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Startups Weekly: A new era for consumer tech

TechCrunch is out hunting for bright spots in the startup world as we all come to grips with the pandemic — particularly where checks are actually being written despite everything. D2C is back to the future First up this week, we surveyed top direct-to-consumer investors, and they seemed pretty optimistic despite the struggles of some sector leaders. Here’s Lightspeed Venture Partners Nicole Quinn, for example, on investor activity versus current opportunity: I would argue it is too weak as in...
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Apple Launches COVID-19 Screening Website and App

Apple launched its own coronavirus screening site and iOS app developed alongside the White House, CDC and FEMA. From a report: The site is pretty simple with basic information about best practices and safety tips alongside a basic screening tool which should give you a fairly solid idea on whether or not you need to be tested for COVID-19. The site which is -- of course -- accessible on mobile and desktop also includes some quick tips on social distancing, isolation, hand-washing, surface disin...
Tags: Apple, US, Tech, Fema, White House CDC


Our Favorite Gadgets to Use When Stuck at Home

A third of the global population is on lockdown, and at least 200 million Americans in 21 states, 47 counties and 14 cities are urged to stay home. So people are left with their own devices—literally—to keep some sanity.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Consumer Tech, Kindle Paperwhite, Apple Watch Series 5, Sony Wh 1000xm3


Phone Calls Are Back in Fashion

Data shows that people all over the U.S. are doing the same thing. Verizon says it has seen an average of 800 million wireless calls daily on recent weekdays, nearly twice the volume of Mother's Day. From a report: And we're not just calling people more often, we're talking on the phone for longer: AT&T says that wireless voice minutes on Monday were up 39% from the average Monday, and Wi-Fi calling minutes were 78% higher. Thanks to coronavirus, we're no longer in transit, unable to answer a ca...
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Apple Suppliers Worried About iPhone Demand, Production Ramp-Up for New iPhones Reportedly Postponed

Most of the factories in China that supply devices and components to Apple are back to churning out products, but Apple suppliers are said to be worried about how much demand there will be for the current iPhone models and the new iPhones expected in the fall. According to Reuters, a senior official at one of Apple's major supply companies said that orders for quarter ending in March are likely to drop 18 percent compared with the previous year. Production ramp-up for new 5G iPhones has also ...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Featured, China, Bloomberg, Malaysia, Vietnam, Reuters


Help Needed To Rescue UK's Old Rainfall Records

At a loss to know what to do with your self-isolation time? Well, why not get on the computer and help with a giant weather digitisation effort? From a report: The UK has rainfall records dating back 200 years or so, but the vast majority of these are in handwritten form and can't easily be used to analyse past periods of flooding and drought. The Rainfall Rescue Project is seeking volunteers to transfer all the data into online spreadsheets. You're not required to rummage through old bound volu...
Tags: UK, Tech, Met Office, Ed Hawkins, Rainfall Rescue Project


Bosses Panic-Buy Spy Software To Keep Tabs On Remote Workers

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: With so many people working remotely because of the coronavirus, surveillance software is flying off the virtual shelves. "Companies have been scrambling," said Brad Miller, CEO of surveillance-software maker InterGuard. "They're trying to allow their employees to work from home but trying to maintain a level of security and productivity." Along with InterGuard, software makers include Time Doctor, Teramind, VeriClock, innerActiv, ActivTrak and...
Tags: Tech, Bloomberg, Miller, Sutton, Brad Miller, Teramind, InterGuard, Rita Selvaggi Teramind, Eli Sutton, Jim Mazotas


Physicists Disagree Over New Dark Matter Claim

sciencehabit shared this article from Science magazine: For decades, astrophysicists have thought some sort of invisible dark matter must pervade the galaxies and hold them together, although its nature remains a mystery. Now, three physicists claim their observations of empty patches of sky rule out one possible explanation of the strange substance — that it is made out of unusual particles called sterile neutrinos. But others argue the data show no such thing. "I think that for most of the ...
Tags: Tech, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, XMM Newton, University of California Irvine, Leiden University, Boyarsky, Benjamin Safdi, Kevork Abazajian, Safdi Alexey Boyarsky


Top Stories: Hands-On With 2020 iPad Pro and MacBook Air, iOS and iPadOS 13.4 Released, iPhone 12 Delay?

After last week's flurry of product launches, Apple's new iPad Pro and MacBook Air have started to make their way into consumers' hands, and we've gone hands-on with both of them this week. Apple this week also released iOS and iPadOS 13.4 (as well as macOS, watchOS, and tvOS updates) with a number of new features and improvements. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. On the rumor side of things, we're starting to hear about the possibliity of a delayed launch of t...
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Zoom Updates iOS App to Stop Sending Data to Facebook

Zoom, a video conferencing app that many people are using at the current time to keep in touch with coworkers while working from home, was sending data to Facebook without disclosing the data sharing to customers. As of today, Zoom has updated its iOS app to remove the SDK that was providing data to Facebook through the Login with Facebook feature, according to Motherboard, the site that first discovered Zoom's data sharing practices. Zoom was providing Facebook with data that included when ...
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How the Pandemic Will End?

Ed Yong, writing for The Atlantic: The world is experienced at making flu vaccines and does so every year. But there are no existing vaccines for coronaviruses -- until now, these viruses seemed to cause diseases that were mild or rare -- so researchers must start from scratch. The first steps have been impressively quick. Last Monday, a possible vaccine created by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health went into early clinical testing. That marks a 63-day gap between scientists sequencin...
Tags: Tech, Atlantic, National Institutes of Health, Gavi, Ed Yong, Fauci, Berkley, Seth Berkley, Moderna


Want to Increase Your Small Business Knowledge? Here are 10 Expert Tips

There are some business lessons that you need to learn through experience. However, there are some things you can learn by paying attention to experts in your field or utilizing data and tools that are available to your business. Read on for some of the top lessons you should take from industry experts and other members of the online small business community. Learn from Top Marketing Mavens Throughout the month, 30 Days of Marketing Mavens will be sharing interviews with experts to reveal som...
Tags: Google, Sales, Startup, Toprank Marketing, Guy Kawasaki, Neil Patel, Content Marketing Institute, Anita Campbell, Martin Zwilling, Mike Allton, Google Data Studio, Phil Frost, Lane Ellis, Trevor Anderson, Ben Tejes, Thom James Carter


Charter Gives Spectrum Technicians Entering Homes During Pandemic $25 Gift Cards

Charter Communications, the operator of Spectrum, has been one of the companies refusing to allow staff to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, ignoring guidelines from federal, state, and local authorities while citing its “indispensable” status as an infrastructure provider. Spectrum technicians have also …Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Spectrum, Charter Communications, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Remote City Council Meeting Interrupted By Pornographic Videos

Friday's first-ever remote meeting for the Los Angeles City Council had to shut down for 20 minutes because of pranksters posting "pornographic videos". The Los Angeles Daily News has the story: Council President Nury Martinez called a recess about an hour into the meeting, which is centered around a Los Angeles-centric relief package for workers, renters and homeless people during the public health crisis. She said there were "inappropriate videos" being posted. Soon afterward, city officials'...
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Are There Exceptions to the Rule that Going Electric Reduces Emissions?

"Averaged over the globe, electric vehicles (EVs) already represent about a 31-percent emissions savings" writes Ars Technica, noting results from a study which also found similar savings from energy-efficient home-heating pumps. "Even in the scenario where these technologies are promoted but the grid isn't cleaned up much, there's a substantial benefit through 2050." But the researchers also separated the world into 59 regions, then used data on the "greenness" of each country's electricity gr...
Tags: Japan, Tech, Ars Technica, Switzerland, Estonia


Working From Home Hasn't Broken the Internet

sixoh1 shared this story from the Wall Street Journal: Home internet and wireless connectivity in the U.S. have largely withstood unprecedented demands as more Americans work and learn remotely. Broadband and wireless service providers say traffic has jumped in residential areas at times of the day when families would typically head to offices and schools. Still, that surge in usage hasn't yet resulted in widespread outages or unusually long service disruptions, industry executives and analys...
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How Devs Can Help Beat the COVID-19 Pandemic

The state of New York hopes to "amplify" its response to COVID-19 by launching tech-driven products with top companies, and it's looking for professional volunteers with experience in software development, hardware deployment/end-user support, and data science (as well as areas like product management, design, operations management). Meanwhile, IBM's 2020 "Call for Code Global Challenge" is a virtual hackathon with a $200,000 prize, and they've now "expanded its focus" to include the effects of...
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Zoom Removes Code That Sends Data to Facebook

An anonymous reader quotes Motherboard: On Friday video-conferencing software Zoom issued an update to its iOS app which stops it sending certain pieces of data to Facebook. The move comes after a Motherboard analysis of the app found it sent information such as when a user opened the app, their timezone, city, and device details to the social network giant. When Motherboard analyzed the app, Zoom's privacy policy did not make the data transfer to Facebook clear. "Zoom takes its users' privac...
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Apple and the CDC's COVID19 self-diagnosis app

Apple and the CDC have released this app to help you self-diagnose in the event you are wondering if you have COVID19. I think most of the world imagines every tickle in their throat as the beginning of the end. COVID19 Screening tool for IOS
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Google Sees Rise in State-Sponsored Hackers Posing as Journalists

Government-backed hackers are increasingly posing members of the press in attempts to spread malicious email attachments and disinformation among newsreaders, according to Google’s own elite team of hackers.Read more...
Tags: Google, Security, Science, Malware, Phishing, Sandworm


To Conserve Bandwidth, Should Opting In Be Required Before Autoplaying Videos?

An anonymous reader writes: We keep seeing stories about how providers are slowing down their streaming speed to reduce bandwidth usage during this period when many are being asked to stay at home... But it seems that many are totally ignoring a very obvious way to reduce usage significantly, and that is by disabling autoplay on their web sites and in their apps. To give an example, a couple of days ago I was watching a show on Hulu, and either I was more sleepy than I thought or the show was ...
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Some Recovered Coronavirus Patients In Wuhan Are Testing Positive Again

NPR is reporting that some Wuhan residents in China who had tested positive earlier and then recovered from the disease are testing positive for the virus a second time. It's raising concerns of a possible second wave of cases, as China prepares to lift quarantine measures to allow residents to leave the epicenter of its outbreak next month. From the report: Based on data from several quarantine facilities in the city, which house patients for further observation after their discharge from hospi...
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US Officials Reportedly Agree To Cut Off Huawei From Global Chip Suppliers

Senior U.S. government officials have agreed to new rules to cut off Huawei from global chip suppliers, according to a Reuters report Thursday, citing sources familiar with the matter. CNET reports: Under the new measures, foreign companies that use American chipmaking equipment would first need to secure a license before supplying some chips to Huawei, the report says. The focus of the new rules is to restrict the sale of more sophisticated chips to the Chinese telecom giant rather than generic...
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When is it time to stop fundraising?

Russ Heddleston Contributor Share on Twitter Russ is the co-founder and CEO of DocSend. He was previously a product manager at Facebook, where he arrived via the acquisition of his startup Pursuit.com, and has held roles at Dropbox, Greystripe, and Trulia. Follow him here: @rheddleston and @docsend More posts by this contributor What to expect when pitching European VCs First mover advantage: Does it matter...
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One Woman Can Smell Parkinson's Disease Before Symptoms Manifest

"For most of her life, Joy Milne had a superpower that she was totally oblivious to," reports NPR. Long-time Slashdot reader doug141 explains what happened next: Milne's husband's natural odor changed when he was 31. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's at 45. When Joy walked into a Parkinson's support group, she smelled the same odor on everybody. A Parkinson's researcher tested her with blind samples from early stage patients, late-stage patients, and controls... NPR tells the story of that test...
Tags: Tech, Npr, University of Edinburgh, Joy, Parkinson, ACS Central Science, Milne, Joy Milne, Tilo, Tilo Kunath, Kunath


Google pledges to donate $800 million and 3 million face masks in an effort to combat the coronavirus (GOOGL)

Google announced it is pledging $800 million to assist businesses and crisis response efforts to fight the coronavirus.  Part of Google's pledge includes a donation of 2-3 million face masks in the coming weeks. This is the latest effort by Google to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google on Friday announced an $800 million pledge to support businesses and health organizations fighting the coronavirus. Part of that pledge includes donatin...
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Cringely Predicts 2020 Will See 'the Death of IT'

Long-time technology pundit Robert Cringely writes: IT — Information Technology — grew out of something we called MIS — Management Information Systems — but both meant a kid in a white shirt who brought you a new keyboard when yours broke. Well, the kid is now gone, sent home with everyone else, and that kid isn't coming back... ever. IT is near death, fading by the day. But don't blame COVID-19 because the death of IT was inevitable. This novel coronavirus just made it happen a little quicker.....
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Upgrade your PC with this sale on refurbished computers from Microsoft, HP, Dell, and more

In case you’re one of those computer shoppers who instinctively turns up their nose at the very mention of the word refurbished, here are a couple myths worth dispelling. Refurbished equals junk somebody didn’t want. While desktops, laptops, notebooks, Chromebooks and tablets marked as refurbished may have been unboxed at some point, meaning they can never again be sold as new, that definitely doesn’t make them junk. Refurbished computers don’t work. In fact, the complete opposite is usually tr...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Microsoft, Hp, Intel, Chromebook, Acer, Nvidia, Dell, Shop, Chromebooks, Intel Core, Dell Precision, Asus Chromebook, AMD Ryzen


Airbnb is freezing marketing spending and slowing hiring as losses reportedly reach hundreds of millions of dollars

Airbnb has halted most teams to freeze hiring for the foreseeable future, according to a report in . Technical and essential roles are still open and moving through the process on a case by case basis, a source close to the company told Business Insider. An independent analysis of open roles showed that technical and contingent roles dropped sharply starting in January, and have continued to fall. Airbnb is among other startups struggling with an extreme decrease in revenue as people halt tra...
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Edward Snowden warns 'bio-surveillance' may outlast coronavirus

Edward Snowden is a former CIA contractor who exposed NSA mass surveillance programs. In a recent interview, Snowden expressed concern over the ways in which governments are using technology to track the spread of the virus. These new tracking measures may someday be repurposed to advance governments' mass surveillance programs, Snowden warned. As governments turn to technology to help contain the spread of COVID-19, privacy advocates are expressing concern over how new bio-surveillance prac...
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