Report: Apple could launch an iPhone-powered AR headset next year

Just about everyone in the tech industry has taken a crack at VR or AR wearables except for Apple. The company has been content building out AR features for its iPhones, but not actually delivering a headset or other wearable to enhance the experience. That may change next year, according to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac). Kuo expects Apple to team up with third parties to create the first batch of AR headsets. This comes as something of a surprise, considering Apple isn’t kno...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Insider, Ming Chi Kuo, 9to5Mac Kuo

You can read beautifully illustrated novels in the New York Public Library's Instagram account

In an effort to get more people reading, the New York Public Library set out to take advantage of Instagram's huge user base.  Mother New York designed "Insta Novels" as a way to read entire novels in Instagram Stories.  The books feature carefully selected fonts, beautiful animations, and some clever hacks to allow such an unorthodox use of the Instagram app: one challenge was that the pages would turn themselves after 10 seconds. But the solution of the Thumb Rest gave us a simple way-finding ...
Tags: Post, New York, News, Instagram, Tech, Literature, New York Public Library, Alice, Thumb Rest

Elon Musk’s plans for Mars may be more moral catastrophe than bold space exploration

Elon Musk, founder of private space-faring company SpaceX, recently unveiled his new Starship craft. Amazingly, it is designed to carry up to 100 crew members on interplanetary journeys throughout the solar system, starting with Mars in 2024. The announcement is exciting, invoking deep emotions of hope and adventure. But I can’t help having a number of moral reservations about it. Musk has declared a fascinatingly short time line to achieve orbit with this rocket. He wants to build four or five ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Tech, Syndication

'Countries will only want control': Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak warns governments will stifle crypto growth through heavy regulation

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is concerned how global governments will regulate cryptocurrencies going forward.  While speaking at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki on Wednesday, Wozniak said he's "very much afraid" countries will "only want control" as cryptocurrencies spread, according to Bloomberg.  The comments come as advocates are battling to legitimize cryptocurrencies and government are trying to determine how to regulate them.  Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Caribbean, Helsinki, Trump, Wozniak, Steve Wozniak, Jerome Powell, Nordic Business Forum, EQUI Global, Libra Federal Reserve Chair

Why migrating to another planet is a stupid and implausible idea

Swiss astrophysicist Michel Mayor, whose work detecting exoplanets recently earned him a share in the Nobel prize for physics, says humans will never migrate beyond our own solar system. Maybe it’s time we started taking this whole “climate change” thing seriously. The first exoplanet with the potential to host life as we know it, meaning it was orbiting a star similar to the one we call ‘the sun,’ was discovered by Mayor and fellow Nobel winner Didier Queloz in 1995. In the time since, research...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Mayor, Insider, Michel Mayor, Didier Queloz

Newly-rebranded Thimble raises $22M to bring flexible insurance to the gig economy

Thimble, which offers flexible, short-term insurance to small businesses and freelancers, is announcing that it has raised $22 million in a Series A funding round led by IAC. Until today, the startup was known as Verifly, a name tied to the company’s initial aim of providing insurance to drone pilots. However, founder and CEO Jay Bregman (who previously founded ridesharing company Hailo) said that thanks to customer demand, the team kept adding insurance for different types of businesses — and n...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, IAC, Hailo, Open Ocean, Markel, Stein, Bregman, Mark Stein, Jay Bregman, Verifly, AXA Venture Partners

36% of Small Businesses Faced Data Breaches in 2019

Many small businesses consider themselves too small to be hackers’ favorite targets. So they spend all the energy and resources on growing their businesses. Cybersecurity is not their top priority. If you also do the same, you’re putting the online security of your business on the line.  According to a recent survey by Kaspersky, a leading global cybersecurity company, around 36% of small businesses have been victims of data breaches in 2019. The share of small businesses that faced data ...
Tags: Business, Technology, Linkedin, Kaspersky, Right Now, Twitter Data, Small Businesses Faced Data Breaches, Kaspersky You, Andrey Dankevich, Sandeep Rathore, QuickScream

Disney+ Offering New Three-Year Discount Deal and Banning Netflix Ads Across Disney-Owned Networks

In just over one month, Disney+ will join the streaming wars and The Walt Disney Company is not messing around when it comes to competing alongside Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. In fact, they’re paying special attention to undercutting Netflix, who is easily the top dog among streaming services, adding more and more content to their library every day. This includes yet another price reduction promotion that makes the services cost just under $5 per month, as well as actively keeping Netflix a...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hbo, Television, Movies, Abc, Disney, Netflix, Espn, Marvel Studios, Apple Inc, Don, Peacock, The Walt Disney Company, Netflix Hulu, Bob Iger

How AI could help dementia patients live more independently

You might already have what’s often called a “smart home,” with your lights or music connected to voice-controlled technology such as Alexa or Siri. But when researchers talk about smart homes, we usually mean technologies that use artificial intelligence to learn your habits and automatically adjust your home in response to them. Perhaps the most obvious example of this are thermostats that learn when you are likely to be home and what temperature you prefer, and adjust themselves accordingly w...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Alexa, Syndication

PG&E Should Compensate Customers For Power Shutoffs, California Governor Says

Pacific Gas & Electric should give rebates or credits to each of its nearly 800,000 customers affected by last week's power shutoffs, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said, demanding that the utility "be held accountable." CNN reports: The utility intentionally cut power to almost 800,000 customers in Northern California last week in an effort to prevent downed utility lines and equipment from causing wildfires amid dry and windy conditions. Some customers were without power for days. Newsom is urgi...
Tags: California, Tech, Cnn, Johnson, Gavin Newsom, Northern California, Central California, Bill Johnson, Pacific Gas Electric, California Public Utilities Commission, Newsom

A Look at Earth Archive, a Project To Produce Detailed Maps of All the Land on Earth Through Laser Scanning

A project to produce detailed maps of all the land on Earth through laser scanning has been revealed by researchers who say action is needed now to preserve a record of the world's cultural, environmental and geological treasures. From a report: Prof Chris Fisher, an archaeologist from Colorado State University, said he founded the Earth Archive as a response to the climate crisis. "We are going to lose a significant amount of both cultural patrimony -- so archaeological sites and landscapes -- ...
Tags: Tech, Earth, Lidar, Colorado State University, Fisher, Chris Fisher, Earth Archive

Ebay, Stripe, Visa, Mastercard Drop Out of Facebook Libra Cryptocurrency, After PayPal

Ebay, Stripe, Visa, Mastercard, and Mercado Pago are all dropping out of Facebook's libra cryptocurrency project, the companies announced Friday. The news comes one week after PayPal announced its withdrawal as government regulators continue to scrutinize the plans. From a report: The original coalition of 28 corporate backers of the libra cryptocurrency seems to be dwindling as lawmakers continue to question how it will impact sovereign currencies and how the project's leaders can ensure consum...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Paypal, Wall Street Journal, Mastercard, Mercado Pago, Libra Association, Ebay Stripe Visa Mastercard

Mozilla unveils 28 horror stories about YouTube’s recommendation algorithm

Mozilla just launched a site featuring 28 user-submitted stories, detailing incidents where YouTube’s recommendation algorithm served bizarre and horrifying videos the users had shown no interest in. This included recommendations featuring racism, conspiracies, and violence. YouTube’s recommendation algorithm has faced a lot of scrutiny this year for radicalization, pedophilia, and for generally being “toxic” — which is problematic because 70 percent of the platform’s viewing time comes from rec...
Tags: Google, Startups, Youtube, Mozilla

How to Stream Google's Pixel 4 Event Tuesday

On Tuesday, Google is set to announce the Pixel 4. Perhaps one of the most leaked phones in history, if you’re interested in the device chances are good you probably already know a good bit about it.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Lifehacks, Pixel

The Pixel 4 Has Been Leaked to Death, So Here's Everything Else We Know About Made By Google 2019

After months of teases and leaks, there’s a lot we know about the Pixel 4. But the Pixel 4 isn’t the only thing we’re expecting to see at the upcoming Made By Google Event on Tuesday, October 15th at 10AM ET.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Smartphones, Nest, Pixel, Consumer Tech, Night Sight, Pixel 4, Made By Google 2019, Pixelbuds

Nobel Prize in Chemistry split 3 ways for lithium-ion battery research

From left: Akira Yoshino, Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham and Dr. John Goodenough (Charles Dharapak / Yoshiaki Sakamoto / Kyodo News / Binghamton University) The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to three scientists whose work developing lithium-ion batteries made mobile phones, iPads, laptops, and electric cars possible. The three recipients are U.S. engineer John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham of the U.K., and Akira Yoshino of Japan. They will share the 9 million Swedish kronor...
Tags: Post, Business, Japan, Science, Technology, News, Tech, Chemistry, Associated Press, Nobel, Lithium Ion Batteries, Mobile Tech, New York University, Lithium Ion, U K, University of Texas

Disgraced Google Exec Andy Rubin Quietly Left His Venture Firm Earlier This Year

Andy Rubin, the former Google senior vice president whose $90 million exit package caused a worldwide employee walkout at the search giant last year, quietly left Playground Global, the venture firm he founded in May, BuzzFeed News reported today citing internal documents. From the report: The revelation comes as Rubin, who was accused of coercing a subordinate into sexual acts while at Google before being given a hero's send-off in 2014, attempts to make a public comeback with Essential Product...
Tags: Google, Tech, Larry Page, Alphabet, BuzzFeed News, Rubin, Andy Rubin

Apple bans app that warns Hong Kong citizens about police activity, again

Apple has banned — a Waze-like crowdsourced app used by protestors in Hong Kong to track police movements in the city state — once again. The company told Reuters the “app violated its rules because it was used to ambush police and by criminals who used it to victimize residents in areas with no law enforcement.” Earlier this month, Apple had rejected, stating it “it facilitates, enables, and encourages an activity that is not legal,” but eventually reversed its decision la...
Tags: Apple, Security, Startups, Apps, Hong Kong, Tech, Reuters

Pablo Escobar’s brother wins $3M website lawsuit, vows to take down Elon Musk and Apple

If there’s one person whose intellectual property you don’t wanna fuck with (other than Nintendo ya know) — it’s Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, the brother of the now-late drug overlord Pablo Escobar. Escobar Inc, the self-proclaimed rightful owner of the Pablo Escobar trademark, has won a $3 million legal dispute, obtaining ownership of the domain, TNW has learned. The domain is currently inactive, but that won’t be for long. The company plans to kick off a website by 2020, ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Elon Musk, Nintendo, Pablo Escobar, Shareables, Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, Pablo Escobar Escobar Inc

Deep learning nails correlation. Causation is another matter.

Did you know that people with bigger hands have larger vocabularies?While that's actually true, it's not a causal relationship. This pattern exists because adults tend know more words than kids. It's a correlation, explains NYU professor Gary Marcus. Deep learning struggles with how to perceive causal relationships. If given the data on hand size and vocabulary size, a deep learning system might only be able to see the correlation, but wouldn't be able to answer the 'why?' of it. ...
Tags: Science, Technology, Data, Innovation, Machine Learning, Ai, Nyu, Gary Marcus Deep

Lambda School is Silicon Valley's big bet on reinventing education and making student debt obsolete. But students say it's a 'cult' and they would have been better off learning on their own.

Some of Silicon Valley's best and brightest believe that Lambda School is a new model for vocational education that could make student debt obsolete.  The big innovation: Rather than paying up-front for tuition to its 9-month coding bootcamp program, Lambda School asks most students to sign income sharing agreements — where they pay a portion of their salary for the first two years after getting a job that pays $50,000 or more. However, we spoke to former and current Lambda School student, who...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Utah, Microsoft, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Pennsylvania, Reddit, Deutsche Bank, Silicon Valley, Lambda, Airbnb, Michigan

How to Share URLs With Any Nearby Computer

This guide will show you how to use Google Chrome to share URLs with any and all nearby computers. Using the Chrome Extension “Google Tone” you can broadcast a sound from one computer to others that will share the URL of whatever web page you have opened. Follow this brief guide to get started – Head over to the Google Tone extension page and click the large Add to Chrome button. Make sure to do this on each of the computers you want to be able to send and receive URLs to and from. When...
Tags: Chrome, Google, Mac, Windows, Chromebook, Linux, Skype, eLearning, Google Tone

Issa Rae Has Lent Her Voice to Google Assistant. Yes, You Can Ask Her About Lawrence

Siri has an awkward black counterpart.
Tags: Google, Science, Siri, Insecure, Daniel, Lawrence, Issa Rae, Google Assistant, Awkward Black Google

AT&T Raises Prices 7% By Making Its Customers Pay AT&T's Property Taxes

"AT&T has been charging business Internet customers a 'property tax' fee, claiming it needs to charge this to recover AT&T's own property taxes," reports Ars Technica. "AT&T has been charging the fee for at least a couple of years and just hit customers in California with an increase that more doubled the fee." From the report: Scott Phillips, owner of a small business called Valley View Media in Santa Clarita, California, signed up for AT&T fiber Internet service and a block of static IP addres...
Tags: California, Tech, Phillips, AT T, Scott Phillips, Ars Technica AT T, Valley View Media in Santa Clarita California, AT T Cost Assessment Charge, AT T Business Internet Phone

To Live or Die by Google Search Brings an Escalating Cost

"Where's the best place to hide a body? The second page of a Google search." The gallows humor shows that people rarely look beyond the first few results of a search, but Lee Griffin isn't laughing. From a report: In the 13 years since he co-founded British price comparison website GoCompare, the 41-year-old has tried to keep his company at the top of search results, doing everything from using a "For Dummies" guide in the early days to later hiring a team of engineers, marketers and mathematici...
Tags: Google, Europe, John Lewis, Tech, IAC, Griffin, Newport Wales, Lee Griffin

Google’s Pixel 4 briefly went up for preorder on Best Buy Canada

The Pixel 4 is set to be unveiled at an event on Tuesday. This much we know for sure. We know a bunch more, too, (as outlined in this rumor roundup from yesterday), thanks to both official reveals and unofficial leaks. How much of this was planned is hard to say, but Google seemingly doesn’t mind building up the hype cycle. Earlier today, Best Buy Canada made what may well be the most egregious reveal today (granted, there are three more days left to leak). The big box store posted up a preo...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Hardware, Tech, Pixel 4, Google Hardware Event 2019

Toys R Us relaunches its website where online sales are powered by Target

Toys R Us is back online, thanks to a new deal with Target. Tru Kids, the parent company that acquired the defunct toy chain following its bankruptcy, has announced the relaunch of the website as it begins the process of opening its retail stores across the U.S. As a part of its comeback strategy, the Toys R Us website’s product pages will redirect to when consumers click the “buy” button to make an online purchase. The retailers didn’t discuss the terms of the deal, but a...
Tags: Ecommerce, Family, Toys, Kids, Shopping, Parents, Disney, Tech, E-commerce, Online Shopping, Retail, Online Retail, Toys R US, Target, Houston Texas, ToysRUS

Stalker Found Victim's Home By Looking At Reflection In Her Pupil From High-Res Photo

JustAnotherOldGuy shares a report from Boing Boing, with the caption: "Enhance, zoom in... more... more... straight out of CSI." From the report: Last month a Japanese entertainer named Ena Matsuoka was attacked in front of her home in Tokyo. Her alleged attacker, an obsessed fan, was able to figure out where she lived by zooming in on a high resolution photo and identifying a bus stop reflected in her pupils. According to Asia One, the alleged attacker "even approximated the storey Matsuoka liv...
Tags: Asia, Tech, Tokyo, Boing Boing, Matsuoka, Ena Matsuoka

Update iCloud for Windows Right Now to Protect Against Ransomware

Windows iTunes users: There’s a serious exploit in the Bonjour updater for Apple software on Windows that makes it possible for someone to discreetly install ransomware on your system. Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Security, Ipad, Updates, Bugs, Windows, Lifehacks, Update Now, Itunes For Windows, Icloud For Windows

Waymo to customers: “Completely driverless Waymo cars are on the way”

Waymo, the autonomous vehicle business under Alphabet, sent an email to customers of its ride-hailing app that their next trip might not have a human safety driver behind the wheel, according to a copy of the email that was posted on Reddit. The email entitled “Completely driverless Waymo cars are on the way” was sent to customers that use its ride-hailing app in the suburbs of Phoenix. It isn’t clear if the email was sent to members of its early rider program or its broader Waymo One serv...
Tags: Google, TC, Technology, California, Tech, X, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Arizona, Transport, Reddit, Chrysler, Self-driving Cars, Alphabet, Emerging-technologies, Autonomous Car

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