/Filmcast Ep. 619 – Those Who Wish Me Dead (GUEST: Roxana Hadadi)

David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Roxana Hadadi to chat about COVID vaccination and the Saw franchise. Tune in to hear David’s Jigsaw impression. For the feature review, the cast watches Those Who Wish Me Dead, the action thriller directed by Taylor Sheridan starring Angelina Jolie. Follow Roxana Hadidi on Twitter! The Slashfilmcast is launching a Patreon! Support us at Thanks to our sponsors this week: Hawthorne, Raycon, and Feals. Go...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, London, Movies, Youtube, David, Mike, Jeff, Engadget, Hawthorne, V Club, Slashfilmcast, The Show, David Devindra, Taylor Sheridan, Jeff Cannata

Craig Federighi Says the Mac Has An 'Unacceptable' Malware Problem

Craig Federighi is currently testifying during the Apple vs. Epic lawsuit. While facing questioning from Apple's lawyers, Federighi made some interesting comments about security, particularly noting that the Mac currently has a level of malware that Apple "does not find acceptable." 9to5Mac reports: One of Federighi's goals is to paint the iPhone ecosystem, including the App Store and lack of side-loading support, as a secure and trusted environment for users. To do this, it appears that part of...
Tags: Apple, Mac, Tech, Craig Federighi, Federighi, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, The Mac, Mac Federighi

Google Photos is getting password-protected photos (and a lot more)

At Google I/O this week, the company revealed a bunch of new features that are about to come to Google Photos. Google noted that despite Photos’ popularity, most of the 4 trillion pictures stored to it have never even been viewed. The new features try to make the most of the photos that you wouldn’t normally look back, including the addition of a private image folder and newfangled ways of showing off your menial or redundant pictures. Password-protected photos It’s about time: Google is introdu...
Tags: Google, Startups, Google Photos, Insider, Google Photos Google, Plugged

Meet Zhang Yiming, the secretive Chinese billionaire behind TikTok worth $44 billion who just stepped down as ByteDance CEO

ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming makes his own TikToks - and requires his senior employees to as well. Visual China Group via Getty Images; Ruobing Su/Business Insider Zhang Yiming has built a $44.5 billion fortune since cofounding ByteDance, the Chinese tech giant behind TikTok. Despite being one of the wealthiest people in China, Zhang is extremely private and little is known about his personal life. Zhang recently stepped down as ByteDance CEO, saying he's "not very social" and lacks mana...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Life, Finance, China, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Features, Getty Images, Billionaires, Time Magazine, Federal Trade Commission, Visual China Group, Billionaire

From Apes To Birds, There Are 65 Animal Species That 'Laugh'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Among humans, laughter can signify a lot of different things, from intimacy to discomfort. Among animals, however, laughter usually communicates something along the lines of "this is playtime -- I'm not actually going for your throat." According to new research from the University of California, Los Angeles, there are likely at least 65 different creatures, including humans, that make these vocalizations. They're most commonly found in prima...
Tags: Tech, Ucla, Ars, Winkler, University of California Los Angeles, Sasha Winkler

Korean proptech startup Dongnae gets $4.1M seed extension led by NFX

The real estate market in South Korea is very fragmented, which means people often have to work with dozens of brokers before they find a new home. Founded in 2020 by a former WeWork executive, Dongnae wants to create a centralized base for brokers, serving as a multiple listing system (MLS). Since its first seed round last year, Dongnae has increased its brokerage partners to more than 70. Today the startup announced it has raised a seed extension of $4.1 million, doubling its total raised to $...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, South Korea, Real Estate, Tech, United States, Korea, WeWork, Seoul, Zillow, Trulia, Flint, Pete Flint, MetaProp

SMEs with No Tech Support: Is It a Problem?

We know from data previously cited by the SMB Group that 27% of businesses don’t have any form of tech support.  What does that mean? It means that while they might run IT systems like computers, servers and digital services, they don’t have a dedicated technician or member of support staff on hand in the event that something goes wrong.  Twenty-seven per cent of businesses is a lot.  According to the FSB, there were 6 million registered businesses in the UK in 2020 . That means ...
Tags: Business, UK, Technology, Sales, Tech, It, Gartner, Tech Support, Fsb, Technician, Blog & Grow, SME, Support Staff, Security flaws, SMB Group, Businesses Without Tech Support

Apple's macOS is sub-par for security, Apple exec Craig Federighi tells Epic trial

Trashing your desktop OS to save the iOS walled garden – it's a bold strategy. Let's see if it pays off for 'em Apple's software supremo Craig Federighi on Wednesday condemned the security of macOS in a somewhat kamikaze attempt to defend the walled garden that is the iOS App Store.…
Tags: Apple, Software, Epic, Craig Federighi

ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming to step down as CEO by end of 2021

Zhang Yiming, the storied co-founder of ByteDance, is stepping down from his role as the CEO and passing the torch to Liang Rubo, another co-founder of the TikTok parent and one of the world’s most valuable internet juggernauts. In an internal letter to employees, 38-year-old age Zhang said he is making the transition to spend more time on “long-term strategy, corporate culture, and social responsibility.” Zhang will work side by side with Liang, currently ByteDance’s head of human resources and...
Tags: TC, Tech, Zhang, Liang, Zhang Yiming, Liang Rubo

How accessible tech helps Inho Seo explore the world

Welcome to the latest edition of “My Path to Google,” where we talk to Googlers, interns and alumni about how they got to Google, what their roles are like and even some tips on how to prepare for interviews.We spoke to Inho Seo, a software engineer intern with a visual impairment working at Google Korea. Inho told us how accessibility technology helps him explore the world and connect with people.What are you working on right now? I'm a software engineering intern in a team working to make Goog...
Tags: Google, Korea, Seoul, Googlers, Mountain View California, Google in Asia, Life at Google, My Path to Google, Grace Chua, Inho Seo, Google Korea Inho

ADM Buries Corn Plant Emissions Equal To 1.2 Million Cars

Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., one of the world's biggest grain traders, is injecting carbon dioxide released by its corn plants underground, using commercial-scale technology that's the first of its kind. BNN Bloomberg reports: The company just completed a project with the University of Illinois proving that its methods to capture carbon are safe, according to a Wednesday release. That will aid its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% against a 2019 baseline. In the project, ADM us...
Tags: Tech, Adm, University Of Illinois, Decatur Illinois, Archer Daniels Midland Co, BNN Bloomberg, ADM Buries Corn Plant Emissions Equal

Ford F-150 Lightning debuts with a $39,974 starting MSRP, up to 300 miles of range, and 563 horsepower

Ford F-150 Lightning. Ford Ford revealed its long-awaited electric pickup on Wednesday: the F-150 Lightning. The truck starts at under $40,000 but can cost up to $90,000 for a bigger battery or a fancier trim. The F-150 Lightning goes on sale in spring 2022. See more stories on Insider's business page. Following years of speculation and anticipation, Ford on Wednesday took the wraps off of its debut all-electric pickup truck: the F-150 Lightning. The battery-powered version of Ameri...
Tags: Apple, America, Trends, Ford, Lightning, Epa, Dearborn Michigan, Android Auto Ford, Tim Levin, Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, Lightning Ford Ford, Lightning Ford, Lightning Ford Still Ford

Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck can power your home in an outage

The power of a pickup truck is not all about torque, horsepower, towing and hauling. Ford’s newest electric F-150 Lightning, which was unveiled Wednesday, is trying to change the meaning of truck power with a system that can provide energy to a customer’s home in the event of an outage. Ford isn’t alone in its effort to show consumers the benefits of an all-electric vehicle. Others, such as Lucid Motors have also touted this capability. Severe winter storms in February caused a massive power ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Texas, Tech, Ford, Sunrun, Lucid Motors, Ryan O'Gorman Ford, Ford Charge Station Pro

Ford unveils the F-150 Lightning, its all-electric pickup truck that will start under $40,000

The Ford F-150, the profitable cornerstone of the U.S. automaker’s business, now has an all-electric sibling. Ford unveiled Wednesday the F-150 Lightning, an all-electric pickup truck that is a critical piece of the company’s $22 billion investment into electrification. The vehicle is one of a trifecta of Ford EV debuts and launches in the past year. And it is possibly the most meaningful in terms of the bottom line. The Ford F-150 Lightning, which will be built at the automaker’s Rouge factory ...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Epa, Waze, North America, Alexa, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn Michigan, Rouge, Darren Palmer, Ford Ford, Mustang Mach, Ford Alexa

Android 12 at Google I/O: Hints of the redesign in the beta, lots of news

Google I/O features a big Android info dump, but not much working code right now.
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U.S. Flying Taxi Startup Steps up Legal Pressure on Rival Over Trade Secrets

By Tracy RucinskiCHICAGO (Reuters) - Wisk Aero, a flying taxi startup backed by Boeing and Google co-founder Larry Page's Kitty Hawk Corp,...
Tags: Google, Larry Page, Tracy, Boeing, U S Flying Taxi Startup Steps, Reuters Wisk Aero

Philippine e-commerce enabler Great Deals raises $30M Series B led by logistics firm Fast Group

Steve Sy, CEO of Great Deals, and William Chiongbian II, CEO of Fast Group, sign the contract for the companies’ strategic partnership. Image Credits: Great Deals Founded in 2014, Great Deals is an e-commerce enabler that helps brands like Abbot, L’Oréal and Unilever build their online retail operations in the Philippines. The startup announced today that it has raised $30 million in Series B funding led by Fast Group, one of the Philippines’ biggest logistics firms, with support from CVC Cap...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Southeast Asia, Tech, Unilever, E-commerce, Philippines, Fila, Great Deals, Recent Funding, E-commerce Enabler, Fast Group, Steve Sy

Google to let Nest work with HomeKit, brings smart home unification one step closer

What will bring them together? A smart home connectivity standard, expected later this year, called Matter.
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4 Google smart home updates that Matter

Today, there are nine smart devices in the average smart home — in 2016, there were only three. While this is explosive growth, the industry is still evolving. Selecting the right devices or connecting them with the ones you already have can be frustrating. It’s up to us to simplify the smart home, and to start we must change the way device makers build products. There should be one standard that simplifies selection, setup and control, and makes it easy for our partners to create products and e...
Tags: Google, Android, Max, Control, Android Google, Google Nest, Michele Turner, Google Assistant, Google Home, Nest Hub, Philips Hue Nanoleaf Samsung, Dyson Netatmo Wyze, Arlo Logitech Netatmo

Daily Crunch: India gives WhatsApp one week to revoke its updated privacy policy

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. Happy Wednesday, friends! It was another super-busy day in the tech world. I had my sights on Squarespace’s public debut, as well as the value of Coinbase’s stock, which may be tracking the price of bitcoin a bit more literally than some folks expected. And if you are a long-term crypto holder, congrats on the buying opportunity. If you are a short-term crypto hold...
Tags: Apple, TC, Facebook, Microsoft, Massachusetts, India, Softbank, Newsletter, Tech, Whatsapp, Alex, Otter, Squarespace, Formlabs, Matthew Panzarino, Bessemer Venture Partners

Bitcoin, Dogecoin See Big Drops After China Reiterates Ban On Crypto Services

Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Ethereum and seemingly every cryptocurrency out there took a big hit Wednesday following the news of China reconfirming its criticism of the crypto service. This appeared to contribute to a sell-off across the board and is even affecting the stock market. CNET reports: The China Internet Finance Association said it will not allow the country's financial institutions to partake in any business related to cryptocurrency due to the volatile nature of the digital coins, according ...
Tags: China, Tech, Cnet, Dogecoin, Crypto Services, Bitcoin Dogecoin Ethereum, China Internet Finance Association

11 ways we're innovating with AI

AI is integral to so much of the work we do at Google. Fundamental advances in computing are helping us confront some of the greatest challenges of this century, like climate change. Meanwhile, AI is also powering updates across our products, including Search, Maps and Photos — demonstrating how machine learning can improve your life in both big and small ways. In case you missed it, here are some of the AI-powered updates we announced at Google I/O. LaMDA is a breakthrough in natural language u...
Tags: Google, Eu, Ai, Google Maps, Google Photos, Eta, Adams, World Health Organization WHO, Christine Robson, Google Workspace, Project Starline Project Starline

Nest Update Will Make Google's Gadgets Work With New Smart Home Standard

Google is going all in with Matter, the new smart home standard the company has backed alongside Amazon, Apple, and other gadget makers, starting with its Nest devices.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Android, Internet Of Things, Science, Technology, Home Automation, Computing, Logitech, Nest, Google Io, Alphabet Inc, Amazon Apple, Google Nest, Nest Thermostat, Applied Machine Learning

Four Google smart home updates that Matter

Today, there are nine smart devices in the average smart home — in 2016, there were only three. While this is explosive growth, the industry is still evolving. Selecting the right devices or connecting them with the ones you already have can be frustrating. It’s up to us to simplify the smart home, and to start we must change the way device makers build products. There should be one standard that simplifies selection, setup and control, and makes it easy for our partners to create products and e...
Tags: Google, Android, Max, Control, Google Nest, Michele Turner, Google Assistant, Google Home, Nest Hub, Philips Hue Nanoleaf Samsung, Dyson Netatmo Wyze, Arlo Logitech Netatmo

Google details how interconnected Matter smart home standard will work on Android and Nest

Google Assistant will be able to control any Matter product.
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Apple Censorship and Surveillance in China

Good investigative reporting on how Apple is participating in and assisting with Chinese censorship and surveillance. [Author: Bruce Schneier]
Tags: Apple, Privacy, China, Censorship, Uncategorized, Surveillance, Bruce Schneier, Apple Censorship and Surveillance

Apple Wants You To Know It Chose Not To Take a Cut of $400 Billion in Physical Goods (slashdot)

Apple is trying to convince a judge that it's not milking the App Store for all it's worth, and today the company dropped some big numbers to help make its case. From a report: Apple claims that its App Store drove $400 billion worth of physical purchases in a single year in 2019, and that -- unlike digital purchases and subscriptions -- Apple doesn't take a cent of that money. That's according to App Store boss and longtime Apple marketing exec Phil Schiller, who also testified that the company...
Tags: Apple, News, App Store, Cupertino, Phil Schiller, Schiller, Msmash, Apple Loop

Google Teams With Startup for Nevada Geothermal Energy Plant

Google has announced it will team with a startup company to develop a geothermal power system in Nevada to serve its regional data centers.
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Google's commitment to Matter could unite the fragmented smart home industry

Google shared a few updates around its Nest and Android products that focus on a commitment to the recently renamed Matter ecosystem..
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Chromebooks at Google I/O 2021: Everything new that’s been announced

There's a lot to be excited about for the future of Chromebooks. Here's everything new in the world of Chromebooks coming out of Google I/O 2021.
Tags: Google, News, Trends, Chrome Os, Computing, Chromebooks, Google I/O 2021

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