Remote Tasmanian Island To Be Powered By 'Blowhole' Energy That Harnesses Waves

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Technology that harnesses wave energy through a "blowhole" is being tested at a remote Tasmanian island in a project backed by federal grants and investors. When the mostly above-water unit is connected in about a month, King Island in Bass Strait will be powered by three renewables -- wave, wind and solar. And there are hopes the project can be expanded across Australia's vast southern coastline. Wave Swell Energy co-founder Tom Denniss s...
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Two Google engineers resign over firing of AI ethics researcher

The resignations come as workers have demanded commitments to academic freedom and management change in Google's research organization
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GajiGesa, a fintech startup serving underbanked Indonesian workers, raises $2.5 million seed round

GajiGesa, a fintech company that offers Earned Wage Access (EWA) and other services for workers in Indonesia, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding. The round was co-led by and Quest Ventures. Other participants included GK Plug and Play, Next Billion Ventures, Alto Partners Multi-Family Office, Kanmo Group and strategic angel investors. The company was founded last year by husband-and-wife team Vidit Agrawal and Martyna Malinowska. Agrawal was Uber’s first employee in Asia and has als...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Standard Chartered, Fintech, Ewa, Agrawal, Carro, SC Ventures, Earned Wage Access, GajiGesa, Vidit Agrawal

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Which should you buy?

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is one handful of a phone, offering high-end performance and a beautiful design. But is it better than the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra?
Tags: Android, Mobile, Trends, Samsung Galaxy, Buying Guides, Smartphone Comparisons, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

Grab announces program to help increase COVID-19 vaccinations in Southeast Asia

Grab, the Southeast Asian ride-hailing and on-demand delivery giant, announced a program to increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations today. Its goal is to have all of its employees, as well as driver and delivery partners, vaccinated by 2022 (excluding people who are medically unable to receive shots). Grab also said it will work with governments to provide information about vaccines through its app, and is in discussions to provide last-mile vaccine distribution, and transportation to and from ...
Tags: TC, Asia, Microsoft, China, Southeast Asia, Tech, United States, Vietnam, Southeast Asian, Didi, Didi Chuxing, Grab, Russell Cohen, COVID-19, Covid-19 Vaccine, Russell Cohen Grab

How to take a screenshot on an iPhone X

Since Apple ditched Touch ID on the iPhone X, ordinary tasks are slightly different on newer models. Here's how to take a screenshot on an iPhone X or newer.
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Malicious Chrome and Edge Add-Ons Had a Novel Way To Hide On 3 Million Devices

In December, Ars reported that as many as 3 million people had been infected by Chrome and Edge browser extensions that stole personal data and redirected users to ad or phishing sites. Now, the researchers who discovered the scam have revealed the lengths the extension developers took to hide their nefarious deeds. Ars Technica reports: Researchers from Prague-based Avast said on Wednesday that the extension developers employed a novel way to hide malicious traffic sent between infected devices...
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Hungry? Order a ‘Cocobot,’ San Pedro’s latest (and cutest) contact-less delivery system

Councilmember Joe Buscaino joins the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce and local restaurants to announce the launch of a pilot program in Downtown San Pedro with Coco’s human-operated delivery robots, providing residents with contact-less deliveries of food and household essentials, on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. The program will operate within a one-mile radius of downtown San Pedro and will be the first of its kind in the South Bay. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) Councilm...
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Clearview AI Violated Canadian Privacy Law

sinij shares a report from American technology firm Clearview AI violated Canadian privacy laws by collecting photos of Canadians without their knowledge or consent, an investigation by four of Canada's privacy commissioners has found. The report found that Clearview's technology created a significant risk to individuals by allowing law enforcement and companies to match photos against its database of more than three billion images, including Canadians and children. The commissioners c...
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Apple Car will be fully autonomous with no driver input, insiders claim

Apple's highly anticipated electric vehicle will be fully autonomous, with the first model likely aimed at delivery and robotaxi services, a new report claims.
Tags: Apple, News, Cars, Trends, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, Apple Car

Two Google Engineers Resign Over Firing of AI Ethics Researcher Timnit Gebru

By Jeffrey Dastin and Paresh DaveSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An engineering director and a software developer have quit Alphabet Inc's Google over...
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LA Metro CEO Phillip Washington to step down in May

L.A. Metro CEO Phillip Washington is stepping down from the public transportation agency he has led for the last six years. Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Chairman Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday, Feb. 3, that Washington has decided not to extend or renew his contract when it expires in May. “Phil Washington has been a visionary leader, reimagining our transit network and steering our region toward an era of generational growth and lasting progress,” Garcetti said in a statement. “With Phil at th...
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Parler social network terminates CEO John Matze

Platform popular with US far right has faced an uncertain future after being essentially forced offlineParler, the social media platform favored by the US far right, has dismissed its CEO John Matze. Continue reading...
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LAUSD takes heat for allowing film crew on campus during pandemic-driven school shutdowns

The Los Angeles Unified School District is facing criticism from parents outraged after learning that a group of child actors were allowed to film at an elementary school this week while district officials maintain that the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose too much of a threat for high-needs students to return for in-person instruction. Loads of kids on campus today at Kester Ave. elementary doing a shoot for Apple TV. So it’s unsafe to have kids w/ disabilities on ⁦@LASchools⁩ campuses f...
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SquadCast adds video podcast recording

Remote video podcasting is surprisingly still something of a Wild West these days. Given the massive sums of money currently being pumped into the category — not to mention the fact that pretty much all podcasting became remote podcasting in 2020 — you’d expect there to be a more unified solution. Many still continue to rely on catchall teleconferencing software to get the job done (full disclosure: I’ve been recording my podcasts on Zoom during the pandemic). It’s not for lack of trying of cour...
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Pornhub Announces 'Biometric Technology' To Verify Users

In an effort to combat abuse on its platform, Pornhub said it's expanding its human moderation team, releasing an upcoming transparency report, and introducing biometric technology to verify users who upload videos. The announcement comes after the platform came under scrutiny in December for claims it hosted child sexual abuse material. As a result, Visa and Mastercard suspended services on the site indefinitely. Some of the measures it took to address the issue at the time included banning a...
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Parler CEO John Matze Says Company's Board Fired Him

John Matze, CEO and co-founder of far-right friendly social media platform Parler, said on LinkedIn Wednesday that he has been terminated. Axios reports: Parler has been at the center of controversy since Amazon Web Services, Apple and Google unplugged the network last month for its lack of content moderation related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. In a memo obtained by Fox News, Matze said that the company's board of directors, controlled by Republican political donor Rebekah Mercer, terminated him...
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Daily Crunch: TikTok will downrank ‘unsubstantiated’ claims

TikTok announces additional steps to fight misinformation, Myanmar’s military cracks down on Facebook and Google’s subsea cable goes online. This is your Daily Crunch for February 3, 2021. The big story: TikTok will downrank ‘unsubstantiated’ claims TikTok had already said it would try to reduce misinformation by removing videos flagged by fact checkers for including false information. Today it announced that it will go a step further by flagging videos where the fact checkers’ findings are inco...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Europe, China, Global, US, Tech, Eu, Canada, United States, Gartner, Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar, Southern California

Criteo is restructuring as it prepares for a cookie-less world

Good morning and welcome to Insider Advertising for February 4. I'm senior advertising reporter Lauren Johnson, and here's what's going on:Criteo's restructure.The Trade Desk's battle with Google and Amazon.Mark Thompson talks media investments.If this email was forwarded to you, sign up here for your daily insider's guide to advertising and media.Tips, comments, suggestions? Drop me a line at [email protected] or on Twitter at @LaurenJohnson. Megan Clarken is the CEO of Criteo ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Media, Advertising, Marketing, Trends, Walmart, Digital Media, The New York Times, Mark Thompson, Ad Tech, Adtech, Klarna, Lara, Polly, Megan Clarken

First Apple Car to Be Fully Autonomous and Designed to Operate Without a Driver

The first Apple Car that's released will not be designed to operate with a driver, according to a report from CNBC that cites multiple unnamed sources with knowledge of Apple's plans. "These will be autonomous, electric vehicles designed to operate without a driver and focused on the last mile," said one of the people. CNBC speculates that the initial Apple Cars could be designed for food delivery operations and firms that incorporate robotaxis. Self-driving robotaxis are available in China, ...
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Apple is reportedly nearing a deal to build its autonomous electric car with Hyundai

Apple is near closing a manufacturing deal with Hyundai Motor Group, CNBC reported. Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images Apple and Hyundai are nearing a deal to build an electric car together, CNBC reported Wednesday.  The Apple-branded car would be built at Kia's plant in Georgia, the outlet reported.  Sources told CNBC that the deal isn't done, and Apple may partner with another automaker.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Apple is near...
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Some Older Apple TVs Are Losing the YouTube App Next Month

Owners of some older Apple TVs will soon have to rely on AirPlay if they want to watch YouTube content on their devices.Read more...
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Parler CEO John Matze says he's been fired by the company's Rebekah Mercer-controlled board

Parler CEO John Matze. Fox News Parler CEO John Matze said he was fired by the company's board, Fox Business reported Wednesday. The app was recently taken offline after Amazon, Google, and Apple booted it from their platforms. It came under scrutiny in the wake of the Capitol riot for allowing violent speech. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Parler CEO John Matze told employees the company's board of directors fired him last week, Fox Business reported on Wednesday....
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Amazon's Next CEO Says He's Committed To Making Video Games

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: One day before he was named the next chief executive officer Inc., Andy Jassy reaffirmed his commitment to making video games while acknowledging the stark challenges the team has faced, according to an email to staff reviewed by Bloomberg. Jassy expressed support for Mike Frazzini, the head of Amazon Game Studios and the subject of a Bloomberg profile last week examining the troubles the company has faced in gaming. The story was ...
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‘Better Call Saul’, ‘Ted Lasso’, and ‘The Great’ Lead 2021 WGA Nominations

Better Call Saul may be routinely snubbed by major awards bodies like the Golden Globes, but at least the members of the Writers Guild of America are acknowledging the AMC crime series as one of the best-written shows on TV. Better Call Saul rightfully leads the pack at the 2021 WGA nominations, which were announced by the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) today. The winners will be awarded at the 2021 Writers Guild Awards virtual ceremony on Sunday,...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Better Call Saul, Movies, Amc, Disney, Awards, Fox, Netflix, Queens, Xerox, Bob, Hulu, Writers Guild Of America, New York Magazine, Springfield

Taylor Swift Sued By Utah Theme Park Evermore Over Trademark

The fantasy amusement park claims that the title of Swift’s album has also affected the business’ Google footprint and confused guests
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Apple Celebrates Heart Month With Extra Trade-In Savings on Apple Watch (mac rumors)

February is Heart Month, and Apple is marking the occasion by offering slightly higher trade-in values on older Apple Watch models in the United States. A new banner added to Apple's website says customers can get a new Apple Watch Series 6 for as low as $239 after trade-in of an Apple Watch Series 4 in good condition, or a new Apple Watch SE for as low as $199 after trade-in of an Apple Watch Series 2 in good condition. These are only two examples, with many other combinations possible. ...
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Kantar bolsters ad measurement offerings with Google data integration

Move comes as industry grapples with shift to user privacy and data protection.
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Asia-Pacific stocks fall; Hyundai, Kia shares nudge higher after report of potential Apple deal

Shares of South Korean automakers Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors rose 0.2% and 0.41%, respectively, in Thursday afternoon trade.
Tags: Apple, Asia Pacific, Kia Motors, Hyundai Motor, Hyundai Kia

Apple Asks Developers to Return DTK Mac Minis in Exchange for $200 Credit Toward M1 Mac

Ahead of the release of the M1 Macs, Apple provided developers with a Developer Transition Kit that included a Mac mini equipped with an A12Z Bionic chip first used in the iPad Pro, 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, and an HDMI 2.0 port. Image via Axel Roest These DTKs were offered up on a temporary basis to developers who paid $500 for access, and were aimed at giving developers a way to create Universal apps to prepare for the transition from Intel processors to Appl...
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