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Great Britain's Electricity System Has Greenest Day Ever Over Easter

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Great Britain's electricity system recorded its greenest ever day over the Easter bank holiday as sunshine and windy weather led to a surge in renewable energy. The power plants generating electricity in England, Scotland and Wales produced only 39g of carbon dioxide for every kilowatt-hour of electricity on Monday, according to National Grid's electricity system operator, the lowest carbon intensity recorded since National Grid records bega...
Tags: UK, Wales, Tech, National Grid, Great Britain, England Scotland


Apple employees knew that if Steve Jobs turned off his iPhone, it meant one thing

Most of us, when we think of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, probably fixate on the stereotype of him as a detail-obsessed...
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Netflix’s Lead in the Streaming Wars is Shrinking as More Competitors Enter the Fray

You know that phenomenon when something becomes so widely used that it becomes the verb for that thing? Oh, let me Google that. Take this Kleenex. Throw that in the dumpster (yes, “Dumpster” used to be a brand). Netflix was well on its way to becoming that thing for streaming, with the cheeky “Netflix and chill” even becoming a commonly used phrase. But it may lose that chance with the influx of new streaming competitors like Disney+, HBO Max, and Peacock, and of course, its old competitors Hul...
Tags: Amazon, Business and Industry News, Disney, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Netflix/Streaming Video, Peacock, Ampere Analysis


LG Launching 2021 Sound Bar Lineup With AirPlay 2 Support

LG today announced the worldwide rollout of its 2021 sound bar lineup, complete with AirPlay 2 support for wirelessly streaming audio from Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The sound bars also support Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. All of the 2021 sound bars support both the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound formats, while an "AI Room Calibration" feature promises optimal sound in any environment, using spatial awareness technology to measure a room's dimensions and customi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Europe, Lg, North America, Dolby Atmos, Amazon Alexa, Hi Res Audio, Airplay 2


Cyberware Attack Shuts Down Vehicle Emissions Testing In Georgia and Seven Other States

Georgia is waiving vehicle emissions checks because a cyberware attack has halted all emission testing across Georgia and seven other states. Slashdot reader McGruber shares a report from WSB-TV, an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Atlanta: The CEO of Applus Technologies, whose software runs the system, apologized during the emergency meeting Monday. The outages are delivering a huge blow to small business owners. "All of the sudden, we were doing emissions testing just like normal ...
Tags: Abc, Tech, Atlanta, Georgia, Bp, Baxter, WSB TV, Georgia Department of Revenue, James Baxter, Applus Technologies, Georgia s Department of Revenue


Comcast's Peacock faces new tests from advertisers, viewers

Hi and welcome to this weekly edition of Insider Advertising, where we track the big stories in media and advertising. I'm Lucia Moses, deputy editor here.Remember you can sign up to get this newsletter daily here.First, senior reporter Lauren Johnson is hosting a webinar about how advertisers can navigate the death of third-party cookies on April 22 with execs from The Trade Desk, Mars, The Washington Post, and R/GA. Sign up here.What we're following this week: Peacock's big testRec...
Tags: Apple, Media, Washington Post, Advertising, US, Newsletter, Trends, Comcast, Nbcuniversal, Playboy, Nbc Universal, Pepsico, WSJ, Nordic, Danone, Claire


Google AI Research Manager Quits After Two Ousted From Group

Google research manager Samy Bengio, who oversaw the company's AI ethics group until a controversy led to the ouster of two female leaders, resigned on Tuesday to pursue other opportunities. Bloomberg reports: Bengio, who managed hundreds of researchers in the Google Brain team, announced his departure in an email to staff that was obtained by Bloomberg. His last day will be April 28. An expert in a type of AI known as machine learning, Bengio joined Google in 2007. Ousted Ethical AI co-leads Ti...
Tags: Google, Tech, Bloomberg, Margaret Mitchell, Bengio, Marian Croak, Timnit Gebru, Samy Bengio, Gebru Mitchell


China’s vast bitcoin mining empire risks derailing its climate targets, says study

China powers nearly 80% of the global cryptocurrencies trade, but the energy required could jeopardise its pledge to peak carbon emissions by 2030China’s electricity-hungry bitcoin mines that power nearly 80% of the global trade in cryptocurrencies risk undercutting the country’s climate goals, a study in the journal Nature has said.Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies rely on “blockchain” technology, which is a shared database of transactions, with entries that must be confirmed and encrypted. Th...
Tags: Technology, Climate Change, China, Environment, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies


Chevrolet Electric Silverado A ZERO Production

Chevrolet’s Silverado electric pickup will be built at the Factory Zero assembly plant in Detroit-Hamtramck, Michigan, along with GMC’s Hummer EV SUV which will also be produced there, General Motors president Mark Reuss said today. A new-from-the-ground-up EV pickup, and not adapted from the gas-powered Silverado, it will use the Ultium Platform. Ultium is General […] The post Chevrolet Electric Silverado A ZERO Production appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Jobs, Global, Sales, General Motors, Green, Heritage, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Emerging Markets, Autos, Trucks, Chevrolet, EVs, New Cars, Fuel Economy


GM Is Building An Electric Chevy Silverado With 400 Miles of Range

General Motors confirmed it's making an all-electric version of the Chevy Silverado pickup truck with around 400 miles of range on a full charge. The Verge reports: The company did not immediately say when the electric Silverado will go on sale, but GM president Mark Reuss said at an event on Tuesday that the company will also make commercial fleet-focused versions of the truck. The electric Silverado will be made at "Factory Zero," the recently rebranded Detroit-Hamtramck plant dedicated to EVs...
Tags: Tech, General Motors, Gm, Hummer, Mark Reuss, Silverado, Chevy Silverado, Detroit Hamtramck, Electric Chevy Silverado


Google apparently just leaked its cheaper ‘Pixel Buds A’

Earlier today, Google sent out a promotional email to people in its Google Nest (formerly, Google Home) ecosystem. It was mostly your everyday was your everyday marketing email, except the eagle-eyed folks at 9to5Google noticed something off about the included image of the company’s Pixel Buds: it appeared to be a photo of an unreleased model. Behold: And a closer look: Notably, these Pixel Buds have a dark green color that the current model isn’t available in. While you might think this was jus...
Tags: Google, Startups, Insider, Google Nest, Google Home, Plugged


Google Open-Sources Lyra In Beta To Reduce Voice Call Bandwidth Usage

Google today open-sourced Lyra in beta, an audio codec that uses machine learning to produce high-quality voice calls. VentureBeat reports: The code and demo, which are available on GitHub, compress raw audio down to 3 kilobits per second for "quality that compares favorably to other codecs," Google says. Lyra's architecture is separated into two pieces, an encoder and decoder. When someone talks into their phone, the encoder captures distinctive attributes, called features, from their speech. L...
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Daily Crunch: Facebook faces questions over data breach

European regulators have questions about a Facebook data breach, Clubhouse adds payments and a robotics company has SPAC plans. This is your Daily Crunch for April 6, 2021. The big story: Facebook faces questions over data breach A data breach involving personal data (such as email addresses and phone numbers) of more than 500 million Facebook accounts came to light over the weekend thanks to a story in Business Insider. Although Facebook said the breach was related to a vulnerability that was “...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Gm, Belfast, Lg, Venmo, Clubhouse, Topps, SPAC, Chevrolet Silverado, Google Cloud, Sarcos


Gazelle Decides Not to End Device Trade-In Program After All

Gazelle, a company that buys old iPhones, iPads, and Macs, has reinstated its device trade-in program after initially ending it in February. Back in December, Gazelle announced plans to end its trade-in program in 2021, and said that it would shut down trade-in options on February 1, 2021. Gazelle stopped taking trade-ins at that time, but has since reversed course on the decision. As of April 5, Gazelle is once again accepting online trade-ins for smartphones and tablets. In an email to cus...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, United States, Rumors, Gazelle, Gazelle Trade In going Today


Apple, We Know the AirTags Are Coming. Let's Go Already

We know Apple’s AirTags must surely exist, because credible rumors and leaks about them have been trickling into our news feeds for what seems like forever. The latest rumor, however, provides a glimmer of hope that we might see these things in our lifetime.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Ipad, Science, Technology, Ipads, Computing, Tablet Computers, Apple Watch, Apple Inc, Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, HomePod, AirTag, Airtags, Ios 14, Technology Internet


New UK Regulator Set to Curb Big Tech's Power Over News Publishers

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's new regulator for tech giants Facebook and Google launches on Wednesday with an initial remit to see if a code of...
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The Mistrust in Indian Society: In conversation with Kunal Shah

The Mistrust in Indian Society provides an opportunity to crib about it (why is no one willing to buy from my startup) or a great opportunity to create a massive brand built on trust. Learn how. Catch The Ashish Sinha show on your fav podcast app: Spotify | Google | Anchor ..and everywhere. The post The Mistrust in Indian Society: In conversation with Kunal Shah appeared first on nextbigwhat.
Tags: Google, Business, Product Management, Indian Society, Kunal Shah, Ashish Sinha


Google AI scientist resigns after controversial ousting of colleagues

Samy Bengio is the highest ranking Google employee to leave the company as its AI division has been thrown into turmoil.
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Congress Says Foreign Intel Services Could Abuse Ad Networks For Spying

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A group of bipartisan lawmakers, including the chairman of the intelligence committee, have asked ad networks such as Google and Twitter what foreign companies they provide user data to, over concerns that foreign intelligence agencies could be leveraging them to harvest sensitive information on U.S. users, including their location. "This information would be a goldmine for foreign intelligence services that could exploit it to inform and sup...
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Bitcoin Mining Emissions In China Will Hit 130 Million Tons By 2024

According to researchers in Beijing, China, the total carbon footprint of bitcoin mining in the country will peak in 2024, releasing around 130 million metric tons of carbon. This figure exceeds the annual carbon emissions of countries including Italy and the Czech Republic. New Scientist reports: By 2024, bitcoin mining in China will require 297 terawatt-hours of energy and account for approximately 5.4 per cent of the carbon emissions from generating electricity in the country. The researchers...
Tags: China, Tech, Beijing, Italy, Sichuan, Beijing China, Nature Communications Read, Czech Republic New Scientist, Guizhou Yunnan


All the new shows you can watch on Disney Plus - from 'The Mandalorian' to 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier'

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Disney+; Gilbert Espinoza/Business Insider Disney Plus has several new shows based on big franchises, like "Star Wars" and Marvel. The service also offers a lot of non-fiction shows and documentaries. Disney Plus costs $8/month or $80/year, and you can bundle it with Hulu and ESPN+ for $14/month. Monthly Subscription Service (small) Disney Plus has a lot of new shows to stream. There are spin-offs, s...
Tags: Reviews, Star Wars, Hayden Christensen, TV, Minnesota, Entertainment, Office, New York City, Marvel, Disney, US, Trends, Tech, Earth, Features, New Jersey


DoorDash Drivers Game Algorithm To Increase Pay

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Dave Levy and Nikos Kanelopoulos are trying to beat the algorithm. The two DoorDash drivers -- Dashers, as the company calls them -- are trying to persuade their peers to turn down the lowest-paying deliveries so the automated system for matching jobs with drivers will respond by raising pay rates. "Every app-based on-demand company's objective is to constantly shift profits from the driver back to the company," Levy says. "Our objective is the...
Tags: Tech, Bloomberg, Pennsylvania, Levy, Doordash, Lehigh Valley, Dave Levy, Nikos Kanelopoulos, Kanelopoulos, DeclineNow Facebook


How to watch 'Judas and the Black Messiah' - the Oscar nominee is now available to rent though VOD streaming services

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Warner Bros. Pictures "Judas and the Black Messiah" premiered in theaters and on HBO Max on February 12. The biopic stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chicago Black Panther Party chair Fred Hampton. The film is now available to rent from VOD streaming services, like Prime Video and Vudu, for $20. the Black Messiah (small) "Judas and the Black Messiah," a film based on the 1969 killing of Chicago Black Panther Par...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Hbo, Movies, Entertainment, Trends, Tech, Fbi, Chicago, Streaming, Warner Bros, Academy Awards, Black Messiah, Dolby Atmos, Hampton, Judas


Google Now Supports Rust for Underlying Android OS Development

For the past few years, Google has been encouraging developers to write Android apps with Kotlin. The underlying OS still uses C and C++, though Google today announced Android Open Source Project (AOSP) support for Rust. From a report: This is part of Google's work to address memory safety bugs in the operating system: "We invest a great deal of effort and resources into detecting, fixing, and mitigating this class of bugs, and these efforts are effective in preventing a large number of bugs fro...
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Signal Is Adding a New Privacy-Focused Payments Feature

Most of us might be familiar with Signal as the privacy-preserving messaging app of choice, but the company is expanding into a new frontier: payments. Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Articles, Science and Technology, Signal, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Decentralization, Messaging Apps, Moxie Marlinspike, Financial Technology, Business Finance, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet


Signal tests payments in the UK using MobileCoin

Encrypted chat app Signal is adding payments to the services it provides, a long-expected move and one the company is taking its time on. A U.K.-only beta program will allow users to trade the cryptocurrency MobileCoin quickly, easily, and most importantly, privately. If you’re in the U.K., or have some way to appear to be, you’ll notice a new Signal Payments feature in the app when you update. All you need to do to use it is link a MobileCoin wallet after you buy some on the cryptocurrency exch...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mobile, UK, Privacy, Tech, Crypto, Payments, Signal, Cryptocurrency, Moxie Marlinspike, E2e, MobileCoin, Wired Signal co


Google seemingly reveals Pixel Buds A in marketing email

The regular Pixel Buds don’t come in this dark green color.
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Lawmakers press Instagram for details on its plans for kids

A group of Democratic lawmakers wrote to Mark Zuckerberg this week to press the CEO on his plans to curate a version of Instagram for children. In a hearing last month, Zuckerberg confirmed reporting by Buzzfeed that the company was exploring an age-gated version of its app designed for young users. Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representatives Lori Trahan (D-MA) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) signed the letter, expressing “serious concerns” about the company’s ability to pro...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Kids, Instagram, Buzzfeed, Congress, Government, Tech, House, Zuckerberg, Democratic, Richard Blumenthal, Ed Markey, Messenger Kids, Kathy Castor D FL


Coinbase’s monster Q1 in context

In the first quarter of 2021, American consumer cryptocurrency trading giant Coinbase grew sharply, generating strong profits at the same time. For Coinbase, the disclosure of its preliminary Q1 2021 results comes a week ahead of its direct listing, an event that will see the company begin to trade publicly. As it is both cash rich and well known, Coinbase is foregoing a traditional IPO in favor of the more exotic method of going public. In its release, Coinbase disclosed the following metrics, ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Investment, Bitcoin, Trading, Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, Don, Direct Listing


Rapid raises $12M for its manufacturing robotics

Bay Area-based Rapid Robotics today . The new round, led by NEA, brings the company’s total funding up to $17.5 million. It joins a recently closed seed round, announced way back in November of last year. Existing investors Greycroft, Bee Partners and 468 Capital also took part in the round. We noted at that stage that COVID-19 had a sizable impact on robotics investment. At the very least, the pandemic has served to accelerate interest in automation, as many “non-essential” workers have been u...
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