The tiniest HDMI adapter turns your iPad into a home theater

2018 marks the year that Type-C became the big standard it promised it would be. With the iPad Pro adopting it, alongside the MacBook (and rumors that the iPhone would too), Type-C finally made its way across all dominant operating systems, from Windows, to Chrome OS, to Mac, to Android, and iOS. So if there’s a good time to start adopting Type-C (or USB-C), it’s right now.The beauty of the Type-C standard is that its compact and universal. It’s present everywhere, and works everywhere, and pret...
Tags: Deals, Gadgets, Design, Television, Macbook, Cellphones, 4k, Desktops, Adapter, Popular, Hdmi, Product Design, Nonda, Usb C, Type C

The strange and complex world of flame-effect LED bulbs

To my delight and awe, I have discovered a whole, new-to-me universe of "realistic flame" effect LED lightbulbs, which produce the illusion that you have a goblet of raging flame sticking out of your lightsocket: the bulbs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes (and can also be had in fanciful colors, for about $6-8/bulb (via Red Ferret)
Tags: Gadgets, Happy Mutants, Gift Guide, Video, News, Housewares, Fire In A Bottle

A Watch for Fidgeters!

We all fidget from time-to-time, whether it’s with the phones in our pockets or by clicking the push button at the end of our pens (the latter of the two really annoys everyone in the general area), we sometimes just can’t help it… we may not even know we are doing it! And that was the reasoning behind the Fidget Smartwatch.The fidget element has been introduced to the smartwatch through the imperfect outer bezel; by adding a notch on opposing sides combined with the ability to rotate the sectio...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Watches, Product Design, PDF HAUS, Fidget Smartwatch, Yunna Hwang

How to Digitize Your Old Film Photos

I’m a big fan of film photography, but one problem is that physical photos are hard to share. Everyone uses Instagram or Facebook now. Thankfully, it’s relatively simple—though not necessarily cheap—to digitize film photos. So, whether you’ve found a box of old photos in your parent’s basement you want to put online, or you just shot a roll of 35mm film last week, here’s what to do. Film photos come in two forms: developed photo prints and the original slides or negatives. Photo prints are easi...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Facebook, Instagram, Apple Photos

Udacity Achieves 50,000 Nanodegree Grads Amid Company Reorganization

Udacity, a pioneer in the online teaching of IT skills, is celebrating a milestone today—50,000 students have now graduated from one of its revenue-generating “Nanodegree” programs.Launched four years ago, the Nanodegree courses allow students worldwide to gain expertise in areas such as data analytics, machine learning, and autonomous flight engineering by completing coursework that can take as little as six months.In a blogpost touting student successes, Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrun (pi...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Deals, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Lyft, Hardware, Talent Gap, Education, Microsoft, Workplace, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco

Boston Tech Watch: Indigo Ag, GE, Algo Capital,, Cybric

Venture capital deals, acquisitions, and spin-offs made up much of this week’s Boston technology news.—Boston-based agtech startup Indigo Ag has acquired TellusLabs, an A.I. satellite technology company that was founded in Somerville, MA. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Indigo says it plans to integrate TellusLabs’ agricultural technology with its on-the-ground data to hopefully help growers increase crop yields. In September, Indigo raised a $250 million Series E funding round and launch...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Startups, Cloud, Boston, San Francisco, Trends, Mit, Palo Alto, Vc, Austin, Hacking, Northampton, Mark Cuban, Venture Capital, Cambridge

Ranks of Crypto Users Swelled in 2018 Even as Bitcoin Tumbled

It turns out that cryptocurrency enthusiasts were committed well beyond the HODL rallying call that urged them to hold on during this year's digital-asset market collapse. From a report: The number of verified users of cryptocurrencies almost doubled in the first three quarters of the year even as the market bellwether Bitcoin tumbled almost 80 percent, according to a study from the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance. Users climbed from 18 million to 35 million this year. The figures may p...
Tags: Tech, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance Users

David Byrne Curates a Playlist of Great Protest Songs Written Over the Past 60 Years: Stream Them Online

When you hear the words “protest song,” what do you see? Is it a folkie like Bob Dylan or Joan Baez delivering songs about injustice? Is it an earnest young thing with a guitar? Is it trapped in 1960s amber, while time has moved on to more ambiguity, more nihilism, more solipsism? British writers--and may we add amateur folksingers--Jonathan Luxmoore and Christine Ellis made this lament over two years ago in the pages of The Guardian, in an opinion piece entitled, “Not talkin' bout a revolution...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Iraq, America, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Associated Press, Killer Mike, Janelle Monae, David Byrne, Jeremy Corbyn, Joan Baez, Bakersfield, Facebook Twitter, Monáe

Google Home Helped Raise My Baby

For a week, at least.
Tags: Google, Science

ASUS CEO Resigns as Company Shifts Mobile Focus To Power Users

Earlier today, ASUS announced that long-time CEO Jerry Shen is stepping down ahead of "a comprehensive corporate transformation" -- part of which involving a new co-CEO structure, as well as a major shift in mobile strategy to focus on gamers and power users. From a report: In other words, we'll be seeing more ROG Phones and maybe fewer ZenFones, which is a way to admit defeat in what ASUS chairman Jonney Shih described as a "bloody battlefield" in his interview with Business Next. During his 11...
Tags: Asus, Tech, Shen, Jerry Shen, Jonney Shih

Tumblr Returns to Apple’s App Store Following Porn Ban Announcement

After Tumblr mysteriously disappeared from Apple’s Apple Store last month, it appears it has returned to the iOS store. The re-emergence of Tumblr’s app on the platform this week follows its controversial and maligned ban on adult content, which the company said would begin taking effect on December 17.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Porn, Tumblr, App Store, Apple Store, Rip Tumblr

TNB Aura closes $22.7M fund to bring PE-style investing to Southeast Asia’s startups

TNB Aura, a recent arrival to Southeast Asia’s VC scene, announced today that it has closed a maiden fund at SG$31.1million, or around US$22.65 million, to bring a more private equity-like approach to investing in startups in the region. The fund was launched in 2016 and it is a joint effort between Australia-based venture fund Aura and Singapore’s TNB Ventures, which has a history of corporate innovation work. I t reached a final close today, having hit an early close in January. It is a part o...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, TC, Asia, Business, Money, Indonesia, Australia, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Funding, US, Tech, Economy

Democrats Want Internet Companies to Be Liable for Data Loss Like Banks and Hospitals

Should we hold companies like Equifax and Facebook responsible for the protection of our personal information in the same way we hold banks and hospitals responsible? Should we expect the same level of control over data we’ve given to Google as we do with information shared with our doctor or lawyer?Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Privacy, Policy, US Senate, Equifax, Brian Schatz, The Data Care Act

Feature Friday: Plan A Trip

I don’t really use Waze that much. My trips are typically a combo of walking, biking, subways, and driving and Google Maps does a great job of offering all of those options. Waze is made for driving. So I am more of a Google Maps user than a Waze user. But Waze has one feature that I am increasingly addicted to: the “plan a trip” later feature. I am going to Brooklyn this morning for a Board Meeting and then I need to be in my office later. So I pulled out my phone, launched Waze, and figured ou...
Tags: Google, Uncategorized, Trends, Brooklyn, Waze, Google Maps

FCC Gives Carriers the Option To Block Text Messages

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: The Federal Communications Commission said it's getting tough on text message spam by clarifying that phone companies can block unwanted texts. At its monthly meeting Wednesday, the Republican-led agency voted 3-1 to classify SMS text messages as a so-called Title I information service under the Telecom Act. The three Republicans on the FCC, which voted to adopt the classification, said this would allow phone companies to block spam text messages. ...
Tags: Fcc, Obama, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Republican, Cnet, Ajit Pai, Jessica Rosenworcel

Japan Plans For 100ft Tsunami

schwit1 shares a report from The Times: It will shake houses and tall buildings, and unleash a 100ft tsunami on one of the most densely populated and industrialized coastlines in the world. It could kill and injure close to a million people. It will almost certainly come in the next few decades. Now, the Japanese government is making plans to evacuate millions of people in anticipation of what could be one of the worst natural disasters in history (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative s...
Tags: Japan, Tech, The Times, Nagoya Japan, Hamamatsu

I Asked Apple for Everything It Knows About Me, and Here's What I Found

Apple, like most of the tech giants, collects a lot of data about you. Not as much as everybody else—since it’s not the single search engine you rely on for everything—but you can’t use Apple products and services without leaving some kind of digital footprint. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Privacy, Lifehacks, Data Dump

The Best Explainers of 2018

Besides telling you how to hack your life, we here at Lifehacker love to help you understand the world around you, whether you’re puzzling over an obscure feature of your computer or a big political issue in the news. Here are some of our best explainers from 2018.Read more...
Tags: Health, Politics, Money, Government, Tech, Kids These Days, Lifehacks, Explainers

Apple quoted me $1,500 to repair a MacBook Pro, so I paid less than $500 at an 'unauthorized' Apple repair shop instead

Apple quoted me $1,475 to repair a liquid-damaged MacBook Pro.  An unauthorized Apple repair shop quoted me $425 to perform the same repair. I went with the unauthorized repair shop. The repair shop replaced a single chip, whereas Apple would likely have replaced the entire logic board that hosts the most important parts of a laptop.  Going the cheaper route was easily the best option for me, but it might not be for everyone.  When my wife's 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro stopped working, I did wha...
Tags: Apple, Mac, New York City, Trends, Tim Cook, Macbook Pro, Rossman, Rossmann, Louis Rossmann, Apple s Refurbished Mac Store, Rossmann Repair Group, Rossman Repair Group, New York City Rossmann

Last-Minute Food Gifts That Cost $20 Or Less

If you recently found yourself wondering, h ow the hell we are halfway into December?! — we can relate. Other than a working title for our annual holiday disaster drama, it's also the panic inducing feeling we get as we glance at our Google calendars, prompted by a co-worker's cheery question, "Have you finished all your holiday shopping?" No Susan, no we haven't. Turning into a last-minute shopper isn't our first choice, but the idea of blowing our budgets at the beginning of the month isn't a...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Fashion, Music, New Orleans, Jackson, Anthropologie, Murray, Susan, Mike, Jacobsen, Bauer, Dunkin, McCrea, Amazon Looks, Amazon Find

Sting on Amazon Booksellers Aims To Weed Out Counterfeit Textbooks, But Small Sellers Getting Hurt

Amazon upended the book industry more than two decades ago by bringing sales onto the web. Now, during the heart of the holiday shopping season, the company is wreaking havoc on used booksellers who have come to rely on Amazon for customers. From a report: In the past two weeks, Amazon has suspended at least 20 used book merchants for allegedly selling one or more counterfeit textbooks. They all received the same generic email from Amazon informing them that their account had been "temporarily d...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Amazon Booksellers

Delorean Hovercraft

Handmade air-cushioned vehicle designed to look exactly like Delorean time machine from Back to the Future movies. Delorean Hovercraft capable of travelling over land, water, ice, snow and sand was recently sold on eBay for $45,000.00. Also check out: DeLorean Limousine
Tags: Design, Tech, Delorean

On stock prices and Nvidia

Yesterday’s analysis of Nvidia’s challneges triggered a surge of mail from readers. The company has lost about half of its value over the past two months, and has mostly blamed a “crypto hangover” for the problem. But as I pointed yesterday, it’s really the three Cs: “Crypto, customers, and China.” There are nuances here worth exploring though. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new – provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at danny...
Tags: Apple, Asia, South Korea, Hardware, Government, China, Ipo, Softbank, Samsung, Tech, Bloomberg, Earth, Taiwan, Policy, Tariffs, Nvidia

FCC Panel Wants To Tax Internet-Using Businesses, Give the Money To ISPs

The FCC's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC), which includes members like AT&T, Comcast, Google Fiber, Sprint, and other ISPs and industry representatives, is proposing a tax on websites to pay for rural broadband. Ars Technica reports: If adopted by states, the recommended tax would apply to subscription-based retail services that require Internet access, such as Netflix, and to advertising-supported services that use the Internet, such as Google and Facebook. The tax would also app...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Fcc, Tech, Ars Technica, Netflix, AT T, Ajit Pai, Connect America Fund, BDAC, FCC s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, AT T Comcast Google Fiber Sprint, State Universal Service

Google Assistant gains support for Australian and British accents

Google Home Speakers in the US can now choose between an Australian-accented voice and a British-accented voice for your Google Assistant across devices. All the other settings and features including setting a timer, checking the weather and getting an overview of your commute and everything else remain the same while your Assistant will speak with a new accent. The Google Assistant speaking in an Australian-accented voice and a British-accented vo...
Tags: Google, News, US, Blogging, Sydney, Assistant, Google Home Speakers

Should you buy someone a phone for the holidays?

The answer is yes, if you can make sure you get them something they like, and you’re not saddling your loved one with a monthly bill. Here’s how to do it right.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Retail

Keepsafe launches My Number Lookup, so you can see the public data tied to your mobile number

Ever wonder how much of your personal information is accessible to marketers? Well, there’s a new service called My Number Lookup that makes it easy (and free) for you to check the data that’s publicly available and tied to your mobile phone number. The service was created by Keepsafe, maker of privacy-centric products. While there is a My Number Lookup website, the service actually operates over SMS — you just text HELLO to (855) 228-4539 and it will start sending you a report. Keepsafe co-f...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Privacy, Tech, KeepSafe, Zouhair Belkoura, Belkoura

This early GDPR adtech strike puts the spotlight on consent

What does consent as a valid legal basis for processing personal data look like under Europe’s updated privacy rules? It may sound like an abstract concern but for online services that rely on things being done with user data in order to monetize free-to-access content this is a key question now the region’s General Data Protection Regulation is firmly fixed in place. The GDPR is actually clear about consent. But if you haven’t bothered to read the text of the regulation, and instead just go and...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Facebook, Apps, Europe, London, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Congress, China, Tech, Eu, European Union, Smartphone, Artificial Intelligence

A Corporate-issued Laptop Stolen From a Lenovo Employee in September Contained Unencrypted Payroll Data on APAC Staff

A corporate-issued laptop lifted from a Lenovo employee in Singapore contained a cornucopia of unencrypted payroll data on staff based in the Asia Pacific region, news outlet The Register reports. From the report: Details of the massive screw-up reached us from Lenovo staffers, who are simply bewildered at the monumental mistake. Lenovo has sent letters of shame to its employees confessing the security snafu. "We are writing to notify you that Lenovo has learned that one of our Singapore employe...
Tags: China, Singapore, Tech, Asia Pacific, Lenovo, APAC, Lenovo Employee

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