Austin PD teaches cadets US Constitution using material from John-Birch-Society shill

Your correspondent appears to have lost the capacity for surprise or outrage, or this might affect me more. Instead, it mostly makes me feel exhausted and sad to learn that cadets at the Austin police academy are taught a version of constitutional history based on an oft-debunked historical account of America's origins as a Christian Nation, written by a former John-Birch-Society Speakers Bureau member recruited by JBS founder Robert Welch himself. After his death, right-wing talk-show host Glen...
Tags: Google, Law, Glenn Beck, America, Austin, Apd, Tea Party, City Hall, Abbott, Austin City Council, John Birch Society, Manley, Bircher, Texas Legislature, Chacon, JBS

New Android Malware Uses VNC To Spy and Steal Passwords From Victims

A previously undocumented Android-based remote access trojan (RAT) has been found to use screen recording features to steal sensitive information on the device, including banking credentials, and open the door for on-device fraud. The Hacker News reports: Dubbed "Vultur" due to its use of Virtual Network Computing (VNC)'s remote screen-sharing technology to gain full visibility on targeted users, the mobile malware was distributed via the official Google Play Store and masqueraded as an app name...
Tags: Google Play Store, Tech, Spain, Amsterdam, Vnc, Hacker News, Brunhilda, Italy Australia, Vultur, Protection Guard, ThreatFabric

Eutelsat Quantum: breakthrough reprogrammable satellite launches

Transmission beams can be reconfigured from the ground, whereas most commercial satellites are hard-wired before launchThe world’s first commercial fully reprogrammable satellite has been launched, ushering in a new era of more flexible communications.Unlike conventional models that are designed and “hard-wired” on Earth and cannot be repurposed once in orbit, the UK-engineered Eutelsat Quantum allows users to tailor it almost in real-time. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, UK, Science, Technology, Mobile Phones, Telecommunications industry, Telecoms, Eutelsat Quantum

Google Fi Purportedly Isn’t Letting Subscribers Call Poison Control for Some Weird Reason

Considering the amount of poisonous substances in this world, which can range from mundane things like nail polish to unlikely things like house plants, it’s pretty important to be able to call Poison Control if you’re exposed to something potentially toxic. Unfortunately, if you’re a Google Fi user, that might not be…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Chrome Os, Poison, Computing, Reddit, Operating Systems, Alphabet Inc, Poison Control Center, Computer Architecture

Virtual Contact Worse Than No Contact For Over-60s In Lockdown, Says Study

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Virtual contact during the pandemic made many over-60s feel lonelier and more depressed than no contact at all, new research has found. Many older people stayed in touch with family and friends during lockdown using the phone, video calls, and other forms of virtual contact. Zoom choirs, online book clubs and virtual bedtime stories with grandchildren helped many stave off isolation. But the study, among the first to comparatively assess soc...
Tags: UK, US, Tech, Lancaster University, Hu, Yang Hu

TuSimple’s self-driving truck network takes shape with Ryder partnership

TuSimple, the self-driving truck company that went public earlier this year, has partnered with Ryder as part of its plan to build out a freight network that will support its autonomous trucking operations. Under the deal announced this week, Ryder’s fleet maintenance facilities will act as terminals for TuSimple’s freight network. TuSimple’s so-called AFN, or autonomous freight network, is a collection of shipping routes and terminals designed for autonomous trucking operations that will exte...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Texas, Tech, Automotive, United States, Berkshire Hathaway, Autonomous Vehicles, East Coast, Self-driving Trucks, Orlando, Phoenix, Lu, Ryder, AFN, Arizona New Mexico

Software Downloaded 30,000 Times From PyPI Ransacked Developers' Machines

Open source packages downloaded an estimated 30,000 times from the PyPI open source repository contained malicious code that surreptitiously stole credit card data and login credentials and injected malicious code on infected machines, researchers said on Thursday. Ars Technica reports: In a post, researchers Andrey Polkovnichenko, Omer Kaspi, and Shachar Menashe of devops software vendor JFrog said they recently found eight packages in PyPI that carried out a range of malicious activity. Based ...
Tags: Python, Tech, Ars Technica, Jfrog, TCP, Karas, Andrey Polkovnichenko Omer Kaspi, Shachar Menashe, PyPI

June Heatwave Was the 'Most Extreme' On Record For North America

The devastating heatwave that struck the Northwest US and southwest Canada in June was "the most extreme summer heatwave" ever recorded in North America, according to a new analysis from nonprofit research group Berkeley Earth. The Verge reports: Record temperatures in the region reached roughly 20 degrees Celsius (or 36 ÂF) hotter than average in June. Canada recorded its hottest temperature ever on June 29th when the village of Lytton in British Columbia reached an astonishing 49.6 degrees Cel...
Tags: US, Tech, Earth, Canada, North America, British Columbia, Northern Hemisphere, Nina, Berkeley Earth, Robert Rohde, Lytton, Northwest US, Berkeley Earth The Verge

Amazon Delivery Companies Routinely Tell Drivers To Bypass Safety Inspections

Amazon delivery companies around the U.S. are instructing workers to bypass daily inspections intended to make sure vans are safe to drive. From a report: Amazon requires contracted delivery drivers to inspect their vehicles at the beginning and end of their shift as a safety precaution. But some drivers say they're pressured to ignore damage and complete the inspections as quickly as possible, so that delivery companies can avoid taking vans off the road. If delivery companies take a van off th...
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Storing Encrypted Photos in Google’s Cloud

New paper: “Encrypted Cloud Photo Storage Using Google Photos“: Abstract: Cloud photo services are widely used for persistent, convenient, and often free photo storage, which is especially useful for mobile devices. As users store more and more photos in the cloud, significant privacy concerns arise because even a single compromise of a user’s credentials give attackers unfettered access to all of the user’s photos. We have created Easy Secure Photos (ESP) to enable users to protect their photos...
Tags: Google, Photos, Cloud Computing, Uncategorized, ESP, Encryption, Google Photos, Bruce Schneier, Academic Papers, Google Photos ESP

Daily Crunch: European privacy regulators fine Amazon $887M over targeted advertising practices

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 30, 2021. What a week, my friends. It was packed full of IPOs and earnings and startup news and new venture funds. And today was no exception. Before we get into it, however, I am happy to report that Calendly CEO Tope Awotona is coming to Disrupt. It’s also the last day for early-bird passes, which are cheap. See you ther...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Spacex, Elon Musk, Australia, Softbank, Africa, Samsung, Tech, Tesla, Eu, Spain, Luxembourg, Estonia, Cto

Duolingo Reaches $6.5 Billion Valuation On Day of IPO

On Wednesday, language learning app Duolingo reached a valuation of $6.5 billion after its shares surged nearly 40% in the company's Nasdaq debut. Reuters reports: Duolingo's stock opened at $141.4 per share, blowing past the initial public offering price (IPO) of $102 per share, which crossed the top end of its target range. The stock later pared some gains to trade at $130.92 in the afternoon. The company's flotation comes at a time of increased investor interest in the edtech space, after pan...
Tags: Asia, Tech, United States, Nasdaq, Duolingo, Reuters, Luis Von Ahn, Ahn, Duolingo Following the IPO

Pittsburgh Google contractors ratify deal with HCL

Nearly two years ago, contractors for Google’s Pittsburgh operations voted to join the United Steelworkers union in a bid to secure more labor rights representation. It was an early example of a building union movement for tech workers across the spectrum. But as other hard-fought battles have been waged among blue and white collar workers alike, both sides have continued hashing out negotiations. This week, those have finally resulted in something more concrete. The contract workers held out fo...
Tags: Google, Labor, Tech, Union, Parks, Pittsburgh, United Steelworkers, Google Alphabet, HCL, HCL Technologies, USW, Pittsburgh Google, Tom Conway, Renata Nelson

Coronavirus live news: WHO says Delta variant not more deadly; UK to ship 9m doses overseas

WHO has not recorded higher mortality rates from Delta; First flights set off from UK to global destinationsExtroverted men less likely to comply with restrictions, study suggestsCDC warns Delta variant far more transmissibleUber and Google are latest tech firms to delay reopening due to DeltaJapan extends Covid state of emergency for four more areasThailand bans sharing of news that ‘causes public fear’ 11.19pm BST Mexico’s health ministry has confirmed another 459 people died from Covid-19...
Tags: Google, UK, Mexico, World news, Canada, Delta, Who, Coronavirus, COVID, Theresa Tam

Report: Blizzard Once Slapped With 'Misogyny Tax'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Kotaku: A cybersecurity company whose security researcher had once been harassed by Blizzard employees at a hacking conference charged the game developer a 50 percent "misogyny tax" when it sought a quote for security services, according to a new report from Waypoint. The researcher, Emily Mitchell, told Waypoint that she approached the Blizzard booth during the annual Black Hat USA cybersecurity conference in 2015 to see if the major video game company h...
Tags: Tech, Las Vegas, Activision Blizzard, Mitchell, Activision, Company, Kotaku, Black Hat USA, Waypoint, Emily Mitchell, Gosney, Jeremi M Gosney, Sagitta HPC, Mitchell Sagitta HPC

38% of Remote Workers Work From Bed

Forget the home office -- 45% of American teleworkers regularly work from a couch, 38% regularly work from bed and 20% often work outside, according to a study by the home improvement marketing firm CraftJack. Axios reports: People have spent an average of $268 trying to improve their remote work setups, but a whopping 50% still say the pain and discomfort of working from home is enough to send them back to the office. It's not enough for companies to provide stipends for teleworkers to buy ergo...
Tags: Tech, CraftJack Axios, Axios Kia

How to download iCloud for Windows so you can sync your files across Apple devices and a PC

There are two ways you can download iCloud for Windows. Sharaf Maksumov/Shutterstock You can download iCloud for Windows through the Microsoft Store or directly from Apple. iCloud for Windows allows you to access and sync files to your Apple devices from a PC. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. If you own and use Apple devices, you may want to sync your files and data to iCloud so that you can back them up and access them regardless of where you are and which dev...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Windows, Download, Trends, Pc, Icloud, Microsoft Store, Tech Insider, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Jennifer Still, Sharaf Maksumov Shutterstock

Argo AI can now offer the public rides in its autonomous vehicles in California

Argo AI, the autonomous vehicle technology startup backed by Ford and VW, has landed a permit in California that will allow the company to give people free rides in its self-driving vehicles on the state’s public roads. The California Public Utilities Commission issued the so-called Drivered AV pilot permit earlier this month, according to the approved application. It was posted on its website Friday, a little more than a week after Argo and Ford announced plans to launch at least 1,000 self-dri...
Tags: TC, California, Tech, Palo Alto, Austin, Cruise, Automotive, Vw, Ford, DMV, Miami, Autonomous Vehicles, Argo, Cpuc, Aurora, California Public Utilities Commission

What is Ethernet? The wired network connection, explained

Ethernet is a wired internet connection that uses Ethernet cables. Professor25/Getty Images Ethernet is the most common type of local area network (LAN) technology, and it involves a hardwired connection to the internet. Ethernet comes in several varieties including Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10-gigabit Ethernet. While Ethernet is more stable and secure than Wi-Fi, it is typically less accessible and can be more expensive. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stori...
Tags: Trends, Internet Access, Cables, Wifi, Ethernet, Routers, Wi Fi, LAN, Tech Insider, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Jennifer Still

11 Arthurian Movies to Watch After ‘The Green Knight’

The Green Knight opens in theaters this weekend, bringing a new take on the Arthurian legend to the big screen. By all accounts, the film is fantastic, which means it might inspire you to seek out other Arthurian movies. And that’s where this list comes in. Below, check out 11 Arthurian movies to watch after The Green Knight. The Sword in the Stone The Sword in the Stone, Disney 1963 animated take on King Arthur’s boyhood is on its way to becoming a live-action reboot, because that’s what...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hbo, Movies, Robin Williams, Disney, Features, Williams, Starz, Monty Python, John F Kennedy, Merlin, Terry Gilliam, Richard Harris, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeff Bridges

New Exotic Matter Particle, a Tetraquark, Discovered

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Today, the LHCb experiment at CERN is presenting a new discovery at the European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics (EPS-HEP). The new particle discovered by LHCb, labeled as Tcc+, is a tetraquark -- an exotic hadron containing two quarks and two antiquarks. It is the longest-lived exotic matter particle ever discovered, and the first to contain two heavy quarks and two light antiquarks. Quarks are the fundamental building blocks...
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What's New With Find My in iOS 15: Tracking When iPhone is Off, Live Locations, Locate After Erase and More

Since introducing the unified Find My app, Apple has been working to improve the ‌Find My‌ experience. iOS 15 brings some major new features to ‌Find My‌, including features like live locations and the ability to track an iPhone even after it's been erased or powered off. This guide covers everything that Apple added to the ‌Find My‌ app in ‌iOS 15‌. Live Locations When you track a friend or a family member using the ‌Find My‌ app, it now shows continuous streaming updates on their locati...
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Apple iPad Mini 6: Everything you need to know

There's a new miniature tablet on the horizon, and it may introduce a new design and an upgraded processor.
Tags: Apple, Ipad, Mobile, Trends, Apple iPad Mini 6

Elon Musk weighs in on Epic Games v. Apple suit

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO called Apple's App Store fees a "de facto global tax on the Internet." His comment comes ahead of a decision in...
Tags: Apple, Spacex, Elon Musk, Tesla, Epic Games

App to add Google drive?

PB Cloud being unreliable and Dropbox too expensive, do you think it's possible to add an app that would use Google drive to sync books, bookmarks and collections without the weaknesses of the aforementioned? I'm not a developer at all, it's just a candid question (and wish). Thanks for thinking about it.
Tags: Google, Books, Pocketbook Developer's Corner

M1 MacBook owners complain of easily cracked screens

A small number of users are reporting a potentially serious issue in which the LCD screens of Apple's latest M1 MacBook Air and M1...
Tags: Apple

Elon Musk slams Apple app store fees

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Friday slammed Apple for the fees it charges companies to use its app store – a fee that he likened to a “global...
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Daily Dose Of Vitamin D Could Ramp Up Immune System, Doctors Say

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