First 'Murder Hornet' Nest In US Is Found In Washington State

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Remember the "murder hornets"? You know, the terrifyingly large Asian giant hornets that are threatening to wipe out the North American bee population? Entomologists with the Washington State Department of Agriculture have now located a nest of them -- the first to be found in the U.S., the agency says. The nest was discovered in the cavity of a tree on a property in the city of Blaine, near the Canadian border. This achievement closely follows ano...
Tags: US, Tech, Npr, Washington State, Blaine, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Sven Erik Spichiger

'youtube-dl' Downloading Software Removed From GitHub By RIAA Takedown Notice

Jahta writes: The GitHub repository for the popular youtube-dl utility is offline after GitHub received a DMCA takedown notice from the RIAA. The notice claims that "The clear purpose of this source code is to (i) circumvent the technological protection measures used by authorized streaming services such as YouTube, and (ii) reproduce and distribute music videos and sound recordings owned by our member companies without authorization for such use." "Whether you're looking to backup contents of y...
Tags: Taylor Swift, Youtube, Tech, Riaa, Kyle Bradshaw, Jahta, Icona Pop Justin Timberlake

A Massive Spam Attack Is Ruining Public 'Among Us' Games

Just days after US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez played Among Us to an audience of more than 435,000 viewers, InnerSloth, the developer of the popular multiplayer title, is struggling to contain a spam attack that is affecting most of the game's community. Engadget reports: The hack started to spread through the game's userbase on Thursday evening. It causes players to spam their match's text chat with messages that direct people to the YouTube and Discord channels of a person who goes...
Tags: Youtube, US, Tech, Donald Trump, Engadget, Kotaku, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Eris Loris, Forest Willard

The Mind on Furlough

I am still furloughed and still on the public dole. It has been just over six months, and if it goes on for only another six that will hit the under for most people's bets. I have been tremendously productive in ways which probably don't count for much. The first thing that happened was that my apartment got very clean; now it is extremely messy, even by my standards. I stopped practicing on July 1 and have not yet resumed. Instead, I have torn through books and records, scrabble word lists and ...
Tags: Books, Technology, Jazz, Philosophy, Scrabble, Lubuntu, Stefan Kac, Lockdown, Furlough, COVID, Intellect And Intellectuals

How to update or fix Google Play Services on your Android, and keep all your apps running correctly

It should only take a few moments to update Google Play Services. Antonio Villas-Boas/Insider Reviews To update Google Play Services on your Android device, head to the "Apps & Notifications" menu in your settings. Google Play Services let your Android apps connect to the internet and communicate with Google. Updating Google Play Services can fix app issues, and help your Android device run faster. If updating Google Play Services doesn't help, you can also clear its cache and data. Visit ...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Google Play Store, Trends, Android Phones, Google Play Services, Google Maps, Cache, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Smartphones (Reference

Apple Warns MagSafe Charger Can Leave Circular Imprints on Leather Cases

If you keep your iPhone in a leather case while charging with Apple's new MagSafe Charger, the case might show circular imprints from contact with the accessory, according to a new Apple support document published today. Apple's leather cases for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are not available until November 6, but a MacRumors reader has already , so it appears that other cases can be affected too. It is possible that the circular imprint will be most prominent on leather cases, prompting ...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Lightning, Magsafe, Iphone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, MagSafe Charger Apple

PSA: Non-iPhone 12 Models Charge Super Slowly With MagSafe Charger

Alongside the iPhone 12 models, Apple introduced a new $39 MagSafe Charger that's meant to work with the magnets in the iPhone 12 Pro models to charge them up at a maximum of 15W. The MagSafe Charger is technically able to be used with older iPhones, but it's not a good idea because the charging with non-iPhone 12 devices is so slow. We did two tests with the iPhone XS Max, draining the battery down to 1 percent, putting it in Airplane Mode, and then charging for a half an hour. In the firs...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Qi, Max, Belkin, Joanna Stern

The Technology That's Replacing the Green Screen

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Vox: As a compositor for venerable visual-effects house Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), [Charmaine Chan] has worked on films like The Last Jedi, assembling various digital elements into a beautiful, seamless image. Her job changed while working on The Mandalorian, one of the first shows to use ILM's upgrade for the green screen: LED panels that use the same technology as video game engines to place a realistic-looking world behind the actors. The resu...
Tags: Hollywood, Tech, Ilm, Charmaine, Magic ILM, Green Screen, Charmaine Chan

iPhone 12 teardowns offer inside peek of Apple's latest phones

The video shows how much thinner the iPhone 12's display is, as well as the MagSafe technology.
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Facebook and Twitter CEOs to testify before Congress in November on how they handled the election

Shortly after voting to move forward with a pair of subpoenas, the Senate Judiciary Committee has reached an agreement that will see the CEOs of two major social platforms testify voluntarily in November. The hearing will be the second major congressional appearance by tech CEOs arranged this month. Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg will answer questions at the hearing, set for November 17 — two weeks after election day. The Republican-led committee is chaired by South Caro...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, New York Post, Congress, Government, Senate, Tech, Joe Biden, Policy, Jack Dorsey, South Carolina, Dorsey, Zuckerberg, Lindsey Graham

Garmin Introduces Esports Fitness Smartwatch For Streamers

Garmin has launched the Instinct Esports Edition, a "rugged GPS smartwatch uniquely designed for esports athletes and enthusiasts to take their gaming performance to the next level." How is that possible, you ask? Gizmodo explains: Well, for starters, the watch adds an esports activity for tracking so you can monitor your heart rate and stress during a game. Garmin also developed a new PC streaming tool that's called, sigh, STR3AMUP!, so you can create overlays that let viewers know your heart r...
Tags: Tech, Gizmodo, Garmin, Dan Bartel

Patreon Is Banning QAnon, Joining Facebook, YouTube and Others

Patreon is the latest tech company to take action on the QAnon conspiracy theory, announcing in a blog post Thursday morning that creators promoting the movement would be banned from the platform. Business Insider reports: Patreon, a membership platform that lets fans support creators and celebrities financially through subscriptions, previously hosted 14 QAnon influencers on the platform, according to a recent report from the progressive media watchdog Media Matters for America (MMFA). QAnon, t...
Tags: America, Tech, Donald Trump, Patreon, Facebook YouTube, Facebook YouTube Etsy Spotify Triller, Patriots Soapbox Sean Morgan Praying Medic

Feds Say 19-Year-Old With a Van Full of Rifles Plotted to Kill Joe Biden, Posted About It on iFunny

Among the reasons a federal judge ruled that 19-year-old Alexander Hillel Treisman should remain in custody while he awaits trial on child pornography charges: He conveyed his intent to assassinate Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden in a meme he posted online, according to prosecutors.Read more...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Elections, Science, Technology, Crime, Social Media, Joe Biden, Election, Assassination, 2020 Election, Alexander Hillel Treisman

Daily Crunch: Uber and Lyft defeated again in court

A California court weighs in as Prop. 22 looms, Google removes popular apps over data collection practices and the Senate subpoenas Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg. This is your Daily Crunch for October 23, 2020. The big story: Uber and Lyft defeated again in court A California appeals court ruled that yes, a new state law applies to Uber and Lyft drivers, meaning that they must be classified as employees, rather than independent contractors. The judge ruled that contrary to the rideshare ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Mark Zuckerberg, New York Post, California, France, Senate, Tech, Policy, Jack Dorsey, Huawei, Phil Libin, Dorsey, Zuckerberg

New Report on Police Decryption Capabilities

There is a new report on police decryption capabilities: specifically, mobile device forensic tools (MDFTs). Short summary: it’s not just the FBI that can do it. This report documents the widespread adoption of MDFTs by law enforcement in the United States. Based on 110 public records requests to state and local law enforcement agencies across the country, our research documents more than 2,000 agencies that have purchased these tools, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We found that...
Tags: Apple, Japan, Police, Uncategorized, Atlanta, Smartphones, Encryption, Fbi, Law Enforcement, United States, Cell Phones, District Of Columbia, Bruce Schneier, Shaker Heights Ohio, Walla Walla Wash, BUCKEYE Ariz

The RIAA is coming for the YouTube downloaders

In ye olden days of piracy, RIAA takedown notices were a common thing — I received a few myself. But that’s mostly fallen off as tracking pirates has gotten more difficult. But the RIAA can still issue nastygrams — to the creators of software that could potentially be used to violate copyright, like YouTube downloaders. One such popular tool used by many developers, YouTube-DL, has been removed from GitHub for the present after an RIAA threat, as noted by Freedom of the Press Foundation’s Parker...
Tags: Google, Media, Developer, Youtube, Tech, Dmca, Piracy, Riaa, Association, Freedom Of The Press Foundation, Parker Higgins, Shock Horror Piracy YouTube DL


First Ever Wearable Device to Help Blind People Navigate Without a White CaneSTRAP Technologies announced today, the creation of a hands-free device designed to be worn by the visually impaired to allow for more independence and mobility. STRAP is the world’s first total replacement of the white cane. STRAP is a wearable, hands-free, device with an innovative array of sensors that work by sending real-time information that detect obstacles at the head, chest, and below — including oncoming bum...
Tags: Startups, News, Mexico, Startup, Tech, Austin, Research and development, Austin Texas, Guadalajara Mexico, Austin Startups, Roel, Diego Roel, STRAP Technologies

Google Messages for Web gaining Google Fi support, allows texting when phone is off

Now that Google Chat is trying to clean up the mess that Hangouts left, we learned that it would begin by killing off support for Google...
Tags: Google, Google Chat

Google Fi now sells the Pixel 4a on a subscription plan for $9 a month

If you're OK with paying for Fi for two years, you'll actually save some money.
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How to use Facebook Messenger Rooms to video chat with friends and family from any device

It's easy to use Facebook Messenger Rooms on any device. Facebook You can use Facebook Messenger Rooms to video chat with up to 50 people at once from the Messenger app for mobile or desktop, or from the Facebook website.  You can invite anyone to a Facebook Messenger Rooms video call, whether they use Facebook or not. On any device, you can choose to create a Room for now, or schedule one for later.  Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. When it comes to ke...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends, Facebook Messenger, WebEx, Conference Call, Tech Insider, Video Chat Apps, Facebook Messenger Rooms, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Smartphones (Reference, Grace Eliza Goodwin Business Insider

Deep Science: Alzheimer’s screening, forest-mapping drones, machine learning in space, more

Research papers come out far too rapidly for anyone to read them all, especially in the field of machine learning, which now affects (and produces papers in) practically every industry and company. This column aims to collect the most relevant recent discoveries and papers — particularly in but not limited to artificial intelligence — and explain why they matter. This week, a startup that’s using UAV drones for mapping forests, a look at how machine learning can map social media networks and pre...
Tags: Health, TC, Sweden, Congress, America, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Portugal, Brazil, Machine Learning, Ibm, University of Pennsylvania, Computer Vision, Carnegie Mellon University, Penn, Don

Uber and Lyft Need To Make Drivers Employees, Appeals Court Rules

An appeals court ruled Thursday evening that an injunction issued against Uber and Lyft over the status of their drivers was an appropriate measure. CNET reports: The injunction was issued in August by Judge Ethan Schulman of the San Francisco Superior Court, who ruled that the ride-hailing companies must start classifying their drivers as employees in the state. The judge allowed the companies 10 days to appeal the ruling, which they did. The First Appellate District court in San Francisco hear...
Tags: Lyft, California, San Francisco, Tech, San Diego, Cnet, San Francisco Superior Court, Uber Lyft, Schulman, San Francisco Los Angeles, Ethan Schulman, First Appellate District court

Hands-On With the New iPhone 12 Pro

Happy launch day! The new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are arriving to pre-order customers as of today and are hitting stores worldwide. We picked up a Pacific Blue ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ and thought we'd share our first impressions for MacRumors readers still deciding on a purchase or waiting for their own iPhones to arrive. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. This year's iPhones include no EarPods or power adapter in the box, so there's a new, more environmentally frien...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Dolby Vision, MacRumors YouTube, Verizon LTE, iPhone 12 Pro

How to leave a Google Classroom on any device and unenroll yourself from the course

If you've completed a Google Classroom course, you can easily leave, or unenroll, from it. Justin Paget/Getty Images You can easily leave a Google Classroom and unenroll from a course in just a few steps using a computer or mobile device.  You'll be unable to leave a Google Classroom if it's archived instead of active. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. If you're done with a class on Google Classroom, or you enrolled by accident, you can unenroll from tha...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Trends, Google Classroom, Video Calling, Online Classes, Tech Insider, Virtual Learning, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Smartphones (Reference, Justin Paget Getty, Sophie Putka Business Insider

T-Mobile Screwups Caused Nationwide Outage But FCC Isn't Punishing Carrier

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission has finished investigating T-Mobile for a network outage that Chairman Ajit Pai called "unacceptable." But instead of punishing the mobile carrier, the FCC is merely issuing a public notice to "remind" phone companies of "industry-accepted best practices" that could have prevented the T-Mobile outage. After the 12-hour nationwide outage on June 15 disrupted texting and calling services, including 911 eme...
Tags: Fcc, Tech, Ars Technica, Federal Communications Commission, Pai, Ajit Pai, Mobile Pai

In the News: Local HVAC Business Adapts, Wins During Pandemic

It’s hard to find a business that wasn’t affected by shutdown orders in their state. Aside from restaurants and pubs, the home service industry was particularly hit hard. But that doesn’t mean that these companies had to just stop doing business. And this week, we found one local home service business that accepted the challenge posed by the COVID pandemic and appears to be winning. GEM Plumbing & Heating is an HVAC company whose business model revolves around its technicians going into homes o...
Tags: Google, US, Sales, Upwork, Google My Business, Small Business Innovation Research SBIR, Small Business News, Allocadia, SBE Council, HomeX Facebook

Boston startups expand region’s venture capital footprint

This year has shaken up venture capital, turning a hot early start to 2020 into a glacial period permeated with fear during the early days of COVID-19. That ice quickly melted as venture capitalists discovered that demand for software and other services that startups provide was accelerating, pushing many young tech companies back into growth mode, and investors back into the check-writing arena. Boston has been an exemplar of the trend, with early pandemic caution dissolving into rapid-fire dea...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Entrepreneurship, Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Tech, Harvard, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Aerospace, New England, Flagship Pioneering

How to Change 5G Settings on iPhone 12 to Save Data and Battery

Apple's iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are the first iPhones to be released with 5G connectivity, and there are several new settings related to 5G that you should be aware of. By default, when you set up a new ‌iPhone 12‌ or 12 Pro, it activates an Auto 5G mode that only turns on 5G data when it won't significantly reduce battery life. You can turn this off so that your iPhone uses 5G all the time, and there are also data modes to choose from. This how to shows you where the new settings are and explai...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Featured, Time, United States, Facetime, Voice Data From the Voice Data

Microsoft Bashes Slack Complaint in European Antitrust Filing

Microsoft has privately told European competition authorities that Slack's antitrust complaint against the tech giant was motivated essentially by sour grapes [Editor's note: the link is paywalled; an alternative source was not available.]. From a report: In a recent confidential filing, Microsoft told the European Commission, which oversees competition regulation, that Slack brought its complaint against Microsoft because the lockdown prompted by the coronavirus pandemic has exposed deficiencie...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, European Commission, Jonathan Prince, Slack Microsoft

How to Install and Configure Squid Proxy on Ubuntu 20.04

Squid is a full-featured caching proxy supporting popular network protocols like HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and more. It can be used to improve the web server’s performance by caching repeated requests, filter web traffic and access geo-restricted content. This tutorial explains how to set up a Squid Proxy on Ubuntu 20.04 and configure Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers to use it.
Tags: Firefox, Google, Linux, Configure Squid Proxy on Ubuntu, Squid Proxy on Ubuntu

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