Apple uses’s ‘offensive and sexualized’ games as a cudgel against Epic

Epic defends it as an "incredible community for developers."
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Nuclear Reactions Are Smoldering Again At Chernobyl

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Magazine: Thirty-five years after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine exploded in the world's worst nuclear accident, fission reactions are smoldering again in uranium fuel masses buried deep inside a mangled reactor hall. "It's like the embers in a barbecue pit," says Neil Hyatt, a nuclear materials chemist at the University of Sheffield. Now, Ukrainian scientists are scrambling to determine whether the reactions will wink out on their o...
Tags: Japan, Tech, Ukraine, Chernobyl, Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Kyiv Ukraine, Neil Hyatt, University of Sheffield Now, Anatolii Doroshenko, Saveliev, Fukushima Hyatt

The return of Google TV is pushing TiVo away from Android

The TiVo Stream software is going to be built directly into TVs, instead of running on an Android dongle..
Tags: Google, Tivo

Daily Crunch: A huge fintech exit as the week ends

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Our thanks to everyone who wrote in this week about the format changes to the newsletter! Feedback largely sorted into two themes: Some people really like the more narrative format, and some folks really want a more link-list styled missive. What follows is an attempt to balance both perspectives. Starting today we’ll bold company names, so that you can more quickl...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Utah, China, India, Softbank, Startup, Tech, Walmart, Mars, Bill, Biden, Tiger Global, Intuit, Coinbase, Clara

Sennheiser Sells Its Consumer Audio Business To Hearing Aid Specialist Sonova

Sennheiser has sold its consumer electronics division to a Swiss company called Sonova that specializes in hearing care, Sennheiser has announced. Engadget reports: Sonova said it made the 200 million euro ($241 million) deal to expand its aging demographic to younger customers, particularly in the wireless in-ear segment. "Even if they don't have hearing loss, most of them will gradually get hearing loss with age, and devices like Sennheiser's allow us to have earlier consumer access to such pe...
Tags: Tech, Sennheiser, Reuters, Hifi, Engadget, Andreas, Sonova, Daniel Sennheiser, Arnd Kaldowski, Sonova Sennheiser, Sennheiser s Co, Kaldowski

LiveLeak, the Internet's Font of Gore and Violence, Has Shut Down

Video site LiveLeak, best known for hosting gruesome footage that mainstream rivals wouldn't touch, has shut down after fifteen years in operation. In its place is "ItemFix," a site that bans users from uploading media containing "excessive violence or gory content." The Verge reports: In a blog post, LiveLeak founder Hayden Hewitt did not give an explicit reason for the site's closure, saying only that: "The world has changed a lot over these last few years, the Internet alongside it, and we as...
Tags: Youtube, Tech, Gore, Hewitt, Hayden Hewitt, Wild West LiveLeak

What is an RTT call? How the text accessibility feature lets you send real-time text messages

RTT stands for Real-time Text, a call feature that assists deaf, heard of hearing, and other phone users with communication during voice calls. Sladic/Getty RTT, or real-time text, sends text messages immediately as you type them, without requiring you to hit send. For RTT to work, you need a wireless handset like an iPhone or Android phone using IP-based technology on networks that support RTT. For device users who are deaf, deaf-blind, or have speech-related disabilities, RTT can elimin...
Tags: Iphone, Android, Fcc, Trends, Accessibility, Sprint, AT T T Mobile, Tech Insider, RTT, TTY, Voice Calling, Tech Reference, Tech How To, Smartphones (Reference, Ennica Jacob, Real-Time text

The Coronavirus Is an Airborne Threat, the CDC Acknowledges In Updated Public Guidance

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Federal health officials on Friday updated public guidance about how the coronavirus spreads, emphasizing that transmission occurs by inhaling very fine respiratory droplets and aerosolized particles, as well as through contact with sprayed droplets or touching contaminated hands to one's mouth, nose or eyes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now states explicitly -- in large, bold lettering -- that airborne virus can be i...
Tags: Virginia, Tech, New York Times, World Health Organization, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Linsey Marr

Finish Him! Mortal Kombat 1995 vs. Mortal Kombat 2021

Mortal Kombat finally released in theaters and on HBO Max a few weeks ago, which means everyone and their mothers has watched the latest iteration of the popular video game and spent the last week either blasting it as the worst film ever made or one of cinema’s great masterpieces. My take? It’s an enjoyable action flick with a few decent fight scenes marred by some bad performances and dialogue. But who cares when “the chick gets her gut blown out, and you can see her spine,” as one of my frie...
Tags: Google, Games, Hbo, Movies, Video Games, Features, Kano, FX, Scorpion, Anderson, Lawson, Liu, Johnny, Lambert, Sub Zero, Meg Ryan

Google's childcare workers are furious about the company ordering them back into the office without paying their transportation costs

Courtesy of Comparably Google childcare workers want the company to cover their transportation costs until its shuttle service resumes. Google told the workers to return to the office Monday, even as it grants more flexibility to corporate employees. They slammed Google for making educators - who they said make $20 per hour - cover new transportation costs. See more stories on Insider's business page. The workers who educate and take care of Google corporate employees' children du...
Tags: Google, Trends, Childcare, Sundar Pichai, San Francisco Bay Area, Working Conditions, Alphabet Google, Tech Insider, AWU, Google Bus, Coronavirus Pandemic, Tyler Sonnemaker, Alphabet Workers Union, Comparably Google, Bay Area AWU, Denise Belardes

Google childcare workers start petition over transportation costs

The workers said they're paid an average of $20/hour and are mad Google isn't footing the bill, despite saving $1 billion annually due...
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Extremely Long Conversion PDF -> EPUB

I'm in the process of adding a trilogy to Calibre for conversion to EPUB. The problem is no single site had all 3 books: I got #3 from Project Gutenberg, #1 is from Kindle, and #2 is from Google Play. The Project Gutenberg PDF converted just fine, the Kindle one should convert without a problem, but I'm having a problem with the Google Play PDF. First I had to delete about 25 blank and other unnecessary pages from the PDF, then I imported it into Calibre and started conversion. After about 20 m...
Tags: Google, Books, Conversion, Project Gutenberg, Google Play The Project Gutenberg PDF

Tesla refutes Elon Musk’s timeline on ‘full self-driving’

What Tesla CEO Elon Musk says publicly about the company’s progress on a fully autonomous driving system doesn’t match up with “engineering reality,” according to a memo that summarizes a meeting between California regulators and employees at the automaker. The memo, which transparency site Plainsite obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request and subsequently released, shows that Musk has inflated the capabilities of the Autopilot advanced driver assistance system in Tesla vehicles, as w...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Elon Musk, California, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, DMV, Autonomous Vehicles, Musk, Elon, Automated Driving, Moore, Acosta, FSD

Betting on upcoming startup markets

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. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here. Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. Betting on upcoming startup markets This week M25, a venture capital concern focused on investing in the Midwest of the United States, announced a new fund worth $31.8 million. As the firm note...
Tags: TC, New York, Tech, Chicago, United States, Bill, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Twilio, Exchange, Asem, Midwest, Kote, Hippo, Timm, Kaltura

Elon Musk's Own Engineers Say He Exaggerates Autopilot Capabilities

boudie2 writes: According to his own employees, Elon Musk has been exaggerating the capabilities of Tesla's Autopilot system. Documents obtained from the California Department of Motor Vehicles show that despite Musk's tweets to the contrary, "Elon's tweet does not match engineering reality per CJ. Tesla is at Level 2 currently." CJ Moore is the company's director of Autopilot software. "Level 2 technology refers to a semi-automated driving system, which requires supervision by a human driver," ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, DMV, Musk, Elon, California Department of Motor Vehicles, CJ Moore

Extra Crunch roundup: How Duolingo became an edtech leader

The pandemic has just pushed edtech mainstream, but language-learning startup Duolingo had already spent the past decade figuring out how to build a successful edtech app. In our latest installment of the EC-1 series, Natasha Mascarenhas goes deep with the company to understand how it found product-market fit, then figured out how to grow like a consumer tech startup and monetize like a SaaS startup. After a record 2020, the Pittsburgh-based company also opened up about its plans for the future,...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Utah, Education, Ipo, Boston, Tech, CMO, Bloomberg, Paypal, United States, Nba, Square, Holland, SEC

YouTube Found the Pettiest Loophole in Its Battle Against Roku

Just a week after Roku yanked YouTube TV from its app store thanks to an ongoing feud with Google, it looks like YouTube found a clever (if not extremely petty) workaround. On Friday, YouTube announced it would just cram YouTube TV access into the main YouTube app, which is still available. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Youtube, Apple TV, Netflix, Computing, Roku, Multimedia, Internet Television, Information and Communications Technology, YouTube TV, Networking hardware, Mass Media, Roku Devices, Digital Media Players, Television Technology

Tile to Leverage Amazon Echo and Ring Devices to Better Compete With AirTags

Amazon today announced that it is teaming up with Tile to add Amazon Sidewalk integration to Tile's Bluetooth trackers. Amazon Sidewalk, for those unfamiliar, is a network of Amazon Bluetooth devices that's designed to improve the connectivity of devices like the Ring and Amazon Echo. Tile will now be joining Amazon Sidewalk, and through this integration, Amazon Echo and Ring devices will be able to extend Tile's network coverage to help Tile users locate their lost items. Tile users will al...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Tile, Amazon Alexa, Amazon Bluetooth, CJ Prober, Airtags, Amazon Sidewalk, Leverage Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Tile, Tile Amazon Sidewalk, Amazon Sidewalk Tile

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 124 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced in March 2016. Apple designed the ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari. ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ release 124 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Web Inspector, CSS, JavaScript, Web API, Rendering, Wheel Events, Web Driver, WebGL, WebRTC, WebCrypto, and Scrolling. The current ‌Safari Technology...
Tags: Apple, Catalina, Blurb, Safari Technology Preview

Stop Pretending Apple and Amazon's Bluetooth Networks Can't Be Abused

Hot on the heels of Apple’s AirTags launch, Amazon announced that it’s expanding its Sidewalk network with Tile, smart lock company Level, and elder care smartwatch maker CareBand. The news is the biggest expansion of Amazon Sidewalk since it was announced last year, and offers a glimpse into how the company envisions…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Science, Amazon Sidewalk

Sharks Use Earth's Magnetic Field To Navigate the Seas

A new study suggests some sharks can read Earth's field like a map and use it to navigate the open seas. ScienceMag: The result adds sharks to the long list of animals -- including birds, sea turtles, and lobsters -- that navigate with a mysterious magnetic sense. "It's great that they've finally done this magnetic field study on sharks," says Michael Winklhofer, a biophysicist at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg in Germany, who was not involved in the study. In 2005, scientists re...
Tags: Florida, Australia, Germany, Tech, South Africa, Florida State University, Bryan Keller, Michael Winklhofer, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Winklhofer

Facebook: Nice iOS app of ours you have there, would be a shame if you had to pay for it

Antisocial giant insists 'Help keep FB free of charge' messaging is merely educational The number of Facebook and Instagram users on iOS agreeing to be tracked by the social networking behemoth for targeted ads has fallen drastically in the week since Apple's iOS 14.5 debuted – and Zuck & Co have hit back.…
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Software, Zuck Co

Google childcare workers ask for commute stipend in new petition

Google childcare workers are being asked to return to the office while the company’s shuttle service is suspended.
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Epic Games trial reveals Apple negotiations with Netflix, Facebook and Microsoft

As part of Epic's argument that Apple's App Store is anti-competitive, the trial has revealed internal Apple deliberations on...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Netflix Facebook

‘Pose’ Star Mj Rodriguez Joins Maya Rudolph in Apple Comedy Series

Mj Rodriguez will star opposite Maya Rudolph in an upcoming Apple comedy series that hails from Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard, Variety has learned. The series was ordered at Apple in March. It follows Molly (Rudolph), a woman whose seemingly perfect life is upended after her husband leaves her with nothing but 87 billion dollars. Rodriguez […]
Tags: Apple, News, Maya Rudolph, Rodriguez, Alan Yang, MJ Rodriguez, Molly Rudolph, Star Mj Rodriguez Joins, Matt Hubbard Variety

How To Start Working Backward

The planning method that led to Alexa might be the key to your firm’s future.
Tags: Technology, Law, Jeff Bezos, Alexa, James Goodnow

Sennheiser sells off its consumer brand

Long-running German audio company Sennheiser today announced that it has found a buyer for its consumer brand. Swiss holding company Sonova — a giant in the hearing aid business — will be acquiring the brand in a deal expected to close by end of year. The deal will bring headphones and sound bars to Sonova’s existing portfolio, which is largely centered around healthcare products. Among other things, however, the deal could have interesting implications for the so-called hearables category, whic...
Tags: Hardware, Tech, M&a, Sennheiser, Sonova, Daniel Sennheiser

Longevity startup Gero AI has a mobile API for quantifying health changes

Sensor data from smartphones and wearables can meaningfully predict an individual’s ‘biological age’ and resilience to stress, according to Gero AI. The ‘longevity’ startup — which condenses its mission to the pithy goal of “hacking complex diseases and aging with Gero AI” — has developed an AI model to predict morbidity risk using ‘digital biomarkers’ that are based on identifying patterns in step-counter sensor data which tracks mobile users’ physical activity. A simple measure of ‘steps’ isn’...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, UK, Russia, Singapore, Tech, Peter Thiel, Belarus, Nature Communications, Calico, Zoe, InSilico Medicine, Gero, Pepsi Co, Humanity Inc, Valenta

Autonomous vehicle pioneers Karl Iagnemma and Chris Urmson are coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Long before the multimillion-dollar acquisitions and funding rounds pushed autonomous vehicles to the top of the hype cycle, Karl Iagnemma and Chris Urmson were researching and, later, developing the foundations of the technology. These pioneers — Iagnemma coming from MIT, Urmson from Carnegie Mellon University — would eventually go on to launch their own autonomous vehicle startups in an aim to finally bring years of R&D to the public. That task isn’t over quite yet. Urmson, who is co-founder a...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Technology, Events, Linkedin, Tech, Mit, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Darpa, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Michigan, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars

Roku called Google an 'unchecked monopolist' after the company added YouTube TV into its main YouTube app on the streaming platform's channel store

Roku hits 50 million active accounts. Sean Locke / EyeEm / Getty Images Google said it would let users download the YouTube TV app through its main YouTube app on Roku. The move skirted the blockade placed by Roku, which has called the behavior anticompetitive. Roku removed the YouTube TV app last week due to a contract dispute. See more stories on Insider's business page. Roku called Google an "unchecked monopolist" in the latest development of a spat between the two companies, accord...
Tags: Google, News, Media, Youtube, Trends, Streaming, Roku, Sean Locke, Ben Gilbert, Tech Insider, YouTube TV, Getty Images Google, Katie Canales, HBO Max

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