Elon Musk Confirms Saturday He 'Most Likely' Has Covid-19

Slashdot reader DevNull127 writes: SpaceX founder Elon Musk now says, in a new tweet on Saturday, "that he 'most likely' has a moderate case of Covid-19," according to Bloomberg. Though their article then also reports that Musk characteristically "continued to cast doubt on the accuracy of the tests, citing the 'wildly different results from different labs.'" By late Thursday Musk had taken four different coronavirus tests, tweeting that he'd received two negative and two positive results. [T...
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HomePod Mini Begins Shipping to Customers, First Orders Arrive November 16

HomePod mini pre-orders are beginning to ship to customers around the world ahead of the speaker's launch next week. While many orders remain in the "Processing" or "Preparing to Ship" stages in the United States, one MacRumors reader in Germany of his HomePod mini marked as shipped on Apple's online store, with estimated November 17 delivery. HomePod mini orders are also starting to ship in Japan, some with November 16 delivery. HomePod mini will be available starting the week of November...
Tags: Apple, Japan, Featured, Germany, Taiwan, United States, United Kingdom, Mexico China, HomePod, HomePod Mini, HomePod Mini Begins Shipping, Siri HomeKit

Apple Begins Issuing Monthly Credits to Apple TV+ Subscribers Through January

Apple TV+ subscribers who have paid for an annual or monthly plan have begun receiving emails from Apple letting them know that they'll be credited $4.99 for each month subscribed through January 2021. The amount varies based on ‌Apple TV‌+ pricing in other countries, including $5.99 per month in Canada and $7.99 per month in Australia. The credit will be applied to a subscriber's Apple ID and can be used for games, movies, and other Apple services. Apple says the credits are being provided a...
Tags: Apple, Australia, Canada, Apple TV shows, Apple TV Plus, Dylan Taylor, Apple TV Shows Apple

Memristors and HPE Machine Focused Computer Idea Seems Almost Dead

There was a lot of hype and promise around memristors and HPE bet huge amounts of research around creating a new computer paradigm around memristors and memory driven computing. The last major flurry... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Science, Technology, World, Innovation, Supercomputers, Neuromorphic, Memristors

Reliable Leaker Says Apple Plans to Introduce 'Christmas Surprise'

Apple is planning to introduce a "Christmas surprise" next month, according to reliable leaker L0vetodream. In a usual enigmatic tweet, L0vetodream says that Apple's "surprise" will be "good for winter." It remains to be seen at the current time as to what the tweet may be referring to. You'll get a Christmas surprise from Apple(PS:Winter exclusive、good for winter)— 有没有搞措 (@L0vetodream) November 14, 2020 Last December, Apple announced a holiday promotion that allowed Apple Card cu...
Tags: Apple, Apple Card, L0vetodream, AirPods Studio

Amazon Recalls 350,000 'Ring' Video Doorbells After Some Caught on Fire

"Several hundred thousand Ring doorbells have been recalled," reports People, "following reports of the devices catching fire." According to a notice posted on Tuesday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 350,000 2nd generation Ring doorbells — 8,700 of which were sold in Canada — have been recalled over fire and burn concerns. Ring, an Amazon smart home brand, has received 85 incident reports of incorrect doorbell screws installed, with 23 of those igniting and resulting...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Canada, U S Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC, CPSC

Is There a Better Way to Create Secure Passwords?

"Forget all the rules about uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols; your password just needs to be at least 12 characters, and it needs to pass a real-time strength test" developed by the passwords research group in Carnegie Mellon's CyLab Security and Privacy Institute (according to the Lab's web site). CNET reports: After a user has created a password of at least 10 characters, the meter will start giving suggestions, such as breaking up common words with slashes or random lett...
Tags: Tech, Cnet, Carnegie Mellon, CMU, Better Way, Privacy Institute, StarWars Lorrie Cranor, CyLab Usable Security and Privacy Laboratory

Human Capital: Amazon and CZI face labor disputes as Biden promises gig workers better protections

Welcome back to Human Capital. In this week’s edition of HC, you’ll read about the latest labor struggles at Amazon and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, President-Elect Joe Biden’s promises to gig workers, a primary care network for Black people and people of color and more. Lastly, I pulled out some nuggets from DoorDash’s S-1 that are relevant to DEI and labor. If you want this as an email newsletter every Friday at 1 p.m. PT, be sure to sign up here. Former Amazon warehouse worker sues compan...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, Abc, California, Berlin, New York City, America, Tech, Joe Biden, Miami, Biden, Black, Kamala Harris

Menu Bar Controller App for Sonos Speakers Updated for macOS 11 (mac rumors)

German developer Alexander Heinrich today updated his popular Menu Bar Controller app for Sonos speakers connected to Mac, with a new design that mimics Apple's Control Center aesthetic in macOS 11 Big Sur. The updated app retains all the features of the previous versions within the new layout, which shows the current playing song, its album cover, and larger buttons to interact with the queue. A new slider has been added to integrate muting and changing the volume in one control button,...
Tags: Apple, News, Group, Tim Hardwick, Menu Bar Controller App for Sonos Speakers Updated, Alexander Heinrich, Menu Bar Controller for Sonos, Sonos Speakers Updated

EFF Launches New Podcast: How to Fix the Internet

"EFF is launching How to Fix the Internet, a new podcast mini-series to examine potential solutions to six ills facing the modern digital landscape," announces Over the course of 6 episodes, we'll consider how current tech policy isn't working well for users and invite experts to join us in imagining a better future... It's easy to see all the things wrong with the modern Internet, and how the reality of most peoples' experience online doesn't align with the dreams of its early creator...
Tags: Digital, Tech, Gigi Sohn, Cato Institute, Julian Sanchez

Apple Says Hearing Aid Sound Issues With iPhone 12 Models Will Be Fixed in Future Software Update

In a new support document, Apple has acknowledged that users might experience sound quality issues with some Made for iPhone hearing aids/devices. Apple says that it is aware of the issue and will provide a fix in a future software update. Apple says some hearing aids/devices connected to the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max may exhibit unexpected noises, including loud static, interrupted or intermittent audio, or garbled audio. These issues have been reported b...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Reddit Apple, Iphone 12, iPhone 12 Pro

YouTube Criticized For Not Removing Post-Election Misinformation

"YouTube is facing growing criticism for allowing election misinformation after it decided not to remove or individually fact-check videos that spread unfounded conspiracy theories alleging voter fraud," reports NBC News: While all internet platforms are struggling to contain the volume of misinformation since voting ended last week — and all have been criticized to some degree by researchers for their handling of the situation — YouTube has staked out a position that is less aggressive than it...
Tags: Facebook, Youtube, Tech, Joe Biden, Ucla, Roberts, Casey Newton, Twitter YouTube, Sarah Roberts

As COVID surges, what can data tell us about Airbnb’s recovery?

This is The TechCrunch Exchange, a newsletter that goes out on Saturdays, based on the column of the same name. You can sign up for the email here. DoorDash filed to go public on Friday, meaning we’ll have at least one more unicorn IPO before 2020 comes to a close. For a high-level look at its numbers, I wrote this, Danny covered who will profit from the deal, and I noodled on the impact of COVID-19 on its business. I bring all that up because there is another COVID-19 impacted unicorn that we a...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, US, Tech, Paypal, United States, Cambridge, Airbnb, Anderson, Udemy, U K, GAAP, Danny, Mark Anderson, ARR

Study Claims 18% of Covid Patients Later Diagnosed with Mental Illness

A new article summarizes research from the University of Oxford and NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre. Slashdot reader AleRunner writes: Nearly one in five people who have had Covid-19 are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder such as anxiety, depression or insomnia within three months of testing positive for the virus," Natalie Grover writes. Although "people with a pre-existing mental health diagnosis" are 65% more likely to get COVID, so it may be that this is partly explained...
Tags: US, Tech, University of Oxford, Harrison, Natalie Grover, Paul Harrison, COVID, AleRunner

What Will Happen After Python Creator Guido Van Rossum Joins Microsoft?

Programming columnist Mike Melanson assesses the news that Guido Van Rossum, the creator of the Python programming language, has come out of retirement to join Microsoft's developer division: The news brought a flurry of congratulations and feature requests, though a few of the suggested features indeed, already exist. Others still were met with informative responses that make the resulting threads worth a perusal, especially if you're looking for a quick "who's who" on Twitter for the world of ...
Tags: Python, Microsoft, Tech, Slashdot, Rossum, Miguel de Icaza, Guido Van Rossum, Mike Melanson, Kat MarchAn

An Amazonian Tea May Stimulate the Formation of New Brain Cells

Popular Mechanics writes: In a new study, researchers found the traditional psychoactive drug ayahuasca stimulates the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampi of research mice. The hippocampus is responsible for many memory functions, and the mice dosed with ayahuasca also performed better in a battery of memory tests. While ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic and often purgative tea brewed from leaves of a shrub that grows in South America, contains the psychoactive compound N, N-dimethyltryptam...
Tags: Tech, South America, Jos, Morales, Nature Research, UCM, CIBERNED Department of Cellular Biology

DoorDash IPO bets that the pandemic has accelerated change

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. DoorDash has become the go-to delivery choice for millions of people cooped up during the pandemic this year. Now it has filed an S-1, revealing its financials as it nears a long-intended IPO. These innards show an exciting business — and a larger story about how the year is going for tech companies in general. When the company filed initial public of...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Spotify, California, China, Singapore, Softbank, Tech, Paypal, Nasa, Beijing, Tencent, Pfizer, EC, Biden

Twin Cities company NightWare uses technology to treat PTSD without drugs

No-drug device uses Apple technology to gently interrupt nightmares.
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Google Sued After Mobile Allowances Eaten Up By Hidden Data Transfers

Slashdot reader Iwastheone shared this report from the Register: Google on Thursday was sued for allegedly stealing Android users' cellular data allowances though unapproved, undisclosed transmissions to the web giant's servers... The complaint contends that Google is using Android users' limited cellular data allowances without permission to transmit information about those individuals that's unrelated to their use of Google services... What concerns the plaintiffs is data sent to Google's se...
Tags: Apple, Google, Tech, Samsung Galaxy S7, Vanderbilt University, Plaintiffs, Douglas C Schmidt, Iwastheone

Ubuntu Patches Bug That Tricked Gnome Desktop Into Giving Root Access

"Ubuntu developers have fixed a series of vulnerabilities that made it easy for standard users to gain coveted root privileges," reports Ars Technica: "This blog post is about an astonishingly straightforward way to escalate privileges on Ubuntu," Kevin Backhouse, a researcher at GitHub, wrote in a post published on Tuesday. "With a few simple commands in the terminal, and a few mouse clicks, a standard user can create an administrator account for themselves." The first series of commands trig...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Github, Ubuntu, Backhouse, Ubuntu Kevin Backhouse, Bleeping Computer They

First Impressions: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Two things I looked forward to: the new design, and as always, the better camera. Though I’ve only had it a few hours, it delivers on both. When it was first rumored that the iPhone 12 would have flat sides like the iPhone 4, I said that was all I would need to upgrade. And this thing is gorgeous. I got the white with stainless steel band, and I’m seriously considering forgoing a case. Sure, the dark green of the 11 seemed aimed right at me, but the iPhone 12 series is the best looking i...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Gadgets, Technology, Kaiser, Apple Store, Fedex, Max, Jen, Ala Moana Center, Applestore

iPhone 12 Mini Users Report Lock Screen Touch Sensitivity Issues

A significant number of new iPhone 12 mini owners are reporting Lock Screen sensitivity issues since receiving their phones. The MacRumors forum has a describing the issue, and the thread has been shared on Reddit, where more users are reporting similar problems. Specifically, the problem manifests for most users when swiping up from the bottom of the Lock Screen using their thumb to unlock the device, or when pressing the torch or camera buttons on the Lock Screen. The display doesn't al...
Tags: Apple, Reddit, Iphone 12

Meet Carly Cooperman, the millennial CEO of one of NYC's top political consulting firms. She was the firm's first hire 13 years ago — her first job after college.

Carly Cooperman. Carly Cooperman Carly Cooperman, 35, is the CEO and partner at Schoen Cooperman Research, a consulting and analytical firm based in New York City.  Cooperman joined the company in 2007 straight out of college and held nearly every position at the firm until being appointed as CEO in July of this year.  She was the lead pollster on Bloomberg's 2020 presidential run and helped Democrats take the House in 2018. She has also worked with HBO, Apple, and Snapchat,and helped upho...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Hbo, UK, Microsoft, California, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Snapchat, Netflix, Washington Dc, House

Behold These Microscopic Spacecraft

Some sculptors work in marble; some in clay; and some in microscopic dots of resin shaped by lasers.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Technology, 3dprinting, The Mandalorian

Iron Powder Passes First Industrial Test As Renewable, Carbon Dioxide-Free Fuel

An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: While setting fire to an iron ingot is probably more trouble than it's worth, fine iron powder mixed with air is highly combustible. When you burn this mixture, you're oxidizing the iron. Whereas a carbon fuel oxidizes into CO2, an iron fuel oxidizes into Fe2O3, which is just rust. The nice thing about rust is that it's a solid which can be captured post-combustion. And that's the only byproduct of the entire business -- in goes the iron po...
Tags: Tech, Netherlands, TU Eindhoven, Philip de Goey, TU e

This Week in Apps: Conservative apps surge, Instagram redesigned, TikTok gets ghosted

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher ...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Hbo, Instagram, China, Nigeria, Time, Disney, US, Samsung, Tech

Australian drones monitor beaches, and not just for sharks

Shark-detecting drones have been commonplace over Australian beaches for a while now. The same skyward technology is now spying for large groups of people. As the summer season ramps up down under local officials want to minimize any COVID-19 super spreader crowds. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Australia, Surveillance, Drones, Sharks, Beach, COVID-19, Superspreader, Northern Beaches Council

Will Parler Spread Misinformation - or Just Segregate It Onto a Single App?

"The rising popularity of alternative social media app Parler is raising concerns over the spread of misinformation and potential for radicalizing users on a platform that's taken a hands-off approach to regulating content," reports The Hill's reporter on technology policy: The app has been boosted by conservatives, surging since Election Day, as Republicans amp up allegations of anti-conservative bias from social media giants like Twitter and Facebook that have clamped down on pro-Trump electi...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Russia, Tech, Trump, Hill, Slashdot, Shahin, Parler, Bret Schafer, Jason Blazakis, Middlebury Institute He, Saif Shahin, American University s School of Communications, Dave Troy

Werner Herzog's new film, 'Fireball,' explores the power and mystery of meteorites

British volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer speaks with Professor Simon Schaffer about the Ensisheim meteorite in "Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds." Courtesy of Apple TV+ "Fireball," a new documentary about meteors directed by Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer, premiered Friday on Apple TV+.  The documentary explores the role that space rocks have played in shaping the world's history. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On November 7, 1492, a fiery space rock whistled ...
Tags: Apple, Space, Science, Movies, News, Entertainment, Documentary, Mexico, France, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Hawaii, Vatican, Mecca

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