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  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by Chubros
    +11 +1

    Motorola and Nokia’s new phones make $350 look like $1,000

    What matters more: how a phone looks or how it performs? “How it performs” might be the obvious answer, but how a phone looks — its design, screen, and ergonomics — vastly affects how it feels to use. If you have to make a trade-off, sometimes performance is the right choice. That’s the story behind two of this season’s most promising new phones, the Nokia 7.1 and the Motorola One. Both phones look a lot like new iPhones, with tall screens, dual cameras, and notches on top. But they come with one critical difference: they sell for half the price — $349 for the Nokia 7.1 and $399 for the Motorola One.

  • Current Event
    13 days ago
    by baron778
    +24 +1

    Alphabet's Wing drones set to land in Europe

    Alphabet is bringing its drone service to Europe. On Tuesday, Wing, a drone delivery business owned by Google's parent company, said it'll launch in Europe in the spring of 2019, with the introduction of service in the Helsinki area of Finland. Wing has spent the past 18 months testing drone deliveries in southeastern Australia, according to its website, partnering with local businesses to deliver food, drinks, medicine and household items.

  • Current Event
    13 days ago
    by zritic
    +21 +1

    Facebook is no longer Glassdoor's 'Best Place to Work'

    After a tumultuous year, Facebook has lost its footing as a top-rated employer, based on Glassdoor's 2019 list of the "Best Places to Work." After ranking No. 1 last year, Facebook now ranks seventh, dropping from a 4.6 to 4.5 award score out of a perfect 5. Zoom Video Communications supplanted Facebook as the top seat in the tech category. The report comes as Facebook continues to be scrutinized by the public for how it handles user data and misinformation on its platform.

  • Current Event
    13 days ago
    by weekendhobo
    +17 +1

    New report reveals growing threat of organised social media manipulation world-wide

    The manipulation of public opinion over social media platforms has emerged as a critical threat to public life. Around the world, government agencies and political parties are exploiting social media platforms to spread junk news and disinformation, exercise censorship and control, and undermine trust in media, public institutions and science.

  • Current Event
    13 days ago
    by ppp
    +3 +1

    New mask to protect military aircrews against weapons of mass destruction

    The US Air Force has completed testing of its new face mask for helicopter and other rotary aircraft crews. The Joint Service Aircrew Mask – Rotary Wing (JSAM-RW) mask is one of five variants that will replace a whole range of masks worn by military aircrews, and will not only provide oxygen at high altitudes, but also protect the wearer against nuclear, biological, radiological, and chemical (NBRC) threats.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +12 +1

    ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notification available today on Apple Watch

    Starting today, the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 marks the first direct-to-consumer product that enables customers to take an electrocardiogram right from their wrist, capturing heart rhythm in a moment when they experience symptoms like a rapid or skipped heart beat and helping to provide critical data to physicians. The irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch can now also occasionally check heart rhythms in the background and send a notification if an irregular heart rhythm that appears to be atrial fibrillation (AFib) is identified.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by jedlicka
    +7 +1

    AMD Radeon RX 3080 could match GeForce RTX 2070 for half the price

    Fresh gossip from the GPU grapevine contends that AMD is preparing to launch Radeon RX 3080, RX 3070 and RX 3060 graphics cards to compete with Nvidia’s new Turing models – and potentially in a big way on price, if this leak is anything to go by. This comes from AdoredTV, the YouTube channel which has been the source of various leaks in the past – some of them pretty accurate...

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by bkool
    +17 +1

    Paralysed people drive robot waiters

    A cafe staffed by robot waiters controlled remotely by paralysed people has opened in Tokyo, Japan. A total of 10 people with a variety of conditions that restrict their movement have helped control robots in the Dawn Ver cafe. The robot's controllers earned 1,000 yen (£7) per hour - the standard rate of pay for waiting staff in Japan.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by zobo
    +15 +1

    Apple may finally be planning a Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS

    Apple’s Smart Battery Case, with its controversial design, was released back in 2015 with support for the iPhone 6 and 6S and it now currently supports the iPhone 6, 6S and 7. With the release of iPhone X and iPhone 8, users wondered whether a new battery case would be released for this new iPhone design, but so far nothing has been announced nor released by Apple.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by socialiguana
    +25 +1

    Meet the People Trying to Live Long Enough to Live Forever

    “Are we ready to open the doors?” an event producer in a skintight catsuit asked into a headset. As EDM blasted over a PA system, hundreds flooded into the ballroom of San Diego’s Town & Country resort: tanned-and-toned millennials, a group of friends from Venezuela, an engineer from Lagos, Botoxed retirees, and elderly couples pushing Zimmer frames. They took their seats, awaiting the good news:

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by geoleo
    +19 +1

    Value of Cryptocurrency and How It Is Determined?

    In order to determine the value of a crypto we must first understand the nature of the beast. "Crypto" is a generic term to describe any coin or token built upon, and recorded on, a blockchain ledger. The coins, also called cryptocurrencies, were created to be forms of money, much like the Dollar, Euro, Ruble, and Peso. The other cryptos are Tokens; mostly built upon the ethereum blockchain through the use of smart contract technology.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by jedlicka
    +17 +1

    Bacteria that consumes CO2 has been discovered at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean

    Bacteria that absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2) and potentially turns itself into a food source for other sea creatures has been discovered in one of the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean. Scientists were studying the ecosystems in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCFZ), a trench that extends 2.5 miles beneath the surface of the ocean. The area is currently being explored for its deep sea mining potential—contractors from nations including Korea, Germany and the U.K. believe the site to be a promising source of polymetallic nodules, which contain metals like nickel, copper and cobalt.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by ubthejudge
    +10 +1

    First ever drone-delivered kidney is no worse for wear

    Drone delivery really only seems practical for two things: take-out and organ transplants. Both are relatively light and also extremely time-sensitive. Well, experiments in flying a kidney around Baltimore in a refrigerated box have yielded positive results — which also seems promising for getting your pad thai to you in good kit.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by wetwilly87
    +12 +1

    Windows 10 in S Mode works no better for me than Chrome OS

    When buying a new laptop, you may have noticed that’s labeled with “S Mode.” It’s a version of Windows 10 that deliberately limits users to installing apps from the Windows Store and imposes certain other restrictions. That’s a weird thing to do when you think about it. Who wants their PC to be more limited, on purpose?

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by bkool
    +8 +1

    Apple Could Release A Chromecast-Like Low Cost Apple TV Dongle

    Apple is said to be thinking about introducing a new, low-cost Apple TV that would take the form of a dongle, rather than a set-top-box, according to a new report. Apple is said to have held discussions about the product, a device that would plug straight into a TV’s HDMI port in a similar way to Amazon’s Fire TV Stick.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by ubthejudge
    +13 +1

    Facebook Wants to Use Your Photos to Identify Your Family And Target You All With Ads

    Facebook filed a patent for technology that could target entire families with ads. The tech uses photos and various other data collected by the social network. In a patent filed last May and made public Thursday, the company describes a system enabled by "deep learning techniques" meant to identify groups of people living under the same roof and their relationships to each other. It uses image captions, hashtags, as well as ISP and search data to build a cache of information that's stored and later fed to its network of advertisers.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by mariogi
    +18 +1

    Black Friday streaming TV devices: An upgrade guide

    Black Friday is one of the best times of the year to buy a new streaming device for your TV, with discounts available on Roku players, Amazon Fire TV devices, Chromecast, and more. Still, not all of these deals are worth the money, especially if your current streaming device is in good working order.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by spacepopper
    +20 +1

    UK lawmakers urge firms to boycott tech giants who fail to tackle terrorism

    U.K. lawmakers urged advertisers to boycott internet firms that fail to remove or control the publication of extremist content. In a report published Thursday evening, the U.K. Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee concluded that security agencies needed help from the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Google to curb the "enormous growth" in online extremist material.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by Pfennig88
    +37 +1

    Parliament seizes cache of Facebook internal papers

    Parliament has used its legal powers to seize internal Facebook documents in an extraordinary attempt to hold the US social media giant to account after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly refused to answer MPs’ questions. The cache of documents is alleged to contain significant revelations about Facebook decisions on data and privacy controls that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. It is claimed they include confidential emails between senior executives, and correspondence with Zuckerberg.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by gottlieb
    +17 +1

    Bitcoin Fundamentals Haven't Changed, Says Anthony Pompliano - Bitcoinist.com

    Bitcoin isn’t dead, says Anthony Pompliano, despite the current massive cryptocurrency price plummet. The Morgan Creek Digital Partner believes emphasis Anthony Pompliano says BTC isn’t dead and investors should be looking at Bitcoin fundamentals and not the current price drop.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by ticktack
    +3 +1

    Elon Musk: There's a 70% chance that I personally go to Mars

    Elon Musk, age 47, told "Axios on HBO" that he sees a 70% chance that he'll live to ride one of his SpaceX rockets to Mars. "I know exactly what to do," he said. "I’m talking about moving there." The big picture: That prediction is dismissed as fantasy by some experts. But Musk said he can envision a flight as soon as seven years from now, with a ticket price of "around a couple hundred thousand dollars."

  • Expression
    3 weeks ago
    by wildcard
    +23 +1

    Opinion | Do You Have a Moral Duty to Leave Facebook?

    I joined Facebook in 2008, and for the most part, I have benefited from being on it. Lately, however, I have wondered whether I should delete my Facebook account. As a philosopher with a special interest in ethics, I am using “should” in the moral sense. That is, in light of recent events implicating Facebook in objectionable behavior, is there a duty to leave it?

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by Pfennig88
    +9 +1

    YouTube starting back-to-back ads for fewer interruptions

    YouTube starting back-to-back two ads for fewer interruptions so, you will watch videos for longer. As if pre-roll advertisements on YouTube aren’t annoying enough, you have to tolerate ads in the middle of the videos! Well, not anymore! Now, you’ll be able to watch the whole video without any interference throughout. YouTube is considering this new idea where you will get two back-to-back ads you can skip when the video begins. These are called “Ad-pods” back-to-back ads.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by hedman
    +12 +1

    Galaxy X: Specs, price, rumored March release date for Samsung's foldable phone

    The foldable phone era has officially begun. Samsung introduced the world to its first foldable phone, a device rumored to be called the Galaxy X or Galaxy F, and purportedly to be released early next year. Samsung saved most of the official details for a grand unveiling along the lines of the Galaxy S9 or Note 9, choosing instead to tease its foldable phone at a Nov. 7 Developers Conference keynote. We saw a short video, and a prototype momentarily held up in an executive's hand.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by Petrox
    +28 +1

    Google’s Night Sight is subtly awesome in the daytime, too

    I’ve grown a little obsessed with Google’s Night Sight mode for Pixel cameras. Other than the original Pixel’s release, Night Sight is the largest single leap forward in mobile imaging performance, and it’s doubly impressive for being purely a software upgrade. Pixel owners, from the first-generation device to the latest Pixel 3, have had a couple of weeks to play around with it, and one of the hidden advantages of Night Sight I’ve noticed is that it makes a subtle difference in improving daytime images.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by dianep
    +7 +1

    Latest Windows 10 update breaks Windows Media Player, Win32 apps in general

    The important data loss bug that interrupted the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, version 1809, may be fixed, but it turns out there are plenty of other weird problems with the release. As spotted by Paul Thurrott, the update also breaks the seek bar in Windows Media Player when playing "specific files."

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +26 +1

    Google Workers Ask Bosses To Cancel The Company’s Secret, Censored Search Engine For China

    In a letter published Tuesday morning, Google workers asked their bosses to cancel a project called Dragonfly, a controversial censored search app for the Chinese market. Additionally, employees asked that the company promise no backlash against whistleblowers making details of secret internal projects known if they were in the public's interest. "We are Google employees who are joining with Amnesty International in calling on Google to cancel Project Dragonfly and guarantee protections for whistleblowers," the employees said in a statement ahead of publishing their letter.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by everlost
    +3 +1

    Artificial intelligence: what we know so far about how it works for health

    All November long, Healthcare IT News and other HIMSS Media brands have been focused on artificial intelligence. AI, of course, is a complex proposition for many. Some are wildly excited about what it might augur for humanity. Some are much more skeptical – if not downright wary – of what the future of learning machines might portend. Just look at the discordant war of words that erupted this past year between two of the tech world's towering titans, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by junglman
    +9 +1

    DriveSavers claims it has a way to break into locked iPhones with 100 percent success

    ThData recovery company DriveSavers is advertising a new service that claims it can recover sensitive data from a locked smartphone, including notably difficult-to-crack iOS devices. The company’s service, called Passcode Lockout Data Recovery, is advertised for regular consumers and not seemingly designed for law enforcement or any other type of official cybersecurity business. Yet The Verge was unable to directly verify the efficacy of the tool, and the offer goes against many promises made by Apple about the security of its storage.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by takai
    +11 +1

    Apple Fixes iCloud to Finally Work with Windows 10 October 2018 Update

    Microsoft had put an upgrade block on Windows 10 October 2018 Update machines trying to install iCloud for Windows (version 7.7.0.27). Those who were already running this version were blocked from receiving the latest version of Windows 10. Apple has today issued iCloud for Windows version 7.8.1 potentially to address compatibility issues with Windows 10 version 1809. The company has also removed the restriction that iCloud is only compatible with Windows 7 through Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by bradd
    +10 +1

    All the Incoming Foldable Phones for 2019

    With Google betting on a foldable future for Android, it seems all phone manufacturers are getting these type of devices ready. Even Apple is looking into this form factor that offers the convenience of extreme portability when folded and a larger screen whenever you need it.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by grandsalami
    +5 +1

    Five Trends That Will Shape IT In 2019

    Over the course of 2018, the IT and cybersecurity industries have endured some impressive highs, as well as concerning lows that include high-profile data breaches and hacks, major scams and exposed vulnerabilities. Security and privacy issues remain a concern, and 2019 will see the industry finding ways to expand on major breakthroughs such as blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) while it copes with the security issues that arise from them.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by TentativePrince
    +1 +1

    52% of tech employees believe their work environment is toxic

    More than half of tech employees do not consider their workplace to be healthy, according to a Wednesday report from anonymous workplace review service Blind. A toxic workplace culture is among the top three reasons for employee burnout, a previous Blind report found, which can lead to turnover and poor health outcomes. Negative corporate cultures with low morale, excessive gossip, and high employee absenteeism rates can also increase the likelihood of project failure, TechRepublic's Moira Alexander wrote.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by messi
    +3 +1

    Google Assistant will now be nicer if you say “Please” and “Thank you”

    Is barking orders at our AI-powered voice assistants turning us into jerks? Are our kids growing accustomed to commanding the Google Homes and Siris of the world to turn on the lights without the politeness of a “please”? Perhaps. With that in mind, from here on out, Google Assistant will be a bit more cheery if you take the time to say “please” or “thank you.” If, for example, you say, “Hey Google, please set a timer for 10 minutes,” Google Assistant will respond “Thanks for asking so nicely! 10 minutes, starting now.”

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by everlost
    +4 +1

    Apple says the iPhone XR has been its top-selling iPhone since launch

    Apple's iPhone XR has been outselling the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max every day since the cheaper, colorful phone hit the market last month. Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of product marketing, told CNET in an interview Wednesday that the device has "been our most popular iPhone each and every day since the day it became available."