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US Prisons Mull AI To Analyze Inmate Phone Calls

A key House of Representatives panel has pressed for a report to study the use of artificial intelligence to analyze prisoners' phone calls. "But prisoners' advocates and inmates' families say relying on AI to interpret communications opens up the system to mistakes, misunderstandings and racial bias," reports Reuters. From the report: The call for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to further explore the technology, to help prevent violent crime and suicide, accompanies an $81 billion-plus spendin...
Tags: New York, US, Tech, House, House Of Representatives, Doj, Reuters, Appropriations Committee, Alabama Georgia, Department of Justice DOJ


This air purifier uses a plasma field to catch the germs and pollutants that your regular purifier can’t

Going above and beyond anything your HEPA-based air purifiers can do (or even some of the UV ones), OneLife X uses plasma-field technology to purify the air… yes, the same plasma energy found in our sun. The OneLife X traps and eliminates 99.99% of all airborne particles, catching particles as small as 0.01 micrometers (that’s 10 times smaller than the Coronavirus), and runs indefinitely without ever requiring a filter replacement. Designer: Christoph Burkhardt of OneLife Click Here to...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Design, Technology, Shop, Product Design, Air Purifier, OneLife, Burkhardt, Christoph Burkhardt, OneLife X, Plasma Technology


Twitter Algorithm Prefers Slimmer, Younger, Light-Skinned Faces

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A Twitter image-cropping algorithm prefers to show faces that are slimmer, younger and with lighter skin, a researcher has found. Bogdan Kulynyc won $3,500 in a Twitter-organized contest to find biases in its cropping algorithm. Earlier this year, Twitter's own research found the algorithm had a bias towards cropping out black faces. The "saliency algorithm" decided how images would be cropped in Twitter previews, before being clicked on to open ...
Tags: Twitter, Tech, Bbc, University of Toronto, Lausanne, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Bogdan Kulynyc, Kulynyc, Taraaz Research, Roya Pakzad


Apple Begins Selling Refurbished 8th-Generation iPad Starting at $279

Apple this week began selling refurbished 8th-generation iPad models through its online store in the United States for the first time since the device was released last year. As usual, the refurbished models are discounted by approximately 15% compared to brand new models, with pricing starting at $279 for the 32GB model versus $329 new. Apple says its certified refurbished iPad models are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged in a new white box, with a Lightning cable, power ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, United States, Lightning, United States Apple, iPad (low cost, Apple refurbished products


AMD's Radeon RX 6600 XT Launched To Compete Against NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060

MojoKid writes: AMD officially unveiled the Radeon RX 6600 XT in late July but the cards have officially launched today, aimed at 1080p gaming. In a review at HotHardware, PowerColor is offering both a high-end Radeon RX 6600 XT Red Devil and its somewhat more mainstream "Fighter" branded counterpart, for example. Whereas AMD's reference Radeon RX 6600 XT offers a Game clock up to 2359MHz and a Boost clock of 25895MHz, the PowerColor Red Devil peaks at 2428MHz (Game) and 2607MHz (Boost). Those h...
Tags: Tech, Nvidia, Amd, Gpu, PowerColor, MojoKid, HotHardware PowerColor


Amazon Awarded Secret $10 Billion NSA Cloud Computing Contract

The National Security Agency has awarded a cloud computing contract worth up to $10 billion to Amazon, Nextgov reported Tuesday. The Hill reports: The contract, named "WildandStormy" according to protest filings obtained by the outlet, appears to be part of the NSA's attempts to modernize its repository for classified data. The award is being challenged by Microsoft, according to Government Accountability Office records. A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that it is filing the protest "based on ...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Nsa, Tech, National Security Agency, Hill, Amazon Nextgov


Xiaomi builds a robot dog out of smartphone cameras and an Nvidia edge AI board

Who's an open-source boy? The $1500 CyberDog, that's who Chinese consumer electronics upstart Xiaomi has let a robot dog off the leash.…
Tags: Software, Xiaomi


The McFlurry Machine Company Just Got Hit With a McRestraining Order

"A lawsuit between the company that makes McFlurry machines and a company that manufactures a third-party diagnostic tool for them is part of a broader 'right to repair' battle," writes Slashdot reader ttyler. Gizmodo reports: If you've been to a McDonald's at any point in the last century, you're likely familiar with the harrowing experience of being denied the frosty treat that you crave because the McFlurry machine is broken yet again. As it turns out, being broken is sort of a hallmark of Mc...
Tags: Tech, Gizmodo, Taylor, McDonald, Slashdot, Kytch, McFlurry Machine Company, Kytch Solution Devices


Amazon Will Pay Up To $1,000 in Damages Caused By Defective Products

Amazon has announced a new policy to pay customers directly for claims of property damage or personal injury under $1,000 caused by defective products. The new policy begins on September 1st and will apply to all products sold on Amazon.com regardless of who sells them. From a report: Previously, if you wanted to file a similar type of claim, you had to work with the seller -- which has raised questions of who's really at fault for defective problems sold on the platform. But when this policy ki...
Tags: Amazon, Tech


Apple Adds a Backdoor to iMesssage and iCloud Storage

Apple’s announcement that it’s going to start scanning photos for child abuse material is a big deal. (Here are five stories.) I have been following the details, and discussing it in several different email lists. I don’t have time right now to delve into the details, but wanted to post something. EFF writes: There are two main features that the company is planning to install in every Apple device. One is a scanning feature that will scan all photos as they get uploaded into iCloud Photos to s...
Tags: Apple, Privacy, Cloud Computing, Uncategorized, Surveillance, Edward Snowden, Eff, John Gruber, Backdoors, Bruce Schneier, Matthew Green, Alex Stamos, CSAM, Apple Notice Apple


Google Drops Bluetooth Titan Security Keys In Favor of NFC Versions (slashdot)

Google is discontinuing the Bluetooth Titan Security Key to focus on security keys with Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality. As part of this move, Google has also announced a new Titan Security Key with USB-C and NFC to go along with the previously available USB-A + NFC security key. Bleeping Computer reports: Google's Titan Security Keys were introduced in 2018 and are designed to help users prevent Google account takeover attempts using credentials stolen in data breaches or following...
Tags: Google, News, Nfc, Near Field Communication NFC, BeauHD, Christiaan Brand Google


Pave gets Y Combinator to back better startup compensation tools, again

Pave, a San Francisco-based startup that helps companies benchmark, plan and communicate compensation to their employees, has raised a $46 million Series B. YC Continuity led the round, which also saw participation from Andreessen Horowitz and Bessemer Venture Partners. The round comes eight months after Pave closed a $16 million Series A round. Today’s financing puts Pave’s valuation at $400 million, up from $75 million one year ago. Pave launched with an ambitious goal: Can it measure pay acr...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ali Rowghani, Y Combinator, San Francisco, Tech, Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, Glassdoor, Schulman, A16z, Pave, Matthew Schulman, COO of Twitter, Recent Funding, Brex


A redesigned, colorful MacBook Air with mini-LED display to launch by mid-2022

According to Kuo's latest report, the new MacBook Air will launch in mid-2022 featuring a mini-LED screen and multiple color options.
Tags: Apple, News, Trends, Computing, MacBook Air, Ming-chi Kuo, Kuo, MacBook Pro Rumors, MacBook Air rumors


DOJ intervenes in REX antitrust suit against NAR and Zillow

The federal agency says NAR can't use a 2008 consent decree to shield itself from investigation of its rules.
Tags: Technology, Regulations, Radio, Antitrust, Rex, Department Of Justice, Zillow, Doj, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Jack Ryan, Select, Rex Real Estate, MLS & Associations, Mantill Williams, No-commingling Rule


Innovative Space-inspired Designs that Elon Musk would totally approve of!

SpaceX intensified and completely magnified everybody’s love for space. The hope of someday living on Mars converted regular old people into total spaceheads! And this craze has entered the design world as well. Space-themed product designs are becoming a norm now, and not to mention cooler by the day. From a SpaceX rocket-inspired pen to a Buick Electra concept inspired by a spaceship – these innovative space-themed designs will have you going gaga over them! Inspired by the democratization ...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Design, Technology, Nasa, Reddit, Mars, Iss, Apollo, Falcon, Product-design, EMU, Buick Electra, Liang Feng, YD Design Storm


Comment: Google Now, Glass, & Wear

The wearable space is in serious need of competition, but it's unfortunate how the two competing efforts are fundamentally the same...
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Daily Crunch: Apple’s head of Privacy addresses concerns over Messages safety, child abuse detection

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 August 10, 2021. Today we have all sorts of goodies for you: Apple’s privacy stance, cannabis tech, even some crypto-focused items. Please enjoy. Also note that Salesforce’s Kathy Baxter is coming to TC Sessions: SaaS to talk AI, which is going to be a hoot. — Alex Salesforce’s Kathy Baxter is coming to TC Sessions: SaaS to t...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, La, Nigeria, Los Angeles, Tech, Ipcc, Salesforce, Cupertino, Hyundai, Robinhood, Venmo, Matthew Panzarino, Newsletters, Danny Crichton


Activist raided by police after downloading London property firm's 'confidential' meeting minutes from Google Search (the register)

Someone must have broken in and taken docs, said Leathermarket Community Benefit Society A man who viewed documents online for a controversial London property development and shared them on social media was raided by police after developers claimed there had been a break-in to their systems.… [Author: Gareth Corfield]
Tags: Google, London, News, Gareth Corfield, Leathermarket Community Benefit Society A


Warner Bros., AMC Strike 45-Day Exclusive Theatrical Window Deal for 2022

In a new deal with mega-cinema chain AMC Theatres, Warner Bros. has agreed to return to an exclusive, 45-day theatrical window in 2022. From a report: AMC CEO Adam Aron unveiled the pact Monday during an earnings call. "We're especially pleased Warner Bros. has decided to move away from day-and-date," Aron said. "We are in active dialogue with every major studio." WarnerMedia enraged cinema operators when deciding to open its 2021 slate simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters. The company has ...
Tags: Hbo, Amc, Tech, Warner Bros, Aron, Adam Aron, WarnerMedia, HBO Max, Warner Bros AMC, AMC Theatres Warner Bros


Extra Crunch roundup: Influencer marketing, China’s tech clampdown, drafting growth teams

Before you hire a marketing consultant who doesn’t understand your products or commit to a CMO who has several years of experience — but none in your sector — consider influencer marketing. If the phrase evokes images of celebrities hawking hard seltzer, think again: An influencer can be as humble as an enthusiastic Reddit user who manages your Telegram channel. According to Uber growth marketing manager Jonathan Martinez: “ … You don’t need to find influencers with millions of followers. Instea...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Uber, Crowdfunding, China, Tech, CMO, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Kickstarter, Tencent, Reddit, Indiegogo, Chinese communist party, Wheel


OnePlus Is Trying to Steal Samsung's Foldable Phone Thunder

Ahead of what we expect to be a jam-packed Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event on Wednesday, OnePlus took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that it, too, had scheduled a surprise event for Aug. 11 at 10:00 a.m. ET. What a coincidence! And the overlap didn’t end there: On Tuesday, OnePlus also leaked a teaser image for what…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Samsung, Smartphone, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Samsung Electronics, Oneplus, Consumer Electronics, Samsung Galaxy, Foldable Smartphone, Galaxy Unpacked, Samsung Mobile Phones, Samsung Galaxy Z Series, Technology Internet


Coinbase crushes Q2 expectations, notes Q3 trading volume is trending lower

After the bell today, Coinbase reported another period of impressive results in its . During the quarter, Coinbase’s total revenue reached $2.23 billion, which helped the company generate net income of $1.61 billion in the three-month period. The company benefited from a one-time line item worth $737.5 million, which stemmed from what Coinbase described as a “tax benefit” from its direct listing earlier the quarter. This puts us in the odd position of leaning more heavily on the company’s adjus...
Tags: TC, Tech, Earnings, Ethereum, Coinbase, Blockchain, EBITDA, NFT, Cryptocurrency Exchange, Yahoo Finance Everyone


TikTok Overtakes Facebook As World's Most Downloaded App

According to a new study, China's video-sharing app TikTok is now the most downloaded app in the world. Nikkei Asia reports: ByteDance launched the international version of TikTok in 2017, and has since overtaken Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger -- all of which are Facebook owned -- in downloads, even in the U.S. Some believe that personal information shared with TikTok is not secure. In 2020, former President Donald Trump called on the company to sell off its U.S. operations...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, China, Tech, Facebook Messenger, Donald Trump, Financial Times, Europe South America, Joe Biden Trump, Facebook WhatsApp Instagram, Nikkei Asia


Turns Out Police Were Pretty Pissed at the Officer Who Played Taylor Swift

As we reported last month, Alameda County sheriff’s deputy David Shelby started blasting Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” on a phone in his lapel while talking to activists outside a courthouse. Seemed odd, until the officer clearly explained, on camera, that he was orchestrating a failsafe ruse to cloak himself from the…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Taylor Swift, Youtube, Musicians, Blank Space, Songs, Famous, Me, Ray Kelly, Streisand, Alameda County, Miguel Campos, Roberto Morales, David Shelby, Tyronea Maria Modeste


Apple’s controversial new child protection features, explained

Important changes are coming to Messages and iCloud.
Tags: Apple


Google On How to Check Page Experience Factors via @sejournal, @MattGSouthern

In a new video, Google offers advice on how to check if your site meets all the non-Core Web Vitals page experience factors.The post Google On How to Check Page Experience Factors appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, News, Seo


Starship Technologies is bringing food delivery robots to four more US college campuses this year

Starship Technologies, an autonomous delivery services company, announced that it will begin delivery service on four additional college campuses this fall, adding to the 20 campuses on which it already operates. The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), the University of Kentucky (UK), the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach, Florida campus will all be graced with the Estonian-born company’s little six-wheeled, zero-emissions delivery robots...
Tags: TC, Transportation, US, Tech, Robotics, Starship Technologies, UIC, Daytona Beach Florida, Starship, UNR, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Embry Riddle, Rona, Autonomous Delivery, Alastair Westgarth, Food Delivery Robots


Perform a quality of earnings analysis to make the most of M&A

Pierre-Alexandre Heurtebize Contributor Share on Twitter Pierre-Alexandre is an Investment and M&A director at HoriZen Capital — a team of experienced SaaS operators, digital marketing and finance experts helping micro-SaaS companies deliver their growth potential. He is an ex-PwC senior consultant in financial due diligence and the creator of The Financial Due Diligence Framework online course. As a startup founder, there wil...
Tags: Startups, Column, Finance, Entrepreneur, Tech, United States, Pwc, M&a, Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions, Accountant, Valuation, EBITDA, Corporate Finance, Pierre Alexandre, NWC


Signal now lets you choose disappearing messages by default for new chats

The encrypted chat app Signal is adding a few new options for users looking to lock down their messages. The app will now allow anyone to turn on a default timer for disappearing messages, automatically applying the settings to any newly initiated conversations. Signal’s disappearing messages option deletes chats for both the sender and receiver after a set amount of time passes. Previously, you had to toggle the option on and select an interval for each individual conversation, which made it ea...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, End-to-end Encryption, Software, Computing, Signal, Operating Systems, Mobile Applications, Brian Acton


New M1X Mac Mini leak could confirm major features in upcoming release

Recent M1X Mac Mini leaks point towards a slimmer body among other changes.
Tags: Apple, News, Trends, Computing, Apple iMacs, M1 Mac, M1x, 2020 MacBook Pro



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