BMW Announces Plans to Launch Ultra Wideband Version of Apple's Car Key Feature by Early Next Year

BMW today announced future plans to roll out Digital Key Plus, an enhanced version of Apple's Car Keys feature that incorporates Ultra Wideband technology, enabling drivers to unlock and start their vehicle without needing to take their iPhone out of their pocket or bag. BMW says the feature will first launch in its new iX electric vehicle, slated to launch in Europe in late 2021 and in North America in early 2022. Apple introduced support for digital car keys in iOS 13.6 and later last year...
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Google Trained a Trillion-Parameter AI Language Model

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google researchers developed and benchmarked techniques they claim enabled them to train a language model containing more than a trillion parameters. They say their 1.6-trillion-parameter model, which appears to be the largest of its size to date, achieved an up to 4 times speedup over the previously largest Google-developed language model (T5-XXL). As the researchers note in a paper detailing their work, large-scale training is an effective ...
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Parler claims it was also dropped by Slack after Amazon and other tech giants cut ties with the controversial social media company

This illustration picture shows social media application logo from Parler displayed on a smartphone with its website in the background. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images Parler CEO John Matze claimed in a court filing Wednesday that Slack had "canceled their services" to his company. Matze claimed, in a lawsuit against Amazon's AWS over its decision to cut ties with Parler, that Slack had cited "a violation of their own terms of service based on AWS's decision to drop Parler." "Losing ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, Enterprise, US, Trends, Markets, Aws, Silicon Valley, Amazon Web Services, Slack, Zendesk, Trump, US Capitol

South Korean AI chatbot pulled from Facebook after hate speech towards minorities

Lee Luda, built to emulate a 20-year-old Korean university student, engaged in homophobic slurs on social mediaA popular South Korean chatbot has been suspended after complaints that it used hate speech towards sexual minorities in conversations with its users.Lee Luda, the artificial intelligence [AI] persona of a 20-year-old female university student, was removed from Facebook messenger this week, after attracting more than 750,000 users in the 20 days since it was launched. Continue reading.....
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'Time to properly socialise': Hate speech AI chatbot pulled from Facebook

Lee Luda, an artificial intelligence chatbot built to emulate a 20-year-old Korean university student, used hate speech and homophobic slurs on Facebook messengerA popular South Korean chatbot has been suspended after complaints that it used hate speech towards sexual minorities in conversations with its users.Lee Luda, the artificial intelligence [AI] persona of a 20-year-old female university student, was removed from Facebook messenger this week, after attracting more than 750,000 users in th...
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The best cheap Mac Mini deals for January 2021

Looking for a compact MacOS desktop? Here are some great cheap Mac Mini deals you can score online right now.
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Qualcomm pays $1.4bn to acquire ex-Apple and AMD Arm server chip engineers (and the biz they set up)

Purchase of Nuvia raises eyebrows Qualcomm has announced it will pay $1.4bn for Arm data-center chip design biz Nuvia, a startup only established in 2019.…
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YC-backed Blabla raises $1.5M to teach English through short videos

Short, snappy, entertaining videos have become an increasingly common way for young people to receive information. Why not learn English through TikTok-like videos too? That was what prompted Angelo Huang to launch Blabla. Originally from Taiwan, Huang relocated to Shanghai in 2019 to start Blabla after working in Silicon Valley for over a decade. A year later, Blabla was chosen as part of Y Combinator’s 2020 summer cohort. The coronavirus had begun to spread in the U.S. at the time, keeping mil...
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India’s top techies form digital foundation to fight Apple and Google

App store fees and ‘privacy’ arrangements under fire India’s tech self-reliance push has spawned a new group that aims to fight big US tech companies,…
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Poshmark is pushing into the public market at a high-end valuation as the resale market sizzles

Poshmark, the nine-year-old, Redwood City Ca.-based online marketplace for second-hand clothing, beauty, and home decor products, is set to start trading as a public company on the Nasdaq tomorrow after pricing 6.6 million shares higher than originally planned, according to Bloomberg. Per its report, the company, which originally planned to sell shares at between $35 and $39 million, saw enough demand to rationalize a $42-per-share price — one that values the company at $3.5 billion on a fully d...
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Grab Financial Group raises $300 million Series A led by Hanhwa Asset Management

Grab Financial Group said today it has raised more than $300 million in Series A funding, led by South Korean firm Hanhwa Asset Management, with participation from K3 Ventures, GGV Capital, Arbor Ventures and Flourish Ventures. The Financial Times reports that the funding values Grab Financial, a subsidiary of ride-hailing and delivery giant Grab, at $3 billion. Both K3 Ventures and GGV Capital were early investors in Grab, which was founded in 2012. Back in February 2020, Grab announced it had ...
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Digital road freight forwarder Sennder raises $160M Series, plans European expansion

Sennder, a large digital road freight forwarder based out of Germany, has raised $160m in Series D financing. The round was led by an unnamed party, but round participants included Accel, Lakestar, HV Capital, Project A and Scania. To date, Sennder has raised more than $260m, allowing it to lay claim to a potential $1bn valuation. Sennder directly connects enterprise shippers with trucking companies, thus disintermediating the traditional freight model. It says it will move over 1 million truckl...
Tags: TC, Europe, Finance, Germany, Tech, Italy, Siemens, Accel, Lakestar, Robinson, Wincanton, Scania, Sonali De Rycker, Uber Freight, Forto, Poste Italiane

How to mount Google Drive on Linux

In the past, close to 30K people signed up for a online petition, desperately wanting to have an official native Linux client for Google Drive, and yet their voice is still being ignored by Google. Perhaps when it comes to boosting their bottom line, Linux desktop market is not a priority for Google. If you want to mount Google Drive on Linux, you can try unofficial Linux software called google-drive-ocamlfuse (gdfuse), which is a FUSE-based file system backed by Google Drive.
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How to save voicemails from your iPhone

Sometimes you need to save a voicemail so you can refer to it later. Here are two of the easiest ways to do so, using either your iPhone or iExplorer.
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Revealed: walkie-talkie app Zello hosted far-right groups who stormed Capitol

Audio and chat logs show insurrectionists communicated via the app, which has avoided proactive content moderationAudio and chat logs reveal that at least two insurrectionists who broke into the Capitol on 6 January used Zello, a social media walkie-talkie app that critics say has largely ignored a growing far-right user base.“We are in the main dome right now,” said a female militia member, speaking on Zello, her voice competing with the cacophony of a clash with Capitol police. “We are rocking...
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The best cheap iMac deals for January 2021

Looking to get your hands on a sleek all-in-one Mac computer? We've got the best cheap iMac deals right here.
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HTC is apparently still making phones, announces the Desire 21 Pro 5G

After Google bought a major portion of HTC‘s phone-making talent back in 2017, the company has been largely quiet in the mobile department, focusing on its VR aspirations instead. But as it turns out, the company is still churning out phones, as noted by today’s unveiling of the Desire 21 Pro 5G. And no, this one has nothing to do with blockchain. Mouthful of a name aside, the phone looks decent enough for roughly $427 (11,990 TWD, as Taiwan is the only confirmed market). You get a Snapdragon 69...
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AT&T Kills Off the Failed TV Service Formerly Known As DirecTV Now

AT&T is killing off the online-video service formerly known as DirecTV Now and introducing a no-contract option for the newer online service that replaced it. Ars Technica reports: AT&T unveiled DirecTV Now late in 2016, the year after AT&T bought the DirecTV satellite company. Prices originally started at $35 a month for the live-TV online service, and it had signed up 1.86 million subscribers by Q3 2018. But customers quickly fled as AT&T repeatedly raised prices and cut down on the use of pro...
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Can ARM chips drive innovation in the PC industry?

In an interview at CES 2021, Arm chief executive Simon Segars noted that ARM-based Apple's M1 processors are driving new innovation in the PC market.
Tags: Apple, News, Windows, Trends, Computing, Pcs, Windows 10, M1, Simon Segars, CES 2021, Apple M1

Twitter chief says Trump ban was right decision but sets 'dangerous precedent'

Jack Dorsey: ‘I do not celebrate having to ban Donald Trump’‘A ban is a failure of ours to promote healthy conversation’Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter, has said that banning Donald Trump from the platform was the “right decision” but that it sets a dangerous precedent. Related: Donald Trump becomes the first US president to be impeached for a second time – live Continue reading...
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Google Pixel 4A 5G owners are reporting issues using their touchscreens

Users started reporting the issue after December’s security update.
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These are the best Google Pixel deals for January 2021

Time for a new Android smartphone? We’ve smoked out all the latest and greatest Google Pixel deals right here.
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Trump circumvents Twitter ban to decry ‘unprecedented assault on free speech’

Following a comprehensive ban from Twitter and a number of other online services following last week’s assault on the Capitol by his followers, President Trump managed to put out a tweet in the form of a video address touching on the “calamity at the Capitol”… and, of course, his deplatforming. In the video, Trump instructs his followers to shun violence, calling it un-American. “No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence,” he said, days after calling rioters “great patriots...
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How I found a bug in YouTube that let me watch private videos I wasn't allowed to, says compsci student (the register)

Theft-by-a-thousand-cuts flaw fixed Until early last year, Google's YouTube had a security flaw that made private videos visible at reduced resolution, though not audible, to anyone who knew or guessed the video identifier and possessed the technical knowledge to take advantage of the snafu.… [Author: Thomas Claburn]
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Laptops spark excitement at socially-distanced CES

In a most unusual time, CES was diminished this year, with lots of companies including Google and Amazon not having a substantial presence and presenters mourning the lack of face-to-face contact. But one category was still on fire with new product announcements: Computers.
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At a subdued CES, computers provide excitement

In a most unusual time, CES was diminished this year, with lots of companies including Google and Amazon not having a substantial presence and presenters mourning the lack of face-to-face contact. But one category that was still on fire with new product announcements was computers.
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Leaked webpage confirms Galaxy S21 without charger in the box, Samsung tweets from iPhone

Rumors and leaks have suggested that Samsung is planning to follow in Apple’s steps and remove the charger from the box of the new...
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Apple Pay Promo Offers Four Months of Free Coffee From Panera Bread

Apple today sent out emails highlighting a new U.S. Apple Pay promotion, which will see Panera Bread offering four months of unlimited free coffee to those who sign up for a MyPanera+ Coffee subscription and use Apple Pay to check out. New subscribers who sign up for a MyPanera+ subscription by January 27, 2021 can get the first four months free. After that, the subscription is priced at $8.99 per month. Using ‌Apple Pay‌ for the subscription is a requirement. MyPanera+ subscribers who swa...
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Snapchat permanently bans President Trump’s account

Quite a bit has happened since Snap announced last week that it was indefinitely locking President Trump’s Snapchat account. But after temporary bans from his Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts as well as a permanent ban from Twitter, Snap has decided that it will also be making its ban of the President’s Snapchat account permanent. Though Trump’s social media preferences as a user are clear, Snapchat gave the Trump campaign a particularly effective platform to target young users who are a...
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The Linux Foundation Now Offers a Suite of Open-Source Management Classes

The Linux Foundation has new courses to help you manage open-source projects and technical staff within your organization. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes via ZDNet: Previously, if you want to know how to run open-source well in your company, you had to work with OASIS Open or the TODO Group. Both are non-profit organizations supporting best open source and open standards practices. But, to work with either group, effectively, you already had to know a lot about open source. [...] This 7-module...
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