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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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TECHNOLOGY

The suitcase-sized minigun is going into full production

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www.guns.com - Two years after generating a lot of buzz at the 2017 SHOT Show, Empty Shell returned to announce that their XM556 suitcase-sized minigun is going into full production. Half the size of an M134 Minigu…

The Coolest New 2019-2020 Electric Cars Worth Waiting For

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www.forbes.com - The futuristic full-electric Rivian R1T pickup truck is being planned for the 2020 model year with a 400-mile operating range. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Virtually every automaker is ramping up research,…

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tpsconsulting.blogspot.com - TECHNOLOGY T-Mobile used a Twitter meme to give away Lyft rides Shared by Susan Cooper www.theverge.com - T-Mobile is giving customers one free Lyft ride in February, and the company’s Super Bowl ann…

Coda’s programmable document editor comes out of beta, launches iOS app

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techcrunch.com - Coda, which is coming out of its limited beta today, wants to reinvent how you think about documents and spreadsheets. That’s about as tough a challenge as you can set yourself, given how ingrained t…

Reddit is raising a huge round near a $3 billion valuation

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techcrunch.com - Reddit is raising $150 million to $300 million to keep the front page of the Internet running, multiple sources tell TechCrunch. The forthcoming Series D round is said to be led by Chinese tech giant…

Google’s still not sharing cloud revenue

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techcrunch.com - Google has shared its cloud revenue exactly once over the last several years. Silence tends to lead to speculation to fill the information vacuum. Luckily there are some analyst firms who try to fill…

Workwell wants to be the companion app for your office building

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techcrunch.com - French startup Workwell has released a major update to its platform. The company now provides an app to manage as many things related to your office building as possible from your phone. The company …

Report: Smart speaker adoption in U.S. reaches 66M units, with Amazon leading

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techcrunch.com - Smart speakers had a good holiday. Amazon already said its Echo Dot outsold all other items on its site this holiday season, which hinted towards the sizable growth for the voice-powered speaker mark…

Self-driving truck startup Ike raises $52 million

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techcrunch.com - Ike, the autonomous trucking startup founded by veterans of Apple, Google and Uber Advanced Technologies Group’s self-driving truck program, has raised $52 million in a Series A funding round led by …

This Marie Kondo-inspired Twitter tool will help you declutter your timeline so it again ‘sparks joy’

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techcrunch.com - Does your Twitter timeline spark joy? If you’re like most people, probably not. Over the years, you probably politely followed back a few too many Twitter accounts, and now have a timeline filled wit…

Two more bangers for the Switch’s NES selection: Kirby and Super Mario Bros 2

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techcrunch.com - Nostalgia for the NES is high following the success of Nintendo’s classic mini consoles and the launch of its Switch Online service, which just got a couple more great additions to its selection of 8…

Amazon invests in Hatch Baby, launches Baby Skill Activity API as it eyes up the next generation of parenting products

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techcrunch.com - “The Alexa Fund was created to support companies embracing voice technology and exploring new and compelling uses for Alexa,” said Paul Bernard, director of the Alexa Fund, in a statement. “We see pa…

Google Home can now translate conversations on-the-fly

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techcrunch.com - Just last month, Google showed off an “Interpreter mode” that would let Google Home devices act as an on-the-fly translator. One person speaks one language, the other person speaks another, and Googl…

Account linking could make Instagram the heir to Facebook Login

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techcrunch.com - Teens’ aversion to Facebook jeopardizes not only the company’s feed ad revenue, but its dominance as an identity provider. The Facebook Login platform keeps people tied to the social network in order…

Databricks raises $250M at a $2.75B valuation for its analytics platform

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techcrunch.com - Databricks, the company behind the Apache Spark big data analytics engine, today announced that it has raised a $250 million Series E round led by Andreessen Horowitz. Coatue Management, Microsoft an…

Foxconn's Wisconsin Factory Is What The Chinese Call A 'State Visit Project'

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www.forbes.com - Last week I wrote that Foxconn’s giant flat-screen factory in Wisconsin was facing an economic reality check, and might not get built after all. On Friday, after a call between Foxconn chairman Terry…

Mark Zuckerberg still thinks Facebook has made the world better

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arstechnica.com - Facebook turned 15 on Monday, and founder Mark Zuckerberg is feeling defensive about his creation's public image. "As networks of people replace traditional hierarchies and reshape many institutions …

YouTube is trying to prevent angry mobs from abusing “dislike” button

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arstechnica.com - YouTube's dislike button can be a source of anxiety for many creators, and now YouTube is considering a number of options to prevent viewers from abusing that tool. Tom Leung, director of project man…

EA turns in bummer fiscal report: “We’re disappointed in our underperformance”

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arstechnica.com - BFV's sales to date, according to EA COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen, have reached 7.3 million copies across all platforms worldwide, which the company says is "one million less" than it had indicated in…

AT&T’s misleading “5G E” indicator comes to 4G iPhones in iOS 12.2 beta

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arstechnica.com - AT&T's misleading "5G E" network indicator for 4G phones, which was rolled out to some Android smartphones last month, has now come to iPhones in a beta version of iOS 12.2. AT&T customers who instal…

Guidemaster: Picking the right Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C dock for your desk

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arstechnica.com - After testing some of the newest docks and hubs, we’ve updated a few of our picks for the start of 2019. The introduction of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports and the transition away from legacy ports ha…

Apex Legends, Anthem, and EA’s (possible) February disaster

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arstechnica.com - A few days ago, I saw a rumor emerge about a new PC and console video game from EA called Apex Legends, which would marry the high-speed mechs-and-guns combat of Titanfall with a free-to-play economy…

With experimental “Never slow mode,” Chrome tries to stop Web devs making it slow

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arstechnica.com - Since Chrome's very first release, performance has been one of Google's top priorities. But Google is against a competing force: Web developers. The Web of today is a more-complex, bandwidth-intensiv…

Chrome OS’ Instant Tethering now works with more than 30 Android smartphones

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arstechnica.com - The handy feature that lets Chromebook users connect to a smartphone's cellular hotspot is now coming to more devices. Google announced that Chrome OS' Instant Tethering feature will now be available…

House Democrats tell Ajit Pai: Stop screwing over the public

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arstechnica.com - Democratic lawmakers have put Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on notice that he can expect a lot more scrutiny now that Democrats control the US House of Representatives. The Hous…

Angela Ahrendts, leader of Apple’s retail efforts, will depart the company in April

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arstechnica.com - Apple Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts presents at an Apple event in October of 2018. Deirdre O’Brien, soon to be Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail + People. Apple retail chief Angela Ahre…

Italian Postal Service Joins Hyperledger Blockchain Community

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cointelegraph.com - The Italian postal service provider, Poste Italiane, has joined the Hyperledger blockchain community, Cointelegraph Italia reported on Jan. 29. Hyperledger is a collaborative project led by the Linux…

ConsenSys Developer Joins Ethereum Classic Cooperative as Executive Director

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cointelegraph.com - Bob Summerwill, a developer at blockchain tech company ConsenSys, has joined the Ethereum Classic Cooperative as its executive director, according to an official announcement on Jan. 29. The Ethereum…

How to Stay on Top of Social Media Trends – BeLive.tv

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blog.belive.tv - Everyone wants to be seen. Everyone wants to be heard. Everyone wants to be liked. If you have a business, these things probably speak more to your business than anyone else because businesses rely o…

Hands-on with the new Gmail for Android (and iOS)

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arstechnica.com - One big new change is the location of the account switcher. On new Gmail it lives in the search bar, while on Old Gmail it lived in the navigation panel. The search bar will sometimes play this fun G…

6 Ways Designers Can Avoid Infringing Intellectual Property Rights | Webdesigner Depot

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www.webdesignerdepot.com - As the managing attorney of a commercial law boutique practice, I am asked several times per week some variation of the following question: How should I best protect my intellectual property from bei…

How to stop inadvertent age discrimination in your hiring process

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www.themuse.com - Take a look around your office for a moment and think back to all the new employees you can remember joining the company since you started. You might’ve already become attuned to how many women or pe…

Samsung Galaxy Watch Sport with circular dial rendered

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androidcommunity.com - The smartwatch industry still remains but it has stopped growing. Samsung is still in the business of wearables although we know it’s not exactly a focus. The last related report we had was the Samsu…

Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier apps make audio more accessible

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androidcommunity.com - Those who do not have hearing issues or are not related to anyone who does probably forget that there are millions of people around the world that are either deaf or hard of hearing. Technological ad…

Nest Secure to soon have assistance of Google Assistant

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androidcommunity.com - If you’re heavily invested in using Nest devices to secure your house, we have good news for you. Google wants to not just make your home safer but also now to make your tasks and routines more conve…

Instant Tethering feature for Chromebooks now available

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androidcommunity.com - The point of having a laptop or a Chromebook is to be able to work anytime, anywhere. You can bring your notebook with you everywhere but unfortunately, WiFi connection is oftentimes a problem. For r…

Android Security Bulletin February 2019 now available

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androidcommunity.com - It’s been a long January. We can’t say why and how but the month seemed longer. It must be the cold, winter season. February has begun which means the latest Android OS update should be available. It…

Canon Seeks to Strengthen Data Security

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loyalty360.org - Data breaches undermine consumer trust. Unfortunately, these breaches were all over the news in 2018, many of them affecting major brands and their consumers. As a result, data security is now as muc…

Emotional Connections Create Loyal Customers

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loyalty360.org - True loyalty requires passion. A customer who won’t switch brands for a better price has an emotional connection to the brand, not a rational one. People rationalize their loyalty by saying the produ…

Google Takes Its First Steps Toward Killing the URL

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www.wired.com - In September, members of Google's Chrome security team put forth a radical proposal: Kill off URLs as we know them. The researchers aren't actually advocating a change to the web's underlying infrast…

Meet the SwitchPod: My First Physical Product (Costs, Manufacturing, and More)

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www.smartpassiveincome.com - “There’s got to be a better way.” This is what my videographer Caleb Wojcik and I said to each other 15 months ago—almost in unison—as we observed video creators of all types walking around the VidSu…

Google's new Android apps could help your hearing

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www.techradar.com - Google has announced that it's bringing Android users two new apps, Sound Amplifier and Live Transcribe, which are designed to "make life a little easier" for those with hearing loss. Live Transcribe…

5 Reasons Why Autonomous Cars Aren't Coming Anytime Soon

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www.newsmax.com - In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles when we might actually see them carryi…

Bangladesh: Serial Killer Known as 'Hercules' Targeting Accused Rapists

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www.breitbart.com - Local authorities are “investigating the murders but so far remain clueless about the identity of Hercules,” Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper noted. According to the Statesman, Bangladeshi police have found…

Bezos Used Super Bowl Ad To Mute Controversy Over Sanchez Affair

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www.infowars.com - Scrambling after reports about his steamy relationship with former “So You Think You Can Dance?” host Lauren Sanchez was exposed by a series of reports published by the National Inquirer, Amazon foun…

Dan Crenshaw tries to take shot at Ocasio-Cortez, gets eviscerated by Twitter users

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nypost.com - Congressman Dan Crenshaw — the former Navy SEAL who got into a short-lived television beef with “SNL” cast member Pete Davidson last year — tried blasting a few shots at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…

Apex Legends Skins -- All The Legendary Skins So Far

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www.gamespot.com - While a recent series of leaks took some of the luster off of the news, Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment has both announced and launched a brand-new game that's out now on PS4, Xbox One, and…

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