Entire Buildings Can Be Wrapped In Jackets To Save Energy

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: On a normally peaceful residential road outside The Hague, the Dutch city that serves as seat of government, the whine of a hoisting crane and welding tools heralds a not-so-quiet housing revolution. Four workers standing above me on a scissor lift next to an apartment complex guide a thermally insulated facade 40 feet wide and one story tall into place against the existing wall. Its brickwork pattern of muted brown, grey and beige, a...
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At Home Video : An Amazing Revolution, part 2 (the 2000s and beyond)

Whether modular or single units, television monitors are now available in unimaginably huge sizes and with stunningly bright clear resolution. This is the second part of our article on the amazing evolution of at-home movie watching.  It actually starts in the very late 1990s, with the introduction of new higher-resolution digital televisions, and continues on to the present day and the likely future.  Our first part, which covers the period through the DVD era, can be seen here. Home Video ...
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Google Says Microsoft Balking at Turning Over Documents in Antitrust Fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alphabet's Google has asked a judge hearing the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit against the search and advertising...
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Playdate, the Console With a Crank, Will Not Ship Until 2022

Playdate, the portable, one-bit gaming system with an analog crank as a primary control option, won't be shipping to those who preordered the console anytime soon. According to CNET, "shipping has been delayed to some point in 2022." From the report: There's only one place you will be able to get yourself a Playdate. You'll need to head straight to the Playdate website, and be ready to pay $179 for the console. This price is for just the console, and not its Stereo Dock accessory or Pen, which c...
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Mexico Says Officials Spent $61 Million On Pegasus Spyware

Mexico's top security official said Wednesday that two previous administrations spent $61 million to buy Pegasus spyware that has been implicated in government surveillance of opponents and journalists around the world. PBS reports: Public Safety Secretary Rosa Icela Rodriguez said records had been found of 31 contracts signed during the administrations of President Felipe Calderon in 2006-2012 and President Enrique Pena Nieto in 2012-18. Some contracts may have been disguised as purchases of ot...
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Sebastian Stan Joins Julianne Moore for Apple TV+ Original A24 Thriller ‘Sharper’

Are you ready for some more Julianne Moore on Apple TV+? How about a little Sebastian Stan? If you answered, “Yes, please,” then you’re in luck, because Moore and Stan will, in fact, be teaming up on Apple TV+ for Sharper, a new A24 thriller based on a script that made last year’s Black List of best unproduced screenplays. Deadline reports that Stan will join Moore in Sharper, which “follows a con artist, played by Moore, set in Manhattan’s billionaire echelon.” Stan’s character is named Max...
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Estonia Says a Hacker Downloaded 286,000 ID Photos From Government Database

Estonian officials said they arrested last week a local suspect who used a vulnerability to gain access to a government database and downloaded government ID photos for 286,438 Estonians. From a report: The attack took place earlier this month, and the suspect was arrested last week on July 23, Estonian police said in a press conference yesterday, July 28. The identity of the attacker was not disclosed, and he was only identified as a Tallinn-based male. Officials said the suspect discovered a v...
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Daily Crunch: Scarlett Johansson sues Disney, says streaming release of ‘Black Widow’ breaches contract

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 29, 2021. Between the IPO cycle and earnings it has been quite the day. And Nikola’s founder was indicted on three counts of fraud. It’s busy! Let’s get into it! — Alex The TechCrunch Top 3 (OK, four, but it’s about Scarlett Johansson) Nikola founder indicted on fraud charges: From the you saw this coming files, former ...
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The European Union Pulls Ahead of the United States In Vaccinations

gollum123 shares a report from The New York Times: The 27 member states of the European Union altogether have now administered more coronavirus vaccine doses per 100 people than the United States, in another sign that inoculations across the bloc have maintained some speed throughout the summer, while they have stagnated for weeks in the United States. E.U. countries had administered 102.66 doses per 100 people as of Tuesday, while the United States had administered 102.44, according to the late...
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Introducing the Open Cap Table Coalition

Aron Solomon Contributor Aron Solomon, J.D., is the head of Strategy for Esquire Digital and the editor of Today’s Esquire. He has taught entrepreneurship at McGill University and the University of Pennsylvania, and was the founder of LegalX, a legal technology accelerator. More posts by this contributor If you don’t want robotic dogs patrolling the streets, consider CCOPS legislation On Tuesday, the Open Cap Table Coalition announced i...
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Tesla Battery Supplier CATL Debuts Cheaper Sodium-Ion Batteries

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. unveiled a sodium-ion battery Thursday, a type of lower-density cell that uses cheaper raw materials than batteries made from lithium-ion metals. As well as a first generation of sodium batteries, the Ningde, Fujian-based company also launched a battery-pack solution that can integrate sodium-ion cells and lithium-ion cells into one case, compensating for the energy-density shortage of the former while preser...
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ISS Briefly Loses Control After New Russian Module Misfires

destinyland shares a report from CNN: An unusual and potentially dangerous situation unfolded Thursday at the International Space Station, as the newly-docked Russian Nauka module inadvertently fired its thrusters causing a "tug of war" with the space station and briefly pushing it out of position, according to NASA flight controllers. Nauka -- a long-delayed laboratory module that Russian space agency Roscosmos' launched to the International Space Station last week -- inadvertently fired its th...
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Google Play puts Android apps on notice: No naughty JavaScript, Python, Lua

And come April next year, accurate disclosures of personal data usage will be required Google's pending Play Store policy changes are bringing various privacy improvements – but also include a security enhancement and disclosure requirement that deserve mention.…
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Another banner quarter as Chromebook shipments grow 75% YOY

Last quarter, Chromebooks saw 275% year-over-year growth up to 12 million units. The figure isn’t quite as unwieldy for Q2, but a 75% year-over-year growth is still extremely respectable, with the category hitting 11.9 million shipments, per the latest figures from research firm, Canalys. Chromebooks joined the rest of the PC market in getting an overall bump from the pandemic. Standard tablets and PCs saw healthy increases as consumers scrambled to create work from home setups, while Google’s O...
Tags: Apple, Google, Hardware, Microsoft, Tech, Chromebook, Chromebooks, ChromeOS, Canalys, Brian Lynch, OURA, Eurie Kim, Harpreet Rai, Google Workspace, Canalys Chromebooks

Apple Pay Promo Offers Discounts for SONIC, HotelTonight, and ParkWhiz

Apple today sent out emails letting customers know about the latest Apple Pay promotion, which offers discounts for SONIC, ParkWhiz, and HotelTonight. From now until August 4, customers can get a free SONIC cheeseburger, 10 percent off three parking reservations with ParkWhiz, and 10 percent off hotel reservations with HotelTonight. To get the SONIC deal, customers must be logged into their MySonic account, and the free cheeseburger will become available in a future order after any SONIC pu...
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48 Advocacy Groups Call On the FTC To Ban Amazon Surveillance

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On Thursday, a coalition of 48 civil rights and advocacy groups organized by Athena asked the Federal Trade Commission to exercise its rulemaking authority by banning corporate facial surveillance technology, banning continuous corporate surveillance of public spaces, and protecting the public from data abuse. "The harms caused by this widespread, unregulated corporate surveillance pose a direct threat to the public at large, especially for B...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Federal Trade Commission, Alexa, Ftc, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Athena, Alexa Echo, Jane Chung, FTC To Ban Amazon Surveillance

Apple's MacBook Air M1 is $150 off at Best Buy - the same deal we saw during Amazon Prime Day 2021

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Apple Apple's MacBook Air M1 with 8GB RAM is $150 off at Best Buy right now, and the deal is available for the 256GB and 512GB versions.The MacBook Air M1 is a truly excellent laptop thanks to its impressively powerful M1 processor and long battery life.See more stories on Insider's business page. New MacBook Air (M1) (medium, Preferred: Best Buy) Best Buy is selling Apple's latest MacBook A...
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Google Bans 'Sugar Daddy' Apps From Play Store

Google's updated its inappropriate content policy to ban "compensated sexual relationships" -- i.e., sugar daddy or sugar dating apps. Ryne Hager writes via Android Police: If somehow you aren't familiar with the term, a "sugar daddy" is more than a caramel candy on a stick. In the more common vernacular, a sugar daddy is a person -- usually an older man, but you could have a "sugar mommy" or maybe a gender-neutral "sugar parent?" -- that spends or gives money in what is typically a transactiona...
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Varda Space Industries closes $42M Series A for off-planet manufacturing

Varda Space Industries has raised a $42 million Series A to bring to manufacturing a key capability that can only be found off-world: microgravity. The eight-month-old startup is looking to establish its first manufacturing facility in space as early as 2023, and by doing so, bring back to Earth advanced products that can only be made under sustained periods of zero gravity. The round was led by Khosla Ventures and Caffeinated Capital, with participation from existing investors Lux Capital, Gene...
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What’s the difference between Google TV and Android TV?

Google TV is set to phase out Android TV with its optimized UI. In this guide, we give you an idea of the differences between Google TV and Android TV.
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Android TV, Trends, Home Theater, Streaming, Movies & TV, Chromecast With Google TV, Google TV

Steak-umm just schooled the internet on misinformation. Facebook, Twitter, and Google should take notes.

A Steak-umm promotional image. Courtesy of Steak-umm Frozen meat company Steak-umm fired off a tweetstorm Thursday about, in part, misinformation. It also posted about cultural polarization, media literacy, and other topics. The likes of Facebook and Twitter, tasked with policing false info, could take a cue from Steak-umm's insight. See more stories on Insider's business page. The most recent lesson on misinformation came from an unlikely teacher: the frozen meat company, Steak-um...
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15 of the best hotels in Texas, from old school luxury in San Antonio to Wild West vibes in Fort Worth

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Every room at Rancho Pillow is vibrant, colorful, and wholly unique. Rancho Pillow Texas is a big state with cosmopolitan cities, cowboy culture, and white-sand beaches. Major cities and towns have great hotels, from luxurious splurges to quirky, affordable properties. We compiled the best hotels across Texas in places like Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Marfa. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky They...
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How to access and manage your iCloud account on any device

You can access iCloud easily, as long as you have an internet connection. Nikkimeel/Shutterstock You can access iCloud on any computer or phone by going to On an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, your Apple ID menu lets you manage iCloud and choose what data it saves. To access iCloud on a new device, you might need to enter a two-factor authentication code. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. If you're like most users, you've probably got more data stored ...
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4 key areas SaaS startups must address to scale infrastructure for the enterprise

Prashant Pandey Contributor Share on Twitter Prashant Pandey is the head of engineering at Asana, a leading work management platform for teams. Prior to Asana, Prashant started and led the Bay Area team building Amazon DynamoDB, a fully managed NoSQL database service. Startups and SMBs are usually the first to adopt many SaaS products. But as these customers grow in size and complexity — and as you rope in larger organizations...
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Pinterest shares drop as company misses on user growth…again

Pinterest’s shares had popped last week when Snap posted its best quarter in four years, as investors were betting Pinterest’s image-based social app would also see a return in advertiser spending. Those expectations now appear to be correct, as Pinterest beat on earnings with second-quarter revenue of $613.2 million and earnings per share of 25 cents, above analysts’ estimates. However, Pinterest’s stock still tanked as the company reported monthly active user growth of just 9% to reach 454 mil...
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The Pressure’s On: What Legal Departments Want From Their Outside Counsel

The findings have a number of implications that outside firms should keep in mind.
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The 2020 iPad just got a sweet discount at Amazon

Considering replacing a laptop with a tablet, or want to see what all the fuss around the iPad is all about?
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Robinhood’s stock drops 8% in its first day’s trading

Robinhood priced its public offering at $38 per share last night, the low end of its IPO range. The company was worth around $32 billion at that price. But once the U.S. consumer investing and trading app began to allow investors to trade its shares, they went down sharply, off more than 10% in the first hours of its life as a floating stock. Robinhood recovered some in later trading, but closed the day worth $34.82 per share, off 8.37%, per Yahoo Finance. The company sold 55,000,000 shares in i...
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Dallas ‘mansion’ with no bedrooms, windows mocked on social media

While the house appears to be a typical mansion, the inside drew attention on social media for its bunker-like layout: "That's where they brought Jason Bourne during his flashbacks."
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Great Site to Get the Best Compound Microscopes for Sale

There are many things we had as kids that many of us would love to have now. Besides action figures, my favorite two toys were a microscope and telescope. The reason for the telescope was because I’ve always been enamored with the stars and planets. When it came to the microscope, I’ve always wanted to see what the naked eye couldn’t see. Compound microscopes can do just that and there are so many different ones to choose from. Check out 3 Compound Microscopes that I will love to have in the v...
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