Lightning May Have Created an Ingredient Needed For Life To Evolve

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: In 2016, a family in Illinois thought that a meteorite had hit their backyard. They called up the geology department at nearby Wheaton College to say that whatever struck their property had started a small fire and had left a weird rock embedded in the scorched dirt. "Meteorites, contrary to popular belief, are cold when they hit the ground," says Benjamin Hess, who was an undergraduate at the college but is now a graduate student at Yale University....
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Apple Maps and Siri now show you where to get vaccinated in the US

Following a similar move by Google and Facebook, Apple Maps is now making it easy to see where you can get vaccinated. Apple built the feature into its apps using VaccineFinder, an online tool created by Boston Children’s Hospital.  You can simply open up Maps and tap the ‘COVID-19 Vaccines‘. Alternatively, you can ask Siri “where can I get a COVID vaccination?.” Tap on an eligible location, and you’ll be able to see operating hours, addresses, phone numbers, and a link to where you can sign up....
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Apple has a dedicated team to take down counterfeit accessory sales on Instagram

Accessories made by Apple aren’t exactly cheap, but there are several third-party makers that offer great products for more affordable...
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2021 Honda Gold Wing / Gold Wing Tour [Model Overview]

Revised For 2021: The Honda Gold Wing and Gold Wing Tour Models Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The Honda Gold Wing is one of the most famous Honda Motorcycles ever made, and thanks to a selection of handsome upgrades, it’s set to be one of the stars of the 2021 Honda line-up. It’s a big and burly touring machine, but rather than follow American trends, it features a number of design practicalities that can only be found on Japanese motorcycles. For e...
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Apple Maps now shows you COVID-19 vaccination locations

Apple Maps is now showing more than 20,000 COVID-19 vaccination locations, including operating hours, addresses, phone numbers, and relevant website links.
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How to connect your AirPods to your PS4

AirPods offer a great solution for wireless audio and can be compatible with many devices like the PS4. This guide will walk you through using them with PS4.
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Apple just gave Russia a spot on the iPhone to advertise its favorite apps to its citizens

Apple has historically kept a tight grip on the setup processes
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Scientists Stunned To Discover Plants Beneath Mile-Deep Greenland Ice

KindMind shares a report from ScienceDaily: In 1966, US Army scientists drilled down through nearly a mile of ice in northwestern Greenland -- and pulled up a fifteen-foot-long tube of dirt from the bottom. Then this frozen sediment was lost in a freezer for decades. It was accidentally rediscovered in 2017. In 2019, University of Vermont scientist Andrew Christ looked at it through his microscope -- and couldn't believe what he was seeing: twigs and leaves instead of just sand and rock. That su...
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The best equalizer apps for Android and iOS

If you enjoy listening to music on your phone but aren't always happy with its audio quality, check out our list of the best equalizer apps for Android and iOS.
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App Store Small Business Program's Lower Fees Cost Apple Less Than 5% of Revenue

Apple in November launched the App Store Small Business Program, which drops App Store fees from 30 percent to 15 percent for all developers who earn less than $1 million from the ‌App Store‌, and it turns out the price drop isn't costing Apple much money. According to estimates from app analytics company Sensor Tower shared by CNBC, had Apple's program been in place for all of 2020, Apple would have missed out on $595 million, or approximately 2.7 percent of the estimated $21.7 billion in ‌A...
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ChimpanZoom? Primates at Czech zoo go wild for video calls

To make up for lack of interaction under Covid-19 restrictions, apes at zoos 150km apart can now watch each others’ daily lives on big screensCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHumans might be tiring of video calls, Zoom birthdays and streamed performances, but the chimps at two Czech zoos are just starting to enjoy their new live online link-up.To make up for the lack of interaction with visitors since the attractions closed in December under Covid-19 restrictions, the ...
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Microsoft Reiterates 'VR For Console Is Not a Focus For Us'

Microsoft has once again reiterated that VR support for Xbox was not a focus for the company, following reports earlier today that hinted it was working on a VR headset compatible with the Xbox Series X/S. The Verge reports: The rumor first surfaced after IGN Italy reported that some Italian Xbox users received messages, which translated to "[a]n update for the VR headset is available" and "[u]pdate VR headset," when connecting the recently released Xbox Wireless Headset to their Xbox Series X o...
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Google fails to neutralize lawsuit that complains Chrome's incognito mode isn't very private at all

Judge Lucy Koh allows legal challenge to move forward Netizens who say Google continued to track them around the web even when using Chrome's incognito mode can proceed with their privacy lawsuit against the internet giant, a judge has ruled.…
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Companies face office reopening pains

Hi and welcome to this weekly edition of Insider Advertising, where we track the big stories in media and advertising.Remember you can sign up to get this newsletter daily here.What we're following this week: Reopening painsFortune walkoutApple's China problem John Wren is chairman, president and CEO of Omnicom Group Spencer Platt/Getty Images Reopening pains Reopening talks are heating up. Only about one in 10 companies expects all their employees to go back to the office, a rec...
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Google Is Taking Less of a Cut From Its App Store

Good news for Android app developers. Google announced on Tuesday that it is reducing its cut from Play Store proceeds down to 15%, a number in line with Apple’s cut of App Store proceeds.Read more...
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How to update Zoom on the desktop app to avoid issues with your video conferences

You can only update Zoom on the browser on your computer. PREMIO STOCK/Shutterstock You can update the Zoom desktop client by accessing your profile menu in the top-right corner of your screen. A pop-up will inform you if you are up-to-date, and if not, Zoom will automatically update to the latest version. You'll want to make sure you are using the latest version of Zoom to avoid any issues with your video conferences, especially if you use the app frequently. Visit Insider's Tech ...
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In First, Uber Agrees To Classify British Drives As 'Workers'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: For years, Uber has successfully deployed armies of lawyers and lobbyists around the world to fight attempts to reclassify drivers as company workers entitled to higher wages and benefits rather than lower-cost, self-employed freelancers. Now the ride-hailing giant is retreating from that hard-line stance in Britain, one of its most important markets, after a major legal defeat. On Tuesday, Uber said it would reclassify more than 70,00...
Tags: Uber, Tech, European Union, Britain, United States, The New York Times, British Supreme Court

Google's Second-Gen Nest Hub Will Watch You Sleep

Google's second-generation Nest Hub will be able to track your sleep via a Soli radar sensor -- not a camera. "Sleep Sensing" is the highlight feature, though, as "there's still a 7-inch display with a middling 600p resolution, a rear-facing fabric-covered speaker, and the device sensors poking through the otherwise uniform bezel," reports Android Police. From the report: According to Google, about 20 percent of first-gen Nest Hubs were placed in bedrooms, and the new Nest Hub can only show its ...
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Uber says it will treat UK drivers as workers in wake of Supreme Court ruling

Uber said Tuesday that drivers in the UK who use its ride-hailing app will be treated as workers, a designation that will give them some benefits such as holiday pay. However, even as Uber seemingly concedes to a Supreme Court ruling last month, a new fight could already be brewing over the company’s decision to calculate working time from the point a trip commences — rather than when drivers log on to the app. Uber said that beginning Wednesday all drivers in the UK will be paid holiday time ba...
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Looking to Grab a HomePod Before They're Gone? These Retailers Still Have Stock (mac rumors)

Apple last week discontinued the original HomePod, marking just over four years on the market for the full-size smart speaker. If you're looking to purchase the larger HomePod before it's completely gone, there are still some options online today. The biggest retailer with remaining stock on the ‌HomePod‌ is Apple itself, which has the White ‌HomePod‌ for $299.00 on its website. Space Gray is no longer available. At Best Buy you can order the White HomePod for $299.99 with both pickup an...
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The best headsets for Zoom

With working at home more prevalent than ever before, it's important to have a reliable headset to stay on point. Learn more about the best headsets for Zoom.
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Utah Campaign Against Porn Marches On With Phone Filter Ban

Conservative lawmakers in Utah have a passed a proposal this month requiring all cellphones and tablets sold in the state to automatically block pornography. It's unknown whether Gov. Spencer Cox, a Republican, will sign or veto the proposal. He has until March 25 to decide. The Associated Press reports: Supporters argue the restriction is a critical step to help parents keep explicit content away from kids -- especially as more children have their own electronic devices and have been forced to ...
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Daily Crunch: Google Play halves commission on developers’ first $1M

Google is letting developers keep more of their Play revenue, Instagram adds teen safety features and we examine the global distribution of venture funding. This is your Daily Crunch for March 16, 2021. The big story: Google Play halves commission on first $1M Following a similar move by Apple last year, Google said that it will be reducing its fee from 30% to 15% for the first $1 million that developers earn through Google Play annually. This is slightly different from Apple’s approach, in th...
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Investors Clara Brenner, Quin Garcia and Rachel Holt are coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

The transportation industry is abuzz with upstarts, legacy automakers, suppliers and tech companies working on automated vehicle technology, digital platforms, electrification and robotics. Then there are shared mobility companies from cars to scooters and mopeds to ebikes. And who can forget the emerging air taxi companies? At the center of this evolving industry are the investors. Simply put: TechCrunch can’t hold an event on mobility without hearing from the people who are hunting for the bes...
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Google’s new Nest display wants to watch you while you sleep

There's no camera—sleep tracking happens via a Soli radar chip.
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SoftBank, Tencent backs IP analytics platform PatSnap in $300M round

As enterprises around the world pour more money into research and invention to stay competitive, the need for analyzing the worthiness of R&D expenses also grows. One company serving that function is PatSnap. When co-founder Jeffrey Tiong was working in the medical devices industry more than a decade ago, he realized how critical intellectual property and patents were in the tech world. In 2007, Tiong launched PatSnap in Singapore to build a global patent search database and overtime pushed the ...
Tags: TC, Asia, China, Singapore, Softbank, Funding, Tech, IP, United States, Xiaomi, Tencent, Son, Patent, Sequoia China, Shunwei Capital, Masayoshi Son

Google Will Lower Some Payment Fees for App Developers

Google announced it will collect only 15% on payments made to developers through its app marketplace, the Google Play Store, for the first $1 million in annual sales. After that point, the tech company will begin charging its regular 30% fee, a move that mainly benefits smaller mobile app developers. The new policy kicks in...
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Google undercuts Apple with new 15% revenue share for Play apps

Unlike Apple, cut applies to first $1 million regardless of total revenue.
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How to Cope If Someone in Your House Gets COVID

Since March 2020, Tamara and her family had been sheltering at home and doing what they could to avoid contracting COVID-19. Yet, just before Christmas, her eldest daughter tested positive for the coronavirus. “It felt surreal,” said Tamara. “We’d been so careful all along. Reading the headlines, we knew that it was somewhere out there, but to realize that there was COVID in the house was scary.” 
Elsewhere in the Bay Area, Anna found out about her child’s positive test result via email about ...
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Why humans and AI are stuck in a standoff against fake news

Fake news is a scourge on the global community. Despite our best efforts to combat it, the problem lies deeper than just fact-checking or squelching publications that specialize in misinformation. The current thinking still tends to support an AI-powered solution, but what does that really mean? According to recent research, including this paper from scientists at the University of Tennessee and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, we’re going to need more than just clever algorithms to fix our...
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