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10 Tips for Retailers to Get the Most Out of Pinterest

Pinterest has 200 million monthly active users. And two thirds of them look at saved Pinterest content while they’re actually shopping. This means that retail businesses can make a major impact on their sales by making use of the platform. Pinterest Tips for Retailers If you want to attract new customers and sell more products by using Pinterest, here are some expert tips for you to consider. Don’t Ignore Pinterest There are some misconceptions about Pinterest that have led some business ow...
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Digital pervasion and loss of identity

Image from Pixabay “We are all digital now” claimed Paul Longley of University College London, in a research report (BBC News, 2006). In so doing, he identified a global digital tribe. Taking into account the fact that much of the world’s population is more than a day’s walking distance from a fixed line telephone, and even allowing for the growing trend toward mobile phone usage in developing countries, or the paucity of computers in the third world, Longley’s claim could be considered...
Tags: Community, Connected, Digital, Globalisation, Homegenisation, Identity, Learning, Satellite TV, Technology


Has tech made it safer to move nukes? Depends whom you ask

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A fight is raging in courts and Congress over where radioactive materials should be stored and how to safely get the dangerous remnants of decades of bomb-making and power generation to a permanent resting place. Nationwide, spent fuel rods lie in temporary cooling ponds at commercial nuclear power reactors without a […]
Tags: Business, Nation, Technology


Foodvisor automatically tracks what you eat using deep learning

Meet Foodvisor, a startup that has built a mobile app that helps you log everything you eat in order to lose weight, follow a diet or get healthier. You can add data by capturing a photo of your plate before you eat. “We’ve spent a little over two years doing research and development before we launched the app in 2018 in France,” co-founder and CMO Aurore Tran told me. Foodvisor has raised $1.5 million so far (€1.4 million). The company is using deep learning to enable image recognition and d...
Tags: Apps, Europe, Mobile, Startups, Foodvisor, France Newsletter


Week in Review: The ‘smart home’ is still so, so stupid

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inbox yet again. Last week was a short one, but I talked about the merger of a couple of the worst adtech companies in the world. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox here, and follow my tweets here. I would also like to take the time to say screw you to Apple for shipping such an awful keyboard that made typing this newsletter so damn difficult…. God! Now, onto the news. The big story One thing I rarel...
Tags: TC, Tech


China Has Gained the Ability To Spy On More Than 100 Million Citizens Via a Heavily Promoted Official App, Report Suggests

Security researchers believe the Chinese Communist Party's official "Study the Great Nation" app has a backdoor that could help monitor use and copy data from those who have it installed on their devices. The BBC reports: Released in February, Study the Great Nation has become the most downloaded free program in China, thanks to persuasive demands by Chinese authorities that citizens download and install it. The app pushes out official news and images and encourages people to earn points by read...


To live or die by Google search brings an escalating cost

Google defends its system, saying in order to offer more choice when searching for products or services, they allow competitors to bid on trademark terms.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Retail


Leo Labs and its high-fidelity space radar track orbital debris better than ever — from New Zealand

Ask anyone in the space business and they’ll tell you that orbital debris is a serious problem that will only get worse, but dealing with it is as much an opportunity as it is a problem. Leo Labs is building a global network of radar arrays that can track smaller debris than we can today, and with better precision — and the first of its new installations is about to start operations in New Zealand. There are some 12,000 known debris objects in low Earth orbit, many of which are tracked by the U....
Tags: Aerospace, Gadgets, Hardware, Space, Leo Labs, Orbital Debris, Space Debris


Is iOS 13 Sharing Your Browsing Data With China's Tencent?

iOS 13's “Fraudulent Website Warning” feature for Safari mobile shares some of your browsing data by default. That’s normally a good thing, since Google takes this data, hashes what you’re attempting to access, and is only able to sort-of match what you were looking for with your IP address. However, Apple is also…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Safari, Web Browsers


Warren escalates Facebook fight with ad targeting Zuckerberg

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has escalated her tiff with Facebook by running an ad — on Facebook — taking aim at its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. It’s the latest example of growing resentment of Big Tech by Republicans and Democrats alike. The list of grievances is long: Companies like Google, Facebook […]
Tags: Business, Nation & World Politics, Technology


Redmi K30 will feature dual front in-screen cameras, SA/NSA dual mode 5G support

Xiaomi's Redmi brand already confirmed 5G support for the Redmi K30. Redmi General Manager, Lu Weibing, today at the Redmi 8 and 8A launch in China confirmed that the K30 will be feature dual punch-hole front cameras. We had already seen a similar setup in Samsung Galaxy S10+ smartphone earlier this year. This will also be the first Redmi phone to support a punch-hole display. This will also come with support for 5G stand alone and non-stand alone (SA/NSA) sub-6GHz networks. Last month Qu...
Tags: News, Xiaomi, Redmi K30, Redmi K30 5G, Redmi K30 dual front camera


GoFundMe launches free platform for nonprofits and charities, rolls out button to donate anywhere

GoFundMe has made its name primarily as a platform for individuals to create fundraisers for personal causes — a service that has seen hundreds of campaigns go viral through social media to raise collectively well over $5 billion in funding to date. Now, the startup is taking the next step in its ambition to build what CEO Rob Solomon calls the “giving layer of the internet”. GoFundMe is launching a new free-to-use fundraising platform for nonprofits of all sizes called GoFundMe Charity; and ...
Tags: eCommerce, Funding, Philanthropy, Social, TC, Gofundme


Advanced Israeli spyware is targeting Moroccan human rights activists

Two prominent Moroccan human rights activists have been targeted with sophisticated spyware built by NSO Group at least since 2017, according to Amnesty International. “These were carried out through SMS messages carrying malicious links that, if clicked, would attempt to exploit the mobile device of the victim and install NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware,” the British human rights non-governmental organization said. The report found activist Maâti Monjib and human rights lawyer Abdessadak El Bouchat...
Tags: Asia, Privacy, Security, Tech


India’s Reliance Jio unveils video call assistant to help businesses automate customer support

Before Google moves to bring its human-sounding robot calling service Duplex to help users automate their interactions with businesses to international markets, an Indian giant is deploying its own solution to get a jumpstart on the local market. Reliance Jio today unveiled AI-powered Video Call Assistant service that will allow businesses to automate their customer support and other communications. The service, built in collaboration with Radisys, a U.S.-based subsidiary of Reliance Industries,...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Developer, India, Reliance Jio


Reddit now lets iOS users share to Snapchat

Reddit users can now share their favorite content from the site to Snapchat, thanks to a new integration that allows sharing of text, link, and image-based posts on iOS from Reddit’s “Safe for Work” communities. The move makes Snapchat the first platform partner that Reddit is testing content sharing integration with, the company says, and it hopes the result will be an influx of younger users to the site. Unlike many social media platforms, Reddit has tended to skew a little older when it co...
Tags: Apps, Social, iOS apps, Mobile, Reddit, Snapchat, Social Media


8 Things To Include In Your Blog Privacy Policy

Back in the previous decade, a blogger could have gotten away with not including anything serious or basically what’s the equivalent of a fine print on a document. After all, blogging mostly just fun and games back then. Nowadays, however, blogging is a business among many things; a business needs laws to protect both it and the customers. This is where the blog privacy policy comes in. It also can’t be helped that the latest in data-mining and user-behavior technology collects informat...
Tags: Blog Tips, Website Security, Online Privacy, Privacy, Privacy Policy


Harley-Davidson Stops Electric Motorcycle Production Due To Charging Problem

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Harley-Davidson has temporarily stopped making and shipping its first electric motorcycle, LiveWire, due to a problem with the bike's charging equipment, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal. The company told the Journal that LiveWire bikes are still safe to ride, but it's asking the first few customers to only charge the $30,000 electric motorcycle at dealerships, indicating that there may be a problem with plugging them into lower-vol...


Apple's Safari Browser Is Sending Some Users' IP Addresses To China's Tencent

"Apple, which often positions itself as a champion of privacy and human rights, is sending some IP addresses from users of its Safari browser on iOS to Chinese conglomerate Tencent -- a company with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party," reports the Reclaim the Net blog: Apple admits that it sends some user IP addresses to Tencent in the "About Safari & Privacy" section of its Safari settings.... The "Fraudulent Website Warning" setting is toggled on by default which means that unless iPho...


Bird’s chief legal & policy officer is leaving the company

Bird, the $2.5 billion electric scooter business, is losing its chief legal and policy officer. David Estrada, who was hired last year from Kitty Hawk, is joining another mobility company, SoftBank-backed Nuro. A spokesperson for Bird tells TechCrunch Estrada is leaving the Santa Monica-based company to be closer to his family. Nuro, for its part, is based in Mountain View, CA. Bird’s former chief legal officer, David Estrada. Estrada, who previously oversaw public policy at the electric ai...
Tags: Personnel, Startups, Transportation, Articles, Companies, David Estrada, Delivery Drone, Emerging-Technologies, Kitty Hawk, Lyft, Nuro, Phoenix, Robotics, Santa Monica, Softbank, SoftBank Group


San Francisco Is Getting Sick of All Your Dumbass 'Disruption'

The Wild West days of unapproved or unwanted technology infiltrating public spaces in San Francisco without permission from the city may be nearing their end.Read more...
Tags: Disruption, Technology, Scooters, San Francisco


Wired Remembers the Glory Days of Flash

Wired recently remembered Flash as "the annoying plugin" that transformed the web "into a cacophony of noise, colour, and controversy, presaging the modern web." They write that its early popularity in the mid-1990s came in part because "Microsoft needed software capable of showing video on their website, MSN.com, then the default homepage of every Internet Explorer user." But Flash allowed anyone to become an animator. (One Disney artist tells them that Flash could do in three days what would...


Building China's Comac C919 Airplane Involved a Lot of Hacking, Report Says

A report published today shines a light on one of China's most ambitious hacking operations known to date, one that involved Ministry of State Security officers, the country's underground hacking scene, legitimate security researchers, and insiders at companies all over the world. From a report: The aim of this hacking operation was to acquire intellectual property to narrow China's technological gap in the aviation industry, and especially to help Comac, a Chinese state-owned aerospace manufact...


The Pros and Cons of Working Remotely

Recode's How remote work is quietly remaking our lives provides a deep dive on the growing impacts of the shift towards working remotely. Key quote: "The changes remote work has introduced have happened so gradually you may not have noticed. But its growing popularity is remaking how we work, the tools we use to work, how we communicate at work, and even the hours we work ... What was once a rarity among a select set of workers is quickly becoming a defining feature of the future of work." T...
Tags: Digital Nomads, Mobile, Trends


Project xCloud Public Preview Is Now Live

Microsoft has started the public preview for the Project xCloud game streaming service that it first announced in late 2018. Thurrott reports: "The Project xCloud Preview is now officially live in the US, UK and Korea," a Microsoft representative told me today. "This preview serves as our opportunity to test, improve and garner feedback. It's critical we bring gamers with us on this journey so we can learn more from them and their experiences in a wide variety of real-world environments and use-...


NVIDIA's Job Listings Reveal 'Game Remastering' Studio, New Interest In RISC-V

An anonymous reader quotes Forbes: Nvidia has a lot riding on the success of its GeForce RTX cards. The Santa Clara, California company is beating the real-time ray tracing drum loudly, adamant on being known as a champion of the technology before AMD steals some of its thunder next year with the PlayStation 5 and its own inevitable release of ray-tracing enabled PC graphics cards. Nvidia has shown that, with ray tracing, it can breathe new life into a decades-old PC shooter like id Software'...


Flaw In Sudo Enables Non-Privileged Users To Run Commands As Root

exomondo shares a report from The Hacker News: A vulnerability has been discovered in Sudo -- one of the most important, powerful, and commonly used utilities that comes as a core command installed on almost every UNIX and Linux-based operating system. The vulnerability in question is a sudo security policy bypass issue that could allow a malicious user or a program to execute arbitrary commands as root on a targeted Linux system even when the "sudoers configuration" explicitly disallows the roo...


Apple Responds To Reports That It is Sharing Data With Tencent

Over the weekend, reports emerged that claimed that Apple was sending users' browsing details to Tencent to run it against Chinese company's safe browsing feature. In a statement on Monday, an Apple spokesperson has offered a clarification: Apple protects user privacy and safeguards your data with Safari Fraudulent Website Warning, a security feature that flags websites known to be malicious in nature. When the feature is enabled, Safari checks the website URL against lists of known websites and...


San Francisco Wants to Require Companies To Get Permits Before Rolling Out 'Emerging Technology'

Companies in San Francisco might soon to be required to get a permission slip from the city before rolling out their new innovations in public spaces. From a report: On Tuesday, Norman Yee, president of the city's Board of Supervisors, introduced a bill that would create the Office of Emerging Technology (OET). Entrepreneurs looking to deploy any emerging technology "upon, above, or below" city properties or public rights-of-way would need to first obtain a pilot permit from the OET's director. ...


Physicists solve a 140-year-old mystery

Researchers discover a method of extracting previously unavailable information from superconductors.The study builds on a 19th-century discovery by physicist Edward Hall.The research promises to lead to a new generation of semiconductor materials and devices. None New research, led by IBM, made a breakthrough in resolving a mystery that has baffled physicists for 140 years. It promises to lead to a new generation of semiconductor materials and devices that use them.The invention of semiconduct...
Tags: Technology, History, Artificial Intelligence, Physics, Engineering, Innovation, Solar Energy, Electricity


G7 Taskforce Warns Global Crytocurrencies Like Libra Pose Risks, May Not Be Approved

"Stablecoin" cryptocurrencies like Libra pose a risk to the global financial system, warns a new report by the G7 group of nations. An anonymous reader quotes the BBC: The G7 taskforce that produced the report includes senior officials from central banks, the International Monetary Fund and the Financial Stability Board, which coordinates rules for the G20 economies. It says backers of digital currencies like Libra must be legally sound, protect consumers and ensure coins are not used to laun...



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