After 2 Years on Mars, NASA's Digger Declared Dead

"NASA declared the Mars digger dead Thursday after failing to burrow deep into the red planet to take its temperature," reports the Associated Press: Scientists in Germany spent two years trying to get their heat probe, dubbed the mole, to drill into the Martian crust. But the 16-inch-long (40-centimeter) device that is part of NASA's InSight lander couldn't gain enough friction in the red dirt. It was supposed to bury 16 feet (5 meters) into Mars, but only drilled down a couple of feet (about ...
Tags: Germany, Tech, Nasa, Associated Press, Mars, German Space Agency, Tilman Spohn

Parler's CEO fled his home and went into hiding after receiving death threats and security breaches, a court filing says

Parler CEO John Matze Fox News Parler CEO John Matze Jr. and his family have fled their homes after receiving death threats, a new court filing says.  Parler was recently removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, and Amazon Web Services stopped hosting the platform after it deemed Parler a "risk to public safety." Trump supporters flocked to the platform after the president was banned from Twitter following the siege at the Capitol on January 6.  Visit Business Insider's home...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Twitter, News, Congress, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Antitrust, Aws, App Store, Donald Trump, Amazon Web Services, Trump, Capitol

'Major Component Malfunction' Ends SLS Rocket Test Early. NASA Considers New Timeline

"NASA's rocket charged with taking the agency back to the moon fired its four main engines Saturday afternoon, but the test in Mississippi was cut short after a malfunction caused an automatic abort," reports Florida Today... "We did get an MCF on engine four," a control room member said less than a minute into the test fire, using an initialism that stands for "major component malfunction...." The engines fired for 12 more seconds after the exchange before an automatic shutdown was called. Th...
Tags: Florida, Mississippi, America, Tech, Nasa, Orion, Mars, Boeing, Cnet, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Kennedy Space Center, John Honeycutt, Boeing Space, Jeff Zotti

Robert Cringley Predicted 'The Death of IT' in 2020. Was He Right?

Yesterday long-time tech pundit Robert Cringley reviewed the predictions he'd made at the beginning of last year. "Having done this for over 20 years, historically I'm correct abut 70 percent of the time, but this year could be a disappointment given that I'm pretty sure I didn't predict 370,000 deaths and an economy in free-fall. "We'll just have to see whether I was vague enough to get a couple right." Here's some of the highlights: I predicted that IBM would dump a big division and essen...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Ibm, Global Technology Services, Robert Cringley

Online Far-Right Movements Fracture, as 'Gullible' QAnon Supporters Criticized

"Online far-right movements are splintering," argues NBC News: Users on forums that openly helped coordinate the Jan. 6 riot and called for insurrection...have become increasingly agitated with QAnon supporters, who are largely still in denial that President Donald Trump will no longer be in the Oval Office after Jan. 20... [QAnon adherents] have identified Inauguration Day as a last stand, and falsely think he will force a 10-day, countrywide blackout that ends in the mass execution of his po...
Tags: Facebook, Nbc News, Tech, Donald Trump, Trump, Oval Office, Fredrick Brennan

Nasa’s Space Launch System cuts short vital test

Engines of Boeing rocket fired for only a minute, potentially delaying push to return humans to the moon by 2024Nasa’s Boeing-built deep space exploration rocket has cut short a crucial test, after briefly igniting all four engines of its core stage for the first time.Mounted in a test facility at Nasa’s Stennis space centre in Mississippi, the Space Launch System’s (SLS) 64-metre core stage roared to life for just over a minute on Saturday, well short of the roughly four minutes engineers neede...
Tags: Space, Technology, Mississippi, Nasa, Boeing

Kuo: New MacBook Pro Models to Feature Flat-Edged Design, MagSafe, No Touch Bar and More Ports (mac rumors)

Apple is working on two new MacBook Pro models that will feature significant design changes, well-respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today in a note to investors that was obtained by MacRumors. According to Kuo, Apple is developing two models in 14 and 16-inch size options. The new MacBook Pro machines will feature a flat-edged design, which Kuo describes as "similar to the iPhone 12" with no curves like current models. It will be the most significant design update to the MacBook Pro...
Tags: Apple, News, Intel, MacBook Air, Lg, Macbook Pro, Ming Chi Kuo, Kuo, Juli Clover, Kuo Apple, Ming Chi KuoBuyer, Samsung Razer, MacBook Pro Buy Now 16 MacBook Pro Don

Sideloading iOS Apps No Longer Possible on M1 Macs (mac rumors)

Apple this week implemented a server side blocking mechanism to prevent M1 Mac owners from sideloading iOS apps that have not been made available on the Mac by iOS app developers. Image via 9to5Mac As noted by 9to5Mac, it is no longer possible to use third-party apps like iMazing to obtain an app .ipa file to install it on an ‌M1‌ Mac, a workaround that has been available since M1 Macs launched. Attempting to sideload an app using the previously working method now results in an error that...
Tags: Apple, News, Juli Clover, Apple Silicon, Netflix Hulu Instagram

Apple Suspended Social Media Platform Wimkin From Its App Store

Apple "suspended" the social media platform Wimkin from its App Store, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, "part of a widening crackdown by tech companies on potentially dangerous content during the presidential transition." Long-time Slashdot reader phalse phace shares their report: Mr. Sheppard said the takedowns on the platform, which has 300,000 users and mimics some of the functions of Facebook, pales in comparison to content removals by much larger competitors. "I can't fault t...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Tech, Wall Street Journal, Slashdot, Sheppard, Wall Street Journal Google, App Review Board

Watch NASA Test-Fire Its SLS Mega-Rocket Engines

"The date is set," NASA tweeted yesterday, thanking its partners Boeing Space and Aerojet Rocketdyne for Saturday's "hot fire" test of the SLS's core stage. "One of NASA's main goals for 2021 is to launch Artemis I, an uncrewed moon mission meant to show the Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket can safely send humans to our lunar neighbor," reports CNET. "But first, NASA plans to make some noise with a fiery SLS test on Saturday." Live coverage of the event begins at 1:20 p.m. PT o...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Orion, Mars, Boeing, Cnet, Aerojet Rocketdyne, John Honeycutt, Boeing Space, Jeff Zotti

MIT’s Introduction to Economics: A Free Online Course

From MIT comes a free introductory undergraduate course on Microeconomics. Taught by Professor Jonathan Gruber, the 25-lecture course covers the fundamentals of microeconomics, including “supply and demand, market equilibrium, consumer theory, production and the behavior of firms, monopoly, oligopoly, welfare economics, public goods, and externalities.” Watch the lectures above (or on YouTube). Find the syllabus and lectures notes on MIT’s site. A MOOC version of the same course can be found on ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, College, Economics, Mit, Jonathan Gruber, Adam Smith, Facebook Twitter, Ray Dalio, New MOOC MIT

No one knows what anything is worth

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. Click here if you want it in your inbox every Saturday morning. Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. It was yet another week of startups that became unicorns going public, only to see their valuation soar. Already marked up by their IPO pricing, seeing so many unicorns achieve such ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Texas, Ipo, Tech, Tesla, Goldman Sachs, Doj, Intuit, Fintech, Gilani, Gitlab, Paige, ARR, OKR, AUM

Human Capital: Labor issues at GitHub, Facebook’s new civil rights exec and a legal battle against Prop 22

This week kicked off with a report of a GitHub worker who was fired after cautioning his coworkers in the DC area to stay safe from Nazis during the assault on the U.S. Capitol. Meanwhile, Facebook created a new executive role pertaining to civil rights and California’s Proposition 22 faced its first legal challenge this year. All that and more in this week’s edition of Human Capital. Facebook hires VP of civil rights Facebook hired Roy Austin to become its first-ever VP of Civil Rights...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Supreme Court, California, Drew Houston, Nazis, Barack Obama, Tech, Austin, Netflix, Middle East, Dc, Houston, Github

Google Employees Try Baking Recipes Created by AI

"Behold the cakie: It has the crispiness of a cookie and the, well, 'cakiness' of a cake." So says a triumphant blog post by Google Cloud's developer advocate and an applied AI Engineer for Google's Cloud AI. "We also made breakies, which were more like fluffy cookies, almost the consistency of a muffin" (or bread). Food and Wine explains the project (in an article shared by Slashdot reader John Trumpian): Inspired by the pandemic-spawned spike in searches for baking, the team at Google Clou...
Tags: Google, Tech, Robinson, Slashdot, Sara Robinson, Google Cloud, Cakie, Dale Markowitz, John Trumpian

Stay gold, ‘Plaid for X’ startups

A failed acquisition usually triggers the same series of questions: What does this mean for early-stage startups in the sector? Will a chilling effect occur and hurt valuations? Will VCs stop funding this category? How will the exit environment look going forward? This week gave that narrative a bullish twist. Visa and Plaid announced that they have reached a mutual agreement to no longer pursue a merger. The $5.3 billion deal had been under antitrust scrutiny from the DOJ, and eventually ended...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Hardware, California, New York City, Billie, San Francisco, Tech, Getty Images, Austin, Miami, Silicon Valley, Max Levchin, Doj, Skype

Here’s What RFID Tracking Can Do for Your Shipping and Logistics

Freight shipping has always been — and probably always will be — inherently risky. However, these days, it’s getting less risky, thanks to radio frequency identification (RFID) tracking. Shipping isn’t like it used to be, decades ago, when you just had to put something on a ship, train, or truck and just hope for the best, with no way to know or keep track of what might be happening to the shipment in transit. Now, thanks to RFID tracking, you can follow your shipments every step of the way, ...
Tags: Sales, Tech, Walmart, Dole, Dole Foods PepsiCo

Thousands of Users Unknowingly Joined Signal Because of a 12-Year-Old's App

"At least 10,000 Signal users can be attributed to a 12-year-old kid in India who created a somewhat popular clone of the encrypted chat app," reports Motherboard: Dev Sharma, a Signal user from Melbourne, Australia, found the Signal clone when he encountered an unusual thing: Signal displayed a pop-up showing that their friend had just joined the app. Sharma messaged their friend, but the friend had never even heard of Signal, despite apparently using the app. The friend had downloaded a diffe...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, India, Tech, Motherboard, Signal, Melbourne Australia, Sharma, Dev Sharma

Upcoming 16-Inch and 14-Inch MacBook Pros: Everything We Know

Apple introduced a new M1 MacBook Pro in November of 2020, but the new model didn't include any design changes. That's going to change in 2021, with rumors suggesting Apple has a major MacBook Pro design refresh in the works. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models that are coming in 2021 will feature the most significant design overhaul to the MacBook Pro line that we've seen since 2016, and the updated machines will also address...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Bloomberg, Intel, Gpu, Mark Gurman, Macbook Pro, MacRumors YouTube, Ming Chi Kuo, Kuo, Intel CPU, Gurman, Touch Bar, MacBook Pro 13, MacBook Pro Don, Macbook Pro 16

Superconducting Microprocessors? Turns Out They're Ultra-Efficient

Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes IEEE Spectrum: Computers use a staggering amount of energy today. According to one recent estimate, data centers alone consume two percent of the world's electricity, a figure that's expected to climb to eight percent by the end of the decade. To buck that trend, though, perhaps the microprocessor, at the center of the computer universe, could be streamlined in entirely new ways. One group of researchers in Japan have taken this idea to the limit, crea...
Tags: Japan, Tech, IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits, Yokohama National University, Christopher Ayala, Institute of Advanced Sciences

Startups look beyond lidar for autonomous vehicle perception

Last CES was a time of reckoning for lidar companies, many of which were cratering due to a lack of demand from a (still) non-existent autonomous vehicle industry. The few that excelled did so by specializing, and this year the trend has pushed beyond lidar, with new sensing and imaging methods pushing to both compete with and complement the laser-based tech. Lidar pushed ahead of traditional cameras because it could do things they couldn’t — and now some companies are pushing to do the same wit...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Transportation, Hardware, Tech, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Dslr, Lidar, Daimler, McIntyre, Sense Photonics, Nodar, Nodar COO, Brad Rosen, Shauna McIntyre Sense

Joe Biden Promotes 'Science Advisor' to US Cabinet-Level Position

"President-elect Joe Biden announced Friday that he has chosen a pioneer in mapping the human genome — the so-called 'book of life' — to be his chief science adviser," reports the Associated Press, "and is elevating the top science job to a Cabinet position." Biden nominated Eric Lander, founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, who was the lead author of the first paper announcing the details of the human genome, as director of Office of Science and Technology Policy and adv...
Tags: White House, Tech, Joe Biden, Harvard, Associated Press, Biden, Cabinet, Broad Institute of MIT, Eric Lander, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Sudip Parikh, US Cabinet Level Position

Carbon capture is vital to meeting climate goals, scientists tell green critics

Supporters insist that storage technology is not a costly mistake but the best way for UK to cut emissions from heavy industryEngineers and geologists have strongly criticised green groups who last week claimed that carbon capture and storage schemes – for reducing fossil fuel emissions – are costly mistakes.The scientists insisted that such schemes are vital weapons in the battle against global heating and warn that failure to set up ways to trap carbon dioxide and store it underground would ma...
Tags: Energy, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Technology, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, World news, Energy industry, Coal, Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Boris Johnson, Manufacturing sector

WhatsApp Delays Controversial 'Data-Sharing' Privacy Policy Update By 3 Months

WhatsApp said on Friday that it wouldn't enforce its recently announced controversial data sharing policy update until May 15. Originally set to go into effect next month on February 8, the three-month delay comes following "a lot of misinformation" about a revision to its privacy policy that allows WhatsApp to share data with Facebook, sparking widespread concerns about the exact kind of [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Whatsapp, Ravie Lakshmanan

I'm a former Broadway actress who makes over $8,000 a month running a digital marketing company. Here's how I set my prices and find new clients.

Rachel Schur is an actress and digital marketing small business owner. Lauren Desbgerg Rachel Schur Chase, 33, is a Broadway actress and the founder of Schur Thing Media. When Broadway shut down in March due to the pandemic, Schur Chase began to expand her social media management side hustle into a full-time small business. She helps brick-and-mortar retailers launch online shops, mentors fellow stage actors who want to build an online presence, and manages clients' social media accounts a...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Florida, Instagram, Nbc, Small Business, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Social Media Marketing, Chicago, Broadway, Tina Fey, Melbourne, Annie, Actress

This Week in Apps: Parler deplatformed, alt apps rise, looking back at 2020 trends

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with  218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live TV. Currently, the average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV per day...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Amazon, Android, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, China, India, Samsung, Tech, Paypal, Ios Apps, Developers

The FAA has given approval for commercial drones to fly over people. It means autonomous deliveries by companies like Amazon are one step closer to reality

The Department of Transportation building in Washington DC. ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday finalized a rule allowing commercial drones to fly without an operator on site.  "Decades worth of promise and projection are finally coming to fruition," said Reese Mozer, CEO of American Robotics. The first commercial uses will be outside cities, with drones helping on industrial and agricultural jobs, said American Robotics.   Visit Business Insider's homepage...
Tags: Amazon, New York, US, Trends, Autonomous, Drones, Washington Dc, Aviation, Faa, Department Of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Electronic Privacy Information Center Epic, Tech Insider, American Robotics, Reese Mozer, Mozer

EFF, Cory Doctorow Warn About the Dangers of De-Platforming and Censorship

Last week Cory Doctorow shared his own answer for what Apple and Google should've done about Parler: They should remove it, and tell users, "We removed Parler because we think it is a politically odious attempt to foment violence. Our judgment is subjective and may be wielded against others in future. If you don't like our judgment, you shouldn't use our app store." I'm 100% OK with that: first, because it is honest; and second, because it invites the question, "How do we switch app stores?" ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Tech, Signal, Cory Doctorow, Slashdot, Doctorow, Ottman, Parler, Bill Ottman

FAA authorizes autonomous drone flight without an operator nearby

You could soon be able to operate your own autonomous drone, thanks to the first approval FAA of a drone that can operate without a human pilot onsite.
Tags: News, Trends, Drones, Faa, Autonomous Drones, Breaking Twitter

US President-Elect Biden Starts New Twitter Account, Criticizes Policy on POTUS Account

"This will be the account for my official duties as President," tweeted U.S. president-elect Joe Biden on Thursday — but from a new account at @PresElectBiden (which will transition to @POTUS after Wednesday's inauguration). But Bloomberg reports Biden is still "clashing with the social media company over its decision to deny the incoming administration millions of existing White House followers." Biden's transition opened @PresElectBiden in order to start building a following for one of the o...
Tags: Twitter, Instagram, White House, US, Barack Obama, Tech, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc, Trump White House, Rob Flaherty, Biden White House

Nasa’s Boeing deep space rocket set for ‘once-in-a-generation’ test

Test is step before first unmanned launch later this year, in push to land humans on the moon again by 2024Nasa’s Boeing-built deep space exploration rocket, Space Launch System (SLS), is set to fire its behemoth core stage for the first time on Saturday, a crucial test for a years-delayed US government project facing mounting pressure from emerging private sector technology.The SLS hot fire test, expected to begin at 5pm CST Saturday at Nasa’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, will cap a nea...
Tags: Space, Technology, Mississippi, US, Nasa, Boeing, Stennis Space Center

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