Missing Arctic Ice Fueled the 'Beast of the East' Winter Storm

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Extreme weather has become the new normal -- whether it's precipitation, drought, wind, heat, or cold. The question of how the ever-shrinking layer of Arctic sea ice has contributed to any of these changes has prompted some lively discussion over the past few years. Researchers have proposed that a weakened jet stream driven by vanishing Arctic sea ice might play a large role in extreme winter events like the descending polar vortex that str...
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Indonesian edtech CoLearn gets $10M Series A led by Alpha Wave Incubation and GSV Ventures

A Zoom screenshot with CoLearn’s founding team: Marc Irawan, Abhay Saboo and Sandeep Devaram Indonesian startup CoLearn started as a chain of physical tutoring centers and was in the process of shifting to a hybrid offline-online model when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The team sensed that remote learning would permanently change how students want to be tutored and decided to focus completely on its app, which launched in August 2020. CoLearn has since been downloaded more than 3.5 million time...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Education, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, India, Tech, Edtech, Online Learning, Jakarta, Zuoyebang, Organisation for Economic Co, Pisa

Third-Party AirTags Accessories Continuing to Surface Ahead of Apple Event on April 20

Back in January, we saw a few promotional images for third-party AirTags accessories from both Nomad and Spigen's Cyrill brand, and while Apple's item trackers have yet to launch, we're now seeing more signs of similar accessories starting to show up in the wild. An increasing number of sellers on eBay, Walmart, Etsy, and other online marketplaces are now offering ‌AirTags‌ holders for sale as details on the device continue to spread. MacRumors has also received a pair of images of one parti...
Tags: Apple, Third Party, Weibo, Belkin, Spigen, eBay Walmart Etsy, Airtags, Ultra Wideband U1

Far-right internet haven Parler to be allowed back onto Apple's App Store with added content moderation

Social network for web outcasts can be downloaded again from next week for iThings, we're told Parler is set to return to Apple's App Store next week after the social network agreed to moderate hate speech on its platform.…
Tags: Apple, Software, Parler

Dogecoin Traders Push To Make April 20 'Doge Day'

April 20th or 4/20 is the unofficial marijuana holiday where thousands of cannabis smokers celebrate the smoking of marijuana with marijuana. But this year, it could also be the day the meme-based cryptocurrency Dogecoin shatters new record highs. According to Fortune, "advocates are hoping to see Dogecoin hit $1 on April 20 -- one week after it was valued at just 9 cents. From the report: Dogecoin has already hit some financial landmarks that didn't seem possible at the start of the year. Its m...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Ford, Marriott, Gamestop, Dogecoin

Bring iconic Japanese characters to life with AR in Search

We all need a bit of escapism sometimes, and there’s nothing like a blast from the pop-culture past to do the trick. Today, we’re bringing characters from classic Japanese anime, games and TV shows to life — from Pac-Man to Hello Kitty — with augmented reality (AR) in Search. Japan’s anime and video game culture emerged between the 1950s and the 1980s, as comic books, gaming arcades and home TVs and consoles boomed. But it wasn’t just a Japanese phenomenon. The most iconic characters caught peop...
Tags: Google, Japan, Search, Philippines, Peru, Hello Kitty, Kitty, PAC MAN, Google in Asia, Google AR & VR, Arisa Toyosaki, Evangelion Hello Kitty Gomora Gundam Pac Man

Reddit Talk Is a Clubhouse Competitor For Subreddits

Reddit unveiled its take on a Clubhouse-like social audio product on Monday, called Reddit Talk. The Verge reports: The company is billing Monday's announcement as a "sneak preview," since the feature isn't widely available yet. Moderators that want to try the feature out in their subreddit can add themselves to a waitlist for access. Based on Reddit's description and images shared by the company, Reddit Talk appears to look a lot like Clubhouse, Twitter Spaces, and other social audio products. ...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Reddit, Clubhouse, Reddit Talk, Clubhouse Twitter Spaces

Choosing a new brand name ? Do an A.S.S. count.

ASSOCIATIONS + SLOGANS SCORE Let’s say you’ve got two metaphorical names under consideration for your new computer company, Apple and Strawberry. Both names meet your baseline brand positioning criteria: Simple, warm, human, approachable, organic, disruptive. Half your team champions Apple and the other half love the name Strawberry. It’s pointed out that the names couldn’t be more similar – they are both red fruits. So why not flip a coin and move on?  The Chief Obfuscation Officer calls f...
Tags: Apple, Uncategorized, Branding, Strawberry, Issac Newton, Igor Igor, Strawberry Strawberry Fields Strawberry, Other White Meat Igor Never Say, Apple Garden of Eden, eMac iMac Power Mac MacBook Mac Mini One

Heartbeat of the Earth: interpreting our planet’s data

What can jellyfish teach us about climate change, what happens to disposed plastic and what species will be lost as temperatures rise? As these questions mount, artists are helping us to see and understand what the data makes clear.A year ago, and in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture we (the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - UNFCCC) launched “Heartbeat of the Earth” — four interactive and educational experiments by artists exploring scientific climate data. Today, as...
Tags: Google, Sustainability, Earth, United Nations Climate Change, Arts & Culture, Mediterranean Ocean, Giorgia Lupi Pentagram, Cristina Tarquini, Alexander Saier, Giorgia Lupi Felicity Hammond Cristina Tarquini, Plastic Air, Felicity Hammond

Flying On Mars Fueled With Open-Source Software

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A small miracle happened at 3:31am ET on Monday morning. Ingenuity, a tiny NASA helicopter, became the first powered aircraft to fly on another planet, Mars. This engineering feat was done with Linux, open-source software, and a NASA-built program based on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL) open-source F (pronounced F prime) framework. GitHub CEO Nat Friedman and his team and the JPL Ingenuity crew took a long hard look into the helicopter's cod...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Mars, Linus Torvalds, Jpl, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Friedman, Zdnet, Nat Friedman, Canham, JPL Ingenuity, Ingenuity GitHub, Timothy Canham

Microsoft Edge 'Performance Mode' Takes the Load Off Your CPU and RAM, Saves Battery

An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Google: The latest addition coming to Microsoft Edge is "performance mode." Rolling out first to the Canary channel, "performance mode" in Microsoft Edge is designed to improve how the browser uses the resources available to it. In practice, Microsoft says the new mode will improve speed and responsiveness overall while "optimizing" the use of battery, CPU, and RAM. Apparently, the mode may adjust based on your browsing habits too. "Performance mode h...
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What to expect from Apple’s Spring Loaded event

Surprise! It’s another Apple Event. Gone are the days of getting a few weeks’ notice before these events now that they’re entirely virtual (at least until 2022, most likely). Instead, the company just dropped the news last week. Thankfully, there have been plenty of rumors leading up to tomorrow’s big event — and perhaps even a few hints in the invite itself. After skipping last year’s spring event, due to cresting COVID-19 numbers in the U.S., the company has grown much more comfortable droppin...
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Daily Crunch: Facebook announces new audio products

Facebook reveals its Clubhouse competitor, Parler will return to Apple’s App Store and a helicopter flies on Mars. This is your Daily Crunch for April 19, 2021. The big story: Facebook announces new audio products Yes, these products include new Clubhouse-style Live Audio Rooms, as well as the ability for podcasters to share long-form audio, some new Spotify integration and a shorter format called Soundbites. Facebook is starting off by testing Live Audio Rooms in Facebook Groups. “When we lau...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Media, Tech, Nasa, Gm, Mars, Alan, Facebook Groups, Clubhouse, GEICO

Annoying Loud TV Commercials To Get Scrutiny From the FCC

Here's something to do if that TV commercial is too loud: complain to the feds, who just might do something about it. From a report: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday asked for public help to determine whether to update rules to prevent broadcast, cable and satellite providers from sending commercials that are louder than the programming they accompany. "In particular, we invite consumers to tell us their experiences," the agency's media bureau said in a public notice. The act...
Tags: Fcc, Tech, U S Federal Communications Commission, Anna Eshoo, Jessica Rosenworcel, Eshoo

Concept imagines new iMac design inspired by iPad and Pro Display XDR

We’ve seen multiple concepts of a new iMac as rumors have been suggesting that Apple is expected to introduce a redesigned model of its...
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Payhawk raises $20M to unify corporate cards, payments and expenses

Fintech startup Payhawk has raised a $20 million funding round. QED Investors is leading the round with existing investor Earlybird Digital East also participating. Payhawk is building a unified system to manage all the money that is going in and out. Essentially, companies switching to Payhawk can replace several services they already use and that didn’t interact well with each other. Payhawk lets you issue corporate cards for your employees, manage invoices and track payments from a single int...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Finance, Tech, European Union, ERP, Fintech, QED Investors, U K, Luxair, Recent Funding, Corporate Card, Payhawk, Spend Management, ATU Gtmhub MacPaw

Why ‘Zoom Fatigue’ Is Worse For Women

New findings may clarify why women are suffering more from Zoom fatigue, or feeling worn out from lots of online video calls.
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Sony Won't Shut Down PS3 and PS Vita Stores After All

Last month, Sony said that PlayStation Store access for the PS3, PS Vita, and PSP would end this summer. Today, Sony has partially reversed course, announcing on the PlayStation Blog that the PlayStation Store would remain open on the PS3 and PS Vita. CNET reports: "It's clear we made the wrong decision here," Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan wrote on the PlayStation Blog. "We see now that many of you are incredibly passionate about being able to continue purchasing clas...
Tags: Tech, Sony, PS Vita, PSP, Jim Ryan, PlayStation Store, PS3 PS Vita, PS Vita Stores, PS Vita CNET, Sony Interactive Entertainment President

Google Translation AI Botches Legal Terms 'Enjoin,' 'Garnish'

Translation tools from Google and other companies could be contributing to significant misunderstanding of legal terms with conflicting meanings such as "enjoin," according to research due to be presented at an academic workshop on Monday. From a report: Google's translation software turns an English sentence about a court enjoining violence, or banning it, into one in the Indian language of Kannada that implies the court ordered violence, according to the new study. "Enjoin" can refer to either...
Tags: Google, Tech, Kannada

6 ways to make Xbox One games download faster

You can make games download faster on your Xbox One in several ways, like downloading only one game at a time or rebooting your internet. If your Xbox download speed is slow, you should close out of other apps or restart your console. You can also try connecting your internet router and Xbox One with an Ethernet cable for a faster connection. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. On an Xbox One, you need to download games into your game library before you can actually p...
Tags: Downloads, Google, Gaming, Wi-fi, Xbox One, Trends, Xbox, Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno Getty, Tech Insider, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Tech How To, Gaming (Reference, Kittichai Boonpong, Chrissy Montelli

The best headphone deals - save $50 on Sony's flagship noise-cancelling earbuds

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Andy Boxall/Business Insider Good-quality headphones can be expensive, but they often go on sale.We've rounded up the best headphone deals for April 2021.Right now, the Sony WF-1000XM3 are on sale for $178 - that's $52 off their full price. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky A great pair of headphones can change the way you listen to music. Sure, the random earbuds you have in your bottom drawer ...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Audio, Trends, Tech, Features, Tech Deals, Headphones, Sony, Earbuds, Shure, Hollis Johnson, Tech Insider, Amazon Perhaps, Andy Boxall

Sasquatch Director Joshua Rofé on Chasing After Murder Mysteries and Monsters

Filmmaker Joshua Rofé’s previous project, Lorena, offered an in-depth look at a true-crime story that grabbed headlines worldwide. His latest, Sasquatch, investigates a far more enigmatic case, though—as the title suggests—it does revolve around an American icon who’s both famous and famously elusive.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, California, Bigfoot, Monsters, Sasquatch, Patterson, California Culture, Cheryl Eddy, Lorena, Lorena Bobbitt, Fictional Characters, Gimlin, Zach Cregger, Joshua Rofé, American Folklore

ORG CHARTS: View the most important people and power structures at companies like Netflix, Google and Goldman Sachs

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon sits at the top of the bank's org chart. Mike Blake/Reuters Org charts plot out the power structure at companies. Insider has been assembling these for the past year for companies like Netflix, Microsoft and JPMorgan, and we update them frequently. See more stories on Insider's business page. Organizational charts plot out the most powerful people at companies and the structure that links them together. Here's a summary of the ones our reporters h...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Finance, Trends, CMO, Netflix, Goldman Sachs, Jamie Dimon, Sundar Pichai, Citi, Reuters, Jpmorgan, Mike Blake, Google Cloud, Tech Insider

Buying refurbished electronics can save you a lot of money - here's what to look for, plus 10 expert-vetted deals

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Microsoft is one of the many manufacturers to offer refurbished tech at discounted prices. Drew Angerer/Getty Images It can be scary to buy refurbished items, but with certain products, from certain manufacturers, it's as good as buying brand new. Refurbished items are generally returns, faulty open-box products, or brand new units with minor cosmetic flaws that have been returned to "like new" qualit...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Microsoft, Trends, Features, Nintendo, Dyson, Home And Kitchen, Jabra, Amazon Best Buy Walmart, Deals (Reviews, IP Deals, Home (Reviews, Tech & Electronics (Reviews, IP Roundup, Sarah Saril

Fifth Wall debuts third SPAC, hopes to raise $250M

Fifth Wall Ventures, an investment company that focuses on real estate technology, has launched a new special purpose acquisition company.
Tags: Technology, Softbank, Radio, WeWork, Compass, Zillow, Industry News, SPAC, Spencer Rascoff, Markets & Economy, News Brief, Opendoor, Blank Check Company, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Fifth Wall Ventures, Brendan Wallace

Druva raises $147M at a valuation north of $2B as the cloud rush continues

Druva, a software company that sells cloud data backup services, announced today that it has closed a $147 million round of capital. Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a group that manages Quebec’s pension fund, led the round, which also saw participation from Neuberger Berman. Prior investors including Atreides Management and Viking Global Investors put capital into the deal, as well. Druva last raised a $130 million round led by Viking in mid-2019 at around a $1 billion valuation. ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, United States, Fidelity, Dell, Quebec, Viking, Singh, GTM, Viking Global Investors, Druva, Neuberger Berman, Gambhir, Jaspreet Singh, Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec

Former Legal Tech Founder Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison For Fraud, Forgery

He was sentenced for wire fraud, money laundering, obstruction of a federal investigation, and making false statements.
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Flawed data is putting people with disabilities at risk

Cat Noone Contributor Share on Twitter Cat Noone is a product designer, co-founder and CEO of Stark — a startup with a mission to make the world’s software accessible. Her focus is on bringing to life products and technology that maximize access to the world’s latest innovations. Data isn’t abstract — it has a direct impact on people’s lives. In 2019, an AI-powered delivery robot momentarily blocked a wheelchair user from safe...
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