Do We Need Yet More Films About Time Loops? A Pretty Much Pop Discussion (#80) of Groundhog Day and its Descendents Tine looping, where a character is doomed to repeat the same day (or hour, or longer period) is a sci-fi trope dating back more than a century, but really entered American consciousness with the 1993 Bill Murray film Groundhog Day . Since then, and especially in the last five years, there have been numerous iterations of this idea in various genres from racial police-shooting drama to...
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Fauci Says CDC May Recommend Wearing Two Masks To Fight Virus

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The Centers for Disease Control may recommend wearing two masks -- one over the other -- to keep at bay the more contagious variants of the coronavirus, according to Anthony Fauci. The CDC and Fauci discussed the matter Monday but the agency doesn't yet have the data to make any formal recommendation, he said Tuesday during a Washington Post event. Still, "it makes common sense" to increase protection, Fauci said. The infectious disease expert ...
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Microsoft backs Australia’s pay-for-news plan, risks massive blowback over a lousy $3bn and change

Promises to grease the skids for small business advertisers who get off Google and bound towards Bing Analysis Microsoft has backed Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code, a scheme the nation intends as a mechanism to make Google and Facebook pay local news publishers for the privilege of linking to their work to deliver a new funding mechanism for public interest journalism.…
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Sergey Brin: Google co-founder sets up family firm in Singapore

The world's ninth-richest person, Sergey Brin, is setting up a company in the city-state to manage his wealth.
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Sundar Pichai's Tweet After Jeff Bezos Says He'll Step Down As Amazon CEO

Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Wednesday congratulated Jeff Bezos and his successor Andy Jassy on their new roles after the Amazon founder...
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The best apps for selling stuff in 2021

Have something to sell? Don't know where to sell it? Then try one of our best apps for selling stuff, all of which let you list your items and sell them online.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Android, Mobile, Marketplace, Ebay, Trends, Buying Guides, Best Apps, Best Apps For Selling Stuff

Hacker Group Inserted Malware In NoxPlayer Android Emulator

A mysterious hacking group has compromised the server infrastructure of a popular Android emulator and has delivered malware to a handful of victims across Asia in a highly-targeted supply chain attack. ZDNet reports: The attack was discovered by Slovak security firm ESET on January 25, last week, and targeted BigNox, a company that makes NoxPlayer, a software client for emulating Android apps on Windows or macOS desktops. ESET says that based on evidence its researchers gathered, a threat actor...
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There's a Curious Effect Urban Trees Might Have On Depression

omfglearntoplay shares a report from ScienceAlert: There's already a long list of reasons to like trees, we know. Warding off depression could be the latest entry on that list, based on a study of 9,751 residents in Leipzig, Germany. For a more consistent measure, researchers used antidepressant prescriptions rather than self-reporting to gauge the mental health of communities, and then cross-referenced these statistics with the numbers of street trees in each area. They reported that more local...
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Surface Pro X long-term review: Excellent, if it’s not your only PC

I put off writing my Surface Pro X review for a while. I’ve been using a Surface Book since the original, and I’ve always considered myself a power user, so the idea of adopting an ARM-powered PC that couldn’t run all of the apps I might need seemed unconscionable. So I’d play with the Pro X — the marginally updated SQ2 version — every once in a while, but my heart was never fully in it. And then Apple released its M1-powered MacBooks. Ironically, but perhaps not surprisingly, it was Apple’s suc...
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Algorithmic Driven Publishing May Not Be Enough for Legal Blog Aggregation and Curation

Hearing what Apple CEO, Tim Cook had to say in a recent speech in Brussels marking International Data Privacy Day has me rethinking the delivery of journalism via algorithms – particularly legal journalism, which is primarily blogging today. “Too many are still asking the question, ‘How much can we get away with?’ When they need to be asking, ‘What are the consequences?’ What are the consequences of prioritizing conspiracy theories and violent incitement simply because of the high rates ...
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Google gone, new Onyx, why?

Got an Onyx and everything worked fine. Then just recently any service from Google stopped working. So no more Google Translate, Gmail, Google Drive, Google ..., everything Google ain't working. I tried booting, didn't work. I tried signing in/out, and all that happened was that I signed out but couldn't sign in anymore. See the error below. Got an idea what's happening? Syncing stopped working a while ago. I signed out, now I can't sign in. https://i.ibb.c...
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Safari on Mac will soon let you customize and override new window or tab page with extensions

Among all the new features included with macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta 1, which was released today for developers, Apple mentioned that Safari...
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How to factory reset a Samsung Galaxy S8

If your Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus isn't running well, or you're preparing to hand it off to someone else, you'll want to reset it to factory defaults. Here's how.
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Bot MD, an AI-based chatbot for doctors, raises $5 million for expansion into more Asian markets

Time is critical for healthcare providers, especially in the middle of the pandemic. Singapore-based Bot MD helps save time with an AI-based chatbot that lets doctors look up important information from their smartphones, instead of needing to call a hospital operator or access its intranet. The startup announced today it has raised a $5 million Series A led by Monk’s Hill Venture. Other backers include SeaX, XA Network and SG Innovate, and angel investors Yoh-Chie Lu, Jean-Luc Butel and Steve Bl...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Mit, Hospitals, Healthcare, Doctors, Boston Dynamics, Asia Pacific region, Koh, Chatbot, Changi General Hospital

Pandemic Is Accelerating Google’s Rivalry With Amazon and Traditional TV

Despite a year that saw it contend with the disruption caused by a global pandemic, threats from regulators and the challenge of leading the online ad industry toward a cookieless future, Google still managed to earn handsome revenues in 2020. Earlier today Google posted performance figures that demonstrate its growing competition with both Amazon and...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Advertising, Ad Tech

Hands-On With the Apple Watch iPhone Unlocking Feature in iOS 14.5 (mac rumors)

Apple today released the iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 beta updates for developers, and included in the new software is a feature that's designed to make it easier to unlock an iPhone while wearing a mask by leveraging the Apple Watch. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. An opt-in setting lets you turn on a feature that allows an ‌iPhone‌ to be unlocked with both Face ID and an authenticated Apple Watch combined. You can find this setting by opening up the Settings app, go...
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Kobo Libra H2O vs Pocketbook Inkpad 3 (PRO?)

There is a similar thread, but that person has quite different concerns. My priorities: good, reasonably big screen Mostly for reading, not watching cat videos. Battery life and format support is important. Will be used exclusively for DRM-free books. No interest "lending" books, online stores, cloud services. I'm a programmer, I can organize my data if you give me a chance. No phoning home. No tracking. hackable, and ability to install software language support a plus audio support is a plus Ph...
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Apple’s next macOS Big Sur update should make iPad apps look less awkward on the Mac

Plus, you’ll be able to use Xbox Series X and PS5 controllers.
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BukuWarung, a startup digitizing Indonesia’s SMEs, raises new funding from

BukuWarung, an Indonesian startup focused on digitizing the country’s 60 million small businesses, announced today it has raised new funding from and an Indonesian retail conglomerate. The amount was undisclosed, but sources say it brings BukuWarung’s total funding so far to $20 million. The company’s last round, announced in September 2020, was between $10 million to $15 million. Launched in 2019, BukuWarung was founded by Chinmay Chauhan and Abhinay Peddisetty and took part in Y ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, SMEs, Indonesia India, Indonesia Southeast Asia, Sequoia Capital India, Khatabook, BukuWarung, Chinmay Chauhan, Abhinay Peddisetty

Comcast Lifts Uploads To 5Mbps Amid Complaints Its Low-Income Plan Is Too Slow

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Comcast is doubling download speeds and increasing upload speeds for the $10-per-month Internet Essentials plan that it sells to low-income subscribers. Comcast had faced criticism for keeping the plan's speeds at 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up during the pandemic, though even those speeds were an increase from the 15Mbps/2Mbps offered until March 2020. In today's announcement, Comcast said it is "doubling the program's Internet download speed to ...
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The iCloud for Windows version that let you sync Apple passwords is no longer available

The update is gone, but the Chrome extension lives (for now)
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Tech CEOs including Google's Sundar, Salesforce's Marc Benioff, Microsoft's Satya Nadella congratulate outgoing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his successor, Andy Jassy

Jeff Bezos. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Jeff Bezos will step down as Amazon CEO in Q3 2021, the company announced on January 3. CEOs are taking to Twitter to send their congratulations to both Bezos and his successor, Andy Jassy. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS, will be replacing Jeff Bezos as Amazon CEO later this year. Now, CEOs and prominent figures at other major companies around the world are sending their congratulations to Bezos an...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Twitter, News, Microsoft, Softbank, Satya Nadella, Trends, Getty Images, WeWork, Salesforce, Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, Marc Benioff, Bezos

Tesla Recalls Roughly 135,000 Vehicles Over Touchscreen Failures

After being asked by the NHTSA, Tesla is recalling 135,000 Model S and Model X vehicles because their large center touchscreens can fail. "The recall applies to some 2012 through 2018 Model S and 2016 through 2018 Model X vehicles," notes CNN. From the report: Under the recall, which will begin on March 30, Tesla must notify owners of cars with the failure-prone touchscreens and replace a computer chip that controls the screen. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) considers...
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India’s Zetwerk raises $120 million to scale its B2B marketplace for manufacturing parts

When you want to buy a refrigerator or a television, you can walk to the nearby electronics store or visit an e-commerce website like Amazon. But where do you go when you’re looking for parts of a crane, a door or chassis of different machines? For several businesses globally, the answer to that question is increasingly Zetwerk, a Bangalore-based startup. The three-year-old startup runs a business-to-business marketplace for manufacturing items that connects OEMs (original equipment manufacturer...
Tags: Startups, Ecommerce, Asia, China, Singapore, India, Funding, Tech, Sequoia Capital, Itc, Lightspeed Venture Partners, South Asia, Bangalore, Greenoaks Capital, Kolkata, Lightspeed

Tesla's Next Car Could Support Ultra Wideband Unlocking With iPhone

A leaked Tesla FCC document shared by The Verge suggests that Tesla's next cars will support Ultra Wideband, a technology that's built into the latest iPhones and in vehicles, allows for greater accuracy when unlocking a car with a smartphone. Tesla in September submitted documentation on new key fobs, a controller, and endpoints that would be installed inside the frame and cabin of a vehicle, some of which support Ultra Wideband communication. Tesla is using a standards-based implementation ...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Fcc, Tesla, Bmw, North America, CarKey, Airtags, Ultra Wideband, Tesla FCC, Tesla Ultra Wideband

Up in flames: SpaceX Starship test flight ends in fiery crash, again

Futuristic rocket explodes on landing after test in TexasElon Musk developing Starship to carry people to MarsSpaceX’s second full test flight of its futuristic, bullet-shaped Starship ended in another fiery crash landing on Tuesday.Elon Musk’s company launched its latest Starship prototype from the south-eastern tip of Texas, two months after the previous test ended in an equally explosive belly flop. Continue reading...
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Daily Crunch: Jeff Bezos will step down as Amazon CEO

The Bezos era is ending, Uber acquires Drizly and Tesla recalls 135,000 vehicles. This is your Daily Crunch for February 2, 2021. The big story: Jeff Bezos will step down as Amazon CEO Amazon announced today that founder Jeff Bezos will be transitioning from CEO to executive chair in the third quarter of this year. Andy Jassy, currently the CEO of Amazon Web Services, will be taking over as chief executive for the entire company. In an email to employees, Bezos said that this will allow him to...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Uber, America, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Miami, Jeff Bezos, Amazon Web Services, Udemy, Ftc, Drizly, Bezos, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Andy Jassy

Apple Shares Tim Cook's Recent Speech on Apple's Commitment to Privacy

Apple CEO Tim Cook last week spoke at the virtual Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection conference, where he highlighted Apple's commitment to user privacy and condemned the data-hungry business models of companies like Facebook. Apple today shared Cook's full 12-minute speech on its YouTube channel for those who missed the initial release. On January 28, 2021, Apple CEO ‌Tim Cook‌ delivered remarks at Computers, Privacy & Data Protection Conference: Enforcing Rights in a Changing World....
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Google owner Alphabet sees record growth as ad spend soars

Alphabet's revenues jump as advertisers unleash spending on Google during the pandemic.
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Apple Stops Signing iOS 14.3 Following iOS 14.4 Release

Following the release of iOS 14.4 on January 26, Apple has stopped signing iOS 14.3, the prior version of iOS 14. With the software no longer being signed, it is not possible to downgrade from iOS 14.4 to iOS 14.3 if you've already upgraded. Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases come out in order to encourage customers to keep their operating systems up to date. iOS 14.4 introduced some notable security fixes for vulnerabilities that Apple says m...
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