Striking Charter Workers Build ISP Where 'Profits Are Returned To Users'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Charter Communications employees who have been on strike since 2017 are building an Internet service provider in New York City called "People's Choice." "People's Choice Communications is an employee-owned social enterprise launched by members of IBEW Local #3 to bridge the digital divide and help our neighbors get connected to the Internet during the COVID-19 pandemic," the ISP's website says. "We are the workers who built a large part of N...
Tags: New York City, US, Tech, Ars Technica, Federal Communications Commission, Bronx, Gizmodo, Walcott, Charter Communications, NYC Housing Authority, People s Choice, IBEW, IBEW Local, Troy Walcott, People s Choice People s Choice Communications, Gizmodo Now

Blossom and the Bramley Apple Tree

Peter Morrin, former Director of Louisville’s Speed Art Museum, emailed me a few weeks ago to say there was a remarkable piece of glasswork on display at the Speed called Blossom. Peter gave few details, beyond mentioning an etched 3-D rendering of a slowly dying apple tree and also that the museum piece was gizmo-wired to pick up live vibrations in, on, and surrounding the original Bramley apple tree in Southwell, England. I wondered. Rose and I met Peter at the Speed. He drew us near and, wi...
Tags: Apple, Gardening, UK, Kentucky, United Kingdom, Nottinghamshire, Annie Proulx, Blossom, Louisville, Peter, Rose, Jim, Bramley, Nottingham England, Unusually Clever People, Allen Bush

California To Hunt Greenhouse Gas Leaks and Superemitters With Monitoring Satellites

California and its partners are set to launch by 2023 two satellites to spot and monitor plumes of planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane. "If all goes right, dozens more could follow," reports Science Magazine. From the report: The $100 million Carbon Mapper project, announced today and financed by private philanthropists including Michael Bloomberg, will advance efforts to track concentrated emissions of greenhouse gases, which rise from fossil fuel power plants, leaky pipelines, and ...
Tags: California, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Michael Bloomberg, Robert Green, Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL, California To Hunt Greenhouse Gas Leaks, JPL Snow

Name in the news: Kyndryl

Before I click on “Bad Names” as a blog-post category, I pause to reflect. Am I rushing to judgment, neglecting to account for the Zajonc effect, which tells us that repeated exposure to a name will soften an initially harsh reaction, and that we’ll eventually learn to love, or at least not hate, a name like Bonvoy? Am I mistaking my personal associations—what I like to call the “But That’s a Car Name!” response—for an objective evaluation? Am I punching down, sneering at a struggling little co...
Tags: New York, Technology, Time, Syfy, Walmart, Linguistics, Ibm, Slovakia, Kardashian, Hulu, Mel Brooks, Ben, International Business Machines, Mondelez, Naming, Nancy Friedman

Google makes it easy to jump back to the search box by pressing '/'

Google has rolled out a new Search shortcut that can quickly help you refine the results you get.
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Now with More Rick Rolling

In this Marketing Over Coffee: In this episode learn about Interpretability, Compassion, Jabra Earphones, and more!! Direct Link to File Brought to you by our sponsors: StackAdapt and Terminus Rick Astley Greylock Snow Day Interpretability vs. Explainablility 8:37 StackAdapt is the highest performing programmatic advertising platform, offering a multi-channel solution for native, display, video, connected TV and audio ads.With access to all the major exchanges and more than 55,000 publi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Podcast, Marketing, Fed, Stackadapt, Marketing Over Coffee Newsletter, Rick Rolling, Analytics for Marketers Slack Group Get the Job, Sony Jabra Bose Shure Siri

News: Surviving Creativity Returns

Scott R. Kurtz: After a long three-year hiatus, the award-pending podcast, Surviving Creativity is back. Scott, Brad, and Cory have been really busy since they last posted an episode. Find out what they've been up to, and stick around for more interviews with creative professionals as Scott and his friends explore how to make a living doing what you love and surviving the process. New episodes post every Monday morning on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocketcasts, Overcast, and everywhere...
Tags: Apple, Comics, Scott, Cory, Scott R Kurtz, Scott Brad

Australia Finds Google Misled Customers Over Data Collection: Regulator

(Reuters) - Australia's federal court found Alphabet Inc's Google misled consumers about personal location data collected through Android mobile...
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Google Misled Consumers Over Data Collection - Australian Watchdog

By Swati PandeySYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia's federal court found Alphabet Inc's Google misled some consumers about personal location data collected...
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Festival Pass: BeachLife sets fall return; Hollywood Bowl to come back this summer

Festival Pass is a newsletter that lands in your inbox weekly. But during prime festival season you get bonus editions, too! Subscribe now. As I mentioned last week, we were expecting news from BeachLife. Festival organizers announced that it will return to Redondo Beach in September. Also, the Hollywood Bowl is back in business even sooner. Shows will start up there in just a few weeks. And since Rage Against the Machine dropped their 2022 rescheduled dates and Southern California is suspiciou...
Tags: Apple, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bob Dylan, Music Festivals, Selena Gomez, Richard Thompson, Coachella, Stagecoach, Orange County, SoFi, Southern California, Rage Against The Machine

Comment System Problems Are Being Repaired

The comment system was not supposed to be impacted by the recent site work. A developer ported the site and was fixing speed problems and other errors. I have requested repair of the comment system.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Google Researchers Boost Speech Recognition Accuracy With More Datasets

What if the key to improving speech recognition accuracy is simply mixing all available speech datasets together to train one large AI model? That's the hypothesis behind a recent study published by a team of researchers affiliated with Google Research and Google Brain. They claim an AI model named SpeechStew that was trained on a range of speech corpora achieves state-of-the-art or near-state-of-the-art results on a variety of speech recognition benchmarks. VentureBeat reports: In pursuit of a ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Mozilla, Broadcast News, Google Research and Google

Amazon Reportedly Pressures Small Businesses with Retaliation if They Don't Hand Over User Data

Amazon reportedly pressured smart-thermostat maker Ecobee to fork over data from its voice-enabled devices even when customers weren’t actively using them. When Ecobee pushed back, the e-commerce giant threatened to box the company out of high-profile selling events like Prime Day or refuse Alexa certification for…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, Science, Technology, Software, Computing, Sustainable Energy, Gizmodo, Amazon Web Services, Ecobee, Alexa, Ring, Amazon Alexa, Jack Evans, AmazonBasics, Prime Video

Lesson #336: How to Find the Best Advertising Agency for Your Business

If you are investing material dollars in marketing campaigns, more often than not, you have considered engaging, or have engaged, an advertising agency to assist you with those efforts.  Those decisions whether or not to manage your marketing campaigns with in-house teams vs. third party agencies are typically not easy decisions.  And, if you decide to outsource to an agency, the selection process can be overwhelming, with the thousands of agencies out there to choose from.  This post will hel...
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How to use Google Earth’s Timelapse feature to view new 3D content

Google Earth's Timelapse feature has been enhanced with 3D imagery that shows in incredible detail how our planet has changed over the last four decades.
Tags: Google, News, Trends, Earth, How-to, Timelapse, Google Earth, Changing Planet

You Can Now Buy but Definitely Can't Afford LG's $89,000 Rollable OLED

LG’s magical rolling OLED is now available for purchase in the U.S. But reader, I’m very sorry to warn in advance that you really, really cannot afford this TV.Read more...
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Ireland Opens GDPR Investigation Into Facebook Leak

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Facebook's lead data supervisor in the European Union has opened an investigation into whether the tech giant violated data protection rules vis-a-vis the leak of data reported earlier this month. Here's the Irish Data Protection Commission's statement: "The Data Protection Commission (DPC) today launched an own-volition inquiry pursuant to section 110 of the Data Protection Act 2018 in relation to multiple international media reports, which...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, European Union, Ireland, Commission, DPC, Facebook Users, Facebook Ireland, Irish Data Protection Commission, IDPC, Data Protection Commission DPC

All the tech crammed into the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

Mercedes-Benz lifted the final veil Thursday on its flagship EQS sedan after weeks of teasers, announcements and even a pre-production drive in which TechCrunch participated. The company peeled off the camouflage of the EQS — the electric counterpart to the Mercedes S Class — and revealed an ultra-luxury and tech-centric sedan. The exterior is getting much of the attention today; but it’s all of the tech that got ours, from the microsleep warning system and 56-inch hyperscreen to the monster HEP...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, Germany, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Epa, North America, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes, Garmin, Ac, Daimler AG, Tamara Warren

The Looming Software Kill-Switch Lurking In Aging PlayStation Hardware

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Unless something changes, an issue lurking in older PlayStations' internal timing systems threatens to eventually make every PS4 game and all downloaded PS3 games unplayable on current hardware. Right now, it's not a matter of if but when this problem will occur. [...] The root of the coming issue has to do with the CMOS battery inside every PS3 and PS4, which the systems use to keep track of the current time (even when they're unplugged). I...
Tags: Tech, Sony, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Portable Sony, Ars Sony

A guide to Asana, the workplace management tool that helps streamline communication across teams

Asana can help your workplace streamline communication and organize projects. Luis Alvarez/Getty Images Asana is a workplace management dashboard that helps streamline communication across companies and teams. Asana is customizable, and allows users to break down projects into tasks and set clear goals for teams. Asana also has integration with hundreds of other apps that businesses use, like Google Drive and Outlook. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Asana is a ...
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Daily Crunch: Google Earth gets an update

Google Earth gives users a new look at a changing planet, Facebook tests new business discovery features and Autodesk acquires Upchain. This is your Daily Crunch for April 15, 2021. The big story: Google Earth gets an update Google is describing this as Google Earth’s biggest update since 2017, though there’s really just one major addition: A time-lapse mode bringing together satellite photos from the past 37 years, in 3D. Beyond just being a novel new feature, this mode can reveal how climate...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Berlin, Toronto, Tech, Google-earth, Autodesk, Detroit, MWC, Ifa, Battery Ventures, Dan Gilbert, Alex Wilhelm, Garry Kasparov, CCPA

FreeBSD 13 Released

"FreeBSD, the other Linux, reached version 13," writes long-time Slashdot reader undoman. "The operating system is known for its stable code, native ZFS support, and use of the more liberal BSD licenses." Phoronix highlights some of the major new improvements: FreeBSD 13.0 delivers on performance improvements (particularly for Intel CPUs we've seen in benchmarks thanks to hardware P-States), upgrading to LLVM Clang 11 as the default compiler toolchain, POWER 64-bit support improvements, a wide v...
Tags: Tech, Intel, EFI, GCC, BSD, AES NI, Binutils

How to update 'Minecraft: Bedrock' or 'Java' on a computer, console, or phone

It's easy to update "Minecraft," no matter how you play. Microsoft "Minecraft" should update automatically, but you can check for updates manually in a few different ways. "Minecraft: Bedrock Edition" can be updated through your device's app store, while "Java" players should use the Launcher app. Although updates are important, "Java" players should note that they can break some mods. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. The mega-popular sandbox game "Minec...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Updates, Gaming, Microsoft, Trends, Minecraft, Mojang, Microsoft Store, Tech Insider, Microsoft Minecraft, Minecraft Mods, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To

EFF Partners With DuckDuckGo

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today announced it has enhanced its groundbreaking HTTPS Everywhere browser extension by incorporating rulesets from DuckDuckGo Smarter Encryption. According to the digital rights group's press release, HTTPS Everywhere is "a collaboration with The Tor Project and a key component of EFF's effort to encrypt the web and make the Internet ecosystem safe for users and website owners." From the press release: "DuckDuckGo Smarter Encryption has a list of millio...
Tags: Tech, Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF, Alexis Hancock

Apple’s App Store hosted kiddie games with secret gambling dens inside

A totally different app when you open it from Turkey
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New feature on Google Earth shows you the astonishing effects of climate change

Google’s newest feature was made from 24 million satellite images.
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Sen. Wyden proposes limits on exportation of American’s personal data

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has proposed a draft bill that would limit the types of information that could be bought and sold by tech companies abroad, and the countries it could be legally sold in. The legislation is imaginative and not highly specific, but it indicates growing concern at the federal level over the international data trade. “Shady data brokers shouldn’t get rich selling Americans’ private data to foreign countries that could use it to threaten our national security,” said Sen. Wyd...
Tags: TC, Europe, Privacy, Congress, Government, Senate, China, Russia, US, Tech, Policy, Commerce, Personal Data, Data Privacy, Ron Wyden, EU US

Workouts for pregnancy and older adults added to Apple Fitness Plus

Apple Fitness Plus adds new workouts for pregnancy and older adults to the lineup, broadening the ages of its demographic.
Tags: Apple, Wearables, News, Trends, Apple Watch, Health & Fitness, Apple Fitness, Apple Fitness Plus

Staples slashed the iPad’s price today — hurry!

When this iPad dropped, we called it “The perfect tablet for people who just want a computing appliance.”
Tags: Apple, Deals, Mobile, Trends, iPad deals, Apple iPad 10.2, Staples 2021, iPad 2021

Twitter bans James O’Keefe of Project Veritas over fake account policy

Twitter has banned right-wing provocateur James O’Keefe, creator of political gotcha video producer Project Veritas, for violating its “platform manipulation and spam policy,” suggesting he was operating multiple accounts in an unsanctioned way. O’Keefe has already announced that he will sue the company for defamation. The ban, or “permanent suspension” as Twitter calls it, occurred Thursday afternoon. A Twitter representative the action followed the violation of rules prohibiting “operating fak...
Tags: Social, Twitter, Politics, Tech, Cnn, Policy, Veritas, Keefe, James O'Keefe, Jesse Hicks, Hicks, Project Veritas

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