Could Nuclear Power Be Used For Carbon Capture?

Forbes reports: Nuclear advocates see a vast market for reactors in carbon capture and carbon-based products, not only for the next generation of reactors in development, but also for the aging dinosaurs they evolved from... The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in San Luis Obispo, California, for example, is slated to shut down in 2024 and 2025. "If the waste heat from that plant was being combined with electricity production you could be removing 20 million tons per year of carbon from the ...
Tags: Tech, Forbes, Slashdot, San Luis Obispo California, Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Kirsty Gogan, Energy for Humanity

Apple temporarily shuts California stores in virus surge, some in UK after new curbs

Apple has shut 53 California stores and 16 in the United Kingdom
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A Beginners Guide To Home Theatre Systems

During this time of unprecedented change in the world, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, you may be wondering what you can do to lighten the mood and enjoy some festive fun at home with your family. Watching a movie is a great way to escape the chaos and rediscover a little happiness with the people you love in the safety of your home. Be a little indulgent and invest in a home theatre system you and your family deserve. Finding a little festive magic is vital during this time when spirits are ...
Tags: Technology, Entertainment, Jazz, Home Theatre Systems

Apple closes all California locations amid rising COVID-19 cases

Apple is temporarily closing all stores in California amid an ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases in the state. All 53 stores will be...
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Apple Temporarily Closes All California Stores Amid Pandemic

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — All of Apple’s 53 California retail stores have been temporarily closed amid a surging coronavirus pandemic. A list on the Cupertino-based company’s website of the retail stores in the state reflects the change. “We’re temporarily closing soon, but are currently open for pickup of existing online orders, previously scheduled in-store Genius Support appointments and previously reserved one-on-one shopping sessions with a Specialist made through Tuesday, December 22,” the page...
Tags: Apple, Business, Technology, News, California, Sacramento, Roseville, Cbs, Cupertino, Southern California, San Joaquin Valley, Consumer, Coronavirus, COVID, Coronavirus Closures, Apple Temporarily Closes All California Stores

A New Release For GNU Octave

Long-time Slashdot reader lee1 shares his recent article from LWN: On November 26, version 6.1 of GNU Octave, a language and environment for numerical computing, was released. There are several new features and enhancements in the new version, including improvements to graphics output, better communication with web services, and over 40 new functions... In the words of its manual: GNU Octave is a high-level language primarily intended for numerical computations. It is typically used for such ...
Tags: Tech, Slashdot, Matlab, Fortran, James B Rawlings, John G Ekerdt

Capella Space Defends High-Resolution Satellite Photos Described as 'Eerily Observant'

"A new satellite from Capella Space was described as "pretty creepy" by Bustle's technology site Input: Like other hunks of metal currently orbiting Earth, the Capella-2 satellite's onboard radar system makes it capable of producing ludicrously high-resolution visuals from its data. More unconventional is the service Capella has launched to match: the government or private customers can, at any time, request a view of anything on the planet that's visible from the sky... The Capella-2's syst...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, Bustle, Sar, U S Air Force, Capella, Capella Space

Sunday Firesides: You Are Religious

When asked if they are religious, many people today will say they’re not (often adding that they are, nevertheless, spiritual).  This distinctly modern refutation of religiosity makes use of a distinctly modern, and altogether too limited, definition of the word. Religion, as popularly understood today as an allegiance to certain beliefs, creeds, and institutions, did not come into English use until the 17th century. Anciently, the root of the word was used differently, and may have aris...
Tags: Google, Life, A Man's Life, Sunday Firesides

The road to hell is paved with good algorithms: The case for deactivating recommendation algorithms in the political sphere

From the Workshop on  “News and Information Disorder in the 2020 US Presidential Election.” Jonas Kaiser Algorithms, and recommendation algorithms in particular, are deeply ingrained in our networked public sphere . Facebook recommends us new friends, pages to like or groups to join, Google websites that fit our search interests, Twitter people to follow or topics to check out, Amazon products to buy, Spotify music to listen to, and YouTube videos to watch. According to Alexa, the mo...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Youtube, Germany, US, New York Times, Brazil, Alexa, Knight Foundation, Branding, Guest Blogger, Thomas, Zika, Pasquale, George Box

Apple closes all California stores as COVID cases rise

The move comes less than a week before Christmas.
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Mixtape podcast: Artificial intelligence and disability

 Welcome back to Mixtape, the TechCrunch podcast that looks at the human element that powers technology. For this episode we spoke with Meredith Whittaker, co-founder of the AI Now Institute and Minderoo Research Professor at NYU; Mara Mills, associate professor of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU and co-director of the NYU Center for Disability Studies; and Sara Hendren, professor at Olin College of Engineering and author of the recently published What Can a Body Do: How We Meet ...
Tags: TC, Tech, Accessibility, Nyu, Mills, Whittaker, Meredith Whittaker, Hendren, Olin College of Engineering, Techcrunch Include, AI Now Institute, Sara Hendren, Mixtape podcast, Mara Mills, Minderoo Research Professor, NYU Center for Disability Studies

RubyGems Catches Two Packages Trying to Steal Cryptocurrency with Clipboard Hijacking

One day after they were uploaded, RubyGems discovered and removed two malicious packages that had been designed to steal cryptocurrency from unsuspecting users by installing a clipboard hijacker, reports Bleeping Computer, citing research by open-source security firm Sonatype. Fortunately, while the packages were downloaded a total of 142 times, "At this time, none of the cryptocurrency addresses have received any funds." These packages were masquerading as a bitcoin library and a library for...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Bleeping Computer, Sonatype Fortunately

Trump weirdly defensive of Russia in his first comments on Russian hack of U.S. government

So, this two-part Trump tweet today was weird. The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality. I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control. Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of…. — Read the rest
Tags: Security, Post, Technology, News, Putin, Russia, US news, Hack, Tech News, Hacked, Trump, Russia Russia Russia, Lamestream

Apple temporarily closes all California, London stores as pandemic worsens

By Mark Gurman Apple Inc. is temporarily closing all of its retail stores across California, as well as those in the greater London area hit by a new lockdown, and other markets that have seen a surge in COVID-19 cases. The Cupertino, California, based company said on its website Saturday that it’s closing all 53 locations across the Golden State, a day after saying it would shut its stores in the Los Angeles area. The escalation of closures now covers its major locations in the San Francisco Ba...
Tags: Apple, Business, England, London, News, California, Mexico, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Brazil, Silicon Valley, Boris Johnson, Golden State

Apple shuts all California stores temporarily as COVID-19 pandemic surges

Apple is temporarily shutting down all of its California retail stores, as the COVID-19 outbreak becomes dire throughout the state. From Reuters: Apple Inc has temporarily shut all of its 53 stores in California amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, a spokesman said on Saturday, expanding previously announced closures. — Read the rest
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Lenovo Smart Clock Essential For Just $23.74 Shipped After $26 Price Drop!

Lenovo Smart Clock Essential For Just $23.74 Shipped Use code: EXTRAFIVE This was selling for $49.99 yesterday and is now on sale at its lowest price ever. Read more about this clock and its features on Engadget here. 4″ LED display Built-in dimmable night-light Google Assistant Microphone-mute toggle Sleek look and minimal footprint Audio: 1.5″ […]
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Physicists Made an Insanely Precise Clock That Keeps Time Using Entanglement

fahrbot-bot quotes an article from Science Alert: Nothing keeps time like the beating heart of an atom. But even the crisp tick-tock of a vibrating nucleus is limited by uncertainties imposed by the laws of quantum mechanics. Several years ago, researchers from MIT and the University of Belgrade in Serbia proposed that quantum entanglement could push clocks beyond this blurry boundary. Now, we have a proof of concept in the form of an experiment. Physicists connected together a cloud of ytterb...
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This MacBook Pro is ridiculously cheap and ships in time for Christmas

Our experts didn’t beat around the bush when they reviewed the 16-inch MacBook Pro, “The best Mac in years.”
Tags: Apple, Deals, Trends, Computing, Macbook Pro, Apple MacBook Pro, MacBook deals, Amazon 2020


I've had my Forma for a few weeks and have been enjoying it. I came over from a Kindle Oasis. I like having the two navigation buttons of the Oasis, but the additional size of the Forma makes reading much more of a pleasure. Using the developer options to invert the screen for reading in bed with the spouse works great. I only need about 3% on the light to read. I use calibre to manage my books and have side loaded all content after I converted the books to kepub format (except for my Calvin & H...
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Apple temporarily closes California stores as virus cases mount

Apple is taking action across its home state one day after it temporarily closed stores in the Los Angeles area.
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A Stranger Crowdsourced $1,700 For a Mistreated Fast-Food Worker

Slashdot reader DevNull127 writes: At a McDonald's restaurant in Georgia, an angry customer in the drive-through lane threw his drink at the pregnant fast-food worker who had served him. "She was crying and covered in ice and soda and syrup..." remembers another driver in the next car parked in the line. "[C]overed in syrup all over her shoes, pants, and shirt." That driver created an online fundraiser for the fast-food worker, ultimately raising $1,700 within 24 hours which was later presente...
Tags: Tech, Georgia, Cnn, McDonald, Mistreated Fast Food Worker

Apple-Criticizing Banner Ads Now Added to Some of Facebook's iOS Apps

Facebook added banner ads criticizing Apple into some of its iOS apps, 9to5Mac reports, in its ongoing war against Apple's new privacy changes: By tapping the Learn More button, the app opens an article written by Facebook in which the company says Apple's policies announced at WWDC 2020 with iOS 14 will "harm the growth of business and the free internet." Facebook refers both to the new App Store privacy labels and also an option in iOS 14 that prevents apps from tracking users. The fact that...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Tech, App Store

Common HomePod problems and how to fix them

The Apple HomePod is a great way to pilot your smart home, but once in a while, the speaker can glitch. Here are some common HomePod errors and how to fix them.
Tags: Apple, Trends, Smart Home, Tvos, Apple Siri, Apple HomePod, Apple HomePod mini

Gillmor Gang: Full Stream Ahead

Twitter is shutting down Periscope, the video app it acquired several years ago when Facebook Live threatened to lap the field. When we stream the Gillmor Gang sessions, we send them to Facebook, Twitter, and an unlisted embed on YouTube. At one point, we planned to stream the sessions live on TechCrunch, but for now we’re posting the edited version there. In the weeks leading up to January 20th, the live Telegram feed at has been dominated by the Trump focus on overt...
Tags: Apple, TC, Facebook, Video, Hbo, Hollywood, Senate, White House, Disney, Tech, Georgia, Intel, Ben Thompson, Stratechery, Netflix, Mtv

Can you IPO sneakers? Also, this is the last Exchange roundup of the year

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Subscribe here.  Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. Sweet dreams are made of IPOs, so merry f****** Christmas We’re all very tired but there’s still so much news to go over I am sorry Can you IPO sneakers? Also, this is the last Exchange r...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, France, Tech, Eu, Paypal, Bellevue, Brazil, SEC, Silicon Valley, Robinhood, Latin America, Garry Tan, Accel, Exchange, Civ

Human Capital: Ex-Pinterest employees who alleged discrimination say ‘no progress has been made’

This was quite the week for Pinterest and not in a good way. While the company settled the gender discrimination lawsuit brought forth by its former COO, the hefty $22.5 million settlement highlighted some of the tech industry’s inequities.  Meanwhile, Airbnb outlined some new goals around diversity and inclusion, despite having not produced a diversity report since last year, when it disclosed its 2018 data.  All that and more in this week’s edition of Human Capital. Sign up here to get th...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Pinterest, Labor, Banks, America, Tech, Diversity, Intel, Airbnb, Michigan, Biden, Human Capital, Bain, Trump, Chen

EFF Calls Facebook's Criticism of Apple's Pro-Privacy Tracking Change 'Laughable'

Facebook's recent criticism directed at Apple over an upcoming tracking-related privacy measure is "laughable," according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit organization that defends civil liberties in the digital world. Facebook has claimed that Apple's new opt-in tracking policy will hurt small businesses who benefit from personalized advertising, but the EFF believes that Facebook's campaign against Apple is really about "what Facebook stands to lose if its users lea...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Eff, App Store, Facebook Apple, Facebook Google, Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF, Facebook-Apple tracking dispute, Facebook EFF Facebook Apple, EFF Calls Facebook

The woman who created the technology behind internet calls explains what it takes to innovate

If you've ever wondered how a Zoom call works, you might want to ask Marian Croak, Vice-President of Engineering at Google.This is the woman who invented "Voice over Internet Protocol": the technology that has enabled entire workforces to continue to communicate and families and friends to remain in touch throughout 2020's lockdowns – and inevitably beyond.It is a lifeline technology that was developed in the 1990s. Croak describes how at the time "many people were sceptical – and they were righ...
Tags: Google, Technology, Internet, Africa, Women, Innovation, Global development, Voice, World Economic Forum, Marian, Schwab Foundation, Marian Croak, Croak, Africa Teen Geeks, Eniola Mafe, Lindiwe Matlali

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