Why It's a Big Deal If the First COVID-19 Vaccine Is 'Genetic'

An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from Wired: On Monday morning, when representatives from the drug company Pfizer said that its Covid-19 vaccine appears to be more than 90 percent effective, stocks soared, White House officials rushed to (falsely) claim credit, and sighs of relief went up all around the internet. [...] The arrival of an effective vaccine to fight SARS-CoV-2 less than a year after the novel coronavirus emerged would smash every record ever set by vaccine makers. "Historic is...
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TikTok says Trump regime forgot about ban, app maker wants to know what's up

"TikTok has filed a petition in a US Court of Appeals calling for a review of actions by the Trump administration's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFUIS)." TikTok says the Trump administration appears to have completely forgot about banning the app, and forcing a sale of its US assets. — Read the rest
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On The Wrist: Zenith Chronomaster 42mm Blue Dial

We all know that the tri-colour subdial Zenith Chronomaster with the silvery base dial is a modern classic, with only slight alterations to the case and dial over the past 50-odd years. The classic look, however, may not be for everyone. Just like not everyone wants the classic Speedy moonwatch (gasp horror).  The blue dial version of the Chronomaster was launched in 2016, alongside the dark grey version as well as a “classic car” version, with vertical Geneva stripe finishing on the slate g...
Tags: Google, Watches, Geneva, Zenith, Rumour, El Primero, Zenith Watch Forum FB Group, Zenith Chronomaster El Primero

ByteDance asks federal appeals court to vacate U.S. order forcing it to sell TikTok

In a new filing, TikTok’s parent company ByteDance asked the federal appeals court to vacate the United States government order forcing it to sell the app’s American operations. President Donald Trump issued an order in August requiring ByteDance to sell TikTok’s U.S. business by November 12, unless it was granted a 30-day extension by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In today’s filing (embedded below) with the federal appeals court in Washington D.C., Byte...
Tags: TC, Apps, Asia, Washington, China, US, Tech, Walmart, Beijing, United States, Tencent, Biden, Donald Trump, Oracle, U.s. Government, Trump

These are the best AT&T phone deals for November 2020

If you're a current or new AT&T customer in need of a device, we've got the best AT&T phone deals right here.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Android, Mobile, Trends, AT&T, Phones, Commerce 2020

Nanoleaf Launches HomeKit-Compatible 'Essentials' LED Bulb and Lightstrip

Nanoleaf, the company that makes wall-mounted modular light panels in various shapes, today announced the launch of a line of "Essentials," which includes a new light bulb and lightstrip. The Smart Color Changing LED Bulb and LED Lightstrip are simpler, everyday lighting options that are meant to be used alongside the light panels. Compatible with HomeKit, both the bulb and the lightstrip have support for ‌HomeKit‌ Adaptive Lighting, which allows them to shift color temperatures during the da...
Tags: Apple, Nanoleaf, Lightstrip, Nanoleaf Essentials Lightstrip

Apple is gambling the future of the Mac on a chip design pioneered in the iPhone, and it could pull off something the PC industry has been trying to do for years

Business Insider Apple Apple unveiled its M1 chip and the first computers that will run on it: a new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini. Apple first announced its intention to move away from Intel and use its own chips based on the same mobile architecture as the iPhone for future Macs in June. Apple isn't the first to launch laptops based on mobile chip designs. But such laptops are usually designed for lightweight tasks, not heavy-duty computing tasks like video ed...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Mac, Samsung, Trends, Tech, Bloomberg, Intel, Analysis, Microsoft Surface, MacBook Air, Windows 8, Lenovo, Macbook Pro, Mac Mini, Windows RT

Alphabet Project Uses Light Beams To Bring Broadband To Remote Regions

An Alphabet X innovation lab project has been working on a high-speed wireless optical communications network that uses beams of light instead of cables or radio waves, and folks in Kenya will be the first to benefit from the fruits of these labors. New Atlas reports: Project Taara, a part of Alphabet's X moonshot factory, has been working on a wireless optical technology that could deliver high-speed, high-capacity connectivity to remote areas using a network of light emitters and receivers. Th...
Tags: India, Tech, Kenya, Econet, Sub Saharan Africa, Liquid Telecom, Econet Group

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative faces racial discrimination allegations from former employee

Ray Holgado, a former employee of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, recently filed a racial discrimination complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Holgado, who is Black, worked at CZI from September 2018 through August 2020. “Despite its social justice rhetoric, CZI is not a welcoming environment for Black employees,” Holgado’s complaint states. “Black employees are underpaid, undervalued, denied growth opportunities, and marginalized. Black employees who want t...
Tags: Washington Post, Tech, Diversity, Racism, Black, Priscilla Chan, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, CHAN, CZI, Ray Holgado, Holgado, TechCrunch CZI, Blackness Holgado

Judge Tosses Apple Counterclaims Against Fortnite Maker

A federal judge late Tuesday dismissed two counterclaims by Apple against Fortnite maker Epic Games, in the popular online game maker’s...
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Apple rejected sticker apps that promoted mask-wearing, but it’s reinstating them now

Probably just a case of overzealous enforcement
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Apple Selling New Solo Loop and Sport Bands in Kumquat, Northern Blue and Plum

Apple today added new Solo Loop and Sport Apple Watch bands to its online store, expanding the number of colors available for the two band options. Both the Solo Loop and the Sport Band now come in an orange shade called Kumquat, a lighter blue that Apple is calling Northern Blue, and a deeper purple red called Plum. Plum and Kumquat match iPhone 12 Silicone cases available in the same shades. Apple last introduced new band colors in September with the launch of the Apple Watch Series 6 and ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Rumors, Leonard, Sport Apple Watch, Northern Blue, Kumquat Northern Blue

Apple's New M1 Chip Brings 6K Display Support to Mac Mini and Base 13-Inch MacBook Pro For the First Time

Apple's new Mac mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro models with the custom-designed M1 chip are compatible with up to a 6K display, including Apple's Pro Display XDR. By comparison, the previous-generation Intel-based Mac mini and Intel-based entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with two Thunderbolt 3 ports support up to a 5K display. The new MacBook Air with the M1 chip can also drive a 6K display, but so can the previous Intel-based MacBook Air released earlier this year. 6K display support is becomin...
Tags: Apple, Mac, Intel, MacBook Air, Gpu, Macbook Pro, First Time, Mac Mini, MacBook Pro 13, Pro Display XDR

Apple Launches Extended Holiday Return Policy, Returns Accepted Until January 8 in U.S.

Apple today updated its Returns Policy for the holiday period, extending the time in which holiday gifts and purchases can be returned in the United States. Items purchased from the Apple Online Store that are received between November 10 and December 25, 2020 can be returned to Apple until January 8, 2021, offering holiday shoppers more than two weeks to make returns. These dates are applicable for the U.S. store, but Apple also extends return periods in other countries as well. The time av...
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Microsoft emits 112 security hole fixes – including the cure for a Google-disclosed vuln exploited in the wild

Android, Adobe, SAP, Red Hat join the bug-busting party Patch Tuesday Microsoft published fixes for 112 software vulnerabilities for its November Patch Tuesday, 17 of which have been rated critical.…
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Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro has ‘up to twice the battery life’ of the Intel one

Apple today revealed its long-awaited ARM-powered Macs, including a new MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and MacBook Pro. All of them use the new M1 chip, which promises massive gains in performance and decreased power consumption — or at least when running apps optimized for the new hardware. In fact, the company claims its new 13-inch MacBook Pro has “the longest battery life ever on a Mac,” and “up to twice the battery life of the previous generation.” Performance-wise, the gains are similar to those t...
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Microsoft Engineer Gets Nine Years For Stealing $10 Million From Microsoft

A former Microsoft software engineer from Ukraine has been sentenced to nine years in prison for stealing more than $10 million in store credit from Microsoft's online store. Ars Technica reports: From 2016 to 2018, Volodymyr Kvashuk worked for Microsoft as a tester, placing mock online orders to make sure everything was working smoothly. The software automatically prevented shipment of physical products to testers like Kvashuk. But in a crucial oversight, it didn't block the purchase of virtual...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Tesla, Ukraine, Ars Technica, Irs, Volodymyr Kvashuk, Kvashuk, Coinbase US launches a ‘nearly invisible’ Amazon Echo competitor that’s the size of a coin

In the past several weeks we’ve seen refreshes and product expansions from about every facet of the smart home virtual assistant world. Apple launched the HomePod Mini, Google offered a long-overdue refresh of the Google Home, and Amazon found even more speaker shapes to shove Alexa into. Today, we’re getting an addition from a startup competitor. has aimed to build out a niche in the space by building a smart assistant product that’s designed to be professionally installed alongsi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Tech, AV, Companies, Nano, Software, Home Automation, Computing, Speaker, Ethernet, Sonos, Amazon Echo, Homekit

Democrat ‘Enemies List’ Threatens Dissenters with Chicom-Inspired Retaliation

Coming soon, to a People’s Republic near you: Panchen Rinpoche during the struggle (thamzing) session (Public domain/Read more about this here.) U.S.A. – -( “Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future?” sitting member of Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted threateningly Friday. “I foresee decent probability of many deleted Tweets, writings, photos in the future.” She was not alone, as a partial compilatio...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Guns, Obama, Washington Post, China, Nazis, Disney, America, Joe Biden, Democrats, Cia, Republican Party, Resistance, The View, Donald Trump

How to check which version of macOS your Mac computer is running and check for new updates

It only takes a few clicks to find your current macOS version. Apple To check which macOS version you're running, you'll need to open your "About This Mac" menu. The "About This Mac" menu lists what type of Mac you have, its serial number, processor, version, and more. You can open this menu by clicking the Apple icon in the top-left corner of the screen, and then selecting "About This Mac." Aside from checking what version of macOS you have, you can update your Mac from this menu too. Vis...
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AlphaGo - The Movie

I missed this back in March (I think there was a lot going on back then?) but the feature-length documentary AlphaGo is now available to stream for free on YouTube. The movie documents the development by DeepMind/Google of the AlphaGo computer program designed to play Go and the competition between AlphaGo and Lee Sedol, a Go master. With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe, the ancient Chinese game of Go has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial i...
Tags: Google, South Korea, White, Jason Kottke, Lee, Lee Sedol, DeepMind Google

Temporary rental provider Tweener Homes strikes deal with Expedia

The Chandler, Arizona-based real estate company offers fully furnished homes on short-term leases for families "in between" permanent residences.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Agent, Press Releases, Expedia, Home Rentals, Industry News, Chandler Arizona, Property Management, Leasing, Select, News Brief, Rental Property, Alternative Housing, Escapia, New Home Building

How to fix an unresponsive iPhone touchscreen

A smartphone's touchscreen is arguably its most important feature, but it may not always work properly. Here's how to fix an unresponsive iPhone touchscreen.
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Body Found In Canada Identified As Neo-Nazi Spam King

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Krebs On Security: The body of a man found shot inside a burned out vehicle in Canada three years ago has been identified as that of Davis Wolfgang Hawke, a prolific spammer and neo-Nazi who led a failed anti-government march on Washington, D.C. in 1999, according to news reports. Homicide detectives said they originally thought the man found June 14, 2017 in a torched SUV on a logging road in Squamish, British Columbia was a local rock climber known to o...
Tags: Washington, Stanford, Tech, Canada, Aol, James, Hawke, CTV News, Krebs, Jesse James, Squamish British Columbia, Davis Wolfgang Hawke, Brian McWilliams Hawke, Andrew Britt Greenbaum

A Q&A on coronavirus vaccines

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Google Health’s chief health officer, has been a trusted source for learning about its impact and implications. She's advised Google teams on everything from how to respond to the pandemic in our own workplaces, to how we can build products and features that help everyone navigate COVID-19, such as the COVID-19 layer in Maps. Recently, we shared an update on how we’re doing just that, as well as helping businesses around the worl...
Tags: Health, Google, Karen, United States, New York Times, Pfizer, Johnson Johnson, Google health, Karen DeSalvo, Keyword Team, COVID-19, AstraZeneca Oxford, Moderna Pfizer, Data Safety and Monitoring Board

Daily Crunch: Apple unveils new Macs

Apple announces “One More Thing” before the holiday season, Uber lets you reserve rides 30 days in advance and Spotify makes another podcast acquisition. This is your Daily Crunch for November 10, 2020. The big story: Apple unveils new Macs During an unusually brief and focused “One More Thing” event, Apple announced three new Macs that will all use the M1 chip, its first chip for Macs. This is the beginning of a previously announced shift of the Mac lineup to Apple silicon. What about the ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Hardware, Fcc, Tech, House, Pfizer, MacBook Air, Trump, Google Travel, Carbon Health, Daily Crunch, Hopin, Uber Reserve, Andy Arieto

Microsoft emits 112 security hole fixes – including the cure for a Google-disclosed kernel vuln exploited in the wild

Android, Adobe, SAP, Red Hat join the bug-busting party Patch Tuesday Microsoft published fixes for 112 software vulnerabilities for its November Patch Tuesday, 17 of which have been rated critical.…
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Apple Brings Back the PC Guy To Boast About M1 Performance

At the end of Apple's big event today, where it launched three new Macs powered by the company's new M1 chip, the company had a surprise guest star: actor John Hodman reprising his role as the PC guy from Apple's "I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC" commercials that ran in the mid-2000s. The Verge reports: In the short video, Hodgman's put-upon PC reacts to the announcement of Apple's new M1-powered Macs, complaining about the improved performance and battery life that the new chip purportedly offers on th...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Intel, Hodgman, John Hodman, Justin Long s Mac

Photo Depicts Alleged AirTag Keychain (mac rumors)

Rumors have suggested Apple's upcoming AirTags Bluetooth item trackers will come with various accessories to allow them to be attached to items, and now an alleged AirTag keychain has surfaced on Twitter. Leaker Fudge (@choco_bit) shared what might be an AirTag carrying accessory in a Saddle Brown color. A patent for an 'AirTag' accessory As Fudge points out, the design of the ring is similar to what's been seen in an AirTag patent, but it is something that's easy to fake and therefore ...
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