AT&T Raises DirecTV Prices Again Amid Customer Losses and Possible Sale

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T has announced another round of price hikes for DirecTV satellite and U-verse TV services, with monthly prices set to rise up to $9 starting January 17, 2021. "Due to increased programming costs, we're adjusting the price of our video packages," AT&T said in a notice on its website. "Periodically, TV network owners increase the fees they charge DirecTV for the right to broadcast their movies, shows, and sporting events." Of course, AT&T ...
Tags: Time Warner, Tech, Ars Technica, Showtime, AT T, DirecTV, XTRA, Starz Cinemax, DirecTV Prices Again Amid Customer Losses, Federal Communications Commission Ars Technica, Regional Sports Network and Broadcast TV, HBO Max Starz Showtime Cinemax

Pardon the Intrusion #31: Stop using “123456” as your password

Subscribe to this bi-weekly newsletter here! Welcome to the latest edition of Pardon The Intrusion, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter in which we explore the wild world of security. And the yearly ritual continues. The list of worst passwords for 2020 is here, and it’s every bit awful as you would expect. According to an analysis of 275,699,516 passwords by NordPass, a password manager service from the makers of NordVPN, it’s becoming amply clear that a lot of people are still banking on simple, easy-t...
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Best Black Friday PC deals 2020: Dell, HP, Lenovo

Looking for a new PC? These Black Friday PC deals are sure to save you a bundle
Tags: Deals, Trends, Hp, Pc, Computing, Dell, Lenovo, PC deals, Black Friday 2020

With new cash and a former Apple exec now at the helm, Connect Homes is ready to reconstruct homebuilding

Greg Leung had worked at Apple for years and was coming off of a stint at the smart lock company Otto, when he got the call to interview with Connect Homes. The pitch — building a starter home for a much lower cost than other prefabricated houses on the market, and one that could be dropped in to locations in the urban core of most cities — was too good to pass up. “Basically, it’s a beautiful product, but done in a way that disrupts and transforms the way homes are built,” said Leung. The hom...
Tags: Apple, TC, California, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Vw, Audi, Bay Area, Northern California, Interior, Otto, Leung, Connect Homes, Bechtel, Ojai

Awkwafina Joins Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris in Apple TV+ Drama Film ‘Swan Song’

Awkwafina is one of Hollywood’s brightest rising stars, capping off a stellar two years in both blockbusters and indie dramas with a Golden Globe win for her tremendous performance in 2019’s The Farewell – becoming the first woman of Asian descent to win the award. And it’s only looking brighter for her, as she is set to appear in a Marvel movie, a Disney movie, and now, an intriguing new movie for Apple TV+ that reunites Moonlight stars Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris. Awkwafina is set to ...
Tags: AppleTV, Casting, Drama, Awkwafina, Mahershala Ali, Naomie-Harris, Swan Song

Google Stadia Is Coming To iOS Officially As a Web App

Google's Stadia game-streaming service, which has been limited to Android phones, computers and TVs, will launch for the iPhone in the coming weeks. The Verge reports: Google on Thursday announced iOS support for its Stadia cloud gaming service, following in the footsteps of Microsoft in turning to the mobile web to circumvent Apple's App Store restrictions. Google says it has been building a progressive web app version of Stadia that will run in the mobile version of Apple's Safari browser, sim...
Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Tech, Nvidia, App Store

Apple Offers Instructions on What to Do if macOS Big Sur Causes Installation Errors on 2013 and 2014 MacBook Pro

Following the release of macOS Big Sur last week, a number of 2013 and 2014 MacBook Pro owners found that the update bricked their machines. Affected users saw their Macs get stuck displaying a black screen after attempting to install the new software. Apple has now addressed this issue in a new support document that provides instructions on what to do if ‌macOS Big Sur‌ can't be installed on a 2013 or 2014 MacBook Pro machine. Apple suggests Mac owners experiencing these issues unplug extern...
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Photos: LA Kings join team effort to get tech into hands of distance-learning students

The LA Kings and Wells Fargo came together for “Team Up For Tech” – a new initiative designed to help address the educational needs of underserved youth, many of whom are learning remotely this year. “Trevor Moore LA Kings Forward hands out Tech bags filled with mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, headphones and Chromebooks Thursday November 19, 2020. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer) The LA Kings and Wells Fargo came together for “Team Up For Tech” – a new initiative designed to help ad...
Tags: Technology, News, Education, La, New York City, Charity, Los Angeles, Tech, Sport, Soccer, Kings, NHL, Wells Fargo, LA Kings, Sola, LA County

Hollywood man arrested after September drone crash with LAPD helicopter

FBI agents on Thursday, Nov. 19, arrested a Hollywood man on the federal charge of recklessly operating a drone, which collided with a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter in September. The Sept. 18 early morning incident is believed to be the first criminal case in the nation that alleges the unsafe operation of an unmanned aircraft, according to a news release. Authorities said drone camera footage showed that Andrew Rene Hernandez, 22, flew the drone. He was charged with one count of unsa...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Drones, Courts, Department Of Justice, Faa, Lapd, Federal Aviation Administration, Hernandez, Los Angeles Police Department, Thom Mrozek, Mrozek, Top Stories LADN

Facebook Antitrust Probes Will Target Acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram

A group of state attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, is on track to file antitrust charges against Facebook in early December, according to a report Thursday from the Washington Post. CNET: The move comes as the US Federal Trade Commission is also reportedly finalizing its antitrust probe into the social media giant. State and federal investigators plan to bring antitrust charges against Facebook over its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp, alleging that the de...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Instagram, Tech, US Federal Trade Commission, Letitia James, Facebook Antitrust Probes Will Target Acquisition, Washington Post CNET

Early Best Buy Black Friday deals are live this week — here's what's discounted right now, plus what to expect on November 27

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Best Buy is offering many Black Friday discounts right now during its Black Friday Ad Deals sale event. Best Buy; Gilbert Espinoza/Business Insider Black Friday is coming November 27 and Best Buy is one of the major retailers to keep an eye on for deals. Year after year, Best Buy provides solid price drops on everything, including the latest TVs, speakers, headphones, laptops, gaming gear, and more....
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Deals, Black Friday, Microsoft, Sales, Trends, Walmart, Best, Best Buy, MacBook Air, Voice Control, Dyson, Tcl, Don

Facebook, Twitter, and Google are uniting to stop vaccine misinformation from spreading online

A clinical trial volunteer participates in Johnson & Johnson's study to test a coronavirus vaccine. Janssen Facebook, Twitter, and Google are all teaming up, in partnership with Canada and the UK, to stop misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine from spreading online.  British fact checking charity Full Fact convened the group, and plans to launch an initial framework in January 2021. According to polls, some Americans are skeptic about getting a coronavirus vaccine.  Dr. Anthony F...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, Elon Musk, UK, News, US, Trends, Spain, Canada, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Associated Press, Pfizer, Conspiracy Theories

Glenn Close Joins Apple’s Ensemble Sci-Fi Drama Swan Song

Glenn Close Joins Apple’s Ensemble Sci-Fi Drama Swan Song After landing Golden Globe winner Awkwafina to join the cast, Apple’s upcoming sci-fi drama Swan Song has expanded its ensemble roster with the addition of seven-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close (Damages, Fatal Attraction), according to The Hollywood Reporter. RELATED: Mahershala Ali-Led Swan Song Adds Awkwafina to Cast PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptA...
Tags: Apple, Movies, Mahershala Ali, Apple TV, Cameron, John Malkovich, Kate, Glenn Close, Ali, Naomie Harris, Scott, Ben, Benjamin, Glenn, Jacob, Cleary

Great, We're at the '8kun's Admin Is an Election Security Expert' Stage of This Bullshit

Since his loss in the Nov. 3 elections, Donald Trump has largely dipped out of public view and occupied his time in some gold-plated panic room, issuing a ridiculous series of tweets claiming victory in various states and ordering his cartoon parody of a campaign legal team to sally forth and step on rakes while…Read more...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Science, Technology, Conspiracy Theories, Donald Trump, Voter Fraud, 2020 Election, 8chan, Election Security, Election Interference, QAnon, Right Wing Extremism, Jim Watkins, 8kun, Ron Watkins

LidarPhone Attack Converts Smart Vacuums Into Microphones

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A team of academics has detailed this week novel research that converted a smart vacuum cleaner into a microphone capable of recording nearby conversations. Named LidarPhone, the technique works by taking the vacuum's built-in LiDAR laser-based navigational component and converting it into a laser microphone. [...] They tested the LidarPhone attack with various objects, by varying the distance between the robot and the object, and the distance betw...
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Steve Case’s Revolution is targeting $500 million for its fourth growth fund

Revolution, the Washington, D.C.-based investment firm founded by AOL cofounder CEO Steve Case and former AOL senior exec Ted Leonsis, is raising $500 million for its fourth fund, shows a new SEC filing. Asked about the effort earlier today, the firm declined to comment. This new fund was was expected. It has been more than four years since Revolution announced its third growth fund, a vehicle that closed with $525 million in capital commitments. That’s a longer time between funds than we’re see...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Washington, White House, Boston, Tech, Austin, Aol, Venture Capital, Revolution, SEC, Silicon Valley, Bigcommerce, Biden, Steve Case

Mixtape podcast: Building a structural DEI response to a systemic issue with Y-Vonne Hutchinson

It’s time for another episode of Mixtape, where we take a look at diversity, inclusion, equity and the human labor that powers tech. This week we spoke to Y-Vonne Hutchinson, the CEO of ReadySet, a consulting firm that works with companies to create more inclusive and equitable work environments. Hutchinson tells us that the work she did for ten years in international human rights, labor rights law and advocacy helped prepare her for the work she does today. “My last job was in Nicaragua wh...
Tags: TC, Tech, Silicon Valley, Nicaragua, Biden, Hutchinson, Techcrunch Include, Vonne Hutchinson, ReadySet, George Floyd, Mixtape podcast, ReadySet Hutchinson

After Apple’s M1 launch, Intel announces its own white-label laptop

Its long fruitful relationship with Apple may be sunsetting soon, but Intel’s still got a fairly massive footprint in the PC market. There’s never a good time to get complacent, though (a lesson the company learned the hard way on the mobile front). This week the chip giant is debuting its own laptop, the NUC M15. More properly, the NUC M15 Laptop Kit; the device is actually a white-label system. It’s essentially a reference design so smaller device makers don’t have to commit to the long and...
Tags: Apple, Hardware, Tech, Intel, MacBook Air, NUC, Apple Silicon Mac

Daily Crunch: Verizon sells HuffPost to BuzzFeed

HuffPost has a new owner, Facebook says its misinformation-fighting AI is getting smarter and Affirm files to go public. This is your Daily Crunch for November 19, 2020. The big story: Verizon sells HuffPost to BuzzFeed TechCrunch’s parent company Verizon Media has sold HuffPost. This is part of a larger deal that also includes an investment in BuzzFeed, a content syndication agreement, potential advertising collaboration and more. BuzzFeed co-founder and CEO Jonah Peretti was actually one ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, South Korea, Europe, Media, Buzzfeed, India, US, Tech, Joe Biden, Aol, Biden, Jonah Peretti, Huffington Post

Kimetsu no Yaiba Nezuko Oral Onahole Already Being Put to Good Use

The endlessly ingenious Kanikama has been deft in putting the Kimetsu no Yaiba oral onahole that recreates the fangs of the cute Nezuko to good use, as the erotica mastermind has placed art of Nezuko around the sex toy and then seemingly attached it to a device of sorts. The individual uploaded a video of […]
Tags: Technology, Anime, Fetish, Oral, Otaku, Onanism, Video Gallery, Onaholes, Kimetsu no Yaiba, Nezuko, Kimetsu, Yaiba, Kanikama

iFixit Teardown: M1 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Internals Nearly Identical to Intel Models

iFixit today shared a teardown overview of the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, giving us a peek at what's under the hood. For the most part, these machines look the same as older Intel MacBooks inside, but there are a few highlights. The removal of the fan is the biggest change to the ‌MacBook Air‌, with the fan having been replaced by an aluminum spreader located to the left of the logic board.A thick cold plate over the M1 processor draws heat via conduction to its flatter, cooler end, whe...
Tags: Apple, Intel, MacBook Air, Macbook Pro, iFixit, MacBook Pro 13, Intel Models

iOS 14 Update to Fix iPhone 12 Bugs Affecting Texts and Lock Screen

A fix for a number of reported iPhone 12 troubles has arrived—at least for some of them, that is.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Software Update, Consumer Tech, Ios 14, iPhone 12 Pro, Iphone12, iPhone 12 mini

Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures targets $150M for third fund

Sound Ventures, a fund co-founded by Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary, has filed paperwork indicating plans to raise a third fund at $150 million. Notably, the firm filed paperwork for the same total in 2018 for its second fund. The firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment on its plans to raise a new fund. Sound Ventures was born to write bigger and later-stage checks, or at a minimum, be stage-agnostic. Despite Kutcher’s fame and high-profile stakes, the firm has operated so...
Tags: Tech, Ohio, Ashton Kutcher, Robinhood, SPAC, Guy Oseary, Katherine Keating, Kutcher, Sound Ventures, Effie Epstein, Susan Su, Notably Sound Ventures, COO Epstein

Robotaxi companies get the green light to charge for rides in California

Companies that launch robotaxi services in California will be able to charge for and offer shared driverless rides as long as they can navigate a new government approval process that some in the industry argues adds unnecessary bureaucracy that could delay deployments by more than two years. The California Public Utilities Commission approved Thursday two new programs to allow permitted companies to provide and charge for shared rides in autonomous vehicles. The nascent automated vehicle technol...
Tags: TC, Transportation, California, San Francisco, Tech, Cruise, Automotive, Commission, DMV, Cpuc, California Public Utilities Commission, Waymo, Waymo Driver, Annabel Chang, California Department of Motor Vehicles AV

FireEye acquires Respond Software for $186M, announces $400M investment

The security sector is ever frothy and acquisitive. Just last week Palo Alto Networks grabbed Expanse for $800 million. Today it was FireEye’s turn, snagging Respond Software, a company that helps customers investigate and understand security incidents, while reducing the need for highly trained (and scarce) security analysts. The deal has closed, according to the company. FireEye had its eye on Respond’s Analyst product, which it plans to fold into its Mandiant Solutions platform. Like many ...
Tags: Security, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Tech, M&a, Machine Learning, Mergers and Acquisitions, Fireeye, Blackstone, Foundation Capital, Palo Alto Networks, Exit, CRV, Kevin Mandia

YouTube Will Run Ads On Smaller Creators' Videos Without Paying Them

YouTube has updated its Terms of Service to include a new section that gives it the right to monetize videos from channels not big enough to be part of its Partner Program. Engadget reports: That doesn't mean new creators can start earning from their videos right away, though -- YouTube said in a forum post explaining the changes to its ToS that non-YPP members won't be getting a cut from those ads. To become eligible for the YouTube Partner Program, a creator has to be living in a country where...
Tags: Youtube, US, Tech, YouTube Partner Program, Partner Program Engadget

Watch Apple's M1 MacBook Pro Obliterate 2020 Intel MacBook Pro in Speed Tests

Apple's first M1 Macs have defied expectations and are more powerful than anyone expected, handily beating out many other Intel Macs that Apple is continuing to sell. We've seen endless speed tests, but we thought we'd pit the M1 13-inch MacBook Pro against the model that it's replacing, the 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro with 1.4GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645, and 8GB RAM. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The prior-generation MacBook P...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Mac, Intel, MacBook Air, Gpu, Macbook Pro, MacRumors YouTube, Mission Control, Watch Apple, MacBook Pro 13, Intel Mac, MacBook Pro Buy Now, Apple Silicon, Intel MacBook Pro

Roblox files to go public

Roblox, the child-friendly gaming company, filed to go public today. Its listing comes one day after the lending company Affirm initiated its own public offering and a mere two days after Airbnb’s filing. Roblox filed confidentially to go public in mid-October, but its numbers were unreleased until today when it published its S-1 document. The company is not the first gaming platform company to go public this year, with gaming engine Unity debuting earlier this year. After its IPO, Unity ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Apps, Tech, SEC, Airbnb, Andreessen Horowitz, New York Stock Exchange, Tiger Global, Initial Public Offering, First Round Capital, Exit, Index Ventures, Unity, GAAP, ALTOS

Gillmor Gang: Apple Tacks

When the music’s over, turn out the lights. Back in the day, The Doors were one of a number of 60s rock groups to surface around the intersection of blues, R&B, and a cultural shift that challenged our notions of who was in charge. The Doors were a four-piece that sounded like something bigger. The keyboard player, Ray Manzarek, created that sleight of hand by collapsing bass, drums, guitar, keyboard, and vocal to drums, guitar, vocal, and bass on his left hand and melody on his right. In the...
Tags: Apple, TC, Florida, New York, Mac, Tech, Georgia, Intel, Gillmor Gang, MacBook Air, Bernie Sanders, Steve Gillmor, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, Trump, Gillmor

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 116 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced four years ago in March 2016. Apple designed the ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari. ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ release 116 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Web Extensions, Web Inspector, Web Audio API, MediaRecorder, CSS, Rendering, JavaScript, WebAuthn, Media, Web API, URL Parsing, Storage A...
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