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Does Facebook Have a Joe Biden Problem?

Last week the Democratic party took control of all three branches of the U.S. government — and the BBC's North America technology reporter notes they dislike Facebook even more now than during the Cambridge Analytica scandal: Since then, Democrats — Joe Biden included — have been appalled by what Facebook has allowed on its platform. Talking to a CNN anchor in late 2019 Joe Biden said, "You can't do what they can do on Facebook, and say anything at all, and not acknowledge when you know somethi...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Joe Biden, Bbc, Cnn, New York Times, Columbia University, North America, Biden, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Jameel Jaffer, Cambridge Analytica


Autonomous driving startup Uisee attracts Chinese state investor in $150M round

There is no lack of state funding for China’s smart driving startups nowadays as the country advances its goal to become a global leader in artificial intelligence in a decade’s time. The latest to get a financial boost is Uisee, a Beijing-based company founded by a group of tech veterans including the former head of Intel Labs China, Wu Gansha. Uisee said Monday it has closed a funding round north of 1 billion yuan ($150 million) from investors including the National Manufacturing Transformatio...
Tags: TC, China, Tech, Beijing, Fund, Ministry Of Finance, Hong Kong International Airport, Momenta, UISEE, FAW Group Dongfeng Motor, Intel Labs China Wu Gansha Uisee, Wu Gansha


Dropping WhatsApp? Despite Security Concerns, Nostalgia Drives Users to ICQ

Here's an interesting tidbit from The Wall Street Journal: ICQ was a pioneering, mid-1990s internet messaging service then used on bulky PCs on dial-up. It was a precursor to AOL Instant Messenger, and was last in vogue when the TV show "Friends" was in its prime and PalmPilots were cutting edge. It's been modernized over the years, and now is an app for smartphones. Lately it has skyrocketed up Hong Kong's app charts, with downloads jumping 35-fold in the week ending Jan. 12. "It recalls my...
Tags: Hong Kong, Wikipedia, Russia, Tech, Slashdot, Facebook Inc, Novaya Gazeta, ICQ, Anthony Wong, AOL Instant Messenger, CmdrTaco, Herman Klimenko


Dropping WhatsApp? Despite Privacy Concerns, Nostalgia Drives Users to ICQ

Here's an interesting tidbit from The Wall Street Journal: ICQ was a pioneering, mid-1990s internet messaging service then used on bulky PCs on dial-up. It was a precursor to AOL Instant Messenger, and was last in vogue when the TV show "Friends" was in its prime and PalmPilots were cutting edge. It's been modernized over the years, and now is an app for smartphones. Lately it has skyrocketed up Hong Kong's app charts, with downloads jumping 35-fold in the week ending Jan. 12. "It recalls my...
Tags: Hong Kong, Wikipedia, Russia, Tech, Slashdot, Facebook Inc, Novaya Gazeta, ICQ, Anthony Wong, AOL Instant Messenger, CmdrTaco, Herman Klimenko


The most important 2021 Predictions in entertainment tech and gaming

“It follows that the goal of forecasting is not to see what’s coming. It is to advance the interests of the forecaster and the forecaster’s tribe.” PHILIP TETLOCK, SUPERFORECASTING: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF PREDICTION Covid-19 accelerated the adoption of entertainment tech, gaming and commerce. But are these trends here to stay? 2020… where to start? If you look at the prediction lists of 2020, none (or at least very few), would have foreseen the chain reaction of Covid-19 to both enterpri...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, France, China, US, Samsung, Trends, Vogue, Andreessen Horowitz, Accenture, Aston Martin, Signal, Gamestop, App Annie


Andrew Yang Proposes a Local Currency, Sees Growing Support for Universal Basic Income

In March Andrew Yang's nonprofit gave $1,000 one-time grants to a thousand residents in the Bronx. This week a new article in the New Yorker asks one of those grant recipients how they feel about Yang's newest proposal as he runs to be New York's mayor: to give the city's public-housing residents billions of dollars in a "Borough Bucks" currency that would hopefully recirculate in the community: "I was like, you know, am I the only person here that would love to live in a society where we can a...
Tags: New York, Congress, New York City, Tech, Bronx, City Council, Biden, Eric Adams, Yang, Carlos Menchaca, Andrew Yang, Dianne Morales


How Access the Files on Your Mac From Windows

This tutorial will guide you through the steps required to access the files and folders on your Mac, from Windows. Accessing the files on your Mac from a Windows PC is quite a bit easier than you might imagine once you know the process. For this guide we’re going to assume both of the computers are on the same network. First you’ll need to enable File Sharing in macOS. Click the Apple button in the Menu Bar, and select System Preferences… from the drop-down list. Click the Sharing icon. ...
Tags: Apple, Mac, Windows, eLearning, Menu Bar, Home Networking


Despite SolarWinds Cyberattack, Microsoft's Azure Business Predicted to Benefit

"Microsoft Corp. was wrapped into a massive cybersecurity attack late last year," reports MarketWatch, "but the unprecedented intrusion may actually end up being a positive for the company's bottom line." UBS analyst Karl Keirstead, who has a buy rating and a $243 price target, said while Microsoft products were leveraged by hackers in the attack on SolarWinds Corp.'s Orion IT management software, because they are commonplace, "the broader cyber-security community are not pointing fingers at M...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Tech, Ubs, Orion, Marketwatch, Microsoft Corp, Alphabet Inc, Microsoft Amazon, Karl Keirstead, SolarWinds Corp, Microsoft Keirstead, Azure Amazon com Inc


Apple: If You Have a Medical Device, Keep It a 'Safe Distance' Away from the iPhone 12 and MagSafe Accessories

Although Apple has long acknowledged that its iPhone 12 lineup and MagSafe accessories may interfere with medical devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators, it released additional guidance for people who use medical devices on Saturday. The message: Keep your iPhone 12 and MagSafe accessories a safe distance away…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science


More Companies Are Joining 'Tech Exodus' From California

This week Digital Reality data center services announced it was also relocating its headquarters from the San Francisco Bay Area to Texas, citing factors like a low cost of living and "supportive business climate". (Though it will still maintain a "significant" presence in the Bay Area.) And Align Technology (makers of the Invisalign orthodontic dental aligners) also announced it had relocated its global corporate headquarters from San Jose, California to Tempe, Arizona, citing a "favorable co...
Tags: Elon Musk, Shutterstock, Texas, Nbc, California, Nbc News, Tech, Shervin Pishevar, Miami, Silicon Valley, Houston, Denver, Palantir, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Austin Texas


Wingcopter raises $22 million to expand to the U.S. and launch a next-generation drone

German drone technology startup Wingcopter has raised a $22 million Series A – its first significant venture capital raise after mostly bootstrapping. The company, which focuses on drone delivery, has come a long way since its founding in 2017, having developed, built and flown its Wingcopter 178 heavy-lift cargo delivery drone using its proprietary and patented tilt-rotor propellant mechanism, which combines all the benefits of vertical take-off and landing with the advantages of fixed-wing air...
Tags: Tech, UPS, Ireland, Tanzania, Faa, Unicef, Vanuatu, Plummer, Tom Plummer, Wingcopter, Silicon Valley VC Xplorer Capital, Merck Wingcopter, Data Academy Wingcopter


Winning the web means winning Google searches. This $29 SEO training can get it done

TLDR: The Pro Google SEO and SERP Certification Bundle can turn you into an SEO expert with tips and tactics for putting your brand at the top of those valuable Google search results. If you have any responsibility for a brand or play any role in marketing, then you know about search engine optimization (SEO). And you probably know that deft use of SEO practices can draw a straight line from you and your product to heightened web exposure and higher sales. Google drives over 2.5 trillion web sea...
Tags: Google, Startups, Offers


'We Messed Up'. Microsoft Rescinds Xbox Live Gold Price Hike

"We messed up today," the Xbox Live Gold team wrote late Friday night, "and you were right to let us know." Their blog post's new title? "No Changes to Xbox Live Gold Pricing, Free-to-Play Games to be Unlocked." Forbes reports: It has been a very strange few days for Microsoft and Xbox fans. On Friday, Microsoft announced that for effectively no real reason, it was doubling the price of Xbox Live Gold from $60 a year to $120 a year. Immediately, this generated massive pushback from both playe...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Sony, Xbox, Xbox Live Gold, Daniel Ahmad, Unlocked Forbes


Ant Group Sponsors Reality Competition Show About Programmers

"A two-episode series which debuted on Chinese streaming platforms last week has been described as the first reality competition to focus on programmers," reports the I Programmer web site: The show, sponsored by the Ant Group, an affiliate company of the Chinese Alibaba Group, is called Ranshaoba tiancaichengxuyuan, which roughly translates to "Burn Bright! Genius Programmer," and followed four teams engaged on a challenge akin to the hackathons that take place on Kaggle and similar platforms....
Tags: China, US, Tech, Carnegie Mellon University, Central Committee, Tsinghua University, Global Times, People s Daily, Peking University, Kaggle, Tsinghua University in China, Ant Group, Chinese Alibaba Group, Ranshaoba, Chinese Communist Party Ji Yuqiao


Facebook and Amazon were the top spenders in lobbying efforts in 2020: Report

JUSTIN TALLIS / Contributor Alphabet Inc. and Apple were also among the top spenders in lobbying in 2020, the analysis revealed. The expenditures are only part of the efforts by the tech giants to earn goodwill in Washington. Facebook said that it will continue to voice its support for new rules that "address today's realities online." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook and Amazon were the biggest spenders on lobbying in 2020, outspending companies such as AT&T a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, New York, Texas, News, Congress, Washington, US, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Joe Biden, House


This author turned to self-publishing for her memoir on addiction

My road to being a self-published author began in rehab. Picture it: 2011. A treatment facility just a 10-minute drive from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I was a struggling actress with two kidney transplants and a massive addiction to prescription drugs. Every night, during the two hours my laptop was released from contraband, I would blog. By the end of my 60 days, I was driven to tell my story. But did the world really need another actress-turned-writer? I had a great story. My husband gave me ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Books, Hollywood, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, New York Times, New Zealand, Jonathan Franzen, Toni Morrison, Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Ucla, Southern California, Bic


When Adobe Stopped Flash Content, It Also Stopped A Chinese Railroad

Jalopnik shares a story for our times: Adobe's Flash, the web browser plug-in that powered so very many crappy games, confusing interfaces, and animated icons of the early web like Homestar Runner is now finally gone, after a long, slow, protracted death. For most of us, this just means that some goofy webgame you searched for out of misplaced nostalgia will no longer run. For a select few in China, though, the death of Flash meant being late to work, because the city of Dalian in northern Chin...
Tags: China, Tech, Jalopnik, Dalian, Homestar


Slow Pages turn on Tolino Vision 5

Hello my dear! I bought a Tolino Vision 5 reader. I used to use Inkbook Prime HD before. I opted for the Tolino as it has 7 inches and a beautiful amber screen backlight. forgive me for my spelling, but I am Polish, I come from Poland, I am assuming a topic on a foreign forum because I cannot get an answer anywhere. I have a problem with one thing, which is the fact that page flipping seems very slow to me. it's comparably slow with the Inkbook, although I thought the $ 250 hardware should ...
Tags: Google, Books, Poland, KEPUB, Tolino


Ask Slashdot: Is There a Battery-Powered Wi-Fi Security Camera That Supports FTP/SMB?

After their house was vandalized, long-time Slashdot reader lsllll needs some help finding a battery-powered, wifi-enabled camera that can dump motion-detected videos to a local server: There are some nice cameras out there that'll work for nearly 5 months off a rechargeable battery. You can even pair them with a solar panel which would keep them constantly topped off. But none of them offer anything other than local storage (free on SD card) or in the cloud (subscription). Obviously, being a...
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Clubhouse announces plans for creator payments and raises new funding led by Andreessen Horowitz

Buzzy live voice chat app Clubhouse has confirmed that it has raised new funding – without revealing how much – in a Series B round led by Andreessen Horowitz through the firm’s partner Andrew Chen. The app was reported to be raising at a $1 billion valuation in a report from The Information that landed just before this confirmation. While we try to track down the actual value of this round and the subsequent valuation of the company, what we do know is that Clubhouse has confirmed it will be in...
Tags: Android, Startups, TC, Apps, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Software, Andreessen Horowitz, Patreon, Clubhouse, Mobile Software, Video Hosting, Paul Davison, Andrew Chen, Buzzy


Americans must not let freedom of speech slip away

We are losing freedom of speech in this country at a speed that could win an Olympic gold medal. And that’s saying something, because the Olympics feature teams from some of the most accomplished totalitarian nations in world history. It’s alarming that good old American know-how is being used to crush those who express an opinion that has been deemed unacceptable. Let’s start by acknowledging that violence is unacceptable. Violence isn’t speech. But at the same time, speech isn’t violence. So l...
Tags: Google, Minnesota, Opinion, Alabama, America, Sport, Soccer, Biden, Naacp, U S Supreme Court, Capitol, Kohl, Wayfair, Susan Shelley, John Marshall Harlan II, Mike Lindell






'Babylon 5' Actress Mira Furlan Dies At 65

Slashdot reader The Grim Reefer shares a report from the BBC: Babylon 5 and Lost actress Mira Furlan has died at the age of 65, her family and management have confirmed. Furlan played Minbari Ambassador Delenn in the 1990s sci-fi TV drama, Babylon 5, and Danielle Rousseau in the noughties mystery drama, Lost. Her family told the BBC the Croatian actress died on Wednesday due to complications with West Nile Virus... A message on Furlan's Twitter account, confirmed to be taken from the autobio...
Tags: Tech, Bbc, Babylon, West Nile, Michael Straczynski, Delenn, Furlan, Mira Furlan, Danielle Rousseau


Can You Tell a Programming Language Inventor From a Serial Killer?

Slashdot reader DevNull127 writes: A new web quiz challenge visitors, "Can you tell a coder from a cannibal? A mathematician from a murderer? Try to spot who liked hacking away at corpses rather than computers." One commenter on BoingBoing says the quiz brought back memories of doing IT recruitment in the 1990s. "After a few months at that job, I started to wonder if spending so much time staring at soulless equipment wasn't affecting people. Too many candidates were completely humorless, cult...
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WhatsApp loses millions of users after terms update

Poorly-executed change to terms of service sends messaging app’s subscribers flocking to competitors A poorly-explained update to its terms of service has pushed WhatsApp users to adopt alternative services such as Signal and Telegram in their millions.The exodus was so large that WhatsApp has been forced to delay the implementation of the new terms, which had been slated for 8 February, and run a damage limitation campaign to explain to users the changes they were making. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, UK News, Whatsapp, Signal and Telegram


SpaceX sets new record for most satellites on a single launch with latest Falcon 9 mission

SpaceX has set a new all-time record for the most satellites launched and deployed on a single mission, with its Transporter-1 flight on Sunday. The launch was the first of SpaceX’s dedicated rideshare missions, in which it splits up the payload capacity of its rocket among multiple customers, resulting in a reduced cost for each but still providing SpaceX with a full launch and all the revenue it requires to justify lauding one of its vehicles. The launch today included 143 satellites, 133 of w...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, UK, Tech, Earth, Broadband, Canada, Atlantic, United Kingdom, Satellite, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace


Motorola One 5G Ace review: Good at most things, great at nothing

At $400, it has much to offer -- but can it compete with the Pixel 4a, iPhone SE?
Tags: Android, Mobile, Motorola, Trends, 5g, Motorola One 5G Ace, One 5G Ace


Watch SpaceX’s first dedicated rideshare rocket launch live, carrying a record-breaking payload of satellites

  SpaceX is set to launch the very first of its dedicated rideshare missions – an  that allows small satellite operators to book a portion of a payload on a Falcon 9 launch. SpaceX’s rocket has a relatively high payload capacity compared to the size of many of the small satellites produced today, so a rideshare mission like this offers smaller companies and startups a chance to get their spacecraft in orbit without breaking the bank. Today’s attempt is scheduled for 10 AM EST (7 AM PST) afte...
Tags: Ipad, TC, Space, Spacex, Tech, Satellite, Bank, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Kepler, Spacecraft, Falcon, PSLV, Outer Space, Indian Space Research Organization


Know What’s Up in ’21: Read Wunderman Thompson’s New Future 100 Report

As a marketer, are you feeling cautiously optimistic about 2021? Can 2021 be a hopeful year of economic rebound and societal healing? Wunderman Thompson Intelligence, the agency’s futures think tank and innovation unit, believes so. Their findings are presented in the agency’s annual Future 100 report, which helps lift the lid on trends that will shape […] The post Know What’s Up in ’21: Read Wunderman Thompson’s New Future 100 Report appeared first on Adpulp.
Tags: Technology, Advertising, Digital, Retail, Advertainment, Lifestyle Marketing, Media Trends, Industry Analysis, Wunderman Thompson



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