Australia Records Zero New COVID-19 Infections

The continent of Australia, where nearly 25 million people live, "has recorded its first day of no local cases of Covid-19 in almost five months," reports the BBC: Zero cases were reported in the 24 hours between 20:00 on Friday and 20:00 on Saturday - the first time this has happened since 9 June. The state of Victoria - epicentre of Australia's second wave - recorded zero cases for the second day in a row after a 112-day lockdown. Health officials say more restrictions may be eased in the c...
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At the last minute, one of Georgia's largest counties adds voting materials in Spanish and Korean

Bilingual sign, Gwinnett Co. Dept of Voter Registrations and Elections Jesse Pratt López One of Georgia's largest counties has become only the second in the state to offer election materials in Spanish, and the first to do so in Korean, potentially making it easier for thousands of voters to cast ballots on Tuesday. With the move, Dekalb draws a contrast to Gwinnett County, which only translated materials into Spanish when the federal government told them to. Both counties are using electi...
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Apple Watch ECG Coming to South Korea With Imminent iOS 14.2 and watchOS 7.1 Updates [Update: Russia Also]

Apple today announced [Google Translate] that electrocardiogram (ECG) and irregular heart rhythm notification features will be coming to the Apple Watch in South Korea as part of the upcoming iOS 14.2 and watchOS 7.1 releases. While Apple hasn't confirmed a release date for the updates, it appears to be imminent based on today's press release and the fact that a "Release Candidate" version of iOS 14.2 was pushed out to developer and public beta testers on Friday. Word surfaced back in August...
Tags: Apple, South Korea, Russia, Apple Watch, watchOS, ECG

Apple Watch ECG Coming to South Korea With Imminent iOS 14.2 and watchOS 7.1 Updates

Apple today announced [Google Translate] that electrocardiogram (ECG) and irregular heart rhythm notification features will be coming to the Apple Watch in South Korea as part of the upcoming iOS 14.2 and watchOS 7.1 releases. While Apple hasn't confirmed a release date for the updates, it appears to be imminent based on today's press release and the fact that a "Release Candidate" version of iOS 14.2 was pushed out to developer and public beta testers on Friday. Word surfaced back in August...
Tags: Apple, South Korea, Apple Watch, watchOS, ECG

Apple agrees to replace AirPods Pro for free after sound issues prove impossible to fix

Just one year after releasing its fancy AirPods Pro wireless earbuds, the world's most valuable company is having to replace them for free when they start making annoying noises.Apple (or an Authorised Service Provider) will swap... [Author: [email protected]]
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Huawei Purportedly Has a Plan to Get Around U.S. Sanctions: Build Its Own Chips

Huawei has apparently lost all hope, or patience, that it will ever free itself from U.S. sanctions, which have effectively choked off its access to much-needed chips. The company is purportedly getting ready to do something about it. The solution: build its own chip plant. Read more...
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Australia coronavirus live update: Deb Frecklington quits as Queensland LNP leader while Victoria reports no Covid cases

Frecklington says she is ‘proud of the campaign that we fought’ in election, while country’s acting chief medical officer warns ‘we haven’t beaten’ Covid yet. Follow all the latest newsDeb Frecklington quitting as Queensland LNP leaderFollow our global coronavirus live blogSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 2.18am GMT AAP reports Labor’s innovation spokeswoman Claire O’Neil says while women were initia...
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Should Computer Programming Classes Focus on Projects Instead of 'Logic Puzzles'?

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: Writing in the November Communications of the ACM, MIT's Mitchel Resnick and Natalie Rusk explain that the educational use of coding in schools is at a crossroads. The good news? "School systems and policymakers are embracing the idea that coding can and should be for everyone." The bad news? "In many places, coding is being introduced in ways that undermine its potential and promise. If we do not think carefully about the educational strategies and ped...
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In World First, Slovokia Plans To Test the Entire Country For COVID-19

The BBC reports: Slovakia has begun an ambitious project to test everyone over the age of 10 for Covid-19, but the president has said she thinks the idea is "unfeasible". The operation to test four million people is to last over two weekends. Infections have soared in Slovakia and officials argue the only alternative would be a total lockdown. President Zuzana Caputova called for a rethink of the plan after armed forces chiefs said there were not enough trained health workers to carry it out....
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Apple Launches AirPods Pro Service Program for Crackling/Static Problems and ANC Issues (mac rumors)

Apple today announced the launch of a new service program for AirPods Pro sound issues, which is designed to address ‌AirPods Pro‌ units experiencing static or crackling sounds or problems with Active Noise Cancellation. Faulty AirPods exhibit the following problems, according to Apple:Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in...
Tags: Apple, News, ANC, Juli Clover

Top Stories: Apple One Launch, iPhone 12 Pro Camera Performance, AirPods and HomePod Rumors (mac rumors)

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have been out for a week now, so this week gave us lots of opportunities to learn more about the new devices now that we've been able to get our hands on them and test them out. There was quite a bit of other news this week as well, including the launch of Apple One subscription bundles, Apple's September quarter earnings release, rumors about future plans for updated AirPods, AirPods Studio, and a potential third HomePod model, and more. Read on for details ...
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GAIA Design has raised more capital to become the West Elm of Mexico

Designing higher end furniture for Mexico’s rising middle and upper-middle class consumers has netted the Mexico City-based GAIA $15 million in a new round of funding. The bridge round will take the company through to a much larger capital raise planned for 2021 as the company capitalizes on the growth of e-commerce in Mexico. A 2019 report from JP Morgan put the e-commerce market in Mexico at around $22.6 billion, and that’s with online sales only accounting for just 1.7% of the overall retail ...
Tags: TC, Mexico, Tech, Mexico City, Jp Morgan, Warby Parker, Queretaro, Gaïa, Cahuzac, David Gilboa, FJ Labs, Rise Capital, GAIA Design, West Elm of Mexico, Philippe Cahuzac, Raffaello Starace Hassan Yassine

A Few Trick-or-Treaters in Canada Receive a Surprising Treat: Bitcoin

Cointelegraph reports: While many children dressed as ghosts, goblins, and witches last night may have been disappointed to find an inedible thin piece of cardboard left out in a goodie bag, a lucky few recognized the treat as a Bitcoin prize. According to an October 31 tweet from Brad Mills, the crypto user filled a Halloween candy box with more than just chocolates and sweets — he also added $200 in Bitcoin (BTC) cards. Mills posted a video of him adding the two gift cards, each worth rough...
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Support Grows For Universal Basic Income Trials in UK

On the U.K. political scene, support may be growing for new tests of a Univerisal Basic Income. The Guardian reports: A cross-party group of MPs has called on the government to allow councils to run universal basic income trials in response to mass unemployment triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. A letter to the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, signed by more than 500 MPs, lords and local councillors says pilot schemes are urgently needed as the pandemic unleashes widespread economic disruption and driv...
Tags: UK, Scotland, Tech, Finland, Rishi Sunak

Why Masks Work: A Slow Motion Demonstration (Plus a Guest Appearance by Dr. Fauci) The Slo Mo Guys specialize in taking everyday occurrences and slowing them down … way down, so that we can see them in a new way. In this clip, they let you see what happens when you talk without a mask, and then with a mask–all in order to demonstrate why a mask helps prevent the transmission of COVID-19, a disease that’s mainly spread when, according to the CDC, people are exposed to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus. Around the ...
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Google ad costs, not its alleged monopoly, irks businesses

When asked about Google, Bryan Clayton voices a familiar lament among small-business owners."You keep getting squeezed further and further down the search results page," says Clayton, CEO of GreenPal, a company that operates an... [Author: [email protected]]
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Massachusetts Votes on Expanding Access To Car Data, 'Could Set the National Standard'

On Tuesday Massachusetts will vote on expanding the state's right-to-repair law to include more access to car data, in an initiated state statute known as "Question 1." Wired reports: The measure is meant to address how data sharing will work as cars start to suck in and share more wireless data. The Coalition for Safe and Secure Data, backed by giant automakers, is urging state residents to vote No, arguing that easier access to this data poses security risks. At the core of the issue is th...
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Pixel 5 teardown shows how a metal phone supports wireless charging

A teardown of Google's Pixel 5 illustrates just how the metal phone still manages to include wireless charging.
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As A Big Company’s Streaming Service Turns One, It’s Falling Behind

Apple TV Plus’s big problem? No back catalog. It has 400 times fewer movies than Netflix. But that’s not really the point: “Apple TV Plus doesn’t need to be Netflix to help Apple achieve its primary goal of creating a services ecosystem that is just tantalizing enough for people to pay for a bundle and get locked into Apple’s universe.” – The Verge
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New Huawei Chip Factory May Help It Avoid US Trade Ban

In August the U.S. announced restrictions aimed at preventing Huawei from obtaining semiconductors without a special license. It might work, reports Engadget: Huawei might have a way to avoid some of the worst consequences of tightening U.S. trade restrictions, provided it's willing to be patient. Financial Times sources claim Huawei is planning a dedicated chip factory in Shanghai that would make parts for its core telecom infrastructure business. It would be run by a partner, the city-backed...
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Millions of Americans Plan to Relocate Thanks to Telework, Survey Finds

NPR reports: An astonishing 14 million to 23 million Americans intend to relocate to a different city or region as a result of telework, according to a new study released by Upwork, a freelancing platform. The survey was conducted Oct. 1 to 15 among 20,490 Americans 18 and over. The large migration is motivated by people no longer confined to the city where their job is located. The pandemic has shifted many companies' view on working from home... Another study conducted by United Van Lines,...
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Even the Wayback Machine Is Adding Fact-Checking Labels Now

Online platforms are in the midst of a reckoning, and it hasn’t been pretty. Disinformation campaigns and conspiracy theories have run rampant online for years, bleeding into the real world in terrifying or even deadly incidents, but websites only recently began cracking down on them in earnest with comprehensive…Read more...
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iCloud Outage Now Affecting 14 Different Apple Services

Apple's "System Status" page indicates 14 current issues, some of which began nearly five hours ago. CNET reports the services affected "include Find My, iCloud Account & Sign In, iCloud Backup, iCloud Bookmarks & Tabs, iCloud Calendar, iCloud Contacts, iCloud Drive, iCloud Keychain, iCloud Mail, iCloud Storage Upgrades, Photos and Screen Time." Engadget writes "the timing is less than ideal, even if this is likely to be a small interruption in the grander scheme of things." The issue comes...
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Officials Raise Concerns About Software for the Most Powerful Rocket Ever Flown

NASA's 322-foot rocket "Space Launch System" rocket "would be the most powerful rocket ever flown, eclipsing both the Saturn V that flew astronauts to the moon and SpaceX's Falcon Heavy," reports the Washington Post. But "it's not the rocket's engines that concern officials but the software that will control everything the rocket does, from setting its trajectory to opening individual valves to open and close." Computing power has become as critical to rockets as the brute force that lifts th...
Tags: Spacex, Washington, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Orion, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Artemis, Falcon Heavy, Northrop Grumman, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel

WeWork employees used an alarmingly insecure printer password

A shared user account used by WeWork employees to access printer settings and print jobs had an incredibly simple password — so simple that a customer guessed it. Jake Elsley, who works at a WeWork in London, said he found the user account after a WeWork employee at his location mistakenly left the account logged in. WeWork customers like Elsley normally have an assigned seven-digit username and a four-digit passcode used for printing documents at WeWork locations. But the username for the ac...
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How to Use Night Mode When Taking Portrait Shots on iPhone 12 Pro

Apple's newest iPhones, the iPhone 12 mini, ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌, ‌iPhone 12 Pro, and ‌‌iPhone 12 Pro‌‌ Max, are equipped with a photography feature called Night Mode, which is designed to take crisp, clear photos even when lighting conditions are poor, such as at night. ‌Night Mode‌‌ originally debuted in the iPhone 11 series, but its use was limited to the rear-facing wide-angle camera. With ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌, however, Apple has extended ‌‌Night Mode‌‌ functionality to all the lenses, and if you have an...
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Linux Foundation Creates Its Own Versions of Apple/Google Coronavirus Tracing Apps

"The Linux Foundation has formed a new group to provide public health authorities with free technology for tracking the spread of the coronavirus and future epidemics," writes Business Insider. Launched in July, the group has already released two apps "that notify users if they've been in contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19." Since these apps are open source, people can contribute code and customize them, allowing regions with similar needs to collaborate, general manager...
Tags: Apple, Google, Tech, Oxford University, Linux Foundation, Kohn, Dan Kohn, COVID, Linux Foundation Public Health, Business Insider Developers

Is fintech’s Series A market hot, or just overhyped?

Ryan Falvey Contributor Share on Twitter Ryan Falvey is co-founder and managing partner at Financial Venture Studio, an early-stage fintech venture capital firm. More posts by this contributor Fintech’s $138 billion opportunity Theo Katsoulis Contributor Share on Twitter Theo Katsoulis is an associate at Financial Venture ...
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Election anxiety? Here’s a guide to practicing medicine in Canada.

Oh, Canada! Every presidential election cycle, my colleagues joke that if the election result is not to their liking, they will move to Canada. On election night 2016, “move to Canada” trended on Google, and the Canadian immigration website crashed. This election cycle America is having an existential crisis. What does America stand for? Who […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Zuckerberg Acknowledges 'Risk of Civil Unrest' After US Elections, Promises Newsfeed Updates

ZDNet reports: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told analysts on a conference call Thursday evening that the company plans to post notices at the top of users' news feeds on November 3rd discrediting any claims by either candidate in the U.S. presidential election that they have won the election if the site deems the claim premature... The move, said Zuckerberg, is being made because "There is a risk of civil unrest across the country, and given this, companies like ours need to go well ...
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