Genetic Mistakes That Could Shape Our Species

Slashdot reader omfglearntoplay shares an excerpt from a BBC article that explores the new technologies that may have already introduced genetic errors to the human gene pool. The article starts by mentioning He Jiankui, a Shenzhen researcher who was sentenced to prison in late 2019 for creating the world's first genetically altered babies. From the report: Jiankui had made the first genetically modified babies in the history of humankind. After 3.7 billion years of continuous, undisturbed evolu...
Tags: London, Tech, Bbc, Lulu, Shenzhen, Nana, Francis Crick Institute, Jiankui

Australia's NDIS Gets a Government App With Blockchain But No Ethics

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Good news, disabled Australians! You'll soon be getting an app that will implement a welfare compliance regime designed by the people who brought you robo-debt. But don't worry, it'll have blockchain. No, this isn't good news at all. What makes it worse is that it's clear the government wants to extend technology-driven compliance to all Australians, with an emphasis on cracking down on your mistakes, not theirs. Kathryn Campbell, Secretary of the ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Australia, Tech, Commonwealth, Commonwealth Bank, CSIRO, Department of Social Services, National Disability Insurance Scheme NDIS, Marie Johnson, Kathryn Campbell, Digital Transformation Agency DTA, NDIS Technology Authority, Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee, NDIS Blockchain

Inspur, China's Largest Cloud Hardware Vendor, Joins Open-Source Patent Consortium

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: The Open Invention Network (OIN) defends the intellectual property (IP) rights of Linux and open-source software developers from patent trolls and the like. This is a global fight and now the OIN has a new, powerful allied member in China: Inspur. Inspur is a leading worldwide provider and China's leading data center infrastructure, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence (AI) server providers. While not a household name like Lenovo, Inspur ra...
Tags: China, Tech, Barclays, Oss, Canonical Red Hat, TD Bank Group, Inspur, Keith Bergelt, Inspur China, Inspur Inspur, Lenovo Inspur, Inspur Baidu China, Donny Zhang VP

New Quest 2 software brings wireless PC streaming, updated ‘office’ mode

After a relatively quiet couple of months from Oculus on the software front, Facebook’s VR unit is sharing some details on new functionality coming to its Quest 2 standalone headset. The features, which include wireless Oculus Link support, “Infinite Office” functionality and upcoming 120hz support will be rolling out in the Quest 2’s upcoming v28 software update. There’s no exact word on when that update is coming but the language in the blog seems to intimate that the rollout is imminent. The ...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Tech, Logitech, Oculus, Virtual Reality, Wearable Devices, Virtual Desktop, Mixed Reality, Facebook Connect, Oculus Quest, Air Link, Infinite Office

Impossible Foods Hires a Veteran of Apple Ads to Beef Up Its Creative Marketing

Plant-based burger maker Impossible Foods has hired a former Apple creative and veteran creative consultant to supercharge its marketing efforts, on the heels of its first national ad campaign with the provocative tagline, "We Are Meat." Steve Turner was ecd at TBWA\Media Arts Lab, Apple's dedicated creative agency, during an era that saw the debut...
Tags: Apple, Advertising, Impossible Foods, Food & Beverage, Steve Turner, TBWA \ Media Arts Lab Apple, Leadership & Talent, Plant-based Products

NSA Helps Out Microsoft With Critical Exchange Server Vulnerability Disclosures

April showers bring hours of patches as Microsoft delivers its Patch Tuesday fun-fest consisting of over a hundred CVEs, including four Exchange Server vulnerabilities reported to the company by the US National Security Agency (NSA). The Register reports: Forty-four different products and services are affected, mainly having to do with Azure, Exchange Server, Office, Visual Studio Code, and Windows. Among the vulnerabilities, four have been publicly disclosed and a fifth is being actively exploi...
Tags: Microsoft, Nsa, Tech, US National Security Agency NSA, Exchange Servers Microsoft, Azure Exchange Server Office Visual Studio Code

Detroit Man Sues Police For Wrongfully Arresting Him Based On Facial Recognition

A man who was falsely accused of shoplifting has sued the Detroit Police Department for arresting him based on an incorrect facial recognition match. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit on behalf of Robert Williams, whom it calls the first US person wrongfully arrested based on facial recognition. The Verge reports: The Detroit Police Department arrested Williams in 2019 after examining security footage from a shoplifting incident. A detective used facial recognition technology on a gr...
Tags: US, Tech, Williams, Aclu, Detroit, Facial Recognition, Black, American Civil Liberties Union, Robert Williams, Detroit Police Department

Las Vegas Pushes To Become First To Ban Ornamental Grass

With a first-in-the-nation policy, Las Vegas is seeking to ban grass that nobody walks on. "Las Vegas-area water officials have spent two decades trying to get people to replace thirsty greenery with desert plants, and now they're asking the Nevada Legislature to outlaw roughly 40% of the turf that's left," reports The Associated Press. By outlawing this ornamental grass that requires four times as much water as drought-tolerant landscaping, the region can reduce annual water consumption by roug...
Tags: Tech, Las Vegas, Nevada, Jones, Clark County, Nevada Legislature, Justin Jones

Daily Crunch: Spotify unveils an in-car entertainment system

Spotify wants to have a bigger presence in your car, Apple hints at iPad-centric announcements and Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop goes on sale. This is your Daily Crunch for April 13, 2021. The big story: Spotify unveils an in-car entertainment system Spotify’s new device is the oddly (but memorably!) named Car Thing. While there are plenty of other ways to listen to Spotify while driving, the company said this will provide a “more seamless” and personalized experience. Car Thing includes a touc...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Hardware, Media, Microsoft, Tech, Automotive, Epic, Startup Alley, Facebook Instagram, Fortnite, Oversight Board, Daily Crunch, JP Morgan Mastercard UBS, LinkedIn Extra Crunch

66 unique gift ideas for Mom, from a custom photo book to a sunflower gardening kit

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Gravity If you're looking for the perfect gift for mom, we rounded up many thoughtful and unique ideas. From loungewear to jewelry to tech gadgets, there's a gift for all tastes and budgets. For more inspiration, check out all of the Insider Reviews gift guides. Although mothers may be challenging to shop for - humbly resigning to the phrase "you don't have to get me anything" - I can safely...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Nordstrom, Gift Guide, Etsy, Disney, Barack Obama, Trends, Gifts, Philips, Mom, Warby Parker, Anthropologie, Sephora, Alexa

Law Blog Posts As Statements and Footnotes in Wikipedia

Searching Wikipedia for backgroud information on a B Corporation, a certification of “social and environmental performance” for a for profit companies, I came across a footnote from a statement that such status bring an annul fee. The footnote was to a blog published by the law firm, Bryan Cave. Got me thinking. Wikipedia could be an excellent place for posts from your blog to be cited. Wikipedia entries are replete with footnotes documenting the source for a statement. Wikipedia is fu...
Tags: Google, Law, Wikipedia, Uncategorized, Bryan Cave

Samsung's Next Unpacked Event Is Set for April 28

Samsung has already hosted two Unpacked events this year, and now a third event is on the way scheduled for the end of this month. Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Samsung, Smartphones, Companies, Mobile Phones, Chromebook, Tablet Computers, Samsung Electronics, Odyssey, Samsung Galaxy, Evan Blass, Business Finance, Samsung Mobile Phones, Videotelephony, Technology Internet

School Custodian Refuses To Download Phone App That Monitors Location, Says It Got Her Fired

Michelle Dionne, a former employee at a cleaning company in Darwell, Alberta, says she was fired for refusing to download an app that would check her location and ensure she was working her scheduled hours. reports: Dionne says she was thrilled to get the job last fall -- responsible for things like disinfecting door handles, light switches and bathrooms to prevent possible spread of the coronavirus. When her boss told her to download the app, Dionne says she was concerned about her priva...
Tags: Tech, Alberta, Cbc, Instagram Facebook, Dionne, Michelle Dionne, Darwell Alberta, BrightHR Spokesperson Natalie Shallow, Hanan Yehia, H Y Cleaning Services, Yehia

FBI launches operation to remove backdoors from hacked Microsoft Exchange servers

A court in Houston has authorized an FBI operation to “copy and remove” backdoors from hundreds of Microsoft Exchange email servers in the United States, months after hackers used four previously undiscovered vulnerabilities to attack thousands of networks. The Justice Department announced the operation on Tuesday, which it described as “successful.” In March, Microsoft discovered a new China state-sponsored hacking group — Hafnium — targeting Exchange servers run from company networks. The four...
Tags: Security, Texas, Technology, Supreme Court, Microsoft, France, China, America, Tech, Malware, Ransomware, Spyware, Cryptography, Fbi, Cybercrime, United States

Discord's NSFW Block on iOS Might Hurt Artists the Most

Discord, the gamer-centric chat app that’s become more popular among online fringe communities, has beefed up its restrictions on NSFW adult content. Discord now requires age gates for entire servers rather than limiting them to individual channels. And because of an Apple policy already in place, the app’s iOS users…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science

Global PC Market Swells by 55% in Q1 2021 To 82.7 Million

The latest data from research firm Canalys shows continued strength in the worldwide PC market in the first quarter of 2021, with shipments of desktops and notebooks, including workstations, up 55% year on year. From the report: Though this growth rate was buoyed by a weak Q1 2020, total shipments of 82.7 million units is still impressive, and the highest Q1 shipment number since 2012. Backlogs on orders from 2020, particularly for notebooks, were a key driver, though new demand is also a factor...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, Canalys

Apple’s rumored TV box confirms convergence is the key to the smart home

Smart home devices need to serve more than one purpose, with, multiple functions available in every device.
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The best smartwatches in 2021 for fitness, sleep tracking, and style

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky The Apple Watch's ease-of-use and robust health features make it our favorite pick for best smartwatch overall. Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 is our top pick for Android device owners. But Fitbit reigns supreme when it comes to sleep tracking. See our guides to the best Apple Watches and smartwatches for women for more buying advice. The best smartwatches are useful for making sure you're kept in the loop when your phone's not in reach. They&...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Verizon, Smartwatch, Android Wear, US, Samsung, Trends, Tech, Watch, Features, Watches, Buying Guide, Apple Watch

How to Edit Videos in Android's Google Photos App

Android users can finally access Google Photos’ upgraded video editor and its more than 30 new editing tools. The new features were announced back in February and launched first on iOS, and they’re rolling out for Android users starting today.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Software, Computing, Lifehacks, Google Photos, Operating Systems, Web Applications, Snapseed, Microsoft Photos, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Technology Internet, Draftinstasize

54 clever, affordable gifts from Amazon under $50 that anyone would love

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Wake up early and make mini heart-shaped waffles for a breakfast together. Amazon Affordable gifts can be just as useful and thoughtful as expensive gifts. We rounded up 54 gifts on Amazon for under $50 that anyone would love to receive. For more gift ideas, check out all Insider Reviews gift guides. Your friends and family don't necessarily want an expensive gift, and it's a myth that a higher...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Gift Guide, New York, California, US, Trends, Bbc, Gifts, Macbook, New York Times, North Carolina, National Geographic, Cvs

Apple's Filings in Epic Games Case Argue It Has Reduced Industry Commissions, While Third-Party App Stores Would Compromise Privacy and Security

Prior to its upcoming bench trial with Epic Games, Apple filed hundreds of pages of documents covering findings of fact, which include some interesting and previously unknown tidbits about ‌Epic Games‌. ‌Epic Games‌ planned its rebellion against Apple for at least two years ahead of when it opted to brazenly violate Apple's App Store rules, with Apple's ‌App Store‌ fees at the heart of the dispute. Epic is of the opinion that it should not have to pay Apple a 30 percent cut to distribute apps...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Epic, Tim Cook, App Store, Epic Games, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Scott Forstall, Epic Games vs. Apple, Epic Games Apple, Store Epic, Microsoft Former Apple

Tech Workers At the New York Times Have Formed a Union

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Tech workers at The New York Times have formed a union under the NewsGuild of New York, and they are demanding voluntary recognition from the paper's management. The new union, called the Tech Times Guild, represents more than 650 workers from the digital side of the company, including software engineers, designers, and data analysts. Those employees are not included in the editorial union of The New York Times, which represents more than 3,000...
Tags: New York, Tech, New York Times, The Times, The New York Times, Times, New York Times Company, New York Times Have Formed a Union, Tech Times Guild

Twitter Hashflag for April 20 Apple Event Goes Live

Following the overnight Siri leak and subsequent announcement that Apple will hold a media event on Tuesday, April 20, a new Twitter hashflag has appeared to help provide visibility for the event on the platform. For the last several recent events, Apple has utilized hashflags, which are little icons next to hashtags on Twitter, as a way to market its events. The company first started the transition with "#AppleEvent" during the September iPad Air and Apple Watch event and has maintained it s...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Siri, Bloomberg, Rumors, Twitter Hashflag

38 unique and cool gifts available on Amazon, from a star projector to a gourmet popcorn kit

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon has become the "everything store" - the site stocks just about any product you can think of. Because the site is so big, it can be overwhelming to find unique gift ideas on your own. We scoured the site to find the best unique gifts, from handmade goods to funny finds. Amazon You can find just about anything on Amazon, which can be both a blessing a curse. Seemingly endless options is one of ma...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Home Decor, Disney, Trends, Features, Gifts, United States, Paris, Gift Guides, Puerto Rico, Bushwick, Tabasco, Mickey, BPA

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Is Real Mad YouTube Took Down His Covid-19 Misinformation Circlejerk

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hasn’t quite reached the last stage of mad, red, and nude online over YouTube moderation, but he’s getting there, per a Monday report by the Associated Press.Read more...
Tags: Health, Google, Florida, Science, Medicine, Articles, Donald Trump, Sunetra Gupta, Ron DeSantis, Charlie Crist, DeSantis, Associated Press Read, Fake News, Florida Republicans, Scott Atlas, Jay Bhattacharya

Safe places for Russian and Ukrainian ebooks?

I don't speak either language, and can only read a little of either. But sources in both languages can be important for my research. In the past, I've ordered some books in hard copy, and ordered others via Google Books. But a lot of potentially useful sources appear elsewhere but not on Google Books. Anyone had good or bad experiences with direct orders from Litres? How about
Tags: Google, Books, General Discussions, Google Books Anyone

SCOTUS Copyright Forecast: Sunny And Fair

This SCOTUS decision does little to reassure those who believe that Google leads a charmed life as the efficient infringer extraordinaire.
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Law, Courts, Intellectual Property, Oracle, Gaston Kroub

Exclusive: Here’s a first look at some more upcoming features in Android 12

XDA is tracking all the features of Google's Android OS, and now here's a first look at some of the upcoming features in the Android 12 beta.
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Coinbase sets direct listing reference price at $250/share, valuing the company at as much as $65B

Coinbase, the American cryptocurrency trading giant, has set a reference price for its direct listing at $250 per share. According to the company’s most recent SEC filing, it has a fully diluted share count of 261.3 million, giving the company a valuation of $65.3 billion. Using a simple share count of 196,760,122 provided in its most recent S-1/A filing, Coinbase would be worth a slimmer $49.2 billion. Regardless of which share count is used to calculate the company’s valuation, its new worth i...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, SEC, Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, Crunchbase, Exit, Public Markets, Direct Listing

Millions Upon Millions Upon Millions of Smart Devices Are Vulnerable to Hackers

New research shows that security flaws affecting upwards of 100 million smart and industrial devices could allow a hacker to hijack the products or knock them offline. Read more...
Tags: Internet Of Things, Science, Technology, Vulnerability, Computing, Cyberwarfare, Science and Technology, Computer Security, Forescout, Ambient Intelligence, Computer Network Security, Technology Internet, Denial Of Service Attack, Technology Assessment, Daniel Dos Santos, Internet Protocol Suite

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