WhatsApp CEO: Apple’s new privacy policy is a setback for people’s privacy all over the world

This is an Apple built and operated surveillance system that could very easily be used to scan private content for anything they or a government decides it wants to control. Countries where iPhones are sold will have different definitions on what is acceptable. Will Cathcart, WhatsApp CEO I read the information Apple put out yesterday and I’m concerned. I think this is the wrong approach and a setback for people’s privacy all over the world. People have asked if we’ll adopt this system fo...
Tags: Apple, Business, China, Tech, CSAM, Thethreadmill

How to claim a student discount for Extra Crunch

Students can get access to Extra Crunch at a discounted rate of $50/year (plus tax).  Here’s how to claim the discount: Use a .edu or university email address and send a message to our customer support team at [email protected] Please let them know that you are seeking the student discount. The team will respond within 24 hours with a unique link to claim your discount. If you are part of a student group like an entrepreneurial club and interested in getting access for a large number...
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Weekend Reading 8.8.21

I returned from a week long road trip to Oregon, I’ll write up my experience soon, it definitely had its ups and downs! I came home to discover more delays on our flip house project, mostly due to materials that haven’t arrived and subcontractors moving dates for their availability. We’re pushing into September for completion but I’m trying to just relax and go with the flow of what’s happening. It seems everything is so up in the air right now. It’s likely I’ll need to postpone my trip to Spain...
Tags: Google, Crafts, California, Oregon, Spain

Is Big Tech Pressuring Its Call-Center Workers to Install Cameras in Their Homes?

NBC News reports: Colombia-based call center workers who provide outsourced customer service to some of the nation's largest companies are being pressured to sign a contract that lets their employer install cameras in their homes to monitor work performance, an NBC News investigation has found. Six workers based in Colombia for Teleperformance, one of the world's largest call center companies, which counts Apple, Amazon and Uber among its clients, said that they are concerned about the new cont...
Tags: Apple, Nbc News, Tech, Colombia, Bogota, Apple Amazon, An Uber, Veena Dubal, Teleperformance, University of California Hastings Companies, NBC News an Uber

Self-Driving Car Startup Wants to Spare AI From Making Life-or-Death Decisions

Instead of having AI in a self-driving car decide whether to kill its driver or pedestrians, the Washington Post reports there's a new philosophy gaining traction: Why not stop cars from getting in life-or-death situations in the first place? (Alternate URL): After all, the whole point of automated cars is to create road conditions where vehicles are more aware than humans are, and thus better at predicting and preventing accidents. That might avoid some of the rare occurrences where human life...
Tags: Google, Washington Post, Tech, Intel, Nvidia, Swift, Boeing, Lidar, Lunn, Waymo, Jeff Mishler, Provizio, Scott Thayer, Barry -RSB- Lunn, NASA General Motors, Uber Lunn

Watch this cool special effects sequence wrap up the 2020 Games

The Tokyo Olympics' closing ceremony on Sunday, August 8, included a dazzling light show that no one in the stadium saw.
Tags: News, Trends, Drones, Special Effects, Movies & TV, Tokyo 2020

Watch this cool special effects sequence wrap up Tokyo 2020

The Tokyo Olympics' closing ceremony on Sunday, August 8, included a dazzling light show that no one in the stadium saw.
Tags: News, Trends, Drones, Tokyo, Special Effects, Movies & TV, Tokyo 2020

Here's How Amazon Third-Party Sellers Reportedly Hound Customers Who Leave Bad Reviews

These days, most of the merchandise on Amazon’s online marketplace isn’t actually from Amazon. An 56% of all products sold on the platform come from third-party sellers. Now, these sellers aren’t supposed to be able to email their Amazon customers directly, and doing so outside of Amazon’s official channels…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Publishing, Science, Review, Online Marketplace, Retailers, Gizmodo, Retailing, Customer Review, Amazon An, Katherine Scott, 3d Publishing, Criticism Of Amazon, Technology Internet, Review Websites

Angry Windows Pioneer Blogs 'Screw You, Microsoft Edge'

68-year-old technology writer Charles Petzold wrote about Windows programming for 25 years, including several books published by Microsoft Press. In 1994 he was one of seven "Windows Pioneers" honored in a special ceremony (with an award presented by Bill Gates), and the company has also recognized him with their "Most Valuable Professional" award. Petzold just wrote a blog post titled "Screw you, Microsoft Edge" when the browser spontaneously decided to advise him of a discount at Walmart. ...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Walmart, Bill Gates, Petzold, Charles Petzold

Spotify calls off plans to support AirPlay 2, frustrating iPhone users (ars technica)

Enlarge / Spotify and Apple Music on an iPhone in 2018. (credit: Getty Images | stockcam) iPhone users have been asking for Spotify to add AirPlay 2 support for ages, but yesterday Spotify told users they shouldn't expect the feature to be added any time soon. AirPlay 2 was added to iOS more than three years ago, and users have been asking for Spotify to support it for many months. It offers lower latency, multi-room support, and Siri integration. Apple provides ways for developers to connect ...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, News, Samsung, Siri, Lg, Samuel Axon

Apple Engineers Reportedly Pessimistic About Apple's Living Room Hardware Strategy

Apple's living room hardware strategy remains poorly defined and lacks a coherent vision, with engineers allegedly pessimistic about the product line, according to a new report. This year the Apple TV got an iterative update with a redesigned Siri Remote, while the HomePod was discontinued. Apple is now said to be developing a combined HomePod-Apple TV device with a built-in screen and FaceTime camera. In his latest "Power On" newsletter, however, Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman says that A...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Bloomberg, Apple TV, Roku, Facetime, Mark Gurman, Hifi, Gurman, HomePod, HomePod Apple

Apple Watch Credited with Saving Man's Life After Fall

"Apple Watch has been credited with saving yet another life after alerting emergency services to what could have been a fatal fall," reports Apple Insider: On July 12, 25-year-old Brandon Schneider of Long Island visited the emergency room after suffering abdominal pain and a misdiagnosed kidney stone, reports People. Schneider asked to use the bathroom, where he lost consciousness and fell to the ground... Luckily, Schneider was wearing an Apple Watch. The device's fall detection feature rec...
Tags: Apple, Abc, Tech, Apple Watch, Long Island, Schneider, Brandon Schneider

Major UK Science Funder Will Require Grantees To Make Papers Free

The UK's leading funding agency has announced that all research it funds must be freely available for anyone to read. Long-time Slashdot reader sandbagger shared this report from Science: The policy by the funder, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will expand on existing rules covering all research papers produced from its £8 billion in annual funding... About three-quarters of papers recently published from U.K. universities are open access, and UKRI's current policy gives scholars two rout...
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One of Cuomo's 11 accusers is set to speak out in a televised interview: 'What he did to me was a crime'

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez Brittany Commisso, an accuser of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is set to speak out in a televised interview. In a preview of the interview released Sunday, Commisso says Cuomo "broke the law." The interview, which was done with CBS News and the Albany Times-Union, is set to be aired on Monday. See more stories on Insider's business page. One of the 11 women who accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment is set to...
Tags: Apple, Politics, New York, News, Cbs News, Senate, Trends, Joe Biden, House, Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo, Quinnipiac University, Albany Times Union, Albany County, Chuck Schumer

At Disney World's Star Wars-Themed Hotel, a Weekend for Two Costs $4,800

"If you've ever dreamed of living 'a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,' now is your chance — as long as you've got a spare four to six thousand dollars sitting around," writes SFGate: This week, Walt Disney World announced more details about its new Galactic Starcruiser hotel opening in the spring, an immersive, two-day "Star Wars" experience that evokes the feeling of being in the movies. The tech will be more advanced than any other Disney experience, including Rise of the Resistance a...
Tags: Disney, Tech, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney World, Hollywood Studios, Batuu, Galactic Starcruiser

The Lucrative Business of Spreading Vaccine Misinformation is Being Crowdfunded

"Part of the reason that misinformation about vaccines is so intractable is that it can be very lucrative," argues a new article in Slate: For years anti-vaccine figures have made money publishing books and giving speeches, and only in the past couple of years have major sites like YouTube started preventing anti-vaxxers from directly earning revenue from advertising. During the pandemic, as the coronavirus created new markets for health hoaxes, conspiracy theorists have been able to make money...
Tags: Facebook, Cdc, Tech, Monica Corbett

Inspired by her ancestors, artist Ryhia Dank creates Pixel wallpapers

We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and commit to building a brighter future together. At Google, we have a vision of empowerment and equitable opportunity for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and commit to building Reconciliation through Google’s technology, platforms and people.Today is the United Nations International Day...
Tags: Google, Australia, United Nations, Pixel, Mimi, Torres Strait Islander, Northern Territory Australia, Alex Storey, Ryhia Dank, Gudanji, Wakaja, Garranjini, Ryhia, Gudanji NT Australia Waterways Wallpaper on Pixel, Gudanji NT Australia Elements Wallpaper on Pixel, People Kangaroo Tracks

Critics Say Apple Built a 'Backdoor' Into Your iPhone With Its New Child Abuse Detection Tools

Apple’s plans to roll out new features aimed at combating Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) on its platforms have caused no small amount of controversy.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science

US Lawmakers Propose a $2.5 Billion Pilot Guaranteed Income Program

Amid fears that technology may be quietly eliminating many basic jobs, late last month several U.S. lawmakers "proposed legislation that would dole out regular stimulus checks — or guaranteed income — through monthly payments of up to $1,200 for adults and $600 for children," according to a local news report from WCCO TV: The program, if the legislation were to pass, would not immediately begin sending out $1,200 checks to most Americans. Instead, it would create a $2.5 billion grant program to...
Tags: New York, Minneapolis, US, Tech, WCCO TV, WCCO, U S, U S Treasury Department, Office of Guaranteed Income Programs

The Slightly Horrifying New Art Of The Double Emoji

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should, Google. – Slate
Tags: Google, Art, Visual, 08.06.21

Some Unions, Legislators, and Communities Continue Pressuring Amazon Over Labor Practices

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama might hold a second election to decide whether to join a union. But today the New York Times reports Amazon is also facing "a widening campaign to rein in the power it wields over its employees and their workplace conditions." Those efforts include a campaign by the Teamsters that would generally circumvent traditional workplace elections and pressure the company through protests, boycotts and even fights against its expansion efforts at the local level...
Tags: Amazon, California, Alabama, Tech, New York Times, City Council, Teamsters, Southern California, Arvada, Fort Wayne Ind, Solidarity Fund, Korgan, City Council in Arvada Colo

Google Chrome Criticized For Breaking Change Over Disabling Alert() and Confirm() in Cross-Origin Frames

Google Chrome will disable JavaScript functions like alert() and confirm() inside cross origin-frames," reports's developer newsletter. "As this is a breaking change, developers are encouraged to update their apps and debugging tools before the update." A Chrome engineering team member said the team is disabling alert() to protect users from being tricked by scammers. Some are complaining this has already affected programming tutorials and Javascript learning sites that sandbox use...
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Load up on CompTIA, AWS, Cisco, Microsoft and Google certifications, all at once

TLDR: The 2021 CompTIA, AWS, Cisco, Microsoft and Google Certification Exam Bundle can get an IT learner certed up in some of today’s most important web disciplines. Whether you want to work in a server room or help guide a cloud-based computer network, there are some crucial benchmarks that can help you get noticed in your job search. For hiring managers tasked with filling those key roles, certifications from top-notch oversight bodies carry a lot of weight. If you know IT, then you already kn...
Tags: Google, Startups, Offers, Cisco Microsoft

Pixels, Palm readers and Pokémon problems

Hello friends! That’s what Lucas always starts off with, right? Lucas is out for a few weeks, so I’ll be handling Week In Review until he’s back. TL;DR on me: I’m Greg, and I’ve been with TechCrunch for a long, long time. I joined around the time Twitter found the vowels in its name and people thought Facebook’s valuation was laughably high at $15 billion. (For reference, Facebook’s market cap broke $1 trillion last month.) Enough about me! Want this in your inbox every week? Sign up here. Oh an...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Spacex, Tech, Xerox, Pokemon, Square, Week in Review, Robinhood, Sarah, Lucas, Alex Wilhelm, Elon

Apple AirPods Pro For Just $189.99 Shipped From Amazon!
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Digital transformation depends on diversity

Katia Walsh Contributor Share on Twitter Katia Walsh leads strategy, data, analytics and artificial intelligence at Levi Strauss & Co. Across industries, businesses are now tech and data companies. The sooner they grasp and live that, the quicker they will meet their customer needs and expectations, create more business value and grow. It is increasingly important to reimagine business and use digital technologies to create ...
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Microsoft is Recruiting US Teens To Be Influencers on Social Media for Its Educational Coding Platform

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: Just ahead of the new school year, Microsoft and its nonprofit partner took to Twitter to recruit teens for Microsoft's inaugural MakeCode Insiders Program. Microsoft MakeCode is a code platform that allows kids to write programs for a wide variety of applications even if they have little or no previous coding experience; there's also a College Board-endorsed MakeCode AP CS curriculum, which can earn high school students college credit... MakeC...
Tags: Microsoft, US, Tech, College Board, MakeCode AP, MakeCode Insiders Microsoft

Employers are waging a war over work from home. WFH is winning.

Hello!Welcome to this weekly roundup of stories from Insider. I'm Matt Turner. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Sunday. Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go - click here for iOS and here for Android.What we're going over today:Employers are waging a war over work from home. WFH is winning.Grubhub was once the premier food delivery service. Then Uber Eats and DoorDash knocked it off the top spot. DeepMind's cofounder was placed on leave after em...
Tags: Google, Amazon, California, Newsletter, Trends, Bank Of America, Delta, Andreessen Horowitz, Cleveland, Instacart, Amazon Web Services, Deepmind, Matt, BCG, Facebook Google, GrubHub

Why Instagram’s creatives are angry about its move to video

The social media platform was once a favourite of artists and photographers, but a shift towards TikTok-type videos and shopping could leave them looking for a new home onlineIn late July, hobbyist photographer and self-proclaimed “sunrise hunter” Sam Binding conducted an experiment. After visiting Somerset Lavender Farm to catch the sun peeking over the purple blossoms, the 40-year-old from Bristol uploaded the results to both Instagram and Twitter. Two days later, he used the apps’ built-in an...
Tags: Art, Twitter, Technology, Instagram, Social Media, Culture, Art and design, Bristol, Kevin Systrom, Systrom, Sarah Frier, Sam Binding, Somerset Lavender Farm, Inside Story of Instagram

All your DNS were belong to us: AWS and Google Cloud shut down spying vulnerability (the register)

Security researchers found they could snoop on dynamic DNS traffic Until February this year, Amazon Route53's DNS service offered largely unappreciated network eavesdropping capabilities. And this undocumented spying option was also available at Google Cloud DNS and at least one other DNS-as-a-service provider.… [Author: Thomas Claburn]
Tags: Google, Amazon, News, Google Cloud, Thomas Claburn

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