This smartwatch gives Apple a run for its money at a fraction of the price

If you're in the market for wearable tech, you'll likely look at Apple first. That's no surprise considering the Cupertino giant owns . But that definitely doesn't mean that Apple has a monopoly of smartwatch quality — and its products certainly don't come cheap.  — Read the rest
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Gillmor Gang: Leave Quietly

It turns out the most important decision made was not the vote to choose (and remove) in the election but Twitter’s permanent banning of the former President from the social network. Suddenly the temperature cooled, the new administration engaged with the details of vaccine rollout, and the second impeachment trial ended with an expected outcome. Twitter’s move was bipartisan if the trial was not. Twitter’s other big move was the acquisition of Revue, a Substack competitor we’re moving to in ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Facebook, Video, Elon Musk, Tech, Cnn, Fox, House, Gang, Cbs, Silicon Valley, Fox News, Gillmor Gang, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz

Recall gives voters a needed check on governor’s power

SACRAMENTO – As opponents of Gov. Gavin Newsom come closer to placing a recall on the ballot, some pundits have argued that voters should only boot a sitting politician for grievous misbehavior such as crimes and malfeasance. “Recalls should be reserved for elected officials who are corrupt or extremely incompetent,” as the San Diego Union-Tribune recently opined. That view is wildly at odds with how Gov. Hiram Johnson – the progressive governor who ushered in our state’s initiative, referendum ...
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Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 Vaccine Just Got a Lot Easier to Distribute

Pfizer and BioNTech "have asked the U.S. health regulator to relax requirements for their COVID-19 vaccine to be stored at ultra-low temperatures, potentially allowing it to be kept in pharmacy freezers," reports Reuters, which adds that approval "could send a strong signal to other regulators around the world that may ease distribution of the shot in lower-income countries." Slashdot reader FrankOVD shares more information from TechCrunch: Originally, the mRNA-based vaccine had to be mainta...
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Everything physicians need to know about Bitcoin [PODCAST]

“It is still extremely early in the Bitcoin story. This is due to the same network effect that Facebook, Amazon, and Apple have had as adoption of new technologies rapidly expand and are adopted by society. Bitcoin has passed its ‘tipping point.’ Converting some of your money to Bitcoin now is like taking an ownership […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Apple, Health, Podcast, Bitcoin, Practice Management, Facebook Amazon, PA NP, CRNA

Will Boeing Become the Next McDonnell Douglas?

schwit1 shared a thought-provoking analysis from Aviation Week: Douglas Aircraft started down a 30-year path toward extinction when it merged with McDonnell in 1967. McDonnell management prioritized military programs and was not willing to make the investment necessary to maintain its commercial jetliner market position. By the time it merged with Boeing, Douglas' jetliner products were on their last legs. It has been nearly 25 years since Boeing and McDonnell Douglas merged. Given Boeing's s...
Tags: Tech, Boeing, Douglas, Mcdonnell, McDonnell Douglas, Douglas Aircraft, Boeing Douglas, Boeing Commercial Aircraft

Twitter's Misinformation-Fighting Tool 'Birdwatch' Makes Mistakes

The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a non-profit journalism school and research organization, analyzed Twitter's 1,000-user pilot test of its Birdwatch fact-checking platform. Their conclusion? It makes mistakes. On February 5, Twitter flagged a post from controversial YouTuber Tim Pool that said the 2020 U.S. presidential election was rigged. The platform noted that the claim was disputed and turned off engagement "due to a risk of violence." But, on Birdwatch, the social media platfor...
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Bill Gates Questions Societal Value of 'GameStop' Mania, Argues It'd Be 'Good to Get Rid of' Bitcoin

The price of bitcoin — now over $57,000 — has nearly doubled in the last 7 weeks. Even Elon Musk tweeted that its price seems high — though one analyst tells Bloomberg that Tesla has already made a profit of nearly $1 billion from its recent Bitcoin investment, more than it earned selling electric cars in all of 2020. Yet speaking about bitcoin, Bill Gates said "It'd be good to get rid of that" in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, arguing that cryptocurrency "allows for certain ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Bill Gates, Reddit, SEC, Wall Street Journal, Gates, Cnbc, Gamestop, Andrew Ross Sorkin

Charities condemn Facebook for ‘attack on democracy’ in Australia

Campaign groups say blocking access to reliable news sources leaves a void to be filled by misinformation and hate speechMembers of Facebook’s oversight board, which some have likened to an internal “supreme court”, have been called on to speak out or step down after the platform shut down swathes of media and key public information sites during a battle with the Australian government.The social media giant suspended pages – including those of government bodies and state health departments befor...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Australia, Censorship, Social Media, Society, World news, Australia news, Newspapers & magazines, Digital Media, Charities, Voluntary sector, Scott Morrison

Google is Testing a Dark Mode for Desktop Search

The Verge reports: Google is testing a dark mode for desktop search, Google confirmed to The Verge. If the test has rolled out to you and your system is set to dark mode, the background of Google's search pages will be a very dark gray... It's unclear how widely the test has been rolled out. A couple of Verge staffers had their search pages automatically switch to dark mode, and 9to5Google and some people on Twitter have seen the new dark mode, too. But Google's search pages are still white ...
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Google’s treatment of AI ethics researchers continues to stir up controversy

You’ve landed on the web version of the weekly Human Capital newsletter. Sign up here to get this in your inbox every Friday at 1 p.m. Welcome back to Human Capital. A lot happened this week pertaining to on-demand companies like Uber, Postmates, DoorDash and Instacart, and their respective gig workforces. Meanwhile, New York’s attorney general hit Amazon with a lawsuit over its warehouse labor practices and Twitter made some new commitments to increase diversity at the leadership level by 2025....
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Uber, Twitter, UK, New York, Supreme Court, Labor, California, San Francisco, Tech, Diversity, Eu, Bloomberg

Can data fix healthcare?

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. Want it in your inbox every Saturday morning? Sign up here. Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. Can data fix healthcare? Not alone, but you might be able to make a lot of progress with the right data in the right hands. And that’s precisely what the startup we’re talking about tod...
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Chrome Used 10X More RAM Than Safari on macOS Big Sur in Recent Test

Under normal and lightweight web browsing, Google Chrome uses 10x more RAM than Safari on macOS Big Sur, according to a test conducted by Flotato creator Morten Just (via iMore). In a blog post, Just outlines that he put both browsers to the test in two scenarios on the latest version of macOS. The first test was conducted on a virtual machine, and the second on a 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro with 32GB of RAM. In the first round of testing, Just simulated a typical browsing pattern of opening Twi...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Featured, Safari, Chrome Apple, macOS Big Sur, Flotato, Morten Just, Chrome Chrome

Chief community officer is the new CMO

Community isn’t a single Slack group or event or newsletter. It’s an aggregation of all of these touch points, and includes both customers, eventual customers and one-time users. Despite this nebulous, disconnected reality, companies are paying more attention to various channels as remote work and digital communication powers our days. My recent tweet underscored the chord community strikes even in sectors such as edtech, which often have to sell to fragmented customer bases. who is building...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Tech, CMO, Walmart, Getty Images, Silicon Valley, Alexis Ohanian, EC, EVs, Coinbase, Megan Rose Dickey, Yc, Alex Wilhelm, SPAC

Linux Is Now on Mars, Thanks to NASA's Perseverance Rover

"When NASA's Perseverance rover landed on Mars this week, it also brought the Linux operating system to the Red Planet," reports PC Magazine: The tidbit was mentioned in an interview NASA software engineer Tim Canham gave to IEEE Spectrum. The helicopter-like drone on board the Perseverance rover uses a Linux-powered software framework the space agency open-sourced a few years ago. "This the first time we'll be flying Linux on Mars. We're actually running on a Linux operating system," Canham sa...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Qualcomm, Red Planet, Tim Canham, Canham

Google Fires Another Top Researcher on Its AI Ethics Team

Google has fired another top artificial intelligence researcher, Margaret Mitchell, in the latest escalation of internal tensions at the company following December’s controversial ouster of Timnit Gebru, a Black AI ethicist. As if the PR fire with Google’s AI ethics team didn’t have enough fuel already.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, Science and Technology, Margaret Mitchell, Timnit Gebru, Academic Disciplines, Technology Internet, Criticism Of Google

M1 Macs Targeted by Additional Malware, Exact Threat Remains a Mystery

The second known piece of malware that has been compiled to run natively on M1 Macs has been discovered by security firm Red Canary. Given the name "Silver Sparrow," the malicious package is said to leverage the macOS Installer JavaScript API to execute suspicious commands. After observing the malware for over a week, however, neither Red Canary nor its research partners observed a final payload, so the exact threat that the malware poses remains a mystery. Nevertheless, Red Canary said the ...
Tags: Apple, Intel, Ars Technica, M1, Red Canary, Red Canary Given, Silver Sparrow, Malwarebytes Silver Sparrow, United States the United Kingdom Canada France, Germany Red Canary

South Korea’s prime minister has joined Clubhouse

, Clubhouse’s popularity continues across the world and even outside of its original tech-focused seed community. The latest news comes from East Asia, where Korean media reported this morning that the country’s current prime minister, Chung Sye-kyun, has officially joined the social audio app under the username @gyunvely, making him among the most senior political leaders worldwide to join the burgeoning app. His account was created on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) and was “nominated” by a u...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Asia, South Korea, Elon Musk, Media, Vladimir Putin, Government, China, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Miami, Clubhouse, East Asia

Twitch Censors Live Metallica Performance with Dorkiest Music Imaginable

In the year 2000, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich answered questions from Slashdot's readers. Late Friday night, the AV Club described Metallica's appearance at the opening ceremonies for the (now online) version of Blizzard Entertainment's annual event BlizzCon: The opening ceremonies were being broadcast online, both through the official BlizzCon page, YouTube, and Twitch. And you know what happens when licensed music gets played on the internet, don't you, folks? That's right: Copyright issu...
Tags: Youtube, Tech, Metallica, Zelda, Lars Ulrich, Slashdot, Napster, AV Club, Metallica Performance, James Lars

Chrome Used 10X More RAM Than Safari on macOS Big Sur in Recent Test [Updated]

Under normal and lightweight web browsing, Google Chrome uses 10x more RAM than Safari on macOS Big Sur, according to a test conducted by Flotato creator Morten Just (via iMore). In a blog post, Just outlines that he put both browsers to the test in two scenarios on the latest version of macOS. The first test was conducted on a virtual machine, and the second on a 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro with 32GB of RAM. In the first round of testing, Just simulated a typical browsing pattern of opening Twi...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Featured, Safari, Chrome Apple, macOS Big Sur, Flotato, Morten Just, Chrome Chrome

Tim Cook says that Apple is working on something bigger than the iPhone

It looks like Apple is preparing new products, and according to Tim Cook, the company's CEO, it will not be an iPhone, and it may be...
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5G iPhone 13 Pro renders reveal something that many iPhone users have prayed for

Renders of the Apple iPhone 13 Pro show that this year's iPhone models will generally resemble the iPhone 12 line with most of the...
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Facebook pulled the trigger on Australian news — and shot itself in the foot

Facebook today made good on its threat to block Australians from accessing or posting news content. The ban includes blocking links to Australian and overseas news publishers. Facebook said the ban was a direct response to the federal government’s news media code legislation, which is expected to become law soon and would require digital platforms such as Facebook and Google to pay news media companies whose content they host. Why has Facebook done this? The move is either a last-ditch attempt t...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Social Media

Eliot Higgins: 'People accuse me of working for the CIA'

The founder of the online investigative collective Bellingcat talks about working with Alexei Navalny, open source reporting and the trouble with ‘cyber-miserablism’Eliot Higgins launched Bellingcat in summer 2014, days after the Russian military shot down Malaysian Airlines MH17 over eastern Ukraine. The online outfit has broken a series of international scoops. In 2018 it discovered the identities of the two undercover assassins who poisoned Sergei Skripal in Salisbury. Last year Bellingcat re...
Tags: Open Source, Books, Technology, Media, Internet, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Social Media, Ukraine, Culture, Digital Media, Investigative journalism, Leicester, Cia, Alexei Navalny, Fsb

Could Earth's Reversing Magnetic Poles Accelerate Climate Change?

A team of researchers from Sydney's University of New South Wales and the South Australian Museum have investigated how the reversal of Earth's magnetic pole about 42,000 years could have changed earth's atmosphere. CNN reports: "Using the ancient trees we could measure, and date, the spike in atmospheric radiocarbon levels caused by the collapse of Earth's magnetic field," Chris Turney, a professor at UNSW Science, director of the university's Earth and Sustainability Science Research Center an...
Tags: Tech, Earth, Cnn, Sydney, North America, Cooper, University of New South Wales, Northern Hemisphere, Alan Cooper, Chris Turney, Turney, South Australian Museum, UNSW Science, Sustainability Science Research Center

Google has pulled down a propaganda blog backing the military coup in Myanmar after outcry by online activists

Protesters against the Myanmar military coup outside the US Embassy in Yangon on February 20, 2021. SAI AUNG MAIN/AFP via Getty Images Google has yanked hosting of a blog promoting propaganda for the Myanmar military's coup.  The blog, named for the coup's leader, was hosted on the Google-owned Blogger platform.  Freedom-of-information activist Donk Enby tipped off Insider about the blog this week. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Google has pulled down a propaganda ...
Tags: Google, Politics, News, US, International, Trends, Tech, Myanmar, Biden, US Embassy, Yangon, Jeff Elder, Aung Hlaing, Tech Insider, Getty Images Google, Enby

Mitsubishi Begins Adopting Wireless CarPlay

Japanese automaker Mitsubishi this week introduced the redesigned 2022 Outlander, its first vehicle available with wireless CarPlay. Wireless CarPlay works over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, allowing for an iPhone to be connected to the infotainment system without a Lightning cable. In addition to being convenient, this wireless connectivity will soon become more important, as reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously claimed that Apple will introduce at least one high-end iPhone without a Lightni...
Tags: Apple, Lightning, Mitsubishi, Carplay, Bose, Pioneer, Mercedes Benz, Ming Chi Kuo, Android Auto Wireless, wireless CarPlay, Hyundai Honda Ford

Python Turns 30. A Steering Council Member Reflects

Today is the 30th anniversary of the Python programming language, "which has never been more popular, arguably thanks to the rise of data science and AI projects in the enterprise," writes Venture Beat. To celebrate the historical releases file has been updated to include Guido van Rossum's original 0.9.1 beta release from 1991. (Its ReadMe file advises that Python 0.9 "can be used instead of shell, Awk or Perl scripts, to write prototypes of real applications, or as an extension language of l...
Tags: Python, Tech, Bloomberg, Galindo, PERL, Guido Van Rossum, Python Steering Council, Steering Council, Pablo Galindo

Staples Canada Deals: FREE Next-Day Shipping ALL Orders + More

This weekend, Staples Canada is offering you great deals as follow: FREE next-day shipping on all orders. Save $40 off Apple AirPods with wireless charging case Save up to 40% off essential tech items Save 20% off product labels & stickers Save 10% off flow water Save up to 65% off clearance This JVC HA-FX38M-B Marshmallow In-Ear Headphone with Mic & Remote, Black is on sale for only $13.97. You’re saving $11.01 from the original price of $24.98! JVC’s Marshmallow Inner-Ear Headphones with M...
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Baseless claims by an anti-lockdown activist that nobody under 19 had died of the coronavirus have been blocked by YouTube

Protesters gather outside the Ohio State House in Columbus, Ohio on April 20, 2020. Gene J. Puskar/AP Photos The video featured Thomas Renz, an attorney for Ohio Stands Up, setting out a 35 minute legislative testimony. It was filmed during a hearing on a bill that would allow legislators to vote against public health orders. Renz makes many baseless claims including that nobody under 19 died of COVID-19 in Ohio despite the data. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. YouT...
Tags: Google, News, Trends, Ap, News UK, Ohio, Associated Press, Republican, Misinformation, COLUMBUS Ohio, Ohio Senate, Mike DeWine, DeWine, Ohio Department of Health, Tech Insider, Renz

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