New Foundation Image Shows Off Lee Pace As A Godlike Clone Emperor

"Foundation," the Apple TV+ adaptation of Isaac Asimov's influential science fiction book series, is less than a week away. The show premieres on September 24, 2021, and it promises to deliver an escapist narrative set in the far future, which could also be germane to the plight of Earth's residents in the here and now.Jared Harris stars as a scientist who is an expert in "psycho-history," able to predict humankind's fate in numbers. He sees that it is "staring down the barrel of a crisis" and w...
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US, EU Pledge 30% Cut In Methane Emissions To Limit Global Heating

The US and the EU made a joint pledge on Friday to cut global methane emissions by almost a third in the next decade, in what climate experts hailed as one of the most significant steps yet towards fulfilling the Paris climate agreement. The Guardian reports: Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, about 80 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, and emissions have been rising in recent years. Natural gas production and fracking, meat production and other forms o...
Tags: US, Tech, Eu, Paris, Un, OECD, US EU Pledge

Sequoias Are Being Wrapped In Foil Blankets To Protect Against Wildfires

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Firefighters are swaddling giant sequoias in a flame-retardant foil in an effort to protect the ancient trees from wildfires that are raging through national parks in California, officials said. Three wildfires, named Colony, Paradise and Windy, were ignited by lightning on Sept. 9. Since then, they have scorched thousands of acres of steep terrain, bringing them to the foot of some of the world's oldest and largest trees in the Giant ...
Tags: California, Tech, New York Times, Sherman, U S Forest Service, Garrett, Sequoia National Forest, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Kings Canyon National Park, Mark Garrett, KNP Complex, Central California Park

Researchers Defeated Advanced Facial Recognition Tech Using Makeup

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Researchers have found a new and surprisingly simple method for bypassing facial recognition software using makeup patterns. A new study from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev found that software-generated makeup patterns can be used to consistently bypass state-of-the-art facial recognition software, with digitally and physically-applied makeup fooling some systems with a success rate as high as 98 percent. In their experiment, the research...
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Apple, Google yank opposition voting strategy app from Russian software stores

Oh, sorry, we thought you wanted us to obey the law?! – Silicon Valley A tactical-voting app built by allies of Vladimir Putin’s jailed political opponent Alexei Navalny is now unavailable in Russian Apple and Google app stores following threats of fines from the Kremlin.…
Tags: Apple, Google, Vladimir Putin, Software, Silicon Valley, Kremlin, Alexei Navalny, Apple Google

United Kingdom To Regress To Imperial Weights and Measures

New submitter Generic User Account writes: Under plans unveiled by ministers today, it will once again become legal for market stalls, shops, and supermarkets to sell their goods using only Britain's traditional weighing system. "A document titled 'Brexit opportunities: regulatory reforms' includes plans to permit the voluntary printing of the crown stamp on pint glasses and review the EU ban on markings and sales in pounds and ounces, with legislation set to come 'in due course,'" reports The I...
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Daily Crunch: Apple, Google bow to Russian pressure

Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for Friday, September 17th! What a week, ya’ll. It is now just days before Disrupt, which means the TechCrunch hive is buzzing. I’ll leave it by noting that Reid Hoffman is coming, which is going to be a treat. See you next week! — Alex The TechCrunch Top 3 Profits > Ethics: Apple and Google have removed a “tactical voting app created by the organization of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny” from their marketplaces, we reported. TechCrunch notes that “the ...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Texas, China, America, Tech, Tesla, Beijing, Reid Hoffman, Kremlin, Journey, Instacart, Wall Street Journal, Alexei Navalny

Google Will Extend Permission Auto-Reset Feature To Older Android Versions

Google announced plans today to port its Permission Auto-Reset feature from Android 11 to older versions of its mobile operating system, as far back as Android 6. From a report: Launched last fall, the Permission Auto-Reset feature works by automatically withdrawing user permissions from an app that hasn't been opened and used for a few months. "Starting in December 2021, we are expanding this [feature] to billions more devices," Google said today. "This feature will automatically be enabled on ...
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Google extends right-to-be-forgotten to app permissions on older Android devices

Software unused after a few months will lose access to sensitive features unless exempted In December, Google plans to have app runtime permissions expire on older versions of Android for apps that haven't been opened for several months, extending the availability of a privacy protection feature introduced in Android 11.…
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Apple iOS 15: Release date, features, and everything you need to know

New iOS 15 software is official and coming soon with a variety of enhancements and new features for the Apple iPhone. Here's everything you need to know.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, iOS 15, WWDC 2021, Apple Event September 2021

The secrets behind Apple’s M1 chip just got exposed for open-sourcing

Apple’s M1 chip turned the industry upside last fall, and now a new PDF that reverse-engineers the chip could lead to an open-source M1 variant sprouting up.
Tags: Apple, Trends, Computing, MacBook Air, ARM, Macbook Pro, M1

Tim Cook Faces Surprising Employee Unrest at Apple

Hundreds of current and former Apple workers are complaining about their work environment, a rarity for the once tight-lipped company.
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Man Who Unlocked Nearly 2 Million AT&T Phones Gets 12 Years In Prison

A man who the Department of Justice says unlocked AT&T customers' phones for a fee was sentenced to 12 years in prison, in what the judge called "a terrible cybercrime over an extended period," which allegedly continued even after authorities were on to the scheme. The Verge reports: According to a news release from the DOJ, in 2012, Muhammad Fahd, a citizen of Pakistan and Grenada, contacted an AT&T employee via Facebook and offered the employee "significant sums of money" to help him secretly ...
Tags: Facebook, Hong Kong, US, Tech, Grenada, Pakistan, Department Of Justice, Doj, AT T, Bothell Washington, Fahd, Frank Zhang, Muhammad Fahd

Longtime VC, and happy Miami resident, David Blumberg has a new $225 million fund

Blumberg Capital, founded in 1991 by investor David Blumberg, has just closed its fifth early-stage venture fund with $225 million, a vehicle that Blumberg says was oversubscribed — he planned to raise $200 million — and that has already been used to invest in 16 startups around the world (the firm has small offices in San Francisco, New York, Tel Aviv, and Miami, where Blumberg moved his family last year). We caught up with him earlier this week to talk shop and he sounded almost ecstatic about...
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Google and Apple, Under Pressure From Russia, Remove Voting App

Apple and Google removed an app meant to coordinate protest voting in this weekend's Russian elections from the country on Friday, a blow to the opponents of President Vladimir V. Putin and a display of Silicon Valley's limits when it comes to resisting crackdowns on dissent around the world. From a report: The decisions came after Russian authorities, which claim the app is illegal, threatened to prosecute local employees of Apple and Google -- a sharp escalation in the Kremlin's campaign to re...
Tags: Apple, Google, Putin, Russia, Tech, United Nations, Silicon Valley, Kremlin, United Russia, Navalny, David Kaye, Vladimir V Putin, Aleksei A Navalny, Navalny Ivan Zhdanov

The best iPhone deals happening right now, including 50% off the iPhone 12 Mini with a new line at AT&T

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Apple; Alyssa Powell/Insider Apple's iPhones are pricey, but you can often find them at a discount. Some of the best iPhone deals available now include big savings on the iPhone 11 and 2020 iPhone SE. With so many Apple iPhone models to choose from, it can be confusing to find the right one for your needs. With that in mind, we tested and ranked the best iPhones to help you choose. They can get pr...
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Longtime VC, and happy Miami transplant, David Blumberg has a new $225 million fund

Blumberg Capital, founded in 1991 by investor David Blumberg, has just closed its fifth early-stage venture fund with $225 million, a vehicle that Blumberg says was oversubscribed — he planned to raise $200 million — and that has already been used to invest in 16 startups around the world (the firm has small offices in San Francisco, New York, Tel Aviv and Miami, where Blumberg moved his family last year). We caught up with him earlier this week to talk shop and he sounded almost ecstatic about ...
Tags: Florida, New York, Texas, California, France, Ipo, Israel, US, San Francisco, Tech, Miami, Silicon Valley, South America, Blumberg Capital, Bay Area, SPAC

How to block, unsubscribe, or report emails on Gmail

Blocking senders or reporting spam in Gmail can help you declutter your inbox. Jarretera/Shutterstock To block emails on Gmail on desktop or mobile, click or tap the "More" icon and select "Block." You can also report spam or phishing in Gmail to prevent similar emails from coming to you in the future. Gmail also has features for unsubscribing to mass marketing emails, and recommends unsubscribing to senders if you don't read their emails. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library fo...
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FDA Panel Rejects Plan To Administer Pfizer's COVID-19 Booster Doses To General Public

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: An influential Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Friday resoundingly rejected a plan to administer booster shots of Pfizer and BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine to the general public, saying they needed more data. The panel, however, could still recommend the shots for other populations. Scientists continued debating the need for a third dose of the vaccines for people 65 and older and other vulnerable populations after their initial vote...
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Midsommar Ending Explained: Bad Breakups, Burning Buildings, And Bears, Oh My!

The A24 daylight horror "Midsommar" isn't your typical slasher or haunted house flick. Writer and director Ari Aster balances running meta-commentaries on trauma, gender, relationships, race, cults, and personal identity all while providing plenty of scares and a surprising number of laughs. "Midsommar" follows Dani (Florence Pugh) after she loses her entire family in an unspeakable tragedy. Her relationship with her boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor) isn't great, but he invites her along on a tr...
Tags: Apple, London, Movies, Sweden, Christian, Simon, Josh, Maja, Dani, Pelle, Connie, ULF, Aster, Florence Pugh, Midsommar, Halsingland Sweden

Apple TV Plus has a packed lineup set for fall - here's a list of all the upcoming shows and movies

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell in "The Shrink Next Door" premiering November 12 on Apple TV Plus. Apple Apple TV Plus showcased its fall slate of movies and shows at the iPhone 13 event on September 14. Premieres include "The Problem with Jon Stewart" and movies starring Tom Hanks and Mahershala Ali. Apple TV Plus costs $5 a month or $50 per year; new members get a free seven-day trial. TV Plus (Monthly Pl...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, TV, Justice, Entertainment, Reese Witherspoon, Mahershala Ali, New York City, Trends, Tech, Apple TV, Earth, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Aniston, Sony, Nba

'Cry Macho,' the latest film from Clint Eastwood, is now available to stream on HBO Max while it's in theaters

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Clint Eastwood in "Cry Macho." Warner Bros. You can now watch Clint Eastwood's "Cry Macho" in theaters and on HBO Max. To watch the movie at home, you need an ad-free HBO Max subscription ($15/month). "Cry Macho" will remain on HBO Max through October 17. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Max Monthly Plan (ad-free) (small) Clint Eastwood is back with a new western that you can watch at home and i...
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Verizon is offering the iPhone 13 Pro totally free to new and existing customers

Verizon is giving away the Apple iPhone 13 Pro, for free, to new and existing customers. There are a ton of cases and screen protectors on sale too!
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Inside GitLab’s IPO filing

While the technology and business world worked towards the weekend, developer operations (DevOps) firm GitLab filed to go public. Before we get into our time off, we need to pause, digest the company’s S-1 filing, and come to some early conclusions. GitLab competes with GitHub, which Microsoft purchased for $7.5 billion back in 2018. The company is notable for its long-held, remote-first stance, and for being more public with its metrics than most unicorns — for some time, GitLab had a November ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Microsoft, Ipo, Tech, Software, SaaS, Computing, Github, Twilio, Crowdstrike, Enterprise Software, Software Engineering, Git, Datadog

Cameo launches Cameo Calls, a service for fans to video chat with celebs

If you really want to video chat tonight with William Hung of retro American Idol fame… got twenty bucks to spare? Yesterday, Cameo launched its Cameo Calls products, which lets fans video chat for up to 15 minutes one-on-one with their favorite influencers and celebrities. The talent sets the duration, time, and price of their call, which Cameo says averages around $31. To book a call, users can go to Cameo’s website or app to see a schedule of upcoming Cameo Calls that they can buy. These also...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Celebs, Hollywood, Messaging, Social Media, Tech, Stars, Cameo, Disney Channel, James, Calls, Weasley, William Hung, David Henrie

Zoom looks beyond video conferencing as triple-digit 2020 growth begins to slow

It’s been a heady 12-18 months for Zoom, the decade-old company that experienced monster 2020 growth and more recently, a mega acquisition with the $14.7 billion Five9 deal in July. That addition is part of a broader strategy the company has been undertaking the last couple of years to move beyond its core video conferencing market into adjacencies like phone, meeting management and messaging, among other things. Here’s a closer look at how the plan is unfolding. As the pandemic took hold in Mar...
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Demand Curve: How to get social proof that grows your startup

Nick Costelloe Contributor Share on Twitter Nick writes actionable growth marketing insights as head of content at Demand Curve. More posts by this contributor Demand Curve: How to double conversions on your startup’s homepage Demand Curve: 10 lies you’ve been told about marketing When people are uncertain, they look to others for behavioral guidance. This is called social proof, which is a phy...
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TechCrunch Disrupt kicks off in just a few days

The final countdown to TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 is on, folks and we cannot be more excited to get this party started. In a just a few days — on September 21-23 — we spotlight the people who envision the future and push beyond what exists to create what will be. It may sound high falutin’ but when you’re talking biotech, synthetic DNA and space entrepreneurs, we can make room for a little poetic license, amirite? Here’s the deal: TC Disrupt 2021 is packed with experts, events, advice and opportuni...
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OpenSea released an app — but it’s for browsing, not buying and selling

It’s a big day for the Amazon of the decentralized internet — OpenSea now has an app for iOS and Android. For most companies, having a mobile app is a milestone you’d reach before hitting a $1.5 billion valuation. But like any store — whether you’re selling NFT art or not — there’s a hefty price to pay for app store transactions, whether you’re on Android or iOS. That’s possibly why OpenSea’s shiny, new app is only for browsing NFTs, not for buying or selling them. For context, OpenSea saw $3.4 ...
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