The Open-Source Magma Project Will Become 5G's Linux

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Magma was developed by Facebook to help telecom operators deploy mobile networks quickly and easily. The project, which Facebook open-sourced in 2019, does this by providing a software-centric distributed mobile packet core and tools for automating network management. This containerized network function integrates with the existing back end of a mobile network and makes it easy to launch new services at the network edge. Magma operators can build a...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Iot, Linux Foundation, The Linux Foundation, Magma, Arpit Joshipura, Open Core Network, OpenAirInterface OAI Software Alliance

What is Clubhouse? The invite-only audio chat app used by Elon Musk

Exclusive app is a hybrid of conference calls, talkback radio and HousepartyPart talkback radio, part conference call, part Houseparty, Clubhouse is a social networking app based on audio-chat. Users can listen in to conversations, interviews and discussions between interesting people on various topics – it is just like tuning in to a podcast but live and with an added layer of exclusivity. Continue reading...
Tags: Apps, Elon Musk, Technology, Censorship, Social Media, World news, Houseparty Clubhouse

Google Boots 'The Great Suspender' Off the Chrome Web Store For Being Malware

Google has blocked The Great Suspender extension from the Chrome store "because it contains malware." The extension was very popular for users running Chrome with 8GB or less of RAM, as it would automatically suspend tabs you hadn't used in a while, freeing up precious memory and CPU power. It would then allow you to return to the tab and reload back to where you were. Mishaal Rahman writes via XDA Developers: For some people, this isn't news. Since November of 2020, close followers of the exten...
Tags: Google, Tech, Mishaal Rahman

Samsung Considers Austin For $17 Billion Chip Plant

Samsung is considering Austin, Texas, as the site for a new $17 billion chip plant that the South Korean firm said could create 1,800 jobs, according to documents filed with Texas state officials. Reuters reports: The documents say the project would involve building out 7 million square feet (650,000 square meters) of new space on a 640-acre (259-hectare) site that the company already owns. The company has an existing chip plant in Austin that makes computing chips. Samsung's filing said it plan...
Tags: Texas, Samsung, Tech, Austin, Reuters, Austin Texas, Billion Chip Plant

Chrome Removed The Great Suspender Extension, But Don't Mourn Your Lost Tabs Just Yet

Google has reportedly blocked the popular extension The Great Suspender and removed it from its Chrome Web Store for containing malware. But if you were one of the many users who relied on the tab manager to keep your browser running smoothly, don’t freak out just yet. You still may be able to recover your lost tabs…Read more...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Science, Google Search, Web Browsers, Software, Social Issues, Chrome Os, Freeware, Operating Systems, Tab, Microsoft Edge, Samsung Internet, Cloud Clients, Portable Software, Technology Internet

Kuaishou, TikTok’s Chinese nemesis, surges 194% on IPO debut

Kuaishou, a Chinese video app that’s largely underappreciated outside China, has just completed a massive initial public offering in Hong Kong. The app is by far the biggest rival for Douyin, TikTok’s Chinese version, and unlike many Western video platforms that make money from ads and subscriptions, Kuaishou’s cash cow is its tipping business. Kuaishou’s shares opened in Hong Kong on Friday at HK$338 ($43.6) apiece, a 194% jump from its IPO price of HK$115 ($14.8). That catapults its market cap...
Tags: TC, Asia, Hong Kong, China, Ipo, Funding, Tech, Alibaba, Tencent, Taobao, HK, South China Morning Post, Kuaishou, Kuaishou TikTok, Phillip Securities Group, Douyin Kuaishou

Chrome 88 update patches a zero-day that is being actively exploited

Google's latest version of Chrome (88.0.4324.150) fixes a 'zero-day' exploit attackers are already exploiting, so update your browser...
Tags: Google

Alphabet Workers Union hits Google data center contractor with labor complaint: We were banned from discussing wages, say staff

Modis also accused of suspending techie for discussing working conditions The Alphabet Workers Union on Wednesday filed a labor complaint against Google contractor Modis, claiming that for the past six months the staffing firm has prevented workers from discussing wages and job conditions as allowed under US law.…
Tags: Google, US, Software, MODIS, Alphabet Workers Union

Electronic voting systems maker Smartmatic sues Fox News, Rudy Giuliani for $2.7 billion over election-rigging claims

The electronic voting systems maker Smartmatic on Thursday sued Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, and Trump attorney Rudolph Giuliani. The lawsuit claims both the right-wing TV network and the famously frenetic lawyer falsely accused Smartmatic of rigging the 2020 U.S. presidential election in favor of Joe Biden. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Politics, Technology, News, Justice, Joe Biden, US news, Tech News, Lawsuits, Fox News, Rupert Murdoch, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Rudolph Giuliani, Smartmatic

It's Super Bowl, and prop bet, time! Don't forget the taxes

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers literally will be the home team in Jan. 7's Super Bowl LV. The NFL championship game is being played at their stadium. The Kansas City Chiefs, however, are still favored by bettors to win the title. We're not back to normal, but the National Football League is doing all it can to keep its traditions, and team bank accounts, on track. Despite some issues in 2020, the NFL played out the season last year. On Sunday, Feb. 7, it will crown its champion in the annual Su...
Tags: Google, New York Post, Taxes, Supreme Court, Aretha Franklin, NFL, San Francisco, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, National Football League, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City, Sam, Irs

Henry Ford docs spot potentially fatal iPhone 12 problem with pacemakers, defibrillators

Magnets in the iPhone 12 can disable pacemakers and implanted defibrillators, Henry Ford doctors found. They prompted Apple to issue a warning.         [Author: Detroit Free Press]
Tags: Apple, News, Henry Ford, Detroit Free Press

House punishes Republican lawmaker who promoted violent conspiracy theories

Democrats in the House voted to strip freshman Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of some of her responsibilities Thursday, citing her penchant for violent, anti-democratic and at times anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Greene has expressed support for a range of alarming conspiracies, including the belief that the 2018 Parkland school shooting that killed 17 people was a “false flag.” That belief prompted two teachers unions to call for her removal from the House Education Committee ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Congress, Government, Tech, Georgia, Fbi, House, Nancy Pelosi, Republican, Conspiracy Theories, Mccarthy, Trump, Capitol, Republican House, House Education Committee

Biden Commerce Pick Sees 'No Reason' To Lift Huawei Curbs

President Joe Biden's nominee for Commerce secretary, Gina Raimondo, said she knows of "no reason" why Huawei and other Chinese companies shouldn't remain on a restricted trade list. From a report: Raimondo, in written questions from Senate Republicans, was asked about the company, as well as Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. and others. They are on a list that requires U.S. firms to obtain government licenses if they want to sell American...
Tags: Senate, Tech, Joe Biden, Commerce, Huawei, Rhode Island, Raimondo, Gina Raimondo, Entity List, Biden Commerce Pick

Google Wants to Beat Apple at Its Own Game

On Thursday, Bloomberg reported that the Google was “exploring an alternative” to to the anti-ad-tracking features that Apple will soon begin rolling out in iOS 14. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Science, Technology, Bloomberg, Companies, Computing, Apple Inc, Mobile App, Alphabet Inc, Internet Privacy, Technology Internet

Logitech’s Brio, the holy grail of webcams, is $40 off right now (the verge)

Not long ago, Logitech’s Brio webcam (along with almost any other kind of webcam made by reputable companies) was impossible to find. We’re now at the point where you can get $40 off this 4K model through Lenovo, knocking it down to $160 instead of $200. It’s still a big investment, but if you stream or just want to look your best in a meeting, this is one of the best choices out there to suit those needs. Lenovo is currently the only site hosting this deal, so it may not last for long. ...
Tags: News, Seagate, Logitech, Lenovo, Cameron Faulkner

Daily Crunch: Microsoft rethinks corporate intranet

Microsoft tries to improve corporate intranet, Google will offer new smartphone health measurements and 23andMe is going public via SPAC. This is your Daily Crunch for February 4, 2021. The big story: Microsoft rethinks corporate intranet Microsoft launched what it’s calling a new “employee experience platform,” designed to reinvent those corporate intranet sites that large companies use to share content with their employees. What makes this new platform, called Viva, any different? Well, it i...
Tags: Google, Enterprise, Microsoft, Youtube, China, Satya Nadella, Tech, Latin America, Databricks, HubSpot, Accel, SPAC, Flink, LinkedIn Learning, Daily Crunch, Virgin Group SPAC

Peloton will pump $100M into delivery logistics to ease supply concerns

This probably falls under “good problems,” in the grand scheme of things. After another record quarter, Peloton has announced that it will invest more than $100 million in air and ocean freight deliveries due to “longer-than-acceptable wait times for the delivery of our products.” The fitness company is among those tech firms that have seen a tremendous rise in interest amid the pandemic. In fact, it seems these days that VCs can’t pump money into at-home fitness solutions quickly enough to appe...
Tags: Apple, Hardware, Fitness, Tech, Earnings, Lululemon, Peloton, Connected Fitness, Samsung In all Peloton

Apple Watch Can Help Track Parkinson's Disease Symptoms, Research Shows

According to a new study, the Apple Watch can be used to monitor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. STAT reports: Researchers at Apple, working with specialists who treat Parkinson's, designed a system that uses the Apple Watch to detect the motor symptoms that are a hallmark of the neurological disease. By monitoring resting tremors and other involuntary movements, the researchers were able to identify the characteristic "on" and "off" patterns of medication's effects. Their findings were publish...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Parkinson

Apple’s new betas let you try its Watch-based solution for masked iPhone unlocks

You can try the feature out with the new iOS and watchOS public betas.
Tags: Apple

Firefly will light up the moon with $93M lunar lander contract from NASA

NASA has awarded Firefly Aerospace a $93.3 million contract to take a lunar lander module loaded with experiments to the surface of the moon. While the company will not be performing the launch itself, it will be providing the spacecraft and “Blue Ghost” lander for the 2023 mission. The space agency made the award as part of its ongoing Commercial Lunar Payload Services, under which several other non-prime space companies have been selected for similar work: Blue Origin, Astrobotic, Masten and s...
Tags: Space, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Firefly, Aerospace, Artemis, Thomas Zurbuchen, Commercial Lunar Payload Services, Firefly Aerospace, Artemis Mission, Astrobotic Masten

Poll: Would you buy an advanced Apple mixed-reality headset with two 8K displays for $3,000?

Rumors about a new Apple VR headset have been around for some time, but earlier today, a report from The Information brought new details...
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TechCrunch’s favorite companies from 500 Startups’ latest demo day

TechCrunch tuned into 500 Startups‘ 27th demo day today, keen to get our eyes on the accelerator’s latest companies. Demo days are regular affairs, but they always feature a crop of startups that could build the next tech giant, so we pay attention. Especially in the COVID-19 era, when demo days have gone virtual. Now it’s easier than ever for investors, and journalists, to tune in. TechCrunch has covered Y Combinator’s virtual demo days, as well as regular batches from the various Techstars acc...
Tags: TC, Accelerator, Tech, Software, 500 Startups, Mobile Software, Alex Wilhelm, Quantum Computing, Netscape, Jonathan Shieber, COVID, Alex Wilhelm Demo

A lake house architect, a Miami VC, and homeowner walk into a wine bar

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture-capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Natasha and Danny and Alex and Grace were all here to chat through the week’s biggest tech happenings. The good news is that we managed to fit it all into a single episode this week. The bad news is that that means the show is pretty long. Sorry about that! So, what took us so much time to get through? All of this: Robinhood raised $3.4 billion after its trading h...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Uber, Boston, Tech, Balance, Miami, Bumble, Alex, Robinhood, Databricks, Drizly, Danny, Natasha, Vivino

A lake house architect, a Miami VC and a homeowner walk into a wine bar

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Natasha and Danny and Alex and Grace were all here to chat through the week’s biggest tech happenings. The good news is that we managed to fit it all into a single episode this week. The bad news is that that means the show is pretty long. Sorry about that! So, what took us so much time to get through? All of this: Robinhood raised $3.4 billion after its trading h...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Uber, Podcasts, Boston, Softbank, Tech, Balance, Miami, Bumble, Alex, Robinhood, Databricks, Drizly, Danny

Digital Marketing and E-Commerce Manager, Dallas Opera

Reporting to the Director of Marketing, Sales, and Patron Services, the Digital Marketing and E-Commerce Manager works collaboratively within the Advancement team and throughout the full organization to produce email communications and update website content. In addition, this position creates and implements strategy for website development and email automation functionality to drive revenue, innovation, and increase The Dallas Opera’s digital footprint. Email Communications and Automation Ca...
Tags: Google, Art, Jobs, Microsoft, Google Analytics, House, Dallas, Dallas Opera, Google Analytics Google, TDO, Email Communications, Patron Services, Digital Marketing and E Commerce, ATTPAC, MySQLTessitura CRM Tessitura Network Express

Snaphchat CEO hints at ads in Spotlight and praises Apple for 'high integrity' on privacy

Snapchat reveals strategy to work closely with Apple, and notes growth in Spotlight in earnings call.
Tags: Apple, Advertising

Snapchat CEO hints at ads in Spotlight and praises Apple for 'high integrity' on privacy

Snapchat reveals strategy to work closely with Apple, and notes growth in Spotlight in earnings call.
Tags: Apple, Advertising

How to Unlock Your iPhone With Your Apple Watch When Wearing a Mask

This article covers a new beta option in iOS that lets you unlock an iPhone with Face ID and an Apple Watch paired together, even if you're wearing a face mask. Read on to learn how it works. Apple introduced its Face ID facial recognition system in November 2017 with the launch of the ‌iPhone‌ X, offering users an even simpler way to unlock their smartphone than traditional fingerprint recognition. Following the now-mainstream usage of face masks, however, Apple's biometric feature has bee...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Apple Watch, Ios 14, Apple Watch SE

A New Lens Technology Is Primed To Jump-Start Phone Cameras

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: A new company called Metalenz, which emerges from stealth mode today, is looking to disrupt smartphone cameras with a single, flat lens system that utilizes a technology called optical metasurfaces. A camera built around this new lens tech can produce an image of the same if not better quality as traditional lenses, collect more light for brighter photos, and can even enable new forms of sensing in phones, all while taking up less space. Instead ...
Tags: Tech, Harvard University, Devlin, Federico Capasso, Metalenz, Robert Devlin

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