Automation Is Now Taking Service Jobs Once Thought Safe

"Ask for a roast beef sandwich at an Arby's drive-thru east of Los Angeles and you may be talking to Tori — an artificially intelligent voice assistant that will take your order and send it to the line cooks," reports the Associated Press. They're arguing that the pandemic "didn't just threaten Americans' health when it slammed the U.S. in 2020 — it may also have posed a long-term threat to many of their jobs." Faced with worker shortages and higher labor costs, companies are starting to auto...
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Mercedes-Benz throws down the EV gauntlet at IAA Mobility

Mercedes-Benz introduced a slew of electric vehicles ahead of the IAA Mobility show in Germany, including its first AMG-branded high-performance EV, a sedan and a G-Class SUV concept — all part of the company’s bid to become an electric-only automaker by the end of the decade. Mercedes has already started producing the all-electric EQS, a high-forward and sleek flagship that’s meant to be an electric counterpart to the S-Class. At IAA Mobility, Mercedes aims to showcase its next big EV’s moves. ...
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VMware shreds planned support for 'cheese grater' Mac Pro

Sorry, vAdmins, you probably don't have an excuse to buy Apple's $699 wheels VMware has announced something a little odd: it won't ever support ESXi running on Apple's 2019 Mac Pro.…
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Singapore-based caregiving startup Homage raises $30M Series C

Homage, the caregiving-focused startup, has raised a $30 million Series C led by Sheares Healthcare Group, which is wholly-owned by investment firm Temasek. Other participants included new investors DG Daiwa Ventures and Sagana Capital, and returning backers East Ventures (Growth), HealthXCapital, SeedPlus, Trihill Capital and Alternate Ventures. The new funding will be used to develop Homage’s technology, continue integrating with aged and disability care payer and provider infrastructure and s...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Australia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Caregiving, Telemedicine, Oceania, Homage, Singapore Malaysia, Elder Care, Gillian Tee

Use e-documents only verified on DigiLocker:says DoT to telcos on self KYC

In its communication to the licensees, the DoT has said that for the self KYC process to be approved, all telecom service providers must, on their respective mobile applications, provide customers an option to log in with a separate one-time-password being generated for each log in. The DoT has also said that only documents that have been electronically issued and verified by the respective authority on DigiLocker can be used for the self KYC process. Currently, customers have to visit the poin...
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Volkswagen and Argo AI reveal first ID Buzz test vehicle for autonomous driving

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, a standalone VW brand responsible for the development and sales of light commercial vehicles, and Argo AI, an autonomous driving technology company, unveiled the first version of the ID Buzz AD (Autonomous Driving) on Sunday. The two companies shared plans to test and commercially scale the jointly developed, fully-electric self-driving van over the next four years at the VW night event ahead of the 2021 IAA Mobility Event in Munich. Testing of the prototype, one ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, California, Tech, Austin, Munich, Automotive, United States, Vw, Ford, Miami, Volkswagen, Self-driving Cars, Argo, Hamburg, Autonomous Driving

Is Remote Working Leading to a Boom in Worker Surveillance?

A Guardian article begins with the story of how a digital surveillance platform called Sneek ruined the first week on the job for a remote worker named David: Every minute or so, the program would capture a live photo of David and his workmates via their company laptop webcams. The ever-changing headshots were splayed across the wall of a digital conference waiting room that everyone on the team could see. Clicking on a colleague's face would unilaterally pull them into a video call. If you wer...
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Quantum Machines plans to expand quantum orchestration platform with $50M investment

Quantum Machines, an Israeli startup that is building the classical hardware and software infrastructure to help run quantum machines, announced a $50 million Series B investment today. Today’s round was led by Red Dot Capital Partners with help from Exor, Claridge Israel, Samsung NEXT, Valor Equity Partners, Atreides Management, LP, as well as TLV Partners, Battery Ventures, 2i Ventures and other existing investors. The company has now raised approximately $83 million, according to Crunchbase d...
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iPhone 13’s LEO Satellite Communication System Will be Available Only in Select Markets

Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 13 with support for LEO satellite communication which will be available in select markets at launch.
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Food sharing app OLIO raises $43M Series B, as the world switches on to the food waste crisis

It was curious enough that OLIO, a UK startup with an app that lets users post a photo of unwanted food and share it with the local neighborhood, picked up $6 million in Series A funding back in 2018. Many outside observers wondered what was going on with this simple app, which looked on first inspection to be little more than a sort of community bulletin board about unwanted food. How could such a low-key idea have attracted such interest from serious investors like Accel? The answer is far mor...
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Re Covid, what you knew a few months ago is different now. Thank Delta variant and vaccines.

 The pandemic is changing. What we knew a year ago is different now. Here’s some of the latest. This disease is now driven by the unvaccinated population. The unvaccinated are a minority of the population, but they dominate both all illness and severe illness requiring hospitalization. An August 2021 study by the Centers for Disease Control of health care facilities in Los Angeles found that if you were unvaccinated, you were 5 times more likely to get the disease and 29 times more like...
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New Company Raises Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Anti-Aging Research

MIT's Technology Review reports on "Silicon Valley's latest wild bet on living forever," the newly-formed Altos Labs which it describes as "an ambitious new anti-aging company... "Altos is pursuing biological reprogramming technology, a way to rejuvenate cells in the lab that some scientists think could be extended to revitalize entire animal bodies, ultimately prolonging human life." The new company, incorporated in the US and in the UK earlier this year, will establish several institutes in p...
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Malware Found Preinstalled In Classic Push-button Phones Sold In Russia

"A security researcher has discovered malicious code inside the firmware of four low-budget push-button mobile phones sold through Russian online stores," reports the Record: In a report published this week by a Russian security researcher named ValdikSS, push-button phones such as DEXP SD2810, Itel it2160, Irbis SF63, and F+ Flip 3 were caught subscribing users to premium SMS services and intercepting incoming SMS messages to prevent detection. ValdikSS, who set up a local 2G base station in o...
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14 Valuable Tips to Increasing Your Social Media Followers and Engagement

Social media followers are an extremely important and crucial metric for business owners to keep an eye on, an increase in the social media followers for a brand would determine whether there is any success to the new social media strategy you just applied, the regular consumer will look at your numbers before deciding to follow you and bigger brands and influencers will judge your usefulness to them through your numbers. Today you will learn ways to grow your social media followers and maintain...
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Lawsuits Accuse Siri, Alexa, and Google of Listening When They're Not Supposed To

"Tech companies have long encouraged putting listening devices in homes and pockets..." reports the Washington Post. "But some are growing concerned that these devices are recording even when they're not supposed to — and they're taking their fears to the courts." (Alternate URLs here and here.) On Thursday, a judge ruled that Apple will have to continue fighting a lawsuit brought by users in federal court in California, alleging that the company's voice assistant Siri has improperly recorded p...
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Great deal on a 24-in-1 precision screwdriver that's just as good as Wirecutter's pick

I compulsively buy precision screwdriver sets and sit there for hours arranging them neatly. I don't even have a self-built PC or barely-accessible Mac anymore. No need for a T8, nor a Δ2.3. I just like arranging my precision screwdrivers and staring bleakly into space while I contemplate the imminent collapse of the American republic and the decades of chaos and anomie to follow. — Read the rest
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High Ivermectin Overdosages Caused 1,143 Calls to America's Poison Control Centers This Year

America's poison control centers are getting more calls this year from people who tried self-medicating with ivermectin, NPR reports — with at least 592 calls coming since July 1: According to the National Poison Data System, which collects information from the nation's 55 poison control centers, there was a 245% jump in reported exposure cases from July to August — from 133 to 459. Meanwhile, emergency rooms across the country are treating more patients who have taken the drug... Most patients...
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The 'Dead Internet' Theory Posits Forums are Now Almost Entirely Overrun By AI

Ideas from 4chan (including its paranormal section) have percolated into the "dead internet" theory, writes the Atlantic, with a seminal post on another forum by "IlluminatiPirate" now arguing that the internet is almost entirely overrun by artificial intelligence: Like lots of other online conspiracy theories, the audience for this one is growing because of discussion led by a mix of true believers, sarcastic trolls, and idly curious lovers of chitchat... Peppered with casually offensive langu...
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Black swans: can we learn to predict unpredictable events?

This article was originally published by our sister site, Freethink.A black swan event has, unfortunately, nothing to do with Natalie Portman or Western Australia; it describes an event that is extremely unlikely, but can cause massive upheaval. For example, the 2008 global recession or, say, pretty much all of 2020.By definition, no one sees a black swan event coming — but researchers at Stanford are attempting to change that. They are building a computational method to try and predict when the...
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This week’s top stories: iPhone 13 rumors, Apple Watch Series 7 delays, and more

In this week’s top stories: App Store changes, new iPhone 12 repair program, more Apple Watch Series 7 details, and more. Read on for...
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Google Data Analytics Certificate: 8 Courses Will Help Prepare Students for an Entry-Level Job in 6 Months

During the pandemic, Google launched a series of Career Certificates that will “prepare learners for an entry-level role in under six months.” The new career initiative includes certificates concentrating on Project Management and UX Design. And now also Data Analytics, a burgeoning field that focuses on “the collection, transformation, and organization of data in order to draw conclusions, make predictions, and drive informed decision making.” Offered on the Coursera platform, the Data ...
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The time Animoto almost brought AWS to its knees

Today, Amazon Web Services is a mainstay in the cloud infrastructure services market, a $60 billion juggernaut of a business. But in 2008, it was still new, working to keep its head above water and handle growing demand for its cloud servers. In fact, 15 years ago last week, the company launched Amazon EC2 in beta. From that point forward, AWS offered startups unlimited compute power, a primary selling point at the time. EC2 was one of the first real attempts to sell elastic computing at scale —...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Cloud, Facebook, Apps, Enterprise, Tech, Aws, Jeff Bezos, Amazon Web Services, Infrastructure As A Service, Southwest, Jefferson, Animoto, Dave Brown, Brad Jefferson

In Novel Attack Technique, Salesforce Email Service Used For Phishing Campaign

Slashdot reader storagedude writes: In a novel attack technique, Israeli security researchers discovered that cybercriminals were subscribing to Salesforce in order to use its email service to launch a phishing campaign and thus bypass corporate security defenses like whitelisting. The researchers, from email security service provider Perception Point, said bad actors are sending phishing emails via the Salesforce email service by impersonating the Israel Postal Service in a campaign that has ta...
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Facebook is Subcontracting Its Content Moderation for Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

"For years, Facebook has been under scrutiny for the violent and hateful content that flows through its site...." reports the New York Times. "But behind the scenes, Facebook has quietly paid others to take on much of the responsibility. Since 2012, the company has hired at least 10 consulting and staffing firms globally to sift through its posts, along with a wider web of subcontractors, according to interviews and public records." Facebook's single biggest partner for content moderating is A...
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Social media giants increase global child safety after UK regulations introduced

TikTok, Twitter and Facebook among companies bringing in new measures worldwide that protect childrenTikTok has turned off notifications for children past bedtime, Instagram has disabled targeted adverts for under-18s entirely and YouTube has turned off autoplay for teen users: moves seemingly triggered by Britain introducing a new set of regulations aimed at protecting children online.On Thursday the UK introduced a new set of regulations aimed at protecting children and at a stroke became a gl...
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School Science Projects Reveal Very High Lead Levels in the Schools' Water

650 U.K. schools received educational kits from a charity for testing the lead levels in their water. Students at more than 14 schools then discovered their drinking water had higher lead levels than the recommended maximum. The Guardian reports: Several schools reported levels of lead at 50 micrograms per litre — five times the maximum allowed. Even low levels of lead are toxic and can reduce children's IQ and damage their nervous system... The charity conducted its own tests on samples return...
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IBM's New Mainframe 7nm CPU Telum: 16 Cores At 5GHz, Virtual L3 and L4 Cache

Long-time Slashdot reader UnknowingFool writes: Last week IBM announced their next generation mainframe CPU Telum. Manufactured by Samsung's 7nm node, each Telum processor has 8 cores with each core running at a base 5GHz. Two processors are combined in a package similar to AMD's chiplet design. A drawer in each mainframe can hold 4 packages (sockets), and the mainframe can hold 4 drawers for combined 256 cores. Different from previous generations, there is no dedicated L3 or L4 cache. Inste...
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Report: iPhone 13 satellite features will only be available in select markets, more

Last week, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple would support LEO satellite communications with iPhone 13. Now, Gurman gave more details about it
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When is Apple's 2021 iPhone 13 event? We think we'll find out very soon

We hope to see a few exciting new products from Apple sometime this month. Here's everything we expect to see and when.
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Gurman: Apple Watch Series 7 will still be announced alongside iPhone 13, but available in limited quantities

While reports have suggested the Apple Watch Series 7 is facing production issues, Apple is reportedly still planning to announce the...
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