Insect Collapse: 'We Are Destroying Our Life Support Systems'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished. His return to the Luquillo rainforest in Puerto Rico after 35 years was to reveal an appalling discovery. The insect population that once provided plentiful food for birds throughout the mountainous national park had collapsed. On the ground, 98% had gone. Up in the leafy canopy, 80% had vanished. The most likely culprit by fa...
Tags: Tech, Puerto Rico, Lister, Luquillo, Brad Lister

LG Will Launch a Phone With a Second Screen Attachment

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: LG's next smartphone may have you seeing double. And no, it's not because of a foldable display. The company will launch a smartphone, whose name hasn't been finalized, that will have an option for a second-screen attachment, according to a person familiar with the situation. The attachment, which the person describes as a sort of case with a screen, could potentially double the total screen size of the device. It's one of multiple phones launching ...
Tags: Congress, Tech, Lg, Cnet, Naver

Tim Cook on iPhone Sales: We Need to Talk About Facebook

Just in case you weren’t already aware of this, Apple is super duper serious about privacy. In a new Time opinion piece, Tim Cook reiterated the company’s old talking points about how other companies (read: Facebook and Google) turn people’s personal data into a product that they can sell, sometimes without the user…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Science, Privacy, Time, Marketing, Tim Cook

Google will raise prices on its G Suite for the first time ever, as competition with Microsoft Office 365 heats up (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google will raise prices on G Suite — the company's productivity suite — for the first time ever, according to a corporate blog post on Wednesday.  Starting on April 2nd, The cost of G Suite Basic will increase from $5 to $6 per user per month, and the cost of G Suite Business will move from $10 to $12. Google justified the 20% increase for its Basic and Business Editions by saying that it has not updated prices since introducing G Suite over a decade ago, while its product offering has gro...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Microsoft Office, Diane Greene, Marie Kondo, G Suite, G Suite Enterprise Edition, G Suite Business, Business Premium, Thomas Kurian, Business Editions, G Suite Basic

Google's cheaper Pixel 3 'Lite' is totally leaked in a new video and comes with one of the most important features from the $800 Pixel 3 (GOOG, GOOGL)

A new video supposedly shows off the new Pixel 3 Lite mid-range smartphone from Google.  The Pixel 3 Lite is said to be a cheaper version of the regular Pixel 3 phones that Google released in October last year.  One of the biggest features on the Pixel 3 Lite is the same camera as the regular Pixel 3, which is often touted as having the best camera on any smartphone.  If the Pixel 3 Lite exists, it appears to be completely, totally, and utterly leaked in a new video from YouTube channel Andro...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Trends, Pixel, Lite, Google Pixel, Andro News It

Fortnite bugs put accounts at risk of takeover

With one click, any semi-skilled hacker could have silently taken over a Fortnite account, according to a cybersecurity firm who says the bug is now fixed. Researchers at Check Point say the three vulnerabilities chained together could have affected any of its 200 million players. The flaws, if exploited, would have stolen the account access token set on the gamer’s device once they’ve entered their password. Once stolen, that token could be used to impersonate the gamer and log in as if they we...
Tags: Tech, Epic Games, Check Point, Nick Chester, Fortnite, Vanunu, Oded Vanunu

After 33 Exits in 5 Years, WI Seeks “More and Bigger” Startup Deals

When Propeller Health’s founders initially tried to raise funding for their new healthcare technology venture, many of the investors they spoke with were hesitant to take the risk.It was the early part of this decade, and Propeller was navigating the FDA’s regulatory process for medical devices. The company believed it had a chance to become one of the first to earn market clearance from the agency for a software product, says Propeller co-founder and CEO David Van Sickle. Propeller’s idea for ...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Internet Of Things, Education, Connected Devices, Trends, Tech, It, Cybersecurity, Walgreens, Vc, Software, Healthcare, M&a

AWS launches Backup, a fully-managed backup service for AWS

Amazon’s AWS cloud computing service today launched Backup, a new tool that makes it easier for developers on the platform to back up their data from various AWS services and their on-premises apps. Out of the box, the service, which is now available to all developers, lets you set up backup policies for services like Amazon EBS volumes, RDS databases, DynamoDB tables, EFS file systems and AWS Storage Gateway volumes. Support for more services is planned, too. To back up on-premises data, busine...
Tags: Amazon, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Cloud Storage, Cloud Computing, Tech, Data, Backup, Aws, Rackspace, Amazon Web Services, Amazon EBS, Bill Vass

Researchers ran a simulator to teach this robot dog to roll over

Advanced robots are expensive, and teaching them can be incredibly time consuming. With the proper simulation, however, roboticists can train their machines to learn quickly. A team from the Robotic Systems Lab in Zurich, Switzerland have demonstrated as much in a new paper. The research outlines how training a neutral a neural network using simulation taught the Boston Dynamics-esque ANYmal robot how to perform some impressive feats, including the ability to roll over, as a method for recov...
Tags: Tech, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, Zurich Switzerland, Robotic Systems Lab

The record-breaking government shutdown is putting the US at risk of a major cyberattack

Cybersecurity experts are warning that the US is at greater risk of attack during the record partial government shutdown. Thousands of workers who monitor the nation's defense systems are off work, and experts also worry that systems aren't being upgraded or repaired. Workers deemed essential are still in place, but the absence of so many others could still leave the US at risk. "In a stalemate over how best to secure America’s southern border, the Trump administration has endangered the integ...
Tags: Apple, Review, Obama, North Korea, Cbs News, Stanford, White House, US, America, Trends, Cbs, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Trump, Malley

How To Take Advantage Of Memes, Memes, Memes, Memes...

As the realities of content and distribution continue to transform in the contemporary media economy, many artists and distributors have been forced to rethink their marketing strategy entirely. Here we look at memes have and could potentially be tapped as an effective marketing platform. ________________________ Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media As content and distribution rules shift in the new media ecosphere, brands – whether they're radio, TV, streaming, personalities, a...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Music, Taylor Swift, NFL, Chicago, Netflix, Guest Post, Sandra Bullock, North America, Wrigley, Richard Dawkins, Hyde Park, Music Business, Brian May, Variety

What Apps Do You Want Us to Test?

If there’s something you need your phone to do, there’s probably an app for it. In fact, with more than 2 million apps available on both the iOS App Store and Google Play store, there are probably too many apps for it. So how do you choose the right one?Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Google Play, Productivity, Apps, Technology, Phone, App, Lifehacks, App Store, App Directory

Bytedance Hits Lower-End of Sales Goal Amid Slowdown

Six-year-old Bytedance secured a $75 billion valuation in the most recent fundraising, vaulting it ahead of Uber Technologies Inc. in the global rankings, after attracting backing from SoftBank Group Corp., KKR & Co. and General Atlantic. The social media giant is nurturing a raft of apps including news aggregating service Toutiao and short video platform Tik Tok, helping it create an internet experience that’s a cross between Google news and Facebook. Bytedance declined to comment on its reve...
Tags: Google, Science, General Atlantic, Uber Technologies Inc, Toutiao, Bytedance, Facebook ByteDance, SoftBank Group Corp KKR Co

How machine learning can drive change in traffic-packed L.A.

There's nothing quite like driving through Los Angeles on a perfectly sunny day. But for drivers, the beauty of Southern California’s great weather and scenery is ruined by one thing: traffic.According to a report by INRIX, my hometown is the worst city in the world for traffic, with a record of 102 hours of congestion during peak hours in 2017. My classmate, Ericson Hernandez, comes from New York City, which is ranked third globally for its traffic woes. Together, we decided to use machine lear...
Tags: Google, New York City, Los Angeles, Ai, Inrix, Southern California, Lei Huang, Loyola Marymount University, Ericson, Powered by TensorFlow, Ericson Hernandez

Google Maps Deterring Outback Tourists, Say Small Firms

Tourism operators in Australia claim inaccuracies in Google Maps are deterring potential visitors, by making remote attractions appear further away than they actually are. From a report: The Queensland government in north-east Australia has complained to Google, which says it will look into the issue. Firms looking to promote their small towns as remote tourist destinations say Google Maps inflates travel times. Outback businesses say errors in the map app can add hours to a journey. "People are...
Tags: Google, Australia, Tech, Queensland, Google Maps, Outback, Robyn Mackenzie, Eromanga Natural History Museum, ABC People

Google Just Spent $40 Million For Fossil's Secret Smartwatch Tech

Google and watchmaker Fossil Group today announced an agreement for the search giant to acquire some of Fossil's smartwatch technology and members of the research and development division responsible for creating it. From a report: The deal is worth roughly $40 million, and under the current terms Fossil will transfer a "portion" of its R&D team, the portion directly responsible for the intellectual property being sold, over to Google. As a result, Google will now have a dedicated team with hard...
Tags: Google, Tech, Fossil Group

Mozilla Kills Its Experimental Firefox Test Pilot Program 3 Years After Launch

Mozilla has announced that it is closing Firefox Test Pilot, an experimental program it launched three years ago. Firefox Test Pilot allowed users to try out potential new built-in Firefox features to understand if they are popular with users. The company says the program was used by an average of 100,000 daily users. A report adds: It's worth noting here that Test Pilot is separate from the various beta versions of Firefox, which are early iterations designed to fine-tune features intended for ...
Tags: Firefox, Tech, Mozilla, Firefox Test Pilot

Xiaomi’s Survival Game now available for download

Update - January 17, 2019 - The Survival game is now available from Mi App Store for eligible Xiaomi devices. The game is just 185MB so you can't expect PUBG-like graphics. Earlier: Multiplayer online battle royale games do not need any introduction, you may already have PUBG or Fortnite installed on your mobile device. Online battle royal games like PUBG and Fortnite became very popular on the mobile platform this year, both the games have crossed 100 million downloads mark within a few ...
Tags: Games, News, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, Survival Game, Fortnite, PUBG, Mi Community, Mi Community India, Xiaomi Survival Game, Xiaomi Company, Mi App Store

Federal Prosecutors Are Investigating Huawei For Allegedly Stealing Trade Secrets, Says Report

According to The Wall Street Journal, federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation to see if Huawei allegedly stole trade secrets from U.S. companies. The probe is reportedly built out of civil lawsuits against the telecommunications firm. The Hill reports: People familiar with the probe told the Journal that it is at an advanced stage and that an indictment could soon be coming. Huawei has long faced scrutiny from both lawmakers and national security officials, who have labeled th...
Tags: China, Tech, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Hill

Apple Maps Gooses DuckDuckGo In Search Privacy Partnership

Search engine DuckDuckGo now displays location information from Apple Maps in its search results. "DuckDuckGo now uses Apple Maps both for small maps in location-related search results and for larger, interactive search results that appear in a separate maps tab," reports CNET. "That replaces a combination including MapBox, OpenStreetMap and homegrown technology." From the report: The top reason DuckDuckGo argues you should try it is that it doesn't keep any personal information on you and what ...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Apple Maps, Cnet, MapBox OpenStreetMap

Robots learn to grab and scramble with new levels of agility

Robots are amazing things, but outside of their specific domains they are incredibly limited. So flexibility — not physical, but mental — is a constant area of research. A trio of new robotic setups demonstrate ways they can evolve to accommodate novel situations: using both “hands,” getting up after a fall, and understanding visual instructions they’ve never seen before. The robots, all developed independently, are gathered together today in a special issue of the journal Science Robotics dedic...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Ikea, Robotics, Berkeley, Eth Zurich, Goldberg, Ken Goldberg, ETHZ, Science Robotics, Ikea Assembly

I'm Phoebe Judge, Host of 'Criminal' and 'This Is Love,' and This Is How I Work

The true crime podcast Criminal and the human-interest podcast This Is Love are two of the most popular podcasts in existence right now, according to Apple’s charts. Phoebe Judge hosts and co-creates both of these independent, highly produced shows. We talked to her about her radio background, how she creates new…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Work, Career, Podcasts, Interview, Podcasting, Lifehacks

AirPlay Is Coming to Smart TVs. Here’s How It Works

Smart TVs are now integrating Apple’s AirPlay 2 technology. That was one of the big stories of CES 2019, where many TV manufacturers simultaneously announced AirPlay was coming to their TVs. Some are even updating existing TVs with AirPlay. What Is AirPlay 2? Apple’s AirPlay 2 standard lets you use Apple devices to control media playback, stream audio, mirror your screen, or do other similar things. It’s built into Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Think of it a bit like Apple’s v...
Tags: Apple, Google, Crafts, Netflix, VideoLan, VLC Media Player VLC

The Henn na Hotel in Japan is firing most of its robotic workforce and hiring humans instead — highlighting the limits of automation

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers hours before it appeared on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. T he Henn na Hotel in Japan, which from 2015 has employed almost 250 robots to meet guests’ needs, is cutting back on automation after its experiment failed to reduce costs or workload for employees, reports  The Wall Street Journal . The hotel will reduce its robotic workforce by more than half and return to more trad...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Japan, Trends, Lg, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, UBTech, Business Insider Intelligence, Henn na Hotel, Henn ha Hotel, Brookings Institution Though

7 Essential Travel Gadgets You Must Pack For Summer 2019

Summers are here to warm your hearts with the joy of vacations to far off lands. Have you planned your summer vacation trip for 2019 already? If yes, then perfect! Let’s narrow down your plan to essential travel gadgets that would definitely prove to be a life-saver. A kindle would not let you get bore, an underwater camera would not restrict you to land photography, a solar power bank would not let you run out of battery, and an anti-theft bag would not prevent you from entering the crowds fear...
Tags: Travel, Google, Sponsored, Sony, Philips, Andrea Taylor, Especially Phillips Iron Steam Generator

Behold Moebius’ Many Psychedelic Illustrations of Jimi Hendrix

The 1995 release of posthumous Jimi Hendrix compilation Voodoo Soup has divided fans and critics for over two decades now. But whatever its merits, its cover art should hold an honored place in every Hendrix fan’s collection. Drawn by the legendary cult comic artist Moebius from a photograph of Hendrix eating soup in France , it captures the sound Hendrix was moving toward at the end of his life—his head exploding in flames, or mushroom clouds, or pink psychedelic bronchial tubes. The image com...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, College, France, Electric Ladyland, Jimi Hendrix, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Facebook Twitter, Hendrix, Moebius, Josh Jones, Jimi, Linda McCartney, Durham NC Follow, Comics/Cartoons

Whipped on the Rope Watch

Plenty of people are rooting for Apple to release of round smartwatch this year. This design, dubbed the Rope Watch, by Dongwook Yoon explores what we might expect if our shared daydream becomes reality.The device features a simplified strap design that highlights the new round form. The lasso-style strap is effortlessly attached to the wrist in one swift motion. No buckling, no major adjustment mechanisms – simply choose your size, slip it on, and snap it off. Which would you be more stoked for...
Tags: Apple, Design, Technology, Watches, Product Design, Dongwook Yoon, Rope Watch

China accounted for nearly half of app downloads in 2018, 40% of consumer spend

Global app downloads topped 194 billion in 2018, up 35 percent from 2016, according to App Annie’s annual “State of Mobile 2019” report released today. Consumer spending across app stores was up 75 percent to reach $101 billion. The report, which analyzes trends across iOS, Android and the third-party Android stores in China combined, follows the company’s , which looked at downloads and spending across just iOS and Google Play. It also shows how significant China’s role has become in terms of ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Play, TC, Apps, Indonesia, Australia, China, Tencent, Tencent Video, App Annie, Youku, South Korea Japan, Japan South Korea, India Brazil, State of Mobile

Millions of files from the Oklahoma government, including details of FBI investigations, were left exposed in a massive data breach

FBI files were left exposed in a massive data breach stemming from the Oklahoma government, a cybersecurity firm says. The company, UpGuard, says it discovered in December that the Oklahoma Department of Securities left millions of files unprotected on a public server. UpGuard's researchers called the Oklahoma government's handling of the data breach "irresponsible." Millions of files pertaining to sensitive FBI investigations were left exposed on an unprotected internet server, cybersecuri...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Fbi, Department Of Justice, Oklahoma, Forbes, Chris Vickery, UpGuard, Forbes It, Oklahoma Department of Securities

Apple introduces Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

Apple has introduced new Smart Battery Cases designed for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. The design of the cases is similar to the past battery case option Apple offered for the iPhone 7 with a bump to add the extra battery pack and each offer varied battery life depending on the device.  The iPhone XS Battery Case offers up to 33 hours of talk time, up to 21 hours of internet use, and up to 25 hours of video playback. The iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Case offers up to 37 hours of talk time, up to...
Tags: Apple, News, Blogging, Qi, Iphone Xs, iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs Max

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