Trump Is Doing All of This for Zuckerberg
by Zeynep Tufekci on May 29, 2020 at 7:02 pm
The new executive order targeting social-media companies isn’t really about Twitter.
This Social-Media Mob Was Good
by Zeynep Tufekci on May 28, 2020 at 7:55 pm
The online rage at Amy Cooper could prove to be a powerful deterrent.
Pandemic Organizers Are Co-opting Productivity Software
by Kaitlyn Tiffany on May 28, 2020 at 7:04 pm
Mutual-aid groups are distributing groceries and spare air conditioners via tools designed to turn labor into money as efficiently as possible.
The Secret Lives of Perfect Social Distancers
by Kaitlyn Tiffany on May 19, 2020 at 6:57 pm
Someone who looks like they’re always staying inside on Instagram may actually have a double life they’re hiding to avoid judgment.
Something in the Air
by Kaitlyn Tiffany on May 14, 2020 at 3:57 am
The coronavirus pandemic is sparking baseless theories about the dangers of 5G. But the fear that wireless technology is slowly killing us isn’t new—and it doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.
Is looting covered by insurance? Depends on the business
by Sam Dean, Laurence Darmiento, Ronald D. White on June 1, 2020 at 3:59 am
National chains' losses are covered by large insurance policies. But the financial impact on small businesses varies widely.
How Twitter made its own rules for Trump to break
by Suhauna Hussain, Jeff Bercovici on May 30, 2020 at 1:24 am
Among the big social media platforms, Twitter has taken a unique approach to moderating user speech, one that's both unusually subjective and notably principled. That approach has allowed the company to avoid direct conflict with President Trump — until this week.
The scariest movie in quarantine is actually a game unfolding on Instagram
by Todd Martens on May 28, 2020 at 11:22 pm
"Arcana," a new game with an old Los Angeles murder at its center, is reviving the ARG (alternate-reality game) format by utilizing Instagram.
Will 'Ghost of Tsushima,' one of the last games coming for PS4, honor samurai tradition?
by Todd Martens on May 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Made by American samurai-movie fans, 'Ghost of Tsushima' is one of the last games coming exclusively for PlayStation 4.
Amazon won't say how many workers have gotten COVID-19. So workers are tracking cases themselves
by Suhauna Hussain on May 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Amazon workers say they need to know how many cases of coronavirus have hit warehouses and Whole Foods stores. As totals have climbed, the company has grown reticent.
SpaceX to follow historic astronaut mission with another launch on Wednesday
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Shivali Best) on June 2, 2020 at 7:08 am
SpaceX will attempt to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral tomorrow night, as part of its Starlink satellite mission
How teens are using TikTok and House Party to get through lockdown
by email@example.com (Jane Stapley) on June 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Jane Stapley, 16, explores how young people are using new social media platforms to stay entertained indoors.
Full Strawberry Moon will appear next week - how and when to see it from the UK
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Shivali Best) on May 31, 2020 at 7:00 am
The Full Strawberry Moon is set to appear on the evening of Friday 5 June, and should be visible for viewers all over the UK
SpaceX Crew Dragon and International Space Station spotted over the UK
by email@example.com (Shivali Best) on May 30, 2020 at 9:30 pm
The International Space Station passed over the UK at around 22:11 BST, just minutes before the SpaceX Crew Dragon passed over at 22:17 BST
Incredible moment SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands on drone ship after launch
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Neil Murphy) on May 30, 2020 at 9:00 pm
The booster shuttle which launched NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into space landed upright on the SpaceX's droneship named Of Course I Still Love You
Telefonica Deutschland picks Ericsson for 5G core network
on June 2, 2020 at 7:17 am
Telefonica Deutschland will build its 5G core mobile network in Germany using equipment from Ericsson, saying the choice of the Swedish supplier would safeguard the security of its next-generation services.
TietoEVRY, IBM drop arbitration cases, revamp co-operation deal
on June 2, 2020 at 7:05 am
Nordic IT services house TietoEVRY said on Tuesday it had signed a new deal with IBM changing the scope and operating model of their co-operation and the companies dropping arbitration cases against each other.
Volkswagen closes $2.6 billion investment in self-driving startup Argo AI
on June 2, 2020 at 4:04 am
German automaker Volkswagen AG has closed its $2.6 billion investment in Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based self-driving startup disclosed in a blog post on Tuesday.
Geely's Polestar plans China showroom expansion to compete with Tesla: sources
on June 2, 2020 at 2:08 am
SHANGHAI Reuters) - Polestar, the premium electric vehicle maker owned by China's Geely, plans a big expansion of its showroom network in the mainland, sources said, as it prepares for delivery of cars to compete with Tesla Inc's locally made Model 3.
Facebook staffers walk out saying Trump's posts should be reined in
on June 2, 2020 at 1:49 am
Facebook employees walked away from their work-from-home desks on Monday and took to Twitter to accuse Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg of inadequately policing U.S. President Donald Trump's posts as strictly as the rival platform has done.
In leaked audio, Zuckerberg expressed ‘disgust’ with Trump’s posts
by Casey Newton on June 2, 2020 at 12:00 am
Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images I. The CEO On Friday afternoon, Facebook made one of its most controversial content moderation decisions in company history. After President Trump posted to Facebook some tweets that Twitter had placed behind a warning for “glorifying violence,” Mark Zuckerberg said that the company would allow them to stand. “I know many people are upset that we’ve left the President’s posts up,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post, “but our position is that we should enable as much expression as possible unless it will cause imminent risk of specific harms or dangers spelled out in clear policies.” “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump had tweeted — quoting a former Miami police chief who, in 1967, called for a violent crackdown on the... Continue reading…
Spotify to add 8:46-minute moment of silence to playlists and podcasts in honor of George Floyd
by Nick Statt on June 1, 2020 at 11:24 pm
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Spotify will add an 8 minute and 46-second moment of silence to select playlists and podcasts on the platform to honor George Floyd. The length of the moment of silence is equal to the amount of time former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd down by the neck with his knee, resulting in Floyd’s death and sparking universal outcry and demonstrations in US cities and around the world. Spotify’s action is part of a broader movement in the music industry called Blackout Tuesday designed to protest police violence and racism. A number of record labels are participating following a call to action from Atlanta Records marketing chief Jamila Thomas and former Atlantic employee Brianna Agyemang that started with the hashtag... Continue reading…
Twitter takes action against Rep. Matt Gaetz for glorifying violence
by Makena Kelly on June 1, 2020 at 10:53 pm
Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images Twitter has restricted a tweet from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) for violating its policies against glorifying violence, following a similar action taken against President Donald Trump last week. In a tweet published Monday, Gaetz wrote, “Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?” The post was retweeted over 12,000 times before Twitter took action against it. Hours after it was posted, Twitter determined that it violated its policies against glorifying violence. In doing so, the tweet is hidden from Gaetz’s profile and users must click a “view” button before seeing. Likes, retweets, and replies are all disabled from the tweet in an effort to limit its reach. “We have placed a... Continue reading…
TikTok pledges to promote black creators after accusations of censorship
by Makena Kelly on June 1, 2020 at 10:36 pm
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge TikTok on Monday laid out a series of actions it plans to take to address criticisms that its recommendation algorithm suppresses black creators. These steps include launching what it calls a “creator diversity council” aimed at “recognizing and uplifting the voices driving culture, creativity, and important conversations on the platform,” the company wrote in a blog post. TikTok says it will also reassess its moderation strategies, build out a new “user-friendly” appeals process, and develop a new creator portal for expanding communications and “opportunities for our broader creator community.” TikTok said it will “stand in solidarity with the Black community” on Tuesday by participating in “Black Out Tuesday,” a day of action against... Continue reading…
K-pop stans overwhelm app after Dallas police ask for videos of protesters
by Julia Alexander on June 1, 2020 at 10:08 pm
Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM After the Dallas Police Department asked people to send videos of “illegal activity from the protests” happening in the city over the weekend using a special app called iWatch Dallas, K-pop fans flooded the software with content from their favorite artists and seemingly overloaded the reporting system in the process. The day after the Dallas Police Department tweeted out the original request, a secondary tweet confirmed that “due to technical difficulties iWatch Dallas app will be down temporarily.” Replies to both tweets are a mix of clips from various K-pop groups performing, games like Animal Crossing, anime GIFs, and other pop culture references calling out the request and later celebrating the app being down. K-pop fans crashed... Continue reading…
A Lime investor predicts only 2 or 3 scooter players will win after COVID-19, meaning there's going to be a major crunch in Europe
by Callum Burroughs on June 2, 2020 at 6:58 am
Scooter startups are at a crossroads with COVID-19 and potential capital scarcity forcing an increased focus on sustainability and careful use of cash. In the US, the market has matured, allowing two to three operators to thrive per city, but in Europe there are more than a dozen operators which investors say is impossible to sustain. The re-opening of cities from lockdown is a litmus test of scooter companies' ability to scale and survive after the COVID-19 crisis. "The move towards efficiency is happening irrespective of COVID-19," Paul Asel, managing partner at NGP Capital and an investor in Lime, told Business Insider in an interview. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Scooter startups have been growing rapidly in Europe in recent years amid growing appetite for alternative urban transport options. That shift is set to as cities re-open from coronavirus lockdowns, and the public tries to avoid the scrum of buses, trams, and metros. The advent of electric scooters in Europe became something of a smash and grab, with operators dumping thousands of scooters on the streets of major cities, often without approval from local authorities. Paris became the epicenter of some 12 operators competing for crowded curb sides, with the city eventually opting to only allow three operators going forward in its next tender process. The French capital's example could soon become the norm, according to Paul Asel, managing partner at NGP Capital and an investor in Lime. He predicts that investors will no longer pile millions of dollars into the industry. Instead there will be a greater focus on sustainability, which will lead to a more competitive ecosystem and, as a consequence, more failed companies. "The move towards efficiency is happening irrespective of COVID-19," Asel said in an interview with Business Insider. "The Uber/Lime deal showed that this market is a natural duopoly, having so many operators per city is a money-losing exercise which causes consumer confusion." Uber's recent $170 million funding round into Lime was a de facto deferred purchase with the company's valuation slashed by 80% with provisions in place for SoftBank-backed Uber to buy the scooter startup in two years. Competition in markets is obviously nothing new, Asel cites automobile, radio, and telecoms companies as good examples of industries where dozens of operators are whittled down to two or three major winners. The post-COVID comeback Scooter operators have been starved of revenue due to coronavirus with almost all having to take their product off the streets in response to stringent lockdowns across Asia, North America, and Europe. The way in which cities respond to re-opening is key to the future of the industry, Asel says. He quotes Thomas Kuhn, author of "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" who said: "The significance of crisis is the indication they provide that an occasion for retooling has arrived," and argues that retooling for scooters will take the form of people shunning public transport for fear of catching coronavirus. Milan for example is widening cycling lanes, and the same is happening in France. The UK is fast-tracking its previously glacial discussions about the legality of e-scooters, in a bid to provide more options for commuters as the country comes out of lockdown. "The previous rush and focus on growth led to an adversarial relationship between cities and micro-mobility," Asel said. "Now players in those markets been more collaborative because micro-mobility should increase as a public transit alternative over time." Operators will be glued to the results of tender processes in Paris and Lyon, which will be announced in the coming weeks. The market could experience new mergers off the back of those results, depending on which operators are successful, according to Noa Khamallah, a former top executive at Lime and Voi. Earlier this year, pre-COVID, Bird bought European scooter operator and one-time competitor Circ, and subsequently cut many of its former competitors' staff as well as some 420 of its own months later to help streamline the business. Scooters can say goodbye to waterfalls of money Another key factor in the boom of scooters across the world has been the Uber-like rapid expansion that came from vast sums of venture capital poured into startups in San Francisco and elsewhere. In just three years since founding, US companies Bird and Lime have raised $623 million and $925 million respectively while smaller, newer European competitors Tier and Voi have raised $131 million and $168 million each, per Crunchbase. "Investors will not continue ploughing money into these sectors," Asel added. "More companies die of indigestion than starvation, that message has not been well received or heeded for the last 10 years. SoftBank has done more damage to this market than good and many companies have been destroyed." SoftBank has not directly invested in a scooter startup but has ploughed cash into mobility firms including Uber and Ola. That appeared to set a trend for over funding in general. A focus on unit economics and sustainability is now set to be key to the ongoing feasibility of scooter startups, but that alone won't be enough. Tier, for example, has pioneered replaceable batteries on its scooters and has a small side business in selling refurbished scooters for private use. Similarly, companies have spent large sums on R&D to help max out the life of each scooter with many newer models now lasting around 18 months. Worldwide, the e-scooter and bike industry has shed over 1,000 full-time jobs in the past few months, according to online tracker Layoffs.fyi. "VCs have cash but they will slow the dynamic because they realize scooters are not yet profitable and there is a lot of uncertainty in the industry," Khamallah added.SEE ALSO: The CEO of Voi, scooter rival to $2.5 billion Bird, goes public on why it furloughed and laid off staff to cope with COVID-19 Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
10 things in tech you need to know today
by Shona Ghosh on June 2, 2020 at 6:30 am
Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Facebook employees publicly rebelled over Mark Zuckerberg's decision to keep up a Trump post about the George Floyd protests. More than a dozen Facebook workers directly contradicted the company's stance over the weekend and on Monday in a rare show of public discord. Mark Zuckerberg committed $10 million to fighting racial injustice amid outrage at Facebook's handling of Trump's post threatening protesters. Zuckerberg committed $10 million to groups fighting racial inequality, even as his own workers spoke out against the company's stance. Gaming giant Zynga will buy Turkish developer Peak for $1.8 billion in its biggest ever acquisition. The cash-and-share deal will see Peak's 100-strong team and its portfolio of mobile game franchises join Zynga. Facebook employees held a virtual walkout against the company's handling of Trump's posts. The New York Times reported that "dozens" of employees took Monday off to signal their opposition to the company's refusal to take action against the president's post that discussed shooting in response to the protests in the US. Apple shut stores across the US over safety concerns amid US protests. Photos and videos that circulated on social media over the weekend appear to depict looters breaking into and/or damaging Apple stores in a variety of cities — from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. WeWork's head of real estate for the US, Canada, and Israel is leaving the company after two years. The executive, Aaron Ellison, had helped spearhead growth during the heady runup to the firm's peak valuation of nearly $50 billion. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has invested in UK startup Beacon, a freight forwarding platform. According to Sky News, Bezos will participate in Beacon's $15 million Series A fundraising. Executives from Google, Snap, Apple, Facebook, and more spoke out against racial inequality and police brutality in social media posts and memos to employees. Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed to the history of racism in the US while Snap CEO Evan Spiegel called for a non-partisan committee on reparations. YouTube pledged $1 million in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protesters, but critics noted the site has allowed white supremacist videos to flourish for years. Studies have shown that YouTube pushes far-right content via its recommendation algorithms. Uber, Lyft, and Lime say they'll suspend services in cities where curfews are implemented. Social media footage across the US has shown scooters being used in riots to smash up buildings and vehicles. Have an Amazon Alexa device? Now you can hear 10 Things in Tech each morning. Just search for "Business Insider" in your Alexa's flash briefing settings. You can also subscribe to this newsletter here — just tick "10 Things in Tech You Need to Know."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly
Top 3 Biggest Smartphone Trends
by Business Insider Intelligence on June 2, 2020 at 1:00 am
The smartphone isn’t going anywhere. No other device can replicate what it does for the everyday consumer, so expect to see more smartphones in the public’s hands over the next few decades. But that doesn’t mean the device will stay the same. The next steps in the smartphone's evolution are here, and Business Insider Intelligence has collected them into The Top 3 Biggest Smartphone Trends. To get your copy of this exclusive report absolutely FREE, simply click here.Join the conversation about this story »
17 incredible photos from SpaceX's historic mission to send NASA astronauts to the space station
by Jessica Snouwaert and Holly Secon on June 2, 2020 at 12:47 am
SpaceX launched its first astronauts on Saturday — a mission called Demo-2. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday morning. These are some of the best pictures taken of Demo-2's first launch attempt on Wednesday, the successful launch on Saturday, and the spacecraft's arrival at the ISS on Sunday. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SpaceX launched NASA astronauts into space for the first time on Saturday — the company's first human passengers and the first time people have ever flown a commercially developed spaceship. This mission was the product of NASA's Commercial Crew program, a partnership between the space agency and two private companies (Boeing is the other) to build spaceships that can ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. It was the first time the US launch its own astronauts from American soil since 2011. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley safely arrived at the space station on Sunday morning. "It's great to get the United States back in the crewed launch business," Hurley said at a press briefing from the ISS on Monday. "We're just really glad to be on board this magnificent complex." These are the best photos from the mission so far. Hurley and Behnken pulled up to the launch site for their first launch attempt on Wednesday in a Tesla. Hurley's wife, Karen Nyberg (who is also an astronaut), and their son waved to him from outside the car window. The astronaut's families exchanged distanced air hugs before the two men boarded the spaceship. Vice President Mike Pence joined Elon Musk, along with the astronauts and their families, at the Kennedy Space Center prior to the launch. Hurley and Behnken were all smiles leading up to the launch — a mission they'd been training for for years. Behnken and Hurley took off from Launch Complex 39A at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX signed an agreement with NASA in 2014 to use the launch complex for the next 20 years. SpaceX and NASA both offered live video coverage of the mission. NASA TV, the agency's livestreaming channel, is still broadcasting coverage. You can watch here. Cameras inside the Crew Dragon spaceship showed Behnken and Hurley strapped into their seats, preparing for launch. The capsule is controlled via touchscreen. The touchscreen took "a little more time to get used to that way of flying a vehicle, certainly, but it wasn't anything that became completely objectionable or was extremely difficult to do," Hurley said during a news conference on May 20. SpaceX's new spacesuits have touchscreen-compatible gloves and were designed to plug into the capsule's seats. But storm clouds gathered around the launch pad on Wednesday, and just 17 minutes before the scheduled liftoff, NASA engineers decided to scrub the launch. Weather conditions, including thunderstorm clouds and a threat of lightning strikes, threatened the safety of the vehicle and astronauts inside. The timing of the launch couldn't be changed, since the rocket must lift off 35 minutes after fueling begins and align perfectly with the location of the space station to minimize fuel use. On Saturday, Behnken and Hurley got ready once again, strapping into the Crew Dragon. Approximately 300,000 people gathered nearby to watch the historic launch. Space.com estimated that about 150,000 people gathered to watch, and Florida Today estimated that the crowd on Saturday was double that from Wednesday. But the full mission would not be declared a success until NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley reached orbit, about 12 minutes after liftoff. Blastoff came at 3:22 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Crew Dragon spacecraft, later named "Endeavor" in an ode to the final space shuttle, flew atop one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets. That was the start of their 19-hour flight to the space station. Elon Musk, SpaceX's founder and CEO, celebrated the success. After 19 hours of flying through space, the Crew Dragon approached the ISS. The ISS's robotic arm connected with the ship at 10:16 a.m. ET, while flying over northern China and Mongolia. After a roughly two-hour hatch-opening procedure, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley entered the ISS. "It's been a real honor to be a super-small part of this nine-year endeavor, since the last time a United States spaceship has docked with the International Space Station," Hurley said shortly after docking. "We have to congratulate the men and women of SpaceX at Hawthorne, McGregor, and at Kennedy Space Center. Their incredible efforts over the last several years to make this possible cannot go overstated." Behnken and Hurley's mission isn't over yet, though — they'll now spend one to four months on the International Space Station, then return to Earth on the Crew Dragon. Dave Mosher and Morgan McFall-Johnsen contributed reporting.
Chicago city officials tweeted an Uber promo code after shutting down public transit and imposing a curfew during protests over George Floyd's death (UBER)
by Tyler Sonnemaker on June 2, 2020 at 12:02 am
Chicago is facing criticism for shutting down public transit Sunday amid ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd. The city, which has had a curfew in place since Saturday, suggested people take an Uber instead and tweeted a discount code for $5 off rides. Uber told Business Insider it issued the discount code at the request of the city, which it said was concerned about leaving essential workers stranded. Floyd was killed last week while in police custody, sparking protests across the nation. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The City of Chicago is coming under fire after shutting down public transit amid a citywide curfew and protests over George Floyd's death and encouraging residents use Uber instead. As demonstrations continued on Sunday, the Chicago Transit Authority announced that it would be stopping all buses and trains from 6:30 pm until Monday morning "at the request of public safety officials." Mayor Lori Lightfoot had imposed a curfew a day earlier, which remained in place Sunday evening, NBC Chicago reported, and the decision to suspend public transit with only a few minutes notice prompted swift pushback from residents. "Essential Worker here. Stranded 11 miles from home," one resident tweeted, while others called it "class warfare" and "an intentional trap for protestors." At around midnight, nearly three hours after the curfew had been in effect, the city then tweeted a discount code for $5 off Uber rides in an apparent response to the concerns about stranded workers, saying it said would only be good until 6am Monday morning. UPDATE: If you are in need of a ride, use code CHICAGO2020 to receive $5 off your @Uber. Valid until 6AM Monday. — City of Chicago (@chicago) June 1, 2020 The coupon code was met with similar criticism from residents, who said the high cost of an Uber relative to public transit would unfairly penalize the city's low-income residents and called the response "tone-deaf." Many also criticized the city for seeming to be boosting Uber's business during the middle of protests against police brutality, though the company denied that it was looking to profit. "At the request of the city, which had legitimate concerns about stranding essential workers during a pandemic, we offered a discount on rides," an Uber spokesperson told Business Insider, noting that the company has already been providing free rides for essential workers. Protests have escalated over the past week in cities across America after Floyd was killed while in police custody, and at least 40 cities have imposed curfews, according to CNN. The City of Chicago did not respond to a request for comment on this story.SEE ALSO: As protests over George Floyd's death continue to rage, police in some cities have turned up to demonstrate in solidarity Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak
- Feed has no items.
The pandemic is making people reconsider city living, trading traffic for chickens
by Heather Kelly on June 1, 2020 at 9:41 pm
The pandemic is changing how people see the expensive cities where they live, and new work-from-home policies are making it possible for some to move out.
Twitter became a major vehicle for misinformation about unrest in D.C.
by Craig Timberg on June 1, 2020 at 9:28 pm
Started by an account with just three followers, the hashtag exploded in popularity, generating about half a million tweets in its first nine hours after being created.
SpaceX launch of NASA astronauts provides a chance to compare the new and old
by Christian Davenport on June 1, 2020 at 9:28 pm
Space enthusiasts finally have the beginnings of an answer to which system is better.
Lamborghini is getting into esports. Wait. What?
by Gregory Leporati on June 1, 2020 at 8:39 pm
The sports car manufacturer is starting its own virtual competitive driving circuit.
Members of Congress to unveil bipartisan bill to regulate contact-tracing apps, fearing potential privacy abuses
by Tony Romm on June 1, 2020 at 6:32 pm
Senate lawmakers plan to unveil a bipartisan bill on Monday that would regulate contact-tracing and exposure-notification apps, seeking to ensure new digital tools meant to combat the coronavirus don’t come at the expense of users’ privacy.
Vivo's flagship X50 phones with gimbal-style camera will drop in the second half of 2020 - CNET
by Sareena Dayaram on June 2, 2020 at 7:02 am
The base X50 phone is the thinnest 5G phone ever made, according to Vivo, while the highest end X50 Pro Plus has a gimbal-style camera.
Civil rights leaders slam Zuckerberg for setting "dangerous precedent" in response to Trump posts, says report - CNET
by Sareena Dayaram on June 2, 2020 at 5:49 am
Unlike Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has refused to remove or hide a tweet from the US president that says "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."
17 awesome video games to play with your kids - CNET
by Mark Serrels on June 2, 2020 at 5:43 am
So your kid wants to play video games with you? Here are a few to get started.
24 incredible video games you can finish in one night - CNET
by Mark Serrels on June 2, 2020 at 5:37 am
Time is short and video games are long. But you'll rattle through these in a night.
32 of the best games on PS4 - CNET
by Mark Serrels on June 2, 2020 at 5:36 am
The PS4 has an incredible line-up, here are our favourites.
Monster or Machine? A Profile of the Coronavirus at 6 Months
by Alan Burdick on June 2, 2020 at 6:30 am
Our “hidden enemy,” in plain sight.
Misinformation About George Floyd Protests Surges on Social Media
by Davey Alba on June 2, 2020 at 2:47 am
In the universe of false online information, Mr. Floyd remains alive and George Soros is to blame for the protests.
Matt Gaetz Tweet Gets Twitter Warning Label for Glorifying Violence
by Kate Conger on June 2, 2020 at 12:51 am
The post, from Representative Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, had likened protesters to terrorists and called for them to be hunted down.
Facebook Employees Stage Virtual Walkout to Protest Trump Posts
by Sheera Frenkel, Mike Isaac, Cecilia Kang and Gabriel J.X. Dance on June 1, 2020 at 10:50 pm
While Twitter started labeling some of the president’s inflammatory messages, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has said his company should leave them alone.
After Reality Star’s Death, Japan Vows to Rip the Mask Off Online Hate
by Ben Dooley and Hikari Hida on June 1, 2020 at 8:51 pm
While many in the country abhor the kind of harassment Hana Kimura endured before her apparent suicide, some warn that cracking down on it could also chill rising internet activism.
Can Zoom turn popularity into profit?
on June 2, 2020 at 6:24 am
The video conference company may have become ubiquitous during lockdowns but that has brought new challenges.
Asia's fishermen and farmers go digital during virus
on June 2, 2020 at 2:09 am
Farming communities in South East Asia are embracing online selling for the first time during lockdown.
Coronavirus: What's it like to be laid off over Zoom?
on June 1, 2020 at 11:02 pm
Being made redundant is rarely pleasant, but is it worse finding out via a video call?
Grindr removes 'ethnicity filter' after complaints
on June 1, 2020 at 10:32 pm
The LGBT app says it has a "zero-tolerance policy for racism" and will remove the filter.
PlayStation 5: Sony postpones games event due to US protests
on June 1, 2020 at 7:48 pm
The move follows a decision by Google to delay showing off the next version of Android.
This Bundle Contains Everything You Need to Pass Three Top Project Manager Exams
by MakeUseOf Deals on June 2, 2020 at 5:30 am
In these uncertain times, job security is not as strong as usual. The best way to protect yourself is to climb the career ladder. There are many great leadership roles open right now, but you may need some certifications to prove your management skills. The Project Management Certifications Tests + Courses Bundle helps you prepare for three top exams, with 41 hours of prep. You can get the bundle now for just $24.99 at MakeUseOf Deals. Prove Your Skills From engineering to marketing, companies in every industry need good project managers. Perhaps that’s why PMP-certified professionals earn $105k on average,...Read the full article: This Bundle Contains Everything You Need to Pass Three Top Project Manager Exams
5 Heart-Healthy Exercises for a Free Cardio Workout at Home
by Mihir Patkar on June 2, 2020 at 4:30 am
For a healthy heart and active lungs, you need movement. But what do you do in restricted space? Get your heart pumping with these free cardio workouts for the home, both with and without equipment. If you search for cardio exercises at home, you tend to find high-intensity workout routines. In this article, we tried to find exercises that are accessible to anyone, especially beginners and seniors. From skipping a rope to sitting in a chair and boxing, you can get a good cardio workout at home with these guides. 1. Crossrope (Web, Android, iOS): Beginner’s Guide to Jumping Rope...Read the full article: 5 Heart-Healthy Exercises for a Free Cardio Workout at Home
What Is PGP? How Pretty Good Privacy Works, Explained
by Gavin Phillips on June 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm
If you’re concerned about online and electronic privacy, encryption is the best thing to set your mind at ease. By using strong encryption protocols, you can make sure that your data is safe from prying eyes, and that only the people who you decide should see your information have access to it. One of the most common methods for encryption is called PGP. This article will guide you through what PGP is, what it’s good for, and how to use it. What Is PGP? PGP stands for “Pretty Good Privacy.” PGP is most often used for sending encrypted messages between...Read the full article: What Is PGP? How Pretty Good Privacy Works, Explained
How to Get the Stock Android Experience on Any Phone
by Mihir Patkar on June 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Google’s Pixel devices are the best pure Android phones. But you can get that stock Android experience on any phone, without rooting. Essentially, you will have to download a stock Android launcher and a few apps that give you the vanilla Android flavor. It’s really simple, meaning anyone can do it without much technical know-how. We’ll walk you through what to do. 1. Get the Best Stock Android Launcher Google has its own Pixel launcher, but it’s only available for Pixel phones. But third-party developers have made even better stock Android launchers, which give you the feel of pure Android...Read the full article: How to Get the Stock Android Experience on Any Phone
The Best Science Fiction Books for Geeks: 10 Absolutely Worth Reading
by Philip Bates on June 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm
With so many great science fiction novels available, readers really are spoiled for choice. Some involve artificial intelligence. Others are grand space-operas. And some have even been banned from public distribution for dubious reasons. Every geek has to start somewhere. If you want to build a library of must-have sci-fi novels and novellas, here are the best science fiction books of all time—redefining the genre, gaining cult status, and being adapted for film, television, and radio. 1. The Time Machine This is the go-to book about traversing the fourth dimension. Science fiction legend H.G. Wells definitively presents the concept and...Read the full article: The Best Science Fiction Books for Geeks: 10 Absolutely Worth Reading
- Feed has no items.
Top web browsers 2020: Chrome snaps up more share, new Edge again gains ground
by Gregg Keizer on June 1, 2020 at 9:39 pm
Chrome's share reached a record high in May, the fifth straight month of gains, a run the browser last enjoyed three years ago.According to data published Monday by California metrics vendor Net Applications, Chrome's share in May climbed six-tenths of a percentage point to 69.8%. The browser has been on a run of late, with the previous five months – January to May – putting 3.2 points on Chrome's ledger. The only other browser to post gains during that stretch – Safari – added a mere two-tenths of a point.To put Chrome's position into perspective, no browser has had more than Chrome's current share since December 2008, when Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) held more than 70% even as it was trending down, under assault from Mozilla's Firefox. (That month, Chrome, which had debuted only months before, accounted for a tiny 1.4% of all browser share.)To read this article in full, please click here
Google Docs vs. Microsoft Word: Which works better for business?
by Preston Gralla on June 1, 2020 at 5:10 pm
Have you been thinking of reassessing which word processor your business should standardize on? The obvious choices are the two best known: Microsoft Word and Google Docs. But which is better?Tracking changes in a documentTo read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
You’ll get more done with these 10 Mac tips
by Jonny Evans on June 1, 2020 at 2:49 pm
Amid the ongoing distractions of the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important to remember millions are using their Macs every day to get work done. These tips should help you work more efficiently, giving you more time to catch up on everything else.Use Do Not Disturb Zoom calls, Teams conferences, phone calls, emails, instant messages, Slack conversations – does anyone else get stressed out that working remotely ends up being so noisy? It’s hard to focus through interruption, so use Do Not Disturb to buy yourself some mental space.On your Mac, press the Option key and tap the Notifications icon in the top right. You’ll see its color change to light gray, which means Do Not Disturb is activated. Now you’ll receive no application notifications until you enable it again.To read this article in full, please click here
Get your May 2020 Windows and Office patches installed
by Woody Leonhard on June 1, 2020 at 2:38 pm
Headlines scream that you should avoid the May patches. Pshaw. From what I’ve seen they’re largely overblown. Not to say that all is well in patchland – it isn’t. But the situation has stabilized, and I don’t see any reason to hold back on May’s patches.Of course, I’m assuming that you don’t voluntarily jump down the rabbit hole and join the unpaid beta testers working on Windows 10 version 2004 – the May 2020 Update. It's kicking up all sorts of problems – but that's no reason to hold off on the May patches.To read this article in full, please click here
Why your voice is your new password
by Mike Elgan on June 1, 2020 at 11:55 am
Google now lets some users verify purchases using voice alone. It’s just the beginning. Welcome to the future of biometric ID and verification.
5 Ways to Edit Images in Google Slides
by email@example.com (Richard Byrne) on June 1, 2020 at 3:48 pm
A decade+ ago when I started using Google Slides it was a rather bare bones alternative to PowerPoint. That is no longer the case. Today, there are tons neat little features that you can use in Google...Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teachers.com » Related StoriesHow to Collaborate on a YouTube ChannelHow to Create Whiteboard Videos With ZoomHow to Search for Matching & Similar Documents Submitted in Google Classroom
How to Collaborate on a YouTube Channel
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard Byrne) on June 1, 2020 at 11:07 am
Like many other schools, this spring my school held our awards ceremonies virtually. A colleague and I managed the distribution of the recordings of those ceremonies. We did this by collaborating on...Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teachers.com » Related StoriesHow to Create Whiteboard Videos in SeesawFive Screencastify Settings You Should Know How to UseHow to Timestamp Your YouTube Videos
How to Make Whiteboard Videos on Your Chromebook - Updated
by email@example.com (Richard Byrne) on June 1, 2020 at 9:30 am
About two months ago I published a post featuring three ways to make a whiteboard video on a Chromebook. Since then I've created a couple more tutorials on that same topic. Here's an updated set of...Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teachers.com » Related StoriesThe Week in Review - The Most Popular PostsAudioMass - A Free, Registration-free Audio EditorHow to Create Whiteboard Videos With Zoom
The Month in Review - The Most Popular Posts
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard Byrne) on May 31, 2020 at 9:00 am
It's the end of May and sure was a month I'll remember for a while for a few reasons. First, we had snow on the ground as late as Mother's Day and then we temperatures in the 90s a couple of days ago....Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teachers.com » Related StoriesThe Week in Review - The Most Popular PostsThe Week in Review - A Bunch of TurkeysThe Week in Review - It's Snowing!
Three Webinar Recordings You Can Watch Right Now
by email@example.com (Richard Byrne) on May 31, 2020 at 8:00 am
In May I hosted or co-hosted a handful of free webinars. The recordings of some them are now available to watch at your leisure. Those webinars are Intro to Teaching History With Technology, A...Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teachers.com » Related StoriesFour Free Webinars to Check Out This WeekTwo Free Webinars With Me That You Can Join This WeekA Webinar for Parents of Elementary School Students
- Feed has no items.
- Feed has no items.
A trial is under way of the first new antibody medicine developed to treat covid-19
by Charlotte Jee on June 1, 2020 at 5:42 pm
The news: Patients have started to receive the first antibody drug developed specifically to treat covid-19. It’s being tested in 32 patients at various doses in hospitals in the US. If it’s shown to be safe, the drug, referred to as LY-CoV555, will be studied in non-hospitalized coronavirus patients later this summer. The big idea:…
NASA astronauts just flew SpaceX’s Crew Dragon into orbit for the first time
by Neel Patel on May 30, 2020 at 7:36 pm
This post has been updated. What happened: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Crew Dragon was launched at 3:22 p.m. US Eastern Time from Kennedy Space Center. The Falcon 9 successfully deployed the vehicle into orbit before returning back to Earth and landing on SpaceX’s Atlantic Ocean drone ship. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug…
The UN says a new computer simulation tool could boost global development
by Will Heaven on May 29, 2020 at 3:28 pm
The news: The United Nations is endorsing a computer simulation tool that it believes will help governments tackle the world’s biggest problems, from gender inequality to climate change. Global challenges: In 2015, UN member states signed up for a set of 17 sustainable-development goals that are due to be reached by 2030. They include things…
Twitter put a warning on a Trump tweet for “glorifying violence”
by Abby Ohlheiser on May 29, 2020 at 2:52 pm
The news: Twitter placed a warning label on a tweet from US President Donald Trump early on May 29, saying that it violated the platform’s rules against “glorifying violence.” In the tweet, sent at 12:53 a.m., the president called Minneapolis protesters demonstrating against the death of a black man in police custody “THUGS,” threatened military…
AI could help scientists fact-check covid claims amid a deluge of research
by Karen Hao on May 29, 2020 at 10:00 am
An experimental tool helps researchers wade through the overwhelming amount of coronavirus literature to check whether emerging studies follow scientific consensus. Why it matters: Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a flood of relevant preprints and papers, produced by people with varying degrees of expertise and vetted through varying degrees of…
Facebook employees protest Mark Zuckerberg’s response to Donald Trump’s posts
by Reuters on June 2, 2020 at 7:13 am
Facebook workers took to Twitter to accuse Mark Zuckerberg of inadequately policing Donald Trump’s posts as strictly as the rival platform has done.
Argo closes $2.6 billion round from VW at a $7.25 billion valuation
by Kyle Wiggers on June 2, 2020 at 4:01 am
Argo AI, an autonomous vehicle startup that has a close relationship with Ford, closed a $2.6 billion funding round led by Volkswagen at a $7.25 valuation.
Activision delays new seasons for Call of Duty amid unrest
by Dean Takahashi on June 2, 2020 at 2:15 am
Activision announced that it has delayed new seasons for its Call of Duty games amid unrest in the U.S.
How to get more followers on Instagram
by RankWisely on June 1, 2020 at 10:10 pm
The fastest way to get more Instagram followers is to buy Instagram them, increasing the visibility of your Instagram posts within a short timeframe.
AI tools could improve fake news detection by analyzing users’ interactions and comments
by Kyle Wiggers on June 1, 2020 at 10:05 pm
Researchers at Microsoft and Arizona State University propose in a paper a method of detecting fake news using a technique called weak supervision.
- Feed has no items.
Facebook employees protest Mark Zuckerberg's response to Donald Trump's posts.
by /u/AdamCannon on June 2, 2020 at 7:28 am
submitted by /u/AdamCannon [link] [comments]
The Executive Order Targeting Social Media Gets the FTC, Its Job, and the Law Wrong
by /u/MyNameIsGriffon on June 2, 2020 at 5:02 am
submitted by /u/MyNameIsGriffon [link] [comments]
Early testing shows mobile devices that connect over 5G can suffer up to 50% battery drain compared to 4G
by /u/anxious_ibex on June 2, 2020 at 2:21 am
submitted by /u/anxious_ibex [link] [comments]
Chinese telecom firms urge Federal Communications Commission not to block its U.S. operations
by /u/Acrzyguy on June 2, 2020 at 1:29 am
submitted by /u/Acrzyguy [link] [comments]
White nationalist group posing as antifa called for violence on Twitter: Other misinformation and misleading claims spread across Twitter on Sunday night and into Monday related to the protests.
by /u/Fuzier on June 2, 2020 at 1:27 am
submitted by /u/Fuzier [link] [comments]
Apple fixes bug that could have given hackers full access to user accounts
by Dan Goodin on June 2, 2020 at 12:57 am
Report of serious vulnerability lands developer $100,000 bounty.
Nest users now covered by Google’s ultra-secure Advanced Protection Program
by Dan Goodin on June 1, 2020 at 8:11 pm
APP is the most effective way to prevent hijackings. So what are you waiting for?
Walmart employees are out to show its anti-shoplifting AI doesn’t work
by WIRED on May 31, 2020 at 10:45 am
The retailer denies there is any widespread issue with the software.
An advanced and unconventional hack is targeting industrial firms
by Dan Goodin on May 30, 2020 at 4:19 pm
Steganography? Check. Living off the land? Yep. Triple-encoded payloads? Uh-huh.
Western Digital gets sued for sneaking SMR disks into its NAS channel
by Jim Salter on May 29, 2020 at 9:40 pm
WD clearly underestimated the consumer outrage they'd face over SMR disks.
Self-driving vehicle startup Argo AI completes $2.6B deal with Volkswagen, expands to Europe
by Kirsten Korosec on June 2, 2020 at 6:40 am
Volkswagen Group finalized Tuesday its $2.6 billion investment into Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based self-driving car startup that came out of stealth in 2017 with $1 billion in backing from Ford. The deal turns Argo into a global company with two customers — VW and Ford — as well as operations in the U.S. and Europe
A service that detects ‘China apps’ goes viral in India
by Rita Liao on June 2, 2020 at 4:14 am
The app’s name says it all: Remove China Apps. Developed by a self-proclaimed “Indian startup” named OneTouch AppLabs, Remove China Apps crossed 1 million downloads within 10 days of launch in May. Its overnight success came amid rising China-Indian tensions over the countries’ disputed border in the Himalayas. Most of the app’s installs are found
Twitter restricts Republican lawmaker’s Antifa tweet for ‘glorifying violence’
by Taylor Hatmaker on June 1, 2020 at 11:29 pm
Twitter placed a tweet from a close political ally of the president behind a warning label Monday, citing its policy prohibiting content that promotes violence. The tweet, from Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, suggested that the U.S. government “hunt down” anti-fascist activists in the country like it would pursue international terrorists. “We have placed a
Is Zoom the next Android or the next BlackBerry?
by Walter Thompson on June 1, 2020 at 11:18 pm
As someone who was at both BlackBerry and Android during their heydays, my biggest learning takeaway is that product experience trumps everything else.
Mobile safety app Parachute’s new feature prevents anyone from turning off your live-streamed video
by Sarah Perez on June 1, 2020 at 10:40 pm
Mobile safety app Parachute is today rolling out a new feature that will prevent an unauthorized person who grabs your iPhone to stop it from recording live video, even if they attempt to turn off the phone entirely. The timely update arrives amid the nationwide George Floyd protests against police brutality and the systemic racism
Trump's fury at Twitter might end up being good for the service by increasing engagement, and thus ad sales, while highlighting its anti-misinformation efforts (Sarah Frier/Bloomberg)
on June 2, 2020 at 6:05 am
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:Trump's fury at Twitter might end up being good for the service by increasing engagement, and thus ad sales, while highlighting its anti-misinformation efforts — - User engagement could get a boost from tussle with president — A bigger audience, more tweets mean more slots for advertisers
In leaked audio from an internal meeting, Mark Zuckerberg says they will re-examine policies around politicians discussing the use of state force on Facebook (Casey Newton/The Verge)
on June 2, 2020 at 5:31 am
Casey Newton / The Verge:In leaked audio from an internal meeting, Mark Zuckerberg says they will re-examine policies around politicians discussing the use of state force on Facebook — The company is treating a moral issue as if it's a legal one — I. The CEO — On Friday afternoon, Facebook …
YouTube and YouTube TV have more than 100M people in the US watching on TV screens each month, rising 80% YoY in March, according to the company (Sahil Patel/Wall Street Journal)
on June 2, 2020 at 3:10 am
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:YouTube and YouTube TV have more than 100M people in the US watching on TV screens each month, rising 80% YoY in March, according to the company — Usage of YouTube on TV screens is growing, but it remains primarily a mobile channel for advertisers — YouTube wants advertisers to spend …
Twitter suspended the account of a white nationalist group claiming to be an Antifa organization that pushed violent rhetoric related to ongoing protests (NBC News)
on June 2, 2020 at 1:55 am
NBC News:Twitter suspended the account of a white nationalist group claiming to be an Antifa organization that pushed violent rhetoric related to ongoing protests — Two hashtags that trended worldwide on Twitter falsely claimed that there was a “cover-up” or a “blackout” of protests in Washington, D.C., overnight.
OpenAI researchers debut GPT-3 language model trained with 175B parameters, far more than GPT-2's biggest version with 1.5B parameters (Khari Johnson/VentureBeat)
on June 2, 2020 at 1:05 am
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:OpenAI researchers debut GPT-3 language model trained with 175B parameters, far more than GPT-2's biggest version with 1.5B parameters — A team of more than 30 OpenAI researchers have released a paper about GPT-3, a language model capable of achieving state-of-the-art results on a range …