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Bolsonaro: New bill will limit tech giants' power to remove content

1KBBC News - Technology / 1h
Brazil's president signs a decree requiring firms to provide "just cause" before removing posts.

Live: Hilton Honors Triple Points Promo (Register Now)

500+One Mile at a Time / 44min
Hilton Honors has today launched its newest global promotion — Hilton’s previous global promotion ended yesterday (September 6), so you’ve gotta love that there’s no gap in promotions from the Honors program. Triple points with Hilton Honors Power Up promo Hilton Honors’ current global promotion is called Power Up . With this promotion, Hilton Honors members can earn: Double Hilton Honors points

Apple Watch 7 will be very hard to find at launch, report says

Apple Watch Series 7•
Mashable / 1h
The next iteration of Apple's smartwatch, the Apple Watch 7, will launch alongside the iPhone 13 next week, but it might be in short supply. This is according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who shared some details about the launch in his Power On newsletter. We've found out from previous reports that the next Apple Watch will likely get a new chip, a bigger battery, a slightly bigger display, and a

Women’s health tech brand, Elvie, tops up Series C to $97M

TechCrunch / 8min
Elvie , the women’s health tech pioneer behind a connected breast pump and smart pelvic floor exerciser, has topped up a Series C which it announced earlier this summer (July) — adding a further £12.7m to bring the total raised to £70 million ($97m). The 2013-founded, UK-based startup previously raised a $42M Series B in 2019 , and a $6M Series A in 2017 — when femtech startups were a lot rarer t

Virgin Media O2 brings gigabit broadband to more than 10m homes

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9min
Virgin Media O2 continues network upgrade programme.

Samsung didn't renew its Note trademark, so what does that mean for Note 22?

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10min
Samsung hasn't renewed its trademark for the Galaxy Note name, which may suggest it won't return in 2022.

Acer Swift X is a thin and light laptop featuring AMD 5000 Series processor

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 9min
The Acer Swift X is a premium laptop that comes with an AMD Ryzen 5000 series processor and has RTX 30-series GPU from NVIDIA.

New Mass Effect could (and should) ditch Frostbite for a better engine

Mass Effect Unreal•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 24min
A recent job posting for the next Mass Effect suggests the game could run on the Unreal Engine, and that's a very good thing.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 release date and chipsets leaked

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 24min
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 range might land alongside the Galaxy S22 and have a surprising chipset arrangement.

iPhone 13 sounds likely to bring back MagSafe, and hopefully with few changes

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 24min
It sounds like the iPhone 12's magnetic-charging feature will return with the iPhone 13, according to the FCC.

Biden’s Electric Car Plans Hinge on Having Enough Chargers

NYT > Technology / 26min
The United States has about 100,000 public chargers, far fewer than Europe and China. It needs 10 times as many, auto experts say, to complete the switch from combustion engine vehicles.

In Silicon Valley, Criminal Prosecutors See No Evil

NYT > Technology / 26min
The Elizabeth Holmes fraud trial is set to be a major spectacle, but tech executives generally get a pass when it comes to wrongdoing.

Sex up your September: Get up to 70% off everything at Lovehoney

Mashable / 31min
TL;DR: Lovehoney kicks off Sexual Health Awareness Month with up to 70% off sitewide. Baby, it’s going to get cold outside — well, eventually — but instead of bumming out about the end of your sultry nights and sweaty weekends, here’s something to feel good about. Really, really good about. Through Sept. 13, Lovehoney is having a sitewide sale where you can nab a sexy new toy — or toys — at up to

Polestar made a working version of its electric cargo sled

Engadget / 32min
Polestar's electric cargo sled now exists as more than just a pretty 3D render. The EV maker has unveiled its first working prototype of the Re:Move it introduced half a year earlier. The three-wheeler hasn't changed much since March, but it's now clear just what the machine could do. The Re:Move demo unit is about as fast a typical e-bike with a 15MPH top speed and a 2.2kWh battery. However, it

Hyundai's 'Hydrogen Vision 2040' includes trailer drones and a fuel cell supercar

Hyundai Hydrogen 2040•
Engadget / 32min
Despite its problems including inefficiency and pollution, Hyundai is betting big on hydrogen. The company has unveiled a new strategy called Hydrogen Vision 2040 , including next-gen fuel cell technology and new concept vehicles include trucks, trailer drones and a 650 horsepower hybrid fuel-cell sports car developed in conjunction with its new partner , Rimac. The most intriguing hydrogen produ

Gently touch the sky at the 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival

Popular Mechanics / 39min
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Fear and excitement in El Salvador as Bitcoin becomes legal tender

El Salvador Bitcoin•
63BBC News - Technology / 1h
Millions of Salvadorians are expected to download a digital wallet app with $30 of free Bitcoin.

Cookie banners: G7 urged to consider solution to pop-up notices

100+BBC News - Technology / 1h
Information commissioner Elizabeth Denham believes the issue needs to be solved collectively.

Flipkart launches Flipkart Boost - We explain what it is

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 1h
The Flipkart Boost programme will shortlist brands based on a clear set of pre-decided objective criteria, which covers their growth potential, sustainable revenue run rate, etc.

Qualcomm & Google join hands for Renault's new electric vehicle

Qualcomm Google Renault•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
Renault Group is working with Google and Qualcomm Technologies to design what it hopes will be a “rich and immersive” in-vehicle experience for the new E-TECH Electric range of the Renault Megane.

Hyundai Motor Group unveils its hydrogen strategy, plans to offer fuel cell versions of commercial cars by 2028

Hyundai Hydrogen 2040•
22TechCrunch / 2h
Hyundai Motor Group is backing hydrogen as a top energy solution for sustainability. With its new fuel cell system that it plans to launch in the next few years, the South Korean automaker said it will provide hydrogen fuel cell versions for all its commercial vehicles by 2028. Hyundai announced its strategy for the future of hydrogen on Tuesday during a live stream of the automaker’s Hydrogen Wa

Singapore has deployed robots to patrol public areas

Singapore Patrol Robots•
Engadget / 2h
Singapore is known for having stringent laws and for having surveillance cameras all over the city-state. In the future, it may also deploy robots to keep an eye out for rule breakers — in fact, Singapore has started testing a robot named Xavier, putting a couple of them to work by having them patrol and survey a public area with high foot traffic. Over the next three weeks, the robots will monit

Smart caching: An agile strategy for data-intensive businesses

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 2h
As businesses refine their remote working policies they must develop a technology infrastructure to support the efficiency.

China court drops case against ex-Alibaba employee accused of sexual assault

China Chinese Alibaba•
BBC News - Technology / 2h
The court said the "forcible indecency" committed by the man was not a crime.

New Redmi K series phone with Snapdragon 870 chipset and 120 Hz refresh rate in the works

Redmi Snapdragon 870•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 3h
A new smartphone with last year's flagship chipset has been spotted by a leakster. This phone could launch early next year under the Redmi K series line-up.

Sequoia Heritage, Stripe and others invest $200M in African fintech Wave at $1.7B valuation

53TechCrunch / 3h
Francophone Africa has its first unicorn, and if you’ve been following tech on the continent, you will be very unsurprised to hear that it’s coming from the world of fintech. Wave , a U.S. and Senegal-based mobile money provider, has raised $200 million in Series A round of funding. The investment is the largest-ever Series A round for the region, and it values Wave at $1.7 billion. Four big-name

BP Ventures invests $11.9M in in-car payments provider Ryd to support expansion

BP Ventures Car Ryd•
21TechCrunch / 3h
BP Ventures, the investing arm of oil and gas giant BP, has announced a €10 million (~$11.9 million) investment in Ryd, a German in-car digital payments provider. The fresh funds will help Ryd expand its service into international markets and build out its offering, according to a statement. Ryd’s service allows users to lump together online payments for services like fuel purchases, EV charging

Xiaomi MIUI Pure Mode can optionally block sideloading Android apps

Xiaomi MIUI Pure Mode•
SlashGear / 3h
Android’s openness doesn’t come without a price, and one of the most cited costs is security. Unlike Apple’s walled garden, Google has a hard time completely disallowing the installation of apps from third-party sources via APKs. The Android maker could only encourage developers and users to patronize the Google Play Store, but the final decision is ultimately in users’ hands. … Continue reading

Indian crypto exchange CoinSwitch Kuber in talks to raise funds at unicorn valuation

32TechCrunch / 4h
Indian crypto exchange CoinSwitch Kuber is in advanced stages of talks to raise a new financing round at up to $2 billion in valuation, several sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. If the talks materialize in a deal, CoinSwitch Kuber will become the second crypto startup in the world’s second largest internet market to attain the unicorn status. The four-year-old startup, which count

MediaTek garners record 43% of smartphone chipset market in Q2

MediaTek Qualcomm Q2•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 4h
MediaTek has emerged as the top chipset company in the second quarter, grabbing a 43% share of the smartphone application processor/system on chip chipset shipments, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research says.

The Perseverance Rover Finally Got Its First Martian Rock Sample, For Real This Time

45Gizmodo / 4h
For the Perseverance Mars rover, second time’s the charm. Read more...

WhatsApp Last Seen status can soon be hidden from specific contacts

SlashGear / 4h
Instant messaging services introduced the idea of online statuses, allowing users to know whether their intended recipients are even around to read their messages. That eventually evolved into “Last Seen” information that gives other people some insight into a private part of your life. Most messaging services simply let you turn Last Seen visibility on or off, but WhatsApp might … Continue readi

Financial comparison “super app” Jeff raises $1.5M seed extension

Jeff $1.5M Seed Extension•
60TechCrunch / 4h
Financial services, especially those for people who don’t have access to traditional bank accounts or lines of credit, are proliferating in Southeast Asia . Jeff App wants to give consumers a “super app” where they can compare many financial products and apply for them using the startup’s proprietary data-scoring models. For service providers, Jeff serves as a distribution channel, helping them f

Ledgy is an equity management tool for European startups

Ledgy Management European•
67TechCrunch / 4h
Every startup founder faces the same issue — how do you manage your cap table and equity plans in a transparent and lightweight manner? If you’re based in the U.S., chances are you’re using an equity management solution like Carta . But if you’re not based in the U.S., you don’t have a ton of options. Ledgy wants to become the ownership management tool for the rest of the world. Based in Switzerl

Protect your internet activity with a lifetime subscription to BelkaVPN

Mashable / 5h
TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to BelkaVPN is on sale for £28.89 as of Sept. 7, saving you 94% on list price. Any time you enter your credit card information on the internet, you’re putting yourself at risk. The same goes for other private data, like your home address, social security number, or company passwords. Hackers, trackers, and other nefarious internet abusers are lurking around corners,

This documentary streaming service and VPN bundle is on sale for 60% off

Mashable / 5h
TL;DR: The CuriosityStream and KeepSolid VPN Unlimited Lifetime Subscription Bundle is on sale for £129.31 as of Sept. 7, saving you 60% on list price. Curiosity is something we’re born with. But as we get older, we get stuck in our ways and it begins to disappear from our skill set. Yes, skill set. Curiosity is an essential skill — or superpower — in any type of workplace, as it keeps our minds

Kickstart a lucrative career in coding with the best free courses on Udemy

Mashable / 5h
TL;DR: As of Sept. 7, you can take a wide range of coding and programming courses for free on Udemy. It's that time again. Anyone who regularly engages with online learning through platforms like Udemy knows that you can take popular online courses for free if you're patient. Udemy regularly offers top courses for free. You just need to be ready to sign up at the right time. This is where we can

Two Realme Bluetooth speakers launching on September 9

Realme Bluetooth India•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
Realme is all set to enter yet another category in India later this week. The company will launch two new Bluetooth speakers on September 9 alongside the Realme Pad.

Xiaomi Redmi 10 Prime goes on sale today in India

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 5h
The Redmi 10 Prime, which is the successor to the Redmi 9 Prime, is going for its first sale in India today and starts at a price of Rs 12,499 for the 4GB + 64GB variant.

LG XBOOM 360 Bluetooth speaker masquerades as a bulky lantern

SlashGear / 5h
Ever since the Amazon Echo came out, cylindrical or conical wireless speakers have become en vogue, especially in the smart speaker market. Of course, that has also given rise to gimmicks and design quirks to give their products some character and make them stand out from the crowd. Not all those designs appeal to consumers, of course, and some just … Continue reading

A New Rumor Says Apple Has No Immediate Plans to Create a Satellite iPhone

37Gizmodo / 5h
Reports that the iPhone 13 would allow users to text and call even when they don’t have cell coverage by connecting to satellites caused quite a stir last week, especially considering that Apple’s fall reveal event is right around the corner. Yet, another rumor now says that’s baloney, which means you shouldn’t get… Read more...

Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra to take on iPad Pro with Exynos 2200 chip

SlashGear / 6h
The Android tablet market has had its ups and downs, but Samsung remained steadfast in putting out slates on all market tiers, even when the going went tough. Perhaps spurred by the success of the iPad Pro line, Samsung has also started expanding its high-end tablets to include more size options and configurations. Next year, the manufacturer might push the … Continue reading

iPhone 13 A15 Bionic GPU surpasses Exynos 2200 even when throttled

SlashGear / 6h
There is some interest and perhaps even excitement in what the Exynos 2200 will bring to the mobile market with its AMD-powered mRDNA graphics tech. There are, unsurprisingly, comparisons between Samsung’s upcoming System-on-Chip and Apple’s current A14 Bionic. While the figures look promising, it doesn’t exactly paint an accurate picture considering what the iPhone 13 will actually run on. Based

Galaxy A phones could all get OIS cameras next year

Samsung Galaxy OIS•
SlashGear / 7h
High-end smartphones are no longer making great leaps in terms of performance every year, giving some mid-range devices the opportunity to catch up. While some phones bearing Snapdragon 7 series chips and MediaTek Dimensity processors are able to meet the majority of the needs of users, there are some areas where these less-than-premium phones still fail to impress. Photography is … Continue read

Smartphone prices could rise as TSMC raises chip fees

SlashGear / 7h
There was a time when smartphone prices were getting ridiculously high, and there didn’t seem to be any stopping that trend. Market dynamics and global events like the COVID-19 pandemic, however, did at least put a pause on it or made more affordable but still capable phones more enticing to consumers. Unfortunately, another worldwide situation is causing havoc in multiple … Continue reading

nubia RedMagic 6S Pro flaunts RGB cooling fan and transparent back

SlashGear / 8h
Almost all high-end smartphones are more than capable of handling the most demanding of mobile games. That even includes the new Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 foldables. That makes dedicated gaming smartphones almost superfluous unless you’re the type of mobile gamer that loves to flaunt that identity through your phone’s appearance. If you fit that bill, … Continue reading

Portcast gets $3.2M to create more transparent and sustainable supply chains

Portcast TechCrunch AI•
43TechCrunch / 8h
Portcast founders Dr. Lingxiao Xia and Nidhi Gupta For many manufacturers and freight forwarders, managing logistics is still a very manual process: tracking shipments with a call or online lookup, and entering that data into an Excel spreadsheet. Portcast , which describes itself as a “next-generation logistics operating system,” makes the process more efficient by gathering data from myriad sou

After years of inaction against adtech, UK’s ICO calls for browser-level controls to fix ‘cookie fatigue’

Years Inaction UK ICO•
33TechCrunch / 8h
In the latest quasi-throwback toward ‘ do not track ‘, the UK’s data protection chief has come out in favor of a browser- and/or device-level setting to allow Internet users to set “lasting” cookie preferences — suggesting this as a fix for the barrage of consent pop-ups that continues to infest websites in the region. European web users digesting this development in an otherwise monotonously unc

Commerce platform ShopUp raises $75 million led by Valar in Bangladesh’s largest funding

VEON ShopUp Bangladesh•
1KTechCrunch / 9h
ShopUp, a startup that is digitizing neighborhood stores in Bangladesh , has raised $75 million in a new financing round that is also the largest in the South Asian market. Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures led ShopUp ’s $75 million Series B round. Prosus Ventures as well as existing investors Flourish Ventures, Sequoia Capital India, and VEON Ventures also invested in the round. The new investment, w

H2O Hospitality secures $30M Series C to expedite hotel digital transformation

H2O Hospitality TechCrunch•
100+TechCrunch / 9h
The pandemic has triggered more demand for contactless and staff-less operations in the hospitality sector, and now H2O Hospitality , the unmanned hotel management company, has closed a $30 million round on the back of that boost. The South Korea and Japan-based startup automates front and backend processes including accommodation reservation, room management and front desk duties, and it will be

ProtonMail under fire after giving authorities an activist's IP address

ProtonMail IP Swiss•
77Engadget / 10h
ProtonMail , an email service that prides itself on security with end-to-end encryption, is facing criticism after it gave up a French climate activist's IP address to Swiss police. As TechCrunch reports , the company was acting on a request sent via Europol by French authorities, who sought help from the Swiss. Since it's based in Switzerland, ProtonMail has to obey the country's laws. That incl

Esports: Why are there so few professional women gamers?

78BBC News - Technology / 10h
There are no female players in the top 300 earners in esports, according to research shared with BBC News.

Why coders love the AI that could put them out of a job

100+BBC News - Technology / 10h
Artificial intelligence is getting better at penning code but still a long way from working alone.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Top Gun update delayed with the movie – here's the new date

Microsoft FS Gun 2022•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 10h
It'll launch alongside the movie, which premiers on May 27, 2022

I Have Some Concerns About Captain Picard's Replicator

100+Gizmodo / 10h
Jean-Luc Picard enjoys the finer things in life as an enlightened man of the 24th century. A little flute music . A little tea that tastes like soap . Some nice wine . He’s allowed an indulgence after all he’s been through. But I am... concerned at some of his new meal options coming into Star Trek: Picard season 2. Read more...

Actor Michael K. Williams, best known for 'The Wire,' dies at 54

Michael Williams The Wire•
100+Mashable / 11h
Michael K. Williams, best known for his Emmy-nominated performance on The Wire, has died, according to reports from multiple outlets. He was 54. “It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams," Williams' publicist Marianna Shafran said in a statement, via The Hollywood Reporter . "They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmo

17 Bloody Great Horror Movie Part 2s

32Gizmodo / 12h
Evil Dead is a low-budget horror classic. Its sequel , conveniently titled Evil Dead II , came out six years after the original and is also a classic—an amped-up version of the first film that adds more humor and gore with the help of a larger budget. However, not every “part 2” in the scary-movie realm manages to… Read more...

Hilton Aspire Perks: How They Work

70One Mile at a Time / 12h
I’ve had the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card for a few years. This card has a $450 annual fee, and is easily one of the all around most compelling hotel credit cards out there. This card has many huge benefits, and almost seems too good to be true. Among other things, the card offers the following five benefits, which I consider to be the most valuable: Hilton Honors Diamond status for

12 most enchanting Cinderella movies for when you need a little magic

500+Mashable / 12h
Once upon a time in a faraway land, there was a special fairytale we just couldn't stop telling. In 2021, the story of Cinderella — a kind maiden whisked away by her fairy godmother from a terrible life with an evil step-family to a picture-perfect romance with a charming prince — has been told more times than you can count. From Broadway to TV and film, good ol' Cinderelly has been played by ico

Virgin Mobile closing shop in South Africa after 15 years

Popular Mechanics / 12h
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Swarm Of Ants Delays Air India Flight With The Prince Of Bhutan On Board

Delhi London Air India•
View from the Wing / 12h
Air India has had several rat incidents and recently a bat was found in business class . Now an Air India Delhi – London flight had to be delayed as a swarm of ants were found in the business class cabin. Continue reading ...

Security audit finds major issue in Mozilla VPN

TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
Cross-site vulnerability was identified and fixed by auditing team in August.

South Africans may now have ‘digital load shedding’ to worry about

Popular Mechanics / 12h
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Here’s how you can earn up to 100,000 points on the revamped Amex Platinum

100+The Points Guy / 12h
Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information and the latest Amex Platinum offer. The Platinum Card® from American Express has long been one of the best premium travel rewards cards out there, thanks to a long list of benefits, a strong earning rate for flights and a solid welcome bonus. And for new eligible cardholders, the card is about to become a lot more val

Apple Watch 7 will be hard to find – but it may still accompany iPhone 13 at launch

Apple 7 iPhone 13 P13•
TechRadar - All the latest technology ne... / 12h
It's the fancy new display that may be holding up Apple Watch 7 units. Here's when to expect to get your hands on it.

A.ID closes Pre-Seed funding for ID verification platform aimed at high-risk clients

27TechCrunch / 12h
A.ID , an identity and compliance platform with a focus on high-risk clients, has closed a pre-seed investment round of $500,000 from angel investors including former employees of RobinHood, Square and Snap. The startup says it is addressing a market that traditional Fintech companies and banking instutions can’t seem to deal with: namely the rise of apparently ‘risky’ customers who are simply de