor makes them just the second family of smartphones to use a 5-nanometer process, after Apple’s iPhone 12 family. The circular camera array lends the phone a unique aesthetic that doesn’t look like anything else out there. On the rear, anyway — on the front, the Pro+ features a 6.8-inch display, while the regular pro has a 6.5-...
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Apple Distributing New Heated Display Removal Machine for iPhone 12 Repairs

Apple is providing Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers with a new heated display removal fixture for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro repairs, according to information obtained by MacRumors from a reliable source. To open iPhone 12 models, technicians will be required to slide the device into a specialized tray, and then place the tray into the high-temperature fixture for two minutes to warm up the adhesive below the display. Once the adhesive is loose, technicians will be able to ...
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Minecraft Will Require a Microsoft Account To Play In 2021

Minecraft said in a blog post yesterday that players will need a Microsoft account to play the game in 2021. Those who do not switch will be unable to play. The Verge reports: The game has existed in two separately developed versions since its 2011 launch on consoles. Previously, the original Minecraft: Java Edition used Mojang accounts, while Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, the name for the console and Windows store version of the game, used Microsoft accounts. After this change, the accounts will ...
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Google releases Chrome and Chrome OS updates to fix zero-day security exploit

Browsers are complicated pieces of software, and each release of Chrome includes fixes to address security flaws discovered both inside...
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Don't look to stand in line at Apple Store for new iPhone, they won't let you

Apple is offering interest-free monthly installments to buy the new iPhone12 for users of its Apple Card credit card.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Senate subpoenas could force Zuckerberg and Dorsey to testify on New York Post controversy

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of issuing subpoenas for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey Thursday, meaning that there might be two big tech CEO hearings on the horizon. Republicans in the committee declared their interest in a hearing on “the platforms’ censorship of New York Post articles” after social networks limited the reach of a dubious story purporting to contain hacked materials implicating Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, in impropriety involving a Ukrai...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, New York Post, Congress, Government, Senate, Tech, Fox News, Graham, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, Dorsey, Zuckerberg, Trump


bobstreo informs us that it's CAPS LOCK DAY and shares an excerpt about its history: Caps Lock Day first came to pass in the year 2000, when Derek Arnold of Iowa decided that he, like so many other internet users, had simply had enough of people using all caps to emphasize themselves on the web. So he created Caps Lock Day in the interest of poking fun at people who use this abomination of a typing style, and to finally bring some sanity to the net. On mechanical typewriters, the Caps Lock key...
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First Impressions From New iPhone 12 and 12 Pro Owners

It's already Friday, October 23, in Australia and New Zealand, which means some customers who purchased an iPhone 12 or 12 Pro already have their new devices in hand. We've seen dozens of reviews of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro from media sites, but now first impressions from regular Apple customers are available. Image via MacRumors reader New ‌iPhone 12‌ and 12 Pro owners are sharing their opinions of the device on the MacRumors forums, and for those awaiting their own new iPhone or c...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Australia, Vodafone, New Zealand, Pacific Blue, Iphone 11 Pro, Iphone 12, Boardiesboi, Kewal

Tesla's Full Self-Driving Beta Rolls Out To Rave Reviews

Rei writes: "Oh, it's going dude!" "But there's no lanes -- there's cars on the side of the road!" "DUDE, it's navigating through it ALL, bro!" ... "It paused to look DUDE!" "There's NO LANES! Elon, you madman!" Such was one of the many reaction videos to come out overnight as Tesla released a major upgrade of Autopilot to a limited public beta. Complete with a new LIDAR-like visualization system, the car now provides a detailed display of how it perceives the world as it dodges parked cars, tak...
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Representatives propose bill limiting Presidential internet ‘kill switch’

A pair of U.S. Representatives — one from each party — are proposing a law that would limit the President’s ability to shut down the internet at will. That may not strike you as an imminent threat, but federal police disappearing protestors into unmarked vans probably didn’t either, until a couple months ago. Let’s keep an open mind. The President has the power under the Communications Act’s Section 706 to order the shutdown of some communications infrastructure in an emergency. While this was l...
Tags: Fcc, Congress, Government, White House, Russia, US, Tech, United States, Tom Wheeler, Michael Chertoff, Anna Eshoo, Bruce Schneier, Jessica Rosenworcel, General Accountability Office, Morgan Griffith, Eshoo

Google Fi deal: Pick up a Pixel 4a for just $216

Why not make Google's most affordable Pixel even better with a new subscription? Grab the Pixel 4a and save $133.
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Apple's TV Remote App Pulled From App Store Since Functionality is Available in Control Center (mac rumors)

Apple recently pulled the "Apple TV Remote" app from the App Store, which was designed to let users control their Apple TVs from their iPhones or iPads with a touch-based remote interface. It's not quite clear when Apple nixed the app, but it was quietly removed and clicking on the prior link for the app confirms that it is no longer available. 9to5Mac discovered that Apple has also removed references to the ‌Apple TV‌ Remote app, suggesting that it has been discontinued. The Apple Remote s...
Tags: Apple, News, Control Center, Juli Clover, Apple TV Remote

Google Locks In Search Monopoly With $1 Billion To Carriers (slashdot)

Google doled out more than $1 billion last year to U.S. mobile carriers to distribute its search engine, according to the landmark antitrust lawsuit from the Justice Department. From a report: The DOJ suit, filed Tuesday, details several methods Google uses to make its search the default service on browsers, smartphones and other devices. That includes deals with Apple and Android manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics. Google also cut hefty revenue sharing agreements with major mobile carrie...
Tags: Apple, Google, News, Doj, Justice Department, Msmash, Justice Department From, Samsung Electronics Google

F.T.C. Decision on Pursuing Facebook Antitrust Case Is Said to Be Near

Any action would follow the Justice Department’s landmark suit this week against Google, as a bipartisan tech backlash ramps up.
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Google distances itself from Stadia creative director's comments

Google on Thursday distanced itself from tweets issued by the creative director of Stadia's Montreal Studio, who said game streamers...
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2degrees hires Apple man, lines up funding for 5G upgrade in 2021

Apple's NZ carrier manager, Zac Summers, has been named 2degrees' new strategy manager. Summers has previously had consumer marketing GM and chief strategy officer roles with Vodafone NZ.With Apple's release of the 5G-capable... [Author: [email protected]]
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Lee Min Ho Among Six Cast in ‘Pachinko’ Series at Apple

Apple has officially announced the cast for its “Pachinko” series, with Korean superstar Lee Min Ho among those starring in the series. Set to begin production on Oct. 26, “Pachinko” is an adaptation of the Min Jin Lee novel of the same name. It chronicles the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean […]
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Quibi says it will shut down in early December

Quibi is shutting down — we know that much for sure. But when? If you’re looking to blast through all 25 episodes of the Reno 911 revival series before Quibi calls its quits, how long do you actually have? While it seems even Quibi isn’t 100% certain yet, they’ve at least now given users a rough idea of when they expect the plug to be pulled: early December. As spotted by Variety, a newly published support page on the Quibi site says streaming will end “on or about December 1, 2020.” The “a...
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The best language-learning apps for 2020

Learning a language can be tough. Fortunately, we've found the best apps to help make learning a foreign tongue fun with lessons, quizzes, and other activities.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Apps, Trends, Best Of, Duolingo, Tier 4

Outdoor Outfitter’s Voice-Powered Experience Takes Customers on Adventure Trails

Hiking footwear and outdoor gear brand Merrell has created a voice-powered feature that uses Alexa and Google Assistant to help adventurers locate and learn about nearby trails
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