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'World's Most Powerful Tidal Turbine' Starts To Export Power To the Grid

A tidal turbine weighing 680 metric tons and dubbed "the world's most powerful" has started grid-connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, an archipelago located north of mainland Scotland. CNBC reports: In an announcement Wednesday, Scottish engineering firm Orbital Marine Power explained how its 2 megawatt O2 turbine had been anchored in a body of water called the Fall of Warness, with a subsea cable linking it to a local electricity network on land. It's expec...
Tags: UK, Scotland, Tech, Cnbc, Orkney, Andrew Scott, European Marine Energy Centre, Orbital Marine Power, Warness, Saltire Tidal Energy


Apple Closing Down Internal Slack Channels Where Employees Debate Remote Work

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Cult of Mac: Apple is closing down internal Slack channels to stop employees discussing remote working options, reports Zoe Schiffer from The Verge. Many Cupertino employees are currently engaged in a Cold War of sorts with their employer over the remote working arrangement coming out of the coronavirus pandemic. As the arguments flare up among staff, Apple has taken the step of shuttering the Slack channels where these are taking place. "Apple recently b...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Schiffer, Zoe Schiffer


Microsoft: Component Shortages Not Going Away Any Time Soon

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: In reporting its Q4 FY21 earnings, Microsoft disclosed that both its Surface and Windows revenues were affected negatively by supply-chain constraints. While remote work has continued to fuel PC demand, Microsoft and its OEM partners have had problems getting enough components, including chips, power cords and other electronic components that are required for new PCs. In Q4, Microsoft's Surface revenue fell 20 percent, to $1.38 billion in the quart...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Hood, Zdnet, Azure Office, Amy Hood


Mark Ronson talks music technology and how geniuses like Prince and Paul McCartney use it

Amy Winehouse's producer Mark Ronson on how musicians like Prince, Paul McCartney and Kanye West used technology to make music in his Apple TV+ series        [Author: Arizona Republic]
Tags: Apple, Religion, Kanye West, Paul Mccartney, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Prince, Arizona Republic


Zuckerberg is turning trillion-dollar Facebook into a ‘metaverse’ company, he tells investors

Following the quarterly release of Facebook’s earnings numbers where the company’s CFO takes time to walk analysts through the nitty gritty of the company’s financials, CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a moment to zoom out and wax on the company’s future goals, specifically calling out his ambitions to turn Facebook into “a metaverse company.” “I wanted to discuss this now so that you can see the future that we’re working towards and how our major initiative across the ...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Ceo, Software, Computing, Vr, Oculus, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Horizon, Wearable Devices, Andrew Bosworth


Big tech companies are telling their employees to be vaccinated before returning to the office as the Delta variant spreads

Google in Manhattan. Mark Lennihan/AP Photo Major tech companies recently said employees must get vaccinated before returning to the office. Facebook and Google are among the firms mandating vaccines for in-person workers. The EEOC says employers can require employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine or ban them from the office. See more stories on Insider's business page. As return-to-work plans clash with rising COVID-19 cases in many states and the spread of the Delta variant, some tech gi...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, New York, Microsoft, Cdc, Office, US, San Francisco, Trends, Netflix, Npr, Dc, Salesforce, Sundar Pichai


Dell Is Cancelling Alienware Gaming PC Shipments To Several US States

davide marney writes: Orders for Alienware Aurora R12 and R10 gaming PC configurations placed in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, or Washington will not be honored because of power consumption regulations, reports PC Gamer. "Any orders placed that are bound for those states will be canceled," Dell states in a message. "The Aurora R12 and R10 are built around the latest generation processors from Intel and AMD, the former featuring 11th Gen Core Rocket Lake CPUs and the latter wie...
Tags: Washington, US, Tech, Intel, Dell, Amd, Aurora, Alienware Aurora, California Colorado Hawaii Oregon Vermont, 11th Gen Core Rocket Lake


Japanese sneaker platform SODA raises $56.4M, accquires rival Monokabu

Just half a year after leading SODA’s Series B, SoftBank Ventures Asia is raising its bet on the Tokyo-based sneaker resell platform. The early-stage venture capital arm of SoftBank Group announced today it has returned to lead SODA’s Series C, which currently totals $56.4 million. Other investors include South Korean sneaker reselling platform KREAM (another SoftBank Ventures Asia portfolio company), Altos Ventures and JAFCO. Launched in 2018, SODA runs SNKRDUNK, one of Japan’s largest sneaker ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Japan, Indonesia, China, Softbank, Tech, Philippines, Soda, Tokyo, EC, Sneakers, SoftBank Group, Uchiyama


Japanese sneaker platform SODA raises $56.4M, acquires rival Monokabu

Just half a year after leading SODA’s Series B, SoftBank Ventures Asia is raising its bet on the Tokyo-based sneaker resell platform. The early-stage venture capital arm of SoftBank Group announced today it has returned to lead SODA’s Series C, which currently totals $56.4 million. Other investors include South Korean sneaker reselling platform KREAM (another SoftBank Ventures Asia portfolio company), Altos Ventures and JAFCO. Launched in 2018, SODA runs SNKRDUNK, one of Japan’s largest sneaker ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Japan, Indonesia, China, Softbank, Tech, Philippines, Soda, Tokyo, EC, Sneakers, SoftBank Group, Uchiyama


Apple warns against AirTag replacement batteries with bitter coatings

While it may be some time before users are due to replace the button cell battery in their AirTag, Apple has issued a warning against...
Tags: Apple, AirTag Apple


Day Around the Bay: Google and Facebook Make Employees Get Vaccinated

Google has pushed its back-to-the-office time until mid-October, the death toll in Monday's plane crash in Truckee has risen to six, and...
Tags: Google, Truckee


I'm feeling lucky: Google, Facebook say workers must be vaccinated before they return to offices

As web search giant stalls end to work-from-home to mid-October Google employees can continue working from home until October 18 after the web giant pushed back the date for staff to return to its offices from mid-September.…
Tags: Google, Software, Google Facebook


Twitter shuttering NY, SF offices in response to new CDC guidelines

Just two weeks after reopening its New York and San Francisco offices, social media giant Twitter said Wednesday that it will be closing those offices “immediately.” The decision came “after careful consideration of the CDC’s updated guidelines, and in light of current conditions,” a spokesperson said. “Twitter has made the decision to close our opened offices in New York and San Francisco as well as pause future office reopenings, effective immediately. We’re continuing to closely monitor local...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, TC, Twitter, New York, Cdc, San Francisco, Tech, Ceo, Software, Delta, Sundar Pichai, Google Alphabet, Lori Goler, TechCrunch Facebook


Steve Jobs’ 1973 job application auctions for record amount

In its fourth auction in four years, a job application filled out by the late Apple boss Steve Jobs has sold for a record amount.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, Steve Jobs, Trends, Computing, Auction


Facebook Warns Growth To 'Decelerate Significantly', Mandates Vaccine For US Staff

Facebook said on Wednseday it expects revenue growth to "decelerate significantly." It also announced that it would require anyone working at its U.S. offices to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Google announced a similar policy earlier this morning. Reuters reports: The warning overshadowed the company's beat on Wall Street estimates for quarterly revenue, bolstered by increased advertising spending as businesses build their digital presence to cater to consumers spending more time and money onl...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Tech, Reuters, IBES, Ygal Arounian, COVID, US Staff, Wedbush Securities Brian Wieser GroupM


Fresh warning over rip-off locator forms on Google

'Devious' sites which charge money for a free passenger locator form top search engine results.
Tags: Google, UK, News


INKR draws in $3.1M to make more comics accessible to worldwide audiences

Digital comics platform INKR’s team INKR is a digital comics platform that crosses cultural and language divides, enabling creators to reach global audiences with its proprietary localization technology. Previously bootstrapped, the company announced today that it has raised $3.1 million in pre-Series A funding led by Monk’s Hill Ventures, with participation from manga distributor TokyoPop founder and chief executive Stu Levy and VI Management managing director David Do. Headquartered in Sing...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Asia, Publishing, Comics, Entertainment, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Vietnam, Luong, Kombo, Stu Levy


Daily Crunch: $150M Series D vaults search-as-a-service provider Algolia to $2.25B valuation

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. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for July 28, 2021. What a day. Duolingo went public. Algolia raised an epic round. Crypto prices rose. And we’re being treated to a raft of earnings reports from tech’s biggest names. If you like tech news, boy do we have a post for you. Let’s go! — Alex P.S. Super cheap Disrupt tickets end in two days, so snag yours now. All the c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Twitter, Spotify, Etsy, China, Tech, Walmart, Crypto, Alex, Branson, Shopify, Alphabet, Bezos


Ford expects semiconductor rebound, new vehicle demand to increase 2021 profits

Despite semiconductor shortages peaking during the second quarter of 2021, Ford says it delivered better-than-expected operating results by leveraging strong demand for new vehicles, like its Bronco SUV, according to its most recent earnings report. In April, Ford had expected to lose about 50% of its planned Q2 production, resulting in a profit loss for the period. However, the automaker was able to generate companywide adjusted earnings before interest and taxes of $1.1 billion, according to t...
Tags: Transportation, Singapore, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Ford Motor Company, Farley, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, YOY, Jim Farley, Semiconductor Industry Association, FLEX, Mustang Mach, World Semiconductor Trade Statistics, Semiconductor Shortage, Ford Q2 2021 Earnings


Google and Facebook Will Require Employees to Be Vaccinated Before Office Reopening

At the start of the pandemic, Big Tech led the way in embracing remote work. Now, it’s also serving as a bellwether of how companies are planning to safely return to the office. But it doesn’t look like everyone is on the same page. While Google and Facebook announced today they will require all staffers to be…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Companies, Chrome Os, Tim Cook, Computing, Vaccination, Sundar Pichai, Apple Inc


Amazon Fresh expanding by 2 more stores, adding ‘Just Walk Out’ option

Amazon Fresh is preparing to open stores in La Habra and Cerritos in the coming months, a move that will boost the company’s Southern California total to 10 locations. The new stores will be Amazon’s first to feature Just Walk Out technology, which allows shoppers to enter a store, grab what they want and leave without going through a checkout line or self-serve kiosk. Amazon Fresh District Manager Jondolon Bush explains it this way: “We have thousands of cameras located throughout the store and...
Tags: Amazon, Food, Business, New York, Technology, Sport, Soccer, Supermarket, Pentagon, Seattle, Ftc, Southern California, Amazon Fresh, Bezos, Jedi, Woodland Hills


Do Facebook and Google censor conservatives? Trump, Republicans bet claims they do will rally GOP base in 2022

Claims that tech companies are biased against conservatives have emerged as a top issue to rally the GOP base ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.       [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Google, Facebook, Usa, News, Gop, Usa Today, Trump


Ethereum Founder Donated $1 Billion to Fight Covid in India, but Only $20 Million Has Been Spent

The co-founder of the Ethereum blockchain, Vitalik Buterin, donated roughly $1 billion in a Shiba Inu-themed cryptocurrency to a covid-19 relief fund in India in May 2021. So far, according to Bloomberg, just $20 million or roughly 2% of the original commitment has made it to its donation.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, India, Narendra Modi, Articles, Bloomberg, Cryptocurrencies, Ethereum, Science and Technology, Blockchain, Dogecoin, Shiba Inu, Vitalik Buterin, Cointelegraph, Shib, Sandeep Nailwal


YouTube Channel 'Tech Support Scams' Taken Offline By Tech Support Scam

The Tech Support Scams YouTube channel, operated by host and creator Jim Browning, was deleted after a tech support scam convinced Browning that the only way to secure his account was to delete it. The Register reports: "So to prove that anyone can be scammed," Browning announced via Twitter following the attack, "I was convinced to delete my YouTube channel because I was convinced I was talking [to YouTube] support. I never lost control of the channel, but the sneaky s**t managed to get me to d...
Tags: Tech, Browning, Jim Browning, Tech Support Scams YouTube, YouTube Channel Tech, July Browning


Spotify’s Clubhouse rival, Greenroom, tops 140K installs on iOS, 100K on Android

Spotify’s recently launched live audio app and Clubhouse rival, Spotify Greenroom, has a long road ahead of it if it wants to take on top social audio platforms like Clubhouse, Airtime, Spoon and others, not to mention those from top social networks, like Twitter and Facebook. To date, the new Greenroom app has only been downloaded a total of 141,000 times on iOS, according to data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. This includes downloads from its earlier iteration, Locker Room — an app S...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Spotify, Media, Social Networks, Audio, China, Social Media, Tech, App-store, Daniel Ek, Uae, Clubhouse


Personalized menopause platform Vira Health raises £1.5M from LocalGlobe, MMC Ventures

A new trend is emerging in the world of startups and, to many, it couldn’t have come too soon. Why are there so few women in senior roles? Women going through menopause are commonly known to drop out of leadership roles, for instance. In the UK, menopause is responsible for about 14 million lost working days and 1 million premature career exits, according to research. Indeed, we only just reported on the new startup Peppy which is addressing this in employee health. Now, Vira Health, has raised ...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, Tech, Middle East, Stella, McKinsey Company, Simon Lambert, MMC Ventures, Localglobe, Andrea Berchowitz, Vira Health, LocalGlobe MMC Ventures, Megumi Ikeda Hearst Ventures, Andrea Zitna, Elvie Sofia Bendz Matt Robinson


Researchers Struggle to Use Apple Watch in Studies Due to Sudden Algorithm Changes (mac rumors)

Researchers are rethinking plans to use the Apple Watch in studies after finding inconsistencies in the data gathered by the device (via The Verge). Inconsistencies in the Apple Watch's heart rate variability data are reportedly caused by Apple tweaking the device's algorithms, meaning that data from the same time period can change without warning. Associate professor of biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and developer of the Beiwe data platform, J.P. Onnela, tol...
Tags: Apple, News, Brigham, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, Hartley Charlton, Onnela


Google bans 'sugar daddy' apps from Play Store

Today, Google published a handful of changes to its Play policies, and nestled among precise legalese refinements and some advertising...
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Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup reservations surpass 120,000

Ford and its F-150 pickup, the automaker’s best-selling vehicle, have consistently inspired brand loyalty from pickup truck owners. According to the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Automotive Brand Loyalty Study, Ford has a 54.3% loyalty rate. Now as the automaker moves to electrify its fleet, it seems to be bringing in fresh buyers. Ford released Wednesday its second quarter earnings for 2021, which besides containing a surprise profit despite the ongoing chip shortage, revealed that its F-150 Lightning e...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Michigan, Electric Cars, Ford Motor Company, Hybrid Cars, Farley, Jim Farley, Ford Maverick, Mustang Mach, Electric Pickup, Ford Lightning, SK Innovation


Google workers will need Covid jabs to return to office

The search engine says it will roll the policy out globally across its offices in the coming months.
Tags: Google, Business



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