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Students, government employees, and members of non-profit organizations can get access to Extra Crunch at a discounted rate of $50/year (plus tax). That’s 50% off our annual price point. You’ll also be grandfathered in at the discounted price for future years until you cancel.  How to claim the discount: Use a government, non-profit, .edu or university email address and send a message to our customer support team at [email protected] Please let them know that you are seeking the ...
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Apple Working on Combined TV Box, Speaker to Revive Home Efforts

Apple has been a laggard in the smart-home space, but a versatile new device in early development could change that. From a Bloomberg report: The company is working on a product that would combine an Apple TV set-top box with a HomePod speaker and include a camera for video conferencing through a connected TV and other smart-home functions, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters. The device's other capabilities would include stand...
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Twitter advertises jobs in Ghana as it prepares to open first Africa office

Recruitment marks significant step in social media company’s plans to establish presence on continentTwitter has announced it will recruit 11 people in Ghana, the company’s first hires on the African continent, and that it is looking into opening an office there.The social media company joins Facebook and other tech companies moving into Africa. Continue reading...
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Rainy days and Sundays

Sunday was a wet day. We had rain through the night and on into Sunday. We need the rain, I think. It hasn't rained in a while. I took this photo from the den out over the west forty. The garden path separates the west forty from the south forty. That's the way I think of it, anyway. Our property slopes down toward the north. When we bought the house eighteen years ago, looking at it with our San Francisco eyes, the yard seemed absolutely flat. Apple trees on the right. The big tree in the mid...
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Google is killing off Play Movies and TV, but your purchases will live on YouTube

If you’re one of the few people who frequently purchased movies through Google Play Movies and TV, I have some bad news and some good news. The bad news is that Google appears to be killing off the Play Movies & TV app on a bunch of smart TV devices, including Roku, Samsung, LG, and Vizio Smart TVs. Google appears to be slowly trying to retire the app, much like Google Play Music, perhaps because its name is terrible. But the good news is that your purchases will live on in the YouTube app inste...
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Human Taste Buds Can Tell the Difference Between Normal and 'Heavy' Water, Study Finds

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ScienceAlert: [T]here's been a longstanding question over whether heavy water tastes the same as regular drinking water -- or whether its subtle isotopic variation yields a different taste that people may be able to perceive. "There is anecdotal evidence from the 1930s that the taste of pure D2O is distinct from the neutral one of pure H2O, being described mostly as 'sweet,'" an international team of researchers led by first authors and biochemists Natali...
Tags: Tech, Pavel Jungwirth, Czech Academy of Sciences, Natalie Ben Abu, Philip E Mason, Ben Abu Mason, Communications Biology Read

Charter Must Pay $19 Million For Tricking Customers Into Switching ISPs

A judge has ordered Charter Communications to pay $19.2 million to Windstream for lying to customers in order to trick them into switching from Windstream to Charter's Spectrum Internet service. Charter also faces a $5,279 penalty for shutting off service to hundreds of Windstream's resale customers. Ars Technica reports: When Windstream filed for bankruptcy in early 2019, Charter began a "literally false and intentionally misleading advertising campaign intended to create the impression, using ...
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Google Is Yanking Play Movies and TV App From Roku and Most Smart TVs

Google is officially pulling the plug on its Play Movies and TV app on all Roku devices and Samsung, LG, Vizio or Roku smart TVs, the company announced via 9to5Google on Monday. Read more...
Tags: Google, Google Play, TV, Science, Technology, Samsung, Apple TV, Computing, Roku, Vizio, Smart TV, Internet Television, Mass Media, Movies Anywhere, Samsung LG Vizio, Digital Media Players

Tesla Drastically Increases Price of Solar Roof

Tesla appears to have drastically increased the price of its Solar Roof tiles in an update to its configurator and quote estimates. Electrek reports: After years of delays, the Tesla Solar Roof is finally gaining momentum with a sharp rise in installations over the last few quarters. The increased deployment came after Tesla launched version 3 of its Solar Roof tiles, which brought a significant price decrease through optimization and faster installation process. Tesla kept refining the product ...
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Vietnamese electric motorbike startup Dat Bike raises $2.6M led by Jungle Ventures

Son Nguyen, founder and chief executive officer of Dat Bike Dat Bike, a Vietnamese startup with ambitions to become the top electric motorbike company in Southeast Asia, has raised $2.6 million in pre-Series A funding led by Jungle Ventures. Made in Vietnam with mostly domestic parts, Dat Bike’s selling point is its ability to compete with gas motorbikes in terms of pricing and performance. Its new funding is the first time Jungle Ventures has invested in the mobility sector and included part...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, China, Southeast Asia, Tech, Electric Vehicles, Silicon Valley, Mobility, Motorbike, Vietnam, Gogoro, Jungle Ventures, Amit Anand, Ho Chi Minh City

Android Heads Up feature aims to prevent distracted walking

“Heads Up” is a new feature for Android phones that prompts you to stay aware of your surroundings if it detects you’re using your handset while walking.
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Domino’s to launch robotic pizza delivery service in Houston

Delivery service will eventually expand to other locations as part of partnership between pizza company and startup NuroDomino’s Pizza and Nuro, a Silicon Valley startup, said on Monday they will launch a robotic pizza delivery service in Houston this week as they seek to satisfy increasing online orders during the pandemic. Continue reading...
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Intel CEO Calls for 'Moonshot' To Boost US Role in Chipmaking

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger called Monday for the U.S. to spend billions of dollars over the next few years as part of a "moonshot" designed to regain lost ground in semiconductor manufacturing. The goal, he said, is to see the U.S. again account for a third of global output, up from about 12% today. From a report: Investments made now will take several years to bear fruit, so they won't do much to ease the current semiconductor shortage, but are vital to America's long-term economic future and nati...
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Defining Your Brand Vision

Brand vision is intention. It can be a single-minded intent, or a group of goals and objectives — typically no more than one, two or three. Steve Jobs wanted this, “Put a ding in the universe.” Henry Ford wanted to make cars that ordinary Americans could afford. (Consider that in Henry’s era, people were driving the equivalent of $200,000 Teslas while everyone else was riding a horse.) Tesla Motor’s vision is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. And Elon Musk’s newest v...
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The next Apple TV could be a soundbar with a built-in camera

A few weeks ago we reported that Apple’s next HomePod might come with a screen and a camera. Well, it seems the HomePod is not the only gadget mashup the company is experimenting with. According to a report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, a future Apple TV could essentially take the form of a soundbar with a built-in camera. Okay, so Bloomberg technically doesn’t specify that said Apple TV would be shaped like a soundbar, but I mean, what else would it really be? It’s an Apple TV with a speaker, so ...
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Binance Labs leads $1.6M seed round in DeFi startup MOUND, the developer of Pancake Bunny

Decentralized finance startup MOUND, known for its yield farming aggregator Pancake Bunny, has raised $1.6 million in seed funding led by Binance Labs. Other participants included IDEO CoLab, SparkLabs Korea and Handshake co-founder Andrew Lee. Built on Binance Smart Chain, a blockchain for developing high-performance DeFi apps, MOUND says Pancake Bunny now has more than 30,000 daily average users, and has accumulated more than $2.1 billion in total value locked (TVL) since its launch in Decembe...
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Your WhatsApp Account Can Be Suspended By Anyone Who Has Your Phone Number

An anonymous reader writes: If you're a frequent user of WhatsApp, you may want to keep an eye on a disturbing hole discovered in its security this weekend. It's possible for an attacker to completely suspend your WhatsApp account, without any recourse for the individual user, and all they need is your phone number. At the time of writing there's no solution for this issue. This newly-discovered flaw uses two separate vectors. The attacker installs WhatsApp on a new device and enters your numb...
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The Google Shopping App Is Shutting Down

An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Google: A new Google Shopping experience that featured a personalized homepage launched in 2019. On Android, Google rebranded the existing Express app to Shopping, but it's now shutting down the mobile experience in favor of just the web. The [Android and iOS clients] will continue to work through June. It comes as Google has been expanding shopping functionality in Search, Image Search, and YouTube, while increasingly leveraging augmented reality: "W...
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Daily Crunch: Microsoft acquires Nuance for $19.7B

Microsoft makes a big healthcare tech acquisition, Twitter is building a presence in Africa and Apple may be cooking up some new smart home products. This is your Daily Crunch for April 12, 2021. The big story: Microsoft acquires Nuance for $19.7B Microsoft announced this morning that it’s acquiring speech-to-text company Nuance Communications for $19.7 billion. It seems like the real focus here is on healthcare — Microsoft announced a Cloud for Healthcare last year, while Nuance’s industry prod...
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Kraken CEO Warns a Crackdown On Cryptocurrencies May Be Coming

Jess Powell, CEO of Kraken, the world's fourth-largest digital currency exchange, warns that governments around the world may start to clamp down on the use of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. CNBC reports: "I think there could be some crackdown," Jesse Powell, CEO of Kraken, told CNBC in an interview. Cryptocurrencies have surged in value lately, with bitcoin hitting a record high price of more than $61,000 last month. The world's most valuable digital coin was last trading at around $60,105. [......
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Google is removing its Play Movies and TV app from every Roku and most smart TVs

Here’s how you’ll have to watch your Play Store content
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Report: Apple plans Apple TV/HomePod and iPad/HomePod hybrid products

Also: Mini LED display supply might make the new iPad Pro hard to find.
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Battery Resourcers raises $20M to commercialize its recycling-plus-manufacturing operations

As a greater share of the transportation market becomes electrified, companies have started to grapple with how to dispose of the thousands of tons of used electric vehicle batteries that are expected come off the roads by the end of the decade. Battery Resourcers proposes a seemingly simple solution: recycle them. But the company doesn’t stop there. It’s engineered a “closed loop” process to turn that recycled material into nickel-manganese-cobalt cathodes to sell back to battery manufacturers....
Tags: Transportation, Massachusetts, Tech, Automotive, Jaguar Land Rover, Series B, Fiat Chrysler, Chevy Volt, National Science Foundation, Worcester Massachusetts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Novi Michigan, InMotion Ventures, Sebastian Peck, Battery Resourcers, Orbia Ventures

Hyundai Pony Heritage Becomes Design Studio Centerpiece

While automotive enthusiasts have mixed opinions on the cultural clout of electric vehicles, there’s one aspect of electrification that’s undeniably cool — the resto-mod potential. Despite the historic appeal of driving around in vintage automobiles, they’re often painfully slow with ridiculously long braking distances and a lack of standard features many people living today would deem […] The post Hyundai Pony Heritage Becomes Design Studio Centerpiece appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Another milestone for in-space servicing as Northrop Grumman gives aging satellite new life

Northrop Grumman hit a new milestone in extending the life of active spacecraft as a purpose-built spacecraft, MEV-2, docking with Intelsat’s IS-10-02 satellite to give it another 5 years of life. It’s a strong demonstration of the possibilities in a growing field of orbital servicing operations. MEV-2 launched in August and matched the orbit of Intelsat’s 18-year-old satellite, which would have soon be due for decommissioning, having exceeded its original mission by some 5 years. But it’s preci...
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The FCC Wants You To Use Its Speed Test App to Figure Out Where Internet Is Bad

The Federal Communications Commission is encouraging folks to use its internet speed test app, available for free across the country to anyone with an Android or iOS device, so it can collect more accurate internet speed data for its broadband deployment efforts.Read more...
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Daunte Wright killing: Biden calls for ‘peace and calm’ as Minneapolis sets curfew – live

President says he viewed body-cam footage of officer shooting black man28% of American adults now fully vaccinated, says White House adviserMichigan should again shut down to combat surge, says CDC directorBiden to meet with bipartisan group to discuss infrastructureSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 10.26pm BST The majority of US CEOs think Biden’s corporate tax rate hike will have a negative impact, a new survey has shown. Influential business lobbying group Busin...
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Intel's Mobileye Will Launch a Fully Driverless Delivery Service in 2023

Mobileye, the company that specializes in chips for vision-based autonomous vehicles, announced that it will launch a full-scale, fully driverless delivery service starting in 2023. The company, a subsidiary of Intel, is joining forces with self-driving delivery startup Udelv to run this new service. From a report: Deliveries will be made using a new type of cabin-less vehicle called The Transporter. While manufacturing plans are still in flux, Mobileye and Udelv say they will produce 35,000 Tra...
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The Google Play video app will leave Roku, Vizio, LG and Samsung's TV platforms

Google is discontinuing the Google Play Movies and TV app for Samsung, LG and Vizio smart TVs, as well as Roku devices.
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Fire Up the Fox News Crack Pipe

Americans look down their nose at the fraying ends of other cultures, with little reflection on our own. Some rural back-country Chinese folks eat bats? Huh. In parts of back-country America people fuck sheep when they’re not diddling their sister and handling rattlesnakes. You did not know? I assure you, it’s true. In America, we hunt and eat every kind of wild and domestic animal, including animals so similar to humans (pigs and cows) they are used as body pa...
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