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Californian man served with restraining order for allegedly 'stalking' Apple CEO Tim Cook

Also slapped with court request not to contact security staffers Members of Silicon Valley-based security firm Urban Tactical Group (UTG), which does "regular" work for Apple, have been granted a temporary restraining order preventing a Californian man from approaching them.…
Tags: Apple, Software, Tim Cook, Silicon Valley, Urban Tactical Group UTG


Breaking bad... browser use: New Mexico accuses Google of illegally slurping kids' private data via G Suite

Web giant hits back, says allegations are 'factually wrong' New Mexico has sued Google, claiming the ad-slinging web titan broke its promises – and the law – by covertly collecting personal information and the browsing habits of children.…
Tags: Google, Software, New Mexico, G Suite


Happy Birthday Photoshop, and Thank You 'Star Wars'?

Just as I've learned that I might finally have to leave Photoshop for good after 26 years, because Apple (not Adobe!) broke my CS6, I learned that yesterday (well, they think) was Photoshop's 30th Birthday. As near as can be reconstructed, Photoshop 1.0 began shipping on February 19th, 1990. Here's a very nice article about it, by Jeff Schewe. It even includes a 7-minute demo of PS 1 by Jeff! Fun stuff. Mike (Thanks to Jeffrey Schimberg) Original contents copyright 2020 by Michael C. Johnston...
Tags: Apple, Photography, Software, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Jeff Schewe, Jeffrey Schimberg, Jeff Fun


Google product boss cuffed on suspicion of murder after his Microsoft manager wife goes missing, woman's body found, during Hawaii trip

Before he was arrested, Googler appealed to internet, newspaper for help finding his spouse Sonam Saxena, 43, a product manager at Google Cloud, was arrested in Hawaii this week on suspicion of second-degree murder.…
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Software, Hawaii, Sonam Saxena


Google exiles 600 apps from Play Store for 'disruptive advertising' amid push to clean up Android souk's image

Purge is the latest in a series of similar store scourings On Thursday Google confirmed it has removed nearly 600 Android apps from the Google Play Store and banned them from its ad services for violating its policies on disruptive advertising and interstitials.…
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Software


Oracle plays its Trump card: Blushing Big Red gushes over US govt support in Java API battle... just as Larry Ellison holds Donald fundraiser

Unfortunate timing – the Obama admin also supported the database giant The US solicitor general Noel Francisco on Wednesday filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Oracle in its Java API copyright lawsuit against Google, scheduled to be argued before the US Supreme Court next month.…
Tags: Google, Obama, US, Software, Larry Ellison, US supreme court, Donald, Noel Francisco


Google Cloud embraces GitOps with new Application Manager for Kubernetes

Cloud giant aims to attract developers with code-oriented deployment automation Google's new Application Manager, now in beta, is geared toward simplifying setting up GitOps with Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) as the target platform.…
Tags: Google, Software, Google Cloud


Hey, Brits. Your Google data is leaving the EU before you are: Hoard to be shipped from Ireland to US next month

Relax, you won't feel a thing Google's UK users will see their data shifted to a US-based data controller from the end of next month with the ad giant blaming Brexit for the move.…
Tags: Google, UK, US, Eu, Software, Ireland


Smartwatch owners love their calorie-counting gadgets, but they are verrry expensive

Xiaomi the way to the sale rack, would you? Smartwatch sales have been steadily increasing in recent years, thanks to Apple's efforts, as well as downward pricing pressure from Chinese firms like Xiaomi. And, according to entrails prodders at analyst haus CCS Insight, those who buy them are fairly content.…
Tags: Apple, Software, Xiaomi


Snap accelerator names its latest cohort

Yellow, the accelerator program launched by Snap in 2018, has selected ten companies to join its latest cohort. The new batch of startups coming from across the U.S. and international cities like London, Mexico City, Seoul and Vilnius are building professional social networks for black professionals and blue collar workers, fashion labels, educational tools in augmented reality, kids entertainment, and an interactive entertainment production company. The list of new companies include: Brightly ...
Tags: TC, London, Media, Social Networking, Social Networks, California, Massachusetts, Marketing, Los Angeles, Tech, Snapchat, Artificial Intelligence, Software, United States, Animation, Mexico City


Announcing the final agenda for Robotics + AI — March 3 at UC Berkeley

TechCrunch is returning to U.C. Berkeley on March 3 to bring together some of the most influential minds in robotics and artificial intelligence. Each year we strive to bring together a cross-section of big companies and exciting new startups, along with top researchers, VCs and thinkers. In addition to a main stage that includes the likes of Amazon’s Tye Brady, U .C. Berkeley’s Stuart Russell, Anca Dragan of Waymo, Claire Delaunay of NVIDIA, James Kuffner of Toyota’s TRI-AD, and a surpris...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Y Combinator, Softbank, Disney, Samsung, Tech, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Software, United States, Olympics, Nvidia, Machine Learning, Tokyo, Toyota


Google launches the first developer preview of Android 11

With the days of desert-themed releases officially behind it, Google today announced the first developer preview of Android 11, which is now available as system images for Google’s own Pixel devices, starting with the Pixel 2. As of now, there is no way to install the updates over the air. That’s usually something the company makes available at a later stage. These first releases aren’t meant for regular users anyway. Instead, they are a way for developers to test their applications and ge...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, TC, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Smartphones, Software, Computing, Machine Learning, Api, Operating System, Operating Systems, Pixel, Blackberry Priv


What do a Lenovo touch pad, an HP camera and Dell Wi-Fi have in common? They'll swallow any old firmware, legit or saddled with malware

Are we doing panic about software updates again? Really? OK Some of the biggest names in the technology world still ship hardware that can be possibly hijacked by well-placed miscreants, thanks to poor or non-existent checks for firmware updates.…
Tags: Software, Dell, Lenovo


What does a Lenovo touch pad, an HP camera and Dell Wi-Fi have in common? They'll swallow any old firmware, legit or saddled with malware

Are we doing panic about software updates again? Really? OK Some of the biggest names in the technology world still ship hardware that can be possibly hijacked by well-placed miscreants, thanks to poor or non-existent checks for firmware updates.…
Tags: Software, Dell, Lenovo


Google Cloud rolls up in an AMD second-gen Epyc test car, looks you in the eye, pats the passenger seat

Meanwhile: Chip fabs still running just fine in China, FYI, says analyst Google has added rentable virtual machines powered by AMD's second-generation Epyc Rome server processors to its cloud platform line-up – as a beta, we note.…
Tags: Google, China, Rome, Software, Amd, Google Cloud


Google lives in an Orange submarine: Transatlantic cable will get by with a little help from some friends

French telco pairs up with Telxius on backhaul links, co-lo services Orange and Telxius are hooking up to provide backhaul links and co-lo services for Google's fibre-optic transatlantic cable, due to go live later this year.…
Tags: Google, Software, Orange, Telxius


That'll take the spring out of your step: Apple warns of iPhone shortages, revenue miss due to coronavirus

Factories 'ramping more slowly than anticipated' Apple said the COVID-19 epidemic in China has disrupted iPhone production to the point that it will lead to global shortages of the handset – and likely miss already widened revenue forecasts it set in January.…
Tags: Apple, China, Software


Bionic synthesis: artists make music with a prosthetic arm, eye motion

Accessibility in music can mean expanding expression beyond what is normally physically possible. For one artist, that means jacking a prosthesis as CV – for another, overcoming paralysis to make music with eyes alone. Bertolt Meyer was already producing and DJing, even with a birth condition that left him without the lower portion of one arm. But he hacked his arm prosthesis to jack control voltage straight into his modular – connecting to synthesis more directly than most before would even ...
Tags: Music, France, Tech, Accessibility, Software, Hip-hop, Kate Bush, Kate, CV, Als, Ableton-live, Music Tech, Cyborg, Koma-elektronik, Ashley Elsdon, Pone


Chrome 81 beta hooks browser up to Web NFC, augmented-reality features

'Web apps should be able to do anything native apps can' Google's Chrome 81 is now in beta, bringing Web NFC support to the browser and extensions to the WebXR implementation to enable Augmented Reality (AR).…
Tags: Google, Software, Nfc


Shadow-IT: Employees putting Business at Risk

Shadow-IT: Employees putting Business at Risk There are robust computers in every employee’s possession.  And they carry them everywhere. Yes, I am talking about their cellphones.  On these devices, they can download 1000’s of apps. These apps allow them to create accounts that are external to you...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Updates, Uber, Apps, Business, Technology, Internet, Passwords, Ceo, Sem, Smartphones, Cybersecurity, Software, Hacking, Employees


Google burns down more than 500 private-data-stealing, ad-defrauding Chrome extensions installed by 1.7m netizens

Malvertising campaign makes big bucks for online criminals Google has removed more than 500 Chrome extensions in response to a report from a security researcher, who found the browser plugins distributed through the Chrome Web Store facilitated ad fraud and data theft.…
Tags: Google, Software


Steve Jobs, executives shot down top Apple engineers' plea to design their own server CPU – latest twist in legal battle over chip upstart Nuvia

Techies quit to go it alone, iGiant tries to lure away their staff – then sues – court told Apple's iPhone chip designers mulled creating their own homegrown server processor for the Silicon Valley giant – but were shot down by Steve Jobs when they presented the idea at an internal meeting.…
Tags: Apple, Steve Jobs, Software, Silicon Valley, Nuvia


Not a Genius move after all: Apple must cough up $$$ in back pay for store staff forced to wait for bag searches

California Supreme Court skewers iGiant for stiffing loyal drones Apple will have to pay its retail store workers back wages after the California Supreme Court ruled staff should be compensated for the time they spend every day having their bags checked by security.…
Tags: Apple, Software, California Supreme Court


Looker that price tag: Google closes on $2.6bn acquisition of data analytics biz after all-clear from competition bods

Apparently the UK's CMA has never heard of Amazon Google Cloud has completed its $2.6bn acquisition of data analytics and machine learning outfit Looker after getting the thumbs-up from the UK's competition authorities.…
Tags: Google, UK, Software, Cma, Looker, Amazon Google Cloud


Flip raises $4M to pounce on the growing sector of employee messaging

By now we’re all familiar with text messaging groups for multi-person co-ordination. I’ve lost count of how many WhatsApp, Telegram and Facebook messenger groups I’m on! Other apps like Threema have started to be used in a business context and startups like Staffbase have decided to become full-blown ‘workforce messaging’ platforms. The thinking now amongst investors is that messaging is about to explode in all sorts of verticals and that it’s a rich seam to mine. In that vein, Flip, a Stu...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Messenger, Europe, Germany, Tech, Basf, Ceo, Whatsapp, Software, Porsche, Deutsche Telekom, Telegram, Operating Systems, Magna International, Stuttgart Germany


Oracle tells Supremes: Fair use? Pah! There's nothing fair about 'Google's copying'

Should they be allowed to grab our stuff just cos it's 'popular' and it works? Not to be outdone by Google in ominous warnings over the future of software, Oracle has declared to American Supreme Court justices that no company would make an "enormous investment" like it did in Java SE if rivals get a free pass to copy code simply because it is "popular" and "functional".…
Tags: Google, Software, Oracle, American Supreme Court


Someone made a Pomodoro timer for Ableton Live, so you can stay productive, take breaks

Productivity engineering has come to music production. A popular method for timeboxing is now available as a free Live add-on. Have you ever sighed in relief to have a big, uninterrupted span of time – only to wind up wiling it all away with procrastination? And then have you found yourself with a particular deadline – like an hour left in your music studio before your partner arrives to kick you out – and suddenly find you’re focused? The basic principle here is that, paradoxically...
Tags: Music, Tech, Freebies, Software, Stories, Music Tech, Francesco, Ableton Live, Francesco Cirillo, Max for Live


Deutsche Bank calls in AWS, Microsoft and Google to tout for cloud biz: Come in to tender, deal value unknown

One of the Big Three will snap up floaty tech pact within 'months' Deutsche Bank has reportedly invited bids from Microsoft, Google, and Amazon to pitch for cloud services and other project work as part of a major tech investment scheduled over the next two years.…
Tags: Google, Amazon, Software, Deutsche Bank, Microsoft Google, AWS Microsoft


Startup Mycroft AI declares it will fight 'patent troll' tooth and nail after its Linux voice-assistant attracts lawsuit

OK Google, a little help here? An AI startup is battling a patent-infringement lawsuit filed against it for building an open-source Linux-based voice-controlled assistant.…
Tags: Google, Software, Startup Mycroft AI


Sony Now Lets Anyone Make Their Own Remotes for Its Cameras

Sony announced on Tuesday another feature for its digital cameras that the company hopes will expand their adoption among professional photographers: a software development kit that allows third-party developers to create their own custom tools to remotely control and operate the cameras.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Photography, Science, Tech, Software, Cameras, Sony, Sdk, Consumer Tech, Alphas



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