Detailed Footage Finally Reveals What Triggers Lightning

An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via Quanta Magazine, written by Thomas Lewton: During a summer storm in 2018, a momentous lightning bolt flashed above a network of radio telescopes in the Netherlands. The telescopes' detailed recordings, which were processed only recently, reveal something no one has seen before: lightning actually starting up inside a thundercloud. In a new paper that will soon be published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, researchers used the ob...
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Retailers Surrender To Unprecedented Costs On Online Returns

Returning unwanted gifts this holiday season is becoming so expensive for retailers that they just might let customers keep the products -- and issue refunds anyway. Axios reports: The cost of online returns is soaring, contributing to increased prices, product shortages and supply chain stress. Returning a $50 item is expected to cost an average of $33, up 59% from 2020, according to Optoro, a returns processor. Worker shortages and supply chain problems are taking a toll, Optoro CEO Tobin Moor...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Optoro, Mark Cohen, Moore, Columbia Business School, Tobin Moore

California Is Suing Walmart Over Alleged Improper Disposal of E-Waste and Other Hazardous Materials

Last week, the California attorney general and 12 state officials filed a lawsuit against Walmart, saying it allegedly illegally disposed of electronic and hazardous waste, compromising local landfills. The Verge reports: California Attorney General Rob Bonta alleges in a statement the company violated state environmental laws with their practices, and the waste included materials like lithium and alkaline batteries, insect killer sprays, aerosol cans, LED lightbulbs, and more. State investigato...
Tags: California, Tech, Walmart, Missouri, Doj, Hargrove, Rob Bonta

13 Battery Gigafactories Are Coming To the US By 2025

schwit1 shares a report from Electrek: There are 13 new battery cell gigafactories coming online in the US by 2025, according to the Department of Energy. These factories are ushering in a new era of battery production in the US. [...] Now the Department of Energy has issued a report listing all the battery factory projects in the US: "In addition to electric vehicle battery plants that are already in operation in the United States, 13 additional plants have been announced and are expected to be...
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WTF Is .xyz?

"If you've visited a crypto company's website recently, you've probably visited a URL ending in âoe.xyzâ instead of its cheugier counterpart, .com," writes Anita Ramaswamy via TechCrunch. "From fintech Block, formerly known as Square, to venture firm Paradigm, to blockchain startups like Mirror, .xyz has become the go-to URL ending for many web3 companies. But what does it mean, and why has it caught on in the web3 space?" An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from the report: .xyz, released to ...
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Google is Just Letting the Pixelbook Rot (slashdot)

An anonymous reader shares a report: Google has a tendency to show up, innovate, and then abandon its products/services rather quickly. There's an entire site, Killed by Google, that's dedicated to documenting all of Google's dead projects. Even Stadia, Google's once-promising cloud gaming service, could be heading to the graveyard, after years of failing to measure up to Microsoft's xCloud and Nvidia's GeForce Now. But software is one thing. Hardware is another, and Google has let its premiere ...
Tags: Google, News, Microsoft, Nvidia, Chromebooks, Qualcomm, Pixel, Msmash, Pixelbook, Chromebook Google, Chrys Tsolaki Google

The Xiaomi 12 is official with Qualcomm's brand-new Snapdragon chip and blazingly fast 120W charging

When the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU was first unveiled, Xiaomi was quick to introduce the world to the Xiaomi 12, its upcoming flagship phone — albeit in a "hey, our phone will have this chip"... #flagshipphone #xiaomi #qualcomm #leaks #xiaomi12
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Xiaomi 12 series is unveiled, featuring Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

The Xiaomi 12 series is finally live, and here's all there is to know about it. #xiaomi
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Hyundai Shuts Down Its Engine Development Team Amid Focus On Electric Cars

Hyundai announced that it is shutting down its internal combustion engine development team as the automaker focuses on electric cars. Electrek reports: For 40 years the Korean automaker has been developing internal combustion engines to use in its vehicle lineup, but no more. The Korea Economic Daily reports that Hyundai's new R&D chief Park Chung-kook confirmed in an email to employees that they are shutting down new engine development: "Now, it is inevitable to convert into electrification. Ou...
Tags: Tech, Park, Hyundai, Park Chung, Electrek, Korea Economic Daily, Focus On Electric Cars

How to share your screen on FaceTime using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac

Apple's FaceTime video calls allow you to share your screen on a computer or mobile device.Shutterstock You can share your screen on FaceTime while you're on a call with other people.  To share your screen, everyone needs to have iOS or iPadOS 15.1 or MacOS 12.1 or later.  To share your screen from an iPhone or iPad, tap the Share Content button at the top of the screen, then Share My Screen. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Thanks to screen sharing in Face...
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US stocks end mixed as tech pullback prevents S&P 500 from logging fresh closing high

Brendan McDermid/Reuters The S&P 500 pulled back from another record-closing high in the final minutes of Tuesday's session.  A retreat in tech stocks also weighed on the Nasdaq Composite.  Apple is in focus as 2021 winds down, with its stock sitting not far from a $3 trillion market capitalization. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. US stocks ended mixed Tuesday as the S&P 500 narrowly pulled back from another record closing high in the final minute...
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Apple Aims To Prevent Defections To Meta With Rare $180,000 Bonuses for Top Talent

Apple has issued unusual and significant stock bonuses to some engineers in an effort to retain talent, looking to stave off defections to tech rivals such as Facebook owner Meta Platforms. From a report: Last week, the company informed some engineers in silicon design, hardware, and select software and operations groups of the out-of-cycle bonuses, which are being issued as restricted stock units, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The shares vest over four years, providing an in...
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Google's Pichai Ordered To Answer Queries About 'Incognito' Mode

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg Law: Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai must face questioning in a California federal court lawsuit over privacy concerns surrounding Google's "incognito" web browsing mode. Lawyers for the consumers who sued want to ask Pichai about user misconceptions of their privacy online while using Google's Chrome browser. Pichai is subject to up to two hours of testimony under an order issued Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Califor...
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Best gifts for Samsung phone users

Best gifts for Samsung phone users to buy this holiday season.
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DoorDash Is Requiring Engineers To Deliver Food

DoorDash, the food delivery app based out of San Francisco, is requiring all its nondelivery employees, including CEO Tony Xu, to do a "dash" once a month -- and some employees are seemingly furious. SFGate reports: MarketWatch first reported that the WeDash program, which was launched when the service was founded, is making its return in January after being paused during the pandemic. A spokesperson for DoorDash confirmed its return to SFGATE. But a 1,500-comment thread on Blind, the anonymous ...
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Silicon Valley is a breeding ground for rivalries. Here are the biggest feuds between some of the world's most powerful executives.

Elon Musk, left, and Jeff Bezos have one of the longest-running rivalries in tech.Lambert/Ullstein Bild/Getty Images; Alex Wong/Getty Images; Blue Origin; Samantha Lee/Insider While there are many close friendships in Silicon Valley, there are also plenty of feuds. Some appear to be friendly rivalries, like Marc Benioff and Larry Ellison.  Others, like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, are more contentious. Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED25; Francois Mori/AP ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Cook, Jobs, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Washington, US, San Francisco, Trends

Apple is reportedly surprising some employees with massive bonuses up to $180,000

Tim Cook in November 2021.Mario Tama/Getty Images Apple is giving some engineers bonuses of stock grants worth between $50,000 and $180,000, Bloomberg reported. The bonuses vest over four years in an effort to keep employees from defecting to rivals like Meta. The surprise bonuses are the latest example of firms vying for the best of the tech talent pool. Apple is giving some of its engineers massive bonuses as incentives to stay at the tech giant and not flee to competitors like Meta, former...
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Apple Launching Limited-Edition 'Year of the Tiger' Beats Studio Buds

Apple this week unveiled limited-edition Beats Studio Buds in celebration of the Lunar New Year on February 1, 2022. The custom Beats feature a red design with gold tiger print accents on the earbuds and charging case as a tribute to the Year of the Tiger. The limited-edition Studio Buds will be available on January 1, with pricing set at 1,099 yuan in China, which is the same price as the standard Studio Buds. It's unclear if they'll be available to purchase in any other countries. Beats St...
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How to delete or deactivate your Apple ID account

Apple's website allows you to delete or deactivate your Apple ID.Westend61/Getty Images You can delete your Apple ID from Apple's Data & Privacy website. Deleting your Apple ID will also delete any content stored in your iCloud account and revoke your access to Apple services.  You may instead choose to deactivate your account and then reactivate it at any time to restore access to your Apple ID and Apple services.  Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. While an...
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Winter Storms Are Breaking Snow and Temperature Records

Winter storms sweeping parts of the Western U.S. and the Pacific Northwest have brought heavy snow and record low temperatures in some areas -- and there's more to come. From a report: A winter storm warning continues into Wednesday for parts of the border area of Northern California and Nevada. "We've had quite a series of storms that have impacted the area, especially impacted the Sierra, where we've had some very heavy snow amounts. That's impacted travel to an incredible degree," National We...
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The life and career of Oracle's Larry Ellison, who went from college drop-out to jet-setting playboy and 7th-richest person in the world

Oracle cofounder Larry Ellison.Kim Kulish/Corbis via Getty Images Larry Ellison, the 77-year-old cofounder of Oracle, is one of the most interesting men in tech. Whether it's yacht-racing, buying Hawaiian islands, or trash-talking competitors, Ellison keeps it interesting. N ow, he's one of the world's richest people with a net worth of $122 billion.   Lawrence Joseph Ellison was born in the Bronx on August 17, 1944, the son of a single mother named Florence Spellman. The view...
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Review: 2022 Honda Civic Adds Available Wireless CarPlay

Wireless CarPlay is seeing increasing adoption across car manufacturers, and one of the most recent to adopt the technology is Honda, which debuted it in the 2021 Accord and has now expanded it to the Civic for 2022. I recently had a chance to spend some time in the new Civic, which delivers a familiar infotainment experience with several handy additions. My test vehicle was a top-end Touring trim, featuring a 9-inch main infotainment screen with SiriusXM and built-in navigation compared to t...
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Some Apple Engineers Rewarded Up to $180K in Stock Bonuses as Incentive to Stay

Apple is providing stock bonuses to some engineers in order to prevent them from moving on to companies like Meta, reports Bloomberg. Last week, select engineers in silicon design, hardware, software, and operations were informed that they would be receiving a $50,000 to $180,000 stock bonus, which Bloomberg says is "unusual and significant." Most engineers received stock worth $80,000 to $120,000, with the bonuses provided as restricted stock units that are set to vest over the course of fou...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Facebook, Mac, Bloomberg, Rumors, Apple Watch, Meta, Bloomberg Last

LastPass Says It Didn't Leak Your Password

Did LastPass get hacked? Gizmodo: Some users of the popular password manager recently received emails from the company warning them of suspicious login attempts that were utilizing their master password -- definitely never a great sign. Speculation soon spread that LastPass may have suffered a data breach that exposed users' credentials, thus allowing for the malicious activity to take place. According to LastPass itself, the answer is: We don't think so. When reached for comment by Gizmodo, t...
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Nomad Helps You Get the Gift You Wanted

You’ve gotten your new iPhone, AirPods, or Apple Watch. Now it’s time to outfit those new products with high-quality cases and accessories. Nomad Goods is offering 20% off the full price of everything in stock, but only until December 30. Take advantage of this sale to help you get the gift you wanted. The “Get the Gift You Wanted” Sale Nomad makes some of the best accessories you’ll find for your Apple products. Their accessories cover the gamut, from cases and Watch bands to chargers, stands...
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130-year-old time capsule found in base of statue of Confederate general

  The box will be opened on Tuesday, said Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. Twitter WASHINGTON: Workers dismantling a Confederate general's statue pedestal discovered a copper box believed to be buried 130 years ago, the second apparent time capsule unearthed at the site. site.  Virginia Governor Ralph Northam tweeted along with pictures of the box.  "This is probably the time capsule everyone has been looking for. According to an 1887 newspaper article, a time capsule hidde...
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Was 2021 the Worst Year Ever for Games?

Covid-19's knock-on effects have delayed development so much that most games we thought we'd be playing now have drifted into next year. From a report: I'm Keza MacDonald, the Guardian's video games editor. I have been a video games journalist for 16 years, and my extended family only recently stopped asking me when I was going to get a real job over Christmas dinner. I guess they've given up on me now. This December, as usual, the release calendar has been as sparse as the hairs on Agent 47's h...
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Here’s How to Create an Apple ID Recovery Key on iPhone

The Apple ID recovery key is a randomly generated 28-character code that you can use to help reset your password or regain access to your Apple ID. When you create one, the only way to reset your password is by using another device already signed in with your Apple ID or by entering your recovery key. Apple ID Recovery Key However, proceed with caution. If you lose your key and you don’t have another trusted device you can be permanently locked out of your Apple ID. Creating one of these key...
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China’s new AI policy doesn’t prevent it from building autonomous weapons

The People’s Republic of China recently published a “position paper” detailing the nation’s views on military AI regulation. Having thoroughly perused it, we’ve come to the following conclusion: it’s gibberish. Up front: The first thing you want to know when a global superpower releases official government documentation detailing its views on the use of artificial intelligence for military applications is whether the signatory intends to develop lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS). China’s ...
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Tumblr Goes Overboard Censoring Tags on iOS To Comply With Apple's Guidelines

An update to Tumblr's iOS app censors a long list of tags to comply with Apple's strict safety guidelines. From a report: The platform explains that it's changing iOS users' ability to access sensitive content, affecting their experience when it comes to searching for content, scrolling through the "Stuff for You" and "Following" sections of the dashboard, and could even prevent access to blogs that are flagged. Tumblr says it has to "extend the definition of what sensitive content is" to "remai...
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