Best cheap Apple deals and sales for April 2021

Apple fans know how fleeting deals can be, but we've rounded up some great Apple deals for you right here.
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What Are The Benefits Of VoIP Services?

Unlike using a traditional phone system, VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol has numerous advantages to offer your business when it comes to telecommunications. VoIP is cost-effective and efficient for your business. There are many benefits that VoIP offers, and here are the main ones. 1)            Cost-Effective When using a traditional phone line, you will have to pay for every minute of call time. When making distant calls, the cost escalates even further. With VoIP, you only pay month...
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Our privates have gone public

The Wife and I are creatures of habit. At 6:30 p.m., we watch Lester on channel 4, immediately followed by “Jeopardy!” on channel 7. This is old people’s television and I’m not too proud to admit it. Even if I was too proud, the commercials are a dead giveaway: every other ad is for some kind of pill to treat something I’m sure I have or will have, including memory-enhancers, which would help enormously while The Wife and I fumble for answers during “Jeopardy!” “That guy who was in that movie we...
Tags: Google, Australia, Opinion, France, America, Sport, Afghanistan, Soccer, Rob, Cole Porter, Doug Mcintyre, Zach Galifianakis, Duluth, Lester, Peyronie, Gillette Venus

Slackware Approaches 28th Birthday With New Beta Release

Slashdot reader LeeLynx shares news from The Register about a Slackware 15 beta release (following the debut of February's alpha), "nearly five years after the distribution last saw a major update." (And nearly 28 years after its initial release back in 1993...) Created by Patrick Volkerding (who still lays claim to the title Benevolent Dictator For Life), the current release version arrived in the form of 2016's 14.2... The Linux kernel has been updated to 5.10.30 (at time of writing) with 5.1...
Tags: Tech, Mozilla Firefox, KDE Plasma, The Register, Patrick Volkerding, Volkerding, LeeLynx

A Wave of Tech Workers Tranformed Tahoe Into a High-Priced 'Zoom-Town'

In 2018 Oracle's Larry Ellison bought the historic Cal Neva Lodge on the scenic north shore of California's Lake Tahoe for $36 million. Then in 2019 Mark Zuckerberg bought a $59 million compound on Lake Tahoe's west shore. But now a wave of techies are moving in, reports Outside magazine, "freed by COVID from cubicles and work commutes. They migrated, laptops in tow, to mountain towns all over the West, transforming them into modern-day boomtowns: 'Zoom-towns.'" "It's the wildest time," says ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, California, Tech, West, Larry Ellison, Nevada, Lake Tahoe, Tahoe, Bay Area, Truckee, South Lake, Incline Village, Aspen Colorado

Why it’s not surprising to see nine-figure AI rounds 

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading. If you want it in your inbox every Saturday morning, sign up here.  Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. This week, Scale AI raised a $325 million Series E. The company, as TechCrunch has written, works in the data labeling space. And it has been on a fundraising tear over the last f...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Tech, Coinbase, Squarespace, Exchange, Sapphire Ventures, Chen, Das, Mo, Ron Miller, PitchBook, SimilarWeb, Jai Das, The Exchange, TuSimple

Report: Facebook Loophole 'Lets World Leaders Deceive and Harass Their Citizens'

"Facebook has repeatedly allowed world leaders and politicians to use its platform to deceive the public or harass opponents despite being alerted to evidence of the wrongdoing," reports the Guardian: The Guardian has seen extensive internal documentation showing how Facebook handled more than 30 cases across 25 countries of politically manipulative behavior that was proactively detected by company staff. The investigation shows how Facebook has allowed major abuses of its platform in poor, s...
Tags: Facebook, US, Tech, Poland, Latin America, Sophie Zhang, US Taiwan South Korea, Afghanistan Iraq Mongolia Mexico

Google introducing a feature in Chrome 90 to create links to highlighted text on a webpage

The feature is coming to desktop and Android
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Best Buy Canada Weekly Deals: Save up to 40% on Select Patio Furniture, BBQ and More + More Offers

Best Buy Canada has new weekly offers available now, that include: Smart Home Save up to $50 on select Google smart home. Save up to $80 on select Facebook Portal products. Score huge savings on select smart home technology. Small Appliances Save up to $300 on select vacuums and floor care products. Save up to 30% on select small kitchen appliances. Baby & Maternity Save up to 40% on select baby essentials Travel, Luggage & Bags Save on select Luggage from Top Brands Save up to 40%  on s...
Tags: Google, Shopping, Canada, Energy Star, Canadian Deals & Coupons, Best Buy Canada Weekly Deals, Facebook Portal, Top Brands Save, Baby Maternity Save, Health Fitness Shop, Sports Recreation Shop

Consumer agency warns against Peloton Tread+ use, as company pushes back

Almost exactly a month ago, Peloton CEO John Foley wrote an open letter about the the company’s treadmill. “I’m reaching out to you today because I recently learned about a tragic accident involving a child and the Tread+, resulting in, unthinkably, a death,” it begins. “While we are aware of only a small handful of incidents involving the Tread+ where children have been hurt, each one is devastating to all of us at Peloton, and our hearts go out to the families involved.” Today, the U.S. Consum...
Tags: Health, Hardware, Tech, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Foley, John Foley, CPSC, U S Consumer Product Safety Commission, Peloton, The Commission, Peloton Tread, CPSC CPSC

Happy 50th Birthday FTP

FTP (file transfer protocol) celebrated its 50th anniversary this week. Long-time Slashdot reader sandbagger shares an article commemorating a half-century of FTP: Over the years, the FTP protocol got refined with 16 different revisions(*1) adding support with TCP/IP, a secure extension also known as FTPS which is leveraging the same tech as HTTPS and more recent addition like IPv6 support. Fifty years after its inception, FTP is still going very strong with millions of FTP server still bein...
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Student's First Academic Paper Solves Decades-Old Quantum Computing Problem

"Sydney university student Pablo Bonilla, 21, had his first academic paper published overnight and it might just change the shape of computing forever," writes Australia's national public broadcaster ABC: As a second-year physics student at the University of Sydney, Mr Bonilla was given some coding exercises as extra homework and what he returned with has helped to solve one of the most common problems in quantum computing. His code spiked the interest of researchers at Yale and Duke in the Uni...
Tags: Amazon, Abc, Australia, Tech, United States, Yale, Sydney, Duke, Amazon Web Services, Ben Brown, University of Sydney, Bonilla, Pablo Bonilla, Shruti Puri

How OneWeb, SpaceX Satellites Dodged a Potential Collision in Orbit

"Two satellites from the fast-growing constellations of OneWeb and SpaceX's Starlink dodged a dangerously close approach with one another in orbit," reports The Verge, citing representatives from both OneWeb and the U.S. Space Force. On March 30th, five days after OneWeb launched its latest batch of 36 satellites from Russia, the company received several "red alerts" from the US Space Force's 18th Space Control Squadron warning of a possible collision with a Starlink satellite. Because OneWeb'...
Tags: Spacex, Russia, Tech, Earth, Chris McLaughlin, StarLink, 18th Space Control Squadron, Space Force, U S Space Force, US Space Force

Google Doodle celebrates Laura Bassi, one of the first European women to earn a PhD

Google takes many opportunities to celebrate trailblazers with its homepage doodles.
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Chrome 90 will let you share links to highlighted text

Google has started rolling out a feature for Chrome 90, which will allow you to create a link that takes people straight to the part of...
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What does it take to create a startup ecosystem?

Say it louder for the people in the back: As tech grows bigger by the minute and venture capital adds dollar signs by the day, a startup hub’s success is not an either/or situation. The next Silicon Valley is a tired narrative, when in reality startups look, innovate and create differently all over the world. On that note, my colleagues spent the past few months digging into the market in Detroit, Michigan: The StockX EC-1 How StockX became the stock market of hype While StockX is the star...
Tags: Startups, TC, England, New York, Wales, Ipo, Tech, Pakistan, Silicon Valley, Cleveland Cavaliers, EC, Detroit, Tiger Global, IVP, Coinbase, Dan Gilbert

Linus Torvalds Says Rust Closer for Linux Kernel Development, Calls C++ 'A Crap Language'

Google's Android team supports Rust for developing the Android operating system. Now they're also helping evaluate Rust for Linux kernel development. Their hopes, among other things, are that "New code written in Rust has a reduced risk of memory safety bugs, data races and logic bugs overall," that "abstractions that are easier to reason about," and "More people get involved overall in developing the kernel, thanks to the usage of a modern language." Linus Torvalds responded in a new intervie...
Tags: Google, Tech, Linus Torvalds, Slashdot, Torvalds, Linux Kernel Development Calls, Linux Weekly News, Rust Torvalds

US Advocacy Group Launches Online Petition Demanding Protections for 'Right to Repair'

A U.S. advocacy group called The Repair Association is urging Americans to demand protections for their right to repair from the country's consumer protection agency. "Tell the FTC: People just want to fix their stuff!" argues a page urging concerned U.S. citizens to sign an online petition (shared by long-time Slashdot reader Z00L00K). The petition asks the FTC to... Enforce the law against companies who use illegal tying arrangements to force consumers to purchase connected repair servic...
Tags: Tech, Ftc, Slashdot, Repair Association

How one founder build a startup around compassion and care facilitated by AI

In the second episode of our new podcast Found, our guest is Brie Code. Code is the founder and CEO of TRU LUV, a startup based out of Toronto that has its roots in the game industry, but that is taking a radically different approach to designing interactive experiences based on a historically-overlooked motivating paradigm called ‘tend-and-befriend,’ an alternative to the ‘fight-or-flight’ response aimed at by most AAA game studios. Code’s startup developed #SelfCare, a mobile app that encourag...
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Retrospective of netbooks, the tiny low-end laptops that lit up the late 2000s

Nilay Patel remembers the netbook, the small (9-11") power-sipping (Intel Atom) and cheap (sub-$500) devices that suddenly exploded in the late 2000s, only to vanish into the fog of tablets, ultrabooks and chromebooks. Within a few years, he figures, there were some 40 models of the popular but decidedly low-end Asus EeePC. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, History, Intel Atom, Nilay Patel, Netbooks

The FBI Accessed and Repaired 'Hundreds' of Hacked Microsoft Exchange Servers

America's top law enforcement agency "obtained a court order that allowed it to remove a backdoor program from hundreds of private Microsoft Exchange servers that were hacked through zero-day vulnerabilities earlier this year," reports CSO. (Thanks to detritus. (Slashdot reader #46,421) for sharing the news...) Earlier this week, the Department of Justice announced that the FBI was granted a search and seizure warrant by a Texas court that allows the agency to copy and remove web shells from hu...
Tags: Texas, Microsoft, America, Tech, Fbi, United States, Department Of Justice, Doj, Slashdot, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft CISA

AI ethicist Kate Darling: ‘Robots can be our partners’

The MIT researcher says that for humans to flourish we must move beyond thinking of robots as potential future competitorsDr Kate Darling is a research specialist in human-robot interaction, robot ethics and intellectual property theory and policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. In her new book, The New Breed, she argues that we would be better prepared for the future if we started thinking about robots and artificial intelligence (AI) like animals.What is wrong wit...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Technology, Mit, Robots, Computing, Consciousness, Kate Darling, Artificial intelligence (AI

Chinese firms prepare to charge into Europe’s electric car market

Tesla could be in for a shock as far-eastern rivals use cheap money to gain traction among affluent western car buyersTesla boss Elon Musk is not known for admiring his competition, but when Chinese manufacturer Nio made its 100,000th electric car last week, he offered his congratulations.It was a mark of respect from a chief executive who had been through “manufacturing hell” with his own company. Yet it is also a sign of the growing influence of China’s electric carmakers. They are hoping to s...
Tags: Europe, Business, Elon Musk, Technology, China, Tesla, Motoring, Manufacturing sector, Electric, Hybrid And Low-emission Cars, Chinese Economy, NIO

Outdoor startups see supercharged growth during COVID-19 era

After years of sustained growth, the pandemic supercharged the outdoor recreation industry. Startups that provide services like camper vans, private campsites and trail-finding apps became relevant to millions of new users when COVID-19 shut down indoor recreation, building on an existing boom in outdoor recreation. Startups like Outdoorsy, AllTrails, Cabana, Hipcamp, Kibbo and Lowergear Outdoors have seen significant growth, but to keep it going, consumers who discovered a fondness for the grea...
Tags: Startups, TC, Camping, Tech, South Dakota, Airbnb, GreenTech, Lewis, Scott Kubly, Outdoor Industry Association, Kubly, Hipcamp, Clark Recreation Area, Outdoorsy, Travel Activities, Onx

Hear how StockX brought the sneaker scene to Detroit

At TechCrunch’s Detroit City Spotlight this week, I sat down with Rae Witte, the journalist behind the StockX EC-1. TechCrunch’s EC-1 push allows individual authors to go deep on a particular company. And as StockX has been headquartered in Detroit since its inception, we took the chance to dig into our reporting in front of our friends from Motor City. All about StockX Introducing the StockX EC-1 Origin story: How StockX became the stock market of hype Authentication and StockX’...
Tags: TC, Tech, EC, Detroit, Sneakers, Witte, StockX, Rae Witte, Detroit City Spotlight

'Addams Family,' 'Buck Rogers' Actor Felix Silla dies at 84

EW reports: Felix Silla's friend and former Buck Rogers in the 25th Century costar Gil Gerard reported on Twitter that Silla died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Coming in at just under 4 feet tall and only 70 pounds, Silla was the perfect choice for the mumbling Cousin Itt on The Addams Family. For years, audiences didn't see his face, the character covered in a full-length hairpiece, sporting sunglasses and a bowler hat... Silla did not provide the distinct mumbling voice of C...
Tags: Hollywood, Nbc, Tech, United States, Buck Rogers, Las Vegas, Indiana Jones, Howard, Ringling Bros, Barnum Bailey, Felix Silla, Mel Blanc, SILLA, Cousin Itt, Twiki, Gil Gerard

PS5 Breaks Another Huge US Sales Record

An anonymous reader quotes a report from IGN: In its first five months on the market, The PlayStation 5 has become the fastest-selling console in U.S. history in both unit and dollar sales. As revealed by The NPD Group's Mat Piscatella, this news arrives one month after the PS5 became the fastest-selling console in U.S. history in dollar sales. Despite that new record, the Nintendo Switch has continued its reign as the best selling hardware platform in both units and dollars during March 2021. H...
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Top Stories: Apple Event Next Tuesday, Mini-LED iPad Pro, iPhone Rumors

It feels like we've been waiting forever for new Apple products, but the wait is almost over as Apple has announced a media event for next Tuesday, so make sure to tune into MacRumors for full coverage of everything Apple announces. While that was the big news this week, we also got some new details on Apple's iPhone plans for 2022 and 2023 courtesy of analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and we also saw some leaked iPhone cases in new colors that could make an appearance at next week's event. Read on for d...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Siri, Top Stories, Apple Watch, Anker, ZTE, Ming Chi Kuo, DigiTimes, Kuo, California Apple, Apple Park, Megapixel Camera, MacRumors Newsletter Each, Tommy Boi, Cantaloupe Pistachio Capri Blue

The US produces just 12% of the world's computer chip supply. Here's why it's trailing China when it comes to manufacturing and how it plans to get ahead.

President Joe Biden holds a semiconductor chip at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 24, 2021. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters The US relies heavily on outsourcing chip-making since it's cheaper and easier to go overseas. The country's reliance on foreign manufacturers is even more glaring amid the global chip shortage. The solution, as President Biden has said, is to invest in domestic chip production. See more stories on Insider's business page. A crushing computer chip sho...
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Twitter is partly down, with some users saying they're unable to log into the site

Sattalat phukkum/Shutterstock Some Twitter users reported being unable to log into the site on Saturday morning. See more stories on Insider's business page. Twitter appeared to be partly down Saturday, with some users unable to log into the site.Twitter also had problems on Friday night across the East Coast of the US. It tweeted at the time that people may have problem loading the site, and that it was "working on fixing a problem."-Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) April 17, 2021 ...
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