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South Korea Proposes Law To Protect Esports Players

On May 18, a South Korean politician put forward a bill that would stop esports tournament organizers and stakeholders from unilaterally terminating tournaments without first informing participants and other principles involved in the event. The Esports Observer reports: The bill, "The Heroes of the Storm Law," was put forward to parliament by Congressman Dong-su Yoo of the Democratic Party of Korea, as first reported in Naver Sports. As Yoo explained, the bill is to prevent a game publishers' u...
Tags: South Korea, Tech, eSports Observer, Yoo, Democratic Party of Korea, J Allen Brack, Dong su Yoo, Gen G Esports


Prince Harry tells Oprah Diana's death led him to drugs, alcohol and anxiety

In The Me You Can't See on Apple TV Plus, the prince talks about losing his mother, Diana, when he was only 12.
Tags: Apple, Diana, Harry, Oprah Diana


Seagate's New Mach.2 Is the World's Fastest Conventional Hard Drive

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Seagate has been working on dual-actuator hard drives -- drives with two independently controlled sets of read/write heads -- for several years. Its first production dual-actuator drive, the Mach.2, is now "available to select customers," meaning that enterprises can buy it directly from Seagate, but end-users are out of luck for now. Seagate lists the sustained, sequential transfer rate of the Mach.2 as up to 524MBps -- easily double that o...
Tags: Seagate, Tech, Ars Technica, Mach, IronWolf


Netflix Looking for Executive to Lead Video Game Expansion

Netflix is one of the biggest media companies in the world as one of the leading platforms for streaming and producing movies and television shows. However, it seems the company is expanding its horizons as they are reportedly looking to hire an executive to oversee a video games division. According to The Information’s Nick Wingfield and Jessica Toonkel, Netflix has approached veteran game industry executives about the new position within the past few weeks. Exactly who these veterans are is n...
Tags: Apple, Games, England, Movies, Netflix, Streaming, Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker, Will Poulter, Butler, Nick Wingfield, Video Game News, David Slade, Fionn Whitehead, Arnold Schwarzenegger Monica Barbaro, Jessica Toonkel Netflix


RAI's Certification Process Aims To Prevent AIs From Turning Into HALs

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: [T]he Responsible Artificial Intelligence Institute (RAI) -- a non-profit developing governance tools to help usher in a new generation of trustworthy, safe, Responsible AIs -- hopes to offer a more standardized means of certifying that our next HAL won't murder the entire crew. In short they want to build "the world's first independent, accredited certification program of its kind." Think of the LEED green building certification system used in ...
Tags: Tech, European Union, ISO, Ibm Watson, OECD, Engadget, Hal, RAI, Saxena, Mark Rolston, Responsible Artificial Intelligence Institute RAI


Apple’s excuse for no AirTag in Siri Remote: it’s too thick to easily lose in your couch

He might have a point, but has he seen my couch?
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World's First EV-Charging Highway Trial to Start In Italy

Israeli company ElectReon Wireless is building a kilometer-long stretch of electric vehicle-charging highway between Milan and Brescia in Italy. It's the first trial of its kind involving a highway and will help determine if the technology is ready for widespread adoption. Innovation Origins reports: In a nutshell, Electreon is building the infrastructure by installing copper coils under the asphalt. Energy is transferred directly and wirelessly to the vehicle's batteries while driving by means ...
Tags: Energy, Milan, Tech, Italy, Brescia, Electreon Wireless, Electreon, Brebemi


Amazon Is Shutting Down Prime Now, Folding Two-Hour Deliveries Into Its Main App

Amazon is shutting down its standalone Prime Now delivery app, with its speedy two-hour delivery options moving exclusively into the company's main app and website, the company announced today. The standalone Prime Now app and website will be retired by the end of the year. The Verge reports: Originally launched in 2014, Prime Now was designed to offer deliveries of essential items within hours rather than days for Prime members. The service was initially available in just a small number of citi...
Tags: Amazon, US, Tech, Paris, Leeds, Cnbc, Amazon Fresh, Bartell, Stephenie Landry, Seattle Morrisons


Snap Doubles Down on Smart Glasses Line, Buys AR Display Supplier for More Than $500 Million

Snap is going all-in on its augmented reality smart glasses whether consumers want them or not. Right after announcing the latest generation of its Spectacles line, news surfaced that Snap has agreed to acquire WaveOptics, which supplies the AR displays powering its frames, for more than $500 million, the Verge…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Eyewear, Augmented Reality, Evan Spiegel, Science and Technology, Mixed Reality, Snap, Spectacles, Business Finance, Snap Inc, Display technology, Smartglasses, Akonia, Wearable Computers


Snap Doubles Down on Its Smart Glasses Line, Buys AR Display Supplier for More Than $500 Million

Snap is going all-in on its augmented reality smart glasses whether consumers want them or not. Right after announcing the latest generation of its Spectacles line, news surfaced that Snap has agreed to acquire WaveOptics, which supplies the AR displays powering its frames, for more than $500 million, the Verge…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Eyewear, Augmented Reality, Evan Spiegel, Science and Technology, Mixed Reality, Snap, Spectacles, Business Finance, Snap Inc, Display technology, Smartglasses, Akonia, Wearable Computers


Extra Crunch roundup: Jam City SPAC, startup PR, telemedicine market map, more

For this morning’s edition of The Exchange, Alex Wilhelm studied information recently released by mobile gaming studio Jam City as it prepares to go public in a $1.2 billion blank-check deal with DPCM Capital. “Jam City is a bit like Zynga, but unless you are a mobile-gaming aficionado, you might not have heard of it,” he writes. Since its launch, Jam City has raised upwards of $300 million, including a $145 million round in 2019. At the time, the company was riding high after signing a deal wit...
Tags: Startups, TC, London, Entrepreneurship, Big Data, Ipo, Israel, Disney, Tech, Getty Images, United States, New Relic, Zynga, Venture Capital, Square, Machine Learning


Apple v. Epic Games trial: iOS App Store would be 'toxic' mess without review process, Tim Cook testifies

Apple CEO Tim Cook faced tough questions Friday in court about the iOS App Store and its practices requiring in-app purchases and 15%-30% commissions.       [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Apple, Usa, News, Tim Cook, Usa Today, Epic Games


Daily Crunch: Snap spends more than $500M to acquire AR display startup WaveOptics

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. Welcome to Daily Crunch for May 21, 2021. Closing out the week, bitcoin dropped sharply today on (more?) news from China about possible restrictions on cryptocurrencies more broadly. Depending on your priors, the most recent news is purely FUD, or it’s indication that Bitcoin and friends are terrible inflation hedges. Pick your poison! Regardless, we have a grip of...
Tags: TC, South Korea, Twitter, China, Tech, Tesla, European Union, United States, Ford, Zynga, Tokyo, Vietnam, Rakuten, New Delhi, Latin America, Accel


Unprecedented - Cyber Attackers Release Secret Key To Save Irish Health System

Lanodonal shares a report from the BBC: Hackers responsible for causing widespread disruption to the Irish health system have unexpectedly gifted it with the tool to help it recover. The Conti ransomware group was reportedly asking the Irish health service for $20 million to restore services after the "catastrophic hack." But now the criminals have handed over the software tool for free.The Irish government says it is testing the tool and insists it did not, and would not, be paying the hackers....
Tags: Tech, Bbc, Fbi, Ireland, Health Service, Martin, Conti, Miche, American Hospital Association, Stephen Donnelly


Apple's Tim Cook grilled by judge overseeing Epic's Fortnite trial

Apple says its control over the App Store promises security and reliability for users. Epic says it stifles competition.
Tags: Apple, Tim Cook, App Store, Fortnite


How Did ‘Mind Your Own Business,’ Delta 5’s 40-Year-Old Cult Hit, End Up in an Apple Ad?

It’s safe to assume that the mouths of wizening hipsters across the country dropped open with astonishment when they heard “Mind Your Own Business,” a relatively obscure, 40-year-old song by short-lived British post-punk quintet Delta 5, blasting from their TVs when a new Apple ad aired during the NBA play-ins. The song was the first […]
Tags: Iphone, Apple, News, Delta, Nba


The 5 best free email account services you can use online

Some of the best free email accounts include Gmail, Outlook, iCloud, ProtonMail, and Yahoo Mail. JGI/Tom Grill/Getty Images The best free email accounts, like Gmail and Microsoft Outlook, offer users reliable and easy-to-use features. You can also go with more niche free email account services, like ProtonMail. When picking a free email service, consider what features are important to you, like security, data storage, or add-ons like video conferencing. Visit Insider's Tech Reference...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Drive, Facebook, Gmail, Email, Microsoft, Yahoo, Trends, Icloud, Protonmail, Microsoft Outlook, Email Apps, Outlook Microsoft, Yahoo Mail, Email Clients


Tim Cook will make first-ever court appearance as Apple CEO in blockbuster Fortnite trial

Tim Cook has fielded questions from Congress about Apple's market power. Now he's about to be grilled on it for the first time in federal court.
Tags: Apple, Congress, Cnn, Tim Cook


Linux 5.13 Reverts and Fixes Problematic University of Minnesota Patches

An anonymous reader shares a report: One month ago the University of Minnesota was banned from contributing to the Linux kernel when it was revealed the university researchers were trying to intentionally submit bugs into the kernel via new patches as "hypocrite commits" as part of a questionable research paper. Linux kernel developers have finally finished reviewing all UMN.edu patches to address problematic merges to the kernel and also cleaning up / fixing their questionable patches. Sent in ...
Tags: Tech, University of Minnesota, Alsa, Greg Kroah Hartman, Fixes Problematic University of Minnesota Patches


Chayce Beckham talks ‘American Idol’ journey and the Beatles song he’ll sing on the finale

A few days after Chayce Beckham advanced to the Top 3 and the finale of “American Idol,” the ABC reality series sent him on the traditional hometown visit. For the 24-year-old singer-songwriter, that meant a trip to Apple Valley in the high desert of Southern California. A limousine delivered him to a town celebration and later took him to Vanguard Preparatory School, which Beckham says was the same as he remembered from his elementary school days. “That’s where I performed my first talent show,...
Tags: Apple, Music, Florida, Abc, La, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Ed Sheeran, Starz, Beethoven, Coldplay, Lionel Richie, Oakland, Beckham


White House teams up with dating apps to give vaccinated users free perks

With vaccination rates slowing in the U.S., the White House is getting creative about getting shots in arms. Beyond protecting yourself and others from a deadly disease, the latest incentive to get vaccinated could help you find love (or get laid). The White House COVID-19 response team announced Friday that a number of popular dating apps would offer new perks for users who get vaccinated, with Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, Match, OkCupid, BLK, Chispa, Plenty of Fish and Badoo all participating in the...
Tags: Health, Social, TC, Tinder, White House, Tech, Software, United States, President, Vaccination, Disease, Vaccine, IAC, Biden, Nascar, Irl


These Popular Android Apps Are Putting User Data at Risk

According to a report by Check Point Research, many popular Android apps put your personal data at risk due to poorly secured third-party services.Read more...
Tags: Android, Google Play, Smartphones, Fraud, Software, Security Breaches, Computing, Lifehacks, Password Manager, Operating Systems, Identity Theft, Mobile App, Check Point Research, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Technology Internet


The Profitability Trap

How a thriving business model might actually undermine your firm’s future.
Tags: Technology, Law, James Goodnow


Develop a buyer’s guide to educate your startup’s sales team and customers

Yousuf Khan Contributor Share on Twitter Yousuf Khan is a partner at Ridge Ventures. Prior to joining Ridge, he was the first CIO of Automation Anywhere, CIO and Vice President of Customer Success at cloud-based AI platform Moveworks, as well as CIO of Pure Storage, Qualys and Hult International Business School. More posts by this contributor Customer advisory boards are a gold mine for startup brand champions ...
Tags: Startups, Column, Marketing, Sales, Tech, Customer Experience, Corporate Finance, Brand Management, Customer Success, Moveworks, EC Column, Yousuf Khan, Ridge Ventures Prior, EC How To, Hult International Business School More


Apple v Epic: Tim Cook appears on the stand in Epic legal row

Apple's boss Tim Cook appears on the witness stand in the high-profile legal row with Epic Games.
Tags: Apple, News, Tim Cook


Apple v Epic: Tim Cook appeared on the stand in Epic legal row

Apple's boss Tim Cook appeared on the witness stand in the high-profile legal row with Epic Games.
Tags: Apple, News, Tim Cook


Apple CEO Faces Tough Questions About App Store Competition

Apple CEO Tim Cook described the company’s ironclad control over its mobile app store as the best way to serve and protect iPhone users, but faced tough questions about competition issues from a judge while testifying Friday about allegations that he oversees an illegal monopoly.
Tags: Apple, Tim Cook


The first electric Popemobile will be a Fisker Ocean SUV

Fisker Inc., the EV startup-turned publicly traded company, is working on a modified version of its all-electric Ocean SUV for Pope Francis. The company said Friday that it plans to deliver to the Vatican late next year a Popemobile based on its upcoming Fisker Ocean SUV. An initial agreement was reached during a private meeting Thursday between Pope Francis and Fisker co-founders Henrik Fisker and Dr. Geeta Gupta-Fisker. Henrik Fisker showed a number of sketches, including one that Pope Francis...
Tags: New York City, Tech, Automotive, Ocean, Electric Vehicles, Pope Francis, Vatican, Vatican City, Henrik Fisker, Renault, Fisker, Mercedes Benz, John Paul II, Popemobile, Pope Paul VI, Fisker Inc


Rachel Dolezal’s Copyright Follies: Sues CBS For Copyright Infringement In Case That Won’t End Well

Is it fair to say that this lawsuit is pretending to be something it's not?
Tags: Technology, Law, Copyright, Racism, Cbs, Intellectual Property, Rachel Dolezal



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