In Hawaii, Robot Dogs Join the Police Force

"If you're homeless and looking for temporary shelter in Hawaii's capital, expect a visit from a robotic police dog that will scan your eye to make sure you don't have a fever," reports the Associated Press: That's just one of the ways public safety agencies are starting to use Spot, the best-known of a new commercial category of robots that trot around with animal-like agility. The handful of police officials experimenting with the four-legged machines say they're just another tool, like exist...
Tags: Tech, Hawaii, Associated Press, Boston Dynamics, Honolulu, Honolulu Police Department, Neal, American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii, Hawaii Robot Dogs Join the Police Force, Jongwook Kim, Joseph O Neal

Chinese Hackers Used Mesh of Home Routers To Disguise Attacks

An anonymous reader quotes The Record: A Chinese cyber-espionage group known as APT31 (or Zirconium) has been seen hijacking home routers to form a proxy mesh around its server infrastructure in order to relay and disguise the origins of their attacks. In a security alert, the French National Cybersecurity Agency, also known as ANSSI (Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d'Information), published a list of 161 IP addresses that have been hijacked by APT31 in recent attacks against Frenc...
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4 Pack Of Kasa Mini Smart Plugs For $18.99 From Amazon

4 Pack Of Kasa Mini Smart Plugs For $18.99 From Amazon Use code: 5KASAPLUG This has fantastic 4.7 star ratings from 690+ reviews and is now the lowest price ever from Amazon. Voice control: Kasa smart plugs that work with Alexa and Google Home Assistant. Enjoy the hands free convenience of controlling any home electronic […]
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Discovering Microsoft Word as a great ereader

After a long journey (multiple Sony and Amazon devices, android tablets), I’ve come to the realization that one of the best ereaders was there all along – Microsoft Word. One of the best features is macros / VBA, so you can have a complex set of adjustments to any document to fine tweak them to look just how you want them (font, line spacing, indent, spacing between characters, etc). I’m not saying that other programs don’t have similar functionality, but with Word I can get it just right, every...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Microsoft, General Discussions, Sony, Lenovo, VBA

Free Software Foundation Will Fund Papers on Issues Around Microsoft's 'GitHub Copilot'

GitHub's new "Copilot" tool (created by Microsoft and OpenAI) shares the autocompletion suggestions of an AI trained on code repositories. But can that violate the original coder's license? Now the Free Software Foundation (FSF) is calling for a closer look at these and many other issues... "We already know that Copilot as it stands is unacceptable and unjust, from our perspective," they wrote in a blog post this week, arguing that Copilot "requires running software that is not free/libre (Vis...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, GPL, FSF, Free Software Foundation, Free Software Foundation FSF, AGPL, CoPilot

Freespire 7.7 Released

Today, the PC/OpenSystems LLC Open Source Development team will release Freespire 7.7. This update launches an entirely new direction for our distribution products, Freespire, Linspire and Xandros, by incorporating a cloud app approach. Since this is Freespire, our community-support build, we did not incorporate anyone’s (read : Google, Microsoft) specific web apps into the distribution. Which they select is entirely the user's choice. And for more traditional use cases, the core of Freespire ha...
Tags: Google, Linux, Google Microsoft, Linspire, Freespire

Android and Play Store get privacy labels for apps (OSNews)

Today, we’re announcing additional details for the upcoming safety section in Google Play. At Google, we know that feeling safe online comes from using products that are secure by default, private by design, and give users control over their data. This new safety section will provide developers a simple way to showcase their app’s overall safety. Developers will be able to give users deeper insight into their privacy and security practices, as well as explain the data the app may collect and why...
Tags: Apple, Google, News, Thom Holwerda

Apple pulls anti-vax social app over misinformation (updated)

Apple has pulled Unjeced's anti-vax dating and social app over misinformation, and Google might not be far behind..
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Poll: What’s your favorite Apple product from 2021 so far?

As Apple is expected to launch new products soon, of the ones already released this year, which is your favorite so far?
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Latest IDC numbers reiterate Apple’s dominance of tablet market

With Samsung, Lenovo, and Amazon following behind.
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Nobel Winner Steven Weinberg, Who Unified Two of Physics' Fundamental Forces, Has Died

Long-time Slashdot reader Mogster quotes : Steven Weinberg, a Nobel-prize winning physicist whose work helped link two of the four fundamental forces, has died at the age of 88, the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) announced Saturday (July 24). HIs work was foundational to the Standard Model, the overarching physics theory that describes how subatomic particles behave. His seminal work was a slim, three-page paper published in 1967 in the journal Physical Review Letters and entitled ...
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US Justice Department Says Russians Hacked Its Federal Prosecutors

In January America's federal Justice Department said there was no evidence that Russian hackers behind the massive SolarWinds breach had accessed classified systems, remembers the Associated Press. But today? The department said 80% of Microsoft email accounts used by employees in the four U.S. attorney offices in New York were breached. All told, the Justice Department said 27 U.S. Attorney offices had at least one employee's email account compromised during the hacking campaign. The Justice ...
Tags: New York, Microsoft, US, America, Tech, Homeland Security, Associated Press, Columbia Law School, Justice Department, Chad Wolf, Jennifer Rodgers

Are we really addicted to technology?

This article was originally published on our sister site, Freethink, which has partnered with the Build for Tomorrow podcast to go inside new episodes each month. Subscribe here to learn more about the crazy, curious things from history that shaped us, and how we can shape the future.In many ways, technology has made our lives better. Through smartphones, apps, and social media platforms we can now work more efficiently and connect in ways that would have been unimaginable just decades ago.But a...
Tags: Technology, Innovation, Switzerland, Addiction, Jason Feifer, DSM, Satchell, Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM, Nir Eyal, University of Lausanne, Eyal, University of Winchester, Feifer, Indistractable, Heinzmann, LIAM SATCHELL

Tech Companies Praised for 'Pandemic Leadership', Vaccine Mandates

"America reported 122,000 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest single-day spike since February," reports Business Insider. But when it comes to anti-Covid measures like vaccine mandates, America's technology companies have been "decisive trend setters," according to the New York Times' On Tech newsletter. (Alternate URL) Last year, some high-profile tech companies were relatively early to close their corporate offices as coronavirus outbreaks started in the United States, and they continue...
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Texas Instruments' New Calculator Will Run Programs Written in Python

"Dallas-based Texas Instruments' latest generation of calculators is getting a modern-day update with the addition of programming language Python," reports the Dallas Morning News: The goal is to expand students' ability to explore science, technology, engineering and math through the device that's all-but-required in the nation's high schools and colleges... Though most of the company's $14 billion in annual revenue comes from semiconductors, its graphing calculator remains its most recognize...
Tags: Python, Tech, Dallas, Texas Instruments, Slashdot

Unicorns are ready for a haircut

The digitization of your haircut may not have been on your 2020 bucket list, but 2021 has an even more surprising line item: Tech-powered barbershops are now a business proposition valued at nearly a billion dollars. Squire is a back-end barbershop management tool for independent businesses. I first covered it in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The startup raised millions of dollars days before its key clientele — barber shops — were shut down across the country. The company eventuall...
Tags: TC, China, Ipo, Tech, Bank, Edtech, Robinhood, Alex Wilhelm, Newsletters, Squire, Salvant, Songe, TechCrunch Tesla, Startups Weekly, Richard Drury, Waseem Daher

Eye Candy for Today: Whistler etching, Fumette

Fumette, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, etching, roughly 6 x 4″ (16 x 11 cm) Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project, original of this version of the print is in the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery. You can see other versions of the print in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. In this portrayal of his mistress Heloise — who was known as “Fumette” because of her temper — Whistler has brought his considerable etching skills to a study of value contrasts, darks...
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Google officially pairs Stadia Controller and Chromecast as a $100 deal

Save $19 by buying them together instead of separately.
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The pandemic effect is slowing

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s inspired by what the weekday Exchange column digs into, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here.  Our work this week kicked off in China, dug into African startup activity, dealt with China once again, took a very deep dive into the Latin American startup ecosystem and wrapped with a second look at the Robinhood IPO. In other words, not much was really g...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Etsy, Ebay, China, Africa, Tech, Fidelity, Seattle, Robinhood, Duolingo, Index, Vanguard, John Hancock, Zer, TechCrunch Exchange

Rocket Lab Successfully Carries a US Military Satellite Into Orbit

"Resuming launches after a mission failure two months ago, Rocket Lab successfully placed a small U.S. military research and development satellite into orbit Thursday following a fiery liftoff from New Zealand..." reports Spaceflight Now: Heading east from Mahia, the rocket's first stage burned its nine engines for about two-and-a-half minutes, followed by a six-minute firing of the second stage engine to reach a preliminary parking orbit. A kick stage deployed from the the Electron rocket's sec...
Tags: California, Tech, New Zealand, Rocket Lab, Rocket Lab Electron, Peter Beck Rocket Lab, US Military Satellite Into Orbit

5 lessons from Duolingo’s bellwether edtech IPO of the year

Duolingo landed onto the public markets this week, rallying excitement and attention for the edtech sector and its founder cohort. The language learning business’ stock price soared when it began to trade, even after the unicorn raised its IPO price range, and priced above the raised interval. Duolingo’s IPO proves that public market investors can see the long-term value in a mission-driven, technology-powered education concern; the company’s IPO carries extra weight considering the historically...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Education, China, Ipo, Tech, EC, Edtech, Duolingo, Luis Von Ahn, Ahn Duolingo

M1 MacBook screens mysteriously crack, some customers claim

A number of Apple customers with the new M1 MacBook Pro and Air machines have been reporting screens that have cracked for no apparent reason.
Tags: Apple, News, Trends, Computing, MacBook Air, Laptop, Macbook Pro, Cracked Screen

China roundup: Keep down internet upstarts, cultivate hard tech

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. The tech industry in China has had quite a turbulent week. The government is upending its $100 billion private education sector, wiping billions from the market cap of the industry’s most lucrative players. Meanwhile, the assault on Chinese internet giants continued. Tech stocks tumbled after Tencent suspended user registration,...
Tags: TC, Asia, New York, Hardware, Government, China, Southeast Asia, Tech, Beijing, Xi Jinping, Alibaba, Tencent, Panasonic, Manufacturing, Robot, Semiconductor

Early Virus Sequences 'Mysteriously' Deleted Have Been Not-So-Mysteriously Undeleted

"A batch of early coronavirus data that went missing for a year has emerged from hiding," reports the New York Times. (Jesse Bloom, a virologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, had found copies of 13 of the deleted sequences on Google Cloud.) Though their deletion raised some suspicions, "An odd explanation has emerged, stemming from an editorial oversight by a scientific journal," reports the Times. "And the sequences have been uploaded into a different database, overseen by ...
Tags: Google, China, Germany, Tech, Beijing, The Times, National Institutes of Health, Times, Seattle, Xinhua News Agency, Bloom, Zeng, Wuhan University, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, China s National Health Commission, COVID

After YouTube-dl Incident, GitHub's DMCA Process Now Includes Free Legal Help

"GitHub has announced a partnership with the Stanford Law School to support developers facing takedown requests related to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)," reports VentureBeat: While the DMCA may be better known as a law for protecting copyrighted works such as movies and music, it also has provisions (17 U.S.C. 1201) that criminalize attempts to circumvent copyright-protection controls — this includes any software that might help anyone infringe DMCA regulations. However, as with ...
Tags: Tech, Dmca, Stanford Law School, Recording Industry Association of America RIAA, Mike Linksvayer

SolarWinds: Russian hackers broke into email accounts at US attorney offices

Department of Justice says 27 prosecutors’ offices breachedAll four New York offices may have lost sensitive materialRussian hackers behind the massive SolarWinds cyber-espionage campaign broke into the email accounts of some of the most prominent US federal prosecutors’ offices last year, the Department of Justice has said. Related: The US has suffered a massive cyberbreach. It's hard to overstate how bad it is | Bruce Schneier Continue reading...
Tags: New York, Technology, Internet, Russia, US, World news, US news, Cybercrime, Hacking, US national security, US crime, Espionage, Department Of Justice

Out of control and rising: why bitcoin has Nigeria’s government in a panic

As leaders around the world grapple with cryptocurrencies, what happened when the African country tried to ban them?When the Nigerian government suddenly banned access to foreign exchange for textile import companies in March 2019, Moses Awa* felt stuck. His business – importing woven shoes from Guangzhou, China, to sell in the northern city of Kano and his home state of Abia, further south – had been suffering along with the country’s economy. The ban threatened to tip it over the edge. “It was...
Tags: Business, Technology, Nigeria, Africa, E-commerce, Bitcoin, Kano, Cryptocurrencies, Guangzhou China, Abia, AWA, Moses Awa, Osy

Bring your own environment: The future of work

Michael Biltz Contributor Share on Twitter Michael Biltz is managing director of Accenture Technology Vision, where he leads the enterprise's annual visioning process to focus on how technology will impact the way we work and live. The world has just witnessed one of the fastest work transformations in history. COVID-19 saw businesses send people home en masse, leaning on technology to maintain business as usual. Working from ...
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Everything that you need to know before you hire Firebase Developers

Are you looking to hire Firebase developers who are seasoned in building apps that put your customers in awe? Stay tuned. Google has made our lives simpler. If you take a look around, you will find an application for every task. Are you someone who uses mobile apps frequently? If yes, Firebase is something you need to be aware of. Firebase is a mobile application development platform powered by Google that helps you enhance and grow your mobile apps. In non-technical words, Google Fi...
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A Pilot Reported Another 'Possible Jet Pack Man' Near Los Angeles

ABC News reports: A Boeing 747 pilot near Los Angeles reported Wednesday night another "possible jet pack man in sight." It's the latest in a string of mysterious jet pack sightings near the City of Angels since last year. "A Boeing 747 pilot reported seeing an object that might have resembled a jet pack 15 miles east of LAX at 5,000 feet altitude around 6:12 p.m. Wednesday," a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration told ABC News. "Out of an abundance of caution, air traffic con...
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