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Adding Is Favored Over Subtracting In Problem Solving

A series of problem-solving experiments reveal that people are more likely to consider solutions that add features than solutions that remove them, even when removing features is more efficient. Nature reports: Across a series of [...] experiments, the authors observe that people consistently consider changes that add components over those that subtract them -- a tendency that has broad implications for everyday decision-making. For example, Adams et al. and colleagues analyzed archival data and...
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Samsung's Upgraded Smart Tracker Can Help You Find Your Keys Using AR

On Thursday, Samsung announced plans to launch an upgraded version of its Galaxy SmartTag smart trackers, the aptly named SmartTag+, globally on April 16 with a U.S. rollout expected sometime “in the coming weeks.”Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Technology, Bluetooth, Samsung, Telecommunications, Samsung Electronics, Data Transmission, Electronic Toll collection, AirTag, Ultra Wideband, Mobile Computers, Telecommunications Engineering, Technology Internet, Smarttag, Samsung Beat Cellular Phone


Apple admits that iMessage for Android was killed to keep its walled garden

The legal conflict between Epic Games and Apple has already had some fairly substantial fallout. The court of public opinion has already...
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Ant Responses To Social Isolation Resemble Those of Humans

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Ants react to social isolation in a similar way as do humans and other social mammals. A study by an Israeli-German research team has revealed alterations to the social and hygienic behavior of ants that had been isolated from their group. The research team was particularly surprised by the fact that immune and stress genes were downregulated in the brains of the isolated ants. [...] While the effects of isolation have been extensively studied i...
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Tom Holland to Star in First Season of ‘The Crowded Room’, a New Anthology Series From Akiva Goldsman

Tom Holland is taking another bite out of Apple. The once and future Spider-Man actor recently worked with the streamer on the Russo Brothers’ film Cherry, and now word has arrived that he will play the lead role in a new anthology series for AppleTV+ called The Crowded Room, which hails from writer and executive producer Akiva Goldsman. And it sounds like he’ll be playing another character that will allow him to flex a different set of muscles as an actor. According to a press release from ...
Tags: Apple, Television, Movies, Drama, Casting, United States, Holland, Russo brothers, Tom Holland, Toni Collette, Akiva-Goldsman, Appletv, Shyamalan s Split, Daniel Keyes, Apple Studios, The Crowded Room


Gillmor Gang: Days Go By

You may ask yourself, say the Talking Heads. What is this thing working from anywhere? Or as Google says, work from right here in the office. As the vaccines roll on out, some of us are just not ready for returning to normal. On this edition of the Gillmor Gang, the office is a state of mind, served up by Zoom and Clubhouse. It sounds like Clownhouse, with unlimited fungible bozos on the menu. Surely we are binged out, election recalled, floating in a vat of VC alphabet soup. SPACs are everyw...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Video, Tech, Gillmor Gang, Steve Gillmor, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, Hal, Gillmor, Tina Chase Gillmor, Hal Willner, Denis Pombriant, Willner, Brent Leary


Why all consumer products eventually become cluttered? Kunal Shah on UX, Product Management and Dhandha

Why all consumer products eventually become cluttered? Everyone starts with a simple and an appealing user experience, but after a few rounds of funding and user traction – they all look like the same. What gives? Hear out this interesting explanation from Kunal Shah. Catch The Ashish Sinha show on your fav podcast app: Spotify | Google | Anchor ..and everywhere. The post Why all consumer products eventually become cluttered? Kunal Shah on UX, Product Management and Dhandha appeared first on ...
Tags: Google, Business, Product Management, Kunal Shah, Ashish Sinha, Dhandha, UX Product Management


Counting strongly favors Amazon in warehouse union vote

It’s been a little over a week since union voting concluded for Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama. Things have been fairly quiet in the eye of the storm for most of it. That changed today, however, as vote counting began in earnest. Thus far, things are breaking pretty dramatically in the company’s favor, following a hard-fought anti-union campaign. As of the end of the day, no votes have more than doubled the yeses, at 1,100 to 463. With counting resuming — and likely concluding — t...
Tags: Amazon, Labor, Tech, Usps, Union, National Labor Relations Board, TechCrunch, Appelbaum, Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union, Stuart Appelbaum, Bessemer Alabama Things


Verizon Recalls 2.5 Million Hotspot Devices Due To Fire Hazard

Verizon is recalling 2.5 million hotspot devices after discovering that the lithium ion battery can overheat, creating a fire and burning hazard. CNBC reports: The recall impacts Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspots imported by Franklin Wireless Corp and sold between April 2017 and March 2021. The affected models are labeled: MHS900L, MHS900LS and MHS900LPP. Verizon disclosed the recall Thursday alongside a notice from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). A Verizon spokesperson said j...
Tags: Verizon, Tech, Cnbc, U S Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC, Franklin Wireless Corp, Verizon Recalls, CPSC Verizon


Watch a monkey equipped with Elon Musk’s Neuralink device play Pong with its brain

Elon Musk’s Neuralink, one of his many companies and the only one currently focused on mind control (that we’re aware of), has released a new blog post and video detailing some of its recent updates — including using its hardware to make it possible for a monkey to play pong with only its brain. In the video above, Neuralink demonstrates how it used its sensor hardware and brain implant to record a baseline of activity from this macaque (named ‘Pager’) as it played a game on-screen where it h...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Pong, Musk, Neuralink, Neuralink Musk, Neuralinks


Building A Values-Based Competitive Advantage

Some companies these days realize that the best opportunity is not to drive people to your website, but to push them toward your mindset. People are putting their money where their values are. While shoppers might sometimes be on the fence about which new pair of jeans to buy, if those jeans are sustainably designed, have been recycled, up-cycled, or push some portion of profits toward a cause, it makes it easier for shoppers to lean toward purchase. That phenomenon is not only happening in c...
Tags: Google, France, New York City, Nigeria, Barcelona, Paypal, United States, Mozilla, Netherlands, Bangladesh, Nielsen, Citibank, John Doerr, Branding, Brendan Eich, Big Banks


Apple's pending privacy clampdown drives desperate marketers to overwhelm domain database

Public Suffix List halts submissions from those seeking reprieve from iGiant's rules Marketers frantic to preserve their ad tracking capabilities in advance of Apple's iOS 14.5 privacy restrictions have overwhelmed a volunteer-maintained database used to oversee domain names and improve web security.…
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Proctorio Is Using Racist Algorithms To Detect Faces

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Students of color have long complained that the facial detection algorithms Proctorio and other exam surveillance companies use fail to recognize their faces, making it difficult if not impossible to take high-stakes tests. Now, a software researcher, who also happens to be a college student at a school that uses Proctorio, says he can prove the Proctorio software is using a facial detection model that fails to recognize Black faces more than...
Tags: Tech, Motherboard, Black, Proctorio, Akash Satheesan, Satheesan


Impossible Foods In Talks To Go Public

According to Reuters, Impossible Foods is preparing for a public listing which could value the U.S. plant-based burger maker at around $10 billion or more. From the report: This would be substantially more than the $4 billion the company was worth in a private funding round in 2020. It would highlight growing demand for plant-based meat products, driven by environmental and ethical concerns among consumers. Impossible Foods is exploring going public through an initial public offering (IPO) in th...
Tags: Tech, Impossible Foods, SPAC, Redwood City California, Reuters Impossible Foods


Daily Crunch: KKR invests $500M into Box

Box gets some financial ammunition against an activist investor, Samsung launches the Galaxy SmartTag+ and we look at the history of CryptoPunks. This is your Daily Crunch for April 8, 2021. The big story: KKR invests $500M into Box Private equity firm KKR is making an investment into Box that should help the cloud content management company buy back shares from activist investor Starboard Value, which might otherwise have claimed a majority of board seats and forced a sale. After the investme...
Tags: Verizon, Spotify, Europe, Enterprise, Samsung, Tech, Joe Biden, Norway, Box, Honda, Biden, KKR, Bluetooth Low Energy, Aaron Levie, University Of Michigan, NFT


Facebook ran ads for a fake ‘Clubhouse for PC’ app planted with malware

Cybercriminals have taken out a number of Facebook ads masquerading as a Clubhouse app for PC users in order to target unsuspecting victims with malware, TechCrunch has learned. TechCrunch was alerted Wednesday to Facebook ads tied to several Facebook pages impersonating Clubhouse, the drop-in audio chat app only available on iPhones. Clicking on the ad would open a fake Clubhouse website, including a mocked-up screenshot of what the non-existent PC app looks like, with a download link to the ma...
Tags: Facebook, Russia, Tech, Clubhouse, Paul Davidson, Amit Serper, Rohan Seth Clubhouse


Elon Musk's Neuralink Co-Founder Says He Could Build the Real 'Jurassic Park,' With Genetically Engineered Dinosaurs

The co-founder of Elon Musk's company Neuralink tweeted on Saturday that the startup has the technological advances and savvy to create its own "Jurassic Park." The Hill reports: "We could probably build Jurassic Park if we wanted to," Max Hodak tweeted Saturday. "Wouldn't be genetically authentic dinosaurs but [shrugging emoji]. maybe 15 years of breeding + engineering to get super exotic novel species." Hodak didn't further explain what technology Neuralink could use to engineer the long-extin...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Jurassic Park, Cnet, Hodak, Neuralink, Max Hodak, Jackson Ryan, Neuralink Co, Jurassic Park The Hill


Reddit-Fueled Penny Stock's 6,400% Rally Reversing In Sydney

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: IOUpay, a fintech firm that went into overdrive on a social media-backed retail trading frenzy, has plummeted in the past two months. The stock is set for more declines as the firm's newly launched buy-now-pay-later services -- which allows customers to purchase goods and then pay for them in installments -- faces intensified competition in Southeast Asia from larger Australian rival Afterpay, say analysts. IOUpay had drawn comparisons to U.S. ...
Tags: Asia, Australia, Southeast Asia, Tech, Bloomberg, Sydney, Reddit, Citigroup, Gamestop, Standard Chartered Plc, Carl Capolingua


Google’s Project Zero Finds a Nation-State Zero-Day Operation

Google’s Project Zero discovered, and caused to be patched, eleven zero-day exploits against Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Windows, and iOS. This seems to have been exploited by “Western government operatives actively conducting a counterterrorism operation”: The exploits, which went back to early 2020 and used never-before-seen techniques, were “watering hole” attacks that used infected websites to deliver malware to visitors. They caught the attention of cybersecurity experts thanks to their scale...
Tags: Google, Uncategorized, Cyberattack, Terrorism, Zero-Day, Bruce Schneier, Threat Analysis Group, Chrome Safari Microsoft


New Site Connects Consumers To Lawyers For Instant Video Consultations

A new website called Pro Help Legal offers near-instant access to video chat with a lawyer, with clear disclosure in advance of the cost of the consultation.
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Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Nano Weighs Only 1.99 Pounds and Is Powered By Intel Tiger Lake CPUs

MojoKid writes: The new 13-inch ThinkPad X1 Nano is the thinnest and lightest Lenovo ThinkPad ever in the brand's history. The machine weighs just 1.99 pounds (907 grams), while still sporting a fairly powerful Intel Core i7-1160G7 Tiger Lake quad-core CPU, up to a 1TB NVMe SSD, 16GB of 4267MHz LPDDR4X RAM and a 48 Whr battery. In the benchmarks, the machine holds its own for productivity and content creation tasks as well as a bit of light-duty gaming, versus heavier machines in its peer group....
Tags: Tech, Nano, Lenovo, Intel Core, Intel Tiger Lake, IPS Dolby Vision


FTC Urges Courts Not To Dismiss Facebook Antitrust Case

The Federal Trade Commission has urged a federal judge in DC to reject Facebook's request to dismiss the FTC's high-stakes antitrust lawsuit. In a 56-page legal brief, the FTC reiterated its arguments that Facebook's profits have come from years of anticompetitive conduct. From a report: "Facebook is one of the largest and most profitable companies in the history of the world," the FTC wrote. "Facebook reaps massive profits from its [social networking] monopoly, not by offering a superior or mor...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Dc, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Facebook Antitrust Case, Instagram While Instagram


CEO group says Biden should stick to 'real infrastructure' and 'leave the rest of the stuff for something else'

President Joe Biden. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Business Roundtable's CEO told Bloomberg that Biden's infrastructure plan should stick to roads and bridges. The lobbying group also opposes raising the corporate tax to 28% as a way to fund the plan. Biden expressed willingness to work with Republicans on negotiating the size of the tax hike. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan is ambitious. It inclu...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Senate, US, West Virginia, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Treasury, Mitch McConnell, Republican, Biden, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Manchin, Bloomberg TV


Crypto trading on Robinhood spiked to 9.5M customers in first quarter

It’s been a big year for crypto, and Robinhood shared some stats today providing more evidence that the crypto boom is more than just hype — at least for now. In a blog , Christine Brown, Robinhood’s head of crypto operations, revealed that in the first quarter of 2021, 9.5 million of its customers traded crypto via the company’s platform. That’s up big time from the 1.7 million customers who traded crypto in the 2020 fourth quarter. The company first launched its Crypto unit in January of...
Tags: TC, Congress, Finance, Tech, Bitcoin, Crypto, Cryptocurrencies, Robinhood, Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, Cfo, Digital Currencies, Brown, Dogecoin, Crypto economy, Robinhood Crypto


Security Researcher Earns $100,000 for Safari Exploit in Pwn2Own Hacking Contest

Each year, the Zero Day Initiative hosts a "Pwn2Own" hacking contest where security researchers can earn money for finding serious vulnerabilities in major platforms like Windows and macOS. This 2021 Pwn2Own virtual event kicked off earlier this week and featured 23 separate hacking attempts across 10 different products including web browsers, virtualization, servers, and more. A three-day affair that spans multiple hours a day, this year's Pwn2Own event was livestreamed on YouTube. Apple prod...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Safari, Apple Safari, YouTube Apple, Thijs, Daan, Thijs Alkemade, Daan Keuper, Kernel Zero


Nigeria’s SEC warns investment platforms to stop trading ‘unregistered’ foreign securities

In a circular released by Nigeria’s capital market regulator SEC today, investment platforms providing access to foreign securities might be treading on dangerous grounds. According to the SEC regulations that have just been brought to light, these platforms are trading foreign securities not registered in the country and have been warned to stop doing so. Capital market operators in partnership with them have also been warned to renege on providing brokerage services for foreign securities. Ove...
Tags: Nigeria, Tech, Commission, Alibaba, SEC, Robinhood, Google Amazon, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chaka, Commission The Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission the Commission, Tosin Osibodu, Securities Exchanges


PSE&G Customers In NJ & ComEd Customers: Get A Google Nest Thermostat For Free After $130 Instant Rebate! On Sale From Amazon For $99.99

PSE&G Customers In NJ: Get A Google Nest Thermostat For Free After $130 Instant Rebate! PSE&G Customers in NJ can get the Google Nest Thermostat for free via the link above. ComEd customers in Illinois can get it for just $1 via this link. Shipping charges may apply. This Google Nest Thermostat is on sale […]
Tags: Google, Amazon, Deals, Free Stuff, Illinois, ComEd, PSE, PSE G Customers, G Customers In NJ


Epic cries monopoly as Apple details secret ‘Project Liberty’ effort to provoke ‘Fortnite’ ban

The Epic v. Apple lawsuit alleging monopolistic practices by the latter will begin next month, and today the main arguments of each company were published, having been trimmed down somewhat at the court’s discretion. With the basic facts agreed upon, the two companies will go to battle over what they mean, and their CEOs will likely take the (virtual) stand to do so. As we’ve covered in previous months, the thrust of Epic’s argument is that Apple’s hold over the app market and 30 percent standar...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Tech, Epic, Tim Cook, Epic Games, Phil Schiller, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Fortnite, Project LIBERTY, Fortnite Epic, Apple V Epic, Epic V Apple, Coalition for App Fairness Project Liberty


Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are super broken right now (Update: but starting to work again)

Are Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp down for you right now? Us too! And lots and lots of other people too, it seems. We’re getting reports left and right of outages across the three Facebook properties, with no indication so far as to the cause. It’s all down so hard that Facebook’s own server status page won’t even load to explain what’s up. Some of the respective mobile apps appear to load, but are just loading cached data; refresh or try to pull in a new page, and things probably won’t load...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Whatsapp, Facebook Instagram


Leak of a Reported 500 Million Profiles Actually Very Boring, LinkedIn Assures Users

Less than a week after personal information from a half-billion scraped Facebook profiles were leaked to the digital underworld, the world’s largest professional network seems to have suffered a similar fate. It would appear that, like Facebook, approximately 500 million scraped LinkedIn profiles are now being sold on…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Microsoft, Social Networks, Social Media, Linkedin, Recruitment, Internet Privacy, Ark, Technology Internet, Linkedin Hack



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