'We Need a Broadband Internet Pricing Equivalent of Nutrition Labels'

An anonymous reader shares an article that's part of the Future Agenda, a series from Slate in which experts suggest specific, forward-looking actions the new Biden administration should implement. Here's an excerpt: Consumers in the U.S. face an infuriating lack of transparency when it comes to purchasing broadband services. Bills are convoluted, featuring complex pricing schemes. Roughly 7 in 10 U.S. adults surveyed by Consumer Reports who have used a cable, internet, or phone service provider...
Tags: Fcc, Tech, Biden, Cabinet, Health And Human Services, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Institute of Medicine, Louis W Sullivan

Verizon Listing AirPods Max in Silver and Space Gray as Shipping Next Week [Updated]

With Apple and several other vendors quoting shipping estimates for the new AirPods Max of well into 2021, those looking to get their hands on Apple's new $549 over-ear headphones sooner than that might want to check out Verizon. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Verizon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Verizon is currently listing ‌AirPods Max‌ in silver and space gray as estimated to ship by December ...
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Verizon Listing AirPods Max in Silver and Space Gray as Shipping Next Week

With Apple and several other vendors quoting shipping estimates for the new AirPods Max of well into 2021, those looking to get their hands on Apple's new $549 over-ear headphones sooner than that might want to check out Verizon. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Verizon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Verizon is currently listing ‌AirPods Max‌ in silver and space gray as estimated to ship by December ...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, AirPods Max, AirPods Max Tag

Google Adds Knowledge Panels in Search Results for Covid-19 Vaccines to Counter Misinformation

Google plans to counter vaccine conspiracy theories and misinformation by tacking on new knowledge panels to search results when people look up information about covid-19 vaccines. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Youtube, Vaccines, Covid 19

Who Says its Not Convenient? Mandamus on 1404(a) Convenience

by Dennis Crouch In re Apple (Apple v. Uniloc), Misc. Docket No. 20-135 (Fed. Cir. 2020) In November 2020, the Federal Circuit granted Apple’s mandamus petition and ordered the case of Uniloc v. Apple to be transferred from W.D.Tex. (Albright, J) to Apple’s other home-court of N.D. Cal.  In the Federal Circuit’s opinion, the district court had clearly abused its discretion in finding that N.D. Cal. was not clearly the more convenient forum.  Notice the double-use of the word clearly above — the ...
Tags: Apple, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Cupertino, Patent, Fed, Moore, Albright, Fifth Circuit, Apple Apple, Eastern District of Texas, Federal Circuit, Rader, Tex, Dennis Crouch

Gmail Will Now Let You Edit Office Documents Directly From Email Attachments

Google is making it even easier to work with Microsoft Office files, with the company now allowing users to directly edit attached Office files in Gmail, much like it already allows with Google Docs or Sheets files. The Verge reports: Now, you can directly open and edit an Office file using the Google Docs editor just by clicking on it -- just like you would a native Google Doc. But the new editing function doesn't convert Office files into Google Docs, instead preserving the original file forma...
Tags: Google, Office, Tech, Google Docs, Microsoft Office, Google Workspace

Best smartphone deals for December 2020: iPhone, Samsung, and Google Pixel

It's never a bad time to score a new smartphone, and here are some great deals that can save you hundreds.
Tags: Apple, Google, Deals, Android, Mobile, Samsung, Trends, Phones

'I'm pleased it is being used for people's safety': QR code inventor relishes its role in tackling Covid

Masahiro Hara came up with black and white pattern to optimise inventory in automotive industryThe eureka moment that helped Masahiro Hara perfect the Quick Response, or QR code, sprang from a lunchtime game of Go more than a quarter of a century ago.He was playing the ancient game of strategy at work when the stones arranged on the board revealed the solution to a problem troubling the firm’s clients in Japan’s car industry – and which is now being repurposed as a weapon in the fight against th...
Tags: Japan, Technology, World news, Coronavirus, Masahiro Hara

"How could a computer possibly know you sound like a Debbie Downer? Amazon said it spent years training its tone AI..."

"... by having people categorize voice recordings. The company held internal trials and says it tried to address any biases that might arise from varying ethnicity, gender, or age. In our experience, the Halo could detect ups and downs in our voice, but seemed to misinterpret situations regularly. And some of the feedback feels, ironically, a bit tone-deaf — especially when judging a woman’s voice. Our sample size of two isn’t sufficient to conclude whether Amazon’s AI has gender bias. But when ...
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Law, Washington Post, Halo, Emotion, Speaking, Heather, Geoffrey, Debbie Downer, Ann Althouse, Amazon Associate

Google Will Let You Limit the Alcohol and Gambling Ads You See

It’s not very often that Google shows care for anything besides its bottom line these days, but on Thursday, the company made a small step in the right direction by a new setting that lets people limit the alcohol- and gambling-related ads they come across.
Tags: Google, Science, Alcohol, Gambling, Addiction, Ads

Stripchat’s AI-powered ‘anal-ytics’ helped it reach nearly 1B new users in 2020

Stripchat today released its end of the year data report for 2020 and good-golly is it packed full of more information than you could ever want to know about the live camming business. For example, who among us would have guessed that the cam-modelling industry had such a huge userbase. Per the report: Stripchat reports an overall growth in traffic in 2020 having 906,181,416 in total new users vs 537,938,778 in 2019. That’s nearly a billion new users after a year in which the platform saw more t...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Stripchat

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Renewed Through Season 18!

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Renewed Through Season 18! While we may still have a ways to go for the arrival of the fifteenth season of the longest-running American live-action comedy series, FXX isn’t letting a cloud shine over It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia anytime soon as the series has been renewed through season 18, Chairman of FX Networks John Landgraf announced at the Disney Investors presentation. RELATED: Exclusive: Glenn Howerton Offers Update on It’s Always Sunny in Phila...
Tags: Apple, TV, Movies, TV News, Archer, Rob, Philadelphia, FXX, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Dennis, Frank, John Landgraf, Dee, Charlie, Paddy, Glenn Howerton

Apple Developing In-House Modem That Will Eventually Replace Qualcomm Chips

Apple is now developing its own cellular modem that will be used in future devices and that will eventually replace modem components sourced from Qualcomm, reports Bloomberg. The information was shared by Apple's senior vice president of hardware technologies Johny Srouji at a town hall meeting with Apple employees."This year, we kicked off the development of our first internal cellular modem which will enable another key strategic transition," he said. "Long-term strategic investments like t...
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Daily Crunch: First impressions of the AirPods Max

We try out Apple’s new headphones, Spotify resets passwords and Airbnb goes public. This is your Daily Crunch for December 10, 2020. The big story: First impressions of the AirPods Max Our fearless leader Matthew Panzarino has written what he insists is “not a review” of the AirPods Max, (not a full review because he’s had them for less than 24 hours). Still, Matthew seems impressed by the quality of the build — which you’d certainly hope to be, since the AirPods Max cost $550, but he says,...
Tags: Apple, Google, Hardware, Pinterest, Tech, Ar, Airbnb, Matthew, Matthew Panzarino, Founders Fund, Leaflink, Gorgias, Cityblock Health, Daily Crunch, AirPod Max, AirPods Max

Apple Confirms 29W Power Adapter Incompatible With MagSafe Duo Charger

Apple today shared a new support document explaining how to use the new MagSafe Duo Charger with iPhone 12 models and the Apple Watch, clarifying some details about the accessory following its release earlier this month. Notably, the support document confirms that Apple's older 29W USB-C power adapter is not compatible with the MagSafe Duo, presumably because that adapter does not support the necessary 5V/3A or 9V/1.67A power ratings. As a result, when the MagSafe Duo is connected to the 29W ...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Magsafe, MagSafe Accessories

Ahsoka Tano Standalone Star Wars Series Coming To Disney Plus

Ahsoka Tano, the popular character from The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, is finally getting her own series starring Rosario Dawson. It's set within the timeline for The Mandalorian and will debut on Disney Plus around Christmas of 2021. CNET reports: Disney revealed the news Thursday during an investor presentation, where the company also announced its plans for upcoming movie releases -- both theatrical and streaming on Disney Plus. Ahsoka made her live-action d...
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Apple Not Expecting Most Corporate Staff to Return to Offices Until June 2021

The majority of Apple employees likely won't be returning to work at Apple's Cupertino campuses before June 2021, Apple CEO Tim Cook said today at a town hall meeting, details of which were shared by Bloomberg. Cook said that while face-to-face collaboration is important, Apple's success amid the pandemic this year could potentially lead to the company being more flexible about remote work in the future. Still, Cook and Apple executives are eager for employees to return to Infinite Loop, Appl...
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Proposed US Law Could Slap Twitch Streamers With Felonies For Broadcasting Copyrighted Material

Republican senator Thom Tillis has introduced a proposal to turn unauthorized commercial streaming of copyrighted material into a felony offense with a possible prison sentence. It's currently being included in a must-pass spending bill. Kotaku reports: Currently, such violations, no matter how severe, are considered misdemeanors rather than felonies, because the law regards streaming as a public performance. With Twitch currently in the crosshairs of the music industry, such a change would turn...
Tags: Tech, House, Warner Music, Kotaku, American Prospect, U S Patent and Trademark Office, Tillis, Thom Tillis, U S Copyright Office, Senate Judiciary Committees

AirPods Max Unboxing Videos: 'More Than Good Enough to Compete With Other High-End Headphones' (mac rumors)

Earlier this week, Apple introduced new wireless over-ear headphones called AirPods Max, and first impressions and unboxing videos have now surfaced from various media outlets and YouTube channels. Priced at $549, the AirPods Max are set to launch December 15. A first real-life look at AirPods Max via CNET AirPods Max feature a 40-mm Apple-designed dynamic driver that is said to provide "rich, deep bass, accurate mid-ranges, and crisp, clean high-frequency extension." Each ear cup is equippe...
Tags: Apple, New York, News, Sony, Bose, Cnet, Max, Atmos, Joe Rossignol, David Carnoy, Nilay Patel, Carnoy, AirPods Max

Massachusetts governor won’t sign police reform bill with facial recognition ban

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has returned a police reform bill back to the state legislature, asking lawmakers to strike out several provisions — including one for a statewide ban on police and public authorities using facial recognition technology, the first of its kind in the United States. The bill, which also banned police from using rubber bullets and tear gas, was passed on December 1 by both the state’s House and Senate after senior lawmakers overcame months of deadlock to reach a...
Tags: Security, Learning, Minneapolis, Government, Senate, Massachusetts, Tech, Surveillance, United States, House, Aclu, Facial Recognition, Baker, Governor, Charlie Baker, The Boston Globe

Qualcomm -5% on report Apple begins work on in-house cellular modem

Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) shares have quickly shed 5% on the headline that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has kicked off the development of its first...
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Elon Musk Estimates End of 2022 For GigaBerlin to Reach 500,000 Cars Per Year

Here are highlights from Elon Musk’s recent panel discussion in Germany. Elon indicated that Gigaberlin could reach a production of 500,000 cars per year around the end of 2022. This would... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Space, Elon Musk, Technology, Germany, Planes, Future, Tesla, World, Innovation, Batteries, Electric Cars, Elon, Elon Musk Estimates End, Gigaberlin

CISO Podcast: Talking Anti-Phishing Solutions

Simon Gibson earlier this year published the report, “GigaOm Radar for Phishing Prevention and Detection,” which assessed more than a dozen security solutions focused on detecting and mitigating email-borne threats and vulnerabilities. As Gibson noted in his report, email remains a prime vector for attack, reflecting the strategic role it plays in corporate communications. Earlier this week, Gibson’s report was a featured topic of discussions on David Spark’s popular CISO Security Vendor Relatio...
Tags: Google, Security, Microsoft, Blog, Seo, Risk, Johnson, Gibson, BEC, Dolph, David Spark, Mike Johnson, CISO, Simon Gibson, Security &, Phishing Prevention and Detection

Residential renewable energy developer Swell is raising $450 million for distributed power projects in three states

Swell Energy, an installer and manager of residential renewable energy, energy efficiency and storage technologies, is raising $450 million to finance the construction of four virtual power plants representing a massive amount of energy storage capacity paired with solar power generation. It’s a sign of the distributed nature of renewable energy development and a transition from large scale power generation projects feeding into utility grids at their edge to smaller, point solutions distributed...
Tags: Energy, TC, California, Articles, Los Angeles, Tech, Renewable Energy, Ceo, Energy Efficiency, Solar Power, Khan, Energy Storage, Alternative Energy, Electrical Grid, Ares Management Corp, Suleman Khan

You can now edit Microsoft Office files straight from Gmail

Gmail is building up its integration with Microsoft Office files, allowing users to directly edit Office documents that they receive in attachments. Users have been able to edit files from Google’s own Workspace suite right within Gmail for some time, but the Office integration is new. Previously, users were required to open these documents in the Google Workspace suite before they could make any changes. Now you can edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files without ever leaving Gmail, and while ma...
Tags: Google, Startups, Office, Microsoft Office, Insider, Google Workspace

Early DoorDash investor dismisses froth talk, says company could grow 10x from here

The stunning debut of the food delivery company DoorDash on the public market this week has plenty of people puzzled. While undeniably fast-growing, the unprofitable delivery company that has come under fire numerous times over its employment practices, and its IPO, like that of other gig-economy companies, leaves a lot of economic issues unresolved. So why is a company that lost $667 million in 2019 and $149 million in the first nine months of 2020 — during a period of hypergrowth because of th...
Tags: Amazon, Food, Fundings & Exits, TC, Ecommerce, Uber, Real Estate, France, Stanford, Ipo, America, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Palo Alto, United States

Disney+ has plans for 10 Marvel shows and 10 Star Wars shows in the next few years

Disney just wrapped up the first segment of an investor day in which it laid out its plans for its direct-to-consumer streaming business, including Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and Hotstar/Star. The company kicked off the presentation with some new subscriber numbers — 86.8 million for Disney+ (roughly 30% of those are subscribers to Disney+ Hotstar, which leveraged an existing streaming service in India), 38.8 million for Hulu and 11.5 million for ESPN+, adding up to more than 137 million subscriber...
Tags: Europe, Star Wars, Media, Entertainment, India, Disney, Tech, Star, Espn, Pixar, Hulu, Latin America, Hamilton, Logan, Daniels, The Walt Disney Company

FDA panel recommends approving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorization

An independent panel of experts has recommended Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now voted to approve an official Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer/ class="crunchbase-link" href="" target="_blank" data-type="organization" data-entity="biontech-ag">BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. This means that it’s one step closer to beginning to be administered to people in special circumstances – including for front-line healthcare workers dea...
Tags: Health, TC, Medicine, Tech, Medical Research, Canada, United States, Fda, Pfizer, Manufacturing, Vaccine, Biotech, Food and Drug Administration FDA, EUA, BioNtech, Emergency Use Authorization EUA

Common iOS 13 problems and how to fix them (iOS 13.7 update)

Apple's iOS 13 has been exceptionally buggy. Here are the most recent iOS 13 problems and suggested fixes, though today, upgrading to iOS 14 is your best bet.
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