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Fortnite’s black hole stunt is the kind of alpha energy we’re here for

As you are likely already aware, Epic Games is pulling a massive PR stunt that has shrunk the world’s most popular game down to a single black hole. As part of Fortnite’s Season 10 live event, called “The End”, the entire Battle Royale Island was sucked into a black hole, with every Fortnite social media channel deleting all of its content save for a livestream of aforementioned black hole. It’s like the game never even existed. This has been going on for nearly 24 hours now. I’d say there...
Tags: Entertainment, Gaming, TC, Epic Games, Fortnite


Apple under scrutiny for sending Safari browsing data to China’s Tencent

Apple is attracting scrutiny for its practice of checking if the websites you’re visiting visiting are fraudulent and malware-infested after Chinese internet conglomerate Tencent was found listed as a Safe Browsing provider. The Safari feature — dubbed “Fraudulent Website Warning” in iOS and macOS — is meant to enhance online security by cross-referencing URLs against a blacklist service provided by safe browsing providers such as Google and Tencent. “This feature appears to be ‘on’ by default i...
Tags: Apple, Privacy, Security, Tech


IRS Programmer Stole Identities, Funded A Two-Year Shopping Spree

A computer programmer at America's tax-collecting agency "stole multiple people's identities, and used them to open illicit credit cards to fund vacations and shop for shoes and other goods," write Quartz, citing a complaint unsealed last week in federal court. An anonymous reader quotes their report: The complaint accuses the 35-year-old federal worker of racking up almost $70,000 in charges over the course of two years, illegally using "the true names, addresses, dates of birth, and Social S...
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Google’s Titan key for locking your online accounts is now available with USB-C

Do you have a laptop or a phone with USB-C port? Then Google has got you covered when it comes to securing your online accounts and preventing unauthorized access. The internet giant has announced a USB-C Titan Security Key, manufactured by Yubico, that’s compatible with Android, Chrome OS, macOS, and Windows devices for $40. Titan Security Keys are phishing-resistant two-factor authentication (2FA) devices from Google, designed with an intent to cryptographically verify an individual’s identity...
Tags: Google, Security, Tech


Internet Archive Releases 2,500 MS-DOS Games

The latest update from Internet Archive brings thousands of MS-DOS games from the '90s like 3D Bomber, Zool and Alien Rampage. CNET reports: On Sunday, Internet Archive released 2,500 MS-DOS games that includes action, strategy and adventure titles. Some of the games are Vor Terra, Spooky Kooky Monster Maker, Princess Maker 2 and I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream. "This will be our biggest update yet, ranging from tiny recent independent productions to long-forgotten big-name releases from decad...


The UK's National Health System Just Opened A Treatment Center for Videogame Addiction

An anonymous reader quotes Fortune: The battle against gaming addiction entered a new era this week when the U.K. public health system, the National Health Service (NHS), announced the opening of its first center specializing in 'Internet and Gaming Disorders....' Starting in November, the London-based center's psychiatrists and clinical psychologists will work with patients between ages 13 and 25 whose lives have been affected by "severe or complex behavioral issues associated with gaming, gam...
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NASA Consultant 'Convinced We Found Evidence of Life on Mars in the 1970s'

"A consultant for NASA slammed the agency for deliberately ignoring the results of the experiment he handled that showed signs of alien life on Mars," reports the International Business Times. "According to the consultant, NASA refuses to conduct new life-detection tests on the Red Planet." Engineer Gilbert Levin served as a principal investigator on NASA's Viking missions, which sent two identical landers to Mars. For his role, Levin handled the missions' biological experiments known as Labele...


Erin Valenti, CEO of Tinker Ventures, Found Dead In Trunk of Her Rental Car

McGruber shares a report from Deseret News, a newspaper published in Salt Lake City: The body of Erin Valenti, a tech entrepreneur who had been missing since Monday, was found Saturday in the trunk of her rental car. The 33-year-old Valenti was the CEO of Utah-based Tinker Ventures, a company that develops web and smartphone applications. In a Wednesday Facebook post, Valenti's husband, Harrison Weinstein, wrote that she had been missing since Monday night and was last seen in Palo Alto Monday...


New Chrome Feature Will Use AI To Describe Unlabelled Images To The Vision-Impaired

An anonytmous reader quotes TechSpot: Google is looking to improve the web-browsing experience for those with vision conditions by introducing a feature into its Chrome browser that uses machine learning to recognize and describe images. The image description will be generated automatically using the same technology that drives Google Lens... The text descriptions use the phrase "appears to be" to let users know that it is a description of an image. So, for example, Chrome might say, "Appears...
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Daily Crunch: Facebook has a weak stance on political ads

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Facebook recently formalized its approach to political advertising, declaring, “We don’t believe, however, that it’s an appropriate role for us to referee political debates.” In other words, it will allow politicians to say whatever they want in their ads, even if their claims are blatantly false. Jo...
Tags: Advertising Tech, Policy, Social, Daily Crunch, Facebook


Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies.

Permitting falsehood in political advertising would work if we had a model democracy, but we don’t. Not only are candidates dishonest, but voters aren’t educated, and the media isn’t objective. And now, hyperlinks turn lies into donations and donations into louder lies. The checks don’t balance. What we face is a self-reinforcing disinformation dystopia. That’s why if Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube don’t want to be the arbiters of truth in campaign ads, they should stop selling them....
Tags: Opinion, Policy, Social, TC, Ads, Donald Trump, Elizabeth Warren, Facebook, Joe Biden, Twitter, YouTube


Booking Holdings Is Latest to Pull Out of Libra Association

Booking Holdings, an online travel company that operates Kayak.com and Priceline.com among other websites, said it's withdrawing from participation in the Libra Association, an ambitious and controversial Facebook-led project to create a new cryptocurrency. From a report: The Norwalk, Connecticut-based company joins PayPal, Stripe, Visa, Mastercard, MercadoLibre and EBay in leaving the project in the past two weeks. The plan has came under intense scrutiny from lawmakers and regulators who feare...


Can A New TED-ED Video Series Teach Students To 'Think Like A Coder'?

An anonymous reader writes: TED Conferences has its own educational YouTube channel (now with 10 million subscribers and over 1.5 billion views). Two weeks ago it launched a 10-episode animated series about computer programming, and its first episode -- The Prison Break -- has already been viewed nearly a quarter of a milllion times. In the 7-minute video, a programmer wakes up in a prison cell -- with total amnesia -- and discovers a "mysterious stranger" squeezing through the jail cell's ba...


A Prenup Is the Latest Must-Have For Tech Startup Founders In Love

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: In Silicon Valley, where penniless programmers fervently believe their ideas are worth billions, getting rich can take priority over getting married. California law assumes that any wealth created during a marriage is community property, which should be split equally in a divorce. That's alarming not just for young entrepreneurs but also their investors. Fortunately, a well-written prenup is a safeguard against post-divorce havoc, which is why ...


Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Private Meetings With Conservative Pundits

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hosting informal talks and small, off-the-record dinners with conservative journalists, commentators and at least one Republican lawmaker in recent months to discuss issues like free speech and discuss partnerships, Politico reported on Monday. From the report: The dinners, which began in July, are part of Zuckerberg's broader effort to cultivate friends on the right amid outrage by President Donald Trump and his allies over alleged "bias" against conservati...


Founder of 'Tesla Killer' Faraday Future Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Faraday Future's founder and former CEO Jia Yueting has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware court in a bid to satisfy his myriad debts in China. From a report: The Chinese tycoon claims he still owes around $3.6 billion to more than 100 creditors, thanks, in large part, to the collapse of LeEco, the tech conglomerate he founded there. The bankruptcy filing marks a major turn in the story of Jia's prolific history of taking on debt, which led to him being named to a national debtor blackl...


Essential SEO Strategies to Get Organic Ranking from Your SEO Campaigns

The tech-world is never static. Every day, the tech-specialists come up with new and better programs. The SEO strategies also change to keep pace with the developments. You must evolve and utilise these unique tactics. Otherwise, you can lose the SERP position. It allows your rivals to take over your market. Thus, it would help if you prepared yourself in advance.Experts suggest that 2019 paves the path for the introduction of new SEO strategies. If you implement these tricks well, then your SEO...
Tags: Backlinks, Google Ranking, New Seo Strategies 2019, SEO Campaigns, SEO performance, SEO Strategies


'Apocalypse in The Making': Authorities to Use Drones and Snipers to Kill Infected North Korean Pigs

South Korea plans to slaughter invading diseased pigs on Tuesday using troops of swine assassins and thermal-imaging drones. Read more...
Tags: Swine Flu, Drones, Pigs, Boars, Swine, North Korea, South Korea


Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e and S10 5G Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta program announced

It has been over a month since Google rolled out stable Android 10 update for its Pixel phones. Samsung today announced new One UI 2.0, the next major One UI update for its smartphones, which is based on Android 10 for its flagship Galaxy S10 series. New features in Android 10 One UI 2.0 update Clean and easy-to-use interface with minimized pop-ups, embedded loading indicators and simplified button arrangements. Streamlined design where notifications take up less space New, smarter layo...
Tags: Android, News, Samsung, Samsung Galaxy S10 Android 10, Samsung Galaxy S10 Android 10 beta, Samsung Galaxy S10e Android 10


Mini Gravitational-Wave Detector Could Probe Dark Matter

A miniature gravitational wave detector under development would measure higher-frequency waves than LIGO. From a report: Within one second of the big bang, the first newborn black holes may have announced their formation with gravitational waves that stretched and squeezed the fabric of existence as they rippled outward into the expanding universe. Now researchers at Northwestern University have begun planning a tabletop-size sensor that could detect these primordial howls for the first time. Th...


The Ultimate Resources for Rebuilding an Apple 3.5″ Floppy Disk Drive

As I intimated in my last blog post, I’ve slowly, but surely, embarked on the task of resurrecting my venerable Apple IIgs. Chief on that list was getting the Apple 3.5″ floppy disks to work again. After sitting dormant in a box for 20+ years (in the garage, no less), I had slim expectations of the drives being in a functional state. It was a good thing my expectations were low: the drives were both dead. When I say dead, what I mean is this: The drive head would not move to read from the 3.5″ f...
Tags: Apple IIGS, News, Apple 3.5" floppy disk repair, vintage Apple repair


Switchpod Unboxing and Review

In this video, I unbox and review the new Switchpod. This is a brand new tripod designed for vloggers and content creators. Before the Switchpod, the most popular vlogging tripod was the Joby Gorillapod, which in my opinion was the worst tripod in the world because the legs keep breaking. Unlike the plastic Gorillapod, the Switchpod is made of mental and pretty much indestructible. It’s my new favorite vlogging tripod. The Switchpod is available now for $99. You can save $10 on the Switchpod by...
Tags: Blogging Online, Reviews, Technology, Videos


Surfing the reverse mullet with Alexis Ohanian

For many years the allure of Silicon Valley was contingent on the ability to move here. Its ecosystem didn’t work remotely. “We see a very strong indication that where you’re located does matter… come to Silicon Valley,” intoned Joe Kraus of Google Ventures at the first Disrupt conference I ever intended, speaking for essentially all VCs, including Y Combinator. Easy enough if you’re American. Much, much trickier if you need a visa to get there. Is it still true that the Valley doesn’t work remo...
Tags: Opinion, TC


Original Content podcast: For better or for worse, ‘The Politician’ is absolutely bonkers

We all agree: “The Politician” is a crazy show that tries to do everything at once. After all, why settle for a fast-talking satire about a high school election; a more serious treatment of wealth, illness and emotional turmoil; or a showcase for the musical talents of “Dear Evan Hansen” star Ben Platt? Instead, why not watch a show that tries to encompass all of that and more? Still, the hosts of the Original Content podcast found themselves split on whether they actually liked it. Jordan and D...
Tags: Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Original Content Podcast, The Politician


$400 iPhone SE 2 may be the highlight of an early 2020 Apple event

Rumors regarding an iPhone SE 2 continue to spread, with the latest stating the phone will cost $400 and launch at an event in early 2020.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, iPhone, iPhone SE 2


The best portable chargers for 2019

Battery life still tops the polls when it comes to smartphone concerns. If it’s bugging you, then maybe it’s time to snag yourself a portable charger. Here are our picks for the best portable chargers.
Tags: Android, Apple, Buying Guides, Mobile, Best Of Everything, Chargers, External Batteries, Gadgets, Moshi, Portable Chargers


Tech firms still seeking venture capital in UK despite high-profile flops

Marriage market for entrepreneurs and investors could be sign of a flourishing sector – or suggest bubble about to burstIn a wood-panelled auditorium in central London, a procession of entrepreneurs are explaining to more than 100 investors how they will change the world. They just need a few million pounds first.One promises to solve hair loss with a gadget in a cap; another will make fabric out of CO2: all come armed with PhDs, slick presentations and rictus grins. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology startups, Technology sector, Venture capital, Entrepreneurs, Business, Small business, Uber, WeWork, Technology


What to expect from Google's Pixel 4 phone launch

For months, gadget blogs and even Google itself have teased so many photos and videos and details about the Pixel 4 that one prominent tech publication called it "the most-leaked phone ever."


Government dodges 'full fibre for all by 2025' pledge

Gigabit broadband is promised but the government neither says it must be full-fibre nor sets a deadline.


Space-Ready Rockets Made by AI-Powered Robots

Within LA-based rocket-maker Relativity’s factory space you’ll find a handful of the largest metal 3D printers in the world working around the clock—as they’re commanded by AI. One 30-foot-tall machine, equipped with two massive robotic arms, is in charge of building rockets up to 95% completion—with wiring, rubber finishing parts and a few other assets to be handled manually. But this isn’t merely an instance …
Tags: Tech, 3D Printing, AI, Artificial Intelligence, LinkAboutIt, Los Angeles, Relativity, Rockets, Space



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